LOUGH ALLEN COLLEGE NOTES
Bord Iascaigh Mhara: On Friday, 25th of February, Lough Allen College in conjunction with St. Patrick's and St. Brigid's College, Derry sent two students each to represent their school in the B.I.M., Seafood Education Programme in the Slieve Russell Hotel, Cavan. The two students were Michelle McKenna and John McTernan who were accompanied by their teachers Mrs. Ann Foley and Ms. Nuala Gillen. They met up with the teachers and students from other schools to set up their projects. All projects were about the importance of fish in the diet and in the wider world. St. Patrick's and St. Brigid's College gave a presentation on the importance of fish through the use of powerpoint. The judges asked many questions on the projects with the students representing their school very well. We would like to thank Mrs. Foley and Ms. Gillen for accompanying the students to the programme and the hard work they both put into preparing them for the last few months.
Visions Programme: On Thursday, 3rd of March the transition year students went to Lisnakea, Co. Fermanagh to take part in the Visions Programme. This programme involves schools from the North and the Border counties working together and making a short film. The students learned about the film-making process and what it is like to act in front of the camera. They also participated in wall climbing and archery. They returned to school on the Friday evening. We would like to thank Mr Emmett O'Looney for accompanying the students on an enjoyable educational programme.
Dance and Drama Programme: From Friday, 4th – Sunday, 6th of March, two transition year students, namely Simone Christy and Caroline McPartland attended the dance and drama programme in Belfast. The activities they participated in included: dance, drama and African drumming while the evening activities consisted of ice-skating and attending the cinema. A good weekend was had by both girls.
Soroptimist Public Speaking: The staff and students would like to congratulate Roisin Curneen and her teacher Mrs Foley after winning the All-Ireland Soroptimist Finals which were held in Cork at the weekend.
Quiz Night: On Wednesday, 2nd of March, the transition year students and their parents along with Mrs. Ann Foley held a quiz night in Lough Allen College to raise funds for the French Exchange Programme. There was a great turnout with 21 tables being filled. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported us and came on the night. We would also like to thank the sponsors of our raffle, Mrs Foley and Mr Seamus Gilhooly who helped to organise the night, Mr Michael Doherty our quizmaster, Mr John Flynn who produced the posters and Mrs. Stephanie Gibbons (principal) who provided support on the night.
Compiled by Padraig Cornyn (transition year).
John McKenna Traditional Society
Celebrating St. Patrick in Wynne's Bar! A special St. Patrick's Session will be held in Wynne's Bar on Friday night, the 18th March, all musicians and singers are welcome. The Society would like to congratulate the organisers of the Parade held last Sunday and hope that the great turnout of both spectators and participants will help the organisers continue with the great work for next year.
LATE MARY DEVITT
Our community was deeply saddened on learning of the death at Sligo General Hospital of Mary Devitt, College View and Knockacoosan, Drumkeerin after a brief illness on Tuesday, 8th March.
Mary Devitt was a much respected member of our community. She was a quiet reserved woman whose pride and joy was working in the home providing for her family. With her death her daughters, sons and grandchildren have lost a very loving mother and grandmother. The large congregations at the removal Mass and funeral services in St. Brigid's Church, Drumkeerin reflect the high esteem in which Mary and her family are held. We extend our sympathy to her daughters Angela, Kitty and Anne, her sons Brendan, Martin and Hughie, sister Peggy, brother Vincent, grandchildren and extended family.
Our Community Games competitions have just started for 2005. Our Art Competition is the first competition to run. The entries should all be submitted on a sporting theme. The same age groups apply as in previous years i.e. U-8, 10, 12, 14 and 16, boys and girls. For new entrants the U-8 competitors must be over 6 years on the 1st August 2005. The entries must be ready for collection on the 23rd March. The name and date of birth of the entrant must be on the back of the entry. Entry fee is €2. For further information contact (071) 9648324 or (071) 9648164.
Drumkeerin welcomed back a St. Patrick's Day Parade after an absence of almost three decades. We salute the Youth Club and their enterprising leaders for conceiving and organising a parade that would do justice to any large town. There was a discernable air of pride, excitement and enthusiasm. Wakening up to the decorated street of green and gold set the atmosphere and the adrenalin racing. The parade itself was full of colour, variety and imagination, music and comedy. We congratulate the organisers and the participants on their initiative. The correspondent was most fortunate to see the assembled participants and was unlucky that a meeting in Cavan prevented him from savouring the full parade. What he saw was most uplifting mol an ige agus thiocaidh siad, but we also salute all that followed them.
Don't forget the annual Tidy Town's Table Quiz on Good Friday in Lough Allen College.
ALL IRELAND WINNER!
There was a hushed and electric atmosphere in the Airport Southern Hotel Cork as speakers, mentors and parents and supporters awaited the adjudicator's verdict following an extraordinarily high soroptimist All Ireland Public Speaking Competition. Ten speakers from all parts of Ireland had enthralled their audience with speech content, flow of diction, persuasive arguments and their oozing with confidence. The general feeling was that it was going to be close very close.
Lough Allen College, Drumkeerin student, Roisin Curneen had blazed her way to the final with powerful performances of rhetoric, logic and humour at the area final in Sligo followed by the Regional Final in Castlebar. In Cork on Saturday last she rose to even more eloquent and persuasive heights as she delivered her speech; “You are what you eat”, but it was in the impromptu speech that she really topped it capturing and captivating the audience and adjudicators with her fluid thinking with and humour on the topic; “If only...”
When the verdict was announced the audience erupted into spontaneous applause of approval Roisin Curneen the fourth year student at Lough Allen College, Drumkeerin had done it. The All Ireland Soroptimist Title had come to Leitrim. Congratulations to Roisin on her proud achievement. Congratulations also to her tutor, Anne Foley. Roisin was presented with her awards amid great excitement and applause of approval.
Roisin and her teacher will now be going on a tour to Strasbourg as part of her success.
CATHAOIRLEACH'S AWARDS SCHEME
Leitrim County Council invites nominations for the Cathaoirleach's Awards Scheme. Closing date for nominations is 31st March. Forms and details available on request to phone no. 9650461.
P.T.A.A. QUESTION TIME
We would like to extend congratulations to the Tarmon National School Question Time Team on winning the Diocesan final of the P.T.A.A. Question Time competition. This was a wonderful achievement by the team of Marie Byrne, John Woods, Jason McMorrow and Adam Woods. The team now goes forward to represent the school in the Ulster final in Donnyloop on Saturday 19th. We send all our good wishes with them on the day.
DRUMKEERIN'S WOMENS GROUP
We would like to thank everyone who helped in any way in making International Women's Day such a great success. A special word of thanks to Dr. Rosaleen Harkin for her very inspirational talk and to Rose and Carmel for the entertainment and to Fiona for the beautiful banner.
TIDY TOWNS MEETING
A meeting of Drumkeerin Tidy Towns was held on Thursday 10th March. Only four attended. This was, of course, most disappointing. However, those present examined and discussed a recent audit carried out on the state of the village. The audied showed very important improvements but on the debit side very many areas of grave concern. The recent improvements on Main Street got much favourable comment. These include footpaths, lighting, removal of overhead wires, street surface and the recent painting of St. Brigid's Hostel which compliments many decorations of houses and businesses carried out last year. There was much appreciation for the building works nearing completion on Main Street.
The new footpath, car park looks well. The stonefacing of the walls has put the icing on the cake. Well done. The commencement of work on the Ballalley side was welcomed. This work and maturing landscaping on the Dowra Road and rockery at College View will help to make the Dowra approach road much more appealing.
On the negative side, there was much concern expressed about the disgraceful eyesore that is the Council Storage on the old school road. This has been a source of anguish for more than two decades. In 1998 the CAAS report and plan had two artist's impressions, one before and one after a project with hedging and a wooden door (gate) screening away the unsightly scene. Drumkeerin is still waiting. The Courthouse and surrounds is a disgrace!
Recent improvements around the village were welcomed but there is dismay at the way work is left, grass lawn areas damaged with rock debris. Watch the hole on the footpath going up Sheena! Sheena is the largest residential area in Drumkeerin. It requires a major redevelopment programme.
There was grave concern expressed about the level of vandalism. Litter bin lids have been removed, shrubs removed trees smashed at bottom of avenue leading to St. Brigid's Church, stones taken from landscaping and thrown all over Dowra Road. An important meeting called for Wednesday, 30th March. More details later.
DRUMKEERIN YOUTH CLUB
ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE
On Sunday the 13th March the first parade to be held in Drumkeerin in many years brightly and noisily flowed down Drumkeerin main street and lifted the spirits of everyone in the village. It was wonderful to see so many people attend the celebrations. We have so many people to thank for making this special day possible through their support both financially and physically. Thanks to all our young members who decided to take a chance and host a parade in the village. They worked alongside the committee every step of the way until everything was arranged. A special thanks for taking on all those little tasks on the day to ensure that everything went smoothly and the parade was a great success.
We had an overwhelming response from all the local business people and wish to thank all our sponsors; Pinnacle Development, Sean and Paul Gallagher Construction, Duignan's Grocery Store, The Coffee Shop, Wynne's Bar, Devitt's Bar, Forde's Bar, The Cosy Corner, Mary Dolan-Beirnes, Clarkes Butcher Store, Breffni Store, Grogan & Currid, Tarmon National School, Drumkeerin National School, Drumkeerin Childcare Services, Doherty Bus Hire, Rogan Bus Hire, P. McGovern Construction, Ray Rogan, Sean Gallagher - the Gun Club, Langan Tile Store, O'Rourkes Bus Hire, McPadden Construction, Mary Bohan, Thomas Fallon, Pat Joe McPadden, Lough Allen College, Jerry Fee Construction, Creevalea National School, The GAA, Handball Club, Rowanberry Ent., The Cutting Edge Hair Salon, Mary McHugh's Hair Salon, Gerry Fee Haulage, Paddy & Gerry McMorrow, Gerry McGourty Property Developer, Tommy McTiernan, Richard McTiernan CMCS Security, Gerard McTiernan, James Dolan Construction, Hugh Woods, John McKenna Society, Francis McPartlan, P H Kelly Construction, 99 Club, St. Brigid's Hostel, Gerry McGourty Construction, Lough Allen Comm. Dev., Be. Regan/Job Initiative, T. McSharry Construction, Kerrigan's Quarry, Thomas Fallon, Dermot Fallon, D.P. Energy, Seams McTiernan, McPadden's Quarry, Noel McPadden, J. McGee Cattle Dealer, Anthony McGoldrick, The Coffee Shop, C. McLoughlin Construction, Brian Harrison Tiling, Animal Welfare Org., Eamonn Nolan, Brendan Christy, Hugh O'Rourke, Men's Group, Drumkeerin Summer Scheme Comm., John McTiernan, Gerry Dolan, David Trotter & Sons and Des Wynne Auctioneer. If we have left anyone out please let us know and we will be delighted to acknowledge you contribution.
It was such a boost to all involved in the Club to think that there is so much support for our young people in the community and we are grateful. Sincere thanks to everyone who provided floats on the day especially John Scollan/Drumshanbo Fire Brigade who were so kind as to arrive at very short notice to support the Club.
Thanks to Fr. Bredin for blessing the parade, Sgt. John O'Donnell - Garda support/traffic control, Tommy O'Rourke - sound system provision, Andrew Mullin - Sligo Pallets provision of trailer for a stage, Eamonn O'Grady M.C. on the day, the video producer, Sean McNiff - photographer, John McKenna Traditional Society for all the entertainment, our local Irish Dancers, Eddie & Claire Fitzpatrick for helping Chrissie/The Coffee Shop provide a Bar-b-Q on the day and everyone who helped to make it such a special occasion.
We hope to make this an annual event and provide additional activities and are aware that although it was a brilliant parade we had little time for preparation as the Club only decided to host a parade in February! This gave people little time to organise floats. A number of our sponsors had other commitments on the day but promised they would put it on their calendar for March 2006! I am sure we can hold them to this promise after we had such a successful day. I would personally like to thank the Club Leaders who worked so well together and all took on specific responsibilities in order to ensure that everything fell into place on the day. As with many committees it is a pleasure to work with such a dedicated bunch who are not afraid of work or responsibility. Finally thank you the community. You have given our young people that golden opportunity to show us just what they are capable of doing with a little support. We look forward to their next venture with enthusiasm! Stephanie McGovern.