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CR News 17.03.2024 St. Patrick’s Day

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Wishing everyone far and near a very Happy and safe St. Patrick’s day.




Sunday 17th Mar, 11 am, St. Michael’s – Tommy & May Marron, Umerafree and their grand-daughter Maria Capaldi.

Pat Joe & Ellie Finnegan & deceased family members, Lisacullion.


Wednesday 20th Mar, 7.30 pm, St. John’s – Lenten Mass.


Sunday 24th Mar, 11 am, St. John’s – Patsy & Kathleen Farrelly, Lisdrumturk.

Deceased Members of the Kieran Family, Raferagh & Duffy Family, Carrickahogue.

John Sharkey, Dungloe, Co Donegal & deceased members of the Sharkey family.

James & Rose Murphy, Faraghy


Webcam & Full Parish Bulletin Link


Planning For the Future – Parishioners can find a letter from Fr. Shane addressing plans for the future of our Parish, in the church beside the Newsletter. Please take a copy.


Mass Cards – Mass Bouquets, Easter Bouquets & Birthday Bouquet signed by the Priests of the Parish are available in the Parish Office cost €15.00 (this includes price of card. All Mass Intentions are celebrated individually).


Corduff Raferagh Community Centre Class & Group activities – Monday – Bank Holiday.  Tuesday – Active Retirement Group meets at 10 am every second Tuesday.  Ceili Dancing Class 8.15 pm – 9.30 pm.  Wednesday – Bowls at 8 pm.  Thursday – Corduff Pipers at 8.30 – 10 pm.  Sunday – Trad Session in the Mountain Dew.


March Events in Corduff Raferagh Community Centre & the Mountain Dew

Mar 17th –St. Patrick’s evening Trad Session

Mar 22nd –Table Quiz for Parkinson’s Irelands, Cavan Branch

Mar 22nd –Fior Ceilí, Michael Duffy Ceilí Band

Mar 30th –Social Dancing to Kenny Paul

Mar 30th – Tommy Feeney memorial match

Mar 31st – Easter Sunday night, music by Colorado



Corduff Pipe Band – Congratulations to the Pipe Band who travelled to Liverpool last weekend to take part in the Liverpool St. Patrick’s parade, their second trip to the Merseyside city.  The group travelled with Kingscourt Brass and Reed Band and it sounds like a great weekend was had by all.  The band have a hectic schedule this Sunday for St. Patrick’s Day, but they are a seasoned bunch and up for the task.  Let’s hope the weather behaves as they visit four towns – Dundalk, Kingscourt, Bailieboro and Carrickmacross.


Table Quiz in aid of the Cavan Branch of Parkinson’s Ireland, takes place on Friday March 22nd in the Mountain Dew, Corduff at 8.30pm.  Table of four €20.   The Hanratty family who are organising this event are very grateful for all the help that they receive from the Cavan Branch of Parkinson’s Ireland. The group relies solely on fundraising, so the family hopes to see you there, to support this worthy event.


Fior Ceilí, takes place on Friday March 22nd in Corduff Raferagh Community Centre.  Music is by the Michael Duffy Ceilí Band and it promises to be a great night’s fun.


Heritage Group meeting on Wednesday 27th March at 8 pm.


Condolences – Last week was a difficult and sad week for a number of families in our community. Carmel Ward’s sister Mary Clayson passed away in England.  Charles, Cathal, Catriona & Gerard McCabe and Michael Daly lost their beloved wife, mother and sister, Mary.  Nigel, Louise, Abbie, Rebecca & Lewis McGivney lost their father and grandfather, Francie who was born in Lattylanigan attended Coolfore school.  Rosie, Sam, Martin, Laura & Sarah Mills lost their father and grandfather Cormac O’Donohue, a native of Shantonagh, just beside the former Garda barracks.  Cormac spent a lot of time helping out at his mother’s homestead on Lisacullion Lane when he was a youngster.  To all of the families we extend sincere sympathies from the Corduff Raferagh Community.  May Mary, Mary, Francie & Cormac rest in eternal peace.


Mary McCabe – Our community was deeply saddened last week as word filtered out that Mary McCabe née Daly, Corkashybane, passed away. Many of us had not seen Mary for many years as her illness kept her confined to her home, but we have fond memories of Mary, a lady with a genuine and broad smile when you met her, a gentle voice and a community member who got stuck in and helped out in any way she could. Mary had a deep faith and was very active in helping out in St. Michael’s church, including the altar society, choir, reading, Lourdes group, Pioneers, the annual bazaar fundraiser and much more. For all of those years that Mary was not in the public eye she was lovingly cared for by her husband Charles, her children Cathal, Catriona and Gerard, her brother Michael, sister in law Teresa and a team of wonderful carers.

The large crowd at Mary’s requiem Mass on Sunday last, celebrated by Fr. Peter Corrigan, was a testament to the esteem in which the McCabe & Daly families are held, not just in the Corduff area, but far beyond. It was poignant for the family that Mary should be laid to rest on Mother’s day, but Mary’s daughter Catriona read a beautiful personal short poem as the Communion Reflection, it was a poem that a family member wrote for Mary a few years ago for Mother’s day.

The weather on Sunday reflected the feeling of those gathered to say farewell to Mary, it was dull and overcast with misty rain but there is an old Irish saying, “if rain falls on the coffin during the funeral, it is said that the deceased is happy”, we truly would like to believe that, as Mary truly deserves to be happy. May she rest in peace.


Corduff Raferagh Community extends sincere sympathies to Tom, Ciara, Bronagh & Dearbhla McMahon, Corrygarry, Kingscourt on the passing of Gráinne O’Reilly McMahon. Gráinne was a much loved adult education tutor who taught Computers in our Community Centre to the Active Retirement group members a number of years ago. These ladies and anyone who was fortunate enough to come in contact with Gráinne thought the world of her. Rest in peace Gráinne.


The Carrickmacross Cancer Society Annual Public Information Evening will take place on Friday 12th April @ 8p.m. in the Shirley Arms Hotel.  Guest Speaker: Morag Robertson (Nurse Manager) Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre.  Refreshments following the meeting, very kindly sponsored by the Management of the Shirley Arms Hotel.  We look forward to seeing you on the night.


Phoenix Centre Celebrates 25 Years serving the Community on Thursday 21st March from 6pm.  We would love if you could join us and celebrate as a community for an evening reminiscing and & celebrations.  Special Offer €25 per month on the Night.  Also spot prizes the throughout the night.  See you all there.


New Email Address – Corduff Raferagh Community Centre Email address has changed to   Emails sent to the old address will be forwarded to this new address, but we ask that all new communication comes through the email address above.  Also please use the new address above for all community newspapers, webpage or Facebook notices, announcements or events etc.