The Pioneer total abstinence association

The PTAA was formed in Cappagh on the 12th December 1955. The first officers elected were Rev E McCarthy PP, spiritual director;  Patrick Liston, Knockdrumin: President; Stephen Madigan, Ballingrane, treasurer and Kevin Hartnett, Ballingrane, secretary. Mrs Nora Hawkes, Kilbehy and Gerard Madigan were elected council members.

50th Anniversary of Pioneers in Dublin.1949
Back Row L to R.
Kevin Harnette , ? ?
Middle Row L to R
Mary Harnette,Angela Madigan (Doupe),Mary Madigan (Feheney),Stephen Madigan.
Front Row L to R
? Tommy Madigan, ? Mary O’Shaughnessy  (Noonan).

Twelve members enrolled at that first meeting. They were Patrick Liston, Knockdrumin; Gerard Madigan, Derry; Stephen Madigan, Ballingrane; Mrs. Nora Hawkes, Kilbeha; Eileen Noonan, Kilbeha; Michael Madigan, Ballyvocogue; Michael Madigan, Kilbeha; Michael O’Donnell, Boolaglass; Mary Madigan, Ballingrane, Mrs P. Liston, Knockdrumin, Timothy Walsh, Boolaglass and Kevin Hartnett, Ballingrane. These members formed the foundation of a centre which has distinguished itself down through the years, by its deep commitment to the aims of the PTAA, by the many productions of talent shows and success in readorí’ competitions.


31st May 1999 100 years centenary of Pioneers. Mass in Croagh Park.
Back Row L  to R.
Michael McDonnell, Con Quinn , Fr.O’Donnell,Moss Hennessy.
Middle Row L to R
Mary Barry. Margaret Stokes, Mary Flavin , Vivienne Madigan ,Cora Bourke
Front Row L to R
Mai Madigan, Grainne Histon , Joan Broderick  Sarah Flavin.