Former Ballybay pearse Brothers player Emmet Mc Aviney who now resides in Kilkenny was back home at the weekend as part of his "Run with the Stars" in aid of Barnardo's. Emmet has been running since the 1st August and plans to have 1000 mile done by the 30th October when he runs the Dublin marathon. On Saturday last Emmet was joined by past and present members of the Ballybay Pearse Brothers and other locals including a number of children who then participated in Emmets run for the day and helped raise much needed funds for Barnardos Children's charity. Emmet is well on his way to running 1000 miles and raising the fantastic amount of €10, 000. For more info see the link below & to keep up the great work Emmet is doing check out https://www.facebook.com/milesforsmiles.ie/?fref=ts
A massive day of events in aid of SOSAD is planned for tomorrow Friday 26th August in the Century Bar Main Street, Ballybay. Firstly there will be a coffee morning kicking off at 10am and along this will be the launch of a “Bake Off” competition. Tea, coffee and refreshments will be served all morning and then at 12noon judging of the “Bake Off” competition will take place. At 4pm there will be a busking competition so all you budding entertainers got down to the Century Bar to be in with a chance to win. At 8pm there will be a table quiz and this will be followed by a monster raffle at 10pm. Guitars signed by the Coronas will be auctioned and the high flying band the Strypes will be doing a meet and greet. All in all it promises to be a great day in aid of a great cause. All monies raised will be donated to SOSAD who do brilliant work to break the stigma around mental health.
Ballybay will host two triathlons this Saturday 27th August. These are both sanctioned events by Triathlon Ireland. In the sprint event there will be a 750m swim, a 20km cycle and a 5km run while in the Olympic event the swim is 1500m, the cycle 40km and the run 10km. To register visit www.triathlonireland.com
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Ballybay is strategically located in the centre of County Monaghan, being less than twenty kilometres from all the main towns within the county. The town has become much more accessible with the improvement of transport links through the opening of the Castleblayney By-pass.
The town traditionally acted as a market town which served a large rural hinterland. In the 1800s the linen industry was the main form of employment in the area based on the abundance of flax grown locally. Subsequently the town developed an increasing dependence on the agricultural sector with the mart being the central focal feature which brought farmers and rural dwellers to the town. Following the downturn in the agricultural sector, Ballybay suffered a loss of trade that affected all sectors in the town. The town has been in decline for approximately 30 years, a fact clearly reflected in the number of derelict properties sited along the Main Street.
The town is dominated by Lough Major located to the east of the town centre. The Dromore River also forms an important part of the town’s physical structure and it is these water features and local drumlins that have helped to dictate how the town has developed and evolved over the years.
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