Drumkeerin Community News



Congratulations to the seventeen young people from our local schools who received the Holy Sacrament of Confirmation in St. Brigid’s Church, Drumkeerin on Sunday, April 14th. The seventeen young people are Daire and James Carrigan, Ciaran Daly, Francis Davitt, Aideen Doherty, Grace Dunne, Amber Fee, David Feeney, Paula Gallagher, Keelan Grogan, Ross Harrison, Sean McCabe, Sophie McGuinness, Jack Neeson, Mark Reynolds, Daniel Rynn, Saoirse Wynne.

Leitrim County Development Plan

Members of the public are invited to meetings in relation to the preview of the Leitrim County Development Plan 2009-2015 and to the preparation of a new plan for 2015 to 2021. The meetings will take place in the Bee Park Centre, Manorhamilton on Thursday April 18th at 6:30pm and in the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon on Tuesday April 23rd at 6:30pm.

Drumkeerin Drama Group presents “Say Cheese”

Drumkeerin Drama Group is back on stage this coming weekend Friday, April 19th, Saturday, April 20th and Sunday, April 21st with their annual production in Drumkeerin Community Centre. This year they perform Bernard Farrell’s great comedy drama, “Say Cheese”. There is an excellent story-line with plently of twists and surprises which greatly add to the drama, suspense and comedy. Performances commence at 8:45pm each night and on time so come early and do not miss a beat. Doors open at 8pm.

Home Security and Crime Prevention

On Monday, April 22nd, commencing at 2pm in Drumkeerin Community Centre, Mr. Jim Fox, Crime Prevention Officer, An Garda Siochana will speak on home security and crime prevention. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about home security and crime prevention. Members of the public are most welcome, particularly the eldery. So please come along to this information session.

John McGuighan

It is with much regret and sadness that we record the death of John McGuighan, Sheena on Sunday, April 14th. From their arrival from Newry in 1979 to live in Sheena, John and his late wife, Rose, daughter Geraldine and son Terry became very much part of the Drumkeerin community, much loved and respected. Rose and John set about giving their new home a most bright and cheerful look with flowers, shrubs and a very attractive low white painted wooden fence. John had a lovely, quiet and gentle way. Always cheerful, he loved Irish music. Rose’s untimely death twenty four years ago broke up a loving partnership. The last eight years John’s health deteriorated but John bore his pains with great patience and fortitude, greatly cared for by his loving daughter Geraldine and son Terry.

We extend sympathy to Geraldine and Terry, son-in-law James, grandchildren Seamus, Rosaleen and Braonagh, sister Annie and relatives.

Drumkeerin Youth Club

The Leaders and members of Drumkeerin Youth Club would like to take this opportunity to thank sincerely everyone who made the St. Patrick’s Weekend such a success. Sincere thanks to the John McKenna Traditional Society who scheduled their Concert in conjunction with the festival on the Friday night. Thanks to Liam McManus - one of our Senior Club members who hosted his first disco for the club on the Saturday night. It was a lively event! Thanks to all who turned up on Sunday night to support the clubs St. Patrick’s Night Parade and to everyone who attended the cinema on Monday where there was a full house for both screenings. The Night Parade as always was a very special event and our young members put so much effort into making sure that everything ran smoothly. More than ever our young members ensured that the Leaders had all the support they needed to make it a enjoyable event for all involved in hosting the event and we deeply appreciate this.

We appreciate so much the effort that so many people put into creating beautiful floats and the personal commitment that many people had to make to ensure that they could participate on the night. It was wonderful to see so many community and voluntary bodies represented. The young people were so delighted to see the level of support they received from their own community and its hinterland and we know that this will greatly enhance their sense of community spirit. Thanks to Eamonn O’Grady Senior for being our M.C. on the night and doing a wonderful job as always. We had been stalking Seamus (Gallagher’s) house for over two weeks as himself and Eamonn work so well together as a team but Seamus was in hiding as he was already booked on to the Drumkeerin Dramatic Society Float!

We are especially grateful to the Moy Brone Pipe Band who attended several parades on the day and still impressed us so much on the night. Also to the Vintage Club members who are a very special part of any parade to so many people. We really appreciate the effort they made, after a long day to turn up once again and bring that old style charm to the village. We are very grateful to so many people within our community for their continued support especially all the businesses, community and voluntary agencies that supported the parade.

There were some very entertaining floats and the winners were: Most comical - The Summer Scheme Committee with “Ming Flanagan scoring more points than the Roscommon Team!” Current Event - The Drumkeerin Junior Club with “Pope Francis and Friends from Craggy Island visit Drumkeerin!”. Most Topical - Maresa McGovern with “Taxed back to before Christ!” Most Dramatic - Andy Redican with “The spirit of Saint Patrick!”. Best Window Display - Breffni Store. Due to the undaunted support shown by the parade we are already making plans to ensure that it will be bigger and brighter in 2014! A quote that Fr. Mawn used recently relates so much to what we are working to achieve “The whole world is brighter when we all shine a little light in our corner!”

The young people of our community have made so much effort to work to ensure that this event was one that was enjoyable and memorable for all and seem to be more willing to participate each year to ensure its success. We will be making every effort in the future to work to develop activities and event which promote community involvement, team work, social inclusion and most of all fun and entertainment for all living in Drumkeerin and its hinterland. As the people of Drumkeerin have proven time and time again when we work together as a community anything is possible. Stephanie McGovern - Club Secretary.