Fr Gerry’s 40th Jubilee rescheduled: Parish priest of Bornacoola Fr. Gerry O’Brien celebrated 40 years of priesthood recently unfortunately last Friday’s planned celebrations were postponed as a mark of respect to the late John Bohan R.I.P. So on Friday next July 19th Fr Gerry will celebrate Mass at 8pm in St Michael’s Church Bornacoola, following that there will be a gathering of parishioners and friends for some refreshments in Bornacoola Community Centre. All are welcome.
Sports day: Bornacoola GAA club hosted their annual sports day on Sunday last. The day started with a 5k run/walk at 12 noon followed by Mass at 1.30 after Mass all the usual sports activities took place followed by a raffle for a signed Leitrim jersey and football these were won by Mary Reynolds, Clooncolry and Pat Farrell, Esker. Bornacoola’s own chef Kevin Mallon provided a great barbeque on the day. This was a great family day out, thanks to all who came along and supported and to all those who helped out on the day.
Rooskey coach tour: A note to hand from Gabrielle O’Farrell to let you all, know about the forthcoming coach tour and it reads as follows; Our 4 day autumn tour takes place this year from Thursday, 22nd August to Sunday, August 25th incl. Coach pick up in Rooskey Thurs am and coach stays with us for duration of Tour which takes us around the Lakeland counties of Fermanagh, Monaghan, and Cavan. Enquiries & Bookings: Eileen 086 3702547.
Wedding bells: We send our congratulations Mr Colin Cox, Anfield and Miss Edel Shanley, Drumard who were married last week in St Joseph’s Church, Cloonturk. We wish you health and happiness for the future.
Sympathy: We would like to send our condolences to the family and friends of the late John Bohan, Cloonmorris who died on Thursday last at Mullingar General Hospital. John was laid to rest in Cloonmorris Cemetery on Saturday last. May he Rest in Peace.
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 9638397 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 at 8.30pm 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 until after Lunch. At 3.30pm there will a walking tour of the Historical village of Drumsna led by Noel Duignan .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.
Wedding bells: We send our congratulations Jonathan and Nessa Taylor (Nessa McGill, Dromod) who live in London on the birth of their first baby, a boy to be named Sebastian Cormack born in London on Wednesday last to the delight of granny Mary, aunt Ailbhe and uncle Feargal. We wish you health and happiness for the future.
Sympathy: We would like to send our condolences to the family and friends of the late John Gannon, Malahide, Dublin and formerly from Aughry House, Dromod who died last week. John will be laid to rest today Wednesday in Annaduff cemetery. May he Rest in Peace.
Bornacoola Gun Club: The Bornacoola Gun Club have donated a large specially designed bird table and bird bath to the Scoil Mhuire National School as part of an educational initiative on nature and wildlife. If you are passing by, keep an eye out for the new additional to the school yard. Hopefully, the young children will benefit from seeing and recognising different birds, wildlife and songbirds using the table. It is located on the bank opposite the school and bird feeders have been also supplied. The gun club also erected nesting boxes in the vicinity of the school and again this should create an interest for the young generation. The cost of this project was covered from some of the proceeds of the last Christmas gun club draw which was kindly supported by many within the parish and beyond. The gun club has a big role in wildlife promotion, game conservation and habitat preservation and we hope this will help to reconnect children in Bornacoola with nature. In the past, children went to look for frog spawn, to trawl ponds, to fish, to experience the dawn chorus, to search for birds’ nests or even to build a bird feeder or a nestbox. It was hands-on and involved direct contact with nature. After all, exploring the natural world is a crucial part of growing up. Sadly, studies have shown that people in Ireland are spending less and less time actively engaging with nature. People of all ages benefit from exploring the world outside: it leads to us all gaining both new skills and a more positive and healthy lifestyle. What’s more, ensuring that today’s children have a proper understanding of nature is perhaps the best way of all to ensure that conservation and nature in Ireland will have a future. Well done to all the lads in the gun club who assisted with this educational initiative. Finally, the gun club members are currently undertaking a vermin control programme. You can contact Shane Reynolds at 087 9751993 for further details if you have any unwanted ‘guests’ .
Co Longford Show and Country Fair: A note to hand to let you know that the Co Longford Show and Country Fair will take place on Saturday July 27th, in Moydow, Co Longford. Schedules available from Sec on 087 6334313 or on web site www.longfordshow.ie. Closing date for entries July 17th.
Bornacoola GAA: Bornacoola lifted their first trophy of 2013 when defeating Melvin Gaels in an exciting Shield final in Carrick on Shannon on Saturday last. Bornacoola were in control throughout the first half and a well taken goal by Brian Conroy ensured a comfortable half time lead of 1-5 to 0-2. An early second half point extended the lead to seven but Melvin Gaels then enjoyed their best spell of the game and fought back to lead going into the final quarter, 1-7 to 1-6. From there to the end it was nip and tuck but the key score was an excellent goal from Damian Moran that swung the game in Bornacoola’s favour. Despite late Melvin Gaels pressure the Bors held on for a 2-9 to 1-10 victory and captain John McGuinness lifted the Leitrim Shield for 2013, Bornacoola’s second win in the competition in three years. Team on duty was Gerry Gearty, David Mulligan, Jason Conroy, Kevin Shanley, Declan Shanley, John Mc Guinness, Niall O Connor, Damian Moran, Morgan Shanley, Mark McCloskey, Trevor Howard, Ollie Vaughan, Robert Moran, Aidan Reilly, Brian Conroy. Subs used were Anthony Mulligan, Sean McKeon, John Bohan, Philip Howard and Brian Reilly. On Wednesday evening last in the first game of Under 14 championship the Bornacoola team were defeated by Aughavas. The panel on duty was Sean Conboy, Cian Mallon, Shane Mallon, Orran McGuinness, Jordan Cramp, Sean O Riordan, Aaron Hackett, Marc McKeon, Christy Sullivan and Sean McGoldrick. This Friday evening we are scheduled to meet Kiltubrid in Drumcong at 7pm.
Mobile phones for Down Syndrome: Bornacoola youth club are doing a collection of old mobile phones for down syndrome we are hoping to collect 150 old phones and by doing this a child in our parish will get an i-pad so if you have any please hand them in at summer camp or to any club leader your help would be gratefully appreciated thank you. If you need any further information please contact us on 087 2578714 or 086 3129228.
Hip Hop competition: A note to hand from Charlene Mulligan and it reads as follows: Well done to myrhythmfitdance hip hop competition, which all the dancers really enjoye. If you are looking for dance for classes to come to your area or once of, hen party or exercise, contact me and please like and share my page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Myrhythmfitdance/145667868919069
Pilgrimage to Medjugorje: Pilgrimage to Medjugorje October 4th to 11th cost from €520 details contact 0449371787 / 0876851691.
Birthday greetings: We send greetings to some locals celebrating birthdates at this time firstly to Rose Farrell, Esker who had her birthday on Friday last sharing it with Oliver Vaughan, Cloonart . We wish you all health and happiness for the future.
Mohill Honda 50 Run: The 4rd Annual Mohill Honda 50 Run will take place on Sunday 25th August 2013 in Mohill. Registration of bikes will take place in the Canon Donohoe Hall from 11am to 12 noon.The ussual Cead Mile Failte for the bikers will be provided before The Run will kick off at 12.15 for a 50 mile round trip.Food and Refreshments will be served after at the Canon Donohoe Hall on return. There will be bikersprizes and a raffle with lovely prizes. All proceed will go to the annual Mohill Senior Citizen Christmas Party, the yearly social event for our senior citizens and to Mohill Resources Ltd. towards the upkeep of the Canon Donohoe Hall. The Canon Donohoe Hall is the epicenter of all community events, creche, clubs, bingonights etc. etc. and houses the Mohill Family Support Centre which provides a very valuable service to the Community of Mohill and surrounding area’s. We hope the support for the Honda 50 Run will be as good as in previous years. There where 105 bikes registered last year. Any sponsorship and help will be greatly appreciated For enquiries please contact Peadar Flynn at 089-4710732, Jennifer Logan at 087-6982468, Bridie McIntyre at 087-9933974.