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January 5th 2006 Anglo Celt costs €1.75 from to day.

Bishop Leo O Reilly was the chief celebrant at Bishop Francis McKiernan’s funeral Mass assisted by Monsignors Michael Cooke and PJ McManus. Both the The President of Ireland  the Taoiseach were represented. Archbishop Sean Brady of Armagh led the full turn out of Bishops and priests that included his old class mate from Maynooth Cardinal Desmond O Connell. Bishop Francis McKiernan was later interred in the Crypt in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim.

Same Week Cavan Icebreakers 38th Christmas Swim takes place in the mildest conditions ever recorded. The air temperature was 7C while the water temperature was 8 C with a strong mid Winter sun illuminating the Lake and adding to the Autumnal conditions. Sean Walsh has now completed 38 swims Paddy O Reilly TC 33 Willie Mimnagh 28 Frank Coyle 23 and Liam Og Mimnagh 22.In the Ladies section Jacinta Dunleavy leads the way with 22 swims to her credit with the three Anderson sisters Michelle Elaine and Gayle on 18 swims each. Aimee Quinn at 23 months was the youngest girl wile Ciaran O Reilly 5 years was the youngest boy. Among the attendance was  Andrew Boylan MCC TC and Madeline Argue MCC. The Civil Defence and Cavan Canoe Club were on hand to assist any swimmers who might have got into difficulty and gave an exhibition before the swim.

January 12th 2006  Cavan Crystal Hotel is voted ‘Wedding Venue of the Year’ (Midland/North Region) at the Irish Style Wedding Awards in Clontarf Castle hosted by well known TV personality Caroline Morahan.The Cavan Crystal Hotel is only 2 years in existence and under the direction of Head Chef Dave Fitzgibbon has an enviable reputation for the quality of the food. Couples from as far away as Tyrone Sligo and Dublin have held their wedding receptions in the hotel.

Same Week Death of one of Cavan’s greatest ever characters Margaret Maguire 71 Main Street at College View Nursing Home in her 101st year. Member of the Elliott family from College Street she was an only sister of Paddy Elliott who founded the well known building contractors P Elliott and Company in 1943.Her mother in turn was a member of the well known building and football family the McGurks from College Street who took a leading part in the building of the Town Hall in 1908.Margaret married Jim Maguire from Tullyco who was a Bread Salesman and Hackney Driver with his residence at 71 Main Street opposite Smyth's 60 Main Street Cavan .Outstanding personality her mother Nan (Elliott) lived with them for a number of years before her death. Jim always kept finches and canaries as well as larks on the window sills of his house and from early dawn there was the most beautiful sound of bird song during the Summer months. After the sudden death of her husband Jim in 1958 Margaret started her own Insurance Brokerage where she represented Canada Life and worked through well known Cavan All Ireland footballer Tony Tighe.Great interest in fashion Margaret had some lovely clothes and wore them with distinction at family outings and celebrations. Took a great interest in the welfare of Cavan Harps for whom her son Alo was a star player and Cavan Gaels for whom Paddy starred winning a County Senior Championship medal in 1965 having won League medals in 1959 and 1961.Went to live with her son Paddy and daughter in law Helen who was Principal Corlurgan NS in Drumelis and later lived at Rock Cross where she was lovingly cared for by her grandchildren Maura and Fergal. As her health deteriorated and old age came upon her she retired to College View Nursing Home where she was very popular with patients and staff. Her ready wit and reassuring smile were hallmarks of her jovial pleasant good natured personality. Survived by her sons Alo in Trim Paddy Drumelis Cavan daughters Carmel Fitzpatrick Dublin Greta O Donnell Arva Mona O Neill Dublin Nita Byrne Clonmel Tipperary and Madeline Brady Portarlington.Funeral from the Cathedral to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Sudden death of Jimmy McCormack at his residence Connolly Street at the age of 55.Member of the very well known highly popular McCormack family from 22 Tullac Mongan Jimmy was a genius pure and simple. Son of Tommy and Maisie McCormack Tullac Mongan his father was projectionist in the Town Hall and Electrician with Smyth's 60 Main Street .He later worked for the Anglo Celt and on the weekends continued to help out in Smyth's 60 Main Street. Jimmy was educated at the Poor Clare’s De La Salle School Saint Patrick’s College and U C D where he took his BA and H Dip with 1st class Honours. After he qualified worked in Carrigallen for 3 ears before taking up a position with Cavan Vocational School and later Saint Francis’ Secondary School in Swords. Retired early because of ill health. Survived by his brothers Eamonn Paddy  Gerard and Michael sisters Mary Eileen Margaret Kathleen Anne Bernie Mila Jeanette and Jackie. Funeral from the Cathedral to Drumavaddy.

Death of Tom Reilly Highfield Road and late of Raheg Ballyhaise and New York. Survived by his daughter Margaret sister Kathleen Fitzsimmons Ballyhise.Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.

January 19th 2006 Cavan Town Council on the proposition of Paddy O Reilly pass a vote of sympathy with the Bishop of Kilmore Leo O Reilly and the late Bishop’s sisters on the death of Bishop Francis McKiernan who was always so helpful to the Council and a noted outstanding writer and historian. Cavan V E C later pass a similar vote of sympathy with the Bishop relatives and friends of Bishop McKiernan.

Same Week Sisters Kelly McKiernan and Taragh McKiernan are conferred with their degrees. Kelly with a BA Honours from Sligo Institute of Technology in Applied Social Studies in Social Care and Taragh with a  BA Honours degree from NUI Galway in Psychology and History and an Honours Diploma in Irish. Kelly is now working with the Health Service Executive in Dublin. Taragh is continuing to study for her Masters degree in Health Promotion at NUI Galway. Kelly and Taragh are daughters of Tommy and Margaret McKiernan Drumard Cavan .

Roberta Wall Clonervy Poles is conferred with her Diploma in Advanced Business and Computer Studies at Cavan Institute. Educated at Saint Clare’s Cavan Vocational and Cavan Institute Roberta is continuing her studies at Cavan Institute for a Diploma in Advanced Information Technology. Roberta is daughter of John and Kathleen Wall Clonervy Poles

Michael (Mike) O Reilly formerly Breffni Park stores opens Kinetic Computer Training Support and Consultancy Service at 3 A Church Square. The Administrator is Linda McCluskey.Clients include the V E C Cavan County Council local companies and the general public. Courses offered include Advanced E C D L Certified Microsoft Office on machines operating mainly on Windows XP Professional. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science  in Computer Science degree from U C D and a Diploma in Teaching Information Technology. Their motto is ‘Achieving your every goal is our only goal’

Crannog Bridge N/S 1st Frances Daly and Maria Geelan 2nd Phyl Reilly and Maureen Watters 3rd Kathleen Courtney and Madge Conlon E/W 1st Etta McIntyre and Madge Curran 2nd Phil Smith and Stella Corr 3rd Ann Smith and Mary Mulvey.

Michael Graham the Cavan Gaels and Cavan football star is named as the new Manager of Drumalee G F C succeeding Gerry O Rourke who has retired after only 1 year when he guided them to the Intermediate Final. Michael was in charge of Butlersbridge for 2 years and guided them to the 2005 Cavan Junior Championship.

Untimely death of Jimmy Coyle Junior formerly of 11 Saint Martins at his home in Alicante Spain on January 13th 2006 at the age of 33.Son of Jimmy and Elizabeth Coyle Jimmy was a Chef by profession. Educated at Saint Felim’s National School and Cavan Vocational School Jimmy graduated as a Chef from Killybegs School of Catering and later worked in the hospitality trade in London. Could turn his hand to any profession or calling Jimmy later entered the print trade in London and rose to the position of Print Production Manager Pursued the same career in Manchester before going to Alicante Spain 2 years ago where he was involved in the purchase and running of a very highly successful Supermarket. He was extremely generous and decent and had a gentle kind manner endearing him to all who knew him. In his young days in Cavan he was an Altar Server in the Cathedral and Treasurer of the Cavan branch of Foroige.Very industrious and dedicated Jimmy delivered milk in the morning while after school he worked each day for a number of hours in the Farnham Hotel. Survived by his parents Jimmy and Elizabeth brothers Patrick Kevin and Mark and special friend Michael nephew and niece Philip and Elizabeth. Cavan town I C A and Tullac Mongan Resource Committee formed a Guard of Honour and the Resource Centre was closed all day Friday as a mark of respect Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Daniel Brennan of Carrickfern an employee of Quin Direct Dublin Road is presented with a Waterford cut crystal vase marking the 100,000th pint of blood to be donated since the foundation of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service North East Region in 2005.Daniel is a member of  the  Group organised by Caroline Forde in Quinn Direct who encourage their employees to donate blood giving them paid time off work.603 donors were recorded at the recent visit of the Blood Transfusion Unit in the Kilmore Hotel. Thanks is returned by the Board to their voluntary helpers under Beatrice Maloney who assisted before during and after the Clinic

January 26th 2006 Amy Farrell with an address at 54 Glenlara Swellan Upper is murdered at her home at Glenlara stabbed repeatedly by her assailant in a frenzied attack with a knife .Neighbours rushed to her assistance but she was pronounced dead at the scene. Father Dennis McMorrow administered the last rites to Amy as she lay dying on her front lawn at 7:30 pm on Friday. Native of Leixlip Amy had just celebrated her 21st Birthday and worked as a Bank Official in Cavan as well as pursuing her studies at the Cavan Institute. Very pleasant bubbly personality Amy decided to come to Cavan after her best friend was transferred here 18 months ago. She liked the friendly welcoming Cavan people and was extremely happy living here with her son Nathan. The reason for her murder was that she gave evidence at Virginia District Court that incriminated Brendan Kelly of Killymooney Drive for stealing and crashing her 05 car later intimidating and head butting her causing Amy a broken nose for which he received a 16 months prison sentence at Virginia District Court on Thursday. The alleged murderer was a friend of Kelly’s and decided to exact the ultimate revenge on the brave Amy. Later the defendant Brendan McGahern Drumcarey Corlesmore was arrested in Upper Main Street and on Saturday night charged with causing Amy Farrell grievous bodily harm and remanded in custody as the search for the murder weapon continued. The heinous murder has shocked the community and hundreds gathered at Cavan Courthouse on Saturday night where the defendant was heckled and booed by a large crowd many of whom were intent on assaulting the defendant who was escorted by Gardai. Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtin carried out a post mortem on Amy’s body at Cavan General Hospital. Amy is survived by her parents Paul and Barbara Farrell son Nathan and one brother. Funeral in Leixlip on Wednesday with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Same Week Cian Monahan Stragelliffe is conferred with his BA Honours Degree at NUI Galway. Educated at Saint Felim’s National School and Saint Patrick’s College Cian is son of Noel and Anna Monahan Stragelliffe Cavan.

Cathal and Bridie Cronin host a Reception in the Kesh Bar for their niece Laura McEvoy who is journeying to Zambia in the Summer to assist in schools and hospitals in the impoverished nation. Pictured are Laura McEvoy Father Jason Murphy Chaplain Cavan Vocational School Marie McEvoy (mother) Cathal and Bridie Cronin proprietors of the Kesh Bar.

Death of Maura Sullivan Glenside Road after a long illness of 5 years at Cavan General Hospital. Aged 58 Maura was a native of Drumcullion Aughawillan County Leitrim and daughter of the late Patrick and Margaret McKiernan Aughawillan. She was a niece of the late Bishop Francis McKiernan. Educated at the local National School and Mean Scoil Fatima Ballinamore Maura first worked in Corbett’s of Galway. Later joined the Department of Post and Telegraphs and worked in the telephone exchange in Loughrea  before transferring to Cavan where she worked and rose to the position of Superior until the Exchange went automatic in 1975.Later joined Dr John and Aine Sullivan in their practice where she assumed the position of Practice Manager. Maura was extremely efficient and courteous and was equally popular with patients and staff. Very talented in her youth she played the organ in Saint Patrick’s Church Aughawillan and took a great interest in the social and cultural life of the town. Along with her husband Brian she was the mainstay of the Cavan Drama Festival for over 30 years and served in every position on the Committee. She was Secretary/Treasurer of the Ulster Regional A D C I.Her enthusiasm for amateur drama led her to travel the country supporting and encouraging colleagues of like mind who always looked forward to playing at Cavan Drama Festival. Founder member and long time Treasurer of the Cavan Singers she toured extensively in both Ireland and Britain winning many prestigious Choral Festivals.. Survived by her husband Brian brothers Joe New York Myles Galway Gerard Bray Michael Sligo sister Carmel in Aughnasheelin county Leitrim. Funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

Five students from Cavan Vocational School Martin O Hanlon Christopher Quinn Michelle Mulligan Laura McEvoy Killygarry and Kelvin Shannon Butlersbridge are heading to Zambia for 5 weeks work in the hospitals and schools of that poor country. Each one has the responsibility in the meantime of raising €2,000 to cover their travel and expenses.

Gavin Duffy is voted county Cavan  2005 Player of the Year at Northern Sound/Anglo Celt awards in the Kilmore Hotel. Winner of every honour in the game from Under 10 to Senior Gavin plays right half back for Cavan Gaels and is son of John and Marion Duffy Keadue Cavan. Gavin was later voted player of the year at Cavan Gaels and Player’s Player of the Year and Tommy Monaghan dedicated his annual poem ‘Duffy the Dazzler’ to Gavin’s footballing exploits during 2005

February 2nd 2006 Patrick Conaty Mayor Cavan Town Council appeals to the business people of Cava town to reform the Chamber of Commerce commenting that “ they are the only people in the area paying rates and they have no united voice when speaking to Local Authorities”

Same Week M Green and Ann O Reilly win the Gorta Cup at Cavan Bridge Cub 2nd Kathleen Clarke and Vera McMahon 3rd Pat Gibney and M Tackney.

18 year old David Nevin is beaten in the Final of the Senior Lightweight 64 kilo in the National Boxing Stadium by seasoned Irish international Dermot Hamill on a score of 10-6.Although Nevin hit harder and was the more aggressive the experience of Hamill frustrated Nevin and he had to be content with the runner up medal.

25 County Councillors run up expenses of €660,000 for the year 2005.Each councillor is entitled to a basic allowance of €15,000 with the Chairman Eddie Feeley receiving an additional €8,250..The Chairman’s expenses on this occasion amounted to €38,055 which included both entitlements. Charlie Boylan Sinn Fein had expenses for the year of €25,694 Andrew Boylan F G €23,766 T P Smith FF €28,716 Patria Walsh FF €29,582 and Madeline Argue F G €28,537...

County Cavan Retired Teachers Association next outing is to the recently refurbished Slieve Russell Hotel Ballyconnell. All are welcome.

Cavan Social Services Whist 1st May McCaul 2nd Madge McCabe 3rd Eileen Masterson Lady Hatcher May Cullen 1st Gent Sean Leinster and Gent’s Hatcher Aidan Conaty.

Death of one of Cavan’s most popular business and social personalities Paddy McManus at the age of 76 after a long illness borne with great courage fortitude and resignation. Son of the late Tom McManus who was the leading building contractor in Cavan and built Saint Joseph’s Lisdarn as well as the first extension at Loreto College. While studying Pharmacy Paddy worked n Burke’s Chemists and later bought the business from Mrs Burke when she retired and only in recent years after over 30 years in business Paddy sold the practice and the premises to Cian Murtagh. Outstanding rugby player in his youth Paddy was a member of the Cavan team for many years when they had their headquarters in the Royal School field and togged out for their games in the Farnham Hotel. Lifetime member and outstanding player at County Cavan Golf Club. Paddy was captain in 1978 and President from 1996-1998.Paddy was one of the Trustees of the Club and played a pivotal role in the purchase of Aranmore House and the lands from Andrew McCarren to extend the course to an 18 hole layout in 1975.Along with his great friends Frank O Neill Mick Crosby Ray McDwyer Noel Elliott Ken Ruddock and Peter Pollock spearheaded the drive to revive rugby in Cavan acquiring the lease of Tierquin Park from his neighbour Cissie Ronaghan.Later the Club acquired land at Swellan Lower from the Land Commission where they developed their own custom built football pitches and clubhouse. Paddy was Club President in 1986 when they opened their magnificent new clubhouse. Vast contribution to the commercial and social life of Cavan Paddy was a founder member  and officer of the Chamber of Commerce since 1972 and led the drive along with Brian Murphy and Michael Smith Oakvale for the location of the new General Hospital in Cavan. Kind decent humble good humoured man a delight to meet and share his company. Everything he undertook with great enthusiasm and was a born leader inspiring enthusiasm and confidence in those around him. Survived by his wife Mary son Tom daughter Ann Gorby.Cavan Rugby Club and County Cavan Golf Club provided the Guards of Honour at the funeral and removal to the Cathedral. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Andy Murray beats British contender Ian Reid in his 4th professional fight in Saint Alban’s London.The referee stopped the bout in the 4th round to save Reid from further unnecessary punishment. Andrew was later voted ‘Ireland’s top profession boxer for 2005.

Sinead Hogan’s Profile in the Anglo Celt is of Ann O Donoghue the well known P Elliott long distance runner. Ann is back studying at Cavan Institute and better still back running after a serious fall in the  house. She says that running gives her strength energy and clears her head after a hard day studying and looking after her family at their home in Glenlara Swellan. Just back from completing 17 laps of Cavan rugby club Ann who has 2 grown up boys  Dermot (19) and Cian (15) says that she could have gone on for another couple of mile. Over the last 28 years the popular Team P Elliott runner has raised over €30,000 for deserving charities mostly in the Third World working with Trocaire and Concern’. Out in all weathers Ann is superbly organised for all eventualities and quotes her friend and team mate Catherina McKiernan who once told her “Ann if you were to wait for the weather to improve you would never go out running “!

Death of Kathleen Brady College View Cullies at College View Nursing Home. Predeceased by her husband Paddy she is survived by her daughter Ann sons Barry and Noël. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

February 9th 2006 Barry Walsh son of John and Cecilia Walsh Swellan and Glenlara Cavan is sensationally disqualified from Euro 2006 with the hot favourite ‘Strong Enough’ sung by Brian Kennedy as the song had been released on an old demo CD some years ago when it was written by Barry produced by brother John and sung by Roisin O Reilly. Barry benefits from the enormous publicity surrounding the story and on the Ray Darcy Valentine’s Day Show explains that the song was written and dedicated to his wife Orla and is a monument to her. “Cavan town girl Orla deserves a song written and dedicated to her every day “ concludes Barry

Same Week Liam Henry Director of Services Cavan County Council announces that the 2.85 kilometre Ballinagh By Pass will open this week with the formal opening in March. The project cost €14 million includes a roundabout on the Ballinagh Road with a Bridge over the realigned Ballyjamesduff Road and a Round About at Crubany Cross.

Ciaran Cassidy RTE son of Noel and Joan Cassidy 1 Keadue Cathedral Road and a native of the town investigates the circumstances that led to the Saint Joseph’s Industrial School fire of February 23rd 1943 when the Orphanage run by the Poor Clare Sisters went on fire causing the death of 35 orphans and 1 adult.Ciaran Cassidy is the Producer of 'The Documentary on One 'and he talks to relations and friends of those that perished n the blaze. The programme compiled and narrated by Ciaran Cassidy is broadcast on RTE Radio 1.

Johnny O Hanlon Editor of the Anglo Celt launches www.cavancyms.com website for Cavan CYMS at the Farnham Hotel. Over 300 attended the gala launch including Bishop Leo O Reilly Brendan Smith TD Minister for Agriculture and Food Paddy O Reilly MC and Secretary /Treasurer Cavan CYMS Father Tom Mannion Chaplain. Among the invited guests were friends and supporters of the Cavan CYMS down many years including Tom Fitzpatrick former Ceann Comhairle Joe and Kieran Cullivan Sean Woods Mel Doherty Rory and Liz Hayden Tom and Ursula Donohoe and many more. Presentations were made to Kieran Breen whose father John M was the first Chairman of Cavan CYMS n 1936 Kevin McDermott or his outstanding contribution including ‘The Time of the Corncrake’and Tom Sullivan Assistant County Librarian for his unstinted generous contribution in assisting the Editor Micheal Smyth to compile the site and Micheal Smyth was presented with a state of the art laptop for his work in compiling the site http://www.cavancyms.com

February 23rd 2006 Inquest at Cavan Courthouse into the death of Jamie Maughan returns a verdict of misadventure caused by ingestion of an overdose of ecstasy tablets at 39 Harmony Heights on the 27th June 2004. Larry Burke Solicitor representing the family of the dead girl expresses  the disgust of the family and says that "the removal of key witness Weldo Freitas Cavalcante to San Paulo despite having a witness summons served on him and the part played by the Brazilian Embassy in removing this key witness was a national disgrace".

Same Week House prices increase by 9.3% nationally while the increase in Cavan is a whooping 14%.The average price of a house nationally is €236,749 while the average in Cavan is €206,993 an increase of €29,756 in just one year!

Death of Nellie McIntyre well known local resident and native of Maghera at the age of 92 in Saint Joseph’s Nursing Home Virginia. Nellie worked for many years in the County Registrar’s Office in Cavan Courthouse and in latter years at the Four Courts in Dublin. Founding member and long time Secretary of Cavan Drama Festival. She was later very active in the founding and running of the Breffni Historical Society Cumainn Seanchas Bhreifne. Nellie took a leading role in the religious social and cultural life of Cavan and was very popular and charitable.

Death of Thomas J Pogue‘ Hillcrest’ Poles Cavan at the age of 86 in Cavan General Hospital.Native of Drumaloor Belturbet Thomas moved to Poles in 1948 when he purchased a farm. There with his wife Ena and family they ran a very progressive modern farm. Founder member and active member of Poles Co Operative Society. Thomas was a wonderful neighbour and friend. After his retirement on 1976 Thomas concentrated on gardening in which he was an acknowledged expert applying the same principles of expertise and industry to his hobby as he did to the farm. Enjoyed fishing and was a well known figure on the Erne waterway. Man of great intellect he spent his retirement reading and meeting and conversing with old friends. Meticulous and gentle manner admired and respected by all he was truly one of nature’s gentlemen. Survived by his wife Ena daughters Jean Good Cloverhill Myrtle Dunne Wicklow Doreen Pogue Harpur Shercock.Funeral Service of thanksgiving for his life in Cavan Parish Church with burial afterwards in Saint John’s cemetery Cloverhill.

Marion Crowe Moynehall and Martin Donohoe Golf Links Road for contribution to traditional music John Molloy Sacristan and amputee since 2001 for his heroic example and never say die attitude Roy McCabe Malahide and Behey for his development of Farnham Estate and Tom Boylan Creighan for his 25 years outstanding contribution as Treasurer Cavan County Board GAA are the local nominees in the Anglo Celt/Rehab Person of the Year awards.

Saint Clare’s National School are staging a variety concert in the Kilmore Hotel in aid of school funds. The artistes appearing include the Song Sisters Martin Donohoe Cavan Youth Orchestra Leonard School of Dancing and Saint Clare’s Choir the MC is Mel Doherty.

Cavan Social Services Whist 1st Dympna Cahill 2nd Nora O Reilly 3rd Teresa McHugh Lady Hatcher Rita Jordan 1st Gent Sean Leinster Gent’s Hatcher Tommy Smith

Quinn Group beat Garda Siochana 1-9 to 1-8 in the All Ireland Final Replay in Ballyconnell. A goal by star marksman Sean Curry came in injury time and was the winning score for an exciting never say die Quinn team. Scorers for the Quinn Group Sean Curry (Teemore Shamrocks) 1-6 Sean Leonard (Kinawley Brian Boru's) 0-2 and Barry Owens (Teemore Shamrocks ) 0-1.Anthony Forde represented Cavan Gaels on the winning team.

Death of Pat Timmoney 3 Earlsvale Road after a long illness borne with courage and resignation at the age of 64 at Cavan General Hospital. Veterinary Surgeon Pat first came to Cavan in 1966 with his wife Aileen a native of Kildare to work with Ray Reilly having qualified as a Vet in U C D.Later Pat worked with the Department of Agriculture and Food. Very well known in Cavan he was also extremely popular with the farming community who relied on Pat’s expertise and advice. Native of Leglehid Garrison county Fermanagh Pat was a founder member of Cavan Rugby Club in 1974 and took a very active part in the running of the club being Secretary Social Manager and International Tickets Secretary. An authority on current affairs and statistics Pat starred on the Louis Blessing winning quiz teams who won Cavan and Ulster honours. Among his team mates were Harry Hunt Doctors John Sullivan and Eamonn Hartmann Noel Finn  and Ray Bannigan.In recent years Pat was struck down with ill health and attended Cavan General Hospital for dialysis a few days a week. He spoke very highly of the service and attention he received from the entire staff. Predeceased by his brother Francis who died in 1992 Pat is survived by his wife Aileen son Paul daughter in law Collette grandchildren Aíne and Cormac and sisters Marie Timmoney Garrison Barbara Timmoney Garrison Teresa Mugan Derry Alice Holloway Dungannon Pauline Fitzgerald Limerick?. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Cullies cemetery.

March 2nd 2006 Cavan Singers celebrate their 21st birthday with trip to Vienna led by Father Kevin Donohoe for the 250th anniversary celebrations of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. They will be holding a gala recital in the Kilmore Hotel in November to mark  the official birth of Mozart .

Same Week Mark Murray 39 Killymooney Drive is conferred with his Honours degree in Law from Trinity College. Educated at Saint Clare’s Saint Felim’s and Saint Patrick’s College Mark is son of Patrick and Siobhan Murray 39 Killymooney Drive.

Peggy Willock Cup at Crannog Bridge Club 1st Ann Gaffney and Phyllis O Neill 2nd Gaye Condon and Patricia Keogh 3rd Helen O Reilly and Mary Moore.

Dr Cullen Cup 2006 at Cavan Bridge Club 1st E McRoe and M Rafferty 2nd P McCarten and Pat Gibney 3rd Bobby Sheerin and B Trant Clones 4th Paddy McDermott and Pat Plunkett Best Cavan Pair Father Thomas Woods and Kay Henry. The prizes were presented by Leo Brady Captain County Cavan Bridge Club.

Gearoid Collins and Eilish Mullhern drive in as Captains of County Cavan Golf Club.186 took part in the Scramble on a beautiful dry windy day ideal for golf and scoring was excellent Winners Liam Henry Padraig McCabe John McHugh and Patrick Cullen with 58 Runners Up Kay Henry Frank Crowe Philip Galligan and Jimmy Murray with 58.50 3rd Anselem Lovett Senior Gabriel Kelly Francis Mooney and Fergal Dunne with 59.1.

Death of Rosaleen Keegan Deredis. Predeceased by her husband John. Survived by her sons Terry Deredis Sean Dublin daughters Ann Skelly Monica Faucault Nice France Rosaleen Doughty Virginia and Nuala Farrington Deredis. Funeral from Saint Aidan's Church Butlersbridge to Saint Aidan's cemetery.

Sean and Dympna Browne celebrate the Diamond Jubilee (60 years) of their marriage with Mass in Saint Aidan's Church Butlersbridge followed by a gala evening in the Derragarra Inn where they were joined by family and friends from near and far.

March 9th 2006 William Joyce resigns as Consultant Surgeon at Cavan General Hospital following the refusal of Chris Lyons Head of Acute Services HSE to meet him to discuss issues with regard to his reemployment in Cavan General Hospital. Outstanding Vascular and Colorectal Surgeon he spearhead the efforts to establish the Surgical Unit at Cavan General Hospital to a centre of excellence. He will now concentrate on practicing as a Consultant Surgeon in Galway Clinic. Meanwhile the Irish Nurses Organisation point out that the Accident and Emergency Unit at Cavan is under severe pressure due to lack of staff with 26 people on trolleys on Monday and 33 on trolleys on Tuesday.

Same Week Death of the very well known Irish speaker and dancer Seamus De Faoite late of Drumalee Cavan suddenly at his home in Termon Letterkenny at the age of 74.Came to Cavan n 1957 and worked in the Anglo Celt as a Linotype operator. Later he joined forces with ex Mighty Avon Paddy Smith to form Abbey Printers in 1971 where he remained until 1979. Transferred t his native town of Letterkenny where he again founded a Printing Works and took a very active part in Donegal and Ulster GAA. Being Irish Language Office with both for  20 years. Ran an Irish Summer Camp in the Downings for Donegal County Board GAA. Member of both the Saint Eunan’s and Termon GAA Clubs he was Secretary of the Ulster Council Irish Language Committee for 21 years and was also actively involved in the promotion of Irish dancing and culture being a founder member of Cumainn Rinnce and Cabhain. He later continued to promote all aspects of Irish culture in his native county. Outstanding table tennis player Seamus won Donegal Cavan and Ulster titles. During his time in Cavan he took a very active part in the Irish Red Cross being Organiser for County Cavan when both Cavan and Bailieboro won All Ireland titles. Among those very active in the Red Cross were Tommy Goldrick and his daughter Maureen Kilmore Kathleen Lunn Betty Breslin Michéal Smyth Laura Breslin  Maureen Barrett Mrs Simpson Betty Simpson and in Bailieboro Tom Tierney and Brendan Byrd. The inimitable Eileen Maloney was a member of the Central Council at that time. Survived by his wife Maura. Funeral after concelebrated Requiem Mass in Saint Patrick’s Church Crolly to Magheragallon cemetery. Guards of Honour formed by Donegal County Board GAA and Ulster Council GAA. Charlie O Donnell Chairman Donegal GAA gave the oration over the grave while Seamus Gibson friend and traditional fiddler played an Irish lament.

Lynda Goldrick 10 Carrickfern is conferred with her Honours B Ed degree  from Saint Patrick’s Training College Drumcondra. Educated at Corlurgan NS Saint Clare’s and Loreto College Lynda is daughter of Mark and Ann Goldrick and is presently on the teaching staff of Saint Clare’s National School. Cavan.

Mel Doherty is again appointed MC for the upcoming Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Cavan. Martin Donohoe and the Webber School of  Irish Dancing will be on the reviewing stand for an hour before the 12:30 start. The Parade will again be led by an FCA colour party followed by the 6th Infantry Pipe Band from Custom Barracks Athlone. Clontibret Pipe Band Castletara Band Samba Band Belturbet Saint Clare’s School Band and Saint Patrick’s Brass Band Bunnoe are the other bands taking part. The Chairman is Eddie Brady Secretary Margaret Kelly Treasurer Paddy Sexton PRO Martina Sexton Committee Margaret Webber Patricia Walsh TC MCC Elizabeth Coyle Patrick Kelly Margaret Brady Alan Cullinan Myles Fitzpatrick and Cathal Kelly.

Micheal Greenan President of the Ulster Council of the GAA continues his outspoken remarks against the Central Council for abolishing Rule 42 and continuing to accommodate rugby and soccer at Croke Park at the Annual Ulster Convention of the GAA in Kiely’s Inn Garvaghy County Tyrone.

Drumalee GFC 2006 Honary President Dennis O Keefe Honary Vice Presidents Michael Walsh Tommy Molloy Frankie Walsh Bennie Little Jimmy Costello Gretta Boylan and Joan Walsh. Chairman Adrian Dempsey Vice Chairman Damian Brady Secretary John Denning Assistant Secretary Teresa McKiernan Treasurer Tommy Lyons Treasurer Bingo Committee Brian Comiskey PRO Peter Donohoe.

Cavan Town beat Drumkilly Rovers 5-3 in a thriller at Derrycramph Brian Dolan Ciaran Hanniffy Brendan Smith gave the Town a 3-0 interval lead. Johnny Graham from a penalty and Hanniffy with his second completed the scoring for the Town.

Death of Michael Jermyn late of 27 College Street at the age of 70 at the residence of his daughter Ann Thomascourt Cavan. Member of the very old and highly respected Jermyn family from Saint Mary’s Terrace Michael was son of the late Michael and Elizabeth Jermyn.. Outstanding footballer with Cavan Slashers and Cavan Gaels Michael played a pivotal role in the formation of the Gaels in 1957 and was a very keen supporter taking pride in their great achievements of recent years. Member of the Cathedral Choir for almost 40 years Michael had a beautiful tenor voice. Member of Cavan C B S I in his youth he took part in all the Boy Scout Pantomimes down the years as well as the Tops of Breffni.Brilliant painter and decorator Michael had great matching taste and his work was carried out to exacting standards seldom if ever reached before in the Community –a truly great craftsman. He could tackle any building or alteration job and complete it with his usual excellence. For many years Michael worked for Brendan Jenkins forming life long friends who appreciated Michael’s unique skills-Michael in turn always spoke in glowing terms of Brendan and his colleagues who worked on some of the biggest projects in the country. At the removal Cavan Gaels and his old colleagues from the Painters formed a Guard of Honour outside his home in College Street.He is survived by his wife Kathleen sons Eugene Sean Bernard and Michael and daughter Ann brothers Paddy Jackie Tony Martin and sister Margaret Guard of Honour formed by the Cathedral Choir who sang at his Requiem Mass. Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

March 16th 2006 Mullahoran schoolteacher and long time Community Games activist Rosemary O Reilly is the Cavan Person of the Year at the Gala Rehab/Anglo Celt Ball in the Kilmore Hotel. Secretary Cavan County Board Community Games since 1979 she is a founder member and Secretary of Mullahoran Athletic Club and is a member of the famous Mullahoran Apostolic Society since 1968.Rosemary is Principal of Mullahoran National School and is mother of former Cavan and Ulster footballer Damian O Reilly who played a key role in Cavan’s last Ulster Final; success in 1997.

Same Week Shane Kitson son of Seamus late of Saint Mary’s Terrace Cavan and the late Brigid (Brady) Ballyjamesduff is elected National President of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association. Aged 27 Shane will serve for a three year period. Illustrious career in the Society Shane has served as President of the Ballyjamesduff centre Secretary of East Cavan Region Chairman of the Kilmore Diocesan Youth Ulster Youth National Youth Kilmore Diocesan Readoiri. On arrival home he was accorded a huge welcome when over 300 thronged Saint Joseph’s Hall to honour him. Cavan County Council at their monthly meeting passed a resolution to accord Shane Kitson a Civic Reception at Cavan Courthouse.

Cormac Dunne Junior Cullies and Dr Declan Bedford Navan run the Dublin City Marathon in aid of Cystic Fibrosis and are pictured presenting the proceeds of their sponsorship a cheque for €4,000 to Raymond Dunne Chairman Cystic Fibrosis Cavan.

Death of Lena Duffy Broughderg Poles at Cavan General Hospital at the age of 87. Formerly Lena McGlade she was a native of Smear Aughnacliffe county Longford. After the death of her parents she was reared by Patrick McGlade OBE Director of Education in Northern Ireland. She later married John Duffy and they operated a public house in Ballyhaise before buying a farm at Broughderg Poles. John was a very well known farmer and bus driver for both Jackson’s and Wharton’s and was known and appreciated for his courtesy and safe driving throughout Cavan and Longford Lena was multi talented cultured person with a beautiful sense of humour and outstanding singing voice. She brought joy and happiness to everybody who had the pleasure of meeting her. Predeceased by her husband John and son Thomas in 2005. Survived by her son Sean Limerick daughters Joan Doherty Maynooth Carmel O Donoghue Carrickfern. Rev Phil Brady Laragh assisted by Fathers Andrew Tully CC Cavan Joe Young Limerick Enda Murphy Clifferna Kevin Fay Cavan and John Carolan celebrated the Requiem Mass in Saint Brigid’s Church Killygarry with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Pictured at the Cavan Lion’s Club Charity Art Exhibition and Auction at Station House opened by Shane Connaughton renowned author and playwright Sharon McLoughlin Cavan Lions Club Shane O Loughlin Drumlin House Cootehill and Halcyon Drumalee and Helen Veale President Cavan Lions’ Club.

Violence once again breaks out on Saint Patrick’s day after a lengthy weekend of the Irish custom of ‘drowning the shamrock’. Ten people were arrested for public order offences while 2 security staff at the Imperial Bar and Nightclub were rushed to Cavan General Hospital with serious facial injuries following a drink fuelled assault by some of the patrons attending the Disco.

Death of the legendary Sister Mercy Rooney at the age of 90 on Saint Patrick’s Day following a brief illness at the Mater Private Hospital Dublin. Outstanding nurse sister and matron in both Saint Phelim’s Hospital and later Saint Patrick’s College. Born on the 20th March 1916 at Rossinver county Leitrim she was the youngest of 12 children. In 1938 she qualified as a nurse in Belfast and later served in Our Lady’s Hospital Manorhamilton.She decided to become a nun and entered the Mercy Order in 1941 making her final profession on the 13th May 1947.She was appointed to Saint Felim’s Hospital Cavan in 1943 as a member of the nursing staff. Sister Mercy was appointed matron  in 1959 and served in that position with great distinction until she retired and was appointed matron to the boarders in Saint Patrick’s College in 1981.She revolutionised services to the elderly and looked on every patient as the image of Christ. All knights of the road were accorded a royal welcome and hot meals and clean bed before departing each morning with the promise that they would soon back to partake of the wonderful hospitality. Sister Mercy was a charismatic lively personality and carried out all her duties with a smile and twinkle in her eye. She was able to coordinate the resources of the hospital to the service of the patient and never ceased in her efforts to enhance the appearance of the premises and the service to her patients. She was ably assisted in her efforts by a great staff including the incomparable Joe Hickey who set out to make the preparation and the presentation of meals in the Hospital up to 5 star hotel standards. Gifted Pianist and singer Sister Mercy set out to project the image of the Hospital by taking part and winning the Tops of Breffni in 1969 and 1971 and the Player Wills in Kilnacrott in 1970.She was ably assisted by Mel Doherty John O Connor Jerry Graham Sean McManus the late Una McGovern a nurse in Saint Felim’s Ann Lennon Maisie Magee and Maura Maloney. She was an active member in the establishment of Alcoholics Anonymous and afforded them the Gate Lodge of the Hospital for many years. In a recent interview with Paddy Ronaghan (Ronaghan’s Rambles) Sister Mercy said that this was the most satisfying of all the work she carried out to see the patient returned to his/her family and keeping in good health with the assistance of his AA colleagues was the greatest of miracles. In 1981 she was appointed matron in Saint Patrick’s College here she looked after the requirements of many a home sick young boarder .Retiring to Cootehill Mercy Covent in 1994.Her  motto and party piece was the song “If I can help someone as I pass along then my living shall not be in vain”. The Sisters of Mercy left Saint Felim’s Hospital when it closed in 1997 after a distinguished service to the Community of 112 years. Sister Mercy Rooney was the brightest star in their firmament. Survived by her sisters Dolly Gallagher Kinlough Sister Brendan Greymoor Abbey New York and niece Sister Catherine Rooney Mercy Convent Newry. Saint Michael’s Church Cootehill was packed to capacity for the Funeral Mass where Bishop Leo O Reilly was chief celebrant. The choirs and traditional musicians in attendance played her favourite number ‘The Maid behind the Bar’ as a final farewell. Burial took place in the adjoining cemetery.

Pictured at the reception to launch Cavan’s 60th Drama Festival are Brian Sullivan Festival Director Tony Rishforth Adjudicator Sheila McGinnity Chairman Mel Greaney Cavan Credit Union sponsors Dolié Cullivan Angela O Connor Bishop Ken Clarke and Josie Coyle.

Presentation to Willie O Hanlon former Managing Director and sister Joan O Hanlon former Director of the Anglo Celt in the Kilmore Hotel in recognition of their combined 100 years service to the paper. Pictured are Niamh Brennan Paddy O Reilly PC TC Barbara Fortune Joan O Hanlon WP O Hanlon and his wife Nuala O Hanlon.

Enda McCormick is the senior footballer of the year and Evelyn Duffy is the Drumalee senior Ladie’s footballer of the year presented with their awards at the annual Drumalee GFC dinner dance in the Kilmore Hotel.

Death of the very popular Mary (Mai) Donegan late of Highfield Road at Saint Vincent’s Hospital Dublin at the age of 95. Lived the last few years of her life  at the residence of her daughter Frances Mount Anville  Park Dublin. Native of Curry county Sligo. The family came to Cavan in 1968.Lost her beloved husband Inspector Sam Donegan when he was a victim of a remotely controlled booby trap bomb at Legakelly on June 8th 1972.Mai continued to live in Highfield Road and reared her family surrounded by neighbours and friends. Beautiful woman she was extremely friendly and jovial making light of the hardships that befell her during her long life. Outstanding conversationalist she was very well informed on local national and international affairs and news and could speak with great authority abut current affairs. Predeceased by her husband Sam Garda Inspector she is survived by her sons John and Michael daughters Maura Rossney Kathleen Caffrey Frances McGrath and special friend Mary O Callaghan. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim Cavan to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Death of Mary Geelan Ballyconnell. Survived by her sons Michael and Sean daughter Marian brother Peter. Funeral from our Lady of Lourdes Church Ballyconnell following concelebrated Requiem Mass in the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes Ballyconnell to the adjoining cemetery.

‘Some Girls Will’ is the first novel by Denise Sewell Nee McGrath of Glenside Road. Educated at Saint Clare’s NS and Loreto. Like her well known father Leo she spent 15 years with an Post in Cavan Dundalk Dun Laoghaire and Carrickmacross. Retired from the Post Office in 2001 to devote herself full time to her two children Ken and Olivia. Hailed by the Evening Herald as ‘brilliant book hard gritty and very funny’!.

Death of Mary McManus just five weeks after the death of her husband Paddy at Cavan General Hospital. Native of Athleague County Roscommon she was an Hotel Manageress before her marriage. Member of many of the Cathedral societies she was particularly active in the promotion of Saint Joseph Young Priest’s Society and took an active part in the Legion of Mary and the Social Services. Member of County Cavan Golf Club she served as Lady Captain and was President of the combined Club for three years succeeding her husband Paddy in office for which the family donated the McManus Cup which is still played for on President’s Day. Predeceased by her husband Paddy she is survived by her son Tom and daughter Ann Gorby and sister Sue in the USA. Funeral following concelebrated Requiem Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Cullies cemetery.

March 30th 2006  Cornmill Theatre Carrigallen are the winners of the Open section and the Dr Lyons Cup with their own composition ‘Dig’ at the 60th Cavan Drama Festival in the Town Hall. Written by Seamus O Rourke who was awarded the Adjudicator’s Prize while Killian McGuinness Cornmill Theatre Carrigallen was voted Best Director .Best Actor Brian O Reilly Cornmill Theatre Carrigallen Best Actress Marie Sheehy in Noel Coward’s ‘Blithe Spirit’ presented by the Anvill Players Killmallock who also won the Phil Cullivan trophy for Best Stagecraft at the Festival. Jim Scanlon Trophy for Stage Setting Cornmill Theatre Carrigallen. Rathfarnham Theatre Group were the winners of the Confined Section with ‘The Way You Look To Night’ while Fiona Williams Rathfarnham was awarded the Ray O Connor Shield for the Best Young Actor/Actress.

Same Week Joanne Hayes is appointed Tourism Marketing Executive for County Cavan.She holds a BSc from Dublin Institute of Technology where she has spent the last  4 years teaching.

Fionagh O Hanlon Kilnavara daughter of Danny and Mary O Hanlon marries  John Murphy son of Michael and Ann Murphy Newcastle County Dublin in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Phelim Cavan. Reception in the Slieve Russell Ballyconnell.

Death of Paddy Gillmartin Loreto Cross and late of Ballinaglera county Leitrim at the age of 87.Mechanic by trade Paddy served his apprenticeship in Belfast before taking up an appointment with Jackson’s Garage Cavan. Later spent 10 years working in Fletcher’s of Killeshandra and latterly as Foreman in charge of machinery maintenance at Roadstone North East area. Brilliant operator Paddy was an expert and totally dedicated to his job. He was available night and day to those with mechanical or motor problems and tackled each job with equal enthusiasm and success. Survived by his wife Mary (Dot) sons Joe and Noel daughters Ann and Maura. Funeral following Requiem Mass in Saint Aidan's Church Butlersbridge with burial in Butlersbridge cemetery.

Social Services Whist 1st Lady Teresa McConnell 2nd Lady Kathleen McNamara 3rd Lady Eileen Conaty 1st Gent Aidan Conaty 2nd Gent Pat McKiernan 3rd  Gent Sean Leinster Gent’s Hatcher Tony McLoughlin.

Sean Johnston Dublin City University Cavan and Cavan Gaels football star is presented with his Datapac Hotshots award for 2006 at Croke Park.

Doctor Cullen Cup at County Cavan Golf Club is won by Dermot Edmund playing off 20 with a score of 43 points 2nd Paul McCabe off 11 with 41 points 3rd John Grogan off 4 with 41 points Anthony Sheridan off 7 won the Gross with 29 points.

Loreto College Cavan win the Innovation Award at the annul contest at the RDS Dublin. The team includes 5 entrepreneurs Niamh Rice Gráinne Fleming Carolann O Gorman Enna Mulligan and Marian Phelan who are pictured with their teacher and mentor Carmel Dolan. The team have published a book entitled ‘Wooff’ containing useful tips for rearing and feeding puppies including nutrition advice and tips on dealing with the psychological nature of young puppies. They have already raised €2,000 to date and 20% of all the proceeds go to the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the book is on sale in Cavan at the Pet Clinic Drumalee. Over 3,000 students from all over the country competed.

The Kilmore Hotel Cavan is the venue for the 10th Annul Ball of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Society where the guest speaker was Derry’s Nobel Peace Winner MP and MEP John Hume. Pictured are Suzanne Scott (Chair) John Hume Shane Kitson (National President) Louise Gallagher (Secretary) Eugene Hall (Assistant Treasurer) Gillian Lynch (Assistant Secretary) Gary O Callaghan Martha Smith and Father Andrew Tully CC Cavan.

Clare Dooley Castletara Ballyhaise receives her B Education Honours degree from Dublin City University. Educated at Castletara NS Loreto College and Saint Patrick’s Drumcondra Clare is daughter of Christy and Carmel Dooley Castletara.

Eoin Smith from Lismullig Poles receives his Honours BA in Environmental Science from Sligo Institute of Technology. Educated at Killygarry NS and Saint Patrick’s College he is son of Terry and Phil Smith Lismullig Poles.

Michael and Kathleen Clarke from Church Street bid a fond farewell to their filling station at Latt Cross which they have operated for the last 40 years. They opened on the 6th June 1966- the year Galway won the 3 in a row All Ireland football Championships. Great attention to detail and customer care they won the National Roadside Filling Station Garden award on several occasion and were always at hand day and night to facilitate their myriad of loyal customers. The property has been bought by well known developer Jim McGahern of Crosserlough Construction who will be opening  a state of the art filling station and supermarket. Mick and Kathleen pay tribute to Sean McCullough who gave 25 years sterling service Tony Higgins 20 years and Noel McGurran 6 years.

David Mackey CEO P Elliott and Company is the recipient of one of Sean Kelly’s Presidential awards at a ceremony in Croke Park. David has been Chairman of the Croke Park Development committee responsible for the day to day running of Croke Park and its magnificent economic success. The venture has been lauded by the business community as well as the general public.

Andrew Murray wins his 4th consecutive professional fight when he outpoints Frederic Gossett a veteran of 37 professional fights at the Café Royal in London’s West End. Andrew was a unanimous points winner outlasting his older opponent over the second half of a thrilling fight.

 April 6th 2006 Clair Haren Elmbank is conferred with her Bachelor of Business Studies from the Institute of Public Administration. Educated at Saint Clare’s National School and Loreto College Clair is only daughter of Paddy and Mary Haren Elmbank Cavan.

Same Week Death of Freddie Reid Derrycramph at Queen’s University Hospital Birmingham. Survived by his wife Pat sons Robert and Dean daughter Deborah sisters Polly Logue Derrycramph Victoria Rowntree Kingscourt and Winnie Beatty Cavan. Funeral took place in Birmingham.

Cavan Number 1 School receives additional funding of €90,000 from the Department of Education and Science for their building project at the school in Farnham Street.

Cavan Bridge Club 1st Paddy McDermott and Aileen Timoney 2nd Val Maguire and Willie Finegan 3rd Aidan Leahy and Anselm Lovett.

Cavan Town beat Middletown Rovers Armagh in the Quarter Final of the Sean Woods Perpetual Cup at Derrycramph. The teams were tied ar2-2 at full time with both Cavan goals being scored by Patrick Wall one in each half. The star of the team was once again veteran goalkeeper John Heffernan who kept Cavan in the competition with some spectacular saves. Gary Ferncombe Mark Ferncombe Greg Meehan John Heffernan Aaron Heffernan and Mark Scorr converted their penalties to send the Town on to the Semi Finals of the competition.

April 20th 2006 Paddy Combes Killymooney Drive is acclaimed as Ireland’s Brainiest Man on the Ruth Scott RTE Radio 2 Show. Married to Margaret (Nee McCaffrey) Paddy is a member of the Defence Forces and they have 4 children Catherine Lorraine Paul and Brian. Ruth Scott presented her show from the Car Park as Paddy and Cavan were the last county standing. An  authority on sport and general knowledge Paddy has won many competitions at local and national level. Keen Shelbourne FC supporter all his life Paddy would like to form a Shels fan club in Cavan.

Death of the well known highly respected Brian Coleman ‘Berena’ Farnham Road and late of Drumalee.Native of Portadown county Armagh Brian came to Cavan in 1950 and established the Accountancy firm of Lennon and Coleman which had offices in Church Street. All Ireland Senior Champion dancer on three consecutive occasions Brian was a founder member and active member of Cumainn Rinnce and Cabhain. Founder member and long time Treasurer of the Breffni Boys Band and the highly successful Cavan Carnival that ran for many years opposite the Meadow View Lounge. Member of the Cavan Players with such outstanding personalities as Eugene Monaghan Carmel Fitzpatrick Jack Binchey Bill Galvin Miriam and Una Healy Joe Berwick and Mary Smith Brian won gold medals as Best Actor at both Cavan and Ballyshannon Drama Festivals. Outstanding gaelic footballer and hurler in his youth Brian joined Drumalee G F C and served on the Committee holding several different offices including Treasurer. Member of both Cavan and Bundoran Golf Clubs Brian was a former Captain of County Cavan and the Club was closed as a mark of respect on the day of his funeral. In latter years Brian’s friendly welcoming presence and great good humour was to be found at the families Cavan Gifts (opposite the Convent) where he took great pride in the success of his son Edward and Elizabeth. The Company was started in 1985 by Brian’s wife Philomena and daughter Antoinette situated opposite Smyth’s in Upper Main Street. Survived by his wife Philomena (Nee O Reilly) sons Edward and Brian daughters Antoinette Elizabeth Denise and  Aloighise and 17 grandchildren. Past Captains of County Cavan Golf Club formed a Guard of Honour at the funeral from the Cathedral to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Paul Jermyn 30 Saint Phelim’s Place son of Jackie and Joan marries Allison Hirst daughter of Bert and Jean Sutton in Craven North Yorkshire in Saint Michael’s and All Angels Church in Haworth West Yorkshire.

Death of Margaret (Madge) Smith Butlersbridge at the residence of her daughter Mairead at the age of 99-she would have been 100 on the 10th March 2007.Native of Banagore Nenagh county Tipperary she was married to well known Butlersbridge Publican and former Slashers star footballer Danny Smith who won county senior Championship medals in 1930 and 1931 playing in goals. They purchased the Grocery and Bar from Vincent Bartley and Family in 1940 and Madge always preferred to remain in the background taking charge of the Grocery Department where she was extremely popular generous and charitable valuing the loyalty and friendship of her many customers. Predeceased by her husband Danny in 1965 and by her eldest son Con in July 1990 she is survived by her son Kevin well known Dublin Solicitor and greyhound owner daughters Mairead Delaney Mary O Connor and sister Elsie Barnagole. Funeral following concelebrated Requiem Mass n Saint Aidan's Butlersbridge to Saint Aidan's cemetery.

Death of Mary Smith Main Street Arva and formerly The Annex Saint Phelim’s Hospital at the age of 77.Nurse by profession Mary qualified with her SRN in Manchester before taking up an appointment at Saint Kevin’s Hospital Dublin and later the Eye and Ear Dublin coming to Saint Phelim’s Hospital in 1966 where she remained until her  retirement in 1994.Very popular and caring Mary was also very active in the formation of the Council for the Blind in Cavan and was actively involved in the Legion of Mary Saint Vincent De Paul and was a founding member of The Social Services in which she took a leading part. Member of Fianna Fail Mary was elected to Cavan County Council and served from 1979-1984.Survived by her brothers PJ John Charlie and Francis sisters Bridie and Margaret.Funeral followed concelebrated Requiem Mass in the Sacred Heart Church Arva with burial in Coronea cemetery.

April 27th 2006 65 acre  residential farm at Lisdarn is sold by PJ O Reilly Auctioneers at Public Auction in the Farnham Hotel for a record €20 million. There were 5 bidders and bidding commenced at €10 million. The auction was adjourned when bidding reached €18 million and a group of developers well known in the South and Midlands bought the land at €20 million.There are plans for a link road to connect the Farnham Road with the land at a later date and thee is not adequate sewerage scheme in the area to accommodate the proposed new development. Noel Elliott representing P Elliott and Company were the under bidders at €18 million. It is believed that the same property was  on offer at public auction just two years ago and failed to reach the reserve of €1 million!

Same Week Patrick Elliott and Rory Kennedy lead the Irish Dunlop National Rally Championship after their 2nd placed finish in the Hotel Hillgrove Monaghan Stages Rally Donegal pair Adrian McIlvaney and Paul Goodman were winners just 19 seconds ahead of Elliott in his James Elliott Construction Subaru Impreza S 0 WRC.

Cuts Fitness Club opened in Church Street by Kerry football legend Mick O Connell and former international running star Catherina McKiernan. Owned by Aidan Watters and Cathal Brady the Club is managed by Eamonn Kelly.

Ronaghan’s Rambles compiled by Paddy Ronaghan Moynehall this week profiles Tom McKenna.McKenna's Drapery was established by Tom’s father at the top of Oliver Plunkett Street in 1919.His father actually attended Mass and Fairs to measure customers for hand crafted suits made to the highest specification. Tom later married Kathleen McKiernan from Corlesmore and they ran a very successful grocery and bar in Main Street where among their employees was Drumalee and Cavan star Donie Fay and Dominick Cadden whose family operated the Post Office in Loughduff for over 100 years. Tom and Kathleen now live in Farnham Street and have 4 children Manix Thomas Lily and Marie. Gene Cullivan a native of Cavan town was born in College Street son of Joe and Mary Cullivan.His father Joe was a very well known plumber and goalkeeper with Cavan Slashers with whom he won a Senior Championship medal in 1925.His mother Mary was a native of Mountnuggent and a member of the Finnegan family. His uncle Eugene won 9 Senior Ulster Championship medals for Cavan. Gene married to Gertie Farrell Butlersbridge was a teacher and Headmaster in Drung National School from 1953 to 1994.Gifted actor and singer Gene starred in many of the Boy Scout Pantomimes and Tops of Breffni Shows in the Town Hall. Founder member of Cavan Shamrocks in 1962 Gene has devoted his life to coaching and training the youth in the arts  and crafts of soccer football always favouring skill and craft to brawn and physical tactics. Gerry McCullough born and reared in Saint Patrick’s Swellan is a Post Man and son of Paddy and Nan McCullough. His father was a Linotype operator in the Anglo Celt. Great wit and humour loves a fag a pint and a joke and spends his time bringing a little sunshine into people’s lives. Lily O Rourke is married to well known Labour politician and Trade Union official Johnny O Rourke who won 2 Senior League medals with Cavan Harps in 1948/1949.Member of the famous Weir family who were street traders and hawkers in Cavan for over 100 years. Her mother was a member of the famous Cavan trading family the McCaffrey's who one time had a well stocked shop on the Half Acre. The last feature this week is the Robinson Brothers from Milltown Belturbet.Charlie is the last member of the family still pursuing the trade of high class furniture and marqetry.His master piece the Divine Mercy piece is now on display in Kilnacrott Abbey. Over 1800 pieces of intricate workmanship and veneers from 10 different countries involved the statue is 8 foot high by 5 foot wide. The business was founded by his father Michael in 1922 and brothers Michael Charles Tom Joe RIP worked together for 56 years. Charles is one of Ireland’s best known bee keepers and uses bees wax in the course of his work as well as supplying top grade honey to neighbours and friends.

May 4th 2006  Irish Dance teacher Michael Maguire and his family from London and late of Saint Brigid’s Terrace are pictured this week following Elli Maguire’s 3rd World Dancing Championship win in Belfast. Son of the late Edward and Mrs Maguire Michael’s family still live in Cavan including Sean Teddy Martin Ann McKiernan and Marie McGovern

Same Week Death of the very popular Terry O Reilly Drumalee at the age of 81 at College View Nursing Home following a short illness. Native of Aughaconey Ballinagh Terry was son of the late Michael and Roseanne O Reilly. Educated at Aughaconey National School and Saint Patrick’s College Terry joined the Garda Siochana in 1945.He was firs posted to Drumod Station on the Armagh border later transferred to Navan,he was later made a Sergeant and posted to Glangevlin and then Shercock before being appointed to the prestigious position of Weights and Measures Inspector for Cavan. Outstanding footballer for Saint Patricks College Ballinagh and Drumod where he won McRory Cavan and Louth Championship medals. It was his involvement with County Cavan Golf Club that he is best remembered in recent times acting as Treasurer for almost 20 years always ensuring that the Club’s financial affairs were correct and in order. He played a very significant part in ensuring the stability and viability of the club following their huge expenditure on extending the course and purchase of Aranmore as a Club  House. Captain of the Club , he was also a life time member of Baltray county Louth. Daily Mass goer and Communicant Terry took an active part in the affairs of the Cathedral acting as Steward and Collector for many years. Outstanding gardener Terry had impeccable taste and was a well known figure on his long walks usually with his wife Delores through town and country in the vicinity of Cavan town. He was quiet and unassuming with a great turn of humour and wit. As a mark of respect the Club was closed on the day of his funeral. Predeceased by his sons Michael and Raymond he is survived by his wife Delores daughters Rosemary Southport Anne Drogheda and Nuala in Dublin sister Margaret Maguire Oldcastle brothers James Main Street Ballinagh Michael Joe Dunboyne Road Kilcock.Funeral Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim concelebrated by Fathers Andrew Tully CC Cavan Felim McGovern CC Cavan Tom Murray Templeport and Father Pat Brady an old distinguished class mate from Saint Patrick’s College. Burial took place in Cullies cemetery.

Andrew Murray is voted young Irish professional boxer of the year. The Ard Na Greinne Lightweight now fights out of Saint Alban’s in England and is undefeated in 5 professional contests. He is managed by Michael Holland.

Philip Mullen defeats Kenneth Ellis to win the Junior Snooker Championship at Cavan CYMS while Jamie O Rourke and Jodie Rodgers are the beaten Semi Finalists. Michael Ellis  wins the Pat O Brien sponsored Junior Final and receives a mountain bike and a cheque for €100 defeating Levi Murphy in a titanic Final. Declan Meehan and Paul Morris were the beaten Semi Finalists.

Death of ?Gilchrest London and Cavan in London. Survived by his wife Josephine sons Oliver and Hugh. Funeral from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Cullies cemetery.

The Department of Public Works announces that they have finally reached an agreement and signed a contract with the Brady family Fortview Farnham Road for the purchase of 10.84 acres adjoining their home for the relocation of the Department of Energy Communications Broadcasting and Natural Resources for a sum in the region of €2.9 million. It is expected that the project will go to tender shortly and that 378 people will be employed there by 2009.An advance party from the Department will transfer to Cavan and locate at Elm House within the next few months.

Sean McMahon of the Anglo Celt is appointed President of the Ulster Spot's Writers Association succeeding John Graham of the Northern Standard who served in the position for the last five years.

Death of Kathleen Jermyn 27 College Street at the age of 68.Predeceased by her husband Michael just five weeks ago. She was a member of the very well known Donohoe family from College Street. Her father Mick (Bunnoe) Donohoe was a driver first with GNR and later with CIE. She was a devoted wife mother and grandmother. Enjoyed a night out at the Bingo and a few drinks in her favourite hostelry Kate Malone’s Gaelic House. She had a great devotion to Padre Pio and visited the shrine in Medjugorie.Great character and personality she acted as Secretary for all her husband and families business activities and made sure that all the customers were attended to quickly and to their complete satisfaction. Predeceased by her husband Michael she is survived by her sons Eugene Sean Bernard Michael daughter Ann brother Jimmy Dublin sisters Gertie Dublin and Josephine London. Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.

Down beat Cavan 1-12 to 0-11 in the 1st Round of the Ulster Senior Championship at Casement Park Belfast before an attendance of 12,100.Many of the Cavan supporters stayed away after the team’s humiliating defeat to Waterford in the final game of the National League. Amazingly Finbar O Reilly from Lacken selected on the subs bench refused to travel sparking another unwelcome controversy for Cavan football. In sunny ideal weather conditions the teams were tied at 0-6 all at the interval. Benny Coulter scored the decisive goal in the 56th minute to give Down a 1-9 to 0-8 lead. Down finished the stronger team despite sterling pressure by Cavan Gaels star Sean Johnston. Dan Gordon Down star midfielder received a straight red card just before the final whistle.Scorers for Cavan Sean Johnston 0-6-3 frees Larry Reilly 0-2 Paul Brady Dermot McCabe Gerald Pierson 0-1 each. In the curtain raiser Cavan Minors beat the reigning All Ireland Champions Down 1-16-1-13.Down fielded with 4 of the team that beat Mayo in the All Ireland Final. Local players Enda Gaffney Drumalee pointed for Cavan while Martin Dunne Cavan Gaels introduced as a late substitute also scored a point for the winners.

May 11th 2006 Jackie’s Barber Shop opens at 11 College Street. Pictured are Kim Sexton Jackie Kelly-Graham Hannah Panfleth Amanda O Reilly and Karena McGreevey. Jackie began her career as a teenager in Men Only and later gained valuable experience in Grafton Barbers Grafton Street Dublin before returning to Men only where she has already served a total of 16 years. Kim Sexton another teenager from Derrycramph is 4 years with the firm while Amanda O Reilly from Lavey is 5 years and Karena McGreevy from Belturbet has been with Jackie since she took over the lease in Men Only. During the opening period Jackie and staff are offering free vouchers to Holy Communion and Confirmation customers and each tiny tot will received a signed certificate.

Same Week Philomena Clarke from Cavan Hospice along with her colleagues presents the proceeds of their run in the Ladies Mini Marathon to Saint Luke’s Hospital Rathgar Dublin 6 where Philomena suffering from breast cancer received the highest standard of care and treatment and is happily fully recovered and back working in Saint Christopher’s Hospice Cavan. Pictured are Helen Brady Bernie Fay Philomena Clarke and Nicola Farrell. Philomena is married to Martin and they have one daughter Caroline.

Donna McCabe from Tiny Tots Crèche O Raghallaigh Park celebrates the success of her venture which caters for all ages of tiny tots and is open all year round. Donna states that being a Child Carer requires a high degree of skill and patience !

May 18th 2006 The Department of Education and Science sanctions new school ;building for Saint Patrick’s College at the rear of the existing school. The college was first built in 1871 designed by William Hague Plush Cloverhill Butlersbridge Architect at a cost pf €17,000.It was originally a Junior Seminary for the Diocese of Kilmore and is now the new Pastoral Centre. Saint Patrick’s College has a student body of 520 pupils and 36 teachers. The planning and development now progresses to Stage 3 to complete the final design and estimate the cost in preparation for sending the project to tender.

Same Week Death of the very well known Cavan business man Sean Reilly 15 The Willows Latt and the Shop Drumalee at the age of 73.Son of the late Matt and Mary Bridget O Reilly Drumherrish. Joined Cavan County Council at the age of 16 and worked on the construction of the new Ballyhaise Road. Later Sean bought a tractor from Tom Clarke in Smith’s Garage and proceeded to set himself up s an Agricultural Contractor later adding a lorry and other machinery. Employed a large body of men during the Land Reclamation Scheme. Later Sean set up business where he delivered tractors and cars to Tractamotors from the assemblers in Dublin. Bought Cossack’s Shop in Drumalee where his wife Ita and family ran the grocery and general business and Sean started a large coal distribution business catering for nearly all of County Cavan. Indeed Sean’s trucks were an ever present on the main Cavan/Dublin Road ferrying tons of coals from Dublin Docks. Deeply involved in local politics Sean was a nephew of the famous Charlie Reilly Drumherrish founder and long time Cavan County Councillor for Clann Na Poblachta. Charlie was the Election Agent for Castletara’s John Tully who was elected on several occasions to Dail Eireann and held the balance of power when the Coalition Government led by John Costello were in office after the General election of 1948.Sean’s brother Matthew was to inherit Charlie’s seat on Cavan County Council and after the demise of their beloved Clann Na Poblachta joined Fianna Fail where he served for many years on Cavan County Council. Sean Reilly was an outstanding footballer administrator and benefactor of Drumalee GFC who formed a Guard of Honour and the coffin was draped in the Drumalee colours. Predeceased by his son Eugene Sean Reilly is survived by his wife Ita sons Myles, John Pat, and Noel daughters Caroline Christine Geraldine brothers Matthew Cathal Oliver and Gene sisters Anna Cullivan and Francis Tobin. Funeral following concelebrated Requiem Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim with burial afterwards in Cullies cemetery.

Adele Trenier Allison Bayliss Gail Lovett representing the Royal School are the winners of the Health Promotion art competition sponsored by Cavan Credit Union.

Philip Doherty Gortnakesh is short listed for the RTE Radio 1 PJ O Connor Award for his ½ hour drama ‘Mysterious Ways’. The winner will receive €3,000 Runner Up €2,000 and 3rd €1,000.Philip is son of Mel and Rosaleen Doherty Gortnakesh Cavan.

Dr Khalid and Betty McCaffrey are the winners of the President’s Ann Fallon’s Prize at Crannog Bridge Club 2nd was Etta McIntyre and Madge Curran 3rd Mary McNicholas and Mary McGovern Best Gross Stella Corr and Phyl O Reilly. Beginners Bernie Duffy and Perlina McCaffrey 2nd Felicity Sheridan and Mona Fitzpatrick.

Kay Henry and Father Thomas Woods win the President’s (Elizabeth Galligan’s Prize at Cavan Bridge Club 2nd I Brady and Pat Plunkett 3rd Eileen McEnri and Vera Wilson.

Death of Ellen O Reilly 10 Harmony Heights Cavan at Esker Lodge Nursing Home at the age of 85.Native of Coranure and member of the very well known Greenan family she came from a farming background. Outstanding painter decorator and excellent cook and baker. Survived by her husband Matt sons Hughie Philip daughters Rose Peggy T ?? Mary and Helen sisters Mary Ballyhaise and Peggy Warrenpoint. Funeral following concelebrated Requiem Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Saint Patrick’s cemetery Castletara.

May 25th 2006  Des Cullen Labour member of Cavan Town Council calls for two additional public holidays in Ireland. Des states that Ireland is lagging behind the rest of Europe and only England and the Netherlands have less statutory holidays in the year.

Same Week Farnham National School present a cheque for €1,100 to fund the Vocational School’s forthcoming Mission to Zambia. Pictured are Eugene Reilly (Vice Principal) Bernard Donoghue Principal Clare Browne Reilly and Father Jason Murphy Cavan Vocational School. Students pictured are Ena ?? McDwyer Enda Fitzsimmons Evan Fortune Louise Coleman Sophie Egan Morna O Hanlon Emma Walsh and Miete Joe Otuna.

McCarren and Company launch the new Country Market at McCarren Direct Store. Small local producers access to public selling their high class producer similar to the very successful approach of McCarren Direct. Producers of cheese bread fruit vegetables home bakery relishes fish confectionery craft are invited to participate. The Country Market will operate each Saturday from Saturday 4th June from 9:30 to 4 and is funded by Cavan Leader and Partnership.

Kay Henry and Father Thomas Woods win the double when they are best in Cavan Budge Club Captain’s Prize (Leo Brady). Kay and Father Woods only recently won the 2006 President’s Prize 2nd Pat Plunkett and Kathleen Clarke 3rd Aileen Timmoney and Pat McDermott.

Andrew Murray beats another veteran Carl All who has had over 70 professional fights at London’s York Hall. Andrew was again very impressive particularly over the last few rounds as his older opponent faded. The referee awarded the fight to the unbeaten Ard Na Greinne Lightweight 60-54.

Super new fashion emporium Helen’s Fashions opens at 61 Main Street. The split level layout and presentation of the shop would do justice to any of London’s High Streets and the fashions are all from the world leaders in ladies’ fashions. The proprietor is Helen Nixon Corrahane Cavan supported by brother Dennis and parents Freddy and Rebecca. Pictured is Helen with her outstanding staff Terese Beirne Paula Sheridan and Betty Nixon.

Death of Seamus James Slacke Main Street Ballinagh at Cavan General Hospital. Predeceased by his daughter Dani, Seamus is survived  by his wife Eilish sons Raymond Leo George daughter Cepta. Funeral from Saint Patrick’s Church Drumcor to Finea cemetery.

June 1st 2006 Johnston Central Library will be unveiled to the public next Tuesday June 6th 2006.Took over 6 years to plan fund and build the Library will be dedicated to the memory of the late Cavan County Manager Brian Johnston who was the inspiration behind the project. Built by Kilcawley Construction Sligo at a cost of €10.3 million the 3 storey 21,000 square meter building was designed by Shaffrey Architects. The building will accommodate Cavan County Library on the ground floor where 40,000 books are available to borrow or reference 19 state of the art computers with broadband and internet enabled free to all members coffee dock exhibition centre and spacious seating arrangements. On the ground floor are also contained the Reference Library and Local Studies as well as the micro film service magazines comics DVDs CDs and Audio and Video learning aids. On the second floor is the Genealogical Centre and the Library Archive Service. The County Enterprise Board and Cavan County Council Planning Service are accommodated on the  top floor. Josephine Brady is the County Librarian and she describes the Library as a “civic space where people feel safe and welcome”!

Same Week Josie Coyle Megs Almond Dr Aíne Sullivan and sister Frances Galligan are pictured campaigning for the continuation of the ancient right of Market Squares to be retained as centres for selling fish vegetables home bakery arts and crafts to locals at Cavan Market Square.

Derry’s Charlie Donnelly and Co Driver Paddy Toner win the Hotel Kilmore Cavan Stages Rally in their Toyota Corolla just 31 seconds ahead of Patrick Elliott and Roy Kennedy in their James Elliott Construction Subaru Impreza. Patrick Elliott retains the overall lead in the Dunlop Rally Championship. At the presentation of prizes in the Kilmore Hotel Marty Sherlock Clerk of the Course returns thanks to Niall Murray Pitlane Cathal O Reilly Jackson’s Garage Cavan Crystal J&M Cars Cavan Chevrolet Garda  Cavan County Council and local residents along the rally’s path.

Frank Glancy and PJ Dolan beat Bernie Quinn and George Harrison to win the Malone Cup at County Cavan Golf Club. The in form Glancy and Dolan are in the Farnham Cup Final where they will take on Oliver Garvey and John Grogan.

Cavan’s 16 year old John Joe Nevin becomes the youngest ever winner of the Under 19 Junior Boxing Championship at 46 kilos in the National Stadium in Dublin.Nevin is already the holder  of 5 under age national titles and is tipped as a future Senior Champion and contender for a place at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.In the final Nevin defeated the more experienced Michael Kelly from the Immaculate Club Divis Flats Belfast 12-3.

Melissa Wall opens Ella Rouge Beauty Salon a haven of peace and beauty away from the hectic rush of everyday life at 3 Bridge Street. Offering facial and full body treatments. Manicures and spray tan are a speciality. Melisa passed her Leaving Certificate at Saint Mary’s Wexford before going to Waterford Institute of Technology where she obtained her certificate in Beauty Therapy with 1st class Honours. Melissa is vivacious friendly courteous and an excellent therapist.

Death of Mary (Phyllis) Williams in Colwyn Bay Wales .Daughter of the late John and Agnes Sexton Breffni Park. Predeceased by her husband Reg brothers Michael and Brendan she is survived by her sons Robert and Anthony sisters Maureen Scanlon and Josephine Fay. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim Cavan to  Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

June 8th 2006 Death of one of Cavan’s best known entrepreneurs and businessmen Tom Clarke Cathedral Road after a short recurrence of cancer at the age of 77 in Cavan General Hospital. Born on the 2nd July 1928 son of Tom and Susan Clarke at Drumcor. His father was an ex RIC man and his mother a National Teacher. Educated at Drumcor National School and Saint Patrick’s College Tom left before the Inter Cert of 1943 and worked at home on the land. On September 9th 1946 Tom started his career in the motor industry in Smith’s Garage Dublin Road Cavan at 10/- per week later rising to £1. As the war was finishing in Europe the motor business started to re-emerge after years of rationing and travel restrictions. Tom was appointed to the Stores and later became Store Manager. With the increase volume of sales of motor cars Tom later was appointed Salesman for Austin Cars and Ferguson Tractors which were assembled in the Garage and sold in their hundreds to farmers from all over Ireland as reconditioned tractors. The demand always outstripped the supply and Smiths sold over 600 Ferguson tractors per year. Appointed Sales Manager in 1955 when the number of employees reached 140 compared to only 10 when Tom joined the firm in 1946.Joined with his good friend and Manger of Smith’s Brendan Murray in purchasing Harry Richmond’s on the junction of the Dublin and Ballinagh Road and commenced trading as Tractamotors. Brendan an Accountant by profession and former Down Senior hurling goalkeeper had joined the Smith Motor Group as Accountant in 1948.Later they opened a chain of 13 garages and began to assemble tractors which they sold at the rate of 500 per year and in the 1970s exported 1,000 tractors per annum to America. The company commenced their long association with Fiat in 1968 and were the main Fiat dealers in Ireland. Tom travelled the world sourcing good value reliable well built machinery for the Irish Market visiting England France Italy Poland Spain and China. Later the company moved into textiles footwear, trailers general hardware and electrical goods. They also maintained Cavan Motors on the Dublin Road as the main Datsun agent for County Cavan while Tom himself invested heavily in agriculture land and property. Incredibly humble and down to earth Tom maintained a pitch in the Market Square where he sold the produce of his gardening with his good friend Jimmy Jackson from Swellan and supplied hundreds of gardeners with their annual cabbage plants from their 2 acre garden holding which was the pride of Tom’s many ventures. Lifetime member of Cavan Rehab and founder of the money spinning Rehab Person of the Year awards in 1981.It is due to Tom’s great passion and drive that the Rehab have so many  excellent facilities in this area. Tom was for many years a member of the National Executive and Chairman National Rehab Care. Outstanding gardener and breeder of champion horses in the area Tom had a great zest for life and was extremely popular and well known to all segments of the community. Stricken with cancer in 2000 Tom battled back to recover his full health and strength and campaigned and collected in all sorts of weather for the relief and research of cancer and particularly the homecare facilities. No matter what befell him Tom always grasped the silver lining and turned disaster and ill luck into triumph and opportunity. Survived by his wife Bridie son John daughters Maeve Ann Carmel and Miriam brothers James and Right Rev Monsignor John Clarke New Jersey. The Rehab and members of the management and staff at Tractamotors formed a Guard of Honour while the chief celebrants of the Funeral Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim were his brother Monsignor John and his nephew Father Tom McKiernan. Tractamotors was closed as a mark of respect. Funeral from the Cathedral to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Same Week McCarren’s Irish Market starts on Saturday June 10th.Modelled on the present day French markets where fresh quality food and produce are offered to the public at a reasonable price. There are 18 pitches which can be expanded with the arrival of further producers. The three men mainly responsible for this innovative move are Andrew McCarren MD McCarren’s Aidan Rothwell Financial Controller and Nigel Cole Market Manager. Tom and Carmel Fitzpatrick are pictured at the first market which took place outside the company’s headquarters last Saturday in warm bright sunshine.

Crannog Bridge N/S 1st Stella Corr and Susan Ridley 2nd Vera Coulter and Mary Donohoe E/W 1st Ann Byrne and Johnny O Reilly 2nd Maureen McNamara and Bernadette Carolan.

The men in form Frank Glancy and PJ Dolan win their second major trophy in two weeks when they beat John Grogan and Oliver Garvey in the Final of the Kilmore Cup at County Cavan Golf Club.

Andrew Murray beats Frenchman Tony Jourda from Lyons with a 3rd round stoppage by referee Emile Teidt at the National Stadium Dublin where he was roared to victory by a bus load of vociferous Cavan supporters. Andrew has now got his sights firmly set on the Irish Lightweight title held by Peter McDonagh.

Death of the very well known highly popular Mary (Mamie) Donnelly  formerly River Street Breffni Terrace and Church View after a long illness at John Sullivan Home. Member of the old and highly respected Weir family many of whom were hawkers and traders. Mamie spent many years in England where she met and married Michael Donnelly who later worked in McCarren’s and Monery. Mamie herself worked cleaning offices and local insurance and government buildings in the evenings. They loved a night out at the Bingo and attended both sessions in the Town Hall each week meeting friends and staying up to date with the latest local news. After Michael’s untimely death Mamie was very distressed and heartbroken and she wandered from one house to the next in various locations failing to recapture the golden years with her husband Michael in Emmett Place. In latter years she first lived at Keadue and then moved into the nearby John Sullivan Home where she was lovingly cared and attended to .funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Cullies cemetery.

Death of Nancy Soraghan ‘Dillagh’ Moynehall Ballinagh Road after a short illness at the age of 73 in Cavan General Hospital.Native of Cootehill she was very active in the local organisations including the Breffni Boys Band Cavan Carnival Committee Social Services and Cathedral Altar Society. Along with husband Pat she was a  valued member of Cavan Town Ceanntair Fianna Fail. Gentle charitable and extremely welcoming to friends and neighbours .she is survived by her husband Pat sons Martin Gerald Pat Junior brother Gene in England sisters Delores England and Olive Ballinagh. Funeral following concelebrated Requiem Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Killygarry cemetery.

June 15th 2006 Death of Charles J Haughey former Government Minister and Taoiseach after a long illness at his home in Kinsealy County Dublin at the age of 80.Elected to the Dail in 1957 he dominated Irish politics for almost a half a century. Minister for Agriculture  in Sean Lemass’ Government of 1966.In 1967 failed in his bid to succeed his father in law as Taoiseach when Jack Lynch was elected a compromise candidate. Sacked from the Cabinet for his part in allegedly importing arms for use in Northern Ireland and later was acquitted at the Arms Trial of 1970 but a large cloud hung over his career until Jack Lynch was returned in a landslide win in the General Election of 1977 when Charles Haughey was appointed Minister for Health. Outstanding Minister he brought great innovation and change to people’s lives including the issue of the Free Travel for people over 66..After the retirement of Jack Lynch in November 1979 he defeated the favourite and old adversary George Colley to become leader of Fianna Fail and Taoiseach by 44 votes to 38.Very controversial Taoiseach the British and in particular Margaret Thatcher never trusted Charles particularly after the Arms Trial but he continued to champion the cause of the down beaten Nationalist minority and kept the Northern Irish problem foremost in his agenda. Laid the seeds for economic growth of the 1990s and Celtic Tiger years by establishing the Financial Services Centre and attracting highly skilled IT jobs to Ireland by introducing a favourable Corporate tax. His survival instincts were finely honed and he withstood several heaves from within his own Party resulting in the formation of the Des O Malley led Progressive  Democrats and alienation of several prominent figures within the party. The former Minister for Justice Sean Doherty produced the ‘smoking gun’ when he revealed that Haughey had authorised phone tapping of several opponents when Doherty was Minister for Justice Charles Haughey announced his retirement and fled to the back benches in 1992.Later the Moriarity Tribunal unveiled a complicated web of under hand dealings and corruption which included taking a €1 million bribe from Ben Dunne together with several complicated and unorthodox bank transactions. He was described as “a flawed genius with massive ability”. In the Cavan area he is remembered as the man who repeatedly appointed Johnny Wilson to many prestigious cabinet positions and later appointed Tom Fitzpatrick Ceann Comhairle when his own party Fianna Fail did not have the numbers to fill the position. He also initiated and opened the new Erne Shannon Waterway heralding a whole new era of co operation with counterparts in Northern Ireland. Indeed in his very last function as Taoiseach Charles officiated at the opening of this magnificent project and banquet in the Slieve Russell Hotel in 1992.State funeral with full military honours including the oration at the graveside by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. His brother Father Owen Haughey was the chief celebrant of the funeral Mass in the Church of Our Lady of Consolation Donnycarney. Charles J Haughey is survived by his wife Maureen a daughter of former Taoiseach Sean Lemass sons Conor Ciaran Sean TD and daughter Eimear (Mullhern).

Same Week Judy Skelly from Ballyjamesduff nominated by local man John Brady is the winner of the Heart of Gold competition sponsored by Emergency Response for County Cavan and now goes forward to the National finals in the Mansion House in Dublin. Native of Cavan town Judy is a daughter of Jimmy and Mrs Jackson Derrycramph. Married to Peter Skelly Oils she is the mother of 6 children Owen Roe (33) Peter (31) Kevin (27) and Paula (26) and twins Colleen and Aishling (15) and grandmother to Caoimhe. Judy is foster mother of 21 more children. Founder member and active personality within Ballyjamesduff Social Services Judy is available night and day to cater or the needs of the poor the needy and the vulnerable. Judy states that “she loves helping and supporting people and derives great satisfaction out of numerous kind acts”.

Esker Lodge Nursing Home is one of the 1st in Ireland to be presented by Minister for Health Mary Harney with the National Quality of Care Standard-delivering superior quality of life for nursing home residents.

John Haren Elmbank is conferred with his Masters in Business Administration degree from the Open University. Educated at Saint Felim’s National School Saint Patrick’s College Dublin City University and National University of Ireland Maynooth John is eldest son of Paddy and Mary Elmbank and is employed by Diageo in Saint James’ Gate Dublin.

Sudden death of Stephen McGrath Drumalee Cross at the age of 43.Son of Mike and the late Patsy McGrath nee O Neill Stephen was a painter and decorator working with Brendan Jenkins before branching out on his own where he was much in demand for his excellent workmanship and finish. Spent a number of years in England where he worked on some of London’s largest housing developments. Very popular and well known Stephen was extremely generous and charitable. Predeceased by his mother Patsy a member of the O Neil family from Saint Felim’s Place he is survived by his wife Geraldine son Daren daughter Nicole father Mike brothers Neillie Dublin Michael Crubany. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Death of Caroline Coen Hammersmith London and late of 12 River Street Cavan at the age of 62 in London. Member of the very well known highly respected Loonam family she was daughter of Bob and Margaret Loonam River Street and was born there in 1944.Educated at the Poor Clare’s and Cavan Vocational School Caroline was a most beautiful girl with a very pleasing manner. After finishing school she worked for a number of years in the Railway Hotel which was then owned by Tommy and Mary Smith who subsequently sold the business to Don McMullin in 1960.Caroline later worked as a housekeeper and nanny for Inspector Dick Manning after the death of his wife. Emigrated to England in 1964 Caroline spent over 40 years in London but came home on a regular basis to visit her family in Cavan. Predeceased by her brother Anthony Caroline is survived by her husband Michael son Michael daughters Jacqueline and Majella brothers Barney Roger and Austin sisters May Kathleen Frances Alacoque and Margaret.Funeral took place in London.

Death of Patrick (Pat ) Flynn Drumany Butlersbridge in his 99th year. Extensive Farmer Pat was an outstanding neighbour and friend and known over a wide area for his numerous acts of kindness. Very charitable with a deep religious fervour. Married at the age of 43 Pat continued to live a very active healthy life until recently. Survived by his wife Eileen sons Father PJ Flynn PP Kilmainhamwood Seamus Luke  Cathal Paul Thomas John daughters Mary Daly Bridget Smith and Eilish Johnston Central Library. Father PJ was the chief celebrant of his funeral Mass in Saint Aiden's Church Butlersbridge to Saint Aidan's cemetery.

Brendan Smith TD announces that the Minister for Art Tourism and Sport John O Donoghue is grant aiding the Cavan Tennis Club to the tune of €90,000 for the upgrading of their tennis courts adjacent to the new Johnston Central Library. Brendan concluded by saying that” the facility has been a great asset to the town for over 100 years and he was delighted to see the committee embarking on such an ambitious programme of upgrading to bring the courts up to the highest standards in this country”.

Ryder Cup arrives at Telecare Town Hall Street courtesy of O2 amid stringent security. Terry Smith County Cavan Golf Club is pictured with the coveted trophy which will be played for between Great Britain and Ireland Versus USA at the K Club next September.

Cavan Town beat Carrick Rovers 3-0 at Century Home Park Monaghan to win the Andy Capaldi Cup. Hero for the Town was Man of the Match Johnny Graham who opened the scoring in the first half leaving the Town 1-0 ahead at half time. Johnny put the game beyond Carrick when he struck again in the second half to add the Andy Capaldi Cup to the John Farrelly Memorial trophy they won early in the Season.

Sean McDermott Slieve Russell playing off 7 wins the Junior Scratch Cup with a 77 sponsored by Jimmy Smith’s Supaklene at County Cavan Golf Club 2nd was Frank Crowe off 6  also with 77 and 3rd Fergal Dunne off 6 with 78.The Intermediate Scratch Cup sponsored by Doctors Paddy Faulkner Eamonn Hartmann and John Sullivan is won by Stephen Ryan off 14 with 82 while 2nd Aidan Browne playing off 13.Joey Browne won the Nett playing off 18 and scoring 72 2nd Martin Cahill 73 and 3rd Philip Murray playing off 10 .

Death of Anne O Reilly Poles Post Office at Cavan General Hospital. Survived by her brother Seamus and sisters Rosaleen O Connell Valentia Island and Kathleen. Funeral following Requiem Mass in Saint Brigid’s Church Killygarry to the adjoining cemetery.

June 22nd 2006 Paul Flynn a native of Lucan County Dublin but now living in Cavan with his wife Angie wins the inaugural Christ Church International Composer award. Graduate in Music from Trinity College Paul is a prolific composer and has had his work performed in Saint Paul’s London Sweden and Dublin.

Same Week In a surprise move Fianna Fail enlist the support of Brian McKeown Sinn Fein to ensure the election of their candidate Paddy Sexton as Mayor of Cavan Town Council. Brian McKeown failed to get a seconder for his personal nomination for the Vice Chairmanship and Des Cullen was elected to the position. Paddy Sexton from Saint Patrick’s Swellan was first elected at the head of the poll to Cavan Urban Council for Fianna Fail in 1985 and subsequently served as Chairman in 1995 and 2000.Fulsome tributes to the outgoing Mayor Patrick Conaty who served the town for the last two years. County Manger Jack Keyes said that Patrick despite ongoing illness was an excellent enthusiastic ambassador for the thriving town of Cavan in New York and Canada and strove to have the cultural links with Januay Clan with whom Cavan is twinned restored during his outstanding two year term in office.

Death of the very popular Jim Dourneen Drumullen Farnham at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda. Native of Dublin Jim came to live in Farnham 25 years ago having worked as Head Chef in Hume Street Hospital in Dublin. Worked in the Farnham Hotel for a number of years Jim was an outstanding artiste and leader. Predeceased by his wife Patricia he is survived by his sons James Brendan Martin and Pauric and daughter Serena McCaffrey Saint Martin’s Estate. Funeral following concelebrated Requiem Mass in  Saint Patrick’s Church Drumcor to the adjoining cemetery.

June 29th 2006 Patrick McCarthy from Wicklow is the overall winner of the Emergency Response Golden Heart competition in the Mansion House Dublin. Patrick affords 24/7 around the clock assistance to his blind mother who is also an invalid. Judy Skelly accompanied by her husband Peter is presented with her award by Senator David Norris who is himself visually challenged. Each of the county winners received a specially commissioned glass sculpture by Cavan designer Frances Traynor.

Same Week First Polish Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim for the rapidly expanding Polish community in Cavan followed by Confessions. Celebrant Father Pyka.

Cavan Social Services 1st Lady May McCaul 2nd Lady Bee Lynch Lady Hatcher Eileen Masterson 1st Gent Enda Mullhern Gent’s Hatcher Tommy Smith.

Pacelli and Marinha Lynch announce that they are to open an Eason Franchise at their extensive premises 64-66 Main Street. Over the last few years they have been gradually developing the business and the next logical step is to introduce Cavan’s first Eason franchise which will cater for all 3 levels of academic pursuit and stock an extensive range of newspapers books stationery magazines cards as well as confectionery cigarettes and the Lotto. They have acquired further adjoining premises and now boast a floor area of 5,700 square feet. Open from 7:30 each morning until 7 each evening. Pacelli Lynch says that their expanded comprehensive product line will allow them to offer an even better service to their many customers.

Death of Liam O Hanlon formerly of Saint Mary’s Terrace and ‘Saint Martin’s’ Creighan Cavan in Milford Care Centre Limerick at the age of 66. Grandson of Cavan’s last Saddler John and Mary Igoe Main Street and College Street. Liam was eldest child of Beezie and Bill O Hanlon. His father died following a road traffic accident adjacent to the house at Creighan in 1979.Educated at the Poor Clare’s De La Salle Brothers and Saint Patrick’s College Liam was a Tourism Officer with Bord Failte in London for many years before returning to work in Dublin and later joined Shannon Tourism in Limerick. Great interest in sport he attended all of Munster’s home games in Thomond Park and was in Lansdowne Road to see his favourites win their first Heineken Cup Final. Predeceased by his father Bill in 1979 and his son Conor in 1996 he is survived by his wife Hilda son Diarmuid daughters Sorcha and Aoife mother Beezie brothers Father Joe in Kent Alan Navan Danny Cavan Declan Killeshandra sisters Mary and Johanna in Dublin Eithne Fidelma and Breda Cavan. Funeral in Limerick followed by cremation with interment in Saint Brigid’s Killygarry at a later date.

Three of the Holy Rosary Sisters celebrate the Golden Jubilee of their profession at Saint Patrick’s Pastoral Centre Cavan. Pictured are Sister Rosalie Enright Doonard Tarbert County Kerry Sister Leila Cotter Dunmanway County Cork Sister Margaret Hagan 6 Springfield Park Dungannon. The three first joined the Order in Killeshandra in 1953 and took their final vows in June 1956.Later they served in Kenya South Africa Zambia and Nigeria before happily retiring to the Holy Rosary mother house ‘Killeshandra House’ Keadue Lane Cavan.

John Nulty representing Team P Elliott wins Gold in the Ulster Under 10 Track and Field Championships hosted by Finn Valley Donegal. John competed in the 60 metre sprint Long Jump and Ball Throw. Pictured are the full contingent from Team P Elliott who took part in the Ulster Track and Field Finals. Andrew O Brien Breifne O Brien Killian Connolly (Bronze) John Nulty (Gold) Courtney Rapple McDowell (Silver) and Cian Connolly.

Mary Mulvey playing off 23 scoring 45 points wins the President’s Mary Donohoe’s Prize at County Cavan Golf Club 2nd Tony Prunty off 14 with 44 and 3rd Tommy Kenny off 17 with 42.Gerry Moroney was the MEGS winner with Tony McLoughlin 2nd.Student’s Prize Keelan O Reilly Visitor’s Jimmy Sheridan 2nd Adrian Donohoe and the Gross was won by Declan Young playing off 5 with 35 points.

Death of Edna Kane late of Church Street Moynehall and Saint Joseph’s Lisdarn at Cavan General Hospital.Native of England she was a member of the Turnbull family before marrying Philip Kane. In Ireland they first purchased The Church Street Filling Station from Michael Smith before selling the premises to Paddy Barry Cavan Singer Centre. Phil later went back to his first love construction and was an excellent builder taking on big and small contracts and always finishing on time and to a high standard of workmanship at a reasonable price. The family lived at Moynehall. Predeceased by her husband Phil; and daughter Margaret Cooney Edna Kane is survived by her sons Sean Michael and Andrew daughters Sandra Sharon and Susan. Funeral following concelebrated Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

The outstanding Ronaghan Rambles this week features Mayjo McGahon 6 College Street. Native of Dundalk Mayjo is a niece of the famous Mallon family and came to Cavan to live with her aunt Katie many years ago. Poultry Technician with the Department of Agriculture Mayjo is a founder member and Chairman of Cavan Gardening Club and is an active member of Cavan Tidy Towns Committee that has enjoyed so much success in recent years. Mayjo is also deeply involved with the daily maintenance of the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim and is an active member of the Social Services. In her interview with Paddy Ronaghan Mayjo has no hesitation in choosing her favourite project the annual Daffodil Day in Cavan in aid of Cancer Research which she has been associated with since the start. Teddy McCormack and his wife Pauline are also pictured and featured in Paddy’s Rambles this month. Pauline is a native of Clones and member of the Cosgrove family who have extensive links with Cavan through the McNamara family. Teddy is son of the late Edward and Elizabeth McCormack (Nee Cassells) Saint Mary’s Terrace. His father was the first man to drive a bulldozer in Cavan and was a mechanic in Gordon’s Garage for many years as well as Projectionist in the Magnet Cinema. Teddy was an outstanding boxer who first made his debut in the Temperance Hall in 1948 when as a young 14 year old he won the Club Championship on the same bill as Sean Spider Donohoe Leo Ronan Jim Brady. Teddy was later the backbone of boxing clubs in Cavan and Belturbet as well as playing top class rugby for Cavan among his team mates was George Maloney Phil Cullivan Jerry Kinsella Richard Black. Worked with the Anglo Celt for over 50 years Teddy was always very approachable and laid out the advertisements to the satisfaction of his hundreds of satisfied customers. Masseur to the Cavan team during the glory days of the 1960s and later into the less successful years. He filled the same role for 3 in a row Laragh United and his beloved Cavan Gaels where he still takes an active role and acts as Caretaker of the Terry Coyle Park. Pauline is an active member of Positive Age and excels at Indoor Bowling.

July 6th 2006 Minister for the Environment Dick Roche is pictured unveiling a plaque to the late Brian Johnston the inspiration behind the successful Cavan County Library named Johnston Central in his memory. Pictured are Brendan Smith Minister for State at the Department of Agriculture and Food Mary Johnston Jack Keyes County Manger Paddy Sexton Mayor Cavan Town Council Josephine Brady County Librarian and Senator Diarmuid Wilson. Pictured at the opening of the Johnston Central Library are the Johnston family Catherine O Neill Clare Johnston Philip Johnston Mary Johnston Dick Roche Minster for the Environment Kieran Johnston Louise Johnston and Brian Johnston.

Same Week Rory McEntee aged 24  Rathmines and late of 61 Church Street Cavan receives his Masters Degree in Marketing. Graduate of the Jefferson Smurfit School of Business Rory is son of Myles and Carmel (Nee Flood) Cavan and is now employed as Accounts Manager with Creative Solutions Clonskeagh.

Declan Finnegan presents a marble wall plaque to Drung National School in honour of Cavan town native the late great Father Torlac O Reilly PP.

Crannog Bridge Club N/S 1st Bernadette Donoghue and Veronica Fay 2nd Mary Johnston and Stella Corr 3rd Bridie Coulter and Dorothy Neary E/W 1st Betty Murphy and Ann Fallon 2nd Ann and Phil Smith 3rd Gene Murphy and Frances Daly.

Killygarry Under 12 soccer team beat Derry to win the Ulster Under 12 PTAA Championship at Cavan Vocational School. They will now play Sligo in the All Ireland Semi Final. Pictured are Christopher Lovett Andrew O Brien Shane Kitson President of the Pioneers Total Abstinence Association Conor Connolly Fergus Bogue and Cian Duffy.

Death of Eamon Fealy 14 Carrickfern and late of San Francisco at Cavan General Hospital. Survived by his wife Phyllis brothers Peter Carrickmacross Hughie Canada nephews and nieces. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Killany cemetery Carrickmacross.

Michael Swords Tullyco House former teacher and Vice Principal of Ballyhaise Agricultural College launches his outstanding book ‘Ballyhaise College 1906-2006’ at the centenary celebrations at the College on a glorious Summer’s day. Michael traces the history of the college and also the history of Ballyhaise House and Estate from 1610.Took over 3 years to compile and publish. In an outstanding presentation at the launch Michael who spent 18 years as Vice Principal reckons there were over 3,000 full time and 2,000 short term students passed through the College since its foundation. In recent years there have been three different bodies responsible for the College initially Department of Agriculture up to the late 1970s then Acot and now the College is the responsibility of Teagasc. Students can do a degree in Agricultural Science in conjunction with Dundalk Institute of Technology and Michael states that this latest development by the Minister is a tremendous boost to Ballyhaise and ensures the future survival and well being of the College into the future. Pictured are Felix McCabe Principal Doctor Tom O Dwyer Chairman of Board of Teagasc Brendan Smith Minister for State at the Department of Agriculture and Food Michael Swords and Jim Flanagan Director of Teagasc.

July 13th 2006 P Elliott and Company purchase the Irish Times headquarters at Fleet Street Dublin 2 for a sum believed to be in the region of €30 million. David Mackey CEO says that the company have plans to acquire additional neighbouring property and intend to develop a mix of Residential Office and Commercial properties on the centrally situated site. P Elliott and  Company are presently engaged on the €90 million Whideston Way project in Tallaght and the €80 million Fatima Mansions project in association with Dublin Corporation. The Company have played a pivotal part in the development of their native town of Cavan and have plans for a new Town Centre later in the decade.

Same Week Tragic death of Terry Hand 17 Owen Roe  Terrace at the age of 52 in mysterious circumstances. His unconscious body was found on steps leading to Saint Brigid’s Terrace and although he was rushed to Beaumont Hospital he died from head injuries. Meanwhile Superintendent Fergus Healey calls for the public to furnish any information they may have relative to Terry’s death in particular any person attending the party in the Horse Field adjacent to Fairview Terrace.

Pen pals Margaret (Peig ) Cassidy and Edie Jones from California meet one another for the first time in over 63 years of corresponding. They first started to write to one another when Peig was a pupil of Saint Louis Convent in Carrickmacross and Edie was attending Public High School in California. Margaret has a family of 8 girls and 1 boy who are scattered all over the world from Philadelphia to Australia. Now a widow her husband John a native of Mayo was County Manger in Cavan for 14 years .Every Christmas Margaret and Edie exchanged letters cards and photographs and indeed Edie retained all of the letters sent to her in the folder marked Peig. Pictured at Cassidy’s house on Earlsvale Road are Edie Jones Margaret Cassidy Casey Jones Diane Jones Jenny Jones Clint Jones Kimberley Jones Mathew Pargett and Cosy Jones.

Peter McVitty (Fine Gael) becomes the first Fine Gael candidate from West Cavan to attain the position of Chairman of Cavan County Council.

Armagh beat Donegal 1-9 to 0-9 in the Ulster Final in Croke Park before an attendance of 50,715.a goal by captain and star midfielder Paul McGrane just after half time was the score that separated the teams at the  final whistle when Chairman of the Ulster Council Micheal Greenan presented the Anglo Celt trophy to an elated Paul McGrane. Armagh thus complete the three in a row of Anglo Celt Cups emulating Cavan 1947-1949 and Down 1959-1961.Oisin McConville becomes the highest scorer in the history of the competition scoring 219 points.

Cavan Gaels captained by midfielder Barry Fortune retain their Under 12 Roinn A League title when they defeat Laragh United 6-8 to 1-13 in a thrilling final played in ideal conditions at Breffni Park. Man of the Match was Andrew Graham who scored an incredible 3-6.Gael’s midfield of Barry Fortune and Kevin Brady reigned supreme and supplied the lethal forwards with enough opportunities to win the game. Scorers for the Gaels Andrew Graham 3-6 Kevin Brady 1-1 Rory Sexton 1-0 Padraic Sexton 1-0 and Adam Johnston 0-1.Team  Chris Gaffney Michael Maguire Cathal Cronin Liam Sharkey Liam Fitzsimmons Vincent Coyle Stephen O Neill Barry Fortune Captain Kevin Brady Leon Smith Rory Sexton Pauric Sexton Joshua McClorey Andrew Graham Cian Mulligan. Subs Christopher O Neill Adam Johnston Keenan Donohoe and Oran Conaty.

Death of Terry Hand in mysterious circumstances at Beaumont Hospital. Son of the late Patrick and Susan (Nee McCabe) Hand 17 Owen Roe Terry spent a number of years in England before returning to Cavan where he worked with Pauwell's Trafo for many years. Quiet decent honourable man Terry had a small daily punt on the horses and enjoyed reading television and looking after his daughter Sarah. His death in such tragic circumstances cast a gloom over the entire community where Terry was extremely popular. Predeceased by his parents Patrick and Susan he is survived by his brothers Kevin and Pauric sisters Corina Murphy 14 Fairview Patricia Reilly Drumheel Ballinagh Margaret Harrison Drumheel Ballinagh Susan Elliott Portadown County Armagh and Geraldine Murray Lisreagh. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Death of Bridget Livingstone Cutragh Carrickaboy  and Araghan Cavan. Native of  Ardmone Mountain Lodge she was a very well known character in Cavan town and attended all the local Bingo sessions. Gentle kind charitable and an outstanding neighbour and fiend. Survived by her daughter Pauline son in law Samuel brothers Tommy and Owenie in Birmingham. Funeral Mass in Saint Michael’s Church Clifferna followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Death of one of Cavan’s  best loved citizens Mary Parker Earlsvale Road after a brief illness at the John Sullivan Home Cavan. Native of West Cavan she was married to World War 2 War Hero Don Parker. Predeceased by her daughter Antoinette she is survived by her husband Don  son Kieran daughter Gillian brothers sisters nephews nieces neighbours and many friends. Funeral from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Sudden death of Breda Smith late of Carrickane in London. Predeceased by her parents James and Mary Smith she is survived by her son Jamie and daughter Shona sisters Mary Crossan Carrickane and Collette Lee Latt. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Over 420 people travel on the Kilmore Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes led by Bishop Leo O Reilly including 60 invalids and 50 helpers. Father Loughlin Carolan celebrated the Holy Hour on their 1st full day in Lourdes while the Bishop of Middlesbrough celebrated Mass of Our Lady Father Kevin Fay conducted the Penitential Service Father Johnny Cusack led the Eucharistic Procession and celebrated Mass of Healing in his homily he says that “through his ministry he is able to heal those broken physically mentally and emotionally”. International Day and Mass was celebrated by the Bishop of Birmingham. McGinnity Travel were as usual outstanding tour operators favoured with beautiful sunny weather. Brid Graham was Matron.

July 20th 2006 Father Charles O Gorman is appointed Parish Priest of Mountain Lodge. Youngest son of May and the late Edward O Gorman Main Street Father Charlie has three sisters Marie Bernie Olivia Cullivan two brothers Eddie and Greg and is Musical Director of the Cavan Singers. Father Eugene O Dowd Farnham Street retires as curate in Killargue and returns to live in Brookvale in his native town after over 50 years service to the Diocese continuing to help out in the Cathedral and celebrate Mass in Saint Joseph’s Lisdarn.

Same Week Warmest summer in years draws record crowds to the sandy shores of Annagh Lake. Loreto Weather Station reports record temperatures soaring to 29.4 and 29.8 on the 17th and 18th of July 2006 beating those recorded in August 2003.Combined sunshine for both days was 24 hours. So far this year there have been 92 days free from rain .Heading for one of the driest and warmest Summers in recent years.

Grainne Soden aged 9 from Killygarry School wins the Education Award 2006 sponsored by an Post. Pictured at the presentation at Dublin Zoo are Gerry Soden (Dad) Gráinne Soden Maura Soden (Mum) Barney Whelan An Post Marie Daly Teacher and Michéal Reilly Principal Killygarry National School

.Senator Diarmuid Wilson announces that the Government are spending €50,000 with a further €50,000 coming from Cavan Town Council to up date the safety measures for pedestrians in Cavan town. It is envisaged that new pedestrian crossings will be installed in Farnham Street and barriers installed from John Paul Avenue to Laragh Crescent to protect the children on their way to and from school. Improvements to paths at Park View, junction of Breffni and Jubilee with ramps signage and fencing to be installed where required.

Pictured are the two oldest surviving Bingo Callers of Cavan Gaels Bingo Patrick Conaty TC is pictured making a presentation to the Vice Chairman of Cavan Gaels since 1988 Frank Farrell on completing 40 years as the popular host and caller of Cavan Gaels Bingo. Among the original callers in 1964 was the incomparable Aidan Timmons National Teacher in Drumavaddy Paddy O Reilly TC Tony Looney Sneem Kerry Tommy Hughes Post Office  Cavan and Monaghan and Tommy Garvey now domiciled in Monaghan.

Tom Downes playing off 10 wins the Men’s Prize in Eilish Mulhern’s Ladies’ Captains Prize at County Cavan Golf Club with a sparkling score of 42 points John Grogan off 5 was 2nd with 40 points 3rd Donal Murphy off 13 with 40 points Fergal Dunne off 5 won the Gross with 33 points.

Tommy Cullivan stages the World Premiere of his ‘Trio in D Major’ at the Augustinian Church Middle Street Galway. Sebastian Petiet will be on the violin while Allison Ho Will play  the Cello. Tommy will play the  piano himself and accompany singer Michael Hannon

July 27th 2006 13.1% increase in Cavan population in 2006 Census as compared to figures for 2002 Cenus.In 2002 there were 56,546 people resident in Cavan while the 2006 census shows that there are now 63,961.Cavan is no longer a rural area with a declining population and now able to attract people to live and work in the County. The population in Cavan was 61,740 in 1955 but steadily declined until 1979 when the downward trend was arrested.

Same Week Danny Brady Fianna Fail Middletown Loughduff member and former Chairman of Cavan County Council and after 40 years service to Cavan County Council is appointed Chairman of the Border Regional Authority. Married to Lily Lynch a former employee of Maurice Brady’s Danny is a member of the famous Gunner Brady of Mullahoran family Cavan and Ulster All Ireland footballers.

Richella Murray marries Peter Coughlan from Cork in Saint Aidan's Church Butlersbridge with Father Paul Casey CC officiating. The bride is a daughter of former Cavan and Gaels star footballer Philip Murray and Kathleen (Nee) Newman from Billis.The couple are the first to hold their Reception in the recently opened SAS Radisson Hotel at Farnham Estate.

Finola Smith is the winner of the Ladies’ Captain’s Prize (Eilish Mullhern) at County Cavan Golf Club 2nd Marie Fay 3rd Mary Dempsey Past Captain’s Kay Henry Megs Ann Smyth Visitors Marie McKenna and the Gross was won by Mary Malone

Patrick Elliott with co driver Paul McLoughlin wins the Sligo Stages Rally on a scorching hot Summer’s day by a margin of just 1 second from Charlie Donnelly and Paddy Toner. This was Patrick’s first National event win and he is now 12 points ahead in the National Dunlop Championship.

August 3rd 2006 In 2005 divorce rates in Cavan increased by a dramatic 33% with 43 couples  compared to 33 in 2004 splitting up. The average waiting time at Cavan Circuit Court is now just 6-9 months. There was a total of 30  judicial separations granted in the same period and the same time scale applies here.

Golf prodigy Lisa Maguire from Ballyconnell playing out of Castle Hume Enniskillen Golf Club wins the  World Under 12 Golf title in North Carolina USA.Defeating world Number 1 Julie Young Arizona USA in the final .Twin sister Leona (7) was 4th with 3 Under. Lisa a 5 handicapper finished with 8 under for a three round total of 209.

Same Week Brother Timothy McLaughlin is home on holidays from South Africa and will meet his past pupils and many friends on Friday night in the Farnham Hotel.

Cavan Gaels captained by Niall Murray win the Under 16 League Final beating a strong Redhills team 0-9 to 0-7 in a thriller at Saint Felim’s Park Drumalee. Playing with the aid of the breeze in the first half Redhills dominated the play but failed to capitalise on their possession. That Gaels with a strong 3rd quarter stamped their class on a game that ebbed and flowed. Scorers for the Gaels Conor McClarey 0-3 Niall Murray and Cian Donohoe 0-2 each Robert Maloney Derham and D O Donohoe 0-1 each. Team Michael Coyle Shane Harten Damien Kellegher Fearghal Blessing Kevin Meehan Marc Leddy Paul McKiernan William Courtney Niall Smith Eamon Cooney Niall Murray (Captain) Barry Myles Cian O Donoghoe Conor McClarey Robert Maloney-Derham. Subs Used Diarmuid Donohoe for Barry Myles John Fortune for Eamon Cooney

Dublin born Kenneth Redmond is appointed Arts Officer for County Cavan. Later moved to Cavan town and was educated at Farnham National School and Drogheda. Took a degree in Fine Art Print at Galway Institute of Technology before taking a Masters in Arts Management and Cultural Policy. He later took a Diploma in Theatre Management in London. During his early career Niall worked  as House Manager in the National Concert Hall where his immediate superior was Barry Walsh from Swellan. The Arts Office is now located at the new Johnston Central Library and Farnham Centre with the new phone number of 049-4378300.

‘Broken Cups’ by Noel Monahan will be broadcast on RTE 1 in conjunction with the celebration of 25 years of the PJ O Connor awards. Noel was placed first in the awards in 2001.

August 10th 2006 Tenders are sought for the building of an extension to Cavan General Hospital. The extension will include 21 beds and a new operating theatre and is expected to be priced in the region of €7 million.

Same Week Death of Griffith Horace Black late of Lisburn, Gartbrattan and Drumbar at the age of 90.One of Cavan’s leading businessmen The Blacks were an old highly distinguished Cavan family. Griffith continued the family tradition in high class butchers with branches in Cavan Bailieboro and Longford. Very religious Griffith was also a preacher and teacher in the Methodist Church. Very loyal to his friends and employees Griffith sold his business and property to his long time friend and Manager Philip Donohoe in 1962 .Philip later developed one of Cavan’s landmark businesses Donohoe’s Foodfare in Bridge Street. Griffith meanwhile bought a half share in Ulster Meats in Lurgan County Armagh. Exporting containers of meat to many European countries Griffith decided to sell his share of the lucrative company in 1974and bought a large butcher’s shop and adjoining property in Lisburn. Developed a huge enterprise on the site adding a Delicatessen Grocery and Household items to the store  employing 120 people. Continued to develop the business down all the years until it was one of the most lucrative in Belfast. Griffith loved the land of his birth and continued to keep in touch with friends and neighbours with frequent visits to Cavan.He had a particular affinity for Killykeen and Rann and was an enthusiastic friendly conversationalist recalling the glorious days of his youth. Griffith was brother of Myrtle Henderson who was in business with her husband Bob Chemist Church Street for many years. Myrtle was a lady of impeccable taste and culture and was a founder member of the Cavan Arts Society with Pat Nally and Eamonn Cooke. Griffith Black is survive by his wife Margaret (Nee McMillan) sons Adrian Selwyn Rowen Jocelyn and Julien brother Randolph now 87 in Bangor and sisters Myrtle Henderson Bulah Anketell Bangor. Service of Thanksgiving in Seymore Methodist Church Lisburn.

David Mackey CEO P Elliott and Company reports that the Cavan Company are now employing 600 directly and are responsible for the employment of a further 3,000 on their sites through Sub Contractors engaged by the busy Cavan Builders. Over the last ten years they have transformed the commercial and residential scene in Cavan town and are now expanding to the Northern Ireland market. Their Head Office remains in Cavan while their Eastern Region Office is in Plato Business Park Damastown Dublin and their new Munster Office is located in their 96 acre Business Park in Nenagh County Tipperary. At the moment they are building the new Limerick Library and Limerick Corporation offices in Dooradoyle while work has commenced on the new Mary Immaculate College in Limerick.

Crannog Bridge 1st Phil and Anne Smyth 2nd Kathleen Woods and Seamus Murphy 3rd Johnny O Reilly and Ann Byrne.

Cavan Ladies footballers  win their 1st Ulster Junior crown when they defeat Fermanagh 2-9  to 1-9 in a thrilling Final at sunny Saint Tiernach’s Park Clones. A goal from captain Gráinne Smith in the second half was the decisive score and gave Cavan the title at their 4th attempt. Erne Gaels player Bronagh Smith Cavan was voted Player of the Match. Scorers for Cavan Gráinne Smith 2-2 Bronagh Sheridan 0-3 O Traynor and B Boylan 0-2 each.

A goal by James Doonan from the penalty spot wins the Army A team the Cavan Town Seven a Side Tournament Final at Derrycramph Park when they defeated Narax 1-0.In a  tight close struggle where defences dominated and very few clear cut chances created with the Army A just shaded the proceedings. Army A pictured Noel Lynch Peter Walsh Captain Gerry Clarke Paddy Ellis Coach Charlie Noonan Adrian Leggett David Noonan and James Doonan.

Drumalee win the Roinn D Under 14 Final Replay at Breffni Park beating Knockbride 5-17 to 3-1.Honours even up to the interval but Drumalee ran riot in the second half to win in classic style. Team D Lee D Harrison D Rudden Leo Cunningham Samuel Brady Jason Kearns Andrew Fannon Kevin Moths (Captain) Michael Reilly David Goldrick Lee Dunne Ryan Nevin and Cian Byrne Subs David O Keeffe for Leo Cunningham Conor Fagan for Michael Reilly Ciaran Brady for David Goldrick Thomas McMahon for Ryan Nevin Ryan Tully for Lee Dunne.

Fergal and Maura Dunne defeat Philip and Helen McMahon to win the Farnham Cup at County Cavan Golf Club.

August 17th 2006 Dialysis Unit at Cavan General to cater for cross border patients under the new CAWT Scheme. The capacity will double with increased hours of operation from 6 am to 7:30 pm Monday to Saturday. There are presently 51 patients attending 2-3 days per week. The demand will soon double as there are 55 attending Pre Renal Clearance at the Hospital. Renal patient Karl Cronin speaks of his experiences and calls for people to please carry an Organ Donor Card.

Same Week Death of Lord Kilbrackan John Godfrey 3rd Baron Kilbrackan  at the age of 85 at Killegar House. Prolific author and Foreign Correspondent with the Daily Express. Inherited the title in 1950 but as a protest against the British Army’s conduct on Bloody Sunday in Derry decided to return the Peerage and refused to sit in the House of Lords. Much beloved of the people of Carrigallen his funeral took place following Ecumenical Service in Carrigallen.

Quinn Group acquires the Sheraton Hotel in Krakow Poland for €44 million. The 232 bed room hotel was built in 2004 and is situated near the city’s Central Market Square overlooking the river Wislin. The Quinn Group are on the look out for similar properties in Central and Eastern Europe and already own hotels in the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

Joyce Good from Cloverhill qualifies as a Solicitor graduating from the Law Society of Ireland. Joyce is only daughter of Jean and the late Robert Good Plush Cloverhill. She is presently employed with Eileen A Brennan Solicitors Oldcastle County Meath.

Rachael and Jason Leinster from Belturbet are pictured with Westlife star Shane McPhilan at the Slieve Russell Golf and Country Club Ballyconnell.

Aíne Grogan from Carrickane is called to the Bar at the Supreme Court. Educated at Saint Clares and Loreto College she has an Honours Law degree from UCD in 2004 and a Barrister at Law degree from Kings Inn. Aíne is youngest daughter of Paddy and Ann Grogan Carrickane Cavan.

Norman Cinnamond presents the new Cinnamond trophy prior to the start of the 2nd Norman Cinnamond Classic at County Cavan Golf  Club. Pictured are John Crotty Oliver Creegan Captain Norman Cinnamond Mary Donohoe Club President JJ O Reilly Enda Young Maureen Crowe Donal Crotty Bernie Reilly Therese Feehan Sean Young Terry Crowe Terry Smith and Jimmy Sheridan.

Martin McElkennon from Tyrone resigns as Cavan Team Manager following Cavan’s defeat to Down in the 1st round of the Ulster Championship and later defeat by Antrim in the Tommy Murphy Cup. Involved with Cavan as Assistant to Eamonn Coleman for the last three years, he took on the job of Manager following Eamonn’s retirement for health reasons. Incredibly he is the 6th manager Cavan have employed since Martin McHugh led them to the Ulster Championship in 1997 Martin McHugh Liam Austin Val Andrew Matt Kerrigan Eamonn Coleman and Martin McElkennon. A new Team Manager will be appointed at the September meeting of the County Board.

Jimmy and Paddy Murray Dermot Carmichael and David Connolly win the Norman Cinnamond Classic with 98 points 2nd Thomas McKenna Gary Sexton Donal Donohoe and Gerry Smith 97 points 3rd Tim Fitzpatrick Paddy Maguire Pauric McEntee ad Dessie Gardiner with 95 points..

The in form Dermot Carmichael will play Jerry Bravendar in the Final of the Members Cup over 36 holes at County Cavan Golf Club while John McHugh will play Ollie O Connor in the Final of the O Hanlon Cup.

Death of Anthony Garry 19 Drumnavanagh at the age of 21 surrounded by his loving family at home 19 Drumnavangh.Suffered from Spina Bifida from birth but lived a normal life in extraordinary circumstances. Educated at Saint Felim’s National school and Cavan Vocational School Anthony was a brilliant student with a keen eye for general knowledge music geography and for facts and figures. Having graduated from the Vocational School Anthony continued his education at Cavan Institute and graduated in October 2005 with his brother Shane. The Minister for Education and Science Mary Hanafin personally conferred and congratulated an outstanding student and courageous young man at the conferring ceremony in the Kilmore Hotel. Holidayed each year in the West of Ireland with grandmother Garry in Paltry County Mayo from where he explored Connemara Cong Kylemore Abbey all within easy reach. Great interest in sport and gaelic football in particular he seldom missed a match in Breffni Park or Clones  and attended all Mayo’s big games in Croke Park in recent years. His dearest ambition was to see either Mayo or Cavan win the Sam Maguire. Survived by his parents Peter and Gráinne brother Shane sisters Sinead Gráinne Louise and Patricia Granny Garry niece Aisling good friends Pat and Kathleen. Funeral and Removal to the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Phelim Cavan with Funeral prayers in Saint Mary’s Church Partry and burial in Ballyovey cemetery Kilkeerin.

Cavan’s greatest long distance swimmer Sean Walsh swims from the Sligo mainland to the Isle of Innishfree and back in an astounding 18 minutes. Accompanied by  members of the Sligo Sub Aqua Club the swim was in aid of Sligo Rovers AFC. Like good whiskey Sean is getting better by the year having swam just one way in 18 minutes in 2004 Sean makes it a double in exactly the same time in 2006.

The wonderful Ronaghan Rambles includes this week Eilish Donohoe The Garage Dublin Road Father Felim McGovern The Presbytery Eamonn Malone and Mick Higgins. Eilish Donohoe Nee O Neill is married to the very popular Tommy Donohoe Garage Proprietor Dublin Road and is a founding member of Cavan ICA. Genius pure and simple she was born in Bridge Street daughter of John and Anna O Neill and has won prizes for her home baking jam embroidery sewing knitting and gardening at over 20 Agricultural Shows and Exhibitions for the last 50 years. At domestic level she is a judge for the ICA and no longer competes in competition. Beautiful display of roses at the house. she would like to see all her awards and trophies assembles and displayed to encourage others to follow. Eamonn Malone is married to Bernie and they have 4 children living at Tonneymore House Kilmore on 100 acres. Chairman and Chief Fundraiser of Cavan Kidney Association Eamonn lost both his kidneys to a virus in 1998 and there followed a long bout with cancer. Never say die spirit saw him obtain a transplant in 2002 and he has competed at the World Transplant and European games in 2004 and 2005 winning medals at both celebrations. Father Felim McGovern is a native of Drumreilly where both his parents were teachers. Born in 1928 Father Felim was ordained in 1954 and taught in Saint Patrick’s College for 9 years. Later serving in Laragh Redhills and Ballintemple before coming to Cavan Parish in 1979.Miraculous powers of intercession he is a great comforter of the sick the oppressed and down trodden. Chaplain to the Holy Rosary Sisters Keadue. In his youth Father Felim was an outstanding footballer with Saint Patrick’s College winning McRory honours and Leitrim Minors and his native parish of Aughawillan. Gifted organist and musician Father Felim taught Music Irish and English during his 9 years in Saint Patrick’s College. Mick Higgins born in New York in 1922 ,he returned to Ireland with his parents in 1927.Joined the Gardai in 1943.Played in the 1943 1945 1947 1948 1949 and 1952 All Ireland Finals winning 3 All Ireland medals including captaining the side in 1952 when he scored 7 of Cavan’s total of 9 points in their defeat of Meath0- 9 to-0-5 in the All Ireland Final Replay. Mick served in Bailieborough and Tullyvin from where he retired as Sergeant in 1985.Trained Donegal Cavan and Longford to Provincial and National League honours. Now resident in Virginia, away from football Mick’s interests are his wife Margaret and family and training and racing greyhounds at which he is acknowledged expert.

August 24th 2006 Felix Gormley Drumnavanagh Cavan retires as Chairman of Cavan Cystic Fibrosis  after a distinguished period of 35 years at a function and presentation in the Meadow View Lounge. Tributes are paid to Felix for his outstanding services in founding and serving the organisation. His son Felix was born in 1964 and after a number of years was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. The National organisation was founded in 1963 in Dublin and to day there are now 1,500 members in 22 branches throughout the country. Felix was founder and Chairman of the first Cavan Committee founded in 1971 to advise assist and assure parents with children suffering from Cystic Fibrosis. Outstanding fundraiser for the organisation he was one of  the main organisers of the annual Daniel O Donnell Cystic Fibrosis Concert in Ballinagh each year. In 2005 Felix along with a dedicated committee organised the National Conference in Cavan. He is handing over to friend and neighbour Ray Dunne former Guidance Counsellor Saint Patrick’s College and author whose son Ruairi also suffers from Cystic Fibrosis.

Same Week John McEntee in his column recalls the halcyon days of holidays in Bundoran with his parents Andy Judy and the rest of the clan. John says that it was like a busy Saturday night on Church Street meeting and greeting Séamus and Rose Fox Mick and Kathleen Clarke Phil and Nellie Gargan Roseanne Gaffey and son Martin Eddie and May O Gorman Doctor and Beda McCabe and Rose Meehan. As for sun they would have been much better investing in an infra red lamp at home instead of facing the icy chill of the broad Atlantic which his parents assured was very good for the health!

Death of Mary Acheson Kilmore at Esker Lodge Nursing Home. Survived by her husband James son Richard daughters Elizabeth and Margaret.Funeral from Cavan Presbyterian Church to Kilmore cemetery.

Ruairi Dunne will play brother Fergal in the Semi Final of the prestigious FPE Smith Senior Scratch Cup at County Cavan Golf Club. The winner will play Martin Maguire in the Final.

Death of Margaret Maguire Drumbar at Cavan General Hospital. Predeceased by her husband John she is survived by her daughters Kathleen Peggy and Nancy. Funeral from the Cathedral to Saint Patrick’s cemetery Drumcor.

Kelly McKiernan daughter of Tommy and Pauline is the subject of this week’s Sinead Hogan’s ‘Every Woman column in the Anglo Celt. Kelly  a qualified Social Worker with the HSE is off to work in Moldova during the three weeks of her Summer holidays. She will be employed in an orphanage where there are 330 girls suffering from multiple disabilities and deprivation. She thanks her mother Pauline for her trogan efforts in raising money for this venture and the help received from father Tommy sisters Taragh Cailin and brother Killian. So far they have amassed €2,000 and she is organising in conjunction with Paddy McGrath DJ a monster function in the Big Tree in Dublin.

Old adversaries but good lifetime friends Paddy Conaty (Fianna Fail) and Andy O Brien (Fine Gael) former Urban Council and County Council stalwarts for the Cavan Electoral area are the guests of Roy McCabe for a Banquet in their honour at the Farnham SAS Radisson Hotel.

Kathleen McKenna is made a Dame of the Episcopal Order of the Holy Sepulchre at the annual meeting of the Society in Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth. During Mass celebrated by Archbishop Sean Brady and many more Irish bishops including Bishop Leo O Reilly Kathleen was bestowed with this great honour for her devotion to the Holy Rosary distributing and propagating devotion to the Miraculous Medal designed by Our Lady in an apparition to Catherine Laboure in Rue De Bac Paris in 1830.Many of Kathleen’s family and friends were in attendance to see her deservedly receive this high honour. Her husband Tom McKenna a native of Oliver Plunkett Street is a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre.

August 31st 2006 Niamh Rehill Miriam Phelan Gráinne Fleming Carolann O Gorman and Emma Mulligan Transition year students in Loreto and winners of the National Student Initiative Award at the RDS with their company ‘Wooff’are accompanied by their teacher Carmel Dolan to the European Student Finals in Switzerland where 26 other countries are represented over 2 days of intensive competition.

Same Week P Elliott and Company are the contractors for the new Virginia Shopping Centre containing 18 units and 150 car parking space for the McEvoy family Eurospar Virginia  who have been in business in Virginia since 1911.John is the proprietor of the very popular Crannog Book Shop another brother Donal McEvoy runs the well known Pergola Nursery in Virginia. It is the biggest commercial development undertaken in County Cavan outside of Cavan Town.

Jennifer and Charmaine Clarke are conferred with their degrees. Doctor Jennifer B Ed MSC graduates from Kings College London with her MBBS degree while Charmaine B Ed MSc graduates from University College Cork with a PhD in Food Science. Both girls received their early education at Kilmore Central The Royal School and Colaiste Molbhi Dublin. They are daughters of Willie and Doreen Clarke Cornacrea Cavan.

Geraldine O Rourke Polleragh Kilnaleck daughter of Gerry and Liz O Rourke marries Raymond Smith son of Connie and Anna Smith Lackenduff Ballyjamesduff in Saint Mary’s Church Crosserlough with the Reception in the Crover House Hotel.

Death of the very well known and highly popular Phelim Cox after a long illness at Saint Joseph’s Hospital Lisdarn at the age of 78.Native of Killeshandra Phelim emigrated to England at a young age and graduated to driving trains in the Underground Tube Stations in London. It was there that he met his wife Cathie a native of Lancashire who had been evacuated to London during World War 2.They married in Willesden Church London in 1952.Holidayed every year in Killeshandra and decided to come home in 1971.Phelim immediately took off with the famous ‘Phelim and the Magnets’ playing mostly Lounge Bars and Parochial Halls throughout Cavan Longford Monaghan Meath Leitrim and Westmeath. Members of the band included Liam Cooke Dermot Smith and Sean Donohoe. Always in demand as an MC with his quick wit stories and gags Phelim never let anyone down and worked tirelessly for charities in the area. DJ with Breffni Radio and CCR among his colleagues was Sean McManus Don Allen Lyndsey Shelbourne Bryan O Reilly and Ton Brady. Joined Northern Sound after it was launched in June 1990 and continued as their most popular DJ until recent years. Two shows one from 10-12 on Tuesday and the other from 12 non to 2 o clock on Sunday afternoon. His signature tune was ‘Red River Rock’ and Phelim enjoyed widespread popularity with listeners from Galway to Belfast. When Northern Sound amalgamated with Shannon Side Phelim doubled his listener ship and became a household name throughout the North Midlands and West of Ireland. Daniel O Donnell speaking from Australia paid fulsome tribute to Phelim for his constant support from when he launched his first record ‘My Donegal Shore’ in 1983 –Daniel never had to ask Phelim for a plug. He was always on Phelim’s play list and helped in no small measure to establish the Donegal man as a household name in the area. He also shared the MC duties with Mel Doherty at the annual Cystic Fibrosis Concerts in Ballinagh Hall. Stars of stage radio and television were among the capacity attendance at Phelim’s removal and funeral in Saint Brigid’s Church Killeshandra with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Further tragedy for the Maughan family late of 4 Ard Na Greinne now resident at 16 Park View as 16 year old Ryan is found dead by his mother Joe just a few months short of sister Jamie’s 2nd Anniversary. Gardai are awaiting results of a toxicology tests to determine the cause of his death. Tall and handsome Ryan was very much involved in the Youth Outreach programme at Tullac Mongan Resource Centre and was a student at Cavan Vocational School.

Cavan Bridge Club 1st Pat Smyth and Vera Wilson 2nd Eileen McEnri an Delores O Reilly 3rd Todd Davis and Maria Geelan.

Delores McCaffrey is holding an early Christmas Party in Arthur’s Bar in aid of the ‘Fighting Blindness Appeal’.

Enda Smith postman Stragelliffe continues his charitable work on behalf of people in the 3rd World when he collects 62 sewing machines  which will be reconditioned in Belfast before being exported to the needy in Africa where they will be invaluable to the recipients. Enda thanks his colleagues in an Post for their help in collecting the machines and all who donated the sewing machines.

Jim O Reilly playing off 21 wins the Captain’s Oliver Creegan’s Prize at County Cavan Golf Club with a score of 66 .Previous winner Tim Fitzpatrick (10) from Gowna was 2nd with the same score 3rd Terry Smith off 5 with 67 while Fergal Dunne off 5 won the Gross with 74.Oliver Malone (11) won the Past Captain’s Prize Martina Smith (22) won the Ladies Majella Brady (11) won the Ladies’ Gross Charlie Corr won the Megs with Peter McGinnity 2nd.

John McHugh beats Ollie O Connor to win the prestigious O Hanlon Cup while Martin Maguire will take on the in form Fergal Dunne in the Dr FPE Smith Senior Scratch Cup Final.

Paddy Power quotes Cavan Town as 6/1 favourites to win the Irish Business Against Litter League. Monaghan Town is quoted at 80/1 and there are 53 large urban centres competing in the 2006 contest.

September 7th 2006 Butlersbridge is Cavan’s Tidiest Village for the 5th year in succession. Pictured are Anna Farrell Sean Browne Veronica Shannon Michael Mulvey Chairman Ann Sweeney Diarmuid Mulvey Christina Shannon Paddy Brady and Oliver Shannon. They scored an impressive 252-9 points more than lat year. Cavan Town were 3rd with an impressive 242 points-6 up on last year.In Butlersbridge Chairman Mick Mulvey pays tribute o the voluntary effort of the residents and committee with special mention for Paddy Brady who excelled himself in making Butlersbridge the envy of the County.

Same Week Death of the very popular Building Contractor and Shopkeeper Peter Fay Glenside Road at the age of 84.Native of Killymeeehan Stradone Peter was a member of a family of builders and tradesmen including builders plasterers and carpenters. Initially in business with his brother Philip who later set up a large contracting firm in Dublin specialising in residential property. In 1952 Peter came to Cavan and bought up land adjacent to his shop in Glenside Road which was run by his wife Sue also a native of Stradone. Built  Glenside Road and Highfield Road and sold them at prices in the region of €2,500 -€4,000 in the sixties. Later in the seventies Peter bought land adjacent to Brookvale from Tom McCarren and built the very tasty centrally located Brookside. In recent years assisted by his sons Peadar and Paul Fays built Creighan Drive Rathdrum and the more recent extensive residential housing at Drumalee Manor and The Gallops at Latt. Outstanding member of the Stradone GFC that won the Junior Championship in 1945,among Peter’s colleagues was the peerless PJ Duke with whom Peter was best friends. In May 2000 at the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the death of PJ in Stradone the Duke family specifically asked Peter and Sue Fay to lay the wreath of Remembrance at a ceremony performed by Archbishop of Armagh and Laragh native Sean Brady. Quiet straight decent kind and very charitable Peter’s acts of kindness were legion out of the spotlight of publicity. Great follower of the Cavan  County team Peter Arthur Downey and Phil Finnegan never missed a match and travelled the length and breath of the country in all weathers and seasons to support ‘the boys in blue’. Lifetime member of Fianna Fail Peter was very active in the Cavan Town branch and could always be relied upon to have the election posters erected in the most advantageous positions. Predeceased by his daughter Ann Gunning Limerick daughter in law Lisa Swellan Peter Fay is survived by his wife Sue sons Peadar Sean and Paul daughters Dympna Frances and Catherine Higgins. Cavan branch Fianna Fail supplied the Guard of Honour for the Removal and Funeral in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim with burial afterwards in Saint Brigid’s cemetery Laragh.

Tragic death in motor accident of Joseph Connolly aged 36 from Drumelis Cavan. Travelling on the notorious Butlersbridge/Clones Road Joseph was in a collision just after the Legakelly Inn adjacent to the Newtownbutler junction. Educated at Saint Felim’s Boys School Saint Patrick’s College and UCD Joseph was a qualified Accountant Technician and was doing his finals for a place at Shannon Aerospace. Outstanding hurler Joseph’s first love was athletics and he was a star member of Team P Elliott for over 12 years winning medals at all ages and grades. Equally at home over the country and the road. Excellent cyclist he was training for a Triathlon and would have completed same in 2006.Member of Saint Patrick’s Community Games team on a number of occasions he was also an excellent badminton player. Member of Cavan Boy Scouts the Civil Defence and Cavan Martial Arts Club where he practiced Tsai Chi  and Judo. Joseph was deaf from a young age but made light of the handicap and lived a perfectly normal life where he was very popular with friends colleagues and neighbours. During intervals in his studies and academic life he assisted Brady’s Garage and it was in the course of his work for the Garage that he was killed. Predeceased by his father Liam a native of Kilkenny he is survived by his mother Antoinette brother Liam sister Aíne Niland. Funeral following concelebrated Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

Death of Margaret (Peggy) Goldrick Coras Point at the age of 83 at the Omega Nursing Home Belturbet. Predeceased by her husband Tommy Insurance Inspector and Captain in The Red Cross Margaret was a quit pleasant good humoured woman of beautiful appearance with sparkling brown eyes. Served for many years in the Red Cross and Civil Defence/ Member of the very well known highly respected Brady family Loughdavin Loughduff Margaret was extremely generous charitable and religious. Survived by her only child Mairin Kelly Dublin and sister Julia Helyer New Zealand. Funeral following Requiem Mass in Saint Patrick’s Drumcor to the adjoining cemetery.

Same Week Brian Crowe Cavan Gaels is appointed to referee the All Ireland Final of 2006 where Mayo play Kerry. His linesmen are Maurice Deegan Laois and Michael Hughes Tyrone while Jimmy Galligan Killygarry Philip Devine Laragh United and John Sheridan and Michael Lyons Drumalee are the umpires. Brian pays tribute to Cavan Gaels and Holy Cross Tipperary star Paddy Ferncombe who acted as one of his umpires for many years. Brian follows in the illustrious footsteps of Cavan men Simon Deignan (1958 Dublin V Derry) and Fintan Tierney (1972 Offaly V Kerry) in taking charge of his first Final having refereed 2 All Ireland Club Finals and Provincial Finals in Leinster Munster and Ulster. His recently deceased father Tom and sister Margaret will be proudly looking down on him on All Ireland Final Day.

County Cavan Tennis Club strike gold for the first time in the Under 13 Tennis Finals in Mosney County Meath beating Gorey in a memorable Final. Team Caitlin Courtney Louise Johnston Deidre Flynn Liam Van Der Spek Barry Fortune Chris Gaffney Stephen Murray Captain Alan Kelly Orlagh Lynch Emer Hayden. The Under 16 team made it a red letter day for Cavan when they won their 4th Community Games title since 2000 beating Calry Sligo in the Final. Team  Niamh McCormack Suzanne Gurhy Sarah Minehane Aisling Connolly Niall Smith Captain John Fortune Niall Gaffney Samuel Brady Aisling Carey Conor Hayes. The Team Manager for both winning teams was  Anne O Reilly

Francis Mooney wins the Phil Lawlor Cup beating Fergal Dunne in the Final while Dermot Carmichael beats Gerry Bravendar to win the Members Cup .Martin Maguire beats in form but out of luck Fergal Dunne to win the Doctor FPE Smith Scratch Cup at County Cavan Golf Club.

September 14th 2006 Brothers Noel and Mark Elliott Directors P Elliott and Company are featured in the RTE  Entrepreneurs of the Year sponsored by Ernest Young. The winners of the 2006 award will be announced at a glittering ceremony on September 28th in the City West Hotel.

Same Week Treacy Talbot daughter of John and Maureen Talbot late of Drumelis Cavan and now Nenagh County Tipperary marries Patrick O Reilly son of Norman ?? and Orla O Reilly Crosserlough in Saint Mary of the Rosary Church Nenagh with the reception held in Castletroy Park Hotel Limerick..

September 21st 2006 Death of Maura Baxter MPSI Drumbar Cavan at the age of 80.Daughter of the late Paddy Baxter Maura was born and reared in Saint Aiden's Drumcar. Educated at the Poor Clare’s Loreto and UCD where she qualified as a Chemist. In 1956 opened a shop in Bridge Street where she was ably assisted by Ann Dowling now Mrs Ann Gaffney Latt Cross. Later joined the North Western Health Board as Chemist in Our Lady’s Hospital Manorhamilton. Like her father Maura was a staunch member of Cavan Branch Fine Gael and represented the Party on Cavan Urban Council from July 1967 –June 1976 when she was domiciled in Manorhamilton. Outstanding gardener and great reader and intellect Maura was an expert on general and topical knowledge and could speak with authority in a slow convincing thought out style. Lifetime member of Cavan ICA Maura exhibited at many shows and was noted for her expertise. Very religious Maura was a daily Mass goer and Communicant .Member of the Children of Mary Saint Vincent De Paul and the Legion of Mary she was known for her boundless charity and acts of kindness. She would have celebrated her 80th birthday in January 2007 and spent the last 6 months of her life in the loving care of the nurses and staff of College View Nursing Home. Predeceased by her brother Colm sisters Una and Ursula she is survived by her sister Monica O Reilly Virginia. Funeral following concelebrated Requiem Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Killygarry cemetery.

Arlene Nee Absolute Jewellers wins the overall award for Jewellery Design at the Annual Home and Gift Fair in the RDS. Arlene established Azuri  Jewellery in 1997 for the design and manufacture of quality silver jewellery she now exports to 200 stores throughout Europe. Opened her first retail store Absolute Jewellery at Newcourt Shopping Centre in 2003 she now has branches in Monaghan and Athlone.

Half of Irish population suffer from high blood pressure according to Cian Murtagh Murtagh’s Pharmacy Cavan. Pharmacists are appealing to their customers to have their blood pressure checked as it can cause heart disease and can be rectified with a change of diet lifestyle and medical intervention.

Cavan Town beat Saint Anthony’s Wicklow in the 1st Round of the Irish Junior Cup at Derrycramph. Town played their best football of the Season and led by goals from Darragh Flynn Michael; Smith penalty and James Doonan 3-0 at the interval. Smith again from the spot and Doonan with his second closed the scoring for the homester's before the visitors grabbed a late consolation score to leave Cavan Town 5-1 winners.

Dessie Gardiner and Pauric McEntee beat Willie Harrington and Gerry Bravendar to win the Brian Murphy Memorial Fourball Final at County Cavan Golf Club.

Cavan beat Leitrim to win the All Ireland Masters Shield 1-8 to 0-9 at Saint Loman’s Park Mullingar. Winners of the premier Masters competition of 1993 and 1996 Cavan led by 0-6 to 0-5 at the interval Team Martin Cahill Denn John Duffy Mountnuggent Kevin Madden Gowna Captain Sean Henry Butlersbridge Paddy Mc Govern Butlersbridge James Gilchrist Lavey Colm McBreen Knockbride Thomas Smith Denn Jimmy Galligan Lacken Conal Connolly Arva Don McDonald Ramor Packie Kiernan Cavan Gaels Seamus Donohoe Lavey Donal Keogan Denn and Thomas Doonan Templeport. Subs Ollie Henry Butlersbridge and Adge King Laragh United.

Sean Tarpey Super Valu Cavan is the winner of the Musgrave Cup at the Annual Supervalu golf outing at O Mahoney’s Point  Course in Killarney. Over 200 retailers from all over Ireland competed.

Bord Pleanala overthrow the planning permission granted by Cavan County Council on the 5th January 2006 to Esker Lodge Nursing Home when they uphold an appeal by the Residents of Keadue Estate on the grounds that the proposed development of an extension of the main building additional 10 sheltered accommodations laundry mortuary boiler house facilities and lack of green area was an obtrusion on their property and was much too ambitious for such a small site. Entry would have been through the Estate. Sean Lucy and Associates Architects Mount Street Mullingar represented the Resident’s Association.

September 28th 2006 National Disability Authority award is presented by the Minister for Justice and Law Reform Michael McDowell to Josephine Brady County Librarian for the excellent design and accessibility for wheelchairs and mobility challenged persons at Johnston Central Library at a ceremony in the Mansion House in Dublin. Josephine in her speech said that ”the Johnston Central Library was a Civic Space for all and that accessibility to all the facilities was a core requirement in the design of the facility". Ger Finn says that” the ethos in the Johnston Library was all about service and attitude to customers and he was delighted for Josephine and the outstanding staff at the Library”.

Same Week Death of Simon Deignan Dublin at the Bon Secours Hospital in Dublin at age of 82.Won All Ireland medals with Cavan in 1947 1948 and 1952 as well s a Minor All Ireland in 1937.Played in 12 All Ireland Finals with Cavan and first played on the Senior team in 1952 retiring in 1953.Refereed the All Ireland Final of 1958 between Derry and Dublin.

Social Services Whist 1st Agnes McRoe 2nd Teresa McHugh 3rd Eileen Masterson Lady Hatcher Mary Halligan 1st Gent Aidan Conaty 2nd Gent Sean Leinster and Gent’s Hatcher Enda Mullhern.

Cavan Gaels captained by Eamonn Reilly bid for their 4th consecutive County Senior title against the 1998 Champions Mullahoran Dreadnoughts captained by Seanie Smith in next Sunday’s Final at Breffni Park. The Gaels are bidding for their 8th Minor crown in 9 years in the curtain raiser where they play Lurgan.

October 5th 2006 Donal Keogan Imperial Hotel and Denn is appointed Manager of the Cavan Senior Football team for a two year period. He will be assisted by Paul Grimly Armagh Phelim Plunkett Ballyhaise Selector and Thomas Jackson Drung will take charge of the Under 21 team

Same Week Death of Tom Fitzpatrick 'Rathana' Drumelis TD and Government Minister Tom Fitzpatrick was born on Saint Valentine's Day 1918 in Scotshouse County Monaghan. Qualified as a Solicitor in 1939 and built up an extensive practice in the Cavan area. Member of Cavan CYMS from 1940.Founded Cavan Branch Fine Gael with his lifelong friend Andy O Brien and Sean Magee in 1950.Soon afterwards Tom was elected to Cavan UDC. Senator from 1961-1965, when he was elected to Dail Eireann. Served in Government as Minister For Lands, Forestry and Tourism, Transport and Power and finally Ceann Comhairle 1982-1987.Retired from politics in 1989.Founder member and Chairman with his wife Betty (Nee Cullen) of Cavan Drama Festival in 1945.Betty died in 1951.In 1973 Tom married Carmel (McDonald). Immense contribution to the promotion and development of Cavan town. Tom died on the 2nd October 2006 and is survived by his wife Carmel, daughter Geraldine (Madigan) and son Tom. His second daughter Fidelma (Dwyer) died in June 1989.He was laid to rest in Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry after a capacity crowd paid tribute to him in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim where among the leaders of Church and State were Enda Kenny Leader of Fine Gael.

 Taoiseach Bertie Ahern on 1 day whirlwind tour of County Cavan warming up he faithful prior to expected 2007 General Election. Back in Dublin he introduces the nation to ‘Paddy the Plasterer’ and others who gave him a ‘dig out’ in the turbulent times following the separation from his wife Miriam as the Moriarity Tribunal investigate his unorthodox financial affairs..

Cavan Town Council present the Estate Awards  at a ceremony in the Town Hall where Town Clerk Brian O Hora pays tribute to the staff  and in particular James McCabe Bernadette McGovern  and Anthony Brady and all the residents who participated in the competition.for their sterling help in the success of the Enhancement Scheme. Category 1-19 Houses 1 Park View 20-29 houses Owen Roe 30 -40 houses Saint Phelim’s Place. Individual C Peter and Ann O Rourke 12 Fairhill 2nd Phyllis Duggan 12 Lakeview Category B Marian Smith 13 Ard Na Greinne 2nd Kathleen Duignan 6 Saint Patrick’s Swellan Category A Frank Quinn 56 O Raghallaigh Park 2nd Christine Ellis 7 Laragh Crescent.

Tom and Kathleen Wilson Harmony Heights and formerly the American Bar Cavan celebrate the Golden Jubilee of their Marriage with Mass in the house where the celebrant Father Kevin Fay presented the couple with the Papal Blessing from Pope Benedict the XV1

To Mark the 400th Anniversary of the Royal Schools of Ulster the Town Council are holding a Civic Reception for the 5 Principles and staff of the schools when they visit Cavan later in the month. There will also be an exhibition mounted in Johnston Central Library to mark the occasion. The Schools were established under a Royal Charter of James 1 and established in Cavan Armagh Dungannon Enniskillen and Raphoe. The Royal School in Cavan was established in 1611 and has played a leading role in providing education in the area.

Death of Jimmy Smith 8 Tullac Mongan Cavan after a long illness borne with great good humour courage and fortitude. Educated at the De La Salle and Cavan Vocational School Jimmy was an outstanding Mechanic and worked in Jackson’s and later Woodford Motors. In the evenings Jimmy helped out in Egan’s Mini Market and was most obliging pleasant and efficient. Jimmy was available day and night to help out motorists in trouble and no matter what the hour the person was treated with the utmost courtesy and efficiency. Son of Thomas and Margaret Smith 8 Tullac Mongan he was an extremely handsome in appearance and disposition and never looked more than 20 years with his shock of perfect black hair standing over 6 foot tall. His father Thomas Smith was an outstanding footballer and played with Cavan Slashers and Cavan Senior team winning County Championship medals in1927 1930 and 1931.Iimmy himself was very fond of music and took an interest in the welfare of Cavan Gaels. Predeceased by his parents and eldest brother Sean he is survived by his brothers Tommy and Gene sisters Margaret Josephine and Mary. Funeral from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Ann Brady and Bridie Donohoe win the prestigious Hunt/Maloney Cup at Cavan Bridge Club 2nd Father Thomas Woods and Pat Plunkett 3rd Elizabeth Galligan and Maura Goodman .

Mullahoran put a stop to Cavan Gaels gallop when they defeat the 3 in a row Gaels 2-10 to 0-10 with a very spirited performance before 3,000 people who paid gate receipts of €30,000 in excellent weather conditions in the County Senior Final in Breffni Park. Man of the Match 34 year old Danny Brady epitomised the Dreadnought’s attitude with a personal tally of 1-4 and they just never contemplated a 4th consecutive defeat  in the decider and won their 1st title since 1998 in a canter. In the end. The Gaels just had no answer to the enthusiasm and hunger of the Dreadnoughts who sprung out of the traps from the start and imposed themselves on the game. Their cause was not helped by the sending off of Eddie O Reilly just approaching half time. Undaunted the Mullahoran men held the Gaels to a paltry 3 points in the second half to run out decisive winners. The much vaunted Gaels attack failed to function and only Seanie Johnston and Cormac Nelligan in attack managed to score from play with the remaining score coming from Anthony Forde at midfield. Great credit is due to Justin McNulty Armagh assisted by James Lovett for instilling such steel and determination in the winners while Gerry McCarville Cavan Gaels was the first to congratulate Mullahoran and acknowledge that on the day they were much the better team. The referee was Joe McQuillan.Scorers for the Gaels Sean Johnstone 0-7 (6 frees) Cormac Nelligan 0-2 and Anthony Forde 0-1.

In the curtain raiser at Breffni Park Cavan Gaels captained by Sean Higgins beat Lurgan 2-15 to 2-11 to win their 8th Minor title in 9 years. Close tight game in a very sporting free flowing game. The Gaels had too much in reserve and pulled away in the last 10 minutes. Scorers for the Gaels Martin Dunne Man of the Match 0-9 Levi Murphy 2-1 Declan Meehan and Conor McClarey 0-2 and Niall Smith 0-1.Team David O Reilly Leigh Jackson Dallan McCormack Mark Leddy Killian McKiernan Niall Gurhy Christy Quinn Daniel Graham Declan Meehan Niall Smith Sean Higgins Captain Niall Murray Conor McClarey Levi Murphy and Martin Dunne. Subs Gerard O Reilly for Niall Murray Patrick Heslin for Christy Quinn.

George McClarey beats Sean Masterson to win the Senior Match play at County Cavan Golf Club while Barry Cullen playing off 10 wins the Telecare Singles with 64 2nd Kevin McGowan (12) 67 3rd Dermot Redmond (20) 69 John Grogan off 4 won the Gross with 74.

October 12th 2006 Archbishop Sean Brady and Reverend Ian Paisley with his DUP colleagues are pictured in jovial mood at their first historic meeting in Stormont Castle Belfast. Meeting scheduled to last 60 minutes went on for 90 and was extremely constructive and cordial. Participants discussed the benefits of an agreed solution to all peoples of every religion in Northern Ireland. Further meetings are planned on a regular basis.

Same Week Sympathy is extended to Anna May Farrell and Family Butlersbridge on the death of Anna May’s father Hugh J O Reilly Belturbet. Native of Ballyhaise he was best known in the Cavan area as the outstanding representative for Champion Fire Defence Rathgar Dublin 6.Canon P J Corrigan and Father John Gilhooley Adm were the chief celebrants of the Funeral Mass with Bishop Leo O Reilly and Monsignor PJ McManus among the capacity attendance in the Church of the Immaculate Conception Belturbet.

Cavan Town Council adjourn as a mark of respect to their late colleague Government Minister and Ceann Comhairle Tom Fitzpatrick It.The Mayor Patrick Conaty said that “Tom had a long and illustrious career in local and national politics. He held the Chair of Cavan Urban Council for 13 consecutive years. Later he was elected a Senator and then a TD. Served in Coalition Governments led by Liam Cosgrove and Garrett Fitzgerald and latterly Ceann Comhairle Dail Eireann .Outstanding intellect he was a formidable debater and always had the facts at his finger tips. Founder member of Cavan Drama Festival in 1946 with his first wife Betty (Cullen). The Chairman extended the sympathy of the Council to his wife Carmel daughter Geraldine and son Tom brother John and all the other relatives and friends of this outstanding Cavan/Monaghan man”. His great friend and colleague Paddy O Reilly Fine Gael said “he had known Tom Fitzpatrick all his life and was invited on to the Fine Gael ticket for Cavan UDC by Tom in 1974 and always relied on him for wise counsel and advise which was always for the better of the people they jointly served. Tom Fitzpatrick was elected to Cavan Urban Council in 1950 made a Senator in 1961 and in 1965 he was returned as a Fine Gael TD for Cavan a seat he held until his retirement. Tom was appointed  Minister for Lands by Liam Cosgrove in 1973 and later served as Minister for Transport and Industry. His greatest achievement and proudest day was to see the new Cavan General Hospital built and opened at Lisdarn.As Minister for Lands he undertook the development of Killykeen Forest Park and the erection of the chalets. He also provided funding or the development of the native fishing tourism in Cavan and Monaghan.In Minister for Industry he played a leading role in attracting Pauwels Trafo to Cavan and took a very active role in the development of the area. Tom was a man of steely determination with firm upright principles honourable and courageous in the service of his people. Paddy concludes by saying that Tom was the kind of man you always wanted fighting your corner.Ger Finn Director of Services said that “Tom Fitzpatrick left a lasting legacy to his adopted county and served the County admirably for a long number of years. Tom put Public Service Number 1 on his agenda and left a lasting legacy in every corner of the County”.

John McKay launches the History of Cavan College of Further Studies 1985-1986 written and compiled by former teacher his wife Eithne at a function in Cavan Institute. Patrick Conaty Vice Chairman Cavan VEC opened the photographic exhibition that ran along with the launch. In his speech the former CEO who was the main driving force behind the establishment of Cavan Institute pays tribute to Brendan Smith Minister for Food at the Department of Agriculture former Principal Donal Crotty Chairman Cavan VEC Clifford Kelly and Claire Foley Principal Cavan Institute for their dedication and contribution to the project.

Cavan Icebreaker’s 39th Christmas Swim on Christmas Morning is in aid of Cavan Cancer Homecare.

October 19th 2006

Minister for Communications Marine and Natural Resources Noel Dempsey opens the new offices of his Decentralised Department at Elm House while planning is sought for the new purpose built facility at ‘Fortview’ Farnham Road..

Philip Gilbride son of the late Phil and Bridie Kilbride 'Melvin Bar' Bridge Street is awarded the Post Office in his purpose built premises on the Diamond Belturbet and Philip is also appointed Postmaster. The premises will operate as a Post Office 6 1/2 days per week including Sundays while the existing Postman is also being retained.

Killygarry GFC celebrate 40 glorious years in existence with a special concelebrated Mass in Saint Brigid's Church and Social and Presentation to the founding fathers and first team in the  nearby Kilmore Hotel. Owen McConnon in his column details the first fledgling step of the new Club. The first officers were Chairman Gerry Brady Vice Chairman Vincent Ruddy Secretary Francis McDermott Assistant Secretary Jackie Conaty Treasurer Paddy Lee. The team played their first challenge game against Cavan Gaels who fielded with present Coach Tony Dunne and Brendan Keaney among their ranks wearing jerseys loaned by Farnham Shamrocks GFC. Killygarry won their 1st match before a large attendance in Narrick's field just behind Paddy Brady's Public House now the Meadow View. The roll of honour  includes Junior League Champions 1968 Intermediate Champions 1970 Senior Finalist 1971 and Senior Semi Finalist 1972 on both occasions losing out to Crosserlough who clinched the never to be repeated 7 in a row in 1972.Playing in their familiar Red and Black outfit that they adopted from the great Down team of the1960s Killygarry won the Junior Championship in 1990 and the Intermediate title in 1998 and are destined for further honours in the near future .

Profile this week is Bernie Deasy the new Archivist in Cavan Count Library.

Clare Louise McDermott ‘Saint Anthony’s’ Kilnavara receives her BA (Double Honours) at NUI Maynooth.Clare Louise was educated at the Poor Clare’s Cavan Loreto College and NUI Maynooth and is daughter of John and Mary McDermott ‘Saint Anthony’s’ Kilnavara Cavan.

Cavan Bridge Club N/S Willie Finnegan and Pat Plunkett 2nd Aileen Timmoney and Phil Ward 3rd Leo Brady and Maria Geelan.

Crannog Bridge Club Marina Lynch and Ann Smith 2nd John Lovett and Evelyn Roe 3rd Stella Corr and Elizabeth Lalor    E/W Bernadette Donohoe and Veronica Fay 2nd Susan O Reilly and Karen Martin 3rd Ann Gaffney and Phyllis O Neill.

October 26th 2006

Parking Crisis at Cavan Institute is raised by Freddie Kettleyes at Meeting of Cavan VEC when he states that most of the students are arriving to the new facility in their own cars and having to seek parking facilities in the neighbouring housing estates to the chagrin of the residents who are unable to access their own homes during school hors Monday to Friday. The CEO assures the meeting  that this problem is being seriously tackled by the College Authorities and will eventually be sorted out when they acquire more space from the Developer. The Chairman Clifford  Kelly says that due to restraints on their budget he would not be  hopeful that this issue will resolve itself overnight !

Crannog Bridge Club 1st Etta McIntyre and Madge Curran 2nd Frances Daly and Gene Murphy 3rd Stella Corr and Elizabeth Lalor E/W 1st Kathleen Woods and Sharon Murphy 2nd Bernadette Donohoe and Veronica Fay 3rd Sean Masterson and Karen Martin.

Drumalee defeat Ballinagh 1-5 to 0-4 in the Intermediate Championship Final Replay before a large crowd in perfect conditions at Breffni Park winning their 1st title for 37 years . Coached by Cavan Gaels Michael Graham their experience from their defeat in last year’s decider against Cuchullains stood them in good stead and not even some of the over robust physical challenges from Ballinagh strong man Anthony Gaynor was enough to stop them. The vital score came from sharpshooter Darragh Gaffney when he goaled 9 minutes from halftime giving the town side a 1-3 to 0-2 lead at the interval. Gary Ferncombe Captain became the first member of the Drumalee Club to claim the coveted T M Gilroy Cup in memory of the late Tommy Gilroy founder member of Cavan Gaels. Among the attendance was Willie ( Boss ) and Eileen McCormack who witnessed their son Enda being named Man of the Match. Scorers for Drumalee Darragh Gaffney 1-1 Trevor Molloy Gary Malone and Kevin Donohoe 0-1 each Drumalee 2006 James Heffernan Sean Lee Michael Brennan Darragh Donohoe Brendan Smith Enda McCormack Gary Ferncombe Gary Malone Shane Donohoe Kevin Donohoe Darragh Gaffney Trevor Molloy Finbar Donohoe Bernard Young and Kevin Gavigan Subs Michael Lee for Finbar Donohoe Gerard Reilly for Trevor Molloy Shane Downey for Michael Lee and Timmy Looney for Brendan Smith. The Drumalee team who won the Intermediate Championship in 1969 was Paddy Lyons Oliver Reilly Joey Browne Seamus Fay Tommy Smith Seamus McCauley Michael Smith Joey O Keeffe Andy Monson Micheal Greenan Frankie Walsh Fergus McCauley Tommy McCauley Dennis O Keeffe and Donie Fay.

Cavan Gaels win the prestigious Paul McGirr Under 17 Tournament Final defeating Monaghan Harps 2-14 to 1-7 in Dromore County Tyrone. The Gaels beat the favourites Errigal Ciaran from Tyrone in the Semi Final and led by 1 point at the interval. Daniel Graham scored the decisive goal in the 2nd half to give the Gaels another title to add to their 2000 triumph in the same competition. Led by Christy Quinn Captain and Man of the Match the Gaels superior fitness skill and artistry was the main ingredient of their win. Team Michael Coyle Patrick Heslin Niall Gurhy Damian Kelleher Kevin Meehan Marc Leddy Robert Maloney-Derham Daniel Graham Declan Meehan Liam Cooke Niall Murray Niall Smyth Conor McClarey Martin Dunne and Christy Quinn (Captain) Subs Used Raymond Murray and Cormac Donnelly

Untimely death of John Fitzpatrick 4 Highfield Road late of Bridge Street in Manchester .John Fitzpatrick was born at 13 Bridge Street in 1965.Son of Eugene and Agnes Fitzpatrick Licensed Vintners. Prominent member of Cavan CYMS for many years, he represented the Club in Senior competition from a very early age and won many of the Senior and Junior competitions during a distinguished snooker career which is documented in many of the Club pictures both here at http://www.cavancyms.com and in the Club itself. Following his recovery from a near fatal accident where John as a pedestrian was knocked down, he emigrated to England in the early 1990s where his untimely death occurred on the 19th of November 2006. Survived by his parents Sean and Agnes brothers Padraig Eugene sisters Marie and Doris. The CYMS formed a Guard of Honour at both his removal and funeral from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Saint Brigid's cemetery Killygarry.

Presentation to Marie Daly NT in the Cavan Crystal Hotel on the occasion of her retirement from the pupils and staff of Killygarry National School which she has served with distinction for many years.

November 2nd 2006 New €750,000 extension at Butlersbridge National School officially opened by the Minister for Food at the Department of Agriculture Brendan Smith It.The ecumenical service was performed by Father John Gilhooley and Mark Lidwell.Among the speakers was Terry Leddy Principal who welcomed all the distinguished guests and pupils to the school on this red letter day for Butlersbridge.Jim McCorry Treasurer Board of Management Maire Ni Mhairtin Inspector and Peter McGrane of the INTO also spoke at the Reception. Terry Leddy paid tribute to the life time of work of Evelyn Brady who recently retired after a lifetime dedicated to education in Butlersbridge National School.

Same Week Death of one of Cavan’s greatest teachers and priests Canon James Carroll PE Killeshandra  at the age of 87. Son of Phillip and May Carroll he was born on the 12th February 1919 and ordained on the 20th June 1943.Taught English Latin and Music in Saint Patricks College for 28 years and all the students fortunate to come under his influence and tuition were extremely fond of this great man .Spent 21 years as Parish Priest in Killeshandra where he was dearly loved and respected by all his parishiones.Streams of mourners filed past the coffin as Father Carroll lay in repose in the Parochial House. .Father Colm Hurley PP Monsignor PJ McManus were the chief celebrants of the Funeral Mass assisted by Fathers Eamonn Bredin John Phair and Darragh Connolly. In attendance was Father Harry Bouchier now ministering in Coronea who was the last of Father Carroll's’ classmates from Maynooth.Jim Hayes was on the organ while the Sacred Music was by Saint Brigid’s Choir under the Direction of Geraldine McCaffrey.The children of Scoil Bride formed a guard of honour as Father Carroll's remains were interred in the adjoining cemetery. Father James Carroll is survived by his nephews Patrick and Seamus nieces Miriam Phyllis Carroll Maureen Barbara and Elizabeth the O Carroll family Manorhamilton and housekeeper Kathleen O Reilly.

Lorraine Flynn Mountain View Crubany is conferred with her BA Honours Degree in Economics and Sociology in NUI Maynooth.Educated at Crubany National School and Loreto College she is daughter of Brendan and Bridie Fay Mountain View Crubany.

Archbishop Sean Brady former Editor of the Breffni journal and Bishop Joe Duffy Clogher are the guests of honour at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Cumainn Seanchas Breffni in the Kilmore Hotel. Tickets are available from Mary or Concepta at Cavan Genealogy Centre Farnham Centre Cavan.

Bernadette Donohoe and Veronica Fay win the Percy French trophy at Cavan Bridge Club. 2nd Ann Gaffney and Lucy Hayes 3rd Pat Plunkett and Anselem Lovett E/W 2nd Patsy Gibney and Margaret Tackney 3rd Joan Cassidy and Imelda Brady .The Gross was won by Kathleen Clarke and Vera McMahon.

Patrick Elliott and Paul Goodman win the Fastnet Skibereen Motor Rally for the first time when they finish 1 minute ahead of their nearest rival Michael Barable in their red Quinn Direct Subaru S 10WRC.

Cavan Gaels win the Under 16 Division 1 Championship Final beating Redhills 4-12 to 0-5 at Saint Felim’s Park Drumalee.Gaels totally overwhelmed their rivals and their forwards scored from all angles on the smaller compact Drumalee pitch. Scorers for the Gaels Conor McClarey 2-3 Eamonn Cooney 1-3  Cian Donohoe 1-0 Niall Smyth 0-3 Niall Murray Captain 0-3.Team.Michael Coyle Fearghal Blessing Damian Kellegher Shane Harten Paul McKiernan Marc Leddy Robert Maloney-Derham Niall Smith William Courtney Kevin Meehan Niall Murray Captain Eamon Cooney Diarmuid Donohoe Conor McClarey and Cian O Donoghue Sub Used John Farrelly

Death of Maura Keogh  Pullamore and Preston at the age of 101.Predeceased by her husband Patrick and son John Joe she is survived by her sons Brendan and PG daughters Margaret Eileen and Kathleen 12 grandchildren 15 great grandchildren

November 9th 2006 Loreto College Cavan tops the County League for 3d level progress. Loreto Cavan was also 29th of 720 Secondary Schools surveyed in the country.70.2% of the leaving certificate class of 2005 progressed to Universities or Teacher Training Colleges while the figure reads an incredible 99.6% when Institutes of Technologies are included. Loreto is easily the best in the County for academic progress and is consistently one of the outstanding Catholic Girls’ Schools in Ireland. There are presently 662 students with a teacher ratio of 15.4 to 1.Saint Patrick’s College  was ranked 200th in Ireland. The top five in the survey are 1Loreto College 2 Saint Patrick’s College 3 Breffni College (Formerly Cavan Vocational School) 4 Virginia College and 5 Royal School Cavan.

Same Week Sean Smith Crubany and Kelly’s Taxis is the owner of the first taxi registered in Cavan. Cavan Town Council are providing 3 Taxi Ranks in the near future to accommodate the expected increase in taxi plates. Oliver O Reilly VTEC Communications fitted the new plates for Sean Smith.

Bishop Leo O Reilly on the Catholic Bishops 2 week Ad Lumina trip to Rome is granted a private audience with Pope Benedict 16 who was delighted to hear of the above average contribution by the laity in the affairs of the Diocese of Kilmore. Bishop Leo expressed the hope that the many young people in the Diocese would continue to show great idealism and enthusiasm for the truth of the Gospel. Pope Benedict XV1 was very pleased to hear that so many of his fellow Germans were flocking to Mullagh to pay a visit to the birth place of Saint Killian who has a special place in the minds and hearts of Bavarians. The 32 Irish bishops stayed in the Irish College in Rome during their two week stay and were presented with a Pectoral cross and chain as mementos of their first Ad Lumina in 7 years.

William and Agnes Bravendar celebrate the Golden Jubilee of their marriage with a reception for friends and neighbours in the Farnham Hotel. Agnes is a member of the McDermott family from Galway

Drumalee captained by Patrick Colton win the Under 16 Roinn A County Championship when they beat Mullahoran 2-10 to 0-10 in a keenly contested very exciting game at the Terry Coyle Park Cavan. Drumalee led by 2-2 to 0-4 at the interval and only pulled away from their tenacious opponents in the last few minutes when Don Fay made two great saves for the town team. Scorers for Drumalee Craig Sheridan 1-1 Damien McCarthy 1-0 Tomas O Keeffe 0-5 and Michael Colton 0-1.Team Don Fay Michael Ellis Sean Lynch Ryan Dunne Matthew O Kane Padraig Sheridan Tomas O Keeffe Craig Sheridan Colm Quinn Jimmy Fallon Michel Colton Damien McCarthy and Patrick Colton Captain. Check Score

Farnham National School are Division 2 Champions for the first time after their decisive 2-10 to 2- 2 victory over Ballinagh at Kingspan Breffni Park. Farnham led by 1-3 to 0-1 at the interval. Scorers for Farnham  Barry Fortune 1-4 Darren Smith 1-0

Tommy Walsh 0-2 Daniel Maguire Adam Johnston Liam Fitzsimmons and Vincent Coyle 0-1 each. Farnham Matthew Filmer Conor Bates Christopher Gaffney Liam Fitzsimmons Vincent Coyle Louis Coleman Leon Smith Barry Fortune Captain Adam Johnston Tommy Walsh Joshua McClorey Daniel Maguire Darren Smith Subs Michael Maguire for Darren Smith. Team Mentors Martin Sexton Eugene Reilly and Bernard Donoghue Principal.

The Men’s Committee for 2007 at County Cavan Golf Club Captain Jimmy Smith Vice Captain Paraic Smith Secretary Willie Harrington Treasurer Richard Phelan Match and Handicap Secretary Fergal Dunne.

Death of Sean Browne Butlersbridge. Outstanding character Sean worked as a lorry driver for Cavan County Council and was a leading member of the Community taking an active part in Butlersbridge’s climb to the top in the Tidy Towns over the last decade. Active in all the local organisations Sean was a leading member of the Committee that organised the very successful Butlersbridge Carnivals in 1971 and 1972.Lifetime member of Butlersbridge GFC Sean served as a player and administrator winning a Junior Championship medal in 1953.Had the distinction of playing on the same Bridge team as his father brothers Michael Tommy and Ken. Quiet sincere and utterly dependable Sean was a great friend to all who had the pleasure of knowing home. Survived by his wife Dympna sons Jimmy Sean Aiden Noel and Kevin daughters Marie Noeleen Teresa and Carol and brother Ken in Fivemiletown County Tyrone. Father John Gilhooley Adm was the chief celebrant of the Funeral Mass in Saint Aiden's Church Butlersbridge with burial afterwards in Saint Aiden's cemetery

November 16th 2006 P Elliott and Company are appointed Contractors for the  €7.55 million contract at Cavan General Hospital to provide 21 extra beds  new theatre and other additional accommodation. It is hoped that the new extension will relieve pressure in many areas particularly in the Accident and Emergency.

Cavan County Council are the winners of the Waste Management Category in Chamber’s Ireland Excellence in Local Government. Award presented at a ceremony in the Burlington Hotel Dublin.

Same Week Over 500 guests at Lions Club annual black tie Ball and Auction in the Kilmore Hotel. Mary O Connor O President expects the proceeds from both events to be the largest in the Club’s history. Pictured are Collette Bogue Mary McDwyer Noeleen Tully Breda Tully Grainne Elliott and Sheila Donohoe. Music was by the Navan Swing Band and Saint Patrick’s ensemble under the baton of Kieran Tackney.

Pictured at the Golden Jubilee of the Cumainn Seanchas Breffni in the Kilmore Hotel is founder member Andy O Brien who received a presentation of a specially inscribed Cavan Crystal Bowl from the Patrons Bishop Ken Clarke and Leo O Reilly. The only other surviving member is Tom Halton from Kilnaleck who was a distinguished professor in Saint Patrick’s College before taking up a post as a Professor in the Catholic University of Washington. Presentation to Mary Comey sister of the late great Bishop McKiernan who was not only the founder but for almost 50 years but the dynamic driving force until his death on the 23rd December 2005.The attendance of 160 included the guests of honour  Bishop Joe Duffy of Clogher and Archbishop Sean Brady Armagh for many years Editor of the annual Breffni Journal.

Presentation to Hugo Cafferty on his retirement after 49 years with ESSO/Jones Oil. Former Cavan Gaels star Hugo played in the All Ireland Minor Final of 1959 hen Dublin beat Cavan. Pictured  Pat Nevin MD Jones Oil Hugh Cafferty North East Regional Manager Bernie Cafferty and Dennis Ryan General Director Jones Oil.

Martin Dunne beat Cian Byrne to win the Junior Final at Cavan CYMS Shane Reilly and Paul Graham were the beaten Semi Finalists

Cavan 0-5-0 Network  Chairman Bob Gilbert Vice Chair Annette Smith Secretary Wendy Swan Treasurer Freda McDowell. The aim of the organisation which is supported by Cavan Partnership is to coordinate and support interaction between groups acting for Senior Citizens. Captain David O Brien on the Minister for Defence’s Ringfort Craic is the winner of the Grand Prix and €10,500 at the 13tgh Cavan International Horse Show at Cavan Equestrian Centre 2nd was Sarah Quinlavin on Newmarket Girl while Conor Swaile was 3rd on Conduct. Captain Shane Carey was the leading International Rider of the most successful and best supported show to date. There were over 2,000 entries from all over the world.

Marcella Downey opens Cavan’s newest Hair Salon ‘Marcella’s Hair Salon in College Street. Native of Drumcrave Marcella has over 10 years experience of the business. First worked in Margaret’s Hair Salon in Cavan before attending Cavan Institute for 2 years taking her Diploma in Hair Styling on graduation. Apprentice to Peter Mark in Navan for 2 years she later worked with Mary McKeown’s Hair Salon for 3 years. She later met Catriona O Hagan from Castletara while working for Ladies First in College Street and they decided to go into business under the banner Marcella’s Hair Salon.

Sinead Hogan in her Every Women Column in the Anglo Celt this week profiles the very popular and highly talented Song Sisters who on their recent tour sold out Ramor Theatre Corn Mill Theatre and the Town Hall in Cavan.The members of the group are Paul Gormley Geraldine McDonnell Carmel O Donoghue Geraldine McGrath and Eileen Tackney. Geraldine McDonnell spokesperson for the Group states that they perform for Love and not for money or financial reward. Geraldine and Paula are daughters of the late Paddy Smith former trombonist in the Mighty Avons and Bridie (Nee Donohoe) Studio and Wedding Photographer. Their backing group consists of Paul Cox on Drums Tom Meehan on Bass Guitar John Hannigan Lead Guitar and Carmel McGibney on keyboard. Geraldine states that she is a singer songwriter wife mother and business lady all of them are important to her and the music is a great outlet for all the girls involved who each have other full time activities. Carmel O Donoghue is lead soprano in the Cathedral Choir where Eileen Tackney is the Director and Organist.

November 23rd 2006 Ulster GAA Writers honour Brian Crowe well known Cavan Gals and Cavan referee who had charge of this year’s All Ireland Final between Mayo and Kerry. The award was presented by Sean McMahon Chairman of the Ulster GAA Writers Association at the 19th annual banquet in the Great Northern Hotel Bundoran.

Same Week Glowing tributes to Liam Henry Director of Services Belturbet on his retirement to take up a similar position with Meath County Council. Seamus Neely Cavan County Council Assistant County Manager said that Liam had made a fantastic contribution not only to Belturbet but all the other areas he had responsibility for in County Cavan. Liam is son of Bill and Kay Henry 2  Earlsvale Road Cavan.

By kind permission of Diana Lady Farnham the Farnham Archives go on public exhibition in the Johnston Central Library. The Estate was sold in 2001 following the death of the 16th Baron Barry Maxwell. Pictured are Peter McVitty Chairman Cavan County Council Margaret and Roy McCabe Farnham Estate Jack Keyes County Manger Ger Finn Director of Services Bernie Deasy Archivist Johnston Central Library and Paddy Sexton Mayor Cavan Town Council.

Denise Downey Billis Cavan is conferred with her BA (Honours) at NUI Maynooth and Higher Diploma in Social Policy at UCD.Educated at Drumcrave NS Loreto College Cavan Denise is daughter of Jim and Patricia Downey Billis Cavan.

Hugh Francis Doonan son of Hughie and Margaret (Nee Jackson) Saint Brigid’s Terrace marries Pamela Dunne in Saint Felim’s Church Ballinagh.

Ryan Brady wins the Novice All Ireland title at Men’s Artistic Finals in Coolmine Dublin while silver went to his club mate Shane Connolly. Both are coached by the legendary Jim O Leary Cavan Gymnastic Club in Bridge Street.

Cold windy wet day greets the 200 runners in the 5th running of the Annally AC 5 mile road race around Cavan Town. The winner  was Paul Buckley Ferbane AC in a time of 25.25 while 2nd was John Byrne Mayo AC in 25:32 3rd Gerard Henry Saint Brigid’s AC in 25:39.Thec winner of the Ladies’ race was Pauline Curley Tullamore AC in 28:39 while Gene Wilson Sportsworld was 2nd in 29:08 while Donna Evans Monaghan Phoenix was 3rd and Winner of the Ladies’ Over 35 category. All of the athletes were loud in their praise of the excellent organisation and facilities at the Zest Club and the wonderful hospitality provided by Cavan Crystal Hotel.

Sean Johnston is Player of he Year at the Dublin Supporters  annual awards at Brady’s of Castleknock. The Cavan Gaels star made his debut with Cavan in 2003 and has been the star forward ever since winning 4 Cavan Senior Championships 5 Cavan Senior Leagues and numerous Under Age awards including All Ireland Under 10 in 1992.Represented Ulster in the Railway Cup against Leinster and was the leading forward with 1-5.Sigerson Cup with DCU and 2 All Ireland Colleges handball medals during his student days in Saint Patrick’s College. Son of Bernard and Pauline Kilnavara Sean has one sister Louise who is herself a very accomplished tennis player (Pictured) and is grandson of the great John Johnston winner of an All Ireland Minor medal with Cavan in 1938 and County Senior with Cavan Slashers in 1941.John was later a very prominent inter county referee taking charge of a record number of Provincial deciders particularly in Connaught where his services were constantly in demand.

Eileen’s Restaurant opens in the Imperial Hotel where the two chefs are Gunas Gella and Eileen Keogh Proprietor. Native of Lacken Eileen is daughter of Michael and Eileen Keogh and was educated at the local National School and Cavan Vocational School. Graduated from the Institute of Technology Cathal Brugha Street in 2003 with an Honours degree in Culinary Arts she has worked part time in the Imperial Hotel for many years. Pastry Chef in Cavan Crystal Hotel .Eileen pays tribute o the help an support she received from Donal Keogan Proprietor Imperial Hotel and Eddie Halligan Bar Manager.

250th Anniversary of the birth of Amadeus will be celebrated by the Cavan Singers with Orchestra of Saint Cecilia with soloists Allison Dunne Helen Hassett Jeffrey Ledwidge and Alan Leach with Mozart’s Coronation Mass .While Sue Donohoe will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A Major in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim on the 3rd December.

November 30th 2006 P Elliott and Company announce record turnover for 2005 of €219.3 million up an impressive 48% on the 2004 figure. Pre Tax profits are €8.3 million as compared to €3.5 million in 2004.Indications are that their 2006 figures are heading for a turnover of €320 million. The Company was founded in 1942 by Patrick and Alice Elliott grandparents of the present directors Noel and Mark Elliott. Turnover has shot up from  modest €28.50 million in 2000.The Company have tangible assets including rented property of €36.7 million while Shareholders Funds are stated at €36.7 million Elliott and Company employ 370 full time and are responsible for an additional 3,500 providing services through sub contractors. David Mackey former Cavan County Manager and CEO Quinn Group is the Chief Executive .The Company have extensive portfolios including the €90 million Whitestown Way in Tallaght €80 million regeneration of the Fatima Mansions and Parkhurst Park in conjunction with Dublin Corporation. Recently the Company paid €30 million for the old Irish Times building on D'Olier Street which will be developed as a mix of commercial office and residential units. Their 3.2 acre site at the Digital Hub will be transformed to include a high rise residential an commercial development. They are also planning an upmarket housing development on their 25 acre site in Sandyford South Dublin.

Same Week Gerry Egan Fire-Fighter Hugh Cosgrove Sub Officer Cavan Brigade Bridget Finnegan Radio and Phone Operator and Kathleen McNamara  Communications are made a presentation on the occasion of their retirement from Cavan Fire Brigade Service at a function in the Farnham Hotel. Pictured are Dennis Hanrahan Sub Officer Cavan Fire Brigade Ger Finn Director of Services Ann Egan Paddy Sexton Mayor Cavan Town Council Geraldine Cosgrove Malachi Lennon Sub Officer Gerry Egan Brigid Finnegan Kathleen McNamara and Hugh Cosgrove

Aoife Flynn Sandra Walsh Brid Geoghegan Kristine Flynn and Aoife Geoghegan from Cavan Gaels Club  are the winners of the Instrumental section in the County Cavan Scor Finals in the Community Hall Ballyconnell.

The Song Sisters will present a Taste of Christmas fresh from their record breaking tour with Brian Kennedy and Charlie McGettigan will be the first local act to appear in the new Town Hall Theatre which has been refurbished with state of the art tiered seating and accommodation for 267 patrons. In July 1905 a committee was established consisting of  Chairman Andrew McCarren John F O Hanlon Francis O Reilly and Michael Smyth grandfather of the Editor Michael Smyth 60 Main Street bring the Town Hall into fruition after years of discussion. William A Scott was appointed Architect –he was later to be professor of Architecture at UCD. The Local Government Board sanctioned a loan of €3,500 for the building of the new Hall and the building of a new street on the site of the Farnham Gardens. The Hall itself was to cost €2,688 and William Callaghan and Son Lurgan County Armagh was appointed Contractor and Thomas McGurk Clerk of Works. The foundation stone was laid by Mrs Smith wife of the Chairman LCP Smith on the 17th November 1908 and the hall was built with stone from Latt Quarry in a Norman style. The official opening took place on the 19th January 1910 when an all night Gala Ball Banquet and  Skating Exhibition was held-the admission to the event was 10/- a princely sum in those days and the first Urban Council meeting was held in the new building on 3rd February 1910.

Cavan CYMS are to honour the record breaking Cavan Minor team who have won 8 of the last 9 Minor Championships in Cavan. Specially commissioned framed photos will be presented to the winners and Owen McConnon of Radio Ulster and the Anglo Celt’s Sideline View will act as MC. Patrick Colton Captain of the victorious Drumalee Under 16 team will also be honoured with a special plaque in his honour.

Drumalee trained by Michael Graham beat Shercock 0-9 to 0-5 to win the Under 21 Division 2 Championship at Drumgoon. Drumalee led by 0-3 to 0-2 at the interval. Advantage of the wind in the second half resulted in Drumalee dominating the play and their return of 6 points was a poor reflection of their overall dominance of the contest. Drumalee captain Enda McCormack was again the Man of the Match the centre half was the rock on which many of the Shercock attacks perished. Scorers for Drumalee Darragh Gaffney 0-4 Trevor Molloy 0-2 Timmy Looney Brendan Smith and Barry Downey 0-1 Match. Drumalee Peter McGinnity Matthew Kane Timmy Looney Paul Mohan Brendan Smith Enda McCormack Captain Justin Halley Gerard Reilly Gary Ferncombe Brian Dolan Trevor Molloy Thomas O Keeffe Barry Downey Darragh Gaffney Shane Downey. Subs John O Connor for Shane Downey Ronan Costello for Brian Dolan Michael Goldrick for Barry Downey.

December 7th 2006 Death of Andy O Brien Crubany at the age of 92 after a brief illness at Cavan General Hospital. Born on the 20th January 1915 at Carrickacromin Laragh.The O Brien’s were known for their industry and strength many of them winning County and Provincial honours for tug of war with Laragh.The family moved to Killynebber when Andy was 8.Educated at Drumcrave National School and Saint Patrick’s College Cavan Andy later qualified as a National Teacher at Saint Patrick’s Training College Drumcondra Dublin. First and only posting was to Crubany National School which he served from 1935 to 1980-nearly 40 years as Principal. Married Molly Donohoe from Killygarry a member of the all conquering Cavan Camogie team winning Ulster Senior Championship medals in 1940 and 1941 and just pipped in the All Ireland Final of 1941 by Dublin. They operated an open house where the neighbour and  stranger were welcomed with lavish sincere hospitality. Founder member of the Magnet Players Killygarry Andy was a founder member and distinguished Chairman for many years of Cavan Drama Festival. Active member of Cavan County Board Andy was Ulster Council delegate from 1943 where his proficiency in the use of the Irish language was deeply appreciated and valued. Treasurer from 1963-1967 Vice Chairman from 1968-1970 President of the Ulster Council GAA from 1971 to 1973.Founder member of Killygarry GFC in 1966 he took great pride in their early achievements and the location of their purpose built sports field at Crubany. Founder member of Cavan Fine Gael in 1937 and Cavan Town Branch in 1940 Andy worked hard to build up the organisation from the bottom up. In 1950 Fine Gael succeeded in having Tom Fitzpatrick elected to Cavan Urban Council where he served off an on for the next 40 years. Andy was elected Fine Gael member of Cavan County Council and held his seat until his retirement in 1999 when he organised the orderly hand over of the family mantle to his daughter Madeline Argue. Andy was Chairman of Cavan County Council in 1982-1983 and 1995-1996.He was co opted on to Cavan Urban Council following Tom Fitzpatrick’s appointment as a Government Minister on the 15th March 1974 and served there with distinction until 1985.Presented with the Urban Council’s Medal of Honour by Chairman Doctor Eamonn McDwyer in 1999.In 1960 Fine Gael made the big breakthrough when Andy as Director of Elections saw Paddy O Reilly Murmod Virginia elected to Dail Eireann and Tom Fitzpatrick Cavan elected to Senad Eireann. When Tom was subsequently elected to Dail Eireann in 1965 Andy won his seat on the Labour Panel in Senad Eireann and remained there until 1987.Andy’s two main priorities for Cavan were Education and Health. He was he longest serving member of the North Eastern Health Board and campaigned furiously for the location of the General Hospital in Cavan. It was a proud day for Andy when Barry Desmond Minster for Health opened the new facility in July 1989.He was later Chairman of the Friends of Cavan General Hospital and campaigned for funds to properly equip the hospital to the highest possible specification. Member and frequent Chairman of Cavan VEC he campaigned for 3rd level facility for Cavan all his life and was there in 2005 to witness the building and opening of the new Institute at Keadue Cathedral Road. As a member of Cavan County Council he campaigned for the location of a top class library facility for Cavan and attended the official opening of the magnificent Johnston Central Library with his daughter Madeline in June 2006.There was another caring side to Andy where took an interest in people after they left school and brought them back for grinds so that they could further their careers and reach their full potential. In latter years Andy served as a valuable member of the Saint Vincent De Paul as Night Porter at the Shelter for Homeless Men in River Street.. Survived by his wife Molly (Nee Donohoe) Colm Madeline Argue Niall Brian Myles Fidelma McGee and Malachy sisters Rose O Toole Carrick on Shannon Cherny Carter Dublin and special friend Eamonn Murray College Street and Kilnavara. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Cavan Gaels captained by Edward O Hanlon beat Cornafean 1-10 to 0-9 to win the Division 3 League Final n Templeport. Man of the Match was again Martin Dunne who contributed 1-6 to the Gaels’ total with points from Sean O Reilly 0-2 and Edward O Hanlon 0-1 making up the remainder of the Gaels’ winning tally. Team Charles Halligan Padraig Byrne John Reilly Joe Dunne Michael Cooke John Gurhy Pauric Smith Edward O Hanlon Captain Sean Reilly Sean Higgins Kevin Downes Michael Meehan Martin Dunne Ronan Farrelly and Dessie Scanlon Subs Tommy McCormick for Michael Meehan and Ciaran Flynn for Dessie Scanlon.

Ronaghan’s Rambles this week features Cavan Lilter Seamus Fay who was born in Drumconnick in 1932.Delivered milk in Cavan from the age of 10 and later took up a position driving a school bus for another 25 years. All accomplished along with his farm work at home. Life time member of Comalthas Ceoltori Eireann he recently release his first CD on his 70th Birthday. Winner of more All Ireland medals than any other Cavan man. Seamus has performed in Canada Switzerland Newfoundland Britain and Ireland. Benny Maloney is a small farmer and a native of Glasdrummond Poles where he was born in 1937 is a founder member of Killygarry GFC and three members of the family have given distinguished service to the Club. Worked for many years with Cavan County Council until arthritis forced him to seek early retirement. Benny is a very friendly good humoured man and is very well known throughout the area. Very involved with music Benny is an outstanding dancer and he says that this helps to keep the arthritis at bay! Paddy Walsh from Ballyhaise has just recovered from brain surgery and welcomes each day now with a new gusto and enthusiasm after his miracle recovery. Household name in Ballyhaise and surrounding countryside Paddy followed in his father’s James’ footsteps and is a plumber by trade. Having spent 58 years at the trade Paddy now confines himself to lighter work and overseeing and lending his vast experience. First Chairman of Pastoral Council Paddy was a founder member of the Christmas Tree committee and very active in the GAA and Fianna Fail. Paddy Walsh continues after many years as Anglo Celt correspondent for the Ballyhaise area. Finally in Ronaghan’s Rambles we find Michael Conaty born in Coranure in 1962 now a teacher in Drung National School. Cavan and Liverpool supporter. Just published his first novel McGucker Michael has plans for an early follow up. Very active in the Anti Dump protest Michael feels that the imposition of the dump and the continued mismanagement and noxious odour particularly during the Summer months  are due to incompetence and lack of faith by Cavan County Council.

December 14th 2006 Clare McEntee Dundrum Dublin aged 22 takes her Bachelor of Science in Management at Dublin Institute of Technology. Clare is daughter of Myles and Carmel Nee Bogue Church Street Cavan .

Same Week Social Services Whist 1st Eileen Conaty 2nd May McCaul 3rd Mary McNicholas Ladies’ Hatcher Teresa McConnell 1st Gent Tony McLoughlin Gent’s Hatcher Enda Mullhern.

Cavan Gaels to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of their foundation with a Jubilee Mass in the Poor Clare convent followed by the Jubilee Banquet in the Kilmore Hotel at which presentations will be made to the members of the 1st Gaels team to win the Senior Championship in 1965 at Easter 2007.It is hoped to compile a record of the Gaels achievements and photographs and publish them in book form before the end of 2007.

Therese Keaney Crubany and Kathleen Farrelly Corfeyhone Poles graduate as Chartered Accountants at the Helix Theatre in Dublin.

December 21st 2006 Death of Phyllis Farris Corr House Cornafean at the age of 97.One of the founder members of the ICA in Ireland. She was instrumental in the foundation of a branch of the ICA in Cavan in 1953.Daughter of Ernest Robinson and Lillian Maude Waterhouse Phyllis was born in Killiney in 1910.Having finished her formal education she qualified as a Poultry Instructress in Killeshandra when she first met Jack Farris whom she married in 1935.They lived in Dundalk for a number of years before returning to take over the family farm in Cornafean in 1944.She is best known locally as the owner of the famous Pig House Museum a collection of antiques and artefacts which she collected down the years and donated to Cavan Museum in 1996.She was honoured by the Cavan Men’s Association Dublin with the Claim to Fame award in 1973.Founder and Chairman of the Ecumenical  Movement in 1983.She was a founder member of the Kilmore Elphin Ardagh Girls Friendly Society. Member of Cavan Arts Society Cavan Photographic Society National Council for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Cavan Gardening Club and Chairman Cumainn Seanchas Breffni between 1983 and 1984.Founder member of Cavan branch National Council for the Blind of Ireland and on the National Executive of the Girl Guides. She was an aunt of Nick Robinson who was married to Mary Robinson former President of Ireland. Predeceased by her husband John Harkness (Jack) Farris in 1976 and her son Ronald James in 1941.Members from ICA branches throughout the country formed a Guard of Honour at her funeral from Killeshandra Parish Church with burial in Killdallen Churchyard.

Same Week Bishops Leo O Reilly and Ken Clarke wish all a Very Happy Christmas particularly those from Eastern Europe who have come to live and work with us in the last year and will spend their first Christmas far away from home.

Cavan Town Council strike a rate of €67.58 in the € an increase of 5% on last year’s figure. Projected expenditure in the coming year is projected at €4,158,731.

Pictured is RTE Midlands correspondent and former Cavan Leader Editor Ciaran Mullooley signing copies of his book ‘Death on Holy Thursday’ for Detective Garda Liam Donnelly and Paddy Sexton Mayor Cavan Town Council in Eason’s Upper Main Street.

Death of Clare McCarren in Foxrock Dublin on Friday 8th December. Daughter of Andrew and Maureen McCarren Brookvale Farnham Road. The family moved to Dublin after her father’s death in 1942. Predeceased y her brother David she is survived by her sisters Jacinta Gabrielle Buggy and Andrea McHugh. Funeral from the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Foxrock to Cullies.

Pictured is Sean Coyle Chairman Cavan CYMS presenting framed mementos to Captain Sean Higgins and sharpshooter Martin Dunne in honour of Cavan Gaels’ recent victory in the County Minor Championship Final. Making it 8 wins in 9 seasons in the competition. Paddy O Reilly Secretary/Treasurer is pictured presenting Cathal Dunne and Andrew Graham with their prizes following the exciting finals win over Jamie O Rourke and Damien McCarthy in the Junior A and B Championship at Cavan CYMS.

Crannog Bridge Club Improvers Competition 1st Gloria Goode and Perlina McCaffrey 2nd Bernadette Carolan and Maureen McNamara 3d Caroline McLoughlin and Nora O Regan E/W 1st Mona Fitzpatrick and Felicity Sheridan 2nd Rita McCarron and Bernie Duffy 3rd Patricia and May Lovett. Beginners 1st  Angela and Dara Hume 2nd Rosaleen Heaver and Dominick Sheridan 3rd Eileen O Connor and Mary Haren E/W 1st Betty Courtney and Grace Ward 2nd Eilish Mullhern and Marie Daly 3rd Gay Fannin and Brigid Duffy.

Phil Smith from Kingscourt Stars is the surprise new Chairman of Cavan County Board while Noel Rodgers Knockbride is elected Vice Chairman Orla O Reilly from Redhills Assistant Secretary and George Cartwright replaces Phil Brady as Central Council Delegate at the County Conventions in Cornafean Hall. Phil Brady was Chairman of Cavan County Board from 1983-1989 and was appointed Central Council Delegate to replace Jim McDonnell in 1989 when Jim a trustee of Croke Park unsuccessfully challenged for the Presidency of the Association when Peter Quinn Teemore County Fermanagh was elected.

John Joe Nevin adds the National Intermediate Flyweight title to his Under 19 and Under 21 titles when he outpoints Carl McDonald of the Golden Cobra Boxing Club Tallaght in the Final. John Joe is now favourite to add the National Senior title to his array in January 2007.

December 28th 2006  Celebrating 20 years of Cavan College of Further Studies Cavan Institute. During the past year students from the College’s Security Course were engaged at the K club during the Ryder Cup while students in the Sports Therapy courses were involved with both teams during the recent Aussie Rules series. Eileen Dunne is the winner of this year’s prestigious Principal’s Prize at the Institute.

Same Week Paddy Ronaghan captures Jimmy Scanlon proprietor of Elegant Gems exiting a very cold wintry Annagh Lake at speed following the 39th annual Icebreaker’s Christmas Morning swim. The water temperature was 8%.Minutes silence observed in memory of Tom Fitzpatrick and Andy O Brien before the 85 swimmers took the plunge. The youngest boy was Eoghan O Reilly at 7 years while Amy Quinn was back with mother Olivia to claim the youngest girl at 2 ½. Next year Sean Walsh will celebrate his 40th swim while his daughter Jacinta Dunleavy leads the ladies on 22 with Michelle Elaine and Gayle Anderson all on 19 swims each.

Cavan Bridge Club 1st Pat Plunkett and Bobby Sheerin 2nd Kathleen Clarke and Delores O Reilly 3rd Todd Davis and Willie Finnegan.

Cavan Gaels complete their year in triumph when their Minors beat Saint Galls’ from Belfast 3-8 to 0-8 in the Ulster Semi Final at the Saint Paul’s Ground on the Shaw Road in Belfast where the Gaels’ full forward line of Conor McClarey Levi Murphy and Martin Dunne were lthal. The Gaels will now play Tyrone Champions Coalisland in the Ulster Final on New Year’s Day.

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January 4th 2007 Derek Jermyn nets the first salmon of the year at the Bun Drowse outside Bundoran. Fish was caught at 8:50 am at Eel Weir Pool. Derek is pictured receiving the trophy from Shane Gallagher owner of the Drowe's Fishery. Derek is married to Fiona Smith from Shantemon lives at Laragh Crescent and is son of Jackie and Joan Jermyn 30 Saint Phelim’s Place Cavan.

Same Week Record Christmas trading in Cavan. All stores report increases of over 20% on last year’s record figures. Jimmy Fox is pleased with the Christmas trading and expects a bumper New Year in Fox’s Annual Sales. Kevin O Reilly Manger of Dunne’s Stores states that “sales were exceptionally good in the Grocery trade and overall they were well up on the 2006 Christmas figure”. Tesco Heaton’s Sportsworld all report takings up by 20%. Claire Smith Joanne Smith Orla Dunne and Aoife Gaffney are all  pictured ringing in the New Year at The Black Horse Inn.

Fionnuala Nic Bradaigh Rahulton is conferred with her BA 1st Class Honours in Psychology. She is also the recipient of the INTO Bursary for her study on Autistic Children. Fionnuala is presently employed as a teacher in Ratoath.

Parent Committee County Cavan Golf Club 2007 President Peter Keogh Captain Jimmy Smith Lady Captain Helen McMahon Vice Captain Padraig McEntee Lady Vice Captain Majella Brady Secretary Seamus McConnon Treasurer Kevin O Connor Assistant Secretaries Sean Galligan and Brian Fitzsimmons Assistant Treasurer Frank O Brien ?

Death of Michael Geelan Doon Ballyconnell on Christmas Eve at Cavan General Hospital. Predeceased by his wife Mary in March 2006 he is survived by his sons Michael and Sean daughter Marian daughters in law Maria and Olivia son in law Larry grandchildren Karen Michelle Duane Maeve Shane and Mark. Funeral from Our Lady of Lourdes Church Ballyconnell to the adjoining cemetery.

Ann Marie Mournagh Sonia King Rachael Brady Teresa Cronin Shauna Donohoe Lisa Brady are all pictured in Mustang Sally’s celebrating the arrival of  the New Year.

January 11th 2007 John and Helen McMahon bid a fond farewell to their customers and friends as Foster’s Newsagency closes for the last time. Founded in 1946 by the legendary Marona Foster  it was the centre of social chit chat and a gathering place for generations of Cavan people purchasing and discussing the local and national news. Opening every morning at 7:30 and 7 on a Sunday morning to accommodate the Mass goers at nearby Saint Clare’s. Tributes are paid to Frances Martin who was on duty night and day and was a very loyal and efficient assistant to John and Helen down many years. John McMahon was born in Ballinagh and started work as a Law Clerk in Myles Smith’s in 1962.Later John worked in McCormack’s of Killeshandra. Served as Garda in Kells for 6 years where one of his colleagues was Eamonn Cooke well known author and long time Town Clerk of Kells County Meath. Helen is a native of Sligo and married John in 1973.Her father was a cousin of Marona Foster while her aunt Lena Faughnan a Nurse in Sligo General Hospital married Eddie Foster in 1964 and they had a Furniture Showroom in Upper Main Street (The Harvest). Marona Foster died in 1969 and with the death of Eddie Foster the Newsagency passed to Lena who had recruited Helen to help her run the show. Between working for Marona Lena and herself Helen spent 43 years behind the counter in Fosters. This year 2007 Helen serves as Lady Captain County Cavan Golf Club. John meanwhile started he famous McMahon Funeral Undertakers in 1977-his first funeral was on a cold damp Winter’s day to Bangor County Down. Many years later John is still the leading Funeral Undertaker in Cavan and is helped out in the business by his son Philip who along with his wife Caroline formerly Shields from the Farnham Hotel also runs McMahon’s Café Bar opposite the Market Square. Their son Johnny is a Monumental Sculpture and has his own Plant in Swellan where he turns out exquisite designs. Their daughter Karen is married to Frank Grant while Lorraine lives in Dublin. John and Helen will have more time to devote to their three grandchildren whom they describes “as their bundles of joy”.

Same Week 4th Annual Bertie Cronin Golf Classic at the Slieve Russell Golf and Country Club is won by Mel Doherty Junior. The trophy was presented to Mel at a function in The Kesh Bar by Killian Cronin (Bertie’s son). Tributes paid to the organisers Paul Burke and Frankie Lovett and the competition featuring 32 golfers was sponsored by the Kesh Bar.

Cavan Gaels Committee Jubilee Year 2007 Chairman Aidan Elliott Vice Chairman Johnny O Hanlon Secretary Mark Gillick Assistant Secretary Niall O Riordan Treasurer Frank Farrell Assistant Treasurer Paddy Reilly PRO Philip Finnegan Irish Officer Finian Farrell Insurance Officer Hugh Reilly Registrar and Coaching Officer JJ Reilly Representatives to County Committee Martin Sexton John Crotty Chairman Juvenile Committee Michael Graham Senior Secretary Juvenile Committee Jerome Kellegher. First Committee 1957 Chairman Very Rev JJ O Reilly Adm Vice Chairman Paddy Conaty Secretaries Sean Galligan and Jimmy (Inky) Sheridan Treasurer Rev Patrick J Gargan Assistant Treasurer Seamus Fay Committee Harps Pappy McNamara Johnny O Rourke Tom McNamara Seamus Fay Willie Doonan Slashers John Johnston Tommy Hughes Mattie Corcoran Andy O Brien NT Jimmy Finlay TM Gilroy Hurling Pat O Neill Anglo Celt

Cavan Boxing Club celebrates 25 glorious years. Among the outstanding stars were Hughie Sheridan Patrick Cosgrove and Johnny Mitchell. To day Andrew Murray David Nevin and the sensational John Joe Nevin who has won Under 17 19 21 Intermediate and aiming for a Senior title later this month. The ladies are represented by Bruskey’s Caroline Brady and rising star Aoibheann Bartley from Butlersbridge. Brian McKeown has been with the Club from the start and is well known in national and international boxing circles .The ladies are coached by Yvonne Bartley herself a former Champion.

January 18th 2007 Daphne Scott Ballinagh and Lorraine Spotten Ardlougher Ballyconnell are prize winners at the Young Scientist Exhibition at the RDS. Both are students at the Royal School Cavan and are pictured with their Science teacher Peadar Corley

Same Week Death of Joe O Reilly Papal Knight Cavan and Cork at the age of 74 at Cork University Hospital. Son of the late Barney O and Alaoighse O Reilly Bridge Street Cavan. His family were extensive Grocers and Licensed Vintners in Bridge Street (Declan McCaul’s). Joe left Cavan in 1950 and joined Ryan Rent a Car in Shannon and Cork where he rose to the position of General Manager before starting his own Travel Agency in Cork in 1966.In 1969 Joe branched out into Special Pilgrimages taking in Lourdes Fatima and Garabandel. He had a particular devotion to Our Lady of Fatima and travelled all over the country lecturing on the great happenings in Fatima on the 13th May 1917.For many years he was the Travel Agent for the Diocese of Cloyne and Cork and Ross Pilgrimages to Lourdes and such was his attention to detail that all of the pilgrims returned safe and happy with the service and know how of one of Ireland’s best tour operators. In 2005 Joe was raised to the Pontifical Papal Knight of Pope Sylvester by the Bishop of Cork and Ross John Buckley. Joe was presented at the ceremony by Knight Tom McKenna Cavan and Frank Murphy Sligo. Due to ill health Joe retired from the business 3 years ago and largely devoted himself to continuing the advancement and betterment of the Catholic Church and the devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. The Chief celebrants of the Funeral; Mass at the Church of The Real Presence Currakeen Road Cork were Bishops John Buckley Cork and Ross John Magee Cloyne and the Bishop of Elphin Christopher Jones. He is survived by his wife Sheila sons Bernard and Marius daughters Marjorie Sandra Noelle sisters Philomena Coleman Cavan and Patricia Keeley County Louth. Burial took place later in Saint Oliver’s cemetery Model Farm Road Cork.

Damian Flynn Mountain View Crubany is conferred with his Honours BSc degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Teeside Middlesbrough England. Educated at Crubany NS Saint Felim’s Boy’s School Saint Patrick’s College and the Institute of Technology Sligo.

Lukewarm reception for new three storey complex at Bridge Street which will cater for family affairs and youth activities and will be in the ownership of Cavan Town Council. Joe McLoughlin Cavan County Council announces that 70 % of the finance is in place for this development. Paddy O Reilly Fine Gael describing the location as the old Avon Lounge and Dry Cleaners in Bridge Street said that he was totally opposed to the location of the development and a resource such as this one with generous State funding should be located on a green field site. Andrew Boylan proposed that the Council go ahead with the development and was  seconded by Veronica Sharkey.

Cavan CYMS 2007 Presidents Michael Breslin Anselem Lovett Richard Cassidy and Kieran Cullivan Chairman Sean Coyle Vice Chairman Sean Walsh Secretary/Treasurer Paddy O Reilly Assistant Secretary Micheal Smyth Chaplain Father Tom Mannion Committee Karl Dunne Jimmy Scanlon John Lynch John Gorman Paddy Brady and Charlie Cronin.

January 25th 2007 Stephen Rooney is conferred with his Bachelor of Science degree in Reconstruction Management from GMIT Galway Stephen was educated at Castletara National School and Saint Patrick’s College. He is son of Philip and Bernie Rooney Coranure. Pictured is Catherine Rooney  conferred with her Bachelor of Education degree from The Marine Institute of Education Dublin. Educated at Castletara National School and Loreto College, she is daughter of Philip and Bernie Rooney Coranure.

Fulsome generous tributes to the late Andy O Brien at Cavan VEC meeting which was later adjourned as mark of respect. Andy was a member for a record 30 years 1974-12004 serving as Chairman on 10 occasions and Vice Chairman on a further 9 occasions. Clifford Kelly in tribute to his old colleague and adversary said that Andy’s first priority in education was for the young people of Cavan -Andy always put the needs of the county before the country and his drive and faith were rewarded with the recent opening of the Cavan Institute at Keadue where Andy was a prime mover in its concept and completion. On a personal level Clifford travelled to many conferences and  meetings with Andy and his wit and good humour always lessened the load and shortened the journey.

Tracey Graham Highfield Road marries  Donnacha Mullhall Athy in Saint Brigid’s Church Killygarry.The Reception was held in Crover House Hotel.

Fleur Kinsella 39 Wolfe Tone Street is conferred with her BA in Marketing and Advertising at Thames  Valley University London. Educated at Saint Clare’s Loreto College The College of Further Education Cavan she is daughter of Peter and Hannah Kinsella 39 Wolfe Tone Street.

Karen Scorr is conferred with her BSc Honours degree in Industrial Microbiology at University College Dublin. Educated at Saint Clare’s NS and Loreto College Karen is daughter of Martin and Margaret Scorr Castletara.

Death of Frances Hughes at Saint Christopher’s Hospice after a prolonged illness. Member of the McKenna family from Belturbet Frances was a well known Nurse and Midwife. Sister of Evelyn Smith and aunt of Angelo 21 Keadue Cathedral Road.

Death of Roseanne Higgins Shankill Upper at the age of 95.Native of Corriga Crosskeys her family were well known farmers in the Crosskeys area. Roseanne was the last of a family of 7.In her youth she spent some years in London where she worked in the West End and later met her husband Tommy a native of Laragh. Returned to Ireland and lived at Shankill Cross. She was very religious and charitable dedicated to the welfare of her family friends and neighbours. Predeceased by her husband Tommy she is survived by her sons Tommy Cavan Oliver Victoria Australia Eamonn in Sydney daughters Rita and Bernadette Smith Pullamore. Funeral from Saint Brigid’s Church Killygarry to the adjoining cemetery.

Cavan Bridge Club Kathleen Sullivan Trophy E/W 1st  Leo Brady and Todd Davis 2nd Paddy Faulkner and Pat Plunkett 3rd Anne Gaffney and Lucy Hayes N/S 1st Charles Corr and Eddie O Gorman 2nd Elizabeth Galligan and Maura Goodman 3rd Willie Finnegan and Val Maguire

Gillian Clarke a member of the Millennium School of Gymnastics Cavan wins a silver medal at the British Open Gymnastic Championships her team mate Jenny Ryan won the bronze while the gold was won by pre tournament favourite Louisa Ballis Great Britain.

Pictured are the Team P Elliott Under 10 Boys Relay team who won bronze medals in the Finals of the Winter League Andre Molloy Killian Connolly Stefan McDermott and John Nulty.

Archbishop Sean Brady is pictured purchasing the first of the ‘Who Wants to Be A Thousandaire’ tickets from Anne Fitzsimmons Saint Patrick’s College Parent’s Association. Archbishop Brady was a student in Saint Patrick’s College from September 1952 to June 1957 and was later a Professor in Saint Patricks for many years.

February 1st 2007 Mary Hanafin Minister for Education and Science announces that the project to provide a brand new school to cater for 600 students at Saint Patrick’s College will proceed to tender and hopes that construction can commence within the next 12-15 months. Brendan Smith Minister for Food at the Department of Agriculture says that the new purpose built school will cater for the needs and requirements of 2nd level students in the Cavan area for generations to come. Brendan pays tribute to the Principal Liam McNiffe and Parents Association and representatives of the Department of Education and Science for advancing the Project to this stage.

Same Week Breffni College Carol Singers under the direction of Father Jason Murphy entertain the patients in the Children’s Ward Cavan General Hospital and present a bumper cheque for €1,600 proceeds from their Carol Singing at Christmas.

Loreto Order begin initial celebrations of the 400th Anniversary of the foundation of Loreto Institute of Blessed Virgin Mary and opening of 1st Loreto School by Mary Ward (1585-1645) in 1609 by commissioning ex Loreto student and Art and Design teacher Mildred Cullivan to produce a wall mural woven in denim with a portrait of their Founderess as the centre piece. Pictured are  Clare McGlade Animator for the Mary Ward Celebrations Margaret Donagh Principal Breege Cahill Co Ordinator Sister Kathleen IVBM Loreto Order Father Paul Casey Mildred Cullivan and former Principal Brendan McCann. There are now over 70,000 Loreto students and 5,500 staff worldwide.

Feature on Thomas Murphy aged 67 late of 26 Tullac Mongan son of the late James (Spud) and Mary Murphy who emigrated to England in 1950.Recalling the great days in Cavan growing up he worked in the Anglo Celt on a Thursday night packing the Celts for delivery on the Friday when his reward for his night’s work was the price of the Ceilidhe in the Town Hall on the Sunday night. England was a culture shock and he worked on many construction sites as a Labourer for over 30 years. Left his wife and children in London to come home and live in new house in Killeshandra. He wife sons and daughters come to visit him very often but he has no intention of giving up his idyllic lifestyle to return to the jungle in London.

Packy Doonan veteran of 36 marathons at the age of 63 embarks on a more intensive phase of travelling and running by competing in Mexico in March Rio De Janeiro on the 24th June and Quebec Canada and Dublin Ireland when he becomes the first Cavan man to complete 20 Dublin Marathons in the Autumn. He will run in Christchurch New Zealand next Spring.

February 8th 2007 Tracey Lyng takes her BA degree in Psychology from University of Abertay Dundee. Educated at Drumkilly NS and Loreto College Cavan Tracey is daughter of Michael and Josephine Kilnavara Cavan

Same Week Cavan Social Services Whist 1st Lady Eileen Masterson 2nd Lady Rita Jordan 3rd Lady Bee Lynch Lady Hatcher Agnes McRoe 1st Gent Pat McKiernan.

Jackie Maloney Cavan Joke Shop is pictured on the stand at the Wedding Fair in Crover House Hotel.

February 15th 2007 Central Criminal Court is held in Cavan or the first time where a Lithuanian national is charged with the killing of a fellow country man in 2005.Justice Paul Carney presided and during his research of the archives the Anglo Celt found that there was a number of high profile murder cases in Cavan during the 1890s.Those convicted were executed by hanging in the grounds of Cavan Jail now the site of Saint Felim’s Boy’s School. Jackie Maloney President Cavan Bar Association says that the last Murder Trial in Cavan took place in 1920 when Bernard Farrelly was a acquitted of murder on December 11th 1920.However Farrelly was back in Cavan Court on January 21st 1921 charged with the murder of John Joe Smith in Ballyjamesduff.

Same Week Death of Drumalee and Cavan County star Phelim Costello at the age of 51 after a long battle with cancer. Son of Jimmy and the late Peggy Costello Nee Smith Cullies Phelim was educated at the De La Salle School Saint Patrick’s College and University College Dublin where he graduated with an Honours B Com degree. Later worked with Tractamotors in Dublin before marrying Paula Cronin in 1982 and moving to Ballyhaise where they were extremely happy in an idyllic setting on the Cavan Road. Continued to work with Tractamotors as an Accountant before joining his good friend and team-mate Joe Gormley in J and M Motors and Interparts on the Dublin Road where he transformed and streamlined the business. A person of great natural ability Phelim was extremely affable and excelled in customer relations. Manager of Interparts Cavan Phelim worked long hours to build the business with his boss Joe Gormley and they enjoy an unequalled reputation for quality service and reliability Outstanding under age footballer he won Corn Na Nog and Rannafast Cup winners medals with Saint Patrick’s College and later was on the losing team beaten narrowly by Saint Colman’s Newry in the McRory Cup Final in Omagh in 1975.Member of the Cavan team during Eugene McGee’s tenure as Manager Phelim was one of the leading marksmen in Ireland and topped the National League scoring charts in 1986.His son Eamonn plays with Ballyhaise where the family were resident for the last 21 years. Key member of the Drumalee team who contested the 1981 Senior Football Final beaten by Kingscourt in a Replay and the Centenary Senior Final in Ballyconnell where despite a late surge they were beaten by the all conquering Laragh United. Predeceased by his wife Paula in May 2002 and mother Peggy in August 2002.Through all the trauma of serious illness and intensive chemotherapy Phelim managed to put his life back together and married a partner from work Annemarie McCaffrey in February 2007 and set up a new home in Corlough. Predeceased by his wife Paula and mother Peggy, Phelim Costello  is survived by his wife Annamarie (McCaffrey) sons Eamonn and Niall daughters Aoife and Fiona father Jimmy brothers John Tommy and Fergus sister Fionnuala. Drumalee and Ballyhaise GFC formed a Guard of Honour at both the Removal and Funeral in Corlough with burial in Castletara cemetery where Father Ray Brady PP Castletara officiated. Three minutes silence was observed as a mark of respect for the late Phelim Costello before the Cavan and Wicklow National League game at floodlit Breffni Park on Saturday night.

New €35 million Retirement Village Castlemanor to be built on a 12 acre site at Billis Drumalee by Desmond Murtagh Construction. The new development will consist of a 70 bed room top of the range Nursing Homes with 70 retirement bungalows Community Centre and Retail outlets with 24 hour round the clock security. Desmond Murtagh a native of Corfad Cootehill has 16 years experience of the construction trade both here and in the USA where he worked as a carpenter before coming home and forming his own company in February 2001.He has built apartments in Kilnaleck and up market detached homes at Drumgola Manor Cavan. At the moment Murtagh construction have their offices at Cavan Equestrian Centre and employ 60 people.

Michelle Fraher takes her Higher Certificate in Science Physiology and Health Science at Carlow Institute of Technology. Michelle is continuing her studies for a degree in Occupational Therapy at Coventry University West Midland UK. She is daughter of Jim and Phyllis Fraher Stragelliffe Cavan.

Death of Eddie Murphy Coranure at Saint Joseph’s Private Nursing Home Virginia. Survived by his nephews nieces neighbours and friends/Funeral from Saint Patrick’s Church Castletara to the adjoining cemetery.

Death of Jim Scanlon Watchmaker Jeweller and Optician Town Hall Street at the age of 92.Native of Wexford Town where he was born in 1914 son of Joseph and Ellen Scanlon. Did his apprenticeship with Richard’s of Wexford where he stayed until 1941 when he took up an appointment with Lesley Kennedy in Town Hall Street Cavan. In 1945 Jim acquired his own premises and opened a shop adjacent to Kennedy’s in Town Hall Street. Craft member of British Horologist Association and Dispensing Optician. Jim attended in the shop from 1945 to Christmas 2006 a record for any business in Cavan. Founder member of the Retail Jewellers of Ireland. Prominent member of LDF and later  FCA in Wexford he later became Cmdt and O/C D Company 8th Infantry Battalion. Excellent shot Jim won the All Army Shoot on several occasions. Took a prominent part in the organisation and running of the Tercentenary Owen Roe celebrations of 1949.Jim was actively involved in the Owen Roe Pageant in Breffni Park which attracted thousands of spectators. Founder member of Cavan Chamber of Commerce he was particularly active in organising the Saint Patrick’s Day and Easter Parades. Jim was a genius pure and simple and when he came to town his  Set Paintings were much sough after by the Drama Festival Pavillion Pantomime Tops of Breffni Boy Scouts Pantomime and many more organisations all of whom he devoted his skill and expertise at no charge. The Scanlon Cup is still the top prize for Stage Settings in Cavan Drama Festival each year and is named in his honour. For many years Cavan Chess Club was extremely popular and Jim was a leading member of the Club. In recent years Jim was a prominent and very enthusiastic member of Cavan Bridge Club where his intellect and concentration were very much appreciated by his fellow members. Member of County Cavan Golf Club for a number of years Jim enjoyed the social side of the game and loved to converse with fellow members and friends. In his spare time Jim enjoyed the scenic beauty of Rann and Killykeen where he was a very enthusiastic angler and photographer both still and cine. Long before his time Jim recorded the family growing up on beautifully taken cine film-scenes from Owen Roe 1949 and other events in the town were recorded by Jim in a most professional manner. Survived by his wife Maureen nee Sexton Breffni Park sons Jimmy Elegant Gems Joseph who is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Irish Army daughters Mary Blackwell and Patricia Eakin Cavan sisters Florrie Nolan Wexford and Eileen Billingham Birmingham. The coffin was draped in the tricolour with Jim's cap and gloves and full military honours accorded at Jim’s funeral from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Killygarry cemetery.

February 22nd 2007 Connaught Ulster MEP Jim Higgins is pictured with Senator Joe O Reilly Paddy O Reilly TC and Gene Murphy watching Declan Meehan giving a demonstration of the CYMS computer facilities at the Clubrooms in Farnham Street.

Same Week Death of Anne Clarke Nee Rehill Drumurry Crossdoney at the age of 64.Qualified as a Nurse and Midwife at Oakbank Hospital Glasgow in 1962.Gained further experience  at Kettering Northampton and University Hospital London before returning to Cavan and taking up a position in Cavan Surgical Hospital. Great devotion respect and dedication for all her patients she was equally popular with her colleagues and despite the adverse conditions in the old Surgical Hospital the staff managed to perform heroically and beyond the call of duty. In 1989 her dream of a new Hospital for Cavan was realised and she transferred to the new Cavan General Hospital where she excelled s a Nurse and personality until her retirement due to ill health in 2005.She was the Hospital’s representative on the INO and fought long and hard to have the status of Nurses recognised on the same level and salary as teachers and like professions. Never missed a chance to improve her own knowledge and keep up to date on the developing world of medical science Anne gained many Diplomas from the Royal College of Surgeons .Founder member of Crossdoney ICA which was located first in the old Crossdoney National School courtesy of Dean Turkington later The Shantully Inn and latterly at the  Community Centre in Drumcor which Anne had worked tirelessly to establish and equip. She was a founder member of Crossdoney Swimming Club and took an active part in the annual Irish Water Safety classes at Killykeen. Dedicated wife and mother she was lovely beautiful remarkable intellectual and modest lady.Survived by her husband Patrick sons Patrick and Robert daughters Elizabeth Siobhan Deirdre and Helen and grand daughter Grace. Father Eugene Clarke PP Father Jason Murphy Father Martin Gilchreest officiated at the Removal where a Guard of Honour was provided by Anne’s colleagues in the Irish Nurses’ Organisation and colleagues from Crossdoney ICA. Father Eugene Clarke PP assisted by Fathers  Peter Casey Father John Gilhooley Father Brady Father Noel Boylan concelebrated the Funeral Mass in Saint Patrick’s Drumcor with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

At Cavan Criminal Court before Judge Paul Carney  Laemovas Mackevicius 13 Angler’s Walk  Carlow was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment for the manslaughter of fellow Lithuanian Mandaugas Janavicius 15 Roslea Road Clones on July 24th 2005.

Death of James Allison Kilmore and Esker Lodge Nursing Home at Cavan General Hospital at the age of 84.Predeceased b his wife Mary in August 2006 he is survived by his son Richard daughters Elizabeth and Margaret.Funeral from Cavan Presbyterian Church to Kilmore Parish Graveyard.

Crannog Bridge Club N/S 1st Sean Masterson and Leo Brady 2nd Susan Devine and Anne Sheridan 3rd Phyl O Reilly and Maureen Watters E/W 1st Dorothy Neary and B Donohoe 2nd Ann Fallon and Betty Murphy 3rd Phyllis O Neill and Anne Gaffney.

Kay Mulcahy Cherrymount Keadue Lane is featured in Sinead Hogan’s ‘Every Woman’ profile in this week’s edition of the Anglo Celt. Pioneer of the IT section at Cavan County Council dedicates her latest Diplomas in IT Studies and Local Government Studies from the Institute of Public Administration to the memory of her father Andy McPhillips who died aged 96 in October 2006 and whose intellect and knowledge were forever a source of wonder and joy for Kay. Married to Eamonn Mulcahy from Saint Phelim’s Place who Kay describes as her husband and “Rock”she pays tribute to her mother Ellen now aged 90 and her colleagues and friends particularly in the IT section Cavan County Council for their endless encouragement and support. Her children Eamonn Junior Ramona Ashling and Katherina are now grown up and have left home .Kay is pictured receiving her Diplomas from Dr Michael Mulreaney  Assistant Director General of the Institute of Public Administration.

March 1st 2007 Fiona Maloney BA H Dip MA is appointed Adult and Community Education Officer with Cavan VEC. Fiona has spent 13 years at Cavan Institute and taught in Dublin City University. She is a former director of Adult Education and Deputy Director of the Institute.

Same Week Pictured are Victoria Rowntree Kingscourt Mayjo McGahon College Street Teresa Downey Stragelliffe with RTE News Broadcaster Bryan Dobson at the launch of Daffodil Day for the Irish Cancer Society.

Pat Plunkett and Patsy Gibney are the winners of the prestigious Cullen Cup at Cavan Bridge Club 2nd Pat Flaherty and John Sheerin Best Cavan pair Anne Gaffney and Lucy Hayes.

The Annual Mass for deceased members and friends of Cavan CYMS in Clubrooms on Thursday 1st March will be celebrated by Club Chaplain Father Tom Mannion. The Mass will be followed by a presentation to the victorious Drumalee Under 16 County Champions.

Crannog Bridge Club N/S 1st Jim and Evelyn Beirne 2nd Elizabeth Lalor and Stella Corr 3rd Leo Brady and Sean Masterson E/W 1st Simon Ridley and Maria Geelan 2nd Kathleen ?? and Sharon Murphy 3rd Bernadette Carolan and Maureen McNamara.

36th Annual General Meeting of the Community Games takes place in the Slieve Russell Ballyconnell. After the Company Meeting there was an Ecumenical Service conducted by Father Sean Mawn PP and Rev Stephen Clarke. Saint Mary’s Brass Band from Kingscourt supplied the music for the annual Banquet. Clifford Kelly was elected National Security Officer of the Association.

Daragh Gaffney is Player of the Year at Drumalee GFC while Emma Smith is the Lady Player of the Year receiving their awards from the Chairman Adrian Dempsey at the annual Dinner and Presentations in the Kilmore Hotel.

Arlene Smith from Kilnaleck is the worthy recipient of the Cavan Athletic Board Hall of Fame award sponsored by Ciaran O Reilly (Kingscourt Brick). Pictured are Arlene Smith Ciaran O Reilly Sponsor Savina Donohoe (Cavan Museum) Aidan Watters Carol Kiernan (Chair) Anne Galligan (Secretary) and John McDermott (Ulster Council)

Eamonn Rice Francis Mooney Gabriel Kelly and Paul Flynn win the Scramble with 58 points at the Captain’s (Helen McMahon and Jimmy Smith) Drive In at County Cavan Golf Club  Seamus O Donnell Aidan Browne Seamus Murphy and Irene Smith are 2nd with 58.5 points and 3rd Enda Corr Liam Bouchier Phyllis Finlay and Peter Keogh (President).

Cavan Rugby 1st XV score their 3rd consecutive away win since the start of the New Year. They now have 4 home games in a row the first of them when they entertain Monaghan at Swellan Park this weekend. Following their impressive victory over YMCA in the Gordon West Cup they are drawn to play Ballyshannon on Saint Patrick’s Day.

Sudden death of Paddy Donnelly Tierquin on Monday February 26th.Predeceased by his father Matt he is survived by his mother Kathleen brothers Leonard and Matt sister Rosaleen.Funeral following Requiem Mass from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Saint Bridget’s cemetery Killygarry.

Death of John Lynch 2 Church View Raheg and Antiduff  Ballyhaise. Survived by his wife Margaret daughter Eileen grandson Eoin sister Mary Ellen Gorman Drumalee. Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

March 8th 2007 P Elliott and Company pay £44.5 million for Ireland’s tallest building The House of Windsor in Belfast. This 23 storey building is fully let to blue chip tenants and houses Government Offices European Community Representatives British /Irish Secretariat. The price of Northern Ireland houses have increased by a massive 37% in the last year and the average price of a new house is £195,751 or €290,790.P Elliott and Company had a turnover of over €250 million in 2005 and preliminary results for 2006 show that turnover has increased to over €300 million.

Same Week Cavan Icebreakers present a cheque for €19,810 to Cancer Homecare proceeds of their 39th annual Christmas Morning Swim at Annagh Lake The draw on the Icebreaker’s membership card resulted in 1st Paddy McNamara New York 2nd Shane Jenkins Dublin 3rd Dominic Cadden Bridge Street and 4th Sean Walsh 17 Wolfe Tone Street.

Geraldine Flynn member of the well known Fox family introduces Cavan investors to  ‘Key to Spain’ showcasing reasonable secure purchases in Costa Spain and Canary Islands. Geraldine decided to launch the Company after she purchased a property in Spain in 2005 and outlines to potential investors the pitfalls to avoid and the firms and organisations to trust. Married to Declan Flynn Geraldine lives in Duleek County Meath and keeps in touch with her brother Jimmy Cavan Brendan Ballyjamesduff and sister Rosemary Lennon Cavan.She is daughter of the legendary Seamus and Rose Fox ‘White House’ Main Street College Street Church Street and latterly Carrickfern Keadue Lane.

Death of Clare Gumley Breffni Terrace and 41 Saint Martin’s Estate at Cavan General Hospital after a brief illness. Predeceased by her husband Michael and daughter Anne she is survived by her sons Paddy and Glennon daughters Maggie and Eileen sisters Margaret and Teresa. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Saint Bridget’s cemetery Killygarry.

Death of William George Fagan late of Main Street Cavan Moyglare House Maynooth and Lamu Kenya. Born in Cavan in 1921 at Main Street (Melbourne Bakery). Educated at Cavan Number 1 Protestant School the Royal School and from 1939-1945 studied medicine in Trinity College Dublin. Later served his apprenticeship at the Royal Northern Hospital in London where he was awarded a fellowship in the Royal College of Surgeons  in Ireland. Surgeon for many years in the Rotunda and Sir Patrick Dunn’s Hospitals in Dublin where he speialised in the treatment of varicose veins in women and produced some pioneering results copied throughout the world-part of the cure was a daily walk of 3 mile whereas heretofore patients were advised to rest. In 1967 George was appointed Professor of Surgery in Trinity College Dublin and encouraged his students to research and experiment. He acquired the basements in Sir Patrick’s and the Rotunda for this purpose and the team came up with some startling discoveries. Member of the committee that advised and directed the Fitzgerald Report which recommended central locations for the delivery of acute health services. He was a huge influence in the selection of Cavan for whom he always had a special love and affection. Going against the tide he campaigned for the closure of the small centrally situated hospitals in Dublin like the Rotunda the Richmond and Sir Patrick Dun’s to a green field site that is now Tallaght Hospital. Living in Moyglare House in Maynooth George set out with his wife Pamela to collect antique furniture pictures and silver of the era. Breeder of Charlois and Austrian Fleckie cattle on his extensive well stocked farm. In his early 50s George suffered from angina and like all things he did took decisive action by retiring in 1973 and relocating in Lamu Kenya. He blamed the cold damp weather the annoyance and rushing of life in Dublin for his illness. Ireland’s loss was Kenya’s gain and he continued to practice particularly specialising in safe child delivery including the introduction of Caesarean section for woman with birth difficulties. Predeceased by his wife Pamela George Fagan is survived by his son William daughters Susan Mullhall Corrie Jeffrey Sally Wyles Jenny Richardson and Gina Morris. Burial took place in Lamu Kenya

March 15th 2007 Cavan Flower Arranging Club present €500 to Saint Christopher’s Hospice. Pictured are Jim Lalor Saint Christopher’s Ann McDonald Chair Kathleen Armstrong Vivien Johnston Angela O Dwyer Janey Arnold and Maureen Crowe.

Same Week Saint Patrick’s Day appeal for the Kilmore Mission to Lagos Nigeria. Spokesman Father John McMahon explains that the original Mission was to Minna in the North but this was a very hot area of the country and their efforts are now centred around the teeming city of Lagos where Bishop Leo O Reilly Archbishop Sean Brady Father John McMahon and Father Benny Fitzpatrick from Rathcorrick are pictured outside the imposing Lagos Cathedral.

Nostalgic joyful reunion in the Bridge Hotel with Francesca McManus widow of the late Sean McManus. The family ran the Central Café in Bridge Street for almost 40 years and it was the Mecca for generations of young Cavan people who furthered their romances with chips beans and expresso coffees expertly prepared by Francesca. In the background the Juke Box introduced the youngsters to the latest hits of the day. Pictured are John Lennon Paddy O Reilly PC TC Francesca McManus Mickey Breslin Organiser Mary Dunne Lily Sexton Anne Lennon Katie McManus (Daughter in Law) Bill McCusker Micheal Smyth John O Connor Noel Elliott Mel Doherty Adriano McManus Anna O Reilly and Grandchildren Kalvin and Nathan McManus.

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Chairman Eddie Brady Secretary Margaret Kelly PRO Michael Sexton PRO Martina Sexton and Treasurer Paddy Sexton.

Death of the great John ‘Foley’ O Rourke Saint Martins Estate and Owen Roe at the age of 82 after a long illness borne with trademark good humour courage and acceptance. Winner of 2 Senior County League medals with Cavan Harps in 1948 and 1949. He later went to England and spent some years in London with brother Billy working with McAlpine. Returned to Cavan in 1955 and continued his career with the ailing Cavan Harps who were now without Willie Doonan and large proportion of the team joined the newly reorganised Drumalee most notably Michael Walsh. Foley was a realist and when the Cavan Gaels were formed in 1957 he embraced the concept with enthusiasm and encouraged his fellow Harps to support the amalgamation with Cavan Slashers to form one strong town team. Played in the classic County Final of 1958 when the Gaels were sensationally and unfairly beaten by Crosserlough who benefited from some very patronising decisions of Phil Gunner Brady. Foley went on to win 2 more County Senior League medals in 1959 and 1960 and at the age of 40 in 1965 achieved the Holy Grail when the Gaels inspired by Jim McDonnell beat Bailieboro to bring the Oliver Plunkett Cup to the town for the first time since 1941. Foley continued to give sterling service to  the Senior team and played  football until 1971 when he was 46 years of age when he won a Junior B with the Gaels. John was a great man to celebrate a win and his voice could be heard clearly above all when he shouted No Surrender and launched into the Ballad of John Joe O Reilly Lament for PJ Duke or John Thompson of Celtic in Brian Lynch’s Lounge in Bridge Street where he was usually accompanied by his great friend Joe Pryce. His neighbour Seamus (Ba ) Fay was invariably at hand to lend a contrast to the musical contributions with some Michael O Duffy classics. Worked with P Elliott and Company for many years and was a key figure in the erection of such buildings as Nazareth House and Saint Anne’s Church in Sligo and The Church of the Immaculate Conception in Drung. Very unlucky to be struck down with severe arthritis which blighted the final years of his life but never wiped the impish smile or cheery greeting from his face. During his long tedious painful illness Foley never uttered a word of complaint and had the same attitude to sickness as he had to life. Cavan Gaels formed a Guard of Honour at both the Removal and Funeral from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry. Predeceased in recent years by his brothers Thomas and Billy John ‘Foley’ O Rourke is survived by his wife Dorothy sons Thomas Sean Joseph Billy and Tony daughter Marie brother Vincent sisters Katie Teresa Joan Grace and Chrissie Morton.

Sudden death of Peter Higgins at the age of 42 as he exercised at Cavan Sports Complex. Played at all levels with Drumalee and Saint Oliver Plunkett's. Peter was on the panel of the Drumalee Senior team who were defeated in a Replay by Laragh United  in the 1981 County Senior Final and was on the team that failed narrowly to the same opposition in the County Centenary Final in Ballyconnell in 1984.Won Under Age medals at Under 12 14 and 16 before turning his hand to coaching where he was assistant to Tommy Lyons. His career was blighted by a series of serious injuries and he was only rehabilitating after a broken leg when he took ill and died. He served his apprenticeship as a Butcher with George Crowe in Connolly Street and later joined the staff of McCarren and Company. After McCarren’s closure Peter joined Pauwell's Trafo and re skilled to take a permanent place on the staff where he was justifiably popular with colleagues and management.  Peter is the 5th member of the Drumalee team to die in recent years-the others were Sean Leddy Andy Monson Felim Costello and Mick O Connor. Survived by his mother Margaret brothers Brian and Patrick sister Eileen Sheridan grandchild and Frankie. Drumalee GFC former a Guard of Honour at both the Removal and Funeral from the Cathedral to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

March 22nd 2007 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Cavan is sent on its way by Deputy Mayor Brian McKeown and is led by the colour party 56th Reserve Infantry Dun Ui Neill Barracks. Despite the inclement weather 6 bands  from Castletara Saint Clare’s Samba Band Clontibret Pipe Band and Lisnaskea Accordion and Brass Band with the inimitable Mel Doherty once again MC.There were none of the drunken loutish behaviour of recent years reported.

Same Week Cavan’s acclaimed author Noel Monahan is the winner of the Irish Writers Association Poem of the Year award with his masterpiece ‘Mickey Maguire’ Pictured are Heather Brett Kenneth Redmond Arts Officer Noel Monahan and Rhonda Tidy Arts Co Ordinator.

New soccer club for Cavan Town Cavan United GAFC. They will enter an under 18 and Under 21 in the Leinster Junior League Chairman is Declan Moran Secretary Linda Hartin Treasurer Josephine Lyng and PRO Michelle Moran.

Irish Blood Transfusion report a record number of 646 donors at recent Clinic at the Kilmore Hotel. Returning thanks to the local committee Beatrice Maloney Josie Coyle Angela Flynn and Philomena Meade. The Blood Transfusion also thank the groups from Quinn Direct HSE Cavan the Department of Agriculture and Cavan Institute and all who supported the Clinic.

Noel Dempsey Minister for Communications Marine and Natural Resources opens the new Farnham Court apartments on Farnham Road. Pictured are Gerry Burns Selling Agent Tony Breathnach Minister Dempsey Nigel McHugh and Vanessa Smith.

Bernadette Donohoe and Veronica Fay win the Peggy Willock Cup at Crannog Bridge Club 2nd John Lovett and Evelyn Rowe 3rd Ann Smith and Teresa Colhoun.

Death of Dennis O Keefe Billis at the age of 88.Long time native of the area. Dennis was educated at the local Drumcrave School and Cavan Technical School before joining the Irish Army for the duration of the Emergency 1939-1946.Later worked with the ESB on the Rural Electri8fication Scheme where his immense strength and general know how was a great asset. Small selective farmer Dennis bred shorthorns and heifers. His first love was horses and he bred All Ireland Champion foals at his neat well appointed holding. Later joined Cavan County Council as a Rate Collector Dennis was justifiably popular with all for his gentle demeanour and great good humour. Very tall dark and handsome Dennis was built accordingly and was a man of immense strength working on the farm up to recent year. Like his father and other members of the family Dennis was an enthusiastic member of the Drumcrave Fife and Drum Band playing the piccolo and flute to a very high standard-welcomed back the Cavan All Ireland winning teams of 1933 1935 1947 1948 and 1952 in torch light triumphal processions in the town. He was also actively engaged in the Tercentenary celebrations of Owen Roe in 1949.Memeber of the old Drumalee team of the 1930s in which Dennis played in goals. Only Michael Walsh Rosculligan and John Duggan Ballyhaise now remain of that team. Many years later Dennis was part of the Committee that revived the Club in 1950 and served as Chairman and Secretary for a number of years. Took a great delight in the development of the Club and acquiring their new grounds at Saint Felim’s Park. Most of the family were stalwarts and Dennis lived to see the Club established s one of the leading outfits in the County. He was President of Drumalee GFC at his death. Survived by his wife Philomena sons Joey Dennis Felim Kieran Pat and Cyril daughters Angela O Reilly Evelyn McGrath and Fidelma Brady. Drumalee GFC provided the Guard of Honour at the Removal and Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

March 29th 2007 Shane Kitson from Ballyjamesduff is the Anglo Celt Rehab Person of the Year for 2006 he is pictured receiving the trophy from the 2005 winner Rosemary O Reilly Mullahoran at the Kilmore Hotel. Shane is presently President of the National Pioneers association and travels extensively promoting the aims of the Society. He is grandson of Garda James Kitson Cavan and is son of Seamus and the late Brigid Kitson Percy French Park Ballyjamesduff. Among the category winner was Father Kevin Fay CC Cavan who is seen receiving his trophy from Josie Coyle and Brid Cahill Cavan Credit Union.

Same Week Death of the very popular Father Patrick J Flynn PP Kilmainhamwood and Butlersbridge at the Parochial House in Kilmainhamwood. Son of Eileen and the late Patrick Flynn Drumany Butlersbridge. Educated at Butlersbridge NS and Saint Patrick’s College before going to Maynooth where he was ordained on the 8th June 1975.Great love of music and founded Youth Bands in Castletara Creevalea and Drumreilly. Served in Innismacgrath (1975) Castletara (1978) Carrigallen-Drumreilly Upper (1984) Chaplain in London (1988) CC Manorhamilton 1989 Castlerahan (1993) before being appointed Parish Priest of Kilmainhamwood in the year 2000.Very well known and admired over a wide area Father Patrick was known as a very saintly man who always did his best for the Communities he served and faced his last tedious illness with great resignation and courage. The Castletara Youth Band led the cortege from his home in Drumany to Saint Aidan's Church Butlersbridge. Bishop Leo O Reilly led the priests of the Diocese in celebrating Father Patrick’s funeral Mass with burial afterwards in Saint Aidan's cemetery Butlersbridge. Predeceased by his father Patrick aged 99 in July 2006 he is survived by his mother Eileen brothers Seamus Luke Cathal Paul and Thomas sisters Mary Daly Bridget Smith and Eilish in Johnston Central Library Cavan.

Donal McKenna Drumbo Lodge is conferred with his BA Honours degree in Economics and Geography from UCD.Educated at Saint Mary’s National School Scotstown Saint Felim’s Boy’s School Cavan Saint Patrick’s College Donal is now studying for his MSc in Urban Design at Edinburgh College of Art. He is son of John and the late Frances Drumbo Lodge Drumbo Cavan.

Olde Post Inn owned and operated by husband and wife team Geroid and Tara Lynch is voted Ulster’s leading Restaurant by the Irish Restaurants’ Association in conjunction with Jacob Creek Wine and Foods.

Michael Mick McCarthy is presented with the Sean Liddy Medal for service above and beyond the call of duty by his former colleague John O Donnell at a Retired Garda/Sergeant’s Function in the Farnham Hotel. On January the 22nd 1958 Mick was on border duty  at Redhills during the IRA offensive of 1956-1960 when the Garda car he was driving was in collision with a cattle truck. Mick suffered multiple injuries to his head and shoulder in the crash while his colleague Garda Tom O Driscoll was tragically killed. Mick who was a top class county player with his native Westmeath and later Cavan played Club football with Stradone before transferring to Cavan Gaels in 1957 where he was one of the outstanding players among a galaxy of stars that included Jimmy Inky Sheridan Jim Meehan Harry O Dowd Sligo John Mollaghan Colm Smith and the incomparable John Foley O Rourke. Mick continued to play with the Gaels after the accident but never recovered the full movement in his shoulder and acted as a Mentor togging out with the Gaels Junior team and officer and member of the various committees. As a Guard Mick had no equal and had the unconditional support and admiration of the entire Community. John O Donnell a native of Donegal in tribute said  that” in over 30 years in the force Mick was the best District Clerk he ever encountered-he was meticulous exact and a joy to work with.”

Martin Dunne beats Declan Meehan to win the Garda Community Shield at Cavan CYMS while Sean Carroll beats Conor Cassidy in the Junior B Decider.

Social Services Whist 1st Lady Madge McCabe 2nd Teresa McConnell 3rd Bee Lynch Lady Hatcher Agnes McRoe 1st Gent Enda Mullhern Gent’s Hatcher Pat McKiernan.

Friends of Cavan football raise a staggering €170,000 at the Annual Dinner and Auction. The 50 tables cost €2,000 each and were sold out for months in advance of this glittering occasion which surpassed last year’s record of €168,000.The main sponsors were Cathal Brady and Aidan Elliott. While Donal Keogan Cavan County Team Manager and Enda Crowe Jackson’s Ford were that main bidders and purchasers at the Auction at which some of the sporting items fetched sums in the region of €30,000.

Ann Marie Lacey Director of Cavan Institute is the subject of Sinead Hogan’s Everywoman profile in this weeks’ Anglo Celt. Ann Marie is teaching since 1989 and started her career with County Dublin VEC. She was Principal of the Comprehensive School in Cootehill from 1997 to 2006 when she was appointed Director Cavan Institute. She took her B Education degree at Saint Angela’s College Sligo graduating in 1989.In 2001 she was conferred with a Masters Degree in Education. She is generous in her praise for the support of her husband Derek and 3 children aged between 3-10 and her colleagues in Cootehill and Cavan. In the future she envisages The Institute offering more courses and attracting more than the record 1200 students now catered for at the moment.

Cornmill Theatre Carrigallen are the Winners of the Lyons Cup for the Best Play ‘Down’ written by Carrigallen native Seamus O Rourke at the 61st Cavan Drama Festival. Claregalway are the winners of the AOH Cup in the confined section. Best Producer and winner of the Betty Cullen/Fitzpatrick Cup Philip McIntyre Cornmill Theatre. Best Stage Craft and Philip Cullivan Cup are Hollywood Players Bangor Best Actor Peter Hayes Anvil Players Bruff. Best Actress Cora Fenton Anvil Players Bruff Jim Scanlon Cup for Best Setting Corofin Dramatic Society County Clare. Ray O Connor Cup for Most Promising Performer PJ Cox Corofin Dramatic Society. Adjudicator Scholarships to Seamus O Rourke Carrigallen and Catriona Coleman Phoenix Players Tubbercurry.

Ronaghan’s Rambles profiles Peter Smith one of the three Smith brothers from Keelagh Ballyhaise who founded the Saint Brigid’s Ceilidhe Band later to be known far and near as ‘The Mighty Avons’. Peter was born in 1933 ad has been a leading musician and impresario for a long number of years. Nowadays Peter likes to paint and has hundreds of canvases of landscapes old buildings and street scenes to his credit. Bill Henry is resident in Cavan for over 52 years and recently celebrated the Golden Jubilee of his marriage to Kay who is one of the leading Bridge players in Ireland. Bill has a degree in Law but only practiced for a short space of time. Insurance Inspector Bill is a native of Tubbercurry is known and respected throughout the industry. Outstanding contribution to the Theatre Bill’s ambition is to see a purpose built Theatre similar to the Hawkswell in his native Sligo located in his adopted town of Cavan. Chairman Secretary and Treasurer of Cavan Drama Festival Bill is now Honary President of an organisation he graced for over 50 years. Bill and Kay are lifelong members of County Cavan Golf Club and live at 2 Earlsvale Road Cavan. Judy McEntee was born in Upper Lavey in 1925 a member of the famous Cusack family. Her brother Johnny playing left full forward on the All Ireland winning team of 1952 and her brothers Janey and Johnny starring on the 1950 Lavey County Junior Championship and 1951 Senior winning team. Judy worked as a Clerk Typist in Jackson’s garage before marrying Anglo Celt Head Reporter Andy McEntee in 1951.She has lived at 61 Church Street for the last 56 years where they reared 7 children 4 boys and three girls John Andreas Myles Des Anne Grainne and Joan. Lucky lady Judy has appeared on Wining Streak twice winning €86,000 which she evenly divided between her children. Outstanding Golfer Judy has been a member of County Cavan Golf Club for the last 40 years and is a regular prize winner. Very religious and charitable Judy is a regular at daily Mass in the nearby Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim. Eddie Brady is a small farmer from Urney Ballinagh. Son time Porter in the old Saint Joseph’s Lisdarn and Cavan General Hospital. He was PRO and Treasurer of Cavan County Bord GAA for many years. President of the Chamber of Commerce he is still Chairman of the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and Cavan Tidy Towns. Recently published the highly acclaimed DVD ‘Cavan’s Glorious Years 1927-1952’which is a commentary by Eddie on the great Cavan football successes including 5 All Ireland 1 All Ireland Junior and 5 All Ireland Seniors in the 25 years between 1927-1952.Eddie is married to Margaret Donohoe from Bridge Street and is a welcome and frequent visitor from his native Ballinagh to the county town.

April 5th 2007 Brendan Smith Minister for Food at the Department of Agriculture opens the new Cavan Institute at Keadue Cathedral Road Brendan is pictured with Clifford Kelly Chairman Cavan VEC Mary Bohan President  IVEA Brenda Naughton Department of Education Colm McEvoy CEO Cavan VEC Senator Diarmuid Wilson Ann Marie Lacey Director Cavan Institute Madeline Argue Vice Chairman Cavan VEC Jack Keyes County Manager Councillor Peter McVitty Chairman Cavan County Council. Bishop Leo O Reilly and Dean Raymond Ferguson Kilmore later performed the ecumenical blessing of the premises.

Same Week Pat Hamill of Harmony Heights is the popular winner of €20,000 in the National Lottery Winning Streak game on RTE 1.Pat bought the lucky ticket from Myles O Brien in Black’s Newsagents Main Street.

Patrick Elliott with co driver Paul Coleman wins the prestigious Circuit of Kerry in his S 11 WRC 1 minute and 6 seconds ahead of Aaron McHale and David Brannigan in their Ford Focus.

Loreto College will represent Cavan in the Grand Finale of the €4,000 Siamsa Gael Linn in Mullingar on Friday the 20th April. The musicians consist of Carmel Fay Aíne McDermott Aoife Flynn Sandra Walshe Breege Geoghegan Cabrina McKenna Eimear O Reilly. The compere will be well known RTE personality Aíne Hencey.

Mary Byrne and Gretta Boylan are the Managers of the ‘Lyknu’ Saint Vincent De Paul shop at Bridge Street in the premises formerly owned by Cecil Tilson which is proving to be a Mecca for bargain hunters.

Mel Doherty Daniel O Donnell and Mel’s granddaughter Clodagh Doherty are pictured at the 29th Annual Daniel O Donnell Cystic Fibrosis concert in Ballinagh Hall.

April 12th 2007 Des Cullen Labour member of Cavan Town Council launches his General Election bid. Pictured are former Health Minister Brendan Howlin TD Irene Donegan SIPTU Des Cullen John Feely Regional Director of the Labour party.

Same Week Paul Myles Johnny Mitchell and Garda Dave Conlon are pictured with their medals won at the World Police and Fire Officers Championship in Adelaide Australia. Paul won the cross country gold but so difficult was the course over rocky terrain that it ruined his legs and he had to settle for silver in both the 5000 and 10000 metres track races missing out on the Gold in the 5,000 metres by only 0.3 of a second after a typical storming finish. Paul aged 56 retired from the Guards just 5 years ago after giving over 30 years service and is a former Junior and Youth International representing his native Donore Harriers. Later gave distinguished service to the Cavan based Team P Elliott with whom he won many Cavan and Ulster titles. Paul’s forte is the shorter distances from 400 metres to 1500 metres yet he has a best for the Marathon of 2:30:14 set in the 2nd Dublin City Marathon in 1981.Johnny Mitchell is a long time star performer with Cavan Boxing Club and a member of Cavan Fire Brigade. He trained for the Finals under the watchful eye of Brian McKeown and sparred with John Joe and David Nevin. Vicious puncher the former Ulster Champion knocked out his first round opponent from Spain and stopped a teak tough Swede in the Final. Johnny has now announced his retirement from active boxing and will assist Brian McKeown in preparing the star crop of boxers at Cavan Boxing Club. Dave Conlon is 29 and joined the Gardai 2 years ago after a period as Security Officer at Knock Airport. Like Johnny he prepared for the Games under the watchful eye of Cavan’s Brian McKeown and got valuable sparring from John Joe and David Nevin at the Club’s headquarters in Ballinagh. Having taken Silver at the last games in Quebec Dave got the better of a Sri Lankan in the Final to take the coveted Gold in Adelaide.

Ann Gaffney and Lucy Hayes win the Captain’s Pat Plunkett’s Charity Prize at Cavan Bridge Club 2nd Maureen Green  and Angela O Reilly 3rd Paddy Faulkner and Pat Plunkett E/W 1st Evelyn O Connor and Kay Henry 2nd Charlie Corr and Eddie O Gorman 3rd J Sheerin and Father Thomas Woods.

After 16 years dedicated service Declan and Teresa Finnegan sell their Supermarket and Filling Station on Railway Road to Pauric Rudden who has leased the premises to long time Manager Jim Argue who officially took over the business on Good Friday April 6th 2007.Declan and Teresa purchased the Texaco Filling Station from Willie McCormack in 1991 and later extensively redeveloped the premises in 1995 bringing new Forecourt Supermarket and Services to the highest possible EU standards. Nostalgic moment as they leave their staff who were like a family and with whom they enjoyed some great times. Their son Shane was born soon after they moved into the premises in 1991 and Orla was born in 1995 all living over the shop and on duty 24/7.Particuklar praise is reserved for Margaret and Mary and all who made their stay in Railway Road so enjoyable. Declan inherited the Funeral Undertaking Business of his distinguished uncle Joe Finnegan of 71 Main Street in 1988 and purchased the old Baptist Church as a Funeral Home in 2001.They have recently expanded the business to include grave maintenance headstones and granite worktops. Declan is a Master Embalmer and hopes to devote all his energies to developing the Funeral Undertaking at Dublin Road.

Death of Philomena Coleman  ‘Berena’ Farnham Road Cavan. Daughter of the late Bernard and Alaoighse O Reilly Merchants Bridge Street (McCaul’s). Philomena like all her siblings had an entrepreneurial nature and everything she did she did with style which was one of the ingredients of her phenomenal popularity and success. Educated at the Poor Clare’s and Loreto College Philomena later married   Brian Coleman an Accountant from Portadown. Lifetime member of County Cavan Golf Club and Bundoran Golf Club she served as Captain in both Clubs and later presented the Coleman Cup for the annual All Ireland Lady Captain’s competition. In 1985 Philomena founded ‘Cavan Gifts’ at Upper Man Street (Back to Nature) and the venture was a phenomenal success where Philomena’s network of friends supported the venture very enthusiastically from the start. She was ably assisted in the business by  her two daughters Antoinette and Elizabeth. Cavan Gifts moved to its present location in 1990 where the vast stock was suitably accommodated and displayed. For 30 years Philomena was an outstanding Chief Handmaid on the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes and only relinquished her post for health reasons in recent years. Predeceased by her husband Brian Philomena is survived by her sons Edward and Brian daughters Antoinette Elizabeth Denise and Alaoighse and her sister Patricia Cawley. Funeral from the Cathedral to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Patsy and Majella Carroll now resident in Sarasota Florida are appearing in the Errigal House Hotel Cootehill before heading to Bundoran for their annual Season Residency spot.

April 19th 2007 McKelvey owned by Noel Elliott Drumelis and ridden by T J O Brien is just pipped by a length in the Aintree Grand National won by Silver Birch. Great run by McKelvey on drying ground he was unlucky to get a poor start after 3 false starts when he was only 25th getting away. The 8 year old is trained in Wales by Peter Bowen and was originally in the Yard of Shane and Samantha Donohoe in Fairtown for 2 years indeed Shane Donohoe and Noel Elliott purchased the horse McKelvey is a class horse having won 7 top races including the Summer National at Utoxeter. He will be rested now until February and is being aimed at the 2008 Aintree Grand National where with luck and favourable handicap he can go one better. As owner of the second horse Noel Elliott received £150,000 while the connections of the winner Silver Birch received £500,000.Pictured at Aintree are Noel Elliott Dave Mackey Marion Mackey John Hargadan Erika Elliott Catherine Mackey and Liam Hargadan.

Same Week John Scott formerly from Moynehall and now Fine Gael Chairman of Belturbet Town Commissioners is made a Peace Commissioner for County Cavan by the Minister for Justice and Law Reform Michael McDowell. John has been a member of Belturbet Town Commissioners for the last 12 years.

Death of Peter Quinn Highfield Road at the Mater Hospital Dublin. Son of the late John Station Master and Geraldine Quinn. Predeceased by his parents and sister Bridget survived by his brothers George John Paul Patrick Gerry sisters Mary and Frances. Funeral from Star of the Sea Faughanucle County Derry. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

April 26th 2007 Martin Shortt Auctioneer tells that Anglo Celt that we never had it so god in the property market despite rumours that the economy is overheating and the property bubble might collapse “Nothing needs to change nothing is broken nothing different has happened. Put your money into bricks and mortar in Cavan. New houses in the region are now fetching up to €576,579 with only 4% interest rates and no Stamp Duty for first time buyers”!.

Same Week Denise Sewell formerly Denise McGrath Glenside Road returns to the Crannog Book Shop for signing of her second novel ‘Fall Girl’. Her firs novel ‘Some Girls Do’ has been a huge success.Aready Denise is being compared to Roddy Doyle and has the same type of abrasive up front style of writing that is highly acclaimed both here and abroad. The Examiner describes her latest Novel ‘Fall Girl’ as “gritty original and brilliantly written”. Educated at the Poor Clare Convent Cavan and Loreto College Cavan she later did her Civil Service Exams and qualified as a Senior Clerk in the Post Office where her father Leo gave distinguished service spending 36 years in Cavan Post Office before being appointed Postmaster in Drogheda. After joining the Post office Denise spent time in Letterkenny Dun Laoighaire and Cavan before deciding to take a career break in the USA where she lived in Manhattan for 6 years. Decided to apply for the Morrison Visa and make her career and life in the USA Denise came home and rejoined the Post office in Dundalk. She later met her future husband Eamonn while doing relief work in Carrickmacross and married and settled down in Carrickmacross where she now lives.The couple now have 2 children Ken 11 and Olivia 8.Denise loves writing but appreciates that the publishing business is tough. She is Sinead Hogan’s Profile in this week’s Anglo Celt.

Death of the very popular Josephine Jameson .Member of the Lynch family from Crubany Josephine was confined to a wheelchair for many years but never lost her dignity or poise. Very active member of the Cavan Wheelchair Association Josephine was admired and respected for her beautiful demeanour cheerful attitude and caring manner. Survived by her husband Dennis mother Kathy sister Teresa Smith brothers Ned Brian and P Jo. Funeral following Requiem Mass from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim where the members of the Cavan Wheelchair Association formed a Guard of Honour. Burial in Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

May 3rd 2007 Public meeting in the Hotel Kilmore to establish a committee to reform the Cavan Chamber of Commerce. Pictured are Derek McCabe Catherine Fox Eamonn McDwyer Junior (Convenor) Hugh Lennon Pacelli Lynch George Crowe Ger Finn Cavan County Council Declan O Neill Tony Finlay Don Crotty Richard Stafford Terry O Connor Ross Mealiff David Mackey Imelda O Keeffe and Micheal Crooks.

Same Week Death of Mary Gilsenan Lisreagh in her 100th year. She celebrated her 99th Birthday on the 10th March 2007.Member of the well known farming family the Brady’s from Corawelis. Mary spent some years in America and was there during the Great Depression and the Wall Street Crash of 1929.Later she returned to Ireland and reared a large family in Lisreagh .Her husband d Patrick died in 1962 and later she was to lose her son Tony. In latter years Mary was a very popular member of the Community in Cavan residing at Keadue just beside the Cathedral. She was extremely popular with everybody and took a full part in social and religious activities. Predeceased by her husband Patrick and son Tony she is survived by her  daughters Gretta Boylan Ailish McCullough and Phyllis Boylan. Funeral from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Cavan Gardening Club celebrate heir 30th Birthday with a lecture by Helen Dillon Author Broadcaster and Gardening Consultant. Pictured are Michael Geelan Secretary Mary Joe McGahon Chair Helen Dillon and David Deegan Cavan Gardening Club’s Consultant.

Pictured at the Gala night in the Kilmore Hotel to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Cavan Gaels are Jim McDonnell Captain of the 1965 Championship winners Jimmy Meehan Jimmy Inky Sheridan Sean Galligan Oliver Crowe JJ O Reilly Brother Cyril Paddy Maguire Hugo Cafferty and Brian Tighe.

May 10th 2007 The Royal School are recording a series of programmes for transmission on RTE Radio 2 at a later date Pictured are Presenter Naomi Pollock Producer Leoni Spotten Production Assistant Sarah Heaslip .Among the shows recorded are ‘Cavan The Place to Be' Produced by Chloe Keyes and an interview with Catherina McKiernan Producer Laura Doughty and Produced by Joy Jackson with Presenter Lynn Magee.The girls are all Transition Year students at the Royal School and are coached by their Science teacher Padraic Corley.

Same Week Death of the legendary Eileen Maloney at the age of 103 on the 4th May 2007. Born on the 23rd of May 1904 at Killynebber House. Eileen married local solicitor George Maloney in 1921 at the age of 17 and had a distinguished career in the Irish Red Cross rising to the rank of Commandant County Cavan and a senior member of the Central Council of the organisation. She was the chief local organiser of the annual blood transfusion clinic of the Irish Blood Transfusion Unit and played a pivotal role in the rescue and subsequent relocation of the orphans of the Poor Clare Fire of February 11th 1943. In her leisure time she was an outstanding  fly angler and represented Ireland on several occasions in Home Internationals. Lifelong member of County Cavan Golf Club she actually grew up on the course at Killynebber and played there until the Club was re located to Drumelis where she served as President and Captain. Heroic devotion to her family she took great pride in their many achievements and encouraged them and their extended family to develop and continue their education. Lived at ‘Glenaulin’ Cootehill Road with her daughter Beatrice until she accidentally fell down the stairs in 1985 when she retired to Saint Felim’s Hospital and later Saint Joseph’s Hospital Lisdarn.Wonderful mind and agile brain she recently won a national Essay competition describing in beautiful detail her early life and education at Fanny Gannon’s School Erskine House and later at the age of 10 as a Boarder in the famous Sackville Girl’s School in Dundrum and Saint Anne’s Domestic Economy School run by the Ursuline Order in Waterford. Eileen always moved with the times and apart from her lifetime devotion to the welfare of the Irish Red Cross she was an avid supporter of the Civil Defence and joined with them as Commandant at the Field Hospital in Gormanston College following the escalation of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Presented with the Gold Medal for 60 years service to the organisation by President Mary McAleese at a function in Arus an Uachtarainn.She was Area Organiser for The Blood Transfusion Unit  and the Irish Water Safety Association for over 50 years - in recent years her daughter Beatrice has donned the mantle and kept up the family tradition with both organisatons.Among the big events that Eileen was involved with was Leader of the Red Cross during the Emergency of 1939-1946 the rescue and care of the survivors of the Convent Fire of the 11th February 1943 particularly during their 5 weeks of recuperation at Saint Joseph’s Lisdarn.Her husband George V was Commandant of the FCA during these troubles times and the celebrations to mark the Tercentenary of the death of Owen Roe O Neill in 1949 in which she played a pivotal role on the organising committee. Her finest hour was undoubtedly the love and care she lavished on her late husband George V during his last years suffering from Alzheimer’s won the admiration and acclaim of the entire community. From a very distinguished Legal and Religious family her brother Thomas A Finlay was one of the first District Justices appointed by the State while her uncle Rev Tom Finlay SJ was a founding member of the Co Operative movement with Sir Horace Plunkett.In more recent times her nephew Thomas A Finlay was a former Chief Justice while another nephew William Finlay Senior Counsel was a Governor of the Central Bank. She took great pride in her son George joining the family practice in 1957 and the advent of her grand daughter Jacqueline to complete a 3rd generation of a firm founded by her husband George V in 1917 when he was Law Agent for the Election of Arthur Griffith from premises located in the Market Square. Eileen Maloney was a beautiful simple decent honourable woman of unbounded charity with a great intellect and ready wit.. Predeceased by her husband George V in 1962 and daughter Eileen (Dan) she is survived by her sons Willie  Limerick George Solicitor Cavan Tom Cork Stephen London Dympna McNicholas Galway and Beatrice Cavan .Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Cavan Tidy Towns 2007 Chairman Paddy Conaty TC  Vice Chairman Madeline Argue MCC Secretary Eddie Brady Treasurer Mayjo McGahon and PRO Veronica Sharkey TC.

Cathal Young Captain of the Cavan Gaels 1959 League winning team and member of the first Championship winning team of 1965 Michael Leddy a member of the panel from 1958-1965 and Brian Crowe the referee of the All Ireland Senior Football Final between Mayo and Kerry are the recipients of special presentations at the Gaels’ Golden Jubilee celebration in the Kilmore Hotel.

May 17th 2007 Death of the evergreen Dessie Maguire late of Saint Patrick’s Terrace Cavan in Finea County Westmeath. Son of Garda John and Marcella Maguire he was the 5th of 6 children. Educated at the De La Salle and Cavan Vocational School Dessie joined the Anglo Celt in 1957 and worked his way up from the Messenger Boy to become a first class Compositor. Took an active part in all local sporting an cultural activities in the Community. Gifted singer and mimic Dessie was a member of Father Torlac O Reilly’s Pantomimes in the Town Hall as well as being a valued member of the Cathedral Choir under Father AB McGrath. Took part in the Musicals Patience and Pirates and Penzance and was an expert on Gilbert and Sullivan. Later assisted Cavan Shamrocks and Saint Felim’s Hospital in their quest for honours in the Tops of Breffni when he was one of the star turns along with Mel Doherty Dr Dominic McCabe Gene Cullivan Sean McManus and John O Connor. Founder member of Cavan Shamrocks FC Dessie was Centre Half for many years and won honours in Mullingar Clones and the Drifters Cup in Cootehill. After emigrating in 1970 Dessie’s place on the Shamrocks team was taken by Irish International Jim Sheridan who was later to captain Finn Harps to FAI triumph and later married Patricia Dempsey (sister of Alex’s) Rossa Place.In Manchester Dessie continued to work in the Printing trade and retired only 5 years ago returning to Finea in County Westmeath. Handsome of great physique and strength Dessie was a gifted swimmer and during his youth swam across Swellan each day from the Pipes to the Diving Board and back. He was a member of Cavan Boy Scouts under John Donohoe and travelled on the annual camps to Enniscrone and Kilkee each year. Predeceased by his brothers Jerry and Peter he is survived by his wife Bernadette daughters Nichola and Siobhan brother John sisters Stella Brady and Kathleen Mortell. Funeral from Saint Mary’s Church Finea to the adjoining cemetery.

Same Week Cavan 2-11 Down 3-08 at sunlit Breffni Park before an attendance of 20,000.Cavan pulled back a goal per sub Jonathan Crowe in the 68th minute and Dermot McCabe put Cavan in the lead with a superb point on 70 minutes. After three minutes of injury time Ronan Murtagh struck the equaliser for Down to bring the two teams back to Park Esler in Newry to decide the destination of this Preliminary Round Ulster Championship game. Down led by 2-3 to 1-8 at half time after totally dominating the opening exchanges. Scorers for Cavan Larry Reilly 1-2 Jonathan Crowe 1-0 Gerald Pierson 0-3 Jason Reilly 0-2 Dermot McCabe 0-2 and Sean Johnston 0-2. In the curtain raiser Down beat Cavan 1-10 to 2-5 after Cavan threw chance after chance away-shooting 17 wides. Cavan led by 2-1 to 0-6 at the interval and had ample opportunities to win the game. The Cavan Gaels representatives were Daniel Graham and Martin Dunne who scored a point of the Cavan total.

The Percy French Bar in the Farnham Hotel is the venue for  TG 4 Irish traditional music programme ‘Gantrai’ presented by Sligo flute player Jane McCormack. Among the stars appearing are Seamus Fay Lilter Padraic O Reilly Piano Michael Rooney Harp Aoife Murray Singer Fintan McManus Bouzouki Pat McManus Fiddle and Guitar and Martin Donohoe Button Accordion.

Councillor Des Cullen TC is conferred with his Master of Education degree in Education Leadership and Management from the Open University. Son of Philip and Margaret Cullen Wolfe Tone Street Des is a teacher in the Royal School Cavan.

May 24th 2007 Death of Doctor Niall O Reilly 24 Hawthorn Hill Newry at the age of 82. Son of the late Terence O Reilly MOH and County Coroner and Mary nee McKenna Earlsvale House Cootehill Road Cavan. Member of the SDLP for many years he was a beacon of light to people in Northern Ireland and after doing his apprenticeship in England returned as GP to serve Newtownbutler Newtownhamilton Camlough and Newry where he gave distinguished service to the Community for over 40 years. Like his brother Father Torlac he had a superb  voice singing in the local choir at Cloghmore as first a baritone and later second tenor.He was an outstanding golfer and long time member of Warrenpoint.Personal friend of President Mary and Martin McAleese.Predeceased by his first wife Maeve Nee Breen a native of Tipperary in 1987 he later married Dorothy Ramsey in 1994 and she was an outstanding wife and nursed him through his  final illness at home. Survived by his 7 children son Niall daughters Niamh Siofra Emer Aisling Sinead Derval.Funeral from the Sacred Heart Church Cloghmore to the adjoining cemetery.

Same Week Death of Brendan McDonnell Cootehill Road after a long illness borne with dignity and fortitude at College View Nursing Home. Eldest son of the late Patrick and Ellen McDonnell their family operated a Bakery at 6 Main Street from 1934 supplying bread to Cavan and surrounding counties as well as having the franchise for all the major institutions and colleges in the area. They also owned 2 Grocery and Bar businesses at 6 Main Street and 61 Main Street. After his marriage to Kitty a Domestic economy teacher in Loreto College Brendan and his wife lived over the shop at 61 Main Street where Kitty after her retirement opened a high class Ladies’ Drapery (Helen’s). Member of the first Cavan CBSI in 1931 Brendan went on many of the early Summer Camps to Enniscrone and Kilkee. Outstanding member of Cavan Boxing Club. Among his contempories were Sean ‘Spider’ Donohoe Jim Brady and later Eamonn (Frosty) Donohoe Teddy McCormack and Leo Ronan. From an early age the family holidayed in Bundoran and Brendan and Kitty acquired a great love of the Donegal seaside town where they were extremely well known and respected. For many years they kept a mobile home in Bundoran and holidayed there  during the Summer months. Founder member of Cavan Chamber of Commerce Brendan was very eloquent in expressing his views and always sought a consensus and worked for the good of the entire community. Outstanding conversationalist Brendan was an expert on many subjects and never sat on the fence. Survived by his wife Kitty brothers Linus Patrick and John sisters Etna O Carroll Laytown and Kitty Egan Drumcliffe Sligo. Funeral from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Bertie Ahern on last whirlwind tour of Cavan as the polls show Fianna Fail at 41% and heading for an unprecedented 3rd successive General Election victory. On a beautiful sunny Monday the Main Street in Cavan is closed off as Bertie makes an appeal for the re-election of Minister for Food at the Department of Agriculture Brendan Smith and newcomer from Monaghan Margaret Conlon.Doctor Rory O Hanlon as Ceann Comhairle is automatically re elected for the Party. Brendan Smith states the country is thankful to Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Finance Minister Brian Cowen for halting the scourge of emigration and putting the country on a sound economic footing. Under Fianna Fail Cavan General will continue to be developed as a centre of excellence and will not under any circumstances be downgraded.

Cavan Town defeat Monaghan Town 5-2 to retain their Andy Capaldi title.2 Goals from Tony Pryce James McGeon and a late strike by Brendan Smith sealed the honours for Cavan Town in a scoring feast in the second half. Paraic Molloy suffered concussion and had to leave the pitch before this memorable triumph. Meanwhile Cavan Town Reserves beat Clones Town Reserves 3-2 to qualify for the Final of the John Farrelly Shield. Goals from the mercurial Mark Ferncombe and Declan Brady ensured the holders passage to yet another John Farrelly Shield Final.

Peter Quinn Chairman of TG 4 opens Cavan’s first dedicated Art Gallery Sol Art at Church View Square Church Street. The Gallery is owned by Conor and Martin Davis who also operate a similar enterprise in Santry Dublin.

Brendan Smith Minister for State at the Department of Agriculture opens the all new floodlit Killymooney Playground and Football Grounds which have been developed at a cost of over €250,00 in a joint venture between Cavan Town Council and Cavan County Council.

Philip McMahon and Gerry Bravendar beat Tom Downes and Leo Costello to win the Kilmore Cup at County Cavan Golf Club.

Cavan Bridge Club 1st Willie Finnegan and Mildred Judge 2nd Leo Brady and Delores O Reilly 3rd Elizabeth Galligan and Pat Smyth.

Cavan’s lack of discipline and fitness cost them dearly as they fail to Down 0-16 to 0-11 in the Replay of the Ulster Senior Preliminary Round at sunlit all new Park Esler in Newry before an attendance of 15,000.Down by far the better team led throughout the second half after the teams were tied at 0-6 each at the interval. Turning point when an out of sorts Michael Lyng was yellow carded for the second time after an off the ball attack on Down’s towering midfielder Dan Gordon. Six more Cavan players were booked during the course of the game where Down showed their superior know how and fitness particularly in the closing stages. Scorers for Cavan Dermot McCabe 0-5-4 frees Sean Johnston 0-4-1 free Anthony Forde and Larry Reilly 0-1 each.

Mary O Connor President of Cavan Lions Club is this week’s subject in Sinead Hogan’s Everywoman series in the Anglo Celt. She is pictured with her husband Terry at the Lions’2006 Gala Ball in the Kilmore Hotel which raised over €50,000 for charity. As well as the annual food appeal at Christmas the Lions are this year running a Summer Proms at the SAS Farnham Radisson Hotel and a Treasure Hunt around the environs of the town in the Summer. Mary is very proud of the part the Lions Club played in providing a top class playground for Cavan town at a cost of €100,000.In conjunction with Cavan Town Council they are now planning an extension for children with special needs to which they are donating €40,000.Cavan Lions Club have just published their new website at http://www.cavanlionsclub.com and all aims and activities of the organisation are updated regularly.

May 31st 2007 Fianna Fail are heading for their 3rd consecutive period in Government. Although only achieving 37% of the vote nationally Bertie Ahern is favourite to form the next Government with the assistance of the few remaining Independents. Progressive Democrats now reduced to only 2 (Mary Harney and Tony Killeen in Galway West). Ahern may have to enlist the support of the Green Party to ensure that the Government last the full five year term. Great performance by Brendan Smith in Cavan /Monaghan when he secured 15,548 first preference votes to ensure the election of his running mate Margaret Conlon who performed extremely well benefiting from the female vote in all parts of the constituency and securing 9,303 first preference votes. Rory O Hanlon as Ceann Comhairle is returned automatically to make it a red letter day for Fianna Fail in Cavan/Monaghan. Brendan Smith’s vote was the 3rd largest in the country only the Finance Minister Brian Cowen in Laois Offaly and Willie O Dea in Limerick polled larger quotas on the first count. Disappointment once again for Joe O Reilly Fine Gael candidate from Cavan as despite polling an impressive 9,550 he just missed out to his running mate Seymour Crawford who managed to poll 1400 votes more and took votes in all the Protestant strongholds in both Cavan and Monaghan. Other former Hospital candidate now running as an Independent Paudge  Connolly secured 3,995 votes and was eliminated by the most efficient Returning Officer Josie Duffy County Registrar Monaghan officiating at her first General Election Count in her native Smithborough Community Centre. Nationally Fianna Fail and Fine Gael won seats at the expense of the Independents and smaller parties. Cavan/Monaghan Total Electorate 92,248 Turn out 72.40% Valid Poll  65,787 Quota 13,158.Brendan Smith Fianna Fail 15,548 Elected Caomhin O Caolain Sinn Fein 13,162 Elected Seymour Crawford Fine Gael 10,978 Elected Later Joe O Reilly Fine Gael 9,550 Margaret Conlon 9,303 Elected Later Paudge Connolly Independent 3,995 Vincent P Martin Green Party 2,382 Des Cullen Labour 796.

Same Week Frances Daly and Gene Murphy win the Captain’s Phyl Reilly’s Prize at Crannog Bridge Club 2nd Madge Curran and Etta McIntyre 3rd Madge Conlon and Kathleen Comeskey Gross Maria Geelan and Sean Ridley Player of the Year Bernadette Donohoe.

County Cavan Rugby Club 2007 President Matt Keenan Secretary Brendan Goodrich Treasurer Paul Timmoney 1st Team Captain Stephen Ivers 2nd Team Captain  Edwin Bury 1st Team Manager Jimmy Jackson Fitness Coach George Crowe Match Secretary Noel Finn PRO Peter O Hanlon

Transition year students in The Royal School are awarded their certificates and a subsidy of €350 towards their first Insurance Policy as they pass the Steer Clear Driving Education Course. The course was over 20 hours and included such subjects as braking systems during driving and the affect of behaviour and attitude on driving. Ciara Cassoni of Steer Clear who gave the course said that the students were a delight to work with-they were enthusiastic and eager to learn and take part. She paid tribute to the great work of Padraic Corley the Transition Year Co Coordinator.

June 7th 2006

Ulster Feile Na Nog in Cavan attracts 3,000 participants from all over the 9 counties of Ulster.72 boys teams and 35 girls teams took part in the Festival which commenced with a parade led by the Castletara Youth Band Fanad Accordion Band Saint Michael’s Band Enniskillen and the visiting Swiss band to Breffni Park where Owen McConnon of Radio Ulster was the MC.Nicholas Walsh Chairman of the Feile Committee said that” the teams would play in 23 centres all over the county and they were using the occasion as a rehearsal for the All Ireland Feile which would be hosted by Cavan in 2008”.The event was sponsored by 'Coke a Cola'.

Death of Tony Loughman at home Castleblayney Impresario and football star after a long illness borne with great courage and dignity. Winner of 11 Monaghan Senior Championship medals with his beloved Faughs he was a regular on the Monaghan team for over 10 years and always gave off his best as a teak tough defender. The only man ever to win Minor Junior Intermediate and Senior medals in Monaghan.For many years managed the Four Seasons Entertainment for the late Alan Clancy before taking over the management of Big Tom Susan McCann and Philomena Begley among many others. He later introduced them to the Grande Olde Oprey in Tennessee where they became just as popular as they are at home. His final battle with cancer was his the game of his life. Going public on  Northern Sound he thanked all of the Nurses and staff who assisted him and the doctors in the Lourdes Hospital who attended to him. Many Farewell Concerts were organised by Tony and for Tony which raised hundreds of thousands for Cancer Homecare. Survived by his wife Joan daughters Caroline and Ciara sons Anthony and Declan.

Sudden death of Jason McBreen Alackan following a dreadful accident at home. Survived by his father Mattie mother Eileen brother Damian sister Maura. Funeral from the Cathedral to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Song Sisters begin their Summer tour in the Ardhowen Theatre Enniskillen. Arrangements of old favourites and a smattering of new material. Their guest artiste on the Show is Charlie McGettigan.Geraldine McDonnell of Song Sisters states that “they have just recorded a new single and they are promoting the release on their tour”.

Cavan Bridge Club 1st Elizabeth Galligan and Vera Wilson 2nd Kathleen Clarke and Vera McMahon 3rd Maria Geelan and Simon Ridley.

June 14th 2007 Bishop Ken Clarke officially opens the newly refurbished Cavan Number 1 School where among the distinguished guests were Canon Mark Lidwell Brendan Smith Minister for State at the Department of Agriculture Seymour Crawford TD Maire Ni Mhairtin School’s Inspector. The school was first opened in 1820 to cater for the primary education of Protestant boys and girls. There are now 60 pupils 8 staff including 5 teachers 2 special needs assistants and a secretary.

Same Week Death of former Cavan Team Manager Eamonn Coleman after a long battle with lung cancer at Belfast City Hospital at the age of 60.Native of Ballymaguigan in South Derry where he worked as a brick layer Eamonn joined Cavan as Team Manger in 2003 and met with mixed fortunes in a county that demanded instant success. As a player he was a member of the 1st Derry team to win a Minor All Ireland in 1965 and the same team won the Under 21 All Ireland in 1968. He won his only Ulster Senior medal with Derry in 1970.Later Eamonn went into Team Management and guided Derry to All Ireland Minor success in 1983 and 10 years later finally reached the promised land when he guided Derry to the All Ireland Senior title as well as the Ulster Senior and National League all in the one year. Controversially sacked from his position in late 1993 he replaced Brian Mullins in 1999 and Derry won the National League title in 2000.At the helm when Gowna won the County Senior title in 1996 19971999 2002 and 2004.Survived by his sons Gary and Vivion daughter Margaret 3 sisters and Partner Colette O Reilly.

Paddy McDermott and Aileen Timmoney win the Cavan Bridge Club Championship 2nd Charlie Corr and Eddie Gorman 3rd Eileen McEnri and Delores O Reilly. The Captain’s (Pat Plunkett’s Prize) was won by Kathleen Clarke and Vera McMahon 2nd Maureen Greene and Angela O Reilly 3rd Patsy Gibney and Margaret Tackney.Gross Phil Ward and Father Thomas Woods.

National Irish Bank comes to 1 Main Street Cavan.The Manager is Mel Greaney.They have now opened 2 branches in Ireland this year Mallow and Cavan and intend to open a further 15 Branches in 2008.

Tom Clerkin teacher of History and Irish at Saint Clare’s Convent Ballyjamesduff retires after 35 years distinguished service. Pictured at the presentation in the Kilmore Hotel are President of Saint Clare’s Ballyjamesduff Sean Fagan College Principal Tom Clerkin Lisa Hannigan Social Committee and Noel Monahan Vice Principal.

Death of the very popular Kathleen Carroll late of College Street and Highfield Road. Member of an old established family in the town the Dowd’s of Latt.Very charitable decent great neighbour and friend. Her husband Paddy Carroll was a very well known Insurance Representative. Kathleen was a member of many of the organisations attached to the Cathedral and was a great lady to meet socially recalling many of the events in the town of her childhood. Predeceased by her husband Patrick she is survived by her son Raymond in Canada daughters Marlene Lynch and Frances Harris En gland sister in law Mary in Sligo. Funeral from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Killygarry cemetery.

McIntyre’s Carpets and Furniture are celebrating 40 years in business. Founded by Sean and Noel McIntyre from Carrigallen in June 1967.The venture was an immediate success capturing a market that was not expertly catered for and with the demise of Patrick Connolly and Company Ballinagh and later Fagan’s was expertly timed. Sean served his time in ES Banks in Sligo before joining Quinn’s Main Street Mohill.They opened their store in a disused warehouse in Abbey Street owned by Connolly Brothers. The venture was a success from the start due to the smart advertising brain of Sean who devised such clarion calls as “We buy by the mile to sell it cheaper by the yard” and “Nobody undersells us –Nobody”. In 1996 McIntyre’s purchased the old Cavan Fabric Factory on the Dublin Road and transformed it in to an incredible 60,000 square feet of retail space. To day the store is managed by Sean’s son Gerard and his wife Giselle a member of the Cullivan family Butlersbridge. Giselle’s grandfather Anthony Farrell was one of the leading business men in Cavan for many years. Sourcing quality clothes and footwear in Scotland and selling it for a small profit at farmer’s markets and fairs throughout the region. Pictured are Shane Woods Furniture Manager Paul Mulcahy Floor Covering Manger Giselle McIntyre Ann Shortt David and Sean McIntyre.

‘Be Reconciled to God’ is the theme for this year’s Kilmore Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Kilmore share the Pilgrimage with the Diocese of Birmingham Middlesbrough and Ardagh and Clonmacnoise.Father Kevin Fay conducted the Penitential service where most of the pilgrims attended  Confessions in the Penitentiary Chapel. Father Peter Casey PP Kilmore at the final Mass in Saint Bernadette’s Chapel spoke of the lessons to be learned and the example set by Saint Bernadette during her short lifetime. Leader Bishop Leo O Reilly Honary President Monsignor PJ McManus Director Father Colm Hurley Assistant Director Father Kevin Fay. Director of Nursing Breege Graham Assistant Director Bernadette Donohoe Chief Handmaid Sheila McNulty.

June 21st 2007 Tragic death of Paddy McCormack The Steeples and late of Derrycramph and Tullac Mongan following a fall on the Coratubber road off the main Cootehill Road at the age of 60.Son of Tommy and Maisie McCormack Tullac Mongan Paddy was an absolute genius. Member of the famous Aisteoiri De Las Salle who won All Ireland titles in 1955 and 1956 under the direction of the famous Brother Cyril. Among the plays they presented were Iosagain Aoibhinn Beatha an Scolaire Na Boichre and Ri Séamus. Paddy won the gold medal for best actor in Iosagain and the troupe were invited to appear at the national Senior Finals in Athlone. In academic terms Paddy excelled and was awarded a County Council Scholarship to Saint Patrick’s College in 1958.After finishing the Leaving Certificate Paddy decided to join the Anglo Celt where he was to serve faithfully and loyally for the next 35 years. Outstanding Compositor Paddy was constantly updating his knowledge of the Printing trade and travelled on many courses. In 1985 Paddy and his good friend Derek Alecock joined forces to form Serstar Printers. In October 1998 Paddy returned to the Anglo Celt and worked there until 2004 when he joined Abbeyset Printers .In recent times Paddy having retired from he Print business worked part time as a Porter in the new SAS Farnham Radisson Hotel a job he enjoyed after the hustle and bustle of the Print business. Long time low handicap golfer at County Cavan Golf Club Paddy was very enjoyable company enjoying both the game and the social aspect of the club. He had just turned 62 and was enjoying a break with his son David electing to walk back to town when the accident occurred. The State Pathologist Marie Cassidy carried out an autopsy on the body that showed he had not suffered foul play or been run over by a vehicle as rumoured. His injuries were incurred after suffering a heavy fall. Predeceased by his parents Tommy and Maisie brother Jimmy he is survived by his 8 sisters Mary Fleming England Eileen Kinsella Cavan Margaret Lee Belturbet Kathleen Sexton Cavan Ann Oaks Bernie Deegan Australia Mela Smith Cavan and Jacqueline Doyle 3 brothers Eamonn Gerry and Michael. County Cavan Golf Club and his colleagues in the Printing trade formed a Guard of Honour at the funeral from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Drumavaddy cemetery.

Same Week Mel Doherty presents the Johnston Central Library with a copy DVD of the very popular ‘Milligan’s Millions’ which was written directed and shot on location in Cavan Town in 1962 by Father Torlac O Reilly and starring John O Connor Mel Doherty Dessie Maguire and many more well known local characters of that era. It is now available to view at the Johnston Central Library by contacting the Archivist.

Donal Keogan the new Cavan Football Manager is angry and exasperated by the selfish actions of three of Cavan’s football stars Seanie Johnston Martin Cahill and Paul Brady who have all gone to work and play in the USA this Summer and abandoned the Cavan football team before their upcoming qualifier. He accuses them of taking $10,000 free accommodation and a job to play football in New York this Summer.” If they think they can go away after training with the team all year it shows exactly what they think of their teamates Management and Cavan football in general. As long as I am involved as Manger Seanie Johnston Martin Cahill and Paul Brady will never play for Cavan again”!

Dan Maguire and Michael Donohoe beat Pat Donnell and Seamus Murphy to win the Myxco Trophy at Cavan Golf Club.

Death of Mary Dunne Farnham at Cavan General Hospital. Member of the very well known Brady family her brother John James was an outstanding footballer with Cavan Harps. Survived by her husband John Joe she is survived by her sons John Martin Stephen and Jackie daughters Bernadette Graham Imelda Shields and Margaret sister Katie and brother John James. Funeral from Saint Patrick’s Church Drumcor to the adjoining cemetery.

Pictured is Alan Baldwin Cavan Director and Founder of CNP with Associate Directors Hugh Holt and Jason McCann. CNP specialise in Project Management Quotation Surveying Construction Technology .CNP have linked up with one of Britain’s leaders in the field and launched their wide range of services to the Irish market offering a one stop shop to Irish clients and introductions the larger markets though their UK and European offices. CNP had turnover of €16.9 million in 2006 and are on target to increase turnover by 20% this year and increase staff numbers as their client base expands. Alan Baldwin is son of Roy and Dympna Baldwin Cootehill Road Cavan.

June 28th 2007 Frances McDermott Fianna Fail is elected Chairman of Cavan County Council. The big story however was the election of Madeline Argue as Vice Chairman much to the anger of an expectant Pauline McCauley who accused the members of the Council of a deliberate attempt to exclude her party (Sinn Fein) and herself because she was married to Pearce McCauley who had served time in Castlerea Prison for alleged activities with the IRA.

Same Week Louis Courtney writes edits and publishes his Biography on the life and times of his father Doctor William Courtney1891-1985.Louis was educated at the CBS Nenagh Clongowes Wood College and UCD where he was Literary and Historical Secretary. Outstanding rugby player Louis was a member of the College team and played in the Leinster Senior League and Cup. Outstanding student Louis was a noted orator and toured USA as a member of the College Debating team. He interviewed the then Ulster Prime Minister Terence O Neill on television in 1963 and has appeared many times on such programmes as Questions and Answers on RTE television. Practiced Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Oxford before taking up a position as Consultant in Benn City Nigeria. He joined Cavan General Hospital in 1972  and gave distinguished service to the Community until 2004 when he retired. Louis is a most respected figure in medical circles and has published numerous articles in Medical journals. Louis has published ‘I Go Alone’ so that his own children may have a record of the remarkable feats of their grandfather. William Courtney was born in 1891 and was a personal friend of many of the 1916 Rising  leaders who were later executed for their part in the uprising including figures such as Roger Casement Thomas McDonagh Joseph Mary Plunkett and James Connolly who he visited in Mountjoy just before his execution. He recalled vividly Eamonn De Valera surrendering to the British in Mount Street in 1916 and feared that the same fate might befall De Valera as his fellow conspirators. He was Master of Saint Vincent’s Hospital during those turbulent times. Later he devoted all his energies to the care of his patients and welfare of his family in Nenagh County Tipperary. Included in the book is a profile of Louis brother Archbishop Michael Courtney the Papal Nuncio to Burundi who was murdered by  a breakaway group on December 29th December 2003.Louis is a noted historian and in recent times has acquired valuable maps which showed that the Germans had plans to invade Ireland. Louis reckons that if the Germans landed with 30,000 men and pushed forward from the Dingle Peninsula the entire country would be conquered without resistance in 3 days.

Joe Reilly Fine Gael; Councillor and recent impressive vote getter in the Cavan/Monaghan Constituency where he polled over 9,500 votes just missing election to the Dail by a whisker is on the Senad campaign trail where he is contesting  the Industrial and Commercial Panel .There are 17 contestants including 3 outgoing Fine Gael senators. As a recognition of his recent outstanding achievement the Fine Gel Head Office endorse Joe’s candidacy .

Cavan will start rank outsiders in the 1st Round All Ireland Qualifier against Mayo in McHale Park Castlebar. The last time these two teams met was at the same stage in Doctor Hyde Park Roscommon in 2005 when May ran out easy winners by 0-11 to 0-8.

Ann Noelle Barrett playing off 36 with 41 points wins the President’s Peter Keogh’s Prize at County Cavan Golf Club 2nd was Philip Galligan playing off 20 with 40 points and 3rd Mattie Reilly with 40 points. John Grogan (5) won the Gross with 31 points des Fallon and Phil Donohoe the Megs Prizes and John Fortune (22)the Student’s Prize. Tommy Malone off 5 wins the Junior Scratch Cup sponsored by Arva Alu Gutter with an outstanding score of 70 Leo Costello off as away behind with 76 and 3rd Anthony Sheridan off with 78.Willie Harrington had the best Net with 71.Belturbet’s Gary Morrow off 10 with 76 wins the Intermediate Scratch Cup sponsored by Doctors Eamonn Hartmann Paddy Faulkner and John Sullivan 2nf Kevin McGowan (11) with 79 3rd JJ O Reilly (11) with 80.Gerry McGerty (14) won the Nett  with 69.30.

July 5th 2007 Brendan and Kathleen Murray are pictured with Paul Smith Friends of Cavan Hospital presenting a cheque for €1 million for the Purchase of an MRI Scanner for Cavan General Hospital to Dermot Monahan Group General Manager Cavan/Monaghan Hospitals. Brendan and his son Barry are the trustees of the will of Angela and Nicki Blume and there is a residue after their estate was distributed. Brendan was a member of the Chamber of Commerce during the lobbying for the location of a new Regional Hospital in Cavan through the Fitzgerald Report. Brendan pays tribute to his great friend Brian Murphy for affording the group an inside track as he was friendly with the then Minister of Health’s Private Secretary Brendan Corish TD.Tom Fitzpatrick the then Minister for Lands was also very helpful in a decision that was to change the face of Cavan town forever. Little known fact that a key advisor to the Fitzgerald Commission was the Professor of Medicine at Trinity College George Fagan a native of Main Street where the family carried on a very successful Grocery and Hardware Store. Brendan Murray a native of County Down and former Down Senior Hurling goalkeeper came to Cavan in 1947 as Financial Controller of the fledgling Smith Motor Group. The Smith Motor Group commenced assembling reconditioned Ferguson tractors selling 500 per annum at a reasonable price to farmers from all over Ireland. Later Brendan joined forces with his friend and colleague Tom Clarke to form Tractamotors becoming main agents for Fiat through their network of 23 garages throughout Ireland. They continued the winning formula they initiated in Smith’s and sold reconditioned tractors to farmers at the rate of 600 per annum. In the 1970s they won a contract to supply 1,000 tractors per annum to the USA. Single figure golfer Brendan and Kathleen Murray are lifelong members of County Cavan Golf Club.

Same Week 522 people give blood at the Blood Transfusion Mobile Unit in the Kilmore. Philomena Meade Beatrice Maloney Angela Flynn are thanked for their help and support during the Units visit to the Kilmore Hotel Cavan.

Cavan Bridge Club 2007 Captain Paddy McDermott Vice Captain Harry Hunt Secretary Marie Geelan Assistant Secretary Leo Brady Treasurer Kathleen Clarke Assistant Treasurer Bridie Donohoe Committee Imelda Brady Paddy Faulkner Delores O Reilly Simon Ridley Pat Smyth and Aileen Timmoney .

Cavan captained by Ailish Cronyn beat Fermanagh 2-13 to 1-10 to win the TG 4 Ulster Intermediate Championship Final at Saint Tiernach’s Park Clones on a dry warm perfect afternoon for football. .Star of the show was Templeport’s Aisling Doonan who scored 1-7 of the Cavan total. Cavan led by 1-8 to 1-3 at the interval. Scorers for Cavan Aisling Doonan 1-7 M Smith 1-0 S Cassidy 0-2 and C Reilly P Lynch C Murtagh and G Smith 0-1 each.

Packy Doonan Team P Elliott runs his 39th Marathon in hot and humid Rio De Janeiro where temperatures reached almost 40%C in an impressive time of 6 hours and 30 minutes.Packy will now rest until his 20th Dublin City Marathon in October.

Beautifully crafted  tribute to the late Phelim Costello who died in February 2007 from his friend and colleague Paddy McGovern former Drumalee stalwart.

July 12th 2007 Death of John P Wilson former TD Government Minister and Tanaiste at Saint James’ Hospital Dublin after a long illness on the day after his 84th birthday. Native of Callanagh Kilcogy where he was born on the 3rd July 1923.Educated at Clonoose NS Cloncivid NS Saint Mel’s Longford Saint Kieran’s College Kilkenny Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth University College Galway University College Dublin University of London and National University of Ireland where he obtained MA H Dip in Education. Fluent Irish speaker he was also an authority on the Classics (Latin and Greek) .Secondary School teacher he taught in Saint Eunan’s Letterkenny Gonzaga College Dublin before entering Politics in 1973 when he was elected in Cavan to Paddy Smith’s old seat in an election that returned Fine Gael/Labour Government. Re elected in 1977 he was appointed Minister for Education by Jack Lynch from 1977-1981 Minister for Transport and Posts and Telegraphs from March-December 1982 Minister for Tourism and Transport from March 1987- July 1989.Later Minister for the Marine in the PD/FF Coalition of 1989-1992 when he was appointed Tanaiste by Charles Haughey and later Albert Reynolds. In his retirement from Politics John was appointed Chairman of the Victims Commission in 1998 by Bertie Ahern. Winner of 2 All Ireland medals with Cavan in 1947 and 1948.He won 5 Ulster Senior medals with Cavan 9 Senior County Championships with Mullahoran Dreadnoughts and 2 Cavan Minor Championship medals 1940 and 1941 with Ballinagh when among his team mates were Peter Donohoe and Brian Reilly (Captain). Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said that he “was deeply saddened at the death of his former colleague and said he was privileged to have worked with him on the Victim’s Commission where he made an immense contribution to the Peace Process. John Wilson was  a sportsman scholar and politician who served Cavan and Ireland through decades of endeavour in many fields. I regret the passing of a wise colleague loyal friend and a man who used his abundant ability in the service of his country”. In recent years of retirement John spent many hours researching in the National Library but failing sight curtailed an activity he truly cherished. His cousin Father Des Wilson Belfast was the chief celebrant of the funeral Mass in the Church of the Good Shepherd Churchtown where the capacity attendance included President Mary McAleese former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds Government Ministers and members of the Oireacthas with the coffin draped in both the Tricolour and the Cavan jersey. The funeral cortege slowly moved through Cavan in the light misty rain flanked by colleagues from local branches of Fianna Fail stopping at Paddy Smith House where Paddy Conaty Junior and Senior are pictured signing the Book of Condolence. Through the town stopping briefly at Breffni Park where member s of the present Cavan Senior team formed a Guard of Honour.85 year old Mick Higgins the only survivor of the victorious All Ireland winning team of 1947 described John as “an imposing figure clean but tenacious footballer a modest man great politician. His exploits on an off the field made him a God among his own people.” Brendan Smith TD his former Secretary and Minister for State at the Department of Agriculture said “Johnny was an extraordinary man loved and respected by all. Able to walk with Kings-without losing the common touch. He believed his life was a rich tapestry and all people were of equal value. Now back among his family friends and neighbours from Callanagh Kilgolah Mullahoran and Ballymachugh. May he Rest in Peace”. John Wilson is survived by his wife Ita son John daughters Siobhan Clare Lucy Maria brothers Eugene and Aidan.

Same Week Bonanza for Cavan County Council as they dispose of the 30.71 hectares Refuse Dump at Lismagratty and Coranure to Oxigen Environmental Limited for €46.5 million. Unanimous decision of the Council proposed by Andrew Boylan and seconded by TP Smith with support from Charlie Boylan and his Sinn Fein colleague. Jack Keyes County Manager says that Cavan County Council could no longer afford top keep investing in the facility which needs urgent upgrading. He promises the local residents that the odour from the dump will not be as severe when the second cell is capped in the coming months. Oxigen have committed themselves to developing the waste recovery and biological treatment facilities on the site. Cavan Better Waste Management accuse the Councillors of talking out of both sides of their mouth openly and defiantly ignoring the wishes of the people they represent.

Mayo outscore Cavan 1-19 to 3-7 in The All Ireland Qualifier at McHale Park Castlebar before an attendance of 7,500 on a bright warm evening. Mayo with their much maligned forwards on song played fast skilful football and led by 0-9 to 0-6 at the interval. Scorers for Cavan Dermot McCabe 1-4 Jason Reilly 1-0 Rory Gallagher 1-0 Ray Cullivan Larry Reilly Gerard Pierson 0-1 each.

July 19th 2007 Naomi Pollock from the Royal School is Young Cavan Historian of the Year.4th year Transition student at the Royal Nomi’s entry was judged the overall winner from hundreds of entries all over the county. She is pictured receiving the Plaque and Crannog Book Voucher from Brendan Scott County Cavan Museum

Same Week Cavan Tennis Club are well represented at the Longford Tennis Open  Week Pictured are the Cavan Under 10 team James Veale Shane McDonald Shane Fortune Kavan Donohoe and Luke Fortune.

Tyrone beat Monaghan 1-15 to 1-13 on a scorching hot Sunday at Saint Tiernach’s Park Clones in the Ulster Senor Football Final before an attendance of 33,832.Monaghan suffered from a disastrous start trailing the Tyrone men by 1-5 to 0-1 after only 10 minutes and looking as if they were going to be humiliated. From there they got more and more into the game and trailed Tyrone by 1-8 to 0-7 at the interval. Honours were equal in the second half but try as they might Monaghan could not bridge the gap and will play Donegal in the All Ireland Qualifiers. In the Minor Final Tyrone scored a disputed 0-10 to 1-6 win over Derry who are objecting to the Ulster Council over the legitimacy of A Tyrone point which was clearly wide.

In form John Grogan playing off 5 wins the Lady Captain’s (Helen McMahon) Prize for Men with 40 points 2nd Mattie Kearns 39 3rd Andy Murray (23) 39 points while Leo Costello off 4 won the Gross with 33 points. Meanwhile Terry Smith off 5 wins the Des Gardiner Trophy and the Leo McCardle ?? Trophy for Alliances and Past Captains with an impressive 39 points.

Cavan Town Council is adjourned as a mark of respect to the late John Wilson former Government Minister and TD for Cavan/Monaghan. His good friend and fellow Mullahoran native Veronica Sharkey with trembling voice and tear filled eyes says that “people al over Cavan will have fond memories of the jovial John Wilson a true Statesman of great tenacity vision intellect and commitment. We will never see the likes of John Wilson again” ! The Cavan men’s Association in London pass a vote of sympathy with the family while Clifford Kelly Chairman Cavan VEC calls on the members to consider changing the name of the new Institute to Cavan Wilson Institute.

Courtney Rapple McDowell wins the Girls Throw Ball Under 12 competition at Cavan Community Games Finals 2nd Ashleigh Hyland 3rd Paige Conroy.

Theresa Downey area organiser for Cavan Daffodil Day reveals that a total of €20,950 was raised and thanks her many hard working colleagues and all who so generously supported the project in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.

July 26th 2007 Monsignor PJ McManus PE Crosserlough and former Adm Cavan Cathedral celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of his Ordination (60 Years) with concelebrated Mass n a packed Saint Mary’s Church Crosserlough where he was joined by over 50 priests from all over Ireland. A Reception and Presentation of Jubilee Vestments were later presented to the very popular Monsignor. Pictured are Connie Briody Michael McGivney Chairman Martina Cusack and Jimmy Lynch.

Same Week Outstanding promotion by John Anne and staff at Crannog Book Shop draws over 400 young and no so young to the Midnight delivery by wizards in a magnificent Unicorn of J K Rowling’s final book in the Harry Potter series ‘Deathly Hollows’.

Death of James Brennan Junior 45 Carrickfern Keadue Lane. Son of Jimmy and Kathleen Brennan James was educated at the De La Salle and Saint Patrick’s College before joining his father in the Bar business in their premises opposite the Farnham Hotel (Sibin). After the family disposed of the business James went to Mullingar where he worked as a Bar Manager. Keen GAA fan James supported the county team and Mullahoran. Survived by his parents Jimmy and Kathleen brothers Joseph Danni Declan sisters Fiona and Daniel. Funeral following concelebrated Mass from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Cullies cemetery.

Patricia Graham playing off 21 is the very popular winner of the Ladies’ Captain’s Prize Helen McMahon) at County Cavan Golf Club 2nd Annette Monahan (36) with 67 3rd Mary Malone (9) with 72 the Gross was won by Finola Smith with 81 Committee Prize Majella Brady with 80 Past Captain’s Prize Ann Smyth with 81 Visitors Prize Lorraine McConkey with 81.

Ruairi and Fergal Dunne Leo Costello and Sean O Donnell with a score of 130.5l win the prestigious Norman Cinnamond trophy at County Cavan Golf Club 2nd was Timmy Fitzpatrick Des Gardiner Brian Tighe and Pauric McEntee with a score of 131.50

August 2nd 2007  Joe O Reilly and Diarmuid Wilson are elected to Seanad Eireann Senator Joe on the Industrial and Commercial Panel while Senator Diarmuid was elected on the Administrative Panel. First time that Cavan has had 2 Representatives in the Seanad since the heady days of Andy O Brien and Seamus Dolan. Joe O Reilly a member of the Senate from 1989-1993 says that he is part of a Fine Gael team that will vigorously the Fianna Fail/Green Alliance .Both men received internal nominations from their party headquarters which greatly helped them in their gruelling campaign. Senator Wilson is pictured at home by Paddy Ronaghan with his wife Marian newly arrived twins Meabh and Niamh (June 21st 2007) son Patrick and daughter Roisin.

Same Week Cavan based Irish Web Developers launch the new Temple Street Children’s Hospital website at http://www.templestreet.ie  Integrated on the site is a donation system which is expected to greatly boost public funding for the development of the Hospital. The owner of Irish Web Developers is Thomas Brides 5 Keadue Cathedral Road Cavan who has a first class Honours degree in Computer Science Logistics and French from Trinity College Dublin. Pictured at the launch in Temple Street are Breda Smith Senor Fundraiser and Events Co Ordinator Temple Street Thomas Brides Irish Web Developers and Suzanne Lawlor PR and Contributions ??Manger at Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

Northern Sound open their new state of the art studios in Ashe Street Pictured are Peter O Hanlon PRO Cavan Rugby Club Joano Soares General Manger Northern Sound Radio Donal Keogan Manger Cavan County team and John Lynch Head of Sport at Northern Sound Radio.

Drumalee’s Tommy Lyons well known inter county and inter club referee calls it a day after 26 years as a knight of the whistle. The highlight of his career was taking charge of the Kingscourt Stars Crosserlough Senior Final in 1991 he also took charge of the Junior and Intermediate Finals frequently as well as games at Under Age and Minor and Under 21 level. For 6 years he was on regular call for inter county duty. Tommy was Vice Chairman of Cavan County Board  Secretary Bord Peil Na Nog and Secretary Senior Board GAC. Tommy has Already officiated at incredible 44 games his season and during his prime was refereeing 7 nights a week with 2 games on Saturdays and Sundays. Tommy will continue as an officer of the Drumalee Club.

Ross O Reilly Neil Hayden James Veale Orlagh Lynch Clodagh O Reilly all star for Breifne Swimming Club at the  Portmarnock Junior Open. Eimear Brady was 1st in the Butterfly in the 8-9 year old section with her team mate Leah Ronan 2nd.Stephen Ronan struck Gold in the Breastroke and Sebastian Dariba was winner of the Back Stroke.

August 9th 2007 Father Tom Mannion CC Cavan and formerly of the Norbertine Fathers is now a priest of the Diocese of Kilmore while the legendary Monsignor McManus CC PE Crosserlough  and former distinguished CC and Adm in the Cathedral retires from active ministry.

Same Week Clara Fee marries Brian Donohoe in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim Cavan.

Death of Thomas McCutcheon late of Annaglough in London at the age of 60.Thomas grew up in the household of Mr and Mrs Jack Kerrigan Annaglough and was educated in the Crubany National School and the Vocational School Cavan before taking up apposition in the Grocery and Hardware Department at Poles Creamery. In London he worked as a Courier of the BBC. During his time in Cavan he was very active in the Power School of Dancing where he was an outstanding performer. Funeral following concelebrated Mss in the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes Acton with burial afterwards in London.

Social Services Whist 1st Lady Pauline McCormack 2nd Agnes McRoe 3rd Mary McNicholas Lady Hatcher Kathleen McNamara 1st Gent Sean Leinster Gent’s Hatcher Enda Mullhern.

Violent scenes in Breffni Park as Cavan Gaels overcome Gowna 2-14 to 3-08 in the 1st Round Championship Replay. The Gaels were coasting to victory when violence broke out in the second half resulting in Karl Crotty Sean Reilly and Sean Higgins been sent off. The Gaels led by 1-10 to 1-3 at half time and not for the first time were dragged into a nasty brawl losing their discipline. At the final whistle ugly scenes of thuggery were the order of the day with both sides being equally culpable. Scorers for the Gaels Niall Collins 1-5 Sean Higgins 1-3 Paul O Donnell 0-3 Gavin Duffy Sean Reilly and Mickey Graham 0-1 each. Later Cavan County Board fined the Gaels and Gowna €2,000 each and imposed a 48 week ban on Sean Reilly Sean Higgins 8 weeks Eoghan Elliott 4 weeks and Karl Crotty 2 weeks.

Pat and Sherine O Connor defeat John Crotty and Orla Daly to win the Farnham Cup at County Cavan Golf Club.

Kathleen Brady from Rathcorrick mother of 6 grown up children and Rachael McDonald Clerical Officer in Motor Taxation Office and mother of 4 children aged from 1-10 are the two local ladies selected among the 5 aged 17-55 for the Gráinne Smith and Bernie Delaney 7 week Beauty Makeover where they will have Nicholas Walsh Cavan Gaels and County footballer as their Personal Trainer. The course will include weight loss make up foundation and toning. The winner will be announced at a Grand Ball in the Kilmore Hotel on September 20th here all proceeds will b donated to Saint Christopher’s Hospice.

August 16th 2007 Doctor Aideen Brides MB B Ch BAO graduates from NUI Galway with 1st Class Honours in Medicine. She clears the boards winning the Gold Medal for Medicine and Gold Medal for 1st in Gynaecology and Obstetrics. Educated at Crubany National School Cavan Vocational School Cavan Institute and UCG Dr Aideen is daughter of Michael and Eileen Brides Corglass Cavan.

Same Week Sinn É 8 all girl traditional group from Loreto College win 1st Prize at the World Fleadh Senior Group Finals in Portlaoise.Members are Eimear Reilly Aoife and Breege Geoghegan Aoife Flynn Clare McDermott Sandra Walsh Cabrina McKenna and Carmel Fay. They  are each presented with a crystal trophy and the group received €1,000 as overall winners. The group are loud in their praise of their Music teachers in Loreto College Ms Hughes and Ms Sheridan for their help n bringing the Group together and preparing them for competition .

Carol O Neill and her partner Geoff Davis represent Cavan and Ireland in the World Hot Air Balloon Festival in Metz in Eastern France where 80 nations were represented.

Sean McCormack former member of Cavan Boy Scouts and leader of The Navak Showband pays tribute to his old Scoutmaster John Donohoe on the centenary of the foundation of the Scout movement in Ireland. John was Scoutmaster in Cavan from 1936-1970 Sean says “John’s devotion dedication and generosity were exceptional for a man with such a reserved character –he achieved great things for the youth of Cavan Town. His strength was in his humility”. Sean calls for a suitable memorial to be erected in his honour.

Bernie Gumley Drumcrave graduates from Queen’s University Belfast with a BA Honours Degree in Early Childhood Education.

Selesie Tuipolutu captains Team Café Mana to 7 a side success at County Cavan Golf Club. The trophy was  presented to him by The President of Cavan Rugby Club Matt Keenan and sponsored by his wife Eilish Tuipolutu Café Mana. Shane McCormack captained Team Foster and Lowry to Shield honours

Cliodhna Delaney Eimear Brady Donal Monahan Aoife Brady Ruth Maloney Derham Clare Dariba and Kian Monahan are among the stars for Breifne Swimming Club at the Ulster Age Group Championships in Belfast where the Club won 6 Gold 3 Silver and 1 Bronze medals.

August 23rd 2007 Divorce rates rocket in County Cavan from 33 in 2005 to 43 in 2006 and 22 Legal Separations were also granted at Cavan Circuit Court. The average waiting time for a divorce or legal separation is now 12 months.

Kathy Durkin Golf Classic and Charity Auction raises €25,000 for The Baby Unit at Cavan General Hospital. Among the items auctioned was a signed painting of the new British Open Champion Padraic Harrington by local artist Edward Sheanon Ballinagh bought by Cavan team Manager Donal Keogan of the Imperial Hotel for €6,500.The winning team were from Skibereen County Cork.

Same Week Phoebe Brady Fortview Farnham Road and a student at Breifne College scores 580 out of a possible 600 in her Leaving Certificate .Pictured with Kevin Lavelle Year Head and Roisin O Connor-Hannigan Year Head at Breifne College.

Death of the incomparable Corina Murphy 14 Fairview and formerly Owen Roe Cavan at the age of 60.Daughter of Terry and Susan Hand Corina was born on the 18th February 1947 .Educated at the Poor Clare’s and Cavan Vocational School. Corina devoted her life to her husband and family working all hours of the day. She was employed in numerous houses in the town and was admired for her devotion to duty friendliness and good humour. Her friend Teresa Smyth  Annally House 7 Cootehill Road with whom she worked every Saturday described “Corina as a great caring friend and housekeeper with a heart of gold”. In her final illness the neighbours in Fairview rallied around her and made the last months of her life bearable and enjoyable. She died peacefully surrounded by her husband family and friends on the 7th August 2007. Predeceased by her brother Terry she is survived by her husband Patsy sons Jimmy and Levi daughter Caroline brothers Kevin and Pauric  sisters Patricia Margaret Susan and Geraldine. Funeral following concelebrated Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Paul Grimley Assistant Manger of Cavan county team steps down to seek the Armagh Team Manager ship left vacant by the retirement of Joe Kiernan.

Aidan Elliott Construction are again the main sponsors of Cavan Gaels football club. Pictured are Johnny Farrelly Eamon Reilly Team Captain Orna Elliott (Aidan Elliott Construction) and Mickey Graham .

Michael Graham Ulster Senior medal winner in 1997 is appointed Team Manger of the Cavan Minor team for a 3 year period. Michael has guided Butlersbridge and Drumalee to Junior and Intermediate honours in recent years and is currently in charge of the Under 16 Development Squad.

Cavan Boxing Club are pictured at the Ringside World Championships in Kansas City Expo Centre Sean Crowley (Coach) Michelle Brady (Semi Finalist) Simon Cadden (Semi Finalist) Caroline Reilly (World Champion) and Brian McKeown (Head Coach at Cavan Boxing Club).

Fiona Maloney BA H Dip MA Adult and Community Education Officer with Cavan VEC. Fiona has spent 13 years at Cavan Institute and taught in Dublin City University. She is a former director of Adult Education and Deputy Director of the Institute is the subject of Sinead Hogan’s popular Everywoman Column in this week’s Anglo Celt. Mother of 3 (Chloe 8 Fia 6 and Evan 5) Fiona is passionate about the benefits of Adult Education in Cavan. Her excellent team are committed o providing the best possible resources and assistance to the adult population in Cavan.She describes returning to education as the new in thing and must have this year.

August 30th 2007 Death of Pat Higgins Moxham Street Granard at the age of 84. Pat was a native of Killkelly County Mayo and came to Granard to work in Devine’s Bakery. In 1953 Pat set up his own bakery trading under the name 'Pat The Baker'. He was originally a one man show baking and delivering the bread but with increased popularity of his product Pat kept on improving the machinery at his plant and utilising new techniques. In 1984 he set up his first Depot in Dublin supplying the big Superstores like Dunnes and Quinnsworth .He was an outstanding forward thinking entrepreneur creating over 400 jobs in Granard and continually upgrading the plant to meet the increased demand for Pat The Baker product range. Pat’s one great hobby was  fly fishing which he enjoyed in the company of Sean Young Jim McNally Norman Cinnamond George Maloney Tommy Donohoe and Michael Mick Smyth on Lough Sheelin and annually on the Corrib in his native County Mayo. Predeceased by his wife Rita a native of Granard Pt is survived by his sons Paddy Mick and Jim daughter Mrs May Gaynor. Funeral following Requiem Mass in Saint Mary’s Church Granard to Granardkille cemetery.

Same Week Cavan Institute with over 1,000 enrolments becomes the 3rd largest Institute of Further Education in Ireland.

History is made at the Community Games in Mosney County Meath when Eimear Brady swims her way to Gold in the Under 10 Freestyle Final. Just 9 years of age Eimear is eligible to defend her title in 12 months time. She becomes the first ever Cavan girl to win an individual swimming Gold at the Community Games Finals. Ruth Maloney Derham wins the Silver medal in the Under 12 Girls Crawl while Aoife Brady sister of Eimear wins the Bronze in the Girls Under 12 Freestyle. Niamh McDermott was 4th in the Under 12 Breastroke for Girls. Tributes are paid by the team and their parents to the dedicated training and coaching put in with the competitors over many months by Coach Ann Coyle of Breifne Swimming Club.

30th August 2007 Tragic death of Jacqueline Doyle late of Tullac Mongan and Aughnaskerry Cavan at the age of 42. In her usual good form on Saturday she later had a tragic fall at home and was dead on admission to Cavan General Hospital. One of the famous McCormack family from Tullac Mongan Jackie was daughter of Thomas (Electrician and Maisie McCormack 22 Tullac Mongan. Educated at the Poor Clare’s and Cavan Vocational School. She was a brilliant student and later distinguished her self as an IT expert. Employed by Frank Kennedy of Computers Direct Jackie organised the many classes given by Aaron David and Frank McCormack. Beautiful vivacious girl she was extremely friendly and efficient. Suffered multiple injuries in a car crash on the Cathedral Road outside McDwyer and Lennon’s 10 years ago Jackie had the strength and the will to recover her health and mobility despite the presence of a slight limp. Predeceased by her brothers Jimmy and Paddy she is survived by her husband Roger daughter Maisie brothers Eamonn Gerard and Michael and 7 sisters Mary Fleming England Eileen Kinsella Cavan Margaret Lee Belturbet Kathleen Sexton Cavan Ann Oaks Bernie Deegan Australia Mela Smith. Funeral following concelebrated Requiem Mss in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Drumavaddy cemetery

David Finlay  is pictured with his father Tony putting the finishing touches to his outfit on his Wedding Day at Mr James for Men Main Street.

Pauric McEntee Vice Captain  and playing off 12 with 97 wins the Captain’s Jimmy Smith’s Prize at County Cavan Golf Club 2nd Ed Kellett (10) with 102 3rd Philip McMahon (9) with102.5 Patrick O Reilly off 7 won the Gross with 73 while Terry Smith (5) won the Past Captain’s Prize. The Visitor’s Prize went to the Captains brother Connie Smith who flew in from Florida for the event. The Student’s Prize was won by Conor O Reilly (27) with 68 MEGS Prize was won by Dermot and Irene Smith and Vera Coulter. Finola Smith off 9 won the Ladies Prize with 36 2nd Clare Thomas (21) with 35 and 3rd Maura McClarey (19) with 32.In form Mary Malone off 9 won the Gross.

September 6th 2007 Castlemanor the new 35 million Nursing Home and Retirement Village at Billis Drumalee built by Dessie Murtagh Construction is officially opened by the Minister for Food at the Department of Agriculture Brendan Smith. Situated on 12 acres two of which are beautifully landscaped the development consists of 90 bungalows and a 70 bedroom Nursing Homes all rooms en suite. Pictired on a glorious Autumn morning are Raymond Murtagh (Dessie Murtagh Construction) Dermot Reilly Financial Controller Maria Murtagh Rice Minister Brendan Smith Geraldine Donohoe Director of Care Castlemanor Nursing Home and Residential Village and Dessie Murtagh (CEO Dessie Murtagh Construction). Geraldine Donohoe is a daughter of Eamonn and Gladys Donohoe ‘Dongill’ Drumalee and is a former employee of the HSE working in Cavan General Hospital as Discharge Co Ordinator. Wide experience of the Nursing profession she worked in the Blackrock clinic for 10 years. Geraldine says that “Castlemanor is a step into the future for Cavan and Ireland- the concept is based on a successful American concept with integrated services in a Nursing Home environment for all residents.

Same Week Local entrepreneur and member of the NIW Terry Crowe opens the Backyard in the grounds of her home Moynehall l House on the site of the McCabe Castle. The venue is ideal for  Exhibitions Get Togethers Dance Music Sessions and Workshops. Cavan County Council have leased part of the building for use as a Studio for artists and painters. Local arts and crafts and fresh local produce are on sale at the Backyard each week. Terry is daughter of Mick and Margaret Higgins Bailieboro Tullyvin and now Virginia. Her father won 3 Senior All Ireland medals with Cavan including captaining the team when they last won the Sam Maguire in 1952.Maried to Brendan Crowe a member of the famous Crowe family Moynehall they have 4 children. Terry has a long association with Comhaltas Ceolteoiri Eireann and Martin Donohoe has promised that there will be frequent traditional days and nights at the Backyard. Terry herself is an accomplished Set Dancer and has competed at local provincial and national level. Staunch member of Killygarry GFC she is a former star ladies player with the Club. She attributes her personal dynamism energy and leadership to her father who showed all those qualities and more during the heydays of Cavan football.

Cavan Gaels captained by Padraig Fortune win the Under 13  Roinn A Championship beating Lurgan 2-8 to 3-4 in a classic final under lights at Breffni Park. The Gaels led by 2-6 to 3-1 at half time. Scorers for the Gaels Andrew Graham 1-3 Oisin Sheridan 1-1 Adam Johnston 0-2 Kevin Brady Stephen O Neill 0-1 each. Team Chris Gaffney Liam Fitzsimmons Cathal Cronin Liam Sharkey Barry Fortune (Captain) Vincent Coyle Cian Mulligan Kevin Brady Stephen O Neill Leon Smith Oisin Sheridan Pauric Sexton Adam Johnston Daniel Maguire and Andrew Graham. Subs Michael Maguire Chris O Neill Niall McHugh John McClorey Louis Courtney and Louis Coleman.

Fergal Dunne wins the Members Cup on the 31st after a titanic struggle with Gerry Cooney over 36 holes at County Cavan Golf Club while Paul Flynn wins the O Hanlon Cup beating David Dobson in the Final.

September 12th 2007  Gowna is Cavan’s Tidiest Village with 249 points. Cavan Town is highly commended as it reaches a magnificent 247points.Aughrim is the overall National Winner while Moynalty Conty Meath wins the Ireland’s Tidiest Village award. Butlesbridge was a notable absentee from the competition as the committee decided not to enter due to ongoing construction and redevelopment work in the village.

Same Week Death of Brigid Murray Greenfield House Longford at the age of 92.Predeceased by her husband Thomas she is survived by her sons Des Tom Aidan and Ciaran daughters Olivia Fitzpatrick London Pauline Flynn Newbridge Marian Mountmellick Fionnola Doheny Tullamore and Anne Lennon Earlsvale Road Cavan sisters Frances Downes and Emily Murphy. Funeral following concelebrated Mass in Saint Mel’s Cathedral to Ballymacormac cemetery.

Brendan Smith Minister for State at the Department of Agriculture officially launches the 'Backyard'at Moynehall. The premises were blessed by Father Andrew Tully and Father Tom Mannion. Huge crowd turn up for the opening with music by Martin Donohoe and the Cavan town CCE. Businesses from Cavan Leitrim Longford Monahan and Roscommon were among the 42 selling their wares. Terry’s daughter Edel a graduate in Fine Art from Dublin Institute of Technology gave a demonstration and Workshop.-she will be available on open days at the Backyard to give advice on the techniques of Fine Art Pictured were Linda O Reilly WIN Helena Collins Project Manager Terry Crowe Founder of the Backyard and Mick Higgins Cavan and Ulster All Ireland footballer.

P Elliott and Company continue their successful developments in Dublin at Millennium Quay Dublin 8/ where the Waterfront Apartments are available from €350,000 Prior’s Gate Tallaght Dublin 24 with properties available from only €275,000 and Forbes Quay in the Dublin Docklands opposite the Financial Services Centre where there are only 3 apartments left.

Cavan United GAFC achieve 4-4 draw away to Longford Celtic in pre season friendly.

Cavan Social Services Whist 1st Lady Agnes McRoe 2nd Lady Dympna Cahill 3rd LDY Eileen Conaty Lady Hatcher Maisie Magee 1st Gent Sean Leinster 2nd Gent Pt McKiernan 3rd Gent Aidan Conaty.

Conal Sheridan 34 year old PE teacher from Tyrone and member of the Omagh Saint Enda’s team is appointed Trainer and Assistant to Donal Keogan in Cavan in succession to Paul Grimley. Formerly assistant to Charlie Mulgrew in Fermanagh Conal guided Gweedore to Championship success in Donegal last year.

Denn beat Drumalee 1-9 to 1-2 in the Senior Football Play Off sending Drumalee back to Intermediate ranks after only 1 season of Senior Football. Totally on top throughout Denn shot 17 wides. Scorers for Drumalee James Heffernan 1-0 Darragh Gaffney 0-2.

Finbar M Corr author professor and former priest publishes his second book Bridges for Legaginny the follow up  to his first book ‘A Kid from Legaginny’ which was extremely well received in literary circles in Ireland England and the USA.He has a Doctorate in Family Education from Columbia University. He shows a true love of people and life in the way he writes.

September 19th 2007 Loreto College launch their new website at http://www.loretocavan.ie .The site was launched by former pupil Professor Ann Scott Deputy President DCU in the presence of the Principal staff 6th years and transition students. The site consist of 26 pages detailing schools ethos enrolment Policy Curriculum and profiles on the staff as well as current student news and school calendar. Developed by school staff member Kathleen Buckley. There are 700 pupils at Loreto Cavan and the new site will promote the school publicise its services and events and act as a tool for connecting past pupils almost 400 years after the foundation of the Order by Mary Ward in 1609.Professor Scott who graduated from Loreto in 1977 later studied at the University of Edinburgh and Glasgow described Loreto Cavan as a haven that provided a huge need for personal development. She paid tribute o her sisters who were also boarders in Loreto. The two most important people in her life as her father and Brendan McCann former Principal of Loreto. She also paid tribute to her former teachers Claire Thomas Phyllis McMonigle and Pat Plunkett who are still member of the Loreto College staff. The Web designer Kathleen Buckley thanked Professor Scott and said that education is about the whole person not just embracing academic achievement. My hope and vision for the web site http://www.loretocavan.ie  is that it will help you have a look at the spirit of Loreto College Cavan. Head Girl Emma Mulligan thanked Professor Scott and paid tribute to Kathleen Buckley and all who helped in the  compilation of the site, Proceedings concluded with Ciara Shaughnessy (Pictured) making a presentation to Professor Scott.

Peter and Helen Veale are pictured at the opening of James Brady’s Windows to My Work Exhibition at the Sol Gallery Church View Square Cavan.

September 19th 2007 Cavan Town achieves a remarkable 247 marks to win Section D of the Tidy Towns Competition. Eddie Brady pays tribute to Cavan County Council Cavan Town Council particularly Bernie McGovern and her outdoor staff Fas and the business people and general public or this wonderful rise to prominence by a town once considered a ‘dump’.

Same Week Cavan Town continue to ‘cut their teeth’ in competitive local soccer competition losing 4-1 to Longford Wanderers with their reserves losing 5-1 to the same opposition in Longford. Their next fixture is at home to Ballymahon.

Cavan Bridge Club 1st and Best Gross Eileen McEnri and Dolores O Reilly 2nd Mildred Judge and Anselem Lovett 3rd Harry Hunt and Pat Plunkett 4th Imelda Brady and Joan Cassidy.

Cavan Gaels stroll past Rory O Moore's 0-14 to 1-8  to qualify for their 7th consecutive Senior Final where they will play the winners of Mullahoran and Gowna. The Gaels showed vast experience and saw off the Rory’s with an economy of effort. The Gaels led by 0-6 to 0-4 at the interval. Scorers for the Gaels Sean Johnston 0-7 Michael Lyng 0-3 and Anthony Forde and Kevin Downes 0-5 each.

Happiness is Catherine O Hanlon and her dog Buster winner of the overall prize at the recent Cavan SPCA Show (Pictured)

County Cavan Professional Bill Noble wins the Southern Region PGA at Stoke Park Club in England and a valuable watch valued at €1,500.Bill now qualifies to play in the Champion of Champions Tournament in Dubai in February 2008.

September 26th 2007 Mum of 6 Mary Thompson a staff nurse at Cavan General Hospital is the winner of the Styling and Grooming Competition conducted by Bernie Delaney and Gráinne Smith. The stylish Finea Nurse and Mother of 6, Mary’s goals were to lose weight stop smoking and have fun. The two Town representatives Kathleen Brady a mother of 6 grown up children and Rachael McDonald mother of 4 school going children were delighted with the transformation in their overall health and appearance and will continue to work on their programme. The course lasted for 7 weeks and the girls showed great commitment to their individual disciplines. They looked absolutely fabulous on the night. The organisers thank Scissor Sisters Hair Salon Elegance Beauty Salon Cavan Holistic Centre The Spa Farnham Radisson Hotel Evolution and their Personal Trainer Cavan and Cavan Gaels star Nicholas Walsh. A Fashion Show followed with style from Sally West Byonce Ici Vanilla Heavenly Sole and DT One whose clothes were modelled by members of the Cavan team

Over 400 attended and the MC was Sligo’s Scruffy Duffy with all proceeds going to Saint Christopher’s Hospice Cavan.

Same Week Inquest into the death of 16 year old Ryan Maughan is told by a doctor that he died of Pneumonia following a lethal overdose of a drug cocktail containing 100mls of Methadone mixed with Morphine Codeine and Alcohol>Son of Brian and Joe Maughan Nee Farrelly it is the second tragedy to befall the Maughan family in the space of the last two years Ryan’s sister Jamie was found dead in a garden in Harmony Heights just 2 years ago.

Pamela Sexton daughter of Eddie and Philomena Sexton Saint Phelim’s Place marries Koen Busschots son of Herman and Marlene Busschots Butlersbridge in the Cathedral on the 10th August 2007 followed by a Reception in the SAS Radisson Hotel Farnham.

Cavan United beat Ballymahon 5-1 at Killymooney Park while their Reserves drew with Manor Farm in the curtain raiser. Cavan’s next game is against Longford Olympic.

Cavan Bridge Club Hunt/Maloney Cup 1st  and Best Gross Paddy McDermott and Aileen Timmoney 2nd Maria Geelan and Simon Ridley 3rd Kathleen Clarke and Vera McMahon 4th Elizabeth Galligan and Maura Goodman.

The Quinn Group continue their property acquisitions in Eastern Europe by buying a Shopping Mall the 120,000 square metres Avrora Mall and Entertainment Centre in Ufa a city of 1 million people 730 miles South West of Moscow. They are now developing a Logistics Park and the project compliments other developments in the area. The Quinn Group have Shopping Malls Office Blocks and Logistic Centres in Turkey and the Ukraine and are on the look out for further suitable property in the region.

Cavan 1st XV 21 Hollywood 8 at County Cavan Rugby Club in the 1st Round of the League played in ideal weather conditions at a resplendent Swellan Park. Cavan led 7-5 at the interval in a lack lustre display. The final quarter saw Cavan turn on the style against a tiring Hollywood side and James Loughnane and Paul O Reilly were explosive at the back outpacing their rivals with blinding speed and skill. James Kieran Elliott and Gary Browne were outstanding jumpers in the lineout and won Cavan plenty of ball all afternoon. Cavan full back and Captain Stephen Ivers was rock solid and led by example. Team Gerry Mulligan Paul McCusker Alan Brady Daniel Hutchinson Gary Browne Dave Beattie Kieran Elliott Kenny O Connell Selesie Tuipolutu Senan Flanagan Paul O Reilly James Loughnane Stephen Brady Darren Smith and Steven Ivers Captain.

Packy Doonan completes his 39th Marathon in Quebec Canada in a time of just over 6 hours. Immediately after the race Packy flew to Alaska where he completed his 40th Marathon in a time of 7 hours 16 minutes and 7 seconds. Packy will rest now before his 19th Dublin City Marathon at the end of October 2007.

Terry Smith beats Bryan Lynch to win the prestigious Dr FPE Smith Senior Scratch Cup at County Cavan Golf Club while Michael Ryan and Jim Greene defeated Frank Glancy and PJ Dolan to win the Brian Murphy Cup and Eamonn Rice beat Rory McGrath to win the Phil Lawlor Cup.

Edward Little Belfast is the winner of the premier competition at Cavan Equestrian Centre the P Elliott and Company 5 Years Old Class Pictured with the wining rider are Noel and Grainne Elliott with their children Christian Ava and Nicole.

Outstanding contribution from Dermot McMonigle Earlsvale Road assesses  Cavan’s Contribution to the War of Independence. “Through  the emergence of Sinn Fein a new Democratic Ireland was being established through community awareness civil disobedience the bed rock that projected Sinn Fein to General Election victory in 1918.Dermot details the activities of the first Dail particularly the part played by the Dail or Community Arbitration Courts. He says that "the spirit of tolerance generated by the Dail Courts laid the foundations for the unarmed Garda Siochana and the relatively short Civil War unlike our counterparts in Northern Ireland who have experienced generations of the ‘Troubles’ and an armed police force”. Dermot in conclusion dedicates his article complete with pictures to all the Arbitrators “for their selfless service to a fledgling State and their contribution to a tradition of peace and justice regardless of political allegiance.”

October 3rd 2007 Teresa Brady Receptionist with P Elliott and Company for the last 23 years is in the final 20 to contest the Oyster Receptionist of the Year. Teresa  married to Barry from Cullies “feels very valued in her employment as a result of the nomination. All proceeds from the Gala Presentation go to the Marie Keating Foundation.

Same Week There are 24 students in the first Saint Patrick’s College Transition Yea. Varied programme planned they will have two sessions of  work experience in November and March study for an ECDL to sharpen their computer skills special religious retreat and will be the main players in the Saint Patrick’s College Musical in April.

Meanwhile John Lonnergan Governor of Mountjoy Prison is the gust speaker at the AGM of the Parent’s Association when he will speak on the subject ‘Parenting the Challenge and the Rewards’

Cavan United continue on their winning ways when they beat Olympic 6-1 while their Reserves are beaten 4-0 away to Monaghan Reserves. History will be made at Killymooney Park when the Cavan United Ladies Team take on Allenwood (Kildare) in the Combined Counties League.

Cavan Gaels will play Gowna in the County Senior Final while their Minors will play Lurgan in the Final of the Minor Championship at Breffni Park next Sunday.

Castlebar win the Larry Burke trophy beating the holders County Cavan 21-5 in a one affair at Swellan Park. Cavan used the occasion to blood many of their reserves and although the pack and the lineout were excellent the backs failed to capitalise on the possession. Team Chris Corcoran Paul McCusker Gerry Mulligan Martin O Reilly Kenny O Connell Robbie Acheson Kieran Elliott Stephen Ivers (Captain) Senan Flanagan Gary Keenan Paul O Reilly Robbie Beattie Larry Burke and Daniel Leddy.

Martin Donohoe is included among the Comhaltas Ceolteoiri Eireann Echoes of Eireann 2 weekly tour of the USA where they will play in the 10 major cities throughout North America. Native of College Street now married to Marian and living at Golf Links Road Martin learned the Accordion from John Donohoe during his days in the Breffni Boys Band. He later learned traditional Irish music from Paddy McEntee RIP and Henry Quinn. He has toured extensively all over the world and first accompanied  ‘The Echoes of Erin’ tour in 1987.

October 11th 2007 Senator Diarmuid Wilson is appointed Government Chief Whip in Seanad Eireann.They is the first Cavan man to hold this prestigious position which he says reflects great honour on the people of Cavan. Diarmuid will also be Government Spokesman on Labour Affairs Trade and Commerce and one of Fianna Fail’s spokesmen on the North. He will liaise with various Ministerial Offices in Leinster House with regard to the business of Seanad Eireann.

Same Week Kilnacrott Abbey on 44 acres of land is for sale with Auctioneer Padraig Smith. Catering for an ageing community the Norbertine's will move to a smaller purpose built residence in the Ballyjamesduff area.

Saint Phelim’s Place are again the overall winners of Estates competition sponsored by Cavan Town Council. Joseph Johnston the Chairman said the award was down to hard work on the part of all the residents who now have fitted hanging baskets to poles in the area. New flowers and greenery were purchased and the children accompanied their parents on the fortnightly clean up of the litter for which they were rewarded with crisps and minerals. Joe pays tribute to the outstanding co operation of Cavan Town Council who donated a grant of €700 to the  Residents Association and their near neighbours Cavan Gaels for the use of the dressing rooms and the park. Winners Category A The Drumlins Category B Kilnavara Crescent C Saint Phelim’s Place whose committee are Chairman Joe Johnston Vice Chairman Tara McCormack Secretary Karen Simpson Assistant Secretary Mary Gaffney Treasurer Kieran Monahan Assistant Treasurer Sandra McCormack. Paul Cox is the PRO and Editor of the monthly Saint Phelim’s Place Newsletter.

Social Services Whist 1st Sister Ursula 2nd Chris Murphy 3rd Eileen Conaty Lady Hatcher Kathleen McCaughey and 1st Gent Aidan Conaty.

Cavan Gaels win their 9th Senior Football Championship in their 50th Jubilee Year when they comprehensively beat Gowna 0-15 to 0-11 before 5,000 spectators who paid gate receipts of €41,000 on a perfect sunny day for football. Gowna who last won the title in 1998 were totally outclassed and the Gaels led from start to finish. The Gaels started at a frenzied pace to lead by 0-4 to 0-0 after 8 minutes. Leading by 0-9 to 0-4 at the interval the Gaels capacity to turn defence into attack at blistering pace was decisive and on this form they will be hard to beat in the Ulster Senior Championship here they now meet Letterkenny in the 1st Round at Breffni Park. Scorers for the Gaels Sean Johnston 0-6 Pauric Smith Kevin Downes Paul O Donnell 0-2 each and Michael Lyng 0-1 Check Scores Team Eoghan Elliott Darren Rabbitt Cathal Collins Shane McGlade Gavin Duffy Eamonn Reilly Captain Pauric Smith Enda King Nicholas Walsh Kevin Downes Anthony Forde Michael Lyng Michael Graham Sean Johnston and Paul O Donnell Subs Sean Higgins for Michel Graham Cormac Neligan for Kevin Downes Dominic Reilly for Paul O Donnell.  In the curtain raiser Cavan Gaels won their 9th title in 10 years when they annihilated Lurgan 5-115 to 1-05.Dominating the game from start to finish they got off to  dream start and led by 3-9 to 0-2 at the interval. This was reckoned by season punters to be Cavan Gaels’ best ever Minor Final display and augurs well for the future of the Town side. Scorers for the Gaels Martin Dunne 3-6 Kevin Meehan and Conor McClarey 1-2 each Niall Smith 0-2 and Christopher Quinn Liam Cooke and Niall Murray 0-1 each Team Michael Coyle Patrick Heslin Niall Gurhy Damien Kellegher Christy Quinn Captain Marc Leddy Liam Cooke Daniel Graham Declan Meehan Niall Smith Niall Murray Kevin Meehan Conor McClarey Martin Dunne Robert Maloney Derham. Subs James Malone for Niall Gurhy Raymond Murray for Niall Smith Cormac Donnelly for Liam Cooke Cian O Donohoe for Kevin Meehan.

Cunningham Lowry and Foster Lowry and Company move to new purpose built offices at AETA Place Gortnakesh beside The Kesh Bar. Practice founded by Desmond Lowry and Patrick Cunningham n 1993 when they were located at 13 Railway Road. There are now 5 partners in the business including John Kieran Geoffrey Foster and Linda Scott.`

 Clem McMahon winner of the Final at Cavan Indoor Championships  at Cavan Equestrian Centre Pictured are Noel Katherine Nicole Noel Junior and Gráinne Elliott presenting the P Elliott and Company trophy to the winner.

Julie Davis from Saint Brigid’s Blanchardstown Club is part of Donal Keogan’s backroom team as he takes over as Coach to the Cavan team. Julie has a degree in Sports Science and will take charge of the physical training. Phil Morrow of the Irish Rugby Football Union will be in charge of weight training. Paul Grimley the former Armagh assistant Manger states Cavan are only one of 32 counties chasing the Holy Grail and their problem is that because of tradition they are always in too big a hurry. Under the new regime progress will be slow but sure. They will impose a heavy workload in training and on match days.

Smith and Wilson open their new Licensed premises and Oak Room Restaurant at 62 Main Street in premises formerly occupied by Eddie O Gorman and Family. Previous owners include Tom Donohoe and James Clerkin an uncle of Showband impresario Mick Clerkin. Security staff will be on the door from Thursday to Sunday. Norbert Neylan married to June Smith daughter of Tom and Kathleen will be Chef in the Oak Room while June will look after the front of the house making sure all customers are attended to promptly and efficiently. The Restaurant eats 50.Both June and Norbert trained in Dromoland Castle The Clarence Hotel Dublin Thornton’s Restaurant Dublin Adare Manor and later in London. They are offering full 3 course menu from €25

Cavan Life is launched by the Anglo Celt in response to Declan Young’s excellent free sheet ‘The Cavan Echo published at 43 College Street and containing weekly contributions from well known local historian Kieran Parker and football legend Stephen King.

October 18th 2007 Philip Gilbride son of the late Philip and Bridie Gilbride the Melvin Bar Bridge Street is granted the franchise of Belturbet Post Office for his premises in the Diamond Belturbet. The Post Office in Belturbet was founded in 1904 and Philip will provide full postal facilities at his custom built premises adjoining his Centra Supermarket.

Same Week Aer Lingus Pilot Davina Pratt is pictured with the Ryder Cup as she captains the plane carrying the British and European team to defend the trophy at the K Club in Straffan Kildare. Davina is fleet Captain of the Aer Bus A 320/32 .Daughter of Bertie and Helen Pratt Killeshandra..

Don Crotty and Company Auctioneers have 20 new houses at Farnham woods Farnham Estate adjoining the new Radisson SAS Farnham Hotel at prices ranging from €400,000-€700,000 for the 1120 square feet to 2510 square feet units at the Walled Garden orchard area of the Estate.

Saint Patrick’s Terrace Resident’s Association hold their first street party in the Farnham Hotel. Thanks are returned to proprietors Oliver and Ann Shields.

Noel Dempsey Minister for Communications Marine and natural Resources opens the new offices of his decentralised department at Elm House as they await further developments on the recently acquired site at Fortview Farnham Road Cavan.

Social and presentation to Marie Daly who is retiring from Killygarry National School after nearly 40 years service in the Cavan Crystal Hotel.

Killygarry GFC celebrate their 40th Anniversary with Mass in Saint Brigid’s church Killygarry followed by a social and presentation in the Kilmore Hotel. Killygarry GFC 1966 Chairman Gerry Brady Vice Chairman Vincent Reilly Secretary Francie McDermott Assistant Secretary Jackie Conaty and Treasurer Paddy Lee. The first challenge game was against Cavan Gaels in Narrack’s field behind the present Meadow View. Killygarry won the Junior League in. 1968 Intermediate Championship in 1970 and appeared in the Senior Final in September 1971 where thy just came up short against the all conquering Crosserlough 7 in a row team. In 1990 they again won the Junior Championship followed by Intermediate Championship in 1998.Thery boast many titles at under age and are the owners of a very fine purpose built facility including running track pitch stand and changing rooms at Crubany which was opened in May 1988.

Pictured is Cavan’s first archivist Bernie Deasy in Johnston Central Library. Special room devoted to storing the archives which date from 1657.From Union Hall near Skibereen Conaty Cork Bernie has a BA Honours in English and History from UCD.

October 26th 2006 Social Services Whist 1st Eileen Conaty 2nd Teresa McHugh 3rd Teresa McConnell Ladies’ Hatcher Dympna Cahill Gent’s Hatcher Sean Leinster .

Crannog Bridge N/S 1st Betty Murphy and Ann Fallon 2nd Mary McNicholas and Mary McGovern 3rd Frances Daly and Gene Murphy E/W 1st Stella Corr  and Maria Lynch 2nd John Lovett and Evelyn Rowe 3rd Bernadette Donoghoe and Veronica Fay

October 18th 2007  Tanya Downey is conferred with her Honours Degree in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University. Tanya was educated at Drumcrave National School Loreto College and is employed at Wright’s Quarry Products Rockorry.

Song Sisters are back for their annual Christmas tour with a new pulsating programme of new and not so new numbers Geraldine McDonnell Carmel O Donoghue Geraldine McGrath and Eileen Tackney are appearing at the Garage Theatre in Monaghan and the Kilmore Hotel in Cavan singing numbers made famous by Abba Kiki Dee Band Nina Simone and many others sang in beautiful harmony intermingled with infectious humour and chat between numbers.

Catherina McKiernan winner of the London Amsterdam Berlin Marathons 5 times World Cross country Silver Medallist and Irish Olympian and European Champion is inducted into the Cavan Athletic Hall of Fame where she joins former club mate with Team P Elliott Arlene Smith from Kilnaleck ho won a record 6 BLOE Gold medals at Under Age level in the 1980s.Jim Cochrane from Cootehill ‘The bare foot wonder’ from Drumgoon is honoured for over 50 years loyal and distinguished service to Cavan Athletics. Jim has won Cavan titles at all grades and ages and was a regular winner in Ulster and National events down the years. He was a great personal friend and help to the legendary Jim Rice from Cootehill and still trains in Boyle Park Drumgoon. He joins Vincent Rudden Laragh and John McDermott Team P Elliott who have received this award in former years.

October 25th 2007 Archbishop Sean Brady is named a new Cardinal by Pope Benedict XV1.The new Cardinal pays tribute to his parents family and fellow priests who are a great source of quiet strength and inspiration. He urges Bishops and priests to continue to show good example and nurture vocations from among their community.

Same Week CIE are expanding their Cavan fleet with the addition of 17 new coaches and double decker buses. There are currently 20 services running from Cavan Bus Office and they are expanding this to 25 services which will operate each day every hour. Patrick Conaty Paddy Sexton Andrew Boylan who campaigned vigorously or the new service and update of the fleet are pictured at Cavan Bus Office.

Blue Sky Financial Services open their office at 69 Church Street. The Directors are Dessie Brady former Bank of Ireland NIB and Ulster Bank Area Manger Gary Lynch Qualified Financial Advisor and well known Cavan Auctioneers Padraig Smith and his son Raymond.

Cavan Gaels beat Saint Eunan's Letterkenny 0-8 to 0-7 in the Preliminary Round of the Ulster Club Championship at Breffni Park in a tight low scoring game. Tied at 0-4 each at the interval. Points from Martin Dunne and Michael Lyng sealed the issue in the last few minutes. The Gaels will now play Antrim Champions Saint Galls in the Quarter Finals in Belfast.

More good news for Cavan Gaels led by Darren Smith in Jubilee Year as they beat Arva 0-9 to 0-3 to clinch the Cavan Junior D Championship at floodlit Our Lady of Lourdes Park Mullahoran. The Gaels were always in control and showed great hunger and commitment in ideal conditions and led by 0-65 to 0-1 at the interval. Great rejoicing at the final whistle for men who have served the Club so well without always being in the limelight or receiving the credit they deserve. Scorers for the Gaels Johnny Graham Mark Leddy 0-2 each Damien O Connor Donagh Reilly Gerard Reilly  Paul Flynn and Richie Graham 0-1 each. Team Niall O Riordan Patrick Graham Mark McNamara Darren Smith Donal Farrelly Damien O Connor Anthony Quinn Donagh Reilly Leigh Jackson Ronan Farrelly Johnny Graham Gerard Reilly Paul Flynn Richie Graham and Shane Craig Subs Niall Smith for Anthony Quinn Mark Leddy for Shane Craig.

Tommy Monaghan son of Eugene and May Monaghan Upper Main Street pays tribute to the founders and outstanding personalities of Cavan Gaels including his father Eugene Maurice Brady Tommy Gilroy Tommy Hughes Jim McDonnell Paddy Maguire. The Minor and Senior double of2007 is a great tribute to them and the great Paddy Conaty who started the process and stood on the podium as Eamonn Reilly and Christy Quinn received the Championship trophies in Breffni Park on behalf of Cavan Gaels. Tommy a former Cavan Gaels and McRory Cup player now lives in Balbriggan working with the HSE.

The sports pages recall the footballing exploits of the new Cardinal Sean Brady who was a student in Saint Patrick’s College from 1952 -1957 and was a member of the McRory and Cavan Minor teams of 1957.Sean later played Club football with Stradone and Cavan Gaels. Member of the Saint Patrick’s College staff when they won the McRory and Hogan Cups in 1972.He represented Stradone at County Board .Leading member of the Minor Board he was a member of the management team when Cavan won their last Ulster Minor title in 1974.He later succeeded T P O Reilly  s Cavan’s Central Council Representative before being appointed Vice Rector of the Irish College in Rome.

November 1st 2007 Kevin McCabe Shankill takes his Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Open University. Kevin is son of Maureen and the late James McCabe Ardvarney Carrickaboy.

Same Week Claire Quinn marries In Moore in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Phelim.

Doctor James Hayes Chairman of Cavan Tennis Club makes a presentation to Brendan Smith Minister for State at the Department of Agriculture on the occasion of the official opening of the magnificently refurbished Cavan Tennis Club. All 5 courts have now been brought up to Championship standard and the accommodation and Pavillion facilities have been upgraded as well as new floodlighting and ancillary equipment installed to make Cavan Tennis Club on of the mot modern clubs in the country. Great credit is due to Cyril Anderson Secretary until 1958 George Fairbrother and in the modern era David Jackson and Eamonn Condon who have keot the torch lit trough many decades of turbulent times.

Cavan Bridge Club Percy French Trophy 1st and Best Gross Ann Gaffney and Lucy Hayes 2nd Bernadette Donohoe and Veronica Fay 3rd Kathleen Clarke and Kay Henry 4th Carmel Fitzpatrick and Harry Hunt.

Johnny Farrelly and Martin Sheridan are n their way to Capetown South Africa to assist in the Niall Mellon Foundation. They have raid over €8,000 for the Trust and are both engaged in the building trade. Martin is a son of the late Tommy and Josephine Sheridan Sub Post Office Upper Main Street and Johnny is a son of John and the late Mary Farrelly Saint Mary’s Terrace.

Cavan Gaels complete the double by beating Parnell’s 2-13 to 2-4 to win the County Minor Division Final under floodlights at Our Lady of Lourdes Park Mullahoran. Great Gaels team always in control led by 2-4 to 0-2 at the interval despite the loss of Daniel Graham who received a straight red card after 20 minutes of the first half. Scorers for the Gaels Kevin Meehan 1-1 Conor McClarey 1-1 Martin Dunne 0-6 Niall Smith 0-2 and Declan Meehan Niall Murray and Robert Maloney Derham 0—1 each. Team Michael Coyle Patrick Heslin Niall Gurhy Damian Kellegher Christopher Quinn Captain Marc Leddy Liam Cooke Daniel Graham Declan Meehan Niall Smith Niall Murray Kevin Meehan Conor McClarey Martin Dunne and Robert Maloney Derham.

Martin Donohoe begins to present ‘The Wind that Blows’ every Friday night on Northern Sound. Meeting place for all traditional musicians and notice board for all upcoming events in the traditional world in the area. If you have a CD to plug or an event or request you would like played contact Martin at Northern Sound or at www.shannonside.ie

November 8th 2007 George Cartwright former Chairman of Cavan County Bord is selected as Cavan Man of the Year by the Dublin Association at their annual Dinner and Presentation at the Westmanstown Sports Club Clonsilla. George who is Principal of Saint Felim’s National School Ballinagh is best known for his masterpiece ‘Up the Reds’ which he compiled edited and published and says that the work is a labour of love. George was Irish Officer Cavan County Board from 1989-1992 Vice Chairman 1993-1999 Chairman 2000-2006 and presently Central Council Representative for Cavan.

Same Week The famous Duggan family from Ballyhaise stage a rare reunion. Ages now ranging from 72-88 there are 6 brothers and 2 sisters and all are hail and hearty. John is 88 Paddy 86 Jamesie 83 Mary 81 Kathleen 78 Larry 76 Tom 74 and the youngest Ted is 72.Very enthusiastic supporters of the County and Ballyhaise all of the brothers played with Cavan Harps and  Castletara in the 1950s.While Larry won a Minor Championship medal with Cavan Slashers in October 1949 on a team that featured Brian Gallagher  Cootehill Brendan Sexton in goals Leo Cosgrove in the full back line and former Chief Executive of the Bank of Ireland Frank O Rourke at full forward in their 1-10 to 0-8 victory over Mullahoran led by James McCabe of Ballintemple who had starred in the All Ireland Senor Final against victorious Meath just two weeks previously.

Death of Michael Reilly Breffni Stores on October 15th 2007. Native of Cromane Lower Killorglin County Kerry Michel was an extremely popular resident. After his early schooling Michael emigrated to England where he worked on the building sites around London. Married Teresa Fitzpatrick daughter of Luke and Kathleen Fitzpatrick on Saint Patrick’s Day 1962 in Saint Michael of the Angels Church in West London. Teresa had  qualified as an SRN in London and was working in a London Hospital. They decided to come home and bought the Breffni Stores from the Mulvaney Family in 1964.There they provided their customers with a top class service opening early in the morning and closing near midnight. Their customers became great friends and the O Reilly’s  provided for many families who had fallen on hard times. They were known for their decency friendliness and integrity. Despite the onslaught from the large multiples the Breffni Stores continued to operate through the loyalty of their numerous customers good management and long hours. Great meeting place for gaelic football followers Michael had an ace in the Kingdom and was never afraid to back the green and gold no matter what the odds. An early friend of Michael’s was the legendary Doctor Con Linehan  a native of Cork who usually chose The Rebels or any other team to lower the Kingdom colours. In latter years the Store was the target of break ins and much stock and money was taken from the premises. Through it all Michael Teresa and their family continued to stay in business and to serve their loyal customers who were all their friends and neighbours. Michael was the youngest of 7 children only this August the family had a last get together at their home in Cromane where Michael was pictured once again walking along the peerless Kingdom coastline. Predeceased by his brothers Jackie Cromane Paddy London and June New York he is survived by his wife Teresa son Michael daughter Sharon McQuaid Scotshouse and sisters Sinead Mary and Hannah in London Brigid Valencia Island. Funeral following concelebrated Requiem Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Phelim with funeral afterwards to Saint Brigid’s Killygarry.

Profile of Tom Boylan Treasurer of Cavan County Board GAA who has announced that he is standing down after 27 years distinguished service at the upcoming County Convention in the John Wilson Centre Mullahoran. Native of Castletara tom comes from a ell known Republican family with brother Charlie representing Sinn Fein on Cavan County Council. Tom served 9 years as Chairman of Ballyhaise GFC during which time the Club contested 2 Senior Championship Finals 1976 and 1978.Encouraged by his great friend Hughie Newman and Cavan Gaels legend Tommy Gilroy to stand for the position of Treasurer Cavan County Board at the Convention in Saint Patrick’s College 1981 Tom was never opposed for re election during his long distinguished career. Expenditure for the year in 1981 was €75,000 while to day it is €1.3 million. Tom  has witnessed huge changes including wall to wall  TV  and Radio coverage of GAA games major developments at Breffni Park and Croke Park emphasis on coaching and player welfare with the introduction of the GPA All Ireland Qualifiers and floodlit games but the biggest change of all was the expenditure on preparing County teams particularly the Senior team which has now reached almost €400,000.The highlight of his time as Treasurer was Cavan’s win in the Ulster Final in 1997 and their subsequent trip to New York that Autumn to play Kerry in the National Football League to recall the exploits of the Polo Grounds Final of 1947 .Down through the years Tom has surrounded himself with tried and trusted officials from all the Clubs in the County to assist him at short notice in stewarding at club and county games. Owen McConnon in tribute says” Tom’s demeanour calm and gentlemanly manner in dealing with issues masked a performance as a County Treasure second to none”!

November 15th 2007 Pictured is Niall McPartland and his wife Ciara Quinn daughter of Industrial magnate Sean and Patricia Quinn who were married at the Church of the Immaculate Conception Staghall Belturbet. Later Dan Sheridan former CC Cavan officiated. Reception in the Slieve Russell Hotel Ballyconnell.

Same Week Tony Killeen Minister of State announces that the Decentralised Offices for the Department of Communications The Marine and Natural Resources are going out for tender. It is hoped that work will be complete on the 10.5 acre site at Drumnavanagh by the end of 2009 and that there will be 310 staff employed there by May 2010.An advance party of 43 from the Department are now n situ at Elm House Cavan.

Brigid Murray well known Cavan Gaels Vice President and Sinn Fein member thanks everyone who contacted her on the occasion of her 90th Birthday or attended the family Mass celebrated by Father Andrew Tully CC.

Emma McGinnity weds Paul McHugh at Saint Brigid’s Church Killygarry..

Cavan Town Council unanimously pass a vote of congratulations to Cardinal Sean Brady on his recent elevation to the College of Cardinals. Paddy Sexton former past pupil of Cardinal Brady’s in Saint Patrick’s College spoke of Cardinal Brady’s pivotal rl in the Peace Process in Northern Ireland. Patrick Conaty to loud applause and laughter remarks that Cardinal Brady deserves the red hat for his boundless patience and dedication in teaching both Paddy Sexton and myself”!

‘Christmas Eve Can Kill You’ written by Marie Jones directed by Jimmy Fox will take place for 5 nights in December in the Town Hall Cavan. Starring Phil Gilbride Terry O Connor Shane O Connor Peadar Lafferty Matthew Smith Gerry O Keefe Paddy Murray Mary O Connor Claire Harrington Linda Goldrick Siobhan Lynch Roisin O Connor Hannigan Siobhan Cusack Breslin Joanna Browne and Linda O Reilly. Set Design is by Stuart Marshall Lighting by Conleth White Costumes Jacinta Carragher.

November 22nd 2007 Quinn Group profits soar from €326 million in 2005 to €433 million in 2006. Sean Quinn is listed by Forbes as Ireland’s  Richest Man estimated to be worth a cool €3 billion with companies manufacturing glass cement plastics and engaged in the Hospitality and Insurance trade through Quinn Direct. There are now 5,153 people employed an increase of 553.Total assets are listed at €1.31 billion while Sean Quinn personally benefited with a salary of €413,000 and pension contributions of €54,428.

Same Week Maureen Murphy Manger of Bank of Ireland Cavan makes a special presentation to Tractamotors to mark the  strong cordial relationship between the two companies over many years. Pictured are John Clarke (Son of Tractamotors Founder Tom Clarke) Niall Murray (Son of Tractamotors Founder Brendan Murray) Maureen Murphy Bank of Ireland and John Brady Senior Business Manager Bank of Ireland.

Martin Donohoe well known local musician is allocated his on show on Shannonside/Northern Sound ‘The Wind that Blows’ every Friday night. Meeting place for all traditional musicians it will also serve as a notice board for all traditional upcoming events with a mix of the best in traditional music and song presented by the affable Martin.

November 29th 2007 Cardinal Sean Brady is installed as a member of the College of Cardinals by Pope Benedict XV in Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome where over 1,000 Irish pilgrims burst into loud applause to shatter the formal tone when the name Sean Baptista was called to receive his red skull cap biretta rings and assigned a Roman Church Saint Quirico and Guilitte .Bishop Leo O Reilly represented the Diocese of Kilmore with many well known clergy and laity in attendance including members of the new Cardinal’s family. President Mary McAleese Dermot Ahern represented Ireland Minister for State Sean Woodward and Deputy 1st Minister Martin McGuiness represented the people of Northern Ireland. The following evening the Irish took over the Church of Saint John Latern where cardinal Brady was the chief celebrant of Mass. Among the attendance were 27 of his 1956/1957 classmates from Saint Patrick’s College and the members of the graduation class of the Irish College in Rome 1964 when he was ordained Knights of Saint Gregory Knights of Saint Columbanus Saint Joseph’s Young Priests Society people and clergy of the Diocese of Armagh and a contingent from the GAA. Picture shows Cardinal Brady receiving his red skull cap and biretta from Pope Benedict XV1 in Saint Peter’s Basilica. Great celebrations in the home Parish of Laragh here the three churches art Carrickallen Clifferna and Laragh were decorated with flags and buntings and a banner designed and manufactured by Jimmy O Donohoe Druminick Stradone boldly congratulated the new Cardinal with the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Phelim in the back ground and the Cavan and Brady crests.

Mr James for Men Cavan shop is the recipient of the prestigious Retail Crest at a glittering ceremony in Drumoland Castle. Founded by Michael McCarron from Monaghan in 1990, his father James had been in the drapery business since 1965.They have branches in Dundalk (1998) Cavan (1999) and Monaghan and specialise in upmarket high class drapery products for men stocking all the prominent European brands.

P Elliott and Company are the recipients of the  top safety award the  Safe T Cert presented to the Company by the Minister  for Labour Affairs Billy Kelleher. The Certification shows the prospective client that the Company have an effective Health and Safety Management. Founded by Paddy and Alice Elliott in 1942 they are one of Ireland’s leading Construction and Development companies. Pictured are Glynn McKenna (P Elliott and Company) Billy Kelleher TD Minister for Labour and Darragh Elliott Regional Director P Elliott and Company.

Michael Tully Mount Prospect marries Olivia Brennan Kiltimagh County Mayo in Saint Patrick’s Church Drumcor with the reception in a marquee on the grounds of Mount Prospect.

Martin Donohoe Saint Phelim’s Court is conferred with his Maters Degree in Arts from the National University of Galway. Educated at Saint Felim’s Boys School Saint Patrick’s College and Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth Martin is son of John and Dympna Donohoe formerly of the Congo Bar and now Saint Phelim’s Court Cavan

 

Death of Margaret Bird Church Street and Owen Roe at Saint Joseph’s Hospital; for the Elderly at the age of 92.Native of Denmore Carrickaboy Margaret worked as a Housekeeper in Dublin for over 50 years before retiring to Church Street about 20 years ago. Kind decent charitable woman Margaret was an outstanding neighbour and friend. Daily Communicant she took a full part in the Cathedral activities. Survived by her son Noël. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to the Drumavaddy Old cemetery.

Same Week Ballinagh Library closes for the last time with the retirement of Bernadette Swords who was the Librarian there for many years and is wished long life and health by the entire community. In recent months the membership had been dropping mainly due to the opening of the new Johnston Central Library which will continue to serve the locality and Ballinagh will also receive regular visits from the Mobile Library.

Ballinagh GFC captained by Pauric Reilly become the first Cavan club to win an Ulster Intermediate title when they defeat Dunloy of Antrim 2-11 to 2-03 in the Final at Healy Park Omagh. Coached by Bernard Morris former Gowna and Cavan football star they had massive support at the game with 3 coach loads and hundreds of cars making the long journey to Omagh. Scorers for Ballinagh Niall McDermott 1-2 Paul Galligan 1-2 Colm Gumley 0-3 Anthony Gaynor 0-2 and Declan Beard 0-2.

Cavan Gaels beat Gowna 0-8 to 0-5 to deservedly win the 2007 Senior League title at Lacken. Despite losing Gavin Duffy just before half time when he was put off having incurred 2 yellow cards in  a bad tempered game played on yielding turf and billowing wind before a very small but vocal crowd. Scorers for the Gaels Anthony Forde 0-4 Michael Lyng 0-2 Sean Johnston and Pauric Smith 0-1 each. Referee Jimmy Galligan Lacken. Team Eoghan Elliott Joe Dunne Darren Rabbitt Shane McGlade Karl Crotty Eamonn Reilly Captain Pauric Smith Cathal Collins Nicholas Walsh Gavin Duffy Anthony Forde Michael Lyng Sean Higgins Cormac Neligan and Enda King. Subs Sean Johnston for Cormac Neligan and Levi Murphy for Sean Higgins

Killygarry beat Lavey 0-8 to 0-7 to win the Division 2 Senior League Final in Ramor Park Virginia. Scorers for Killygarry Martin Reilly 0-3 Stephen McGovern 0-3 Raymond Galligan and Donal Thomas 0-1 each. Team Patrick Galligan Declan Gallen Owen Smith Daryl McKenna Michael McGovern Pauric Cahill Andrew McGovern Captain Raymond Galligan Donal Thomas Enda Gallen Martin Reilly Sean Maloney Stephen McHugh Thomas Leonard Stephen McGovern Sub Cathal Keaney for Enda Gallen.Man of the Match Pauric Cahill.

Alan O Riordan 21 year old star footballer with Cavan Gaels will line out with Longford Town in next Sunday’s FAI Cup Final against Cork City at the RDS in Dublin. Alan who is an Auctioneer with Peter Donohoe and Company Bridge Street is son of Cathal and Patricia O Riordan Killycannon Cavan.

December 6th 2007 JJ Paddy and Haulie O Reilly announce their retirement. J J and Paddy are long time Professors in Saint Patrick’s College while Haulie is Principal of Killygarry National School for the last 35 years. J J is busy working on the Cavan Gaels 50th Anniversary book entitled ‘Come On The Gaels’ which will be launched at a function in the Johnston Central Library by the President of the GAA Nicky Brennan.

Same Week Padraig Smith Auctioneer Connolly Street Clones and Ballyjamesduff are the winner of the Eircom Golden Spider award which are the Oscars of the Irish Web Design and Internet world. Padraig’s site at http://www.padraigsmith.com was designed by David Behan from Navan. Padraig now employs 17 people and specialises in land and house sales.

Wall to wall coverage of the Consistory in Rome continues with a pictorial record showing many local faces including Oliver and Ann Shield Farnham Hotel Ray and Maura Dunne Mattie and Josie McDonagh Canon John Murphy former Adm Cavan Fathers John Gilhooley John McTiernan and Benny and Maureen Shiels Laragh.The 114th Successor to Saint Patrick is welcomed home at Dublin Airport by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern the Papal Nuncio Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin John Neill before beginning his triumphal return home to Armagh via Dundalk.

Pictured at the launch of the online Genealogical Research System by the leaders of the 4 main churches in Armagh Tom Sullivan Johnston Central Library Vincent Reynolds CEO Cavan Enterprise Centre PJ Dunne EBS Cavan Mary Sullivan Cavan Genealogical Centre Cardinal Sean Brady and Concepta McGovern Cavan Genealogical Centre

December 13th 2007 Cardinal Sean Brady will return to his native Diocese to say Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim and to be honoured with a Civic Reception by Cavan County Council. Cardinal Brady’s father Andrew and his uncle served on Cavan County Council for many years and represented two different parties. Pope Benedict praised the new Cardinal for his work for peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and urged the people of all Ireland to respect and nurture this peace. Cardinal Brady is one of 120 cardinals eligible to  attend a Consistory to elect anew Pope.

Same Week Death of John Joe Lee Latt Cavan at the age of 55.Worked as a barman for many years John Joe was a most pleasant decent man with a great sense of humour an fun. Played Under Age football with Oliver Plunkett's in Cavan and later won a Minor Championship medal with Cavan Gaels. Member of the Drumalee Intermediate League and Championship team of 1969-John Joe was a free scoring corner forward and later won a Division 2 League medal in 1975.Survived by his wife Caroline daughters Kate and Clodagh brothers Brian Pat and Philip sisters Maura Corbett Collette Maguire Bernadette Smith and Philomena. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Cullies cemetery.

Claire Foley Virginia and Cavan Institute after 44 years and Eithne Brae after 38 years Belturbet are made a presentation at the Annual VEC Christmas Dinner in the Oak Room Cavan Crystal Hotel. Pictured are Clifford Kelly Chairman Cavan VEC who made the presentation Claire and Ethna and Madeline Argue Cavan Vocational Education Committee.

Tragic death of 84 year old Ena Pogue Poles as she pulled out of a side road in collision with a lorry on the main Cavan/Dublin Road. She was on her way to collect her daughter at Cavan Bus Office. She is survived by her 3 daughters. Funeral from Cavan Parish Church to the New cemetery.

The Royal Schools of Ulster celebrate 400 years since their foundation by Royal Charter by James 1st in 1608.The schools consist of the Royal School Cavan Royal School Armagh Royal School Dungannon Prior School Raphoe and Portora Royal School Enniskillen. A book is published ‘Celebrating 400 Years of History 1608-5008’ with the Cavan contribution edited and compiled by Housemaster David McCready. The Forward is by Queen Elizabeth 2 of England and President Mary McAleese President of Ireland. There are over 200 pupils in the Royal School with many nationalities represented including Ireland Spain Russia Germany Nigeria Japan and Zimbabwe. The boarders come from counties Cavan Leitrim and Longford. The Principal is Dublin native Ivan Bolton who says that the “Royal School Cavan provides a happy caring and safe environment in which all pupils endeavour to reach their full potential both socially and academically”. The Anderson family are synonymous with The Royal School Cavan or over 65 years. The Reverend John Anderson was Headmaster and Principal from 1924-1970 and continued as Manger until 1982.His son Douglas served as Headmaster from 1970-1989 while brother Cyril was an outstanding teacher and musician who died at the age of 38 having won the Festival Cups in both Dublin and Belfast on the piano. There have been 72 Headmasters of the Royal School Cavan ,the first one being John Robinson. The College was originally located in Cootehill moving to College Street Cavan and later to its present location. There are some wonderful photographs in the book including a College picture from 1930 and pictures of John and Kay Anderson and Douglas and his wife Hazel. Both Hazel and Kay were gifted musical teachers specialising on the piano.

Mary Kelly is conferred with her B Education Degree from Newman College of Higher Education and the University of Leicester. Mary was educated at the Poor Clare’s Loreto College an is presently on the staff of the Presentation Girls School in Maynooth. She is only daughter of Peter and Maureen Kelly Keadue Cathedral Road Cavan.

Justin Halley I conferred with his Diploma in Applied Social Studies in Social Care from Athlone College of Technology. Justin was educated at Saint Felim’s Boys School and Breifne College and is son of John and Jackie Halley 7 John Paul Cavan.

Gregory Meehan Saint Phelim’s Place is conferred with his BA Honours Degree from Letterkenny Institute of Technology in Graphic Design. Educated at Saint Felim’s Boys School and Breifne College Gregory is son of Michael and Mary Meehan Saint Phelim’s Place Cavan.

County Cavan Golf Club 2007-2008 Captain Padraig McEntee Vice Captain Declan Young Secretary Peter Keogh Lady Captain Majella Brady Lady Vice Captain Ita Soraghan Secretary Jim Fraher Assistant Secretary Jimmy Smith Treasurer Vincent Walsh Assistant Treasurer John McDermott Course Convenor Sean Galligan Men’s Secretary John Crotty Committee Maureen Crowe Fergal Dunne Gerry Egan Sean Dunne Willie Harrington JJ O Reilly Philip McMahon and Brian Lynch.

December 21st 2007 Bishops Of Kilmore Leo O Reilly and Ken Clarke wish all a Very Happy Christmas and thank God for the gift of Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland with the restoration of devolved institutions on the 8th May 2007.Among the changes in their respective Churches Bishop Alan Harpur former Bishop of Connor was installed as Archbishop of Armagh to succeed the very popular Robin Eames and was enthroned in Armagh Cathedral on the 16th March 2007.Sean Brady was elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope Benedict the XV1 on the 24th November 2007.”We are privileged to see the  results of persevering in prayer for Peace and Reconciliation and those once bitter enemies are now working  together for a shared Peace for themselves and their children”.

Same Week The Edward O Hanlon Perpetual Shield will be awarded to founder of the Icebreakers Sean Walsh when he completes his 40th consecutive swim at Annagh Lake. Pictured by Edward are the participants in the very first Christmas Swim  at Annagh Lake in 1967 Sean Walsh Noel Fay Ken Simpson Paddy Lyons and Clyde Jenkins. A minutes silence will be observed for past members and supporters George Maloney will fly past and the Gardai and Brookvale Security will b present in numbers to make sure that everything runs according to plan.

Sister Susie of the Loreto Order and Chairman of the Diocesan Pastoral Centre delivers an eloquent address of welcome to Cardinal Sean Brady on his first visit to the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to concelebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving since becoming Cardinal joined by a capacity attendance. Cardinal Brady in an emotional  reply said that the Cathedral of his native Diocese brought back wonderful memories of great ceremonies and celebrations. He had spent 18 joyful years in Cavan town where he had made deep and lasting friendships. He thanked God for the friends of his early priesthood “who had been the John The Baptist in my life preparing the way of the Lord in my mind and heart.” Pictured are Bishop Leo O Reilly Cardinal Sean Brady and Monsignor Michael Cooke VG a native of Upper Main Street during the concelebrated Mass. Before the Mass Cardinal Brady was accorded a Civic Reception by Cavan County Council in the Courthouse among the attendance were Brendan Smith Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Rory O Hanlon TD Margaret Conlon TD Seymour Crawford TD Senators Joe O Reilly  and Diarmuid Wilson members of County Council Cavan Town Council .The 6th Infantry Battalion Dun Ui Neill provided a Guard of Honour outside the Courthouse. An address of welcome and presentation was delivered by Francis Fitzsimmons Chairman Cavan County Council. Cardinal Brady said that “for the first 16 years of his life his father Andrew Brady represented the Bailieborough Electoral Area while his uncle Terence J Smith represented the Cavan Electoral area. His mother’s first cousin John P McKiernan represented the Ballyjamesduff area. While never involved in politics he was deeply involved with the GAA and for many years represented Laragh and Stradone GFC at County Board level. He was fortunate too to be appointed Central Council Delegate for Cavan where among his fellow officers was the legendary H L Smith TP O Reilly Andy O Brien and Jim McDonnell who was a teaching colleague in Saint Patrick’s College and succeeded him as Central Council Representative. Cardinal Brady is pictured in the Council Chamber with old friends Paddy Conaty Senior and Charlie Boylan Sinn Fein.

Death of Benny Little Drumalee one of Cavan’s greatest citizens at College View Nursing Home at the age of 85.Outstanding player official and number 1 supporter of Drumalee GFC he was instrumental in building the club from small beginnings to owning its own well appointed grounds and building the club to its present prominent position. He was also very active at County games in Breffni Park where he acted as a most efficient and helpful steward. Benny’s greatest gift was he wore his heart on his sleeve. He never pretended to be anything he wasn’t and was deeply humble loyal decent and extremely charitable. Founder member of the Roger Casement Cavan Town branch of Sinn Fein Benny was a staunch Republican along with the likes of Liam Mimnagh Matt Fay Brigid Murray and Mrs Fay NT.He took a great interest in the welfare of the orphans of the Poor Clares and worked tirelessly on their behalf maintaining the plot in Cullies providing accommodation welcome and hospitality to them in his home when they returned to Cavan. Many years involved as a steward in Cavan Cathedral he worked diligently for the welfare of the Church. Well known character and handyman around Cavan for over 70 years on his bicycle as he cycled from job to job helping out old neighbours and friends. No job was too big or too small and the fee was always only nominal. Predeceased by his beloved wife Betty whom he cared for so outstandingly in her final illness Benny Little is survived by his brother John family circle and a myriad of friends from all walks of life. Vice President of Drumalee GFC at his death the Club provided a Guard of Honour at his Removal and Funeral from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Phelim to Cullies cemetery.

Cathal Dunne wins the prestigious Garda Shield at Cavan CYMS beating Germaine Jermyn in the Final. Paul Graham and Robert Fannon were the beaten Semi Finalists

Tom Boylan steps down as Treasurer of County Cavan GAA at Convention in John Wilson Centre Mullahoran. The will be succeeded by Martin Cahill Denn. Padraic Duffy the Director General of the GAA is among the speakers who pay tribute to Tom who first took on the mantle of Treasurer at the Convention in Saint Patrick’s College in 1981.Tom served under 5 Chairmen and with 5 County Secretaries to whom Tom Pays tribute saying that they had the development of Breffni Park and the welfare of the Cavan team as their objectives. The highlight for Tom was the Ulster Championship Final win against Derry in 1997 and their subsequent visit to America to play Kerry in the National Football League to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the Polo Grounds Final. Presentations were made to Tom and his wife Phyllis  and also in attendance was Tom’s daughter Melissa. Pictured Orla O Reilly Assistant Secretary Phyllis Boylan Phil Smith Chairman Melissa Boylan and Padraig Duffy Director General of the GAA.

Come on the Gaels 1957-2007 Edited by JJ O Reilly is launched by the President of the GAA Nicky Brennan in the Johnston Central Library. One of the founder members President and former Cavan Harps star Paddy Conaty pays tribute to his friends Tommy Gilroy Eugene Monaghan Maurice Brady Poppy McNamara and John Foley O Rourke who all played a pivotal role in the foundation of the Club. One of Paddy’s greatest moments was to be on the presentation podium with Eamonn Reilly and Christy Quinn as they received the Oliver Plunkett Cup and the Minor Championship trophy in September 2007-the trogan efforts of so many people all seemed worthwhile. Finally Paddy paid tribute to JJ O Reilly a dedicated clubman and Editor of ’Come on the Gaels’. Pictured are Paddy Maguire Nicky Brennan and Jim McDonnell at the launch .JJ Reilly born in Ashe Street son of the late Michael and Anna Reilly. Educated at The Poor Clare’s  De La Salle Saint Patrick’s College and Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth. Professor in Saint Patrick’s College for 35 years JJ retired in September and his first task was to compile and edit ‘Come on the Gael’s is the holder of three Cavan Senior Championship medals won in 1975 1977and1978.He was selected as Cavan Clubman of the Year in and later that year won the Provincial and National award for his work with the under age teams at Cavan Gaels.

December 28th 2007 Death of Ena Jane Pogue Hillcrest Poles following a road traffic accident adjacent to her home at the age of 84.Native of Gartnasilla  was the eldest daughter of Jack and Isobella Heaslip and came to poles in 1950 when she married Thomas Pogue. Very progressive farmers they embraced the modern way of farming and were always there to help and advice their neighbours and friends. After many years of industrious labour they retired from farming in 1976 and enjoyed 30 years of stress free living where their interest were gardening fishing and their family and they celebrated their 55th Wedding Anniversary in 2005.Thomas died in 2006 but Ena insisted on continuing her daily routine and was more determined than ever to help her neighbours and friends with her assistance and advice. She had a beautiful singing voice and had an avid interest in Country/Western music. Ena had an endearing sense of humour and a great zest for life and welcomed friends and neighbours to her home. She was a long time member of the Mother’s Union at Cavan Parish Church.’ A life that touched so many will never be forgotten’

Same Week Death of Maureen Keady Drumalee after a short illness at the age of 74.Daughter of the late Tommy and Bridget Sharkey Drumalee Cross Maureen was educated in the Poor Clare’s and Cavan Vocational School. After finishing school Maureen worked first in Leonard’s Drapery in Main Street and later with Agnes Flood in Bridge Street (Aunt Agie’s) where she was extremely popular with all the customers and made lifetime friends. Later married John Keady a school teacher from Galway and went to live in Drumkilly where Jon was teacher and later Principal. Maureen was very popular with the local community and was actively involved with the Children of Mary The Apostolic Society Age and Opportunity and the Kilnaleck social Services. Maureen never lost her love of Drumalee and Cavan and was an ardent Drumalee supporter. Predeceased by her husband John she is survived by her son Ray daughter Anne Marie and brothers Sean and Pat in Drumalee. Funeral from Saint Joseph’s Church Drumkilly to the adjoining cemetery.

Death of Tommy Kelly 7 Drumnavanagh and late of the Claddagh Galway at the age of 72. Came to Cavan to work in the Post Office in 1957 the year the Gaels were founded. His family had along association with the Post Office as his father Richard was also a Senior Clerk in Galway Post office. Gave 40 years distinguished service to Cavan Post Office where he was extremely popular with staff and colleagues. After work and family Tommy was totally committed to serving Cavan Gaels and Cavan Minor and Under Age Board as a most industrious official. Founder member of Cavan Oliver Plunkett’s Under 16 team he also founded Cavan Gaels Minor section and guided them to their first county title in 1968. After Cavan Gaels 1st Championship triumph of 1965 Tommy composed this masterpiece  as a memento of the occasion. Served as Secretary of the Gaels with his good friend and Post Office colleague Tommy Hughes in 1960-/1961.He was also Secretary of the County Minor Board and played a pivotal role in guiding Cavan to the Ulster Championship in 1974.Native Irish speaker Tommy was an extremely intelligent and sensitive man. Loved all things Irish including the language custom music and dance. Founder member and accomplished performer with Cumainn Rinnce and Cabhan. Survived by his wife Mary sons Richard and Michael brothers Padraig and Frank in Galway sisters Kathleen Dempsey Dublin and Ann Luke London. Cavan Gaels and Cavan County Board GAA provided the Guard of Honour at the funeral from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim Cavan with burial in Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Interview on RTE programme profiling Ireland’s top earners with Cavan billionaire Sean Quinn in which he reveals that he plays 254 with friends once a week in the local in Ballyconnell with the stake at 50 cents. Sean quips that unlike business the winnings are modest at around €10 and the losses are restricted to €5.The Quinn Group had an operating profit of €1.5 billion in 2007. The creation of many jobs in the Cavan/Fermanagh/Leitrim area is a great source of pride to him considering that the area has a high emigration record since the Great Famine.

Pictured at the Annual Carol Singing at the Oncology Unit Cavan General Hospital are Doctor John McCaffrey and son Peter Father Martin Gilchreest Hospital Chaplain Delia Reilly CNS Rosemary Smith CNS Margaret Gillmartin CNS and Canon Mark Lidwell.

Sinead Hogan profiles Cavan great Seamus McCormack a native of Saint Mary’s Terrace Cavan. Son of Jimmy and Elizabeth McCormack Seamus was educated at the De La Salle and Cavan Vocational School before going to work in Jacksons as a Mechanic and at night he helped his father  as Projectionist in the Magnet Cinema. Later Seamus emigrated to England where among many other things he worked as a Coalminer in Mansfield Colliery. He later worked as a mechanic with Bristol Ford before deciding to come home to Cavan where he commenced his distinguished career as a driver/courier with Jackson’s Coaches. During his career he made friends with Princess Grace of Monaco Mickey Rooney and his family as well as Harry West the former Minister for Agriculture in Northern Ireland. Most importantly he also met his beloved wife Vera when the bus broke down and he had to phone for assistance from a café where she worked and served him coffee. Later Seamus worked as an Ambulance driver and Ward’s Man in Saint Phelim’s Hospital .On the stage Seamus was pure genius his facial expressions were worth a million words starring for many years in the Annual Boy Scout’s Pantomime Tops of Breffni Scor and many other his profile shows. His two idols were John Donohoe Scout Master and Father Torlac O Reilly who wrote and produced the Scout’s  annual revue. Married to Una they now live at Billis Cavan and have 2 daughters Un and Louise.

Pictured are Amy O Reilly Britney Galligan Ciara Lovett and Conor Smith all pupils of Crubany National School who won prizes at the recent Children’s Book Festival in Johnston Central Library with their teachers Clare Donohoe Helen Mundy and Antonia Hayes (Principal).

Shauna Brady Corawelis Cavan is  conferred with her Honours Degree in Business Studies from Sligo Institute of Technology.Educated at Crubany National School and Loreto College Shauna is daughter of Sean and Kathleen Corawelis Cavan.

Death of William (Billy ) Phair Drumullen Cavan at the age of 79 in Cavan General Hospital after a short illness. Born in Drumard in 1928 Billy later lived in Annagh Butlersbridge after his marriage but returned to Drumullen some years later. Powerful man he worked in the Forestry t Farnham Estate. Outstanding Angler he was a frequent visitor to the adjacent Rann and Killykeen Waterway. Member of the Farnham Astronauts Skittle Club he won many of the Club’s competitions and competed for them at local Interprovincial and national level. Very charitable and generous Billy was a great neighbour and friend/ and will be mourned in Farnham Cavan town and Butlersbridge where he was particularly well known and respected. Survived by his sons John Noel and George daughters Frances and Phyllis. Funeral from Kilmore Cathedral to the adjoining cemetery.

Martin Cahill who succeeded Cavan businessman Tom Boylan as Treasurer of the Cavan County Board GAA after 27 years in his first interview says that Cavan County Board have a turnover of over €1.5 million per annum and are employing 14 people. Their take from the recent National Football League was €70,000 and he is hoping that the advent of floodlighting at Breffni Park will boost the attendances. Martin plans to transact his business by computer s he present method is very cumbersome and time consuming.

Cold wintry Christmas Morning for the Icebreakers 40th Christmas Swim. 95  hardy annuals took part in water temperatures as low as 6%C.Amomg the distinguished attendance were Des Cullen Mayor Cavan Town Council Francis McDermott Chairman Cavan County Council and Johnny O Hanlon Editor of the Anglo Celt who continued a family tradition by starting the Dip s his father Edward had done on that first Icebreakers Swim in 1968. Fulsome praise and congratulations to Sean Walsh the founder of the Icebreakers who was completing an incredible run of 40 successive swims and presented by Johnny with a Shield in memory of his father Edward O Hanlon former Editor of the Anglo Celt. The youngest boy to take part was 9 year old Ross Armstrong while 8 year old Deborah Coyle was the youngest girl. Paddy O Reilly Cavan Town Council has completed 35 swims while in the Ladies Section Sean Walsh’s daughter Jacinta Dunleavy has completed 24 successive swims while Michelle Gayle Elaine Anderson all have 20 swims to their credit .

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January 3rd 2008 Andrew Dancey son of Emma and Andrew Dancey is born at Cavan General Hospital weighing in at 8 lbs at 1:17 on New Years Day. Bridie Smith was the midwife in attendance and she was also midwife when mother Emma was born.

Same Week Low interest rates and €10 million in circulation means a bumper Christmas  for Cavan town traders. Jim Argue Railway Road and Cootehill was delighted with the business over Christmas reporting a substantial increase on last year.

??Masterson Carrickane is conferred with her Honours Degree in Electronic Engineering from NUI Galway. Daughter of Sean and Patricia Masterson she was educated at Crosserlough National School Farnham National School Loreto College and is now studying for her PhD in Engineering at NUI Galway.

Kathleen McEvoy and John Buckley marry in Saint Brigid’s Church Killygarry with the Reception in the nearby Kilmore Hotel.

Team Manager of Cavan XV in reviewing the Season to date puts the poor performance of both 1st XV down to a long string of injuries. Prop Alan Browne centres Selesie Tuipolutu Paul O Reilly and Team Captain Stephen Ivers are all expected back to assist the team in the vital second half of the Season. Meanwhile John Loughnane Team Manger 2nd XV has similar tale of misfortune but is determined to make a big impression in the League and Cup in the second half of the Season.

Cavan Institute Graduation Student of the Year School of Business Administration Joanna Cosgrave Cootehill Computing and Engineering Natasha Robinson Knockbridge Duleek County Louth Leisure and Tourism Deidre O Reilly Hairdressing Maria Crehan Ballinasloe County Galway School Caring Services Ciara Forde Ballintubber County Roscommon. Sports Jason Maguire Cavan Town Beauty Therapy Rachel McDonald Longford Director’s Award Valerie McPadden Carrick on Shannon.

Carmel Dalton Hospice Dessie Ronan Hospital; Entertainment Jim O Leary Gymnastics Johnny Mitchell Boxing are among the recipients of awards for outstanding service to the Community at Hosanna House presented by Pastor John.

January 10th 2008 Cavan Town again finishes 2nd in the Irish Business Against Litter League this time pipped by Dundalk for the premier title. Cavan has an enviable record 1st on 2 occasions 2003 and 2004 Runner Up in 2005 and 2007.One of 22 centres that classed as Litter Free in 2007.

Same Week Brian O Leary son of Jim and Detta O Leary 34 Keadue Cavan weds Brenda Donohoe daughter of Frank and Kathleen Ballytrust Loughduff in Saint Joseph’s Church Loughduff. The Reception was in the Radisson Farnham SAS Hotel.

Marian and Terry Crowe host Dancing in The Drumlins at Cavan Crystal Hotel. Great interest in Irish dancing since  Riverdance it is now a full body workout with emphasis on both lower and upper body. Among the 1,500 attendance were dancers from Ireland USA Australia USA and the United Kingdom. Thanks to the Arts Office for their sponsorship Martin Donohoe and Cavan CCE for their music accompaniment Cavan Set Dancers Innishfree Footwear and the Whelan Group Cootehill and Father Kevin Fay who was the celebrant of the Annual Mass on Sunday.

Death of Violet Heather Mulligan Robinson Centre Ballymoney County Antrim at the age of 73. Educated at Farnham National School where the legendary Florence McGahey was Principal. Winning a scholarship with honours she entered the Royal school in 1947 where she completed her Intermediate and Leaving Certificate with Honours. She then studied for an SRN in Belfast before going to Liverpool to study Midwifery. Later she was to work as a District Nurse in the run down areas of Liverpool bring healing and sustenance to the poorest of the poor particularly in the Dockland areas .Came back to Northern Ireland to take up the position of Sister in Charge Health Centre Coleraine from where she retired in 1991.Survived by her brothers Dennis and Colman Mulligan. Funeral in Kilmore Cathedral attended by the Chairman of Cavan County Council Frances McDermott and former Chairman Peter McVitty. Cavan Association in Beds/Herts represented by Eamon Murtagh while Johnny Hillis led the tributes at the Service conducted by Dean Ferguson. Burial took place in Kilmore Churchyard.

Death of Thomas Toggy Connolly Saint Margaret’s County Dublin and late of Min Street Cavan. Son of the late Tommy and Mary Connolly his father was a Dentist and associated with the famous Connolly Footwear while his mother was a Chemist and member of the famous Whelan  family from Mohill Toggy was born at 58 Main Street (Boyle Sports) in 1934. Educated at the Poor Clare Convent and De Las Salle Cavan (Toggy was a member of the 1st class in 1941 who walked from the Old School at The Mineral Waters to Farnham Street where the students were introduced to the brothers by Father Jimmy O Reilly. Later Toggy attended the Vocational School before taking up an appointment in the Footwear Department in Johnny Brady’s where his Superior was the inimitable John Donohoe Scoutmaster. Having gained experience of the business Toggy joined he famous Connolly Footwear in Dublin and later opened his own custom built shop in Main Street (Patsy Boyle’s) adjoining Woolworth’s where one of his young apprentices was Brian Finlay later to star with the Mighty Avons as a drummer. Founder member of Cavan Chamber of Commerce Toggy was also founder member of the De La Salle Past Pupils Union and was closely associated with Cavan Gaels during their early years supplying high class Blackthorn boots at a very competitive price and assisting with the Bingo and other fund raising effort on behalf of the fledgling Club. Survived by his wife Mary sons Mark and Thomas brother Mattie MPSI Dungarvan sister Mary Rafferty Dublin. Funeral from Saint Margaret’s Church to Glasnevin Crematorium.

Cavan United founded by Declan and Michelle Moran Earlsvale Road assisted by Gerry Egan former Cavan Shamrocks star and Kieran Brannigan a former member of the famous Dublin club Rathcoole Boys. They now run three teams playing Saturday and Sunday morning in their Red and White strip. Stars for the 1st team include Alex Hrynchuk Daren Hughes and top goal scorer Krystof Melcuszny. Colletee McCaul Bronagh Sheridan and Debbie Lee are the outstanding stars for the Ladies team while the Seconds depend on stars like Joe McDermott Tony Brady and Team Captain Brian Mitchell.

David Lovett wins the 5th Annual Bertie Cronin Golf Classic in atrocious weather conditions at County Cavan Golf Club. 22 hardy annuals braved the elements in a superbly organised tournament sponsored by The Kesh Bar and Top Floor Restaurant. The main organisers were as usual Frankie Lovett and Francie Galligan while the prizes were presented at a function in the Kesh Bar by Bertie’s widow Susan Cronin.

January 17th 2008 Members of Loreto College Choir will participate at the RTE Mass broadcast from the studios in Donnybrook Dublin to honour Mary Ward founder of the Loreto Order. Father Paul Casey Chaplain is the celebrant while Margaret McDonagh Principal will read the Communion Reflection ‘The Child Lives Forever Deep within Us ‘ which Noel Monahan composed for the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the foundation of Loreto College Cavan.

Same Week Cardinal Sean Brady is back in Rome to celebrate his first Mass in the Church of Saint Cyrius and Saint Jolitta in the centre of Rome close to the old Irish College and only a short walk from the Irish College. The Papal decree conveying the title of the church to Cardinal Brady was red by the Rector Father Volta.

Louise O Keefe is conferred with her BA Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies at Carlow Institute of Technology. Educated at Saint Clare’s and Loreto College. She is a daughter of Cyril and Sheila O Keefe Billis Cavan .

Darragh Gaffney Drumcrave is conferred with his BA Honours degree in Business Studies from Dublin City University. Educated at Drumcrave Saint Patrick’s College and the College of Further Studies Cavan ,Darragh is son of Eamonn and Nancy Gaffney Drumcrave and is presently employed by the Quinn Group in Derrylin.

Death of Fintan Tierney Butlersbridge t the age of 72.Very well known character Fintan took a leading part in GAA affairs s a player administrator and Referee where he officiated at all grades including Provincial Finals National League Finals All Ireland Minor 1970 and the pinnacle of his career the drawn All Ireland Final of 1972 between Kerry and Offaly when despite an excellent game he was most unjustly replaced by Packy Devlin of Tyrone for the Replay. Interestingly Fintan was assisted as an Umpire by Packy Devlin and in the replay he acted as an Umpire. Native of Granard Fintan was a commercial traveller in the clothes trade before meeting and marrying Mary Mullarkey a niece of Vera Brady’s who was a national player in the Ladies’ Fashion trade at that time. Later Fintan and Mary set up several boutiques the most famous being the Annalee Boutique situated in Bridge Street (Maudi’s Bakery). Fintan later built a factory for the production of fashion wear on the Dublin Road Cavan Fabrics and over 50 girls were employed turning out the latest fashions or the young fashion conscious ladies of the 1960/1970 era. Founder member of Feile Na Nog with Tony Looney Cavan Gaels he was greatly assisted by his personal friendship with Jack Boothman who impressed on Central Council to officially recognise and promote Feile Na Nog which Fintan and Tony ran in Cavan for the initial three years. Fintan was a Delegate to Congress on the year that the Ban was overwhelmingly scrapped and later when Jack Boothman became President was appointed to a high powered Croke Park Committee to develop Juvenile and Under Age football in Ireland. In recent years Fintan took up the hobby of rearing budgies and canaries in a shed at the back of his house Struck down with cancer Fintan showed his character and mettle by his cheerful pleasant demeanour and acceptance, his encouragement for fellow patients and gratitude for all those who attended to home. Survived by his wife Mary sons Fintan and Connor daughters Fiona Orla and Aideen brother Paddy in Middleton County Cork Vincent Kettering London. Funeral following concelebrated Mass from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Phelim to Saint Aidan’s Church Butlersbridge.  The attendance included members of Cavan County Board Ulster Council GAA Central; Council GAA led by his old friend Jack Boothman.

Death of Thomas Tommy Brady Killygarry and Gurteen Arva at the age of 73. One of Cavan’s leading business personalities Thomas started his career after finishing school in Mel White’s of Gowna and later worked in McKeown’s Quarry now Roadstone .Founded Brady’s of Arva with brother Phil when they bought Cassidy’s Garage in 1961.Such was the outstanding success of their venture that they founded the Cavan Branch in 1967 when the Volkswagen Beetle was outselling all the other brands put together. Lifetime dedication to the GAA Tom won a Junior County medal with Cormore in 1953 when nearly half of the team consisted of the Brady Brothers including future Cavan star James. Later Tom played a pivotal role in the development of Killygarry GFC serving for many years as Chairman of the Club and President at his death. He also played a major role in all community affairs in his adapted parish and was closely associated with the development of the Community Centre. In latter years Tom played a little Golf more for the social aspect and the company than any ambitions to reduce his handicap. On the morning of his burial Tom’s first grandchild was born. Members of Killygarry GFC formed a Guard of Honour at the funeral from Saint Brigid’s Killygarry to the adjoining cemetery. Among the officiating clergy were fathers Vincent and Charlie Chief Celebrants Colm Hurley PP Killeshandra Rev Eamonn Bredin PP Arva and priests from Sacramento and the Presbytery in Cavan. Survived by his wife Angela (Nee Fay) son Tom daughter Kathleen brothers Father Charlie and Vincent Sacramento California Philip Arva James Portarlington John Joe Gurteen Gerard Castleknock Dublin  Donal Longford sisters Patricia McCarthy Cavan and Kathleen Connefry Drumard Longford.

Aaron Monahan Druid Theatre Galway and member of Cavan’s 'Livin Dread Players' is appearing in Michael Harding’s play The Tinkers Curse which is enjoying nationwide popularity and short listed for Play of the Year.

Death of Josephine Josie McGinnity at the age of 73 at home in Cathedral Road. Native of Roslea County Fermanagh Josie after her early education worked as a Dressmaker in Clones cycling each day to her work from Roslea. Later she married John McGinnity her childhood sweetheart and also a native of Roslea. John spent the War years working in an Aviation manufacturing plant in England before coming home to marry Josie and settle in Gransha County Monaghan.In 1947 John bought Peter Moore’s Pub at the head of Bridge Street and later Heslin’s Sweet Shop and Tobacconist in Urney Terrace. Josie quiet and unassuming greatly cherished the loyalty of the customers and knew all of their families ups and downs. She was an extremely popular woman and always behaved with the utmost dignity where everybody was equal and important in her eyes. Having reared 10 children in a cramped space in the basement of their business in Bridge Street the McGinnity’s retired to the spacious surroundings of Cathedral Road in 1982 where friends neighbours and the extended family always found a welcome. Great story teller and with Josie McGinnity as an outstanding card player specialising in Whist 25 and Poker. She was an early supporter of the CYMS Whist Drives of the 1950s and later the Social Services Whist in the Day Centre. Many visit her at home mot notably Chris Mulligan with whom she was best friends. Predeceased by her son Noel and daughter in law Tina (McEvoy) she is survived by her sons Peter Sean Dublin Doctor Michael Monaghan daughters Marie Galligan Bray Kathleen Young Billis Sheila Dympna Gilsenan Josephine Smyth and Rita. Funeral from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Phelim to Saint Brigid’s Killygarry.

Cavan Town are the outstanding club in the Cavan/Louth/Meath League- winning the Premier Division and both the Andy Capaldi and John Farrelly Cups. Among the outstanding stars for the club are the free scoring Tony Pryce James McGeown Gareth Flynn Declan Brady and Mark Ferncombe who is making a comeback after a number of very successful years with Drumalee GFC.

PJ Carroll takes over as Team Manger in Drumalee with selectors Mickey Lee Brendan Donohoe and Tommy Walsh. The former Cavan Leitrim and Sligo County Team Manager and Cavan Gaels clubman takes over a Club playing out of Division 1 Senior League  and competing in the Intermediate Championship which they last won in 2006

Cavan Gaels 2008 Chairman Aidan Elliott Vice Chairman Johnny O Hanlon Secretary Niall O Riordan Assistant Secretary Stephen Maguire Treasurer Frank Farrell Assistant Treasurer Paddy Reilly PRO JJ Reilly Insurance Officer Hugh O Reilly Registrar Cian Elliott Irish Officer Finian Farrell Juvenile Officer Jerome Kellegher County Board Reps Martin Sexton and Philip Finnegan. In Jubilee Year 2007 Cavan Gaels won 7 trophies including the senior and Minor Double Under 13 League Roinn A and Division 3 League and Championship.

John Joe Nevin at the age of 16 becomes the new Irish Senior Bantamweight Champion out pointing awkward experienced southpaw TJ Doheny 8-3 in a Final in which Nevin showed composure poise and patience. He will now concentrate on qualifying for the Olympic Games in Beijing later in the year.

Holocaust survivor Toni Reichental addresses the students and staff in Saint Patrick’s College in a 2 hour lecture on the horrors visited on the Jewish people by the Nazi regime from 1932-1945 culminating in the Master Plan to exterminate the Jewish people mainly through the introduction of Concentration Camps in Auschwitz and other areas under their control.

Marcella Brady Business Advisor Cavan County Enterprise Board is this week’s profile in Sinead Hogan’s Every Woman series in the Anglo Celt. Educated at Loreto College she took her BA in English and Political Science from NUI Galway she took her Higher Diploma in Public Management and began her career in London in Publishing and Public Relations. She later returned to Dublin and joined Cavan Enterprise Board when established by the Government in 1993-their activities are funded by the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment. They work to encourage new business start ups and support existing businesses.

January 24th 2008 Father Jim Connolly OFM Cap Killygarry writing from  Mangano Kaoma in Zambia pays tribute o his great friend and neighbour Thomas Tommy Brady for his many acts of kindness to him during his vacations home. Tom furnished Father Jim with a car fully taxed and insured at no cost every time he came home over many decades always with the saluté  “Drive Away and Keep between the hedges”! He was a true neighbour to all the people of Killygarry. "May his gentle soul Rest in Peace”

Same Week District Judge Cormac Dunne is appointed to the Special Criminal Court. He is a former Principal in the firm Dunne Ryan and Company which he served until 2002 when he was appointed a District Judge.

P Elliott and Company and SAS Radisson Hotel Farnham Estate nominated by Cavan County Council and South Dublin County Council win 3 LAMA awards at the Gala Presentation at the City West Hotel Elliott and Company win the  Best Developer/Builder and Mixed Development Company for their award winning development in Tallaght while the Radisson wins a LAMA for best Commercial Building.

Stephen Lipsett from Fintona County Tyrone is presented with the Premier award of Abbey Crystal for the Senior Auto Cross and Club Championship at the Annual awards of Cavan Motor in the Hotel Kilmore by Sean Sharkey Chairman of the Club. Stephen Wright from Newbliss won the Junior award.

January 31st 2008 Packy Doonan runs his 41st Marathon in Mumbai formerly known as Bombay in India. The cost of entry was 1,300 Rupees with a 50 Rupee to €1.Packy stayed in the ultra modern West End Hotel in central Mumbai and he reports that the Hotel staff charged him Rupees for even an extra blanket for the bed. The Marathon itself had a 4 hour time allowance within the city and when that was up the later runners were caught in traffic jams from which they had to be rescued by Police and officials-altogether a desperate expensive shambles. To defray some of Packy’s expenses a draw is being run in the Farnham Hotel on Wednesday night.

Same Week Amanda Brady a teacher in Loreto College is conferred with her Masters Degree in Education from Saint Angela’s College Lough Gill County Sligo. Daughter of Nicholas and Marla Brady Poles Cavan.

Death of Rev Canon Gerard McGahey son of the legendary Florence McGahey former Principal in Farnham NS (1925-1950).Educated at Farnham NS Gerald entered Kings Hospital Dublin at the age of 12 and later graduated from Trinity College in 1953.Ordained for the Diocese of Limerick he was Principal of Villiers School Limerick from 1953-1961.In 1981 he was appointed Principal and Headmaster of King’s Hospital Palmerstown Dublin where he served until 1980,Conferred with an LLD in 1980 by Trinity College for his Services to Irish Education. Appointed Canon of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Dublin in 1980 and in 1995 he was appointed Treasurer Chancellor and Presenter of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. Survived by his wife Mona (member of the well known Tweedy family Cavan and Ballintemple) daughter Adrienne 3 grandchildren brother Desmond Dublin and sister Rhona Kane Kells County Meath.

Cavan Wheelchair Association 2008 President Patsy Maloney Chairman Pauline Doyle Vice Chairman Mary Kane Secretary Kitty Smith Treasurer Kathleen Smith Assistant Treasurer Gerard Doyle PRO Mary Higgins Representatives to Central Council Billy Bravendar and Father Kevin Fay (Chaplain).

Tom Cullivan composer and pianist returns to his native Cavan to give a recital in the Ton Hall with Joanne Carter on Flute Michel Dooley on bassoon and Helena Gehher on piano. Tommy will play selection of his own shorter pieces including Cavan O Reilly and the Dancing Deck also appearing is singer Brian McKeever accompanied by Sue Donohoe on the piano.

February 7th 2008 Kilnacrott Abbey and lands are sold for an impressive €2.4 million  to a Religious organisation with links to Bailieborough County Cavan and the USA ‘Direction for Our Times’. The Norbertine's who appear to be very friendly with the new owners are being accommodated in  the Abbey as they decide whether to build their own purpose built smaller residence.

Same Week Cardinal Sean Brady returns to Cavan on Saint Brigid’s Day visiting his old Alma Mater Saint Patrick’s College where the students lined the full length of the avenue to greet the new Cardinal. Greeted by President Liam McNiffe former colleagues staff and students. Conor Kelly presents the new Cardinal with the Number 11 Saint Patrick’s College jersey that Sean Brady wore with distinction during the McRory Cup campaigns of 1956 and 1957. He was also presented with a Saint Brigid Cross made by the students and a cheque to donate to his chosen charity. On a short visit to Breifne College Cardinal Brady is pictured with students from his native Parish of Laragh and Roisin Donohoe Vice Principal Breifne College. The main event on the programme was Mass in Saint Brigid’s Church Laragh where he was joined by close neighbours and friends in the overflowing congregation of over 1,000. The new Cardinal pays tribute to his parents and Annie Donohoe Principal Caulfield School here he first learned the familiar family prayers he recites each day. In conclusion he asks Parishioners to drop in an out of the Church during the day a custom which should not be allowed to disappear and “I ask for your prayers for the humble successor of Saint Patrick”. A Social was later held in the Stradone Community Centre.

Maeve Young Carrickane is conferred with her BSc Honours degree from Trinity College in Clinical Speech and Language Therapy. Educated at Farnham NS and Loreto College Maeve is daughter of Padraig and Helen Young Carrickane.

Mary Cullivan Keadue Lane is conferred with her Diploma in Hospitality Services from Cathal Brugha Street. Mary is daughter of Margaret Cullivan Keadue Lane and is presently employed in Our Lady’s Hospital Navan.

Loraine Kenny Gartbrattan is conferred with her 1st Class honours degree in Business Studies from Sligo Institute of Technology she was also awarded the Dermot Finian Prize for Best Overall Student. Educated at Farnham NS Cavan Vocational School the College of Further Studies Cavan Lorraine is daughter of Robert and Noeline Kenny Gartbrattan .

Death of Charlie McCaffrey Owen Roe Saint Martin and Mitchell Street at the age of 76.Son of the legendary Paddy and Elizabeth McCaffrey. His mother died in a house fire at their home in 1950. His father Paddy was one of Cavan’s leading entrepreneurs and always had the shop well stocked with all the latest fruits from exotic places even when these items were nearly impossible to source because of the stringent rations during and after World War 2. They worked night and day delivering papers early in the morning-they were Cavan’s leading Newsagent and selling fruit sweets and cigarettes at football games and other big events throughout the region. They were also Cavan’s first Couriers bringing goods to and from Dunlin and bought fruit and fish on the Dublin Market to distribute to their network of customers throughout the Cavan/Meath area. Later Charlie joined the staff of McCarren and Company Bacon Curers where he worked as a Pork Butcher. Very keen Angler he went fishing each Sunday with his twin brother Peter and their haul of fish including pike bream and perch were of record proportions and fully documented in the Anglo Celt down many years. For a social evening Charlie loved to join his many friends for a sing song in one of the local pubs and the craic with Charlie was always mighty. He was always promptly out of the Pub when it closed and never kept late hours. His favourite destination was Eddie O Gorman's  where he forged many lifetime friendships and always delighted the clientele with  his good spirits. Predeceased by his wife Maureen in 1990 he is survived by his sons Charlie Junior Martin daughters Nuala Mary Dympna Martina and Annie brother Peter grandchildren and great grandchildren. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Phelim to Cullies cemetery.

Crannog Bridge Club N/S 1st Phil smith and Vera Coulter 2nd Betty Murphy and Anne Fallon 3rd Mary McNicholas and Dorothy Neary E/W 1st Maureen Watters and Phyl Reilly 2nd Teresa Keogh and Una Carolan 3rd Una Stafford and Pauline ???

Kathleen Sullivan Memorial Trophy at County Cavan Bridge Club is won by Cavan pair Aidan Leahy and Anselem Lovett 2nd Maria Geelan and Simon Ridley 2nd and Best Gross Paddy McDermott and Aileen Timmoney 4th Kathleen Clarke and Elizabeth Galligan E?W 1st Peter Gibney and Pat Plunkett 2nd Willie Finnegan and Val Maguire.

Raymond Gillespie will deliver the Bishop McKiernan Memorial Lecture entitled ‘The Holy Men of Kilmore’ in the Pastoral Centre Saint Patrick’s College.

Cavan United begin to hit top form with 2-1 win over Longford Celtic in bitterly cold wet and windy conditions .Man of the Match was once again  who scored the first goal and made the second for team mate Reilly in the second half. The teams were tied at 0-0 at the interval. Cavan United Alex Heynchuk Don Gorby Gary Hefferty Tony Brady Nicholas Istranius Darren Humphries Brian Mitchell Darius Jankowicz Gerry Reilly Paul Flynn Martin O Hanlon Subs David Brannigan Bob Kelly

February 14th 2008 New VEC Adult Learning Centre at 5 Church View Square is opened by the Minister for Children Brendan Smith UDC . Pictured are Siobhan McKenna Madeline Argue VEC Clifford Kelly Chairman Cavan VEC Brendan Smith TD Colm McEvoy CEO VEC Senator Diarmuid Wilson Fiona Maloney Adult Education Officer Mel Greaney Community Services Manger FÁS.

Same Week Death of Mary Fay 12 Earlsvale Road at the age of 74 after along courageous battle with cancer. Native of Lisagoan Drung. Mary was a Nurse in various Cavan hospitals Saint Felim’s Saint Joseph’s Lisdarn and Cavan General. Like most girls of her generation Mary emigrated after leaving school and qualified as a Nurse at the New End Hospital Hampstead London before returning home and spending her life caring for Cavan patients. She was a very well known Sister in Saint Joseph’s Hospital and Cavan General where she laid down the rules to fellow staff patients and visitors. Heart of gold she was an outstanding Nurse and served her Community with distinction until her retirement in 1999.Member of County Cavan Golf Club Mary was very much a social golfer and enjoyed the game in the company of her many close friends. After her retirement she continued to serve the people of the town a member of the Social Services and was particularly involved with the Meals on Wheels. Never lost touch with her colleagues in Cavan General Hospital and used her frequent visits for treatment to lift the spirit and morale of the staff with whom she had a great rapport. Predeceased by her brother Pat in Southampton Gerry Dromkeen County Donegal. Father Tom Mannion assisted by Father Raymond Brady officiated at the funeral from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Phelim to Saint Patrick’s cemetery Castletara.

Father John Gilhooley Adm well known handball aficionado launches the new Saint Patrick’s College Handball Club with a fundraiser in the Meadow View Lounge. Pictured Father John Gilhooley James Brady Paul Fitzpatrick Padraig Cahill. Formerly a professor in Saint Patrick’s College from 1986 Father Gilhooley was the person who introduced and coached World Handball Champion Paul Brady as well as many other national and international winners.

February 21st 2008 Long discussion at Cavan Town Council on the recent performance of the town in the National Tidy Towns Competition highlight the disgraceful state of the town river the derelict Green Lake and the poor state of the Fountains at the Diamond and the Market Square which Town Manger Ger Finn states are being heavily littered and impossible to keep clean. Terry Argue states that Cavan is blazing a trail as the leading centre in Ireland in the Irish business against Litter League but our marks are away down in the Tidy Towns competition. Despite trogan efforts by a hard working committee and the staff of Cavan Town Council the marks are at least 40% less than in the Litter League-“the whole thing is an absolute joke” concludes Terry.

Same Week Death of Patrick Patsy Connolly Dorset England and formerly Connolly Brothers Main Street. Son of Patrick and Mary Connolly he was predeceased by his parents brothers Liam Brian and Sean. Survived by his brother Joe Windy Nook Keadue Lane sisters Mona O Reilly Pam O Donovan Athy Eileen Tavey Castleblayney and his partner Sylvia. Funeral from the Cathedral following Requiem Mass to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Minister for Children Brendan Smith opens yet another Playground at Ardkeen Cavan and announces further funding of €66,000 for the Playgrounds at Con A Smith Park and Killymooney.

Tributes are paid to Micheal Greenan as he retires from the Ulster Council of the GAA after a distinguished service of 27 years during which time he served in every position on the Council including his three years as President. Council Secretary Danny Murphy lauds Michéal's contribution to Cavan Ulster and Central Council of the GAA at the Annual Ulster GAA Convention in the Canal Court Hotel Newry.

Paddy Walshe Ballyhaise correspondent for the Anglo Celt recalls the origins of Saint Mary’s Church Ballyhaise which is undergoing renovation at the moment. Originally the old Cathedral in Cavan each stone (Up to ½ ton) were ferried to Ballyhaise by horse and cart in 1942 and reassembled on the site. During the War Years  materials were rationed and petrol was not available. The first alterations to the Church was by Bishop Browne in 1853.The General Foreman in Ballyhaise was Con Bohane and Billy Jones both from Cork employed by John Sisk Contractors both had overseen the construction of the new Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Phelim in Cavan from 1939-1942.The Chief Stone Mason was Arthur Kane. Eddie Reilly Lismagratty was a member of the staff on the site while a young Brian Young Antiduff was Messenger Boy and PRO. It was the legendary Canon Maguire who christened the church 'Saint Mary’s on the Hill'.

Sean Walsh is formally presented with his Gold Medal by Alex Moran Chairman Cavan Icebreakers to commemorate 40 consecutive Christmas Morning swims. Sean is also the first holder of the Edward O Hanlon Shield awarded to all swimmers who complete 40 consecutive swims. The medal was sponsored by Smyth’s 60 Main Street Jim Argue Railway Road Eddie Halligan Noel Elliott and Jimmy Hyland while the Shield is in memory of the late Edward O Hanlon Editor of the Anglo Celt who took the first photographs of the swim in 1968 and from there promoted it as a fun charity event on Christmas Morning.

February 28th 2008 Brendan Smith Minister for Children opens the new offices of Positive Age at Castlemanor Retirement Village. Trained Volunteers man the centre and cover 3 counties,14,757 people in Cavan/Monaghan are over 65 while 35% of the over 70s live alone mostly in rural areas. Pictured is Brian Daly HSE presenting Margaret Basmajian Positive Age a bouquet of flowers in recognition of her tremendous work for Positive Age over the years. Pictured are the Positive Age team Brigid Duffy Lucilla O Hanlon Margaret Basmajian Margaret O Connell Jessie Jones Maisie Smith Ailish Mullhern Josephine Collins Mark O Hanlon Felicity McGrath Michael Munroe Frances O Callaghan Seamus Quinn Breda Connolly Brian Daly Carmel McCabe and Molly Hickey

Same Week Death of Rosaleen (Rhodie) Murray Carraig Beag and 10 John Paul Avenue just a few short months short of her 40th Birthday at Saint Christopher’s Hospice. Born on the 25th June 1967 daughter of Rosaleen (Sheridan) and Terry Murray. Rhodie was educated at saint Clare’s Cavan Vocational School and the College of Further Studies before embarking on a career as a child minder. Predeceased by her father Terry she is survived by her mother Rosaleen brothers Liam sisters Elizabeth Deidre Sinead and Teresa. Father Jason Murphy Chaplain Breffni College officiated at the Funeral from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Phelim to Killygarry cemetery.

Death of the irrepressible John Burke late of Main Street in Edmonton London after a long illness at the age of 62.Son of the Jerry and Burke both his parents were Chemists and owned the well known Burke’s Chemist on Main Street (Cian Murtagh’s). His father a native of Drogheda died suddenly before his 40th Birthday and the business was run by his mother a member of the Tully family Gartbrattan. She also had the responsibility of rearing a young family of whom John was the eldest. Although he emigrated over 40 years ago John never lost his love of Cavan and particularly friends from the Main Street and kept in constant touch through his brother Dermot and the Anglo Celt. Predeceased by his parents John is survived by his wife Elizabeth sons John and Terry daughter Samantha brothers Dermot and Kevin uncle John Tully Mount Prospect. Funeral from Saint Edmond’s Roman Catholic Church Edmonton with Cremation in Enfield Crematorium.

100 new jobs will be created with the opening of the state of the art 100 square metre Homemaker Retail Store at Pullamore. A whole new shopping experience id promised by General Manager Dermot O Reilly.

Mick O Dowd former Clontibret and Monaghan county star is appointed to succeed Malachy O Rourke as Team Manager of the all conquering Cavan Gaels County Senior League and Championship winners in 2007 who this year have the Ulster Club Championship as their main priority.

Cavan Rugby Club under 14 play Malone in the curtain raiser to the Ulster V Llanelli Scarlett's  game at Ravenhill Belfast. The Cavan panel is Sean Nixon ? Richard Murphy Stephen Conaty Thomas McConnell Trevor Dunne Daniel Ivers Jason McConnell Conor Gormley Brian Breslin Irwin Heaslip Sean McGoldrick Captain Ryan Slaughter Kevin Gormley Aidan McFarlane.

As part of the 400th Royal school celebrations the Royal School host fellow Royals from Enniskillen Armagh Dungannon and Raphoe at swimming Gala at Cavan Swimming Pool where Cavan’s William O Reagan (Form 3 ) wins Gold for the hosts in the boy’s backstroke.

Irene Smith and Mary Donohoe won the Peggy Willock Memorial trophy at Crannog Bridge Club 2nd Betty Murphy and Anne Fallon 3rd Jim and Evelyn Beirne.

Flower arranging demonstration for Easter by Maureen Crowe and Anne McDonald in the Kilmore Hotel organised by the Saint Patrick’s College Parent’s Association. Both Maureen and Anne are qualified AOIFA instructors.

Death of the well known Patrick Pa Kane at the age of 94 after a short illness. Born in Cutragh in 1914.After his marriage to Susan Mulligan moved to Gortnakillew Poles in 1942 and they had 4 children. They moved to Ardamagh Ballyhaise to be near their daughter Kathleen Smith in 1994.Predeceased by brother Charlie sister Margaret Cronin and his wife Susan in 2002. Surviverd by his daughters  Sue Synan Dunboyne Kathleen Smith Ardamagh Mary Crowe Corlesmore and son Seanie Gortnakillew 22 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Father Oliver Kelly assisted by Father Liam Kelly and Father Kevin Fay received the remains at Saint Dympna’s Church Lower Lavey and the Funeral Mass celebrated by Father Gerry Kearns assisted by Father Oliver Kelly and Peter McPartland with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Jill Parker 5 Earlsvale Road is the popular winner of the Pat the Baker Competition and €100 presented by Eugene Murphy Northern Sound radio.

Among the nominations for Cavan Person of the Year 2007 are Eddie Brady Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Dr Alan Finan Paediatrician Cavan General Hospital Sister Ellen Brady Resource Centre.

The Staff of the Maintenance Department Cavan Bus Depot make a presentation of a colour TV to popular School Bus driver Tommy McCaul who is retiring after 28 years  safe and distinguished service. Pictured are PJ McEntee Manger Cavan Garage Tommy McCaul Seamus McGovern Paul Casey and Paddy Gaffney.

Cavan Walking Group meet each Sunday morning at The Orchard in Drumalee for walk. This week the trip is to Keeloghyboy mountain. Packed lunch and good walking boots are essential.

Cavan United beat Camlin United 2-1 at Killymooney Park to go top of the League. Nicholas Istrancus and Arthur Buzuus were on target for the home side.

Siobhan Mohan representing Drumalee GFC is the winner of the County Scor solo singing competition in Drumkilly.

March 6th 2008 John Joe Nevin 18 year old Irish champion sensationally qualifies for the Olympic Games in Beijing by wining the Bantamweight  gold medal at the qualifiers in Pescara Italy. John Joe coached by Brian McKeown at Cavan Boxing Club in a controlled patient manner overcame Ukrainian Maksym Tretyak in the first round 32-16 and then top class Bulgarian boxer in Semi Final before defeating Veaceslov Gojan from Moldova  17 to 9 in the Final and is now spoken of a real medal hopeful at the Beijing Olympics..

Same Week Saint Pat’s soccer team captained by Jimmy Fallen qualify for the Ulster Final beating Raphoe? County Donegal 4-1 in the Semi Final. Star of the show was Niall Murray with his elegance and blinding pace who scored a hat trick and was outstanding throughout. The teams were tied at 0-0 at the interval

 This is the Cavan College’s second Ulster Final in 5 years. Team Michael Coyle Mathew Kane Packy Leddy Niall McDermott Mark Kelly Niall Smith Kevin Tierney Jimmy Fallen Captain Niall Lynch Niall Murray Subs Darragh Tighe Greg Sheridan Enda Fitzpatrick Michael Brady ?.

March 13th 2008 Treasurer of Cavan Drama Festival Sheila McGinnity says that more people are attending the Drama than ever before and this year there are featuring members of the Youth Arts Association as MC and Stewards at this year’s 62nd celebration of the event. She would like to see the Council vacating the offices to the front so that they could develop a real theatre in Cavan which can become a social venue for the people of the town.

Cavan County Council pay out €760,000 in payments and expenses to members during the last year 2007.top of the list was Anthony Vesey Fianna Fail with €38,445 Madeline Argue Fine Gael received €30,661 Joe O Reilly Fine Gael €25,308 while the Sinn Fein expenses were much the lowest and modest Charlie Boylan receiving €26,447 and Pauline McCauley €20,991.

Ivan Bolton Headmaster Royal School Cavan is pictured with the President Mary McAleese at the service of Celebration  and Thanksgiving in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral where the Duke of Gloucester represents her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2.Ivan pays tribute to his teachers Pupils and household staff at the Royal School Cavan and describes the ceremony in Armagh as one of the most emotional and uplifting experiences of his life. Beautifully crafted homily by the former Archbishop of Armagh Robin Eames when he says that “education is what survives when what you have learned is forgotten”. Ivan Bolton is a native of Dublin and joined the Royal School staff in 1971.Promoted Deputy Principal from 1972 he was appointed Principal and Headmaster in 1989.

 March 13th 2008 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade 2008 MC Mel Doherty Martin Dunne and the Webber School  of Dancing will entertain the crowds before the parade starts from the Main Car Park led by a colour party from D Company 8th Battalion followed by Reserve D Company Dun Ui Neill. Bands from Clontibret Accordion Lisnaskea Accordion Maguiresbridge Silver Lisnaskea Silver Bunnoe Brass and Reed as well as youth bands from County Cavan will attend. Chairman Eddie Brady Secretary Margaret Kelly PRO Martina Sexton Treasurer Paddy Sexton.

Same Week Betty Murphy’s President’s Prize at Crannog Bridge Club N/S 1st Frances Daly and Maria Lynch 2nd Anna Carlin and Kay Henry 3rd Perlina McCaffrey and Simon Ridley E/W 1st Sean Masterson and Leo Brady 2nd Elizabeth Lalor and Paddy McDermott 3rd Teresa McEntee and Maria Geelan. Over €1,000 was raised for the Lourdes Invalid Fund.

Sudden death of Seamus Keevans while attending the Wexford V Down National League game in Wexford Park at the age of 75.Former Cavan Sligo Waterford and Wexford County footballer Seamus won a League Championship medal with Cavan Gaels in 1960.After attending school in Sligo Seamus joined the Garda Siochana and was a well known Sergeant in the force. Immense build and strength he thought nothing of walking from Ballyhaise where he was stationed to Cavan town to assist the Gaels and would return to base by foot no matter how hard the encounter. Very popular personality he always kept in touch with Cavan although his main allegiance was to Wexford whom he assisted in the National League Final of 1956.

Saint Felim’s Boy’s School win the Under 12 and Under 16 County Community Championship and progress to the Ulster Finals Under 12 Panel Jonathan Courtney Cormac O Donoghue Eoin McCormack Jonathan Devlin Phil Smith Frank Carolan Rolin Sirflio and Pat Ryan Coach .Under 16 Panel Louis Courtney Peter Hand Henry Devlin Tomas Kelly Christy Quinn and Craig O Callaghan and Pat Ryan Coach.

Cavan CYMS Chairman Johnny Lynch makes a presentation to Declan Meehan Cavan Gaels Minor Player of the Year and Martin Dunne County Cavan Minor Player of the Year at a function in Cavan CYMS. Both are active members of  Cavan CYMS for along number of years.

Wettest Spring in living memory leads to cancellation of many sporting events including the prestigious Dr Cullen Cup at County Cavan Golf Club which has been closed due to flooding for the last couple of weeks.

New €16 million Homemaker development opens at Pullamore employing 110 people the retail unit has a floor area of 55,000 square feet. Designed by local award winning Architect David McCormack the store is a 2 floor open plan design with each floor linked by an escalator. The Café Mana on 1st floor is run by Eilish Donoghue and her husband well known Cavan rugby star Salesi Tuipolutu. Sandra Farrell is the Retail Manager Dermot O Reilly General Manager and the Interior Designer is Aíne O Reilly- Homemaker’s motto is ‘Value Through Knowledge’

March 20th 2008  Stuart Clarke General Manager Cavan Equestrian Centre announces a €5 million investment in the Centre including new all weather outdoor arena Bars improved kitchen stable and toilet facilities and the extension of the indoor arena to 85 metres by 55 metres making Cavan Equestrian Centre the biggest centre of its kind in Europe capable of hosting an International World Cup event. Stuart son of the founders Mervyn and Pauline Clarke is aiming to hosts major exhibitions and concerts in the Centre.

Same Week Very well attended 62nd Cavan Drama Festival .Corofin County Clare with the ‘Beauty Queen of Lenane’ drawing all the plaudits including that of Adjudicator Kathleen Bamington  who said that the production by Corofin was “ the best performance she ever saw from players in the Confined Section-they were awarded the best actress best actor best producer best stagecraft and best set in the Confined Section. Estuary Players Dublin won the Doctor Lyons Cup in the Open Section for their production of the Pace by Arthur Millar. Best Producer Myra Maguire Estuary Players Dublin Best Actor Joe Mullins Anvil Players Bruff in  ‘The Importance of Being Oscar’ Best Actress Miriam Petit Kats Galway Ray O Connor Award Orla O Connell anvil Players Bruff Adjudicator’s Award Anvil Players Bruff.

For the first time 320,000 records from Cavan Genealogy Centre will be available online at www.irish-roots.ie from a total of over 1 million records assembled by Mary Sullivan and her staff. Census and land records are still to be updated. It has taken over 20 years to patiently assemble this invaluable database. Inspired by the late Bishop Frank McKiernan vast amounts of time effort and money have been spent developing this wonderful resource which is much in demand by Americans (60%) Australians (15%) Canada UK New Zealand Scotland and Ireland account for 25% of enquiries. Launched by the Minister of Tourism Seamus Brennan and Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness n board the Jenny Johnston in Dublin. Mary Sullivan states that Church of Ireland record are available from 1702 while Roman Catholic Records date from 1752. Pictured at the launch are Tom Sullivan Cavan Genealogy Centre Concepta McGovern Cavan Genealogy Centre Mary Sullivan Manager Cavan Genealogy Centre Martin McGuinness Northern Ireland First Minister.

Willie Finnegan and Val Maguire win The Gorta Cup at Cavan Bridge Club  2nd and Best Gross Eileen McEnri and Delores O Reilly 3rd Trudy Corrigan and Bridie Donohoe 4th Leo Brady and Pat Smith.

Cathal Dunne beats Conor McClarey to win the Junior A Competition at Cavan CYMS  while Sean O Kane is the winner of the Junior B competition with Ryan Dunne Runner Up.

March 27th 2008 Due to the early celebration of Easter Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Cavan on a glorious Easter Monday. Des Cullen set the parade in motion at 12 noon with John Joe Nevin Guest of Honour on the Reviewing Stand where he was joined by Jack Keyes County Manager Rev Mark Lidwell Senator Diarmuid Wilson and Joe O Reilly and members of Cavan Town Council and Cavan County Council. The MC Mel Doherty made a presentation to Chairman Eddie Brady for a life time of service to the Cavan parade.

Same Week Emily Veale Ciara Finian & Deborah Coyle Leah Ronan Emer Brady Sebastian Dariba Killian Connolly Stephen Ronan Aiveen Connolly Emma Conaty Aíne Lovett Neil Hayden Ross O Reilly James Veale Donal Monahan Clodagh O Reilly and Ross Delaney star for the Breifne Swimming Club at the Ulster Championships at the Grove Pool in Belfast where they won 6 Golds 3 Silvers 3 Bronze and 2 Team Golds. Later at the National Championships at the National Aquatic Centre Deborah Coyle won Gold in Under 9 Breastroke Emer Brady Silver in Under 10 Breastroke and Emily Veale and Leah Ronan qualified for the Final swimming personal bests. Ruth Delaney Derham Gold in Under 12 Breastroke Donal Monahan gold in Under 14 Breastroke Ross Delaney double Gold in Under 11 Butterfly and Medley. Aoife Brady Under 12 Freestyle Bronze Gold in Freestyle and Medley Relay where she was joined by Chloe Dariba Ruth Maloney Derham and Orlagh Lynch.

Death of Edwina Elizabeth Kerr a member of the famous Cinnamond family late of Church Street in USA. Predeceased by her brother Ted. Survived by her husband David daughter Pamela son Ian brother Norman Mervyn Frank Ken and sister Isobel Pollock.

Brian Cunningham beats Michael Meehan in a thrilling Senior Snooker Final at Cavan CYMS. Martin Dunne and Pat Boyle were the beaten Semi Finalists.

9 year old McKelvey bids to go one better and win the Aintree Grand national r his owner Noel Elliott. Ridden by T J O Brien last year’s runner up is trained in Wales by Peter Bowen and was broken in and purchased for the owner by Shane and Samantha Donohoe Fairtown Cavan. McKelvey who has had a year off with injury likes fast going and will start the race at 16/1.

Gerry O Keefe comes out of retirement to win the  Stars on the Night talent contest at the Lavey Inn with his impersonation of Boy George. All funds on the night went to Father Jim Connolly for Church building in Zambia.

 

April 3rd 2008 Death of the legendary Alice Elliott at the age of 91 after a short illness at Cavan General Hospital. Founder of the well known Cavan Building and Development firm P Elliott and Company with husband Paddy in 1942. A member of the Dunne family and native of Johnstown Delvin County Westmeath where she was born in 1917.Came to Cavan to work with Doctor McGauran as a Receptionist and Housekeeper in 1940 she later married local builder Paddy Elliott settling first in College Street then 61 Main Street Helena’s Fashions. They bought the premises of Taggart’s Coachbuilders Church Street for £1750 in 1949.One of the first jobs that they completed was the reconstruction of Smyth’s 60 Main Street for a sum of £999-19-6.With very little house or commercial building after the War P Elliott and Company were fortunate to share in the boom of Church building. The first church they completed was for the Holy Rosary Convent in Killeshandra followed soon afterwards by the Church of The Immaculate Conception in Drung. They then branched out to Sligo building Saint Anne’s Church and the famous Nazareth House many other contracts followed their excellent execution of these jobs and P Elliott built a fine tradition of outstanding craftsmanship. Many schools and projects were completed in the 1960-1970 era including Moyne Community School and the new Army Barracks in Monaghan. P Elliott and Company are now rated in the top 10 of Irish Builders and Developers employing 800 men directly and 3,000 indirectly. Alice Elliott organised and ran the office and administration of the Company until the mid 1980s and her work and commitment was always of the highest calibre. Long time employee Charlie Donohoe tells the story of his first day in Elliott’s when he arrived into work in the Workshop along with Jack Galligan and Paddy Dunne at 7:30 on a Monday morning to find the place already buzzing and Alice with the weekly wash out drying on the line. Both Paddy and Alice handed this work ethic to their children and this is one of the ingredients of the successful Elliott work practice. In 2006 Cavan Town Council honoured Alice with the presentation of the Gold Medal of Honour for her work with P Elliott in developing Cavan town. On that occasion Alice gave a memorable speech where she outlined the difficulties of running a successful business with rearing 11 children. Paying tribute to hr husband Paddy and her sons Jim Noel Malachy Barry and Aidan who have continued the tradition of excellence she paid tribute to her many customers down the years particularly the Church who accounted for most of their work in the early days when overheads were smaller and taxation less penal. Outstanding gardener with great energy and taste she transformed her home ‘Sacre Coeur’ Drumelis into an oasis of peace and tranquillity. Latterly she came to live in a smaller house in Keadue where she was lovingly cared and attended to by her family particularly Rita (McGee) who acted as her Carer and Driver. Only in recent times did she spend any time in hospital and never confined to a nursing home. Predeceased by her husband Paddy in July 1982 she is survived by her sons Jim Noel Malachy Barry and Aidan daughters Moira O Rourke twins Alice (Lala) Gear Virginia and Kathleen Hannon Kells Florence Magee Dublin Meabh Reilly Butlersbridge Rita Magee Staghall Belturbet and Fionnola McCaffrey. Funeral following concelebrated Mass in the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Same Week Terri Shanahan former MD of Jobman and Rococo Gift is appointed CEO of Cavan Chamber of Commerce. Terri who has lived in Cavan for over 25 years emphasises the need to increase the number of shops in the town so that more and more people will shop in Cavan benefiting existing shops and encouraging the bigger retailers to locate in Cavan. Over 200 members of the newly reorganised Cavan Chamber Terri will work in close harmony with Eamonn McDwyer President of the Chamber. For the latest developments and notices see www.cavanchamber.ie .Terri joined Jobman a Swedish specialist clothing firm  Production Manager and appointed MD in 1993 quadrupling sales in 6 years and over 80 people employed. She holds a Business Management Degree from the Open University and a Diploma Personal Management and Psychology from the centre of PCP UK also a degree in Advanced Business Counselling from University of Durham. She has worked in close harmony with young groups of people particularly the transition year students and their teacher Carmel Dolan in Loreto College who won the Young Entrepreneurs of the Year in 2006.

Untimely death of Claire Reilly 23 Keadue Cathedral Road and late of Killynebber Cavan at Tallaght Hospital. Daughter of the late Paddy and her father was a very well known Merchant who supplied turf coal and other household products to wide area up to Upper Lavey. Claire was educated at the Poor Clare’s Loreto College and worked first with Jackson’s garage before joining GEC in Drumalee. She later served in an Administrative capacity with the Irish Co Operative Society in Dublin from 1975 until she retired in 1997.Predeceased by her brother Austin she is survived by her brothers Brendan Malachy and Finbar daughters Concepta and Monica. Funeral from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Phelim to Killygarry cemetery. Predeceased by brother Austin she is survived by her brothers Brendan Malachy and Finbar sisters Monica Culhane Keadue Celeste McKeown. Funeral from the Cathedral to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

April 10th 2008 Margaret Weritz Pullakeel Carrickaboy aged 19 daughter of Peter and Margaret Weritz formerly of Connolly Street is killed when the motor cycle on which she was a pillion passenger crashes at Castleboy Kilchrest Galway.

.Draft plan for Cava town 2009-2015 is published projecting that the present population of Cavan town will grow from the present 8,000 to 16,000 and the development of the new Town Centre by P Elliott and Company which will include a mix of residential and commercial development.

Same Week Death of the great Father Patrick Brady PP Knocktemple Virginia and distinguished Curate in Crosserlough Parish Priest of Denn Castlerahan/Mountnuggent at the age of 84.Educated at Bawnboy National School Saint Patrick’s College  Cavan and Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth where he was ordained in 1949.Served in the Diocese of Birmingham before coming home to Glencar as Curate then he spent 13 years in Saint Patrick’s College teaching Irish Latin and CD. Appointed Curate in Crosserlough in 1966 PP Denn in 1983 Parish Priest Castlerahan /Mountnuggent in 1987.Founder member of Cumainn Seanchas Breifne among his contributions was his thesis Scholars of Breifne Father Tom Maguire 1792-1847.Founder member of Foroige in Cavan 1969 he continued to support and encourage the organisation all of his life. Dedicated to Pioneer Total Abstinence Association he took great pride n the election of Shane Kitson Ballyjamesduff as National President. Took a very active part in the GAA and could recall with great enthusiasm great sporting moments from the past. Gifted story teller he was a contributor to Sunday Miscellany on RTE  Radio 1 and never missed and episode on Sunday mornings. Predeceased by his brothers John Gerard Frank and sister Teresa he is survived by his sister Mary. Funeral following concelebrated Requiem Mass in Saint Bartholomew’s Munterconnaught to the adjoining cemetery.

Vera Dunne a member of the teaching staff in Breifne College expresses surprise at the choice of Navan as the site of the new Super Hospital for the North East Region. She would rather have seen Virginia chosen but we were lucky in Cavan that neither Ardee or Drogheda were chosen as they are totally inaccessible from Cavan.

Social Services Whist 1st Annie McEntee 2nd Bee Lynch 3rd Eileen Conaty Lady Hatcher Eileen Masterson 1st Gent Aidan Conaty Gent’s Hatcher Sean Leinster.

Andrew Murray wins his 10th Professional fight at Light Welterweight beating Leonard Lothian in the National Stadium with a 4th Round stoppage at the end of the 4th round.

Tributes continue to pour into the Anglo Celt for Pastor and Historian Father Pat Brady this time from the Parish of Denn where he served as Parish Priest and was greatly loved by each and every parishioner in Denn.

24 year old Physiotherapist from Kilnavara Mairead Lyng is chosen from 17 contestants as the 2008 Cavan Rose at the Rose of Tralee Final in the Cavan Crystal Hotel .Mairead now goes forward to the Regional Finals where 6 of the girls will be chosen to go forward to the International Festival in Tralee in August. Mairead received €1,00 Cavan Crystal trophy presented by Helen Dunne Co Ordinator Cavan Centre Rose of Tralee, She was also presented with a Hamper of Cosmetics from Cara Pharmacy. Mairead was the first girl to be interviewed and she set the standard for the night with a sparkling performance and a poem dedicated to her mother Bridie.

April 17th 2008 Controversy erupts as 18 year old Traveller John Joe Nevin goes on national radio highlighting his failure to find a suitable venue in either Cavan Kildare or Maonaghan to accommodate his celebrations following qualification for the Beijing Olympics. John Joe tells Gerry Ryan on 2 FM that he is looking for a venue to accommodate a party of 50-70 family and friends some of whom are Travellers. Brian McKeown Coach to John Joe and a member of Cavan Town Council helps to secure a suitable venue where everybody had a wonderful evening.

Same Weeek Death of Patrick Hillery former Fianna Fail TD for Clare 1st European Commissioner and President of Ireland. State funeral in Dublin followed by interment in his beloved County Clare. Survived by his wife Doctor Meabh Hillery.

Collane Consulting and Services celebrate heir 10th Birthday. They started the business with 3 people which has now grown to 12 offering a wide range of business support services. They have now added an IT Auditing Service to improve client systems and improve efficiency. Pictured are founders Gerry and Helena Collins with Andrea Piere Dwane Dargis Elaine Keane John Keeley Noeli Conaghan Clare Roe Michael Osinski Chris Previ Teresa Brady Don Cuffles.

Patricia H Smyth Cootehill republishes 'Faerie’s Hither' written by her mother Sheelagh with illustrations by Brigid Murray. Sheelagh was a member of the famous JE Ledbetter world famous Silversmiths and jewellers Dublin. Patricia Smith holds an MA in History from Trinity College. She is married to James Smith Farmer Cootehill and mother of renowned author and historian Jonathan Smith Johnston Central Library.

Death of  Tom Cullen Gartnasilla and Hayes Middlesex suddenly. Regular visitor home to Cavan and Killeshandra he took n avid interest in the welfare of the Cavan team and kept up to date through the medium of the Anglo Celt. Worked on the family farm and later in Jackson’s Garage he was an enthusiastic member of Cavan FCA and attended Military Camp n Gormanston and Finner each year before emigrating to England. Predeceased by his first wife Mary in 1959 and sister Betty in 1973.Survived by his wife Muriel son Dennis daughter Brenda twin sister Sue in Sydney Australia Teresa Cavan brothers John and David. Funeral following Mass in Hayes Middlesex

Social Services Whist 1st Lady Teresa McHugh 2nd Lady Maureen Watters 3rd Lady Patsy Murray Lady Hatcher My McCaul 1st Gent Aidan Conaty.

Andy Murray  holder of the Irish Light Welter crown wins12th professional fight and an unbelievable 3rd in 4 weeks at the Breaffy House Hotel and Resort Castlebar. The opponent this time is Brazilian Wellington De Jesus who had won 13 of his last 14 fights is counted out by Referee David Irving after 131 seconds of the 1st Round claiming that Murray had landed a punch beneath the belt.

Breffni Swim Club launch their website at www.breifnesc.com .Very useful for club members to look up fixtures and recent results. The site contains links to the Irish Ulster and Leinster Swim Club web sites.

Ulster GAA Writers select Seanie Johnston Cavan and Cavan Gaels sharpshooter as their Sports Star for March 2008.The Last Cavan player to receive this award was Jason Reilly in February 2001.Seanis accompanied by his mother Pauline (Nee McHugh) is a student of P E in Dublin City University after  taking his Accountancy and Finance degree at DCU. Seanie is the holder of 5 Cavan League and Championship medals 1 Sigerson Cup medal and is a regular member of the Sigerson Cup All Stars. Seanie scored 8 points against Roscommon 9 against Cork and 6 points against Dublin in Cavan’s recent National Football League Division 2 campaign when they were relegated to Division 3 football for next season.

Cavan Institute present Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat to a packed audience for 4 consecutive nights in the Town Hall. Brilliant show set design and production were of professional standard. The Narrator was Amanda Snitzer and Christopher Reilly Pharaoh Peter O Hanlon who gave an Elvis style performance which brought the house down Aidan Carroll was Joseph an inspired choice bringing a sense of fun to a wonderful performance Sean O Rourke was Jacob Potiphar was Patrick Cassidy and Potiphar’s wife was Ashleene Kinnear Peter O Hanlon and Adrienne Cunningham Produced and Directed the show Musical Director was Sue Donohoe Choreographer Paschal Lyons  

April 24th 2008 Sudden death of Philip Fitzsimmons CEO FBD Insurance at Faithlegg Hotel Waterford at the age of 60.Son of the late James and Etta Fitzsimmons Bridge Street and later Pullamore. His father was a most respected Insurance Official well known around Cavan transacting business on his bicycle while his mother was a Secondary teacher in Saint Clare’s The Royal School and Loreto. Philip was educate at the poor Clare Convent the De :a Salle and UCD where he took his B Com in 1970.Worked first with GE Capital and later qualified as an Accountant. Joined the fledgling farmers Insurance Company FBD in 1971 as a Management Accountant. Promoted to Marketing Manager in 1978 and prepared the Company for Floatation on the Stock Market in 1989.Apointed Deputy CEO in 1996 he saw the Company grow from a valuation of €37 million to €235 million when he was appointed CEO in 2003.There are over 1,550 people employed in the Insurance and Leisure Business at FBD. Devoted his life to building FBD into one of Ireland’s most successful empires. The Chairman of FBD Michael Berkery in tribute said that “Philip had been loyal to FBD for over 38years exemplary service and his wise and considered counsel will  be missed”. It is believed that FBD were considering a multi billion approach from the Andrew Langford Group Eureko Netherlands. Philip as CEO grew the business market capitalisation from €230 million in 2003 to €1.1 billion. Outstanding footballer Philip on Under Age medals with De La Salle Cavan Gaels minors and Oliver Plunkett's. Staunch and loyal to Killygarry GFC Philip won Junior 1967 and Intermediate 1970.Unfortunate to run into the all conquering Crosserlough in 1970 and 1971 first as a member of the amalgamated Sarsfields in the 1970 Semi Final and with his beloved Killygarry in the 1971 Final where he played a major part in keeping Killygarry in the game until they were over run n the final quarter. Philip later represented Cavan at Senior level and was a regular on the panel for a number of seasons. Genuine decent charitable man Philip was very proud of his Cavan roots and was a regular  supporter of the County team and took a life long interest in the welfare of the Killygarry club and its people. Survived by his wife Paula sons Brian Paul and James daughters Sinead and Renagh brother Seamus sister Maria. Funeral following Requiem Mass in Saint Laurence O Toole Church Kilmacud to Shanganagh cemetery.

Sympathy is extended to Margaret Geraghty Drumgola and Cavan Travel on the death of her brother Paddy former  Fianna Fail Chairman of Belturbet Town Commissioners. Paddy worked with Killeshandra Co Op and Lakeland Dairies and lately in retirement took up apposition on the ground staff at the Slieve Russell Hotel. Funeral from the Church of the Immaculate Conception to Drumalee cemetery.

Greg Sheridan Saint Pats and Patsy Hand Kingscourt representing Cavan defeat Roscommon’s Pat Clarke and Noel Rafferty in the Senior Veteran Handball Final in Mullingar winning 9-21 21-17 21-16.The pair have now won an impressive 8 All Ireland titles.

Roscommon beat Cavan 2-13 to 1-15 to send Cavan hurtling into Division 3 where they won only 1 game under lights against Cork in Breffni Park.

In a survey of over 400 companies Sean Quinn is ranked second to Michael O Leary of Ryan Air as the most admired inspirational business leaders. The survey also found that 55% of males and 32% of females work more than 50 hours per week.

Pottle Meats and extension of Northern Delight open their new plant at Cavan Business and Technology Park. Founded by Tommy Brady from Ballyjamesduff. Their motto is traceability from farm to fork. Pictured are Tony Acheson /? James Brady Daiga Arajjuma Kathleen Miney Seamus Costello Carmel Davis Secretary and Tommy Brady.

Etta McIntyre and Madge Curran of Crannog .Trophy presented to the winning pair by Aileen Timmoney Regional Secretary win the Intermediate North Eastern B Regional Bridge Championship. Pictured are Etta McIntyre Aileen Timmoney Madge Curran Betty Murphy President Crannog Bridge Club and Simon Ridley Secretary.

May 1st 2008 Loreto College triumph again with ANEED at the Business Innovation Awards at the RDS. They won the same award in 2006. All Transition year students Niamh Kelly is M D Elaine McCabe Alison O Reilly Eleanor Phelan Deidre Kelly. Their tutor and mentor is Carmel Dolan who described the winning team as “very bright bubbly and articulate. ”ANEED is a guide to students entering 3rd level education for the first time. Advice on everything from accommodation and housekeeping to personal finance.

Same Week Pauric Carroll Earlsvale Road is crowned the king of drama as DCU Society where he is Chairman wins the intervarsity drama competition. The 20 year old son of P J and Anne studying Genetics and Cell Biology at Dublin City University says that drama is a great way to develop your personality self confidence for public speaking and to get to know your strengths and limitations much better. The Society have been involved in 81 events this year including Plays Musicals feature length film and a trip to New York. They recently ran a successful adaptation of Flame the musical in the Helix Theatre which realised a profit of €13,000.Best friends with fellow DCU student and member of the Musical Society Dallan McCormick who is studying Physics at DCU and is a member of Cavan Gaels and like Pauric educated at  Saint Felim’s National School and Saint Patrick’s College.

Philip Doherty 25 year old Cavan teacher now domiciled in Vietnam is short listed for the PJ O Connor short play award which he won in 2006 with ‘Mysterious Ways’. This year’s offering is ‘Lust for Money’

Sudden death of one of Killygarry’s most popular citizens Andy McGovern Drumoghra Poles at the age of 62.Son of Patrick and Pullamore his father was a a native of West Cavan and handed on to his family a great sense of integrity loyalty and generosity. Outstanding footballer with Killygarry he played at right full back and won Junior and Intermediate County Championship medals. Played in the same position for Cavan Post Office when they won the All Ireland Post Offices Championship in 1973.He took great pride in passing on the tradition and  4 of his sons played with Killygarry. Worked with Telecom Eireann for many years and was deservedly popular with his colleagues. Great humour and wit it was a pleasure to meet and share his pleasant company. Outstanding gardener he took great pride in the appearance of his home. Survived by his wife Margaret sons Francis Michel  Andrew Stephen daughter Ann Marie brothers Packie Galway Willie Michael Seamus and Eamonn sisters Kathleen Bernadette Vera and Susan. Funeral from Saint Bridget’s Church Killygarry to the adjoining cemetery.

Michael Cullivan’s Art Exhibition opens in Bailieborough Arts and Culture Centre. Entitled ARIA (An Rud Anam) it is Michael’s first exhibition since 1994 ‘A Fire of Long Ago’ opened by former Tanaiste John Wilson and held in the Courthouse Cavan.

Cavan Anglers Club 2008 President Brendan Coulter Chairman Eamon Donohoe Vice Chairman Frank Kelly Secretary Francis McNally Treasurer Rene Lachamier Assistant Treasurer Dessie McEntee Committee Terry Keegan Darragh O Reilly Enda Young Declan Young Sean Bogue and Dessie Donohoe. Membership is €20 and Juniors are €5.

Injuries blight Cavan Rugby Club’s season with the 1st doing well to finish in a mid table position while the 2nd were 3rd in their League. The Under 14 and 16 teams qualified for the last 8 of their respective Cup competitions while the Ladies team is playing every weekend home and away.

Jim and Antoinette Burke announce the opening of their new Cullies Costcutter Maxol Garage at Latt Cross. Open 7 days 7 to 11 there is a massive retail area of 1600 square feet with full range of groceries Panini deli and gas coal and briquettes. Tributes are paid to the support and assistance afforded by Kathleen and Michael Clarke who ran the Filing Station for 40 years. Pictured are Yeleva Timosenko Bernie O Reilly Fiona Heerey Christine Cumiskey Damien Gallagher and Jim Burke Proprietor..

Father Ray Brady in the weekly Reflections column in the Anglo Celt “wonders if the young people of to day will have much faith growing up in a society of greed and anti institution bias in where there is a felling that the individual doesn’t count!

May 8th 2008 After months of pressure over alleged receipt of illegal payments and constant controversial appearances at the Moriarity Tribunal Bertie Ahern resigns as Taoiseach. Brian Cowen Minister for Finance and TD for Laois/Offaly is unanimously elected leader of Fianna Fail and Taoiseach. Brendan Smith Cavan /Monaghan TD and Minster for Children is expected to be included in the new Taoiseach’ Cabinet to be announced later this week. Both Clifford Kelly Fianna Fail Director of Elections and Jack Keyes Cavan County Manger welcome the news of Brendan Smiths possible promotion and say it would give  Cavan/Monaghan a new dimension with a voice  at Cabinet.

Same Week Death of Mary Walsh Drumholme Ballyhaise after along illness with rheumatoid arthritis. Daughter of the late James and Rose Walsh she started her career as a Clerical Officer in the Department of Agriculture Farnham Street before emigrating to America in 1961 where she spent 15 very happy and fruitful years working first as Secretary to CEO of American giant 'Gumbel' before taking up a similar position with Blue Cross. When diagnosed with her illness Mary returned home to Ireland in 1976 and worked as Secretary to CEO Flair in Bailiebrorough later in the Tourist Board and the Tax Office in Cavan County Council where she was always bright cheerful and helpful despite her debilitating illness. Predeceased by her brothers Kevin Vincent Leo John Vivien and Gerard she is survived by her sister Vera Dunne brothers Paddy Michael Brian and Jimmy in Canada. Funeral following Requiem Mass in Saint Mary’s Church Ballyhaise where ht e chief celebrant was Father Ray Brady assisted by Michael Router Castletara and Jason Murphy Cavan Vocational School. Burial in o Saint Patrick’s cemetery Castletara.

Cavan won the Suzuki Ladies National Football League Final defeating Limerick 1-9 to 1-5 in Semple Stadium Thurles. Cavan led by 0-8 to 0-2 at the i8nterval.Aisling Doonan Cavan was selected Player of the Match.

Ace Mullahoran and world champion Paul Brady wins his 4th Senior Handball Singles on the trot beating Tony Healy from Cork by 2 games to 1 in the Final at the Sports Complex in Abbeylara County Longford. Paul’s 5th title he is now determined to beat the record of legends Michael ‘Duxsie’ Walsh and Pat Kirby who won the title 6 times in succession.

The Little House of Horrors is this year’s Musical at Saint Patrick’s College with sterling performances from Darragh Urbanski Conor O Reilly Glen Farrelly James Knight Conor Hayes Precious Okpaje Glenn Farrelly and Luke Smith.

May 15th 2008 Brendan Smith is appointed Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries by an Taoiseach Brian Cowen follows in an illustrious line of Cavan ministers John P Wilson Tom Fitzpatrick and Paddy Smith who held the Agriculture portfolio in the 1960 Sean Lemass government. Great welcome home to Cavan with a convoy of crs meeting the new Minister at the Cavan/Meath border an escorting him to the Courthouse Cavan where he was welcomed by fellow politicians brother Sean County Council wife Anne sons Killian and Conor daughters Eimear and Aine. The Master of Ceremonies was friend and neighbour Senator Diarmuid Wilson.

Same Weeek Sudden death of the legendary Veronica Sharkey on Tuesday morning at the age of 63.In her usual good spirits at the Town Council meeting in the Town Hall on Monday night. She attended the meeting straight from having treatment for a chronic back problem that blighted her life in recent years. Youngest of 13 children of the late Danny and Julia Brady Loughdavin Loughduff. The family are steeped in gaelic football folklore her brother Phil winning 3 All Ireland medals 1947 1948 and at full back in 1952.Known as the Gunners the family have an awesome reputation for generosity charity and hospitality. After finishing school Veronica took up a job as Barmaid in the old rivals Inn the Lakeland Hotel which was then run by hotelier and Cavan native Don McMullin. Later Veronica took over The Blue Moon in Bridge Street formerly Ena McCaul’s there she enjoyed a great trade with clientele from both town and country. After marrying Pat Sharkey from Drumalee she retired from business for a number of years to rear her family in their new bungalow built on Sharkey’s land at Drumalee. Enjoyed huge popularity as a person and was elected to Cavan Town Council for Fianna Fail. In 1985 Veronica stood for both Cavan Urban and County Council topping the poll in the Cavan Electoral area and serving as the first woman Chairman of Cavan County Council in 1990-1991.Chair of Cavan Urban Council in 1997 and 2001 she was the first Lord Mayor of Cavan in May 2002 and served again as Mayor in 2003-2004.She has the unique distinction of being the last Chairman of Cavan Urban Council and the first Lord Mayor of Cavan Town Council as well as being the very first and only woman to serve as Chairman of Cavan County Council and was elected at every election she stood in. In 1980 Veronica took over the Imperial Bar in Cavan and this was the meeting place for Fianna Fail activist and footballers mostly Drumalee and Mullahoran for 10 years. She later worked as Secretary in Fintan Gunne’s Auctioneers located convenient to Brendan Young’s Cavan Credit Union. Active member of Cavan Swimming Pool Committee she played a pivotal role in securing the finance through her good friend John Wilson’s friendship with the Minister for the Environment Padraic Flynn despite the lack of co operation and indeed opposition from her colleagues on the Cavan County Council who resented the money being channelled in to Cavan town. She was actively involved in the Cavan Credit Union for many years and served as Secretary for a number of years-she always did was she thought was best for the Community and was not in the slightest self centred or egotistical in her motives. Veronica had a magnetic personality and a bubbly humorous disposition. She never took anything too seriously and described Politics as the art of the possible where anybody could succeed with a little hard work courtesy and determination. She was on first name terms with all the big hitters of the last 25 years and acted as Director of Elections on several occasions for Fianna Fail. Her last public appearance was to welcome the new Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Brendan Smith back to Cavan at the Courthouse on Friday last. Staunch Drumalee and Mullahoran supporter she was a founder member of the ladies Football movement in Cavan and played with Cavan and Mullahoran in fledgling years when they won an All Ireland senior crown-one of her colleagues and star player was Kathleen Leddy Butlersbridge later to star as Kathy Durkin as a Country and Western star. Guards of Honour at her funeral; were formed by Mullahoran GFC Drumalee GFC Cavan County Council Cavan Town Council. Predeceased by her son Patrick a former Drumalee and Cavan star footballer she is survived by her husband Pat son Donal daughters Mary and Nadale brothers John Danny Tony Father Jim Kiltegan Missionaries sisters Maggie Mollie Teresa and Rose. Father Jim Brady Kiltegan .The Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Phelim was packed to capacity with politicians from all sides lining up to pay tribute to this great Cavan woman. The Taoiseach Brian Cowen was represented by his Aide De Comp. Father Jim Kiltegan Missionaries and brother of Veronica was the chief celebrant of the concelebrated Requiem Mass with Bishop Leo O Reilly presiding. Burial took place in Cullies cemetery.

Profile on Brendan Smith Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries who was born in Bawnboy in June 1956.Educated at Bawnboy National School Saint Camillus College Killucan. Took his BA in Politics and Economics from University College Dublin. Succeeded his mentor and friend John Wilson  as a member of Dail Eireann for the Constituency of Cavan/Monaghan in 1992 Minster for State with responsibility for Children 2007.Minister for State at the Department of Agriculture with special responsibility for Horticulture  September2004.Chairman of British/Irish Inter Parliamentary Body in 2004 Chairman of Dail Committee on Procedure and Privileges. Secretary and adviser to an Tanaiste John Wilson for 15 years. Chairman Board of Management Cavan Institute and Virginia Vocational; School;. Member of Templeport GFC and Cavan Supporters Club Cavan Drama Festival CCE and Cumainn Seanchas Breifne.

Enda Kenny opens the new Teach Fine Gael at Rossa Place. In attendance was Seymour Crawford TD Joe O Reilly members of Cavan County Council Cavan Town Council Belturbet and Cootehill Town Commissioners. Des Boylan Chairman of the Development Committee pays tribute to Paddy O Reilly who initiated the 50/50 draw to enable the Fine Gael Party to purchase the premises in 1981 and to Terry Argue TC who raised the finance to carry out the repairs and renovations and is the leading promoter of the Fine Gael draw in the country.

Death of Peter Coyle 29 Glenlara Swellan at he age of 87.Quiet decent man he retired to Glenlara just a few years ago after spending most of his working life in England the USA and Canada. Before returning to Ireland where he bought a farm and was engaged in Agriculture. Lover of wild life he was a quiet decent reserved man survived by his brother Tommy. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Drung cemetery.

Social Services Whist 1st Eileen Masterson 2nd Teresa McConnell 3rd Phyllis Reilly Lady Hatcher Eileen Conaty 1st Gent Aidan Conaty 2nd Gent Sean Leinster 3rd Gent Tommy Smith.

Death of Nancy Carroll Nee Brady in Washington. Native of Ballyjamesduff she was married to Ted Carroll whose father was a Veterinary Surgeon practicing from Church Street. She was a sister of Donal Brady late of the White Star and native of Ballyjamesduff. Survived by her husband Gerald (Ted) sons Kevin Niall and Brendan daughters Hillary Nora Eileen Maisie and Emer. Burial took place in Washington.

Death of Gerry Kinsella late of Tullac Mongan and College Street in Chicago at the age of 78.Son of the late Edward and Josephine Kinsella he emigrated to Canada with Joe Donohoe College Street in 1955.Outstanding Rugby player he was an automatic selection for Cavan and showed great potential .Among his contempories were Teddy McCormack George Maloney Paddy McManus and Richard Black. Member of Cavan Boy Scouts and Cavan Harmonica Band he enjoyed many camps in Enniscrone and Kilkee. Gifted actor he appeared in all of the Scouts Pantomimes of the late 1940s where with his outstanding voice and handsome looks he was a great favourite with the audiences. Predeceased by his parents Edward and Josephine sisters Betty Poppy and Olive Gerry Kinsella is survived by his wife Nora in Canada children and f=grandchildren brothers Teddy Liam Séamus and Pat sisters Jacinta Kitty and Maureen. Burial took place in Chicago. Memorial Mass in Saint Clare’s Chapel Cavan.

Death of Gerry Brady 2 Saint Mary’s Terrace in Monaghan after along illness borne with great courage and fortitude. Educated at the Poor Clare Convent and the De La Salle School Gerry was an outstanding supporter of the De La Salle teams coached by Brother Cyril and later Cavan Gaels where he travelled all over the country supporting them in all competitions. Survived by his sisters Doreen and Christina. Funeral from Saint Brigid’s church Killygarry to the adjoining cemetery.

Cavan United beat Longford Wanderers 8-1 to gain promotion to Division 14 of the Combined Counties League after only 1 year in existence.

Saint Phelim’s Bowling Cub express gratitude to their sponsor Jimmy Fox of Fox’s Footwear for supplying special bowling shoes and tops. Established in 2002 the club use a di8sused Ward in Saint Phelim’s hospital and have produced some outstanding bowlers most notably 85 year Kathleen McNamara. Chairman is Jimmy Cullen Secretary Phyllis O Reilly Treasurer Pauline McCormack Committee Pat Lynch Kathleen McNamara Dympna Cahill Tommy Gilsenan Sean Bergin and Jim O Donnell.

Nicky Brennan President of the GAA opens the new extension to dressing rooms and clubrooms built at a cost of €380,000 at Butlersbridge GFC. They received €100,000 from the Sports Capital Fund €20,000 from 'CLAR' and the rest was raised by club members from the sale of tickets in monster draw.

Barry Fortune beats Jonathan Leddy 15-2 3-15 11-7 in decider to win the Saint Patrick’s college 1st year Championship. Both players are coached by Father John Gilhooley and James Brady.

Cavan Town beat Monaghan United  4-3 after extra time in the John Farrelly Memorial Cup Final. Losing by 0-3 at the interval Cavan stormed back in the 2nd half with goals from ace marksman Gary Nevin Johnny Cawley from penalty after Peter Walsh was hauled down in the box. There followed the dismissal of Michael Smith but undaunted Cavan continued to press forward under  direction from Player Manger Michael Walsh and were rewarded with a goal from Daren Wall to bring the two sides level 3-3 at the end of 90 minutes. The winning goal came from Johnny Cawley again from the spot to give Cavan Town a deserved if unexpected 4-3 win against the reigning League Champions. The John Farrelly Shield is presented in memory of John Farrelly 5 Tullac Mongan and son of the late Josie and Mary Farrelly who died suddenly at the age of 42.Meanwhile the race continues for the League with Monaghan Town Cavan United and Drumkill Rovers still in contention. Cavan beat Killylough 2-1  stake their claim when Michael Doheny and Michael Smith dominated the game from midfield. Tony Pryce Cavan’s top scorer again ‘hit the target’ after 12 minutes and the sides were tied at 1-1 each at the interval. The deadlock was broken by Paraic Molloy with a clinical strike in the 79th  minute to give Cavan United victory and put them in contention for League honours.

May 22nd 2008 Drugs Murder in Belturbet as Cavan native Darren McGrath is gunned down at 5 o clock in the morning as he lay sleeping with his 18 year old partner. The dead man was living in Cork with his mother but had lived for many years with his father Michael Bravendar and grandparents Teresa and Michael Bravendar at 34 Saint Phelim’s Place. The Gardai are following a definite line of enquiry.

Same Week Cavan Institute acquire an Apartment Block at Hampton Court from local developers P Elliott and Company adjoining The Institute to accommodate the record numbers attending the College. There will be parking space for 120 cars solving the Institute’s long time lack of parking space. The extra space will be converted into classrooms and is linked to the adjoining College by a foot bridge. The VEC at its monthly meeting agreed to CEO Colm McEvoy’s proposal to lease the extra space.

Death of Helen Timmoney Farnham Road a after a long courageous battle with Alzheimer's. Daughter of the late Patrick and Margaret (Daisy) McCarren. Her father owned McCarren and Company Bacon Curers while her mother was a member of the Smyth family well known family drapers in Carrigallen. Helen was born in Cavan on the 8th October 1925.Educated at the Loreto Cavan Academy she later attended Loreto College Crumlin where she completed a Commercial Course before going to work in McCarren’s. Married Eugene Timmoney a Bank Official in Belturbet later Castleblayney before settling in Claremorris where Eugene was Bank Manager. Eugene died suddenly in September 1955 at the age of 55. In 1964 Helen returned to Cavan with her daughter Clare and nephew Peter Campbell. She lived first at 75 Church Street now Fianna Fail’s Paddy Smith House .Beautiful woman Helen soon made friends with all he old chums and many other friends she met through her love for Bridge and Golf. She was very charitable great company and very humorous. from an early age she was quite deaf but this only endeared her  o others and she bore the handicap with  total acceptance. Appointed Company Director after the death of her mother in 1976.She was a member of many of the Cathedral Societies and attended Mass every day in the Cathedral. Lifelong member of the Irish Wheelchair Association and Pavillion Musical Society where she performed in the annual pantomimes. Her party pieces included ‘You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun’ and the hilarious recitation ‘What not to call your dog’. Bore her final illness with great fortitude and resignation she was a patient in the John Sullivan Home Cathedral Road. Survived by her daughter Clare son in law Tony grandchildren David Sarah and Lynn Finlay  sisters Pauline O Connor Dublin Eileen Dunne Kells and Bernadette Sheridan Oldcastle. Cavan Bridge Club County Cavan Golf Club and staff of McCarren Direct formed a Guard of Honour at her funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

€2 million National Lottery Win in Cavan with the ticket being bought by an anonymous syndicate in Cavan Post Office.

Carrickane Residents Association 2008 Chair Patricia Masterson Treasurer Sean Curtin Secretary Liam De Paor Committee Pauric Young Siobhan Russell Seamus McConnon and Fred Finch.

Trudy Corrigan and Bridie Donohoe Jim Scanlon Memorial Prize at Cavan Bridge Club2nd Carmel Fitzpatrick and Harry Hunt 3rd Todd Davis and Mildred Judge 4th Eileen McEnri and Dolores O Reilly 5th Leo Brady and Dorothy Neary Best Gross Anna Carlin and Kay Henry.

Cavan defeat Antrim 1-19 to 1-14 in the 1st Round of he Ulster Senior Championship in Casement Park Belfast before an attendance of 7,096.They will now play Armagh in the Quarter Final at Breffni Park. After leading by 1-9 to 1-7 at the interval Cavan plled away to win pulling up scoring an impressive 1-13 from play. Scorers for Cavan Seanie Johnston 0-8 Dermot McCabe 1-1 Martin Reilly 0-3 Michael McDonald Ronan Flanagan Jason Reilly 0-2 each and Martin Cahill 0-1.In the curtain raiser Cavan beat Antrim 1-14 to 2-8 and will now play Armagh in Breffni Park where under Coach Michael Graham they are bidding for only their 3rd Ulster Championship in 50 years having won in 1959 and 1974.Scorers for Cavan Kevin Tierney 1-4 Niall McDermott 0-3 Niall Murray Mark Kelly 0-2 each Niall Smith  Geroid McKiernan Colm Smith 0-1 each.

Nicky Brennan President of the GAA opens the magnificent new clubrooms and facilities incorporating dressing rooms meeting room tea room and public toilets. at Butlersbridge GFC built at a cost of €380,000.

Sean Sharkey son of Sean and Peggy Sharkey Oakvale Filling Station is the new star of the  Irish 205 Rally Motor Car Challenge. He is 5 foot 11 works with Floods Flooring drives a Peugeot 205 GT Navigator is Simon Sharkey and Marty Sherlock  drives a Ford Mondeo when not rallying. Hobbies are Motor Cross and Gym Sponsors Sharkey’s Filling Station.

Christopher Singleton wins the Senior Championship beating Johnny Cawley in the Final at Cavan CYMS Pat Boyle and Keith Gardiner were the beaten Semi Finalists. In the Beginners Final Michael Fannon defeated Ryan Loftus with Eamonn Quinn and Thomas Brady the beaten Semi Finalists. In the Junior Final Paul Graham beat Ryan Dunne with Sean O Kane and Vincent Coyle the beaten Semi Finalists.

May 29th 2008 New Stand at the Curragh Training Camp opened by Lieutenant General Dermot Earley and Dedicated to the memory of John Joe O Reilly who lead Cavan to two consecutive all Ireland victories in New York 1947 and Croke Park 1948.John Joe O Reilly joined the Cadets in 1937 the same year h won an All Ireland Minor medal with Cavan. Commissioned in 1939 served in the 3rd 24th and 25th Infantry he was presented with the Emergency Medal (2 Bars) and promoted to Commandant. Man of great leadership courage and skill he won 2 All Ireland Senior 1 All Ireland Minor 11 Ulster Senior Championship medals 4 Railway Cup medals with Ulster 3 McKenna Cup medals playing in 6 All Ireland Finals. Having sustained a kidney injury while playing with Cavan against Mayo in an accidental clash with Tom Langan John Joe died unexpectedly at the Curragh Military Hospital on the 21st November 21st 1952. Cavan football never regained its self confidence and poise after the death of John Joe following so closely on the death of another Cavan star Stradone native PJ Duke in May 1950.

Same Week Gerry McCullough Cavan Post Office is firmly opposed to the Lisbon Treaty as Ireland will be denied a Commissioner and is voting No in the upcoming Referendum while Gerry Brady Proprietor of the Orchard is undecided. Fleur Kinsella from Swellan feels there has been a fair amount of misinformation and everybody is totally confused. She will also vote No.

Mary Cooney sister of the late Bishop McKiernan Bishop of Kilmore from 1972-1998 donates his entire book collection to Johnston Central Library in accordance with the will of the late Bishop who died on the 23rd December 2005. Born in 1926 in Upper Drumreilly County Leitrim Bishop McKiernan was a founder member of Cumainn Seanchas Breifne in January 1954.Spent much of his free time documenting the history of the Diocese of Kilmore and his masterpiece the Diocese of Kilmore Bishops and Priests 1136-1988 is acknowledged as an outstanding work of scholarship and reference. His library consist of 1,179 items 49 journals 434 Religious Books 520 Irish and General History 176 local study items. Pictured are Laura Shalvey Johnston Central Library Ann McCabe Ger Finn Cavan Town Council Emma Clancy Senior Librarian Jack Keyes Cavan County Manager Mary Cooney Josephine Brady Cavan County Librarian Tom Sullivan Johnston Central Library and Brian Connolly Johnston Central Library.

Betty Murphy President’s Prize at Crannog Bridge Club is won by Jim and Evelyn Beirne 2nd Geraldine Powell and Bernie O Reilly 3rd Ann Smyth and Teresa Colhoun Best Gross Maria Geelan and Simon Ridley .Player of the Year Simon Ridley Most Improved Player Kathleen Comiskey. Proceeds from the  competition and Annual Dinner presented by Betty to Father Kevin Fay Lourdes Invalid fund.

Cavan Gaels outclass Shercock to win the Under 14 Roinn A Championship 7-9 to 1-9 on a perfect evening in ideal; conditions at Breffni Park. The Gaels led by 3-4 to 0-4 at the interval. Scorers for the Gaels Vincent Coyle 2-3 Oisin Sheridan and Andrew Graham 2-0 each Leon Smith 1-1 Padraic Sexton 0-2 and Josh McClorey Stephen O Neill and Barry Fortune 0-1 each. Team Chris Gaffney Liam Fitzsimons Cathal Cronin Niall McHugh Stephen O Neill Kevin Brady Cian Mulligan Oisin Sheridan Sean Conaty Leon Smith Vincent Coyle Padraic Sexton Josh McClorey Andrew Graham Barry Fortune Captain. Subs used Louis Coleman Liam Sharkey Daniel Maguire Hammad Sajil and Jack Hayden.

Monaghan’s Niall Maguire with co driver Paul McLoughlin just pips Cavan’s fast finishing Patrick Elliott and co driver Paul Goodman both driving Subaru Imprezzas In The Hotel Kilmore Cavan Stages Rally. Elliott was only 8 seconds behind after suffering a puncture. Both drivers are locked at the top of the National overall leader board as they head for the Munster Rally.

June 5th 2008 Laura Tubman Royal School is presented with her voted Young Historian of the Year award at Cavan Museum for her detailed article on ‘Clough Oughter Castle by Francis McDermott Chairman Cavan County Council.

Same Week Tragic death of 25 year old Shane McEvoy as he fell from construction site in New York’. Son of  John and Marie McEvoy Annaglough had been working in New York for a number of years after serving his time to the Irish Hospitality trade in the Kesh Bar. Tributes paid to Shane” a great worker and good man” by many of his working colleagues in New York where he had recently been working on the Metropolitan Opera House. Survived by his parents  John and Marie brothers Paul Michel and Aidan sisters Marie and Laura. Funeral following concelebrated Requiem Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Phelim to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Minister Brendan Smith opens the new Irish Wheelchair Resource and Outreach Centre at Corlurgan which serves wheelchair users in the Cavan/Monaghan area. The were established in 1960 to provide services to people with limited mobility.

Emma McKay is the recipient of the President’s Gaisce award as Transition Student of the Year at the Royal School.

Butlersbridge win the ICA Manor Cup Pictured are Margaret Milligan Sophie Whyte Ellen Brady Della Halliday Tess Brady and Julia Gaffney.

Butlersbridge Church Improvement Golf Classic sponsored by the Derragarra Inn Pictured are Sean McGowan Gerry McGerty Kieran McKenna (Sponsor) Father John Gilhooley Adm Mary Mulvey Martin Duffy and Mary Leddy.

Des Cullen Mayor of Cavan Town Council is pictured with Jane Myles after he launched Jane’s Metropolitan Finance at Newcourt Shopping Centre.

Francis McDermott Chairman Cavan County Council presents Sean Walsh founder of the Icebreakers with a Cavan Crystal Bowl and Cathaoirleacch scroll to mark the Icebreaker’s outstanding contribution to local charities over 4 decades.

This week’s by the local; Strollers Group is along the Ballyconnell Canal with transport leaving the Orchard Drumalee at 7 o clock sharp.

Patrick Elliott with co driver Paul Goodman wins the prestigious Circuit of Munster from his old rival Niall Maguire from Monaghan 32 seconds behind with Elliott holding on to his early lead in gruelling warm and humid conditions with Kevin Barrett and Sean Mullaly in 3rd place.

Fergal and Ruairi Dunne  beat Martin Duffy and Liam Bouchier to win the Malone Cup at County Cavan Golf Club while Patrick O Reilly and Sean Conor defeat Garrett Fortune and Noel Galligan to in the Kilmore Cup.

June 12th 2008 Tragic death of Susan Browne The Bungalow Creeney Belturbet following freak accident on the By Pass at Daggin Butlersbridge on her way to work in O Bourke’s Stationary Town Hall Street. The car which Susan was driving was hit from behind by an unidentified jeep probably driven by a woman subsequently Susan’s car was pushed across the By Pass into oncoming car in which the occupants were seriously injured. Susan was dead on admission to Cavan General while the occupants of the other car were transferred to Our Lady’s Hospital Navan where they are described as seriously ill. Despite nationwide appeals by the Gardai the owner of the jeep was not located.

Same Week Death of Kathleen Dunne late of Church Street Cavan and Saint Phelim’s Place at Saint Mary’s Hospital Mullingar at the age of 90.Member of the McKiernan family from Milltown she worked in the Cavan House for a number of years before meeting and marrying Cavan native Brendan Dunne. Keen card player Kathleen enjoyed Whist and was a regular supporter of the CYMS Whist Drives in the 1950s and later attended Drives in the Town Hall and Protestant Hall. Outstanding Poker player there was usually a serious session after the Whist Drives where Kathleen could more than hold her own. She also liked to go Racing and followed the fortunes on the Turf each day having a modest punt on her fancies. She was deeply religious and took a full part in the Cathedral Societies. After the death of her husband Brendan in 1981 and daughter Brenda she decided to go to live with her daughter Jacinta Lyons Mullingar. Predeceased by her husband Brendan and daughter Brenda she is survived by her son Tony daughters Jacinta Lyons and Noeleen Mullhall Dublin. Funeral following concelebrated Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

Cavan Town Council and Cavan County Council meeting together in Courthouse pay tribute to the late great Veronica Sharkey who was a member of Cavan County Council from 1985-1991 being the Council’s only woman Chairman in 1990/1991. She was the last Chairman of Cavan Urban Council and 1st Mayor of Cavan Town Council. The Chairman Francis McDermott in tribute says that Veronica was a decent kind person and a tower of strength to her colleagues while Des Cullen Mayor Cavan Town Council sys Veronica was a great character with a long association with the Town through her dedicated work on the Council her pride in Fianna Fail and devotion to her county. Charlie Boylan Sinn Fein said that he worked with Veronica’s husband Pat and that he was at their wedding. She had a distinguished career in politics sport and business life of the town where she will be greatly missed. The two Councils adjourned as a mark of respect..

Father Michael Conaty MBE a native of Corgarriff Ballyhaise is the recipient of the Lord Mayor of London’s’ medal for his outstanding work in the run down suburb of Walker East London .Parish Priest of Saint Anthony of Padua and Saint Francis Assisi in East End for the last 35 years. Ordained in 1958 he ministered in many of the mining villages in County Durham until 1963 when he was transferred to Newcastle where he ministered until 1973.He is a keen golfer and an avid Newcastle United supporter.

Conor O Reilly with 76 off 11 wins the Intermediate Scratch Cup at County Cavan Golf Club 2nd Stephen McCabe (11) 77 and 3rd Francis Mooney (12) with 79.The competition was sponsored by Doctors Eamon Hartmann John Sullivan and Paddy Faulkner.

Alison Blake Ophthalmologist at Cavan Genera; Hospital win the Barbara Knox medal for her presentation “17 Years in Cavan”--- Study of Paediatric Practice of 1 Community Ophthalmologis.She was greatly supported in her study by Sheila Callinane Orthopist Cavan General. The survey of 2,000 children seen at Cavan Clinic outlining the reasons for referral diagnosis’s and ocular outcome of children surveyed. The medal is presented in memory of the legendary Barbara Knox first CEO of the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI).The award was presented at the Annual Meeting of Ophthalmologists and Orthipists over 3 glorious sunlit days at the SAS Farnham Radisson Hotel attended by over 120 people from all over Ireland.

June 19th 2008 Ireland rejects the Lisbon Treaty buy a substantial margin. Cavan went against the trend by voting Yes 51% No 49% while Monaghan home of Caomhin O Caolain Sinn Fein voted 60% No 40 % Yes giving Cavan/Monaghan Constituency an overall figure of Yes 46.60 % No 53.4 %.

Same Week Geraldine Cullen Wolfe Tone Street daughter of Phil and Maureen and only sister of Lord Mayor Desmond Cullen marries John Mitchell Esker Mohill in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Phelim Cavan with the Reception in the Kilmore Hotel.

Launch of the ‘College Boy’s by Cardinal Sean Brady at the Pastoral Centre Saint Patrick’s College. Contains a listing of all the students who attended Saint Augustine’s Academy Cavan from 1839-1873 and Saint Patrick’s College from 1874-2000 along with impressive photographs from Father Dan Gallogly’s collection. The major part of the work was undertaken and completed by Bishop McKiernan who died suddenly on the 23rd December 2005.Raymons Dunne who had collaborated with Bishop McKiernan in compiling the records then took over the task of completing and publishing the book in which he was greatly helped by his son Ruairi and Father Liam Kelly. The result is a very impressive book with some interesting historical background beautifully illustrated and designed by Ray Fadden. Bishop Leo O Reilly pas tribute to “two able men” Bishop Bishops Nicholas Conaty 1865-1866  and Bishop James Browne 1829-1865 who established Saint Augustine’s Academy which had a trough put of 900 students producing 6 Bishops and 100 priests. The Editor Ray Dunne pays tribute to the historical records of Bishop McKiernan Father Killian Mitchell Father Dan Gallogly and Father Terence Cunningham Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth which were of invaluable assistance in compiling the book.

Armagh beat Cavan 0-17 to 0-13 in the Quarter Final of the Ulster Championship in ideal Summer conditions at warm and dry Breffni Park before an attendance of 22,657.Armagh much stronger and fitter than s mall lightly built Cavan team led by 0-9 to 0-5 at the interval. Scorers for Cavan Sean Johnston 0-6 (3frees ) Dermot McCabe 0-3 Cian Mackey 0-2 Mark McKeever Martin O Reilly 0-1 each. In the Minor game Cavan coached by Cavan Gaels man Michael Graham progressed to the Ulster Semi Final and a meeting with Tyrone virtue of a very impressive performance against Armagh winning by 0-14 to 1-4 and limiting Armagh to only 1 point in the second half. Armagh led by 1-3 to 0-5 at the interval. Scorers for Cavan Niall Murray 0-4 (3 frees) Gearoid McKiernan and Niall McDermott 0-3 each Conor McClarey Kevin Tierney Oisin McHugh and Colm Smith 0-1 each.

Bishop Leo O Reilly leads a record 485 pilgrims on the Kilmore Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes to celebrate the 150th year since Our Lady appeared to Bernadette at the Grotto in Lourdes. The Kilmore pilgrimage linked up with neighbours Ardagh and Clonmacnoise led by Bishop Colm Reilly ho spoke eloquently about the huge part played by Lourdes in consoling and strengthening families plagued by addictions in his homily  ‘The City of the Poor ‘ at the Grotto. Leader Bishop Leo O Reilly President Monsignor P J McManus Director Father Colm Hurley Assistant Director Kevin Fay Chaplains to the Sick Noel Boylan Peter Casey Martin Gilchreest Medical Officers Doctors Jimmy Fay and Antoinette Grogan Chaplain to the Youth Rev Enda Murphy Youth Officer Padraig Kelly Director of Nursing Breege Graham Assistant Director of Nursing Bernadette Donohoe Chief Brancardier Barney Cully Assistant Chief Brancardier Tony McCabe Chief Handmaid Sheila McNulty Assistant Chief Handmaid Margaret Smith Choir Leader Mary Harwood and Organist Barry Courtney. McGinnity Travel with Sheila and Peter McGinnity had charge of the travel arrangements.

June 26th 2008 Marisa Goldstone Glenlara Cavan and a native of Durban South Africa receives  the Cathaoirleacch Award for voluntary services to the Community in the Arts Culture and Heritage category from the Chairman of Cavan County Council Francis McDermott.

Same Week Paddy O Reilly Fine Gael is the new Lord Mayor of Cavan town. Paddy was last Chairman of the Urban Council in 1987 and has been amembe rof the Council since 1974.Brian McKeown was elected Vice Chairman while Doctor Eamonn McDwyer after an absence of 4 years returns to the Chamber to take the Fianna Fail seat vacated by the late Veronica Sharkey.

John Joe Nevin wins the European Union Bantamweight Championship beating Polish boxer Mark Maleusz 10-6 in a highly impressive performance in the Final.

Cavan Town beat Cootehill Harps 6-3 to win the Andy Capaldi Cup and promotion from the Monaghan Louth Cavan League to the Meath and District League. Despite the atrocious conditions at wind and rain lashed Clara Lane Cootehill Cavan Town finished their Season on a high playing very attractive football with the main threat coming from striker Tony Pryce. Team James Heffernan Captain Shane Byrne Michael Smith Michael Doheny Greg Meehan ? Benny Morris James McKeown Brendan Smith Gareth Flynn Tony Pryce Brian Dolan Subs Pauric Molloy for Brian Morris Kieran Hanniffy for Tony Pryce and Aaron Heffernan for Brendan Smith.

 John O Donnell wins the President’s Peter Keogh’ Prize at County Cavan Golf Club 1st Megs Kay Henry 1st Student Sean Fitzsimmons.

Cian Hume Meadow Park a Leaving Certificate student at Saint Patricks College wins  a laptop and a stint in the Anglo Celt Offices as the Young Cavan Journalist of the Year for his entry United In Martial Arts. Accomplished musician Cian plays guitar bass saxophone piano will study Music and Arts at the Institute in Cavan for 1 year before embarking on a degree course in Journalism at UCG.

July 3rd 2008

P Elliott and Company sponsor the house of mirrors, the world famous Speigeltent for Cavan Summer Festival organised by Cavan Arts Office incorporating 42 events both indoor and outdoor over 6 days. The spectacular festival is timed to coincide with the celebration of Feile Peile Na Nog which takes place in Cavan after an absence of 27 years.

Charlie Boylan Castletara and Sinn Fein is elected Chairman of Cavan County Council. It is the first time that Sinn Fein have ever held the office in Cavan.

The inquest on Rose Duke Earlsvale Road Cavan is adjourned for the 6th time as the DPP continues to debate whether proceedings should be issued against Cavan General Hospital and the HSE. Rose entered the Hospital on December 9th 2003 with a suspected appendix problem but died after 3 days from complications. The family express grave concern at the continuing delay as they cannot obtain a death certificate.

The CEO of P Elliott and Company David Mackey former Cavan County Manager and CEO Quinn Group issues a warning that profits at P Elliott and Company will be down this year as the business is experiencing a temporary but necessary readjustment slow down which will quickly rectify itself as the Economy picks up again. Noel Elliott Junior is Managing Director of the Construction Division while his elder brother Mark manages the Company's Property Portfolio.

Captain's End of Year Prize at Cavan Bridge Club (Paddy McDermott) 1st Trudy Corrigan and Bridie Donohoe 2nd Imelda Brady and Joan Cassidy 3rd Maria Geelan and Simon Ridley 4th Carmel Fitzpatrick and Harry Hunt. Harry Hunt is the new Captain  and follows in the illustrious footsteps of his father G A Hunt (Gerry Hunt) and mother Margaret Hunt who were both Captains and founding members of Cavan Bridge Club. Gerry represented Ulster and was on the International panel for many year while his mother was winner of all the prestigious tournaments in the area usually forming a partnership with Surgeon Paddy Maloney who was another exceptional Bridge player of the 1950-1980 era. Anselem Lovett is the new Vice Captain at Cavan Bridge Club.

Cavan Minors are edged out of the Ulster Minor Semi Final with a late rally from Tyrone who beat Cavan on the score of Tyrone 1-11 Cavan 1-9.Kyle Coney was the hero for Tyrone notching the last point in injury time as Cavan bow out for yet another year despite the Trojan efforts of Michael Graham Cavan Gaels who brought a whole new dimension to the organisation training and coaching of the Minor County team which is bound to bear  fruit in the years ahead.

Cavan Ladies draw with neighbours Fermanagh1-10 each in the Final of the Ulster Intermediate Championship in Breffni Park.

Butlersbridge beat Arva 1-14 to 1-11 to win the Under 12 Roinn D Championship at Breffni Park having lead 0-8 to 0-7 at half time.Sxorers for the 'Bridge Caoimhe O Reilly 1-8 Saulo Canlero and John Fitzpatrick 0-2 each Niall McGovern and Roisin Leddy 0-1 each Team Butye Bolaji Leon Hewitt Kevin Leddy Oisin Hogue Helen McDermott Captain Diarmuid McCorry  Dylan Bartley Caoimhe O Reilly Saulo Calero John Fitzpatrick Niall McGovern Roisin Leddy Killian Leddy Referee Ronan Bannon Gowns.

July 10th 2008 Despite atrocious weather conditions The Summer Festival held mostly indoors in Cavan town was a huge success thanks to the Speigeltent courtesy of P Elliott and Company at the Jackson’s Garage Compound in Farnham Street. Events organised for the Market Square were brought indoors in the Farnham Hotel and in the Spegeltent.Hugo Duncan with Guest Star Larry Cunningham closed the event on Sunday night while Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones starred in the afternoon. County Manager Jack Keyes pays tribute to the many people who made the Summer Festival possible including P Elliott and Company and Arts Officer Kenneth Redmond and staff.

Same Week Feile Na Nog Under Age Gaelic Football Festival comes back to its birthplace in Cavan after an absence of 24 years. The first Feile was organised in Cavan in 1982 by Fintan Tierney and Tony Looney and held each year until 1984.It then went nationwide but returns with the Garda Band leading the parade of over 1,000 boys and girls from all over Ireland Scotland England and the USA.The Tierney family from Butlersbridge and Tony Looney former Cavan Gaels and county Executive officer back now in his native Kerry were the Guests of Honour with Nicky Brennan President of the GAA and Geraldine Giles President of the Ladies GAA.The event was organised by Cavan County Board with Liam McCabe and Nicholas Walsh spearheading the smooth running of this enormous event. In Division 1 Boys Kilmacud Croke's won the title beating Salthill Knocknacarra 2-6 to 0-3 in the Final while the Girls Champions are Southern Gaels Kerry beat Mountmellick Sarsfields 3-8 to 1-1.Division 2 Boys Aghamore Mayo beat New York 2-7 to 2-6 Division 3 Naomh Eoin Belfast beat Portlaoise Division 4 North London beat Wolfe Tones Clare 5-6 to 1-3 Division 5 Dungarvan Waterford beat South London 1-5 to 0-1.Girls Division 2 Naomh Micheal Donegal beat Kilmacud Croke's 1-2 to 0-2 Division 3 Arklow Geraldine’s beat Cahir Tipperary5-7 to 2-3 while Naomh Eoin Belfast beat 1-6 to 1-2.Aoife Kavanagh from Arklow Geraldine’s won the Skills crown while Conor Emeralds Kilkenny won the boys skills title.

Death of Frank Conaty formerly Sandycove Dalkey and Tullac Mongan at Beechfield Nursing Home Shankill at the age of 92.Played at full back on the first Saint Patrick’s College team to win the McRory Cup in 1934.Predeceased by his wife Isobella and daughter Terese he is survived by his sons John Eamonn daughters Colleen and Irene brother Paddy former Cavan UDC and County Council Tullac Monaghan. Funeral from Saint Joseph’s Glathshule to Dean’s Grange cemetery.

Paula Gormley and Geraldine McDonnell of the Song Sisters are pictured joining with the Hosanna Choir at the Concert in the Speigeltent in Farnham Street where Hugo Duncan and Larry Cunningham closed the successful and exciting Summer Festival on Sunday night.

Dean Raymond Ferguson celebrates 30 years in Ministry at a ceremony in Kilmore Cathedral organised by the Select Vestries Ballintemple and Kilmore. Bishop Ken Clarke was the main celebrant assisted by Rev John Hoey Dean of Raphoe County Donegal Dean Knowles Cashel County Tipperary and Peter Ferguson son of the Dean who is presently studying for ordination. The Ferguson Musical Group provided the music and one of the lessons was read by the Dean’s granddaughter. Dean Ferguson has served in Shankill Parish Lurgan Newtownards Markethill and Kilmore.

The Strollers walking group are in Killykeen this Thursday evening.

July 17th 2008 Sean Tarpey Super Valu reveals plans to pen a second Super Valu Superstore at Drumalee providing 50 new jobs. The 20,000 square feet custom built premises built by the outstanding Gabriel Cullivan’s Buffdale Developments will be ready for occupation in October .Sean Tarpey now employs 120 people in the 2 flagship Super Valu stores in Cavan.

Sean Quinn and his family take a 15% stake in Anglo Irish Bank who have seen their shares fall by 70% from a high of €14 12 months age. The Quinn Holding is valued at €436 million. Sean states that the reason for the acquisition at this stage is that he is impressed with the ability of Anglo Irish to outperform the Irish Banking sector in terms of profit gains.

Same Week Rita Cullen and Barbara Walsh staff nurses at Cavan General Hospital are invited by Minister for Health Mary Harney and HSE chief Brendan Drumm to make a presentation on their revolutionary methods and proven success in Respiratory Care particularly in the treatment of Cystic fibrosis patients at the National Health Forum in Galway. Both pay tribute to their leader Doctor James Hayes and the other doctors involved in being available 24/7 to attend to their queries and patient requirements and the team of Physiotherapists and Nutritionists at Cavan General Hospital. Their method cuts down on repeat Hospital admissions and ensures that the patient can overcome many difficulties in the comfort of their own home thus saving the Taxpayer unnecessary expense and saving €20,000 per fortnight which Rita and Barbara estimate is the cost of hospital care. Minister Harney pays tribute to the two girls representing the Respiratory Department Cavan for their superb presentation highlighting services that the public are not aware of.

Andrew Murray is the new Irish Light Welter champions following his comprehensive 100-94 points victory over defending champions Peter McDonagh the Galway native now based in Oklahoma USA at the National; Stadium in Dublin. Boxing impeccably Murray scored at will and won every round. A fight for the European Union Championship is now being lined up for Andrew.

Michael Walsh Team Manger and Vice Treasure Cavan United states that Cavan United the Andy Capaldi and John Farrelly Champions will be playing in the Meath and District League next season while their Reserves will play in the Combined Counties League which includes counties Longford Westmeath and North Offaly. There are over 40 playing members of this thriving club and the problem now is giving everybody a game.

Cavan Tennis Club Under 10 play Longford Pictured are Enda Fitzsimmons Tony Fee Ciaran Curry Andrew Molloy Eoin Ruddy and Luke Fortune.

July 24th 2008 Monsignor Michael Cooke PP VG a native of Main Street Cavan is transferred from Manorhamilton to Belturbet. Rev Rafal Swek Diocese of Kalisz Poland is appointed CC in Cavan and Chaplain to the Immigrant Countries. Rev Donal Kilduff CC Ballyjamesduff additional responsibility of Chaplain to Saint Clare’s College Ballyjamesduff. Rev Maurice McMorrow CC Cavan to be CC Glenade while Father Oliver Kelly former Adm in Cavan and PP Lavey is appointed PP and Vicar Forane of Manorhamilton Deanery

Same Week Barbara Allen Manager Hibernian Insurance invites all young budding artists age 5-12 to take part in the Hibernian Health Art Challenge for which there is a 1st prize of top of the range bicycle.

Cavan Wheelers will cycle from Dublin to Cavan in aid of the Cavan Lions Club and the Niall Mellon Foundation. Last year the cycle raised an astonishing €40,000 for the Medical Research Foundation at Crumlin Hospital.

Teddy Maguire DCQMS and Sergeant Batt Masterson are to be made a presentation on the occasion of their retirement at Dun Ui Neill Barracks..

Nollaig Smith Lismullig Poles is conferred with her Honours degree in Veterinary Medicine at UCD. Educated at Killygarry National School and Loreto College Nollaig is daughter of Terry and Phil Smith Lismullig Poles and is now working in Western Australia.

Kildare beat Cavan 1-16 to 1-15 in an exciting Qualifier at Saint Conleth’s Park Newbridge. Best display by Cavan this year they were desperately unlucky leading by 2 points after 2 minutes of injury time they retreated in the face of Kildare’s last attack and James Keogh shot to the net for a brilliant winning score for Kildare. Out of 8 attempts since 2001 Cavan have failed to progress to the Quarter Finals once again. More bad news for Cavan later in the evening when Cavan Team Manager Donal Keoghan announced his retirement after only serving 2 years of this three year appointment since replacing Martin McElkennon in 2006.Scorers for Cavan Dermot McCabe 0-4 all frees Sean Johnston 0-6-3 frees Paul Brady 1-0 Eddie Reilly 0-2 and Ronan Flanagan Martin Reilly Cian Mackey 0-1 each.

Cavan Gaels win the FBD Ulster GAA Golf Championship for the 3rd time in 9 years. JJ O Reilly (12) and Brendan McClarey (18) scored 43 points and Philip McMahon (9) and Gerry Bravendar (13) scored 39 points at Killymown  Golf Club Tyrone 2nd Carrickmacross Emmett’s  with 42 points 3rd Carrickmore Tyrone and 4th defending Champions Derrygonnelly Fermanagh. The Gaels now go forward to the FBD All Ireland Final at Faithlegg Golf Club in September where they won their only All Ireland crown in 2004.

Owen McConnon popular BBC Ulster GAA correspondent in his Sideline View in this week’s Celt hits out at the attitude of some of the players on the County panel who have once again plunged Cavan into another search for a new Team Manager. In prising the generosity and commitment of Donal Keoghan Owen says that there has been rumours of discontent all year since their relegation to Division 3 of the National Football League. Cavan needs a ruthless operator who ill stand no nonsense and snap some of the prima donnas out of their stupor. A good man who gave of his services at no cost to Cavan County Board and has given distinguished service to Denn and Cavan Minors has been shabbily treated by the antics of a couple of troublemakers. Donal Keogan in an exclusive interview said that he had retired because he was just fed up of the attitude of up to ten of the players who night after night were making excuses and not stepping up to the plate. He had spoken to the players from day 1 of the dedication commitment and sacrifices hey would have to make to be the best in Ulster. Apart from their second half performance in the recent defeat of Kildare they failed miserably to play to their abilities. Something basically wrong with Cavan Senior football team which he did not find in the refreshing full hearted commitment of the Minor team. Donal was now going to spend some quality time with his wife Karen and family and he would be trying to get his golf handicap down !

Patricia Treacy wins the Ladies’ Captain’s (Majella Brady) Prize at County Cavan Golf Club. Playing off 26 Patricia shot an impressive 68 net 2nd Antoinette Tierney Monaghan (31) with 69 3rd Kathleen O Gorman (26) with 71 nett and Best Gross Mary Malone (9) 70 net. Past Captain’s Prize Mary Galligan (23) 73 Visitors Bridget Gilhawley 35 [pints 1st 9 Carmel McIntyre (21) 32.50 2nd Phyllis Finlay (26) 35 net

Martin Sheridan and Johnny Farrelly are off to Capetown South Africa again to assist the Niall Mellon Foundation. Fund raiser in the Slieve Rossa Rossa Place before departure.

July 31st 2008  Lisa and Leone Maguire 15 year old golfers from the Slieve Russell Club are selected on the Curtis Cup Junior team to play America at Olde Stone Kentucky. Lisa was the winner of the European Junior Masters with a 54 hole total of 214-5 Under Par with Leone in 2nd place. Both girls have just finished their first year at Loreto College Cavan.

Same Week The enormous cost of attending Debs Balls is highlighted in this week’s Celt where some of the Participants are paying up to €1,500 each on lavish expenses. Interviews with Kim Sexton aged 18 daughter of Seamus and Gloria Sexton Derrycramph and a Leaving Certificate Student at Loreto College who quotes Tickets €170 Dress €250 Hair €45 Jewellery €100 Handbag €30 Shoes €50 Pocket Money €100 Total Cost €745.Daniel Graham son of Declan and Karen Saint Phelim’s Place is aged 17 and has just completed the Leaving Certificate Tickets €170 Tuxedo €55 Shirt €25 Shoes €50 Rose €5 Chocolates €15 Spending Money €100 Total €420.

Conor Craven of the RAPID Programme tells Cavan Town Council that they have grant aided the new Youth Centre in Bridge Street (Avon Lounge) to the tune of €600,000.Further expenditure is planned for the Con A Smith Park where an adult multi purpose play area and equipment will be installed this Summer. Pictured at the site in Bridge Street are Alan Lyons Town Engineer Brian McKeown Deputy Mayor Cavan Town Council Paddy O Reilly Mayor Conor Craven RAPID and Joe McLoughlin Director of Services Cavan County Council.

Armagh beat Fermanagh 1-11 to 0-8 to win yet another Ulster Championship in ideal conditions before an attendance of 32,121 (Down 2,500 from last Sunday) at Saint Tiernach’s Park Clones. The sides drew last Sunday but there was no doubt about the result this time with Fermanagh kicking a total of 14 wides not helping their beleaguered cause.

Cavan Under Age Football in association with Cavan United FC embark on Pitch acquisition and development with a Golf Classic at County Cavan Golf Club. Chairman Declan Moran Secretary Christine Wynne Treasurer Gerry Egan Committee Ben Wynne Pat McEnroe Keith Guillfoyle Brian Smith and Tom Mahon FAI .The Club intend to acquire a site and lay a full size football pitch and training ground with dressing and changing facilities

August 7th 2008 David Mackey CEO P Elliott and Company outlines the way forward for P Elliott and Company in Cavan.The development of the Business Park continues with tenants such as McIntyre’s Valu Centre Cash and Carry and the headquarters of P Elliott and Company. David points out that there is ample room for expansion as Elliott’s purchased the adjoining lands when buying the old Jobman factory. Meanwhile the development of a new €100 million town centre fronting on to Ashe Street  Farnham Street and Main Street continues and is in the advanced planning stage. Dave Mackey points out that there is a population of 64,000 in County Cavan with 30,000 of those resident within 10 mile of Cavan and a record number of houses have been built within 5 miles of the County town.

Same Week Ciara Lynch and Ciara O Connor Eason’s Main Street are pictured with Amanda Brunker at the former Miss Ireland and Sunday World columnist’s signing of her latest book ‘Champagne Kisses’ at Eason’s Cavan.

The cost of cleaning Cavan General Hospital rockets to €1.4 million-there is a shortfall in the HSE provision for Cavan of €500,000 this year and the money will have to come from cut backs in the services.

Pictured are Phoebe Brady Architectural student at UCD who uses the computer each day for Email and surfing on MSN while her friend Niamh Rice a leaving Certificate student at Loreto College and heading to 3rd level to study Dentistry is a Social Network fan and has accounts on Bebo and Facebook.

Cabaret and presentation to Mairead Lyng in the Cavan Crystal Hotel on her last Cavan appearance before the Rose of Tralee Festival. Nominated by the students of Loreto College where she was employed as a Sub Teacher Mairead is a qualified child Physiotherapist and works in Dublin.

Death of Ellen (Nellie) Gargan 13 Keadue  and Church Street Cavan after a short illness at Cavan General Hospital. Daughter of James and Mrs Smith Lisduff. Nellie was educated at the local National School and the Convent of Mercy Navan. After leaving school Nellie worked in Cavan County Council where she was later to head up the Health Services for the county from the Clinic. Among her colleagues was Michael O Callaghan and Pee Galligan Vera Coulter Bridie Eames Phyllis Smith. In 1956 she married Philip Gargan from Virginia in Church and later they set up a business in Church Street. Phil having served his time to the trade in Bundoran and the Ritz under Frank Conlon bought the pub from Frank and continued to carry on a high class trade until 1973 when Phil and Nellie sold the Pub and retired to 13 Keadue Cathedral Road. Phil was a twin of Father Patrick Gargan and entertained all the clergy in the upstairs portion of her house. She later became very friendly with Peggy Willock Sister in the nearby Surgical Hospital and it was in Gargan’s premises that the Kilmore Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes was founded. Member of many of the Church Sodalities including the Legion of Mary Children of Mary and Saint Vincent De Paul she also assisted the Boy Scouts. Nellie was a gifted organiser and her skills and opinions were sought by a wide range of organisations and people. She knew exactly what everyone was entitled to and advised the less erudite of their entitlements. In 1975 Phil and Nellie sold the Ritz to Sea and Gretta Boylan and they came to live in Keadue Cathedral Road. Nellie always had a steady stream of visitors family neighbours and work colleagues always held her in the highest regard. She enjoyed gardening and reading but above all Nellie prayed a lot and always had the rosary and the books close at and night and day. Predeceased by her family Nellie had 2 brothers Priests and 2 sisters Nuns and husband Phil in 2000 she is survived by her son Paddy daughter in law Mary grandchildren Cian and Ellen. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

Death of Tom Tierney Bailieboro and Highfield Road after along illness at the age of 72 at Saint Christopher’s Hospice. Active member of Bailieboro Red Cross he won Regional 1965 and All Ireland medals 1966 and was Deputy Area Director to Seamus De Faoite for a number of years. Long time member of Bailieboro Fire Brigade Great innovative businessman he ran a very successful Grocery and Provision Store in Bailieboro for many years. Founder member of Bailieboro Chamber of Commerce he was a distinguished member of RGDATA and served on the National Executive. Came to Cavan and took up an appointment with Tractamotors in 1972 he later branched out on his own with National Tyre Distributor ‘Again and Again’ on the Ballyjamesduff Road. All his spare time was devoted to the Saint Vincent De Paul being a member of the Saint Peter’s Conference he was a founder Member of the Saint Joseph’s Housing Conference and served as Treasurer with distinction until his death. Member of the National Council for Social Housing Tom had over 50 years service to Saint Vincent De Paul in 3 different Conferences. Led the drive to establish attractive affordable houses in select areas he was very active in establishing Suaimhneas in River Street and Saint Clare’s Court at the Poor Clare Convent Tom was a man of greatest diplomacy confidentiality and discretion his dealings with many of those on the fringes was a model of Christian Love at its best. He looked on his many clients as an extension of his own family and treated them accordingly-this love and respect was reciprocated by the people he so loyally and faithfully served. Well known Steward in the Cathedral Tom was the essence of good manners and efficiency. Great devotion to Our Lady he visited Fatima on several occasions and was a regular on the Kilmore Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes where he served as a Brancardier. Guards of Honour at his funeral by Saint Vincent De Paul and Killygarry GFC. Survived by his wife Kathleen sons John Martin and Brendan brother Phil and twin sister Bee. Funeral following concelebrated Requiem Mass from the Cathedral to Killygarry.

The Captain’s Prize (Padraig McEntee’s Prize) is won by low handicapper Frank Glancey 2nd Timmy Fitzpatrick 3rd Ed Kellett  Terry Smith won the Gross while the Past Captain’s was won by Oliver Malone 1st Lady Eilish Mullhern (35) 68 2ndLady Collette Smith (28) 69 and 3rd Lady Cathy O Hanlon (28) 70 1st Saturday Bernard Geoghegan (21) 67 and 1st Sunday Jimmy Sheridan (15) with 70.Mary Donohoe was 1st Seniors Gay Condon 2nd Seniors and Finola Smith (9) won the Ladies’ Gross with 79.Meanwhile Philip and Helen McMahon win the Farnham Cup beating Fergal and Maura Dunne on the 18th hole.

August 14th 2008 John Joe Nevin is very impressive in his opening bout at the Beijing Olympics beating Algerian Abdelhalin Ourradi 9 points to 4 in the preliminary round of the Bantamweight 54 Kg. Now meets Mongolian Badar Uufan Enkhbat in the next round. RTE Boxing pundit Mick Dowling reckons that John Joe can win if he concentrates and improves his defence.

Same Week Emma L Clancy Senior Librarian Johnston Central Library outlines the facilities and the success of Johnston Central Library which no has over 7,000 members and attracts 10,000 visitors per month. Continuing to add new features to their list of Services hey have just installed Colour CCTV Magnifier and there are 19 computers available for all ages internet and broadband enabled. The staff are very friendly and at your service. Among the staff are Kathleen Brady Geraldine Flanagan Marie Smith Pauline Smith (Nee McDonnell Drumalee Carmel Smith Mary Mary and Jonathan Smith the well known local Historian and Lecturer.

Brendan Smith TD Minister for Agriculture opens Cavan’s 5th Playground at Killymooney Drive. Funded by Cavan Town Council Department of Community Enterprise and Cavan County Council with RAPID contributing €31,000 to the overall cost of €62,000.

The Legion of Mary organise a Public Rosary in the market Square for Our Lady’s intentions.

Strollers are walking Molly’s Lane in Butlersbridge this week. All participants meet at Cullies Graveyard.

Millennium School of Gymnastics now based in Loreto College are holding a Summer Camp which will finish with a treasure Hunt and Party all for €60 per person. The Club boast tow members ranked 5th and 6th in the World and have all the latest equipment including beams bar and spring floor vaults.

Head Shave and Beard Shave in aid of Cystic Fibrosis in the Slieve Rossa Pub. Pictured are Helena Duffy Niamh Meehan Steven Bury Lynsey Bury Alice Bury Mary Johnston Joey Bravendar Joe Johnston Bobby Bury Olivia Kelly Jason Kelly John Duffy Louise O Reilly Patsy Sheridan Turlough Smith and Michael Money Proprietor Slieve Rossa.

Patrick Elliott and Co Driver Paul Goodman win the Tipperary Stonethrowers Motor Rally to lead the Dunlop National Championship from old rival Niall Maguire and Eugene Sherry from Monaghan who finished 2nd.The decisive moment came hen Niall Maguire suffered a puncture in the final stages and now needs to win the last 3 rounds to overhaul Elliott.

August 21st  2008 Huge AOH Parade around the town on Friday afternoon causes traders to protest as their takings for the week were over 20% below normal. Eamonn McDwyer President of Cavan Chamber while welcoming the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the  positive publicity they brought to the town wonders why the Parade was allowed to take place in the afternoon rather than the norm of an afternoon staging. Before the Parade which takes place each year on the Feast of the Assumption of Our Blessed Lady on the 15th August Mass was celebrated in Saint Clares Chapel where the main celebrant was Father Enda Murphy and Bishop Leo O Reilly presided. The Parade last held in Cavan in 1958 when every parish in the Diocese had a branch of the organisation was attended by Charlie Boylan Sinn Fein Chairman Cavan County Council Paddy O Reilly Cavan Town Council Jim Higgins MEP County Manger Jack Keyes and Director of Services Ger Finn. Founded in 1883 the AOH is a charitable organisation with the brotherhood of Christ as its central theme-it has a similar function to the Protestant Free Masons where each member is addressed as brother or sister. Played a pivotal role in helping emigrants in both England and the USA where it is still a very strong vibrant organisation. Most of the bands and participants came from Northern Ireland where the Ancient Order of Hibernians played a key role in helping the Catholic population during the Troubles. Secretary of the Cavan Branch Paul O Callaghan apologies to the Chamber for any inconvenience but points out that the huge crowd did contribute to the economy of the town and the coverage on both BBC and Rte 1 showed up the town in a very positive light.

Same Week Mairead Lyng from Kilnavara The Cavan entrant for this year’s Rose of Tralee is quoted at 14 /1 to win the Contest which will be compeered by Ray D’Arcy live on RTE 1 from the Dome in Tralee on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

Ireland hit by a deluge of rain on Saturday evening last floods at Quinn Direct and Cathedral Road necessitate detours. Low lying areas in Ireland like Clonmel and Cork are under water and huge Insurance claims are expected. Meanwhile spectators attending the All Ireland Qualifier Galway Versus Kerry had to wade out of Croke Park as the Canal broke its banks and Jones Road was dangerously flooded.

Niamh Rice from Cullies scores 7 straight As in her Leaving Certificate at Loreto College. She is now heading off to Trinity College to study Dentistry.

Sean O Hare Hackelty Butlersbridge at the age of 84 after a long illness borne with his usual courage and good humour. Native of Hackelty Sean was Overseer for Annagh Lake Trout Association and kept the boats at the jetty beside the house. Native of Hackelty Sean was the life and soul of any party and was a former Butlersbridge full back of the 1940/1950 era. Trained the double winning team to League and Championship honours in 1974 and continued to be closely identified with the Club being President at  his death.He was Team Manager of the all conquering Butlersbridge Minor Champions in 1953 when they beat Kingscourt in the final and again in 1954 when missing many of their Championship team they were beaten in the 1954 Minor Final by Crosserlough. Outstanding Actor and Drama Producer  Sean won the Best Producer at Cavan Drama Festival in 1952 when he directed the Butlersbridge Players in ‘Wigs on the Green’. He also directed them in John B Keane’s Sive and Sean O Casey’s Juno and the Peacock. Gifted man Sean could entertain a party by just his humorous and pleasant disposition. His party pieces were Jerusalem The Old Bog Road and Bless This House while he composed the very popular much recorded 'Annagh’s Lovely Shores' Master of Ceremonies at the famous Butlersbridge Carnivals of 1972/1973 Sean welcomed the patrons each night and kept them informed of upcoming events at the Carnival. Founder member of the Mick Leddy Memorial Swim in 1985- in the last 23 years they have raised thousands of Euros for local charities. Was originally a member of Fianna Fail but after the Troubles broke out in Northern Ireland Sean joined Sinn Fein and subscribed to their ideals of One Island One People. Lifelong member of Butlersbridge Folk Choir Sean was the very soul of Butlersbridge with his friendly welcome laid back disposition and humorous anecdotes. Survived by his wife Kathy son Gerard daughter Mary Fitzpatrick Puthigan Belturbet sister sister Rita Dublin Father John Gilhooley was the Chief celebrant of the Funeral Mass with the cortege being led o Saint Aiden's cemetery by lone piper Sean Kelly with Guards of Honour formed by Butlersbridge GFC and Annagh Lake Angler’s Association.. Pauline McCauley Sinn Fein County Councillor gave the oration with Tommy Kenny on the accordion

John Joe Nevin is comprehensively outclassed by Mongolian Badar Uugan Enkhbat  in the Bantamweight Division at the Worker’s Gymnasium at the Beijing Olympics. Losing every round John Joe went down 9-2 to the defending Asian Champion and World Finalist. John Joe said he was  much too inexperienced to handle such an outstanding boxer who is now the favourite for Olympic Gold. The Mongolian hit Nevin at will with his punishing tight hand. John Joe promised that he would return stronger and wiser for the London Olympics in 2012.

August 28th 2008 Pictured with Presenter Ray D’Arcy are the Cavan Connection at this year’s Rose of Tralee Roisin Mulligan (Texas Rose) Fiona McConnell (Liverpool Rose) and Mairead Lyng Cavan Rose.

Same Week Death of Kathleen Wray Moynehall after a long illness at Castlemanor Nursing Home at the age of 92.Outstanding mother and wife her life was devoted to the welfare of her family. Very religious she took part in many of the Church Sodalities in the Cathedral. Predeceased by her son Kevin she is survived by her husband Jimmy former Porter at the Ulster Bank sons Philip and Brian daughters Carmel Angela and Irene. Funeral from the Cathedral following Requiem Mass to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry .

The O Brien Brothers Myles Brian and Myles proprietors of Black’s Newsagents compliment the Ancient Order of Hibernians for their outstanding parade through the streets of Cavan last Friday afternoon. Attracting a huge crowd into the town who spent freely before and after the parade the O Briens reported a record turnover for the day and disassociate themselves from comments made by the Cavan Chamber of Commerce who deplored the fact that the parade could not take place after business hours. The O Briens conclude by saying “it is unlikely that Cavan will be offered the 2016 Olympics unless many of the events are scheduled for after 7 o clock in the evening “!Sons of Andy and Molly O Brien Crubany the O Brien family have along distinguished history of association with the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Catriona O Reilly is back as Cavan Arts Officer after a career break from February 2006.The acting Officer Kenneth Redmond has been appointed Arts Officer for DunLaoghaire Rathdown and follows in the illustrious footsteps of Cliodhna Shaffrey Cavan’s first Art’s Officer. Pictured are Tom Lennon (Summer Student) Rhonda Tidy Arts Co Ordinator Catriona O Reilly Arts Officer and Kenneth Redmond New Arts Officer in DunLaoghaire Rathdown .

Matthew O Kane from Drumalee a member of Cavan CYMS and the local GAA Club delighted with results in his recent Leaving Certificate Exam is off to Dublin City University to study Construction Economics and Management (Quantity Surveying). He estimates that it will cost his parents at least €12,000 per year to keep him in Dublin but Matthew is depending on a Summer job to help defray the expenses.

Neven Maguire and the McNean House and Bistro sweep the boards at the recent Food and Wine Magazine /Edward Dillon Restaurant of the Year awards in Dublin’s Mansion House. Neven was voted Best Ulster Chef for the 4th time and Ulster and All Ireland Restaurant of the Year. The McNean House and Bistro opened in 1989 and Neven has been steadily building a reputation ever since. He hosts the Neven food in the Sun on RTE 1 and his 5th Cookery Book is expected out for Christmas. Recently appointed to the Food Safety Authority by the Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment Mary Coughlan TD. Major renovations in 2007 doubled the seating capacity and added Guest Rooms to the Services offered. Pictured are Neven and his wife Imelda receiving their All Ireland award in the Mansion House.

Chelsea Loughnane celebrates her 4th Birthday at home with mother Carmel and Father Mark after spending many months having treatment for  Kippel Feil (No Neck) at Crumlin Children’s Hospital. Father Mark along with relations and friends Paul Johnston James McCracken Richey Sheridan Paddy McGrath and founder of Children’s Medical Centre Johann Fox are part of the 62 bike squad to ride to the Hospital and back raising €6,200 in the process. There are three other members of the family brother Bradley 9 sisters Markella 9 and 2 year old Tammy. Mark pays tribute to the Hospital for their outstanding treatment and care and Saint Clare’s School in Cavan where Chelsea will go to school for their help and understanding in rearranging the furniture so that she is able to see and learn like other children.

Among the attractions at Terry Crowe’s popular ‘Backyard’ venue in Moynehall are Hugh Reilly’s Chad Photographic Exhibition and Yoga classes by Katie Sheridan.

Packy Doonan completes his 43rd Marathon in Helsinki Finland home of the great long distance runners like Pavo Nurmi and Lasse Viren. Packy will run his 20th Dublin City Marathon on the 27th October and will head to Lough Ness in Scotland for the end of year Marathon. He is aiming to run Paris in the Spring.

Pictured is Kathleen Dawson the 1st ever Lady Captain at County Cavan Rugby Club where Brendan Goodrich is President Paul Timmoney Treasurer Fergal Connolly Secretary Peter O Hanlon PRO Gerry Browne Club Captain Matt Keenan Vice President and Noel Finn Match Secretary.

Sympathy is extended to Phyllis McGurk on the death of her mother Ethel at home in Ballyjamesduff. Member of the distinguished Ballintemple family she was a sister of John J Brady Mechanical Engineer and Contractor. Educated at Ballintemple National School and Loreto College Cavan Ethel qualified as a National Teacher and taught until she married Armagh Building Contractor Tom McGurk. Established one of the biggest and most progressive Building Contractors in this area Ethel ran the business in a most professional manner. Predeceased by her husband Tom two sons Joe and she is survived by her daughters Una Phyllis. Funeral from Saint Joseph’s Church Ballyjamesduff to the adjoining cemetery.

September 4th 2008 The number of Divorces continues to rise from 33 in 2006 to 50 in 2007.33 women and 17 men were granted divorces while another 14 Judicial Separations were approved. Nationally the rate of Divorce continued its increase with 4,109 applications granted and 1741 Judicial Separations approved.

Same Week Saint Aidan's Church Butlersbridge to be rededicated after Contractor Jim McDermott finished a complete refurbishment in 9 months costing €1 million. New Altar roof pews floor bell tower wall around the Church and grounds landscaped in beautiful setting with the River Annalee as a feature. Many couples from Dublin and Northern Ireland pick Saint Aiden's as the venue for their wedding with the Slieve Russell and Farnham Radisson nearby for the Reception. Local man William Hague from Plush Cloverhill designed the Church which was built in 1863 at a cost of €1,400.Stained Glass Windows were donated by Hugh Blessing a prosperous business man in New York an native of Derragarra Butlersbridge while Rev Aidan Brady from Inishbeg and Philadelphia donated the Altar.

Cardinal Sean Brady is selected as Cavan Man of the Year by the Dublin Association thus becoming the first man to be selected on two occasions.

Pictured in Milwaukee Wisconsin are Mary Sullivan and Concepta McGovern representing The Irish Family History Foundation at the Irish Festival. They are pictured with Eamonn O Cuiv Minister for  Community Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Doctor Michael Egan Dublin and Fergal O Donnell Armagh.

First day at the Poor Clare’s for Kalin Corby pictured with Mum Fiona and the Caffrey twins Saoirse and Gráinne pictured with brother Sean who was also commencing school in Saint Clare’s. Meanwhile over at Corlurgan National School Callum McNamara takes leave of his parents Mum Ailish and grandparents Pat and Marion.

P Elliott and Company return increased profits of €15.1 million on a turnover of  €298.7 Million down from €306.50 million in 2006.Work in progress is valued at €96.8 million while the Dividend to Shareholders Mark Elliott Noel Elliott and Darragh Elliott is €415,000.Their Bankers are listed as Ulster  Bank (Main Bank) Bank of Scotland and Allied Irish Banks. P Elliott and Company presently employ directly 377 staff with their wage bill for 2007 stated are €25.7 million. They are presently developing the old Irish Times site in D' Olier Street Dublin and among their many projects mainly in Dublin and Cavan is the building of 636 apartments and 123 houses at Archers Village in Stepaside South Dublin.

Sharon Lee ? Corlurgan is conferred with her Bachelor of Arts in Social Services at Napier University Edinburgh. Educated at Corlurgan National school and Loreto College Sharon is daughter of Pa and Bridie Lee Corlurgan.

John Pridemore former Gangster from the East End of London and author of Gangland to Promised Land is the featured preacher at the Retreat in the Cathedral from the 15th -19th of September by the Saint Patrick’s Community which will also feature Franciscan Monks who have ministered in the Bronx and presently working in Moyross Limerick. John Pridemore has worked with Mother Teresa and met Pope John Paul 2 and is a very well known contributor to Religious and Social matters on TV and Radio in Great Britain and Ireland.

Patrick Elliott is Dunlop National Rally Champion for the first time following his triumph in the Galway Summer Rally at the weekend. In an interview Patrick says that it took 7-8 years to reach the pinnacle. Missing Paul Goodman his co driver in all the other rounds Patrick had high praise for his stand in Damien Connolly. He will definitely defend his title rather than head to Europe where he says the cost of Rallying is prohibitive and anyway the Rallies in Killarney and Donegal are equal to anything in the World. He could not afford at his stage to go fully professional and would much prefer to compete for the 10 weekends that make up the Dunlop Irish Rally.

County Cavan Tennis Club attracts competitors from Castleknock Longford Mullingar Stackallen Kells Kingscourt and the Curragh to their successful Junior Open week which was played without any rain interruptions.

Despite gallant efforts by James Loughnane Larry Burke Shane Kelly and Team Captain James Loughnane Enniskillen dethrone the holders of the Pollock/Fletcher Cup at Swellan Park .

County Cavan Golf Club win the Jimmy Bruen Ulster Championship for the first time since 1998.Captained by Donal Crotty also Captain in 1998 they beat Candeboye in the Final at Portadown Golf Club. On their way to the Final they beat Cloverhill In Nuremore City of Derry in Armagh Scrabo in Omagh and Lisburn in Tandergee. They will now play Clontarf in the All Ireland Semi Final at Cork Golf Club. The pairings  were Sean O Donnell and Conor O Reilly John Crotty and Philip McMahon Padraig McEntee and Patrick Flynn Ruairi Dunne and Edward O Hanlon and Timmy Fitzpatrick and Ed Kellett.

Side Door Restaurant in Drumalee celebrate 7 years in business. Pictured are Raitas Biezbardis Alicia Kuip Irina Svaine Ashling McSherry Jonathan Smith Yvonne Monaghan Head Chef Josephine Ryan Akexsandra Bodnars Clodagh Lee Tinashee Mudehive Fioonnuala Flynn Greg Lawton Louise O Neill  Restaurant Manger Emma fox Bar Manger and Mickey Brennan General Manger.

Lorraine O Reilly Kilnaleck graduates from Stranmills University part of Queen’s University Belfast with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies. Lorraine is daughter of Eugene and Sadie O Neill Fairview Cavan and is proprietor of the Kilnaleck Playgroup offering childhood care and education to 3-5 year olds.

Pictured at the Electric Picnic Festival in Stradbally Laois are Eileen Tackney well known Drumalee actor Darragh Finn Orla Young Maria Blessing and Lisa O Neill and her Band.

September 11th 2008 Death of the incomparable Molly O Brien Crubany at home at the age of 93. Born Mary Rose Donohoe daughter of James and Margaret at Edenticlare Cavan in May 1915.She was a member of one of the most respected and well known families in the County. Attended Killygarry National School and after finishing school she served her time to the Drapery business in Johnny Brady’s Cavan’s leading Gents and ladies Outfitters and Shoe Merchants situated on the present site of the Main Car Park. Played Camogie at highest level  assisting Cavan Slashers and later the all conquering Killygarry team who won 9 Senior Camogie titles on the trot. Mollie was a member of the County team for many years and won 2 Ulster Senior Championships with Cavan in 1941 and 1942 when they were unlucky to be beaten by Dublin in the All Ireland Final. Married Andy O Brien NT late of Laragh and Killynebber in 1942 and they moved to Crubany in 1952.She joined in all her husband’s activities with Fine Gael and the GAA. Andy held many important positions including President of the Ulster Council from1971-1973 Chairman Cavan County Council 1982-1983 and 1995-1996. He was the mainstay and founder member with Tom Fitzpatrick and Sean Magee of Fine Gael in County Cavan and managed to have his good friend Tom Fitzpatrick elected to Cavan Urban Council Seanad Eireann and finally in 1965 Dail Eireann. Andy served as Senator from 1965-1987.Mollie contented herself to raising 7 children and looking after the needs of her husband and growing family. She established a personal relationship with all the pupils who attended Crubany National School and took a great interest in their future welfare. Her reputation for her hospitality was unsurpassed and her company was much sought after on the Social scène. Gifted actress Molly was a member of the Magnet Players Killygarry for army years among their productions were the Rigged Path. After her acting days were over molly served on the Drama Festival Committee where Andy was Chairman on a number of occasions. During the War Molly was actively involved in the Red Cross at a time when it was expected that Ireland North and South who suffer from the German bombardment from the air and many casualties were expected. On April 9th 1967 Molly and a couple of her old Camogie friends Bridie Conaty Mary Crowe and Kitty O Gara met in the Ulster Arms Hotel with a view to reviving Camogie in the County. With Mollie as Vice Chair the seeds were well sown and the game has prospered ever since particularly in the Castletara area where her daughter Madeline served as a player and official and later served as Chairman of the County Board. Predeceased by her husband Andy in December 2006 Molly O Brien is survived by her sons Colm Niall Brian Myles and Malachy daughters Madeline and Fidelma and 17 grandchildren. Fine Gael Cavan Drama Festival Killygarry Football Club and County Cavan Camogie Board formed a Guard of Honour at the funeral from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Phelim to the adjoining cemetery.

Same Week Cavan Town after 50 years endeavour wins The Tidiest Town in Cavan Award for the first time. Patrick Conaty Chairman. Eddie Brady Secretary Margaret Brady and Mayjo McGahon travel to Dublin’s Burlington Hotel to receive the award. Patrick Conaty pays tribute to the great people who kept the organisation going down all the years including Andy O Brien Chairman for many years Margaret English and the great Eddie Brady who made it a lifetime ambition to put Cavan on the map through the Tidy Towns movement. Patrick Conaty Chairman pays tribute to the outdoor staff of Cavan urban Council Bernie McGovern Town Horticulturist and her wonderful team who have added a whole new dimension to Cavan’s appearance in recent years and contributed not only to the Tidy Town achievement put scaling the ladder to Number 1 in the National Litter League. Westport County Mayo was the overall winner with Butlersbridge Redhills and Lough Gowna filling the 2-4th positions after Cavan Town.

Presentation to the new Mayor of Cavan Town Council Patrick O Reilly TC by his colleagues in Cavan Town Fine Gael. Pictured are Frances Cullen Josie Coyle Treasurer Gene Murphy Chairman Paddy O Reilly Mayor Cavan TC Anna O Reilly First Lady Madeline Argue M Cavan County Council Maura Smith Michael McDermott James Tully Betty Murphy Sean Woods Peter Kinsella Leane  Tully Terry Argue TC Frank Tully and Paddy Sheanon.

Pictured with their teachers Maura Maguire and Robert Gray are  Conor Ellis Conor Greenan? Mikey Farrelly David Daloto Andrew Heslin Jessica Morton Celine Reilly while Leah McDermott and Nathan Loughnane are pictured after their first day at Farnham National School.

Ann Marie Lacey Director Cavan Institute announces that over 1,300 students have enrolled for over 70 courses in Cavan Institute. She says that there is great demand for quality assured nationally accredited courses.

Bishop Leo O Reilly is Chief Celebrant at the Rededication of Saint Aidan’s Church Butlersbridge. Later Father John Gilhooley who spearheaded the drive for the complete refurbishment of the Church spoke of the generosity and dedication of the Committee which started their work only 2 ½ years ago Michael Mulvey Chairman

Terry Leddy Hughie McInerney Vincent Fitzpatrick Mary Shannon Andrew Boylan Mary Leddy Sean McGowan Sean Brogan Ann Conway and Ann McGerty. The Architect was Pat Gaffney of Gaffney Cullivan while the Contractor was Jim McDermott Carrickane assisted by Charlie Gaffney and Mick Brady. Father Gilhooley thanked the capacity congregation for attending and paid tribute to the great work being carried out b the Sacristan Vincent Fitzpatrick. Mick Mulvey on behalf of the Committee made a presentation to Father john Gilhooley for his leadership and enthusiasm during the project. He led from the front and showed a great knowledge of the building trade which he learnt from his brothers who are well known in the Construction industry. Everything was completed to the highest possible specification and finish and the Church will continue to serve  generations of worshippers in the Butlersbridge area as well as attracting wedding parties from all over Northern Ireland and as far away as Dublin who chose Saint Aiden's because of its scenic beauty and the proximity of the Slieve Russell and Farnham Radisson Hotels or their Receptions. Bishop Leo O Reilly thanked everyone who made this wonderful day possible particularly Father Gilhooley and his hard working Committee the builders the architects Patrick Gaffney and local Architect William Hague from Plush who reserved his best work for his own Parish Church and it was the finest of his many outstanding creations. The celebrant’s chair the Baptismal font all in white marble the stations of the cross the tabernacle donated by the Sisters of Mercy Ballinamore the priceless Reredos donated by the Sisters of Charity. In a very informative address traced the origin of many of the priceless artefacts used in the ceremony including the Creevila Chalice also used in the previous ceremony in 1972.The Chalice was presented to Creevila Abbey near Dromahaire in 1619 and was found in the walls of the Old Church on the lands of Thomas and Sarah O Reilly at Derragarra hidden by the Monks as they fled the persistent persecutions of Penal Days. It will now occupy a place of honour in this magnificent Church of Saint Aidan and be on permanent display.

Death of Ellen Cawley 3 Ard Na Greinne. Wonderful woman she was a settled traveller and herself and husband Willie and family were an absolute credit and example to the entire community. Father Kevin Fay was the chief celebrant of the Requiem Mass in the Cathedral. Music was by Ann and Teresa McKiernan while Drumalee and Celtic supports Club Cavan formed a Guard of Honour as the remains were conveyed to Cullies.

16 walkers set out on the gruelling Caslin Way from the base of Slievenakilla taking in Cuilcaigh and Cuilche Ridge and finishing in Glangevlin village. Only 5 manage the walk named in honour of 82 year old Tom Caslin Latt who pioneered the route a short time ago.

Cavan Social Services Whist 1st Angela Hume 2nd Agnes McRoe 3rd Bernadette Donohoe Lady Hatcher Kathleen McCaughey 1st Get Sean Leinster 2nd Gent Enda Mullhern Gent’s Hatcher Aidan Conaty.

Two Killygarry natives Father Benny Fitzpatrick home from the Missions in Lagos Nigeria and Father Jim Connolly home from Zambia celebrate Mass at Araghan Mass Rock with a Social and Presentation in Killygarry Community Centre later.

Sudden death of  Charlie McCaffrey Junior Saint Martin’s Estate at the age of 42.after his early schooling in Saint Felim’s NS and Cavan Technical School Charlie went to work in Tractamotors qualifying as a Mechanic and later Foreman. Quiet and very industrious Charlie was a n outstanding colleague and member of the Tractamotors Staff. Prolific reader Charlie had a private collection of over 6,000 rare and valuable boos and traded from his site on the Internet. Charlie’s personal characteristics of courtesy sincerity and good humour won him a host of lasting friendships in the Community. Predeceased by his father Charlie in February of this year and his mother Maureen in 1990 he is survived by his wife Noreen daughter Sorcha brother Martin sisters Nuala Dympna Martina Mary and Annie. Father Andrew Tully assisted by Fathers Tom Mannion John Gilhooley Kevin Fay and Polish priest Rafael were the concelebrants of  the Funeral Mass with Guard of Honour formed by Loreto College and Charlie’s work mates at the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim. Burial in Cullies cemetery.

Eamonn Malone Tonneymore House Cavan Rose Dalton Loughduff and Paul Donohoe Doogarry ? will represent Cavan and Ireland in the European Transplant and Dialysis Games in Wurzburg Germany. Eamonn has won medals at European and World Games in the recent past.

Sandra McGuigan wife of Barry McGuigan former Featherweight Champion of the World is the owner of the new white Room hair and Metro Spa at 57 Church Street (formerly Doctor Eamonn Hartmann’s Surgery. Hi Tech Hi Spec Salon catering for ladies and gents. Stacey McMahon is the Salon Co Ordinator Caroline Sharkey Beauty Therapist Emma Aspell Hair Salon Manager wile Denise Bryan and Caroline Fenton are the Stylists.

Cavan Picture Framing Dublin Road Cavan continues to expand with the addition f photographic service including converting your favourite prints to water colours. Pat Bradley and his assistant Stephen McGovern offer all kinds of hi class services including handcrafted rocking horses complete with real leather saddles and horse hair. The Company started in Swellan back in 1993  they moved to Glasdrummond Poles 10 years ago and have had thousands of enquiries as a result of their Rocking Horse sign on the busy Dublin Road.

September 18th 2008 Army Officer Tipperary native and former Dublin All Ireland captain Tommy Carr is the new Team Manager of the Cavan County team. Dublin All Star in 1991 he captained Dublin to their last All Ireland triumph in 1996 when they beat Tyrone in the Final by a point. After spells as Team Manger Dublin in 1999-2001 and Roscommon 2002-2005.He is impressed with the Under Age structures in Cavan and while Cavan may be a Division 3 team he sees no reason why they cannot progress to the top 10 during his 3 year stewardship. He was the unanimous choice of Cavan County Board.

Same Week Death of Sarah Gertrude (Gertie) McCollum Coranure at the age of 93.Native of Potterboy Castletara where she was born Sarah Gertrude Bell in February 1915 close to Hegarty’s Mill. She had a great recall and loved to speak about her experiences as a child in the area with its teeming population and scarce resources. Many of the adult population had experienced the Great Famine and she recalled frequently the harrowing tales of hardship and hunger related to her as a child. Married Jack McCollum from Coranure in 1940. Was an outstanding farmer and had a great talent for spotting an animal not well. She was an outstanding wife mother and neighbour. Noted for her generosity of spirit and sense of humour she always had a welcome for friends and strangers to her home in Coranure. Great relationship with their Catholic neighbours when Mass was celebrated at the Mass Rock adjoining their lands they provided fields for Parking and access as well as helping the Committee to organise the event. Predeceased by her husband Jack in 1990 and her daughter Ruth Coyne in 2005 she is survived by her sons Rev Charles Belfast Howard Coranure daughters Joan Barber Belfast Jane Robinson Hillsborough and 11 grandchildren. Rev Canon Mark Lidwell conducted the Funeral Service in Cavan Parish Church with burial afterwards in the New cemetery.

Friends from Jaunay Clan in France visit their counterparts in Cavan for the 17th time. Pictured are  Lucilla O Hanlon Larry Nee Sylvana Chauvet Kate Nee Claude Cubourg Marian Keenan Margaret Basmajian Mark O Hanlon CjuyChauvet Matt Keenan Françoise Chopin.

Pictured at the outstanding Exhibition in Johnston Central Library to celebrate 400 year of the Royal Schools of Ireland are Cavan students Rachael Stodart Emma McGee and Ruth Lowry.

Congratulations pour in for Cavan’s successful Tidy Towns Committee. Eddie Brady Secretary pays tribute to all who helped in any way down the years reserving special mention for Margaret English and Andy O Brien who co opted Eddie on to the Committee in 1988.Eddie thanks the Town Clerk Brian O Hora the Town Horticulturist Bernie McGovern and staff Gerry O Rourke Litter Warden and staff the committee particularly the Chairman Patrick Conaty TC Mayjo McGahon Madeline Argue M County Council and his own wife Margaret who was a tremendous support down all the years. Eddie admitted in those far off days “ he never dreamt that Cavan town could be tops in the County but now we celebrate a double for the Parish with Butlersbridge filling second place”.

Headshave and Beardshave raises an astonishing €17281 for Cavan Branch Cystic Fibrosis which was presented to Raymond Dunne Chairman Cavan Branch at a function in the Slieve Rossa. Pictured are Martin Cosgrove John Hannigan Jerry Bravendar Mickey Rowan Robbie Bury Alice Bury John Duffy Patsy Sheridan Teresa Lee Joan Johnston Kieran Monahan Jim McCardle Darren McCullough Martin McCullough Paddy Molloy Paul Cox Helena Dunne Raymond Dunne Chairman Cystic Fibrosis Cavan Michael Mooney Proprietor Slieve Rossa Rosaleen Cronin Treasurer Lynsey Bury Rosie Sheridan Mary Johnston and Ann Keogan Secretary Cystic Fibrosis Cavan.

Cavan win the Masters Ulster Final at Kingspan Breffni Park when they beat Antrim 1-10 to 0-9. Sean Henry and Paddy McGowan are the Butlersbridge  representatives on the team. The decisive score came from Gabriel Patterson Kingscourt when he scored the only goal of the game to give Cavan a lead they never subsequently relinquished. Scorers for Cavan Gabriel Patterson Kingscourt 1-0 Jody Clarke Shercock 0-4  Seamus Donohoe Lavey 0-3 Thomas Smyth Denn 0-2 and Pat Shalvey Crosserlough 0-1.

Death of Donal Meade Cavan’s outstanding forward of the 1970s on the 10th September. The Cuchullains star’s funeral took place in Saint Mary’s Church Cross with burial in Raffoney cemetery.

Unique double for Frank Glancey when he scoops the Captain’s Prize (Frank Kennedy) at the Slieve Russell Golf and Leisure Centre to add to his recent Captain’s Prize (Padraig McEntee) at County Cavan Golf Club.

Dr Ivan Watson takes over as Pastor at Cavan Baptist Church Corglass Oldtown replacing his good friend Pastor Jim Smith. Native of Omagh Ivan is married to Carol and they have 3 children Peter 11 Daniel 9 and Anna 6.He has recently ministered in Luton and prior to that Ivan and Carol qualified Medical Doctors had a General Practice in the North of England where they worked for 11 years. Doctor Ivan was introduced to the Cavan congregation by Church Secretary Gerry Lynch.

Cavan and Cavan Gaels  star Nicholas Walsh takes over the Evolution Fitness Club in Church Street. The 25 year old wants to introduce a taste of Australia where he was domiciled with the Melbourne demons for 3 years and studied Sports Training and Physical Fitness at the University of Melbourne. Because of the different climates Nicholas is bringing the Australian model indoor and has David Royle teaching Karate Susan McDonald from Pilates Ireland Kathleen Sheridan Yoga Society of Ireland. They are aided and supported by Spin Instructors Gerry Nevin Patricia Conroy Caroline Crowe and Philip Bury all working to Nicholas’ unique vision of training and fitness. Fresh from his outstanding success in spearheading the mammoth organisation and running of Feile Na Nog Nicholas is County Cavan GAA Development Officer.

September 25th 2008 P Elliott and Company are among the successful consortium chosen to build the new €267 million Hospital in Enniskillen where over 2,000 jobs will be created during the construction. The Consortium consist of P Elliott and Company Allied Irish Banks Spanish Building Giant FCC Construction Interserve UK Provider of Construction and Maintenance Services. The contract consists of building outfitting and maintenance of the Hospital over the next 30 Year. The 800,000 square feet Hospital will be built on a Greenfield site of 57 acres at Wolf Lough just North of Enniskillen. It is expected that work will commence early in 2009 and that the Hospital will be completed and outfitted in 3 years.

Same Week In a survey by the Farmer’s Journal Cavan was the dearest county in Ulster for agricultural land. The average cost of an acre of land nationally is €17,800 while Cavan reports that agricultural land costs €1,888 with parcels of land in the Virginia area fetching as much as €300,000 per acre for development purposes.

Noel Monahan Teacher poet and playwright retires as Vice Principal of Saint Clare’s College Ballyjamesduff. Joined the staff in 1972 at that time in Noel’s words” it was like a monastic settlement with a building (The Museum) surrounded by a large number of Portakabins. Native of Granard Noel was educated at the local National School Saint Norbert’s Kilnacrott and NUI Maynooth where he took his BA and H Dip serving his time in Cnoch Mhuire Granard before being appointed to teach Latin Choir English Irish and History in Saint Clare’s Ballyjamesduff which had been founded in 1962.Produced many of the School musicals including The Mikado Sound of Music Oliver Fiddler On The Roof and Pied Piper where he was assisted by John Brennan and Martin Cahill in writing a mainly original score. Last play he produced for the school was the ‘Children of Li’-largely written to his own score. was member of the Molly Maguire’s Group with fellow teachers Michael O Callaghan Fergal O Reilly. Chairman for many years o the Cavan Singers Noel also produced many of the Cavan Musical Societies Productions in the Town Hall during the 90s.Prolific writer his first poem was ‘The Bishop’s Gallop’ followed by ‘The Cardboard Box Man’. In 2001 he was the recipient of tow major national awards PJ O Connor Award for  short plays on RTE Radio 1 and the Seacut Poetry Ireland award. Frequent contributor to RTE ‘Sunday Miscellany’ and Theo Dorgan’s Literary Show Noel is co editor Windows publication with Heather Brett. Noel says he writes because” I absolutely love it and I can’t see myself doing anything else. Thank God I have gone out in good health and with a great appreciation of staff students and parents”. He is presently working on another play and a further collection of poetry. He is “treating” himself to studying for an MA in Creative Writing and English Literature.

Secretary of State for Health in Northern Ireland congratulates the Northern Ireland Health Group who recently secured the €267 million State of the Art Acute Hospital in Enniskillen. A great boost for the South West of the Province he expects the Hospital to be completed by 2012.

P Elliott and Company are included in the top 100 companies in Ireland making their debut at 92nd .Involved in many different aspects of the Construction business they are  presently involved in a major development at Clancy Quay Ilslandbridge Office Development in Pearse Street Dublin and a mixed commercial and office development at the old Irish Times building in D’Olier Street. They are presently building the Decentralised Department of Defence in Newbridge a large Secondary School at Piper’s Hill Naas for Kildare VEC and a €100 million shopping centre in Waterford.

Capacity attendance on a fine evening at the Mass at Araghan Mass Rock celebrated by holidaying missionaries Fathers Jim Connolly and Benny Fitzpatrick. Lisa and Aileen Geoghegan together with Damien Keaney supplied the music. Social and presentation later in the Community Centre Killygarry.

Crannog Bridge N/S 1st Susan O Reilly and Karen Martin 2nd Susan Devine and Ann Sheridan 3rd Etta McIntyre and Madge Curran E/W 1st Stella Corr and Elizabeth Lalor 2nd Elizabeth Smith and Elizabeth Adams 3rd Bernadette Carolan and Maureen McNamara.

Cavan Bridge Club 1st Anselem Lovett and John Lovett 2nd Kathleen Clarke and Delores O Reilly 3rd Kay Henry and Vera McMahon E/W 1st Leo Brady and Bernadette Donohoe 2nd and Best Gross Mildred Judge and Pat Plunkett 3rd Todd Davis and Willie Finnegan.

Siblings Brian and Siobhan Brady from Coranure are off to Capetown South Africa for 6 weeks as part on the Niall Mellon Township Trust engaged in a building blitz to house the poorest of the poor in South Africa.

Cavan 1sts  open their League campaign with a very impressive 22 points to 5 victory over Strabane at Swellan Park. Dominant for the full 80 minutes Matt Keenan’s men were stronger sharper and fitter than Strabane .Shane McCormack had the first try followed by scores from James Loughnane Justin Pilgrim Danny Hutchinson with just 1 conversion from Senan Flanagan who was outstanding at Out Half partnered by New Zealander Salesi  Tuipolutu who supplied fast clean ball to fast running back line. Team Myles O Reilly Darragh Brady Jerry Simpson Gary Browne Shane McCormack Shane Kelly Dave Beattie Philip Crowe Salesi Tuipolutu Senan Flanagan Justin Pilgrim Danny Hutchinson James Loughnane Darren Smith and Joey O Brien.

Eamonn Gaffney retires from the Anglo Celt after 49 years-40 of hem as Sports Editor he succeeded Pat O Neill who had served for 16 years in 1969 and the previous holder of the job Andy McEntee Breffni Bar Min Street served as Sports Editor of the Anglo Celt for an incredible 68 years 57.Eamonn made a great contribution to sport in general in the area and covered all events from athletics to gaelic football. Highlights of his career included winning the McNamee Award on two successive years 1975 and 1976 when the awards were presented to the Anglo Celt by Con Murphy President of the GAA. Exclusive interview with George Best and Dennis Law in 1992 reporting on Cavan’s win over Down in the 1969 Ulster Final and again bringing us the story of Cavan’s Ulster Final win over Derry in 1997. Accompanying Catherina McKiernan on her quest for gold in the World Cross County and coming home delighted with 4 silver medals and the London Marathon which she won in .In recent times Eamonn reported from Rome on the Consistory of Cardinals where his good friend Archbishop Sean Brady received the Red Hat in December 2007. He also compiled and wrote many of the Obituaries that appeared in the paper over the last 40 years. Eamonn will be succeeded by Paul Fitzpatrick from Redhills who was educated the local National School Saint Patrick’s College and took a degree in Journalism at Dublin Institute of Technology. Editor of the GAA Highball he was Sub Editor with the Daily Mail and Sunday Tribune.

Patrick Elliott Dunlop Rally Champion wins the Clare Stages Rally where his driver Paul Goodman missing for the last Rally in Galway due to being Best Man for his brother is crowned Champion Co Driver after 2 years with Elliott and 15 years working as a co driver on the circuit. Very difficult tough condition conditions they won by 42 seconds. As a team they have gelled this year and won the last 5 Rallies in the Dunlop National Championship. They will concentrate once again on the domestic scene next year when they expect even stiffer opposition from the likes of Niall Maguire and the returning Aaron McHale.

Ciaran McConnon from Lavey is captured holding the Sam Maguire after Tyrone had comprehensively beaten Kerry in the All Ireland Final at Croke Park. Pictured with Ciaran son of BBC Radio commentator Owen are Mickey Harte Sean Kavanagh and Joe McMahon. Owen meanwhile hails Tyrone as the Team of the Decade. No matter what the odds they seem to be able to rise to the occasion this time it was the late withdrawal of goalkeeper John Devine whose father died on the eve of the Final. Veteran Paschal McConnell was drafted into the team and was a revelation saving Tyrone from certain defeat on two occasions and generally giving an outstanding display of net minding. Tyrone simply outclassed and outplayed Kerry restricting the Kingdom to no score in the last 17 minutes while they themselves scored 5 points in that crucial period.

Mervyn Clarke Junior is the Leading Rider winning 1st Prize of €500 at the Cavan Equestrian Centres 5 Day International Horse Show.40 competitors in the €7,500 Design Well  won by Hallmark Elite ridden by Dermot Lennon in a clear round  in 27.41 seconds 2nd was Nepomark with Conor Swaile Grand Prix Karl Halley  was the winner of the 7 year old Championship riding Narcos Du Marian 2nd Major Chance Lieutenant Michael Kelly with Mervyn Clarke on Money Train 3rd . Competition sponsored by P Elliott and presented by Darragh Una and Noel Elliott.

County Cavan Golf Club are beaten by eventual champions Clontarf in the Jimmy Bruen All Ireland Semi Final at the Monkstown Club in Cork.

October 2nd 2008  Michelle Murray Laragh Crescent owns Tiny Ireland’s Best Loved Dog in National competition. Michelle and the family canvassed neighbours friends and local school and put up posters around the town distributing fliers canvassing for votes. In the end they were easy winners and receive a holiday worth €1,000 in a dog friendly Hotel and 6 moths supply of Pedigree Chum and a beautiful winner’s sash. The family pay tribute to all who helped them achieve this honour for Tiny particularly friends and neighbours and Michelle Harton of Harton Paws who supplied and sponsored Tiny’s coat.

Same Week Sister Ellen Brady Father Oliver O Reilly Charlie Boylan Chairman Cavan County Council Dean Raymond Ferguson Sharon Murphy Clones are among the contributors to Reflections published by the Advisory panel of the minorities in Border Region project.

O Raghallaigh Park is the winner of the large estate section of Cavan Town Council Garden Competition Owen Roe wins the medium section Fair Hill the small and Creighan Drive is judged the best private estate followed closely by Highfield Road. Best Youth Project Park an Dun while best Feature is the Circle in John Paul Avenue.

Eddie Brady Secretary Cavan Tidy Towns reveals details of Cavan’s great performance this year when they scored 258 out of a possible 400 marks. Eddie says if we are to improve each year and challenge for the National title the judges want mote attention to the Town River and Green lake better upkeep on back streets and wild life habitat. In recent years Cavan has been improving with this year’s mark up 10 on last year but to win the National title a huge effort must be made.

Late point by centre half Darragh Sexton gives Cavan Gaels a merited second chance when they draw 0-10 to Bailieborough’s 1-7 in the Under 16 Division 1 Final at Kingspan Breffni Park. Scorers for the Gaels Darragh Sexton Philip Mulligan Cian McKiernan Paul O Connor 0-2 each and Andrew Graham and Paul Graham 0-1 each.

Killygarry 2-18 beat Kill Shamrock’s 4-9 in the Final of the Under 14 Roinn C Final at Breffni Park. Scorers for Killygarry Jason McConnell 0-8 Mather McKenna and Luke O Dea 1-0 each Andrew O Brien Conor Connolly Cian O Reilly Conor Walken Cian Duffy 0-2 each. Team Thomas Kelly Padraig Burns Christopher Lovett Conor Bates Andrew O Brien Emmanuel Galligan Conor Connolly Cian O Reilly Conor Walken Cian Duffy Jason McConnell Jake Heavey Mather McKenna Subs Paul Smith and Luke O Dea.

Brendan Sweeney full time County Board Coach at Saint Patrick’s College  signals an upsurge of support and interest at the college which has not won a McRory Cup since 1972.Last year the College had to pull out of the competition and many of their star players refused to play opting instead to support their clubs. Brendan traces the demise of the County team directly with the failure of Saint Patrick’s to nurture and produce great players like John Joe O Reilly  Big Tom Tom Hardy The Gallagher's Brian and Charlie from Cootehill Jim McDonnell Jimmy O Donnell and Ray Carolan. The present County Minor Manager Mickey Graham has been at the college to lecture the panel and they welcome Cavan Minor star Fergal Flanagan a member of the Castlerahan Club and brother of County captain Ronan. Brendan from Ballymachugh is confident that he can instil in the panel a loyalty to the College and a winning attitude at all levels.

October 9th 2008 Cavan Town open their campaign in the Meath and District League with a poor performance at Tullac Mongan sinking to a 0-2 defeat at home to Kentstown who scored in the 60th and 76th minute. Cavan James Heffernan John Cawley Kieran Hanniffy Michael Smith Michael Doheny  Gareth Flynn Finbar Donohoe Stan McKeown Brendan Smith Captain Brian Dolan and Tony Pryce Subs Pauric Molloy Barney Morris and Shane Cawley.

Same Week Breifne Swim Club’s Cliodhna Delaney wins Under 13 Gold in Front Crawl Back crawl and Butterfly with Silver in the Breast Stroke while brother Ross wins silver in Butterfly and Ross O Reilly silver and bronze at the prestigious at the annual Aer Lingus Swimming Gala in Dublin.

County Cavan Golf Club win the Monaghan/Cavan Alliance Championship at Crover House Golf Club on the banks of Lough Sheelin. Team Padraig McEntee Club Captain Brian Tighe John Crotty Paddy Maguire Liam Henry and Ed Kellett. Meanwhile Padraig McEntee and Ed Kellett complete a wonderful year by winning the Phil Lawlor Cup at County Cavan Golf Club.

Death of Olivia Carroll Swellan Lower after along illness borne with grace and fortitude on the 10th September 2008.Woman of beautiful appearance and demeanour she was an outstanding Bridge player and won many of the major trophies at County Cavan Bridge Club. Since she came to Cavan with her husband Paddy Carroll C Furniture she was  actively involved in the Community and was extremely popular with friends and neighbours. Native of Kilglass County Roscommon. Funeral Mass celebrated in Kilglass by Fathers Brian Carroll Father Prendergast Father John Gilhooley Adm Cavan Father Brady Father Paddy Egan and Monsignor john Egan (Diocese of Jackson).Cavan Bridge Club formed a Guard of Honour. Survived by her husband Paddy son Padraig. Burial took place in Kilglass

Death of Mary Ellen Gorman Drumalee at the age of 78.Prdeceased by her husband Paddy she is survived by her son John daughter Margaret son in law Eddie grandchildren Colm Elaine and Eamonn. Father Andrew Tully assisted by Father Kevin Fay were the chief celebrants of the Funeral Mass with Sacred Music by Ann and Teresa McKiernan in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim with burial in  Cullies cemetery.

Michael Harding’s Bird in the Snow is launched at Crannog Book Shop. Son of Nellie and the late Michael Harding Rock Cross Michael was born in 1953 and is a columnist with the Irish Times. Winner of the Stewart Pacho and RTE Arts Award. The Abbey Theatre have staged many of Michael’s plays including ‘Strawboys’ 1987 ‘Una Poocha’ 1989 ‘Misogymist’ 1990 and ‘Sour Grapes’ 1997. He has written books that include the ‘Tinker’s Curse’ nominated for the Irish Times Literary Award in 2007 ‘Priest’ 1986 ‘Trouble with Sarah Gullion’ 1988.Writes under ‘Displaced in Mullingar’ in the Irish Times.  Member of Aosdana he is a frequent contributor to Radio Eireann’s Sunday Miscellany. He has a very distinctive strong gravel type voice and is heard frequently on Sunday Miscellany reading his work.

Sorcha Amond Murray Orla Ward Dearbhla Cantwell Karyn Gaffney Niamh O Connor and Emma Lunney Leaving Certificate students represent Loreto College at the International World Village in Nedersstrand Norway. They presented a petition deploring Prejudice and Xenophobia. They also discussed migration issues and participated in sports including football athletics and sailing in old wooden boats. They also attended the International Exhibition Youth in Transit in Tysvaer Cultural Home.

October 16th 2008 Death of the legendary Paddy Conaty Tullac Mongan at the age of 92.Native of Tullac Mongan where he was born and reared and followed his father into the farming business. For many years Conaty’s supplied milk to the town and their home in Tullac Mongan was a hive of activity after milking in the evening. Member of Cavan County Council and Cavan Urban Council for over 40 years. Born at Tullac Mongan in 1916 Paddy was the son of and attended Drumcrave and Saint Patrick’s College before taking over the family farm. Joined Fianna Fail at an early age and was one of the great local politicians of his era. His jousts with Andy O Brien (Fine Gael) were legendary and often led to meetings being adjourned. Chairman of Cavan County Council in he was also Chairman of Cavan Urban Council Chairman of the County Cavan Agricultural Committee from 1955-1980 Cavan VEC and a very active member of the North Eastern Health Board where he fought relentlessly for the location of proper Hospital facilities for Cavan culminating in the opening of Cavan General Hospital in 1989. Decent honourable honest man Paddy’s word was his bond and he detested the flash boys of politics that gave the business such a dreadful name. Lost out to his friend and future Tanaiste John Wilson for the nomination to represent Fianna Fail in the 1973 General Election the other nominee was Cavan and Ulster footballing legend Ray Carolan. Outstanding footballer Paddy won 2 Senior League medals with Cavan Harps and represented Cavan at both Minor and Junior level in an era when the Sam Maguire was a regular visitor to Breffni. Finished his career with Drumalee whom he assisted in 1950-1951The original founder member of Cavan Gaels it was Paddy who initiated the first meeting after an appeal in the Anglo Celt in 1957 which after much discussion and soul searching led to the establishment of the Gaels but the demise of his beloved Harps. Vice Chairman in 1957 he served as Chairman of the Club from 1959-1967 and was President of the Club at his death. Predeceased by his wife Kathleen in 2006. He is survived by his 6 sons Patrick TC John Oliver Noel and Charles and his older brother Frank in Dublin. Cavan Gaels flanked the hearse and formed a Guard of Honour the entire length of Farnham Street while Fianna Fail formed a Guard of Honour at the Cathedral .father Andrew Tully CC assisted by Father Kevin Fay CC Father Rafael and Father Martin Gilchreest were the chief celebrants of his funeral Mass with burial in Saint Brigid cemetery Killygarry.

Same Week Brian Lenihan introduces the first hair shirt Budget of the present Administration. Manages to antagonise everybody and please nobody. People ask did the Government think this Budget out which commentators describe as a direct and violent attack on the most vulnerable in Society. Means Testing for Over 70s Medical Card and the strict unmanageable limits are questioned as the old the infirm and the sick prepare to organise a series of Protests throughout the State. VAT rates are increased from 21% to 21.50% Accident and Emergency Charges shoot up to €100 per visit,  Income Levy of 1-2% is introduced , cigarettes are increased by a paltry 50cent petrol up by 8 cent a litre, Road Tax 4% increase and wide scale cuts in Childcare Allowance. Paddy O Reilly Mayor Cavan Town Council ‘hits the mail on the head’ when he says “ I deplore the punitive attack on the elderly pointing out that the criteria for a Medical; Card set by the Government is woefully inadequate. Hard to imagine such a debacle of a Budget for its sheer meanness and lack of compassion” !.

Frank Gibbons is taking over as Director of Services Cavan Town Council from the long serving Ger Finn.

Cavan Lions Club celebrate the Golden Jubilee of their foundation with a Gala dinner in the Kilmore Hotel. There are  116 Lions Clubs in Ireland with a membership of `2,800 all trying to make a difference in their own Community as well as working for Third world Poverty Relief.

Mary Coughlan Minister for Trade Enterprise and Tourism and Brendan Smith Minister for Agriculture are the guests of honour at the annual Cavan Chamber Dress Dinner Dance in the Kilmore Hotel. The President Eamonn McDwyer in the course of his address asks the Ministers to consider extending the proposed new M3 to Cavan Town a distance of 19 miles. Mary Coughlan quips in reply that she most surely would be backing the call to reduce the travelling time to Cavan for the sooner I get to Cavan the sooner I get home to Donegal. Pictured are Paddy O Reilly Mayor TC Mary Coughlan Minister for Trade Enterprise and Employment Eamonn McDwyer President Cavan Chamber Brendan Smith Minister for Agriculture Charlie Boylan Chairman Cavan County Council Senators Marie Corrigan and Diarmuid Wilson.

Packie Doonan completes his  44th Marathon in Inverness Scotland .No heading for his 20th Dublin City Marathon at the end of October. He will resume his trips abroad in the Spring with The Lisbon Marathon.

Cavan Town beat Laytown 4-1 in the 1st Round of the Meath and District Cup at Tullac Mongan. Leading by 2-0 at the interval with goals from Shane McKeown on 25 minutes and Brian Dolan on 42 minutes they were rocked back on their heels when Laytown opened the scoring in the second half and proceeded to put Town on the back out. The outstanding John Heffernan put the game beyond Laytown’s grasp with a brilliant solo goal and capped a magical performance by scoring the 4th almost on time.

Cavan Gaels are raging hot favourites to beat 1st time Finalists Denn in the Senior Championship Final in Breffni Park next Sunday. The Gaels beat Lacken Mullahoran and Ramor in the Semi Final while Denn Beat Knockbride Cuchullains and Killygarry in the Semi Final.

October 23rd 2008 Government pull back from the abyss as hundreds of thousands of pensioners take to the streets to protest against the imposition of means testing for Medical Cards. Brendan Smith states that the Governments new guidelines of €700 for a single and €1,400 for a couple should ensure that 95% of the over 70s qualify and reminds people with long term illness that the HSE have also a discretionary scheme not means tested.

Same Week Willie McCormack Chairman Cavan Motor Club is pictured presenting cheques proceeds of the recent Kilmore Stages Rally to Felix Gormley and Ray Dunne Cystic Fibrosis and Petrea Ruddy  Spina Bifida.

Behey Social Club are to celebrate their centenary with a Dinner in the new Farnham Radisson and centenary book to be launched by Roy McCabe Proprietor Farnham Radisson.

Lecture on Aspects of the History of Cavan Town to be given by Margaret O Reilly in the Pastoral Centre Saint Patrick’s College.

Social Services Whist 1st Agnes  McRoe 2nd Mae McCaul 3rd Teresa McConnell Ladies’ Hatcher Dympna Cahill 1st Gent Eamonn Donohoe 2nd Gent Sean Leinster Gent’s Hatcher Michael Lee.

Crannog Bridge Jim and Evelyn Beirne 2nd Maria Geelan and Simon Ridley 3rd Frances Daly and Johnny O Reilly E/W 1st Una Stafford and Pauline Hutchinson 2nd Phyllis O Reilly and Monica Culhane 3rd Phyllis O’Neill and Ann Gaffney.

Cavan Gaels easily overcome Denn 0-15 to 0-7 in the Senior County Final at Breffni Park. The Gaels had too much quality all over the field and their forwards ruthlessly punished Denn at every opportunity. Their pace and support play were much too good for a Denn team who seemed to be overcome with pre  match nerves missing out on the team photograph bore the match in their eagerness to get on with the match. The Gaels playing in their 9th successive Senior Final had too much guile and flair for neighbouring Denn who performed admirably particularly against the wind in the second half. Great performances from Sean Reilly Daniel; Graham Sean Reilly Dominick Reilly all making their Senior Final debut while the Gaels introduced Niall Murray and Robert Maloney Derham who had earlier starred for the Gaels Minors in the curtain raiser. Scorers for the Gaels Sean Johnston 0-7 Michael Lyng and Dominick Reilly 0-2 each Cormac Neligan Martin Dunne Enda King and Anthony Forde 0-1 each. Team Eoghan Elliott John Gurhy Darren Rabbitt Karl Crotty Anthony Forde Eamonn Reilly Captain Daniel Graham Enda King Cathal Collins Sean Reilly Sean Johnston Cormac Neligan Michael Lyng Nicholas Walsh and Dominick Reilly Subs Martin Dunne Robert Maloney Derham Kevin Meehan Niall Murray. Eamonn Reilly Captain of the Gaels salutes their late President and founder member of the Club Paddy Conaty who was laid to rest during the week and looks forward to their opening Ulster Club Championship clash with old rivals Saint Galls of Belfast. He also pays tribute to the gels under age structures and thanks men such as Finian Farrell JJ and Paddy O Reilly and the late John Fee for ensuring that the Gaels have an endless stream of talent coming through their under age ranks.

In the Minor decider Cavan Gaels beat Saint Joseph’s 2-17 to 3-7 with a Man of the Match performance by team captain Niall Murray who accounted for 0-8 of their tally in their 10th Minor Championship win in 11 years. The Gaels led by 1-13 to 1-2 at the interval after Saint Joseph’s won the toss and to everybody’s amazement elected to play against the stiff breeze. Scorers for the Gaels Niall Murray 0-8 Conor McClarey 1-4 Niall Smith 0-3 Paul O Connor 1-0 Robert Maloney Derham Brian Grogan 0-1 each. Team Michael Coyle Darragh Sexton Marc Leddy Fergal Blessing Kevin Meehan F=Damian Kellegher Paul McKiernan Robert Maloney Derham Ryan Johnston John Farrelly Niall Murray Brian Grogan Cian O Donoghue Conor McClarey Niall Smith. Subs Morgan Young Paul O Connor.

Cillian Sheridan from Bailiebrorough and former Cavan county Minor makes his debut for Glasgow Celtic  scoring in their 2-1 in over Caledonian Thistle. Tall fast striker good in the air with a lethal left foot the 20 year old will play for Celtic against Manchester United in their Champions League clash at Old Trafford where he is opposed by  Rio Ferdinand and Vilic.

Huge crowd in the Kilmore Hotel to support the formation of the new Cavan Supporters Club (Club Breifne) where the MC was  Darragh Maloney assisted by Damien O Reilly from RTE. Each member will pay an annual subscription and will be entitled to free entry to all of Cavan’s home NFL games all Club games within the County a free jacket and polo neck shirt with the inscription Club Breifne and entry into a draw for an Audi A4 top of the range car. The Chairman is Declan Woods while the Games Development Officer is Nicholas Walsh. Tommy Carr  Cavan Team Manger expresses  his delight at the structures in place in Cavan football and says it augurs well for a bright successful future. Their coaching budget for nest year is €400,000 and there are 5 full time GAA coaches and a planned centre of excellence at Breffni Park.

October 30th 2008 First cracks begin to appear in the Quinn Empire after 35 years successful trading when the Financial Regulator imposes a fine of €3.25 million on Quinn Insurance and personally fines he Chairman Sean Quinn €200,000 for unauthorised transfer of €288 million to purchase shares in the ailing Anglo Irish Banks whose share price has plummeted 90% in the last 18 months and finished trading on the Dublin Stock Exchange at €1-14 following the Regulator’s intervention. The Quinn family have accumulated a 15% share of the Bank and have seen the value of their shares plummet in the last 18 months. Sean Quinn admits that he should never have exposed his companies to Equity Dealing and tenders his resignation as Chairman of Quinn Insurance the biggest and fastest growing Insurance provider in Ireland. It is estimated that the Quinn Group could have incurred losses of at least €1 billion as a result of the collapse of the Bank’s shares. In a financial statement released by the Company  Quinn confirms a provision of €829 million for 2007 and a further provision of not more than €130 million for 2008 on share dealing in Anglo Irish Banks and indicates that he will continue to act as Chairman of The Quinn Group. Meanwhile Jim Quigley former CEO and Board member of the VHI and General Accident is appointed Chairman to replace Sean Quinn s Chairman of Quinn Insurance where he is concentrating on the families Property Portfolio in 10 different countries. Quinn Insurance will open offices in Navan and Cork in the coming months to cater for their growing number of customers.

Same Week Bailiebrorough Shamrocks beat Cavan Gaels 0-11 to 1-7 at Ramor Park Virginia in their Under 16 Championship Final Replay Losing by 0-7 to 0-5 at the interval, the Gaels failed to score in the opening 20 minutes of the second half and despite a rip roaring finish after full back Jonathan Sexton was sent off they just failed to catch their rivals.  Scorers for the Gaels Pauric Sexton 0-3 Andrew Graham 1-0 Darragh Sexton 0-2 and Cian McKiernan and Ferdia Donohoe 0-1 each.

Cavan Ladies Rugby team make a winning debut beat City of Derry by 3 points to nil in a thrilling encounter watched by a large attendance at Swellan Park. Coached by Johnny Loughnane John Conaty and Seamus McDermott the team are indebted to the sponsorship of Donal Keogan of the Imperial; Hotel. Captained by Kathleen Dawson out half Catherine McCollum was outstanding and kicked a penalty early on to put Cavan in control. Playing with speed strength and skill they defended their lead and were worthy winners of their first competitive fixture. Squad Caroline O Reilly Kamine Pilgrim Nicole Hamilton Deidre O Reilly Sharon Patterson Davina Trenier Catherine McCollum Karen O Reilly Kathleen Dawson Captain Charlene Lowry Sarah Hatchett Orla Callaghan Cora Browne Elaine Callaghan Claire McDermott Emer McBrien Bridget Reynolds Mela Taufula Lorraine Bennett Abby Tidy Veronica Smyth and Siobhan Badar.

Breifne Swim Club outstanding at Under Age Championships at the National Aquatic Centre Under 10 Deborah Coyle 1 Silver Emer Brady 4 Gold 1 Silver Leah Ronan 3 Bronze Sebastian Dariba 1 Gold I Silver 1 Bronze Under 12 Aoife Brady 3 Gold Ruth Maloney Derham 1 Gold 1 Silver Under 14 Cliodhna Delaney 1 Gold 4 Silver and 2 Bronze.

Skintown (Kilnaleck) beat Cavan Garda 3-1 at 5 a side soccer tournament at the Astro Pitch in Stradone. Cavan Niall Sweeney Captain Declan Moran David Greene Barry Gallagher Martin Cassidy Andrew McGuill who scored the Garda goal while Barney Reilly Jarlath Reilly and Jimmy Higgins replied or Skintown .

November 6th 2008 Sean Tarpey bucks the trend by opening a second Super Valu Store at Drumalee. The custom built 55,000 square foot store will employ 55 people and was officially opened by the Minister for Agricultut0re Brendan Smith who said that the Store was a terrific boost to the economy and future of Cavan town following closely on the announcement of an additional 75 jobs at Pauwell's Trafo on the Dublin Road. The Developer is Gabriel Cullivan picture with his wife Breda and family Peter Paula and Lynn. Gabriel is the developer of the award winning Rocklands Estate and the adjacent Side Door and Orchard Restaurant and 30,000 feet of office space much of which is leased to the Health Service Executive. Kevin and Jimmy Jackson Sandar Properties are the outstanding builders of the development having recently completed their Apartment Development Stonebridge at Railway Road. They are presently working on an extension to Esker Lodge Nursing Home Cathedral Road. The Manger is Cavan born Michael McNamara pictured with hi wife Andrea and children Sarah and Rebecca. Pictured is Pat Sorahan (Sorahan Electrical) Padraig Wrynne (David McCormack Architects) Gabriel Cullivan Kevin Jackson (Sandar Properties )Sean Tarpey (Supervalu) and David McCormack (Architect).

Same Week Father Martin Kelly a native of Bailiebrorough County Cavan and Parish Priest of Portaferry County Down launches the Series 8 of Windows edited by Noel Monahan and Heather Brett at a packed appreciative Johnston Central Library. Father Martin had only written sermons before 2004 but inspired by the beauty and peace of Portaferry is now a prolific composer of poetry and prose. He read from his latest poem ‘Dapping on Sheelin’ and has written ‘After The Funeral’ ‘Ordination Day Belfast 1966’ and ‘Stations of the Cross’. Father Martin is a brother of the late Captain James Kelly former Editor of the Cavan Leader and Teresa Connolly Farnham Street.He was the chief celebrant of Michael Connolly’s Funeral Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim assisted by his brother Father Oliver Kelly Adm and delivered a powerful moving tribute and homily on the life and times of his late brother in law.

Death of Pat McKiernan Drumconnick Cavan formers Secretary of Cavan Branch ITGWU/SIPTU after along illness borne with courage dignity and good humour. Born in September 1939 at the 14 Houses Farnham Pat was educated at Farnham National School and Cavan Technical School where he showed above average intelligence and ability. Worked first in the Construction business then joined McCarren and Company in 1960 becoming part time Secretary of Cavan Branch ITGWU in 1964.During Pat’s tenure the membership grew from 440 in 1964 to 3,600.After the amalgamation with SIPTU in 1990 Pt’s portfolio was increased to include County Leitrim. Pat believed in the sacredness of work and the right of every individual to employment and good conditions. His father was involved in the 1918 workers strike at Farnham Estate and afterwards the workers joined the ITGWU and he instilled in Pat a crusading spirit for the rights of workers who up to his arrival were working 5 ½ days for small wages no proper pension holiday or insurance rights and some of the conditions in the factories and work places were very poor. He believed passionately in the character formation of standing up for workers rights and conditions. In the mould of Jim Larkin and James Connolly Pat argued as far back as 1975 for a smoking ban at places of work increased Social Welfare and Pension considerations for workers and bitterly opposed the notion of a National Wage Agreement arguing that every area and every job was different. Under Pat Cavan punched away above their weight at National level and Séamus Woods Terence Donegan and Noel Finn were elected to the National Executive of ITGWU/SIPTU. Took an active part in the election of Labour candidates Johnny O Rourke Tom O Connor Paul Dolan and later Desmond Cullen to Cavan Town Council he himself stood in the General Election of 1987 as a Tax Reform candidate and amassed an impressive 1,868 First Preference votes. Secretary of County Cavan Trades Council together with Paul Dolan and Irene Donegan fought for the promotion of Cavan town in Regional Development plans and EEC funding. Outstanding footballer with Farnham Shamrocks Kilmore Harps and Butlersbridge he was on the County Minor panel with his neighbour and friend Hughie Smith in 1958.Excellen producer of soft fruit and flowers at his home at Drumconnick he produced mainly early strawberries which he sold to the local shops. Always maintained that the land was under utilised and lack of labour and tillage with too many depending on cheap imports to the detriment of the nation’s health and economy. Passionate about free health care he argued that nobody sick should be charged for delivery of health services creating even more stress and illness. Completed 5 charity walks -4 in America  in Florida Niagara Falls San Francisco and Grand Canyon and 1 in South Africa in Capetown raising a staggering €150,000 for  Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin. The protracted illness of his son Kevin and subsequent death in 2002 was a huge blow to Pat and his family. Retired as Secretary ITGWU/SIPTU in 1999, he devoted himself to the welfare of his family garden and Social Services where he was an active member and winning many of the prizes at the weekly Whist Drive. He was very shortly afflicted with a similar type illness to Kevin and had to travel frequently to Guy’s Hospital London the Mater Dublin for specialised pioneering treatment which he bore with great patience fortitude hope and grace. Described as solid honest thoroughly decent loyal dependable and the best of company he was a leading figure in the fight against emigration and unemployment and the prosperity we enjoy to day can be largely attributed to men of the calibre of Pat McKiernan. Predeceased by his son he is survived by his wife May son Stephen daughters Caroline and Angeline. Funeral from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Phelim where the Requiem Mass was concelebrated by Fathers Andrew Tully Tom Mannion and Martin Gilchreest and the Guard of Honour was formed by members of SIPTU. Burial in Saint Patricks cemetery Drumcor.

Paddy O Reilly TC Secretary/Treasurer Cavan CYMS celebrates 50 years as a member of the CYMS Committee. Elected on to the Committee at the AGM on the 24th November 1959 along with his friend and fellow member Brian Finlay in order to inject some badly needed young blood into the organisation. Always took great pride in the organisation and still ruefully recalls the eviction from the wonderful facilities at the Presbytery and the demolition of the Temperance Hall where the Club held their weekly whist drive which was one of the Social highlights of the 1950s.Soon they were sharing premises with the ex Servicemen in the Hut here conditions were poor in the extreme and the Club were continually on the brink of extinction. In 1985 they somehow purchased the Premises form Lord Farnham for £5,000 and proceed with the help of key members like Arthur Downey Joe Cullivan Jim Fay and the Cafferty Brothers to make the old Hut a cosy attractive premises for the members. With the advent of colour television and the continued deterioration of the structure they decided to embark on a new building programme and thanks to Bryan O Reilly (brother of Paddy) they built and equipped a new magnificent custom built premises which were opened and blessed by long term friend and supporter Bishop McKiernan in September 1997.With the income from the two shop units the club quickly cleared the debt of €250,000 and to day they are debt free with a record membership with 3 Championship tables and full computer suite internet and broadband enabled. A presentation was made to Paddy and his wife Anna at the Annual General Meeting to mark his magnificent Golden Jubilee association with Cavan CYMS. Presidents Eamonn Malone Kieran Cullivan Sean Walsh and Anselem Lovett Chairman Johnny Lynch Vice Chairman Jimmy Scanlon Secretary/Treasurer Paddy O Reilly Assistant Treasurer Sean Coyle Assistant Secretary Micheal Smyth Chaplain Father Tom Mannion Committee Karl Dunne Jon Gorman  Paddy Brady Larry McGuigan Eddie Quinn and Charlie Cronin.

Dorothy Neary and Leo Brady win the prestigious Hunt/Maloney trophy at County Cavan Bridge Club 2nd Imelda Brady and Joan Cassidy 3rd Elizabeth Galligan and Vera Wilson.

Lisa O Neill and her Band from Ballyhaise fresh from triumphant appearance at the Electric Picnic play the Orchard Bar in Drumalee and the Back Room in Navan.

Sean Nos and Set Dancing Classes continue in the Backyard while Hip Hop dance classes for the 5-13 year olds take place every Thursday night. Pottle Meats and the Beehive Bakery are among the suppliers at the weekly Country Market. The Exhibition by Jams Brady Clones continues indoors. Details from Marcella Crowe.

Cavan Gels beat Saint Galls 1-7 to 0-7 in the Ulster Senior Club Championship in Belfast. A fit focused and driven Cavan Gaels gained revenge for last year’s heavy defeat at the hands of Saint Galls’ and now meet Ballinderry in the Ulster Senior Semi Final in Armagh. Tough hard encounter there was a general air of chaos about the game as the referee handed out 11 yellow cards and 2 men were carried off the field injured. This time the Gaels delivered on the promise of other years and finished much the stronger team with Micheal Lyng and Sean Johnston used their pace and skill to outwit a hesitant Gall’s defence. The teams were level 1-2 to 0-5 at the interval but the Gaels restricted Saint Galls to just 2 points in the 2nd half. Micheal Lyng scored his goal in the 13th minute and in the end this proved the difference between the two teams. Scorers for the Gaels Micheal Lyng 1-0 Sean Johnston 0-5 Niall Murray and Eamonn Reilly 0-1 each. Team Eoghan Elliott John Gurhy Darren Rabbitt Kevin Meehan Anthony Forde Eamon Reilly Robert Maloney Derham Enda King Cathal Collins Niall Murray Sean Johnston Cormac Nelligan Micheal Lyng Nicholas Walsh and Dominick Reilly Subs Paul O Donnell for Cormac Nelligan Daniel Graham for John Gurhy and Joe Dunne for Paul O Donnell.

Saint Patrick’s College Handball Championship A Singles James Brady beat Patrick Clerkin 21-12 21-18 B Singles Cormac McMahon beat Brendan Gargan 21-5 21-5 C Singles Niall Brady beat Bernard Reilly Under 14 Adrian Smith beat Eoghan Martin Under 16 Dara McVitty beat Cathal Sheridan and Minor Marcus Sheridan beat John O Grady.

Belinda O Neill Fairview Cavan is conferred with her BA Honours in Humanities at Saint Patrick’s College Carlow. Educated at the Poor Clares and Loreto College Belinda is daughter of Martin and Helen O Neill Fairview Cavan.

November 13th 2008 Matt Rudden well known Laragh and Irish International; runner and President of the Cavan Men’s Association in Dublin presents his friend and neighbour Cardinal Sean Brady with the Golden Jubilee trophy as Cavan Man of the Year on the occasion of their 50th Annual Dinner attended by a capacity attendance of 400 at Westmanstown Sports Centre.

Same Week Uproar as the scourge of the Head Shops spreads to Cavan with the opening of Cosmic Closet (Ben Gaffney’s Upper Main Street). Pressure builds on the Government following a string of representations made to dual Councillor Patricia Walsh 13 Saint Martin’s by worried parents. Diarmuid Wilson following consultation with Patricia raises the matter in Senad Eireann and asks the Minister for Justice to introduce immediately legislation to ban the substances being sold in the Head Shops nationwide.

Trudy Corrigan and Bridie Donoghue win the Percy French trophy at Cavan Bridge Club 2nd and Best Gross Kathleen Clarke and Vera Wilson 3rd Bernadette Donohoe and Veronica Fay.

Cavan Gaels win their 5th Senior League title when they outscore and  outmuscle Cuchullains 3-8 to 1-11.Nicholas Walsh the Gaels tall 25 year old full forward was Man of the Match and scored the vital goals just before and after the interval to give the Gaels a deserved victory in their warm up for the Ulster Championship Semi Final against Ballinderry in Armagh Athletic Grounds next Sunday. The Gaels led by 2-4 to 1-4 at the interval. Scorers Nicholas Walsh 2-0 Martin Dunne 1-2 Sean Johnston 0-4 Kevin Meehan and Niall Murray 0-1 each. Team Eoghan Elliott John Gurhy Darren Rabbitt Karl Crotty Daniel Graham Eamonn Reilly Anthony Forde Enda King Cathal Collins Martin Dunne Sean Johnston Paul O Donnell Micheal Lyng Nicholas Walsh and Dominick Reilly Subs Kevin Meehan Niall Murray Conor McClarey Karl Crotty and Joe Dunne.

More cups for the Gaels as they beat Killygarry1-9 to 1-4 in Bawnboy where the pitch is described as lush emerald green of billiard table texture. Killygarry won the toss but inexplicably elected to play against the wind in the 1st half and proceed to kick wide after wide while the Gaels’ captained by Padraig Byrne capitalised on their limited possession running out easy winners in the second half Scorers for the Gaels Alan O Riordan 1-0 Levi Murphy 0-4 Niall Smith Michael Meehan Ciaran Flynn Conor McClarey and Mickey Graham 0-1 each. Scorers for Killygarry Benny McHugh Gabriel McGovern 0-2 Paul Leonard and Stephen McHugh 0-1 each. Gaels David O Reilly Patrick Heslin John O Reilly Mark Leddy Francis Graham Niall Gurhy Dallan McCormick Declan Meehan Ed O Hanlon Alan O Riordan Ronan Farrelly Michael Meehan Ciaran Flynn Conor McClarey Levi Murphy. Subs Ciaran McGlade for Niall Gurhy Niall Smith for Michael Meehan Mickey Graham for Ronan Farrelly.

Thrilling local Derby as Cavan ladies and Virginia draw 13 all at Deerpark Virginia. Ellen Cahill scored Cavan’s first ever try while Bridget Reynolds added a second both converted by Catherine McCollum.

Captain Shane Daly on the Minister of Defence’s River Foyle wins the €12,000 Grand Prix at County Cavan Equestrian Centre finishing his double clear in 32.8 2nd was Olive Clare on Starboard in 35.02 and Cian O Connor on Rancorrudo was 3rd. Trevor Brennan was the leading International Rider and received a Honda motorbike while Danny Kenny received a Voucher as the leading local rider Mark Kinsella riding PS I Love You won the Farnham Hotel 1.25 competition while Conor Swale on Cara Touche was 2nd and Mervyn Clarke on Shalome Phoenix was 3rd.

County Cavan Golf Club Ladies’ Committee  Captain Ita Soraghan Vice Captain Madge Curran Secretary Maura Dunne Treasurer Teresa Keogh Handicap Secretary Eilish Mullhern. Committee Majella Brady Stella McCarthy Margaret Sheridan Mary McCarthy.

Death of Paddy Cullivan Alackan after along illness borne with courage fortitude and resignation to God’s Will at Saint Christopher’s Hospice aged 77. Educated at Crubany National School and Cavan Vocational Paddy was an Electrician and Farmer by trade and worked with Smyth’s 60 Main Street for many years carrying out Urban Council work. Later Paddy joined the Inland Fisheries Trust in July 1978 and worked as an Officer with the Trust until his retirement in 1996. Founder member of Killygarry GFC Paddy served in many capacities down the years and was a regular visitor to Breffni Park to support he County team. He was the Club’s County Bord representative for 25 years. Decent honourable industrious man Paddy had a laid back manner and was never in a hurry with plenty of times for a chat and a yarn. Great lover of all things Irish Paddy had a particular affinity for Irish music Paddy joined in many sessions in the area and visited the Willie Clancy School in Milltown Malabay each year. Outstanding actor and mimic Paddy represented Killygarry in the Annual GAA Scor Finals each year. He was Chairman and founder member of Killygarry Community Centre. Excellent coarse fisherman Paddy knew all the hotspots in the area. Round the house he kept a selection of rare shrubs and encouraged wild life around his home. Dreaded he 1st November and the beginning of the Shooting Season which he considered obscene and affront to the natural order of nature Predeceased by his brother John Joe he is survived by his brother Gabriel sisters Chrissie Halton Kilcogy Upper Jeannie Ward Galway Mae Sheridan Coronea sister in law Breda Cullivan brothers in law Jim Ward and Joe Sheridan. Killygarry GFC formed a Guard of Honour at both the Removal and the Funeral where Father Andrew Tully was the chief celebrant with Irish music by Martin Donohoe and Denise Crowe in Saint Brigid’s Killygarry. Burial took place in the adjoining cemetery.

Sudden death of Mary Agnes (Mae) Harten Teach Carna at the age of 90.Native of Lismacanican Mountnuggent she was educated at Barcony National School and Gilsenan secondary School Oldcastle before going to Macclesfield England to qualify for an SRN in Nursing and Midwifery. She recalled many harrowing tales of the devastation wrought by the German bombers during their bombardment of London during the Battle of Britain. Returned to marry her sweetheart Bernard Harton in Mountnuggent Church in 1941.Bernard had set up business in Carnagh Kilcogy selling and gravel concrete and later cement. During the War because of the shortage of petrol the family moved to Church Street Cavan where they continued to expand their business acquiring the contacts for the supply of building materials to the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim and the Poor Clare Convent following the disastrous fire of February 1943.The family later donated one of the Harry Clarke stained glass windows to the Cathedral in 1995.Bernard meanwhile set up a Turf Distribution Company supplying turf to all the Urban areas of County Cavan and further afield. Mae often recalled the Summers of 1942 and 1943 the wettest in living memory when DeValera introduced the compulsory tillage and flax growing schemes and going to their neck in mud and muck on their 60 ace farm on the Ballinagh Road. After the War Harten's prospered under the astute management of Bernard one of Cavan’s greatest Entrepreneurs in the mould of Sean Quinn Ballyconnell. After in semi retirement they built a house at Creighan Teach Carna where Bernard died suddenly on. Mae was bust rearing her 11 children but once again took over at the helm and guided the Company through many financial turmoil's following the death of Bernard. She travelled extensively to Rome the Holy land Lourdes and Fatima and had a special regard for Kilnacrott here she remembered the Norbertine White Friars coming to in 1923. Beautiful singer she was an outstanding composer and had many entries in the early song contest including I’ll Sing You The Praises of Cavan which made it all the way to the Final in 1979.She was a straight decent religious person with an iron will and ambition to do the best she could for all. Predeceased by her husband Bernard she is survived by her sons Padraig Hubert Bernard and Sean daughters Anna Olive Marietta Bridget Margaret Teresa and Catherine brothers Patrick and John Joe. Father Kevin Fay CC was the chief celebrant of her Funeral Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Phelim assisted by Canon Owen Devaney Gerard Cusack O Praem Eamonn Lynch P Kelly and Michael O Reilly. Burial took place in Mullahoran cemetery.

Death of Cavan and Cootehill Celtic legend Doctor Brian Gallagher at the age of 75.Born in Rockorry County Monaghan the family moved to Cootehill when Brian was very young. Educated at the local National school Saint Patrick’s College and UCD where he qualified as a Doctor in 1957. Later went to England for a period of 10 years and returned to Cootehill to take over his father’s practice in 1968.Winner of 1 McRory Cup medal 3 Ulster Senior Championship medals 1952-1954-1955 1 All Ireland Senior medal 1952 2 Senior Championship meals with Cootehill Celtic in 1955 and 1956. He was Man of the Match for Cavan Slashers in their one and only Minor Championship title win against Mullahoran in 1949 when among his team mates was Frank O Rourke Brendan Sexton Larry Duggan and Leo Cosgrove. Tall sallow and very handsome he played the game skilfully fast and clean never resorting to any rough crude tactics. Married Grace O Connor from Limerick in 1959 and they settled in Ashfield Middlesex before returning to Cootehill in 1968.In his profession he was the consummate professional on call 24/7. Any of his patients taken seriously ill during the night Brian would drive them to Hospital rather than wait for the arrival of an Ambulance. Totally dedicated to the welfare of his patients his life was a crusade for those in poverty or in need and mercenary gain was not on his agenda. For relaxation Brian listened to the Works of the great composers and continued to follow the fortunes of Cootehill Celtic and Cavan County team. The death of his brother Charlie in July 1989 was a devastating blow to him and he retired at the age of 60 to live in Bray County Wicklow. His fiend and classmate Father Benny Maguire described Brian as graceful as a gazelle his movement and deportment were magic he was special to Cavan and Cootehill and will never be forgotten as one of the truly great gentlemen on and off the pitch. Predeceased by his brother Charlie in 1989 he is survived by his wife Grace sons Brian and Frank daughters Joan Una Ann Catherine.

Death of Liam Hayes founder of the Television Rental business in Cavan Son of Seamus and Mae Hayes Waterford Liam was born in Waterford City and was educated by the Christian Brothers at the famous Mount Sion. Later worked in Dublin and London where he qualified as a Television Engineer. Married Joy Finnegan from Newbliss in 1959 and they set up business in Market Street Cootehill in November 1960.From there he branched out into Monaghan and Cavan where they rented 1,000s of black and white television. He was ideally placed for the introduction of colour in 1972 and continued to expand his rental business. Founder member of Cootehill Chamber of Commerce he was President in 1971 and 1972.He was one of the main figures in the setting up and administration of Cootehill Credit Union. He was the first Lord Mayor of Cootehill and President of the Irish Radio and Television Association bringing the Annual Conference to the Slieve Russell Ballyconnell in 1992.Founder member of NatElex later to be taken over by European Retail Giant Expert Liam was an outstanding businessman at the forefront of all the latest developments in the trade he graced with such distinction. Survived by his wife Joy sons Paul Cootehill Brian Ratoath daughters Claire Dunsaughlin and Aisling Cavan brothers Thomas Dungarvan Shea Tramore Sean Waterford and Eamonn Dublin sisters Maura Maguire Mullingar. Father Ultan McGoohan received the remains at the Removal to Saint Michael’s Cootehill and the Funeral Mass was celebrated by Father Owen Collins PP Gerry Kearns Redhills Brian McElhenny Lavey Gerry Cumiskey Kill Gerry White Sacred Heart Congregation and Kevin Fay CC Cavan. Burial took place in Saint Michael’s cemetery Cootehill.

November 20th 2008  Order of Malta branch for Cavan town. Initiation ceremony in Saint Clare’s Church where Bishop Leo O Reilly presided. Martina Mulligan (Nee Kinsella) is the Sergeant while there are 17 members all based presently in Ballyjamesduff but looking for a premises in Cavan town. The Order of Malta are in Ireland over 900 years and it is effectively an Ambulance Corps who attend football games festivals. Recently they were on duty at the Mission in the Cathedral in Cavan. It is a service to the Community particularly the elderly says Martina a Reservation Clerk in the Farnham Radisson Hotel. Pictured Gary Lacey Emmett Driver Cahal Smith Paschal Diviney Deputy National Director Bishop Leo O Reilly Paddy Hanratty Regional Director Sharon Dunne Denise Donegan Miriam Smith Leah Lacey Lee Fay.  Front Margaret Behan Marleen Daly Kevin Bravendar Winnie Weigh National Director Peter Smithwick President Martin Mulligan Sergeant Cavan Unit Regina Brady Amy Driver and Norma Faulkner.

Same Week Cavan County Council adjourns as a mark of respect to their late colleague Paddy Conaty who served on the Council with distinction for over 40 years. Tributes are led by Clifford Kelly Fianna Fail and Andrew Boylan Fine Gael. Charlie Boylan Chairman pays tribute to Paddy for all his personal help and assistance to him since he came on the Council first in 1974.Jack Hayes county Manger associates himself with the tributes on behalf of the Executive of Cavan County Council.

Doctor Dara Hume Drumalee Family Practice and instrumental in the setting up of the Midwifery ld Unit MLU at Cavan General deplores the Government’s decision not to proceed with the immunisation scheme for 12 year old girls against Cervical Cancer. She welcomes the Government’s commitment to the Screening programme and urges the Government to implement the immunisation programme next Year.The treatment which costs €600 for each patient offers protection to 70% of Cervical Cancer Cases and over 90% of Genital Warts.

Survey by Cavan Drug Awareness Centre reveals that Cavan is a black spot for Heroin and that there are over 200 addicts in the area.The Centre  offers support to addicts and their families as ell as blood and urine analysis.

Tributes are paid by Eddie Brady Secretary Cavan Tidy Towns Committee to the outstanding contribution of Paddy Conaty who was a member of the Committee for many years. Eddie also pays tribute top the wonderful work of Veronica Sharkey who was PRO of the organisation up to her death in May 2008.Chairman Patrick Conaty TC Vice Chairman Madeline Argue Secretary and PRO Eddie Brady Treasurer Mayjo McGahon. Committee Andrew Boylan TC MCC Paddy O Reilly TC Des Cullen TC Patricia Walsh TC MCC Martina Sexton Hugh Cosgrove Liam Devine Peggy O Reilly Ann Sharkey

Cavan Gaels are knocked out of the Ulster Senior Club Championship by Ballinderry 0-17 to 0-7 at the Athletic Grounds Armagh. Great first half display by the Gaels despite the Gaels losing Sean Johnston ace marksman after only 10 minutes the sides were tied at 0-6 each t the interval. In the second half the stronger and more eager Ballinderry blew the Gaels away and scored at will. Nicholas Walsh was lost at midfield and the Gaels need a strong presence at the edge of the square. Mick O Dowd the Gaels Manger said that “there were just too many holes to be filled with injuries and out of form players and that once you plugged one hole another leak appeared”! Scorers for the Gaels Michael Lyng 0-2 Robert Maloney Derham Enda King Niall Murray Sean Johnston and Conor McClarey 0-1 each.

Redbridge an amalgamation of Redhills and Butlersbridge captained by Man of the Match Fergal Flanagan beat Lavey 0-14 to 0-9 to win the Under 16 Division 2 Championship at Kingspan Breffni Park. Scorers for Redbridge  Fergal Flangan 0-7 Luke McEntee 0-2 and Gareth Henry Turlough Mooney Andrew Dunne Cahir Reilly Jonathan Leddy 0-1 each.

Cavan Town in mid table with three games in hand beat Robinstown 4-0 at Tullac Mongan Park. Team James Heffernan Greg Meehan Shane Byrne Michael Doheny Michael Smith Vinny Wimsey Brendan Smith Captain Barney Morris Gareth Flynn Mark Ferncombe Brian Dolan Subs Pauric Molloy John Cawley and Stan McKeown.

David F Nevin I crowned Ulster Intermediate Flyweight Champion at sell out Docker’s Club in Belfast beating Ciaran McConville Bainbridge 18-6 in the Final. Cavan lady boxer Yvonne Courtney was beaten by Irish International Christine McMahon from Carrickmacross 12-6 in the Ulster Ladies’ Final.

November 27th 2008 Paddy O Reilly Mayor Cavan Town Council greets Enda Kenny Leader of Fine Gael on his visit to Fine Gael House Rossa Place. Pictured are Enda Kenny Paddy O Reilly Frank Flanagan National Director Fine Gael and David Blake.

Same Week Shop Local launched by Cavan Chamber of Commerce in a bid to encourage people to shop locally this Christmas.€100,000 of coupons printed with denominations of €5 €10 and €20 redeemable against purchases in almost 50 retailers in Cavan Town.

Sinead McDermott Drumbar is conferred with her 1st class Honours Bachelor of Education degree at Saint Patrick’s Training College Dublin. Educated at Farnham National School Loreto and Saint Patrick’s Drumcondra Sinead is daughter of Michael and Evelyn McDermott Drumbar>She is presently teaching in Saint Fiachra’s School in Dublin

Cavan Town beat Grant City Dublin 7-0 in the Quarter Final of the Leinster Junior Shield at Tullac Mongan Michael Smith penalty opened the scoring for Town with goals from Pauric Molloy 2 giving them a 3-0 lead at the interval. Barney Nevin Brendan Smith and towering striker Aaron Heffernan 2 added 4 more goals in the second half to give the homesters a 7-0 win.

Sean Johnston Cavan and Cavan Gaels star forward is presented with his award  as the Dublin Supporters Cavan  Player of the Year at Harold’s Cross Greyhound Track. Opel Gaelic Player of the Month for May the 24 year old Kilnavara sharpshooter is son of Bernard and Pauline Johnston and grandson of the legendary John Johnston winner of an All Ireland Minor medal with Cavan in 1937 and a star member of the Slashers 1941 Championship winning team. Sean had an impressive National Football League campaign with Cavan notching 1-4 against Armagh in Crossmaglen and an incredible 0-10  in Cavan’s win against Cork at Breffni Park. Pictured are Noel McCardle Ulster Bank Ciaran Flynn Seanie Johnston Paul O Donnell Cavan Gaels and Seamus Carney Ulster Bank.

Crannog Bridge N/S 1st Leo Brady and Sean Masterson 2nd Teresa Keogh and Anna Carlin 3rd Teresa McEntee and Mary Johnston E/W 1st Teresa Colhoun and Ann Smyth 2nd Madge Curran and Etta McIntyre 3rd Karen Martin and Susan O Reilly.

Farnham national School continues to raise money for the Chernobyl Orphanage appeal with a Readathon in the School raising an incredible €5,000.The hope to raise at least the same again with their Afternoon Tea in the School next Sunday where a selection of pastries finger food and fruit platters will be served and the music will be by  Ann Noelle Bennett with Catherine Smyth on piano and Nadia Milligan? on the Harp.

Kilmore Diocesan Pioneer Total Abstinence Association 2008 Chairman Thomas Smyth Belturbet Vice Chairman Robert Harte Crosserlough Secretary Rosaleen Smith  Treasurer Francis Doonan PRO Gillian Clarke and Chaplain Father Pat Brady/Drumkilly Quiz Officer Tommy Smith Readoiri Office Larry McGinn.

December 4th 2008 Cavan is selected as one of the 35 centres that Aldi will locate to in 2009.The German giant retailer will spend €350 million on developing stores at 35 centres throughout the country Elliott and Company have been selected to build the 1550 square metre superstore on the site of the old Homemaker and Valu Centre. There is provision for 144 car parking space at the Centre which will create over 50 new jobs.

Same Week Presentation to Greg Sheridan on his retirement from CIE. Greg is eldest son of the late Tommy and Josephine Sheridan Sub Post Office  Upper Main Street and is married to Delia nee McKenna residing at Glenside Road. Multi talented handballer Greg has won All Ireland medals at every grade. Pictured are  P McEntee Garage Manger Greg Sheridan Seamus McGinn Mechanic and Paul Carey Body Maker.

Despite the gloomy economic situation the Government pays the 100% Christmas Bonus for the 9th consecutive year to 1.3 million Social Welfare recipients.

President Mary McAleese is accorded a Civic Reception by Cavan County Council in the Courthouse. She pays tribute to the many public representatives throughout the country for their sterling work on behalf of the people who elect them. Calls on the young people to believe in a country that has been transformed from poverty and emigration. Charlie Boylan Chairman Cavan County Council in welcoming the President pays tribute to the wonderful work she has done as President of Ireland. Pictured are Dr Martin McAleese Paddy O Reilly Mayor Cavan Town Council Jack Keyes County Manger Charlie Boylan Chairman Cavan County Council.

Behey Social Club celebrate their centenary in the opulent surroundings of the Radisson SAS Hotel owned by one of their members Roy McCabe who launched a History of the Hall ’100 Years of 25’Founded in 1908 Francis Galligan Chairman welcomes the guests  and says the Hall has been a great benefit to the Community enriching the social and cultural life of the area. Pictured are Cyril O Keeffe Felim Smith Cathal Smith PJ Galligan Brendan Young Howard McCollum Brian Gaffney Paddy Carroll Paddy Tackney Charlie Smith Tommy Coyle Joe McCann Father John Gilhooley Adm David Molloy Jerome Kiernan Matthew Smith Michael Mulvey Frankie Walsh Joe Connolly Eamonn Smith Tommy Young Tommy Molloy Francis Galligan Chairman Father Patsy Young Pat Lee and Joe O Connor.

'Mr James for Men' wins Retailer of the Year 2008 Pictured are Tina McCullough Eamonn McDwyer President Cavan Chamber and Michael McCarron Proprietor.

O Reilly’s Clarke Specialists Cavan and Bailiebrorough feature in the Cavan Christmas Special pictured are Shona Halpin Geraldine Clarke and Jennifer Gilsenan.

Ramor Munterconnaught easily account for an out of sorts Cavan Gaels captained by Michael Meehan 1-12 to 1-6 in the Division 1 Under 21 Final at freezing cold Kingscourt. Ramor led by 1-7 to 0-2 at the interval Scorers for the Gaels Niall Smith 1-1 Niall Murray 0-3 and Declan Meehan and Levi Murphy 0-1 each.

Cavan Gaels beat Saint Joseph’s (Arva /Killeshandra) 3-13 to 1-4 to win the Minor League double at splendidly appointed Bawnboy. The Gaels led by 1-4 to 0-2 at the interval and ran out easy decisive winner in the end. Scorers for the Gaels Paul O Connor Brian Grogan Sean Hanley 1-0 each Niall Murray Captain 0-7 Robert Maloney Derham 0-3 John Farrelly Conor McClarey Marcus Sheridan 0-1 each. Team Michael Coyle Darragh Sexton John Fortune Fergal Blessing Kevin Meehan Damian O Connor Robert Maloney Derham Sean Hanley John Farrelly Niall Murray Brian Grogan Cavan O Donoghue Conor McClarey Niall Smith Subs Marcus Sheridan for John Farrelly John Maguire for Cavan O Donoghue Fergal Donoghue for Paul O Connor..

Farnham National School win the Cumainn Na Mhbun Scoil Division 1 Final for the first time in their history beating Virginia 2-4 to 0-8 at Kingspan Breffni Park. Leading by 1-2 to 0-2 at the interval; Farnham turned on the style in the second half with Man of the Match James Veale initiating many attacks from centre half back and Gaels stars Louis Coleman and Adam Johnston who scored both goals prominent. Team Cian Hughes Shane Fortune  James Veale Paul Sexton Louis Coleman Captain Gavin Sherlock Rosa O Reilly Kavan Donoghue Shane McDermott Ryan Smith Adam Johnston.

Father Ultan McGoohan in his monthly Reflections column in the Anglo Celt recalls his recent 8 day pilgrimage to the Holy Land organised by genial Anna Brady Crosskeys with Father Dan Sheridan PP Staghall bringing the journey to another dimension with his depth and knowledge of the Scriptures as the 51 pilgrims from all over Ireland followed in the footsteps of Christ.

Cavan Institute of Further Education forge an alliance with 5 other similar schools in the area uniting 12,000 students and 1,000 staff strengthening the existing partnership between Cavan Institute and Dundalk Institute of Technology thus affording better opportunities for students to achieve a higher level of education. Known as the North East Further and Higher Education Alliance the other participating Institutes are O Fiach Institute of Further Education Dundalk Dunboyne College of Further Education Drogheda Institute of Further Education Monaghan Institute of Education and Cavan Institute.

December 11th 2008 Joey Dunne of Dunne’s Bar Upper Main Street in hi 2nd year in business changes the name of the pub to the ‘Reseshh Inn’ to honour so many of his customers who have been affected by the recent downturn in the economy. Joey is going to freeze prices for the next 2 years with a pint of Guinness available at €3-70.Many of his customers are fond of sport and he has wall to wall coverage of all sporting events including racing where his own horse 'Kathlin’s Joy' has won her lat three races and made a tidy packet for Joey’s customers. Recently sponsored the Senior Snooker Final at Cavan CYMS he is the main sponsor of Cavan Town soccer Club and sponsored the track suits for this year’s Cavan Gaels teams.

Same Week Decisive quick action by the Minister of Agriculture averts a National disaster when the food chain became contaminated. Brendan Smith ordered the slaughter of all pigs and removal of all stock from the shelves of pork retailers  in the interest of public health and the good name of Irish Pork products at home and abroad. Processors suppliers and retailers are promised compensation from the EU fund.

Cavan Town Council in a bid to attract shoppers to the county town for Christmas provide free unlimited car parking throughout the town on the 2 Saturdays leading up to Christmas despite Frank Gibbons Town Manger telling them that technically they are out of order in passing such a motion. Doctor Eamonn McDwyer Paddy O Reilly Chairman and Terry Argue assure shoppers that free car parking will be provided despite the red tape. Later we are to learn that despite the continued opposition of Terry Argue to altering this plan the Council did not have the authority to offer free car parking throughout the town but could do so in the multi story car park every day from now to Christmas.

Big turnout in the Farnham Hotel to hear Richard Bruton Fine Gael spokesperson on Finance outlining an alternative plan to beat the recession. His proposals include no cut backs in  Health or Education with an emphasis on  cut backs and redundancies in the Public Sector. He suggests that at this time small businesses are being ‘screwed’ by the Banks as they decide not to extend any further credit facilities. Pictured are Peter O Reilly County Organiser Fine Gael Seymour Crawford TD Michael Smith CEO Cavan Fine Gael Patsy O Callaghan Secretary Cavan Fine Gael Senator Joe O Reilly Richard Bruton TD Fine Gael Spokesperson on Finance and Paddy O Reilly Mayor Cavan Town Council.

Cavan Branch Irish Wheelchair Association are  grant aide to the tune of €10,000 by the Department of Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. The money will go to the maintenance and refurbishment of the Branch’s equipment.

Geraldine McDonald Abbeyset Printers and member of Cavan Chamber of Commerce is pictured with Paddy O Reilly Mayor Cavan Town Council awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus in the market Square.

Cavan Sports Partnership is launched in the Courthouse Cavan. Pictured are John Treacey CEO Irish Sports Council Jack Keyes County Manager Colm McEvoy Chairman Cavan Sports Partnership Brendan Smith Minister for Agriculture Nadine Crotty Sports Co Ordinator and Catherina McKiernan former Irish International and Team P Elliott star. The aim of the Sports Partnership is to develop sport for all people in all area. The development of their new website www.cavasportspartnership.ie  links to all sports organisations in the County.

The 4 star Farnham Radisson Hotel picks up a prestigious Failte Ireland Optimum award. The 158 bedroom with spa facilities and cuisine based on healthy habits is set on 1,300 acres of land just 2 mile from the centre of Cavan Town.

Paddy O Reilly Mayor Cavan Town Council will start the 41st Icebreaker’s Christmas Swim at Annagh Lake where he will himself participate for the 36th consecutive Year. The Kick-start Club Cavan Gardai Civil Defence and Brookside Security will also be in duty at the Swim.

An impressive haul of 7 medals at the British Open Championships in Stoke for the Millennium School of Gymnastics based at Loreto College. The winners were Jessica McFadden Natasha Nola Jack Allen Jack Deery and Jack Doyle.

Cavan Gaels go down 1-9 to 1-11 for Derry Champions in the Ulster Minor Club Championship at the Saint Paul’s Ground on the Shaw Road in Belfast. The Derry Champions led by 0-8 to 0-5 at the interval. The Gaels lined out without 4 of their stars including Kevin Meehan and Niall Smith both ill. Scorers for the For the Gaels  Conor McClarey 1-1 Niall Murray 0-4 Robert Maloney Derham and Bryan Grogan 0-2 each.

Annalee AC in conjunction with BLE and BLOE successfully organise the Underage All Ireland Cross Country Championships at Ballyhaise Agricultural Colege. The Chairperson Miriam Griffin pays tribute to John McDermott former P Elliott and BLE Officer Evelyn O Reilly Aidan Watters Ciaran Murray Declan Yung and Martin Sexton. Cavan County Council assisted in organising the traffic to and from the village while Miriam pays special tribute to Felix McCabe and staff for the wonderful welcome accommodation meals and facilities afforded by Ballyhaise Agricultural College.

New Senior and Juvenile Basketball Club for Cavan.The coaches are Chris Rowley and George Dugdale former members of the old Club in Cavan. Senior Chairman Declan Moran Vice Chairman Michael McHugh Secretary Josephine Lyng Assistant Secretary Linda Harkin PRO Cora Earley. Juvenile Chairman Chris Rowley Vice Chairman Declan Moran Secretary  Cathy Clarke Assistant Secretary George Dugdale Treasurer Brendan Jerry and PRO Paul Hennessy. Already 120 Juveniles have enrolled and the Senior members are practicing in the Sports Complex n preparation for the start of the competitive season.

December 18th 2008 Cavan Credit Union celebrate 40 glorious years of service to the people of Cavan. First meting held in Saint Augustine’s Hall in 1968 where Father McManus Adm was elected President with Tom Hickey Vice President  Vincent Walsh Treasurer Michael Drysdale Assistant Treasurer and Lauri McConnell Secretary the other members of the Committee were Michael Drysdale Séamus Fay Michael Harding .In their first year of operation they managed to attract 71 members and the shares totalled £382.By 1975 the  shares stood t £47,000 and loans were extended to the tune of £41,500.Initially the organisation operated from the Hut in Farnham Street (Cavan CYMS) on a Saturday morning. Moving to bigger premises in Town Hall Street (Duchi Jewellers) opposite Telecare they extended their opening hours to include Friday nights and all the tellers and cashiers were voluntary. Soon the Credit Union expanded again and they opened a full time branch in Bridge Street after purchasing the premises of Pat (Stick) Donohoe. By 5th May 1975 they recorded their 1000th member with assets of over £4,000 .By 1978 loans had reached an impressive £100,000.With continued expansion they later moved back to Town Hall Street in premises purchased from the Reps of the late Winnie Mullery. By the mid 90s business had expanded so rapidly that they had to move to the ultimate Cavan town location at 83 Main Street formerly the County Cavan Stores Woolworth’s and later Brendan Young’s. With the advent of the Celtic Tiger business boomed and membership soared by an average of over 600 per year until to day they have over 14,000 serviced by their 5 branches in Cavan Killeshandra Belturbet Ballinagh Carrigallen and Kilnaleck. Presently Cavan Credit Union boats assets of €50.4 million a turnover in 2007-2008 of €100 million and an additional 650 members (523 from their Cavan office). The surviving members of the 1968 Committee and customers with an unbroken run of loyalty were honoured by the present Board of Directors in the Boardroom at Main Street where they were treated to dinner and each one was presented with an Abbey Cut Crystal memento of the occasion incorporating the new logo commissioned by the Board. The Guest of Honour Monsignor PJ McManus took the Chairman’s seat for the night flanked by his loyal band of helpers from 1968 when the main purpose of founding the organisation was to protect the local Community from the scourge of moneylenders. A specially commissioned Abbey Glass tray with the inlay of a picture of the original Committee of 1968 was presented to him as a token of the deep esteem he is held not only in Cavan Credit Union but throughout the entire area. The 1st Board of directors of Cavan Credit Union was Michael Smith Saint Phelim’s Place Gladys Donohoe Seamus Fay 11 Owen Roe Maureen Barrett Eamonn Flynn Swellan Michael Browne Michael Drysdale  Lauri McConnell Secretary Monsignor PJ McManus Chairman Tom Hickey Vincent Walsh and Michael Harding. The present Board includes Chairman Patsy Lee Vice Chairman Noel Finn Secretary Geraldine McDonnell Assistant Secretary  Patricia McEntee and Treasurer Peter McGovern. Committee Gerry Smith Gabriel Kelly David Small Derek Graham In Elliott Rosaleen Cronin Brid Brady Ann Marie Sheehy and Erik Johnston. Supervisors Ton Prunty Ann O Reilly and Tony Coyle. The Auditors to the Credit Union are Kelly Rahill and Company while their Solicitors are George V Maloney  and Co Farnham Street.

Same Week Cavan Bridge Club 1st Anselem and John Lovett 2nd and Best Gross Pat Plunkett and Bobby Sheerin 2nd Kathleen Clarke and Willie Finnegan.

Anna Brady publishes her Pilgrimage Itinerary for 2009 which will include Pilgrimages to Medjugorie on Easter Sunday April 12th May 31st  and September 25th led by Father Johnny Cusack PP Father Loughlin Carolan CC and Father Paul Casey respectively. There will be a trip to Poland for Divine Mercy led by Father Benny Fitzpatrick on August 12th while Father Dan Sheridan PP will once again lead the Pilgrimage to the Holy Land on October 14th 2009.All enquiries to Anna Brady Phone 4336291 or 087-2549960.

Cavan Institute Ladies record a record score 13-16-2-5 against Magee University in the Ulster Higher Education 11 a side Competition winning by 44 points a record for the competition. Susan Farrell and Mona Sheridan were outstanding for Cavan. Scorers for Cavan Institute Ruth Mulligan 4-3 Lean Dunne 3-4 Sharon McDonagh 2-4 Andrea King 2-4 Agnes Clarke 1-1 and Ashling Maguire 1-0.Team Rosita Finnegan Susan Farrell Rebecca McKenna Mona Sheridan Ashling Maguire Agnes Clarke Leann Dunne Davina Dempsey Sharon McDonagh Ruth Mulligan and Andrea Kelly. Subs Elaine Smith and Kathryn Lynch.

Royal School Under 19 Table Tennis team retain their Ulster crown beating Monaghan 6-3 while the Girls Under 19 performed admirably but went down 5-2 to a stronger more experienced Victoria College Belfast in the Final. Unluckiest of the lot was the Under 13 Girls team who were just pipped 4-3 in the Final by Ballymena Academy. Royal School Under 19 Boys J Dawson T Mayne A Mayne I Mayne and D Carleton Under 13 Girls S McCorley S Adesanya P Jackson V Waugh E Cosnett and H Jameson.

Saint Patricks win the All Ireland Junior 40*20 Junior Inter Club Handball Championship beating Ballydesmond Cork 101-76 in the Final in Crinkle County Offaly. Saint Patrick’s won the Junior B last year and now join Kingscourt as the second Senior team in County Cavan. Pictured are Padraig Cahill Patrick Clerkin Father John Gilhooley Adm Coach Paul Fitzpatrick James Brady and Super Sub Eddie Halligan.

Orna Elliott youngest child and only daughter of Aidan and Mairead Elliott is the lucky winner of the 1st Car in the Butlersbridge 300 Draw. Her parents recently won a House at Rocklands Drumalee in the Killygarry GFC draw.

Song Sister are back for their annual show in the Town Hall Theatre featuring Geraldine McDonnell Paul Gormley Carmel O Donoghue Geraldine McGrath and Musical Director pianist and vocalist Eileen Tackney. Musical accompaniment by their travelling Band Ciaran Tackney Paul McCann and Paul Cox who also produces the video background show for the Song Sisters whose CD is due for release in April 2009.Tickets are from €16-18 and the usual concessions for Students and OAPs.

December 25th 2008 Thousands flock to Enniskillen Newry and other border towns to take advantage of the strong Euro now worth over 90 p and the British VAT Rate of 15% relative to our recently increased 21.5%. Sean McMahon reports that as the sterling weakens the queues get larger and longer, ASDA of Enniskillen are recording record  turnover for drink sales and business in the border towns in the Republic are at least 30% less than last year. The South’s difficulties are the North’s opportunities to cash in.

Same Week Cavan County Council Director of Services Ger Finn reports that €8 million is owed by Developers in Development Levy. The Council have taken in over €14 million since the levy was introduced in 2004 when there was 2,786 applications for planning. In 2006 this dropped to a respectable 2,561.Much to the annoyance of the Councillors the County Manger Jack Keyes is looking for a new rate of €59.07 an increase of 3.91% on last year. Projected expenditure will be €70,935,964 a reduction of €2,275624 on the 2008 figure. The County Council decided to wait until their January meting before finalising the Rate for 2009.

Bishops Leo O Reilly and Ken Clarke in their joint Christmas Message contrast the difference a year can make. 2008 was a year when many experienced financial crisis personal stress blatant injustice and greed by our Bankers and Developers. Time now to turn back to the real meaning of the 1st Christmas where the values of honesty fairness and transparency are not so out of date after all. When the Angels announced to humble shepherds “I bring you tidings of great joy unto you is born this day in the City of David a Saviour who is Christ the Lord.”

Tara McCormack and Aileen Henry are the winners of Scholarships at Cavan Credit Union which were presented to their mothers Sandra McCormack and Marie Henry.

Renal Dialysis Unit at Cavan General Hospital is named as a winner of the European Health Forum Award for 2008.Pictured at the presentation are Ann McCahill ICT Project Manager North Dr Ciaran Henry Cavan General Hospital Patrick Mulligan ICT Cavan Martina Mackie ICT Operations Marie Sheridan Clinical Nurse Manger Renal Dialysis Unit Cavan Anna May Lynch Staff Nurse and Anita McKenna Staff Nurse

Staff of the Department of Agriculture sing Carols in the Market Square where conditions are described as freezing in honour of their late friend Lyndsey Bury who died recently. All proceeds of their Carol Singing will be donated to Cavan Branch Cystic Fibrosis.

Crannog Bridge Club Turkey Competition N/S 1st Mary Mulvey and Bernie McMahon 2nd Ann Smyth and Teresa Colhoun 3rd Stella Corr and Elizabeth Lalor E/W 1st Felicity Sheridan and Mona Fitzpatrick 2nd Kathleen Woods and Sharon Murphy 3rd Bernadette Donohoe and Veronica Fay.

Cavan Bridge Club N/S 1st Pat Smyth and Vera Wilson 2nd Todd Davis and Mildred Judge 3rd Imelda Brady and Joan Cassidy E/W Frances Daly and Pat Plunkett 2nd Ann Brady and Bridie Donohoe 3rd and Best Gross Anna Carlin and Kay Henry. Harry Hunt captain County Cavan Bridge Club wishes all the members and families a Very Happy Christmas and looks for ward to seeing them all again in the New Year.

Loreto College Cavan are beaten after extra time in the Final of Cavan Monaghan School’s Camogie Cup at Breffni Park by Our Lady’s College Castleblayney.Loreto dominated the first half and led comfortably at the interval 3-2 to 1-0.The teams were tied at the end of 60 minutes and Amber Lambe Captain Our Lady’s Castleblayney was the heroine when she struck for the only two scores in extra time and later received the cup from Madeline Argue Chairman Cavan County Board.

Cavan Town beat old rivals Clones Town 2-0 at Tullacmongan to shoot up the table to 4th spot for Christmas. Brendan Smith struck for Cavan with a great solo goal after 28 minutes to lave Cavan Town ahead 1-0 at the interval. Mark Ferncombe made the issue safe when he ran on to a beautiful weighted Vinnie Wimsey pass to send a left footed rocket to the Clones net to leave Cavan deserving 2-0 winners.

Oisin Costello beats Cathal Cronin to win the Garda Community Shield Final at Cavan CYMS where Niall Fallon and Cathal Dunne were the beaten Semi Finalists. In the Beginners Final Paul Clarke beat Niall Fannon with Brian Crowe and John Sweeney the beaten Semi Finalists.

Roisin McCann daughter of Seamus and Julie McCann Corlaghaloo Belturbet is conferred with her BA Honours Degree in Education Business and Religious Studies. Educated at the Convent of Mercy Belturbet and Loreto College Cavan Roisin is now on the staff of the Comprehensive school Cootehill. Her mother is the former Julie Graham Saint Phelim’s Place Cavan.

Students of Loreto College raise €1200 by way of a non uniform and cake sale in the College for Saint Christopher’s Hospice. Pictured Shauna Madden Eimear Hanley Sinead Moore Meghan Smith Lauren Moore Emer McVitty Anne Cassidy Liaison Teacher Paula McGinnell Grainne Power Dervla Cantwell Edel O Reilly and Paddy Grogan accepting the cheque on behalf of Saint Christopher’s Hospice Cavan.

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