Ellen Crudden

Ellen Crudden

There was much regret recently when one of the parish’s oldest citizens passed away. Ellen (Nellie) Crudden, Drumhowra was in her 93rd year and died peacefully in Cavan General hospital on Wednesday last after a short illness. A native of the Derries, Loughduff, Nellie came to reside in Drumhowra in the early 60’s as a carer for her ill uncle Tom Crudden. Nellie was blessed with a great talent for handcrafting and some of the items she produced ranged from plastic woven shopping bags to Carrickmacross lace. In the Autumn of 1967 a number of local ladies came together to arrange night classes to pass the long winter evenings and after much deliberation it was decided to start a rush work class which was a great success. At that time Fr. Padraig McCormack, Ballinagh was helping out in the parish and he encouraged the ladies to do something similar to raise much needed funds for the priests from the parish working on the mission fields and so the Apostolic Society was formed and had its first Sale of Work in the parochial hall in 1969. Nellie was adept at the rush work and was a founder member of the Apostolic Society where handmade work was sold at the various counters and there was no doubt she was a leader with her knitting, sewing and patchwork and crocheted quilts. A quiet and unassuming person Nellie was industrious and hardworking running the farm with her cousin Paddy who always kept a thriving vegetable garden and was a keen fisherman living as he did beside Lough Eilim. In fact Paddy would go fishing at any time of the day sometimes before the day’s work would begin. The Cruddens had a “cot” on the lake which was made from plain sawed timber and was pointed at the front for sailing and was rowed by 2 oars. It was used for crossing to Ballytrust bog for loads of turf and sometimes for going to the well for fresh water. For the local children a trip in Cruddens boat was a real treat. Cruddens was also a great card-playing house with sometimes 2 tables going on a night. Nellie was a familiar figure as she travelled the neighbourhood on her bicycle to Mass, shop and meetings and along with Paddy never missed the Tuesday bingo in Ballinagh. However, as the traffic on the local roads increased Nellie reluctantly had to abandon cycling but she was never stranded due to her good neighbour Joe Reilly and later Monica Sheridan. Nellie recalled once that she got her first bicycle from J P. Whites, Grousehall in the late 30’s for 4 pounds 10 shillings. For the last 10 years or so Nellie had been resident in Castle Manor nursing home where she quickly blended into that community and had plenty of visitors, family, neighbours and friends who all held her in high regard. The funeral Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, Loughduff on Friday last was celebrated by Canon Owen Devaney P.P. and gifts brought to the alter included some of Nellie’s handiwork and burial took place to local cemetery. We extend our sincere sympathy to her sister Lily and brother-in-law Jimmy Sheridan, Drumcrow, nieces, nephews, grandnephews, relatives, neighbours and friends. May she rest in peace.

GFC Lotto

Results of Draw in Glan Bar, on Tuesday, 17th February, jackpot €3,300. Numbers 1, 15, 17, 27, there were no winner. €100 winner; Marcus Coyle, Drumgore; €25 winners; Johnny Joe Brady, Killydream; Regina Hyland, Ballinagh; Patrick Carroll, Ballinagh; Sadie Brennan, Glasscarrick. Results of draw in Sheridan’s, Kilcogy Tuesday, 24th February, jackpot €3,400, Numbers 6, 13, 23, 32, no winner, €100 – Stephanie Donohoe, Smithboro; €25 x 4 – Frank Smith, Drumhowna; Ava Hyland, Derrin; Donal Brady, Drumcorr; Oliver O’’Reilly Snr, Drumhowra.

Club Spring Clean

Calling all GFC Club members for Saturday, March 7th from 10am, in the park and complex to prepare for the coming football season, please bring small tools if possible, refreshments served, all welcome. Call Aidan 087.1912156 for more info.

Ladies GFC

Social & presentation in the Pikers Lodge, Gowna on Friday 13th March. Tickets on sale locally and from any members of the ladies Club.

First Friday; Mass in St. Joseph’s Church at Loughduff 9.30 and Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran at 7 pm. The sick & elderly will be visited on Thursday in the Mullahoran area and on Friday in the Loughduff area.

Please contact Parochial house if any of sick or elderly are not at home 043.6683141.

Apostolic Society

The 46th annual Traditional Irish concert was held in the Parochial hall on Sunday evening last and once again was a huge success. The organisers wish to thank all who supported same and helped out and all the performers who made the event so enjoyable.


Killeen Dramatic Society presents “The Real McCoy” a three act comedy by Tommy Marren in The Parochial hall on Thursday March 5th. Proceeds in aid of Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust. Curtain up at 8.30pm.

Centenary Book Committee

Meeting in the Parochial House this Thursday evening at 8pm.

Holistic Yoga and Mindfulness

Deeply relaxing two hour workshop taking place in Granard on Saturday the 7th of March from 11 am - 1 pm. To book or further information tel Virginia on (087) 7740901.


A very important event will take place outside Dail Eireann on Wednesday 11th March 7 – 8 pm. Challenging media bias on the abortion issue. Anyone wishing to add their support on organise a bus call 087.2668702.

Brand New Slimming World Group

Opening in Sacred Heart School Granard on Thursday 19th March at 7.30 pm. Telephone Liz 087.9534254 for more information.


On Monday 9th March the proceeds of Bingo at Streete Parish Park will go to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust. This Trust aims to alleviate the financial hardship of bereaved families repatriating their loved one(s) who have died abroad in sudden or tragic circumstances back to Ireland. Bingo starts at 8.30p.m. and your support would be very much appreciated for this worthy cause.