North Longford January 14

North Longford

North Longford


Fixtures for Sat 15th January: U10 Tigers v Kenagh Eagles in Kenagh @11.45am; U8 Alligators v Mostrim Utd in Mostrim @11am; U13 Bears v Kenagh in Aughnacliffe @ 12.30pm. Fixtures for Sun 16th January: U12 Warriors v Ballymahon in Aughnacliffe @1.30pm. Girls Fixtures will be sent by text via Manager. All training will resume this week after the Christmas Break, a text will be sent via Managers/ Trainers.


The Philip Smith Memorial Boat Fishing Competition, which is held annually by the North Longford Anglers Club, will take place on Sunday next January 16 on Lough Gowna. Fishing will commence at 11am and conclude at 4pm. Bookings will commence at Dernaferst Bridge at 10am. The presentation of prizes for the competitions and presentation of the trophy will take place in Joe and Kathleen Murtagh's premises in Aughnacliffe afterward where refreshments will be provided for all participants. Happy New Year to all our supporters.



The members of the Santa Club in Colmcille would like to thank everybody who helped with the Christmas party in Aughnacliffe Community Centre. Once again it turned out to be a very successful event. We would like to wish you all a Happy and Peaceful New Year.



Pat McGauran, Sonnagh, Aughnacliffe, was born in the townland of Cornadrung in 1922, the eldest son of a family of nine. It was there he spent the first 32 years of his life where he developed his love for the land working alongside his father on their farm. In 1954 Pat and his father set off on a pair of bicycles to Sonnagh to buy a house and farm for himself and his new wife, Mary Ellen McKeon from Smear. It was here they settled and reared a family of eight children. On this farm Pat continued his great love affair with the land growing a wide variety of various crops such as cereals, potatoes, vegetables and fruit as well as tending to his cattle, sheep and pigs. He loved to tell stories of times past and was extremely proud to be featured in Jude Flynn's Fireside Tales in which he described in detail the growing and cultivation of the Flax Crop. Pat was without doubt one of nature's gentlemen as well as a man of highest integrity whose word was his bond and was extremely popular with all the members of the North Longford Men's Group which he joined at its inception. He loved to play cards and go to the local pub for a few drinks with great men and friends such as Frank Sullivan, Aughakine and Peter McNerney, Molly. Pat lived a simple life. He was happiest when he was out on his farm and surrounded by his large family and grandchildren whom he loved deeply.

He was predeceased by his brother, nine years ago, Rev Fr. Matt McGauran, who was ordained in June 1966 for the Diocese of Plymouth and served with distinction in many parishes in Devon, and was the Parish Priest of the picture postcard town of Tiverton when he passed to his eternal reward, must to the regarded of his parishioners at the comparatively early age of 63.

Pat was lucky to enjoy good health for most of his 88 years which allowed him to remain actively involved in the things he loved. It can truly be said that he was a man of a deeply religious nature. His Christian faith was very important to him and guided and shaped his outlook on life. He passed away peacefully on the 17th of December 2010. A wake was held in his home and despite the snow and icy conditions people came from all over the country to pay their respects and express their heartfelt sorrow to his bereaved family.

His remains were received at St. Joseph's Church, Purth, on Sunday by Rev Fr. Sean O'Dowd and Rev Fr. Colman Carrigy. On Monday 20th December the Funeral Mass was concelebrated by his brother in law, Rev Fr Michael McKeon, Diocese of Sacramento, California; Fr. Sean O'Dowd; Rev Fr PJ Fitzpatrick, PP Lough Gowna; Rev Fr Frank Gray PP Ballymachugh; and Rev Fr Simon Cadam, PP Granard. Afterward he was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery beside his loving wife Mary Ellen. Deepest Sympathy is tendered to his sorrowing family; sons Sean (Sonnagh), Matt and his wife Bernadette in Sonnagh. Pauric and his wife Marie, Toneywarden, Granard; daughters Elizabeth in Longford, Margaret and her husband Seamus McNerney, Rathoath, Co. Meath; Cathy and her husband Sean Beirne, Bornacoola, Carrick on Shannon, Helen and her husband Donal Gilroy, Grange, Co. Sligo; Mary and her husband Pauric Reilly Granard, Brother Philip in Cornadrung, sisters Anne Reilly Aughakilmore, Margaret Reilly, Cloughernal, Granard, nieces, nephews and relatives and friends. May his gentle soul rest in peace.


The month's mind mass for Philip Hourican, Fostra, will be celebrated in Colmcille Church on Friday January 14 at 7pm. Since Philip's death his brother John who lived in England, has passed to his eternal reward. He will be laid to rest in the family burial grounds in Aughnacliffe Cemetery. Funeral arrangements not yet announced (at time of publication).


Rev Fr. James Masterson was born in 1929 in the townland of Firmullagh, Moyne, overlooking Tully Lake of Co. Leitrim. He was one of five children of James and Brigid Masterson (nee Maguire). In 1934 James together with his sister Mary attended Gortermore NS while James' three other brothers, Michael Paul, Hugh and JP went to Moyne NS. A decision was made between James parents and the teachers of Gortermore that St. Mel's College Longford was the appropriate place for the next phase of his education. At 12.5 years of age, James became a boarder in St. Mel's College where his capacity to absorb information didn't go unnoticed. On release some weekends from the College he brought his good friend John Wilson, one of Cavan's famous sons in terms of local and national politics as well as football, to swim and dive off the ‘seat' in Tully Lake. Fr. James' next step in life was to the Holy Ghost Fathers in Kimmage Manor in Dublin where his potential as a first class scholar was soon recognised. Under the guidance of the Holy Ghost Fathers James was steered in the direction of the University College Dublin where he obtained a degree in History and Geography. On his ordination he was sent to Nigeria to bring hope and religion to all people. A great lover of ordinary people, and a man of the land, Fr. James made great strides in improving the lives of those peaceful people in the early 1960s having completed all the projects which he had begun as a young Firmullagh priest. He spent some time in Kenya in East Africa to continue his work. Then in the early 1960s Fr James paid a visit to the Big Apple to see his first cousin, Hugh Maguire, now deceased. Soon afterward he returned to Ireland and took up responsibility in Gortletteragh parish in Co. Leitrim, Boherquill in Streete, Co. Westmeath was his next parish. Here Fr. James made a lasting impression on both the parish and its people. He moved closer to home when he took up duty in Mullinalaghta. Getting on in years and slight failing in health, he retired to the Holy Ghost Fathers at Kimmage Manor. He always promised that one day he would go back once more to Africa. In the mid 90s, the people of Nigeria welcomed back their long lost son with thousands turning up to greet him. During the Civil War, he had taken the side of the oppressed IBO people and they had not forgotten him. Fr. James left Africa for the last time and was based in Kimmage over the years. He was a frequent visitor to Firmullagh where he stayed on the Hill with Dermot, Michael and Bernadette Masterson. He loved to take trips on the Moon River in Carrick on Shannon with his first cousin Brigid Mary Creegan (nee Maguire). A great supporter of Dromard Football Club he was the first person in Pearse Park on County Final Day and stood with great pride when the Sean Connolly Cup was presented to the Dromard Captain. He never missed the Agricultural Show Day in Arva and always called to his friends Eamon and Philomena Gray at the Breffni Arms Hotel where he enjoyed a pint of Guinness and his pipe full of tobacco. His Funeral Mass was concelebrated in Kimmage on Saturday last (January 8) and afterward laid to rest in the new cemetery in Boherquill, Co. Westmeath where he served for a number of years. Fr. James leaves behind his sister Mary Farrell and family in Longford Town together with many cousins, relatives and friends everywhere. He was a man at ease with himself, a man known for his charity and gentleness, a man of the highest tradition of the priesthood who can now look back on his life with pride. That was the measure of the man.