Tuesday 26th April
Pairc Sean O’Laodain Memorial Park: 20th Anniversary of Opening.
This weekend we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Official opening of our playing facilities dedicated to the memory of Sean Leyden. Sean who was a brilliant club and county stalwart died in an accident on June 27th 1978 just 20 years of age. We especially remember him and all our deceased members who have passed to their eternal reward by having open mass in the park on Sunday next 1st May at 12-noon weather permitting. This will be a unique and beautiful occasion and we urge people to make a special effort to attend this mass. Many thanks to our parish priest Fr. Nigel Charles for his wonderful help in organising this special event. This mass will be dedicated to the memory of Sean and to all deceased members and supporters. Indeed since the opening of our grounds many of our loved ones who were present on that great occasion are not now with us. I know they are with us in spirit and would be proud of our achievements.
Club Officers 1985
President: Willie O’Boy R.I.P. Chairman: Anslem Reynolds. Vice Chairman: Sean Gilhooly. Secretary: Kevin Doonan. Asst. Secretary: Brendan McLoughlin. Treasurer: Tommie McLoughlin. P.R.O.: Killian McLoughlin.
Park Committee 1985
Chairman: Vincent O’Rourke. Secretary: Hugh Maguire. Treasurer: Tommie McLoughlin. Committee: PJ Hargadan RIP, Eamonn Tubman, Seamus Redican, Padraig Leyden.
Total Cost of Completion of Project £69,000
Since our parks official opening many hours of voluntary work have gone into its maintenance and upkeep to maintain the fine playing facilities we have today. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to all concerned.
Programme for the Anniversary
This is a very special weekend for our club and with this in mind we have a programme of events which we hope everyone will make an effort to support. We start on Friday night with Fenagh Scor presenting a special concert in the Community Centre, which starts at 8.30pm sharp. This concert will have all our local talents on display from the young to the matured. Highlight of this concert will be Our All Ireland Novelty Act who will be putting on the first showing of the winning act, which brought such honour and pride to our parish.
On Saturday the Semi Finals of the Sean O’Laodain will be played. Aughawillan versus Aughavas at 5.30pm Fenagh/St Ciallins versus Ballyboden Wanderers (Dublin) at 7pm.
Sunday: Open Air Mass in the Park at 12 noon.
Ladies Final: Fenagh versus Dromahair at 1.15pm
Mens Final at 3pm
Saturday 23th April
St Caillins were the toast of Connacht and Leitrim on Sunday 17th April when we took the All Ireland Novelty Act title back to Fenagh. On a night when Leitrim had four clubs taking part in the Finals in the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney, it was Fenagh who ensured it would be a great night for Leitrim. The Act “ Difficult Day at the Office” was a worthy winner over clubs from Cork, Tyrone and Wicklow. There were great scenes of jubilation as the results were announced and Fenagh won their first All Ireland Scor title and became the eight club from Leitrim to get All Ireland Scor success. Huge credit to all whom put in huge hours into practice for this historic day.
Cast: TP McLoughlin, Shane O’Rourke, Seamus Mollaghan, Betty Doonan and Eamon Og Tubman.
Managers: Eilleen Doonan and Teresa Ellis.
Costume: Design Margaret Doonan
Props: Kevin Doonan.
Great credit must go to all the supporters who travelled the long distance to Killarney and who gave tremendous support. A wonderful weekend was had by all and indeed thanks to all our friends from the Aughnasheelin, Glencar/Manorhamilton, and the Dromahair clubs who although disappointed themselves celebrated with us well into Monday morning
A huge welcome home party got under way on Monday night in Fenagh and there were unforgettable scenes as the rally bringing home our heroes was welcomed by fireworks, bonfires and hundreds of people.
Fenaghs success also had the effect of pushing Leitrim’s tally of All Ireland Scor Sinsear successes to 18, which puts them into top position, which is shared with Galway and Limerick.
Photographs of this historic victory for the club will follow in 5-6 weeks time.