To Fiona and Basil Sexton on the birth of their baby daughter, Amber. A little sister for Amy .


After 32 years service in St Mary’s N.S, Padraig Flynn is retiring .We are having a retirement party on Sunday, 22nd June to celebrate Padraig work and dedication to the school. The committee members are calling to all the houses in the parish to hand out invitations for the event, from the 19th May, they will also give a envelope to each household and if people wish to make a donation towards the funding of the event they can do so at this time . It would be greatly appreciated. If there are people outside the parish who would like to make a donation they can send it into the school or give it to any committee member. The committee members are Betty Whitney, Geraldine Connnaughton, Margaret Beirne, Catherine Kelly, Sarah McNamara, Michael Manning, Sheila Lambden, Jennifer Gilmartin, and Jennifer Evans. We are gathering photographs and stories about Padraig’s time in St Marys NS. If people have any old photos or stories they can drop them into the school or to any committee member. We are trying to contact as many people as possible who would have been connected with the school during Padraig;s time as Master . we are setting up a facebook group to try to help us let as many people as possible know about Padraig retirement.


Are having a 5k road race in Rathowen on Wedensday, June 11 at 8pm. Registration will take place in St Mary’s Hall at 6.30pm. Please support. Adults 10 euro, children 5 euro.

Cemetery Sunday

Russagh, 1st June 3pm. Rathaspic, 8th June 3pm

Table quiz

Their will be a table quiz in Connaughton’s Pub on Friday, 30th May, starting at 9.30pm, it’s in aid of the Johns Amani Orphanage. If you want to know more, check out the web site johnsamaniorphanage.ie its for a great cause. Local girl, Olive Connaughton is very much involved in this, she is heading out this year with other volunteers to help all those children in need. So please support.


Next draw will take place on 26/05/2014 in Connaughton’s Pub. Please support your local lotto thanks. Jackpot will be 3,100 euro.


The death took place on Tuesday, 20 May of Peter McCormack, Winetown, Rathowen. Prayers were in our Lady’s Manor, Edgeworthstown on Wednesday. His funeral mass took place in Rathowen Church at 12 noon on Thursday with Burial afterwards in Russagh Cemetry. RIP

Tidy Towns

Are looking for volunteers to help clean up the village, ie pick litter etc. if you have a little spare time on your hands on Saturday, 7th June from 10am to 12 or from 3pm to 5pm, it would be much appreciated. Meet in Connaughton’s car park.

St Mary’s NS

Many thanks to our parents association who ran our sports day on Wednesday, 21st May and provided all the food on the day. It was very much appreciated and well done to all concerned.

St Thomas Church

Community led by Canon Janet Cattrell, celebrate 200 years on Sunday, June 1st at 3pm, all are welcome.

Mass times

For the month of June, the Saturday 6pm mass will be in Boherquill, and the 11am Sunday mass will be in Rathowen, Saturday 31st May 6pm, Boherquill.

Irish Cancer Society

Annual church gate collection this weekend, 31st May/1st June. Please give generously .


To all involved in the “Streete and its People” publication, it came second in the Listowel National Writers Week Awards. Well done all. There are still copies available.

Gun Club

Are looking for new members, anyone interested, please contact Cyrian Connaughton for membership form or any committee member.


Ballinalack Tidy Towns are running a BBQ on May 31st. Music on the night starts at 8pm, tickets 5 euro.


Congratulations to local girl, Avril Whitney from Cappagh, Ballinalack who got elected in the local election, well done Avril, onwards and upwards now.


This years tour takes place from 7th to 10th August to Clare. Three nights B/B, 3 dinners. Coach and tour guide at our disposal for the duration of the tour. Deposit 50 euro, payable by cheque, PO, or Money Order to “Marathon” and send to Eileen Bambrick, Cootehall, Boyle, Co Roscommon, no later than 14th June 2014. Balance to be paid three weeks before departure. For more details contact 086 370 2547. Roosky Community Centre.