Ballyshannon Calverstown Suncroft

Little Black number night

Little Black number night

A special night for the ladies - Red Carpet, Live Resident DJ, Tasty Finger Food, Superb Raffle, Girls Goody Bags. In aid of Suncroft Community Centre. Tickets on Sale €10, available from Suncroft Centra and The Croft Inn. Bookings: 085 888 7549. Venue - The Croft Inn, Suncroft, on Friday nextt March 30 at 9pm. All support much appreciated.

The late Charlie Lavin

The death occurred of on Sunday March 17 at his home at Blackhall, Calverstown, of Charlie Lavin, surrounded by his wife Betty, son James, daughters Mary, Pauline, Noeleen, and Evelyn, who all cared for him so lovingly during the final months of his life. Charlie had an unfailing love for Kildare and he returned to his roots in Mayo every year. A native of Woods, Swinford, Co.Mayo he was one of a group of seven families who settled on land commissioned holdings in the mid 50’s. Later he married local girl Betty Cassidy. He loved farming and he had become a dairy farmer before his marriage.

Charlie and Betty continued to supply milk to Premier Dairies for the next 50 years. A man of quiet disposition, a good friend and neighbour, and he was never heard to utter a harsh word. At family gatherings - weddings, christenings neighbours and family parties and many a Sunday night when a sing song was the order of the day in Hickeys, Charlie was a little shy in coming forward, but he never failed to give an rendition of his famous party piece - The Galway Shawl.

Soprano Celine Byrne gave a lovely rendering of the same song at his funeral mass. His granddaughter Nathalie Dean paid a very touching tribute to her granddad, highlighting the unconditional love he had for all of his grandchildren. It brought tears of sorrow and laughter to the congregation present, - well done Nathalie for a beautiful tribute.

President of St. Laurence’s GFC JJ Walsh, another Mayo man, spoke of the transition from Mayo to Kildare, and he told stories of Charlie’s involvement with the Larries in those early days, but I have been warned not to repeat some of the stories as they were never told in public before. As Charlies coffin was carried to Crookstown Graveyard, Celine Byrne, sent him on his way with a song about his native Mayo.

He is survived by his wife Betty son James, daughters Mary, Pauline, Noeleen Evelyn sons-in-law, grandchildren, sister Nora Gallagher, Kilcullen, Katie Mayo, Peggy and brother Paddy England, nephews and nieces and extended and friends. A large congregation present was a sign of the high esteem in which Charlie was held. May his generous soul rest in Peace.

Good wishes to May Finnegan

The Calverstown community wish May Finnegan every good wish during her present illness. We miss you this year, May, for the annual call for Daffodil Day but needless to say you found a good replacement in your sister Nancy.

Ballyshannon NS Open Day

Ballyshannon National School will host an ‘Open Day’ on to-day Tuesday 27 March from 12.00pm to 1.00pm. Everyone welcome to visit the school.

We will have a used clothing collection on Thursday 26 April 2012. Please leave any used clothing/linens or mobile phones at the school before 9.30am on the morning of 26 April.


Martin Heydon TD holds a monthly clinic in Suncroft on Monday April 2nd and on the 2nd Monday of each month from 8,15pm to 8.45pm in Moore’s Well, and in Calverstown on the 2nd Monday of each month from 9pm to 9.30 in The Stream Inn (Hickeys). Contact 045-487624 for an appointment or for more information.

Church Services

Sunday April 1 10am Kinneagh Palm Sunday Service

10am Castledermot Palm Sunday Service followed by tea.

11.30am Narraghmore Palm Sunday Service.

Suncroft Soccer Club

Training takes place every tuesday and thursday evenings at 7pm in Community Grounds, Suncroft and new members welcome. Membership fee is set at €50 payable before season starts.