Carrigallen March 4



The wedding took place recently in Saint Mary’s Church Carrigallen of Hugh Og Farrell son of Mary and Hugh Farrell Kilnacart Ballyconnell Co Cavan and miss Siobhan Sheridan daughter of Mr Tommy and Margaret Sheridan, Druminchin Carrigallen. Best man Niall Farrell , groomsman Declan , Colm & Killian Farrell, all brothers of the groom. The bridesmaids were Catherine Jameson , Collette McGovern (cousins of bride) Grainne McGowan and Aideen Farrell friends of the bride. The bride was given away by her father Mr Tommy Sheridan. The wedding ceremony with nuptial mass and papal blessing was performed by Very Rev Eamon Lynch PP Ballyconnell, Very Rev Killian Mitchell (grand uncle of groom) assisted by Very Rev Tom McKiernan PP Bawnboy and Very Rev Denis Murray PP Carrigallen. The reception was later held in the Loughrynn Hotel Mohill , wishing the happy couple many years of wedded bliss. The honeymoon was spent on a Carribbean cruise.


The very well known horse owner and trainer Seamus McCarttin Newtowngore Carrigallen with his famous race horse “Millies Mustard” which has been winning “Grand Prix Show jumping competitions in 2010 including Balmoral Eglinton Portienone and a number of other competitions. He has started 2011 on fire again. Winning the grand prix in Englinton last week and winning the classes in 1.3 metres and 1.4 metres. Owner Seamus who has a very good name in the showjumping world turning out high quality horse along with the help of his daughter Vanessa is delighted with the form of this particular horse and hopes to enjoy further success in 2011 and last but not least we must congratulate the successful jockey Christian Coyle who has also played a big part in the horses success . Well done all.


Twenty fifth of February 1947 will long be remembered by many of our senior citizens of the parish it was the year of Ireland’s worst ever snow storm. It became popularly known as “White 1947”. It started snowing lightly that morning which caused no particular worry to those local farmer who were walking cattle to the Monaghan fair day of Mohill and as the day went on the snow that fell with a strong wind its like was never seen before. Drifts up to 4 to 5 feet all hollows were closed in , traffic was brought to a standstill., no deliveries of bread and other goods to towns. Farmers had a lot of hardship in trying to get fodder to outlying cattle and suffered terrible losses of sheep and young calves. Most people were thrifty in those times. Householders had the bag of flour and oat meal, their own bacon and a shed full of turf, barns with a good supply of veg & potatoes. Many of our senior citizens ask the question what would people do today if the same storm hit Ireland ? Children’s large snow balls of boulder like in some cases could be seen still in May & June. Those who lived through this storm will never forget it and has many fine stories to relate about it.


Carrigallen had one of the largest turn outs ever for his election . 90 per cent of old teenagers, youngsters who were casting their vote for the first time. Voting commenced at 7.00am. There was a constant stream of voters all day long over 409 had cast their vote by 10 o’clock. Still no TD to represent Leitrim in the Dail.


Parents intending to enrol their children in St Mary’s National School Carrigallen for September 2011 school year are asked to call to the school on Thursday 3 March 2011 between 10am and 2pm. Please bring your child’s PPS no and birth certificate on that day. Telephone no for the school is 049 4339929.


Leirim Youth Theatre Comoany (LYTC) Carrigallen would like to wish Yvonne Heyneman all the best as she performs along with Shane Connaughton and Niall Lynch in the Pitch, written by Shane Connaughton and directed by Kerry Crebbe in the Gonzo Theatre, Cavan on 24, 25, 26 February and 3, 4, 5 March 2011. Yvonne is a past member of LYTC Carrigallen. This production is starting a nationwide tour and it can be seen in the Corn Mill Theatre Carrigallen on Friday 10 June 2011.