MRS JOSEPHINE (JOSIE) CAROLAN: There was widespread regret throughout her native district with the news of the death following a brief illness of Mrs Josephine (Josie) Carolan Cathedral Road Cavan. Born on St Patrick’s Day March 17th 1920 Josie was the youngest of nine children of Patrick and Margaret Sheridan, a highly respected farming family at Urney Ballinagh.
She was educated first at Ballinagh girls national school and following her secondary education in which she received honours in both her intermediate and leaving certificate exams,she choose the nursing profession for her chosen career. In training she had a brilliant career obtaining highest honours in all her medical examinations and having qualified was one of the youngest nurses in the profession. She later took up a post in the capital city but shortly afterwards joined the staff at Our Ladys Hospital in Cavan before taking up a permanent position at the Cavan Surgical hospital where she endeared herself and was held in high esteem by her work colleagues. Patients , their relatives and the general public. Her courtesy and kindness to patients , their family and to hospital visits coupled with her nursing skills made her a general favourite and it was widely known that people entering the hospital for treatment would hope for a bed in nurse Sheridan’s ward, such was their admiration for and total confidence in her professional skills.
At an early age she met the chosen man in her life Bernard Carolan and following their marriage set up their home in Cavan town where the couple enjoyed wide popularity. Her passing is widely mourned. Predeceased by her husband Benny she is survived by her son Sean , daughter Helen, grandchildren , daughter in law, sister in law Anne (Doe) Sheridan, Urney Ballinagh, nephews nieces and a large family circle to whom I extend the sympathy of our community. There was a very large attendance at the removal of the remains from her residence on Cathedral Road Cavan to the Cathedral of SS Patrick and Felim while the funeral which again was extremely large and representative and bore ample testimony of the esteem with which the family are held throughout the region took place following con-celebrated mass to the family burial ground in Ballinagh cemetery. May her soul rest in peace.
MISS ANGELA O’BRIEN: There was shock and sadness with the news of the death following a short illness of Miss Angela O’Brien Farnadolly and formerly of Main Street Ballinagh. Daughter of Tom and Mrs O’Brien proprietor of O’Briens licenced premises Angela was one of natures kindest people, Blessed with a pleasant personality, she was charitable in word and deed and anxious to assist anyone in need. Some years ago she disposed of her licenced premises and took up residence at her beautiful new home in the countryside. Her passing at a comparatively early age is widely mourned. Predeceased by her parents , she is survived by her brother Tom , sisters Mai and Kathleen, sister in law Anna nephews nieces and a large family circle to whom I extend the sympathy of our community. St Felims Church Ballinagh was filled to capacity for Mass for the repose of her soul on Wednesday night being a clear indication of the esteem with which the deceased and her family are held throughout the county. May her gentle soul rest in peace.
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: will be officially turned on in the town on Sunday 9th December at 5pm and to coincide with the switch on ceremony Santa will arrive in town to present gifts to all children present in the Ballinagh Community Centre where a children’s disco will be held and light refreshments provided to old and young with everyone welcome.
GARDENING CLUB: A meeting of Ballinagh Gardening Club will be held in the Community Centre on Monday December 3rd at 8pm.Flower arranging by Gabriel Maguire. All are welcome, supper served. Raffle prizes on the night.
PILGRIMAGE : to Medjugorje leaves Ireland on May 22nd for full particulars call (049) 4337647.
TEXT ALERT: Ballinagh Community Alert has been set up working hand in hand with the gardai , and Muintir na Tire. We have now set up text alert and hope that it will prevent crime , improve community safety and develop community and develop garda and community links. Text alert works as follows 1) report suspicious people or activities immediately by phoning Cavan garda Station (049 4337102) and do try to provide as much information as possible, 2) the gardai check it out, 3) if it is deemed to be suspicious gardai will phone the co-ordinator Peter Fox, 4) Peter will then send out a text to everyone signed up to text alert. If you are not already signed up to text alert and wish to do so, please text your name and mobile number to (087) 6075100. Text alert is working very successfully in other areas of the county and we hope to achieve this also in Ballinagh so get involved.
STATE AWARDS: In the annual state awards (2012) competition among areas in the Cavan and Belturbet electoral areas of Cavan County Council , the town of Ballinagh scored a remarkable success with Marion Row taking first place in the overall competition followed closely by another Ballinagh town area Clonmahon who finished in second place while a third area Shangarry estate came in second in the larger estates which is a truly remarkable hat trick for one town and great credit must go to the people responsible.
VINTAGE CLUB: Ballinagh and district Vintage Club meeting in Cronins Lounge on this Friday 30th November at 9pm. While on Saturday December 1st the club will be presenting the cheque to St Felims National School Ballinagh (Autistic class room) and to family and friends at Respite Centre Cootehill. This will be a night of music and fun with spot prizes galore and your support will be appreciated.
CONCERT: in Ballinagh Community Centre this Saturday Dec 1st when the Seamus O’Rourke production ‘Club and county’ will be presented commencing at 8.30pm and you are asked to please support.