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Corduff Raferagh Community Association AGM 15.06.2023

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Chairperson, Lorcan Hand, welcomed the small gathering to the AGM and asked the group’s Secretary, Patricia Murtagh to read the Minutes of the last AGM from June 2022 and for Secretary’s Report.

Patricia thankfully reported that Centre activities have more or less returned to normal after the Covid shut down of 2020 & 2021.  Bright Sparks Playschool and Afterschool service takes place Monday to Friday.  Group activities which take place on a regular basis include – Sean Nos Dancing, Ceili dancing, Active Retirement Group, Bowls, Heritage Group, Pipe Band, Social Dancing, Fitness classes, along with smaller group classes occasionally.    Patricia thanked the Centre manager Pauline and her Solas workers, Betty, Agnes, Siobhan and Lisa who are always on hand to cater for the needs of the community for Centre activities.

The Mountain Dew is regularly busy for parties, table quizzes, poker classics, and pool competitions, Sky sports events and the monthly Irish music session.  Mairead and Michéal were thanked for always accommodating events in the bar.

Throughout 2022 funding from various bodies enabled the upgrade of the facilities such as developing the CoRa Community Hub, the Corduff Raferagh Website – and for putting signage on the front of the building.  In 2023 work will commence to install a lift in the building and upgrade the fire alarm.  The car park parking lines were repainted as well as funding for various building maintenance costs.  An Energy Audit was completed on the building.  Thanks to all the Funding bodies for their support – the Department of Rural and Community Development and Minister Heather Humphries.  Community Centre Investment Fund Grant.  Monaghan County Council.  SSE Community Fund.  LEADER funding.

Energy costs have increased substantially and this along with the rising costs of insurance and rates puts pressure on finances so the group are continually striving to keep on top of these and cut costs where possible and avail of all grant support open to the group.

Last September three committee officers attended a valuation tribunal in Dublin to object to the increased rates issued on the building and we are still awaiting the outcome of this.

Events held in the past number of months include the children’s Halloween Party, Santy Party, Bazzar, 20/40 celebration held on St Patrick’s weekend 2023 to celebrate the 20th year of the opening of Mountain Dew and a 40th year of the opening of the Community Centre. Volunteers and committee members who contributed greatly to the running of the Centre for the past 20-40 years were honoured at these events. And the Corduff Calling book was updated and relaunched.

We would like to express congratulations to all families who welcomed new arrivals in the past year, to all those who got married and our condolences to the families who suffered a bereavement.

As 2023 progresses, we are working on projects to further enhance the services we can provide to the community, subject to grant support. Anyone who would like to put forward ideas or advice is always welcome to put them to Community Association committee members and we are always open to new members and ideas to help run the community Centre , which belongs to all of us.



Lorcan then asked the group’s Treasurer, Ben Woods, to go through the Accounts.  Ben gave a detailed breakdown of the accounts.  If anyone wishes to receive a copy of this breakdown please email



Chairperson, Lorcan Hand, in his own address, thanked many individuals and groups including Pauline Reilly, the Solas staff – past, present and new, Frank Ward, Rosie Mills, all the volunteers that helped with events throughout the year, the Byrne family, Vincent Hanratty, the Comhaltas group and Peter Brennan, Jimmy Marron, Sinead Finnegan, Laura Mc Daniel & Patrick Ward.

Special thanks to Mairead and Micheál and their staff for the running and managing of the Mountain Dew, extending best wishes to Mairead for a speedy recovery.

Gratitude was also extended to all organisations and individuals that use the Centre.

Lorcan congratulated Corduff Gaels and Corduff Ladies on their achievements last season, and he thanked them for celebrating their achievements in their local Community Centre, and wished good luck to the newly formed mothers and others group.

Thanks was extended to Monaghan County Council and all government Departments for their funding throughout the year, especially to Heather Humphreys, Minister for Rural and Community Development and Social Protection.

Lorcan then thanked his fellow officers, and committee members for their hard work throughout the year, especially Secretary Patricia Murtagh.  To Bernie and Peadar on the re-launch of the “Corduff Calling” book and also on the launch of the community Website, and also to the sponsors of the website – Corrigan Staircases, Hills Garden Centre, MH Bricklaying, O’Sullivan Murtagh Solicitors, Activ8, Marron Farm Services & L&P Developments,.

Lorcan is looking forward to a busy year ahead with the installation of the lift shaft and the upgrading of the fire alarm.

A vote of sympathy was passed to the families who lost loved ones in the past year.

Lorcan concluded by encouraging new members with new ideas to join the committee.

The Election of Officers followed.


The 2023/2024 Corduff Raferagh Community Association Committee are as follow

Honorary President – Peadar Marron.

Honorary Vice Presidents – Patsy Finnegan, Philomena Lundy, Peter Brennan.

Chairperson – Lorcan Hand.

Secretary – Patricia Murtagh.

Vice Secretary – Joan Farrelly.

Treasurer – Ben Woods.

Vice Treasurer – Denis McCabe.

PRO- Bernie Ruth.