There was widespread sorrow throughout her native district with the news of the death of Mrs. Bridget O’Reilly, The Rocks, Crossdoney. A member of the highly respected Smith family of Urney and Gates, Garrymore, Ballinagh.

Bridget was throughout life a kind, pleasant and helpful lady, she was charitable in word and deed and a good and helpful neighbour to any person in need, Bridget had been in failing health for some time and had been a patient at Oak View Nursing Home, where again her quiet and pleasing manner endeared her to staff and fellow patients, her passing is widely mourned. There was a very large attendance at the removal of the remains to St. Felim’s Church, Ballinagh and again at the funeral which took place following mass to the family burial ground. Bridget is dearly missed by her sons, Danny and Dessie, sisters, nephews, nieces and relatives to whom I extend the sympathy of our community. May her gentle soul rest in peace.

Gospel Service in Ballinagh church on Sunday 9th February at 8pm Mr. David White is preaching and everyone is very welcome.

Friday last January 31st

Traditionally the last day of Winter – saw torrential rain for throughout the district which caused several roads frosting which made travelling conditions for motorists and all road users extremely hazardous as well as being dangerous. Lands also heavily flooded and in some cases farmers were faced with the problem of having their entire holding submerged in water. Fortunately, unlike bye gone days, livestock owners now have new animal houses during the season of Winter as otherwise the loss of livestock through drowning on many farms over recent weeks would be extremely serious.

Ulster Champion

Congratulations to James Cartwright on winning the Ulster final in recitation at the Ulster Scor na n-Og competitions held at Silver Bridge, Co. Armagh with his rendition of ‘At the States Expense ‘ and James will now represent the province of Ulster in the All-Ireland, tickets can be had by calling Cavan senior secretary, Geraldine Duggan on 086-8551477 as soon as possible and may we wish James good luck and every success in his bid for All Ireland honours.

Community Enterprise Association

Ballinagh Community Enterprise Association are raffling two tickets for the Garth Brooks concert on Sunday, 27th July. Tickets are 2 euro each and are selling locally in Ballinagh with profit in aid of Fleming’s Folly restoration fund.

Charity success

The recent sale of cakes and firewood together with raffles, tombola and guess the name of the doll and weight of the cake held in the Ballinagh Community Centre was an outstanding success and raised over two thousand euro. The funds will go towards sponsoring a Bangladesh occupational checkpoint to work for a year in the mental health hospital in Dhaka where there are very limited resources and great praise is due to the staff and to those who baked and sold on the night and to the hundreds of people who supported the fundraiser.


There was widespread regret throughout the town as news spread of the death following a brief illness of Mrs Rose Cowie. A kind and helpful neighbour, she was a hard working and industrious lady who experienced her share of hardship and trouble with the sudden and totally unexpected death of her husband John at a very early age. This sad event left Rose faced with the difficult task of raising her family of seven children, all of whom were at a very early age, but through hard work, patience and good management she overcome all difficulties and problems, her passing is deeply regretted. Pre-deceased by her husband, she is survived by her sons John, Gerry, James and Terry and daughters Marion, Kathleen and Geraldine, son-in-laws, grandchildren and relatives to whom I extend the sympathy of our community. Many people attended the removal of the remains from the McMahon funeral home to St. Felim’s church, Ballinagh and again at the funeral which took place following concelebrated mass to the family burial ground. May her soul rest in peace.