Society’s Special Thanks
Corraleehan Heritage and Cultural Society believe our heritage is for ourselves, reinforcing our community sense of belonging and worth - who we are and how we got here. It is this authentic sense of place, expressed through our buildings, landscape and other hertiage resources that we as a community commemorate.
The opening of Clogher School Doors on February 22nd and 23rd would not have been possible without community spirit, hard work and determination. To the numerous, talented and enthusiastic volunteers who helped revitalise Clogher National Scool, the community workers who arrived and did a great job and those who helped out on the two drama fundraising nights, we say “Thank you all”.
Thanks to the Sliabh an Iarainn Players who performed John Murphy’s play so perfectly produced by Frank Cadam himself and his cast from near and far and appropriately called “The Country Boy”. Thanks also to the many local sponsors, names well known on account of the myriads who attended on both nights.
Nights to Remember
On the days following the stagings of “The Country Boy” in Clogher Centre, yours truly heard many say things like “Twas the best production ever I watched” and mind you, some of those were seasoned campaigners who had attended many Drama Festivals, etc for many decades.
Even more surprising is the fact that for a good percentage of the cast it was their first time to take part in drama.
One must admire the commitment of the cast members. One of these made nightly trips from Dublin for rehearsals and another, 80Km round trips both after doing their day’s work and not one of them or the production team sought expenses seeing that a good cause was concerned.
As the saying goes, it’s not all over yet and on Friday night March 22nd, the same cast will perform the same play in the Newtowngore Community Centre and undoubtedly due to the acclaim the play has received, the Newtowngore venue will, as they say about the man who put too many tigers in his tank at a St James’s Gate filling station, be “full to the gills” on Friday 22nd.
More about that in future local notes.
Rehearsals for one of John B. Keane’s finest plays “Big Maggie” will commence in September, le cuidiú Dé and will see the return of such competent Slibah an Iarainn players as Tish Dunleavy among others who did not participate in The Country Boy. This will be another Frank Cadam production and well worth waiting for as usual.
Benefit Function - A Date for your Diary
A Benefit Function in memory of the late Michael Kenny will be held in Kilbrackan Arms Hotel, Carrigallen on Saturday 16 March. Music by Evening Star. Doors open at 9pm.
What’s New Pussycat?
During one of the breaks in the recent play in Clogher old National School, one thought of how little use the past pupils’ education was in the “afterlife” no more than the pupils of any other N.S. or second level in Lovely Leitrim, etc. For the vast majority, it was a case of becoming an “Apprentice Boy” or girl learning a trade for the proverbial “buttons” finanically especially in Ireland.
Admittedly, learning arithmetic or “ritmitic” as the older folk used to say was essential if they were to know the difference between a fiver and a tenner so as not to get diddled in change in shops, etc.
But just look at other forms of mathematics like algebra with its symbolic X plus Y and B minus A was a solid waste of time, not to mention trigonometery with its attendant measuring the distance between the Sun and Earth by the shadow from an ESB pole on a cloudless day.
The same as if we did not know from our national school days that the sun is 93 million miles from the Earth. One must conclude that the subject of geometery comes in handy for those who try to create gadgets with welding and cutting apparatus, right angles and lesser than right angles coming into play.
The English teanga is also vital because conversation starts about Irish weather with such as “that’s a hardy day” or “there’s rain promised for tomorrow”. We all like to be able to utter the “cúpla focal” tré Gaeilge but just imagine being on a scaffolding three storeys high on a building site in London, New York, San Francisco, Boston or “Boast in” as they call it in the USA of A and saying to a foreign national, “Céad míle fáilte”. He might misinterpret as to mean something like “you might have a hundred thousand faults” and he might crush the back of your hand with the business end of a building hammer.
Then there was cathecism or “Carrick-sum” as the old folk used to call it in N.S. and just look at what we were expected to believe in those days of Book Genesis fame like Adam and Eve being our first parents with a family of three sons, Cain, Abel and Seth with no daughter mentioned “at all, at all” as Glenroe’s Miley used to say. So where did the second generation of humans come from in the absence of a female sibling?
Then we have the Vatican’s men of the cloth preaching against the idea of “living in Sin” when it’s obvious that Adam and Eve above mentioned lived in sin with obviously no padre to marry them before they being showered with confetti as per usual nowadays.
Ah, sure, don’t thoughts like these help us to temporarily forget our being in negative equity, on Debt Row and all the other impairments imposed upon us due to the sins of the “fallen angels” of the last Irish Government. As the late lamented Dromod correspondent, Cormac McGill used to say, “There I rest my case”.