WEDDING BELLS: The sun shone on the beautiful wedding of Fiona Gray, Bredagh Carrigallen, daughter of Kathleen and the late Vincent Gray and Aonghus Shannon Doogra Rossan son of Margaret and Dan Shannon. The marriage ceremony took place in St Mary’s Church Carrigallen recently. The lovely couple were joined by family and friends some travelling long distances to witness this special occasion. The bridesmaids were Yvonne Gray and Pauline Harte. Bestman was Niall Shannon and groomsman was Sean Grimes. Flower girl was Caoimhe Shannon and page boy was Dylan Shannon. Usherette was Lauren Greene and ushers were Dylan Shannon Stephen Gray and Fergal McLoughlin. First reading was read by Gillian Shannon responsorial psalm was by Natasha Murray and second reading was read by Eimear Shannon. Prayers of the faithful were by Jennifer Grimes, Clodagh McLoughlin, Imelda Gray, Seamus Gray, Dan Shannon,Grace Kenny and Orla Mitchell. Offertory by Kathleen Gray Margaret Shannon , Vicka Shveadovskya and Vicka Zhuravskaya. Communion reflection was read by Martina Quinn. Church music was supplied by Mary Harte and Liam Doonan. Doves re released by Kieron Smith. The wedding ceremony was celebrated by Fr Denis Murrayt PP Carrigallen. Afterwards the family and friends made their way to the Landmark Hotel Carrick on Shannon where a beautiful meal and evening of entertainment was enjoyed by all in attendance. The beautiful couple honeymooned around the Mediterranean. We join together with all their family and friends in congratulating them and wishing them every happiness and good health for a long life together. Saol na Slainte agus sonas le cheile.
CARRIGALLEN SUMMER FESTIVAL 2011:The dust has settled and Carrigallen is back to normal after a fabulous summer festival which had the town buzzing over the recent holiday weekend. This year’s festival kicked off with a fun packed “Its a Knockout”competition on Church Street where the local businesses were pitched against each other. It was an eventful evening with some unexpected cold showers,blown in by Pat Masterson which fell mainly on Donal Cadden ! There were some let downs with flat tyres on wheel barrows but all the teams managed to get to the finish line. After copious amounts of water and two round bales of straw, Traielles Hair Salon emerged the winner with the Kilbracken arms Hotel and MJs Bar in joint 2nd followed by Pat Masterson’s Gala team in 3rd. Placed after that was McCann’s supermarket , Mitchells Bar McHughs filling station and the Bredagh kids. The official opening of the festival was performed by Fr Patsy Young former curate of Carrigallen and who still has close connections with the area through the Corn Mill Theatre Group. Fr Patsy is currently touring with his own production of “The Honey Spike” which was on stage in the Corn Mill Theatre on Friday 19 August and Saturday 20 August 2011. Saturday saw Liverpool supporters achieving a decisive victory 2-1 over the Manu supporters for the Barry McIntyre Memorial Cup, thanks to all who supported and took part. On Saturday evening the fancy dress and alternative queen was also a huge success thanks to all that took part .Congrats to the winners who were Fancy Dress best teenager Kelly Brady, best adult Anthony Mimna best home made Eugene Finnegan and all the under age participants received an individual prize for their efforts. Alternative Queen winner was the very talented Brendan Kiernan as “Mary Kate”. While the runners up were David McLean as Candy Kevin Davey as Angel and Liam Quirk as Amy Winehouse. Escorts were Stephanie Green Roisin Whelan and Danielle Smith. The weekends music line up on the street and in the festival marquee was well attended and from the feedback we’re getting, well enjoyed by all. However we were informed by the Gardai of a complaint of noise pollution on the Friday night which we moved to corrrect on the follwing nights. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this and will work to ensure it does not happen again but as the festival is just annual 3 day event designed for the enjoyment of all we also ask for leniency and reasonable co-operatiion from everyone in the community. The weather held good to make our Family Field Day and battle of the bands a great success. The battle of the bands winners were in 1st place with a prize of 500 euro “No reception” 2nd for 20 euro the Sex panthers and 3rd for 1000 euro were Last One Back. There was a fine display of handy work to choose from by the Crafty Ladies and lots of organic vegetables from the Farmers Market. The “Hook A Duck Pond” was a major attraction as was the “Virtual Surfboard” and other events such as the dog show and bonny baby competition. The Battle of the Bands was good fun and was very much enjoyed by the bands who took part and their fans that came in great numbers to support them.The festival fringe events drew lots of attention especially Victors Dung and the Art & Sculptor Exhibition in the Corn Mill Theatre as well as the Photographic Exhibition the Library. Mondays highlights were the Car Treasure Hunt with nearly 30 cars taking part and the Load of Balls Race. TheTreasure Hunt winners were in 3rd place Andrea Donohoe & team, 2nd place Derek Reilly & team and in 1st place Ciaran Flynn and Noelle Smith. All in all The Carrigallen Summer festival 2011 was a huge success and although numbers were marginally down on last year it was very well attended and to all those we are thankful. Also thanks and well done to the Gardai and stewards who helped to keep traffic and people moving in the right direction and we are glad to say the whole event passed without incident. The committee would also like to thank the following our main sponsors John McCartin of Newtowngore Engineering for their part sponsorship and construction of the new marquee, John Breslin of Keyline Construction for supplying the security fencing and scaffolding for the stages , this provided us with a major saving on expenses so a big thanks to John, The Kilbrakcen Arms Hotel and to all our regular and new sponsors who’s financial assistance made it all possible. Also to our team of volunteers who gave their time without question Jonathan Finegan Noel Doonan Sean McIntyre, Brendan Kiernan, Tracy Flynn, Kurt Cusack Hughie Whelan, Paul McIntyre, Eugene Finnegan,Damien Reillly, Stephen Brady, Daniel Mimna, Anthony Mimna and Mikey Reilly or their valuable time and expertise in erecting and taking down the marquee and Brian Gormley for the prompt electrical work. To our new committee members, Jessica O’Rourke, Edel Smith and Leanne Murray for organising the dog show,the car treasure hunt and help with the battle of the bands, to Maura Williamson for her assistance with the Barleyfield Kids and the car boot sale, to Paddy O’Rourke for the loan of his trailer, to Dermot McEntee for the loan of his lorry, also thanks to the Mart Stores , Mervyn Richardson Stephen Gray and last and by no means least the hard working committee who pulled all this together. Chairman Pat Masterson secretary Phillip McIntyre. Treasurer Edel McIntyre and assistant treasurer Margaret Flynn. My sincere aplogise if I’ve left anyone out,we truly are grateful for all the voluntary help received before during and after the festival so keep her lit we’ll need you again next year.
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