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.
Bawnboy Community Festival 2011-July 27th to 1st August always a great family day out.
This year sees the publication of a book about St. Mogue’s Island inTempleport Lake, Bawnboy, Co. Cavan, and the opening of the new boathouse provided by Cavan County Council and Templeport Development Association. The new boathouse will be a secure home for the modern boat used by boatman Packie Joe Brady to transport coffins and mourners to St. Mouge’s Island.The publication of the book “St. Mogue’s Island” will coincide with the Annual Visitation Day on Monday 1st August to St. Mogue’s Island