Drumkeerin Community News

Last performance

Last performance

Due to popular demand Drumkeerin Drama Group is putting on one last performance of their much acclaimed production of Bernard Farrell’s great comedy drama ‘Say Cheese’ on Friday night, 17th May in Drumkeerin Community Centre commencing at 8.30pm. Doors open at 7.45pm. Already the play has attracted huge audiences over the performances. The Group very much regrets that so many had to be turned away from the door on the Sunday night as the Centre was full. So those who were disappointed on that night will have the opportunity to enjoy this outstanding production of comedy, drama and suspense as Bridie and Valentine, Ireland’s Happiest Couple, relive their wedding of thirty years earlier and the murky secrets as the action unfolds.

Drumkeeirn Tidy Towns

It was most disappointing that so few turned for the Spring Clean last Thursday. One sincerely hopes that the showery evening was responsible. Great work ha sbeen done by RSS workers over the last few weeks, planting trees, renewing the rockeries and tub planters, leaving them ready for shrubery which will greatly enhance the approach roads and the village.

On next Thursday volunteers are asked to please come out in great numbers to do some painting, planting shrubs and flowers, weeding and lifting litter. Gloves and high-vis vests supplied. Have you watched the TV programme Dirty Old Town and see the pride, joy and satisfaction that the volunteers were getting as they gathered in community spirit working together transforming their town. You too could enjoy that feeling by coming out this Thursday, 16th May. Assemble on Square at 7pm. One hour with many can do so much. So please come and enjoy that feeling.

Vision Week - Year of Faith

Monday 20th-Saturday 25th May, 7.30pm.

Monday 20th May 2013, St. Theresa’s Ballintogher. Prayer Service: Guest Speaker: Mike Rainsworth, Health Promotions Manager and Suicide Prevention Officer, H.S.E. North West. Mike will be discussing mental health and wellbeing and how we can promote positive mental wellbeing to those around us.

Tuesday 21st May 2013, St. Theresa’s Ballintogher. Mass: Guest Speaker: Oisin McConville was the Captain of Armagh, the All Ireland winning team of 2002 and winner of six club titles with Crossmaglen. Oisin travels the country, sharing his story and educating on the dangers of gambling.

Wednesday 22nd May 2013, St. Michael’s Killavoggy. Prayer Service and Veneration of the Relics of St. PadroPio - the patten that he used to celebrate Holy Mass and the mitten that he wore. Guest Speakers: Sean and Ann Mulrine.Ann was clinically dead and recovered through the miraculous intercession of PadroPio over thirty years ago. Sean and Ann will give testimony about how this has changed their lives.

Thursday 23rd May 2013, St. Michael’s Killavoggy. Mass: Guest Speaker: Tommie Gorman, R.T.E.’s Chief Correspondent at the Belfast Office. Tommy speaks candidly of his battle with a rare form of cancer since 1994. Tommy’s story will give people hope and courage to face serious adversities in life.

Friday 24th May 2013, St. Mary’s Killenummery (Ballinagar). Prayer Service: Guest Speaker: Dr Tony Bates (clinical psychologist), is Ireland’s leading expert in youth suicide and resident psychologist on the Marion Finnucaine Show on RTE. Dr Tony Bates is the Founder of Headstrong, the national centre for youth mental health, and will share on this and his more than thirty years’ experience in the field on mental health.

Saturday 25th May 2013, St. Mary’s Killenummery (Ballinagar). Vigil Mass for Sunday and close of Vision Week. Guest speaker:Mark Harte, son of Micky Harte and brother of Michaela McAreavy. Mark is one of the founders of the Michaela McAreavy Foundation,remembering Michaela through helping young people to socialise without drugs and alcohol.

Most enjoyable concert and weekend

On the Bank Holiday Weekend there was music and song in the air with the arrival of Mary Gilhooly and the West London Comhaltas Group and the Armagh Comhaltas Group to Drumkeerin. On Saturday night the two made our weekend a most enjoyable one.

Groups got their Drumkeerin part of their weekend tour off to a start with a rousing session in Wynne’s Lounge with great traditional Irish music, song and recitation. In Drumkeerin Community Centre on Sunday night there was a most enjoyable night’s entertainment at the John McKenna Second Gathering Concert which got off to a happy start with the little ones from the area playing Irish music, singing and dancing.

Then the feet were tapping as the two Comhaltas groups put on two great sessions of music, song and dance and recitation. One could only marvel at the outstanding skills at music, song and recitation rendered by young boys and girls from the two groups. After the concert the session moved to Forde’s Inn where earlier that evening the Leitrim Singers had brought wonderful singing, music, poetry and rhyme. Thanks to all who came and made our weekend a most enjoyable one.

Michael McPartlan

It is with much sadness and regret that we record the death of Michael McPartlan at St. Phelim’s Nursing Home on Thursday, 9th May. Mick was one of the best known characters in our community, most commonly as Mick the Thatcher because of his skills as thatcher, he was a much loved and respected man. He was born and reared in Greaghnagloch. Throughout his long life Mick worked as farm worker. He was a handy worker and quite a good one especially working with the loy, pitchfork or scythe. He always took great pride in his work.

Mick loved Irish music. He was a good fiddle player. Up until the last year or so he enjoyed taking the fiddle and playing a few tunes . He was a man of great faith. He loved the simple life. He enjoyed meeing people for a chat over a few pints. He was one of the old stock for whom old values and traditions were most important. His presence will be sorely missed in our community. Sympathy is extended to his nieces, nephews and relatives.