GREAT HONOUR - Congratulations to John Joe Brady of Kilsarn who has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2011 National GAA President’s Awards in light of his outstanding voluntary contribution to the GAA, and to Ladies Football in particular, over a prolonged period .
This is a very well deserved honour for John Joe who works tirelessly for all things GAA in the parish. John Joe will be presented with his award at a special banquet which will take place in Croke Park on the evening of Wednesday March 16.
Today is Ash Wednesday and is the first day of 40 days of Lent in preparation for the Christian festival of Easter. It is a day of fast and abstinence and blessed ashes will be distributed during the 9.30 am Mass in Loughduff and the 7 pm Mass in Mullahoran.
Although the church doesn’t require the faithful to attend Ash Wednesday services, most Catholics make the effort to receive ashes as it symbolizes man’s return to dust. Wearing the ashes is a sign of the intention to do penance during Lent and the old tradition of “giving up” some addiction or habit is common practise. Trocaire boxes will be available for donations to Third world countries.
THE LATE JIMMY GAFFNEY
There was much regret in the area on the passing of Jimmy Gaffney, Middletown last weekend. Aged 81 deceased had been ill for a short time and passed away peacefully at the Sheelin Nursing home in the presence of his family and friends. “Small in stature but big in heart” is an apt description of Jimmy who was an integral part of everyday life around Middletown, fulfilling many roles. He was an unassuming man with very outgoing personality who loved to socialize and enjoyed his “few drinks” in the local hosteleries. He was a keen GFC supporter having played a corner forward in the late 40’s for the local Club and he was also an astute card player.
Jimmy is survived by his brother Dan, sisters Bridie and Nancy, brother-in-law Tom and sister-in-law Eileen, nieces and nephews and a large extended family circle and we extend our sincere sympathy to them and to his neighbours, especially the Cadden family, and many friends by whom he will be sadly missed.
The funeral Mass on Sunday was celebrated by Canon Owen Devaney, P.P. and burial took place to local cemetery. May he rest in peace.
Parents of children intending to start school in September 2011 are requested to forward their name, address, contact telephone number, child’s name and date of birth to Mullahoran N.S., Kilcogy, Co. Cavan, via Longford on or before Friday 11th March.
Draw took place on Tuesday night 1st March in Glan Bar. Numbers drawn: 2, 13, 14, 22. Bonus Number: 19. No winner of €2,900 jackpot (Match 4 plus Bonus). No winner of €1,000 jackpot (Match 4); €100 Noel Fay, Crosskeys; € 25 Jimmy & Ann Coyle, Kilcogy (200 Club); € 25 Sean & Eileen Durkin, Glan; € 25 Kitty Smith, Drumhilla; € 25 Joe Cullen, Lavey
On Sunday next 13th March there is an evening of Culture in the Hotel Kilmore, Cavan. The event will start at 7.30 pm and promises to be a most enjoyable evening and all are invited to come along and join in the fun.
Best wishes to local musicians Karen & Darryl Dolan along with Lorcan Brady who are representing Cavan in the Ulster final of Scor in Newry on Saturday night next 12th March.
We extend our deepest sympathy to Padraig & Claire O’Neill O’Reilly, Carricknabrick on the recent death of her Claire’s father James O’Neill, Killahurk, Carrigallen, Co Leitrim. Sympathy is also extended to Paudie & Margaret McKenna, Lynch’s shop, Killydoon on the death of Paudie’s father Tommy McKenna, Oakland Park, Dundalk last week.
Finally, sympathy is extended to Rita Anderson, formerly Drumhowna, on the death of her mother-in-law Maureen McGovern last week.
May their souls rest in peace.
Meeting in the Church this Thursday following 7pm Mass.
Anyone wishing to host a House Station which is a customary gathering of townland neighbours for Mass, please contact the Parochial house 043.6683141, only Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday dates are available due to Anniversary Masses.