Streete & District April 1

FARMERS MARKET - In Streete Parish Park Complex continues each Saturday from 10a.m. -12noon with local fresh produce. Please support.

FARMERS MARKET - In Streete Parish Park Complex continues each Saturday from 10a.m. -12noon with local fresh produce. Please support.


In Streete Parish Park this Friday night starting at 9p.m. Any proceeds go towards the development and running of our Farmers Market. Tea served at half time will include some homemade produce and a raffle will be held. This is the first table quiz to be held in the centre, so we ask for support. Tables of 4 are €40 or €10 per person and Junior Tables of 4 €20 or €5 each. We hope to have some music at the interval and a Mineral Bar and Shop will be available. There is no admission charge for spectators only for those in the quiz so please support and have some fun this Friday night at 9p.m.


Last Monday we saw some brilliant displays of volleyball in Streete Parish Park Complex when teams from Greenhill’s in Dublin, Ennis Co. Clare and Louisbourg in Co. Mayo played the All Ireland Quarter finals and the winning team progressed to the All Ireland Semi Final which may be played here at a later date. As the games took place in the morning I was unable to wait for the final score. Watch this space for future events or look up Streete Parish Park on our new Facebook page.


Don’t forget the All Ireland Basketball event on 16th and 17th April with teams from all counties coming. The event takes place in two venues, here in Streete and in Mullahoran. We thank the Mullahoran committee for the use of their complex as well as ours. Accommodation providers still required. This is a very big event and we are honoured to host it. Our very best wishes to Streete Warriors. Don’t forget to call in for a look and see basketball played as it should be. Any queries phone Jimmy 087 9287129.


At a presentation ceremony in Castlepollard last Sunday Brian Nerney and Jimmy Brady were presented with an award for their Farmers market Float in the Castlepollard St.Patrick’s Day Parade, which was a great success this year.


Members please note their meeting takes place in Streete Parish Park meeting room on next Tuesday, 5th April at 8p.m. This month’s guest speaker is Teresa McCourt from Citizens Advice Centre, Athlone.


Thanks to John & James Parker who rolled the pitches in Streete Parish Park last week. With the longer evenings we expect the pitches to get lots of use. To book any of our facilities indoor or outdoor please phone Jimmy 087 9287129.


Don’t forget to see Streete Parish Park page on Facebook which includes most events in our parish. If you wish to be included please contact Brian 086 2596656 or


Marian Kiernan reminds me that the Annual St. Christopher’s walk organised by the Granard Branch of St. Christophers services takes place on Sunday, 17th April from Granard to Abbeylara. Each year this sponsored walk gets great support by the local and surrounding communities and no doubt this year will be no exception so all are asked to put a few hours aside on April, 17th. More later.


The final of the club winter clay shooting league took place on Thursday 24th March last, with 40 shooter’s taking part, and three of our club members took some of the top places on the night with Patrick Ownes winning the A section, Bernard Callaghan 1st in the B section, and Conor Mulligan 2nd in the C section. Well done boys!

The club’s 33rd AGM took place on Friday night last, and before the meeting we had our Annual Mass which was celebrated by Fr Joe McGrath. The following are the executive committee for the coming year Chairman Michael Campbell, Vice Chairman Padraig McGauran, Secretary Seamus Denning, Asst Secretary Barry Sullivan, Treasurer William Campbell, Asst Treasurer Bernard Callaghan, PRO Patrick Ownes, Safety Officer Pat Denning, and Delegates Martin Fagan, Michael Hayden, and James Garvey.

Would all Officers’ please note that an important club executive meeting will be held on Thursday, 7th April in the shooting grounds at 9.30pm.


Newtownforbes, just four kilometres from Longford was the centre point of a loop walk devised for the Ramblers walk last Sunday by James and Marita MacNerney. The town is named after the Forbes family, resident since 1691in Castleforbes, set in its large Demesne between the town and the River Shannon to the west. The present Castle with its impressively gated entrance in the centre of Newtownforbes was built in the 1800s and enlarged in the last century. The family holds the title of Earl of Granard.

Marita led the way off the busy road at the north end of town onto a circuit of quiet country roads, first crossing a stone bridge over the railway line to Sligo before passing a large derelict house at St.Anne’s Glebe. The half of the walks’ circuit to the northeast of the town passed two contrasting graveyards; the first near St. Anne’s Glebe showed its age with the old gravestones covered in lichen though many of the graves were still cared for and were covered with daffodils flowering in the afternoon sun. Further on the group passed the well-tended graveyard which is currently in use with its typically varied and colourful array of flowers.

The route led back over the railway line by another stone bridge and across the N4 at the eastern end of the village for the second half of the loop to the south of Newtownforbes. Fine modern houses lined these roads, the beautiful gardens coming into their spring best with the ubiquitous daffodils and flowering cherry trees. The afternoon’s walk ended back at the car park of the recently restored St. Mary’s church where the usual tea and biscuits were shared out. Thank you to James and Marita for planning this new walk for the Ramblers to enjoy.On next Sunday, April 3rd, the Ramblers will meet at Boherquill as usual at 2pm.and move on to the mart in Ballymahon at 2.30pm for a canal walk near the town.