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CR News 15.07.2023

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Sunday 16th July, 11 am, St. John’s – Blessing of the Graves

Pat, Mary & Tommy Connolly and deceased members of the Connolly family, Carrickamore.

Wednesday 19th July, 7.30pm, St. Michael’s – Michael, Mary & Brigid Hanratty & deceased members of the Hanratty & Duffy families, Greagh.  Mary Ann & Felix Rushe, Greaghlane.

Sunday 23rd July, 11 am, St. Michael’s – Michael & Anna Callan Shanco.

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Blessing of the Graves takes place today 16th July after 11 am Mass at St. John’s, Raferagh.


The Biggest Thank You to everyone who baked and donated to the bake sale in  Raferagh on Sunday 2nd July. There was a whopping €840 raised bringing my total fundraising to €3200 which will go directly to the charity Project Zambia and straight to the people in Zambia. This would not have been possible without everyone’s unbelievable generosity, and I am beyond grateful.  Thank you to all. Leah Cooney.


Blessing of the Graves at St. Michael’s – Although Sunday morning last started relatively bright and balmy, by the time the congregation started to assemble for Mass in St. Michael’s the weather had taken a turn for the worst.  Just before Mass started an eerie atmosphere developed in St. Michael’s as the clouds gathered overhead, the dark almost foreboding light emanating from the beautiful stained glass windows, was more reminiscent of the view during an evening Mass in the winter as opposed to what you would expect at a morning Mass at the beginning of July.  As Fr. Shane McCaughey & Fr. Pat McKeown started Mass, claps of thunder were heard close by, but one flash of lightning followed by an immediate bang of thunder overhead, certainly sent shivers down spines.  Thankfully after that each clap of thunder was getting fainter as it moved away, by Holy Communion time the sunshine returned, lighting up the church and casting a colourful shadow from the stained glass windows.  There was slight caution when leaving the chapel for Blessing of the Graves, ‘was it over, was it gone’ – the storm, but thankfully it was and the sun shone for the blessings, although there was a bit of a chilly breeze in the aftermath of the storm.  Fr. Shane McCaughey & Fr. Pat McKeown proceeded with the Blessings, visiting all graves in the graveyards as the large congregation took part in the ceremony.  Thanks to all who enhanced the service in any way, it was a fitting commemoration to our departed family members.


Greaghlatacapple Mass Rock – For safety reasons the annual Mass at Greaghlatacapple Mass Rock last Friday evening was transferred to the church, wet conditions in the previous week and a strong breeze on the evening necessitated a change of plan.  Fr. Pat McKeown who is home from Kent officiated at the Mass.  Mass was celebrated for the sick of our parish, those in hospital or at home, remembering especially Terence Keelan, whose land the Mass Rock is situated on.  After Mass the congregation retired to the Community Centre for a well enjoyed cuppa prepared by Pauline & Betty, with home baked treats by Margaret Fox.  Thanks to everyone who helped out in any way to make the Mass and afters an enjoyable occasion for all present.


Trad Session next Friday night 21st July in the Mountain Dew.


Social Dancing in the Community Centre to Brendan Magee & Eugene Cunningham on July 29th.


Monaghan County Council gives notice of its intention to close the following road in the Municipal District of Ballybay/Clones in County Monaghan:

Date:    Between Monday 31st July 2023 and Friday 10th November 2023

(Road may be closed for a maximum of 3 weeks within the Closure Period)

To Facilitate:     Road Improvement Works

Road Closed:  LT-40052 for a distance of 2km between its junctions with the LP-4005 at Coraghy and the LT40054 at Faraghy.

Diversion Routes:  Northbound traffic travelling from Faraghy to Coraghy will be diverted East along the LT40054 to the junction with LT40051 at Sreenty and turn left onto the LT40051. Traffic will continue North along the LT40051 to the junction with the LP4005 at Coraghy. Traffic will turn left and continue West along the LP4005 to its junction with the LT40052 at Coraghy.

Southbound traffic travelling from Coraghy to Faraghy will be diverted East along the LP4005 to the junction with the LT40051 at Coraghy. Traffic will turn right and proceed South along the LT40051 to the junction with the LT40054 at Sreenty. Traffic will turn right and continue West along the LT40054 to its junctions with the LT40052 at Faraghy.

All Detours will be signposted in order to direct the Traffic. (Local Access and Emergency Vehicles will be catered for at all times).

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