North Longford local news Dec 17

SINCERE THANKS: Hughie Brady , Main St, Arva and formerly of Aughakine,Aughnacliffe who has been a consistent supporter of Our Ladys Hospital for sick childen in Crumlin was a member of a large group who completed a very successful walk in Brazil for the hospitals funds from 21st Ocober to 31st October 2010.

SINCERE THANKS: Hughie Brady , Main St, Arva and formerly of Aughakine,Aughnacliffe who has been a consistent supporter of Our Ladys Hospital for sick childen in Crumlin was a member of a large group who completed a very successful walk in Brazil for the hospitals funds from 21st Ocober to 31st October 2010.

Hughie would like to return sincere thanks to all those who supported his fundraising night in his pub. The many who called with subscriptions or posted them to him . He is also deeply grateful to the corespondents of this paper who in no small way were a great help in announcing the walk. Thanks a million to one and all.


The delayed replay of the 1946 senior championship between Ballymahon and Dromard. The first match ended in a scoreless draw, was decided at Pearse Park on Easter Sunday when Dromard defeated Ballymahon by 1-4 to 0-4 to win heir first ever senior championship. The scorers for the winners Michael Reilly , Crott 0-2, Denis Gallagher, Ballyduffy (0-2) and Parick Duignan (Legga) 1-0. Ballymahon - Hand (0-2), Flynn (0-1), Cowan (0-1) Longford Leader April 19th 1947.

Colmcille GAA Club winners of the first senior football championship in the late 1890s is to have a new park. This was confirmed on Tuesday evening when land at Aughacordrinan, Aughnacliffe were signed over to the club by the Land Commission. The new park will be known as the Fr McGee memorial park after the former chairman of the club and native of the parish the late Fr Phil McGee - Longfod Leader October 20th 1978.

Over 250 runners from 10 clubs took part in the Ulster senior cross country championship held at Clones last Sunday. Dromard Athletic Club on their initial appearance gave a very good account of themselves finishing 3rd.West Belfast AC 1st; Oakleaf, Derry city , 2nd ; Dromard AC 3rd. Placings of Dromard team John Masterson Legga 9th;Charles Murtagh, Clonelly 15th; John McCabe Cortober 21st; Andrew L'Estrange, Arva 22nd and Patrick Sheridan Moyne 29th - Longford Leader February 10th 1945.


Please note that the annual Christmas party has been postponed until the new year.


Well done to Nathan Brady, Ballinaroey, Dring who was the winner of the Scor na Nog solo singing competition. The Leinster semi finals has been postponed due to the inclement weather and will now take place on the weekend of the 8th and 9th January.



The numbers drawn at the Lotto held on 5th December were 1, 20, 29 and 30 with the jackpot of 6700 euro still intact. Prizes went to Vincent Hourican, Dunbeggan, The Madden family , Loch Gowna; Paddy Walsh, Pulladoey and Irene Madden, Loch Gowna. This week 19th December the draw takes place in the Glenview lounge . Team three will be on duty Kieran McCabe; Francie Mulligan; Ollie Walsh and Philip McGauran. Jackpot 6900 euro.


The nativity play and concert will be staged in the assembly hall of the school on this Friday night 17th December at 7pm sharp. All are very welcome. The 2011 calender can now be purchased at 7 euro in the school or in Aughnacliffe post office. The parents association are to be complimented for producing this beautiful calendar which will make an ideal Christmas present for people at home or in distant lands. The total proceeds will go towards educational equipment and school bus tours.


The draw for December will take place on Sunday 19th December and there will be many extra prizes for Christmas.


Their numerous friends have asked us to send greetings and best wishes to Anne Marie and Paul Horan, Kiltycon, Moyne on the birth of their first child – a son to be named Conor.



The death took place peacefully on Friday 26th November of Mary Keenan, Lisard Road, Edgeworthstown fomerly of the Glenview Lounge Aughnacliffe at Mullingar Geneal Hospital surrounded by her devoted family. Mary who originated from Cornakelly Ballinamuck was reared into a farming environment. She had a huge interest and love of tending to animals which lasted up to the time when she could no longer do so. Prior to her marriage at the age of 26 to Michael (Sonny) Keenan of Edenmore she was a valued member of the Carnation Players Drama Group, Dromard and featured at Drama Festivals in Tubbercurry, Glenamaddy and Carrrickmore Co Tyrone. They enjoyed a happy and successful life in the Glenview Lounge where they raised their family and built up an empire business. Although she developed MS at 32 years of age, it did not stop her enjoying life to the full of her capabilities. She had a hunger for the good times full of laughter and was seen every night in the Glenview enjoying the music and company of friends. She travelled to hear Mick Flavin at every opportunity and became one of his biggest fans. Sitting in the shop to greet customers and having a laugh was so enlightening for her. She loved to hear about football and followed it at every level from local to All Ireland. She amazed and inspired people by her constant good humour and outlook as she dealt with her deteriorating health. Therefore with her healthcare becoming more of a priority they sold the Glenview in 2004 and moved to Edgeworthstown. There she was kept occupied by her grandchildren who gradually came along. She was a much loved lady with many kind words for all her friends and family. Mary was the centre piece of all their lives and will be missed dearly by them. Deepest sympathy to the bereaved family of Mary, her husband Sonny Keenan, her daughters Sinead Green and Denise Flood, her sons in law John and Dillon and by her six grandchildren. The family home as surrounded by saddened friends and family on Friday and Saturday. The removal and funeral was attended by hundreds of her dearest friends. All with the deepest of sorrow at such a loss of a genuine goodhearted character. May all the angels in heaven rejoice with receiving the diamond soul of Mary Keenan. May she rest in perfect peace..


Miss May Kiernan who died recently in Abbeyleix was a native of Aughnacliffe .The deceased spent most of her working life in the Co Laois town and was a member of a well known Colmcille GAA family. She was predeceased by he brothers Jim and Colm, her sisters Bridie and Lena who passed away recently. Her funeral Mass was celebrated in Colmcille Church on Friday 10th December and she was laid in her family burial grounds in the adjoining cemetery. May her soul rest in peace.


John Joe Farrelly Clonelly Moyne who passed to his eternal reward at St Josephs Hosital Longford was a well known and popular member of the farming community. In his 85th year the deceased's knowledge of world history and geography was unrivaled and kept a well stocked library of books which included works of Sean O'Casey, Oliver Goldsmith and Pauric Columb. A life long member of the Dromard Fine Gael Club and represented them for many years at the party's annual Ard Fheis in Dublin. He was predeceased by his brother James and his sister Mrs Maria Mugans who lived in Manchester. His remains were received at St Mary's Church Legga where the funeral Mass was celebrated on 7th December by Rev Fr Eamon Corkery PP Dromard and afterwards he was laid to rest in Tubberpatrick cemetery. Deepest sympathy is tendered to his nieces Mrs Margaret Tiannin Manchester who visited him regularly and another niece living in Canada together with a large circle of friends and relations. May his soul rest in peace.


We extend greetings to all our readers and wish them a very happy holy and peaceful Christmas. A special thank you to the many who helped us to keep this column up and running throughout the year and look forward to their continued support in 2011.