Parish mourns great great grandmother Kathleen

The death occurred recently of Kathleen McColgan, Gate House, Iskaheen – Kathleen who was in her 93rd year died at the Nursing Unit, Buncrana, after a comparatively short illness. She was the last surviving member of the McConnellogue Family, Glebe, Glenswilly, when she was 14 years old she moved with her family to Dundrain, Muff, and later went to Derry to live and work. It was in Dundrain at a big night that she met her husband Jim McColgan and they ended up marrying in St. Eugene’s Cathedral Derry, on St. Stephen’s Day 1944. She then moved to the Iskaheen Parish to live and work and rear a family, she was preceded by her by her husband Jim in 2002. Kathleen is survived by her sons John, Gerald, Seamus, Eamonn, and Ciaran, her daughters Sue and Alice, her 28 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild, Ronan, She had 5 generations of her family, and just 4 weeks before her death she nursed Ronan and had her photo taken with him’. Requiem Mass was celebrated in St. Patrick’s Church, Iskaheen by Father John Farren and Father Colm Morris.

In his homily Father Farren said Kathleen’s family was always central to her life and happiness, as long as they were ok so was she. When she was fit and well Kathleen helped out on the farm. Loved her game bingo, and going to farmer’s dances with Jim and their friends – she was always ready to put the welfare of family and friends before her own comfort – she was also famous for her big ‘pot of soup’ for family friends and priests after every funeral in Iskaheen Church. Above all she was a woman of deep faith and prayer, the beads were never far from her hands. There was poignant moments in the church when one of her grandchildren read a poem he wrote dedicated to his grandmother, and when Father Farren read the poem ‘A Mother’s Love’. He ended the homily with – pray that the saints are proud to claim Kathleen as one of their own and that she is now reunited with Jim, her parents and siblings who have journeyed ahead of her may they rest in together forever in peace and joy. Kathleen’s Month Mind Mass is in Iskaheen on Saturday at 5.00pm.

Don’t forget the Concert in St. Mary’s Community Hall this Sunday 25th March – organised by Noamh Padraig GAA with performances from local children – time 5:00pm. All proceeds going to ICARE.

Community Bingo in St. Mary’s Community Hall on Saturday night at 9:15pm. Your continued support is appreciated.

Thanks to Bridie McNally who raised 200 euro for St. Brigid’s Crosses sold in aid of parish funds.

Anyone willing to help with a ‘Spring Clean’ in St. Patrick’s Chapel, Iskaheen should go along on tomorrow at 10.30am.

We welcome as a member of the Christian community Ruby Anna O’Doherty, Whitehill.

The church gate collection for the Guide Dog Association raised 910 euro and £84. A big ‘thank you’ to all who contributed.

The anniversary Mass for Sean Costello, Whitehill, will be celebrated on Sunday at 11.30am in the Sacred Heart Church.

Pupils of Noamh Brid, members of Muff Youth According Band who take part of the Moville Parade were delighted with the special badges presented to them by Glor na Maith the Muff Irish Language Group.

St. Mura’s Drama Group will visit Muff shortly with John Craig’s “My Home and Farm”. Watch this space for further details.

Tennis will resume as normal tomorrow from 3-4pm at the MUGA - 5 euro per person. Limited places so registration is essential, for information or to book a place call Mura on 0868568100 or the Resource Centre on 0749384572.

Carndonagh Community School is considering introducing the use of the I pads for students from September 2012 – the target group are the incoming first years and therefore the central Parents committee have arranged and information evening for the parents of that year group next Wednesday 28th March at 7:30pm in the Aras. The parents of any other group are also welcome to attend.

News from Tuesday/Thursday Clubs - Tuesday 27th – Walking in Lis Na Gra. Meet at St. Mary’s Community hall at 2:00pm.Thursday 22nd and 29th March – Bowls at Greenbank Presbyterian Hall time 2-4pm. New members very welcome to join in any of these Clubs. Jus come along on the day.

Crochet Classes will recommence next Wednesday morning 28th March in St. Mary’s Community Hall time 10:30am-12noon. This is a 6 week course suitable for beginners and Intermediate students.

Winners in this week’s Parish draw were – Paul McMenamin, Aught, 300 euro, Anne Marie McColgan, Iskaheen, 200 euro, Susan McDaid, Carnamoyle, 100 euro.