Martin Cadden

Martin Cadden

A pall of sadness hung over the area for the last two weeks following the death of Martin Cadden, Middletown in New Zealand. From the time that the sad news was received until the funeral on Tuesday 13th the local community took the bereaved family to their hearts supporting them in every way possible. Martin was the ideal son, with a natural ability for farming and a desire to travel, he had achieved so much more at 22 than most would have in several decades. To the locals, Martin was always coming and going, to England, America and then New Zealand where he could work with the big machinery. Home in October, gone in November when his visa came through, hoping to be back in May, he took it in his stride. A warm, fun loving, outgoing and extremely popular lad, Martin has left a void in his family and the locality which will never be filled. The attendances at the wake, removal of remains and funeral were the largest ever seen in the parish as sympathisers came from near and far to pay their respects to his devastated family – parents Michael and Anne, sisters Mary and Roisin, and grandmothers Rosie and Ellen. The funeral Mass on Tuesday in St. Joseph’s Church, Loughduff was celebrated by Fr. Simon Cadam, personal friend of Anne (nee Farrellly), assisted by Canon Owen Devaney P.P. among others with family members and his many friends taking part in the liturgy. Fr. Simon offered special prayers for Martins work colleagues in New Zealand to whom the Mass was being relayed and he also prayed for all who were involved in bringing Martin on his long journey home. As the cortege left the church to head towards Middletown and the cemetery snow fell on a silent dignified congregation united in their thoughts of Martin and better times now gone, memories which each will hold as consolation in the years ahead. May he rest in peace.

GFC Lotto

Draw took place on Tuesday, 13th January 2015 in Micsin’s, Kilcogy. Numbers drawn: 3, 6, 22, 31. No winner of € 2,800 jackpot. €100 Christy & Dympna Shiels, Carrick. €25 Mary Brennan, Kilcogy; €25 Francis Mulligan, Mullinalaghta; €25 Michael Cunningham, Mullinalaghta; €25 Sean Mulligan, Mullinalaghta.

Yoga Classes

Yoga for relaxation, inner calm, strength and flexibility. Four week Hatha Yoga course using body and breath awareness commencing Monday the 26th of January from 8-9 in Granard. To book or further information Tel Virginia on (087) 7740901.

Leo McDonald R.I.P

The recent death of Leo McDonald, Farnham St. Cavan evokes memories of family businesses in the town. Philip McDonald’s, which one of the last family drapers to close its doors, was highly regarded as a ladies outfitters and buying across the counter ensured personal service and a chance to get a few shillings discount. The January sales were a bit draw then with ladies winter coats in great demand and meant to last for several years. A new coat was rarely bought with a matching headscarf or occasionally a hat.

Medjugorje Pilgrimages

7 nights apartment B & B, airport transport, flight and pilgrimage programme from €550 per person sharing in 13th, 15th and 20th April 2015. Contact 01 4434510 or email to make a booking. Call for other dates in April, May, June.


This is a time of decision making for Leaving certificate students who are applying for a place in College next year. Choosing the right course and hoping that the points will be adequate needs careful consideration and we wish all students the best of luck as they plan their future.