Ballinamuck-Moyne-Arva Community News

Marriage in Moyne play

Marriage in Moyne play

The famous Moyne Latin school players from Moyne, Co. Longford will stage a production of “A Marriage Of Connivance” written by Michael J. Ginnelly. The play will be directed by Jim Wiliams from Arva who has been involved in drama for over 30 years and previously worked with the Corn Mill Theatre in Carrigallen. The play centres around two middle-aged bachelors, James and John Anthony. James decides to take matters into his hands and goes out to find a womnan after John Anthony decides to get married, a decision which results in a hilarious comedy with a twist at the end. The production will be staged at the Latin School Community Centre in Moyne on Friday and Saturday April 26th and 27th next at 8:30pm. Tickets are €10 and can be gotten at local outlets so get them quickly as demand is very high for this play.

The cuckoo is here

Our African feathered friend, the cuckoo has arrived and was heard locally last week. It’s hoped that their stay will be much longer than last year as the rain and wind and cold of May and June gave them a big battering and kept them quiet. The corncrake has been heard and spotted as usual in Mayo and Donegal where their presence is improving over the last few years thankfully.

The rain is welcome

After almost 9 weeks of dry weather, some rain arrived and conditions have gotten milder, ideal for the garden. In some areas, water gets scarce quickly and poses a problem. Not everyone has a mains supply but as we know here in Ireland, when the rain arrives, it does not know when to stop.

Weekly Bingo

Bingo in Ballinamuck, Moyne, Cloone, Drumreilly and Ballinamore on Tuesday night each week. Also Carrick-on-Shannon Sunday night with big prizes to be won weekly.

Where has our tourism gone?

It’s almost tourism time once again and in this region over the last of numbers, their presence has been decreasing year after year. Overseas anglers are also thin on the ground unlike 20 or 30 years ago when every hotel was booked out. There are lots of fishing facilities and lots of fish in the local lakes. There needs to be more done in order to get these people back to our shores again. In the months ahead and in every other part of the country, you will meet hitchhikers, bikers and walkers travelling the countryside, but not around these areas.

Emigration continues

Our local communities are being stripped of young people due to emigration which is increasing as every week goes past. At weekends, towns and villages are almost deserted as a result. If all these young people were working in the country, they would be traveling home on a Friday evening and create a bit of a buzz in the towns but that’s not the case now. Likewise all the students that are studying at the moment will have to emigrate so we are educating our yong people at the moment at a huge cost for export which is very sad. And there is no sign of that situation improving yet.