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Drumcorr Active Age

Drumcorr Active Age

Day outing to Belvedere House and gardens and to Athlone on Tuesday, May 20th with bus leaving from Drumcorr at 10am with collection of passengers in Crossdoney, fare 55 euro and to book your seat please call (049) 43 64848/ 43 37168/ 4337284.

Blessings of graves

In the cemetery adjoining St Felim’s Church and also in the new cemetery takes place on Sunday, June 29th during the 11am mass. Over the years all the cemeteries within the parish look extremely well with the plots extremely tidy and tastefully prepared for the annual blessings ceremony and to the credit of the living relatives of the deceased as well as the FAS workers, the local graveyards within Kilmore and the adjoining parishes are all maintained to a particular high standard throughout the year.

Visit of Vittorio Micheli

On Wednesday next, 21st May at the pastoral centre chapel in St Patrick’s college, Mass will be celebrated at 7.30pm after which Vittorio Micheli who was miraculously cured of cancer of the pelvis at the grotto in Lourdes in 1963 will talk to all present. Now the 63rd officially recognised miracle of Lourdes, Vittorio will be accompanied by Dr Mario Botta who will present a slide show on the miraculous healing. Light refreshments served afterwards, everyone very welcome, kindly sponsored by aid to church in need.

Ancient burial ground

A group of visitors some natives of the district – who recently visited the area included in their tour a visit to St Felims hospital Cavan – the birthplace of some members of the visiting party – as the hospital provided maternity services prior to the re-opening of St Joseph’s Hospital, Lisdaran in September 1962. Built in 1943 as a sanatorium but with the scourge of the then dreaded TB, finally brought under control, thank God, Lisdaran hospital finally closed its doors in 1960, but following refurbishment re-opened a maternity unit within the building in September 1962 which saw all the mid-wife nursing staff transfer to their new and modern building at Lisdaran with Dr PA Farrelly and sister, Elizaebth Smith in charge, while the medical unit opened for the admission of patients two months later. On their recent visit to St Felim’s, the visitors expressed admiration for this complex and wondered as to what the future holds for this ancient fine old cut stone building. The general belief is that St Felim’s was built as a union or workhouse in 1841 with the fever hospital and Annex added in 1847 while in 1925 it became ‘St Felims Hospital’ – though more often than not was simply referred to as the ‘County Home’. Finally St Felim’s hospital closed its doors around 2003. Many of last week’s visitors as already mentioned were born in the building and quiet a few shed tears as memories came back that their parents had in fact died there – may their souls rest in peace – but no visit to St Felim’s hospital is complete without a visit to the ancient burial ground, situated on a hill at the rear of St Felim’s and always referred to as ‘Bullies Acre’. Countless families found refuge in the workhouse from the worst ravages of the dreadful famine and great hunger of 1845 to 1848. Hundreds died, one unconfirmed report says that in one twenty four hour period, 98 died in the building with Cholera being the main cause of death. They and hundreds more were laid to rest in the graveyard, referred to with many of the burials in shallow graves. This ancient cemetery the last resting place for hundreds of our people is in urgent need of attention and has all the appearance of a place in need of some proper respect. There is nothing to identify the ground as a place of mass burial, except for one large memorial stone which has inscribed ‘in memory of those interred here 1842 – 1962. Perhaps at this time with local authority election campaigns reaching their peak, some candidate or candidates would consider a suggestion that if successful at the polls on May 23, he or she will make representation to the responsible authority – most likely the HSE with a view to having this very ancient burial site restored and put into a proper state of repair which would be befitting as for the last resting place of several hundreds of our people.