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The death has taken place in New Or­leans on Satur­day, Au­gust 25, of Fr John Finn a na­tive of Gur­teen. His funeral took place in Or­leans last Fri­day, Sin­cere sym­pa­thy is ex­tended to his broth­ers Kieran in Gur­teen and Ger­ard in Manch­ester. May he rest in peace.

THE death took place on Tues­day, Au­gust 28, of Mary Mur­ray (née Carty) at Dear­born Heights, Michi­gan. She was wife of the late Chris Mur­ray of Cal­ter­ane. She is sur­vived by her daugh­ters Mau­reen, Ann, Mary and sons, Tommy, John, Pa­trick and Michael and their fam­i­lies to whom deep­est sym­pa­thy is ex­tended. May she rest in Peace.


Con­grat­u­la­tions to Mila Clancy rep­re­sent­ing parish and county, who won bronze in the un­der-10 – 100 me­tres in Na­tional Com­mu­nity Games Fi­nals held at univer­sity of Lim­er­ick on Sun­day, Au­gust 19.


Bingo con­tin­ues ev­ery Fri­day night at 8.30 p.m. – the jack­pot is €3,700 on 50 calls or less. The lotto raf­fle is now worth €800. Pro­ceeds go to the hall up­keep and East­ern Harps GAA Club.


The Cole­man Mu­sic Cen­tre, Gur­teen was packed to ca­pac­ity on Fri­day night, Au­gust 31, for a cel­e­bra­tion of tra­di­tional mu­sic, song and dance per­formed by the Co. Sligo win­ners and par­tic­i­pants of the all-Ire­land Fleadh Cheoil held in Drogheda.

Se­nior all-Ire­land first win­ners who per­formed were Caoimhe Kerins, Ja­son McGuin­ness, Siofra Han­ley, Eimear Mul­vey, and 12-15 Ryan Sheri­dan, and Sinéad John­son, un­der-12 Conor McDon­agh who got three all-Ire­land medals in flute drums and duet with Aoife John­son. Kate Gavin, who came sec­ond in the harp slow airs 12 – 15 and Amy Cullen, who got third in drums 15-18 also played, as did the un­der-12 South Sligo Ceili Band the Tir­eragh Se­nior Grupa Cheil, who got third and a Mu­sic Gen­er­a­tion Group and Daithi Gorm­ley, who was a mem­ber of the Knock­nashee Se­nior Ceili Band, who got sec­ond and John and Joanne De­van­ney also per­formed at a mag­ni­fi­cient night’s en­ter­tain­ment.

Well done to Michael Hur­ley, who or­gan­ised the event and to the Cole­man Cen­tre for host­ing it and pro­vid­ing the tea and re­fresh­ments and to Liz De­van­ney and Fion­nu­ala Kerins for the Party cakes.


The Fahy School of danc­ing, reg­is­tered un­der the rules of an Chomd­háil, re­sumed danc­ing in the Cole­man Cen­tre, Gur­teen on last Satur­day, Septem­ber 8, from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30. New begin­ners are wel­come and preschool chil­dren are also catered for. Begin­ners wel­come at any time dur­ing these hours. for more en­quiries contact 087 3205484.


On next Satur­day night, Septem­ber 15, Stephen Do­herty and the Men of the West will per­form in con­cert – the mem­bers of the group is Stephen Do­herty on ac­cor­dion, Flute and whis­tle, David Doocey fid­dle and con­certina both from Fox­ford Co. Mayo and both have won nu­mer­ous all-Ire­land ti­tles and Pat Coyne from Maam on gui­tar and a singer of a mix of bal­lads and songs. A great night of the best of tra­di­tional mu­sic is as­sured.

Then on the fol­low­ing Satur­day night top class Celtic Tenor Paul By­rom will be in con­cert. On Satur­day night, Septem­ber 29, Seán Keane will be back and a night for the di­ary should be Oc­to­ber 9 with the 2018 Comhal­tas tour of Ire­land show. For more in­for­ma­tion on any of the events contact 071 9182599 or cole­manirish­mu­


The fight to keep Gur­teen Post Of­fi­ice con­tin­ues – peo­ple who use and need the office to re­main have been sign­ing pe­ti­tions and writ­ing and send­ing let­ters to the in­de­pen­dent re­viewer.

Meet­ings are on­go­ing and all are very op­ti­mistic that all the hard work will hope­fully be suc­cess­ful.

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