Cavan’s below par performance in their Ulster championship game with Armagh was a major disappointment to their thousands of loyal supporters who travelled in support to the athletic grounds on June 8th but despite their very disappointing showing there is widespread belief that the team are better than their performance in that game would suggest and on Saturday evening, June 28, the players will have an opportunity to redeem confidence, limited though it may be – when playing before their most loyal supporters at Kingspan Breffni Park they play host to their neighbours from the Lake County Westmeath in the opening contest in the qualifiers race. As one local stalwart and shrewd judge of the game remarked ‘if the players could put one or two wins to their credit it will restore confidence within the panel’. Lets hope that the prediction of the former great are spot on.

Election fever

Seventy years ago this month, the Irish electorate were caught up in a welter of excitement as voters went to the polls to cast their votes in the country’s general election for the twelfth Dail. In those days, county Cavan was a four seat constituency and in the run up to polling day, the excitement in Ballinagh and within the parish was near fever pitch, caused mainly by the fact that two of the candidates, both native sons and residing within the parish had their hats in the ring in the contest. Outgoing Fianna Fail Deputy, Michael Sheridan first elected to Dail Eireann in 1932 and who had retained his seat in the general elections of 1933, 1938 and 1943 was again seeking re-election, while famed Cavan All Ireland and Ulster Railway Cup footballer, Tom O’Reilly, Derries Upper would also contest the election as an independent candidate. When the results of the count in the Cavan constituency were announced, bonfires blazed on every hill in the Ballinagh-Cornafean district as both local candidates were elected to Dail Eireann with Michael Sheridan securing election with a comfortable margin, while the enormous popularity of Tom O’Reilly saw this most unassuming gentleman and sportsman secure a staggering five thousand first preference votes and was duly elected to Dail Eireann.

Matthew wins coveted silver

The town and district are in jubilant mood following the achievement of local athlete, Matthew McGauran, son of Philip and Ann McGauran, Drumlion, Ballinagh who at the special Olympics which saw over 1500 athletes descend on Limerick for the special Ireland games of 2014, Matthew turned in a super performance in swimming taking home the coveted silver medal to add to his already amazing collection of trophies. The very talented young athlete received a well deserved heroes welcome when accompanied by his proud parents, he arrived home, wearing the coveted medal. Well done, Matthew, you did the town and district proud.

Service of remembrance

Ecumenical service of remembrance for family and friends bereaved by suicide on Sunday, 29th June at 3pm in St Brigid’s Church, Killeshandra. Everyone is welcome and those attending are invited (if they so wish) to bring along a photograph of their deceased loved one.

Table quiz

In aid of the Croagh Patrick to Ballinagh challenge 2014 will take place in the Millenium Bar, Ballinagh on Friday, June 27 at 9pm. Table of four 40 euro. This is your last opportunity to support the challenge before the big day on July 5th.