RURAL TRANSPORT: Is managed by LCRL as part of The Rural Transport Programme. Please contact your local provider or Seamus Lee at Phone 043/3345555. All age groups welcome. Services will conclude by Saturday 29th December and resume by Wed. Jan 2nd next. Best wishes for a Happy Christmas and New Year.

RURAL TRANSPORT: Is managed by LCRL as part of The Rural Transport Programme. Please contact your local provider or Seamus Lee at Phone 043/3345555. All age groups welcome. Services will conclude by Saturday 29th December and resume by Wed. Jan 2nd next. Best wishes for a Happy Christmas and New Year.

GAA SOCIAL: On Saturday night December 15th last a large crowd gathered in The Breffni Arms to celebrate a good year of achievement for the club with our senior team putting on determined and skilful performances narrowly missing out on a place in the county final. However they gave enthralling exciting and very skilful displays right up to the end which will warm the hearts of their loyal supporters, non- more than their greatest fan Peter Cosgrove, through the harsh winter nights to come. Johnny Creegan was there meeting players and he has done so much to develop the club from the earliest days. Beside him was Joe Murphy the greatest Chairman that the Club has known. Noelie Maguire was busy selling tickets right up to the end and making him our greatest fund raiser week in week out. Eamon Kiernan and Marion Maguire were working away diligently to get things ready on the night. John Kenny was manning the ticket desk. Meanwhile the long bar was jammed with players and their glamorous wives and girl- friends. Former wining manager Sean Hagan and his Eco-Homes team were enjoying their Christmas celebrations. Damien Donohoe was back from Australia for the Christmas and Peter Masterson Junior was singing “Fintan’s winning matches, fintan’s winning games”. Then everyone entered the Ballroom for a night of dancing led by Kevin Sheridan to the mighty music of Night Fever. The draw took place for a trip to Australia worth €3000 and the winner was Jennifer McEntire. Consolation prizes of one year’s free lotto tickets went to Sean Reilly, Crickstown, The Curragh, Co Meath, Willie Lacey, Ballyragget, Co Kilkenny, Paul Brady, Gurteen, Arva and Paddy Conroy. One overcome reveller made an impromptu and unscheduled few words saying “It’s all about the players, it’s all about the players”, he later claimed that he was suffering from “night fever”. A great night was had by everyone and the “family” is as strong as ever. The Club thanks everyone for their loyal and generous support over the year.

CHRISTMAS IN YONDER YEARS: As part of Christmases long ago ”Joins” or house parties used to be held in every townland in the Parish. The New Year was ushered in similar fashion. Gerry Gorman Senior, of Legga, was a young musician and Accordian Player was in popular demand for such occasions. Just before the Join the house would get a good clean-up and often the kitchen walls would get a fresh coat of whitewash or distemper and as it was not always dry in time for the event, some people might come away with a dab of wet paint on their clothes. There was no electricity and oil lamps or candles softened the glow and added to the cosy atmosphere for revellers. There was also the golden hue of a well -lit turf fire and the scent of smoke gave a special cadence to the hour. The children gone to bed, everyone would have joined up their money to procure a half or quarter barrel of porter. However there was a risky or delicate procedure to be completed first- the barrel had to be tapped. This was a skilled task as there were two circular cork rings on each barrel. The copper tap had to be inserted exactly through the inner cork circle using a wooden mallet. If the outer cork ring was breached everyone would end up covered by Guinness froth spraying all over the place. Anyone who could perform this skill was special. May McKoen Landlady of the 98 Bar, often provided this service. The guests would be invited but there were always gate crashers as well. The local musicians assembled and got the lilts of Irish laughter going. There were lots of good singers in those days and recitations and half sets kept the fun going. One notable singer was Peter Farrell. Everyone got their noble call and as Gerry explained the drink helped. Water was boiled on the fire for cooking; tea, homemade bread, jam custard and jelly were common treats. Amoung the regular musicians of the day were the late James McNerney and Terry McNally, fiddle players, John Joe McNamee, John Hurson, Vincent Reilly, Charlie Reynolds and Gerry himself, were accomplished Accordian Players. Some mischief would be carried out by local pranksters who would cover the chimney filling the house with smoke or tying the latch on the outside. Joins were also held for people home on holidays or American Wakes and peaked in the forties and fifties and began to die out when the Dance Halls at Lukie Martin’s, Ballinamuck and Arva came along. I can just picture the passer- bye stopping to gaze at the candle in the window and to hear the jollity coming from inside the house and on knocking on the door getting a great welcome-what a Christmas welcome that would be! With thanks to Gerry Gorman and sorry, for any errors made. Gerry was awarded a special honour by all his peers in Traditional music for his lifetime contribution to music approximately one year ago.

SKILLS SURVEY: Dromard Rural Development are doing a skills survey of the Parish online to ascertain if there is an appetite to run Leader funded courses in the Parish. Further information is available from Mark Murtagh, Fostra, Ph. 086/8270440 or Email; markmurtagh78@gmail.com. This is a secure and confidential survey.

THANKS TO ALL THE LOCAL SHOPS: Both management and staff for all their hard work in getting us all ready for Christmas. You all deserve a well- earned break.

BINGO AT MOYNE: €130 Charlie Murtagh, €100 Maggie Smith, €65 Ann Heslin, €40 Helen McCormack, other winners: Louise McEvoy, Mae McNaboe, John Joe Donohoe, Tony Galligan, Rosie Doherty, Rosaleen Hamilton, Margaret Galligan, Lily Cainswarren, Nellie Gormley, Bridie Duffy, Kathleen McGarry, Francie Smith, Amanda O Hanlon, Pauline Donohoe, Geraldine Faughnan, Sharon Lee, Rose Smith, Eilish Reilly, Doreen Reilly, Marian Maguire, Margaret Donnelly and Mary Murphy.

CHRISTMAS MONEY: Dromard GAA Lotto (€2000) Results; 10/12/12 No’s Drawn; 2,3,26 and 27. €20 winners were Annette Sheridan, Jacki Toole, Keith Masterson and Hughie Martin. Sellers Prize went to Bridie McCabe.

FIRESIDE TALES: Jude Flynn has done it again with his 10th Volume of Fireside Tales. It comes in a bright classy style and is full of very interesting historical features. It makes for a super Christmas gift available in all local shops and through-out local counties..

DROMARD MAN STARS IN COMEDY: James Grimes has the starring role in a comedy play for all the family, “A Matter of Practice” that takes place in The Corn Mill Theatre, Carrigallen, over the Christmas period. Forget the budget and just relax and enjoy this traditional comedy set in a chaotic 1960s doctor’s surgery. A mixture of murder, mystery, love and delusion make for a hilarious and chaotic nights entertainment. Preview show on Saturday December 22nd, full shows on Thursday 27th, Friday 28th, Saturday 29th, Thursday Jan 3rd, Friday 4th and Saturday 5th.Booking on 0494339612.