The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the Cadden family, Middletown on the occasion of the tragic and untimely death of son and brother Martin in New Zealand last weekend. There is shock and disbelief that one of the parish’s favourite sons, aged only 22 has been taken far too soon and his many friends at home and abroad as well as his family are in our prayers at this sad time.

Feast of the Epiphany

Yesterday Tuesday 6th was the feast of the Epiphany, also known as “Little Christmas” or Nollag na mBan when the Three Wise Men came to pay homage to the Baby Jesus. This traditionally ends the festive celebrations and the tree and decorations are taken down and put away for another year. It’s back to the old routine in many households as all the local schools re-open and its head down for those students facing exams in the near future.

Christmas; The festive season was mostly quiet and peaceful in the parish with the favourable weather giving a chance to those who wished to do so to get out and about. There were large attendances at the midnight Mass and morning Masses. The vigil Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, Loughduff on Christmas Eve was at 10pm. In Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran on Christmas morning the Dawn Mass was celebrated at 8.30 followed at 11 o’clock Mass, where Canon Owen Devaney P.P. was the celebrant, supported by numerous altar servers, readers, choirs and Eucharistic Ministers. Both churches were specially decorated with the Crib taking pride of place and both choirs were in fine voice lending much to the solemnity of the occasion. A special feature in both churches was a Jesse Tree with the theme Spread Goodwill with special intentions for the Christmas season.

St Stephens Day

The old custom of Wren Boys or mummers on St. Stephens day has regretfully all but died out in recent years, and nowadays it is mainly the younger generation who do the rounds and well done to those who made the effort. The fancy dress and the strains of the accordion and tin whistle were a welcome diversion as the groups went from door to door.


There were large numbers of visitors in the area for the festive season visiting family and friends and catching up on the year gone by. We wish them all God speed as they return to their destinations.

Christmas Whist

Results from Wednesday 17th Dec. Top Score; Jimmy Smith. 1st Lady – Shirley Pratt; 2nd Lady – Anne Byrne; 3rd Lady – Katie Galligan; 4th Lady – Una Dooney; 1st Gent – Val Galdrick; 2ns Gent – Gerry Leavy; 3rd Gent – John Brady; 4th Gent – Patsy Lynch; 1st Half – Kathleen McCabe, Andy Dalton. 2nd Half – Agnes Dermody, Brian McGlade; Mystery – Eddie Brady, Edward McGivney, Pauline Donohoe. The organisers wish to thank all players and supporters and wish all a very happy New Year.

Margaret O’Reilly

Sympathy is extended to Ciaran Reilly, Drumcorr and family on the death of his mother Margaret, Main St. Arva recently. Deceased who was aged 81 was predeceased by her husband Tommie who ran a travelling shop over a wide area for many years and it was a godsend for many housewives who could shop at their door without any hassle. Margaret was a typical mother of her time, hard-working, religious and generous far above the call of duty. May she rest in peace.

Lil Higgins

We offer sincere sympathy to Frank Higgins and sons John, Jimmy & Michael, Church Road, Kilnaleck on the untimely death of wife and mother, Lil recently. Deceased was formerly Clarke from Killinkere and was a theatre nurse before making her home in Kilnaleck with Frank. She was an avid football supporter and attended GAA games of all grades no matter what team or Club were in action. She had a warm and cheerful personality which will be greatly missed by all who knew her. May she rest in peace.

Marcella O’ Reilly

There was much regret on the occasion of the death of Mrs Marcella O’Reilly, Cavan Road, Ballinagh recently. Aged 81 she was formerly Smith from Aughawelia, Carrigan and had many connections with this parish and was the last of her family. She was predeceased by her husband Brian many years ago and is survived by her daughters Teresa and Mary, sons-in-law Sean and Liam, grandchildren Sarah, David, Shane, Roisin and Naoise, sister-in-law Nora (Ballytrust), nephews, nieces, relatives and friends to whom we extend our sincere sympathy. May she rest in peace.


Is extended to Gussie Moyles, Ballytrust on the sudden death of his brother-in-law David Duffy, Belturbet over the Christmas period. Deceased is survived by his wife Patricia, sons and daughters to whom we extend our sincere sympathy. May he rest in peace.

Traffic Accident

A car which was involved in a road accident on the Cavan/Ballinagh road on New Year’s morning had a local man as passenger. Luckily his injuries were not life threatening and he is recuperating in hospital for which his family and the community is thanking God.

GFC Lotto

Christmas Draw took place in Sheridan’s, Kilcogy on Tuesday 23rd, numbers 9, 14, 16, 24; there was no winner of jackpot € 2,600. The following won consolation prizes: €100 Des Cullen, Crubany; €50 Giselle McIntyre; €50 Aileen Smith, Kilcogy, €25 Connie Mel Reilly, Glasscarrick €25 Jacinta & Stan Urbanski, Ballinagh;, €25 Wayne Johnston, Cornafean; €25 Sharon Henry, The Gallops, Cavan; €25 Shane Brady, Drumcorr; €25 Danny & Lily Brady, Drumcorr. The Club members wish all a very happy Christmas and New Year and thanks to all who supported Lotto in the past.

Computer classes

Commencing in the Parochial Hall, Killydoon this week.  For further details contact Mary Dalton on 087 9731103.

New Year

We wish all readers of this column at home and abroad a very healthy and happy New Year and thank all who contributed to the “News” in the past year and look forward to continued association in 2015.