Death of local Farmer
It was with deep regret that we learnt of the death last week at his home in Drynan in the presence of his heartbroken family of Jimmy Delaney at 73 years old. Jimmy had been ill for just two short months when he passed away, an illness that he bore with great dignity and strength, he will be sadly missed by his family and wide circle of friends. He was a hard-working farmer all his life, right back to the day he left school in his ‘teens, he always loved nature and life on the farm and has always been a highly respected member of the local farming community. Jimmy was a very obliging neighbour, a man of great humour and always had something witty to greet you with, he enjoyed life, meeting up with friends for a social drink or chatting to everyone up at the Mart. An Auctioneer for 40 years, Jimmy worked at the Farmers Marts in Ballymahon, Moate, Granard, Roscommon and Athenry, he also did some auctioneering in housing and land which he always did in a very professional manner. The large number of people from far and wide who called to his home on hearing of his death, also to the removal and funeral bore testimont to the respect with which Jimmy and all of the Delaney family have been held, not just in Ballymahon but over a wide area of the Country. Jimmy was a former Director at Longford Westmeath Farmers’ Mart here in town as was his late father, James, who was also a founder member of the Mart. A man of deep religious faith and someone who had a great interest in Sport, indeed many people in the area will remember back to the days before the local G.A.A. Club bought Leo Casey Park, the Delaney family allowed the Club play on their land for many long years out in Drynan which was very much appreciated by all the players. The Church was packed to capacity when Jimmy’s remains were brought to St. Matthews Church on Wednesday evening last and also at his Funeral Mass on Thursday morning. The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Padraig McGowan P.P. Ballymahon assisted by Fr. Paddy Conlon, Tang and Fr. Charlie Healy, Carrickedmond with Solo singer Corrie McCormack and Organist Fintan Farrelly. Jimmy’s remains were laid to rest at Carrickedmond Cemetery. We offer our sincere sympathy to Jimmy’s wife Mairead, son Michael, daughters Emer and Anna, brother Michael, sister Maureen (Donegan), sister-in-law Ann, son-in-law Tom, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and lots of friends. In iothlann De, go gcastar sinn.
Art Classes are taking place with Frances Kelleher at the Sisters of Mercy house, Main Street on Wednesdays from 7p.m. to 9p.m. Fee is €10 per session. Newcomers welcome, also beginners.
Leo Casey History Group
The November meeting takes place this Thursday evening, 6th November at 8.00p.m. in the usual venue the Dean Egan Hall. Refreshments will be served. New members, as always, very welcome.
Congratulations to Shauna McAuley who celebrated her 21st birthday recently with Claudia, John, her family and lots of friends at Kiernan’s Pub, Main Street. Hope you enjoyed the night Shauna, best wishes to you for the future.
The very popular Abbeyshrule Community Christmas Craft Fair will take place on Sunday, 14th December from 12 noon to 6p.m. Anyone interested in taking a table should contact Betty McGoey at 04493 57742 or email firstname.lastname@example.org The childrens craft workshops will be from 1p.m. to 2.30p.m. and 2.30p.m. to 4p.m. costing €4 per child. Your workshop must be booked in advance. Weather permitting Santa will drop in to the children at 4p.m. A raffle will be held and all proceeds will go to MWB Autism Support who help organise the event. Your support will be appreciated.
Pink Ribbon Day
Many thanks to everyone in the Ballymahon area who so generously contributed to the collection on October 3rd last, Pink Ribbon Day in aid of Cancer Research. €871 was collected on the day. Your support is very much appreciated for this most worthy cause. Many thanks from the organisers also to everyone who collected on the day.
Congratulations to Carmel Felle, (nee O’Reilly ) former pupil of Ballymahon Convent of Mercy who is the new President of the Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association. C.S.N.A. is the representative body for retailers throughout the country with 1200 members in 1500 stores. We wish Carmel, who visited County Longford last week to meet retailers, the best of luck in her new role.
St. Christopher’s A.G.M.
The A.G.M. of St. Christopher’s Services ltd will take place on Tuesday next, November 11th at 8p.m. in the Sylvia Dawson Hall, St. Christopher’s Centre, Battery Road, Longford. Guest Speaker will be Bishop Emeritus Colm O’Reilly and reports will be presented by Pat O’ Toole, Pauline Davis and Clare O’Dowd. All are welcome.
Wedding Bells for Denise and David
Warmest congratulations go to Denise Canavan, daughter of Kevin and Sheila, Creevaghbeg who got married on 24th October to David Keegan, son of Joe and Julie, Forgney at St. Matthews Church, Ballymahon. Denise looked stunning in her beautiful ivory gown at the lovely wedding ceremony which was celebrated by Fr. Padraig McGowan P.P. The excellent music at the church was performed by Soloist Kate Connolly, accompanied by musicians Paul Canavan, cousin of the Bride, also John Conlon and Padraig Collins, renowned Harpist at Bunratty Castle. The Bridesmaids who looked gorgeous in their navy dresses were Denise’s sisters Michelle and Niamh and also Gillian Keegan, David’s sister. Best man was David’s brother, Barry who travelled over from Australia for the occasion, also his friends Sean Diffley who came over from Maine in America and Sean Colohan, Creevaghbeg. A large crowd joined the newlyweds at their wedding reception in The Springs Hotel in Athlone where everyone danced the night away to the lively music of Simon Casey and his Band. We hope that Denise and David are enjoying their Honeymoon in Mexico and we wish them many longs years of good health, wealth and happiness together.
Community Games A.G.M.
Ballymahon/Forgney Community Games group held their A.G.M. on 23rd October in Skellys Bar. The following committee was elected for the coming year: Chairperson – Shirley Maloney, Secretary – Ciara Molloy, Treasurer – Madeline McCormack, P.R.O. - Mary Forbes, Youth Officer – Phillip Maloney. Due to the poor turnout at the A.G.M., the positions of Vice-Chair, Children’s Officer, Development Officer and Games Director still have to be filled, so if anyone has some spare time and would like to contribute their expertise, please contact any of the above committee members. We wish the committee the best of luck for 2014/2015.
Death of Mrs Bridget Kenny
The death occurred at the Midland Hospital, Tullamore of 92 year old Mrs Bridget Kenny, (Nee Mulvihill), relict of the late John, Rath Lodge, Abbeyshrule. Bridget was a lovely lady, a quiet, hard-working member of the farming community who dedicated her life to her family and working on the farm. A very kind and helpful neighbour always, Bridget thankfully enjoyed good health until a short time ago and loved to see her children and grandchildren coming to visit her regularly, they were her pride and joy. A large number of people called to her home on hearing of her passing to pay their respects to their neighbour, friend, someone they knew they could turn to if in need, she was always there to listen and help out if possible. She will be sadly missed. Our deepest sympathy is extended to Bridget’s sons John (Cork) and Cathal (Abbeyshrule), daughter Margaret Connor, (Galway), sister Cecilia, brother Michael, daughters-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Her remains were laid to rest at Forgney Cemetery following her Funeral Mass in Forgney on Thursday last. May she rest in peace.
Congratulations to Mairead Murtagh, eldest daughter of Declan and Elaine, Forgney who recently got engaged to Steve Rainsford, Shannon, Co Clare. We send our best wishes to Mairead and Steve for the future.
Community Games Draughts
Ballymahon/Forgney Community Games Draughts commences Monday, 10th November from 5 to 6p.m. in the Dean Egan Resource Centre for children 7 to 14 years old. €1 contribution is payable at each session.
Will be holding their A.G.M. this Thursday night, November 6th at 9p.m. in Cooneys Hotel. All welcome.
Murrays golf Society
Held their outing in Knightsbrook Golf course, Trim on the Bank Holiday weekend at which there was a great turnout. Congratulations to the following winners on the day - 1st Ken Lovell 36pts. 2nd Pat Hughes 33pts. 3rd George Lovell 31pts. Presentation of prizes was made by the Captain, Stephen Ryan in Murrays Bar that night. A special word of thanks to Breege and Tommie Murray for the lovely hot meal they had ready for them on their return.
A fund-raising concert is being held in Cooneys Hotel on Monday, 24th November in aid of the Convent House Day Care Centre, Ballymahon. Special Guest Artist at the Show which starts at 10p.m. will be the very popular Mick Flavin. Your support for the many people who attend the Day Care Centre regularly will be very much appreciated. Tickets at €10 each are on sale at the reception desk in Cooneys Hotel, in Hanlys Newsagents or at the Day Care Centre. Phone 09064-38445.