North Longford February 23

KING OF THE LAKES - The north Longford Anglers Club “King of the Lakes” boat pike fishing competition scheduled to take place at Dernaferst bridge on Sunday 13th February could not be held there owing to the flooded area in the vicinity of the bridge due to the continuous heavy rainfall in recent weeks.

KING OF THE LAKES - The north Longford Anglers Club “King of the Lakes” boat pike fishing competition scheduled to take place at Dernaferst bridge on Sunday 13th February could not be held there owing to the flooded area in the vicinity of the bridge due to the continuous heavy rainfall in recent weeks.

In the circumstances it had to be fished between the Dring shore and Inch island. A total of 13 boats participated in unpleasant weather on Loch Gowna. The results are as follows 1st Oliver McGivney, North Longford Anglers 10 lbs 12 ozs; 2nd John Donohoe Do 5 lbs 11 ozs;3rd Michael Dalton , Do 4 lbs 15 ozs; 4th Marty Custworth Do 4 lbs 1½ ozs. Heaviest pike Oliver McGivney 6 lbs 11 ozs. All fish were returned to the lake. Afterwards the prizes were distributed in Murtagh’s Lounge in Aughnacliffe where the hot meal provided by Joe and Kathleen Murtagh was greatly appreciated by all who braved the elements from 11am to 4pm.


Mrs Lily Maguire Legga Moyne who passed away peacefully on Friday 11th February in the loving care of her family at the Laurel Lodge Private Nursing Home Longford was in her 91st year. She was a member of the well known and highly regarded Reilly family of Rossduff Aughnacliffe and received her primary education at St Colmcille’s NS in Pulladoey. On her marriage in November 1943 she came to live in Legga with her husband Peter Maguire and in a short time became a popular member of the Dromard Community commanding the respect of everyone with her charming manner and her kind and generous nature. Over the years she worked very hard in caring for the the family which indeed was the centre piece of her life and when the occasion arose she was always ready to help her husband Peter , as she was well aquainted with the land and farming in general. She was also a woman imbued with a true sense of Christianity and was deeply devoted to her faith and her church. She was predeceased some five years ago by her husband and then in recent times she faced her illness with great courage and dignity without complaint and even in her darkest hour her gentle ways radiated through to everyone who visited her in the nursing home. Her remains were received at St Mary’s Church Legga on Saturday by her late husband’s nephew Rev Fr Gerry Brady PP Newtowncashel and Rev Fr Eamon Corkery PP Dromard. The funeral Mass on Sunday 13th February had as its principal celebrant Fr Brady assisted by Fr Corkery and Rev Fr George Balfe. Afterwards she was laid to rest beside her beloved husband Peter in Tubberpatrick cemetery. The large crowds at both the removal and funeral told their own story and bore ample testimony to the regard in which she was held by so many people with many coming from various parts of the community to pay their last respects. Deepest sympathy is tendered to her sorrowing family daughter Kathleen and her husband Thomas Gill, Monaduff, Drumlish; sons Michael Joseph Tallagh, Dublin;Hugh Oliver Mullingar; Peter Los Angeles USA; John Joe New York ; Martin New York; Willie Ballinasloe and Legga; brother Austin Reilly, Killsalagh Edgeworthstown; nephews and nieces and her twenty two grandchildren and her twenty two grandchildren whom she deeply loved . May her gentle soul rest in peace.


On Friday last 18th great entertainment was provided at the meeting of the group with music and son being presented by Jimmy Lennon, Carrickedmond; Michael Brady, Esker; Johnny Gill Edenmore and Hughie Clarke Cloonthumpher The highlight of the afternoon was a marvelous recital of songs by guest singer Seamus Sheridan of Crott who delighted the group with his rendering of such favourites as “Little Town on the Shannon”, “The Marquee in Drumlish”, “Wild Flowers”,”Pretty Little Girl from Omagh”, “The Lights of Rosslare Harbour”, “The Old School Yard”, “She’ll be coming round the mountain”, “The Green Fields round Arroe” and many others. The members were exceptionally pleased that he came along to the Dolmen room to entertain them and this is to let him know that they are looking forward to his next visit. Thanks a million Seamus.


The Pikers Lodge Hotel in Loch Gowna has teamed up with Mick Flavin and his band for a night of Nostalgia, craic and entertainment. This night will take place on Saturday 5th March . Door will open at 10 o’clock. We will meet old friends from our dancing days, relive old memories and hope that this is just the turn we need to put us in top form. The night is 5th March at the Pikers Lodge Hotel Loch Gowna when Mick Flavin and his band will provide the entertainment.


Maura McKeon Smear would like to sincerely thank everyone who donated to the “Pink party”night at her home and “The Pink Ribbon Day” in Walshes Costcutters Store in Smear. Both fundraisers were held in aid of action Breast Cancer. The amounts raised were “Pink Party Night” 1270 euro and “Pink Ribbon “ Day 302 euro. She would also like to say a special thank you to all who helped out to make both a success.


Congrats to Emmet Masterson Firmullagh Moyne who made his first appearance on British national television last week. Screening of the events for viewers in the republic will happen towards the end of the month. According to sources within the ITV Network this is one of the many appearances the young Dromard man will make in the coming months. The Boom Town Rats Thin Lizzy and U2 would all have suggested over the years that one has to make it on British soil before one is appreciated on home turf. So well done Emmet.


The winners at the Lotto held on 13th February were Colin Greaney, Edenmore ; Leon Madden and Daniel Madden c/o Christy Madden and P McNaboe. The numbers drawn were 7, 20, 26, 30 with the jackpot of 7500 euro intact.. On Thursday night 24th February Mary Dennehy will hold step aerobics in the community centre commencing 9pm. Course for 6 weeks costs 40 euro. Anyone interested please come along.


The months mind mass for Sean McNerney Fostra Aughnacliffe was celebrated in Colmcille Church on Friday evening last by Rev Fr Seamus McKeon PP, former colleagues from the Dromard GAA club along with members of GAA clubs from all the surrounding parishes were among the large attendance.


Month’s Mind Mass for John Hourican late of Fostra and Birmingham takes place on Friday February 25 at 7pm at St Colmcille’s Church Aughnacliffe.