Edward O’Reilly

Edward O’Reilly

The entire area was saddened by the death of Edward O’Reilly, Bawn, Kilcogy, who died peacefully at Cavan General Hospital on Wednesday last after a short illness. Having been hale and hearty all his life his death has come as a great shock to his wife Betty, family and friends. Edward was born in Micsin’s of the Ball Alley at Killydoon and was aged 68. On leaving school he served his time to the building trade working mainly in Dublin. When he settled down with his wife Betty Briody from nearby Clonoose the building trade was taking off and he worked mainly around Cavan and Longford. As a builder it was generally acknowledged that he was one of the best and when he was later joined by his sons they made a great team being very much in demand locally. Apart from the building trade Edward will be remembered for his association with the local GFC. A loyal and faithful Clubman whether it was as a player or supporter Edward gave it his all. He was a sub on the 1963 championship winning team and also played junior football and won an intermediate medal in 1978. Many will recall football games in Micsin’s field, down the Loughduff road and one wonders how it could have been called a football field seeing the surfaces that are being played on today. However, many a great game and battle was won and lost at this spot. Like the building trade Edward’s sons all followed his into the game and played at all grades winning championship medals in 1998, 2006 and last year. Edward’s contribution to the development of Our Lady of Lourdes Park was immense. He was a leading light along with Johnny Joe Brady, Eamon Reilly and Padraig Harten at the building of the old Clubrooms and when the Park was officially opened on 10th July 1983 there was no outstanding debt as practically all work was done by voluntary labour. That of course was the era of volunteering where the place to go in the evening or a Saturday was the “park” if not for a football match then it was to do some work. As a mark of respect members of the local Club formed a Guard of Honour at the removal of remains to St. Joseph’s Church, Loughduff on Thursday evening where an overflowing congregation attended. The requiem Mass on Friday was concelebrated, the chief celebrant was Rev. Turloc Baxter, cousin and burial took place to local cemetery. We extend our sincere sympathy to his loving wife Betty, sons Michael, Kieran, Eddie and Shane, daughters Claire and Collette, brothers Bernard, Pauric and Ollie, sister Evelyn (Reilly), Longford. Son-in-law John (Donnegan) Naas, daughter-in-law Ciara (Cox), Enniskillen, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbours and a large circle of friends.


Handball Success

Congratulations to James Brady, Glasscarrick and Patrick Clerkin, Kill who won the All-Ireland doubles handball final Junior A in the big alley 60 x 30 defeating Eugene Kelly and David Kenny of Wexford. The results were 21-16 and 21-19 taking two straight games. It is 28 years ago since this was last won in Cavan when Dominick and Greg Sheridan last won. Well done.

Mission Sunday

Was on Sunday last with the theme Growing in Faith. The celebration of World Mission Day marks the end of the Year of Faith. The life of faith which guides us in living out the Gospel requires us to be conscious of our brothers and sisters where there is great poverty and danger to life. Prayers were offered at parish Masses for all who work in difficult circumstances on the missions and for those who have not yet heard the Good News.

Sale of Work

In keeping with Mission Sunday the local Apostolic Society held their 45th annual Sale of Work in the parochial hall on Sunday evening last in aid of the foreign missions. As usual the event was a big attraction and was a great success. Canon Owen Devaney welcomed all and admired some of the hand crafts on display. Fr Tomsie Smith spoke of the great work being carried by the members and supporters who provide much needed funds for projects in third world countries where modern conveniences are unheard of. The members wish to thank all who supported.

15km Challenge

The 10th annual 15km Challenge in aid of St Christopher’s Hospice Cavan takes place Saturday 26th October 2013. Main sponsor is MacManus Pharmacies Cavan. People can either walk, run or cycle the 15km from Cavan to Cornafean or choose the smaller course of Ballinagh to Cornafean. Over the previous nine years the Challenge has been an outstanding success raising €262,000 for this wonderful cause. Sponsorship cards are available from St Christopher’s Hospice 049-4332999, Ciaran Weir 086-0753309 or William Hughes on 086-3584700.

GFC Lotto

Draw took place in Glan Bar on Tuesday 15th October. Jackpot €15,900. There was no winner. Numbers 4, 23, 28, 30. €100 to Pat Sheils, Drumgore, €25 x 4 Colm Kelly, Killeshandra; Seamus O’Reilly, c/o Eamonn Fegan, Patrick Kiernan, Killasonna, Granard and Jim Reilly, Kilcogy.


The GFC Club will host the Play “The Quareland” in the Parochial hall on Sunday night next October 27th at 8.30 pm. Tickets €10 available in local shops or from Club members. This brilliant comedy is directed by and starring Seamus O’Rourke and Shane Carroll.