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CR News 03.09.2023

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Sunday 3rd Sept, Blessed Sacrament Adoration Renewal Weekend.

St. Michael’s 11 am – Thomas & Mary Fox, Greaghlane, the Fox Family Bocks, Gollogly Family Farthagorman, Frank Curran, New Jersey, & Eddie Lynch, New York.

Tommie & Katie Larkin, their sons Patsy & Peter, their family Caroline, Jacqueline, Anthony & Liam Corrinenty.


Wednesday 6th Sept, 7.30pm, St. John’s – No Mass this evening.


Sunday 10th Sept, 11 am, St. John’s – Michael McEnaney, Ardragh.

Tommy McEneaney, Corvally & deceased members of the McEneaney Family.

P.J. & Brigid McMahon, Ardragh & deceased members of the McMahon & Ward families.

Kathleen King, Comertagh.


Healing Mass with Anointing of the Sick takes place today Sunday 3rd September at 4 pm in St. Joseph’s Carrickmacross.


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Bright Sparks Pre-School – Monday last was a very special day for all the little folk starting in Bright Sparks Pre-School.  Best wishes to the new and returning children and to the wonderful staff for a fun filled year ahead.


Autumn Schedule in Corduff Raferagh Community Centre – Classes & Groups returning over the coming weeks include – Corduff Raferagh Active Retirement Group on Tuesday 5th at 10 am.  Corduff Ceili Dancing Club on Tuesday 5th at 8.15 pm.  Corduff Bowls Club on Wednesday 6th.  Corduff Pipers on Thursday 7th, 8.30-10 pm.  Line Dancing on Monday 11th 7 – 8 pm.  Plenty of entertainment, exercise and socialising for all in that list of activities. New members always welcome to any of these groups or classes.


Céilí Dancing Classes starting back next Tue eve Sept 5th in the Community Centre at 8.15pm.  This class is for all ages and abilities, no knowledge needed, steps and dance movements will be taught at the class. It’s all a great form of exercise, you will meet new friends as we continue to promote our native Irish culture. Why not give it a try.  See you there next Tuesday or any Tuesday.


Line Dancing Classes – Starting on Monday 11th September from 7-8 pm.  A 6 week beginner’s course.  Come along for the craic and exercise.


Carrickmacross CCÉ – Music classes are starting back in the Workhouse on 23rd September.  Set dancing classes in Corduff – and possibly sean nós dancing classes also – will be confirmed next week.  Please send any queries on classes by email to or by text to 089 216 5814.


Extending sincere sympathies from the Corduff Raferagh Community to the son, daughter and extended family of Peter Nugent, Dundalk, who was laid to rest in the new graveyard at St. Michael’s Corduff during the week.  Peter’s beloved wife Julia was buried in the graveyard in 2013.  Julia was reared in Lisnafeddaly and many locals have fond memories of Peter and Julia cycling from Dundalk during the summer to visit her old homestead, Maudie & Patrick Keenan’s.  Indeed it was noted that Julia would arrive on the bicycle dressed in beautiful summery dresses, a long way from the cycling gear of today.  May Peter Rest in Eternal Peace.

Sympathies are also extended to Terri & Gerard Connolly and extended Englishby family on the passing of Terri’s mother Catherine Englishby, Stormanstown, Ardee.  Many people would fondly remember Catherine as the proprietor of Uptown Girl Boutique in Carrickmacross.  May Catherine Rest in Eternal Peace.


Heritage Week 2023 is but a memory now, but many people availed of some if not many of the events which took place in the County and beyond.  Apart from our own local ramble to Lisnafeddaly fort, two other events which I was delighted to attend were both informative and enjoyable.  On Sunday 13th Aug, Larry McDermott gave a very interesting presentation in the Round Tower Church in Inniskeen on the history of Inniskeen Motte & Bailey – the structure itself and the personal armour used by those protecting the Motte.  Joe Callan explained the recent work carried out on the mound in advance of topographical and geophysical surveys, which are grant aided by the Heritage Council, and which will be of immense value to the history of the local area.

On Wednesday evening 16th Aug, Michelle McGoff-McCann, a New York state native with ancestral ties to Broomfield and married to a gentleman from Monaghan town, launched her latest book “The Irish Coroner – Death, Murder and politics in Co. Monaghan 1846 – 1878”, in Carrickmacross Library.  Michelle gave an intriguing and passionate overview of the book, having spent many years researching the topic and utilising original case notes from William Charles Waddell who was the coroner for north Monaghan from 1846-1877. Although primarily the coroner for the north of this county, his work occasionally took him to the south and Michelle mentioned two of his cases from this area, the murder of the Callan sisters in Mullaghcroghery in 1847 and the demise of Pat Banagan, Sreenty.  In Michelle’s previous book Melancholy Madness (2003), the inquest held into the death of Pat McCabe, Greaghatacapple during the famine was also recorded.

The “Irish Coroner” is on sale in Easons Monaghan and from