Mr Oliver Dunne
There was widespread regret with the news of the death following a brief illness of Mr Oliver Dunne, Marion Row, Ballinagh. Son of the late Joe and Kate Dunne, Oliver as a young man and like so many of his age group moved to England where he worked in the construction business before returning to his native town where at an early age he would meet the love of his life Miss Bridget O’Reilly who was on the staff of the North Eastern Health Board and based at St Joseph’s Hospital, Lisdaran, Cavan. Following their marriage the young couple set up their home at Marion Row and they raised their family of seven children all of whom, have distinguished themselves in their chosen profession and are a family of whom, their parents could feel justly proud. Oliver was one of natures gentlemen always quiet and most inoffensive, enjoyed entertaining family and friends with a selection of songs and being blessed with a beautiful singing voice saw the popular Oliver always in demand on all social occasions. His passing is widely mourned. He is survived by his wife Bridget (Bee) nee O’Reilly, sons Michael, Joey, Raymond and John Paul, daughters Mary, Kathy and Siobhan, grandchildren, brothers Peter and Thomas, sisters Lily and Bridget, nephews, nieces, brothers in law, Joseph O’Reilly NTTD, cousins and a large family circle to whom I extend the sympathy of our community. There was a very large attendance at the removal of the remains from his late residence to St Felim’s Church, Ballinagh and again at the funeral being a clear indication of the esteem with which the deceased and his family are held throughout the region and took place following con-celebrated mass to the family burial ground. Rev Peter Casey PP and Rev Sean McDermott PP Ballintemple officiated and may ‘Ollies’ gentle soul enjoy eternal rest.
Brian is remembered
Brady’s lounge Ballinagh was crowded to capacity for the Irish night organised by Ballinagh Comhaltas branch in memory of the late Brian Rudden. Brian who at all times was one of natures gentlemen was a most talented musician whose selection of reels jigs and horn pipes held audiences spell bound at venues all over Cavan and adjoining counties, the occasion was in addition a fund raising venture with all proceeds in aid of Cavan branch of the Alzheimers Society. The Rudden family would like to thank the Ballinagh Comhaltas for organising the event and to all who supported it on the night. Also to people unable to attend but who gave donations with a special thank you to Peter Brady Kilnaleck for his kind remarks about Brian, to comhaltas for their presentation to the Rudden family, to Seamus and Vera Brady for hosting the event and to all the musicians and singers who entertained on the night and made it so enjoyable.
Tour de folly
The juvenile committee of Ballinagh Gaelic football club are organising a fundraiser on Easter Saturday, 4th April. Those who wish to take part can do an 80km cycle ride commencing at the community centre at 10am or a 7km walk across Flemings Folly commencing at 11.30am with the proceeds divided between the juvenile sports committee and the schools autistic unit. The organisers are looking for participants, stewards and for a donation for afterwards and for more information call Raymond on 087 2649904 or Paddy on 087 2675276.
Holy Mass and Devine Mercy. Devotions in St Michael’s Church, Potahee on Sunday, 12th April at 3pm. Everyone is welcome.
On Holy Thursday Mass to commemorate the Last Supper and institution of the Blessed Eucharist will be celebrated in St Felim’s Church, Ballinagh at 7pm. On Good Friday the ceremonies of the readings of the Passion the unveiling and adoration of the cross and distribution of Holy Communion commence at 3pm with the Easter vigil on Holy Saturday at 7pm and mass on Sunday morning at 11am.
The monthly healing mass in St Patrick’s Church, Drumcor takes place on Sunday next April 5th at 7pm and everyone is invited to come along.
There is general regret with the announcement that the principle of Scoil Naisiunta Naomh Felim Ballinagh Mr George Cartwright will retire from the position on August 31st. A native of Dromora Crossdoney and a highly respected member of the teaching profession to which he has given thirty seven years service with his first appointment being to St Patrick’s National School Corduff, Blanchardstown, Co Dublin where he spent two years before moving to St Felim’s boys school Cavan where he taught for four years before being appointed principle at Ballinagh school in 1984. Parents and pupils join in wishing George and his family many years of good health and happiness to enjoy a well deserved retirement.
Meeting of Ballinagh gardening club on Monday, 13th April (and please note change of dates in Ballinagh community centre at 8pm. Speakers Billy and Caroline from Loughcrew Garden Centre, Oldcastle with topic being ‘Springtime Gardening’. Items for sale on the night. Refreshments served . All are welcome. Non members 4 euro.
Pilgrimage to Knock
On Devine Mercy Sunday April 12th with bus passing through Ballinagh at 9am and to book your seat call Marie on (046) 9242091).
To the editor and staff and to all readers of this column. Good wishes for a happy Easter.