03 Jul 2022

Mullinalaghta notes



Corr: DP Finnegan. E-mail:


There was widespread sadness and regret on Monday, 21th September at the passing of our oldest citizen in the parish Mollie Mulligan, Cloonagh which occurred in the loving care of the staff of Laurel Lodge, Nursing Home, Longford. In her 94th year Mollie was blessed with excellent health up to about one year ago. Predeceased by her husband Frank in 1973, the late Mollie was dedicated to her religion. At the time when daily Mass was celebrated in the local church, attendance at it was a must for her. Locals have fond memories of Mollie and her late husband running the very popular and successful grocery store. It’s recent closure caused much regret in the area. A devoted mother Mollie also had to take care of the chores associated with the farm for a time following the death of her husband. Nothing gave Mollie more pleasure than to see her grandchildren calling. She took a keen interest in all their sport and academic careers. The exploits of her grandsons on the gaelic football field were a source of great pride for her. Kevin and Shane wore the blue and gold of Longford with distinction, while Emlyn did likewise in the Leitrim colours. Damien and Gary have Cavan senior championship medals with Gowna. Her remains were removed to St. Columba’s Church on Wednesday evening where they were received by Fr. Peter Beglan assisted Fr. Seamus O’ Rourke and Fr. Michael Bannon. Funeral followed requiem Mass which was celebrated by Fr. Michael Bannon with co celebrants Fr. Peter Beglan, Fr. Kevin Fay and Fr. Simon Cadam. The huge attendance at the house and church bore ample testimony to the respect for this affable lady. She is survived by her sons Barry, Frankie and Marcus, daughters Mary, Claire, Una and Carmel, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews to whom we extend our sympathy. Also on Monday the news of the death of Annie Briody, St. Bridget’s Villa, Trim and formerly of Leitrim, Dring reached the area. Annie was the last surviving member of her family. Predeceased by her brother Peter, sisters Sr. Mary Josephine and Kathleen her remains were removed to St. Patrick’s Church, Trim on Wednesday evening. Funeral Mass on Thursday was followed by cremation at Glasnevin Crematorium. The late Annie is survived by her cousins to whom we extend our sympathy. Our condolences are extended to Nancy Matthews,Clooneen on the death of her nephew Pat Connell, Rinroe, Granard. In his early sixties his passing was a shock to all his relatives. May all the deceased rest in peace.


Northern Gaels will be contesting the county minor final on Sunday October 11th. Anyone wishing to purchase Northern Gaels flags can do so by ordering them directly from Olive Denning on 086 3767783. Flags cost €6 each and are now available.

County Final

On this Sunday 4th October Abbeylara and reigning champions Emmet Og will meet in the Peter Hanley, Senior Football Championship Final. Good luck to our neighbours. Let’s hope that the Connolly Cup will be in Abbey on Sunday night.

Gun Club

Mullinalaghta / Mullahoran Gun Club will hold their annual draw in The Hideaway Bar on Sunday 1st November. Tickets at €5 each are on sale in local shops or from any club member. 1st prize is a Plasma TV. 2nd €200. 3rd €100. Your support would be appreciated.

Holy Hour

Exposition of the blessed sacrament will be held at St. Columba’s Church every Thursday from 8.00p.m -9.00p.m. All are welcome.

Lotto Draw

St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw on Friday 25th September. The numbers drawn were 13, 16, 18, 26 with jackpot of €1300 remaining intact. The following received consolation prizes of €20 each. Peter Keogh, Culleenmore. Kieran Rogers, Naas. Thomas Rogers, Derrycasson. Ned Mc Gahern, Cloncovid and Olivia Denning, Derrycasson. On sales this week are as follows. Hideaway: Patrick Matthews. Keogh’s / Anglers’s : Finbar Meehan. Kilcogy: Martin Reilly & Peadar McGovern. Please drop tickets into Cloonagh P.O before 5.30pm on Monday.

Ladies Footballers

As part of their fundraising activities the local ladies football club are holding a weekly draw based on the bonus ball in the main draw of the national lottery. Sheets are on sale in the local post office or are available from any club member. Match the bonus ball in Saturday night’s main draw and you will earn yourself €20. Lines are just €2. Six monthly tickets are now due for renewal at €50 each by contacting Marie Matthews. Your support would be appreciated. The winning number on Saturday 26th September was 30 with yours truly coming up trumps.

Table Quiz

Northern Gaels GFC will hold a table quiz in Keogh’s on this Friday 2nd October commencing at 9p.m. Your support would be gratefully appreciated.

St. Christopher’s Services

The Granard Branch wishes to thank everybody who supported the recent raffle for the One Direction tickets and the function in John V’s where the raffle was drawn. The lucky winner was Catherine McGerr. Altogether a total of €1505 was raised. A big thank you to everyone who bought raffle tickets and to all who donated prizes. Appreciation to Sean Donohue and staff for hosting the event , to SuperValu for allowing the tickets to be sold on their premises and to Seamus Farrell for supplying the music on the night.

Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you are looking for ways to prevent breast cancer check out the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute website

Juveniles win Shield

Congratulations to the Northern Gaels Juvenile team on winning the Shield Final against a strong Drumlish/Dromard team on Saturday last in the Laurels.It was a very entertaining game and supporters from both sides were high in their praise afterwards for the high level of skill displayed by both teams.However the deciding factor was the excellent teamwork displayed by the Northern Gaels squad and they scored the magnificent total of 2- 20 to take the title.There was great excitement as County Development Officer Tom Mc Loughlin presented the Shield to Joint captains Caolan O Reilly and Cian Mc Elligott.The local lads involved included Eoghan Byrne,Conor Leonard, Mark Mc Nerney,Tom Meehan,Cian Mc Elligott ,Raymond Mc Givney and Jack Darcy . Congratulations to Dan,Pat and Shamie on the victory and we hope the Under 14 and Minor teams can continue the winning sequence in the coming weeks.

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