THANKS: The voluntary management committee and staff of Lus Na Greine wish to extend a very sincere thanks to all who contributed to their church gate collection which was held in Granard last weekend. All money collected will go towards providing a great Christmas party for the senior citizens of Granard Abbylara and Mullinalaghta on Sunday December 9th next. Anyone who might have missed the collection and would like to make a donation can do so by calling into the center and ask for Eileen or Brigid. Your support will be much appreciated.
THE LATE FRANK DOLAN: On Friday evening October 19th last we were all saddened when the news became known that Frank Dolan of Killeen had passed to his eternal reward in the loving care of his wife and family. Frank had been ill for some time and was in his mid seventies. Frank was son of James and Rose Dolan of Coolcor and as a young man he made the lonesome journey to America where he spent many years and where he met and married his wife Bridie, who was a native of Connamara, and together they had a family of four children. During this time Frank always kept in touch with his family back home and in the seventies he made the decision to return as he had bought a farm in Killeen. So, with his family he started farming and he also secured a school bus run transporting local children to St. Patrick’s school in Muckerstaff. Later on Frank went to work in Burlington in Clondra and here he made many friends and was very popular with all as he possessed a great sense of humour and when his shift was on night duty Frank could always be depended on to provide a good laugh and to lighten the most difficult moments. Following his retirement from Burlington he continued farming and even extended his farm through good hard work and the fruits of his labour can now be enjoyed by his family, which is how he would want it as to Frank family always came first. Frank also had a great faith which nourished and comforted him all his life and especially in his final illness and his parish priest Fr. Simon was at his bedside as he passed away. Frank’s remains reposed in his son Terry’s home in Graffogue until Sunday evening and he was then removed to his beloved St. Mary’s in Granard and he was laid to rest in the family plot in Granardkille cemetery following Mass on Monday. As his coffin was carried to the cemetery a lone piper played some of his, and indeed his late mother’s, favorite tunes and this added to the solemnity of the occasion. We offer our sincere sympathy to his wife Bridie sons James and Terry daughters Bridget Sullivan and Margaret son in law, grandchildren, sisters, mother in law and extended family. May he rest in peace.
THE LATE LETTY WRIGHT: Sadness and genuine regret was felt in this Area on Wednesday night and Thursday morning last as the news spread that Letty Wright of Leitrim Coolarty had passed away following a very short illness. Born Letitia Jane Gilpin in Killeen on the 20th September 1922, Letty had just celebrated her 90th birthday and in a conversation with her since then she expressed great joy and delight in reaching such a fine age.Letty was one of nature’s great ladies who it was always a joy to meet and when leaving her company you would walk away feeling refreshed and delighted such was the quality of her conversation. Letty and her husband the late Robert were married in June of 1956 and they reared a family of four children from pure hard work on their family farm in Leitrim, Coolarty and they took great pride in watching their children grow up and achieving much in life. A kind decent lady, Letty was always ready to help a neighbour or friend in need and she will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. On the Saturday before her death Letty attended an exhibition in the rectory in Edgeworthstown and to those of us who met her there she seemed her usual self, full of good humor and laughter and these will be the memories many will have of her. Letty’s remains reposed in our Lady’s Manor Church on Friday evening and following prayers she was removed to her beloved St. Patrick’s church in Granard where she worshiped all her life and she was laid to rest on Saturday afternoon following service at 2pm. Huge crowds attended on both days which was a very fitting tribute to a great lady and a lovely family and we offer our sincere sympathy to her daughters Lillian, Rosalind and Phylis, her son Robert sons in law, daughter in law and extended family and we pray that Letty is now united with Robert and with her recently deceased grandson and with her extended family in their heavenly home. May she rest in peace.
BALLYMORE DRAW: Tickets remain on sale for the Ballymore monthly draw and the club will appreciate your support.It is hoped that all tickets will be sold in the coming weeks and the club will be in a position to proceed with the draw.
NOVENA: The annual novena started in St.Mary’s in Granard on Wednesday evening last and a great crowd attended and it will continue for the next eight Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm. Please note that the novena Mass this evening, Wednesday, will be the vigil Mass for the feast of all saints.