MR EAMONN PAUL MCCORMACK
There was shock and sadness throughout the town and district with the news of the unexpected death which occurred suddenly on Tuesday December 28 in Montreal, Canada, of Mr Eamon McCormack BE. The sudden passing occurred at the Richelieu Valley Golf Course while walking with members of his family.
A native of Cloonagh, Drung, Co. Longford, and son of James and Mrs McCormack, Eamon as a young boy who was born in 1929 came to reside at Main Street, Ballinagh, with his uncle Frahnk who was school principal at Ballinagh Boys School. A brilliant pupil it came as no surprise when at the tender age of 13 years he was the winner of a Cavan County Council Scholarship to St. Patrick's College, Cavan. Obtaining high honours in both his intermediate and Leaving Certificate Examinations, he chose civil engineering as the profession of his choice and entering University College Dublin, graduated in 1951.
Shortly afterward he emigrated to Canada where he experienced great success while working for Shawinegan Engineering and later as a private consultant.
A keen golfer Eamon joined Richelieu Valley Golf Club the year after its inception. He was club champion on many occasions and enjoyed playing amateur culminating in 2001 by winning the RCGA Canadian Super Senior Championship in addition to winning countless other trophies which he proudly displayed. A talented gaelic footballer, before emigrating, Eamon won a Longford Senior County Championship Medal in 1950 in addition to a number of Leader Cup medals.
A devout Catholic his passing is widely mourned. The late very Rev Patrick McCormack PP Carickedmond Co. Longford was an uncle of the deceased.
Predeceased by his brothers Mel McCormack, an engineer, with Longford County Council and Chairman of Longford County Board GAA and Sean (Dept of Agriculture) and by sisters Mrs Una McDermott, Merchant Corner House, Ballinagh, Mrs Kathleen Gallagher and Miss Gretta McCormack, he is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Olga. Daughters Deirdre and Eileen, grandchildren Laim, Conor, Shannon Farrell, Erin Clarke Mccormack and Cody Clarke. Nephews Dermot, Robbie and Seamus McDermott, Ballinagh nieces Mary, Una, Grainne, Ballinagh and by his brother Dan with his wife and family at Cloonagh, Drung, Co. Longford, and by a large family circle to whom I extend the sympathy of our community. Following Mass of Resurrection on Friday December 31 in the Church of St. Augustine of Canterbury. Remains were laid to rest in the local cemetery.
MR JAMES O'REILLY
There was several regrets throughout the district with the news of the Death which occurred on New Year's Day at Sheelin Nursing Home following a brief illness of Mr James O'Reilly Aughacooney, Ballinagh and more recent times of Main Street, Ballinagh.
A highly respected resident and a member of one of the region's best known and most respected farming families, the deceased was a son of Michael and Rose Anne O'Reilly (nee Brady). Two of his uncles very Rev Peter Canon O'Reilly PP VF Crosserlough ministered in the Diocese of Kilmore for more than 60 years.
Raised on the family farm where work was well done, James was an expert on matters agriculture and livestock with his opinion on matters related to farming often sought and always readily available..
A kind and helpful neighbour, always available and willing to assist anyone in need, his passing is widely mourned.
Blessed with a deep religious faith he was a life long member of the Ballinagh Pioneer Total Abstinence Association and during the Season of Lent as the local Pioneer Centre produced and presented many drama presentations in halls throughout Cavan and the adjoining counties to packed audiences, James played the Lead role together with his brother Michael Joe in many noticable productions.
James' interest in the GAA was a life long passion. He served for many years as treasurer of Drumkilly Gaelic Football Club and in addition represented his club as delegate to Cavan County board where his contribution to debates was highly effective.
He was in addition a valued and active member of Ballinagh Christmas lights Committee. Predeceased by his brothers Terence (ex Garda Sergeant), Benny, Con and Peter, he is survived by his brother Michael Joseph Dunboyne Road, Kilcock, Co. Kildare and by his sister, Mrs Margaret Maguire, Glenboy, Oldcastle, nephews, nieces and relatives to whom we extend the sympathy of our community. There was a very large attendance at the removal of the remains from Briody's Funeral Home, Ballinaleck to St. Joseph's Church, Drumkilly. While the funeral was again of extremely large dimensions took place on Monday following concelebrated mass to the family burial ground.
Postponed Christmas Party in Shantully Inn, Crossdony on Sunday next January 16 at 2pm.
MRS NUALA O'REILLY
There was profound sorrow throughout the district with the news of the death of Mrs Nuala O'Reilly, Killydoon. Although troubled by failing health for some time, Nuala was a native of Cork who bore her illnesses with enormous courage and with total resignation to the Will of God. A devout Christian, the deceased was a lady of the highest caliber blessed with a strong Christian faith. She was the essence of kindness with her courtesy, friendship and charity to those in need being the hallmark of her life through known to none except to her countless benefactors.
The extremely large attendance at her funeral, which took place following concelebrated mass in St. Joseph's Church, Loughduff, to the family burial ground bore ample testimony of the esteem with which the deceased and her family are held throughout the region.
Father Gerard Carroll, cousin of the family, and Canon Owen Devaney PP officiated. To her husband Ollie, son Michael, daughters Laura and Helen, brother Michael Long, sisters Maura and Carol and all family relatives I extend my deepest sympathy.