Pensioners Christmas Party

The annual Granlahan Pensioners Christmas Mass and party will take place on Sunday Dec 5th at 2pm. Mass in the church followed by food and dancing in the community centre. All welcome (Pensioners Only!)

Micheal Glavey Minor Ladies in Final

Well done to Micheal Glaveys minor girls who defeated St. Faithleachs in the semi final last Sunday to reach the minor division 2 final which will be played today (28th November at 2pm in Knockroghery)
On the panel were, Mary Burke, Mairead Keane, Marie Finan, Margaret Fox, Edel Raftery, Patricia Finan, Aoife Fitzmaurice, Avril Regan, Martina Lynch, Ailish Cregg, Michelle Keane, Siobhan Cummins, Evonne Kelly, Ciara Horan, Michelle Neenan.

Latest Livestock Prices

Check the latest cattle prices in Ireland at the link above.

Christmas Fete

Plans are being finalised for this year's Christmas Fete to be held in the Parochial Hall on Sunday, December 5. It is hoped to have all the usual stalls such as cake sale, tea/coffee, tombola, wheel of fortune, book and toys stall etc. Any items such as toys/books/household item, cakes or prizes for the wheel of fortune can be left in to the parochial hall any day Monday to Friday 9.30 to 1.30 p.m. and will be gratefully received.
All proceeds in aid of the Jack and Jill Playgroup.

Irish Farmers Association

Ballinlough IFA Branch

A well attended AGM of the Ballinlough Branch was held recently in O’Connors Lounge in Ballinlough. The following were elected;
Chairman, Noel Forde;
Vice Chairman, James Patterson;
Secretary, James Hussey;
Treasurer, Joe Grogan;
Registrar, Joe Grennan.

The outgoing chairman Liam Brown was thanked for all his work over the previous six years and Liam passed on his good wishes to the new officers.
The following were elected to the County Committees;
Livestock - Hubert Gormley
Dairy - Liam Browne;
Sheep - John Joe Carty;
Rural Development - Noel Forde
Farm Business - James Patterson
Animal Health - Joe Grogan,
Farm Forestry - John J. Carty
Farm Family - James Hussey

New Hair Salon in Ballinlough

Lisa Lyons and Anne-Marie Gallagher announce the opening of their new hair salon L.A. Hair Design in Ballinlough, County Roscommon on Friday, November 19th.
Specialising in up-styles, Hi-lites, Easi-mesh, conditioning treatments, all latest cuts and styles. Assuring all their customers of their personal and expert advice and attention.
Appointments available but not necessary phone 094 9640816 Open Tuesday to Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.. Friday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Video and DVD launch a success

The Griffin Inn in Cloonfad was packed to over-flowing for the "premiere" of Pat Kearney's hour long film "A Wedding in the Making" last Friday night.
The launch was a resounding success and the production went down a real treat.Shot on location in Cloonfad and Kiltullagh near Lisnagroobe, the theme centres around a plot hatched in Delia Tarpey's kitchen and the follow-up to an advertisement in the Farmer's Journal. There were numerous laughs throughout the screening as the huge gathering showed their appreciation for many of the humorous twists and turns in the "sceal".
Pat Kearney from Cloonfad, who wrote the script and who was the driving force behind the entire production, expressed delight with the reaction to the finished product.The compere for the night, Gerry Glennon from Mid-West Radio, and a native of the parish, said the response had been overwhelming and that many copies of the video and DVD were already winging their way to natives of the region living overseas.Those who feature in the cast of "A Wedding in the Making" were Margaret Brennan, Mary Kearney, Vincent Moylette, Tom McHale, Pat Kearney, Caroline Gormley, Michael, John and Catriona Gormley, Tom Moran, Shaun Kearney, Sharon Kearney, Kerry Walsh, Joe Sharkey, Michael Jennings, John Walsh, Gerry Cummins, Dominic Murphy, Michael Higgins, Paddy Joe Tighe and John Dowling. The director was Tom Burke while the project was filmed and edited by Gerry Geraghty.

Email if you would like to order a copy.
The price is 15 euro for vhs video or 20 euro on dvd (They may not work on USA machines)
There will be an additional charge for postage and packaging of 6 euro to the UK or Europe and 12 Euro to USA .

Some of the proceeds are going to the Kiltullagh branch of the Mentally Handicapped

Pheasant Shoot in Ballinlough

The 24th annual Best Pheasant competition was organised as usual by Ballinlough Gun Club on the Ist November.
Twenty members entered birds and the weigh-in took place took place in Campbell's lounge.The winner of the Champion Bird Perpetual Cup was Peter Silke of Keyfield and Manchester.
In second place and the winner of the Campbell prize was John Hurley.
Anthony Baggott took the third prize.T
he Bill Price Shield for the heaviest bird went to Joe Foley while the prize for the best white ring was won by Dominic Carty.
The Silke Shield for fox control was won by Eamon Carty.A raffle for each member entering a bird took place afterwards and the bottles of wine were won by Eugene Flanagan and Tony Grennan.Anthony Baggott, who was compere for the evening, thanked everyone who took part. He had special words of thanks for the main sponsors who were Padraig Campbell, Castlerea Credit Union and Bill Price.Thanks was extended to John Robinson, the regular judge, for all his commitment and dedication to the job on hand.Anthony also had words of thanks for the Ladies Committee who looked after the food for the occasion.

Granlahan Pupils meet Cora Harrison

Granlahan children met famous author
The children in Granlahan N.S. visited Ballyhaunis recently to meet well known children’s author, Cora Harrison. Ms. Harrison is the author of the hugely Drumshee Timeline Series, as well as books for younger readers. After a most interesting and well received talk on her work as a novelist, Ms Harrison then engaged the children in a question and answer session about her novels and about creative writing in general. The children had a most enjoyable afternoon and are delighted to have met one of their favourite authors.
Congratulations to the pupils of Granlahan N.S. who recently received their certificates for completing the Summer Reading Project at the local library. Awards were presented, at function held in the library by County librarian Mr. Austin Vaughan to; Fintan Kearney, Sarah Caulfield, Fiona Brady, Adrian Phillips, Liam Kearney, Mark Phillips and Riona Kearney. Both Fintan Kearney and Adrian Phillips received additional prizes of book-tokens for submitting book reviews of some of the books they had read.


Brian Coll, Patrick Feeney and Barry Doyle are the bill toppers for a special fund raising night in the White House Hotel in Ballinlough in support of Bishop Leo Cornelio ventures in Khandwa, India.

The show will be held on Thursday 18th November from 9 p.m. to 12 midnight.Bishop Cornelio is a Divine Word Missionary and he will visit Donamon and the Roscommon region in Spring.
Through funds raised back in Ireland, several families have been helped out of ‘bonded slavery’ and have started a new life for themselves.Ballintubber woman Catherine Coughlan, who has organised some previous fund-raising ventures for the people in that part of India, is requesting big support for this country show in the White House. Tickets for the show are 12 euros and will also be available at the door.
Brendan Grace will do another show for the same cause on the 25th January at the same venue

Michael Glavey's under 12 victory


The Roscommon U-12 Division 2 League Final replay provided some outstanding fare in Castlerea on Saturday afternoon - Nov 6th - before Michael Glaveys edged home over Western Gaels on a scoreline of 2-13 to 2-10 in a match that again went to extra-time.When the teams met in Hyde Park two weeks earlier, they finished level at 2-7 to 1-10. The scene was thus set for a rousing replay and neither team disappointed as they gave a wonderful display of inventive football in a highly sporting encounter.Western Gaels were two points up at halftime but fell three point as Glaveys surged into the game on the restart. In the end, however, it took a point by Andrew Glennon to bring the match into extra time.Glaveys regained the initiative to go three ahead at the interval in extra time but Western Gaels showed true spirit in battling back to secure the equalizer with two minutes to play. Then came the winning goal from Killian Fitzmaurice as Glaveys celebrated a famous win and Western Gaels hearts were broken in the drama of the closing moments.

This was a game that both teams can be very proud of and one which provided splendid entertainment for the followers of both teams. The goal scorers for Glaveys were Killian Fitzmaurice and Thomas Gallagher. The return of Stephen Comer, who was out of the first game through injury, proved a huge bonus for Glaveys and he had an excellent game, notching five points in the process.The Glaveys backs were exceptionally strong and needed to be to cope with a lot of pressure by the Western Gaels attack. The player of the match award went to Finbar Cregg from Western Gaels who gave an outstanding performance on the day.

The victorious Glaveys team was managed by Padraig Beirne, Liam Browne, Michael Kelly and James Hussey.

Players: Ryan Cummins; Cathal Kelly, Damien Burke, Dara Burke; Conor Hussey, Shane O’Malley, Michael McDonnell; John Finan, Gerard Fagan; Andrew Glennon, Thomas Gallagher, Gary Patterson; Killian Fitzmaurice, Michelle Neenan, Stephen Comer. Subs used: Brian Neary, Amy Brady, Seamus Burke

Video Launch in Cloonfad

Cloonfad man Pat Kearney will see a dream come true with the ‘premiere’ of his hour long film “A Wedding in the Making” which takes place in The Griffin Inn, Cloonfad on Friday night, 12th November at 9.30p.m.

The project has been several months in the making and has been guided by Pat Kearney, the man who wrote the story and pioneered the entire project through vision and commitment and a lot of incredible hard work.This is Pat’s first venture into script writing and the subsequent ‘transfer’ of the story onto video. Shot on location in Cloonfad and Kiltullagh, it is very rich in the elaborate ‘sets’ which include beautiful horse-drawn caravans that combine to lend an air of authenticity to the story.All the actors and actresses are local with the exception of Tom McHale and Vincent Moylette from Foxford and Paddy Joe Tighe from Kilkelly who fits the role like a glove. A central strength in the production is that the local broad regional accent has been used to fine effect throughout, thus giving it an earthy and authentic ‘feel’.Pat Kearney’s talents have not been confined to writing the script and helping with directing the production. He has also made several impressive “props” and other essential items which add enormously to the impact of the various scenes. He further succeeded in re-opening the old forge for this production.
Those taking part in “A Wedding in the Making” are Margaret Brennan, Mary Kearney, Vincent Moylette, Tom McHale, Pat Kearney, Caroline Gormley, Michael, John and Catriona Gormley, Tom Moran, Shaun Kearney, Sharon Kearney, Kerry Walsh, Joe Sharkey, Michael Jennings, John Walsh, Gerry Cummins, Dominic Murphy, Michael Higgins, Paddy Joe Tighe and John Dowling.The director is Tom Burke while the project was filmed and edited by Gerry Geraghty.The end product, which is available on video and DVD, reflects a huge local effort and is quite a remarkable undertaking for a small community. Copies will be for sale on Friday night.

A substantial sum from the sale of the film will go towards the Kiltullagh Mentally Handicapped Association.The compere for the launch night and ‘premiere’ is Gerry Glennon from Mid-West Radio, himself a local parishioner. A full house is expected to see the new home grown ‘film stars’ around Cloonfad!