End of an era

End of an era

The closing of a school, church, creamery, factory, shop or a post office diminishes the community in which it takes place. We are inclined to take our established amenities for granted until the day we lose them. Thus it is with the closing of Corrawallen Post Office which has served our community for more than a century and a half. On Friday last January 31st Postmaster Joe Hyland closed the doors for the last time on his grocery business and the post office. Corrawallen Post Office, established in May 1862 under Postmaster J.A. Wood, was known then as Drumreilly Post Office, with a regular mail delivery. The name was changed from Drumreilly to Corrawallen in 1891. Mr. Wood, with his family ran the Post Office from 1862 until 1910. In that year

it was taken over by the Hyland family, which has been in charge until the present time. William Hyland was the new postmaster of that name, and with his wife he also ran a thriving grocery business. For over one hundred and fifty years the place has run smoothly, but made unwanted news when it was raided in February 1923 Those responsible succeeded in evading arrest. William was succeeded as postmaster by his son Cedric, who on his demise in the mid fifties was succeeded by his wife Cassie. Joe Hyland followed in his mother’s footsteps until the closing of the post office and business on last Friday evening. The people of the community are unanimous in their praise of the service provided by Joe and his wife Claire and recall the days before

telephones were installed in their homes, when Joe promptly took messages received on from the post office line to residents from Aughoo to Aughavilla and from Dromore to Carrickmakeegan, and further afield. They are wished well on their retirement.

Winners at Bingo

The following were among the winners in Drumreilly Community Centre on

last Friday night: Thomas Tierney, Carrigallen, Rose Smith, Drumury, Mickey Prior, Lisacarn, Lily Curran, Ballinamore, Betty Taylor, Clonboyher, Bridie McBrien, Camber, Pauline Darcy, Aughawillan, Berni McGrath, Killeshandra, Ita Sutherland, Toome, Vincent Grimes, Drumconlevan, Berni Smith, Drumury, Eileen Donohoe, Doogary, Alice Shields, Ballinamore, Nan Connolly, Ardunsaghan, Michael Flanagan, Drumarigna, Maureen Bracken, Keelrin, Helen O r Rorke, Corlough, Kathleen Kiernan, Kathleen Canning, Bohey, Tommy Reynolds, Aughadruminchin, Catherine Rooney, Aughnasheelin, Eileen Mulcahy, Corrawallen, Shirley Gooheen, Drumraine, Lily O Neill, Killahurk and Seán Maxwell, Carrickmakeegan, Bingo will continue on next Friday at 8.30 p.m. You are thanked for your support.

Three Feast Days

Saturday last the first day of February was the feast of St. Brigid, lover of animals, friend of the poor, advisers of chieftains, known as Muire na nGael, who established her first church in Ardagh, Co. Longford. Reports suggest that the practice of making rush crosses to be hung up over the doors of out-offices and dwelling houses and the visits to St. Brigid’s Well in Oughteragh in her honour are not as widespread as of yore. Sunday was the Feast of the Presentation and Candlemas Day. The feast was marked by the annual blessing of candles. Monday was the feast of St. Blaise, Bishop of Sebaste in Armenia, a fourth century martyr who met his death by beheading. t is said that while on his way to prison he miraculously cured a boy from choking. The feast was marked by the blessing of throats.

Recalling February 1998

Rachel Kennedy and Karl McCartin of the Prior S.D. were medal winners at the Shannon Club Feis Rince in Kilbride Centre Strokestown. Mary McKeon repeated the feat of 1997 by winning the 1500m.event of the Connacht Indoor Race Walking Championship in Nenagh. In the first draw of the newly-formed Drumreilly-Aughawillan G.A.A. Lotto in Drumcoura City the Jackpot of £500 was won by Celene Fee, Mullaghboy. The death took place in England of Ardra-born Mrs Josephine O Halloran nee Masterson. R. I. P. The following members were elected to Drumlea N.S. Board of Management: Susan Maguire and Brian Kennedy (Parents); Mrs. Anna Mae Denneny and Mrs. Sally Kelly (Teachers); Fr. Charles Heerey P.P. And James Holahan (Nominees of Patron); Kitty Holahan and Pat Conefrey (Wider Community); Fr. Heerey, Chairman, Recording Secretary Mrs. A. M. Denneny N.T. and Treasurer: Susan Maguire. The announcement that one hundred and six jobs were to be lost through the closure of Ballinamore textiles was met with dismay. Temperatures bordering on the sixties, brown sand borne on soft winds from the Sahara and jackdaws drawing up their building plans marked a weekend in the middle of the month.

Active Age snippets

All groups are reminded that the Drumreilly Active Age St. Valentine’s Social will be held on next Wednesday night, February 11th. All are invited. Remember that you do not have to be an affiliated member of any group to attend. So come along, and in addition to enjoying a night of dancing yourself you will also be enhancing the enjoyment of your neighbours who are in their autumn years.