Death of Anna Noonan: It was with deep regret that we learnt of the sudden death at 88 years of age of Mrs Anna Noonan, Cloncallow, Ballymahon predeceased by her husband, Peter, some 35 years ago. Anna is also pre-deceased by her sons Pat, Peter and Bennie. A lady of deep religious faith, Anna was a good-natured and popular lady, a kind and generous neighbour who worked hard down the years on the farm , rearing a big family of whom she was always so proud. In later years, she loved travelling to visit her sons and daughters and when she was at home in Cloncallow she really enjoyed baking and gardening and was a regular commuter to Ballymahon town on the bus meeting all her friends. She had great pleasure in having her family coming home to visit her, her sons, daughters, their children and then of course all the great-grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by her son Al who lived at home with Anna, also by her sons Eugene, San Francisco and John, New York, her daughters Teresa, California, Loretta, Mount Temple and Eithne, Walderstown, her sister Rose, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends to whom we extend our sincere sympathy. A large crowd attended the removal of Anna’s remains from Flynns Funeral Home in Moate to the church of the Immaculate Conception, Forgney and at the Funeral Mass and burial in the adjoining cemetery. It certainly bore testimont to the respect with which Anna was held in our community. May God grant rest to her Soul.
G.A.A.: Well done to the Ballymahon Senior football team who had a good win against Killashee in the League at the weekend.
Engagement: Many congratulations to Sean Clancy, son of John and Mary, Ballymulvey who recently announced his engagement to Lisa Gormley from Derry. We wish Sean and Lisa all the best for the future.
Church Gate collection: Ballymahon Fianna Fail Cumman wish to thank everyone who contributed to their recent Church Gate collection. Your continued support is much appreciated.
Exams: We wish the best of luck to all the Leaving Cert and Junior Cert pupils at both Secondary schools as they start their exams this Wednesday. We hope you all get the questions you are hoping for.
Big win for Lizzie: Congratulations to Lizzie Nestor, Ballymulvey who won €26,000 in the National Lottery Winning Streak TV Gameshow on RTE on Saturday week last. A bus load of family and friends travelled up to the RTE Studios with Lizzie and later returned to celebrate the win at The River Inn here in Ballymahon. You were looking very well on the television Lizzie, we hope you now enjoy your winnings. Well done.
Cloncallow Cemetery: A clean-up will commence at Cloncallow Cemetery on Tuesday June 11th at 7.00p.m. It would be appreciated if anybody who has any free time to spare, if they could make a special effort to attend and give a helping hand on the evening concerned and any evenings that will follow. It is planned to go out for three evenings because of the weather the first week. Please bring wheelbarrows and garden tools etc. Cemetery Sunday is just a month away, so the organisers are looking forward to a good turn out.
First Holy Communion: Congratulations to the young pupils at Forgney National School who received their First Holy Communion last weekend at Forgney Church. These boys and girls were Finn Heneghan-Fahy, Leah Stanley, Leah O’Connor, Abbie Sloan, Emma Noonan, Gisselle Sieblen, Liam Clabby and Kyle Grey. We hope you all enjoyed your very special day with your families.
Cemetery Sunday: Takes place at Shrule Cemetery on 7th July with Mass being celebrated at 7p.m. weather permitting. The Cemetery committee welcome donations towards the cost of ongoing work from families who no longer have representatives living locally.
Club ’91: Continues every Wednesday night at Bridgeways Resource Centre across from St. Matthews Church. A great afternoon was enjoyed lately in the Back Stage Theatre and the club’s members would like to thank the organisers. Their next outing is the Annual trip to Knock Shrine. They say they are glad to welcome their friends from Edgeworthstown and their driver Dessie. Sympathy is extended to the Noonan family, Cloncallow on the recent death of Anna. R.I.P. New members are always welcome.
Bog Lane Theatre company: There will be an Ordinary General Meeting held on Wednesday June 5th at 9.30p.m. All members are asked to attend.
Cemetery Sunday: will take place at Forgney cemetery on Sunday 7th July at 7.00p.m. and will be held earlier in Cloncallow Cemetery at 5.30p.m.
Trip to Belfast: Titanic Experience and Stormont Parliament, proposed day trip leaving Longford on Tuesday 25th June at 8.00a.m. for the above. Approx cost- bus and entrance €35, subject to numbers. All welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult. Details, evening only, Rosemary 087 7589287.
Thanks: Forgney Fianna Fail Cumman wish to thank most sincerely the people who contributed to the recent National Collection. Your good will and generosity is greatly appreciated and acknowledged by the party.
Congrats: Congratulations to Thomas Colohan, youngest son of Oliver and Mary, Creevaghbeg on a recent article published in the Irish Times on Tuesday 28th May. In a frank interview with Claire McCormack, daughter of Tommy and Frances, Moyvore, Thomas who has suffered from Friedrich’s Ataxia since he was 9 years old, tells us what it is like to live with the condition and how it has changed his life. We hope that Tom , his father Oliver and Tom’s friend David Cooney enjoyed their outing to Wembley last week to see the Ireland-England Friendly International match.
G.A.A.: Well done to ballymahon reserve league 2 team who had a good win against Granard in the semi-final of the Division 2 League. We wish them the best of luck in the Final.
Art Exhibition: For those of you interested in Art, an Exhibition was launched by Treasurer of the Goldsmsith International Summer School, Niall Nally, in Cooneys hotel, Main street on Thursday night last by Frances Kelleher and her daughter Orla. Frances runs weekly Art classes in Ballymahon and some of her Student’s works are also on display, which is in the Flanagan Suite on the second floor in the Hotel. A very special Guest at the Opening was Frances’s mother who celebrated no less than her 95th Birthday at the weekend, a hale and hearty lady who is enjoying good health and certainly appears to be enjoying life. We wish Mrs Fahy continued good health in the years ahead. The paintings will be open to the public until Tuesday 11th June. Well done indeed to Orla, Frances and her students.
Meeting: The next meeting of the History Group takes place Thursday 6th. June at 8:30pm usual venue, the Dean Egan Hall, as usual light refreshments will be served, and new members are always welcome. The upcoming history book publication will be the main subject at this get together, once again the group wish to remind anyone who may have photos of the old residents of Ballymahon bill heads or places within the town, (anything over 20 years please) and the older the pictures or memorabilia the better, to bring them in for copying etc. before the final deadline of June 30th. All donated materials will be carefully copied and returned to their owners as soon as possible. So anyone with historical photos etc.who would like to have these included in our history publication about Ballymahon please contact Anne Browne 086 3376774 or Mary Carey 0870618035.
COMMUNITY GAMES 40TH ANNIVERSARY: Ballymahon/Forgney are celebrating 40 years of community games in our area and county. We are holding an exhibition in Ballymahon Library 6-7pm Friday 7th June 2013 and would like any memorabilia , old photos, trophies, medals etc that anyone might have at home from Ballymahon/Forgney community games over this period to display. Please contact Mary 087 7936955 Shirley 086 8509245 or Deidre 087 7446333 or any committee member or you can bring to Ballymahon Library 7pm-7.30pm next Thursday 23rd May and we can photocopy photos and return on the same evening. Ballymahon/Forgney Community Games are also holding an Art Competition for Primary and Post Primary students in St Matthews NS, Forgney Ns, Mercy Convent and Vocational Secondary Schools Ballymahon. Theme: Celebrating 40 years of Community Games in Longford- 1 winner in each category -Jnr/Snr Infants, 1st-3rd Class, 4th to 6th Class and 13-16 years. Closing date: Friday 24th May 2013 and each participating school and winners will be notified. Winner will be presented with a prize and their work will be displayed in Ballymahon Library.
40th ANNIVERSARY GALA NIGHT: The Co. Longford 40th Anniversary Community Games Gala Night will be held on Friday 7th June 9.30pm in Ballinalee. Liz Farrell who has been involved with community games for over 36 years at both area, county and leinster level has been nominated by our local committee for the Hall of Fame Award and will be presented with her award at the Gala. If you have been involved with community games at some stage in the past or present please come along it promises to be a great night out. Tickets are available from Shirley 086 8509245 at 20 euro each.
Do you want to learn to kayak?: Inny kayakers, based in ballymahon, will be running beginners courses this Spring/Summer. If you are interested in learning to kayak in a safe and fun environment then email them at email@example.com. The courses are aimed at anyone aged 10 and up and run by fully qualified Irish Canoe Union instructors .For more information about the courses check out the website www.innykayakers.com or email.
Innyside Singers: A number of rehearsals have been scheduled for the coming weeks in order to prepare for upcoming performances at local events. Singers please note rehearsals will take place in the Bog Lane Theatre on the following dates at Thurs June 6th, Thurs June 13th and Thurs June 20th. In addition there will be two rehearsals in Longford on June 19th and June 26th - time and location TBC. Details of repertoire will be circulated on email. A full attendance is required.
Helium Festival: The Helium Fundraiser Music Festival takes place next Saturday June 8th and anyone interested in working as a volunteer on the day for this community event is asked to contact David Mulvihill on 086 8229827 for details. Alternatively, you can also support the hard work put in by the over 100 local volunteers by purchasing tickets and coming along to enjoy the event on the day. Tickets are on sale from Skelly’s Bar and Daybreak Country Shop in Ballymahon - as well as from any committee member; Denniston’s Longford; Rochforts Music in Mullingar; Athlone Live at The Sound Factory in Athlone and Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop in Galway. They can also be purchased by logging on to entertainment.ie. Tickets cost €40 (plus booking fee if applicable) and all proceeds from the event go to Ataxia Ireland. So far over 40 thousand euro has been raised for the good cause.
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