Mr John Donohoe

Mr John Donohoe

There was widespread regret with the news of the death which occurred in Florida USA of Mr John Donohoe, late of Bridge St, Cavan Town and Urney, Ballinagh. To his wife Helga, son John, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces and relatives, I extend the sympathy of our community. The funeral takes place this Friday, April 25th following 11am mass in the Cathedral of SS Patrick and Femim, Cavan with burial in St Aidan’s cemetery, Buttlersbridge. May his soul rest in peace.

Mrs Mary Anne Smith

There was widespread sorrow throughout the town and district as news spread of the death following a brief illness of Mrs Mary Anne Smith, Dublin Road, Ballinagh. A member of the highly respected Collins family from nearby Coolnacarrick, Mary Anne as a young girl met the man in her life, Patrick Joseph Smith and following their marriage set up their home where the couple raised their family of which they could feel justly proud as all distinguished themselves in the careers of their choice. Mary Anne was one of nature’s kindest people being of a very friendly disposition. Blessed with a deep religious faith, she was charitable in word and deed and always generous to the people in need. A kind and at all times a good and helpful neighbour, her passing is widely mourned. A great lover of sport, she enjoyed gaelic games and both radio and TV and was a loyal supporter of the Ballinagh club with whom her late husband won two Cavan championship medals, while her grandson, Conor Dourneen is now a leading referee in Gaelic football. The death of her husband, Patrick Joseph was for Mary Anne and her family a painful experience, while the very recent death of her son, Thomas at an early age was for his mother and the family members an occasion of extreme sadness. There was a very large attendance at the removal of the remains from her home to St Felim’s Church, Ballinagh, while the funeral which again was of extremely large dimensions and bore ample testimony of the esteem with which the deceased and her family are held within the region took place following requiem mass to the family burial ground in the nearby cemetery. Very Rev Peter Casey PP officiated. Predeceased by her husband Patrick Joseph, son Thomas, sister Mrs Julia Gaffney and grand daughter Susan, she is survived by her sons Seamus and Andrew, daughters Mrs Marion Smith, Mrs Margaret Corr and Mrs Francis Doureen, sisters, Sister Rose Order of St Augustine, Sussex, England and Mrs Bridget Murray in the USA, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces sons in law James and Brendan, daughters in law Anne and Cait and a large family circle to whom I extend the sympathy of our community and may her gentle soul rest in peace.

Mr Eugene Galligan

There was widespread sorrow with the news of the death following a few days illness of Mr Eugene Galligan, Drumakinor, Carrigan. A quite and most inoffensive man, Eugene was a gentleman of the highest calibre, an extensive dairy farmer, his work on the family farm was of a high standard and over the years he built up a herd of top class dairy cows. He was a deeply religious man and for relaxation enjoyed Gaelic football. The death of his wife, Alice all of twenty years ago was for Eugene a cruel blow. To his son Seamus, daughter Mary, grandchildren, sister Mrs Julia Smith, Ballinagh, nephews, nieces, daughter in law, son in law and a large family circle, I extend the sympathy of our community. There was a very large attendance at the removal of the remains to St Joseph’s Church, Drumkilly and the funeral which was of extremely large dimensions took place following requiem mass with burial in the family burial ground in the local cemetery, Very Rev Patrick Brady, Drumkilly officiated. May his soul rest in peace.

Easter in churches

Large congregations attended the Church of Ireland Easter Services in St Patrick’s Church, Ballintenple and in Kilmore Cathedral while in St Patrick’s Church, Drumcor and in St Felim’s Church, Ballinagh, Mass on Holy Thursday to commemorate the last supper and institution of the blessed Eucharist saw large congregations as did the Good Friday ceremonies of the reading of the Passion, unveiling and adoration of the cross and distribution of holy communion with the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday also largely attended.

Vintage club

Important meeting of Ballinagh and District Vintage club takes place in Cronin’s Lounge on Friday, 25th April at 9pm. All members please attend.

Tractor run

In aid of Drumavaddy Community Centre Restoration Fund takes place from the Community Centre on Sunday, May 4th at 1pm with driver only on tractor. No passengers please, do please support.

Blood donors

A unit from the blood transfusion service will visit St Brigid’s Community Centre, Loch Gowna on Monday, 28th and Tuesday, 29th April between 5pm and 8.30pm each day. As the demand for blood in our hospitals never ceases people are asked to kindly donate.