CHRIS RETIRES: After almost 38 years with the Department of Education,Chris Connolly Rathmore and formerly of Newbridge Co Galway recently retired. She has had a long and varied career,having come to Ballymahon as a primary teacher ,to the old boys school,now the Scouts Den in 1978.

CHRIS RETIRES: After almost 38 years with the Department of Education,Chris Connolly Rathmore and formerly of Newbridge Co Galway recently retired. She has had a long and varied career,having come to Ballymahon as a primary teacher ,to the old boys school,now the Scouts Den in 1978.

She was welcomed by teachers Carmel and Michael Kelly Kieran McEntee and Fr Macauley. She had previously taught in Belturbet Co Cavan and Lismoyle Co Roscommon for a short time.In 1998 Chris became principal of the boys national School and having been involved in the process of the amalgamation of the boys and girls schools in Ballymahon became principal of the amalgamated St Matthew’s NS in Sept 2000 where she was popular with teachers ,pupils and parents. She holds the distinction of being the only one who has held the principalship of two schools in the town and believes the amalgamation was the best thing to have happened during her teaching time here. Since 2001 Chris worked in a new position coordinating advising and supporting disadvantaged children, their parents and schools in primary and second level throughout Co Longfod. She has trained and worked as a tutor of other teachers in adult education and as a home tutor. Among her best achievements she says was working with a publishing company and achieving the inclusion of children with physical disability in text and pictures of primary school books,attending the European Conference of “the health Promoting School” and international work cultural difference in education. 34 years of delivering education in this community with her enthusiasm,expertise and interest in education is much appreciated by everyone in the area. We wish Chris and her husband Pat good health and happiness in the years ahead, she says she intends to continue what she has always loved doing reading writing and crafting.

FINAL OF FEIS & BLOOD: Very hard luck to local lads Gary,Craig and Ciaran Sheerin,Stephen Burke and Dereek Hughes otherwise known as “The Chancers”who were beaten in the final of TG4s “Feis and Blood” talent competition which has been running for the last few weeks. The lads were down to the last 4 groups in Sunday night’s final so it was a great achievement for them to get that far.

SYMPATHY: We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs Nancy Martin High Street Ballymore co Westmeath and to her son,daughters and all her family on the death last week of Nancy’s husband Bill at their home following a short illness. Bill’s remains were laid to rest at Ballymore cemetery on Thursday last. RIP.

SUMMERCAMPS: Bridgeways summer camps Dean Egan library. Attic Youth cafe camp. Games ,trips away 20-22 June 10-1 10 euro;rollerskating camp 2-6 July 10-12.30 20 euro; CLYS Summer camp 9-13 July Games Sports trip away 10-1 15 euro; Drama and dancing camp 23-27 July 50 euro 10-2;Mural painting 30 July 3 August 20 euro 11-1.

A FRENCH TWINNING GROUP: a meeting of the Landevant /Landaul French twinning group will be held in Murrays Lounge on this Thursday night at 9pm. All members are requested to attend.

WELCOME HOME: Welcome home to David Heneghan son of John and Mary Crevaghmore and also his wife Sam who are over from Sydney visiting their family and friends in the area and especially to attend David’s sister Karens 30th birthday party in Skellys pub at the weekend. Congratulations to Karen ,we hope you enjoyed our party. We take this opportunity to wish David & Karen’s mother Mary a speedy recovery to good health in the very near future. We would also like to warmly congratulate John who was chosen as one of Co Longford’s GAA “Best Championship 15 of the last 50 years” for his outstanding role as goalie with the county for many years in the 60s add 70s. Well done John.

BIRTHDAY WISHES: We wish a very happy 30th birthday to June Cooney , daughter of Dessie and Rose Dublin who celebrated her birthday at a party in Cooneys Hotel on Saturday night last with her family & friends.

DEATH OF JOE KEARNEY: We were all saddened to hear of the death of Joe Kearney New York formerly Cloncullen who died at the age of 67 in New York after a long illness with quiet dignity. Joe was a great character, a kind a caring man and a very popular man,many people in Ballymahon and its surrounds will have fond memories of him as he loved coming home to Ireland with his wife and family, meeting up with old aquaintances and enjoying the banter that went on. Joe left Ireland when he was only 16 years of age and went to work as a superintendent in apartment blocks in New York. He later started up his own business opening 2 bars in New York which were very successful for him for a long number of years and he finished up working with Shroid Construction company also in New York. Over the years,Joe was a great help to so many of the young people who emigrated from this area to the States,they often stayed in his home when they arrived first and he set up several of them in jobs. He was a great GAA supporter and a frequent visitor to gaelic Park,the respect which the Irish community in the States held for Joe was very evident to his heartbroken family. We extend our deepest sympathy to Joe’s wife Mary,daughter Deirdre (Lennon) and Patricia, son in law Tom Lennon (native of Tang) brother John sisters Sadie and Maureen sister in law and brothers in law Brian and Pat and to all his relatives and wide circle of friends. In Iothainn De go gcastar sinn.

RIAI PUBLIC CHOICE VOTE: Audrey Farrell needs your vote. A restoration project on C 19th Glasshouses at Fota House Co Cork lead by local architect Audrey from Colehill has been shorlisted into the RIAI Public Choice vote. Audrey is a daughter of Jack and Margaret Tenelick Colehill and is employed to John O’Connell Architects Ltd in Dublin. She would greatly appreciate your vote on “Fota Enclosed Frameyard and Glasshouse Phase 1” on We wish Audrey every success in the voting.

CEMTERY SUNDAY:The annual cemetery Sunday Mass will be celebrated in Shrule at 7pm on Sunday 8th July 2012. Anyone who would be willing to assist the cemetery committee in preparing the cemetery for that occasion should contact Jim Walsh Daragoe.

CEMETERY SUNDAY: Cemetery Sunday in Cloncallow on July 1st at 5pm and Forgney at 7pm . 15th July Noughval 5pm and Temple a Valey at 7pm.

SUMMER CAMP: Dance ,music sport art drama. A summer camp for children will be held in the Dean Egan Library from Monday 23rd July to 28th July from 10am to 2pm. Children can be dropped off at the library at 9.30am.If needed to facilitate working parents. Mixture of all type of dance ,also music tin whistle and recorder. The cost is 50 euro per child,90 euro for two. Family 110 euro regardless of number. A small show is guaranteed at the end of the camp. Please contact Maura Farrell for further details at 086 3702719.

ROYAL CANAL”: The Royal Canal Group would like to thank all who took part in their annual sponsored walk and the people of Ballymahon who sponsored them. They look forward to their free family day and mid summer boat rally which takes place on Sunday 1st July from 2 to 6pm. The boats will be arriving into the harbour at 2pm followed by a reception in the Ticket office. There will be lots of activities for the children on the day with music and craic from 3 – 6pm for all. Everyone is welcome.

LOCAL WEDDING: Congratulations to Derek Kearney Cloneen son of John and Ann Rath Abbeyshrule who got married on June 2nd last to Joan Mitchell,daughter of Jimmy and Nuala Abbeyshrule at the Church of the Sacred Heart Carrickedmond. The lovely wedding ceremony at the church was celebrated by Fr Peter Tiernan PP .Joan wore a beautiful white gown and her bridesmaids were dressed in champagne-coloured dresses. The bridesmaids for Joan were her sisters Caitriona and Aoife (Byrne) also her friends Anette Farrell who travelled over from the USA and Edel Croghan. Best man and groomsmen were Derek’s friends Martin Ward, Alan Hudson,Raymond Tiernan and Vinnie Clarke. And doing a great job in her role as flowergirl was Hannah O’Sullivan Derek’s young niece. Over 250 of the newlywed’s family and friends joined them at the wedding reception in the Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule when a most enjoyable evening was had by all. When the happy couple return from their honeymoon in the Dominican Republic they will be moving in to their new home in Cloneen. We wish them many long years of wedded bliss together.