BLESSING: - Of throats in Boherquill following Mass on Saturday evening and in Rathowen following Mass on Sunday morning, February, 3rd.
GATHERING: - Meeting with Henry Healy as guest speaker takes place in Streete Parish Park at 8p.m. this Thursday, 31st January to launch the proposed past pupils’ reunion for all past students of Lismacaffrey Schools, old and new, Rath School, Church of Ireland School formerly in Streete and any other past pupils from this parish. It all depends on a good turnout from the parish, so please try and attend. Kevin Brady has been very active putting together a history of our parish which will be explained and discussed on Thursday night. Kevin can be contacted on 087 1375222 or Pat Duffy 086 8433355.
SYMPATHY: - Sincere sympathy is extended to the wife and family of the late Garda Detective Adrian Donohoe and to his colleagues in the force. Adrian as we know was shot dead during a robbery at a Credit Union in Co. Louth. May he rest in peace and may his family get strength at this sad time. He was formerly from Killinaleck, quite close to hear.
DEATH: - We extend our condolences to the relatives and friends of Alice Daly, Abbeylara whose cremation followed Mass in Abbeylara on Tuesday of this week. Alice was a founding member of Boherquill Ramblers who were represented at her removal and funeral. May she rest in peace. We also remember Maureen Murray, Edgeworthstown and Longford a long-time friend of the Farrelly family, Streete. May she rest in peace.
SECURITY: - We are all asked to be extra vigilant regarding security in our homes and indeed in the area. Anyone who sees something dodgy is asked to contact the Garda and to report it. On the matter of security the Chairman of the local Community Alert is David O’Hara 087 7946413 and the Secretary is Cathal Tighe 087 1373005. Many people are contacting the writer of these notes but please note the above numbers to contact in future.
WALKWAY: - We are aware that two lights are not working on Streete Parish Park Walkway. These are being replaced by the suppliers this Thursday morning under warranty and we regret any inconvenience caused.
PROTEST: - Castlepollard area Community Alert and Castlepollard Town Council are facilitating the holding of a Public Meeting to discuss the closure of Castlepollard branch of Ulster Bank. The meeting takes place in Hotel Castlepollard on this Thursday, 31st January at 8.30p.m. All welcome and we are requested to spread the word
BEST WISHES: - And we are delighted to hear that Matt Keegan is back in business supplying diesel and oils from his home in Lisryan. 2012 was a tough year on Matt and Caroline and it is great to see him back in business especially in this parish. Matt can be contacted any time on 086 4492222, his new number.
I.C.A.: - The monthly ICA meeting of Coolamber Branch takes place in Streete Parish Park meeting room on Tuesday next, 5th February at 8p.m. New members very welcome.
LOTTO: - The numbers drawn in the last Streete Parish Park draw were 8,13,24,27 with no winner of the jackpot. The three €40 winners were Cathy Baxter, Clonconnell; P.J. Kelly, Ballynacargy and Frank O’Neill, Russagh. Stay in to win and we thank you for your continued support.
PARISH PARK: - Bookings for any of the facilities in Streete Parish Park Sports Complex indoor or outdoor should be made with Declan Carthy 086 8123514 or 087 9287129 as far in advance as possible. Should anyone have ideas for sports, classes etc. that they would like to see available please contact Declan or Brian 086 2596656 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CONGRATULATIONS: - To Lorraine Tormey, Postmistress, Rathowen who has been appointed to the An Post Board as Postmaster Director after Minister, Pat Rabbitte ordered a reshuffle of the state owned company. Lorraine will be tasked with revitalising the company which has endured a tough recent past with the Postal Service becoming less and less vital. This is indeed a great honour for our postmistress and we wish her well and success with this challenging position.
BOHERQUILL RAMBLERS: - The Clubhouse at Clonkill Hurling Club near Mullingar provided some very welcome shelter for the Ramblers when needed last Sunday afternoon, while the walking track round Clonkill’s pitch also provided some wide-ranging views of the area at the start and end of the walk. The very cold weather and occasional showers made sure the Ramblers kept up a sprightly pace round the loop walk through Sheefin and back to the warmth of the Clubhouse where tea and a plentiful supply of sandwiches and cakes were waiting. The Ramblers would like to thank Declan Leonard and Clonkill Hurling Club for allowing them to use the Clubhouse. Clonkill are to be congratulated on their fine pitch and Clubhouse. The Ramblers will visit Newcastle Forest near Ballymahon for their walk on next Sunday. February 3rd. Cars will leave Boherquill at 1.30pm and meet at the bridge in the Forest at 2pm. The Ramblers 2013 St. Patrick’s Day trip to Strangford is now taking bookings; anyone who would like to join the party is asked to contact Brian Nerney on 086 2596656. The Ramblers were very sad last week to hear of the death of Alice Daly of Abbeylara. Alice was a founder member of the Ramblers and was always very popular in the group. May she rest in peace.
WILDLIFE CLUB: - All club members please note that the club 35th AGM will be held on Friday 5th April next, full details will be forwarded to all members within the next few days. The club open winter clay shooting league will commence on Thursday week 7th February, and will be ran over eight weeks on Thursday nights from 7pm to 9pm. For further details please contact Padraig 0872057847 or Willie 0862582370.
BOWLS: - Last week was a very busy week for the Streete bowls club. On Sunday last, in conjunction with the Westmeath executive, the club hosted a very successful Westmeath Singles competition. The standard of this competition continues to get better and better. Two Streete players, Liam Connaughton and Fra Dillion made it to the semi-finals. They were unlucky to have been drawn against each other. After a very thrilling game Fra Dillion won out in the end. He went on to beat Seamus Daly of Tyrellspass in the final thus winning his third consecutive final. Well done Fra!! On Tuesday last Streete A had a hard fought victory over Tyrellspass A in the League at the Streete Complex but Streete B let a half-time lead slip to be overtaken by Ardagh. On Wednesday Streete C travelled to Castlepollard where they were narrowly beaten by the home team. The last match of the week took place on Thursday when Streete D went head to head with Tyrellspass C. Despite playing well they lost out to their more experienced opponents. The Streete club would like to thank the players, spectators and everyone who helped to make the event last Sunday such a resounding success. We invite new members to join the club.