New baby

New baby

Congratulations to Carmel and Aidan Reynolds, Aughaboy, Coolarty on the birth of their first baby, a boy on Wednesday last, March 18th.The new arrival is to be named Jack Gerard and he is a welcome grandchild for Michael and Maura McElvaney, Coolarty and Helen and Gerard Reynolds, Bunlahy and great grandson for Mrs Janie Slevin, Bunlahy. Glad to report that both mother and baby are home and doing well and that Aidan is coping well also.


We extend a big welcome to Anne Dempsey Blake who is on holidays from America and visiting family in Coolarty and Ferriskil. We hope you enjoyed your stay Anne and that you have a safe journey back.

St Christopher’s Walk

The Granard branch of St. Christopher’s will hold their annual sponsored walk from Granard to Abbeylara on this Sunday, 29th March at 3pm. Sponsorship cards are available from committee members and all support will be greatly appreciated. Please assemble at the health centre before 3-00pm.

Daffodil Day

The Irish Cancer Society provide a number of free services to cancer patients and their families when they need it most. By supporting Daffodil Day, we are ensuring that these services can be continued and that no one has to face cancer alone. This Friday, March 27th is Daffodil Day but due to other commitments and with the kind permission of the owners collections will take place at Super Valu Granard and McBriens Supermarket on tomorrow Thursday 26th March. All support will be greatly appreciated. Contact Eileen on 086 3115544.

New baby

Congratulations to Brian and Eileen O’Neill, Firmount on the birth of their second child, a boy recently. This young man is a welcome grandson for Sean and Bridgie Reilly, Gelsha and Tom and Bernadette O’Neill, Firmount. Also congrats is extended to Paul and Aisling Treacy, Aughagreagh on the birth of their baby boy recently.


Sincere and deepest sympathy is extended to Ellie Jo Murphy and family Aughagreagh and to the extended McKenna family on the death of Sadie Lawlor which occurred in Kilkenny on March 11th last. Also to the family and friends of Mrs Mary McCauley, Aughnashinnagh who passed to her eternal reward last week. The late Mary was sister of the late Monica O’Rourke and Peter and Jim Scanlon. May they rest in peace.

The late Tony Corcoran

Shock and sadness greeted the news on Thursday last that Tony Corcoran had passed to his eternal reward suddenly at his home in Newtownforbes. Tony was son of the late Patrick and Bridget Corcoran of Rathcor and his wife was the former Margaret Drake from Ballinulty. A past pupil of Killeen school Tony played all his football with Ballymore and was described as been a very good forward who knew what to do with a ball when he got it. Tony’s brother Pat is the present President of the Ballymore club. Tony loved music and was an accomplished accordian player and many will have fond memories of him entertaining in Killeen hall following the plays. Following their marriage Tony and Margaret went to live in Newtownforbes where they immediately got involved in the local community and as each of their seven children came along they too became very proud Clonguish supporters. Like many more from the parish who left, Tony never forgot his roots and returned for all family occasions and always attended cemetery Sunday in Granardkille where his beloved parents are laid to rest. Tony was in his early sixties and his sudden death is deeply regretted by his loving wife Margaret and their seven children Enda, Elaine, Bob, Anthony, Paddy, Ciaran and Therese, daughter in law Ciara, grandchildren Eve and Dallan, brothers Pat and Vincent, sister Mary and extended family to who we extend sincere and heartfelt sympathy at this very sad time. Ballymore football club joined Clonguish hurling and football clubs to form a guard of honour as his remains were removed from the family home in Castlepark and the number twelve black and Amber jersey which he wore with pride draped his coffin. Huge crowds passed through the family home in the days following his sudden death and the church in Newtownforbes was packed to overflowing for his funeral mass on Sunday afternoon after which he was laid to rest in the local cemetery.May he rest in peace.

Thank you

Bunlahy Area Action Group would like to thank everyone who supported their recent Tractor Run. Total monies raised was €3000, which will be split evenly between The Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund and Bunlahy Area Action Group. A special word of thanks to McCarren’s Cavan, O’Hara’s Bakery, Creegan’s Pub, Bunlahy; McElvaney’s Pub, Coolarty; Margaret Brady at Windy Cottage Bakeries and everyone who volunteered their time on the day.


An important meeting of the Clonfin Commemoration committee will be held in Lus na Greine on tomorrow night Thursday, March 26th at 8-30pm and all members are asked to attend.

Operation Transformation

Our Operation Transformation reached its finale this week with a 10km walk and Smoothie Morning. Proceeds of the Smoothie Morning, totalling €400 was donated to Temple Street Children’s Hospital. Well done to everyone over the last eight weeks. There was stiff competition between our 44 participants. The overall individual winner was Edel Reilly Cadam. The men’s individual winner was Peter Sullivan. The winning team were the ‘Smear Sprinters’ including Catherine Grey, Esther Mulligan, Geraldine Mulligan and Rosie McGee. Thanks to everyone for taking part,great sport was had by all.

Birthday greetings

Congratulations to Joe Kilbride, Smear who celebrated a special birthday on St Joseph’s day. We hope you had a great day and that Grainne, Kevin and Colm really spoiled you with kindness.

New baby

Congratulations to Helen and Ryan Perry, Ballygilchriest on the birth of their baby girl, Ellie Joyce recently. We also congratulate the proud grandparents, John and Nell Burke, Rathbracken and wish them all much happiness.