Celebration of Anniversaries
Three priests of Kilmore Diocese, who between them have given a combined one hundred and ten years of fruitful ministry, were honoured at a Jubilee Mass in the Cathedral of St. Patrick and St. Felim, Cavan on Friday of last week. They are Diamond Jubilarian Fr. Felim McGovern and Silver Jubilarians Fr. Kevin Donohoe and Fr. Michael Router. Fr. Felim, one of a family of two boys and one girl was born to Felix and Mary Teresa McGovern, Drumcoura on the 30th of October 1928. He was enrolled in Kilmore N.S., where his grandmother Mrs. Kate O’Farrell Mulligan, Assistant (1890-1914), his mother Mrs. Mary Teresa Mulligan McGovern, Principal (1936-1948) and his father Felix, Principal (1948-1959) have taught. Having received his second level education in St. Patrick’s College, Cavan, where in addition to success in the classrooms, his skills on the football pitch were finely honed by Fr. Gargan, he studied for the priesthood in St. Patrick’s College Maynooth, where he was ordained on June 20th 1954. His appointments include St. Patrick’s College, Cavan (1954), C.C Ballaghmeehan (1956), St. Patrick’s Cavan (1958), C.C. Laragh (1967), Redhills (1970), Ballintemple 1978. He retired to the Presbytery in Cavan in 1979. Fr. Kevin Donohoe, born to John and Josie Donohoe, Ballyconnell, was ordained on June 18th 1989, and has served in Salthill, Co. Galway (1989-1991), St. Patrick’s College (1991), C.C. Drumgoon (2000), Chaplain in St. Aidan’s Comprehensive School, Cootehill (2004) and Administrator in Urney and Annagelliff (2011). Fr. Michael Router,
born on April 15th 1965 to Anthony and Nora Router, Virginia, was ordained on June 25th 1989, and has ministered in Killinkere (1989), St. Patrick, Cavan (1991), Chaplain in Bailieborough Community School and Priest in Residence, Tierworker (1996), Mater Dei, Dublin (2002), Kilmore Director of Adult Faith Formation and Priest in Residence, Castletara (2003), Director of the Diocesan Pastoral Centre (2010 and C.C. Urney and Annagelliff (2013). The chief concelebrant of the Mass was Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise Dr, Francis Duffy. Homilist supreme Fr. Ultan McGoohan in his sermon spoke in glowing terms of his colleagues, highlighting the humility, holiness and boundless energy of Fr. Felim, the optimism, the landscaping skills and sense of humour of Fr. Kevin and the love of football, organizational skill and Pastoral Council work etc. of Fr. Michael. The evening ended with refreshments, music and dance. Fr. Felim, in good voice, and none the worse from former encounters on the football field or journeys in latter years on his trusty bicycle, had earlier sung a thought-provoking, self composed song to the air of “Come Back Paddy Reilly” and the theme of Sunday Worship. Before the close he emulated the late Louis Armstrong in his rendition of “It’s A Wonderful World”. And so say all of us on such an enjoyable occasion!
Winners at bingo
The following were among the winners at last Friday night’s Bingo session in Drumreilly Community Centre: Jimmy Bohan, Gortnagullion, Ella Maguire, Aughalough, Brigid Smith, Mahana, Pauline Darcy, Aughawillan, Aidan Dolan, Drumbrick, Berni Smith, Drumury, Geraldine Prior, Rose Smith, Drumury, Tommy Cassidy, Drumgowna, Michael McGovern, Crossdrummon, Majella Lynch, Killegorman, Ita Sutherland, Toome, Declan Darcy, Aughawillan, Anne McCaffrey, Ballinamore, Margaret Honeyman, Tullyoscar, Margaret Flanagan, Ballinamore, Helen O’Rourke, Corlough, Shirley Gooheen, Drumraine, Tommy Reynolds. Aughadruminchin, Eileen Wrynn, Tarmon, Maureen Bracken, Keelrin, Anne Whitlow, Lismacniff, Vinnie McBrien, Camber, Margaret McKeon, Aughatowney and Sinéad McGovern, Ardra. As ever, the committee members are appreciative of your loyalty. Bingo will continue on next Friday, June 27th at 9p.m.
Active Age Snippets
Thirteen members attended the weekly meeting on last Wednesday. Final
arrangements were made for the trip to Donegal on Sunday, June 22nd. Arrangements were made for attendance at the Gortletteragh autumn Club
Social in Cornageeha Community Centre on Tuesday, June 24th. The Mass at the request of the Group members for the late Liam McGirl has been postponed, and will take place on this Thursday, June 26th at 7.30p.m. A date will be fixed at this week’s meeting for a Pitch and Putt outing to Cornafean. All members at re requested to attend.
Recalling June 1995
After thirty years service in Kilmore and Drumlea schools, Miss Nuala Whitney announced her retirement. Following victories against Fenagh, Annaduff and Bornacoola (Div. Final), Drumeilly were beaten by two
points by Gortletteragh in the U-14 Rural Final. Following the Community Games County Finals in Manorhamilton, Athletes Mary McKeon (800 m.), Evonne Maxwell (High Jump), Declan Maxwell (Relay) and Kevin Holahan (Relay) booked a date in the All Ireland Finals in Mosney. The deaths took place of Miss Cissie Mitchell, Kinkeen and Mr. Peter McGirl Aughoo East. R.I.P.
Congratulations to the Taylor family, Clonboyher which has been chosen to host the prestigious National Open Day of the Irish Holstein Freisan Association on Wednesday, July 11th. The hosts, farming brothers John and Graeme Taylor, continuing a five generation sequence in farming, are in milk partnership since 2011, and have a herd of over a hundred cows on two hundred and fifty acres.