Mr Peter Higgins

Mr Peter Higgins

There was shock, sadness and widespread regret with the news of the unexpected death which occurred at his residence Costruce, Ballinagh of Mr Peter Higgins. A kind and friendly man his death at an early sage is widely mourned. To his wife, Catherine, son Michael, daughters Nicola, brother Michael, sisters Susan and Bernadette, uncle Bernard Higgins, aunts, sister Bonaventure, Margaret and Catherine, I extend the sympathy of our community. The funeral which was large and representative took place following requiem mass in St Felim’s Church to the new cemetery, Very Rev Peter Casey PP officiated. May his soul rest in peace.

Beloved pastor

The people of the parish extend all good wishes to Very Rev Patrick Bannon PP on his retirement from active ministry within the diocese. A native of Templeport, Father Bannon was educated at St Patrick’s College, Cavan and St Columbans College, Deelgan Park, Navan. Following ordination to the priesthood, he ministered for some years on the mission fields in Korea where he did trojan work in the building of churches and schools as well as spreading the message of the gospel to the native daughters and sons. Here he enjoyed wide popularity within the community. Later he returned to his home diocese of Kilmore and taking up duty in Killinkere where he soon became a firm favourite among young and old. Later he transferred to Ballinagh (Kilmore) where he ministered for some years and where he was a most beloved pastor whose kindness, good humour and desire to assist all in need is fondly remembered by our local community. Later he ministered in Bruskey, (Ballintemple parish) where again he enjoyed wide popularity. Promoted as parish priest he was assigned to Ballmeehan (Rossinver) and here again is remembered for his kindness and hard work. Returning to his native county Cavan he became parish priest of Killdrung residing in Bunnoe and as usual was again highly respected for his kindness, friendship and deep religious faith. His countless friends in wishing the ever popular ‘Fr Pat’ as he is known to his countless friends many years of good health and happiness to enjoy his well deserved retirement.

Dog show

On Sunday next, August 31st the annual Cornafean Dog Show and field day takes place on the Cornafean GAA Park commencing at 3pm and with all proceeds in aid of a most deserving cause – self help Africa, organised annually under the expert guidance of Mr Peader MacSeain who together with his AGM of voluntary helpers work day and night in the run up to the event ensuring that all events are properly organised. This annual dog show and field day is now one of the leading events of the year throughout the region and present indications suggest how the show on Sunday next will surpass all previous records and be the most enjoyable to date so do come along and give your support for Self help Africa which will be rewarding and much appreciated.

Womens group

Meeting on Monday next, Sept 1st at 8pm in Brady’s. This will be a planning meeting and new members will be very welcome.

Bruskey ICA

First meeting for the Autumn Winter season in Bruskey National School on Wednesday, September 3rd at 8.30pm. New members very welcome.

Daylight robbery

On Thursday last shortly after mid-day, two parked vehicles in the town had their contents of tools believed to be valued at seventeen hundred euro – stolen and Gardai are investigating.

Community enterprise

Ballinagh Community Enterprise Association will hold their AGM on Wednesday 17th September at 9pm in the community centre. New members welcome.

All Ireland championship

For the Cavan Supporters who made the journey to Portlaoise on Saturday, there was much to celebrate on the homeward journey as for the first time in 62 years, our male county football team came home to Cavan as All Ireland champions. It is interesting to recall how the first All Ireland ever won by a Cavan team in any grade was in fact the All Ireland junior football championship of 1927. Unlike now there was in those days an Ulster Junior championship played each year and in 1927 Cavan won all their games with a comfortable margin. In the All Ireland semi final the Breffni men played Connacht champions Mayo on October 30th and in a game that produced play of a high standard Cavan emerged victorious and thus qualified for the final in which their opponents would be the winners of the second semi final in which Munster champions Kerry were due to play Leinster champions Kildare. But events in the second semi final would cause problems. It’s said there was more than one ‘hic up’ in the playing of the game but the one which caused the great problem was that the referee of the game in his report on the match reported both team as being ‘very late’ taking the field. Central Council were far from impressed and in order to ensure discipline and law and order promptly removed both Kerry and Kildare from the competition and declared Cavan as All Ireland junior football champions of 1927. When news of the decision reached Cavan it was greeted with a mixed reception. Cavan just like every county had been endeavouring for years top win All Ireland honours but wanted to win it on the field of play and not in a board room or council chamber and Cavan County Board made their views known to Central Council stating that they were not prepared to accept the title. Now the association was then forty three years founded and central council were anxious to avoid unrest and trouble and having made enquiries were satisfied that Kildare were late ‘taking the field’ due to circumstances ‘beyond their control’ and accordingly were re-admitted to the championship which would see Cavan play Kildare in the All Ireland final on Sunday 3rd June 1928 astonishing enough – Breffni Park Cavan which from a Cavan point of view was a favourable venue as Kildare were a very talented side, played in glorious sunshine and before a very large attendance. Play was of a high standard for Cavan supporters the final minutes were very exciting with the Breffni men holding on to a one point lead and Kildare attacking from all angles. The sounding of the full time whistle was greeted with prolonged cheering from the home supporters and saw Cavan win their first ever All Ireland football championship in any grade and saw their team captain the youthful Patsy Lynch from Bailieborough receive the coveted trophy. Patsy Lynch at the tender age of 16 years and 3 months being the youngest player ever to captain an All Ireland winning football team in an adult competition. The final score being Cavan 0-7 Kildare 1-3. Because of their great football tradition to beat Kerry in the championship is regarded as an achievement but to overcome the men from the Kingdom in an All Ireland final is extra special hence the importance of Cavan’s victory on Saturday last. While the honour of winning naturally goes to the players much of the credit must go to the team manager Terry Hyland under whose guidance the All Ireland was won while in the Spring of this year again under Terry’s management Cavan senior team were promoted to Division 2 of the National Football League. Incidentally Terry Hyland becomes the first trainer /manager to guide a Cavan team to All Ireland honours in sixty two years. Take a bow terry, take a bow.