Bunlahy notes

Bunlahy & District

Bunlahy & District

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


Congratulations to Sinéad Browne, daughter of Frank and Maureen Browne, Clonfin who recently announced her engagement to Jake F. Glowacki, son of Dr. Mario and Barbara Glowacki, Düsseldorf, Germany. The engagement took place in New York. We join their families and friends in wishing Sinéad and Jake every blessing and happiness for the future.

Ladies GFA

Ballymore ladies football club will host their re scheduled Summer Beach Party in Creegan’s Bunlahy on Sunday, September 6th next. €500 Sun Holiday voucher to be won and Prizes for both best Dressed Beach Babe & Best Dressed Beach Hunk. Fancy Dress childrens Disco 3-4pm. Live Music with Rhythm and Sticks from 4pm. Get your raffle ticket €5 from any club member. Free entry to our event.

The late Paddy Higgins

On Sunday last, August 23rd we were all saddened to learn that Paddy Higgins of Ballymore had passed to his eternal reward in the early hours of the morning at Our Lady’s Manor nursing home in Edgeworthstown. Paddy had been in failing health for sometime and he would have celebrated his 90th birthday in early November. Paddy was one of nature’s great gentlemen who it was always a great pleasure to meet and have a chat with and he will be sadly missed by all who knew him. An outstanding family man, Paddy took a humble pride in his family’s achievements and his grandchildren were his real pride. As a young man, Paddy had to assume the role of the head of the household as his father died suddenly leaving his mother with a young family of which Paddy was the oldest boy and so he took over the running of the family farm and helping providing for his siblings. As time went on and his sisters and brother left home, Paddy continued to care for his mother and he also married his dear wife Kate (Sammon) and together they reared a family of one girl and three boys and again his great family skills came to the front as all four were his pride and joy. Apart from his immediate family and his great faith Paddy’s other great love in life was Football and his achievements on the field of play are well known as he was one of the greats of the forties and early fifties and he had the distinction of winning two county medals with Colmcille, a fact he was very proud of. In those days the Parish Rule didn’t apply and while he lived in Granard parish Paddy and his friends, Paddy Mulligan and the late John Slevin all played with Colmcille and what an asset they were to that team. Paddy loved recalling the finals against Mullinalaghta and the battles with the great Rogers brothers and it’s fair to say that some of them were not for the faint heart but were always left on the field of play. As the years went on and Paddy had finished playing he with the then curate in St. Mary’s, Colm O’Reilly and the late John Drake along with others saw the need for a club in Ballymore and so the present club was founded and the Reilly family provided the training field and the late Mrs Reilly bought the first football. Paddy was a very committed Ballymore man and in the early stages of the club he gave of his great experience and helped train and prepare all the teams and this interest continued right up to his death and while he wasn’t attending matches in recent years he remained a very loyal supporter and always made sure he had his own ticket and one for his lovely grandchildren in the monthly draw. Some years ago, Paddy was appointed President of the club and I recall informing him of this and I’m sure I could see a tear of joy in his eye such was his love for his club. On September 8th 2009, Paddy and his family were dealt a devastating blow when his beloved Kate passed away and this was something Paddy struggled to come to terms with as they were a very united couple who loved going to McElvaney’s at the weekend to meet their friends and for the year after Kate’s death Paddy didn’t move out and they were sorely missed by all. Since then and right up until his health failed

Paddy was a regular on a Saturday night and it was always a pleasure to have a chat with him and share his company. Paddy could talk on all subjects and while not in a boastful way he loved telling of his family and what each and every one was doing and how he looked forward to the visits from his beloved grandchildren. Paddy’s remains reposed at home on Wednesday evening and again on Thursday evening he reposed at Smith’s funeral home in Granard and large crowds attended to say a farewell to a lovely gentleman. As he was removed to his beloved St. Mary’s the hearse was flanked with a guard of honour from the Ballymore football clubs and one could only think of how proud Paddy would be of the big turnout of players, former players and officials. The Colmcille jersey and the Ballymore Flag draped his coffin on Friday morning as his funeral Mass was said and he was laid to rest beside his beloved Kate and his parents in the family plot in Granardkille cemetery and we pray that the sod will rest gently on him. We offer our sincere sympathy to his daughter Dr. Marie, his sons Liam, Patrick and Seamus, his adored grandchildren, his sisters Betty, Rosie, Kitty and Bridie, his brother Johnny, son in law, daughters in law, and extended family. May both Paddy and Kate rest in peace.


The following is a note received from Sr. Roberta Kilbride before she returned to Pakistan on Friday last. A sincere thanks to Fr. Simon, Sr. Maeve and Parish committee and to all who helped in any way for the wonderful Jubilee celebration you prepared for me in the Parish and to all who were present. I shall treasure this special occasion for the rest of my life. A special thanks for all the financial support that you have given me for our Educational Outreach Programme in Khipro, Sindh, Pakistan. Your great generosity is very much appreciated. It is a very important key to give those very poor tribal communities a better future. I assure you that we will keep you all in our prayers. God bless you all and your families, with deep gratitude and prayer, Yours gratefully, Sr. Roberta Kilbride

Country Markets

Granard country markets continue in their new premises opposite Kearney’s every Friday morning from 8-30am until 11-00am.

School re-union

On Sunday, September 27th next, St. Patrick’s National School, Killeen will celebrate the 50th anniversary of it’s opening and Bishop Francis Duffy will celebrate Mass at the school at 3pm and there will be refreshments and a chat for all afterwards. Invitations have been issued to all past pupils, so the committee really look forward to and encourage all to make a special effort to be in attendance and help to make this a very memorable occasion. Many thanks to all who have shared some stories and photos so far and please note that if you have something for the commemorate book it must be with the committee by this evening (Wednesday September 2nd). Email immediately to



Congratulations to Paddy and Nuala Reilly, Aughakilmore who celebrated 55 years of marriage recently. We wish you many more years of happiness and good health.

New baby

Congratulations to Catherine and Brian Murphy, Cork on the birth of their second child - a girl recently. The new arrival is to be named Mia and she is a welcome sister for Daniel and grand daughter for Seamus and Una Drake, Rathbracken.

Ladies win

Congrats and well done to the Ballymore ladies who reached the senior B county final when they were victorious over Rathcline at the weekend. We wish you all continued success and look forward to the big day.


Best wishes to James Doris, Bunlahy who will marry Katherine (Kat) Colville in Cairns, Australia on this Saturday, September 5th. We wish you the very best and look forward to seeing you in Bunlahy very soon.

Schools re-union

This week will see all the schools in the area re-open after the holidays so we wish all pupils and teachers the very best as they start another year and a special mention for all the little ones who will start for the first time, just remember the school days are your best days.