To the editor and staff and to all readers and contributors to these columns may I extend good wishes for a happy Easter.


Sympathy is extended to Mr Danny O’Reilly, proprietor of Drumcrow Agricultural and Grocery Stores on the death of his brother, Mr Anthony O’Reilly, Redhills, whose funeral which was of extremely large dimensions took place on Sunday following Requiem Mass in St Brigid’s Church, Killoughter to the family burial ground. Rev Jason Murphy officiated.

Save local post office

Please do not opt to have your social welfare payments paid into your bank account. You have the choice. Also please pay your bills at your local post office and support us.

7k walk

7K walk or run in aid of Cavan Cystic Fibrosis Hospital unit and St Christopher’s Hospice, Cavan on Easter Monday, 21st April at 12.30pm with registration at Ballinagh Community Centre. Entry fee 10 euro or family for 20 euro.

Tractor run

From Drumavaddy Community Centre on Sunday, May 4th, commencing at 1pm with proceeds to Drumavaddy Community Centre Renovation Fund and please note drivers only on tractors – no passengers please.

Flemings folly

Ballinagh Community Enterprise Association are holding a fundraising cycle on Saturday, 19th April. The distances are 20km for the leisurely cyclist and 80km for the more experienced with all proceeds in aid of Flemings Folly Restoration Fund. There is also a fundraising concert in Hotel Kilmore on Thursday, 24th April, called ‘Fame and Folly’. There will be hilarious sketches and the entertainment will culminate with in dancing by ‘White Lightening”. Admission is 10 euro and prizes on the night include a weekend away, for more particulars contact 087 2649904.

Easter in Churches

In St Felim’s Church, Ballinagh on Holy Thursday, Mass to commemorate the last supper and institution of the Blessed Eucharist will be celebrated at 7pm. On Good Friday the ceremonies of the reading of the passion, unveiling and adoration of the cross and distribution of holy communion commence at 3pm with the Easter Vigil on Saturday at 7pm and mass on Sunday at 11am. Church of Ireland Easter ceremonies in St Patrick’s Church, Ballintemple on Holy Thursday at 8pm and on Easter Sunday at 10am while in Kilmore Cathedral as follows on Wednesday, April 16th at 8pm with the services on Good Friday also commencing with the communion service at 11.30am.

Footballers celebrate

On Saturday night in Hotel Kilmore, Ballinagh Gaelic football club held their annual dinner dance. For players and club officials Saturday night’s function was a unique and historic celebration as for the first time in the club’s one hundred and twenty five years since it’s foundation our senior panel of players would be the recipients of senior county football championship medals. In September the club had won it’s first ever senior county football championship – just one hundred years almost to the day since winning it’s first ever county championship which was the Cavan Junior championship of 1913. Over the past century honours in the way of minor junior and intermediate championship have come the clubs way. Success on the field of play has for the greater part been limited and enormous praise is due to those pioneers of the association within the club in the days now gone who laboured through decades of darkness, due mainly to the scarcity of quality players and finance, but despite all obstacles succeeded in keeping the light burning while at times in a flickering sort of way – laying the foundation for the success now enjoyed by the club, with great praise due to club officials of more recent times, led by chairman, Michael Gaynor and secretary, Linda Lyons who through hard work, perseverance and confidence has taken Ballinagh club to their present position. On Saturday night more than 250 guests sat down to a delicious four course meal on which management and staff of Kotel Kilmore are to be complimented and after justice had been done to the many good things provided, the very competent master of ceremonies of the evening Mr George Cartwright NT, a former chairman of Cavan County Board and Central Council member, got the presentation underway. Mr Tom Reilly chairman of Cavan County Board presented the medals and each player was loudly applauded as he came forward to receive what for many years to come will be his most treasured trophy. The event proved enjoyable for the large gathering, for the victorious panel of players and club officials the success story of 2013 will for all remain a pleasant and never to be forgotten achievement.