There is no doubt about the main topic of conversation in the greater Kenagh district over the past weeks. We refer of course to the wonderful result achieved by local man, Colm Murray in the county council election which took place last Friday. Although not officially declared as we write, the tally clearly indicates that Colm has headed the poll in the Ballymahon district election. The tally which is always correct to within one per cent put Colm within four or five votes short of the quota. The result clearly took his strongest supporters by surprise and to use Colm’s own words he was “Completely flabbergasted by the tally”. For obvious reasons, we cannot write down the exact result of the unofficial count. But the result is beyond doubt, so we can congratulate Councillor Colm Murray on his success. Over the past few years, Colm had put down a marker that some day he would achieve the targets that he set out for himself. He was always a great community worker, always ready to help out in a voluntary capacity. He was very active in all aspects of Kenagh GAA club, let it be work around the grounds, running the weekly lotto or organising a function, he was always available to give a hand. He was also very much involved with the KDDA, the parish council and the new cemetery committee. His most recent outing was when he took part in the high nellie bike event. A man of great personality and good humour who we believe will go far in the political world, Colm comes from a great family tradition of local involvement. His grandfather, Mike was a life long supporter of Kenagh GAA Club and was its president for over twenty five years until his death. His granduncle Patrick was also a dedicated member of the local community, very much involved with the GAA club. The old Hall Committee and the Pioneer Abstinence Association. Colm got involved in local politics through the untimely death of Paddy Belton last year, so he has a lot to live up to when filling Paddy’s shoes, but knowing Colm, we know he is very capable and not afraid of a bit of hard work. We congratulate him and wish him well in his future political life. No doubt he will go a long way and maybe some day he will write TD after his name. Well done, Colm you’ve done Kenagh proud and your family and extended family proud also. We are looking forward to the party, cheers.

Credit Union scholarship

Details of the annual Ballymahon and district Credit Union Scholarship for Leaving certificate students were recently announced. The scholarship is open to Leaving certificate students attending the Vocational school and Mercy secondary school in Ballymahon. All students who wish to enter the draw must be a member of the Credit Union on or before 31st May 2014. Applicants must be commencing a FAS apprenticeship or a full time certificate diploma or degree course at any university, IT or approved third level college. The scholarship will be paid at a rate of 1000 euro per annum for a maximum of three years. Further details are available from the office of Ballymahon and district credit union.


The annual church gate collection in aid of St Christopher’s Service will take place outside St Dominic’s Church, Kenagh on this coming Saturday evening and Sunday morning, May 31st and June 1st and at all churches in county Longford. Your support will be greatly appreciated.


Our compliments to Kenagh GAA stalwart, Shane Doyle who was the subject of a wonderful photographic study on last Monday’s Irish Independent (May 19th). We look forward to many more such pictures from Shane as he continues to represent his club with distinction.


The numbers drawn in Kenagh GAA Lotto for May 16th were 2, 9, 20, 22. There were four match three winners - Mary Moran, Mosstown; Sharon Casserly, Deerpark; Niamh Egan, Terlicken Filling Station and Nicola King, Clough Ree Well, all get twenty euro each.

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Winners in St Dominic’s Centre last Thursday night were Barney and Eugene, 14 games, they win 80 euro, Tom and Jimmy, 12 games, they win 50 euro. Table prizes: Kathleen and Annie, Roibin and Bill, all win twenty euro. Raffle: John McManus, Bernie Walshe, John McManus, William Belton, Annie Egginton, Mick Carroll, all win ten euro each.


We offer sincere sympathy to Daphne Bigley and family, Tonagh, Glasson, formerly Daphne Crook, Clough, Kenagh on the death of her husband, Joe which occurred at his residence on May 23. We also sympathise with Joe’s nephews, George, William and John Farrell, Cartrons, Kenagh. Joe was predeceased by his sister, Lily Farrell. He was buried in Benowen cemetery after service on Sunday May 26.


The numbers drawn in Kenagh GAA Lotto last Sunday night, May 25th were 16, 19, 20, 23. There was no match three winner. The following names were drawn Marie Duignan, Abbeyderg; Matt Fox, Kenagh, Ivan Jones, Creagh; Mrs Maggie Connor, Derralough, all get twenty euro each.

Sticky fingers

After school. If you are participating on a CE scheme or are on a back to education initiative you are eligible for a subsidy for your children to attend after school service. For further info contact Patricia on 043 33 22450.


Kenagh Guild of ICA held their annual general meeting in St Dominic’s Centre on Monday, May 19th. It was a very successful meeting with the agenda completed in full. Ann Garrahan was elected president and Marion Armstrong was made secretary. A vote of sympathy was passed with the Flanagan family on the death of Ann, a former member. Peggy Lennon was congratulated on reaching her ninetieth birthday. A birthday cake was decorated with candles to celebrate the event which was followed by a party. Watch out for information on our brown bread competition and also our gardening competition in the June notes.