Carrigallen December 31



The local Pike Anglers' Association held its pike fishing competition on Gulladoo Lake on Sunday, December 21 last. The event was an outstanding success. 36 boats took part; 34 pike were caught, weighed and released back to the water. Winners included: 1st Eamon Craven (1,000 euro), 2nd Barry Darby (500 euro), 3rd Noel Lyons (250 euro ). The Carrigallen Pike Angler's Committee would like to thank everyone who took part in the event and also the land owners Pauric Morris and Tom Duffy for the use of their land.


There was widespread regret in Carrigallen and the surrounding areas at the news of the death of Mrs Bridie Smyth which occurred at her residence; Killahurk, Carrigallen, Co Leitrim last week following a short illness. In her 87th year Bridie was predeceased by her husband Francie and was a member of the very popular Reilly family. Her brothers' James and Larry were star members of the famous Tully team in Carrigallen and were also very well known throughout Leitrim and the surrounding areas. Larry also passed on the footballing tradition to his sons Michael and John Reilly with the later's family also members of the Carrigallen squad. Bridie assisted her husband on the farm and raised a family and was also a devote Catholic all her life. She was also a great neighbour and friend. May she rest in peace.


The Corn Mill Theatre Group will present The Chastitute by John B Keane, directed by Gus Ward on Monday 27 and Tuesday December 28. The play will also continue on Thursday January 6, Friday January 7 and Saturday January 8 at 8:30pm. The production centers around the life of a 53 year old bachelor who resides in rural Leitrim. John Bosco played by Killian McGuinness has been consigned to a life of celibacy by a combination of religious inspired sexual guilt, social ineptitude and plain bad luck. His fate is not - as he explains himself - the result of a lack of effort on his part. A combination of flashbacks, imaginings and actual happenings illustrate his endeavours with the opposite sex. His run of failure continues throughout the play in spite of the ministrations of a matchmaker (Brian O'Reilly), his aunt Jane (Maura McGuinness) a smooth talking lothario (Stephen Grey) and the local priest (Sean McIntyre) all of whom are filled with parochial advice on the subject!


A fundraising event for Christopher Mimma and Team Kinkeen will take place at Drumcoura City on Saturday January 1 next . The team will cycle for Phoenix Park, Dublin to Drumcoura City, Leitrim on April 20 next in an effort to raise some much needed funds for Suicide, Teach, Organise, Prevent (STOP), Dromhair and to create awareness around the area of suicide. STOP promotes positive mental health, assists and supports individuals who may be feeling suicidal or distressed and those who have been bereaved by suicide.


Carrigallen Forige Club members have worked diligently in their new Crib which is situated in front of the Carrigallen Community Centre during the Christmas season. Wooden figures were beautifully hand crafted by local man Mareka Pinda and the Crib was painted by members of the Club. Also the Club elected a new committee and includes Jack Ledwith (chairperson), Cormac Whelan (Treasurer), Bronagh O'Rourke and JP Rawle (PRO).

Happy New Year to all the readers of the Carrigallen Notes.