40 YEARS A GROWING - Carrigallen Mart is just over 40 years a growing having opened its gates in March 1970. It has in recent times exceeded all expectations under the capable management of Mrs Helen Kells, along with a very dedicated loyal staff. The Mart provides a very essential service to the farming community from a wide area.
In early years the mart offered cattle sales on Wednesdays of each week with pig sales on Tuesdays throughout the years. Farming practices changed resulting in the cessation of pig sales, while the upsurge in cattle numbers along with the introduction of sheep sales necessitated two sales each week an evening or night sales. Each Monday catering for cows and adult cattle and an ever increasing number of sheep, while the long established Saturday sale of Weanlings, Dairy Stock and suck calves continue to attract stock from all over the region with buyers from an even wider region both north and south. Local people are amazed at the number of people looking for directions in the village to the mart. They are clearly paying their first visit there.
Meanwhile visitors to the mart were surprised to find four sales rings in operation on one day with quality stock making top prizes. The presence of such a facility is sometimes taken for granted given how long its been there but it needs and deserves the continued support of everyone.
A special word of thanks to very Rev Patsy Young for
mer PP of Ballyconnell now retired. He was the popular curate of the Carrigallen Parish 40 years ago and maintained that Carrigallen should have their own Mart and indeed played a major part in having it erected in Carrigallen, which has gone on to be one of the best in Ireland.
HOLY WEEK SUNSHINE
Large congregations were present in all St. Mary’s Churches in Carrigallen Parish, commencing on Holy Thursday with the Last Supper Mass. Also on Good Friday with the reading of the Passion, Adoration of the Cross and Distribution of Holy Communion and Good Friday prayers and the Holy Week ceremonies came to an end on Holy Saturday with the lightening of the Pastoral Fire and Renewal of the Baptismal vows and the Easter Mass.
The ceremonies were conducted by the very Rev D. Murray PP and Rev P McEntire CSSP, a native of the parish. A word of praise to altar services and all the ladies of the parish who helped out in every way possible for all ceremonies and last but not least the choir and organist.
A tribute to the late great Johnny Golden DVDis available for sale in all good record shops around Killeshandra and Ballinamore and many more in the near future. Many will recall the tragic murder of this popular and well known man who loved his music, dance and song and many other jobs that he was so good at including rebuilding tractors. He was always available to help people. This is all featured and his funeral on this great DVD. Indeed this DVD is a must for every local house in every parish around Leitrim, Cavan and Longford where he was so popular. Many locals around are wondering why those culprits who done this terrible deed are not behind bars and are still at large.
2011 will long be remembered for one of the loveliest springs in many years. The country has one of the loveliest array of all kinds of wild flowers, daffodils and cherry blossoms. They have stayed longer than most years and the White Thorn has one of its earliest blooms in a long number of years. This also added to the beauty of the countryside and indeed all farmers were pleased with the three week spell. Without rains they were able to also give special attention to their land. All in all it was a lovely year for all.
Wishing Cornmill Players success. The Cornmill Players will be making their way to Athlone at the weekend for the All Ireland Finals. The entire parish wishes them every success with the Queen.
Cloone/Aughavas Active Age
A meeting of the above will be held in Cloone Community Centre on Thursday 28th April at 9 p.m. All members are requested to attend. Names are now being taken for our outing to Blmoral Show on Thursday 12th May. Please contact George Argue 9636061 or Mrs. Kay Cooney 9636873 if you intend to travel.