‘Stars on the night’ on Monday 16th March in the Hotel Kilmore with all proceeds in aid of Deborah Drury Fund and Kevin Bell repatriation fund with a great night of entertainment promised.
Sixty seven years ago today on Wednesday, 18th February 1948 the people of Ireland saw the country’s first ever inter-party government take office. Following the foundation of the state in 1922 the Cumann na Gael party led by William T Cosgrove TD took office and having successfully contested the general election of 1927 remained in power until 1932 when in that year’s general election the Fianna Fail party led by Eamon de Valera TD were elected to office. Having successfully contested the general elections of 1933, 1938, 1943 and 1944 the party held office for all of sixteen years until February 1948. Around 1947 a new political party named Clann na Poblachta was founded with their leader being Sean MacBride SC – then a most distinguished member of the Irish Bar. In the autumn of 1947 two by-elections for seats in Dail Eireann were held with one of the contests in Tipperary and the other in Dublin. The result saw Clann na Poblachta take both seats with party leader Sean McBride elected in Dublin and Patrick Kinane take the seat in Tipperary. The bye election results were a disappointment for the government and shortly afterwards president Sean T O’Kelly dissolved the twelfth Dail and preparations put in place for the holding of a general election with the date arranged being Wednesday 4th February 1948. The election campaign was fiercely contested as all party’s endeavoured to secure the maximum number of seats and as the final results in all constituencies became known it became obvious that a change of government was about to happen. When the 13th Dail met at Leinster House for the first time on Wednesday 18th February the outgoing Ceann Comhairle Frank Fahy was unanimously re-elected to office but for the office of an Taoiseach, there were two nominations, the holder of the office Eamon De Valera and Fine Gael Deputy John A Costelloe SC and a former Attorney General. The result of the vote saw the election of Mr Costelloe. As is the general practice the house then adjourned as the Taoiseach-elect travelled to Arus an Uachtarain to receive his seal of office and when the Dail reassembled later in the evening Mr Costelloe then informed the house of the composition of the new cabinet. The leader of the Labour party William Norton – a deputy for the Carlow – Kildare constituency became Tanaiste and Minister for social welfare. The leader of Clann na Poblachta Sean McBride was named as Minister for external affairs (now foreign affairs) while his party colleague Dr Noel C Browne became Minister for Health, the Clann na Tailun (Farmers Party) had representation at the cabinet table where their leader Joseph Blowick a Dail Deputy for Mayo was assigned to the Dept of Lands, the leader of the national Labour party and Wicklow Deputy James Everett became Minister for Post and telegraphs, while the then four seat Cavan constituency did not have a voice at cabinet table. They did have a ‘government TD’ in the person of Sean Tully recently elected Clann na Poblachta Deputy but our neighbouring constituencies were represented at cabinet by General Sean MacEoin – the legendary Blacksmith from Ballinalee – who became Minister for Justice while from Monaghan Independent Dail Deputy James M Dillon became the country’s new minister for agriculture. This historic day in Irish politics occurred sixty seven years ago today.
Today (Wednesday) marks the beginning of the season of Lent which is a season of fasting and repentance that precedes Easter. Mass and distribution of ashes takes place in St Felims Church, Ballinagh at 9am and 11am (school) and also at 7pm also in St Patrick’s Church, Drumcor at 10am.
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Sincere thanks to all who so very kindly replied to a request for the words of a song in this column in last weeks edition and to all who so very kindly went to the trouble and expense of posting to me the words requested and which I have now forwarded to the person who made the request.
Will be held in Kilmore Parochial Hall on Friday, 20th February at 8pm with fun supper and prizes galore. Table of 4, 30 euro and for further information please contact Cynthia on (049) 4332291.
Good wishes for a speedy recovery to good health to the very popular Seamus Murphy, the highly respected honorary secretary of Ballinagh Gardening club.
There was general regret with the news of the death at Cavan General Hospital of Mr Peter Donohoe, Derries and formerly of Carrigan. A kind and helpful neighbour, Peter was one of natures kindest gentlemen, being always available and anxious to perform the charitable deed. A hard working and industrious farmer, his passing is kindly mourned, he is survived by his wife Maggie, sons John, Joe, Pauric and Edwin, daughters Mary, Cathy and Anne, son in law, daughters in law, sisters in law, grandchildren and a large family circle to whom I convey the sympathy of our people. The funeral which was large and representative took place following con-celebrated requiem mass in St Joseph’s Church, Loughduff to the family burial ground. May his soul rest in peace.
There was shock and grief with the sad news of the unexpected death of Mr Kevin Cullen Corr. A highly respected member of his community deceased was a friendly and good humoured resident. A highly respected member of the farming community, it could be truly written how Kevin was a man blessed with many successful careers. He took up a job at an early age in White’s premises Loch Gowna before moving to the capital city where he was employed in Birchalls Bar and later Richmond bar, returning home he was later employed at Vulpine products furniture in Ballinagh and also at McCormack milk products, Killeshandra. Later he built up an extensive farming enterprise with a fine herd of dairy cows, but above everything else, Kevin was a devoted son to his 97 year old mother Mai whose well being and needs always came first in his life and no doubt his sudden and unexpected passing is heart breaking for his beloved mother. Predeceased by his father Matty in 1967 he is survived by his heart broken mother Mai, brothers Sean, Thomas, Matt and Gerry, sisters Nancy, Sheila, Bernadette, Noreen and Marion, brother in law, sisters in law, nieces nephews cousins and a large family circle to whom I extend the heartfelt sympathy of our community. St Marys Church, Bruskey was crowded to capacity for the funeral mass which took place following which the remains were laid to rest in the family burial ground, Rev Noel Boylan, Bruskey and Rev Dan Sheridan, Killeshandra officiated and may Kevin’s soul enjoy eternal rest.