BEAUTIFUL SOUL SHINES AS HEAVENLY STAR: There was widespread shock and devastation in the wider North Longford-Arva area on hearing the news of the sudden death of Debbie Redahan, aged 33 years from Corglass, Moyne, Co. Longford, on March 12th last. The local Moyne Community School which Debbie attended from 1992-’97 and where her father Pat was a teacher of Business Studies until recent times, was paralysed by grief. The beautiful smile and gentle soul that had brightened it’s corridors for five years was now gone. After Debbie graduated with a first-class honours Degree in Equine Studies from The University of Ulster in 2001, that same vibrant smile lit up the bloodstock sales circuit as Debbie was a member of the team at Jacqueline Norris’s Jockey Hall Stud, while also working in recent years in the foaling unit at the Aga Khan Studs, Co Kildare. In an Obituary in The Irish Racing Post recent edition, Debbie is described as “a wonderful horsewoman and totally professional, she took immense pride in her work at the sales and produced animals to the highest standard. She also loved being around mares and foals and took particular interest in the Aga Khan families”. There she enjoyed her time managing a stud farm, the sales at Goffs and Newmarket and all the friends that she met along the way. A real lover of nature and all living things, Debbie like St. Francis of Assisi, was very sensitive to animals, their care and wellbeing. She was very social and outgoing and enjoyed a large circle of friends. Her relationship with her fiancé Raymond brought great joy into her life and a new focus to her career. Between them they built up a fine farm and herd that was the envy of many. Mass of The Resurrection was concelebrated in St. Mary’s Church, Legga, by Fr. Declan Shannon, Fr. Eamon Corkery P.P. Fr. Frank Gray, Fr. Melvin Mullen and Cathal Faughnan. Chief celebrant Fr. Shannon described Debbie as a person “who thought nothing of spending her hard earned money on a sick horse or an animal that was struggling. When others were in search of animals with pedigree, Debbie was in search of the underdog or lame duck; such was her love of animals and God’s creation. From her days planting vegetables or tending to her wild flowers; it was in the soil that she felt the pulse of nature in her veins.” Deeply regretted by her loving parents Pat and Ann, sisters; Barbra and Audrey, nephews; Will and Owen, fiancé Raymond,(nephew Daniel), relatives, neighbours and friends. May her gentle soul rest in peace. The Redahan Family are most greatful to all their neighbours and friends for their practical help and spiritual support at this difficult time.
EASTER AND HOLY WEEK CEREMONIES: Holy Thursday (28th March) Mass of the Last Supper takes place in Moyne at 8pm. Good Friday Mass of the Passion of Christ takes place in Legga at 3pm. (Main Ceremony) with Stations of The Cross at 8pm in Moyne. Easter Vigil takes place on Holy Saturday in Legga at 9pm. On Easter Sunday Masses take place in Moyne at 10.30am and in Legga at 11.45am. Trocaire boxes and envelopes can be handed in at ceremonies.
FORMER DROMARD CLUB CHAIRMAN DIES: There was genuine regret and respect in the parish on hearing of the sad passing of James (Jim) Taaffe, Legga, Moyne, aged 78 years on Wed. March 20th last. Jim played a prominent role in the development of the Club both at underage and senior level over many years acting in many capacities both on and off the field and fulfilled a term as Chairman in the 1970’s. In his playing career he was well regarded as a strong and robust player in the position of full-back for many years and as a good target man up front in the full-forward position towards the end of his playing days. He was a man of passion for his club both on and off the field, always encouraging new players and keeping an interest in the clubs progress in good times and bad and he was rewarded for his great belief in the Club when they won the Longford Senior Championship in 1999. He would have been very proud that Dromard had reached such heights from its humble beginnings. He enjoyed the social interaction and comeraderie of being a proud Dromard man. He always enjoyed lively debates about footballing issues particularly if he came out on the right side of the argument. In latter times Jim enjoyed attending The Dolmen Fáilte Club. To supplement his farm income he worked hard as a respected tradesman and he built houses along with John Maguire, Legga and Jimmy Corcoran, Corrick, both now deceased. A large Guard of Honour was provided by the Club as his remains were received at St. Marys Church Legga for funeral Mass at 12noon.” Mass of The Resurrection was concelebrated by Fr. Eamon Corkery P.P. and Fr. Charlie Healy, Athlone, on Friday March 22nd last with burial afterwards in Moyne Cemetery. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife Jean, daughters; Marie Caffrey, Cornafean, Joan Brady, Navan, sons; Raymond and Shane, legga, brother Frank, Summerhill, Co. Meath, sisters; Teresa Reilly, Kiltycon, Ann Marie Collins and Chris O Connor, U.S.A., relatives, neighbours and friends. May he rest in peace.
PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: The Ardagh and Clonmacnois Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from May 27th next to June 1st with five nights for the fully inclusive price of €699. Places are available. Please contact Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2 or Ph. (01)2410812. Pilgrimage Director: Rev. Monsignor Bernard Noonan P.P. Moate Co Westmeath. Tel.(090)6481180. Director Special Section for Sick: Rev. Fr. Michael Scanlon P.P. Cloghan, Co Offaly. Tel.(090)6457122.
MOYNE BINGO RESULTS: €130 Margaret Martin, €100 Rosette Owens, €65 Nellie Gormley, €40 Margaret Galligan, other winners: Mary Jo Curran, Mae McNaboe, Tommy Reynolds, Brendan Reilly, Carol McGirl, Mary Kiernan, Rosaleen Hamilton, Lily Cainswarren, Thomas Tierney, Mary Alice Byrne, Rosie Doherty, Nellie McGoldrick, Bernadette Masterson, Ann McNeill, Anna Bohan, Mary Reynolds, John Pat Donnelly, Ann Brady, Marian Maguire, Ita Reilly and Bernie Smith. We ask the people of the parish to please support your local Bingo in the Latin School on Thursday nights at 8.30pm. All proceeds go towards maintenance and upkeep of The Latin School. Even, attending once a month would be very much appreciated as it would make our Bingo viable into the future. It is also great mental exercise and will help keep your mind young.
COMMUNITY GAMES: First of all a big thanks to all the children who participated in the County Longford Table Quiz Final. Although our teams did not get a winning place on the night-they came very close. Many thanks to St. Patrick’s NS for their help and support in running this event. The Talent Section which took place in Newtowncashel was of a very high standard and well done to all who participated, particularly the medal winners. Solo Recitation: 1st Kate McEntire, 2nd Christopher Grimes. Group Drama: 2nd Dromard A Team-Conor Sheridan, Abi Duffy, James Brady, Gavin Reilly, Callum McEntire and David Donohoe. In 3rd place Dromard B Team comprised of Aoife Brady, Aoife Grimes, Ollie Duffy, Jason Grimes, Stephen Donohoe and Fionn Hourican. Swimming: Eleanor Gray also won a silver medal in the Girls U/16 Butterfly in the Longford Co. Swimming finals which were held on March 16th last. Well done to all the parents who transport their children to these events and the mentors and managers who work away quietly in the background, particularly Natalie McEntire, Jacinta Brady, Chris Donohoe, Majella Sheridan, Teresa Duffy, Marian Grimes, PRO. The Community Sports Day due to be held on Easter Monday is now deferred to a Sunday in April. managers and mentors who work away quietly in the background,
LONGFORD RURAL TRANSPORT: Longford Community Resources Ltd. through the Co. Longford Rural Transport Programme operates 23 rural transport services throughout Co Longford. A recent re-structuring proposal endorsed by the Minister for Commuter and Public Transport outlines a number of changes to the Rural Transport Programme nationally; including the setting up of Regional Transport Units which will place the Co. Longford Rural Transport into the new Eastern and Midlands Regional Unit with counties Westmeath, Loais and Offaly. Longford Community Resources Ltd. is holding public meetings to give an opportunity to service users and the general public to discuss this re-structuring proposal. These meetings will take place on Tuesday April 2nd next at 7pm in Granard Credit Union Offices and on Thursday April 4th at 7pm in Newtowncashel Parish Hall. If you are concerned about the future delivery of this service in Co. Longford and how it may affect the more vulnerable population in rural areas, we would like to invite you to attend the public meetings and be part of the discussion on the future of the Co. Longford Rural Transport Programme. For further information please contact Longford Community Resources Ltd. at Ph. 043/3345555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Remember the Good Friday services will be ran on Holy Thursday (28th) next.
COLMCILLE FROLICS GALORE: Takes place in the Colmcille Community Centre on Friday night March 29th next at 8.30pm. A good nights entertainment for all is assured.
HAPPY EASTER: To all our readers especially those who buy their own ‘Leader’!