COLLECTION - The offertory collection in Saint Mary’s Churches Carrigallen Drumeela and Drumreilly on Saint Patrick’s Day goes to our Kilmore Diocesan Mission to Lagos Fr Benny Fitzpatrick and his fellow missionaries wish to thank the parishioners of the Carrigallen parish for their contribution of 1827 euro in 2010.
The Diocese of Kilmore can be proud of the great work being done by Fr Benny. Please give what you can to the offertory collection on Saint Patrick’s Day. Mass times for Saint Patrick’s Day in Saint Mary’s Churches are as follows Drumreilly Wednesday at 8pm, Drumeela Thursday at 10am, Carrigallen Thursday at 11.30am.
There is widespread regret not alone in his native Carrigallen parish but over the surrounding ones at the death of Mr Jim O’Neill Killahurk Carrigallen which has occurred at Cavan General Hospital recently. Following a brief illness. He was in his 86th year. He was a hard working man all his life ,farmed extensively and carried on a thriving blacksmith business for many years with his late brother Charlie whose death occurred in the mid 70s. Jim carried on the business on his own which meant lot of hard work particularly shoeing young horses & ponies for the first time. Shoeing cart wheels making coulters for ploughs and horse shoes as well as carrying on the farmwork, setting fields of oats & potatoes and believed in having all his own growing vegetables. He also cut and won his own turf. He certainly was no friend of former Minister Mr Gormley whose party got a bad showing and were all kicked out of office. In recent years he changed to seilage making until he retired some years ago. Jim had many good points to his credit . A devout Catholic all his life and was always on hand to help a neighbour nothing seemed to be any trouble. As well as being a farmer blacksmith , he was also a first class barber and was a good friend to many school going children. And in all his long years of life which were very healthy ones he never was confined to bed through illness , never had to take serious medication and was only confined to bed for a short time in hospital before his death . A really remarkable man may he RIP. Sympathy is extended to his wife Lily, sons John Killahurk Carrigallen. Seamus Trim Co Meath , daughters Mrs Ann McGovern Ballinagh Co Cavan, Mrs Clare O’Reilly Mullahoran Co Cavan ; Miss Mary O’Neill Killahurk Carrigallen, brother Jack Main St Carrigallen and sister Mrs Margaret Harte Dublin, grandchildren , nieces and nephews, daughters in law, sons in law , sister in law. The removal of remains was received at St Mary’s Church by Very Rev D Murray PP & Fr Canon Ownen Devaney PP Mullahoran, was very large. Also once again for his funeral concelebrated Mass chief celebrant Very Rev D Murray PP assisted by Rev S McDermott Rev John Quinn and Rev John McMahon CC Manorhamilton all friends of the family. Burial took place in adjoining cemetery.
On vacation in Carrigallen. Mrs Margaret Gormley from USA is on a short vacation at the home of her sister Mrs Rose Ellen Duffy Errew; Margaret a member of a very popular Kiernan family Kilbracken. Wishing Margaret a lovely vacation.
Carrigallen and Drumeela Acive Age Group held their AGM recently – to a packed house ! At this meeting everyone was reminded of some of the events the group took part in over the previous year. As well as mid week breaks, other outings included Croke Park, the Ttitanic Exhibition, Strokestown House and the County Museum in Castlebar to mention just a few. We also went ten pin bowling , paid a visit to greyhound racing in Mullingar, participated in a 5 week course in line dancing, learnt how to play whist and attended lovely social evenings at the invitation of other active age Groups in our area. Our own Social evening was a tremendous success with proceeds donated to the oncology unit at Cavan Hospital. Talks included a representative from the Irish Heart Foundation (we all vowed to eat more healthily) and a podiatrist (we had a shock to discover what a key role our feet played in our general well-being). Our officers represented the group at Forums held around the area and took part in an Advocacy course and tuition sessions for exercises for older people held in Mohill.The year ended with our Christmas party in Mitchells – a big thank you to Patrick and his team for making the evening so enjoyable. All our meetings , classes and outings are very well attended – and we certainly know how to live up to the “active’ in Active Age ! At the election of officers there were no new nominations and therefore all the current officers were re-elected en bloc: chairperson Eileen Ward; treasurer Anne Harte; secretary Elizabeth Mulligan. Valerie Elsegood as PRO. Thanks were expressed to all the officers for their hard work, particularly to Elizabeth, our secretary for making everything run so smoothly. Plans are already in the pipeline for events during the coming year- another ten pin bowling session and the launch of more whist lessons in March and a social evening in April will set us off to a flying start ! (details will be publicised a little nearer the time).