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Annual Fundraising Walk

Annual Fundraising Walk

The Ladies who have for many years participated in the Marathon in Dublin to raise Funds for the Carrick Cancer group, have decided that this year they will take part in the Carrickmacross Marathon, which is also a 10km Walk/Run, and is on the Sunday of the June Bank Holiday weekend. There is no entry fee and you can contact Bernie Smyth, Sinead Byrne, Catherine Dooley, Mary Woods or Rita Callan for Sponsorship cards. Hopefullly they will have a huge response to this as it keeping these vital Funds local.


Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th May 2013. Award-winning poet, Joseph Woods, will direct the Poetry Writing Workshop Weekend at the Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen on Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th May 2013.

Over the course of the weekend, participants will look at poetry publication beginning with simply how a poem gets published in the first place? All aspects of poem publication in journals, magazines, competitions and ultimately through to preparing a first collection or book of poems will be looked at.

Two poems per participant will be work-shopped, with an emphasis on style and exploring why some poems can break the barrier of dull accomplishment. Participants are welcome to bring along their own examples.

Lastly, participants will consider the poetry reading and performance and delivery of their own work.

The Workshop Director, Joseph Woods is a poet and Director of Poetry Ireland. He’s published three collections of poetry, his first; Sailing to Hokkaido won the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2000. Ocean Letters, his third collection, was published by Dedalus Press in 2011. He has co-edited Our Shared Japan (Dedalus Press, 2007), an anthology of contemporary Irish poetry concerning Japan. He also reviews occasionally and contributes to radio.

The Patrick Kavanagh Centre is the venue for this weekend of creative activity. The Centre is located in the picturesque village of Inniskeen which nestles among the Monaghan drumlins immortalised by Patrick Kavanagh, Inniskeen’s most illustrious son and one of Ireland’s best loved poets.

For information and booking: Ph. 00353 (0) 42 9378560. E-mail:

Community Alert

Community Alert .Have you signed up for TEXT ALERT yet ? Forms available in the local shops or from committee members. €2 per form.Forms along with €2 can be returned to any committee member or placed in a box in Magees shop and Credit Union from this weekend . More details on the launch will be available next week.


The Bingo is on this Saturday night, as usual, in the Community Social Club at the usual time of 8.30pm. . The usual Prizes and a Jackpot of €800 on offer, increasing monthly by €50 if not won, this week on 45 numbers. Books €5 and Sheet €2. Bus from Carrickmacross each night leaving Convent Lands 7.45, Highfield entrance 7.47, Main Street at Bus Stop 7.50, O’Neill Street 7.52 and Cloughvalley 7.55, DundalkRoad 8.05


Congratulations to Ciara McGeeney and Keelan Conlon on the birth of their Son Seanán Eugene who was Baptised on Sunday last in Sheelagh.

Social Club

This Saturday music as usual for the weekly Dance for all those who are interested in Jiving etc. 10.15pm. This week Saturday May 11th Country Cousins, 18th The Mavericks and the 25th Tommy Mac. A great line out of Bands for the Month of May.

Lough Derg

Inniskeen Parish Trip to Lough Derg for the one day pilgrimage on Wednesday September 11th price €50 (including bus) Booking and monies to Fr. Martin as soon as possible to secure seat.

Inniskeen Parish Trip to Lough Derg - Three day Pilgrimage June 12th - 14th. Price €80 (including bus). All names and monies to Fr. Martin as soon as possible. The Friends of Lough Derg are having a Church Gate Collection on the weekend of May 11/12th at all Mass times. Please give generously if possible.

Pick 4

At the Pick 4 draw held on Monday April 29 the numbers drawn were 2, 16,19, and 26 and there was no outright winner of the Jackpot of €4,200. Winners of €20 each are as follows:- Amy, Alan and Darragh Needham, Aughrim, Mark McEntee,c/o Blackstafff School, Richard Ashfield, Ednamo, Ann Hoey, Mullagh, Oliver Woods, Drumneil, P.J. Martin, Laragh, Jacqui Martin, Crossmaglen, Marian McCabe c/o Jemmy, Ann Marie McCabe, c/o Jemmy and Patsy McKenna,, Coolderry. This week the Jackpot is €4,000 and to be in with a chance get your entry from any member of Inniskeen Ladies GFC, Blackstaff Parents Association or the Development Group

Sunday Dancing

On Sunday night music as usual for the weekly Fun dance. A great nights dancing for all who enjoy lively music and fun dancing. This Sunday May 12th the Inlaws, 19th Mickey the Butcher and on the 26th The Hustlers, great Bands with lively music for Dancing each night.

The Annual Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Awards 2013.

The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award is for a first unpublished collection of poems in English by an Irish poet.

The award is now in its 42nd year. Previous winners include Eileán Ni Chuilleanáin, Paul Durcan, Thomas McCarthy, Peter Sirr, Sinead Morrissey, Conor O’Callaghan, Pat Boran,

Joseph Woods and Geraldine Mitchell.

The winner of this year’s award will receive €1,000. The closing date for entry to the competition is Friday 26th July 2013. The Award will be presented on Friday 27th September 2013 at the opening of the Annual Patrick Kavanagh Weekend in Inniskeen.

Rules and entry form are available from the Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen:Tel. 00353(0)429378560, Fax:00353 (0)429378855



The Whist is held each Tuesday night at 8pm in the Social Club and new players are always welcome to come along and join in. On April 16th, the highest score was held by Tommy Crawley, highest lady Marie McMahon, joint 2nd Lady Jeanette Connolly & Maureen Byrne, highest gent Rose Ramsey, 2nd Gent: Austin Dawe, lowest score Kitty Lynch, Sweep winner Una Crilly, and longest Sit Bella Jones

For lessons for new members phone 042 9378146. We send our condolences to Heather Christmas on the death of her mother Mary Christmas. May she rest in peace.

Kavanagh Student Poetry Award 2013.

The Patrick Kavanagh Centre is organising this award which in previous years was organised by Co. Monaghan V.E.C. It is open to students of second-level schools in Counties Armagh, Cavan, Fermanagh, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, and Tyrone.

Rules of the competition and entry-forms are available from the Patrick Kavanagh Centre. Closing date for receipt of entries is Friday 31st May 2013 at 4pm Presentation of this year’s certificates and prizes will be on Sunday 29th September in the Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen.Winning schools will be given good notice of same. Rules and entry form are available from the Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen:Tel. 00353(0)429378560, Fax:00353 (0)429378855


The annual Patrick Kavanagh Weekend takes place in Inniskeen, Co Monaghan from Friday, 27th to Sunday - 29th September 2013.

Patrick Kavanagh Centre

Patrick Kavanagh Centre: Opening hours: Tuesday - Friday 11am-4.30pm. Computer Training Course will continue on Thursday next 11th April from 10am-1pm. Upcoming events at the Centre: Poetry Writing Workshop for beginners Sat 11th-Sun 12th May. Directed by Joseph Woods. Kerr’s Ass ‘an exile that night in Mucker’ One-man show - performed by Art Agnew on Sat. 25th May in association with Dundalk Chamber of Commerce as part of their Gathering event. Traditional Music event 23rd June. Inniskeen Road July Evening Festival 12th - 14th July. Plans are well underway for this new festival which will be held 12th-14th July as part of Ireland’s Gathering 2013. Why not invite your family and friends overseas to return to Inniskeen for this festival which promises to be an event not to be missed with fun for all the family with music, dance, storytelling and walking tours of Kavanagh Country. There will be performances of farming scenes from the 1930/1940’s and readings and performances at many of the sites immortalised in Kavanagh’s poems by well known national and local actors and much more. Volunteers will be needed for stewarding and to help over the festival weekend.

We would be delighted to hear from all who would like to help out with this community event.

Your help would be greatly appreciated. You can contact us on 93 78560. Creative Writing Workshop for beginners 27th - 28th. July Directed by Iggy McGovern.

Annual Patrick Kavanagh Weekend & Poetry Awards: Friday 27th- Sunday 29th September 2013