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.
EVENTS IN COLEMAN CENTRE
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 colemanirishmusic.com.
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.