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Corduff Raferagh Community Centre Newsletter December 2023

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Corduff Raferagh Community Centre Newsletter


A printed copy of our Corduff Raferagh Community Centre Newsletter is available in St. John’s, St. Michael’s and the Mountain Dew.

Community Centre Manager – Pauline Reilly 087 2977091

Mountain Dew Manager – Mairead McConnon 087 9922032

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Corduff Raferagh Community Association Committee, together with the Community Centre and Mountain Dew Management and staff would like to wish every member of our community a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and a Healthy and Safe New Year.


2023 was a busy year in the Community Centre, thankfully leaving the bleak covid years well and truly behind us.


We would like to extend Congratulations to all the families who welcomed new additions this year and to all who got married or engaged.  To all our community members who lost a loved one during 2023 we extend sincere sympathies and acknowledge that Christmas will be very different this year.


The Committee would like to sincerely thank our Managers Pauline Reilly and Mairead McConnon for their outstanding commitment to the Centre and Mountain Dew.  Thanks also to their wonderful staff – Betty, Agnese, Lisa, Teresa, Siobhán, Sinead, John, Michéal, Brendan, Andrew and Meabh, who provide care and attention to the building and its occupants on a daily basis.


Special thanks to all the Volunteers who assisted throughout 2023 in setting up the Centre for events and helped out in any way at events.  Without this much appreciated helping hand the workload would be immense.


Thanks to Rosie Mills and Cormagh, without the help of the Community Employment initiative the day to day work would pile up, this year we said farewell to Siobhán and welcomed Lisa and Teresa to the team.


Corduff Raferagh Community Association meet on a monthly basis.  We held our AGM in June 2023 and the elected members are Lorcan Hand – Chairperson; Colin McCusker – Vice Chairperson; Ben Woods – Treasurer; Denis McCabe – Assistant Treasurer; Patricia Murtagh – Secretary; Joan Farrelly – Assistant Secretary and Bernie Ruth – PRO. We also have an active committee who attend our meetings to assist in the management of the Community Centre and new members are always welcome.


2023 was a very special year for Corduff Raferagh Community Centre and the Mountain Dew as we celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the opening of the Centre and the 20th Anniversary of the opening of the Bar, where those years have gone is hard to grasp.  St. Patrick’s weekend 2023 seen the St. Patrick’s night Trad Session doubling up as a 20th anniversary celebration of the opening of the Mountain Dew and 15 years to the day since the Trad Sessions started.  Peter Brennan received presentations on the night from Carrickmacross Comhaltas and the Community Centre for his dedicated service to the monthly session in the Mountain Dew over the past 15 years.  There was a wonderful attendance at the celebration.  The following night the 40th Anniversary celebration took place in the main hall with a 4 course dinner provided by caterers, giving the staff a much deserved night off.  To coincide with the occasion a reprint and updated version of the 1983 Corduff Calling publication was launched (copies are still available).  The night concluded with music by Mr. Brightside and dancing.  Presentations were made on this night to long-serving committee members and volunteers who go above and beyond in our Centre, including Peadar Marron, Tom Fox, Patrick Ward, Eugene Connolly, Peter Brennan, Pauline Reilly, Margaret Fox, Teresa Daly, Mairead McConnon and Peter, Bernadette, Emma and Louise Byrne.  The whole weekend was a wonderful celebration of Community spirit.


A month earlier the Community Association Committee welcomed Minister for Rural and Community Development & Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys to the Centre to officially launch the new CoRa Hub and the Corduff Raferagh Community Website.  The CoRa Hub incorporates two rooms which were purposely renovated and kitted out with all the necessary facilities and equipment to enable individuals, groups or businesses to rent the spaces at a nominal fee for Hot Desk, meeting or training purposes.

A new Community Website was developed and launched which enables members of our community, near and far, to keep up to date with the latest News and information related to all aspects of our community.  If you have a smartphone or tablet you can access the weekly News page on the website which is essentially our local bulletin, the site also provides information regarding the area including contact details for all groups and organisations, it is worth checking it out.  The website is maintained thanks to the generous sponsorship by our local business, who in 2023 included Activ8, Corrigan Staircases, Hills Country Garden Centre, L&P Developments Ltd, Marron Farm Services Ltd, MH Bricklaying Ltd & Building Services and O’Sullivan Murtagh Solicitors.

The websites News page is updated each Sunday morning providing a listing of Anniversary Masses for the week with a link to the Magheross Parish Bulletin and Webcam.  Also listed are the activities scheduled for the week in the Community Centre and any other relevant Community information.  Feature articles also appear on the News page.  For all community notices, alerts, events, announcements etc use the email address.  For Northern Standard notices email before 8 pm on Monday evenings.


Gratitude is extended to the various Funding Bodies from whom we received grant aid over the past year, without this injection of financial assistance, we could not proceed with improvement or keep the building up to the standard that our community has become accustomed to.  In 2023 we received funding from Monaghan County Council LCDC Community Support Fund, funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and also the SSE Renewables Community Fund. Funding is used for upkeep of the centre to pay energy costs (heat and light), energy improvements, insurance, fire officer requirements, rates, equipment maintenance and replacement, waste disposal, club licence and repairs, among other expenses. Our rates bill has increased substantially over the past number of years as the entire building has now been subject to rates whereas, it was just the Mountain Dew area under our previous valuation. Insurance is also increasing year on year.  The Defibrillator and storage cabinet at the main doorway to the centre, which is a lifeline for all in our community is also in need of upgrading.

In 2022 we received funding from the Community Centre Investment Funding of €237,500, administered by Pobal from the Department of Rural and Community Development for a new Lift Shaft and a new addressable fire alarm system for the building. The fire alarm works were complete in 2023 and the Lift Shaft works will commence in January 2024 and further fundraising is planned to meet the shortfall for these works throughout 2024.

Anyone with ideas for fundraising events are always encouraged to come forward and your continued support for all events will be appreciated. The only way is up!


Regular activities in the Centre over the past year include the Monthly Traditional music, singing and dancing session on the third Friday of the month in the Mountain Dew.  Social Dancing takes place on the last Saturday of each month to live music in the hall.

Since September 2023, Line Dancing started back on Monday nights after an absence of many years.  Sean Nós Dancing and Set Dancing are also held on Monday nights so you can literally dance the night away every Monday in the hall.  Not only that, but you can come back on Tuesday night to the Céilí dance classes.  Wednesday night the Bowls Club are in the hall and every year they run a successful tournament at the centre, with bowlers from far and wide coming to compete.  On Thursday nights our long-standing Corduff Pipe Band practice in the hall and a new group of pipers are in training to ensure the band continues for many more years to come.  New members are always welcome to all the regular clubs that used the centre.  The hall is also used for sport and fitness training by the many sporting clubs and fitness coaches in the parish.

Events that took place in the Main Hall in 2023 included not one, but two Fíor Céilís; twelve Social Dances; a very successful and powerful dramatization of ‘The Flowers of May’ play featuring local actress Eileen Gomez; a Big Breakfast on the morning of Blessing of the Graves, which raised €2,630 profit for the upkeep of the centre; a Coffee Morning, Cake Sale & Raffle for Carrick Cancer organised by Agnese; a Cake Sale and Coffee Morning for the Active Retirement Club, Kids Halloween Disco; the Parish Christmas Bazaar; Carrickmacross Comholtas Concert; Santa Claus’s visit; as well as kids and adults birthday parties, family reunions, christenings, anniversaries, celebrations and funeral receptions.

Congratulations to the Active Retirement group who celebrated their 20th anniversary this year with a fantastic celebratory party in the Community Centre.  The group meet fortnightly on Tuesday mornings from 10.30 am – 12 noon and they recently held their Christmas Party in the Centre.

Along with our clubs and social events in the centre, in 2023 we also hosted training and development for community members.  Cavan Monaghan Education Training Board (CMETB) provided a tutor to conduct a ‘Using your Smartphone/iPad/Tablet’ Class and currently an ‘Introduction to Computers’ class is in progress on Monday mornings at 10 am.  For six weeks a very informative and enjoyable ‘Genealogy Course’ took place.  We were also delighted to host the Monaghan County Heritage Forum meeting in September, a first for our Centre.

The Conference Room & Heritage Room were used by many groups and clubs for meetings and they were also used for Computer Training, Frist Aid Training, Cormagh CE Horticulture Training, Agricultural discussion groups and training etc.

Some of the events which took place in the Mountain Dew over the past year included numerous Table Quizzes, Poker Classics, 25 Card Drives, Pool Competitions, Karaoke night, Presentation nights, Birthday parties, after-match Celebratory parties, Book Signing, Family Gatherings, Faith & Light Christmas party, Movember shave, Big-band nights like RU4Reel and many fun nights were held in 2023.

The younger members of our community attend Bright Sparks Pre-School, a wonderful facility in the Community Centre with a dedicated and highly qualified staff looking after the children.  Facilities include the Breakfast club, Preschool and Afterschool services.

Thank you to all the groups and clubs who continue to use the facilities on a regular basis, those already mentioned and also to Corduff GAA Handball Group, Corduff GFC – Senior, Juvenile and Ladies Football clubs, Raferagh Community Hall Group and Corduff Raferagh Heritage Group.

The Heritage Group members continue to research the local graveyards so if you have any information that does not appear on a headstone please get in touch.  Currently, where possible, the group are adding maiden names of the ladies listed on headstones to their database.  In time, they hope to publish four maps and listings for St. Michael’s,           St. John’s, St. Patrick’s & Carrickmaclim, so your assistance and knowledge would be very much appreciated.  Call Bernie on 087 9555762 or email


To conclude 2023 two events will take place – Social Dancing in the main hall to Magic Moments on Saturday 30th December and on New Year’s Eve music in the Mountain Dew by Colorado.


2024 will kick off with a Nollaig na mBan Karaoke sing along on Saturday Jan 6th in the Mountain Dew.  Poker Classic on Saturday Jan 20th.   5K Run/Walk, on Sunday 28th Jan, which is a Community Centre Fundraiser for the upcoming improvements to the building.  The Handball club table quiz will take place on Friday 2nd February in the Mountain Dew.


We thank our Community who supported the Community Centre in any way over the past year and we wish everyone a joyful holiday season


If you would like to book the Community Centre for any activities or events in 2024, get in touch and we will be happy to help.

Contact Details

Pauline Reilly 087 2977091

Mairead McConnon 087 9922032

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