On Sunday evening, blessed with suitable weather and in the presence of an estimated 500 people, the town had its Christmas lights turned on. For Ballinagh and its people it was an occasion of special significance as it marked the 100th anniversary of the town’s first Christmas street lighting on December 8th 1914. Just after 6pm on Sunday last, the flashing lights of a Garda patrol car brought the welcome news that Santa was on his way and thanks to the Sheanon family, Cashel, the very welcome visitor arrived on time with world renowned piper Sean Kelly providing a musical welcome. The weather, thank God remained good and from a specially prepared reviewing stand on the town’s market square – thanks to the management of B & F stores – proceedings got underway with a special thank you to the school choir and teachers for their much appreciated entertainment. The organisers wish to express their sincere thanks to Kenneth Lowry for providing amplification and to Michael Gaynor for electrical power. The Lights Committee wish to say a big ‘thank you’ to Martin Lovett and his team of electricians for their excellent work in erecting the lights. To Eamon and Carmel Gavin for their co-operation and to all business proprietors who allowed us on to their premises during the fundraising. To all the people of Ballinagh and surrounding parishes for your co-operation and financial support which really made the whole venture possible. A special word of thanks to the management of the community centre who once again made their premises available free of charge and to Ballinagh based Garda, Joe O’Connor for his excellent work in traffic control where he carried out his duty in his customary faultless style. The Lights committee wish to express their very special thanks to a native son of the district Matthew McGauren who performed the duty of turning on the lights. Matthew a noted swimmer has brought fame and honour to both town and district by his fantastic achievements at National level as well as at the Special Olympics. Following the ‘switch on’ ceremony young and not so young proceeded to the community centre where the man from ‘the north pole’ presented gifts to all the children who later thoroughly enjoyed the disco while the ladies committee provided tea and refreshments for all present. Great praise is due to the Lights Committee who worked so hard over several months in order to raise the finance necessary and Dermot McDermott for use of his premises for weekly meetings.
In Ballinagh Community Centre every Tuesday night at 9pm with very valuable prizes now to be won each night. So do come along and avail of the opportunity to win.
Now that the season of Christmas is with us there is a heavy volume of incoming and outgoing mails through our local post office from at home as well as from distant lands and our local post mistress, Fidelma Seymor is being warmly praised for her courtesy, kindness and co-operation.
Mr John P McKiernan
There was widespread regret with the news of the death of Mr John McKiernan, Corlismore, a highly respected member of his community. John was throughout life a devout Catholic. A very successful farmer and business man and former post master. He is survived by his brother, sisters and relatives to whom I extend the sympathy of our community. The funeral which was of extremely large dimensions took place following con-celebrated mass in St Michaels Church, Potahee to the family burial ground. May his soul rest in peace.
The biography of “Bishop James Moynagh of Calabar” by Father Colman Cooke will be launched on Sunday next, 14 December in Mullahoran parochial hall at 3pm by Most Rev Dr Colm O’Reilly retired Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois. It is a unique event in honour of an outstanding missionary of Mullahoran and Kiltegan Fathers and everyone is very welcome.
In Ballinagh Mission Church on Sunday, December 14th at 8pm. Preacher Mr Ronnie Killops. Everyone is very welcome.
Ballinagh gardening club held its monthly meeting and Christmas party on December 1st. There was a very large attendance present which included members of Castlepollard, Killeshandra and Kildallon clubs and cheques were presented to the Debra Drury Fund, Cootehill and to the Kevin Bell Trust as both organisations were chosen as the clubs charities for this year.
Workshop of self esteem and confidence
This workshop will help women recognise low self esteem and will show you how to build up a more positive image of yourself. The workshop will take place in the Cavan Crystal Hotel on Thursday, January 15 2015 at 7pm. The workshop is being delivered by Kay O’Connor MIACP counsellor and supervisor and admission is free.