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CR News (Post Date 25 March 2023)

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Presentation to Peter Brennan from CRCA

Time Change – Reminder that the time moves forward on Sunday morning 26th March.

Mass Schedule for this week

Sunday 26th March at 11 am – St. John’s – Kathleen & Patsy Farrelly, Lisdrumturk.

Wednesday 29th March, 7.30 pm, St. Michael’s – Evening Mass

Palm Sunday, 2nd April at 11 am, St. Michael’s – Bridget Molloy, Katie Burns & deceased members of the Reilly family, Carrickartagh.
Peter Burns and deceased members of the Burns family, Coraghy.
Molly Sheridan and parents Francis & Rose, Carrickartagh.

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Social Dancing to Glen Flynn Saturday night, 25th March in Corduff Raferagh Community Centre.

Corduff Céilí Club are hosting a Fíor Céilí in the Community Centre on Friday 31st March at 9pm with music by Michael Duffy Céilí Band.

Poker Classic in the Mountain Dew on Friday 31st March at 9.30 pm in aid of Carrick Cancer.  Admission €40.  Buy ins €3.

Weekend of celebrations – A super weekend of celebrations took place in Corduff Raferagh Community Centre last weekend for the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Centre and the 20th Anniversary of the Mountain Dew bar.  On St. Patrick’s night, the Mountain Dew hosted the monthly Trad session, and this was a very special occasion as it was also 15 years to the day since the Trad Sessions started in the Mountain Dew.  For the occasion the bar was buzzing with fantastic musicians, dancers, singers, a few recitations and a lot of happy customers.  Two appreciation presentations were made to MC & instigator of the Trad Sessions, Peter Brennan, Drumgurra, the first by Carrickmacross Comhaltas, presented by Chairperson Brian Walsh and the second by Corduff Raferagh Community Association presented by Lorcan Hand & Patricia Murtagh.  Peter’s dedication over the years to the sessions and his natural nurturing of novice musicians has contributed to the creation of a relaxed and enjoyable monthly session, where many musicians have grown into accomplished performers. Thanks to Pauline & Agnese who served finger food enjoyed by all on the night.  The session kicked off the celebratory weekend, it was followed by a party on Saturday night in the main hall to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the opening of the centre.  Full report on this next week. 

Corduff Calling II – The launch of the book took place at the celebration party last Saturday night.  The new and updated Corduff Calling book incorporates the contents of the original fantastic publication as well as new articles by many local contributors.  Books are on sale in the Mountain Dew or at the reception area in the Community Centre, Monday – Wednesday, 8 pm – 9 pm.   Price €20 + postage.

Condolence from the Corduff Raferagh Community to Bosco & Hugh Finn, Carrickmaclim and the extended Finn family on the passing of their brother Benny Finn, Dunshaughlin.  May Benny rest in peace.

Féile Patrick Byrne opens on Thursday 30th March with the annual Patrick Byrne Lecture.  This year it will be delivered by Irish Times columnist Frank Mc Nally in the Shirley Arms Hotel at 8pm.  This will be followed by a Irish traditional singing session at 9pm in Deery’s lounge, Carrickmacross, hosted by local singing group Glór na Carraige.

Friday 31st March has a concert with Belfast singer Gráinne Holland in St. Finbarr’s Church at 8pm with support from Glór na Carraige.  There’s a fíor céilí in Corduff at 9pm with the Michael Duffy céilí band and a session in Markey’s at 10pm.

Saturday 1st April begins with workshops in the Workhouse on local repertoire with Eilis Lavelle and a fun trad workshop for younger students.  There is a guided history walk at 11am with Mary Kerely from the Courthouse.  At 5pm there’s a youth session in Deery’s lounge and at 8pm a concert with Pádraig Rynne, Tara Breen and Jim Murray.  This is one of the most exciting traditional music trios performing currently and sure to be a great concert.  Support from local branch music gropu. It’s in the St. Louis Secondary school and followed by a session in Markey’s lounge from 10pm.

Sunday 2nd April opens with a sean nós dance workshop with All-Ireland champion Aoife Mc Cabe at noon.  That will be followed by a sets céilí at 3pm with the Salamanca céilí band.  Sets will be called by Marie Curley. Both dance events will be in the St. Louis Secondary School hall.  There will be a dedicated slow session hosted by the local Reel Slow group at 6pm and then a full session at 8pm.  Both sessions are in Deery’s lounge.  Full details at Community Website is now up and running – We invite all groups and clubs to send in their news and notices which will be added to this forum each week.  Please submit notices for the Northern Standard before 8 pm on Monday evenings.  For all community notices, events, announcements etc email