Bunlahy & District

NEW BABY: Congratulations to Fiona and Michael Gettings, Castlenugent on the birth of their first child, a girl to be named Emily Rose. 
The new arrival is a welcome granddaughter for Michael and Settie Blessington, Coolcor and for Michael and Rose Gettings, Ardaghagullion, and great grand-daughter for Frank Sullivan, Aughakine.

NEW BABY: Congratulations to Fiona and Michael Gettings, Castlenugent on the birth of their first child, a girl to be named Emily Rose. 
The new arrival is a welcome granddaughter for Michael and Settie Blessington, Coolcor and for Michael and Rose Gettings, Ardaghagullion, and great grand-daughter for Frank Sullivan, Aughakine.

RURAL TRANSPORT: Please note that all Rural Transport - Friday Services, throughout the County, will run on Thursday 28th March, with the same collection and departure times. All age-groups are welcome to travel! Wishing a very “Happy Easter” to all Rural Transport passengers and supporters.

OPEN DAY: St. Guasacht’ N.S. Bunlahy are holding an Open morning and Children’s Science Display on this Friday, 22nd March 2013 from 10.00am to12.00 noon. Enrolment forms for September 2013 are available. All parents and children welcome and light refreshments will be served.

COLOURING COMPETITION WINNER: Well done to Katie O’Reilly who was the winner of the senior category in the St Patrick’s Festival Colouring Competition run by Longford Chamber of Commerce. Katie is daughter of Kieran and Caroline O Reilly, Killeen and she is a 6th class pupil of St.Gusacht’s national school in Bunlahy. Congratulations Katie!

COUNTRY MARKETS: The winners of our free draw which was held on Friday last were Jessica Walsh, Elizabeth Brady and Josephine Cullivan, so congrats to all. Our Easter market will be held on Holy Saturday March 30th from 10-00am to 12-00 noon, and not on Good Friday. Patrons are asked to please note that this change of day and time is for the Easter market only. Easter cards,cakes and goodies are now available.

CYCLE TO CROAGH PATRICK: The 3rd Annual Cycle and Climb to Croagh Patrick for the Parish of Granard Lourdes Invalid Fund, will take place on Saturday, 1st June 2013. 2012 was a very successful and enjoyable day as over 40 cyclist completed the event, while many more people participated in the climb. We hope this year will be equally successful, and there is plenty of time for any aspiring cyclist to fit in the training. A special event to launch this year’s cycle will take place on Saturday, 4th May, from 9 on Saturday morning a Static Cycle “1500km from Granard to Lourdes” will take place, followed by a Fancy Dress Party in John V Donohoes on Saturday night. A great weekends entertainment is guaranteed. Your help and support would be greatly appreciated for both events. Any enquiries contact Jimmy Brady 0878875227.

ST.VINCENT DE PAUL: The committee of the Granard Branch of St Vincent de Paul wish to sincerely thank all who attended the opening of their shop NEW 2 U on market street on Saturday last. Special thanks to all the volunteers who helped take up the bucket collection in the town and to all members of the public who gave so generously. Your kindness will go directly to helping those who may be less well of or just going through a bad time at this time. Anyone wanting to contact the branch to either avail of the service or to make a donation can do so by calling 0851503985.

NEWS ITEMS: Items of news for the Bunlahy notes can be emailed to bunlahynotes5@gmail.com or by calling 0876612963 or 0436686385 before 7-00pm on Sunday evening.

RUN /WALK: Ballymore Minor Board are hosting a 5K/10K road run/walk on Sunday April 7th next with registration from 10am to 11-30am. The race starts at 12 noon and entry is twenty euro for a family or ten euro for an adult or five euro for underage.Refreshments will be served afterwards and for more details call Carmel on 0863714434 or Kieran on 0879975936.

TABLE QUIZ: Ballymore ladies GAA club are holding a Table Quiz in McElvaney’s on Friday night next March 22nd at 9pm.Tables of four cost 40 euro and all support will be greatly appreciated. Refreshments will be served and there will be a raffle, so come along and enjoy the night.

EASTER BUNNY WALK: The Granard branch of St Christopher’s are holding their annual sponsored walk from Granard to Abbeylara on Sunday next March 24th. Walkers are invited to assemble at Granard health centre car park before 3pm. Sponsorship cards are available from committee members.

FAREWELL: This week we bid farewell to John Gorman, Killeen who with some friends have left for New Zealand in the hope of finding work. We wish you well on your travels John and hope that all goes well for you.

Play: Bunlahy Area Action Group are hosting the renowned play “For Club and County, the making of a sporting hero” Written and directed by Seamus O Rourke on Thursday 11th April at 8.30 in Granard Community Centre. A great nights entertainment guaranteed. For tickets 10 euro each phone David or Mary on 087 7970464 or 087 9964366 support greatly appreciated.

WEDDING: St.Mary’s Church in Granard was the setting for a lovely wedding on Thursday last March 14th when Fr. Simon Cadam PP united Louise Campbell, daughter of Eileen and the late Francie Campbell, Muckerstaff and Ciaran Walsh, son of Gerry and Julia Walsh, Granard. Louise had Elisabeth Campbell, Caroline McDermott and Elaine Conlon as her bridesmaids while Ciaran had Thomas Walsh, Gene Kearney and Fergus Kelly as his bestman and groomsmen. Music in the church was by Claire Monahan and Musa. Following the ceremony the bridal party and their guests travelled to The Hudson Bay Hotel in Athlone where they were treated to a beautiful meal and danced the night away. We join with the Campbell and Walsh families in wishing Ciaran and Louise a long and happy life together.