At the recent Paralympic Games in Rio Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal won GOLD for Ireland in the Women's B Tandem Time Trial in a time of 38.59.22. This was Ireland's sixth medal of the Games. Eve who hails from Dundalk is a member of An Garda Síochána and is based in Ballybay station. She took a year off work to focus on this Paralympics with Katie. Congratulations to both on a wonderful achievement.
The members of Ballybay library-young, old and middle aged ! would like to extend sincere and heartfelt thanks to Rosemary who retires today Thursday 22nd September after fifteen years as Ballybay branch librarian.
Rosemary always had a warm welcome for everyone who visited the library and being an avid reader herself took great pleasure in helping people choose a book that would interest them .She knew all the favourites of her readers and even managed to source books of interest for grumpy old Sergeant Majors!!
She had a lovely way with the young readers and they enjoyed discussing what they were reading with her. It was a real learning experience for them in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
It was also generally acknowledged that Rosemary would go the extra mile to help readers with their various requests for help and information.
So, we wish Rosemary a long and happy retirement and thank her for making our visits to the library such an enjoyable experience.
The organizers of the Ballybay Octoberfest have confirmed that a party of thirty German visitors will be in the town for the festival that runs from 30th September to 2nd October. The organisers are appealing to all traders and householders to make an effort to display Monaghan, Ballybay and Irish flags and bunting. As it happens the Bavarian colours are very similar to the Monaghan colours so the visitors should feel very much at home. If anyone is seeking flags and bunting Peter Murnane has a suitable supply. A full weekend of activities and music is planned. On the Friday evening members of the Ballybay Clones Municipal Council will meet and greet the German visitors at Ardmore House, The Square. This will occur between 6pm and 8pm and will also result in the unveiling of some commemorative plagues. There will be music in the Market House from 6pm until 10pm including “Hand Like a Foot” who will take to the stage at 8pm. There will also be a car treasure hunt starting at Liam Smyth’s at 6pm. On Saturday the Market House will host music from 4pm until 10pm. At 4pm to 6pm there will be ceili music and buskers taking centre stage. ‘Lighthouse’ will play from 6pm to 8pm and then finishing off the evening’s entertainment will be ‘Setanta’. On Sunday Lower Main Street will be the venue for a lorry pull starting at 2pm. Once again the Market House will host afternoon music – this time its Aidan Clerkin from 4-30pm until 7pm.
A number of locals have been in touch with the Ballybay News to voice their concerns that two local roads are closed at the one time. The Ballybay to Shercock Road and the Ballybay to Cootehill Road have both been closed for a number of weeks. This is affecting local people who have to take diversions and traders in Ballybay who are losing trade because a large number of their regular customers can’t get into town. Perhaps Monaghan County Council could open one of the roads and carry out are what are no doubt necessary repairs/resurfacing at different times.
The Ballybay outdoor Club where invited by the Cavan Club to play a friendly game on their new outdoor all weather green on Saturday last 17th September. Eighteen of our members made the short trip to Cavan and play began at 11 o clock. All who played gave the green the thumbs up with all agreeing it is much slower than our own all weather surface. Two games of nine ends each and at the conclusion a victory was recorded by the Ballybay Club. Our thanks to the Cavan club for their hospitality and refreshments in the sports complex when play was over. A return trip will be extended to the Cavan Club later in the year.
The Ballybay Indoor club is up and running again and there was most of the members in attendance last Monday night which was the start of the new season. The sheets for the league were distributed and Ballybay Maroon play their first game on Tuesday 4th October when they meet Seans Saffrons in Division 1. Ballybay White will be away in their first game to Seans White on Thursday 5th October. Now is the time for new members to get started so just come along any Monday night to our club night in Hall Street at 7-45pm.
Last week we reported that local man Stephen Duffy has produced a second quiz book entitled “Quizzing Around the Christmas Tree”. We can now confirm that Stephen will launch his book in the Ballybay Inn on Friday 7th October at 8pm. The book is full of new educational and fun questions suitable for all the family. It certainly would make an excellent stocking filler for Christmas. Refreshments will be served on the night and everyone is welcome.
A ‘Style Evening’ with Catherine McGregor (Art by Design Academy) will take place in Tullycorbet Community Centre on Friday 14th October at 8pm. Catherine will provide personal style advice and colour analysis. She will also give tips on ‘wardrobe weeding’ – how to de-clutter and organise your wardrobe. This should prove to be an enjoyable and worthwhile evening as we leave the summer behind and prepare for the cooler days of autumn! Light refreshments will be served.
Pilates classes have resumed for the Autumn season in Cuan Mhuire on Thursday mornings at 10am. Classes have also resumed in the Recreation Centre on Monday nights at 7pm. Further information is available from Jeanette at 086 8079523.
Welcome to the Ballybay website, a site lo provide both locals and visitors with current and update information about the town of Ballybay and the local community, including local directories, sport and tourism and coverage of all local events.
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.
So if you're not lucky enough to live here already, come and visit and explore the selections that Ballybay has to offer!