Carrigallen Community News

Margaret’s Hooley

Margaret’s Hooley

This event is a podium for young emerging talent and a revival of mature talent including song, dance, poetry, music, drama, etc on Friday 24 May 2013 at 8:30pm in the Corn Mill Theatre, Carrigallen. A night not to be missed! Doors open at 8:00pm and show starts at 8:30pm. Bookings at 049 4339612 or

Exhibition in Carrigallen Library

Bantracht na Tuaithe Taispeántas Seanfhocal(ICA Proverb Exhibition) is on display in Carrigallen Library until Saturday 4 May 2013. Opening hours: Monday 1:45pm to 4:15pm and 4:30pm to 8:00pm; Wednesday 10:45am to 2:45pm and 3:00pm to 5:00pm and Saturday 10:00am to 1:00pm. Phone number 049 4339188.

Leitrim Observer Online

Leitrim Observer Newspaper has been covering the news and events of the county for over one hundred years. Microfilm copies of editions between 1904 and 2007 are available to researchers at the Local Studies section of Leitrim County Library, Ballinamore. Another option for accessing Leitrim Observer between 1904 and 2007 is to visit your local branch Library and log on to where one can either search or browse the digital archive. This facility is free once you are accessing it in one of the nine Leitrim branch Libraries. It is also possible to search many other regional and national newspapers. The search capabilities of this Irish Newspaper Archives digital version are tremendous – why not give it a go and see for yourself. Call into Carrigallen Library opening hours and phone details, see above.

Carrigallen Chatter and Cuppa

Fundraiser being held in Corn Mill Theatre and Arts Centre on Sunday 12 May 2013 from 12noon to 4:00pm for Focus Ireland. There will be tea/coffee, kids activities, storytelling, face painting, mini makeovers, nail painting, beauty packages, art exhibition, screening of ‘The Lion king’ in association with ‘The Screen Room’ at 2:30pm and much more. Something for all ages! Spread the word and come along for an afternoon of socialising.

Carrigallen Trout Angling Club

The Johnny Fyfe Memorial Pike Fishing Competition was held on Calloughs Lake on Saturday 13 April 2013. The club wish to thank all the competitors, a total of ten boats fished the lake which was a good turnout given the inclement weather conditions. Fishing was very good on the day with a total of fifteen fish being weighed and released. We would like to thank our sponsors who kindly donated spot prizes; Pat Masterson, Pat McCann, Ann & Frank McGovern, Gorby’s Pub Newtowngore, Noel Lyons, Sean Reilly, Alan Taylor and Thomas Tierney. Competition result: First Prize Thomas Tierney for heaviest pike 14lbs 2ozs; Second Mark Fuller – 13lbs 6ozs; Third Andrew McManus – 9lbs 1oz and Fourth prize for smallest fish went to Sean Reilly 1lb.

G.F.C. Lotto Results

The draw was held on Saturday 27 April 2013 and the numbers drawn on the night were 1, 22, 23, and 24. There was no Jackpot winner and the four winners of €50 each were Noel Magarahan, Bridie McHugh, Ciara Grimes and Barry Nash. Next week’s draw will be held on 4 May in Charley Farrelly’s Bar and the Jackpot will be €6,300 and those in charge on the night will be Tommy Brady, Brendan Kiernan and Michael Reilly.

Simply Am Dram

Filmed over 10 months, “Simply Am Dram” is continuing for the next three weeks which follows a number of amateur drama groups in their attempt to qualify for the 2012 All Ireland Finals. From the casting sessions to the crowning of the eventual champions, the series is a behind-the-scenes look at the commitment and dedication of those involved in a movement that is amateur only in name. This is pride of the parish stuff. See the cheers, jeers and rivalry as the members of the various groups sweat it out with a community’s expectations riding on them. Featuring The Nenagh Players, Kilmeen Drama Group, Bradán Players, Brideview Drama Group, Prosperous Dramatic Society, Ballyshannon Drama Group and Corn Mill Theatre Group. Next series is on RTE 1 at 7:00pm on Tuesday.

Sew & Tell Classes

Learn to sew, basic and advanced classes together - boys and girls from eight years and up. One hour classes are at the Killeshandra Community Focus Centre on Thursdays May 2, 9 and 23 (2 hours on 23). €25 per child includes all materials and completed piece to bring home. Consent forms to be signed before first class. Booking is essential 087 7550199 or 087 1252213 Noelle & Julie. Bring your friends along!


The annual Kilmore Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from 27 May to 1 June 2013 led by Bishop Leo O’ Reilly. Bookings may be made for the Assisted Pilgrim Section with Rev Kevin Fay, Lavey on 087 857 9968 / 049 433 0018. Bookings for Hotels is through Mc Ginnity Travel, Coleman Road, Cavan on 049 4331 831. If anyone feels that someone in their family or a neighbour would benefit from taking part in this Pilgrimage they should contact Fr Fay. Early booking is essential.

Happy Birthday Percy!

Come to ‘Percy’s Party’ in Mohill Town from Friday 3 May 2013 at 8pm Hunt Hall(opposite library) to Sunday 5 May at midnight!. The event will start with official opening by Chris Meehan of Chris Meehan and his redneck friends fame, art exhibition with original watercolour paintings by Percy French, sketches and songs, Saturday night 8:00pm Mass with ‘Sweet Spirit Gospel Choir’ & 8:45pm the play the ‘Country Boy’ by Sliabh an Iarainn Players in Hunt Hall. On Sunday 11:00am Church of Ireland Service with Sweet Spirit Gospel Choir & at 7:00pm gather on the Main St. in Mohill Town to welcome the man himself along with Paddy Reilly(his jarvey) on pony & trap where they will make their way to the Hunt Hall for a gala performance of song, drama, recitations and lots more with Tish Dunleavy & Percy French performing group, Mohill Amateur Dramatic Society and the North Co. Down Percy French Performing Quartet! Start the Party!

Celebration of Fifty Years of Priesthood

On Sunday, 14 April 3013 Father Sean McTiernan, a native of the parish of Carrigallen, Co Leitrim, celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood in a concelebrated Mass at St Mary’s Church, Carrigallen. Co-celebrants were Fathers Patrick Hagan and Tom McDonnell, his colleagues in St Patrick’s Missionary Society, Kiltegan, Co Wicklow. The Mass was attended by his siblings and close family members. Afterwards all assembled for refreshments and joviality at the birthplace of Sean’s late mother at Bredagh, Carrigallen.

Fr Sean, the first of a family of five John (Jack) and Mary Elizabeth (Maimie) McTiernan was born in the village of Carrigallen in 1936. He completed his Primary Education in Carrigallen National School and after which he commenced second level education at Moyne Latin School, Co Longford where at Inter Cert level he won a scholarship to St Mel’s College, Longford. This great achievement ended his daily cycling routine to Moyne. After leaving Cert at St Mel’s College, Sean, in response to a call from God, decided to enter St Patrick’s Missionary Society where he commenced his studies for the priesthood. After seven years of study he was ordained a priest in April 1963 at Kiltegan, Co Wicklow.

Following his ordination Sean was assigned as a missionary to Abakaliki, in South East Nigeria. In July 1967 a bitter civil war erupted in that country and continued until January 1970. Those years proved to be very difficult and dangerous for missionaries in Nigeria who endeavoured to remain loyal to their flocks. Those missionaries suffered great personal trauma and stress throughout that period. Sean returned to Ireland at that time and commenced a process of recuperation and recovery.

Sean was then assigned a teaching post at Moyne Latin School after which he took up appointments in various parishes in Roscommon and Mullingar. He was then appointed to a parish close to Reykjavik, Iceland where he also secured a degree in Icelandic Studies in the local University. He is now retired and living at the Society Headquarters in Kiltegan, Co Wicklow. A special word of thanks goes to Father Denis Murray PP., Carrigallen, Co Leitrim for making available St Mary’s Church for the occasion. Sincere thanks to Ann and Francie Murray and also to John Morrow for their assistance in organising and preparing the Church for the celebration.