North Longford local news Feb 11

KING OF THE LAKES: The above angling club have announced that "The King of the Lakes" open boat pike fishing competition takes place on Lough Gowna on Sunday next 13th February.

KING OF THE LAKES: The above angling club have announced that "The King of the Lakes" open boat pike fishing competition takes place on Lough Gowna on Sunday next 13th February.

Fishing commences at 11am and concludes at 4pm.Entries will be taken at Dernaferst bridge starting at 10am. Following the end of the competition refreshments will be provided by Joe and Kathleen Murtagh at their premises in Aughnacliffe.


Her many friends send greetings and best wishes to Mrs Anne Brown , Drumury Moyne who is back home again, fully recovered following her stay at Portiuncula hospital Ballinasloe.


This week is enrolment time for September 2011 at Ardscoil Padraig on the following dates in the school. Wednesday 9th February from 7pm to 10pm and on Saturday 12th February from 11am to 1pm. Students and their parents please bring your PPS number and official birth certificate. Further information if required phone the principal on 043 6686209.


Enrolment for the Aughnacliffe school for September 2011 will be held on Tuesday 15th February at the school from 2pm to 3pm. If unable to attend that day phone the principal leaving your name , address and phone number.


Extract from Longford Leader jubilee edition (1897 – 1972) – "the fourth dail election was held in June 1929 and the constituency of Longford Westmeath returned five deputies and they were P W Shaw, Mullingar; James Victory Edgeworthstown; Harry Broderick Athlone; Michael; JJ Kennedy Castlepollard;Hugh Garahan Ballymahon and MP Connolly Kenagh..The Fianna Fail members did not take heir seats. This dail had a very short life and there was a further election in September 1929. Longford Westmeath was still a five seater but there were changes in representation. The successful candidates were MP Connolly, PW Shaw, MJ Kennedy, Harry Broderick and JJ Killane from Ballinalee. Messrs Kennedy and Killane represented Fianna Fail. Broderick was a Labour deputy and Messrs Connolly and Shaw represented Cumann na nGael (now Fine Gael). James Victory and Hugh Garrahan lost their seats and another defeated was Patrick Kenna of the Farmers Party. This Dail saw the coming of age of Fianna Fail as all their members subscribed to the oath which had kept them out of the Dail for the previous six years. However the other parties were pleased to see Fianna Fail participating in the parliamentary affairs of the nation and recognising the idea of the supremacy of parliament. General Sean MacEoin was a serving officer in the National army and took no part in these elections. However there came a vacancy in the constituency of Sligo Leirim in 1929 due to the death of a deputy and General MacEoin was asked to stand . He resigned his commission in the army and stood as a candidate for Cumainn na nGael and was duly elected. There was a bye election too in the constituency of Longford Westmeath in 1930 when Mr James Geoghegan was elected. The next election took place on 16th March 1932 in the constituency of Longford Westmeath which was now down to a four seater and those returned were Sean MacEoin ,PW Shaw, MJ Kennedy and James Geoghegan. Fianna Fail had not an overall majority but formed a government with the support of the Labour party. Encouraged by this Mr deValera called a further election in January 1933 in an effort to gain an overall majority for his party and in this he was successful. Longford Westmeath gave him three deputies in the persons of Messrs Geoghegan, Victory and Kennedy. The other two returned were Sean MacEoin and for the first time Charles Fagan from Westmeath. The constituency as the reader will note had reverted to five seats and Mr PW Shaw did not stand .


Wednesday 2nd February was a very special day in Aughnacliffe at our day care centre as it was the start of our meetings for the new year. This was marked by a prayer service presided over by the local parish priest Rev Fr Seamus McKeon. A large group of fifth and sixth year students from St Colmcilles National School accompanied by their principal M/s Aideen Mulligan graciously provided beautiful music and song which greatly enhanced the event. Prayers and petitions were put forward by group members and the recently deceased members were remembered in a special way. This was followed by a beautiful home cooked dinner provided by the catering staff Stephanie and Nelly and afterwards members participated in a bingo session. We at the day care centre would like to take this opportunity to invite new members for 2011. If you or your relative would like to come along to our meetings we would be delighted to welcome you. We have a highly qualified staff and offer our older people a chance to meet and socialise in a safe comfortable environment. We also provide interesting information sessions which are of a special interest to you. Transport is provided if required. Enquiries to Lucy or Jackie at 043 6696309 or 087 6288859.


The death occurred at St James Hospital, Dublin on Thursday 3rd February peacefully following an illness bravely borne of Mrs Molly Bradley Derrylahan, Newtowngore mother of Marie Bradley a popular member of the staff of Brooklands Health Care Centre, Ballinalee Road Longford. Mrs Bradley's remains were removed from her home on Saturday morning last 5th February to St Mary's Church , Drumlea Carrigallen where her funeral Mass was celebrated . Deepest sympathy is tendered to her sorrowing husband Hugh , daughter Marie and all other family members . May her soul rest in peace.


Classes run by Maura Williamson Carrigallen will recommence in Colmcille Community Centre on this Wednesday 9th February. Limited places available for 9-12 year olds which commence at 7.15pm. Cost 40 euro for 8 weeks. Deposit 20 euro.


The winners for January were 200 euro Emer McCabe Cornadrung; 70 euro each Turlough McNerney, Aughakine; Catherine and Benny Reid Rathmore; Anne Denneny Molly; John and Maura McCabe, Aughnacliffe; Bridget McNerney Corrickadorish; Bridget Maguire, Clonback and Helen and Joseph Murtagh Cunnareen. February draw takes place on Sunday 27th February after the 10.30am Mass in Colmcille Church.



The jackpot of 7300 euro remained intact following the lotto held on 30th January. Prizewinners Ciaran McKeon Pulladoey; Colin Greaney,Fostra; Anne Marie Kinlan, Rathmore and Sean Donohoe, Aughnacliffe. Jackpot this week 7500 euro.


St Colmcille's National School parents association wish to thank all those who supported the charity game on New Years Day in Fr McGee park. A special thanks to the ladies team and all the men who provided excellent entertainment that day. We raised 838.30 euro and thanks also to the senior club for donating their share of the proceedings. There are some calenders left and these will be on sale on 13th and 14th February following Mass in Purth and Aughnacliffe at a special price of 5 euro.


Mrs Frances Connors, formerly Frances McManus Cornakelly Moyne celebrated her 99th birthday at the Laurel Lodge nursing home Longford on Friday last 4th February. We wish her continued good health and many more happy birthdays.


Owing to the inclemency of the weather the weekly get-together of the group had to be cancelled on Friday last but will take place on this Friday 11th February from 12 noon to 3pm.


A massive fundraiser and fun night takes place in the Breffni Arms Hotel on Saturday February 12 in aid of treatment for all cancer patients, young and old. The popular TV programme Take Me Out comes to Arva on that date. Great spot prizes up for grabs on the night and big prizes for the boys with the dates! Free disco afterwards. Please support this very worthwhile casue.


This correspondents phone no is 049 4335156, fax no 049 4335744.