Carrick Community News

The late Mary Moran

The late Mary Moran

The death has occurred of Mary Moran (nee McCabe), aged 90, on Saturday, April 27th in her sleep at home in Welwyn Garden City, England (late of Sheafield, Leitrim, and Artane, Dublin). Mary is survived by her daughter, Rosaleen, son-in-law John Dicks, sister Olive McKeon (New York), extended family, nieces, nephews, very good friends and neighbours. Funeral Mass took place on Sunday, May 19th in St. Joseph’s Church, Leitrim Village with burial afterwards in Kiltoghert Cemetery. May she Rest in Peace.

The late Mary (Mainie) Stokes

The death occurred peacefully at Sligo General Hospital on Sunday, May 12th of Mary (Mainie) Stokes, Rosebank, Carrick-on-Shannon after a recent illness. Wife of Edward (Skip) Stokes, Mary, affectionately known as Mainie, was one of the oldest and best known members of the Travelling community in Carrick-on-Shannon where she had lived with her family over 45 years. Having reached her mid 70s, she was one of the traditional and original members of the Travelling community. She was daughter of Old John and Bridget Reilly who were well known in Carrick 40 years ago. John was an excellent “tinsmith” and Bridget was known as the old woman with the “shawl”.

Mainie married Edward Stokes 55 years ago and they reared 12 children, sons John (RIP), Anthony, Gerry, Tom, Michael, Pat, Brian, Martin, Christy and Eddie and daughters Bridget and Winny. Her eldest son, John died tragically in Navan in 1989. They got married in 1958 and lived in a number of locations over the next 10 years before settling in Carrick in 1968. During that time, they had lived in Donegal, Mohill, Boyle and Scramogue (Rooskey).

Her removal took place from St. Patrick’s Hospital Mortuary on Tuesday evening, May 14th at 6pm to St. Mary’s Church and her funeral took place on Wednesday, May 15th after 12 noon Mass to St. Mary’s Cemetery. Large crowds paid their respects on both days. May her soul Rest in Peace.

The late Fr. Michael Killian P.E.

The death has taken place of Very Rev Fr. Michael Killian P.E. (former parish priest of Kiltubrid, Co. Leitrim and late of Fermoyle, Lanesboro, Co. Longford) on Friday May 17th, peacefully, at St. Patrick’s Hospital, Carrick-on-Shannon. He is survived by his loving sister Carmel Stanley (Canada), sister-in-law Norah, nieces, nephews, relatives and many great friends in Gowel and Drumcong, in particular Veronica, Bishop Colm O’Reilly and his fellow priests in the diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois. His remains reposed at St. Patrick’s Hospital Chapel, Carrick-on-Shannon on Sunday, May 19th followed by removal to St. Bridget’s Church, Drumcong. Mass on Monday, May 20th was followed by burial in the Church grounds. Requiescat in pace.

The late Andy Lavin

The death has occurred of Andy Lavin, Ballyfarnon, Co. Roscommon, formerly Lynn’s Hardware, Ballyfarnon on Saturday, May 18th, peacefully, at Abbey Haven Nursing Home, Boyle. Beloved husband of the late Joan, he is survived by son Andreas (Dublin), daughters Angela Keegan (Mullingar), Siobhan McKenna (Jamestown) and Eimear Costello (Carrick-on-Shannon), brother Canon Peadar, sons-in-law Pascal, Kevin and Eddie, daughter-in-law Caitriona, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins, neighbours and many friends. His remains reposed at Shivnan’s Funeral Home, Ballyfarnon on Sunday, May 19th with removal to St. Patrick’s Church, Ballyfarnon. Mass of Christian Burial was on Monday, May 20th with interment afterwards in Kilmactranny Cemetery. May he Rest in Peace.

Marist Girls’ NS - 1953 - 2013

The Marist Girls’ NS, Carrick-on-Shannon will celebrate it’s 60th anniversary on Wednesday, May 29th, 2013. Mass will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Church at 7.00 pm on May 29th to commemorate this anniversary. All past pupils and all those who have association with the Marist Sisters and the school are invited to attend.

Hospice fundraiser

There will be a fundraiser with cruises on Moon River in aid of the North West Hospice on Sunday, May 26th at 1pm with Fergus Harman and friends, at 2.15pm with Fergal Harman and Gerard Dots, at 3.30pm with Wallop the Spot, at 4.45pm with Rakish. Spot prizes on every trip. Fee €12 per adult €3 per child on a first come first served basis. Come along and support a great cause while having a great time.

A Date to Remember

The annual All-Ireland Rosary Rally will take place this year in Knock on Saturday, June 1st 2013. This Rally is dedicated to the memory of the late Fr. Patrick Peyton, Servant of God (The Rosary Priest). We would very much appreciate your support for the Big Rally this year: by bringing a bus, putting up posters, encouraging others to bring a bus and advertising and promoting in local newspapers and local radio.

We are committed to continue the mission of Fr. Peyton which is simply to encourage families to practice with the greatest importance, daily family prayer through the Rosary. It could be a decade of the Rosary or five decades or more. Holy Mass at 3pm will led by Fr. Michael Fitzgerald P.P, Mitchelstown. Very Rev Fr. Riachrd Gibbons P.P, Knock Shrine will preach the homily which be followed by the Anointing of the Sick. The music will be led by the Achonry choir with participation of Fr. Stve Gibson’s youth groups. Again this year we are delighted to be joined by the Lady of All Nations under the direction of Nancy McCormac. The image of the Lady of All Nations will be displayed on the Altar and the prayers will be recited.

Pioneer Association Members Raffle

The annual Pioneer Association Members Raffle has a number of very attractive prizes on offer for the 2013 event. 1st prize is €3,000 with 2nd and 3rd prizes being €500 and €230 respectively. Tickets are modestly priced at €2 each, a book of 6 tickets costs €10 - (a free one when purchasing a full book). Raffle tickets are available from Kiltoghert PTA centre members throughout the Parish. Draw will take place on Friday, June 28th at the Central Office of the Pioneers in Dublin. Your support will be much appreciated.

Revival of Old Colliers Folk Club

Since Packie Duignan’s time, fiddlers and fluters in Roscommon and Leitirm have been to the fore in the local area. Fiddler and flute players are invited to take part in music sessions on Friday nights at the Thatch Pub, Elphin Road, Carrick-on-Shannon to revive the particular sound and beautiful blend of fiddle and flute music. Listeners also welcome. Admission free. For further info, contact Gene on 087-2283208.

Padre Pio Mass

Mass and Rosary in St. Mary’s Church, Carrick-on-Shannon on Monday, May 27th at 8pm. Everyone.

Silver Circle Fundraising Event

Silver Circle Fundraising Event for Townspark Residents Association. A weekly draw takes place each Sunday at 1pm. Lines cost €2 each and prizes include: 1st Prize: €45; 2nd Prize: €30; 3rd Prize: €20. Draw 19th May 2013: 1st Prize: Bernee Murray, Wayside, Lisnagot, 2nd Prize: Niall Flanagan, Breffni Crescent, 3rd Prize: Adrian Hunt, c/o Poitin Still

The Spicers

The Spicers I just started to tell my old German friend Wolfgang Grabe. “The Spicers!” says Wolfgang, “Mensinkind!” (Good Heavens,) they should be in the dock and judged by their peers!” “No Wolfgang” I cut in. “Not those Spicers!” I wish to tell you about The Carrick Spicers who are 14 members of Carrick Active Age who during the last six months recycled themselves into an amateur drama group. They, with the help of Maggie Wade, put forward their ideas of a project play, to be staged in the Dock (thanks to Sinead O’Malley). Once the ideas of a play took shape Maggie scripted a story line and dialogue, complimented with song and dance. Maggie then selected the cast and arranged rehearsals and took on the arduous task of director.

The cast were Catherine Guckian, J.P. O’Dowd, Anna Beirne, Monica Mahon, Michael O’Brien, Mary and Michael Johnson, Patsy Guckian, Monica Reynolds, John Fitzgerald. And Dickie Kennedy and John Fitzgerald acted as narrators. And surprise, surprise! Patsy Guckian was “The Mouth Organ Boy” whom Eurovision winner (circa 1970) Vickie Leandros sings about. Whoever knew Patsy was an excellent mouth organ player. But then he is a jazz fan! And he a GAA member/supporter!

Eventually May 8th and 9th arrived and our courageous amateur actors and actresses were on stage in the Dock. And all the cast acted, sang and danced to perfection. And are to be congratulated for their first ever performance. The project play, in a mystical way told a story of the Active Age by means of narrative, dialogue among the cast, and song and dance. And like all good directors Maggie Wade, ended the play on a high note...and the audience were disappointed that more was not to follow. That augurs well for our Active Age Drama Group and that next year they will select a one or two act black box, well known musical/play, and preferable a comedy.

But back to my friend Wolfgang the Spicers (a slang word) he was referring to are: teenage boys with mad spiky hair, tract suits and branded sneakers and the usual rings in noses and lips. And the young girls with dyed backcombed hair, skinny jeans, or branded track suits, distinctive make up and studded noses and chins. They hang around in groups shuffling! and posing in large cities.

Carrick on Shannon & District Credit Union Ltd

Carrick on Shannon & District Credit Union Ltd Opening Hours: Mon & Fri 10 am to 5 pm Open during lunch. Tues, Wed, Thurs 10 am to 1 pm & 2 pm to 5 pm Closed during lunch. New Loan Rates from April 2nd 2013 (T&C apply).