Peter Donohoe RIP

Peter Donohoe RIP

On Wednesday, 18 March 2015, a great sadness descended throughout the parish and indeed many adjoining parishes when the news spread that Peter Donohoe, Kilbracken, Carrigallen, Co Leitrim had passed away following a short illness. Peter a member of a well-known cattle dealing family from Ballymagovern came to Carrigallen in 1967 having married Philomena McCann whose family ran a bar and grocery shop on Main Street, later to become Peter’s Inn, happily raising their six children there. Concentrating on the bar business along with a member of guest rooms and funeral undertaking. Early days in auctioneering saw Peter handle sale of farms which often included the sale of livestock and farm machinery along with household effects. Gifted with a sharp wit and good turn of phrase Peter’s personality lent itself to public performances as auctions demand and accompanied by his darling wife Philomena doing the books, they soon gained a reputation as a very efficient duo and were in much demand across several counties where dispersal sales or sale of property was required. Property sales saw Peter implement a new dynamic for a rural auctioneer using national media to advertise property; he brought outside interest to local property bringing new investment and higher prices. Peter started running carnivals when he came to Carrigallen and they continued successfully for almost twenty years which made him a household name across the region. Starting in the late sixties which saw the show band era at full swing, dance goers enjoyed all the big names such as Big Tom, Larry Cunningham, Brian Coll, etc., here in Carrigallen with Peter often boasting he brought hundreds of couples together with entertainment which was affordable and enjoyable. Locals recall the year when an ESB strike threatened the carnival, Peter secured a generator and used RTÉ to announce to all concerned that dancing would continue as usual, thereby putting Carrigallen on the map. A man before his time in many respects Peter brought class and flair to whatever he was involved in, never afraid to embrace the most modern approach coupled with good old fashioned hard work which laid the foundation for his success.

He retired from pub life in 2000 and devoted all of his time to his auctioneering business. In 1999 he was joined by his daughter Olivia after she graduated from Oxford University with a degree in property management and later his son-in-law James Spring who also graduated from Oxford. They expanded the business by opening a REA Peter Donohoe office in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan, servicing County Leitrim, North Longford and South West Cavan. He was passionate about football, a loyal supporter attending matches whenever possible, especially when his native County Cavan was playing. Shortly after him moving here he played with the Junior team lending his experience to the team having played for Kildallon First Ulsters. In 1984 he sponsored The Club Competition Cup for the opening of Carrigallen G.A.A. Park, Easter Sunday, 22 April 1984. Peter was a selector with Carrigallen Senior football club for numerous years. Sympathy is extended to his dear wife, Philomena; son Peter Jnr; daughters Catherine, Yvonne, Audrey, Olivia and Gemma; thirteen grandchildren; sons-in-law; daughter-in-law; sisters; brothers; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; nephews; nieces; relatives and friends. Following his passing which occurred at his residence surrounded by his wife and family, Peter’s waking saw extremely large numbers of people paying their respects before his remains were removed to St Mary’s Church on Saturday morning for funeral Mass. Again a very large congregation was present. Funeral Mass was celebrated by Fr Denis Murray PP and con-celebrated by Fr Fintan McKiernan, Fr Dessie Corrigan, Fr Peter McKiernan, Monsignor Charles Travers, Fr Bernard Doyle, Fr John Phair, Fr PJ Corrigan and Fr Tom McKiernan, with burial to the adjoining cemetery. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.

The Dead School

The Corn Mill Theatre presents The Dead School, written by Pat McCabe and directed by Ronan Ward final two performances on Sunday, 26 April and Monday, 27 April 2015. Doors open at 8pm. Show starts 8:30pm. Booking on 049 4339612 or 086 8765377 between 10:00am and 4:00pm, or

Ten years celebrations

Leitrim Youth Theatre Company, Carrigallen performed to a packed audience on Friday night last at the Corn Mill Theatre, two short plays “Fairy Tell Tale” written/directed by Yvonne Heijneman, assisted by Aoife Tierney, and the Senior group performed “Outside the box” written directed by Maura Williamson, the cast, Yvonne Heijneman and Aoife Tierney. This performance was part of LYTC Carrigallen tenth celebrations which will continue to the end of this year. On behalf of LYTC Carrigallen Maura Williamson, Mary Blake, Yvonne Heijneman, assistant facilitators, past and present, wish to thank everyone for all their help and support over the past ten years. Fourteen productions, current enrolment of seventy youth members and waiting lists, the future of Youth Theatre in Carrigallen in very secure.

No Youth Theatre can work without the locality, trust and belief of funding bodies, Leitrim County Council under the Arts Department, Arts Officers, Arts Council of Ireland, Peace 111 and NAYD. No youth theatre can succeed without committed facilitators, and workers who bring professionalism, passion, genuineness, and heart into the work they do. I think you all will agree, we owe a thank you to Maura Williamson and her dedicated team for co-ordinating, and keeping LYTC Carrigallen on the map as one of the most active groups in the Country. The programme, containing comments from previous members clearly sums up what youth Theatre meant to them as they moved through college, work, interviews etc. A massive thank you goes to The Corn Mill Theatre and all their staff, front of house, technical and catering, for their beautiful space, and our home for rehearsals and productions. We are so lucky to have this Theatre on our doorstep. To all the members who passed through LYTC Carrigallen, hope that you have learned something that you will carry with you for life. To the parents/guardians who have the insight to see the benefits of youth theatre for their sons and daughters, and staying with it, when commitment is needed for production etc. There are currently very active LYTC groups in Carrick-on-Shannon and Manorhamilton, so three very active youth theatre groups in our Country is a legacy to the tradition that theatre has in Leitrim. Enrolment for new members to LYTC Carrigallen are in September of each year, and can be done by contacting Maura or enquires to Arts Office, Carrick-on-Shannon, The Glens Centre for Manorhamilton, and The Dock for Carrick on Shannon. Our ten years celebrations will continue for 2015 so we look forward to performing here again in late November/December 2015. Our librarian Helen Corcoran has currently an exhibition of LYTC past achievements in our local library, clips from past plays running etc. Our library is a wonderful source to us all in this community, for research, books, information, administration, photocopy, and home to readers and writers groups. So long may it be with us.

Thank You!

The defibrillator fundraising committee would like to thank everybody who helped out at the afternoon dance held recently in the Kilbrackan Arms. It was a great success and we are now in a position to buy another defibrillator and cabinet and the existing ones maintained. The committee would especially like to thank Donal Cadden for use of his premises and providing refreshments, everyone who bought tickets for the dance and donated to the raffle. A special thanks also to Patricia Kiernan for getting the tickets printed and the I.F.A. for their generous donation of €200. Those who gave spot prizes: Pat Mitchell, Adrian Grimes FBD Insurance, Neville Patterson, Kevin Percival and Betty McDermott.

Women’s Group

Carrigallen Women’s Group are going to a cookery demonstration in The Landmark Hotel on Thursday 23 April at 8pm by Nevan Maguire. Tickets €20 if sufficient numbers interested we can arrange bus from town.  Ring or text names to Ann 0872480124 before Tuesday 21 April.

Carrigallen Library

In conjunction with the ten years celebrations of Leitrim Youth Theatre Company in Carrigallen an exhibition of a selection of their posters, programmes and DVDs from their previous performances will be on display in Carrigallen Library for a further week until Wednesday, 6 May 2015. DVDs will be running during opening hours and are available to be borrowed.

Opening hours: Monday 1:30pm to 3:30pm & 4:00pm to 8:00pm; Wednesday 10:45 to 2:45 & 3:00pm to 5:00pm and Saturday 10:00am to 1:00pm. Telephone 04943 39188.

G.F.C. Lotto
Draw was held on Saturday, 18 April 2015, and the numbers drawn on the night were 2, 10, 18, and 32. There was no Jackpot winner and the four winners of €50 each were Paul McGerty (15 Club), Jimmy Morrow (15 Club), Elizabeth Taylor and Cathal Farrelly. Next week’s draw will be held in Eugene Reilly’s bar on 25 April when the Jackpot will be €5,000. Those in charge of the draw will be Anne O’Malley, John McCabe and Michael Donohoe.

Social Dancing

Social dancing will be held next Saturday night, 25 April, in the Kilbrackan Arms Hotel from 10:00pm to 12:30am. Music supplied by The Lancers. All are welcome!

Outreach Service

The aim of the Mohill Family Support Carrigallen Outreach Service is to facilitate and support individuals and their families in the community in becoming actively involved in identify and meeting their social, personal and educational needs. By doing this we hope to empower them to improve the quality of their lives. Community Development & Family Support Worker Laura McHugh will be present in Carrigallen Health Centre on a Tuesday morning from 10:00am to 12:30pm on a weekly basis beginning Tuesday 21 April.  Please feel free to pop in for a chat or if you have any queries please call Laura on 086 6035977.

The Communication Cord

The Latin School Players wish to present their 3 Act play “The Communication Cord” by well-known playwright Brian Friel in the Latin School Community Centre, Moyne, Co Longford on Friday 1 May, Saturday 2 May and Sunday 3 May at 8:30pm. Tickets are on sale in Moyne Cross Stores, Corrigans, Lynch’s Newsagents Arva and McSeains of Cornafean. Tickets €10.

Irish Blood Transfusion Service

Mobile unit will be in St Brigid’s Community Centre, Loch Gowna, Co Cavan on Monday 27 April and Tuesday 28 April from 4:30pm to 8:00pm.