DRIVE TO SURVIVE: It was a very tired, but very satisfied group that arrived back to Ballylanders on Thursday evening last, having travelled through the twenty six counties – collecting funds for Hospice Care throughout Ireland. Great credit is due to this group of people who took the time off from their normal work. Not only did they dedicate their time from their busy lives, but they paid for their own accommodation and food etc to collect almost €40,000. They bucket collected each day and attended organised functions nightly in Tralee, Galway, Bundoran, Cavan, Tullamore and Tullow. These functions were all arranged by locals in these areas. Chairman Dan Gallahue and Secretary John Curtin thanked all for their great work throughout the week, especially the pipers from the Liam Lynch Memorial Pipe Band Anglesboro, who entertained every where they went during the week. The volume of the bagpipes could be heard all over each place and it attracted attention to the collector’s presence. A big thank you also to the people who provided music and food at these nightly functions and thanks to all who gave teas and dinners to the hungry crew along the way. While the final figure is not yet available, events have been running over the last fourteen months and some events are yet to come with a big Motor Bike Rally in Knockadea on 15th September. The welcome home included the welcoming of President of Drive to Survive Willie O’Mahony of Ballyfaskin enjoying a spin in the Model T car which travelled the country all week. The evening concluded with Maurice Walsh singing on of the many songs he sang throughout the week and Roy Galvin dancing his long promised jig on stage. Voice of Ireland winner Keith Hanley and Nightfall provided a free concert for all present, while Keith celebrated his 20th Birthday and got twenty kisses – all arranged by local brilliant woman Bridget Fitzgerald, who sang “a hole in the bucket” !! Well done to all.
R.I.P: It was with great sadness that the news of the untimely passing of Billy Quane of Blanchardstown, Dublin and formerly Lackendarra Anglesboro. Billy joined An Garda Siochana at a young age and gave a life long commitment to the force, serving most of his time in Dublin. He was also a member of the Garda Rowing team and they won numerous national and international titles. When Billy was younger, he played football with Anglesboro, Galtee Rovers and Galtee Gaels football teams at all levels. He also lined out with all Limerick Inter County teams. Perhaps the highlight of his playing career came in 1957, when at a very young age he was a member of the Galtee Rovers team that won the South and County Limerick Junior Football Championship. He also won South medals in 1960 and 1962, whilst all the time travelling down from Dublin for games, when travel in those days was not as easy as it is today. When his playing days were over Billy threw in his lot with St. Bridget’s G.A.A Club in Blanchardstown coaching and managing teams. In particular he worked with the underage level. Indeed, Billy and his family gave a huge commitment to G.A.A in Dublin and his son Billy (Jnr.) is currently chairman of St. Bridget’s Club. All the time spent in his adopted Dublin did not prevent Billy from forgetting his roots, as all the family were regular visitors to Anglesboro to enjoy the hospitality of his only brother Tim and Ann and their family. Billy and his family always visited the neighbours for a chat and a catch up and enquired as to how the G.A.A were doing back home. This was a task made all the easier by his nephew John as he was Limericks tip footballer for many years. Huge crowds from all walks of life attended the removal and burial in Dublin, particularly the G.A.A and the Gardai. Billy’s coffin was draped in the colours of St. Bridget’s and Galtee Gaels. A true Gael was laid to rest that day. To his wife and family and to Tim and Ann and family our deepest sympathy is extended. Ar deis Lamh De to raibh a h-anam deilis.
KILBEHENNY POTATO FESTIVAL: The Kilbehenny Potato Festival has been a success again this year, with the community garden producing the flouriest potatoes which are enjoyed by all. The spuds are still for Sale after Mass plus at the community garden and in the community centre. Events such as soap box racing, kids fancy dress, monster bingo, dancing in the hall, duck racing, wood walks, 45 drive and much, much more have continued to entertain all.
WALKERS: On next Monday night Anglesboro Walking Group will head to Kilcoran on Monday night next August 26 . They will walk the Kilcoran Loop. It is a one and a half hour walk, which will be led by Aidan and Claire Maunsell.
NEW HOME: A huge Anglesboro Cead Mile Failte is extended to Clive Bidmead and his daughters, Leanne, Hayley and Katie from Redditch in Birmingham. It recently became known that they have purchased a house in Anglesboro. Clive, whose mother Kay came from the area and his grand father Michael was the creamery manager of Anglesboro Creamery. He was more popularly known as “The Manager Ryan”. His mother’s family scattered to the four corners of the world, they were regular visitors to the area for many years in their younger days. Clive, his family and Aunt Winnie who once owned the Harp and Shamrock Bar in Tuson Arizona, were the most recent visitors to the area. Indeed such was the esteem in which Manager Ryan was held in that some of the older generations now refer to Clive as “The Manager Ryan’s Grandson” Clive was a regular visitor to the area, he spent many years tracing his roots, he can now put down some in Anglesboro, where it all started out many years ago. The people of Anglesboro extend a huge Cead Mile Failte.