MR TOM BRIODY: There was widespread regret with the news of the death of Mr Tom Briody Aughaloora. A highly respected member of his community Tom was throughout life a kind and helpful neighbour who was always ready to do a charitable deed for anyone in need. A man with a deep religious faith he was deservedly popular and the news of his passing has evoked profound sorrow over a wide area. Tom was a devoted GAA enthusiast and a prominent member of Lacken Gaelic football club. A farmer and building contractor he was known and respected near and far and the very large attendance at the removal of the remains to St Patricks Church Aughaloora and again at the funeral which took place following con-celebrated mass on Friday to the family burial ground in Mullaghaboy cemetery being an indication of the esteem with which the deceased and his family are held throughout the region. Rev Sean McDermott PP Ballintemple Rev Noel Boylan PP Kill ,Rev Gerard Cassidy PP Castetara , Rev Michael Quinn PP Crosserlough and Rev Frank Gray PP Ballymachugh officiated. Deceased is survived by his wife Bridie, sons Patsy (Ballyhaise) Donal (Crosserlough ) Thomas (New York) and Declan Dublin, daughters Mrs Mary Brady Garrymore Ballinagh Mrs Carmel Prior Ballyhaise Mrs Jacinta Coyle, Ballymachugh; Mrs Grainne O’Reilly Kilnaleck; Mrs Catherine McNeel Emyvale Co Monaghan and Breeda Briody Dublin, two brothers three sisters twenty four grandchildren, one great grandchild and twenty five nephews and nieces to whom I extend the sympathy of our community.
MR PJ DUFFY: There was shock and widespread sadness at the news of the unexpected death at his home, Crosserdoney Road Ballinagh of Mr Peter Joseph (PJ) Duffy. Son of the late Bernard and Susan Duffy, Marahill Ballinagh , PJ can be rightly described as being one of natures gentlemen. Quiet by nature he was blessed with a good sense of humour with his witty comments enlivening his countless friends. A man of many parts he was in his youth a brilliant footballer who gave sterling service to Ballinagh club with his favourite position being goalkeeper where in the number one jersey he turned in many memorable performances between the posts. A lover of traditional Irish music PJ was a talented accordion player whose selections of reels, jigs marches and hornpipes would enliven any gathering. An officer with mid Cavan battalion FCA he was held in high regard by his colleagues and fellow officers. A valued member of the dance committee of the O’Rahilly Memorial Hall Ballinagh which throughout the 1950s was one of leading dance halls in Cavan and the adjoining counties. He was a leading organiser of many memorable night’s of entertainment. His passing is widely mourned. Predeceased by his brothers Patrick (Paddy) Bernard and James he is survived by his sisters Mrs Kathleen Galligan Cavan Road Ballinagh and Mrs Marie O’Reilly Navan sisters in law Olive and Mar Duffy, nephews nieces and relatives to whom I extend the sympathy of our community. There was a very large attendance at the removal of the remains on Wednesday evening from the home of his nephew to St Felims Church Ballinagh where they were received by Rev Peter Casey PP with a guard of honour provided by members of Ballinagh gaelic football club while the funeral which again was large and representative took place on Thursday following requiem mass to the local cemetery.
VINTAGE CLUB: An important meeting of Ballinagh and district vintage club takes place on Friday 22nd March at 9pm in Cronins lounge , all members please attend.
PARADE: In ideal weather the annual St Patricks Day parade took place on Sunday in the presence of a large crowd, led by the Howard Memorial pipe band and a large gathering of floats the event proved most enjoyable.
RIVER ERNE FISHING CLUB: Meeting in Killadoon Hall on Friday March 22nd at 8.30pm. All members please attend and new members very welcome.
MR MARTIN DOMNOHOE: There was widespread regret with the news of the death following a brief illness of Mr Martin Donohoe Glencurran Carrickaboy and formerly of Main Street Ballinagh. Son of the late Patrick (Pat) and Mary Donohoe (nee O’Reilly) deceased was a member of a highly respected family with the deceased being a popular member of his community. To his wife Alice , daughters Rachael, brothers sisters nephews nieces and relatives I extend the deepest sympathy of our community. The funeral which was large and representative took place on Monday March 18th following requiem mass in St Matthews Church Drumavaddy to the local cemetery.