An open ear (Gerry Ryan, R.I.P.)

               Gerry Ryan, R.I.P., died suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday.  His name will be on many lips these days and his memory in many hearts for years to come.  There will be a silence in many kitchens, lorries, cars, work places even as another voice tries to fill his daily…

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Just checking in

Hello there, sorry still haven’t got back to writing much on the blog but am hoping to in the coming days.  Easter Days are approaching so might try to include a reflection or two. All going well, thank God.  Enjoying Kilmovee very much.  No rows so far!!  I was at the…

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Monasteraden Cemetery Mass

We had Mass today in Monasteraden Cemetery.  This had been planned for some time but weather the past few days was not too favourable.  However the morning  “came good” and the Mass went ahead.  Thanks be to God for that.  It is a very important Liturgical gathering in the community…

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Monasteraden Village May 2009

Recently we had the exterior of  St Aidan’s Church, Monasteraden stone-washed.  A local contractor, Michael J. Roddy, carried out the work.  I took advantage of his “hoist” and he agreed to take me up a bit to get a look at the area.  This video captures someting of Monasteraden on…

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Ambulance Launch

On Sunday, February 8th 2009, a new ambulance was launched by the Ballaghaderreen Branch of Irish Red Cross.  The Ambulance, provided at a cost of €100,000 was partly sponsored by the local community (€20,000) and by CLÁR funding through the office of Minister Eamon O’Cúiv.  The ambulance was blessed following…

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Many Happy Returns

On February 2nd, 2009, we gathered in St. Aiden’s Church, Monasteraden to celebrate the 90th Birthday of Frances Kelly.  For many years Frances has had close involvement with the church – her late husband, Hubie, cared for the sacristy (as did Frances and many of her family) and each week,…

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Calypso

  On Tuesday November 4th, pupils and teachers from St. Aidan’s N.S., Monasteraden travelled to Dublin to the Helix Theatre for the final of FIS (FILM IN SCHOOL) Festival 2008.  The school’s entry, entitled “Calypso” was a short animated film based on the song of the same title by John…

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Lights, Camera, Action!

I went to Crestwood to visit with Noelle McEnerney (McLoughlin) and her family.  We also met John McDonnell (first cousin of my father) and his wife Teresa.  It was an enjoyable visit.  Doing a bit of shopping, I picked up a small and handy cam corder so have decided to…

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Flock Presentation

We gathered on Sunday night in the Ramblin’ House, Edmondstown to present the proceeds of this year’s festival “Family Fun Day” to the Alzheimers Unit at St. John’s Hospital Sligo.  There was a great feeling of achievement and all were happy to be able to present cheque to some of…

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