The late Marie Hourican

The late Marie Hourican

On Sunday morning, April 13 last, we were all saddened as the news became known that Marie Hourican of Lisrathigan, Coolarty, had passed to her eternal reward at 5-45am in the tender and loving care of her husband Hugh and their two daughters, Ciara and Shona and their two sons, Aaron and Ryan. Marie had battled with terminal illness for nearly ten years and in that time she never complained about her lot, but just accepted this with a dignity that was to most of us just hard to believe. A loving wife and mother, Marie just lived for her family and always had a target to reach and kept her spirits up all the time. At the start of her illness, Marie said that if she could see all her children finish national school she would be very proud and this she was granted as her youngest son, Ryan received his confirmation on Sunday, March 30th last and despite been so ill, Marie was able to attend and indeed enjoy it. Before her illness and indeed since it, Marie was a childminder and was happiest when she had her beautiful home full of young children as their parents went out to work and there are a number of youngsters out there who will never forget the love and kindness they were shown while in Marie’s care. Marie was a lovely, kind, gentle, quiet spoken lady who had a great faith and this obviously kept her nourished throughout her long illness and she made several pilgrimages to Lourdes and indeed she encouraged everyone she met to do likewise as she just loved it. At her funeral Mass, the reading said I have ran the race to the finish, I have kept the faith and this could not be more appropriate as she did all of these and more. Marie’s remains reposed in the family home from Sunday evening until Monday evening and huge crowds passed through to say fare well to a loving wife, a wonderful mother, a kind and thoughtful niece and a great friend and neighbour who will be sorely missed for a long time to come. On Monday evening, Marie’s remains were removed to St Mary’s in Granard and as the hearse made it’s way up the hill, it was flanked by a guard of honour from both Ballymore and Granard football clubs and following Mass at midday on Tuesday, Marie was laid to rest close to her great pal and friend Mary Hynes, whose company she loved and enjoyed for a long time. As it was on Monday evening, the church was packed to overflowing and many of her childrens school friends from both Cnoc Mhuire and St. Patrick’s in Killeen attended. There was not a dry eye in the church as her children along with their Dad pushed her coffin down the church to go on that final journey to the cemetery and we were all left wondering, as has happened all too often before, why someone so good had to be taken in the prime of life and with so much to live for. We offer our sincere and deepest sympathy to Marie’s heartbroken husband Hughie, their daughters Ciara and Shona, sons Aaron and Ryan, her aunt and uncle Mary and Jimmy Walker, her mother in law Mrs Hourican, Dunbeggan, brother in law JP, sisters in law Mary, Geraldine, Mairead and Annette and to her many friends at this very sad time. May her gentle soul rest in peace.

Cycle and climb

The 4th Annual Glenn Brady Memorial Cycle and Climb, from Longford to Croagh Patrick will take place on Sunday, June 1st. This is a very enjoyable and rewarding challenge, setting off from Longford at 4:30am to complete the 147km cycle and then take on the 3.5 hour climb of Croagh Patrick. The popularity of this event has grown massively since it began in 2011, and 2014 will be bigger than ever. So there’s plenty of time to get the training in over the coming weeks. Details for registration will be available soon.

Fun run

Ballymore Minor board will hold a 5 Kilometre Fun Run, Walk, Jog or even crawl on this Sunday, April 27th, starting at 12 noon with registration from 10 to 11.30 am in the clubhouse in Ballybrien. Entry fee Adults €10 and Children €5. Refreshments served on return to the clubhouse. Trophy for first gent, lady and child. Posters are on display locally with all details. The committee are hoping for a big turnout of runners and walkers and that they will be led by all the players in their club colours. This will be a fun day for all the famil, so please come along on Sunday, get your daily exercise and support the youngsters.

Stray dog

A small brown terrier dog wearing a blue collar has settled in the Killeen Area where he is proving to be a very friendly little animal who loves the company of children. If you are missing this dog please call 0777548001 immediately.

Raffle and sale

Ballymore football club are currently selling tickets for a load of top quality firewood, tickets cost 5 euro each and are on sale from committee members or from McElvaney’s, Coolarty, where the timber is on display. Also one tonne bags of timber at the great price of 50 euro are available.

The Maiden Aunt

Killeen dramatic society will give one more performance of their play ‘The Maiden Aunt’ by Jimmy Keary on Thursday night, May 1st in the Community Centre with curtain up at 8-30pm. All proceeds from this performance will be shared between The Hill Playschool and Creche and Lus na Greine Family Resource Centre.

Frolics galore

Following on from their very successful staging of Frolics Galore last Friday night, there will be one more opportunity to enjoy the various acts on this Friday night, April 25th in the Community Centre in Aughnacliffe. Come along for a night of fun and laughter.