Mr Brian O’Reilly

Mr Brian O’Reilly

There was widespread sadness throughout the town and district with the news of the death at his home Drumheel, Ballinagh at a comparatively early age but following a long illness of Mr Brian O’Reilly. Son of the late Peter and Mary O’Reilly, Brian was a good humoured friendly neighbour and friend. He had a great love for gaelic football in general but Ballinagh in particular. As a player he gave sterling service to the Ballinagh team on the field of play and when his playing career ended he remained an active club member and their most loyal supporter. Last month when Ballinagh won for the club their first ever senior county football championship the thoughts of both players and officials were very much with Brian and on the teams triumphant journey home complete with the coveted Plunkett Cup their first stop was at the O’Reilly family home and where in his sick bed Brian had his life’s ambition realised as he held and admired this long sought after trophy. Brian O’Reilly was widely known and highly respected far beyond the boundary of his native county Cavan and in recent weeks the many distinguished visitors to his home included Eoin ‘The Bomber’ Liston famed Kerry All Ireland and all-star footballer. Brian’s illness which saw both of his legs amputated was a cruel blow and it is a significant tribute to his family that despite the enormous undertaking involved they put their shoulder to the wheel and cared for their father and brother in the comforts of his own home until the Lord’s calling , while to add further grief during the illness of Brian his loving wife Mary fell seriously ill but thank God continues to improve and on Thursday was chief mourner at the funeral of her husband in Saint Felims Church. Like his father Brian was involved in the haulage business and with his lorry would be observed conveying sand, gravel and ready mix to locations throughout Cavan and the adjoining counties. His passing is widely mourned. The removal of the remains took place from his home to St Felim’s Church Ballinagh where they were received by Rev Sean McDermott PP Ballintemple and Rev Frank Grey PP Ballymachugh in the presence of an extremely large congregation and following con-celebrated requiem mass the funeral took place to the new cemetery. Predeceased by his parents and brother Alfi he is survived by his loving wife Mary, sons Benny, Stephen, Sean, Pauric and Dominick, daughter Mary, grandchildren, brothers Peter Robert (Bob) John Joe, Willie and George , sisters Mary, Nellie , Kathleen and Gene, nephews, nieces and a large family circle to whom I extend the deepest sympathy pf pour community. May his soul rest in peace.

Christmas lights

The committee wish to thank all who supported their fundraising show – the Full Monte, in the Millenium Bar on Saturday night and are loud in their praise of the cast on their excellent performance while on this Sunday Dec 1st an Irish night will be held in Brady’s and do please support.

Hilarious show

The Acorn Players present the hilarious comedy ‘the Two Loves of Gabriel Foley’ in Drumavaddy Community Centre on Saturday November 30th at 8.30pm.

Croagh Patrick

The Croagh Patrick to Ballinagh climb and cycle challenge 2013 will hold their presentation of monies in Cronins Bar, Ballinagh, on Saturday November 30th at 10pm with music by Guichie Dunne.

Follies Writers Club

Follies Writers Club for older men meet every Saturday morning at 10.30am in Ballinagh Community Centre and for further details contact 087 2930134.

Gardening club

Ballinagh Gardening Club monthly meeting on Monday, December 2nd in community centre at 8pm. Christmas flower arrangements by ‘Gabrielle Maguire’ with holly wreaths for sale on the night. Refreshments served. All welcome, non members 5 euro.

Good wishes

Good wishes for a speedy recovery to good health to Very Rev Peter Casey PP at present recovering from a recent illness.

Clothes collection

In the community centre on Saturday Nov 30th from 10am to 12 noon, all gifts welcome.

Night of celebration

Lackes Camogie Club will hold a night of celebration and social in the Millennium Bar, Ballinagh on Friday, December 6th. The proceedings will get underway with Mass in St Michael’s Church, Potahee.

Sporting Garda

Congratulations to Garda Joanne Moore, daughter of Tom and Kathleen Moore, Supermarket proprietors, Main St, Ballinagh who at the 20th annual Coiste Siamsa/ St Raphaels Garda Credit Union Sports star awards held at Knockranny House Hotel and Spa Westport Co Mayo, was presented with the top award in recognition of her outstanding performance as corner back on the Cavan’s ladies football team who defeated Tipperary in the All Ireland ladies final played at Croke Park. The award is presented to members of an Garda Siochana who have achieved outstanding success in their chosen sporting areas locally nationally and internationally. Joanne is a Garda stationed in Dundalk Co Louth.

Community Enterprise Association is having a variety concert in the community centre on Friday 13th Dec and a monster Christmas Fair/ car boot sale on Saturday 14th Dec. Contact nos are 086 8154407, 087 9243689 or 087 9663574 with all proceeds in aid of Flemings Folly Restoration Fund. Framed pictures of the Folly on sale in local shops.