New Year Greetings
Wishing all readers of our Streete & District notes a very Happy & Peaceful 2015.
As mentioned in last week’s notes, the death took place in Tullamore Hospital of Michael Earley, Coolnagun. Michael’s removal took place from Portiuncula Nursing Home, Multyfarnham to St. Mary’s Church, Boherquill last Sunday and he was laid to rest in St. Fintan’s Cemetery, Boherquill beside his late brother, Pat who predeceased him in 1992. Pat was the first person to be buried in the graveyard when it opened in 1992. May they rest in peace.
Linda Butler asks me on behalf of the Church of Ireland, Streete to say a sincere thank you to everyone who supported the annual Christmas Carol Service in the church in Streete. This Christmas the chosen charity was Childline and the amount collected and forwarded to Childline was €502 – Thank you.
The 8pm Mass in Boherquill on Friday, 9th January is in memory of the late Baby Rubi Tighe and the 11a.m. Mass on Sunday, 11th January is in memory of the deceased Fagan family and their deceased family members. The 11a.m. Mass on Sunday, 18th in Boherquill is in memory of the late Fr. James Masterson of this Parish and also Kimmage Manor.
If not already collected are available and can be collected at Boherquill Church Porch any day.
Longford County Council has indicated that the local community needs to form a little group early in the New Year to oversee the maintenance of Coolamber Cemetery for the coming year. If interested please talk to Fr. Joe after Mass.
Streete Parish Park committee are delighted to announce that Streete Parish Park Vintage have been selected to host the Irish Vintage Society All Ireland 2015. An all-out effort will be made to make this an outstanding event and to show that we are worthy recipients of this honour, which will not only benefit this Parish of Streete but the whole of County Westmeath especially Mullingar and the North of the County as well as County Longford. Any suggestions or offers of help will be welcome by John Whyte or any member of the Parish Park committee. The contact people for this event are Brian Nerney 086 2596656, Pat Duffy 086 8433355, John Parker 086 8301347 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject to support it is hoped that we may produce a programme booklet for this All Ireland event. Any offers to advertise will be greatly appreciated, just contact any of us. The date for this event is Sunday, 12th July 2015 and on Saturday, 11th July we will hold our annual Philip Moran Tractor Charity Run as part of the weekend. We invite all vintage clubs to join us on that weekend and make it a memorable one for 2015.
It will take a few weeks to get back to normal with our Calendar of Walks for 2015. If in doubt please feel free to contact Brian 086 2596656 or Alice 086 8130780. Also you might keep an eye on our website www.boherquillramblers.ie and as during the past few years our P.R.O. Philp Epps will keep us all informed each week in these notes. Philip is available on 087 7756312 and he would love to hear anyone with a suggestion for a few walks as we are always interested in new information, so don’t be shy!. Memberships are due for 2015 so that we can pay our insurance. The fee is only €20 for an adult, €30 for a family and no fee for youth under 16. We are about to commence our 15th year as a club and we will welcome new members. Just contact Maura Mcloughlin or Alice Nerney.
Please remember this Sunday, January 11th the Edgeworthstown Branch of St. Christopher’s hold their annual walk in aid of this very well-known and wonderful local charity. The walk/run will start from Streete Parish Park at 2p.m. and following a 5km loop will end with refreshments in the Parish community Centre. St. Christopher’s is of great benefit to many from our Longford & Westmeath District. This year in particular the organisers seek your support and will welcome all to run, walk, jog or whatever suits you. Mammies and Grannies are welcome to bring small children in buggies. The writer wishes to remind all to bring a few euros in your pocket. It is a very easy circuit and all are welcome.
The 2015 Parish Calendar is available free of charge in the Church Porch in Boherquill and contains important and useful information, so we are asked that every household bring one home.
The final of the club Christmas League Clay Shoot was held on the 18th December last, and we had 30 shooter’s taking part in the finals on the night and well done to all the winners on the night, and we thank all the club members who helped out on the night. It’s hoped to start the Club Spring League on the 5th February next full details later. Members are asked to note that the next vermin count will be held on the 13th January next, and club fox shoots are on each Sunday until further notice. On behalf of the club we offer our sympathy to the families of the late Johnny Keary Streete and Michael Earley Coolnagun who died recently.
A group of Ramblers walked in Mullaghmeen Forest on St. Stephen’s morning in conditions appropriate for the season with a sprinkling of snow in the higher parts of the forest. The excesses of Christmas Day were walked off during the two-hour walk which was a combination of the red and white trails.
The Ramblers will join a charity walk in aid of the Edgeworthstown branch of St. Christopher’s Services for people with disabilities on Sunday January 11th. The route will be a loop walk starting at Streete Parish Park at 2pm. Those attending are asked to bring a donation for this very deserving cause which does a lot of good work in the area. Happy New Year to all the Ramblers and their families and don’t forget details of walks and other activities can be found at www.boherquillramblers.ie.
Streete Bowls club are back bowling this week with all three teams well placed in the Westmeath League. The following lucky players won the Christmas hampers: Division 1- Liam Connaughton. Division 2- Sean Flood, Division 3 - Enda Murphy. Special Draw: Mel Dunleavy. Streete club, in conjunction with Westmeath Bowls will host the Westmeath Singles competition on Sunday January 18th. in Streete Sports complex. The club would like to extend their sincere condolences to the Keary family on the passing of Johnny Keary and also the Earley family on the recent death of Michael Earley. May they rest in peace. We wish all our bowlers and their families a peaceful and prosperous New Year. New members are welcome so why not take up bowls for the New Year.