MR JOHN JOE DUNNE: There was widespread sorrow throughout his native town and in the neighbouring parish as news spread of the death on Friday morning at Cavan General Hospital of Mr John Joe Dunne, Drumullan Farnham, son of the late Jack and Margaret Dunne,Crossdoney Road Ballinagh. The deceased was one of a family of eleven children. Educated at Ballinagh boys national school John Joe while still in his teens worked on the Irish land project before entering the building industry where his many skills in the building trade were soon recognised and in which he was master craftsman. A talented musician with the accordion , his favourite musical instrument, he held audiences spellbound wherever he performed with his selection of reels jigs marches and hornpipes. His great love for the game of skittles saw him excel as a player winning All Ireland honours during a brilliant career. In addition he was a keen GAA follower and a loyal member of the Cavan Gaels Club while during long winter nights he enjoyed nothing better than card playing. A quiet friendly and inoffensive man his passing is widely mourned. Predeceased by his wife Mary (nee Brady) six years ago and by his brothers Thomas and Christopher (Christy) in March 2003 and by his sisters Gretta who passed away in England in 1967 and May who departed this life two years ago. He is survived by his sons Martin Dodi and Stephen , daughters Mrs Imelda Shields Mrs Bernadette Graham , Jackie and Margarette Dunne. Brothers Danny (Sligo) Jim (Ballinagh) Brendan (Cavan) Noel (Coventry England) sisters Mrs Patricia Kelly Manchester and Mrs Tina O’Reilly Marion Row Ballinagh twenty four grandchildren three great grandchildren ,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 on Saturday evening to St Patricks Church Drumcor while the funeral on Sunday which was one of the largest in the parish for many years and an indication of the esteem with which the family are held within the region took place following requiem mass to the family burial ground. Very Rev Peter Casey PP officiated and may John Joe’s soul rest in peace.
CLIMB AND CYCLE CHALLENGE: The Croagh Patrick to Ballinagh climb and cycle challenge wish to thank all who attended and supported the launch night in the Millenium Bar Ballinagh. The website is updated for the 2013 challenge and you can sign up on www.ballinaghclimb.com or on the facebook page. Sponsorship cards are now available. The next fundraising event will be in Cronins Bar Ballinagh on St Patricks evening.
LOST: On Sunday afternoon in the Drumcor area, substantial sum of money generous reward to finder.
GARDENING CLUB: Meeting of Ballinagh Gardening Club on Monday 4th March in the community Centre at 8pm. Special speaker Octavia Tullogh and talk will be on the development of Tullynally Gardens. Refreshments served. All are welcome. Non members 4 euro.