Busy Weekend: It was a very busy weekend in the parish with the Kilcogy Festival, Football and Confirmation all big attractions.

Busy Weekend: It was a very busy weekend in the parish with the Kilcogy Festival, Football and Confirmation all big attractions.

Confirmation: On Sunday last Bishop Colm O’Reilly, of Ardagh & Clonmacnoise administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to 35 children from 5th & 6th classes from the local Central school. 
Canon Owen Devaney P.P. assisted in Our Lady of Lourdes Church which was packed to overflowing for the occasion with family, friends and sponsors of the children. The ceremony was held at the early time of 11 am as Bishop Colm was heading to Armagh for the ordination ceremony of bishop Eamon Martin as co-adjutor Archbishop of Armagh. The children were prepared for the sacrament by teachers Mairead McKeogh and Sarah Cullen. Among the gifts carried to a Sacred Space were the GAA Championship & League cups won by Mullah Oran in 2012. Congratulations to the children: James Coyle, Conor Fitzsimons, Paul Fitzsimons, Ryan O’Reilly, Mark Halton, Leon Reilly, Darren Sheils, Gavin Brady, Cormac O’Reilly, Daniel O’Reilly, Emma Sherriff, Erica O’Reilly, Abaigh Brady Duffy, Nicole Sheils, Aoife Boylan, Rebecca Lee , Olivia Brennan, Aoife Reilly, Teresa O’Reilly, Aoibheann Mc Brien, Anna McGauran, Hannah O’Reilly, Laóise Cruise, Maria Mussi, Saoirse Briody, Lauren Mc Brien, Leah Fegan, Louise Reilly, Liam Corr,, Conor O’Reilly, Ciaran Sheridan, Matthew McGahern, Aaron Galligan, Adrian Fitzpatrick, Trevor Jack O’Reilly.

Kilcogy: The Sean Maguire Festival got off to a flying start on Friday evening with the Rose Ball which was awesome, local lads in finery all displaying hidden talents had the audience in stitches (which some of the outfits could have done with). However, The Village Rose - Agnes Brown left the others all standing as Pauric received the tiara to a standing ovation. The music continued over the weekend with groups of musicians especially fiddle players giving some rousing performances as well as a concert in the marquee. The unveiling of a plaque to local musicians on Sunday was the highlight of the weekend with Labhras O Murchu as well as our own Tony Smith, also Philip Clarke and many Comhaltas personnel attending. Joe Burke, noted accordion player, spoke of Sean’s connection with Russia from whence came special horsehair to make strings for his bow and where he was later honoured for his music. Also there was Sean Maguire’s daughter and cousin which gave the proceedings a tangible touch as members of the Maguire family no longer reside in Annagh. The village which was bursting at its seams was transformed with a marquee, catering and craft stalls as well as amusements all vying for business. Well done to the organizing committee who done Trojan work to ensure its success and hopefully this will become an annual event for the sake of traditional music alone. There were many visitors in the area for the occasion as well as for Confirmation and it was a chance to renew old acquaintances and catch up on recent events and we hope all enjoyed their time with us.

U21 Game: The road home from Tullamore on Saturday evening was a long and lonely one for the huge contingent of supporters following Cavan’s 1pt defeat to Cork. There was plenty of time to consider and debate what might have been as tailbacks on all roads meant long delays but a bad first half left too much to do against a Cork side which took their chances with clinical precision. Well done to Enda who scored 3 pts from play but even that was not enough to play out the full hour. The supporters have enjoyed the lead-up to the semi-final and well done to the team for commitment and some great football in getting that far. At local level well done to the Division 1 team which had a 2 pt. win over Cuchullains in Mullah on Sunday.

GFC Lotto: Draw was held in the Hideaway on Tuesday 16th, Jackpot €13,300, No’s drawn 6,17,20,27 There was no Jackpot winner: consolation prizes: €100 Sean Cadden, Middletown; €25 John & Fionnula Reilly, Cloncovid; €25 Anne Sheridan, Granard; €25 Michael Major, Granard; €25 Gabriel & Emer Brennan, Kilcogy.

Drama: Mullahoran GFC are hosting the hugely popular play “ Victors Dung “ on Sunday April 28th in the Parochial Hall at 8.30pm. Starring  Sea­mus O’Rourke, Char­lie McGuin­ness & Tommy Sharkey, Tickets are €10 and are available from the local shops and committee members.

Downs Syndrome: Fundraising for Downs Syndrome Latch On Programme takes place in the Copper Kettle, Kilnaleck on Saturday 17th April at 9.30 pm. Refreshments served, subscriptions voluntary, all support appreciated.