St. Mel’s Road
Secretary: Molly Bowers
Club 89 was formed
in 1989 - hence the name. Club 89 meets in the Family
Centre every Tuesday afternoon from 2.00pm until 4.00pm
from September to June. It was formed under the umbrella
of the Church, with a priest as Chaplain and friend.
There is Mass in the Family Centre twice a year –
during Lent and during November for deceased members.
include indoor bowls, keep fit, card games, whist and
twenty-five. There is also a painting class led by Sister
Bridget, who does beautiful water colours. Some members
like to do crochet and knitting. There is always tea
and very nice homemade eats!
In late June
there is an annual day out. In 2009 dinner in Carrick-on-Shannon
was followed by a cruise on the river Shannon and music
on board the boat. There have been many interesting
days out - trips to the Botanical Gardens, the Wax Museum
and Leinster House in Dublin; tours have also headed
to the Mourne Mountains and many, many more places over
The Club also
visits Knock Shrine every year. During the month of
May “Bealtaine” is celebrated. There is
a display of members arts, crafts and paintings displayed
in the Atrium Gallery of the Backstage Theatre. Members
usually take to the stage with a sketch or one-act play,
a dance and maybe a song. It’s a special day and
Club 89 is joined by other clubs who also put on entertainment.
The day also features music and song from some great
Longford musicians, Mick Flavin and Declan Nerney. There
is also a tea afternoon in aid of the local charities.
During the summer
holidays Club 89 members can avail of a week’s
holiday in Mornington at a very reasonable cost for
three meals-a-day and music and dancing at night. There
is a little kitchen where the group can make tea or
coffee at any time. This is great value and very enjoyable.
Club 89 is now
twenty years a going. There was a large membership in
earlier years but membership has now decreased. There
is now approximately thirty members. There are also
a few members who join in from the Newtownforbes Club
and who are most welcome.
Club 89 gladly
welcome new members to experience this time together
and friendly atmosphere.
Molly Bowers, Club Secretary.