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Paddy (Tank) Murphy: It is very sad for me to have to record the death of Paddy (Tank) Murphy, Oriel Park, Emyvale, which occurred in Cavan General Hospital on Sunday afternoon, November 5th 2017. In recent weeks he has been having health problems but the suddenness of the decline since then has been totally unexpected and shocking. In the past few days it was obvious that he was slipping away and his family remained at his bedside and were there when he passed away on Sunday. Paddy was synonymous with Emyvale GAA as he gave such sterling service and loyalty to the club over a number of decades. He was first noticed as a quality footballer when he played with Knockatallon Minor football team and soon became a central player with Emyvale teams. Indeed it was a formidable team with himself and brother, the late Gay Murphy, playing on the field and their mother supporting from the sidelines. He never gave up his love of the GAA and his Emyvale club and he passed on that to his family. We offer our deepest sympathy to Frances and the family and to his brothers and their families and to the wider family circle. Our thoughts are also with his close and loyal friend and colleague - Packie (Speed) Hughes, who has been so close all the years and they attended so many games together until a few weeks ago. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam naofa. He will repose at his home in Oriel Park from 12noon until 10.oopm on Monday. His funeral Mass will be held in St. Mary's Church, Glennan, on Tuesday, November 7th at 11.00am.

Mrs. Teresa Harvey RIP: While I was away last week Mrs. Teresa Harvey, Tully, Emyvale, passed to her eternal reward and I was unable to attend her funeral. I extend sincere sympathy to Seamus and Ann and to her relatives and many friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam naofa.
Teresa became very involved in community as soon as she arrived in the area and throughout her life she contributed immensely to many organisations and developments in and around Emyvale. Seamus and herself were great supporters of Emyvale GAA and their support of the club, especially the juveniles and Corracrin school team, knew no bounds.
During the years that Emyvale Leisure Centre was in the process of being built and established Teresa played a major role in the decision making and again led by example with her commitment and dedication, powered by a very positive attitude. It was a much deserved honour that she was elected as a Life President of the Emyvale Community Council, which was responsible for the project. Members of Emyvale Development Association would seek her advice when they were in discussion regarding a new project and they greatly valued her input to those discussions and her advice always proved correct.
Her passing will evoke sadness in many hearts but most especially in the hearts of her loved ones, who will miss her most. Again to them we pass on our sympathy.

Jimmy Magee RIP: We are saddened to hear of the death of Jimmy Magee RIP. Jimmy was a good friend to us here in Emyvale when we were running the big County wide Ultra Quiz, which raised a substantial amount for the building of the Leisure Centre and was a terrific community event. Jimmy came as Quizmaster for the final which was always held in the Scarna Inn to a packed house. He never wanted a penny for the job but always joined us for a meal before hand to hear about all that was going on in the sporting fields of Monaghan. At half time he took a very short break and then offered to answer any question from memory. There was a line up of people who thought they could catch him out but one episode in particular remains in my mind. A man in the audience had a 'great' question - 'who came third in the pole vault competition in the Olympics of ?'. Jimmy stayed quiet for a  minute and the questioner thought - 'I have him'. Then Jimmy said very slowly - 'Don Bragg from USA was the winner but who was third, maybe Ronald Morris from the USA was second but third - eemm doubt you got me there unless I tell you that the third man jumped a height of 4.55 and was from Finland, now do you need his name?'  The man with the question was still hopeful and said 'yes you have to give me his name'. Jimmy scratched his head and said -'you are really pushing me there and after a few moments of still silence in the Hall Jimmy said 'his name was Eeles Finstrom'. The man was blown away that Jimmy could remember such detail but Jimmy had the best laugh. The following year he asked me before the atart -'is your'e man here tonight?'  I said yeah but he has no question tonight. Jimmy loved it. Our thoughts are with his family and we pray eternal life among the saints for Jimmy. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam naofa.

Gary Askin: The North Monaghan area has been stunned once again by the death of a young person and another family is in deep mourning at the loss of a young family member. On Wednesday evening. September 13th. brothers, Gary and Stephen Askin, were at work along with all the other employees at Cornacreeve Mushrooms outside the village. They lived about 100 yards away along the Main Road and being beside home had many advantages, one being that they could run home for lunch and dinner. The details of the events leading to the tragic end of Gary's life and the injuries to other employees, including Gary's brother Stephen, on Wednesday evening around 8.00pm are unclear as yet and the Gardai and HSA personnel are investigating the timeline of what happened but it appears that some of them were working in the Wood Pellet Silo and Gary, who was very experienced in the work of the Mushroom Plant, went to the silo and, after helping Stephen and the others to exit the silo due to fumes, he himself was overcome and remained trapped in the silo. The call for help was raised and ambulances and units of the Monaghan Fire Brigade rushed to the scene. The paramedics began treating the others and some of them were then rushed to hospital while the Brigade personnel worked to gain sufficient access to the silo to release Gary but by then it was too late and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Many of the workers were present as were many of his close friends, who had heard of the accident. It was also a terrible time for his parents as they were on the scene as well.
As the news spread throughout the community there was disbelief, shock and a deep sadness that this had happened to such a wonderful person and such a loving family. Gary was extremely well known in the community and had a huge circle of close friends. He was a member of the Emyvale GAA club with which he played for many years from juvenile to senior team and was joined by his other brothers Brendan and Stephen. He was also a member of the Glaslough Harriers and was a top class athlete winning many awards and showing a great commitment to the sport. He was a humorous young man with a quick wit and loved fun and had a pleasant, happy and joyful personality which attracted friends to his company. As an employee he was exemplary and highly thought of by his employer and he loved his work. His remains were removed to Navan Hospital for post mortem which was to be carried out on Friday morning. He will then repose at his home from 4.00pm on Friday until removal to St. Patrick's Church, Corracrin, on Sunday morning for 11.30am Mass with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam naofa.
To his father and mother, Eddie and Geraldine; to his sister, Laura; to his brothers Brendan and Stephen; to his girl-friend, Aoife; to his aunts and uncles and relatives; and to his wide circle of friends we offer our sincere sympathy. We also add our sympathy to his employer and colleagues at work as I am well aware of the devastation this accident has brought to their lives as well. We wish a speedy recovery to Stephen and the others who suffered as a result of the accident.

Annamarie Colton: It is with a heavy heart that I report the death of Annamarie Colton, Lakeview, Emyvale, which occurred on Saturday, September 9th 2017. Annamarie has been in poor health for some time and knew what the future held for her. She faced her passing with unbelievable courage, fortitude and bravery. Those of us who had the honour of spending the time with her, especially the night of friends in the Hillgrove, will cherish the moments we spent in her presence. She was a terrific example to all. Despite and possibly because of her own battle with cancer, she was constantly enquiring about me during my treatment and called to the house when I came home leaving me a beautiful present which I will hold forever dear. She was a wonderful person and she had so many good friends who are all devastated at the news of her passing. However her death brings greatest sadness to her family: her children, Dwayne and Clodagh; her mother, Meena; her brothers, John Paul, Gerard and Mark; her aunts and uncles and cousins; to David; and to her wide circle of relatives. To them all we extend sincere sympathy at this very sad time. Annamarie's remains will repose at her home in Lakeview, Emyvale, tomorrow Sunday from 2.00pm until 10.00pm tomorrow night. Her funeral takes place at 11.00am in the Holy Family Church, Ballyoisin, on Monday with burial beside her father and two brothers in the adjoining cemetery after Mass.

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