The Annaduff Parish Gathering: The Parish gathering is living up to it’s name with hundreds of Annaduff natives getting ready to converge on every end of the Parish for the last weekend in July. There is a wonderful menu of Traditional singing ,dancing and music, Historical tours etc. The programme is almost complete and leaflets and posters will soon be ready. The weekend commences on Friday evening July 26th with a ‘’Welcome Home’’ evening in Annaduff G.A.A. Centre with well known singer and songwriter Fionnuala Maxwell as M.C. where the talent of the Parish will be on show. On Saturday morning a bus tour covering the top end of the Parish will take place from 10am until 1pm led by Des Guckian who has published many books of interest, including Fr. Manning, The History of Annaduff G.A.A. The History of Annaduff called The Annals of Annaduff, a few copies of these books will be available on the day. The tour which starts in the car Park of St. Mary’s Church Annaduff includes visits to Co. Leitrim’s tidiest town, Dromod , Derrycarne, St. Ann’s Graveyard and the Abbey grounds together with references to many places in between. The bus costs €5 per head. To book a place contact Des Guckian at 071 96 38397 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Maura Ward at 071 9624353.Visitors may also like to avail of the Genealogy service provided by Des. All interested are asked to make contact as soon as possible. Lunch may be had in Cox’s Steak house Dromod at 1pm after the tour. Booking is advisable at 071 96 38234. Also on Saturday will be The Francis Lynch memorial football blitz for National School children, there will be lots of interesting side shows at the pitch including Boxty making demo. On Saturday evening a ceili mor takes place in the G.A.a. centre for young and old, so get the dancing shoes ready. Sunday morning sees ‘’Welcome to the Gathering’’Church Services with Mass in Drumsna at 9.30am, Service in St. Ann’s Church of Ireland at 10am, Mass in Annaduff at 11am, Everyone is welcome to attend all or any of the Churches. There will then be a slot of free time (for chatting) until after lunch. At 3.30pm a lower end of the Parish a walking tour of the Historical village of Drumsna led by Noel Duignan takes place.Visit the Shannon Quay side, the Shannon side walk at the oldest bridge on the Shannon, the grave of ExplorerThomas Heazle Parke, the Robert Strawbridge Monument , the Inn where novelist Anthony Trollope commenced the writing of the Macdermots of Ballycloran, the Church of the Immaculate Conception with it’s beautiful stained glass windows and much more, Patricia O’Reilly will bring the children on their own magical tour of Fairyland at the same time. (If the weather is unfavourable a talk will take place instead of the walk) Afterwards everyone is invited to the Drumsna Community Centre for a step back in time where locals will re- enact some old time traditions and fun. You might even meet the future Rose of Tralee there. Light refreshments will be provided afterwards. It’s then on to Duignan’s for a social dancing session. Please inform your families and friends of this great weekend where you may meet some one that you have not seen for years.
Autumn Tour: Our 4 day Autumn tour takes place this year from Thursday August 22nd to Sunday August 25th incl. Coach pick up in Rooskey Thursday a.m and coach stays with us for duration of Tour which takes us around the Lakeland Counties of Fermanagh, Monaghan, and Cavan and possibly a tour guide with us all the time. The cost is roughly €220 which includes 3 nights B & B, 3 dinners, coach pick up as near as possible to your house. Any little extras will be from your own purse. No obligation on anyone to do only what they want to do (a great package). The tour Company Marathon are responsible for the money end of things so a deposit must be paid within the next week. Enquiries & Bookings: Eileen 086 3702547.
Medjugorge: Pilgrimage to Medjugorge from the 4th of October to the 11th of October. The cost of this trip is from 520 euro, Must book early for this price, Contact Tommy on 0449371787 or 0876851691.
Bingo: Bingo continues in Drumsna Community Centre on Thursday night at 9 p.m.
Lough Derg Day Pilgrimage date changed: Annual Day Pilgrimage to Lough Derg now takes place on Sunday, 15th September instead Sunday, 1st September Bookings now being taken with a deposit of €40. Contact Maura Ward at 9624353, Maura Faughnan at 9624540 or Irene Beirne at 9624351.
St. Mary’s Church, Annaduff: Masses in St. Mary’s Church, Annaduff as follows: Monday 7 p.m. followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 8 p.m. Holy Hour Duty: Margaret Moffatt, Betty Plunkett, Bridie Cox, Maura Faughnan: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9 a.m. Friday (No Mass), Saturday Vigil Mass 7 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.
Lotto: The Parish and G.A.A. Lotto Draw will be held in McLoughlin’s, Drumsna on Sunday next, 21st July with a jackpot of €4,900.
Well done Joanna: Congratulations to Joanna Duignan, daughter of Teresa and Philip Duignan, Gortinee on winning her first National title in the U-18 400m on Sunday 7th July in Tullamore. Joanna’s victory completes a good week for her after she was picked for the Irish Schools team to compete in the 300m and 4 x 300m events at the Schools International in Morton Stadium, Santry on Saturday next July 20th. Good luck Joanna.