Bunlahy notes

Bunlahy & District

Bunlahy & District

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


The Board of Management of St. Gusacht’s National School in Bunlahy wishes to remind the public that the school grounds are private property, and are off limits to all,outside of school hours.

5/10 Walk

St. Columba’s GAA club Mullinalaghta are hosting a 5/10K run and family fun walk in Derrycasson woods on Saturday, 19th September next at 12 Mid day with registration from 10-30am. The walk/run will take in the picturesque paths through the former Dopping/Hempenstall estate starting and finishing at the Laurells GAA grounds. Registration is ten euro for fun walkers and fifteen euro for chipped runners who want an accurate timing for their run.Parking and stewarding will be provided with refreshments served on completion. For further details contact the chairman J Keegan on 0872571131 or the secretary P Mathews on 0872925540.

Coffee morning

Tomorrow morning Thursday, September 17th is Hospice Coffee Day and Mary McNerney and friends will be in Rath Mhuire Resource Centre Granard from 10am till 1-00pm and in McElvaney’s Lounge, Coolarty from 7pm until 10pm. All proceeds to Longford Hospice and your generous support will be greatly appreciated.


The Granard Branch of St. Christopher’s is holding a raffle for two tickets for the ONE DIRECTION concert in the 3 arena in Dublin on Sunday, October 18th. Tickets for the raffle are 5 euro and are on sale in Super Valu in Granard or from any committee member. The raffle will be held at a function in John V Donohue’s on September 19th next and there will be a number of other valuable prizes so make sure you have your name in the Drum and you could be heading to this great concert.


St. Patrick’s national school are holding their 50th anniversary on September 27th next in the school and Bishop Francis Duffy will celebrate Mass at 3-00pm followed by refreshments and entertainment. All past pupils of Killeen School are invited to attend and the committee are looking forward to a very successful event.

The late Sheila Burke

Shock and sadness greeted the news on Monday last September 7th that Sheila Burke of Springtow, Granard had passed to her eternal reward following a short illness at the Regional Hospital Mullingar, beloved wife of Tom Burke formerly of Rathbracken and dear mother of Mark and Claire and the late Sean. Sheila was a carer and she was loved by all who she called to and was very popular among her fellow carers as she was most obliging and helpful. Sheila’s remains reposed at the family home on Monday evening and her removal was to St. Mary’s church in Granard on Tuesday evening and her funeral Mass was on Wednesday morning and large crowds attended to say farewell to a lovely lady who will missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. We offer our sincere sympathy to her husband Tom, daughter Clare, son Mar,k her sisters Clare, Eileen, Kathleen and Dolores, her adored grandchildren and extended family and we pray that both Sheila and Sean will rest in peace.


Congratulations to Patricia Reilly, daughter of Pat and Martha, Ballinroey, Dring and Thomas Gallagher, son of Tommy and Rose, Bracklin, Edgeworthstown who were married in St. Joseph’s Church Purth last week followed by a reception in The Pikers Lodge in Gowna. We join with both families in wishing Patricia and Thomas a long and happy life together.

Birthday greetings

Congratulations to Fiona McGivney, Granardkille who celebrated her 18th birthday recently with a lovely celebration in the family home.Fiona also graduated from St. Christopher’s Special National School and is now in a training Programme in Longford. We wish you many more celebrations Fiona.

Granard CCE

The John Dungan Branch of Comhaltas will hold their AGM in the Granard Area Action Group Information office tomorrow evening Thursday, September 17th at 8pm. The John Dungan Branch is due to host the County Fleadh in May 2016 in Granard and in order for this to be a success we need new enthusiastic committee members who are willing to get involved. We hope to bring our Irish music/culture to the fore in celebrating the 1916 centenary. Please show your support in keeping our tradition alive by attending the meeting on this Thursday evening at 8pm.


We extend sincere and deepest sympathy to the Igoe family, Ballynea, Mullingar and the Conlon family, Castlebrock, Ballinalee on the untimely death of Mrs. Bridie Igoe, (nee Conlon) which occurred following an illness. Bridie is survived by her husband Conor and their four daughters along with her mother Mrs Mae Conlon, brothers and sisters. May she rest in peace.


Congratulations to Conor Craig, Coolarty who was crowned Intermediate Stockman with the Aberdeen Angus Society at a show in Surrey in England on Saturday last. Conor is son of Derek and Martina and he was competing against entrants from both Ireland and the UK as part of the society’s youth development programme and he had to dress, show and indeed judge some of the finest animals at the show. Well done Conor and no doubt we’ll be hearing more from this talented young man.

Big win for Ladies

Congratulations to the Ballymore senior Ladies who had a great win over St. Helen’s in the B final on Sunday last. Following their win a tour of the parish was held and we understand the celebrations are ongoing so we hope all enjoy themselves and well done to all involved.


Ballymore club held their monthly draw in Creegan’s on Sunday, September 6th last and the first prize of one thousand euro was won by Richard Dempsey Junior, Coolarty while Kitty Behan, Dublin; Michael O’Neill, Edgeworthstown and James Kiernan, Bracklin all won one hundred euro each. Next draw in McElvaney’s at the end of the month.


Bunlahy was the place to be last week when the cameras were on duty to record a video for a local band, a car chase, an old Garda car and an awkward tractor driver and a pub brawl were all part of the scene, so watch this space for more info.