The Carrickedmond/Abbeyshrule defibrillator group held a very successful AGM in the Rustic-Inn, Abbeyshrule on Wednesday night last. It was great to see such a big crowd attend on the night. The meeting heard that the defibrillator group have gone from strength to strength since forming in 2007. At present there are 100 people trained in the parish in CPR and on how to use an AED. The group have built up the number of defibrillators in the parish to ten. All residents in the Carrickedmond/Abbeyshrule area are asked to make themselves familiar with the location of the nearest public access defibrillator to their home. On the night, Sarah Caine from the Irish Heart Foundation was present and presented the CADG with their second Heart Safe Community award. This is a great achievement by the group who as described by Sarah were a model Heart Safe Community. The following officers were elected for the coming year. Chairman: George Farrar, Vice-Chairman: John McNamara, Secretary: Kathryn Keenan, Ass-Secretary: Winnie McNamara, Joint Treasures: Helen Dempsey and Linda McNamara, PRO: Michael Cahill, Training Officer: Seamus McGuire, Assistant Training Officer: Martin Mulvey, Trainers: Seamus McGuire, Martin Mulvey, Albert Coffey, Liam Tierney and Carol Cahill. The CADG will hold a new class in CPR/AED in January 2015. If interested please give your name to Anthony Green 0863993933, Kathryn Keenan 0868226894 or Seamus McGuire 0868286748.

Dinner Dance

The Carrickedmond GAA club have just announced the date for their annual dinner dance. The event will take place in the Rustic-In, Abbeyshrule on Saturday night the 10th January 2015. This years event promises to be a great night of celebration following the very successful year the “Carrick” footballers had on the football field during 2014. Tickets will be on sale soon.


Carrickedmond/Legan C.E. group have the following vacancies. A number of environmental positions due to start between now and January 2015. Job Reference 887925. Also one Receptionist/Administrator for our Office in Carrickedmond. Job Reference 888272. To check eligibility and to apply please call into the Intreo Offices, D.S.P buildings Ballinalee Rd. Longford. D.S.P eligibility/conditions apply.

Welcome home

From hospital to Marie Dalton, Listubbitt following an illness. Great to see Marie home and out and about again.


To Garret Higgins, Clonard who was selected as number one goalkeeper on the recently announced Gilmore Security/Longford Leader team of the championship at the Longford GAA awards night held in the Rustic-Inn recently. This award following his man of the match performance in the Intermediate championship final caps off a great year between the posts for the Carrickedmond clubman. Well done, Garret.

Christmas Cards

The Abbeyshrule Tidy Towns Christmas Card is now available and can be purchased in the Rustic Inn for €1 each. This year’s theme is “The Seven Bridges of Abbeyshrule”.

Christmas Craft Fair The Abbeyshrule Christmas Craft Fair will be held at the Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule on Sunday next the 14th December from12 noon to 6pm. There will be over twenty Art, Craft and Food stalls and lots of special Christmas gifts for sale. Also from 1pm to 2:30pm and from 2.30pm to 4pm there will be the usual Children’s craft workshops (€3 per child). Festive food will be served all day and there will be a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus at 4.15pm with stories, music and gifts (€3 per child). A Raffle will held in aid of M.W.B. Autism support. To book a workshop text Therese on 087 9280789 stating your preferred time.

Death of Peter Egan

The death occurred in Mullingar hospital last week of Peter Egan, Kilcurry following a long illness. Peter was well known in the area and was a very quiet gentleman who loved the quiet of his farm and to have a friendly chat with his neighbours and friends. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him, especially his wife Kate, daughters Margo and Catharina, sons John, JJ and Gerard to who we extend our sincere sympathies. Peters remains were removed from the family home in Kilcurry on Saturday evening last to Carrickedmond church and the burial took place to the local cemetery on Sunday following one o’clock mass. May he rest in peace.


To the Carrick/Sarsfields minor team who were recent winners of the minor football league Shield final. The team recorded a 2-17 to 1-5 score over St Vincent’s, Drumlish. Well done to all concerned.

Nativity Play and Carol Service

Pupils from St Sinneach’s NS will present a nativity play and carol service in Carrickedmond church on Tuesday night the 16th December at 7:30pm. Everyone is invited to come along to this special Christmas presentation as this parish Christmas event is a good way of preparing for Christmas. On Wednesday night the 17th December at 7:30pm senior pupils from Colehill NS will present their Christmas plays in St Sinneach’s hall, Carrickedmond. Everyone is invited to attend.

Minor Club AGM

The Carrick/Sarsfields minor club AGM will take place on this Wednesday night the 10th December in Legan GAA clubhouse at 9pm. All parents are invited to attend and a good crowd is expected.

Community Alert

At this time of year all residents in the parish are reminded to be extra vigilant and especially in the lead up to Christmas. Make sure to keep all doors and windows locked, secure your heating oil tank, don’t keep large sums of money in your home, ladies watch your hand bags and check regularly on elderly relatives and neighbours. If you see or hear anything suspicious call the Gardai. Let’s hope this Christmas will be a happy one for us all free from any disturbance or annoyance.

Well Done

To all students from the Carrickedmond parish who participated in the recent and excellent variety show which took place in Mercy Secondary School Ballymahon.

Junior Scor Success

Congratulations to the Carrick/Sarsfields junior Scor question time team who were crowned Longford Scor na nOg county champions recently following their great showing in the county final. Representing the local club on the team were Jack Nulty, Darragh Gunshinan, Paddy Farrell and Patrick Cahill. The team now represent Longford in the Leinster semi finals which take place in Ballymore community centre Co Westmeath on Saturday next commencing at 3pm. Best of luck lads.