St Brigid Crosses
Will be on sale following all masses in the parish this weekend with all proceeds going towards the saving of eye sight and do please support this most deserving cause.
With the local authority elections just four months away there is quite an amount of interest locally at this early stage. For close on a century the Cavan electoral area catered for votes in Ballinagh and surrounding areas but the recent decision to reduce the number of councillors who will be elected to Cavan county council on this occasion from twenty five to eighteen areas and sees Ballinagh now part of the Ballyjamesduff electoral area where six seats are to be filled. This weekend will see some of the major political parties select their panel of candidates and present indications are that a well-known and popular local resident who for some years has been active in assisting voluntary organisations is planning to join the race as an independent candidate. Indications are that the campaign and the results will be interesting and may we wish all the candidates good luck in what promises to be an interesting and hopefully clean campaign.
Congratulations to Matthew McGauran, son of Phil and Anne McGauran, Drumlion, Ballinagh on being chosen to represent Ulster in the swimming competition in the Ireland games organised by special Olympics and which are to be held in Limerick in June 2014. Aged 13 years Matthew together with his parents travelled to Stormont Castle, Belfast on Monday for the special launch ceremony which was featured on television. A sixth class student in St Felims school in Ballinagh, Matthew was outstanding in the area games but winning the gold medal in the regional games was the highlight so far. He trains at the Cavan swimming pool at the sports and leisure complex as well as at the pool in the Cavan Crystal Hotel. Matthew is looking forward to being the face of Cavan at the games in Limerick and hopefully win his second gold medal and is also looking forward to competing at the world special Olympics in Los Angeles in 2015. On behalf of our community, may I wish this extremely sociable and good-natured young boy continued success.
Meeting of Ballinagh and district vintage club in Cronins Lounge on this Friday January 31st at 9pm. All members please attend.
Meeting of Ballinagh gardening club will be held in the Community Centre on Monday, 3rd February at 8pm. Special speaker Brendan Farrell from Ardagh Village Landscape. Plants will be for sale on night. All welcome. Refreshments served. Non members 4 euro.
The 8th annual Bishop McKiernan Memorial lecture entitled “Holy larceny sacred relics and their thefts” by professor Salvador Ryan of St Patricks college Maynooth, will be held in the Johnston central library Farnham street Cavan on Thursday 6th February at 7.30pm and everyone is welcome.
Ballinagh Branch of Comhaltas Ceolteoiri Eireann have completed a list of tutors who will teach (in the tutors homes one-to-one) the following instruments accordion, banjo, bodhran, fiddle, concertina, flute, guitar, mandolin, pipes and tin whistle with singing lessons also available. Lessons shall commence in Comhra Gaelige (conversation in Irish) in early February and if you would like details on any of the above please call Eileen on 087 9221522.
Sympathy is extended to Mr Val Smith, Cashel, Ballinagh on the death of his sister, Mrs Mary McDonald, Gortnakesh, Cavan. Daughter of the late Pat and Margaret Smith, Cashel , Mary was a quiet friendly and most inoffensive lady and to her relatives I extend the sympathy of our community. May her soul rest in peace.
Mr Gerard (Gerry) Nulty
There was widespread regret throughout his native Ballinagh and throughout the district with the news of the death in Coventry, England, following a brief illness of Mr Gerry Nulty, formerly of Crossdoney Road, Ballinagh. Son of the late John and Mai Nulty, Gerry was one of natures gentlemen. He was of a quiet nature, always friendly and good humoured with a good sense of humour. He served with distinction with the Irish Air Corp at Baldonnell before taking up residence in England. Predeceased by his parents and by his brother, Tony and sisters Maura, Imelda and Paula, he is survived by his wife Margo, (nee Briody), daughters Louise and Sinead and grandson Ciaran, brothers, Sean (Kells Co Meath), Padraig (Carrick on Shannon) Ciaran (Australia), Phelim (England) and sister Rita in Liverpool, to whom with all relatives I extend the sympathy of our community. The remains were laid to rest in Coventry. Holy Mass for the repose of Gerry’s soul will be offered in St Felim’s Church, Ballinagh on this Friday at 7pm and may his gentle soul rest in peace.