An Uachtarain of Cumann Luith Cleas Gael Liam McNeill NT made a visit to Ballinagh National School on Thursday last where he was accorded a warm ‘cead mile failte’ from the teacher and pupils.


Bitterly cold spell hit the district over the past week which saw light snow falls, sharp frost, very cold winds and at times heavy rain but please god as the days continue to grow longer the season of spring is around the corner.


Mary Philbin aged 28 years believed to have her young life saved by the goodness of God plus the skill of United States medics and together with the help of your extremely generous contributions to fund the series of painful operations she has had over the past two years. Unfortunately, Mary needs one final operation to recover fully from her diagnosis of a very rare malignant tumour in her throat. If at all possible please make even a small contribution to the Mary Philbin Fund at Bank of Ireland account number 18987405 sort code 90-54-08.

Youth work

We are now recruiting for youth work accredited at FETAC level 5 and office skills accredited at FETAC level 4. All courses are due to commence this week with a duration of ten weeks with the programmes as follows – youth work Tuesdays to Thursdays from 9.30am to 2pm and for office skills same days and hours and for all information call 049 4336070 and please note that these courses are delivered free of charge.

Success story

His countless friends in this his native district join in congratulating Mr Connie O’Reilly on being chosen to receive the proclamation of New York in recognition for his services to the city and to the Irish community there. The presentation takes place at the annual dinner of the United Irish Counties Association of New York to be held on January 30. Mr O’Reilly will on the same night also receive the “2015 Gael of the Year Award” from the United Irish Counties Association. The presentation will be made by the city Mayor Bill de Blasio. Connie together with his wife Geraldine and children Neil, Courtney, Ciaran, Derek, Ashley and Ryan now reside at their home at Port Washington. He emigrated from Ireland at the age of 18 years and is now proprietor of six of the city’s leading establishments while back in Ireland Mr O’Reilly is the owner of Crover House Hotel angling and golf club on the banks of Loch Sheelin. One of nature’s gentlemen and the community of his native district are naturally delighted with success story of one whom all know so well.

Women’s Group

Ballinagh Women’s Group resumes after the Christmas break with meeting in Seamus Brady’s on Monday, 26th January at 8pm and to which new members will be very welcome.