The death occurred peacefully at Cavan General hospital of Eileen (Babby) Reilly, (nee Keogh), Castlemanor Nursing Home and late of Loughdavin, Loughduff on Thursday January 22nd. She was predeceased by her husband Peter and is survived by her sons Peadar, Jim, and Thomas, daughters Margaret, Bridie, and Teresa, brother Seamus, sister Bridie, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces relatives and friends. The funeral took place from Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran on Saturday to Loughduff cemetery. Deceased was a quiet and inoffensive lady who was deeply religious and was devoted to her family by whom she will be sadly missed. May she rest in Peace.
Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of the late Mary Boylan of Drumhowra, Loughduff, and Fairview, Dublin, who passed away on 9th January 2015 in the Mater Hospital. May she rest in peace.
Catholic Schools Week
Sunday last marked the beginning of Catholic Schools week. The purpose of the week is to highlight and celebrate the wonderful contribution that Catholic Schools make to our local communities and Irish society in general. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools called to serve”. Each day the children will take time to think about how we are called to serve God and each other with – Love, Kindness, Joy, Truth and Justice. As part of the Celebrations the school is holding a prayer service on Friday 30th at 11am. This day has been set aside as “Grandparents Day” and the school would like to invite Grandparents to join with them at this celebration.
Feast of St. Brigid
Sunday next 1st Feb is the feast of St. Brigid of Kildare, Patroness of the Gael and also the first day of Spring. St Brigid’s crosses are associated with the feast and legend has it she made the cross from rushes she found on the ground beside a dying man in order to convert him. It remains the custom in many houses in Ireland to have a Saint Brigid’s Cross in honour of the saint. According to tradition a new cross is made each Saint Brigid’s Day (February 1), and the old one is burned to keep fire from the house. Some believe that keeping a cross in the ceiling or roof is a good way to preserve the home from fire which was always a major threat in houses with thatch and wooden roofs. Crosses will be blessed at the 11 am Mass in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran on Sunday.
Monday 2nd February - In keeping with an age old tradition candles will be blessed at the 9.30am Mass in Mullahoran on Monday and at 7pm in Loughduff for use in the home and Church during the coming year.
Tuesday 3rd Feb is the feast of St. Blaise and the traditional Blessing of the Throats will take place at 9.30 Mass in Loughduff and in Mullahoran at 7pm. The story goes that when St. Blaise was being persecuted and was in custody a distraught mother, whose only child was dying of a throat disease, threw herself at his feet and implored his intercession. Touched at her grief, he offered up his prayers, and the child was cured.
Results of draw in Glan Bar on Tuesday, 20th, Numbers drawn 7, 12, 23, 28, Jackpot €2,900, no Jackpot winner. €100 winner Seán Flynn, Aughaloora; €25 winners were Erin & Emily, Higginstown Woods, Granard; Christy & Lorraine Madden; Cormac & Ann Brennan, Callanagh, Kilcogy; James Smith, Kilcogy.
A big drive is being organised by the Club to encourage active membership throughout the parish and it is hoped for a good response. In order to run the club it is vital to have an active membership and good support of the weekly lotto draw. Anyone using club facilities including the walking track and gym must be a member of the club. Membership options are as follows: €50 adult / €20 under 18 or student membership; €140 for 1 adult membership & 1 ticket for each weekly lotto draw; €250 for Family memberships (2 adults and under-18s only) and 3 tickets in each weekly lotto draw (recommended); €100 / $130 for a ticket in each weekly lotto draw (suitable for ex-pats).
Whist Drive in the Parochial hall this Wednesday night at 8.30pm proceeds to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust. All welcome.
The annual Traditional Irish concert will be held in the Parochial hall next Sunday evening 1st March next from 6 – 10 pm. A host of top class artists from all over the country will perform, proceeds to the foreign missions. Tickets €15 are on sale locally or pay at door. As usual a great night’s entertainment is assured.
This is a time of decision making for Leaving certificate students who are applying for a place in College next year. Choosing the right course and hoping that the points will be adequate needs careful consideration and we wish all students the best of luck as they plan their future.
We hear news of Notts County new signing and Rep of Ireland U-21 international winger, 20-year-old William Hayhurst, having strong family ties to the Mullahoran, Cloughernal, Granard, (and Wesport area), having spent his childhood summer holidays visiting his Irish relatives in this locality with his family. Lancashire-born William has played on the Rep. of Ireland U-19, and now U-21 international soccer team for a number of years, having qualifying as a result of his Irish roots. He made his debut in the No. 7 shirt against Crewe Alexandra at the weekend, and was named ‘Man of the Match’ in the 2-1 win, which took place in the Notts County home grounds of Meadow Vale. Follow his progress on the Notts County and ROI soccer websites. We hope to see him and his family back in this area soon.