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Margaret Quigney – an obituary

News of the death recently of Margaret Quigney, Monadreen, Thurles, was received with great sadness by her family and the local community.

Margaret was the second of nine children born to Martin and Bridget (Kelly) Maloney, Attychree, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo.

She died peacefully at the Milford Hospice, Limerick, following a long battle with cancer, an illness which she bore with great courage and strength. Her family were at her bedside when she passed away.

Margaret moved to Dublin after her early education at the convent
secondary school, Enniscrone. Shortly after completing her studies in  pharmacy, she took up a post at Antigen Pharmaceuticals, Roscrea. It was while there she met and married Flan Quigney, a native of Clare. They later set up home in Thurles where, until his retirement as principal, Flan was a teacher at the town’s CBS. She remained involved in pharmacy up to recent years.

A highly popular and respected figure, Margaret had a deep interest in the arts, literature and poetry. Her cover designs and illustrations for works of poetry were widely commended. She also edited a number of published books written by Flan. But her life-long love lay
in fashion and design – a gift inherited from her mother – where her creativity was reflected  in collections of beautifully presented garments.

The large attendances at her funeral ceremonies were testament to the esteem in which Margaret was held. Children from the local CBS school formed a Guard of Honour as her remains were taken from the Cathedral of the Assumption to St. Patrick’s Cemetary, Thurles.

Her nephew, Fr. David Barrins was the principal celebrant of the concelebrated Requim Mass. In his eulogy, he spoke of Margaret’s strong Christian faith, her uplifting personal warmth and sincerity, her pride in achievements of her children and her committment to community initiatives to which she unstintingly gave her time and support. She would be remembered particularly for her kindness during the regular visits she made to sick and elderly of the area, and her quiet support for charitable causes, he said

Margaret will be especially missed by her loving husband Flan, daughters, Orlaith Kelleher, Dearbhla Kelly and Dr. Ciara, sons-in-law Joe Kelleher and Brendan Kelly, grandchildren, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, relatives and a wide circle of friends.

May her gentle soul rest in peace.

– a Friend.



‘ A marriage (made up of man and woman) is not the same as the union of two people of the same sex.’

Pope Francis 1

Author: David Quinn
Date: 11 March 2015

In 2010, Argentina legalised same-sex marriage. At the time, Pope Francis was Archbishop of Buenos Aires. He voiced his strong opposition to the proposal. This is quite contrary to the common misconception that he is silent on the issue.

 Since becoming Pope, Francis has reiterated many of the things he said in Argentina.

 We reproduce below a letter Francis (Cardinal Bergoglio as he was then) sent to the head of the Argentine Department of the Laity, expressing his support for a pending march for the family.

 In the letter he sets out his reasons for opposing same-sex marriage. We highlight what we believe are the most pertinent arguments.

Letter dated July 5, 2010, sent by Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., Archbishop of Buenos Aires, to Dr Justo Carabajales, director of the Argentine Bishops’ Conference (CEA)’s Department of the Laity, lending his support to the March for Family and Life on July 13, 2010 outside Congress.
 Dear Justo,
 The CEA’s Commission for the Laity, in its role as citizens, has taken the initiative of organizing a rally in response to the possible legalisation of the same-sex marriage law, and of reaffirming, at the same time, the right of children to a father and mother for their upbringing and education. By means of this letter I would like to lend my support to this expression of the laity’s responsibility.

           I know, because you have told me, that this will not be against anyone, for we do not want to judge those who think and feel differently. However, now more than ever, on the eve of the bicentenary, and determined to build a nation that embraces the plurality and diversity of its citizens, we also want to state clearly that we cannot make the same that which is different: social co-existence demands the acceptance of difference.

           This is not a question of mere terminology, nor is it about the formal conventions of a private relationship; we are talking here of a bond of an anthropological nature. The essence of the human being tends towards the union of man and woman in reciprocal fulfillment, attention and care, and as the natural path of procreation. This confers on marriage both social transcendence and a public
character. Marriage precedes the state: it is the basis of the family, the basic cell of human society, and as such is prior to all laws and the Church itself. That is why the passage of the Bill would constitute a real and grave anthropological step backwards.

           A marriage (made up of man and woman) is not the same as the union of two people of the same sex. To distinguish is not to discriminate but to respect differences; to differentiate in order to discern is to value appropriately, not to discriminate. At a time when we place emphasis on the richness of pluralism and social and cultural diversity, it is a contradiction to minimize fundamental human differences. A father is not the same as a mother. We cannot teach future generations that preparing yourself for planning a family based on the stable relationship between a man and a woman is the same as living with a person of the same sex.

           Let us also be aware that, in seeking to advance a supposed claim on behalf of the rights of adults, we may be setting aside the far greater right of children (who are the only ones who should be privileged in this situation) to rely on models of father and mother, mum and dad.

           I ask that both in your language and in your heart you show no signs of aggression or violence against any of our brothers. Let us Christians act as servants of truth, not its masters. I ask the Lord that He accompany your event with his gentleness, a gentleness that he asks of us all.

           I ask you, please, to pray for me and ask others to do the same. May Jesus bless you and the Holy Virgin take care of you.

 Yours in brotherly affection,

 Card. Jorge Mario Bergoglio S.J.

Published courtesy of the Iona Institute

Millions of euro for sports clubs – apply right away says TD, Tony McLoughlin

‘Extra €40 million for Sports Capital Programme in 2015’

Sligo News File Online

Tony McLoughlin, TD, Fine Gael.
Tony McLoughlin, TD,
Fine Gael.

Sligo-Leitrim Fine Gael TD, Tony McLoughlin has urged Sligo sports clubs to immediately submit applications for funding under the Sports Capital programme.

“There is no time to waste!,” he said.

Speaking following the announcement by Minister for Sport, Michael Ring TD that an extra €40 million has been secured for Sports Capital Programme in 2015, Deputy McLoughlin said it is very welcome that, once again, funding under the programme “will be provided to local clubs and local organisations around the
country in the coming year.”

He said: “The new scheme will be the fourth year in which a sports capital funding scheme will have been put in place by the current Government, further underlining Fine Gael’s commitment to the development of sport and recreational activities throughout the country.

Ladies Gaelic“This is of course good news for sporting clubs and organisations in Co. Sligo, who have been a major recipient of Sports Capital Funding in the past, with almost €1.5 million being allocated to the constituency in 2014.

“Money spent on sport is money saved on healthcare down the road,” he said.

“According to the Department of Sport, 90% of Sports Capital recipients say it has helped them to increase the numbers of people involved in sport.

“The €40 million for 2015 brings to €130 million the total amount available in the Sports Capital Programme since the Government re-opened it.

Reminding sports bodies that “there is a two-step process for any club or organisation wishing to apply for this funding” he said Sligo clubs planning to apply “must register on the online system on before 5pm on Friday, 10th April 2015 (if not already registered). They must then get their applications in online before 5pm on Friday, 24th April 2015.”

Sligo Sports Pic


MacSharry: Minister must realise that it’s his responsibility to fix health service

‘Varadkar more content sitting back and giving running commentary, rather than addressing the issues’
‘Lurching from one crisis to the next, all the while telling the public the situation will get worse before it gets better’
‘Fair Deal crisis has escalated to point older people are waiting almost 3 months for a bed in a nursing home, overcrowding has reached levels never seen before and waiting lists have spiralled out of all control.

Sligo News File Online

Senator Marc MacSharry
Senator Marc MacSharry,
Fianna Fail

Fianna Fáil Senator Marc Mac Sharry  has called on the Health Minister to wake up to his responsibilities and take charge of the health system.  The Sligo based Senator made the comments following Minister Leo Varadkar’s latest media appearance, where
he once again gave a running commentary about the problems within the system, without proposing any concrete plans to fix them.

Senator Mac Sharry stated, “It’s becoming ever more obvious that Minister Varadkar is more content sitting back and giving a running commentary on the health service, rather than setting about addressing the issues and finding solutions to fix the problems.

Logo Department of Health

“Since being appointed as Health Minister last summer, Leo Vardakar has found himself lurching from one crisis to the next, all the while telling the public that the situation will get worse before it gets better.  It is completely unacceptable for a Minister to shirk his responsibilities in this way, when he is the very person who can implement the changes needed.

“Under Minister Varadkar’s watch we have seen the Fair Deal crisis escalate to a point whereby older people are waiting almost 3 months for a bed in a nursing home, overcrowding has reached levels never seen before and waiting lists have spiralled out
of all control.  The Minister has blatantly ignored warnings from my party, health unions and the former chairman of the Emergency Department Taskforce Tony O’Connell about the gravity of these situations and has blamed a ‘dysfunctional’ health system for the
deterioration in services.

Speaking during a Fianna Fáil Private Members motion on health in the Seanad, Senator Mac Sharry called on the Minister to come up with more imaginative solutions to deal with the problems facing him.

 He stated, “Minister Varadkar needs to begin thinking outside the box. The government could explore the possibility of abolishing the means test on the Carers’ Allowance, which together with other supports could provide a solution to the inordinate delays in hospital
discharges for ill, elderly and disabled people, while also helping to alleviate the exceptionally high waiting lists for the Fair Deal scheme.  The crisis demands initiative and innovation.  The ‘worse before better’ rhetoric is an abdication of responsibility.

Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar
Minister for Health,
Leo Varadkar

“We need to see less spin and more action from Minister Varadkar.  It is increasingly clear that his main goal is to get to the next General Election without rocking the boat.  This is not an acceptable position; it is a total betrayal of the voters who were promised positive change in the health system”.


Housing Adaptation Grants to Increase By 10% in 2015 – McLoughlin

‘Three separate schemes on stream this year’

Sligo News File Online 

Adaptation Grants McLoughlinFine Gael TD for Sligo-Leitrim, Tony McLoughlin, has welcomed the recent commitments he has received from the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Alan Kelly T.D., that the Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People or People with a Disability will not only be reintroduced in 2015, but that they will also be increased by 10% by the Department.

“This increase in Government funding for this scheme in 2015 is very much welcomed”, stated Deputy McLoughlin.

“I asked Minister Kelly, via Parliamentary Question last week, that in view of the increasing demand for access to the housing adaptation grant from many people in my constituency during 2014, what plans were in place to reintroduce the scheme in 2015 and if he would make a statement on the matter.

“He outlined to me in his reply that three separate schemes would be available to the public in 2015. They are: The Housing Aid for Older People Scheme, the Housing Adaptation Grant for People with Disabilities and the Mobility Aids Grant Scheme, all of which will be administered by Sligo County Council.

“During 2014 alone, €654,876 in grant assistance was made available to people in Co. Sligo and I want to see this increased further in 2015 as these grants often make the difference between people remaining in their homes on not” concluded Deputy McLoughlin.


‘Journey of personal development and generous committment in service of community’

Sligo News File Online.

Students from Sligo and Mayo were among 61 young people 
presented with Gaisce’s highest award, the President’s Gold medal,
by President Michael D. Higgins at a ceremony in Dublin Castle

Addressing a gathering celebrating 30 years of Gaisce – the President’s Award – the President said the award recognised and honoured the awardees journey of personal development and generous committment in the service of their community, “a journey which involved great perseverance and the achievement of the testing targets you had set yourselves.

“You, your families and friends, your teachers and mentors, and all
those who have been part of your path to Gold can and should
feel immensely proud”

The ceremony was attended by special guest and MC, writer,
television personality and former newscaster, Mary Kennedy.

CEO of Gaisce, Yvonne McKenna said the Gaisce vision for
Ireland is to have a country where “young people can dream big
and fulfill their potential.”

Pictured below from top:

Maria Cawley, St. Attracta’s Community School, Sligo, receiving the president’s gold award for community involvement and residential project: Cholaiste Cholumba Gaeltacht in An Cheatru, Connemara.

Julie Patterson. Drum Sligo, being presented with president’s gold award for parish work at Drumcliff and a residential project in Romania – the Smiles Foundation.

Kate Geraghty, Sancta Maria College, Westport,  being presented
with the president’s Gold award for community involvement in parish and a residential project: Gaeltacht – Inis Meain.

Stephen Loftus, St. Muredach’s College, Ballina, receiving president’s gold award for community involvement  in the Order of Malta and residential project: Order of Malta International Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Elthan Preston, St. Muredach’s College, Ballina, receiving president’s gold award for community involvement in Order of Malta and residential project: Order of Malta pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Marie Cawley Gaisce Gold

Kate Geraghty Gaisce GoldStephen Loftus Gaisce GoldEthan Preston Gaisce Gold







Senator Paschal Mooney welcomes RTÉ decision on Long Wave service.

‘Great moral victory for Irish abroad.’

Sligo News File Online.

Fianna Fáil Senator Paschal Mooney has today hailed the RTE decision to retain the Long Wave 252 service until 2017 as a ‘‘great moral victory for the Irish abroad’’.

Senator Pascal Mooney
Senator Pascal Mooney, Fianna Fail.

Senator Mooney, a member of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications said, “I have constantly raised this issue and applaud the RTÉ Authority decision to extend the service until 2017.  I also welcome the decision of the Department of Foreign Affairs to work with RTÉ to commission a scientific research survey to understand the community in the UK who listen to the long wave service.  The research will be carried out next year. 

“I commend Sally Mulready of the Irish Council of State and the Northern Ireland Executive who have highlighted the need for this research,” concluded Senator Mooney.


‘Savage assault’ on member of ICSA National Executive.

Warning on buying goods through advertisements.

Sligo News File Online.

ICSA Leinster vice-president Joe O’Toole has warned farmers to be vigilant when responding to sales advertisements.

“We have recently received a disturbing report of a savage assault on a member of our national executive who had responded to an advertisement of a jeep for sale. He was given directions to a particular location which turned out to be a cul-de-sac, and he and his girlfriend were viciously attacked when they arrived there. He ended up in hospital, and it was only by pure luck that no
money was taken,” said Mr. O’Toole.

“Reports from around the country suggest that this may not
be an isolated incident, and people need to be vigilant.”

“Obviously these are matters for the Gardaí, but ICSA is urging people to take every precaution in such situations. We would advise that people only arrange to view or pay for goods in a safe, public
location and never go alone. If you have any suspicions, report them to Gardaí.”