Deaths: An air of sadness prevailed over the parish last weekend with several families bereaved and two popular parishioners going to their eternal reward. The sudden death of Seamus Reilly, Legwee on Wednesday last stunned the local community and evoked an outpouring of sympathy for his wife Anne, son James and daughters Aine and Sheila. Having suffered from poor health for many years and survived a particularly bad illness two years ago, his death is all the more poignant. He was predeceased by his sister Rita last September and by his father James just 6 years ago. Seamus was of a religious disposition and had a strong faith which helped him cope with the effects of his ill health and was also dedicated to his wife and family of each of whom he was immensely proud. Coming from a staunch footballing background he was a dedicated supporter of the local GFC attending all local games and was in attendance on Sunday last for the official opening of the John P Wilson Sports complex. His son James is a member of the senior team while both Aine and Sheila are players with the Ladies and members of both Clubs formed a Guard of Honour at removal of remains to St. Joseph’s Church, Loughduff on Friday evening. Aged 55 Seamus was an industrious member of the farming community and was a good neighbour and friend and his sudden death caused a sense of shock to them all where his passing has left a void and by whom he will be sadly missed. The funeral Mass on Saturday was con-celebrated, Fr. Sean McDermott, brother-in-law was the chief celebrant assisted by Fr. Eamon Lynch, cousin who gave the homily, Canon Owen Devaney PP, Fr. Kevin Fay, Fr. Simon Cadam, Fr. Peter McPartland, and Fr John P Sexton and burial took place to local cemetery. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Anne, son, daughters, sisters Rosaleen and Geraldine, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and members of his extended family circle. May he rest in peace. The death occurred peacefully on Friday last of James O’Reilly, Lisney at Cavan General hospital in the presence of his devoted family. Deceased had been in failing health for some time but nevertheless his passing came as a great shock to his wife Kathleen and children by whom he will be sadly missed. Aged 78 Jimmy was a down to earth and knowledgeable man who was a popular member of the farming community where he was a good neighbour and friend in times of need. He was formerly employed by Charlie Lee, Tarmacadam Contractor, Aughnacliffe for many years. A member of the Myles O’Reilly family, Middletown he was predeceased by his brothers Thomas and Michael. He was a keen GAA supporter following the fortunes of the Dreadnoughts down through the years and was also a noted card player. We extend our sincere sympathy to his wife devoted wife Kathleen who cared for him during his long illness, his son Thomas and daughters Maria and Ursula, grandchildren, brothers Fr. Bernard, U.S.A., Ned and Myles, sisters Nellie, Margaret and Teresa, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews relatives and many friends by whom he will be sadly missed. The funeral Mass on Sunday in St. Joseph’s Church, Loughduff was celebrated by his brother Fr. Bernard assisted by Fr. Anthony Carroll and Canon Owen Devaney P.P. and burial took place to local cemetery. May he rest in peace. There was much regret locally on the occasion of the death of Philip O’Reilly, Derries Lr., Killeshandra which occurred peacefully at his residence on Thursday last. Deceased was a former employee of Ballyhaise creamery and he became a familiar figure with the farming community as he introduced artificial insemination in the ‘60s when intensive dairy farming was taking off and high quality milk yields were required. Phil, as he was known locally, married Kathleen Galligan, daughter of the then creamery manager of Killadoon Creamery, Patrick Galligan, Glasscarrick. We extend our sincere sympathy to his wife Kathleen, sons and daughters, brother-in-law Phil Galligan and members of his extended family circle. Mrs Olivia O’Connor; We extend our sincere sympathy to Imelda & Michael Donohoe, Drumcorr on the death of Imelda’s sister Olivia O’Connor which took place in Medford, New Jersey recently. Deceased was a native of Leitrim Cross, Newtownforbes and emigrated to the U.S. when quite young. She was a regular visitor to her native birthplace and to Drumcorr along with her husband and daughter especially for family occasions. She was predeceased by her brother Liam, and is survived by her husband Jim, daughter Caroline, son-in-law Jeff and grandchildren, sisters Imelda, Margaret and Mary and brothers Tommie, Michael and Christopher and a large extended family circle at home and in the U.S. Burial took place in New Jersey on Thursday last and Canon Owen Devaney P.P. celebrated a memorial Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Newtownforbes Church on Friday evening.
Wedding Bells: We extend congratulations and best wishes for future happiness to Ruth Smith and Sean Smith who were married in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran recently and also to Edel McAnarney and Shane Smith who were wed in St. Joseph’s Church, Loughduff on Saturday last.
Local Bus Service: A new weekly “door to door” bus service from Granard to Cavan will commence on Tuesday next 19th July as a demand responsive service and will cover Creevy, Dundevan, Mullahoran, Killydoon, Corduff vis Ballinagh to Cavan, departing Granard 10am, arriving Cavan 11 am and departing at 1.15 pm. Students and all age groups welcome, free pass holders travel free, single fare €3, return €5. contact Dominick 087.2995345, or Seamus 043.6645555.
Congress Bell: On Wednesday 20th July the Congress Bell will arrive in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran for 10 am Mass.
Give Blood: The Irish Blood Transfusion Service will hold a clinic in St. Brigid’s Community centre, Loch Gowna on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th next from 5.00 – 8.30 pm daily.
Knock: In conjunction with the National PTAA pilgrimage to Knock a bus will depart from Lynch,s shop, Killydoon at 9 pm on Sunday next 17th July. Booking to Bridget Burns, 043.66.86696. All members and non members very welcome.