John Joe Rudden RIP

John Joe Rudden RIP

There was widespread sadness throughout the community of Carrigallen and neighbouring areas when the news spread of the death of John Joe Rudden, one of Carrigallen’s best known and respected citizens, which occurred at Cavan General Hospital on Tuesday 27 August 2013 following a brief illness.

Having spent his early years in the Ballyconnell area before the family moved to Church Street where he attended Carrigallen National School and he obtained his later part of his primary education there. John Joe at the tender age of fifteen years went to work at McManus’ in Church Street, who carried on a very substantial export business of eggs and fowl. John Joe was to remain there for thirty-five years learning the trade of testing and packaging of eggs along with the plucking and preparing of fowl for export. Following the demise of that business due to trends in England who was the principal outlet, John Joe remained at McManus’ working for Chrissie and her husband Michael Hackett in the general grocery, light hardware and fuel business and part of his duties was to man the travelling shop. For the benefit of younger readers, the travelling shop meant bringing a van loaded with groceries and all other wares to every house in every lane and dell where customers would buy their requirements without having to go into town, similar to on-line shopping nowadays. If ever a job was meant for a man this job was surely for John Joe, his patience and fortitude allowed even the most indecisive person to complete their transactions in their own time while he regaled them with the latest happenings in the area using his vivid storytelling skills. His last run on Saturday evenings was the fuel run, delivering coal, gas and briquettes which often clashed with his favourite radio programme ‘Céilí House’ requiring deliveries to be suspended temporarily while going into a house to hear it, keeping a watchful ear for his favourite song ‘The Stone Outside Dan Murphy’s Door’. Sunday mornings saw him selling newspapers after the 8:30am Mass having a news agency in his own right for the Sunday newspapers. Sunday afternoons was devoted to compiling the local notes for the Anglo Celt and Longford Leader which he did with great efficiency and relating them in his own unique style, often making numerous phone calls to obtain details on a particular subject conscious of how important the notes were, particularly to the house bound or emigrants, he sought to keep them informed of what was happening in the area.

Following the untimely death of Chrisse and Michael Hackett and the ceasing of the business John Joe moved to work at Pat Masterson’s Corner House, generally the same duties with the added experience of bar work where it was said his patience and no hurry disposition allowed him to pull the ‘perfect pint’.

He was a devout Catholic and he made many pilgrimages to holy places with the most recent being Lourdes in June of this year. John Joe loved keeping in contact with his relatives, especially those in USA with his letter writing often including articles from papers and the Ireland’s Own. He contributed many articles over the years which were published in the Leitrim Guardian and ‘A hundred years of Carrigallen School’ book to name but a few. He was a regular at the Day Care Centre along with the Active Age outings, he enjoyed his retirement with a nice balance of things to do and time to spend but unfortunately all that was cut short with his relatively sudden illness and death. John Joe is predeceased by his three sisters and sympathy is extended to his nieces and nephews, seventeen in total, relatives and friends. His waking at his home in Church Street, Carrigallen saw large numbers attend to show their respects while his funeral Mass in St Mary’s Church, Carrigallen was con-celebrated by neighbouring priests Fr Peter McEntire and Fr Sean McDermott with main celebrant Fr Dan Sheridan (in place of Fr D Murray was hospitalized) again saw a huge turnout. A very fitting tribute was delivered by a friend Harry O along with a much appropriated reflection by one of his nieces. Prayers of the Faithful were delivered by family members along with Cabrini Hackett, Patricia Ledwith and Con Dolan. The well chosen hymns and music was provided by Raymond Hackett and was accompanied by Tommy Hunt. John Joe was laid to rest in Carrigallen cemetery. In John Joe’s passing a very familiar part of Carrigallen has gone from our view but not from our hearts and minds. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.


Carrigallen Tug-of-War teams are having a big reunion on Saturday 14 September 2013 in the Kilbrackan Arms Hotel at 9:00pm.  Members from both the female and male teams are invited to attend.  Food served and there will be music on the night.  Everybody welcome!

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


Bingo next Sunday night 8 September in the Community Centre at 9:00pm.  Weekly prize money 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.

Benefit Dance

Benefit Dance for Danika McManus’ medical expenses fund will be held in Newtowngore Hall on Friday 6 September 2013 at 9:00pm.  Danika is daughter of John and Bríd Campbell McManus, Newtowngore and she is very ill in hospital in Australia. Donations through Ballinamore and Carrigallen Credit Unions or at the function.  Music on the night by Shaun Corrigan and Michael Donohoe. Please support!

Gathering Stitches

Carrigallen Crafty Ladies are running a yearlong event as part of The Gathering 2013. For online information check out

Crafty Ladies

Crafty Ladies will meet on Friday next for their usual Coffee Morning from 10:00am to 12:30pm in the room beside Carrigallen Post Office. All members please attend as the final arrangements for the Gathering Stitches event day ‘Stitch the Quilt’ which will be held on Tuesday 24 September will be finalised. New members are most welcome!

Lotto Results
The draw was held on Saturday 31 August 2013 and the numbers drawn on the night were 11, 14, 26, and 28. There was no Jackpot winner and the four winners of €50 each were Darragh Cooke, Mary Crocker, Peter Johnston and Sheila Mollahan.  Next week’s draw will be held on 7 September and the Jackpot will be €8,100 and those in charge on the night will be Rory Harte, Eamon Dolan and Michael Donohoe.