The community would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Declan Hurley and his family on the death of his mother Nora. Mrs Hurley resided in Cork and was buried last week. May she rest in peace.

Park open

The Playground is now open to the public and so is the new Community Park. As you all know this new park has been reseeded and the very young grass needs time to grow and be prepared to be played on. Bikes, Go Karts and Dogs are not allowed in the new community park or walk way. There is CCTV in the new park 24/7. . There will be new bins put around the green area but for the present time please use the bins supplied in the Play Ground.

Lotto €10,500

The last draw was Monday September 30th. Results of that will be in next week’s notes. Tickets can be brought in Rathowen Post Office, Connaughton’s Pub, along with several people selling. If you would like to sell a book please contact Peter or Liz on 6676189. It’s worth buying a ticket and remember if you’re not in you can’t win!!!!!

Wedding bells

We would like to send congratulations to James Whitney, (Cappagh, Ballinalack) and Irene Corcoran, (Gaybrook, Mullingar), who got hitched on Saturday the 21st at Gainstown Church. Brides maids were Louise Bolger (sister of the bride) and Barbra O’Rourke and Avril Whitney (sister of the groom) and best man was James’s brother Andrew with groomsmen, Charlie Cowdy and John Fox to give a hand to get the groom there on time. Celebrant was Fr. Greg Corcoran and Fr. Early and reception was at the Mullingar Park Hotel where family and friends party with the newlyweds to the wee hours of the morning. We wish the new Mr & Mrs James Whitney a very happy and long life as husband and wife.

Baby Rubi

Congratulations to Keith Tighe & Mary Flynn with their new addition to their family, little Rubi was born last Thursday a very healthy 8lb and 6oz. Rubi is a little sister for Mia, Jack and Taylor and grandparents Geraldine and Tommy Tighe have another little treasure to spoil. Welcome baby Rubi.


Local girl Tracy Tighe and her fiancé Josh Cahill are in the Topic competition to win their dream wedding reception, so please support by buying the Topic for the next few weeks and sending on the stubs on page two. Please vote for Tracy and Josh to win their dream wedding!!!

Rathowen FC

Please remember to support Rathowen F.C. who are division 3 and their last game was against Kinnegad who won by 1 goal. The team need your support so keep an eye on face book for their next game and location.


Streete Gathering will be on the 26th of October and one very busy committee member Kevin Brady is asking people to help with the parish genealogy of the past and future. The school reunion is a great opportunity to ask all who are coming to bring along any photos that you may have of your family, neighbours and friends even buildings. Kevin is hoping to collect as much memorabilia as possible so he can make a Geological map of our Parish Town land by Town land to show future generations of our parish where people once lived and how our parish has evolved over the years. If you feel you would like to write your memories of a dear friend or people who are no longer with us please feel free. So if you have any old letter, photos, bill heads, shop receipts or anything of nostalgia that you would like to donate or share with us please forward on to Kevin who will scan photos and hand back to you safe and sound, or you can email him on kbrady1964@gmail.com

Ballinalack Gathering

The organisers would like to say a big thank you to all who supported the Gathering at the weekend and the fund raiser for LARCC centre was very successful. Well done to all involved.


We have to put in a quick note to acknowledge Pauric Tighe who plays for Mohill and was a leading forward in the Leitrim Championship title last weekend. Pauric scored two points in the first half but had to be taken off in the second half due to injury, this proved to be the downfall of the team as poor Mohill lost. Pauric was well supported by family and friends who travelled for the game. We send Pauric get well wishes for a speedy recovery and well done from all in Rathowen.

Vintage Club

The Legan Vintage Club tractor fundraising draw is in aid of the Disabled People of Longford the Phoenix Centre. Draw will take place on the 5th October 2013 in the Village House Rathowen, Tickets are €5 each or a book of 5 for €20. Please support this very worthy cause, tickets will be on sale at the Gathering on the 31st or call on any committee member.

Welfare Services

Closure of Streete Clinic, from 12th August 2013, Community Welfare Service will no longer be provided in Streete Health Centre. Persons wishing to access the Community Welfare Service should attend Edgeworthstown Health Centre on Wednesday’s from 2pm to 3pm. In case of an emergency or for further information contact head office on 043-3350150.

St Mary’s School

Well done to the boys and girls in 2nd, 3rd & 4th class who played Sonna N.S. on Friday last. Everyone enjoyed the match and thanks to Felim Heduvan and to all the parents who brought the children to the match. Well done to Rathowen on a great win.


David Smith will be taking over the notes from October, so please email his address davidpatrick7@eircom.net


Vincent and I would like to thank the papers who put in our notes and all reporters we have dealt with over the years, also thank you to all who gave us notes and we ask you to continue to send in notes to Rathowen’s new reporter David, as “the local notes” in the district papers is very welcoming to all who read them, at home and abroad and is a very important service to our community. We wish David every success with his reporting and we official hand over the notes to David for next week.