Carrick Carnival rocked in the sunshine

Carrick Carnival rocked in the sunshine

For ten days the county town rocked in the sunshine as revellers celebrated Carrick’s 400th birthday in a carnival atmosphere.

The carnival which grew out of an open Carrick 400 meeting last year surpassed all expectations, attracting thousands to the town over the June Bank Holiday and last weekend.

The ten day festival of events was a huge undertaking which saw the committee of 15, chaired by Kenny Murtagh meeting every week for the past 12 months. The role of Leitrim County Council was crucial and they kept the momentum going, this along with marketing from Leitrim Tourism and the blissful sunshine, made Carrick-on-Shannon the only place to be at or to be seen in over the past two weeks.

From the opening parade on May 31st, it was evident this was going to a special festival, the parade contained an element of all the events to be hosted for the ten days. Hen and Stag parties mingled happily with families and tourists who enjoyed the ambitious line up and flavourable events that helped showcase the county town.

A huge part of the long traffic jams and crowded streets was down to the fact that the majority of the Carnival events were free.

Aoife McCormack of the Landmark Hotel and Carrick Carnival Committee said she felt the festival was such a success because every business, every club, society and service worked together and contributed to it. She said every business contributed sponsorship and even the local GAA Club got involved and organised events. Aoife said there really was something for everyone along with a “few surprises” thrown in.

Aoife revealed that some visitors to Carrick who had booked in for the Bank Holiday weekend, stayed on a few days longer - a true testament to the town.

Carrick Carnival was promoted on national airwaves and in local media, social media was also hugely important to drawing in the crowds.

Aoife said that she believes all the hard work really paid off, she said she would be hopeful that the Carnival would return next year for the Bank Holiday weekend. She said their secret weapon was the weather and no amount of preparation could have attributed what it brought to the events.

The success of Carrick Carnival was also down to the large number of volunteers who worked tirelessly to make sure each event ran smoothly. It is hoped that good publicity and word of mouth from this huge event will feed into the remaining Carrick 400 celebration and events which continue to run for the rest of 2013. Check out: for upcoming events.

Record breaking birthday events

It was a record breaking ten days of success for Carrick Carnival 400, with every day hosting unique and different events for all ages.

The Carnival saw the revival of old festival events thrown in with quirky experimental activities from May 31 - June 9th. Opening with a huge Carnival parade on May 31st, the colourful festival included street theatre and entertainment with sporting activities from GAA to Stand Up Paddling, Water Zorbing and a Wife Carrying Competition!

Everyone knows by now that Carrick beat the World Record for Rock the Boat. The town needed to gather 1,452 people to beat the current record - and 1,715 people took part! The organisers recorded everyone’s name and number on camera, all details are being sent to the Guinness Book of Records and official notification should be presented shortly.

Phil the Fluter’s Fancy Dress Ball and the Firework’s Display brought huge crowds on June 2. The Pig racing on June 5th closed the main street and resulted in squeals from pigs and the crowd! Sports blitzes continued on June 7th and the town relaxed into the wonderful Taste of Carrick with local sample cuisine, cooking demonstrations and live entertainment.

Outrun the Hangman on June 8th mixed history with some athletics before the town celebrated the Carnival Birthday Street Party which spilled onto the street last Saturday night.

The Carnival closed on Sunday with a boat parade, street entertainment, and Discover Carrick Day.

Seán MacDiarmada lecture

With the 1916 Centenary just two years away, Carrick-on-Shannon & District Historical Society is pleased to present its monthly lecture.

The lecture will take place on Thursday, 20th June at 8.30pm in the Bush Hotel on Leitrim’s quiet (or was he?) revolutionary and signatory to the Proclamation, Seán MacDiarmada.

Speaker for the event is author and historian Dr Gerard MacAtasney who has written a number of books including those dealing with famines North and South of the Border, and is currently writing a new work on the Plantations of Leitrim and Ulster.

For this lecture on June 20th (note change of day to Thursday), he will reference his 2004 biography of Seán MacDiarmada. The talk will focus on the role of Mac Diarmada in republican politics from c.1907 to his death on 12 May 1916. How did a man born in a remote part of north county Leitrim end up in the GPO in Easter Week?

The talk will trace his life from his birth in 1883 through to his move to Belfast in 1906 and subsequent move to Dublin in 1908. He became one of the most important names in modern Irish history and this talk will illustrate how. Historial Society Lectures are well attended and it is recommended that early arrival for a seat is essential. The cost for the general public is €5 (€3 concession OAPs and students) and Society Members are free of charge. Annual subscription to the Historical Society (estb. 1992) is €20 (€25 family).

Tidy Towns News

What a Festival! Great community and family experience. Well done to the organising committee, the volunteers and the stewards. Well done to all who kept Carrick neat throughout the entire event. Our group of volunteers continue to make progress each week. Our team needs the co operation displayed by the businesses over the festival. Please continue to sweep outside business premises daily. It really shows. Tuesdays at 7pm we meet Bridge side near Moon River. From there we disperse out on our task. This can be washing park seats, painting bins, weeding, sweeping kerbside, planting flower beds or picking litter. Saturdays and Sundays we continue a “Litter Pick” at 9.00am. If you cannot come to help us please look around your house, apartment, shop. Pull weeds, sweep kerbs, wash fences or paint a little. Recycle glass and alluminium cans at the recycling bank opposite the Library. We cannot emphasise enough the need to recycle. Future generations will judge us by our care for the environment. Please commit to doing something. Find us on Facebook and Share your commitment. Enjoy the outdoors. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Baby Boy

Congratulations to Johnny and Rebecca Goldrick, New York, on the birth of their son Rory on May 10. They would like to thank family and friends for their warm wishes and generous gifts.

St Vincent de Paul Ozanam House Shop

Our St Vincent de Paul Ozanam House Shop on the Dublin road Carrick on Shannon opening hours have been extended Our Shop opening hours are now as follows Mondays 11am -2pm Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays & Friday 11am to 5 pm & Thursday nights (8pm to 10 pm only). We are always looking for good second hand clothes for our shop (example) clothes that you yourself would wear out in public. Please only drop clothes into shop during shop opening hours. St Vincent de Paul in Carrick on Shannon is unable to except furniture or electrical items. Thank you. Your donations of clothes helps to support the work of St Vincent de Paul in the Carrick on Shannon & surrounding areas. Please do not leave bags outside shop as 24 hour cameras are in operation.

Anyone needing to contact St Vincent de Paul in Carrick on Shannon please ring our Shop Number on 071 96 20380 (Answering machine) & leave your name & contact Tel. number & a member of our Conference will return your call (in confidence) as soon as possible to arrange a time to make an appointment to meet you (All calls are treated in strict confidence. St Vincent De Paul would urge any member of the Public that may be experiencing financial difficulties to please contact your local Leitrim MABS office (Money Advice & Budgeting Service) Tel number 076 1072630 or the Roscommon MABS Office 076-1072720.

Anyone wishing to make contact with St Vincent de Paul must make an appointment this can be done by ringing our shop phone 071-96 20380 or by calling in to the shop & leaving your (name & contact details only) Conference Member travelled to Kinlough for the SVP Leitrim Area June meeting last night.

Breffni Youth Cafe

End of Term at Breffni Youth Cafe.

We would just like to take this opportunity to thank all our participants within the youth cafe over the last term. We had great laughs and adventures. We hope that you all have a wonderful summer and that the sun continues to shine for you all. Keep Safe and we are looking forward to catching up in September.

Special Word of Thanks - I would just like to thank most sincerely all our staff, volunteers, students and coaches as well as all our Funding Agencies for their support and help throughout the year, without who we could not operate.

Exams - We would just like to wish everyone the very best of luck with their exams, remember to remain calm and focused.

Breffni Summer Camp Dates have been set - There are 2 Blocks of Summer Camps to choice from; camps will consist of three days per week for three weeks.

A full list of activities and events will be available later this week. There are limited spaces however. Camps start Monday 8th July and if you require any further information please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Carrick ICA Guild

On behalf of Carrick Guild of I .C.A. heartiest congratulations are extended to loyal member Marcella Collum Regan and her husband Gerry on the birth of their son Kieran.

Some dates for our diaries. On Wednesday June 19th at Federation Meeting in Annaduff , Gerry Quinlan local Carrick man will attend at 9pm to inform us about his work with the Niall Mellon Trust, this year he is heading out to Kenya in the Autumn to help build schools etc. At the meeting a bring and buy sale will take place to help with fundraising. Would as many members as possible from Carrick Guild please attend on the night.

Competition that night at Fed Meeting - knitted tea-cosy.

Annaduff Guild have informed us that they are having an outing to Athlone museum and some shopping on Saturday, June 29th, any ladies from Carrick Guild or our friends that would like a day out please phone Chris on O86 3707470 for details and booking.

Don’t forget to get in fees if at all possible and wish all members a safe and enjoyable summer.