It was with disbelief, shock and sadness that the news of the sudden death of Sean Callaghan, Derrycasson was received in the area. Sean was a man of outstanding qualities and talents. An excellent carpenter, he took great pride in his work. There are many examples of his fine craftsmanship in kitchens, bedrooms and sitting rooms in Mullinalaghta and surrounding parishes. Some years ago, Sean decided to go to college where he qualified as a building construction teacher. On finishing college he worked with Youthreach Centre, Ballymahon. Youthreach is an integral part of the national programme of second-chance education and training. Sean’s kind, courteous and placid nature endeared him to all with whom he came into contact regarding his work in this area. The welfare and progress of all under his stewardship was always a central part of his life. Traditional music was a passion he shared with Lucy. With his children Jackie, Laura and Ronan they attended Fleadhs and feiseanna all around the country. Their mantelpiece and sideboard are adorned with many trophies. Jackie also participated in the world championship where she excelled. Funeral Mass which was concelebrated on Friday morning was followed by cremation in Mount Jerome Crematorium, Dublin. The chief celebrant was Fr. Pat Kiernan, assisted by Fr. P.J. Fitzpatrick, Fr. Peter Beglan, Fr. Simon Cadam, Fr. Michael Campbell, Fr. Pat Lennon, Fr. Michael Bannon and Fr. Quinn. Music was delivered by the Joe Callaghan Comhaltas Group. The huge congregation present was testimony to the popularity of the deceased and his family. He is survived by his wife Lucy, son Ronan, daughters Jackie and Laura, brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, mother-in-law, nephews, nieces and grandnephews to whom our sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.

Tidy Towns

Adjudication in tidy towns competition will take place shortly. All residents in the area are requested to look after their area. We remind all to be aware of litter.

Summer Camp

Forms have been given out to the local school for the summer camp which will take place at St. Columba’s G.A.A grounds. The annual camp will will run this year from Monday, 11th August to Friday, 15th August for 4 – 7 age group. 8-12 year old will be catered for from Monday18th August to Friday 22nd August. Forms will be given out in schools in coming weeks. For further information contact Conor on 086 1984470.

Lotto Draw

St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw in the clubrooms on Friday, 20th June. The winning numbers were 8, 10, 14, 16 with the jackpot of €5,500 remaining intact. Consolation prizes of €20 each were won by the following - James Denning, c/o Olive Denning; Orla Denning, Derrycasson; Oliver Denning, Derrycasson; Thomas O Reilly, Drumersnaw and D.P. Finnegan, Cloonagh. On sales for this week are as follows. Hideaway: Luke Meehan. Keogh’s / Angler’s Rest: Frankie & Finbar. Kilcogy: James McGivney & Eric Sullivan. If unable to sell please arrange a substitute and drop tickets into Cloonagh P.O before 5.30p.m on Monday evening.

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’s night main draw and you will earn yourself €20. Lines are just €2. Six monthly tickets are available for €50 by contacting Marie Matthews. Your support would be very much appreciated each week. The winning number on Saturday 21st June was 21 with P.J. Reilly and Philip Smith earning themselves €20 each.

Thank you

St. Christopher’s Services are most grateful to everyone who supported their recent collection at St. Columba’s Church. With the generosity of all €264.20 was donated to this worthy cause. Your support is very much appreciated.