KENAGH COMMUNITY GAMES: A hugely successful “Kenagh’s Got the Factor” took place on 21st October in Gavs bar. A wonderful evening’s entertainment was provided by 28 young people from the parish with a wide variety of musical talent displayed.
Many thanks to our judges Donie Shannon Miriam Dennigan and Catherine Patterson who had the difficult task of selecting their winners. Congratulations and well done to Aoife Wadd our X Factor 2012 winner. Aoife gave a tremendous performance singing “All Star”. Runner up was Erin McCormack and joint 3rd were Caoilfhionn Noad and Matthew Casey. Well done to all contestants , you did yourselves proud. A big thank you to the following businesses who kindly sponsored the main prizes for the winners. Raymond O’Boyle Kenagh (1st prize) Nallys Garage Ballymahon (2nd prize) Newmans Kenagh (3rd prize) and Egan Electrical Kenagh (3rd prize).Thanks to Dunnes Stores who sponsored goodie bags for all the contestants. Special thanks to our school principal Mr Fintan Farrelly who kindly presented the prizes to the winners. Many thanks to Tess & Brian Doyle for the use of “Gavs” Bar, their generous donation towards 2013 events and their continued support to Kenagh Community games. A big thank you to all our sponsors. Main sponsor KEPAK Ballymahon for their generous donation and first prize in our raffle. Our raffle sponsors Supervalue Longford,Natural beauty Ballymahon ,Nails by Marthala Ballymahon,Tesco Longford,Egans Service station Terlicken ,Katie Carberry , O’Hanlons pharmacy Ballymahon,Jimmy Leavy Foigha, O’Boyles Kenagh and Supervalue Ballymahon. Huge thanks to our guest artist on the night Tony Wadd ,to David Noad for the sound system,David Noad jnr & Peter Newman for assisting backstage and to all who helped in any way towards the success of this event. A big big thank you to all the contestants and their parents for the huge effort they put unto this fundraiser,it was a wonderful occasion. Lastly well done to our very talented committee member Jane Noad who pulled out all the stops in ensuring this was an Xfactor to remember. A special presentation was also made on the night to Grainne Donohoe & Joshua Kelly both of whom won silver medals in the county 2012 art finals. Well done Grainne &Joshua.
DRAUGHTS CHESS & TABLE TENNIS: Kenagh area finals for these events will be held on Sunday 4th November in the community centre at 5pm.Draughts for children U10, U12 & U14.Chess for U12 & U16 and table tennis U13.All who are interested in representing Kenagh in these events are welcome to attend. Enquire please to Marie McGann 086 8934458.
ATHLETICS TRAINING: Athletics training will continue Sunday mornings in the GAA pitch from 11.30 to 12.30pm. All are welcome.
SHOE BOX APPEAL 2012: Last year Kenagh donated a total of 96 boxes plus donations .To help us hit the gold target of 100 boxes this year please could all boxes be with the local representative by November 11th to ensure delivery to a child in time for Christmas. Representatives in Kenagh are Olive McKeogh,Main Street Kenagh 087 6270358 and Liz Farrell 4 Clough Dillons Kenagh 086 8841367.Other collection points are:St Dominics Church St Georges Church St Dominics NS,Sticky Fingers Childcare Centre. Thank you for giving a smile at Christmas.
KDDA: Next KDDA meeting will be held in Saint Dominics Centre on November 6th at 8pm.The table quiz which was arranged for November 30th in Gavs Bar has been postponed until after Christmas on account of other functions on that date. KDDA would like to give their full support to Breege Cassidy who will be having her exhibition of painting and other art work in Cooneys Hotel Ballymahon on Friday and Saturday November 30 and Dec 1. Breege would greatly appreciate all local support for her big night. KDDA wish to thank the Harvest Festival for their kind donations.
WEDDING: The wedding took place recently of Mary Chapman, daughter of John and Bernadette Knockavagan Kenagh and Oliver Fallon Cullentra Newtowncashel, son of John and Geraldine. The chief celebrant was Father Michael Reilly Lanesboro assisted by Father Tom Barden Kenagh in the Church of the Blessed Virgin Newtowcashel. Bridesmaid was Celine Chapman sister of the bride. Best man was Mr Joseph Fallon brother of the groom. Music in the Church was rendered by Pauric McGowen and Kate Connolly. All the guests enjoyed a beautiful meal in the Landmark Hotel Carrick on Shannon and danced the night away in the hotel ballrooom. We wish the happy couple every happiness in their future lives together in their home in Carramana.
OICHE SAMHANA: A Halloween party for young and old will take place at Mosstown Harbour (Island Bridge) on Wednesday evening next October 31st starting at six o’clock pm. A fancy dress party for families will be held along with tricks and treats. Music food hot drinks and light show. Spot prizes for best Halloween costume. All the children of the locality are invited to attend.This community event is courtesy of Foigha Kenagh Royal Canal Group Wetlands Heritage Ireland and Kenagh tidy towns. Remember last year, this year we will have something better. Admission free.
KILCOMMACK CEMETERY: There will be a clean up in Kilcommock cemetery on next Saturday November 3rd.Plot owners are asked to have their graves looking well for November for extra visitors who will come to pray for the holy souls.
WEDDING: Congratulations and best wishes to Mr Cathal Burns Ballinasloe and Mairead Dooner, daughter of Tony and Margaret Kilcommock who were married in saint Dominics church Kenagh on Saturday last October 27th.Chief celebrant of the marriage ceremony was father Christy McCormack assisted by Father Tom Barden and Father John Naughton. Chief bridesmaid was Yvonne Finnegan and bridesmaid was Brona Burns. Best man was Damien Haverty,groomsman was Eamon Burns. Readings were from Maureen McCarthy and Colm Dooner. The reception was held in Glasson Golf Hotel which was enjoyed by a large circle of relatives friends and neighbours of bride and groom. The honeymoon is being spent on the canary islands .We wish the newly wed couple many years of wedded bliss.
DEATH: This week we sadly record the death of Mike McGann Sli na Mona Ballymahon and formerly of Corlea Kenagh. Mike was in his ninety fourth year when he passed away last Monday October 22nd. He was a very skilled tradesman during his long and active life and carried on at his trade until he was well over eighty years of age. Mike was a very local man, never travelled too far from home . He was never idle always on the move. A great believer in an honest days work. He worked for many years along with the late Jerry McManus at the building trade. He was also very active in politics never failing to turn out on election day. He was also very fond of traditional music thus the presence of well known piper Noel Carberry at his graveside. He was a founder member of the “Rising of the Moon” Ceili band. He was buried in Kilcommock cemetery after prayers by Father Barden and poetry readings by his relatives and neighbours. We offer our sympathy to his nephews nieces sister in law and a large circle of friends and neighbours.
PROGRESSIVE TWENTY FIVE: Winners in Saint Dominics Cente last Thursday night were Mark and Noreen eleven games win seventy euro. Paddy and Mick 10 games forty euro. Table prizes Peter and Brendan Peter and Mary. They win twenty euro each. Raffle Michael Campbell,Larry Grouden Bernie Walshe,Betty Gerety,Peter Gregg Peter McGarry all win ten euro each.
GAA: Our local GAA Club celebrated a milestone in their long history last Sunday afternoon. After over two hundred years planning and hard work the club opened their new walking and running track around one of the pitches. Almost a quarter of a mile long it will accommodate all club members who wish to walk jog run or indulge in serious training. The track was professionally laid down by local men Stephen Kenny and Tom Connor. It will be fully lighted which means it will be safe especially during the dark evenings when walking is not possible on public roads. The track was dedicated to the late Mike Murray who was a life long supporter of the club and president for twenty five years. The tape cutting ceremony was performed by Margaret Murray wife of the late Mike assisted by her family and extended family. Speakers at the opening were county chairman Pat Cahill, local councillor Paddy Belton, Adrian Greene from LCRL and Colm Murray grandson of the late Mike. The blessings were administered by Rev Tom Barden and Canon Kingston. Enda McGann club chairman acted as Master of ceremonies. Refreshments were served by the ladies committee of the local club. A family fun day followed with tug o war ,horse show throwing sheaf tossing. Penalty shoot out and bouncing castle. There were also Halloween attractions for the children. Despite the inclement weather it was a most enjoyable day for the large crowd who attended .Our congratulations to GAA committee members for a great day and a job well done.
XFACTOR: Congratulations to our cousin Aoife Wadd who came first in the X Factor in Gavs bar Kenagh on Sunday 21st October. Also to her friend Ena McCormac who came second. The Faherty side of the family are very proud of you both.
KENAGH DISTRICT GUN CLUB AND CONSERVATION: We are holding our annual longest cock pheasant competition on Thursday 1st November in Gav’s Bar Kenagh. Music on the night by Tony Moran. Special guest Olympian Derek Burnett will be presenting the spot prizes on the night. Also club person of the year will be selected. Everyone welcome. Congratulations to Martin Carberry who came 1st in the down the line category in Clonard.