CELEBRATE CIAN FUN WEEKEND: Be sure to mark Sat 2nd and Sun 3rd March in your diary as we celebrate with a fund-raising weekend in memory of Cian Smith, Glenmore, Aughnacliffe, who passed away in Feb. 2011. A “Come Dine With Me” evening takes place in “The Piker’s Lodge” in Gowna on Saturday, 2nd March at 8p.m.. If you think you could host a table by inviting friends and family along, providing dessert (main course provided by hotel) tickets will cost €20 and it promises to be a really enjoyable night with lots of entertainment, music and dancing afterwards to the “Dance on Band”. Anyone interested in hosting a table please ring Lil at 086 8134484 or Christine at 087 6450530 before Fri Jan 18th. On Sun. 3rd March, a Fun Football Match, between Cian’s friends, takes place in Pairc Na Gael, Dromard….other events are also in the pipeline. More details on all events at a later date. All proceeds from the “Celebrate Cian Fun Week-End” will go to the “Make A Wish Foundation”, a charity which supports terminally ill children and their families.
DROMARD TRADITIONAL MUSIC BAND: Doma Beo, which consists of Maria Mathews, Legga and Liam and Laura Doherty, Cornakelly and managed by Rosie Doherty are representing Moyne Community School, Dromard Parish and County Longford in the All-Ireland Talent Search Competition and have already made it to the Leinster semi-final stage in The Mullingar Park Hotel this coming Saturday January 19th next at 8pm. As part of the competition and to enable them to progress to the Leinster Final and after that to the All-Ireland Final they will need a lot of supporters, both local and from around North Longford and county to be present with them at the venue on that night, as this is a vital part of the adjudication process. The All-Ireland Final will take place in March and be broadcast live on RTE T.V. This very hard working and wonderfully talented generous group have been an integral part of our community for over seven years participating in the parish choir, junior scor, community games and are valued members of Dromard GAA Club. The really do deserve the support of the entire community to put them and us on the cultural map. Entry tickets to the venue are €10 ea. If there are enough people interested and wishing to support this fantastic group of teenagers a free bus will be organised to take supporters to the venue. Your support would be greatly appreciated. If interested in going on the bus please Ph. 086/0636621 or Email; firstname.lastname@example.org
SENIOR SCOR CALL UP: Anyone interested in taking part or assisting in any way with Senior Scor in Dromard in Dromard are invited to attend a meeting on this Thursday night at 9 pm in The Clubhouse. Great honour and achievement was enjoyed by Dromard in the glory years of the ‘80’s and ‘90’s in Scor Competitions. We would like to relive those heady days again in Dromard when we reigned supreme in the arts of song, dance and stage performance. If people cannot attend they can contact Peter Masterson Ph. 083/3051786 for further details.
LOCAL INVOLVEMENT IN YOUNG SCIENTIST COMPETITION: A strong contingent of possible future scientists or engineers together with some current senior engineers from the greater Ballyduffy area enjoyed a wonderful day at The Young Scientist Competition in the RDS last week. There was great enthrallment by the party from observing four Post Primary Schools from the greater Longford area displaying and explaining their wonderfully created and crafted exhibits. Young Mark Mulleady, son of Sean and Teresa from Creenagh Drumlish, presented a very interesting project of great interest to the farming fraternity in rural Ireland. He demonstrated that three simple substances commonly present in every rural dwelling in the 20’s and 30’s, namely Lemon, Soda and Vinegar or combinations thereof were all we needed to provide safe hygiene and cleansing our homes or to eliminate toxic substances or weeds for our farms. From the foundation of the State until the foundation of the EEC we had the homemade solutions to all our problems on our doorstep. Since then we have been brainwashed into relying on expensive and imported toxic and polluting fancy chemical products. Kinsale Community School had no less than seventeen projects on display. For Peter Masterson, Ballyduffy, this was his 8th year to attend this awe inspiring scientific event. He was hugely impressed as he and his travelling party listened to the courage, openness, honesty and transparency these precocious young people as compared with the vague rhetoric and double-speak of national leaders and politicians. In conclusion Peter suggests to parents all across our communities that the involvement of their children in projects like this could provide the building blocks for creating young people with better personalities and greater intellectual ability, confidence and a more adaptable persons to face the challenges of the modern world.
A RIDDLE-ON SNOW: From Heaven I fall, though from earth I begin, No lady on earth can show such a skin. I am bright as an angel and light as a feather, but heavy and dark when you squeeze me together. Though candour and truth in my aspect I bear, yet poor creatures I help to ensnare. Though so much of Heaven appears in my wake, the foulest impressions I easily make. My parent and I produce one and other, the mother the daughter, the daughter the mother.
UNITE FOR LIFE VIGIL: The Irish Bishops and urge all who can to participate in it. Bishop Colm O Reilly states that we should have no hesitation in proclaiming the Church’s clear teaching on the basic right to life. Decisions taken on this matter, he says touch on the very foundations of our society. Special prayers will be said at all masses next weekend. Also a message from Kitty Ross: Every man woman and child is being called to join together and make to make a stand for, “The life of the innocent” in Merrion Square, Dublin on Saturday the 19th. of January for 4.30pm. There are buses traveling from all around the country for the vigil in Dublin. Join us and stand up for life. Bus will leave the cathedral car park on Saturday at 1.30pm. For more information contact Marie 086 1900640 or Kitty 086 0405621
YOUTH 2000: Prayer meeting every Friday at 8pm in St Anne’s, the former mercy convent in Mohil. People aged between 16-35 meet to encourage each other in the faith and to pray for the grace to try and fully live out their catholic faith. All within the specified age are invited to come along and make new friends and enjoy the company of other young souls, while relaxing over a cuppa after the meeting.
DROMARD GAA AGM: Is to take place on Friday January 18th next at 9pm. It’s annual arrival brings all sorts of thoughts and anxieties to my mind. Is it Dromards version of the Oscars? “And the Oscar for the best supporting person goes to….? The worst fear of all is giving a report to an audience that know much more about the club than you do! Our club has stood the test of time through all the great efforts and sacrifices of those gone before us. By attending this AGM we are reaffirming our commitment to continue to fulfil the dreams that they aspired to. All members are requested to attend and new members are also very welcome. “Oh gosh I can’t believe I was elected again-I’m speechless”.
MOYNE BINGO RESULTS: €130 Bernadette Masterson, Margaret Martin and Mary Clerkin. €100 Bernie Smith, Ita Reilly and Geraldine Faughnan. €65 Mary Murphy, Anna Rose Reilly and Sharon Lee, €40 Marian Maguire, Lilly Cainswarren and May Hughes. Other winners; John Manford, Nellie Gormley, Louise McEvoy, Pat McHugh, Rose Smith, Helen McCormack, Ned Brady, Margaret Donnelly, Amanda O Hanlon, Bernadette McLoughlin, Noel Lyons, Pauline Donohoe, Kevin Reilly, Mary Curran, Anna Bohan, Margaret Smith, Carol McGirl, Bernie Reilly, Rose Creegan, John P. Donnelly, Francie Smith, May Canning, Rose Marie Mulligan, Ann Heslin, Mary Creegan, Bridie McCabe, P.J. McGarry, Mary Kiernan, Eileen Taaffe, George Taaffe, Miriam Lynch, Mary Masterson, Lorraine O Hara, Ned Brady, Brian McGlade, Rosette Owens, May McNaboe, Cian O Hara, May Keogh, Aoife O Hara and Thomas Parrington. Good luck in the New Year to all.
GAA LOTTO RESULTS: Jackpot not won. No’s drawn were 11, 12, 24 and 25. €20 winners were; Susan Murphy, Maura Maguire, Liz and Maggie Ward and Paul Hourican. Seller’s prize; Michael Masterson.