DEATH: Death of Mrs Teresa McGearty. There is general regret in the Carrigallen area and surrounding parishes at the death of Mrs Teresa McGearty Longfield House,Carrigallen which occurred recently at Laurel Lodge Nursing Home Co Longford. Teresa wife of the late Jack, she was a popular member of a well known Galligan family Doogarry. She came to the parish on her marriage to her late husband Jack, who was a well known rate collector,farmer and publican and later an auctioneer assisting her husband to run this thriving business and rear her family. Their place where you were sure to meet gentry like Lord Kilbracken and many English peers who were visiting him and Longfield House bar. A bar where you could meet many music artists Leo Rowsome and his famous pipes, The Dubliners and many others. Eugene Leddy ceili band that kept all dancing, a lovely night could be spent there. The district is much the poorer at the passing of this great lady who loved helping others. May she RIP. Sympathy is extended to her sons Michael and John , daughter in law Anne, grandchildren, sister Mrs Julia O’Reilly Killesandra, nieces and nephews and a large family circle. The removal of her remains and funeral following requiem mass in Saint Marys Church Drumeela celebrated by Very Rev D Murray PP was very large and representative. Burial took place in adjoining cemetery.
WINTRY WEATHER RETURNS: On Friday last the lovely dry but very cold weather previous took a change for the worst. Many locals had been contemplating preparing their gardens for the setting of vegetables and an early ridge or two of potatoes and cabbage. Many locals who still believe in having their own little vegetable garden, had to change their mind for the present when Easterly winds snow showers and sleet hit the area.
COUNTY LEITRIM ANNUAL PLOUGHING MATCH: The County Leitrim annual ploughing match takes place in Carrigallen on Easter Saturday March 30th on the lands kindly given by Mr and Mrs John O’Malley at Clooncorick, this lovely piece of ground which is in the town this year. Co Leitrim ploughing match is well over 60 years old, happy birthday. All roads lead to Carrigallen for this popular event weather permitting. When ploughmen come from England, Scotland , Antrim, Derry and Tyrone with their well groomed Clydesdale horses in their lovely harness which has been a great attraction for young and old alike. A number of horse ploughers also come from Monaghan Meath, Longford, Cavan and Roscommon. As well as tractor ploughers from those counties and as far away ads Offaly Tipperary and Mayo. A big attraction also is the lady and gents loy diggers and many sideline events.
CONFIRMATION: Confirmation in Saint Marys Church Carrigallen. On Friday evening 15th March Bishop Leo O’Reilly, Bishop of Kilmore paid his annual visit to the Carrigallen parish to administer the sacrament of Confirmation to the children of Carrigallen, Drumeela and Drumreilly National schools. It was nice to see so many flags hanging from the business buildings of the town and outside Saint Marys entry to the church along the road and the lady’s of Lourdes grotto a great display of lovely colouring of buntings which certainly looked good. Well done to all those who did this lovely job. His Lordship the Bishop was welcomed to the parish by our parish priest Very Rev D Murray. The Bishop was assisted on the altar by Very Rev D Murray PP Carrigallen ,Very Rev Dan Sheridan PP and Rev C Hurley Killeshandra. Carrigallen NS provided the beautiful school choir which was prepared by their teachers Miss Majella O’Reilly organist and Mrs Collette Doris. The children sang beautifully and played their instruments with great confidence which was certainly fit for a bishop and the large congregation & priests. Their music and song added greatly to the celebrations, it was like a breath of fresh air to the large congregation as Carrigallen Church has had no real choir for a long time and the future looks bright and indeed it would take a lot of work off Fr Murray’s hands who has to look after the 3 churches in the parish. The following children received Confirmation Carrigallen NS Tara Finnegan , Lauryn Kottemann, Grace Donohoe, Saoirse Lynch, Jas Brennan, Joshua Gallon, Sarunas Zenkovas, Regina Kiernan, Eoin Kearney, Conor Gallogly, Sarah Hackett, David Rawle, Andrew Hession & Larry Reilly. Their teacher Mr Fergal Carty. Drumreilly NS Michelle McCabe, Sinead Edwards, Shauna Lavin, Emer McCabe & Hughie Maguire. Their teacher Mrs Clare McLoughlin. Drumeela NS Natasha McGovern, her teacher Miss Clare Cumiskey.
HOLY WEEK CEREMONIEs: Holy week ceremonies commenced in Saint Mary’s Churches Carrigallen , Drumeela and Drumreilly on Palm Sunday with the blessing of the palms when a very large congregation were present. Very Rev Fr D Murray PP celebrated the mass and the blessings of the palms. Holy Week ceremonies continue Holy Thursday Mass of last Supper Carrigallen at 8pm, Drumreilly at 8pm & Drumeela at 7pm.Good Friday ceremony of the passion of Jesus Carrigallen at 3pm & Drumreilly at 7pm.Trocaire collection boxes will be collected on Good Friday. Holy Week Saturday celebrations of the Lords Resurrection Carrigallen at 9pm, Drumreilly at 8pm.Easter Sunday Drumeela at 10am, Carrigallen at 11.30. Sunrise service. Easter Sunday morning at 7am outside Church of Ireland Carrigallen if the weather is bad service will be held inside the church. Everyone welcome.