Inniskeen Country fest 2013

Come along to our Annual May bank holiday (Fri 3rd – Mon 6th) country music festival in Pairc Grattan.

Featuring this year is: Friday 3rd May: Declan Nerney, Saturday 4th May: Setanta,& Sunday 5th May: Mike Denver.

Monster Bingo on Sun at 3pm

Also a new addition to this year’s festival is:

Family fun Monday, which features;-Charity 7 aside football tournament called “clash of the clans”.

This Unisex tournament involves playing a fun match with members of your family/Clan.

Feel free to contact us (on the below number) if you wish to submit a team.

There are many more activities on the day such as sports day events for all ages, face painting, BBQ etc.

The Festival weekend will be brought to a climax in the Marquee with a presentation of the “Clash of the clans” winners and a traditional Music Session (everyone welcome to bring an instrument and join in).

Weekend tickets are at a limited availability of €25. All drinks only €3.50.

This ticket will allow you entry into each nights show along with your family to the fun day.

They can be obtained from any of our committee members or by calling 087 943 417

A Huge Thank You

The organising Committee of Catherine Dooley, Sineád Byrne, Bernie Smyth,, Mary Woods and Rita Callan would like to extend their sincere Thanks to all who supported their Fundraiser for Carrick Cancer which was held in Inniskeen Social Club on Saturday night last. A Huge Thank You to all who donated the vast amount of Prizes for the Raffle and all who Donated or Sponsored the valuable Auction items. The ladies say there are too many to name and hope that this Thank you will be acceptable to all who gave their support in any way. A very successful night and the amount raised will be published when it is all in.

Tidy Towns

The Tidy Towns Committee would like to thank all who helped in the Spring clean up, the Killanny/Inniskeen Scouts, Leaders and Drivers, our Fas workers, the many men women and children who lifted other peoples rubbish. we had about 130 people out. Well Done to all these. This was 1 of the worst years for litter and bags of Household waste, there is no excuse for this as you can go to any Recycle centre for €2.00. we are asking you not to throw litter out of your car as if your caught your fine will be a lot more than €2.00.

Annual Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Writing Weekend Workshop

Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th May 2013.

Award-winning poet, Joseph Woods, will direct the Poetry Writing Workshop Weekend at the Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen on Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th May 2013.

Over the course of the weekend, participants will look at poetry publication beginning with simply how a poem gets published in the first place?

All aspects of poem publication in journals, magazines, competitions and ultimately through to preparing a first collection or book of poems will be looked at.

Two poems per participant will be work-shopped, with an emphasis on style and exploring why some poems can break the barrier of dull accomplishment. Participants are welcome to bring along their own examples.

Lastly, participants will consider the poetry reading and performance and delivery of their own work.

The Workshop Director, Joseph Woods is a poet and Director of Poetry Ireland. He’s published three collections of poetry, his first; Sailing to Hokkaido won the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2000. Ocean Letters, his third collection, was published by Dedalus Press in 2011. He has co-edited Our Shared Japan (Dedalus Press, 2007), an anthology of contemporary Irish poetry concerning Japan. He also reviews occasionally and contributes to radio.

The Patrick Kavanagh Centre is the venue for this weekend of creative activity. The Centre is located in the picturesque village of Inniskeen which nestles among the Monaghan drumlins immortalised by Patrick Kavanagh, Inniskeen’s most illustrious son and one of Ireland’s best loved poets.

For information and booking: Ph. 00353 (0) 42 9378560. E-mail:

Annual Fundraising Walk

The Ladies who have for many years participated in the Marathon in Dublin to raise Funds for the Carrick Cancer group have decided that this year they will take part in the Carrickmacross Marathon which is also a 10km Walk/Run and is on the Sunday of the June Bank Holiday weekend. There is no entry fee and you can contact Bernie Smyth, Sinead Byrne, Catherine Dooley, Mary Woods or Rita Callan for Sponsorship cards. Hopefullly they will have a huge response to this as it keeping these vital Funds local.


Have you signed up for TEXT ALERT yet ? Forms available in the local shops or from committee members .


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 €800 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, DundalkRoad 8.05

Social Club

This Saturday music as usual for the weekly Dance for all those who are interested in Jiving etc. 10.15pm. This week Saturday April Saturday the 27th an Open night for all Musicans, Singers, and Story tellers, everyone invited to come along, so be there for a great nights craic.


Dance Classes resumed on Monday, 7 January in Community Centre, 7.30pm to 8.30pm for beginners, 8.30pm to 9.30pm for advanced.

great way to exercise and good fun as well. all dances covered, salsa, funky waltz, line dancing, and lots more

Pick 4

At the Pick 4 draw held on Monday April 15 the numbers drawn were 2, 7,12, and 25 and there was no outright winner of the Jackpot of €3,800. Winners of €20 each are as follows:- Seamus Kindlon Snr, Mullagh, Pat McGeough, 30 Cloughvalley, Patrick & Veola Quigley, Drumboat, Una Woods, Killanny, Willie Steele, Carrickavoley, Gráinne Murphy, Shancobane, Gary Clarke, c/o Bridget Hatzer, Tom Kelly, Blackstaff, Saoirse McKenna, Coolderry and Larry McDermott, Carrickmacross. This week the Jackpot is €4,000 and to be in with a chance get your entry from any member of Inniskeen Ladies GFC, Blackstaff Parents Association or the Development Group

Sunday Dancing

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 April the 28th New Blues, great Bands with lively music for 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



Deepest sympathy is extended to the Family, Relatives and Friends of Matthew Keenan, Newry. To all who mourn we offer sincere sympathy.

Inniskeen/Killanny Daffodil W/End 2013

Congratulations to you all on a most successful w/end. €2,218.72 has been lodged to The Irish Cancer Society. This money is used to fund FREE HOMECARE NURSING for all terminally ill cancer patients so they can live out their remaining days with dignity in their own homes. A huge THANK YOU to you all.


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 April 9th, the highest score was held by Jeanette Connolly, highest lady Margaret Clarke,2nd Lady: Phil Rafferty, highest gent Patsy Murphy, 2nd Gent: Paddy Duffy , lowest score Una Crilly , joint Sweep winners Tommy Crawley & Joan Duffy, and longest Sit Margaret Woods

For lessons for new members phone 042 9378146.


Congratulations to the Parents of the following children who were recently Baptised;- Anabel Rose Kirke, Tattyboy. Sadhbh Majella Hand, Magoney. Pearse Joseph Francis Dunne, Drumcatton.

Next parish baptisms Sunday 5th May at 11.15am.

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.

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


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