Streete and district notes




Reader at the 11am Mass next Sunday, May 11 is Ruth Gilligan and Eucharistic Minister, Enda Murphy. Please note that for the month of May, weekend masses will be 6pm on Saturday in Rathowen and 11am on Sunday in Boherquill. Mass on Sunday, May 11 at 11am is in memory of the late Jimmy Meehan, Streete.


Sincere sympathy is extended to John Parker, Streete and his family on the death of his uncle, Joe Parker, Corrydonlon, Rathowen in Porticuncula Nursing Home, Multyfarnham. Joe had reached an advanced age and was in the Nursing Home for a number of years. He was predeceased by his brothers, Paddy and Tom. His funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Mary’s Church, Rathowen on Tuesday of last week and was followed by burial in Russagh graveyard. May he rest in peace.

Guest Speaker

Chris McCarthy, a local Bible scholar will be the guest speaker at Fourwinds, Barradrum on Thursday, May 29 at 7.15pm. Normal Thursday meetings continuing at 7pm through May. For more information contact Roy Jones 043 6676023 or 087 1258722.

21st Birthday

Congratulations and best wishes to Pauline Parker, daughter of John & Philomena who celebrated her 21st birthday with family and friends in Feerick’s Hotel, Rathowen last Saturday night.

Walking Festival

As will be seen elsewhere in these notes, Boherquill Ramblers 12th Annual Walking festival takes place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 9, 10 & 11. Full details in the Ramblers notes by Philip our PRO or you can contact him on 087 7753612 or Brian 086 2596656. Our email address is

Many of our members attended the Longford Walks & Festival last weekend which was their first and very enjoyable. We look forward to entries from Longford & Westmeath this weekend and assure you of some stunning walks starting at the home of Thomas and Valerie Packenham, Tullynally, just one mile outside Castlepollard. On Saturday and Sunday remember to bring a packed lunch and water as well as some fruit. Sunday, Mass in Fore at 10am followed by an exciting walk. Please read Philip’s details in these notes and remember all are welcome. As this is the 12th year for a festival and our 14th year in existence we can promise you a great time if you come along.

Mini Marathon

The ladies in Lismacaffrey National School Parents Group are still looking for ladies to join them in the Mini Marathon to raise some funds for the School. If interested and we hope you are, please contact Julia Badrick 086 3102623.


Streete Parish Park Vintage held a meeting last Friday night to start plans for this year’s Tractor Run on Saturday, July 12 and Vintage Day on Sunday, July 13. We intend keeping our standards as good as ever and have some new attractions this year. Our next meeting to which we invite all is on Thursday, May 15 at 9pm in Streete Parish Park and all are welcome. We need all the help we can get, so please come along. For any further details or to offer much needed help contact John Parker 086 8301347, Pat Duffy 086 8433355.


Don’t forget Streete Parish Park bingo every Monday night at 8.30pm where the main jackpot is still €20,000 Also we have the Lotto draw during the bingo every second Monday night. It only costs €2 to be in with a chance.

Streete Wildlife Club

The County Longford 2014 Sporting Clay Shoot is due to be held in the Streete grounds on Sunday, May 25 next. Shoot practice will be held in the grounds on the following dates and times. - Thursday, May 15 from 7pm to 8.30pm, Sunday, May 18 from 12 noon to 3.30pm, Tuesday, May 20 from 7pm to 8.30pm, and Thursday, May 22 from 7pm to 8.30pm. All practice shoots are open and everyone is welcome, and for further details please contact Willie Campbell 086 2582370.

The club offers its sympathy to John Parker and family on the death of his uncle last week.

Boherquill Ramblers

On Sunday, April 27, the Ramblers travelled to Boora Bog near Kilcormac in County Offaly, where 2.000 hectares of cutaway bog were thought to be of no commercial use so they were allowed to go back to nature until in 1994 when a group of Bord na Mona workers produced a plan which has since dramatically re-vitalised the area. There are now more than 20km of walks through lake and wetland areas which provide homes to large numbers of wild birds such as swans, herons and ducks as well as the grey partridge which was once on the verge of extinction but which is now rapidly increasing in numbers. A series of large-scale stone, timber and metal sculptures comment on environmental and historical themes. One such structure is an enclosure currently under construction using stone donated from the four Provinces of Ireland and Ellis Ireland in New York. Led by Eileen Moreton, the Ramblers spent several hours on two walks through the area, enjoying and appreciating the many facets of the project, so thank you to Eileen for a very interesting outing.

The Ramblers will hold their 2014 Walking Festival from Friday, May 9 to Sunday, May 11.

On Friday, May 9 there will be an evening walk in the remarkable grounds of Tullynally Castle near Castlepollard, beginning after registration at 7pm in the car park beside the Castle courtyard. There will be complimentary tea and coffee after the walk.

On Saturday, May 10 there will be a selection of walks in Mullaghmeen Forest following registration in the Square in Castlepollard at 10am. A coach to Mullaghmeen will be available for those needing transport to the 11am start of the walks.

For Sunday’s walk registration will follow 10am mass in Fore. Complimentary tea and coffee will be on offer in Jane’s Coffee Shop before the walk starts at 11am. This is always a very popular walk as the walk leaders Frank and John Higgins have entry to private land not normally accessible. No dogs are allowed on any walk as there will be livestock in fields along the way.

On the longer routes on Saturday and Sunday there will be points where walkers can leave or join the walk. Registration fees will be €5 for Friday’s walk and €10 each forSaturday and Sunday, or €20 for all three walks. Walkers should wear walking boots and bring a packed lunch on Saturday and Sunday. For further details please contact Brian Nerney on 086 2596656, e-mail brian.nerney, or Frank Higgins on 086 8072208.

All are welcome to come along for the weekend, so do spread the word and text all your friends.

The Ramblers send their best wishes to Shirley, of the Tea Shop in Tullynally, who is going through a difficult time at the moment.