North Longford local news Jan 28

Deeply regretted death: Mrs Margaret Faughnan,Corrinagh, Moyne who passed to her eternal reward peacefully at the Laurel Lodge Nursing Home Longford on Saturday 15th January was in her 86th year.

Deeply regretted death: Mrs Margaret Faughnan,Corrinagh, Moyne who passed to her eternal reward peacefully at the Laurel Lodge Nursing Home Longford on Saturday 15th January was in her 86th year.

Predeceased some years ago by her husband Paddy she was the former Margaret Gray. A native of Anskirt in the parish of Gortleteragh Margaret was a great neighbour and true friend and was a wonderful wife and devoted mother. An unassuming lady she worked very hard over the years and was an esteemed member of the community who was imbued with a deep sense of christianity devoted to her faith and church. A very caring person she died as she lived with dignity and will be fondly remembered by her family and friends. Following prayers at the Laurel Lodge Nursing Home on Sunday evening her remains were received at St Patrick's Church Ballinamuck by Rev Fr Michael Bannon PP Drumlish and he was joined at the concelebrated Funeral Mass on Monday 17th January by friend of the family Rev Fr Pat Lennon PP Ardagh. Afterwards she was laid to rest beside her beloved husband Paddy in the new cemetery in Kltycreevagh. The very large crowds at the funeral ceremonies on both occasions told its own story and bore ample testimony to the high regard she was held by so many together with people who travelled long distances to pay their last respects to his much loved lady. Deepest sympathy is tendered to her sorrowing family sons Pat in Kilnashee, Drumlish; Eugene in Florida USA; Charlie in Manchester; daughters Geraldine Owens Kildare; Joan Etienne Drumlish; Margaret Martin Clonback, Aughnacliffe;Bridie Carroll Kildare and Helen McCormack Glenmore, Aughnacliffe; her brother Benny Gray, Australia; nephew and nieces together with twenty five grandchildren and ten great grandchildren, relatives and friends. May her gentle soul rest in peace.


The annual Philip Smith memorial Competition was fished on Lough Gowna on Sunday 16th January. A total of 21 boats took part despite the frosty conditions. Prior to the presentation of the prizes and the memorial trophy all competitors were treated to a hot meal by Joe and Kathleen Murtagh in their premises in Aughnacliffe. This proved to be very welcome for the anglers after braving the icy waters of Loch Gowna for over five hours. The results 1) Philip Smith Trophy – Pauric Kiernan and Seamus Smith North Longford Anglers 8 lbs 4.5 ozs; 2) Marty Custworth North Longford Anglers 8 lbs 1.5 ozs; 3) Joe McDermot,Camlin and District Anglers 5 lbs 5 ozs; 4) Joe McEntaggart, North Longford Anglers 4 lbs 7.5 ozs; 5) Thomas Tierney Carrigallen Anglers 4 lbs 6 ozs.


Enrolment for above school in September 2011 takes place in Cnoc Mhuire on Saturday 29th January from 10am to 12 noon. If further details are required contact the principal Ms Moira Mahon at telephone 043 6686231 , fax 043 66 86888.


The Dolmen Failte Club wish to announce they are re-opening following the Christmas holidays. The meetings commence as 2pm. Interesting agenda of activities and events are in store. why not come along and partake of same as new members are always sure of a warm welcome. Please note the opening date is Tuesday 1st February at 2pm.


On Wednesday 2nd February enrolment for drama classes for children takes place in Colmcille Community Centre. Details 6 years to 8 years will be from 6pm to 7pm. 9 years to 12 years – 7.15 to 8.15pm. The classes will be under the direction of Maura Williamson Carrigallen.


Deepest sympathy is tendered to Mrs Vera Connolly Ballyduffy Moyne on the death of her brother Matt O'Brien whose funeral took place in Manchester recently. Sympathy is also extended to the other family members his sisters Mrs Eileen Brennan Cortober, Arva and Mrs Sheila Mitchell Newtowngore and his brother John O'Brien, Newtowngore. May his soul rest in peace.


The numbers drawn at the Lotto held on 16th January were 1, 2, 18 and 20. Jackpot intact. Prizewinners Adrian Lennon c/o Nellie Gormley; Marian Nugent and P Drumm c/o Nellie Gormley and Jim Kiernan Aughagreagh. To raise funds for the club members will participate in a losing weight project. During the coming months. The launch of the project takes place in Murtaghs lounge on Saturday 5th February.



The following are some memories of Clonback National School as told by one of the teachers Mrs Roisin McElroy. The former Roisin Greene Aughaward Ballinalee - "on a bright and crisp October morning in 1954 I set foot in Clonback school for the first time. This was my first job – I faced into that old building feeling slightly nervous but at the same time wildly excited. I was greeted at the door by a frail looking woman wearing black. In her outstretched arms was a bundle of "cipins" which was to use later to kindle the hearth fire. This was Mrs Kenrick who would be my principal for the next eight years. Her sincerity impressed me. We talked for some time then we parted. I entered my new schoolroom. What a surprise was in store for me. This room was different from any school room I had ever seen. No desks, no tables, no chairs no blackboard. The only furniture that was in this room was a harmonium and a stool. I stood there not knowing what to think or where to turn in front of me were four or five broad steps and nailed to each step was a long form. Soon I learned how the children made themselves comfortable in these strange surroundings. They simply sat on the floor and used their little forms as tables. They were perfectly happy and so was I. I grew to love that old and quaint classroom. I loved everyone of those children who trudged to school come rain or come shine to "learn their lessons". I don't know what lessons they learned from me but I certainly learned a lot from them and from their parents. The people from that area were a "noble" people, a people of deep faith honesty and integrity, the "salt of the earth". In 1962 my old principal Mrs Kenrick retired. I missed her . She was replaced by Mrs Kathy Lee from Aughnacliffe. Kathy and I spent the following eleven years together. During those years we became close friends. We prayed together we worked together we laughed together we cried together, we two,along with our children were one big happy family. Kathy was a "natural". As far as teaching was concerned she was an "inspiration" to me as a teacher as a mother and above all as a friend and to this day I value her friendship more than I can say. In 1973 the doors of Clonback national School closed for the last time. It was a sad day for all of us. I have nothing but happy and beautiful memories in my heart (if a little sad at times) of a people and their children who were close to God, close to each other and close to God's beautiful earth".



U14 and U16 art competition. Anyone wishing to participate please give your entries to Grainne Kilbride in Aughnacliffe post office no later than Tuesday 8th February. The entries must be marked with name, date of birth and townland. Pictures must have a community games theme.


A representative from the Midland Employment Support Agency (MESA) will be in the Granard Area Action Group office on this Thursday 27th January from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. MESA helps adults with disabilities to find suitable employment and/or work experience. A person with a disability who is looking for employment or if he/she just want to find out more about this service drop into the office at above time or ring 086 3872856 to make an appointment.


The weekly meetings of the group will re-commence on Friday 4th February at 12 noon. New members welcome.