Hallowe’en customs and rituals
Halloween is the one time of the year when it is said the supernatural holds sway over the earth. The Celts celebrated it as the end of the Celtic year.
It is celebrated on the 31st day of October (Friday night) and is a night for keeping these old custom handed down for centuries alive.
Many of these customs/rituals relate to apples. The game of ducking for apples is still played by children who attempt to take bites of apples floating in a bowl of water, or suspended on a string, with their hands tied behind their back.
It is also a night for them to demand trick or treat as they knock on neighbours doors.
The barm brack also has its place on this night and is cut with great interest as its contents, especially baked for the occasion, have many different meanings.
As November approaches we remember our beloved dead relations and friends in a special way. It is important that we go to confession and receive Holy Communion, attend Mass and visit the cemetery to gain a plenary indulgence for the Holy Souls.
Results of game played on October 16th; Top Score, Mary O'Boyle; 1st Lady, Aggie Farrell; 2nd Lady, (tie), Phyllis Doherty and Mary Daly; 1st Gent, Ann Patterson, 2nd Gent, Lizzie Moran; Longest sitting, Rose Brennan, Lowest Score, Maureen Gallagher. Raffle winners were Kathleen McNamara, Maureen Gallagher, and Mary Daly.
Whist every Thursday night at 8.30 p.m. Social Services Centre, Chapel Street. Refreshments served.
25 Drive every Thursday night at 8.30 p.m. in the Community Centre for the winter months. Your support appreciated. Refreshments served.
Now that winter time is officially in and the nights are longer, it is time to begin visiting an elderly or sick person especially if they happen to live alone.
Once it was a great tradition in rural Ireland to keep an eye on our elderly neighbours and ensure they were ok, so maybe we can still maintain it with a little effort on our part.
The day/night is long when living alone.
Anybody interested in travelling by coach to the Craft Fair in the RDS in Dublin on Saturday Nov 1st should contact Ann Ormsby, at 31579 or Ann Cleary at 31968 before October 29.
DIED IN BALLINA
The death occurred on Tuesday, October 21 of Anthony Hope, Dervin, Castlehill, at the District hospital, Ballina. His remains were removed from Leonards Funeral Home to St. Patricks church, Lahardane. Burial took place in Addergoole Cemetery on Thursday after Requiem Mass. Anthony is survived by his wife Linda, son Anthony, Dervin, daughter Eileen, Riverview, Crossmolina, daughter Eileen, Riverview, Crossmolina, sister Mary McCormack, Balla, son in law, daughter in law, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, extended family, relations and friends. May he rest in peace.
The results of the weekly Crossmolina Bridge game are 1st Nuala Doyle and Maureen Barrett, Lahardane; 2nd, John and Breda Mulkearns, Crossmolina, 3rd, Michael Doherty and Paddy Oliver, Swinford, 4th Mary Walsh, Ballina, Mary Gilvarry, Kilfian. New members always welcome. The game is on each Thursday night in Hineys.
BRIDGE CLUB AGM
The annual general meeting of the Crossmolina Bridge Club took place in Hineys on October 9th. The following officers were elected; President, John Mulkearns, Vice President Maureen Barrett, Lahardane, Secretary, Carmel Dunlea, Treasurer, Mary Garrett, Tournament Organiser, John Mulkearns.
M.J. ROWLAND R.I.P.
The death occurred on Sunday, October 19 at his residence of Mickey Joe Rowland, Bellacorrick, after a short illness. His remains were removed from his residence on Monday evening to Ballymunnelly Church. Burial took place in Bangor Cemetery after requiem Mass on Tuesday. Mickey Joe is survived by his wife Bridget, sons M.B. Thomas, Ernan, daughters Marian, Celestine and Valerie, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren; brother Fergus, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, extended family, relations and many friends. May he Rest in Peace.
Brian Benson was selected on the Connacht U17 compromise rules team that played Munster in a trial game on Saturday week last. He played very well and will be hoping to get a call up to the final trial in Dublin before the panel is picked to play Australia.
Shone Hegarty, Ferngrove, Lisa Connor and Lisa Ruane, Abbeytown are at present in Australia on a working holiday. We extend all our best wishes to you all from your family and friends in Crossmolina.
The Crossmolina National School Parents Association will be holding its A.G.M. on Wednesday, November 5th, in Crossmolina National School. All parents of students of Crossmolina National School are requested to attend.
Crossmolina library hosts events for Children's Book Festival
Crossmolina Branch Library is holding the following events during the festival; Saturday, Interactive storytime at 1 p.m.; Wednesday 22nd, meet John Quinn, Author at 12.45 p.m.; Friday 24th Music for fun, with Mary Curran; Tuesday 28th Art workshop with Bernie O'Mara at 2 p.m.; Wednesday 29th Face painting at 2 p.m. Also look out for colouring competition, writing competitions, quizzes and much more.
CARDS IN KILMURRY
25 Drive will resume this Thursday night, October 23rd in Kilmurry Community Centre at 8.30 p.m. Bridie and organisers look forward to welcoming you all again for the usual Thursday night game. Thank you all for your support in the past and everyone is very welcome. Refreshments served.
Eucharistic ministers at Vigil Mass at 8 p.m. Saturday, 25th are Jenny Reape and Brendan Larkin. Sunday morning at 9 a.m. Mass, Carmel Rochford and Michael Moore and the 11.30 a.m. Mass, Mary Jordan and John O'Donnell.
Eucharistic adoration in St. Tiernan's every Monday and Tuesday from 9.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. Please ensure every hour is covered.
Don't forget to put your clocks/watches back one hour on Saturday night next as time changes at 2 a.m.
The parents council of Gortnor Abbey Secondary School thank most sincerely everybody who helped in any way towards the preparation of the Fashion Show held on Thursday night last, which was a great success.
TONY BARRETT R.I.P.
The death occurred on Tuesday, October 14 of Anthony (Tony) Barrett, Pulladoohey. His remains were removed from his daughter, Kathleen, and son-in-law, Patrick, Carolans residents to St. Tiernans Church. Burial took place in Kilmurry Cemetery on Thursday after Requiem Mass. Anthony (Tony) was in his ninety third year and was pre-deceased by his wife Elizabeth nee Doherty, Cuilagurrane, and is survived by his daughters Mary Robinson, Lacken, Ann Dermody, Cuilagurrane, Kathleen Carolan, Pulladoohy, Elizabeth O'Connor, Northampton, sons in law, nieces, nephews, twenty three grandchildren, and two great grandchildren, extended family, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
DIED IN BALLINA
The death occurred on Wednesday, October 15th of Anthony (Tony) Carolan, Ballybrinogue, Castlehill. His remains were removed from Hineys Funeral home to St. Tiernan's Church. Burial on Saturday in Kilmurry Cemetery after Requiem Mass. Tony is survived by his brothers Mick, USA, Joe, Mullingar, sisters Ann and Bridie, England, Eileen, USA, extended family and friends. May he rest in peace.
DIED IN USA
The death occurred in Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA of Tony Timoney, formerly of Eskeragh. Burial took place in New Jersey. Tony is survived by his wife Bridie nee Kilcoyne, Fuel, Drumbane, Curry, son John, daughter in law, grandchild, brother Sean, Eskeragh, sisters Nora and Peggy, nephews, extended family and friends. May he rest in peace. Mass will be celebrated in Eskeragh Church on tomorrow evening, Wednesday, at 7.30 p.m. for the repose of Tony's soul.
Congratulations to Frances Loftus, Rathmore who scooped the Crossmolina GAA lotto jackpot of E2750 on Saturday night, October 18th. The numbers drawn were 3, 7, 19 and 31. The draw took place in Reillys. Next weeks jackpot is E2000 and the draw takes place in Christy's, Church Street.
VOTES OF SYMPATHY
At the Executive meeting of the Crossmolina GAA club, on Monday night, October 13th votes of sympathy were expressed to the relatives of the following who died recently. Ann Mulhern, The Glebe, Crossmolina; Peter Gallagher, Birmingham, brother of Monsignor Patrick Gallagher; Kitty Gallagher nee Lydon, Glenhest; Kathleen Hanahoe nee Gill, Carrowgrove; Canon Willie Moyles, Enniscrone; Sarah Ruddy, Glencullen, mother of Maureen Donnelly, Moylaw; Mary Carolan nee Jordan, Derryhillagh; Joe Ginty, London, late of Scullibean; Tony Timoney, New Jersey, late of Eskeragh; Christine Fay, Kildare, mother of Kay Cleary, Lecarrow; Dr Marana McLoughlin, Quay Lane, Ballina. May they rest in peace.
The monthly healing Mass in Keenagh Church is on this Thursday evening, October 23rd at 8.30 p.m.
Late Anne Mulhern
It is with profound sense of loss and sorrow that her many friends and relatives heard of the untimely death of Anne on Tuesday, September 16th. Anne was born and raised in Clogher, Belmullet, the daughter of Tom and Mary Rowan. Her primary education took place at Aughleam National School and her secondary education at the Mercy Convent in Castlebar. Early in life, Anne expressed a desire to become a nurse and in due course, she completed her general training in the Richmond Hospital in Dublin and later completed her maternity training in the Coombe Hospital. After some time, Anne returned to Mayo and took up a position at the County Hospital, Castlebar and later in the district hospitals in Ballina and Belmullet. During this time, she became acquainted with her future husband, Michael, who she married in 1969. They lived in Crossmolina and raised daughters, Annette and Aileen and son Miceal.
Anne possessed many fine qualities including a sunny disposition. She smiled and laughed and got on with life while helping many people discreetly. She joined many local organisations and worked with them on social and religious activities. Anne was blessed with a very good memory and would often vividly recount events that had taken place over the years. In later years, when her family had grown up, she and her husband loved to travel throughout Ireland and abroad. Anne will be very much remembered with love and affection by her family and friends.
A meeting of the Crossmolina National School Parents Association will be held on Wednesday night, October 22nd, at 9:30 p.m., upstairs in the Crossmolina Parish Hall. All members are requested attend. New members welcome. Enquiries to Maureen Timlin, tel. 087-9901329.
If you are aged between 101/2 and 15 years, or if you know a girl who is, then come along to Crossmolina Parish Hall on Thursday nights, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., for games, crafts and fun with other girls your age.
A Youth Disco will be held in the Crossmolina Parish Hall on Friday night, from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Admission is 5 euro.