There was sadness this week with the news of Anne McMahon (Nee Lavelle) Louth House, Louth village. Nan as she was effectionetly known as was one of the oldest and most respected ladies in the area.
A lady who was a very charitable person and and always willing to help anyone who needed her help and she will certainly be missed by all her neighbours and indeed all who knew her. She was predeased by her husband Owen and daughter Anne.
Her popularity was very much in evidence by all who attended her wake and again on Friday morning when her remains were removed to the Church Of the Imaculate Conception Louth for her funeral Mass and her internment in the adjoining cemetery.
The chief celebrant of the Mass was Fr Oliver Brennan assisted by Fr. Sean Quinn and Fr Mc Closkey. We send our deepest sympthathy to her son Anthony and daughter Mary who looked after Nan in a most admirable fashion during her illness which she bore with typical courage and bravery.
Also sympathy is extended to her brothers, sister, son In Law, grandchildren and her wide range of relatives and friends.
Last Friday night St Mochtas held a meeting in their clubrooms to decide the management or selectors for the coming season. This was a well attended meeting and was chaired by new chairman Eoin McDonnell. After a good discussion it was decided to form a sub committee who were tasked with this job. The sub committee were made of three players, Declan Byrne, Gary Connolly and Eamon O'Neill. The other three come from the committee and they are Eoin McDonnell, Rachel Kindlon and Tony King.
Congratulations to popular local girl Roisin Malone who recently got engaged to Colm Campbell, Crossmaglen. Roisin is the daughter of Tom and Anne Malone, Fearon Drive and we wish the happy couple all the best for the future.
Nice to see Sean Crawley home from Australia for the Christmas period and looking well. Sean and Ciaran Englishby have now returned and hopefully it won't be too long until we see them again.
St. Mochtas supporters had a special interest in last Sunday's Louth's opening game in the O'Byrne cup game against U.C.D.
St. Moctha's player Gary Connelly made his debut in a Louth jersey and was performing well when unfortunately he got an early injury which forced him to retire early. We send him our congratulations and wish him a speedy return to action. Gary is son of Martin and Helena Connolly, Tullycahon and nephew of well known referee Patsy Connolly.
We also send our congratulations to another St. Mochta's player Andrew English who came on as a sub for U.C.D. in the same match. Andrew was on last year's county minor panel and is a member of the county under 21 panel. Andrew is the son of Gerry and Deloures English Ardpatrick.
As you are aware Louth parish can boast of the fact that it has one of the best choirs in the County if not the dioceases and they are currently looking new members. Remember you don't have to be a Pavorotti to join. Everybody will be made very welcome. Anyone interested can approach any choir member or give their name to Fr. Quinn.
We have being informed that there will be a Hill reunion on January 26th of this month and anyone who frequented this iconic establishment or indeed anyone who knew anything about it should keep the date free and we promise we will have more information next week.