Annual Mel Lynch Memorial Tournament is now in progress at Bradyâ€™s premises and will continue this Wednesday, July 16 and again on July 23 with final on Friday 25th.
Hundreds of people thronged the streets of Ballinagh to welcome the large number of participants who had cycled to and climbed Croagh Patrick. Weather was ideal for the home coming and all taking part are to be sincerely congratulated on their achievement.
A number of local gaels made the journey to McHale Park, Castlebar on Sunday for this yearâ€™s Connacht senior football final in which the reigning champions Mayo would play host to Galway. Among the locals who travelled to Castlebar was Ballinagh based Garda Joe Oâ€™Connor who himself is a former Mayo star and the very popular Garda was naturally delighted with the result which saw his native county win their fourth provincial title in a row. For local fans, the Connacht senior final has for several decades been an eagerly awaited annual event. Back in July 1945 the Connacht senior final â€“ like this years â€“ saw Galway and Mayo in opposition with St Comanâ€™s Park (now Dr Hyde) Roscommon the venue. The usual five gaels made the journey via John Joe Higgins local taxi service but unlike last Sunday, it was the Tribesmen from Galway who took the Connacht championship that afternoon. On the journey home the Ballinagh contingent made a brief stop in Strokestown in order to have refreshments and were approached by a young lady who was charming, good looking and attractive, whose mission was to sell tickets for a very worthy cause. The prizes to be won were generous and impressed by the girls friendship, the Ballinagh contingent purchased a book of tickets between all five. Three weeks later they received the welcome news that one of their tickets was the first prize winner of 1000 euro which was 200 euro for each of the five and a very substantial sum of money sixty nine years ago. But the chance meeting on Strokestownâ€™s main street of the young girl and the five football fans did not end with the big financial win as just over one year later, this charming young lady and one of the five young men walked down the aisle of the local church as husband and wife to begin a long life of peace and happiness, itâ€™s said that marriage are arranged from heaven but in that marriage the Connacht final was a contributing factor.
Work continues on the streets of the town which is looking well clean and tidy and a credit to all concerned.
The Kilmore diocesan youth retreat to Lough Derg takes place on Thursday, 21st August and will be led by Rev Robert McCabe, a chaplain to the Irish defence forces based at Gormanstown, Co Meath. The retreat is offered to all young people of the diocese aged from 16 to 35 years and to book your place contact your local parish priest.
At Kilmore Cathedral on Friday evening in glorious weather, the bar-b-cue was held with a very large attendance, all of whom thoroughly enjoyed the delicious food and entertainment for which this annual event is now widely recognised throughout Cavan and the adjoining counties and for which the organisers are to be complimented.
For Cavan Church of Ireland Restoration Fund on Saturday, 16th August at 8km, sponsored walk will be held starting from the church grounds at 3pm with sponsorship cards available from (049) 433 2038 or donations accepted on the day. Everyone welcome and do please support.
The Forge Brooke estate just off the townâ€™s Dublin Road â€“ has undergone a major clean up and development with the local ladies responsible for an excellent job, well done and a clear indication that work men usually do can also be carried out by the ladies. Take a bow girls !