Sunday May 25th. 2014                                                                                        Charity registration No. SC 002876

St. Margaret's,                        St. Joseph's,                        St. Finnan's
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The passing of a gracious Irish lady.

The news of the death of Mollie Toal on Wednesday was received with great sadness by her many relations, and  friends,  and we offer Anne, her daughter and her family, and her brother, Dan, our sincere sympathy and prayers. Mollie was Irish to the core and never lost the warmth of her charming Irish accent, and attached to her Irish character was a deep love for her faith which was an essential part of her life and brought her so much peace and her happiness.

She was a very wonderful wife and mother for she had two heavy crosses in her life which bore with such  great faith and courage.

Mollie was born in Drumcrew in 1919, and the family then moved to Fairview Clones, Co. Monaghan., where she was educated by the nuns in the convent of  St. Louis, and when she left school she trained as a dressmaker. She accepted a job in the Hibernian Hotel, and during the war years her brother, John, was also employed in the hotel as bookkeeper and barman, and they worked  happily together.


Tommy Toal was working at Killin, and he successfully backed a horse that made him quite a bit of money, and decided to go back to Ireland for a holiday. He booked himself into the Hibernian Hotel and it was there he met Mollie and they were married in December 1955.  They set up home in Killin, but Tommy took ill and they decided to move to Spean Bridge, and lived in Aonachan Gardens where Anne and Joseph were born. Mollie worked in the school canteen at Kilmonivaig, and it was at this time that Tommy took ill with a chest complaint. Tragedy struck when he died suddenly on May 22, 1972 at the age of 49, leaving Mollie a young widow with two children. Her deep faith carried her through the difficult days after Tommy’s death, but she was yet to bear another very heavy cross when her son, Joseph,  died suddenly on the shinty field at Spean Bridge in February 1982 at the age of twenty-five. Her faith and trust in God gave her the strength, and she hid her sorrow and got on with living her life.

God took her gently to himself in  her sleep early on Wednesday morning, and when she woke up she was in heaven with her loved ones! The rosary was never out of her hands, and I am sure Our Lady was there to welcome her.  

Bishop Joseph, her nephew, said the Requiem Mass, gave a beautiful informal homily, and laid her to rest at Cille Choirill

                                                                   May her gentle soul rest in peace.

Our farewell to Bishop Joseph,

Next Sunday at 11.30 a.m. Mass

I ask all our parishioners to make a special  effort to be present at this Mass to bid Bishop Joseph farewell  and wish him every blessing for the future as Bishop of Motherwell. It will be a memorable occasion.


There will be an opportunity to meet the bishop in the hall after Mass where soup, crusty bread, tea and cakes will be served.

A presentation will be made to the bishop at the end of Mass


Roman  Alexander MacGregor’s christening – April 25th, at St. Margaret's


I was delighted to receive the lovely photo from Ross and Dawn of their son’s christening. I had hoped to  published the photo in the Bulletin sooner, but there was a little confusion about email addresses which caused the delay.

Ross and Dawn now own a Whisky Investment Company in Edinburgh., and work commitments have brought them down  from Inverness to Edinburgh and also to London.

Previously, Dawn was a beautician and  ran a very successful business in Inverness. We wish their new business venture every success.

They have acquired the services of a master blender, who has just recently retired, so they hope that their special malt, which is being launched under the name of The Black Stag, will become a popular brand.  We wish them every success for the future. Slainte mor!


We wish Roman all God’s blessings and every happiness

throughout a long and joyful life

Mollie with her great-grand daughter, Maggie