St Dympna's Parish Dromore 2012

A review of 2012 in our parish including the 25th Anniversary of the opening of St' Davog's Church.

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A Review of 2012 in our parish including

the 25th Anniversary of the opening

of St.Davog's Church


It is good thing to stop, pause and reflect now and again.

This is what we have done with this modest booklet, which marks the 25 th year of the

opening of St.Davog's Church. It allows us to record some of the organisations in the

parish that are so important for its life and some of the events of significance to the

past year.

We are very grateful, to all those who have helped and contributed to put it together,

especially to Joanne Colton whose brain child it was and who did so much to bring it

to completion.

We pride ourselves on our independence as individuals, but maybe this reflection

reminds us that we are highly dependent on each other too for so much that enriches

our lives.

This is a close knit and wholesome community of faith and good values. We should

cherish much that knits us together even when away. Maybe also, to our many

people in distant places, it will be a welcome reminder of that very special place that

Dromore is; always home and a place to which we will always be bonded.

May our Church which has become a landmark in Dromore, serve our community for

many years ahead and may our people always be faithful to Christ.

Fr. Patrick Mac Entee P.P.

Canon Thomas Breen P.E.

Pictured is Fr. Mac Entee and Canan Breen with Bishop Duffy, who 25 years ago officiated the

opening of St. Davog's Church.

St.Dympna's Parish, Dromore, 2012

Foreword 1 Lough Derg 42

Construction of St.Davog's Church 4 Bridget OBrien 44

Building & Design Team 9 St.Dympna's Hurling Club 45

Opening of St.Davog's Church 10 Dromore Day Care Centre

Baptisms in St.Davog's in 2012 13 The town through the years 46


St. Macartan's PS, Dullaghan 14 Confirmation Class of 2012 48

Dromore Credit Union 15 Bell Tower 50

Tummery Pipe Band 16 Comparing costs of 1972-2012 51

New gardens at St.Davog's 17 Parishes in Clogher Diocese 52

Communion Class of 2012 18 How many do you know? 54

Olympic Torch 20 The story of St.Dympna

St.Dympna's Ladies GFC 21 Dromore Fire Brigade 56

Dromore Playschool 22 Brian Slevin 58

Horse & Man Sculpture 23 Dromore 2000 60

How many do you recognise? 24 Improvements of the A32 61

Tummery Athletic FC 26 Parish & Church Groups 62

Dromore Dramatic Society 27 St. Dympna's Scor Team 63

Weddings in St.Davog's in 2012 28


Dromore 10k 64

Tummery PS 29 Aerial View of Town 1980s 65

Dromore Youth Club 30 Dromore Creamery 66

Dromore Amateur Boxing Club 31 Curley PS 67

Memories of old chapel 32 Down Memory Lane 68

Townlands in the parish




St.Dympna's PS 70

Drumlish PS 36 Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann 71

Paul McGirr Memorial Trophy 37 Dromore Sports Complex 72

St.Dympna's Mens GFC 38 St.Johns College 73

Dromore Fit Factor 39 Old St.Dympna's PS 74

Deaths in the parish in 2012 40 Eye Well 75


Funeral Dinner Ladies 41 Ace Scheme 76


weekly bingo was still successful whilst a popular activity of the time was a guest tea

which provided funds as well as promoting community spirit. For those whose needs

outstretched a cup of tea and who wished for something more active, "Daddy Cool and

the Lollipops" provided the music for a well-attended dance in St. Patrick's hall. During

the spring of '83 new ideas were emerging as more people put their minds to the

mammoth venture. Targets were set for weekly collections, a major push was made

to persuade relevant parishioners to sign covenant forms, local man, John Mccann,

competed in the Belfast marathon and received generous sponsorship whilst the novel

idea of a parish auction was broached. On the 24 th June this memorable event was held

in the hall car park. The auctioneer was forced to compete with the sound of impatient

livestock, aggravated youngsters and all manner of engaging sounds as Dromore's own

version of the Continental Market came to town. But the event was a resounding

financial success as well as an enjoyable community occasion.

As 1983 moved onwards, an innovative idea emerged. Dromore had never had a mayor

but inventive thinkers reckoned that a "first citizen' was required. So began one of the

most enjoyable fund raisers of the campaign. The names of Pio Mccann, Noel Hackett,

Liam McQuaid, Dympna Colton and "wee" Tom Maguire emerged as prospective

candidates and the hustings began. Contributions were required for the right to vote,

candidates were "out and about" to rally the electorate and a real sense of electioneering,

albeit local and for fun, was prevalent. The event terminated with a "Lord Mayor's Ball"

which proved to be a tremendous parish occasion. The tension was building as the

Seamus McNulty, Shane McG/one, Mgsr Flood, Fr. Breen turning sod of new Church


On 19 th May '85, sketch plans of the

proposed new church were displayed

for the first time. Prior to this, the

land for the preferred site had been

acquired from Brendan O'Reilly at a

nominal fee: later the ground for the

new cemetery was obtained from

Andrew O'Reilly. The elevation of the

site and its accessibility, graveyard

provisions etc. ensured that the new

church would occupy a commanding

presence over the town and its flock. Fr.Breen atthe laying of the first stone

The various experts in engineering put

their minds to work and the time was right for the project to go to tender.

As 1986 progressed, excitement mounted as visible signs of the efforts from previous

fundraising emerged. Site leveling, laying of road and car parks and digging the

foundations began. The main contractors were local firm, Mc Aleer & Teague, as building

progressed, a new vision on the Northern horizon emerged. The work proceeded and

fund raising continued. Another equally successful parish auction took place whilst

a dance was held by Dromore emigrants in distant New York and a substantial profit


In 1987, the parishioners watched with increasing satisfaction as the new edifice

continued to grow. Novel concepts emerged via a Dromore Gala Week which included

a barbecue, holidaymaker's Dance, a gala sports day and dance. The completion of

the roof and completion of the Bell Tower were more visible signs of progress and the

venture was fast moving towards fruition. By October, Fr Breen could announce that

five-sixths of the cost of the new church had been raised. Meanwhile many generous

donations towards various liturgical requirements within the church were being made

St.Davog's nearing completion


Picture By: Pat Mccarron

Opening of {j}/:. ogs - 6 th December 1987

The following is an extract from the 'The Ulster Herald' on Saturday 12 th December


"A tower of faith for your children and your children's children" - that was how the

Bishop of Clogher, Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Duffy, described the new Church of St.Davog,

Dromore, when he presided at the Mass of Dedication which was attended by an

overflow congregation of clergy and laity on Sunday 6 th December 1987.

The opening of the impressive new church, costing almost flm and situated at

Gardrum Hill, on the Omagh Road, was a joyous occasion for the entire parish and

appropriately the church grounds were decorated with bunting as visitors from far

and wide - many of whom had previous connections with Dromore - were met with a

banner proclaiming the message "Cead Mile Failte".

St.Dympna's Pipe Band, Tummery, formed a guard of honour and played hymns

including 'Faith of our Fathers' during the entrance procession.

During the Mass, the chief celebrant of which was his Lordship, Dr. Duffy, the visiting

Bishops were in the Sanctuary. Rev.Gerry McGee, CC, Dromore and Rev. T.McElvanny,

CC, Fivemiletown were Masters of Ceremonies.

After Bishop Duffy greeted

the congregation, Fr. Breen

introduced him to representatives

of the architects, the builders and

the parish, who formally handed

over the keys of the building.

Throughout the ceremonies -

which included the Blessing and

Sprinkling of Water, the Prayer of

Dedication and the Anointings,

the Depositing of the Relics and

the lncensation and Lighting of

the Altar and the Church - the

combined Dromore Youth and

Adult Choirs, the Shaneragh Folk Group and the St.John's School Choir provided the


Upwards of 80 members of the clergy were present in the congregation, including

representatives of other denominations in the Dromore area.


Noel McQuaid & Seamus McCoole

Following the Mass of

Dedication, a delicious

buffet supper was provided

in St.John's Secondary by

the combined kitchen staff

of St.John's and St.Dympna's

PS as well as the senior

girls. This in itself was no

small task, as upwards of

1,000 people were caterd

for. And later many of

the parishoners enjoyed

a dance organised by Pat

O'Donnell in St.Patrick's

Hall, where the music was

supplied by Accord and


Pictured is Barney McAleer handing over the keys of the Church to Bishop Duffy; Bishop

Duffy during the opening ceremony; Bishop Duffy along with Bishop Daly, Bishop Walsh

and Fr.Breen in the entrance procession.


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1. Patrick Enda Turner 22. Lily Elizabeth Sabotic

2. Keeva Dympna Healy 23. Cadhla Rose McDonnell

3. Mary-Kate Brigid Colton 24. Sha Barry Watters


Katie Catherine Little

25. Dervle Bridget Teague


Efle O'Kane

26. Eabha Slevin

6. Kyle Martin Farry 27. Niamh Mary Mccarron

7. Aidan Mccusker 28. Daniel Liam Corrigan

8. Matthew Patrick Molloy 29. Katie Louise McNabb

9. Shona Brid Erin Campbell 30. Anna Fiona McAleer

10. Eva Joan Elizabeth Campbell 31. John Paul Colton

11. Reilly Patrick Murphy-Slevin 32. Slanna Rose Donnelly

12. Jason Ashton Gormley 33. Ellen Sarah Mccusker

13. Vincent Patrick Barrett 34. Jamie Thomas Byrne

14. Mia Rose Molloy 35. Sean Michael Mccusker

15. 6rlaith Margaret Colton 36. Jack Arthur Doyle

16. Sean Colin Grimes 37. Myal Grace Donnelly

17. Enda Seamus Gormley Liam John Mclaughlin

18. Christopher William James Winters 39. Daire Gerald McKenna

19. 40.

20. mas Winters

seph Henry McGoldrick

To dat there have been 101'61:hristenihtn

The last child baptised in St.Dympna's Chapel W8I'

The first children baptised in St.Davogs were ConorMc,QIDII

and Jennifer Teague, Camderry Road


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Dromore Credit Union started in 1967; it was introduced by the late Fr. Gallagher. It

suited people who did not have a bank account or who in most cases were too poor to

have a bank account. The simple rule was to be a member you had to have the ability

to save consistently for six weeks and then you could apply for a loan. Over the years

the rules are basically the same.

Pictured are the first committee Back Row: Fergus Hughes, Seamus Teague, Paddy Hughes,

Packie McA/oon, John Kelly, Jim Montague, Noel Hackett, Eugene Mccarron.

Front Row: Jim O'Kane, Charles Gormley, Hugh J Colton, Rev Patrick Gallagher, Joe McG/one,

Barney McAleer, Liam McQuaid.

At the beginning it appealed to young couples who got married and were setting

up a home, and would apply for a loan for furniture etc. Fast forward to today the

applications are for a whole range of things, loans for cars and transport topping the

list. There are many benefits from being a member, low repayment rates, good deposit

rates and death benefit of £1000. We are a community based organisation run mostly

by people who give their time freely. We have a healthy share balance of almost

£3.Smillion. On average, we give out £80,000 per month on loans. Family membership

is in excess of 1700 and still rising.

If you are not a member then join us and keep your finances in the parish. We are

grateful to the people who kept us going over the years and our gratitude also goes to

the directors who worked for us in the past.

Current directors are: Tommy McQuaid, Bernadette Maguire, Agatha O'Neill, Patricia

McCuskeF, Marie Garrity, Mairead Quinn, Vera McMackin, Rita McGirr, Michelle

O'Kane, Oliver Teague, Vincent Kennan, John Muldoon, Jim Teague, Martin Curran,

Damien McAleer, Eamon Logue, James Teague, Paddy Hughes, Dermot Montague,

Michael McNulty and Tony Winters.

Tony Winters


cgurley School & Eucharistic Gardens

June 2012 saw work progressing on a garden created at the back of the church, it was

dedicated to this, the year of the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin.

We thank Gerry and Sean Mccusker, Kildrum, for donating their time and use of

machinery in carrying out the work and collecting the large stones which were donated

by Colton Quarries. Plants were donated by members of the parish. The many plants

include Arum Lilies which were purchased in Newport, Co. Mayo and a wild fern was

brought all the way from Brandon Creek, Co. Kerry, the point where St. Brendan set out

on his famous voyage.

The remaining funds from the Curley Jubilee Quilt Account were used to buy the gravel

and additional plants.

17 Kathleen Mccusker

Drumlish Primary School

Kayla Molloy, Eimear Dunne, Ryan Colton, Barry Teague, Conor Colton.

Staff: L McKnight, P McDermott

St. Dympna's Primary School

Back Row: Oran Walsh, Eoin Teague, Oisin Hughes, Dearbhla Conlan,

Amy Barrett, Ciaran Malone, Joshua Farry, Hazel Stakes.

Front Row: Leagh Donnelly, Charlie Gilmqur, Katie Maguire, Eimear McQuaid, Eve Norton,

Jane Mc Grade, Eireann Treadwell. Staff: Mrs Magee, Mrs McGovern, Mrs Kirwan.

Missing from Photograph Toieralach Campbell, Callum Mc Quaid


2012 has been another busy year for the ladies club. With the excitement of the

successful Strictly Come Dancing at the end of 2011, it was back to action on the field

not the dance floor this year!

There are 121 registered girls in the club ranging from U8s to Senior. We are the 3rd

largest ladies club in Tyrone and have again this year fielded teams at all age levels in

UlO, U12, U14, U16, Minor and Senior. All underage levels play at Grade 1 level, while

the Seniors are a strong Grade 2 team.

Pride of place this year must go to our Minor Girls who won the Grade 1 League

title and their Managers Paddy Irvine and Sean O'Connor who have taken the girls

through various age groups. Our Seniors reached the semi- finals of both league and

championship but unfortunately, we have lost a lot of players to emigration and the

more experienced opposition won on the day. However we have a very youthful and

skilful bunch of players emerging from Minors and U16 and the future looks good for

the club.

Many thanks must go to all the Managers of the various age groups who have given so

much of their time to the club, also to all the committee members and to the men's

club for the use of the excellent facilities. Hopefully, 2013 will see more success at all

levels for the club.

Back Row: Aoife Goodwin, Mary Muldoon, Leona Bradley, Maria McGale, Nuala McHugh, Katherine Irvine,

Ciara McNabb, Katie McShane, Sinead Donnelly.

Front Row: Aaife Hunter, Shauna Gormley, Emma Smyth, Ciara Teague, Grainne MacRary, Lauren Teague,

Tara O'Neill. Missing from the Photo: Shauna McNabb, Gisin Donnelly, Oonagh McArdle


Mary Mac Rory

fl;J£;; ande ulpture

The sculpture, which has become one of

Dromore's landmarks was commissioned by

Dromore 2000 in 2006 and with the aid of

environment improvement funding, was created

from welded steel by a sculptor from Norfolk,

called Harriet Meade. The man and horse

marks the spot where Joe Crozier served the

community, for many years, in his nearby forge,

pictured below. (by Pat Mccarron) It also adds

some credence to a local story that a farmer

in the nineteenth century, seeking to mock the

belief in the curative powers of the eye-well,

brought a blind horse to the spot. The spirits

of the eye-well angered by his cynicism, cured

the horse and left its owner blind. So the legend


Pictured below is Joe Crozier with

Dolores & Aidan Mccrystal outside

the forge

Right Francie Mccann who was also a

blacksmith in Dromore at the time.


many do you recognise?

St.Dympno's GFC, Minor Team 1980

Back Row: Martin Mccann, Adrian O'Neill, John McGoldrick, Eugene McGrath, Barry Goodwin,

Paddy Irvine, John McLaughlin, Kieran O'Neill, Paul Teague, Daniel Mccusker Middle Row:

Brian Murray, Kevin 5/udden, Mark Gallagher, Eugene McGoldrick, Eamon McKenna, Dec/an

Murray, Paul McCaffery, Shane McGlone Front Row: Martin McKenna, Vincent McNabb, Kieran

Mccann, Adrian Mccann, Liam McDermott, Jerome Kelly

Confirmation Class at St.Dympna's 1975

Eugene Gallagher, Jahn O'Dannell, unknown, John O'Neill, Charlene Mccusker, Felix McCaffery,

Oympna McNulty, Martina Mccann, Patrick McBride (RIP}

Clergy: Fr.Gallagher, Bishop Mulligan, Mgsr Flood, Fr.Breen. Altar Boys: Brian McAleer, Stephen Colton


Letteree School

Back Row: Tommy McQuaid, Sarah McQuaid, Tommy Armstrong, Kathleen Melley,

Kitty Monaghan, Peggy Nugent, Maureen Quinn, Eileen Mullan, Sarah Armstrong,

Eddie McManus, John Mullan. Middle Row: Tommy Cheyney, Paddy Mullan, Paddy Doherty,

Eileen Doherty, Bridget Mullan, Sarah Doherty, Kathleen McManus, Jane McMackin, Maureen McQuaid,

Nellie Sludden, Nellie McQuaid, Peggy Armstrong, Maureen Mccusker

Front Row: Fran Nugent, Harry Quinn, Tony O'Brien, Joe Mccourt, Willie McQuaid, Daniel Teague,

Pat Teague, Jim Kelly, Harry Mccusker, Sean Nugent, Peter McQuaid.

Dromore Seniors 1944 - Back Raw: Josie Slevin (Corladergan), Calm McElholm, Andy Montague,

Jimmy Curran, Jack Gallagher, Packie Reilly, Tom Curran, Joe Mccusker

Front Row: Jim McGartland, Joe Carney, Dermot Curran, Jack Mccann, Eugene Gallagher, Cahal Pontyz,

George Montague, Tony McDermott


intpna's matic ciety

As St.Dympna's prepare for another year of "treading the boards" the group was

greatly saddened with the passing of one of their stalwarts. The death of President

Willie Ward, was a sad blow to everyone connected with amateur drama in the

area. Willie was an affable, talented actor who was associated with the group for

over fifty years. During that time, he portrayed many characters ranging from the

comedy of "Byrne" in "Big Maggie" to the moralistic inspector in "An Inspector Calls".

He carried off every role with aplomb and good humour. He loved his nights away

at festivals in such diverse locations as South Armagh and the West of Ireland and

his pleasure was unbridled when we reached our first All-Ireland Finals in far flung

Tralee. Willie is missed, not only for his diverse talents but also for his bonhomie

which was infectious. Ar dheis De go raibh d'anam uasal.

Currently, the group is in rehearsal for another JB Priestly play (ironically also the

author of "An Inspector Calls"). This is a farcical comedy set in the North of England.

"When we are Married" is a very funny play which has been produced many times

since written in 1937 and had a successful run in London's West End in 2011. Dromore

audiences can enjoy the production in the last week of the year in St.Patrick's Hall.

Back Row: John Mccusker, Anne McGuiness, Pat Mccusker, Eugene Donnelly, Seamus

McNabb, Willie Word, Tom Maguire. Front Row: Lucia Hughes, Dolores Mccrystal, Grainne

O'Hanlon, Carmel O'Neill, Anne O'Neill

Seamus McNabb


Xmery ary hool

These pictures show a sample of the many activities which children from Tummery PS

took part in through the year. P6 and 7 children produced a project on town lands for

display in the Strule Arts Centre. Pl-5 went to Springhill House as part of topic work

on Life Long Ago and as usual we took part in many sporting and other activities.

Dougie's Cottage

Springhi/1 House

Builders of the future

Tummery Girls Football at Cast/ederg

Sean Maguire


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Dromore Youth Club is now entering its 10th year under the current format.

This particular group of committee members, leaders and junior leaders follow in the

footsteps of previous clubs before them, creating an enjoyable and safe environment

for the children of our parish to socialise.

In the youth club year 2011/12 Dromore Youth Club had over 70 registered members,

many of whom attended to participate in the various activities available to them,

socialise with friends or sit back, relax and listen to DJ Quinno preform.

As the Dromore Youth Club is a voluntary organisation that works with children, all the

relevant safety procedures are in place to ensure that our members are in a protected

environment monitored by leaders that have undertaken the relevant child protection


We would like to extend a special thanks to the members and leaders over the past

decade, without whom the Dromore Youth Club would not be possible.

John McDermott


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The club was founded in October 1987 by Sean Quinn, Kevin

McNabb, Gary Slevin, Millie McLaughlin (RIP), Jim Winters,

Liam Mccullagh, John Hannigan and James Laird (RIP). It

closed in 2009. Over the years the club was very successful;

it started with seven members and had 32 members in 2004.

Down through the years the club have produced Tyrone

Champions, Mid Ulster Champions, Ulster Champions, 9

Counties Champions and All-Ireland Champions.

Pictured left are members in 1987: Shane Hannigan,

Naef Mclaughlin, Ryan Hannigan, Dec/an Quinn, Barry

Campbell, Conor Winters and Justin Donaghey.

Pictured below are Gary Slevin & Killian O'Neill with

members in 2004

In January 1989, Dromore

ABC took part in the

Tyrone Championships

Front Row:

Tyrone Champions Ryan Hannigan,

Dermot Maguire, Conor Winters

and Calm McCullagh. Middle Raw:

Shaun McDermott, Shane Hannigan,

Anthony Healy, Darren Maguire

Bock Row: Millie McLaughlin

(Secretary}, Liam Mccullagh

(Trainer), Brian Mcloughlin, Brian

McAleer (Trainer), Eamonn Donnelly,

Jim Winters '(Trainer)


ories of the Old St.pna's cg hapel (Around 1940)

The cold of winter mornings when as altar boys (no altar girls then!) from the village

we ran up the Brae to be in time for week day 8am mass. Cold on the legs as all boys

then wore short trousers. Running back down after mass to get breakfast, then be up

again in time for school in Miss Carragher's or Master H.P. Donnelly's rooms. Infant

room, was Mrs McNulty but pupils there were too young to learn the Latin responses

for the altar.

Six high candles on the main altar. Altar servers went up steps to narrow platform

at the back to light them for Sunday mass. It was scary for small altar servers as the

steps were almost perpendicular and when up it was a long reach to get your taper to

light the candles. The old chapel had three altars and in summer months it was not

unknown to have three masses being celebrated at around the same time by priests

from the parish homes on holidays.

Chapel collection then was not in envelopes. A manned table either side of the front

door. Tables were laden with the old pennies ("wings"!), six pences ("tanners") and

some shillings ("bobs"). Very little above those coins.

Looking towards the altar the right hand side was womens side and the left hand

side the mens side. Husbands and wives parted upon entering the chapel. Very few

ventured to break the unwritten rule of mens and womens sides. All women wore

head coverings, hats or head scarves. On the womens side, below the confessional box

was a long seat known as "Gaper's Row". This seat had its back to the side wall so its

occupants had a view across the chapel. Sunday's two masses found the same middle

aged to elderly females in "Gaper's Row".

At communion time at 8.30am Sunday mass an elderly well-dressed man called

Dan Doherty (lived where the late Eddie & Sheila Kearney lived in Main St.) stood at

the top of the middle aisle to ensure it was "up the sides and down the middle" for'

communicants. As an altar boy you held the paten under the chin of communicants

as they knelt at the altar rail. Seldom would anyone present for communion at the

11.30am mass as communicants fasted from midnight.

The seats under the gallery, about five in number, to the right of the entrance door,

always seemed to have the same male occupants and had a reputation for seats where

an amount of talking went on.


Traps came to both Sunday masses, particularly second, and the horse stables were in

a row behind the primary school. Both sides of the chapel avenue lined with bicycles

propped against the hedges. At the time the present car parking area was a small field

so you just had a straight avenue from the road down to the chapel.

George Ferguson of the Rock Farm, Lettergesh, came to second mass on Sunday on

horseback. George on a beautiful horse was suitably attired in heavy tweed coat, cap

and leather leggings. As boys, we greatly admired George as he rode down the avenue

always early for mass. I think, we associated him with cowboys we saw on horseback

in the "grainy" films that from time to time came to the Pavilion (on Fintona Road,

opposite McCaffery's present house or thereabouts).

When there was severe frost and the chapel Brae become frozen the young men

(not boys) of the village used it for sleighing. Sleighs started around present McAleer

& Teague's houses and the target of the experts was to get around corners at the

bottom of Church Street either to right or left. When the brae was like a sheet of ice

on Saturday nights the late Paddy McDermott of Church Street organised a salting of it,

much to the annoyance of the sleighers.

Funerals coming to the chapel - Reilly's hearse drawn by two big black horses and

sitting in the driving seat with the reins the late John Garrity.

As recalled by John Mccusker & Fergus Hughes



The Parish of Dromore consists of 61 townlands, ranging in size from little over a

hundred acres to well over a thousand acres. The village sits in the centre of the

parish and dates from the mid-eighteenth century.


• Dromore area embraces an area of 24,549 acres including 10 acres of water.

• Highest hill in Dromore is Grennan at 800ft above sea level.


lands and theirnings

Aghadarragh Field af the aaktree Greenan The wee sandy place

Aghadu/la (Harper) Field of the assembly hill Kildrum The narrow hill/ridge

Aghee Hugh's field Knockoraven Bilberry hill

Aghlish The burnt field Knocknahorn Barley hill

Aghnamoe Field of the cattle Letteree Hugh's hillside

Bodoney The Church shelter Lisaneden Fort of the hi/lface

Camderry The meadow of the oaktree Lettergesh The streamy hillside

Corna/ea The burial mount of the warriors Longhi/I The long hill

Corba/ly The old homestead Magheragart Plain of the forge/smithy

Corlaghdergan The round hill of the monument Meenagowan The smith's smooth field

ofDeargan Minegar Short hill

Cornamuck The round hill of the pigs Mu/laghbane The fair/white hilltop

Cornamucklagh Round hill of the pig race Mullanboy The yellow nect of land

Corrasheskin The rough marsh Mulnagoagh The hilltop of the cuckoos

Cranny A place of trees New Park The foreigners park

Curley The uneven hill Oughterard The upper height

Dergany The red marsh Po/fore The cold hollow

Derrynaseer The Oakland of the carpenters Rahoney Fort of the marsh

Doocrock Blackish hill Rakeeranbeg Fort of the wee rowantree

Dressage Place of the brambles or briars Shaneragh The old grazing place

Dromore The great ridge Shanmullagh The old hilltop

Drumallard Drumlin of the cursings Skeogue The whitethorn

Drumconnis The ferret's ridge Straduff The black river-holm

Drumlish The scorched hill/ridge Tattycor The inclined hill

Drumsheil Siadhal's hill ridge Tullymagough The hill of McKeogh

Drumskinny Hill/ridge of the knife-edge Tullywee The yellow (sunny) hill

Dullaghan The wee leafy place Tummery The ridge

Edenagon The hill face of the hunting dogs


The gravel ridge


The foreigners' place


The short drumlin


The pleasant glen


The wee fork of the river


m,;' Mc rr Memorial Trophy

Paul McGirr died on Sunday 15th June 1997, as a result of an accidental collision while

scoring a goal for Tyrone Minors in an Ulster championship game against Armagh in

Healy Park, Omagh. Earlier in the same year, Paul had won an All-Ireland Vocational

Schools medal with Fermanagh.

The Tyrone Association in Dublin through the good offices of Tony McGrath and Mickey

Reid, presented the Dromore GFC club with a beautiful perpetual trophy to be for in

Paul's memory. The trophy of the replica of the Cuchulain statue in Dublin's GPO

mounted on local oak is one that suitably recalls the young athlete and gentleman that

was Paul. The McGirr family requested that it be played fro at youth level.

First played for in 1999, it has become the unofficial Ulster U16 championship. The

champion Under16 clubs of the nine Ulster counties eagerly look forward to coming to

Gardrum Park to compete for this title. Winners and beaten finalists receive specially

commissioned engraved Cuchulain medals. Sponsors of the annual competition are

the Tyrone Association, Dublin and local company A&B Contracts (Adrian & Brigin

O'Neill) and Spires Art (Calm MacRory).
















John Mccusker

m Mor Naomh Domhnait

The year began with a gala night in Bundoran to celebrate the success of our senior

teams in completing the Senior and Reserve double. The season ahead did not prove

as successful and although we reached our sixth county final in nine years, we were

defeated by a rejuvenated Errigal Ciaran.

Our club and community can be very proud of the players who represent Dromore and

we look forward with confidence that they will bring further success in the near future.

We continue to be well represented on our county teams with Ryan McMenamin,

Cathal Mccarron, Ronan McNabb and Sean O'Neill all playing in the senior team. Young

Ruarai Sludden and Colm O'Neill win Ulster minor championship medals this year.

On the youth front, 2012 has again been a very busy year with over 150 boys playing

gaelic football. Thirty children took part in the Gaelic Start program in February and

March in the Dromore Sports Complex. Coaching and blitzes on Saturday mornings,

have now been running for a number of years for children aged 8-12 and they provide

opportunities to develop skills and friendships in a safe environment. Our 14-18 year

olds played in Tyrone league and championship competitions throughout the year

reaching the knock-out stages at all levels. Pride of place this year goes to our u-13

(pictured below) who were undefeated and won the Tyrone title in October.

Our club also hosted the annual Tyrone Summer Camp in July which was attended by 90

children. Our club year ends every year with the Paul Mc Girr Memorial Competition

which runs for six weeks to the middle of November.

As the club looks forward next year to our 80th anniversary, we can look back with

pride and satisfaction at the progress, we as a club have made in developing facilities

at Gardrum Park for future generations. None of this development would be possible

without the support of our community. Droim Mor Naoimh Domhnait would like to

thank everyone for their support throughout 2012 and wish them a happy and peaceful

Christmas and New Year.

Barry Campbell



2012 saw the launch of the first ever Dromore Fit Factor. The fitness phenomena,

organised by Dromore Sports Complex, had over 180 registered participants who

were involved in everything from early morning runs, Tag Rugby, netball,spinning to

shaking their hips in Zumba.

The town of Dromore was certainly hit with Fit Factor Fever and activities took place

7 days of the week from early morning, 6.30am opening of the gym, and even on

Sundays there were groups out partaking in a 2 hour ramble around the country


Young and old embraced a new healthier lifestyle but mostly people got involved in

the fun and craic! The real success of Dromore Fit Factor was the volunteers, like the

2012 Olympics, it was those who gave their time freely who really made a memorable

event which everyone was proud to be involved in.

Dromore Fit Factor will return in 2013!

Damian Maguire














Willie Ward, O'Neill Terrace

Mary O'Neill, Tummery

Eddie Kearney, Main Street

Ciaran Mccann, Fairview

Therese McNabb, Aughnamoe

Eugene Sheridan, Fairview

Dessie Barnett, Muldoon Park

Elizabeth Garry, Shanaragh

Patrick McGlinchey, Gardrum

John O'Reilly, Omagh

Francis McFadden, Crosshill

Edward Teague, Drumskinney

Patricia Poyntz, Omagh

Ignatius Hughes, Muldoon Park

Francis John Quinn, Tummery Rd

John McKenny, Abbey Court

Mrs Patsy Montague, Main Street

Bridie Taylor, Scotland

Eamon McNaboe, Church Street

Mary McQuaid, Drumlish

Mrs Patsy Murray, Shanmullagh Drive

Geraldine McKenna, Fairview

Pat Donnelly, Tummery

Robert Large, Omagh Road

Kathleen Maguire, Morgan Park

Bella Garrity, Church Street

Joe McQuaid, Killyclogher

Martin Mccusker, Tummery

Charlie McCanney, Capehill


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"Eternal rest grant unto them, 0 Lord,

And let perpetual light shine upon them.

May the souls of the faithful departed,

Through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen."

{i]J:.. ick'sMa?i Catering Ladies

In 1991, Dromore parish decided to have refreshments after funerals for families

locally. St.Patrick's Hall was suitable as it could be walked from the chapel and

graveyard. A meeting was held on 16th February 1991, with 21 attending and it was

chaired by Fr.Joe Mccloskey. Marie Mccourt was elected chairperson and Anna Garrity

secretary both of whom have passed away since. Rita O'Neill was elected treasurer

and continues to do so. Ann Colton and Anne Quinn are the current chairperson and

secretary respectively.

On the 21st Feb 1991, they got a loan of £500 from the bingo committee to set up

the kitchen of a small sink and two gas cookers, this was repaid in October 1997. The

first dinner was for 50 people for the family of the late Mrs.Breen on 19th Sept 1991.

Families are charged the cost of the food as the ladies time is given voluntarily.

In 1994, a new kitchen was built and they continued doing four course dinners until

2002. It was then they introduced soup and dessert, with tea and coffee. Since 2009,

they have also provided dinner for the St.Dympna's GFC senior mens team on the

nights of the championship final. In 2011, Peggy McGaughey, Bridie McAleer, Bridie

Mulligan and the late Anna Garrity retired, below is a picture of the ladies together

at their retirement meal. Today, they have 26 members and have done 327 meals to

date. From the donations received and pooled, the ladies are treated to nights out

for a meal.

Current members are: Rita O'Neill, Ann Colton, Anne Quinn, Kathleen Mccann, Rose

Teague, Margaret McQuaid, Winnie Winters, Mary Hannigan, Sissy Maguire, Mary

Mccusker, Bernadette Donnelly, Mary McGrade, Rita McGirr, Patricia McLaughlin,

Maura Winters, Noelle McNulty, Attracta McQuaid, Bernadette McCanny, Mary Ward,

Freda McDonnell, Bernadette Maguire, Patricia McDonnell, Phyllis McAleer, Janet

Campbell, Margaret Mccusker and Katherine O'Donnell. New helpers are always


41 Rita O Neill & Ann Colton

ugh&rg - Place of Pilgrimage

Lough Derg - Place of Pilgrimage

St. Patrick's Purgatory, Lough Derg, is among the oldest centres of Christian Pilgrimage in Western

Europe, supposedly dating back to the 16th century. Lough Derg lies about four miles north of

the village of Pettigo in County Donegal, in the Diocese of Clogher. Station Island, the location

of the Pilgrimage is often referred to as Saint Patrick's Purgatory or simply Lough Derg. This is a

special place of peace and personal challenge. The association of the name of St Patrick with

Lough Derg dates back as far as records go and the legends that link him with the place point to

a tradition already firmly established by the twelfth century. While in a cave on the island, Patrick

is said to have had a vision of the punishments of Hell. Hence the place came to be known as St

Patrick's Purgatory.

Each year the traditional three-day pilgrimage begins at the end of May and ends mid-August.

Pilgrims must be at least fifteen years of age, in good health and able to walk and kneel unaided.

The pilgrimage is a three-day fast incorporating a 24-hour vigil. Pilgrims arrive on the island

between 11.00am and 3.00pm, having fasted from the previous midnight. They have one simple

eal of dry toast, oatcakes and black tea or coffee on each of the three days. The central prayer of

the pilgrimage is called a 'station'. Each station involves the repeated praying of the Our Father,

the Hail Mary and the Apostles' Creed, as pilgrims walk or kneel or stand, barefooted. The

greater part of a station is made on the Penitential Beds (these are thought to be the remnants

of beehive cells used by the early monks). Three such stations are made on the first day. Four

more stations are made in common in the Basilica during the night vigil and one is made on each

of the second and third days.

In former times the emphasis was more on the physical penance and hardship of the pilgrimage

exercises. Nowadays those who make the pilgrimage see it as a grace-filled opportunity to get

away from the stress of modern-day living. They talk about the cleansing value of fasting and

see the intensive and concentrated nature of the routine as giving opportunities for prioritising


values and being physically and spiritually

renewed. They find that the particular prayerform,

which they often refer to as 'body-prayer',

is very satisfying and expresses in a non-verbal

way what they often cannot put into words.

Walking barefoot serves to emphasize what all

have in common and creates a greater awareness

of community. This is particularly effective in

the celebration of liturgies on the island. The

Sacrament of Reconciliation has always been and

still is, very central to this penitential pilgrimage.

Its celebration each morning in the Basilica is

a moment of joy and hope for penitents and

priests alike. However it is the Eucharist that

most pilgrims experience as the high point of

their pilgrimage. The liturgy of the Roman Missal

is given full expression, with excellent response

from pilgrims. Young people have key roles in the

welcoming and music ministries.

St Patrick's Basilica - Throughout the season

pilgrims are offered opportunities for spiritual

direction and a counselling service is provided

for any who wish to avail of it. One-Day Retreats were introduced at Lough Derg in 1992. The

retreats are particularly suited to those who for various reasons cannot make the Three-Day

Pilgrimage. These are structured days of prayer and contemplation and do not entail fasting or

walking barefooted, and pilgrims are invited to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The

day finishes with a celebration of the Eucharist.

Life of St.Davog - St.Davog is one of the twelve premier saints of Ireland. He was a disciple

of St. Patrick and founded a monastery on Saint's Island, formerly known as Davog's Island in

Lough Derg. He was noted for the austerity of his lifestyle and it was under his auspices that the

pilgrimage to St.Patrick's Purgatory began on Station Island where one of the penitential beds still

bears his name. St.Davog died in his monastery on Saint's Island where a mound inside the old

fort is traditionally regarded as his grave. It is said to have been marked originally by St.Davog's

Cross, which is still preserved at the ladies' hostel on Station Island. According to the old Irish

Calendarium, the

feast of St. Davog is on

the 14 th July. Pictured

is Msgr Flood on a

boat to Lough Derg

with Station Island

in the background,

along with Bellringer

James Monaghan and

boatman Jim Snow in

late 1970's


Droim Mor Hurling

An Droim Mor U14 Hurling Team made history by winning the in the U14 Tyrone Feile

Shield competition. The team defeated Killyclogher, Beragh, Omagh and Strabane

along the way. This is the first trophy to be won since hurling was re- established in

the area back in 2001 with the formation of the Naomh Eoin club. The Droim mor U14

Team which reached the Grade A county final in 2007.

These group of boys were very committed all year with training starting in January

under floodlight on the Astro turf pitch. The boys were coached by Brian Mc Carron,

Tiarnan Sludden and Shane Knox.

Brian Mccarron

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Dromore Day Centre was opened in July 1993, in the old St.Dympna's school beside

St.Dympna's Chapel. It was renovated and brought back into use by the Ace Scheme

(Action for Community Employment), under the guidance of Fr.Breen and Fr. McGourty.

The Day Centre provides respite for residents of our parish along with nei

parishes for people of all faith who are

housebound or disabled. It is open three

days per week and run by the Western

Health & Social Care Trust, under the

guidance of Ann Meehan. It caters a

maximum of 25 people per day and is a

service that is held in high esteem by all who

benefit from it. Pictured are: Lisa McKenna

(Care Assistant), Ann Meehan (Centre

Manager), Denis Birney (Carer/Driver) and

Sabrina Conwell (Care Assistant).


Dromore in the 1900's


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Occupations in Dromore in 1835

Grocers and Spirit Dealers ....... 2 Bakers ..............................•....... 2

Spirit Dealers ............................. 19 Readmakers .............................. 1

Grocers ...................................... 9 Butchers ................................... 1

Milliners ...................................... 1 Huxters ..................................... 2

Surgeons ..................................... 1 Lodging Houses ....................... 1

Shoemakers ................................ 3 Carpenters ................................ 1

General Dealers ........................ 1 Smiths ....................................... 1

Tailors .......................................... 1

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cgonfirmation in St.Davog's on 28th April 2012



Back row: William McAuley, Aine Lawlor, Meghan Mccusker, Anita Patterson,

Sarah Mccusker, Conor McGovern.

Front row: Maeve Gallagher, Riona Rafferty, Clara Gormley, Michaela Barrett, C/odagh McNulty,

Anton O'Neill, Darragh McLaughlin. - Staff: Sean Maguire

Drumlish PS -

Back Row: Aisling Teague, Sophie McE/roy, Emma Brogan, Aimee Corry, Erin Eves

Front Row: Aaron Davis, Eilis Maguire, Niamh McDonagh, Catherine Hughes,

Padraig Muldoon. Staff: L McKnight.


St.Dympna's PS

Back Row: Mrs Maguire, Sabrina Devine, Nathan Walsh, Sinead Slevin,

Eoghan Donnelly, Michelle Mc Mahon, Miss Mc Namee.

Front Row: Cathal Colton, Mary Cait Mc Quaid, Jarlaith Mc Dermott, Joshua Harpur,

Shannon Sheridan, Ann-Marie Harkin

Dullaghan PS

Back Row: Mairead Curran, Ciarrai Mc Cann, Sarah Teague

Front Row: Rosenna Law, Ross Slevin and Shauna Donnelly


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Built in 1925 to a design by Professor

Scott, this was initiated by Canon James

E McKenna, PP of Dromore from 1913

until his death in 1931. The large bell

has a fine tone and great clarity and

was rung for the Angelus at 7.30am,

12noon and 6pm. It could be heard

well beyond the bounds of the parish

in suitable weather conditions. The bell

is still in use and is now operated by an

electric motor. In former days it was

rung manually by rope, one of the tasks

of the parish sexton. The bell tower was

painted this year. The inscription on the

bell at St.Dympna's says " St. Dympna

Pray for Us. Parish Church of Dromore.

Diocese of Clogher. Rev. J.E. McKenna,

Parish Priest, 1924".

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Pictures by Martin McGlone, Pat Mccarron & Colm Maguire


cg omparison from 1972 to 2012

Petrol per gallon 0.36p £6.30

Average House £7850 £96000

Pint of Beer 0.125p £3.20

Bottle of Whiskey £3.17 £17.50

Cinema Ticket 0.45p £6.00

TV Licence £12.00 £146.00

Man's Average Weekly Wage £18.82 £350.00

Woman's Average Weekly Wage £12.30 £300.00

2yr old dairy cow £100.00 £1500.00

1 Acre Agricultural land £150.00 £10000.00

Average Petrol Car £860.00 £10250.00

Complete Ladies outfit for wedding £15.00 £????

Complete Boys School Uniform £13.00 £150.00

Loaf of Bread 10p £1.26

Pint of milk


Dozen eggs 20p £1.98

Cigarettes (per 20 packet), Filter tip


1st class stamp


2nd class stamp 2.5p 50p

Basic State Pension £6.75 £107.45




Noel McQuoid & Seamus McCoo/e

The first recorded parish priest of Dromore in 1521 was Felin Mc Sorley.

More recent parish priests:

Edward Mc Kenna 1880-1913

James. E Mc Kenna 1913- 1931

Mark Clinton 1931- 1947

John. J Mc Caughey 1947-1964

Thomas Flood 1964 - 1987

Thomas Breen 1987 - 2006

'Patrick Mac Entee 2006- present

Today the catholic population in Dromore is 2,450 and non catholic is about 600.


shes of the Diocese of Clogher


LJ Fermanagh

I Tyrone


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Arney (Cleenish)

Aughnamullen East

Tullycorbet (Ballybay)

lnis Muighe Samh (Belleek-Garrison)

Brookeboro (Aghavea-Aghintaine)

Bundoran (Magh Ene)

Carrickmacross (Machaire Rois)

Castleblayney (Muckno)




Corcaghan (Kilmore & Drumsnat)

Derrygonnelly (Botha)




Ederney (Cul Maine)


Errigal Truagh



Fr. Owen Joe McEneaney

Canon John Finnegan

Fr. Noel Mcconnell

Fr. Laurence Flynn

Fr. Tiernach Beggan

Fr. Denis Dolan

Fr. Ramon Munster

Mgr Vincent Connolly

Fr. Patrick McHugh

Canon Lawrence Dawson

Canon Larry Duffy

Fr. Paudge McDonnell

Fr. Joseph McCluskey

Fr. Lorean Lynch

Fr. Hubert Martin

Fr. Michael Daly

Fr. Patrick MacEntee

Fr. Brendan Gallagher

Canon Peter O'Reilly

Fr. Sean Nolan


Fintona (Donacavey)


lrvinestown (Devenish)


Killeevan (Currin, Killeevan & Aghabog)

Latten (Aughnamullen West)

Lisnaskea (Aghalurcher)


Newtown butler (Galleon)


Rockcorry (Ematris)


Tempo (Pobal)

Trillick (Kilskeery)

Tydavnet (Scotstown)


Fr. Terence Connolly

Fr. James Moore

Fr. Martin Treanor

Fr. Michael McGourty

Fr. Martin Treanor

Fr. Peter Corrigan

Fr. Thomas Quigley

Canon Joseph Mullin

Fr. Thomas Finnegan

Fr. Michael King

Mgr. Richard Mohan

Canon Gerard Ferguson

Canon John McCabe

Fr. John Halton

Canon John McKenna

Fr. Brian Early

Mgr Joseph McGuinness

25.07.10 - Ordination of Rt Rev Monsignor Liam MacDaid as Bishop of C/ogher at

St Macartan's Cathedral, Monaghan, included in the picture is preceding Bishop Duffy.


Y Do you know?

Tyrone Juvenile Champions 1950- Back Row: Tommy O'Donnell, Paddy Corey, Fergus Hughes, Fr.Peter

Duffy CC, Terence Slevin, Enda Colton. Middle Row: Charlie Baxter, Seamus McG/one, Ben Traynor, Frank

Poyntz {Capt), Sean Gorman, Willie Ward, Anthony Connolly.

Front Row: Ignatius Hughes, Patsy Mccann, Philip Hartop, Donat Mullan

Dromore Senior Ladies 1997 - Back Row: Bridget Gallagher, Mairead Mccann, Brigdeen

Mccann, Maeveen McNabb, Brigid McGaldrick, Joanne Colton, Anne Colton, Lisa McDermott,

Kitty Colton. Middle Row: Cathy Mccullagh, Raisin Corrigan, Gemma Collins, Triana McNabb,

Paula McA/eer, Carol O'Brien. Front Row: Christine Kelly, Samantha Rafferty, Jolene Mccarney,

Nuala Gormley, Maggie Molloy, Fiona Molloy, Or/a O'Neill, Fiona Corrigan, Kate Gallagher.


- Dympna ron of Victims of Nervous Disorders

St. Dympna was born in the 7th Century to a pagan father and a devout Christian

mother from a noble family. A saintly priest Fr.Gerebran taught Dympna spiritually

and academically and at an early age she devoted her life to Christ and took a vow of


At the age of 14 her mother died but the strong faith she had carried Dympna through.

Her father greatly mourned his wife's passing and his advisers persuaded him to take

solace in a 2nd marriage. He asked his counsellors to seek out a lady for him as good

as his 1st wife and they came back and told him there was nobody as beautiful as his

daughter Dympna. He then wanted to marry her but she was not happy about that

and asked for time to consider. During this time she was advised to take herself away

by Fr.Gerebran.

Dympna, Fr.Gerebran, the court jester and his wife took flight from Ireland to Gheel in

Belgium. When her father found out about this he sought persuade her to come back

but she would not and her father cut her head off with a dagger. A large painting the

martyrdom of Dympna hangs in the old chapel.

The glorious crown of martyrdom was accorded to Dympna at the age of 15. The day

of her death was 15th May and consequently her feast day. Her tomb is at Gheel and

her relics are there in a golden reliquary. A relic of St. Dympna (a piece of bone) has

been held by the parish for the last 100 years. Over time she became the patron of

victims of nervous disorders and many people have been known to visit her tomb in

Gheel and have been cured by her intercession.


Ma more X ation - 20 Years Protecting the Community

Past and present members of Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) based

at Dromore Fire Station in Co Tyrone and the local community, are celebrating the

Station's 20 year milestone. The Station, constructed by local firm Sean Mccourt &

Sons, was officially opened on 30th May 1992 and currently has 12 Personnel, managed

by Watch Commander Camillus Donnelly and Crew Commanders Enda McAleer and

Noel Deazley. It is with regret that one of the original members of the Station, Robert

Large passed away recently. Pictured below are the original crew: Malachy McQuaid,

Enda McAleer, Camillus Donnelly, Seamus Sludden, Gordon Deazley, Stanley Smyth,

Philip Gallagher, Noel Deazley, Robert Large, Levin us McAleer and Aidan Walsh.

The Station is kept busy attending approximately 150 incidents per year, ranging from

road traffic collisions, house fires, wildfires, flooding, animal rescues and chimney fires.

Some incidents the Station has attended over the years include the Omagh Bomb,

numerous house fires and fatal Road Traffic Collisions on roads leading to and from

the village. Fire Personnel support their colleagues in other Fire Stations at incidents.

Recently Dromore Fire Station assisted Omagh Personnel to extinguish a large fire

at Arvalee School. Station Personnel also work to protect the vulnerable groups in

the community to ensure they keep safe from the dangers of fire. They engage in

community development work to deliver fire safety messages/education to the local


This includes the annual safety team talks to all local pS children in the schools, talks to

community groups, leaflet drops, work experience and Local Invention Fire Education

Schemes (LIFE). The Station stores the community defibrillator which Station Personnel

and members of the community are trained to use.


You can arrange to have a free Home Fire Safety Check, were local Firefighters will

check your home to help make it fire safe. They check appliances that could cause fire,

help with actions to avoid fire and check that a smoke alarm is working. If necessary,

we will fit a smoke alarm for free. You can arrange a free Home Fire Safety Check

by simply phoning 028 9260 0477, Text phone/Minicom 028 9262 8800 or go to our

website www.nifrs.org for more information.

Eamon McGrath

Pictured are the current Dromore Fire Station personnel in 2012

Back Row: Philip Gallagher, Colin Grimes, Camillus Donnelly, Oliver Donnelly, Dermot Devine,

Seamus Sludden, Enda McA/eer, Niall McNulty, Aidy Walsh

Front Row: Cahal Baxter & Seamus Bradley

Porufation of ([)romort Parish



Year Population Houses Houses Pop. Tota/Pop.

1831 486 100 9,936 10,601

1841 551 117 1,757 10,550

1851 581 110 1,361 7,510

1861 579 131 1,301 6,611

1871 641 125 1,146 5,867


an evin (1921- 2011)

Brian Slevin was the second of four brothers

born in Badoney; Willie, the eldest, Paddy

and Cahal predeceased him. Having served

his time in Omagh in shoe and boot repair,

he returned to Dromore to carry on his

trade. First, in the front room of Fran & Tom

McManus's house in Main St, then across

the street to a new building on the site, of

what had once been Harry O'Neill's forge.

Part of his working day was shoe repair,

the other part was as the betting agent for

Townsend's bookmaker business.

Brian's life embodied the core values of

christian living as over the years, he like no

other enriched our parish community, as he

reached out in so many ways to help and

support so many of us. His day began with morning mass and communion, and after

his working day, it was back to the chapel for private prayer before setting out in his

'beatle' almost every night of his life for Legion of Mary meetings and visiting the sick

and infirm in their homes, care homes and hospitals. Bags of sweets were brought

along and he laughed as he recalled a nurse in Omagh hospital scolding him good

naturedly with "You'll choke some cratur yet with those boiled sweets". His visits were

not just to the sick but to the many whom Brian knew, that his calling in for a chat

would be a help and support. His evenings and nights were christian living in action.

Brian's strong faith and prayer had as its focal point a great devotion to Mary. You felt

that his lifelong attachment to Mary's legion was because to him, Mary, the mother of

Jesus, was not an abstract, heavenly or far away figure but someone whom he knew

intimately, a close friend, very real to his daily living. And with that daily living, Brian's

prayerfulness and devotional side mixed easily and effortlessly, as he went about his

everyday work of shoe repair (not too fond of the leather school bags that mothers

would bring him in the last week of August) and keeping the Dromore punters happy!

His work area and betting office was a as much a social gathering as a business place.

He could be blunt and plain spoken when he felt that the occasion called for it, but no

offence was meant or was taken because this was Brian and everyone, even the losing

punters, knew that his heart was in the right place.


Two short stories give a flavour of the "betting office" day; a punter, a man very close

to Brian's heart, was having a bad day and declared to those around him "You couldn't

get money from a red headed man", to which a deep strong voice from behind the

hatch, replied "Don't be coming with ould superstitions, its just that you know nothing

about picking winners." As another, disappointed betting man left one evening Brian's

farewell to him was "You're away, a sadder but not a wiser man. I'll see you tomorrow

with God's help."

Yes, the balance of life was right with Brian. Dromore loved him. As we mourned his

passing, we knew that it had been our privilege to have known and been a friend to a

good man, who for so many years had enlivened and made our parish a better place.

Brian was kit man and close friend of the first St.Dympna's team to reach a county

final in 1946. He was bitterly disappointed when the final was lost. An emotional

meeting is captured in this photograph when the first O'Neill Cup winning St.

Dympna's captain, Fabian O'Neill, brings the cup to Brian's Badoney home in 2007.

John Mccusker




Dromore 2000 was formed in 1989 to address problems of

dereliction and poor public services and to help stimulate

business growth in the area. The current board comprises

10 local representatives from across the community.

The group owns and manages Bridge House on the junction of Omagh Road and

Main Street and they act as a point of contact for Omagh District Council and other

Government agencies in matters relating to rural development and grant aid.

They are responsible each year, for the Christmas festivities and the Dromore l0k/Sk

Community Run. This year they also worked with O.D.C. to host the Olympic Torch


Notable achievements in recent years have been the Town clock, the Horse sculpture

and the very popular Riverside Walk, pictured below with Canon Breen at the opening.

The group has produced a Dromore marketing brochure aiming to promote Dromore

as a vibrant place to live and to do business. Future projects being considered are town

entrance signs, another public walkway, development of the site beside the Playgroup,

building spruce up, assistance in tidying and bringing derelict buildings back into use

and a Dromore web-site.

The group always seek to be directed by public opinion so new ideas and volunteers

are welcome at any time.


Dermot MontaguE:.

rovement for the A32 Omagh to Enniskillen road.

Road Service has identified various schemes along this route. Two of these, in the local

area, will improve the quality of the route, enhance road safety and reduce journey


Shannaragh - The works

are well underway and

involve construction of

2.2 (km) of 7.3 metre

wide single carriageway,

with 1.0m hard strips

and 2.Sm grass verges. It

includes the construction

of 2 priority junctions

and realignment of some

of the local roads to

include access to the A32

A view of the new road on the right and the old road on the left

road from the Capehill,

Derrynaseer and Cavan Roads. A newly constructed, 21m span, bridge over the

Owenreagh River will replace the existing bridge. The works are currently ahead of

schedule and are proposed to be completed by March 2013. Overall cost of scheme is


Drumskinney/Esker - Work was completed in June 2012 on a 1.1km long, 7.3m wide

carriageway with lm wide hard strips and 2.Sm verges. Overall cost of this scheme was


Design work is well advanced on two further schemes along the A32, at Cornamuck

and at Esker Bog. Roads Service is committed to these schemes on their programme

but they are dependent on the availability of funding.

Other major Road works completed by Road Service in the last year include the

resurfacing Main Street, Church Street and Drumquin Road. The resurfacing of the A32

from Esker Road to the Drumskinney scheme and the 84 from Drumlish School to the

Lack Fingerpost. A portion of the

Galbally Road was reconstructed to

alleviate flooding.

Proposed schemes include

resurfacing the A32, Omagh Road

from Key's to Shannaragh and new

signs approaching the village.

Eugene Montague 61

Pictured is the old Shanaragh bridge was is currently been replaced

h & Church Groups

The Legion of Mary was first established in the parish in the early 1950s. The object of

the Legion of Mary is the Glory of God through the holiness of the members developed

by prayer and active cooperation in Mary and the Church's worth of advancing the

reign of Christ in the world. We meet on a Monday night at 7.30pm in the aratory of


Our work involves visiting homes in the parish with the rosary statue, praying the

rosary, distributing miraculous medals, brown scapulatas and leaflets to the family. The

treasures of our Catholic faith, holy mass, sacraments, prayer and Eucharist adoration

are promoted. We also visit the sick in nursing homes. There are six active members

in our group and new members are always welcome.

Choirs. The Senior Choir was established some 70 years ago. The purpose of the

choir is to provide music for all the major liturgical services during the church year.

At present there are 15 members in the choir, many there from the early years. New

members are always welcome. We also have a youth choir and the Harmonise choir.

The Pioneer Association was established in 1947. The purpose of the Pioneer

Association is to promote and raise awareness of the dangers arising from the abuse

of alcohol and drugs. The work includes enrolment of new members of the Pioneer

Association, meeting and attending Diocesan masses and retreats. There is also an

annual dinner dance.

St. Vincent de Paul in Dromore was founded in the 1980s in response to the growing

needs of the community. Since then numerous families have been helped with food,

clothing, household goods and fuel. They have helped with the cost of sending some

parishioners to Lourdes and Knock and the SVP holiday home in Bundoran. Another

facet of their work is visiting parishioners in their own homes and in residential homes

and hospitals.

This work would only be possible through the generous contributions of the community

at our Church door collections and the SVP shop in Omagh.

SVP Helpline - 028 8224 4488.


pna's Scor Team -A Proud Achievement

The GAA at national level introduced the Sc6r inter club competitions in the late

1960's. St Dympna's entered the Tyrone competitions in 1969. A young Rosaleen Quinn

(Tummery), still a pupil at St. John's, won the Recitation section reciting, "I am Ireland".

The late Hugo Hughes won instrumental music on the tin whistle and the late Ms.

Phyllis Birney became Tyrone Sc6r champion in solo singing with "Carrickfergus". These

were Dromore St Dympna's and Tyrone's representatives in the Ulster Finals which

were held in Fr. Eustace's, then state of the art Edendork Hall.

In more recent years Seamus Mc Quaid, won the Tyrone title in Recitation on two

occasions. Quiz team of the late Jack Collins, Master Pat Mc Donnell and Pat Mc Cusker

won a Tyrone title, as did a later team of Jack Collins, Pat Mc Donnell and Paul Mc


In 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 the Instrumental Group won the Tyrone title and this

proud record of our community's musicians was enhanced by the achievement of 2011

when on 8th April in Killarney the group won the All Ireland title. Pictured is the parish

community welcoming them upon their return to Dromore. Hugh Quinn had organised

this talented group over the years of success.

The All Ireland winning group was: Edel Mc Quaid, Catroina Garry, Tomas Quinn,

Fergal Mc Aloan and Stephen Corrigan, assisted on occasions by James Mc Caffrey

and Seamus Mc Donnell.

Hughie Quinn


W:more Wommunity 10k Run/Walk

The 4th Dromore Community 10k, sponsored by McDermott's Pharmacy, took place

on Saturday 9th June. There was, once again, a large entry of runners and walkers

including many families.

Stephen Duncan from Omagh Harriers won the men's race with a great time of just

under 32 minutes. The ladies race was won by Denise Toner from Clones with our

own Mai read Mccann finishing in third place.

Following on from Fit Factor many, successfully, completed the lOK, some for the first

time. A great day was had by all. Half of the proceeds from the event were used to

purchase a Hand Cycle machine for the Sports Complex and the remainder will be

donated to future youth activities. Many thanks, to the local businesses that provided


Dermot Montague


al View of Momore Town in 1980s

'([)i/!ou know .... '

Father James E. Mc Kenna was very interested in buildings and maintenance.

His interest in building and maintenance of the parish property is underlined by

the fact that he kept a mobile repair outfit, managed by his colourful "Jack of all

trades" - James McCanny --- for over 50 years sexton and handy man at the beck

and call of the priest. James had his wagon driven by one horse power, ready for

any emergency. The wagon contained all tools, etc. needed, down to a cement

mixer for any emergency repairs needed to any house or school or hall belonging

to the parish and could be on the road, like the fire brigade, in a matter of minutes!


&omoreWreamery - Built in 1899

Pictured above is Eddie Montague, Gretta Thompson (nee McDermott),

Mary Maguire (nee McDermott) and George McDermott (Creamery Manager)

The creamery closed

in mid 1940's,

the chimney and

building were

demolished in the

late 1990's


cgolumba's PS, Curley

St.Columba's PS, Curley opened in June 1958. The school enjoyed over fifty years

educating children from its surrounding area and beyond. The school was always

involved in the life of the parish. It was well known for its pormotion of football and

the hosting of the 'Curley Blitz'. Schools from around the parish as well as neighbouring

parishes played on its pitch.

St.Columba's had two classrooms and a dining room. A mobile classroom was added

later to accommodate extra pupils. It was on of the first schools in the area to serve

school meals. However, with government cutbacks coupled with a decreasing population,

the closed its door in June 2009.

A book was produced in 1998, called "The Best Days of our Lives", to mark the 40th

Anniversary of the school. It documented the history of Aughnamoe and old Curley

school as well as St.Columba's.

Another book called "Beautiful Dromore"and a Parish Quilt (pictured) was produced

in 2008 to celebrate the jubliee of the school. The quilt was a large piece of work carried

out by parents and staff of the school, depicting the townlands of the parish and

took almost a year to complete. It was displayed in The Ulster American Folk Park as

part of 'Through the Eye of a Needle' exhibition and viewed by over 60,000.


QJ:,n ory ne

O'Dwyer Cup Winners 1952 Back Row: Joe McGale, Edward O'Reilly, Enda Colton,

Tommy Carney, John O'Reilly, Barney Barrett, Joseph Colton.

Front Row: Edward McGlone, Kevin McNaboe, Michael Vaughan, Andrew Montague (Captain),

Anthony Connolly, Matt Slevin, James Quinn. lnfront : Charles Baxter and Sean Gorman.

June 1994 - Catering staff at St.John's School complete Food Hyigene Certificates

Front Row: Mary Gallagher, Joyce Sproule, Bridie Mulligan, Paddy McGowan, Maura Winters, Winnie

Winters, Noreen Cunningham. Back Row: Bridie Hughes, Rose Teague, Mary McCormack, Anne Connolly,

Mary Baxter, Maraget Masterson, Noleen McNulty and Kathleen McAleer


1987 The chefs pictured prepared and served Irish stew to over 300 in St.Patrick's Hall, proceeds went to the

Church Building Fund. The enjoyable meal was followed by dancing to Accord.

Back Raw: Jim Winters, Donat Mullan, /bar Mullan, Andy Sheridan, John Corrigan, John Kelly and Laurence

Quinn. Front Row: Liam McCullagh, James Laird, Fr. McGee, Fran McGread and Tom Maguire

Dromore Seniors 1977 Back Row: Seamus Donaghey, Aidan Donaghey, Gerard Connolly, Seamus Mc­

Quaid, Mickey McNulty, Tommy Hunter, Hugh Donnelly, John Reilly, Barry Campbell, Vincent O'Neill,

Patsy McNabb, Pat Mccusker, Noel Donaghey and Seamus Hannigan.

Front Row: Dermot Teague, Tommy Fiddis, Francie McMahon, Patsy Donnelly, Ciaran McE/duff, Gerry

Campbell, Brendan Mccusker, John-Joe Campbell, Harry O'Neill, John McGread, John McGrath

Mascots: Paul & Thomas Hunter.


- Wv'mpna's ary hool

St. Dympna's Primary School has 174 pupils. As well as the core curriculum subjects,

children also benefit from Irish language lessons, Tin whistle, Ceili and modern dance,

singing lessons and a variety of different sports.

The school has a theme for each month, which aims to make our values more visible

and develop positive qualities within the children e.g. Month of Respect, month of

Kindness, month of Generosity and Compassion.

During the month of March the pupils were

thinking about Compassion to others. There

was a Copper collection for Children in Ethiopia

which raised over £300. We collected clothes

and toys for St Vincent De Paul. Pictured with

some of the donations: Sinead Slevin, Orlaith

Mccarney, Oisin Hughes, Odhran Mc Kiernan

& Ellie Mc Quaid.

As part of the Catholic Schools Week, the

school attended mass on February 1st ( St.

Brigid's /Grandparents Day) Pupils from Year 3 up participated in the mass which was

well attended. Year 6 & 7 pupils had created St. Brigid's crosses in preparation for the

day which were distributed amongst the congregation. Pictured are Conor Mc Donnell,

Mark Maguire, Darragh Mc Mahon, Deon Fullen & Ronan Hughes.

Children in Years 4-7 performed tin whistle at the Strule Arts Centre. The children

also attended the Ceili in the Arts Centre on 14th March in preparation for St. Patrick's

Day. Earlier in the year children in Year 3 attended the Folk Park where they spent a

day at school in the olden days and Year 1 visited Dr.Gurgley's Fun House. The pupils

in Year 2 have been making good use of the new laptops in school and as you can see

are very confident. The new mobile classroom has been fitted with a new Interactive

whiteboard and three new computers which are also being put to good use.


Susan McNamee

ce.aobh an Droim Mor Comhaltas Ceoltoiri

This thriving branch was founded in on 10th March 1959, when

in St.Patrick's Hall Master Joe Colton chaired the meeting which

established Dromore as the first affiliated branch of C.C.E in Co.Tyrone.

Today, we are happy to say it is one of the strongest branches in Tyrone and we are

indebted to the wonderful people who have worked so tirelessly to uphold the aims of

Comhaltas in promoting own traditional culture in music, song and dance. Throughout

the years we have produced All Ireland, Ulster and County champions. Many have gone

to their eternal reward but the memory of their music survives.

The monthly sessions on the 2nd Saturday from October to March are a wonderful

night's entertainment with a host of talented musicians, singers and story tellers.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy the craic with us and in true Dromore hospitality a hard

working tea committee provides refreshments for all present. We are very well aware

of the importance of keeping our rich cultural flame alive and in passing it to the next

generation. We sponsor traditional classes in St.John's each Monday evening from

September. James Mc Caffery, Liam Mc Laughlin and Oonagh Mc Ardle are the tutors

for this year. There is still time to join the class, come along to St.John's at 7pm any

Monday evening.

Dromore has hosted a number of hugely successful fleadhs in Dromore and two in

Trillick. We meet on the second Thursday of each month in the Credit Union Offices

and welcome anyone interested in our work to join us.

This year we have had the honour of being invited to host the Ulster Fleadh. We had

the courage to accept the challenge because of the spirit of the Dromore community

which has supported us so well, in whatever we undertook. We will need as much

support as possible to cater for the large numbers we expect in the town in July 2013.

'Senator Labhras O Murchu'

writing in 2009 said "the

torch was passed from

generation to generation

and we remember with

pride and affection those

who kept the flame alight".

The Dromore branch pay

tribute to all those, who

kept the flame alive in this

parish since 1959.

Florence Corey & Hughie Quinn

Pictured are /acal musicians and committee members who

took part in the 'Trad for Trocaire' this year in Dromoree



2012 was a massive year of sport with the Olympic Games and Olympic torch coming

to Dromore. The highlight was the Fit Factor which took place over 8 weeks from April

to June. This community health and fitness program was delivered by the generous

volunteers within the community and Dromore Sports Complex.

The Staying Active club is still going strong on Wednesday mornings; this group takes

part in aerobics, dance and fitness suite; and always finishes with a cuppa !

In its first full season the Dromore Sports Complex Snooker team managed to win the

Omagh District Snooker League.

We have been lucky enough to receive funding from Dromore 2000 (proceeds from

Dromore 10K) which were used to purchase a new hand cycle for the fitness suite and

we also received funding from Asda, which was used to purchase equipment for Youth

Club and Twilight Soccer.

The kids Easter Camp had 29 participants, while the Summer Camp had 111 over the

four weeks in July and August taking part in a wide range of activities including Baking,

Art, Mini Olympics and many other sports.

The autumn program saw the introduction of new children's activities with the Dance

Factory, Olympic Club and Aspire Speech & Drama School.

As we look to Christmas, we will see the return of the Dromore Christmas Lights Lantern

walk; last year we had over 100 children take part. It is from the Sports Complex down

to the switch-on of the Christmas lights with Santa and this was followed by a party and

refreshments in the Sports Complex.

We would like to thank the whole community for their continued support and look

forward to seeing you all in 2013.

Damian Maguire


(i2/:.Jo hn's Business & Enterprise College

October, November & December

• Joseph Mccusker received an All Star Award for Tyrone

Vocational Schools

• Students took part in the Dutch Exchange to Holland to sample

school life and life with a Dutch family.

• Senior GCSE Prizegiving for past students to receive their Certificates and Awards

• The Annual Shoe Box Appeal received 70 shoe boxes filled with toiletries,

toys etc from the school. All boxes were donated to countries such as Africa & Asia

• Year 12 Students accompanied by staff had their Annual School Formal

• Another Successful Fashion and Variety Show was held with a packed hall of

approx 300 parents, past students, and friends enjoying the entertainment.

• Our Annual Christmas Fair run by the students was a great success. Stalls

included home baked items, bric-a-brac etc.

January & February

• Students visited Paris as part of their Mathematics Study Experience

• St John's Girls U16 Gaelic Football Team reached Semi-finals in the Ulster Schools.

• The Armagh Planetarium Roadshow brought a large inflated dome to the school.

• Refurbished staffroom with new kitchen, flooring, ceiling & furniture was opened.

April, May & June

• 2 nd & 3 rd Year boys reached the Ulster B Hurling Final for the first time.

• Peter Teague received his award for Key Entrepreneur of the Year & Tiernan Sludden

Key Personality of the Year. Peter travelled to Canada to represent the school and NI at the

Young Enterprise International Confeence.

• Megan McBrearty won 1 st place in the Individual Girls 1 st Aid Competitions.

• Clare Mccann, Trillick won 1 st place in Under 12 group Cheoil Fermanagh Fleadh.

• A Thanksgiving Mass was held for Year 12 students.


• St John's students surpassed themselves by achieving 100% 5+ GCSE passes in the

A*-C range with 64% of Year 12's achieving 10-12 GCSE pass grades in total.

73 Christine Doherty



Old St. Dympna's PS -Approx 1950

Front Row: Leo Campbell, Michael Montague, Kieran McGuinness, Sean Mullan, Michael Traynor, Fintan O'Neill, Brendan Maguire,

Patsy Gormley, Michael Mccrystal, Danny McNulty, Tim Gallagher, Derek Hartop, Oliver West, John Donaghey, John McCrystal,

Eugene Mccann, Sean Campbell, Noel Hunter, Vincent Maguire, John McNu/ty, Enda O'Brien

Second Row (Seanng}: Eugene Mullan, John Mccann, Ann Carney, Ann Gorman, Bernadette Maguire, Celine Hunter, Monica Mccann,

Ann Hartop, Marie McGuinness, Alice McNulty, Toni Thompson, Bridie McCann, Dolores Mccrystal, Frances Campbell,

Elizabeth Traynor, Imelda O'Reilly, Loretta Slevin, Austin McNulty, Pat McDonnell

Third Row: Kathleen Mccusker, Maureen McDonnell, Celine McAuley, James McNulty, Francie Maguire, Sean Slevin, Francie Hunter,

Josephine McNulty, Anne McGuinness, Noe/een Hartop, Mary Montague, Ann McDonnell, Willie Hawkes, Patsy McVeigh,

Eugene McDonnell, Anne Hunter, Jim Montague, Charlie Gormley, Francis Morris, Elizabeth O'Brien.

Back Row: Maura Campbell, Myra Mccann, Calm Gorman, Elizabeth McDonnell, Gretta Mccusker, Michael Traynor, Dec/an O'Neill,

Liam O'Brien, Josie Maguire, Brendan Traynor, /bar Mullan, Phil McCrystal, Norman McKinty, Brendan Hartop, Jean Carney,

Pauline McNu/ty, Josie Slevin, Marie McNulty, Sally Carney.

Teachers: Mary Hughes, Hugh James Colton, Mrs. McNulty and Miss Carragher


A centuries-old tradition links this

rocky escarpment just west of

the village on the Tummery Road,

with a spring which had curative

properties for eye diseases.

Those who used the water to

bathe their eyes would leave a

piece of cloth as a 'token' of their

visit. The site still receives visitors

and claims are still being made

for the beneficial effects of the


<Elucatian in tk Paris!

In 1826, we had 15 schools:

Corbally, (J. Mclaughlin) Coyagh (A. Slevin) Dresoge (A. Mc lver)

Dromore (R. Orr) Dromore (J. Mc Ardle) Dromore (E. Mc Krory)

Drumsheil (M. Mc Girr) Dullaghan (E. Munnagh) Esker (J. Vance)

Galbally (F Walker) Keildrum (P Starrs) Lisanedin (M. Slevin)

Rahoney (M. Mc Carney) Rakeeranbeg (H. Rutledge) Tummery (F. Gallagher)

In 1868, we had 16 schools which overall had 540 pupils.

n 1882, we had 11

And now in 2012, we have 5: St. John's, Tummery, Dullaghan, Drumlish, St.Dympn

":urley closed in 2009.

::,t John's High School opened on 1st Sept 1965

he Blessing of St John's School was on May 10th 1966

The grounds were bequeathed by Patrick McGinn, who died 1941

The Buildltlg and Equipment were from bequest Eugene Mc Grade, who died 1948

in New York.


{j}J:. Davog's Ace Scheme

ACE (Action for Community Employment) was set-up in the parish in 1988, shortly

after the new Church was opened.

The scheme was 100% funded by the Dept of Manpower to relieve unemployment.

Initially, there was employment for full time and part-time work for twelve people.

Their first work was the landscaping and planting of shrubs and trees at the Church.

Eddie Kearney, Main St, who passed away earlier this year was in charge of the

scheme until 1992, when Liam McQuaid took over the scheme up until it wound up in


Other works carried out by the scheme was the refurbishment of St.Dympna's old

school, now the Daycare Centre and planting of trees at Fintona Road on parish land.

The scheme also covered visiting elderly people at home and shopping for them,

painting and decorating the homes, and carrying out works to gardens and lawns.

The scheme was run in the parish by a small committee chaired by Fr.Breen, other

members included Fergus Hughes, Brian O'Brien, Harry O'Neill, Sean Mccourt, Eddie

Kearney and Liam McQuaid.

Aughnamoe School 1965


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