Kileen Dramatic Society presents a three act comedy play “The Real McCoy” by Tommy Marren in the Community Centre, Granard on Thursday and Friday, 26th & 27th February and again on Monday, 2nd March. Curtain up at 8.30p.m.
We extend sincere sympathy to the extended Cullen family, Coolamber on the death following a long illness of John (Seán) Cullen, Coolamber. Seán is survived by his wife, Mary, sons John (Sammy), Tony and Patrick, grandchildren, sisters, relatives and friends was laid to rest following his funeral Mass in Edgeworthstown in Aughafin cemetery, Edgeworthstown. May he rest in peace.
Mass at 11a.m. in Boherquill on Sunday, 1st March in memory of Anna McGerr, Kilfintan.
To the extended McGowan family, Newtownforbes on the sudden and unexpected death of Fr. Padraig McGowan P.P. last week. May he rest in peace?
Masses in Boherquill for Lent are as follows: - Monday 9.30a.m. Tuesday, 8.00p.m. Wednesday, 7.10a.m. Thursday, 9.30a.m. Friday, 8.00p.m.
This year’s Ardagh & Clonmacnoise Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place May, 27th to June, 1st. Any queries please contact Fr. Joe McGrath,
Please note that an open public meeting in connection with this year’s vintage takes place on Thursday, 5th March at 9p.m. in Streete Parish Park. As already mentioned this year we have been selected to host the Irish Vintage Society All Ireland event. This is a most prestigious event and a great honour for the parish and North Westmeath. We will depend on lots of enthusiasm and support as well as help. All welcome to attend on Thursday of next week, 5th at 9p.m. Support from clubs including other vintage clubs will be welcome, just come along on the night and we have something to look forward to.
A reminder to all our I.C.A. ladies that we will have our next meeting on Tuesday, 3rd March at 8p.m. Thanks to Jo McGovern Matthews who gave us a very informative talk on how we can take better care of our feet - it is so important for the whole body that we are properly balanced. Coolamber was well represented at I.C.A. quiz in Killashee last Wednesday night where a great time was had by all. Well done to Newtowncashel who won the quiz and go on to represent Longford in An Grianan. Congrats to Mary Mulligan from Coolamber who won €20 in the Federation Lotto. Don’t forget the ‘Bake Off’ in the Rugby Club next Fri 27th Feb in aid of the Aisling Festival. Our Federation President May Campbell is competing - so well done to her! At the moment we are working on our presentation for International Women’s Day celebrations which will take place on 7th March.
The have been good attendance at the club spring league clay shooting so far with over 40 shooter’s taking part each Thursday night. All shooters should note in order to qualify for the league finals on the 26th March; Shooter’s must have taking part in at least five of the qualifying rounds. For further details please contact Willie Campbell 0862582370. The last club fox shoot of the year will take place on Sunday next 1st March at 11am, and all members are asked to attend. The club offer its sympathy to the family of the late John Cullen Coolamber R.I.P.
With the Westmeath League over, it is time to look forward to the Basil Sullivan Cup. Streete A and B teams have been drawn in a preliminary round against Tyrrellspass A and Ardagh B teams respectively. These games will take place next week at the Streete Complex. Our C Team also faces a difficult away game against Mullingar next week. Last Sunday, the Streete Bowls Club in association with Westmeath Bowls hosted the County Fours. Although four Streete teams took part, none of them featured in the final shake up which was dominated by the Tyrrellspass teams. As always new members and visiting bowlers are more than welcome at the Streete complex every Tuesday from 8pm.
One of the Ramblers’ most popular walks is their Snowdrop Walk at Drewstown House, so there were nearly 50 in the group led by Oliver Usher on Sunday February 15th. Oliver led the way first to the new boardwalk in Girley bog where a lot of work is in progress to regenerate the bog, such as the blocking of drains and removal of trees to raise the water level. The resulting rapid growth of moss in the bog can be clearly seen.
The group moved on from Girley bog to Clonleason House where Mrs. Sinead Connolly welcomed them to her beautiful garden where the thousands of snowdrops were in full bloom. Back at Drewstown House the group sat down to a generous selection of sandwiches and cakes provided by Aideen Usher. Martin Adams, a Director of Drewstown House Trust, gave a short history of the house from its origins in the mid-1700s and nearly two centuries owned by the McVeigh family until 1952 when an American Christian organisation bought it for use as an orphanage. In 1964 it became a school and then in 1988 a camping and conference centre. Drewstown House Trust took over control in 2002 to offer retreats and adventure activities. The Ramblers would like to thank Oliver and Aideen Usher for their work on the day and also Martin, John, Jill and the Drewstown House Trust for their hospitality. Thanks also to Mrs. Connolly for welcoming the group to her beautiful garden. The Ramblers will visit Ballymahon on Sunday March 1st for a 6km walk out along the Edgeworthstown road and round a loop of the Royal Canal. Cars will leave Boherquill at 1.30pm and meet at the Cattle Mart in Ballymahon at 2pm. The Ramblers are travelling to the Abbey Court Hotel in Nenagh for a weekend away on 20th March. If you would like to join the trip please contact Patricia Bruton on 087 9812801 immediately. Deposit required. Annual Membership now due at the rate of €20 each or €30 for a family. Under 16s are free of charge. New members always welcome.