SEVERE WEATHER ADVICE: Have sufficient supply of fuel, food, non-perishable, that is easy to prepare. Have torches, batteries, candles and matches should power supply fail. Know how to turn off water supply and have attic pipes insulated. Leave heating on for longer periods at lower at lower settings. If pipes are frozen be cautious about using back boilers or washing machines etc. Ensure sufficient stocks of essential medications. Eat regular hot meals and drink plenty of fluids. Stock up on soups, bottled water or minerals. Keep emergency contact details to hand and have a shovel and a bag of salt for clearing paths. Check vehicles for 3mm tyre thread, wipers that snow is not covering lights (ensure all snow is cleared from car bonnet as it can slip down and cover the lights) and have torch, blanket, high visibility vest, shovel, tow rope and spare mobile phone charger in car. If your property is going to be unoccupied for more than a day or two you are advised to cut off water supply to house at external stopcock. Do not over exert yourself clearing snow if you have an underlying health condition. Legal advice from Attorney General is that the issue of liability does not apply if you remove snow in a careful manner or if you use gravel for gritting “that is supplied by local authorities the legal advice is that the issue of liability does arise where the material is delivered, stored and used in a safe manner and does not cause hazard”.
LOCAL SKILLS SURVEY: In these tough times we may be dismayed and inclined to look to others for leadership but in reality could we not try to help ourselves. During the development of The Enhancement Plan for Dromard earlier in 2012, people expressed an interest in up skilling and retraining in order to gain employment. To facilitate the development of courses there is an on-line survey being conducted by Mark Murtagh and Gerry McCabe. Part Two of the survey can be found on Mark Murtagh’s Facebook time line. If you do not have internet access you can contact Mark on Ph. 086/8270440 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org If there is sufficient interest within the community for courses, special funding can be accessed. I have seen with my own eyes and verified that this is a totally secure and anonymous survey. Mark is very enthusiastic willing to help anyone who wishes to participate in this survey. It’s better to light a candle than curse the darkness!
THE VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY: Would like to express their sincere gratitude to everyone who contributed to their recent collection at Legga and Moyne Church Masses. The total raised was €570 for which they are most great full.
O TO HAVE A LITTLE HOUSE: O to have a little house! To own the hearth and stool and all! The heaped up sods upon the fire, a pile of turf against the wall! To have a clock with weights and chains and pendulum swinging up and down! A dresser filled with shinning delph, Speckled and white and blue and brown! I could be busy all the day. Clearing and sweeping hearth and floor, and fixing on their shelf again, my white and blue and speckled store! I could be quiet there at night beside the fire and myself, Sure of a bed and loth to leave the ticking clock and shinning delph. Och! But I am weary of mist and dark and roads where there’s never a house or bush, And tied I am to bogs and road, and the crying wind and lonesome hush! And I am praying to God on high, and I am praying him night and day, for a little house-a house of my own Out of the wind and rains way. (Padraic Colum).
DROMARD GAA CLUB AGM: Is to take place on Friday Jan. 18th next at 8pm. Nomination papers are to forwarded to The Clubhouse by Wednesday 16th next for 9pm, when a short commitee meeting is about to take place. A good attendance for the AGM would be greatly appreciated.
RURAL TRANSPORT PROGRAMME: Spaces are available on rural transport services. Wednesday; to Longford via Aughnacliffe “link” with Bus Eireann-departs Aughnacliffe at 10.45am. Friday; to Arva arriving at 10.30am. All services are door to door and all ages are welcome to travel and free to holders of travelling passes. For all others under 65 years-fares are€3 single and €5 return. You can contact the provider Michael Carrigy Ph. 086/2608046 or Seamus Lee at Longford Community Resources, ph. 043/3345555. You can also contact North Longford representatives on the Longford Rural Transport committee; Sheila Duffy, Aughaga or Cllr. John Duffy, Drumhaldry, for further details or enquiries. People are encouraged to use this valuable service as it’s future continuation depends on demand for same.
CELEBRATE CIAN FUN WEEKEND: Be sure to mark 2 nd and 3 rd March in your diary as we will be celebrating with a fund raising weekend in memory of Cian Smith, Glenmore, who passed away in February 2011. A “Come Dine with Me” evening takes place in The Piker’s Lodge, Gowna, on Saturday March 2nd at 8pm. If you are interested in hosting a table ring Christine, Ph. 087/64550530. On Sunday 3rd we hope to have a fun Football match between Cian’s friends in Pairc Na Gael. All proceeds from the weekend will go to The Make a Wish Foundation.