Don’t tell the Bride visits Carrigallen

Don’t tell the Bride visits Carrigallen

On Wednesday, 10 December, Therese Finnegan, daughter of Martina and Michael Finnegan, Drummerkane, Carrigallen got married in St Mary’s Church, Carrigallen after only three weeks of her now husband Matthew’s planning of their dream day. The adventure began in September when the young couple seen an advertisement that RTÉ were looking for couples to take part in the television show ‘Don’t tell the Bride’. Threase and Matthew applied and after many interviews and meetings, finally found out in the last week of November that they had been accepted for the show. The show involved the couple being given €10,000 for their wedding on the conditions that the groom planned the whole day down to every last detail. Another condition of the show was that the couple had absolutely no contact for the three weeks before the wedding. Threase and their guests did not find out the wedding date until four days prior to the wedding. The couple enjoyed a unique day with their family and friends and would like to thank them all for helping make their day special. They would like to thank them for their patience as filming inevitably delayed some parts of the day. They would also like to thank Fr D. Murray PP Carrigallen, for his beautiful ceremony and his ability to keep secrets from the Bride herself! The show will be aired at the end of February; however, no dates have been released yet. Congratulations to Threase and Matthew on the occasion of their wedding and wishing them a long life of wedded bliss!

Tragic accident

Sympathy is extended to Dolores Smyth and family, Aughawillen, Carrigallen on the death of her nephew Martin Cadden, following a tragic car accident in New Zealand recently. His funeral took place in St Joseph’s Church, Loughduff, Co Cavan on Tuesday, 13 January 2015. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.

Creative Writing

Scríobh, Carrigallen Creative Writing group continue for this season on tonight 14, 21, 28 January, 4, 11 and 25 February in Carrigallen Library at 8.00pm. This could be your New Year Resolution! Do you write? Do you want to write? All you need is a pen and paper, come join with us in a relaxed and friendly setting, ordinary people writing together in a safe environment!

Booking is essential as spaces are limited. Classes are free. For more information please contact Helen on 04943 39188. Library opening hours Monday 1.30pm to 3.30pm & 4.00pm to 8.00pm; Wednesday 10.45am to 2.45pm & 3.00pm to 5.00pm and Saturday 10.00am to 1.00pm.


Congratulations to Brian Gormley, son of Maureen and Joe Gormley, Kilbracken, Carrigallen and Margaret Smith, Drumreilly who announced their engagement recently.


Bingo on Sunday night next, 18 January at 8.30pm in Carrigallen Community Centre.

Corn Mill Theatre

Big Guerilla Productions and the Corn Mill Theatre presents Seamus O’Rourke and the wonderfully talented Clare Monnelly for two pieces of new Irish writing in the Corn Mill Theatre, Carrigallen on Friday and Saturday, 16 and 17  January. Clare Monnelly (Moone Boy, Alone it Stands, Ride On) makes her debut as a writer when she performs her own writing ‘Charlie’s a Clepto’, and Seamus’ lastest play ‘Indigestion’, a new story of everything that could go wrong with a man and still there’s hope. Doors open at 8pm and show starts at 8:30pm. Booking at 04943 39612 or (086) 8765377 between 10am-4pm


The death occurred of Len Smith of 2 Cois Locha, Carrigallen, in Cavan General Hospital recently. Len was born and raised in Exeter, Devon, England. His love of the sea brought him to join the Merchant Navy at the age of sixteen. He travelled the world and spent the war at sea - twice being torpedoed. On one of these occasions, he spent the night in the sea, hearing his ship mates being taken by sharks (he always attributed his survival of that night to being covered in ships’ oil). After the Merchant Navy, he worked for Michelin Tyres in London, and then moved back to his beloved Devon to open his own tyre business. He was also lucky enough to be able to buy a yacht at this time. He spent many happy hours and days sailing Panacea around the coast of England and made over forty trips to France - happily bringing his quota of red wine back each time! He spent his retirement in the pretty village of Lympstone in Devon, until he and his wife Eleanor made the brave decision to move - at the age of 92- to Ireland- to Carrigallen, to be near their daughter & her family. He spent only a short time here, fourteen months in total, but he was surrounded by his family, and received great care from the Home Help service and hospital staff. Len is sadly missed by all who knew him. Sympathy is expressed to his wife, Eleanor, daughter Julie and Seamus; grandchildren Jessica, Thiernan and Shalyn O’Rourke, relatives and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.

Social Dancing

Social dancing will be held next Saturday night, 17 January, in the Kilbrackan Arms Hotel from 10pm to 12:30am. Music supplied by Family Affair. All are welcome!

G.F.C. Lotto
The draw was held on Saturday, 10 January 2015 and the numbers drawn on the night were 1, 9, 15, and 23. There was no Jackpot winner and the four winners of €50 each were John O’Malley, Sinéad McManus, Noel Lyons, and J.A. McGovern. Next week’s draw will be held in Eugene Reilly’s bar on 17 January 2015 when the Jackpot will be €3,600. Those in charge of the draw will members of the St Joseph’s Ladies team.

Turkey Trot

Arva Trotters would like to extend their sincere thanks to everyone who took part in our Turkey Trot, and also to all who helped out on the day. We look forward to seeing you all at the presentation of funds raised to Enable Ireland on Saturday 31 January 2015 at 9.00pm in the Breffni Arms Hotel. We would also like to extend an invitation to anybody who would like to join us on our exploits. The Arva Trotters meet at the Breffni Arms Hotel each Sunday at 11.15am and Thursdays at 8pm.

Outreach Service

The Mohill Family Support Centre’s Outreach Service will be available in Carrigallen’s Primary Care Centre every Tuesday from 10:00am to 12:30pm.