Gathering Stitches

Gathering Stitches

Crafty Ladies Carrigallen  had a wonderful ‘Gathering Stitches’ afternoon event on Tuesday last, 24 September 2013 at the Corn Mill Theatre Carrigallen.  What an array of diverse squares we received, not just locally but  from around the world. And what a glorious display of unique and beautiful patchwork designs, every colour of the rainbow, each with a different theme, murals, collages, screenprints, beads, flowers, shells, sequins, etc. The artistic interpretations were amazing as each contributor had very special stories to tell, some happy and some sad ones too.  Squares are still coming in from all over, so we have extended the deadline to receive them by post to the end of October.  No doubt we will have more than one quilt to sew together!  All the stories will be photographed and compiled into a unique keepsake book of memories in November (update later).

Leitrim Roots Festival

Tuesday 24 September 2013 saw the arrival of forty overseas visitors to Carrigallen as part of the Leitrim Tourism Roots Festival. They were guided by Loughlin McManus from Tully to Margaret of New Orleans Birthplace and regaled with stories of the locality and the journey of Margaret’s life from her humble beginnings in a small thatched cottage on the hillside of Tully South and her life’s achievements in the heart of America’s New Orleans. As one of America and Irelands unsung heroines due to her many philanthropic ventures through hard work and hardship she always set about her work with a kind heart and dedication that was commemorated on her death by a State funeral and the first woman to have a statue erected in her honour. Margaret’s committee and the Roots visitors were then treated to a delicious meal in The Kilbraken Arms Hotel all inclusive of their tour followed by an eclectic mix of musical history, storytelling and traditional music in The Corn Mill Theatre. The event coincided with the Crafty Ladies Gathering event in the Corn Mill Theatre where they were able to see the ‘Gathering Stiches’ exhibition that was bringing peoples stories together from all parts of the globe to celebrate their Leitrim connections via the medium of quilting.


Bingo next Sunday night 6 October in the Community Centre at 9:00pm.  Weekly prize money of over €3,000.  Lucky number €50 and will increase by €20 each night until won.  On Page 9 €1,000 for full house.  Please support.

G.F.C. Lotto Results
The draw was held on Saturday 28 September 2013 and the numbers drawn on the night were 7, 9, 13, and 20. There was no Jackpot winner and the four winners of €50 each were Cathal flynn, Pauline Harte, Hugh McCartin and Frank O’Rourke.  Next week’s draw will be held in Kilbrackan Arms Hotel on 5 October and the Jackpot will be €8,500. Those in charge on the night will be Noel Kiernan, Stephaine Greene and Teresa Donohoe.


Congratulations to Ciara Grey Dolan and the Cavan Ladies Football team and their management team on winning the All-Ireland Intermediate Final against Tipperary on Sunday last. Ciara plays her Club football for the St Joseph’s team.

Calling all volunteers

This year the International Mushroom Festival will take place in Killegar on Saturday and Sunday 12 and 13 October 2013 and will host visitors from as far away as America, Bangladesh and Uganda! We are now recruiting volunteers to help out with the box office, traffic control, tea-rooms, catering, overseeing and relieving stallholders. So if you would like to be part of this unique fun event, please contact or phone Sue Kilbracken on 049 433 4309. If you would like to find out more information about this event please go to our website on