Local resident’s death
The death has taken place, following a long illness, of popular Toome resident, Mr. Seán Sutherland. His funeral took place on Thursday last, following Mass of the Resurrection in St. Mary’s Church Drumlea to the adjoining, cemetery. Sympathy is extended to his wife Ita, daughters, Anne and Marguerite, sons, John, Gerard, Declan and Noel, sister Annie Sheridan, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, cousins, in-laws and other relatives. Deceased was the youngest of a family of seven, born to renowned violin-player, composer and music teacher the late Alexander Sutherland and his late wife Annie Looby. The others in order of birth were Christina Doherty, Maggie, Annie Sheridan, Michael Francis, Brigid Mimna and Pat, Annie being the only living member. Prior to the onset of his illness Seán was a keen farmer, who in his leisure hours enjoyed football games and Bingo sessions and watching mainly sporting events on TV. In what was a busy life he always maintained a balance between the spiritual and temporal. Members of Drumreilly G.A.A. Club formed a Guard of Honour at his funeral. I leaba na Naomh go raibh a anam.
G.A.A. Club Snippets
Drumreilly G.A.A. Club membership fees are due. The annual Lottery draw will shortly take place for all who have joined before February 22nd. The Minor fixture against Ballinamore SOH on Sunday morning was
Winners at Bingo
The following were among the winners at last Friday night’s Bingo session in Drumreilly Community Centre: Alice Shields, Ballinamore, Damien Gough, Ballinamore, Kathleen Carthy, Clogher, Pauline Smith, Drumury, Ella Maguire, Aughalough, Rose Smith, Drumury, Doreen Flanagan, Aughawillan, Kathleen Canning, Bohey, Betty Taylor, Clonboyher, Debbie Keaney, Aughacashel, Cassie Dolan, Calloughs, Christina Murray, Killaneen, Mickey Flanagan, Drumarigna, Benny Connolly, Drumlea, Mary O Brien, Maureen Bracken, Keelrin, Lily Curran, Ballinamore, Bernadette Kane, Aughawillan, Margaret Flanagan, Ballinamore, Geraldine Prior, Lily O Neill, Killahurk, Brigid Smith, Mahana, Anna Maxwell, Carrickmakeegan, Anne McCaffrey, Ballinamore, John Pat Donnelly, Aughavas and Pauline Darcy, Aughawillan. Bingo will continue on next Friday at 8.30 p.m.
Sympathy is extended to the relatives of retired parish priest Fr. Patsy Young. His funeral took pace on Sunday last following Requiem Mass in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Ballyconnell to Cullies cemetery, Cavan. Faoi chúmhdach na naingeal go raibh a anam.
St. Valentine’s Day
An air of uncertainty surrounds the annual proliferation of expensive cards and gifts proclaiming undying affection leading up to St. Valentine’s Day. Is it because his death by martyrdom on February 14th 269 coincided with the old Roman love-feast of Lupercalia? Strange to say his feast is not included in the official calendar of saints. February 14th is shared by St. Cyril and Methodius. In 1835 Valentine’s remains, originally interred in Rome, were taken to Ireland by a Carmelite priest Fr. John Spratt to be re-interred in the Carmelite Church in Whitefriar St. Dublin. Incidentally there were at least two other third-century saints of the same name, one a bishop and the other an African martyr.
Recalling February 1999
The members of St. Mary’s Youth Band enjoyed their visit to the Cinema in Longford to see “The Parent Trap”. John McKeon played at full back for the Leitrim U-21 team. Joanne and Michelle Holahan, Mary McKeon, Mary and Monica Quinn were members of the Aughawillan Ladies team, which on the invitation of the late Paudie O Shea took part in a tournament in Dingle where they defeated Na Fianna, Dublin by a wide margin.. Rachel Kennedy and Karl McCartin were winners of medals at a Shannon Regional Dancing Feis in Kilbride, Co. Roscommon. It was reported that one hundred years previously the men of Aughoo, under the tuition of two Southern Ireland men, Messrs Lehane (Agr. Officer) and Doyle (Pension Officer) were learning to play hurling. They played a North Leitrim fifteen in a game in Mount Allen. The idea proved infectious as the ladies of the area took up camogie in Phil McGovern’s meadow. Still on the topic of the G.A.A. the newspaper reported that in the mid-fifties the men of Aughoo were plying their football skills against Drumreilly and other teams.
Lotto draw results
The following are the results of the Lotto draw held in Lawrence’s on January 29th: The numbers drawn were 1, 4, 6 and 13. The seven cash prizes were won by Anna Mae Denneny, Kinkeen, Melissa Johnston, Newtowngore, Pat Flanagan, Cully, Denise Breen, Siobhán Carron, Ballinamore, Peter Johnston, Newtowngore and Mickey Brady, Lahard. The next Draw will be held in Shortt’s on this Wednesday February 12th.