JACK MCHUGH: Over the past two months we have sadly recorded the deaths of some of the better known residents who lived in or around Kenagh village. Last Monday May 13 the people of Kenagh and surrounding areas were saddened with the unexpected death of Jack McHugh. Jack was a very well known and highly respected personality who lived just outside the village for all his eighty years. He lived alone and enjoyed his life as a loner with the company of his dog and ponies. All his life he lived very close to nature , never moving too far from home. In his early years he was a very hard worker, very strong , able bodied and very fit. He was a noted slanesman when turf was cut by hand and was always in demand during the turf cutting season. He always kept a pony and cart even long after his neighbours had changed over to tractor power. He was also a very keen angler and enjoyed long hours in his boat on the river Shannon with fishing rod and tackle. Being so close to nature all his life he understood how nature worked both on land and water. His opinion was often sought and respected on matters relating to the environment. Even though he lived very much on his own Jack was a great man for good intelligent conversation and enjoyed nothing better than his daily trip to the village where he met up with his many friends in some of the local taverns. In his later years he lived quietly between his home and his daily walk to the village where he might spend a few hours in the company of his friends before returning to look after his dog and pony. Unfortunately Jack had no known relative except his late sister Teresa who died over forty years ago as a result of a road accident , an event which had a lasting effect on him to the day he died. His passing leaves a void in the very close knit community where he lived and who no doubt will miss him sorely. Despite being a lone personality Jack had a very well attended and well organised funeral. Thanks to his very good neighbours and close friends who arranged a fitting and moving send off for a man who could be best described as one of natures gentlemen. There was a huge turn out for his funeral mass and burial in Kilcommock cemetery which was suitably performed by local parish priest Father Tom Barden. Another of our notable characters gone to his eternal reward.
ANNA MAY DONLON: Following on from the sudden death of Jack McHugh there was more shock and sadness with the news of the unexpected death of Anna May Donlon of Ards Kenagh which occurred at her residence on May 13 last. Although she had been in failing health her death came as a shock to her family and all who knew her. She was active and moving around right up to her sudden demise. She was predeceased by her husband and daughter Noeleen. Anna May was in her seventy seventh year and lived all her life on the land both in Ards and in her original birth place. She loved rural life having spent her lifetime on the land where she became very adapt in animal husbandry and the art of good housekeeping. She enjoyed the peace and quiet of life on the canal bank and was very happy when the waterway was reopened over the past few years, thus bringing the boats back again after an absence of sixty years. Anna May was a devoted mother to her nine children and took a great interest in their welfare since the death of her husband Tommy which occurred almost twenty years ago. She will be sadly missed by her sons Tommy , Frank, Michael Padraig, Liam and John, daughters Mary, Ann and Edna, sisters Brigid and Lily sister in law Edna, son in law, daughters in law grandchildren , nieces and nephews , all of whom have our deepest sympathy. She was buried in Kilcommock cemetery after eleven o’clock mass on Friday morning.
FARRELL: We also extend our sympathy to Patrick Farrell and his family Clonker Moydow on the death of Christina Farrell which occurred at her residence on May 17th. May they all rest in peace.
LOTTO: The numbers drawn in Kenagh GAA Lotto were 2, 8, 13, 24. There were two match three winners Charlie Doyle Kenagh and Bernie Smith Kilcommock win forty euro each. Next draw in Leaveys of Foigha.
GUN LICENCE: All holders of gun licences are reminded that licences are now due to paid. All concerned are asked to hand in their renewal forms to the local Garda Station.
REGISTRATION EVENING: Sticky Fingers community childrcare will have an open/registration evening for pre school creche and after school on Thursday 23rd May for September 2013 from 7pm to 9pm in the childcare centre. If you wish your child to avail of the free preschool year please attend our registration evening. If you cannot attend please contact the manager on 043 3322450 for further information. If you are in receipt of a welfare payment or family income supplement you may be eligible for subvention for more information contact the manager at the above number.
CANAL NEWS: There will be a meeting of the Foigha Kenagh canal group in Newmans lounge on Friday evening May 31st at 8pm. Arrangements will be finalised for the forthcoming boat rally which will take place at Mosstown harbour on June Bank holiday weekend. A large gathering of boat people are expected for the weekend.
KENAGH COMMUNITY GAMES: Congratulations to Myrtle Kenny & Michael McCormack who have been nominated as Kenagh Community games recipients for the Longford Co Games 40th anniversary Hall of Fame Award. As part of the 40th celebrations each area has been asked to acknowledge the contribution of who helped with the establishment & growth of the game in their own area. Myrtle & Michael will be honoured at a gala function in the Stags head Ballinalee on Fri 7th June. Congratulations to the both of them. Best of luck to the following competitors who represent Kenagh & Longford in Athlone at the National Finals on 25th May in Athlone. Art Kevin Byrne Grainne Donohoe, Daniel Kelly; Cross country Dylan Horkan. Swimming Mark O’Boyle & Ciaran O’Hanlon. Training continues on Sundays from 6-7pm. County Athletic finals will take place in Ballymahon on Sunday 9th June. More details next week.
PROGRESSIVE TWENTY FIVE: Winners in Saint Dominics Centre last Thursday night were Bill and Pete Val and Pat, Dan and Tom ten games each. They share 120 euro. Table prizes Niall and Liz , Billy and William, they win twenty euro each. Raffle Tom Farrell , Tommy Hanley,Freda Connaughton, Larry Grouden, Freda Connaughton, Billy Dolan all win ten euro each.