Mullahoran notes



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World Handball Champion

What’s another three years to our local superstar Paul Brady! Congratulations to handball’s all-time greatest Paul on his fantastic win in the men’s open World Championship Final in the Calgary last week. As this is Paul’s fifth triennial successive World Handball Championship title, his achievement has broken his own 4-in-a-row record and is one that is unlikely ever to be beaten – a record without precedent in the annals of the sport. Paul has cemented his legacy as the greatest handball player ever seen having disposed of the up and coming Irish star Killian Carroll 21-8, 21-2 in just under an hour playing at his ruthless, brilliant best. The large crowd of family and supporters, especially juveniles having Paul as their hero, who crowded the local clubrooms to watch the match on the large screen were jubilant as Paul seemed to win at his ease. With great humility Paul accepted the plaudits and paid compliment to the rising Irish players. A big homecoming party was held in the local John Wilson Complex on Monday night and it was a great occasion for young and old to shake the hand of our local hero and champion.


There was a capacity attendance in the Pikers Lodge, Gowna on Friday night last for an poignant appreciation night in memory of the late Martin Cadden, Middletown who died following a road accident in New Zealand last January. Aged only 22 Martin had a natural ability for farming and had been to England, America and then New Zealand where he continued to gain valuable farming experience. A warm, fun loving, outgoing and extremely popular lad Martin has left a great void in his family and the locality. The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust was a great support to the Cadden family in their time of need and as a result of fundraising a cheque in the sum of €207,777 was presented to Colin Bell of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust which continues to assist families in similar circumstances. This now closes a very sad chapter in the life of the Cadden family who have led the way in ensuring that other bereaved families might also benefit from the fund. A special mention of the local community at home and abroad who left no stone unturned to raise such a magnificent sum of money in such a short time in memory on one of our own. May God reward one and all.


A motorist had a very lucky escape when his car left the road at Ballytrust on Tuesday of last week. While traffic was disrupted for some time, luckily help was at hand immediately and the patient was removed by ambulance to Cavan General having suffered only minor injuries.

Fr. PJ Fitzpatrick

A farewell social and presentation will be held for Fr. PJ Fitzpatrick who is leaving Gowna parish for Mount Temple, Moate. It will take place on Friday, 28 August in the Pikers Lodge Hotel, Loch Gowna at 8pm. A buffet will be served from 8.30-9.30pm. Everyone welcome.

GFC Lotto

Draw took place in The Hideaway, Cloncovid, on Tuesday night 18th last, numbers drawn 1, 7, 8, 22, jackpot €5,900; €50 winner: Frank Keegan, Rathoath, Co. Meath; €25 winners - Oliver & Claire Plunkett, Toghernaross, Kilcogy. TM Hill, c/o Hills Bar, Kilnaleck. Colm Smith, Ballinagh Service Station. Breen Smith, Kilnaleck. €50 Lotto Members Draw: Declan & Annmarie Loughran, Killadream.

Football News

The postponement of the Senior championship game against Ballinagh on Sunday evening due to heavy rain was a disappointment to local supporters who were looking forward to the match. Good luck to the lads at the weekend.

Table Quiz

GFC Fun quiz in the Parochial hall on Friday night, 28th August to find the Cleverest Townland in the parish, table of 4 €40, all welcome.

Children’s Hospital

A sincere thanks to all who subscribed to church gate collection in aid of Crumlin Children’s hospital recently. Collection amounted to €399.

Back to School

The local Central school will reopen on Tuesday, 1st September for all pupils.


National Grandparents pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday 13th Sept. Blessing of the sick at 2.30 pm followed by Mass at 3pm, chief celebrant will be Bishop Brendan Leahy, Limerick.

Dancing Class

Irish dancing class will recommence in Mullahoran Parochial Hall on Tuesday, 1st September 4.30 to 5.30pm. New beginners, boys and girls welcome age 4+.  Congrats to Fionn Higgins who won the Boys U9 Championship and Enya Higgins who won the U10 Mixed Traditional Set Dance at the 2015 British Nationals Championships in Manchester recently. 

Field Day

Colmcille Ploughing and Field Day will take place on Sunday, 30th August on the lands of the Bleakley family.