CRAFTY LADIES: On behalf of the local arts and crafts community, thank you for your support for our craft fair which was held last Sunday in Carrigallen. A big thank you for all donations (over 850 euro) gathered for NW Hospice and ISPCA Longford. The ‘Carrigallen Quilt’ was raffled off and was won by Mary Ryan Bawnboy Co Cavan. The quilt has inspired us to make another ‘international’ quilt called Gathering Stitches for the Gathering 2013.Anyone who would like to get involved or know of any contacts who would be interested in this unique venture come join us or follow us on facebook. Remember for Christmas a gift made from the heart is more valuable and appreciated. Happy Christmas !
ANNUAL 25 CARD GAME: The annual 25 card game in aid of the North West Hospice and Cancer Society will be held in MJs Bar on Sunday the 30th December at 4pm. All card players are invited to attend and new players are more than welcome. There will also be a raffle with lots of prizes on offer. Please support this worthy cause with all proceeds going to these deserving charities.
LYTC CARRIGALLEN: LYTC Theatre visit to “Ride On” written by Seamus O’Rourke directed by Padraic McIntyre and performed by Nomad in association with “Livin Dred” Theatre Company at the Corn Mill Theatre Carrigallen on 11 Dec 2012 was funded by “Go See” NAYD. The invite to attend this production went out to the three LYTC groups Carrigallen Carrick on Shannon and Manorhamilton. Due to various problems only LYTC Carrigallen attended. 18 members plus leader Maura Williamson and assistant leader Geraldine Lennon attended with the group. The play “Ride On” written by Seamus O’Rourke is a comedy set in a rural area on the Cavan/Leitrim border. It looks at the people involved in the organising of a Honda 50 Bear O’Sullivan run for charity, the happenings, the unexpected mishaps, stories and people’s hidden secrets unfold. The cast consists of Deirdre Monaghan, Patrick Ryan Clare Monnelly John Olohan,Ian Lloyd Anderson and Seamus O’Rourke brought this play alive wit roars of constant laughter from a packed audience at the Corn Mill Theatre. Following the performance the cast over a few cokes tea and coffee gave generously of their time to accommodate a question and answers session with LYTC Carrigallen. LYTC had prepared some questions and some came after seeing the performance and dealt with how to hold an audience in roars of laughter ,not to laugh on stage etc. There were wonderful stories from John Olohan and Deirdre Monaghan plus the group really identified with Clare Monnelly as she is not too long out of the Gaiety School of Acting and came from youth drama. She also starred with our own home grown David Rawle as Martin Moone in “Moone Boy” so conversation about film verses theatre came up. General feedback from LYRTC Carrigallen afterwards was great. They were impressed that the actors gave so much of their time were so ordinary and chatted away. Seamus O’Rourke would be known to them all as a former actor with the amateur drama group at the Corn Mill Theatre. Also the youth theatre members were very happy to only have to pay a portion of the door ticket price as the majority of them could not afford to pay the full price. LYTC Carrigallen would like to thank NAYD “Go See” fund for making a visit to professional theatre possible.
SYMPATHY: Sympathy is extended to Martina Finnegan and family,Drummerkane Carrigallen on the recent death of her brother Stephen O’Reilly Killeshandra Co Cavan. Martina and the O’Reilly family wish to thank all those who attended the removal and funeral as your presence and prayers were very much appreciated.
CARRIGALLEN WOMENS GROUP: Carrigallen Womens group are holding their Christmas party on Saturday 22 December 2012 in Mitchells restaurant at 7.30pm. To book contact Dolores 086 3677103 , Ann 087 2480124 or Kathleen 087 6459962.Everyone welcome.
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Thanks to the voluntary work of Carrigallen Festival Committee who again this year have the Christmas lights, tree and crib erected which enhances the town and also to those local businesses who have contributed to the Christmas Lights Fund.
LEITRIM ICE BREAKERS: It’s that time of the year again when we take our annual dip. On Christmas Day at 12.30pm we will again take to the water at Kelly’s Angle on Garadice Lake in aid of the National Council for the Blind and the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. Many of our swimmers have been on board since the beginning but this year we are appealing to young people to make an effort to come and swim and get a sponsorship card to help the two charities. Sponsorship cards available from Patricia Griffin , Margaret Connolly Drumeela, Noel Maxwell Drumreilly and Sean McWeeney Aughnasheelin.
CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES: Christmas Mass times in Saint Marys Church Carrigallen. Drumreilly Monday at 8pm, Carrigallen Monday at 10pm. Please note the change of mass time here . No midnight mass after a long tradition of more than 70 years. Carrigallen Christmas Day at 11.30am, Drumeela Christmas Day at 10am.
CORN MILL THEATRE GROUP :The Corn mill Theatre group presents the hilarious comedy A Matter of Practice. Christmas previews (lower cost) at 8.30pm in the Corn Mill Theatre Carrigallen on Sat 22nd Dec. Booking at Corn Mill Theatre
SEASONS GREETINGS: The Carrigallen correspondent extends seasons greetings to all readers of the Carrigallen notes in the Longford Leader.