Ballinagh notes



Corr: Eddie Brady


The annual St Pio pilgrimage to Knock shrine takes place on Sunday September 20th. Bus will leave from Cavan bus office at 8.30am and to book your seat call Charlie Coyle on (049) 4362257. Booking is essential.

Welcome for new Dean

Kilmore Cathedral was filled to capacity on Friday night for the ceremony which saw Rev Nigel Crossey installed as Dean of Kilmore and Rector of Ballintemple parish. On behalf of the community, may I extend a friendly welcome to Dean Crossey and express the hope that his stay in our midst will be one of peace and happiness.

Women’s group

Ballinagh Womens Group have adopted aerobics class starting in Ballinagh Community Centre on September 21st for six weeks hours 7pm to 8pm cost 25 euro per person. Registration essential on 087 2623956. Crochet class starting Sept 21st for six weeks from 8pm to 10pm in Ballinagh Community Centre. New members always welcome. Contact Welma on 087 2458490.

Bruskey ICA

New season has begun and meetings will be held in Bruskey National School on the first Wednesday of each month at 8.30pm with new members always welcome.

Feast of hurling

On Sunday next, Sept 13th in Our Lady of Lourdes Park, Mullahoran the local hurling club will celebrate their 25th anniversary with a day of fun and meeting former team mates. The main event will be a hurling game which will see the legends play the current team so do bring along your hurley and helmet. This is a family friends event with various entertainment and refreshments and to which everyone is welcome. Proceedings commence at 3pm and do come along.

Mrs Mary Gaffney

There was widespread sorrow with the news of the death at Cavan General Hospital following a brief illness of Mrs Mary Gaffney, Corneen. Deceased was one of the districts most beloved and highly respected residents whose friendship, kindness and good humour endeared her to all relatives, neighbours and countless friends. Predeceased by her husband, James and sister, Margaret she is survived by her sons Seamus, Hubert and by daughters Noreen, Carmel and Annette, grandchildren, great grandchildren and a large family circle to whom I extend the sympathy of our community. The funeral which was of very large dimensions and an indication of the esteem with which the deceased and her family are held through the district took place following con-celebrated mass in St Patrick’s Church, Kilnaleck to Drumkilly new cemetery. Rev Michael Quinn PP and Right Rev Monsignor Patrick J McManus officiated and may her gentle soul rest in peace.


Seventy years ago this week, (Monday 10th Sept 1945) the town of Ballinagh and Crossdoney were caught up in a welter of excitement as on that morning the entire panel of the Cavan senior county football team arrived to nearby Bingfield House to commence two weeks of collective training in preparation for the all Ireland senior final in which they would play Munster champions Cork at Croke Park on September 28th. In July Cavan had overcome Fermanagh in the Ulster final to give the Breffni men their seventh consecutive Ulster championship and their 14th in 15 years (Monaghan emerged as Ulster champions in 1938). In the All Ireland semi final played on August 19th, Cavan overcame newly crowned Leinster champions, Wexford with a two point margin (1-4 to 0-5). Lady luck deserted Cavan as during training an unfortunate accident to their centre half forward Mick Higgins – then regarded as the best playing the game – prevented him taking his place in the final But luck was not on the Ulster mens side as nearing half time Simon Duignan broke through the Cork defence to score a brilliant goal which the umpires (Sean Robins, Offaly and Henry Kenny, Mayo) flagged and the score was recorded on the scoreboard.

But to the heartbreak of Cavan supporters the referee John (Tull) Dunne, Galway disallowed the score stating that he had blown the half time whistle before the score. Nearing the end Cavan were one point in arrears 1-5 to 0-7 but their forwards kept trying for a goal and the levelling point there for taking.

Cavan defenders became frustrated and moved up field in an effort to score the equaliser but in a Cork break away the ball came to their unmarked left corner forward Derry Becket who crashed the leather past Brendan Kelly in the Cavan goal to leave Cork winners by 2-5 to 0-7 which was score for score and from a Cavan viewpoint was almost as honourable as a win taking all the circumstances into consideration.