Fundraising event: The Irish Wheelchair Association are holding at Honda 50 run which will take place on Sunday June 17 from the Kenagh Community Centre starting at 12pm sharp. All support would be appreciated.
Gun club: Clay shooting practise continues every Sunday morning at 11am in the shooting grounds. The county shoot will be held in Moydow on August 19. We hope to enter two teams and scores that are recorded at practise will be used for selection. The sympathy of the club is extended to Tony McKeown and the McKeown family, Longford, on their recent sad breavements.
Royal Canal: A new canal group is being formed in the Kenagh-Foigha area. As the canal is now navigable and the RCAG has achieved its aims we are now focusing on new ways of making use of and enjoying the canal. Further information next week.
Road Race: Kenagh GAA Club are organising a 10km road race for Sunday June 24. the race will begin at 12 noon and entries will be taken at GAA grounds on the morning of the race. For further particulars please contact 086-8643761.
Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS): Are you aged 21 or over and for six months either you or your spouse have been in receipt of social welfare payments, have been signing for credits or you are a lone parent. If so, you could join the VTOS programme and receive training free of charge. If you are interested, contact the Adult Education Office, County Longford VEC, Battery Road, Longford. Tel 043-3345474.
Progressive twenty-five: Winners last Thursday night were Tom and helper. Eleven games, thirty euros, Jimmy and Tom nine games, 20 euros. Table prizes, Peter and Brendan, Kathleen and Annie, Bridie and Packie, all get 20 euros each. Raffle Freda Connaughton, Mick Duignan, Mike Flynn, Tommy Hanley, Mike Carroll, Elizabeth Clyne. All get 10 euros each.
Death: Regretfully we record the untimely death of PJ McCormack, Coal Island, Co. Tyrone and late of Corina, Ballymahon. PJ was in his 71st year when he succumbed to his terminal illness which he bore with great dignity since he was first diagnosed late last year. PJ was a member of a very popular family from this parish and always took a great pride in his Kenagh roots. Like his siblings he was totally immersed in all sections of GAA activity. From an early age PJ began to take an interest in Gaelic football, going back to when Kenagh school boys played Ballymahon in McCann’s field in Corina. He was playing football from his early schooldays until his aged demanded that he retire to the sideline. He was a member of the first Kenagh team ever to win a county title, when Kenagh club won the Juvenile Championship in 1956. His late brother Tony was on the same team. He continued to play for Kenagh at minor under 21 and Junior level – always giving of his best and never say ‘die’ attitude. Even when the chips were down and the games was lost. After he emigrated to England he continued to be involved with Gaelic games with the Sean McDermott’s Club in Bermingham. Later in life he moved to Coalisland in County Tyrone where he continued an interest in GAA affairs, Na Fianna Club. During his time in County Tyrone he renewed his allegiance with his home club, Kenagh, where he became chairman for the years 1999 and 2000. It was during his time as chairman that the building of the new community centre was set in motion and a site was given from the Kenagh Club to the Hall Committee. A large contingent from the Kenagh area attended PJ’s funeral last Wednesday, some travelling by bus which was laid on by the home club. Members of both clubs presented a guard of honour as his coffin was carried shoulder high from his home to the Church. Father Tom Barden assisted at the Funeral Mass. Both clubs were provided with a meal at the Coalisland Clubhouse, which was a fitting gesture to both club members and to his immediate family. We offer sincere sympathy to his brother Micheal and to all his family and extended families in Kenagh, Coalisland and Bermingham. May his soul rest in peace.
Death: We also sadly record the death of Paddy Farrell, Clonevit, Moydow, who died during the past week in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Longford. Paddy, who was also known as Blondie Paddy, will be remembered by many of the older generation in Kenagh when he played Gaelic football in St. Domnic’s Club during the early 50s. He played for the Kenagh Club with distinction for a few years before he emigrated to England where he worked for many years before he retired home to his native Clonevit. He will be best remembered for his stamina and endurance on his bicycle which he maintained until very recently. Incidentally, another player who played with Kenagh at the same time passed to his eternal reward over the past month. Dan Dolan from Newtowncashel also played for Kenagh with distinction during the early 50s when Kenagh Club were short of a full line-out. Paddy Farrell, we also offer our sympathy to the brothers and sisters of Pat Farrell Castlerea, Moydow, who died in England over the past week. His funeral took place in England during the past week. May they all rest in peace.
Local runners: Congratulations to the ladies from Kenagh district who took part in the Dublin City Ladies 10km run last Monday June 4. They were as follows: Margaret Farrell, Sharon Kelly, Kate Carberry, Caroline O’Donoghue, Bernie Molloy, Pauline O’Brien, Cathy Patterson, Lorraine Rowan, Liz Farrell, Marie McGann, Breda Murphy, Jeanette Gill, Maureen Miley, Dara McGann and Margaret McGann. They all completed the course and arrived home none the worse of their outing – all in good spirits, fit and well.
Lotto: The numbers drawn in Kenagh GAA lotto on June 4 were 4, 10, 12, 18. There were four match three winners. Damien Ferguson c/o Sean Canavan, Lisa and Mary c/o Father Barden, Packie Cahill, Ardagh and Margaret and Joanne Canavan, Kilcommock, all win 15 euros each. The numbers drawn in Kenagh Lotto for Sunday June 10 were 5, 21, 22, 29. There was one match three winner, C&B Flanagan c/o Tommy Flanagan – wins 75 euros. 13,400 euros going on four correct numbers next week.
Book: There are still a number of books on Mosstown Mill available at Kenagh Post Office, Terlicken Filling Station, McGowan’s, Ballymahon and Baxter’s Chemists, Longford.
Community Games: It wasn’t just the sun that was shinning in the county finals in Ballymahon on Saturday evening last, but also our contestants. Each and every one put in great performances to bring home a tally of thirteen medals. Brilliant results. Gold medal winners – Cian Nolan U12 long puck, David Noad U14 shot putt, Jack Patterson U14 long jump, Karl Farrell U16 high jump, Thomas McGann U14 100m. U14 boys relay – Thomas McGann, Cian Carberry, Shane Farrell, Aaron Kelly and Ronan Farrell. Silver medal winners – Micheala Hall U8 80m, Gavin Bawle U8 60m, Kyle Hall U10 60m hurdles, Patrick O’Brien U12 Ball Throw, Daniel Kelly U16 Discus. Well done to everyone involved. We are holding a presentation disco next weekend in the community centre. Texts will be issued during the week with more details.