Happy New Year
To the editor and staff and to all readers and contributors to these columns , may I extend good wishes for a happy and peaceful 2014 with best wishes for good health in the year ahead.
Local business premises report a brisk business in the weeks prior to Christmas which is welcome news and an indication that our community responded to the call to ‘shop local’ with great praise due to all concerned.
The local post office handled record volumes of incoming and outgoing mails over the Christmas season with great praise due to Fidelma and Mary for their efficiency, courtesy and kindness and a sincere and well deserved thank you to An Post outdoor staff – men and women – who did such excellent work in the delivery of mails.
St Stephens Day
The old tradition of men and women in suitable dress travelling around the district entertaining house holders with lively selection of traditional Irish music, singing and dancing with their one request being a small financial gift to “Bury the wren” has all but disappeared. However it can be revealed that for those who made the rounds on December 26 the financial returns were quite rewarding.
Christmas in the churches
Large congregations attended the vigil and Christmas day masses in St Felims Church Ballinagh, St Michaels Church Potahee and in St Patricks Church Drumcor while the church of Ireland services in St Patricks Church Ballintemple and in Kilmore Cathedral were all very largely attended.
Heavy snow which fell throughout the district on Christmas eve and was accompanied by bitterly cold south westerly winds was soon followed by rain which quickly disposed of the snow and made travelling conditions much safer while in general the weather throughout the festive season was cool but was reasonable for this time of year.
Mr Terence Galligan
There was widespread regret throughout the district with the news of the death which occurred following a short illness of Mr Terence (Terry) Galligan, Costruce, Ballinagh. A quiet and friendly man who was deservedly popular his passing came as a shock to the community and coming only a few days prior to the Christmas season was very sad. Son of the late Phil and Mrs Galligan, he is survived buy his wife Anne , son Philip, daughters Cathy, Margaret and Laura, brothers, grandchildren and relatives to whom I extend the sympathy of our community. He was predeceased by his brother and parents uncles Very Rev Thomas Galligan, Parochial House, Teemore; Garda Sergeant Eugene Galligan, Drogheda; John Joe and Terry, Drumnalara. The funeral which was large and representative took place following requiem mass in St Felims Church, Ballinagh to the family burial ground. May his soul rest in peace.