Elaine Brady

Elaine Brady

An air of gloom was cast over the area last week with the untimely passing of Elaine Brady, Lisney, Loughduff. In her late 30’s Elaine was the eldest daughter of Nancy, (nee Donohoe) and James and was sister to Louise and brother to Seamus who are left bereft at her sudden passing. Elaine attended the local central school in Mullahoran and later Lorreto College, Cavan and following some time in college she commenced work in Crover House Hotel where she remained until her death. As a service provider and work colleague there was none to equal Elaine, such was her inherent good nature and she was a firm favourite with all who came in contact with her, either through her work or socially. Generous of spirit, she had a warm outgoing personality which endeared her to all who knew her and her untimely death at such a young age has left her beloved family and friends bereft and has resulted in a great outpouring of grief. At the removal of remains to St. Joseph’s Church, Loughduff on Friday morning a Guard of Honour was provided by colleagues from Crover House and she was laid to rest in the local cemetery amid heart-breaking scenes as her family and many friends and indeed the wider community, endeavoured to come to terms with their personal sense of loss. The funeral Mass on Friday was concelebrated, the chief celebrant was Canon Owen Devaney, assisted by Canon Frank Gray, Frs. Noel Boylan, Ml Quinn and Seamus McKeown and family members and colleagues carried the Offetory Gifts. We extend our deepest sympathy to her family and members of her large extended family circle. May she rest in peace.

Annette Nolan

The death took place recently in London of Annette Nolan, formerly Kelly from Kilcogy middle. The funeral took place from Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran on Thursday last to Aughaboy cemetery, Ennybegs. We extend our sincere sympathy to her daughters and members of her family circle. May she rest in peace.


After months of canvassing and speculation in the local and Euro elections, the dust has now settled and the postmans bag will be a bit lighter. This parish boasted two County Council candidates - Mary Brady, Fine Gael and Philip Brady, Fianna Fail who each canvassed extensively and had great local support with Philip being elected. We congratulate him on winning, which was his father Danny’s seat and we wish him well in his new position, while we wish a happy retirement to Danny. Commiserations to Mary Brady who was previously on the Council and who has done trojan work for F.G. and the local community down through the years and we wish her well in the future.

Youth Ministry

Ardagh & Clonmacnoise Youth Ministry to Medjugorje from 30th July to 6th August. Any young person interested please contact Parochial house 043.6683141 or 090.6473338 immediately.

Irish Church Music

The Summer School will take place in St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth from Thursday, 3rd to Sunday, 6th July with the theme “The Joy of the Gospel”. This is a wonderful experience, not only for Choir Directors but for all those involved in the liturgy because it is not just about music but about being part of the liturgy in general. Anyone interested please contact Parochial house for application form.

GFC Lotto

Draw took place Tuesday, 20th May in The Hideaway. Jackpot €18,900 – Numbers drawn were 1, 6, 12, 13, no Jackpot winner. €100 winner: Carol O’Reilly, Bernyhill, Gowna; €25 winners: Damien Crowe, Coolbawn, Loughan & Danni Sheridan, John Paul Ave, Cavan; Anna & Sarah O’Farrell, Brian O’Hara, Carrickduff, Granard.

Blessing of Graves

This year Cemetery Sunday will take place in the parish on the weekend of July 5/6th. Graves will be blessed in Loughduff following the 7pm Mass on Saturday evening 5th and in Mullahoran following the 11am Mass on Sunday morning. In the meantime, all plot holders are asked to make a special effort to prepare the cemeteries and take away all rubbish please.

Counselling Service

ACCORD provides a professional marriage and relationship counselling service for couples experiencing difficulties in their marriage/relationships. ACCORD provides a safe place to explore relationship difficulties in a confidential, respectful and non-judgemental setting. Contact ACCORD Longford.

Field Day

Annual Abbeylara Field day and Tractor Pulling will take place on Sunday, June 8th with a huge and varied programme, something for everyone – dog show, tug-o-war, threshing, best dressed lady/gent.  

Church Centenary

In October of this year, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran will celebrate its centenary.  To mark this occasion it is proposed to erect a grotto in or around the grounds of the Church.  If anyone has suggestions or ideas to mark this event, please call Adele on 087 4162916 or any member of the Pastoral Council.  All submissions will be taken on board and evaluated.  Also it is the intention to produce a booklet on the Church’s anniversary so anybody interested in contributing/helping to produce this booklet please also contact the aforementioned.

Knock Shrine

Pilgrimage season will continue until 12th October. Sundays and Holydays Masses; 8, 9.00, 10.30 am and 12 noon. Confessions continuously from 11am to 5 pm, anointing of the sick 2.30 pm, followed by concelebrated Mass 3.00. Weekdays (Mon - Sat) Masses: 9 am, 11.00 am (June - October) 12 noon, 3 and 7.30 pm. Anointing of the Sick at 12 noon and 3pm Masses.
Confessions: Continuously from 11 am to 5 pm in the Chapel of Reconciliation. Public Ceremonies: 2.00 pm Stations of the Cross and Rosary Procession. 3pm Concelebrated Mass with Anointing of the Sick.