Friday, February 27, 2009

Notes from Dermot.

Last Sunday it was good to meet Rip O’Dwanny in Shannonbridge with hisorganiser Carrie and his friend Father J.J. O Leary all from WisconsinUSA. Rip owns the Castledaly Manor Hotel in Ireland and has a smallchain of hotels based mostly around Wisconsin. For years now Rip andhis staff has been offering an attractive seven day holiday trip toIreland from America. Flying over on a Wednesday the holidaymakers aremet at the airport and travel by coach to Castledaly Manor. This istheir base for the week. Daily escorted trips by coach are offeredeach day branching out from the Manor which is located almost in thecenter of Ireland. Or you can have a game of golf, a walk or an easyday. Contact them at www.harpandeagle.comFather O Leary told us that he is a member of the Jesuits and onceworked in San Diego.

Midlands Radio 103 is running a series of one hour programmes onMonday evenings at 7.00 pm. Presenter is Claire O Brien. Last week theprogramme was centered on Moate.In the programme on Monday 2nd March Shannonbridge will be featured. Anumber of organisations and groups were interviewed for the programmeso have a listen in.

Last weekend it was good to listen to The Men of Aran play inShannonbridge after a lapse of some ten years. Rob Frank and Paul arenow based in Dublin, Derry and Manchester so they have some excuse.They must have kept in tune as they provided a great nightsentertainment. Hope it will not be another ten years until they returnto Shannonbridge.

Last Monday Mick and I went to see a very enjoyable production ofHello Dolly in the Town Hall Theatre in Ballinasloe. I was glad to seeso many young faces on stage. During the interval I met an old friendRoger who told me that the musical society had canvassed students ontheir Transition Year and got a great response.

Last night Mick went to High Street Hall to see the High StreetPlayers production of‘Say Cheese’. A ten member cast put on a top class performance to a packed hall.I asked a man that lives near the hall if he was going to see ‘Say Cheese’.‘Deed I’m not’ he said ‘sure I know every one of them. Anyhow they allcall in to Kelly’s Pub in Belmont afterwards and I’ll see them there’

The old flood has receded greatly in the past ten days and the riverbanks are to be seen.There are a few people looking for worms and dead bait for fishing forroach and pike and whatever they find.

Went over to Manchester last week to attend John Francis Killeen’sfuneral. We booked airline tickets with Ryan Air some days in advancewhich cost Ten Euro each way. Getting to Dublin Airport we used Go Buswhich operates from Galway to Dublin Airport direct ten trips eachday. Be careful if booking on line to use the 24 hour clock. Two ofour party put down their outward time as 6.00. When they went to checkin they found that the tickets were for the morning flight. Twotickets one way there and then cost 220 Euro each.

Birds are busy using the peanut feeders at present. Temperatures areabout 10C during the daytime but evenings get cold. Brendan Coughlanfrom Clonfert thinks that the Crows are breaking the start time of First of March as when he is walking his four dogs he has noticed the odd crow heading off with a bit of a branch.

Recently I have met a few groups of visitors to Clonmacnois who havereturned disappointed that it was closed. The new tourist officecloses for the winter months and have a notice displayed announcingthis. The Visitor Center operated by the Office of Public Works isopen every day except Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Last weekend Joe Hiney and his daughter Nuala Hiney and Nuala’s friendNora Farrell arrived in Shannonbridge. They had completed a two daystaggered walk to Clonmacnois. On the first day they walked fromTobarlochna. Tobar was a married monk with a son and he had a cure forwarts. The Well or Tobar is called after Lochna.From the well theywent via Ballyboy, Kilcormac, onto the Boora Wetlands and the TurraunWetlands and travelled alongside the Grand Canal until they reachedGillen Bridge. The time taken for the first day was 7.5 hours.The second day they went from Gillen Bridge along the canal line toBelmont Mill which they visited. Afterwards they walked via Belmontvillage, to Clonlyon, to Clonfinlough Church, visited ClonfinloughStone, and on to Clonmacnois. The walk on the second day took 4 hours.Joe Hiney of course operated Hiney’s Bar in Ferbane for many years.And they are not finished walking. They have plans to walk fromPullagh via Boher, via Doon and on to Clonmacnois. And another timethey plan to walk from Kilbeggan along The Sliamh Mhor to Clonmacnois.They were interested in a walk that would take in Clontuskert Abbey,Eyrecourt, Clonfert, Meelick, crossing the Shannon to visit Teamphailland along the Esker Riada to Clonmacnois. Hope they report on their future walks.

The radio this week had an interview with somebody that told of a Ballinasloe connection with Danny Boyle, the Director of SlumdogMillionaires. I think his mother once lived in Ballinasloe.

Percy Mc Knight from Lough Derg and Syd Shine visited Shannonbridge on13th February. They were remembering a Sailing Rally that they hadorganised many years ago that was based in Shannonbridge. Do not be surprised if they organise a repeat rally to Shannonbridge

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For faraway friends who may be interested in belated results of the
second round of the 6-Nations rugby results last weekend they were –
Ireland 38 Italy 9, France 22 Scotland 13, Wales 23 England 15.
There is a break this coming weekend and Ireland play England the
following weekend. Ireland is scheduled to play against Wales, the pre
favourites for the series, in their final game.

Michael Reddy, Shannonbridge was an M.P. in Westminster from about 1901 to 1918.
A friend gave me some websites that are used to find information on
MP's since 1803. this appears to be the general
home address of where you can look up what any MP said since 1803.
This shows that he appears to have been elected on October 1st 1901 this gives
the year's from1901 to 1918 and all speeches/questions he made in the
House of Commons. Just click on each year and it brings you to all the
issues Michael Reddy spoke about in that year.

On Monday in Saint Michael's Church in Ballinasloe the funeral Mass
for Colman Hernon was celebrated. Prior to the Mass the congregation
were entertained to some Irish music on the accordion. His wife Nancy
was unable to be present but Father Mc Inerney the celebrant asked the
congregation on two occasions to pause and remember Nancy in our
The priest told that Colman was a Connemara man with a love for horses
and he was interested in sport particularly boxing. So at the
presentation of memorial gifts a statue of a horse, a horse-shoe, a
picture and boxing gloves were brought to the altar by Colman's
grandchildren. The accordion player played some suitable music at this
time. Somebody told me that Colman and Nancy's son Joe and his wife
Una are both deaf and dumb. So a signer was on the altar to translate
everything that was said.
At the end of Mass and during the removal of the coffin down the aisle
the accordionist played a lively air that would entice one to dance.
So I suspect that Colman was fond of Irish music and dancing. He was a
founder member of the Ballinasloe Boxing Club and Colman boxed for
Ireland. May he rest in peace.

Today I heard that Frank Dawson has been appointed County Manager in
Roscommon and is due to take up that position from next week. He has a
great interest in historic things and has a great interest in old
railways. Wishing him well with his appointment


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