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CR News 10.09.2023

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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.


Wednesday 13h Sept, 7.30pm, St. Michael’s – Cassidy Family, Fartagorman, Brigid & Mick, Carragher, Carrickartagh.

Tommy, Annie, Tom & Paddy McPhillips, Umerafree.

Peter & Molly Keelan & deceased member of the Keelan family, Ardragh


Sunday 17th Sept, 11 am, St. Michael’s – Barney Clinton & deceased members of the Clinton family, Greaghlane.

Ciara Walsh, Seamus Cassidy & deceased member of the Walsh family, Lisnafeddaly.


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Autumn Schedule in Corduff Raferagh Community Centre – The Centre is busy once again with groups returning for their Autumn/Winter schedule.  Plenty of activities going on if you would like to join in, all the groups are always delighted to welcome new members.

Monday – Line dancing at 7 pm.   Set Dancing restarting on Sept 25th.

Tuesday – Ceili dancing classes at 8.15 pm.    Active Retirement Group meet fortnightly on Tuesdays at 10 am.

Wednesday – Bowls Club at 8 pm.

Thursday – Pipers 8.30-10 pm.


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.


Coming soon – Are you struggling with technology – a new phone, iPad or Tablet?  Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board (CMETB) are providing a tutor to help users get the most from their phone, iPad or Tablet.  A new ‘Using your Smartphone/iPad/Tablet’ Class will start in Corduff Raferagh Community Centre in the coming weeks on a Monday morning.  Watch out for more details in the coming week or contact Pauline on 087 2977091.


Genealogy Course – An introductory Genealogy Course will commence in Corduff Raferagh Community Centre on Wednesday evening 4th October for 6 weeks.  For anyone wishing to make a start on their Family Tree this course will introduce you to basic sources on line and how to access information.


Property Marking Event – Next Sat 16th Sept, An Garda Síochána community engagement unit will be on hand at Corduff Raferagh Community Centre to carry out Property Marking on garden equipment, farm machinery, bicycles etc.  Bring your valuable items to the Centre between 12 noon & 3 pm to avail of this free service.

The Property Marking Event coincides with recent unsavory activity in this area, the theft of oil from a farm yard and door to door callers ‘selling’ internet/sky type packages.  Also an incident of a drone hovering over a farmyard in Co. Cavan in recent weeks demonstrates that we all need to be vigilant of such activities and report them to An Garda Síochána at Carrickmacross station on 042 969 0190.  And remember NEVER EVER give your bank details to anyone who calls to your door or phones you for such details.


St. Michael’s Church Bell – It is wonderful to hear the Angelus Bell ring twice daily once again at St. Michael’s and indeed before Mass on Sunday. The bell has been out of action for a number of years, the electronic mechanism giving up the ghost. Recent renovations to the gable of St. Michael’s has facilitated access to the bell and specialists brought in to carry out the necessary repairs. Thanks to Brendan who retrieved the original hammer and brought it to the Heritage Room for safekeeping. 1918 is inscribed on the bell, so it is over 100 years since the bell was manufactured.

Before electronic mechanisms were attached to church bells, local men undertook the task of ringing the bell at 12 noon and 6 pm daily for the Angelus. They would also ring it before Mass, which off course took place daily up until the past decade or so. They were also on hand for funerals, weddings or other occasions. A few of the St. Michael’s bell ringers from years gone by who come to mind were Michael Hanratty of the Shop, Tommy McKeown, Benny Hanratty and Jim Marron, undoubtedly there were others. It was quite a voluntary commitment by these gentlemen, albeit most lived close by, but in all kinds of weather, two if not three trips were made to the church daily to perform this task.


Nancy & Bernard McGouran & Joe Marrin – Back in 2017, the heritage group received an email from Bernard McGouran, looking for assistance in tracing his wife’s ancestor who left the Carrickmacross area in the 1850s.  After years of searching he found in historical records a high concentration of Marrons in the Corduff area which piqued his interest and the possibility that Nancy’s ancestor could be from this area.  The initial information he provided was that Philip Marrin was born about 1836 or prior, to parents Thomas Marran & Anne Keenan (or Keelan) from the Carrickmacross area.  Philip immigrated to Simcoe, Ontario, Canada in 1854 and died in the Simcoe area 1904, he may have immigrated to New York City with a brother Joseph Marrin in 1851 prior to travelling to Canada in 1854.  Note the various spellings used for Marron, Marrin, Marran etc.   It is never easy researching a Marron in historical records for this area, as there were so many, but with the help of Margaret in the Genealogy research section of Carrickmacross Workhouse, a connection to Corduff was made, but to which specific townland would take another while.

On a visit to Ireland in May 2017, Bernard and Nancy made arrangements facilitated by the Heritage Group to gather some Marrons together to see if there were any possible ways of connecting with Nancy’s extended Marrin/Marron family.  Armed with fantastic old photographs and more information, the gathering which took place in the Mountain Dew considered if there were any familial resemblances to the gentleman in the photographs who left in 1854 or to his descendants who live in Canada.  Nothing definitive was concluded at this gathering, but friendships were formed and both Nancy and Bernard felt a special bond with this area.

On subsequent trips in 2018 & 2019, more information was uncovered and eventually a DNA test provided the crucial link that connected their ancestor to Ummerafree.

On Wednesday 20th September at 7 pm, Nancy and Bernard will return to the Mountain Dew with Nancy’s uncle Joe Marrin who will celebrate his 85 birthday later this year.  The gathering hosted by Nancy, Bernard and Joe is to say thank you to all who “attended Nancy’s previous search party meetings” and to anyone who helped in any way to fulfil this dream for Nancy.  It is very difficult to get conclusive genealogy information prior to the introduction of Civil Records in Ireland in the 1860s, so this is a wonderful outcome for the family.

Sadly though, from their three pre covid visits to Ireland, a number of heritage group members and Marrons who were in attendance at their gatherings are no longer with us, namely Patsy & Josie Marron, Michael McCabe, Owen Larkin, Catherine Marron, Peter Geoghegan, Ann Finnegan, George McKitterick, whom Bernard warmly refers to as Yukon George, after a fascinating chat the two gentleman had on their first visit in relation to Georges experiences in the Yukon many years ago.

We look forward to meeting Nancy, Joe & Bernard who had to postpone their booked 2020 trip due to covid restrictions, and we look forward to hearing about the long but successful journey in discovering their ancestors birth place here amongst the Ridge of Heather in Ummerafree.