THANKS: St Guasachts Parents Association, Bunlahy would sincerely like to thank everyone who supported our recent Table Quiz which was a great success. A special word of thanks to everyone who sponsored raffle prizes: Helen and Gerard Reynolds, Aiden Reynolds, Supervalu Granard, Creegans Pub, Cllrs. Micheal Carrigy and PJ Oreilly, Seamus Flynn Flynnair, Greville Arms Hotel, Granard and Francis Foster. Thanks to everyone who helped on the night and to those who sold tickets. A special word of thanks to Johnny Creegan for providing the venue for the night.
Craggy Island/Ted Festival comes to Coolarty|: On Saturday night May 25th at 6pm in McElvaneys 5K nuns on the run, lovely girls competition, wellie throwing, Eurovision song contest, BBQ, DJ and prizes, fancy dress essential!! ...Ah come on....come on....come on. Proceeds in aid of St. Christophers Services.
ANNUAL DRING FESTIVAL: On Sunday June 2nd next the Colmcille branch of St.Christopher’s will host their annual Festival on the shores of Loch Gowna in Dring. There will be fun for all the family and plenty of good entertainment with music been provided by Dave and Blue Tacks along with a number of gifted locals performing also. The hard working committee are to be congratulated for keeping this festival going for so many years and they surely deserve all the support possible so put Sunday June 2nd in your diary and come along and enjoy the day. Anyone wishing to donate good items for the Bric a Brac sale can leave them with Francis in the community centre.Lets all hope and pray that the sun will shine on the day.
TAOISEACH’S VISIT: Sunday June 16th will be a historic day for the Bunlahy and Ballinalee Areas as An Taoiseach Mr. Enda Kenny will be welcomed to unveil a statue in recognition of the late General Sean McEoin and of the 40 members of North Longford Flying Column. The late General McEoin was,of course,born in Bunlahy and before the unveiling in Ballinalee the Taoiseach will stop of in Bunlahy and visit the actual birth place.
CYCLE REGISTRATION: The organizers of the Lourdes Invalid Fund cycle to Croagh Patrick which will take place on Saturday June 1st invite all intending cyclists to a registration evening in Creegan’s of Bunlahy on this Sunday evening May 19th at 7-30pm. It is most important that all cyclists register as transport for bicycles home and refreshments have to be organised and we need to know what numbers we have. Registration is 25 euro and all proceeds go to the Lourdes invalid Fund. For further information contact Jimmy Brady on 0878875227.
SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is offered to Michael, Jimmy and Hugh Brady and families Lismagooneen, Edgeworthstown on the death of their mother Katie which occurred at the weekend. The late Mrs. Brady was the former Katie Smyth from Coolcor and she is also survived by her sister Peggy. Beloved wife of the late Hugh Brady, Katie was laid to rest in Ballinalee cemetery following Mass in Clonbroney on Sunday last. May she rest in peace.
LONGFORD/DONEGAL WEDDING: On Saturday last May 11th a beautiful wedding was celebrated in St. Eunan’s Cathedral in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal when Fr. Eamon Kelly and Fr. Simon Cadam united Alan Kiernan, son of Briege and Vincent of Coolarty and Catherine Mullen in Holy marriage. Catherine had Sarah Neely, Maeve McEldowney and Mairead Crossan as her bridesmaids while Alan had Paul Kiernan, David Naughton and Neil Kiernan as his best man and groomsmen. The flowergirls were Aisling Mullen, Emily Crossan and Anna Sweeney and the readings were by Bernadette Kiernan, Joanne Kiernan and Paddy Mullen. The gift bearers were Kathleen Mullen and Briege Kiernan and the reflection was read by Sally Mullen while the lovely music was by Gavin McBride and Collette Peoples. Prayers of the faithful by Joe Mullen, Lisa Kiernan, Sallyanne Sherry, Aine O’Donnell, Mairead Cullen and Enda Duffy. Following the ceremony the bridal party and their guests travelled to the Mount Errigal Hotel where they were treated to a beautiful meal and danced the night away and into the early hours of Sunday morning. We join with the Kiernan and Mullen families in wishing Catherine and Alan a long and happy life together.
THE LATE MOLLIE McCABE: Its with much sadness and regret that we record the death of Mrs. Mollie McCabe which has occurred in Corby North Hants, England. The late Mrs. McCabe was the former Mollie Higgins, daughter of the late Willie (Bill) and Mary Higgins of Ballymore, Granard and she was married to the late Joe McCabe who was a native of Cartron Granard. Mollie is survived by her sons Alfie, Tommy and Joey, daughters Maureen and Kay,14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren along with her brothers Paddy in Ballymore, Johnny in Waterford, sisters Betty and Kitty USA, Bridie in England and Rosie Fagan in Killeen to who we offer sincere sympathy at this sad time. Mollie’s funeral takes place today, Wednesday in Corby. May she rest in peace