It is with genuine regret that we record the death of Tom Degnan, Culleenmore which occurred at his residence in the loving care of his family on Tuesday 30th September. In failing health for some time he accepted his illness with courage and dignity. In his 91st year he was a devoted husband and father. He enjoyed the respect and esteem of all those with whom he became acquainted and will long be remembered for his neighbourly deeds, honesty and acts of kindness. He was a hard working and industrious farmer during his long life and took great pride in doing a job well. A staunch Fine Gael supporter and an able debater he was never afraid to express his opinion whenever a contentious issue arose. You would certainly have to have your facts right to put him down in any argument. Blessed with a wonderful memory he could recall with great accuracy dates of any event great or small. His remains were removed to St. Columba’s Church on Wednesday where they were received by Fr. P.J. Fitzpatrick. Funeral to the local cemetery followed requiem Mass on Thursday morning which was celebrated by Fr. Fitzpatrick assisted by Fr. Peter Beglan and Fr. Simon Cadam. The high regard in which the family is held was evident by the large attendance on both occasions. Predeceased by his son Paul he is survived by his wife Kathleen, sons Thomas, Joe, Sean and Martin, daughters Mary and Bernie, brother Joe, grandchildren, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces to whom our sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.
Congratulations to Northern Gaels on being crowned Minor ‘’A’’ Champions on Sunday last. In the curtain raiser to the senior final the opposition was Killeo Og. With Northern Gaels leading by one point at the interval the game was very much in the balance. However on the resumption our forwards dominated proceedings firing over some magnificent points and ran out easy winners in the end. We compliment Nigel Rabbitte on being awarded man of the match. He certainly deserved the honour on covering a lot of ground over the hour. All Mullinalaghta boys put in tremendous performances. Well done to Michael, Luke, David, Aidan, James, Jason and Rian. We wish Luke a who was forced to leave the fray due to injury a speedy recovery. Aidan Brady played his part during the competition being on the panel. Best wishes to our Juveniles who face Longford Slashers in the replay of the McDonalds A Final on this Saturday 12th October. Throw in is at 4.45 pm. Please come out and support the boys. Thanks to the large number of supporters that travelled to Pearse Park on Sunday last to cheer on the minors. We must not forget Maurice O’Connor, Dermot McCabe and David Sheridan on having the boys so well prepared.
Due to renovations Granard Branch Library has relocated to Rath Mhuire Resource Centre at Barrack St., Granard. It will operate each Friday from 10a.m to 5p.m.
St. Vincent de Paul Shop
‘’New 2 U shop at Market St. Granard is open every Friday from 10.00a.m to 6.00pm and on Saturdays from 11.00a.m – 6.00p.m. It will also open on the first Tuesday of each month from 10.00am – 6.00pm.
A fashion show will take place at New 2 U shop on Tuesday 22nd October. More details later.
St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw in The Angler’s Rest on Wednesday 2nd October. Winning numbers were 1, 12, 19, 20 with the jackpot of €3600 remaining intact. Consolation prizes of €20 were won by the following. Owen Collumb, Larkfield. Patrick Matthews, Clooneen. Thomas McCabe, Aughanoran. Jimmy Keogh, Derrycasson and Niall Smith, Kilcogy. On sales this week are as follows: Hideaway: Martin Matthews. Keogh’s / Angler’s Rest: Frankie Mulligan. Kilcogy: Seamus Fitzpatrick & Paddy Brady. Please drop tickets into Cloonagh P.O before 5.30p.m on Monday.
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 local shops or are available from any club member. Match the bonus ball in Saturday’s night main draw and 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. Winning number from the draw on Saturday 5th October was .2 with Andrea Reilly, Mullinroe coming up trumps.
Mullinalaghta ladies footballers are collecting Lucozade bottle caps as advertised on television. This will enable the girls to get some free gear for the club. We urge all players, families, relations and friends to support this venture. Caps can be given in at all training sessions, matches, Cloonagh PO, and to any player or committee member. However October is the deadline to participate in this project. It is important to start collecting immediately.
Naomh Columba C.L.G.
Anyone interested in buying the new ‘’St. Columbas Top’’ are requested to contact club chairman Finbar Meehan as soon as possible. Samples are on display at Mulligan’s Shop and Cloonagh P.O. Prices are adults €35 and children €30.
Mullahoran – Mullinalaghta Gun Club will hold their annual raffle in the Hideaway Bar, Cloncovid on Friday 1st November. First prize is a Plasma Widescreen TV. The holder of the second ticket drawn will receive €200 with €100 for third place. There will also be numerous other spot prizes. Tickets are on sale in all local shops and from committee members at €5 each. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
An Emergency General meeting regarding a committee associated with the running of the local community centre will take place on this Wednesday 9th October at 8pm. All organizations that use the community centre are requested to have a representative present. This is a fine building and the facilities available are first class and it would be a pity to see it closed. If a committee is not elected this will be the only option. We compliment the outgoing committee on a job well done.