Streete & District



Congratulations and best wishes to P.J. and Louise Tiernan on the birth of their first child a baby girl last week a granddaughter for Joe and Anne. We wish all a healthy and happy life.


Cemetery Sunday in Streete Parish, 3rd July and in Rathaspic this Sunday, 12th June. Please pass on the word.


Tracaire have written and ask that all who supported their cause be sincerely thanked and assured that the monies will be put to good use to help the less fortunate.


Sensory Garden special opening this Sunday, June 12th. All welcome.


Regarding Church matters in this parish or to book an Anniversary Mass please phone Fr. McGrath 087 8363523.


Last Saturday the famous Gordon Bennett Vintage Motor Run took place starting at the Heath near Portlaoise. There was a big turn out with many entries from the U.K. Streete Parish Park vintage Club was represented by Brian and Mary Gorman, Ballinalee and Brian and Alice Nerney, Streete. The day was beautiful with sunshine and stops along the way. The Run ended outside the County Council offices in Portlaoise where we met Dathai O’Shea and all the contestants for this years Rose of Tralee competition as well as the current Rose. The Vintage Car drivers were asked to bring a Rose each as well as their two junior escorts around the town preceded by a Brass Band. Brian & Alice had the pleasure of bringing this years Westmeath Rose, Teresa Donohoe from Mount temple who is certainly a worthy representative for our County and we wish her luck. We were followed in the next car by this year Longford Rose, Niki O’Byrne, Longford, another perfect choice. Brian and Mary Gorman had the pleasure of bringing one of the Dublin entries. All counties were represented with unbelievable support for the Leitrim Rose. There were green and gold flags everywhere. We distributed fliers for our Streete Parish park Vintage day on July, 10th and we look forward to many new faces this year. A great day was had by all who welcomed us to county Laois.


Longford Vintage Day took place in Longford town last Sunday. We were sorry for all concerned due to the wet day which brightened up when it was a bit too late, but all who stayed on enjoyed the day intensely and many friendships were renewed. Thanks to the Longford Club for their hospitality and welcome. We look forward to meeting again on July, 10th here in Streete.


Officials remind us of their annual Field Day, Tractor pull and Truck demonstration on Sunday, 12th June. I am told they also have midget car racing in association with Motor Sport Ireland. Events start at 12 noon. Admission will include local Tug of War between a team from Abbeylara versus a team from Castlepollard, Best dressed lady award, Bumping Cars, Goat Car rides with Freddie, Fun Fair, Bouncing Castle etc etc. American Trucks on display. So don’t miss a great day out in Abbeylara. Details phone Pat Reilly 086 8855189 or Pat McHugh 087 6308152. Gates open at from 9.30 a.m. We wish them a successful event.


The Irish Cancer Society wishes to thank everyone who supported its annual collection last weekend. The total collected at St Mary’s Church, Boherquill was €215.


The Ramblers met at the Adventure Centre at Lilliput on the shore of Lough Ennell for their walk last Sunday, June 5th. The centre is located in Lilliput House which was built in the 18th century for the Hudson family and has had several owners in its time until the ‘Friends of Lilliput’ group restored it from a ruined condition early in the 1990’s. Jonathan Swift stayed in the house and it is said that in 1726 he was inspired to write his most famous book, ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ when he noticed how small the people on shore appeared when seen from a boat out on the Lough.

Rambler Eileen Morton led the walk from Lilliput, with its view of some of the many islands in the Lough, out along the Westmeath Way, which runs from Kilbeggan to Mullingar. The section from Lilliput to Dysart was the chosen route and much of it passed through lush fields dotted with buttercups where well-fed cattle watched the Ramblers as they passed by. This part of the Way is easy to follow, with well-made stiles and plenty of signs to show the route. The steady rain for the early part of the walk no doubt contributed to the lush grass but after about half an hour the rain stopped and by the time the group reached Dysart the sun was breaking through. Another very pleasant surprise was the generous spread of sandwiches, cakes and fruit flans laid out on tables on her patio by Rambler Joanne Killian. The walkers tucked in eagerly and soon very little remained of the feast and after thanking Joanne they continued on their way for the last part of the day’s walk, back to the Adventure Centre at Lilliput.

The Ramblers would like to thank Joanne for all the work she must have put into providing the wonderful food for the Ramblers.

Next week. June 12th the Ramblers will meet in the car park beside the Fire Station in Mullingar for a walk along the Royal Canal and out towards Lough Ennell. Cars will leave Boherquill at 2pm. and assemble in Mullingar at 2.30pm.

Arrangements are being made for a weekend away in the first half of September. The Park Hotel in Mulranny is offering two nights B & B and two evening meals for €199. A walks guide would be available at an extra charge. The Group would Travel to Mulranny on Friday Evening and return after a walk on Sunday. Those interested are asked to contact Brian at 086 2596656 as soon as possible in order to confirm details with the Hotel. The Ramblers have a walk in Wicklow on Sunday week, 19th going by bus. If interested in going please contact Brian 086 2596656 or email now.