Bunlahy & District



On Monday last Theresa Mallon and her sister Rose Corcoran left from Longford and made the journey to Moneygall hoping to get a glimpse of the worlds most powerful man but much to their delight they were perfectly positioned outside the now famous Hayes’ pub as the president made his way up the street and when they got to shake his hand they were overjoyed.The girls later made their way into the pub where they met and chatted with Henry the 8th.Well done Theresa and Rose,a moment to cherish no doubt.


On Saturday night last Creegan’s in Bunlahy was packed to overflowing for the first ever Take Me Out which was part of the Lourdes invalid fundraiser. MC on the night was David Butch Cassidy and what an entertainer he is as he had everyone present in gales of laughter right from the start. A number of lovely young ladies were introduced to the audience and they were all searching for the man of their dreams and while some were successful others were disappointed or perhaps were just hard pleased but the man who proved most popular with the ladies was Mr. Alec Small who obviously pressed all the right buttons and had no light switched off at the end of the night. A fun filled night which was enjoyed by all and the organisers are to be congratulated on a job well done and no doubt Fr. Simon’s Lourdes invalid fund is much better off as a result. The next part of the fundraising will perhaps not be as fun filled as on Sunday next June 5th a group of lads from the Ballymore/Granard and Colmcille area will set off at 4am to cycle the 110 miles to Croagh Patrick and then proceed to climb the famous reek where Fr Simon will celebrate Mass at 5pm. A bus is travelling from Granard and anyone wishing to be part of this great effort should contact Fr.Simon immediately.We wish all the cyclists a safe journey and also all the climbers and look forward to a great day out.


Congratulations and well done to Elaine Rose Reilly Ballymore who was announced as student of the year in Cnoc Mhuire in Granard at the annual Graduation Mass on Thursday last.Elaine is daughter of Hughie and Helen Reilly and we have no doubt but that this award is richly deserved as she is a lovely,friendly and pleasant and indeed funny young lady who is very popular with all.We salute Elaine and wish you well for the future.


Congratulations to David and Roisin Jones Dring on the birth of their first baby-a boy during the week.The new arrival is to be named David and he is a welcome grandson for Mrs.Kathleen Jones and Mrs Langan.Both mother and baby are doing well and no doubt the new Dad is bearing up well also.


On Sunday last we were all shocked and saddened when the news became known that young Jason Cassidy of Ballyconnel had lost his life in a tragic accident in Aughavas on Saturday night.Jason’s mother was the former Phyllis Wright from Leitrim, Coolarty and his grandmother Lettie and uncle Robert and family live and farm there.Jason was just twenty years old at the time of his death and he is survived by heartbroken parents Phyllis and David sister Dawn brothers Glen and Marc grannies uncles aunts cousins and a large circle of friends to we offer our sincere sympathy at this very sad time.Jason was laid to rest in Ballyconnell on Wednesday last.May he rest in peace.


All roads will lead to Abbeylara on Sunday June 12th next when the annual Field day will be staged in aid of the parish centre.Tractor and Truck pulling,Midget car racing,Dog show,trailer reversing competition,wellie throwing,bouncing castle and much more will all be available on the day so come along and enjoy the day.


The annual open air festival on the shores of Lough Gowna in Dring will be staged on this Sunday June 5th in aid of St.Christopher’s with the usual great family entertainment available.This festival has proved to be a great family day out for a long number of years so please come along and support this great cause.


The children from St.Patrick’s national school in Killeen took part in the 2011 wite a book competition recently and we congratulate Nicole McNally and Aaron Hourican who both received merit awards at the award ceromony in the Landmark Hotel in Carrick On Shannon on Wednesday night last.Also well done to Luke Nortan and Abbey Bowen who were both highly recommended for their efforts.


We wish safe travelling and good luck to Pauline Hynes Ferriskil who has left for the Big Apple where she will spend the summer.We hope you enjoy your stay and look forward to seeing you back home later on Pauline.We also send similar good wishes to Nicola Gillard who has left to spend the next year in America.


Do you need help with reading, writing, spelling, maths or computers? If you do, please call into the centre or ring us at 043 6686211 and we will do all we can to help. We offer part-time day and evening courses. We are now taking names for courses starting after Easter 2011 The service is free and confidential. Contact: Thérese Smyth