I am delighted to welcome the 15 th  Edition of the Cloonfad  Magazine.  / download issue








It is an important means of recording what is  happening in the area.  In future year ’s magazines like this will be a very important source of local history. The magazine brings the community together and celebrates its achievements. It is also very much appreciated by emigrants, providing them with a summary between two covers of many of the things that are happening at home and away. A great deal of effort goes into the publication of a magazine like this, and many people are involved. 2006 saw new members join the Cloonfad Magazine committee. It’s great to see new people joining different clubs and organisations in the community, because new members are the lifeblood of any club or organisation. I want to commend the hard work and dedication of the hard working committee. Without this group of committed workers there wouldn’t be a Cloonfad Magazine. It’s a time to acknowledge with much gratitude the outstanding commitment and dedication of the outgoing joint editors Anne Regan and Mary Regan for their fantastic work and input into the Cloonfad Magazine as joint editors over the past five years. The community is indebted to you for your tremendous efforts. I take this opportunity to wish our two new joint editors Noreen McGuire and Michelle Brennan the best of luck in their new position. It takes people with courage, enthusiasm and leadership qualities to take on this very demanding job; ye have a very difficult job on hand to emulate your illustrious predecessors. It has been another wonderful year for your support of the Church, both financially and lending a help and hand when needed. It is always a great joy to see the ‘back up’ help in the Church and Church related activities week in, week out. To all concerned I say heartfelt thanks. We had many happy occasions like Baptisms, First Holy Communion, Marriages and Family events during the year. Indeed 2006 was the year for weddings in the area as lots of the locals “tied the knot”. To all those we say congratulations. For some this year has had sadness with the loss of a dear one, to those we offer our sympathy, support and prayers. What a year to be in Cloonfad for all sports followers, with the unbelievable atmosphere that built up in the area in the weeks preceding the All Ireland Minor and Senior finals on September 17th. With Mayo and Roscommon flags flying proudly side by side in many houses. A fantastic goodwill feeling towards both teams, but alas for Mayo same old story – beaten at the final stage, however we live in joyful hope. To a fabulous Roscommon Minor team, all the plaudits, enjoy the good times! 2006 saw the official opening of the Alan Birmingham Memorial playing field adjacent to the local National School, also the Riverside Remembrance Park dedicated to our pastpupils who have passed to their eternal reward, and the unveiling of the Green Flag for Cloonfad National School. To all involved in these local projects – well done everybody. Compliments to all peoplewho care about others in the various clubs and organisations in the Parish. Cloonfad and surrounding areas must thank you for contributing in such a way to the quality of life for so many young and not so young, your help in so many different ways to bring fulfilment, caring, joy, training, hope and inspiration to many individuals and families. Well done, keep up the good work. Christmas is a time of coming together, a time for remembering. We remember those who have gone and we thank God for those that are left. Christmas is above all a time to celebrate the future; to making our Parish a place that we are all proud of, involved in a Parish that is good to be part of, because we know and feel that we are appreciated. I take this opportunity to extend the Blessings of the Holy Season to all in the community, to our readers around the country, overseas, and to our sponsors, we thank you for your support always. I wish you all a very Happy, Holy and Peaceful Christmas. May 2007 bring you peace and joy and may the Lord give you every blessing now and always. I have enjoyed my year in the Cloonfad/Granlahan and surrounding areas and Thank God for all of you.

God Bless, Beannachtai, Fr. T. Commins .



Welcome to the 15 Edition of theIn March this year, a meeting was held to discuss the future of the magazine. Anne & Mary Regan decided to step down as joint editors after five years of commitment and very hard work. We went to the meeting that night to assist in anyway as regards keeping the magazine alive and to our surprise here we are the joint editors! We would like to sincerely thank Anne and Mary for their advice, help and support during our settling in period. We also appreciate that they remained on the committee. We wish to welcome Elaine Bowens as the new secretary and also to the new members that joined. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the committee for making us feel very welcome, for their advise, support and extreme hard work. No one realises the effort and work that is involved in putting this magazine together. Every year, there is a huge amount of work involved in the gathering of information, hunting down of articles, photos, etc and this could not be done without the thorough commitment of all the committee members. This year ’s focus area is Barrinagh, Lisnagroobe and Kiltullagh. As you will see it is quite a substantial section. There are two ladies, Teresa Hebron and Margaret McGuire who put in a tremendous amount of work and time into gathering this information. As always they have done their area proud. It must also be noted that this magazine cannot be put together without the people of the community. We are very fortunate in Cloonfad to have a very strong community spirit. It is your imput that keeps the magazine alive and we would like to emphasis to everyone of the importance of a continued support with providing information. Thanks to everyone who made a submission to this year ’s magazine, your contribution is greatly appreciated. We received an abundance of information. Unfortunately, we were unable to include everything but remaining items will be included in next year ’s edition. Special thanks to our patrons who support us financially. Some of them have been supporting us since the beginning and new ones join every year. Your continued support is greatly appreciated. Thanks also to the outlets that sell our magazine. Our AGM is in January and work will begin straight away on the 2007 issue. We always welcome new members. The date and time will be announced in the newsletter. We are open to new ideas and suggestions at any time. As the Joint Editors of the 2006 Cloonfad Magazine, we hope that it will be an enjoyable read and hope it will bring a smile to your face. On behalf of the magazine committee we wish you a happy, holy and peaceful Christmas and a prosperous new year.

Noreen McGuire and Michelle Brennan Joint Editors



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