Carrickedmond January 14




As these are the first Carrickedmond Local Notes of 2011, I would like to wish all readers of these notes, all parionishers, people from the parish now living away, and the management and staff of the Longford Leader a very happy New Year.

Thanks to everyone who contacted me during 2010 with items of interest for these notes and I look forward to hearing from you all during the coming year with all your news and views from the area.

If you would like to contact me with notes please call me on 0449357063, 0868286748 or e-mail me at


The Carrickedmond GAA dinner dance will take place in the Rustic-Inn Abbeyshrule on Saturday night next the 15th January. The meal will be served at 8.30pm sharp. Tickets are still available and can be had from any committee member costing 25 euro each.

Music on the night will be provided by Temptations and a great night of music song and dance is assured.


Congratulations to Charlotte and Dermot mc Cormack Kilcurray on the recent birth of a bouncing baby boy who was born in Mullingar general Hospital.

Hopefully Charlotte and the new arrival are doing well.


During the Christmas two of our well known parionishers passed away.

On Christmas Eve Mai O Connor passed away at the home of her daughter Antionette following a long illness. Mai was well known in the parish and was a great supporter of all parish activities down through the years. She was a very jolly woman and loved to have a chat with everyone she knew. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her especially her daughters Antoinette and Martina and all members of the Kelly and Lenehan families. Her remains were removed to Carrickedmond church and the burial took place in Carrickedmond cemetery.

On Christmas morning at Christmas morning mass news broke of the sudden death of another very popular and one of our older parionishers Theresa (Teasy) Keenan Ratharney. Teasy as she was better known to all in the parish was in her 89th year and was a very gentle and kind lady who lived all of her married life in Ratharney. Teasy was a great supporter of all parish events and during the years when Carrickedmond were to the fore front in Scor activities Teasy was the number one supporter travelling the length and breath of the country supporting her parish. She was known to be a great cook and the week before her passing had some lovely Christmas cakes baked for her family. Teasy will now be missed by all who knew her especially her daughter Mary, sons Pat, Edward and Thomas other relatives and friends to whom we extend our sincere sympathy.

Teasy's remains were removed to Abbeyshrule church and her burial took place to Abbeyshrule cemetery.

We all extend our sympathies to the families of two lovely ladies who will be remembered for their kindness and lovely personalities throughout their lives living in the parish of Carrickedmond. May they rest in peace.


The Carrickedmond GAA lotto jackpot is now worth over €17000. The lotto draw takes place in the GAA complex on Tuesday nights and each envelope with four numbers costs €2. Envelops are available from any committee member or can be purchased in the local MFS shop in Carrickedmond.


Carrickedmond and Abbeyshrule churches were beautifully decorated during the festive season. It was hearting to see the Christmas services so well attended even though the weather was so cold. The beautiful singing provided by the choir's in both churches was much appreciated by everyone.

Great credit must go to Fr Tiernan and everyone who helped make our Christmas services a one to remember.


Carrickedmond GAA club hosted a charity football game in the Michael Moran Park on St Stephens's day.

Despite the very bitter weather conditions players past and present played out a very enjoyable game with all proceeds from the game going to St Christopher's. This fund is still open and if you would like to donate to it please contact Maraide mc Donnell before Saturday the 15th January.


The local badminton club activities has resume after the Christmas break. The club invite new members to come along on Wednesday nights from 8pm to 11pm. For more information contact Seamus Mc Cormack or William Glennon.


Anybody interested in participating in drama in the parish please contact George Farrar at 087-2584238. It is hoped to form a new drama group in the parish and to stage a play in the parish hall in the coning months. So if you are interested in acting, stage management, make-up or producing a play please make contact with George.


Please remember to keep used stamps and place them in the box located and marked "Used Stamps" at the rear of the Carrickedmond church. These stamps will be collected and used by missionary groups who make a small amount of money by selling them to stamp dealers.


Welcome back to school this week to all the teachers and pupils at St Sinneachs and Tashinney national schools. Hopefully all enjoyed the Christmas holidays and settle back into school life quickly.


A reminder that MFS Fuels under the new management of local man Eugene Quaine Tashinney is now open and located beside St Sinneachs parish hall. The shop's opening hours is from 9am to 9pm and all the usual supplies like petrol fuel daily papers and all other shop supplies are on sale. Eugene and Eugene junior are on hand daily to help with all requests.


A black and white border collie has gone missing from its home in the area. If you have seen this dog named "Daisy" please contact its owner on 086-8038935 who is very anxious for the dogs return.