Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with the Rosary takes place in St. Columba’s Church each Thursday evening from 8p.m. - 9p.m. All are welcome.
St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw on Thursday, 6th November. The winning numbers were 3, 6, 12, 16 with the jackpot of €6,400 remaining intact. The following received consolation prizes of €20 each. Eileen Campbell, Muckerstaff. Michael Berry, Clooneen. Brian Newman, Clooneen. Kathyln & Korey Reilly, Mullinroe and Carmel Sheridan, Kilcogy. On sales this week are as follows. Hideaway: Aaron Earley. Keogh’s / Anglers’s Rest. Frankie Mulligan & Finbar Meehan. Please drop tickets into Cloonagh P.O before 5.30pm on Monday.
As part of their fundraising activities, the local ladies football club are holding a weekly draw based on the bonus ball in the main draw of the national lottery. Sheets are on sale in the local post office or are available from any club member. Match the bonus ball in Saturday night’s main draw and you will earn yourself €20. Lines are just €2. Six monthly tickets are available for €50 by contacting Marie Matthews. Your support would be very much appreciated each week. The winning number on Saturday 8th November was 41 with no winner.
Sympathy is extended to Declan Murray, Clooneen on the death of his mother Catherine, Carragh, Granard. A pleasant and friendly lady she was well known and respected in the district. Both Catherine and her husband Michael were loyal supporters of St. Columba’s when Declan donned the Maroon and White. Ill for just a short time, her passing was a great shock to her family. We also sympathize with her husband Michael, her others sons Ciaran and Colm, daughter Karine, brothers, sisters, grandchildren, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, nephews and nieces.
Condolences are extended to Andy McManus, Cloonagh on the death of his sister, Bridie McManus, Drumhowra, Loughduff which occurred on Monday, 3rd November in the loving care of her brother Tony and sister-in-law Rose. In failing health for some time Bridie bore her illness with dignity and courage. Our sympathies are also extended to other family members, brothers Sean and Tony, sisters Peggie and Una, in-laws, nieces and nephews. May both the deceased rest in peace.
Congratulations are extended to Frankie and Amanda Comiskey , Cloncovid on the birth of their fourth child, a baby boy to be called Jason Thomas and welcome brother for Francis, Ciara and Rian. Amanda is daughter of Thomas and Kathleen McDowell, Mullinroe. Though the new born is being kept in hospital for a few days, we are delighted to report that he is making satisfactory progress.
School Girls Victory
Pride of place this week goes to our school girls on winning the seven a side final on Saturday last. The venue for this encounter was Glennon Bros Pearse Park where the opposition was Abbeylara N.S. In what was a very close and entertaining affair, the locals emerged victorious by three points. Trailing by 3-5 to 1-2 at the interval our girls were finding it difficult to curtail a determined Abbey outfit. However on the resumption with that never say die Mullinalaghta attitude, having regrouped with splendid teamwork they were leading within five minutes. Through well taken scores from excellent passing movements they were deserving winners on a scoreline of 7-4 to 5-7. There was tremendous excitement when captain Sinead Reilly was presented with the cup. She was loudly applauded by the loyal band of supporters present following her captivating speech. Well done to Aoife Leonard who was awarded player of the match. This display was testament to the dedication and work put in by girls at school and club levels over the past year. It was a marvellous achievement when we consider the small panel they had to choose from. The squad members are as follows. Lisa Marie Leonard. Siobhan Leonard (1-1), Sinead Reilly (1-0), Shannon Darcy, Aoife Leonard (5-3), Ellie Fitzsimons, Catherine Matthews, Leah Hanlon, Eva Fitzsimons and Lauren Brady. On arriving home Sinead lead the cavalcade around to the cheers and greetings of many householders. Appreciation and compliments are extended to Anne and Pauline for having lassies so well prepared for the occasion. Good luck to our mixed team in their final on this Saturday against Abeylara.
The annual general meeting of the community centre committee was due to take place on Saturday night last. Unfortunately due to the small attendance the meeting could not go ahead. It has now been rescheduled for this Saturday 15th following Vigil Mass (8p.m.) We appeal to representatives of all organizations and indeed all parishioners to make a special effort to attend. If a committee is not formed on this Saturday night the community centre will be forced to close. It would be a real shame if this was to happen as these premises are in constant use. Dancing classes, Christmas plays, Children’s sports club meetings are just some of the activities that were held here over the past few years. Please Please support the centre.