The parish contribution to Trocaire is finally being added up, so should anyone wish to make a contribution, please leave it in the Sacristy before or after|Mass. The total will be published next week.
To the boys and girls who received their First Holy Communion in St. Mary’s Church, Boherquill last Saturday.
In the Church of Ireland, Streete as follows: - 1st Sunday, 10a.m., 2nd, 3rd & 4th Sunday’s 11.30a.m.
All interested in getting involved in anyway with our Streete Parish Park Vintage events in July are invited to an open meeting this Thursday night at 9p.m. in the Centre meeting room. New faces and some younger members of the community welcome. Please tell your friends. We are open to new ideas. Our Annual Philip Moran Memorial Tractor Run takes place on Saturday, 12th July starting from the Park at 4p.m. and our Vintage display etc. is the following day Sunday, 13th July. Full details nearer the dates, just don’t forget, we need offers of help to Brian, Pat Duffy or John Parker. We hope you might attend this Thursday night.
There was no winner of the Streete Parish Park Lotto Jackpot of €3,600, so the next jackpot will be €3,700. The three €40 winners were Marcella Finnan, Ballinalack; Alison Murphy, Streete and Amanda Farrell, Longford. The drawn numbers were – 6, 16, 25, 26. Stay in to win as we depend on your support.
To St. Fintan’s School, Lismacaffrey who reached the Schools’ final which will be played in Mullingar this week and reported on in these notes next week. We wish them success.
The indoor Circus returns to Streete Parish Park this Thursday. This was a huge success last year and no doubt will be again this year. See posters, it’s at 7p.m.
The County Longford Sporting Clay Shoot 2014 will be held in the club grounds on this Sunday, 25th May with over a 100 shooters taking part. Best of luck to the Streete team who will be taking part. We welcome Declan Carty who has started to work for the club under the County Longford Rural Social Scheme, and we also thank Michael Dolan for his assistance. The club wishes the best of luck to all at St Fintan’s School, Lismacaffrey who are taking part in a County School final this week.
The Ramblers held their 12th Annual Walking Festival over the weekend of the 9th to the 11th of May. The Festival opened at 7pm on Friday the 9th with a walk in the grounds of Tullynally Castle. After registration in the car park, the group first explored the gardens near the Castle where several generations of the Pakenham family have gathered many exotic trees and shrubs which are set around the picturesque Upper Lake. Another unusual attraction is the family of llamas in a paddock in the walled garden. The Chinese garden beside the Lower Lake contains several summer houses as well as more rare trees and shrubs accompanied at this time of the year by a host of bluebells. A loop walk through the estate’s forest concluded the walk but the evening drew to a close with a very sociable spread of tea, coffee and delicious home-baked cakes in the Tearooms. Mullaghmeen Forest was the setting for Saturday’s walk and after registration in The Hotel Castlepollard, two groups tackled walks of 10km and 19km starting at the car park in the Forest. The display of bluebells was stunning as the walkers followed the trails through this, the largest planted beech forest in Europe, which is much brighter and more spacious than the usual close-planted pine forest. Both routes included a climb in the Forest to the highest point in County Westmeath, which gives a 360 degree view of the surrounding countryside including Lough Sheelin and the hills of Loughcrew. The walkers on the longer route left the Forest and followed a loop of roads north to Ross, just a short distance from Lough Sheelin, pausing on the way at the sound of a cuckoo’s call, before returning for a short stretch of forest trail back in Mullaghmeen. On Sunday morning the walkers gathered at Jane’s Coffee Shop in Fore for complimentary tea or coffee before registration and the start of the walk shortly after 11 o’clock. Frank and John Higgins led the way first to the summit of the Ben of Fore which overlooks the beautiful valley setting for Fore village and the ruins of Fore Abbey as well as views of the countryside much further afield. The route next headed for Lough Bane, passing the three Ben Loughs on the way. There was a welcome break for lunch near Carrick and then an hour’s walk to the meadows overlooking the north shore of Lough Lene left just a short road walk back into Fore village. Jane’s Coffee Shop was ready with some much-needed refreshments and a place to rest tired legs after the long, but very enjoyable day’s walk. Some of the Ramblers ended the weekend with a meal back in The Corn Mill in Boherquill. The Ramblers would like to thank everyone who helped to make the weekend such a success; Thomas and Valerie Pakenham of Tullynally Castle; Saturday’s walk leaders Joe Masterson and Alice Nerney and Sunday’s walk leaders Frank and John Higgins. Thanks also to the Tea rooms in Tullynally, Jane O’Reilly’s Coffee Shop in Fore and the Hotel Castlepollard for the plentiful supply of refreshments laid on when needed by hungry walkers. Valu Centre in Mullingar provided bottled water for the weekend. Ramblers Chairman, Brian Nerney, Co-Treasurers Alice Nerney and Maura McLoughlin and also Secretary Nini Murray put in a lot of work behind the scenes before and throughout the Festival and Brian also drove the coach for the weekend, transporting walkers and lunches whenever needed. A special thank you to O’Brien’s Rover Coaches of Mullingar for providing the coach for the Festival. Finally, thank you to the many landowners who allowed access to their property over the weekend, thereby making the walks possible. The Ramblers send their best wishes to Shirley of the Tearooms in Tullynally. On Sunday, May 25th, the Ramblers will walk beside the River Inny. Cars will leave Boherquill at 1.30pm and meet at the Float Bridge at 1.40pm.