Carrick-on-Shannon Community News

The late Margaret Foley

The late Margaret Foley

The death has occurred of Margaret Foley (nee Kearns), Drumsillagh, Cootehall, Co. Roscommon and formerly Skreen, Co. Sligo) on Wedneday, April 17th 2013, (peacefully) at home. Predeceased by her husband Paddy, she is survived by her daughter Anne, son-in-law Padraig, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, neighbours and friends. Her remains reposed at her home on Thursday, April 18th with removal to St. Michael’s Church, Cootehall. Mass of Christian Burial took place on Friday, April 19th at 11 o’clock with Funeral afterwards to Ardcarne Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

The late Tommy Hogg

The death has taken place of Tommy Hogg, Prospect Lodge, Tooliscan, Kilmore, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Roscommon on Wedneday, April 17th 2013 at Sligo General Hospital. Tommy is survived by his nephews, cousins and a large circle of friends. Remains reposed at McHugh’s Funeral Home, Strokestown on Thursday, April 18th followed by removal to St. Brigid’s Church, Dangan. Funeral Mass took place on Friday, April 19th with burial afterwards in Kilmore Cemetery. May he rest in peace.

The late Jim McDermott

The death has occurred of James (Jim) McDermott, Knockvicar, Boyle, Co. Roscommon on Saturday, April 20th, 2013 (peacefully) surrounded by his family. Predeceased by his wife Eileen, Jim is survived by his loving family, Rosaleen (Toronto), Marian, Noel, Eileen, Ann, Brendan and Derek, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister Annie, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, niece, nephews, relatives, neighbours and many friends. His remains reposed at his home on Sunday, April 21st and again Monday, April 22nd followed by removal to St. Patrick’s Church, Crossna. Mass of Christian Burial took place on Tuesday April 23rd with interment afterwards in Kilronan Cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Revival of Old Colliers Folk Club at the Thatch

Since Packie Duignan’s time, fiddles and flutes in Roscommon and Leitrim have been to the fore in the local area. Fiddlers 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 087-2283288.

Saint Mary’s Cemetery Committee AGM

The annual general meeting of Saint Mary’s Committee, Carrick-on-Shannon was held in the Bush Hotel on Tuesday April 16th. The following officers and committee were elected for the following year. Chairperson- Sean Duignan, Secretary- Kathleen Flanagan, Treasurer- Sean Murray, P.R.O- Liam O’Gorman and Committee Officers plus Mary Glancy, Margaret Cox, Nicholas Glancy, Donnaca Kennedy, Mary Lennon, Jeannette Burke, Maura Minney, Mary Boyle, Michael McManus, Geraldine McCabe O’Neill, John Murphy, Jim Gorman, Michael O’Rourke, Aidan Glancy and Kevin Glancy.

Anyone wishing to become involved on the committee is most welcome to do so and should contact any of the officer board to inform them of their intentions. The reports of the Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer were presented and adopted by the meeting. An outline on the major dvelopment which have taken place in the cemetery since the committee was formed in 2009 were outlined in the various reports presented for adoption. A finacial statement covering all income accrued and expenditure incurred over the same period was rpesented and approve.

Leitrim County Council was thanked for their financial assistance towards the new tarmacadam pathways. Also all those with loved ones buried in the cemtery who contributed so generously on Cemetery Sunday as well as the 2012 fundraisign social and the donations towards the tree-sponsorship scheme.

Thanks also to Joey Smyth (Ballinamore) for his kind sponsorship of both name signs on the cemetery gate. As funds become available, it is proposed to proceed with the following: a- further tree planting, b- mapping of graves and have same mounted with relevant names and plot numbers on a stand convenient to the entrace, c- boundary hedge cutting with the permission of adjoining land holders, d- consider further planting of flowers and shrubs in various locations inside the cemetery, e- power washing and painting reminder of front entrance perimeter wall. Any suggestions from plot-owners which would help enhance the appearance of the cemetery are most welcome and should be submitted to the committee for their consideration.

Saint Mary’s Cemetery Dumping Appeal

The committee of Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Carrick-on-Shannon has been alerted to the fact that certain areas in the cemetery are being used for the dumping of wreaths, pots, unused shrubs and flowers, empty bottles, etc and appeal for an immediate cessation of this unsavoury practice.

The commitee is a voluntary one and is trying hard to keep the cemetery tidy. There is no-one designated to remove rubbish and as plot owners are responsible for the disposal of their own items of waste, they should bring the same home with them as there is no facility within the cemetery for this purpose. Dumping of grass into the perimeter hedge is blocking the flow of water in the relevant drain, thereby causing flooding of plots in low lying areas. The committee request an end to this practice as well.

Tidy Towns News

Yes. We have established Tuesday as our project evening. On Tuesday last we had 10 adults, 1 teenager and 2 junior volunteers cheerfully at work. A major clean up was done between the Shannon and Attyfinlay Roundabouts each side of the N4. All 11 seats in the Town Park were thoroughly washed and are ready for all who wander through to sit for a while and relax. In total over 20 hours work was completed by volunteers in one evening. Add to that the Saturday and Sunday morning Litter Pick around town. It is making a difference and our town is looking well. We continue each week with Projects. Join us if you can. Look at our facebook page and “like and Share”.

The Resilience for Life Adult Programme

A email to hand from Michelle to let you all know of her forthcoming Psychologist course and it reads as follows: 6 Week Structured Programme delivered by a Registered Psychologist, aimed at developing an individual’s ability to positively respond to negative and challenging events in their life using a resilience toolbox – an array of strategies they can use to reduce stress and overcome the challenges they face.

The Resilience for Life Adult Programme (Barrett, 2005) is a structured, preventative and protective programme based on sound cognitive behavioural therapy principles, and aimed at wide ranges of adults such as parents worried about themselves or their children or people facing new challenges in their careers or personal lives.

The programme focuses on the specific skills of thought challenging and thinking in positive ways, mindfulness, relaxation and attention training, identifying role models, building support networks, problem-solving strategies and conflict resolutions, all underpinned by keeping healthy in mind and body.

Participants will receive a Certificate for Completion of Course Course Facilitator: Dr Michelle Howard, Reg. Psychol., Ps.S.I., Registered Psychologist 30th April, 7th May, 14th May, 21st May, 28th May. Venue: Breffni Family Resource Centre, Breffni Crescent, Carrick-on-Shannon. Cost: €120 for 6 session programme (1.5 hour per session). Limited spaces so early booking essential. Contact 085 2856485 for further information

Heritage Showcase Event on Saturday and Sunday

Carrick-on-Shannon Heritage Group Ltd. present Heritage Showcase Event on Saturday 27th April in the Town Park, Carrick-on-Shannon (the park opposite The Dock). Gates open to public 10.30am - 17.30pm. Workshops, Demonstrations, Entertainment, Stalls, Face painting, Bouncing Castles and much much more. Fun for all the family.

Also there is a dog show and dog show craft skills on the day. Entries taken on the day. Baking Competition in association with the I.C.A being ran on the day. There is a variety of different baking classes. Forms can be obtained from the or by calling into St. George’s Heritage & Visitor Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon or email

Scór Bake sale a success

The Scór Bake sale held last weekend was a fantastic success. Many thanks to all the supporters who came along and contributed so generously, especially to those who made the effort to bake and drop off goodies, it was very much appreciated by the group, your support from the parish was fantastic. Congratulations to our raffle winners, Joe Flynn, St Mary’s Close, Carrick and Tom Guckian, Gowel on winning our 2 superb novelty cakes, baked and donated by Fiona Martin and Clare Noone. All roads lead to Derry this weekend where the main event is taking place in “The Venue” this Saturday at 3pm.

There is a great contingent travelling from Leitrim, anyone of thinking of travelling last minute please contact Claire at 087-6472547 for tickets or any other details. The very best of Luck to our St Mary’s Ladies in the Figure dance: Laura & Claire Crossan, Ciara Fitzgerald, Sandra Butler, Caroline Conway, Karen Morgan, Sinead McKiernan & Katja Auhl.

Mindfulness & Relaxation

Mindfulness & Relaxation for stress, anxiety, depression & well being. Men & Women welcome on Mondays at 10.30 am & 8pm from April 29th in St. George’s Visitor Centre, Carrick. Booking advised. Call Geraldine 085 2749493.

Enrolment/Open Day at Woodbrook N.S.

Woodbrook N.S., Carrick-on-Shannon invite you and your children to attend their open/enrolment day this Wednesday, 24th April from 1pm to 3pm. Located just 5 minutes from Carrick Train Station on Croghan Road. Alternatively contact the school on 086 8207571 for enrolment pack.

Carrick Library News

Following on from the Live Poetry Readings in The Dock on 17/04/13 Carrick-on-Shannon Library has a number of books available to borrow from authors Vona Groarke, Eilean Ni Chuilleanain and Peter Sirr. Also new Adult and Children’s Audio Books have arrived.

St Vincent de Paul Ozanam House Shop

Our St Vincent de Paul Ozanam House Shop opening hours are now as follows: Mondays 11am-2pm, Tuesdays & Wednesdays 2pm-5pm, Thursdays 11am-5pm & 8pm-10 pm, Fridays 11am to 5pm. We are always looking for good secondhand clothes for our shop. Please only drop clothes into shop during shop opening hours. We are unable to accept furniture or electrical items. 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 071-9620380 (answering machine) and leave your name and contact number and 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.

New Members Wanted

Four Green Fields Flute Band are currently looking for dedicated people who would be interested in joining our ever growing flute band. You don’t need to have any experience as training will be given for your chosen instrument or if you prefer you can be part of the flag holders. If interested contact me: email- or tel 086-4038315 or thetimeisnear/facebook. We are based in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim and practice at least once a week in the Breffni Resource Centre at 7:30-9:30pm.

Padre Pio Mass

Mass and Rosary in St. Mary’s Church, Carrick-on-Shannon on Monday, April 29th at 8pm. Everyone welcome.