Pat Costello RIP.

Pat Costello RIP.

Its been a sad week for the area with the passing of our very good friend and loyal colleague Pat Costello. As word spread of Pat’s sudden departure on Tuesday afternoon last, a sense of great loss grew. We had a lost a true friend, a character, a loyal supporter of all that was good in our region, a supporter of voluntary groups including St. Barry’s GAA, a genuine caring and good husband and father, and a man who was a close confidant of many young people in the region. One could go on and on about this man, but the greatest tribute was paid to him by the hundreds and hundreds of people who turned up at the Costello home over last Wednesday and Thursday, again the huge volume of St. Barry GAA club members who accompanied Pat’s remains across the river Shannon early on Friday morning, the huge amount of people who again turned up at Glennon’s Funeral Home and the large crowd that accompanied Pat to his final place of rest in his native Newtowncashel. Pat’s contribution to the Parish of Whitehall/Scramogue was highly significant, that contribution always made in a quiet and dignified way. His huge sense of support for St. Barry’s GAA will never be forgotten, what a friend. He gave so much to the club in so many ways. His work again in a quiet way for charity was significant putting in a major effort over a number of years in raising huge amount of monies for the Roscommon/Mayo Hospice. Pat was a man who cared about people, a great man for solid advice and a man of great wit and a man who was so loved particularly by the younger generation. Ailbe his wife and daughters were his real teasures in life, Ailbe and Pat were such a united couple and the girls Michelle, Feena and Ailbe were so important to the both. All of the family made you so welcome to their premises and in such a genuine manner. The famous five worked so closely together and that was lovely to see in action. Their bar and lounge and B and B business was ran so well with everyone made welcome. I know Ailbe and the girls are feeling a great sense of loss. That loss brings grief and grief is difficult to handle, however when they think of the crowds that turned out and pay their respects to Pat, it must be somewhat comforting. Pats love of GAA in Whitehall/Scramogue and in his native Newtowncashel was phenomenal and that was so evident throughout last week. As the clergy recited the Rosary at this graveside I looked around me and two things stood out the hundreds of people in the graveyard and the sadness etched across peoples faces. However as Martin Skelly gave the graveside tribute which included many hilarious stories about Pat’s life, we all managed a smile and a giggle. We had become well accustomed to Pat’s wit in this region over the years.

Aibe, Michelle, Feena and Ailbe were overcome with the help and hospitality of all the people in the Tarmonbarry and Newtowncashel region and indeed help which came from other corners as well. They wish to express their most heartfelt thanks to you all. So long Pat, the stories will go on for a long time. Rest in peace.


Cloonfower National School will hold its Annual Concert in St. Barrys Hall on this Friday night 13th December at 8pm. We are all looking forward to their play “Big Bad Ben”. Good luck to all involved.


80 euro to Jimmy Gallagher, 40 euro to Declan Deehan and 30 euro to Mark Naughten.

Sanctuary Players

Sanctuary Players are looking for three female Actress,two girls in their thirties and a woman between thirty and forty five.If you fit the bill contact this number 085-1044931 for further information.

Card Game

The Community of Scramogue are looking forward to their Annual Card Game in aid of Scramogue Church Restoration Fund which takes place in Leavy’s Lounge on this Saturday 14th December. There are great prizes to be won. 1st prize Monster Hamper,2nd prize 100 euro, 3rd prize 50 euro.Tickets are just three euro. The Annual 25 Card Game is always an enjoyable night. Tickets are just 3 euro each and are on sale from any member of the Committee.

Harvest Stations.

If anyone in the Parish of Whitehall/Scramogue would like to host the House Harvest Station please contact Fr.Eamon on 087-2656063 or 043-33-26020.

Special Water Ski.

A special water ski will take place on Christmas Morning as a”Tribute” to the late Brian King. Enquiries to 087-6356729.The event is been organised by Whitehall/Kilglass Special Needs Group. The launch of the event took place at Strokestown Golf last Friday night. Lines are now on sale throughout the region and more details will become available in the coming weeks.


Rosary will be recited in St. Anne’s Church, Scramogue every Wednesday meeting after Mass for the months of October and November. Mass is at 7pm.

Charity Shop

The Bell Tower Charity Shop is open in Ruskey. It is situated close to Cox’s Bar. All proceeds in support of Ruskey Church Restoration Fund.

Buttercups Playschool

The parent and toddler group has resumed every Tuesday at Buttercups Playschool between 10an to 12noon.Please come along.


A 2014 Calendar with over 60 photographs of images of the Parish has been produced and is on sale in the region for 10 euro.The Calendar is sponsored by Cllr Tom Crosby and is for sale and we are told that this Calendar would make an ideal Christmas Gift. The Calendar is available in Centra. If you wish to find out more information contact Tommy Crosby at 086-6005530. The Calendar is produced by Willow Designs, Cootehall.

Set Dancing

Set Dancing Classes for children continue at St.Barry’s Hall every Thursday evening at 6.45pm.All welcome especially beginners.Contact 086-1522614.

Art classes

Art classes in Oils commencing on Thursday evening 14th November Community Centre at 8pm and every second week afterwards. For further details contact Patricia on 086-8534100.

St. Barry’s AGM

McGowan becomes Chair man for first time - Leading GAA official John McGowan has become Chairman of St. Barry’s GAA Club for the first time. McGowan was elected unopposed to the position after Outgoing Chairman Gerry Farrell stepped down after a number of successful years at the helm. New Chairman John McGowan, Secretary: Pauline Conroy, Treasurers: Eoin O Boyle/Michael Colligan, PRO: Eugene Murphy, Asst PRO: Claire Hoare. More from the AGM In next weeks notes.

Flower Show

The Annual Christmas Flower Show takes place in Community Centre, Ruskey on Monday 9th December commencing at 7.30pm. All arrangements raffled. Admission 10 euro. Proceeds to Ruskey Church building fun.

Scripture Sharing Group

Advent Scripture Sharing Group will take place every week during the month of December. Anyone wishing to attend please contact Fr, Eamon.