Sixty six years ago today on Wednesday, 18th February 1948 political history was made in Ireland when for the first time since the foundation of the Irish free state an inter-party government took office at Dail Eireann. The Fianna Fail party led by Eamon de Valera had been elected to power in 1932 and having successfully contested the general elections of 1933, 1938, 1943 and 1944 had now completed sixteen years in power but shrewd political commentators predicted that the general election to be held on Wednesday 4th February 1948 would see a change in power. The emergence of the recently founded Clann na Poblachta party which was reported to be gaining massive support in many constituencies could it was believed cause a major upset. When the election results from all counting centres were announced the outgoing government had failed to obtain an overall majority and when the 13th Dail met for the first time at Leinster House sixty six years ago this week a new inter-party government comprised of five political parties plus one independent deputy took office. The office of Taoiseach went to Fine Gael Deputy John A Costelloe with the Labour party leader William Norton- a deputy for Carlow Kildare – named as Tanaiste and minister for social welfare while the leader of Clann na Poblachta Sean McBride was assigned to the office of minister for external affairs (now foreign affairs) while the Clann na Taluain leader Joseph Blowick was named Minister for lands and the leader of national Labour James Everett taking over as Minister for posts and telegraphs, while the office of minister for agriculture went to independent Dail Deputy for Monaghan James M Dillon. Incidentally county Cavan was then on its own and was a four seater constituency. For the record the four deputies elected to represent Cavan in the 13th Dail were Patrick Smith and Michael Sheridan (both Fianna Fail) Sean Tully (Clann na Poblachta) and Patrick O’Reilly (Castlepoles) representing Cavan Farmers party.
Mrs Bridget O’Reilly
In our report some weeks ago on the death of Bridget O’Reilly, The Rocks, Crossdoney, the name of her son, Patsy was inadvertently omitted from the list of family members and we regret the error. May her soul rest in peace.
The annual general meeting of Ballinagh and District Vintage Club takes place on Friday, 21st February at 9pm in Cronins. All members please attend and new members very welcome.
Committee members of Ballinagh GAA will be collecting membership in the area within the next couple of weeks. Adults 40 euro, family of three 100 euro.
The Breffni South Cavan local office are offering a number of accredited and non accredited courses for the Spring term starting in the next few weeks. Courses cover a wide range of topics are are targeted at adults, young people and community and youth groups. Courses are free subject to certain criteria and for a brochure please call (049) 4336070.
Holy Land Pilgrimage
Pilgrimage for seven days beginning on 27th October led by Sister Consillio, Father G McCormack and Rev D Gavin. Cost 1190 euro and for more information call (042) 9667314.
Mr Michael Lynch
The death occurred at Mullingar Hospital of Mr Michael Lynch, Cloncovid who was well known and highly respected throughout the Ballinagh and surrounding districts. A master craftsman, his work as a carpenter of the highest standard was widely known and to this day can be observed in many homes, but when his days work with the hammer and saw came to an end with the arrival of darkness, Michael would take to the dance hall where he was again in top form with the famed Bruskey Dance Band with whom he performed on his favourite musical instrument the saxophone, with his solo performances eagerly looked forward to and often times the highlight of the evening. His passing is widely mourned. Predeceased by his wife Peggy, he is survived by his son, Paul, daughter Patricia, grandchildren and relatives to whom I extend the sympathy of our community. The funeral which was large and representative and clear indication of the esteem with which the deceased and his family are held throughout a very wide area took place following requiem mass in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran to the family burial ground. May his soul rest in peace.