Congratulations to Mary and Sean Hagan, Bunlahy on the birth of their twins recently. The new arrivals, a boy and a girl are to be named Luke and Clodagh and they are welcome grandchildren for George Sammon, Bunlahy.

Ballymore draw

Ballymore GAA club held their monthly draw in McElvaney’s on Friday night last and the first prize of one thousand euro was won by James Kearney while Seamus Kane, Seamus Gilchrist and Ruth Donohue all won one hundred euro each. Next draw on the last Friday in May.

Cycle and Climb

The 4th Annual Glenn Brady Cycle & Climb from Longford to Croagh Patrick, is on Sunday 1st June. This unique event, which started in 2011, entails a 147km cycle and then climb to the summit of Croagh Patrick. The popularity of this event has grown massively over the last couple of years and this years will be bigger than ever. Registration for this years event is now open,on www.glennbradycycle.com or check us out on facebook.

The late Ellen Hynes

There was much sadness and genuine regret on Saturday evening, April 26th last when the news became known that Mrs Ellen Hynes of Ferriskil had passed to her eternal reward following a relatively short illness. Ellen or Granny Hynes as she was known to us all had celebrated her 92nd birthday in February and she was a much loved mother, mother in law, grandmother and great grandmother and she will be dearly missed by her extended family and many friends. Beloved wife of the late John Hynes, Ellen was a lady who was a real shining light in the parish of Granard and was a great example to all. A lady of great faith, Ellen had to deal with more than her fair share of tragedy and hardship in her lifetime but yet she remained steadfast in her faith and accepted the will of God. As young parents John and Ellen suffered the loss of their beloved son, Thomas and then on Christmas eve in 1965, John passed away suddenly leaving Ellen to rear their family, the youngest of which was only over a year old. Times were tough for Ellen then but with the help of the older family members and whenever it was possible for herself to go out to work she reared her family and made sure everyone had enough. As time went on and with her family catered for Ellen should have been able to enjoy life but again tragedy struck and in February of 1977 her beloved son Jimmy lost his life in a car accident and since then Ellen had to cope with the deaths due to illness of two more sons, John and Michael and indeed only in June of 2013 her beloved daughter in law Mary passed away suddenly. Throughout all of this Ellen remained faithful and every First Friday she looked forward to welcoming Fr. Simon to her home and of course everyone who called to see Ellen was made so welcome right up to the day she became ill and had to go to Hospital. On Saturday April 26th the eve of the feast of the Divine Mercy and also the eve of the canonization of two popes, Ellen won the crown she so longed for and prepared so hard for throughout her long life and we pray that she is now re-united with all her family members in their heavenly home. Ellen’s remains reposed in her lovely little cosy home in Ferriskil until Monday evening when they were removed to her beloved St. Mary’s in Granard where they were met with guards of honour from both the ladies and gents Ballymore teams and from St Mary’s club with whom all of the Hynes families are so associated with. Ellen’s funeral Mass was con-celebrated on Tuesday at noon and she was laid to rest in the family plot in Granardkille cemetery. Large crowds attended on all occasions to say a fond farewell to a lovely lady who we can all take a leaf out of her book of life. We offer our sincere sympathy to her sons Lal, Patsy, Marty and Gerry, her daughters, Kathleen and Nellie and to her extended family. May she rest in peace.

Money lost

A sum of money was lost on Friday last, May 2nd on Upper Main Street in Granard. Reward given on return of same. Contact 086 3070646.

The late Kathleen Dempsey

On Monday, April 28th last, we were all saddened to learn that Kathleen Dempsey of Lisrathigan had passed to her eternal reward following an illness. Kathleen or Dinah as we all knew her as was beloved wife of the late Jack Dempsey and mother of the late Michael and she will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Formerly Kathleen Smith from Granard, Dinah, was a lovely lady who always seemed to be in a hurry and many of us will have fond memories of her cycling her husband’s bicycle over to Monaghan’s for the gallon of milk. I often wondered how a small lady like her could manage this big bicycle but this she did and covered many miles on it. Like all mothers, Dinah’s only concern was her family and making sure they all were well catered for. We offer our sincere sympathy to her sons, John and Andrew, daughters Mary, Rose, Margaret, Martina, Julieanne and Catherine and to her extended family. May she rest in peace.


Sincere sympathy is extended to the MacEoin families, Rossmine on the sudden death of Seamus and to the family of James Fisher, Glannagh, Ballinalee. May they rest in peace.

New arrival

Congratulations to Geraldine and Eamon O’Callaghan, Ballymore on the birth of their third child, a girl, on Sunday last, April 27th. The new arrival will be named Alice and she is a welcome sister for Katie and Rose and grandchild for Kieran and Marion Masterson, Ballymorris and for Eamon’s parents in Armagh.