Miss Phyllis O’Reilly
There was widespread regret with the news of the death following a brief illness of Miss Phyllis O’Reilly, Cormeen, Ballinagh. Youngest daughter and last surviving member of the family of the late Patrick and Mrs O’Reilly, Cormeen, whose family were widely known in farming circles, being regarded as the most progressive and industrious throughout Cavan and the adjoining counties. A lady of the highest calibre, whose warm and friendly personality endeared her to her countless friends. Her witty comments and good sense of humour would enlighten any group privileged with her company. Blessed with a deep religious faith, with three of her uncles ministering as priests in the Diocese of Kilmore, Very Rev Patrick Canon McCabe PP VF Laragh, Very Rev Peter Canon O’Reilly PP VF Crosserlough and Very Rev James Canon McCabe PP VF Glangevlin, chairman of Cavan County Committee of Agriculture. Her passing is widely mourned. Predeceased by her parents, brothers, James, Terence (Terry), Peter and Patrick (Packie) and sisters Annie, Kathleen and Mrs Moira McManus, she is survived by her nephews, nieces, cousins and countless friends to whom I extend the condolences of our community. There was a very large attendance at the removal of the remains and funeral which took place following con-celebrated requiem mass in St Felims Church, Ballinagh to the family burial ground and may her gentle soul rest in peace.
In the presence of a Very large gathering of all age groups the annual ceremony of turning on the town’s Christmas lights took place on Sunday evening after which Santa presented gifts to more than four hundred children in the local community centre. The Christmas lights committee wish to thank the business and professional people of the town and district and the general public for their magnificent response to their various fund raising activities and hope that all are pleased with the present overall appearance of the town which is made possible thanks to the extreme generosity of so many subscribers.
Business in the town has increased in recent days and with attractive bargains on offer in all the towns premises it all indicates that this Christmas will see massive numbers of bargain hunters descending on the local stores but good advice is to not leave it too late !
Postal services are extremely busy with large volumes of incoming and outgoing mails and great praise is due to the ever efficient staff at our local post office and also to the hard working outdoor staff for their courtesy and efficiency.