INFORMATION EVENING: Thursday 17th May 2012 7-9pm, Community Centre, Carrigallen. There will be talks and information on the night about: the community text alert scheme; support for those caring for someone at home; minding your mental health. There will also be a wide range of information about services available in the local community to help you such as Citizens Information, MABS, Fair Deal scheme, Leitrim Association for People with a Disability, services for older people and information about your local health services and how they can help you. For more information please contact Maeve MacDermott, HSE Primary Care Development Unit. 071 91 35029.
DEATH: Death of Carrigallen woman in Vancouver Canada. There is widespread regret in the Carrigallen parish and surrounding areas at the news of the death of Mrs Maisie Masterson, Sestrap, which has occurred in Vancouver Canada following a short illness. Maisie a native of Cornafest Carrigallen who emigrated to England in 1954 and after some years there, she was to meet her future husband Canadian army officer Ron Sestrap. The couple married in England in 1966 and in 1967 the happy couple emigrated to Vancouver Canada which they made their home and reared their family there. The couple and their family made many visits back to her native Carrigallen. It was her dearest wish for her ashes to be interred with her late parents and family grave in Saint Marys Cemetery Carrigallen. Very Rev D Murray PP Carrigallen officiated. Sympathy is extended to husband Ron sons Michael daughter Coleen in Canada brother Michael ,sisters Bridget Rose Teresa in England and Ann in Boyle Roscommon brothers in law in England and Boyle Co Roscommon and a large family circle. May she RIP. The couple were also predeceased by daughter Evelyn in Canada.
TRAVELLED TO ATHLONE: The Corn Mill Theatre group Carrigallen travelled to Athlone on Saturday evening last with this years play “The Seafarer “ when they won their way to the All Ireland finals after picking up 5 first awards and two seconds at drama festivals in Roscommon Cavan Kiltyclogher and Ballinamore. Their production got a great reception and was well received. We are now waiting patiently for the final night of the All Ireland to see where the honours and awards went . Hoping Carrigallen will be there at the top. Wishing them lots of luck.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION IN SAINT MARYS CHURCH: A very large congregation of parents and friends of the large number of children from Saint Marys national School Carrigallen who received their first Holy Communion on Saturday 28th April. The mass was celebrated by Very Rev Dennis Murray PP. The following children received their first holy communion Daniel McCann, Korneliga Zaregaite, Ciaran Flynn, Kamiligo Navickai, Poppy Lee Greenchield, Emma Beirne, Yakub Surma, Muireann Mullhall-Walllace, David Lee, Mark Lee, Derek Collins, Aidan Doherty, David Brooks, Gavin Harte, Edel Kiernan, Turlough McLoughlin, Martin Mickey Reilly, Matt Hackett, Jake Hackett, Simona Vevere, Conor McManus and Airingas Riaras. The children were in charge of their teacher Mrs Greene NT. The church was beautifully decorated and outside the church there was a large display of flags and buntings. The water was cold but very dry but on arrival to Mitchels and the hotel where they were well looked after.
PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIP: Leitrim Ploughing championship great success. The annual Leitrim county ploughing championship held on the lands of Mr P and Eileen Donohoe Gortermone Carrigallen was a great success. The lands were in excellent form due to the good spell of dry weather before hand leaving the competitors happy with their task much easier for the large amount of tractors and horses ploughing that were taking part. Many of whom travelled long journeys from as far away as county Down Antrim Monaghan Mayo Roscommon Meath Westmeath Longford and Cavan and a large number of girls and men loy diggers also showed their skills. A word of thanks to John O’Malley (local butcher) and all who did an excellent job for to have everything running so smoothly including the large flow of traffic. Well done everyone on doing a marvellous job. Please include the winning results of the plouging championships which is enclosed last week.
IMPROVEMENT: A big improvement of Chapel pass. The old chapel pass that linked up with the Aughawillan Road. In days gone by people of the parish living in the following townlands Errew Cornafest Aughawillan and Bredagh travelled this road to Mass and it is still used by many people who are living in that part. Over the winter and hard weather it became overgrown somewhat and a word of thanks must go to the local FAS team who took on the task of improving this road for its many users. It would be in keeping if the parish committee would finish it off by getting a few tractor loads of gravel when its in such a better state. This would crown it and would do for years. It would be a job well done and indeed Father Murray and his parish committee would receive a lot of thanks and prayers from his parishioners.