Bunlahy notes

Bunlahy & District

Bunlahy & District

Corr: Sean Kilbride. E-mail: bunlahynotes5@gmail.com

New Priest

Congratulations and best wishes for the future to Rev. Seamus O’Rourke, Aughagreagh who was raised to priesthood by Bishop Francis Duffy at a lovely ceremony in St.Mel’s Cathedral in Longford on Sunday last. Son of the late John and Monica O’Rourke, Seamus is a past pupil of Bunlahy national school and Cnoc Mhuire, Granard and on finishing school he joined the army which brought him to many parts of the world and eventually back to Longford to be a priest. Bishop Francis was joined by Fr. Seamus’ fellow parishioner Bishop Emeritus Colm O’Reilly and by the priests of the diocese’s and indeed June 21st was a proud day for Colmcille as on that day, fifty one years ago the much loved Canon Frank Kelly was ordained. We join with Fr. Seamus’ sister, Breda Farrelly and brother, Sean and their families and his many friends in wishing him all God’s blessings as he sets out on his priestly journey.


We extend sincere and deepest sympathy to the Lovett family, Granard on the sad death of their mother, Patricia which occurred following an illness last week. Patricia was a lovely lady who was involved in many community activities in Granard and she will be sadly missed by her many friends. May she rest in peace.

FETAC Courses

Ardscoil Phádraig are currently finalising their enrolment process for FETAC Level 5 courses in Animal Care and Nursing Studies. These FETAC Level 5 courses are suitable for both school leavers and mature students who wish to return to education and gain new skills or employment. They also provide links to certain courses in Universities and Institutes of Technology and can be worth up to 400 points. Please contact the school on 043 6686209 for further details.

New arrival

Congratulations to Charlie and Lorraine Burns, Robinstown on the birth of their first baby, a boy-to be named Killian and also congrats to Charlie’s sister, Mary Slevin and her husband on the birth of their fourth child, a girl recently.The new arrivals are welcome grandchildren for Terry and Bridgie Burns and we understand that uncle Patsy Cooke is a real good baby sitter.


Deepest sympathy is offered to Mrs Pauline O’Hara and family, formerly of Granard on the death of her brother, Michael Quirke which occurred in Tipperary on June 5th last. The late Michael is also survived by his brother Paddy to who we extend condolences. May he rest in peace.

The late Doreen Farrelly

The death occurred on Thursday last of Mrs Doreen Farrelly of Barrack Street, Granard. Doreen was predeceased by her husband, Harry nine years ago and she had been in failing health for some time. A much loved teacher, she spent over forty years in Kilasonna school and she was involved in the Clonfin committee and was a trustee at the time of her death. A lifelong member of Fine Gael, Doreen attended all the meetings of the Sean McEoin Branch in Granard and in a very quiet way she would make her point and have her say and indeed offer her advice to the Politicians in attendance. Doreen was a native of Drumshanbo in county Leitrim and she was very proud of this and loved telling of her younger days and happy times down there. Doreen was laid to rest in Purth cemetery following Mass in St. Mary’s in Granard on Saturday and a big crowd was in attendance to say farewell to a lady who made a great contribution to our parish. We offer sympathy to her brother, Dessie Hunt her brother in law, Oliver Farrelly and her extended family. May she rest in peace.


The parents association of Killeen National school extend a very sincere thanks to all who attended their annual walk which was held in Coolarty on Sunday last. Thanks to all who provided the lovely refreshments and to the McElvaney family for the use of their premises.


We offer sympathy to Liam and Monica Tully and family, Cartron and to the extended Tully family, Ballinalee on the death of Liam’s father, Willie Tully which occurred on Saturday last. May he rest in peace.


Bunlahy Area Action Group are hosting their Annual fundraising Barbecue in Creegans of Bunlahy on Sunday, 28th June starting at 4.30pm. Music on the day by Rhythm and Sticks. Your support would be greatly appreciated