|Joe Conlon / Noel Fitzsimmons|
A night of music, poetry and song was held in Jack Quinn's of Scurlogstown last night to honour Noel Fitzsimmons who picked up the Volunteer of the Year Award at the Trim Municipal District Awards, which were held on Thursday the 6th of October last in the Johnstown House Hotel Enfield, County Meath. Joe Conlon presented him with a plaque in recognition of his contribution to the Scurlogstown Olympiad group. Another prize winner there on the night was James Linnane of Ballivor who is launching his collection of short stories, "Leaving Galway" in Jack Quinn's on Saturday the 3rd of December but more on that to follow. Our own magazine will be launched there on Friday the 11th of November and hope to have further details on that shortly. Two of the highlights on the night though were the talks given by Cynthia Simonet and Dr. Noel Clancy on the history of the locality, in particular the coming of the Normans and the battle of Dungan's Hill, which Dr. Clancy covered in great detail. Although I suspect little is known of the event at least one of descriptive term on some of those who took part in the battle has come down to the present day, though whether it's complementary or not I don't know.