Father McGowan

Father McGowan

The parishioners of both parishes of Kilcommock and Shrule were both saddened and shocked with the news of the sudden and unexpected death of Father Padraig McGowan on Friday last. Father Padraig was a very popular and well liked pastor having ministered in Ballymahon for the past thirty years. To the ordinary observer he looked fit and well, having a very youthful and deceiving appearance which made him look a lot younger than his seventy five years. Father McGowan was born and reared in the village of Newtownforbes from where he went to Saint Mel’s College and later to Maynooth seminary where he was ordained just fifty years ago. He would have celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination next June. He was very well known in the Kenagh area where he would celebrate mass from time to time to relieve Father Tom Barden. There was a joint arrangement between both parishes where the two priests shared the responsibility of ministering to the spiritual needs of the two communities. He was also very much involved in the social activities of both parishes and took a deep personal interest in the welfare of his people. He played a part in many improvements around Ballymahon over the past thirty years. His most recent achievement was the reopening of the national school which is greatly appreciated by teachers and pupils alike. No doubt, Father Padraig will be sadly missed, not just around Ballymahon and Kenagh but further afield where he and his family were well known. A very popular man who created a favourable impression with all who crossed his path. We offer our sincere sympathy to his family, friends and relatives and to his parishioners and fellow priests. No funeral arrangements as we rest. His death marks the end of an era in his beloved Ballymahon.

Community Alert

There will be a very important meeting of Kenagh district community alert next Wednesday night, February 18th at 8.30pm. All those interested in the security of the community are asked to attend at Saint Dominic’s Community Centre.

Job Vacancy

Carrickedmond – Legan CE group have the following vacancies. A number of environmental positions are due to start between now and April 15. To check eligibility and to apply please call into the Intreo offices,DSP buildings, Ballinalee Road, Longford ref no 887925, DSP eligibility conditions apply.

Progressive 25

Winners in Saint Dominic’s Centre last Thursday night were Simon and Pat, thirteen games, they win forty euro each. Mary and Tommy, twelve games, win twenty five euro each. Table prizes: Kathleen and Annie, Paddy and Tom, win ten euro each. Raffle: Bridie Dolan, Josie Connaughton, Mary Gregg, Tom Dennigan, William Belton and Kathleen Maguire, all win ten euro each.

Community Games

Congratulations to Kenagh Community Games under 10 boys soccer team who were the outright winners of the Longford County Championship finals held in Kenagh last Saturday. Kenagh now represent Longford against Meath in the Leinster championship. The Kenagh team were Callum McCormack, Callum Duignan, Cathal Higgins, Josh Kelly, Cormac McGann, Adam Curley, Dylan Hennessy and Daniel Galvin. Well done to Sean Kelly and Pat Horkan in preparing them.

Athletic Club

There will be no training for the coming week. Full training will resume on Monday February 23rd.


We offer sincere sympathy to Mel Cunnion, Monascallaghan on the very sad accidental death of his nephew, Sean McGovern who died in a car accident at Ballinamore Co Leitrim recently. Deceased was just eighteen years of age and was a very popular young man in his community in Swanlinbar. His mother is Dympna Cunnion from Boherquill with whom we also sympathise.

Ash Wednesday

Ashes will be blessed and distributed in Saint Dominic’s Church, Kenagh on Wednesday evening next after seven o’clock mass.


The numbers drawn in Kenagh GAA Lotto for February 8th were 11, 13, 14, 17. There were five match three winners Gerry McGann, Kenagh; Tommy, Gary, Shane, Kenagh; Kevin Flanagan, Derryadd, Marie McCarthy and LKP Carrickedmond. The numbers drawn for February 15 were 2, 13, 15, 17. There were three match 3 winners - Conor Miley, Derralough; Kevin Flanagan, Derryadd and Helen Gouldsbury, Ballymahon, all win twenty euro each.

Mac’s Shack is back

Well known Mac’s Shack Restaurant is making a comeback to Kenagh! Re-opening on Tuesday, the 24th of February. Mac’s Shack was previously owned and ran by Olive McCloughry has now been taken over by Olive’s daughter, Linda and her husband Pauric Connolly. Olive will be taking the reigns in the kitchen dept again. Providing casual dining for all their customers. Best wishes to all involved..