St. Mogue’s Burial Place-Rossinver, Co. Leitrim
We had a guest staying at Lake Avenue House B&B who had an interest in St. Mogue, after a visit to St. Mogue’s Island on Templeport Lake he visited St. Mogue’s burial place in Rossinver, Co. Leitrim below are some picture he took and sent back to us.
2011 Annual Boat Trip To St. Mogue’s Island
A lovely day was had at the St. Mogue’s annual boat trip. All the usual day trippers were there as well as plenty of new faces. The trip in previous years had proved to be very popular however this year its popularity was brought to a new level. Queues reached right back to the fences, and each boat that set sail was full to the brim. It’s not usually this busy, believe me, I have been going for several years now. However this year was different, the new boat house that had just after been finished was opening and the official launch of a new book on St. Mogue and the Island was being launched. Several speeches were made and prayers were said by candidates of Catholic, Buddhist and the Church of Ireland communities. All this was followed by the official opening, where Johnny Mc Keirnan, special Olympic gold medalist cut the ribbon.
The boats then began ferrying people out to the Island where prayers were said at the graves of loved ones and St. Mogues clay, thought to have special protecting powers, was scraped out of the ruins of the church that St. Mogue had built all those years ago. As we crossed back over to the boat house we saw just how many people had turned out for the day. The queues had gotten even larger and cars were still coming down the lane.
All in All a good day was had by everyone
~to see more pictures of the day please follow the link to Lake Avenue House facebook page
Publication of “St Mogue’s Island” Book-Monday 1st of August 2011
This year at The Bawnboy Festival 2011 sees the publication of a book about St. Mogue’s Island in Templeport Lake, and the opening of the new boathouse provided by Cavan County Council and Templeport Development Association. The new boathouse will be a safe home for the boat used by boatman Packie Joe Brady to transport coffins and mourners to St. Mouge’s Island.The publication of the book will coincide with the annual Boat Trips to St. Mogue’s Island on Monday 1st August, 2011 at 2pm .
St. Mogue’s Island, or Inch as it is sometimes known, is a very old burial place where funerals have been held since the 12th century. Its link with St. Mogue goes back to his birth on the island in 555 A.D. and, because of this link it was the burial ground for a number of families from Templeport and Corlough.
The book ‘St. Mogue’s Island’ not only gives a brief history of the island and of St. Mogue’s life, but also information on the people around Port Lake, on those who have helped with the island’s upkeep, on some of the people and families buried there and on deaths, wakes and burial traditions of a time gone by. There are also a number of articles dealing with life in Templeport parish, including the opening of Templeport Hall, the founding of St. Aidan’s Football Club, a ploughing match held in Bawnboy and a list of the people who lived in the townlands around the lakeshore in 1911.
The book contains a variety of pictures old and new. Some of these show people associated with the island, those who have looked after it and those who made a significant contribution to life in Templeport.
The launch of the book “St Mouge’s Island” ties in with Bawnboy Festival which attracts crowds to the village. The book will be widely on sale from the August Bank holiday weekend in Bawnboy, Ballyconnell, Ballinamore and surrounding areas and also in the Crannóg Bookshop, Cavan, price 12 Euro.
The following events will be taking place during the month of April both at Jampa Ling and outside
2nd of April at 11am, Ven. Rinpoche will be opening a shop in Ennistymon, Co Clare. The shop will be called ‘ Upstairs Downstairs’ and all the proceeds will go to 3 charities, one being to Ven. Rinpoche Asral Centre in Mongolia. Hopefully see you there. Everyone is welcome.
Also on the same day in St. Mogue’s College, Bawnboy, Co. Cavan the West Cavan Spring Fair will be held. There will be various workshops held through out the day and it’s aim is to raise awareness about mental health. Jampa Ling has been asked to cook and serve the food for the day and there will be two mediation workshops given by Ven. Rinpoche’s students. We will be one of the many stand holders on the day. We will be handing out information both for Jampa Ling Cavan and N. Ireland, for Mongolia and so forth. Also we will be selling from the Jampa Ling shop. It will be held from 12-6pm.
10th of April: Wandering through the Weeds, led by Judith Hoad. This is a one-day workshop in two secitons: in the morning Judith Hoad leads the group around any available – and relatively unkempt – garden, lane, field, or park. As they are found, she discusses the culinary, domestic and medicinal uses to which each plant, (predominantly wild ones), is put. Worksheets are provided for notes. In the afternoon, Judith does the ‘cookery demonstration’, during which she shows the methods for making infusions, decoctions, compresses, poultices, tinctures, macerated oils and ointments. She gives clear information on terminology and recipes, (or formulas). There is a further sheet of notes that complements the afternoon’s work. Judith keeps the day informal and encourages relevant questions and comments about our herbal heritage. Participants are asked to bring weathproof clothing, including boots and note-books and pens, especially for the afternoon. Please bring vegetarian food to share. Costs €30, from 10am- 4pm.
9th/10th April: Teachings in Kilkenny by Ven. Rinpoche. Ven. Rinpoche will teach on ‘how to develop a happy mind’.
22nd-25th April: Easter Retreat. This is a silent retreat. It is a led retreat using the meditations given by Ven. Panchen Otrul Rinpoche during the teachings. It is an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the teachings and to integrate them into our daily lives. Cost € 275.
Priceless Items in Ballyjamesduff Museum
The Breac Maedoc and the Bell of St. Mogue are presently on loan to Cavan County Museum from the National Museum of Ireland and Armagh City Library. These priceless items are only on loan for two weeks so please take advantage of the opportunity to see them. The museum will open on Sunday 17th to facilitate those people who would like to see them but can’t visit on week days. (The Museum is closed every Monday)
On Thursday 21st October at 8pm there is to be a lecture by Dr Brendan Scott about these two items and the history of St Mogue.
If you would like to share a bus trip to and back from the lecture in Ballyjamesduff please contact Oliver Brady on 0870530906 or Aidan Brady on 0876905898. The bus leaves Corlough at 6.45pm Bawnboy at 6.55 & Ballyconnell at 7.10pm. (Return fare €10)
More information may be found on the Events page of the Cavan Museum web site at: www.cavanmuseum.ie
If visiting Templeport Lake or St Mogue’s Island why not stay at Lake Avenue House B&B and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
2nd of August – boat trip to St.Mogue’s Island today at 2pm, last boat at 5pm. Open Day at Jampa Ling Tibetan Buddhist Centre, linked with Bawnboy’s Festival. There will also be a cake and book sale to raise funds for Mongolian projects. 2.30pm- 5pm. Everyone welcome.
Bawnboy 2010 Community Festival – In Aid of Friends of St.Luke’s Hospital, Dublin and Local Charities
Wednesday 28th July
9pm: Election of the 2010 Lord Mayor & the official opening of the festival.
Music: Kevin Logue in Keepers Arms
Thursday 29th July
7.30pm : Car treasure hunt.
8.30pm: Skittle competition
Friday 30th July
7pm: Pet Show, Skittle competition
9pm: Table Quiz in rocks of Bawn
10pm: Irish Music Gathering in Keeper’s Arms
Saturday 31st July
11am: Children’s Art Class, St. Aidan’s NS
2pm: Family Sports Day in St Aidan’s GFC Park
9pm: ‘Nite at the Races’ – Keepers Arms
Sunday 1st August
2pm: Festival Day in Bawnboy, vintage car and farm machinery, bouncing castle, Live Music, Fancy dress and more.
7.30pm: Sean Baxter Memorial Trophy football match
12am: Festival Barbeque in Keeper’s Arms
Monday 2nd August
12pm: Clay Bird shoot
2pm: Boat trip to St. Mogue’s Island. Last boat at 5pm
3.30pm: Sponsored Walk
10pm: Music: Kevin Logue in Keepers Arms
St. Mogue or St. Aiden, Bishop of Ferns as he later came to be known as, played a very important historical and religious role in this corner of West Cavan. The story of his birth is a beautiful one and this is why I have given it a page on its own-History of St. Mogue. St Mogue’s presence is still felt very strongly in Bawnboy with St. Mogue’s Island been the focal point. Our local church, schools, football team and football field are named after him. The name of our parish Templeport is also explained on the page – History of St. Mogue
Myths ‘n Mixes was launched in the Slieve Russell Hotel last night, this is a production from the 2009 St. Mogue’s College Transition Year students.
Myths ‘n Mixes is a collection of folklore, recipes and cures gathered in West Cavan. In it can be found many stories, such as, stories of the Banshee, Bonebrooke Bridge, traditions at wakes and funerals, cure of Shingles and of the Sprain, recipes of Boxty, colcannon are to name but a few. These are local traditions and beliefs that have been handed down from generation to generation and it is great to see them preserved and written down so we can pass them on to the next generation.