Death: The news of the death of Noel Martin of Cullane south, Ballylanders came as a shock and dismay to his many friends not alone in his adopted parish of Ballylanders, his native county Roscommon and the public at large. Noel was one of those unique people who had everyone’s welfare at heart always ready to extend a hand in friendship. In his early years he came to Rockwell Agricultural College where he trained as farm manager. In that position he obtained employment with firms in the area, his love for animals was always to the fore. He gave his time unreserved to the welfare of the youth, you could say he was almost a fatherly figure and whose love for sport GAA in general was one of his features. Never lost his interest in the welfare of his native county of Roscommon. Having lived during his early years in Anglesboro, he was a very successful player with Galtee Gaels. To visit the Martin home along with his wife Nora was to receive hospitality and welcome at its best. While reams could be written of a person of great humility the following poetic lines have been penned in tribute
A gentle Irish father who gave such wonderful help has been called to his god above. His hand in welcome was always extended with a smile, kettle bubbling o’er a homely fire. Rest a while De volente Noel, when the bell tolls we’ll met again. In peace and happiness our life to begin. His removal took place from Ryan’s funeral home to the church of the Assumption Ballylanders. Following Requiem mass celebrated by Fr. Tom Breen PP assisted by Fr. John O Neill and Fr. Frawley from Rockwell college, his Internment took place in the local cemetery. The very large attendance one of the largest seen in the area bore testimony to his popularity. As his coffin was borne from the church a guard of honour was formed from the various organisations he was associated with. He is sadly missed by his wife Nora, daughter Ann Marie, sons Liam & Owen, brothers, sister, son in law, uncle, mother in law, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends. May the green sward of his adopted parish nest lightly on his mortal remains. Ni beidh a leithead ann aris ar dheis de go raibh a anam dilis, may he rest in peace.
Progressive 45 AT the Day Care: 10 games: Sean Hanley and Larry English, John Crilly and Pauline Mc Grath
Table Prizes: Eoin Howard & Mick Walsh, Jim English and Denny Morrissey
Raffle: Paddy Luddy, Nora Clancy, Mick Kearney, Mossy Hanley.
GAA: Hard luck to our ladies football team who came up against an all-star Tralee side Na Ghaeil in the Munster final on Saturday last, never mind girls you played tremendously well throughout the season and roll on next year.
Bally AFC Lotto now £11,800 after last Monday night’s draw at Ciaran’s with the numbers drawn being 2, 16, 17, 21 not won & the lucky dip winners being Michelle Frewen c\o Michelle, Pajo Mc Carthy c\o Kingdom, Eleanor Mc McCauley c\o Nellie. Many thanks for your continued support; tickets can be purchased at most business premises in the village.
Fixtures for this weekend
Schoolboy’s u12 home verses Holy cross @ 11am, u14 home verses Knockainey @ 1230pm, u16 away verses Meanus @ 1230pm.
Junior men’s away verses Granville @ 1030am.