Club Notes for issue dated Friday 6th February2015

posted 21 Apr 2015, 09:57 by Eamonn Kiernan
Club AGM: The club AGM was held on Saturday night, full report in next week’s Leader.

County football. Well done to our contingent of Diarmuid Masterson, Ronan McEntire, Ross McNerney and Frankie McGee  all who assisted Longford to get their league of to a decent start with a draw in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada Leitrim. Leitrim 0-15 to Longford 1-12. Local derby games are always tight and a point was a reasonable start to the season.  Longford looked as if they would be leaving Carrick-on-Shannon with the two points after a Sean McCormack goal, but Leitrim’s Sean McWeeney tied the game with a late point. Full Diplomatic Relations which had been put on hold on the week before the game, have now resumed with our neighbours in Gortletteragh, Aughavas and  Carrigallen.  Great to see a number of players back from injury including Francis McGee. Longford finished strong and hopefully they can step it up a gear at home this weekend when they play Antrim in Pearse Park on Sunday 2pm.

Sympathies:  The club would like to express its sympathy to the family of John P Lynch, (Peter), Corfree, Loch Gowna Co. Cavan who passed away on January the 16th.

Fr. Phil McGee’s 40th Anniversary Memorial Mass was held last Saturday in Aughnacliffe. A large crowd from all walks of life gathered to remember Fr. Phil who had a huge impact on his local community, Moyne Community School, Longford GAA, Colmcille GFC and indeed in may other areas of his life.

On what was a unique and poignant occasion, in the region of 30 difference people were asked by the organising committee ( Benny Reid, Gerry Brady, Michael Denning, Liam Faughnan in conjunction with the chairman of Colmcille GFC, Colm Ginty.) to light a candle to remember the various facets of Fr Phil’s life. Some of the representatives from the Dromard area included; Pat Jones represented Dromard GAA, Seamus Farrel represented The Fostra Group Water Scheme, Margaret McEntee represented the townlands of Fostra, Pulladoey and Moyne C.S. Past Pupils, Margaret Mulcahey represented current teachers, Louis McEntire represented the Current Board of Management; Danny Donohoe represented the various Longford Associations (Dublin, NY, UK), Sean Sheridan Colmcille Parish Council, James PL McNerney Community School Board 1975, and Mrs. Sinead Flynn-Smith daughter of Jimmy Flynn then Chairman of Longford Co. Board, Mary Haden, Peggy Conefrey, and Bridie Brady Mulligan. The Creegan family were very well represented on the day,  and it was fabulous to see such a turn out in general.

Bishop Colm O’Reilly was the chief celebrant. A large number of priests were present, those with Dromard connections included; Fr. Eamonn Corkery, Fr. Charlie Healy, Fr. Pat Kiernan, Fr. Bernard Noonan, and Fr. Frank Grey. Separately, almost all members of the Longford 1966 team were present, members of the Galway team, and Liam Mulvihill former Director General and current Central Council, An Cumman Luith-Chleas Gael. Great complements to the organising committee and to Colmcille Ladies and Men’s GAA on their hard work, presentation, and refreshments on the day.

Fr. Phil, who died suddenly on the 27th of January 1975, had in his short 46 years accomplished so much in his own unique, down to earth, friendly, insightful, and challenging way; Ordained 1962, Principal Latin School 1953, Manager Colmcille winning Championship Team 1958, Manager National League 1966, Leinster Championship 1968, main driving force behind establishing Moyne community School 1967-74, Principal of Community School 1974, Chairman of Longford Minor Board, Delegate to Central Council.  A lifelong pioneer, he had a very special way with the young who in turn would confide in him. The debating skills that he honed when he won a gold medal for debating in Maynooth came in useful in the thorny borderlands between Colcmcile and Dromard, in many delicate situations, which he often enjoyed, probably caused, but always had a productive motive behind. Probably even more so that his great wins on the football field with Colmcille and Longford, Moyne Community School was is great achievement. Grasta o dhia ar anamnacha na marbh.

Sean Farrell. Staying with a religious and Fostra theme, it was great to hear another great Fostra man, our former goalkeeper Sean Farrell on Shannonside last on Saturday last talking about his work in Saoire Leone and Trocaire.  Sean does immense work and sacrifices immensely, he mentioned that he appreciates all donations to Trocaire and would greatly appreciate all future assistance in their efforts to rid Saoire Leone and other countries of Ebola.

Moving to Canada: Best wishes to Tom O’Hare who is moving to Canada, hopefully only for a short time, a party was had by all his friends and team mates in Ballinamuch on Saturday night.