Greetings to the editor and staff of this newspaper and to weekly readers of these columns may I extend seasonal greetings and best wishes for a holy happy and peaceful Christmas.

Doctor of Philosophy

The people of her native Ballinagh and surrounding district extend congratulations and sincere good wishes to sister Mary Bonoventure Higgins who this month had conferred on her the degree of doctor of Philosophy at a conferring ceremony in All Hallows College Dublin. Daughter of the late Michael and Margaret Higgins, Dublin Road, Sister Mary Bonoventure attended Ballinagh girls national school where her teachers Mrs McDwyer and Mrs Kelly both of whom were quickly to realise the enormous talents of their young pupil. She continued her primary education at Baggot Street, Dublin before commencing her secondary education at Golden Bridge, Inchicore, Dublin where again she had a brilliant career obtaining the highest honours obtainable in both her intermediate and Leaving certificate examinations. It was at this time that she received from the Lord the invitation to join the religious life. She chose the Mercy Order and entered Carysford Convent, Blackrock, Co Dublin where her natural talents would soon be obvious to both her superiors and all present. Following her profession as a Mercy sister, Sister Bonoventure departed from Ireland and moving to San Francisco USA continued her studies obtaining the BA and MA degrees with the unique distinction of obtaining first place in her final examinations for both degrees. Returning to her native land she took up a teaching post at Beaumount college, Dublin in 1977 and continued on the college staff until 1983 in which year she was promoted to the office of the college principle, an office which she filled with distinction until her retirement in 2007. She then returned to studies and on December 6th this year had the degree of doctor of Philosophy conferred and she will specialise in Canon Law. Her family, old neighbours and countless friends in extending congratulations wish her God’s blessing and continued success.

Victorious captain

The people of Ballinagh and district extend sincere congratulations to the very popular Cian Murtagh MPSI proprietor of Murtagh pharmacy , Main St on having the honour and distinction of being captain of the victorious Cavan football team who last week won the coveted All Ireland masters football Shield honours with a two point winning margin over a talented Mayo side. As team captain Cian led by example playing the ‘proverbial blinder’ on final day. A gentleman on or off the field of play, Cian has had a distinguished playing career, giving sterling service to his home club Kingscourt with whom he won several championship medals, in addition to turning in many top performances with Cavan county teams.

Mr Philip Smith

There was widespread sadness throughout his native district of Lisenanagh as news spread of the death at Cavan General Hospital following a prolonged illness of Mr Philip Smith, Longfield, Stradone, known as ‘Big Phil’. Big in stature and with a big and gentle personality, warm and friendly, Phil was one of natures gentlemen and the very large attendance at his funeral which took place following con-celebrated mass in St Bridgets church Laragh to the local cemetery bore ample testimony of the esteem with which the deceased and his family are held throughout the county. To his wife Bernie and family of four brothers, sisters, nephews nieces uncle Eugene Galligan, aunt Julia Smith and a large family circle I extend the sympathy of our community. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

Miss Kathleen Moore

There was widespread sorrow with the news of the death of Kathleen Moore, formerly of Corduff, Ballinagh. A highly respected lady with a great sense of humour she was deservedly popular. A lady of many talents she was a talented camogie player who gave sterling service to Ballinagh club with whom she won three Cavan senior county championships medals in the 1950s in a period that was without doubt the clubs golden years. Her field displays attracted wide attention and Kathleen became an automatic choice with Cavan county teams with whom she won Ulster Championship medals. As an amateur actress, Kathleen was a valued member of the famed Ballintemple Dramatic Society. Then one of leading troupes in Cavan and adjoining counties and this very talented actress played the key role in many notable productions with one of her super performances earning her the coveted silver medal which she deservedly won as best actress at Cavan Drama festival. Off the stage and camogie field, Kathleen would be ‘behind the bar’ in the Ballinagh licensed premises of Philip and Eileen Masterson, where she was deservedly popular. There was a very large attendance at the removal of the remains to St Michael’s Church, Potahee and again at the funeral which took place following requiem Mass to the family burial ground. May her soul rest in peace. To her sister in law, nephews, nieces and relatives, deepest sympathy.


The community centre was crowded to capacity on Friday night for a most enjoyable concert with proceeds in aid of the Flemings Folly Restoration Fund.

Celebration of the Cups

For sporting enthusiasts the year 2013 – now drawing to a close – will long be remembered throughout Cavan in general and in the Ballinagh – Lacken area in particular where in the never to be forgotten year, the footballers and camogie players of the district by their numerous achievements on the sporting field brought honour and glory to their native district. The victory of the Cavan ladies in winning the All Ireland football championship in which they overcame a talented Tipperary side in the final played on the green sward of Croke Park was a notable achievement while Ballinagh footballers created their own piece of history when for the first time ever the club (also celebrating the 125th anniversary of its foundation) won the Cavan senior county football championship defeating a very talented Cavan Gaels fifteen in a thrilling final played at Kingspan Breffni Park while in neighbouring Lacken the club’s Lady footballers recorded the coveted double by winning both the county championship and league titles while to complete a memorable season in sport the Lacken Camogie Club emerged winners. In what promises to be a unique and historical celebration all the Cups won by Cavan lady footballers, Ballinagh senior team and Lacken camogie and lady footballers will be on display in Moores Supermarket, Main St, Ballinagh on this Friday, Saturday, December 21st, where everyone is welcome and light refreshments on offer. So do come along and join in celebrations to mark a historical and memorable year in sport.