Charity Card Game

Charity Card Game

The seventh annual 25 Charity Card game was held in MJs Bar Carrigallen on Sunday 4 January 2015 with thirty-six players taking part. This year’s event was held in memory of the late Sean Reilly who passed away before Christmas and had been the main organiser of this event since its inception in 2008. The proceeds from this fundraiser were in aid of the North West Hospice, a charity that has benefited a lot of families in this area over the past number of years. As well as the thirty six card players there was also a large crowd present to support the event either by buying tickets for the card game or for the raffle, (some people contributing between €5 and €30 for tickets) or donating spot prizes. We wish to thank all who supported this worthy cause either by taking part or by donating prizes. Below is a list in no particular order of people who donated money or spot prizes. Thanks to John Mitchell of MJs Bar €20, the use of the premises and for providing refreshments; to Mitchell’s Bar for donating a €50 meal voucher first prize in the card game which was won by Brendan Reilly; to Donal Cadden, Kilbrackan Arms Hotel for €40 meal voucher second prize in the card game won by Frances Denehey; Declan Donohoe bottle of brandy third prize in the card game and won by Brian Gormley. Thanks also to Marian and Brendy Reilly €10, bottle of whiskey and bottle of wine; Charlie and Nuala McCabe €30 fuel voucher; Bruce betting Arva €50 voucher; Catriona Reilly €50,bottle of brandy, gift set, chocolates and biscuits; Leitrim Ploughing Association €50; May McManus and her sisters Nancy and Eileen €30; Fosters Pharmacy €20 voucher; Michael and Dolores Smyth €20, box chocolates and box of sweets; Cathal Sheridan €50; John O’Malley €20 voucher; Fergal and Aoife €20; bottles of whiskey from Paddy O’Rourke, Brian Gormley, Tommy Brady, Michael Doherty and Modern Designs; bottle of brandy from Martin Reilly and family; Eamonn Gray, Arva, bottle of wine; MJ Reilly bottle of wine and gift set; Pat Masterson two bottles of wine; Rory McKiernan €5; Eamon Gray bottle of wine and biscuits; Sean McLoughlin €20; Maureen Gormley €10; Eamonn Dolan €10; Noel Lyons €20; Marian Clancy €10; Vinny and Catherine Lyons bottle of wine and box chocolates; Padraig Harte €20; Catherine Dolan €10; Maggie Smith €10; Tommy and Patricia Kiernan €20; Anthony Curran €10; Fiona Reilly €20; Bridie McManus €20; Carrigallen Bingo, Book; Brian and Bernie Mulligan €20; Brendan Kiernan two bottles of wine; JP and Janine McManus €10; Cathal Óg Sheridan €10; Declan O’Brien €10; Padraig and Cait Gormley €10; Anthony Mimna €20. Apologies if we have left anyone out. Again a special thank you to all who made this event the great success that it was and a grand total of €1,290 was raised for this worthy charity.

Oscar Nomination

Congrats to our own David Rawle on his Oscar nomination for the short animated film ‘Song of the Sea’. Directed by Tom Moore, written by Will Collins and produced by Paul Young, Song of the Sea is based around the legend of the Selkies and follows the adventures of Saoirse and her brother Ben. It features the voices of Lucy O’Connell, David Rawle, Lisa Hannigan, Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, Jon Kenny, Pat Shortt, Liam Hourican and Colm Ó Snodaigh. The 87th Academy Awards will be held on 22 February 2015 in Hollywood, Los Angeles.


Sarah Farrelly, Drumbreanlis, Carrigallen has won the regional Credit Union art finals and is now heading to Croke Park for the finals. Sarah is daughter of Rosemarie and Cathal Farrelly. Wishing Sarah every success in the finals!


Yoga classes starting – Thursday, 5 February, in Bredagh Old School, Carrigallen. Beginners classes from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. Continuation group from  8.15pm – 9.15pm. Please bring a mat and a blanket. Contact Julie on 08712 52213, for information.

Social Dancing

Social dancing will be held next Saturday night, 24 January, in the Kilbrackan Arms Hotel from 10:00pm to 12:30am. Music supplied by Mountain Fever. All are welcome!

Game Night

Carrigallen Gun Club is holding their annual Game Night in the Kilbrackan Arms Hotel on Saturday, 31 January 2015. Meals will be served between 8:00pm and 11:00pm. Menu consists of venison, pigeon, rabbit, pheasant, duck, and woodcock dishes. Admission €10.

Drama Sessions Resume

Leitrim Youth Theatre Co. Carrigallen Junior groups and Senior 1 recommence on Monday, 26 January 2015. Junior Groups: from 5:30pm to 6:30pm 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Senior 1 from 7:30pm to 9:00pm, for all current members. Senior Group 2 recommenced sessions on Tuesday 20 January for current enrolled members from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. No new enrolments until September 2015 for new members, enquiries to Maura at 0879036436.

The Senior 2 group were privileged to work with Abbey actor, director Livin Dred, and Cavan man Aaron Monaghan on Saturday last. Aaron’s workshop looked at physical theatre, the use of the physical body as key to development of character without, costume, props etc. We want to thank the Corn Mill Theatre, Brian Reilly, Ronan Ward, and Sean McIntyre for organising this event for us at the Corn Mill Theatre. LYTC Carrigallen currently accommodates seventy young people in Carrigallen. The Company now entering its tenth year since the setting up of LYTC, includes groups in Carrick on Shannon, junior and Senior Manorhamilton a Senior Group. The Company is grateful to Arts officers former Caoimhin Corrigan, current Philip Delamare, and Kate McCarty for their ongoing part funding and support.

G.F.C. Lotto
The draw was held on Saturday, 17 January 2015 and the numbers drawn on the night were 2, 7, 22, and 25. There was no Jackpot winner and the four winners of €50 each were Martha Murphy, Pauline Harte, Pauline O’Rourke and Benny O’Rourke. Next week’s draw will be held in MJ’s bar on 24 January 2015 when the Jackpot will be €3,700. Those in charge of the draw will be Rory Harte and Eamonn Dolan.

Special Sitting of Mohill District Court!

The closure of Courthouses around the country has upset and angered many people and none more than the people of Mohill. However, a special sitting of Mohill District Court will be held on 2 May 2015 in the Hunt Hall, Castle Street, Mohill at 9pm! The last special sitting of Mohill District Court took place last May 2014 when Judge John James Sharkey presided over Percy French v The West Clare Railway Company. Percy French won his case and was awarded £10 plus expenses. Now the West Clare Railway is counter suing Percy French. Judge John James Sharkey will preside over the case.  It all relates to the song ‘Are Ya right there Michael are ya right’ which Percy composed after he won his case last May.  The West Clare Railway is suing Percy for Libel and Slander. In the meantime, statements are being taken from various witnesses and they will be examined and cross examined on the day by two very eminent counsels, Mr Bailey and Mr Considine. The Co. Leitrim Percy French Society is summoning everyone to come out and support Percy against the might of the West Clare Railway so that Percy can enjoy his party the following night Sunday 3 May 2015! Regular updates will be posted between now and the Court date! Come to Court on Saturday, 2 May 2015 at 9:00pm in the Hunt Hall, Castle Street, Mohill. This is an original script written by Tish Dunleavy and produced by Frank Cadam. Then come and celebrate Percy’s Party on Sunday night 3 May at 9:00pm in the Hunt Hall, Castle Street, Mohill where the County Leitrim Percy French performing group will perform some fantastically witty Percy French songs they haven’t performed before.

Outreach Service

The Mohill Family Support Centre’s Outreach Service will be available in Carrigallen’s Primary Care Centre every Tuesday from 10:00am to 12:30pm.

Items of News

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