The centenary celebrations in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran commenced on Sunday last when Bishop Francis Duffy of Ardagh & Clonmacnoise was the chief celebrant at a specially organised Mass to mark the occasion. Canon Owen Devaney P.P. welcomed all present including Bishop Francis, former Bishop of Ardagh & Clonmacnoise Colm O’Reilly, Fr. Kevin Fay, Fr. Tomsie Smith, Fr. P.J. Fitzpatrick and Fr. Colm Cooke, Kiltegan. Symbols carried to the altar included a stone from the old church in the graveyard, baptismal certificate of the first baptism in the new church in 1914, Anglo Celt report from 10th October 1914 on the Dedication of the Church and a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes. In his homily Bishop Francis congratulated all concerned with the beautiful ceremony and also the impressive Church itself which in 1914 would have been built by hard work and great sacrifice by previous generations to serve the needs of the parish. “Come to me all who labour and are burdened” is an invitation to all to find peace and hope with humility and faith when visiting the Church. During the Mass prayers were offered for our ancestors who handed down the faith and built this and the previous Church. A special feature of the Mass was the lighting of a Centenary Candle by Bishop Francis which will burn bright in the coming dark months. The participation of the laiety in the liturgy as well the well rehearsed choir all lent to the solemnity of the occasion. Great credit must go to the members of the Pastoral Council for publication of beautiful Mass Booklet and whose attention to detail ensured the enhancement of the celebration.
Following Mass all proceeded to the car park in brilliant sunshine where a specially built Grotto to Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette has been erected. The Grotto was blessed by Bishop Francis and it is indeed a fitting memento of 100 years of faith on this site. The Grotto which includes stone from the old church as well as a commerative plaque, was erected by members of the Rural Social Scheme under the direction of John Beglan and all are to be congratulated on this masterpiece. Standing just a few yards further down in the park is the Emigrant Monument erected in 1996 to mark the 150th anniversary of the Famine and both these shrines like the church itself reflect a strong and vibrant community spirit. May this always be the case and may God Bless all who facilitated the projects.
Stage 3 of the centenary celebrations brought parishioners and visitors to the Parochial hall for a social evening and some refreshments. The main event was the launch of the Centenary Book by Fr. Owen which had come to fruition following months of research and discussion and a little hard work by the Editorial committee. This hardback book is a colourful treasure trove of local articles and history and is sure to be much sought after by family members at home and away as it is an excellent parish publication. Included are Parish and Barony maps as well as Griffiths Valuation for the parish of Drumlumman. It is available in all the local shops and great value at only €20.
Mrs Phyllis Smith
There was widespread regret on the occasion of the death of one of the parish’s most respected citizens - Phyllis Smith, Kilcogy Upr. which occurred peacefully at The Mater Hospital, Dublin on Thursday last surrounded by her loving family. Despite an illness in recent years Phyllis had battled bravely and only in the last few weeks had been laid low. Aged 80, deceased was a very outgoing lady who took a great interest in all parish activities. How she would love to have been present for the forthcoming Mullahoran Church Centenary celebrations on Sunday. There were three prominent features in her lifestyle – family, faith and football. Her faith was her rock whether times were good or bad and she regularly attended Mass and church services not alone in the parish but also in Granard, Kilnacrott and Multyfarnham on a regular basis. She was always surrounded by her family, beloved husband Jimmie, children or grandchildren to whom she was devoted. She was an ardent GAA fan and attended all grades of games far and near and more recently the county final. Phyllis was formerly Lynch from nearby Corduff and before she married Jimmie and came to reside in Kilcogy she worked as a shop assistant in Maurice Brady’s Drapery, Cavan where her warm and friendly nature made her extremely popular with customers. She was a lifelong member of the local PTAA and also of the local Positive Age and members from both organisations as well as the local GFC & Ladies Football formed a Guard of Honour when the remains were received by her brother-in-law Fr. Tomsie Smith & Canon Owen Devaney P.P. in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran on Friday evening. The overflowing congregations which attended both the removal of remains and funeral services bore testimony to the esteem in which Phyllis and her family are held. Following concelebrated Requiem Mass on Saturday burial took place to local cemetery. She will be sadly missed by her husband Jimmie, sons Seamus and Seanie, daughters Martina (Madden), Geraldine, Breda, and Sinead (Reilly) sister Lilly (Brady), brothers Pat, Sean, Tony, Michael, Gerry and Fintan, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, daughter-in-law, Karen, sons-in-law Kevin and Peter, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends to whom we extend our sincere sympathy. As dheis De go raibh a hanam dilis!
The death occurred peacefully in the Ulster hospital, Dundonald of
Margaret Lynch “Meine Burg”, 17 Windmill Hill, Portaferry, Co. Down. and late Carrick, Finea, Co. Cavan. Following requiem mass on Saturday, 1st November, in St. Patrick’s Church, Ballyphilip burial took place to family burial ground in Mullahoran cemetery. We extend our sincere sympathy to her nieces and nephews of the Moynagh family Legwee also Roisin Fegan, Mullahoran, also her brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. May she rest in Peace.
Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, Loughduff at 9.30 and in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran. The sick and elderly will be visited on Thursday in the Mullahoran area and on Friday in the Loughduff area. Please contact Parochial house if any sick or elderly are not at home 043.66.83400.
Elma Walsh - mother of the late Kerry teenager, Donal R.I.P, who captured the minds and hearts of the nation as he battled cancer - will be the guest speaker at a special event on Thursday, 13 November next at 8pm in the Kilmore Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Cullies, Cavan. This event is being organised by the Centre as part of its series of events on the theme of ‘Bereavement and Loss’ this November. All welcome. Suggested donation: €5. Contact the Centre on 049 4375004 for further information. Mrs Walsh will also give a talk in Manorhamilton on Wednesday, 12 November at 8pm.