Mr Owen Roe McGovern rip - Local gaels most of the older generation learned with regret of the death at his home in New York of former Cavan All Ireland footballer Mr Owen Roe McGovern.
Two events during the playing career of this very distinguished sportsman both having a connection with this parish will insure that his name will for all time be remembered in Ballinagh. The first came about on Sunday May 6th 1945 when Roscommon senior county team – then All Ireland football champions - travelled to Breffni park to play the Cavan senior county team with all proceeds to go in aid of a very worthy project – the building fund of the then new cathedral of SS Patrick and Felim in Cavan. The Roscommon side included a native son of Ballinagh Paddy Wall main street. A bank official based in the Western county Paddy – then regarded as one of he most talented forwards in the game – had thrown in his lot with Roscommon. In this game Owen Roe was making his debut in the blue jersey. A natural defender he was assigned the ‘delicate’ task of marking Paddy Wall and over the sixty minutes performed his mission admirably. The second occasion when the Swanlinbar man won the hearts and admiration of our local gaels was in the All Ireland senior football final of 1948 when Cavan defending their all Ireland title (which they won the previous September at the polo ground New York) were playing recently crowned Connacht champions Mayo in Croke park . Just after half time Cavan suffered a serious blow when their team captain Comdt John Joe O’Reilly – a native of this parish retired injured. He was replaced by Owen Roe who took his position at left half back playing against a near gale force breeze and against a talented mayo side Owen Roe turned in a blinder and played a major part in Cavans one point victory over the Mayo men. One month later Owen Roe was again a member of the Cavan team who defeated Cork in the National football league final (re-play). The only national league title the Breffni men have won to date, an outstanding player during a very distinguished career and one of natures gentlemen on or off the field of play. May his soul rest in peace.
The future of many post offices - rural post offices – hangs in the balance following the emergence of a new threat to its services that of the removal of the contract for making social welfare payments. The matter has arisen because the contract is due for renewal at the end of the year and it seems that the department of social protection is contemplating putting the contract out to tender rather than continue its engagement with the post office network. It is thought that the post office network would be ‘decimated’ if the contract is lost and the knock on effect will result in the loss of hundreds of jobs and he closure of countless post offices which will see the unavailability of vital and necessary post office services to local communities. Residents are asked to contact heir local Dail deputy requesting that he or she make representations to minister Joan Burton TD calling on her to examine the position and to ensure that the vital role of the post delivered . The post office network has a state of the art IT system that is capable of carrying out any bank business right now. In fact the system is considered to be among the best in the world with the services provided vital for people. It may be possible to extend the services currently available at our Post Offices by implementing a new service where people can apply for renewal of motor tax and driving licences.
The committee of Ballinagh GAA would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one who bought sold and sponsored our recent horse race nite which was a wonderful success and enjoyed by all. Thank you.
Ballinagh GAA Lotto
From 1st Feb a ticket is drawn weekly for a chance to win a monthly prize of a weekend away for two :February winner Breen Smith Crosserrlough, March winner Tony Galligan Killeshandra, April winner Susan Mulhare, Ballinagh. Congratulations. To be in with a chance buy a Ballinagh Lotto in any local business.
Ballinagh GAA Supporters Club
Anybody with Ballinagh replica jersies ordered please contact Patsy Smith on 087 2695276 to receive same otherwise order will be cancelled and jerseies will go on general sale.
Sympathy is extended to Mrs Audrey Foster Ricehill and Mrs Cynthia Poyntz Kimore on the recent death of their mother Mrs May Bowles –Beattie (Nee Wilson) late of Florencecourt and Lisgoole Park and formerly of New Road Bailieborrough. The funeral which was of extremely large dimensions took place following funeral service in Bailieborough parish Church to the adjoining family burial ground.
Ballinagh Gardening club
Day trip on Saturday 21st May to the garden festival at Hillsborough Castle and shopping in Lisburn . There are only 3 seats available as there is great interest in this trip. For further information contact Audrey Foster at 049 4331716 or 087 6997665.