Death: It is with regret that we report the death of another of our parishioners, that of Mary Agnes O’ Reilly, Toome. Affectionally known as Babby to her family, neighbours and friends she passed away peacefully in the loving care of the staff at Laurel Lodge Nursing Home. In her ninety first year she was a gifted story teller. Prior to her illness she had a deep interest in history and genealogy. She could trace her relatives back to the battle of Ballinamuck in 1798. Her life was characterised by love, love of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She took active interest in their upbringing and welfare. Her remains were removed to St. Columba’s Church on Friday evening where they were received by Fr. Fitzpatrick, Fr. Beglan and Fr Grey. Funeral to the local cemetery followed concelebrated Mass on Saturday morning. The chief celebrant was Fr. Fitzpatrick assisted by Fr.Mc Keon, Fr Campbell and Fr Cadam. The overflowing congregation on both occasions was an indication to the popularity of the deceased and her family. She is survived by her sons John, Martin and Philip, daughters Fran, Breege, Rose and Veronica, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren and great grandchildren to whom our sympathy is extended. May she rest in peace.
Reminder: Enrolment for children attending St Columba’s N.S commencing September 2013 will take place on this Wednesday 20th February during school hours. Alternatively call the school on 043 6683020 for application form.
Lotto Draw: St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw in Keogh’s on Thursday 14th February. The numbers drawn were 10,14, 20, 26 with the jackpot of €1850 remaining intact. Consolation prizes of €20 each were won by the following. Mary Fitzpatrick, Kilmore. Peter Hand, Larkfield. Niamh Keogh, Culleenmore. Mattie Reilly, Cloughernal and J.P. Kelly, Culleenmore. On duty for sales this weekend are Hideaway: Donal McElligott. Keogh’s / Angler’s Rest: Gary Rogers. Kilcogy: Jim McCabe & Thomas Mc Nerney. If unable to sell please appoint a substitute and leave tickets in Cloonagh P.O before 5.30pm on Monday.
Got An Idea: St. Columba’s N.S. Board of Management would like to invite you to put forward your ideas as to what should be done with our old school building. The building has recently been renovated, so we now need to get it up and running as a working building. All suggestions are welcome. If you would like to make a proposal as to what purpose it could hold, please write down your idea and post back or hand into school.
A Date For Your Diary: Mullinalaghta ladies footballers will hold a presentation night in The Piker’s Lodge, Gowna on Saturday 23rd February. A buffet dinner will be followed by presentation of Intermediate ‘A’ Championship medals. Tickets for the night are on sale in Cloonagh P.O, other local outlets and from committee members at €20 each. It would be very much appreciated if patrons would purchase tickets as soon as possible. This is to facilitate the hotel regarding the number of meals to prepare. An enjoyable night is guaranteed with Lightning Strikes providing the music. Please show your support for the girls.
Ladies Footballers: As part of their fundraising activities the local ladies football club are holding a weekly draw based on the bonus ball in the main draw of the national lottery. Sheets are on sale in local shops or are available from any club member. Match the bonus ball o n Saturday’s night you will earn yourself €20. Lines are just €2. Six monthly tickets are available for €50 by contacting Marie Matthews. Your support would be very much appreciated each week. The winning number in Saturday16th February draw was 4 with Rosie Mc Govern coming up trumps and earning herself €20.
Community Centre: The local community centre will be closed from Monday 11th February to Sunday 24th February. This is to facilitate the installation of the new heating system and insulation over the stage.
Class Re-Union: Calling the class of 1986 Cnoc Mhuire, Granard. Re-union is organised for Saturday 4th May 2013 in Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar at 7.00p.m. For further details contact any of the following: Pauline Stakem 083 3072807, Marie Cullen 087 6373630, Monica Gorman 087 7701370 or Margaret Reilly 087 1334037.
Community Games: Abbeylara / Mullinalaghta community games have entered in the following events : Mixed basketball U 11, Boys basketball U 13, Girls basketball U 13, Boys futsal U 13, Girls futsal U 13 and U 10 mixed Gaelic football. The boys futsal games will be played on Saturday 23rd March in Kenagh community centre at 6p.m. The girls games will take place at the same venue and time on Sunday 24th March. The basketball matches will take place over the next few weeks with the finals being held in Kenagh on Sunday 24th March at 6p.m. Basketball and futsal training will take place over the next few weeks. Details will be published later. Mixed cross country running in Ballymahon on Saturday 2nd March at 11a.m. All interested are welcome to come along and participate in 700m and 500m races. Anyone interested in competing in swimming is requested to contact Stephanie Scanlon on 087 9099738 before Saturday 16th February.
A Date For Your Diary: A variety show will take place in the local community on Sunday 5th May. All interested are invited to participate. Entry forms are available in Mulligan’s shop and Cloonagh P.O. For further information contact James Mooney on 087 2656074.
New Arrival: Congratulations are extended to Kevin and Gemma Kiernan on the birth of their first child a baby girl to be named Chloe. The happy event took place at Mullingar general hospital on Monday 11th February. Kevin is son of Noel and Anne Kiernan, Kilmore and grand son of Anna Mc Govern, Toome. We compliment grandparents and great grandmother. It is a pleasure to inform their many well wishers that mother and newborn are in excellent health.