34 NEWS TOPIC • 15 February, 2018 DELVIN DIARY Full steam ahead for a bumper Delvin St. Patrick’s Day Parade More volunteer stewards required News of the cancellation of the Mullingar St. Patrick’s Day Parade is likely to give this year’s event in Delvin on Sunday March 18th even greater kudos. Although parades in Tyrrellspass and Castlepollard are scheduled for the day itself twenty-four hours earlier many of the participants and contributors of the cancelled Mullingar event are now likely to turn their attention to a Sunday afternoon of celebration in Delvin. Because of the anticipated added interest in this year’s event more stewards will be required on the street on the day of the parade. Any of the current organising committee including Michael Leon - ard, Larry Monaghan, Michael Moran or Mary Ivory would be delighted to hear from any volunteers to help make the Parade another huge success. This year’s special guest will be Anna May McHugh of the National Ploughing Championship fame. Inland Bikers and Delvin Vintage Club announce key dates A busy and exciting year for the Inland Bikers and Delvin Vintage Club is expected to get underway on Thursday 1 March with the launch of the Delvin Country Music Festival. The key dates for your diary are as follows: Thursday 1 March - Official Launch Night of Delvin Country Music Festival Sunday 11 March - Honda 50 Run in aid of Ronald McDonald House. Delvin Country Music Festival weekend Friday 6 July - Robert Mizzell and the Country Kings - St. Patrick’s Hall. Saturday 7 July - 8th Annual Hospice Run. Jim Devine and his band - St. Patrick’s Hall. Sunday 8 July - Delvin Tractor Run. Launch Night: Delvin Country Music Festival Launch on 1 March. Delvin Castle Ladies Golf Society’s (DCLGS) celebrate Finola’s Birthday Popular member of DCLGC - Finola Shanley had a nice surprise while she was enjoying her tea and sandwiches at the end of the society’s recent AGM on Sunday 4 February. She was reminded of her birthday with a biscuit birthday cake before being presented with a bouquet of flowers by Breda McHugh. Happy Birthday Finola. DCLGS also presented LARCC with a cheque on that same afternoon. Group: Ladies from DCLGS are pictured with their cheque being presented to Bernie McHugh from LARCC. Anna May McHugh Archerstown launch for the annual Brownstown Variety Show After weeks of rehearsals preparations are winding down for what looks set to be another enjoyable Annual Variety Show in the Brownstown Community Centre in Archerstown beginning on Friday 16 February for three nights. And there was an opportunity to meet some of the cast and organisers in Archerstown last Sunday afternoon including coordinator Marie Mulvey. “Brownstown Community Centre has always produced a great variety show and it is brilliant for everyone involved. We have adults in the shows who would have started as little kids singing and dancing in the chorus. It is hard work and it is a lot of work but it’s worth every minute,” said Marie. The show also includes Drumcree native John McCabe fresh from his triumphant appearance on last Friday evening’s Late Late Show. John teamed up with Mullingar dancing partner Olga Donellan to win a three couple dancing competition. Show director Ursula Cahill has once again written the hilarious sketches for this year’s show. The Annual Variety Show is therefore a mix of singing, dancing and sketches, with a production team that includes music producer Brendan Leavy, a light and sound man, choreographer Zoe Mc - Hale, a director, and over fifty children coming to perform from Fore, Glenidan, Delvin, Archerstown, Clonmellon and Collinstown. Tickets are available from any committee member. Adults are €10 and children are €5. The shows are on 16th, 17th and 18th at 8pm. The young girls from the Brownstown Drama group pictured at rehearsals. At the dress rehearsals of the Brownstown Drama show were John McCabe, Edel Briody, Bernie O’Reilly, Veronica Kiernan, Geraldine Fitzsimons, Maria Melligan, Mikaela Fitzsimons and Ava Fagan pictured at the Community Hall, Brownstown. firstname.lastname@example.org Delvin girls help propel Loreto to All-Ireland Colleges Final Among the members of the Loreto Mullingar camogie team who claimed the colleges provincial title last Saturday in St. Loman’s, Mullingar reached the All-Ireland Colleges ‘C’ final were Caoimhe Gaffney, Andrea Doherty and Shauna Monaghan. Loreto defeated Scoil Mhuire Trim in the Secondary Schools final on Saturday 20 January before travelling to Dublin to defeat Maryfield - Drumcondra in the All-Ireland quarter-final. Last Sunday the Mullingar girls easily overcame Claregalway by 4-12 to 0-10. They now face Limerick opposition in the All- Ireland final from John the Baptist, Hospital on Saturday 3 March at a venue to be announced. Obituary - Tommy McCann RIP The death has been announced of Thomas (Tommy) McCann, Robinstown, Delvin. Tommy died suddenly at this home on Wednesday 7 February. He was predeceased by parents Patrick and Annie and will be sadly missed by his uncle Jimmy, cousins, extended family, neighbours and his many friends. After reposing in the mortuary of the Midlands Regional Hospital, Mullingar last Saturday morning his removal took place to the Church of the Assumption, Delvin for Funeral Mass at 11.00am. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. • PAROCHIAL NOTES Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh’s Delvin evening video available A video of Micheal O’Muircheartaigh’s appearance in St. Patrick’s Hall last year is available in Michael Leonard’s shop. Price €10. Delvin Set Dancers 2018 Programme at St. Patrick’s Hall, Delvin February 23 - Star of Munster Ceili Band. March 23 - Johnny Reidy April 27 - Brian Boru Ceili Band May 25 - Ken Kellegher Ceili Band June 22 - Brian Boru Ceili Band July - No Ceili August - No Ceili 2017 DELVIN PARISH ANNUAL NOW ON SALE The 2017 Delvin Parish Annual has been completed and pubished and is now on sale in Michael Leonard’s and Daybreak - Moyleroe. It is an excellent publication and well worth its €7 price.
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