Christmas Masses: Vigil Mass in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran on Christmas Eve at 10pm, Christmas morning Mass in St. Joseph’s Church Loughduff at 9.30 and in Mullahoran at 11 am.

Christmas Masses: Vigil Mass in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran on Christmas Eve at 10pm, Christmas morning Mass in St. Joseph’s Church Loughduff at 9.30 and in Mullahoran at 11 am.

Church Clean-up: Tonight Wednesday in both Churches at 8pm in preparation for Christmas, volunteers welcome, donations of flowers and holly appreciated.

Christmas Play: The pupils of the local National School presented their Christmas Show in the school last week to packed audiences on Tuesday morning and again on Wednesday evening. Well done to all the children, teachers and parents on an excellent production.

Santa Arrives: All roads lead to Kilcogy on Sunday next as Santa will pay his annual visit to the village in the afternoon and distribute presents to the children.

Walk a Mile: In Aid of Defibrilator Upgrade in Our Lady of Lourdes park, there will be a walk around the park on St. Stephens Day December 26th at 12 noon with the purpose being to raise funds for the club to assist in upgrading the defibulator. Persons are asked to walk around the park four times to meet the mile criteria and to contribute voluntarily in the buckets on the day. This is a much needed necessity for the club and we would ask all to make it their business to attend on the day or vice versa to contribute what they can. We would also ask you to let your friends and neighbours know about this extremely worthwhile effort – 15 minutes out of your day to help save a life potentially.

Angela O’Brien: We extend our sincere sympathy to the family and relations of the late Angela O’Brien of Crossdoney & Ballinagh who passed away recently. Angela was the proprietor of O’Brien’s licensed premises for many years which was an old landmark in the town and a favourite with locals. Later the premises became known again in its own right as the Millenium Bar when Loughduff native Terry Reilly took over on Angels’s retirement. Its all change again as Terry retires now and we wish him and his family the best of luck as they take it easy! Best wishes to Raymond Galligan as the new proprietor and continued success in the Millenium.

GFC Lotto: Draw took place on Tuesday night 8th Dec. in The Hideaway, Cloncovid. Numbers drawn: 6, 8, 9, 22. No winner of €11,700 jackpot. €100 Aoibhe O’Reilly, Cavan; €25 Sean Durkan, Glan; €25 Thomás & Sinead Nannery, Kilcogy; €25 Oneesa Owens, Granard; €25 Jimmy and Nora Briod, Drumgore.

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Dinner Dance: A night of celebration for all GFC members and supporters at the much awaited dinner dance which will be held in Crover House Hotel on Friday January 18, 2013 at 8pm sharp. The celebrities on the night include All Ireland winners Karl Lacey and David Walsh with the MC being Paddy Sheanon. Medals will be presented to the Senior Championship winners, Division 1 League winners and also Juniors from 2011. Presentations to Cavan under 21 players World Champion and Irish Champion Paul Brady. Presentation and recognition of a life of dedication and support to Mullahoran Johnny Joe Brady. Tickets €30 can be had Lyndsey Reilly 087 9344439, Con Halton 0868036991, Daniel Smith 0868542651, Gerry Mc Keogh 087 7874621. Gene O’Reilly 0872233446. Why not give a ticket to someone special as a Christmas gift for this function.

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.

Ideal Gifts: There are limited stocks of the recent Loughduff Church Restoration booklet still available in the local shops. This publication which has a historical theme includes a detailed map of “Old Loughduff” as well many interesting articles and photographs of local interest and would make an ideal Christmas present for anyone who has connections with this parish.

Stars on the Night: Fundraiser in the Pikers Lodge, Gowna on Friday Dec. 28th in aid of Gowna N.S. Taking part are locals Paddy Moynagh and Enda Harten (in festive guise) among others and this is definitely a night not to be missed.

Christmas Wishes: To all readers at home and abroad, also contributors to this column we send our best wishes for a happy and peaceful Christmas and God’s blessing on all. We welcome all visitors among us for the festive season and hope their stay will be a long and happy one.