ANNIVERSARY: MASS at 11a.m. on Sunday may, 19th for Kevin & Kathleen Lynch, Coolamber.
BOHERQUILL RAMBLERS: The Ramblers took to The Royal Canal Way on Sunday May 5th. They started their walk at Moran’s Bridge, beside Millie Walsh’s Service Station and headed east along the towpath, soon reaching the old harbour at Piper’s Boreen. This was the original harbour in Mullingar and saw the departure of many local people during the 1800s; its history is commemorated by a stone pillar with a brass plaque depicting the piper who played as people boarded the boats. The Ramblers continued on their way, leaving the outskirts of Mullingar behind, and they entered a section of Canal with high banks on each side which created a very warm sun-trap on Sunday afternoon. A kilometre further on the Canal passes under a very modern structure: the bridge carrying the new Mullingar by-pass to the south-east of the town. The next bridge was one of the original stone arches and here the Ramblers crossed the Canal and turned back to Mullingar along a narrow track which threaded its way between hawthorn bushes covered in white flowers. The track was high above the Canal so the walkers were refreshed by a cool breeze as they continued back to Mullingar. They crossed back over the canal at Saunder’s Bridge and returned to the towpath at Piper’s Boreen, a short distance from the end of the walk back at Moran’s Bridge. Thank you to Declan Leonard who led the walk along the Canal. The Ramblers will visit Mullaghmeen Forest on Sunday May 19th. Cars will leave Boherquill at 1.30pm and pause at 1.45 at the Town and Country pub on The Square in Castlepollard before moving on to Mullaghmeen.
BOWLS: With the League and Cup secured, the Streete Bowls club sent their lady members to Ardagh to represent them in the Mary O’Hara Shield Competition. Rachel Gaffney, Marie Delamere, Phyllis Martin and Mary McLoughlin put in a sterling performance. Marie Delamere, who was competing for the first time in this competition, reached the semi-finals. Phyllis Martin powered her way to the final, only to be narrowly beaten by Glen Rysdale of Mullingar. The Singles competition has been completed also. Michael Gillen beat Pat Kelly and Finbar Mullen beat Damien Nally to reach the final. Finbar eventually overcame Michael in a thrilling match to claim his third consecutive singles title. Westmeath Bowls are holding a presentation night in the Greville Arms Hotel Mullingar on Friday April 19th. when the Streete teams will be presented with their League and cup trophies. A good night out is assured. New members are welcome at the Streete club.
WILDLIFE CLUB: The club hopes to have two teams taking part in the Longford County shoot due to be held on this Sunday 19th May in the Templemichael grounds. Best of luck to all taking part. St Thomas School Rathowen are due to do a nature walk in the club area within the next few weeks, and if there is any other school who would like to partake in our nature walk please contact the club Secretary Seamus Denning on 0876213500 for full details.
Boherquill Ramblers: In a change of venue for Sunday May 19th, the Ramblers will visit Ballynacargy to tie in with Ballynacargy Fleadh. Cars will leave Boherquill at 1.30pm and meet in Ballynacargy at 2pm. An account of this year’s Walking Festival will appear in next week’s Notes.
COMMUNITY GAMES: - Locals have come together to get Community Games set back up, this time with the joining of Rathowen/Streete as one parish. A meeting has been arranged for May 15th at 8.30pm in Rathowen Community Centre. Anybody wishing to help build this for the children of our parishes is very welcome. Any queries please contact Donna Mc Donald 0894069866
Streete Playground Committee: - The committee wish to thank Marrion Denning for all her work in the playground especially over the last few weeks for addressing the graffiti problem. Thanks again for the hard work.!!!
Dogs!: It has been brought to our attention that there are a number of dogs in and around the playground and parents and children can not use the facility comfortably as some dogs can be difficult to remove from the playground. We would ask that anyone who takes their dog in or around the area to ensure that that their dog is on a lead at all times and continually supervised. Thanking all in advance of their co-operation.
Fundraising: The committee of the playground will run one event annually to cover the cost of maintenance and insurance each year on the playground. Watch these notes for details of same.