Comhghairdeas Brigid

Comhghairdeas Brigid

Congratulations to our very own Brigid McKenna who was honoured as the Monaghan Camogie Volunteer of the Year at a prestigious awards ceremony held in Croke Park last Saturday.This award was made in order to acknowledge the huge effort put in by many people in clubs within the county and the Inniskeen Camogie Club and Monaghan County Board took great pleasure in nominating Brigid. Brigid McKenna joined Inniskeen Camogie Club just over four decades ago and epitomizes what Camogie is all about. She began her playing career with County Louth before she married local Inniskeen man Patsy McKenna and while Brigid moved into the parish of Inniskeen Camogie was put on hold for a number of years while she set about rearing her four children.

But the love of the game was still tugging at Bridget’s heart strings and it was Iniskeen’s gain when their best stalwart adorned the Inniskeen colours to join a very young squad. She quickly settled in to her new position where the team went from strength to strength.

As the years progressed she was known to have what could be described as a “sports shop “in her car boot which she hauled throughout the County for all the games, from sticks, to tape, to plasters, to jerseys, and even “ Killanny” water no less. Brigid was on hand, let it be celebrations or commiserations . But it is not just the contribution on the field, it is her enthusiasm in all things Camogie, .

Having only recently retired from playing the game, Bridget is currently Honorary President of the club and has held numerous positions within the club and County Board over the years. She has been a role model for many camogs in the club and understands the importance of passing on the game to the next generation. Had it not been for her example of dedication, commitment leadership, and organization, the club might not have survived.

Senior training has resumed under the watchful eye of Inniskeen hurler David McGahon. There was a good turnout last Monday evening and all attention is focused on the All County Blitz this Sunday. A big “welcome home” to Sharon McGahon who is back from Oz and hopefully has the travelling bug out of her system and will be around for the coming season!

Please note that Monday night training is purely Camogie skills and on Wednesday night the Camogie & Ladies Footballers will double up for fitness training. Anyone interested in playing Camogie is more than welcome to join - whether it be just for fun, playing matches or just “having a go” please don’t hesitate in contacting Lorraine on 087 2785614

The All County Blitz takes place this Sunday in Grattan Park, Inniskeen beginning at 11am sharp.

All players are requested to be at the pitch no later than 10.30am. Please let Lorraine know if you are unable to attend.

Thank you to all the parents & players who attended the registration evening and joined up for the coming year. With a return to the long

evenings it won’t be long ‘til we’ll be back with underage training. Parents will receive notice in advance.



INNISKEEN COMMUNITY ALERT proposes to set up TEXT ALERT in the parish. In order to do this we are holding an important Public Information night in the Social Club on Tuesday 19th March at 8 30pm . A Guest Speaker on the night will explain the scheme, how it operates and will answer any relevant questions you may have. All parishioners are urged to attend with EVERYBODY WELCOME .

Rock Inn

On Saturday March 16 a treat is in store for who enjoy great traditonal/country/rock music with Up 2 It in the Rock Inn. A night not to be missed with Music to suit all tastes so be there for a great night’s craic.

Inis Oige


Inis Oige Childcare Inniskeen, Places available for out of school Easter Camp. Contact Fiona on 087 7071988 or 0429378668.

Irish Dancing

Irish dancing classes taught by World Champion Caoimhe Boylan takes place every Thursday evening at 6.00pm in the Community Centre. Children of all ages and ability welcome. For fun or competitions


The Bingo is on this Saturday night, as usual, in the Community Social Club at the usual time of 8.30pm. . The usual Prizes and a Jackpot of €750 on offer, increasing monthly by €50 if not won, this week on 45 numbers. Books €5 and Sheet €2. Bus from Carrickmacross each night leaving Convent Lands 7.45, Highfield entrance 7.47, Main Street at Bus Stop 7.50, O’Neill Street 7.52 and Cloughvalley 7.55. Bingo as usual on Saturday 29th December.

St.Patrick’s Day Committee

The 3rd Inniskeen St.Patrick’s Day Committee would like to extend an invitation to all Traditional Musicians to “A Gathering” for “A Ceile at the crossroads!” in Inniskeen, 18h March after the Inniskeen Parade. We encourage all with musical talent, albeit vocal and or instrumental to partake in the event, that which will enliven the spirit of the gathering! All Groups, Clubs etc in the parish and outside are invited to enter their Float. Local Business’s together with surrounding areas are invited to enter their Trade Stalls.

Please contact: Sinead @ 087 9306347

Social Club

This Saturday music as usual for the weekly Dance for all those who are interested in Jiving etc. 10.15pm. This week the 9th March Tommy Mac, on the 16th The Hustlerts, on 23rd Countyr Cousins and on the 30th Big Pat.

Dance Classes resumed on Monday, 7 January in Community Centre, 7.30pm to 8.30pm for beginners, 8.30pm to 9.30pm for advanced. Come along for great craic and a great way to exercise and learn to dance.

Pick 4

At the Pick 4 draw held on Monday March 4 the numbers drawn were 2, 11, 18 and 24 and there was no outright winner of the Jackpot of €2,600. Winners of €20 each are as follows:- Alice & James c/o Alison Finnegan, Seamus Lynch, Ednamo, Anna McGeough, Drumganny, Margaret Dooley, Ballykelly, Bronagh Duffy, Drummond, Breda Gartlan, c/o P.K.C., Marie Butler, Ravenney, Louth, Marie Reynolds, Dundalk Road, Crossmaglen, Derrick Murphy, Aughrimore and Ciara Ward, Lisnamoyle, . This week the Jackpot is €2,800 and to be in with a chance get your entry from any member of Inniskeen GFC, Blackstaff Parents Association or the Development Group.

St. Daigh’s

National School

Enrolment Forms, Enrolment forms now available for parents wishing to enrol their children in St. Daigh’s National School in September. Call to the school office or phone (042) 9378256.



On Sunday night music as usual for the weekly Fun dance. A great nights dancing for all who enjoy lively music and fun dancing. This Sunday March 10th Big Pat, on the 17th Mickey the Butcher, on the 24th The Lone Ranger and on the 31st Country Roots, great Bands to provide a Month of lively Dancing.

The Annual Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Awards 2013

The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award is for a first unpublished collection of poems in English by an Irish poet.

The award is now in its 42nd year. Previous winners include Eileán Ni Chuilleanáin, Paul Durcan, Thomas McCarthy,

Peter Sirr, Sinead Morrissey, Conor O’Callaghan, Pat Boran,

Joseph Woods and Geraldine Mitchell.

The winner of this year’s award will receive €1,000.

The closing date for entry to the competition is Friday 26th July 2013.

The Award will be presented on Friday 27th September 2013 at the opening of the Annual Patrick Kavanagh Weekend in Inniskeen.

Rules and entry form are available from the Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen:Tel. 00353(0)429378560, Fax:00353 (0)429378855



The Whist is held each Tuesday night at 8pm in the Social Club and new players are always welcome to come along and join in. On February 26th, the highest score was held by Una Crilly , highest lady Marie McMahon, 2nd Lady Mary McCartney, highest gent Jim Smith, 2nd Gent Tommy Crawley, lowest score Bella Jones, Sweep winner Joan Duffy, and longest Sit Patsy Murphy.

For lessons for new members phone 042 9378146

Patrick Kavanagh Student Poetry Award 2013

The Patrick Kavanagh Centre is organising this award which in previous years was organised by Co. Monaghan V.E.C. It is open to students of second-level schools in Counties Armagh, Cavan, Fermanagh, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, and Tyrone.

Rules of the competition and entry-forms are available from the Patrick Kavanagh Centre.

Closing date for receipt of entries is Friday 31st May 2013 at 4pm

Presentation of this year’s certificates and prizes will be on Sunday 29th September in the Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen.Winning schools will be given good notice of same.

The annual Patrick Kavanagh Weekend takes place in Inniskeen, Co Monaghan from Friday, 27th to Sunday - 29th September 2013.

Rules and entry form are available from the Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen:Tel. 00353(0)429378560, Fax:00353 (0)429378855





The Centre has re-opened for day visitors on Tuesday of this week. Opening hours 11am-4.30pm. Tours of the Centre and Kavanagh Country (minimum of 15 visitors) can be arranged by contacting the Centre on 042 9378560.

Upcoming events at the Centre: Poetry Writing Workshop for beginners in April. Traditional Music event 23rd June.

Please reserve 12th-14th July 2013 for our brand new festival ‘Inniskeen Road July Evening’