I am very happy to be bringing you the third edition of this electronic newsletter. It is proving to be a great success and is being very well-received.
It can only get better with the passage of time and I am conscious that it has to be kept as practical and as useful as possible. I envisage using it as a vehicle to get you immediate and first-rate information on new schemes, grants etc. I am always delighted to get your feedback also.
Joe O’Reilly TD
Kilcogy/Loughduff Fine Gael Annual General meeting
This AGM held in Sheridan’s was an outstanding success. It is very good of the Sheridan family to make their home available to us and it creates a particular atmosphere.
These two branches have a great membership structure in that there is a blend of younger members and those who were around for the bad days that are still happily with us. The branches have a very competent and professional leadership. The discussion was excellent and there is a great team of people there who will get involved in the local elections.
Local candidate, Ms. Mary Brady, is herself a member of the Loughduff branch and was well received at the meeting, as were her colleagues, Councillors Winston Bennett, Paddy O’Reilly and Paddy Smith.
There was universal praise for and recognition of the enormous work across the cultural, social and economic spheres of retiring Councillor Dessie Boylan. He has given distinguished service. Mary and himself were wished a good and happy retirement by all present.
School Summer Work Scheme
I was happy to be informed by Minister Ruairi Quinn during the week that twelve Cavan schools have been included in the first round of the Summer Work Scheme.
Almost €36 million is being allocated by the Department of Education and Skills in this first round of the School Summer Work Scheme 2014, with a record number of Cavan schools benefitting in this first round.
The schools expected to benefit from the scheme are; Laragh National School, Drumkilly National School, St Mary’s National School in Swanlinbar, Crosserlough National School, St Kilians National School in Mullagh, Shercock National School, St Mary’s National School in Mountnugent, St Bridget’s National School in Killoughter, St Felims National School in Cavan Town, Knocktemple National School, Loreto College in Cavan and St Aidan’s Comprehensive in Cootehill.
The schools will receive funding to upgrade and improve existing school buildings. The first round of funding will allow schools to carry out small and medium scale building works across three categories of projects such as Gas, Electrical and Mechanical works. In addition to this first round of funding, another round is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Having campaigned for monies to come back to local communities out of the property tax for tidying up works such as cutting grass in public places, clearing debris and improving the overall environment, I was very happy to be informed by Minister Hogan that as part of the Public Area Enhance Scheme, €70,000 has been granted to Cavan County Council as well as an equal amount to Monaghan County Council.
The grant is intended to support local community groups such as TidyTowns and other organisations that work hard to enhance their local area. The funding can be put towards the cleaning-up of parks, recreational areas and towards safety measures for derelict buildings.
I am very happy to see the funding being made available as I recently issued a statement highlighting the need for extra funding for this purpose.
Fund-Raiser for Cystic Fibrosis
I attended a wonderful concert in aid of Cystic Fibrosis in the Errigal Hotel on Friday night. My enjoyment of the event was enhanced by the fact that I had the very pleasant company of our County Chairman, Michael Smith, his wife Eileen and Council Candidate Carmel Brady.
While every act was memorable and included legends like Gene Bannon and the Swarbrigg Brothers, the performance of the all-male Cavan rugby choir was truly uplifting. They have a tremendous ability to utilise various vocal ranges and harmonies.
The O’Reilly sisters from Drumcalpin, Cavan are also an exceptional talent and I expect that we will hear a lot more of them. The entire night was a wonderful celebration of indigenous talent all in a good cause.
Knockbride Variety Show
Last Saturday night, I attended the Knockbride Vaiety Show and it had a few striking features. It involved a huge number of the local community in one way or another. The young of the area were to the forefront, either through the modern dance routines, the singing or in the comedy sketches.
The entire production is becoming more professional each year. It unites the Parish, solidifies the sense of community and the idea of the extended family. It can only have enormous positive implications for the young people involved. Their lives will never be the same again. It was a very special event.
Cavan Drama Festival
Like old wine, Cavan drama festival has stood the test of time and is as strong as ever. I was at an extraordinary version of John B. Keanes’ “Many Young Men of 20 Said Good-bye” performed by a Sligo group at the festival. The emigration theme was dealt with in song and story. Tragically, emigration remains part of our experience. We can only resolve to try to reverse this unfortunate reality.
The standard of acting on the night was exceptional with a wonderful cast. It is great that amateur drama remains strong in our country and it should continue to be nurtured and encouraged. The committee of Cavan Drama Festival have reason to be justly proud. I was delighted to see our colleague Councillor Madeleine Argue playing a very prominent role there.
Young Fine Gael AGM Ireland North-West
It was a wonderful honour for Bailieborough town that through the good offices of local Councillor Sean McKiernan, we had the AGM of Young Fine Gael Ireland North-West in the Bailie Hotel last Saturday.
The Cavan Young Fine Gael flag was flown strongly by Niall Brady, current Chairman and Chairman of the Cavan branch. He was joined by my son, Eoghan, who is also an enthusiastic young Fine Gaeler. I had the privilege of speaking at the event in The Bailie and was personally energised by the enthusiasm, capacity and leadership abilities of the young people that I met. The future is in good hands.
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