OLD CUSTOMS: Old customs carried on in Carrigallen.

OLD CUSTOMS: Old customs carried on in Carrigallen.

On Wednesday afternoon was a very busy evening for all the women of the parish in making the customary boxty and boxty pancakes, a custom which has been handed down from mother to daughters and at Halloween this lovely custom comes into effect and the finished dish when served with rashers and eggs for the evening tea and breakfast the following morning is most delicious and all locals are high in their praise of this lovely dish and wishes for it to be continued for many long more years.

HALLOWEEN GAMES: Customary Halloween games carried out. The usual Halloween games was carried on by the children in the parish the biting of the hanging apple and fetching the coin from the basin of cold water on the lips, there are many children who have mastered this game.

MUMMERS: Numerous mummers paid their annual visit. Many groups of mummers paid their annual visit to the area who are much looked forward to by young and old alike in their popular costumes and they gave a fine performance of music song and dance which was very pleasing to all.

PHEASANT SHOOTERS: Pheasant shooters were in action. At day break on Thursday morning gun shots rang our all over , breaking the silence of nice mild morning air announcing that the pheasant shooting season had commenced. The local Gun Club have reported that birds are very scarce and much travelling had to be done to have any success. The quality are of a very poor nature due to the shortage of oats or potatoes grown by farmers any more. If something is not done soon this popular bird will be a thing of the past to the grief of hundreds of Gun Clubs all over the counties of Ireland. How sad that would be for all.

CARRIGALLEN LIBRARY CELEBRATIONS: There was a wonderful celebration at Carrigallen library on Saturday last 27 October 2012. The library was celebrating its 10th anniversary. There was such a great turn out for the event, it goes to show how important the library is in its community. A big thank you to Helen Corcoran for organising all the events and to Gretta O’Neill who sponsored all the fantastic food. There were wonderful poets, story tellers, musicians and singers to hand. Thank you goes to all those who participated in and helped out with the event. A special thank you goes to Patricia who organised a lovely cake to honour the anniversary. Thanks to Becky’s awe inspiring face painting and to Martina and pupils from 5th class in St Marys National School for their creative skills in making the celebratory banner. Also thank to Mr Carron and staff of St Marys National School for their cooperation in promoting the event.

9TH ANNUAL ONE ACT DRAMA FESTIVAL: The 9th annual One Act Drama Festival will be held in the Corn Mill Theatre on Friday 16 to Sunday 18 November 2012 commencing at 8pm on Friday and Saturday nights and 2.30pm on Sunday afternoon. Nine groups with nine different plays ensure a great weekend of drama. Adjudicator Martin Maguire. Admission is 10 euro nightly or 20 euro for the weekend. Booking on (049) 4339612. Friday 16 November at 8pm,Sligo Drama - Circle a Kind of Alaska (open); Breffni Players – Scarecrow (Confined); Rasper Players 4.48 Psychosis (open).Saturday 17 November at 8pm City Limits – Baby Sparklers (open), Tullamore Drama Society – Dead Man Walking (Confined); On Q Theatre Walking the Road (open).Sunday 18 November at 2.30pm, Cloonacool Players - Birthright (Confined); Prosperous Drama Group – Bobby Gould in Hell(open); Backstage Theatre – the Lithium Waltz (open).

CARERS ASSOCIATION: The Carers Association are holding a charity karaoke competition across the north West for over 18s only. It is free to enter and there is no door charge. Money is raised on the night through raffle sales. The final will be held on 8 December with 1000 euro worth of cash prizes. Come along on Friday 2 November 2012 to the Poitin Stil or Sunday 4 November 2012 to the Venue, Carrick on Shannon. For more information contact Fiona on 087 3104580.

CPR AND DEFIBRILLATOR: The following people are now trained in CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) in the Carrigallen area. Seanie McManus 089 4584136, 086 0702307 (January); Margaret McManus 0879447252 (February); Patricia Ledwith 087 6490049 (March); Elizabeth Mulligan 0861045149 (April); Neville Patterson 087 9282098 (May) Betty McDermott 087 6480250 June); Aine Gray 0860641903 (July); Bernie Dolan 086 2455726 (August); Michael Donohoe 087 2349602 (September); Conor McCabe 087 633802 (October); Kevin Percival 087 2315750 (November); Anna Tierney 086 132467(December). The month people are responsible for checking defibrillators is in brackets. The bingo committee have kindly donated a new defibrillator and it is located outside the community centre (hall) in Carrigallen. The GAA kindly donated new batteries for existing defibrillator. There is now a defibrillator located at the GAA pitch and at the gable end of Brendan Grimes’ house. Thanks to Brendan and Breege for facilitating this location. A list of those trained and mobile numbers is in each defibrillator. Another course will be run in the coming weeks to train 12 more people, if you would like to be included in training, please give your name to Betty McDermott (0876480250). It would be ideal if people from the outlying areas of the town would be trained as there are a number of people in the town trained.

NOVEMBER MASSES FOR THE DEAD: A mass for all those who died in the parish during the year will be held in Saint Marys Church Drumeela on Friday evening 9th Nov at 8pm. Candles will be lot for all those who had funeral mass in any of the three churches in the parish.

SEW AND TELL CLASSES: Commencing Wednesday Nov 7th contact Noelle 087 7550199.

FASHION SHOW: Carrigallen Womens Group are holding a fashion show on Friday 23rd Nov in the Corn Mill Theatre at 8.30pm. Further details later contact 087 2480124.

BINGO: Bingo continues each Sunday night at 8.30pm. The very popular bingo continues in Carrigallen Community Centre every Sunday night at 8.30.Note time change for the winter months. Great prizes to be won including one thousand euro on second last page and 1.80 euro on every page as well. The long nights are with us now why not come along and win some euros to help you over the Christmas in those hard times and with the bingo over before 10 o’clock you’ll be able to call on many of your friends afterwards and discuss your success.