Blessing of Graves in Aughaloughy Cemetery: Because of a Car Rally, roads in the vicinity of Aughaloughy Cemetery will be closed on Sunday July 14th next. As a result, the Blessing of the Graves originally scheduled for that Sunday has been postponed until Sunday July 28th at 12 noon.
Margaret Sweeney: On Thirsday July 4th, Creevelea, Drumkeerin and the wider communities learned with much regret and sadness of the death of Margaret (Babby) Sweeney, Townahoney. With Babby’s death, her family have lost a wonderful mother who gave so much of herself to her daughter and sons her lost throughout her long life. Having lost her dear husband, Michael in 1959, when her eldest child was eleven years old, Babby had to work very hard to provide and care for her family. This she did with great courage and determination on her small farm in difficult economic times. With her, her family came first. Out she was always on her hand to help the neighbour and her home was always most welcoming.Babby Sweeney’s family have lost a most loving mother, sister, grandmother and aunt. Her neighbours and community has lost one of the great old stock. Ar dheis De go raibh a h-anam uasal.
Anti-Litter Poster Project: The Anti-Litter Poster Project involving pupils in St. Brigid’s N.S, Drumkeerin was a great success with forty-two entries. The standard overall was very high. The Tidy Towns Committee is grateful to all the entrants, their parents and teachers. Drumkeerin Tidy Towns sponsored the project and presented the five best in each room with prizes. All participants were awarded certificates, acknowledging their participation in the Anti-Litter Awareness Campaign. The prize winners were as follows- Junior Room - 1st Kiara McGirl, 2nd Leonie McGovern, 3rd Shane McGuire, 4th Riona Redican, 5th Shauna McPadden. Middle Room - 1st Anna Hazlette, 2nd Rachel O’Hara, 3rd Fiona O’Hara, 4th Stephen Goldbye, 5th Eabha O’Grady. Senior Room - 1st David Feeney, 2nd Amber Fee, 3rd Saoirse Wynne, 4th Tara Nicholson, 5th Keelan Grogan. The Tidy Towns Committee thanks all participants. Thanks to Patrice Archer who designed the Certificates and thanks to Ethel McVeigh who adjudicated the Anti-Litter Posters.
Sarah McKenna: On Thursday, July 4th, Sarah McKenna (nee Guihen), Yonkers, New York and formerly of Cartronbeg, Tarmon made her final journey home to be laid to rest beside her late husband John McKenna who died in 1975. Judging by the accounts of her life given by Father Alwill in his homily and by her grandson Colm and nephew Vincent, Sarah Guihen McKenna was one of the many great Irish women who made the USA their home but who never forgot her roots in Ireland. Sarah was very much American but she was very much a proud Leitrim and Tarmon/Drumkeerin woman. She was at one time Secretary of the Leitrim Association, New York. Never a year did she miss reading the Leitrim Guardian. She was a typical great Irish wife and mother for whom the family and extended family was of utmost importance. But her home and hospitality was always open and visitors were sure to receive good home baking. To her daughter, Mary Murray, grandchildren Justin, Colm and Kristan, sister Tessie (Manchester), brother Michael, Cartronbeg, son-in-law Thomas, nieces, nephews and relatives, sympathy is extended.
Women’s Group: The Group’s Summer Outing to Bonniconlon Show is planned for the August Bank Holiday Weekend of Monday, August 5th. Those interested are asked to contact Anna on 087-2878814. Deposit €10.
A Great Performance: Drumkeerin Junior team gave a great performance against Mohill on Saturday evening in the Junior A Championship. A feature of the game was the wonderful points scored from play by several players. Most of the 1-17 scored came from play. Well done players and management.
Using the Recycling Bottle Banks: On a number of occasions, lately members of the Tidy Towns Committee have had to remove empty cardboard boxes, plastic bags, etc which had been left at the Recycling Bottle Banks. It appears that the containers were used to bring bottles and were then left at the Bottle Banks. Please bring home the containers as when left, they are very unsightly.
Drumkeerin Schools Reunion: As part of the Gathering 2013, Drumkeerin Festival Committee are having a Schools Reunion during Festival Week, August 20th being the date for the function. The Reunion is for those who attended National Schools and the Vocational School in the 1970s. Having only received the database for the vocational school in the last week and the fact that many people have left the area with no forwarding address, some have not received notification regarding the event. Anyone who attended schools in the parish in the 1970s and have not received notification, please accept this as your invitation. Further information regarding the event will appear in local notes in the coming weeks. For these who wish to make contact with the committee, an email address has been set up as follows: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us on Facebook @ Drumkeerin Community Festival.