Credit Union scholarship
Details of the annual Ballymahon & District Credit Union scholarship for Leaving certificate students were recently announced. The scholarship is open to Leaving certificate students attending the Vocational school and Mercy Secondary school in Ballymahon. All students who wish to enter the draw must be a member of the Credit Union on or before 31 May 2014. Applicants must be commencing a FAS apprenticeship or a full time certificate, diploma or degree course at any university, IT or approved third level college. The scholarship will be paid at a rate of 1,000 euro per annum for a maximum of three years. Further details are available from the office of Ballymahon & District Credit Union.
Saint Padre Pio annual pilgrimage to Holy Cross Abbey,Tipperary will take place on Sunday next May 25th. A free bus will leave the Cathedral Park Longford at 9.15am. The bus will travel via Kenagh , 9.30am from church car park and Ballymahon at 9.45am. It will stop at Saint Matthews Church. For further information call 087 7858362 or 087 6613510 and 086 0405621.
Living with arthritis
Longford branch of Arthritis Ireland are having a public meeting in Cooney’s Hotel, Ballymahon on 22nd May at 7pm. Dr Ausaf Mohammed and Nurse Angela Cannon from Tullamore Regional Hospital are giving the presentation, both experts in their field of rheumatology.
Athletic Club AGM
The inaugural AGM of Kenagh Athletic Club will take place on Tuesday, 20th May at 8.30pm in the GAA kitchen. All are welcome to attend. Registration of members will take place after the meeting. Contact Amanda Horkan or Declan Donohoe for more information.
Longford harvest festival are organising a tractor run on next Sunday, May 25th, leaving Gav’s Bar, Kenagh at 12 noon. The tractor run will go to Newtowncashel village and return again to Gav’s Bar. Entry fee, 20 euro per tractor. Proceeds in aid of Saint Christopher’s Longford.
Age Active Party
Over 80 members of Active Age community were entertained to a sumptuous four course dinner in Saint Dominic’s Centre last Monday evening. The meal was served up by a very hard working local ladies committee and a few men. After the meal, a full hall of local people were entertained to music, songs, recitations, story telling and a very funny sketch. Thanks to all concerned who put in so much work to make the evening such an outstanding success. A special word of thanks to the back room team of Nuala, Betty and Marian for wardrobe, hair and make up also to musicians Tony, Jimmy and Sharon.
We wish the best of luck to all the local politicians who will be contesting the elections next Friday. We also wish to advise all who have a vote to go out and vote. Kenagh of course will be a very exciting place next Saturday as part of the count will take place in Saint Dominic’s Centre. We give a hearty welcome to all the media people, both local and national who will descend on the village for the day.
There was no shortage of outdoor entertainment in the locality last weekend. Kenagh GAA club had their annual ten kilometre road race starting from the village at 12 noon. Over 130 took part some walking, some jogging and some very serious runners who completed the course in record time. The international bicycle race passed through Ballymahon and passed through Corlea Cross at 3.30 approx. The all horse ploughing match in Lisglassick was also very successful despite a wet morning with over 200 attending. The big attraction for the day was in Pearse Park where Longford defeated Offaly in Leinster championship. Local man Shane Doyle gave a very good account of himself for Longford.
Fergeen is dead, those words seemed to have a very hollow sound to them when we heard of the demise of one of Kenagh’s most colourful characters. Last Friday, May 16, local man Fergus Smith, Loughill, Kenagh passed to his eternal reward after a short illness in Mullingar. Fergus affectionately known as Fergeen, Ferg and “Murph” was widely known for his witty remarks and his confidence. Born the youngest of 12 children about 1930, he lived a very varied and colourful life during his eighty five years. He joined the army in the Curragh while still a teenager where he excelled as a horseman which was quickly recognised by his superior officers. He presented a very fine figure in his equestrian uniform. He also played gaelic football for the Curragh, where he had the distinction of winning an All Ireland medal with the Curragh team. After about five years in the army, he spent some time in a stables outside Bray where he was also very popular. He emigrated to England, where he worked for the following thirty or so years. He then returned home to stay with his ageing mother who was then in her nineties. Fergus was always remarkably clean and well dressed and cut a bit of dash. He played football for Kenagh GAA team during his early years, something that was recognised when the present Kenagh club put up a guard of honour for him at his removal last Sunday evening. He was buried in Shrule cemetery after twelve o’clock mass on Monday. Fergus’s death is more remarkable as he is one of four single men who lived in close proximity to one another and who all died over the past year. May they all rest in peace.
Progressive 25 winners in Kenagh Community Centre last Thursday night were Pat and Ned, eleven games, 70 euro, Niall and Liz, ten games, forty euro. Table prizes: Mark and Noreen, Annie and Kathleen, twenty euro each. Raffle: Danny Walshe, Tom Duignan, Sean Parker, Bernie Walsh, all win ten euro each.