Carrigallen

1947 REMEMBERED: 1947 remembered by many senior citizens as worst snow storm ever. On Monday last Feb 25 was the sixty sixth anniversary of Ireland’s worst ever snow storm. Many of our senior citizens recall how it started lightly on the 24th Feb, got heavier and continued all next day with several gale force winds causing the snow to drift into hollows which became full to depths of 12 to 14 feet in places, bringing all traffic to a stand still. The likes of this storm was never seen in Ireland before. Farmers were badly hit in trying to get meal and hay to their starving stocks. Animals were covered in snow. Farmers suffered severe losses in sheep,calves and donkeys in many cases and worst of all they could not travel into their towns for to get food. Many people in those far off days had their barns well stocked with all kinds of vegetables, potatoes ,oats and many houses had the bag of flour and oat meal in the corner beside the fire. Everyone had sheds of turf and timber . Many people wonder what would happen to people if the same kind of storm would ever come again ? When county council workmen got out to clear the roads they were joined freely by locals who assisted them at the work. No machinery in those times , all by hand. Children had great fun making giant snowmen and rolling snow down hills. On reaching the bottom the snow became boulder like in which many remained and could be seen in the month of May and June. No one would ever like to see a storm like that again.

1947 REMEMBERED: 1947 remembered by many senior citizens as worst snow storm ever. On Monday last Feb 25 was the sixty sixth anniversary of Ireland’s worst ever snow storm. Many of our senior citizens recall how it started lightly on the 24th Feb, got heavier and continued all next day with several gale force winds causing the snow to drift into hollows which became full to depths of 12 to 14 feet in places, bringing all traffic to a stand still. The likes of this storm was never seen in Ireland before. Farmers were badly hit in trying to get meal and hay to their starving stocks. Animals were covered in snow. Farmers suffered severe losses in sheep,calves and donkeys in many cases and worst of all they could not travel into their towns for to get food. Many people in those far off days had their barns well stocked with all kinds of vegetables, potatoes ,oats and many houses had the bag of flour and oat meal in the corner beside the fire. Everyone had sheds of turf and timber . Many people wonder what would happen to people if the same kind of storm would ever come again ? When county council workmen got out to clear the roads they were joined freely by locals who assisted them at the work. No machinery in those times , all by hand. Children had great fun making giant snowmen and rolling snow down hills. On reaching the bottom the snow became boulder like in which many remained and could be seen in the month of May and June. No one would ever like to see a storm like that again.

NATIONAL PRO LIFE RALLY: A rosary rally will take place outside the Dail in Dublin on Sat 23rd March. It will be a chance to ask and thank God that abortion will be kept out of Ireland. For details of transport from Cloone & Aughavas phone 086 8775036.

EXPO AND SEMINAR: Leitrim County Development Board are hosting a free training and further education Expo and seminar on Friday 8th March in the Bush Hotel Carrick on Shannon from 10am – 4.30pm. Open to all but particularly geared to people who are unemployed and to secondary school students and parents. Guest speakers include Nevin Maguire, Mary Holohan and Ellen Gunning. Local agencies and colleges will be in attendance for one to one advice. Further info from 071 9650496 or www.leitrim.ie.

CORNMILL THEATRE: Brothers of the Brush written by Jimmy Murphy and directed by Sean McIntyre from Thursday 28th – Sun 3rd March at 8.30pm. Phone 049 4339612 to book.

WEDDING BELLS: Wedding bells for Anita & Damian. The wedding took place in Saint Marys Church Carrigallen on Sat last of Miss Anita McGee daughter of Patrick and Anna Margaret McGee Aughavore,Carrigallen and Mr Damian McGourty , son of Mr Gerry and Nancy McGourty, Ballinaglera. Groomsmen Brendan & Philip McGourty. Bestman Adrian McGourty all brothers of groom. Matron of honour Meresa McGee McKernan sis of the bride. Bridesmaids Collette Lyons, Deborah McGee-Minie. Bridesmaids Lorna McKernan. Ring boy Finn McKernan. Horse shoe Senan McKernan. The bride was given away by her father Mr Patrick McGee. The ceremony with nuptial mass and Papal blessing was performed by Very Rev D Murray PP Carrigallen assisted by Very Rev Sean Mawn. The offertory procession was by Anna Margaret McGee & Nancy McGourty. The reception was later held in the Landmark Hotel Ck-on-Shannon. The honeymoon was spent touring in USA & Canada. Wishing the happy couple many long years of happiness & good health.

NEW YORK GAA DINNER DANCE : The 118th annual Saint Patricks’s Day Dinner Dance of the County Leitrim Society of New York will be held on Friday March 8th 2013 at Antrim’s of Queens village 96-43 Springfield Boulevard Queens village New York. The cocktail party (deluxe) will begin at 8pm followed by dinner and dancing to Tommy Flynn and the New York showband. The 2013 guest of honour is Mr Noel Kilkenny consul general of Ireland in New York. Noel is son of Frank Kilkenny of Meiltron Aughavas Co Leitrim and Anna nee Shalloo a native of Ennistymon Co Clare. Michael O’Rourke and Pat Murray from the Carrigallen parish are also trojan workers at doing great work at the organising of this great event. Wishing the event a wonderful success from county Leitrim. In keeping this same Michael Rourke is uncle of Carrigallen’s playwright Seamus O’Rourke who is making a name for himself as a top playwright in recent times.

JUVENILE AGM: The AGM of the Carrigalen juvenile board took place recently. The following were elected. Chairman Charles Ward,sec Mary Kenny, assistant secretary Margaret McCabe, coaching officer John Reilly, child protection officer Aishling Reilly & Terence Reynolds. Anyone interested in being coach/trainer with U14s please contact Mary Kenny.

NEW ARIVAL: Congratulations to Enda and Consepta Lyons on the birth of a baby girl Ceri.

OIL THEFTS: Gardai in Carrick on Shannon are urging member of the public to be vigilant following further oil thefts around the county. Our tanks should be locked and checked every day to bring this to an end.

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