Corr: Kathleen Donohoe
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Sunday last the 8th Dec. was the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady and being on a Sunday the Mass of the feast was celebrated on Monday 9th. Traditionally this was the start of the commercial side of Christmas and it was the day when country folk went to town to do their shopping and it also coincided with turkey markets as a result of which the housewife had her own money to spend. In later years shops are laden with Christmas stock from Halloween onwards so those who shop early have the best choice and all are encouraged to shop locally.
The death occurred on Saturday, 30th November of Mullahoran’s oldest parishioner Nan O’Reilly, nee Halton, Drumcor, Loughduff. Nan had recently celebrated her 99th birthday. She was predeceased by her husband Dan. Nan was a very friendly, caring, hospitable person who loved to see friends and neighbours calling to her home. She had a great sense of humour and always enjoyed the ceilis and craic. Nan had a wonderful memory and could paint a vivid portrait of days long since passed and her childhood years around Dundevan where she grew up. She was of a strong religious conviction and this was reflected in her everyday life. She had enjoyed good health up until recently and retained a great interest in all current affairs and sport. She often talked about her days cycling to Clones during the 1940’s & 1950’s to watch her beloved Cavan team during their glory days. She was delighted when Mullahoran won the county final in 2012 and welcomed the Oliver Plunkett cup to her home! Nan spent a number of years in Coventry, England post World War II where she worked as an auxiliary nurse. Many of her family resided in the UK and she spent many happy days taking care of her young nieces and nephews. Nan always had a great love for children and in recent years was reinvigorated by visits from her grandnephews and grandnieces. She also had a great love of outings and enjoyed many an outing with Mullahoran Age & Opportunity. On the hottest day of this year she even managed a day trip to Bundoran with her family. There was a large representation of her family from the UK for the wake and funeral as well as neighbours and friends which symbolised her popularity in the area. Her remains were removed from her residence on Monday evening to Our Lady of Lourdes Church Mullahoran. Burial took place after requiem mass on Tuesday morning. Nan is survived by her daughter Rosemary, grandson Eugene, brother Tommy (UK), sisters in law, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, extended family and a large circle of friends. Ar dheis de go raibh a h-anam dílis.
The local GFC held their AGM on Sunday last in the John P Wilson complex. The highlight of the Secretary’s report was the successes of the juvenile teams which augurs well for the future of the game in the parish. The Golden celebration of the 1963 championship winning team will take place in the Pikers Lodge, Gowna on Saturday Dec 28th and tickets are available now from members. Officers elected for the coming year; Chairman – John Beglan, V. Chairman – Gerry Sheridan, Secretary – Brian Cumiskey, Ass. Secretary – Ml Fegan, Treasurer – Slyvia Galligan, Ass Treasurers – Maureen Fegan, Kathy Donohoe, Registrar – Jim Reilly.
Draw took place in the Hideaway on Tuesday 26th November, Jackpot €16,500, Numbers drawn were 4,7,11,14 No Jackpot winner, €100 winner; Mark Cullen, Killydoon; €25 winners x 4 - Geraldine Cullen, Mullahoran; Ena Reilly, Classcarrick; Emma Tiernan, Virginia; Gerry Moroney, Blanchardstown. Draw took place in Micsin’s, Kilcogy on Tuesday 5th November - Jackpot €16,600 Numbers 10,14,18,26. No Jackpot winner, €100 – Paudie McKenna, Grousehall; €25 x 4 – Bridie Sheridan, Kilcogy; Josie McGahern, Kannagh; Martin & Ml Cullen, Dundevan; Martin McIntyre, Shercock.
A very enjoyable Coffee morning was well attended in the home of Mary Matthews on Saturday and thanks to all who supported. Monthly dinner in the Parochial hall today at 12 noon.
Christmas Drive in the Parochial hall tonight Wednesday at 8.30pm, special prizes.Come along and get into the Christmas spirit.
We extend our sincere sympathy to the wife Margaret, son Bernard and daughters of the late Christy Morris, Drumcarey, Corlesmore who passed away suddenly recently. Deceased was an industrious and well respected member of the farming community and will be sadly missed by his family, neighbours and friends. May he rest in peace.
Sympathy is extended to the nieces and nephews and members of the extended family circle of the late Kathleen Moore, Corduff whose death occurred recently. One local resident recalls dances in Corduff Hall in the old days with Kathleen and her pals and cycling home afterwards when the dance finished at 11 o’clock. She also took part in the local dramatic groups and played many parts. May she rest in peace.