Double bereavement

Double bereavement

The death of a family member is always a sad and painful experience for the immediate family and close relatives but for the Finnegan family, Marahill, Ballinagh, the death last week of two family members Hugh and James was a sad and heartbreaking bereavement. Both had resided for many years in Dublin where they were proprietors of a number of licensed premises in the city, being most successful in the business and widely known and highly respected, their passing is widely mourned. To their families, nephews, nieces and relatives, I extend the sympathy of our community. Hugh was laid to rest in Blessington, Co Wicklow, while James last resting place is in the family burial ground at St Michaels Church, Potahee. Both funerals were of extremely large dimensions and an indication of the esteem with which their family are held throughout all four provinces. May their souls rest in peace.

Mr Thomas O’Reilly

There was widespread sorrow throughout the district as news spread of the death following a brief illness of Mr Thomas (Tommy) Reilly, Ardlougher, Ballinagh. A most respected resident, quiet and always most inoffensive, Tommy was truly one of nature’s gentlemen, a hard working and industrious farmer and a kind and helpful neighbour who was always available to provide help for any person in need of assistance. He was a devout Catholic and the news of his passing evoked widespread sorrow. To his wife Kathleen, (nee Sheridan, Urney, Ballinagh), sons Michael, Caghal, Sean and Christopher, daughter Maura, daughters in law, grandchildren and a large family circle, I extend the sympathy of our community. There was a very large attendance at the removal of the remains to St Matthews Church, Drumavaddy, while the funeral, which was again of extremely large dimensions and bore ample testimony of the esteem with which the deceased and his family are held throughout the region took place following requiem Mass to the family burial ground. Rev Peter McKiernan PP Denn officiated. May Tommy’s soul rest in peace.

Climb and cycle

Launch of the 2014 fundraiser in Cronin’s Bar, Ballinagh on this Saturday, March 15th with music on the night. The charities who will receive funds from this years fundraiser are Crumlin hospital, SOSAD Cavan, Holy Family School, Cootehill and Cavan branch of Cystic Fibrosis and do please come out and support your charity and get the challenge off to a good start.

Irish language

People interested in improving their knowledge of the Irish language are reminded that classes are held in the Millenium Tavern, Ballinagh every Friday evening from 8pm to 10pm and that everyone is very welcome.

Gam anon

Gam anon is a fellowship of men and women who are husbands wives relatives or close friends who have been affected by the gambling problem. If you are seeking a solution for living with this problem help is available with Gam Anon offering a new way of life and if interested a meeting is held every Sunday evening in Cuain Mhuire, Ballybay at 8pm and you will be made very welcome as this group is there to help not to judge.


Continues to improve and predictions for the coming week are favourable which is welcome news.


St Patricks Day Parade starts at 4.30pm from the community centre car park. This year, we have prizes for the best St Patrick’s Day jumper and also the best dressed dog. Busking competition starts at 4pm, weather permitting, competition will take take place on the street, if wet take cover in some of the fine public houses in the town.

Tour de Folly

The first cycle around the Folly takes place on Saturday, 19th April 2014. More details to follow next week.

Fame and folly

Ballinagh Community Enterprise Association in association with the local community have organised a fundraising event for the 24th.