DEEP SADNESS: There was shock and sadness throughout the town and district with the news of the unexpected death which occurred suddenly on Tuesday December 28th in Montreal Canada of Mr Eamon McCormack BE.
The sudden passing occurred on the Richalieu Vallley Golf course while walking with member of his family. A native of Cloonagh, Dring and son of James and Mrs McCormack. Eamon as a young boy who was born in 1929 came to reside at main St Ballinagh with his uncle Frank who was school principle 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 Patricks College Cavan. Obtaining high honours in both his intermediate and leaving certificate examinations he choose civil engineering as the profession of his choice and entering university college Dublin graduated in 1951. Shortly afterwards he emigrated to Canada where he experienced great success while working for Shawinigan Engineering Mines and later as a private consultant. A keen golfer Eamon joined Richeliev Valley Golf Club the year after its inception. He was club champion on several occasions and enjoyed playing amateur golf culminating in 2001 by winning the RCGA Canadian super senior championship in addition to winning countless other trophies which he proudly displayed . A devout Catholic his passing is widely mourned. The late Very Rev Patrick McCormack PP Carrickedmond Co Longford was an uncle of the deceased. Predeceased by his brothers Mel McCormack BE an Engineer with Longford County Council and chairman 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 fifty three years Olga, daughters Deirdre and Eileen, grandchildren Liam Connor Shannon Farrell Erin Clarke McCormack and Cody Clarke , nephews Dermot Robbie and Seamus McDermott, Ballinagh , nieces Mary,Una, Grainne and by his brother Dan with his wife and family at Cloonagh, Dring and by a large family circle to whom I extend the sympathy of our community. Following Mass of resurrection on Friday December 31st in the Church of St Augustine of Canterbury 1741 Roberval St Bruno the remains were laid to rest in the local cemetery.
MR JAMES O'REILLY
There was general regret throughout the district with the news of the death which occurred on New Year's day at Sheelin Nursuing home following a brief illness of Mr James O'Reilly Aughacooney, Ballinagh and in more recent times of Main Street Ballinagh. A highly respected resident and a member of one of the regions best known and most respected farming families deceased was son of Michael and Rose Anne O'Reilly (nee Brady) while two of his uncles Very Revd Peter Canon O'Reilly PP VF Belturbet ministered in the diocese of Kilmore for more than sixty years. Raised on the family farm where work was well done James was an expert on matters of agricultural 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. Blesssed with a deep religious faith he was a lifelong member of Ballinagh Pioneers Total Abstinence Association and during the season of lent as the local centre produced and staged many drama presentations at halls throughout the county and far beyond James played the lead role in many notable productions while his interest in the GAA was particularly strong. 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 various debates proved of enormous assistance. (He was a member of Ballinagh Christmas Light Committee). Predeceased by his brothers Terence (Terry) (Ex garda sergeant) and by Peter Con and Benny. 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 I extend the sympathy of everyone. There was a very large attendance at the removal of the remains on Sunday evening from Briodys funeral home, Kilnaleck to St Josephs Church Drumkilly while the funeral which again was of extremely large dimensions took place on Monday following con-celebrated Mass to the family burial grounds. Rev Patrick Brady, Rev Gerard Cusack Rev Peter Casey and Rev Dermot Prior officiated.