St Fintan’s NS: Congratulations to our fantastic and formidable football team and their coach, Ms. Bannerton, who were victorious against Loughanavally in the Cumann na mbunscoil 3-Teacher schools final on Thursday 23rd May in Cusack Pk. Although a great and memorable day for the school, the support from the entire school community and parish of Streete in the lead up to and on the day of the final was something to be very proud of. The school were trained by Ms. Bannerton and certainly did her, Mrs. Brady and the staff at the school proud. Team captain Niall Moran and the complete panel will no doubt have a great future in football. We also say well done to Loughnavalley who played well to the final whistle. St.Fintan’s NS would like to take this opportunity to thank all who wished us well in this our first football final since 2004. Such support epitomises what ‘School Community’ truly means. Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir!
EXAM MASS: The 11am Mass this Sunday, June 2 is for all students sitting exams
SYMPATHY: We extend our sincere sympathy to Tony Boyce, Lismacaffrey and the extended family on the death of his brother Alan at St Joseph’s Care Centre, Dublin Road, Longford. Concelebrated Mass last Thursday in St. Joseph’s was concelebrated by Fr Ned O’Hara and Fr. Michael Campbell and Alan’s funeral took place afterwards to Mount Jerome, Dublin for cremation. May he rest in peace. Alan is survived by his loving sisters, Anne and Margaret and brother, Tony.
FLEADH: A wonderful weekend and a real credit to all who helped in so many ways organising, stewarding and much more. Some of the very best music possible was played by young and old. It was a real family weekend out. Young Maeve Greene from Rathowen parish was highly commended and won first prize for playing the bodhran with Conor Tighe, son of Geraldine and Peter Tighe coming a close second. Both will play in the Leinster final. This is a big step forward and we wish them success - they did Westmeath proud. Well done to them both.
PICKLE BALL: We welcomed a group called “women in touch” for a demonstration and trial of the new game suitable for the senior members of a community. Thanks to David Scally assisted by Niall from Westmeath Sports Partnership who showed a video, gave a demonstration and trial. The players were 16 in number and from the district and Granard. All were high in praise of this American Game new to Ireland and following a meeting of their group hope to be back. Multyfarnham Active Age Group have just completed a five week training course in Streete and having enjoyed the game so much have now booked our Centre for a further three Monday mornings. This is an amazing way for all over sixties to get simple exercise. If any senior group wish to get some information please contact Brian 086 2596656. The preference is for groups of sixteen. Please remember our Centre can be hired for indoor sports but must be booked in advance on phone or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Declan 087 9287129.
LOTTO: This is just a gentle reminder asking for continued support for our fortnightly draw. The next draw is during bingo next Monday night in Streete Complex. This plays a very big part in funding the running of our Centre, Walkway, Playground etc., so your €2 will be a big help. Envelopes are also available in many locations including the shop or pub in Streete, the Cornmill, Boherquill, Devines, Lismacaffrey and Murphy’s Crossroads Inn, Lisryan as well as from John White and the weekly sellers. Your support means a lot to the committee,
BIRTH: Congrats to Regina & Declan Scally on the birth of their baby boy, a brother for Conor and George.
WILDLIFE CLUB: Qualifying rounds for the All Ireland clay shoot are now being held on each Thursday evenings in the Streete Shooting Grounds, with shooters from Longford, Leitrim, Roscommon, Cavan, and Westmeath taking part. Anyone who wishes to join the club for the coming year should have their names with the club Secretary by the 31st May. On behalf of the club we offer our sympathy to Tony Boyce and the Boyce family Lismacaffrey on the death of Alan last week. Well done to all at St Fintan’s School Lismacaffrey on winning the Westmeath Schools football final last week.
BOHERQUILL RAMBLERS: The Ramblers visited Ballynacargy on Sunday May 19th to coincide with the Westmeath County Fleadh which was held in the village over the weekend. Patricia Bruton and Teresa Coloe led the way from the beautifully restored harbour on the Royal Canal on a walk through the fields south of the village to the summit of the Hill of Laragh. The recent improvement in the weather had resulted in lush grass growth in the meadows, but there were still some wet and muddy places along the farm tracks. The Ramblers were made more aware of the warmth of the afternoon weather as they climbed the last stretch of farm track up to the Hill of Laragh, so they were pleased to spend a few minutes admiring the panoramic view from the summit. A short downhill stroll brought the group back to the Canal at Balroe Bridge and about a mile of towpath led back to the harbour in Ballynacargy. Patricia and Teresa had organised refreshments for the group onboard barge No.3 in the harbour, including delicious cakes and scones which they had baked themselves. Rested and refreshed, some of the Ramblers went for a walk around the village to enjoy some of the excellent music on offer at the open-air stage and around the school where the Fleadh competitions were taking place. Thank you to Patricia and Teresa for leading Sunday’s walk, and for their work in providing the refreshments; also thank you to the owners of barge No. 3 and the landowners whose property was crossed during the afternoon. The Ramblers will travel to Glasson on Sunday June 2nd. Cars will leave Boherquill at 1.30pm and meet in Ballymahon at the petrol station on the Athlone road at 2pm.
MUSIC: In Fiddlers Green on Bank Holiday, Sunday, June 2 with “The High Stools” 10p.m. start. All welcome to come along for a good nights entertainment.
I.C.A.: Meeting in Street Parish Park on Tuesday, June 4 at 8pm. Discussion re outing will take place. Also Longford ICA are holding a meeting to discuss finance management etc. and the speaker will be Jill Kirby. All are welcome to attend this meeting in the Rugby Club.
ST FINTANS NS PARENTS GROUP: Many congratulations to St Fintans football team who won their Westmeath schools final match last Thursday. It was wonderful to see so many past and present pupils out to support the team. We also congratulate Alyssa Mc Guire 4th class and Conor Scally senior infants who both have a new baby brother. Two new members hopefully for the football team in a few years. Finally well done to Erin, Holly, AJ, Harry, Jack and Luke who made their communion on Saturday.
PLAYGROUND & COMMUNITY PARK CLOSED: The RCD have contractors in who started work on the community Park and they are asking that parents inform their children to keep out of the park and Play ground until all work is completed. This is a Health & Safety issue and there will be large machines working so for the safety of all please make sure your children are aware of the dangers and respect that they have to stay out of the community field and Playground until all is finished. There is no insurance in place for the play ground or park that allows the public in to use for recreational use at present.
BBQ IN AID OF M.S. IRELAND & BUNBROSNA GAA: Great night was had by all and for a great cause, well done to Andrew Whitney and all who helped him on the night.