COMEDY PLAY IN LATIN SCHOOL: The Acorn Players are delighted to present their three part Comedy Play, “The Two Loves Of Gabriel Foley”, in The Latin School Community Centre, Moyne, on December 14th next at 8.30pm. A great night not to be missed. I am getting ready for the sprint in the door!

COMEDY PLAY IN LATIN SCHOOL: The Acorn Players are delighted to present their three part Comedy Play, “The Two Loves Of Gabriel Foley”, in The Latin School Community Centre, Moyne, on December 14th next at 8.30pm. A great night not to be missed. I am getting ready for the sprint in the door!

CHRISTMAS IN YONDER YEARS: In the preparation for Christmas in years past the provision of Holly was very important. People travelled afar to secure berry holly. Then came the Turkey Markets and the streets of Arva were lined with carts containing turkeys, geese and ducks for the market on Fridays. Some foul dealers would call to the homes to buy the foul. They would weigh the birds and pay per pound weight. This was principally a woman’s market-the only one of the year for which she got the money into her hand. Next thing came a complete clean-up of the yard and lanes into the home. A big brush known as a “Street Brush” was bought for this special purpose. Then the chimneys were cleaned to have them ready for Santa and especially in honour of Baby Jesus’s Birthday. In those days we had a lot of snow and long terms of frost. So this called for the man of the house to take his horse, pony or donkey to the local Blacksmith such as Berney Corrigan’s to have the horse shoes filed down, this was to prevent them from slipping on the ice. It was called “Sharping”. The Church Choir practices would begin and there would be plenty of holly in the windows and crib. Then on Christmas Eve there were candles placed in every window in every home. The reason for this was to welcome in the stranger or the homeless or to guide Mary and Joseph on their way to Bethlehem. I remember on old man who was homeless namely Willie O Brien. He called to my home regularly. One Christmas Eve he came and we fixed “a make-up bed” for him and my mother warmed a pot lid and put it in this bed (there were no electric blankets back in those days). Next morning she asked “were you warm Willie”? He answered abruptly “I was as warm as ice.” She was naturally very disappointed after all her trouble but then it was Christmas and one is supposed to be happy. Christmas Day was a time of full and plenty for all and dinner would be served in late evening. As one went Mass was at 7am or 8 am you could see all the houses lit up and candles flickering in the frost and dark was a sight I carry with me to this day. There was joy, mystery and devotion in the air that morning. With thanks to Julia McLoughlin.

THREE CHRISTMAS WISHES: An ancient Christmas Devotion has been passed down through the generations in this area. It is called the Four Thousand Hail Marys, which are recited commencing on The First Sunday of Advent. It helps people tune into the spiritual meaning of Christmas as it can be said walking along the road or driving in the car and people meditate on some aspects of the Christmas Story. There are three wishes granted for this devotion, the first after 1500 Hail Marys, the second after 3000 Hail Marys and the third after 4000 Hail Marys.

THE LATE FRANK (FRANCIE) McDONNAGH: There was great shock throughout Ballinamuck and the wider area at the sudden death of Francie as he was known, aged 72 years, after a short illness. His sister Maggie was with him when he took a turn at his home at Gaigue and other family members were in present at his sad passing in Hospital on Monday November 26th last. Francie who had attended Kiltycreevagh N.S. had had a wide circle of friends and worked all his life until about three weeks before his death and was widely known in the building industry. He had emmigrated to London, England, in the early sixties and got on very well with people from all over Ireland and from different nationalities. On return to Dublin he worked with Sonnie and Pat McGahern of Gowna. Later he returned home to Gaigue and took up employment with Doran Rock with Kevin Walsh and his brother in law Eddie Hawkins. He also worked with Lightpack in Granard and later Foamalite in Gowna. In a testament of his popularity all his former workmates provided a large multinational guard of honour at his removal in Ballinamuck on Thursday November 29th last. Earlier large crowds paid their last respects as he lay in repose in The Laurel Lodge Oratory. A quiet man by nature was very popular in his local Pub Dillons. He always had an opinion on things and was a very entertaining and interesting story teller. Francie greatly appreciated all his friends that he had around him, workmates, Dillon’s, The GAA and all his neighbours. A man who liked to put on an odd bet, he had a great appreciation and knowledge of the Racing Industry and knew every horse in Ireland. He was always a humble man at heart and didn’t want any fuss in life or a fuss in death. He was not big into organised religion but was a very deeply spiritual person. He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Concelebrated Mass of the Resurrection took place in St Patrick’s Church, Ballinamuck on Friday 30th last and was read by Fr. Patsy McDermot, Fr. Bernard Hoban, Fr. Pat Kiernan, Fr. Corkery and Fr. Jim Sorohan, with burial after to The New Cemetery, Ballinamuck. Sadly missed by his brother Michael, sisters Annie, Rugby, Warrickshire, Maggie, Felixstowe, Suffolk, Josie, Sydney, Ellen, Glenmore and Chrissie, Corfree, Gowna, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends May he rest in eternal peace..

DEEPEST SYMPATHY: Is extended to Clare Kenny, Clonelly, brother John, Corglass, and Mary O Hara, Kiltycreevagh, on the sudden death of their brother-in-law Derek Walker beloved husband of their sister Liz and dear father of sons Fintan and Daniel of Lagore Little, Rathoath, Co Meath. The Kenny Family are most greatful for all the support received from friends and neighbours. May he rest in eternal peace.

SHOP LOCAL THIS CHRISTMAS: The GAA Club, Community Games, Moyne Bingo, Dromard Well-A-Thon, Annagh Swimming, Tubberpatrick Restoration, SES Scheme, Rural Enhancement, Hit and Miss Golf, St. Patricks N.S., Dromard Child Care and Moyne C.S. Parents Associations, Gun Club, Church Committee, Aaron Hagan Memorial Fund and all other groups are supporting Shop Local.

CHRISTMAS BINGO AT MOYNE: €130 Nellie Gormley, €100 Bernie Smith, €65 Lily Cainswarren, €40 Rose Smith, Other winners were; Thomas McGarry, Tommy Reynolds, Tony Galligan, Margaret Reilly, Pauline Donohue, Geraldine Faughnan, Seamus Reilly, Bernie Smith, Ann McNeill, Philomena McNaboe, Carol McGirl, Miriam Lynch, Anna Bohan, Lucy McManus, Kevin Reilly, Katie Martin, Bernadette McLoughlin, John Manford, Thomas Tierney, Charlie Murtagh, Rose Smith and Louise McEvoy.

MORE CHRISTMAS MONEY: Dromard GAA Lotto Results;26/11/12, No’s Drawn; 10, 17,21 and 22. €20 winners were; Cian McEvoy, Annette and M.J. Sheridan and Patricia O Regan,

THE FOUR SCHOOLS DROMARD REUNION: As part of the Gathering 2013, a committee has been formed; Chairman Joe Murphy, Vice Chairman Michael Masterson, Ballyduffy, Secretary Catherine McNerney PRO Eamon Kiernan, Treasurer John Joe Donohoe and Assistant Treasurer Jamsie Maguire, Tony Farrell, Peter Cassidy, Johnny Creegan, Angela Hudson, Catherine McGahern and Pat Faughnan. It is expected to take place starting on Friday August 9th August 2013 next and running over that weekend or week. It will take place in Legga, Dromard, based around the GAA Grounds and other locations. It will be by Open Invitation to all past pupils of Dromard National School (St. Patricks N.S.), Legga N.S. Moyne N.S. and Edenmore N.S. It is expected that a wide range of activities social, sporting and local tourism initiatives will be organised. It is hoped to publish a commemorative book/booklet. In this regard we are requesting past pupils of all ages to contribute a short article detailing your memory of your time in primary school together with any old photos that you might have from that time. Photos will be scanned and the originals returned to the donors immediately. To facilitate this, an e-mail account dromardschoolsreunion@gmail.com has been set up for the purpose or contributions can be submitted in writing to Catherine McNerney c/o .

LADIES CLUB AGM: Dromard Ladies Club will hold their AGM on December 16th from 12.30 to 1.30pm in the Dromard GAA Clubhouse. Everyone is welcome to attend. The U/12 Girls league winning panel will be presented with their medals on the day.

MIDLAND SECONDARY TEACHERS ASSOCIATION: Their next gathering takes place on Thursday December 16th next starting with bowling in Longford Megabowl at 12.30 pm for an hour. A rep. of Longford Volunteer Centre will then give a talk followed by lunch in the Aubergine, Longford at 2.30pm. Friends and Family also welcome. For bookings please contact Rosemary Ph. 087-7589287.

AUSTRALIA FOR FIVE EUROS: Dromard GAA Club are holding a special draw for a top prize of two Return Tickets for an Australian holiday plus €1000 of spending money or €3000 cash equivalent. The Draw takes place in The Breffni Arms in Arva on December 15th next. Tickets are five euros or a book of six for €20. Tickets are available from Kevin Sheridan, Corrigan’s Oil and fuel Depot, Moyne Stores, Gus McEntire, John Kenny, Noelie Maguire, Pete Faughnan, Eamon Kiernan, Sean Conefrey and all dedicated club members. When you see the continuing innovation of this dynamic and evolving club seeking to cater for all members interests and especially due to the great efforts of our players and for our youth academy –we seek your great goodwill.

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 features including one of local interest bringing to public attention the very interesting stories of The Sage of Dromard, Johnny Creegan. A great Christmas gift available in all local shops.