The mother and toddler group are back again after the Christmas break. The group meet every Wednesday morning from 9.30am to 12 noon upstairs in Sticky Fingers Creche. The group have been very successful since it was founded. It caters for children from early toddler stage to three years old. New members are always very welcome.
Congratulations and best wishes to Brendan Flanagan, formerly of Derryadd, who celebrated his fortieth birthday last weekend.
Next Sunday, February 2nd is traditionally known as Candlemass day. Along with it being the first day of spring, candles designated for use at all ceremonies in the church throughout the year were blessed on this day. Up to recent times parishioners paid in a small donation known as candle money to help pay for the wax candles. Next Saturday, February 1st is also the traditional feast of Saint Brigid, often referred as the Mary of the Gael and also the first day of spring when the more adventurous gardeners began to put down the hardy annuals like onions etc. February 3rd is the feast of Saint Blaise when the faithful have their throats blessed to keep away any problems associated with the throat. No doubt a busy weekend in store for the more traditional parishioners.
LARCC Cancer Support Centre
The centre is delighted to host an arts and well being midterm camp for children and young people at their venue – Coole Road, Multyfarnham, Co Westmeath. This will be a professionally led group for children aged 6- 12 years. The dates for the camps are : Thursday 20th February 2014 – for children affected by a diagnosis. Friday 21st February 2014 – for children bereaved by cancer. Camp times each day are from 10am – 1pm. There is no fee to take part but places are limited. For more information contact Audrey the play therapist at LARCC on 044 9371971.
The Kenagh and district social group will reconvene on this coming Tuesday night and every coming Tuesday night until the summer break. The group will meet in Saint Dominics Centre at 8pm on the night and it is open to all comers. The new bowling mat has proved to be a very popular source of entertainment and is available to all locals for a small nightly fee. Refreshments served.
There was a very full and comprehensive meeting of Wetlands Heritage Ireland in Cooneys Hotel, Ballymahon last Thursday night. The allocation of a ten acre plot of cutaway bogland to the local community was fully discussed . In order to give local residents especially from Kenagh and surrounding areas an idea of what’s involved, a seminar and presentation will take place in Saint Dominic’s Community Centre on February 18th at 8pm. The county planning offices and other council and Bord na Mona officials will also be in attendance who will explain what’s involved. This is an open meeting and everyone is invited to attend.
Winners in Saint Dominic’s Centre last Thursday night were Ivan and Peter, Bill and Pete, Paddy and Mick, ten games each, they share 180 euro. Table prizes Berney and Josie , Ned and Tom, Annie and Kathleen, all win twenty euro each. Raffle: Vincent Walshe, Ivan Jones, Frank Casey, Paddy Conway, Barry Killian, Betty Geraghty, Kathleen Maguire and Paddy Conway, all win ten euro each.
There was widespread sadness and shock with the news of the very sudden and tragic death of Olive May Flower of Barry Village which occurred at her residence during the night of last Wednesday and Thursday Feb 22 – 23rd. It appears that May died from smoke inhalation and shock after a fire broke out in her downstairs bedroom. She succumbed to the presence of smoke despite the best efforts of her grandson who was sleeping upstairs and who called neighbours immediately to help to get the ninety five year old lady to safety. The fire was brought under control by units of Ballymahon and Longford fire brigade. Unfortunately May was not able to get out on account of her being somewhat immobile. May Flower was a very popular and well known lady among the tight knit Barry community. Until recent years she was always on the move and enjoyed rural life to the full. She was originally Olive May Rollinson from county Westmeath and came to live in Barry when she married her late husband James almost sixty years ago with whom she lived a very active life on the farm and in the home where she reared her two children. She was also very active in the wider community where she attended many functions and social events over the past sixty years. She was driving her car until very recently. She will be sadly missed by her immediate neighbours in Barry and surrounding areas, her carers who looked after her but more especially by her children William and Olive her grandchildren, daughters in law, son in law and a very wide circle of relatives and friends. She was buried in Forgney cemetery after service in Tashinney church on Sunday afternoon.
The numbers drawn in Kenagh GAA Lotto were 4, 16, 17, 30. There was one match three winner, Terry Flynn, Newtownforbes, wins eighty euro.