SUDDEN DEATH SHOCKS COMMUNITY: Residents of Ballinagh and surrounding districts were shocked and very saddened with the news of the totally unexpected death at his home in Crossdoney Road Ballinagh of Mr Francie Smith. Son of the late Jack Smith garage proprietor and Mrs Smith Francie like his brother Sean and Kevin choose the garage business and motor industry for his chosen career. One of natures gentlemen in both his business and as a neighbour and trusted friend. The countless stories told by people from near and far of Francies courtesy kindness and genuine decency over the days when his mortal remains lay in state as well as on the day of his burial confirmed what was already widely known that his equal would be few and bore ample testimony of the esteem with which the deceased was held throughout the region and of the popularity which he so deservedly enjoyed. A gentle and quiet man never known to raise his voice he enjoyed a social drink among friends and neighbours in McDermott’s premises with attendance at a race meeting being his favourite days outing and it is ironic that he was due to attend the Irish grand national at fairyhouse on the day following his death. His passing is widely mourned. Predeceased by his brother Sean a short time ago,he is survived by his brother Kevin sister Patricia nephews Colm and Sean niece Carmel sister in law Patricia Smith and a large family circle to whom I express the sympathy of our community. There was a very large attendance at the removal of the remains to St Felims church Ballinagh and again at the funeral which took place following requiem mass to the family burial ground. Very Rev Peter Casey PP officiated . May he rest in peace.
BALLINAGH AND DISTICT VINTAGE CLUB: Meeting on Friday 20th April at 9pm in Cronins Lounge, all members please attend. The Sam Benett Memorial fundraiser for friends and family of respite centre Cootehill and autistic class room Ballinagh national School with the launch of same on Saturday 21st April in Cronins lounge at 10pm when your support would be appreciated.
ELECTION FEVER: Seventy years ago this month the people of the town and district were caught up in a welter of excitement which had nothing to do with sport but everything to do with politics. The local authority (county council) elections would be held within a matter of weeks and two candidates both resident in Ballinagh had put their ‘hats in the ring’. Outgoing Fianna Fail councillor Charles C Fitpatrick and local auctioneer and commercial traveller Thomas Cowan representing the labour party were both contesting the election and from the neighbouring parish of Dennn Chris Heaslip standing as a candidate on behalf of Cavan Farmers Party was seeking a seat on behalf of the agricultural sector. The pool saw Councillor Fitzpatrick and Cowan elected which saw Ballinagh enjoy two voices in the council chamber for the following three years.
TERRY TO THE RESCUE: Following a disappointing campaign in the National football league Cavan manager Val Andrews resigned (for the second time) as manager of the Breffni County senior squad. The story of Cavan’s performance over the past half century on the field of play makes painful reading with just one Ulster senior championship (1997) in the past forty two years. No doubt the county’s most glorious years was within a twenty five years period (1927 to 1952) when our county teams won five senior two minor and one junior All Ireland championships plus a staggering 19 Ulster senior championships, all won inside a quarter of a century. As we go to press the front runner for the vacant Cavan managers post is believed to be popular Lacken club member Terry Hyland who has successfully guided the Cavan under 21 side to two back to back Ulster championships and may we wish Terry continued success.