CLOSURE OF ULSTER BANK: Friday May 24 will be remembered for all the wrong reasons here in Carrigallen as it was the final day of business at the Ulster bank sub office. There by ending banking facilities in the town which had been in existence for almost 100 years with even a second bank for much of that time. The closure comes as part of a rationalisation plan which saw fourteen branches and sub offices close including full branches at near by Killeshandra and also at Belturbet. Following the initial announcement last January repeated contacts to various levels of management by the local public rep along with customers and community interest groups have met with the reply “An irreversible decision made by senior management in order to guarantee the efficiency of the bank going forward” with much play made of benefits of E banking, a concept that not everyone will embrace particularly the middle aged to old customers. The actual closure was a nostalgic occasion for both customers and staff led by Enda , whom we can say always treated the customers here in Carrigallen with the utmost courtesy and respect and who undoubtedly would have preferred things to remains as they were .We wish them well in what has become a very challenging career.
TIDY TOWNS NEWS: This correspondent was out of the country for a few days attending to his religious duties and during that time Main Street went through somewhat of a facelift brought about by the appliance of H20 with a pressure washer. Footpaths and house fronts all look the better of it and I understand a TUS worker (Martin Doyle of Druminchin) has been appointed to carry out some work on behalf of the tidy towns committee and with the Margaret of New Orleans event coming up which should see a large influx of visitors to the town, a final push is required in order to have our town presented at its best. Something which readers will agree has become a frequent and unpleasant issue in and around the town is that of dogs fouling footpaths on streets which as we know is an offense by their owners punishable by a hefty fine if detected by the authorities. So we would ask for your cooperation in the matter and make arrangements for such when exercising your dogs in public areas bring along a little brush and shovel for to do the necessary and please don’t allow your dogs to enter into the chapel cemetery.
LEITRIM FOR LIFE 8TH JUNE: Vigil for Life on the 8th June in Merrion Square Dublin to keep abortion out of Ireland. Buses going from Leitrim to book your place tel 087 7819586/ 086 8775036. All night vigil will take place in Saint Anne’s Convent Mohill on Friday 7th June. Confessions from 10pm and mass at 10.30pm.The government intends to legalise abortion in Ireland in July and a large attendance in Merrion Square is essential to oppose this. The vigil will send a clear positive message about safeguarding the lives of mothers and babies in pregnancy. Posters will be provided on the day. Please spread the word to families and friends and anyone you know to organise a bus or get bus details tel 087 2668702. Any catholic that has a bit of good blood in their veins should attend and that should go for TDs of every kind say no and keep your seat in the Dail.