Catholic Schools week
Sunday last marked the beginning of Catholic Schools week. The purpose of the week is to highlight and celebrate the wonderful contribution that Catholic Schools make to our local communities and Irish society in general. This year’s theme is “Places of Faith and Learning”. There is a long tradition of Faith-based education in the Catholic Church of which we are a part. The Catholic School will strive to provide an education of excellence where the development of knowledge will be central to the work of the school.
Will be celebrated in the local N.S. on Thursday, 30st January at 11.30 am.
Regretfully Breda and Paddy Lynch have retired from caretaking in the local Parochial hall and a new caretaker is urgently now required. Anyone interested should conact the Parochial House as soon as possible, please call or phone 043.6683141. Groups are asked to note that for the time being bookings are being taken at Parochial house Mon – Fri 9 am – 4 pm. Please also confirm existing bookings so calendar of events can be updated for coming year. On behalf of the local community we wish to sincerely thank Breda and Paddy who did an excellent job in the hall, often going far and beyond the call of duty to ensure all went smoothly and we wish them a very happy retirement.
Feast of St. Brigid - Saturday next 1st February is the feast of St. Brigid of Kildare, Patroness of the Gael and also the first day of Spring. St Brigid’s crosses are associated with the feast and legend has it she made the cross from rushes she found on the ground beside a dying man in order to convert him. It remains the custom in many houses in Ireland to have a Saint Brigid’s Cross in honour of the saint. According to tradition a new cross is made each Saint Brigid’s Day (February 1), and the old one is burned to keep fire from the house. Some believe that keeping a cross in the ceiling or roof is a good way to preserve the home from fire which was always a major threat in houses with thatch and wooden roofs. Crosses will be blessed at the 7pm vigil Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, Loughduff on Saturday and at the 11 am Mass in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran on Sunday. Candlemas Day; 2nd February - In keeping with an age old tradition candles will be blessed at 7pm Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, Loughduff on Saturday and in Mullah Oran at the 11am Mass on Sunday for use in the home and Church during the coming year. St. Blaise; Monday 3rd Feb is the feast of St. Blaise and the traditional Blessing of the Throats will take place at 9.30 am Mass in Mullahoran on Monday. The story goes that when St. Blaise was being persecuted and was in custody a distraught mother, whose only child was dying of a throat disease, threw herself at his feet and implored his intercession. Touched at her grief, he offered up his prayers, and the child was cured.
Meeting in the Parochial hall this Thursday night 6th February to make arrangements for Traditional Irish concert on Sunday 2nd March.
Results of draw in Sheridan’s, Kilcogy on Tuesday, 21st. Numbers drawn 18, 21, 27, 29, Jackpot €17,200, there were no winner, €100 winner: James Brady, Lisreagh. €25 winners: Phil Sheils, Kilsarn; Maura Donohoe, Corduff; Anthony Smith, Portanure; Sean Reilly, Mullinroe.
Win for Cnoc Mhuire
Congratulations to Cnoc Mhuire, Granard U-14 Boys who beat Ardee Community School recently to win the North Leinster ‘C’ U 14 boys Championship. Special word on mention to the seven Mullahoran lads who were on the team – Sean Cadden, William Comaskey, Liam Wilson, Cormac O’Reilly, Darren Sheils, Ryan O’Reilly and James Coyle – well done to all.
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.
The Mulligan Sisters will be in concert at the Backstage Theatre, Co. Longford on Sat 15th February at 8.30 p.m.. Tickets €15 are available at Backstage Theatre, Co. Longford.
Macra na Feirme Positive Mental Health Campaign
This campaign is the first of its kind for the organisation locally and for Macra na Feirme in the region. It’s a public campaign to promote awareness and understanding of mental health; encompassing 10 weeks of varying activities from social events to sporting events, debates to dancing. It also includes a Healthy Body/Healthy Mind conference with guest speaker Alan O’Mara in the Kilmore Hotel, Cavan and other brilliant speakers/workshops on Mindfulness, sleep strategies, benefits of exercise, money management and more commencing at 7pm on Thursday 30thJanuary. There will also be SafeTALK certified training event on 13th February and many events are free including this Conference and SafeTALK training and open to the public. If you require any further information or like to discuss this further please firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Caoimhe on 086-4546882, Olive on 086-8323045 or Ciara on 086-3990920.