Christmas Day turned out glorious with temperatures of 12C / 54F and Clonmacnois was well worth the visit. Noticed on the way there that the river level had eased back and Brian of The Barge tells us that it is 3.24 Metres this Tuesday. I noticed the Egan headstone was very clear and the Futcher family may be interested in the wording.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on the soul of
Kieran Egan, who died on
And his wife Annie Egan nee Kelly, who died on
Their son Martin Egan died
Ellen Egan, nee Kelly died April 1926.
Glad to hear that the Futcher family in
John was on the phone over the Christmas and is happy that the work on the parish center has turned out very well and they used it for evening Mass on Christmas Eve. He reckons that about 85 % of parishioners attend church for Christmas Day.
Back home it was good to see so many people home for the holiday. Chris Price, Paddy Kenny from
Yesterday Michael Mc Cullagh and his son Damian stopped by after visiting Clonmacnois. Damian told us that he lives in
The official Chamber of Commerce website for Ballinasloe is under www.ballinasloe.com Have a look at both of them.
Michael Mc Cullagh played a great selection of tunes on the piano for a bus load of
The father of baby Joshua Connolly from
Joe Kennedy from Birr was visiting Shannonbridge today and stopped off in Shannonbridge to bring tidings. Joe is in great form and enjoying the garage business working with his son Michael. His daughter Clare contacted him on the mobile phone and she has promised to make the trip from Shinrone to Shannonbridge.
Today our papers tell us that Roy Keane played his first game for Glasgow Celtic yesterday and got a warm welcome. Former
George Best grave is still attracting 1000 visitors daily.
Wishing David Fitzpatrick and Dympna Quinn all the best for their wedding day on this Friday. January 30th.
Met Tees Coughlan in the church this morning and asked her if she had any more old sayings. She hit me with a bucket with this one.
“What did one ear say to the other ear”?
“Between you and me we need a haircut”
Point taken as people are startng to say that I look like Charles Laughton. Joe Keogh here I come.
Did I mention that Martha Mc Dermott , Banagher won The Golden Years Festival in Ard Ri Hotel Waterford in a singing competition and won a beautiful Crystal Vase.
Also that Nan Galvin, nee Mulvey died in