The Dead School

The Dead School

The 2014 RTE All-Ireland Drama winners return with Pat McCabe’s The Dead School, directed by Ronan Ward. With a cast of twenty-six actors, and a play from one of Ireland’s internationally renowned writers; Pat McCabe (The Butcher Boy, Breakfast on Pluto), this black comedy will keep audiences enthralled from beginning to end - a rollercoaster from the word go. Raphael Bell, the old-style national school teacher whose life is haunted by images and memories from his past, has devoted his life to upholding his school’s rigorous core curriculum. By the late 1960s, however, parents and students have begun to question Bell’s inflexibility on such issues as corporal punishment and mandatory school prayer. Bell attributes all such criticism to the baleful influence of television, rock music, and American movies. His rage finally finds a focus in Malachy Dudgeon, a first-year teacher who seems to embody all the worst features of the counterculture. The two are soon locked in a power struggle that can only end in disaster. The Corn Mill Theatre Group presents The Dead School by Pat McCabe and directed by Ronan Ward on Friday 20, Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 February, Thursday 26, Friday, 27 February & Sunday, 1 March. Doors open at 8:00pm and show starts at 8:30pm. Booking at 049 4339612 between 10am to 4pm or

New Books

A selection of new non-fiction books has arrived in Carrigallen Library, come on in and have a browse. Here is a small extract from one of the books – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy –Cognitive Behavioural Therapy focuses on how you react to a situation, encouraging you to create new thought patterns to combat destructive beliefs and actions. Opening hours Monday 12:30pm to 3:30pm & 4:00pm to 8:00pm; Wednesday 10:45am to 2:45pm & 3:00pm to 5:00pm and Saturday 10:00am to 1:00pm. Contact details 049 4339188.

Community Care A.G.M.

The A.G.M. of Carrigallen Community Care will be held in Carrigallen Health Centre on Monday, 23 February at 9pm. Everyone, especially new members, are very welcome to attend.


Parents who wish to enrol their child(ren) in Scoil Mhuire Naofa, National School, Carrigallen for the year 2015/16 may call to the school to complete an enrolment form. The school can be contacted directly on 049 4339929 or via email  All forms must be completed and returned on or before Friday, 6 March 2015.

Tom Mollahan RIP
The area was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Tom Mollahan of Tully which occurred at Cavan General Hospital following a very short illness.
Born 59 years ago, an only child to John and Ann (formerly Corrigan), Tom was a quiet man who was liked by all who came in contact with him. Having attended Gotermone National School he went on to the Vocational School where his teachers and fellow students agreed he excelled in many subjects and showed promise of great academic achievement were it not for the fact he quit school early following the untimely and sudden death of his father.
In his early years, Tom played football (which was no surprise given his uncle Pee had founded the famous Tully team along with mentoring and training many other teams) and returned to the field in the late seventies following an absence of a few years and retained a great interest in Gaelic games, following all the action through reports in local papers and radio. Being a keen reader Tom read all the local weekly papers along with argi related magazines and some carefully selected books and perhaps a legacy from early school days was his remarkable style of writing which was often commented on by anyone who had occasion to receive correspondence from him. Tom’s removal to St Mary’s church saw a large crowd in attendance despite the inclement weather conditions, while the funeral saw equally large numbers attend where they heard his cousin Shaun Corrigan deliver a very fitting eulogy in which he paid tribute to Tom’s neighbours who had helped him especially since the onset of his illness and declaring ‘’it is not important how many Facebook friends you have but rather how many actually turn up when you need them’’  and in this regard Tom was blessed in that he lived in a neighbourhood who cared for him. Fr Murray spoke of Tom’s regular attendance at all religious ceremonies, his sincerity and genuine decency and how he accepted his illness despite the apparent cruelty of it. Sympathy is extended to his uncle Pat Corrigan, Drumderglin, Carrigallen, his cousins, relatives and many friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.


Congratulations to Colette Kenny and Adam Devine, Ballinameen, Boyle who announced their engagement recently. Colette is daughter of Mary and the late Michael Kenny, Aughawillen, Carrigallen.


Meet on Sundays at 3pm in the parking lot at St Mary’s Church, Carrigallen for an hour. Come and join us!

G.F.C. Lotto
The draw was held on Saturday, 14 February 2015 and the numbers drawn on the night were 7, 11, 16, and 24. There was no Jackpot winner and the four winners of €50 each were Seamus Egan (14 Club), Ella Cooke, Rose Ellen & Stephen and Bernie Harte. Next week’s draw will be held in Mitchell’s bar on 21 February 2015 when the Jackpot will be €4,100. Those in charge of the draw will be Teresa Donohoe.

Outreach Service

The Mohill Family Support Centre’s Outreach Service will be available in Carrigallen’s Primary Care Centre every Tuesday from 10am to 12:30pm.

Drama Festival

Ballinamore Drama Festival takes place in the Community Centre Ballinamore from Sunday 8 March until Sunday15 March. We have a great line up of plays, with groups travelling from Cavan, Tyrone, Wexford, Sligo, Dublin, Donegal and Kildare to perform, plus the Corn Mill Theatre Group from Carrigallen. It’s a great week of culture, drama and an even better social occasion in the town. Come along any night or every night and support this community week of entertainment.

Kilmore Diocesan Pastoral Centre

Thoughts for the Lenten Journey – “Who am I before the Suffering Jesus?”: This year’s series of Lenten Reflections in the Kilmore Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Cullies, Cavan, continue on Wednesday, 25 February at 7:30pm in the Chapel with Stations of the Cross, a reflection on ‘Judas’ given by Martina Gilmartin (Pastoral Assistant in St. Brigid’s Pastoral Area of Ballinamore, Corlough, Killeshandra and Carrigallen), and Benediction. All welcome.  

Liturgical Music Workshop with Liam Lawton in the Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Cullies, Cavan, on Wednesday, 4 March 2015 and also St. Clare’s Church, Manorhamilton on Thursday, 5 March 2015 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.  Cost of workshop: €20 (which includes copies of Liam’s new music and refreshments).  Pre-booking and advance payment essential please. Choir leaders, choir members, organists, and instrumentalists especially welcome though the workshop is open to anybody who is interested.  Please contact the Diocesan Pastoral Centre on 049 4375004.

Child Minding Quality Awareness Programme

Training on topics of relevance to all Childminders and potential Childminders will take place on Saturday 7 and Saturday 21 March from 10am to 4pm in the Leitrim Development Company, Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim. The cost of this training is €10. Places are limited, to secure your place contact Leitrim County Childcare Committee on 071 9640870.

Items of News

If you wish to have any item of news to be included here, please contact me at or 08686 96686 on or before Sunday evening.