Ballinagh notes



Corr: Eddie Brady

Marriage ceremony

The marriage took place in St Felim’s church Ballinagh of Miss Olive O’Reilly, Garrymore, Ballinagh and formerly of Carrick na Brick Loughduff and Mr George Taaffe of Tubber, Co Clare. The ceremony with nuptial Mass and papal blessing was performed by Very Rev Patrick Canon Taaffe (uncle of the groom) who together with Canon Owen Devaney, PP Mullahoran and Rev Peter Casey, PP Kilmore con-celebrated the wedding Mass. Following the religious ceremonies a most enjoyable reception attended by a large gathering of family members, relatives and friends was held in hotel Kilmore and on behalf of their countless friends in our community, may I wish the happy couple a long life of good health, happiness with peace and God’s blessing in abundance.

Diamond jubilee

Congratulations to Rev Father Felim McGovern who this month celebrates the diamond jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood which took place on June 20 1954 at St Patrick’s College Maynooth. Son of Felix McGovern NT who for many years served as principal teacher at Aughacooney National School, Ballinagh and during which period as one of Ireland’s most outstanding gaelic footballers gave sterling service to Cavan senior county teams with whom he won numerous Ulster championship medals and Mrs Mary McGovern. Father Felim following ordination joined the teaching staff of St Patrick’s College Cavan where he enjoyed wide popularity with students, their families and his teaching colleagues. He later ministered in Ballaghameehan parish in 1956 before returning to St Patrick’s College in 1958 where he would again serve on the teaching staff for a further nine years before returning to parish work in Laragh in 1967. Later he ministered in Redhills (1970) and in Ballintemple in 1978 and on behalf of our community I wish Father McGovern many years of good health and happiness.


Sympathy is extended to Mrs Jane Galligan and family Garrymore Ballinagh on the death of her mother Mrs Julia Halton, Coole, Co Westmeath which occurred recently. May her soul rest in peace.

Mr Frank O’Reilly

There was widespread regret throughout this his native parish with the news of the death at his home in Naas, Co Kildare of Mr Frank O’Reilly MPSI. A native of the Derries upper Frank – like all his family – was an outstanding gaelic footballer with his father John O’Reilly being goalkeeper on the Cavan senior county team for twelve years. Frank made his debut on the Cavan senior county team at Breffni Park on Sunday, November 18 1946 playing at corner forward against Sligo in a national league fixture. In his first games as a county player Frank had as team mates his two very distinguished brothers in team captain Comdt John Joe O’Reilly and ‘big Tom’ O’Reilly winner of All Ireland senior medals in 1933 and 1935. In his first game against Sligo Frank scored an early goal which set Cavan on the road to victory. As the young Cornafean player continued to cause problems for the Sligo defence their team mentors made switches in an effort to curtail his activity and the player they entrusted with the ‘delicate task’ of marking Frank was Colm McDyer a native of the Glenties, Co Donegal who was working in Sligo and had thrown in ‘his lot’ with the Yeats county. An interesting statistic is the fact that two months later in January 1947, Colm McDyer moved to take up a position in Cavan town and joined the Cavan Slashers club. He was soon approached by Cavan County board chairman Patsy Lynch and he agreed to declare for and transfer to Cavan while eight months later on 14 September 1947 Colm was a prominent player on the Cavan team (captained by Commdt John Joe O’Reilly) who defeated Kerry in that memorable All Ireland senior final played at the polo grounds New York. Frank O’Reilly entered the college of Pharmacy and having obtained top honours in all his examinations he obtained his degree at an early age. Later he opened his own pharmacy in Naas and in a short time the business expanded becoming the largest throughout Kildare and adjoining counties. To his family, brother, sisters and relatives I extend our deepest sympathy. May his soul rest in peace.

Tidy towns

A big drive is underway to further improve the overall appearance of the town. Congratulations to the ladies in Forge Brooke drive on taking to the street with brushes, shovels etc in a major clean up operation. Take a bow ladies. The reappearance of a member of the outdoor staff of Cavan county council with Barrow, shovel and brush is most welcome.

Blessing of graves

The annual blessing of the graves in Ballinagh cemetery took place on Sunday. Both the new cemetery and the cemetery adjacent to St Felim’s church had their graves blessed by Rev Peter Casey PP and by Rev Tom Sheridan. Hundreds of relatives from near and far attended the ceremony which included Mass. Great praise is due to the families of the deceased who had their plots so neat and tidy.


Welcome home the cyclists and climbers on the Croagh Patrick to Ballinagh Challenge in Ballinagh this Saturday, July 5 at 8.30pm. Music on the street by Woody and Shrek with lots of goodies and balloons for the children.

Golden jubilee

Congratulations to Rev Father Thomas Sheridan, a native of Drumcrow on the celebration of the golden jubilee of his ordination. Father Tom, who ministers in the USA, is currently on holiday at home with family and friends.


A warm céad míle fáilte to John Connolly, formerly of Main Street, Ballinagh and now resident in Australia, and to his sister Eimear who are currently on a visit to their native town. Son and daughter of Patrick and Dorreen Connolly, and nephew and niece of Very Rev Timothy P Connolly. May their visit to Ballinagh be extremely happy.

Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett Memorial tractor run organised by Ballinagh and district vintage club was an outstanding success and the organisers wish to thank all who supported with the principle benefactors being Ballinagh tidy towns and community enterprise.

Drumcor cemetery

The blessing of the graves in Drumcor cemetery takes place on Sunday July 27. Mass will be celebrated outdoors at 3pm weather permitting followed by the blessing.

Ballinagh school

The planning process for the extension is well advanced and should be completed shortly to allow plans to be put out to tender.


Trees are permanent so plant a tree to commemorate an event. The garden of remembrance in Drumcor is taking shape and will be very suitable for such planting.

Gardening club

Annual show will take place on Monday, August 25. The hall will be opened for entries from 6pm. Competition open to everyone. Enquiries to Seamus Murphy at 087 2830134. No entries after 7.45pm.