HOLE IN ONE

Ballybay man Vincent Mc Aviney recently achieved a hole in one while playing the 15th hole of the Royal Jersey Golf Club. This is the second time Vincent has scored a hole in one at the course and believe it or not his playing partner on the day Neil Wade had also been with him when he managed his first hole in one two years ago. The success was reported in the Jersey Evening Post on 19th April.

COMMUNITY GAMES

Good Luck to our Under 10 Mixed Gaelic Football team managed by Peter Ward. Team - Adam Dixon, Caolan Treanor, Dara Mc Elmeel, Jason Sheridan, Joseph Lennon,Michael Mc Mahon, Nathan Duffy, Oisin Duffy, Oisin Quinn, Sam Duffy, Sean Ward, Simon Du Plessis, Shane Duffy, Shane Eoghan Duffy, Stephen Duffy and Thomas Conlon. Good luck to Katie Glynn in the Handwriting competition taking place Thursday and Friday evening in Castleblayney. Anyone interested in Talent, Culture Corner, Choir or Pitch n Putt please contact Sharon 9748110 or Maire 9748955 before Wednesday 3rd May.

ST. BRIGIDS NEWS

St. Brigid's had a great turn out at their Table Quiz which took place on Friday 7th April in Ballybay Pearse Brothers Centre. We would like to thank a few people who helped to organized the event Ann Mc Guirk, Eileen Brennan, Collette Mc Meel, Linda Mc Geough, Patricia Gibson and the St. Brigid's committee members, we would also like to thank the Ballybay Pearse Brothers for the use of the Clubhouse and to Stephen Duffy (The Quiz Master). Thanks to all the Parents and Kids for coming and taking all the refreshments. Finally we would like to thank the Senior Girls that got the spot prizes for the raffle on the night from local business. The Club would like to thank these business for donating the spot prizes and also would like to thank the business for their continuing support, Ballybay Service Station, Ballybay Pharmacy, Bills Butchers Ballybay, H2O Sheila Mc Cabe, H2O Sharron Sheridan, Ballybay China Town, Bluebells Ballybay, Cuan Mhuire Ballybay, Centra Ballybay, Ann Mc Guirk, Julie Mc Guirk and Mc Nally's Service Station Monaghan. If we have left anybody out were truly sorry.

TIDY TOWNS MEETING 4TH MAY

Ballybay Tidy Towns is holding a public meeting on Thursday 4th May at 8pm above the library. We are looking for plenty of volunteers to help with the spring clean up!! This will take place on Saturday 20th May. Please come and give your help to improve the area in which you live. - Whether that is in the town, residential areas or the outskirts of the town. Do your bit to make our community the best it can be. Contact Eithne 0868218706 or Olivia 0876481082 if you have any queries.

ALICE SAYS THANKS

Thank you everybody who supported Alice Crawford's Mad Hatter Tea Party. It was a beautiful sunny day and so many people joined us for Tea, Coffee and cakes. Thank you to everyone who gave generous donations to support the Future Sense Development Projects in India. A fabulous €2000 was raised. Joanne Morgan won the IPod Touch in the Dingbat Quiz. We really appreciate everyone who helped behind the scenes on the day and we thank everybody for their generosity.

PLAY IN AID OF CANCER

Tullycorbett Drama Group will stage ‘For Love or Money’ one final time in Tullycorbett Community Centre on May Bank Holiday Monday (1st May). The curtain’s up at 8-30pm sharp and all proceeds from the performance are in aid of Ballybay Cancer Society.

TULLYCORBETT CCE

Classes have now resumed after the Easter break. This will be a busy term as branch members prepare for the County Fleadh and the London College of Music examinations. In preparation for the County Fleadh, the branch have been liaising with the Ballybay Chamber of Commerceand a comprehensive programme of events is being planned. Full details will be given next week.

New Group Coming to Ballybay – Fáilte Isteach

Monaghan Integrated Development in partnership with Third Age in Co Meath is facilitating a Fáilte Isteach group to start in Ballybay. Fáilte Isteach groups are running all over Ireland and involve volunteers welcoming migrants into the community through weekly English conversation classes. We are looking for volunteers from the Ballybay area who are interested in becoming involved. No experience or qualifications are necessary as training and ongoing support is provided.

If you have two hours spare a week, would like to meet new people and wish to put your talents to good use while making a difference, why not get involved.

Making the first step is easy, all you have to do is contact Regina Byrne, Monaghan Integrated Development, tel: 042-9749500, Ext. 5 or e -mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fáilte Isteach is supported by Monaghan Integrated Development under the social inclusion programme SICAP. The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2015 – 2017 is funded by the Irish Government and co-funded by the European Social Fund and includes a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative.

PLAY IN AID OF CANCER

Tullycorbett Drama Group has agreed to put on one last performance of their successful play “For the Love of Money” in aid of Ballybay Cancer Society. This performance will take place in Tullycorbett Community Centre on Monday 1st May with the curtain up at 8-30pm. Great night guaranteed with all proceeds to a very worthy cause.

MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION NEWS

Ballybay Mental Health Association is not holding their Social Club meeting in Cuan Mhuire this month. The next scheduled meeting is Friday 12 May. The usual activities and meals plus bingo plus the possibility of other surprises will happen in the presence of Stephen, Sharon and Gabriel. Everybody invited. Apologies for the cancellation of this month`s. Suggestions for the annual bus outing in June are welcomed. On Monday 27th March last the group accepted an invitation from Ardaghey Social Services to their wonderful afternoon of 60 people with food, exercises, raffle, bingo, music and dance and friendship.

Entries from sixth class pupils at the six local Primary Schools have been received by the branch committee who are organising an Essay Project with the theme: Friendship. A number of late entries are still expected. Awards and certificates will be presented at a function for students, parents and teachers in Cuan Mhuire on Friday 28 April.

OUTDOOR BOWLS NEWS

The Ballybay Outdoor Bowling Club will have their first competitive game on Wednesday 26th April. They will be away to Dungannon, a place that is hard to get points in but with a lot of practice from the Ballybay side its hoped to get a hsrae of the points.
We were informed during the week that the Strule team from Omagh has withdrawn from the Border Copunties league. That will leave some free evenings for other competitions. Our green is in fine order this year and will be open each evening at 7pm where all are encouraged to attend. None of the Town Tournament games took place just yet but this week should see the start with Liam Smyth’s Bar meeting Paul Carragher’s Fruit and Veg shop. A lot of games are to be played on Tuesday 2nd May when they get in some practice.

BALLYBAY FEATURES IN THE WATCHMEN

Monaghan County Museum is currently hosting an exhibition entitled “The Watchmen” which looks at policing and crime and punishment in Monaghan. As part of the exhibition visitors will learn about ‘The Infamous Sam Gray of Ballybay’. Gray was an Orangeman and owner of the York Hotel, Main Street (Sloweys Bar) who was eventually prosecuted for minor offences despite carrying out numerous terrible atrocities. The exhibition also covers ‘The attack on Ballytrain Barracks’ which was the first Barracks north of the Boyne to be attacked during the War of Independence. The exhibition runs until December at the Museum in Monaghan Town and is completely free.

COFFEE MORNING

On Friday 28th April at Lisdoonan shop there will be a coffee day in aid of the Ballybay, Carrickmacross and Castleblayney Cancer Groups. Tea, coffee and other refreshments will be served from 9-30am until 5-30pm. Why not pop along and support three great charities.

DORINDA CARNEW MEMORIAL WALK

The Dorinda Carnew memorial walk in aid of MS Ireland will take place on Thursday 4th May at 7pm. This annual event will start at the Ballybay Inn. Sponsor cards are available from the Ballybay Inn or the Fabric Centre Monaghan.

OUTDOOR BOWLS

Now that the outdoor green has its annual power wash all is now ready for the coming season. It is open every evening from 7pm for practice and also during the day for anyone that wishes to avail of the quieter time. It is hoped to start the town league this week with Liam Smyth’s taking on Paul Carragher’s also Joseph Crawford’s meeting Olivia Duffy’s Employment office. The Care chemist will meet Stephen Drury’s Supermarket. A full list of the draw is posted in the club pavilion.
The draw for the local league has been completed this week and is also posted on the notice board. There is 14 clubs taking part in this year’s league which is on Mondays and Fridays. With the first game taking place on Monday 1st May between Ballybay Whites and Ballybay Maroon who are both in section A. On the same date St. Michael’s of Cootehill will play Ardaghey.
The border counties list of games is also posted in the pavilion with our first game away to Dungannon on Wednesday 26th April starting at 7pm.
With all these matches to be played all we need is some fine weather. Another date for your diary is Saturday May 13th when we are going to Fivemiletown for the return match of the Vincent cup but more about that later.

ZUMBA SESSION FOR CHARITY

There will be a Mega Zumba session in Ballybay Community Sports Hall on Saturday 22nd April at 11am to raise funds for 108km Pink Ribbon Cycle taking place the following Saturday. The morning is guaranteed to burn calories, be fun and raise money for a very good cause!! 1The cost is just €10 and includes a cuppa and treat afterwards. Wear something pink!!

COMMUNITY CRECHE

Ballybay Community Créche are holding a "Family & Community Appreciation Fun Run or Walk" in the Town Park on Saturday 6th May @ 10am. We encourage people from community to take part. You do not have to be connected to the créche to come along. This is sure to be a very enjoyable event. It will be followed with entertainment, refreshments and a raffle in the créche.

EASTER DAWN CELEBRATION

Come and join us at 7.00am on Easter Sunday morning in the grounds of First Ballybay Presbyterian Church, Clones Road, Ballybay, as we celebrate the risen Lord Jesus with singing, prayer, Bible readings and a short meditation by Rev Dr Jean Mackarel, Presbyterian minister in Cavan and presenter of Airs & Praises on Northern Sound. If it is wet we will meet in Derryvalley Hall.
Everyone is welcome and a light breakfast will be provided afterwards in Derryvalley Hall.

SOCIAL CLUB

Ballybay Mental Health Association are holding the next Social Club meeting in Cuan Mhuire not on Good Friday this week but on the following Friday 21 April. The usual activities and meals plus bingo plus the possibility of other surprises will happen in the presence of Stephen, Sharon and Gabriel. Everbody invited. Suggestions for the annual bus outing in June are welcomed. On Monday 27th last the group accepted an invitation from Ardaghey Social Services to their wonderful afternoon of food, exercises, raffle, bingo, music and dance and friendship.

Entries from sixth class pupils at the six local Primary Schools have been received by the branch committee who are organising an Essay Project with the theme: Friendship. A number of late entries are still expected. Awards and certificates will be presented at a function for students, parents and teachers in Cuan Mhuire on Friday 28 April.

FLOWER FESTIVAL

Cuan Mhuire is holding a Flower Festival later this month. The festival will run for three days from 21st to the 23rd April. Everyone welcome.

THE MOVING STATUE

Locals were left stunned in Ballybay on Thursday morning (6th April) when a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes appeared in the centre of the altar. The same statue was at the back of St. Patrick’s during the Wednesday morning mass. The statue which is large and heavy somehow made it ways up the aisle to the altar between Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night. It took four men to return the statue to its original position. Fr. La Flynn speaking on Northern Sound radio said that in his opinion the statue was not moved by “miraculous intervention”. If anyone has any idea how the statue managed to travel from the back of the church to the altar – the Ballybay News Correspondent would love to hear from you.

FIFTY SHADES OF FASHION

A fashion show in aid of Fingers and Toes Childcare will be held in the Latton O Reilly GAA Centre on Saturday night 8th April at 8pm sharp. Patrons will receive a complimentary glass of Prosecco on arrival. There will be music after the show and loads of spot prizes on the night, Should be a great night.

FUN RUN /WALK FOR CANCER

On Saturday next there will be a 5k and 10k fun run/walk in Aughnamullen in aid of Ballybay Cancer Society. The event will start at the Social centre at 11am however registration will take place from 9-30am. Everyone welcome.

ST. BRIGIDS QUIZ

St. Brigid's Ladies GFC is holding a table quiz on Friday the 7th of April at 8pm in Ballybay Pearse Brothers Centre. Its € 20 for a table 4 and refreshments will be served on the night. The club will also be holding a raffle on the night and would appreciate it if locals would please come out and give your support to the Club.

TULLYCORBETT DRAMA GROUP

The Tullycorbett Drama group presented a 3 act comedy called “For Love or Money” in their Community Centre last Friday and Sunday. A further performance will take place on Friday 7th April. Everyone welcome.

BALLYBAY/CLONES FIANNA FAIL COMHAIRLE CEANNTAIR MEETING

A meeting of the Ballybay/Clones Comhairle Ceanntair will take place in Liam Smyths Bar, Ballybay on Monday next 10th April at 9pm. All party members and supporters are invited to attend. Local Oireachtas members Brendan Smith T.D. ,Niamh Smyth T.D. ,Senator Robbie Gallagher and Senator Deirmuid Wilson and Monaghan County Councilor Seamus Coyle will attend.

BALLYBAY FIANNA FAIL CUMANN A.G.M.

The Annual General Meeting of the Ballybay Cumann of Fianna Fail will take place on Monday evening next10th April at 8pm in Liam Smyths Bar,Ballybay. All Cumann Members and supporters are requested to attend. Oireachtas Members and local Councilor will attend.

GOSPEL MEETING

Locals are invited to a Gospel Meeting in the Faith Mission Hall, Bushford, Rockcorry tomorrow Friday 7th April  at 8pm. Organised by Ronnie & Carey Killops of the Faith Mission.  All welcome. Plan to come, and bring a friend. Refreshments afterwards.

MAD HATTERS TEA PARTY

Alice Crawford invites you to her Mad Hatters Tea Party in Springfield. Ballybay on Saturday 8th April anytime from 10:30 am to 4 pm. This event is in aid of Future Sense Foundation which supports development projects in India. Alice will be doing voluntary work with children in Northern India during July. There will be a play and craft area for children. There will also be a cake stall supporting Christchurch. Ballybay. Come along and bring a friend for a cuppa and a natter !

BALLYBAY FEATURES IN THE WATCHMEN

Monaghan County Museum is currently hosting an exhibition entitled “The Watchmen” which looks at policing and crime and punishment in Monaghan. As part of the exhibition visitors will learn about ‘The Infamous Sam Gray of Ballybay’. Gray was an Orangeman and owner of the York Hotel, Main Street (Sloweys Bar) who was eventually prosecuted for minor offences despite carrying out numerous terrible atrocities. The exhibition also covers ‘The attack on Ballytrain Barracks’ which was the first Barracks north of the Boyne to be attacked during the War of Independence. The exhibition runs until December at the Museum in Monaghan Town and is completely free.

PRETTY SAFE PRETTY SEEN

‘Pretty Safe Pretty Seen’ is the theme selected by three young Ballybay Students as they hope for success in the National Junk Kouture competition. Lauren Duffy, Sinead Grogan and Lorna Hand who attend Ballybay Community College have spent the last 7 months recycling old high vis vests, cassette tapes, plastic balls and Christmas lights to make their costume for Junk Kouture. The trio made it through the selection process and then past the Regional finals to reach the National final which will take place in the 3Arena on 27th April. Lauren will model the costume however part of the overall marks come from an online vote which has been taking place since last Monday and which runs until Friday 14th April. The good news is that all locals can help the girls. To do so you must log into Facebook every 24 hours, go to the BOIstudents page, scroll to find the photo of Lauren and click to vote.

Comfortas na bhFuinneog 2017

As part of Seachtain naGaeilge and to co-incide with St. Patrick's Day, Ballybay-Clones Municipal District held 'Comfortas na bhFuinneog 2017' for the 'best use of irish language in a window display'. Well done to Ballybay Pharmacy who were the winners and all the other businesses/organisations who participated. Some photographs attached.

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BALLYBAY DAFFODIL DAY RAISES €7710

A fantastic day for Daffodil Day all around the Country! The people from Ballybay and surrounding areas donated so willingly and generously to make our Daffodil Day such a success. €7710 raised will stay in our County to helping the people in our area to get through Cancer. We couldn't have done it without you. We have a brilliant team of willing and loyal volunteers who have been helping out over the years since Daffodil Day began 30years ago, and this year was no different. There was great enthusiasm from everyone to get involved in this great fundraising annual campaign for patients and their families suffering or recovering from Cancer. We also had new Volunteers who were there to help out on the day. A big thank you to everyone. The Cake Sale and Coffee morning was a lovely way of meeting people and thank you to those who helped out, the Transition Year from Ballybay Community College who baked for it, other members of the public who left in lovely homemade cakes and scones, hampers for a raffle and all those who came in to have a cuppa and donate, those that helped out serving out to everyone. A total of 60 volunteers were involved in some way or other, and without those people, we simply couldn't have done it. These Volunteers sincerely love to give their time, energy, and enthusiasm to Daffodil Day. A big thanks to all the students from St.Oliver Plunkett's National School, Loughmourne also got involved by donating €433 which was the money they raised from their Lá Glás.
All this money provides services to all people who are affected by cancer in County Monaghan. Your support is always crucial to our outstanding success of Daffodil Day. Every Daffodil, key ring, fresh daffodils or other merchandise sold, supports programmes that prevent cancer, save lives from cancer and help people face cancer to cope and maintain the highest possible quality of life. The National Cancer Helpline1800 200 700 is invaluable to people who need to talk things over and get advice.
Everyone who so generously donated in anyway, should be very proud that they helped make Ballybay Daffodil Day 2017 a huge success. Ballybay Daffodil Day Co-Ordinators Joe and Dolores Maguire sincerely thank you for your continued support.

CHAMBER CONGRATS

Ballybay Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the newly formed Ballybay Drama Group on their very successful maiden performance. Their first production packed the Pearse Brothers centre on three consecutive nights last weekend. Many people are eagerly awaiting the next production.

OUTDOOR BOWLS

The AGM of the Ballybay Outdoor Bowling Club took place on Monday 20th March in the club pavilion. As usual it was very well attended with representatives from most clubs that take part in the local league present. The Chairman Benny Smyth extended a warm welcome to all and thanked all those that contributed to the running of the club in the past year. The secretary Cora read the minutes and the treasurer Bertie gave a detailed report on the finances during the year which all agreed were in a very healthy state, despite having to host the champion of champions in 2016. The President Uel Gamble then congratulated all on the smooth running of the club in the past year and said it was a wonderful achievement for the Ballybay club to win the singles, pairs and rinks in the champion of champions. They also won the Mc Gurk Shield and only failed by one point in winning the league. The Chairman gave a detailed report on all the events that took place in our club for the past year. He was very pleased that the Monaghan Co. Council provided the extra 14 car parking spaces and also was great to see the offending trees removed as they caused a lot of damage to the green.
The election of Officers then took place and as all members present were happy with the committee it was duly returned. The members of the selection committee was also elected and it was downsized to 4 persons namely Seamus Winters, Malachy Mc Skeane, Benny Smyth and George Barry. They will meet on Monday evenings at 7pm on the week that there is a game.
It is hoped that the green will get its annual power washing in the second week in April but in the meantime the green will be open each evening from 6pm for practice. All the clubs that took part in the local league last year have indicated they are participating again this season which will commence on Monday 1st May. All clubs will get their playing dates in the next few weeks. The meeting concluded with the Chairman wishing all a good years bowling.

ST. BRIGIDS QUIZ

St. Brigid's Ladies GFC is holding a table quiz on Friday the 7th of April at 8pm in Ballybay Pearse Brothers Centre. Its € 20 for a table 4 and refreshments will be served on the night.  The club will also be holding a raffle on the night and would appreciate it if locals would please come out and give your support to the Club.

LATTON G.A.A. CENTENARY

A talk on the O’Rahilly, the World, Ireland and Latton 1917 will take place in The O'RAHILLY GAA CENTRE on Friday next, 31st March at 8pm. It will be delivered by PhD Scholar in History and Theology in Dublin City University and a member of the G.A.A. National Committee for History & Communications, Gary Carville, former Mayor of County Monaghan and Chairman of Monaghan GAA. Everyone is invited to attend what will be a very informative evening. Refreshments served.

LATTON ANNUAL AWARDS PRESENTATIONS 2016

The Latton Annual Awards presentations will take place in the O'Rahilly GAA Centre on Saturday next, 1st.April, commencing with a wine reception at 7.30pm, food served at 8.30pm sharp. Music by The Davis Bros. Tickets available from all club executive members, many awards will be presented on the evening including Halls of Fame, Players of the year etc.etc.

ZUMBA SESSION FOR CHARITY

There will be a Mega Zumba session in Ballybay Community Sports Hall on Saturday 22nd April at 11am to raise funds for 108km Pink Ribbon Cycle taking place the following Saturday. The morning is guaranteed to burn calories, be fun and raise money for a very good cause!! 1The cost is just €10 and includes a cuppa and treat afterwards. Wear something pink!!

COMMUNITY GAMES

Art, Model-making, Handwriting, Project, Gaelic Football, Soccer indoor and outdoor, Camogie, Hurling, Rounders, Skittles and Handball  - Anyone interested in any of the above activities please contact Sharon 042 9748110 or Maire 042 9748955 asap.

PARADE SUCCESS

Despite the poor weather the St. Patrick’s Day Parade was a great success with large numbers of spectators turning out. There were a number of winners on the day. These were as follows: Best Community Float – Ballybay Drama Group, Best Novelty Float- the Welcome Inn, Best Business Float – PQE, Latton and Best Dressed Window – Ballybay Pharmacy. The committee would like to thank the following without whom it would not be possible to have the parade – Local Garda, Rory Mc Atavie, the Aughnamullen Pipe Band, Gerry West, Stephen Duffy, Charlie Lennon (and his team from Cuan Mhuire) and Eamon Kerr (lorry for viewing stand). A massive thank you also goes to everyone who made the effort to put in a float.

TABLE QUIZ

There will be a table quiz on Friday 31st March in the Pearse Brothers Centre. A table of 4 will cost €40. There will be refreshments and spot prizes galore. There will also be a presentation on the night for the 2016 Championship and League winning U14 team.

TULLYCORBETT CCE

Thanks to all who came to our Annual St Patricks Eve Session. A great nights entertainment was had, and photographs are now up on the Facebook page. Fleadh events: Launch of the County Fleadh will take place on Thursday 1st of June in Tullycorbet Community Centre. On Friday, a talk and piping session will be held commemorating local Ballybay piper William Clarke. Competitions will take place on Saturday in Ballybay Community College. On Sunday there will be a traditional mass featuring Ceoltoiri Drumlin. Set Dancing and Sean Nos dancing competitions will take place in Tullycorbet Community Centre, and a youth session will be held in the evening, led by County Youth Officer Cathy Kirke in Ballybay Inn, with many other sessions taking place throughout the weekend

SOCIAL CLUB FOR ARDAGHEY

Ballybay Social Club that meets monthly in Cuan Mhuire has been invited to Ardaghey Community Centre on Monday 27 March next. Please come along at 11.30 am to the Riverdale Hotel car park where transport will be available. Lunch will be provided, a raffle, a light exercises session by Teresa Leonard, followed by bingo and then music and dance by Big Pat McEntee. The all-in cost is just €4. Hope to see you all, if you`re coming for the first time, you`re very welcome. Any queries, please contact 086 0660270.

MENTAL HEALTH TALK

GROW Community Mental Health are holding a talk on Positive Mental Health using the GROW Program in the Iontas Centre, Castleblayney on Tuesday 28th March at 7.30pm. Come along for tips on improving your mental health, stress management & supports available. The GROW program encourages its members to find and develop their personal strengths and work towards improving their Mental Health in a supportive and confidential environment. Contact KATHRYN @086 0436258 for further information or visit our website at grow.ie/ Everyone is welcome, it is free of charge and refreshments will be served. “You alone can do it, but you can’t do it alone”

ST. PATRICK DAY PARADE

This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place tomorrow Friday 17th March. The parade will once again start at Gerry Traynor’s on the Carrickmacross Road. Monaghan County Council will be sponsoring the best dressed window competition. The winner of this will receive €100. The committee are appealing to locals to get their flags and bunting out.

ANYONE COULD ROB A BANK

Amateur Drama returns to Ballybay after many years with the setting up of a new Drama group in the town. The group started up at the beginning of the year and has been rehearsing every week since then. The cast includes a few stalwarts with experience in acting and a few newcomers to amateur drama. All have been putting in a huge effort in preparing for the performance. The play ‘Anyone Could Rob a Bank’ by Thomas Coffey is a hilarious comedy and guarantees a great night’s entertainment for the audience. With a cast that includes Michael Duffy, Stephen Duffy, Robbie Carragher, Claire Duffy, Brid Mc Cabe, Kevin Quinn, Paul Mc Cabe and John Paul Cosgrove this is a play you will just have to see. The performances will take place in the Pearse Brothers centre on Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th and Saturday 25th March. More details on the play to follow next week.

IRISH BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be in town on Thursday 23rd March. They will hold a clinic at the Sports centre behind the Community College between 4-30pm and 8pm. Everyone welcome especially new donors.

PEARSE BROTHERS CLUB REGISTRATION NIGHT

Ballybay Pearse Brothers are holding a Club Registration Night for ALL club members; Adults, Juveniles, Players & Supporters! It is taking place in the Pearse Brothers Centre between 7 & 8pm this evening Thursday 16th of March. On the night the club will also be launching their new Online Club Shop.

TULLYCORBET CCÉ

Branch session will be held tonight (Thursday 16th) at 8pm. Branch members will be playing at mass in Tullycorbet on St Patricks Day, and junior members will be taking part in the Ballybay St Patricks Day parade. REMINDER: County Fleadh will take place in Ballybay from 1st - 4th of June, events will be announced next week.

CHAMBER CONGRATULATIONS

Ballybay Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the Latton/Bawn community on their very successful St. Patrick’s Day parade which was held last Sunday. Perhaps the local businesses would consider entering their floats in the Ballybay Parade on Friday. Meet on the Carrickmacross Road at 4-30pm.

MOTHERS DAY FLOWERS

Mother’s Day flowers are available locally along with a large range of gifts. These will be delivered free of charge. For further information which will be sure to please the most important woman in your life contact Therese at 042 9741034 or 087 6853316.

TULLYCORBETT DRAMA GROUP

The Tullycorbett Drama group will present a 3 act comedy called “For Love or Money” in their Community Centre on Friday 31st March, Sunday 2nd April and Friday 7th April. Everyone welcome.

PUBLIC WORKSHOP ON COUNTY DEVELOPMENT PLAN

A number of Public workshops are going to take place over the coming weeks to allow the pubic have their say on how Co Monaghan as a whole is developed in the years 2019 -2025. Plans involving Rural development , Community Facilities, Town Centres, Transport and Infrastructure , Heritage & Landscapes , Tourism and Arts , Environmental issues , effects of Brexit and Future jobs and employment in Co Monaghan are going to be discussed. Your opinions are very important as it allows Monaghan County Council hear the opinions of all sections of the community. One of these public workshops will be held in the Wetlands centre on Friday 24th march from 6pm until 9pm. Everyone welcome.

MONTHLY SOCIAL

The regular monthly social at Cuan Mhuire continues on Friday 10 march from 11.30 am onwards and is open to all-comers. The group is accepting an invitation to visit Ardaghey Social Club on Monday 27 March for lunch and a musical afternoon. The bus leaves from the Riverdale car park at 11.30am. Again everyone welcome.

INDOOR BOWLING SEASON CLOSES

The Ballybay indoor bowling season came to a conclusion on Monday night with a game for the Community Shield when we played Latton. This has been our usual end of season game but because of other commitments it just did not happen for the last four years so it is great to see it been played for once again. There was a full turn out of members from both clubs and all finished level on points so it came down to the scores where Ballybay came out winners by 7 shots. The presentation took place afterwards when Seamus Lennon (the Latton Captain) presented Benny Smyth, the Captain of the Ballybay team with the shield. Both captains said their few words and remembered with fondness the banter that would take place when the late Jimmy Mc Elroy and Dessie Mc Govern use to play for the shield. Our Chairperson Angela Rutledge thanked all that contributed to the night and wished all well for the Summer months at the outdoor green. Best wishes and a speedy recovery to Jackie and Vincent Rutledge and Philip Gibson who are in hospital at the moment.

OUTDOOR BOWLS

With the better weather and longer days it is now time to be getting ready for the outdoor bowls in the Town Park. Despite the green being closed a lot of work and planning has been going on behind the scenes which will be revealed at our AGM on Monday 20th March starting at 8pm. All the clubs that played in our local league have been notified of the format of the league for 2017 which we hope will start on Friday 28th April and will run on Mondays and Fridays for the duration of the league.
At a recent community meeting it was decided to upgrade our green as it is now over 10 years in use. A full report on this will be given at the upcoming AGM. Our thanks is extended to Kevin Mc Nally and Monaghan County Council who done a great job in providing the extra car parking spaces and also in cutting down the trees.

TULLYCORBETT COMMUNITY GAMES

Good luck to our local gymnasts who will be competing at the County Community Games Finals on Sunday 12th March. The event will take place in the Acorn Centre, Newbliss, starting at 10am. U9 Girls - Lucy Gilliland and Niamh Harte. U11 Girls - Sarah Louise Harte and Keela Curran. U13 Girls - Cliodhna Linden, Inez MC Ardle and Emma Mc Elmeel
The Community Games Cross Country, Mixed Distance Relay and Marathon County Finals take place on Saturday 18th of March at Tully GAA pitch, Emyvale. Registration will take place at 12pm for all events at the pitch. The XC and MDR will take place at Tully GAA pitch and the Marathon course is around Emy Lake. A reminder that these events are open to an unlimited number of competitors from each area and they do not need to be previously registered on the Online System.

LATTON/BAWN'S ST.PATRICKS DAY CENTENARY PARADE SUNDAY NEXT

On Sunday next, 12th March Latton/Bawn Centenary St.Patrick's Day Parade takes place. Assembling at St.Patrick’s Church Car park, Bawn at 3.45pm and departing at 4pm sharp. The parade will travel via Lacken Bridge to the O'Rahilly GAA Centre, Latton for 5pm. All local business's and Community groups are invited to take part as it is a great opportunity to showcase your business and its activity, so get working on that float. There will be generous prizes for the best floats. For further details, please contact Mary Duffy on 086-8196718 or Seamus Coyle on 087-6814067. A wonderful evening of entertainment is planned in the O'Rahilly GAA Centre with Brendan McCourt live from 6.30pm, also full evening food is available by booking with Bernie Hamilton on 087-9182006 or Mary Duffy on 086-8196718 at 7pm, booking for food is essential. This promises to be a great occasion for the Latton/Bawn Community, so please join in for the entire evening by booking your food at the above numbers. All club members/players are requested to be present at the O'Rahilly Centre at 3pm sharp to act as stewards, please bring a high vis vest.

DRAMA SOCIETY PERFORMANCE

Ballybay Drama Society are presenting “Anyone Could Rob a bank” in the Pearse Brothers Centre. The group will preset three performances on Thursday 23rd March, Friday 24th March and Saturday 25th March. The event will start at 8-30pm nightly and a great night’s entertainment is in store.

Launch of Monaghan Women in Business 2017

Monaghan Women in Business (MWIB) will launch its exciting 2017 programme as part of Enterprise week on International Women’s Day – Wednesday 8th March - at 6.30pm in The Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney.

All women in business/enterprise are invited to attend the launch and to participate in the Women in Business programme throughout the year.

We are thrilled to welcome acclaimed TED Speaker, Social Media Strategist and Tweeting Goddess - Samantha Kelly - as our very special guest speaker at our launch event. Samantha will share with us her experiences of business development through harnessing the ever increasing – and cost effective - power of social media. In addition to her many other accolades, Samantha - founder of Social Media Summit Ireland and co-founder of the Women’s Inspire Network – has recently been appointed Brand Ambassador to Unislim.

Women in Business Network is a Local Enterprise Office initiative which assists female entrepreneurs to grow and develop their businesses by providing information, advice, and promotional opportunities in a friendly, informal networking environment. We welcome businesses at all stages of development – from pre-start up to internationally focused entrepreneurs. Last year, MWIB hosted 9 events throughout the county with a total attendance of over 330 throughout the year. Meetings include presentations by expert speakers on a range of relevant subjects, as identified by participants, a very enjoyable social element and invaluable networking opportunities.

The 2017 launch is a free event, but we are asking that interested parties register Women in Business 2017 launch for catering purposes.

DAFFODIL DAY

This year’s Daffodil Day is on Friday 24th March - The Irish Cancer Society provide many essential services. Night Nursing is a fantastic service made available to people with cancer who are seriously ill at home. This vital support is invaluable to the person who wishes to remain at home being cared for by their family. The Irish Cancer Society provides the only night time care service for cancer patients in their own homes. Explaining why the service is so important local night nurse Catriona Murray said:" It is a privilege and honour to be with a patient and family at such a precious time. I try to bring a sense of calmness, sensitivity, kindness and understanding with caring and comfort for the patients. The relief and reassurance expressed by families in the knowledge that their loved one is comfortable is evidence of the invaluable service of Night Nursing. Daffodil Day means that we can provide this free service to cancer patients". It is so important that we raise as much money as possible in order to continue to provide and expand this service and others. Unfortunately, one in three of us will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetime. Survival rates are on the increase due to further advancement in research. Callers to our Cancer Nurseline (1800 200 700) tell us that talking with a cancer nurse really reduced their anxiety and gave them hope about their situation.
The volunteer drivers are there to take you to and from your chemotherapy appointments, and counselling is available to you in your local area through our affiliated cancer support centres. It is known that 40% of cancers can be prevented. Working with many groups across the country, making people more aware , and giving practical supports to people helps to reduce the number of people getting cancer in the first place by early detection. Every 15minutes someone hears the words 'you have cancer Supporting Cancer research will save lives. Cancer incidence in Ireland is expected to double over the next 20 years. Hence research is needed to identify risk factors, to better understand how cancer develops, and to develop improved treatments and ultimately better outcomes for patients. All your donations we are able to support this vital work.
Ballybay Daffodil Day has being very successful in raising huge amounts of money over the last 25 years. The people of Ballybay and surrounding areas have always generously supported this worthy cause. This would not be possible without our team of Volunteers. This year we are short 10 people to help out either on the Friday or Saturday morning, so please contact me on the number below if you think you could help out for an hour or so. We hope you can donate whatever you can afford to this worthy cause, or help out in any way, either by Volunteering to stand at collection points, supplying fresh daffodils to the various collection points, or arranging with us to collect from your home. If you are in town, why not call in to the Coffee morning/Cake sale( next door to The Ballybay Inn) from 10am to 2pm, or if you want to get involved by baking some cakes or scones for sale at the Coffee morning.
Ballybay Co-Ordinators Joe and Dolores Maguire can be contacted on 0429741717 or 0868340501.

WOMENS WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

The Women’s World Day of Prayer will take place in the Fitzgerald Centre on Friday 3rd March. Proceedings will start at 8pm. Everyone welcome.

MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION AGM

Ballybay Mental Health Association held their AGM last Friday 24 February 2017 at Cuan Mhuire. Reports were delivered from the Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer. The Chairperson paid tribute to the committee members` work during the year. The Secretary noted that Mental Health Ireland has a new CEO. The local committee appointed for the coming year is - Chairperson Michael Mc Ginn (out-going), Secretary Sharon Carraher (out-going), Treasurer Eilish Deery (Out-going) while Michael Mc Ginnity, Gabriel Treanor, Stephen Duffy and Charlie Barker are on the committee. If anyone else would like to offer their services please just contact a committee member. A fund raising community Table Quiz is planned in the near future while the holding of a craft workshop for older people will also be explored. Pupils in sixth class at the six local primary schools have been invited to submit a short essay on the positive mental health theme: Friendship, closing date is Friday 31 March and there is €300 in prizes.

The regular monthly social at Cuan Mhuire continues on Friday 10 march from 11.30 am onwards and is open to all-comers. The group is accepting an invitation to visit Ardaghey Social Club on Monday 27 March for lunch and a musical afternoon. The bus leaves from the Riverdale car park at 11.30am. Again everyone welcome.

IMPORTANT CHURCH DATES ANNOUNCED

This week dates have been announced for Confirmation, First Communion and Blessing of the Graves. This year’s Confirmation will take place on Sunday 7th May at 3pm. First Holy Communion is on Saturday 27th May at 11am and Blessing of the Graves will take place on Sunday 30th July.

CHILDREN’S BIBLE CLUB

The 'Rockcorry Children's Bible Club' for Primary School children is on tonight Thursday 2nd March from 6 - 7pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church hall. Bring a friend or two with you. Bible lessons, quizzes, singing, games and refreshments. Organised by Ronnie and Carey Killops, Faith Mission.

TABLE QUIZ

Ballybay Central School would like to invite you to a Table Quiz in Derryvalley Hall on Friday 8th March at 8pm. This promises to be a great night with local man Stephen Duffy as Quizmaster and various spot prizes. Table of 4 is €30 (children €5) and supper will be provided.

ALICE INDIA BOUND

Alice Crawford is returning to India this summer to do voluntary work with children with the charity Future Sense Foundation, India. She is hosting a Mad Hatter's Tea Party in Springfield House, Ballybay on Saturday 8th April from 11 am. Please note the change of date to the 8th of April. Come along with your friends and enjoy a chat and delicious home baking while helping to support children living in poverty in India

GOSPEL MEETING

An invitation is being offered to a Gospel Meeting in the Faith Mission Hall, Bushford, Rockcorry on Friday 3rd March 2017 at 8pm. This is organised by Ronnie & Carey Killops of the Faith Mission. All welcome. Plan to come, and bring a friend. Refreshments afterwards.

LIFE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT SEMINAR

The Fitzgerald Centre at Cuan Mhuire is the venue for a series of seminars entitled ‘Life in the Holy Spirit’. These seminars have been organized by Ballybay Charismatic Prayer Group and take place every Thursday evening until 6th April. The evening begins with Rosary at 7pm and the seminar proper begins at 7-30pm. Further information is available from 087 9376177.

CANCER SOCIETY SAYS THANKS

Ballybay Cancer Society would like to acknowledge a recent generous donation of €1,240 from Eugene Cleary. The amount was raised by the Cleary Golf Classic in Clones and Cleary Card Games Night in Fitzpatricks Bar Rockcorry. Good to see the "fun" is still hale and hearty in fundraising for a truly worthwhile cause".

TABLE QUIZ

Ballybay Central School Parents Association is hosting a Table Quiz in Derryvalley Hall on Friday 10th March. Proceedings get underway at 8pm and supper will be served. Local quiz king Stephen Duffy will be quizmaster on the night. A table of four adults will cost €30 and a table of four children €20. Your support would be very much appreciated.

5 WEEK GAA TRAINING CAMP

Ballybay Pearse Brothers is holding a five week training camp in the Recreation Centre starting on Saturday. The camp is open to both boys and girls. U6’s and U8’s is from 4pm to 5pm and U10’s and U12’s from 5pm to 6pm. Lots of fun guaranteed.

ST. PATRICK DAY PARADE

This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Friday 17th March. Now is the right time for clubs, businesses and community groups to start thinking about their floats. The parade will once again start at Gerry Traynor’s on the Carrickmacross Road. Watch this space for more details in the coming weeks.

TULLYCORBETT DRAMA GROUP

The Tullycorbett Drama group will present a 3 act comedy called “For Love or Money” in their Community Centre on Friday 31st March, Sunday 2nd April and Friday 7th April. Everyone welcome.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTER WANTED

The current team of ministers of the Eucharist is coming to an end. Those who are willing to stay on are welcome to do so however it is inevitable that new ministers will be required. Names are now being sought from individuals who would like to join the minister of the Eucharist team. Names can be given to the Parch office and it is likely that training will take place sometime during lent.

BALLYBAY WALKING GROUP

Ballybay Walkers is a group of 25-30 people who are currently meeting up every Tuesday evening in Ballybay Town Park at 7.15pm. It is providing a great chance to get out and go for a walk with a group, enjoy the company and the chat. It also keeps you motivated and start planning to get out more and make the most of any spare time you have to get fit and healthy. The routes are organized to suit all fitness levels, with lots of opportunity to return to the town park at various stages. Please wear high visibility clothing at all times. So 'Let's go Walking!

PEASRE BROTHERS PRESENTATION NIGHT

There was a full house in the Pearse Brothers Club House on Friday night last were the Owen Ward winning team from 2016 received their medals. It was also a special night for Mark Mc Ardle who won the Senior Player of the Year. Mark was presented with his award by team manager Michael Donnelly and former player Eamon Mc Aleer who was the very first recipient of the award, thirty years ago. Brian Mc Cabe picked up the Reserve Player of the Year. He was presented with his award by Roy Rutledge. The cup is named after Roy’s grandfather.

LIFE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT SEMINAR

The Fitzgerald Centre at Cuan Mhuire is the venue for a series of seminars entitled ‘Life in the Holy Spirit’. These seminars have been organized by Ballybay Charismatic Prayer Group and take place every Thursday evening until 6th April. The evening begins with Rosary at 7pm and the seminar proper begins at 7-30pm. Further information is available from 087 9376177.

Community and Environment Funding Scheme 2017

Monaghan County Council is committed to supporting local communities to promote, enhance and develop their local area. This commitment is supported by the annual Community and Environment Funding Scheme.

Monaghan Co. Council are now inviting applications for the 2017 funding scheme. In 2017, the Municipal Districts and Community Development, Housing and Environment section are working together to allocate funding through one central funding scheme. This process will allow community groups to maximise funding available to them and to ensure all community groups, residents committees and tidy towns groups throughout the county are supported in their voluntary activities.

Click to download Application Form and Guidelines 

INVITATION TO IMPORTANT TIDY TOWN MEETING

Local people are being urged to attend a public meeting of the newly formed Ballybay tidy towns on Monday 20th February at 8pm in the former Town Council offices above the library. Consultant Mr. Bill Flynn, will give a presentation on a 3year plan for Ballybay. Your input and ideas on how we could improve and enhance the town and the surrounding areas would be very much appreciated. Be there and have your say.!!

OPEN DAY AT CENTRAL SCHOOL

Ballybay Central School is holding an Open Afternoon on Wednesday 22nd February from 1pm until 3pm. All are welcome.

February is Amnesty Month – No Fines, No Questions @ Ballybay Library:

Did you forget to return your books to the local library? Well here is your opportunity to return your overdue items to the library during the month of February and pay no Fines!! Yes you have read that right – NO FINES for the month of February. So what are you waiting for, return those books as soon as possible and save yourself some cash…

PEARSE BROTHERS PRESENTATION FRIDAY

To mark the Pearse Brothers on field success the Owen Ward winning squad will be presented with their awards at the clubs dinner dance on Friday the 17th of February. The event will take place in the club room with a buffet dinner served at 8pm sharp. Entertainment on the night will be provided the lively Beatroot. Tickets cost €25 and are currently available from all committee members.

LATTON BAWN HISTORICAL GROUP

We are hoping to go for a reprint of our book 'Commemorating the Parishioners of Latton and Bawn who were Born or Died in 1916' as there are quite a number of people looking for them. However it will be a limited number of copies that we get reprinted, so if you want to get one, please contact any member of the committee or Catriona Lennon 086 1017467 or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible, because when they're gone they're GONE!! Also when the books are reprinted, we can post to Ireland & overseas.

COFFEE MORNING

There will be a coffee morning in Second Ballybay Presbyterian Church Hall this Saturday starting at 10am. All proceeds will be in aid of Our lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and Ballybay Cancer Society.

COYLE URGES ATTEDNACES AT FF MEETINGS

Monaghan Fianna Fail County Councillor, Seamus Coyle has today urged all Fianna Fail party members and supporters to come out to their local Cumann Annual General Meetings in the Ballybay/Clones L.E.A., over the coming weeks, to have their voice heard on local and national issues, all local Oireachtas Members will attend each of the Cumann A.G.M.s, including, Brendan Smith T.D. ,Niamh Smyth T.D. ,Senator Robbie Gallagher and Senator Deirmuid Wilson

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BALLYBAY LIBRARY IS GOING LIVE!!

We are introducing big changes in the library service in County Monaghan. Public Libraries in Ireland are working together to create one joint library catalogue, using a shared computer system. Monaghan will be joining this new system in March, which will offer greater access to stock from all 344 public libraries in Ireland – you will have access to almost 9 million items of stock!!! Wow….

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BOOK ON THE WAY

Ballybay man Adrian Harte is in the process of writing his first book, a biography of his favourite band ‘Faith No More’. Adrian who previously worked for the Northern Standard is currently living and working in Switzerland and has already completed his research and interviews for the book which he hopes will be published in early 2018. He recently traveled to the USA to carry out his early preparatory work. Adrian has seen the band play many times but will never forget the first time he seen them as support for Gun ‘N’ Roses at Slane castle in 1992. All in Ballybay wish Adrian well with the venture.

BALLYBAY/CLONES FIANNA FAIL COMHAIRLE CEANNTAIR MEETING

A meeting of Ballybay/Clones Fianna Fail Comhairle Ceanntair will take place in The Creighton Hotel, Clones on Monday 13th February at 8.30pm.All party members are urged to attend, as all Oireachtas members will be in attendance, with dates being fixed for all Cumann A.G.M.s for 2017. Registration will also take place at this meeting.

TULLYCORBET COMMUNITY GAMES

Anyone interested in Swimming, Gymnastics, Marathon, Cross Country, Mixed Distance Relay or Debating, please contact Sharon 042 9748110 or Maire 042 9748955 before Wednesday 22nd February. Gymnastics- Tullycorbet Area Gymnastics will be held on Monday 13th February in Clontibret Hall at 5pm. Anyone wanting to compete or represent Tullycorbet Community Games must attend this event and is advised to contact any of the above phone numbers prior to this event.

LATTON/BAWN ST.PATRICKS DAY CENTENARY PARADE

On Sunday 12th March 2017, the Latton/Bawn Centenary St. Patrick's Day Parade will take place, assembling at St. Patrick’s Church Car park, Bawn at pm, travelling via Lacken Bridge to the O'Rahilly GAA Centre, Latton. All local business's and Community groups are invited to take part, a great opportunity to showcase your business and its activity, so get working on that float, generous prizes for the best floats, for further details, please contact Mary Duffy on 086-8196718 or Seamus Coyle on 087-6814067.

SOCIAL CLUB

Ballybay Social Club meets again on this Friday 10 February from 11am on at Cuan Mhuire with morning tea/coffee followed by lunch at 1pm. Jeannette Keenan will be on hand to take us through an easy session of armchair exercises which should be both enjoyable and something you can continue doing for yourself.
Hope to see everyone again, unfortunately we cancelled last month`s meeting because of inclement weather, our apologies to those we discommoded. There`s also free raffle prizes, fun and craic thrown in as well, all for €6. Please come. Need a lift? Then contact 086 0660270.

DREW NAMED VICE CAPTAIN

Congratulations to Pearse Brothers player Drew Wylie who has been named vice captain of the Monaghan County team for this season. Drew along with his brother Ryan and fellow Pearse Brother players Thomas Kerr and Dessie ward all played their part on Saturday night as Monaghan beat Mayo in the opening game of the league.

COFFEE MORNING

There will be a coffee morning in Second Ballybay Presbyterian Church Hall this Saturday starting at 10am. All proceeds will be in aid of Our lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and Ballybay Cancer Society.

CHILDREN’S BIBLE CLUB

The 'Rockcorry Children's Bible Club' for Primary School children is on Thursday 16th February 2017, 6 - 7pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church hall. Bring a friend or two with you. Bible lessons, quizzes, singing, games and refreshments. Organised by Ronnie and Carey Killops, Faith Mission'.

BOWLS NEWS

There was a large attendance at the most recent club night when the Gabriel Traynor Perpetual Cup was on offer. After a great night bowls the winner was our new Chairperson Angela Rutledge. The presentation was made by the secretary Cora Smyth who wished Angela well for the rest of the season. Angela in reply thanked Cora and then went on to wish that the club would put out a strong team for the upcoming Jimmy Mc Elroy Shield match with neighbours Latton. It is hoped to play this game on Monday 20th February. All members are requested to be in attendance at our club night on the 13th so that the strongest team possible can be selected.

DOG FOULING ISSUE

A number of locals have approached the Ballybay News about an increase in dog fouling in the Town Park and Town’s streets. Under Section 22 of the Litter Pollution Act 1997 it is an offence to allow a dog under your control to foul in a public place. Dog faeces is foul-smelling, unsightly and is a potential source of serious disease, particularly for children. Dog faeces is a particular nuisance on footpaths, in parks, playgrounds and in school playing areas where it is likely to be stepped on by pedestrians, or rolled on by cyclists or wheelchair users, or handled by small children playing in the area. So remember if you own a dog please be responsible and clean up after it otherwise you could find yourself in trouble and receive a fine.

SHY MEN NEEDING FLOWERS

Do you need flowers for your loved one this Valentine Day?  If so then Smyth’s Newsagents have the answers. They are offering flowers which will be delivered free within a 4 mile radius of Ballybay. For further information contact Therese at 9741034 or 0876853316.

LIBRARY CLOSURES

The Library is currently undergoing essential works and when finished it will be possible to borrow books in any library in Ireland and leave them back in Ballybay. To facilitate essential work will require the library to be closed on February 1st, 7th, 27th, 28th and 1st March.

SCOIL EANNA

Enrolment for the 2017/18 school year will take place in the School office from 1pm to 3pm on Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th February. It is important to bring the child’s PPS number and birth certificate. Alternative arrangements for enrolment may be made by contacting the school at 042 9741172. An open day will be held in June when parents and children will have an opportunity to tour the school.  The school will also celebrate Grandparents Day today Thursday 2nd February.