PRIDE OF PLACE: As mentioned last week Streete Parish Park has been chosen to represent Westmeath in this National competition and to prepare the submission a short meeting will take place in the complex this Wednesday, July 13th at 7.30pm when every group/individual club who uses the Complex is asked to come along and offer their support and to simply highlight their use of the complex. A little from everyone helps a lot. The final is in November but the judges will be here on 26th July. Information is required on many points of interest and as a result your help may make all the difference. The meeting is this Wednesday at 7.30 so you are asked to come along. Let’s do ourselves and our parish proud.
BASKETBALL: We wish lots of enjoyment to Teresa, Ciara and all who take part in the summer Camp in the Parish Park.
RENOVATIONS: or any information regarding tenders for work on the church in Boherquill please call John Madden 044 9344347 John would like to hear from any local tradesperson or contractor who is interested in taking on any part of the renovations inside or outside the church.
VINTAGE DAY: Streete parish Park Vintage 10th Birthday was certainly a big one. The attendance was bigger than every by spectators and exhibitors. We kept a record for the first time of the Counties from which people came and it is amazing how many different counties appeared from Co. Down, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Cavan, Meath and on down to Carlow. Naturally everything may not have been perfect but nearly 99% agree it was one of the top events for 2011. Great credit goes to all the voluntary helpers without whose help it would not or could not happen. Exhibitors draw - 1st Prize won by David Johnston, Clones 2nd Prize Anthony Clarke, Granard, 3rd Derek Orme, & 4th prize Tommy Keogh. Milk the cow competition won by Peter Brady, Abeylara and Winning Youth, Conor Ellis. Lambs - There were four winners in the “guess the weight” competition, Gerry Mulvey, Dublin; John Parker, Streete, Mary Carthy and Raymond Dalton. Thanks to Alex Small for running this competition for the benefit of Streete Parish Park.
DOG SHOW: Thanks to Regina Scally and Margaret Baxter for looking after the Dog show and the report and results are as follows- “Once again the Dog Show was a very popular part of the day’s events. Entries were up 16% on last year and the calibre of dog was very high. The prize for Champion of the Show, the Streete Wildlife Perpetual Trophy, went to James Brady, Coole, whose dog also won the R.O.R. Perpetual Trophy for best gundog. The Joe and Mary Stell Memorial Perpetual Plaque, sponsored by Declan and Regina Scally, Correally, was won by Ms Christine Guckian, Ardcarne, Boyle for her Dogue de Bordeaux. This dog also won Reserve Champion of the Show. Our thanks to Judge Patricia Boyle who once again gave freely of her time and expertise to great effect. All results are as follows - Best Sheepdog or bitch; 1st prise won by Donal Flanagan, Athlone; 2nd Camilla Flanagan Athlone and 3rd Robert Evans Lismacaffrey. Any Variety Gun Dog; 1st prise won by James Brady, Coole, 2nd Ivan Gargan, Rathfoy, Co Meath and 3rd Sabina Carter, Rathfoy, Co Meath. Any Variety Foreigh Breed: 1st prize won by Christine Guchian, Boyle; 2nd Eamon O’Callaghan, Granard; and 3rd Yvonne Lesley, Granard. Best Terrier dog or bitch; 1st prize won by James Brady, Coole; 2nd Cathy Gorman, Ardagh and 3rd Noel Small, Granard. Any Variety of Puppy (3-12 mths old) (Large), 1st prize won by Christina Guckian, Boyle; 2nd Donal Flanagan, Athlone: 3rd Elizabeth Tilson, Killnaleck. Any Variety of Puppy (3-12 Mths old) (Small), 1st prize won by Padraig Monaghan, Abbeylara; 2nd Stephen Boylan and 3rd Owen Small, Granard. Any variety handled by a child; 1st prize won by Sarah Scott,Moydow; 2nd Hannah and Katie Shaw, Longford and 3rd Ronan Byrne, Moate. Any variety of Guard Dog; 1st prize won by Elizabeth Tilson, Killnaleck, 2nd Seán Brennan, Edgeworthstown, and 3rd Helen Harding, Lismacaffrey. Dog I would like to take home; 1st prize won by Aaron Dickson, Killucan; 2nd Laura O’Hara, Mullingar, and 3rd Sarah Scott, Moydow.
RAFFLE: Thanks to all who supported our Raffle on Sunday last – 1st Prize €300 won by K. Lynch, 2nd Prize €200 won by Kevin Lynch, 3rd |Prize P.J.Kelly, Ballynacargy and 4th Prize mark Smyth.
DONKEY DERBY: Greatly exceeded our wildest dreams and we will be better prepared for the next year. The large crowd lined the track and gave lots of encouragement to the seven donkeys and riders who took part. Thanks to all who helped out especially Tom Murphy, Granard who was a great help.
FUN: There was much fun especially with the Poteen Makers performance, also a display depicting a day in the bog. A Model forge, etc, A vintage steam engine as well as a driving model owned by Peter Wrafter, Kinnegad, a great display of outdoor cooking by John Reynolds, Mohill. Bridget Sullivan brought along some goats and a small carriage drawn by one. There was so much entertainment. I only mention a few attractions.
THANKS: to everyone who in any way helped out with the preparation and running of the event. So many helped out in so many ways it would be wrong to single anyone out but on behalf of the committee I have to say a sincere thanks to John O’Brien for the use of his field for car parking and Seamus Sullivan for the use of his yard – Thank you.
PICTURES: I have just received a text message from Tony Tighe, son of Paddy and Nancy to tell me that he has put pictures of our Vintage Day which he took on his website www.tonytighephotography.ie and all are welcome to have a look at them. Just go to his website and click on public gallery. There is no password needed.
BOHERQUILL RAMBLERS: Last Sunday, July 10th was the day of this year’s much-anticipated Streete Vintage Festival so the Ramblers took a week off from their usual Sunday afternoon walks to enjoy the proceedings. A full report can be found elsewhere in the notes but it must be said that all who visited the Parish Park on Sunday thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were very impressed by all the hard work put into the Festival by the Streete Vintage Committee. On next Sunday, July 17th, the Ramblers will begin and end their walk in Multyfarnham. Cars will leave Boherquill at 2pm and meet at the Friary gates in Multyfarnham at 2.20pm. Anyone who wishes to join the Ramblers trip to Clare Island from Friday September 2nd to Sunday September 4th is asked to contact Brian Nerney as soon as possible for further details at 086 2596656.
WILDLIFE CLUB: The Wildlife Club have been asked to run the pool shoot at the Ballinlough Castle Country Fair this Saturday and Sunday 16/17 July. Ballinlough Castle is located just of the N52 betwen Delvin and Clonmellon. The Ballinlough Fair is now one of the biggest Country Fair to be held in Ireland, so if you are going to Ballinlough this weekend do call to see us at the shooting range, or better still bring your gun and have a go.
FINALLY: Thanks to so many who helped over the weekend and it is hoped anyone who can will attend the meeting in the park tonight, Wednesday.