Tuesday 17 September 2019

Around the districts: Cloonacool, Coolaney-Rockfield, Gurteen, Keash-Culfadda

Pictured at the St Mary’s College, Ballisodare Grad at the Radisson
Hotel, Ballincar were Chloe Lyons and Emma Rooney. Pic: Donal Hackett
Pictured at the St Mary’s College, Ballisodare Grad at the Radisson Hotel, Ballincar were Chloe Lyons and Emma Rooney. Pic: Donal Hackett

Cloonacool: Sheep Festival. The community of Cloonacool are embarking on a local festival event this September that will highlight the theme of Sheep Farming and the traditions for which the region is renowned. The event itself will include activities such as sheep class competitions, novelty events, and exhibits and displays on the theme.

A dance (10 p.m. Saturday night), with music by John Hogan, opens the festival which will take place on the weekend of September 21 and 22 in Cloonacool Village. On Sunday, September 22, there will be judging classes include best mountain blackface ewe, lamb and ram. Best lowland ewe, lamb and ram. Best overall sheep and open to all. Pimp My Sheep.

There will be the following Sheep Show Classes: Best Mountain Ewe; Best Mountain Hogget; Best Mountain Ewe Lamb; Best Mountain Ram Lamb; Best Lowland/Crossbred Ewe; Best Lowland/Crossbred Lamb; Best Purebred Ewe; Best Purebred Ram; Best Local Ewe (confined); Best Local Ram (Confined); Show Champion. Novelty Classes will include: Pimp my Sheep; Lady Handler and Young Handler (under-12). Entries €5 taken from midday on the day, Phone 087 4103619 for details.

Contact the organisers via Facebook or email at Please keep the date free and make sure to invite friends when the times arrives.

Community Action Plan

The Cloonacool Community Action Plan was launched on Friday, August 23. Well done again to all involved in bringing the plan to this point. If you are interested in getting involved with any of the action groups, or if you would like to read a copy of the plan please pm the page.

The Cloonacool Crafters group has commenced this September. The group will meet in Cloonacool community centre, every Monday morning at 10.30. New members are welcome. The group have worked on card making, knitting, crochet and more, and members can learn new skills and share existing ones with members. Anyone interested in the group can call in any Monday from 10.30 a.m.

Cloonacool is online

As part of the Cloonacool Community Action Plan, the new Cloonacool website is up and running. Pop over to, there is loads of great content due to go up over the next few weeks and you can contact them today at if you'd like to get involved.


Little VIPs Playschool has re-opened on Thursday, August 29, at 9.30 a.m. Limited spaces available. Please contact Maura Henry at 087 6507527 for more details.

Little Heroes Run

There will be a tractor, vintage car and bike run on Sunday, September 29. Registration will start at 11 a.m. in Cloonacool Community Centre, and the event will start at 1 p.m. There will be a raffle and refreshments on the day. All proceeds raised will go to Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin. Please come out and support. For more information, please contact Sharon Hannon at 087 9761405.

Cloonacool Players

The Cloonacool Players Drama Group are offering lighting and sound courses to all those interested in getting involved in the technical workings of drama backstage. These courses will be conducted in the coming weeks if sufficient numbers show interest. All those interested should contact chairperson Brid Calvey or instructor Seán Johnston or any group officer in the coming days.

Heritage Group

The Cloonacool Heritage Group are collecting historical images of the parish with a view to creating a 2020 calendar. They are requesting that anyone in the area who might have old photographs to forward them for inclusion in the calendar. Photographs will be scanned and returned. Images of historical or geographical interest are of particular interest. Contact Phil Marren at 087 9329873 or email

Community Park draw

The Cloonacool Community Park lotto draw for August took place in Brennan's on Saturday night for a jackpot of €3,300. There was no jackpot winner the numbers drawn were 17, 23, 27 and 28. There were no match-three winners so €200 was shared between Pádraig Murtagh and the Conboy family. Many thanks for your continued support. Multi draw tickets are now on sale for our lotto draw for the year ahead, we look forward to getting the generous support we've got in other years thank you.


Please send in your notes to Emma Gallagher by Thursday to


Coolaney ICA

Meeting on Thursday, September 12, at 8 p.m. in the Coolaney Community Centre. Guest speaker on the night is Federation president Mary Fergus. Craft nights being organised for October. New members to the area are always welcome. For further information contact 086 3127522 or 086 8642420.

Coolaney Utd Club News

Bonus Ball: The Coolaney United Wednesday and Saturday night Bonus Ball Draw continues. The cost per ball is €5 and the weekly jackpot prize is €100. Bonus balls can be purchased in PK MEATS and O'Gradys shop. Thank you to all players and best of luck for the year ahead.

Coaches Contact Details - under-eights: Alan Duggan 089 2193594. Under-10s: David Ross 083 0039994. under-11s: Mick O'' Doherty 087 7784955. under-12s: Michael Gorman 086 7723411. under-13s: David Loftus 087 9115186. under-14s: Niall Farry 087 7592947/Alan Lyons 087 4188495. Adult Team: Paul Clarke 087 7064137.

GAA Club News

Club Draw - September 15: The 2019 Prize Draw is now open and tickets are on sale. This year we have a much bigger and better offering with over €3,000 worth of prizes. Top prize this year is €1,000. Your support is greatly appreciated. Tickets are €10 and available from committee members, coaches and players. Tickets are also available at the following businesses: * O'Gradys Coolaney * The Happy Landing Coolaney * The Mill Pharmacy Coolaney * PK Meats Coolaney * Homeland Store Achonry * Computer Bits Tubbercurry

Club lotto: All support is greatly appreciated for the 2019 Coolaney-Mullinabreena Club Supporter's lotto. Proceeds go towards day to day expenses and Nace O'Dowd Park Development.

Tidy Towns

Help is needed with weeding around the village. Please contact Mirko at 087 9585555 or Jerry 086 8867379. Many thanks.

Mother Baby Group

The mother baby group meets in the Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre every Wednesday from 10.30 a.m. The group is informal, and mums come for a chat and a cuppa. On occasion activities take place or guest speakers are invited to talk to the group on topics of interest. A warm welcome awaits.

Water Boil Notice

All customers must boil their water before drinking. A map of the Lough Talt and Ogham schemes, detailing the areas affected, is available on and

Community Notes

Keep your notes coming in. To include notes for next week's paper, please email or call or text 087 7667664 before Friday. Notes can include Announcements (weddings, births etc), Sports (news, results, fixtures, training), Fundraising, classes, Meetings and anything else to be shared with the community.



The death took place on Monday August 26 at his residence 6, Shannon Drive, Gurteen of James (Jim) Maheady. A well known and much liked member of the Community he will be sadly missed by his family and the many people who knew him.

His remains reposed at his son Declan and daughter -in-law Amanda's residence in Carrentemple and were removed to St. Patrick's Church on Wednesday for the Funeral Mass celebrated by Fr. Joe Caulfield P.P. assisted by Fr. Pat Holloran P.P.Coolaney. Burial took place afterwards in Gurteen Cemetery.

He survived by his wife Marion, son Declan, daughter Laura, daughter -in- law, Amanda, son-in-law Joe, grandchildren Josh, John, Ella and Mollie, sister Annie-Mai, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, extended family, neighbours and a large circle of friends to whom deepest sympathy is extended. May he Rest in Peace.


Congratulations and best wishes to Thomas Crummy ,Cloonloo and Joan Kristine Uy of Cebu, Philippines who were married in Strandhill Church on August 15.


Cloonloo NS has a new extension to the front- two new special education rooms also a disability toilet. Cloonloo welcomes new pupils.


Mullaghroe NS is newly painted outside with two mainstream teachers and almost thirty pupils also welcomes new pupils.


The Coleman Traditional Festival came to a end on Sunday night with a magnificient night of music played by the Blackwater Ceili Band the 2018 All-Ireland winners with a full house audience.

The official opening of the 2019 Coleman Festival was performed by the Ard Stiurthoir of C.C.E. Labhras O'Mhurchu on Wednesday evening August 21 followed by 'The Michael Coleman Story' with guest musicians Colm O'Donnell, Oisin MacDiarmada and Harry McGowan. The Junior session on Thursday night had twenty five plus young people with musicians, singers and sean nos dancers and included a couple of All-Ireland winners back from Drogheda- Mark Dunleavy Ballymote 1st prize on whistle slow airs-Pierce Keadin, Cloonfad 1st prize in singing u-12 and Megan Walsh Gurteen 3rd prize in u-12 concertina.

Friday night was an unique setting at the replica house of Michael Coleman at Mount Irwin with great entertainment and the special guest was Martin Donoghue 'The Cavan Man'. John Wynne and Gatehouse group provided the music and song on Saturday night and the attendance enjoyed a nice relaxed music event. Refreshments and home baking was provided at all the events -well done to all concerned. The Festival is organised annually by the Craobh Coleman Branch of C.C.E.


Traditional Music class registration will take place in the Coleman Music Centre, Gurteen on this Thursday September 5 from 5 -7pm. There will be classes in Bodhrán, Button Accordion, Guitar, Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, Flute, Whistle, Banjo together with Keyboard & Piano Accordion. There will be a new Traditional Singing Class with Siobhán O Donnell every Tuesday night. Our classes are competitively price and we also offer family discounts. For more details please contact the centre on 071 9182599.


Culfadda's annual walk in aid of North West Hospice takes place on Sunday 8th September. Registration at 12.30 in Culfadda Hall .

Walk starts at 1 pm sharp .Cards available from Christy Kielty, Margaret Mc Gowan, Sean Connolly, Higgins Culfadda and Kieran Mc Gill on 0871676180 . Music in Higgins Lounge that evening at 6pm with Maureen O Dowd Please note the walk this year will be 7.5 kilometres.


Gurteen active age group will meet on Monday September 9 at 2.30pm in the Coleman Music Centre and will start with some exercises. New members are always welcome to come along .


The Fahy school of dancing registered under the rules of An Chomdhail will resume classes in the Coleman Music Centre, Gurteen on next Saturday September 7 from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

New beginners are welcome and pre-school children are also catered for-beginners are welcome at any time during these hours -enquiries to 087-3205484


Open day

The National Learning Network Sligo are holding an open day in the centre on Friday, September 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come along for a tour of the centre, meet the instructors, support staff and current students to hear more about the free courses on offer. NLN offer a range of courses to help you to up skill to further training or employment.


We offer our condolences to the Benson family Larkhill on the recent loss of Teresa Benson (sister of the late Josie Benson, Larkhill) late of Raheny in Dublin.

We offer our condolences to the family and friends of the late John Joe Mulvanny, who also passed away recently. John Joe will be greatly missed by us all.


Pilates Classes will commence in the White Hall Keash on Monday, September 16, Suitable for all levels. For more information contact Ann. Tel: 086 3088873.

If there is sufficient interest a program of Tabata Classes/Fitness Classes can be arranged for another night. To register your interest contact Ann. Tel: 086 3088873.

Social dancing classes for beginners will resume on Thursday nights in September. Details and times to follow.

Back to School

The very best of luck to all the children returning to school. We pray for Gods blessing upon them all. We especially remember the children starting school for the first time.


All notes are to be forwarded to before 9 p.m. any Thursday for publication the following week.

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