A 2014 Calendar with over 60 photographs of images of the Parish has been produced and is on sale in the region for 10 euro.The Calendar is sponsored by Cllr Tom Crosby and is for sale and we are told that this Calendar would make an ideal Christmas Gift. The Calendar is available in Centra. If you wish to find out more information contact Tom Crosby at 086-6005530. The Calendar is produced by Willow Designs, Cootehall.

Congrats Peter

Well done to Peter Hoey, Cloonmore, who won the Roscommon Scor Final recently. He now goes forward to the Connacht Final. Well done Peter.

School Concert brilliant

Cloonfower National School held its annual Concert in St. Barry’s Hall on Friday night, 13th December. The musical “Big Bad Ben” was just brilliant, a great performance all round. And what about those costumes, they were just great. Well done to all. We will mention the total cast next week.

Pupils shine

Well done to the pupils and teachers of Ballyfeeney National School who did a lovely show on the local radio last Sunday evening. We extend congratulations to Principal Mrs McDonnell, other teachers and the students for some great radio work.


Strokestown’s first Goal Mile will take place on St. Stephen’s Day at 1pm, commencing at Parish Church. Sponsorships cards available in local shops. So give up half an hour of your day to assist the people in very difficult positions throughout the World. The walk is been organised by Andrew Reynolds.


We send our congratulations to Grainne Farrell, Cloonfour, Ruskey and Will Meaney, Fermoy, Co. Cork who were married on the 7th December in Galway. The couple will reside in Oranmore in Galway. We wish the couple the very best of good luck for the future.

Wedding bells

Congrats to Ciara McGowan, formerly Newtown, Whitehall and Leo Peyton who were recently married in Co. Mayo. We wish the couple the very best of luck for the future.


80 euro to Declan Beirne, 40 euro to Brendan Gilhooly and 30 euro Jimmy Keveney.

Carol Show

Roscommon Solstice Choir will perform a special Christmas Carol Show at Strokestown Parish Church on Sunday, 22nd December at 8pm. All donations received will go towards Lourdes Invalid Fund.

Lip Reading Classes

Lip reading classes will commence at the Ruskey Community Centre early in the New Year. For further details contact Patricia at 086-8534100.

Sanctuary Players

Sanctuary Players are looking for three female actress, two girls in their thirties and a woman between thirty and forty five. If you fit the bill contact this number 085-1044931 for further information.

Special Water Ski

A special water ski will take place on Christmas morning as a”Tribute” to the late Brian King. Enquiries to 087-6356729. The event is been organised by Whitehall/Kilglass Special Needs Group. The launch of the event took place at Strokestown Golf last Friday night. Lines are now on sale throughout the region and more details will become available in the coming weeks.

Buttercups Playschool

The parent and toddler group has resumed every Tuesday at Buttercups Playschool between 10am to 12 noon. Please come along.

Set Dancing Classes

Set Dancing Classes for children continue at St.Barry’s Hall every Thursday evening at 6.45pm.All welcome especially beginners.Contact 086-1522614.

Celebration of Lord Forgiveness

A celebration of Lord Forgiveness will be celebrated on Monday 23rd December. The priests of the area will be available at 6pm in Ruskey, 7pm in Whitehall and 8pm in Strokestown. All parishioners of the Community are invited to this celebration.

St. Barry’s AGM.

Treasurers of the St.Barry’s GAA club Paddy Wallace and Eoin O’Boyle gave a very detailed account of the financial transactions of the club at the recent AGM. Paddy’s and Eoin’s report was warmly received by members. Paddy informed delegates that he wished to step down from the position of Treasurer but would continue to work for the betterment of St. Barry’s GAA. Next year we will give you more reports from the AGM.

Scripture Sharing Group

Advent Scripture Sharing Group will take place every week during the month of December. Anyone wishing to attend please contact Fr Eamon.