Ballinagh

Gospel service

Gospel service

Gospel service in Ballinagh Mission Church on Sunday, 13th April at 8pm. Preacher Mr Harold Broker. Everyone is very welcome.

Easter arts and crafts camp

This camp’s main focus is arts and crafts, it gives children a chance to develop their creative skills in a fun and engaging atmosphere. There will be lots of Easter themed activities on Monday, 14th April from 10am to 12 noon with the venue at the Realtog Centre, Kilnaleck. The camp fee is 2 euro per child and the camp is suitable for 5 to 10 year olds and is subsidised to parents of children with medical cards or in receipt of social welfare allowances and for more information or to book your place please call (049) 4336070.

Election fever

With polling day in both the local and European elections roughly six weeks away, local interest in the contests which up until now had been to put mildly very low key but is expected to become the main topic of conversation during the coming weeks as canvassing for votes swings into action. For several decades, Ballinagh town and the local townlands were included in what was known as Cavan electoral area but in this years campaign, following on the re-drawing of the county’s electoral boundaries, Ballinagh now becomes included in the Ballyjamesduff area, where six seats are up for grabs on the new council which will see massive changes as in the ‘outgoing’ body there are twenty five seats while the numbers due to be elected in next months poll will see a reduction of seven seats to a figure of eighteen members. As we go to press indications are that in this area, just one candidate who would be regarded as ‘local’ will have his name on the ballot paper on polling day while an interesting statistic is the fact that in the local authority elections held in 1942 two candidates both residents of Ballinagh, Charles C Fitzpatrick, (Fianna Fail) and Thomas Cowan, (Labour) were both candidates in the Cavan electoral area and both were elected with substantial majorities.

Flemings folly

Ballinagh Community and Enterprise Association are holding a fundraising cycle on Saturday, April 12th . The distances are 20K for the leisurely cyclist and 80km for the more experienced with all proceeds in aid of the Folly Restoration Fund and for more particulars call 087 2649904.

Weather

While rainfall continues in some areas, the weather in general continues to show improvement which is very welcome.

Deadline

This correspondent wishes to thank all who contribute items for inclusion in this column week in week out and it would be appreciated if news items could reach me by Sunday evening to ensure inclusion in the next edition of this paper.

Fundraising concert

Fundraising concert with Mick Flavin and friends in Crover House Hotel, Mountnugent on this Wednesday night, April 9th, commencing at 8.30pm with proceeds in aid of maintenance of Holy Trinity Abbey Kilnacrott with valuable prizes to be won including the door prize trip for one lucky person to Medjugorje and people are asked to please support.