In keeping with tradition last Sunday being the 4th Sunday of Lent, the day was celebrated as Mothering Sunday or the more modern term of Mothers Day. It is believed to have originated from the 16th century Christian practice of visiting one’s mother’s church annually, which meant that most mothers would be reunited with their children on this day. At that time many apprentices and young women in servitude were released by their masters that weekend in order to visit their families and they usually brought a homemade gift. Nowadays, due to shorter working hours and convenience of transport there is ample opportunity for families to come together throughout the year but Mothers Day still commands a special place in each family’s ritual.
St. Patrick’s Day
There were large congregations at the morning Masses in both Churches yesterday for the national holiday. Ideal weather gave all a chance to be out and about for the feast of St. Patrick and the shamrock and the usual decorations were very much in evidence. The local parades were the main attraction while some made their way to Croke Park for the Club finals. The traditional wearing of the shamrock is an age old custom associated with St. Patrick who it is understood used a shamrock to explain the Trinity to potential converts. The three leaves of the shamrock represented the father, son, and Holy Spirit. Patrick is also reported to have driven all of the snakes, a pagan symbol, out of Ireland and into the sea where they drowned. Other emblems of a traditional and patriotic nature are usually very much in evidence on the day.
Results of draw in Micsin’s, Kilcogy, on Tuesday, 10 March, jackpot €3,600. Numbers 6, 15, 20, 28, there were no winner. €100 winner; Shane Reilly, Mullinalachta; €25 winners; Seamus Smith, Kilcogy; Thomas Briody, Callanagh; Martin Muldoon, Kilcogy; Maria Kelleher, Longford.
In the John P Wilson Complex on Saturday night next 21st at 8.30pm and all members please attend, also anyone wishing to enrol. Registration will take place in the Complex on Sunday morning 22nd March after 11 o’clock Mass. Anyone who has not already completed their 2015 membership should attend or approach any member of the Executive to get paid up before then. All memberships must be completed by 31st March.
For 5th & 6th classes from the national school will take place on Friday, 20th March in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran. We welcome Bishop Francis Duffy on his first official duty to the parish as he administers the Sacrament. We wish God’s blessing on the children and their families and teachers as they prepare for their big day.
The Pikers Lodge, Gowna was the place to be on Friday night when the local Ladies GFC held their victory and presentation function. The Ladies did the parish proud by winning the Intermediate championship last year and a large crowd of family, friends and supporters turned out to show their appreciation on a night of glitz and glamour. Co. Chairwoman Carol Kiernan was the guest of honour and made the presentation of medals to the girls. Club Chairwoman Brigid Sheridan paid great tribute to the large panel of players and thanked their mentors and sponsors as they look forward to a successful 2015 in the Senior ranks. A very enjoyable night was had by all with music and dancing until the early hours. Well done girls and keep up the good work!
The County senior team had a very successful outing to Galway on Sunday when they defeated the home side against the odds, local Clubman Killian Brady playing his part. Not to be outdone the County Ladies also had a good win in Breffni over Armagh in a highly exciting game. Local ladies Mona, Aisling and Geraldine Sheridan and Sheila Reilly all played significant roles in this win. Well boys and girls.
Weekly Mass times – Monday 9.30am Mullahoran, Tuesday 9.30am Loughduff, Thursday 7 pm Loughduff, Friday 7pm Mullahoran, Saturday 7 pm Loughduff, Sunday 11 am Mullahoran.
Takes place in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran following 9.30am Mass on Monday mornings and following the First Friday Mass at 7pm, and in St. Joseph’s Church, Loughduff following 9.30 am Mass on Tuesday and 7 pm Mass on Thursday. Why not come and spend some time before the Blessed Sacrament for a special intention during Lent.
John McCormack evening
Many thanks to Luke Baxter & Fr. Tom Murray who ensured a lovely night to Granard Library on Thursday last. We were all reminded of the beautiful songs and talent of John McCormack. All who attended drifted back in time to memories of their own childhood and the atmosphere was one never to be forgotten. Thank you to all concerned for the organising of the night and hopefully there will more nights to come like this.
Tour De Folly
Tour De Folly in association with Ballinagh juveniles & Austic unit Ballinagh NS 80K Cycle and 7K Folly Walk on Saturday, 4th April starting at Ballinagh Community Centre. Volunteers to help on the day would be greatly appreciated. For more information contact Raymond on 0872649904 or Paddy on 0872695276.