Bunlahy notes

Bunlahy & District

Bunlahy & District

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

Benefit dance

A benefit night for the family of the late Sean Mulligan, Ballinamuck will take place in the Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva on Monday, 16th November 2015. Music on the night by Night Fever, Mick Flavin, Noel Cassidy, Jimmy Hussey, Busy Fingers Tickets cost €10 each - the committee will be out selling over the next few weeks and your support will be very much appreciated.

School reunion

On Sunday, September 27th last a large crowd of past pupils and teachers of St. Patrick’s National School in Killeen assembled at the new school in Muckerstaff to celebrate it’s 50th anniversary. Proceedings got underway after 3pm when Bishop Emeritus Colm O’Reilly assisted by Fr. Simon Cadam PP celebrated Mass in the specially erected marquee and during the Mass Bishop Colm gave a history of the school and recalled how as a young curate in Granard he was very involved in the building of the present school. A number of the present pupils were involved in the readings of the Mass and the prayers of the faith full and the remainder were all in the choir and they were a joy to listen to and they and their teachers are to be congratulated for their performance.As the beautiful Mass came to an end the school Principal Caroline McDermott spoke on behalf of the teachers and she welcomed all to the celebration and thanked them for their presence as did Sean Kilbride on behalf of the Reunion committee. Former principal Mr. Brendan O’Byrne made a presentation to Caroline McDermott and all of the school staff were presented with flowers. A very special treat was then in store when the Longford Pipe Band gave a lovely performance which was enjoyed and greatly appreciated by all. The lovely refreshments were then served and all present were high in their praise for it and all assembled just sat around and reminisced of their school days in Killeen and some old acquaintances were renewed. Sincere thanks to all who attended and made this celebration a great success and if any one would like a copy of the Reunion Book please contact the school or any committee member.

Open evening

Ardscoil Phadraig, Granard - Parents of sixth class students are invited to attend our Open evening on Thursday, 15th October 2015 from 7-9pm. Pupils and parents can view the excellent school facilities, meet students and staff and see the achievements, work and the success of our students first hand. Parents/guardians are invited to enroll their children in the school on the night.

Birthday greetings

Congratulations to Johnny Creegan, Kilfintan and Ultan O’Hara, Killeen who celebrated their 18th birthdays with a great party for families and friends in Creegan’s, Bunlahy on Saturday night last. We wish both young men the very best for the future.

Ballymore draw

Ballymore GAA club held their monthly draw in McElvaney’s on Friday night last and the first prize of one thousand euro was won by Johnny Donaghue, Tully while Erin Brady, c/o Pat Corcoran; James Conefry, c/o F Brennan and Michael O’Hara, c/o Pat O Hara won one hundred euro each. Tickets are now on sale for the new draw and sellers will be out on their rounds in the coming weeks and the club appeal to all their supporters to please buy a ticket as the draw is a great source of income for the club.

New Florists

Congratulations and best of luck to Nuala and Pauric Quinn, Granard who have opened their new Flower Shop on Main Street, Granard last week. The new shop is next door to blooming buddies and Nuala and Pauric are looking forward to continuing to look after all your Floral requirements.

Death of Mary Lizzie Kilbride

There was wide spread sadness and regret on Tuesday morning last September 29th when the news became known that Mrs. Mary Lizzie Kilbride of Aughakilmore, Ballinalee had passed to her eternal reward following a relatively short illness. Mary Lizzie had reached the great age of ninety two years and she was predeceased by her husband Michael on August 1st 1986 and by her loving daughter Bridgie Sheridan in July 2006. Born in Ennybegs in 1923, Mary Lizzie was the only child of Patrick and Katie Heaney and as a young girl she attended school in Ennybegs and while she moved to Aughakilmore in 1951 when she married Mike Kilbride she never forgot her native parish and always looked forward to returning to it. A lady of great faith Mary Lizzie really enjoyed life and she loved meeting people and chatting to them and she had a great way of dressing up a story to bring out the funny side of it.Mary Lizzie was a very positive person who seemed to be always able to look at the bright and good side of every situation and indeed she would encourage all to do the same and of course she was right.Mary Lizzie was a great family person who took a lovely humble pride in the achievements of her four children and grandchildren and this was extended to the bigger Kilbride family as the years went on. All of us have our great memories of Mary Lizzie like the lovely, warm and kind welcome that was extended to us when ever we called ,like the long chats into the early hours of the morning and drinking tea or perhaps something stronger and leaving with her good wishes for a safe journey home. In the early eighties, The Slevin family in Bunlahy decided to take a break from the pub business and Frank Kilbride took over the running of the famous pub and it was here that Mary Lizzie really made life long friends and right up to her illness she talked of the great times we all had there and indeed they were. Mary Lizzie and the recently deceased Jennie Slevin were great friends and enjoyed each others company and no doubt they are still doing that in their heavenly home. A part from her family and her faith Mary Lizzie enjoyed playing bingo and indeed would go every night of the week if transport was available and every year she would make the trip to Salthill or Bundoran where she enjoyed playing the slot machines and it never really mattered if she won or not ,she just enjoyed been there. Another great love in her life was country music and with the help of Frank she would have got to know all the big names in the business and she loved going to the Park House Hotel to hear her favourite acts. On Tuesday evening last Mary Lizzie’s remains reposed at the family home in Aughakilmore and large crowds passed through to pay their final respects and to offer sympathy to her family and as the removal passed Bunlahy bridge it was flanked with a guard of honor from her neighbours all holding a lighted candle. St Colmcille’s church in Aughnacliffe was packed to overflowing when her remains arrived there on Wednesday evening and again on Thursday morning for her Funeral Mass at which her nephew in Law Fr. Simon Cadam was the chief celebrant. Commandant Ciaran Carey represented an Taoiseach Mr. Enda Kenny and there was a large attendance from the show business world and Mary Quinn read a poem entitled When I first met Mary Lissie and it really told her story. Following the Mass Mary Lizzie was laid to rest in the family plot and her friend Philomena Begley sang The Way Old Friends Do as her coffin was lowered to the grave. Billy Faughnan from the Mighty Avons band then played several tunes including Mary Lizzie’s favorite The Stack of Barley and there were many tear filled eyes in the cemetery as the grave was filled. We extend sincere sympathy to her daughter Kathleen Donohue, sons Frank and Padraig, her grandchildren,daughters in law Liz and Patricia, sons in law John Joe Sheridan and Paddy Donohue, great grandchildren and extended family. May she rest in peace.