North Longford May 13

LATIN SCHOOL PLAYERS - The Latin School Players present a highly acclaimed comedy 3 Act play entitled “A Wake in the West” by kind permission of the author Michael J Ginnelly . The play will take place in the Latin School Community Centre Moyne on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May starting at 8pm sharp each night.

LATIN SCHOOL PLAYERS - The Latin School Players present a highly acclaimed comedy 3 Act play entitled “A Wake in the West” by kind permission of the author Michael J Ginnelly . The play will take place in the Latin School Community Centre Moyne on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May starting at 8pm sharp each night.

Tickets are on sale in Lynch’s newsagents, Arva, Moyne Cross stores and Corrigans service station Legga. Patrons can be assured that this is an excellent production . The following are the members of the cast – Rosie Kiernan (Corrickmaquirk) Sean Conefrey Corglass; Jacinta Brady (Ballyduffy) James Grimes (Fyhora),Jim Williamson ( Arva) Ray Murphy (Annagh), Eddie Ward (Arva), Annette Hamilton (Arva) Kathleen Whelan (Arva). The producer is Chris Donohoe (Annagh) and the play is directed by Margaret Dunne (Crott).


Colmcille Community Games Association will hold their annual sports day on Sunday next 15th May in Colmcille National School as part of the school’s funday Sunday which will commence after Mass at 11.15am. The funday will be followed by the community games races at 12 noon.


The North Longford anglers held their annual 3 day fishing festival over the May Bank Holiday weekend. Favoured by glorious weather the festival proved to be a huge success. On Saturday morning 30th April twenty three boats took to the waters of Lough Gowna from the Dernaferst show. The results are as follows – Day 1 30th April 1st Joe McDerrmot Longford; 2nd John Boyle Molly ; 3rd John Donohoe Aughakine; 4th Marty Cusworth Mullinalaghta and 5th Pauric Kiernan Aughnacliffe. Fifty seven pike were landed . The heaviest pike was landed by Michael Smith. Day 2 1st May result 1st Willie Heasley Duleek Co Louth; 2nd Tony McManus Loch Gowna; 3rd William Simpson, Lough Gowna; 4th John Boyle Molly; 5th Sean Reynolds, Cong Co Mayo; 6th John Donohoe Aughakine. The perpetual trophy was won by Pauric Kiernan Aughnacliffe and Seamus Smith Glenmore. The heaviest pike was caught by Pauric Kiernan. Day 3 ladies Day Bank holiday Monday 2nd May 1st Gillian Cusworth Mullinalaghta; 2nd Caroline and Kayleigh Lee Arva; 3rd Angela McNerney Fostra. A total of 12 boats with 25 ladies competed. The prize for the heaviest fish went to Gillian Cusworth Mullinalaghta and the prize for the smallest fish was won by Janet Morres from Yorkshire. All taking part were provided with refreshments by Kathleen and Joe Murtagh in their lounge bar.


The annual general meeting of the Colmcille Ploughing Association takes place in Murtagh’s lounge at the Cross on Friday 13th May at 10pm. All members please attend and new members will be welcome. The Colmcille two day ploughing festival is being held this year on the farm of Eugene and Teresa Doyle Smear and takes place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th August. Full details in due course.


On January 27th 1923 during the Civil War the manager and cashier of the Hibernian Bank Ltd Main Street Arva was robbed of 100 euro by a gang of three armed men. On Saturday night 8th September 1923 three armed men held up a garda patrol at Carrigallen. They took the sergeant away and released him unharmed after twenty minutes.


The next meeting of the group will be held in the Dolmen Room Aughnacliffe on this Friday 13th May. Those who have signified their intention to take part in the defibrillator training course are asked to be in attendance at 11am sharp. Those not participating come at 12 noon. Travel arrangements for the visit to Strokestown house will be announced on Friday.


The annual open air festival in aid of St Christophers services will be held on Sunday 5th June (Bank Holiday weekend) at Dring car park.


We have been asked to insert the following in this column. Day retreats are held on specific dates throughout May and again from 17th August to 20th September . A set programme is offered allowing pilgrims to join with others in time – honoured pray forms as well as giving some personal time. Cost including boat fare and lunch is 30 euro per person. Reduced fee for booking online. Boats commence at 9.15am.Check website at


The Little Rascals playgroup Montessori and creche are now taking bookings for September 2011. The group is part of the ECCE Scheme. For further information contact Fidemla on 087 9649139 or 043 6684324.


Mrs Frances Mary Connors who died on Saturday 23rd April at the Laurel Lodge Nursing Home Longford was in her 100th year. She was the first daughter of James and Julia McManus, Cornakelly Moyne. On 29th May 1929 along with her brother Eddie she left Cornakelly and went to New York where she was greeted by her mother Julia who organised her first job. She made her first visit home in 1933 and over the years made many trips to the old homestead. In 1935 she married Cornelius Connors from Cappamore Co Limerick and they reared four children Nelius , Judy (RIP) James and John who lost his life in the Twin Towers on 9/11. She set up her own coutourier business in NY which was a great success . Following the death of her husband and with her family in secure position she went to London where she was employed in Harrods as a fashion consultant where she attended to the needs of the forms top line customers for eleven years. She retired to Dublin in 1983 where she acquired a fine victorian property - Simmonscourt Court in Ballsbridge adjacent to the RDS. She joined a number of societies in the RDS and became a member of the Irish American ladies Society, the Irish Argentinian Society which has a big Co Longford connection and also the Georgian Society becoming a great friend of the Hon President Desmond Guinness. In 2007 she returned to Longford and was extremely well looked after by the staff of the Laurel Lodge Nursing Home for the last 3 ½ years. All her life Mrs Connors always appeared impeccably dressed and was a great lover of fashion. She displayed a vitality of life which belied her years and at any family function or social event she was rarely off the dance floor. She will be sadly missed by her family to whom she was totally committed. Her remains were received at St Mary’s Church Legga on Wednesday 27th April where her funeral Mass was con-celebrated by her nephew Rev Fr John Daly PP St Annes Church Nantwich Cheshire and Rev Fr Eamon Corkery PP Dromard. Afterwards she was laid to rest in the family burial in Tubberpatrick Cemetery. There was a large attendance at her funeral ceremonies which included members of her family from Florida and Arizona . Deepest sympathy is tendered to her sons Nelius and James, sister Mrs Julia McLoughlin, Drumury Moyne, nephews nieces grandchildren , relatives and friends. Ar dheis De go raib a h-anam dilis.


A meeting will take place in Pat McGovern’s (adjacent to Purth Church) this Wednesday evening 11th May at 9.30pm. Anyone who is interested in forming a cemetery committee please contact Deirdre on 087 9872111 or Pat on 087 9893021.


First Holy Communion Moyne Church Saturday 21st May at 10.30am First Holy Communion Comcille church Saturday 28th May at 1pm.

Aodh Brady Benefit Fund

A Benefit Night for the above fund takes place in the Stags Head, Ballinalee on Saturday 21st May. Tickets available from Miceal Carrigy, Ballinalee or at the Stags Head. Your support will be greatly appreciated.