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CR News 20.08.2023

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Sunday 20th Aug, 11 am, St. Michael’s.

Wednesday 23rd Aug, 7.30pm, St. John’s – No Mass this evening.

Sunday 27th Aug, 11 am, St. John’s.


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


Webcam & Full Parish Bulletin Link


Day Visit to Lough Derg – The Pauline’s Annual day visit to Lough Derg takes place on 9th September.  For booking call Pauline on 087 9499335.


Carrick Cancer Carlingford to Omeath Greenway walk will take place on Saturday 26th August.  Contact Pat the Gael for information – 087 4130727.


Mary Meals – Thank you to all who subscribed to the recent collections in Raferagh and Corduff for Mary’s Meals. Total amounted to €1394. €22 feeds a child for a full year. Thanksto your generosity, this money will feed 64 children for an entire year at school.


Congratulations to Mark McEnaney & Laura McDaniel, Corvally on their recent engagement.  Health & Happiness to you both.


Social Dancing in the Community Centre on Saturday 26th Aug, Dancing to Magic Moments.


Bishop Larry Duffy Announced Diocesan Appointments with effect from Friday 1 September 2023:

  1. Very Rev Canon Ramon Munster PP Bundoran/Ballyshannon (Magh Ene) to retire as PP and take a one-year sabbatical leave.
  2. Fr Michael Jordan CC, Killanny to be PP Magheracloone.
  3. Fr Humphrey Ude (Diocese of Enuga, Nigeria) to be CC, Monaghan & Rackwallace as well as in Tyholland and Kilmore & Drumsnat.
  4. Fr Jeremiah Munyoki (Diocese of Kitui, Kenya) to be CC, Bundoran/Ballyshannon (Magh Ene).
  5. Fr Peter Edson Tambula (Diocese of Chikwawa, Malawi) to be CC in the Carrickmacross Pastoral Area and resident in Inniskeen pro-tem.
  6. Fr Jonathan Malusi (Diocese of Kitui, Kenya) to be CC in the Clones Pastoral Area and resident in Aghadrumsee.
  7. Fr Shadreck Malata (Diocese of Chikwawa, Malawi) to be CC Enniskillen pro-tem.


Bishop Liam McDaid, Bishop Emeritus of Clogher Diocese – Extending sincere Sympathies of the Corduff Raferagh Community to Bishop Liam’s brother Christopher and to all his Religious colleagues & his many friends.  May Bishop Liam rest in eternal peace.


Heritage Week 2023 is almost over and hopefully you had an opportunity to participate in one of the many events held all over the country. This year’s theme was ‘Living History’, inviting everyone to explore the traditions and practices, knowledge and skills passed down through generations, so what better way to celebrate our local Living History than by visiting the cradle of Irish Music in our own area – Lisnafeddaly – the Fort of the Whistler.
A group of enthusiastic ramblers converged at the Community Centre on Thursday evening in anticipation of our latest ramble through our scenic townlands.
Two short stops were taken on the short walk, first at the site of Corduff Hall, a corrugated structure which was built in 1940 but sadly burned in 1957, the hall was the scene of many concerts, dances, practices, and where many romances started. The second stop was close to the spot where Dr. Kisby, the first resident of the Dispensary opposite Corduff Church, met his untimely demise while on route to attend to a patient in 1895.
Then it was time for ‘off-roading’, heritage style, taking a steep climb through one particular field, converging with more ramblers on route before arriving to a wonderful treat at the summit, the sound of music, provided by Sean Walsh on tin whistle and Brian on bodhrán. While we caught our breath and took in the views, chairperson of the Heritage Group, Gerry McGardle played a medley of tunes on the bagpipes accompanied by Aidan Walsh on the drum.
Recalling some of the family names associated with the townland in the past and the location of the farms, many names were mentioned such as McArdle, McCaffrey, Murphy, Holland, Oliver, Keelan, Ward and Garvey.
The highlight of the evening was the arrival of the townlands most mature resident – Patsy Finnegan, who told lots of ghoulish stories in relation to the Fort, but also sang a beautiful rendition of ‘Come by the Hills’. Aidan Walsh also telling stories passed down through the generations.
We are all familiar with the history of music in Lisnafeddaly, particularly in the Finnegan and Walsh families, from many generations back and also in the current younger generation, with a member of each family proficient in one if not many of the following instruments – Bagpipes, Uillean Pipes, Bodhrán, Tin Whistle, Flute, Drums, Accordion, Banjo, Fiddle, Harp, Mandolin, Guitar, Keyboard to name but a few, but they also are proficient singers, and sean nós, ceili & set dancers. Ah, is there anything these multi-talented families can’t do?
A minute’s silence was observed in memory of all the Lisnafeddaly residents who have gone before us. Key in my own thoughts were Ciara Walsh who organised a gathering of musicians a number of years ago to perform at the top of Lisnafeddaly, but alas bad weather arrived and the event postponed, and sadly it was never rearranged. Also in my thoughts was Ann Finnegan, who would have loved the music, the craic and the community atmosphere on the hill on Thursday evening.
As the evening closed in and the air got a little cooler we made our descent, with everyone in tip top form after the previous hours entertainment. On arrival back to the Mountain Dew, Pauline & Betty had the tea pots filled and goodies ready for the gang. Thanks to the two Margaret’s for the home baking.
Many thanks to Patricia McCreesh, the newly appointed Biodiversity Officer with Monaghan County Council who joined us for the ramble & to Sandra McQuaid of the Heritage Office in Monaghan County Council for the goodie bag.
Thanks to our musicians, singer and most of all to Aidan Walsh for his enthusiasm and generous welcome onto the land of his forefathers.
As another Heritage Week concludes, our little contribution to the national initiative from the Corduff Raferagh Heritage Group highlights the importance and enjoyment received from delving into our own local heritage.



Carrick Cancer Fundraiser – Yesterday while we were dodging flying debris from the tail end of storm Betty, Aidan Walsh was peddling his bike from Lisnafeddaly to Carlingford and back, his annual fundraiser for Carrick Cancer in memory of his wife Ciara.  A tough challenge on a normal day (130km), but given yesterday’s wind and showers this was a tall order. Well done Aidan. Please give as generously as you can to this fundraiser.