Tug-O-War Reunion

Tug-O-War Reunion

Carrigallen Tug-O-War Club started in the late summer of 1975 after having been successful in two tournaments. The winnings gave the lads the confidence that they might have the potential to participate in and win further tournaments. The Club was formed in February 1976 and the training schedule was put in place. Their coach was John Burke who had pulled extensively as an anchorman in England and had won many trophies and cups. In training John showed them the importance of pulling with their bodies rather than with their arms which the beginners instinctively did.

Taking advice the club affiliated with the All Ireland Tug of War Association giving them the opportunity to pull at all their fixtures. The Club’s first pull was on Easter Sunday 1976 in Kells, Co Meath as they had a section for novice teams. They were jubilant on the day and the team were Sonny Kiernan, Kevin McManus, Tommy Grimes, James Grimes, Joe Grimes, Peter Duignan, Mickie Flynn and anchorman was Joe Reilly. For the next four years they won some, and lost some but were always gracious in their defeat, which they were known and respected for. The Club’s funds were none existent, except for the contributions from members and it was decided to fundraise, and a dance was arranged for St Stephen’s Night 1976, which was arranged by Joe Reilly, Gerry Lyons and Loughlin McManus. The Club then had the funds and their first purchase was a rope at a cost of £60 and a set of jerseys. At this stage Gerry Lyons and Loughlin McManus had taken over as coaches and John Mulligan helped to train also. The Club were Connacht champions at two weights 113stone and catch weight for three years in succession 1978, 1979 and 1980. The team were Joe Reilly, Sonny Kiernan, Kevin McManus, James Grimes, Tommy Grimes, Joe Grimes, Peter Duignan, Seán Connolly, Mel Grimes and Liam Grimes. The Club brought All-Ireland status to Carrigallen by hosting the 106 stone novices All Ireland Championship in 1978 in which they were narrowly defeated in the final pull by the Mayo team.

Other members of the panel who pulled on numerous occasions were Seán MuIntyre, Tommy Sheridan, Francis Corcoran, Michael Kenny, Seamus McCarte, Johnny Reilly, Michael ‘Sambo’ Reilly, Sean Reilly and Jim Kiernan.

The Carrigallen Tug-O-War Club won sixty major titles and they even beat the Yanks when they participated in the World Championships which was held in Dundalk, Co Louth. The Club disbanded in 1982. For a small community with no tradition of tug of war much was achieved. Come along to the big reunion on Saturday 14 September 2013 in the Kilbrackan Arms Hotel at 9:00pm. Members from both the female and male teams will be in attendance.  Food will be served and entertainment will be provided.  Everybody welcome!

Memorabilia is on display in Charley Farrelly’s pub window.


As part of Leitrim Development Company’s Rural Tourism Networking and Animation Programme, a Tourism Networking and Packaging Workshop for the Carrigallen area will be held on Wednesday 18 September 2013 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm in the Kilbrackan Arms Hotel. Please register your attendance with Fiona on 071 9165973 or before Monday 16 September.


Bingo next Sunday night 15 September 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.

The draw was held on Saturday 7 September 2013 and the numbers drawn on the night were 1, 15, 21, and 31. There was no Jackpot winner and the four winners of €50 each were Susie McCaul, Stephen McGoldrick, Stephen McGoldrick and Frank O’Rourke.  Next week’s draw will be held on 14 September and the Jackpot will be €8,200 and those in charge on the night will be John O’Neill, Kevin O’Rourke and Paula Donohoe.

Gathering Stitches

Carrigallen Crafty Ladies are running a yearlong event as part of The Gathering 2013. For online information check out This is a fun, creative and exciting project called Gathering Stitches and we want all of you readers to be part of it. The idea is to make a quirky patchwork quilt, but it will made with your patchwork squares using memories or stories of what Ireland, Leitrim, or Carrigallen means to you! We are not looking for perfection so anybody can do it. The only limitation is the square, finished size has to be 12” by 12” with a plain border for us to join to the main quilt. You can start many already have. Squares have arrived from faraway places such as Dubai, America, Canada, Thailand and also closer to home.  Some of those pieces are in display in the window beside the Post Office and in Just Jules’ window.

Pass this on to your relatives around the world and we look forward to hearing from them or alternatively they can visit Carrigallen, Co Leitrim on Tuesday 24 September 2013 for a day of creative fun, entertainment and craic. For more information please email

Culture night

Culture night in the Corn Mill Theatre, Carrigallen on Friday 20 September 2013 at 8:30pm with music, song and dance. All are welcome. Free admission!

Coffee morning

Coffee morning in aid of North West Hospice will be held in the Health Centre, Carrigallen on Thursday 19 September between 10:00am and 1:00pm. Please support!