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TOPIC • 15 February, 2018 NEWS 39 1428 CLUB NOTES The lads taking part in the Turin Strictly Lip Sync fundraiser at the Mullingar Park Hotel on Saturday, 3 February. TURIN GAA’S STRICTLY LIP SYNC FUNDRAISER A HUGE SUCCESS The Mullingar Park Hotel was packed to capacity recently for the Turin GAA’s Lip Sync Night for the community development fundraiser. On Saturday, 3 February crowds gathered for and delighted in an evening of entertainment. Congratulations were extended by the community to the Strictly winners Mick Heffernan and Helen Weir for their tango, as well as the Lip Synch winners Out of Our Depth, Andrea Glynn, Olivia Glynn, Helen Tansey, Pauline O’Neill, Tracey Glynn, Lorraine Leavy, and Sandra Carey. The range of talent on the night was a great reflection of the community spirit in order to Organisers wished to thank everyone who took part on the night, sponsors and attendees, and hairdressers and make up artists who gave their time on the day. Thanks were also given to the Mullingar Park Hotel, Lip Sync Battles Ireland, and everyone else who helped in any way to make the evening such a great success. Members of the 1428 Club pictured recently at their outing to the Mullingar Greyhound Track As part of their regular outings the 1428 Club will be taking a tour of Belvedere House, Gardens, and Park on Wednesday, 28 February. Lunch is included with the fee of €20. On Wednesday, 21 March, there will also be an outing to Butlers Chocolate Factory in Dublin at €25 per head. The spring holiday will be a trip to Rosses Point in Co. Sligo from Monday to Friday, 16 to 20 April. The trip will cost €260 per person and following the journey up by train, the group will be staying at Yeats Country Hotel. Computer classes are ongoing so please ring 044- 9384290 if you would like to take part in the group’s free beginners’ course. One to one tuition is also available. Possible future day trips currently being proposed are Tayto Park, GPO and Kilmainham, Old Time Vintage Dublin Tour, Kildare Village, Enniskillen, Cashel Folk Museum, Brú Congratulations to Ita Boylan who was recently named Member of the Month. Boru Visitor Ventre, Rock of Cashel, Salmon of Knowledge Experience, Carrowcrory Labyrinths, Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh. CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations are in order for Ita Boylan who was recently named Member of the Month. Pictured at the Turin Community Development fundraiser on Saturday, 3 February were Enda O’Callaghan, David Aughey, and Paddy Grall in the back, and Allan Aughey and Paddy Malone seated in front. Members of the 1428 Club pictured recently at their outing to the Mullingar Greyhound Track Olivia Glynn, Lorraine Wallace, and Helen Tansey pictured at the fundraiser for Turin community development on Saturday, 3 February. Members of the 1428 Club pictured recently at their outing to the Mullingar Greyhound Track

40 NEWS TOPIC • 15 February, 2018 Enrolment in local National Schools The four National Schools in the Kinnegad Parish are currently accepting enrolment of children in the schools for Lambs savaged by dogs In the past week, two young lambs were savaged to death by marauding dogs in the Coralstown area. The dogs were not caught and it is a matter of great stress and concern to the local farmer that the same dogs could return to cause even greater havoc among his sheep and growing number of lambs. With the lambing season upon us, the Gardai are, once again, urging dog owners to make every effort to ensure that their pets are under strict control at all times and especially at this time and remind people that it is illegal to allow their dogs to stray unsupervised at any time of day or night. Kinnegad Branch of Mullingar Credit Union first anniversary partnership By putting as little as €5 or €10 away each week you could greatly reduce the financial burden on you when it comes to paying education or other unavoidable expenses during the year. For as little as €1 you can join the Credit Union the year 2018/2019. Parents/guardians are requested to contact the school of their choice for an enrolment form: St Finian’s, Clonard 044 9375551, Coralstown School 044 9374889, St Etchen’s School, Kinnegad 044 9375463 and The Downs School 044 9340718. It is a horrible sight for anyone to see sheep and lambs torn limb from limb by packs of dogs, who, so often return home and become quiet, harmless and innocent pets after wreaking such untold savagery on their victims. Remember, it is a serious offence to allow your dog to stray. They must, at all times, be under the strict control of their owners and landowners are within their rights to insist that any dog straying on their property be destroyed, whether or not the dogs were worrying farm animals. The annual financial cost to farmers from sheep kills is huge and the suffering caused to the sheep and lambs is horrific. That is why it is imperative for all dog owners to act responsibly and have their pets properly supervised, and it also makes for good neighbours. and, unlike other financial institutions, when you join the Credit Union you own the Credit Union, yes, it’s your place. There are so many advantages to being a member, savings and loans are to suit you, loans are tailored to suit you and reflect on your financial situation. Take the burden and stress out of facing an unwelcome expense, put a little aside for that day; you’ll be glad you did. Drop in and talk to any member of staff, they’re always delighted to see you and assist you in every way possible. The Kinnegad Brach of Mullingar Credit Union is open four days a week; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am to 5.30pm and again on Saturday from 9.30am to 2.30pm. KINNEGAD TEEN’S WISH COMES TRUE Sixteen year old Katie Matthews from Kinnegad recently had her wish come true with thanks to the Make-A-Wish Ireland who brought her and her family to New York for some sightseeing. Katie is living with cancer and her wish was to go to New York, so she and her family were brought on a boat cruise around Manhattan, took in the views from the top of the Empire State Building and they also went to see the Broadway musical Wicked. Katie’s mother Vicky said, “We all had an amazing time, it’s so important to have something to look forward to when you have a loved one going through so much, and this has been the positivity in Katie’s life.” Make-A-Wish Ireland have granted almost 2,200 wishes for Irish children which would not be possible without the support of the Irish public. The foundation are looking for help and volunteers for Wish Day on Friday, 9 March to support the flagship fundraising day. 55 volunteers are needed in Westmeath alone and are asked to give just a few hours of their time to sell wristbands in their local supermarket or shopping centre in order to raise much needed funds for the charity. Last year the charity made Katie’s sister, Orla Matthews, Katie Matthews, and their mother, Vicky McCann, pictured in New York on a trip made possible thanks to Make-A-Wish. wishes come true for two children in Westmeath, who are living with life-threatening illnesses such as cancer and cystic fibrosis. To sign up to volunteer visit www.makeawish.ie/wishday or contact Daragh on 01- 2052011 or daragh@makeawish. ie. Westmeath CIL pays tribute to Kinnegad founder At a specially convened meeting of the Westmeath Centre for Independent Living, held recently in the Centre’s offices at Main Street, Kinnegad, many tributes were paid to the main person behind the establishment of the Centre for Independent Living, in 1999. The Chairman, Pat McLoughlin, opened the meeting by welcoming everybody and thanking them for being present at the meeting which had only one item on the agenda and was a very sad opening to the New Year for all associated with the CIL. “This is an extremely sad occasion for all of us in CIL, we mourn the untimely passing of one great man, a man who has made a priceless contribution to this organisation and to the entire Kinnegad community, a gentleman who was, above all, everyone’s friend. Mickey Cannon was one of the most selfless people I have ever had the privilege to know, everything Mickey did in life he did for the betterment of others, be that family or community. He was most definitely both a community champion and a community treasure and his energy and resilience are truly beyond compare. He was a wonderful character and he has left us with great memories, the fun and laughter, yes there was no better prankster or practical joker than Mickey Cannon, he could cod you up to the two eyes with stories but always in the best of taste and without malice. Before suffering his debilitating stroke and establishing the Westmeath CIL he put all his energies into bringing the Credit Union to Kinnegad. He was also very involved in assisting and caring for the sick and invalids as a volunteer on the annual Diocesan Pilgrimages to Lourdes. He just gave freely of his time towards the betterment of others. We are here tonight to remember a great friend who, after suffering a severe stroke, accepted his situation and continued to be involved in great community work. He set about finding out more about a certain organisation that gave a welcome source of independence to people with varying degrees of disability and when his research was complete he gathered a number of people around him and so the Westmeath Centre for Independent Living was established to look after the needs of these people throughout the entire county. It’s great to see so many of the original Directors and committee members here with us tonight and actively involved in CIL. Since its establishment almost twenty years ago, this organisation has benefitted hundreds of people, bringing them into their rightful place at the centre of their respective communities. Tonight we salute and thank one of nature’s finest, our dear founder, Michael Cannon” All in attendance associated themselves with the Chairman’s comments and added their own special tributes to and memories of Mick, all reflecting on his magnificent resilience in the face of his debilitating situation, but that was just a reflection of this amazing man. Sympathy was extended to Mick’s wife Judy, his girls Joanne and Charlene and their children, his sisters and brothers, extended family and all who were honoured to know him. A minute’s silence was observed and a prayer was recited for the repose of his soul. The meeting then concluded. AngelA BrAy-Cooney – one lovely lAdy There was a deep sense of sadness, shock and disbelief among family and friends at the unexpected passing of Angela Bray-Cooney, Knockmant, Killucan, on Wednesday, 31st January, and although there was a feeling of great loss this was mingled with expressions of joy and happiness at having shared some precious time with such a wonderful lady. Angela was a lady in every respect of the word, her positivity, her strength and resilience and her capability to always look on the bright side of life singled her out as a very special person. The beloved daughter of the late Paddy and Babs Bray, Rathwire, Angela attended national school in Rathwire and from there the Convent of Mercy, Navan and throughout her life she retained and enjoyed the valued friendships of many of her school pals. An enthusiastic pop music fan in her teenage years one of her first purchases was a record player and many Buddy Holly, Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley and Del Shannon songs got a spin of that famous turntable. Every so often she used accompany the melodies on her piano at which she was quite an accomplished player, her love of music continued throughout her life. Angela radiated positivity into the lives of so many and that same positivity was based on her strongly held Christian values. Those same values she instilled in her children, she was a mother who devoted her time to them, always prioritising their well-being and they found in her rock solid security, a best friend and confidante. She was at her very best in the company of her family, and her grandchildren were a great source of reinvigoration and happiness for her and the arrival of her great-grandchildren brought her even more loving fulfilment. A lover of nature, the flowers, shrubs, trees, she especially loved the heavenly bodies in the night sky, the moon and stars, she found them a special bonding force with her children living a distance from home. She could contact them to look at the beautifully lit sky, the lyrics of Imelda May’s song spring to mind “We’re looking at the same moon though we’re far apart. We’re wishing on the same star when you’re deep in my heart”. She shared many precious moments with her four sisters, moments that only the bridge of memory can now repeat. A very intelligent person, Angela held very strong views and while she never wished to impose them on others, ‘the lady was not for turning’!! She was also great company, enjoying fun and banter, she could stop you in your tracks with her razor-sharp wit always used to great effect. Angela was an extremely caring friend and neighbour, she could see the light in the darkest of times and with a few quiet words a quick wink of the eye she could lift the heaviest heart. She was at all times encouraging. Angela slipped away quietly and in the exceptional and professional care of the doctors, nurses and staff of Regional Hospital, Mullingar, and she did so at peace with the world she was leaving and with great faith and confidence in the new life opening up before her. Angela was predeceased by her darling baby daughter, Amanda. Large numbers attended at the St Camillus Chapel of Repose on Friday afternoon and many returned on Saturday to celebrate Angela’s life in her beautiful Funeral Mass, the prayers, the readings, the gifts, the Gospel and Eucharist reflecting so positively on a meaningful and fulfilled life. Heavy clouds threatened rain as the funeral cortège began its journey to the local cemetery but as it reached Angela’s final resting place the clouds rolled back to allow the sun break through to shine brilliantly on the recently blossomed snowdrops, spring was in the air with all its promise of new life, it seemed like nature’s way of welcoming home a favourite daughter. Angela’s daughter Tina, sons Edmund, David, Mark, sisters Sr Anna, Frances, Vera and Gabrielle, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, Paddy, extended family and friends are assured of our thoughts and prayers during this sad and trying time. Solas na bhFlaitheas ar anam Angela uasal. ‘65 Kinnegad Lives’ The recently launched book ‘65 Kinnegad Lives’ is receiving much acclaim from historians and the people of the extended Kinnegad Parish area, at home and abroad. Sixty five different stories of the sixty five children born in Kinnegad Parish during the historic year of 1916 are brought together between the pages of this very informative book. It gives a detailed insight into the time in which they were born and the different lifepaths they walked it is a most interesting book, a keepsake for so many Kinnegad families at home and abroad. There are a number of these books remaining and they are on sale at A& J Newsagents, Coralstown, ‘Just Books’, Mullingar or from the Parochial House/Parish Office.

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