13 August 2022

Congratulations: and best wishes to newlyweds, Carol Duffy Lismacaffrey and Sean O’Connor. whose wedding took place in St Mary's Church Boherquill recently. The happy couple along with family and close friends enjoyed a most memorable and beautiful day. Carol is the daughter of Mary and Pat Duffy, Ballew, who are delighted to add another Son to the family. We wish Carol and Sean every happiness in their future plans together and we wish them both a long and happy life filled with great joy riches and good health. 

Deepest sympathies: are extended to Seamus Moran Kilmore, on the sad passing of his mother Kathleen, Kate Ann. Predeceased by her beloved husband Jimmy, her son John, and Granddaughter Lisa.  Kate Ann passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family. She will be sadly missed by his sons Seamus and Martin, and Daughter, Valerie. Her sister Margaret, brother Mike, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and a wide circle of neighbours and friends. For those of you who would like to leave a personal message please see the condolence section of R.I.P May her gentle soul rest in peace.

Congratulations: and best wishes to newlyweds, Siobhan Walker, Coolamber and formally the Cornmill pub Boherquill and Michael Garvey Rincoolagh, Granard. Whose wedding took place recently. The happy couple along with family and close friends enjoyed a most memorable and beautiful day. Siobhan is a daughter of Frank Walker retired publican the Cornmill, Boherquill. and the late Theresa Walker. We wish Siobhan and Michael every happiness in their future plans together and we wish them both a long and happy life filled with great joy, riches and good health. 

National Heritage Week: with lots of events for young and old taking place throughout the counties from Sunday 13th to Sunday 21st August. There are some great events taking place all over the place to celebrate the week. The Knights and Conquests Heritage Centre, Granard is a hive of heritage activity this week to mark the centenary of the death of Michael Collins with a special event on Sunday 21st from 1.30 to 5 pm Check out the full programme of local events on heritageweek.ie

Community Alert: We have only a hand full of houses in the Westmeath part of the parish that have yet to subscribe to our community alert. We ask that you please do so now as any members who have not paid their €10 for more than 12 months will be removed from our text list by the end of the month. This wonderful service costs less than 2 cents per day. We will roll out a new app for your phone shortly called Be alert, which will greatly improve the alert service. This new app will replace the WhatsApp group allowing you more flexibility in the alerts you receive. You will also receive alerts from Granard and other surrounding areas along with weather and road closure/repair notices etc. In the meantime please report suspicious activity to Gardai immediately. Mullingar 044 9384000

SENIORS ALERT SCHEME. As the winter months draw closer. Streete Watch Community Alert would like to remind you of our Seniors Alert Scheme. We are delighted to say that over 80% of our senior citizens have availed of the alert scheme. This simple little bracelet which is worn around your wrist or Neck enables people over 65 to continue to live securely in their own homes with confidence, independence, and peace of mind. This Free Personal Alarm is Monitored 24/7. The equipment is fully free for the first year. An annual fee of €66 is applicable from year 2 on. However, if you don’t have a landline a small charge is applicable to establish a connection. We encourage community participation in this scheme. If you already have a personal monitored alarm we can organise it to be upgraded free of charge as well. The Scheme is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development via Pobal with equipment made available through Streete Watch Community Alert, for more information contact Kevin 087 1375222 Paula 087 6565689

COMMUNITY GAMES: - Congratulations and well done to all the boys and girls who participated in the national community games Track and Field finals held in Carlow on Saturday last, the competition was intense, especially under the strong hot sun. As word filters through Congrats and well done to Dillon Reilly from Cavan son of Laura Bannon and grandson to Carmel and Bernie Bannon Streete who won Gold in the under 10s to become All Ireland Champion. A fantastic achievement. It is wonderful to see community games doing so well over the past year after the Covid period. More next week. 

STREETE ACTIVE RETIREMENT: - We will have our next get-together on Tuesday, 23rd August in Streete Parish Park at 11.30a.m.  Please try to attend,  as we will discuss another outing if there is enough interest.  Also the usual chat and cuppa.

Boherquill Ramblers There was no walk on Sunday 7 August 2022 as it was the final day of the Fleadh Cheoil in Mullingar. On Sunday 21 August 2022 the Ramblers will walk at Stonepark near Longford. Cars will leave Boherquill at 1.30 pm and meet at 2 pm in the car park behind Dealz in Longford before moving on to Stonepark for a canal towpath walk. If you would like to add a walk, new or old, to this year's Walks Calendar please contact Philip Epps. See boherquillramblers.ie for more information.  

Farmers: A reminder to farmers. Farm Plastics collection scheme has now resumed and Bring Centres are now open. Bring-centres represent the most cost-effective and convenient means by which farmers can recycle old disused covering and silage wrap and farm plastics. For your convenience, your nearest centre Edgeworthstown at Shroid GAA Grounds, Longford Road on Tuesday 16th Aug and Granard Farmers Mart Saturday 20th August. IFFPC also collect. See https://www.farmplastics.ie/  IFFPG would like to thank farmers for using this service and keeping Ireland pollution free.

Table Quiz: In Aid of Rathowen Community Development: The annual Rathowen festival will Kick off this weekend with a table quiz on Friday at 9 pm in Connaughton’s Pub Rathowen.On Saturday a BBQ in FeerIck's Hotel with live music by Caroline Moore. Then a fun-filled family field day on Sunday with lots of entertainment throughout the day, live music by Colm Bourke. Plenty of spot prizes and fun to be had. Please support. If you are interested in booking a stall for Sunday, please phone 089 460 3732 or email: [email protected] .

Lotto: Streete Pariah Park Lotto Draw 1st August 2022. Numbers Drawn: 5, 10, 15, 24 No Jackpot Winners 4 Lucky Dip Winners €25 each Ann Marie Brady (Online) Moira Tully, UK (Online) Pauline Parker, Streete. Avril Moran, Legan Thanks for your support. The next Draw Will Take place on Monday 15/8/22 Jackpot of €4450

Volunteers Needed: We are returning our Bingo to the hall on Monday nights in September. We are asking for volunteer help at the parish park. This is usually from 8 Pm until 10.30 Pm and can be worked on a rota to suit all. We depend greatly on our Bingo to keep our community centre open. Our Centre is well managed and run; all we ask is a little help to share some of the burdens. Your help will be greatly appreciated. Call Kevin 087 1375222, James 086 3125876 or Steven 087 6449500

Masses & Adoration this week Streete/Rathowen: This coming Sunday is the 21st Sunday in Ordinary time. Vigil Mass every Saturday in Boherquill at 8 Pm. every Sunday Rathowen at 10 am. Mass this week Tuesday, 16th August Boherquill 9.30 Am. Wednesday 17th Rathowen 9.30 Thursday 18th Rathowen 9.30, adoration 10 to 10.30  Friday 19th August, Boherquill 8 pm. Adoration 7 – 8pm.

Mass intentions: Please remember in your prayers the soul of Paddy Nally whose Anniversary mass was last Saturday. No Mass intentions this week, 

For Mass bookings: or any other enquiries. Please contact Fr. Pierre on 087 6960542.

Eucharist Ministers and Reader:  No Correspondence: 

Rosary continues: Rathowen, every Tuesday at 7 pm and Boherquill every Thursday at 7 pm

Diocesan Pilgrimage To Knock Shrine: Sunday, September 4th Ceremonies begin at 2 pm with the anointing of the sick followed by mass. Depending on demand a bus will leave Granard and Edgeworthstown Booking is essential call 043 334665

The Legion of Mary: Edgeworthstown invites new members. The Legion meets every Thursday at noon in the Parish Centre, Edgeworthstown. The centre is at the back of Quinns Hardware store.

Men’s Prayer Group:  We meet Every Monday in the church in Boherquill at 8 pm. New participants are always most welcome to join us and receive the support of other men in their prayer and personal life.

27 May 2022

Deepest Sympathies

Are extended to the Cox family, Clonaboy, Rathowen at the sad passing of Maura Cox. Maura served as a stalwart for many years in Rathowen Parish and Community right up to her passing. She will always be remembered for her involvement in many community organisations including Rathowen Feis, Rathowen Amateur Dramatic Society and leading the choir at Sunday Mass. We extend our deepest sympathies to her family and the community of Rathowen at this sad time. May her gentle soul rest in peace.

Streete Wildlife Club

On Sunday the 15th of May Longford regional game Council held there annual sporting shoot in Streete shooting grounds. Thirteen teams took on what was said to be a good variety of targets. When all scores were tallied Streete A won the event pipping close neighbours Mostrim by just 2 clays. Team members on the day were Hugh O'Hara, Barry Webb, Tommy Denning, Joe Kelly, Paul Connell and Paddy Owns. Big congratulations to Hugh O'Hara on hitting the perfect 50/50. This now means that Streete will go on to represent Longford in the All Ireland shoot in Esker shooting grounds later in July. Well done to two other Streete men who claimed prizes, they were Pat Denning who won the Vets cup and to Liam Campbell who won the Trainee Licence cup. Well done Team Streete. 

The club would like to thank all club members who worked in any way in getting the grounds ready for the event, also to Breege Campbell & Marie Campbell who looked after the catering. 

Other events that are coming up are, on Thursday 26th May the summer league will commence and will be run over 6 weeks. On Saturday 28th May Westmeath RGC will hold its county sporting shoot. 

The club would like to offer its sympathy to the following on their recent bereavements. Peggy Denning Coolnagun &family. Seamus Moran Kilmore & family. Tieran family Burgesland. Blessington family Coolamber. Reilly family Lisryan. 

May their souls rest in peace. 


Congratulations and best wishes to newlyweds Bernard Callaghan, Coolnagun and Riahanna Allan, Castlepollard, who recently celebrated their marriage in Perth, Australia. The happy couple along with family and close friends enjoyed a most memorable and beautiful day. Bernard is the eldest son of Noel and Emmer Callaghan Coolnagun, who are delighted to add another daughter to the family. We wish Bernard and Riahanna every happiness in their future plans and we wish them both a long and happy life together filled with great joy riches and good health.

Please Note Community Alert

Your local Community Alert is being collected at the moment and will continue over the coming weeks. Over 80 per cent of homeowners in our community have contributed to this valuable service and we welcome new subscribers. Your €10 goes towards the text alerts to your mobile, new signage and supporting the senior alert along with other services. Please Note. All who have not contributed since 2019 despite all efforts by our volunteers will no longer receive text alerts from June 1st. We would like to thank all who have made their payment and contributed to making our community a happier and safer place to live. Please pay your €10 subscription into our Bank of Ireland account. NAME: Streete Community Alert. BIC: BOFI IE 2D and IBAN: IE20BOFI 9017 4987 391568 Account 8739 1568 and our Sort code 90-17-49 OR Pay into the Parish Park Letterbox, remembering to put your: NAME and Eircode with your 2 mobile numbers of contact. You will receive a text message from our Treasurer confirming your payment. On behalf of Streete Watch committee, we thank you.

Streete Vintage Show

Our show will take place on June 26th We ask you to spread the great news far and near we are also holding open meetings from now until our show to give people the opportunity to have their say and offer help before and after the show. Please come along on Tuesday 31st at 8.30 for a friendly chat or contact James on 086 3125876 or Kevin on 087 1375222 if you think of something that will make our day memorable for everyone.


Streete Parish Park Lotto Draw Monday 23rd May 2022 Numbers Drawn 1, 7, 17, 29 No Jackpot Winners 4 Lucky Dip winners of €25 each. Emily Lloyd (Online) Sheila Mulleady (Online) John Parker, Streete and Sean O' Neill, Rathowen. Our next lotto draw will take place on Monday 6th of June. Jackpot €4200. Thanks for your continued support.

Masses & Adoration this week Streete/Rathowen

This coming Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. Vigil Mass every Saturday in Boherquill at 8 Pm. Every Sunday Rathowen at 10 am. Mass Tuesday, 31st May Boherquill 9.30 am. Friday, 3rd June, Boherquill 8 pm. Adoration 7 – 8pm.

Mass intentions

Please remember in your prayers Hal and Helen Gaynor whose anniversary mass was last week.

Eucharist Ministers for June: Saturday 4th Mary Mulligan. Reader: Orla O’Hara.

First Holy Communion

Our prayers and best wishes to Pedro, Kian, Finn and Odhran who received their 1st Holy Communion last weekend.

Men’s Prayer Group

It was wonderful to see so many men coming together to pray and enjoy refreshments afterwards. We meet each Monday in the church in Boherquill at 8 pm. New participants are always most welcome to join us and receive the support of other men in their prayer and personal life.

Boherhillquill Ramblers

The Ramblers avoided the afternoon showers for their walk in Melkernagh bog near Lismacaffrey on Sunday 22 May 2022. The bog was soft underfoot and the group were surrounded by the sounds of the bog in early summer: birdsong, including a distant cuckoo and closer to hand the roar of a machine cutting turf to add to the rows of sods left out to dry beside the track. The quiet roads outside the bog were lined with wild flowers and in contrast several houses had beautifully cultivated front gardens.
Thank you to Deirdre Leavy and her sister Eilish Beglan who led the walk.

On Sunday 5 June the Ramblers will visit Glasson. Cars will leave Boherquill at 1.30pm and meet at 2pm at the Athlone end of Glasson. See boherquillramblers.ie for more information.


If you would like to remind us of an upcoming event or would like to have something mentioned in the Streete and District notes, please email [email protected] or call Kevin 087 1375222 before 5 pm Saturday at the latest and remember folks if you don’t tell me I can’t tell them.

15 August 2020

Community Alert

Gardaí ask you to be highly vigilant at this present time and keep an eye out for any suspicious vehicles around the area. A large number of dog thefts have been reported throughout the country recently.

Gardaí are aware this is making dog owners feel unsafe and worried about their beloved pets. They advise you take extra precautions for their safety and report any movements of persons unknown to you to them.

They ask you try and get a photo or Reg number to assist them in their investigations. The Streete Watch message is clear. “Prompt communication is the key weapon in the fight against crime”.

Streete Watch in partnership with an Gardaí Siochana aims to help the people of Streete parish and surrounding Districts to protect their homes, businesses and our community against burglary, fraud and anti-social behaviour.

Please save these numbers to your phone Garda

Or if you need to discuss anything in private call 087 1375222.

Face Masks

The Government has announced that from Monday 10th of August face coverings must now be worn in all shops, retail settings and shopping centres. This is in response to help stop the spread of the virus.

Church Notes

Fr Nigel would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding over the past number of months and welcomes everyone back to our churches. He would also like to let you know that visiting of the sick and housebound will resume in August.

Under current restrictions Fr Nigel will have to be invited by the sick person or a family member before he can visit their home with the sacraments, please call in advance.

Streete Wildlife Club

The following are the results from our 100 Bird competition held on the August bank holiday weekend.

The club would like to especially thank KBG Accountants Cavan & Longford for coming on board as main sponsor of this event. Also to all shooters from near and far who came to support Streete Wildlife club, and to our club members who gave up their time on both Saturday and Sunday to fill traps and referee etc the club is extremely very grateful.

The club would like to offer its sincere sympathy to Sean Flood and family Clonmore Lismacaffrey on the recent death of his wife Maureen. May she rest in peace.

Boherquill Ramblers

The Ramblers met at Taughmon church near Mullingar on Sunday 9 August 2020 for a 7km loop walk through Gaulmoylestown. On the way they passed Gaulmoylestown Lake where the banks were lined with anglers.

The smell of recently-cut grass was in the air and several times the group were passed by tractors and trailers as the local farmers were busy drawing in silage.

On Sunday 23 August the Ramblers will walk in Castlepollard. Cars will leave Boherquill at 1.30pm and meet outside the Town and Country pub on the Square in Castlepollard at 2pm for a 9 km road and cross-country walk. Boots should be worn for this walk.

If you intend to walk please contact Nini at 086 8754411 or Philip at 087 7753612 before Sunday. See boherquillramblers.ie for more information and Covid-19 Safety Guidelines.


Please remember Neighbours, lockdown ain’t over yet it has just eased. PHASE 3 has now commenced on 29th June, you should still stay at home as much as you possibly can. Travel no further than necessary away from your home. Department of the Taoiseach - Keep informed, keep your distance, and stay safe.

NOTE: If you would like to remind us of an upcoming event or would like to have something mentioned in the Streete and District notes, please email [email protected] or call Kevin 087 1375222 before 5pm Saturday at the latest.

17 November 2019

​Community Alert

The community Alert committee would like to thank all who turned out last Wednesday night to the community alert meeting in the Parish Park. It was heart-warming to see the response of likeminded people concerned about safeguarding their community. Garda crime prevention officer Paddy Guinan was accompanied by Garda Sergeant, Rodger Nichols, who both talked about theft, protecting your property and what to watch out for as we go about our daily business.
We welcomed the news that Streete Parish has been selected to be one of the first areas in Ireland to avail of a new anti-crime response system to be rolled out soon. Paddy Guinan talked about how this new system will free up Gardaí connecting Gardaí to central control and you call for assistance in superfast time. He went on to say this is a break through in modern policing response.
The presentation which was short and very interesting. Both Gardaí stayed with us for a cup of tea talking freely and openly with the people. We look forward to next February when Paddy and the Drug response unit will come to talk and demonstrate the type of drugs on the market and how we can report antisocial behaviour in confidence.

Text alert registration

The committee has been busy collecting in registration forms for the text alert system. If you have not received a registration form and would like to join please let us know or if you have, and you haven’t had a chance to fill it in or get it back to us please let us know on 087 9680739 or 087 1375222. The cost is only €10 for the year. This is to help us cover the costs. Please support us to support you.

Boherquill Ramblers

The Ramblers started their walk at the Church Hall near the photogenic Royal Canal harbour in Ballynacargy on Sunday 11 November 2018. They walked a loop route through Lakingstown to the canal near Kiddy's Bridge and returned to the village along the towpath. Back in the Church Hall they were treated to delicious scones by Patricia Bruton, the Ramblers Chair, who also led the walk, so thank you to her for both.

New members are always welcome. For details phone Philip at 087 7753612 or Nini at 086 8754411
See boherquillramblers.ie.

Streete Wildlife Club

Winter league continues every Thursday night in Streete shooting grounds. All shooters welcome.The club would like to offer its sincere sympathy to Brendan Mulligan and family on the recent death of his uncle William (Billy) Clabby, Lanesboro. May he rest in the peace.

Streete Bowls

The Westmeath / Longford League is on hold to enable clubs play their own Christmas competitions. The three Streete teams had a very active week. Streete B were in Mullingar on Sunday night where  in a thirty three shot thriller they fell just short on the night. They were in action again at the Streete Complex on Tuesday night but on this occasion were victorious over Sreete A.

On Thursday night Streete C travelled to Ardagh to take on their B team and in another cliff-hanger they managed to draw twenty six points each. Streete B Team 1: Pat Purcell, Phyllis Martin and Sam Donaghy (skip). Team 2: Thomas Sullivan, Tom Connell and Eamon Carty (skip).

The Westmeath / Longford singles competition takes place in Streete on Sunday December 2nd. More details later.

Walking Track

Please note those who avail of our Streete Parish Park Walkway are gently reminded that membership is now due for the coming year.  The fee is only €20 per person or €30 per family for the coming year.  I am sure all will realise this money is needed to help with the track, insurance and lighting.  Payment can be left in an envelope in the Centre letterbox or given to any Parish Park committee member or staff member. All who become members are welcome to use the facility.

Social Dance

last Friday night a most enjoyable dance attended by the usual regulars with great music by Mary O’Connor and Pat Kelly took place in the Centre.  Supper, free raffle etc. was as always organised by Mary, Anne and Gerry.  Booking of music etc. is organised by Kevin who can be contacted on 087 1375222 with any details of entertainment available.  Upcoming bookings include:

Tea and refreshments served.  If interested in getting a group together for a Christmas party please make contact as soon as possible in preparation for the festive season.  The office number is 043 6685926, Kevin 086 2003739, Brian 086 2596656.  If you leave your number your call will be returned.


We are very happy to announce that on Saturday, 1st December at 8.30p.m. in Streete Parish Park Centre, Seamus O’Rourke well known playwright will perform his production of “And thank You” which was written and will be performed by the author, himself.  Some will remember other plays of his including the “Gospel according to O’Rourke” as well as “Your prayers have been answered”.

Many will have seen Seamus on T.V. or heard him on Radio, so now is the chance to enjoy this live production in Streete Parish Park at 8.30p.m. on Saturday, 1st  December.  This could be the first of many productions depending on support.  This will be another way for you and friends to get together before Christmas.

NOTE: For inclusion any week must be with Brian by Friday night or email to [email protected].

03 August 2019


For the month of August Weekend Mass times change as follows: - Saturday’s, Boherquill 8p.m. and Sunday’s, Rathowen 11a.m.


Saturday, Boherquill, Michael Fagan.

Active Age

Our Active Age Group goes on their first group outing this Thursday to Omagh in Northern Ireland.  Full report on the trip in next week’s notes in this paper.  Any new members welcome to join at our meetings, which take place on the first Thursday of each month at 11a.m. for a cup of tea and a chat.  For any further information call Kevin 087 1375222.


As this is the month of August Boherquill Ramblers take their annual break which leaves families free for holiday and family activities.  Walks back again first Sunday in September.  We wish all an enjoyable summer.

ST. FIintans

National School, Lismacaffrey are enrolling for September.  For any information contact 043 6685233 or call to the School.


The writer and some other people from the parish had the pleasure of meeting former President, Mary McAleese with Minister of State, Helen McEntee last week.  They were engaged in making a documentary for L.T.V.Television on famous Monastic Sites with particular spiritual influences.  They visited the Abbey and did the new walk recently opened followed by some invited guests including members of the I.F.A. Farm Family and other organisations for tea and lovely treats at Jane’s tea rooms.

Local comments, with which I agree was that Mrs. McALeese was as lovely and warm as ever, having had a word for everyone present and standing for loads of photographs.   P.J. Reilly, Fore’s resident Tourist Guide filled us in with the historical facts about Fore, which made for interesting listening and Alice Nerney spoke about the recent Green Ribbon “Walk & Talk “ occasion in Fore.  Thanks to Jane for her usual excellent spread of tea, cakes etc.  It was a most enjoyable afternoon.

Mrs. McAleese now lives in County Roscommon with her husband, Martin.  The programme is due to be aired in the autumn, so keep an eye on these notes in the months ahead.

Boherquill Ramblers

The Ramblers travelled to Ballinagh, County Cavan on Sunday 28 July 2019 for a walk to Fleming's Folly on nearby Belville Hill. The Folly was built in the 1700s by Captain James Fleming and had fallen into disrepair until a local committee completed its restoration in 2013. There is now a 7.5km loop walk to the Folly from which the Ramblers were able to appreciate the fine view which is said to take in 7 counties.

Thank you to Deirdre Leavy who led the walk and treated everyone to ice cream afterwards.                      The Ramblers  are now taking their customary August break, they will meet again on Sunday 1 September 2019 in Newtowncashel for a walk to Saints Island.New members and new walks are always welcome.

For details phone Philip at 087 7753612 or Nini at 086 8754411.
See boherquillramblers.ie

Streete Lotto

Numbers drawn in Streete Parish Park Lotto Draw held on 29th July were: - 4,8,26 29.  There was no winner of the Jackpot and the €40 winners were:

  • Mary Duffy
  • Natasha Quinn
  • Von Kerrigan

Next Lotto Draw will be held on August, 12th 2019.  Thank you for your continued support of our Lotto

28 July 2019


We extend sincere sympathy to Ned Flood and his family, Edgeworthstown on the death of his wife, Chrissie. Her remains were removed  from Our Lady’s Manor to the Parish Church.  Chrissie died in Mullingar Hospital and is survived by her husband Ned, son Peter, daughter in law, Sinead, grandchildren, Grace & Conor, sister May O’Reilly, extended family and many friends.
Her burial followed Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Edgeworthstown on Monday.  May she rest in peace.  Chrissie was a great supporter with her husband Ned of Streete Parish Park Bingo where she will be remembered by her many friends who will miss her.

Killucan Vintage Club

held their annual tractor run commencing at Kevin Moores tractor garage last Sunday followed by a B.B.Q at Moore’s premises afterwards.  A raffle organised by the Moore family with a large number of prizes also took place in aid of charity.  Our Streete parish Park Vintage Club along with many clubs from all over, including Northern Ireland were well represented on the day.

Cemetery Sunday

I am informed that on Cemetery Sunday recently the gate collection at the cemeteries amounted to €75.44 which goes towards expensed at the graveyard.  The graveyard committee wish to say thank you for your contributions.  Anyone who missed and wishes to contribute can contact Micheal Fagan or Seamus Denning.

Legan Vintage

Held their annual tractor run last Sunday week which was most enjoyable in bad weather conditions.  It started and ended at Connaughton’s, Rathowen.

Active Retirement

At our last meeting held on 11th July it was decided to go to Omagh Folkpark on Thursday, 8th August for our day’s outing.  Approx. cost is €50.  If you are interested please reply a.s.a.p to 087 0695148 or Parish Park Office 043 66 85926. Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, 1st August to finalise the Arrangements.

Streete Lotto

The numbers drawn in Streete Parish Park Lotto Draw were: - 1,3,8,23 and the winners were: - Ann Kiernan, Boherquill, Carol Duffy and B. Fryday, Ballinalee.  Thank to to everyone for your continued support for our lotto.  Next Lotto Draw will be held on the 29th July.

Boherquill Ramblers

The weather held dry for most of the Ramblers Family Day in Boora Bog Discovery Park on Sunday 21 July 2019. After tea and buns in the Visitor Centre they visited the Sculpture Park where a couple of  old  Bord na Mona locomotives had been added to the other large-scale exhibits. Then on to the Mesolithic Trail, named after the site where traces of some of the earliest signs of human activity in Ireland have been found.

All around there was an abundance of wild flowers, especially in the Grey Partridge Conservation Area where the numbers of the birds are slowly increasing after being threatened with extinction a few years ago. The pastel blue flowers of chicory and many shades of orchids were striking.

The rain started near the end of the walk so the group had to take cover for their post-walk refreshments but this didn't spoil the enjoyment of the day.  Many thanks to Club Chair Eileen Moreton who organised the day.

The Ramblers will meet again on Sunday 1 September in Newtowncashel for a walk to Saints Island.
New members and new walks are always welcome. For details phone Philip at 087 7753612 or Nini at 086 8754411.  See boherquillramblers.ie

Granard Motte Draw

The following is a list of Granard Motte Community Enterprise "GMCE Winners for June: -

  • €500 Jimmy Garvey, Rinroe
  • €250 Elish McGivney, Granardkill
  • €100 Sacred Heart National School, Granard
  • €100 Sinead Fay, Beechwood
  • €100 Patricia Gettings, Lisryan

This was our last draw for 2018/2019. Our ticket sellers are now out selling tickets for 2019/20. Your continued support  would be greatly appreciated.

In light of our recent publicity and funding  some have asked why we need to continue selling tickets for our 500 draw.  I am delighted to answer this. The funding received from the Department of Rural affairs and Failte Ireland is granted  specifically for  the future development of our Norman themed heritage park and only that.

The ticket sales are for the  repayment of our mortgage (originally €175,000) on our present Knights and Conquest Centre. With this in mind here are some of our keystone achievements to date thanks to you.

  • 2012 Purchased 2 buildings and 15 acres from NAMA for €265,000 and launch of our 500 draw
  • 2015 Obtained mortgage for €175,000
  • 2018 Official opening 21st September of Knights and Conquest Centre
  • 2019 Awarding of €2,800,000 from Dept. of Rural Development for development of Heritage park
  • 2019 Official announcement by Failte Ireland of award of €640,000 towards development of Norman
  • Heritage Park
  • 2019 Outstanding mortgage to date €78,000
  • 2021 Proposed opening of Anglo-Norman Heritage Park"

All this means continued support is needed and we wish continued good will and support to all concerned.  For any further information contact Tom Donnelly on 086 6086006 or email [email protected]

Thank you again to all the community for your ongoing support.

14 July 2019


we extend our sincere sympathy to the extended Reilly family, Balloo on the death of Paddy Reilly at Our Lady’s Manor, Edgeworthstown on Sunday, 6th July. Paddy was predeceased by his loving wife, Mary, daughter, Dympna and grandson, Scott.    He is sadly missed by his sons, Gerry, Padraig, Eamon and Aidan, daughters in law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, neighbours and a large circle of friends.  May he rest in peace.

His removal took place to St. Mary’s Church, Boherquilll for his Funeral Mass followed by burial in St. Fintan’s cemetery, Boherquill on Wednesday morning, 9th July.  Paddy was a very popular and  respected Senior Citizen of the community who in his younger days was a leading figure in all types of sports in our parish including football, hurling, community games and all that was good for  the youth, as was well talked about at his Funeral Mass.  Paddy will be missed by his son in law and next door neighbour, Joe Coyle whom we also offer our condolences to.

Sad Day

We awakened on Thursday morning last to hear sad news on radio, starting with the death of Brendan Grace entertainer and comedian and also well-known Radio personality and political commentator, Noel Whelan.  May they both rest in peace.  Following this announcement the new of the loss of approximately 150 jobs between the Power Station and Bord Na Móna Mount Dillion, Lanesboro.

This will affect Coolnagun Bog in this parish as milled peat from here is brought by road to Lanesboro.  Not good news for Lanesboro and the Midlands, but hopefully the powers that be will be able to resolve the situation.

Social Dancing

Our next Social Dancing night is on Friday, July 19th with music by the very talented Jimmy Hynes & the Crusaders.  Dancing from 10.00p.m. - 12.30a.m.  Free raffle and supper on the night.  Come along for a great night’s entertainment.

Streete Wildlife Club

Summer league 2019 done and dusted. Secretary Seamus Denning did the formalities and started by thanking everyone for their support over the past few months. He especially thanked Conor Cassidy of Connor Cassidy cars.ie for sponsoring the league. He thanked the members of Streete club who make themselves available each week to help out. He gave special mention to the few that take time off work each Thursday to make sure everything is set up and ready to go.

He concluded by wishing everyone taking part in the NARGC All Ireland Shoot in Ballinasloe the best of luck.  The winners are as follows:

The club would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Enda Mcloughin from south Leitrim on winning his class in the recent world shooting championship held in Dowth in Co Meath recently. Well done Enda.

Streete wildlife club would like to offer its sincere sympathy to the Reilly family baloo on the recent death of Paddy Reilly. May he rest in peace.

Boherquill Ramblers

The weather on Sunday 7 July 2019 was ideal for the Ramblers walk from Jonathan Swift Park beside Lough Ennell to Dysart along the Westmeath Way and back on a loop. The route included bog track and field’s where the walkers were watched by several herds of cattle who were also probably enjoying the pleasures of the countryside in high summer.  Thank you to Eileen Moreton and Mary McHugh who checked and led the walk.

The Ramblers Annual Family Day will be held in Lough Boora Discovery Park on Sunday 21 July 2019. Cars will leave Boherquill at 10am and will be pooled at 10.30am  in the car park beside the Fire Station in Mullingar before moving on to arrive in Boora at 11.30am. There will be a range of activities including a guided 90 minute walk suitable for children with the Fairy Avenue and Maze, bicycle rides and, of course, a picnic.

A longer walk for adults will include the Sculpture Park, wetland areas and the Mesolithic site where some of the oldest traces of human habitation in Ireland have been found.

New members and new walks are always welcome. For details phone Philip at 087 7753612 or Nini at 086 8754411.  See boherquillramblers.ie

07 July 2019

Golden Jubilee

Fr. Pat Leslie brother of Larry Leslie and Kathleen Mc Givern attended Rath National School in this parish many years ago.Fr. Pat was ordained in Carlow Cathedral on 7th June 1969 for the diocese of Sacramento U S A. Fr Pat’s Golden Jubilee was celebrated at our parish mass in St Mary’s church Boherquill on Sunday last, 21st July at 11.00a.m.

Refreshments were held afterwards in the Parish Park Centre where family and friends met for a chat and renewed old friendships. We wish Fr.Pat good health and happiness in the years ahead, which we hope are many.

Boherquill Ramblers

The  Olde Fair Day in Ballinamuck on Sunday 14 July 2019 was a good excuse for the Ramblers to get out for an early walk. They began their walk at 11am beside the 1798 Memorial Hall in the village, a reminder of the Battle of Ballinamuck where the French forces supporting the 1798 Irish Rebellion were defeated. The Ramblers enjoyed a delightful road and bog walk with honeysuckle in the hedgerows and foxgloves among the many wild flowers on the roadside verges.

The village itself was full of containers of brightly coloured flowers on every windowsill and wall. The Ramblers picnicked in the beautiful Remembrance Garden and visited the beautifully restored Johnny's Cottage where a welcoming turf fire awaited them.

After their picnic the Ramblers joined the crowds at the Olde Fair where there was music, food and many other attractions. Thank you to Marian Carty who led the walk.

On Sunday 28 July 2019 the Ramblers will visit Fleming's Folly near Ballinagh. Cars will leave Boherquill at 1.30pm and meet in the car park at the Community Centre in Ballinagh at 2pm. The walk is a 9km mix of road and forest trail.

This walk is the Ramblers last outing before their August break, they will meet again on Sunday 1 September in Newtowncashel for a walk to Saints Island.

New members and new walks are always welcome. For details phone Philip at 087 7753612 or Nini at 086 8754411.  See boherquillramblers.ie

St. Fintan’s Cemetery Boherquill

Once again we thank everyone who cleaned and tidied the plots in the cemetery for Cemetery Sunday on the 7th July last, and for supporting the collection on the day. The total amount collected was €732.

Active Retirement

At our last meeting held on 11th July it was decided to go to Omagh Folkpark on Thursday, 8th August for our day’s outing.  Approx. cost is €50.  If you are interested please reply a.s.a.p to 087 0695148 or Parish Park Office 043 66 85926. Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, 1st August to finalise the Arrangements.   ​

13 June 2019

Vintage Day 2019

Vintage day 2019 was held on Sunday, last, 30th June.  Full details on the event in next week’s paper.

Cemetery Sunday

Will take place on Sunday, July 7th at 11a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, Boherquill and the Blessing of Graves afterwards in Church cemetery, St. Fintan’s, Coolamber and Streete after Mass.  We thank everyone who has all the plots clean and tidy, however some people are still leaving rubbish and grass cuttings in the cemetery, so we ask everyone to please take away all rubbish with them.

Please note that a collection will be taken up at the gate on Cemetery Sunday to assist with the maintenance of the cemetery. Please send word to any family members and friends who live away from the parish.  These details depend on suitable weather conditions.

Boherquill Ramblers

On 23 June 2019 the Ramblers visited Newtownforbes, County Longford. Their loop walk through the lush countryside to the south of the town highlighted different aspects of local history. New housing estates in the town gave way to old farmhouses with stone outbuildings. Swifts circled above Lisnabo House which was built around 1815 as a Church of Ireland school and later in the walk the route skirted the old forest of Newtownforbes Demesne.

Back towards the town again there were many large modern houses as the group neared the end of their walk.  Thank you to Marita MacNerney and Mary Brady who led the walk.

On Sunday 7 July 2019 the group will visit Lilliput beside Lough Ennell for a 10km road and cross-country walk. Boots should be worn as the ground will be rough in places and no dogs are allowed as farmland will be crossed. Cars will leave Boherquill at 1.30pm and meet at Jonathan Swift Park in Lilliput at 2pm.

New members and new walks are always welcome. For details phone Philip at 087 7753612 or Nini at 086 8754411.  See boherquillramblers.ie

23 June 2019


As mentioned last week in these notes we offer our sincere sympathy to the extended Sullivan family, Kilmore, Streete and Fermore, Streete on the unexpected death at his home in Liverpool of Colm Sullivan formerly of Kilmore, Streete.  Colm is survived by his brothers, Micheál and Brian, his sister, Mary Heavin, sisters in law, brothers in law, nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends.

Reposing at Gilsenans funeral Home, Mullingar on Wednesday of this week, 26th June from 6.00p.m. with prayers at 7.30p.m.  Funeral Mass on Thursday at 11.00a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, Boherquilll followed by burial in Russagh Cemetery.  May he rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to the family of Frank Brady Lisrhatigan, Coolarty whose death took place in Mullingar Regional Hospital on 20th June.  Frank is sadly missed by his daughters Ann and Teresa and son, Francis and also his sister, Lesia Farrell, Ballinalee.  Frank was predeceased by his wife, Marcella (Cellie).  May he rest in peace.  His removal took place last Saturday, 22nd with his Funeral Mass in Clonbroney Church on Sunday, and 23rd with burial in adjoining cemetery.

Cemetery Sunday

Cemetry Sunday will take place on Sunday, July 7th at 11a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, Boherquill and the Blessing of Graves afterwards in Church cemetery, St. Fintan’s, Coolamber and Streete after Mass.
We thank everyone who has all the plots clean and tidy, however some people are still leaving rubbish and grass cuttings in the cemetery, so we ask everyone to please take away all rubbish with them. Please note that a collection will be taken up at the gate on Cemetery Sunday to assist with the maintenance of the cemetery.

Please send word to any family members and friends who live away from the parish.  These details depend on suitable weather conditions.

Vintage Day 2019

Vintage Day 2019 takes place at Streete Parish Park on this Sunday, 30th June with entertainment for all the family as well as our large comfortable Food Hall, where food will be available all day with catering by the professional staff from Feerick's Hotel, Rathowen, as in previous years.  For those who might prefer to have their food outside we have catering wagons, tea/coffee stalls, ice-cream vans and many, many stalls selling articles and souvenirs.

Music & Jiving Competition

Music & Jiving Competition at the bandstand and outdoor dance floor with the ever popular, Johnny Brady accompanied on stage by Carmel Mcloughlin, so time to get your dancing shoes ready!

Mouse Racing

Mouse racing should you feel like a rest from the dance floor why not join our Chairman, Declan and Vice Chairman, James  who are all geared up for the very popular mouse racing.

Dog Show

Dog show will take place at approx. 3.00p.m. sharp with entries taken from 1.30p.m.  There are nine classes.  All first prize winners will qualify for Champion and Reserve champion.  The Dog Show Champion receives the Streete Wildlife Perpetual Trophy and the best Gun Dog receives the Joe & Mary Stell Perpetual Plaque.  All trophies are once again being kindly sponsored by Oliver Kelleher, owner of O.K. Trophies, Castlebar.  Dogs must be kept under control at all times or face automatic disqualification.


Feature have a look at our feature in this paper for more details.  Any queries please call Vintage organiser, Kevin Brady and leave your number or email address with any member, or if regarding stalls call John Parker 086 8301347.


We ask for your support with our Club Raffle at 4.00p.m.  Tickets on sale at €5 per book.  See Brian at the hut at the side of the building.  We thank Tony Garvey of Garvey Sheds, Edgeworthstown for one of his sheds.

Where To Find Us

We are only four miles just off the N4 at Rathowen Church which is half way between Mullingar and Longford and will be well signposted.  Our Eircode is  N91 RC43  For any further information please call Declan 0868123514, John 0868301347, Brian 086 2596656 or Kevin 087 1375222.

Streete Lotto

Numbers drawn in our Lotto Draw held on 17th June 2019 were 9, 10, 13 16 and the winners were Patrick O’Neill; Molly Hussey: Marcella Finnan.  Our next draw will be held on 1st July 2019.  Thank you very much for your continued support of our Lotto.

Streete Wildlife Club

Round five of Summer league done and dusted, well done to Gareth Mitchel who shot a great score of 49/50 closely followed by Paul Dunne on 48/50.The League table is starting to take shape for all the different classes, Cavan man Richard O'Rawe has his nose slightly in front of the chasing pack, so remember the deal you must have five scores to qualify for the final. See you all next week for more of the same.  Next Saturday, June 29 Woodcock charity shoot.

Shoot starts at 11 am and will consist of a 50 Bird sporting over 8 stands and a separate pool stand of 10 Birds. There will also be at the BBQ on site, all monies from this event this year will go to the local charity “A night for Nikki “. so please support and bring a friend.  Would all club numbers please note that membership is now due and must be paid to Hugh O'Hara treasure ASAP.

The club would like to offer its sincere sympathy to Micheál Sullivan and family on the recent death of his brother Colm .May he rest in peace.

Boherquill Ramblers

Warm sun, birdsong and the smells of the forest were some of the pleasures experienced during the Ramblers walk near Glasson on Sunday 16 June 2019. Add to that some wonderful views over Lough Ree from Caraun Hill at the beginning of the walk and banks of rhododendrons in flower beside the road through the forest later in the afternoon. With a bit of history thrown in as the route later passed through the ruins of  Waterstown House a very varied afternoon's walk was enjoyed by all.

There will be no walk on Sunday 30 June 2019 as Streete Vintage Festival will be held over the weekend. The Ramblers send their best wishes to the Festival Committee and trust the day will be as successful as in previous years.

New members and new walks are always welcome. For details phone Philip at 087 7753612 or Nini at 086 8754411.  See boherquillramblers.ie