Today is Ash Wednesday and is the first day of 40 days of Lent in preparation for the Christian Festival of Easter. It is a day of fast and abstinence.

Although the church doesn’t require the faithful to attend Ash Wednesday services, most Catholics make the effort to receive ashes as it symbolizes man’s return to dust. Ashes will be blessed and distributed during 9.30 am Mass in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran and in St. Joseph’s Church, Loughduff at 7 pm.

First Friday

Mass in St. Joseph’s Church at Loughduff 9.30 and Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran at 7 pm. The sick and elderly will be visited on Thursday in the Mullahoran area and on Friday in the Loughduff area. Adoration before Mass from 6 – 6.45pm in Mullahoran.

Tommy Halton

The death occurred recently in Coventry, England of Tommy Halton, late of Dundevan, Kilcogy. Tommy was the last surviving member of the Halton family and was recently pre-deceased by his sister, Nan (Reilly), Drumcorr. Tommy was a Blacksmith by trade, he learned his trade in Brady’s Forge, Laragh and later worked in Dillon’s Forge, Ballinagh.  He also had his own forge in Kilcogy before emigrating to England in 1957. He worked at his trade in England and as a dedicated and committed worker only retired when he reached 70 years of age. Always a very loyal son of Mullahoran, he and his wife Bridie and family returned annually on holidays. In the nineties, the family purchased a holiday home in Kilcogy village where they enjoyed long extended holidays. He is survived by his wife Bridie, nee Smith, (Kilcogy) and his two daughters and three sons, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.

Foreign Missions

The focus in the parish last weekend was on supporting the work of the foreign missions. Fr. Billy Fulton from Kiltegan Missionary Society in his Mission Appeal spoke in both Churches of their work in Africa, West Indies and South America to spread the Word of God and build Christian communities. On Sunday night Fr. Fulton was among a packed audience at the 45th Annual Apostolic Concert in the Parochial hall which raises funds annually supporting priests and nuns from the parish on the missions. From the time Bishop James Moynagh, a native of Legwee, Loughduff, was appointed first bishop of Calabar, Nigeria in 1950 followed by several priests from the parish there has been great awareness of their work among the poor and deprived.

Granard Pitch and Putt

The club is holding a fundraising table quiz on Friday night 7th of March at 9pm in Fay’s Pub, Main Street, Granard. Table of four is 40 euros, your support would be appreciated. For more information contact Raymond Fay 087 7747848 or follow us on facebook granardpitchandputt.

GFC Lotto

Results of draw in The Hideaway, Cloncovid on Tuesday, 25th February, jackpot €17,700. Numbers drawn were 7, 8, 13, 22. No Jackpot winner. €100 winner: John Coyle, Ballymachugh; €25 winners were Ita Briody, Callanagh; Megan & Leisha O’Reilly, c/o the Hideaway; Seamus Donohoe, Grousehall; James Briody, Clonoose. 2014 membership €50. Please make sure to pay 2014 membership if you have not already done so. Contact any club officer for details.

Dance Classes

Social dance classes every Tuesday night in the Piker’s Lodge, Lough Gowna at 8pm. No booking necessary just turn up on the night.


Fortnightly game in the Parochial Hall, tonight Wednesday at 8.30pm, all welcome.


Takes place in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran following 9.30am Mass on Monday mornings and 6pm on the First Friday Mass, and in St. Joseph’s Church, Loughduff following 9.30am Mass on Tuesday and 7 pm Mass on Thursday. Why not come and spend some time before the Blessed Sacrament for a special intention?


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