Sunday last was a special day for Shauna McManus, Shaylyn Ward, Mark Reynolds, James Cunningham, Dervla McManus, Chloe Kearns, Cara Tiernan, Sean Óg Hynes, Cian O’Leary, Ryan Cunningham, Brendan Davis and Conor Niblock as they received the sacrament of confirmation in St. Mary’s Church, Gortletteragh from Bishop Francis Duffy, Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise. It was the Bishop’s first visit to the parish church and he was welcomed by Rev John Quinn and the congregation. Bishop Francis commended the pupils, parents and teacher, especially the principal Barbara Kavanagh on how well the children were prepared for the Sacrament. He also thanked the choir, the servers, Fr. Quinn and the congregation for making confirmation such a lovely service. He had recently visited the national school and spoke of how impressed he was with the standard of teaching there. After the mass Fr. Quinn presented a piece he had written for Queen’s University on St. Patrick’s visit to the townland of Aughagrany (Achadh Gréine, Field of the Sun) to the Bishop. Bishop Francis then blessed the beautiful new Gortletteragh banner. It is a depiction of the Field of the Sun with the rays gleaming down on standing stones that are aligned to the mid-day sun, and on the lake and the hills. The banner surrounds have nice Celtic design with the words Gort Leitreach in Gaelic above and below the sun. The banner was painted by Brenda Clarke of Tooman. It was appropriate that it was such a glorious Sunday with plenty of March sunshine.

Farnaught Lime Kiln

The opening will be officiated by Cllr Paddy O’Rourke, Cathaoirleach Leitrim County Council, as part of a Border Uplands Project on Thursday 9th April at 10am at Farnaught Lime Kiln. Everyone is invited along. This will be followed by refreshments in Lough Rynn Castle at 11am and a presentation from Archaeologist, Dr. Jason Bolton, on the Farnaught Lime Kiln and its impact on the local area (booking essential by Friday the 27th of March 2015.)

Tel: 071 9623274.

Autumn Club
The Leitrim Age Friendly Alliance and the Leitrim Older People’s Council invite you to attend the First Year Review of the Implementation of the Leitrim Age Friendly County Strategy on Monday, 13th April in the Bush Hotel from 1am to 3.30pm with lunch provided. This is an opportunity to hear what was done in the past year to make Leitrim a more friendly county, and to identify any issues not included. All interested members give their name to the secretary before March 31st.

Breath of Fresh Air

The brand of football playing by Corofin of Galway in winning the All Ireland Club Championship on St Patrick’s Day was a breath of fresh air to football folk. Hopefully, we can now look forward to other clubs and counties trying out their attractive style of play. Leitrim put in a very good display in accounting for London in Carrick on Sunday last. Again our clubmen, Cathal McCrann and Niall Woods weren’t found wanting. Well done lads.

Sad young death

It was with shock and great sadness that we heard of the death of Damien Rogan of Tooman on Wednesday last. Damien was only 28 years of age with a full and fruitful life ahead of him but a traffic accident cut short his life. It is heartbreaking for his family and friends. We will keep his father Eamon, mother Helen, brother Adrian, sisters Marie and Edel and his girlfriend Vanessa in our prayers, in the hope that the Lord will lighten their cross.

Damien’s remains were received at St Michael’s Church, Bornacoola on Saturday. His funeral mass was celebrated by Rev. Gerry O’Brien assisted by Rev John Quinn, Rev Pat Murphy, Rev. Michael Campbell and Rev Pat Lennon. His work colleagues from Bus Eireann formed a guard of honour as his remains were taken into the church. He was then laid to rest in Gortletteragh cemetery. We tender sympathy with his family, his girlfriend, relatives, friends and neighbours. God be good to Damien. May he rest in peace.


Congratulations to Shaileen McGovern who recently received an award for an outstanding performance in mock interviews run by the Agriculture Science Association. Shaileen is a final year student in Agricultural Science in UCD.

GAA U-14s

Our Under-14 round 2 league game against Bornacoola was cancelled last Saturday 21st March as a mark of respect due to the tragic passing of Damien Rogan, RIP.


On Tuesday last, St Patrick’s day our Minors took on Aughnasheelin in the Minor 11-a-side league final in Páirc Seán under ideal footballing conditions. Unfortunately, it wasn’t our day and after a very close contest Aughnasheelin took the honours on a scoreline of 5–10 to 3–12. The team was Conor Woods, David Campbell (capt), James Heslin, Cian Mulvey, Dylan Ward, Shane Keighran, Jack Heslin, Glen Ward, Francie Flynn, Darragh McPartland, Keoghan McGovern. Subs: Barry Heslin, James Quinn, Conor Gallagher.