Active age: The Carrigallen/Drumeela Active Age had their annual Autumn break recently. The venue this year was Wexford town and they stayed in Whites Hotel right in the centre of this lovely old historic town. 1.Hook Lighthouse, the oldest one in Ireland the guide gave an interesting and humorous account of how things were in the past. Most of the visitors climbed the steps to each floor and felt it was well worth the effort. 2.The Dunbrody Ship experience was very enlightening and we boarded the ship with our very own named ticket. Later we were entertained by 2 actresses, one posing as a first class passenger and another as steerage. The conditions were very poor for the latter. 3.Ros Tapestry was a colourful and historical event. There are dedicated stitcher’s who continue this intricate work throughout the country at the moment. 4.The National Heritage Park was next on the list. The guide was dressed in historical garb, sword, knives and everything at the ready. We visited the sites of stone, iron and Bronze Age and got a glimpse of how simple and primitive life was during this period. The guide interacted with the group and we even had a temporary wedding scene! We all know that Wexford is famous for its hurling and some of our group got their photograph taken beside the bronze statue of the great Nicky Rackard who played with his two brothers Bobby and Willie in winning a number of unforgettable All Ireland’s, National Leagues. The National League Final of 1956 when Wexford and Tipperary contested it, Wexford found themselves 15 points down on a scoreline Tipp 2-10 to Wexfords 0-1 at halftime. Nicky and his charges came out in the second half to do something about this in which they did and after 30 minutes the unbelievable happened when Wexford won this thriller on a score line 5-9 to Tipperary’s 2-14. All in all a great break for Active Age and they hope to do it all again soon. All credit goes to the hardworking Secretary Elizabeth Mulligan.
Wedding Bells: The wedding took place in St. Colmcille Chruch Aughnacliffe recently of Mr Fergus Grimes, son of Mel and Noeleen Grimes, Beaghmore, Carrigallen and Miss Sandra Kiernan, daughter of Mr & Mrs Patrick Kiernan, Smear Hill, Aughnacliffe, Co. Longford. Chief Bridesmaid was Noeleen Kiernan, Bridesmaids Caroline Gray, Pauline Houdat and Carmel Brumen. Best man Seamus Kiernan, Groomsmen were Brian Hackett, Peter Masterson and Brian Murray. Flower girls Zoe Kiernan McCreamor and Leah Houdat. The Bride was given away by her father Mr Patrick Kiernan. The ceremony with nuptial mass and papal blessing was performed by very Rev. Seamus McKeon P.P Aughnacliffe, assisted by very Rev. Sean McDermott P.P Ballintemple, Co. Cavan. Readers were Ciara Grimes, Mary Doherty, Michelle Brady, Laura Mulligan and Aileen Lee. The choir was in charge of Michelle McMorrow. The reception was later held in the beautiful Crover House Hotel, Mountnugent, Co. Cavan where over 300 guests were present wishing Sandra and Fergus a long life and happiness together.
Counterfeit Notes: Gardaí across County Leitrim are warning business and customers that counterfeit €50 notes may be in circulation. Gardai said there have been several attempts to pass counterfeit €50 notes in shops in Carrick-on-Shannon and Boyle area for the past number of weeks. While most shop staff have their own security checks in place Gardaí are advising all staff to be made aware of the threat and to thoroughly examine each €50 note.