St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day

The feast of our national apostle was celebrated with the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade which was the most successful to date. Hundreds of people lined the streets of the town for the event which was favoured by fine weather. On the tastefully decorated reviewing stand on the town’s market square, courtesy of the management of B & F Stores were seated members of church and state, Dean Raymond Ferguson, Dean of Kilmore and Rector of Ballintemple; Very Revd Peter Casey, PP; Norman O’Lowry, Councillor Winston Bennett MCC and Philip McGauren PC. Mr Padraig Brady the very competent master of ceremonies whose commentary on the proceedings received favourable comment being much appreciated, while local and visiting artists entertained the large gathering with singing and traditional Irish music, while talented youthful dancers received loud applause for their performance of reels and jigs. Led by the Killyfargey pipe band from Scotshouse, Co Monaghan, who were joining Ballinagh parade for the first time and the Mullaboy Accordion Band and with in excess of twenty floats and organisations taking part with all receiving loud applause as they marched past at the conclusion of which all present were invited to the Town’s Community Centre, where the very hard working ladies committee provided much appreciated tea, sandwiches and pastries. Words are inadequate to thank the hard working committee who organised the parade and the people of the town and district whose financial support made the event possible.

Mrs Margaret Hannigan

There was general regret with the news of the death of Mrs Margaret Hannigan, Cathedral Close, Cavan and a native of Gortahurk, Ballinagh, daughter of the late John and Bridget Brogan. Margaret having completed her primary and secondary education, choose the nursing profession for her future career, having obtained her SRN degree with honours, she took up a post on the nursing staff at the surgical hospital, Cavan where she would win the confidence and esteem of work colleagues, patients and their families and the general public by her courtesy kindness and nursing skills. Later she would meet the man in her life, Benny Hannigan from Castletara and the happy couple were married in 1956. Following their marriage the young couple founded their new taxi service together with their funeral undertaking business, both of which would quickly develop into major business enterprises with their headquarters located at Ashe Street, Cavan. The untimely and very unexpected death at an early age of her husband in 1985 was a sad and severe blow for Margaret, but she continued to manage both enterprises until her retirement. Predeceased by her husband and parents, brother, Patrick Brogan and sister Mary Harten, she is survived by her nephew, nieces, sister in law, cousins relatives and many friends to whom I convey the sympathy of our community. The funeral took place on Saturday following requiem mass in the Cathedral of SS Patrick and Felim, Cavan to the family burial ground. Rev Michael Reutor officiated and may her soul rest in peace.

Vintage club

Meeting of Ballinagh and District Vintage Club will be held in Cronins Lounge on Friday, March 28th at 9pm. All members please attend and new members will be most welcome.

Mr Brian Rudden

There was widespread sorrow throughout the town and surrounding parishes as news spread of the death, following a prolonged illness of Mr Brian Rudden, Dublin Road, Ballinagh. A native of the Milltown, Belturbet area, Brian at an early age joined the staff of Cavan county council where he was held in the highest esteem by colleagues and the county council and where he remained on staff throughout his entire working career. Brian’s great love of traditional Irish dance music was known to his countless friends throughout Cavan and the adjoining counties and as a talented player on the violin he held audiences spell bound with his selections of reels, jigs, marches and horn pipes at packed gatherings at countless venues all over the north east region. Together with his brother and Mr PJ Sheridan, a group named the ‘Blossoms’ was formed and this trio became extremely popular drawing packed audiences at venues all over Cavan and adjoining areas. The passing of Brian saw the second member of the famed ‘Blossom’ group pass to their reward in recent weeks. An extremely popular and highly respected resident, Brian was one of natures gentlemen. He was of a very friendly and extremely quiet nature. At an early age he met the love of his life Margaret, (nee O’Neill) and following their marriage, the young couple came to reside at Dublin Road, Ballinagh, where they were extremely popular and highly respected. During Brian’s illness he was visited daily by his loving wife, Margaret and family members at hospital in Clogher, Co Tyrone. His passing is widely mourned. He is survived by his wife Margaret, sons Miceal, Malachy, Gary and Karl, daughters Una, Caroline, Colette and Michelle, grandchildren, sons in law, daughters in law, brothers, sister, nephews, nieces and a large family circle to whom I extend the sympathy of our community. St Felim’s Church, Ballinagh was crowded to capacity for the removal of the remains on Sunday evening with the funeral on Monday, which again was of extremely large dimensions and a fitting indication of the esteem with which the deceased and his family are held throughout the region taking place following concelebrated mass to the new cemetery, Rev Peter Casey PP and Rev Jason Murphy CC Killougher officiated. May his soul rest in peace.

Award winning play

Named ‘Dig’ this award winning play by Seamus O’Rourke continues to draw packed audiences and local UCD student Shauna Robinson is volunteering overseas in aid of the developing project in Tanzania and invites you to the award winning play in the Corn Mill Theatre, Carrigallen on Friday, 4th April at 8.30pm and tickets are on sale in Centra, Ballinagh, Multisound Cavan and Easons Cavan. Shauna wishes to thank everyone who so generously contributed to her recent street collection. Your support was greatly appreciated.

Community Alert

Text alert signs have been erected in the area, Ballinagh Community Alert ask you to report any crime or suspicious people or activities to Cavan Garda Station on (049) 4331300 and please familiarise yourself with the number and help make our community a safer place and anyone wishing to receive a monitored alarm and pendant from the senior alert scheme should be aged 65 years or over, living alone or with another elderly person. This equipment is grant aided but there is an annual cost of 65 euro to the recipient, if interested please contact Majella Robinson on 087 6481012.