Margaret Harte RIP

Margaret Harte RIP

Recently, the sad death took place of Margaret Hart, (nee O’Neill), Killahurk, Carrigallen, Co Leitrim, Carraig Álainn, (Beautiful Rock) as she referred to it so fondly and so longingly in her last illness. Margaret was born 22 March 1916, the second of seven children of James and Margaret O’Neill, Killahurk, Carrigallen. Margaret, gentle and unassuming in manner, was a proud Leitrim woman, rooted in its history and traditions. She attended Carrigallen NS, a pupil of Master Paddy and Ms. King – where she received such a rounded education. There she gained a love of and fluency in the Gaelic tongue, something she treasured all her life. As a young woman she went ahead to hold positions in Northern Ireland and in the UK, and afterwards in the Department of Agriculture here at home. In 1948 she married Frank Harte, Birr, Co Offaly. Theirs was a love-story written in Heaven which spanned 55 years. They had four children. Living firstly in Birr they settled in Sandymount¸ Dublin in the early 60’s. Margaret was the heart of her family. She was a keen gardener and needlewoman and a splendid cook, happiest when offering a meal, breads or cakes to all who come to her home – her Christmas pudding was legendary.

With the arrival of her grandchildren her world was complete. At her knee, as did her children, they learned to smile, read and to pray. With Frank, their most precious gift to their family, after that of themselves, was their treasured faith. Margaret was a true and gently lady - ní bheidh a leithead ann arís. Sympathy is extended to her daughters Maureen and Jacinta; son Francis; brother Jack (Carrigallen); sisters-in-law; brother-in-law; grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass was held in St Brendan’s Church, Birr, Co Offaly with Burial to Clonoghill Cemetery. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.

Carrigallen and Drumeela Active Age

Carrigallen and Drumeela Active Age finished their series of activities for 2013 with their Annual Christmas Party, held at Kilbrackan Arms Hotel. The evening was enjoyed by all those attending, with wonderful food and excellent company! The icing on the cake was the €200 raised on the evening from a raffle, proceeds going to the local branch of St Vincent de Paul. Our last day-trip for 2013 was to Galway for the Continental Christmas Market – but we enjoyed the shopping centres too! We still have some more sessions of Zumba Dancing/Yoga to come with Julie Smith, and will be organising dates very soon. Happy New Year to all our members and their families!

Outreach Service

Do you need support or information on a variety of issues such as social welfare, education or housing rights etc? Mohill Family Support Centre offers a free and confidential support service in Carrigallen Primary Care Centre on Tuesdays from10:00am to 12.30pm. For more information please contact Sarah on 086-6035977.

Dancing Classes

Social dancing classes are continuing in Kilbrackan Arms Hotel, Carrigallen on Tuesdays from 7:30pm to 8:45pm, instructors are Maura and Paddy Williams from Strictly, followed by a dance from 9:00pm to 11:00pm. For further details contact 087 6486141. All are welcome!

G.F.C. Lotto
The draw was held on Saturday, 11 January 2014 and the numbers drawn on the night were 10, 11, 16, and 26. There was no Jackpot winner and the four winners of €50 each were Eugene Reilly, Eugene Maguire, John Spellman and Mike Dolan.  Next week’s draw will be held in Mitchell’s bar on 18 January and the Jackpot will be €10,000.  Those in charge on the night will be Bonnie O’Rourke, Deirdre Connolly and Ann McGovern.

New people are needed to join the lotto teams and anyone interested please can contact Declan on 089 4416872. Many thanks to Deirdre Connolly for her help with the lotto for the last number of years as next Saturday night will be her last night on the lotto. 


Bingo next Sunday night 19 January 2014 in the Community Centre at 8:30pm.  Weekly prize money is over €3,000.  Lucky Number €50 and will increase by €20 each night until won.  On Page 9 there is €1,000 for the full house.  Please support.

Gun Club

Carrigallen Gun Club is holding a Game Night on Saturday 25 January in the Kilbrackan Arms Hotel at 9:00pm. More details next week.

Oil Painting

Oil Painting classes will commence in Teach Duchais, Drumeela on Monday 27 January 2014 from.8:00pm to 10:00. Beginners and improvers are welcome. Further information phone Martin Fullen on 087 2787139.

Creative Writing

The Carrigallen creative writing group will start up again on Wednesday, 22nd January. Led by Susie Minto, storyteller and author of the recently-published Leitrim Folk Tales, the group is open to all levels of writers, from beginner to more experienced. In each session participants do two short pieces of writing based on triggers offered by the facilitator. This term the group will meet weekly. Each session is from 7-9.30pm in the library. The cost for six sessions is €60, payable at registration. Concessions available. Call Susie on 087 996 1031 for more information or inquire at the library. 

Senior Citizens Christmas Party – Thank you!

Carrigallen /Drumreilly Community Care held their Annual Christmas party in the Kilbrackan Arms on 8 December. A very large crowd was in attendance. Music was provided by Michael Moran and Country Roads. Entertainment also included a visit from our own Eileen Ward, John McCartin, Fr. D. Murray, Francis Good, Tom Foley, Sam Fisher and Bridie McHugh. The committee would like to extend a sincere thank you to everybody who made donations on the day, to all the business people in the area who gave spot prizes and to everybody who helped out on the day. Without these donations, it would be impossible to hold this event. A special thank goes to Donal and staff for a lovely meal provided on the day and enjoyed by everybody.