SADNESS AT UNEXPECTED DEATH: Shock disbelief and enormous sadness prevailed throughout the district on Sunday May 13th as news spread of the totally unexpected death earlier that day of Mark Bennett of Dillagh Ballinagh at the youthful age of 24 years.
Son of Winston Bennett a highly respected and valued member of Cavan County Council and Wilma Bennett a kind beloved and most respected member of the nursing profession. Wilma had demonstrated enormous kindness friendship and assistance to hundreds of patients and their families over several years which will be remembered and appreciated for all time. Mark was educated at the Royal School Cavan before moving on to study information technology at the Cavan Institute. Here was a young man who was quite the entrepreneur. In every sense of the word, Mark was one of natures gentlemen who enjoyed life to the full. He was kind extremely helpful always understanding and most considerate, a young man who was the heart and soul of the party. As news spread of his unexpected death tributes and messages of sympathy poured in from all four provinces. The monthly meeting of Cavan County Council was adjourned as a mark of respect. From midday on Sunday hundreds of people from all over Cavan and the adjoining counties came both day and night to the family home to pay their respects and offer their condolences to the heartbroken family. The Bennett family paid tribute with sincere thanks to their kind neighbours who rendered such sterling service in catering for the visitors, looking after the farm work and in assisting with traffic control, as well as those who generously supplied cooked meals during the week. The passing of Mark Bennett is widely mourned. On Thursday afternoon the remains were taken from his home to St Patricks Church Ballintemple where guards of honour were provided by the Diocesan Youth Council, Macra na Ferime Cavan institute and the Royal school. The Dean of Kilmore and Ballintemple Dean Raymond Ferguson conducted the service with assistance from archdeacon Craig McCauley who was representing the Bishop Ken Clarke of Kilmore Elphin and Ardagh. The congregation which included dignitories of Church and State was the largest ever in the parish and an indication of the esteem with which the family are held throughout the country. An Taosieach Enda Kenny was represented by his ADC Comandt Michael Treacy. Three marquees were specially erected in the Church grounds with comfortable seating for the hundreds of sympathisers whom the Church could not accommodate due to the extremely large congregation. The religious service was relayed into each marquee. Following the religious service Mark was laid to rest in the burial plot in the Church grounds . Refreshments were provided for all those who attended the service and burial in the community centre Ballinagh. Great praise is due to the Gardai and stewards for their excellent work in directing traffic and those who provided a number of car parks and transport services in the vicinity of the church which eased the problem of parking. The deceased is survived by his parents Winston and Wilma brothers Jonathan and Clive sisters Lorraine and Lisa his grandmother Mrs Jean Bennett and a large family circle to whom I extend the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community.
SYMPATHY: Sympathy is extended to Mrs Maura Sheridan Main Street Ballinagh on the death of her mother Mrs Margaret M Comaskey.
GAELS: Local fans were disappointed with the defeat of both the Cavan minor and senior teams in the preliminary rounds of the Ulster championship on Sunday last.
NEW COMMUNITY GROUPS: Ballinagh Youth Education Group and Ballinagh unemployment support group are both being organised and will hold meetings over the coming weeks if you are interested in getting involved in any of these groups or are looking for additional information,please call (049) 4336070.
UNEMPLOYMENT SUPPORT: If you need advice in putting together CVs and cover letters or want help and support on job searching and interview skills please call (049) 4336070.
VINTAGE CLUB: Meeting of Ballinagh and district Vintage Club in Cronins. All members please attend.