Local elections due to be held in May are so far providing little discussion among our community. For several decades, voters in Ballinagh town and in local townlands were included in the ‘Cavan Electoral Area’ but on this occasion, following the redrawing of the county’s electoral boundaries, Ballinagh will now become part of the Ballyjamesduff area, where six seats are to be filled. To date, what can be described as two ‘local’ candidates have signified their intention to have their names on the ballot paper on May 25th while an interesting statistic is the fact that seventy two years ago in the local authority elections of 1942 two candidates, both residents of Ballinagh – Charles C Fitzpatrick (Fianna Fail) and Thomas Cowan (Labour) were both elected to Cavan County Council.
The fine spell of weather last week was fully availed of by the farming community to spread slurry and apply fertilisers to their lands.
Mr Sean Keogh
There was widespread sorrow throughout the district as news spread of the death which occurred at the Mater hospital Dublin following a short illness of Mr Sean Keogh, Urble, Carrigan. A highly respected resident, his death at a comparatively early age is widely mourned. A hard working and industrious member of the farming community where he ran a very successful pig farming enterprise. A great lover of traditional Irish music and played the accordion, he was a kind and helpful neighbour who was always available to assist people in need of assistance. To his wife Nuala, relatives and countless friends and neighbours, I extend the sympathy of our community. There was a very large attendance at the removal of the remains from Brady’s Funeral home, Kilnaleck to St Marys Church, Bruskey, while the funeral which was of very large dimensions took place following requiem mass to the family burial ground in Mullaghaboy cemetery. May his soul rest in peace.
Mr Seamus Fitzpatrick
There was widespread regret with the news of the death of Mr Seamus Fitzpatrick, formerly of Corduff, Ballinagh, which occurred in London. A member of a most respected family, deceased was a very successful businessman and to his family, sisters, nephews, nieces and a large family circle, I extend the sympathy of our community. May his soul rest in peace.
In a most entertaining game played on the Ballinagh sod, the home side had neighbours Lacken as visitors and in a sporting game in the Cavan senior football league the sides finished level.
Age and opportunity
Day tour to Croke Park on April 24th, leaving Crosskeys at 9am, the trip will provide an opportunity to visit the stadium, museum and skyline tour and promises to be a very memorable trip with money (45 euro) and booking with Margaret on (049) 8544582 or Evelyn on 4332706 or Mary on (049) 4332706 and please note that booking will be required before March 30th.
The annual Kilmore Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from May 27th to June 1st and booking with the pilgrimage group with McGinnity Travel, Cavan and with the assisted Pilgrimage section booking with Rev Kevin Fay, Pilgrimage Director, Parochial House, Upper Lavey and early booking is essential.
Volunteers wanted to sell daffodils on Friday 25th and if you are available to help please call Teresa on (086) 8169933 or (049) 4362913.