Tuesday, February 21, 2006
SFL DIV 1
Shannonbridge bounced back from last weekends defeat to Ballycumber to claim a scalp over County Champions Rhode in very competitive division one league clash played on the Bridge's home ground on Sunday Morning last.
The west Offaly Men opened their account with an excellent point from Karol Kelly and this score was quickly followed by a Jason Kelly goal to leave the Visitors rocked in the opening couple of minutes.
The Bridge proceeded to dominate the Midfield area with Mark Carty winning lots of possession in the centre. Other points from David Corbett and Anthony Kelly in the first half left the Shannonsiders leading by 1-5 to 0-2 at the interval.
Shannonbridge opened the second half scoring, as they did the first when Paul Deeley left his marker behind to rattle the Rhode net once again. However the Visitors fought back and With the Wind to assist them, Rhode came back into the game.
Despite the best efforts of Roy Malone and Mark Cole, Rhode could not turn the tide and just as they were coming close to leveling the game Donal Claffey stepped up to score an excellent point to seal a home victory for the blue and Gold.
Team and Scorers, Declan Kelly, Alan Gunning, Trevor Mahon, Niall Price, Darren Finn, Roger Ryan,Kieran Flannery, Mark Carty,Jason Kelly(1-0), David Corbett(0-2), Anthony Kelly(0-2), Willie Kenna, Karol Kelly(0-1),Donal Claffey(0-1), Paul Deeley(1-0), Subs Shane Flannery, Conor Killeen and Chris Duffy)0-1)
Shannonbridge will travel to Tullamore on Sunday next to take on the Blues @ 3pm. The Bridge will hope for a good support for their away fixture.
New Selector appointed
Dennis Loonam has Joined Tom Moore on the side line as a Selector for 2006. The Former club Chairman has plenty of experience and is no stranger to the Position. The Club wish both Men the best of luck for the coming season.
Home Coming for You're a Star Finalist
Shannonbridge will welcome home Louise Killeen back to her home town Saturday evening next. No doubt all who Supported the singer will turn out to recognise her achievements to finish in the last five from a total of five thousand who auditioned for the competition.
Louise bowed out of the competition with grace, even tough she had received harsh reviews from Judge dread Linda Martin she courageously gave her best performance of her own song "no room for us".
The home coming will take place at approximately 9 pm.
The river level was 3.15 Metres on Monday morning. The forecast for the week is for dry weather with frost at night and winds from the north east. Temperatures 6 to 9 C.
Francey Devery from The Point, Clonlyon, died at the weekend. It is said that he was the oldest person in the parish and he will be buried in Clonmacnois after Mass.
May he rest in peace.
A postcard from
Gerry Casey and his
Oliver Hilliard is busy working away at his annual masterpiece “The golfer’s Guide to Open Fixtures” which presents in a neat diary form all the golf courses in Ireland that have open fixtures on that day. Golfers can save an amount on green fees if they use the guide.
Jim Wilson wrote an article “In the wild” in the newspaper at the weekend and he dealt with” The Bullfinch”. He had a photograph of the male bird which looked pretty and he said that they like to eat seeds and buds. Usually found in hedgerows and woods Jim Wilson tells that they like to feed on buddleia bushes and in his garden he avoids cutting their buddleia until the end of February. This way they enjoy the beauty of a bullfinch which visits them every year .Must get a few buddleia bushes going when Colin returns
Jim Wilson has a website www.irishwildlife.net.
Then on today’s paper another article tells that a number of colourful birds including the bullfinch are in danger due to people trapping them and selling them as caged birds.
John Waters mentioned the “O Donnell Abu” signature tune on the Ryan Tubridy radio- show the other morning and neither of them seemed to know much about it except the air which is used by RTE radio now and again. There is some information about the war song on this sight including the words. Of course it was written by a Shannonbridge man Michael Mc Cann.
Louise exited the “You’re a Star” competition on Sunday night and the presenter asked her to finish up the programme by singing her showstopper song. She made a great job of it and I felt if she had sang it as well in the competition earlier she might have progressed into the last four. But it was not to be.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Some more people have died. Gerry Lanigan who was known to us around Shannonbridge as Marie Donegan’s father died in Clonmel.
Frank Turley, Raghrabeg and
Two well known ESB men, Bob Magee late of Portarlington and Joe Moran the former CEO of ESB have gone and died.
May they all rest in peace.
The river has been dropping consistently for almost two weeks. On Tuesday the level was 2.64 Metres at the bridge and on Wednesday it rose to 2.75 Metres. This was as a result of some rain in the past few days after a dry fortnight. Today was up and down with sunshine wind and the occasional small shower thrown in.
Tuesday was Valentine’s Day and the celebrating is really catching on. The Fort Restaurant had to fit in people that had not booked into a special early bird sitting at 6.30.
The Star newspaper had an item telling that Father Charles of
Heard that Oliver Connolly Clononey and Banagher is providing a service of releasing white doves for weddings, christenings etc.
Good to hear that Gerry Green, Blackwater is to come home from hospital on Wednesday 15th.
Great to see Patricia Carry home for a few days. She told us that the flight was only a few bob and she used a service search to find the best deal in car hire available. Perhaps she will tell you her method.
Was talking to an English family who were taking a break in Gullanes Hotel in Ballinasloe and they got flight tickets and a hire car for less than it would cost them on the regular ferry boat and bringing their own car.
Shannonbridge Active Retirement plan to hold a series of exercises for six weeks on Wednesday nights in the village hall from to starting on Wed 22nd February
Members and others are welcome to come along. Wear comfortable slippers. Contact 090-9674169 for more details.
Some fifty people are travelling to the
The table quiz in Killeens last night was in aid of famine in
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
The Shannonbridge Active Retirement Group meets on a Tuesday morning after
Today somebody was enquiring about the Scottish musical duo Frater & Gunn. Some minutes later the telephone rang and Jimmy Gunn was ringing to tell us that Watty Frater had died on January 23rd. Watty had broken his second leg around Christmas time and had died aged 98 years. Some 500 people attended his funeral and Jimmy reckons that most of them were musicians. Their dog Doughall is still alive aged twelve years. Jimmy and Doughall are planning to visit
The funeral of Eoghan Turley, son of Mick and Eileen, Athlone and Garrymore, will take place after Mass at 12.00 Wednesday to Clonmacnois cemetery.
May they rest in peace.Congratulations to Sinead Ryan and her family on the birth of a baby girl on Saturday morning. Sinead lives between Sligo and Boyle and is a daughter of Declan and Rose Ryan.
Monday, February 06, 2006
The papers today have photographs of Bishop Eamon Casey arriving home to
Good to see one of our regular readers Declan Green is home on a visit from
The local radio today has news of the closure of the girl’s secondary school at Kylemore Abbey in August 2010. A fall off in vocations is cited as the reason.
Louise reached the last six in the You’re a Star TV show last night when she sung one of her own songs titled Starstruck. Hope she tells you how she feels on her website www.loisekilleen.com and she will probably have the relevant clip of the show added by now.
Some deaths over the weekend. Jeremiah Lanigan, Clonmel, father of Marie Donegan, who taught with her husband Mike and Mary Kelly in Shannonbridge, died on Saturday.
Gerry was a regular visitor to Shannonbridge when Michael and Marie lived here.
A well known ESB manager ,Bob Magee, from Portarlington has passed away.
May they rest in peace.
The river level has eased back to 2.95 Metres this morning after a rain free week.
Last year the lowest summer level was 2.2 Metres.
Offaly footballers beat
Whether it is the rugby match or the tempting cheap flights by Ryan Air and others but there has been a good number of Italians visiting in Clonmacnois in recent days.
Good to hear that the pet food factory at Edgewordstown has partially reopened with some 147 workers starting this morning. The remainder of the factory that was damaged by fire is presently being examined.
Good to see our priest Father O’Hanlon is visiting the parish in
Friday, February 03, 2006
This week on the Offaly Independent there are two photographs of dogs seeking a new home. One is a young
Mrs Brigid Rigney, Clonboniff died on Tuesday 31st January and her remains were removed to
She died at home as she wished and may she rest in peace.
At the Shannonbridge Active Retirement weekly meeting on Tuesday after Mass Declan Costelloe attended and reviewed how last years activities plan had worked out and work has started in preparing a new schedule for 2006.Every Tuesday those attending have been making a voluntary contribution towards helping the street children in
At the table quiz on Wednesday night four people attending were celebrating their birthdays. So belated birthday wishes to Bridie Carry, Dara Moran, Dorothy Devine and Nancy Ward.
Yesterday Stephen Mc Namee from Tullamore and originally from Cork telephoned about this webpage .He reads it often and he believes that the present Keena family living in Bel –Air house mentioned recently are related to the original Daly / Keena family. He promised to write the information to this site.
Stephen id a member of the Offaly Historical Society and he will be giving a lecture next Wednesday night , February 8th at 8.30 pm in Cloghan Hall. His talk will be on how to go about finding information on local history. Later in the year he has been invited to New York to give a lecture on Ballinahowen Parish. He will give us more details of times and venue nearer the time.
Colin and Niamh set off for
Weather has been mild today after some heavy nights of frost earlier in the week.
River level continues to drop slightly but at the funeral today the low lying part of the callow upstream of the cemetery had a good finger of floodwater.
River level at the bridge today is 3.15 Metres Brian tells us.
He also told what Brendan Behan said about the Irish people. “ They are illiterate in two languages – Litter and Bruscar “
Good turn out for the Blessing of the Throats this morning at Mass. The blessing will be available at Mass this evening at .