CELEBRATION OF FIFTY YEARS OF PRIESTHOOD: On Sunday 14th April, 2013 Father Sean McTiernan, a native of the parish of Carrigallen Co Leitrim, celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood in a con-celebrated mass at St Marys Church Carrigallen. Co-celebrants were Fathers Patrick Hagan and Tom McDonnell, his colleagues in St Patricks Missionary Society,Kiltegan Co Wicklow. The Mass was attended by his siblings and close family members. Afterwards all assembled for refreshments and joviality at the birthplace of Sean’s late mother at Bredagh, Carrigallen. Fr Sean , the first of a family of five of John (Jack) and Mary Elizabeth (Maimie) McTiernan was born in the village of Carrigallen in 1936. He completed his primary education in Carrigallen National School after which he commenced second level education at Moyne Secondary School (Latin School) Co Longford where , at inter cert level he won a scholarship to St Mels College, Longford. This great achievement ended his daily cycling routine to Moyne. After leaving Cert at St Mels College,Sean in response to a call from God, decided to enter St Patricks Missionary Society where he commenced his studies for the priesthood. After seven years of study he was ordained a priest in April, 1963 at Kiltegan Co Wicklow. Following his ordination Sean was assigned as a missionary to Abakaliki in the South East of Nigeria. In July 1967 a bitter civil war erupted in that country and continued until January 1970. Those years proved to be very difficult and dangerous for missionaries in Nigeria who endeavoured to remain loyal to their flocks. Those missionaries suffered great personal trauma and stress throughout that period. Sean returned to Ireland at that time and commenced a process of recuperation and recovery. Sean was then assigned a teaching post at Moyne School (Latin School) after which he took up appointments in various parishes in Roscommon and Mullingar. He was then appointed to a parish close to Reykjavik in Iceland where he also secured a degree in Icelandic studies in the local university. He is now retired and living at the society headquarters in Kiltegan Co Wicklow. A special word of thanks to Father Denis Murray PP Carrigallen, Co Leitrim for making available St Marys Church for the occasion. Sincere thanks to Ann and Francie Murray and also to John Morrow for their assistance in organising and preparing the church for the celebration.
FOOTBALL STAR: Much travelled Carrigallen football senior star. Early last year Carrigallen GAA Club lost two of their outstanding young senior footballers in the persons of Gary Reynolds, son of Terry and Reta Reynolds, Carrigallen who emigrated to Australia and joined forces there with a team of many young Irish lads like himself and at the time of his leaving another Carrigallen footballer and team mate of Gary’s Eoin Ward, son of Charlie & Patricia Ward Carrigallen the only difference in this case that Eoin was emigrating to USA. On Gary’s return home to Carrigallen and Leitrim he was made an offer by the Leitrim GAA Board to join the county team once again and this was to mean that Gary had to pack up his cases once again and travel to USA with the Leitrim senior team for their Connaught senior championship match V USA in Gaelic Park NY against the USA team. A big surprise for Gary was to come when he discovered that his friend and Carrigallen former team mate Eoin Ward was a playing member of the USA team and they would be in opposition this time. Congratulations Gary on your teams success. Keep this up and Connaught honours will come later in Summer 2013.
WEDDING BELLS: Wedding bells for young couple. The wedding took place recently in Saint Marys Church Drumeela Carrigallen of Mr Christopher Mimna son of Mr Christy & late Cathleen Mimna Toome Carrigallern and Miss Carmel Connolly daughter of John and Anna Rose Connolly Doogarry. Best man Patsy Mimna, groomsman Anthony Mimna, brother of groom. Bridesmaid Martina Quinn, Maid of honour Martina Hession. The bride was given away by her father John Connolly. The ceremony with nuptial mass and papal blessing was performed by Very Rev Denis Murray PP Carrigallen & Drumreilly. The sacred scripture lessons was read by Brendan Connolly & Daniel Mimna. Sacred music by Janice Igoe. The reception was later held in the Farnham estate Hotel Cavan. Wishing the happy couple many years of wedded bliss.