Chairde Comhra

Chairde Comhra

Are you interested in reviving your “cupla focal”. Chairde Comhra meet every Wednesday night at 8pm in The Hill, Newtowncashel. To broaden our horizon we will be meeting in the Community Centre in Kenagh on Wednesday night February 19th at 8pm. We would love for new members to join us. Most of us will remember a little of our Irish from our school days. So if you have very little, a little or a lot and you would like and you would like to improve what you have please come and join us.

Ballymahon Clothing Factory Re-Union

Plans are underway for a re-union of all of the people who worked in Ballymahon Clothing Factory, Claffeys, Dubtex, Balman, Manford and Manford Direct. All past employees of these factories together with their partners, families and friends are invited, and all who would like to attend on the night. The venue is The Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule. Date – Friday 25th April 2014 starting at 9pm sharp. All are welcome to join the fun. Music will be provided by various artists followed by a Disco with D.J. Michael Rooney. It promises to be a great night for all with a chance for you to renew old acquaintances. There will be a raffle and spot prises on the night. Donation buckets will be at the door and all proceeds on the night will be donated to local charities.

Progressive 25

Winners last Thursday night were Ned and Tom, twelve games, they win 80 euros; Sean and Elizabeth eight games, they win 50 euros. Table Prizes: Annie and Kathleen, Niall and Liz, all win 20 euros. Raffle: Sean Parker, Freda Connaughton, Ita Farrell, Peter McGarry, John O’Hara, Michael Maguire, Pat Larkin and Noreen Gibbions all win 10 euros each.


The numbers drawn in Kenagh GAA Lotto for February 9th were 15, 17, 25, 26. There was no match three winner and the following names were drawn: Tom Carberry, Derrahaun Snr, Gary Kenny, Foigha; Ronnie Nally, Ballymahon and anon c/o Father Tom Barden, all get 20 euros each.


Wetlands Heritage Ireland are holding a very important information evening in Saint Dominic’s Centre on Thursday night next, February 18th at 8pm. Officials from Bord na Mona and Longford Council will attend proposals for take over of cutaway at Corlea, all are welcome to attend.


Congratulations and best wishes to Alan Percival, Corlea and Elizabeth Farrell, Rathowen who were married in St. Mary’s Church Rathowen on Saturday, 8th February. Chief celebrant of the marriage ceremony was Father Patrick Early. Chief Bridesmaid was Mary Farrell, Bridesmaid was Anita Farrell. Bestman was Sean Percival and Groomsman was Gary Percival. Readers were Deirdre Killilia and Margaret Percival, Prayers by Aoife Cox and Teresa McGrath. Church Music was rendersed by Carmel Fay and Aisling Shields. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded bliss.

John Donlon

This week we sadly record the death of one of our better known personalities in the greater south Longford area. John Donlon of Derrahawn, Kenagh passed to his eternal reward after a very brief illness last weekend, 4th February. John who was 75 last November, had fought off a more serious illness over the past four or five years was taken suddenly ill outside Lanesboro Church last Sunday week February 2nd. Although, having fought through his more serious illness his death caught his many friends, neighbours and immediate family totally unawares. Looking back over his adult life, John’s name comes to mind as one of the best footballers to wear Longford County’s blue and gold and to greater degree the red and black of his native Newtowncashel. John’s first introduction to Gaelic Football came about when he and a few of his friends enlisted for Kenagh Minors during the years 1954-55. They trained at Egan’s field in Glanmore during the mid-fifties when Kenagh had a successful juvenile and minor club. His natural inclination was to join with his native Newtowncashel where he was an obvious choice for their up and coming junior team. He showed great skill and talent during those early years where he played on almost any position on the field. Cashel won both Junior League and Junior Championship in 1961, very ably assisted by their star man John Donlon. His skill powers soon attracted the attention of the Longford County selectors and within a short few years he had secured a permanent position on this up and coming county team. His name will go down in the history books as being the best half-back in Ireland during the years 1966, 67 and 68 when he won the national league and Leinster medals during these never to be forgotten years. John could play it tough when required but down under he was a gentle giant, big in stature, big at heart, easy going and approachable. He continued to line out with his native Cashel where he won many honours and accolades. After his playing days he continued to show an interest in GAA affairs when he took on to to manage Longford County team. In the late sixties, he was elected to the Longford County Council with the Fianna Fail party where he served with honesty and dedication. After his illustrious life with the GAA, and later Longford County Council, he retired back on to the family farm with seasonal work on Bord na Mona. John married Maureen McCarthy Dromraneg in 1967 after which they reared a large family of nine children, one of which died at a very young age. He continued to farm the land until he had to slow down due to his fatal illness. He died at University Hospital Galway on February 4th from where he was removed to his home for a traditional waking. His removal to Newtowncashel church and his funeral mass was one of the largest on record for the parish. A guard of honour was presented by members of Cashel GAA club, Longford County Board, past members of his team of 1966-68 and members of Longford County Council. John also played for Leinster during his Halycon days all of which added up to a huge representation at his removal and funeral. A grave side oration was given by his club mate and Leinster Council chairman Martin Skelly who gave a wonderful account of John’s life history. Although it was very cold we all stood and listened alongside a comprehensive gathering of big names from the glory days of Longford football. He will be sadly missed by so many people more especially by his wife Maureen, sons Sean, Brian, Michael, Timothy, Eamon, Niall, daughters Pamela and Olivia with special memories of his son Dermot who died tragically as an infant also his brothers, sisters, extended family and many friends and neighbours. John will long be remembered for his legendary contribution to Gaelic football, a true Gael, a gentle giant.