Benny Shiels

Benny Shiels

There was much regret locally on the occasion of the death of Bennie Shiels, Kilsarn recently. Deceased who was in his early 70’s was a member of a hardworking and industrious family and as one of the local handymen, he could turn his hand to any job. Having spent some years in England, he returned to his native parish and for many years he worked in core with the late Jimmy (Dinkie) Donohoe cutting and selling timber over a wide area. Sadly, local labourers of Benny’s ilk are a fast dying breed in rural areas as machinery and qualified technicians abound. Benny had been ill for only a few weeks before he passed away and he will be sadly missed by his brothers Sonny, Phil and Michael, nieces and nephews, neighbours and friends to whom we extend our sincere sympathy. The funeral Mass was celebrated by Canon Owen Devaney and burial took place from St. Joseph’s Church, Loughduff to local cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Cavan win

While the county senior team didn’t shine this year, the juniors quietly have made it to an All Ireland final when they defeated Scotland in Edinburgh at the weekend. Man of The Match was local clubman, Enda Reilly who scored a total of 1-5 and with this score he would have won the game on his own! Well done, Enda and the lads and we look forward to meeting Kerry in Croke Park in the near future. Meanwhile, we wish the best of luck to Mullahoran in the first round of the Championship this Friday evening against Lavey in what should be a hard battle and the lads will need to be at their best to win.

GFC Lotto

Draw took place in Sheridans, Kilcogy on Tuesday night, 5th August, Jackpot €1,400. Numbers drawn were 2, 6, 24, 29. No Jackpot winner; €100 J. P. McPhillips, J.P’s Bar, Cavan; €25: Dessie Kelleher, Templeport GFC; Joanne Hyland, Derrin; Peter Donohoe, Ballinagh; Mary Boyle, D.8.

Feast of Assumption

Friday next, 15th is the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven and is a Church holiday. Mass in Loughduff Church at 9.30am and in Mullahoran Church at 7pm. This is one of the remaining Church holidays falling during the week as others are celebrated on the Sunday nearest the feast-day.


Good luck to all Leaving certificate students getting their results today and may God direct you all in your choices in the coming weeks.

Ballinamuck Olde Fair Day

The organisers are pround to announce their 2nd annual Fair Day on Sunday, 17th of August, it promises to be even bigger and better than last year. 

Centenary Book

In connection with proposed book for Mullahoran Church centenary, parishioners are requested to check with relations home and abroad for items including photographs relating to old church in graveyard and building of present church. Contact Parochial house 043.6683141. The committee look forward to receiving return of questionnaires which were given out at the weekend.

Church Choir

In preparation for the centenary celebrations of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran, the choir would welcome new members to join now. If interested please contact a choir member.


Diocesan pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday, 7 September. Ceremonies commence at 2.30 with the anointing of the Sick followed by Mass at 3pm. Tickets will be available shortly at usual outlets at €16.