Big win: Our heartiest congratulations and good wishes to our neighbour Margaret Murray, Abbeyderg, who collected a handsome sum of money with the National Lottery last Saturday night on RTE one. Margaret bought a three star lotto ticket at the M and M Shop in Longford Shopping Centre. When her name came out of the drum, there was a wave of excitement right across the neighbourhood, including her own family and extended families. Maggie decided to delegate her grandson Colm to represent her on the show. Cool, calm and full of confidence, Colm was lucky to come out first to spin the wheel where he won €50,000. His total winnings for the night was €77,200, much to the delight of of his granny and siblings present. No doubt it was a night when all eyes were glued to the TV sets throughout the three parishes of Kenagh, Moydow and Carrickedmond - the Murray household is placed at a point where all three meet and where equal loyalties are very evident. Speaking to Colm the day after his big win, he expressed a desire to thank all the relatives and neighbours who sent good wishes over the part week since her name was called out. Margaret herself would like to thank all her friends and neighbours for their good wishes which were greatly appreciated. We wish Maggie and her family all the best and happy spending of this wonderful prize.
Engaged: Congrats and best wishes to Ríona Murtagh, Derryveigh, daughter of Pete and Carmel, who announced her engagement to Danny Bolton, Killshin, Co Laois, over the Christmas season.
Lotto: Numbers drawn in Keangh GAA lotto on December 23 were: 11, 12, 21, 22. There were four match three winners: Brenda Clyne, Lislea; Mark Mulvihill, Killashee; Michael Duignan jnr, Abbeyderg and Patricia Gale, Catronbrack. All win €20 each. There was also a special Christmas draw – Tom Carberry, Derrahawn and PJ Finn, Derrahawn win €50 each; Paddy Casey, Newtowncashel, Martin McDermott c/o Abbotts, Susan McDermott, Kenagh and Caroline Bermingham, Newtowncashel all win €25 each. The GAA finance committee wish to thank all who supported the lotto and look forward to their continued support in the New Year. The lotto numbers for December 30 were 7, 9, 19, 28. There were two match three winners – Joe Marlowe, Foigha and Anne Marie and Brenda, c/o Martin Walshe, who win €40 each. Next draw in Leavy’s, Foigha.
Death: There was widespread shock and sadness across the parish and far beynond when the death of Colette Casey from Kenagh became known on Sunday December 23. Colette was just 44 years of age and was the eldest daughter of George and Colette Casey, Kenagh. Her premature death took place in England where she lived for over 20 years. She was married and was the mother of two children. There are no funeral arrangements at the time of writing these notes. We extend sincere sympathy to her husband Darren, their two children and also to her father George, mother Colette, sisters Judy, Rose and Allison, brothers John, Maurice, Brendan and Francis. She was predeceased by her brother David.
Sympathy: We also extend our sympathy to Pat, Alec and Luke Baxter, on the death of their brother Michael of Ballinamore, Longford. Michael suffered a stroke some years back which he endured with dignity and patience in the care of his brother Alec. He lived for the past few months at the Manor Nursing Home, Edgeworthstown, where he died on December 26. Michael was a very well known mmeber of the farming community and was a very keen follower of the GAA, where he was a very good player in his early years. He was a brother to Luke Baxter, well known chemist in Longford town. His funeral Mass was celebrated at Curry Church on Saturday December 29, followed by his burial in the family plot in Moydow Cemetery. Both his removal to Glennon’s funeral home and funeral Mass were attended by a very large number of relatives, neighbours and a wide circle of friends. Sadly we also record the death of Michael Baxter’s neighbour and close friend Jude Farrell of Knockaltary, Longford. Both deaths occurred within a few hours of one another. Jude was also a very popular member of the farming community who passed away in his 59th year. He was a very gentle person and most obliging to all his neighbours. We offer our sincere sympathy to his neighbours, friends and relatives. Both Michael and Jude will be sadly missed over a wide area.
Wedding: Congratulations to Deirdre Percival, daughter of Sean and Margaret, Corlea, Kenagh and Owen Killelea, Galway, who were married in Claregalway on Saturday, December 29 and the wedding ceremony was performed by Fr Joyce, Claregalway. Bridesmaids were Sharon Percival and Sarah Rhatigan. Best man was Ivan Diveney and groomsman was Paul Kilbride. Flowergirl was Katie Killalea and pageboy was Gerard Killelea. The reception was held in the Claregalway Hotel, which was attended by a large gathering of friends and relations of the bride and groom. We wish the newly married couple many years of wedded bliss.
Greetings: We send New Year’s greetings to all our readers and contributors for 2013.
Engaged: Congratulations and best wishes to John Egan and Jalena who announced their engagement over the Christmas season.