LOYAL LOCAL STEWARDS: One thing that is very impressive in this area, particularly at wakes, removals and funerals is the large number of dedicated stewards generally wearing reflective gear, who brave the cold, wind and rain, for several hours to ensure the safety and smooth running of these sad events. These good neighbours, parishioners and GAA Club members often prevent potential loss of life on the roadside, as their visible presence warns oncoming traffic of pedestrian and motoring activity ahead, often around bends and in locations where there is no public lighting. Their presence creates reassurance and even prevents possible thefts from cars which is becoming more common in isolated locations. In other parts of the country people visiting graveyards and attending mass have had their cars broken into and there has even been items stolen while people are going up to communion. Fair play to these, great community citizens-long may they prosper and every good luck to them.
FALLEN LEAVES ON ROADS: While autumn can the most colourful and peaceful times of the year, there is a new hazard created by falling leaves on the roads. Motorists are advised to take extra care as this debris may cause slipping when brakes are applied.
NORTH LONGFORD ANGLERS: Are holding their first fishing competition of the season takes place on Sunday 28th at Dernaferst at 11am. New members welcome.
BINGO RESULTS: €130 Margaret O’Hanlon, €100 Lily Cainswarren, €65 Monica Minnehan, John Manford, other winners; Sharon Lee, Mary Jordan, Rose Smith, Kathleen Reilly, May McNaboe, Haley Emedson, Rossette Owens, Nellie McGoldrick, Eddie Brady, Maurien Brady, Bridie Duffy, Kevin Reilly, Eileen Taaffe, Nellie Gormley, Amanda O Hanlon , Margaret Galligan and Margaret Hughes.
THE STORY OF JOHN JOSEPH MARTIN’S LIFE: John passed to his eternal reward after a long illness at Cavan General Hospital on October 11th last. Born in Aughamore Lower he attended Clonback N.S. Growing up beside his father’s Lukie Martins famous Dance Hall, which operated in the 50’s and 60’s he became familiar with the Country and Dance Bands of that era, such as Larry Cunningham, Paddy Nicholl, Sonny Lynch, The Billy Hughes Dance Band, The Fitzpatrick Brothers, Kenny’s Band, Carrigallen, Charles Bros Band, Charlie Dunne and Billy Masterson. John Joe carried his great love of music with him, when he emmigrated to Manchester at nineteen years of age. There he hit the ground running and was soon to meet his wife to be, Margaret, in Sharrocks Dance Hall, Manchester on his 20th birthday in 1958. A man of great emotion, sentiment, love of family and romantic disposition, he never forgot the song that was played during their first dance, “The Story of My Life”, which he arranged to played at his funeral Mass. He soon became a focal point for Longford people moving to Manchester and helped many family members to get established over there. He became a member of Irish Association Social Club on High Lane, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester. He also has the distinction of being the first President of The Longford Association in Manchester. John joined with McAlpines Construction and worked his way up through the ranks as a civil engineer. He took part in an overseas infrastructural project in the Sudan with Sir Alfred McAlpine. It was hard for John to be away from his friends for long periods but his sacrifices paid off when in 1981 he bought a Newsagents business in Chorlton on Kingshill Road. This became his main activity until he retired about fourteen years ago before returning to his native Aughamore in 1998 where he enjoyed a peaceful retirement of country walks, fishing and going for drives. Only in the last couple of years did he suffer from ill-health. In football although he lived just over the Colmcille boundary, he always supported Dromard, which was a source of great slagging with his friends. His enjoyed great friendship with the late Pearse Daly and Monsingnor John V Sheridan and their passing was a great loss to him. He was the man responsible for erecting a special shrine on Aughamore Rd Lower in honour of John V and all the Sheridan priests and nuns. John was a great family man and had just attended the wedding in Manchester of his grandson Mark McGagh and Chloe Robinson on Oct 6th last, and to meet his great grandsons Conor and Noah. He was very proud of all his grand -children including Ian McGagh and Simon Byrne. John was a very modern and forward thinking man and unlike many of his peers he had a very open relationship with all his family and was ahead of his time in supporting all who sought his advice in a discreet manner. When their son John died over twelve years ago, they received great support from Fr. John Daly, friend and neighbour who is parish priest in St. Anne’s in Nantwich. There were very large crowds of sympathisers at Finnegans Funeral Home in Cavan. Fr. John Daly also travelled over for John seniors Funeral Mass which he concelebrated with Fr. Seamus McKoen on Monday October 15th last, in St Colmcille’s Church. During what was a very moving service special memorabilia of John life were brought up to the Altar; The best Dads Mug was brought up grandson Luke. His favourite jumper was presented by Mathew, Favourite Newspaper, The Manchester Evening News by grandson Ross. His photograph was brought up by grand-daughter Hellen, His Sky remote control by Stephanie, His iphone 4 and favourite sweets were presented by grandsons Adam and John Joe. John had preplanned his funeral and had chosen a song by Daniel O Donnell and the afore mentioned song “The Story of my Life” Burial took place after in adjoining Cemetery. Sadly missed by his loving wife Margaret, daughters; Margaret McGagh, Manchester, son Johnny R.I.P., Luke, Manchester, daughter Maria Byrne, Newtownforbes, sisters; Rose Byrne, Newtownforbes, Elizabeth Kiernan, Annagh, Molly Mulligan, Clonback, niece Evlwen Naughton and grandchildren (as above mentioned) including Mark and Sarah in Manchester. May he rest in Eternal peace.
CHARLIE MURTAGH CELEBRATES 90TH BIRTHDAY: Congratulations to Charlie Murtagh, Clonelly, who recently celebrated his ninetieth birthday. A special Mass was celebrated in the house which many neighbours, friends and relatives from far and near attended. Charlie won county championship medals with Dromard and Colmcille in 1946. Charlie and Tommy Reilly, Corrick, are two of the surviving members of this historic team. We wish him many happy years to come.
HALLOWEEN DISCO FOR DROMARD CHILD CARE: The Annual Fundraising Halloween Disco for Dromard Childcare will take place in the Latin School Community Centre on Friday October 26th next, between 7pm and 9pm. Fancy Dress and prizes on the night. Please support.
COMEDY PLAY: The hilarious new play by Seamus O Rourke “For Club and County”- the making of a sporting hero will be presented in Colmcille Community Centre on Sunday 18th November next at 8 pm sharp. Tickets for €10 are available from all local shops or book tickets from Faith, on 087/6537558 or from Christine on 087/6450530.
LONGFORD WARMER HOMES: The scheme is now available to homes which meet the following criteria; 1-Owner Occupier, non- Local Authority homes. 2- Constructed before 2002. 3-The owner is in receipt of one of the following: Fuel Allowance as part of national fuel scheme; Job Seekers Allowance for over six months and with a child under 7yrs, family income supplement. If so you may be entitled to free attic and cavity insulation. Contact Jennifer on 043/3393255.