Monday, January 31, 2005

On Friday evening Shannonbridge footballers set off to play Tubber in a challenge game under lights.
Thirty players attended and it was decided to play fifteen for the first half and the other fifteen for the second half. It worked out fine and Shannonbridge won.
Friday night Jim Kilduff (81) and his son arrived in Shannonbridge. They were availing of a weekend offer in Haydens Hotel in Ballinasloe. Jim is a native of Moore but spend a long time working for the Guinness Brewery in Dublin. He recounted his early life when he used to cut turf by slane which he sold to Saint Brigid's hospital in Ballinasloe. One year he sold 47 lorry load. Jim was recounting dancing in Moran's Hall, which is now The Fort Resturant. Admission was 4d and one night he remembers drinking the few pence in his pocket and putting a goat into the dance hall through a window to distract the attention of Frank Moran whom was in charge. Jim told us that he keeps in touch with what is happening in the area as he orders The Galway Tribune, The Roscommon Herald and The Westmeath Independent weekly from his newsagent in Dublin.
Heard that Mrs Glennon (Peter's mother) from Camcloon is looking forward to celebrating her 100 Birthday next week. She will become one of three people over 100 years living in County Roscommon. She plays cards in Moore Hall every week. Hope she has a wonderful birthday.
There was a special birthday for Mary Kelly on Saturday night. Mary now teaches in Castlesampson and lives in Saint Ciaran's Park. Quiz people will know her well as she gives of her time on Wednesday nights to correct the quiz answers.
Sad news at the weekend that The Maltings in Banagher is to close with the loss of c 30 jobs. Will the Guinness taste the same without the Banagher Malting.
The remains of Mark Anthony Sweeney, Earlspark were on view in his parent's house last evening and the remains will be taken to Moore Church this morning for the Funeral Mass and burial afterwards.
Anthony died in London last week when he fell from a bridge while crossing a motorway and fell onto the road. Son of Christy and Joan Sweeney he had five brothers and one sister. Before going to England Anthony served his time with Bord na Mona at the Blackwater Works. May he rest in peace.
Death occurred on Friday of Peter Guinan, Ballyclare, Ferbane who leaves a widow and a brother Johnny. Peter worked for many years in Ferbane Power Plant. May he rest in peace.
Spotted it too late that another George Brent film The Golden Arrow was shown on TCM Sunday at 9.20 AM. Bette Davis was his co-star.
The table quiz this week is being run to raise flowers for Shannonbridge Church and the quiz on the following week is in aid of Tidy Town funds.
Weather forecast is mostly cloudy and dry until Thursday with an occasional light shower and temperatures of 10 C or 50 F. To turn colder at the weekend with a mix of sunny spells and scattered wintry showers.
The Fort Restaurant in Shannonbridge reopens on Wednesday night 2nd February having being closed to allow staff take a break after the Christmas. See their advert on this web site.

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