Dan Loftus

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Cyril “Dan” Loftus, age 87, on March 22, 2020.  He passed away surrounded by his loving family.  Dan was born on July 13, 1932 in Elphin, Roscommon, Ireland to Martin and Mary (Conmy) Loftus.  When he was 18 years old, he came to America.  He married the love of his life, Kathleen (Catherine Gallagher) on August 11, 1951 at St. Gregory’s Church in Brooklyn, New York.  They were blessed with two children.

 

Dan was a proud veteran of the United States Army.  He served and attained the rank sergeant from 1954 to 1956.  

 

Dan was a small business owner and ran a liquor store in Brooklyn, New York for many years.  Dan believed that family was the most important thing and will be remembered most for his love and devotion to his family and friends.  He adored his five grandchildren and was always ready with a big hug whenever they came to visit.  He was extremely proud of his Irish heritage and enjoyed telling his family stories about growing up in Ireland. 

 

Dan is survived by his beloved wife, Catherine and two adoring children, Deborah Loftus-Munns and her husband, Michael of Belle Harbor, Queens, and Kevin Loftus and his wife, Carolyn of Brewster, New York.  He is also survived by his five cherished grandchildren, Grace, Daniel (Chloe), Terence, Michael and Paddy.  Dan also leaves behind seven siblings, Dr. Michael Loftus, Dr. Declan Loftus, Dr. Colum Loftus, Finnian Loftus, Liam Loftus, Shane Loftus and Siobhan Loftus-Reid.  His brothers, Dr. John Vincent Loftus, Martin Loftus (Mae), Kevin Loftus (Carmel), his sister, Ettie Clinton (Cyril) and his nephew, Kevin Loftus, Jr. predeceased him.  Dan also leaves behind many beloved nieces and nephews here and in Ireland.

 

Dan will be missed greatly by all those who knew and loved him. 

 

A Mass of Christian burial to celebrate Dan’s life was held on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Church, 95 Plum Brook Road, Somers, N.Y.  

Following the service, Dan was brought to his final resting place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY where he did receive Military Honors from the United States Army

 

News - Fri 27th March 2020

Lotto Results.

Crossmolina Deel-Rovers GAA Club Lotto Jackpot has been suspended for a couple of weeks while we all get through this difficult time. Saturday night 21st March 2020. A lucky dip draw was held for all of our members who are contributing via direct debit and are long term lotto players.

Michael and  Christine Herr were the lucky winners and €50 is on its way to them.

 

Deel Rover GAA Club. 

Covid – 19 Club Up date.

We wish all our members and supporters well during this unnerving time. Our facilities are closed in line with Government and GAA guidelines. We will update you in line with best advice. Feel free to contact any of the Club officers if you feel we can be of any help. We are liaising with local businesses to help with deliveries and would ask everyone to keep a close eye on those in our community that may need assistance at this time

 

CO-VID 19 DELIVERY SERVICE.

As all festivals and events are cancelled for the foreseeable future, the Crossmolina Festival group are putting their idle time to good use and are now available for deliveries to those people in the Parish that are staying at home during the virus pandemic.  If you would like any shopping, prescriptions etc delivered to your home, simply contact any of the local retailers, butchers or pharmacies, place your order, request delivery and the retailers will organise for members of the festival group to deliver your order that evening with urgent orders delivered during the day.  The festival would like to thank all those that have volunteered, now is the time to stay at home as much as possible and when normality returns, Crossmolina festival will be ready to host the events we will all need to celebrate.

 

1.Crossmolina Church: 

Masses celebrated in Private on our Webcam Live stream on Tuesday’s – Friday’s at 9am & on Sunday’s at 11.30am. Masses will be offered for all intentions booked.   Saturday evening intentions will be offered at a later date. Please ring parish office at 31677 for more information.  

Join us: www.crossmolinaparish.com  Bulletins are available at Church door.

 

2.Parish Cruise.

Fly Away Travel are working with MSC Cruises regarding our Cruise in June. They have assured us that they are working in our interest. More details to be advised.

 

3.Buy Fresh, Shop Local: 

 People are encouraged to shop local and support our local businesses at this difficult time.

 

4.Bulletin of Prayers:

 Prayers to be said at home when we cannot attend Mass are available on our Bulletin this week. People are encouraged to set up a sacred space with a Candle and Holy Picture or statue as you join us to pray the Mass on line.

 

Ardagh / Crossmolina Boxing Club

Ardagh/ Crossmolina boxing club who had a very successful year winning Mayo and Connacht titles were due to take part in more finals until all sports were suspended due the Covid-19 Crisis  

Henry Mcloughlin coach, Jack Sharkey, Cathal Davis, Emma Mulligan, Oliver Seck, Makayla McAndrew, Aaron McDonnell, Sophie Keavney, Michael O’Shea, Chloe Blake, Sean Moore, Karen Keavney, Larry Colhoun Coach, Ciara Barrett, Jack Hampson, Fionn Kilbane Luke O’Shea, Sam Ward, Eoin Noone, Adam Langan, Jack McHale, Tony Davis Coach.

Martin Murphy, Declan Moran, Luke Langan, Conor Moore, Damien Moyles, Nathan Lynch, Aaron Coggins, Dylan Sheridan, Alan Timmons Henry McAndrew, Rory Moore, Darragh Moore, Darragh McLoughlin, Aaron Ruane.

 

News - Fri 20th March 2020

Kilmurray Card Results. 

The following are the results of the Weekly Kilmurry 25 card drive on Thursday night Best of 20 games 1st Des McDonnell and Joe Ruddy. 2nd A two way tie P.J. and Breege McNamara, Richard Devers and Joe Murphy. 3rd A 6 way tie Darragh Sheridan and Anthony Granahan, Mary Keane and Maureen Gallagher, Pakie Hefferon and Vincent Crowley, Vinnie O’Boyle and Eugene Granahan, Michael Barrett and John Reape, Brendan Moore and Frank McDonnell. Raffle 1st John Naughton 2nd Darragh Sheridan 3rd Jimmy Caden. Hampers 1st Evelyn Crowley and Pakie Hefferon 2nd Breege McNamara and Michael Cawley

 

Lotto Results   

There was no winner of the Crossmolina Deel-Rovers GAA Club Lotto Jackpot on Saturday 14th March the numbers drawn were 7 – 8 – 26 – 29 one ticket matched three numbers   Fiona and David Keane Ballina Rd Crossmolina they win €150. The Draw took place in Hineys. Lotto has been discontinued until further notice. Many thanks for all your support Keep Safe we will need you all when this terrible Coronavirus will clear up with the help of god. 

 

Josephine McHale RIP

The death occurred peacefully on Friday 13th March at St. Augustine's Home, Ballina of Josephine McHale Kildaree Crossmolina. Her remains reposed at Hineys Funeral Home on Saturday evening with Removal  to the Church of Our Lady, Kilmurry Requiem Mass on Sunday Burial afterwards in adjoining Cemetery. Josephine was predeceased by her Parents Michael and Bridget, brothers Tommy, Michael and Vincent, sister Teresa and her husband Thomas and sister Kathleen, nieces Kathriona and Deirdre. Deeply mourned by her brothers Paddy (Rathball), Val (New Jersey), sister Imelda (Iowa), nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and neighbours. May she rest in peace

 

Lotto Results.

There was no winner of the Crossmolina Deel-Rovers GAA Club Lotto Jackpot on Saturday 7th March the numbers drawn were 6 – 9 – 11 – 15 six punters matched three number Martin Irwin Church St Crossmolina Liam and Grainne Moffatt Kilmurry, Mattie and Eileen McDonnell Ballyvicmaha Castlehill North West Fitness Crossmolina Buisness Park, P.J. and Bernie Lynn Enniscoe Castlehill Mary Moyles Deer Park Crossmolina. The Draw took place in Hineys next week jackpot is €4,050. Many thanks for all your support 

 

Kilmurry 25 Thanks.

The Board of Management of Kilmurry NS would like to say a heartfelt Thank You to all who supported our fundraising card game recently - parents, card players and local businesses for sponsorship and donations. Thank you to the following for sponsoring raffle prizes: The Broadhaven Bay Hotel, Eamon Moore-The Thatch Inn, Mister A, Reilly's Butchers, Quinn's Chemist, Siobhán's Cakes and Bakes, Mulhern's Gala, The Old Post Office Café and John and Irene Callaghan. Thank you to the following for their generous donations: Crossmolina Chronicle Committee, Mayo Sligo Mart, Media Scene Technology, Johnny Corcoran and Lennon Quarries Ltd. Thank You also to Enda, Therese and the staff in Hineys for their assistance on the night. Finally. Thank You to Ryan Gallagher Photography for capturing some footage from the night. 

 

Kilmurry NS Fundraising 25 Card Drive

Noreen Lennon School Principal presenting 1st Prize to Martin Garrett on the left and Jimmy Caden in the recent Kilmurry NS  fundraising  25 card drive in Hiney’s Upper deck   

McHale/Rovers Lady's Junior Team

McHale/Rovers Lady’s Junior  Team and Mentors Celebrating the county and Connacht Titles at their celebration social  in Hiney’s Upper Deck with their Trophy’s.  Back from left Avril Noone, Madeline Keane, Clodagh Barrett, Katie Merrick, Amy Murphy  Joanna O’Malley, Ruth Queenan, Niamh Maughan, Caoimhe Loftus. Middle Row from left Maura Walsh, Helen Keane, Vincent Gallagher, Eilis Keane, Shauna Maughan, Emily Murray, Jenny Kelly, Rachel Kearns with her nephew Darragh Gallagher, Sinead Mulhern, Sinead Walsh, Laura Walsh,  Annie Gough, Jarlath Tolan, Georgina Murray, and Ita Gordan. Front from left Clara Kelly, Danielle Kelly, Angela Maughan, Niamh Larkin Marie Larkin, Caoimhe Walsh, Aoife Deane and Grace Murray      

News - Fri 13th March 2020

Kilmurray Card Results. 

The following are the results of the Weekly Kilmurry 25 card drive on Thursday night Best of 20 games 1st a three way tie Des McDonnell and Joe Ruddy, P.J. and Breege McNamara, Jimmy Caden and Martin Garrett. 2nd Vincent Crowley and Mary McDonnell 3rd a three way tie Vinnie O’Boyle and Eugene Granahan, Evelyn Crowley and Kevin O’Boyle, Michael Barrett and Frank Leonard. Raffle 1st Liam Garvey 2nd Ray McNamara 3rd Joe Ruddy 

 

Kilmurry 25 Thanks.

The Board of Management of Kilmurry NS would like to say a heartfelt Thank You to all who supported our fundraising card game recently - parents, card players and local businesses for sponsorship and donations. Thank you to the following for sponsoring raffle prizes: The Broadhaven Bay Hotel, Eamon Moore-The Thatch Inn, Mister A, Reilly's Butchers, Quinn's Chemist, Siobhán's Cakes and Bakes, Mulhern's Gala, The Old Post Office Café, PJ Jordan, St Tiernan's College and John and Irene Callaghan. Thank you to the following for their generous donations: Crossmolina Chronicle Committee, Mayo Sligo Mart, Media Scene Technology, Johnny Corcoran and Lennon Quarries Ltd. Thank You also to Enda, Therese and the staff in Hineys for their assistance on the night. Finally, Thank You to Ryan Gallagher Photography for capturing some footage from the night. Pictured is Noreen Lennon, Principal Kilmurry NS presenting prize money to card game winners Mickey Mc Dermott and Eamon Moran. 

 

Wedding Bells.

Congratulation to Jonathan O’Boyle Carrowcloughy and Nettie Flannery Castlebar who were married in St Tiernans church Crossmolina on Saturday week with Reception in the Broadhaven Bay Hotel Belmullet. Wishing you both many years good health and Happiness from all your friends  

 

Winter League.

Crossmolina dominated the first half of this North Mayo Winter League tie in Kilfine when aided by a strong breeze with Gerard Haran notching 2-3 of his sides 2-9. A Liam Ruddy goal in the 27th minute gave the Kilfine boys a great boost going in at the break with 1-3 on the score board. Crossmolina just managed to all two more points in the second half from Fergal Duffy and J.P. Mulhern. Kilfine came storming back with goals from Kevin Boland Liam Ruddy and Niall McDonald to secure a deserved draw 4-7 to 2-11. Crossmolina Team Ronan Lavelle Barry Murphy Jason Murphy Robert Murphy 0-2 Kenneth McHugh Fergal Gill J.P.Mulhern 0 – 1 Kevin Keane 0-1 Declan Gilroy Keelan Hegarty 0-1Fergal Duffy 0-2 Gerard Haran 2-3 Tommy Loftus 0-1 Subs Noel Hegarty for Barry Murphy inj Killian Fergus for Declan Gilroy Edward Gough for Kevin Keane Ronan McDermott for Fergal Duffy 

 

Ballina FRC Parent & Toddler Group

The Parent & Toddler group takes place every Thursday from 10.00am to 12.00 noon in the centre.  This group is open to all parents, Grandparents and childminders to come along with their child/children and meet new people over a cuppa and a chat.  Various activities take place and new members are always welcome. Ring 096 75573 for more info

  

Doing a Clear Out – Clothes Recycling.

If you are clearing out your home please drop the clothes, shoes, bags etc into the Ballina Family Resource Centre, Abbey Street, Ardnaree. We are doing a Cash for Clobber as a Fundraiser for the Centre, your support would be greatly appreciated.  If you need bags we have some in the centre, just drop in and collect them. For more info call 096 75573, all money received for clobber goes directly to Ballina FRC.

 

Bridge Result. 

The following are the results of the Weekly Crossmolina Bridge Club Session in Hiney’s on Thursday night. 1st Breeda Mulkearns and Mary Corcoran 2nd Maureen Barrett and Nuala Doyle 3rd Mary Benson and Mary Daly 4th A tie Rita Fox and Ena Coggins, Padraic Langan and Teresa McNulty

 

Crossmolina Community Council CLG Day Centre.

Our Day Centre activities are undecided for next week. Please contact 087 218 6560 or your regular staff contact for information. Thank you for your custom and thank you to our volunteers, we look forward to everything getting back to normal in the near future.

 

Intermediate Championships Draw

Crossmolina Deel-Rovers Intermediate team have been drawn against Ballinrobe, Ballyhaunis and Laherdane in this years Championship with games not taking place until third week in August 

 

Award for Niamh.

Congratulation to Niamh Larkin McHale/Rovers on being the recipient of the Connacht Telegraph Young sports Star for the month of November for her outstanding displays for the Club during their wonderful achievement on reaching the All-Ireland final where they were defeated by a very experienced Donoughmore side from Cork by one point after extra time.   

 

Ardagh/Crossmolina Boxing Club

Fionn Kilbane Ardagh/Crossmolina boxing club being presented with the Clubs boxer of the year award  by Coaches from left Henry McLoughlin and Tony Davis. Fionn earned the award for his dedication, skill, commitment over the past year.   

News - Fri 6th March 2020

Lotto Results.

There was no winner of the Crossmolina Deel-Rovers GAA Club Lotto Jackpot on Saturday 29th February the numbers drawn were 11 – 20 – 22 – 27 no punter matched three numbers either and three tickets were drawn. Noel Rowland Eskeragh Crossmolina, Pat Timlin Killala Liam Cawley Erris St Crossmolina each win €50. The Draw took place in the Thatch Bar. This week’s Jackpot is €3,900. Many thanks for your continued support 

 

Kilmurray Card Results. 

The following are the results of the Weekly Kilmurry 25 card drive on Thursday night Best of 20 games 1st Des McDonnell and Joe Ruddy 2nd Patrick Gilroy and Richard Devers 3rd a three way tie Vinnie O’Boyle and Eugene Granahan, Ray and Mary McNamara, Joe Murphy and Mary McDonnell. Raffle 1st Bernie Gilroy 2nd Frank Heffernan, 3rd Tom O’Malley. Hampers 1st Breege McNamara and Frank McDonnell 2nd Evelyn Crowley and Michael Cawley

 

Ardagh/Crossmolina Boxing club Thank’s.  

The club would like to thank all the people and businesses that supported and sponsored us during the years, these include Michael Reilly Oil, Mitchells in Moygownagh, Martin Lynn, Eamon Moore (The Thatch) Peter Kelly, Michael Murphy (Murphy’s Pub) and anyone who helped in any way, without you we could not keep going and last but not least all the kids.

 

Mindspace Outreach service in Ballina FRC.

Mindspace Mayo offers a support service to young people (15-25yrs) presenting with anything from common concerns (e.g. dealing with break-up, exam stress, bullying) to young people with emerging mental health difficulties such as mild depression and anxiety.  The outreach service will run one day a week (Monday) and is based in the Ballina Family Resource Centre. For further information on Mindspace Mayo please see our website www.mindspacemayo.ie or call us on 094-9067001

 

Pieta House New Increased Hours.

Pieta House provides counselling, therapy and support to individuals, couples, families and children who have been bereaved by suicide or feeling suicidal.

Pieta House operate an outreach service from the Ballina Family Resource Centre on Tuesdays from 1pm to 5pm & on Wednesdays 9.00am to 1.00pm by apt only Contact: 09325586 to make an Appointment

 

Exercise for Women.

Exercise classes for women take place every Wednesday morning from 11.00 am to 12.00 noon in the Ballina Family Resource Centre, Ardnaree.  The group enjoy a chat and catch-up over a cup of tea/coffee after the exercise.  New members welcome.  Ring 096 75573 for more info.

 

Crossmolina Community Festival. 

Plans for St. Patrick’s Festival Of Lights 2020 are currently underway.  The ‘Electric Light Parade’ will take place on Monday, the 16th of March 2020, at 8:00pm. If you wish to enter a Float in the

Parade, please contact 0877042069, 0861930714/09631801 or 0871871552.  Alternatively you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to request a Registration Form.  The Festival Committee would like to thank you for your continued and valued support towards the Crossmolina Community Festivals. Another full line up for this year's St. Patrick's Light Parade so we could do with a little help, if you are available to steward the event please give Damian a call on 086 2648495 or drop an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

The ‘Crossmolina St. Patrick’s Weekend Festival’ is taking place from Friday, 13th of March to Tuesday, 17th of March 2020. During this time there will be a ‘Best Window Display Competition’ held involving all the businesses and organisations in Crossmolina town. To enter all you have to do is create a window display to signify St. Patrick’s Day and your window will be judged during the Festival Weekend. Result of ‘Best Window Display 2020’ will be announced on the night of the ‘Electric Light Parade’, which is Monday, 16th of March 2020. Should you have any further queries or require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact 0871871552. Sponsored by Pat Kelly Autopoint.

 

Crossmolina Badminton club Success.

Great excitement for Crossmolina when Kate Ann Loftus and Oliver Jackson won the "A" Singles title in Ballina last weekend in the U10 event.  We were also delighted with Saoirse Murray B singles r-up and Eabha McGoff C singles r-up. In the U12 Tara Hegarty C singles r-up and greater excitement when Sarah Conway won "B" singles and Lucy Lavin "B" r-up took B home. Well done everyone. And special thanks to Martina Denise Catherine and David for making this possible

 

Sweeney Cup 

Bonniconlon ran out deserving winners in this Sweeney cup tie in Bonniconlon on Sunday week. The Host lead at the break by 0 – 6 to 0 – 2 and held on for one point win in the end 0 -12 to 0 – 11. This was Crossmolina’s first game of the season 

Ronan Lavelle Chris Myles Steven Duffy Jason Murphy Tommy Walsh Patrick McAndrew Peadar Gardiner Keith Hopkins Kevin Mulhern 0 -1 JP Mulhern David Howley John Garrett 0 - 1 Lorcan Loftus Michael Gallagher Fionan Duffy 0 - 8. Subs David O’Boyle for Ronan Lavelle Barry Murphy for Jason Murphy Darren Caden for Chris Myles Robert Murphy for David Howley Gerard Haran 0 – 1 for J.P. Mulhern, Keelan Hegarty for Michael Gallagher

 

Bridge Result. 

The following are the results of the Weekly Crossmolina Bridge Club Session in Hiney’s on Thursday night. 1st Breeda Mulkearns and Mary Corcoran 2nd Mary Benson and Mary Daly 3rd A tie Rita Fox and Ena Coggins, Nuala Doyle and Maureen Barrett. New members always welcome

 

Community Festival Events. 

Brochures for the upcoming Festival Of Lights are now available locally and online.  The festival runs from March 13th to 17th with the highlight been the Electric Light Parade on Monday March 16th.  There is a full list of entries again this year and two added attractions.  Firstly the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter will perform a special searchlight flyover and the parade will also include "Bumblebee" and "Celtic Warrior" giant robots who will also be available after the parade in the Town Hall for a meet and greet plus photo opportunity for the children.  The robots have appeared at many international events in Dublin and are sponsored by The Thatch Bar.  Parking restrictions will be in place on the afternoon of Mon. 16th to prepare for the Light Parade and erect the viewing platform which we would like to thank AGS Scaffolding for facilitating this.  All of the events in the festival are free and include entertainment nightly kicking off with a "Folk N' Craic" session in Stick's on Fri. 13th.  On Saturday 14th there will be a St. Patrick's Day Badges workshop in the Town Hall, contact 087 050 6353 to register free of charge with entertainment that night in Christy's, Maughan's & The Thatch.  During the festival we encourage businesses and homes in the area to decorate and light their windows with a prize for the most creative sponsored by Pat Kelly Autopoint.  On Sunday at 5pm there will be a free children's disco in the Town Hall, music, fun and games and to keep in the theme of the weekend it would be great to see the children light up for the disco.  To round off the festival weekend there will be a Round Bale Roll Off on Chapel St. on Tuesday March 17th at 7pm.  Teams of 4 will try to secure the fastest time to share the prize money sponsored by Pat Kelly autopoint.  To enter call 086 812 7004.  We hope everyone has a great weekend, enjoy the celebrations and thank you for your support.

 

Crossmolina Town Hall. 

Available for all functions. Meeting Rooms, Hall Space, Social Services, Kitchen. Book your children’s party now. Volunteers needed to run this great Venue.  For bookings & information Tel. 086 8383355 / 087 2401899.

 

St Padre Pio. 

Triduum of Prayer for Lent in St Tiernan’s Church on 9th, 10th & 11th March at 8pm. Candles on sale for €1. Blessing with relics on Wednesday 11th.

 

Spirit and Soul Lunchtime.

Reflections for Lent on 9th, 10th & 11th March from 12.30 – 1.30pm in Town Hall. Light Lunch will be served. Community Bus will be in operation for those three days.

 

Mayo North old Engine and Tractor Club

John Moran Chairman Mayo North old Engine and Tractor Club presenting Francie Healy Killala with first prize in the Raffle at the Clubs Annual Social in Hiney’s upper Deck