Community Childcare: Christmas Bazzar and wheel of fortune in aid of Granard Community Childcare will take place on Sunday 2nd December in Granard community centre. Doors will open at 2.00p.m. Items for sale will include books, CDs, DVDs, toys, household items, tea., coffee and homebaked goods. Come along for a great afternoon of fun. Your support is appreciated.
Lotto Draw: St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw in The Hideaway on Wednesday 21st November. Winning numbers were 7, 15, 25, 29 with jackpot of €1350 remaining intact. The following received consolation prizes of €20 each..Thomas McCabe, Aughanoran. Ellie Fitzsimons, Toome. Amy Brady, Cloonagh. Matt McGahern, Glán Bar, Mullahoran and Sean Grier, Cara. Next draw will take place in Keogh’s with a jackpot of €1400. The following are on sales this week-end. Hideaway: Mel Dermody. Keogh’s / Angler’s Rest: John Keegan. Please drop tickets into Cloonagh P.O before 6.00p.m. on Monday.
St. Columba’s G.F.C.: The annual general meeting of Naomh Columba C.L.G will take place in the clubrooms on this Sunday 2nd December at 3.00p.m. Nomination and motion sheets have been distributed. Completed forms should be returned to secretary Pauline Mc Nerney no later than Tuesday 27th November. Please confirm with any nominee before submitting their name for election.
Ladies Footballers: As part of their fundraising activities the local ladies football club are holding a weekly draw based on the bonus ball in the main draw of the national lottery. Sheets are on sale in the local shops or are available from club members. Match the bonus number in Saturday’s night draw you will earn yourself €20. Lines are just €2. Six monthly tickets are available for €50 by contacting Marie Matthews. Your support would be very much appreciated each week. The number drawn on Saturday 17th November was 10 with Bridget Beglan, Derrycasson earning herself €20.
Monster Draw: Once again St. Columba’s G.F.C and Mullinalaghta Community Centre committee have joined forces for their annual Christmas draw. As usual there are some excellent prizes up for grabs. 1st prize is a 32’’ Flatscreen TV. 2nd Massive Christmas Hamper. 3rd Sunday Lunch for two in Pikers Lodge. There are numerous other prizes such as bottles of brandy, whiskey, plum pudding and Christmas candle. Also included are vouchers for Reflexology, Chiropody, Hairdressing and meat. Draw will take place on Sunday 16th December. Tickets are just €2 each or three for €5. Tickets are available in all the local shops and from committee members associated with community centre and football club.
Road Maintenance: Councillor Micheál Carrigy has informed us that the Granard to Mullinalaghta main road has been included in this year’s Winter’s maintenance programme. Previously Mullinalaghta was the only village in the county that did not have an access road salted in harsh weather conditions. Mr Carrigy stated the fact at numerous area meetings. This should be a great benefit to all concerned. However we hope such arctic conditions will not prevail and we will only need salt for the soup and spuds.
Christmas Play: On 8th December the Christmas play will take place in the local community centre following Vigil Mass. The children of the parish have been rehearsing diligently since late September. Preparations are well underway to take to the stage. There has been strange reports that little Red Riding Hood and little Bo Peep have been observed going into hall for practice. We will have to wait and see.
New Arrivals: Congratulations are extended to Regina and Kieran O’ Carolan, Mohill on the recent birth of their baby boy Cormac. We express the same sentiments to Regina’s brother Domhnall Mac Cormac and his wife Wendy on the arrival of their second child a baby girl to be named Marie and welcome sister foe Emer. Domhnall and Wendy reside in Galway. Domhnall and Regina are son and daughter of Dan and the late Nan Mac Cormac, Cloonagh. Proud grandfather Dan assures us all grandchildren are in excellent health. On behalf of their many well wishers we wish all concerned well.
Death: There was widespread regret and deep sorrow on hearing of the death of Thomas (Tommie) Murtagh, Culleenmore which occurred at his residence on Sunday 18th November. In his ninety third year Tommie was blessed with excellent health to just a few days before his death. A modest and unassuming man,he was gentle, very well spoken with high moral standards in his dealings with other people. He was also a devoted family man and a great provider and will be genuinely missed by his family and friends. His remains were removed to St. Columba’s Church on Tuesday evening where they were received by Fr. P.J. Fitzpatrick. Funeral to local cemetery followed requiem Mass on Wednesday which was celebrated by Fr. Fitzpatrick assisted by Fr. Peter Beglan and Fr. Simon Cadam. The large attendance on both occasions and at his wake were an indication of the high esteem of which the deceased and his family are held. Predeceased by his wife Teresa eleven years he is survived by his sons Thomas and Michael, brothers Peter and James, sisters Rose Hourican, Kathleen Mc Auley and Josie Beale, daughter -in- law Mary, grandchildren Michael, Teresa, Ann Marie and Louise, great granddaughter Sophie, nephews, nieces and extended family to whom we extend our sympathy. May he rest in peace.
Thank You: ‘The Hunt’ to raise funds for Community Development was a very successful and enjoyable event. Thank you to all who participated, supported and contributed to the fundraiser. Appreciation is expressed to the landowners, who gave their kind permission to use their land. Without their co-operation the event could not have taken place. Thanks to all who prepared the course, the stewards and those who provided the refreshments. The same sentiments to Paddy, Declan and Pat Joe for all their help in the organisation of this event.