Bunlahy & District

Fun run

Fun run

Ballymore Minor board will hold a 5 kilometre Fun Run, Walk, Jog or even crawl on Sunday, April 27th starting at 12 noon with registration from 10 to 11.30am in the clubhouse in Ballybrien. Entry fee: Adults €10 and children €5. Refreshments served on return to the clubhouse. Trophy for first gent, lady and child. Posters will be on display next week with all details. The committee are hoping for a big turnout of runners and walkers and that they will be led by all the players in their club colours.


The annual church gate collection in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Association will be held at all churches in county Longford on the weekend of April 26th and 27th and your generous support will be greatly appreciated.


A Fine Gael social will be held in Farrell’s, Ballinalee on this Thursday night, April 17th starting at 9pm and all candidates in the upcoming local elections along with the two european candidates Mairead McGuiness and Jim Higgins will be in attendance. All welcome.

Country markets

Patrons of the country Markets in Granard are asked to please note that the market will be held on this Saturday morning from 9-30 am to mid-day and not on Good Friday. This arrangement is for this week only. Happy and holy Easter to all.


Its with much sadness and genuine regret that we record the death of Marie Hourican of Lisrathigan, Coolarty which occurred on Sunday morning at her home in the tender and loving care of her husband Hughie and daughters Ciara and Shona and sons, Aaron and Ryan and her extended family. Full obituary next week and may her gentle soul rest in peace.


On Saturday last, April 12th, St Mary’s church was the setting for a lovely wedding when Fr. Simon Cadam assisted by Fr. Brian Brennan united Jolene, daughter of JP and Maureen Dooris, Bunlahy and Sean, son of Sean and Teresa McNamee, Drumderg, Ballinalee. Jolene had Geraldine Moran and Alison McNally as her bridesmaids and Shannon McNamee and Aoiffe McNamee were her junior bridesmaids while Andrew McNamee was bestman and James Dooris was Groomsman. The readers were Martina Brady McNamee and Kath Colville and the prayers of the faithful were by Frank McNamee, Emmet McEvoy, Raymond Carrigy, Brooke Judge, Michelle Wilson and Eileen O’Neill. The gift bearers were Maureen Dooris and Teresa McNamee and the reflection was read by Genevieve McNamee. The sacred music was by Ingrid Madsen. Following the ceremony the bridal party, their families and many friends travelled to the Park Hotel in Mullingar where a beautiful meal awaited them and an evening of great entertainment was provided. We join with the Dooris and McNamee families in wishing Jolene and Sean a long and happy life together.


Sincere sympathy is extended to Seamus and Cait Smith and family, Rathbracken on the death of Seamus’ mother, Mrs. Mary Ann Smith which occurred in Ballinagh, Cavan on Saturday last. May she rest in peace.


We offer sympathy to Marion and Martin Hynes, Dublin and late of Ferriskil on the death of Marion’s sister, Monica Fay which occurred in Cavan recently. Also to Anne Brady and family, Springtown on the sad death of her sister, Breda Fagan last week. May they rest in peace.

Cycle and climb

The Glenn Brady Memorial Cycle and Climb, from Longford to Croagh Patrick will take place on Sunday June 1st. This is a very enjoyable and rewarding challenge, setting off from Longford at 4:30am to complete the 147km cycle and then take on the 3.5 hour climb of Croagh Patrick. The popularity of this event has grown massively since it began in 2011, and 2014 will be bigger than ever. So there’s plenty of time to get the training in over the coming weeks. Details for registration will be available soon.

The Maiden Aunt

Killeen Dramatic Society staged their play The Maiden Aunt last week in the Community Centre in Granard and we congratulate the entire cast on a brilliant performance and on their return to the stage. We understand that there will be one more chance to see the play on May 1st when the group will stage it for the Hill Playschool and creche and for Lus na Greine Family Resource Center, so please put this date in your diary.

TV appearance

Well done to young Nathan Brady, Dring, who was the winner of Scor Encore on Sunday evening last. Nathan gave a great rendition of Raglan Road and indeed he also displayed his great ability to speak in our native tongue, so well done to him and the very best of luck in the future.


Deepest sympathy is offered to the extended Hanlon families, Ballinroey on the sad death of their sister, Pauline which has occurred in the USA recently. May she rest in peace.


Congratulations to Mary Connell, Ballymore and Tony Gearty who were married in Ennybegs church on Saturday last. Full details next week.

Easter ceremonies

In St Mary’s Church, Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s supper at 8pm followed by adoration until midnight. Good Friday: Stations of the cross, assemble at Macken’s at 12 noon and walk in procession carrying the cross to the church. Celebration of the Lord’s passion and veneration of the cross at 3pm and evening prayer and reflection at 8pm. Holy Saturday: Blessing of food with Polish community at 12 noon. Easter vigil at 8-30pm. Easter Sunday: Dawn Mass at 5-30am in Granardkille cemetery and Masses at 9am and 11-30am. Happy and holy Easter to all.