SCHOOL Reunion: - As most know we hope to celebrate the Gathering 2013 with a School’s past reunion in Streete Parish Park on 25th October. This may seem a long time ahead but to make it a memorable success we need help with names and addresses or contact numbers so we can send invitations to all past pupils of Lismacaffrey, Rath, Church of Ireland School. Many are now married and living elsewhere. All we are asking is that you forward details to Kevin 087 1375222 or Pat 0868433355 so we can make sure all at least get an invitation to this Gathering event. Remember those who have left this parish would have to get contact from the parish. We have heard some criticism of the cost but don’t forget it includes a full sit down hot meal in our Community Centre and a night’s entertainment and more. Tickets are available in advance at €30 per person or €50 for a couple. Value for money is assured and it is just a celebration and not a fundraiser.
GOOD LUCK: - and best wishes this Thursday to our St. Fintan’s National School football lteam who are in the Schools final when they play Loughnavalley N.S. at 3p.m. in Cusack Park, Mullingar It is many years since our School got to the final and it is hoped as many supporters as can will go to the match. We look forward to a great game.
ENROLMENT: Parents please note if you have not already enrolled your child for 2013/2014 please contact the School straight away.
THANKS: - to all who supported the Lismacaffrey School after Mass cake sale run by the Parents Association recently.
FIELD DAY: We wish success to Abbeylara Parish Committee who are holding their annual field day on Sunday, 9th June. Included among the attractions will be Tractor pulling and Truck Pulling, a Vintage Parade and display of cars etc. Midget Car Racing in association with Motorsport Ireland. Watch the papers for further details. Any queries please call Pat Reilly 086 8855189 or Campbell Gibson 086 8545378
PILGRIMAGE: Padre Pio National Pilgrimage in Holy Cross Abbey, Thurles, Sunday, May 26th. A coach will leave Mullingar at 8.30 a.m. from outside Shaw’s. Also a 3 day Lough Derg Pilgrimage June, 27th-29th with a coach from Mullingar. To book please call Rover Coaches, Mullingar 086 2571645 or 044 9342449.
GATHERING: Meeting in Streete Parish Park this Friday, 9p.m. All welcome.
VINTAGE: Streete Parish Park Vintage Meeting on Sunday next, 26th at 6p.m. in Streete Parish Park to start plans for our Vintage Weekend in July. If available to get involved in any way please attend as lots of help will be needed. Queries 0862596656. We will have our Philip Moran Memorial Tractor Run on the Saturday.
BOHERQUILL RAMBLERS: - The Ramblers Midland Walking Festival opened with an evening walk in the beautiful grounds of Tullynally Castle on Friday May 10th , led by Alice Nerney. The peaceful weather suited the setting as the large group explored the gardens near the Castle where there are many species of trees and shrubs collected by generations of the Pakenham family. The pink and white flowers of the magnolias were particularly striking, in both the Flower Garden and among the exotic trees around the Chinese Clearing. A loop walk through the forest beyond the Lower Lake gave the visitors a taste of the wilder side of the Estate. The Teashop in the Castle courtyard provided plenty of sandwiches, cakes, tea and coffee for all, to bring the evening to an end. Saturday’s weather was less benign for the Ramblers and guests’ walk from The Friary gates in Multyfarnham round the western end of Lough Derravaragh, with some sunny periods but also heavy showers as they followed side roads, green roads and crossed farmland to reach the bank of the Inny River at the end of the Lough. They continued after a break for lunch, on a track through Derrya and on to Coolure House with its view out to Lough Derravaragh and its courtyards surrounded by well-preserved stone outbuildings. A track beside the Yellow River and a short stretch of road led to the back entrance to Tullynally Estate from where the walkers were on familiar ground, past the working farm buildings and through the meadows around the Castle itself. A walk down the drive led to the Estate’s main entrance on the road into Castlepollard and the end of the walk. Given the poor weather, a surprisingly large group of walkers gathered in The Coffee Shop in Fore at 11am on Sunday for pre-walk refreshments. The aim for Sunday’s walk was a complete circuit of Lough Lene. The route led first from the village to the northern shore of Lough Lene and then followed the road west round the end of the Lough through Newpark and Loughpark with frequent views out across the choppy water of the Lough on the way. John Higgins showed the way from the road to Fagan’s Shore, the base for members of the Lough Lene Anglers Association who enjoy the wonderful fishing on the Lough. The Ramblers stopped here for lunch and then continued on along the southern shore of the Lough towards Collinstown, though they skirted the village itself and emerged onto the road leading to The Cut, the popular bathing area at the eastern end of Lough Lene. On the home stretch now, the route followed side roads and a short-cut across farmland back into Fore village. The Coffee Shop provided some very welcome refreshments for the tired walkers at the end of the long but very enjoyable walk. Many people deserve the Ramblers thanks for helping to make this year’s Festival a success in spite of the poor weather; first Thomas and Valerie Pakenham of Tullynally, who allowed access to their Estate, as well as Shirley and the staff at the Castle Teashop who stayed open late and catered so well for the walkers on Friday night. Jane O’Reilly of the Coffee Shop in Fore looked after all comers before and after the walk on Sunday with the usual friendly welcome she offers whenever the Ramblers visit Fore. The Walking Festival would not have been possible without all the hard work put in by Frank and John Higgins in devising the walks and the co-operation of all the landowners who gave permission to cross their property. Ramblers Chairman Brian Nerney was again indispensable in providing transport wherever and whenever needed throughout the Festival. Paddy O’Brien of Rover Coaches in Mullingar supplied the coach for the weekend. Once again, many thanks to all the above whose hard work and co-operation added to the enjoyment of this year’s Festival. The Ramblers return to their usual Sunday afternoon outings on Sunday May 26th with a walk beside the River Inny led by Alice Nerney. Cars will leave Boherquill at 1.30pm and meet at The Float Bridge at 1.45pm.
MRSTA: - Midland Retired Secondary Teacher’s Assoc. final meeting before summer will take place in Longford Library on Thurs May 23rd at 10:30am. We hope have short presentation on “Safety when using technology”, and other computer related topics. Please share your tips/best websites/shortcuts etc with us on the day. We will also show short DVD on recent Camino walk to Santiago de Compostela. As ever retired friends also welcome. See then..Rosemary 0877589287
BBQ: - As part of Andrew Whitney’s Lord Mayor Campaign Andrew is hosting a Pig Roast and BBQ in Feerick’s Hotel Rathowen on Saturday 25th May. This is Andrew’s final event in aid of Bunbrosna G.A.A. and M.S. Ireland and your support will be greatly appreciated. Music on the night is by Kevin Matthews and tickets are available from any member of the committee or contact Andrew (087 1330103)
WILDLIFE CLUB: - The club are busy planning its game development project at the moment, and hope to rear 200 pheasants along with partridges, and mallard duck. At the 2013 AGM of County Longford shooting and Conservation Council held on 14th May last Barry Sullivan stepped down as Chairman after six years in the position, and Seamus Denning was elected as County Chairman for the coming year, and Barry Sullivan was elected as County PRO for the year ahead. The club wishes both men all the best in their new positions. The club wishes St Fintan’s School Lismacaffrey all the best in their football final this week. As our notes have to be done by Saturday evening now we are unable to bring details from the County Shoot held last Sunday until next week.