Jimmy Magee RIP: We are saddened to hear of the death of Jimmy Magee RIP. Jimmy was
a good friend to us here in Emyvale when we were running the big County wide Ultra
Quiz, which raised a substantial amount for the building of the Leisure Centre and
was a terrific community event. Jimmy came as Quizmaster for the final which was
always held in the Scarna Inn to a packed house. He never wanted a penny for the
job but always joined us for a meal before hand to hear about all that was going
on in the sporting fields of Monaghan. At half time he took a very short break and
then offered to answer any question from memory. There was a line up of people who
thought they could catch him out but one episode in particular remains in my mind.
A man in the audience had a 'great' question - 'who came third in the pole vault
competition in the Olympics of ?'. Jimmy stayed quiet for a minute and the questioner
thought - 'I have him'. Then Jimmy said very slowly - 'Don Bragg from USA was the
winner but who was third, maybe Ronald Morris from the USA was second but third -
eemm doubt you got me there unless I tell you that the third man jumped a height
of 4.55 and was from Finland, now do you need his name?' The man with the question
was still hopeful and said 'yes you have to give me his name'. Jimmy scratched his
head and said -'you are really pushing me there and after a few moments of still
silence in the Hall Jimmy said 'his name was Eeles Finstrom'. The man was blown away
that Jimmy could remember such detail but Jimmy had the best laugh. The following
year he asked me before the atart -'is your'e man here tonight?' I said yeah but
he has no question tonight. Jimmy loved it. Our thoughts are with his family and
we pray eternal life among the saints for Jimmy. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam naofa.
More Podcasts: Patrick Mulroe has uploaded another Podcast based on a discussion
that took place at the William Carleton Summer School in Clogher. Participants included
Michael Fisher, former MLA Eamonn McCann and Queens University lecturer Garrett Carr.
The podcast can be accessed on either SoundCloud or ITunes
Gardening tips: Soot and salt deter insects especially the onion fly and turnip fly.
Sprinkle around onion and turnips plants. Sprinkle a few crushed mothballs around
your flower beds to discourage cats from digging and scratching nearby. Blow up
a balloon and tie it to a cane and set close to your young plants and seeds. It helps
keep birds at bay. Now is the time to plant daffodil, narcissi and other bulbs for
your Spring flowering season. Do not wait until the frosty nights set in as the ground
will possibly be too hard and solid to dig. (Nancy McC)
Family Addition: Many congratulations to Barry & Amelia McCormack, Urblekirk, Dunraymond,
Monaghan, on the arrival of their baby boy named Bríon, a very welcome brother for
Daithi, Cianna, and Beibhinn. Delighted to hear that Mother and Baby are well. Many
Congratulations also to the proud grandparents Brendan & Eileen McCormack and Frank
& Marie Murphy.
(From all your many friends in Emyvale & Corcaghan)
CPR / AED Full Course taking place within the next few weeks Venue yet to be confirmed.
Course fee is €25. Anyone who wishes to enrol contact 0877857680. More details to
St Vincent De Paul: We are offering a third level grant to any student who is in
need of financial support. Please contact any of our members or phone the number
below for a form. Also we are here to help any person or family struggling with bill
payments or back to school expenses. We are also available for house visitation.
If any of the elderly or sick person or indeed anyone feeling isolated would like
us to visit, please call any of the phone numbers. Local number : 085 730 6434; National
number :1800 677 777.
Border Podcasts: New podcast focuses on border issues. A new podcast entitled "Stories
from a border kitchen" focusing on border issues has been launched this week. The
monthly show is the brainchild of Emyvale native Patrick Mulroe. Patrick has a PhD
in politics and penned the popular book "Bombs, bullets and the border: Irish government
security policy 1969-1978."
The program will discuss political, historical, cultural and sporting issues. The
first episode focuses on the impact of Brexit on the Irish Border. Dr Katy Hayward
from Queens University, Belfast is interviewed. Dr Hayward is a political sociologist.
Her research is interdisciplinary, across fields of border studies, conflict studies,
European studies, and Irish studies. This means that she is particularly well-placed
to speak on the implications of Brexit for the island of Ireland, and Northern Ireland
in particular. Indeed, she has written and presented widely on this matter, and has
given evidence before parliamentary committees in both the UK and the Republic of
During the discussion Dr Hayward points to the inevitability of some sort of harder
border emerging if negotiations continue on the current path. Moreover, she disputes
claims that technological solutions are available to overcome the difficulties associated
with a hard border. The show can be streamed or downloaded on either SoundCloud or
ITunes at the links below:
Joggers' Quiz: The Annual Joggers' Table Quiz has been fixed for Friday, September
22nd 2017 in the Redboys at 9.00pm. This quiz is run by the Jolly Joggers to raise
the necessary funding to cover expenses involved in the running of the New Year's
Day Fun Run. This means that all proceeds of the Run go to the designated charity
- North Monaghan Cancer Treatment Support Group. The Quiz has always been a fun night
with easy questions and plenty of spot prizes. Hopefully there will be good support
- so put the 22nd of September in your diary.
School Photos: I have a person looking for old photos of Ballyoisin/Knockconan National
School during the 1940's, '50's and '6o's. If you can help let me know.
Wheelbarrow Walk: Will take place on Sunday, October 8th @ 2oc, Sign-on @ Emyvale
GAA HQ, Tully, from 1.00 pm, Proceeds in aid Donagh Development, Emy Lough Walk,
also donations to Patient Care Fund, St. Marys Hospital, Castleblayney, also Monaghan
Cancer Treatment Support, Challenge to gain entry to Guinness Book of records by
having the most Wheelbarrows.
To Register Business Wheelbarrows Cost €50 00, Non Business Wheelbarrows and Walking
€10.00, Business people should use Barrows to advertise their Business, Prizes for
For more Information about Donations to each Charity or to Register Barrows etc.
Contact Bridget 047 87337, Pat, 0862575259, John, 0863705617.
Donagh Development would like to congratulate Glaslough village on winning Gold,
and the committee would lie to thank everybody for keeping Emy Lough so tidy.