BALLINAGH 125 CELEBRATIONS: This weekend will see Ballinagh GAA Club celebrate the 125th year of the club’s foundation and the 100th anniversary of the club’s first ever Cavan county football championship won in 1913.
Proceedings will get under way on Friday May 31st with a junior disco in Ballinagh Hall, on Saturday June 1st a ladies football game will take place where Roger Casements (England) play St Faithleach (Roscommon) with throw in at 3pm followed by the semi finals of the mens football tournament when Na Fianna (Dublin) play Roger Casements (England) with starting time at 5.30pm while in the second semi final Ballinagh take on Ballyhaunis (Mayo) with throw in 7pm. On Sunday June 2nd the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered in St Felims Church at 11am for the members of the club living and deceased followed by a parade at 1.30pm to the community centre led by Piper Sean Kelly while at 3.15pm the unveiling of a plaque will be performed by Liam O’Neill Uachtarain of Cumann Luithchleas Gael followed by the Frank Brady Memorial tournament final which commences at 3.45pm followed by the presentation of the Frank Brady Memorial Cup and medals while the club dinner dance takes place in Crover House Hotel on Sunday night commencing at 8.30pm. Great praise is due to the hard working organisers committee led by club chairman Michael Gaynor on organising a very entertaining programme of events to commemorate this very historic occasion in the history of the Ballinagh club.
TRINITY SUNDAY: On Sunday last a large congregation of the faithful from near and far assembled for the annual Mass in Trinity Abbey situated on Trinity Island in the parish of Kilmore and in the distant past the headquarters of the Norbertine Fathers prior to their departure to Holy Trinity Abbey Kilnacrott. The celebrant was Very Rev Peter Casey PP who delivered a most inspiring talk on the history of this most ancient abbey.
DRUMKILLY FESTIVAL: commences on July 4th with fun run four kilometre walk or run starting at 7pm followed at 8.30pm by refreshments in the marquee with traditional music and song. On Friday at 7pm the festival holy sacrifice of the mass will be celebrated in St Josephs Church while at 8.30pm there will be a banquet in the marquee followed by official festival opening and launch of Drumkilly youth band reunion while at 10pm guests will be entertained by the Crosserlough set dancers who are the current All Ireland champions. On Saturday July 6th at 11.30am there will be a historical tour of the Drumkilly area while at 2pm there will be set dancing and brush dancing workshop and skittles competition and the day will end with music and dancing with the Prenups Band and DJ Aaron. On Sunday July 7th commencing at 12 noon there will be a family fun day with children’s races, penalty shootouts face painting, treasure hunt, bonny baby show, glamorous granny plus fishing competition on Corglass lake and miss(ter) Drumkilly at 7pm.
VINTAGE CLUB: Ballinagh and district Vintage Club meeting Friday 31st May at 9pm in Cronins lounge . All members asked to attend.
ARDKILL SCHOOL REUNION: A reunion of past pupils is being organised for August 30, 2013 and all past pupils are welcome if interested in attending . It is very important to call Rosie 086 8235485 or PJ 087 6720694 or Rosemary 086 2258539 before June 21st as details have to be finalised.
LOUGH DERG: Pilgrimage and retreats every day (three day pilgrimages ) from May 31st to 13th August and for full information call Fr Michael Router on (049) 4375004 or Maureen in the Lough Derg office on 071 9861518.
HONDA RUN: For Viney McGee on Sunday June 2nd starting at 1pm from Crosserlough football field and people are asked to please support.