SYMPATHY: is extended to Mrs Margaret Maguire Urney Ballinagh and to Mr Augustine Crowe Cormeen on the death of their brother Mr Martin Crowe whose funeral which was of extremely large dimensions took place following con-celebrated mass in St Josephs Church Drumkilly to the local cemetery. May his soul rest in peace.
CELEBRATION: All roads lead to Ballinagh for the June Bank Holiday weekend which will include celebrations of the 125th anniversary of the foundation of Ballinagh gaelic football club together with celebrations of the clubs first ever county football championship win which occurred one hundred years ago in 1913. The proceedings commence on Friday evening with a hearty cead mile failte for visitors and guests who shall include Uachtaran of Cumann Luith Chleas Gael Liam O’Neill. Catherlach of Corlagh Uladh Aoghagan Farrell and Catherlach of COISDE Bhreiffni Ui Raghallagh Tom O’Reilly. Following a sit down dinner and dance the following three days will see non stop entertainment which will include a number of football matches with visiting teams from Ireland and overseas . It all promises to be a weekend of entertainment the likes of which has not been seen in Ballinagh until now. More particulars later.
TABLE QUIZ: in Cronins lounge on Saturday 27 April at 9.30pm in aid of the Mellon Township Trust School Building trip to Nairobi Kenya with valuable prizes to be won . 40 euro for table of four. For partiulars call Seamus Brady on 086 2203880.
GAELS: Hundreds of fans from the town and district travelled to Tullamore on Saturday for the meeting of Ulster Champions Cavan and Munster champions Cork in the All Ireland under 21 football championship semi final while some concede that over the hour Cork appeared slightly the better side local gaels were proud of Cavan’s great fight back in the second half and all believe that with a slice of luck Cavan could have emerged victorious and thus qualify for the All Ireland final against Connacht champions Galway. What makes Saturdays result all the more painful is the fact that shrewd judges of the game predict that Cork will now go all the way and win All Ireland honours.
CONFIRMATION: Right Revd Monsignor Michael Cooke PP Vicar general of the Diocese of Kimore administered the sacrament of confirmation to fifty children from the parishes of Kilmore and Ballintemple at a ceremony in St Felims Church Ballinagh on Sunday which saw the church crowded to capacity with parents family members and friends of the 31 children from Ballinagh 13 from Lacken and 6 from Bruskey schools. For monsignor Cooke who received a warm and friendly welcome from all present it was a case of returning to familiar territory, he ministered in Ballinagh from 1971 to 1986 and enjoyed wide popularity.
CROACH PATRICK TO BALLINAGH: Climb and cycle challenge registration information evening for cyclists and climbers in Cronins Bar Ballinagh on Sunday April 28th between 5pm and 7pm and all interested are invited to attend.
NOVENA: in honour of our Lady of Perpetual Help continues at Holy Trinity Abbey Kilnacrott each Tuesday evening commencing with Rosary at 7.30pm followed by mass at 8pm. Everyone welcome.
PILGRIMAGE: to Medjugorje on June 1st with spiritual director Father Dan Sheridan and on September 28th with spiritual director Fr Paul Casey. Pilgrimage to Holy Land September 14th to 21st with Fr Sheridan as spiritual director. For particulars call Anna Brady on 049 4336291 or 087 2549960.
MR JOHN MCINERNEY: There was widespread regret throughout his native district with the news of the death at his home in Bishopherpe Yorkshire following a short illness of Mr John McInerney formerly of Shannow Wood Ballinagh. Son of the late Harry and Bridget McInerney deceased was a member of one of the districts best known and most respected families with John himself being held in very high esteem by all people in his native area. Of a quiet nature he was at all times a gentleman of the highest calibre . Friendly and like all his family always most inoffensive. A frequent visitor to his home at Shannow Wood his visits were eagerly looked forward to as his courtesy good humour and kindness endeared him to all our people. His passing is widely mourned. Predeceased by his parents Harry and Bridget and by his brothers Patrick (Paddy) Francie and Phil McNinerney. He is survived by his wife Sophia son Brian, daughter Teresa grandchildren brothers Harry Drumcrow Ballinagh and Andy Shannon wood, sister Mrs Kathleen Hutson and Mrs Margaret Rose both in London, sisters in law Mary and Ena, nephews nieces and a large family circle to whom I extend the sympathy of our community. May his gentle soul rest in peace.
VINTAGE CLUB: Meeting of Ballinagh and district vintage club in Cronins on Friday April 26th at 9pm.
LOUGH DERG: Draw results on Aintree Grand national 1st prize 500 euro A & M Hughes Monaghan; 2nd 200 euro Kathleen Murphy Castleblayney ; 3rd Ethan Murphy Cavan ( who won 100 euro) ; 4th 100 euro Barry Elliot Cavan 5th 50 euro Nathan McArdle Castleblaney; 6th 50 euro Seamus Mallon ‘blayney. The total sum raised was 8200 euro and the organisers Mr Danny O’Reilly wishes to thank all who supported the draw by selling or buying tickets.