We welcome Darragh James Gannon, Kinkeen, who was baptised into our Community of Faith on Saturday last and we congratulate his parents Declan and Tracey. Stations of the Cross for Lent on Thursday at 8.00 pm. The Sacrament of Confirmation will be administered by Bishop Leo to the 6th Class pupils of St. Mary’s N.S. on Friday in Carrigallen Church at 6.00 pm. Vigil Mass and blessing of shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday at 8.00 pm. Servers are Group 3 with Brenda Quinn in charge. The Offertory Collection at this Mass goes to our Diocesan Mission in Lagos and a small percentage of it will be donated to support the Irish Chaplaincy Service which cares for our Irish emigrants abroad. Try to be as generous as you can. Please return your completed charity tax forms for 2012 to the Parish Office as soon as possible and thanks to all who have done so already.
Ballinamore Parade 2013
Only a few days to go. I hope all plans are going well for the big event on Sunday 17th March and that you all have your colours ready. There is great interest in this years parade. Assembly for the parade will take place at Tesco car park at 3.30pm all groups, individuals and visitors very welcome. The parade will start at 4pm sharp. The categories this year are: Overall winner, Best on foot, Best float, Most humorous and two new categories Best window display and Best dressed spectator. So get those colours out and your shamrocks on... see you all there.
Garadice Gaels Prevail
Ssubdued Garadice Gaels left it to the second half to strike positively for their 2-10 to 2-6 win over a lively Allen Gaels eleven in their Minor League encounter in Aughawillan Park on last Saturday afternoon. They had opened with a flourish and raced into a three points lead in the first five minutes with unanswered scores from Conor Gaffney (2pts) and Dylan Mimna (pt.), but midway the rough the half they were three points in arrears. The Allen-siders, building from defence with sweeping moves mainly along their right flank, exploited vulnerability in the winners’ rearguard, and cut through for goals in the 10th and 15th minutes. Their first goal gave them a narrow lead taken away by Conor Gaffney, and when they took a three points lead with their second it was again cut by the defiant Gaffney. The visitors finished the half strongly with two points, and Dylan Mimna replied with a score that left the scoreboard sheet reading 2-3 to 0-6.
On the resumption Allen Gaels retained their pre-interval momentum with three good points which however were to be their last scores of the game. The Garadice cause was helped by some erratic shooting by the visitors and also by a timely intervention by goalkeeper Darragh McNiff. There was now a new spring in their steps all over the field. The backs battened down the hatches, and the forwards were enjoying and using with effect a liberal supply of ball provided by dominantmidfielders Mark Plunkett and Fergal McMcTague. The rescue package was launched when Mark Plunkett drove forward to invite a foul, punished by Dylan Mimna. Rory McTague, carrying from defence, shrugged off a number of tackles before offloading Plunkett who obliged with a cracking goal. Up front Conor Gaffney in imperious form received from an industrious Dylan Mimna and rifled to the net to take the lead in the 17th minute. Garadice could now do no wrong and added scores from Mark Plunkett (pt.), Rory McTague (pt.) and Conor Gaffney (pt.) before Ray McBrien’s final whistle. The Garadice Gaels team was Daragh McNiff, Rory McTague, Donal McCabe, Killian Lavin, Mark Plunkett (1-1), Fergal McTague, Dylan Mimna (1-3), Declan Flanagan, Conor Gaffney (0-5), Michael Prior. Sub: Adam Kearns.
Waist Removal Drumreilly
Drumreilly GAA club’s weight loss programme has ended. The total weight loss for the programme was twenty one stones and six pounds. Congratulations to everyone who completed the programme and the many participants, who have lost inches of their waistlines. Thank you to everyone who enrolled, became involved, and supported the programme. Thank you to all our speakers before Christmas and to Gene McManus for facilitating the boxercise class.
The following were among the winners on last Friday night in Drumeilly Community Centre: Mary O’Rourke, Corlough, Tommy Cassidy, Drumgowna, Margaret McKeon, Aughatowney, Margaret Flanagan, Ballinamore, Nan Connolly, Ardunsaghan, Betty Taylor, Clonboyher, Lizzie McKiernan, Killasity, Michael Donohoe, Drumcoura, Shauna Lavin, Corrawallen, Rose Smith, Drumury, Ita Sutherland, Toome, Shirley Gooheeer4n, Drumraine, Lily Curran, Ballinamore, Bridget Corby, Kilmore, Margaret Galligan, Killeshandra, Brenda Quinn, Aughoo East, Kathleen Prior, Ballinamore, Mickey Flanagan, Drumarigna, Eileen Gallagher, Mohill, Rose Conefrey, Corrawallen, Anne Masterson, Ardra, Bridie McBrien, Camber, Aidan Dolan, Drumbrick, Tommy Reynolds, Aughadruminchin, Tommy Mulligan, Camber, Lily Sorahan, Gortletteragh, Donal McCabe, Corrawallen, Lily O Neill, Killahurk, Mary Gaffney, Corrala, Mary Conway, Drumnamore, Patricia Morrow, Kiltyfea, Megan Lavin, Corrawallen, Eileen McGovern, Ardra and Eileen Mulcahy, Corrawallen. The Committee wishes to thank all their supporters. Bingo will continue at 8.30 p.m. on Friday next.
Congratulations to Dylan Mimna, Drumshangore on winning the U-17 Walk at the Western Region Indoor Championships in Athlone. On the previous day the versatile athlete had played a big part in Garadice Gaels’ League draw against Melvin Gaels in Kinlough.
Active Age Snippets
Chairperson Tess Gallogly presided at the weekly meeting of Drumreilly Active Age Group on last Wednesday night in Drumreilly Community Centre. Ideas for further winter classes and ideas for summer outings were discussed. Arrangements were made for the collection of the Intervention Cheese/Butter/Rice collection in Collooney on Wednesday of this week. It is of the utmost importance t hat all members are present o collect their allocations at this week’s meeting on Wednesday night.
Honour for Yeonette
Congratulations to Yeonette O’Rourke, Drumshangore and St. Joseph’s G.F.C., whose input into the successes of her Club down the years has been recognised with her being awarded the Connacht 2012 Tesco Homegrown Connacht Club Person of the Year at a recent function in Croke Park.
Recalling March 1991
Artistes from eleven different parishes in Leitrim and took part in an All-Star Variety Concert was held in Drumreilly Community Centre. Jennifer Reilly, Mary McKeon, Marian Mulligan, Amanda Looby and Karl McCartin of the Anne Prior S.D. were among the winners at a C.R.N. Feis in Tarmonbarry, Marian Mulligan, Mary McKeon, Elaine McGirl, Jennifer and Linda Reilly, Amanda Looby and Karl McCartin took home medals from the Feis in Drumlish. The following officers were elected at the A.G.M. of the Drumreilly Branch P.T.A.A.: Chairman: Seán Maxwell; Secretary: Catherine Reilly; Treasurers: Anna Mae Denneny and Rose Conefrey O’Reilly; Spiritual Director: Fr. John Sexton C.C. St. Mary’s Youth Band took place in the St. Patrick’s Day parades in Longford and Mullingar. The Band won the Best Youth Band award in Longford. Kiltubrid beat Drumreilly in a Minor League game. The following did duty for Drumreilly: Martin McCartin, Christopher Mimna, Noel Connolly, Pádraig Lunney, Pat Connolly, Stephen Fee and Ollie Maguire. The following officers were elected at the A.G.M. of the Community Centre Committee: Chairman: Fr, John Sexton C.C.; Secretary: Bridie Mulligan; Treasurers: Pat Gallogly and Charlie McCartin. The deaths took place of Mr. Con Maguire, Killameen, Mr. John Looby, Drumcoura, and Curraghtawy–born Mr. Anthony Canning, New York. R.I.P.
Well Done Ciara
Congratulations to Ciara Lavin, daughter of Paul and Elaine Lavin, Corrawallen on her Connacht Championship title success in the Girls 4 57kg final in Foxford, Co. Mayo on Saturday last, March 2nd.