CHRISTMAS: The festive season was mostly quiet and peaceful in the parish despite the severe weather and the widespread lack of running water and related modern conveniences.
The farming community was extra vigiliant to ensure that stock was watered and fed and it was almost New Years day when things were back to normal following a thaw which thankfully set in on St. Stephen's day. There were large attendances at the vigil Mass in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran on Christmas Eve and in St. Josephs Church Loughduff on Christmas morning for the Dawn Mass and again at the 11 o'clock Mass in Mullahoran, where Canon Owen Devaney P.P. was the celebrant supported by numerous altar servers, readers, choirs and Eucharistic Ministers. Both churches were specially decorated with the Crib taking pride of place and both choirs were in fine voice lending much to the solemnity of the occasion.
The old custom of Wren Boys or mummers on St. Stephen's day has regretfully all but died out in recent years, and nowadays it is mainly the younger generation who do the rounds and well done to those who braved the icy conditions. The fancy dress and the strains of the accordion and tin whistle were a welcome diversion as the groups went from door to door.
An air of sadness prevailed over the area on Friday last 31st when it was learned that Nuala O'Reilly (nee Long) , Killydoon had passed to her eternal reward. Deceased had been terminally ill for some time but she bore her illness with great fortitude and resignation with wonderful support from her family.
Formerly a native of Cork Nuala was one of natures ladies with a quiet and friendly disposition who was devoted to her family. She was an extremely popular lady who was held in high esteem by all who had the privilege of knowing her. This was borne out by the extremely large turnout at the removal of remains and at the funeral in St. Joseph's Church, Loughduff on Sunday. The requiem Mass was celebrated by family cousin Fr. Gerard Carroll, Longford assisted by Canon Owen Devaney P.P. among others and burial followed to local cemetery.
We extend our deepest sympathy to her husband Ollie, son Michael and daughters Laura and Helen, brother Brendan and sisters Maura and Carol, aunts and members of her extended family circle on their great loss. May she rest in peace.
Morning Mass in St. Joseph's Church, Loughduff at 9.30 Evening Mass in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran at 8 pm. The sick & elderly will be visited on Tuesday & Thursday in the Mullahoran area and on Friday in the Loughduff area.
Draw took place on Tuesday night 21st in Micsn's, Kilcogy. Numbers 10, 14, 21, 23. No winner of 2,000 euro jackpot - 100 euro Pauric and Claire O'Reilly, Carricknabrick; 100 euro John Joe Grier; 50 euro Eoghan Fitzpatrick, Oghill, Ballinagh; 50 euro Claire Maeve O'Reilly, Killydoon; 25 euro Glen, Gavin & Eve Brady, Killydoon; 25 euro Nancy Kenny, Kilcogy; 25 euro Maureen Fegan, Killykeen. The Club wish to thank all who supported their Lotto during 2010 and wish them the best of luck in the coming year.
MRS MARIE BRADY
We extend our deepest sympathy to the Brady families Arva and Cloncovid on the death of wife and mother Marie recently. Deceased was an extremely popular lady in all walks of life and was an avid supporter of the local Apostolic Society.
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