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Our thanks is due to the staff of Johnston Central Library and Cavan CYMS for their expert help and co-operation in compiling and publishing these Cavan Town News Items 2001-2005.If you have any information relevant to the town dating from 1937-2010 we would be delighted to hear from you


Micheal Smyth Editor

March 2010

January 7th 2001 Death of Mary (Mollie) Brady 7 Church View and Oghill Ballinagh at College View Nursing Home.Survived by her sons Michael and John P.Funeral from Saint Michael’s Potahee to the adjoining cemetery.

Death of Eugene O Reilly Drumherrish and late of Drumalee Cross on Christmas Eve in Southend London. Beloved son of Sean and Ita and brother of Myles John Pat and Noel sisters Caroline  Christine and Geraldine. Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.

Same Week 8th Cavan Gifts Racquetball Finals at Saint Patrick’s College Complex sees Seamus Watters win the senior Vincent Craig the Intermediate and Terry Sherdan the Novice title. Beaten in 4 previous Finals by his opponent Mick Ryan this time Seamus Watters made no mistake winning 15-7 15-7 playing outstanding racquetball.

4th year students in The Vocational School raise £1,200 for the local branch of Saint Vincent De Paul. Pictured is Jennifer Lynch the leader of the group presenting the cheque to P J Dunne President of Saint Peter’s Conference Saint Vincent De Paul.

January 14th 2001 Barry Coyle is conferred with his BA honours degree in Languages (French and Italian) at Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth.Educated at Saint Felim’s Boys school and Saint Patrick’s College Barry is son of Tony and Josie Coyle Avila 16 Highfield Road Cavan.

Same Week Father Oliver Kelly who has spent 14 years in Cavan as a Curate and Adm is promoted to the position of Parish Priest in Lavey.Native of Bailieboro Father Oliver is brother of Teresa Connolly 7 Farnham Street and is the recipient of a farewell presentation in the Farnham Hotel. Father Oliver will be replaced by Father Anthony Fagan CC Cootehill as Adm.

Cavan Bridge Club 2001 1st Leo Brady and Todd Davis 2nd Kathleen Clarke and Vera McMahon 3rd Noel and Joan Cassidy E/W 1st Maria Geelan and Simon Ridley 2nd Pat Plunkett and Paddy McDermott 3rd Olivia Carroll and Evelyn O Connor.

Cavan Gaels are beaten 1-12 to 0-14 in the Ulster Club Minor Final at Saint Paul’s in Belfast by Armagh side Pearse Og in bitterly cold but perfect underfoot conditions. Leading by 0-8 to 1-4 at the interval after playing with the strong bitter Northerly wind.The game was physically tough but played in a great spirit. Having relinquished their title the Gaels players and officials lined up to applaud the winning Pearse Og team off the pitch. Scorers for the Gaels Niall Collins 0-7 Nicholas Walsh 0-3 Pauric Smith Enda King Gavin Duffy and Ritchie Graham 0-1 each.

Cavan Gaels Committee 2001 President Paddy Conaty Vice Presidents Marie Lynch Jack Rehill Brigid Murray Kathleen Smith Tommy Brides Teddy McCormack John Foley O Rourke Mick McCarthy and Michael Leddy Chairman Paddy Reilly Vice Chairman Frank Farrell Secretary Dominic Brady Treasurer John Duffy Assistant Treasurer Declan O Donnell and Mark Gillick PRO Philip Finnegan Irish Officer Finian Farrell and Insurance Officer Hugh O Reilly.

Paddy O Reilly PC UDC is the winner of the mountain bike in the ‘Fresh To Day’ Christmas Draw. Pictured are Sylvia Byers Thomas Reilly (Manager) Paddy O Reilly and Stephen Ivers.

Cavan  beat Ards 39-15 in Ards in the Ulster Cup scoring 3 tries by Gareth Flood Steven Pratt and Ivor Fannin Captain

January 21st 2001 Leona Sheehan is conferred with her National Diploma in Computer Applications. Leona was educated at the Poor Clare Convent and Cavan Vocational school and is daughter of Tommy and Kathleen Sheehan 26 Glenlara Cavan.

Same Week Sympathy is extended to Harry Hunt Solicitor on the death of his eldest brother Gerry in Doncaster England at the age of 68.Eldest son of the late Arthur Gerard and Maureen Hunt Farnham Street. After finishing his education emigrated to England and worked in the Electronic Industry there.Survived by his wife Winnie and 5 children brothers Dermot and Harry and sister Miriam.Funeral in England.

January 28th 2001 Death of Thomas (Tommy) Cullivan 16 Wolfe Tone Street after a long illness borne with courage and fortitude at the age of 65.Painter and decorator Tommy worked with Brendan Jenkins and learnt the trade from the Master Dinny Brennan.Survived by his sisters Rosie Nancy Kathleen and Eileen. Funeral from the Cathedral to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Same Week Cavan Gaels captained by Michael Graham win the  Cavan Senior League (2000) for the 6th time when they comprehensively outplayed and dethroned a lack lustre Gowna 0-13 to 0-6 in the final in Breffni Park. Great display by a young hungry Gaels team playing fast skilful open football. The Gaels showed up the lack of determination and fitness in the Gowna outfit in the final quarter when the scored at will and avenged the bitter taste of their defeat to the same opposition in the Senior Championship final in September 2000.Scorers for the Gaels Cormac Nelligan (Man of the Match) 0-6 Tom McCormick Cathal Collins and Gavin Duffy 0-2 and Mark Leddy 0-1.Team Eoghan Elliott Fergal Brady Darren Rabbit Shane McGlade Karl Crotty Eamonn Reilly Patrick Graham Cathal Collins James Doonan Cormac Nelligan Gavin Duffy Enda King Michael Graham (Captain) Mark Leddy Tommy McCormick Sub David Noonan for Mark Leddy.

February 1st 2001 Clodagh Brady receives her Honours H Dip in IT Studies to add to her BA Honours degree at NUIi Maynooth.Educated at Crubany NS and Loreto College Clodagh is daughter of Sean and Kathleen Brady Rathcorrick Cavan.

Death of Tommy Connolly 10 Drumullen Farnham at the age of 64.Apprentice Jockey to RJ McCormack at the Curragh.Rode Regatta to Epsom victory on the day that Lester Piggott rode his first Derby winner at the same meeting. Continued in the business as a jockey with Mr McCann Newtownforbes until weight overcame his ambition .Emigrated to England and resided in Devon. Came back to live in Farnham 30 years ago. Outstanding footballer with Longford Club Clonguish and his native Farnham Shamrocks .Survived by his wife Nora sons Martin Thomas and James daughter Margaret sisters Lily Vincent Devon and Mary Robinson Birmingham. Funeral following Requiem Mass in Saint Patrick’s Drumcor.

Same Week Kathleen Sullivan Trophy at Cavan Bridge Club 1st Willie Finnegan and Val Maguire 2nd Ignatius and Minnie Murtagh 3rd Paddy McDermott and Aileen Timmoney 4th Maureen Greene and Angela O Reilly.

Cavan Credit Union purchase Brendan Young’s Drapery Store (Formerly Cavan County Stores and Woolworths) on Main Street for a sum believed to be in excess of £1.5 million. Only 3 years in their new custom built premises in Town Hall Street (Mullery’s).The increase in the number of staff and members necessitated their purchase of the 10,500 square metre premises on Main Street. The Cavan Credit Union now have 5 branches in Belturbet Kilnaleck Ballinagh Killeshandra and Carrigallen catering for a membership of 12,000 with a through put of 2,500 customers per week. Founded in 1968 they operated first from the old Ex Service Men’s Hut at Cavan CYMS for 2 hours each Friday night, they now have 13 staff in Cavan and the outlying branches.

The legendary Jim O Leary Cavan Gymnastics and Tumbling club comes out of retirement to coach young boys and girls from 8years up at Cavan Sports Complex. Jim has coached several international stars and is a former national coach and international judge. He is a graduate of the National Coaching and Training Centre.

February 8th 2001 Tragic death following a drowning tragedy at Lough Oughter of the very popular Eilish O Connell. Daughter of Gene and Mrs Flood Ballinagh Road Eilish was a member of the staff of Peter Veale’s Pharmacy 59 Main Street. Funeral from the Cathedral to Glasnevin Crematorium.

Same Week Drumalee GFC Juvenile Committee 2001 Chairman Michael Lyons Secretary Maureen McCaffrey Assistant Secretary Lisa McCullough Reps to County Board Micheal Fitzpatrick and John Costello Minor Board Reps Peter Donohoe and Damien Donohoe.

Redevelopment work commences at Breffni Park to install additional turnstiles toilets and accommodation. Costing £450,000 the work is being carried out by Aidan Elliott Construction Cavan.

February 15th 2001 Tesco Cavan raise £850 for the Irish Cancer Society. To date £14,000 has been raised nationwide by the Tesco initiative by staff and customers.

Same Week Cavan Wheelchair Association 2001  Chairman Alex Shekelton Vice Chairman Jim Reilly Secretary Patricia O Reilly Assistant Secretary Martina Clarke Treasurer Brendan Hannan Assistant Treasurer Billy Bravendar PRO David Mulligan.

February 22nd 2001 Right Rev Kenneth Herbert Clarke  is pictured with the Bishop’s Chaplain Rev Mark Lidwill knocking on the door of Saint Felim’s Cathedral Kilmore prior to his installation as Bishop of Kilmore Ardagh and Elphin

Same Week Since 1996 the price of houses in the Cavan area have increased by 101 %.An increase of 22.5% was recorded in the year 2000. alone.

Death of Tommy Cullivan Keadue Lane farmer and former CIE employee. Survived by his wife Kathleen son Thomas and daughters Mary and Marina. Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.

Death of Paddy Lee Killygarry former star footballer with Stradone where he played with stars brother Benny Dessie Reilly and P J Duke. Paddy was first Treasurer and founder member of Killygarry GFC.President of the Club at his death he never missed a game from juvenile to senior and took great pride in the Killygarry Sports Complex at Crubany.Funeral from Saint Brigid’s church Killygarry to the adjoining cemetery

Paddy O Reilly Chairman on behalf of Cavan Icebreakers presents a cheque for £8,777 to The Accident and Emergency Department Cavan General Hospital. Proceeds of this year’s Christmas Morning Swim.

Crannog Bridge Club  1st Jim and Evelyn Beirne 2nd Teresa McEntee and Ann Smyth 3rd Patricia Keogh and Gaye Condon E/W 1st Stella Corr and Elizabeth Lawlor 2nd Etta McIntyre and Madge Curran 3rd Mary Moore and Irene Smith.

Jim O Leary Cavan Gymnastic Club announces that he is the holder of the Tenancy /Lease on the old Scout Den in Bridge Street and that an agreement has been reached to share the refurbished facilities with Cavan Boxing Club.

John Lynn Cavan and Geoff Wylie Northern Ireland will coach the United Ireland Darts team in their forthcoming joust with the Rest of the World in Rosslare.

 6 Players from the Republic and 6 from Northern Ireland are included in the team.

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March 1st 2001 Hugh O Brien 33 John Paul Avenue aged 39 a member of the Defence Forces and Steward at the Aslan Concert in the Carraig Springs Night Club Crosskeys is run down by 38 year old Michael Kavangh 14 Fortlawn Blanchardstown Dublin 15 as he had a fall out with his girl friend and later ejected from the premises. Came back in his car and at speed ran over Hugh quickly reversed the car and again at speed ran over the injured man again before making his escape. Later the car was found opposite the Kilmore Hotel and Kavanagh was arrested and brought to Cavan Garda Station where he was charged with the unlawful death of Hugh O Brien.

Same Week Doctor John Owens Chief Psychiatrist Hospital is made a presentation by the Cavan/Monaghan group for outstanding service to the psychiatric health of the region during his tenure. Doctor Teresa Carey is acting chief psychiatrist at Saint Davnett’s until a successor is appointed for Doctor John Owens who served the people of Cavan and Monaghan with distinction.

Cavan Social services Whist 1st Lady Betty Murphy 2nd Lady Josephine McGinnity Lady Hatcher Eileen Hannigan 1st Gent Jimmy Cullen 2nd Gent Patsy McConnell and Gent’s Hatcher Sean Leinster.

Cavan Whist’s premier competition The Cullen Cup results in a clean sweep for the Enniskillen Club with the winners being Lena Hardy and Pat Concannon Enniskillen 2nd Angela Corrigan and Jackie Farrell Enniskillen 3rd Frances Dunne and James Newman Kells.Best Cavan Pair are Pat Plunkett and Patsy Givney.

Portrait of 86 year old Jack Sheedy late of Wolfe Tone Street who was recently home to bury his Welsh born wife Irfron in Cullies. Mother was a member of the well known Johnstone family  and he was born on the Barrack Hill in 1915.Still keeps in touch with all his relations and good friend Sean Walsh the famous Cavan long distance swimmer. Emigrated after the 1935 Junior Final when he was a member of the Crubany team beaten by Croghan.Worked in Brady’s Pub in Oxford Street for 5 years before taking up his chosen career of painting and decorating working on some of the biggest contracts in London including Downing Street and lived all of his life in Hammersmith adjacent to the Thames .Jack has 2 daughters June and Maureen and stays with his nephew Pat Johnston of Creighan when home in Cavan. Recalls the great players the Hill has produced Terry Coyle Jim Meehan John Johnston Michael Walsh Joey Devlin Jamesie McGahern and Francis Mooney. Joey Brady Dinny Brennan and father Andy along with the incomparable Tommy Meehan are among the great characters. Jack remembers with pride and joy.

Ann Walsh daughter of Felim and Kathleen Cox from Killeshandra and Carrickfern ‘Talking Heads’ unveils her brand new premises in Ashes Street designed by her husband Niall.Started the venture in 1984 bringing an entire new world of hair care to Cavan. Ann and Niall are the parents of 2 young children. The premises formerly owned by beauty therapist Maureen Cosgrove-Kelly. The complex includes a Hairdressing Salon and Beauty Salon where  the Therapist is Samantha Fay. The Hairdressing staff are Annette Maguire Kate O Reilly Fidelma Brady Niamh Meehan Suzanne O Rourke Ann Walsh (Prop) and Irene Johnston.

March 8th 2001 Colin Hannon who was educated at Farnham NS and Saint Patrick’s College Carrickane is pictured with his parents  Brendan and Mary and Father Gerry Allwill President Saint Patrick’s College as he receives his Entrance Scholarship to UCD.

Same Week Pauline McCaffrey daughter of Brigid and the late John 1 Tullac Mongan weds Fintan Scully Dublin in the Iron Church Carnaross and the Reception was in Sharkey’s Hotel Virginia.

Ellie McDonagh Tracey O Rourke Sarah McGerty and Amanda Smith Saint Clare’s School present a cheque for £835 to Concern raised by a 24 Hour Fast by students of 4th 5th and 6th class Saint Clare’s.

Death of Anna Conlon Killynebber House at the age of 86.Daughter of the late Andrew and Anna McEntee The Breffni Bar 57 Main Street. Outstanding Camogie player in her youth Anna played with Cavan Slashers and the county team during the years that Cavan won the Ulster Championship. Last of a family of 7 Ann was the only girl. Married the irrepressible Frank Conlon and they engaged in the licensed trade auctioneering and later drapery trade. Frank was an expert on antique furniture and later specialised in selling choice pieces from the auction rooms in Dublin. Frank died suddenly in 1977.Very unlucky to be struck down with Alzheimer’s Anna was lovingly cared for by her son John and never spent any time in a Nursing Home.Survived by her sons John Frank Michael and Gregory daughters Marlene Funge and Deidre Moss. Funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

Dermot Healy is the subject of Olivia O Leary’s In My Life series on RTE .Born in Finea in 1947 Dermot lived most of his life in Cavan where he was educated in The Poor Clare’s De La Salle and Saint Patrick’s College. Now living in Sligo written his memoirs ‘The Bend For Home’ several plays and 2 volumes of poetry.

March 15th 2001 Sudden and untimely death of Niall Fox at the age of 37.Proprietor of Fox’s Shoes Niall brought his own dimension and ideas to the business and transformed the display and fittings adding a much admired modern feel. Succeeded his father the legendary Seamus and grandfather James in one of Cavan’s oldest and most respected businesses. Founder member and first Treasurer of the Lakeland Canoe Club in 1984.He was National Canoe and Training Coach for the North West. Took part in many of the most prominent canoe events including the Liffey Descent. Well known on the International white water scene he took part in competitions in Ireland England and more recently in Ecuador. Predeceased by his parents Seamus and Rose he is survived by his brothers Jimmy in Belfast Brendan MPSI Ballyjamesduff sisters Rosemary Lennon and Geraldine Flynn Ashbourne.Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.

Same Week Untimely death of Colm (Collie) Young at the age of 34.Youngest son of Michael and Beattie Edermine.Survived by his parents Michael and Beattie brothers Thomas and Niall sisters Roisin and Fiona. Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.

Maria Byrne 44 Drumnavanagh is undertaking the Sahara Challenge on behalf of Enable (Ireland) from March 31st to April 7th 2001.Big fundraising Race Night in Blessings sends Marie on her way with substantial sponsorship and the good wishes of friends and neighbours as she undertakes this arduous task.

March 22nd 2001 All Saint Patrick’s Day Parades are cancelled due to the Foot and Mouth restrictions. Amazingly publicans in Cavan report a record Saint Patrick Day in the pubs as patrons were determined to honour the age old tradition of drowning the shamrock.

Same Week Death of Catherine Bravendar Swellan and 14 Cluain Siobhan McKenna Road Newcastle County Galway at the age of 34. Outstanding Chef and Culinary Mistress she was head chef at Saint Mary’s secondary School Galway for the last 14 years. Daughter of Joe and the late Kathleen Swellan Cavan she was educated at the Poor Clare’s Cavan Vocational and The College of Catering Killybegs.Survived by her daughter Amy and father Joe sisters Lilly and Geraldine brothers Joe Tommy and Charles .

Oliver Galligan (Cavan Gaels) and Tom O Reilly (Shannon Gaels) are selected by Cavan County board to fill the vacancies on the Ulster Council caused by the appointment of Michael Greenan as Vice President and Aodghan O Farrell as PRO Ulster Council.

March 29th 2001 Death of Barry Owen Somerset Maxwell 12th Baron and Lord Farnham at the age of 69 after a long illness borne with great patience and fortitude. Born on the 7th of July 1931 educated at Eton and Harvard. Former Lieutenant in the Irish Horse Guards. Director of Brown Shipley and Company (UK) and Trinity Bank (Ireland).Married Diana Marian Gunnis from Kent in 1959 and they adopted 2 daughters Sophie and Harriett. Man of great goodness and charity Lord Farnham was Grand Master of The United Masons of Great Britain and Ireland. Came to Ireland to administer the Estate every month the family also spent the month of August and Christmas in Cavan. Tall handsome cultured man he had a great love for Ireland Cavan and Farnham and was a benefactor to many of the local organisations including Cavan Golf Club Cavan CYMS Cavan Pony Club. Survived by his wife Diana daughters Sophie and Harriett sister Lady Knollys and step sister Julie Remington Hobbs. Burial following Private Service in Kilmore Cathedral.A Memorial Service will be held for Lord Farnham after the present foot and mouth restrictions are lifted.

Same Week Death of Michael Bravendar 34 Saint Felim’s Place Cavan. Old Cavan native Michael was an extremely popular and much respected Porter in The Surgical Hospital. Survived by his wife Teresa (Nee McCaul) sons Michael Marty Gerry and daughters Kathleen Gibbons June Greenan Celine Ashley Pam Noonan Mary Calders Jean Sheridan Margaret Molloy and Ann Lonnergan brothers Josie and Willie sisters Mary Keenan Josephine Leonard Margaret Barron Eileen Nora Annie and Phyllis. Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.

Crannog Bridge Club Peggy Willock Memorial Cup 1st Gay Condon and Patricia Keogh 2nd Eric and Joyce Johnston 3rd Madge Curran and Etta McIntyre.

Dennis Condon is the winner of this week’s MEGS outing at County Cavan Golf Club with Judy McEntee 2nd.

Kinnypottle Players stage the 1 act drama ‘Cagebirds’ to a highly appreciative capacity  audience over 3 nights in McGinnity’s Bier Kellar.Kinnypottle Players Irene White (Director) Majella Stafford Maura Maloney Richella Mathews Majella Mortell Tracy Talbot Ann Kiernan Ciara McGinnity and Elaine Kenny.

April 5th 2001 Teradyne (Ireland) Limited commence production in Cavan at IDA Advanced Factory at Killygarry Industrial Park. Over 40 are currently employed and there will be a total of 740 employees by the time they move into the purpose built factory at Drumbo.Established in 1966 the Company employs over 10,000 worldwide and had turnover of$1.48 billion in 1999 with profits of $1.58 million. Further information is now available on www.teradyne.com

Same Week Anselem Lovett is made a retirement presentation by his colleagues in the Anglo Celt of a state of the art computer system complete with printer and scanner. Pictured .At the National Union of Journalists of Great Britain and Ireland Anselem is made a member of Honour for his services to the Union over the last 40 years. The last Irish person to receive this honour was the murdered Dublin journalist Veronica Guerin.Anselem is pictured with British Labour Left Winger Tony Benn who was also the recipient of the same honour.

Death of Peter Roche Drumelis.Survived by his wife Nellie son Anthony daughter Bernadette. Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.

Death of the very popular and well known Noel Joseph Smith Saint Patrick’s Terrace Cavan at Cavan General Hospital at the age of 77.Stonemason by trade Noel learned the skills from his uncle Mick McGurk chief mason at the building of the Town Hall in 1908 and all his life loved working cutting and dressing stone. For most of his life Noel worked with his cousin Paddy Elliott and was engaged in the building of many fine edifices in Cavan and Sligo including the famous Nazareth House in Sligo. Noel could turn his hand to any trade and for many years painted with Brendan Jenkins. Very sociable and clever Noel had an Encyclopaedic knowledge of current affairs and sport. Outstanding footballer with Cavan Harps Noel was also an accomplished soccer player and along with Bill Galvin from the Post Office revived the Cavan Town soccer club in 1952 and in the company of Mick Smyth and Charlie Greene never missed an International game in Dalymount Park. Wonderful outstanding ballroom dancer his partner was his future wife Honie Gauthier from Military Row and together they won national and international waltzing foxtrot titles. Beautiful tenor voice Noel was an outstanding member of Father Willie Buchanan’s Choir in the Cathedral.Loved jazz and his favourites were Sydney Bechet and Bix Bederbeche Predeceased by his wife Honora ,Noel is survived by his sons John and Michael daughters Siobhan Kelly Redhills and Madeline Ryan Patrickswell County Limerick sister Marjorie O Riordan and brother Paddy in Redhills.Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Patricia Scanlon youngest daughter of Jim and Maureen Jewellers Market Square weds Alan Clerkin Newtownards County Down in The Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim.The Reception was held in Cabra Castle Kingscourt.

Peter McGinnity beats Trevor Molloy to win the Junior Snooker title and Dun Ui Neill perpetual cup at Cavan CYMS.

Sharon Smith Delaney a native of Tierlahood Stradone celebrates her 7th year in business at ‘Finishing Touches’ with her staff Paula Skelly and Margo Clinch. Sharon is married to Cian Delaney who is a hairdresser in Cootehill.

Loreto College are once again the winners of the Cavan Enterprise Board Business Initiatives for Schools with their company Tunsted?.Pictured is teacher Carmel Dolan with the Directors Sinead Smith Sarah Finlay Allison Gormley and Serena Shanahan.

Well known Cavan painter and Wexford native Phil Cullen playing off 26 wins the AIB Spring League with 41 points at County Cavan Golf Club 2nd Barry Cullen (14) with 39 points while Simon Fay (10) was 3rd.Eamon Rice won the Gross playing off 10 with 27 points.

April 12th 2001 Darragh Connolly from Killeshandra and Loughlin Carolan from Knockbride are ordained Deacons by His Eminence Cardinal Desmond O Connell Archbishop of Dublin in Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth for the Diocese of Kilmore. Darragh is son of Brian (County Library Cavan) and Mary and is a very well known traditional musician specialising in playing the Uileann Pipes. Educated at Killeshandra NS and Saint Patrick’s College he has done pastoral work in Ireland and Mississippi USA.

Same Week Grace Bolton Royal School Cavan is pictured playing the Viola at an evening of Artistic Expression in the Kilmore Hotel.

Death of the very popular Jack Rehill Drumnavanagh and late of Caulfield Tullyco Cootehill in the parish of Laragh. at the age of 83.Last of a family of 9 Jack was employed as a Bread Salesman with McDonnell’s Bakery for nearly 40 years. Keen follower of gaelic games and his own club Laragh United. Jack later joined Cavan Gaels and played a pivotal role in their fundraising. Steward at Cavan Gaels Bingo for nearly forty years Jack’s traits were total loyalty and good wit and humour. He was a pleasure to meet and share a couple of yarns .Great friend of Tom Boylan Treasurer Cavan County Board Jack assisted at all of the big football games throughout Ulster and was a most courteous and efficient official. Predeceased by his wife Annie in 1973 Cavan Gaels formed a Guard of Honour at both his Removal and Funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry.

Death of Jimmy Murray Wolfe Tone Street at the age of 82.Native of the town Jimmy joined the Irish Army for the duration of the Emergency and loved all things Irish including music language and culture. Served in the Western Command where he came in contact with a number of Irish speakers from Connemara Jimmy never missed an opportunity to practice his native tongue. After the army Jimmy worked on the Rural Electrification with the ESB before emigrating to England for a period of 25 years. Returned to Cavan in 1975 and joined Cavan Gaels as Masseur he assisted Teddy McCormack with the preparation of the Gaels treble winning teams of 1975-1976 and 1978.Later assisted Cavan Rugby Club in the same capacity Jimmy never gave less than his best. Always kept himself and his home very attractive and presentable he was a gifted gardener and won many prizes for his exhibits. The coffin was draped in the tricolour at Jimmy Murray’s Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.

April 19th 2001 Loreto College students present a cheque for £4,317 to Trocaire following their 24 hour fast. The event was organised by their teachers Brid Cahill and Emma Cusack.

Same Week Aidan Elliott presents major sponsorship for County Cavan Golf Club .Pictured are Geraldine Crotty (Captain) Mary McManus (President) Aidan Elliott (Sponsor) Oliver Malone (Captain) and Terry Smith (Vice Captain) at the presentation.

Saint Patrick’s Area Cavan are the Under 16 County Draughts Community Games Champions. Pictured Sean Cullivan Mark Geelan Pat Ryan (Team Manager) Cormac Russell Dallen McCormack Padraig Carroll and Ray Griffith Vice Chairman.

Derbhle Crotty playing Portia is the star of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice on RTE 2.Appearing regularly in films theatres and on television Derbhle recently featured in RTE Drama ‘Gold on The Street’ and Michael Harding’s ‘The Poor House’ filmed in Bawnboy county Cavan.

Packie Doonan competes in the Australian Marathon in Canberra Australia.705 runners took part and Packy ran a personal best of 3 hours 37 minutes and 51 seconds for the gruelling 26.20 miles and in the process raised over £2,000 in sponsorship for  Team P Elliott.

 April 26th 2001 Packie Phair the last surviving member of the 1933 Cavan All Ireland team is laid to rest in his native Killeshandra.

Same Week Tributes continue to be paid to Anselem Lovett well known Anglo Celt journalist who is retiring after 47 years distinguished service. Judge David Maughan at Ballyjamesduff Court thanks him for his courtesy and fair reporting over the span of his career. Superintendent Tom Brady also thanks Anselem for his distinguished service fairness and accurate reporting of Court events. George V Maloney on behalf of the Bar Association pays fulsome tribute to his friend and colleague from their FCA days in Cavan and wishes Anselem and his wife Kathleen many happy years of health and happiness. Kieran Murphy on behalf of the District Court Office again thanks Anselem for his courtesy and professionalism over many years.

Cavan Bridge Club President’s Prize 1st Angela Bennett and Bridie Donohoe 2nd and Best Gross Kay Henry and Paddy McDermott 3rd Mary Johnston and Vera Wilson 4th Helen Timmoney and Evelyn O Connor.

Cavan Lakeland Canoe Club this week pay tribute to their recently deceased founding member Niall Fox who founded the Club in 1983.Niall was a well known respected figure at white water events throughout Ireland Scotland Costa Rica America and Ecuador.

Death of Brian Lynch Cootehill Road and late of the ‘Eagle Bar’ and ‘Well’ Bridge Street. Native of Cleenrath Aughnacliffe County Longford. Brian first came to Cavan as Manager of the old Ulster Arms Bar in Main Street where he endeared himself to all his clientele. Later married his neighbour Marie Smith from Aughnacliffe and set up business in the ‘Eagle Bar ‘for over 20 years. Then Brian took up Turf Accountancy in a premises opposite owned by Rose Higgins and again was very successful. When the opportunity came to purchase ‘The Well’ Brian decided to return to the Licensed trade and enjoyed his most popular period of trading eventually buying the adjoining premises of Rehill’s and opening Cavan’s first modern super Lounge which enjoyed a massive patronage. Brian did everything to keep the pint below £1 and even introduced the very popular ½ litre to give his customer quality and value. Brian and his family catered for every event and supplied buffet meals for visiting parties birthdays anniversaries and celebrations. Brian himself was very musical and a beautiful singer and he catered for Musical Groups at the weekend. Local entertainers such as Seamus Fay (BA) John Foley O Rourke would also contribute some songs and Brian himself would either sing or contribute a recitation to suit the occasion. Retired due to the onset of ill health n 1994 Brian continued as a most respected member of the Community and despite his own ailments never tired of encouraging and supporting people who fell on hard times or ill health. Outstanding footballer in his youth Brian won a Senior County Championship medal with Columcille in 1958 and when he came to Cavan was a great supporter of Cavan Gaels. Took a leading part in the establishment of an 18 hole golf course at County Cavan Golf Course Brian conducted the many race nights and acted as Bookie for the many events held in Aranmore.He was also a very good golfer and won many of the major club competitions. Brian was a great supporter of Sinn Fein and believed like Wolfe Tone that Ireland would never be a nation divided. Survived by his wife Marie (Nee Smith) daughters Dympna and Ann Marie brothers Sean and Michael sisters Peggy Anna Maura Kathleen and INTO.The MEGS Golf Society from County Cavan Golf Club formed a Guard of Honour at the funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery .

David Molloy and Tommy Connolly open their new DT 1 Menswear Store adjacent to the Storm Cinema Cineplex. Pictured are David and Tommy with their first customer Doctor Paschal Markey.

May 3rd 2001 Suibhne Lally well known children’s author opens the new library at Saint Clare’s School. Pictured are pupils of 5th class with Betty Courtney (Chairman Parent’s Committee) Josephine Brady (Librarian) Delores Smith (Deputy Principal) Father John Phair (Chairman Board of Management) Nuala Corr and Mary Morgan (Librarians).

Same Week Eugene Lynch the very popular retiring Headmaster of Cavan Vocational School is made two presentations at a function in the school. Mel Doherty Chairman Parents Committee makes a presentation to Eugene on behalf of the parents while Roisin Donohoe the new Principal makes a presentation of  sculpted bog oak to Eugene and a bouquet of flowers to his wife Marlene on behalf of the staff.

Christina Sweeney Moynehall daughter of John and Christine marries Laurence Haddew  Hertfordshire in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim with the reception held in Crover House Hotel.

Susan Fitzpatrick Rathcorrick marries John Keaney Kiltyclogher County Leitrim in the Cathedral with the reception later in the Slieve Russell Hotel.

May 10th 2001 Sudden death of Tom Coyle Pullamore at the age of 22.Survived by his father Tom and mother Anna May brothers Adrian Kevin and Barry and sister Clare. Funeral from Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry to the adjoining cemetery.

Same Week Norman Mills will play Martin Dunne in the Final of the Farnham Bowling competition. The beaten Semi Finalists are Steven Dunne and Billy Sheridan. The winner will receive a trophy and £150 while the runner up will get £75 and the semi finalists £50 each.

Cavan Bridge Club Championship 1st Ann Carlin and Eileen McEnri 2nd Maura Goodman and Elizabeth Galligan 3rd Lucy Hayes and Ann Gaffney.

Death of the very popular Peter Soden Pottle Poles at the age of 86.Father of County Board GAA Secretary Gerry Soden.Peter was an outstanding footballer with Stradone and Cavan winning a Junior County medal in 1944.Member of the victorious Cavan Junior team of 1935.Founder member and official of Laragh United. Outstanding athlete Peter won many awards at Sports throughout the county. Survived by his wife Mary (Nee McEvoy) and son Gerry brother John in Kells Pat in Kent. Funeral from Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry to the adjoining cemetery.

11th Annual John Sullivan Racquetball competition at Saint Patrick’s College is won by Team C captained by  Kevin O Neill and including. Rick Lewis Gerard Lee Jerome Reilly Noel Cullen Vincent Mulvey Gordon North Shane Watters.

Eddie McCormack Slieve Russell Golf Club and 9 Saint Felim’s Place wins the Mount Temple  Moate Scratch Cup with superb rounds of 68 and 72.

Cavan Youth Theatre Group established in 1996 have a protracted run with their new self penned play ‘Expecting’ at The Ramor Theatre Virginia.Pevious productions included  ‘Mort’A Christmas Carol’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’. The cast includes Kim McCaffrey Jackie O Neill Jonathan O Keeffe Niall Sheridan Brian O Connor  Allison Burns Michael O Brien Trina McCann Bernadette McDermott. The Director  is Colin Thornton Lighting and Design Dermot O Dowd Set Costumes Martin Sheedy Sound Engineer Aidan Taaffe Stage Manger Lucy O Reilly Assistant Director Darragh Finn Sound Michelle Harten Lighting Katherine Leddy Costume Assistant Helen Foy Production Assistant John Connolly Ricky Van Der Berg Colin Everett Liam O Reilly Graphic Design John Maloney.

Mary Glancy 5th year medical student at UCD is travelling to Zambia as a medical volunteer. Her father Frank single figure golfer at County Cavan Golf Club and former Cavan Gaels star is organising a Golf Outing in Crover House to raise funds for this noble cause.

Sympathy is extended to Oliver Sheils the Farnham Hotel on the death of his brother Paul in Ballymun Dublin. Survived by his wife Margaret sons Paul Desmond James and daughter Liza.Funeral from Ballymun to Crosskeys.

Gabriel Cullivan playing off 13 is the leading qualifier at County Cavan Golf Club with 41 points for the Lombard Trophy 2nd was Johnny Graham off 20 also with 41 points and 3rd Bryan Lynch playing off 14 with 40 points. Seamus Smith (10) won the Gross.

May 17th 2001  Robert Maloney Derham wins the Boys Under 12 Breastroke Butterfly Medley and Freestyle Relay at Regional Championships in Belfast. Team mate Conor McClarey strikes gold in the Medley and the Crawl .

Same Week 2nd Cavan CBSI 2001 Scout Leader Nora Browne  Secretary Kay Mulcahy Unit Leader Katherine McCusker Chairman Andrew Fannon Committee  Brenda Connolly Eileen Duffy Dr Richard O Regan DJ Curtin and  Paula Masterson.

May 24th 2001 Outrage as Paddy Jackson Marian Row Ballinagh is grievously assaulted adjacent to The Well owned by his daughter Gay and son in law Dominick Cadden. Paddy died some time later on Saturday evening from head injuries suffered in the assault. Later a 16 year old Cavan town youth is arrested and charged with the assault of Thomas Donegan Jubilee and Paddy Jackson resulting in the latter’s death. Native of Cavan town Paddy was a hard working decent and extremely popular man who worked in McCarren’s for many years before undergoing heart surgery 10 years ago. Married to wife and best friend Gay for 50 years the pair were well known figures at local and international ballroom dancing championships. Member of the FCA for many years Paddy had a cheerful greeting for everyone and was deservedly popular over a wide area, Never missed a night at Bingo Paddy was very mobile and himself and Gay travelled long journeys in search of the jackpot. Had a small daily punt on the horses and enjoyed following the sport of kings. Saint Felim’s Church was filled to capacity to hear chief celebrant Father Pat Bannon condemn the atrocity visited on their small community and extend deepest sympathy to the Jackson family.Survived by his wife Gay daughter Gabrielle son in law Dominick grandchildren Ursula and Donal.Burial took place in Saint Felim’s cemetery Ballinagh

Same Week Billy O Rourke 41 Wolfe Tone Street is pictured with his dog Boomer (English Spaniel) bringing home the daily newspaper.

Andrea Walsh 9 Keadue Cathedral Road marries Michael McNamara 20 Saint Martin’s Estate in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim with the Reception later in Crover House Hotel.

Thousands flock to the Cathedral to view the relics of Saint Therese of Liseux (The Little Flower).Many flower sellers from Dublin were lined up selling beautiful bunches of roses in glorious sunshine. The relics were escorted to the Cathedral by a guard of honour from A Battalion D Company FCA under Sergeant Peter Burns and received at the Cathedral by Bishop Leo O Reilly and remained from 2 pm until after Mass at 10:30 in the Cathedral which was open all night as hundreds filed past the relics. Over 2 million nationwide have attended the ceremonies in various centres since the relics arrived in Ireland. Saint Therese was born on January 2nd 1873 and entered the Carmelite Convent in Liseux in 1887 at the age of 15.She died on the 30th September 1897 and was canonised a Saint on the 3rd November 1927.Patron Saint of the Foreign Missions and France. John Paul 2 proclaimed her a Doctor of the Church.

Captain’ Prize at Cavan Bridge Club 1st Father Thomas Woods and Kay Henry 2nd Gerard Mackle and Aileen Timmoney 3rd Maureen Greene and Angela O Reilly Best Gross Pat Plunkett and Patsy Givney.

Drumalee captained by Peter McGinnity beat Cavan Gaels captained by Francis Graham 1-11 to 2-07 to win the Division 1 Under 16 League Final in perfect conditions at Breffni Park. Played in a very sporting manner where good fast open football was the order of the day.Drumalee dethroned the champions with a powerful display taking their scores better than the town team. Scorers for Drumalee Peter McGinnity 1-1 Darragh Gaffney 0-6 Francis Cleary Trevor Molloy Shane Downey and Timmy Looney 0-1 each. Scorers for the Gaels Edward O Hanlon 1-1 Anthony Quinn 1-0 Ciaran Flynn 0-3 Killian Phair 0-2 and Alan O Riordan 0-1.Drumalee D Lee Paul Mohan Sean Lynch Peter McGinnity Enda McCormack Trevor Molloy Sean Lee Gary Ferncombe Francis Cleary Gerard Reilly Barry Downey Brian Dolan Shane Downey Padraig Burns Darragh Gaffney and Timmy Looney.

31st May 2001 16 year old youth is arrested and charged with assaulting Thomas Donegan 3 Jubilee  Thomas Donegan Emmett Place and Paddy Jackson Marian Row Ballinagh who died as a result of his injuries at a special sitting of Virginia District Court. Superintendent Jack O Connor objected to bail being extended to the youth and warned the Court about widespread intimidation of witnesses by a gang associated with the accused.

Same Week Noel Monahan Auburn Stragella Cavan is the overall winner of this year’s RTE PJ O Connor awards and is presented with his award and £2,000 by RTE Director General Bob Collins at a function in the Radisson SAS Saint Helen’s Dublin. Noel is a native of Granard and is Vice Principal of Saint Clare’s School Ballyjamesduff.The collection of poetry includes Opposite Walls 1991 Snowfire 1995 Curse of the Birds 2000 while his plays include Half a Vegetable  A Proverbial Wet Summer and Feathers of Time.

Death of John (Buddy) Clarke 7 Tullac Mongan at Cavan General Hospital at the age of 68.Joined the Irish Army on leaving School. Later spent over 30 years working with Telecom Eireann.Outstanding athlete and footballer with Drumalee GFC.Half of the Clarke family lived in Ireland and the other half in the USA.Very popular character Buddy was a great man for a sing song and night out usually spent with his good friends John Donohoe and Delores Moore in the Congo Bar. Survived by his wife Peggy (Nee Donegan) sons Patrick John Jimmy Terence Jerry and Eddie daughter Christine brothers Hughie Jimmy Jerry and Peter sisters Susan Eileen Pam and Mary.Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.

Cavan County Council mark the retirement of Anglo Celt journalist Anselem Lovett with the presentation of a specially engraved Cavan Crystal Bowl. Pictured are Breege Kelly Secretary Cavan County Council Anselem Lovett Turlough Smith Chairman Cavan County Council and Brian Johnston County Manager.

Bishop Francis J (Frank) McKiernan celebrates the Golden Jubilee of his ordination with a concelebrated Mass in the Cathedral followed by a presentation in the Hotel Kilmore.The chief celebrants were Archbishop Sean Brady Armagh and Leo O Reilly Kilmore.Francis J McKiernan from Drumreilly Ballinamore County Leitrim was ordained on the 17th June 1951 in Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth for the Diocese of Kilmore.

Death of Patrick (Paddy) O Rourke at the residence of his sister Moya Sharkey 19 saint Felim’s Place at the age of 72.For many years Paddy was Head Chef in the Alpine Hotel in Enniscrone County Sligo. After coming back to Cavan for health reasons Paddy took up an appointment with Tractamotors as Petrol Pump Attendant where he endeared himself to thousands of locals and visitors alike. Top class ballroom dancer Paddy was of International class and won many competitions in the West of Ireland for his great skill and timing. True gentleman extremely kind and courteous Paddy suffered from MS and he was totally resigned to his own suffering and concerned only for the welfare of others. In latter times due to the restrictions of his illness Paddy confined himself to backing a few horses and frequenting the Bingo in the Town Hall where he was a most popular patron. Survived by his sisters Moya Sharkey Bridget Egan and Vera Storey in Sligo. Funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

Over 10,000 spectators witness Cavan beating Down 1-14 to 2-10 at sun kissed Casement Park  Belfast. The decisive score a goal by Jason Reilly came on the stroke of half time. Cavan now meet old rivals and near neighbours Monaghan in the Ulster Semi Final in Clones. Scorers for Cavan Jason Reilly 1-0 Peter O Reilly 0-4 Michael Graham Paul Galligan and Dermot McCabe 0-2 each J Jackson Bernard McCrudden Finbar O Reilly and Larry O Reilly 0-1 each. In the Minor match which was the curtain raiser in Casement Park Cavan surprisingly hammered Down 4-13 to 0-8.Many of the Down players were prevented from training by the present Foot and Mouth travelling restrictions in Northern Ireland.

June 7th 2001 Thomas McCormack Priory Road Stillorgan 51 year old Senior Engineer with the National Road Authority is killed as a bus is in collision with the rear of his car as he crossed the N3 to the entrance of the Kilmore Hotel. He was on his way to the opening of the new roadway between Donegal town and Ballybofey hich he helped to design.

Same Week Irish voters reject the Nice Treaty in European Referendum when voter apathy hits a new low when only one in three bother to vote.

End of year class awards at Saint Patrick’s College Pictured are Brian Gurhy Kevin Downes Colm Duffy (Student of the year) Alan Durkin Brian Smith with Michael Collins (Year Head)  Father Gerry Allwill (President) and Patsy Lee (Vice President).

Included in the array of photographs by Paddy Ronaghan who accompanied the Kilmore Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes are Lavina Tony and Mary Higgins Drumalee Jenny Harte and Paddy Jackson Cavan all basking in glorious sunshine.

Death of Isabella (Bella) Power Coleman Road at the age of 86.Dancing teacher par excellence. Generations of young girls were taught the rudiments of Irish dancing and represented the Power School of Dancing with distinction at Feiseanna and dancing competitions all over the island. Daughter of the late Jack Power her father was the leading plumber in Cavan and people like nephew Joe Cullivan Gusty Brady and Matt Donohoe learnt their trade there. Member of Cavan Drama Festival and many of the Church organisations including the Legion and Children of Mary. Lived with her sister Rosemary (Cissie) who specialised in portrait and wedding photography. Bella was always there to arrange the photos and get the very best results. In recent years after their retirement they took up the hobby of growing oriental fruit in the back garden and were successful in growing peaches and pears in a secluded spot. Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Johnny Cawley beats Anthony Curran to win the Tommy McKiernan Trophy at Cavan CYMS Christopher Doonan and Stephen Maguire were the beaten Semi Finalists.

June 14th 2001 Nice Treaty is rejected by a small margin nationwide 53.87% No to 46.13% Yeas while in Cavan it is accepted by a small majority but the Constituency of Cavan/Monaghan goes with the national trend and votes 52 % No and 48% Yes..

Same Week Veronica Sharkey is elected Chair of Cavan Urban Council and promises that her energies will be channelled into promoting tourism building the new library in Farnham Street and ensuring that Teradyne proceed with their state of the art facility at Drumbo. Paddy O Reilly is unanimously elected Vice Chairman.

Sinead Connolly daughter of Mary and the late Pee Saint Brigid’s Terrace marries Ian Gilmour Birmingham at a ceremony in Scotland.

Eddie Bolger Memorial Cycle sponsored by the Lions Club is in aid of the new playground at Keadue.Contact Ursula or Michael for details.

June 21st 2001 John and Ann Emmo are pictured with Gay Byrne appearing on ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’on RTE .

Rosaleen Reilly and Maire Summers are pictured with their cousins PJ and Martin Carroll outside the new Anglo Celt office at Station House Cavan.The girls are daughters of the late Edward (Big Ned) O Reilly of ESSO fame and lived at 41 College Street until they emigrated with their brothers Mel and Kenneth to Canada 36 years ago.Rosaleen qualified as a Nurse while Maire works in Secretarial employment and both are presently residing in Powassan Ontario Canada.During their visit they called on many friends and old neighbours including their aunt Mary Ellen Carroll now residing with her daughter Maureen Fitzpatrick in Drumalee.They were amazed at the development and prosperity of their native town in contrast to the poverty and deprivation of their youth. Later they finished their holiday by spending a couple of days with their sister in law Essie Reilly (Nee Donohoe Bridge Street) in Sligo.

Andrew McGovern is voted Student of the Year and Sportsman of the year at Cavan Vocational School while Lorraine Sheils is Academic Pupil of the year. Awards presented to Lorraine and Andrew by new Principal Roisin Donohoe.

Social Services Whist 1st Teresa McHugh 2nd May McCaul Lady Hatcher Mary Milner 1st Gent Jimmy Cullen.

Gerry and Suzanne Brady announce the opening of their new pub The Orchard at Drumalee on Friday 22nd June 2001.

Seamus Smith and Pat Kinsella win the inaugural Malone Cup beating Padraig McCabe and Gerry McGerty in the Final while Timmy Fitzpatrick and Pauric McEntee defeat Liam McElhenny and Paddy Maguire to win the Kilmore Cup at County Cavan Golf Club.

June 28th 2001 Sudden death of Michael Sheils Lismullig Poles at CavanGeneral Hospital. Survived by his wife Eileen sons Tony and Michael daughters Paula and Sharon brother Tommy in Kells and sister Margaret in Luton. Funeral from Saint Bridget’s Church Killygarry to the adjoining cemetery.

Cavan Bridge Club 1st Pat Plunkett and Kay Henry 2nd Angela Bennett and Bridie Donohoe 3rd Kathleen Clarke and Vera McMahon.

Cavan beat Monaghan 0-13 to 0-11 before 23,398 fans in sweltering heat in the Ulster Senior Semi Final at Saint Tiernach’s Park Clones. They will now play hot favourites Tyrone in the decider. Cavan lead by 0-7 to 0-5 at the interval and their backbone of experienced players pegged back a gallant Monaghan every time they threatened to take over. Scorers for Cavan  Finbar O Reilly 0-5 Dermot McCabe 0-3 and E Jackson Peter Reilly Peter Galligan Anthony Forde and Larry Reilly 0-1 each.

In the curtain raiser Cavan after humiliating Down in the 1st Round at Casement Park were surprisingly beaten comprehensively by Monaghan 0-13 to 1-7.The gamble of springing Nicholas Walsh now domiciled with the Melbourne Demons in Australia by team manager Brendan Nelligan backfired and disrupted the rhythm of the team. Scorers for Cavan Mark McKeever 0-1 Stephen Maguire 0-2 J Clarke 1-1 and Sean Johnston 0-2.

Caroline Clarke and David Sheridan from Cavan wed in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim with the Reception being held in Crover House Hotel.

July 5th 2001 The very popular Elizabeth Walsh from Farnham  celebrates her 100th birthday surrounded by her 4 daughters 22 grandchildren 46 great grandchildren and 14 great great grandchildren. Baptised in Drumcor Church in June 1901 as Elizabeth Sheridan she later married James Walsh who died in 1929.She also lost her 22 year old brother killed in action in World War 1.She is pictured with 5 generations of her family Aimee Smith (Great Great Grandchild) Aisling Smith (Great Grandchild) Margaret McCarthy Grandchild Josephine McGahern Daughter and Elizabeth Walsh celebrating her 100th Birthday

Same Week Sudden death of Kathleen Smith 6 Jubilee at home at the age of 68.Survived by her husband Sean sons Dermot and Gerard and daughter Maria. Daughter of the later Pee Smith. The family had just attended the Visitation of the Graves in Killygarry when Kathleen took suddenly ill and died. Funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

4th Breffni Surgical/Medical award is presented to Brendan Moran Consultant Surgeon by James Hayes Regional Director of Cancer Services with William Joyce Consultant Surgeon Cavan General Hospital also in attendance at Cavan General Hospital.

County Cavan ICA President Ada Vance Treasurer Rosemary Murphy Secretary Ann Lee and PRO Eileen Conaty. Concepta McGovern presents Annie Young with her prize of a scholarship to An Grianan when she was adjudged winner of the brown bread baking competition.

July 12th 2001 At the monthly meeting of Cavan Urban District Council it is announced that there are 339 applications for Council houses. Vote of sympathy passed with Chairman Veronica Sharkey and husband Pat and family on the tragic death of their son Patrick. Doctor Eamonn McDwyer paying tribute to Patrick said he represented Cavan at Minor and Under 21 level and was captain of Drumalee GFC for a number of years. A minutes silence was observed and the meeting adjourned as a mark of respect.

Same Week Patsy Kathleen and Philip Murray extend their gratitude to all their customers as they close their very popular news agency in Bridge Street. Patsy originally worked with Margaret Smith the previous proprietor and was involved in the news agency business in Bridge Street for over 40 years.

Tyrone just contain a spirited Cavan challenge 1-13 to 1-11 in a pulsating and very exciting Ulster Final played before 36,115 sun baked spectators in Saint Tiernach’s Park Clones. Cavan led by  1-8 to 1-5 at the interval. Tyrone started as if they would blow Cavan away but a goal just before half time sparked a Cavan revival and put Tyrone on the ropes. The basis for their win was the outstanding display by Man of the Match Cormac McAnallen at midfield.Best for Cavan was the Cavan Gaels’ duo of Anthony Forde and James Doonan Barry McCrudden Paul Galligan and Jason O Reilly. Scorers for Cavan Jason Reilly 1-1 Peter Reilly 0-3 Finbar Reilly 0-3 Paul Galligan 0-2 and Anthony Forde and Dermot McCabe 0-1 each.

Wendy Brogan Butlersbridge weds Michael Clarke Castleknock Dublin in Saint Aidan’s Church Butlersbridge with the Reception afterwards in The Slieve Russell Hotel..

July 19th 2001 1200 acre Farnham Estate and house are up for sale for an asking price of £5 million just three months after the death of Lord Farnham. The title Lord Farnham was inherited by  the late Lord’s brother Simon Maxwell but he is resident in the United Kingdom and does not wish to continue farming and running the estate in Cavan.

Same Week Death of Thomas (Tommy ) Hueston 23 Drumnavanagh and late of Gethill Belturbet at Saint Joseph’s Hospital Lisdarn in his 97th year. Predeceased by his wife Katie he is survived by his daughters Philomena (Mena) Gormley Drumnavanagh and Margaret Garvey Drumbear Monaghan.Funeral following concelebrated Requiem Mass in the Cathedral with burial in Staghall cemetery.

Death of one of Cavan’s oldest and most popular residents Elizabeth Jermyn 8 Saint Mary’s Terrace Cavan at Saint Felim’s Hospital. Predeceased by her husband Michael she was lovingly cared for in he own home by her son Paddy and the rest of the Jermyn family.Survived by her sons Michael (Painter) College Street Jim Patrick (Paddy) John (Jackie) Thomas and Martin and daughter Margaret.Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Brian Finlay Peter Smith Gerry Walshe and Larry Cunningham represent The Mighty Avons at a reception for the stars of the Showband era hosted by the President Mary McAleese in Arus an Uachtarainn.The Army Number 1 Band entertained the guests with a selection of Showband hits from the 1960s.Brian Finlay states that “this was a most memorable and magical day of my life to see our work and that of our friends recognised by the State in such an auspicious manner”. The Mighty Avons started their career in Killoughter Hall at Easter 1960 with the three Smith brothers Jimmy (Leader) Paddy and Peter joined by Brian Final and the late Paddy Sexton. Larry Cunningham joined the band at Easter 1961 and Ronnie Griffith from Monaghan joined in 1962.They toured America 9 times and hold the record for the biggest crowd ever assembled in Carnegie Hall on Saint Patrick’s Night 1967.They later set a new record on Saint Patrick’s night 1968 for the Galtee Ballroom in Cricklewood of over 7,0000 dancers. In September 1969 Larry Cunningham left the band to form his own outfit the Country Blue Boys. Gene Stuart joined the Band for Christmas 1969 and the Omagh man stayed out front for the Avons for another 5 years. Paddy Smith and Charlie McBreen from Omagh their famous manager during these great days have since dead. The Avons will come back on the road for a farewell tour of 15 dates throughout Ireland with a Memorial Dance in Killoughter Hall for the late great founder member Paddy Smith.

July 26th 2001 Memorial Service for Barry Owen Somerset Maxwell-Lord Farnham and 12th Baron in a packed Cavan Parish Church. The main celebrants were the Bishop of Kilmore Elphin and Ardagh Rev Kenneth Clarke Venerable Archdeacon George Millar and the Dean of Kilmore David Godfrey and Rev Mark Lidwill Cavan Parish. Members of Cavan County Council and Cavan Urban Council attended.

Same Week Laura McEntee daughter of John and Collette McEntee London and late of Church Street is pictured receiving her Honours BA Degree from George Mitchell Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast.

Derry beat Cavan 1-14 to 2-07 in the opening round of the qualifiers before an attendance of 15,000 at Saint Tiernach’s Park Clones. The difference between the two sides was the outstanding Anthony Tohill at midfield for Derry. The 6 foot 4 inch giant reigned supreme all afternoon for the Oak Leaf county and had great support from 19 year old Fergal Doherty and they should have won by more such were the opportunities presented. Scorers for Cavan were Anthony Forde 1-0 Peter Reilly 1-2 Finbar O Reilly 0-4 and Dermot McCabe 0-1.

Jackie Kelly takes over the management of ‘Men Only Barber Shop’ in College Street. Started in the business when she was 14 Jackie has 14 years experience and takes over from the proprietors Kate and Dennis McAvenue and is ably supported by Lynda McEnry Karena McGeevey and Ali McAvenue.

Norman Cinnamond ‘Mr Golf’ wins the big competition at County Cavan Golf Club. Playing off 25 Norman had 41 points while Jason Swaine (17) was 2nd with 40 points and Sean B Smith (12) 3rd with 38 points. John Grogan won the Gross with 31 points.

August 2nd 2001 Hayes Electrical Cavan and Cootehill open their new Expert Electrical Superstore at Cavan Retail Park Dublin Road. Household name in the business the firm were founded by Liam and Joy Hayes in Cootehill in 1970 and majored in television rental in Cavan and Monaghan.They have been 6 years in their small store in Lower Main Street beside The Sports Shop. Paul Hayes son of the founders is pictured outside their new superstore with staff members Sandra Reilly and Elaine Maguire.

Same Week Lynn McGoohan Cavan Irish Crystal presents a Cavan Irish Crystal bowl to the new Lady of the Erne Teresa Lyons from county Tyrone.

James Fitzpatrick 92 from 1 Keadue beside the Social Services is found dead after an accidental fire at his house. Originally from Crosskeys he moved into Cavan some years ago and lived alone. Kitty Candlen neighbour described James as “a gentleman with a great sense of humour”. James Fitzpatrick was buried after Requiem Mass in Saint Matthews Drumavaddy in the adjoining graveyard.

This year’s Mick Leddy Memorial swim in Annagh Lake is in aid of Cavan Cystic Fibrosis Society. Sponsor cards are available from Kathy O Hare Eileen McGerty Charlie Mundy or Ray Dunne Rock Cross.

Dr Eamonn Hartmann playing off 11 wins the Des Gardiner Millennium Trophy for Past Captains at County Cavan Golf Club with 37 points 2nd was Niall Walsh with 36 points.

August 9th 2001 Gemma Cullivan with her dog ‘Buffy’ is the overall winner of the ISPCA Dog Show at the Community Centre Stradone.Well known dog breeder Tony Tierlahood Doyle was the judge.

Same Week Work is completed on the refurbishment of Bridge Street and Abbey Street at a cost of £400,000.A new surface water and sewer system new pathways and improvement to the road surface are complete and there will be no parking on either side of the road in Bridge Street.

Evelyn Kelly daughter of Cathal and Evelyn Brookside is the 2001 ‘Paddy Reilly Girl’ after the contest in Crover House Hotel.

August 16th 2001 Death of the very popular Marjorie O Riordan College Street at the age of 79.Predeceaseed some years ago by her husband Tim a native of Kerry and first class plumber by trade. Wonderful character always with a smile on her face and a very positive outlook on life. Survived by her sons Richard and Timmy both in the USA Cathal Cavan daughters Ann and Marian (McNamara) and brother Paddy in Redhills.Her other brother Noel Smith from Swellan only died a few months ago. Funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry.

Death of Elizabeth (Lizzie) Walsh Drumullen Farnham in her 101st year. Predeceased by her husband James in 1929 she is survived by her daughters Anne McKiernan Margaret McKiernan Lily Lynn and Josephine McGahern.Funeral following Requiem Mass in Saint Patrick’s Church Drumcor.

Same Week Crannog Bridge Club 1st Marita Leech and Phil Smyth 2nd Teresa McEntee and Mary Johnston 3rd Hannah Moore and Greta Kearns.

Cavan Tennis Club Open Week 2001 sponsored by Jackson’s Garage Under 10 Ronan Grogan Donnybrook Under 10 Girls Louise Johnston Under 18 Boys Sean Johnston Under 16 and Under 18 Girls Ciara Farrell Under 16 Boys Doubles Luke Ward and Francis Graham.

President (Mary McManus ) Prize at County Cavan Golf Club is won by Liam Bouchier from Arva playing off 21 with 47 points 2nd Gerry Keoghan (16) 45 points 3rd Dara Donohoe (24).Fergal Dunne won the Gross playing off 6 with 33 points.

August 23rd 2001 Teradyne International confirm their commitment to Cavan despite record losses in their operation. They are seeking full planning permission for their state of the art 13,000 square feet  facility at Drumbo which they expect to have by October.

Same Week The Chicago Rose in this year’s Rose of Tralee is 23 year old Claire O Connor granddaughter of John and Teresa O Connor Earlsvale Road. She is a daughter of Frank O Connor very popular singer and entertainer and composer of ‘A Song for Ray’ in honour of his late brother and member of the Hacklers Group 1980 Ray O Connor. Claire and her family emigrated to Chicago 6 years ago and she is presently studying for her Masters degree in Social Science at the University of Illinois Chicago.

Death of Harry O Dowd former Sergeant in the Garda Siochana  and full back on the Cavan Gaels Championship team of 1958.Native of Balymote he served in Cavan Ballinamore and Hospital County Limerick where he retired and died. Survived by his wife Ursula sons Niall and Liam daughters Aileen Fiona and Sinead. Funeral from Saint John The Baptist Church Hospital to the adjoining cemetery.

Simon Trent from Drumcrow Stradone wins the 4 year old Championship in Millstreet County Cork riding Corby Abbey. He also won the 1.40 Championship riding Jimmy Egan’s Quicksand. He was accompanied on the trip by his wife Ann (Leddy) and trainer Neal Fearon.

15 year old Alan O Riordan Killycannon Cavan is voted Young Player of the Year at Shelbourne FC.Alan is also a playing member of Cavan Gaels GFC.

Saint Patrick’s area wins the first ever gold medals for Cavan in the Under 12 Relay Swimming Finals at The Community Games in Mosney.The members of the winning team are Robert Maloney Derham Brendan McClarey Malachy McKeever Fionan Reilly and Brendan Murray.Cian O Reilly Under 8 and Robert Maloney Derham Under 12 won individual bronze medals for Saint Patrick’s Cavan in the Finals.

August 30th 2000  Sean Dunne Strand Bacon Company denies rumours that his new £2 million facility at Lavey Strand is in difficulty with the Health and Safety Authorities. Sean pictured with his sons Gary and John states he will be seeking an EU license to export to England and hopes to increase the workforce from 20-50. Strand Bacon are the manufacturers of the famous Golden Fork brand of sausages.

Same Week Death of the great Harry Smith  Belturbet at the age of 76.founder with his wife Phyllis of the Saint Phelim’s Hospital Clini Fund in 1983.He was voted Anglo Celt/Rehab Person of the Year in 1996.Outstanding businessman Harry first operated with his uncle the firm known as ‘Phair Brothers’ on The Diamond in Belturbet.Later developed and founded ‘Woodford Motors’ and ‘All Brite’ for the supply of motor parts and domestic  and commercial lighting equipment. Known far and near throughout the county Harry’s great rapport with the old the sick and the less well off in society was the stuff of legends. In less than 20 years his Clini Fund raised over £240,000 for the patients in Saint Felim’s Saint Joseph’s Lisdarn and The John Sullivan Home. Each pound that Harry and his wife Phyllis raised was matched pound for pound by the North Eastern Health Board .Harry most of all gave of his time in recent years from early morning until late at night Harry could be seen visiting patients and enquiring about their comfort needs which were always attended to by the most obliging and loyal Harry. He had a great rapport with the management and staff of all the institutions he operated in and was looked upon with the utmost admiration and respect. Survived by his wife Phyllis sons Al and Des and brother George. Funeral from Belturbet Parish Church with burial in the adjoining church yard.

Death of Jane Smith Gowlagh South Bawnboy at the age of 86.native of Corlough she was a cook in hotels in Northern Ireland and England before her marriage to John F Smith Gowlagh Bawnboy a member of Cavan County Council. Predeceased by her daughter Sister Kathleen she is survived by her sons Stephen Hughie Sean Noel Father Tommy OS Cam Uganda Ben Brendan TD and daughter Carmel.

 (Fitzgerald).Funeral from Saint Mogue’s Church Bawnboy to the adjoining cemetery.

Television License fee goes to £84-50 for colour and £66-50 for monochrome.

All stars are the winners of the Jack Flood Memorial trophy at Cavan Seven A Side Final in Derrycramph.Team Stan McKeown Gerry Nevin (Captain) Brian Dolan Tony Pryce Jacko Nevin Martin McDonald Gary Nevin Dozy Dehan and Hughie Nevin.

September 6th 2001 Garda Michael Mulvey is appointed Garda Junior Liaison Officer for County Cavan. Mick is attached to Cavan Garda station since 1983 and has been Community Garda in Cavan town for 6 years. Instrumental in establishing Tullac Mongan Resource Centre and active in Community Alert and Neighbourhood Watch. He has an excellent relationship with young people and is highly respected in the community.

Same Week Aisling De Paor Carrickane is conferred with her Honours degree in Communications at the University of Sunderland. Former pupil at Loreto College Cavan Aisling is daughter of Liam and Maria De Paor Carrickane.

Catherine McCollum Coranure is conferred with her B Agri (Honours) degree at Queen’s University. Catherine was educated at the Number 1 School and Royal School Cavan and is daughter of Howard and Catherine McCollum Coranure.

Pauric McEntee playing off 11 wins the Captain’s (Oliver Malone’s Prize) at County Cavan Golf Club with a 63 2nd was Timmy Fitzpatrick off 9 also with 63 3rd Leo Costello off 8 with a 64 Eddie McCormack won the Gross with 71 Mary Malone the Ladie’s Gross and Eamonn Hartmann Past Captain’s Prize with a 70.

Cavan Gaels beat Lurgan 2-12 to 2-04 to retain their Minor League title in a largely one sided Final in Breffni Park. Scorers for the Gaels Niall Collins 0-5 Sean Johnston 0-4 Geroid Collins 1-2 Damian Farrell 1-0 and Sean Reilly 0-1.Team Patrick O Keeffe Fionan Coyle Fergal Brady (Captain) Conor Rabbitt Rossa Reilly John Murray John Gurhy Kevin Downes Sean Reilly Martin O Neill Niall Collins Michael Cooke Sean Johnston Gearoid Collins and Damian Farrell. Subs Used Ciaran Graham for John Murray Joe Kenny for Niall Collins Damian O Connor for Michael Coke

Great week for Under Age football in the town as Drumalee win the Minor League Division 2 Final in a largely entertaining game at Breffni Park. The sides were level and evenly matched until early in the 2nd half when 2 of the Castlerahan team were ordered off the pitch. Scorers for Drumalee Finbar Donohoe and Rossa Gaffney 0-4 each Shane Downey 1-0 Paraic Burns 1-0 and Kevin Donohoe Gary Malone Jonathan Halley and Francis Cleary 0-1 each.

Chef Proprietors Norbert Neylon and Gearoid Lynch open their new Oak Room Restaurant at the Cavan Crystal Hotel.

September 13th 2001 Terrorists strike at the heart of the American Economic and Military Power when they daringly bomb the World Trade Centre in New York and The Pentagon in Washington. Thousands of people are killed in the New York atrocity where Mayor Julianne and the Fire Service excel in showing the world the resilience and courage of the American people. President George Bush tells the world that no effort will be spared in bringing the perpetrators of the crime to justice and promises the world that air travel will never be the same again with new restrictions imposed on luggage and scanning procedures.

Same Week Val Andrews receives a vote of confidence from the delegates of Cavan County Board 40-24 but in a very surprise move tenders his resignation “as he felt he should have had a unanimous endorsement” .Appointed in 1999 The Ballymun Kichams man led Cavan into Division 1 of the National League reorganised the structures within the county and only recently led Cavan to the Ulster Final where they were beaten by Tyrone by just 2 points.

Charlotte McMahon Millview Drumcrave marries David Bleakly from Cappagh Killeshandra in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim.The Reception was in the Hotel Kilmore.

Father Paul Cooney a native of Laragh and member of the Missionary Order of Saint Columban pays tribute to Father Rufus Halley from Waterford who was murdered by Muslim fundamentalist in the course of his duty in the Philippines where both of them were domiciled. Father Rufus educated at Glenstall Abbey and Saint Columban’s Dalgan Park Navan where he was ordained in 1968 spent all of his priestly life in the Philippines. Man apart Father Rufus had another legend of the Irish Missions as his companion and Superior Father Des Hartford from Lusk County Dublin who was recently kidnapped by the same Muslim fundamentalist. Father Rufus was an outstanding athlete and  footballer in all codes played cricket for Ireland and was a general all rounder. Very cultured he spoke fluent French and several of the local dialects. Great fortitude and courage he was inspired by the Beatitudes. He believed in prayer and did a Holy Hour after Mass each day. All that knew him will testify to his enormous status and he was a shining example of the commitment and generosity of our Irish missionaries scattered all over the world. He is survived in Waterford by his mother and brothers who flew to the Philippines for Father Rufus’ funeral.

Veronica Sharkey Chairman Cavan UDC pays tribute to David Lovett who is retiring on promotion to Cavan County Council after a distinguished period in the post of Town Clerk. At the UDC meeting votes of sympathy are tendered to Brendan Smith TD on the death of his mother June and Paddy O Reilly Moynehall on the sudden death of his wife Rita while attending a family wedding in the Hillgrove Hotel Monaghan.

Pictured are three local students who achieved outstanding results in this year’s Leaving Certificate Darragh Finn 590 points Raymond Kinane and Niall Collins who scored the maximum of 600 points.

Edward O Hanlon beats Kerrill Gaffney to win the Doctor FPE Smith Scratch Trophy while Liam Bouchier beats Jason Swaine to win the O Hanlon Cup at County Cavan Golf Club.

September 20th 2001 John Hume and Seamus Mallon step down as Leader and Deputy Leader of the SDLP in Northern Ireland. John Hume 64 former MEP MP and member of the Assembly is retiring from politics due to ill health. Joint winner of the Nobel Peace Prize with David Trimble in 1998 he is acknowledged by all sides in Northern Ireland to have been the main architect of the Peace process.

Same Week Georgina Crowe Drung takes her BA Honours degree at NUI Maynooth and Post Graduate Diploma in Information Technology at Athlone Institute of Technology. Georgina is daughter of Donal and Olivia Crowe Drumhillagh Drung.

Kate Lee The Steeples is the winner of the washing machine this month’s star prize at Cavan Credit Union presented to Kate by Patsy Lee Cavan Credit Union.

Death of the very well known and highly popular Stella Greene at the age of 89 in Ballymurry Rocommon.Predeceased by her husband  Roy Greene of the well known Milling family from the Mill Rock in 1989. Stella was a member of the Hill family from Latt.Predeceased by her husband Roy she is survived by her daughters Pat and Maria.Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Grace Bolton sets anew record of achievement at the Royal School when she records 11 As in her Junior Certificate.

Death of the very popular Jennifer (Jenny) Maguire ‘Saimer’ Cullies at the age of 24. Much loved daughter of Val and Berna ‘Saimer’ Cullies. For many years Jennifer was an important member of the staff in Tesco and was popular with colleagues and customers.Mermber of Cavan Gymnastic Club Jennifer took part in many competitions local and international .Great pleasant character with a smile and greeting for everybody she was extremely well known and very popular. Survived by her parents brother Garrett sisters Isobel and Nessa.Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.

80th anniversary of the founding of the Legion of Mary by Frank Duff on the 7th September 1921 in Myra House Francis Street Dublin. The Cavan group are marking the occasion at their regular Tuesday night meeting in the Conference Room in the Cathedral.

September 27th 2001 Death of Paddy Kane Drumelis.Predeceased by his wife Maura he is survived by his sons Sean Patsy and Hugo and daughter Maura.Funeral from the Cathedral to Saint Patrick’s cemetery Drumcor.

Same Week Major refurbishment of Farnham Hotel by the proprietors Oliver and Ann Sheils receive welcoming funding of £250,000 from the International Fund for Ireland. The bedrooms bathrooms and residents lounge have been completely refurbished and Oliver is confident that his historic Cavan hotel which employs 65 people will receive the coveted 3 star award.

Natalie Clarke from Latt marries Pauric Dempsey from Drumalee in Saint Aidan’s Church Butlersbridge with the reception being held in the Slieve Russell Hotel.

Second Sli Na Slainte measuring 1 kilometre around Cavan General Hospital is unveiled. It is recommended that users of the Sli complete three laps daily.

Galway beat the raging hot favourites Meath 0-17 to 0-8 to win their 9th All Ireland Senior football title before 70,482 at Croke Park. Meath who beat Kerry by a margin of 15 points just flopped on the day and their problems were compounded by Trevor Giles missing a penalty Nigel Nestor being sent off and Ollie Murphy having to retire with an injury. Galway managed by John O Mahony are the first back door champions since the open draw was recently introduced.

Cavan Gael under Ballintubber County Mayo native and local Garda Sergeant Joe O Connor will clash with Gowna in a repeat of the 2000 final where Gowna won by 2-10 to 0-10 at Breffni Park next Sunday.

Leo Costello beats Fergal Gorby to take the 2001 Members Cup at County Cavan Golf Club.

October 4th 2001 16 year old Cavan town youth is charged with the manslaughter of Paddy Jackson 14 Marian Park Ballinagh on the 19th May 2001 while 5 other youths are charged with unlawful violence towards Thomas Donegan 3 Jubilee Terrace at the Market Square Cavan on the same date.

Same Week Ann Marie Donohoe/Woods is conferred with her Diploma in Interior Design and Consultancy at Portobello College Dublin. Ann Marie was educated at Cavan Vocational and Portobello and is daughter of Tommy and Eilish Dublin Road Cavan.

US army begins  Operation Enduring Freedom against al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan is launched. Cruise missiles and bombers target the airports of Kandahar and Kabul and terrorist training camps near Jalalabad.

Cavan Gardening Club 2001 Chairman Mary Joe McGahon Vice Chairman Eric Hislop Secretary Michael Geelan Assistant Secretary Avril Mee  Treasurer Mary Collin Assistant Treasurer Teresa Downey. Committee David Deegan Annie Allison Gladys Mee Ruth Gibson Mary Smith Gerry Brady and Elsie Keyes Aoife McCabe Tullyvin Gardening Centre was the guest speaker at the AGM giving a lecture on winter shrubs and Spring colour.

Marian O Donovan Mackey President of the Cavan Bar Association presents Anselem Lovett who is retiring after 47 years service to the Anglo Celt with a specially engraved lamp for his outstanding fairness and accuracy in reporting the affairs of Cavan Court Service.

Cavan Gaels record their glorious 5th Senior Championship win when they easily account for the Champions Gowna 0-15 to 1-7 at windswept Breffni Park before an attendance of 5,000 people. Great personal triumph for Joe O Connor and his selectors JJ O Reilly and Packy Kiernan in bridging the 23 year gap to their last triumph in 1978.They will now play the Donegal champions Saint Eunans in the 1st round of the Ulster Club Championship. Their previous triumphs were in 1965 1975 1977 and 1978.Gowna failed to penetrate the brilliant Cavan Gaels defence where Owen Elliott Shane McGlade Fergal Brady Karl Crotty Eamonn Reilly and James Doonan held to Gowna attack in a vice like grip. Man of the Match Cathal Collins lorded it at midfield with very able assistance from the youthful Enda King. The Gaels aided by the gale force breeze led by 0-8 to 0-3 at the interval and to compound matters for Gowna the wind dropped to a breeze in the second half. Scorers for Cavan Gaels  Niall Collins 0-6 Michael Graham 0-3 Paul O Donnell and Gavin Duffy 0-2 each and Eamonn Reilly and Enda King 0-1.Team Eoghan Elliott Shane McGlade Darren Rabbitt Fergal Brady Karol Crotty Eamonn Reilly James Doonan Cathal Collins Enda King Cormac Nelligan Donal Buggy Gavin Duffy Paul O Donnell Michael Graham (Captain) and Niall Collins. Subs Used Mark Leddy and Dominic Reilly.

More than 500 horses and 3,000 show jumping rounds at the National 6 Day Show Jumping Championships at Cavan Equestrian Centre. Heroes of the week were Captain Gerry Flynn who won the Grand Prix on Carraig Dubh and Lt David O Brien who won the Indoor Derby on Galtee Beag.The outstanding local performance came from Mervyn Clarke Junior winning the 4 year old final on Teluda.

1st port of call for the new Cavan senior champions Cavan Gaels with the Killeshandra Co Op trophy is to legendary member of Cavan Gaels’ Finance Committee Brigid Murray Billis who is joined by her son Paddy granddaughters Aoife and Sorcha and JJ Reilly in saluting the new champions.

Tyrone hammer Dublin 2-11 to 0-6 in the replay of the All Ireland Minor Football Final before a massive crowd of 15,000 at Breffni Park in perfect Summer like conditions. Among the attendance was two great Dublin fans Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Father Des Hartford from Lusk. Tyrone led by 0-6 to 0-2 at the interval but in the second half cut loose against a lifeless Dublin outfit. Stars for Tyrone included Sean Cavanagh Peter Donnolly Jason McMahon John Devine in goals Tommy McGuigan and Martin Penrose.

Captain Oliver Malone teams up with former Cavan great Gene Cusack to defeat JJ O Reilly and Philip McMahon in the Brian Murphy Memorial Fourball Final at County Cavan Golf Club.

October 11th 2001 Over 1,000 people have signed the books of condolence with the American people at the Courthouse and Town Hall. Cavan County Council pass a vote of sympathy with the American people and the relatives of all those that died. On the proposition of Clifford Kelly seconded by Dessie Boylan (Fine Gael) and Pauline Tully (Sinn Fein) a letter of sympathy is being sent to the American Ambassador conveying the people of County Cavan’s abhorrence at their recent tragedy and extending sympathy to President Bush and Mayor Giuliani in New York.

Same Week John Ollwill and Laurence Mechanical are the successful tenders for the roofing and supply of new boiler at a total cost of £114,000 at Saint Felim’s School.

Andrew Griffith Drumnavanagh is the overall winner of Building Manager of the Year award presented to Andrew by the Minister for the Environment Noel Dempsey. Andrew won this year’s prestigious award for his management of the construction of the £55 million Guild House project at the International Financial Services Centre Dublin. Andrew was educated at Saint Felim’s Cavan Vocational and the Institute of Technology Waterford and is a director of Bennett Construction Galway. He is son of Ray and Annette Griffith Drumnavanagh Cavan.

Berni O Rourke succeeds David Lovett as new Cavan Town Clerk. She takes over from the very popular and efficient Mary Cullivan who is returning to her post in the County Council.

Drumalee defeat Kingscourt 2-8 to 1-6 to retain their Under 16 Division 1 title in a thrilling replay at Breffni Park.Kingscourt led 1-5 to 1-2 at the interval but Drumalee with the wind in their backs were complete masters in the second half. Great achievement for the town side who now have their sights firmly fixed on next year’s Minor Championship. Scorers for Drumalee Peter McGinnity 1-3 Padraig Burns 0-2 Gerry Reilly Francis Cleary and Brian Dolan 0-1 each.

Cavan Town defeat CPV 2-1 at Derrycramph.Went behind early in the first half but a goal from a penalty from Mark Ferncombe sent them in on level terms at the interval. Thomas Byrne Junior taking a delightful pass from Michael Smith crashed in his first goal for the Town and the  winner late in the second half to give Cavan full points from an entertaining encounter. Man of the Match was  Darren Wall. Team James Heffernan Darren Wall Shane Byrne Michael Smith Michael Doherty Kieran Hanniffy Michael Pryce Declan Brady David Ryan Finbar Donohoe and Mark Ferncombe.Subs used Peter Walsh Thomas Byrne and Aaron Heffernan.

October 18th 2001 Carol Loughman Highfield Road marries Keith Guillfoyle Navan Road Dublin in Saint Brigid’s Church Killygarry with the reception later in the Kilmore Hotel.

Same Week Furniture Village opens at Cavan Retail Park. They already have a network of branches in the area including Oldcastle and Mullingar.Pictured are the courteous and highly efficient staff Shea Woods (Manager) Enda Sheridan Darren Halton and Owen Scorr.

Cavan Bridge Club N/S 1st Pat Plunkett and Delores Reilly 2nd Jim Scanlon and Imelda Brady 3rd Evelyn O Connor and Olivia Carroll E/W 1st Harry Hunt and Charlie Corr 2nd Leo Brady and Ann Berrill 3rd Elizabeth Galligan and Maura Goodman.

Membership at Cavan CYMS for 2001 costs £4 for Juniors £15 for Seniors and Life membership is available at £100 from Chairman Sean Coyle Treasurer Paddy O Reilly or Chaplain Father Paul Casey.

16 year old Edward O Hanlon son of Johnny and Gabriel O Hanlon Latt makes history by being the youngest ever winner of the Doctor FPE Smith Scratch Cup at county Cavan Golf Club. Doctor Smith is a granduncle of Edward’s whose own grandfather also called Edward playing off scratch held the amateur course record at  Cavan Golf Club with a 69 in 1949.Hisplaying partner on that day was the great MJ (Sonny) Magee winner of 2 All Ireland medals with Cavan in 1933 and 1935.

October 25th 2001 54 year old Cavan born Roy McCabe a native of Behey Billis Cavan buys the 1200 acre Farnham House and Estate for a fee believed to be in the region of £5.2 million. Son of the well known Bob McCabe he was educated at Drumcrave and Saint Patrick’s College. Emigrated from Cavan to England in 1965 and later headed down to Australia. Qualified as a Pharmacist at Curtin University Perth Western Australia. He later returned to Ireland and founded a chain of pharmacies in key locations in Dublin Dundalk Limerick and Drogheda. Three of his 4 daughters assist him in running the pharmacies. He is not interested in housing development but is interested in preserving the integral beauty of Farnham House and Estate for private family use.

Same Week IRA commence decommissioning their weapons in Northern Ireland after nearly forty years of conflict. The British will respond to this gesture by dismantling military posts all along the border and scale down their military presence in Northern Ireland.

Death of the very popular Eileen Smith Drumalee at the age of 86.Native of Kilmovess Charlestown County Mayo Eileen was a National teacher commencing her career in Charlestown  and in 1947 being appointed to Drumcrave NS to replace Mrs Cahill from Latt.She served as teacher and Principal from 1947 to 1977 with great distinction and was extremely popular with both pupils and parents. Continued to serve on the Board of Management of Drumcrave school after her retirement. She was a gifted Bridge player and won many of the premier Bridge events in the area. Married Michael J Smith who served as Secretary of Cavan County Council until his death in 1971.Both Eileen and Michael were actively involved in the Pavillion Pantomimes and Cavan Drama Festival. Her daughter Doctor Marlis McDwyer was the first winner of the Cavan Song Contest with her composition .Survived by her son Coleman daughters Doctor Marlis McDwyer and Dolié Maguire Clones. Funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

Death of Paddy Reilly Drumcalpin after a long illness at the age of 61.much respected Steward in Saint Patrick’s College he was held in high esteem by both teachers and students. Great worker utterly dependable Paddy gave a life time of service to the College. Could turn his hand to any task either on the farm or in the domestic quarters. Guard of Honour at his funeral from the students and staff of Saint Patrick’s College while the coffin was carried to its final resting place by the staff of the college.Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Death of former County Librarian Brid Sheridan at the age of 89 in Bray. She had a long association with County Cavan Library and was appointed acting County Librarian in 1940-1942 and later from February 1948 until her retirement in June 1977 she was appointed County Librarian having her headquarters in Farnham Street. She was succeeded by the late Donal O Gorman from Thurles County Tipperary. A native of Corliss Killeshandra she was a founding member of Cavan Drama Festival and Cumainn Seanchas Breifne and had a wonderful intellect and interest in Irish and English literature. Predeceased by her sisters Eileen and Mary she is survived by her brother Michael in Dublin. Funeral from the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer Bray to Mount Jerome crematorium.

November 1st 2001 Planning Permission is granted to Teradyne for their substantial industrial site at Drumbo by Bord Pleanala.The permission had been granted by Cavan County Council and despite objections by a local couple and An Taisce this decision was upheld. Teradyne intend to start construction shortly and the facility will employ 700 people and many more in the supply industry. The site comprises of 38 hectares and was originally owned by The Woods family from Drumbo.

Same Week Joyce Good takes her LLB Degree from Portobello College Rathmines Dublin 6.Educated at Cavan Number 1 and the Vocational School Cavan Joyce is daughter of Jean and the late Robert Plush Cloverhill.

Official opening of the Cavan Retail Park by Coronation stars Jack and Vera Duckworth. Pictured are David Mackey Director Flag Properties Cormac D Dunne Director of Flag Properties Mark Elliott P Elliott and Company Vera Duckworth Noel Elliott Junior P Elliott and Company Darragh Elliott Jack Duckworth and Noel Elliott Senior P Elliott and Company.

Noel Dempsey Minister for the environment opens the new 5 house Lough View on the Dublin Road.The houses which are aimed for the Senior market were built at a cost of €2800,000 and blessed by Father Anthony Fagan Adm and Reverend Mark Lidwell Rector Cavan Parish Church.

Social Services Whist 1st Olive O Reilly 2nd Agnes McRoe Lady Hatcher Mary Milner 1st Gent Peter Moore and Gent’s Hatcher Sean Leinster

Death of Josephine (Josie) McGardle ‘Lurgalee’ Drumelis and formerly Dundalk. Predeceased by her husband John she is survived by her daughter Janey Ryan son Seamus brother Kevin and sister Maggie Jane. Very popular since she cane to live with her daughter Janey and son in law Michael Ryan in Drumelis some years ago. Funeral from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Shangagh Cemetery Dublin.

Cavan Gaels in their first Ulster Senior Club Championship game for 23 years overcome Saint Eunan’s Letterkenny in a tough dour encounter before a large attendance at Breffni Park by 0-9 to 0-8.Only set back was the sending off  of team captain and full forward Mickey Graham following an incident 7 minutes from time. Scorers for the Gaels Niall Collins 0-3 Cormac Neligan 0-2 Enda King Dominick O Reilly Paul O Donnell and Michael Graham 0-1 each.Enda King was Man of the Match.

November 8th 2001 Major shock for Cavan as Teradyne International announce that due to a global downturn for their products they are not proceeding with the 94 Acre Technology Campus at Drumbo.It was expected that this development would have employed over 800 people at full production. Brian Johnston County Manger and Danny Brady Chairman of Cavan County Council are granted an immediate meeting with an Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and all efforts will be made to retain the Teradyne facility at The Cavan Industrial Park. At a subsequent meeting of Cavan County Council blame is laid at the door of An Bord Pleanala who stalled the planning process and despite not changing an iota of the original planning permission granted by Cavan County Council sat on the application for 7 months. Bitter recriminations against An Taisce and their attitude to development in Ireland.

Same Week Plaque dedicated to the memory of Derek Pluck Hugh O Brien and Karl Deegan all recently deceased and distinguished members of the Irish Army is unveiled at Cavan’s Dun Ui Neill Barracks.

Death of Annie Gilchreest nee McKiernan from Drumullen Farnham in England. Relict of the late Tommy she is survived by her sons Kevin and Phelim  in England and brother Paddy in Cavan.

Dismal performance by Cavan Gaels as they are hammered by Ballinderry the Derry county champions 2-12 to 2-04 in the Ulster Senior Club Championship semi final in Saint Tiernach’s Park Clones.Balinderry led by 1-7 to 0-1 at half time. Cavan Gaels acute problems were exacerbated when Eamonn Reilly got put off four minutes before the interval.Scorers for the Gaels were Paul O Donnell 2-0 Mark Leddy 0-2 and Cormac Nelligan and Niall Collins 0-1 each. Only James Doonan Fergal Brady and Darren Rabbitt in defence Paul O Donnell in attack escaped with reputations intact. The winners will now play Down champions Mayobridge in the Ulster Final

Shane Dempsey Chairman and John Denning Secretary are pictured inspecting the development of their new Prunty pitch at Drumalee.The complete work will cost in excess of £150,000 and is being carried out by Prunty Construction Newtownbutler.

November 15th 2001 Obelisk Communications are the winners of the Young Business Achievers  and Communication Skills Award at the World Contest in Warsaw Holland.Pictured are the directors Padraig Brady and Colm Murphy receiving the award on behalf of their company.

Same Week Former Tanaiste John Wilson receives an Honary Doctorate from the National University of Ireland at a glittering presentation at Dublin Castle. Native of Callanagh Kilcogy Johnny is a former President of the Secondary Teachers Association and founder of the European Union of Teachers. Holder of a Masters Degree in Classics (Latin and Greek) Johnny was a teacher in Saint Eunans Letterkenny Gonzaga College Dublin and UCD.Minister for Education 1977-1981 he was later Minister for Transport and Communications and latterly The Marine. After his retirement in 1992 Johnny was appointed President of the Arts Council and later Victims Commissioner in the repatriation of the bodies of people murdered during the troubles in Northern Irelamnd.Winner of numerous Ulster senior and County Cavan football honours Johnny was a member of the Cavan All Ireland winning teams of 1947 and 1948.He is married to Ita and they have a grown up family living in Dublin.

Death of David O Doherty 37 Glenlara Swellan at the age of 60 in Beaumont Hospital Dublin. Native of Congeal Wexford David was a Bank of Ireland official and served in Dublin Listowel Lismore County Wexford Ballina Drumshanbo Oldcastle and Cavan for the last 10 years. Active member of the FCA he was a very prominent member of the Cathedral Choir. Enjoyed a day’s fishing with his family David also assisted with teaching people with learning difficulties and taught music to local children. .Survived by his wife Mary sons Thomas David and Paul daughters Sheena and Mary.Funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

Making the news in the evolution of cancer care in England is Kevin McKiernan late of Drumconnick and son of Pat and Mae.Suffering from cancer of the kidneys which is spreading to other vital organs Kevin received stem cells from his sister Angeline in order to boost his own weak immune system. The operation which cost Health Insurers BUPA £40,000 was filmed by the ITN To Night programme led by Trevor McDonald and will be screened at a later date. Kevin who is head of Kidney Cancer UK will make a return journey to his beloved Cavan in the new year.

Gerard Graham 17 Saint Felim’s Place is conferred with his LLB honours Degree in Law from Portabello College Dublin. Educated at Saint Clare’s Saint Felim’s NS and Saint Patrick’s College Gerard is son of Francis and Christine Graham 17 Saint Felim’s Place.

Katriona Crowe Moynehall marries Fergal Duffy in Saint Brigid’s Church Killygarry with the reception later in Crover House Hotel.

Luxor Lighting a division of Breffni Electrical open at Number 4 Pollamore Business Park .The Directors are Ken and Aideen  Meehan the latter  holds a degree in Interior Design and Lighting. The Manageress is English girl Zarina Hanley who also holds a degree in Interior Design.Breffni Electric and Luxor Lighting are very highly regarded not only in Cavan but all over the North Eastern area.

Mattie Kerrigan former Leinster and Meath All star is appointed Manger of the Cavan Senior football  team in succession to Val Andrews.

Harry Marshall is the star of the show at the 5 Day Equestrian International Show Jumping at Cavan Equestrian Centre winning the Aer Rianta Grand Prix and £6,500 on Cruiseline he was also voted the leading rider of the show and won a motorbike. The leading Irish rider was Mervyn Clarke Junior whose prize was a weekend for two in the Slieve Russell Ballyconnell.

Edel Ollwill and Carla O Keefe are the new stars of Cavan Gymnastic Club when they score 8.52 in the Regional Finals to qualify for a place in the All Ireland Finals.

Packy Doonan is pictured triumphantly crossing the line to record his 13th finish in the Dublin City Marathon.

Profile on Teresa McKiernan and her work with the Folk Choir at Tullac Mongan Resource Centre. She pays fulsome praise to Helen Carmichael who has helped her greatly with the project and the choir now numbers 22 and sing at the weekly Sunday Mass at The Centre celebrated by Father John Phair.Teresa is daughter of the well known Ann another very prominent singer and member of the Cathedral choir for many years. They have now formed a duet and sing at funerals weddings and other family events. Teresa pays tribute to the happy days provided by her parents in Swellan and recalls her late father Tommy bring the family to fish. Tommy was a former member of Cavan Harps and President of Cavan CYMS at his death. Teresa has one sister Catherine an IBM Technical Consultant Tomas Cavan Post Office and Paul Telecom Eireann she has 3 children of her own Philip (15) Paul (11) and Michael (10).

November 22nd 2001 Noel Monahan is the winner of the Seacut National Poetry Competition with his composition The Funeral Game. There were over 2,5000 entries and President Mary McAleese presented Noel with his 1st prize of £5,000 and a trophy for his poem which tells the story of death through the eyes of a child. Vice Principal at Saint Clare’s Ballyjamesduff Shane teaches English and History. He has  had three volumes of poetry published  Opposite Walls in 1991 Snowflake 1995 and the Curse of the Birds 2000.He recently won the PJ O Connor premier award for drama on Rte.Noel pays tribute to the resurgent interest in the arts and particularly in his adapted county of Cavan where the appointment of an Arts Officer and dedicated Arts Office  has given the arts a great shot in the arm

Same Week David Smith Stragella receives his BSc honours degree in Construction Management at Waterford Institute of Technology.Educated at Drumcrave NS and the Vocational School Cavan David is son of Enda and Pauline Stragella Cavan.

GAA abolish the controversial Rule 21.Members of the British Army and PSNI in Northern Ireland will now be permitted to play gaelic games.

Crannog Bridge N/S 1st Kathleen Comesky and Madge Conlon 2nd Mary Moore and Irene Smith 3rd Phil Smyth and Noreen Reilly E/W 1st  Bernadette Donohoe and Veronica Fay 2nd Marita Leech and Ann Smyth 3rd Mary Johnston and Teresa McEntee.

James Wilson Higgins Charlotte Grogan and Suzanne Costello are appearing on Star Stream on RTE 1.They are all members of the Leonard School of Dancing and will perform their party piece The Heavy Reel. They are looking for your vote to go through to the finals.

Meanwhile Shane Murtagh from the Paschal Lyons School of Dancing is the winner of the Under 10 Ulster Boy’s title n Bundoran and has qualified for the All Ireland finals.

Michael Coyle John Farrelly Samuel Brady Raymond Murray Conor McClarey William Courtney and Eamonn Cooney representing Saint Felim’s Boys School win the Ulster Schools Freestyle Relay at the Grove Baths in Belfast. The same team won the bronze in the Medley Relay.

November 29th 2001 Siobhan Duffy Poles receives her BA in Special Economics and Sociology at NUI Maynooth while Gail Empey Derrycramph receives her BSc and Mark Reilly Drumbo a BA in Special Economics and Maths at NUI Maynooth.

Same Week Chris and Sean Bergin Tina Connolly Jimmy Fox  Caroline McGerty are pictured with Vera Minehan from Ecco Shoes at their special exhibition in Fox’s Cavan.

Enda Gilsenan is conferred with BSc in Building Survey (Honours) from Dundalk Institute of Technology.Enda was educated at Crubany NS and Cavan Vocational School and is son of Tommy and the late Anna Gilsenan Lisreagh.

December 6th 2001 Taoiseach Bertie Ahern opens the new state of the art Northern Sound Studios at The Cavan Crystal Hotel. He points out in his speech the importance of local radio in highlighting the concerns of a community and congratulates Northern Sound on achieving 53% of the local radio audience Pictured are MJ Clarke (Presenter) Bertie Ahern TD Taoiseach Peter Brady  Chairman Station Board of Directors and Richard Devlin CEO of Northern Sound. Later the Taoiseach gives a wide ranging interview to Fintan Duffy.

Same Week Joanne Little receives her BBS Honours degree in Business Studies and Accounting from Waterford Institute of Technology she is presently pursuing a CIMA qualification. Daughter of Patsy and Sheila Little she was educated at Corlurgan NS and Loreto College.

Jacqueline Sweeney is conferred with her 1st Class Honours Degree in French and Economics at NUI Galway. Educated at Saint Clare’s and Cavan Vocational School Jacqueline is daughter of John and Christine Sweeney Moynehall.

Social Services Whist 1st Nora O Reilly 2nd May McCaul 3rd May Cullen and Lady Hatcher Teresa McHugh.

Robert Maloney Derham representing Breifne Swimming Club wins the  Elizabeth Long trophy for being the most promising 11 year old swimmer in  Ulster at the Grove Swimming Pool in Belfast.

Cavan Gaels beat O Raghallaigh Gaels 1-12 to 1-02 to retain their Under 21 title  in one sided affair at Breffni Park.The occasion was marred by the vicious assault on the referee Martin Brady Ballinagh as he made his way to the dressing room at the end of the game. Scorers for an all star Gaels team Cormac Nelligan 0-4 Gavin Duffy 1-2 Niall Collins 0-3 and Paul O Donnell Sean Johnston and Eamonn Reilly 0-1 each. Man of the Match Enda King. Team Eoghan Elliott Shane McGlade Darren Rabbit Fergal Brady Karol Crotty Eamonn Reilly Pauric Smith Dominic Reilly Enda King Tommy McCormick Cormac Neligan Gavin Duffy Sean Johnston Paul O Donnell (Captain) and Niall Collins. Subs used Kevin Downes for Tommy McCormick Sean Reilly for Enda King and Jarlath Smith for Sean Johnston.

Drumalee GFC 2001-2002 Chairman Sean Woods Vice Chairman Pat Sharkey  Secretary John Denning Assistant Secretary Maureen Fitzpatrick Treasurer Tommy Sheridan PRO Micheal Fitzpatrick Irish Officer Darragh Donohoe Registrar Bernard Young Insurance Officer Terry Argue Chairman Juvenile Committee Maureen McCaffrey.

County Cavan Golf Club 2001-2002 President Archdeacon George Millar Captain Terry Smith Vice Captain Seamus McConnon Lady Captain Irene Sullivan Vice Captain Ladies Maureen Crowe Secretary Brian Fitzsimmons Treasurer Gerry Finnegan Assistant Secretary Norman Cinnamond Assistant Treasurer JJ O Reilly and Course Convenor Sean Galligan.

December 13th 2001 Amy Rogers is captured on the front page with her mother Kim from Pullakeel Carrickaboy at the official switch on of the Christmas lights in the Market Square. She is a great granddaughter of Brigid and the late Michael (Mickey) Burns 17 Tullac Mongan.

Same Week Andy O Brien steps down as Chairman of Cavan Drama Festival Committee while Maura Sullivan vacates the role of Treasurer in which she served with great distinction for many years because of health problems. Chairman Sheila McGinnity Vice Chairman Peter Brady Secretary Anne Tully PRO and Sponsorship Josie Coyle Assistant PRO Eddie Brady and Festival Director Brian Sullivan.

Carla O Keefe and Edel Ollwill win gold medals at the Irish Gymnastic Championships in their first competitive season. To cap a great day for the Cavan Club Niall McDonald and Philomena Hannon take the bronze medals.

34th Icebreakers Christmas Swim takes place this year at Annagh Lake. The swim has raised over £50,000 for local charities but amazingly there is no nominated charity this year.

The Chairman of Cavan County Council Danny Brady opens former Anglo Celt photographer Tom Hussey’s photographic exhibition entitled a ‘Bar of Light’ sponsored by Cavan County Council and Cavan Urban Council in the Museum in Ballyjamesduff. Catriona O Reilly Arts Officer paying tribute to Tom’s genius says that Tom could transform ordinary daily scenes from the streets of Cavan into masterpieces of light and mood.

Senior double for the Gaels as they retain their League Division League title beating Crosserlough 1-10 to 0-8 in Gowna.Leading by 1-6 to 0-2 at the interval the Gaels weathered the Crosserlough fight back to easily run out worthy winners and champions. Scorers for the Gaels Michael Graham 1-0 Cormac Nelligan 0-3 Gavin Duffy 0-2 Paul O Donnell Cathal Collins Eamonn Reilly Niall Collins and Dominick Reilly 0-1 each. Team Eoghan Elliott Shane McGlade Darren Rabbit Fergal Brady Karl Crotty Eamonn Reilly James Doonan Cathal Collins Enda King Cormac Neligan Donal Buggy Gavin Duffy Paul O Donnell Michael Graham (Captain) and Niall Collins. Subs used Mark Leddy and Dominic Reilly

December 20th 2001 Canon Michael Cooke PP Manorhamilton and son of the late Edward and Anna Cooke Main Street is promoted Domestic Prelate with the title of Monsignor by Pope John Paul 2.Native of Upper Main Street where he was born in 1941 Educated at the Poor Clare’s De La Salle Saint Patrick’s College and Maynooth ,he was ordained in 1965.Monsignor Cooke has two brothers Eamonn and Liam and one sister Anna May. He was recently appointed Vicar General of the Diocese of Kilmore by Bishop Leo O Reilly in succession to long serving Monsignor PJ McManus PP Crosserlough.

Same Week Anthony McDermott Kilnavara is the winner of £23,000 in Lucky Streak National Lottery Game on RTE 1 presented by Derek Mooney. The ticket was bought in Dunne’s Stores Saint Stephens Green Dublin.

Jimmy Mulcahy Station Officer and Chief Fire Officer Cavan County Council Noel Burke present a cheque for $37,545 to Peter Gorman New York Uniformed Fire Officers for the Ground Zero Fire Fighters Trust in recognition of the heroics of the New York Fire Brigade in fighting the blaze at the world Trade Centre on September 11th where over 3,000 innocent men and women including many firemen lost their lives. The money was collected by their Cavan colleagues in the streets of all the towns in county Cavan.

Death of Johnny Smith Kilnavara Lane and late of Ballyjamesduff at Cavan General Hospital. Survived by his wife Eileen sons Colm Kieran Damian and Paul. Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.

Cavan Social Services Dinner pictured are Peter and Nellie Moore Tony Higgins Rev Mark Lidwell Kay Dunne Dympna Cusack May Cosgrove Sister Ursula Joan McCarville Kathleen McNamara Lauri McConnell and Kathleen Leinster.

John McEntee son of Judy and the late Andy 61 Church Street joins the Daily Mail hosting his gossip column Wicked Whispers .Started his career with the Anglo Celt later joined the Irish Press rising to the status of London correspondent. Later joined the The Times Sunday Express and Daily Express before his latest career move.

Cavan Gaels are voted Club of the Year at the annual Anglo Celt/Northern Sound awards in the Kilmore Hotel. Michael Graham captain of Cavan Gaels is voted Senior Player of the Year.

December 27th 2001 Death of the very eminent Monsignor John Young retired Parish Priest of Carrigallen at the Parochial House Carrigallen on Christmas Day at the age of 80.Born on the 12th February 1921 son of the late Bernard and Mary B Young Drumcrave.Educated at Drumcrave NS  Saint Patricks College The Irish College in Paris and Kilkenny. Ordained in Birmingham on the 18th June 1944.Minstered for 7 years in Birmingham before being appointed Curate in Drumreilly Lower in 1951 then Ballinamore 1957 and appointed Parish Priest of Carrigallen in 1982.Outstanding footballer with Saint Patrick’s College and Drumalee GFC he followed the fortunes of Cavan Drumalee and his adopted county of Leitrim with great fervour. Frequent visitor home he stayed with his brother Joe and sister in law Bernadette and always frequented Behey Hall for a few hands of their famous 25.Founder member of the Leitrim Guardian when Curate in Ballinamore he was a leader and innovator of the highest calibre. Great devotion and care for the sick the poor and the elderly. So much was he admired for his boundless charity and attention to the sick that a Ward in Saint Mary’s Hospital Carrick on Shannon is dedicated to his memory. Survived by his brothers Michael in Dublin and sister Maureen Donoghue in Ballyconnell.Bishop Leo Reilly was the chief celebrant at the funeral Mass from Saint Mary’s Church Carrigallen to the adjoining cemetery.

Same Week Liam Allen is conferred with his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree at ??. Educated at Crubany NS Saint Patrick’s College and Saint Mels Longford. He is son of Liam and Patricia Allen Corawelis Cavan.

Minister for the Environment Noel Dempsey TD announces that legislation is now in place for the introduction of the plastic bag levy of 15 cent. It will not be operative until March 4th 2002 in order to encourage the people to use reusable bags and get used to saving a valuable resource in the meantime.

The 34th annual Icebreakers swim at Annagh lake is favoured with the best weather conditions in decades. Sun streaming down on a flat still lake with water temperature in excess of 6%.Over 80 swimmers took part with Sean Walsh leading the charge on 34 swims followed by Paddy O Reilly UDC on 29 and Brenda and Deidre Montgomery leading the ladies on 24 each. Peter Veale sponsored and presented the certificates while Andrew Boylan TD Danny Brady Chairman Cavan County Council Paddy O Reilly UDC and Madeline Argue Cavan County Council were also in attendance. Doctor Eamonn Hartmann was as usual the Medical Officer and no casualties were reported.Garda Sergeant Christy Dooley Garda Dermot Lavin and Garda Mick Mulvey were in charge of traffic control and security. Sean Walsh announces that 1,385 people have now taken the Icebreakers plunge on Christmas Morning since the swim commenced at Annagh Lake in 1968.

Cavan’s new multi storey car park constructed by P Elliott and Company relieves the traffic congestion from the street of Cavan this Christmas. For once the Urban Council are unanimous in their praise of the County Manger Brian Johnston and Town Engineer John Brannigan and P Elliott and Company who have constructed the car park and leased it back to Cavan Urban Council over the next 13 years. John Brannigan Town Engineer said that only minor signage needs to be erected at the entrance and exit to the car park.

January 3rd 2002 Euro is introduced in Ireland and in other EEC states that met the stringent financial measurements for entry. Until February 9th2002 Ireland is in a state of transition with 2 currencies The Punt and the Euro. Criticism at the fact that the Euro should have been introduced on its own as it is a decimal currency and is not posing any problems. Kathleen Leinster 57 Highfield Road says that” she experience no problems at all in shopping in the shops in Cavan.She gives an excellent tip to bring two purses one for the Euro and the other for Punts”. John Walsh who has travelled extensively in Europe says  “he experienced no problem and there won’t be ay problems. He criticises the Government for not going directly to Euros”. The United Kingdom and Denmark have not as yet joined he Euro Zone.

Same Week Michael Meehan beats Ciaran Flynn to win the Turkey and Ham Junior Snooker competition at Cavan CYMS.Anthony Curran and Cillian O Connor are the beaten Semi Finalists. Earlier in the year Michael Meehan completed the double by beating Cillian O Connor in The Garda Shield Final.The Semi Finalists were Matthew O Kane and Kim Cheung.

Sudden death of Niall Sheridan Butlersbridge at the age of 52.Outstanding footballer with Butlersbridge Niall was the goalkeeper in 1974 when they last completed the Junior double. Extremely popular he was very humorous and witty company. With his mother Elizabeth when their house was demolished some years ago-Niall had just gone for messages when the accident occurred and escaped unscathed while his mother incurred a broken wrist. Painter and decorator by trade Niall was a firs class craftsman and worked on all the major construction sites in the Cavan area. Predeceased by his father John 37 years ago and his mother Elizabeth (Lily) in January 2001 Niall is survived by his brothers Tom John and Oliver sisters Margie Kathleen Maura Cora and Uncle Thomas.Butlersbridge GFC formed a Guard of Honour at both the removal and funeral from Saint Aidan’s Church Butlersbridge to Saint Aidan’s cemetery Clones Road.

Death of the very popular Maureen McGlashin St Patrick’s Swellan Cavan at the age of 75.Member of the Donohoe family she worked or many years in the Magnet Cinema and was deeply religious .Member of an old Cavan family she was daughter of the late Mick and Mrs Donohoe Saint Patrick’s Swellan.Predeceased by her husband Jock she is survived by her sons Brian and John brother Sarsfield and sister Maureen. Funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

Death of Michael (Mick) Kavangh 2 Church View Church Street and late of Wolfe Tone Street at the age of 69.Native of Templemore County Tipperary Michael came to Cavan with the Irish army in 1961 and later married Nora Johnston a member of the famous family from Wolfe Tone Street. Great interest in hurling Michael was a founder member of Cavan Gaels Hurling Club and gave coaching lessons to many of the players on the art and craft of the game. Followed with enthusiasm the fortunes of his native Tipperary and took great pride in their recent resurgence as a power in the land. Great interest in horse racing Michael spent much of his spare time studying form and had a daily modest wager. After he retired from the Irish army Michael took a part time job with The Anglo Celt as a packer and worked late one night a week to make sure that people had their weekly Celt in good time. Quiet and inoffensive Michael was cultured very knowledgeable and excellent company. Predeceased by his wife Nora Michael is survived by his brothers Séamus Brendan Sean sisters Margaret Kathleen Mary and Anne. Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.

January 10th 2002 Outcry from the general public over the perceived hikes in drink and petrol as a result of the introduction of the Euro.

Same Week Death of the very popular Jim Jermyn 38 Saint Felim’s Place and late of Saint Mary’s Terrace. Jim was an outstanding friend husband and father. Worked in McCarren’s all of his life. After his marriage to Kay Clarke went to live in Saint Felim’s Place where they had as company Kay’s mother Margaret whom they cared for until her death at an advanced age. Liked a daily flutter on the horses and followed the fortunes of Cavan and Cavan Gaels on the gaelic football field. Great man for a day down the water in Killykeen Rann or Pogues.Never missed a Sunday accompanying his good friends Jimmy Coyle and Bill Meehan  John McQuillan and Hughie from McGinnity’s.Predeceased by his wife Kay a death Jim never came to terms with he is survived by his sons Jimmy and Patrick and daughter Margaret and his adored grandchildren Demi and Katie. Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.

From January 1st 2002 Cavan Urban Council is now known as Cavan Town Council. Fears expressed by some of the members that this name change may result in diminution of powers. County Manger Brian Johnston assures the members that the change is only introduced to conform to modern terminology.

Catherine Blayney of Kilnavara Heights gives birth to a son David on New Year’s Day at 10:05 AM. Presentation to Cavan’s first born child of 2002 by Teresa Barr of A-Z who sponsor a swing seat. Pictured are Yvonne Smith (Midwife) Mary Gaffney (Midwife) Teresa Barr (A-Z) Catherine Blayney with baby David proud husband Michael Blayney and Patricia Donnolly (Ward Sister).

Eddie McCormick 9 Saint Felim’s Place and son of Teddy and Pauline McCormack  had an outstanding year in 2001 winning both The famous Laytown and Bettystown and Mount Temple Senior Scratch Cups and reaching the last 32 in the East West and South of Ireland together with the Irish Close and Irish Amateur Open in 2001.

January 17th 2002  Grace Bolton one of 6 prize winners at the ‘Esat Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition’ at the RDS Dublin. She is the winner of ‘The Spirit of the Exhibition’ prize while also winning 3rd place in the Intermediate section for her project ‘Salt in our food’ There were over 440 entries from all over Ireland. Grace is pictured with her winning exhibit being congratulated by her Science teacher Padraic Corley Royal School Cavan. Grace was presented with her prize by an Taoiseach Bertie Ahern TD.

Same Week Anita Young and Roisin Smith Loreto College and Niall Collins Saint Patrick’s College are presented with their Exhibition awards at Trinity College for achieving in excess of 545 points in the recent Leaving Certificate exams.

Death of the well known John Gaynor Ballinagh.Son of Patrick and Mary Ann Gaynor Dublin Road Ballinagh John commenced his career in the motor business in Jack Smith’s Garage Ballinagh before going to work with AW Gordon and then Jackson’s Garage Cavan. Later built his own garage in Ballinagh and specialised in all sorts of repairs and services to motor vehicles lawnmowers motor bikes and scooters.Multi talented John started his own dance band which was popular throughout the area-John could play organ drums and accordion. Great interest in the motion picture business John set up his own cinema in Ballinagh ‘The Pioneer Cinema’ entertaining thousands of people particularly at weekends. Took an active part in the Emergency of 1939-1946 John was Lieutenant in the local FCA when he retired in 1946.Lifelong pioneer and member of the PTAA.Predeceased by his brothers Patrick and Michael and sister Kathleen John Gaynor is survived by his wife Kathleen. Funeral from Saint Felim’s Ballinagh to the adjoining cemetery.

Death of Michael Joseph Sweeney late of Breffni Terrace in Northampton at the age of 77.Great love of his native town he emigrated because of the severe economic condition of the 1950s but returned home with members of the family every Summer for their annual holiday. Survived by his wife Brenda?? and 9 children. Burial took place in Northampton.

Death of Ann M Murphy nee O Reilly Crubany Cavan. Survived by her husband James 4 sons and 7 grandchildren.

New multi purpose gymnasium at Cavan Rugby Club is part of the £200,000 development including a new back pitch funded to the tune of £50,000 by the National Lottery The IRFU and the balance was raised by the members themselves.

Presentation to the popular Jim Hannon Crossdoney as he retires as District Commissioner Irish Pony Club after 13 years dedicated service to the organisation.

January 24th 2002 Brendan Smith TD is recovering from surgery on his back at Cappagh Hospital. It is hoped that the operation will cure a recurring back injury

Daire Donohoe Drumalee is conferred with his BA Honours Degree at NUI Galway. Educated at Saint Felim’s and Saint Patrick’s College Cavan Daire is son of Eamonn and Gladys Drumalee.

Same Week Aidan Hamill Harmony Heights receives his BA degree with 1st class honours in Electronic Engineering at Dublin City University.Educated at Saint Felim’s NS Saint Patrick’s College Aidan is continuing his studies for his Masters degree

Kathleen Sullivan Trophy at Cavan Bridge Club is won by Pat Plunkett and Patsy Givney 2nd Anselem Lovett and Aidan Leahy 3rd Ann Bennett and Paddy Faulkner 4th Elizabeth Galligan and Maura Goodman.

Andrew Murray at the age of 18 from Ard Na Greinne and Cavan Boxing Club is presented with his award as Young Boxer of the Year 2001 at the annual IBA Gala Dinner and Presentations compered by the incomparable RTE commentator Jimmy Magee at the Gresham Hotel Dublin.

January 31st 2002 Upgrading work set to commence at Breffni Park to bring the capacity attendance to 25 ,000 following a grant of £4 million from the Ulster Council GAA.

Same Week Sheila Germaine long time benefactor to Cavan General Hospital donates $50,000 to the Oncology Unit Cavan General Hospital. Gerry Murray FF calls on CEO Paul Robinson to match the amount with funding at NEHB meeting.

Hamilton Osborne King auctioneers report brisk demand for items at the sale of the contents of Farnham House. Among the items sold were a four poster bed for €9,500, 6 crystal chandeliers ranging in price from €7,500 to 8,000, a number of mirrors fetched up top €5,500 and €5,000 for a ½ sized billiard table. There were over 5,000 lots for sale.

Many tributes are paid to Jack O Connor Superintendent Cavan Barrack on his retirement from the force. Marion Mackey President of the Cavan Bar Association presents a specially commissioned Cavan crystal lamp at a presentation in the Kilmore Hotel by Cavan Bar Association. At Cavan District Court tributes are paid by Judge David Maughan Harry Hunt Cavan Bar Association Marie Gibbons Probation Officer and Fiona O Reilly District Court Clerk all praise Superintendent Jack O Connor for the manner in which he carried out his duties in a fair concise and balanced way.

Death of the legendary great Eugene Leddy from Stroane Butlersbridge at the age of 88.Leader of the famous Eugene Leddy Ceilidhe Band a household name in every parish in Ireland during the 1940-1960 period. During the day Eugene was a Dairy Farmer with 40 acres of land but at night he was the king of the dancehalls all over Ireland where his name and band were known and admired and danced to by thousands of patrons and fans. Born in Stroane in 1913 son of Patrick and Mary Leddy.His mother Mary Mongan hailed from Claremorris and was a gifted singer and accordion player. Eugene always said that he inherited most of his talent from his mother. Later from the age of 13 he attended classes for the fiddle held by well known Belturbet fiddle player Michael Casey.Prizewinner at all the local tradional Feiseanna and other competitions. In 1938 Eugene formed the very first Eugene Leddy Celidhe Band that included Paddy and Eddie McPhillips (Butlersbridge) Peter (Pee) Galligan Porter in Saint Felim’s Hospital John McGirr (Cavan) John Fannon (Castletara) and Jack Reilly (Latt Cavan-a mechanic in Smith’s Garage).At the same time his brother Patrick (Pa) formed The Pa Leddy Ceilidhe Band and they too enjoyed widespread popularity. Broadcasting from Radio Eireann GPO Henry Street and frequently on ‘Ceilidhe House’ on a Saturday night. The band achieved national and international status touring every county in Ireland and did short tours of Scotland England and Wales where they were extremely popular in the many Irish halls all over Britain. In 1960 Eugene Leddy’s Celidhe Band cut their first LP record which sold in thousands both here but more particularly abroad. With the advent of a certain Ken Browne from Butlersbridge the popularity of Eugene Leddy soared as Ken enjoyed celebrity status with such numbers as The Gallant John Joe ‘PJ Duke from Sweet Stradone’ and in 1956 ‘Sean South of Garryowen’.Eugene Leddy played with all the great musicians of his generation including Sean Maguire Joe Burke Dermot O Brien Jim McKellop and Matt Cunningham as well as concert pianist and composer Tommy Cullivan who played piano with the Band for many years. His daughter Kathleen (Kathy) Durkin is a household name singing country and western and Irish numbers and selling many thousands of albums featuring her talent. In 1987 Eugene emerged from retirement to team up with Martin Donohoe and John Campbell to win the Ulster Scor Senior title. He is also featured on the CD ‘Call from The Musical Heart of Cavan’. As a person Eugene had no equal pleasant cheerful and charitable he was most unassuming. Predeceased by his son Sean in April 1999 he is survived by his wife Annie sons TP and Oliver daughters Mary Anne Kathleen Phyl and Vera. The cortege from Stroane was led by a lone piper and met by a Guard of Honour drawn from Butlersbridge GFC.Funeral from Saint Aidan’s Church Butlersbridge to the adjoining cemetery.

Death of Margaret (Peggy) Clare Smith 95 Bridge Street Cootehill.Born Margaret O Reilly she was born in county Louth. Founder member and Chairman of the Friends of Cavan General Hospital.Prdeceased by her infant son Declan and husband Colm 2 years ago she is survived by her sons Dr Paul Smith Jim Colm Joseph Don and Stephen sisters Pat and Frances. The funeral from Saint Michael’s Church Cootehill to the adjoining cemetery was attended by Martin McAleese husband of the President of Ireland Mary McAleese.

The staff of Tesco Cavan present a cheque to the local Alzheimer’s society for £850.

Nicholas Walsh is honoured by the Melbourne Demons as ‘The Best and Fairest Juvenile Player’ at their academy Saint Kevin’s in Melbourne.Niall Danaher Demons Head Coach says that Nick has made tremendous progress in the Australian Rules game since coming to the club and he expects that the 18 year old will make his senior debut for the Club in 2002.

February 7th 2002 Department of the Environment Survey shows Cavan as the 3rd most disadvantaged town of its size in the country. Showing that ¼ of the population reside in Local Authority houses and over 1/3 of the 5,623 population have only Primary school education.

Same Week Judy McEntee SRN obtains her BSc Honours degree in Professional Studies(Nursing).Judy is a Senior Sister in Intensive Care at Wrexham Park Hospital Slough Berkshire England and is daughter of Sean and Marie McEntee Harmony Heights and College Street.

Longford native Superintendent Joe Sullivan replaces Jack O Connor as Superintendent Cavan/Monaghan based in Cavan Garda Station.

Aaron Kennedy at 22 is the youngest delegate to represent the Cavan Bahai Association(founded 18 years ago) at the Annual Conference in the Farnham Hotel Cavan.The topics for discussion at the conference range from the education of children to world peace.

Crannog Bridge N/S 1st Eta McIntyre and Madge Curran 2nd Michael and Kathleen Leonard 3rd Noreen O Reilly and Mary Donohoe E/W 1st Stella Corr and Phyllis Reilly 2nd Mary Johnston and Teresa McEntee 3rd Phyl O Reilly and Maureen Watters.

Frances McDowell from 23 Tullac Mongan marries Noel Callan from Tydavnet County Monaghan in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim Cavan. Frances is daughter of John and Maureen McDowell  Tullac Mongan Cavan.The reception was held in ??

Michael and Tara Gavigan open the ‘Side Door ‘restaurant at Drumalee Cross. Wide experience of the restaurant and catering business they also run ‘The Loft ‘ in Navan and the ‘Ground Floor’ in Kells.The manageress of the Cavan ‘Side Door’ is Debbie Carroll with her brother Eoghan Assistant Manager. Both have wide experience of the restaurant trade.

February 14th 2002 Eilis and Maeve Finnegan Latt Keadue Lane recently celebrated their graduation.Eilis graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology from Dublin City University while Maeve graduated with a diploma in Pharmaceutical Technology from Trinity College. Both girls are daughters of Gerry and Valerie Finnegan Latt Keadue Lane Cavan.

Same Week Lady Farnham is pictured presenting many of Farnham Estates valuable artefacts to Cavan Museum. Included are Savina Donohoe Dominic Egan (Curator Cavan Museum) Eugene Markey Lady Farnham and Brian Johnston County Manager.

Death of Mary Elizabeth (Maisie) McKiernan Shamrock Hotel and Restaurant Rossa Place at the age of 87 at Saint Joseph’s Hospital Lisdarn.Daughter of the late Terence and Anne McKiernan she inherited the business from her uncle Joe who owned many local properties. Adjoining the Bus Office and the site of the old horse fairs in Cavan Maisie and her sister Eileen fed all their visitors with generous portions of excellent food at a cheap rate. They wee deservedly popular and their loyal customers dined with them a lifetime. She closed for business and welcome retirement in 1988. Deeply religious and decent Maisie was of the old school and seen to the needs of the poor and needy and assisted in many of the Cathedral societies. Funeral from the Cathedral to Saint Michael’s cemetery Potahee.

Cavan Wheelchair Association 2002 Honary President Patsy Maloney Chairman Alex Shekelton Treasurer Brendan Hannan Assistant Treasurer Billy Bravendar and PRO David Mulligan.

Norman Cinnamond presents the Cinnamond trophy for competition between all the golf clubs of counties Cavan and Monaghan.The trophy which is a replica of the old Claret Jug played for each year at the British Open was presented to Gene Murphy President of the Cavan/Monaghan Alliance.

Willie Mimnagh (Killygarry GFC) resigns as Chairman Bord Peil Na Nog after 18 years distinguished service to the organisation. His leadership integrity dedication and patience are praised at a meeting of the Board. Willie is retiring for family health reasons.

The Kinnypottle Players are back again this season presenting ‘Home from Home’ in McGinnity’s Bier Kellar on February 22nd and 23rd  and the Ramor Theatre Virginia on 28th February. One act play written by  Margaret Neylon and produced and directed by Irene White. Cast Majella Stafford Richella Matthews Ann Kiernan Catherine Hanley Elaine Kenny Maura Maloney and Kevin Lavelle.

February 21st 2002 John Farrelly John McCarren Samuel Brady Conor McClarey and Michael Coyle all members of the Breifne Swim Club relay team that won bronze medals at the Irish Schools Championship are the recipients of an award from their Principal Pat Ryan at Saint Phelim’s Boy’s School..

Same Week Crannog Bridge Club Peggy Willock Memorial Tournament 1st Mary McGowan and Mary McNicholas 2nd Betty Murphy and Ann Fallon and 3rd Veronica Fay and Bernadette  Donohoe and Phyl O Reilly and Maureen Watters (Tie).

Barry McDonald Gortnakesh is conferred with his National Diploma in Industrial Design at the Institute of Technology Sligo. Continuing his studies in Art and Design in Bolton Street Institute of Technology England. He is son of Sean and Mary McDonald Gortnakesh Cavan.

John Sheerin and John Trant from the Clones Bridge Club are the winners of this year’s Cullen Cup in the Farnham Hotel 2nd Jack Farrell and Angela Curran 3rd Paddy McDermott and Aileen Timmoney. Best Cavan pair Pat Plunkett and Patsy Gibney.The prizes were presented by Olivia Carroll Captain County Cavan Bridge Club.

Martin Donohoe from College Street and Philip Clarke from Ballymachugh are joint winners of the 43rd Dublin Association’s Man of the Year award for their services and promotion of Irish tradional music at a packed Westmanstown Centre. Both receive specially commissioned Cavan Crystal trophies as a memento of the event.

February 28th 2002 Michael Kavanagh aged 39 from Fortlawns Blanchardstown is sentenced to 10 years in prison and banned from driving for 20 years for the manslaughter of Hugh O Brien from John Paul Avenue  at Carraig springs Nightclub on the night of 24th February 2001.Judge in sentencing Kavanagh said his act was a deliberate attack on Hugh O Brien a security guard at the Club and a prominent member of the Irish army stationed at Dun Ui Neill.Contiuing the judge said that “it was an absolute tragedy for Hugh’s wife Catriona and their 4 small children who could not understand why their father was not coming home”.

Same Week Death of Bernard (Bert) Food Lismoreville Crossdoney and Bridge Street Cavan at the age of 73 following a heart attack while attending a music festival in Ennis County Clare. Member of one of Cavan’s oldest and most respected families well known in the Butcher Hackney and Undertaking business. Bert was a twin of the late Jack’s who specialised in the Hackney side of the business. Bert operated a small butcher shop in Bridge Street and was also a farmer rearing and killing his own cattle. In 1980 Bert diversified into the Licensed trade purchasing the ‘Meadow View Lounge’ on the Dublin Road where he enjoyed a bumper trade. Later sold the business to the present owners and retired to live in Crossdoney.Undaunted by ill health and the death of his beloved wife Nan Bert began collecting old traps and harness and was expert in restoring them for a ready market both here and abroad. Bert himself was a keen advocate bedecked in period dress he was a daily attraction driving his pony and trap around the lakes and vales of beautiful Crossdoney.He later was in demand to drive brides to their weddings in the local churches and on a good day the photographs from these occasions recalled magical times. Sold almost all of his land around Cavan for development. The Orchard Bar and Supervalu are all built on land that was formerly owned by Bert. An absolute gentleman Bert loved Cavan and took great delight in recalling the great characters and times of the past.Preceased by his wife Nan he is survived by his sons Bernard Louis Simon and Garrett daughters Ann Frances Siobhan Sinead and Agnes and sisters Olive Mary Collette Anna Agnes and Clare. Funeral from Saint Felim’s Ballinagh to Killygarry cemetery.

Death of Jimmy Breslin Moynehall and Shankill Cavan at the age of 86.Well known farmer in the area Jimmy worked a farm at Shankill for many years and was an extremely friendly helpful affable and charitable neighbour. Endured rough times in hard economic climate of the depression in the 1920s Jim hired himself out on many occasions for a small wage and his keep at the Bi Annual (May/November) Hiring Fairs at Bridge Street Corner. Later Jimmy went into the :Licensed trade running the Baile Hotel in Bailieboro for his brother Michael. In 1975 following the death of Benny Conaty Jimmy bought the well known landmark in Connolly Street for £23,000 and was very successful and extremely popular. Great Gael he followed the fortunes of the county team from Cork to Donegal and at some of the far away National League games was one of very few supporters to follow the Blues in the good times and poor. Founder member of Killygarry GFC Jimmy was Honary President of the Club at his death. In recent years as his health deteriorated and his wife May was confined to a wheelchair and later hospitalised Jimmy was blessed to have so many great neighbours most notably brother Charlie and family Susan and Bertie Cronin who called on him each day. Survived by his wife May and brother Charlie .Killygarry GFC formed a guard of honour at the funeral from the Cathedral to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Among the ten chosen for the Final of the Rehab/Anglo Celt Person of the Year are Aidan Crossan from Carrickane Joan Cusack from Shankill Marion Duffy Keadue Michael Mulvey Butlersbridge John Tynan Drung.The winner will be chosen at a Gala Banquet in the Kilmore Hotel compered by Gareth O Callaghan RTE on March 14th 2002.

Andrew Murray is Boxer of the Tournament as he wins his first Senior Lightweight Boxing title at the Stadium in Dublin beating the defending champion Noel Monteith from Belfast 30-12 in the Final. Later Andrew is the recipient of a presentation from Tullac Mongan Residents Association presented by Felicity Smith.

P Elliott and Company to build the new Enterprise Centre in Killeshandra a joint venture between Killeshandra Community Council and Cavan Enterprise and Development. Pictured signing the contract are Brian Johnston (County Manager) Vincent Reynolds (Director CEF) Erick Johnstone (Killeshandra Community Council) Noel P Elliott (P Elliott and Company) and Patrick Gaffney (Architect).

March 7th 2002  County Cavan Golf Club make a presentation to Cavan Gaels on winning 5 county titles in 2001.The award was sponsored by Niall Crowe a former prominent member of Cavan Gaels GFC.Pictured are Niall Crowe (Sponsor) Irene Sullivan (Lady Captain) Paddy O Reilly (Chairman Cavan Gaels) Terry Smith Captain and former star of the 1965 winning Gaels team) and Brian Fitzsimmons (Secretary County Cavan Golf Club).The presentation took place following the drive in of the two new captains Terry Smith and Irene Sullivan at County Cavan Golf .


Same Week Lidl Superstores  the home of bargains have a limited supply of this week’s special offer a Siemens Laptop computer with 512 Mb of RAM 30 Gb Hard disc 8*DVD Player and CD at only €1,699!

Instant success of the new Government Levy on plastic bags.

March 14th 2002 Catherina McKiernan gives birth to her first child a girl named Deirbhile weighing in at 7 lbs 1 oz at Mount Carmel Nursing Home Dublin. She is pictured at home in Castleknock with her husband Damian O Reilly RTE and her new “quiet little bundle of joy” Deirbhile.

Same Week The inimitable Brendan Jenkins is the subject of ‘This You Life’ presented by RTE GAA commentator Micheal O Muircheataich which raises many laughs and €4,000 for the Cavan Branch Cancer Home Care. Among the guests was the former Tanaiste John Wilson. Frances Galligan on behalf of the benefactors thanks JJ O Reilly who initiated the project Ray Fay Willie Harrington Paul Lynch Dessie Brady Ger O Shaughnessy Ciaran Tackney Noel Smith Shane Donohoe and Sean Coyle. Frances reserves special praise for Josie Coyle Mary Haren Madeline Argue and the Jenkins family without whose co operation the event could not have taken place.

Death of the well known Gerard Reilly Crubany at the age of 17.Eldest son of Pauric and Bernie Reilly brother Martin sisters Edel and Paula. Attended the Holy Family School Cootehill he was a regular at all Killygarry games. His brother Martin is a playing member of Killygarry GFC and Bohemians Football Club Dublin. Funeral from the Cathedral to Saint Bridget’s cemetery Killygarry.

New snooker star on the horizon Peter McGinnity adds to his growing list of honours by winning the Elegant Gems trophy at Cavan CYMS .In the Final Peter beat another outstanding player Kieran Flynn. The beaten semi finalists were Cillian O Connor and Timmy Looney.

More honours for Irish Lightweight Champion Andrew Murray as he dethrones Noel Monteith 21-16 from the Ulster Lightweight crown and is the recipient of Boxer of the Tournament and the Nat Joseph Memorial belt at the Ulster Hall in Belfast.

March 21st 2002 John Tynan from Drung is the very popular winner of the Anglo Celt/Rehab Cavan Person of The Year at the Kilmore Hotel. In 1982 John suffered kidney failure and as a result lost his sight completely. Undaunted and with the encouragement and help of his wife Mary a member of the Coyle family from Cavan he started to type and successfully completed a 2 year computer course in Moynehall.He now teaches woodwork and computer skills to people attending Positive Age and is truly an inspiration to everybody.

Orla Galligan Poles receives her National diploma in Industrial Design. She is continuing to study for her degree in Visual Arts at Bolton Institute in England.Orla is daughter of Jim and Mary Galligan Poles and late of College Street Cavan

Farnham School Quiz team are the winners of the Ulster Chmpionship.Pictured with their mentor and Principal Bernard Donohoe are Robert Kane James Henry David Reilly and Diarmuid Donohue.

Death of Rosemary Maguire (Nee O Reilly) 3 Church View and late of Drumcrow Corlemore.Survived by her brothers Benny Cavan and Frank sisters Josie and Ina..Funeral from the Cathedral to Saint Bridget’s cemetery Killygarry.

Death of Brigid Kitson  Percy French Park Ballyjamesduff.Wife of Saint Mary’s Terrace native Seamus Kitson.Survived by her husband Seamus son Shane and daughter Aishling brother Andy sister Margaret.Funeral from Saint Joseph’s Church Ballyjamesduff to the adjoining cemetery.

Same Week Death of Margaret McGilly Clones and 16 Farnham Street Cavan at the age of 97.National Teacher at Gransha National School outside of Clones Margaret continued working as a substitute teacher after her marriage to Benny. She had a wonderful alert brain was a  hard worker and brilliant teacher. After her retirement she was a valued member of the Adoption Board for 5 years and travelled all over the country in the course of her work to which she executed in the same conscientious meticulous way she lived her entire life. Outstanding card player she was a former captain of Cavan Bridge Club and won many of the major competitions in the North East area. Fiercely independent she continued to live alone and independently after the death of her husband and had a multitude of friends who called on her regularly. Predeceased by her husband Benny she is survived by her sons Sean Brian and Colm daughters Eilish Healy and Maura Maloney. Funeral from the Cathedral to Glasnevin  crematorium with interment of ashes in Mount Saint Joseph Clones.

Over 3,000 attend the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Cavan.MC as usual was the great Mel Doherty who kept the large parade flowing through the streets of the town on a largely cloudy showery day. The parade was led off by an FCA colour Party from D Company Dun Ui Neill.Andrew Murray the recently crowned Amateur Lightweight Champion of Ireland was guest of honour on the Reviewing Stand where he joined County Manger Brian Johnston Bishop Leo O Reilly Rev Mark Lidwell and elected representatives. The organising committee for the parade was Chairman Eddie Brady Secretary Margaret Kelly Hanna Kinsella Martina Sexton Alan Cullinan Patricia Walsh Elizabeth Coyle Margaret Brady Myles Fitzpatrick Margaret Webber and Paddy Sexton Town Council.

Cora and Henry Wong pen ‘The Golden Dragon’ Chinese restaurant at 84-86 Main Street. Wide experience of the restaurant trade both have worked in the Chinese Restaurant trade in Cavan for the last 7 years and are joined by Cora’s father Danny Choi in their new venture.

Philip Smith President Crannog Bridge Club is pictured presenting a cheque for €765 to Amanda McCormack Cavan Motor Neurone Association. Ann Fallon and Betty Murphy Treasurer Crannog Bridge Club are also in the picture.

March 28th 2002 Breffni Park is renamed ‘Kingspan Breffni Park’. The deal with local group Kingspan headed by Gene and Brendan Murtagh will yield €400,000 to the coffers of Cavan County Board over the next ten years

Same Week Michelle Anderson is conferred with her Bachelor of Science with 1st class honours in Tourism Marketing from Dublin Institute of Technology. Michelle is daughter of Dorothy and the late Wesley Anderson ‘Country Sunshine’ 7 Keadue Cavan and was educated at Cavan Number 1 School and the Royal School Cavan..

Cornmill Theatre Group Carrigallen are the winners of the Open Section and the Patrick Lyons trophy for their play ‘The Cavalacaders’ by Bill Roche at Cavan Drama Festival.Puddlealley Theatre Group Strabane are the winners of the Confined section with ’Wife Begins at Forty’

Mini Whist at Cavan Social Services 1st Agnes McEnroe 2nd Madge McCabe 3rd Nora Reilly Lady Hatcher Kathleen McGahey 1st Gent Pat McKiernan.

John O Donohoe TD Minister for Justice Equality and Law Reform launches the Tullac Mongan Development Plan at Tullac Mongan Resource Centre. Pictured are Felicity Smith Patricia Walsh TC PRO Paddy Coombes Chairman Brendan Smith TD Helen Duffy Susan Begwood John McGerty Bernie Brady David Spotton and Father John Phair.

April 4th 2002 Death of the inimitable Christy Cox Behey Cavan. Well known throughout a wide area Christy would tackle any job and accomplish it in style. Worked with Sheridan’s in the Fowl business-the Sheridans in turn treated Christy as another member of the family. One of Drumalee’s greatest followers Christy never missed a game home or away. Coffin draped in the Drumalee colours while members of the club formed a guard of honour at the funeral and removal. Funeral followed Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Same Week Death of John Nulty Agricultural contractor and quarry owner suddenly at Sligo General Hospital. Native of Denbawn Carrickaboy John was an outstanding footballer in his youth playing with Denn Dan O Connell’s .Followed in his father’s footsteps and trained as a cobbler at which he was expert and travelled all over the country mending and making shoes for a host of satisfied customers. Later went into the hackney business and did an extensive business particularly at the weekends ferrying patrons to dances throughout the county. In 1955 John acquired a quarry at Moynehall and supplied stone and dressing to many contractors. Started an extensive Agricultural and Civil engineering business at which he excelled. Later purchased quarries in Drung and Castletara and developed the business particularly road development and maintenance. Avid follower of gaelic games he took great pride in the emergence of his own Parish team of Denn to a place of prominence in the club scene in Cavan. Followed the Cavan team all over the country and it was while attending the National League game against Sligo that John Nulty took ill and was dead on admission to Sligo General Hospital. Survived by his wife Madge  sons Sean Thomas Brian Garrett Derek and Kieran daughters Maura Brid and Margy mother Mary aged 98 brothers and sisters.Funeral from the Cathedral to Saint Matthews cemetery Drumavaddy.

Bishop Brendan Comiskey of Ferns resigns over his mishandling of the sex abuse allegations against Father Sean Fortune a priest of the Diocese of Ferns.

April 11th 2002 Death of Roseanne Gaffey 63 Church Street at College View Nursing Home. Native of Donaghmoyne County Monaghan Roseanne married Garda Bill Gaffey and after serving in various places settled in Church Street when they bought their house for £1,200 at that time a great amount of money. Her husband Bill was a very strong industrious man and cultivated a couple of gardens in the area selling the produce to housewives in the area. Roseanne was a Nurse by profession and worked in Monaghan General Saint Felim’s Hospital and Saint Joseph’s Lisdarn.After her retirement she continued to work as a private nurse and specialised in home care of the old and infirm. Very popular member of the community she was mobile up to the end and was a prominent member of the Widows Association The Social Services The Legion of Mary and the Cathedral Choir. Predeceased by her husband Bill and son Pat also a member of the Garda in Greystones Roseanne Gaffey is survived by her son Martin. Funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery .

Same Week The Webber School of Dancing win 7 trophies and 100 medals at Mullingar Feis in a record haul of prizes.

Death of Margaret (Peig) McLoughlin Cathedral Road and Plush Cloverhill.Member of the well known Brady family from Cloverhill she moved into Cavan 15 years ago to live at Cathedral Road with her son Jackie. Predeceased by her husband Thomas she is survived by her son Jackie. Funeral from the Cathedral to Staghall cemetery.

Cavan Bridge Club Invitation Pairs 1st Phil Ward and Pat Plunkett 2nd Joan Cassidy and Imelda Brady 3rd Aileen Timmoney and John Lovett.

Conor Swaile is the winner of the Winter League at Cavan Equestrian Centre, he also won the 1.10 event on ‘Rodney’ Robert Murdy is the top local rider winning the 1 m final on ‘Rose House Sheelin’.

April 18th 2002 Cavan beat Roscommon 5-13 to 3-12 at Cusack Park Mullingar before a capacity attendance of 13,000 in sweltering heat to qualify for the National Football League Final for the first time since 1960 when they went under to Down 0-12 to 0-9.Cavan led by 3-8 to 2-5 at the interval and enjoyed a dominance all through with everything going to plan and scoring goals freely. Scorers for Cavan Peter Reilly 2-1 Michael Graham 2-1 Jason O Reilly 1-2 Larry Reilly 0-4  Paul Galligan and Finbar O Reilly 0-2 each and Pearse McKenna 0-1.Michael Brides of Redhills was Man of the Match. They will now meet Tyrone in an all Ulster Final at Saint Tiernach’s Park Clones.

Same Week Loreto College are Minor D Basketball Champions of Ulster following their 20 points to 10 win over Saint Columbas College Belfast in Armagh. Panel Julianne Brady Christi Brady Bronagh McConnell Sarah Coen Catriona Brady Ruth Cullen Claire Gaffney Caroline Ollwill Ursula Cadden Ruth Joyce Sinead Collins Amy Quinn and Iona Fahy Captain

Cavan Bridge Club Championship 1st Gross Father Thomas Woods and Shay Henry 2nd Gross Patsy Givney and Pat Plunkett 1st Nett Maura Fitzpatrick and Dympna O Reilly 2nd Nett Harry Hunt and Anna Carlin.

Mark Gillick Coranure marries Caroline Kermath from Rathardrum Virginia in the Church of the Immaculate Conception Virginia with the Reception in Crover House Hotel.

Loreto students raise €8,815 with Lenten Fast for Trocaire. Séan Farrell from Trocaire gave the girls of Saint Una’s class a lecture on charity in the 3rd World before Bronagh McConnell Denise Cassidy and Aoife Quinn presented him with the cheque for €8,815 for Trocaire.

Mick Flavin Irish and Country and Western Singer opens the newly refurbished New County Restaurant for Mairead Murray and staff at Dublin Road Cavan

April 25th 2002 Stephen Clarke Cornacrea Cavan is conferred with his BA in Info Technology at Dublin City University.Educated at Kilmore National School The Royal School and Cavan Vocational School Stephen is son of Willie and Doreen Cornacrea Cavan and is now presently employed with Motorola in Cork.

Jimmy Mulcahy Station Officer  Cavan Fire Brigade is made a presentation of a decanter and glasses to mark his retirement from Cavan Fire Brigade after 40 years distinguished loyal service on his 60th birthday. Jimmy’s wife Frances is presented with a bouquet of flowers by Chief Fire Officer Noel Burke. Home from New York for the occasion is Jimmy’s twin Dick who joins Jimmy’s family Killian Conor Frances and Ann in congratulating Jimmy on over 40 years dedicated service to Cavan Fire Brigade.

Same Week Deborah McCollum daughter of Howard and Catherine  from Coranure is chosen for the backing group for Matthew Wilde’s performance of his hit song ‘Aint Nothin Goin to Buck My Stride on the RTE Late Late Show. Only girl from Ulster chosen she will join 18 other girl from all over Ireland. All proceeds from the sale of the record go to the Irish Arthritis Foundation. Deborah is pictured with her music teacher Padraic Corley outside the Royal School.

Tragic death of Bryan O Reilly Glasdrummond and 85 Church Street Cavan following a fire at his home where he suffocated to death at the age of 47. Educated at the De La Salle and saint Patrick’s College Bryan started work as a Wardsman in Saint Felim’s Hospital. Later studied Architecture and qualified as an Architectural Technician he work with Gaffney and Cullivan for a number of years before branching out on his own. Specialised in bargain designs of houses for planning permission and did most of the planning applications in the County. In earlier times Bryan was a very well known promoter and organised dances in the Town Hall and later the Farnham Hotel where he struck up a very good relationship with Oliver Sheils the Proprietor. Bryan promoted all live music on Thursday nights and was the first man to bring many of the International acts to Cavan including Daniel O Donnell and Charles Landsborough.Proprietor with Brian Finlay of CCR the local and first community radio broadcasting from Musicland House Cavan featuring all the great names and DJs such as Sean McManus Felim Cox Tony Brady and Bryan himself who became a very well known DJ all over the area and adjoining counties. Predeceased by his parents Frank and Susan Bryan is survived by his brother Paddy TC Maura and Ethna Gurhy.Funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

Death of Michael Hyland Clarebawn Cavan.Survived by his wife Deidre ?? son Justin daughters Loretta and Olivia. Funeral from Saint Patrick’s Drumcor to the adjoining cemetery.

16th President’s (Helen Timmoney) Prize at Cavan Bridge Club N/S 1st Charlie Corr and Eddie Gorman 2nd Leo Brady and Todd Davis 3rd and Best Gross Father Thomas Woods and Kay Henry E/W 1st Olivia Carroll (Captain) and Evelyn O Connor 2nd Delores Brady and Vera Wilson 3rd Pat Plunkett and Paddy McDermott.

Death of Bridie Conaty Killygarry at Sheelin House Nursing Home at the age of 86.One of Cavan’s greatest sporting icons she was the finest player ever to play Camogie in the county big and strong she dominated midfield and with abundant energy was able to capitalise on her physical and skilful presence. As Bridie O Reilly she captained Killygarry to 10 straight Senior Championships and was Captain of the County team that won our only Senior Camogie title in 1941.Together with her  team mate Molly (Donohoe) O Brien she reformed the game in 1967 and served as Chairman for a number of years. Married to Paul Conaty a neighbour in Killygarry and a very progressive Dairy Farmer at Stragella.They specialised in milk and after the sudden and untimely death of Paul she continued to develop a quality dairy farm with her son Peadair.She showed the same vigour stamina and above all courage in rearing her family and developing the farm as she did when she was a star Camogie player in her youth. Predeceased by her husband Paul she is survived by her sons Jackie Peadair and Enda daughters Noreen Marie Pauline and Eileen Killygarry GFC formed a guard of honour at her funeral from the Cathedral to Saint Bridget’s cemetery Killygarry.

Niall McDonnell and Philomena Henry win the All Ireland Gymnastic Mixed Pairs All Ireland title scoring 9.2 at Canon Hayes Memorial Hall in Tipperary town. Tremendous achievement for Jim O Leary their coach on his return to the sport. Jim is assisted by Marie Molloy and Louise Galligan at Cavan Gymnastic Club Bridge Street.

Michael O Brien playing off 12 wins the BT Cullen Cup at County Cavan Golf Club 2nd also playing off 12 was Jimmy Sheridan with 69 and Oliver Givney off 14 was  3rd with 70.Leo Costello won the Gross with 81.

May 2nd 2002 Death of Bridget Brady Innishmore and formerly from Clones Road Butlersbridge. Member of the well known Hague family from Plush Cloverhill she was predeceased by her husband Patrick and by her son Joseph she is survived by her son Patrick daughter Bridie O Rourke.Funeral from Saint Aiden’s cemetery Butlersbridge to the adjoining cemetery .

Same Week Tyrone are much too strong and skilful for a lack lustre Cavan in the National League Final played in very stormy conditions before an attendance of 25,422 at Saint Tiernach’s Park Clones Tyrone 0-16 Cavan 0-7 .with Cormac McAnallen and Colm Holmes rampant at midfield Peter Canavan ran riot among the Cavan defenders and it took Cavan 19 minutes to record their first score a point from Finbar O Reilly. Tyrone led by 0-10 to 0-3 at the interval and won their 1st ever National League title pulling up with spectators streaming out of the ground with 15 minutes still remaining. Scorers for Cavan Finbar O Reilly 0-4 Paul Galligan 0-2 and Peter O Reilly 0-1.

Inaugural outing of the Orchard Golf Society Drumalee is won by Michael Gilsenan Brendan Donohoe 2nd Ann Smith 3rd and Martin Brady took the Gross. Prizes sponsored by the proprietor Gerry Brady and presented to the winners by the Captain Gabriel Cullivan.

May 9th 2002 Bertie Ahern on whistle stop tour of Cavan is presented with a Cavan Crystal bowl by Mick Mulvey at Tullacmongan Resource Centre.Acompanied by Brendan Smith TD and Patricia Walsh Cavan Town Council he smiles his way around the town meeting Fianna Fail voters. Confirms to the press that Fianna Fail are confident of taking the 3rd seat in Cavan Monaghan with Robbie Gallagher from North Monaghan Brendan Smith and Rory O Hanlon.

Same Week New €95,000 playground a joint venture between the Lions Club and Cavan Town Council is almost complete. With accommodation for 70 children divided into 2 zones 1-6 and 7-12 the playground is one of the most advanced and best equipped in the country.

Cavan Bridge Club celebrates its Golden Jubilee with a Dinner in the Farnham Hotel. The club was founded on May 1st 1952 following a meeting at Cavan Golf Club at which there was an attendance of 28.The first officers elected were President Dr Bertie Cullen Treasurer Father Sean O Reilly Saint Patrick’s College and Secretary Dermot Morgan. The present officers are President Helen Timmoney Captain  Olivia Carroll Secretary Leo Brady Treasurer Maura Goodman. With over 100 members the club play twice weekly all year round.

Ricky Van Der Berg and Darren Maloney are congratulated on winning arts scholarships by Rhonda Tidy Visual Arts Officer and Danny Brady Chairman Cavan County Council.

May 16th 2002 Alex Millington Managing Director of Gems Oils Cavan is this month’s nominee for the national title of ‘Business Achiever of the Year’

Same Week Thomas Duffy Vice President Cavan Branch Saint Joseph’s Young Priests Society  is pictured with Archbishop of Armagh Sean Brady as he unveils a plaque to the memory of Olivia?? Mary Trappe the founder of the Society in Saint Catherine’s Church Ardee.

Veronica Sharkey is installed as Cavan’s first Mayor at a meting of Cavan Town Council. Veronica now has the distinction of being the last Chairman and first Mayor of Cavan Town Council..

Donegal beat Cavan 1-17 to 0-15 in first round of the Ulster Championship in bright and sunny Breffni Park. Game was spoiled by erratic refereeing of Paddy Russell Tipperary who dismissed Thomas Prior Cavan and John Hanon  Donegal for very slight infringements. Donegal through ace forwards Brendan Devaney Adrian Sweeney and Brian Roper who scored the only goal of the game after just three minutes play had the upper hand all through and led by 1-10 to 0-5 at the interval.Scorers for Cavan Anthony Forde 0-2 Gerard Pierson 0-10 Peter Reilly 0-2 and Larry Reilly 0-1.

Mark McKeever with 7 points is Man of the Match as Cavan run out easy winners over Donegal 0-12 to 0-8 in the Minor curtain raiser. Sean Johnston and Michael Cooke represented Cavan Gaels on the team both playing excellently. The team was back boned by the winning All Ireland College’s B winners Moyne Community School. Scorers for Cavan Mark McKeever 0-7 S Brady S Cole 0-2 each and Sean Johnston 0-1.

Sean Smith playing off 19 with 84  is the winner of the Minor Scratch Cup sponsored by the Imperial Hotel at County Cavan Golf Club 2nd was Brendan Smith (20) with 89 and 3rd Tomas Byrne with 90.1st Net Donal Murphy (21) with 69 and 2nd Michael Breslin (23) with 70.

May 23rd 2002 Black Friday for Fine Gael as Andrew Boylan TD loses his seat in Cavan/Monaghan and they lose 23 deputies nationwide including former leader Alan Dukes Jim Mitchell Alan Shatter Nora Owen. Michael Noonan leader of the party announces his resignation from the post. The big news in Cavan/Monaghan was Paudge Connolly (Monaghan Hospital) gaining a seat with 7,722 first preference votes all cast for him in county Monaghan and the outstanding performances of Caomhin O Caolain who topped the poll with 10,832 and Brendan Smith TD 10,677 both elected on the first count. There was a turnout in Cavan/Monaghan of 71.6% and a feature of the Fine Gael vote in Cavan was that Andrew Boylan and Patrick O Reilly Virginia split the vote in 50% segments and let Seymour Crawford Monaghan’s only Fine Gael representative to take the last seat.1st Count O Caolain Caomhin (Sinn Fein) 10,832 Brendan Smith (Fianna Fail) 10,677 Paudge Connolly (Hospital Alliance) 7,722 Rory O Hanlon (Fianna Fail) 7,204 Seymour Crawford Fine Gael 6,113 Andrew Boylan (Fine Gael) 4,899  Paddy O Reilly (Fine Gael) 4,636 Robbie Gallagher (Fianna Fail) 3,731 Vincent Martin (Independent) 1,943 Gerry McCaughey (PD)1,131 Marcus McCabe (GP) 1,100 Joe Brennan (Independent) 1,026 Des Cullen (Labour) 550 Tony Smith (CS) 358.Michael Geraghty Senior Count Officer makes a presentation to Tommy Owens of a montage of photographs of this historic count taken by Cootehill photographer Brian Mulligan while his wife Margo is the recipient of a bouquet of flowers officiating at his last General Election. Fulsome tributes paid to Tommy whose integrity honesty and ability were unmatched and unchallenged anywhere in the country. His grasp of the PR system is unique and he recently gave a demonstration on a feature on RTE television. Wonderful recovery from his injuries incurred in the course of his duties in Bawnboy in 1997.Held the position of County Registrar for 29 years and officiated at 27 counts and referenda in that time.

Same Week Sharon Sexton Saint Felim’s Place together with bridesmaids Caroline Pamela and Bernadette Sexton casts her vote on the way to the Cathedral to marry Seamus Briody Loughduff.She is daughter of Edward and Philomena Sexton Saint Felim’s Place and VIPs at the wedding were Sharon’s grandmothers Lily Sexton and Elizabeth McGahern.The Reception was held in Crover House Hotel.

17 month old Joshua Gould is drowned while playing at a river at the back of the house in Crossdoney.Son of Raymond and Avril Gould he is survived by his three sisters Emma Melissa and Megan. Dean Godfrey led the mourners at a packed Kilmore Cathedral with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Pictured are the office staff Cavan Credit Union  Caroline O Shea Ann McHardy Ruth Hewitt Simone Crossan Sandra McCormack Olivia Quinn Carmel Brick Edel Lynch Collette Fitzsimmons and Helen O Reilly (Manager) as they announce 6 day opening in Cavan and 4 day opening in their branches in Ballinagh Belturbet and Killeshandra.

May 30th 2002 Olivia Little daughter of Patsy and Sheila Pullabawn is conferred with her degree at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Olivia is a past pupil of Corlurgan NS Loreto College Institute of Technology Dublin and Waterford Institute of Technology.

Nice picture of well known Cavan personality and Sacristan of the Cathedral John and Dympna Molloy along with Leo and Una Ronan with Bishop Leo O Reilly basking in the Lourdes sunshine during the Kilmore Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Death of Arthur McKenna Derrycramph at Cavan General Hospital. Native of Tullyco Cootehill Arthur was caretaker of Saint Joseph’s Hospital Lisdarn from 1943-1981 and lived in the Gate Lodge adjacent to the hospital. His interests were politics gardening and sport particularly greyhound racing in which he had great success as a trainer and breeder. Survived by his wife Betty Paddy in Majorca Arthur in North Carolina Gerard Cavan daughters Marie Delia Sheridan Catherine and Bernie Carey .Funeral from the Cathedral to Laragh cemetery.

Cavan Baptist Church now meeting at their new premises in Crubany providing Youth Service Bible Study Sunday School and Children’s Service. Contact Ian Grant at 4338921.

Roy Keane walks out of the Irish World Cup camp in Saipan amidst allegations of mismanagement against Coach Mick McCarthy and the FAI.Mick will have to prepare his charges against the Cameroon’s in their opening game without the inspirational Cork man.

June 6th 2002 Record 460 including 63 invalids on the Kilmore Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Chief Handmaid Sheila McNulty Matron Breege Graham Chaplains to the Sick Father Martin Gilchreest and Peter Casey. Flights back into Dublin severely disrupted by the Baggage Handler’s strike at Dublin Airport. The invalid section were delayed by over 2 hours amid chaotic scenes .Bishop Leo O Reilly used all his diplomatic skills to expedite the unloading of the baggage causing the invalids on board the minimum of discomfort. Pat Greene the oldest man on the pilgrimage at 102 sound in wind and limb from Ballinalee county Longford eventually reached the car park and drove himself home.!

Same Week Brendan Smith TD announces that the extension work at Cavan’s Loreto College has been sanctioned by the Minister for Education and Science to the tune of €1.5 million and will include a new Prep area Demonstration Room Home Economics Room and Cloakroom and Toilets .

David Small The Anglo Celt weatherman reports that May 2002 was the wettest in over 20 years with 5.50 inches of rain falling on 23 of the days. In fact it rained for the last three weeks of May and the rainfall was twice the average for the month..

Cavan Post Office staff make a presentation to Des Crossan after 40 years distinguished service in Noel Brady’s. Pictured are Tommy McKiernan John Kinsella Paul Cox Noel Smith Des Crossan Gerry McCullough Sean Jermyn Rory Smith C Smith Harry Conaty and Enda Smith.

Death of the great Edward (Ned) McMahon Blackbull Crosskeys farmer auctioneer and church activist par excellent at Cavan General Hospital. Lifelong member of Cavan Pioneer Association Legion of Mary Brancardier in both Knock and Lourdes where he spent many weeks each year assisting pilgrims from all over Europe .Honoured by Pope John Paul 2 with the Silver medal of honour for his work as a member of Lourdes Hospetalite where he met the trains ferrying pilgrims from all over Europe and brought them to their accommodation- he was as well known to the people in Lourdes as he was in Cavan. Peace Commissioner and member of the Visiting Committee Loughlin House. Predeceased  by his daughters Sarah Ned McMahon is survived by his wife Dolly daughters Mary Evelyn Marcella Kathleen Siobhan sons Sean Norbert and Malachy.

Death of Elizabeth McCormack Saint Mary’s Terrace on June 4th 2002.Member of the well known Cassells family and a native f Lavey .Most pleasant industrious and very religious person. Predeceased by her husband Jimmy she is survived by her sons Teddy Séamus Sean and Noeleen grandchildren and great grandchildren. Funeral from the Cathedral to Saint Dympna’s Upper  Lavey.

Death of Iris Richmond Tullymongan House at Cavan General Hospital. Member of the very well known Donaldson family from Clones who specialised in building contracts. National teacher by profession Iris was extremely popular and kept in contact with her ex pupils and delighted in their success. Wife of Harry Richmond who ran a Grocery and General Hardware on the site of the present Tractamotors.Known throughout the country for their extreme decency and charity especially to the poor and less well off. Predeceased by her daughter Audrey also a teacher she is survived by her son Trevor Principal Malahide NS Margaret and Jeanne. Funeral from Cavan Parish Church to the New cemetery.

Dominick Sheridan wins his 6th All Ireland title as he wins the Silver Masters A title beating Paddy Buckley from Cork in the Final. Dominick won his 1st All Ireland when partnering Maurice Brady to the Under 21 title in 1975.He won the World B Masters title in 1994.Had to overcome injury to secure his 1st ever All Ireland in the elite A Masters .

Cavan Gaels beat Lurgan in sparkling encounter at Breffni Park to win the Under 10 County Cavan Community Games title and qualify for the Under 10 Ulster Finals. Panel Barry Fortune Conor Dunne Steven Murray Kieran Brady Paul Graham (Captain) Cian McKeown Andrew Graham David Bravendar  Jason Jermyn Derek Gumley Jonathan Jackson Alan Kelly Philip Mulligan Ryan Johnston Sean Reilly Colm Smith Richard Murphy Stuart Doonan Ben Breslin Peter Sexton Paul O Connor Kevin Kelly and Angelo Caffola..The coaches are Michael Graham Hugh Reilly and Damian Brady.

Eugene Leddy will feature from the Archives on RTE Radio 1 Ceilidhe House presented by Clare musician Kieran Hanrahan.The tribute will feature tracks from his LP previous recordings with RTE and solo fiddle from the maestro himself entitled ‘Blind Mary’.

Ronan Keating son of Gerry and the late Marie  The Old Mill Bar Pound Archway with his latest hit ‘If Tomorrow Never Comes’ kicks off his ‘Destination’ solo tour in the Point in Dublin. Ronan is a former member of the world famous Boyzone group.

June 13th 2002 Paul McCartney one of the two surviving members of the Beatles with Ringo Starr is married to Heather Mills at a glittering cermony in Castle Leslie Glasslough County Monaghan.Despite the continuous rain a huge media circus camped in the village to capture photos of Paul and Heather meeting local people at the gates of Castle Leslie. Among the guests at the ceremony were Eric Clapton the actor Aidan Quinn and Ringo Starr.

Same Week Among the pilgrims from the Kilmore Pilgrimage to Lourdes pictured in this week’s Celt are Eamonn Malone John Wall Philomena Coleman Breege Graham Tom McNamara Monsignor Michael Cooke Sean Shields and Andy Galligan.

Patricia Walsh is elected  Cavan’s new Mayor. She served previously as Chairman in 1998/99.Suceeds Cavan’s first Mayor Veronica Sharkey.

Paddy Malone and Hugh Leech defeat Declan Young and Martin Duffy to win their 3rd Kilmore Cup. Previous winners of the title in 1986 and 1997 the match play experts were never headed in this year’s competition at County Cavan Golf Club while Sean O Donnell and David Connolly defeat Terry Smith and Oliver Malone in the final of the Malone Cup.

June 20th 2002 Packy Doonan finishes 686th out of an entry of 14,000 in the Stockholm Marathon in Sweden. He is now preparing for his 15th Dublin City Marathon at the end of October.

Same Week Robert Derham Maloney takes silver for the Breifne Swim Club at the Ulster Under age swimming finals in the Grove baths in Belfast. Among the outstanding performances for the Breifne Club were Nicole Fortune Michael Coyle Conor McClarey Peter Cullivan Gavin McCarren and Sarah Minehane.In the Under 12 breastroke Derham Maloney was beaten into second place for the silver while Michael Coyle took the bronze.

June 27th 2002 Cormac D Dunne Latt Cavan is appointed a judge of the District Court. Son of Joe and Veronica (Nee Smith) Dunne Butlersbridge he is married to the former Marie O Mahoney BSc HDE from Poles and they have 2 boys Gavin 23 and Cormac 19.The new judge was educated at Coolboyogue National School the De La Salle School Cavan and studied at the Incorporated Law Society from 1972-1976 where he qualified as a Solicitor. Worked first with GV Maloney in Cavan from 1976-1978.Founded his own practice based at ACC House Main Street until moving to the newly refurbished Athbara House in 1988.He is a former Chairman of Cavan Rehab founder member of Our Lady of the Wayside Conference Saint Vincent De Paul President Cavan Chamber of Commerce he has been President of Saint Patrick’s College Past Pupils Union since 1985.

Same Week Jim Scanlon celebrates his 88th birthday with the Anglo Celt carrying a profile of this unique Cavan businessman. Born in Wexford in 1915 Jim served his time to the jewellery business but was on his way to join the British Air Force in 1941 when he was appointed a jeweller to the late Wesley Kennedy Town Hall Street. Founder member of Cavan Drama Festival Jim also painted all the scenery for the Pavillion Pantomimes which ran from 1948 -1955 he was also founder member of Cavan Chess Club and later President and Captain of Cavan Bridge Club. Outside of business his life was devoted to his family and the army and he was a great soldier and leader being Commandant of the local FCA troop whom he devotedly served for 32 years. Among his colleagues was John Murphy NT Anselem Lovett George Maloney and the inimitable Jimmy McEntee.Jim first met his future wife Maureen at a dance in Ballyjamesduff in 1952.She is  a daughter of John and Agnes Sexton her father John winning Ulster Championship medals with Cavan and Monaghan.They have 4 children Joseph Army Commandant in Athlone Jimmy Jeweller and owner of Elegant Gems Patricia and Mary who are both Nurses. Jim pays tribute to Cavan Town Councillor Paddy O Reilly whom he employed for 18 years and still works with Jim at the weekends and at Christmas. He has very high praise too for Séan Coyle without whom he could not continue in the business at such an advanced age. Great capacity to laugh at himself and not take things too seriously Jim says that despite his many talents and achievements his granddaughter tells him “that he belongs to the Steam Age” and in contrast his wife Maureen says that “Jim is addicted to the computer and she can’t get him off it”. Jim Scanlon truly one of Cavan’s greatest technicians and talents.

Cavan Gaels and Kingscourt draw 2-7 each in an epic Under 12 Roinn A Final in Breffni Park. Excellent refereeing by Tony Brady allows the play to flow and the large crowd were treated to a classic. In the replay in wet and heavy underfoot conditions in Virginia Cavan Gaels captained by Niall Smith and inspired by Man of the Match Niall Murray served up another classic with the Gaels winning their first title since 1996 by the minimum margin 1-8 to 0-10 in torrential rain. Their success is largely due to the backroom staff of JJ Reilly John Fee Jerome Kellegher and Tommy Smith who worked patiently and hard to build a winning team over the last few seasons. Team Michael Coyle Diarmuid Donohoe Damien Kellegher Barry Myles William Courtney Robert Maloney-Derham Paul McKiernan Niall Smith (Captain) Conor McClarey Robert Kane Kevin Meehan Gavin McCarren Niall Murray Eamonn Cooney and John Fortune. Subs Paul O Connor Morgan Young Kenneth Ellis Cian O Donohue James McDermott Fergal Blessing John Maguire Kavan Donohoe Alan Gardiner and Daniel Murphy.

Profile of Cavan’s new Mayor Patricia Walsh in this week’s Anglo Celt traces her involvement in Community affairs in Tullac Mongan back to 1975 and the erection of the new Resource Centre in Tullac Mongan.Patricia says that Cavan has improved greatly since those days and she points to the local authority housing schemes in Tierquin and Kilnavara as been equal or better than any private development anywhere in the country.Havng lost out by just 4 votes in 1989 Patricia was first elected to Cavan Town Council in 1994 and served as Chairman in 1998.Daughter of Eileen and the late Paddy Graham 20 Tullac Mongan Patricia is married to Patsy Walsh retired Army Sergeant from Carrick on Suir County Tipperary she lives at 13 Saint Martin’s Estate and they have 5 children Noreen Jennifer Michael Peter and Eileen all aged between 22 and 29 and 5 grandchildren.

July 4th 2002 Ann Reilly teacher at Cavan Number 1 School is honoured for her outstanding contribution to education in Cavan at McDonald’s Primary Teacher awards ceremony in Dublin.

Same Week Death of Rose Brady Tullyco House at the age of 97.Native of Mullinaghta county Longford she came from a farming background. Married to Patrick J Brady farmer and noted photographer whose death occurred in the early forties. Left to rear a young family and run the farm on her own. Great courage and fortitude she did everything by hand around the house and farm and was an outstanding mother cook housekeeper and farmer. Rosé’s mode of transport was the bike and she was a very well known figure around Cavan town. Member of many of the religious organisations attached to the Cathedral she had a legion of friends in the town including family relations the Goughs and Gusty Brady Plumbers Church Street. Survived by her daughters Nancy Kennedy Oranmore County Galway Sister Marie Loreto Order South Africa and Bernadette Swords Tullyco House. Funeral from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Saint Felim’s cemetery Ballinagh.

Ordination of Darragh Connolly Killeshandra in Saint Brigid’s Church Killeshandra.Father Connolly celebrated his first Mass on Monday 24th June in Saint Brigid’s Church Killeshandra.

July 11th 2002 Well known Cavan playwright and author Dermot Healy is the recipient of the Ireland Fund award for literature 2002 and a cheque for €25,000 presented to him by well known film actor John Hurt in the O Reilly Hall UCD.Born in Finea the 55 year old Healy grew up in Cavan and attended the De La Salle and Saint Patrick’s College before emigrating to England where he began to write seriously. Now living in Ballyconnell at the foot of Mullaghmore in county Sligo Dermot is very involved with the arts and Arts Festival and the Model Arts Centre managed by Ronan McEvilly.John Hurt in tribute says that “Dermot is constantly and determinedly perceptive and writes beautifully”. Dermot recently in car crash where he broke his collar bone hopes to resume writing very shortly and describes the award as a great boost to his career and morale. Author of  the autobiographical ‘The Bend for Home’ ‘Sudden Times’ ‘The Reed Bed’ (Collection of Poetry) and many other plays short stories and volumes of poetry.

Same Week Michael and Beatrice Sweeney are pictured with Louis Walsh’s new super girl pop sensation ‘Six’ at the Hillgrove Hotel in Monaghan.

Death of John Fergal (Fergie) Moore Killiney and late of 16 Saint Felim’s Place Cavan at the age of 58. Born in 1944 son of Gerry and Clare Moore (Nee Smith) his father was a most gifted plasterer and it was him that executed some of the intricate plaster work in the construction of the Cathedral. Gerry’s untimely death occurred in 1954 and his mother Clare had the onerous task of rearing and caring for a young family. Educated at the Poor Clare Convent The De La Salle  andCavan Technical School Fergal emigrated to Brighton England where he lived with his aunt and continued his studies particularly of the construction business. Eventually after gaining a lot of experience Fergal returned to Dublin in 1972 and set up the well known development company Castlemanor Homes providing excellent value homes to young couples starting out on the property ladder. Tall handsome and very well spoken Fergal was a prominent member of Cavan Boy Scouts and Cavan CBSI Accordion Band. Survived by his wife Trish sons Damian Mark Neil Aaron daughter Katie mother Clare grandson Danny brothers Gerry Charlie Paddy and Tony sisters Maeve Margaret and Dympna.Funeral from Saint Alphonsus and Columb Church Killiney to Shanganagh cemetery.

Armagh captained by Kieran McGeeney easily account for Donegal 1-14 to 1-10 to win their 9th Ulster Senior Football title before 30,219 in perfect weather conditions in Saint Tiernach’s Park in Clones. Armagh much the stronger and more physical side pressed home their advantage in the 2nd half. In the curtain raiser Derry dethroned the reigning Ulster Minor Champions Tyrone with a late Barry McGoldrick long range point from a free to win on a score of 0-12 to 0-11.

Philip and Majella Brady beat Eamonn and Maureen Hartmann in the Final of the Farnham Cup at County Cavan Golf Club.

July 18th 2002 Death of the very well known and highly popular Henry (Heny) Galligan Aghaconey Ballinagh at Saint Joseph’s Hospital Lisdarn.Well known mechanic and bus driver in the area. Predeceased by his wife Teresa Bernadette and son John he is survived by his son Eamon daughters Bernadette Lillian Mary and sisters Kathleen Nan Mollie Elizabeth and Teresa. Funeral from Drumkilly to the adjoining cemetery.

Death of Tommy O Keefe Our Lady’s Place Naas and late of Billis Cavan at the age of 82.Former member of the Drumcrave Fife and Drum band he was an Insurance Representative and arrived in Naas in 1954.Shortly afterwards opened his own brokerage and General Insurance business on Main Street where he transacted a huge amount of business. Survived by his wife Teresa sons Damian Thomas Brian and daughter Maura.Funeral from Saint David’s Church Naas to Saint Corban’s cemetery Naas.

July 25th 2002 Diarmuid Wilson is elected to Seanad Eireann on the Administrative Panel where he obtained 114,898votes to secure the 6th of the 7 seats. The new senator campaigned all over Ireland clocking over 8,000 miles and secured 53,000 votes on the 1st count. Native of Blenacup resident in Carrickfern Keadue Lane Dermot is son of Teresa and the late James Blenacup and Mullahoran and is a nephew of former Tanaiste and government Minister John Wilson.Diarmuid has two brothers John and Philip and one sister Mary. Married to Marian they have 2 children Patrick and Roisin. Diarmuid promises to work in conjunction with his neighbour in Carrickfern Brendan Smith TD and the elected members in Cavan to further the interests of the county at national level.

Same Week Death of Jimmy Farrelly formerly Kilnavara at the residence of his daughter Jo 4 Ard Na Greinne after a long illness borne with patience and fortitude. On leaving school Jimmy joined the British army where his talents for cooking were nourished and developed. Rose to the rank of Cook Sergeant and served in Singapore and Malaysia. It was during his time in the army that he met his long time friend Ron White. Left the British army to go to America but fell in love with Esther Johnston and later when Ron White bought ‘Mount Prospect’ they lived there as a family for many years. Jimmy was a gifted cook and farm manager. Very kind decent and friendly Jimmy was very well known in the town and he was held in the highest esteem. Survived by his wife Esther son Brendan and daughter Jo.Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.

Death of Molly Walsh Rockfield Poles. Member of the well known McGauran family Molly was predeceased by her husband John. Survived by her sons Pat and Sean daughter Madge and brother Pat and sister Margaret.Funeral from Saint Brigid’s Laragh to the adjoining cemetery.

Philip and Majella Brady beat Eamon and Maureen Hartmann in the Final of the Farnham Cup at County Cavan Golf Club.

August 1st 2002 Cavan’s population shoots up to 54,416 an increase of 3,500 or 6% from the 1996 census figures.

Same Week Death of the very popular Seamus McKeon Billis Cavan after a long illness bravely and courageously borne. Native of Farnaser Seamus worked in the AI Office in Longford and Cavan and was an extremely popular and efficient officer. Took a great interest in gaelic football and the welfare of his native Cornafean and the county side. Vice Chairman of Cornafean GFC from 1987-1989.During his long illness Seamus was a very well known figure around the town as he walked each morning and evening. Married to Margaret (Nee Healy) he is survived by his sons Ultan and Ciaran daughter Dr Tara brother Sean sisters Mary and Rita. Funeral from the Church of the Immaculate Conception Coronea to the adjoining cemetery.

Farewell Mass in the Cathedral for Father John Phair as he leaves Cavan to become Parish Priest in Rossinver county Leitrim. Later a social and presentation was held in the Farnham Hotel at which Mel Doherty was MC.Pictured are Joan Galligan Paddy O Reilly TC who made the presentation to Father John Phair Father Anthony Fagan Adm Benny Little Joe Cullivan Anselem Lovett Paddy Fitzpatrick  Tom Coyle Mick Mulvey Mel Doherty Lizzie Coyle and Eileen Johnston.

Cathy O Hanlon with 68 wins the Lady Captain’s (Irene Sullivan’s) prize at County Cavan Golf Club 2nd Vera Malone also with 68 3rd Marita Leech with 71.Finola Smith was the winner of the Gross with 80.Geraldine Crotty was the winner of the Past Captain’s prize .

August 8th 2002 Maria McEntee Pullamore Far Cavan graduates from Trinity College Carmarthen Wales with a BA with joint honours in Education and Geography. Educated at Killygarry NS and Loreto College Cavan Maria is daughter of Eamonn and Angela McEntee Pullamore Far Cavan.

August 15th 2002 Michaela Smith aged 12 ‘Teach Nua’ Creighan is struck by a car while cycling near her home at Tierquin Cavan. Transferred from Cavan General Hospital to Beaumont where her condition is described as critical.

Same Week Newly ordained Father Darragh Connolly is pictured with his family following his ordination by the Bishop of Kilmore Leo O Reilly in Saint Brigid’s Church Killeshandra.He has been appointed Chaplain to Bailieboro Community School and will reside in Tierworker Kells county Meath. Pictured with his family Brian Thomas Ann Marie Brian (father) Father Darragh Connolly Mary (mother) Colm and Dermot.

Death of Kathleen Glancy 12 Wolfe Tone Street at Cavan General Hospital at the age of 69. Native of Clifferna Stradone.Outstanding woman she was deeply religious and charitable. Tall and very attractive appearance with a quiet pleasant personality she was a well known figure with her husband Jimmy a Bank of Ireland porter as they enjoyed their daily walks. Served for many years as housekeeper for Peter and Elizabeth Mullen Coleman Road with whom she formed a life time friendship. Later she was housekeeper for the De La Salle Brothers in Cana House and later the Bishop of Kilmore Francis McKiernan and continued to look after him when he retired to Brookside on the Farnham Road. Active member of the Legion of Mary she made the Marian pilgrimage to Knock and Lourdes frequently. She is survived by her husband James and sister Gretta.Funeral from the Cathedral to Saint Patrick’s cemetery Castletara.

Death of 39 year old Kevin McKiernan at Saint Raphael’s Hospice Cheam Surrey England after a long illness borne with outstanding patience and fortitude. Despite receiving a bone marrow transplant from his sister Angeline to strengthen his immune system it was found that the cancer had reached an advanced stage and spread rapidly. Secretary of the British Kidney Association Kevin always encouraged people to carry organ cards so that they  too might give the gift of life. Survived by his wife Annette(Nee Hogan) a native of Silverlawns Navan twins Hazel and Kyle mother May father Pat sisters Angeline and Caroline brother Stephen. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Boyne Road cemetery Navan .

Tyrone complete the hat trick of Ulster Under 21 titles as they beat Cavan 0-13 to 1-8 in the Ulster Under 21 Football Final in Saint Molaise’s Park Enniskillen. The difference between the two sides was at midfield where Sean Cavanagh and Peter Donnolly were dominant throughout and ensured endless supply of the ball to their forwards. Scorers for Cavan Niall O Rourke 1-0 Mark McKeever and James Clarke 0-3 each Gerald Pierson and Philip Smith 0-1 each.

277 play in the President’s (Archdeacon George Millar) Prize at County Cavan Golf Club. The winner was the lady in form Cathy O Hanlon (she recently won the Lady Captain’s Prize) playing off 36 with 46 points 2nd was Frank Glancy off 6 with 44 and 3rd John Grogan off 5 with another 44.Eddie McCormack off scratch won the Gross with 34 points.

August 22nd 2002 Therese Conway Annagh and Bernard Brady Ballintemple are married in Saint Aiden’s Church Butlersbridge with the Reception being held later in the Slieve Russell Hotel.

Same Week Death of the very popular and well known Peggy Costello Drumbo.She was a member of the well known Smith family from Coranure her father Jimmy was a lorry driver with Cavan County Council. Outstanding Whist player she won many of the big Whist Drives in Cavan and was a regular winner of the old Sunday night Whist Drives promoted by Cavan CYMS in the Temperance Hall. Great follower of gaelic games particularly Drumalee GFC where her 4 sons gave sterling service to the cause. Survived by her husband Jimmy sons Fergus John Felim Tommy and daughter Fionnuala Jermyn brother Sean sisters Rose Eileen Sheila Dympna and Nuala??. Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.

Death of Michaela Smith Teach Nua Creighan following an accident near her home at Beaumont Hospital Dublin. Youngest daughter of Michael and Rita Smith she is survived by her parents brothers Shane Adrian and Damian sisters Eileen Vanessa and Fiona grandparents Andy and Anna Smith Alackan.Funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

Death of Esther Farrelly at the age of 60 at Saint Christopher’s Hospice Cavan. Very well known local personality she was a member of the Johnston family Wolfe Tone Street and 22 Saint Felim’s Place. Daughter of Edward and Mrs Johnston Esther worked for the McCarren family for many years initially with Tom and Minnie at Brookvale and later with Andrew in Drumbar.So popular and outstanding was Esther that she was looked upon as another member of the family. Outstanding Camogie player in her youth she was also a gifted actress and singer and took part in the famous Girl Club Revues in the Town Hall for many years. Well known figure at weekly Bingo sessions in the Town Hall. Predeceased just a few weeks ago by her husband Jimmy he is survived by her sons Brendan and Jonathan daughter Jo Jo and partner John McQuillan who heroically cared and attended to her over the course of her last painful illness brothers Pat Nicholas Joseph Damien Frankie Owen Roe Thomas and Mark sisters Helen Marie and Rita. Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.

Death of Patrick J (Paddy) Young Tierquin and Trim county Meath at the age of 80.Member of one of Cavan’s oldest and most respected families Paddy emigrated to England after finishing school. Later returned and worked as an Insurance Broker in Dublin for 12 years. Later his wife Mary was appointed to the staff of Saint Joseph’s Hospital Trim and they went to live in the county Meath town until 1998 when they made the final move to Edenderry county Offaly. While in Trim Paddy worked as a Security Officer in Ballivivor county Meath. Survived by his wife Mary nieces Mary Kenneally College Street Sheila Murphy Chicago and nephew Edmund Hegarty.Funeral from Saint Brigid’s  Church Killygarry to the adjoining cemetery

Drumalee prove much too good for Crosserlough as they win the Minor League Division 1 title at Breffni Park 2-13 to 1-5 having led at the interval by  2-8 to 1-2.Drumalee are now the holders of the Under 16 Division 1 League and Championship and have won the Minor League Division 1 following their success in The Minor League Division 2 last year. While Drumalee dominated proceedings they were best served by Peter McGinnity in goal who brought off 3  miraculous saves and was a worthy recipient of the Man of the Match title. Scorers for Drumalee  Barry Loughlin 0-4 Martin Reilly 1-1 Brian Dolan 1-2 and Kevin Donohoe Gary Malone Jonathan Halley Finbar Donohoe Darragh Gaffney and Rossa Gaffney 0-1 each.Team Peter McGinnity Enda McCormack Colin McCaffrey Sean Lee Trevor Molloy Kevin Donohoe (Captain) Gerard Reilly Gary Malone Barry Loughlin Jonathan Halley Finbar Donohoe Shane Downey Brian Dolan Darragh Gaffney Martin Reilly. Subs Rossa Gaffney for Shane Downey Sean Lynch for Brian Dolan and Conor Lyons for Sean Lee.

August 29th 2002 Sheila Kilkenny the last Principal of Saint Patrick’s School Drumcor which closed in 1968 returns 34 years later to open the newly refurbished Saint Patrick’s Community Centre on the site of the old school which had operated from 1860.Concelebrated Mass in Saint Patrick’s Church at which Monsignor John Clarke a native of Monery and now domiciled in New Jersey was the chief celebrant with Fathers Peter Casey Parish Priest Kilmore and Eugene Clarke Drumcor .Bishop Leo O Reilly presided. Later in the Community Centre Michael Tully and Bernard / Martin Joint Editors launch ‘Drumcor It’s School and Surrounding District’

Same Week Caroline Ryan Farnham Road wins €6,000 and Holiday for Two in Thailand to the value of €4,000 in the National Lottery Winning Streak Game on RTE 1.

Cavan Gaels defeat old rival Kingscourt Stars in the Under 13 Championship Final 7-15 to 2-04 in warm balmy conditions in Breffni Park. Gaels were much superior throughout and their free flowing fast running and passing was a joy to behold. Team Michael Heslin Patrick Heslin Niall Gurhy Paul McKiernan Declan Meehan James Malone Damian Kellegher Christy Quinn (Captain) Robert Maloney-Derham Liam Coke Daniel Graham Raymond Murray Martin Dunne Niall Smith and Conor McClarey.Subs Kevin Meehan Niall Murray William Courtney and Michael Sexton.

September 5th 2002 Death of Veronica Byrne 44 Drumnavanagh after a long illness bravely borne surrounded by her family at home.Mangeress for many years of Prescott’s Cleaners and Dyers Upper Main Street she was a deeply religious and very charitable person. Served for many years on the Cavan Gaels Social Committee Veronica was always smiling pleasant and the best of good Company.Member of the O Hanlon family originally from Ballybay her father was in the Garda and transferred to Ballinagh as Sergeant. They lived in Military Row before Veronica’s marriage to Malachy Byrne Predeceased by her sister Brenda she is survived by her husband Malachy son Padraig daughters Joanne Marie and Pauline brothers Peter Paddy and Bernard sisters Mary-Margaret and Olive. Funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

Death of James Fitzpatrick Rathcorrick.Predeceased by his son Paul (Jackie Smith’s Footwear).Survived by wife Sue sons Patrick James and Michael and daughters Marian (Elizabeth) and Susan. Funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

Death of Bridgie (Bridget) Smith Pullamore.Predeceased by her husband Jack (Guinness Sales) sons Paul Jim and Vincie.Survived by her sons Sean Pullamore Andy Toronto and Colum Pullamore daughters Mary Smith Pullamore Gertrude Killygoan Angela McEntee Pullamore and Margaret Conaty Ballyconnell.Funeral from Saint Brigid’s Church Killygarry to the adjoining cemetery..

Michael Caffrey playing off 17 with a fabulous 57 just 4 over Gross wins the Captain’s (Terry Smith) Prize at County Cavan Golf Club 2nd was Gene Cusack off 16 with 61 3rd David Connolly (14) with 65.The Gross was won by Eddie McCormack with 72 Robert Treacy (9) Past Captain’s with 70 and surprise surprise Cathy O Hanlon off 38 won the Ladie’s Section with 43 points Majella Brady off 10 was 2nd with 39 3rd Mary Mulvey (28) with 39 points and Maureen Hartmann playing off 12 won the Gross with 22.

September 12th 2002 Paddy O Reilly raises the issue of after hour disturbance at the new Playground at Cathedral Road. According to Paddy  “drunken youths are arriving after dark disturbing the peace and creating a terrible racket for the neighbours resident in Keadue.Terry Argue advocates a Garda Patrol after 9:30 and anyone breaking the curfew should be summonsed while Veronica Sharkey is keen to have CTV cameras fitted to capture the law breakers in the act. Brian McKeown states there has to be a sign erected advising the customers of the opening closing and general restrictions and anyone breaking the law should be summonsed. The Council were not in favour of erecting a fence around the Playground as they thought it might take away from the general attractiveness of the facility. At the end of the meeting the Council sent best wishes for a speedy recovery to Brian Johnston County Manger and Patrick Conaty Fianna Fail member who are presently ill.

Same Week Tom and Kathleen McKenna celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary with a Reception for family friends and neighbours in the Kilmore Hotel.

Cavan Lawn Tennis Club Closed Week 2002 Girls Singles Under 10 Louise Johnston beat Danielle Gumley 6-0 Under 12 Girls Singles Phoebe Brady beat Sarah Minehan 7-6 7-6 Girls Under 14 Ashling McCormack beat Danielle Courtney 2-6 6-3 7-5 Girl’s Singles Under 16 Louise Smith beat Ann O Reilly 2-6 6-3 6-2 Girl’s Under 18 Louise Smith beat Amy Jackson 6-4 6-0 Boy’s Under 14 Justin Ward beat Michael Hayes 6-2 6-3 Boy’s Under 18 Singles Luke Ward beat Sean Johnston 6-2 3-6 and 11-9.

Father Gerard Finegan and Brian Smith are the winners of the Overseas Invitation at County Cavan Golf Club. The awards were presented by the Captain Terry Smith.

September 19th 2002 Paddy Sexton Cavan Town Council is elected a member of the Executive and Vice President of the Association of Municipal Authorities at their annual conference in Westport county Mayo. Patrick was elected to Cavan Town Council 8 years ago.

Same Week The Irish Blood Transfusion Board present Gold Pins to Mathew Reilly Drumcalpin Samuel Good Cloverhill Edmund Keogh Rock Cross.

Denise Downey Stragelliffe is presented with her B A degree at NUI Maynooth.Denise is daughter of Arthur and Teresa Stragelliffe.

Death of Mary Gallagher formerly Mary Lee 5 Elm Grove Church Street and late of Mitchell Street. She was originally married to Paddy Lee who worked as a mechanic in Jack McConnell’s and after Paddy’s death she married Henry Gallagher and they lived originally in Mitchell Street before moving to Elm Grove. Mary was deservedly popular decent gentle religious woman she is survived by her husband Henry. Funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

Death of Ursula Baxter Courtney in Dublin. Daughter of the late Paddy Baxter Farmers Union TD in Dail Eireann 1923 he later joined Fine Gael and served the Party and the Constituency in the Seanad being Cathaoirleach on one occasion. Predeceased by her husband Teddy and sister Una she is survived by  her brother Colin and sisters Maura and Veronica in Virginia .Funeral from the Church of the Assumption Booterstown to Mount Jerome cemetery.

Andy and Molly O Brien Crubany celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary. Andy former well known long time County Councillor and Senator while Molly was a member of the Donohoe family from Killygarry and won 10 Senior County Championship Camogie medals and 2 Ulster Senor medal in 1941 and 1942.

Sean O Donnell defeats Ray Fay to win the Members Cup while Jimmy Stafford defeats Mel Doherty to win the O Hanlon Cup and Fergal Dunne defeats Liam Bouchier in the Final of the Phil Lawlor Cup at County Cavan Golf Club.

Crosserlough easily account for Drumalee 1-9 to 1-5 in the Division 2 Senior Final in Ballinagh. Drumalee playing many of their under age players didn’t have the physique or the experience to compete with their more seasoned rivals and were inclined to go for goals when points were the best options. Scorers for Drumalee Rossa Gaffney 1-1 Michael Brennan 0-3 Barry Loughlin 0-1.

Cavan Gaels are red hot favourites to beat Gowna in next Sunday’s Senior County Final at Breffni Park. This is the third year in a row that these two teams have met in the Final.

Cavan Town beat Glasslough Villa 2-1 in their first League game of the Season at Derrycramph.Brian Dolan was on target after 23 minutes and Barry Loughlin completed the Cavan scoring with a brilliant goal in the first half. Team James Heffernan Gary Ferncombe Hughie Murray Shane Burns Michael Smith Declan Brady Charlie Noonan Gary Neville Brian Dolan Mark Ferncombe Barry Loughlin Subs Padraig Molloy Declan Walsh and Aaron Heffernan.

September 26th 2002 Minister for Education and Science Noel Dempsey announces that Cavan College of Further Studies is now recognised as a separate entity and a stand alone Institution of Further Studies. Great compliment to the likes of John McKay long time CEO Donal Crotty and staff and the Fianna Fail member of Cavan County Council Clifford Kelly who has promoted the cause of the College from the outset.

Same Week Doctor Mary Glancy MB Ch BAO Honours Killycannon Ballinagh is conferred with her degrees at UCD.Educated at Ballinagh NS Loreto College and UCD Mary is a daughter of Frank and Elizabeth Glancy Killycannon..

Kathleen Clarke and Vera McMahon win the prestigious Hunt/Maloney Cup at Cavan Bridge Club 2nd Pat Plunkett and Paddy Reilly Best Gross Anna Carlin and Harry Hunt.

Armagh captained by Kieran McGeeney win their 1st All Ireland Senior Football title in dramatic style beating Kerry 1-12 to 0-14 at Croke Park. Great drama coming up to half time when Oisin McConville missed a penalty easily saved by the Kerry goalkeeper- shades of Jim McCorry in the All Ireland Final of 1953 against Kerry. Armagh showed great guts and determination against the wind in the 2nd half and Oisin McConville made amends by scoring the decisive goal to set the Orchard county on their way. Scorers for Armagh Oisin McConville 1-2 Stephen McDonnell Ronan Clarke and Diarmuid Marsden 0-3 each and John McEntee 0-1 Team Benny Tierney Justin McNulty?? Jason McNulty Francis Bellew Aidan O Rourke Kieran McGeeney Andrew McCann John Toal Paul McGrane Paddy McKeever  John McEntee Oisin McConville Stephen McDonnell Ronan Clarke and Diarmuid Marsden Subs Barry O Hagan for John McEntee T McEntee for Paddy McKeever.

Derry beat Meath 1-12 to 0-8 to win the All Ireland Minor crown in the curtain raiser at Croke Park. Leading by 1-5 to 0-2 at the interval Derry ran riot in the second half but hit 11 wides to spare their rivals from a humiliating defeat Peter and Eoin McGrath beat Martin Maguire and David Connolly in the Final of the Brian Murphy Memorial Fourball Final at County Cavan Golf Club.

October 3rd 2002 Tullac Mongan Resource Centre AGM Chairman Mick Mulvey Vice Chair Felicity Smith Secretary Bernie Brady Assistant Secretary Eva Galligan Joint Treasurers Nora O Connor and Eileen Johnston PRO Elizabeth Coyle.

Same Week Gowna captained by Ciaran Brady gain revenge in style when they easily defeat a younger less physical Cavan Gaels 1-17 to 0-8 in a one sided decider at Breffni Par before an attendance of 4,000 who witnessed a close first half when Gowna led by 0-6 to 0-5 at the interval. The turning point came 6 minutes in to the 2nd half when Darren Rabbitt was sent off and the game swung decisively to Gowna who scored 1-4 in the last 6 minutes. Great win for Gowna their Coach Eamonn Coleman team Trainer Cavan native Tony Dunne and their well prepared side who were physically and mentally much stronger than their town counterparts. Midfield was the key area and Gowna won 90% of the ball contested here to give their forwards an endless supply of scoring opportunities. Man of the Match was Gerald Pierson. Scorers for the Gaels Cormac Nelligan 0-2 Sean Johnston 0-2 and James Doonan and Gavin Duffy 0-1 each. Check Scorers for the Gaels.

October 10th 2002  Death of the very well known and highly popular Father Cathaldus McKiernan at Tallaght Hospital Dublin. Son of Edward and Marion McKiernan ‘Sacre Coeur’ Drumelis at the age of 72. Cathaldus was born in Enniskillen county Fermanagh on the 8th of May 1930 and was educated in Cavan National School (Reilly’s Mineral Waters) Saint Patrick’s College and Rockwell. Joined the Norbertine Order in 1950 and was ordained a priest on the 17th of July 1956.Served the Norbertines with distinction in Anion and Lockerbie Scotland and then worked in America and Germany promoting the Norbertine Order and Aid for the Church in Need. Returned to Kilnacrott as Principal of the new Secondary School in 1960 he served in that capacity until the school closed in 1968 and later worked as an Army Chaplain. During this time Father Cathaldus developed a very bad drink habit and eventually became an extreme Alcholic.This cross and affliction was to be the main drive of his life. When he recovered from the scourge of alcoholism he became a leading advocate for Alcoholics Anonymous and did trogan work in helping families cope with the monster that afflicted all of their lives. He always said that it was his mother’s prayers that saved him and led him to sobriety. Never lost his links with Cavan and retained a small apartment at his home place Sacre Coeur and numbered among his closest friends Mickey Breslin John O Connor Noel Elliott Tod Davis Martin McGowan-he was always welcomed home by Alice Elliott who lived in the main house and was a close friend of Father Cathaldus. In 1979 he was seconded to the Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise and served in Mullahoran Loughduff Columcille Ballinamuck and finally Carrick Finea in 2000.He was the founder and 1st Chairman of the Drumloman Development Association set up in 1995.In 2001 he said the 10 Am Mass on Mother’s Day in the Cathedral and spoke lovingly about the role of his mother Marion in his life and that of his brothers and sisters. It was a master piece of simplicity humility and love where he explained how his mother loved all of the family equally but because Ambrose was sick at birth she always had a special type of love for Ambrose!. This giant of a priest and man was predeceased by his parents Edward and Marion and is survived by his brothers Paul Finian Ambrose Eucharius and sisters Nuala and Astrid. 

Same Week Death of Elizabeth Jane Gilliland at the age of 69.Member of the well known Mullen family she married Louis Gilliland and they lived for a period at Gartbrattan School and Danesfort Gate Lodge. Louis and herself emigrated to London for 5 years but came back to farm at Cortubber in 1964.Survived by her husband Louis and sons David and Arthur.Revernd Dean Godfrey officiated at the funeral Service in Kilmore Cathedral while interment of the ashes followed at a later date in Kilmore churchyard.

Death of Larry McGowan 7 Suaimhneas Emmett Place and formerly of Drumelis Cavan. Son of the late John and Bridget McGowan Larry grew up adjacent to Cavan Golf Club and played the game there. Educated at Farnham and The Vocational School he emigrated to England and spent over 35 years there.Survived by his brothers Paddy Peter Martin and sister Margaret Kane Drumelis.

Death of Alice Little Butlersbridge and formerly of Pullabawn.Native of Denmore she was a member of the very well known Bird family she was predeceased by her husband Patrick and she is survived by her sons Patsy Benny and Noel daughters Mary Alice and Margaret Julia and Kathleen sister Margaret Church Street. Funeral from Saint Aidan’s Church Butlersbridge to the adjoining cemetery.

Death of Ray Reilly MRCVSI ‘Sheephaven’ Keadue Lane at the age of 78.Native of Carrigallen he was educated at Carrigallen NS and Saint Patrick’s College and UCD where he took his MRCVSI degree. Outstanding member of the Community he was on call day and night and did wonderful work for Cavan farmers. For many years had his office and residence opposite the poor Clare Convent School and at all times of the night and day trailers containing sick cattle would pull in for Ray’s expert attention. Later he bought very valuable land in Keadue Lane and developed his farm with drainage and general hard work. Reared an extensive range of sheep on the high ground and pedigree cattle further down on the plains. Ray was a firm believer in the workings of science and never left anything to chance. In recent times he was joined in the practice by his daughter Patricia affording him more time to enjoy the fruits of his hard labour. Ray O Reilly MRCVSI is survived by his wife Rose (Nee Cullen Longford) son Raymond and daughters Patricia and Kathryn and brother Padraig.Funeral from the Cathedral to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Death of Eileen Galligan The Favourite at Cavan General Hospital. Native of Lisreagh she worked in the old Railway Hotel then owned by the legendary Tommy and Mary Smith before spending over 40 years in the Favourite owned by her brother Eddie and sister in law Ann who was a teacher. Eileen was their main help both in the house and in the shop and worked from morning to night helping Eddie and Ann to rear their large family and running a very busy shop. Eileen was a great lover of Irish music and dance and was a member of Comhaltas and active member of Cumainn Rinnce and Cabhan.Always smiling and cheerful Eileen was very religious and attended Mass every day in the Cathedral ..Eileen is survived by her brothers Eddie and Thomas. Funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

Plaque unveiled on the seat at the 10th tee at County Cavan Golf Club to Rose and Seamus Fox whose contribution to the development of an 18 hole course was immense. Seamus was Captain in 1968 and introduced the first Open Week. Blessed with wonderful weather it lay the foundation for future events of this kind. Instrumental n the purchase of Aranmore and additional land from Andrew McCarren to develop an 18 hole Championship track Seamus was also President and Trustee of the Club. Rose was  Captain and President of the Ladie’s section and played a pivotal role in promoting Ladie’s golf in the area. Both of them were very welcoming to their friends and neighbours visiting the Club and membership during their tenure rocketed. On the Sunday before his death the family brought Seamus from Cavan General Hospital on one last tour of his beloved County Cavan Golf Club where he saw for himself the results of a lifetime of dedication and devotion. Present at the unveiling on the seat originally donated by Seamus and Rose were family members Brendan Fox Hugh and Rosemary Lennon Jimmy Fox Anne Fox and granddaughter Laura Fox.

Killygarry captained by Stephen McGovern win the Minor B Championship Final at Breffni Park easily accounting for Templeport 2-11 to 2-7 despite a late rally from the West Cavan side. Coached by Aindreas McGovern Dessie Cahill and Packie Smith Killygarry should have won by far more but wasted a lot of opportunities particularly in the second half. Scorers for Killygarry Stephen McGovern 1-4 Martin Reilly 1-1 Gabriel McGovern and Patrick Galligan 0-2 each John Conroy Stephen McHugh 0-1 each.

Cavan 1st XV beat Strabane 29-3 at Cavan Rugby Club Swellan Park. Tries from Selesi Tuipolutu Steven Ivers and Ivor Fannin in the 1st half decisive. The game was ruined as a spectacle when Ivor Fannin broke his ankle just approaching the interval. Team Gareth Flood David McCormack Ivor Fannin Joe Ivers Winston Morrison Trevor Vance Packie Kiernan (Captain) Fergus Crowe Salesi Tuipolutu Colman Flanagan Darragh King Eddie Moore Fergal Reilly Derek Woods Steven Ivers who was voted Man of the Match.

October 17th 2002 Patrick Sexton and Patricia Walsh Fianna Fail members of Cavan Town Council on their way to a meeting in Dublin are injured in a bus crash on the Kells/Navan Road. Their injuries were not serious and they were later released from Our Lady’s Hospital Navan.

Same Week Esker Lodge Nursing Home Cathedral Road opens for business with 18 single and 13 double bedrooms. Louise Sheridan is the Nurse Manger and can be contacted at 4375090.

Senator Diarmuid Wilson is appointed Spokesman for Transport in the Seanad by the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.Diarmuid will now be responsible for steering all transport legislation through the Upper House.

October 24th 2002 Donal Crotty retires as Principal of Cavan College of Further Studies. Presentation to Donal of a framed photograph of the staff and a bouquet of flowers for Geraldine. Pictured Claire Foley (Assistant Principal) Geraldine and Donal Crotty Colm McEvoy (Acting Principal) and Una Rudden (College Secretary) Same Week Francis Fitzsimmons Chairman Cavan County Council leads the welcome and the tributes to Brian Johnston who is returning to his job after  major heart surgery. Charlie Boylan extends congratulations to Brian on his recent achievement of an Honours Masters Degree in Public Administration.

Cavan Equestrian Centre’s 5 day Horse Sale yields €1.3 million in sales.Mares top price 5 year old mare by ‘Cloverhill’ purchased by Michael Keane for €8,000.Over 600 horses were sold and the top price was €13,000 for a 5 year old grey colt.

Crannog Bridge Phyllis O Neill and Ann Gaffney 2nd Phyllis Reilly and Marita Leech 3rd Stella Corr and Elizabeth Lalor.

Cavan/Monaghan ratify the Nice Treaty by a margin of 62.48% Yes and 37.52% No. Nationwide the Treaty which was rejected 18 months ago was ratified by a vote of Yes 62.89% and No 37.11%.

Barry John Crowe Butcher Connolly Street and youngest son of George and Ann wins the Silver medal at the National Finals for Butchers Sausages and Puddings in Dublin.

The torrential rain of recent days once again floods the Parochial House at Tullymongan resulting in Curate Father Kevin Fay having to be evacuated from the house.

Death of John Monahan Edenticlare and late of Saint Martin’s Estate Cavan. Well known very popular character in the town John worked for many years with Cavan UDC.Most knowledgeable man on horses and vegetables. John was a leading member of the Crosskeys Pony Trotting Club and was a constant sight on the road schooling his many horses that he trained with great skill. Winner of many prizes in the Style and Appearance section at local Agricultural Shows John was cheerful friendly and most welcoming and dressed with hard hat and dress for all his outings. Ran a Vegetable  Stand in the Egg Market with sons Aaron and Gavin and enjoyed a huge local trade. John ripened many of his produce near his home in Edenticlare in a large plastic tunnel ensuring freshness and maturity of tomatoes and fruits. Survived by his wife Elizabeth sons Aaron John Gavin and Joseph daughters Ann Yvonne and Elizabeth sister Kathleen and brother Francis (Rinty).

Death of Joan Hickey Headfort Park Kells and late of Cathedral Road Cavan at the age of 76. A most beautiful woman Joan was tall with beautiful blonde hair and was deservedly popular in both Kells and Cavan. Took an active part in the Pavilion Pantomimes and played both tennis and golf in Cavan. Native of Achill Island county Mayo she came to Cavan to work in the Hibernian Bank. Later married Benny Hickey one of the Directors of Cavan’s leading butcher’s Hickey’s a tradition started by Benny’s father Joe. Benny later retired from the business and bought a farm near Kells.Farming was his first love and he made a great success of the farm until his premature and untimely death. Joan later came to live in Headfort Place in Kells and took an active interest in all local affairs in Kells being a member and later Captain of Headfort Golf Club. Predeceased by her husband Benny Joan is  survived by her sons Brian Desmond and David  daughter Ann (Reilly) and sister Monica. Funeral from Saint Columcille Kells to the adjoining cemetery.

October 31st 2002 Brendan Smith TD is appointed Chairman of the Irish Parliamentary Body on Northern Ireland by an Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.The promotion is seen as a recognition of his ability and loyalty to the Party in Dail Eireann.

Same Week Death of Phyllis Wozniak New Jersey and Saint Patrick’s Terrace Cavan at the age of 68. Home on holidays from the USA Phyllis took ill and later died at Cavan General Hospital. Daughter of Patrick and Margaret McNamara. Before emigrating to England Phyllis worked for some years with Eileen McManus in the Hair Salon in Abbey Street. Survived by her husband William sons Billy and John daughters Carol and Pat brother Paddy and sister Anne. Funeral from the Cathedral with interment in New Jersey USA.

Death of Lena Foster Culmore Aughamore Carrick on Shannon at the age of 82 in the North West Hospice Sligo. Nurse by profession she was Matron at the County Hospital in Sligo and later held the same position in Sligo General Hospital. Married Eddie Foster who had a Furniture store at Upper Main Street (The Harvest).Proprietor of the famous Fosters’ Newsagents in the Market Square from 1969 until her retirement in 1977.Survived by her  sister Josie Drumoghra Keshcarrigan nieces and nephews. Funeral from Saint Mary’s Church Annaduff to the adjoining cemetery.

Saint Patrick’s College Cavan captained by Cavan Gaels clubman John O Reilly win the Rannafast Cup (Ulster Under 16) for the 5th time when the beat Saint Patrick’s Dungannon 0-11 to 0-10 at Monaghan Harps ground in Rooskey Monaghan after extra time. Previously won the title in 1945 1972 1974 and 1976.Star of the team was midfielder Ray Cullivan whose father Ray starred in the 1974 success.Scorers for Saint Pat’s Cavan  Damien Kelly 0-2 Ciaran Owens 0-1 Cathal Donohoe 0-1 and Ali Pickett 0-7.

Team Paul Mohan (Drumalee) Khalid Hussein (Drumalee) Enda McCormack (Drumalee) Cormac Fitzpatrick (Drumlane) Lasse Morgenrath (Templeport) Padraig O Reilly(Ballinagh) Finbar Jordan (Lavey) John O Reilly (Cavan Gaels) Raymond Cullivan (Laragh) Damian Kelly (Drumlane) Ali Pickett (Ballyhaise) Ciaran Owens (Killeshandra) Cathal Donohoe (Drung) Thomas Kenny (Cavan Gaels) Barry Kiernan (Ballymachugh).Subs Fergal Slowey (Ballyhaise)

Keaveney Brady and Company are rebranded to Kbg and introduce a new partner Jimmy Gilheaney from Fenagh county Leitrim who has been Audit Manager with the firm since 2000.The company was founded by Paddy Keavney FCA in 1990.Kieran Brady ACMA joined the firm in 1998 .

CP Technology opens next door to GT Electric at the Shopping Arcade.Ita Gaffney is MD Brian Corrigan Printer and. Computer Specialist. They are supported by Ita’s husband Padraic an IT Technician with Cavan County Council and Oonagh Gaffney a test engineer.

Peter Higgins the ‘Paint Pot’ Cavan Retail Park specialising in the latest must have craze of wooden decking for outside patios. “Brings a whole new dimension to your home and adds value to the property”!. Pictured are Peter Higgins Proprietor  and Noel McConnell Design Manager.

November 7th 2002 €20 million Cavan Crystal Hotel will open in February 2003.There are 85 luxurious bedrooms 3 function rooms each one capable of catering for over 400 guests. The proprietors are aiming for the Conference trade and their 3 star hotel will employ 70 people and each of the Reception Rooms can accommodate 250 patrons. The proprietors are Philip and Al McKenna (Truwood Furniture Emyvale) Frank and Michael Quinn Lansdowne Hotel Pembroke Road Dublin and Ciaran and Raymond McKenna The Old Sibin Bar and Derragarra Inn Butlersbridge.

Same Week White Flag for Cavan Sports and Leisure Complex presented to Ann Coyle manageress by Jimmy Denihan TD Fine Gael spokesman for Arts  and Sport at function in the Mount Brandon Hotel in Tralee compered by Michael Lyster RTE.The flag is presented as a symbol of quality safety and cleanliness at the Complex

County Cavan Golf Club win the Sam Rutherford trophy for the first time. Pictured are the winning team and officials Pat Kinsella Dessie Gardiner Finbar Donohoe Oliver Malone (Team Captain) Terry Smith (Captain) Niall Walsh Damien Leahy Justin Murphy Brian Lynch Sean O Donnell Bobby Brady and Archdeacon George Millar (President of County Cavan Golf Club).

November 14th 2002 Kathleen Maguire 18 Saint Patrick’s Terrace weds Adrian Jackson Drumaloor Belturbet in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim with the Reception later in  Crover House Hotel.

Same Week The Minister for Education and Science Noel Dempsey opens the new Cantec Computer Store in Farnham Street. Pictured are Pat O Neill General Manager Maurice Muldoon MD Francis Fitzsimmons Chairman Cavan County Council Patricia Walsh Mayor Cavan TC and Brendan Smith TD Chairman of the British/Irish Parliamentary Body on Northern Ireland. Cantec started off with 1 office and 3 staff in 1997 and quickly expanded to 4 offices and over 30 employees to day. They have offices in Navan and Athlone and the Manager of the Cavan store is Jerome Kiernan well known Denn footballer.

PJ Madden MD Moynehall Car Sales is appointed President of the National Renault Dealers Association of Ireland.

10,000 attend the biggest and best 9th International 5 Day Show jumping Festival at Cavan Equestrian Centre. Harry Marshall on Splendido retains his title as he wins the prestigious Aer Rianta sponsored Grand Prix with a prize fund of €10,500.Local rider Neal Fearon was 5th on Drumagoland’s Flight while Cian O Connor was the leading Rider of the Show and presented with a solid gold watch by Maureen Scanlon Elegant Gems Cavan.

This week’s popular religious column Reflections by Father Liam Kelly presents a portrait of one of Cavan’s most illustrious sons Father Eddie Brady .Born at Corratubber in 1929.Educated at Castletara and Saint Patrick’s College Cavan where he did his Leaving in 1946.Graduated from UCD with a BA in 1949 and went to work as a Clerical Officer in Cavan County Council. Appointed Town Clerk in 1953.Entered the White Fathers Novitiate in Blacklion in September 1959 where he studied philosophy for  2 years before going to England to study Theology.Ordained a priest in June 1966 at Blacklion by Bishop Austin Quinn Bishop of Kilmore.Started his missionary life in Tanzania where at that time there were 50 White Fathers and only 4 native priests. In 2002 there are now only 5 White Fathers and 56 native priests. Presently on holidays from missionary work Father Eddie will return to the Diocese of Kigona on the border of Burundi Rwanda and the Congo where most of the population are ravaged by the constant wars in the area. A fundraiser for Father Eddie’s mission is being held in Brady Brothers Ballyhaise and donations can be sent to Father Liam Kelly Anglo Celt or Michael Reilly Coratubber if desired.

November 21st 2002 Colm McEvoy is appointed Principal of the College of Further Studies succeeding the great Donal Crotty one of the founders and Principal of the school for the first 17 years. Native of Rosenallis Portlaoise county Laois Colm has taught Commerce and Computers at the College since 1991 until his appointment as acting Principal in 2001.Instrumental in introducing the Networks and Software Technician Level 3 course. Keen GAA follower he is also an  accomplished GAA Coach and has assisted Kells Oldcastle and Crosserlough in the quest for honours. He was also coach of the winning Cavan College in the Higher Education Group B Championship. He  was educated at UCD where he obtained a B Com and Dublin City University where he received a MSc.He is presently living in Crosserlough and is married to Brenda Lynch.

Same Week Margaret McDonald Killymooney Drive a Senior Prefect at Cavan Vocational School is this month’s Anglo Celt/Vodafone Young Person of the Month. The award was presented to Margaret by Eileen Sherlock Vodafone at a function in the Kilmore Hotel. Daughter of Joe and Rose (Nee O Hagan) McDonald Killymooney Drive Margaret is a founder member of Cavan Youth Club and is a member of the Tullac Mongan Folk Choi for the last three years.In her spare time she visits he poor the sick and the needy and pays tribute to her late grandmother Susan O Hagan whom she visited nearly every night in Saint Felim’s Hospital .She is the 10th child of Joe and Rose McDonald ranging in age from 31 to 15 Edward Joey James John Paul Joanne Betty Suzanne Monica and Mary.

Death of one of Cavan’s greatest ever characters Billy O Rourke 41 Wolfe Tone Street at Cavan Hospice after a long illness borne with great courage fortitude and good humour. Born at Lakeview Cavan Billy spent his early years working in Cavan Mineral Waters and Harry Richmond’s. Later emigrated to England with his brother the famous Cavan Gaels’ net minder John (Foley) O Rourke where they both worked for McAlpine on the building sites of London following the War .Later came home and worked with Paddy Elliott on the building of Nazareth House in Sligo. Man of great strength and endurance no task was too big or too small for Billy and all were accomplished with great distinction. Predeceased by his wife Alice who worked in the Surgical Hospital and was a native of Bailieboro he is survived by his son Gerard daughters Bernadette and Rose brothers John and Thomas sisters Kathy Teresa Christina and Joan and his faithful dog Boomer who never left his bedside during Billy’s long tough painful illness. Funeral following Requiem Mass from the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

Butlersbridge win their 3rd Cavan Junior title when they beat Killdallen 1-6 to 0-6 in the Final at Breffni Park. Their previous wins were in 1963 and1974.Paul McCorry becomes the first Bridge man to be presented with the Sean Leddy Memorial trophy. The Bridge led by 0-4 to 0-2 at the interval and the decisive score came 10 minutes from the end when Carlos Conlon put the issue beyond doubt with a brilliantly taken goal.Killdallen last year’s beaten finalist scored 3 consolation points in the closing 5 minutes but the title belongs to the Bridge who were by far the better side on the day. Scorers for Butlersbridge Michael Fitzpatrick 0-5 and Carlos Conlon 1-1 Team Niall McCorry Mark Shannon Diarmuid Smith John Emo Paul Murphy Padraig McGearty Stephen O Hara David McEntee Matthew Boylan Patrick McGovern Michael Fitzpatrick Carlos Conlon Barry Reynolds. Subs Paul McCorry for Mark Shannon Ronan Flanagan for Sean Henry and Lorcan Mulvey for Patrick Mc Govern. Paul Murphy was a popular choice as Man of the Match.

Cavan Gaels captained by Sean Johnston win their 5th Cavan Minor Championship in a row when they outclass Cormore Gaels 0-9 to 1-3 at Annalee Park Ballyhaise.The Gaels skill experience and teamwork were decisivive.Scorers for the Gaels Sean Johnston 0-5 Ciaran Flynn 0-3 and Edward O Hanlon 0-1.Sean Johnston the Gaels’ captain was voted Man of the Match. Team  Charles Halligan Joe Dunne John Reilly Liam Rabbitt Francis Graham Ciaran McGlade Joe Kenny Alan O Riordan Edward O Hanlon Ciaran Flynn Michael Cooke Ciaran Graham Stephen Maguire Sean Johnston (Captain) and Geroid Collins. Subs Dessie Scanlon for Ciaran Graham

Fiona Faulkner daughter of Dr Paddy and Carmel Faulkner  Farnham Street marries Mark Watters London in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim .The Reception was held in the Slieve Russell Ballyconnell.

November 28th 2002 Wendy Swan publishes ‘All Lovely Kilmore People and Heritage’. Book launched by John Cunningham MA Erne Heritage Tour Guide Association in Kilmore Parochial Hall. Among the attendance was Bishop Ken Clarke Dean David Godfrey and Father Eugene Clarke Drumcor.

Same Week Ruth Tidy Butlersbridge is conferred with her National Certificate in Exercise and Fitness at the University of Limerick. Ruth is daughter of Ron and Mary Tidy Butlersbridge.

Cavan CYMS honour the Saint Patrick’s College Rannafast Cup winners 2002.Presentatons are made to the panel by former Cavan greats Phil (Lightning) Murray and Gabriel Kelly.

Cavan Conty Council increase the number of double yellow lines in the town. No Parking areas are now in operation at the Cootehill Road from the John Sullivan Centre to O Neill’s shop, from John Sullivan Home to Cavan Institute on Cathedral Road both sides from Bus Office to Scout Den Keadue Lane to entrance to Carrickfern.

Drumalee are Division 2 Reserve League Champions winning their  1st Senior title in 23 years when they defeat Denn in a pulsating Final at the Terry Coyle Park. Pictured are the panel and coaches Martin Sexton Peter Donohoe Damien Donohoe Adrian Dempsey Michael Brennan Bernard Young Shane Donohoe John Woods Daragh Gaffney Finbar Donohoe Colm McCaffrey Killian O Connor Trevor Molloy Owen McCabe Michael Lyons Ger Shaughnessy Declan Flood Seanie Lee Michael Fitzpatrick Shane Downey Enda McCormick Rossa Gaffney Kevin Donohoe Shane Leddy Noel Lynch Captain Tony McCafrey Frankie Cleary Daragh Donohoe Kevin Downey and Gerard Reilly.(No Match Report found).

Cavan Swimming Pool and Leisure Complex attain the coveted White Flag status from ILAN Ireland. Pictured at the presentation are Anne Coyle Manager Paul Galligan Anne Corrigan Michael Dunne Duty Manger Julie Carroll Administrator Orla Donohoe Roisin Lyng Sarah Mellerick Helen McKeever Ruth Tidy Samantha Smith Maureen Reilly Bernard McKeever Mairead Lyng Tanya Downey Michael Walsh Caroline O Reilly Kathleen Sheridan Hughie Sheridan Fergal McGoldrick and Denise Downey.

December 5th 2002  Brian Johnston County Manager hails Cavan’s new status as a Hub town in the new Spatial Strategy unveiled by an Taoiseach Bertie Ahern as “the single most important enabling strategic planning decision occurring in Cavan in the last 30 years”.Cavan and Monaghan are hubs in support of the new Gateway cities of Dundalk Letterkenny and Sligo.

Same Week Cormac Lewis is conferred with his B Engineering Honours degree at Dublin City University.Educated at Saint Felim’s Boy’s School Saint Patrick’s College Cormac is eldest son of Rick and Carmel Lewis Springville Earlsvale Road Cavan.

Death of a legend Peadar Doyle Cornafean at Esker Lodge Nursing Home on Monday 28th  November 2002 at the age of 82.Born in 1920 he was a member of the Cavan team who defeated Kerry 3-3 to 0-8 in the All Ireland Minor Final of 1938-scoring 1-3 of Cavan’s total. Won Cavan County Championship medals with Cornafean in 1938 1939 1940 1943 and 1956 when captain he played at centre field and gave the greatest individual performance ever witnessed in Breffni Park as Cornafean edged out a fancied Bailieboro in an epic decider. Community Officer with the Department of Social Welfare Peadar was a decent straight determined individual always giving of his best in the interests of the Community.Lefeime member of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association he played a pivotal role in the establishment of the new Cornafean Park in 1964 for whom he played his last game at the age of 51 in 1972.Vice Chairman and Registrar Cavan County Board he held every  position in the Cornafean Club. Missed Cavan’s golden years of 1947-1952 as he was domiciled in Louth and played for the Wee County during that period. Survived by his wife Una daughters Grainne Finola Eithne sons Seamus Ciaran and Brian. Funeral from Saint Patrick’s Drumcor to the adjoining cemetery where the oration was given by his good friend and author of ‘Up The Reds’ George Cartwright.

Hazel Gumley Cavan ICA wins  ‘The  Hand Stitched Patch Work Bag’ competition at the National Knitting and Sewing Show in the RDS Dublin.

Cavan Icebreakers 35th Christmas Morning Swim is in aid of Cavan/Monaghan Downs Syndrome Association and the N/E Autism Association.

Cavan Social Services Whist Drive 1st May McCaul 2nd Mary Halligan 3rd Eileen Masterson Lady Hatcher Kathleen McGahy 1st Gent Peter Moore 2nd Aiden Conaty 3rd Eamonn Donohoe Gent’s Hatcher Tony McLoughlin.

Kevin Downes Farnham Road is Hurler of the Year at the Northern Sound/Anglo Celt awards in the Kilmore Hotel. The 19 year old is the holder of Ulster Under 16 and Under 21 hurling medals and plays with Saint Joseph’s Mullahoran. Brian Crowe well known Cavan inter county referee is Referee of the Year and has officiated at Ulster and Connaught Finals and All Ireland Senior Semi Finals and Under 21 and Minor All Ireland Finals at county and club level. The only honour to elude him in his 17 year career is to referee the All Ireland Senior Final.

County Cavan AGM President Venerable George Millar Captain Seamus McConnon Lady Captain Maureen Crowe Vice Captain Seamus Murphy Lady Vice Captain Irene Smith. Secretary Brian Fitzsimmons Treasurer Kevin O Connor Assistant Secretary Norman Cinnamond Assistant Treasurer JJ O Reilly Course Convenor Sean Galligan

Committee Irene Sullivan Felicity McGrath Dan Maguire Oliver Malone Terry Smith Sean B Smith Tommy McKiernan Gerry Collins Willie Harrington and Jimmy Smith.

December 12th 2002 Grace Bolton 5th year student at the Royal School is representing Cavan at the European Parliament in Strasbourg following her success in the Michael Sweetman essay competition. Grace also represents Cavan on the National Youth Orchestra where she plays the viola.

Same Week Kevin Coyle Pullamore is conferred with his BSc Honours degree in Construction Management at GMIT Galway. Educated at Killygarry NS and Saint Patrick’s College Cavan Kevin is son of Tom and Anna May Coyle Pullamore Cavan.

Claudine Kiernan daughter of Philip and Molly Park Lane and Owen Roe weds Gerry Finnegan son of Betty and the late Phillip Finnegan College Street. The Reception was in the Old Post Inn Cloverhill

Sudden death of John Farrelly 5 Tullac Mongan at the age of 43.Son of the late Joe and Mary Farrelly John worked all his life in McCarren’s Factory and was a most industrious worker. Member of the Team P Elliott Athletic Club John was a regular participant in road races throughout the country representing his club with distinction. Survived by his brothers Patrick and Peter sisters Marie Christina Susan Peggy Catriona Caroline  and Martina. Funeral from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Gillian Brady and Nicola Shields are pictured with their teacher  Clair Thomas Loreto College as they head off to the trials for the Mathematical Olympiad following their outstanding marks in the Junior Certificate.

Rev Mark Lidwell and Bishop Frank McKiernan officially open Finnegan’s new Funeral Home on the Dublin Road. Pictured are Brendan Smith TD Declan Theresa Shane and Orla Finnegan Rev Mark Lidwell Bishop Frank McKiernan.

Sudden death of one of Cavan’s best known and most loved characters Brian Finlay ‘White Plains’ Keadue Lane and late of Abbey Street and Farnham Street at the age of 59 while playing a fourball at Slieve Russell Golf Club Ballyconnell.Born in September 1943 son of the late James and Rose Finlay Brian was educated at the Poor Clare’s De La Salle and Saint Patrick’s College. Terminated his education in Saint Patrick’s College after a few years to join Tommy (Toggy) Connolly in the shoe trade where with his peasant manner and bubbly personality he excelled. Member of Cavan Boy Scouts Brian was an accomplished accordion player and toured the West of Ireland and attended all the major GAA fixtures with the band during the Summer months. Later joined Jimmy Patsy and Peter Smith in forming the Saint Brigid’s Ceilidhe Band. In 1960 they formed the Mighty Avons practicing in Killoughter Hall. With the addition of Larry Cunningham in 1962 the Avons scored a huge hit with Tribute to Jim Reeves and became a household name throughout the land. Hits like Among the Wicklow Hills Snow Flake and their long time Number 1 Lovely Leitrim followed in quick succession and with the addition of Ronnie Griffith from the Jack Ruane Orchestra in Ballina the Avons had one of the best Showbands in the country with a legion of followers. Toured all over Ireland England and the USA where they broke all known box office records. Larry Cunningham left he Mighty Avons  to form his own band the Country Blue Boys in 1970 but undaunted the Avons reinvented themselves with Gene Stuart from Omagh as lead singer and continued to pack the halls until they gradually disbanded in 1976.Brian later went into business opening successful Music and Record shops in Cavan and Athlone and managing stars such as John Hogan Charles Landsborough Kathy Durkin Eleanor Shanley and acting as an Agent for Phil Coulter and many other big box office names. Founded with Bryan Reilly the highly successful CCR  and operated the station from his own premises Musicland House Bridge Street employing such stars as Felim Cox Sean McManus Don Allen Lynsey Shelbourne Tony Brady  and many other household names .Chairman of the Jury for Cavan International Song Contest Brian had a magnetic personality and was known throughout the music business as a person of great integrity and knowledge. Lifetime member of Cavan Town Cumainn Fianna Fail he was also an active member of the Lions Club and Saint Vincent De Paul. He was an active member of Cavan Golf Club and a founder member of Slieve Russell acting as captain in Millennium year. Survived by his wife Phyllis son Clive daughter Kerrie brothers Sean Jimmy and Tony sisters Rosemary and Margaret Coogan.Father Paul Casey assisted by  Father Anthony Fagan Adm Father Felim Kelly Castlerahan Brian Darcy The Graan Enniskillen who preached Brian’s Eulogy. Fathers Martin Gilchrest Frank McManus Benny Burns and Joe O Hanlon.The attendance included former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds John P Wilson Donie Cassidy TD Brendan Smith TD Sean Doherty TD.The musicians in attendance at this most spectacular and moving ceremony were Kathy Durkin Paddy Cole on Clarinet Mickey Brady on Guitar Colm Finlay Guitar Tommy Kenny Mandolin Ann Lennon Organ Regina Burke on violin. Anthony McBrien sang the farewell to Brian with his own composition ‘Hard Times Come Again No More’ while Larry Cunning ham sang’ Shall We Gather-The Throne of God’

. December 19th 2002 Preparations are almost complete for Seamus (Lilter) Fay’s debut album art Easter Seamus who has just celebrated his 70th birthday is son of the late James and Kathleen Fay Drumconnick.It was his mother who inspired Seamus to sing and lilt. He has appeared at the last 32 consecutive Anton McGabhainn Comalthais Concerts in Mullahoran and can still lilt 16 or 17 songs without a breather.

Same Week Jonathan Farrelly and Shannon Gill win silver at the Regional Sports Acrobatics and Gymnastic Finals in Scotshouse county Monaghan.They have qualified for the All Ireland Finals in Tuam next month.

Cavan Bridge Club N/S 1st Paddy McDermott and Aileen Timmoney 2nd Marion Grace and Angela O Reilly 3rd Aiden Leahy and Anselem Lovett E/W 1st Leo Brady and Todd Davis 2nd Kathleen Clarke and Vera McMahon 3rd Paddy Faulkner and Imelda Brady.

Andy O Brien (Killygarry) is accorded a standing ovation as he is elected President of Cavan County Board at the annual Convention n the Kilmore Hotel. Former Ulster President of the GAA and long time member of the Board Andy is later congratulated by the executive and members of Cavan County Council for this much deserved accolade. Pictured are Chairman George Cartwright Vice Chairman Pauric McMahon Secretary Gerry Soden Assistant Secretary Liam McCabe Treasurer Tom Boylan and PRO Barney Cully.

Continued success for Butlersbridge captained by Gary McEntee as they beat Castlerahan 3-6 to 2-3 to win the Division 3 Championship in Lacken.Polished performance by the new junior champions they were always in control and withstood a late challenge from Castlerahan to run out worthy winners. Scorers for the Bridge Paddy McGovern 1-3 Cillian Shannon 1-1 John Shannon 1-0 Carlos Conlon and Lorcan Mulvey 0-1 each.

3rd trophy of the year for Drumalee as they defeat Kill Shamrocks 1-12 to 0-10 in the Senior Division 3 Final Replay at Terry Coyle Park. Mickey Lee was Man of the Match while the scorers were Michael Lee 1-3 Finbar Donoghue 0-5 Darragh Gaffney 0-2 Bernard Young  and Tony McCaffrey 0-1 each.Team John Woods Sean Lee Colin McCaffrey Noel Lynch Kevin Donohoe Declan Flood Tony McCaffrey  Jonathan Higgins (Captain) Bernard Young Francis Cleary Finbar Donoghue Darragh Donohoe Darragh Gaffney Michael Lee and Shane Donohoe.Subs Declan Tighe for Darragh Donohoe Michael Brennan for Francis Cleary. Later Sean Woods wrote a poem in salute to the new Champions which is published in the Anglo Celt.

December 26th 2002 Cavan Psychiatric Day Hospital; celebrates it Silver Jubilee with a function in the Kilmore Hotel. First ever Psychiatric facility in county Cavan it was originally located in Church Street (Surgeon Maloney’s House) before moving to Cavan General Hospital in 1989.Community based service it has made a tremendous contribution to the quality of life of countless patients down the last 25 years. Pictured are the original staff Bridie McDonald Anne Carroll Kathleen McEntee Dr Patrick Kelly Della Denning and Tom McNamara .

Same Week Carol O Reilly Saint Felim’s Place Cavan marries Declan Cleary Newtownbutler in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim with the Reception later in the Piker’s Lodge Gowna.

January 2nd 2003 Cliodhna Rice and Helen Smith Loreto College winners of the 2002 Permanent TSB Young Managers of the Year are pictured with their teacher Carmel Dolan .Out of an entry of 5,00 Cliodhna was voted Finance Director and Helen Company Secretary of the year.

Same Week 35th Annual Icebreaker’s Christmas Swim at Annagh Lake is favoured with the biggest turnout of over 100 and the warmest water 8%C.Among the attendance was Lord Mayor Patricia Walsh Madeline Argue Cavan County Council John and Sinead Reilly Cavan Canoe Club and Doctor Eamonn Hartmann Medical Officer to the swim.

Enda Corr playing off 5 is the winner of Category 1 with 27 points Barry Cullen off 12 winner of Category 2 with 24 points and Jimmy Murray off 15 winner of category 3 with the best score of the day 30 points at County Cavan Golf Club.

January 9th 2003 Pauline Tully aged 33 and a teacher in Cavan Vocational School from Kilnaleck weds Pearse McCauley who is serving time in Castlerea prison for his part in the murder of Detective Garda Gerry McCabe at Saint Patrick’s Church Kilnaleck.In a quiet ceremony where the media were kept at a distance Monsignor Patrick J McManus officiated. Best Men were Michael McCauley a brother of the groom and Jay McCauley a nephew. Pauline had her sister Tina and niece Fiona as Bridesmaids. The Reception was held in the Percy French Hotel Ballyjamesduff.

Same Week Anahid Basmajian is conferred with her Honours Business Degree in Marketing and her Higher Diploma in Applied Tourism at the Sligo Institute of Technology. Daughter of Margaret and the late Henry Basmajian Carrickfern Anahid was educated at Saint Clare’s and Loreto College.

Death of Maureen Murray 16 Fairview Cavan after a long illness at Cavan General Hospital. Gifted Irish dancer in her youth she starred in all the Girl’s Club productions and formed a trio with Maura Maloney and Miriam Healy. Star of the Honie Gauthier School of Dancing Maureen won National Ulster and hundreds of County Cavan titles .Later opened her own very successful Cosgrove School of Dancing and catered for many girls from the area passing on her love and expertise of Irish dancing. Only daughter of Packy and Ellen Cosgrove River Street she was related to the famous Johnston family Wolfe Tone Street through her mother. In latter years Maureen suffered debilitating pains that left her almost immobile but she always carried her pleasant and friendly demeanour and bore her suffering with courage and good humour. Survived by her husband Tommy son Thomas and daughter Vivienne. Funeral from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Saint Aiden’s cemetery Butlersbridge.

Kevin Browne son of Sean and Dympna Butlersbridge marries Lily Gaffney daughter of Eddie and Ann Gaffney Corlesmore in the Church of the Immaculate Conception Coronea with the Reception afterwards in the Hotel Kilmore.

Jamie McGorman son of Mary and Gerry McGorman from Lough Egish county Monaghan is the first arrival of 2003 just 8 minutes after midnight on the 1st of January 2003.

Stephen Tormey defeats  Damian Cadden in County Cavan Youth’s Darts Final at the Lavey Inn while Noreen Carry defeats Betty Clarke in the Ladie’s final and Aodghan O Neill defeats Owen Greenan in the Men’s Final.

Paddy O Reilly steps down as Chairman of Cavan Gaels after 6 fruitful years handing over the position to former team mate Aiden Elliott while Joe O Connor  steps down as Senior Team Coach with an appointment of a successor expected later n the year. President Paddy Conaty Senior Chairman Aiden Elliott Vice Chairman Frank Farrell Secretary Mark Gillick Treasurer John Duffy PRO Philip Finnegan Registrar JJ Reilly.

January 16th 2003 Death of Peadar Clarke formerly Peadar’s Bar Connolly Street and Glenlara at Saint Vincent’s Hospital Dublin. Born in Tully county Monaghan he returned to the birthplace of his mother in Crubany at an early age and was educated at Crubany and Saint Patrick’s College. Son of the late Matt and Maisie Clarke Rathcorrick Peadar was a Psychiatric Nurse by profession attached to Saint Davnett’s Hospital Monaghan but also qualified as a General Nurse at The Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. Returned to Cavan to work in the new Psychiatric facility in Cavan General Hospital in 1990. Later bought Jimmy Breslin’s Bar (Benny Conaty’s) in Connolly Street and himself and his wife Mary ran a very high class establishment catering for all tastes .Held a very popular Irish night every week and attracted artists and musicians from all over Ireland. Talented musician and Irish step dancer he won many awards for his talent at Scor competitions throughout the area. Gentle compassionate decent man Peadar was known and respected over a wide area in both counties Cavan and Monaghan.Great supporter of Cavan and Killygarry football teams Peadar was a constant benefactor and sponsor for the Killygarry club and served on several positions on the Committee and was First Aid man for the senior team. Survived by his wife Mary sons Colm Paul Peter and Shane daughters Sarah and Niamh sisters Breege (Monaghan) and Marie (Kerry). Colleagues from Saint Davnett’s Cavan General and Killygarry GFC were among the Guards of Honour at the removal and funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

Same Week Bertie Pratt Manager Cavan Nisan Ballinagh Road hands over the keys of the new Nissan Microfer 2003 to lucky new owner Alan McMahon one of Cavan’s best known motor enthusiasts. Alan is only son of the late Reggie and Maura McMahon ‘The County Hotel’ and the ‘New County’ Drumnavanagh Cavan.

Lisa Mills Adel Anderson and Gail Cartwright representing the Royal School are Category winners with their project ‘The Ethical Biologist’ at the Esat Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition at the RDS Dublin.. .

County Cavan Bridge Club 1st Elizabeth Galligan and Aileen Timmoney 2nd Pat Flaherty and Pat Plunkett 3rd Dr Paddy Faulkner and Paddy Reilly

Butlersbridge GFC are named Cavan club of the year in the AIB 32 county competition and will receive €2,000 for club development.Butlersbridge now go forward to the Ulster Final where there is a top prize of €5,000 for the winner.

Gerry O Rourke Cavan Litter Warden is named Crosserlough GFC Head Coach for 2003.His management team is Tom Sullivan Seamus Cahill and Tommy Smith.

Dessie Gardiner well known Cavan businessman and former star footballer with Cavan Gaels football and hurling club is appointed Team Manger with top Longford club Drumard after his successful recent stint in the same capacity with Ballinagh GFC.

January 23rd 2003 Death of Connie Donohoe 6 Suaimhneas River Street and late of 37 College Street at Cavan General Hospital. Son of Mick (Bunnoe) and Christina Donohoe 37 College Street Member of Cavan CBSI Connie was on all of the early camps led by John Donohoe and took a full part in the Troop concerts and shows where his talent as an artist and singer were very much to the fore. Connie joined the British Army after leaving school and spent many years in various countries throughout the world. Later did painting and decorating for many of the local firms and joined his brother in law Michael Jermyn in the same capacity. Neat tidy and very efficient and skilful Connie was a joy to employ. Very pleasant nature Connie was outgoing and generous. Retired to Cavan and was very fortunate to secure a house in Suaimhneas which he really enjoyed as a place of his own. Survived by his brother Jim Ashbourne Kathleen Jermyn 37 College Street Gertie McPhillips Dublin and Josephine McCaffrey Dublin. Funeral following Requiem Mass from the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Same Week Crannog Bridge Club N/S 1st Mary Donohoe and Evelyn Beirne 2nd Etta McIntyre and Madge Curran 3rd Ann Fallon and Betty Murphy E/W 1st Elizabeth Lalor and Stella Corr 2nd Phyllis Reilly and Bridie Eames 3rd Maureen Watters and Phyl O Reilly.

After years of planning  and months of construction the Millennium Spire on Dublin’s O Connell Street is finally completed. The 120 foot monument was designed by British architect Ian Ritchie.

Death of Patrick McKiernan at the age of 56 in London. Son of Molly and Patrick (Scotchman) McKiernan he was the 3rd eldest of a family of 13. Active member of Cavan CBSI.Educated at the Poor Clare’s De La Salle and Cavan Vocational School Patrick emigrated to England over 40 years ago. Came home to see his mother and family regularly he also got the Celt each week and was able to keep abreast of local happenings in the town. Enjoyed hunting and fishing and most of his holidays were spent fishing on the river Erne at Rann and Killykeen.Survived by his wife Janet sons Liam and Sean daughter Teresa and granddaughter Lauren brothers Frank Kevin Tony Declan and John sisters Kathleen Josephine Babs Helen Valentine and Teresa. Funeral and cremation in London with Requiem Mass in Saint Clare’s Chapel at the same time as the ceremony in London.

Death of the well known James Coyle Alackan .Born in 1910 he was the oldest man in the Parish of Killygarry.Sold milk and buttermilk for many years to housewives in the town with a delivery of buttermilk each week. Very pleasant knowledgeable man he had a great respect and loyalty to his customers. Founder member of Killygarry GFC James never missed a home game and took great pride in the achievement of the club. Funeral from Saint Brigid’s Church Killygarry to the adjoining cemetery.

Loreto College beat Virginia Vocational School 7-8 to 3-8 to win the Cavan School’s Ladie’s Football Final in Ramor Park Virginia.Ciara Farrell was the star of the show scoring 4-2 for Loreto. Scorers Ciara Farrell 4-2 Rita Smith 1-2 Laura King 0-2 Erin Galligan and Jennifer McGuigan 1-0 each and Paula Fitzpatrick and Aoishe O Reilly 0-1 each.Team Caran Fay Niamh O Reilly Joanne Moore Elaine O Reilly Sinead O Keeffe Tracy O Dowd Laura Shaughnessy Rita Smith Laura King Paula Fitzpatrick Ciara Farrell Aoishe O Reilly Paula Fitzpatrick Erin Galligan and Jennifer McGuigan

Anthony Forde 25 year old Cavan star and Shannon Gaels clubman transfers allegiance to Cavan Gaels. Living in Cavan town for the last number of years Anthony is an Accountant with Quinn Direct Insurance in Killygarry.

January 30th 2003 Kathleen Sullivan Trophy at Cavan Bridge Club is won by Bridie Donoghue and Trendy Corrigan 2nd Maureen Greene and Angela O Reilly 3rd Lucy Hayes and Ann Gaffney 4th and Best Gross Kathleen Clarke and Vera McMahon.

Same Week Cavan are beaten 11-7 in the McGambley Cup away to Dromore.Try by Anthony Molloy kept Cavan in contention but skipper Declan Gilsenan and his brave men had to give way to a stronger more experienced Dromore side.

Cavan Town defeat Donagh Celtic 5-2 at Tullac Mongan in the quarter final of the Andy Capaldi Cup. Goals from Kieran Hanniffy Mark Ferncombe gave the home side a 2-1 interval led and Barry Loughman Mark Ferncombe again and Paraic Molloy sealed victory in the second half. Team James Heffernan Damian Wall Shane Byrne Davy Noonan Michael Smith Barry Loughman Declan Brady Michael Doheny Gary Nevin Mark Ferncombe and Kieran Hanniffy Subs Aaron Heffernan for Davy Noonan Wall for Hughie Murray Pauric Molloy for Mark Ferncombe.

Gary McCarville is the new manager at CavanGaels.The Scotstown native has won 3 Ulster Senior medals  and a National League medal (1985)  with Monaghan ‘79 ‘85 and ‘88 10 Senior Championship medals and 12 Monaghan Senior League and 3 Ulster Senior Club medals with Scotstown.

Cavan ICA celebrate their Golden Jubilee. Founded at a meting in the Town Hall on the 22nd January 1953 at which Margaret Mullery presided and was elected the first President. The only surviving member of the committee is the legendary Phyllis Farris Crossdoney 1st Committee President Margaret Mullery Vice President Mrs Henderson Secretary Dorothy Smith Assistant Secretary May O Reilly Treasurer Josie Smith Committee Olive Black Miss McManus (District Nurse) and Margaret English. The initial annual subscription was 2/6 .Down the years there have been many outststanding members including Dorothy Smith later to become National President Phyllis Farris Beezie O Hanlon Hazel Gumley and the masters of arts and crafts Annie Young and Eilish Donohoe .The present Committee President Annie Young Vice President Concepta McGovern Secretary Catherine Cusack (Nee English) Treasurer Hazel Gumley Assistant Secretary Marie Fay PRO Rosaleen Doherty and Eileen Conaty Irish Officer. Members on County Board Anne Lee Anne McKiernan and Eileen Comey.The Guild meet every Wednesday night in the Social Services Cathedral Road and assist the local community and charitable organisations including Saint Vincent De Paul Cavan Hospice National Council for the Blind Irish Heart Foundation Cavan Social Services Meals on Wheels and Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children Crumlin. Cavan ICA are very committed to family values and the well being of family life in the Community.

Pictured enjoying the craic at Tullac Mongan Community Christmas Party in the Resource Centre are Bridie Fay Michael Burns Paddy Conaty Ellen and Brigid Cawley Edward Mitchell Terry Murphy Hannah Fay Seamus Fay Frank Tully Bernard Gaffney Agnes Mullen Kathleen Smith Eileen Walsh Michael Walsh Bernadette Kenny Lil Donegan Sarah Gumley Susan Harrison Mollie Gumley Brigid Burns Annie Brady Kathleen Smith Rose Johnston Eileen Graham Rosaleen Sheridan and Brigid McCabe.

February 6th 2003 John Kearney is appointed Principal of Cavan Vocational School replacing long time principal Eugene Lynch who has retired at the age of 60.John is a graduate of UCC BSc in Maths and Physics MA in School Development. Senior International cross country runner John has represented Ireland over the last 10 years.Native of Bartlemy Fermoy county Cork John is married to Caroline Mullen from county Westmeath and they have 2 children.

Same Week Death of former Chief Superintendent Jim McNally at Cavan Hospice at the age of 76.Native of Wexford Jim joined the force on the 15th My 1947 in the Phoenix Park Dublin. First appointment was to Pearse Street Dublin Jim retired in June 1989 after 43 years dedicated service to the Force. Served in Cork Wexford Tipperary and Granard he succeeded Superintendent Frank McCague as Superintendent in Cavan.Served for a year in Ballyconnell before coming back to reside at Cullies Cavan where he remained from 1969-1981 when he was appointed Chief Superintendent Cavan/Monaghan stationed in Monaghan.Later served in Headquarters in the Phoenix Park before being appointed Chief Superintendent in charge of the Galway/Roscommon Division. At a difficult time in Irish history with the Troubles in Northern Ireland Jim showed remarkable courage and leadership. No nonsense operator Jim would never ask a colleague to do anything that he wouldn’t do himself. Stock rose as a result of the successful outcome of the Don Tidey kidnapping when a young Garda and Army officer were shot dead at Derrada Woods outside of Ballinamore in 1981.Loyalty and support for all his colleagues Jim always acted in the best public interests regardless of any personal affiliation or vested interest. Fishing and Game Shooting were his hobbies and passion. President of the International Fly Fishing Association he was a member of the Irish International team on 5 occasions captaining the side in Scotland. President Chairman and Secretary of the Irish Trout Fly Fishing Association. He was Secretary of Lough Sheelin Trout Protection Society for over 30 years and stood up to the farming interests who were polluting the lake particularly with pig slurry. Big strong imposing character. Outstanding footballer and hurler in Wexford he played with his college Good Counsel New Ross and was on the Wexford Minor teams in 1942 and 1943.Later when he went to train and work in Dublin he played rugby with Saint Mary’s Rathmines.His first wife Bridie (Nee O Neill) suffered acute ill health and was confined to a wheelchair and Jim had to take many months leave of absence to care for her. After his retirement Jim suffered the devastation of losing his multi talented only daughter Maura who was a teacher and later Senior Executive with the Western Health Board. Predeceased by his first wife Bridie and daughter Maura Chief Superintendent Jim McNally is survived by his second wife Mary sons Francis and Michael stepsons Declan and Andrew stepdaughter Katriona brother Pat in Donegal. Assistant Commissioner Kevin Carty and Chief Superintendent Colm Rooney Cavan/Monaghan and Superintendent Joe Sullivan were among the capacity attendance at the Requiem Mass in the Cathedral and later Mount Jerome Crematorium.

Death of Sister Rosarii (Pascal) Haughton former teacher of Irish in Saint Patrick’s College at the age of 70 at College View Nursing Home. Member of the staff of Saint Patrick’s College from 1973 until her retirement in 1997 she taught Irish Geography and History and also assisted in the Infirmary. Played a pivotal role in all the major musicals and shows at the College where she assembled and made many of the stunning costumes. Survived by her brothers Jim John and Finbar sisters Elsie Breeda Frances Carmel and Therese.Funeral following concelebrated Requiem Mass from the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Brian Lee Latt Cavan is conferred with his BA in Economics Social and Political Science from NUI Galway. Brian is now doing post graduate studies for his Diploma in Marketing and Business Studies at NUI Galway. Educated at Saint Felim’s Boys School and Saint Patrick’s College Brian is son of Brian and Carmel Lee Latt Cavan.

Pictured are Pat McKiernan Vera O Reilly Evelyn McGuinness Carmel Sharkey and Sean Sharkey following their completion of 100 mile walk in Capetown South Africa in aid of Our lady’s Hospital for Suck Children Crumlin Dublin.

Sympathy is extended to Dominic and Gay Cadden on the death of Dominic’s sister Mary at Cavan General Hospital. She was daughter of Rose and  the late Dominic Cadden Loughduff Post Office. Survived by her sisters Ann and Bridie brothers John Paddy Larry Dominic Gerry Jim and Martin. Funeral from Saint Joseph’s Loughduff to the adjoining cemetery.

Cavan’s Yvonne Courtney is the latest female boxing sensation. Trained by Brian McKeown she recently defeated the experienced Claire Campbell from the Notre Dame Club Dungannon and packs a big punch in a very strong compact physique.

Richard Clarke from Saint Patrick’s Terrace Cavan is elected President of Middlesex County Bowling Organisation. Eldest son of the late Michael and Maureen Clarke Richard is Captain of his own club in Fulham and President of the London Irish Bowling Club. Represented both Club and County at the highest level and was in the National Finals of the 4s in 1995.Educated at the Poor Clare’s De La Salle and Cavan Vocational School before emigrating Richard worked with the Anglo Celt and played football with Cavan Gaels Farnham Shamrocks and Cavan Shamrocks where among his team mates was Micheal Smyth Andy McGahon Gene Cullivan Joe Storey and Gerry Maguire.

February 13th 2003 Death of former County Manger John F Cassidy Earlsvale Road Cavan after a long series of illnesses at Cavan General Hospital at the age of 81.Distinguished career n the Public Service he was 15 years Cavan County Manger and 50 years in the Service. Born at Brackloon Swinford County Mayo John was an outstanding student and took his B Comm. at UCD in 1944 H Dip Education 1945 DPA in 1946 Masters in Commerce in 1947.Spent a number of years working in Private Accountancy first with Duffy Tierney Galway from 1944-1947.Accounts Clerk Galway Corporation from 1947-1948 and Senior Audit Assistant Gardiner Donnelly. He was Accountant to Dundalk UDC from 1950-1955 later Chief Clerk Saint Conal’s Hospital Letterkenny till 1957 later Accountant Louth County Council from 1957-1959.Town Clerk Drogheda 1959-1961 Secretary Carlow County Council 1961 1967 and Assistant County Manager 1965 -1966 City Manger Waterford Corporation from 1967-1972.Appointed County Manger Cavan and took up duty on the 1st July 1972 until his retirement after a distinguished career on the 24thAugust 1987.Council member of Fas 1966-1967 Director Foras Forbatha 1979-1981 Executive Council of the Institute of Public Administration from 1982-1986 Chairman of County and City Managers 1984-1986 National Roads Safety Council from 1984-1986 and member of the North Eastern Development Association from 1985-1986.During his tenure as County Manager he formed a working relation with communities in small towns and villages throughout the county and bought up valuable land adjacent to these centres for future development. His main aim was to build a future for generations of young people and stop the growth of emigration from these communities. Very amenable and approachable John Cassidy was above all a humble decent family man who worked night and day for the good of the Community on a very restricted budget. Formed a very good working relationship with all including his neighbour Brian O Grady Chief Development Officer for the county. Daily flutter on the horses he also made the yearly pilgrimage to Cheltenham and took a great interest in the fortunes of Cavan and Mayo’s gaelic football fortunes Unlucky in his retirement to be afflicted with numerous bouts of poor health he was lovingly cared fir by his wife Peig and family at home and died in the familiar surroundings of Cavan General Hospital. Predeceased by his  brothers Father Peadar Phil and Pat John Cassidy is survived by his wife Peig son Sean daughters Mary Quill Roisin O Connor-Hannigan Mairead Elliott Sadie McCaffrey Sheila Boyd Angela Sheridan Noreen Miller and Anne Browne brothers Canon Michael Father Martin and Ciaran sisters Sister Justine Alice and Marlette. Funeral following concelebrated Requiem Mass from the Cathedral to Saint Aiden’s cemetery Butlersbridge.Later Cavan County Council paid tribute to a great County Manager who despite severe financial restrictions built up the resources of the Council throughout the county and was instrumental in refurbishing and rebuilding the Courthouse. Cavan Urban Council adjourned their monthly meeting after observing a minutes silence in memory of their late Manger.

Same Week Percy Gilchreest retires at the age of 57 as Commandant 8th Infantry Battalion LDF which he first joined at the age of 14 in 1961.Outstanding shot he won many of the rifle competitions in the Region. Educated at Kilnaleck NS and Saint Patrick’s College Cavan his first job was as a booking Clerk in McCarren’s Factory later he joined the drawing office in Cavan County Council and in 1969 joined Telecom Eireann based in Dublin. Percy won 1 Under 14 2 Minor and 2 senior Championship medals with Crosserlough..His hobbies are listed as Scuba Diving Motor Bike Racing and Archery.

Cavan Wheelchair Association President Patsy Maloney Chairman Alex Shekelton Vice Chairman Jim Reilly Secretary Patricia O Reilly Assistant Secretary PJ Gaffney Treasurer Brendan Hannan Assistant Treasurer David Mulligan PRO Pauline Doyle Committee Gerard Doyle John Murphy Gerard Kiernan Ann Bravendar Billy Bravendar Mary Reilly and Michael Kelly

Loreto College captained by Paula Fitzpatrick are County Cavan Under 16 Ladie’s Football Champions following their 5-18 to 1-6 victory over Virginia Vocational School at Ramor Park Virginia. Their under 19s are already county champions and Ulster finalists Scorers for Loreto Cavan Erin Galligan 2-2 Jennifer McGuigan 2-1 Roisin O Keeffe 1-6 Paula Fitzpatrick 0-4 Michelle Donoghue 0-3 Sinead O Keefe and B Murphy 0-1 each.

Noel Mooney is conferred with his National Certificate in Business Studies at Athlone Institute of Technology. Noel is son of Mary and the late Jim Mooney 10 Wolfe Tone Street Cavan.

February 20th 2003 Downturn in world demand for computer software force Teradyne to abandon their Cavan operation with the loss of 37 jobs at The IDA Advance Factory at Killygarry Cavan. All their Irish operation will be centred and run from their facility at Blanchardstown.

Same Week Jett and Mary Calders attract national media as they marry in Saint Brigid’s Church Killygarry.Jet is a native of Arva and star drummer with the Hi Lows and many other groups and showbands down the years while Mary is a native of the town and daughter of the late Michael and Teresa Bravendar 34 Saint Felim’s Place..

Pictured are members of Cavan’s Special Olympics committee receiving a cheque of £12,622 from well known Country and Irish singer Kathy Durkin proceeds of her Golf Classic at the Slieve Russell Golf Club. Pictured Fidelma O Hanlon (Chairman) Kathy Durkin Mona Crowe (Treasurer) Rosemary Lennon (Secretary) and Madeline Argue (Joint Treasurer).Cavan will host the Turkish delegation who will commute to the various centres of competition each day.

Rachael Kiernan wins bronze for the Millennium School of Gymnastics at the Intermediate Championships in Dublin.

Team D captained by Terry Sheridan are the winners of the 13th Doctor John Sullivan Racquetball Tournament at Saint Patrick’s College Complex Team Terry Sheridan Captain Peadar Conaty Brian Smith Pauric Mundy Enda Conaty and Keith Smith.

February 27th 2003 Fracture Clinic at Cavan General Hospital to be closed and facility moved to The Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. In a bitter rejection of the move Paddy O Reilly Virginia launches an attack on the North Eastern Health Board at their monthly meeting in Kells saying “that this move is sheer madness transferring a facility from Cavan where it was working perfectly to one of the most crowded and inaccessible hospitals in the country is crazy. If the Clinic is removed from Cavan General Hospital it will never be restored” !

Ciaran Flynn beats Ciaran Duignan in the Final of the Garda Community Shield at Cavan CYMS.The beaten Semi Finalists were  Tomas O Keeffe and Enda McCormack.

Frances Galligan Kilnavara Wendy Swan Crossdoney Kathleen Gaynor Ballinagh and Seamus (Lilter) Fay are the local nominations for the Rehab/Anglo Celt person of the year award 2003.

Social Services Whist 1st Teresa McConnell 2nd Agnes McEnroe 3rd Mary Halligan Ladie’s Hatcher May Cullen 1st Gent Jimmy Cullen 2nd Gent Peter Moore.

Andrew Murray the reigning Ulster champion retains his National Flyweight Championship and Tommy Murphy trophy at the National Stadium Dublin when defeating  Gareth Dunne Neillstown 27-5 in a one sided Final where Dunne flattered to deceive in Round 1 but Murray took over and dictated the fight to the finish.

Cavan Lions’ Club celebrate their 20th birthday. Founded on the 18th September 1984.President Der Coogan Secretary Seamus McConnon  Treasurer John Nallen Ulster Bank. There was a membership initially of 26 and the numbers have stayed constant ever since. Annual  events listed for this year include the Eddie Bolger Memorial Cycle Charter Dinner Dance in the Kilmore Hotel and the Christmas Food Appeal. The Lions in conjunction with Cavan Town Council recently opened the new playground at Cathedral Road. Cavan Lions Club 2003 President Peter McGinnity Vice President David Mulligan Secretary Helen Veale and Treasurer Jim Burke.

Anthony McCaffrey Swellan Lower receives his National Certificate with merit Grade 1 from Athlone Institute of Technology. Anthony was educated at Saint Felim’s Boy’s School and Saint Patrick’s College and is son of John and Maureen McCaffrey Swellan Lower

Niall Monahan ‘Auburn’ Stragella Cavan is conferred with his BA Honours degree at NUI Galway .Educated at Saint Felim’s Boy’s School and Saint Patrick’s College Cavan Niall is son of Noel and Anne Monahan Stragella Cavan.

March 6th 2003 Oisin Crotty ‘Sheevin’ Drumalee is conferred with his Honours degree in History and Politics at UCD.Educated at Saint Patrick’s College and UCD Oisin is son of Vincent and the late Sheelagh Crotty Drumalee.

Same Week Bishop Francis McKiernan gives the inaugural address entitled ‘Kilmore Priests Down the Ages’ in Killeshandra Resource Centre. Maura Nallen MA will give the next lecture entitled ‘Life in the Border lands from the Plantation of Ulster to the Great Famine 1610-1845’.

Death of Annie O Reilly Coranure at Saint Joseph’s Hospital Lisdarn.Survived by her brother Matt and sister Agnes O Neill (Coalisland).Funeral from Saint Patrick’s cemetery Castletara to the adjoining cemetery.

Death of the very popular Helena O Callaghan late of Church Street at Fairlawn’s Nursing Home Bailieboro .Native of Turin Mountnugent.Nurse by profession herself and her sister Laura studied together in England and qualified at the same time.Married to Michael O Callaghan a porter in the County Clinic and a very talented accordion player who saw service with Eugene and Pa Leddy and latterly with his friend and colleague Peter (Pee) Galligan.Helena worked most of her life in Saint Felim’s Hospital and was extremely compassionate and caring of her patients who in turn had great confidence and affection for her. Popular with he colleagues on the staff she was known for her industry punctuality and experience. Very quiet loyal and religious she attended daily Mass in the Cathedral and was a member of many of the Church organisations. In recent years she was confined by sickness and ill health and was a patient in the John Sullivan home for many years. She recently broke her hip and was recuperating at the Fairlawn’s Nursing Home when she took ill and died. Predeceased by her husband Michael and sister Laura she is survived by many neighbours and friends. Father Anthony Fagan Adm was the chief celebrant of her Funeral Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim.Burial in Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry .

Michael Graham Tony Murphy Paul Myles and Sean McDermott representing Team P Elliott present a cheque to Jimmy O Donnell Cavan Cancer homecare proceeds of their run in the New York Marathon on the 1st November 2002.

Crannog Bridge  for the Peggy Willock Memorial Cup 1st Bernadette Donohoe and Veronica Fay 2nd Mary McGowan and Mary McNicholas 3rd Jim and Evelyn Beirne.

Percy French Trophy at Cavan Bridge Club is won by  Kathleen Clarke and Vera McMahon 2nd Delores O Reilly  and Eileen McEnri 3rd Father Thomas Woods and Kay Henry 4th Pat Plunkett and Patsy Givney.

160 take part in the Captain’s Drive In at County Cavan Golf Club. Hitting straight an long Maureen Crowe and Séamus McConnon officially drove into office.Wnners of the Mexican Scramble sponsored by Michael Geraghty Cavan Travel were Brendan Donoghue Bernard Rogers Eamonn Gavin and M O Reilly with a fabulous score of 53.80 2nd were Fergal Dunne Gerry Keogh Paddy Murray and Fidelma O Hanlon.

March 13th 2003 Martin Cullen Minister for the Environment and Local Government announces funding of €5 million for the new sate of the art County Library to be built in Farnham Street Cavan.The Library will incorporate the Local Government Archives and Reference Centre Genealogy Centre and extensive computer facilities catering for all ages .

Social Services Whist 1st Kathleen McNamara 2nd Mary Milner 3rd Christine Murphy Lady Hatcher Nora O Reilly 1st Gent Aidan Conaty.

Brian Crowe is appointed to referee the Saint Patrick’s Day All Ireland Club Final between Crossmolina and Nemo Rangers. His officials will be Jimmy Galligan Michael Lyons John Sheridan and Paddy Ferncombe.

Kevin Madden and Andy Cullen open the new Astra Bowling Centre at the Storm Cinema Complex. The General Manager is Ian Sexton Saint Martin’s Estate a former employee of Tesco Cavan. Ian’s girl friend Nicola Gerber from South Africa designed and painted the magnificent murals that adorn the walls of the centre which incorporates 5 pool tables 6 lanes of bowls coffee shop arcade games and a high quality surround sound system. Kevin and Andy have 10 years experience of the leisure trade as their company Astra Leisure Limited operating from Moynehall supplies pool tables gaming machines to bars clubs and hotels in the area.

March 20th 2003 Betty Denning is Rehab/Anglo Celt Person of The Year 2003.Noted for her dressmaking talents and extensive charity work Betty was the recent winner of the National ICA Make and Model Competition on RTE 1 Live at Three.

Same Week Kevin Cahill from Kells is the star of Nemo Ranger’s All Ireland Senior Football Club win at Croke Park. Kevin a former member of the Gael Colmcille club is son of Vincie Cahill well known draper and former employee of PA Smyth's Main Street Cavan.

Bright sunshine and big crowds are the feature of this year’s outstanding Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Cavan. Parade started at 12 noon by Mayor Patricia Walsh led by an FCA colour party and members of Company 8th Infantry Battalion Dun Ui Neill in camouflage gear .The Saint Patrick’s Brass and Reed Band from Bunnoe were the first band and followed by 8 more from Cavan and surrounding counties.

Berry Time by Eamonn Cooke is acclaimed in this week’s Anglo Celt Art section. Born in 1944 at Upper Main Street Eamonn was educated at the Poor Clare’s De La Salle and Saint Patrick’s College. Long time member of Cavan County Council he was later appointed Town Clerk in Kells.Took over the running of the business from his late father and mother Edward (Ned) and Anna Cooke a native of Kerry he was the first person to hold poetry readings and a literary session each week in the Lounge. Among the early members were Dermot Healy and the peerless Phil Lawlor. Eamonn is married in Kells and brothers Monsignor Michael Liam and sister Anna Mae are justifiably proud of Eamonn’s first published collection that “feels like alight waltz through the country landscapes of Cavan and Kerry as he weaves a silken path through Summer months plotting his own landscape”. The book is published by Dedalus Press.

Ann Donoghue is pictured after her recent 10 mile run presenting the proceeds of her sponsorship €550 to Father Kevin Fay for Concern.

 March 27th 2003 American missiles hit the Iraqi city of Baghdad signalling the start of the US led campaign to topple Saddam Hussein. The attack was ordered after a 48 hour deadline expired for Saddam Hussein to leave Iraq.

Cavan Bridge Club 1st Olivia Carroll and Elizabeth Galligan 2nd Aidan Leahy and Anselem Lovett 3rd Pat Plunkett and Paddy Faulkner.

Carmel Dolan’s new mini company Apollo representing Loreto College are the main attraction at the Schools Cross Border Trade Fair in Dundalk. The directors are Christina Kelly Clare McCormack and Sile Sweeney.

Loreto College win the Ulster Under 16 Ladie’s Ulster title defeating Castleblayney 5-5 to 1-5 in the Fnal.Brilliant style confident determined display hallmarks of this Loreto success bringing the first Under Age Girl’s Ulster title to Cavan. Scorers for Loreto Paula Fitzpatrick 2-1 Jennifer McGuigan 2-0 Elaine Smith 1-0 Joanne Moore Erin Galligan Roisin O Keeffe Bronagh Boyle 0-1 each. Team Ursula Cadden Niamh O Reilly Julienne Brady Elaine Smith Aisling McInerney Joanne Moore Laura Shaughnessy Sinead O Keeffe Erin Galligan Paula Fitzpatrick (Captain) Roisin O Keeffe Bronagh Boyle Michelle Donoghue Paul Fitzpatrick and Jennifer McGuigan.Subs Blaithin Murphy for Michelle Donoghue.Joanne Moore was voted most valuable player of the match.

Saint Patrick’s College win the Ulster Under 17 FAI Senior Colleges Final defeating Colaiste Colmcille Ballyshannon 3-1 under lights in perfect conditions at Finn Park Ballybofey.Saint Pats led at half time by 2-1 courtesy of goals from Gearoid Collins and Michael Lyng. Enda McCormack wrapped up a great display by the Cavan College when he scored the 3rd in the second half. Saint Patrick’s College (4-4-2) Charles Halligan Ciaran Lynch Daren Lynch Brian Greenan Alan O Riordan Francis Graham Michael Lyng David Quinn (Captain) Enda McCormack Khalid Hussein and Gearoid Collins Sub Ali Pickett for Khalid Hussein Andrew Duignan for Gearoid Collins Cillian Phair for Ciaran Lynch.

Ciara Fee is awarded her Higher Diploma in Nursing by Queen’s University Belfast. Educated at Saint Clare’s Loreto College and the Marine College Dublin Ciara is completing her Midwifery studies at the National Training Hospital Holles Street Dublin Ciara is daughter of John and Kathleen Fee Highfield Road Cavan.

Sarah Gumley 10 John Paul Avenue is conferred with her Higher diploma in Nursing Studies from UCD.Educated at Saint Clare’s Loreto and Athlone RTC she is presently completing her Registration in Mental Health Nursing at Saint Mary’s Drumcar.Sarah is daughter of John Joe and Martina Gumley 10 John Paul Avenue.

April 3rd 2003 Andrew Murray the 2003 National and Ulster flyweight Boxing Champion is pictured with another Cavan legend Phil (Lighting) Murray as Jackson’s Garage announce sponsorship of Andrew in his preparation for the Olympic Games in Athens.

Same Week Martina Cahill Shankill Lower is the recipient of her Higher Diploma in Sick Children’s Nursing from UCD at the Children’s Hospital in Crumlin.Educted at Breifne College and The College of Further Studies Cavan and Thames Valley University where she took her Higher Diploma in Nursing. Martina is daughter of Paddy and Dympna Cahill Shankill Upper Cavan

Michéal Rooney takes his BA Honours degree in Economics and Geography at UCD.Educated at Castletara NS and Saint Patrick’s College Cavan Michéal is son of Philip and Bernie Rooney Coratubber Cavan.

KATS Galway are the winners of the Open Section of the 57th Cavan Drama Festival with Cornmill Theatre Carrigallen 2nd.Bailieboro Dramatic Group were winners of the Confined Section with ‘Kings of the Kilburn High Road’ Best Actress Mary Morris Cornmill Carrigallen Best Actor Gabriel Savage CBS Dramatic Society Belfast Ray O Connor Award most promising actress 8 year old Jade Young Kilrush Dramatic Society Phil Cullivan Award for best set and Stagecraft Claregalway Adjudicator’s Award Pacelli O Rourke Sundrive players Dublin.

Death of Thana McDwyer Farnham Street after a long illness borne with courage and fortitude. Member of a distinguished Medical family in the Eastern Province of Natal South Africa.Thana studied Nursing specialising in Midwifery at Middlesex Hospital before returning to South Africa where she was confronted with many problems including apartheid. Later returned to England to do a Post Graduate in Nursing with the intention of returning to South Africa but met Ray McDwyer who was studying accountancy and was baptised a Christian in Westminster Abbey London before marrying Ray and coming to Cavan in 1974 where she assisted Ray in the formation of his accountancy firm at Michael Young’s Ashe Street Railway Road and finally partnership with Hugh Lennon Thomas Young and Mary Sheridan at Esker Place. Prominent member of County Cavan Golf Club Cavan Wheelchair Association where she served in every executive position  The Re Hab and a Counsellor at Cavan Bereavement Group. Founder member of Cavan Junior Chamber of Commerce she was instrumental in the publication of the famous JCI Local directories. Caring sympathetic and very humble person Thana delighted in serving other people and caring for the weak old and vulnerable in society. Survived by her husband Ray daughter Vicky special friend John brothers and sisters. The Cathedral was packed to capacity for her Requiem Mass and Funeral to which Thana’s brothers and sisters from South Africa contributed greatly to the liturgy.

Over 300 attend the opening of the Baptist Church at Corglass on the 10th anniversary of the foundation of the Baptist Faith in Cavan. Youngest of the congregation Hollie Foster and Naomi Byrne unveil the plaque while Pastor Ian Grant presided and presented commemorative Bibles to McCauley Construction who built the church and Joseph and Margaret Wedlock Architects and members of Cavan Baptist Church.

Social Services Whist 1st Lady Madge McCabe 2nd Lady Dympna Cahill 3rd Lady Helen Timmoney Lady Hatcher Joan McCarville.

April 10th 2003 Niall O Riordan from Killycannon is Cavan Bachelor of the Year following the contest in the Cavan Crystal Hotel where he was presented with his prize by Lynn McGoohan Cavan Crystal and Peggy Sharkey organiser.

Same Week County Cavan Golf Club and Cavan Town Council pass a vote of sympathy with Ray Vicky and the McDwyer family on the recent death of Thana and brother Damian McDwyer .

Sean Tarpey will open his new Super Valu at Lakeland Retail Park shortly. He promises to create 100 jobs in the20,000 square foot state of the art facility. Free car parking space for 450 cars is provided. Sean has run Super Valu in Ballinamore for many years. The news follows the decision of Woodies to locate to Cavan Lakeland Park.

Death of Michael Young late of Drumcrave at the James Connolly Memorial Hospital Blanchardstown at the age of 78.Resident in Turret Road Palmerstown Michael was a retired Garda Sergeant-he took early retirement to care for his wife. Last of the esteemed Young family Drumcrave .Predeceased by his wife Nancy he is survived by  his sons Bernard Thomas Sean Gerard and Michael. Funeral from Saint Philomena’s Church Palmerstown to Palmerstown cemetery.

Untimely death of Seamus Mongan Mount Saint Francis at the age of 31 after a brief illness. Highly respectable decent quiet religious man he was cherished by both settled and travelling community. Survived by his mother Catherine. Funeral from the Cathedral to Ballyhaunis cemetery in county Mayo.

Phil Ward and Paddy Faulkner win the March Invitation Pairs at Cavan Bridge Club 2ndLeo Brady and Mildred Judge 3rd Pat O Flaherty and Jim McDaid.

Paul Brady becomes the first Cavan  man to win an All Ireland Senior Handball title when he wins the 40x20 Handball All Ireland  defeating Tony Healy from Kilkenny 21-6 21-18 at Croke Park.

Crannog Bridge N/S 1st Bernie O Reilly and Geraldine Powell 2nd Etta McIntyre and Madge Curran 3rd Noreen O Reilly and Helen Timmoney E/W 1st Phil Smith and Vera Coulter 2nd Helen O Reilly and Ross Kenny 3rd Mary Johnston and Anne Smith.

Sparkling display by Cavan Town as they defeat Drumhill 3-0 at Derrycramph.Own goal in the first minute big blow to the visitors. Michael Smith from a penalty in the  27th minute put the home side further ahead and then in the 33rd minute Brian Dolan was on target with a great goal from 30 yeards out.The Town led by 3-0 at the interval and despite Drumhill’s best effort the defensive formation adapted by the Town in the second half was resolute. Barry Loughman Man of the Match. Team James Heffernan Darren Wall Shane Byrne Michael Smith Barry Loughman Dallan Brady Brian Dolan Kieran Hanniffy Padraig Molloy Subs Michael Doherty for Brian Dolan Hughie Murray for Michael Smith and Gerry Nevin for Padraig Molloy.

Pictured is Pauline Clarke presenting the rosette to John Floody the leading Rider at the Finals of the Winter League at Cavan Equestrian Centre.Conor Swale from Crossgar County Down on ‘Windgate Cruise West’ was the winner of 1.20 metre class while Paul O Shea from Limerick won the 1.50 class on ‘Robin Hood’ Linda Ekberg from Kilkenny won the 1.0 class on ‘A Frolic’

Pictured are Proprietor Collette Lee and Assistant Amanda Gill at their sparkling new very popular Avant Garde Boutique in Bridge Street.

April 17th 2003 Following a complaint from Councillor Paddy O Reilly with regard to late night cider parties and loud shouting and roaring at the Green on the Steeples County Manager Brian Johnston promises to investigate the feasibility of fitting CCTV cameras to identify the culprits at Cavan Town Council meeting in the Town Hall.

Diana Lady Farnham presents valuable paintings books silverware and artefacts from the defunct Farnham Estate to Cavan County Museum for display for an initial period of 10 years. Pictured is Francis Fitzsimmons Chairman Cavan County Council Diana Lady Farnham and Brian Johnston County Manager

Same Week Cavan Icebreakers present a cheque for €18,700 to North Eastern Autism and Downs Syndrome Association and a commemorative plaque to Paddy O Reilly TC on the occasion of his 30th consecutive Icebreaker’s Christmas Morning swim.

Concepta McGovern President of Cavan Town ICA presents the Mary Carey Cup for brown bread baking to Annie Young Carrickane winner of the Golden Jubilee competition at the Day Centre Cathedral Road.

Due to health reasons Patsy Lee Treasurer is accommodated by Cavan Credit Union with a Co Treasurer Erick Johnston. Controversy expected at forthcoming AGM on the 16th May 2003 when the Accounts will be presented for the year to 30th September 2002.It is proposed to pay a dividend of only 1% to the 14,000 members as compared to up to 3% in other centres. Shares paid amount to €22,697,256 while loans to members amounts to €14,629,249

Cavan Singers and Guests perform a Mozart double bill in the Cathedral featuring the Mozart Requiem.Ciaran Tackney has been the Director of Music with the 50 member Cavan Singers since 1995.They have performed some of the great sacred and secular music including Hayden’s Creation Handel’s Messiah and Faire Requiem. Local music teacher Sue Donoghue performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A Major. Sue who took her music degree in UCC and Masters from Trinity College London is highly competent on the piano and conducts County Cavan Youth Orchestra and is well known to Cavan audiences for her musical expertise. The Cavan Singers joined forces with their counterparts from Maynooth Chamber Choir with guest orchestra and soloists Eugene Griffin Victor Williams Yvonne Woods and Joanne Campbell Griffin.

Blacrock College Dublin beat Saint Patrick’s College 4-1 in the FAI All Ireland School’s Cup final at Belfield. Michael Lyng gave Saint Pats a great start with a magnificent goal from 25 yards following a perfect cross field pass from Francis Graham. The teams were locked at 1-1 at the interval. The strength and fitness of the Dublin college told in the second half particularly Man of the Match Mark Vaughan and Saint Pats tiring made elementary mistakes that cost them 3 goals and the match.

Kinnypottle Players at the Ramor Theatre with their presentation of ‘The Mai’.Richella Matthews in the title role gave a masterful performance and earned the capacity audience’s sustained applause at the conclusion.

April 24th 2003 David Small The Anglo Celt Weatherman reports that Cavan and Ireland enjoyed 40 days of glorious continuous sunshine through all of March and much of April. The rainfall for the 2 months was less than ½ “ and there was 218 hours of sunshine and only 2 days when the sun did not appear.

Same Week Eva Robinson Railway Road Killeshandra celebrates her 100th Birthday in the company of her daughter Betty Hales  and her granddaughter the Rev Sandra Hales. Born on the 28th March 1903 in the parish of Derrylane Killeshandra Eva is hale and hearty and lives with her daughter Betty .She has another grandson David and great granddaughter Louise in Brisbane Australia. Hundreds of neighbours and friends called to the Hales household to convey their congratulations to Eva and there was the customary card and cheque from the President of Ireland Mary McAleese.

Alex Butler Courtown Kells is presented with the Wesley Anderson Memorial trophy by Wesley’s daughter Elaine following his win at Cavan Equestrian Centre.

May 1st 2003 Death of Canon Thomas Desmond O Dowd PP Emeritus Drumgoon following a long illness of 6 months at Cavan General Hospital at the age of 77.Born on the 8th February 1925 to Thomas and Elizabeth O Dowd Carrigan Swanlinbar.Educated at the local National School and Saint Patrick’s College Cavan. Ordained on the 19th June 1949 at Maynooth College. Served in Birmingham 1949-1953 Glenade 1953-1959 Doobally 1959-1962 Teemore 1962-1968 Cavan (1968-1985 Administrator Cavan Cathedral 1980-1985.Outstanding priest friend confidant and organiser. Founded the School’s Easter Liturgical Festival Altar Society leading role in Social Services Cavan Boy Scouts and the Cathedral Choir where he was Musical Director. Father Dessie was a decent holy humble man who could delegate and appreciate and acknowledge the efforts of other people. First brought the Cathedral Choir to national prominence with annual appearances on the Sunday Morning Mass from Donnybrook on RTE 1.Always welcomed the media to broadcast Mass and other ceremonies from the Cathedral. Led the choir on their trip to the Phoenix Park to sing for the Pope on the 29th of September 1979.Good accordionist and singer what Father Dessie lacked in talent he made up for with enthusiasm. Appreciated live music and entertainment and organised many shows in the Town Hall as well as being a keen supporter of Cavan Drama Festival. Hosted the famous Maynooth class of 1949 in the Cathedral and Park Hotel in Virginia on their annual Easter reunion in 1986. The Archbishop of Dublin Kevin McNamara Bishop of Cork Bishop Murphy and Bishop of Galway Eamonn Casey were among his colleagues in Maynooth while Father Torlac O Reilly and Father Pat Brady were Father Dessie’s Kilmore class mates. Appointed Parish Priest of Drumgoon in August 1987 Cavan’s loss was Cootehill’s gain and  among many other things renovated Saint Michael’s Church and  grounds refurbished Saint Michael’s Hall. All of his priestly life his first priority was to preach the Gospel represent Christ among his people by visiting the sick the old and the infirm and to show good example and leadership to his people. For 53 years of a wonderful priesthood Canon Dessie did these tasks with great style and humility. Survived by his brothers John and Mattie sisters Sheila Marian and Cepta.Funeral following concelebrated Mass at which the Bishop of Kilmore Leo O Reilly was the chief celebrant with burial in Saint Michael’s cemetery Cootehill.

Same Week Death of Nora Byrnes nee Smith Kilnavara Cavan in London. Survived by her husband Christopher brothers Con Kilnavara and Pat in London. Funeral from the Cathedral to Drumavaddy.

Death of Margaret Jackson 18 Fairview at the age of 87 at Cavan General Hospital following a short illness. Born at Mons Terrace Cavan Margaret was a member of the Farrelly family one of Cavan’s oldest and most respected families. In her younger days worked for Tom and Millie McCarren at Brookvale and for many years lived in Brookvale on the Farnham Road Married Charlie Jackson who worked in McCarren’s factory and died suddenly at the age of 56.Attended Bingo on a weekly basis in the Town hall meeting all her friends andneighbours.Predeceased by her husband Charlie she is survived by her 3 sons Joseph Charlie and Paddy daughters Molly Brigid Lilly Frances Kathleen Susan Margaret Annie .Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Cavan Icebreakers 2003 Chairman Paddy O Reilly Vice Chairman Alex Moran Secretary Jacinta Donleavy Treasurer Eddie Quinn Assistant Treasurer Sean Walsh. Committee Members Eugene O Neill and John Gorman.

Pupils from the classes of Concepta Bolger and Carmel Anderson with the expert assistance of Arts Teacher Imelda Bradley complete the magnificent mural entitled ‘Rumble’ at Saint Clare’s School.

Saint Patrick’s College and Alexandra College Dublin present a magnificent evening of opera classical and Irish music selection at Saint Patrick’s College Concert Hall. Evelyn ?? Conductor of the Senior Choir with soloists Pauline Brady Cian Brady Brian McKenna and Eileen Tackney on the organ. Alexandra College in Dublin is one of Ireland’s most exclusive secondary schools for girls. Founded by Anne Jellico in 1862 with the aim of preparing young girls for University education. There are 600 pupils at the School 200 of whom are borders.

Doctor Charmaine Coyle is conferred with her PhD in Philosophy at the University of Essex.Charmaine was educated at Farnham NS Loreto College and UCD and is daughter  of Mr and Mrs Terry Coyle Drumora Crossdoney.

Pat Smith and Anselem Lovett win the President’s Prize at Cavan Bridge Club 2nd Eddie O Gorman and Charlie Corr 3rd Father Thomas Woods and Kay Henry.

Packie Doonan completes his 59th marathon in Boston USA.He was among 17,046 runners to face the starter for the oldest and greatest marathon in the world which he finished within the strict time limit of 7 hours.Packy was sponsored by the Farnham Hotel and Martin Donohoe for the trip.

Jonathan Farrelly (14) Sharon Gill (10) Eddie Olwill (15) and Catriona Smith (9) qualify for the Mixed Pairs All Ireland Finals following their win at the Ulster finals in Newbliss.Both are trained by Cavan Gymnastic Club founder the legendary Jim O Leary who is also President of the  Irish Gymnastic Association and well known International judge.

County Cavan Golf Club following an EGM in the Clubhouse decide to proceed with  renovations to the Clubhouse and appoint Dr Arthur Spring to design new greens and tees to USPGA standard and to expand and upgrade the draining network making the course playable all year round and suitable as a venue for Irish and International Championships.

May 8th 2003 Sudden and untimely death of Brian Johnston Cavan County Manger as he was playing golf with his brother in law Cormac D Dunne at The Slieve Russell Golf Club on Saturday the 3rd May when he suddenly took ill and died. Recently had returned to work following major heart surgery. Brian was born in Kilduff Redhills in 1942 son of George and Katie  Johnston the second child he had an older brother Aidan and sister Anne Educated at Saint Mary’s National School Ballyhaise where the Principal was his aunt Mary Ann Johnston and Saint Patrick’s College which he entered in 1955 on a County Council Scholarship. Outstanding footballer he was a member of the College team defeated by Saint Colman’s Newry in the McRory Cup Final in Castleblayney in 1960.Many honours with Redhills GFC he was a member of the panel to win the Ulster Minor Championship in 1959 later being narrowly beaten in the All Ireland Final by Dublin. After graduating from Saint Patrick’s College with an Honours Leaving Certificate Brian first worked for CIE in Cavan and later The Health Board Cavan County Council. Town Clerk in Cavan Town Clerk Westport Staff Officer and Development Officer Longford County Council. Appointed County Secretary Wicklow County Council 1978 later Assistant County Manager Wicklow County Council. Took leave of absence to act as an advisor to Liam Kavanagh at the Department of the Environment and in December 1989 he took the courageous step to return to Cavan where he led from the front shooting straight from the hip. Best remembered for his dedication and commitment to transforming the roads structure in the county .He was greatly assisted by his County Engineer John Tiernan and staff. Major projects included the new Cavan By Pass and the Aughalane Bridge which was opened and named after Senator George Mitchell who chaired the Peace process in Northern Ireland and was chief architect of the Good Friday Agreement. New swimming pool and enhanced Sports Complex at Drumalee-leader of all the high powered delegations that forced then Minister for the Environment Padraig Flynn to locate a first class swimming pool in Cavan despite stringent cut backs at Central Governament.Appointed an Arts Officer to Cavan the first outside Dublin founded the Ramor Theatre in Virginia and County Cavan Museum in Ballyjamesdduff.Initiated the movement for a state of the art library in Cavan for which funding was confirmed in the week before his untimely death. Present Chairman of Association of County and City Managers. In 2002 and during his recuperation from major heart surgery Brian at the age of 58 completed his Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Ulster in Jordanstown and was later admitted as a fellow of the John F Kennedy Business School in Harvard US Most of all he promoted Cavan as an attractive destination for holidays and recreation through his whole hearted support for Catherina McKiernan travelling all over the world with many of his council colleagues to cheer and support Catherina in her bid for World and Olympic glory. He ensured during her time as an employee of Cavan County Council that she had ample time for training and proper facilities to the extent of installing a private shower for her in the Courthouse. Ensured that Cavan and his native Redhills got massive positive exposure from Shane Connaughton’s Playboy which was filmed in Redhills and received world wide publicity with Albert Finney Sean Penn and Robin Wright some of the Hollywood stars that starred in the film. During Brian’s tenure Cavan once again became a football power in Ulster winning 2 Under 21 and 1 Senior Championship in 1997 receiving national media attention for the first time since the 1960s .Former Captain and Honary Life Member of Wicklow Golf Club Brian was the current President of the Slieve Russell Golf and Country Club. Members of Cavan County Council and Cavan Town Councils formed a guard of honour on each side of the hearse which was met at the Cathedral Road junction by members of the County Council staff who lined the route to the Cathedral where the remains were received by Father Gerry Kearns. The chief celebrant of the Funeral Mass was his old classmate Father Tom McKiernan who had officiated at Brian and Mary’s wedding in 1968 and who baptised his eldest child Catherine. Father Tom n a brilliant eulogy to his dead friend remarked that Brian had all the qualities of a great man allied to a bit of native thickness. Father Tom was assisted by Bishop Francis McKiernan while Bishop Leo O Reilly presided. The graveside oration in Saint Aiden’s cemetery Butlersbridge was given by his predecessor as County Manger David Mackey

Same Week Vera Kerrick a teacher of Irish and Geography for the last three years is off to Moldova to work in Children’s Orphanage with Outreach Moldova. Cheque for€3,8000 is presented by her colleagues and pupils of Loreto College. Vera in paying tribute to her fellow teachers parents and students also thanks Hughie and Eileen Smith Carraig Springs and Geraldine Dalton from Mullahoran.Pictured with Vera before her departure for two week tour of duty are Eimear Smith Christia Brady Mairead Coyle Tara Henry Lucy O Reilly Sarah Brennan Charlotte Grogan Sorcha Coyle Michelle Dalton and Fionnuala Flynn.

Noreen O Reilly long time Secretary of Saint Christopher’s Hospice returns thanks to the doctors and staff Cavan General Hospital and her many friends and neighbours for their cards and good wishes during her 6 month stay in Hospital. Noreen assures everybody that she has recovered her health and strength.

Happy Days Crèche and Playgroup opened at Tierquin catering for all children from 6 months to -2 years. The centre is run by Jean and Evelyn Sheridan who are both graduates of Cavan College of Further Education with NCVA Diplomas in Child Care and Health and Safety. Both mother and daughter have also a qualification in First Aid.

May 15th 2003 €450,000 extension officially opened at Corlurgan National School by the Minister for Education and Science Noel Dempsey. The new extension incorporates 2 new classrooms and canteen and caters for 92 pupils. Father Paul Casey Chairman of the Board of Management pays tribute to former Principal Helen Maguire who died on January 25th 1999.It was Helen as Principal who first initiated the move to have the extension designed and built to such an exacting standard. The contractors were Joe McGurk and Company Limited Ballyjamesduff to whom many tributes were paid and the work he did is a fitting memorial and tribute to Joe who died recently at a young age.The Architects were Meagher and Brady. The present Principal is Eamonn Gavin while the Chairman of the Parent’s Committee is Sarah Johnston.

Same Week Michael Meehan beats Conor McClarey to win the Junior Snooker Championship at Cavan CYMS.The beaten Semi Finalists were Michael Breslin and Levi Murphy who also refereed the Final.

Death in Dublin of Morna and Joseph McMullin daughter and son of Surgeon Joseph and Frances McMullin ‘Innisfall’ Church Street Cavan both in the last week.Morna was aged 72 and lived in Terenure and was the 8th child of the family. Educated at Loreto and Sacred Heart Lesson Street she qualified as a Radiographer and worked first in Monaghan County Hospital and later Saint James’ where she remained until her recent retirement. Very talented actress and outstanding soprano voice Morna was a  member of the famous Rathgar and Rathmines Musical Society and was a life long member of the choir in Saint Joseph’s Terenure.Maintained great love and regard for her native town she took the lead role in the Pirates of Penzance for the Father ABC McGrath Production in 1963 brining the entire production to a new scale and standard of  performance. Funeral following Requiem Mass in Saint Joseph’s Terenure to Dean’s Grange cemetery.

Death of Surgeon Joseph McMullin at the age of 81 at Saint Vincent’s Hospital Elm Park after a long illness. He was the eldest child of the late Surgeon Joseph and Frances McMullin ‘Innisfall’ Church Street Cavan. Educated at Loreto College Cavan Clongowes Wood Kildare and UCD.Followed in his father’s illustrious footsteps and was a long time Consultant Surgeon in Saint Vincent’s Hospital where he renewed acquaintances with many of his fellow Cavan men and women who are to day indebted to his wonderful skills as a Surgeon. Survived by his wife Raphael sons Liam Patrick Joseph daughters Daireen and Raphael Jane. Funeral following concelebrated Requiem Mass in Saint Mary’s Enniskerry to Dean’s Grange cemetery. Both Morna and Joseph McMullin are mourned in Cavan by sister Airmid and the O Hanlon family Glenair Cathedral Road.

Cavan Gaels captained by Eddie O Hanlon beat the holders Drumalee3-09 to 0-12 to win the Division 1 Minor League Final at Breffni Park. Goals were the difference between the two sides and the Gaels managed 3 in the 2nd half.Drumalee were only a point in arrears with time up but the referee added on 10 minutes injury time and the Gaels greater strength and fitness added another 1-2 to their total. The two sides were locked together at the interval Gaels 1-2 Drumalee 0-5.Scorers for the Gaels Ciaran Flynn 1-3  Francis Graham 1-0 Alan O Riordan 1-0 Gearoid Collins 0-3 Michael Lyng 0-2 and Edward O Hanlon 0-1.Man of the Match Ciaran Flynn. Team

Jonathan Farrelly and Sharon Gill win the Gold Medal in the Mixed pairs All Ireland Gymnastic Finals in Tuam.Faultless performance they beat off a strong Galway challenge by 0.5 of a point. Their tumbling and tempo to  lively Spanish music background had the entire stadium clapping and cheering. They follow in the footsteps of fellow Cavan Gymnasts Niall McDonnell and Philomena Hannon who were successful in the All Ireland Pairs 2 years ago. Both are trained by well known Cavan and National coach Jim O Leary.

McCarren’s launch their new Farm to Fork Shop at Farnham Road. Pictured outside the shop are Declan Murphy John McCarren Brid Brady Larry Reddy (Shop Manager and Master Butcher) and Andrea Hodgson.Andrew McCarren MD states that the customer is now guaranteed quality Irish Pork and Bacon at wholesale price.McCarrens which is one of the oldest bacon curing factories in Ireland was founded in 1866 and exports quality pork and bacon to UK Europe Japan South Africa and the Far East and supplies many of the major retail outlets in this country.

May 22nd 2003 The new County Library is to be named the Johnston Central Library following a unanimous vote of Cavan County Council to name the library after its illustrious late former County Manager. The Library will stand on the site of the old Protestant Hall on the junction of Farnham Street and Ashe Street. It is expected that work will commence on the Library at Christmas.

Same Week Elizabeth Wilson Higgins is inducted as a member of Institute of Accounting Technicians of Ireland. Elizabeth took her Diploma in Certified Pubic Accounting at the College of Further Studies Cavan

Pictured at the Church of Ireland General Synod in Dublin are Rev Mark Lidwell Rector Cavan Parish Church and Rev Charles McCollum Saint Peter’s Parish Belfast and a native of Coranure Cavan.

Death of Francis (Sony) Armstrong Drumcalpin Butlersbridge.Survived by his sisters Nancy O Reilly Butlersbridge and Agnes Kasperezah.Funeral from Saint Aiden's Butlersbridge to Saint Aiden's cemetery.

Death of the very popular and well known Michael (Mick) Monaghan 37 Wolfe Tone Street and late of Maghera Virginia. Joined the ESB after leaving school and gave them 38 years of industrious loyal service. Worked on the Rural Electrification with the ESB bringing electricity to far flung places within the county. Outstanding footballer in his youth he played with the famous Maghera Mac Finns and finished his career in his adopted Killygarry GFC.Great clubman he served as an officer and committee member for over 30 years. Survived by his wife Maudie sons Kieran Joe and Michael daughters Eileen and Sandra brother Jese.Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral where his team mates and club members from Maghera McFinns and Killygarry provided the Guard of Honour. Burial afterwards in Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Death of Tom Crowe Kilnavara at the age of 72 in Cavan General Hospital. Native of the town Tom was born in Bridge Street where his father carried on an extensive butchering business. Extensive farmer and pig dealer Tom was extremely well known over many counties. Outstanding footballer with Cavan Slashers and Saint Patrick’s College. Great fan of Cavan Gaels and the Cavan county team. He took great pride in the achievement of his son Brian who recently refereed the All Ireland Club Football Final in Croke Park and is numbered among the leading referees in the country. He was a great lover of the outdoor life and enjoyed fishing and hunting with his many close friends. Survived by his wife Margaret sons Brian Tomas Noel David and Dermot daughters Kathleen and Margaret brothers Niall Oliver and Derek sisters Patsy Smith and Ursula O Dowd. He was recently predeceased by his brother Brian and in 1974 by his brother Colm.Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.

Crannog Bridge President’s Prize Joint Winners Gene Murphy and Frances Daly and Jim and Evelyn Beirne 2nd Mary McGowan and Mary McNicholas 3rd Irene Sullivan and Geraldine Crotty

11 year old Kavan Donohoe from the Golf Links Road is the winner of the prestigious Granard Harp Festival. Taught and coached by Aonghus Rooney Scotstown .Kavan and his sister Savannagh also play the tin whistle and are taught the art of whistling by Pat McCabe from Monaghan.Kavan and Savannagh are son and daughter of Martin and Angela Donohoe Golf Links Road Cavan.

Seamus Power and Catherina McKiernan are the winners of the inaugural Annalee 10k beginning from the Cavan Crystal Hotel wending its way around Loreto and back up through Farnham Street to the finish at the  Hotel. Seamus finishes in a very creditable 30.04 2nd David Carrie Dunleer and 3rd Mark McKenna Glasslough Harriers.Catherina finishes in a respectable 34.17 with Margaret Synott Finn Valley and Katherine Leavy Raheny Shamrocks 3rd.Paul Myles was the outstanding local athlete winning his veteran age group and continuing his good form of late which has seen him set Irish age records from the 400 metres to the marathon.

May 29th 2003 Development proposals for Farnham Estate are lodged with Cavan County Council. The proposed development which will cost in the region of €50 million will incorporate a 5 star hotel and 18 hole Championship Golf Course as well as extensive leisure facilities.

Same Week Fiona McGonnell competes in ‘Castaways’. Five men and five women will sail on the tall ship around the coast of Ireland and RTE will record their exploits in 8 part series where the voters will vote each week to eject one member similar to ‘The Big House’ series on BBC 1.Fiona is a computer analyst and part time model in Dublin and former member of Team P Elliott where she won many county and provincial under age honours. She is daughter of Pat and Breda McGonnell Carrickane Cavan.

Death of Richard (Dixie) O Riordan College Street Cavan and Reading Pennsylvania USA.Eldest child of Tim and Marjorie O Riordan College Street. Timmy was always courageous and fearless .Member of Cavan CBSI and the Boy Scouts’ Band under John Donohoe Timmy played at all the major Ulster Championship and Cavan Championship games during this period. Emigrated to Jersey in the Channel Islands before settling in Reading Pennsylvania USA..Joined the American Army and fought in Vietnam. The horrors and futility of War were brought home to him in this conflict and he never spoke much afterwards about his horrific experiences. Honoured for his bravery in several epic combats Richard was always to the fore and gave off his best protecting his colleagues and friends in their battles with the Viet Cong.Frequent visitor home to Cavan he never forgot his roots. Early throat cancer meant his life was very curtailed in recent years but he worked out daily keeping himself in excellent mental and physical shape. Predeceased by his parents Tim and Marjorie son Robert  and daughter Katherine brothers Timmy Reading USA Cathal Killycannon sister Ann College Street and Marion McNamara Killycannon. Full military honours were accorded to Richard at his funeral in Reading Pennsylvania while prayers were recited in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim for the repose of his soul.

Antrim beat Cavan 2-9 to 1-10 before an attendance of 7,000 with an injury time goal in the 1st Round Ulster Senior Championship match at Casement Park Belfast. Dismal performance by Cavan who led by 4 points with 8 minutes remaining. Antrim chipped away at the Cavan lead and were rewarded with a goal in injury time to deservedly send them into the next round.

In the curtain raiser Cavan had an impressive 0-11 to 1-7 victory over Antrim. Powered by Cavan Gaels players Gearoid Collins Kieran Flynn and Michael Lyng who scored 6points they will now play the winners of Tyrone and Derry in he next round. Scorers for Cavan Michael Lyng 0-6 Enda Mulvey Castlerahan 0-3 John McCabe  and Lorcan Mulvey 0-1 each

Robert Maloney-Derham Breifne Swimming Club is selected for training at the 50 metre Limerick Pool by the Irish selectors. This is his 3rd occasion to join the Irish panel for intensive training and great credit is due to his colleagues in Breifne Club and his coach Ann Coyle.

June 5th 2003 ‘Curtain Craft’ and ‘Laundry Basket’ are burnt to the ground while the Snooker Hall and ‘Fresh To Day’ are badly damaged with smoke and water in fire at the Dublin Road Shopping Mall. Extensive traffic congestion as a result of the fire meant that the Royal School students sitting the Leaving and Junior Carts had to walk the full length of the avenue to gain access to the school. Cavan and Belturbet Fire Brigades eventually brought the fire under control.

Same Week Death of Margaret Brennan Drumnavanagh at the age of 74 on her Birthday. Youngest and last of the McGahern family of 9 from Lacken Ballinagh.Margaret emigrated to England after finishing school and wed her husband John Brennan eventually coming back to Ireland and Cavan in 1978.Worked for a number of years as a Care Attendant in Cavan Surgical Hospital before taking up a similar position in the Psychiatric Ward Cavan General Hospital.Reired in 1995.Predeceased by her husband John in August 1997.Survived by her daughters Jackie Elaine Walsh and Rose  Kenny. Funeral from the Cathedral to Potahee cemetery.

Death of Brigid (Bridgie) McGlynn (Nee Smith) in Cavan General Hospital.Native of Stragella Cavan Bridgie worked first in the Old Globe Hotel later the Ulster Arms before taking up an appointment that lasted a life time with Austin McDonnell and family where she served as housekeeper and maid for nearly 50 years. After the early demise of Austin and later Maureen McDonald Bridgie acted as a second mother to the McDonald family and adopted them as her family. Honest decent hardworking Bridgie was very religious charitable and friendly. Member of many of the Cathedral organisations including Saint Joseph’s Young Priest’s Society and the Legion of Mary. She was a founder member of Cavan Wheelchair Association. Survived by her daughter Kitty son in Law Philip brother Tommy and sister Kathleen grandchildren and great grandchildren. and Roger McDonald whom she lovingly cared for until her death. Funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

Death of Johnny Smith 141 Aughnaskerry Drive and late of 7 Fairview Cavan after a long illness borne with courage fortitude and good humour. Member of one of Cavan’s oldest and most respected families. Johnny served in both the British Army and later during the Emergency in the Irish Army. Outstanding boxer Johnny was the holder of many National and International honours and was a constant support to Brian McKeown and the Cavan Boxing Club many of the boxers Johnny himself coached and passed on useful tips. Took great pride in the achievement of Andrew Murray  the present Ulster and Irish Flyweight Champion. Predeceased by 2 of his sons Joseph and Stephen Johnny Smith is survived by his wife Teresa (Nee Donegan) and sons and daughters. Funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

Death of Mary Smith Cullies Cavan at the age of 95.Eldest of a family of 7 of the Walsh family-she is also the last of the family. Natives of Cullies one of Cavan’s oldest and most respected families with long ties to the Drumalee Club. They were instrumental in its foundation in 1938 and took a leading part in restoring the Club in 1950.Mary was Vice President Drumalee GFC at her death. Excellent card player she enjoyed the Whist Drives and was very successful figuring in the prize winners in the Town Hall and old CYMS Temperance Hall. In recent years attended Bingo at least three times a week and apart from winning she met all her old friends and colleagues to exchange the latest news and greetings. Predeceased by her husband Patrick she is survived b her sons Sean Paddy Michael Peter Tommy daughters Susan Smith Maisie Harte Margaret McQuaid and Kathleen Fay. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Captain’s Prize Cavan Bridge Club 1st Pat Plunkett and Phil Ward 2nd Harry Hunt and Ann Carlin 3rd Paddy Faulkner and Ann Berrill.

Sudden death of the very popular Gerry McKenna Derrycramph and latterly Ballyhaise.Born at the Gate Lodge Lisdarn son of Arthur and Betty McKenna. After school Gerry qualified as a Male Attendant Saint Felim’s. Hospital. Lived at Aughnaskerry Drive for 6 years before building his own bungalow at Ballyhaise.When Saint Felim’s closed Gerry was transferred to Saint Joseph’s Lisdarn where he was immensely helpful and popular with both patients and staff. Guard of honour stretching 100 yards to the Church comprised of his colleagues in the Health Service. Great supporter of Cavan and Manchester United the coffin was draped in the Manchester United colours. Predeceased recently by his father Arthur Gerry is survived by his wife Margie mother Betty brothers Paddy and Arthur sisters Marie Ann (Russell) Delia (Sheridan) Catherine and Bernie (Carey).Requiem Mass in Saint Mary’s Church Ballyhaise at which Father Ray Brady PP was the chief celebrant. Burial afterwards in Saint Patrick’s cemetery Castletara.

Pictured is the Cavan Library Reading Group Dorothy Montgomery Pauline Cherry Josephine Brady Rosemary Lennon Yvette Von Cramon Liz Adams Fiona Duffy Ann Cooney Mary Haren Siobhan Smith Jane McCormick and Deidre Meagher.

June 12th 2003 Cavan Civil Defence are the National Pump Drill winners at the All Ireland Championships in the Cannery Yard in Carlow. Team James Spears Fintan Cooney Paul Cooney Pauric Smith Peter McGuire Father Sean McDermott and Francie Brady. The Instructors of the winning team are Anthony McDermott and Noel Fay.

Same Week Michael Goldrick Cherrymount takes his Honours BSc degree in Psychology from Bray Senior College and Stirling University Scotland. Michael is presently studying for his PhD in Clinical Psycology.Educated at Saint Felim’s Boys School Saint Patrick’s College Michael is son of Mel and Mona Cherrymount Cavan

Cavan Social Services Whist 1st Kathleen McNamara 2nd Agnes McRoe 3rd Sister Ursula Lady Hatcher May McCaul 1st Gent Peter Moore 2nd Gent Jimmy Cullen 3rd Gent Tom Reilly Gent’s Hatcher Sean Leinster.

Cavan Gardening Club annual two day trip to Wexford Waterford and Kilkenny will visit Altamont Home and Garden Kilmohea Garden Kilkenny and Belvedere Park and Garden Mullingar.Booking with deposit of €70 to Mayjo McGahon 6 College Street or Michael Geelan 15 Carrickfern Cavan

Death of Colm Baxter Whitehall and Rock Cross Cavan at Saint Mary’s Hospital Phoenix Park. Executive with the Irish Sugar Company working n Carlow Tuam and Department of Agriculture Dublin. Later took up a position as a Senior Manager with ESSO Garages and served in a number of areas. Son of the late Senator Paddy and Nora Baxter. Survived by his wife Mary daughters Ursula Laurie Alva PF Helen and Fiona sisters Maura Chemist and Monica Munterconnaught.Funeral from the Church of the Holy Child Whitehall to Saint Fintan’s cemetery.

Death of Patricia Leinster Coolboyogue Butlersbridge at the age of 79 .Native of Kilmore.Outstanding DIY and Gardener. She walked to the Bridge each week to collect her pension and was remarkably agile up to her death Survived by his brothers Desmond and Sam sister Florence. Funeral from Cavan Parish Church to Kilmore cemetery..

Cavan Town Council pass a vote of sympathy with the family of the late Joe McMullin and Morna McMullin while congratulating their nephew Johnny O Hanlon on his appointment as President of the Regional Newspaper Association.

Sympathy is extended to Paddy Tavey former Cavan Gaels Cavan and Monaghan star of the 1950-1960 period on the death of his equally illustrious brother and fellow member of the Donaghmoyne Fontenoys John who played for Monaghan and Ulster during this period and won a Junior All Ireland with Monaghan in 1956.

Veronica Sharkey is once again elected Mayor of Cavan Town Council. Paddy O Reilly was elected Vice Chairman of the Council.

Helen O Reilly 70 wins the Ladie’s Captain’s Prize (Maureen Crowe) at County Cavan Golf Club 2nd Geraldine Crotty 71 3rd Terri Crowe73 Past Captain Beda McCabe Finola Smith won the Gross with 86 Sheila McGinnity Best 1st Nine with 34.5 and Declan Young playing off 6 won the Men’s Prize with 42 points.

Congratulations to Paddy Murray and Dermot Carmichael who beat Paddy Maguire and Pat Kinsella to win the Malone Cup at County Cavan Golf Club.

June 19th 2003 The Turkish Special Olympics contingent arrive in Cavan and are staying at the Cavan Crystal and Hotel Kilmore.The party includes 46 athletes and 12 Coaches and are training at Killygarry GFC grounds and The Sports Complex in Drumalee.Parade the town from the Cathedral the delegation are accorded a civic reception at the Courthouse where Charlie Donoghue was MC and Francis Fitzsimmons Chairman Cavan County Council read an address of welcome.

Same Week Cabin Fever comes to an abrupt halt as the RTE crew ship and contestants are shipwrecked off the Donegal Coast where the ship broke up on the rocks. Fiona McGonnell had a miraculous escape but kept screaming “Titanic we are on the Titanic as the noise from the ship was exactly the same as the soundtrack on the Titanic film”. On reaching shore she collapsed and had to be carried to the nearby hotel where the contestants were housed.

Ruth Reilly Coolboyogue and Shaun Alexandras Croydon London are married n Derryheen Parish Church with the Reception later in the Hotel Kilmore.

Cavan Drama Committee 2003 Chairman Sheila McGinnity Treasurer Peter McGovern Secretary Ann Tully PRO Josie Coyle Assistant PRO Eddie Brady and Director Brian Sullivan.

Cavan Gifts Racquetball Finals at Saint Patrick’s College Novice beat Michael Minehane 15-1 and 15-10 Intermediate Terry Sheridan beat Leo Flood 15-8 8-15 and 11-7 in the tie break Senior Brian Smith beat Seamus Watters 15-12 15-7 to win his first Senior title in sparkling style. Edward Coleman Cavan Gifts presented the prizes at a reception and dinner hosted and sponsored by Gerry Brady The Orchard Drumalee.

June 26th 2003 Tragic accident when Thomas Brady Killygoan driving his tractor was fatally injured in collision with a ditch at Kilmore Lower. Accident happened about 4 but only noticed by passing motorist at 6 when Thomas was dead on admission to Cavan General Hospital. Survived by his wife Teresa sons Patrick Thomas and Philip daughters Mary Veronica Josephine Margaret and Geraldine. Funeral from Saint Patrick’s Drumcor to the adjoining cemetery.

Same Week Death of Father Augustine Leyden PP Killinagh and Glangevlin.Professor in Saint Patrick’s College from 1956-1971 and founder member and annual contributor to Seanchas Breifne.Celebrants of his Funeral Mass included the Archbishop of Armagh Sean Brady Bishop Leo O Reilly Kilmore and Father John O Donnell PP Killinagh and 70 clergy from the Diocese and elsewhere. Burial in the grounds of Saint Patrick’s Church Killinagh.

Death of Margaret O Dowd Corhoogan at Esker Lodge Nursing Home after a long illness. Wife of the very well known and highly respected Michael O Dowd an old and distinguished family in the area where Michael acted as a Rate Collector for a long number of years. Staunch member of Fianna Fail he took a very active part in promoting the Party particularly at General and Local Elections. Margaret is survived by her husband Michael daughters Maura Martina and Bernie brother Michael and sister Mary.Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

Irish Blood Transfusion Unit thank the donors and local organisers for giving 636 pints of blood at the recent Clinic in the Kilmore Hotel. Among the  donors there was 68 new patients and thanks is conveyed to Beatrice Maloney Ann O Donnell Mary McNicholas Josie Coyle Tina Farrelly Delores O Reilly Breeda Connolly and Sally Pratt who organised the Clinic in Cavan and are long time organisers for the Irish Blood Transfusion Unit.

Brother Timothy is back in Cavan to attend the Golden Jubilee Comhaltas Concert in The Cavan Crystal Hotel. Part of the proceeds  donated to Brother Timothy’s Musical Instrument Appeal. Brother Timothy is himself celebrating his Golden Jubilee of his profession as a De La  Salle brother and is hale and hearty and teaching in Saint Scholastica College in Johannesburg. Fellow teacher and former pupil Eugene Reilly made the presentation to Brother Timothy at the interval in the star studded concert which was attended by an enthusiastic audience of over 400.Stars of the Show were the Ward Family and Draioch consisting of Sarah Ward Luke Ward Barry Leonard Laura Brady and Pauric Lynch. The MC was Sean Byers DJ with Northern Sound Radio.

July 3rd 2003 Philip Fitzsimmons B Comm. FCCA is appointed CEO of FBD Holdings. Served for a period as Deputy CEO Philip now takes over the helm from Paul O Callaghan who is staying on as an Executive Director of the Company. Philip was educated at Saint Clare’s De La Salle Cavan Saint Patrick’s College Cavan and UCD.Son of the late James and Etta Fitzsimmons he lived in Bridge Street and later in Pullamore.Star footballer with Saint Patrick’s College UCD Killygarry GFC and Cavan county team Philip is married to Paula and they have a family of 5.

Same Week Fiona McGonnell back in business after her harrowing experience on the high seas sails out of Sligo Port for Cabin Fever 2.The contestants are guaranteed better food less sleep deprivation and safer passage than Cabin Fever 1 which ran aground and broke up off the coast off Donegal. The ship is now heading for Salthill and Galway Bay for next Monday’s episode on RTE

Lorraine Poyntz and Nigel Brady are married in Saint Felim’s Cathedral Kilmore.

Louise Johnston  Katie Flynn are pictured with John McCarren and Andrew McCarren Senior as they perform the opening ceremony at McCarren’s Direct new shop at Farnham Road.

394 pilgrims on the Kilmore Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes including 63 invalids enjoy perfect sunny warm conditions for the 5 days of prayer. Highlight of the pilgrimage was Michael McNulty reading the lesson in English to thousands of Mass goers in the Basilica of Pius 10.The theme of this year’s Pilgrimage was ‘A People From Every Nation.’ The leader was Bishop Leo Reilly Director Father Colm Hurley Matron Breege Graham Chief Brancardier Barney Cully  Chaplains to the Sick Fathers Martin Gilchreest and Peter Casey. Special; thanks to Michael Callery and family from Crosserlough who provided the musical accompaniment for all of the sacred music of the Pilgrimage Choir.

David Mulligan is installed as the President of Cavan Lions Club succeeding Peter McGinnity.

July 10th 2003 Fiona McGonnell is second in the popular vote on magical night in Galway Bay aboard Cabin Fever 2.Her sights are firmly set on winning the 1st prize of €100,000 when the ship arrives back in Dublin

Same Week Liam Fitzgibbon former Anglo Celt employee retires as Editor Oireacthas computerisation in Dail Eireann after 30 years service. Liam is married to Cavan girl Cassidy late of Puddin Lane and Owen Roe. An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern says Liam is widely known and highly respected by all sides of the House. A sentiment re echoed by Pat Rabbitt leader of the Labour Party and Enda Kenny Leader of Fine Gael as they wish Liam health and strength in his retirement.

Death of the very popular Mary Caffrey Cois Coille Drumalee and late of Rathangan county Offaly. She was married to Paul and was in fact Paul’s second wife. He worked in the Council Yard and was long time goalkeeper for Drumalee GFC.Predeceased by her husband Paul and son Laurence survived by her sons Padraic Paul Aidan brother Tom sister Peggy. Funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry.

Father Sean Mawn CC Belturbet and former Curate in the Cathedral from 1988-1995 is presented with 2 paintings of Saint Patrick’s Drumalee and Church of the Immaculate Conception Belturbet by local artist Seanie Cassidy which he was instrumental in redecorating and refurbishing on the occasion of his Silver Jubilee of his ordination .Bishop Leo O Reilly in a message states that “Father Sean is a great human being and a wonderful priest” .Concelebrated Mass in The Church of the Immaculate Conception celebrated by Father Patrick J Corrigan PP Bishop Francis McKiernan and the two other Jubilarians Father Liam Kelly and Father Frank Cassidy.

Death of John Rudden Swellan Cavan and Corfeyhone at Saint Joseph’s Hospital Lisdarn.Survived by his sister Kathleen in London brother Gerry Annaglough and Pauric in the USA.Funeral from Saint Patrick’s Church Castletara to the adjoining cemetery.

Marion Mackey President of the Cavan  Bar Association makes a presentation to former outstanding Cavan County Registrar Tommy Owens and wife Marget at the Cavan Crystal Hotel. Jacqueline Maloney presented Marget with the customary bouquet of flowers. Pictured are Jacqueline Maloney Cavan Bar Association Judge Matt Deery Marget Owens Justice Edmund Smith President of the Circuit Court Tommy Owens  PJ Fitzpatrick CEO Court Services Judge Tom Fitzpatrick and Marion Mackey Cavan Bar Association.

Cavan Gaels Under 14 are the guests of An Spideal at the Feile Na Nog Finals in Galway where they reach the Semi Final of Grade 2 only to be beaten by the eventual winners Saint Peter’s Dunboyne in extra time.

Brian Crowe will referee next Sunday’s Munster Senior Football Final between Kerry and Limerick. Brian has already taken charge of the Senior Club Final Senior College’s Final Vocational Schools Final and the Connaught Final this year. His officials are once again Jimmy Galligan John Sheridan Paddy Ferncombe and Michael Lyons.

July 17th 2003 Lorraine Nee is conferred with her PhD in Pharmacology at UCD.Dr Lorraine is  Senior Toxicologist with Oriflame Cosmetics and was educated at Saint Clare’s NS Loreto College and UCD Lorraine is daughter of Larry and Kate Nee Carrickfern Keadue Lane Cavan.

Same Week Death of Jack Smith Church Street at the age of 78.Native of the town son of John and Kathleen Smith Convent House-his father was Land Steward in the Poor Clare Convent. After his education Jack joined McCarren and Company as a Representative and served McCarren’s with great integrity industry and enthusiasm for over 50 years. He was extremely well known in the Dublin area and built up McCarren’s share of the market in the Dublin area. Daily Mass goer and Communicant Jack was a wonderful conversationalist and could recall happenings and events in Cavan down the years with great relish. After his retirement Jack and his wife Una took up walking and they covered many miles in each others company each day. Predeceased by his son Paul Jack Smith is survived by his wife Una daughters Rosalie Catherine Frances Freda Nuala and Aileen brother Paddy in Galway Clare 18 Saint Felim’s Place and Teresa in Cork. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

Sean Smith from Bawnboy is elected Chairman of Cavan County Council. He is brother of Fianna Fail TD Brendan Smith Carrickfern Cavan.

Patricia Walsh 13 Saint Martin’s Estate is appointed to the Board of Comhairle by the Minister of Social and Family Affairs Mary Coughlan.Patricia is a Fianna Fail member of Cavan Town Council since 1993 ,former Mayor of Cavan town and is daughter of Eileen and the late Paddy Graham 20 Tullac Mongan Cavan.

Mattie Kerrigan loses a vote of confidence at Cavan County Board meeting and resigns his position as Team Manger of the county Senior team.

July 24th 2003 Fiona McGonnell going from strength to strength as she finishes 2nd in the popular vote as the Cabin Fever pulls into Cahirciveen  county Kerry. Her parents Pat and Breda and many friends are now posting  billboards and distributing fliers as the ship sets sail for Cobh in county Cork.

Same Week Death of John Tynan Drumhillagh Drung county Cavan at the age of 54.Well known very popular salesman with PMPA John retired due to ill heath in 1982.Later suffered kidney failure and lost his sight rendering him totally blind. Attending 4 Dialysis sessions per week in Beaumont John commenced studying the computer and became an outststanding touch typist taking a 2 Year City and Guilds qualification course. Later taught many people in the Rehab Wheelchair Association and Positive Age the rudiments and enjoyment of typing and computing. Raised large amounts of cash for the National Council of the Blind through fund raising most recently the Icebreakers’ Christmas Morning Swim. Deservedly elected Anglo Celt/Rehab Cavan Person of the Year in 2001.Survived by his wife Mary (Coyle) and brother Eugene. Funeral from the Church of the Immaculate Conception Drung to the adjoining cemetery.

Brian O Leary Cavan School of Motoring publishes the definitive guide to the driving test ‘Get It’. Beautifully written with clear concise easy to understand graphics and illustrations. Brian who is 26 has a degree in Communications and Marketing. The Cavan School of Motoring was founded by Brian’s parents Jim and Detta O Leary in 1972.Jim is a former Government Examiner and Driving Instructor for the last 31 years. While Detta is daughter of Bernadette and the late Joe Kenny Owen Roe Cavan. Pauline Lynch and Jonathan Smith Cootehill and Cavan County Library are married in  Saint Catherine’s Church Limasol Cyprus.

Death of Captain James Kelly Baileboro.Central figure in the 1970 Arms Trial he was recently vindicated and exonerated by the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern Later resigned from the Army and for a period of time was Editor and Publisher of the Cavan Leader. Outstanding character wit and singer he appeared several times on the local Northern Sound and was always the star of the show. Survived by his wife Sheila sons Peter and Justin daughters Suzanne Jacqui Sylvia and Sheila brothers Vincent Brendan Very Rev Oliver Kelly PP Lavey Very Rev Martin Kelly Portaferry sisters Bernadette Nicholson Eileen Fagan Theresa Connolly Pauline Foley and May McManus. Leaders of church and state thronged the Church of The Immaculate Refuge of Sinners Rathmines and the graveside oration in Glasnevin was given by former Editor of the Irish Press Tim Pat Cogan who told the mourners that “Jim Kelly was a great man of integrity honesty and  decency possessing great good humour in the face of adversity and was a proud Irish man Cavan man and above all Bailieboro man”!

Tyrone make no mistake to beat Down 0-23 to 1-05 in the replay of the Ulster Senior Football Final in Clones .Inspired by the sparkling display of Peter Canavan and Eoin Mulligan Tyrone dominated the game from start to finish.

Cavan Gaels retain their Under 14 League title defeating Bailieboro 6-11 to 3-05 at Breffni Park. Star of the game was Martin Dunne who scored 2-7 and captain Christopher Quinn who accounted for 1-3.Michael Coyle in the Cavan Gaels goal was outstanding particularly in the 1st half when a few miraculous saves kept the Gaels in the game. Scorers for Cavan Gaels Martin Dunne 2-7 Christopher Quinn 1-3 Niall Murray 1-1 Kevin Meehan 2-00 Team Michael Coyle Patrick Heslin  Niall Gurhy Damien Kelleher Cormac Donnolly Robert Maloney- Derham Declan Meehan Daniel Graham Christopher Quinn (Captain) Liam Cooke Raymond Murray Niall Murray Kevin Meehan Martin Dunne and Conor McClarey Subs James Malone for Patrick Heslin.

July 31st 2003 Fiona McGonnell just survives walking the plank in Cobh when she secures 16% of the vote to 15.90% for her unfortunate rival. Ship now sails for Waterford with the McGonnell family appealing for more local support for Fiona.

Same Week Death of Bridget Kelly in Ealing Hospital London Member of the well known Donohoe family from Tullac Mongan . Survived by her sons Jim Tommy Paddy Jerry John daughter Kathleen. Funeral took place in London.

Boyle Sports add a new dimension to betting as they open their luxurious 2050 square foot Betting Shop at Upper Main Street complete with air conditioning carpets sofas and complimentary tea or coffee. The premises are accessible from The Bridge Street Car Park and are Wheelchair Accessible. Open 7 days this is the 66th branch of Boyle Sports to open and they will employ in excess of 12 people.

Martin Reilly Crubany is selected on the Irish Soccer International Squad for 4 nation tournament in Hungary. Native of Crubany he is son of  Pauric and Bernie Reilly and is coached by Gene Cullivan Secretary Cavan  Town Under Age Football League. Star centre forward with Saint Patrick’s Area Community Games he has played with Castletara FC Ballyjamesduff Athletic Bohemians in Dublin and is now on the books of Shelbourne FC.

Record turnout for Venerable George Millar’s President’s Prize at County Cavan Golf Club Winner was Mattie Reilly (12) with 44 points 2nd Pauric McCabe (11) with 44 points 3rd Declan O Sullivan (18) with 43 points 4th Lee Horan (12) with 38 points. The winner of the Gross was Eddie McCormack playing off -1 with 38 points. Pictured at the presentation are the members of the MEGS with Venerable George Millar and his daughter Anne Fischer are Gaye Condon  Mary Donohoe Joan O Hanlon Maureen Crowe (Lady Captain) Ann Smith Judy McEntee Helen Timmoney Siobhan Smith Patricia McConnon and visitors from Sweden Irena and Christina.

Congratulations to Frank Glancy and Carmel Gavin on winning the Farnham Cup beating Michael and Finola Smith in the Final also to PJ Dolan and Derek Gold who beat Declan Moran and Dermot Lavin in the Final of the Myxco Cup.

Lorraine Meegan of Cavan Crystal Hotel presents Pauline Clarke Cavan Equestrian Centre with a cheque for sponsorship of their 4 day Indoor Championship .

August 7th 2003 Census figures just released show that Cavan marriages are the soundest in the country with only 4.9% ending in separation.!

Same Week New Echo Cardiograph presented to Cavan General Hospital by Sheila Germaine Bailiebrorough and Patrick ( Buddy) Kiernan Aughakilmore Kilnaleck.Photographed are Sheila Germaine Brian Sullivan (Vice Chairman Friends of Cavan General Hospital) Eileen Lynch (Sheila Germaine’s sister) Margaret Smith (Assistant Secretary) Louise Smith (Assistant Treasurer) Elsie Blakely (Secretary) Patrick (Buddy) Kiernan Paul Robinson (CEO NEHB) and Paul Smith (Physician Cavan General Hospital).

Miracle change in Fiona McGonnell’s fortunes after narrow escape in Cobh rockets direct to Number 1 in the popular vote taking a massive 32 % of the vote in Waterford. Cat 24% and Elaine 23% are the only others left and Fiona is installed as hot favourite to take the €100,000 first prize as Cabin Fever sets sail from Waterford for the Final at Saint John Rogerson Quay in Dublin.

Fiona Gilchrist Kilnavara is conferred with her PhD in Chemical Engineering at Cambridge. Fiona is completing her Post Doctorial research at Cambridge University.Educated at Saint Clare’s and Loreto College Cavan Fiona is daughter of Michael and Bridget Gilchrist Kilnavara Cavan.

David Jackson Managing Director Jackson’s Garage Cavan is appointed Regional Chairman for Cavan of SIMI(Society of the Irish Motor Industry).

Cavan Lawn Tennis Open Week 2003  Luke Ward the outstanding performer winning 3 titles Under 18 Boys Under 18 Doubles with brother Justin and Under 18 Mixed Doubles with Anne O Reilly. Samuel Brady won the Under 12 Singles and Doubles with Conor Hayes. Best game of the tournament was the Girls Under 18 when Laura Tully just edged out Ashling McCormack Cavan.Prizes sponsored and presented by David Jackson/.

August 14th 2003 Fiona McGonnell walks the plank at Saint John Rogerson Quay. Elaine Power is the winner of the €100,000 prize on Cabin Fever. A disappointed Fiona says she will return to her IT job and part time modelling job and would be interested in some television work after her sparking performance in trying circumstances over the last few weeks.

Same Week Michelle Anderson is conferred with her Master of Business Studies (Honours) from Dublin City University.Educated at the Cavan Number 1 School The Royal School  and The Institute of Technology Dublin while her younger sister Elaine Anderson is conferred with her Bachelor of Education Degree with Distinction from Trinity College and the Church of Ireland College Rathmines.Educated at Cavan Number 1 and the Royal School both girls are daughters of Dorothy and the late Wesley Anderson ‘Country Sunshine’ 7 Keadue Cathedral Road Cavan.

Karl McEntee Pullamore and Jennifer Lewis Springville Cavan are married in the Church of Sancta Maria Languedoc France.

Brendan Lewis Springville Earlsvale Road is conferred with his Honours degree in Electronic Engineering at UCD.Educated at Saint Felim’s Boys School and Saint Patrick’s College Brendan is son of Rick and Carmel Lewis Springville Earlsvale Road Cavan.

August 21st 2003 Patrick McKiernan Swellan Cavan celebrates his 100th Birthday at the Omega Nursing Home Belturbet.The cheque from President McAleese was presented to Patrick by Bishop Francis McKiernan. Pictured are Dave Bagshaw Stephen Pat and Caroline McKiernan Bishop Francis McKiernan Patrick McKiernan Centenarian and Bridget Bagshaw.

Same Week Cavan Singers and Guests perform a Mozart double bill in the Cathedral featuring the Mozart Requiem.Ciaran Tackney has been the Director of Music with the 50 member Cavan Singers since 1995.They have performed some of the great sacred and secular music including Hayden’s Creation Handel’s Messiah and Faire Requiem. Local music teacher Sue Donoghue performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A Major. Sue who took her music degree in UCC and Masters from Trinity College London is highly competent on the piano and conducts County Cavan Youth Orchestra and is well known to Cavan audiences for her musical expertise.

Woodies comes to Cavan Lakeland shopping Centre. New 35,000 square foot store the 15th in National chain opened by 9 year old Megan McHardy from Saint Martin’s Estate Cavan the winner of the recent Woodies colouring and painting competition. Noel Elliott Chairman P Elliott and Company thanks Cavan County Council and Cavan Town Council for their co operation in bringing the store on stream 2 months ahead of schedule. Noel concludes by promising more National brand names for Lakeland Shopping Centre which has 400 underground parking spaces..

Cavan Bridge Club 1st Aileen Timmoney and Pat McDermott 2nd Leo Brady and Jim Scanlon 3rd Patsy Gibney and M Tackney

Judy McEntee is the very popular winner of the Megs outing at County Cavan Golf Club with Dessie Coulter 2nd.

Woodies comes to Cavan Lakeland shopping Centre. New 35,000 square foot store the 15th in National chain opened by 9 year old Megan McHardy from Saint Martin’s Estate Cavan the winner of the recent Woodies colouring and painting competition. Noel Elliott Chairman P Elliott and Company thanks Cavan County Council and Cavan Town Council for their co operation in bringing the store on stream 2 months ahead of schedule. Noel concludes by promising more National brand names for Lakeland Shopping Centre which has 400 underground parking spaces..

Therese McCartin from Newtowngore opens the Cavan Academy of Music at 23 College Street. Daughter of Tommy and Marie she holds a BMus from Trinity College and was a member of the Irish Academy Choral Society and Dublin Institute of Technology Choral Society. Resident Pianist in the Slieve Russell Ballyconnell.Therese has taught music in secondary schools in Dublin and Dublin Institute of Technology. Contact Therese for details at 4372227 or 086-3914693.

Death of Joe Bravendar Swellan at Saint Joseph’s Hospital Lisdarn at the age of 82 Long time employee of CIE and GNR Joe lived in the Railway Cottage. Member of an old Cavan family Joe enjoyed fishing gardening and music. Predeceased by his wife Kathleen and daughter Carherine.Survived by his sons Joe Tommy Christy daughters Lily Brady and Geraldine brother Willie sisters Nellie McDonald Phyllis Carmody Nora Watters Annie O Neill and Mary .Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.

Death of the very popular and well known Philip (Phil) Smith Annaglough in Saint Felim’s Hospital at the age of 85.Outstanding gardener and former Foreman with Cavan County Council. Phil was a wonderful wit and could recall with great humour the events of his lifetime and the development of the road structure within the county Survived by his wife Kitty sons Joe and Philip daughters Beatrice and Marie. Funeral from the Cathedral to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Gerry Brady and the staff of The Orchard roll out the red carpet for Fiona McGonnell as her family and friends welcome home the 6 foot stunner and star of Cabin Fever to Cavan. Fiona says she has had several good offers of work since the series and her agency Asset’s are managing her modelling portfolio. The Sun newspaper have also made an offer for a page 3 pin up shot which Fiona has firmly rejected. She will be appearing regularly on Off The Rails on RTE .

Aaron Monaghan son of Elizabeth and John Edenticlare is the star as Tommy Lupin in She Stoops to Conquer in the Abbey Theatre. Former member of Cavan Youth Drama Group and a Market Gardener in Cavan’s Egg Market his natural talent has propelled him into the upper echelons of acting in this country.

Sandar Properties commence building Stonebridge Court 2 bedroom apartments with basement car park and easy access to shops and services. Built to the highest specification and priced from a reasonable €168,00.The Directors of Sandar Properties are well known County Cavan Rugby personalities Jimmy and Kevin Jackson Swellan Cavan.

August 28th 2003  Sandra Walsh Cavan town branch is the winner of the Under 12 Piano at the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Clonmel while Deidre Reilly Drumherrish daughter of Matt and Angela is 2nd in the Under 15 Piano.

Same Week Cavan College of Music expands as demand for the courses increases with the addition of 3 new Music teachers Mick Lynch (Guitar) Sue Donohoe MMS Principal of Cavan College of Music (Piano and Violin) Clara Donohoe (Piano and Keyboard) and Eileen Tackney (Piano and Vocals).The College is attached to the College of Further Studies at 2 Church Street.

Crannog Bridge 1st Jim and Evelyn Beirne 2nd Etta McIntyre and Madge Curran 3rd Frances Daly and Noreen O Reilly tie with Gretta Kearns and Niamh Moore.

Magnificent achievement by Mayjo McGahon and her team in raising over €33,092 for the Irish Cancer Society on Daffodil Day in March 2003.The total raised nationwide was an impressive €3 million an increase of 6.5% on 2002.313 new cases of cancer are diagnosed in Cavan each year while nationwide the detection rate is 20,000 or one case every half hour.

Sean Walsh Cavan’s intrepid long distance swimmer breaks the record for Lake Dripsey on the Banks of Cork’s River Lee. He negotiates the ¾ mile each way swim in a staggering 17 minutes. Barry Galvin Cork was the boatman while Eddie Quinn Drumalee was the timekeeper

Paul Ronan beats Liam Galligan to win the prestigious Member’s Cup at County Cavan Golf Club.

Death of Emmett Moore 83 Main Street. Born in 1939 son of Jack and Annie Moore. His father was a well known highly skilled shoemaker. His mother died when Emmett was only 4 from the TB scourge of that time and his father was tragically killed in a motor accident at Ballyconnell in 1956. Emmett grew up on the Diamond at the junction of Connolly Street/Main Street and Mitchell Street. Educated at the Poor Clare’s De La Salle Emmett’s first job was as Messenger Boy for Connolly’s Chemist a post earlier filled by his brother Liam. Later worked for a period in McCarren’s Factory before joining his brother Kevin and sister Ina in Finchley London. In latter years Emmett was a packer for the Anglo Celt and carer for the children of his niece Josephine and Paul bringing the children to school and collecting them in the evening. Long time member of Cavan’s famous Labour Band Emmett played the side drums and modelled his style on his idol the great Shady Gray who was also a drummer with Cavan Militia and Labour Bands of an earlier era. Outstanding footballer in his youth Emmett’s Theatre of Dreams was the old Egg Market where he starred with his brother Kevin Gerry Egan Micheal Smyth Sean Coyle Jerry Graham and many other neighbours and friends. Lifelong supporter of the Cavan Senior county team he had a great friendship with Peter Donoghue who called regularly to see his sister Josephine Sheridan in the adjoining Sub Post Office. Emmett always maintained that the cause of Cavan’s fall from grace was lack of physique all the big men and women having emigrated in the 1950s!Lifelong boxing fan he rose early in the morning to listen in on the radio to all the big war time fights involving the Brown Bomber Joe Louis and had a great regard for his namesake the ageless Light Heavyweight Champion of the World Archie Moore. For many years he was an ardent supporter of Liverpool FC and saw them win many of their major trophies including European Cups. Mourned by his many neighbours and friends as well as brother Liam sister Ina nieces Josephine and Anna May and many more in Dublin and London. Funeral followed concelebrated Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Thomas McKenna playing off 23 shoots a fantastic 59 to win the Captain’s Séamus McConnon’s Prize at County Cavan Golf Club 2nd Sean O Donnelly (10) with 62 3rd Seamus O Reilly (19) with 65.The Gross was won by John Grogan off 4 with 71 Past Captain’s Terry Smith (6) The popular winner of the MEGS prize was retired Bishop of Kilmore Frank McKiernan while Killian McKiernan (18) with 65 won the Students Prize. The Ladies winner was Ursula Dowd off 30 with 46 points 2nd Irene Smith (31) with 39 points 3rd Anna Cullivan with 30 Points and Gross Majella Brady off 11 with 26 points.

September 4th 2003 Killygarry captained by Mark Greaney beat Castlerahan 0-14 to 1-4  to win the Senior Reserve D Championship at Saint Matthews Park Crosskeys.Well balanced side of youth and experience Killygarry were  much the fitter hungrier and skilful side of a one sided decider. Team Damien Flynn Brian Smith Tommy Reilly Mark Greaney (Captain) Bartley Gilsenan James McGovern Declan Gallen Gabriel McGovern Seamus Lynch Sean Leonard Raymond Galligan Fintan Galligan Declan Gilsenan Frankie Lovett Benny McGovern. Subs John Conroy for Frankie Lovett and Dick Sheridan for Declan Gallen.

Same Week Philp and Bernadette Kiernan continue to develop and extend their Spar Supermarket and Texaco Filling Station on the Dublin Road.Spcialising in fresh wholesome food with hot pizzas .

The remains of Belfast mother of 10 Jean McConville are found 31 years after she was abducted and murdered by the IRA who had accused her of being a British spy!

Peggy Allen Edenticlare and 1 Saint Felim’s Place Cavan once again wins the Dahlia section at the prestigious Virginia Show.The flowers were later presented to the Cathedral for display on the main altar.

September 11th 2003 Sylvia McGuigan and Graham Mills Kilmore are married in Saint Felim’s Cathedral Kilmore with the reception afterwards in Crover House Hotel.

Same Week Cavan College of Further Studies continues to develop and is reckoned to be the biggest college of its type in Ireland. New links are announced with NUI Maynooth NUI Cork Christchurch University Canterbury and the University of Wolverhampton.

Death of the well known and highly popular Sean Reilly MRCVSI Farnham Street and Main Street at College View Nursing Home at the age of 76..Native of Killeshandra where his father Sylvester was proprietors of the Lough Bawn Hotel. Educated at Killeshandra National School Saint Patrick’s College and UCD Sean set up his Veterinary Office at 1 Church Street and was also attached to McCarren and Company for a number of years. Great love of horses Sean always kept a few for his own pleasure at land inDrumalee.Infected by Brucellosis early in his career- it was to plague his life and reared up often when he was under stress. Enjoyed a game of Golf particularly in the company of his first wife Bryde a Poultry Instructress. Deeply involved with Cavan Community Games Team P Elliott and Laragh Athletic Club. His sons Sean and Senan were star athletes with both Laragh UCD and Donore Harriers wile his daughter Niamh was a team mate of Catherina McKiernan and shared many  triumphs with Catherina Pauline Brady and Maguire over roads and country in the colours of Team P Elliott. Friend and benefactor of the Holy Rosary Sisters. Lifetime member of the Knights of Columbanus he was later made an Honary Life Member for his generous and unstinting service to the organisation. Predeceased by his wife Bryde son Sylvan who was killed outside the office at Upper Main Street when just 2 years old and Louise who was murdered in Thailand in 1988 he is survived by his second wife Noreen sons Sean Liam Senan and Niamh daughters Helene Emer and Niamh sisters Sheila Gray and Mary Killeshandra and Mrs Pat Hurley in Newbridge.Funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

Death of Kathleen Gaynor Ballinagh .Member of the O Reilly family Coolkill.She was known for her pure goodness kindness and decency. Herself and husband John ran a very lucrative Drapery Store in Ballinagh for many years –much of the stock was manufactured in John’s Fabric Factory. Unique distinction of being the current  Cavan Rehab/Anglo Celt Person of The Year after being nominated just three years ago. Lived life in a truly Christian manner she was a Minister of the Eucharist life long member of the Total Abstinence Association. She organised 2 Whist Drives per month in latter times and distributed the proceeds to local charities. Predeceased by her husband John she is survived by her brother Luke sister Rose Reilly. Packed congregation at both the Removal and concelebrated Funeral Mass to the adjoining cemetery.

Michael Carolan Swellan Lower marries Mary Soraghan Drumeagle Crosserlough in Saint Mary’s Church Crosserlough..His reception was held later in the Crover House Hotel.

Well known and highly popular Josephine Jameson is pictured in animated conversation with the President of Ireland Mary McAleese at a recent conference ‘Youth Beyond Disability ‘held in Dublin recently.

September 18th 2003  Unique picture in this week’s Anglo Celt of five generations of the Galligan- O Rourke Family Mary Ellen Gaffney great great grandmother Anne Galligan great grandmother Rose Lynch grandmother Fidelma O Rourke mother and Tara O Rourke.Rose Lynch is married to Dominick Lynch and they live at 31 Tullac Mongan where this historic photograph was taken.

Same Week Saint Patrick’s Area Under 16 Cavan win the gold medal for Hard-court Tennis at the Community Games in Mosney.The Michael Hayes Justin Ward Shane Craig Dallan McCormack Louise Smith Ashling McCormack Fionnuala Flynn Edward Mackey Ruth Joyce and Sinead Collins and Coach  Trevor Hewitt...They beat the favourites Cork 2-1 in the Semi final before beating Sligo in the Final 2-1.

Mark Goldrick defeats Tony Brady to win the O Hanlon Cup at County Cavan Golf Club while Eoin McGrath beats Finbar McGurran to win the prestigious Dr FPE Senior Scratch Cup and George McClarey beats Michael O Beirne to win the Seniors Match play trophy.

Death of the legendary Richard  ( Dickey ) Mullery formerly Town Hall Street and 6 Saint Felim’s Place Cavan at Cavan General Hospital. Born and reared in Town Hall Street  he was son of Stan and Margaret Mullery.Educated at Cavan National (Mineral Water Factory) and Cavan Technical School Dickey served his time with his father Stan in their garage in Town Hall street where they concentrated in repairing cars motor bikes lawn mowers and bicycles. Dickey was an absolute genius with everything mechanical and if he couldn’t repair it you threw it away. Later after the family sold the garage he set up business on the Mill Rock where he was equally in demand Member of Cavan Pavilion Club he was number 1 tennis table tennis and more particularly badminton for over 20 years winning county Ulster and National honours. Played at the height of his ability during the War years and would have been a regular on the Irish International Badminton team only for the intervention of World War 2.Later joined Cavan CYMS and was an outstanding table tennis player and top class cue man playing billiards and snooker. Prolific reader Dickey could discuss in detail and great authority current and historic affairs. Survived by his wife Imelda (Nee Dunne) sons Joe and Richard daughter Bernadette grandchildren Stephen Niamh David and Jessica. Funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry.

Jonathan Walsh Stephen Little Kevin Reilly and Daniel Little  are pictured with their 15 lbs pike caught in the Kinnypottle River with a Mapps Spinner.

County Cavan Rugby Club celebrate 30 glorious years. President Jimmy Jackson Secretary Miriam Griffith Treasurer James Lord Fixtures Secretary Noel Finn PRO Thomas Farrell Committee Tomas Young Cyril O Keeffe Kevin Jackson Gerry Collins Philip Brady David McCormack  and Kevin Cahill Club Captain is Pat Kiernan and Declan McCaul 1st Team Captain David McCormack 2nd Team Captain Nigel McHugh and Masters Mat Keenan. Their original headquarters was at Tierquin rented to them by Mrs Cissie Ronaghan Town Hall Street for a small nominal annual sum of €150.Played originally in Leinster winning the Leinster Provincial Towns Cup in 1978 defeating the favourites the Curragh in a titanic Final in Mullingar.From the 1979/1980 Season Cavan competed in Ulster and won the Forster Cup at Ravenhill in 1982.The club purchased the land for their present grounds in Swellan from the Land Commission for £13,000 in 1978 and developed the grounds while playing at Tierquin.Opened their new Club House in 1985/1986 at Swellan with an exhibition game featuring a President and Ulster Selection and in the same season won the Ulster Intermediate League under the captaincy of Winston Morrison. In Season 1990/1991 under the captaincy of Cork man Kieran Barry Murphy they won the Division 1 League and the prestigious Dungannon Tournament and Junior League. In 1991/1992 under the stewardship of Peter O Hanlon they initiated a Sunday XV.John Loughnane and Brian Lee are in charge of the coaching of the Under Age players and their efforts have been rewarded with 6 (Leigh Jackson Niall Donnelly Senan Flanagan Owen McGrath Ciaran Crowe and Shane Kelly) of their charges being selected to train with the Ulster squad

September 25th 2003 Lady Farnham lays the foundation stone for the new €10 million Johnston Memorial Library using exactly the same trowel  that was used by a previous Lady Farnham in 1876 to lay the foundation stone on the Protestant Hall site of the new Library. The Architects are Shaffrey and Company while the Contractors are Kilcawley Construction Sligo. The building which will be 3 storeys high will house the Genealogical Centre and part of Cavan County Council. The library floor area will be 65 square metres with exhibition and community space coffee dock and exhibition centre for  arts shows and book launches and lectures. It is expected that the Library will be complete within 2 years. Pictured at the function were Sean Smith Chairman Cavan County Council Veronica Sharkey Mayor Cavan TC Brendan Smith TD Seamus Neely Acting County Manager Josephine Brady County Librarian Brian Connolly  and Tom Sullivan Cavan County Library.

Same Week Paul Kinsella Fairview and former star Cavan Gaels and Cavan footballer is married to Yvonne Fitzhenry Paisley Scotland n Saint Fergus’ Church Paisley.

Cavan Gaels captained by James Doonan beat Mullahoran 3-6 to 1-8 to win their 6th Senior Championship in windy and dull Breffni Park before an attendance of 4,000.The difference between the two teams was the Gaels ability to turn acute defence into scoring goals on the break with Michael Graham scoring in the 1st half and Cathal Collins penalty and Anthony Forde scoring goals in the 2nd half to put the game beyond Mullahoran.Mullahotran led but 1-6 to 1-4 t the interval but the Gaels were the dominant force in the second half. Their youth combination and ability to take scores in the difficult weather conditions was the difference between two well matched sides who were level with 10minutes remaining. Fine sporting hard game all through with a fracas occurring following the Gaels introduction of Sean Reilly when Padraig Brady and Ciaran Brady got involved in a nasty row with Sean Reilly and all three were sent to the line as the full time whistle was sounded. Scorers for the Gaels Michael Graham and Anthony Forde 1-1 each Cathal Collins 1-0 Paul O Donnell 0-2 and Enda King and Michael Lyng 0-1 each.Team Eoghan Elliott Shane McGlade Cathal Collins Pauric Smith Karl Crotty Gavin Duffy Eamonn Reilly James Doonan (Captain) Enda King Tommy McCormick Anthony Forde Dominic Reilly Michael Lyng Michael Graham and Paul O Donnell.Subs Fergal Brady for Shane McGlade Sean Johnston for Dominic Reilly and Sean Reilly for Sean Johnston.

Sensational finish to Cavan Reserve Division 1 Final at Saint Matthews Park Crosskeys when Cavan Gaels captained by Patrick Graham leading by two points were beaten by a late dubious penalty by Crosserlough 1-9 to 1-8.Vocifrous protests from the Gaels as the Referee played 41 minutes in the 2nd half and the Gaels were caught with the two point lead when Crosserlough converted the last kick of an otherwise fine sporting encounter. Scorers for the Gaels Richie Graham 0-3  Michael Cooke and Kevin Downes 0-2 each Alan O Riordan 1-0 and Jarlath Smith 0-1.Great achievement by Gerry O Rourke Crosserlough Coach who were winning their 1st title of any kind since 1991.Gerry was assisted by Tom Sullivan County Library.

October 2nd 2003 Tragic death of Hughie Curran 11 Tullac Mongan at the age of 56 long time employee and driver of the Town Council Waste Lorry. Outstanding footballer in his youth Hughie was a member of the Drumalee 1974 Junior B County Champions team. His hobbies were fishing and hunting and he was accomplished at both past times. Founder member of Cavan branch Sinn Fein Hughie was very active in the 1981 campaign that saw Hunger Striker Kieran Doherty elected to Dail Eireann and actively assisted at both local and general elections playing a pivotal role in the continuing popularity of Caomhin O Caolain and his subsequent election to Dail Eireann.Great Cavan supporter along with Jack Gillick they kept the Cavan flag flying on the truck in the build up to all the big championship games. In latter years Hughie was struck down with acute bouts of depression which blighted his life and that of his family.Survived by his wife Gene Nee Brady sons Hughie and Anthony daughters Carmel Dympna Vanessa Sarah mother in law Annie Brady. Funeral following concelebrated Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Cullies.

Same Week Death of Roy Harrison 45 John Paul Avenue Cavan after a long illness at the age of 73.Native of Drumheel Ballinagh Roy was a long time employee of the Town Council attached to the outdoor cleaning staff. Very popular with all he was kind industrious decent and very obliging. Worked first with the Forestry in the development of Killykeen Roy was very strong tall of powerful physique later worked with P Elliott and Company in the construction of The Holy Rosary Convent Keadue Lane Cavan.For the last 20 years Roy was attached to Cavan Town Council where he always gave of his best and was popular with colleagues and customers. Active member of Cavan branch Fianna Fail Roy was always available for putting up posters taking up collections or canvassing at local and general elections. Survived by his wife Susan Nee Buckley sons Robbie and George daughters Susan Smith and Elizabeth Cawley.Funeral from the Cathedral to Saint Felim’s cemetery Ballinagh.

Special meeting of Cavan Town Council adjourned as a mark of respect to Hughie Curran and Roy Harrison. Many wholesome tributes paid to these two late loyal servants of the Council who died recently.

Tyrone beat Armagh 0-12 to 0-9 before an attendance of 79,391 spectators in the All Ulster All Ireland Final. They now add the Sam Maguire for the 1st time to their National League and Anglo Celt Cups for 2003.Tough robust encounter the game hinged on an incident in the 56th minute when Brian White (Referee) ordered Diarmuid Marsden off for an alleged off the ball incident. Peter Canavan doubtful before the start was the star player for Tyrone notching a personal tally of 0-5 and distributing the ball with telling effect to better placed colleagues. Scorers for Tyrone Peter Canavan 0-5 Eugene Mulligan 0-2 Brian McGuigan Gerard Cavlan and Enda McGinley 0-1 each.

Two new plays by Noel Monahan premiered at the Ramor Theatre Virginia.’ Exits and Entrances’ will be performed by the 5th year students Saint Clare’s Ballyjamesduff while the main play of the night is ‘Talking Within’ telling the story of a brother and sister relationship. Noel’s 4th collection of poetry ‘Funeral Girl’ is due out at Christmas. Noel has 3 other plays to his credit Half a Vegetable ‘Proverbial Wet Summer’ and ‘Feathers of Time’.

October 9th 2003  Social Services Whist 1st Agnes McRoe 2nd Nora Reilly 3rd Eileen Conaty Lady Hatcher Teresa McConnell 1st Gent Jimmy Cullen 2nd Gent Aidan Conaty Gents Hatcher Enda Mullhern.

County Minor Semi Final Breffni Park Cavan Gaels 3-10 Drumalee 2-07 as Gaels qualify for their 6th Minor Final on the trot. Star performances from Michael Lyng and Francis Graham.

Same Week Michael Coyle representing Saint Felim’s area Ballinagh wins Cavan’s first individual Gold  medal at the Community Games in Mosney in the Under 14 Breastroke..Member of the Breifne Club trained by his mother Ann. He is son of Frank and Ann and prominent member of the Breifne Swimming Club .Robert Maloney Derham strikes Bronze in the Under 14 front crawl.

70 year old Seamus Fay son of the late James and Kathleen Fay  Drumconnick is to launch his new CD ‘Seamus Fay Cavan’s Lilter’ featuring Marian Crowe step dancing and accompaniment Trevor Bury in Fox’s Shoe Shop and the Farnham Hotel. The CD will be launched by well known Irish Times and Radio Journalist Michael Harding and will be attended by all the big names of traditional Irish music.

October 16th 2003

New Escort Agency in Rathdrum is closed down following press exposure and vociferous complaints from neighbours. Run by a Spanish Escort and English friend part of a country wide operation of a Dublin criminal. The Garda report that the business enjoyed by the Agency during their brief spell in business was amazing with callers day and night. While refusing to name persons visiting the Agency the Garda reported that the clientele embraced all classes. The owner when he became aware of the business being carried on by his tenants changed the locks on the doors but the Garda refused to rule out a new Agency opening again shortly.

Same Week Margaret Greenan office manger in the Sinn Fein Office in College Street is pictured receiving a bouquet of flowers from the President of Sinn Fein Gerry Adams at the annual dinner in the Kilmore Hotel.

Seamus Fay releases his first 33 track CD entitled ‘Cavan Lilter’.Inspired by local broadcaster Martin Donohoe. Séamus made his first appearance in the Town Hall in a Comhaltas show organised by Bridie Galligan.Among the artistes supporting Seamus are Richard and Niall Lyons Daren Maloney Marian Crowe step dancer from Moynehall and the inimitable neighbour from Drumconnick Trevor Bury. Martin Gaffney designed the CD cover and booklet. Seamus will launch his CD in the Cavan Crystal followed by appearances in the Widows Bar Belturbet and Ramor Theatre. He is booked for a coast to coast tour of the USa where many of his family are domiciles at Easter 2004

Death of the famous Jack Love Stonewall Bailieboro.Internationally renowned Ham Operator. Progressive farmer Jack used all modern means of farming and was always available to help his friends and neighbours. Survived by his wife Elsie son Robert daughters Sylvia and Nora. Funeral from Trinity Church Bailieboro to Glasnevin Crematorium.

Crannog Bridge Club 1st Phil Smyth and Vera Coulter 2nd Etta McIntyre and Madge Curran 3rd Stella Corr and Elizabeth Lawlor E/W 1st Phyllis O Neill and Maureen Watters 2nd Ann Gaffney and Mary Donohoe 3rd Michael Leonard and Kathleen Leonard 4th Una Carolan and Teresa Keogh.

October 23rd 2003 Classes of 1957/1958 hold their Reunion at Saint Patrick’s College where they were joined by Bishop Leo O Reilly who was a student in Saint Patrick’s from September 1957-June 1962

Same Week Levi Murphy beats ‘The Ranelagh Rocket’ Ken Doherty on the black ball at Exhibition Match in the Cavan Crystal Hotel in conjunction with The Black Horse and Cavan CYMS.In other games Michael Meehan Thomas McCaul and John Almond played brilliantly against Jimmy ‘The Whirlwind’ White and all received a standing ovation from the capacity crowd.

Barry John Crowe 23 year old butcher from Connolly Street is the Regional winner of the Pork Butcher of the Year and qualifies for the All Ireland Finals in Dublin. Young Butcher of the Year in 2001 Barry manufactures in 9 different flavours in both cocktail and big 8 sizes. His sausages are widely available throughout the region. If successful Barry John may open a small industry for the manufacture of speciality sausages adjacent to the premises in Connolly Street. Barry John is the youngest son of George and Ann Crowe  Quality Meats in Cavan since 1972.

Cavan Gaels captained by Ciaran Flynn  beat Saint Mary’s 2-12 to 1-11 at Breffni Park to record their 6th successive success in the Cavan Minor Championship. The decisive moment cane in the 20th of the 2nd half when Edward O Hanlon scored a glorious goal to set the Gaels on the path to certain victory. The Gaels displayed exceptional pace and great skill but Saint Mary’s gave them a tough hard fight for the title leading by 1-7 to the Gaels 1-4 at the interval.Scorers for the Gaels Ciaran Flynn(Captain) 0-4 Michael Lyng 1-2 Edward O Hanlon 1-1 Killian Phair 0-2 Francis Graham Dessie Scanlon Luke Ward 0-1 each. Alan O Riordan Cavan Gaels was Man of the Match. Team Charles Halligan Joe Dunne John Reilly Thomas Kenny Michael Meehan Gearoid Collins Sean Higgins Alan O Riordan Ciaran Flynn (Captain) Luke Ward Michael Lyng Francis Graham Killian Phair Dessie Scanlon and Edward O Hanlon Subs Finbar Gurhy Leigh Jackson Darren Cassidy Anthony Quinn Diarmuid O Donoghue Gerard Reilly Levi Murphy Shane O Reilly and David O Reilly.

Brendan and Mary Ruddy relocate ‘Music Man’ one of Cavan’s best known and specialised stores to The Shopping Centre at Drumalee.They had been in business in Upper Main Street for a number of years where Brendan an accomplished musician and member of many of the big showbands of the recent past provided a first class service to the Entertainment business. Stocking all the latest PA and digital Musical equipment Brendan is open for business 10-6 each day with late opening to 8 on Friday

 Cavan win three titles in 3 grades at the World Handball Championships held in Kilkenny Kingscourt and Croke Park. Paul Brady is the toast of the nation winning the World Singles crown. Well known Mullahoran and Cavan footballer Paul comes from a family steeped in sporting tradition and is son of Danny County Council and Lily Mullahoran.His mother is a former member of  the staff of Maurice Brady Drapers Upper Main Street. Paul partnered Michael Finnegan to win the World Doubles crown and Raymond Cunningham from the Kingscourt Club partnered Barry Goff from Wexford to win the World A Doubles title.

Same Week Joseph (Joe) Smith Solicitor Old Bridge Road Cootehill is appointed new County Registrar for Cavan in succession to fellow Cootehill townsman Tommy Owens who has retired after a distinguished career.Joeseph (Joe) is principal in Fitzpatrick Smith and Company for the last 19 years. Educated at Saint Michaels Saint Aiden’s Comprehensive where his late father Colm was Principal Saint Patrick’s College Cavan  and University College Dublin where he obtained his Bachelor of Civil Law degree in 1982.In 1984 was admitted to the Incorporated Law Society and set up business in Cootehill in 1986 and later acquired the practice of Peter Fitzpatrick Cootehill. In 1998 took his Diploma in Management from the National College of Ireland. Former President and active member of Cootehill Chamber of Commerce he is married to Doctor Fionnuala  Toal Cavan Community Care and has 4 children Donal Clare Joseph and Lucy. Son of the late Colm and Margaret Smith he is a brother of Dr Paul Smith Physician Cavan General Hospital and Doctor Colm Smith Dentist Cootehill.

 Eamonn Reilly Latt Cavan is conferred with his BSc 1st Class Honours in Economics and Finance from UCD.Eamonn is youngest son of Eugene and Clare Reilly Latt and was educated at Saint Felim’s Boys School and Saint Patrick’s College Cavan.

 Death of an outstanding Cavan woman Clare Moore 16 Saint Felim’s after a long illness at Esker Lodge Nursing Home. Born in the Convent House where her father was the Land Steward for the Poor Clare Convent. In her youth Clare was a gifted pianist and was taught by Fraulein Scortino taking her ALCM  from the London School of Music and was very much in demand for performances at Concerts in the Town Hall and further afield.Married Gerry Moore a gifted plasterer ho worked on the building of the Cathedral and with Paddy Elliott in the building of Nazareth House in Sligo .When the children were young Gerry unfortunately contracted TB and died some time later leaving Clare to rear a large family with very little State intervention. Brilliant hands Clare was a gifted dressmaker and did intricate embroidery turning out beautiful items of clothing and repairs for a large number of customers. Brilliant cook she won many prizes for her pastry brown and currant bread and jam produce. She also helped out her sister Teresa in the family Restaurant at 41 Main Street (beside Mullen’s Footwear) particularly on Fair Days or Festivals or celebrations. Member of the Legion of Mary and the Children of Mary as well as Saint Joseph’s Young Priest Society she was a daily Mss goer and Communicant. Predeceased by her husband Gerry and eldest son John Fergal she is survived by her sons Gerry Paddy Charley and Tony daughters Maeve Sligo and Margaret Monaghan sister Teresa. Funeral following concelebrated Mass in the Cathedral to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Longford Town beat Saint Patrick’s Athletic to win their 1stFAI Cup  after 18 years playing Senior football before an attendance of 15,000 at Lansdowne Road Dublin. Goals from Shane Bennett and Sean Francis in either half for Longford. Great credit to Alan Matthews the Manager after the ground work was done by Stephen Kenny and Martin Lalor.

November 6th 2003 Last patient in Saint Felim’s Hospital Eileen McNally is transferred to Virginia Nursing Home as Saint Felim’s closes after 160 years service to the Community. First opened as a Workhouse in 1841 during the ravages of the Great Famine. In 1847 alone 240 people died and were buried in the adjoining Bully’s Acre (John Bull’s Acre) where it is reckoned that over the years thousands of inmates and patents were buried in unmarked graves. With the arrival of the Sisters of Mercy in 1922 the Hospital became an acute Medical Hospital and later a Maternity and Paediatric Hospital. Among the great names to grace and serve the people from Saint Felim’s was Sister Mercy Sister Fiona and the inimitable Joe Hickey who revolutionised the serving and preparation of meals to resemble less a Hospital and more an Hotel like setting. Pictured at the blessing of graves and Mass followed by the decommissioning of the Church in Saint Felim’s are the Venerable Archdeacon George Millar and Bishop Leo O Reilly Bishop of Kilmore.

Same Week Barry John Crowe son of George and Anne Crowe Quality Meats Connolly Street is the Irish Supreme Champion Craft Butcher following the contest in The City West Hotel Dublin for which there was an entry of over 600 top class butchers from all over Ireland. Barry John won the Supreme award for his Pork and Leek sausages and also the Gold Medal for the Best Young Craft Butcher .

Eamonn Coleman who piloted Derry to All Ireland Final success in 1993 is appointed Cavan’s new Team Manager.

Sinead Murray weds Declan Lynch in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim with the Reception later in Crover House Hotel.

Death of the very well known and highly popular Margaret Jackson 18 Fairview Cavan at Cavan General Hospital at the age of 87.Native of the town Margaret was a member of the very well known Farrelly family from Mons Terrace. Predeceased in 1965 by her husband Charles who worked in McCarren’s Factory she is survived by her sons Joey Charley and Paddy daughters. Mollie Margaret Brigid Frances Annie Lily Susan and Kay. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Cavan Gaels the League Champions beat Crosserlough 5-16 to 1-6 at Breffni Park to clinch their 1st Under 14 Roinn A Championship since 1997.The Gaels played with blistering pace and outstanding teamwork capitalising  their superior fitness and skill with some brilliant scores. Floodgates opened by Liam Coke when he shot to the net after only 20 seconds and another goal soon afterwards from Raymond Murray set up the Gaels for a big win. The Gaels led by 3-6 to 0-2 at the interval. Team Cavan Gaels Roinn A Under 14 Championship winners for the first time since 1997as they defeat Crosserlough 5-16 to 1-6.Team Michael Coyle Patrick Heslin Niall Gurhy James Malone Cormac Donnelly Damien Kellegher Declan Meehan Christy Quinn (Captain) Daniel Graham Niall Smith Raymond Murray Conor McClarey Liam Coke Martin Dunne and Niall Murray Subs Kevin Meehan for Niall Smith Eamon Cooney for Liam Cooke Paul McKiernan for Cormac Donnelly Michael Sexton for Conor McClarey and Daniel Sexton for Niall Murray.


November 13th 2003 Cavan Crystal Hotel is gutted by a serious fire which broke out in the Oakroom Restaurant. No injuries all the residents were evacuated from the 85 bedrooms and suites safely from the Hotel. Fanned by the strong wind the fire spread to the roof of the Cavan Crystal building and destroyed the Northern Sound Studios. Units of the Brigade from Cavan Ballyjamesduff Kells Belturbet and Killeshandra attended the blaze and brought it under control after 6 hours. Early in the fire a Unit of the Brigade was  diverted to a serious house fire at the residence of John Fannin Drung where subsequently his large dwelling house was burnt to the ground. John is father of Dorothy Anderson ‘Country Sunshine’ 7 Keadue.

Same Week Cara Pharmacies owned by Canice Nicholl aged 29 and Ramona Wyllie aged 26 from county Tyrone purchase the Manor Chemist chain of chemist shops formerly owned by Finbar Ryan who retains 2 shops in his native Manorhamilton.Canice and Ramona own a pharmacy in Bundoran and another in Donegal town and are engaged to be married. They are believed to have paid up to €2.5 million pr unit and the deal was financed by an International Drug Company with business connection to the Cara Pharmacy group.

Death of Mollie Reilly Drumcalpin.Predeceased by her brother Paddy she was employed for a number of years in Saint Patrick’s College and was extremely well regarded by both pupils and staff.Survved by relatives neighbours and friends. Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.

Cavan Social Services Whist  1st Lady May McCaul 2nd Lady Nora O Reilly 1st Gent Aiden Conaty 2nd Gent Sean Leinster and Gent’s Hatcher  Jimmy Cullen.

Four Masters Donegal just oust Cavan Gaels 0-13 to 0-11 in the Replay of the 1st Round of the Ulster Senior Club Championship at McCumhaill Park Ballybofey.The Gaels led by 0-8 to 0-4 at the interval and the teams were tied at 0-11 each with just 5 minutes remaining. Four Masters were just a little stronger and fitter than a very gallant Gaels team. Scorers for the Gaels Cormac Nelligan 0-6 Michael Lyng 0-2 and Karl Crotty Gavin Duffy and Anthony Forde 0-1 each.

10th Cavan International Horse Show at Cavan Equestrian Centre. Entry of over 1,500 over the five days making it the biggest and most successful show ever held in the Centre.Lt Shane Carey was the  leading International rider and was presented with a motor bike. Marian Hayes from Kilkenny riding ‘Heritage Fortune’ was the winner of the Aer Rianta €10,500 Grand Prix on the closing night 2nd was Cian O Connor  on ‘Waterford Crystal.

Cavan/Monaghan Kidney Association celebrate their Silver Jubilee with a Donor Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim followed by a function in the Kilmore Hotel.Eammonn Malone is Chairman Karl Cronin Secretary Bridie Walsh Treasurer and Pat O Reilly PRO also pictured are Richard Conlon (Committee) Marie Sheridan (Nurse Manger Cavan Renal Unit) Bernard O Brien (Committee) and Mairead McMeel (Committee).A Book of Remembrance will be on display for the benefit of Donor Families at The Kilmore Hotel. The Chairman Eamonn Malone farmer and business man Toneymore House Cavan after suffering from breathlessness and pains in his head was diagnosed with kidney failure and began dialysis 3 days a week 4 hours per day in Beaumont Hospital in July 1999 and later Cavan General Hospital who opened their Dialysis Unit on the 16th June 1995.Eamonn received the Gift of Life when a suitable donor was found in 2002 and leads a totally active normal life with none of the previous stresses of business or farming. He channels all of his energies into promoting and fundraising for the Cavan/Monaghan IKA.

November 20th 2003 Deidre Burke Highfield Road is conferred with her National Diploma in Public Relations and Business Studies at Dundalk Regional College of Technology.Educated at the Poor Clare’s Loreto College Deidre is daughter of Peggy and the late Larry Burke Highfield Road and is continuing her studies at the National University of Ireland.

Same Week Shaun Clancy son of John and the late Angela formerly of the Derragarra Inn after 14 years in the Big Apple purchase Foleys opposite the Empire State Buildings on 18th West 33rd Street. John Senior is planning a huge birthday party in West Cavan on the 23rd June 2005 when he celebrates his 70th Birthday!

Pictured at the Annual Lions Dress Dinner Dance in the Kilmore Hotel are David Finlay Annie Cahill and Ciaran and Geraldine McDonald.

Sudden death of Rose Duke 3 Earlsvale Place at Cavan General Hospital. Native of Corraghoe Stradone in the Parish of Lavey. Retired National Teacher Rose started her career in England and later served for over 20 years in Saint Felim’s Boys School. She revolutionised teaching methods for slow learners and took an active interest in their welfare. The results she achieved by patience and encouragement were amazing and many people to day owe their reading and writing skills to the expertise of Rose Duke. Committed Christian Rose believed in preaching the Gospel by example and her entire life was a true reflection of Christian Love. Survived by her husband Vincent a brother and former playing colleague of the great PJ Duke who died so tragically in May 1950 her brother Philip sisters Nellie and Noreen. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral at which students and colleagues in Saint Felim’s school formed a Guard of Honour and burial took place in Saint Dympna’s Churchyard Upper Lavey.

Death of Bennie Moore Farnham Road and late of the Mace Supermarket Lower Main Street at the age of 75.Nativer of Cavangarden Ballintra county Donegal Benny came to Cavan to work in the famous George Fagan’s Store opposite the Convent School. Wonderful businessman and grocer when he went into business on his own in Mace he introduced all sorts of promotions including delivering the purchases to the customer’s home. Aided greatly by his wife Adeline Benny ran a most successful business for over 25 years attracting custom from all segments of the population and giving a 1st class personal service. Member of Cavan Chamber of Commerce Benny could always be relied upon to give a helping hand or a piece of good advice. Retired in 1992 and sold the premises to Gerard and Gerardine Tynan.Very prominent in Church of Ireland affairs Benny was a member of the Select Vestry Cavan Parish Church. An accomplished gardener Benny brought the same expertise to his hobbies as he did to his business and was a perfectionist. Survived by his wife Adeline sons Wallace James and Benwin and daughter Gwen.Rev Mark Lidwill and the Venerable Archdeacon George Millar officiated the funeral from Cavan Parish Church to Cloverhill cemetery..

Death of the legendary Mel Lynch Lacken Cavan after a long illness borne with the utmost courage fortitude and good humour. Took over the shop and Undertaking business from his highly regarded father Pat Lynch and supplied the town and country with provisions. Great character Mel was a member of Scor and with his good friend Padraig Brady won many Ulster and National titles for the Lacken club. Member of the Lacken Skittles team for over 30 years Mel won many titles with the Club and brought great life and fun in a simple pleasant manner to many people. Like his father Mel had a natural courtesy and graciousness and was well known and popular over a wide area. Survived by his wife Sue daughters Jackie Sharon and Aoife sister Bernadette. Funeral to Potahee cemetery.

November 27th 2003 5 Star Radisson SAS Hotel to locate at Farnham Estate. Owner Roy McCabe after interviewing many of the World’s leading Hotel Groups settles on the Radisson Group who intend to bring the Estate into the public domain for the first time in over 400 years. Building will commencer shortly on 50 acres of the 1,300 acre Estate and will include Leisure facilities and an 18 Hole Championship Golf Club. The 150 bedroom hotel will adjoin Farnham House and the Architect is Des McMahon of Gilroy McMahon and Partners famous for their futuristic design of the new Croke Park stadium and the National Museum. Quantity Surveyors are Kerrigan and Sheannon recently located in Cavan with Peter O Reilly Cavan star footballer s their man overseeing the job. Pictured at the announcement are Roy and Margaret McCabe Kurt Ritter President and CEO Radisson SAS and Doctor Frank Brown Tax Consultant.

Same Week Death of Marian Lynch late of Manchester and The Central Hotel Bridge Street at the age of 91.Proprietors of the old Central Hotel located in Bridge Street which adjoined the property of Barney O Reilly (McCaul’s’) and was later transformed by Sean McManus and his wife Francesco into the famous Central Café and Restaurant. After Lynch’s Barney O Reilly bought the premises and later sold it to Mr Donohoe from Belfast who also owned the White Star Café 59 Main Street (Veale’s).In 1955 Sean and Francesco McManus took over the premises and the rest is history. Many of the old Cavan families attended the arrival of Marian Lynch’s remains from Manchester to Saint Brigid’s Church Killygarry with funeral after Requiem Mass to the adjoining graveyard.

Cavan Singers fresh from their triumphant  tour of North Wales where they were voted the Best Irish Choral Group in their category will hold their Annual Choral Recital in the Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Felim on the 19th of December. The 45 strong group rehearse weekly under the baton of Kieran Tackney and will be joined by Loreto Saint Patrick’s College Choirs and the Maynooth Chamber Orchestra and the Brass ensemble of the Garda Band.

Drumalee beat Ballinagh 2-6 to 2-5 in the Division 2 Under 21 Championship Final in Killygarry.Great display by Drumalee who were by far the better side all through with Ballinagh scoring a consolation goal 5 minutes into injury time.Drumalee led by 1-4 to 1-3 at the interval.Scorers for Drumalee Finbar Donoghue 2-3 and Daragh Gaffney 0-3.Man of the Match Finbar Donoghue.Team Peter McGinnity Enda McCormack Colin McCaffrey Sean Lee Tony McCaffrey Colum Caffrey Gary Ferncombe Gary Malone Kevin Donohoe Brian Dolan Finbar Donoghue Francis Clary Timmy Looney Daragh Gaffney and Shane Downey.Sub Rossa Gaffney for Timmy Looney.

December 4th 2003 Philip Noone age 17 son of Keith and Teresa Noone nee McKiernan and grandson of famous Cavan balladeer Ann McKiernan is favourite to win the Longford leg of ‘You’re a Star’ to be televised on RTE this Sunday. Philip sings in the Youth Choir at Tullacmongan Resource Centre and is a relation of the famous London based Maguire family who have starred in Eastenders and other films and soaps.

Same Week Sudden death of Edward (Eddie) Cosgrove Coolboyogue at the age of 61.Plumber by trade Eddie founded his Mechanical Engineering Company over 30 years ago E Cosgrove Mechanical. Started his career in London but later returned and set up his business in Cavan where he was extremely successful and popular. Long time member of County Cavan Golf Club Eddie was Captain in. Enjoyed the Golf but his first love was 25 at which he excelled each Friday night in the Clubhouse. Very friendly good humoured person Eddie had a host of friends all over Ireland. Attended the Captain’s Seamus McConnon and Maureen Crowe’s Dinner Dance on Saturday night and the following day took ill and died soon afterwards at Cavan General Hospital. Survived by his wife May sons Jonathan and Dermot daughter Kiera brothers Peter Frank and Pat sisters Mary Teresa Eileen and Ann. Guard of Honour formed by members of County Cavan Golf Club. Requiem concelebrated Mass in the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.As a mark of respect the weekly Friday 25 in County Cavan Golf Club was postponed in memory of Eddie

Willie McCormack Vice Chairman Cavan Motor Club presents two substantial cheques first to Spina Bifida accepted by Petrea Ruddy and Peter Garry and 2nd to  Cystic Fibrosis accepted by Felix Gormley and Raymond Dunne.

Death of Paul Caffrey Drumalee after a long illness bravely borne with courage and fortitude at the age of 87.Founder member of the Drumalee Club on the 19th January 1935 Paul was the first Treasurer and his father the first Chairman. Goalkeeper for the club for a record 25 years. Later County Bord Representative and for a number of years in the 1960s Cavan senior selector. Fitter by trade Paul worked from the Council Yard with Cavan County Council and later was Foreman with NEHB with particular responsibility for Saint Felim’s and Saint Joseph’s Lisdarn.Excellent at his job Paul got the best out of people by his characteristic coolness under pressure and terrific sense of humour recalling the exploits of some of Cavan’s greatest long forgotten characters. Predeceased by his  two wives Bridie in 1949 and Mai in July 2003 and son Laurence killed in a road traffic accident in 1988.At the side of the house Paul kept an excellent Orchard which was visited quite often by youths and indeed adults in the Autumn Paul welcomed these intrusions saying that “if the human doesn’t eat the apples then the bird will” !.He was an excellent gardener both flowers and vegetables and supplied many of the neighbours in Drumalee Paul Caffrey is survived by his sons Padraic  Paula and Aiden and daughter Maria. President of the Drumalee Club at his death the coffin was draped in the Drumalee colours and members of the club together with his former work colleagues in the NEHB formed a Guard of Honour. Funeral following concelebrated Requiem Mass from the Cathedral to Cullies.

Death of the incomparable Josie Sheridan Kinnypottle and Upper Main Street Cavan at the age of 80 at the residence of her daughter Mona and Tony Fitzpatrick Knockatee Ballyhaise.. Native of Kilnaleck Josie was educated at Kilnaleck NS and The Convent of Mercy Navan before joining the Department of Posts and Telegraphs serving in Athlone Kilkenny and Cavan Post Ofice.Appointed Sub Post Mistress in 1954 she was based first in Auburn House before moving to Upper Main Street where she excelled in her job building up a huge clientele. Ably assisted in her work by Annie Miney-Fitzpatrick Coratubber they showed great courtesy patience and understanding to thousands of customers who sought their help on their entitlements and requirements. Josie thought nothing of filling out forms in both Irish and English ringing up relatives for worried parents and friends and making representations for the poor vulnerable old and deserving in the community. Married Tommy Sheridan a native of Kilnaleck in 1948.Tommy was a long time CIE Bus driver and an accomplished handballer.In the midst of all the fuss and bother Josie raised a large family and was always available to help out a friend or neighbour. Retired from the Post Office in 1982 the premises were later the first Chinese Restaurant in Cavan ‘Happy Valley’. In her retirement she lovingly cared for her family and when her husband Tommy was struck down with Alzheimer’s Disease she was there to nurse him and ensure that his remaining days were spent in the comfort and security of their own home. Predeceased by her husband Tommy son Peter and brother Paddy she is survived by her sons Gregory Tosh Dominic John Stephen and Martin daughters Felicity and Mona brothers Peter former Cavan and All Ireland footballer sister Agnes Pursey London. Funeral following Requiem Mass from the Cathedral to Saint Aiden's cemetery Butlersbridge.

Les Howard Swellan Lower is given the EU award at the 7th Building and Quality Awards at the Café Royal London. Member of the Board of Works Les was presented with the award for his work on the  EU Veterinary Office at Grange county Meath.

GM Kelly Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors change their name to Kelly Rehill and Company Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors. Pictured is Gerard M Kelly with his new partner Anna M Rehill outside their headquarters at Provincial House Farnham Street .

Cavan Gaels 0-12 Crosserlough 1-08 win the County Senior League Final at Our Lady of Lourdes Park Mullahoran.The Gaels led by 0-6 to 0-4 at the interval and took the field without suspended Michael Graham and Eamonn Reilly and injured Seanie Johnston. Scorers for the Gaels Anthony Forde 0-4 Cathal Collins and Michael Lyng Cormac Nelligan 0-2 each Tommy McCormick and Geroid Collins 0-1 each.Team Eoghan Elliott Shane McGlade Darren Rabbitt Fergal Brady Karl Crotty Eamonn Reilly James Doonan Cathal Collins Enda King Cormac Nelligan Donal Buggy Gavin Duffy Paul O Donnell Michael Graham (Captain) and Niall Collins Subs Used Mark Leddy and Dominic Reilly

David Nevin 17 year old from Ard Na Greinne boxing out of the Cavan Boxing Club wins the Ulster Senior Lightweight Championship in Belfast when he stopped Spence Hut  from the Eastside Club Belfast in Round 3 after 4 knockdowns. Worthy successor to his neighbour Andrew Murray but the Club have decided not to enter him for the Irish Senior Championships at the Stadium but to hold David until the Irish Junior Championships in July 2004.David has now won the Ulster Junior Intermediate and Senior Flyweight Ulster titles.

December 11th 2003 Minister for Finance Charlie McCreevey announces that 10,500 public service jobs will be relocated to 25 provincial centres over the next three years. Cavan is the biggest winner of the announcement with the entire staff of the Department of Communications Marine and Natural Resources scheduled to relocate to  Cavan town.

Same Week Death of Packie Leddy Innishmore Butlrsbridge.Son of Patrick and Elizabeth Leddy brother of the late Gerry and Aidan sister Maureen. Funeral from Saint Aiden’s Church Butlersbridge to Urney cemetery.

Philip None wins over 11,000 votes in his first appearance on ‘You’re A Star ‘on RTE television. Philip sang  ‘Cannonball written by Damien Rice and got a rapturous reception. Cavan Town Council pass a unanimous vote of congratulations to Philip who is putting Cavan on the entertainment map.

December 18th 2003  Cavan tops the Anti Litter League and wins the All Ireland title from 30 towns and cities including Dublin. Great joy expressed by executive and members of Cavan Town Council and Cavan County Council.

Same Week Clodagh Brady Triona Brady and Treacy Brady graduate from University Clodagh with a H Dip in IT Studies and Honours BA from NUI Maynooth now teaching in Essex Triona Honours BA NUI Maynooth in Economic Science and Treacy an Honours BA in Science from NUI Galway-she is now completing her studies at NUI with a H Dip in Education. All are daughters of Sean and Kathleen Brady Teach Carraig Rathcorrick.

Pat McKiernan who recently celebrated his 100th Birthday on the 10th August 2003 dies at the Omega Nursing Home Belturbet.Very pleasant and industrious all of his life he worked first in Killykeen Forest Park Harry Richmond’s on the Dublin Road and Farnham Estate. Outstanding musician he specialised on the melodeon and flute and is featured on many local recordings. Member of Kilmore GFC a team that contained many players who found fame with Cornafean in latter years. Predeceased by his wife Bridget daughter Eileen and grandson Kevin he is survived by his sons Pat and Michael daughters Bridget Bagshaw and Julia Coyle. Funeral following Requiem Mass in Saint Patrick’s Drumcor to the adjoining cemetery.

Cavan Gaels win the Reserve League Division 1 title defeating Killinkere by 0-13 to 0-7 at Doctor Plunkett Park Kilnaleck.Leading by 0-8 to 0-2 at the interval the Gaels youth allied to experience was decisive in this comprehensive win. Scorers for Cavan Gaels Joseph Kenny 0-3 Michael Cooke 0-2Gearoid Collins Tommy McCormick Dominic Reilly Kevin Downes Stephen Maguire and Dessie Scanlon 0-1 each.Team Patrick O Keeffe Darren Smith Michael Fallon Conor Rabbitt Gearoid Collins Padraig Byrne Patrick Graham (Captain) Sean Reilly Joe Kenny Tommy McCormick Dominic Reilly Kevin Downes Stephen Maguire Dessie Scanlon and Michael Cooke. Subs Alan O Riordan for Tommy McCormick Karl Crotty for Darren Smith Philip McMahon for  Michael Cooke and Donagh Reilly for Stephen Maguire.

 Doctor Dr Philip Carolan FFSEM (RCSI) Kingscourt and Cavan town is admitted as a Fellow of the Faculty of Sorts and Exercise Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland.

Saddam Hussein former Dictator of Iraq was found hidden in a tiny bunker at a farmhouse 10 kms south of his home town Tikrit.The spider hole was just big enough for a person to lie down and 6-8 feet deep. It is believed that a $25 million ransom was paid to members of Saddam’s extended family for the information that led to his arrest by USA soldiers.

Eugenia O Neill Fairview Cavan is conferred with her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Studies from Athlone Institute of Technology.Educated at Saint Clare’s Loreto and the College of Further Studies Eugenia is a daughter of Martin and Helen (Nee Connolly) 7 Fairview Cavan

Siobhan Mulvey Laragh Crescent is conferred with her Honours Education Degree from Saint Patrick’s Training College Drumcondra Dublin. Educated at Saint Ann’s School Bailieboro Saint Clare’s and Loreto College Cavan she is daughter of Anne Mulvey Laragh Crescent Cavan.

December 25th 2003 Judge Cormac Dunne grants a Bookmaker’s License to Paddy Power Limited in respect of premises at Connolly Street despite strenuous objections from Superintendent Joe O Sullivan who said that the present 4 bookmakers were offering the same service and Cavan was more than well catered for with regard to betting shops. Paddy Power in a detailed submission said that they had received Planning Permission for the premises from Cavan Town Council and that the town and hinterland of Cavan caters for 32,448 people much bigger than either Longford or Monaghan.According to Paddy Power’s figures the population was increasing by 9.60% annually and they would be offering a totally different type of betting experience than any of their rivals! The application was granted.

Ciaran Tackney conducts the mass choirs of the Cathedral Choir Cavan Singers Loreto College Cavan Youth Choir and Saint Patrick’s College at a magnificent Choral Festival in the Cathedral. The night belonged to the Tackney family from Maudabawn Cootehill with the Choirs premiering Kieran’s new hymn ‘A Child is Born in Bethlehem’ and sister Eileen accompanying the choirs and playing a complicated solo on the organ to finish the concert.

Same Week 91 hardy annuals take part in the 36th Annual Icebreakers swim at Annagh Lake in cold but fine weather. The roll of honour now reads Sean Walsh 36 consecutive swims Paddy O Reilly 31 Jim Gilhooley 28 and Willie Mimnagh 25.In the ladies section Brenda and Deidre Montgomery have 26 each followed by Jacinta Dunleavy with 20 and the Anderson sisters Michelle Gayle and Elaine with 16 each.

Death of John James Brady Corislalee Moynehall at the age of 86.Outstanding farmer he later worked in Cavan Telephone Exchange and was a very popular member of the ESB staff where he read the meters each month. Very religious he was a daily Mass goer and Communicant and a member of many of the Church organisations including being a Steward at the Marian shrine at Knock each month during the pilgrimage season. Very pleasant decent and humorous John James could always look at the brighter side of things. Predeceased by his wife Bridget 29 years ago survived by his sons Pat Mattie Sean Gerard and Michael daughter Susan Grogan and sister Kathleen Donnelly. Funeral from the Cathedral to Drumavaddy.

January 1st 2004 Most Reverend Doctor Michael A Courtney aged 58 is shot dead by rebel gunmen representing the National Liberation Forces in Burundi as he travelled in a diplomatic carflying the Vatican flag through the central African Straits of Burundi near the village of Munago.Son of the late legendary Louis and Elizabeth Courtney Nenagh county Tipperary  the Archbishop was a brother of Louis Courtney Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in Cavan since 1968..Appointed Papal Delegate to Burundi in 2000-he was consecrated a Bishop in Saint Mary’s Church Nenagh 3 year ago. In one of the great public acts of dignity leadership and restraint the Courtney family in offering his soul to the mercy of God forgive those who had plotted and murdered their dead brother. Archbishop Michael Courtney one of the great courageous academic figures of the Irish Catholic Church is buried beside the home he was born and reared at Dromineer on the Banks of the Shannon.in Nenagh county Tipperary. Survived by his brothers Louis William and Jim sisters Eileen and Mary.

Same Week Lucy O Reilly Derrycramph former Head Prefect in Loreto College is awarded an Entrance Scholarship in Engineering and Architecture by University College Dublin. Lucy is daughter of Ronan and Margaret O Reilly Derrycramph Cavan.

Shirley Wrenne Saint Martin’s is conferred with her BA Honours degree in Business Studies from the Institute of Public Administration at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham Dublin. Educated at Saint Clare’s The Royal School and the College of Further Studies Cavan. Shirley is mother of Lauren and daughter of John and Christina Wrenne Saint Martin’s Cavan.

Martin Dunne beats Michael Meehan in a thrilling Elegant Gems Final at Cavan CYMS John Kinsella and John Loughnane were the beaten Semi Finalists.

Death of Una McGovern Coras Point .member of the well known McMahon family from Crenard Ballinagh she bore her final illness with great dignity and patience. Daughter of Thomas and Roseanne McMahon Una was born on September 11th 1935.Educated at Ballinagh NS she took up employment with John Connolly and Company Ballinagh one of Cavan’s leading Hardware Merchants at the age of 14.Married Michael McGovern a bus driver with Jackson’s Garage in Saint Felim’s Church Ballinagh in 1960 and went to live in Coras Point. One son Fergal after he was reared and seen for Una returned to work in Providers on Main Street and later as a Cook in Tesco Cavan where she was extremely popular. Predeceased by her brother Michael ,she suffered a grievous blow with the death of her husband Michael in 1997.Funeral followed concelebrated Requiem Mass in the Cathedral on Saint Stephen’s Day to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry .Survived by her son Fergal brothers Patsy (Dublin) Thomas Peadar Ballina and John Funeral Undertaker Cavan sisters Margaret Woods and Eileen Goldsbury.

January 8th 2004 Dunfermline Press Limited through their Irish operation Celtic Media Holdings buy The Anglo Celt and Printing Company Celtrim Printing Limited for €15 million retaining the management structure of Johnny O Hanlon Editor Mark O Hanlon as Production Director and Vincent Walsh as Financial Director. Later the benefactors in announcing the changes to the staff generously pledged €10,000 from their windfall to each employee of the Anglo Celt. The Anglo Celt was founded by Bailieboro man Sir John Young and the 1st Editor was Gustavus Tuite Dalton with the first issue appearing on the 6th February 1846.Later the famous Zachariah Walshe was appointed Editor and the O Hanlon family took ownership of the paper in 1863. Liberal and national sentiments continually expressed by the paper when they were neither popular or profitable !.

Same Week John Lyng Kilnavara is conferred with his BA Honours degree in Engineering. Educated at Drumkilly NS Saint Patrick’s College and Dublin City University he is son of Josephine and Michael Kilnavara Cavan.

Father Patrick J Flynn and Alex Shekelton are pictured entertaining the guests at the Annual Old folks Party in the Percy French Hotel in Ballyjamesduff.

Death of the very popular Gabriel (Gay) McGovern 18 Saint Felim’s Place Cavan at Saint Christopher’s Hospice at the age of 57 after a long illness borne with great courage fortitude and resignation. Only daughter of the late Walter Lambert and Mrs Lambert (Carroll) Her parents died when she was very young and herself and her brother Des were reared by her grandmother. Gay was educated at Saint Clare’s and Cavan Vocational School before serving her time to the Drapery trade with the famous Vera Brady. Beautiful countenance with a commanding build Gay was much in demand as a model at all the Vera Brady fashion shows. After the demise of the Vera Brady group Gay worked for Joe Connolly in Connolly Brothers and later Eleanor ( Reynolds) Fay and struck up a lifelong friendship with the Reynolds family making herself available at Christmas and Easter or if a member of the staff was ill or on Maternity Leave Gay despite her other commitments would always make herself available for work. Starred in many of the Girls Club Musicals in the Town Hall and later took part in the Tops of Breffni shows. In latter life Gay devoted herself to the care of her husband Eamonn who suffered from epilepsy and required round the clock observation and care. Attended Bingo in the Town Hall on the Thursday and Friday nights meeting many of her neighbours and friends. Quiet decent charitable and religious Gay is survived by her husband Eamonn brother Des special friends Carmel and Geraldine and sister in law Anna nephews nieces and many friends. Funeral following Requiem Mass from the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

Death of Margaret (Maggie) Gaffney 73 Upper Main Street Cavan at the age of 90.Native of Carrickaclevin Ballinagh.Later married Philip (Phil) Gaffney and they ran a high class confectionery and general grocery at 73 Min Street  .In retirement Phil was a Petrol Pump Attendant at Smith’s Garage .Both of them were deservedly very popular and had a host of friends and loyal neighbours. Survived by their sons Ben and Gerard daughters Gretta Fitzpatrick Killygarry and Ann Lennon London sister Bridie Smith in the USA.Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Cavan Gaels captained by Peter Kelly win the County Shield Final beating Drumgoon 1-11 to 1-3 at the Terry Coyle Park. The Gaels led by 0-7 to 0-2 at the intervalStars for the Gaels were Conor Rabbitt Kevin Downes and Jonathan Halley.

Noel Mooney is conferred with his National Diploma in Business Studies (Management Finance)  with Merit from Athlone Institute of Technology.

Seamus Fay ‘Cavan Lilter’ donates al the proceeds from the sales of his recently released CD to Brother Timothy’s Musical Instrument Fund in Saint Scholastica School Johannesburg South Africa where the Orchestra consists of 14 Guitars 10 Harmonicas and 30 tin whistles.

January 15th 2004 Death of Kathleen Reilly Killynebber at the age of 100.Member of the well known Donohoe family herself and husband Paddy ran a very successful Merchant and Grocery business as well as running their farm at Killynebber.In the early years they had a weekly travelling shop that took in the entire area up to Upper Lavey.Their coal delivery business was one of the largest in County Cavan and was later taken over by their sons Brendan and Malo.Attended Mass in the Convent Chapel every morning for most of her life she was deeply religious charitable and caring of those in need. Predeceased by her son Austin she is survived by her sons Brendan Malo and Finbar daughters Celestine Clare and Monica. Guard of Honour supplied by Killygarry GFC of whom her sons were closely associated as players founders and committee members.

Same Week Death of Louise Elizabeth Slowey Coleman Road at the Omega Nursing Home at the age of 97.She had spent 10 years in the Nursing Home. Native of Arva she was a Law Clerk with GV Maloney in Arva where one of her colleagues was Teresa Smyth Annally House 7 Cootehill Road. After her marriage she returned to work with Tommy McCormick in the Elmbank Hatchery where some of her colleagues included Molly Dillon Moya Donnelly Cissie Greene Dermot Smith Phil Sheridan and Kevin Moore. Founder member of Cavan I C A, Louise won many prizes for her work both baking and handcrafts. Member of the Mother’s Union at Cavan Parish Church she was an outstanding Christian with a great smile and greeting for everybody. Predeceased by her husband Jim an employee of GNR she is survived by her son Jim in Scotland daughters Lorraine Elliott Dublin Freda Montgomery Dublin and Patricia. Funeral following Service at which Mark Lidwell and her old friend Venerable Archdeacon George Millar presided. Burial in Kilmore churchyard.

Death of Ellen (Nellie) Collins Cootehill Road Cavan and Aghyarin county Tyrone at the age of 88.Both her sons Gerry and Hugh lived in Drumconnick and to be near them she decided to move to Cavan after the death of her husband Hugh in 1991.A woman of great independence and caring for her family she took a great pride in their achievement particularly with Cavan Gaels where her son Gerry is involved with the Under Age structure and grandson Geroid star of both under age and senior teams. Lived to see her beloved Tyrone win the 2003 all Ireland and bring Sam to the O Neill county for the very first time. Predeceased by her husband Hugh in 1991 she is survived by her family of 11 John Mick Hugh James Gerry and Patrick daughters Mary Christina Eileen Sally and Angela. Funeral following concelebrated Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Michael Mooney and Stephen Walsh are the new hosts at Cavan’s Slieve Rossa.Michael son of the late Jim and Mary Mooney Wolfe Tone Street has extensive experience of the bar trade having worked in the Slieve Rossa and later The Sheaf. Stephen  son of Garda Sergeant Dermot Walsh has worked with Quinn Direct and later a number of large pubs in London. They intend to cater for sports fans and have installed a large screen and carry all the big Premiership and Heineken cup games as well as the top GAA games.

Ned O Hanlon son of Edward and Airmid ‘Glenair’ Cathedral Road gives a very informative humorous and riveting account of life with Rock and Roll super band U 2

for whom Ned produces all of their videos and promotional material at the College of Further Studies Cavan.

Death of Anthony Leddy Milltown Belturbet former President of the ICMSA from 1978-1981 at Cavan General Hospital.

January 22nd 2004 Presentation to two of Cavan’s legendary founder members of Cavan town branch Fine Gael Andy O Brien and Tom Fitzpatrick. At Arus Fine Gael Rossa Place. Pictured are Madeline Argue County Council Josie Coyle Treasurer Gene Murphy Chairman Angela McCormack PRO Derek Graham Vice Chairman and Elizabeth Wilson Higgins Secretary.

Same Week Noel Dempsey Minister for Education and Science announces that he is allocating €17 million towards the erection of Cavan Institute at Keadue and new Virginia Vocational School. Congratulations are extended to Brendan Smith TD John McKay CEO and Bernie Power  in the CEO’s office for their tireless work and enthusiasm in promoting the idea of a new Institute for Cavan.The present College of Further Studies commenced with a student body of 60 has now grown to 600 and it is predicted will double with the addition of the new college.

Philip Noone continues his winning run on ‘You’re A Star’ on RTE television singing ‘Sweet Home Alabama’. Almost 250,00 votes are cast and Philip will now sing ‘Mary’ which was a huge hit for the 4 of Us in the 1990s in the next round of the competition.

Pictured receiving their BA degrees in Business Studies at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham Dublin are Shirley Wrenne and Adrienne Dempsey

Mary Smyth receives her BA honours degree in Humanitarian Studies from Saint Patrick’s College Drumcondra.Mary is presently on a post graduate course for her Certificate in Education at Oxford Brooke’s University.Educated at Butlersbridge NS and Loreto College Mary is daughter of Tommy and Bridie Smyth Butlersbridge Cavan.

Anahid Basmajian receives her Honours Master of Science degree from the Dublin Institute of Technology Cathal Brugha Street Dublin.Annahid was educated at the Poor Clare Convent Cavan and Loreto College and is daughter of Margaret and the late Henry Carrickfern Cavan

Joe Tully is welcomed and congratulated by Paddy O Reilly (Secretary/Treasurer) Owen McCaul Caretaker and Father Paul Casey Chaplain as the 100th Life Member of Cavan CYMS..

The Diocese of Kilmore are the largest contributors to the Trocaire Lenten Collection of 2003 donating a staggering €255,285 in the Lenten collection.Natonwide Trocaire collected €4.73 million for distribution to the poor and needy in 55 Third World countries throughout the world.

Death of Jim Patrick McCabe ‘Roadside Cottage’ Drumbo Cavan after a long illness at the age of 81 borne with great courage and fortitude. Born in Araghan Cavan Jim was a member of the original Magnet Players which included Andy O Brien Mickey O Brien Molly O Brien and many stalwarts appearing at Cavan Dram Festival and at country halls throughout the area particularly at Lent and Advent. Worked at home on the small family farm before  emigrating to Chicago and worked on the Railways there for 30 years. When he came home he brought his huge American Cadillac which was much in demand for Weddings for many years. Later married Josie a nurse in Saint Felim’s Hospital and after a period in America they decided to return home and rear their family at Drumbo.Active member of Saint Joseph’s Young Priests Society Saint Vincent De Paul and Cavan Rosary Group that initiated the Rosary before 10 o clock morning Mass in the Cathedral where he was a daily Communicant. Survived by his wife Josephine and sons Mathew Johnny and daughter Mary and Sister Mary Angela Drumshanbo.Funeral from the Cathedral to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Nicholas Walsh makes his Senior Inter county debut against Donegal in the McKenna Cup in Ballybofey.Nicicholas has returned after 4 years in Australia where he starred with the Melbourne Demons but suffered a recurring injury to his pubic bone that failed to respond to treatment and curtailed his activities in the Australian NFL.

Ann Donohoe  Glenlara Cavan and Team P Elliott Cavan is pictured presenting a cheque to Father Kevin Fay Concern for an impressive €5,400 while Sean O Hare Bridie Smyth and the members of the Mick Leddy Memorial Swim present a cheque to Bernie Rawle Resource Officer Cavan NCBI for €5,000.Finally Paul Myles and Michael Graham present a cheque for €10,000 to the Children’s Hospital in Crumlin proceeds of their recent run in the New York Marathon.

January 29th 2004 Peter Brady Main Street Kilnaleck former chairman County Board GAA and Cavan Drama Festival is named Cavan Man of the Year by the Cavanmen’s Association in Dublin. Seamus Fay Drumconnick is named Cavan’s Cultural Man of the Year.

Same Week Death of the very well known Frank Connolly Drumalee at the age of 86.native of Corcaghan Monaghan Frank worked  with the Department of Agriculture in the Land Reclamation Office coming to Cavan in 1952.Set up house in Drumalee and joined the local GAA club serving in every position and capacity and assisting greatly with the acquisition and development of their grounds  and dressing rooms at Drumalee.For many years Frank was a well known Steward at all the Ulster Championship games assisting in the selling of tickets and acting on the turnstiles at all the big fixtures in Cavan Omagh Enniskillen Ballybofey Derry  Clones and Belfast. Outstanding card player Frank’s game of choice was 25 and he was a regular attendee at Behey Hall where he also served on the Behey Social Club Committee. Lifelong member of the Pioneer Total abstinence Association Frank never lost his youthful looks and retained his flaming red hair until his death. President of Drumalee GFC at his death the coffin was draped in the Drumalee colours and the members provided a Guard of Honour at both the removal and funeral. Survived by his wife Maureen sons John Kieran and Leo. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Alvin Good Cloverhill is conferred with his National Certificate of Technology from Galway/Mayo Institute of Technology at Letterfreck county Galway. Educated at Cavan Number 1 school and Cavan Vocational school Alvin is son of Gene and the late Robert Good GT Electric and Plush Cloverhill.

Val Maguire and Willie Finnegan win the Kathleen Sullivan Trophy at Cavan Bridge Club 2nd and Best Gross Pat Plunkett and Lucy Hayes 3rd Maria Geelan and S Reilly 4th M Fitzpatrick and Delores O Reilly. Kathleen Sullivan was one of Cavan’s foremost Bridge players during a golden era of the 1940-1980 where Surgeon Bertie and Maura Cullen Gerry and Maureen Hunt Surgeon Paddy Maloney Father Sean Reilly and latterly Kay Heny Pat Plunkett and Father Thomas Woods were all players of International class. She was a member of the Sullivan family Ballylongford county Kerry and married the legendary Doctor John (Jack) Sullivan .Her family Corrine Dr Aine Frances and Dr John donated the Kathleen Sullivan Trophy to Cavan Bridge Club for an annual competition in her honour.

Death of Joe Brady Ballmacenroe Cavan and late of Reask Cavan. Worked in the farming business in Leixlip county Kildare being a member of the Leinster Coursing Club. In 1952 he returned to Cavan and married Mary McCabe Araghan later that year they purchased their farm in Ballmacenroe.Very progressive farmer Joe introduced new innovations and was milking with a petrol powered milking machine before the arrival of Electricity in the area. He was the first man to make silage in this area and perhaps the first in county Cavan.He introduced all the modern methods he had observed and learned and practiced in his early training in county Kildare. Founder member of Behey NFA (IFA) he was a founder member of Behey Social Club and during the Winter months played 25 a couple of times a week. Predeceased by his wife Mary he is survived by his sons Oliver Jimmy and Noel.

Cavan Gaels sweep the boards at Northern Sound Anglo Celt GAA Awards in the Kilmore Hotel winning Best Club of 2003 and players Anthony Forde Best Senior Player Michael Lyng Best Minor Player and Conor Rabbitt Best Hurler of the Year.

Peter Pollock Crafts Development Officer with Cavan/Monaghan Rural Development is pictured with the trophy which they won as Best Stand at the recent Showcase Gift Fare in the RDS Dublin also pictured are Lorraine Meegan Cavan Crystal Philip Hourican Gowna Development Association and an Taoiseach Bertie Ahern TD.

February 5th 2004 Death of distinguished bone surgeon Joe McGrath at the Rehabilitation Centre Dun Laoghaire following a routine operation on his knee. Native of Mullingar he was aged 68 and was attached for most of his working life to Our Lady’s Hospital Navan county Meath. Recently retired after a life time of distinguished service to the people of this entire area. He was a brilliant surgeon with an imposing presence of 6 foot 3 and built like a tank. Worked long hours in the service of his people with brilliant results. Lost his only daughter Orla in a road traffic accident in 1997 and later moved to  Somerville House Navan from his home in Proudstown.Avid collector of antiques he enjoyed metal detecting as a hobby. Among his patients were Barry McGuigan Tommy Carberry and Colm O Rourke who to this day swears he owes his career and continuing ease with his knee to the skills and know how of Dr Joe McGrath. Survived by his wife Jenny sons Sean Conor Anthony and Aindreas.Funeral from Saint Oliver’s Church Navan to Kentstown cemetery.

Same Week Aine Cahill Poles Cavan is conferred with her Honours BA in Interior and Fashion Design at Dublin Institute of Technology.Educated at Drumcrave NS and Loreto College Aine is daughter of Padraig and Brid Cahill.

Social Services Whist  1st Lady Bee Lynch 2nd Lady Dympna Cahill Lady Hatcher Kathleen McNamara 1st Gent Pat McKiernan and Gent’s Hatcher Aidan Conaty.Overall lowest score Patsy Murray.

February 12th 2004 Mary Haren and Frances Galligan present a cheque for €14,500 to Cavan Cancer Day Care Centre presented to Doctors James Hayes and John McCaffrey pictured with his two children Luke and David. The money was raised by way of a This Is Your Life Tribute to Brendan Jenkins in the Farnham Hotel Christmas Raffle and a Raffle organised by Pauline and Mervyn Clarke at Cavan Equestrian Centre.

Same Week Cavan General Hospital with a nursing staff of over 300 continues to attract big numbers of trainees and is now one of the biggest Nursing Training Hospital in this area. Pictured are Eddie Byrne Director of Nursing Eilish Sweeney Clinical Nurse Manager A and E and Margaret Scott Assistant Director of Nursing.

Cian McCann defeats Robert Fannin in the Beginners Final at Cavan CYMS while Ciaran Duignan defeats Conor McClarey in the Junior Novice Final.

Death of the very popular Lena Gumley Shankill Cavan. Member of the Hyland family from Pullabawn.After her marriage to Michael Gumley they emigrated to England and some time later returned and purchased a farm at Shankill.Excellent neighbour she was deeply charitable and very religious. Predeceased by her husband Michael she is survived by her sons Michael Martin Bernard Gerry and daughter Aoife brothers Jim Tom (England) Michael Bartley Bernard (Pullabawn) and sister Margie. Funeral from Saint Brigid’s Church Killygarry to the adjoining cemetery.

Dick Johnston from county Down a former employee of County Cavan Stores provides a stunning photograph of the premises take in 1946 showing the splendour and layout of this vast building.Dick was employed in the Grocery /Provision Department of CountyCavan Stores which was later owned by FW Woolworth Brendan Young and now is in the ownership of Cavan Credit Union.

Deidre Smith Stragella Cavan is conferred with her BSc  in Management (Finance) with 1st class honours from DIT Aungier Street Dublin. Deidre is a daughter of Enda and Pauline Smith Stragella and was educated at Drumcrave NS and Cavan Vocational School.

Sinead Fraher Stragelliffe is conferred with her Diploma in Business Management at Sligo Institute of Technology. Sinead was educated at Saint Clare’s NS Drumcrave NS and Cavan Vocational School. Currently studying for her degree in Business Studies Sinead is daughter of Detective Jim and Phyllis Fraher.

Sheila Rooney Coratubber is conferred with her BA Honours degree in Geography and Archaeology from UCD.Educated at Castletara NS and Loreto college Sheila is daughter of Phillip and Bernie Rooney Coratubber.

Emma McMahon Drumcrave Cavan is conferred with her VTEC Level 2 in Childcare from Cavan College of Further Studies. Educated at Saint Clare’s NS and Loreto College Emma is daughter of Jackie and Kathleen McMahon Drumcrave.

Michelle McCaffrey Laragh Crescent qualifies as a Dental Nurse from Portadown Institute of Technology. Michelle was educated at Saint Anne’s and the Community School Bailiebrorough and is daughter of Pat and Margaret Murray Leiter Kingscourt.She is presently employed with Doctor Paddy King Dentist 87 Main Street Cavan

Geraldine Lyons Killycannon Ballinagh Road is conferred with her BA Honours in English and Maths from UCD.Educated at Corlurgan NS and Loreto College she is daughter of Benny and Breege Lyons Killycannon Ballinagh Road Cavan.

February 19th 2004 Jack Keyes is the favourite to assume the office of Cavan County Manger to succeed the late Brian Johnston who died on the 3rd of May 2003.Jack is a native of county Kildare and is presently working in Offaly County Council after a long stint with Dublin Corporation which he joined after serving 15 years in the private sector.

Same Week Paddy Sexton TC leads the outcry at Cavan Town Council over the decision of the Council to grant planning permission for a housing development at the end of a garden in Saint Felim’s Place. The Fianna Fail members back Paddy in his condemnation while Andrew Boylan Fine Gael remarks that it is not their function to get involved in planning controversies which are the remit of the Executive. Seamus Neeley Acting County Manager said that the site has road access from the rear and all the services are available at that point and the site met all the relevant planning conditions. Paddy Sexton said that there was deep disquiet in Saint Felim’s Place and Swellan over the granting of planning permission as it would lead to further development and ruin the beauty and privacy of a much respected highly desirable residential area.

Ciara O Hanlon Kilnavara is conferred with her BSc Honours Degree in Commercial Software Development at Waterford Institute of Technology.Educated at Saint Clare’s and Loreto College Ciara is daughter of Danny and Mary O Hanlons Kilnavara Cavan.

Crannog Bridge 1st Mary McNicholas and Mary McGowan 2nd Ann Fallon and Betty Murphy 3rd Stella Corr and Elizabeth Lawlor E/W 1st Bernie Donohoe and Veronica Fay 2nd Etta McIntyre and Madge Curran 3rd Phyllis O Neill and Ann Gaffney.

February 26th 2004 Kathy Durkin the well known Country and Irish singer from Stroane Butlersbridge Ballinagh and the Sibin Cavan is the subject of ‘This is Your Life’ in the Farnham Hotel promoted by Mary Haren and Frances Galligan with all proceeds €7,500 going to Cavan Cancer Day Care. The MC for the evening was Father Brian Darcy The Gran Enniskillen while the life size murals of Kathy that decorated the walls in the Farnham were painted by Mel Doherty. Tribute is paid to Anne Shields and her husband Oliver for their unstinting support on every fund raising occasion to Frances and Mary who had another huge fundraiser when their subject was Brendan Jenkins some time ago. Pictured are Vera O Reilly sister Aindreas son Father Brian Darcy Kathy Durkin Alan Durkin son Annie Leddy mother and Andy Durkin husband.

Same Week Tragic death of 26 year old Elaine McCluskey a nurse at Cavan General Hospital following a road traffic accident caused by ice on the roads near her home at Drumanespie Bailiebrorough on her way home following night duty at the Hospital. Predeceased by her father Tommy she is survived by her fiancée Kenneth McCullough whom she planned to marry in October 2004 her mother Margaret brother Clint and sister Ciara.

Death of Teresa Keyes Liverpool and late of 15 Tullac Mongan Cavan in the loving care of her family in Liverpool England. Predeceased by her husband James she is survived by her family sons Jimmy and Gerard daughters Mary Ann Teresa and Daisy. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Cavan wheelchair Association President Patsy Maloney Chairman Billy Bravendar Vice Chairman John Murphy  Secretary Josephine Jameson Assistant Secretary Jacinta Fox Treasurer David Mulligan Assistant Treasurer Gerard Doyle PRO Pauline Doyle Chaplains Father Peter Casey and Reverend Mark Lidwill.

Aidan Leahy  and Anselem Lovett win the Percy French Cup at Cavan Bridge Club 2nd Leo Brady and Todd Davis 3rd Paddy Gibney and M Tackney

Heaton’s and Sports World come to Cavan Lakeland Retail Park. Heaton’s with a retail space of 13,000 square feet are offering free gifts to the first 500 shoppers while Sportsworld have 9,000 square feet of space and stock all the designer and sports labels at greatly reduced prices. Between them these two new additions to the commercial life of Cavan will employ 60 people. There is free car parking for 600 cars at Lakeland Shopping Centre.

March 4th 2004 Micheal Greenan Drumalee GFC is the new President of the Ulster Council of the GAA.First became involved with Drumalee as a player and at the age of 14 was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Club. He served as County Secretary Cavan GAA from 1976-1982  and had a life long admiration for his good friend HL Smith Secretary of Cavan County Board GAA for a record 37 years. During that period Micheal assisted Hughie in his duties and served as both Secretary and Assistant Secretary. His promotion to Presidency of the Ulster Council follows 20 years of devoted service to the Ulster Council.Micheal is the 6th Cavan representative to hold the post of President of the Ulster Council Bernard Fay 1923-1924 Séamus Gilheany 1958-1959 Andy O Brien 1971-1973 Philip Smyth 1983-1986 and Father Dan Gallogly 1989-1992.At the same meting in the Manor Hotel Enniskillen Aodghan Farrell  formerly PRO of the Ulster Council was elected Treasurer by 62 votes to 11 for Paul Doris of Down.

Same Week Loreto College are beaten in the Final of the Ulster Junior  Colleges Football Championship by Inver College Carrickmacross  5-2 to 2-3 at sunny Kill county Cavan. Loreto were let down by erratic shooting of their forwards and some elementary defensive blunders .Scorers for Loreto Roisin O Keeffe 2-0 Bronagh Boyle 0-2 and Erin Galligan 0-1.

Maura Maloney former joint organiser of the much acclaimed Cavan International Song Contest is in the final of the 9th International Song Contest of Peace in the Everyman Theatre Dublin. The UCD Music graduate has written ‘Song of Peace’ to be sung by Mary Simpson.

March 11th 2004 Sean Quinn is the 61st richest man in the United Kingdom making his money from production of concrete cement glass pubs and hotels but most importantly Quinn Direct Insurance which had profits of €68 million in the last six months.

Same Week Joe O Reilly  son of Barney O Reilly and Alice O Reilly Bridge Street and Cork is appointed Papal Knight by his Holiness Pope John Paul 2.Specialising in religious pilgrimages Joe has a great devotion to Our Lady of Fatima and in fact spends all his spare time lecturing on the Fatima phenomenon. Left Cavan in 1950 Joe worked for Ryan Car Rentals before opening his own Travel Agency in Cork in 1966 and he was the Organiser of the Official Diocese of Cork and Cloyne Pilgrimages to Our Lady’s Shrine in Lourdes for over 40 years and only gave it up after his retirement 7 years ago. His companies include Joe O Reilly Travel Joe O Reilly Tours Joe O Reilly Sports. He still keeps in touch with Cavan and his sister Philomena Coleman and his fellow Knight of the Equestrian Order of Pope Saint Sylvester 1 Tom McKenna and his wife Kathleen.

Death of one of Cavan’s most distinguished citizens Gene Murtagh Kingscourt at the age of 90.married Bridget Burns in 1939 he was a magnificent businessman and his shop and pub were extremely popular and very well supported and frequented. His Auctioneering business was one of the foremost in all of county Cavan and he kept working right up to his sudden death. Star footballer with Kingscourt he was a trustee and founder member of The O Raghallaigh Park committee. Gene and his wife sacrificed everything for the welfare and education of their family and he took great pride in the establishment and success of Kingspan founded by his sons Gene and Brendan the latter a star Cavan and Ulster footballer of the 1960 era. Gene Murtagh is survived in Cavan by his daughter Therese Byrne Drumalee.

Sudden death of Tyrone All Ireland footballer and Captain Cormac McAnallen at the age of 24.Native of Benburb he was a graduate of Queen’s University and taught in Saint Catherine’s Armagh .Just recently took over from Peter Canavan as Captain and he led Tyrone to their recent McKenna Cup success. Captain of the All Ireland winning Minor team of 1998 and the All Ireland winning Under 21 teams of 2001 and 2002 Cormac McAnallen is survived by his parents Brendan and Bridget and brothers Donal and Fergus.

Death of Elizabeth Logan Farnham Cavan. Member of the well known Phair family from Farnham A woman of great personality and humour she was a regular at the Bingo in the Town Hall and her humour wit and charity endeared her to all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Relict of Michael she is survived by her sons and daughters. Funeral from Saint Patrick’s Church Drumcor to the adjoining cemetery.

Pipe Band of the 6th Infantry Battalion will lead this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Cavan.They will be joined by 6 other bands from Cavan Longford and Monaghan and numerous floats and displays are expected. The MC once again is Mel Doherty.

Mark Hudson Jenna Poyntz James Moffatt Jennifer Bowes Andrea Browne James Mee coached by teachers John Crotty and Lynda Magee will represent the Royal School in this years’ Coca Cola Fusion Final.

Cavan Bridge Club Team of 4 finals 1st Lucy Hayes Todd Davis Ann Gaffney and Leo Brady 2nd Olivia Carroll Evelyn O Connor Bridie Donohoe and Trudy Corrigan 3rd Aileen Timmoney Paddy McDermott Anselem Lovett and Aidan Leahy.

Millennium School of Gymnastics’ Lisa Sheannon Shauna Cusack Ruth O Donnell and team captain Rachael Kiernan will represent Ireland in the Gymnastics International against England in Warrington in preparation for the European Championships in the Autumn.

Seamus Murphy and Irene Smith drive into office as Captains of County Cavan Golf Club. Winners of the Mexican Scramble sponsored by Michael Geraghty Cavan Travel 1st Eamonn Rice Tommy Kenny John Heatherton and Therese Keogh with 56.2 2nd Captains Seamus Murphy Irene Smith Michael Geraghty and Bill Noble with 56.8.

Drumalee GFC produced and directed by John Mohan are the Best new entry at the Scor Finals in Killeshandra Community Centre with Fear an Tighe Paddy McDermott.Drumalee reached 6 of the finals.

March 18th 2004 Cavan County Council adjourns as a mark of respect o the late John Collins Engineer with The Council since 1997 and Liaison Officer with the Rural Water  Programme.

Same Week New committee formed to transform the appearance of Cullies cemetery which has been in use since 1870 as a burial ground for the people of Cavan town and part of Casrletara.The plan envisages new pathways and layout for the cemetery and fundraising starts immediately. Plans for this ambitious project were drawn up by Gaffney and Cullivan and donations may be sent to Kevin McGowan Billis Cavan Val Maguire Cullies Cavan or Father Kevin Fay CC The Presbytery.

Sudden death of very popular County Council Engineer John Collins Corraghoe Cavan. Son of   John and the late Brid (Nee Ballyjamesduff) he was the Liaison Officer for Group Water Schemes in the Council and was extremely able efficient and very popular. Just closed on a Group Scheme in West Cavan. Tributes pour in from all over the County and the Anglo Celt carry a photograph profile and report of his funeral from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim Cavan to Cullies cemetery. Survived by his father John and brother Brian.

Death of Mollie Higgins late of 7 Jubilee Terrace at Esker Lodge Nursing Home in her 98th year.Memeber of the well known Donohoe family Mollie married Jim Higgins an official with GNR-he was the last local delivery man from the station after it closed in 1961.Mollie was an industrious good humoured woman who had a gentle word and smile for everybody. Among the people she worked with in the town was the Smyth family 60 Main Street and during her stay in the Esker Lodge Kathleen Smyth visited her on a regular basis. Enjoyed a game of Bingo and a night out in the Congo Bar she was a lovely singer and could entertain as good as the best. She lived to see her great grandchildren and incredibly her great great grandchildren-being one of the very few to achieve this milestone Predeceased by her husband Jim and son Patsy Molly Higgins is survived by her sons Peter Paul Jimmy and John daughters Mary Susan and Kitty. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

Death of Ellen Sexton 48 Highfield Road and late of Tullyco Cootehill.Predeceased by her husband Eddie she is survived by her daughters son in law cousins friends and great neighbours. Funeral from the Cathedral to Saint Patrick’s cemetery Laragh.

Death of Teresa Fay daughter of the late Charles and Mary Fay 37 Main Street at Bethel House Saint Joseph’s Hospital Clonsilla Dublin after a short illness at the age of 56.Predeceased by her parents Charles and Mary she is survived by her only sister Eleanor Reynolds and brother in law Terry and family. Funeral from Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry to the adjoining cemetery.

Mustang Sally’s Bar is the venue for this week’s RTE Ceilidhe House introduced by Kieran Hanrahan and featuring Marian Crowe Seamus Fay lilter Catriona Cullivan Philip Clarke Martin Donohoe and Art’s Officer Catherina O Reilly.The show is a tribute to well known Cavan lilter Seamus Fay who will be  the featured artiste on Ceilidhe House.

Patrick Brady a native of Mullahoran and member of Cavan Racquetball Club wins the Al Ireland Under 16 title in Castlebar beating local favourite Padraig White in the tie break 11-9.Damien Kellegher and Padraig Sexton Cavan Racquetball Club were Bronze medal winners in the Boy’s Under 14 and Under 10 Championship.

Cavan Cancer Homecare represented by Jimmy O Donnell are the winners of the Rehab/Anglo Celt Person of the year award in the Kilmore Hotel.

Martin’s smoking ban comes into force in all pubs clubs restaurants and work places. The ban was championed by the Minister for Health Micheal Martin

 Brian O Driscoll leads Ireland to 37-16 win over Scotland at Lansdowne Road to clinch Ireland’s first Triple Crown in 19 years having earlier in the season beaten England and Wales.

 March 25th 2004 Jack Keyes a native of Kildare and at present working with Offaly County Council in Tullamore is ratified as the new County Manger for Cavan. Endorsement of the decision of the Local Appointments Commission was proposed by Clifford Kelly and seconded by Andrew Boylan and will take effect from May 4th 2004.

Same Week Cavan County Council propose a vote of sympathy with the family of the late George E Milligan founder of Gem Oils Regaskin.Andrew Boylan says that George founded the Company and nurtured it from small beginnings to the huge enterprise it is to day while Clifford Kelly propose a vote of sympathy on behalf of the Fianna Fail party to the Milligan family. At the same meting Michael Giles pays tribute to the late great Gene Murtagh from Kingscourt saying Eugene Murtagh was a tower in Kingscourt and lifeline of the cultural and sporting life of Kingscourt

Daniel Little celebrates his 18th Birthday in The Well Bridge Street by making a presentation to Stephen Crowe and Michael Lee who rescued himself and brother Stephen from a burning inferno at their home in Drumalee over 14 years ago. Daniel who is 18 and brother Stephen 15 .Both are students at Breifne College and are sitting their Leaving and Junior Certs have undergone intensive treatment for their burns and still carry the scars of that fateful morning when they would have perished but for the bravery of Stephen Crowe and Michael Lee who crept in under the flames and rescued them from the inferno. They were later brought to Cavan General Hospital and the Children’s Hospital in Crumlin where they have undergone numerous skin grafts in their recovery from the horror. They live with their mother Ann Marie Little at Killymooney Drive Cavan and have 3 sisters Margaret Ann (12) Shanice (8) and Nicola (3).

Cavan Bridge Club 1st Delores O Reilly and Eileen McEnri 2nd Kathleen Clarke and Vera McMahon 3rd Olivia Carroll and Dr Patrick Faulkner.

Beautiful sunlit Spring day for the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade which broke all records with 7 bands. Marin Donohoe and the Webber School of Dancing entertaining the huge crowd. Veronica Sharkey Mayor Cavan Town Council cut the ribbon to set the parade in motion at 12 noon and hundreds of marchers floats bands poured out of Dunne’s Sores Car Park to make their way and entertain the thousands assembled at vantage points on the route. Gerry McCullough was he winner of the most humorous solo act when he appeared as a Bunny Girl with traditional green hair and attire. The organising committee were Chairman Eddie Brady Secretary Margaret Kelly Treasurer Patrick Sexton TC PRO Martina Sexton Committee Margaret Webber Patricia Walsh TC Elizabeth Coyle Margaret Brady Alan Cullinan Myles Fitzpatrick and Cathal Kelly.

Cavan Rugby 1st XV beat University of Ulster Coleraine to win the Gordon West Cup 32-12 in Coleraine.Tied at 12-12 at the interval Cavan cut loose in the second half with Fergus Crowe Grant Carter and Tony Reilly dominant in the scrum an supplying great ball to their back row and centres where Darragh King and Stephen Ivors were outstanding in setting up the moves for Cavan’s 5 tries .Salesi Talipiton was the Man of the Match and involved in all of the Cavan attacks that led to tries and scored 2 himself with Packy Kiernan at full back adding the conversion. Team Tom Vance  Paul McCusker G Milligan Tony Reilly Winston Morrison Fergus Crowe Alan Pratt Grant Carter John Loughnane Salesi Talipiton Darragh King Conor Flanagan Stephen Ivors F Reilly and Packy Kiernan.

Noel Galligan playing of 17 wins the prestigious Doctor Cullen Cup at County Cavan Golf club in wind and rain shooting an impressive 49 points 2nd was Oliver Galligan Junior off 11 with 44 points while Sean J Smith off 19 was 3rd with 43 points. Leo Costello won the Gross with 38 points.

April 1st 2004 Benny and Betty Little celebrate the Golden Jubilee of their marriage with a reception for neighbours and friends in the Orchard Bar Drumalee .

Same Week 21 year old Fergal Brady son of Maurice and Kathleen Brady Latt and Main Street Cavan is seriously injured in a hit and run accident in Boston. His parents fly out to be with him in hospital in Boston. Fergal is a star footballer with Cavan Gaels winning Senior Championship and League medals as well as representing the County in both minor and senior grades.

Death of Gerry Healy 4 Annally Park Butlersbridge.Outstanding footballer with the De La Salle School and Butlersbridge Gerry was the goalkeeper in their Junior Final Championship win of 1964.Keen fisherman Gerry was a frequent visitor to Bakersbridge where he caught many specimen fish. Very musical Gerry was a delightful singer and general entertainer. Fell into bad health in recent times which greatly precluded his activity. Survived by his wife Evelyn sons Gerard Danny daughters Evelyn and Margo grandchildren Danielle and Cameron. Funeral following Requiem Mass in Saint Aiden's Church to the adjoining cemetery.

Sudden death of Michael Tully following a brief encounter with liver cancer at Cavan General Hospital at the age of 50.Michael was a Butcher by trade and worked in Donohoe’s Bridge Street and McCarrens.Outstnding huntsman he frequently hunted rabbits and game during the Season. Very fond of music and song and a very fine singer himself. His favourite party piece was ‘Carrickfergus’.Predeceased by his mother Rose he is survived by his wife Mary daughters Leslie Jolene sons Michael Anthony Scott and Brad father Paddy and Peggy. Funeral following Requiem Mass from the Cathedral to Cullies.

Crannog Bridge N/S 1st Theresa McEntee and Mary Johnston 2nd Teresa Keogh and Una Carolan 3rd Kathleen Cumiskey and Madge Conlon E/W 1st Helen Timmoney and Phyllis O Neill 2nd Veronica Fay and Bernadette Donohoe and 3rd Dorothy Neary and Vera Coulter.

John Joe Nevin wins the All Ireland 36 Kilo Championship in the National Stadium-this is his 4th National title in a row and he heads now to the 4 Nations Championships in Liverpool.

Bailiebrorough Dramatic Group with ‘On Rafferty’s Hill’ sweep the boards at Cavan Drama Festival winning 5 categories in the Open Section with ‘On Rafferty’s Hill’ including the overall prize and Doctor Lyons Cup accepted by Dennis Cullen son of Packie and May Cullen and long time resident of the Town Hall. Best Set Bailieboro Dramatic Group (Joe Fulton and Raymond Gilsenan) Best Actress Liz O Hanlon Bailieboro Adjudicator’s Award Ceppie Clerkin Bailieboro Best Actor Seamus O Rourke Cornmill Carrigallen Best Young Performer Miriam Pettit KATS Galway. The Confined Section was won by The Phoenix Players Tubbercurry with ‘Our Town ‘The Adjudicator was Jim Woistencroft.

April 8th 2004 Sudden death of Niall Crowe in the Mater Hospital in Dublin at the age of 65. Son of the late Tom and Kathleen Crowe who was a Butcher in Bridge Street and farmer at Kilnavara.Niall was educated at the De La Salle School and Cavan Vocational School where he played football in all grades at under age before emigrating to London in 1957.Returned from London in 1963 and lined out with Butlersbridge wining a Junior Championship medal. Later threw in his lot with Cavan Gaels and was elected Chairman of the Club in 1970 when they purchased the Showground’s from the old Cavan Show Society.Niall continued to work for the funding and development of the Park and was a lifetime benefactor and sponsor for Cavan Gaels for whom his son Enda starred and won Championship medals at all grades. Agent for Town of Monaghan Champion milk Niall and his family worked very unsociable hours to ensure that their thousands of customers had fresh milk first thing in the morning. Many of his customers had not the benefit of a refrigerator in the early and the early morning service was vital to many young families preparing to leave for school. They also supplied the various institutions and shops within the Cavan town area. Outstanding singer Niall travelled all over Ireland and Wales with the Cavan Singers of which himself and his wife Maureen were founder members. As a means of recreation Niall decided to take up golf and became totally engrossed in the game and the welfare of County Cavan Golf Club. Playing off 12 Niall was Captain in 1982 and played a pivotal role in the purchase of Aranmore House and land from McCarren’s expanding the course to an 18 hole Championship layout. Captain in 1982 and had an unforgettable Captain’s Prize Day inviting all the old families and customers to the Clubhouse for the Social and Presentation which was unfortunately hit by a very bad storm and proceedings took place by candle light in a once off unforgettable atmosphere. Member and benefactor to many of the local organisations and charities his outstanding characteristics were his generosity courtesy and good humour. Survived by his wife Maureen sons Paul Stephen Philip and Enda daughters in law Caroline Eilish Martina and Marina brothers Oliver and Derek sisters Patsy Smith Kilnavara and Ursula O Dowd. His first grandchild Abby was born 4 days before Niall’s death. Cavan Gaels and Cavan Golf Club formed an impressive Guard of Honour at Niall’s removal while the Past and Present Captain’s of County Cavan Golf Club formed a Guard of Honour following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Same Week Patrick (Paddy) Sexton member of Cavan Town Council is made a Commissioner for Oaths by the Chief Justice Ronan Keane .Later Patrick was appointed a Peace Commissioner by the Minister for Justice Equality and Law Reform Michael McDowell.

County Cavan Golf Club closes on Sunday as a mark of respect to their late member and Captain Niall Crowe. The competition sponsored by Telecare was postponed to a later date.

April 15th 2004 Packie Thornton Belturbet Irish Wheelchair Association unveils a plaque to their late distinguished member Damien McDwyer at Ballyconnell Church on Easter Sunday.

Same Week Crannog Bridge Club present a cheque for €700 to Saint Christopher’s Hospice Cavan. Pictured are Stella Corr Treasurer Noreen O Reilly Treasurer Saint Christopher’s Hospice Mary Johnston Secretary Jim Beirne President and Phyl O Reilly Crannog Bridge Club.

Death of the very popular Terry Duignan Saint Patrick’s Terrace Cavan at the age of 71.Native of the town and member of one of the oldest and most respected families. Worked for a number of years as a painter with many of the local contractors including Brendan Jenkins and Michael Leddy.Later joined the Post Office and worked there until his retirement.Great man for the outdoors fishing and shooting. He was a regular visitor to the Erne waterway  at Killykeen Rann and the Buck Island. Brilliant gardener Terry would supply the entire neighbourhood with fresh vegetables. Proud of the town Terry could speak at length and with great wit and humour of the magic days of his youth when people had more time to stop and converse. Survived by his wife Kathleen sons Declan Oliver and Christopher daughter Caroline  brothers Tommy and Jimmy. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Catherina McKiernan back in form as she beats her friend and rival Sonia O Sullivan over 10k on the road for the first time recording a very respectable 33:39 for the 10 Kilometre Great Ireland run in the Phoenix Park in difficult blustery conditions 2nd Oleena Fadeeva (Ukraine) 3rd Analia Rosa (Portugal) and 4th Sonia O Sullivan (Cobh) in a time of 34:16.Catherina announces that she will run in the Athens Olympics if she can get the qualifying time for the Marathon or 10,000 meters.

Successful members of Cavan Judo club at the All Ireland Championships in University College Cork are Joe Moore (Bronze) Adrian Boyle (Coach) Darren McGrath (Bronze) and Jason Smith (Silver).

Philip Rooney Coranure is the new General Treasurer of the Prison Officers Association. Prison Officer in Loughan House since 1977 Philip has spent 20 years on the National Executive and is Vice President since 1986.Married to Bernadette they have 5 children and live at Coranure.

Nora Farrelly Chair of the Tullac Mongan Resource centre presents Mary Coughlan Minister for Family and Social Affairs with an inscribed Cavan Crystal lamp during the Minster’s visit to the Tullac Mongan Resource Centre.

April 22nd 2004 Mairead and Aidan Elliott Keadue Lane Cavan  are the winners of the new luxury home at Rocklands- 1st Prize in the Killygarry GFC Super Draw 2nd Car Margaret Maguire Urney Ballinagh and 3rd €5,000 Matty Smith Lavey.

Same Week Spate of daring robberies in Cavan town see Keenan’s Bookmakers Main Street robbed of €1,000 in clear day light and Cavan CYMS  snooker meters broken and robbed of €150 after the club had closed for the night.

Patrick Conaty junior steps down s a member of Cavan County Council and will not seek re election in the forthcoming Local Elections. First elected to Cavan County Council in 1991 succeeding his father who was elected to the same body in 1950.Between them they have given the County Council 54 years service. Patrick has suffered from Parkinson’s Disease for the past 18 years and this has seriously hindered his activities. However he will stay on as a member of Cavan Town Council where he was first elected in 1979 and celebrates his Silver Jubilee this year. Both were member of NEHB for a long number of years where Patrick was on the staff. Patrick worked in the Ambulance Service rising to the rank of Ambulance Officer until his premature retirement due to ill health in 1999..He is being replaced on the Fianna Fail election ticket for Cavan County Council by Ray Carolan former Cavan and Ulster star footballer.

For the next 4 months there is a mobile unit of Breast Check stationed at Cavan General Hospital and women between the ages of 50-64 are invited to have a mammogram free of charge. Only 1% of the X Rays need follow up but if the cancer is detected early speedy attention will result in a positive outcome.

Social Services Whist 1st Margaret Hyland 2nd Teresa McHugh 3rd Kathleen Finnegan Lady Hatcher Teresa McConnell 1st Gent Jimmy Cullen 2nd Gent Aidan Conaty Gent’s Hatcher Sean Leinster.

Funeral Game by Noel Monahan is the latest collection from the Granard born  poet author and teacher. Included is a tribute to local musician Martin Donohoe

“He swings from side to side
Feet of a dancer under the table

Loving every button every press
and draw of the bellows

Laughs to himself

In hayfields and jigs and reels

Free reading in the Kinegad Slasher

Past drinking men on the edge of their stools

To Cliffs and Gulls

In Mist and fog and smoke

Folding and unfolding the grief of the sea”.

April 29th 2004 Tragic death of the very popular and well known Stephen Rudden at the age of 32.Body discovered in the Dug Out Bridge Street at 5 am. No foul play is suspected. Born in Belturbet Stephen was son of the late James and Betty Rudden.An accomplished musician Stephen played in many of the local groups touring the ballad circuit. Outstanding athlete with Cavan’s Team P Elliott Stephen won both Novice and Junior County Cross Country titles and represented the Club at provincial and national level. His colleagues on the winning Team P Elliott teams included Niall Carolan Michael Carolan both from Swellan where Stephen was reared by John and Dympna Molloy and family. Member of Cavan Fire Brigade Stephen had just completed a practice and tributes were paid to him by Noel Burke Chief Cavan Fire Oficer.Stephen’s twin brother Brian his father and grandfather were killed in a tragic accident at Fairyhouse Cross county Meath almost 30 years ago. His mother Betty was  seriously injured and required round the clock nursing in Saint Felim’s Hospital.; Paul and his brother were subsequently reared and seen to by Betty’s brother John and sister in law Dympna (Nee McKiernan).Educated at the De La Salle and Cavan Vocational School Stephen opened his own business as a supplier and contract cleaner in which he was very successful. Survived by his son James and Joanne (Brides) brother Paul in Dublin John and Dympna Molloy and family Amanda. Jonathan Anthony Neill and Marie. Funeral following concelebrated Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Staghall cemetery Belturbet.

Same Week Death of the legendary Peter Donohoe Dublin Road Kingscourt and late of Camden Town London and Kilnaleck.Son of the late James and Ann Donohoe Kilnaleck.His  father was a Publican and Peter for all of his life followed in his footsteps. Big strong imposing character Peter played in the All Ireland Final of 1945 when Cavan were surprisingly outscored by Cork. In 1946 joined his old friends Mick Higgins Tony Tighe to win a Senior County Championship medal with Mountnugent.In 1947 scored 8 points and was the star of the 2-11 to 2-7 Polo Grounds New York victory over Kerry with the American Press christening him the Babe Ruth (Baseball player of the era) of Gaelic Football for his uncanny accuracy. Again starred in the 1948 victory over Mayo and hung up his bots after the disappointing 1949 All Ireland defeat to Meath. Ill advised he returned to the county scene in 1955 and replaced Brian Gallagher as Cavan’s ace free taker but retired from inter county football following Cavan’s defeat to Kerry in the 1955 All Ireland Semi Final Replay. In his county career Peter won two All Ireland Senior 1 National League represented Ireland against the Combined Universities of 1949 and on the club scene Senior Championship medals with Mountnuggent and a last hurrah with his beloved Crosserlough when they defeated Cavan Gaels in an epic controversial final in 1958.After the 1947 Final Peter’s celebrity was such that he was pressurised into standing as a Candidate for Clann Na Poblachta just missing out on election to his good friend and running mate John Tully by 109 votes. Worked for a number of years in various pubs in Dublin Peter Later in 1965 emigrated and opened his own very lucrative Wine Store in the village of Osterley outside of London.Married his old sweetheart Brigid Yorke a native of Kingscourt who he had known in Cavan before emigrating in 1967 at the age of 40.Peter heroically quit drinking and was a wonderful help and support to those friends who were struggling with the demon. Always came home to Cavan each Summer and stayed with his sister Josie Sheridan in Upper Main Street where he took great pride in the achievements of his nephews Greg and Dominick on the handball and football fields of county Cavan.Alrerady a legend he further endeared himself to all the Upper Main Street residents by his friendly quiet unassuming disposition. Returned home to Cavan and Kingscourt in 1985 where he again bought and ran a pub for a period before disposing of it to Neville Taylor in 1990.Inducted into Anglo Celt Cavan’s Hall of Fame in 1984 he was an automatic choice on the Cavan’s Team of the Century. Peter Donohoe is survived by his wife Brigid daughter Anne sister Agnes Pursey Camden Town son in law Danni  grand daughter Lucy and in Cavan by the Sheridan family. Guard of Honour by present and past county players lined the route from his home to the Church of the Immaculate Conception Kingscourt.Chief celebrant of the Funeral Mass was old friend and team mate Father Paddy Sheridan from Killinkere and London assisted by Father Seamus Heatherton Cavan All Ireland footballer of 1952 and Father Sean Heeney PP Kingscourt and former Chairman of Meath County Board. Later George Cartwright Chairman of Cavan County Board gave a very edifying and moving oration over Peter’s grave in Kingscourt cemetery.

Cavan Gardening Club’s ‘Fields of Gold’ display is the star attraction at the ‘Hope in Bloom’ Flower Festival in the Sacred Heart Church Clones.

Death of Sean McDermott son of the late James and Bridget McDermott London and late of 8 Owen Roe Terrace Cavan in Poole Dorset at the age of 74 after a short illness borne with great courage and dignity. Survived by his sons and daughters brothers and sisters.Funeral in Poole Dorset England. He was brother of the renowned author and music artiste Kevin McDermott author of ‘The Time of The Corncrake’.

Death of Noel McGovern 4 Annally Park Butlersbridge.Predeceased by his wife Betty Noel was a very industrious and courteous worker with Cavan County Council. Survived by his son Patrick and daughters Margaret and Maria.Funeral following Requiem Mass in  Saint Aiden’s Church Butlersbridge to the adjoining cemetery.

Cavan Gaels captained by Eamonn Reilly win the South Ulster League beating Carrickmacross 4-21 to 1-5 in a very lack lustre one sided final in O Raghallaigh Park Kingscourt before a large attendance. Gaels played some outstanding football and capitalised on their many chances while Carrickmacross were a pale shadow of their normal form. Michael Lyng was Man of the Match Scorers for the Gaels Michael Lyng Sean Johnston 1-4 each Dominick Reilly and Enda King 1-1 each Paul O Donnell 0-4 Anthony Forde 0-4 each Michael Graham 0-2 and Cathal Collins Cormac Nelligan 0-1 each Team Eoghan Elliott Shane McGlade Gavin Duffy Patrick Graham Karl Crotty Eamonn Reilly (Captain) Anthony Forde Enda King Cathal Collins Tommy McCormick Dominic Reilly Michael Lyng Sean Johnston Cormac Nelligan Paul O Donnell. Subs Darren Rabbitt for Patrick Graham Gearoid Collins for Shane McGlade Mickey Graham for Tommy McCormick Nicholas Walsh for Dominic Reilly and Sean Reilly for Nicholas Walsh

Andrea Galligan Glasdrummond Poles is conferred with her MSc Honours degree in Marketing from DIT Aungier Street Dublin. Educated at Killygarry NS Loreto College and UCD Andrea is daughter Andy and Elaine Galligan Glasdrummond Poles.

Anna Gumley John Paul Avenue is conferred with her Diploma in Nursing Studies (Mental Health Nursing) from Dundalk Institute of Technology at Saint Mary’s Hospital Drumcar.Educated at Saint Clare’s Loreto and the Cavan College of Further Studies (Advanced Certificate in Child Care) Anna is daughter of John Joe and Martina Gumley John Paul Avenue Cavan.

Paul Elliott is conferred with his BSc Honours Degree at Trinity College Dublin and already holds a Dip in Engineering from Bolton Street College of Technology. Paul was educated at Farnham NS Newbridge College and Bolton Street College of Technology and is son of Jim and Breda Elliott Drumelis Cavan.

May 6th 2004 Celtic News group who recently acquired the Anglo Celt take over three more titles in the Midlands Westmeath Examiner Westmeath Independent and Offaly Independent. They are now the largest regional publishers in this area.

Same Week Among the musical guests invited to an evening of traditional music and song in the Arus by President Mary McAleese and her husband Dr Martin are Seamus Fay accompanied by his sister Eileen and Martin and Angela Donohoe from Cavan.

Pictured at the installation of Joe O Reilly as a Pontifical Equestrian Knight of the Order of Saint Sylvester by the Bishop of Cork and Ross Most Reverend Doctor John Buckley in Bishopstown Church  were Councillor Joe Burke Lord Mayor of Cork Joe and Sheila O Reilly Most Reverend Dr John Buckley Philomena Coleman (Sister) Thomas McKenna (Knight) and Veronica Sharkey Mayor of Cavan.

Saint Vincent De Paul Society celebrate 160 years  service to the poor and needy of Cavan. Among the great names of the Society were Tom McCarren Jimmy Finlay Gerry Lovett and his son Anselem Eddie Bolger PJ and Cormac Dunne Tommy Connolly and the incomparable Tom Tierney.

County Cavan Bridge Club Championship Gross 1st Father Thomas Woods and Dr Patrick Faulkner 2nd Pat Plunkett and Paddy Gibney Nett 1st Kathleen Clarke and Vera McMahon 2nd Harry Hunt and Anna Carlin .

Sean O Reilly representing Annalee AC makes his comeback to competitive running after nearly 20 years on the side lines to win the Co Cavan Veteran’s 3,000 metres in Shercock 2nd Brian O Reilly Laragh AC and 3rd Albert Easkin Shercock AC. Ann O Donoghue was the winner of the Ladie’s 3,000 meters Veteran title at the same meet. Former star with the Laragh club Sean O Reilly comes from a family of athletes and is son of the late Sean MRCVSI and Bridie O Reilly Farnham Street .

Team A Represented by  Peadar Conaty Shane Briody James Kellegher Keith Smith (Captain) Vincent Craig and Bartley McGovern win the Doctor John Sullivan Racquetball tournament at Saint Patrick’s College Complex.

Cavan Gaels captained by Niall Murray are the winners of the Under 14 County Cavan Feile an Og in Virginia.

May 13th 2004 Jack Keyes Cavan’s new County Manger receives a very warm welcome from the members of Cavan County Council as he attends the first meeting since his recent appointment. In his first address he appeals for partnership between the Executive and the elected members and says that his tenure will be marked by an emphasis on  supplying infrastructure to further the concept of a Knowledge Based Economy particularly the provision of a first class broadband platform throughout the county. Former director of Services with Offaly County Council Jack Keyes promises the utmost commitment and availability to members and staff during his tenure as County Manager.

Same Week Tadhg and Aoife Smith Lismullig Poles are conferred with their MA in Virtual Relations and Aoife with a BA in Psychology at University College Dublin both are past pupils of Killygarry NS and are son and daughter of Terry and Phyl Smith Lismullig Poles.

Pictured at the launch of Happy Hearts Weekend in Cavan are Sister Ursula Margaret Kane Mairead McMeel Irish Heart Foundation Paul Myles Cavan and Ireland International athlete Mairead Lynch and May McCaul.

Death of one of Cavan’s greatest ever characters Paddy (Rock and Roll) O Reilly from Moynehall at the age of 68 at Cavan General Hospital after a short illness borne with courage and fortitude Native of Virginia county Cavan where his family were prominent in business and farming Paddy qualified as a mechanic and his first love was cars learning to drive in his teens. Came to Cavan to work with Con P Smith and was involved in the repair and service of cars vans tractors and anything with a motor. Later appointed Foreman Mechanic in McCarren’s Factory a post he held until his retirement. A Man of great good humour and sport Paddy was a wonderful husband and father and his family were always paramount in his concern. Founder member of Cavan Carnival from 1968-1972 Paddy was a wonderful steward and organiser giving of his best and treating visitors with great dignity and respect. One of Cavan’s greatest ever ballroom dancers himself and his wife Rita won many prizes for their foxtrots and waltzes which reflected the deep respect and love they had for one another moving as if they were programmed together. Indeed the sudden death of Rita attending a family wedding in the Hillgrove Hotel in Monaghan was a blow that Paddy never really recovered from. Lifelong member of Cavan branch Fine Gael Paddy was the first man out to erect posters come the General or Local Elections. Extremely useful and reliable Paddy had one outstanding trait his word was his bond and no matter how difficult the situation Paddy would always deliver on his promise. Born on the 29th February Paddy only celebrated 17 Birthdays and that is the way he will be remembered young at heart full of fun and good humour decent charitable kind and industrious. Outstanding husband father friend and neighbour. Predeceased by his wife Rita and brother Mattie Golf Links Road he is survived by his sons Aidan Raymond Brian Patrick Tony Oliver and Michael daughters Sandra Rita and Rosemarie brothers Brendan Eugene Eddie and Father Aidan sisters Sadie and Angela Kierans. The Chief celebrant at Paddy’s Requiem Mass was his brother Father Aidan Sacramento California. Guard of Honour formed by colleagues in Cavan town Fine Gael. Funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

Michael Meehan is the winner of the Garda Shield Junior Snooker Competition in Cavan CYMS beating Matthew O Kane in a thrilling Final.The beaten Semi finalists were Cian McCann and Martin Dunne.

Jonathan Farrelly and Sharon Gill are winners of the Bronze medals at the All Ireland Acrobatic Gymnastics in Newbliss.

Cavan Bridge Club President’s Elizabeth Galligan’s Prize 1st Maureen Green and Angela O Reilly 2nd Harry Hunt and Anna Carlin 3rd Maura Goodman and Imelda Brady.

Death of Ellen (Nellie) Gilroy after a long illness at Lesson Park Nursing Home Dublin at the age of 90.A native of Kilcrone Laragh Nellie’s family were engaged in farming and there was 9 in the family. Married fellow Laragh man TM Gilroy in 1940 and they lived at Coleman Road. Very well known popular figure in Cavan she joined with Tommy in his zeal for the GAA first the development and opening of Breffni Park in 1952 and the founding and promotion of Cavan Gaels from 1957.She unveiled a plaque in his honour at the Terry Coyle Park in 1989.Later the family moved to Cathedral Road as Tommy was promoted CEO of Cavan County Council Health Board. In recent years as Tommy’s health and sight began to wane Nellie heroically cared and nursed him at home. Predeceased in by her husband Tommy and daughter Mary she is survived by her sons Vincent former TD and Minister at the Department of an Taoiseach Des Pearse daughters Ann Limerick Eileen Dublin and Jackie Dublin sister Ann Walsh Larchment New York. Removal from Saint Laurence O Toole Kilmacud and funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral Cavan to Killygarry cemetery. Past and present members of Cavan Gaels formed a Guard of Honour

The musicians and choirs of Saint Patrick’s College and Alexandra College Dublin once again combine to provide a memorable evening of top class music and song at Saint Patrick’s College. With guest orchestra and Eileen Tackney on the organ the soloists were Henry Foster John Farrelly  Declan McGoldrick and Barry Leonard. The concert concluded with the Riverdance Extravaganza arranged and directed by Musical Director Kieran Tackney.

May 20th 2004 David Mackey CEO P Elliott and Company is conferred with an Honary Doctorate by NUI Maynooth.Native of Letterkenny County Donegal David spent 20 years in Local Government before resigning as County Manager in Cavan to take up the position of General Manger and later CEO of the Quinn Group in 1989.Along with good friends Noel Elliott and Cormac Dunne founded Flag Properties in 1999.David is married to Marion O Donovan Solicitor Cavan and they have three children David Catherine and Edward.David is a non executive Director of Eirgrid, Cavan County Enterprise Fund and Chairman of Croke Park Executive Committee.

Killian McGuinness a teacher in Loreto College and native of Mullahoran is voted Best Actor at the All Ireland Finals in Athlone for his playing of Jack in ‘The Weir’.Killian’s wife is from Carrigallen and 25 years ago Killian joined the Cornmill Theatre Group under the Direction of the legendary Cavan town native Father Patsy Young PP Ballyconnell

Same Week Ciara McGinley the Cavan Rose from Blacklion is among the favourites to win the Ulster Rose of Tralee contest in the Cavan Crystal Hotel at which the MC Mel Doherty will interview the girls and ask them to perform their party pieces. The winner will represent Ulster at the 46th  Rose of Tralee Finals in August

Half year results for Cavan Credit Union prepared and audited by McDwyer Lennon Young and Company show an impressive profit for the period of €776,077.Over 36 years in existence they now have sub offices in Belturbet Ballinagh Killeshandra Kilnaleck and Carrigallen and there are now 14,00 members affiliated to Cavan Credit Union where the present Chairman is Erick Johnston.

Last minute point by John Clarke saves Down in 1-13 each draw in sunny perfect conditions in the first round of the Ulster Championship in Casement Park Belfast. Cavan led by 1-7 to 0-8 at the interval.Scorers for Cavan Jason O Reilly 1-2 Michael Lyng 0-6 Gerard Pierson 0-3 Seanie Johnston 0-1 and Larry Reilly (Captain) 0-1

Down beat Cavan 1-12 to 0-11 in the Minor Curtain Raiser. Cavan Gaels players on the Minor team included Terry Smith in goals Geroid Collins who score 3 points Alan O Riordan Sub and Drumalee’s Darragh Gaffney who accounted for 1 point of the Cavan total of 0-11.

Congratulations to Marie Lynch Athbara Close and Dermot and Irene Smith Cherrymount on their niece Deidre Smith winning the Lancôme Irish Close Championship at the Island Golf Club.

Kinnypottle Players are back on the Town Hall stage with the 2 act drama ‘Come Back to the 5 and Dime Jimmy Dean’ Directed by Irene White. The all star cast includes Richella Matthews Ann Kiernan Joanne Lane Catherine Hanley Majella Stafford Ann Davenport Breege Delaney Aine Duffy and Larry Burke. Action takes place in a small Texas town of McCarthy in the year 1975 in a 5 and Dime Store where a  Reunion is planned of the Jimmy Dean Fan Club of the 1950s.

Death of Joseph ( Joe) McCabe 25 Killymooney Drive on May 18th at Cavan General Hospital. Survived by Suzanne son and daughter. Funeral from Saint Matthew’s Church Drumavaddy to the adjoining cemetery.

May 27th 2004 Eileen Maloney celebrates her 100th Birthday on a glorious Summer’s day surrounded by her family friends and many neighbours. 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 ‘Glen Aulinn’ 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. Pictured with her family Willie Stephen Tom George Beatrice and Dympna McNicholas

Same Week History is made at Saint Patrick’s College as Patsy Lee replaces Father Gerry Allwill as President. Father Alwill succeeded Father John McTiernan as President in 1997 having been Bursar and Dean of Day Students for over 26 years. Taught  Arts Maths Religion and Mechanical Drawing. He is taking a Sabbatical after which he hopes to pursue his real vocation with an appointment to a Parish of the Diocese. Patsy Lee son of the late Phil and Ellen Lee Ashe Street and brother of the late David Lee. Educated at the De La Salle school where one of his outstanding tutors was the legendary Brother Cyril who guided the class to two All Ireland School’s Drama titles in 1955 and 1956.Member of the first school band his father Phil Jack Reilly Drum Master and Paddy Duffy Musical Director joined with Brother Augustine in forming the De La Salle Flagelot Band. Later won a County Council Scholarship to Saint Patrick’s College where he was a student from1958-1963 before going to Maynooth where he took his BA degree with 1st Class Honours and his H dip in Education at University College Dublin. Appointed to the staff of Saint Patrick’s College in 1967 there were only then 4 lay teachers and the rest of the staff were priests. Took a keen interest in the academic curriculum  and was involved in training the successful Saint Pat’s college teams of the era including the 1972 Hogan cup and double McRory Cup winners. Patsy also developed hurling and athletics within the College. Spent the last 4 years as Vice Principal of the school he regrets the passing of the strong Catholic ethos within Saint Pat’s pointing out that Father Gerry Alwill and Father John Gilhooley Chaplain are the last of the clerical staff and Patsy thinks that the further erosion of vocations from within the College will continue as a result of their absence and heroic example. Since his appointment as Principal in 1999 Father Gerry has experienced huge changes including the closing of Saint Pat’s as Boarding School in 2000 the appointment of a Board of Management Parent’s Association and more recently a Student’s Council which will hold its first meeting in September. The College has now gained National recognition for its excellent music facilities and stages high class concerts and recitals under the direction of Kieran Tackney.While maintaining their prominence as gaelic football nursery winning last year’s Rannafast Cup for the first time since 1976 Father Gerry takes great pride in a widening of horizons and the College’s superb performance in winning the Ulster School’s Soccer Trophy and their outstanding performance in reaching the School’s All Ireland Final only to be beaten by Blacrock College in the Final at Floodlit Belfield.

Stepping Stones Saint Augustine’s Hall celebrates its Silver Jubilee as a pre school service to the Community. Pictured are staff Jill Cosgrove Margaret Smith Geraldine Powell Principal and Founder Bernie Gumley Deidre Logan and Ruth McClorey.

Death of Paddy Dowd late of Ardmagh Ballyhaise at Letterkenny General Hospital. Educated at Killagh NS and Saint Patrick’s College .Appointed Clerical Officer Cavan County Council in 1946 Town Clerk Clones in 1955.Later appointed Staff Officer Louth County Council and Town Clerk Drogheda. Later Town Clerk Ennis and Treasurer Donegal County Council in 1965.Conty Secretary South Tipperary he was later appointed County Manger in Laois 1970-1986.County Manager Cork from 1986 until his retirement in 1992.Member of the National Road Authority he was a keen GAA follower and enthusiastic golfer. Survived by his wife Nora brothers Paul Ardmagh Ballyhaise and Father James. Funeral from Annagrae Church Dungloe to the adjoining cemetery. Memorial Mass in Saint Brigid’s Killoughter.

Death of Mrs Duffy 3 Cathedral Close Cavan at the age of 94.Native of Swanlinbar she was Matron Mount Lourdes Grammar School in Enniskillen for many years and later retired to the family home Swan Bar Chapel Street Square Swanlinbar.In recent years as her health deteriorated she was anxious to live Independently but near her son John and sister in law Marion and lived at 3 Cathedral Close Cavan with her daughter Jacqueline. Survived by her son John Keadue Cavan daughter Jacqueline Belfast  daughter in law Marian and grandsons Kieran and Gavin Duffy. Predeceased by her husband Jack sisters Detta Biddy and May.Funeral from the Cathedral to Killaghduff cemetery Swanlinbar .

President’s Prize (Venerable Archdeacon George Millar) at County Cavan Golf Club 1st Collette Smith off 30 with 45 points 2nd Finola Smith off 12 with 42 points 3rd Oliver Malone off 11 with 41 points 4th Anna Cullivan off 11 with 41 points. Eddie McCormack shot an incredible 39 off a handicap of -1 to deservedly win the Gross.

Cavan Gifts 13th Annual Racquetball Tournament at Saint Patrick’s College Sports Complex. Novice Bartley McGovern beat Michael Minehane in a classic Final 12-15 15-8 and 11-10.Intermedite Gerard Lee beat Vincent Craig 15-8 15-14 and in a very on sided disappointing Senior Final Seamus Watters gained total revenge for his defeat 12 moths ago over the defending champion Brian Smith winning as he liked 15-5 15-4.

June 3rd 2004 Barry John Crowe ‘Quality Meats’ back in the medals with a silver and 2 bronze at the Regional Finals of the ABCI Craft Butchers Sausage and Pudding Competition.

Same Week Marie McCabe Cavan marries Robert O Rawe Belfast in the Irish College in Rome.

Staff and fellow patients honour Eileen Maloney who celebrated her 100th Birthday on he 23rd May 2004.Concelebrated Mass with Father Martin Gilchreest Father Noel McIntyre and Father Eugene Clarke followed by  Birthday Party prepared by Sister Angela Durkin and staff with music by the ever popular and very loyal Gerry Graham and Des Ronan.

Pictured are Concepta McGovern and Rosaleen Doherty Cavan Guild ICA receiving the Phyllis Farris Friendship Bowl for Public Speaking from the legendary founder member of Cavan ICA Phyllis Farris.

Death of Gretta O Neill Portarlington County Laois. Member of the well known highly respected Brogan family from Cornacreeney Butlersbridge.Survived by her sons Sean and Noel daughters Kathleen Margaret and Anne. Funeral from Saint Aiden's Church Butlersbridge o the adjoining cemetery.

622 donors give blood at the Mobile Blood Transfusion Clinic in the Kilmore Hotel. Area organiser is now Beatrice Maloney following in the illustrious steps of her mother Eileen who was County Cavan organiser for over 50 years. Tribute is paid to Caroline Forde who organised the staff of Quinn Direct resulting in 114 donations from the Quinn Direct staff. It was pointed out that Cavan General Hospital requires 1,560 pints of blood per annum for patients requiring transfusions.

The ever popular Judy McEntee 63 Church Street strikes gold for the second time on Fame and Fortune this time winning an impressive €62,500.Judy is pictured receiving her cheque from Roy Bates National Lottery Director and the RTE Presenter Marty Whelan.

Cavan Bridge Club Captain’s Prize (Anna Carlin’s Prize) 1st  Paddy McDermott and Aileen Timmoney 2nd Pat Plunkett and Pat Ward 3rd Charlie Corr and Edward O Gorman Best Gross M Tackney and Pat Gibney.

Cavan beat Down 3-13 to 2-12 on another sweltering Summer’s day in Breffni Park in the replay of 1st Round of the Ulster Championship. Looked dead and buried but the introduction of Dermot McCabe and Peter O Reilly together with moving Cathal Collins forward into attack paid rich dividend and Cavan were a transformed team in the second half. Down led by 2-5 to 0-7 at the interval.Scorers for Cavan Jason Reilly 1-3 Michael Lyng 0-5 Peter Reilly and Dermot McCabe 1-0 each Mark McKeever 0-3 Pearse McKenna and Trevor Crowe 0-1 each.

Niall Maguire and Paul McLoughlin from Ballinode county Monaghan driving a Subaru Impreza edge out Paul Elliott also driving a Subaru Impreza in the Hotel Kilmore Stages Rally .

Bobby Brady playing off 6 wins the Junior Scratch Cup with a score of 70 at

County Cavan Golf Club 2nd Manan Castle  with 75 and 3rd Martin Maguire playing off 7 with another 75.Thomas McKiernan(11) was the winner of the Intermediate Scratch Cup with a birdie on the last green to finish on 80 while 2nd Peter McGrath (12) also 80 and 3rd Sean B Galligan (12) 80.

Saint Patrick’s College beat Saint Clare’s Ballyjamesduff 1-0 on the beautifully manicured lush green turf at Ard Na Greinne to win the county Cavan Schools Under 16 League. The decisive goal came 5 minutes into the second half when Ronan Costello rose high to head brilliantly to the roof of the Ballyjamesduff net. Team Frank Crowe Shane Kelly Paddy Brady Alvin Galligan David Barry Barry Kiernan Michael Higgins Shane Craig Dallan McCormick Enda Gaffney Ronan Costello Subs Peter Fay Declan Meehan Daniel Graham Gerry Reilly Ruairi McGrath and Paraic Carroll. The team is coached by Sean Reilly and the Sponsor is Alan McHugh Clearwater Catering Cavan.

Gareth Maguire BBC Sky and TV 3 cameraman will give a lecture on career opportunities  and techniques at Cavan Arts Centre. Gareth through his company Maguire Media specialises in making television ads and corporate work around Ireland and Great Britain where he is very well known and highly rated.

June 10th 2004 A crowd of over 25,000 are expected in Saint Tiernach Park Clones for the eagerly awaited Ulster Senior Football semi Final between Cavan and Armagh.

Same Week Cavan Virginia and Belturbet Fire Brigades attend a serious fire at Cavan Waste Disposal Killygarry Business Park on Monday morning. Office Cabin destroyed and the Waste Transfer Station seriously damaged but there were no injuries.

Jason and Donna McCabe from Corawelis continue to promote their company ‘Crubany Paining and Cleaning’. Jason has lived in Crubany for the last 2 years and is a native of Killymooney Drive .he has worked with local contractors Benny Duffy and John and Joseph Dunne before branching out on his own. They have three sons Daniel Cian and Michael

Death of Susan Hand 17 Owen Roe after a long illness bone with great courage and fortitude surrounded by her family at home. Member of the famous McCabe family Susan was very industrious and worked in several business premises in the town including Maurice Brady’s where she was treated as one of the family for nearly 40 years. She also worked for a period in Tesco and Quinnsworth and several other Commercial and private establishments in the town. She was a member of one of Cavan’s oldest an most distinguished families her brothers  were goat and donkey traders operating from a site adjacent to the Green Lake. For years they supplied the British market with goats which were much prized for their milk and with their donkeys supplied the Sea Side trade in England. Married Patrick Hand a native of Athlone who came here as a member of the Bicycle Unit Irish Army in 1940.He later worked in Pauwells Trafo.Wonderful woman she was a great conversationalist and could recall great events from her childhood in Cavan. Predeceased by her husband Patrick in 1990 she is survived by her daughters Corina Patricia Margaret Susan Geraldine sons Terence Kevin and Pauric sister Polly in England. Father Kevin Fay CC officiated at the reception of the remains and the Requiem Mass from the Cathedral to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Catherina McKiernan wins her 4th Ladies Flora Mini Marathon in a time of 33:46 on a brilliant Summer’s day in the company of 40,000 other woman who raised millions for charities all over the country. Her time is 44 seconds faster than last year but she will need to improve by another 2 minutes to achieve the qualifying time for the 10,000 meters in the Athens’ Olympics..

Des Lambert playing off 13 wins the Men’s section of the Lady Captain’s (Irene Smith’s) Prize at County Cavan Golf Club with 43 points in ideal but warm weather conditions 2nd Donal Donohoe (22) also 43 and 3rd Paddy Malone (12) 43 Points. Leo Costello won the Gross with 35.

Ursula Dowd playing off 26 with a score of 43 wins the Captain’s (Seamus Murphy’s) Ladie’s Prize at County Cavan Golf Club  2nd was Martina Smith off 34 with 44 points 3rd Mildred Judge off 27 with 43 points and Finola Smith off 11 won the Gross with 27 points.

Team Flood Taxis wins the Drumalee Golf Classic at County Cavan Golf Club Team Paddy McGovern Mickey Breslin Pat Kinsella and Brendan Breslin.

June 17th 2004 Fine Gael are the big winners in the Local Elections gaining 2 seats on Cavan County Council and Sinn Fein increase their representation to three as Fianna Fail lose  2 and the only Independent Winston Turner fails to gain election. The state of the Parties is Fine Gael and Fianna Fail 11 sets each Sinn Fein 3.Paddy O Reilly Fine Gael tops the poll at Cavan Town Council but the big story is the loss of Dr Eamonn McDwyer’s (Fianna Fail) seat to Des Cullen of Labour who edged out new candidate Jacqui Lewis by 6 votes after a recount on the 12th count. Jacqui declares hr disappointment at getting so close but reaffirms her determination to gain a seat for Fine Gael in the next Local Election in 2009.Dr McDwyer has been a member of Cavan Town Council since 1974.

Cavan County Council Cavan Electoral Area. Electorate 14,238 Total Poll 8,772 Spoiled Votes 171 Valid Poll 8,601 Quota 1,076 Andrew Boylan Fine Gael 1,312 Elected Charlie Boylan Sinn Fein 1,262 Elected Madeline Argue Fine Gael 1,211 Elected TP Smith Fianna Fail 890 (E) Gerry Murray Fianna Fail 731(E) Paddy Cooney Fine Gael 694 Winston Bennett Fine Gael 673 (E) Charlie Fleming Fianna Fail 650 Patricia Walsh Fianna Fail 634 (E).Elected were Andrew Boylan Charlie Boylan Madeline Argue TP Smith Gerry Murray Patricia Walsh and Winston Bennett.

Cavan Town Council Total Electorate 4,538 Total Poll 2,547 Quota 251 Paddy O Reilly Fine Gael 311 Elected Brian McKeown Sinn Fein 285 Elected Andrew Boylan Fine Gael 267 Elected Veronica Sharkey Fianna Fail 254 Elected Patricia Walsh Fianna Fail 253 Elected Paddy Conaty Fianna Fail 226 (E) Terry Argue Fine Gael 206 (E) Dr Eamonn McDwyer 138 Des Cullen Labour 127 (E) Dympna Curran Sinn Fein 119 Jacqui Lewis Fine Gael 91 and Elizabeth Wilson Higgins 73.Compliments paid by all parties to the efficient manner in which the votes were tallied and counted by Mary Fitzpatrick and her staff.

Same Week Father Kevin  Donohoe reporting from the Kilmore Diocesan Pilgrimage says that this year there are 489 people on the Pilgrimage from the Diocese of  Kilmore. Over 100,000 speaking all sorts of languages and dialects joined in the recitation of the Rosary during the torch light procession to the Grotto. He concludes that Lourdes is a special place and it is even more special when the Diocese of Kilmore come in pilgrimage. They flew out with McGinnity Travel with 3 flights from Dublin and 2 flights from Knock. Weather warm and sunny and much hotter than at home. Leader Bishop Leo O Reilly Director Father Colm Hurley PP Chief Handmaid Sheila McNulty Medical Officer Dr Jimmy Fay Matron Breege Graham Chaplains to the Sick Fathers Martin Gilchreest and Peter Casey.

Irish Blood Transfusion Association pay tribute to Eileen Maloney who recently celebrated her 100th Birthday with a reception and presentation in the Kilmore Hotel. Pictured are Kieran Healy Donor Service Manager  Eileen Maloney and John Healy North East Organiser. For over 60 years Eileen was closely associated with  the Irish Red Cross serving as Organiser for County Cavan and member of the Central Council. During that time she annually organised the  collection of blood at the Cavan visit of the Irish Blood Transfusion Unit. Her daughter Beatrice is the present Organiser for county Cavan.

Cavan just fail to beat Armagh in a titanic Ulster Senior Football Semi Final in Clones 0-13 to 0-11 before an attendance of 28,500 in bright warm sunshine. Great display by Cavan who lost Pearse McKenna after only 25 seconds for an alleged attack on the provoking Francis Bellew.Going into injury time Cavan led by 0-11 to 0-10 but Armagh had the last 3 points of the game through Oisin McConville Diarmuid Marsden and Brian Mallon.Armagh led at the interval by 0-5 to 0-4.

The Durkin family are photographed in their new establishment ‘An Cruiscin Lan’ Upper Main Street. Pictured are staff and Family Catherine McCabe Enda Cuilligan family Andy Aindreas Alan and Kathy Durkin.With a Disco Bar upstairs they are providing a first class bar service but will diversify into serving hot food and snacks soon. Andy worked for over 20 years in the Cavan/Ballinagh area delivering Monaghan Champion Milk and is familiar with very many people in the area. He also ran the Millennium Bar in Ballinagh for a period with great success. He will be assisted in the Bar by his son Alan who has played for Cavan at Minor and Under 21 level. Their other son Aindreas is a top class singer like his mother will be available each weekend from his studies in Dublin to assist in the running of the business.

June 24th 2004 Vincent Walsh founder member and Secretary of Cavan Credit Union resigns his position after 36 glorious years most of them spent as Treasurer. Clash at the Credit Union over the relationship of the Chairman Dr Eamonn McDwyer with the Auditor Thomas Young of McDwyer/Lennon and Company of which his brother Raymond is Principal. The Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority have been called in to investigate the affairs of the Cavan Credit Union.

Patrick Conaty Fianna Fail is the new Lord Mayor at Cavan Town Council. Vote is tied at 4 each for Paddy Reilly Fine Gael and Jack Keyes County Manager pulls Paddy Conaty’s name from the hat. Paddy O Reilly Fine Gael elected Vice Chairman with calls from Des Cullen Labour and Brian McKeown Sinn Fein who abstained to rotate the Chair. In a wide ranging address Patrick states that the recent decision to Decentralise the Departments of  Communications and the Marine will mean an additional 420 jobs for Cavan town. Work too is progressing satisfactorily on the new By Pass from the Ballinagh Road but calls for urgent action to revitalise Bridge Street and Connolly Street.

Death of another Cavan icon Victor Sherlock Dublin Road Kingscourt at the Sacred Heart Nursing Home Kilmainham at the age of 80.Son of the late John and Frances Sherlock (Nee Eccleston) from Navan Victor was born in 1924Winner of 2 all Ireland medals with Cavan 1948 and 1952 1 Leinster Championship 1947 with Meath 5 Ulster Championships with Cavan 4 Railway Cup medals with Ulster 2 National Football League medals Meath 1945 and Cavan 1948 2 County Senior Championship medals with Kingscourt Stars 1954 and 19611 All Ireland Junior Singles Handball title with Cavan in 1949 10 Ulster Senior Single Handball titles. Spent all of his working life in Kingscourt working first in the Brick Yard and later in Gypsum Industries for 43 years. Married Vera daughter of Mr and Mrs Peter Paul Brady from Town Hall Street Cavan in 1954 and was very well known around Cavan on his frequent trips to the town. Later Peter Paul who was totally blind went to live with Victor Vera and family in Kingscourt after the death of his wife but returned each year to stay with his great friend John and Brigid McCaffrey and family 1 Tullac Mongan for a month each Summer spent fishing and recalling the great days spent with Mick Paddy Smyth Jimmy McEntee and friends down the water. Victor won the Lottery about 15 years ago and scooped €400,000 of which he immediately donated €20,000 for the new Car Park at the Church in Kingscourt.Survived by his wife Vera son Brian daughter Linda former RTE New Reporter brothers Patsy and Paschal sisters Molly Burke and Rita Brady. Guard of Honour formed by members of Cavan and Meath All Ireland winning teams and the membership of Kingscourt Stars. Funeral from the Church of the Immaculate Conception Kingscourt to the adjoining cemetery.

Sympathy is extended to Jim and Esther Harwood Main Street Ballinagh on the death of their youngest son Barry in London. Survived by his brothers Ray Jim and Niall sisters Mary and Clare. Funeral from Saint Patrick’s Drumcor to the adjoining cemetery.

Work at Cullies cemetery will cost in the region of €100,000 to complete the new roadways and layout. A monster draw with the 1st Prize €5,000 and several prizes of €500 will take place later in the year. Tickets at €20 are on sale at the annual visitation of Cullies cemetery or from Father Kevin Fay The Presbytery Val Maguire Drumalee or Kevin McGowan Billis Cavan.

Cavan Social services Whist 1st Kathleen McNamara 2nd Teresa McHugh 3rd Madge McCabe Lady Hatcher Molly McAdam 1st Gent Tommy Smith 2nd Gent Sean Leinster Gent’s Hatcher Aidan Conaty.

Despite many showers with the course in excellent condition 257 play in the Captain’s Seamus Murphy’s Captain’s Prize at County Cavan Golf Club.1st Major for Aidan Browne playing off 15 with a 63 nett 2nd Seamus O Reilly again off 15 and scoring an impressive 65 3rd Tommy Kenny (17) with 65 Gross went to former captain Terry Smith playing off 4 with 71 Past Captain’s Prize Willie Harrington Juveniles 1st Niall Gaffney Megs 1st Charlie Corr and 2nd Ann Smyth.

July 1st 2004 Joe O Reilly Fine Gael from Mountain Lodge Cootehill and former teacher in Saint Felim’s Boys School is elected Chairman of Cavan County Council. Married to Mary they have 3 children Alexis Eoghan and Daire. Joe’s mother and sister Caroline live at 19 Highfield Road Cavan. Newly elected Patricia Walsh Fianna Fail 13 Saint Martin’s Estate is elected Vice Chair of Cavan County Council.

Same Week Anglo Celt going colour from the 19th of July. The paper will in future be printed by sister company MCP in Navan and the Printing Press will be closed in Cavan with he loss of 6 jobs. Voluntary redundancy terms have been accepted and he paper will continue to operate from Station House.

Big search on for missing 14 year old Cavan girl Jamie Maughan Farrelly.Daughter of Brian Maughan and Joe Farrelly 4 Ard Na Greinne Cavan. Born on the 18th September 1990 she is 5 foot 1 inch in height long dark hair blue jeans Nike runners .Last seen at 2 am last Sunday at Harmony Heights Cavan.

Death of William Henry Gumley Butlersbridge at CavanGeneral Hospital .Survived by his wife May sons Frank and Wesley daughter Lynda brother Frank sisters Florrie and Ida.

Cavan Bridge Club 1st Kathleen Clarke and Vera McMahon 2nd Paddy McDermott and Pat Plunkett 3rd Eileen McEnri and Delores O Reilly.

Drumalee beat Killygarry 1-10 to 1-8 in a thrilling Roinn D Under 14 League Final at Kingspan Breffni Park. Drumalee led by 0-4 to 0-3 at the interval. Decisive moment came in the 20th minute of the 2nd half when Jimmy Fallon converted a penalty for Drumalee and despite a courageous fight back by a gallant Killygarry team Drumalee held on till the end. Scorers for Drumalee Tomas O Keeffe 0-6 Jimmy Fallon 1-1 D Costello 0-2 and C Sheridan 0-1.Team D Fay P Sheridan M Kane D McCarthy M Ellis C Quinn T O Keeffe Jimmy Fallon M Colton C Sheridan P Colton K Dunne D Costello Sub Saul Shanaghan.

Drama at Breffni Park as Cavan Gaels are led at half time by Laragh United 1-7 to 1-3 in the Under 14 Roinn A League Final.The introduction of super sub Conor McClarey who scored 9 points for the Gaels-7 from play and the stiffening breeze gave complete control to the Gaels in the second half and they ran out easy winners by 2-17 to 1-9.Amazing 3rd quarter when the Gaels notched up an impressive 1-12.Scorers for the Gaels Eamonn Cooney 2-1 Conor McClarey 0-9 Niall Murray and Niall Smyth 0-2 each Paul McKiernan John Fortune and Barry Myles 0-1 each.Team Michael Coyle Ferghal Blessing Damien Kellegher Shane Harten Marc Leddy Niall Murray (Captain) Paul McKiernan Niall Smith William Courtney John Fortune Eamon Cooney Kevin Meehan Robert Maloney Derham Barry Myles and Conor O Reilly Subs Conor McClarey for Conor O Reilly.

July 8th 2004 Jamie Maughan-Farrelly’s body is recovered from a back garden in Harmony Heights where she was last seen last weekend. Investigation under Superintendent Joe O Sullivan and an incident room is set up at Cavan Garda Station. Over 50 gardai  and members of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation are engaged on he case which has caught the National headlines since the body was discovered on Friday last. First though that Jamie had run away from home. The Gardai only commenced their search 5 days after she was reported missing. Scenes of great grief and distress at the funeral following 10 am Requiem Mass celebrated by a visibly emotional Father Kevin Fay. Family pay tribute to the great work of Garda Michelle Moran and Seamus Heron who have been a great source of comfort and security since this tragic drama began to unfold. Survived by her parents Brian and Joe sisters Rebecca Jasmine and Joanna brothers Ryan Ashley and Bernard. Guard of Honour supplied by the students of Saint Clare’s and the Vocational School with burial in Cullies cemetery.

Same Week Cavan Women’s Group led by mother and daughter Teresa and Ann McKiernan present a cheque for €1700 to Saint Christopher’s Hospice Cavan proceeds of their recent fund raising at the Women’s Mini Marathon.

Tom Cullivan late of College Street Cathedral Road and now resident in Furbo Galway will world premiere his 7th Piano Concerto at a concert in the Aula Maxima NUI Galway and also premiere his 2nd Sonata for Bassoon and Piano with conductor Michael Dooley soloist accompanied by Moscow born Elena Gekker.

Tragic death of Patrick Donegan in Manchester England. Member of the well known Donegan family from 3 Jubilee Terrace Patrick was son of Tony and the late Mary (Minnie) Donegan (Nee Cosgrove).Educated at Saint Felim’s Boys School and Cavan Vocational School Patrick was a leading member of Cavan CYMS and won nearly all of the Club trophies before emigrating to England. Predeceased by his mother Mary he is survived by his father Tony brothers Jimmy Thomas and Stephen sisters Elaine Barbara Catherine and Amanda. The members of Cavan CYMS formed a Guard of Honour  at the Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Pauwells Trafo unveil their 200,000 the transformer manufactured at their plant on the Dublin Road since they first opened in 1977.Among the attendance were Padraig McManus CEO ESB James McMahon MD Pauwells Brendan Smith TD Jack Keyes Cavan County Manager Vincent Reynolds Chairman Cavan Enterprise Board Joe McLoughlin Director of Services Cavan County Council and Thomas McEvoy Cavan Enterprise Board.First came to Cavan in 1977 when they took over the old Cavan Engineering Factory. They have an annual turnover from the plant in Cavan of €37 million and employ 320 people working 2 shifts 7 days a week.Puwells is worth €9 million per year to the local economy. A  Mass for deceased members relatives and friends of the staff will be held next Friday in Saint Brigid’s Church Killygarry.

Members of Cavan and Crannog Bridge Club of which she is a founding member congratulate Aileen Timmoney Earlsvale Road who has been appointed President of the Contract Bridge Association of Ireland.

Crannog Bridge 1st Phyl Reilly and Maureen Watters 2nd Maria Geelan and Simon Ridley 3rd Anselem and John Lovett.

Cavan totally collapse in extra time of their 3rd round All Ireland Football Qualifier against Derry at Celtic Park Derry beaten by 0-25 to 2-9 before an attendance of 8,000.Cavan were totally over run in the final 20 minutes and Derry scored at will with Cavan failing to raise a flag. Derry led at half time of the Extra Time by 0-19 to 2-9 and let Cavan off lightly in the final 10 minutes shooting widely and erratically at the target. Scorers for Cavan Gerard Pierson 1-1 Jason Reilly 1-0 Michael Lyng 0-4 Mark McKeever 0-3 and Larry Reilly 0-1.

Enda Corr and Mike Clemenger win the County Cavan Fourball Championship at the Slieve Russell Golf Cub and will represent County Cavan in the All Ireland Finals.

Fidelma Brady and Kate O Reilly open their new Ladies’ Hair Salon ‘Scissors Sisters’ at 28 Bridge Street.1st class exponents of the craft- girls of all ages are singing their praise. Former members of the staff of Talking Heads in Ashe Street they say that the booming economy and girls now in careers has all brought a huge surge in business.

July 15th 2004 Two Brazilians William Lazario Dasilva from Ashe Street Cavan and Weldo Cavalcante aged 23 from Killinkere employed by Liffey Meats in Ballyjamesduff are remanded in custody following a special court sitting of the District Court before Judge Cormac Dunne charged with immigration offences. Joe Farrelly Jamie’s mother asks “why did the Gardai not commence the search for 5 days and why as Jamie’s body moved and no ambulance or medical assistance sought”?.

Same Week Tragic death of Kieran Smith aged 32 from 4 Jubilee Terrace when his motor cycle was in collision with a stationary tractor on the main Cavan/Cootehill Road at Drumrane at 7:15 pm on Saturday 10thJuly.

Death of the legendary Father Peter Paul Galligan Thomascourt Cavan in Sydney Australia at the age of 83. Right full back on the winning Cavan All Ireland Minor team of 1938 he won 4 Ulster Senior medals with Cavan played in two losing All Ireland Finals 1943 and 1945 when he marked the legendary future Taoiseach Jack Lynch and voted Man of the Match in 1945 Final. Two County Senior Championship medals with Cornafean 1940 and 1943 McRory Cup medal with Saint Patrick’s College 1939 he was also on the Ulster Colleges team in 1939.Born in February 1921.Educated at Corlurgan NS Saint Patrick’s College and Saint Mary’s Carlow which he entered to study for the priesthood in September 1939.Ordained a priest on the 2nd April 1946 but before emigrating to Australia he refereed the Cavan Senior Football final of November 1946 when Mountnuggent led by Mick Higgins beat Bailieboro 0-6 to 0-5 in a thriller. Ministered in Sydney Australia for the next 58 years bringing the good news of the Gospel throughout the land and building many churches and schools in parishes throughout the Arch Diocese of Sydney. Lived in the seaside town of San Souci for many years .Frequent visitor home to Thomascourt he followed the game he graced so majestically and was disappointed with the continuing absence of Cavan from the Ulster and All Ireland role of honour. Father Peter Paul Galligan is remembered by friends “as a decent gentle humble kind man”. Survived by his many nieces and nephews. Funeral and Requiem Mass in Sydney. Memorial Mass in Saint Felim’s Church Ballinagh.

Tragic drowning tragedy at Rann when Kieran Agnew son of Dessie and Noreen Poles and Highfield Road lost his life while camping and fishing with friends and accompanied by his son Conor.Survived by his wife Linda (Nee Byrne Billis) son Conor sisters Shirley and Joanne brother Johnny.Funeral following Requiem Mass in Saint Brigid’s Church Killygarry to the adjoining cemetery.

Father Ultan McGoohan son of  Sean and Pauline (Nee Carroll College Street Cavan)

McGoohan Kilbrackan Carrigallen is ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Leo O Reilly in the presence of Bishop Francis McKiernan and 50 priests from the Diocese of Kilmore at Saint Mary’s Church Carrigallen.Many friends and fellow priests from Father Ultan’s student days in Maynooth are present. Banner across the Main Street and buntings and flags throughout the town herald this glorious event. Pictured are Father Ultan McGoohan parents Pauline and Sean brothers Adrian and Eamon sister Moyra Granny Mary Carroll (Nee Connors) Bishop Leo O Reilly Ordaining Prelate.

Armagh beat Donegal 3-15 to 0-11 in historic Ulster Final before an attendance of 67,136 at sunny Croke Prk.Wrapped up at half time when Armagh led by 1-9 to 0-4.Contoversial finish to the Ulster Minor Final when Tyrone were awarded a mystery 14 metre free converted by Raymond Mulgrew to draw the match at 11 points each.

Cavan Gaels captained by Sean Higgins beat Bailieboro 3-9 to 2-6 to win the Cavan Under 16 League Final Replay in Breffni Park. Free scoring display by Man of the Match Martin Dunne who scored 2-5 decisive. The Gaels too had the stronger reserves and showed a great improvement from the drawn encounter. Coached by PJ Carroll the selectors are Martin Dunne Michael Graham and George Reilly. Scorers for the Gaels Martin Dunne 2-5 Daniel Graham 1-1 Christopher  Quinn 0-2 and Sean Higgins 1 point. Team Michael Coyle Patrick Heslin Leigh Jackson Dallan McCormack Levi Murphy Sean Higgins (Captain) Declan Meehan Daniel Graham Pauric Carroll Robert Maloney-Derham Gerard Reilly Conor McClarey Martin Dunne Christy Quinn and Killian McKiernan Subs Liam Cooke for Robert Maloney-Derham Rory McGrath for Gerard Reilly.

Peter Veale Chemist 59 Main Street presents the certificates for the Icebreakers annual Hinds /Killykeen swim. Pictured are Alex Moran (Vice Chairman Icebreakers) Paddy O Reilly TC (Chairman) Peter Veale (Sponsor) Sean Walsh (Founder) Charlie Cronin Margaret Quinn John Gorman Eugene O Neill Anna O Reilly Eddie Quinn (Treasurer).

Gerry Henderson aged 53 well known Barber and Musician from Belturbet is on his way to Canada  bringing the ultimate gift of life to his sister Joan 50 who is suffering from acute kidney failure. After months of medical tests and assessments Gerry has been accepted as a Donor and will undergo an operation in Toronto to transfer one of his kidneys to his sister. Great support and response from the Cavan Community in Toronto sees Eamonn Greenan President of the Cavan Association brother of Ulster Council GAA President Micheal present Joan with a cheque for $30,000 to defray the expense of the operation on September 6th 2004.

July 22nd 2004 Garda Dessie McEntee is honoured by Cavan County Council for his bravery in rescuing Tom Coyle from drowning in August 1997 at Annagh Lake. Tributes too are paid to Andy Slowey who assisted in the rescue and whom Dessie describes as a “real hero” Joe O Reilly confers  the Council’s ‘Deeds of Bravery’ silver medal and certificate of bravery on Dessie.Anna Mae Coyle wife of Tom states that” Garda McEntee while off duty showed admirable courage strength and knowledge in his rescue of her husband Tom”. Pictured  at the presentation in the Council Chamber Cavan Courthouse were Sarah McEntee Margaret McEntee (wife) Joe O Reilly Chairman Cavan County Council Judy McEntee (mother) Caroline McEntee Tom Coyle and Anna Mae Coyle.

Same Week Joe O Reilly launches Cavan County Council’s new website at www.cavacoco.ie at a function in Cavan Courthouse. The website contains full information on the services and activities of Cavan County Council under the headings 1 Council Profile 2 Theatre Museum and Arts Heritage Information.

Death of Patrick Boylan late of 25 Tullac Mongan in London. Survived by his brother Andy and nephew Thomas 16 Saint Brigid’s Terese.Funeral from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Cullies cemetery.

Profile on Aileen Timmoney the new President of the Contract Bridge Association of Ireland from Earlsvale Road Cavan. Pays tribute to support of her husband Pat well known Cavan Veterinary Surgeon and a founder member of Cavan Rugby Club and her son Paul an employee with P Elliott and Company Cavan. Taught to play Bridge by her good fiend and neighbour the legendary Ena Hickey late of Church Street and Athbara Close-one of Cavan’s greatest ever exponents of Bridge. Aileen later founded Crannog Bridge Club for Beginners with Teresa Reilly which has 60 members.Regonal Secretary of the Contract Bridge Association for many years Aileen will serve one year in office as President of the Association.

Fermanagh continue to topple all the major teams in the country in their quest for their 1st All Ireland title .This time they easily account for favourites Cork 0-18 to 0-12 to qualify for the 4th round of the All Ireland series. After the game their outstanding midfield player Declan McBarron made the dash by helicopter to Saint Nailie’s Church Kinawley to wed Ann Marie Cahill with family friend Father Gerry Comesky officiating. The Reception was in the Slieve Russell Hotel Ballyconnell where they were later joined by jubilant team mates and friends.

Celebrations continue in Saint Mary’s Church Carrigallen as Father Ultan McGoohan says his first Mass to a packed overflowing congregation. Assisted by Fathers Dennis Murray PP John McMahon CC Sean McGoldrick and many young deacon friends from Maynooth College. Marie Dolan NT was the organist the Choir Leader Una Ward ex NT  John McCartin solo violin. Con Dolan spoke on behalf of the of the Pastoral Council and the Community while old school friend Brian Gormley Kilbrackan presented Father Ultan with a Leitrim Crystal Chalice on behalf of the Community. Tributes paid by Father Dennis Murray to the example and inspiration of Fathers John Young Patsy Young and Malachy Byrne who all ministered in Carrigallen during the lifetime of the new priest. Later the family and congregation are led by the Kilturbid Pipe Band to the Reception in the Kilbrackan Arms.Con Dolan was MC and PJ Carroll former Leitrim Senior football manager spoke on behalf of the Carroll family and Mary Durkin spoke on behalf of the McGoohan family. Music was supplied by Sean Donohoe and his daughter Michelle while Star of the Cabaret was undoubtedly the great Sean ‘Dag’ Carroll (uncle of Father Ultan) former lead singer with Cavan’s Navak Showband who belted out Tony Bennett Red Hurley and Dickey Rock numbers as only he can. Father Ultan will take up his first appointment in Cootehill county Cavan shortly.

July 29th 2004  ‘Talking Cats’ ridden by Mick Fitzgerald and trained in Cavan by Shane Donohoe wins the Albatross Plant Chase over 2 miles 6 furlongs at the Galway Races.

Same Week Cavan County Council host a Civic Reception for the new President of Comalthais Ceolteoiri Eireann Cavan man John Teevan in the Council Chamber at Cavan Courthouse. Pictured are Jack Keyes County Manger Marian Crowe  Joe O Reilly Chairman  Cavan County Council Rob Murphy Jim and Bridie Teevan Vincent Tighe and Martin Donohoe.

Presentation to the last members of the Printing Department at The Anglo Celt  Pictured are Paddy McCormack Martin Maguire Tommy McKiernan Gerry Egan Michael McCormack and Peter Galligan receiving a presentation from their colleagues on the eve of their departure from Station House.

Fermanagh overcome a lack lustre Donegal 1-10 to 0-10 in the 4th round of the All Ireland qualifiers at Saint Tiernach’s Park Clones after extra time before an attendance of 16,351 nearly all of them from Fermanagh. Brian McEnniff blames indiscipline on and off the pitch and poor marksmanship for their poor showing and demise. Charlie Mulgrew the Fermanagh Manger quotes “it is not the size of the dog in the fight that counts but the size of the fight in the dog that counts” as Fermanagh roll on into the All Ireland Quarter Finals to the delight of the nation.

Death of Barry Sheridan Butlersbridge and Lacken Corlesmore after a long battle with cancer at the age of 55.Panel beater by trade Barry worked with all the main garages locally before branching out on his own. Great skill- Barry was always positive and in good humour. Great company Barry could sing and play many musical instruments and with his delightful personality was always the life and soul of the party Outstanding footballer with Butlersbridge his son Colm is now following in his footsteps at Alackan.Survived by his wife Mary sons Patrick Barry Og and Colm daughter Vicki. Father Noel Boylan was the Chief Celebrant of the Funeral Mass in Saint Michael’s Potahee with the burial n Saint Aiden's cemetery Butlersbridge.

August 5th 2004 Cavan By Pass on the Ballinagh Road will commence shortly with the announcement that €5.5 million has been included for the job in the capital programme. The construction will last 15-18 months.

Same Week Roy McCabe owner of the 1250 acre Farnham Estate  announces that Bennett Construction from Milltown Pass county Westmeath are the successful tender for the building of the new SAS Radisson Hotel for a consideration of almost €50 million. The first phase will consist in the building of the 158 bedroom hotel and conference centre together with the leisure and health facilities. Andrew Griffith son of Raymond and Annette Drumnavanagh is a Director of Bennett’s and will oversee the Farnham job. He is well used to big jobs of this size having recently completed the Helix at Dublin City University for which he won the prestigious award of Construction Manager of the Year. Recently completed County Council offices for Donegal County Council and Abbott’s in Cootehill.Bennetts are presently engaged in the redevelopment of Ballymun in Dublin for Dublin Corporation. David Smith of Shankill is Manager on the site while Peter O Reilly Cavan county footballer is Quantity Surveyor while Des McMahon of Gilroy McMahon and Company who designed the new look Croke Park are Architects.

Death of Mrs Margaret Owens Nee Nixon Oldtown at Our Lady’s Hospital Navan.Predeceased by her husband Tommy sons Bill and Christopher  survived by her sons Tommy George and Mervyn daughters Doreen Anna Harriett Pearl and Sylvia sister Annie Fegan. Funeral from Cavan Parish Church to the New cemetery

Cullies Cemetery Monster Draw. Winning tickets drawn by Bishop Leo O Reilly on the steps of the Cathedral after the 11:30 am Mass. 1st €10,00 Marie Brady and Claire McPhillips C/o of the Teacher’s Centre Saint Clare’s Convent €500 each Josephine Maguie Urney Ballinagh Paddy McAdam Carrickfern Frances Cullen 10 Saint Phelim’s Place Cavan Nancy McCormack Castletara and Kieran Mullen Mullen’s Pub Cootehill.

Siobhan McCann Accommodation Manager with the Kilmore Hotel is pictured with Irish Hotels Accommodation Services award for excellence which the Hotel recently won.

Cavan Bridge Club Winners Harry Hunt and Ann Carlin 2nd Leo Brady and Delores O Reilly 3rd Vera McMahon and Kathleen Clarke.

Junior Open Week at County Cavan Tennis Club competitors from Kells Stackallen Longford Ballyjamesduff Enniskillen and Kingscourt Big winner of the week was the outstanding Justin Ward who won three titles  The Under 16 and 18 Boy’s Singles and the Under 18 Mixed Doubles partnered by Louise Smith Boy’s Under 10 Singles Barry Fortune Girl’s Under 12 Aobhann Tully Boy’s Singles Under 14 Niall Smith defeated William Courtney in an excellent final Boy’s Under 14 Doubles Niall Smith and Damien Kellegher defeat William Courtney and John Fortune Girl’s Under 16 Singles Danielle Courtney beat Mary Louise Gargan in another outstanding final Girl’s Singles Under 18 Aishling McCormack who defeated Laura Tully Kells while Ashling McCormack and Louise Smith beat Amy Jackson and Ann O Reilly in the Mixed Doubles Under 18 final.

Tommy McLoughlin Memorial Award sponsored by Cavan County Council and the McLoughlin family in memory of the late Tommy McLoughlin Ballyhaise a Fine Art Student at Dublin Institute of Technology won by Frances Traynor also a student of Fine Art from Mountnuggent who will use the scholarship and €1,000 to further her studies in Seattle USA.

Utopia Health and Beauty Salon Cavan Crystal Hotel celebrate their 1st Birthday. Founded by Kathleen Jackson Nee Maguire daughter of Sean and Elizabeth Highfield Road Cavan and Anna Costello Nee O Neill daughter of Eugene and Sadie Fairview Cavan. Business going from strength to strength in the luxurious surroundings of the Cavan Crystal Hotel They now employ 4 more girls on the staff.

August 12th 2004 Minister for Arts and Sport John O Donoghue announces further funding of €150,000 for Kingspan Breffni Park which will be used to expand the range of community services available at the stadium including improvements to access for the disabled.

Same Week Jacqui Lewis Pictured is appointed Organiser for Fine Gael in Cavan town. Jacqui has as a priority the establishment of a Young Fine Gael Group in Cavan.

Evelyn Brady Rahulton Butlersbridge is conferred with her MSc degree (including Specialist Studies in Computer Technology)  at the University of Jordanstown.Evelyn is now on the staff of Butlersbridge National School.

Farewell Mass and Presentation to Father Paul Casey who is leaving the Parish to take up duty as Secretary to Bishop Leo O Reilly and Pastoral Work in Lavey in Saint Aiden's Church Butlersbridge. Presentation in Butlersbridge Community Hall music by Terry and Mary O Connor with special guests and refreshments served.

Dessie Ronan Eimear and Deidre O Reilly Drumherrish Aoife Flynn Sean McElgunn and Drumalee GFC Scor are among the artistes at the star studded concert in the

Seven  Horseshoes Belturbet which raised a staggering  €7,500 for Cavan Cancer Homecare.

Death of the well known highly respected Joe Duffy Lacken Ballinagh and late of Kilnavara Cavan at the age of 90.Contractor by trade Joe would tackle and complete any job big or small and always within budget and in time. Most of the work Joe undertook was in the line of repairs and maintenance and he was a pleasure to engage with his friendly personality and industrious hard working decent nature. Joe gave over 26years service to Cavan Fire Brigade and among his colleagues were Jim Kelly Hugh (Bud ) McNamara and Dick Mulcahy.Member of the Boy Scouts Committee Joe played a key role in the back stage staff at all of the Pantomimes in the Town Hall. Predeceased by his wife Mary he is survived by his sons Raymond and John daughters Ann Rice Navan Margaret Lacken and Patricia Smith Killeshandra.Father Peter McPartland officiated at the Funeral Mass in Saint Michael’s Potahee with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Fermanagh beat Armagh 0-12 to 0-11 in the All Ireland Quarter Final at Croke Park.Fermangh now meet Mayo in the All Ireland Semi Final .Great win for Fermanagh much the superior side with top scorer Stephen Maguire who says “we stood up to a team who were All Ireland Champions just two years ago and played them off the Park” while Armagh Coach Joe Kiernan congratulates Fermanagh and says “it is not the end of the world but another chapter in the story of Armagh football”. Scorers for Fermanagh Stephen Maguire 0-5 Tom Brewster 0-3 Colm Bradley 0-2 and Eamonn Maguire and James Sherry 0-1 each.

August 19th 2004 Grace Bolton (Pictured) being congratulated by her father Ivan Bolton Headmaster Royal School on achieving 7 A 1s in her Leaving Certificate which is among the highest in Ireland.

Same Week Cavan County Council record the highest ever number of Planning Applications for the 1st 8 months of 2004 amounting to 1,654 as compared to 1,068 for the same period last year. The total for the 12 months in 2002 was  only 914.Money pouring in to the coffers of Cavan County Council via the planning levy of €3,400 and €3,900 for bigger houses in the Urban area and €2,450 for houses in the Rural areas.

Death of Philip Monahan Crubany Cavan. Survived by his wife Anna son Pat daughters Mary Patricia Bridie Dympna Josephine and Elizabeth sisters Rose and Dympna.Funeral from The Cathedral to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Cavan Bridge Club 1st Father Thomas Woods and Kay Henry 2nd Maria Geelan and Simon Ridley 3rd Paddy McDermott and Aileen Timoney.

Cavan Gaels captained by Patrick Graham gain sweet revenge for their controversial defeat in last year’s Junior B Final when they beat the holders Crosserlough 2-7 to 1-6 in the Final Replay at Ballinagh in perfect conditions on a fine firm surface. The Gaels led by 1-5 to 0-4 at the interval.Scorers for the Gaels Ronan Farrelly and Ciaran McGlade 1-0 each Stephen Maguire 03  Ciaran Flynn 0-2 each Michael Cooke Johnny Graham 0-1 each.Team Patrick O Keeffe Darren Smith Dessie Scanlon Patrick Graham (Captain) Michael Cooke Padraig Byrne  John Gurhy Edward O Hanlon Johnny Graham Niall Lynch James Doonan Ronan Farrelly Ciaran Flynn Ciaran McGlade and Stephen Maguire Subs Fergal Maguire for Niall Lynch  Donagh Reilly for Ciaran McGlade Damien O Connor for Stephen Maguire Patrick Kiernan for Kieran Flynn.

August 26th 2004 Tragic death of Brendan Lonergan when the lorry he was driving was in a single vehicle  collision with a ditch on the main Cavan/Cootehill Road at Castletara Cross. Native of Youghal county Cork. Married to Ann Bravendar daughter of Teresa and the late Michael Saint Phelim’s Place they have 2 children. Very experienced long distance driver it is suspected that Brendan may have suffered a heart attack before the fatal collision. Brendan was son of Joseph and Ann Lonnergan Youghal county Cork and lived at Ardkeen Cavan with his wife and 2 children. Predeceased by his sister June and brother Pat he is survived by his wife Anne son John daughter Samantha brothers Jack Noel and Michael sisters Ann Frances and Jacinta mother in law Teresa Bravendar Saint Phelim’s Place. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Same Week Parcel of 10 acre farm adjoining the N 3 at Virginia fetches €525,000 at Auction. The purchaser was Jim and Meabh Brady who operate the very popular Lakeside Manor on the Dublin side of Virginia.

Death of Pat Nolan in Glenageary county Dublin. Native of Westport county Mayo he worked with the Anglo Celt for a number of years in the 1950s before joining the Irish Times. Well known highly respected figure in the National Union of Journalists. Survived by his wife Ellen (Nellie) sons Lorcan and Peter daughter Emer.Funeral from Our Lady Of Victories Sallynoggin to Shanganagh cemetery.

Death of the very popular Maureen Clarke 19 Saint Patrick’s Terrace at the age of 84 at Cavan General Hospital. Member of the very well known Graham family the family fled the pogrom of terror initiated against the Catholic population on the Ormeau Road in Belfast in 1920 when they were burned out of their home-Maureen was only 6 weeks old .Settled in Cavan where her father was a very well known successful jockey and trainer. Predeceased by her husband Michael in 1957 when he died at the age of 40 while attending 10:00 am Mass on Sunday. She is survived by her sons Richard Bill Tom and Jerry daughters Mary Carolan and Betty Fitzgerald sister. Rosaleen Sheridan Farnham Funeral from the Cathedral to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Hughie and Mary Clarke (Nee Higgins) celebrate the Golden Jubilee of their marriage in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim in 1954. The celebrant was Monsignor PJ McManus.

Missed opportunities for both sides leaves Fermanagh and Mayo ending in stalemate 0-9 to 0-9 in the All Ireland Semi Final n Croke Park Dublin before a huge crowd of 64,518.Fermangh travelled in force with at least 20,000 of the total population of the county’s 54,000 in attendance. An in jury time point by Stephen Maguire drew Fermanagh level and they had an even better chance to win the game but too eager and nervous finishing meant they will have to meet again next Sunday for the right to play Kerry in the All Ireland Final.Scorers for Fermanagh Colm Bradley Enniskillen 0-3 Liam McBreen Kilmacud Crokes Eamonn Maguire Saint Patrick’s Donagh Stephen Maguire Belcoo Mark Little Lisnaskea James Sherry Roslea Tom Brewster Enniskillen0-1 each. After the game Peter McGinnity former Fermanagh great presents Bill and Hilary Clinton on a visit to Enniskillen with two Fermanagh jerseys

County Cavan Golf club tender their sincere sympathy to the wife and family of their long time esteemed member Brendan Lonergan killed in a road traffic accident recently.

Gary Sexton beats Peter McGrath to win the Members Cup over 36 holes at County Cavan Golf Club while Fergal Dunne defeats Martin Maguire in the Dr FPE Smith Scratch Cup Final. Thus adding the title to the Members Cup and Phil Lawlor Cup that Fergal has won in the course of his illustrious golfing career.

Peter Smith Ballyhaise releases his solo saxophone classics of the 1950s.Brother of the famous Paddy of Might Avons and Blessing’s bar jazz fame. He was a founder member of the Mighty Avons with brothers Jimmy (leader) and Paddy in 1960.Now manages Kieran McGilligan who has been a great help to him in compiling this wonderful nostalgic album. Tracks include Rose of Sanantone Billy Bailey and Strangers on the Shore sung by Peter’s niece Geraldine McDonald.

September 2nd 2004 Tributes paid to Brendan Smith TD Senator Diarmuid Wilson the late Brian Johnston County Manager Ger Finn County Engineer Seamus Neeley Assistant County Manger Vincent Reynolds CEO Cavan Enterprise Board for their sterling work in Cavan being included in the 2002 Government’s Spatial strategy as a Hub town despite reservations by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Minster for the Environment and Local Government Martin Cullen.

Same Week Death of the very popular John McQuillan 15 Saint Patrick’s Terrace Cavan at the age of 65.Native of Rabones Clones John came to work in Provider’s Hardware Department nearly 50 years ago and after Provides closed set up his own business in Connolly Street where he enjoyed an excellent custom from customers benefiting from John’s unrivalled knowledge and experience. Tragedy was to strike John with the death of his wife Phyllis a teacher at the age of 27.John later worked with Flood’s florists and was assistant Undertaker to Jimmy Meehan for many years.Very pleasant decent and caring he later lived with Esther Farrelly and they had a son Jonathan. Later Esther was to fall ill with a virulent type of painful cancer and John ensured that she not only got the best possible treatment but he was at her side night and day fulfilling her every need and request. Keen fisherman he was a weekly visitor to Killykeen and Rann in the company of Jimmy Coyle Hughie (McGinnity’s) and Bill Meehan. Outstanding card player John specialised in 25 of which he was an acknowledged expert. Followed the fortunes of Cavan and Monaghan football teams he was an avid Cavan Gaels man. Later John was to contract Cancer of the tongue which curtailed his wonderful flow of speech but never stopped his ready smile and twinkle in his lively blue eyes. He died on the 31st August 2004 at Saint James Hospital Dublin. Predeceased by his wife Phyllis partner Esther he is survived by his son Jonathan brothers Eamonn Michael and Eugene sisters Bridie Gretta and Kathleen and many wonderful loyal friends and neighbours. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Ture cemetery Clones.

Cian O Connor Olympic Gold medallist in Athens on Waterford Crystal is the main attraction at the 4 day International Show Jumping Classic at Cavan Equestrian Centre. He is a long time supporter and friend of Mervyn and Pauline Clarke.

Cavan continues to grab the headlines as Ireland’s tidiest town topping the Litter League for the sixth consecutive month. The judges remark Cavan is Litter free and very well cared for with attractive display of numerous trees shrubs and flowers.

Fermanagh squander chances as Mayo qualify on a score of 0-12 to 1-8 to play Kerry in the 2004 All Ireland Final. Fermanagh leading with 3 minutes remaining Mayo finished strongest to record points from Trevor and Conor Mortimer and sub Austin O Malley to win an absorbing All Ireland Semi Final Replay and bring the great Fermanagh odyssey of 2004 to a close.

The Premier Champions Cavan Town lucky to grab a draw 2-2 against a very spirited Clones Town at Derrycramph.Splendid goal by Michael Doheny opened the scoring but Cavan Town had to rely on an 89th minute penalty strike from Michael Smith to level the game and take a share of the spoils.

Cian O Reilly Saint Patrick’s Area Cavan wins the Gold medal in the Under 12 600 metres at the National Community Games in Mosney. Cian is an all rounder and previously won medals for hard court tennis and swimming.

September 9th 2004 Butlersbridge is Cavan’s Tidiest Town for the 5th time scoring 240 marks to Cavan town’s 234 in 2nd place. Pictured are the committee Diarmuid Mulvey Margo Boylan Kelvin Shannon Mick Mulvey Andrew Boylan Anna May Farrell Veronica Shannon Evelyn O Reilly Paddy Brady Oliver Shannon Sean Browne Ann Sweeney and Patrick Farrell.Lismore in county Waterford is Ireland’s tidiest town.

Same Week Deidre O Reilly daughter of Matt and Angela Drumherrish Cavan is the winner of the ALL Ireland Under 18 years old on the Piano at the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil.Sandra Walsh from Lavey won the 15-18 year old on Piano while Karen Gilroy was 3rd in the Senior Piano.

Death of Sister Josephine O Sullivan in Dalkey county Dublin-Principal Loreto College from 1981-1990.Born in Ardfert county Kerry she was educated at the local convent and Loreto Killarney. She joined the Loreto Congregation in 1946.She later served the Order as a teacher in Omagh Rathfarnham and George’s Street where she was appointed Principal. Later Principal in Loreto Cavan from 1981-1990 she was transferred to Milford in county Donegal before coming back to Dublin Bray and Dalkey where she retired. She was a wonderful kind caring Principal pioneering pastoral care for the students and staff. Introduced a lot of new innovations including new class groupings and greater input from the Parent’s Association. Quiet humble charitable woman her life encapsulated the ideals of the  Loreto order-The Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Very Rev John McDonagh PP Dalkey officiated at the funeral from the Church of the Assumption Dalkey.

Crannog Bridge 1st John Lovett and Evelyn Rowe 2nd Mary Johnston and Teresa McEntee 3rd Jim and Evelyn Beirne.

Death of one of Cavan’s best known citizens Michael Young Selton Drumelis at the age of 76.Born in Ashe Street he was son of the legendary Tommy Young well known Cavan and Slashers footballer who owned the Dublin Bar. Educated at The Boy’s School and Saint Patrick’s College Michael was a member of the 1st Cavan Boy Scouts Troop and took part in all of the activities including the original camps in Enniscrone county Sligo. Outstanding member of the Boy Scout’s Harmonica Band who made regular broadcasts from Radio Eireann. Leading member of The Cavan Players Michael was an excellent whistler and won an award  at the 1st Cavan  Drama Festival for the quality of his whistling in the Lark  winner of the Confined Award. He was proprietor of the Farnham Hotel for a number of years when he formed a partnership with Michael and Matty Connolly. Later sold the Hotel for the then record price of £100,000 in 1972.Micael then devoted his time to his own bar business at Ashe Street where he carried on a very lucrative select business. Member of Cavan UDC where he represented Fianna Fail for over 10 years Michael was the youngest ever Chairman when he was proposed by Jerry Kelly seconded by Bob Simpson in 1957 at the age of 29.Could have stayed and progressed his career in politics but due to family reasons retired in 1965.Great interest in the history of the town Michael could recall all the old characters in detail and had a huge regard for the hardship endured by earlier generations particularly on the Half Acre. Great collection of local history books and memorabilia Michael himself was a wonderful conversationalist who recalled characters and events over the course of his lifetime in alight witty but concise manner. Great rapport with his son Collie whom he cared for with great love and affection. They had a unique telepathy where each knew what the other was thinking. Collie’s death was at a very young age was a dreadful blow to Michael and his family.Predeceased by his son Collie and brother Anthony Mick Young is survived by his wife Beattie (Nee Sweeney Ballinamore) sons Tomas and Neill daughters Roisin and Fiona brother Cathal in Dublin. Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Death of Patrick Gerard (Gerry) Cassidy late of Bridge Street and Harmony Heights at the age of 80.The family were originally from Ballyconnell where they had a large farm. Later moved to Crubany where they continued in the farming business. In 1932 they purchased property in Bridge Street and commenced operating a Restaurant and Boarding House. Among the people to operate the shop was well known Cavan Bohemians FC Shamrock Rovers FC and Palmerston RFC star the inimitable Mick Lynch who operated an Electrical Contracting business there. In more recent times the shop was leased to TJ Gavigan who operated a Turf Accountancy and with the advent of the new Car Park at Bridge Street the premises disappeared off the landscape to form the entrance to the Car Park. Gerry was educated at the Boys’ School and Saint Patrick’s College. At the end of World War 2 Gerry Joined the Royal Air Force and served in Germany Italy Austria and France. In retirement Gerry was night Porter in the Farnham Hotel for many years. Kind obliging and efficient Gerry was extremely reliable and industrious. Great interest in local and international history Gerry related what he saw and heard during his lifetime and travels in graphic detail and with great enthusiasm .Predeceased by his brother Kevin he is survived by his brothers Terry Cavan John Joseph Dublin sisters Teresa O Connor Earlsvale Road and Maura Batchelor Bristol. Funeral from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Ballyconnell Old cemetery.

Eamonn Malone Cavan Transplant hero is in the news again this time as winner of 4 medals at the 3rd European Transplant and Dialysis Games in Slovenia.Eamonn won 1 silver for bowling and 3 Bronze in the 50 Breastroke 50 Backstroke in Swimming and 5 kilometre walk.Eamonn was a member of the 29 strong Irish team who won a total of 72 medals at the games.

Killian McKiernan beats David Connolly to win the prestigious Phil Lawlor Cup at County Cavan Golf Club.

County Cavan Lawn Tennis Closed Week Boys Under 10 Barry Fortune Girls Under 12 Louise Johnston Boys Under 12 Cian O Reilly Girls Under 14 Sara Escribano Slowey Boys Under 14 Niall Smith Girls Under 16 Danielle Courtney Boys Under 16 and Under 18 Justin Ward Girls Under 18 Ashling McCormack.

September 16th 2004 Minister for Transport Seamus Brennan cuts he first sod on the new Cavan BY Pass N55 N3 at the roundabout on the Dublin Road.

Same Week Doctor Salah Aziz Ahamed is the new Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist at Cavan General Hospital. Native of Egypt Doctor Ahamed worked in Cavan General for a number of years as a junior doctor- his wife Alva is a native of Belturbet and they have 2 children Ali and Sami.He has been practicing in Ireland since 1988 and replaces Doctor Louis Courtney at Cavan General Hospital.

Brendan Smith TD launches Cavan’s newest security firm ‘Safe Zone’ at the Kilmore Hotel for Directors Terry and Mary O Connor. The Operations manager is Barry Casey former Director of the Security Institute of Ireland. Pictured at the launch are Joe O Reilly Chairman Cavan County Council Brendan Smith TD Barry Carey Operations Manger Terry and Mary O Connor and Patrick Conaty Mayor Cavan town.

Packy Doonan traces his family’s Millennium tree at Tourmakeady Wood in county Mayo after a pains taking search of the country where he covered many miles of thick forest after he left the road at Partry county Mayo. The Government planted a Millennium tree for every family in the country and Packie has the exact location of the Doonan tree in county Mayo.

Leona Gumley Drumcrave is conferred with her Bachelor of Science degree with 1st class honours in Optometry FAOI at Dublin Institute of Technology Kevin Street Dublin. Leona who was educated at Drumcrave National School and Loreto College Cavan is daughter of Noel and Bernie Gumley Drumcrave.

P Elliott and Company are the sponsors of County Cavan Rugby Cub for the 2004-2005 season. Close association with the Club their Chairman Noel Elliott was President of the Club from 1979-1981 during which time Cavan won the Towns Provincial Cup. Mark Noel junior and Darragh have all played rugby with Cavan representing the club in all grades. They advised and carried out much work on the grounds at Swellan and were the contractors for the new Club House.

Tracy Talbot Cavan is pictured at the 4th annual Lakeland Quilt Exhibition at the County Museum Ballyjamesduff.

Saint Patrick’s Area Cavan are the winners of the Hard Court Tennis Silver Under 13 at the Community Games in Mosney.Pictured are the panel Conor Hayes Captain Conor O Reilly John Fortune Danielle Gumley Louise Johnston Cian O Reilly Samuel Brady Niamh McCormack Amy Dunne and Melissa Tutt.The Under 16 team made it a great week for Cavan tennis when they won the Bonze medal Pictured are Emma Finch Phoebe Brady Sinead Collins Danielle Courtney Ruth Joyce Captain Edward Mulvey Michael Hayes Justin Ward William Courtney and Aaron Brady.

September 23rd 2004 Nine year old Chris Gaffney from Drumbar shows his potential as a golfer when he wins a prize at the YMG Junior Masters at Deerpark Golf Club. Chris is coached by William Noble Professional at County Cavan Golf Club.

Same Week Cavan Gaels win the FBD All Ireland Golf Challenge at Faithlegg Golf Club.Team JJ O Reilly Cavan Golf Club Gerry Bravendar Philip McMahon and Brendan McClarey.120 GAA clubs took part in the Challenge for the Dunhill trophy and Waterford Crystal medals. Each member of the Cavan Gaels team in addition to the trophy and medals wins a weekend for two at the famous Faithlegg Golf and Leisure Hotel.

Death of Angela McGovern Greenhills Drumalee at Cavan General Hospital.Native of Legan county Longford Angela worked as a Nurse at Saint Joseph’s Hospital Lisdarn before marrying the legendary Pat McGovern Glangevlin and Connolly Street in 1952.Member of the very well known Toher family who were of farming stock in Longford Angela after finishing her early education studied for her SRN in England. Predeceased by her husband Pat she is survived by her sons Terry Rory and Edward daughters Catriona Geraldine and Sinead sister Kathleen. Funeral from the Cathedral to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Fabulous year for the very popular Sligo native Mick O Beirne at County Cavan Golf Club where he defeats Alan Matthews in the Seniors Final. Mick will partner Anthony Sheridan against Philip McMahon and Brendan McClarey in the Final of the Brian Murphy Fourball Final next week.

September 30th 2004 Death of Brian Wall Saint Ann’s Farnham Road at the age of 83.Native of Ballinagh Brian was eldest son of the late  Patrick and Mary Teresa Wall Licensed Vintners Ballinagh. Educated at Ballinagh NS Saint Mel’s College Longford  and UCD where he was a brilliant veterinary student achieving first class honours in all subjects and was top of the class on graduation at a very young age in a subject he truly loved. His first practice was in Arva before going to  the North Wall Dublin where he was engaged in examining cattle for export. He later set up his legendary practice in Cavan where he quickly established himself as an authority on animals and cattle particularly horses where he was much in demand all over Ireland as judge at the many Provincial Agricultural Shows. Expert on draught mares he worked for the Horse Board and visited every county in Ireland upgrading the quality of the Draught Mare breed. For over 30 years he was Chairman of the Irish Draught Horse Society in Cavan of which he was an acknowledged authority. He was appointed by the Government to the National Horse Board and served for a number of years. During the War Brian worked on both side s of the Border operating two cars which he parked at Bertie Reilly’s Pub Legakelly.Very well known by practically every farming family in South Fermanagh Brian extended the same quality of service and good humour to all and was admired and respected  for his dedication and knowledge. Outstanding footballer he captained Saint Mel’s Longford to several Leinster Colleges titles and lined out with his native Ballinagh and Mullahoran.Excellent angler Brian enjoyed the vast waterways of the River Erne and was a well known huntsman in the Winter months being a founder member of Cavan Dog and Gun Club which was based in Phil Reilly’s Imperial Hotel. Brian was a Healer and loved to see animals he treated coming back to vigorous health. He was a founder member of Cavan ISPCA and abhorred animals being mistreated or suffering unnecessary pain. He was a legend who built the horse business into the industry it is to day with an enviable reputation internationally. The funeral featured a Horse Drawn Hearse with 2 Dutch Fresian horses. Father Gerry Kearns in his witty homily said that “if Brian had known that there were two Dutch Friesians he would have jumped out of the coffin untied them and replaced them with two of the Pedigree Draught Mares he spent his life breeding and caring for .Brian Wall is survived by his wife Nancy son Brian daughters Allison Joan Allen son in law Patrick brother Paddy sister Nancy Smith. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral at which the chief concelebrant was father Gerry Kearns CC.Burial in Saint Felim’s cemetery Ballinagh .

Same Week P Elliott and Company are appointed main contractors for the new €5.5 million VEC Institute at Keadue Cathedral Road. A formal announcement is expected with work commencing within the next month.

Damien Cogrove is conferred with his BSc honours degree in Education and Sports Science at Saint Mary’s Strawberry Hill London. He is presently completing his teacher training at Middlesex University.Educated at Saint Clare’s Saint Felim’s Boys School College of Further Studies Cavan Damien is son of Seamus and Josephine Cosgrove Kilnavara Cavan.

Changing times in Cavan as 10 people are seriously injured following riots between rival town and country gangs following late night Discos in Cavan. Many of the protagonists were intoxicated or had a cannabis or heroin habit.Garda report that several of the visiting country personnel could have been kicked to death if they had not intervened. Due to continuing cutbacks only 2 Gardai were on duty at the time of the riot.

Pictured are John and Michael Sweeney Moynehall at Ground Zero New York on the 3rd anniversary of the  September 11th atrocity at the World Trade Centre.

Death of he legendary Jack Brady County Footwear and Cathedral Road at the age of 86.The family owned the well known Johnny Brady’s Drapery and Ulster Arms situated in the centre of Cavan town. After they retired from business the premises were sold to Ben Dunne who established his first store in Cavan in 1972.Jack and his wife Kathleen continued to trade as County Footwear adjacent to the Farnham Hotel  and carried on a lucrative business. On retirement they sold the lease to Michael Geraghty Cavan Travel. Jack was the last surviving member of an eminent Cavan family a most pleasant decent humble man with an encyclopaedic knowledge and love of the town and its characters going back to the days of his youth. He was a wonderful informative conversationalist with an enquiring agile mind. Predeceased by his brothers Tom Tony BDS Frank and sisters Laura Phelan and ? Jack is survived by his wife Kathleen and daughter Carol.Funeral from the Cathedral to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Death of Rose Ann Burke nee Tully wife of the late Jerry Burke Burke’s Medical Hall Main Street at the Lister Hospital Stevanage England at the age of 96.Native of Tunnyconnelly in the Parish of Laragh she was daughter of the late Edward and Molly Tully (Nee Young) her mother was a member of the famous Young family Billis Cavan. Qualified as a Pharmacist and married Jerry Burke a native of Drogheda. They later opened their well known Pharmacy Burke’s Medical Hall at Main Street and after Jerry’s early death Rose Ann kept the business going and reared her family through sheer hard work and will power. Retiring from the business in 1969 , she went to live with her son Dermot then living in South Africa. In 1971 they moved to London. In great form up to recently she enjoyed her daily walk routine and the company of her grandchildren. In the last few years of her life she lived in a retirement flat in Hertfordshire she was very mobile an did the messages for many of the residents years younger than herself. Great devotion to Our Lady and the Sacred Heart she always had an altar and the lamp lit in their honour all of her days. Her last trip home was to celebrate her 90th Birthday where Mass was celebrated at the residence of her brother John Tully in Mount Prospect by Monsignor Edward Tully another brother. Enjoyed walking in the country with her dog reading good detective books and doing the crossword puzzles. She kept abreast of happenings in Cavan by reading the Anglo Celt every week. Rose Ann was a great lady to walk and enjoyed the company of her children and grandchildren. Predeceased by her sister Susan Smith Tunnyconnelly Cavan brothers Michael Blessington and Monsignor EP Tully Belturbet she is survived by her sons John London Dermot Hertfordshire Kevin in Brighton brother John Mount Prospect. Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Death of Sheila O Reilly Hackelty Butlersbridge.Predeceased by her husband James she is survived by her son Colm Hackelty daughter Irene Lee Aughnacliffe brother Sean O Hare Hackelty and sisters Kathleen and Sister Rita. Funeral from Saint Aiden's church Butlersbridge to the adjoining cemetery. Sister Rita

 Butlersbridge make no mistake in winning the 2004 County Junior Championship replay At Ballyconnell First Ulster’s ground defeating Redhills 0-14 to 1-06 and winning the title for the 4th time being winners in 1963 1974 and 2002.Butlersbridge will now play the Antrim champions in the 1st round of the Ulster Club Championship at Breffni Park.Pauric McGearty captain of the winning team is seen raising the Sean Leddy County Junior trophy aloft after their great win. Scorers for Butlersbridge Michael Fitzpatrick 0-5 David McEntee Senan Flanagan John Shannon 0-2 each Lorcan Mulvey Daragh Keogh and Noel McPhillips 0-1 each.Team Keith Gumley Brian Greenan Pauric McGearty Stephen O Hara David McEntee Andrew McConnell Michael Fitzpatrick Matthew Boylan Paul McCorry Lorcan Mulvey Daragh Keogh Senan Flanagan Noel McPhillips John Shannon Subs Diarmuid Smith for Matthew Boylan Carlos Conlon for Senan Flanagan and Fergal Shannon for John Shannon

October 7th 2004 Brendan Smith TD is appointed Minister for State at the Department of Agriculture and Food by an Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.Bonfires blaze in welcome at Maghera on the main Cavan/Meath border as thousands of people line the route to his home in Cavan. Many functions throughout the county are organised in his honour to celebrate the event.

Same Week Catherina McKiernan retires from competitive running after winning the Annalee 10 kilometre road race in Cavan in a very respectable 33 minutes and 50 seconds 2nd Lucy Brennan Sligo wile the winner of the men’s race was Seamus Power Waterford in 29.54 Irene Hatchett was 3rd in the Female over 40 class with a sparkling run of 56.22 while Martin Fulton was best of the Cavan men finishing in an excellent 33.06 for 6th place overall. The 35 year old Catherina won 4 Silver World Cross Country medals between 1992-1995 1 European Gold medal and 3 big city marathons in world class times when she streaked to victory in Berlin London and Amsterdam. She represented Ireland in the 3,000 and 10,000 metres in Barcelona Atlanta and Sydney Olympics.Catherina will now turn hr undoubted talent and experience to coaching young athletes to emulate her outstanding example.

Sean Quinn buys Wentworth Golf Club in England for a reputed £122 sterling from Chelsfied Limited. Set on 300 acres of Parkland near London there are three Championship 18 hole courses 1 9 hole course and an Hotel attached to the Club which was founded 75 years ago and has become an institution n the world of golf. The operating profit for Wentworth in 2003 was £8 million.

Great achievement by 78 year old Tom Caslin as he fulfils a lifetime ambition by walking all the mountains of West Cavan a distance of 18 miles in 1 day. Tom started in the town land of Coppnanaghbane at 9:20 am in bright sunshine and walked in rain and wind through the entire mountain range. Arriving into the Glan Bar 10 hours later tired and hungry where he was met and congratulated by a huge crowd of supporters an friends.

Death of the energetic and very enthusiastic Noreen O Reilly Farnham Street at the age of 66 at College View Nursing Home. Native of Kilmacow county Kilkenny she was wife of Sean O Reilly MRCVSI Farnham Street and was extremely popular in the Community. Founder member Secretary and Treasurer of Saint Christopher’s Hospice in 1981.The establishment and fund raising for the erection and operation of the Hospice was the centre of her activities since coming to Cavan. Founder member and Secretary of Crannog Bridge Club. She was Manager Secretary of Foxrock Golf Club and spoke with a cultured well educated voice making a legion of friends during her relatively brief life in Cavan. In 2003 she lost her husband Sean and she herself spent 6 months in Cavan General Hospital including a period on a life support machine. Such was her spirit and determination that she recovered until her last bout of illness laid her low. Never courted popularity or status her work for her family and the community were an ample testimony of a great life. Predeceased by her husband Sean brother and sister Bridie she is survived by her sisters Lily and Annette and brother Peter. Members of the Committee and staff of Saint Christopher’s Hospice together with fellow members of Crannog Bridge Club formed a Guard of Honour. Funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

Social Services Whist 1stLady Eileen Conaty 2nd Lady Teresa McHugh 3rd Lady Mary Milner Lady Hatcher Nora O Reilly 1st Gent Aidan Conaty 2nd Gent Sean Leinster.

Paddy Bonner and Michael Victor McDonald win the All Ireland President’s Prize (Aileen Timmoney) at the Bridge Congress at the Cavan Crystal Hotel 2nd was  John Noonan and Carol Ann Cummins 3rd Joe Coyne and John McNally. The Tournament Director was Fearghal O Boyle.Pictured is Aileen Timmoney President of the Contract Bridge Association of Ireland with Cavan winners Veronica Fay and Bernadette Donohoe.

Gaels blow away Mullahoran 1-9 to 0-7 in hard fought county Senior Final at wind and rain swept Breffni Park before a crowd of 2,500 who paid gate receipts of €2,097.Mickey Graham the difference between the two sides with his best display since 1997 when he broke the back of the Mullahoran defence with his speed strength and determination putting the issue beyond doubt with a solo goal 5 minutes from the end. The two sides were tied at 4 points each at the interval and Mullahoran looked the more likely to wrest the crown until the Gaels’ late flourish. Michael Graham was a very popular deserving Man of the Match. Scorers for the Gaels  Mickey Graham 1-2 Michael Lyng 0-3 Anthony Forde 0-2 Cathal Collins and Cormac Nelligan 0-1 each. The Gaels will now play surprise Monaghan champions Magheracloone Mitchell’s in the 1st round of the Ulster Club Championship in Breffni Park.Team Eoghan Elliott Eamonn Reilly (Captain) Darren Rabbitt Shane McGlade Karl Crotty Gavin Duffy Nicholas Walsh Enda King Cathal Collins Michael Lyng Anthony Forde Paul O Donnell Michael Graham Cormac Nelligan and Sean Johnston. The Minor Final where the Gaels were going for 7 in a row ended in stalemate 1-6 each when a last minute goal from Lurgan’s Daniel Nolan earned a replay for the Virginia club.

Armagh win their 1st All Ireland Under 21 crown when they defeat Mayo 2-8 to 1-9 at showery Breffni Park before an attendance of 14,000.Late points in the 69th and 72nd minute gave the crown to a deserving Armagh team who just lasted the pace better than their Mayo counterparts in an exciting well contested game.

Cavan 1st XV 21 University of Ulster 0 at Swellan Park Cavan. Win is a great boost to the home team and will give them confidence going forward for the rest of the season. Team Gerry Mulligan Trevor Vance (Captain) Cillian Tully Shane McCormack Chris Curran Grant Carter Kenny O Connell Fergus Crowe Ciaran Graham Martin Reilly Donal Leddy Fergal Rowley  Stephen Ivers and Larry Burke the Man of the Match.

Profile on Sheila O Keefe Billis Cavan organiser of the Terry Fox Run in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. Suffered from cancer 4 years ago but recovered to full health only for her daughter 18 year old Louise to fall victim to Hodgkin’s Disease two years ago. After interrupting her studies at Loreto College and undergoing a gruelling bout of chemotherapy Louise also recovered and is back at school studying and socialising with her friends. Sheila pays tribute to the work of the Irish Cancer Society and their help and information which is available to all. She says that the continuing use of cigarettes and the high statistics of cancer incidence in Ireland at 1 in 3 must be addressed if we are going to make progress in tacking the worsening cancer crisis in Ireland. She was greatly assisted by a positive outlook and the support of family and friends.

October 14th 2004 Death of Derrick Crowe Drung and late of Kilnavara Cavan at the age of 56. Native of the town Derek was the youngest of the Crowe family and like his brothers was engaged in farming and pig dealing. Well known throughout a wide area Derrick was extremely popular and  well respected. Later bought a farm at Drung and diversified into mushroom growing at which he excelled. Predeceased by his brothers Colm Niall Tom and Brian he is survived by his wife Nuala (Plunkett Ballyhaise) son Derrick daughters Rachael Charlotte Deborah Louise and Carmel

 sisters Eileen (Patsy) Smith and Ursula O Dowd brother Oliver. Funeral from the Church of the Immaculate Conception Drung  to Cullies cemetery.

Same Week Death of the very popular Hannah Florence Simpson 11 Owen Roe after a long illness at the age of 84.Member of the well known highly respected old Cavan family the Simpson’s-many of whom served on Cavan Urban Council. After her marriage to Seamus Fay they lived in Wolfe Tone Street before moving to Owen Roe where hey reared their family among great neighbours and friends. Hannah was a beautiful woman with deep brown eyes tall well built physique with a great sense of humour and fun. Outstanding dancer she had her soul mate in Seamus who also excelled in the art. They often sang together and every Sunday night they had a dance in the house where neighbours and friends were invited to share their hospitality. Hannah was the last of the Simpson family of 6.Survived by her husband Seamus son Noel Pullamore Kathleen O Reilly Roscommon and Lynda Brady Redhills.Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Eamonn Malone recent winner of 4 medals at the European Transplant Games in Slovenia is among the attendance at the Irish Kidney Association’s 19th Annual Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance at Corpus Christi Church Home Farm Road Drumcondra Dublin 9.

Cavan Gaels captain Eamonn Reilly bringing the Oliver Plunkett Senior Championship trophy to Mrs Bridget Murray Billis Cavan Vice President and long time supporter of Cavan Gaels. Pictured Eamonn Reilly Captain Eibhlin Duffy Cian Lee Bridget Murray Melissa Duffy Enda King and Nicholas Walsh.

October 21st 2004 Brian McKeown Sinn Fein is elected as Cavan Town Council’s representative on the County Cavan Enterprise Board after a tied vote with Des Cullen Labour the Mayor voted like his three Fianna Fail colleagues for Brian McKeown.

Same Week Death of Betty Breslin 23 Coleman Road suddenly at Cavan General Hospital on Monday last at the age of 80.Member of an old distinguished Cavan family Betty herself was born on the Antrim Road in Belfast and worked as a Conductor with her uncles Jim McGirr’s buses until she married one of the drivers Michael Breslin in 1942.Deeply involved in the Social and Cultural life of the town Betty was a member of the Irish Red Cross for over 30 years in the company of Tommy Goldrick Maureen Barrett Micheal Smyth Maureen Goldrick Mrs Lunn and Eileen Maloney winning the Ulster and All Ireland title in 1958.Acted as a Steward on the occasion of Pope John Paul 2 visit to Knock on the 30th September 1979.Betty was the life and soul of every party and despite illness and suffering she was always smiling and concerned about the welfare of all her neighbours and multitude of friends. Founder member of the Cavan Old Folks Committee and Christmas Party Betty could be relied upon to contribute her party piece on all such occcasions.Member of the Ladies’ committee Cavan CYMS of which her husband Michael and son Mickey were extremely active and served as Chairman and President of the Club. Betty took a particular interest in the Annual Mass for deceased members and friends and was a member of the Social committee who served refreshments to the guests. Predeceased by her husband Michael she is survived by her sons Michael (Mickey) Cavan Brendan Cavan and Norman in New York s daughter  Laura and son in law Martin Loughman grandchildren Michelle and Marti great grandson Ria brothers Norman and Jimmy. Funeral from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Killygarry cemetery.

Eddie Brady Urney Ballinagh will give a lecture entitled ‘The Glory Years of Cavan Football 1927-1952’ to a meeting of Cumainn Seanchas Bhreifne in the Pastoral Centre Saint Patrick’s College.

Cavan Gaels win their 7th Minor Championship in a row when they outclass Lurgan 2-8 to 1-8 in the Replay in perfect weather conditions at Kingspan Breffni Park. Goals in the 12th and 19th minute of the 1st half by Martin Dunne and Anthony Quinn swung the game in favour of the town side Scorers for the Gaels Martin Dunne 1-3 Christopher Quinn 1-0 Gearoid Collins Thomas Kenny Christopher Quinn Sean Higgins and Alan O Riordan 0-1 each. Team David O Reilly Gerard Reilly John Reilly Darren Cassidy Michael Meehan Joe Dunne  Anthony Quinn Gearoid Collins Captain Donal Farrelly Andrew Neligan Thomas Kenny Christy Quinn Martin Dunne Sean Higgins and Alan O Riordan.Subs Daniel Graham for Anthony Quinn Leigh Jackson for Andrew Neligan Shane Craig for Donal Farrelly.

Major fundraiser by Steve Duggan former Ulster and Cavan footballer as he attempts to solo run his way into the Guinness Book of Records by completing the Dublin City Marathon on a solo run. Already he has raised $40,000 for the Children’s Hospital For Sick Children and hopes to double that figure by the time he toes the line on Marathon Monday in Dublin.

Oliver Malone Coras Point sores a hole in one at the 13th at County Cavan Golf Club

October 28th 2004 P Elliott and Company and Cavan VEC sign the official contract for the erection of the 3,000 square metre  €6.5 million Cavan Institute at Keadue Cathedral Road which they hope to complete within 15 months. State of the art building it will contain computer laboratories lecture theatres science lab library hairdressing suites and art and craft suite together with staff and student accommodation and facilities. College of Further Studies first founded in Cavan in 1984 there are now 600 students enrolled and they contribute €10.2 million to the local economy. There are over 40 courses now available and accreditation and course links to Athlone IT Dundalk IT NUI Maynooth Universities of Wolverhampton and Canterbury Christchurch University. Pictured at the signing of the contract in the Kilmore Hotel are Senator Diarmuid Wilson Andy O Brien Vice Chairman CavanVEC Noel Elliott Junior P Elliott and Company Main Contractors Clifford Kelly Chairman Cavan VEC John McKay CEO VEC Valerie Mullin Architect Paul Kelly Solicitor David Mackey CEO P Elliott and Company Bernadette Brown  Donal Crotty Gerry McKenny Madeline Argue CCC Frank O Brien Department of Education Patricia Walshe TC CCC Sean Fegan Quantity Surveyor Jack Keyes County Manager Darragh Elliott Site Manger P Elliott and Company Mayor Paddy Conaty TC Bernie Power Administrative Officer Cavan VEC Colm McEvoy Principal Cavan College of Further Studies Sheila Cunningham and Eithne McKay.

Same Week Death of the very popular Annie Graham 17 Saint Phelim’s Place at Cavan General Hospital. Predeceased by her husband Jimmy she is survived by her sons Richard John Pat and Francis daughters Anita McGovern Julie McCann Mary McCann and Margaret McCorry grandchildren and great grandchildren sister Nonie Collins. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

Death of Bridget (Bridgie) Green The Mill Rock at Cavan General Hospital. Predeceased by her husband Charlie. Survived by her sons Joseph and Charles daughters in law Mary and Marion grandchildren Sinead Niall and Barry brother Peter sister in law Anna. Funeral from the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Cullies cemetery.

The Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal Dermot Ahern announces a grant of €1.1 million for Cavan Saint Vincent De Paul for the erection of 10 houses for homeless persons at 29 Bridge Street.

CYMS 2004 Chairman Sean Coyle Vice Chairman Sean Walsh Secretary/Treasurer Paddy O Reilly Chaplain Father John Gilhooley Committee Larry McGuigan Charlie Cronin Johnny Lynch John Gorman Eddie Quinn and Paddy Brady.

Team P Elliott make a welcome return to competitive athletics after a number of years in the doldrums. The Secretary is the long serving John McDermott this time assisted by Coach Christy Quinn and his daughter Edel.Pictured is the Girl’s Under 13 and 14 winners of the cross country in Kilnaleck sponsored by Crover House Hotel Deirdre Kelly Orlagh McGovern Emer Nulty and Aoife McGovern. Under 14 Deidre Kelly Emer Nulty Laura Doughty and Aoife McGovern.

Cavan Gaels captained by Niall Murray win Roinn A Under 14 Championship adding the Championship to their League title beating Kingscourt Stars 2-13 to 17 in the Final in Mountnuggent.The team are coached by JJ  Reilly with Selectors John Fee James Kellegher and Tommy Smith. Victory due to strength in depth  of the panel with Kevin Meehan Conor McClarey Michael Coyle already winner of the double at Under 16 level. Team Michael Coyle Ferghal Blessing Damian Kellegher Shane Harten Kevin Meehan Niall Murray Captain Paul McKiernan Niall Smith Marc Leddy Diarmuid Donohoe Eamonn Cooney Cian O Donohoe Robert Maloney-Derham Conor McClarey and Barry Myles. Subs John Farrelly John Fortune Marcus Sheridan Sean Hanley Philip Mulligan James McDermott John Maguire Bryan Grogan Andrew O Reilly Morgan Young Jonathan Jackson Kavan Donohoe Daragh Sexton and Cian Conaty.

November 6th 2004 Jackie Sweeney Crimlin weds Sean McBreen Cornaseer in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim with the Reception later in the Hotel Kilmore.

Same Week Lisa Brady Drummenana Poles Cavan takes her Degree in General Nursing at the Lourdes Hospital Drogheda.Educated at Killygarry NS and Loreto College Lisa is daughter of Nicholas and Maria Brady Drummenana Poles.

Pope John Paul 2 announces that the new Church Year will be dedicated as the Year of the Eucharist. In Cavan a Rosary and Benediction will be held in the Poor Clare Convent on the 1st Sunday in November 2004 to mark the beginning of Eucharist Year. Prayers are urgently needed for the Family and World Peace.

Carrickane Resident’s Association are the first winners of Cavan County Council’s Anti Litter Spring League having taken over the road at Loreto College a well known dumping ground and collected a total of 82 full bags of litter and refuse in their sterling efforts. Commended by the Chairman of Cavan County Council Joe O Reilly who presented the Chairman John Cassidy with the cheque for €1,000.They will now adopt the road under the County Council’s Adopt a Road Campaign. Pictured are Graham Murphy Brendan Neligan Fred Finch Sean Curtin Martin Maguire Enda Mullhern Liam De Paor Dessie Brady TP Smith Cavan County Council Winston Bennett Cavan County Council  Nicky Murphy Veronica Kenny Mary Neligan Noeleen McGuigan Gerry O Rourke Litter Manager Joe O Reilly Chairman Cavan County Council John Cassidy Chairman Carrickane Resident’s Association Carmel Dalton Secretary Mary Brady Madeline Argue Cavan County Council Martin Magill Litter Warden Charlie Boylan Cavan County Council Frank Gibbons Director of Services Waste Management Cavan County Council.

Steve Duggan runs the Dublin City Marathon by soloing a football on the 26.2 mile trip in a time of 3:53:53 raising $50,000 for Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin and gaining an entry in the Guinness Book of Records. His older brother Mike a member of Godiva Harriers Coventry ran the race in an impressive 3:30 to figure in the Veteran Prizes at the race. Steve Duggan and Eamon Coughlan former World Champion at 5,000 metres hope to repeat the feat in next week’s New York Marathon where they are guaranteed a further $50,000 for the Hospital.

Social Services Whist 1st Agnes McEnroe 2nd Sister Ursula 3rd Dympna Cahill Lady’s Hatcher Mary McNicholas 1st Gent Pat McKenna 2nd Gent Aidan Conaty Gent’s Hatcher Sean Leinster.

Sean Coyle on behalf of the committee and members of Cavan CYMS makes a presentation of an inscribed Cavan Crystal Bowl to the retiring Chaplain Father Paul Casey who will be replaced in the post by Father John Gilhooley.

Death of Mary Little wife of the late famous Walter Little at College View Nursing Home. She was an orphan in Saint Josephs Industrial School run by the Poor Clare nuns of whom she always held a high opinion. Great assistance to her husband Walter in rearing the family and attending to their extensive garden from where they supplied fresh fruit flowers and vegetables to shops and individuals in the surrounding area. Decent kind charitable woman Mary fancied herself as a Clairvoyant and could read cups and tell fortunes all done in good innocent fun. Predeceased by her husband Walter son Randolph and daughter Norma Mary is survived by her daughters Lila Evans (Derbyshire) Jennifer Strahan (Dublin) and Vivienne (Sussex) .Funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

County Cavan Golf Club Men’s Section 2004-2005 Captain Gerry Collins Vice Captain Oliver Creegan Secretary Willie Harrington Treasurer Richard Phelan Match and Handicap Secretary Fergal Dunne Committee Tom Downes Brian Lynch Ron O Reilly Sid Daly and Seamus Murphy.

November 11th 2004 Tragic death of father and daughter Sean Gileece (71) and Fiona Ronaghan (33) in road traffic accident at well known black spot at Bunn  3 mile south of Belturbet where 3 others have been killed in the last year. Their 4 wheel drive was in collision with a lorry carrying fish driven by a South African national resident in Drogheda at 7:30 aprox on Thursday as they returned from a meal out. Mary Gileece (Mother) was rushed to Cavan General Hospital and later Saint James Hospital Dublin where her condition was reported as stable. Fiona was employed by BT in Enniskillen and married to Mark Ronaghan an RTE and BBC Northern Ireland  camera man from Moynehall Cavan at Easter 2004.Fiona is survived by her husband Mark mother Mary brothers Bosco and Maurice in Teemore in laws Paddy and Kathleen Ronaghan son Andrew and daughter Glenda. Removal to Saint Nailie’s Church Kinawley where Father Gerry Comiskey CC and Father Maurice McMorrow CC were the chief celebrants joined by 18 other priests. Burial in the New cemetery Kinawley.

Same Week Killygarry Foroige 2004-2005 Chairman Enda Gallen Vice Chairman Sinead Smith Secretary Clare Coyle Assistant Secretary Barry McHugh Treasurer Matthew King Assistant Treasurer Rachael Hamill PRO Adrian McGearty Assistant PRO Orla Fannon.

Special presentation to honour Eamonn Malone Chairman of Cavan Irish Kidney Association and recent multi medal winner at the European Transplant Games in Slovenia.Eamonn has raised hundreds of thousands of euro since he became involved with the Irish Kidney Association 10 years ago. Mayor Paddy Conaty presents Eamonn with an inscribed Cavan Crystal plaque to commemorate the occasion. Pictured in the Town Council Chamber are Eamonn Malone Town Manger Seamus Neeley Shane Donnolly Town Clerk and Paddy Conaty Mayor.

Cavan Gaels beat Magheracloone Mitchell’s 2-12 to 0-9 in the 1st Round of the Ulster Club Championship in Breffni Park. What the Monaghan champions lacked in brain they made up in brawn and gave the Gaels a torrid afternoon playing crude hard tough football with both sides finishing with 13 men. The Gaels led by 0-5 to 0-3 at the interval. Once again it was Mickey Graham who broke the deadlock with a goal soon after the interval to shoot the Gaels ahead 1-6 to 0-3 and effectively put the game beyond the reach of the Farney Champions. Scorers for the Gaels Sean Johnston 0-4 Michael Lyng 0-3 Niall Collins 1-1 Michael Graham 1-0 Anthony Forde  Cormac Neligan Dominic Reilly and Paul O Donnell 0-1each.

November 18th 2004  Brendan Smith TD Minister for State at the Department pf Agriculture and Food turns the first sod at the new €6 million Cavan Institute at Keadue on the Cathedral Road. Later at the reception in Saint Patrick’s College Clifford Kelly Chairman of Cavan VEC says “thanks the Minister for turning the first sod but now urges him get digging and get us the funding for Phase 2.”.Noel Elliott Director P Elliott and Company promises that “the building will be built to budget and a high standard for which the firm are noted for. It is the biggest and most important development in our portfolio at the moment and the target date for completion is 10th February 2006 but the Elliott’s have a reputation of being early for everything and always deliver on time “!

Same Week Kathleen Sullivan Trophy at Cavan Bridge Club 1st Kathleen Clarke and Vera McMahon 2nd Eileen McEnri and Delores of Reilly 3rd Maria Geelan and Simon Ridley.

11 kilometres of Fibre optic cable for major Broadband Roll Out in Cavan to be completed for June 2005.Seamus Neeley informs the Town Council that the operator will be appointed by the Regulator. Broadband Service will be available on the Smyth’s Television network and from Eircom.

Charles Donohoe is honoured by the Directors of Elliott’s for 40 years of dedicated distinguished service to the Cavan based Building Contractors. Charlie has been foreman of the Workshop for over 30 years and is an acknowledged expert in the trasde..Pictured are Darragh Elliott Mark Elliott Director P Elliott and Company Charles and Kathleen Donohoe Catherine Elliott Noel  Elliott Managing Director P Elliott and Company Dave Mackey CEO P Elliott and Company and Mrs Alice Elliott founder with her husband Paddy Elliott of the Company in 1943.

Cavan Gaels easily account for Denn 1-19 to 1-5 in the County Senior League Final at Killygarry and once again complete the coveted senior double. Short 8 of their championship winning team this is a pipe opener for next Sunday’s Ulster Semi Final clash with Crossmaglen Rangers. The Gaels ked by 0-10 to 0-4 at the interval. Man of the Match was Sean Johnstone who accounted for an incredible 1-8 of the Gaels’ total.

Scorers for the Gaels Sean Johnston 1-8 John Gurhy 0-3 Niall Collins 0-2 and Sean Reilly Tommy McCormick Paul O Donnell Gavin Duffy Nicholas Walsh and Cormac Nelligan 0-1 each. Team Eoghan Elliott Eamonn Reilly  (Captain) Darren Rabbitt Niall Lynch John Gurhy Gavin Duffy Patrick Graham Enda King Sean Reilly Tommy McCormick Dominic Reilly Paul O Donnell Niall Collins Cathal Collins and Sean Johnston. Subs Nicholas Walsh  Geroid Collins Anthony Forde Damien O Connor and Cormac Neligan.

Cavan Equestrian Centre’s Annual 5 Day International Horse Show attracts a record entry of 1,500 from England Scotland Sweden Germany Canada Portugal Holland and the USA.Star of the Show was Clare’s Marie Burke who won the IJM Timber Frame Grand Prix on Chippison on her birthday Conor Swaile was 2nd on Drumagoland Flight while Cian O Connor was 3rd on Echo Beach. Shane Carey was the leading International Rider.

Darren Maloney well known Banjo layer from Killygarry releases his first CD entitled Who in the Farnham Hotel. The CD contains 15 of his own compositions from this Internationally renowned artist who first learnt the rudiments of the instrument from Pat McCabe in Clifferna some  20 years ago. He has toured the United States and England with the Comalthais group on many occasions.

Tommy Cullivan a native of College Street and latterly Cathedral Road and Furbo Galway makes his first solo appearance at the Ramor Theatre in Virginia. Tommy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano is dedicated to the memory of Monsignor Cyril Mulligan former Parish Priest of Killinkere who died tragically in 1992.The Soloists is Annette Cleary. Pictured at the Recital in the Ramor Theatre were Jack Keyes County Manager Tom Cullivan Annette Cleary Cello Padraig O Cuinnagain Piano Peter McBrien and Declan McGoldrick Assistant.

November 25th 2004 Melissa Boylan Creighan Cavan and a pupil in Loreto College Cavan achieves 10 As in the Junior Certificate and is invited to compete in the International Mathematics Olympiad. Melissa is only child of Tom and Phyllis (Nee Kerrigan) Creighan Cavan.

Same Week Aíne Smith is conferred with her BA Honours degree in Geography and Economics at NUI Maynooth.Educated at Drumcrave and Loreto College she is now studying for her Masters in Remote Sensing and GIS at NUI Maynooth. Aíne is daughter of Charlie and Anne Corahoe Cavan.

Noel Mooney is conferred with his BA in Auditing and Finance at NUI Maynooth.Educated at Saint Felim’s Boys School Saint Patrick’s College and the College of Further Education Cavan Noel is youngest son of Mary and the late Jim Mooney Wolfe Tone Street.

Eileen Maloney who celebrated her 100th Birthday in May is pictured in animated conversation with an Taoiseach Bertie Ahearn at The Slieve Russell Ballyconnell.

Death of Catherine (Kitty ) Martin at the age of 88 at Cavan General Hospital.Native of Ballinlough Kells county Meath Kitty worked as Office Manager with Elmbank Hatcheries for over 40 years. She also operated the ticket office in the Sports Centre for 20 years and was a very efficient and precise person. Very well known to all the leading Showband personalities and mangers of the day. The Sports Centre was the Mecca for all the youth of the country and always played to full houses due in no small way to the management of the Martin family each one of whom helped out on the big occasions. Married to Paddy Martin a most friendly decent approachable and efficient member of the CIE staff in the Bus Officer. In latter years of retirement Kitty enjoyed Bingo and had a small daily bet on the horses and with such an agile brain puzzling out crosswords. Deeply religious she was a daily Communicant for many years and up to her death always attended the First Friday Mass in the Cathedral. Despite the onset of old age and infirmity Kitty was lovingly cared for in the comfort of her own home by her family most notably daughter Frances. Predeceased by her husband Paddy she is survived by her daughters Frances Kathleen and Patricia. Funeral following concelebrated Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

Untimely death of John Fee Highfield Road at Beaumont Hospital at the age of 55.Native of Enniskillen John was employed with Eircom for  over 32 years and had only recently retired. Married Kathleen Murray a sister of the famous Phil (Lightning) Murray John was deeply associated with Cavan Gaels. Along with Finian Farrell JJ O Reilly John built up the Juvenile and under age structures of the club resulting in the present Gael dominance of Cavan club football for the last decade. Senior Selector John was always there to encourage and direct. Humble decent cool honourable man he was beloved of generations of Cavan Gaels players officials and supporters. Survived by his wife Kathleen son Killian daughter Ciara mother Frances brother Michael Vincent Thomas Brian Paul and Noël. Cathedral packed to capacity on a beautiful sunny morning with many of the congregation wearing Cavan Gaels and Fermanagh jerseys to celebrate the life of a man who gave so much to the youth of his adopted town. Cavan Gaels formed a Guard of Honour at the Removal and Funeral from the Cathedral with burial in Cullies cemetery.

Icebreaker’s Christmas Morning swim will be in aid of Cavan/Monaghan Spina Bifida.

Profile on Phyllis McGurk a native of Ballyjamesduff and daughter of Ethel and Building Contractor the late Tom McGurk.Phyllis has three children Jacqueline Sarah and Jonathan and they reside on the site of the old Rectory at Keadue Cavan. Phyllis specialises in natural medicine and emphasises that there is a complimentary link between her methods and conventional medicine. With her shining hair radiant skin bright eyes and commanding stature Phyllis is an excellent advert for her metods.Phyllis specialises in herbs natural diet supplements and meditation emphasising a whole person approach to her work. She is employed as a Tax Consultant with McDwyer Lennon and Company. Her long term ambition is to open her own custom built health studio where people can come for professional advice and treatment.

Donal Keoghan unveils his new super duper Visions Night Club at the Imperial Hotel which is open Thursday to Sunday each week and offers the best Night Club experience in the country. Fully equipped with 2 bars a first class dance area and a spacious comfortable and well appointed seating area.Donal who has a long association with the entertainment and licensed trade having operated Reason’s Nite Club Ballyjamesduff and The Carraig Springs Crosskeys before purchasing the Lakeland and later the Imperial Hotel right in the centre of Cavan town.Donal says “If we exude excitement and energy then you infect all around you with the same excitement and energy”! Jimmy Hurkishin who plays Dev in UTV Soap Coronation Street cuts the tape at the new Visions Nite Club to open a whole new era in Cavan town’s social life.

Crossmaglen just edge out Cavan Gaels in the Ulster Club Semi Final at Brewster Park Enniskillen 1-10 to 0-10.The heavy underfoot conditions did not suit the Gaels flowing style and their shooting from distance was erratic. In a tough hard battle the Gaels fought to the last and the teams were separated in the end by Cathal Shortt’s 3rd minute goal for Crossmaglen.Scorers for Cavan Gaels Anthony Forde Michael Lyng and Cormac Nelligan 0-2 each Sean Johnston Niall Collins Enda King and Paul O Donnell 0-1 each.

In the curtain raiser at Brewster Park Butlersbridge were beaten by Stewartstown from Tyrone in the Ulster Junior Club Semi Final and were denied a replay by a point from a free by Gareth Devlin 2 minutes into injury time. The Bridge played most of the 2nd half without star defender Brian Greenan who was dismissed in the 14th minute of the second half. Outcry after the game at the standard of refereeing where the official seemed totally biased against the Cavan representatives. Scorers for the Bridge Michael Fitzpatrick 0-4 Lorcan Mulvey1-0 and Fergal Boylan 1-1.

Kathleen O Gorman County Cavan wins the Philomena Coleman Perpetual Trophy and the All Ireland Lady Captain’s Prize at Bundoran Golf Club.

December 2nd 2004 Doctor Mohammed Khalid Anaesthetist at Cavan General Hospital holds a very successful exhibition of his photographs and paintings at Cavan Crystal Hotel .The exhibition was opened by the Chairman of Cavan County Council Joe O Reilly and the  proceeds from the sales are shared among Cavan Paediatric Unit and a similar unit in Karachi Pakistan. Pictured Anthony Vesey Cavan County Council Dr Khalid Rhonda Tidy Visual Arts Co Coordinator with Cavan County Council and Joe O Reilly Chairman Cavan County Council.

Same Week Rosemary Lennon MAOTI Occupational Therapist The Clinic Cathedral Road is conferred with the Certificate in Health and Safety in the Workplace at UCD

Denise Cronin Moynehall is conferred with her Honours degree in Business Studies at the College of Technology Athlone.Educated at Corlurgan NS Loreto College and The College of Further Studies Cavan Denise is daughter of Susan and the late Bertie Cronin Moynehall.

Jenny McLoughlin Antiduff Ballyhaise is conferred with her honours Masters Degree in Community Development at University College Galway. Jenny is now employed as Youth Development Officer Cavan/Monaghan.

Proceeds of the Mick Leddy Memorial Swim to the value of €6,800 is presented to Cavan Cancer Home Care at a function in the Community Hall Butlersbridge.Pictured are Bridie Smyth Treasurer Kathy O Hare Eileen McGearty Madeline Argue Cavan County Council Josie Coyle Cavan Cancer Home Care Sean O Hare Chairman and Founder member Cathal Leddy Terry Leddy Gerry O Hare Gene Cullivan Founder and Charlie Mundy.

Sudden death of Doctor Raymond McGauran at the age of 71.Just enjoyed afternoon tea in the Farnham Hotel when on his way home he took ill opposite the Black Horse Inn. Medical assistance was rendered at the scene by his colleague Doctor Dara Hume but Doctor Raymond was dead on admission to Cavan General Hospital.Native of the town he was the 3rd generation of his family to practice medicine the last two from the same address. Son of the late Doctor Raymond and Angela McGauran all of his brothers and sisters practiced medicine either in Great Britain or America. Raymond was educated at Drumcrave NS and Clongowes wood College before entering the Royal College of Surgeons where he qualified as a doctor. Continued his studies in Alberta Canada and Saint Francis Hospital in Connecticut specialising in Pathology. Dazzling future in medicine beckoned but Raymond was a home bird and decided to set up a General Practice in Church Street after the death of his father. Served the Community in an exemplary professional manner for over 40 years. Great sense of humour and fun it was always interesting to engage Raymond on the topic of the day where he held unconventional and well expressed opinions .Religious humble decent kind man of great charity he was an outstanding doctor sympathetic and caring for his patients and fiercely proud of his native town. Opposed the scale of the development at Dunne’s Stores opposite his residence and held the view that it was intrusive and not sufficient consultation time had been afforded to the residents of Church Stret.Predeceased by his brothers Doctor Donald McGauran South of England Dr Brendan McGauran Enfield Connecticut and his sister Doctor Maeve McGauran. Survived by 14 nephews and nieces in the USA and United Kingdom -10 of whom are doctors. Funeral following concelebrated Mass in the Cathedral to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Death of former Independent GAA Sports Editor Donal Carroll late of Church Street Cavan and Cellbridge co Kildare at the age of 86.His father was a Veterinary Surgeon and he was educated at Drumcrave NS Boy’s School Cavan and Saint Patrick’s College. Passionate interest in Gaelic football and gloried in the frequent triumphs of his native county with which he always had a special allegiance.Donal wrote for the Irish Independent the Evening Herald and the Sunday Independent under the name ‘Andy Croke’-his most famous prediction was the result of the first Cavan V Meath All Ireland Final of 1952 when he declared in banner headlines ‘It Could Be A Draw Says Andy Croke’. Donal Carroll is survived by his wife Miriam sons Alan and David daughter LindaYakina and brother Ted in the USA.Funeral following Requiem Mass in Saint Patrick’s Church Cellbridge to Donacomper cemetery Kildare.

Aidan Nulty Crubany NS is the County Cavan winner o the National Essay competition with his composition ‘Someone Like Me’.Donal will now represent Cavan in the Final at the Helix Theatre in Dublin.

Cavan Motor Club celebrates 40 glorious years. The first committee consisted of Maurice Jackson Chairman Derek Morris Paddy Haley Norman Cinnamond TJ Connolly Mervyn Stewart Johnston Vincent Bartley Willie (Boss) McCormack Vincent Bartley Kevin Dolan Billy Morris Joe Fletcher Maura Maloney Isobel Morris and Hilda Fairbrother.H Carty was appointed Auditor. Maurice Jackson the first Chairman was Proprietor of Jackson’s Garage Main Ford Dealers Farnham Street. Chairman of Cavan Urban Council in 1972 and 1974.He died in the Europa Hotel Belfast in March 1987  on his way back from a business trip to England .Maurice was only 72 at his death. Derek and Isobel Morris ran a plumbing business beside the Ulster Bank later moving to Dublin where Derek set up a very successful business selling BP Natural Gas Central Heating. Now retired Derek and Isobel live in Malahide.Norman Cinnamond was Store Manger in Jackson’s’ .Later becoming a Director of the Company. Dedicated himself to County Cavan Golf Club serving as Secretary for many years and runs the Golf Shop at County Cavan Golf Club. Tommy (Toggy) Connolly son of Tommy and Mary Connolly Chemists 58 Main Street ran a shoe shop in the premises known as Patsy Boyles.Toggy resides at Saint Margaret’s County Dublin.Mervyn Stewart Johnston married to Peggy NT Swellan Cavan worked with Hibernian Insurance rising through the ranks to Manager Cavan Branch.Mervyn passed away suddenly at the age of 56 in 1994.In 1964 Willie (Boss )McCormack worked for Tyresoles Limited later to be known as Advanced Tyres selling remoulds to the local garages in the area. Later managed the Navaks and Lightning Express Showband.Originally lived in Abbey Street now Swellan with his wife Eileen and family Willie is the only man with an unbroken 40 years service to Cavan Motor Club. Vincent Bartley was a Salesman in Jackson’s Garage in 1964.Later filling the same position for the Anglo Celt in 1966 with another well known very popular character John Sharkey.He died the year after his retirement in 1986 aged 74.His son Noel is the present Chairman of the Club. The Clerk of the Course was Kevin Dolan then a mechanic in Jackson’s Garage. Kevin was later in charge of keeping the An Post fleet on the road. Now lives in Carrick on Shannon. The first PRO was Billy Morris who ran a light hardware and fancy goods shop in Bridge Street residing in Church Street. Billy lives in Walthamstowe London. Joe Fletcher was a son of Charles Fletcher Proprietor of the Star Garage in Killeshandra and later ran Fletcher’s Sawmills in the town. Divides his time between family homes in Castle Hamilton and The Isle of Man. Maura Maloney married to George V Maloney Solicitor was a daughter of Ben and Margaret McGilly Clones and happily still resident in Cavan at Drumbar.Hilda Fairbrother was a native of Farnham where her father was Forest Steward to Lord Farnham .Married to George Fairbrother. Solicitor the family lived at Swellan before moving to Limerick in 1992.Paddy Hanley and H Carty were employed by the  Provincial Bank of Ireland in Farnham Street now occupied by Kelly/Rahill and Company Auditors and Accountants

Cavan Gaels captained by Patrick Graham retain their Division 1 A League title defeating Killygarry 0-6 to 0-4 at wind and rain swept Saint Felim’s Park Drumalee.With conditions underfoot treacherous and the driving rain and poor light the game was an endurance test for both teams and spectators most of whom were supporting Killygarry.Scorers for the Gaels Ed O Hanlon 0-2 Kevin Downes Ciaran Flynn Cormac Neligan and Enda King 0-1 each.Team

Drumalee continue to excel at the County Finals of Scor where they once again are voted he Best Team. They also won the Instrumental Music section and Solo Singing with the outstanding Deidre O Reilly.

Paul Caffrey is appointed Team Manager of the Dublin Senior Football team. Both of Paul’s parents hail from county Cavan with mother Mae Duignan from Killtrassna Corlesmore father Stephen from Mullahoran and a former employee of Connolly’s Shoe Shop at 59 Main Street (Peter Veale’s) from 1947-1949.Marie Brady from Arva is an aunt as was Celia McConnell 131 Killester Avenue Artane Dublin-wife of Sean McConnell formerly from Ashe Street Cavan. His brother John was a member of the Dublin team that won the All Ireland in 1983.

December 9th 2004 Cavan retains its title as Ireland’s Cleanest Town in the litter survey carried out by An Taisce on behalf of the Irish Business Against Litter. Plaque presented by Batt O Keefe TD and Tom Keogh Chairman of IBAI to the jubilant winners at the Conrad Hotel Dublin. Pictured are Batt O Keeffe TD Minister of State at the Department of the Environment Tom Keogh Paddy Conaty Mayor Cavan Town Seamus Neeley Town Manger Jim McKenna Cavan Town Council Shane Donnelly Town Clerk and Gerry O Rourke Litter Management Officer Cavan Town Council

Same Week Daren McEntee Ballyhaise is conferred with his Honours BEng. Degree in Software Engineering at Athlone Institute of Technology.Educated at Saint Mary’s National School Ballyhaise and Saint Patrick’s College Daren is son of Séamus and Marie McEntee Ballyhaise.

Death of Mary O Neill 10 Highfield Road and Sligo at the age of 82.Member of an old distinguished Cavan family who were Butchers in Cavan for a long number of years. Mary worked as a Clerical Officer in Sligo for over 40 years before returning home 20 years ago. Last of a family of 3.Predeceased by her brother Frank (Founder member Cavan Rugby Club) and Betty she is survived by her cousin neighbours and friends.

Untimely death of Frances McKenna Drumbo Lodge and late of Ballinode county Monaghan in the loving care of her family at home after a long illness. Survived by hr husband John sons Ronan Donal John Gary father Xavier mother Ellie sisters Kay Eileen Agatha Marita and Monica brother Xavier. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Fergal Moore Gavin McGovern Joseph McGovern and Jason Smith representing Saint Patrick’s College and Niamh Hanley and Karen Gaffney representing Loreto College are all medal winners at the Secondary School’s All Ireland Judo Championships at Hartstown Community School Clonsilla Dublin.

 Death of the very popular and well known Bernard Lynch at home after a brief illness at the age of 89.Born in Crubany son of Bernard and Anne Lynch he was 55 years farming in Drumcrave.Dairy farmer of note he was quick to embrace all the modern methods of farming and was a founding member of Behey IFA and a member of Poles Co Operative Society. Very friendly nature kind and decent he operated an open house policy welcoming friends and neighbours to his home. He was happiest in recent years when surrounded by his grandchildren. Predeceased by his brother John sisters Molly Rose Elizabeth Margaret and Anne. Survived by his wife Rose (Dotie) sons Brian John Philip Pacelli and Raymond daughter Dympna McCarthy /and nephew Father Benny Fitzpatrick. Father Andrew Tully CC was the chief celebrant of the Requiem Mass in the Cathedral assisted by Father John McMahon PP Drumreilly and Very Rev Dan Sheridan PP Staghall.Burial afterwards in Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Sympathy is extended to Patrick Harwood Laragh Crescent on the death of his sister Margaret Cahill Derrylurgan Ballyjamesduff.Daughter of the late William and Brigid Harwood Cullies Cavan.She later married Francis Cahill well known Car Dealer where they reared a family of 12??

Cavan Boxing Club in the news again with the emergence of John Joe Nevin 4 times National Champion at4.2 kilos representing Ireland against England in Middlesbrough when he beat the experienced James Buchanan and was voted Boxer of The Tournament. David Nevin Ulster Lightweight Champion will represent Ireland in the forthcoming International against Denmark in Copenhagen.

Parent Committee Annual General Meting at County Cavan Golf Club President Mary Donohoe Captain Gerry Collins Vice Captain Oliver Creegan Secretary Jim McCorry Assistant Secretary Norman Cinnamond Treasurer Kevin O Connor Assistant Treasurer Gene Murphy Course Convenor Sean Galligan Committee Majella Brady Maureen Crowe Mary Galligan Seamus Murphy Dermot Smith Finian O Donnell Jim Nolan and Terry Smith.

December 16th 2004 Following the announcement in the Dail by the Minister for Finance Brian Cowen that the Implementation Group would report back to him in the Spring with regard to progress made on the Decentralisation of the Department of Communication Marine and Natural Resources to Cavan. Bitter disappointment expressed by the Fine Gael group on Cavan Town Council. Paddy O Reilly said that Cavan had seen it all before with regard to reneging on promises by this Government the latest episode being the promise of 850 jobs with the ill fated Teradyne Project. Continuing Paddy O Reilly said that the Government had ignored Cavan over the last 20 years and this latest proposal was a ball of smoke. Brandishing a copy of the Anglo Celt of December 2003 Paddy said where are the 425 jobs promised and why should the Government make an announcement of this kind without consulting the relevant Public Unions in advance?. Many local builders and developers have bought and developed land and built houses for this Decentralisation which he predicted would never happen. Councillor Veronica Sharkey said that Paddy O Reilly was a prophet of doom and while he predicted the demise of the Teradyne project he had also rubbished the prospect of a new Further Education Institute being built in Cavan.The Government were actively seeking a site for the Department in Cavan and Decentralisation will take place in Phase 3 of the Programme.Folowing a long discussion it was decided to seek a meeting with Brian Cowen Minister for Finance and ascertain his views on the future prospects for Decentralisation to Cavan.

Same Week Elaine Moran Farnadolly is conferred with her BSc in Pharmaceutical Technology from Dublin Institute of Technology Cathal Brugha Street Dublin. Educated at Kilmore National School and Cavan Vocational School Elaine is daughter of Alex and Sylvia Moran Farnadolly Cavan.She is now working with Viche Generics in Balldoyle Dublin.

Marian O Donovan Mackey commences her own Solicitor practice at 13 Church Square from December 200th 2004.She was formerly a partner in Donohoe Mackey and Company Railway Road Cavan.

Death of Deidre McMullin daughter of the late Surgeon Joe and Frances McMullin ‘Innisfall’ Church Street in Cobh at the age of 88.Member of an old distinguished Cavan family Deidre joined the Irish Army during the Emergency and served in Newbridge.Worked in Saint Vincent’s Hospital as a Radiographer for a number of years as did her brother and sister. Resident at Woodbine Avenue Stillorgan she was a frequent visitor to Cavan where she stayed with her sister Airmid and brother in law Edward O Hanlon Cathedral Road. Survived by her brother Don McMullin formerly of The Lakeland Hotel Cavan and now resident in Carrigalline co Cork Art Sydney Australia Eithne Flanagan in Dublin Eimear Meagher Dublin Airmid O Hanlon late of Cavan now resident in Dublin and Ailbhe Dublin. Funeral from the Church of The Sacred Heart Munane Bridge Cork to Saint Patrick’s cemetery Nohoval Cork.

Congratulations to Aidan Nulty winner of the National Essay competition with his essay ‘Someone Like Me at the Helix Theatre in Dublin. Pictured are Frank Fahy Minister of State at the Department of Justice Aidan Nulty National Winner Antonia Hayes Principal Crubany National School and proud parents Mandy and Thomas Nulty Crubany.Aidan received €200 of Art and Writing Supplies while his school Crubany National received Computer and Visual Equipment to the tune of €2,000.

Liam McCabe Belturbet Rory O Moore’s  Assistant Secretary of Cavan County Board defeats incumbent Secretary Gerry Soden for the position of Secretary .Gerry a member of the Laragh United Club was 12 years in the position and served the Board with distinction. Meanwhile Mark Gillick Cavan Gaels takes over the position of PRO from Barney Cully Arva who held the position for 12 years. The new Youth Officer is Niall Lynch a member of the Cuchullains Club and a teacher in Virginia Vocational school

This week the Anglo Celt features a report from Delores Grogan a Physiotherapist from Carrickane on her recent 6 month journey to Calcutta India where she worked in various hospitals. Arriving at the airport the first thing she noticed was the stifling heat and humidity the teeming population the relentless beeping of horn chickens being carried in large numbers on bicycles herds of goats frequent sight on the way to her accommodation. Total and complete change from Ireland Delores describes it as “an assault on the senses”. In a city of 16 million it is reckoned there are 4 million destitute. Working with the Jack Preger Foundation founded in 1979 The Calcutta Rescue offers free medical aid to the impoverished of Calcutta. Delores worked with patients suffering from Leprosy Cerebral Palsy Strokes Burns and Orthopaedic recovery. Temperatures often climbed in to the 40% C during her 6 month tour and she was taken with the generosity of the people sharing the little they had with one another and offering her gifts. Her abiding memory is of the poor and destitute living in squalor just yards away from a 5 star Hotel but still happy smiling and totally at peace with themselves and their neighbours. Delores is a daughter of Paddy and Ann Carrickane Cavan and is employed here in Ireland as a Chartered Physiotherapist.

Sister Kitty Wallace from the Holy Rosary Sisters and former Missionary Sister in Nigeria for over 50 years renews acquaintance with old Kerry neighbour Micheal O Muirearctaigh RTE as he signs copies of his latest book in Crannog Book Shop.

December 23rd 2004 Bishop Leo O Reilly in his Christmas Message extols the virtue of charity and love for our neighbour and quotes from Saint Paul saying “While we were yet sinners Christ was born and died for us all so that we may be saved and have eternal life”

Same Week Tommy and Bridie Smyth who have recently sold their long established licensed premises in Butlersbridge present Cavan Museum with the original drawings by William Hague of Saint Aidan's Church Butlersbridge which have been in the Smyth procession since 1862.William Hague who designed many churches and buildings in the area including Saint Aidan’s Butlersbridge Saint Brigid’s Killygarry and Saint Patrick’s College was  a native of Plush Cloverhill.

Celtic Tiger roars in Cavan as Cavan Credit Union Record a record turnover of €41 million with income over exceeding expenditure by €1,412,244 an increase of 74% on last year’s record figures. Doctor Eamonn McDwyer Chairman announces that the Board are paying a 2% Dividend and a 2% Interest Rebate to members. Officers elected Chairman Doctor Eamonn McDwyer Vice Chairman Derek Graham r Treasurer Erick Johnston Secretary Rosaleen Cahill. Committee Dave Mackey Hugh Leddy David Smith Gerry Smith Sheila McGinnity Rosaleen Crowe? And Patsy Lee.

The 37th Icebreakers Christmas Swim in aid of Spina Bifida takes place at Annagh Lake at 11:30 sharp on Christmas Morning. All entries and sponsorship cards to be returned to the Secretary Jacinta Donleavey.Over 100 swimmers are exacted to brave the elements and raise up to € 20,000 for the local branch of Spina Bifida.

Cavan Gaels captained by Nicholas Walsh complete a record season with Under 21 Final win over Castlerahan2-7 to 0-7 at Kingspan Breffni Park. The Gaels scored 2 goals one in each half to deservedly win the title against an excellent Castlerahan side. The Gaels fitness and brilliant team play decisive. Scorers for the Gaels who led by 1-5 to 0-3 at the interval Ciaran Flynn 0-4 Sean Johnston 1-2 Ronan Farrelly 1-0 and Michael Lyng 0-1.John Gurhy who had a tremendous match was the popular Man of the Match. Team Charles Halligan Kevin Downes  Damien O Connor Joe Kenny Michael Cooke John Gurhy Francis Graham Nicholas Walsh (Captain) Sean Reilly Edward O Hanlon Mickey Lyng Ronan Farrelly Ciaran Flynn Sean Johnston and Niall Collins Subs Ciaran McGlade for Edward O Hanlon Gearoid Collins for Joe Kenny John Murray for Kieran Flynn and Stephen Maguire for Ronan Farrelly.

Drumalee beat Ballinagh 1-11 to 1-7 to win the Division 2 A League Final Replay at Annally Park Ballhaise.Drumalee with a nice blend of experience and youth led by 0-5 to 0-2 at the interval.Scorers for Drumalee Timmy Looney 1-1 Gary Ferncombe 0-3 Barry Downey 0-2 and Kevin Donohoe Trevor Molloy Brian Dolan Damien Donohoe and Francis Cleary 0-1 each.Team Peter McGinnity Sean Lee Brendan Smith Sean Lynch Timmy Looney Colm Caffrey Gary Ferncombe Kevin Donohoe Gerard Reilly Trevor Molloy Francis Cleary Brian Dolan Shane Downey Damien Donohoe and Barry Downey Subs Kevin Donohoe for Francis Cleary (Injured) Niall Monahan for Sean Lynch.

Corporal Niall Sheridan from Billis Cavan sends Christmas Greetings from the United Nations in Kosovo to his fiancée Orla Reilly a nurse in Cavan General Hospital whom he is marrying in July.Niall sends greetings to his parents Pat and Ann Sheridan sisters Cait Ciara ? and Aine.This is his 4th tour of duty. The only complaint that Niall has for Christmas in Kosovo is that it is very cold and getting colder. Company Sergeant Paddy Galligan originally from Killeshandra but now resident in Cavan town will be home to his wife Breege for Christmas. Greetings to his old friends Frank and Eileen Johnston Kilnavara Michael Mooney in the Rossa and friends in the Eagle Bar in Bridge Street.He is the Logistics Sergeant on the tour and his job is to make sure that everybody is fully fed watered and fighting fit.

December 21st 2004 Huge Bank Hoist in Belfast. A police spokesperson confirms that an estimated £30 million was taken from the Northern Bank Headquarters in Belf

December 30th 2004 Jack Keyes Cavan County Manager shuffles his pack by promoting Ken O Reilly Senior Executive Officer to Economic Policy Manager and John Brennan Engineer in Infrastructure to head up the Water Department at Cavan County Council. Chairman Joe O Reilly joins in the congratulations to both men on their promotion.

Same Week Death of Georgina Acheson Drumalee on the 20th December 2004 at Cavan General Hospital. She was a native of Clonkeefy Olcastle.Predeceased by her husband Thomas she is survived by her sisters brothers relatives and friends. Funeral from Cavan Parish Church to Virginia Parish cemetery.

Heavy snow for Christmas Day covers the entire countryside in a thick blanket. The Icebreakers 37th Annual Christmas Morning Swim at Annagh Lake takes place in a Winter Wonderland much to the delight of the younger participants. The temperature was 4% C 4 degrees down on last year. Deidre her sister Emer O Reilly and Lisa Smith provided Seasonal Christmas music to keep the swimmers happy as they prepared to take the plunge. The youngest boy was Ross Armstrong while the youngest girl was 8 year old Jacqueline Little. The record now show Sean Walsh the founder has swam on 37 consecutive occasion while in the ladies Deidre Montgomery has taken the plunge on 27 consecutive occasion.

Death of the very popular Teresa (Tessie) Bravendar 34 Saint Felim’s Place at the age of 86 on Christmas Eve at Esker Lodge Nursing Home. Member of the Little family an old highly respected Cavan family. Herself and her husband Michael a Porter in Cavan Surgical Hospital reared a large family and were always so pleasant and decent. Great character Teresa could tell some great stories and never missed any of the happenings in the  town she dearly loved. Frequented the Bingo more for the social side  than for profit but most days would have a modest punt on the horses and was an expert on all maters relating to the turf. She enjoyed a drink in moderation and meeting the characters from around the town. Predeceased by her husband Michael she is survived by her sons Michael Marty and Jerry daughters Pam Celine Mary Joan Margaret and Anne. Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Presentation to Eithne McKay on her retirement from active duty with Cavan College of Further Studies .Married to John McKay CEO Cavan VEC they live at Drumelis and have one grown up daughter Fiona.Eitne was mainly responsible for the development of the IT and Computing Section at Cavan College. Seconded to the National NCVA 12 years ago Eithne has been at the centre of all development of the curriculum at Cavan College. Pictured making a presentation of a local work of art to Eithne are  John Keaney Principal Cavan Vocational School Claire Foley Cavan College of Further Education Colm McEvoy Principal Cavan College of Further Studies and Roisin Donohoe Cavan Vocational School.

January 6th 2005 Eamonn Murphy Manger of Super Valu Cavan Lakeland Business Park reports that their business is up by a whooping 100% on last year’s Christmas trading. Philip Donohoe of Donohoe’s Fodfare in Bridge Street reports on an excellent Christmas and looks forward to the development of Abbeylands to open up the area adjacent to their extensive premises in Bridge Street. Woodies Heaton’s Toymaster report better than expected takings on their first Christmas trading season in Cavan. Paul Hayes welcomes the addition of Argos and the increased number of shoppers circulating reporting bumper takings for the Festive Season. Kevin P O Reilly Dunne’s Stores admits that there was some loss to the border in drink sales and Christmas was very late coming but the final days made up for it and it was the best Christmas since they opened their new store in Church Street. Jim Nolan Manger AIB reckons there was an increase circulation of 10% and widespread use of plastic with lasers and credit cards being used extensively.Tesco report the same trend with shoppers leaving their shopping until late with widespread use of the chip and pin. the last three nights of trading are described as “nuts”

Same Week More than 11,000 people were swept to their deaths in Southern Asia on Monday December 27th 2004 when a giant wall of water caused by the most powerful earthquake for 40 years devastated the area. A series of tsunami up to 30 foot high raced across the Indian Ocean and crashed into the coasts of Sri Lanka Southern India Indonesia Thailand and Malaysia carrying away people houses hotels boats and cars.

Pictured are the 4 Desperados Tony Coyle Jerry O Keeffe Dessie Ronan and the incomparable Mel Doherty on his 50th visit to entertain the patients and staff of all the Hospitals and Nursing Homes in Cavan.

Andrew Murray 3 times Irish and Ulster Lightweight Amateur Champion will have his first fight as a Professional at the Mayfair Sporting Club in the West End of London on January 27th.The greatest ever Cavan born boxer Andrew from Ard Na Greinne and just 21 has his sights set on a gradual build up to world class.

Darren Flint and Hugh Brady are pictured after winning the Phil McEvoy Memorial Darts Tournament at the Kesh Bar.

January 13th 2005 Storms driven by wind and rain sweep the country for the last fortnight. Trees are down and rivers overflow their banks as the ESB report severe disruption to their services in Cavan and Monaghan where 10,000 were in the dark  over the weekend.

Same Week Death of Bridie Smyth Upper Main Street and Athbara after a long illness borne with courage and fortitude at the age of 75  at Saint Joseph’s Hospital Lisdarn.Native of the Dublin Road Longford her father was Editor of the Longford Leader.Bridie came to Cavan to serve her time to the Drapery Business in PA Smyth's in 1948 Upper Main Street and at the age of 20 married Philip Smyth Junior in 1951. She was greatly helped by her mother in law Mrs Smyth in both rearing her family and running a large drapery business from the same dilapidated premises. After the death of her husband Philip in 1967 Bridie converted the top of the large building into flats and was one of the first in the town to offer first class independent supervised living for the many young people working in the town. She had a great rapport with staff and customers and ran the shop for many years until after the death of her confidant and friend Mrs Smyth. For recreation Bridie loved to join her friends in Houricans in the evening and there exchange social happenings in Cavan.She was an active member of Cavan Golf Club being Captain and President of the Ladies Section. For holidays Bridie usually went abroad each year in the company of her good friends Jim and Maureen Scanlon. Tall very attractive woman she was unlucky to be involved in an accident some 6 years ago and a s a result many complications arose necessitating her long stay in hospital where she was lovingly cared for by the staff in Saint Joseph’s until her death on New Year’s Day. Survived by her sons Philip London Dr Donal Sligo Michael Newbridge daughters Maeve and Valerie brother Danny Donegal and sisters Kathleen in Dublin and her aunt Rosaleen in Sheffield 13 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

Eilish Smith is conferred with her B Education honours from Saint Patrick’s College Drumcondra. Eilish was educated at Tierlahood NS and Loreto College  and is daughter of John and Maureen Brennan Railway Road Cavan.

Geraldine Sinead and Terry McGovern family of the late Pat and Angela McGovern are planning a total revitalisation of their native Connolly Street .They are seeking Planning Permission to knock 19-35 Connolly Street and provide 765 metres of Retail 9 2 Bed and 4 1 bed apartments.

Death of Maureen Connolly Drumalee Cavan at Cavan General Hospital on New Year’s Eve. Native of Cordoagh Tunnyduff Knockbride she was a member of the Markey family and came from a farming back ground.Nurse by profession she was for many years on the staff of Saint Davnet’s Hospital Monaghan.Very artistic she was an outstanding exponent of knitting crochet and sewing. She was a gifted cook and in her spare time read a lot and was a member of the local Cavan library.Predeceased by her husband Frank in January 2004 she is survived by her sons John Kieran and Leo her brother John in Bailieboro Jim ,Owen and Philip in the USA and her sister Sister Monica Sligo. Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Charity nights church collections and other functions are organised in aid of the recent disastrous Tsunami in Asia. Record contributions are put down to the fact that people enjoying Christmas were live witnesses to the disaster as it unfolded on Sky TV News.

Mass from the Cathedral is televised live by RTE television. The celebrant was Father Anthony Fagan while the choir was under the direction of Father Gerry Kearns while Eileen Tackney was on the organ with Kavan Donohoe playing the harp.

Killygarry GFC 2004-2005 Presidents Tommy Brady Dympna Reilly and Andy O Brien Chairman Brendan Keaney Vice Chairman Gabriel Cullivan Secretary Sean Fay Assistant Secretary Kevin Smith Treasurer Rosaleen Brady and Assistant Treasure Mel Doherty.

Death of Hughie Clarke 19 Tullacmongan at the age of 74 after a long illness borne with great courage and fortitude. In his earlier working days he worked in McCarren’s factory for many years. Hughie always came down the hill whistling and it was a  delight to hear him no matter how bad the morning. Great husband father and grandfather Hughie had a very bright sunny outlook on life and enjoyed fishing with his friends every week end. After the closure of McCarren’s Hughie took up a position in Cavan Post Office where he was loved and respected by staff and customers. No task was too big for Hughie and it was always done with a smile and an encouraging word .Outstanding footballer with Cavan Harps he was one panel that won the Senior League in 1948/49 and played until the club were extinguished by the arrival of Cavan Gaels in 1957.Recently predeceased by his brother John (Buddy) and sister Kathleen (Jermyn) is survived by his wife Mary Nee Higgins sons Charlie Hugh P and Jimmy and daughters Margaret Mary Tina Della and Catherine brothers Peter and Jerry sisters Eileen Susan Pam and Mary.Funeral from the Cathedral to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Peter Keavney a native of Butlersbridge and brother of Mel Moynehall is the new Captain at Royal Dublin Golf Club. He is son of the late PJ Keaveney NT Principal Kilnalack School.

Death of Jimmy Sexton J2 Breffni Terrace at Cavan General Hospital on New Year’s Day at the age of 82.Both himself and brother Peter were high class carpenters by trade and they had their workshop at the old Market Yard in the centre of town. Jimmy later worked with Paddy Elliott Paddy Doherty Ballyjamesduff and Onslow Bredin.His work was always of the highest calibre with a professional finish in which he took great pride. Daily modest flutter on the horses Jimmy was excellent company and could recall the  great characters that lived in Cavan down the years. Always conversed in a pleasant humorous way in which he spoke well of rich and poor alike. Predeceased many years ago by his wife Kathleen he is survived by his son Seamus daughter Kathleen and sister Gretta.Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Cullies cemetery..

Paul McKiernan presents the Tommy McKiernan Perpetual Cup to the winner Hugh Doonan who beat Alan Stenson in the Final at Cavan CYMS.Michael Breslin and Pat Bradley were the beaten Semi Finalists while in the Garda Shield Final the holder Michael (Stick) Meehan retains his title with a comprehensive victory over Ciaran Duignan while the Semi Finalists were Levi Murphy and Aaron Brady.

January 20th 2005 Death of well known local journalists Andreas McEntee Wellington Drive Templeogue and 63 Church Street Cavan at the age of 50 after a long illness borne with great courage and fortitude at Our Lady’s Hospice Harold’s Cross Dublin.. Son of Judy (Nee Cusack) and the late Andy McEntee long time Sub Editor of the Anglo Celt Aindreas was educated at  the Poor Clare’s De La Salle School Saint Patrick’s College and Cavan Vocational School (Shorthand and Typing) after which he took up a junior position in the Anglo Celt in 1973 following in the footsteps of his late grandfather and father both of whom were also called Andrew. Joined the Irish Press Group in 1978 and was appointed Assistant News Director with the Press in 1991.During his time with the Press Group he was the Editor of Dubliner’s Diary reporting on the social life and charity events on the social circle in Dublin. After the closure of the Press in 1995 Aindreas emigrated to London and worked with the London Evening Standard Daily Express and Sunday Express. He was later appointed Dublin Editor for the Express and began free lance work for RTE and the Irish Times. Joined the Irish Medical Times in 1996 as Staff Reporter and was appointed Editor in 2000 a position he held until his death. Outstanding footballer in his short career with Cavan Gaels he won a Minor League medal in 1971 before joining the Junior squad where he was a useful forward. Great sense of humour and fun Aindreas never took himself or events too seriously and could always see the funny side of things. During his time in the Celt he worked with such outstanding journalists as his father Andy old Editor Edward O Hanlon Liam Fitzgibbon and Anselem Lovett. As Editor of the Irish Medical Times he was a fine leader always seeking consensus rather than confrontation and built up the quality and circulation of the paper during his 5 year tenure. Tributes pour in for the late Aindreas with one doctor praising his “outstanding penmanship of an excellent journalist who could always get to the heart of any story. Most of all he was a great colleague and loyal friend whose good humour and sense of fun lifted and inspired those around him. We will never see his likes again.” During the later stages of his long illness his mother Judy appeared on RTE ‘Fame and Fortune’ and although wearing a medical shield on his head Aindreas insisted on cheering her on to win €62,000 on the Game show. Survived by his wife Marie formerly Marie Cullen from the Town Hall his daughters Claire and Sinead mother Judy mother in law Mae Cullen brothers John Myles and Dessie sisters Ann in Texas and Grainne in Brazil. Removal  to Saint Jude the Apostle Templeogue where they were met by many hundreds of former work colleagues friends and neighbours. The Funeral took place from The Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim Cavan where the chief celebrant was Father Phil Brady PP Laragh assisted by Father Johnny Cusack PP Virginia cousin Canon John Murphy PP Bailieboro Father Ray Brady PP Castletara and Father Anthony Fagan  Adm Cavan. Bishop Leo O Reilly was in attendance at the funeral. Guard of Honour  formed by Cavan Gaels GFC with burial later in Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Same Week Vincent Reynolds CEO Cavan Enterprise Board gives an outline of the operation of Cavan Enterprise Board to the elected members of Cavan County Council. In the last 10 years 821 full time  250 part time jobs were created and maintained. Their emphasis now is to create a Business Park in conjunction with Cavan County Council and IDA Ireland in which they have already invested €3.275 million where the emphasis will be on Innovation and Technology.

All Irish road signage and regulations are officially changed to kilometres from miles.

Death of Garda District Inspector Colm Browne at the age of 63 at Cavan General Hospital. Native of Baltinglass County Wicklow. Colm came to Cavan  as a Garda in 1962 and joined the plain clothes staff in 1964.Later transferred to Dublin where he served on the Murder Squad for 20 years. Later transferred to Killarney and then back to Dublin. With the escalating of the violence in Northern Ireland transferred to Monaghan and promoted Detective Inspector. Among the high profile cases Colm was prominently identified with was the rescue of Don Tidey at Derrada Wood Ballinamore in which a young Garda and a Soldier were killed the Murder of Lord Mountbatten the Malcolm McArthur arrest and the subsequent resignation of the Attorney General the hunt for Shergar and the murder of Sergeant Patrick Morrissey in Ardee.Great Rod and Gun man he loved to hunt and dressed for the part. Very tall and handsome Colm was courageous shy softly spoken clever kind and very loyal to the Communities he served. Survived by his wife Mary daughter Elm  brothers Ken and Dessie sisters Pat Brophy Thurles Terese Sheehy Carlow Phyl O Laoire Athlone and grandson Jese.Among the attendance were Assistant Commissioner Patrick Jennings Assistant Commissioner Catherine Clancy Sligo Retired Deputy Commissioner John Paul McMahon ex Detective Superintendent John Courtney Detective Inspector Christy McCaffrey a native of Stradone ex Superintendents John Considine Jack O Connor and Michael Lee Chief Superintendent for Cavan/Monaghan Colm Rooney. Guard of Honour formed by Detective Branch Cavan/Monaghan Funeral from Saint Michael’s Church Cootehill to the adjoining cemetery.

Wayne Cronin presents the Bertie Cronin Memorial Golf Trophy to the winner Frankie Lovett at a function in the Kesh Bar.

January 27th 2005 Diocese of Kilmore contribute a staggering £350,000 to the victims of the Tsunami in Asia with a further €10,500 being sent to Trocaire for relief work in the area. Father Johnnie Cusack representative for Trocaire in the Diocese thanks the people for their generosity and compassion

Same Week Peter Kelly Keadue Cathedral Road is conferred with his Honours Degree in Computer Science at Trinity College Dublin. Peter was educated at Saint Felim’s NS Saint Patrick’s College and is son of Peter and Maureen Keadue Cathedral Road. He is presently studying for his Honours Masters Degree in E Commerce at Dublin City University.

Sudden death of Tom Hussey 9 Fairhill Cavan and late of Termofeckin County Louth at the age of 56 on the 25th January 2005.Family were deeply involved in the Newspaper business where his father George was Editor of the Dundalk Argus. After leaving school Tom joined the Merchant Navy and toured the world including Japan and the USA. On his return decided to concentrate on photography and came to Cavan as Staff Photographer Anglo Celt in 1971.Genius- Tom saw merit in the ordinary and exalted it to the extraordinary with publication in the local Anglo Celt. And Drumlin magazine edited by his good friend Dermot Healy. Among the characters Tom captured was the legendary Lizzie Murray Darragh Smith Dermot Morgan Dinny Brennan James Coyle Johnny McDonagh Paddy Dillon The Hacklers Phelim Coffey Shakin Johnny and preserved the shots for posterity. Held many photographic exhibitions including Sligo Cavan and The Museum in Ballyjamesduff where his work was appreciated by a large audience. Won Irish photographer of the year for his shot of Cardinal Tom O Fiach relaxing with his pipe at the opening of Granard Harp Festival-the caption read ‘That Condor Moment’. Always kept abreast of the latest developments in photography and had a great interest in the development of Digital and HDTV. In latter years Tom turned his hand to poetry with great success and had his first volume published with another volume on the way His good fiend Dermot Healy in paying tribute to Tom says that “we are indebted to Tom and his genius for taking the photographs and for lovingly preserving them for posterity”. Survived by his wife Geraldine (Nee Brady) son Thomas daughters Caroline and Eleanor. Funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry.

February 3rd 2005 P Elliott and Company acquire 94-97 Main Street and 13 Thomas Ashe Street from the Tractamotors Pension Fund. The premises in the portfolio include The Melbourne Bakery Cavan Gifts the former Maggie Hickeys and Ray Reilly’s and all the land to the back of these premises together with 13 Ashe Street. They will consider additional suitable properties if ane when they come on the market. They will be applying for planning permission to develop a Town Centre Shopping Centre on the site.

Same Week The people of the Diocese of Kilmore donate a further€159,000 for the benefit and relief of victims of the Christmas Tsunami in Asia.

Death of Moya Halligan Swellan in Birmingham.Moya was a member of the old highly respected Cavan family the Brady’s from Saint Felim’s Place and was married to Nicholas Halligan who worked on the GNR Railway until it closed in 1959.Later they went to Drogheda where Nicholas was employed on the CIE Railway. After his retirement they emigrated to Birmingham.Moya was an extremely pleasant and good humoured woman and proud of her Cavan roots where she returned frequently on holidays to her sister Rita in Saint Felim’s Place. Survived by her sons Edward and Nicholas daughter Geraldine and sister Collette. Funeral took place from the Cathedral following Requiem Mass to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Paddy Conaty Mayor Cavan Town is pictured tracing his roots on his first official visit to The Genealogical Centre at Cana House. Pictured Ann Reilly (Receptionist) Mary Sullivan (Manager) and Concepta McGovern (Researcher).

Lions’ Club Valentine Ball in the Hotel Kilmore will be in aid of the victims of the Tsunami and tickets available now from Tony Finlay House of Fabric for €35.Music by Dublin band ‘Superstition’ with a Disco later till late. The Lions Organisation worldwide have already donated €10 million for the relief of victims of the Tsunami.

Official opening of the new Pastoral Centre at Saint Patrick’s College this Sunday. The Centre has been in operation since 2004 but the finishing touches have now been applied to this resplendent building. Built on the site of Saint Patrick’s College boarding quarters discontinued in 2000.The top tier is occupied by 300 students and staff from the College of Further Education. The Centre itself has 14 meting rooms tastefully furnished to accommodate small medium and large meetings. Can be rented by any Christian Group. The Director is Father Gerry Kearns with Father Michael Router in charge of the Adult activity and Sister Susie Duffy taking charge of the Youth activities at the Centre. The Logo is “Cast out into the deep” from Saint Luke’s Gospel with a graphic that displays a small boat sailing in to the vast open sea-plenty of opportunities but not without risk!

Cavan Gaels are once again the Club of the Year at The Anglo Celt/Northern Sound Awards at the Kilmore Hotel. The Club won an astonishing record 10 titles in 2004.Senior Player of the Year Michael Lyng Minor Player of the Year Gearoid Collins. The Master of Cermonies was well known RTE commentator Brian Carthy.

Gina Dolan Michael Jannick Gillian Clarke win the Under 12 National Tumbling titles for Cavan Millennium School of Gymnastics while the Senior Girls take Silver in their class.

Aine Byrne SRN Billis is conferred with her Higher Diploma  in Oncology Nursing at UCD.Aine is pictured with well known comedian Des Bishop in a promotion for the forthcoming Daffodil Day in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.

Caroline Smith Clonnogonnell is conferred with her H Dip in Orthopaedic Nursing in conjunction with the Royal College of Surgeons at Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital. Caroline qualified with a BSc Honours from the Royal College of Surgeons and is presently employed at Tallaght Orthopaedic Hospital. Educated at Kilmore NS and the Royal School she is daughter of Margaret and the late Willie John Smith Clonnogonnell Cavan .

John Crotty is conferred with his MSc degree in Information and Communication Technology at the University of Ulster in Belfast. John was educated at Saint Felim’s NS and Saint Patrick’s College and is son of Donal and Geraldine Crotty Rock Cross Cavan.

Irene Armstrong is conferred with her BSc in Pharmaceutical Science at the Institute of Technology Sligo. Educated at Kilmore NS and the Royal School Irene is daughter of John and Ann Armstrong Kilmore.

Sinead Fraher Stragelliffe Cavan is conferred with her Honours Degree in Business Studies at the Institute of Technology Sligo. Educated at Saint Clare’s NS Drumcrave NS and Loreto College Sinead is daughter of Jim and Phyllis Fraher Stragelliffe Cavan.

Caroline O Shea Saint Martin’s Cavan weds Dominick Brady Blackbull Crosskeys at Saint Brigid’s Church Killygarry with the Reception in Crover House Hotel.

Death of Patrick McDermott late of 8 Lake View in England. Survived by his wife Phyllis brothers Michael Sean and Teddy sisters Kathleen and Eileen. Funeral in Surrey.

Cavan Aid for Asia raises €40,000 for the victims of the Tsunami in Asia. They are now seeking a worthwhile project dealing with the disaster to donate their funds. Meeting in Cathal Brady’s Ashe Street to finalise a specific Agency.

Irish Wheelchair 2005-2006 President Patsy Maloney Chairman Billy Bravendar Vice Chairman John Murphy Secretary Jacinta Fox Assistant Secretary Paula Fox Treasurer David Mulligan Assistant Treasurer Pauline Doyle PRO Kitty Smith Committee Betty Galligan May Breslin Dorothy Morton Chaplains Father Peter Casey and Rev Mark Lidwell.

Gorta Cup at Cavan Bridge Club  1st Kay Henry and Father Thomas Woods 2nd Pat Plunkett and Dr Paddy Faulkner

Phil Cullen returns to Cornafean as Team Manger.The Wolfe Tone Street man guided the Reds to the Junior Championship success against Drumgoon when they won the title with a goal in the last minute.

Enda King is presented with the Sean Galligan Trophy as Player of the Year at Cavan Gaels. Sean is married to Marie McGinnity and living in Bray but in 1957 he was a founder member and first Secretary of Cavan Gaels. Among his contempories were Eugene Monaghan Tommy Gilroy Jimmy (Inky) Sheridan Maurice Brady and Paddy Conaty. Séan says that the Club have succeeded beyond his wildest imagination but he still harbours hope that this Gaels team can cap the lot and win the Ulster Senior Club Championship.

Cavan Rugby Club present a cheque for €1250 to Cavan Oncology Unit. Pictured are Philip Brady President Cavan Rugby Club Claire Smith Oncology Nurse Tony Finlay House of Fabric Sponsors and Doctor John McCaffrey Consultant Oncologist.

February 17th 2005 Sean Quinn Group after their narrow failure to purchase Wentworth Golf Club pay €270 million for the Belfry Golf Club and Leisure Complex near Birmingham to the De Vere Group. The 4 star Hotel has 324 rooms and all the latest luxuries and leisure facilities. There are 3 Golf Courses included in the Belfry Complex including the Brabagon here 4 Ryder Cup matches have been staged. The price paid is €78 million above the book value of the Belfry in De Vere’s latest Accounts and their stock soared on the London Stock Exchange after the Quinn acquisition was announced. The Belfry is the Headquarters of the European PGA.The two other courses attached to the Belfry are The Derby and the PGA membership of the latter is free but there is an annual fee of €1,199

Same Week Archbishop of Armagh Sean Brady opens the new €2.7 million Pastoral Centre at Saint Patrick’s College .There is a large conference room with 2 meeting rooms attached together with a church. All seating is arranged in a circle which is symbolic of an equal participation rather than a pyramid with orders coming from the top. The Board of Management Monsignor Michael Cooke PP Maura Dunne Loreto Simpson Joe Smith Fathers Anthony Fagan Gerry Kearns John McPartland Sister Margaret O Donovan and Dennis O Donnell.While the Pastoral Centre Team  is Rev Gerry Kearns Michael Router Ms Jenny Harte Claire McMahon MS Sean Coll Maura Dunne  Denis O Donnell Sister Susie and Bishop Leo O Reilly.

George V Maloney Solicitors are appointed Revenue Solicitors for County Cavan pictured are Collector General Liam Irwin Jacqueline Maloney and Josephine Feehil.

Death of the legendary Eddie (Ned) Clail 10 Saint Patrick’s Terrace Swellan at Newtownforbes Nursing Home at the age of 92.Very clever well read man Eddie was a great conversationalist and treasured the Cavan of his youth when the world of Electricity was n its infancy. Born in Emmett Place Eddie joined the old Cavan Electrical Company run by Siemens Schukert in Abbey Street where among his colleagues was Tommy Smyth of 60 Main Street and later Butlersbridge. Eddie joined the ESB when they took over in 1930.Recalls that one of his first jobs was to wire Saint Patrick’s College where the Foreman was the legendary Fred Gillespie a gifted Electrician and teacher from whom Eddie learned the his trade, Very pleasant cheerful man Eddie had great respect for the old families in the town knowing as he did what they had come trough just to survive. Daily flutter on the horses Eddie never placed the best without full information on the pedigree and form of the horse and jockey Predeceased by his wife Ann in 1979 survived by his son Gus daughter in law Anna. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Untimely death of Lisa Fay Nee Scitari 1 Lakeside Drive Swellan at the age of 38.Her entire life was devoted to her family and she took an active part in their welfare being member o the Parent’s Association in Farnham School. Survived by her husband Paul sons Eoin Darragh Barry and Daniel father mother and step mother .Native of New York city Lisa was  deservedly popular in the town of her adoption  and was a constant sight walking and wheeling her four young children in the Swellan area. Married to Paul Fay who is involved in Building and Development in Cavan she blended in perfectly to the Irish way of life .Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.

Death of Ann Philomena Ryan Dartry County Dublin and late of 1 Main Street Cavan at Belmont Nursing Home Stillorgan at the age of 62 Ann was daughter of the late Benny and Bridie Sullivan 1 Main Street the family were the biggest Hardware Merchants in Cavan and later after Benny’s death her mother opened the famous ‘Sweet Shop’ in Church Street. Trained as a Nurse in Cheam Surrey where among her colleagues were Mary Smyth 60 Main Street Mary Finegan 72 Main Street and Ann McConville 14 Monaloe Avenue Blacrock Dublin. Outstanding tennis player in her youth she was a member of the Pavilion Club and took part in many of the early Pantomimes in the Town Hall. In Dublin she was extremely well known and very popular taking an active part in many charitable organisations including Rathgar Meals on Wheels. Ann was also an outstanding Bridge player continuing a tradition in the Sullivan famikly.Suffered from MS for  over 5 years and managed to stay at home among her family until recently when her health deteriorated and she had to move to a Nursing Home. She was a lady of tremendous patience and will power and had a magnetic presence and personality. Survived by he husband Michael and daughters ‘little wonders’ Siobhan Ashling Aine and son Conor brother Brian sisters Marie Smith Ballyhaise Margaret Corr Terenure Breda Griffith Dublin Catherine Conty Ashbourne Breda Griffith Dublin. Funeral following concelebrated Requiem Mass from the Church of the Three Patrons Rathgar to Killygarry cemetery.

Death of Bartley Smith 13 Ard Na Greinne after a long illness borne with great courage and patience. Native of Alackan Bartley came from a farming background. Quiet decent kind man he was an excellent neighbour and friend. Worked in the Construction business until his health failed Survived by his wife Marian daughters Majella Susan and Louise mother and father brothers Gerry Paddy Eugene Eamonn Vincent and Michael sisters Margaret Little Ballyjamesduff Bridie Lee Corlurgan Mary Fitzpatrick Cootehill and Jackie Madigan London. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry

Cavan Bridge Club raise the impressive total of €4,855 for relief of the victims of the Asian Tsunami. Aileen Timmoney President of the Irish Contract Bridge Association pays tribute to the generosity of proprietors Oliver and Ann Shies who provided the Farnham Hotel and the facilities free of charge.

Donegal Association in Cavan make a sizeable donation to Cavan Oncology Home Care at Cavan General Hospital. Pictured are Marianne Dockery Elaine Kerr Martin McHugh Marie Sweeney Organiser Maud Myles Martin Myles Tom McHugh Michael Shiels Farnham Hotel and Padraig O Cuinnagain Glor Btreifne.Later Martin McHugh made a presentation to fellow Glencar and Donegal great Tom McHugh who is domiciled in Cavan since 1950.

February 24th 2005 Windfall for Shannon Side /Northern Sound as Radio Kerry buy the station for a reputed €7 million. The main shareholder is Patrick ‘Buddy’ Kiernan Aughakilmore well known business man and member of Fine Gael. Others include Tom Clarke Cathedral Road Cavan Philip Brady Arva Robert Devlin CEO Shannonside/Northern Sound Catholic Diocese of Ardagh and Kilmore Cavan and Monaghan GAA Lakeland Dairies Town of Monaghan Co Op Anglo Celt Northern Standard Monaghan Presbyterian and Church of Ireland.

Same Week Tom Fitzpatrick and Andy O Brien are pictured attending the 65th Annual Cavan Town Fine Gael meeting in Arus Fine Gael Rossa Place. Both are founder members and along with Sean Magee formerly of Bridge Street (Tom Boylan’s ) and now living in the USA are the only three surviving members of the original group which founded the Branch in 1940.Gene Murphy Chairman Cavan Fine Gael unveils a plaque in memory of the occasion.

Louise Gaffney Moynehall marries Stuart Stevenson Berkshire England in Saint Brigid’s Church Killygarry with the Reception afterwards in Crover House Hotel.

Breege Graham 39 Highfield Road and Teresa Leahy Trehoo Cross are among the nominees for this year’s Anglo Celt/Rehab Person of the Year.

Death of Margaret Donohoe in Brooklyn New York. Member of the very well known and highly popular Dowd family Corhoogin she emigrated to the USA in 1946 and holidayed frequently at home with her brother Michael and family. She was last home in 1999.Predeceased by her husband Packie a native of Reaske Cavan she is survived by her son Michael daughters Susan Margaret and Ann and brother Michael Dowd and family in Corhoogin.Funeral in New York.

March 3rd 2005 Cavan Town Council host a civic reception for the well known local developers and construction firm P Elliott and Company at which the Mayor Patrick Conaty presented medals of Honour to Alice Elliott now aged 88 founder of the Company  with her husband Paddy in 1942 and present Chairman of the Board Noel Elliott. Among the distinguished audience were Joe Reilly Chairman Cavan County Council Brendan Smith Minister for State at the Department of Agriculture and Food Jack Keyes County Manager Shane Donnelly Town Clerk. Patrick Conaty outlines the developments undertaken by the Company which include Glenlara Swellan Carrickfern Keadue Lane Cluain Aoibhinn Swellan Tower Hamlet the Belfry Church View Square Newcourt Shopping Centre Dunne’s Stores Storm Cinema complex Lakeland and Pullamore Retail Park Quinn Life Kilmore Business Park. The jewel in the crown is undoubtedly the refurbishment of the Courthouse which was completed at a cost of €2.5 million in 1986.There can be seen the full range of the skills of P Elliott and Company with a finish second to none. The Mayor in conclusion said that P Elliott and Company had made an immense contribution to the development of the town over the last 60 years and it was a source of great pride and joy for the Council to bestow this honour on them. Brendan Smith Minister for State at the Department of Agriculture and Food said that Elliott’s had an enviable reputation throughout Ireland and were in the top 10 Building Contractors. He said he wished to congratulate them on the vast contribution they had made to the social and economic life of their native town Noel Elliott in thanks says “that for him this is a priceless honour to be recognised in his own town by his own people is an honour beyond compare”. Noel outline future developments planned for his native town by P Elliott and Company and thanks the County and Urban Council for their much appreciated help and cooperation. In conclusion Noel sends greetings to his good friend and CEO of P Elliott and Company former County Manager for Cavan Dave Mackey who is recuperating in Hospital. Alice Elliott in thanking the Council for the honour bestowed on her pays tribute to her late husband Paddy sons Jim Noel Malachy Barry and Aidan all of whom have played a pivotal role in the development of the Company. “When they founded the Company in 1942 there was very little house building but fortunately the Church were very active at that time and new Churches were being erected all over the country. The first Church they built in Cavan was the Holy Rosary Church at their convent in Killeshandra followed by the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Drung and many other similar jobs followed including the Presbytery and Saint Augustine’s Hall in Cavan. In the 1950s the Company were very active in Sligo building among many other edifices the magnificent Nazareth House and Saint Joseph’s Church. In a very interesting and humorous address Alice drew parallels with the Ireland of the early years and now. “There was very little taxation and no VAT and the main concern was to pay the men and the suppliers. While things were tough working long hours there was no Union activity dictating how they should run the Company and above all they were all happy doing their best for one another”. Paddy O Reilly Vice Chairman said that “it was his privilege to be a close neighbour of the Elliott family for over 50 years and they are most industrious hardworking early rising family. He was very proud of the immense contribution they have made to the development of Cavan town in particular and the country generally”. Jack Keyes County Manger said that “he looked forward to many more dealings and transactions with this most industrious of Builders who have played such a key role in the development of the county town.”

Same Week Pauwells Trafo are acquired by the Indian Company Crompton Greaves based in Bombay. James McMahon MD of the Cavan operation says that this is a strategic move and there are no plans to restructure the Company or to shed any of the existing workforce.

Peggy Willock Memorial Cup at Crannog Bridge Club  1st Frances Daly and Gene Murphy 2nd Vera Coulter and Mary McNicholas 3rd Ann Fallon and Betty Murphy.

Cullen Cup at Cavan Bridge Club 1st  John Sheerin and John Trent Clones 2nd Pat Gibney and Lar Sheerin Navan 3rd Anselem Lovett and Aidan Leahy Cavan 4th Ann Gaffney and Lucy Hayes Cavan 5th Frank Farrell and Angela Curran Enniskillen. There were 18 tables in operation and €600 in prize money was distributed to the various winners at this most prestigious event on the Cavan Bridge Club calendar.

33 members of the Choir and their teachers of The Convent School Holy Cross Saint Peter’s Buckinghamshire visit Loreto College on an exchange tour. Starring in the concert in the Convent Music Hall on Friday night the two choirs were also featured at the 10 o clock Mass in the Cathedral celebrated by Bishop Leo O Reilly.The party were accommodated with the families of the members of the Loreto Choir Loreto College Choir will pay a similar visit to Holy Cross/Saint Peter’s Buckinghamshire next week.

156 players take part in the Captain’s Drive In (Gearoid Collins and Teresa Keogh) at County Cavan Golf Club. Winners of the Scramble Competition 1st Bobby Brady Ray Fay Terry Crowe and Helena Collins with 56 2nd Michael O Brien James Wilson Higgins Paddy Murray and Michael McGrath.

March 10th 2005 Gayle Anderson is conferred with her BSc with 1st Class Honours in Sports Management at UCD.Gayle was educated at Cavan Number 1 School and the Royal School and is daughter of Dorothy and the late Wesley Anderson ‘Country Sunshine’ 7 Keadue Cathedral Road.

Same Week Pictured preparing for Daffodil Day in aid of the Irish Cancer Society  are Michael Ryan RTE Victoria Rowntree Kingscourt Mayjo McGahon and Teresa Downey Cavan.They expect to raise over €3 million to fund free nursing services for people with cancer all over Ireland.

Ailish Hanley Coras Point is conferred with her BA Honours in Irish and French from NUI Galway.Ailish is daughter of Mary and the late Sean Hanley Coras Point and was educated at Farnham NS and Loreto College. She is continuing her studies for a Masters Degree at UCG.

59th Cavan Drama Festival opens in Cavan Town Hall where the Adjudicator is Cavan born Don McMullin.Don is a member of the Association of Drama Adjudicators and General Manager of the Irish Ballet Company and of the Everyman Theatre in Cork. Death of Finian Moloney at the age of 50 in London formerly from Rineen Church Street. Son of the late Surgeon Paddy and Dr Celia Moloney. Survived by his brothers Martin and Dermot sisters Moya Clare Nora Rosaleen Blaithin and Siobhan Funeral Mass in Killygarry Church with burial of ashes afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Death of Marie Reeves Nee O Connell Brookside Cavan and formerly of Charleville Road Tullamore at College View Nursing Home. Predeceased by her husband Tony and daughter Bin Ann. Survived by her son Richard in Wicklow Mary Malone Cavan and Patricia Fletcher Killeshandra daughter in law Liz sons in law Paddy and Joe sisters Kay and Pat and special friend and carer Ellen Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

In the absence of the Mayor Patrick Conaty on a goodwill tour of America and Canada Paddy O Reilly Vice Chairman Cavan Town Council cuts the tape to start the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Cavan town. The crowd were entertained in advance of the start by Martin Donohoe and the Webber School of Dancing. Mel Doherty was once again the outstanding MC.Led by D Company 8th Battalion Reserve Defence Force followed by D Company Dun Ui Neill and the Pipe Band from Custom Barracks Athlone.Folowed by Bunnoe Brass and Reed Clontibret Saint Clare’s NS Cavan and a Samba Band lifted the large crowd’s spirits on a glorious Saint Patrick’s Day. Committee Chairman Eddie Brady Secretary Margaret Kelly Treasurer Paddy Sexton PRO Martina Sexton Committee Margaret Webber Patricia Walsh MCC TC Elizabeth Coyle Margaret Brady Alan Cullinan and Myles Fitzpatrick and Cathal Kelly.

Brian Crowe Cavan Gaels will referee the ALL Ireland Club Championship Final between Ballina Stephenites and Portlaoise in Croke Park on Saint Patrick’s Day. Brian has refereed the Connaught Finals of 2002 and 2003 the Munster Final in 2003 The All Ireland Club Final 2003 and the recent Doctor McKenna Cup Final. His umpires will be John Sheridan Drumalee Jimmy Galligan Killygarry Michael Lyons Drumalee and Philip Devine Laragh United.

Andy O Brien is pictured with his daughter Madeline in the Genealogy Centre researching the ancestry of his friend and former Cavan All Ireland footballer the late Willie Doonan.Pictured are Concepta McGovern Researcher Andy O Brian Ann O Reilly Receptionist and Councillor Madeline Argue MCC .

March 17th 2005 Kingspan pay €98 million for Century Homes. The deal consists of €74 million up front and €24 million over 3 years related to profit performance of the acquisition. Century produce 6,000 homes per year and are responsible for the erection of 1 in 10 homes in Ireland. Founded by Gerry McCaughey in 1990 the directors are Gerry McCaughey Gary McCaughey (brother) Brian McCaughey (father) and Jim McBride.They employ 460 people in their plants in Monaghan Longford Dungarvan Cardiff Newcastle and sales office in London. Work is proceeding on the erection of a new facility in Tullamore which will employ 120.

Same Week Profile in the Anglo Celt this week of Anglo Celt Rehab Category winner Breege Graham 39 Highfield Road. Native of Ballinamore county Leitrim Breege commenced her nursing career in Saint Felim’s Hospital and graduated to Clinical Nurse Manager. Producer of many of the Saint Felim’s Shows of the time Breege was active in both Tops of Breffni wins and after Sister Mercy’s retirement took over as Producer of outstanding No Name Club shows. Matron for 30 years of the annual Kilmore Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes and in 1981 she was delegate of the Diocese to the Eucharistic Congress in Calcutta where she was greeted personally by the Papal Nuncio. Responsible for the care of 60-70 invalids on the annual Kilmore Pilgrimage to Lourdes Breege is in charge of rostering and providing round the clock care for those in her charge.Breege is nominated for the award for her selfless dedication to the compassionate care of the old and invalid in her charge. Married to Jerry Graham former Printer and member of the Navaks Lightning Express Showbands.

March 24th 2005 Bishop Leo O Reilly in his Pastoral Letter for Lent points out that with the dwindling number of vocations to the Priesthood the Church will not be in apposition to continue to offer the number of Masses each Sunday. Quality rather than quantity is the order of the day with the Laity taking an increasing part in the celebration of the Eucharist.Bishop Leo calls on local organisations to co operate and work in harmony with the Church in scheduling their Sunday and Saturday evening activities not to clash with Church ceremonies.

Same Week Saint Patrick’s Day is spoiled by many arrests in Cavan for drunken disorderly behaviour Superintendent John Murphy says “ it is a pity people couldn’t  enjoy themselves without taking excessive amounts of alcohol on the Feast of the National Apostle”.

Sheila McGinnity expresses the hope that the Town Hall will be refurbished for next year’s celebration of the 60th Cavan Drama Festival. The committee also intend to mount a photographic exhibition to coincide with the Drama Festival. The winners of the Open at the 59th Cavan Drama Festival were Estuary Players from Dublin with their presentation of ‘Proof’ Omagh won the Confined Section with ‘Far off Hills’ Best Producer Myra Byrne Estuary Players Best Actor Killian McGuinness Cornmill Theatre Carrigallen Best Actress Sarah Powell Best Young Actor Stephen Gibbons Estuary Adjudicator’s Award John Furlong Estuary Best Set Eugene Finnegan Cornmill Carrigallen Best Stagecraft  and Phil Cullivan Memorial trophy Newry Players. The chief sponsors of this year’s event was Cavan Credit Union.

Death of Vincent Duke 3 Earlsvale Road Cavan at Saint Christopher’s Hospice Cavan. Member of a well known Stradone family steeped in sporting tradition Vincent was brother of the famed PJ Duke from Stradone Cavan and All Ireland footballer who died in May 1950.Played on the Stradone team that won the Cavan Junior Championship of 1945.Very popular charitable and good neighbour and friend. Predeceased by his wife Rose who died tragically at Cavan General Hospital.She was a Special Needs teacher in Saint Felim’s National school and was away before her time in her teaching and communication skills. Survived by his brother and sister nephews nieces cousins relatives and friends. Funeral from Saint Dympna’s Church Upper Lavey to the adjoining cemetery.

Death of Anne Browne Latt Cavan at Saint Joseph’s Hospital Lisdarn at the age of 97 on the 12th March 2005 She was mother of Clare Reilly Latt and after her 92nd birthday came to reside with Eugene Clare Eamonn and Dominick at Latt.Member of the well known Mcguire family she was a native of Coal Scramogue Co Roscommon and was a Nurse by profession. Trained in the old Rotunda Hospital in Dublin where she obtained qualification in Midwifery and Fever Nursing. Nursed in the County Hospital Roscommon for many years where she was extremely popular with both patients and staff. Removal to the Church of the Holy Rosary Ballyleague county Roscommon with burial after Requiem Mass in Cloontusker cemetery.

Andrew Murray makes a winning debut as a professional boxer in the King’s Hall Belfast when he halts Jon Jones in the Lightweight contest .The referee stopping the fight in Round 4 to save Jones from further punishment. Sky TV with Jim Watt and Barry McGuigan were there to see Andrew’s impressive debut in the paid ranks.

March 31st 2005 Sean Maguire one of Ireland’s greatest violinists dies at the age of 77 in Belfast. Born in Dundevan Kilcogy county Cavan on Saint Stephen’s Day 1927 Sean was extremely well known in his native county and starred in many concerts and shows throughout the area. World famous for his technique his rendition of the ‘Mason’s Apron’ is a classic and world class exhibition of the Violin Maestro. Sean operated Music Schools at Clonard Tutorial Music School and Anderstown School of Music. Survived by his wife Maureen and son Kevin. Funeral from Saint Luke’s Twinbrook to Milltown cemetery.

Same Week Elaine Acheson Royal School is the area winner of the Uncle Ben Student Chef competition. Elaine qualifies for the All Ireland Finals in Dublin on October 25th 2005.Pictured her with her teacher Shirley Kingston Royal School.

Death of Tony Donegan 3 Jubilee Terrace Cavan at the Intensive Care Unit Cavan General Hospital. Member of an old and very well respected Cavan family. After his early education Tony went to work in McCarren’s factory and spent over 30 years in their service. For recreation Tony loved to attend the pictures and was an authority on the legends of the silver screen. Great student of the turf Tony had a daily modest bet on the horses Married Mary Cosgrove a member of another very well known old Cavan family from Lake View.Minie collapsed and died suddenly in 1982 and Tony was left with the task of continuing to rear his large family which he accomplished admirablyPredecesed by his wife Mary (Minnie) and son Patrick Tony is survived by his sons Jimmy Thomas Stephen daughters Elaine Barbara Catherine and Amanda. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Cullies cemetery.

Packy Doonan completes his 29th Marathon with a sparkling run in the Eternal City of Rome. He started his marathon career in 1988 and will run his 18th Dublin City South Africa within the next 12 months.

April 7th 2005 Death of Pope John Paul 2 at the Vatican in Rome at 8:37 pm on Saturday 2nd April 2005 at the age of 84.The cause o death is given as septic shock and irreversible heart failure. Most popular Pope in living memory his death was recorded in minute detail by Sky News. Elected Pope in October 1978 he came to Ireland on the 29th September 1979 and drew millions of people to the Phoenix Park Drogheda Knock Maynooth and Galway. The head of the organising committee or the Pope’s visit was Bishop Francis McKiernan of Kilmore.Mass will be celebrated for the happy repose of Pope John Paul 2 in the Cathedral when in the absence of a National Day of Mourning schools will be permitted to close to facilitate students wishing to attend.Bishop Leo O Reilly appeals for everyone to come to the ceremonies throughout the Diocese and asks them to pray for the Pope saying that as in life the Pope has drawn people from all over the world together to pray for the Pope and his intentions. Archbishop Sean Brady who knew the Pope well during his many years in Rome as Rector and Vice Rector of the Irish College in Rome says that the Pope was “a loving pastor gentle teacher and courageous leader”

Same Week Presentation to Detective Sergeant Val Martin Cavan town who is retiring from the Garda after 32 years distinguished service. Pictured is Superintendent John Murphy making a presentation of a Video Camcorder to Detective Sergeant Val Martin. Native of Drumsallagh Kingscourt he served in Kevin Street Balbriggan Scotshouse and Clones county Monaghan before coming to Cavan town in 1988.

RTE Telethon 2004 make donations of €2,000 to Cavan Social Services €1,000 to  Tullac Mongan Resource Centre and €6,000 to Cavan Wheelchair Association.

Death of Dominic O Reilly Rathfarnham Dublin and late of 65 College Street after a brief illness. Predeceased by his wife Josie in December 2004.Survived by his sons Damien and Conleth he is survived in Cavan by his sister Peggy Allen 1 Saint Felim’s Place and John Joe O Reilly Chicago USA.He was brother of the late May O Reilly former Fianna Fail representative on Cavan Urban Council and Benny and Seamus O Reilly late of 65 College Street

Sudden death of Thomas O Rourke 17 Lake View Cavan after a short illness at Cavan General Hospital on Holy Thursday at the age of 66. Member of one of Cavan’s oldest and most respected families Thomas was a wonderful Christian decent kind gentle and generous .his goodness knew no bounds .Prominent member of the Poor Clare Eucharistic Prayer Group Thomas Never missed an opportunity to practice his faith and charity. Worked in Cavan Mineral Waters for over 35 years where among his colleagues were Seamus (Ba) Fay Benny Costello Tommy McKiernan. Great supporter of the introduction of Pipe television in Cavan Thomas was there at the birth in Bud McNamara’s shed and never stopped speaking about his first experience of good quality colour pictures in an unusual surrounding at the top of the Gallows Hill. Predeceased by his brother Billy and sister Philomena Thomas is survived by his brother well known Cavan Gaels goalkeeper John Foley Vincent sisters Katie Teresa Chrissie and Joan. Funeral following concelebrated Mass on Easter Sunday with burial in Saint Bridget’s cemetery Killygarry.

Cian Mackey and Ronan Flanagan Castlerahan and Cavan are the stars of the Irish Under 17 Australian Rules series victory over the visiting Australians. Mackey captained the side and scored an incredible total of 14 points in the final Test in Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney where he was named Man of the Match while Ronan was a member of the side lining out in all three Tests at centre field. Both are members of Castlerahan GFC and are students at Virginia Vocational School.

April 14th 2005 Utopia Beauty Salon Cavan Crystal Hotel is named Irelands Number 1 Beauty Consultants by the Irish Beautician Association IBFA at a ceremony in The Burlington Hotel. The owners of the Salon which topped the poll of entries from the 32 counties are Kathleen Jackson and Ann Costello..

Daragh McEntee Butlersbridge receives BSc  IT Honours degree in Information Technology from NUI Galway Daragh is son of Philip  and Siobhan McEntee Butlersbridge.

Same Week Death of Maureen Brady The Bungalow Keadue Lane Cavan. Well known resident and very popular lady in the town. Maureen worked in Providers for many year where she was extremely popular with customers and staff. Native of Shantemon her mother died when Maureen was an infant and she was reared with her relations the Cosgrove family Innishbeg Butlersbridge.Long time member of Cavan Tidy Towns Committee where she served under Chairmen Margaret English and later Eddie Brady. Her main interest was the local branch of Saint Joseph’s Young Priests Society and she took an active part in all their activities over the course of her lifetime Survived by her niece nephew and family circle. Funeral from the Cathedral to Saint Aidan's cemetery Butlersbridge .

Death of the very popular Margaret Murphy Egnamush Butlersbridge at home. She was daughter of the late Jimmy and Cissie Murphy her father was extremely well known popular Foreman in Providers Coal Yard. Margaret herself worked in Cavan in Providers Quinnsworth and latterly Tesco and was extremely popular with the customers management and staff who formed a Guard of Honour at both Removal and Funeral. Survived by her brothers Liam Séamus Paddy sisters Rosemary and Martina. Funeral from Saint Aidan's Church following concelebrated Requiem Mass to Saint Aidan’s cemetery Butlersbridge.

Tributes paid to Pope John Paul 2 at Cavan Town Council meeting. Patrick Conaty Mayor said that” he was a commanding figure and people felt very safe with John Paul as Pope –he was a man of great compassion and courage.” Paddy O Reilly Vice Chairman said that” the late Pope was a man who brought all peoples together and drew vast crowds on his visit to Ireland in 1979.Irelnd was second only to Poland on his itinerary.” The Council decided unanimously to erect a plaque at John Paul Avenue in memory of the late Pope. Votes of sympathy were also passed with the families of Thomas O Rourke 17 Lake View and Tony Donegan 3 Jubilee who died recently. The Council adjourned their meeting as a mark of respect.

Death of Brigid Sheridan Drumalee at Esker Lodge Nursing Home after a long illness borne with courage and fortitude. Member of the Bannon family from Corlesmore Brigid married Paddy Sheridan Fowl Buyer Cavan in 1948 and came to live in Drumalee.She was a woman of deep religious faith gentle and kind disposition endeared herself to all who had the pleasure of meeting her.Her Removal and Funeral from the Cathedral was one of the biggest ever seen in Cavan.The Chief celebrant was her nephew Father Charles O Gorman assisted by Andrew Tully and Rev John O Neill.Drumalee GFC formed A Guard of Honour and the burial took place in Saint Bridget’s cemetery Killygarry.Predeceased by her husband Paddy she is survived by her sons John Hugh Thomas and Paul daughters Helen Eves Carmel Earls Martha Jackson 12 grandchildren and the extended family.

April 21st 2005 “Habeamus est Papam”!.Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is elected Pope on the 4th Ballot by the consistory of 115 Cardinals meeting in The Sistine Chapel in Rome. Clear favourite he was in charge of his good friend John Paul 2 Funeral and is Head of the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith. The 78 year old German Cardinal chose the name Benedict and will be known as Pope Benedict the 16th .He is the 265th successor to Saint Peter speaks 10 languages and is a gifted pianist with a preference for Bethoven.Born in Bavaria in 1927 his father was a Policeman. At 14 joined the Hitler Youth as prescribed by law but he was not enthusiastic about Hitler his ideals or his methods. Entered the Seminary to study for the priesthood but his studies were interrupted when he was drafted in to the German Army serving as an Anti Aircraft Trooper in Munich. Later deserted the German Army and for a brief time was arrested by the advancing Allied troops. His experience with the Nazis taught him that the Church had to be seen to stand up for truth and freedom no matter what the circumstances.

Same Week Cavan Vocational School stage a much acclaimed interpretation of Juno and the Peacock in the Ramor Theatre Virginia Juno Fionnuala Conaty Cuftus Boyle Anthony Quinn Mary Jane O Connor Jenny Pune Kevin O Connor Johnny Dennis Drought Mrs Madigan Enya O Connor Joxer Niall McCaffrey Mrs Tangred Katie Hannigan Needle Nugent Daragh O Connor Soldiers Yvonne Fay and David O Connor Sarah Clarke and Maeve Owens Set Jim Costello Producer Roisin O Connor Hannigan.

Gem Oils open their magnificent new headquarters at Regaskin.The directors are Alec and his daughter Helen Milligan son and grand daughter of the founder GE Milligan who founded the Company in 1962.Old factory will now serve as the headquarters for sister company Gem Plastics. The new headquarters has an area of 17,500 square feet and there are 31 giant Oil Tankers holding 600,000 litres of oil at full capacity.Alec Milligan Managing Director has served the company for 40 years while his daughter Helen has an honours degree in business management and is Commercial Manager of the company.

Social Services Whist 1st Lady Margaret Hyland 2nd Patsy Murray 3rd Eileen Conaty Lady Hatcher Mary McNicholas 1st Gent Sean Leinster 2nd Gent Pat McKiernan and 3rd Gent Tommy Smith Gent’s Hatcher Aidan Conaty.

 GAA opens the door to Croke Park: The annual congress of the GAA votes top open up Croke Park to rugby and soccer to be played there under certain circumstances. The decision is welcomed by the IRFU and FAI.


April 28th 2005 Seamus Fay Cavan’s well known singer and lilter representing Cavan is placed a creditable 3rd in the Active Age National Final staged at the National Concert Hall Dublin where Gay Byrne was the MC.Michael Blair from Antrim was the overall winner.

Same Week Cian Dunne son of PJ and Dympna Dunne (Nee Heney) is conferred with his Masters Degree in Community Affairs from the Michael Smurfit School UCD. ?? already holds a Masters Degree in Commerce from NUI Galway conferred in 2003.Educated at Castletara and Saint Patrick’s College Cavan.

Mayor Patrick Conaty accompanied by Town Clerk Shane Donnolly on his first official visit to Toronto Canada where he is the guest of the Cavan Association in Toronto where the President is Eamonn Greenan Drumalee who is as well known and respected in Toronto as the Greenan family are in Cavan. Patrick and Shane are pictured at the Reception held in their honour with Barbara Greenan Monica Donohoe Bridge Street Thomas Sheridan Upper Main Street and Colm and Mrs O Brien Crubany.The Mayor met for the first time his cousin Mona Quigley a native of Toronto. The Mayor presented Eamonn Greenan President of the Association with an inscribed Abbey Crystal vase to commemorate his visit and the Association made presentations to The Mayor Paddy Conaty and Town Clerk Shane Donnolly on their historic visit to Toronto.

Death of Mary Woods formerly Smith 5 College Street in England in her 93rd year at the residence of her daughter Rita in Wiltshire .Predeceased by her husband Michael and daughter Anna. Survived by her daughters Eileen Maura Rita. Funeral following Requiem Mass in Saint John The Baptist Throwbridge England to Down Cemetery Throwbridge.

Celtic Tiger roars in Cavan with property prices in this week’s Anglo Celt offering Brymar at Cullies for €750,000, 12 Wolfe Tone Street €140,000, 73 Ardkeen €183,000, 17 Kilnavara Heights €165,000, 4 Bed Detached at Poles €395,000, and 11 Cherrymount €317,000.Sites in the county are priced at €100,000 to €150,000 the nearer you get to Dublin.

Aisling Dunne Nurse Manager Cavan Day Centre remind families with people suffering from Alzheimer’s of the services at the Social Services Centre Cathedral Road each Friday .Aisling states that there are presently 605 people in county Cavan suffering from Alzheimer’s or 1% of the total population.

May 5th 2005 Patrick Conaty Mayor Cavan Town accompanied by Town Clerk Shane Donnolly are in New York for Saint Patrick’s Day. Both of them attended the 157th Cavan Association Dinner in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and took part in the 244th Saint Patrick’s Day Parade down 5th Avenue. They were joined by visiting Chairman of Cavan County Council Joe O Reilly Jack Keyes County Manger and Peter McVitty a member of Cavan County Council.

Same Week Death of Kathleen (Kay) Dunne) Moynehall in College View Nursing Home after a short illness of 4 months at the age of 72. Member of the well known highly popular McBreen family Kathleen stated her working life in the Headfort Arms Hotel in Kells.After the sudden and untimely death of her husband Paddy she went back to work in Saint Joseph’s Lisdarn Saint Phelim’s Hospital and latterly College View Nursing Home where she was extremely popular with her colleagues. In her declining years Kathleen took an active part in Age and Opportunity playing Bowls in Saint Felim’s and manning the help lines to comfort and assure old people living alone.Regualr at Bingo in the Town Hall Kathleen was an accomplished card player and loved to meet and play 25 with her friends and neighbours in the Kesh Bar Predeceased by her husband Paddy following a tragic accident  she is survived by her sons Jim Fintan and Cormac daughters Pauline and Dympna brothers Johnny Jimmy and Benny McBreen.Funeral following concelebrated Requiem Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to Cullies cemetery.

Death of Rosetta Gaffney Araghan at the age of 95 at Monaghan General Hospital.Native of Corlesmore Ballinagh she spent a large part of her life in England from 1950.She was a quiet good humoured friendly neighbour and was involved in Church activities in Saint Bridget’s Killygarry. Survived by her sister Philomena Connolly. Funeral from Saint Bridget’s Church Killygarry to the adjoining cemetery.

Concepta McGovern President Cavan town branch ICA (pictured) presenting Marie Fay and Hazel Gumley winners with their prizes for the bread baking competition.

The staff of the Maternity Unit Cavan General Hospital make a presentation to Dr Louis Courtney who recently retired after 32 years as Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist Cavan General Hospital. Pictured are Carmel Empey Manageress Cavan Midwives Association Dr Louis Courtney and his wife Betty Courtney at the presentation in Cavan General Hospital.

Klass Cleaners open their new Dry Cleaners and Launderette at Unit 1 Rehab Centre Cootehill Road. The proprietors are Mark and Sinead Lynch with the Manager the much travelled and experienced John Hannigan.John has bee involved in the Dry Cleaning business for almost 40 years starting his career in his native Ballyshannon and coming to Cavan to work in Mighty Avons Jimmy Smith’s New Pin Cleaners in 1968.John advises against DIY saying that “the customer can only make the stubborn stain on god clothes worse by trying to erase it we have brilliant modern machines and techniques to deal with every problem.” The Receptionist at Klass Cleaners are Sinead Lynch and Ita Shaughnessy.

May 12th 2005 Sudden and untimely death of one of Cavan’s great gentlemen Tom Coyle Killygarry at the age of 43 at Cavan General Hospital. Employed as a Clerical Officer in the Engineering Section Cavan County Council Tom served in Ballyconnell and Ballinagh before being appointed to Head Office where he was also in charge of the internal mail within the Council. Educated at Drumcrave National School and Saint Patrick’s College Tom was in turn Secretary and PRO of Killygarry GFC.Life member of Cavan Pioneer Association Tom never smoked and lived a very healthy lifestyle. He also took an active part in coaching many of the successful Killygarry under age teams. Quiet courteous efficient Tom spoke well of everyone and epitomised Christian charity of which he was a prime example. Recently assisted Jonathan Smith a colleague of his in the Johnston Central Library in the outstanding lecture and slide show on the Railways in Cootehill held recently in Cootehill Lbrary..In his leisure time Tom was an accomplished gardener and read Ireland’s Own Magazine bringing back memories of a simpler friendlier life style that Tom always portrayed.The staff of Cavan County Council and Killygarry GFC formed a Guard of Honour for his removal and funeral from Saint Bridget’s Church Killygarry to the adjoining cemetery. Mass was celebrated in the Court Chamber Cavan Courthouse for the repose of a great departed colleague at the request of his friends in Cavan County Council. Tributes are paid to Tom at the monthly meeting of Cavan County Council where Jack Keyes County Manger described Tom as “the perfect role model for all young people on the Council staff”. His neighbour and friend Madeline Argue MCC described Tom as “the best Secretary Killygarry GFC ever had- he was forever helpful and diligent and always behaved perfectly”. Survived by his wife Brid and sons Ciaran and Anthony. Funeral following concelebrated Requiem Mass in Saint Bridget’s Killygarry to the adjoining cemetery.

Same Week Cavan Bridge Club Championships 1st Dr Paddy Faulkner and Father Thomas Woods 2nd Ann Gaffney and Lucy Hayes Nett L Brady and Todd Davis 2nd B Donoghue and T Corrigan.

Sudden death of Niall Keogh Rock Cross Farnham Road at the early age of 31.Civil Engineer working in Dublin. His first job was as Engineer with John Sisk on the redevelopment of Croke Park.Later went to work with Rhatigan’s where he was managing a prestigious site in Ballsbridge.His hobbies were surfing camping swimming and cycling and he was in training for a Triathlon. Outstanding amateur photographer winning many prizes for his portraits. President of the Student  Union in Letterkenny IT in 1996.He always had a very special relationship with Donegal and Letterkenny since. Completed his studies at University of Ulster Jordanstown where he graduated with Honours in Engineering in 2000.Survived by his heartbroken parents Edmund and Theresa sisters Finola Deidre and Niamh.Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.

Deidre Kelly and Carl Ann Faulkner are pictured with their winning Business CAO Calendars at the Student Enterprise Art Finals in Tullamore Court Hotel.

Robert Fannon wins the Junior B Final at Cavan CYMS Cavan beating Ryan Dunne in the Final while the beaten Semi Finalists were Michael Colton and Derek Gumley.In the Junior A Final Declan Meehan beats  Daniel Sexton while the Semi Finalist were Kevin Meehan and Rory McGrath.

May 19th 2005 Ross Mealiff buys the Kilmore Hotel from the Sean Quinn Group for a figure believed to be in excess of €7million .Ross has worked with the Quinn Group for over 12 years and was Manager of the Hillgrove Hotel in Monaghan.Executuive with the Quinn Group.Ross has a lifetime experience of the Hotel and Catering business and inherited the Lennard Arms in Clones from his father the well known former Independent Councillor on Clones Town Council Jim Mealiff whose seat Ross assumed after his father’s death. For many years Ross was Treasurer with Monaghan Lions Club and an active member of Monaghan Chamber of Commerce. On the sporting front Ross’ sister Sandra is married to the former flyweight Champion of the World Barry McGuigan.Married to Kate they have 2 children.

Same Week Cornmill Theatre Group Carrigallen sweep the boards at the RTE All Ireland Drama Festival in Athlone winning the overall prize with ‘Stolen Child’ Best Producer Seamus O Rourke Best Supporting Actress Mura Farrelly McGuinness Best Stage Setting Eugene Finnegan Best Lighting Philip McIntyre and nominations for Best Actor Killian McGuinness and Best Actress Aideen Mulligan. Lord and Lady Kilbrackan are the first to congratulate the players saying that “this is a true David and Goliath story that an amateur group in a small town in Leitrim should scoop 5 of the 11 major prizes at the RTE All Ireland Drama Festival”.!

Death of Josephine Quinn Gortmullen Derrylin county Fermanagh at the age of 92.Original member of the Quinn Group she was financier until the Company was taken over by her son Sean in 1967.Daughter of Arthur and Ellen Clarke .Her mother came from Roscommon while here father was a native of Teemore. She married in New York where she was working but returned to Teemore to rear her  2 boys and 2 girls. She was a most intelligent woman and an outstanding housewife and mother. She instilled in the family a great work ethic. She was passionate in seeking the very best education and training for her family and encouraged them to be the best that they could be. Survived by her sons Sean and Peter daughters Miriam McMahon Belturbet and Bernadette Maguire Teemore.Funeral from Saint Mary’s Teemore to the adjoining cemetery. Among the attendance was Mary Coughlan TD Minster for Agriculture and Fisheries Noel Treacey TD Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach and Foreign Affairs Pat The Cope Gallagher Minister of State at the Department of the Marine and Natuaral Resources Brendan Smith TD Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food the Ceann Comhairle Rory O Hanlon TD.The Taoiseach was represented by Cmdt Michael Murray. The attendance also included the President of the GAA Sean Kelly together with Past Presidents Sean McCague Jack Boothman Joe McDonagh and the Director General of the GAA Liam Mulvihill,

Padraig Smith Auctioneer Cavan sells a small 2 bed bungalow and 22 acres of land at Clonnogonnell with some road frontage for a record price of €700,000.

Sudden death of Rose Loonam in Lincoln General Hospital England at the age of 70 on the 2nd May 2005.Survived by her husband Bernard (Barney) eldest son of the late Robert and Margaret Loonam  Emmett Place.Survived by her husband Bernard son John and daughter Caroline and 4 grandchildren. Funeral on the 20th May in Lincoln England.

Death of Margaret Smith nee Cusack Shankill Upper at Cavan General Hospital after a long bout with Alzheimer’s .Predeceased by her husband Edward she is survived by her sons and daughters. Funeral from Saint Brigid’s Killygarry to the adjoining cemetery.

Untimely death of the much loved Michael (Maxie) McDonald late of Earlsvale Road and Delwood Close Castleknock after a long battle with cancer at the age of 55.Son of the late Captain Michael and Margaret McDonald Maxie was the eldest of the McDonald family.Garda by profession Michael was looked upon within the force as another Lugs Brannigan and was popular with both his colleagues and the many felons and criminals who crossed his path. Always treated people who got into trouble with great compassion for both their own good and the welfare of their families. During his long illness many that Maxie put behind bars called regularly to the house to enquire after his welfare and to thank him for the wonderful contribution he made to their lives. Outstanding under age footballer Maxie was a member of the winning De La Salle teams of the early 1960s and continued to play with Cavan Gaels winning Minor League and Championship medals in 1968 and he represented Cavan at centre field at Minor level. He later won a Junior B medal with the Gaels where his tall commanding figure towered over opponents at centre field. Survived by his wife Evelyn sons Michael and Damian daughters Lisa and Sarah brother Sean sisters Margaret Mary Theresa and Una.The Church of Saint Brigid’s in Blanchardstown was packed to capacity for Maxie’s funeral with burial afterwards in Saint Fintan’s cemetery Sutton.

Michael O Brien is pictured receiving the Hugh O Brien Memorial Shield for the heaviest bag at the Fishing Competition in honour of the late Hugh O Brien from his widow Catriona (Nee Farrelly) with Terry McEntee the winner of the heaviest fish category sponsored by Eamonn Donohoe Fishing Tackle Dublin Road. Over 30 competitors took part.

Brian Cunningham beats Damien Scott to win the Senior Snooker Final at Cavan CYMS.The beaten Semi Finalists were Henry Donegan and Padraig McConnell.


County Cavan Museum honours the achievements of Brian O Reilly Laragh AC and Ann Donoghue Team P Elliott at a glittering reception in the museum in Balyjamesduff.Pictured  are Packie Doonan Ann and Brian Jim Cochrane.The exhibition was opened by Johnny O Hanlon Editor of the Anglo Celt and among the attendance was Michael Heerey President of BLE members of Team P Elliott and Laragh AC together with world famous photographer Colman Doyle and Joe Jennings representing Concern.

May 26th 2005 Negotiations are continuing between the Brady family Fortview and the Office of Public Works for the purchase of a 10 acre site adjoining the Brady home at Farnham Road. Brendan Smith TD Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food predicts an early positive outcome and expects that temporary accommodation will be found for the many Department of Communications Marine and Natural Resources personnel who are relocating to Cavan.

Same Week Social Services Whist 1st Lady Connie McEntee 2nd Agnes McRoe 3rd Pauline McCormack Lady Hatcher Dympna Cahill 1st Gent Sean Leinster 2nd Gent Aidan Conaty.

Horrific bus tragedy outside of Navan County Meath. Five schoolgirls are killed and many others injured in a collision involving a crowded Bus Eireann school bus and two other vehicles at the site of ongoing Meath County Council roadworks.The Government order an immediate enquiry into the tragedy.

June 2nd 2005 Death of 19 year old Kevin Harwood Annagh Cornafean when his motor cycle was in collision with a ditch at Legaginny on the Ballinagh Arva Road. Son of Jim and Mary Harwood he is survived by his brother Brian and sister Donna grandparents uncles aunts and many friends. Funeral; from Saint Patrick’s Drumcor to the Adjoining cemetery.

Same Week Death of Thomas Duffy Broughderg Poles Cavan at the age of 53 after a long bout with lung cancer. Son of John and Lena Duffy Poles his father was a bus driver with Jackson’s and later Joe Wharton’s. After finishing his education in Killygarry NS and Saint Patrick’s College Thomas worked in McCarren’s as a Salesman for over 25 years. He later took up an appointment with Univet for the last 7 years. Great character he was very well known for his wit and impersonations and ability to tell a good story. Outstanding singer he was a member of the Cavan Singers (Bass Section) Killygarry Choir and sang solo at the Jubilee celebrations in the Cathedral in 1992.Soloist on the recent Diocesan Pilgrimages to Lourdes Thomas travelled extensively with the Cavan Singers both in Ireland and Wales. President of the Saint Joseph’s Young Priests Society at his death Thomas was Kilmore Diocesan Chairman and a member of the Central Council. Terrific company he made a great impression on everybody he met and could ably and comprehensively debate with his deep knowledge of current affairs .Outstanding farmer Thomas had a great understanding and love of animals and was available 24/7 to assist neighbours and friends in caring for sick animals. His speciality was horses which he reared and exhibited at both The RDS and all the local Agricultural Shows where he won many awards and trophies. He packed in a lot of living into one short life and his jovial personality pleasant demeanour and loving and helpful manner will be missed by family friends and the entire Community. Survived by his wife Eileen sons John and Cian daughter Siobhan and Aine mother Lena brothers Sean in Limerick sisters Joan Doherty Maynooth and Carmel O Donoghue Carrickfern Cavan.Guards of Honour formed by Cavan Prayer Group Saint Joseph’s Young Priests Society Killygarry GFC Team P Elliott and Killygarry National School. Funeral Mass in Saint Brigid’s Killygarry with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Adrian Coyle Pullamore is conferred with his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biochemistry at UCD.Adrian was educated at Killygarry NS Saint Patrick’s College Cavan and UCD and is son of Tom and Anna May Coyle Pullamore.

Death of a legend Sean McManus late of Dundalk Central Café Bridge Street in Los Angeles at the age of 80. Worked in a Shoe factory before meeting and marrying Francesca Malloca a member of the famous Italian family with cafes situated all over Italy and Ireland. He was sent to Milan to have his voice trained by the famous Professor Benetti all paid for by the Mallocas.In 1955 Sean and Francesca came to Cavan and opened the Central Café in Bridge Street. They were the first to have a juke box on the premises first to supply beautiful Cappuccino coffee and Italian Ice Cream and Chips. All their prices were very reasonable and the most popular dishes were fish and chips or sausages or beans and chips. Strategically placed opposite the door of the Scout Den John Donohoe was the McManus’ best customer buying ice cream for all the scouts after a session of drill. Sean quickly settled into the Cavan way of life and after a period where he starred with the Cavan Shamrocks soccer team turned to the stage and the Boy Scouts Pantomimes where he starred with such luminaries as Mel Doherty John O Connor Seamus McCormack in shows produced by Father Torlac O Reilly. Séan cut his first disc after the assassination of John F Kennedy in 1963 and presented the record to the American Ambassador who passed it on to the Kennedy family in Boston. Sean starred in the famous All Star variety concerts in the Town Hall when among the artistes were Joe Dolan Brendan Bowyer Larry Cunningham John McEvoy Danny Doyle and many more usually hosted by Jimmy Magee. Later Sean was part of the winning Saint Felim’s teams in the Tops of Breffni and received individual awards for his brilliant performances. Member of the Cathedral Choir under Father AB McGrath and Father Des O Dowd Sean sang solo at many of the big Church occasions in the Cathedral. In later times Sean was a most popular presenter and DJ on CCR Cavan local radio and played all of the varied requests asked of him often spending his own money to source and purchase the records for his fans. His final parting at night was “Bene Nocte and don’t forget to put out the cat and put another log on the fire”. Due to ill health Sean had to close the business and seek warmer climate for his chest and lung problems and the family emigrated to Los Angeles where Sean continued his singing career with a nightly guest appearance in the Hilton Hotel Los Angeles. Staunch member of Cavan Alcoholics Anonymous Association once Sean took the pledge he never looked back and was admired by everyone for his dedication to attending his meetings and assisting those like himself who fell under the wicked spell of alcohol. Recently when John O Connor rang Sean during his final illness Sean’s last words to John were “Thank you John for my sobriety”. He is survived by his wife Francesca daughter Sylvana and son Adriano and the extended family. Sean McManus  one of Cavan’s greatest ambassadors and characters is buried in Los Angeles.

Death of Colm Smith Aghaconey Ballinagh and formerly of Kilnavara at home in the loving care of his family.Predeceased by his father Johnny Smith Kilnavara Colm is survived by his wife Lillian sons Darragh  David and Gary daughter Stephanie and his mother Eileen (Patsy) and grandchild Colin. Funeral from Saint Joseph’s Church Drumkilly to the adjacent cemetery..

 Cavan very lucky to get a draw against Antrim in the first round of the Ulster Championship before 10,000 spectators who paid €100,000 gate receipts in glorious weather conditions at Breffni Park. Antrim harshly penalised for a late free converted by Finbar O Reilly 2 minutes into injury time ensured that the two teams meet again next Sunday in Casement Park.

Presentation to Vincent Rudden long time  athlete and administrator with Laragh AC and Cavan County Athletic Board in the Imperial Bar Main Street. In attendance were Michael Heerey President of BLE Eamonn Gaffney Chairman Laragh AC and representatives of Clubs throughout the county. The Ruddens were a household name in athletics in Laragh Cavan and Ireland. Vinny’s brothers Brian Michael Matt and Charlie all starred at various times from 1950 to almost the present day.Vincent s well as winning Cavan Novice Junior Senior medals in Cavan was a frequent winner in Ulster and always relied upon to turn up and do his best for his beloved Laragh who dominated athletics within the county throughout the 1960s 70s and part of the 1980s..In addition Vincent’s wife Rita is a former long time Treasurer of Laragh AC.Ran in the Dublin City Marathon in 1981 and 1982 posting very creditable times of 3:23 and 3:11 for the 26.2 mile journey through the streets of the capital.

Cavan beat Antrim 1-13 to 1-6 in the Ulster Minor Championship 1st round in Breffni Park. Michael Meehan at right full back represented Cavan Gaels while Enda Gaffney at top of the left represented Drumalee with a brilliant tally of 1-3.

Ashling Mulcahy 20 Cherrymount  is conferred with her BSc Honours at NUI Maynooth and later her MSSC (ERM) Honours at UCD.Ashling is daughter of Eamonn and Kay 20 Cherrymount Keadue Lane.

Kevin Lynch with his co driver Gordon Noble from Dungiven  wins the Hotel Kilmore Stages Rally by over 2 minutes 2nd was Charlie Donnelly and his co driver Paddy Toner.

June 9th 2005 Julianne Sheridan daughter of Peter and Margaret Sheridan from Mullahoran is County Cavan’s 1st Rose of Tralee at the Cavan Crystal Hotel when she scooped the prize from 16 other beautiful girls. Julianne practiced what she preached being herself and no airs or graces. She is doing a Media Teaching degree in Dublin and on a magical night where Paddy Cole supplied the music the packed audience were enthralled by the 16 entrants including Niamh Meehan from Saint Felim’s Place daughter of Bill and Susan and a Beauty Therapist in Talking Heads Ashe Street.

Same Week Rossa Gaffney officially cuts the tape to open Cavan’s new Argos Store at Lakeland Business Park Dublin Road. Pictured are Jason Brady Michelle Higgins Lynn Holland Store Manger and the many customers and staff.

Cavan beat Antrim 1-15 to 2-06 in the 1st Round Ulster Championship replay at Casement Park Belfast. Cavan got off to a flying start and led by 0-8 to 1-1 at the interval. Antrim came at them in the 3rd quarter but Cavan’s experience and fitness were decisive winning comfortable in the end. Scores for Cavan Jason Reilly 1-4 Finbar O Reilly 0-4 Larry Reilly 0-4 Dermot McCabe Pearse McKenna and Ciaran Galligan 0-1 each.

Cavan Gaels win thrilling Under 16 League Final beating Bailieboro Shamrocks 5-15 to 3-10 in a wonderful game of fast open football at O Reilly Park Cootehill.The Gaels led by 2-9 to 2-7 at the interval but their excellent midfield of Daniel Graham and Captain Christopher Quinn began to exert their supremacy and supply quality ball tot an outstanding attack where Niall Murray Conor McClarey Martin Dunne Liam Og Cooke and Niall Smith converted quality possession into scores. Team Michael Coyle Patrick Heslin Niall Gurhy Marc Leddy Robert Maloney-Derham Damian Kellegher Declan Meehan Christy Quinn (Captain) Daniel Graham Liam Og Cooke Niall Murray Raymond Murray Martin Dunne Conor McClarey and Niall Smith. Sub Kevin Meehan

Holy Rosary Sisters return to their beloved Killeshandra on a glorious Summer’s day for the  re dedication of the Convent cemetery. Travelling from all over the country many of the sisters home on holidays from the missions gathered to pay their respects and return thanks to their many friends who have gone before them into Heaven. The Chef celebrant of the open air Mass in perfect conditions was Bishop Leo O Reilly Kilmore while the homily was preached by Bishop of Limerick Donal Murphy whose relations have served the Holy Rosary Sisters with distinction also in attendance was long time friend and supporter Bishop Francis McKiernan Retired Bishop of Kilmore.The Sisters return thanks to  their old friends in Lakeland Co Operative their long time benefactors and Father Colm Hurley PP and James Carroll PE for their co operation and assistance in the refurbishment of the cemetery and the organisation of this glorious day. The 450 guests were entertained to a beautiful meal in the Community Centre after the ceremony.

Mel and Betty Reilly natives of 41 College Street bring greetings from the Mayor of Sudbury Canada to Patrick Conaty Mayor Cavan Town Council. Born at 41 College Street son of Edward (Big Ned ) and May O Reilly. His father was a lorry driver with ESSO mainly engaged in delivering petrol and diesel to farmers and other commercial properties Mel was educated at the De La Salle School and Saint Patrick’s College. Later worked as a clerk in George Maloney Solicitors before emigrating to Canada along with his 2 sisters  just over 51 years age.The youngest of the family Kenneth followed some years later .Settled in Sudbury where he met his wife Betty a native of Newfoundland and they had two sons Michael deceased and Terry who is very well known in advertising and radio circles in Canada. Mel was home before the advent of the Celtic Tiger but when they arrived at Dublin Airport they were struck by the new infrastructure and air of business about a city that looked like any other major capital of the world. The improvement in Cavan was astonishing from 15 years ago and there was an air of prosperity with many of the well known national and international stores locating here sadly at the expense of the old welcoming family businesses. Spent an evening with his aunt Mary Carroll who is living with her daughter Maureen Fitzpatrick and family in Drumalee and lived in College Street for over 50 years. During their visit they had a get together with old friends in the Cavan Crystal Hotel including Linus McDonald Paddy Farrell a well known Solicitor in Naas Vincent Cullen and Patrick C Donohoe.Mel and Betty also visited the Anglo Celt to meet the staff including his cousin PJ Carroll. The premises were the old Station House when Mel left Cavan and many like him emigrated through Cavan Railway Station. Mel remembered too the glorious days of Cavan football when they travelled by train north and south to support the boys in blue. Spending 5 days in Cavan Mel journeyed to Sligo to spend sometime with his sister in law Essie Donohoe who was married to brother Eddie who followed their father into ESSO and was Manager of the Cavan area  at his death. Mel and Betty concluded the holiday by spending a week in Dublin and a few days in Kilkenny. One thing that hasn’t changed much since Mel emigrated was the weather which he described as “lousy”!

Pat and Pauline O Reilly retire as Postmaster Poles Post Office after over 100 year in business. Founded in 1890 the Post Office is one of the oldest in the country and was run by generations of the Reilly family. Pictured are Ursula (daughter) Eileen (daughter) Eileen Flood (Pauline’s mother) Pauline O Reilly Patricia (daughter) Paul O Reilly Georgina O Reilly (daughter) Leona (daughter) and Bernadette (Pauline’s sister).

June 16th 2005 Kevin McBride the 32 years old professional heavyweight boxer from Smithborough stops Mike Tyson in the 7th round during their Championship bout in Washington. McBride was paid €200,000 after expenses for his demolition job on the once indestructible Tyson who announced his retirement from the ring after the bout. McBride is now looking for a fight with the Heavy Weight Champion Puerto Rican John Ruan.

Same Week Drumalee win the Roinn D Under 12 Championship Final beating Denn 8-2 to 2-4 in perfect weather conditions in Breffni Park. Captained by Lee Dunne  this was an outstanding display y the Drumalee youngsters who scored at will in the closing stages.Cian Byrne Ryan Nevin Tommy Walsh and Sean O Kane were outstanding in a great team performance. Team T McMahon D O Keeffe F Lee R Smith A Fallon O Costello C Fagan Cian Byrne T Walsh L Dunne Captain R Nevin C Brady Sean O Kane. Subs C McCarthy for Oisin Costello D Sheehan for Sean O Kane R Tully for T Walsh L O Kane fir R Smith N O Keeffe for D O Keeffe.

Cavan Gaels beat Laragh United 4-13 to 1-6 to once again win the Roinn A Under 14 League at warm and sunny Breffni Park. The Gaels led by 1-4 to 0-4 at the interval. The game took a dramatic turn in the 14th minute of the second half when Conal O Donohoe failed to convert a penalty for the Stradone men and the Gaels tightened the screw from there with Laragh failing to register another score. Scorers for the Gaels Alan Kelly 2-0 Stephen Murray 1-3 Barry Fortune and Padraic Sexton 0-3 each Paul Graham Captain1-2 Cian McKiernan Gary Farrelly and Gavin Duffy 0-1 each.Team Richie Murphy Daniel Mulligan Cathal Cronin Vincent Coyle Jermaine Jermyn Kevin Brady Gary Farrelly Paul Graham (Captain) Cian McKiernan Alan Kelly Stephen Murray Barry Fortune Andrew Graham Pauric Sexton and Kevin Johnston Subs Fionn O Donoghue for Daniel Mulligan Adam Fitzpatrick for Vincent Coyle Gavin Duffy for Andrew Graham Cian Mulligan for Kevin Johnston Shane Clarke for Pauric Sexton.

Phil Ward and Lucy Hayes win the Captain’s Ann Gaffney’s Prize at Cavan Bridge Club 2nd Trudy Corrigan and Bridie Donohoe and 3rd Angela O Reilly and Maureen Greene.

400 pilgrims including 65 invalids 60 staff and 22 young helpers from Cavan Vocational School on Kilmore Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes led by Bishop Leo O Reilly.The Pastoral Theme was ‘Suffering of the Sick’. Director Father Colm Hurley Medical Officers Dr Jimmy Fay and Dr Antoinette Gregan Matron Breege Graham assisted by Bernadette Donohoe Chief Brancardier Barney Cully assisted by Tony McCabe Chief handmaid Sheila McNulty assisted by Margaret Smith Chaplain to the Youth Father Jason Murphy assisted by teachers Rose Luby and Claire Browne. Father Martin Gilchreest Chaplain at Cavan General Hospital preached the homily on the theme ‘Lourdes dependence on the suffering of the sick’ at the pilgrimage Mass in Saint Joseph’s Church where Bishop Leo O Reilly was the chief celebrant.

Brendan McCann  Principal of Loreto College is made a presentation on the occasion of his retirement from the school by  Leona Smith Head Girl and Orla Tighe Deputy Head Girl. During Brendan’s 11 years in charge of the College he oversaw the new extension consisting of Science and Home Economics Halls Canteen Bus Park and several new classrooms. A presentation was also made to outstanding teacher of English and History Aidan Harte who is also retiring after many years service to Loreto college.

June 23rd 2005 Archbishop Sean Brady unveils a plaque at John Paul Avenue to the memory of Pope John Paul 2 who died recently. During his visit to Cavan Archbishop Brady also unveiled a plaque at Laragh Crescent to officially open the new housing estate built by Cavan Town Council. He is pictured with old friends Andy O Brien Paddy Conaty Senior and Mayor Patrick Conaty and later imparted his blessing on 5 month old Kian Cullen and his mother Deborah who are resident in the new estate.

Same Week Denise Downey from Drumalee and Patricia O Reilly from Killeshandra are off to Zambia for 5 weeks to experience mission work among the poor and destitute of Zambia. They were inspired to make the decision to travel by Father John Gilhooley who has worked on the Missions in Lagos and Sister Anne Lyng of the Mercy Sisters who put them in contact with Sister Mary Courtney from Crosskeys a Franciscan missionary in Zambia. They will be based in Livingstone close to Victoria Falls during their stay. A Race Night is being held in the Orchard Bar Drumalee to raise funds for the girl’s trip.

Paddy Conaty’s name is again pulled out of the hat and he will serve another year as Mayor of Cavan Town Council. With Brian McKeown (Sinn Fein) abstaining Paddy Conaty and Paddy O Reilly were as last year tied on 4 votes all and Pddy Conaty was again the first name pulled out of the hat by Deputy County Manager Seamus Neeley.Desmond Cullen was unanimously elected Vice Chairman. During his year in office Paddy visited Canada and USA and paid a visit to Jaunay Clan in France who are keen to renew their twinning in cultural and educational matters with Cavan.

Death of Sheila Pryce 23 Owen Roe after a long illness. Member of an old and very respected Cavan family the Smiths (Darkies) she worked for many years after her husband’s death in Cavan Fabrics and was an expert in making and altering clothes. In her youth Sheila was a Champion Irish dancer and won many awards locally and at provincial level. For a number of years she was Irish hornpipe champion and was in great demand for concerts and appearances throughout the region. Married to Tony Pryce a native of Sligo and a lorry driver with Monery Bi Products. She had to rear the family after his untimely death and resumed working. Enjoyed watching television and was a wonderful conversationalist and character recalling many of the characters from the town over the last 100 years. Enjoyed going to the pictures and n later years attended the Bingo in the Town Hall where she would always finish the night with a quiet drink with her family in the Congo Bar. Outstanding wife mother grandmother and great grandmother she was an excellent gardener and won many prizes for her displays. Predeceased by her husband Tony and son Joe she is survived by her sons Tony in Enniscrone Michael Cavan Gerard London daughter Delia Murphy Cavan sisters Marie Cavan and Annie Limerick.Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies.

Cavan show great grit and guts to snatch a late late draw with Tyrone 0-10 Cavan 1-7 at warm sunny Saint Tiernach’s Park before an attendance of 25,084.Michael Lyng was the saviour on this occasion 8 minutes into injury time when he stole 10 yards  to slot over a long range free with the last kick of the game. Tough dour struggle Cavan played with a two man forward line and flooded midfield where Nick Walsh blunted the threat of Sean Cavanagh much to the annoyance of Mickey Harte who accused Cavan and Walsh in particular of negative pulling and dragging tactics. Cavan were reduced to 14 men when Paul Brady who had only flown in from America on Sunday morning was sent to the line for stamping on  an opponent. The replay takes place next Saturday in Saint Tiernach’s Park Clones.

Great performance by Edward McCormack as he reaches the Final of the Irish Close Championship in Westport. In great form all week Edward who plays out of Slieve Russell and Galway Golf Club loved the windy conditions and played the best golf of his career beating Mark Shanahan West Waterford by 1 hole in the quarter final and American based student Angus McAllister Portmarnock 3 and 2 in the semi final.He was unlucky to meet golfing prodigy Rory McIlroy in the Final where Edward lost 3 and 2 to the 16 year Hollywood sensation. After the final Edward said that he never came across a golfer like McIlroy who he predicted would become one of the great superstars of world glf.”Nobody hits the ball like him-the sound is totally different.!”

June 30th 2005 Colm McEvoy Acting Principal of the  Cavan Institute of Education is  appointed new CEO of the Vocational Education Committee and replaces retiring long serving John McKay from September 1st 2005.

Same Week Tolouse Akinlabi representing Cavan Number 1 School is pictured with her teacher Ann Reilly presenting a cheque for €820 to Maggie O Reilly Cavan Aid For Asia. Maggie’s young grandson Charlie perished in the Saint Stephen’s Day East Asia Tsunami.Tolouse is youngest daughter of Funke and Dr Feme Akinlabi 58 Glenlara Swellan Cavan.

Father Aidan Foynes  retires s Pastor of Saint Cecilia’s Parish in Florida where he has served for the last 44 years. After his ordination in 1961 Father Aidan served in Saint Cecilia’s Parish for two years then the Cardinal Mooney High School

 in Sarasota Florida teaching English literature and Religion for the next 5 years. He then taught in the Clearwater Centre High School for 10 years. Appointed Pastor of Espiritu Sancto Catholic Church in Safety Harbour and in 1993 Father Aidan returned as Pastor to Saint Cecilia’s Parish. On the morning of his retirement the staff and pupils of Saint Cecelia’s Inter Parochial School wore green tee shirts and Father Aidan assisted at a Mass of Thanksgiving. Presentations of a Dell computer and an ink drawing of the old Cecelia’s Church were among the many gifts presented to the popular pastor. The choir sang some of Father Aidan's favourite hymns and songs including Our Lady of Knock Amazing Grace McNamara’s Band and finally When Irish Eyes are Smiling. Father Aidan is retiring to the Diocese in Florida where he will always be available to help out and he will spend more time in Butlersbridge where his 84 year old sister Lizzie is still living.

New Osteoporosis Screening Service opens in Cavan. Run by Doctor Eamonn McDwyer and a private company. Medical card holders are invited to participate at a reduced rate. This is the only centre of its type in county Cavan. Post menopausal woman are particularly at risk of losing the cement that joins the bones and the screening will give early warning of the occurrence and urgent remedial action can then be taken.

Cavan are hammered by Tyrone 3-19 to 0-7 in he Ulster Senior Football Semi Final Replay in Saint Tiernach’s Park Clones before a crowd of 16,482.Cavan were totally outclassed in every department and Peter Canavan and Tyrone showed up Cavan’s many limitations. Tyrone led by  3-4 to 0-4 at the interval. Scorers for Cavan  Jason Reilly 0-3 Mark McKeever 0-2 Michael Lyng and Finbar Reilly 0-1 each. Tyrone will now play Armagh in the Ulster Final in Croke Park where over 70,000 spectators are expected to attend while Cavan play Donegal in the 1st round of the All Ireland qualifiers in Breffni Park next Sunday.

July 7th 2005 Photographic Exhibition of the works and portraits of late Tom Hussey takes place in the Ramor Theatre Virginia. Tom died at the age of 56 last January. Native of Trim county Meath Tom grew up in Termofeckin where his father George was Editor of the Dundalk Argos. Staff photographer with the Anglo Celt from 1972-until 1992.Tom compiled a hilarious collection of people and places-beautiful but sometimes sad. Regular contributor to the Drumlin magazine the Editor Dermot Healy who is mounting the exhibition in conjunction with Cavan Arts Office says that “we are eternally grateful to Tom for taking the photographs and for keeping them safe for future generations”!

Same Week Catherine McColum the current Macra Queen of the Land is the West Cavan entrant in this year’s Lady of the Erne pageant. Catherine is daughter of Howard and Catherine (Nee Cullivan) Coranure Cavan.

Death of John Joe O Reilly College Street and Chicago at he age of 79.Butcher by trade John Joe worked with John James Greene Upper Main Street and also in the Summer drover an Ice Cream van in Cavan. Outstanding Ballroom dancer  he won many trophies at dances and carnivals. His partners were Yvonne and Angela McGuinness daughters of long  serving Town Clerk Tom McGuinness.Survived by his wife Bridie daughters Geraldine Hyde and Peggy Baker and sister Peggy Allen 1 Saint Felim’s Place Cavan. Funeral and burial in Chicago.

Eddie Feeley from Blacklion representing the Belturbet Electoral area is the new Chairman of Cavan County Council. Second time to attain the honour Eddie was also Chairman in 1996/1997.Mrs Maura Maguire Lynch Fine Gael was unanimously elected Vice Chairman. She was 1st elected in 1999 for the Belturbet Electoral area. She succeeded her mother? and late father. The family have now given over 40 years service as members of Cavan County Council. The new Chairman pays tribute to recently deceased members of the executive John Collins Tom Coyle and Michael Sweeney who gave sterling service to the Council down the years and sends get well wishes to the County Manager Jack Keyes ho is recuperating after an operation.

Cavan are back in business when they surprisingly produce a top class performance to topple hot favourites Donegal 1-11 to 1-10 before 6,000 spectators in rain soaked Breffni Park. Cavan got off to a great start leading Donegal by 1-6 to 0-2 at the interval but the Donegal men sprung into action in the 2nd half and were decidedly unlucky not to shade a thrilling game when Brendan Devaney had his penalty shot saved by the brilliant James Reilly in the Cavan goal almost on the stroke of full time..

Cavan Minors draw with Down 0-15 to down’s 1-12 at Plunkett Park Crossmaglen before an attendance of 4,000 in perfect Summer conditions in the Ulster Semi Final after extra time. Cavan led by 2 points with 4 minutes to go but two brilliant points by Martin Clarke grabbed a late draw for the Mourne men. Scorers for Cavan Enda Gaffney 0-4 Raymond Galligan 0-3 Cian Mackey Ronan Flanagan and Killian Lynch 0-2 each Killian Sheridan and Ciaran Brady 0-1 each..Michael Meehan Cavan Gaels and Enda Gaffney Drumalee were the town representatives with a young Sean Johnston Cavan Gaels introduced as a sub.

Ray Carolan and Matt Cusack beat Tom Maguire and Mark Lynch to win the Myko Cup at County Cavan Golf Club while JJ O Reilly and Sheila McGinnity will play Brendan and Terry Crowe in the Farnham Cup Final.

 London’s joy at being awarded the 2012 Olympics turns to despair as three bombs explode in the London Underground killing over 50 people and injuring hundreds more. Muslim militant groups are suspected of the outrage which involved several suicide bombers.

July 14th 2005 Brazilian national aged 24 is sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for unlawful carnal knowledge of 14 year old Jamie Maughan who died from an overdose of Ecstasy tablets and whose body was found some days later adjacent to the Brazilian’s residence. He has already completed 1 year of the sentence and because of intimidation he will be transferred from Castlerea prison to Cloverhill to serve the remaining 1 year.

Eamonn Malone Tonneymore House Kilmore and Rose Dalton Loughduff will represent Ireland at the World Transplant Games in London Ontario.Eamonn says that keeping fit and taking exercise gives him a great boost and he is looking forward to bringing home a medal as he did in the European Games in Slovenia.

Pictured are Bartley Hyland Jackie Smith Tommy Smith Pete Gaffney and Charles Breslin exchanging yarns in McGinnity’s Lounge. Their combined ‘drinking age’ is in excess of 400 years.

Cavan Bridge Club 1st Kathleen Clarke and Vera McMahon 2nd Father Thomas Woods and Kay Henry 3rd Pat Plunkett and Ita Brady.

Great achievement by two young Butlersbridge swimmers Donal Smith and Aoibheann Bartley as they are part of successful 5 relay teams of 6 to cross the English Channel both ways. The combined journey took a total of 33 hours in dreadful weather conditions.Donal Smith part of one of the 6 man relay took 13 hours to reach Calais in France but almost 20 hours to return to Dover .Great difficulty getting away from the French Coast in 4 foot swells and force 3-4winds where they could see the White Cliffs of Dover from 12 miles out in the sea and crossed some of the busies shipping lanes in the world..

Death of Kathleen Cartwright 12 Fair Hill and late of Tullac Mongan Cavan. Predeceased by her brother Eddie she is survived by her sisters Mary and Bridget nephews nieces relatives neighbours and friends. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry.

Good Hire celebrate 21 years in business. Company founded by Sammy and Gloria Good in 1984.They were originally located in Connolly Street but because of lack of space they moved to their custom built premises on the Dublin Road in 1985.

July 21st 2005 Cavan defeat Meath in All Ireland Qualifier at Saint Tiernach’s Park

Same Week Josephine (Joe ) Maughan mother of Jamie Maughan protests to the Minister of Justice Michael McDowell over the entire handling of the case by the DPP and the leniency of the sentence handed down to the 24 year old Brazilian national who admitted to raping her 14 year old daughter Jamie twice on the night of her death .Josephine points out that there were no charges brought against the Brazilian for the concealment of Jamie’s body which was found in an adjacent garden 6 days after her death. During the Court case at Cavan Criminal Court the DPP admitted that there was not enough evidence to convict the Brazilian on the charge of concealing the body and lack of co operation with the Garda in their search for Jamie. Local Fianna Fail Councillor Patricia Walsh also contacted the Department of Justice over the leniency of the sentence saying that "the Court were more concerned about the Brazilian leaving the country and returning to his studies rather than dispensing justice to the Farrelly family".

Aidan Watters is conferred with his Masters in Business Studies from Henly Management College.

Death of James (Jimmy) Cherrymount Behey Stradone New York and Clonloohan at the residence of his daughter Breege Lyons Killycannon.Survived by his wife Bridie sons PJ Tony Sean and Seamus daughter Breege and Anne. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim o Ballynarry cemetery

July 28th 2005 Father Gerry Kearns CC Cathedral and Choirmaster is transferred from the Cathedral parish to Redhills while Father John Gilhooley CC Butlersbridge is appointed Administrator of the Cathedral to succeed Father Anthony Fagan who has been appointed Parish Priest of Killinkere.

Same Week Death of Dr Bernard (Benny) Sullivan Lieutenant Colonel Army Medical Corps at Delvin Nursing Home at the age of 88.Son of Bernard and Kate Sullivan Hardware Merchants Upper Main Street and latterly 1 Main Street he was a member of one of Cavan’s oldest and most distinguished families. Joined the Army from Medical School in 1945 he served in Athlone but was based in Gormanston for most of his career. Served the Army until he was 80 except for a short time when himself and his wife 1st wife Mary opened and ran the Erne Arms in Bridge Street Belturbet.Longest serving Medical Officer in the history of the State he served with the United Nations in Cyprus. He was also Medical Officer to the Poor Clare Baby House in Stamullen county Meath. Appointed by the Pope as a Knight of Saint Gregory Doctor Benny was a regular on the Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes for many years and was also a friend and confidant to the Franciscan order in Gormanston College as well as being a life time member of Saint Vincent De Paul. Survived by his wife Betty sons Tom Jim and Pat and daughters Rosemary. Funeral from Saint Patrick’s Church Stamullen to Moore Churchyard Julianstown.

Mark Costigan is appointed Government Deputy Press Secretary to succeed Irla Mongey. The 50 year old is presently Political Editor of To Day FM and is a former broadcaster with RTE and local radio. Married to Helene O Regan Mark is son in law of Pat and Jane o Reagan Highfield Road.

Death of Kathleen Cartwright 12 Fair Hill and formerly  Tullac Monaghan.Predeceased by her sister Brigid and brother Eddie she is survived by her nephews and nieces. Funeral following Requiem Mass in the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery

Death of Sean Cronin Annaglough in Liverpool. Funeral arrangements to follow.

ESB confirm that as part of the deal with Bank of Scotland they have sold their retail premises at Rossa Place.Their share of the Electrical Domestic Market fell from  26% to just 6 % in recent years and they are now concentrating on their core business. Contrary to rumours that Bank of Scotland have no plans to locate in Cavan.

Ronan Joyce from Dublin is the new record holder for the 7 miles Rann/Killykeen Swim and back in a time of 2 hours and 15 minutes breaking Colm O Reilly’s record of 2:17.5.Ronan plans to swim the English Channel later this month. Lucy Cullen is the new Ladie’s record holder swimming the 3 ½  mile course in  1:54.Pictured are Ronan Joyce Sean Walsh Cavan Icebreakers and John Gorman Cavan Icebreakers.

Noel Haren Elmbank Cavan receives his Masters Degree (Honours) in Industrial Pharmaceutical Science from The Royal College of Surgeons and the National University of Ireland. Educated at Saint Felim’s NS Saint Patrick’s College and DCU Noel is second son of Paddy and Mary Haren Elmbank Cavan.

Social Services Whist 1st Sister Ursula 2nd Nora O Reilly 3rd Connie McEntee Lady Hatcher Eileen Masterson 1st Gent Tommy Smith 2nd Gent Tony McLoughlin Gent’s Hatcher Peter Moore.

Armagh beat Tyrone 0-13 to 0-11 in the Ulster Final Replay played at Croke Park before an attendance of 31,954 in balmy Summer weather on Saturday evening. Game hinged on two mystery decisions of referee Michael Collins when he ordered Peter Canavan and Stephen O Neill from the pitch when t seemed to all present and looking in on television that both had been assaulted and were only defending themselves. Admitted to the error after the game but by then Armagh had been crowned Ulster Champions and holders of the Anglo Celt trophy for the 5th time in 7 years.

August 4th 2005 Surgeon Pawan K Rajpal Consultant Surgeon returns to work in Cavan General Hospital. Both himself and Surgeon  had been suspended without pay since August 2003.

Death of the legendary Tony Tighe at the age of 77  late of Clones and Ballyjamesduff following Cavan’s defeat to Mayo in the All Ireland Qualifiers in Roscommon. All Ireland medal winner with Cavan in 1947 1948 and 1952.Born in Lishenry Ballyjamesduff his father Louis was a Bank Manager with the Ulster Bank in Ballyjamesduff while his mother was the former Eileen Lynch from Ballyheelan.Educated at  Saint Clare’s Ballyjamesduff Saint Patrick’s College Cavan and  Saint Mary’s College Dundalk. Joined Canada Life at the age of 16 and set up as an Insurance Broker operating from his own home. A job he was to fulfil with great distinction for the remainder of his life. Won 3 All Ireland 1 National League 2 Railway Cup medals with Cavan and Ulster scoring a total of 10-25 in 9 Championship seasons with Cavan. Represented the Ulster Colleges where among his team mates were Iggy Jones and the Devlin brothers from Coalisland.County Senior Championship medal with Mountnuggent in 1946 he also won a County Junior medal with his native Castlerahan in 1951.Outstanding tennis and badminton player he had to curtail a lot of activity  after he suffered a recurring back injury that ended his football career. Took up golf playing off a handicap of 7 at Clones Golf Club.His most prestigious victory was in 1972 hen he won the JB Murphy President’s Prize in Clones carding a nett 61 and going around in level par. Captain in 1979 he was President of the Club from 1988-2000.Survived by his wife Betty sons Anton Paddy Shane Paul Peter and daughters Brenda Joan Dora and Georgina. Funeral from the Sacred Heart Church Clones to the Sacred Heart cemetery.

Dennis McCarthy Drumalee is pictured with his father Paddy after being admitted to the Bar at the Four Courts in Dublin.

Garda Sergeant Peter Garry a native of Mayo and long time resident in Cavan retires from the Garda after 34 years distinguished service. Tributes are paid to Peter at Cavan District Court by Superintendent John Murphy Rory Hayden State Solicitor Geoffrey McGonigle on behalf of the District Court Office. and Judge John O Neill.Peter has served under Judges Sean McBride David Maughan the late Sam Shaw and Donal McCardle all of whom presided in District Number 5 during Peter’s 34 years in the Garda.

David Small the Anglo Celt weatherman reports the best July in 30 years. Only 2 ½ “ of rain fell 73% of normal with moisture on 15 days. The mean temperature was 16.45 C and it was above 20 on 16 days with temperatures climbing to almost 30C on three days

Death of Rose Higgins 28 Bridge Street at the age of 94.She was one of the oldest and most popular people in Cavan. Native of Garrymore daughter of the late Edward and Mrs Finnegan Garrymore Cross. Came to Cavan to care for a relative when she was only a young girl of 10 and stayed on for another 84 glorious years in Bridge Street. She was a wonderful neighbour and friend. Every day she brought tea and refreshments to her great friends Hughie  Maguire and Frank Farrell in their shoe store that adjoined the shop. It was Rose’s magnificent nature and decency that endeared her to everybody. She bore her final illness with great patience and resignation the rosary beads never far away. Yet she was wonderful company and was very humorous. Attended the Bingo in the Town Hall each week she loved to meet her many friends and exchange notes. She practiced true Christian charity and was a living  Saint. Predeceased by her husband Joe 30 years ago he was a native of Stradone and an outstanding Tailor by trade and professional standard Billiards player and raconteur. Survived by her sons Gerry Myles Eamonn and Michael and daughter Rose McGlade.Funeral from the Cathedral to Saint Bridget’s cemetery Killygarry

Mayo overwhelm Cavan in the All Ireland Qualifier in Hyde Park Roscommon before an attendance of 13,270. Only the poor marksmanship of the Mayo forwards who shot 19 wides kept the score to 0-11 for Mayo and 0-8 for Cavan which distorts a very one sided game where Mayo’s strength and experience dominated throughout allowing Cavan only 5 scores from play. Scorers for Cavan were Larry Reilly 0-3 Dermot McCabe and Finbar O Reilly 0-2 each and Cian Mackey 0-1.

Lady Captain’s Prize (Teresa Keogh’s) at County Cavan Golf Club for men is won by Tom Sheridan playing off 18 with 46 points Pete O Reilly off 24 was second with 42 points John Joe Plunkett off 18 was 3rd with 42 and Terry Smith off 4 won the Gross with 15 points.

August 11th 2005 Eddie Feeley the new Chairman of Cavan County Council will receive €18,000 Chairman’s allowance during his year in office making him the worst paid Chairman in the country. Eddie will also receive a member’s allowance of €15,000.In every other county the Chairman is paid in the region of €40,000 in allowance and expenses.

Same Week Death of Matt Lynch 2 Highfield Road at the age of 87.Son of Terry and Ellen Lynch Matt was born n Crosskeys on the 31st March 1918 the 2nd of 4 children the others were James  Ann (Baby) RIP and Mary RIP. His mother died when Matt was very young and his father married  Mary Brown  from Lisduff Kilnaleck and there was 7 more children Maura Tom Hugh Terry Michael (RIP) and Sean. Matt was educated at Crosskeys NS and at the outbreak of World War 2 joined the Volunteers of the Irish Civil Defence Forces at Portobello Barracks  Rathmines Dublin 6 on the 31st July 1939.For many years Matt Served in various parts of the country being attached to the 6th Dublin Battalion in Longford later joined the Western Command and was stationed in Custom Barracks Athlone.The first lesson Matt learnt as a NCO was to be “fair firm and friendly”-this was the way Matt lived his entire life by these principles. Served with the Corps of Engineers at the building of the Hydro Dam in Ballyshannon where he was stationed at Finner Camp. Outstanding member of Toomregan Harriers Matt won many All Ireland Army Cross Country titles and was also winner of the Bren Machine Gun All Army shooting competition on several occasions. Married Alice (Dolly) Murray from Athlone on the 28th December 1942 and they had 1 child Terry a second child died in infancy and disaster struck when Dolly was struck down with TB and died on the 14th May 1947.Later Matt was again stationed at Finner Camp when he met and later married county Armagh girl Maureen Gribben in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Armagh on the 17th October 1949.They later had a family of 4 Margaret Marie Matthew Junior and Jean while Matt was stationed in Manorhamilton.Requested a transfer back to Cavan and joined Cavan 8th Infantry RN FCA as Quartermaster Sergeant in 1959 and purchased  Number 2 Highfield Road being built by his dear friend  and later neighbour Peter Fay Glenside Road. Matt was a magnificent specimen of a man tall very erect strong and lean but well built he assisted Mick Higgins in the preparation of the Cavan team from 1962 until September 1969 during which time Cavan won 4 Ulster Championships and were unlucky not to qualify for the All Ireland Final in 1969.Assisted local club Drumalee as Masseur he was also associated with the Crosserlough 7 in a row team from 1966-1972 where he acted as Masseur and trainer. Because of the Trouble in Northern Ireland Matt was transferred to Monaghan on the 25th October 1976 to join the 29th Infantry Battalion as BQMS and here he served out the last 4 years of his career. Took up hunting in his retirement and although he did not have a hound followed various hunts by car. True gentleman proud and courteous of stately demeanour Matt could always be relied upon for a good yarn told with humour and without offence, Survived by his sons Terence  Wexford Matthew Junior Middletown Armagh daughters Margaret Magio Ballyjamesduff Marie Lynch Molloy Cavan and Jean Teauber Coolrea Westport 12 grandchildren  and 9 great grand children.Funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry where the firing party were under Sergeant Rory Smith and Paul Martin the last post was  sounded by men of the O/C Custom Barracks Athlone.

Death of Barney Coyle7 Swellan Court at the age of 47 after a long illness borne with great courage and fortitude. Son of John and Mary Coyle Saint Felim’s Place Barney was educated at the De La Salle School and Cavan Vocational School where he represented both in football with distinction. After leaving school Barney threw in his lot with the Cavan Gaels and won medals at all grades with them. Great character Barney was a wonderful conversationalist and wit.He was the subject of many photographs by the late Tom Hussey demonstrating his good humoured funny character. Took great pride in the achievements of his two sons Fionan and Kenneth both of whom starred with Cavan Gaels. Outstanding technician with Eircom where he worked for over 25 years. Barney was very fond of coarse fishing and spent many happy days on Lough Erne at Killykeen and Rann and fished for trout on Lough Sheelin.Survived by his wife Maureen sons Fionan and Kenneth brothers Tony Sean Michael Joey Dessie Vincent sisters Dympna and Kathy. Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

August 18th 2005 Teacher author and academic Doctor Liam McNiffe succeeds Cavan town born Patsy Lee as Principal of Saint Patrick’s College. Native of Ballinamore where he was educated in Saint Felim’s 1969-1972 and later Saint Patrick’s College 1972-1974.Golden era in Saint Patrick’s when the college won the Hogan Cup for the one and only time and celebrated their centenary on the year he did the Leaving 1974.Took his BA in 1978 Higher Diploma in Education 1979 and his PhD from NUI Maynooth in 1994 and recently completed a Master of Science in Cultural Management?? in Trinity College. Course Director and Lecturer at NUI Maynooth he was on the teaching staff of Eureka College Kells where he taught English and History since 1979 and was recently appointed Vice Principal. In 2003 Liam wrote the History of Williamstown Kells county Meath. Son of the very well known and highly popular late Willie McNiffe  an outstanding car salesman with Smith’s and Jackson’s garages in Cavan from 1960 -1972.

Same Week Pictured at the presentation to popular retiring Garda Sergeant Peter Garry after 34 years outstanding service to the force are members of his family at the presentation in the Kilmore Hotel. Louise Sinead Grace (wife) Peter Garry Petrina Grainne Shane and Anthony.

Matthew Stephen Sexton is conferred with his Master of Business Degree in Human Resources at the Bernard M Baruch University of New York city. Stephen is son of  Lilly and the late Terry Sexton 4 Saint Patrick’s Terrace Swellan Cavan and was educated at Saint Felim’s NS Vocational School Cavan and Sligo RTC.

Majella Brady wins the Lady’s Captains Prize (Teresa Keogh) at County Cavan Golf Club) Patricia Treacy was 2nd Terri Crowe 3rd and Finola Smith won the Gross. Kay Henry was the winner of the Past Captain’s prize while Rory McGrath won the Student’s prize.

Patricia Treacy playing off 27 wins the President’s (Mary Donohoe’s Prize) with 43 points at County Cavan Golf Club with John Dalton off 21 with 42 points 2nd Ann Smyth off 27 with 41 points 3rd and Oliver  Galligan(6) the best Gross with 33 points. John Finegan (6) Student winner with 42 points Visitor Prizes won by Pauric and Shane Donohoe Arklow Golf Club and Father Gerard Finnegan Sarasota Florida. The Megs was won Leo McDonnell with 2nd Phil Donohoe and 3rd Peter McGinnity.

Farewell Mass of Thanksgiving in the Cathedral and presentation of 2 state of the art computers at function in the Farnham Hotel to the departing Adm Father Anthony Fagan and long time distinguished Choir Master Father Gerry Kearns.

Death of Bridget McCaffrey 1 Tullac Mongan at the age of 85.Member of the very well known highly respectable Farnham family the Carmichaels. She oversaw many changes during her long lifetime .Widow of the late John McCaffrey Vegetable Merchant Courier and odd job men John was one of Cavan’s greatest ever characters and was an authority on birds and coarse fishing. Long time best friend of the blind Peter Brady late of Town Hall street Peter spent a month each year holidaying with John from his adopted home in Kingscourt where he lived with his daughter and son in law Victor and Vera Sherlock.Brigid (Bunny) was a keen follower of snooker and soccer and had a modest daily wager on the horses. Followed the fortunes of the local soccer club and Cavan Gaels. Disaster struck during her life with the early deaths of her children John Gerard and daughters Anna and Margie the latter in the Zubriegie Ferry disaster off the Belgian Coast .Predeceased by her husband John in 1988 she is survived by her daughters Carrie Smith Cavan Majella Carroll Florida Catherine White Belturbet and Pauline Scully Ballyhaise brother John and sister Jane Farnham. Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Packy Doonan pays tribute to Ann and Oliver Shiels of the Farnham Hotel and well known local traditional musician Martin Donohoe following his recent marathon successes in Edinburgh and San Francisco.Packy is now looking forward to running his 31st Marathon on October Bank Holiday Monday in Dublin. The winner of the draw organised in conjunction with Packy’s sponsorship was Ann Mulvey 1 Laragh Crescent Cavan.

August 25th 2005 Sean McCague Scotstown replaces Peter Brady as Chairman of Shannonside/Northern Sound. Peter has served as Chairman since the beginning of Northern Sound in 1988.The Kerry Radio Group complete their acquisition of the stations for a sum believed to be in the region of €7 million giving them 11% of the local radio market promising a greater emphasis on local news and sport. They now employ 150 people in 6 different locations.

Same Week Brendan McCann Principal of Loreto College now hands over the reins of office to new Principal Margaret McDonagh a native of Kells and latterly Principal of Loreto College Crumlin Dublin for the last three years.

Phil Smyth Farnham Road is elected National President of the Retired Teacher’s Association of Ireland. Native of Cross Mullagh where he received his primary education Phil trained in Saint Patrick’s College Drumcondra .His first appointment was to Munlough NS Bawnboy where he spent 12 years. He replaced the legendary Seamus Gilheaney as Principal in Drumcrave before being appointed Principal in Butlesbridge.Married to Ann also a teacher Phil is a former President of the Ulster Council GAA 1983-1985.His hobbies are Golf and Bridge. They have 3 children Thomas in Boyle Co Roscommon Cathal in Kilkenny and Morna in Dublin.

Barry Fortune Cavan Tennis Club wins the Under 10 Singles in Enniskillen Mullingar and Cavan tournaments while Stephen Murray won the Under 12 Singles Plate in Enniskillen. Both these young outstanding talents are coached at Cavan Tennis Club by Richard Turner.

Sudden death of Kathleen McCabe Killynebber Cavan. Member of the very well known and highly popular Hill family she was an outstanding woman and looked after the needs of her invalided daughter Lourde.In her youth she played Camogie with Killygarry and later with Castletara and maintained her interest in the game by serving on the committee at Castletara.Daily communicant in the Cathedral she was very active in church activities and travelled frequently to Knock and Lourdes with the Kilmore Diocesan pilgrimage. Survived by her husband Paddy son Sylvester daughters Mary Geraldine and Lourd.Funeral from the Cathedral to Saint Patrick’s cemetery Castletara.

September 1st 2005 Cavan town is the leader for the 5th month in the Irish Business against Litter League. The town is now 24% cleaner than it was 4 years ago. Eddie Brady Chairman Cavan Tidy Towns pays tribute to the outdoor staff at Cavan UDC and Horticulturist Bernadette McGovern.

Same Week Noel Elliott Junior on behalf of P Elliott and Company pays €5.8 million for 88 acres of land at Pullamore which was sold by PJ O Reilly and Company for the Reps of the late Paddy Lee .The purchase includes a house and backing on to Alackan Road together with Planning Permission for two houses. Meanwhile  10 acres of development land with full planning permission is snapped up by Lavelle McAlinden Limited a major residential developer along the East coast for a figure believed to be in excess of €3.7 million at Oldtown.

Eight young people are honoured with Gaisce awards from the President of Ireland presented by Brendan Smith Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food and Mary Yore from the President’s office. The recipients of the bronze medals were Krista Dunne Claire McHardy Kelly Loughlin Lisa Rudden Mary Cawley Mary O Reilly Collette McCaul and Maggie Smith. Tributes are paid to George Harrison and Bernie Brady of Tullac Mongan Resource Centre for their immense contribution to this magnificent achievement.

Death of Liam Sheridan formerly Saint Brigid’s Terrace in England. Educated at the Poor Clare Convent  De La Salle Boy’s School and Cavan Vocational Liam worked for a period of time in Elmbank Hatcheries before joining the Department of Post and Telegraphs. Emigrated to England in 1968 and worked in the same job for 35 years there. Unlucky to be struck down suddenly with Prostate Cancer he was married to an old neighbour from Saint Brigid’s Sue McMahon daughter of Peter and Mrs McMahon. Survived by his wife Sue sons Daren and Lee brothers Jimmy Jackie and Franko and sister Rosaleen.Funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry..

Close week at Cavan Tennis Club Under 10 Girls Orla Lynch Runner Up Sinead Greene Under 10 Boys Barry Fortune Runner Up Ciaran Wharton Under 12 Girls Louise Johnston Runner Up Caitlin Courtney Under 12 Boys Barry Fortune Runner Up Shane Wharton Under 14 Girls Aisling Carey Runner Up Louise Johnston Under 14 Boys John Fortune Runner Up Samuel Brady Under 16 Girls Sara Escribano Runner Up Phoebe Brady Boys Under 16 Niall Smith Runner Up Liam Coke Under 18 Girls Sara Escribano Runner Up Hannah Brady Boys Under 18 Liam Cooke Runner Up Niall Murray.

Profile in this week’s Anglo Celt of Bernie Brady Saint Martin’s Estate mother of 5 and grandmother. Native of county Fermanagh Bernie is married to well known Cavan musician Tommy Brady a native of Saint Brigid’s and son of Francis and May (Nee Maguire) Brady. Bernie is a Development Officer with Teach Oscailt at the Tullac Mongan Resource Centre. Bernie’s job is to support the many groups and to draw down funding .There are Pre school Groups 5 days a week Youth Group Men’s Group Women’s Group Golden Oldies Group who are just off to Rosses Point for their annual excursion and generally getting on with their lives.

September 8th 2005 State of the art Innovation and Technology Centre at Dublin Road is officially opened by an Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.Multi faceted innovation and education centre comprising 12,000 square metres developed by Cavan Enterprise Board at a cost of €3.2 million. Pictured Vincent Reynolds CEO Enterprise Board Denis Rooney Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland Taoiseach Bertie Ahern TD Jack O Connor Brendan Smith TD Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food and Conor O Mahoney CEO Department of Enterprise and Employment.

Same Week CavanGeneral Hospital’s cleaning bill is estimated at €912,534 for the coming year an increase of €110,543 on last year. The Hospital is cleaned by a Contract Cleaning firm. Meanwhile Nora Donohoe of the INO states that there was a record 31 people on trolleys at the Accident and Emergency Department in the Hospital over the past week end.

Death of May Cosgrove Coolboyogue and formerly Clara county Monaghan on September 6th 2005.Predeceased only recently by her husband Eddie well known Mechanical Plumber and daughter Julie Ann she is survived by her sons Dermot Jonathan daughter Kiera brothers Michael Kevin and Hugh sisters Ann Rose Teresa Veronica Helen and Martina. Funeral following concelebrated Mass in the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Norman Cinnamond’s Golf Classic at County Cavan Golf Club raises €12,500 for patient comfort care at Saint Joseph’s Hospital Lisdarn.90 team take part and a Race night and Dance were held in conjunction with the fund raiser at which Norman himself put in an appearance to the acclaim of the capacity crowd.1st 101 points Jimmy Murray Paddy Murray Dermot Carmichael and Sean Galligan 2nd 92.45 points Thomas McKenna Donal Donohoe Gary Sexton and Gerry Smith 3rd 92.44 points Bill Noble Terry Brady Terese Feehan and TP Feehan.

Captain’s Gearoid Collins’ Prize is won by Michael Hanley (20) with 63 2nd Oliver Garvey (12) 64 3rd Ronan McDermott (20) with 65 John Grogan off 4 won the Gross while Oliver Malone off 10 won the Past Captain’s prize Dennis Condon won the MEGS with Charlie Corr 2nd and Barry Smith playing off 11 won the Student’s Prize with 66

September 15th 2005 Butlersbridge is  Cavan’s Tidiest Town for the 5th year in the last 6 notching 243 points up 3 on last year Gowna 2nd on 238 points while Cavan continues to improve with an impressive 236 points. Pictured are members of the Butlersbridge team who brought so much credit to the village Mick Mulvey Sean Browne Christine Shannon Ann Sweeney Veronica Shannon Diarmuid Mulvey Anna Farrell Paddy Brady FAS and Oliver Shannon.

Same Week Cavan Indoor Show Jumping Championship is the biggest indoor event of its kind in Europe and has been extended out to 6 days this year with all bed and breakfast farm house accommodation and hotels booked out within a ten mile radius of the town. The big event this year is the 6-7 year old Championship sponsored by local builders P Elliott and Company on September 24th.

Frank Crowe defeats Michael Donohoe to win the Phil Lawlor Cup at County Cavan Golf Club while John Grogan beat Brian Lynch to win the Dr FPE Smith Senior Scratch Cup .

September 22nd 2005 14 births in the Under 25 age group outside of marriage in Cavan this year. Only Leitrim is lowest with a mere 11 births being reciorded.1st Maternity in Cavan is at 26 while Monaghan and Carlow are the lowest at 22.9 years.

Same Week Joe Maughan mother of Jamie Maughan is informed by the DPP that no further charges are being considered by the DPP against the 24 year old Brazilian national who is serving a 2 year jail sentence for unlawful carnal knowledge of her dead daughter Jamie Maughan.Jo calls for a complete retrial saying that “are they not going to even charge him with dumping and concealing Jamie’s body at the end of an adjacent garden in Harmony Heights for over 5 days?"

New Dean of Kilmore Rev Raymond Ferguson is installed by Bishop Ken Clarke in an impressive ceremony at Saint Felim’s Cathedral Kilmore.Pictured are Wayne Poyntz and Robert Lowry Church Wardens Rev Elizabeth McIlvaney (Preacher) Rev Raymond Ferguson Dean of Kilmore Rev Cecil Lindsay Registrar Bishop Ken Clarke Kilmore Ardagh and Elphin Archdeacon George Davison Kilmore Valerie Cowen and Winston Heaslip Church Wardens.

Death of Betty Little Drumalee after a long illness borne with great courage and fortitude at the age of 81 at home in the loving care of her devoted husband Benny. Member of the well known Greenan family from Drumalee Betty was a staunch Republican  and the family took an active part in the War of Independence. Great supporter of the Drumalee football club Betty and Benny were the very soul of the club and seldom missed a match. She was the youngest and last member of her family and was predeceased by brothers Josie andTommy who lived with Benny and Betty for many years and Mary. She was an aunt of Micheal Greenan President of the Ulster Council GAA and Eamonn Greenan President of the Cavan Association in Toronto and Mary McCabe Harmony Heights. Betty was a wonderful member of the community and was very religious and charitable. She had a great affinity to the orphans who perished in the Poor Clare Fire of February 1943 and Benny and herself tended to the grave in Cullies while Betty always kept in touch with the girls who survived the disaster and welcomed them to stay in her home when they visited Cavan. Drumalee GFC formed a Guard of Honour at the Removal and Funeral from the Cathedral to Cullies cemetery.

Sympathy is extended to the Quinn family Ballyhaise on the death of their father the well known highly popular Pat Quinn. Painter par excellence by trade Pat (Pa ) was a great supporter of all the Bingo sessions in the Town Hall. Predeceased by his wife Elizabeth (Lizzie) a member of the Fay family from Owen Roe he is survived by his sons Seamus PJ Sean Francie Tom Eugene Gerry and Charlie and daughter Mary.Funeral from Saint Mary’s Ballyhaise to Cullies cemetery.

Jackson’s Garage shock the commercial life of Cavan town and county by announcing that due to personal reasons they are  discontinuing the Ford Agency from the end of October when Cathal O Reilly Autotech Body Shop Dublin Road will take over the agency under the Jackson name.Jacksons was founded in 1946 by brothers Maurice and Alan Jackson when they purchased Robinson’s Garage in Farnham Street and later acquired the Ford Agency for county Cavan. David Jackson present CEO of the Company thanks all of his multitude of customers for many years of loyal custom and announces that he is continuing n business operating the ESSO Forecourt the Red Van and Car hire and the very popular Dexta Retail Store.He wishes Cathal O Reilly well n his new venture and assures customers that all guarantees given by Jackson’s for the recent purchase of new and trade in cars will be honoured by the new operators.Cathal O Reilly is a native of Poles and has an Engineering Degree from Trinity College Dublin. Founded Autotech in 1999 and now carries out repairs for all of the major Insurance companies and is Ford and AA accredited for repairs. He thanks the Jackson family for allowing him ton trade under the Jackson name and has plans to develop a state of the art showroom and forecourt along the Dublin Road at Poles,

D Company 8th Infantry Battalion will be stood down at a parade in Cavan on Sunday September 25th.The name of the new Company is SP Company 56 Reserve Battalion RDF.

Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of Thomas Duffy Broughderg Poles by the Saint Joseph’s Young Priest Society prior to their annual general Meeting in the Pastoral Centre Saint Patrick’s College. Thomas was President of the local branch and member of the Provincial council.

Cavan 1st XV beat Ophir Belfast 11 points to 10 to record their 1st win of the season in a thrilling encounter at Swellan Park.Ophir led 10-6 at the interval. Team J Sheridan J Condon John Loughnane Shane McCormack F O Reilly Steve Tuipolutu S Ivers A Brady Paul McCusker E Brady J Ivers K Curran Kenny O Connell Robert Beattie and G Flood.

Mark Goldrick former Killeshandra and Cavan inter county footballer defeats Ray Carolan Cross Cavan and Ulster GAA legend in the Final of the O Hanlon Cup at County Cavan Golf Club while Fergal and Ruairi Dunne beat Peter and Eoin McGrath to win the Brian Murphy Fourball Final.

September 29th 2005 Pictured is Phyllis McMonigle Vice Principal Loreto College making a presentation to retiring Principal Brendan McCann and his wife Brenda with good friend Sister Kathleen of the Loreto Order in attendance at a function in the Slieve Russell Hotel Ballyconnell.

Same Week The Steeples are the winners of the Cavan Town Council Estates Competition for 2005 2nd Kilnavara Crescent and 3rd O Raghallaigh Park Tierquin.Special grants are made available by the Council to each of the entrants in order to maintain the green areas and open spaces in the estates.

Mullahoran are back in the County Senior Final a repeat of the 2004 decide where they will play old rivals Cavan Gaels after 2  tumultuous games with near neighbours Gowna.

Charlie Gallagher is voted the Best Player Ever in the Shannonside/Northern Sound area by the listeners to the local stations. Proposed by BBC Ulster commentator Owen McConnon Charlie Gallagher was born on Christmas Day 1937 in Cootehill and received his early education in Saint Michael’s NS later Saint Patrick’s College Cavan and UCD where he qualified as a Dentist. Worked with former Cavan great Barney Cully in Derry city before coming back to Cootehill in 1984 where he practiced in Bridge Street. Charlie died tragically in July 1984 at the age of 51 Winner of 4 Ulster Senior Championship medals 1962 1964 1967 and captain in 1969 he was the holder of 3 Senior Championship medals with Cootehill between 1953-55.Top scorer in Ireland in 1964 with 7 goals and 102 points he regularly featured in the top three scorers in the country. Pictured is Sean McCague Chairman Shannonside/ Northern Sound presenting the specially commissioned Cavan cut vase to Charlie’s widow Maureen Gallagher Adrian (son) Louise (daughter) and PJ Madden (PJ Madden Renault Car Sales Sponsors at an early morning Reception in the Kilmore Hotel which was carried live on the Joe Finnegan Show on Shannonside/Northern Sound.

Mervyn Clarke Junior is the star of the Indoor Championship at Cavan Equestrian Centre winning a double. Rode Shalom Twist to win the Hazel O Callaghan Memorial trophy in the Cavan Grand Prix and won the 5 Year Old Classic Final on his own horse  Quick Dollar. Cian O Connor won the prestigious P Elliott and Company 6-7 year old Final on Marko Paulo in very fast clear round. The Leading Rider of this 6 Day Show was Conor Swaile.The Show is now the biggest in Europe with riders from every county in Ireland and the UK competing.

Saint Clare’s College Ballyjamesduff will stage Noel Monahan’s plays  ‘Where Border Begins’ and ‘To Walk In the Wind’ Producer Noel Monahan in the Ramor Theatre Virginia.

Catherina McKiernan in conjunction with Ian O Riordan of the Irish Times publishes her autobiography ‘Running for My Life’ tracing her running career from her childhood days in Cornafean to winning 4 Silver medals in the World Cross Country Gold in the European Championships and wining the prestigious Berlin London and Amsterdam Marathons in world class times.

Tyrone captained by Brian Dooher are  All Ireland Champions for the 2nd time when they comprehensively beat Kerry 1-16 to 2-10 in the All Ireland Final in Croke Park. Star of the game was Peter Canavan who put Tyrone in the driving seat with a great goal just before half time and they were never subsequently led. After the game the 34 year old Errigal Ciaran star announced his retirement from inter county football. He captained Tyrone to Under 21 All Ireland success in 1991 and was also captain in 2003 when Tyrone beat Armagh to capture their 1st All Ireland Senior title. Scorers for Tyrone Peter Canavan 1-1 Stephen O Neill and Owen Mulligan 0-4 each Brian McGuigan 0-3 Rory Mellon 0-2 Philip Jordan and Brian Dooher 0-1 each.

Great day for Ulster as Down easily account for a poor Mayo side in the All Ireland Minor Final 1-15 to 0-8.Down led by 0-11 to 0-3 at the interval. It took Down 2 games and extra time to dispose of a very strong Cavan team in the Ulster Semi Final n Brewster Park Enniskillen at the end of July.

Martin Donohoe well known Cavan musician is featured in this year’s Echoes of Erin Comhaltas tour of the USA where they will visit Tampa Orlando Birmingham Alabama Oklahoma City Kansas City Saint Louis Nashville and Atlanta. Martin is very highly regarded in traditional music circles having recorded on the 4 CD set ‘The Musical Heart of County Cavan’ founder of the NYAH Festival Martin makes personal appearances in many venues in the North of the country.

October 6th 2005 Noel O Gorman Solicitor Farnham street is awarded  an Italian Knighthood by the President of Italy and conferred by the Italian Ambassador Alberto Schepisi.Noel is Legal Consultant to the Embassy and has a passionate attachment to Italy. Pictured is Noel O Gorman his wife Paula and Italian Ambassador Alberto Schepisi at the ceremony in the Italian Embassy.

Same Week Corlurgan National School hosts 20 teachers from Italy Spain Netherlands Norway Germany under EU scheme where teachers travel to participating countries to study teaching methods environment transport routes and changing attitudes. Teachers and pupils in Corlurgan NS have been involved in the project for the last 2 years and the teachers  from Corlurgan have already visited all these countries.

Fergus Fox is conferred with his B Engineering (Honours) degree n Civil and Transportation Engineering from Napier University Edinburgh. Educated at Ballinagh National School Saint Patrick’s College Athlone RTC Fergus is son of Peter and Marie Fox Urney Ballinagh and Cavan County Council. He is presently working with Dundalk Town Council.

Cavan Macra Na Feirme celebrate their 60th Birthday with a Banquet  in the Cavan Crystal Hotel. Pictured is Catherine McCollum President Cavan Branch and reigning Queen of the Land presenting Geraldine Beattie- Green Vice President of the North West Region with a bouquet of flowers.

Four Cavan athlete Turlough Smith Dara King Niamh Keogh and Kate Binchey all students at the Marine Institute in Galway complete the Carna Connemara Triathlon in aid of the Inshore Lifeboat appeal raising €26,487 to make a total of €100,000 raised to date.

Cuchullain’s defeat Drumalee captained by Michael Brennan 1-6 to 0-7 in the Intermediate Final in Breffni Park before 2,000 spectators. Poor game until the last quarter when Drumalee were chasing the game and the one score that would give them the crown for the 1st time since 1969.Even Darragh Gaffney missed some kickable frees as did Thomas O Reilly the Cuchullain’s free taker.Drumalee led by 0-3 to 0-2 at the interval. Adrian Tuite’s goal 19 minutes into the second half was the decisive score and ensured that Cuchullains won their 3rd Intermediate Championship having triumphed n 1987 and 1993.Gerry O Rourke the Drumalee Manger said that “every man should be proud of their commitment to the cause and dedication to training over many months and promised that the town side would be back to win next year!Drumalee are still in the Senior League Division 2 Junior B Reserve Championship and Under 21 Championship. Martin Lynch the Cuchullain’s captain was Man of the Match.

Seamus Watters having sparkled in the early season is Golfer of the Year at County Cavan Golf Club.

Ronaghan’s Rambles compiled by Moynehall Cavan photographer Paddy Ronaghan features John Molloy Sacristan n the Cathedral for over 25 year.Memeber of the Irish Army John served overseas with the United Nations. Due to circulation problem lost his legs in 2001.John pays tribute to his wife Dympna and family for their round the clock support  and concludes y saying “If it can be done I’ll do it”! (2) Norman Mills who is from Kilmore former Kilmore and Cornafean goalkeeping star. Member of Cavan Town Council cleaning staff Norman is also the School Warden at Saint Felim’s School.(3) Brendan Coulter former CEO of Cavan Mineral Water Company founded by his father John and John McShane in 1927 Brendan is a former International Coarse Angler Represented Ireland along with Hugh Gough in many contests both here and abroad. Worked in Cavan Mineral Waters employing 45 people from 1948-1993 when Desmond his brother and himself sold it to Tipperary Water Company. (4) Linus McDonald well known figure walking and cycling around his native town. Worked in his father’s bakery business from 1945 to 1984 when he bought the licensed premises of Michael Young in Ashe Street. Keen gardener story teller and historian nothing Linus doesn’t know about the town and its people.

Song Sisters featuring Eileen Tackney Carmel Donohoe Louise Smith and sister Geraldine McDonald are on a concert tour of  county Cavan appearing in the Corn Mill Theatre Carrigallen Ramor Theatre Virginia and Town Hall Cavan.

October 13th 2005 Uproar at Town Council meeting as Fine Gael member Andrew Boylan alleges that orgies are taking place in tents and greyhounds are being trained for racing in Cavan’s Protestant Graveyard on the Dublin Road. Andrew maintains he is inundated with complaints from plot holders and local residents about the noisy wild drinking orgies.CCTV cameras will have to be fitted to sort out the problem and he understood that Positive Age were taking over the Caretaker’s house (Jack and Harry Haddock’s) and the fact that it would be occupied will be a deterrent. Patricia Walsh on behalf of the residents of the area says that the problem is being caused by a handful of drunken thugs and that people who live in close proximity to the graveyard should be protected.

Same Week Death of William Joseph James (Billy) Morris late of Church Street and Bridge Street at the age of 70 at his residence  3 Edneways Estate Armagh. Born on the 12th of July 1935 to Herbie and Rachael Morris Urney Terrace Cavan Billy s educated at Cavan Number 1 School and for a sort period the Royal School before joining his father in the family business in Bridge Street where they specialised in wallpaper delph cutlery and light hardware. Billy took over the business in 1960 after the early death of his father and specialised in dinkies and souvenirs as well as expanding the delph and cutlery lines. Household name throughout the country Billy was much loved by children who appreciated his enthusiasm for Dinkies and spent hours explaining the details of the newest product in stock. Founder member of Cavan Motor Club Billy was co driver with his cousin Derek when they completed the 1,000 mile  Circuit of Ireland in 1962 in a Volkswagen Beetle and they continued to dominate many of the local domestic competitions after 1964.Billy was truly Peter Pan made manifest. Closely associated with Cavan Pavillion Billy was in charge of the Social committee and ran many of the dances that took place n that wonderful ballroom. Great surprise when Billy decided to emigrate in 1967 and sold the shop in Bridge Street to Fintan and Mary Tierney who n turn ran the highly successful Annalee Boutique from the premises. Married the love of his life Nance Sheridan a Nurse by profession from Granard in 1970 in London and they settled down to life in Walthamstow in London. Tragedy struck Billy in 19777 with the death of his beloved mother Rachael Morris in Urney Terrace but the birth of his first and only child Evelyn brought great joy to Billy and Nance. After being employed in several jobs Billy was appointed Tyre Consultant in ATS.Bad health struck Billy when he was 50 and had to retire with severe arthritis to his hands. From 1999 he was beset by numerous health problems spending time in Hospitals and Clinics. His ill luck was compounded with the sudden death of his beloved wife Nnace.In order to be near his great friends Alan and Caroline Johnston Billy came back to Ireland to live in Armagh this year. Survived by his daughter Evelyn cousins relations and a myriad of fiends in Cavan London and Armagh. Funeral Service in Ballyhaise Church with burial in the adjoining graveyard. Cavan Motor Club provided a Guard of Honour. “The mark of a great man is how you feel when his name is mentioned in recall and generations of people in Cavan get a warm glow when they think of Billy Morris” Editor

Friends and colleagues of Elaine McCluskey Staff Nurse at Cavan General Hospital who died at the age of 27 in a road traffic accident near her native Bailiebrorough in February 2004 release a CD in her honour containing 6 songs which she had already recorded before her death ‘Songbirds’. Proceeds are in aid of providing garden seating at Cavan General Hospital where she was extremely popular with both patients and staff. Meanwhile Cavan General Hospital announce the establishment of a Scholarship in her honour for student nurses worth €1,000 with the balance going to the Cavan Kidney Association.

Death of Ellen (Lillie) Reilly Drumlark.Widow of the late Jack Reilly well known musician with Eugene Leddy Pee Galligan and the Doonaree Ceilidhe Band and mechanic in Smith’s Garage and Portobello and PMPA Motors. Lillie was a gentle decent loving mother and grandmother. Deeply religious and charitable she was involved in many of the activities in the Cathedral. Survived by her son John granddaughters Fiona and Caroline. Funeral from the Cathedral to Drung cemetery.

Senator Diarmuid Wilson announces that Kilnavara Crescent is to receive a grant of €66,000 for a new playground funded under the Rapid Scheme.

Presentation to well known Doctor Patrick Kelly from the Psychiatric Unit in Cavan General Hospital on the occasion of his retirement from the Cavan/Monaghan Psychiatric Group. Pictured are Bridie McDonald Assistant Director of Nursing in Psychiatry in Cavan/Monaghan Doctor Patrick Kelly Dr Vincent Russell Clinical Director Cavan/Monaghan Health Service and Margaret Caulfield Administrator Mental Health Services Cavan/Monaghan

Crannog Bridge Club 1st Teresa McEntee and Mary Johnston 2nd Phil Smyth and Vera Coulter 3d J Smith and Mary Donohoe E/W 1st Jim and Evelyn Beirne 2nd Ann Sheridan and Kathleen Woods 3rd Phyllis O Reilly and Bridie Eames.

Cavan Gaels complete the three in a row when they easily account for Mullahoran 0-12 to 1-06 in the County Senior Final before 4,000 spectators in Breffni Park in very blustery conditions.Mullahoran after playing with the strong wind led by 1-2 to 0-3 at half time and by 1-05 to 0-7 after 13 minutes of the 2nd half then came the inspirational point from Michael Graham and the lead point from Enda King and the town team were on their way to the elusive treble.Mullahoran only scored one more pointy courtesy of Eddie Reilly. Hungrier fitter and faster to the ball Cavan Gaels are the first team since Kingscourt 1988-1991 and Laragh United 1982-1984 to complete the treble. Scorers for the Gaels  Michael Lyng 0-4 Sean Johnston 0-3 Anthony Forde 0-2 Gavin Duffy Enda King and Michael Graham 0-1 each.Team Eoghan Elliott Gearoid Collins Eamonn Reilly (Captain) Shane McGlade  Gavin Duffy Nicholas Walsh Pauric Smith Enda King Cathal Collins  Cormac Neligan Michael Lyng Kevin Downes Michael Graham Anthony Forde and Sean Johnston Subs Niall Collins for Cormac Neligan Dominic Reilly for Kevin Downes.

At a function to honour Brian McNiffe by the Donegal Association in Cavan Judge McBride hails the Donegal hotelier as ‘Tir Connaill’s Greatest Son Ever’ Maire Sweeney Reunion organiser made a presentation to Brian of a specially commissioned Cavan Crystal bowl at the packed Hotel Kilmore.Proceeds of the function will be distributed to Gweedore Nursing Home and Donegal Hospice. Donegal’s first All Star in 1972 1st captain of  Donegal Ulster Senior Champions 1974 18 Donegal Club Championships with Saint Joseph’s Ballyshannon/Bundoran 1 Ulster Club Championship 1978  Team Manger in 1992 when Donegal brought the Sam Maguire to the Hills. Manager of the Ulster Railway Cup team for over 20 years he is Donegal’s Representative on the Central Council  since 1994.

Jack Keyes Cavan County Manger is welcomed back to Cavan County Council by Clifford Kelly on behalf of Fianna Fail Andrew Boylan n behalf of Fine Gael and Charlie Boylan on behalf of Sinn Fein all remark on how fit and tanned he look after his recent illness and recuperation. The County Manger thanks the members from all sides for their good wishes and pays tribute to Seamus Neely Deputy Manger and the staff Cavan County Council for their unstinted loyalty and hard work during his enforced absence.

October 20th 2005 Launch of Cavan Lion’s Club ‘Message in a Bottle’ Pictured are Brendan Smith TD Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food Ray Carr (Cavan Lions Club) Helen Veale (President Cavan Lions Club) Paudge Tobin Ballyconnell and Terry Argue TC Cavan Lions Club.

Same Week Cavan Boy Scouts celebrate the 75th Anniversary of their founding in the Temperance Hall on October 30th 1930.They operated largely out of Galligan’s Hall in Bridge Street (Cavan Gymnastics Hall) and opened their new Scout Den at Railway Road on September 13th 1975.Great tradition of attracting generations of the same family to its ranks. John Donohoe and Father Torlac O Reilly are  the two outstanding members of Cavan CBSI now known as the Scouts Association of Ireland since its foundation in 1930.

Cavan CYMS announce that they have opened their new computer suite at their Clubrooms in Farnham Street consisting of 6 state of the art computers broadband and internet enabled. The VEC are holding classes for Seniors and Beginners in Cavan CYMS commencing in November.

Cavan Bridge Club 1st Aileen Timmoney and Paddy McDermott 2nd Harry Hunt and Ann Carlin 3rd Lucy Hayes and An Gaffney.

Mickey Harte the Tyrone Senior Football Manger will launch Catherina’McKiernan’s autobiography ‘Running for my Life’ at the Castleknock Hotel. The story is ghosted by Ian O Riordan son of the legendary Tom O Riordan former International athlete and journalist with the Independent Group.Catherina traces her beginnings and the interest in her career back to her roots in Cornafean narrates how when she ran the London Marathon Father Colm Hurley PP Killeshandra kept the congregation at the 11 am Sunday Mass fully informed of her progress. Near the end of the Mass Father Colm announced that Catherina had won the London Marathon and the congregation erupted into spontaneous applause.

Butlersbridge beat Shannon Gaels 1-10 to 0-11 in the Farnham Arms Under 16 Division 4 Final in Saint Aiden's Park Bawnboy.Pictured is Michael Cryan Youth Board PRO presenting  Kevin Grogan captain of the winning team with the trophy following the game. Goal by Kevin Shannon midway through the 2nd half decisive. Scorers for Butlersbridge Martin Fitzpatrick 0-6 Kevin Shannon 1-0 Kieran Green 0-3 Dermot Mulvey 0-1

Celebrations in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim to mark the 20th anniversary of the founding and establishment of Cavan College of Further Studies now Cavan Institute with the entire student body and teachers pictured on the steps of the Cathedral.

October 27th 2005 John P Wilson former Tanaiste and Minister of Education Posts and Telegraphs Marine and Natural Resources steps down as Vive President of Fianna Fail for personal reasons citing the onset of old age at the Ard Fheis held in Killarney. Served Cavan Monaghan constituency for 15 years 1977-1992.Cavan Ulster and All Ireland footballer Johnny won two All Ireland medals with his native Cavan in 1947 and 1948.The Taoiseach Bertie Ahern pays tribute to a brilliant friend and colleague in Government and says that John’s wisdom will be badly missed by the Party.

Same Week Death of Gertrude (Gertie) Cullivan Clones Road Butlersbridge after a short illness at Cavan General Hospital at the age of 73.Born in Butlersbridge to Anthony and Mrs Farrell in 1932 Gertie’s father was a very well known travelling clothes salesman of impeccable appearance and disposition who had a shop at the bottom of Wolfe Tone Street for many years where he sold second hand and new clothes.Travelleed extensively to Scotland for supplies he attended all of the local fairs and was widely known over a wide area.Gertie was extremely talented and was an outstanding actor and singer. The family however were best known as Irish dancers with Gertie and Tony Ulster Champions on 4 occasions. Appearing at all of the many concerts throughout the area the Farrell’s of Butlersbridge were extremely well respected and admired. After attending Butlersbridge National School and Loreto College Gertie joined the Department of Posts and Telegraphs as a Telephonist in the Cavan Exchange then situated opposite Dunne’s Stores in Church Street where she spent 11 years before her marriage and was extremely popular with customers and colleagues. Married Gene Cullivan from Cathedral Road and College Street a teacher in Drung School and they had a family of 5 children living in a new house on the Clones Road Bulersbridge.All of the family carried the same initials including the parents GC.Tragedy was to strike the family when her son Germaine was killed in a motor cycle accident in Butlersbridge in 1993.Gertie was an outstanding wife mother and grandmother and extremely popular with all who had the pleasure of her company. Married to Gene for 45 years he always referred to her as ‘An Cailin Deas’.Predeceased by her son Germaine she is survived by her husband Gene son Gene daughters Gemma Giselle and Grainne brothers Brendan and Tony sister Vera and 11 grandchildren. Funeral from Saint Aiden's Church Butlersbridge to Saint Aiden's cemetery.

Jo Jo O Connor Oldtown Cavan presents a cheque for €920 proceeds of her fundraising for the Dublin Mini Marathon to  Rosaleen Cronin Cavan Cystic Fibrosis with Felix Gormley Chairman and Ray Dunne Treasurer Cavan Cystic Fibrosis in attendance.

Up Close and Personal features Marisa Goldstone a native of Durban South Africa and now resident in 58 Glenlara Swellan where she now calls home. Working in the States  up to 2001 she came to Cavan for the birth of her grandchild Callan and decided to stay obtaining a position on the nursing staff at College View Nursing Home. She was a very active member of the ANC in Durban South Africa and her tales of apartheid and the humiliating cruelty meted out by the whites against their black neighbours was frightening in the extreme ‘Man’s inhumanity to man’!Marisa Marisa was honoured for her contribution to freedom and peace in South Africa when she received her award from Nelson Mandela President of the ANC and South Africa-an experience she describes as the best of her life.

Farnham School bid a last farewell to long time Chaplain Father Gerry Kearns who is transferring to Redhills after 20 years in the Parish. Pictured at the presentation are Bernard Donohoe Principal Father Gerry Kearns Edel Quinn Gabrielle Brady Parent’s Association Geraldine McDonald Parent’s Association Mary Gallagher Board of Management Eugene Reilly Vice Principal Rose Fox Parent’s Association with son Joseph and Ray Dunne Chairman of the Board of Management.

Butlersbridge do the double winning the Roinn D Under 14 Final in Breffni Park where they beat Killygarry 2-15 to 3-7.The Bridge led by 2-7 to 0-3 at the interval.Scorers for Butlersbridge Declan Callaghan 0-8 Fergal Flanagan 2-4 Jonathan Leddy Peter Conaty and Gavin Canning  0-1 each. An interesting inclusion on the team was Sinead Barry who had a sparkling game for the Bridge at right half back!

Anselem Lovett beats Alan Hughes to win the Brian Lynch Memorial Trophy at County Cavan Golf Club.

Profile by Sinead Hogan on Margaret Donagh new Principal of Loreto College Cavan. Born near Kells in county Meath Margaret’s entire professional life has been spent with the Loreto Order teaching in Loreto College Crumlin where she was Principal before deciding to come nearer home and take up the position as Principal Loreto Cavan. Margaret holds a Masters Degree from UCD Diploma in Educational Management from UCD and TCD and recently was conferred with a Higher Diploma in Professional Education Studies from NUI.Her entire approach to education is based on the Loreto principles of freedom sincerity truth and justice coupled with common sense. She pays tribute to her Vice Principal Phyllis McMonigle and Secretary Elaine Brennan who along with the rest of the staff have worked hard over many years to make Loreto Cavan  “A Happy School”with excellent academic results balanced by spiritual personal cultural and physical development of the students.

Thomas Maloney opens another branch of ‘The Party Joke Shop ‘at Tesco and the Cineplex Shopping Centres. Catering for all tastes Thomas specialises in this growing business supplying great variety of balloons masks hats and outfits for all types of occasion.

Social Services Whist 1st Agnes McRoe 2nd Nora Reilly 3rd Eileen Masterson.Special prizes for Nora O Reilly and Philomena McMahon.

November 3rd 2005 Ann Costello and Kathleen Jackson of Utopia Health and Beauty Salon receive the  Platinum Circle recognition for skin and beauty therapists. They are now numbered as the premier skin care specialists in Ireland and were recently awarded the Beauty Salon of The Year 2005.

Johnny Hancox Group Leader and Martin Burbridge Chief Scout of Ireland unveil the plaque at Cavan Scout Den marking the 75th Anniversary of the establishment of the 2nd Cavan CBSI and the 30th anniversary of the opening of the new Scout Den in Coleman Road. Pictured at the celebrations are Dessie Ronan  Carmel Kelly Bridie Burke Eoin O Mahony Martin Burbridge Chief Scout Pat Bradley Christy McCann Kitty Milligan John Hancox Group Leader Vincent Craig Andrew Fanon and Kieran Murray.

Same Week Bishop Francis McKiernan launches the magnificent illustrated book of the ‘Churches of the Diocese of Kilmore’ edited by Father Liam Kelly with photographs by Colm Connaughton Ballyhaise in the Pastoral Centre Saint Patrick’s College The book was commissioned by Bishop Leo O Reilly. Father Liam Kelly is a neighbour of Bishop Francis McKiernan from Aughawillan Ballinamore county Leitrim.

John McMahon Newsagent Market Square presents a specially commissioned Abbey Crystal vase to Sean Walsh in recognition of Sean’s remarkable achievement in swimming the major lakes and rivers of the 4 provinces of Ireland. Among those conquered by Sean are the River Lee in Cork Camlough Lough in Armagh Shannon River in Offaly and Galway and Lacken Lake in Clare. Tributes paid by Sean to John McMahon and Patrick Conaty Mayor Cavan Town Council. Sean later presented his boatmen Charlie Cronin and Edward Quinn with mementos of their achievements over many years.

Cavan Millennium Club based in Loreto College hail their successful tumblers who represented Ireland and competed against 200 others in the World Championships in Einhoven Holland and although not among the medals secured their places in the World rankings. Shauna Cusack Lisa Sheerin Gina Dolan Michaela Jannick Gillian Clarke and star of the team captain Rachel Kiernan.They are now among the favourites to win the European Championships in Paris in 2006.Craig and Sally thank all the parents and friends who supported the tumblers in such great numbers in Einhoven.

The Minister for Education and Science Mary Hanafin presents Loreto teacher Mags Ammond with her Higher Certificate in online teaching under the TechNet programme.Mags is one of only 44 teachers in the country who has set up a website entitled ‘Microscope Life through a Lens’. The site is hosted by Saint Patrick’s Drumcondra in association with teachers technet New York.

Civic Reception for Catherina McKiernan to mark her retirement from competitive athletics and outstanding contribution to the image and reputation of county Cavan during her athletic career. Pictured are Minister for State at the Department of Agriculture and Food Brendan Smith TD Patrick Conaty Mayor Cavan Town Jack Keyes County Manger Eddie Feeley Chairman Cavan County Council who made a presentation of a beautiful lamp to Catherina and Michael Carey President of Athletics Ireland. Catherina pays special tribute to the late County Manager Brian Johnston who facilitated her in every way during her time employed in the Courthouse installing changing facilities and showering facilities and allowing flexi time for her daily gruelling cross country training mostly accomplished on the grounds of County Cavan Golf Club.Jack Keyes County Manager said that” for many years Catherina had been the image of county Cavan to people outside the county and what a beautiful successful image she was”!

Death of Bernadette Kenny 8 Owen Roe Cavan at Cavan General Hospital at the age of 81. Daughter of James and Agnes McElroy Ballyhaise her father worked with GNR and the family lived in the Station House in Ballyhaise.Moved into Number 8 Owen Roe after the McDermott family all emigrated to England in 1955 and Bernadette Joe and family spent 50 blissful years there. (Kevin McDermott later wrote The Time of The Corncrake about his young days growing up in Cavan).Bernadette was Cook in the old Surgical Hospital and after rearing her family worked on the night shift where she was extremely popular with both patients and staff. Her friendly and cheerful manner endeared her to all who had the pleasure of meeting her. Founder member of the Boy’s Band she took an active part in the running of the many successful carnivals of the Showband era raising vast sums of money for John Donohoe and the famous band. Member of the Parent’s committee Cavan VEC Bernadette was also an outstanding Camogie player with Redhills in her youth. Endless secret acts of charity and kindness she passed on this gift to her family.Predeceased by her husband Joe a stonemason by profession who had his workshop and yard adjacent to the Dew Drop Inn. Survived by her sons Tommy Joseph Martin daughters Rosalind Bernadette Mary Ann Julia Patricia and Jacinta sister Dympna Browne Butlersbridge.Funeral from the Cathedral to Killygarry cemetery.

Anita Young from Carrickane is awarded the Elizabethan Gold medal from Trinity College as a result of her maximum marks in her final Physiotherapist exam at Trinity where she was awarded a BSc with first class honours. Anita was educated at Farnham NS and Loreto College and is daughter of Padraig and Helen Young Carrickane.

Kathleen Sullivan Trophy at Cavan Bridge Club is won by Vera McMahon and Kathleen Clarke 2nd M Green and Anne O Reilly 3rd Father Tomas Woods and Kay Henry

Cavan Equestrian Centre are grant aided to the sum of €1,144,944 for further development after the Minister for Arts Tourism and Sport John O Donohoe visits the Centre with Brendan Smith Minister for Agriculture and Food. It plays a pivotal role n the Tourism business in the area and capacity crowds now attend all the major shows and sales.

Cavan Lions Club Poster competition is won by  Stephanie Brady Corlurgan National School while Siobhan Treacy from Farnham National School was 2nd.The prizes were presented by Helen Veale President of the Lions Club in the Town Hall .

November 17th 2005 Continuing controversy over the Government’s lack of action on Decentralisation of the Departments of Communications Marine and Natural Resources to Cavan. Andrew Boylan Fine Gael recalls on the 3rd anniversary of the Minister for Finance’s announcement in the Dail that the sum total to Cavan was no jobs and little action. Andrew concludes by saying the Government appear to be dragging their feet on the issue and Paddy O Reilly states that it would now appear that Cavan is very low priority in the order of things. Terry Argue says that it is taking an inordinate amount of time for the OPW to finalise the purchase of the preferred site at Farnham Road.Des Cullen sums up the feeling and sentiments of all when he says “the people of Cavan are living in hope rather than expectation and needed to hear something more positive about the proposed Decentralisation after over three years patiently waiting”.

Same Week Cavan Gaels captained by Edward O Hanlon win the Reserve Senior Division 1 Replay against Kingscourt Stars 2-8 to0-7 at Ramor Park Virginia. The scores were level at the interval Cavan Gaels 1-1 to Kingscourt’s 0-4.The Gaels cut loose in the 2nd half their superior fitness and physique allied to excellent forward play overran Kingscourt Scorers for the Gaels Edward O Hanlon 0-3 Levi Murphy 1-2 Alan O Riordan 0-2 Stephen Maguire 1-0 and Sean Higgins 0-1.Levi Murphy introduced to the fray in the 9th minute was the difference between the two sides with his lethal finishing a feature. Man of the Match Levi Murphy. Team Charles Halligan Patrick Graham Joe Dunne Michael Coke Ciaran McGlade Michael Meehan Edward O Hanlon (Captain) Mark McNamara Sean Higgins Tommy McCormick Gerard Reilly Alan O Riordan Finbar Gurhy and Stephen Maguire Subs Levi Murphy for Tommy McCormick Andrew Neligan for Gerard Reilly.

4 Female boxers from Cavan win gold medals at the Ladies’ Boxing Championships at the National Stadium in Dublin. Pictured Sean Crowley (Coach) Aoibhinn Bartley (75 kg) Caroline Reilly (60 kg) Yvonne Courtney (69 kilos) Michelle Brady (69 kilo) and Brian McKeown (Coach)

Ronaghan’s Rambles this week features Jim Scanlon Jeweller and Watchmaker a native of Wexford  from Town Hall Street. Founding member of Cavan Chamber of Commerce Cavan Drama Festival and Pavillion Pantomime. Jim painted all the scenery for the pantomimes and shows for the Boy Scout’s Tops of Breffni and Pavilion Pantomime. Retired as Cmdt in the Irish Army in 1971 Jim is still active in the shop but says his eyes are not as good as they once were! Cecil and Betty Gilpin Coras Point are also featured Ballroom teachers and dancers Betty is a gifted gardener and exhibitor of Home Crafts at all the local Agricultural shows. Her favourite flower is the dahlia. Cecil is a high class ballroom instructor and is a genius with stone pointing and design. Paddy also features the legendary Sister Mercy Rooney a native of Rossinver county Leitrim. She was a nurse and later Matron in Saint Felim’s Hospital from 1943 and totally overhauled the method of looking after old people. Along with her outstanding colleagues and staff particularly Joe Hickey the old and infirm were treated with great dignity respect and nothing was too good for them. In latter years she was Matron in Saint Patrick’s College where she endeared herself to students and staff. Now retired to the Mercy Convent in Cootehill Sister Mercy remarks that the most fulfilling period of her life was looking after the Alcoholics in her care and see them being reinvigorated and restored to their families and society.

Song Sisters finish their recent tour with a concert in the Kilmore Hotel dedicated to the memory of Nancy O Reilly nee Smith mother of Geraldine McGrath who died last week. Nancy and Tommy’s love of music had been great inspiration and encouragement to Geraldine and the entire Song Sisters Geraldine Carmel Eileen Geraldine and Paula. They will be accompanied on stage by their travelling band Paul David Tom John Darragh and Carmel.

President Mary McAleese President of Ireland presents Mags Amond Teacher Loreto College and Rose Luby Teacher in Cavan Vocational with Gaisce awards for their services to young people through outstanding dedicated tuition.

November 25th 2005 President McAleese is to pay an official visit to Loreto College on the occasion of their 75th anniversary on December 6th.The college was founded by a small group of Loreto nuns in August 1930.

Same Week The new SAS Radisson Hotel at the 1,300 acre Farnham Estate to cost €85 million will employ 170 full time and 80 part time staff. Roy McCabe a native of Billis and extensive Dublin Pharmacist purchased the Estate from the Maxwell family in 2001 and is throwing it open to the public for the first time in 400 years.It is the 10th Radisson hotel in Ireland and will include a 40,000 square feet wellness centre walking trails fishing facilities and an 18 hole  Championship Golf Course.The design is by Des McMahon /Gilroy Architects who has recently completed refurbishment of the Hugh Lane Gallery Collins Barracks and Croke Park.

Keith Jermyn at 16 years of age makes his 1st solo flight from Enniskillen Airport. Keith’s ambition is to emulate his father Eugene and gain a full professional pilots license to fly commercial planes which his father holds for the last 25 years. Keith is presently studying for his Leaving Certificate next year.

Eddie Brady former Treasurer of Cavan County Board and Ulster Council Representative is putting the finishing touches to his CD ’25 Glorious Years of Cavan Football 1927-1952’ which includes Cavan’s All Ireland wins of 1933 35 47 48 and 52 and the Minor triumphs of 37 and 38 together with analysis on the Junior All Ireland of 1927 and Cavan’s record 19 Ulster Final wins in that glorious 25 years 1937-1952.The CD will be launched by George Cartwright Chairman Cavan County Board and author of the outstanding ‘Up The Reds’.

Crannog Bridge Club 1st Madge Conlon and Kathleen Comesky 2nd Ann Gaffney and Phyllis O Neill 3rd Mary McGowan and Mary McNicholas E/W 1st Bernadette O Donohoe and Veronica Fay 2nd John Lovett and Evelyn Rowe 3rd Ann Sheridan and Susan Devine.

‘The Caught Bouquet’produced by former County Council author in residence Heather Brett and traditional musician Martin Donohoe features 13 writers 3 readers and 16 musicians and artistes.It took a year to complete with the assistance of Catriona O Reilly Cavan Arts Officer. Legendary Actor TP McKenna a native of Mullagh county Cavan  launching the superb CD says “Caught Bouquet is a visual  image of flowers thrown in hope and caught by upturn hands”!

Cavan Gaels bow out of the Ulster Senior Club Championship when beaten by the Derry Champions Bellaghy in the Ulster Club Semi Final 0-11 to 0-9 in Healy Park Omagh. Bellaghy were bigger and stronger and held the whip hand all through. They led the Gaels 0-6 to 0-5 at the interval.Scorers for the Gaels Seanie Johnston 0-3 Cormac Neligan 0-2 Eamonn Reilly Pauric Smith Anthony Forde and Alan O Riordan 0-1 each .

Packie Doonan runs the Marathon 26.2 miles in Winelands South Africa 35kilometres from Capetown in a time of 6 hours. The 62 years old has now completed Dublin 17 times London  4 times Belfast Stockholm Hong Kong Canberra New York Boston Edinburgh and Cavan 1 each with a further 2 half marathons completed for Team P Elliott in Cavan. Packy pays tribute to Owen McConnon Cavan Citizen’s Information Office for assisting him with online reistration and Martin Donohoe and Oliver and Ann Shields for their generosity and support. Tributes are paid to Brian Mulligan photographer and the Anglo Celt for their generous coverage of his Marathon career and achievements.

Gerry Ryan Galway City Harriers wins the 3rd Annalee AC 5 mile run around the roads of the town in a sparkling 24 minutes and 42 seconds 2nd was Martin Kildea of Monaghan Phoenix. The Ladies Race was won by Pauline Curley Tullamore Harriers in 28:47 while the over 40 men was won by Gerry Carr Civil Service over 50 Brendan Montague Omagh Harriers with Paul Myles Donore Harriers and Team P Elliott 2nd.Over 200 athletes from all 4 provinces took part in the main race while 140 juveniles took part in the shorter races. This year’s charity was the Special Care Baby Unit at Cavan General Hospital. Later a cheque for €12,000 was presented to the charity by the organisers at a function in Cavan General Hospital.

Clive Pratt Commercials opens its new showroom and extended premises at Derycramph.Clive is now agent for tractors and 4 wheel drives by Kia Isuzu L Veco Daihatsu and Same. Established in 1990 Clive now employs 10 full time staff in the Sakes Service and Stores Mark Berrigan is Sales Manager  Karol Duignan is Tractor and Agri Machinery Manger Jim Briody is in charge of the Service Department Thalas Audruska is Stores Manager.

December 1st 2005 Shane Donohoe Fairtown based trainer wins 4 races at the Muselborough meeting with jockey Andrew McNamara on Board all four scoring a 556-1 4 timer. Shane plundered the first 3 races  and won the final race the Bumper. Out of his 6 runner Shane had 4 winners a 3rd and 4th on a very competive card. His last big success in Britain came with Cragg House when he romped away with the Topham Trophy at the Grand National meeting in April.

Same Week Death of Phair Member of the very popular Gumley family.Predeceased by her husband Thomas daughter Elizabeth Logan Drumullen.Survived by her son Noel Gartbrattan and daughter Violet Power Drumullen.Funeral from Kilmore Cathedral to the adjoining graveyard.

Death of Annette Dolan formerly from Butlersbridge in Saint Vincent’s Hospital Bridgeport Connecticut USA.Daughter of Kitty and the late Michael. Survived by her mother Kitty brothers Shane Ian  Michael Kevin and Noel sister Patricia. Funeral in Bridgeport Connecticut. Memorial Service in Saint Aiden's Church Butlersbridge.

Sonya Sheridan Fairview married Michael Manning in Saint Brigid’s Church Killygarry on the 5th June 2005 now thanks all her good friends and neighbours for their beautiful gifts.

John and Maureen McDowell celebrate the Golden Jubilee of their marriage with a gala night in the Farnham Hotel surrounded by their many friends and family The McDowells return thanks to the proprietors of the Farnham Oliver and Ann Shiels and their wonderful staff for the hospitality extended to them on this special occasion.

Sabo Interiors opens at Moynehall Business Park Pictured are Padraig Shine (Proprietor) Ann Costello Interior Designer Patrick Conaty Lord Mayor who performed the opening Sabrina Callan Laura Forde and Pat Moran (Proprietor).

Death of the legendary Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballer George Best after a long bout with liver failure caused by addiction to alcohol. Profile of George and Dennis Law visiting Crover House Hotel on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of their 1968 European triumph when they beat Benefica 4-1 after extra time at Wembley. George made his debut for Manchester United at the age of 17 in September 1963.Plans are afoot to name Aldergrove Airport in Belfast George Best Airport in tribute to a favourite son. Among those paying tribute are Pele from Brazil and Eusebio from Portugal two of the greatest stars of the Best era. Pictured at Crover House in June 1993 are Eamonn Gaffney Sports Editor of the Anglo Celt Patrick O Reilly Proprietor Crover House Hotel George Best and Dennis Law.

Andrew Murray continues his winning professional career with an emphatic points win over Nigerian tough guy Silewe Saheed at the Mayfair Sporting Club in London winning easily on the referee’s scorecard 40-36 after 6 bruising rounds in which Andrew suffered a cut eye necessitating 5 stiches.Andrew’s career can be now followed on his own web site at www.andymurrayjunior.com Andrew is now in the top ten of rated Lightweights in the United Kingdom.

December 8th 2005 President McAleese is given the red carpet treatment and welcomed to the strains of the Halleluiah Chorus by the choir of Loreto College when along with her husband Martin she pays an official visit to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the college by the Loreto Order. She is pictured in deep conversation with transition year students Teresa Cronin and Eva Keeney about the  difficult problem of turning the heel of a sock! She later pays tribute to the Principal Margaret Donagh Vice Principal Phyllis McMonigle and past Principal Brendan McCann and all the devoted students and staff. President McAleese speaks with humour and passion about the great Loreto educational tradition and the uniqueness of each student in their care.

Same Week President McAleese greeted by the CEO Colm McEvoy opens the new Youthreach Education facility at Moynehall sponsored by Cavan VEC where Clifford Kelly Chairman speaks in glowing terms of those engaged in Adult Education and the President says that “students returning to Adult Education can gain the keys to a better life and confidently go on to great things”.

Death of Joe Hewitt Crubany at the age of 92.One of the most industrious and decent farmers in the area Joe was also a well known gravedigger engaged by all denominations. Outstanding character Joe could recall many of the great events in the town’s history and always spoke with great humour and enthusiasm. In the early years sold the garden produce from his farm from a cart in the Market Square and toured all the Cattle Fairs in the region where he had a reputation for quality value and fairness. Predeceased by his wife Mary and son Noel killed in a motor traffic accident he is survived by his sons John Tommy Jimmy George and Sammy daughters Sadie McConkey and Maud Patterson. Funeral following Service in Cavan Parish Church to the New cemetery.

Death of Melba Tavignot in Toronto Canada. Native of the town member of the well known Jenkins family she was the only daughter of Harry and Mrs Jenkins who was the District Nurse in Cavan town for up to 50 years. Emigrated with many of the family to Canada over 50 years ago. Survived by her husband Maurice daughters Mary Lou and Helen brothers Brendan Paddy Clyde and Des.Burial took place in Toronto Canada.

David Nevin is the new Ulster Light Welterweight Champion when he stops James McLoughlin in the 3rd Round in the Final in the Ulster Hall Belfast.Nevin was ahead 18-2 when the referee intervened to save McLoughlin from further punishment.Nevin has now won Ulster Senior Championships at lightweight and now at light welterweight.

Saint Patrick’s College Cavan win their first Senior title since 1972 when they beat Saint Patrick’s Navan 2-12 to 0-9 at Kingspan Breffni Park in the North Leinster Colleges Senior Final. Cavan Gaels’ Martin Dunne was the star performer and his two goals from play were decisive in the Saint Pat’s win. Daniel Graham Martin Dunne Shane Craig were the Cavan Gaels representatives on the team while C Greenan represented Butlersbridge on the team.

Longford Town name Alan O Riordan as their Under 21 Player of the Year. Working as an Estate Agent in Dublin Alan was formerly on Shelbourne FC books. Presently playing centre half for Longford Town his preferred position is centre half. Alan is son of Cathal and Patricia O Riordan Killycannon Cavan and has played county football with Cavan at Under 16 and Minor and is presently a member of the Cavan Gaels’ senior panel.

Pictured at the launch of Eddie Brady’s CD 25 Glorious Years of Cavan Football 1927-52 at the Kilmore Hotel Sean Byers Cavan and Crosserlough Eddie Brady Narrator Owen McConnon Cavan County Board Communications Committee Oliver Galligan Ulster Council George Cartwright Chairman Cavan County Board Philip Clarke Producer Mark Gillick PRO Cavan County Board GAA.

December 15th 2005 Development site on the South side of College Street fetches €2.5 million at auction. There is full planning permission for 3 retail units 2 storey office block 12 Apartments on 1st and 2nd floor. The site was purchased by a well known Oldcastle developer presently building houses in Ballyjamesduff.Noel Elliott and Brendan Cosgrove purchase the Pat McGovern site on the South end of Connolly Street for €3.6 million.The site carries full planning permission for 765 square metres of retail space 142 square metres of office space and 13 apartments on left hand side viewed from Main Street while there is planning for 228 square metres of retail and 12 2 bed room apartments on the river side of Connolly Street.

Same Week Philip Kiernan’s Spar Express on the Dublin Road is the recipient of a  5 star excellence award for shop promotion customer care and food safety sponsored by the Excellence  Quality Ireland Association at the Killashee Hotel Naas.

Death of Andy Gilchrist Glen Na Mona 1 Cathedral Road Cavan at the age of 91 after a long illness borne with great courage and patience at College View Nursing Home where he was the first patient and spent the last 5 years of his life. Native of Degnavardy Kill Cootehill Andy came from farming stock. Qualified as a carpenter and cabinet maker before joining the RAF for the duration of World War 2 where he took up the position of rear gunner on bombing raids over Europe. Most dangerous position most of the rear gunners perished during their dangerous missions where their job was to protect the plane from an exposed position at the back of the aircraft. Injured in action Andy was decorated for his services to humanity and the successful struggle against the Nazi monster. After the War Andy came to Cavan and first worked as a lorry driver with Cavan County Council for a number of years before setting up a workshop on the Bullock Lane where among his colleagues was the inimitable Charlie Greene and Jack McCann their main work was the production of coffins which they turned out in their dozens. In 1952 Andy married Vera Brady Upper Main Street and in 1954 they opened their first shop opposite Smyth's 60 Main Street (Back to Nature).They were to build an empire and bring great style and flash to the ladies fashion trade introducing to Cavan for the first time models mannequins fashion shows and plenty of glamour. Vera and Andy later set up a further 3 shops in Cavan ably assisted by the likes of Mary Tierney Mary Bartley Clarice O Reilly Gay Lambert Margo Boylan Anna Kiernan and Mary Bartley to name but a few. Further shops were set up in Longford  Belfast Nenagh before the death of Vera in 1976.Andy was a gifted Angler and represented Ireland on several occasions at fly fishing. Chief Brancardier on the Kilmore Pilgrimage to Lourdes for 37 years Andy also served as a steward once a month at the Marian shrine in Knock. Man of great talent and humility and generosity Andy was an active member of Saint Vincent De Paul and his personal charity knew no bounds. Living on his own Andy decided in latter times to seek the refuge of College View Nursing Home and spent the last  5 years of his life there where he endeared himself to the patients and staff.His next door neighbour Hugh Gough was a daily visitor and brought him comfort and news 24/7.Predeceased by his wife Vera and eldest son Sean Andy is survived by his son Gary and daughter Jacqueline .Funeral following concelebrated Mass in the Cathedral at which the chief celebrant was Andy’s nephew Martin Gilchrist and Bishop Leo O Reilly presided  with burial in Killygarry cemetery.

Death of John McBride Caughoo Survived by his wife Mary son Padraig and daughter Martina McCann and sister Sister Rose in the USA.Funeral from Saint Patrick’s Drumcor to Saint Felim’s Church Ballinagh.

Lorraine McElgunn Willow Ridge Oldtown and formerly from Belturbet has  2 of her photographs accepted for the Ray Darcy inspired ‘Snapshot of Ireland on 1 Day 1st October 2005’.Proceeds from the sale of the book will go towards Childline.

Stephanie Graham is conferred with her B Sc Honours degree in Environmental Health. Educated at Saint Clare’s NS and Loreto College Stephanie is daughter of Richard and Patricia Graham Billis Cavan

Fergal Brady Rahulton Butlersbridge receives his Masters Degree in Business Studies at John Moore University Liverpool. Educated at Butlersbridge NS and Saint Patrick’s College Fergal is son of Sean and Evelyn Brady Rahulton.

New Superintendent Fergus Healy is welcomed to Cavan District Court by Judge Sean McBride Michael Ryan on behalf of the Bar Association and Geoffrey McMonagle on behalf of the District Court Service who all promise their full co operation and support.

Cavan ICA donate a full sized Christmas Crib to Saint Christopher’s Hospice Loreto Cavan. Pictured at the presentation are Erika Winterlich Manager Saint Christopher’s Hospice Eileen Tully Ann Campbell Eileen Conaty Betty Flynn Tess Brady Hazel Spears Maureen Connolly and Kathleen Leinster.

Cavan Town Reserves beat Clones Town 2-1 to win the John Farrelly Shield for the 1st time at Century Homes Park Monaghan.Goal from Pauric Molly put the Town 1 up at the interval. Backs to the wall display in the second half where Man of the Match James Heffernan in the Cavan goal was outstanding and pulled off  heroic save after heroic save. Break away goal by Tony Pryce settled the issue and brought the John Farrelly Shield to Cavan for the first time.

Cathal Dunne beats Conor McClarey to win the 2005 Garda Community Shield Final at Cavan CYMS.Joey Cawley and Conor Cassidy were the beaten Semi Finalists.

December 22nd 2005  Bishops Leo O Reilly and Ken Clarke send Christmas greetings to their parishioners emigrants missionaries abroad and the increasing number of immigrants from Eastern Europe who will spend Christmas in Cavan this year. “Christmas shows us where love begins-- in God’s self giving to us. Christmas invites us to love as God loves as Jesus loves” !

Same Week Poor demand for the car parking at the new Multi Storey Car Park.Ger Finn Town Manager  points out that it has never been more than half full despite the traffic choking the main streets and car parks in the town. In fact from their figures the average is 1/6 of the 400 car space facility is being used regularly despite it being available to motorists at €10 per week. Brian McKeown says it is now time that the Council ‘got their finger out’ and mobilise their staff to direct traffic into the Car Park at least for the Christmas period.

Paula Kelly College Street marries Mark Lennon from Cootehill in Saint Mary’s Church Ballyhaise with the reception the Kilmore Hotel.

Derek Graham  Drumbar Farnham is named as a Peace Commissioner by the Minister for Justice Michael McDowell. Derek is Vice President of Cavan branch Fine Gael.

Butlersbridge ICA celebrate their  silver Jubilee with a Gala dinner and presentation in the Slieve Russell Hotel. Bouquets of flowers presented to Mary Shannon first Secretary current President Anna May Farrell Margaret McDonald President Cavan Guild Margaret Heavin first Treasurer and Teresa Colhoun 1st Federation President.

Valerie Johnston Blenacup is conferred with her honours degree in Business Management from Dundalk Institute of Technology.Educated at Farnham NS and Cavan Vocational School Valerie is daughter of David and Olivia Johnston Blenacup.

Hugh Gough Wendy Swan John Nallen Andy McGovern and Muriel Hastings are among the subjects featured on the Northern Sound ‘My Life Story ‘over 10 days of the Christmas holiday. All are different energetic charismatic characters living in our midst.

Tragic death of Ronan Galligan Poles aged 23 in a road traffic accident when his car was in collision with a lorry at 4:10 am on the M4 Cellbridge Interchange as he journeyed home for Christmas. Outstanding footballer with Killygarry GFC winning several major honours with the Club. Son of the popular Jim postman in Cavan Post Office and Mary Galligan Ronan is survived by his brother Aidan and sister Orla.Funeral following Requiem Mass in Saint Brigid’s cemetery Killygarry to the adjoining cemetery.

Cavan Gaels win the Cavan Senior League beating old rivals Gowna  1-9 to 2-4 at wet and windy Our Lady of Lourdes Park in Mullahoran.Conditions were appalling with wintry showers and very heavy underfoot conditions prevailing throughout making fast open ply impossible. Bad  tempered game both teams showed a woeful lack of respect for one another and there were many acts of indiscipline throughout the park. The Gaels finished with 13 men losing Alan O Riordan and Sean O Reilly while Gowna finished with 14 when Cathaldus Hartin was  ordered off all in the 2nd half.Magnificient achievement by the Gaels winning their third Championship and Senior League in a row. The Gaels led by 1-6 to 2-1 at the interval.Scorers for the Gaels  Cormac Neligan 1-3 Niall Collins 0-2 Eamonn Reilly Anthony Forde Nicholas Walshe  and sub Sean Johnston 0-1 each.Team Eoghan Elliott Shane McGlade Cathal Collins Karl Crotty John Gurhy Eamonn Reilly (Captain) Anthony Forde Nicholas Walsh Enda King Gavin Duffy Sean Reilly Kevin Downes Alan O Riordan Cormac Neligan and Niall Collins. Subs Sean Johnston for Kevin Downes Charles Halligan for Eoghan Elliott Mickey Graham for Niall Collins Dominic Reilly for Enda King

Oliver Creegan and Eilish Mullhern incoming Captains at County Cavan Golf Club wish all the members and friends a Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year.

December 29th 2005 Death of Most Re Doctor Francis McKiernan retired Bishop of Kilmore after a short illness at Cavan General Hospital at the age of 79. Born in 1926 son of Joseph and Ellen (Nee McTague) McKiernan at Stradinan in the parish of Drumreilly Lower. Educated at the local National School and later Saint Patrick's College Cavan before entering Maynooth in 1944.Ordained to the Priesthood on the 17th of June 1951.He was appointed to the teaching staff at Saint Malachy's College Belfast in 1951 before returning to his old Alma Mater the following year. At the request of Bishop Quinn founded Saint Felim's College Ballinamore in 1962.He was consecrated Bishop of Kilmore on the 10th of December 1972.Founder and  lifetime member of Cumainn Seanchas Breffni,he has contributed numerous articles to both national and local publications. Head of the Organising Committee for the Visit of Pope John Paul 2 (September 29th to October 1st 1979).Over 3 million people joyfully celebrated the Holy Father among us. Consistent and enthusiastic friend of Cavan CYMS.All of the Clerical profiles on this website are taken from his book 'The Diocese of Kilmore Bishops and Priests 1136-1988'.Driving force behind the establishment of the Genealogical Centre in Cavan –he provided the initial premises at Cana House and took a great interest and pride in the work being carried out there.Loking forward to the opening of the new Johnston Central Library he canvassed vigorously for the provision of this custom built facility and was a constant visitor and researcher in the Library. In September he gave a lecture on the O Reilly’s of Breifne to the Ulster O Reilly Association earning prolonged applause for his delivery and scholarship. Avid historian he had several books and publications to his credit and lectured regularly as a guest of Cumainn Seanchas Breifne of which he was a founding member in 1958.His last project was to put together a database containing the names and addresses of all the students who studied at Saint Patrick’s College and the Augustinian Seminary in Cavan since its foundation together with photographs and illustrations .On the 27th October 2005 at his last public function he launched the brilliant ‘Churches of the Diocese of Kilmore’ compiled by his Aughawillan neighbour Father Liam Kelly with photographs by Colm Connaughton illustrating the great work which he oversaw as Bishop of Kilmore for 26 years-nothing could speak more eloquently of his distinguished stewardship. After his retirement in 1997 Bishop McKiernan came to live at 5 Brookside Farnham Road  and while continuing his historical research he did so without the burden of office. Made many new interesting friends including Brian Tansey former Engineer in Cavan County Council whom he met for lunch every week day and exchanged witty intelligent yarns. Long time Patron and member of County Cavan Golf Club he was also an ardent GAA fan and took great delight in the achievement of his native Leitrim winning the Connaught Championship in 1995 for the 1st time since 1927.He was a very active Patron of Cavan Drama Festival attending as often as could and took great pride in the achievements of the Corn Mill Theatre Carrigallen who won the All Ireland Open twice in recent years. During his tenure s Bishop of Kilmore he built a new Bishop’s Place at Cullies 8 new churches were erected during his episcopate in Killinkere Killdallen Swanlinbar Ballinagh Lavey Lower Laragh and Virginia. He commissioned his good friend Father Dan Gallogly to write his masterpiece the ‘Diocese of Kilmore 1800-1950’ which was in turn dedicated to him by Father Dan. His good friend and former student Archbishop Sean Brady in tribute wrote “Kilmore has lost a holy and noble priest a generous pastor a good shepherd who always did his utmost to reveal the love of Christ for his people. May he rest in peace”. Bishop Francis McKiernan is survived by his sisters Mary Comey Termon Virginia and Ann Lee New York and was laid to rest in the Cathedral he so nobly cherished and adorned. His contributions to the Breffni Historical Journal are listed  Review of the Cavan and Leitrim Railway 1966 Doctor Philip O Connell –An Obituary 1969 Review of the Fermanagh Story 1969 Parish Priests of Kilmore 1972 Kilmore Priests 1986 The O Reilly’s and McQuaids of Lisdoagh 1991 The O Reilly’s of Corlattylaman 1994 The Franciscan Friary Cavan 1999 William Rutledge 1806-1876 Thomas Fitzsimmons 1614-1680 (2001) and The Diocese of Kilmore 1670-1728 2002.

Same Week Christmas Day tragedy as Sarah Blakely Tanlaght Ballyheelan is accidentally gunned down by her younger brother who discharged his legally held shotgun while preparing to go hunting after the Christmas dinner. Sarah was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:30 pm on Christmas Day.Gardai confirm that the shooting was a tragic accident and that they are not pursuing any further enquiries while a neighbour speaks of the Blakely’s as “a very happy united family –the essence of all that is good”.

Pictured are 5 young former Loreto Cavan students who achieved in excess of 545 points in their Leaving Certificate and were awarded Exhibition Scholarships by Trinity College Dublin.Aoife Quinn Leah Elliott Jessie Keenan Louise Smith Eadaoin Finch Michelle McMahon and Niamh Brady.

Crannog Bridge Christmas competition 1st Kathleen Comeskey and Sharon Murphy 2nd Stella Corr and Mary Moore 3rd Mary Johnston and Teresa McEntee 4th Ann Fallon and Betty Murphy.

‘Kicking King’ adds the £300,000 King George V1 Chase at Sandown Park on Saint Stephen’s Day at 11/8 favourite to his Cheltenham Gold Cup crown ridden by Barry Geraghty trained by Tom Taaffe and owned by Conor and Dympna Clarkson.Dympna Clarkson was formerly Brady from Arden Milltown Belturbet Co Cavan.

23 Month old Amy Quinn pictured with her mother Olivia is the youngest swimmer n this year’s annual Christmas Morning swim in which 75 swimmers took part in warm bright Autumnal conditions at Annagh Lake..

Anthony Gary pictured with his parents Peter and Grace Drumnavanagh receiving his FETAC Level 5 Diploma in Computer Applications from the Minister of Education and Science Mary Hanafin at the Cavan Institute conferring ceremony in the Kilmore Hotel. Among the Students of the Year are Rebecca Monaghan Cavan town FETAC award in Tourism and Eilish McNamara Killycannon Cavan City and Guilds Diploma in Hairdressing.

Pictured at  the annual Social Services Dinner /Dance in the Kilmore Hotel are Teddy and Pauline McCormack Margaret Hyland Kathleen Reilly Lauri McConnell Father John Gilhooley Adm Sadie Kennedy Mel Doherty (Santa ) Archdeacon George Millar and Maureen and daughter Grainne Barrett.