Bishop James Moynagh of Calabar

Bishop James Moynagh of Calabar

In his biography Msgr. Colman M Cooke traces the missionary voyage of Fr. James Moynagh, Legwee, Loughduff, who was ordained priest in Maynooth on 22nd June 1930. Originally intended for the home diocese of Ardagh & Clonmacnoise, following an appeal for priests for new mission areas in Southern Nigeria, Fr. James volunteered along with 4 others and took up duty in the diocese of Calabar the following October. A new priest in a new mission in alien territory with few resources at his disposal! On arrival the missionaries were taken on a tour of the diocese in an old ford truck which was the only motorised transport in the diocese. A temporary mission that began in 1930 actually continued until 1969 when following the Nigerian Civil War Fr. James, now Bishop, was not allowed return to the people he loved and had served so well. The book follows the course of the mission and the many interactions with Church and state and the struggle to set up infrastructures. Fr. James was consecrated bishop of Calabar in Maynooth on 7th September 1947 and when he left in 1969 he had left two native bishops to carry on the mission. The support of the Medical Missionaries of Mary during this time was an important factor. In retirement he worked in the Diocese of Ardagh & Clonmacnoise for which he was ordained and was appointed P.P. in Annaduff in Co. Leitrim from 1970 – 1975. He then resided in St. Patrick’s Missionary College, Kiltegan until his death on 11th June 1985. The biography was launched in the Parochial hall on Sunday last in the presence of priests from the parish and St. Patrick’s Kiltegan and sisters fromThe Medical Missionaries of Mary, Drogheda and a large crowd of family and friends and parishioners. Launching the book Bishop Emeritus Colm O’Reilly of Ardagh & Clonmacnoise said he remembered Bishop James as a giant of a man, big in endeavour and rich in ministry and strong in faith. He complimented Msgr. Cooke for his exhaustive research and detail in this fine production. Canon Owen Devaney P.P. said that it was significant that Sunday was Gaudete Day which means rejoice and indeed it was a great occasion for the parish. In fact he said 2014 could be named the 3 Book Year as this is the third book to be launched in the parish in 6 weeks. Msgr. Colman M Cooke, author, is a former Kiltegan Missionary having worked in Kenya and taught in Kiltegan and Florida. His research interest is in Catholic Missions from the early 1800’s. In his address Msgr. Cooke spoke of Bishop Moynagh’s generosity and determination and foresight and his privilege in being able to carry out this rewarding task. He said that the strong faith which Bishop James demonstrated in Africa was surely nurtured in his home parish of Mullahoran, a fact of which the family and parish can be equally proud. Following the launch a Book Signing took place during a social evening when friends old and new mingled and recalled past glories. Bishop James Moynagh of Calabar is available in all local shops at €20 and will bring back many memories to older folk and like the previous 2 books is an excellent read and an ideal Christmas present.

Paddy J. Gill

The passing of Paddy J. Gill, Lavagh, Kilnaleck on Tuesday last is mourned over a wide area. Paddy was an ordinary decent upright man who worked tirelessly for his local community. No matter what the challenge Paddy took it on – once he was involved things seemed to take a life of their own such was his enthusiasm. A native of Inis Mór in the Aran Islands Paddy came to Ballymachugh as a N.T. in 1956 and from then on the “Master” was a vital cog in everyday life not alone in the parish but much further afield. The Ballymachugh Group Water scheme which was started in 1973 was the brainchild of Paddy who ensured that “no stone was left unturned until it was up and running” and supplying clean water to a vast area. As Secretary of Ballymachugh GAA he quickly made his name in footballing circles where he was highly respected and his particular preference for underage development has brought dividends to the parish. While Paddy was deeply immersed in community affairs during his teaching days, ably assisted by his wife Maureen, when he retired as Principal of Ballynarry school he appeared to get a new energy. Having been involved in previous FAS schemes, when the Drumlumman Community Development scheme which incorporated the parishes of Ballymachugh and Mullahoran, was set up in 1995 Paddy was the anchor which kept it afloat, always keeping abreast of developments and facilitating the many changes during its existence. The project included training for participants and here again Paddy was fully behind this which he felt would give the scheme a new impetus. Paddy was a devout Catholic and a life-long member of the P.T.A.A. Paddy and his beloved Maureen raised a family of nine and they were an example of family life in all its goodness. The untimely death of their son Brian in 2003 was a severe blow but their strong faith and the support of their family and the community helped them cope with the heartbreak. We offer our sincere sympathy to his devoted wife Maureen, sons Peadar, Padraig, Gerard, Diarmuid and Philip, daughters Mairead, Marie and Olivia, brother Micheál and sister Kathleen and members of his extended family circle. Paddy Gill left a legacy of caring and goodness and his loss will be felt for a long time to come. Ar dheis Dē go raibh a anam uasal.

Oliver Coyle

The death took place on Wednesday last after a long illness of Oliver (Ollie) Coyle, Freeduff, Kilcogy. Deceased passed away peacefully at The South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen in the presence of his loving family. Aged 61 he was a quiet and inoffensive person and a good neighbour. A member of the farming community Ollie was extremely popular and outgoing and his passing is mourned by his family and many friends around Kilcogy The removal of remains took place to St. Mary’s Church, Carrick and burial took place on Saturday following requiem Mass to adjoining cemetery. We extend our sincere sympathy to his wife Mary, sons Patrick and Marcus, and grandson Dean, sister Breege Lyons, Billis, Cavan. brothers Luke, Dublin and Noel, sister-in-law Mary, brothers-in-law Frank and Bernard, grandson Dean, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. May he rest in peace.

Terry Dolan

The death took place recently of Terry Dolan, Cloncovid at Cavan General hospital. Deceased who had been hospitalised for a number of years was a quiet and inoffensive person and he will be sadly missed by his sister Ita Madden, Gowna, nephews and nieces to whom we extend our sincere sympathy. The funeral Mass was celebrated in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran by Canon Owen Devaney P.P. and burial took place to local cemetery. May he rest in peace.

St. Vincent De Paul

A big thank you to all who supported the recent church gate collection which raised €922.

GFC Lotto

Draw took place in Micsin’s, Kilcogy Tuesday, 9th December. Jackpot €2,400 Numbers 4, 22, 30, 31, there was no winner, €100 – Martin Muldoon, Kilcogy; €25 x 4; Linda O’Reilly, Callanagh Lr; Saoirse Fegan, Dring; Peter & Olivia, Latton, Co. Monaghan. Kevin Smith, Abbeylara. Special Christmas prizes in Draw 23rd December.

Underage Coaching

Any parents interested in getting involved in GFC underage coaching or helping out please attend meeting tonight Wednesday December 17th at 8.30pm.

Corn na nOg

Congratulations to local student, Gavin Brady, Drumcorr who was captain of the St. Patrick’s Corn na nOg winning team recently. This talented player is a vital member of juvenile football in the parish and is following in the footsteps of his father Ciaran and late grandfather John. Well done to all.

Christmas Masses

Midnight Mass at 10pm in St. Joseph’s Church, Loughduff on Christmas Eve, Dawn Mass at 8.30am, also 11am Mass in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran on Christmas Day, 12 pm Mass in Mullahoran on St. Stephen’s Day.


Christmas Whist in the Parochial Hall tonight, Wednesday at 8.30pm, special prizes, all welcome.

Shop Local

All are encouraged to support their local shops and Post Offices this week as they are well stocked with Christmas fare. Taking into consideration the present economic climate all should consider buying Irish and it makes sense to shop local where you will be sure of a warm and friendly reception and a helping hand.

Charity Cycle

20k and 50k charity cycle in aid of Palliative Care Longford taking place on St.Stephens Day, Friday 26th in Granard. Starting at JV Donohoes corner house. Reg at 9am. 50k start at 10am, 20k start at 11am. Refreshments served midway and afterwards. Cycle in memory of Breege Gallagher, Granard. Please support.