WHITE CHRISTMAS: The year 2010 will long be remembered as the year that the snowstorm lasted a month causing much hardship to locals especially farms in trying to get fodder to their outlying stocks.
Rivers and their drinking pools were frozen over to 3 and 4 inches in many places. Roads were in a terrible condition especially country and byroads which were not gritted. Many of our senior citizens had to travel by tractor to town for to do their Christmas shopping. For safety reasons Fr Murray PP did not have the customary 12 o'clock midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. After almost 100 years it was brought forward to 9 o'clock for this year. For almost an hour before Mass the electric bells were pealing out Christmas carols. The severe frost has done much damage all over the country, burst pipes , houses flooded many locals are still without water.
THE LATE PAT MASTERSON
The Carrigallen and surrounding area was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Pat Masterson RIP which occurred in St Patrick's Hospital Carrick on Shannon last week. The late Pat, a native of Ballinamuck, arrived in Carrigallen in the late 1930s to serve his time in the pub/ grocery and general merchant business of Terry Lynch. A diligent worker and popular person Pat endeared himself to all who came in contact with him and when he bought his boss's business, his poularity and reputation ensured an immediate success. In the early 1970s Pat married Clara Greene from Drumcannon who had spent some time in New York working as a nurse. Pat and Clara were a popular couple with the late Clara ever generous with help and advice on medical issues to people in need of it and Pat with his shrewd business sense and an eye for a sound investment always willing to give a person the benefit of his wisdom. Sadly their happiness was cut short when Clara died at a young age in the late 1980s just as they were considering retirement having completed their dream home on their land above the town. Pat now alone again in the world managed with the help of good friends and his deep religious faith to pick himself up and carry on despite his great sense loss. Pat took consolation from prayer and visiting places of pilgrimage including Lourdes. In the early 1990s Pat's nephew Pat Jnr joined him in the business leaving him a bit more time on his hands which he generally spent chatting to people for he had a huge interest in people and a great knowledge of every family in the area along with all the company reps who called to his business many of whom had come to regard their call to Pat's just as much a necessity from a social point of view as from a commercial one. Pat served on many local committees down the years where he made a worthwhile contribution including the committee which built the hall or community centre as it is known and also the committee who oversaw the building of the Tom Clarke club rooms something he was particularly proud of. He was also involved at the early stages of establishing the mart which he viewed as a progressive step and incidently Pat was a keen judge of cattle and could hold his own with the best when buying or selling during the years he kept cattle. Politics was another strong passion of his. A life long members of Fianna Fail where he held many officerships including that of honorary president of the local Tom Clarke Cumann. He acted as host for Cumann meetings for decades along with fund raising and promoting the cause at every opportunity along with being a trusted confidante of every elected representative in the county. The measure of Pat's popularity and the esteem in which he was held was very evident when record numbers of people turned out to his removal and funeral inspite of the worst weather for decades indeed many risked life & limb simply to pay respect to one of natures true gentlemen who had been part of our community for what seemed like all of our lifetimes. The removal was received at St Mary's by Rev D Murray PP assisted by Fr Sean McDermott while the funeral Mass was celebrated by Rev D Murray with former members of Pat's staff carrying the gifts while Mary Harte sang some well chosen hymns and Pat's nephew Packie Greene delivered a very appropriate reflection. RIP. Sympathy is extended to Pat's nephew Pat Junior and his wife Mary and family here in Carrigallen, his brother Michael and family in Ballinamuck along with his sisters in England and USA.