PRIDE OF PLACE: Judging in the 32 County Pride of Place competitions took place on Tuesday of last week in Streete Parish Park Sports Complex. The judges were two former County Managers, one from Wicklow the other form Derry. Both were accompanied by Annette Barr Jordan, Community and Enterprise executive with Westmeath County council. Chairman of Streete Parish Park Sports Complex Brian Nerneyy met the visitors with a 1929 Austin 12/4 vintage car outside Rath Centre where he explained that thanks to the generosity of Bishop Colm O’Reilly the school which had been closed for 36 years was made available to the community as a Community Centre and this is where our story started. After the short drive to our sports complex at Kilmore the Chairman welcomed the judges and the proceedings began and was attended by a very representative group of community members with standing room only for many. Following a brief introduction of the judges and a welcome by Chairman Brian Nerney it was down to work. We mentioned all the groups, clubs persons who use our Centre which is our Pride of Place. We thank our Rural Social Scheme, staff - Mary, Anne, John and Peter as well as their overseer Kathleen Grennan from Westmeath Community Development for their support throughout the year. By prior agreement a person from each of the seventeen groups spoke and gave an image of their benefit from the Centre and their activity both indoor and outdoor. The speakers were very varied and included three young people who were Ciara McAdden who spoke on Basketball, Kirsty Kenny on our Farmers Market and Rebecca Badrick spoke on our School, other people included Brian Nerney, Vintage, Alice Nerney, Kildevin House and Boherquill Ramblers, Mary Mulligan on support from Clár, Martin Gaynor, Bowls, Jimmy Brady, Sport, Michael Noonan, Float and Inny, Seamus Denning Wildlife, Margaret Tighe, Social Services, Marian Denning, Tidy Towns, I.C.A. Marie Butler, Thomas Sullivan, Rural Transport, Julia Badrick, Garriskill bog. All speakers were accompanied by a PowerPoint display on screen prepared and presented by Pat Grimes. Each speaker was introduced by Brian. This was followed by a question and answer session where the judges put a number of questions to Chairman, Brian. Councillor Dan McCarthy attended and spoke glowingly about our parish and we thank him for finding the time to come. Next was a brief tour of our centre where our bowls club gave demonstration and Streete Warriors demonstrated basketball. Both clubs displayed photos and trophies. Our young people gave a display of Irish dancing thanks to Breege Campbell. We apologise to our local musicians, Johnny, Stephen, Bernie and Jimmy who were set up and ready but the clock beat us as points would be lost for going overtime. We sincerely thank them for being present. Next the judges and Annette were brought by Vintage Car on a tour of the parish. Thanks to John and Bridie Matthews, Kildevin House for a viewing of this very historic premises, Willie Campbell and Seamus Denning gave a tour of their wildlife preserve - Return journey via Lismacaffrey to Daramona House where Dominic Egan gave a brief talk, John Dunne talked on the Institute (now the shop) in Streete, Marian Denning spoke on Tidy Towns and Mrs. Marie Butler spoke on Church of Ireland and graveyard. The day ended with tea etc in the centre before the judges left Streete. Thanks to Brian and Mary Gorman, Ballinalee for use of Vintage Car on the day and to Annette Barr Jordan for help and advice with our preparation. Special thanks to all who attended and helped with a special thank you to Pat Grimes who did trogan work taking loads of photographs, and setting up and running the Power Point display.
DEATH: It is with sadness we report the death of Charlie Farrelly, Barradrum, Streete in St. Camillus Nursing Home last Tuesday afternoon, 26th July, following a long illness. Charlie who was predeceased by his wife Dolly, sister Mollie and brothers Paddy and Johnny will be sadly missed by his niece, Helen and neighbours especially Anne and Bernie, the Hurler and the community in Srreete. Charlie’s removal took place from Our Lady’s Manor, Edgeworthstown at 6p.m. last Thursday and his funeral followed Mass at noon in Boherquill to the graveyard in streete. May he rest in peace.
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