POPE JOHN PAUL 11 AWARD

An information evening for potential Pope John Paul Award leaders will be held in Fr. Shane’s house in Lough Egish on Monday evening next at 8pm. It is hoped to offer young people in the parish an opportunity to take part in this award beginning in the 2017/2018 school year.

TULLYCORBETT 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.

PEARSE BROTHERS PRESENTATION

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.

GOSPEL MEETING

All are welcome to a Gospel Meeting in the Faith Mission Hall, Bushford, Rockcorry tomorrow, Friday 3rd February 2017 at 8pm. Organised by Ronnie & Carey Killops of the Faith Mission. Plan to come, and bring a friend. Refreshments afterwards.

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.

CHILDREN’S BIBLE CLUB

The 'Rockcorry Children's Bible Club' for Primary School children is on tonight Thursday 2nd 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'a

Sports Capital Funding available to clubs / groups in County Monaghan


Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D. and the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’ Donovan T.D., recently announced a new round of Sports Capital funding for 2017.

The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is operated by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and provides grants to assist in the development or refurbishment of sports facilities and the provision of permanent sports equipment.

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BOWLS

The Ballybay indoor bowls season is nearing a conclusion with most of the major trophies already played for this season. Last week we played for the Jack Semple singles trophy and to all the members delight, Gabriel Traynor was the winner on the night. Angela Rutledge made the presentation to Gabriel and in response Gabriel said he loves the game of bowls and it’s very nice to come away with a win occasionally. Next week the members will play for the Traynor sponsored cup and all members to be in the hall by 7-45pm for the draw.
The outdoor green in the Town Park has been in operation for 11 years now – it opened on 6th April 2006 so the members are thinking it may need an upgrade. In view of this all the committee and members will assemble at the outdoor green on Saturday 28th January at 2pm. This will be a major decision and all facts and figures will be put forward to the members on Saturday. The AGM of the outdoor club will take place on the 20th March in the Bowling Pavilion at 8-30pm.

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.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

A meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Monday night next. The venue will be the Confraternity Rooms and the meeting will commence at 8-30pm.

ALMAS COLLECTION

A big thank you to all who recently contributed to or helped out at the ALMAS church gate collection. The amount raised was €1110.

ST BRIGIDS CROSSES

Cuan Mhuire is selling St. Brigid crosses in aid of their charity. The crosses are priced at €3 each or 2 for €5. Your donation will be very much appreciated by George and his team.

PAUL FINLAY- AN APPRECIATION BY JOE SULLIVAN

At last Friday night’s County Dinner Dance Paul Finlay received a special award to mark the occasion of his retirement from County Football. Over the years many kind words have been written by sports journalist about this wonderfully gifted Ballybay footballer. However this week I came across a piece written by Paul’s club colleague Joe Sullivan. It’s a great piece of writing which I hope you all enjoy as much as the Ballybay News did.

“What is there to left to say about Paul Finlay? Without doubt the most naturally gifted footballer I ever had the pleasure to play with. Paul was marked for greatness from birth and didn’t disappoint. He was well known for his left football but was comfortable with his right. He was a magnificent fielder of a ball. He was brave beyond reason despite the long line of faceless assassins who, knowing they couldn’t match him in ability resorted to all manner of skulduggery to dampen his influence on games.
The sublime point scoring that would have drawn breath had it came from another player just seemed routine when coming from Paul. The memories are nearly endless. But here’s 4 just from his county days.

The “Hail Mary” goal v Meath. Ok, it was a wee bit lucky but Paul was 40 yards out and had been told it was the last kick of the game. If the ball goes a ball width further, it goes over the bar. If it goes a ball width less, Mark Ward catches it on his chest, the judgement was not inch perfect it was millimetre perfect. No other player in Ireland could have done that.
His Championship debut against Armagh when he scored 8 points from 8 attempts. One of the points in the second half was so far out, it was nearly in another townland! It also inspired the legendary Michael O’Muircheartaigh to remark in his radio commentary, “ Its rising, it’s rising, it’s over the bar and it’s still rising”!

There was a point v Fermanagh in the 2010 Ulster semi final in Brefini Park, where he bent over a sideline ball from the 13, a point so good the Fermanagh fans applauded.
But the one that will stick in my mind forever will be the last minute point against Longford in the final league game in 2005 in Clones. We had been cruising to a 5 point win when 2 quick fire goals left us a point behind in the last minute of injury time. Shane McManus catches the kickout and gives it to Paul. One last chance. If he misses, we don’t qualify for semi final, don’t beat Meath in the final and the springboard for everything that followed might not have happened. With nerves of steel, Paul clears the crossbar from 55 metres with 3 guys hanging off him. As Banty said afterwards, there’s no one you would rather have in that situation.

But on top of everything, Paul was one of the good guys. A gentleman like his father before him. He never refused an autograph or photo request. The ultimate role model for anyone, not just in sport, but in life.

Thanks for everything Paulie. Hopefully now you will get a chance to add to your club collection of medals”.
Joe Sullivan

PADDY LINDEN ENTERS HALL OF FAME

At last Friday nights annual County awards former Ballybay Pearse Brothers & county legend Paddy Linden was inducted into the Hall of Fame. A large number of locals have been in touch to offer their congratulations to Paddy on this wonderful achievement. Here's what the county had to say about Ballybay’s only All Star:

"As a juvenile in the Ballybay club, Paddy would play anywhere as long as he got a game. When he got the chance to play in goals, he grabbed it both hands and the rest is history. He won a County Senior Championship with his beloved Ballybay in 1987.

He was first selected on the county team by Sean Mc Cague in 1978. Monaghan duly won the Ulster Championship in 1979. A bad car crash in 1981 threatened his career. Eighteen months recuperation took its toll and he lost two and a half stone while out of action.

He worked hard and regained his place, winning further Ulster Championships in 1985 and 1988 and also a National League title in 1985. He also won a Railway Cup Medal in 1988.
He was rightly awarded a well-deserved All Star in 1988 for his consistency and was the first player from the province of Ulster to ever get the accolade. The highlight of his 1988 campaign was a superb penalty save from Cork star Larry Tompkins in the All Ireland semi-final.

Paddy had all the attributes needed for a top class goalkeeper; bravery, agility, great awareness with an accurate kick-out. A true legend and a popular and welcome addition to Monaghan GAA Hall of Fame."

PUBLIC CONSULTATION MEETING ON REDEVELOPMENT OF THE TOWN PARK

A public meeting on the redevelopment of the Town Park will be held tonight Thursday 19th January in the Wetlands centre at 8pm. The purpose of this public meeting is to identify barriers to accessibility that currently exist within the park and to hear the views of the users of the park on how best to improve the park as a community recreational facility. If you are unable to attend the meeting you can raise your concerns by contacting Bernie Bradley, Access officer for Monaghan County Council at 047 73727 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

INTERESTED IN PHOTOGRAPHY

Local lady Janet Leonard has mooted the idea of a Photography Day were locals with an interest in taking pictures get together and then go out and take a number of images of the town and surrounding areas. The pictures could then be displayed locally. Expression of interest can be left on the ‘Ballybay and its People’ facebook page.

HALL OF FAME AWARD FOR PADDY

Former Ballybay Pearse Brothers and County goalkeeper Paddy Linden will receive the Hall of Fame Award at the Monaghan County dinner dance on Friday night next. On the night Paul Finlay will receive an award on his the occasion of his retirement from inter-county football and Dessie Ward will receive his Ulster U21 winner’s medal.

WELL DONE BERNIE

Doohamlet lady Bernie O Neill was the winner of the €50 voucher at Smyth’s Newsagents Customer Appreciation Day which was held last Friday. Speaking to the Northern Standard Therese Smyth said, “Our first customer appreciation Day was a great success and we were delighted with the favorable response from our local customers. They continued to support us and we hope that Bernie O Neill enjoys spending her €50 with us”.

PEARSE BROTHERS PRESENTATION

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.

ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES

Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board are organizing a number of courses on English for speakers of other languages. These courses are free and will be held in the Ballybay Enterprise centre on the Carrickmacross Road. Registration for the first of these courses took place on Monday last however there will be two further chances to register. The next chance will be on Monday 6th February between 4-30pm and 6-30pm and then again on Monday 3rd April between 4-30pm and 6-30pm. Further information is available from Michael Donohoe at 042 9749357 or 0876526648 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

KIERAN FINLAY MEMORIAL FUND

Recently former Ballybay native Gerry Finlay returned to the town to make a presentation to the local Pearse Brothers. Since the untimely death of his brother Kieran Finlay in 2012, Gerry has run several high-profile fund raising events in the New York area as part of the Kieran Finlay Memorial Fund New York USA. Alongside the Ballybay Pearse Brothers, the fund has also made a very sizable donation to The Mater Hospital Dublin, where Kieran received treatment during his illness, to support their work in cancer research and in particular to help find a cure for Myeloma. Fund raising events will continue this year with a golf classic taking place on Monday the 11th of September 2017. The club would be delighted & actively encourage Ballybay locals in a position to do so, to consider attending as it could only help promote the event and make it an even greater success. Additional info can be got from the Ballybay Pearse Brothers or online via www.shandoncourt.com

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Redevelopment of Ballybay Town Park

Thursday 19th January 2017 8pm

Ballybay Wetlands Centre 

Ballybay Co. Monaghan

The purpose of this public meeting is to identify barriers to accessibility that currently exist within the park and to hear the views of the users of the park on how best to improve the park as a community recreational facility.

BALLYBAY CANCER SOCIETY THANKS THE COMMUNITY FOR THEIR GENEROSITY IN 2016

Ballybay Cancer Society want to convey their grateful thanks to the people of Ballybay and its surrounding areas who have given so generously throughout 2016. The catchment area for Ballybay reaches out from the centre of Co. Monaghan so it covers a large number of local areas in which to give assistance. In return all these areas played a very large part in terrific fundraising in a year when times were tough and pennies were scarce. This didn't stop all those kind generous people giving to this local worthwhile charity and therefore lots of locals received assistance from Ballybay Cancer Society at a time when it was needed most. The fundraising like other years comprised of all types of fun filled ventures e.g. head/beardshaves, pancake days, in lieu of birthday/anniversary presents, donations from Brides & Grooms in lieu of wedding favours. This Christmas there were a number of people who gave substantial donations in lieu of Christmas cards. Ballybay Cancer Society has a lot of clients so it was a particularly helpful boost as we issue numerous winter grants to help with the day to day finances which people shouldn't have to worry about on top of all the hardship that illness brings to a household. The provision and financing of a transport service is the other main function of Ballybay Cancer and it has received lots of thanks and praise from users and their families. Ballybay Cancer Society want to thank everyone who gave so generously of their time, efforts and monies and take this opportunity to wish all a Healthy Happy New Year.

LIBRARY CHANGES

The Library re-opened on Tuesday last and from now on members must have their library cards with them when borrowing books or using the internet. This new procedure is down to changes to the computer system. Bottom line no card – no book or internet.

COMMUNITY GAMES


Phase 1 team event entries will be due in by the deadline of the 22nd of January to County. This includes all team events for the first Ulster finals (due to take place on the 1st April). All event details and rules can be found on the Community Games website. Anyone interested in futsal, badminton, spikeball, basketball, tag rugby, mini rugby, girls soccer, table tennis, chess and draughts please contact Sharon 9748110 or Maire 9748955 asap. We wish to express our deepest sympathy to Eithne and Mark Hughes on the untimely passing of Eamon a very devoted husband and father. May Eamon Rest in Peace.

LADYBIRDS, BROWNIES AND GUIDES

Ladybirds and Guides will reopen tonight Thursday 12th January at usual times and usual venue. Brownies will reopen at a later date.

BALLYBAY SOCIAL GROUP

The Ballybay Social Group meet again on Friday 13 January 2017 in Cuan Mhuire from 11.30 onwards with morning refreshments. At 12 noon Jeannette Keenan will be along to do some simple armchair exercises for 30 minutes which won`t be physically taxing and is a bit of fun as well as being most useful for the body after the possible excesses of the holiday season. After lunch there will be a session of bingo. Both men and women are welcome as usual and the all in cost is just €6. There`s a free raffle for spot prizes and if anyone needs a lift please contact 086 0660270. Hope to see you there! If coming for the first time, don`t worry just show up.

UNIQUE CUSTOMER DAY

Smyth’s Newsagent in the Square is hosting a Customer Appreciation Day this Friday. Throughout the day there will be 20% off many products and everyone who spends over €30 will be entered in a free draw. This is the first time such a unique event has been held in the town and Darren and Therese are to be applauded for their initiative.

CREDIT UNION AGM

The Ballybay Credit Union AGM will take place in the Wetlands Centre on Wednesday 18th January at 8pm. There will be a free raffle on the night for any member who attends. Refreshments will also be served.

CIRCUIT TRAINING

Did you over indulge at Christmas. Well don’t worry if you did as circuit training returns to the Recreation Centre on Monday nights. The class starts at 8.30pm sharp. Everyone and all fitness levels welcome.

CHIROPODY CLINIC

There will be a chiropody clinic in Ballybay Pharmacy on Thursday 19th January, 2nd February and 16th February. The clinic will be for both general and diabetic footcare. To make an appointment contact the Pharmacy at 0429741033

CHAMBER VOUCHERS STILL VALID

A lot of you may have received Chamber of Commerce vouchers as Christmas presents. The vouchers can be exchanged in all local shops at any time of the year.

PILATES RESUME

Pilates classes will resume in the recreation Centre on Monday nights at 7pm and in Cuan Mhuire on Thursday mornings at 10am. Everyone welcome. For further information contact 0868079523.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS THANK YOU

The Christmas Lights Committee would like to thank the local Ballybay Businesses and Monaghan County Council for their continued support. This year’s lights were well received by the local public. The committee would also like to thank John Rutledge for supplying the Christmas tree and locals Mickey Leonard, Chris Mallon and Patrick Mc Mahon for their efforts in keeping the town spick and span all year.

BALLYBAY WALKERS

Monaghan Sports Partnership is facilitating a walking group on Tuesday evenings in the Town Park at 7-15pm. This walking group will be geared to suit all adults with all fitness levels. This is a good opportunity to join a group to get fit and healthy, great for mind and body. Walk as far as suits you, you'll meet new people and make new friends. Being part of a group will keep you motivated. The group will meet every Tuesday night. For further details contact 0868340501.

SOME OF THE BEST OF 2016

Keen local photographer John Rutledge has posted a series of images on Ballybay and its People FACEBOOK page entitled “Some of the Best of 2016”. John had his camera at most of the big events in the town and has captured loads of great pictures of the events, local characters and local scenery. The pictures are well worth a view and John is to be complimented for his excellent photography.

CHAMBER VOUCHERS

The Chamber of Commerce vouchers are available in most of the local shops. These are available in values of €10 and €20 and would make excellent Christmas presents. The vouchers can be exchanged in all local shops at any time of the year.

QUIZZING AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE

Stephen ‘s second quiz book entitled “Quizzing Around the Christmas Tree - Volume 2” is available to purchase in a number of local shops. The book is full of new educational and fun questions suitable for all the family. It would certainly make an excellent stocking filler for Christmas.

LIBRARY CLOSURE

The local branch library will close for Christmas on Thursday 22nd December. It will reopen on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

GOOD LUCK PAUL

Good luck to Paul Mc Guinness who will be taking part in a cycle and swim in aid of Temple Street Hospital on Christmas day. Paul who is a third year business student at DCU has been selected as one of 120 students who have been challenged to raise €1000 for charity. All the monies raised will go towards the construction of a new satellite classroom in St Gabriel's Ward which specialises in neurosurgery and craniofacial surgery.

DOG STILL MISSING

Last week we reported that a boxer dog belonging to dog lovers Joy and Bernard Borchert had been stolen from their front garden on Wednesday 7th December. The dog is called Finn and has been neutered and microchipped. As yet Finn has not been found. The Borchert family is offering a substantial reward for information leading to the safe return of the dog. If you have any useful information you can private message Joy Borchert on facebook.

GOAL MILE

A GOAL mile challenge will take place at Latton GAA Centre on Monday next St. Stephens Day at 11am. This is a good chance to clear the heads and shake off the excesses of Christmas Day and also do your little bit for charity.

FOUR LOCALS IN MC KENNA CUP SQUAD

Congratulations to Ballybay Pearse Brothers contingent of Drew & Ryan Wylie, Thomas Kerr & Dessie Ward who have all been selected for the Monaghan Squad ahead of this year McKenna Cup competition. The tournament gets underway on January 8th against Fermanagh.

PRAYERS, REFLECTION AND CAROLS IN BALLINTRA

An evening of prayers, reflection and Christmas carols to welcome baby Jesus into the hearts of all locals will take place in Ballintra Church on Thursday 22nd December. The evening will commence at 8pm and all are welcome.

MISSING CAT RETURNED

On Sunday last a cat in the Town Park followed a local woman home. Thanks to the power of FACEBOOK and in particular the ‘Ballybay and its People’ page the cat has now been returned to its very grateful owner.

COUNCIL CLEAN LAKE SHORE

Last week we published a picture taken by a local man which showed indiscriminate dumping at one of the many lakes in the area. We are glad to report that since the picture appeared in the paper staff from Monaghan County Council have been to the lake shore and removed the rubbish. Remember if you come across illegal dumping you should report it to the Environment Section of Monaghan County Council.

€12, 000 ALLOCATED FOR NEW PLAY EQUIPMENT

Following a campaign spearheaded by local man Stephen Duffy to make Ballybay Town Park more inclusive for all children green shoots of progress is starting to appear. Last week it was announced that a total of €12,000 was to go for the provision of new equipment for children with disabilities at the Park. This can be broken down as €9,600 from CLAR and €2,400 from Monaghan County Council. Following this Bernie Bradley the Social Inclusion Officer at Monaghan County Council informed social media, “I’ve been working on this issue with the Area Engineer over the last few months. We have assessed the site for remedial access works and costings for upgrading and replacing equipment on the playground site. I have prioritized this project for 2017”. Miss Bradley then added, “I’d love to really make a National model of good practice in the park”.
A meeting has been arranged for the Wetlands centre on Thursday 5th January at 8pm. The purpose of this meeting is to get feedback from parents, friends and carers who can provide information on what is the most suitable equipment for this project going forward.

NANNY DUFFY CELEBRATES HER 100TH BIRTHDAY

Popular local lady Nanny Duffy celebrated her 100th Birthday on 16th December. Until recently she was living in St. Patrick’s Street and attending bingo regularly however she is now resident in St. Josephs Nursing Home. Many will know Nanny from her days working in the Riverdale where she was an important staff member. Earlier this year Nanny enjoyed one of the best days of her 100 year life when she was present for the ordination of Fr. Stephen Duffy. A small celebration for Nanny was held in Cuan Mhuire recently.

CAMPHILL SAYS THANK YOU

Camphill Community Ballybay would like to take this opportunity to send our sincere thanks to everyone who took part in setting up for our Craft Day which was held in our Community on the 19th November. Also, a huge thank you to the local people and businesses who kindly donated Money and Raffle Prizes-without your help this day would not have been as good as it was. We managed to raise over €3700 on the day, which is just simply fantastic.
Thank you to BD Foods, Flacks Garage, Kieran McMahon Tyres, Rocks of Monaghan, Theresa & Brendan McGahey, Derryvalley Sheeting & DIY, Monaghan Electrical, Dunsinaire Stores Ltd, Ciaran Allen Dental Practitioner, BWG Value Centre, Monaghan Hire, Follgard Tractor Parts, Gaffey Motor Factors, Marrons Garage, Corcaghan Co-Op, Top Oil, Carrolls Imports & Exports Ltd, Nutri Snax Cavan and Baby Baby Nursery Shop Virgina.

PRAYERS, REFLECTION AND CAROLS IN BALLINTRA

An evening of prayers, reflection and Christmas carols to welcome baby Jesus into the hearts of all locals will take place in Ballintra Church on Thursday 22nd December. The evening will commence at 8pm and all are welcome.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

Christina Duffy from Lough Mor Avenue celebrated her 50th birthday with family, friends and work colleagues in the Ballybay Inn last weekend. Christina doesn’t actually turn fifty until Christmas Day but this didn’t stop a very large crowd from gathering to help her celebrate the milestone Birthday.

ALMAS RAISES OVER €1300

Fr. Brian who is associated with ALMAS has been in touch to thank the parishioners of Tullycorbett for their wonderful generosity. Between donations and the sale of cards €1348-32c was raised. During his visit to the parish Fr. Brian joined in the celebration of the mass. Anyone who is still interested in purchasing cars can do so from Gerry West.

CHURCH HEATING WORKS COMPLETE

It’s great to be able to report that the heating upgrade works at St. Patrick’s church is now complete. The work was carried out by Vincent Duffy & Son (Builders) and when the real winter bites and no doubt it soon will it is hoped that the benefit of the upgrade will be noticed. This has been a long road for the Parish Council and their Finance Committee but one that will be worth the journey. Thanks to all involved.

DOG MISSING

Dog lovers Joy and Bernard Borchert had their boxer dog named Finn taken from their garden on Wednesday 7th December at approximately 3-30pm. The dogs collar was left along with two other dogs. The Borchert’s are offering a substantial reward for information leading to the safe return of the dog. If you have any useful information you can private message Joy Borchert on facebook.

ICA BUSY SUNDAY

Well done to the members of the local ICA group who attended St. Joseph’s Residential Home on Sunday last. The members entertained the staff and residents with a spot of carol singing. Santa was on hand with gifts for all the residents.

PAUL TO SWIM AND CYCLE ON CHRISTMAS DAY FOR TEMPLE STREET

When most of us will be sitting down to turkey and pudding on Christmas Day local man Paul Mc Guinness will be taking part in a cycle and swim in aid of Temple Street Hospital. Paul who is a third year business student at DCU has been selected as one of 120 students who have been challenged to raise €1000 for charity. All the monies raised will go towards the construction of a new satellite classroom in St Gabriel's Ward which specialises in neurosurgery and craniofacial surgery. Speaking to the Ballybay News Paul said, “To help me reach the €1,000 I am taking part in a 20k cycle and swim on Christmas Day all while in a Santa suit. If anyone would like to make a donation they can simply go to the following link https://www.100minds.org/2017/1253/paul-mc-guinness. I really appreciate the support that I have received so far and to show this appreciation I plan to raffle a Dtwo gold card and a €50 River Island voucher between everyone who makes a donation”.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON

A large crowd turned out last Saturday evening for the official switch on of this year’s Christmas lights. Rory Mc Atavie was master of ceremonies and All Ireland winning athlete Conor Duffy performed the big switch on. Santa Claus made a special visit and met, greeted and provided presents to a large number of local children. Some new lights have been added to the Square and once again the tree is located outside the Market House.

PEARSE BROTHERS AGM

There were a number of new & exciting appointments following the clubs AGM in the club house recently. Cillian McAviney was elected to the head position of the club & will sit in the chair for the 2017 season. Niall Duffy will assist Cillian in his role. The Connolly siblings, John & Aoife will remain in the secretary roles while the club finances are again the responsibility of Paddy Kerr & Barry Lennon. The PRO position has remained vacant for now, but there was wonderful additions to the committee with Genna Gilmour the new youth officer, Bryan McCabe the new Health & Well Being officer and Evan Rutledge remaining in the coaching officer role. The remaining committee members are John Joe McKearney, Martin McAviney, Eileen Kerr, Drew Wylie, Ann Garraghan, Cauldine Wylie, Paul Finaly & Donal O'Connell.

1916 COMMEMORATION DVD

A DVD of the Carrickatee Ballybay 1916 commemorations is now available to purchase. These would make excellent Christmas presents and are excellent value at just €10. If you are interested in purchasing one, contact Paul Mc Carthy at 087 6547685.

CHILDRENS BIBLE CLUB

The 'Rockcorry Children's Bible Club' for Primary School children is on Thursday 8th December from 6pm to 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.

CHURCH OF IRELAND NEWS

On Wednesday 21st December at 8pm a community carol service will take place in the Church of Ireland, Ballybay. The local community choir will be in attendance and everyone is welcome. On Saturday 24th December a midnight service will take place in the church at 11pm. All welcome.

CONGRATULATIONS MARY ROSE

Ballybay Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Mary Rose Muckian and Bank of Ireland on a very successful enterprise day which was held in the Recreation Centre last Saturday. There was a wonderful crowd and all got to see what the local business community had to offer. A spokesperson for the Chambers said, “This was an excellent initiative organized by Mary Rose from Bank of Ireland. The number of people who passed through the centre was amazing and many members of the local community now know what the business community here in Ballybay has to offer”.

WOMENS CHRISTMAS

Monaghan Women’s Network in conjunction with Ballybay ICA present “WOMEN’S CHRISTMAS” on Saturday 10th December at Cuan Mhuire from 10am until 12-30pm. The event will feature Christmas cookery, Christmas crafts and a talk on Women’s Christmas. Free buses will run from Monaghan, Clones and Castleblayney. This event is free.

JAP HANGS UP HIS COUNTY BOOTS

Last week the illustrious inter-county career of Ballybay’s Paul (Jap) Finlay came to an end as he announced his retirement from County football. Paul first played for Monaghan in 2003 and in his 14 year career played 168 times for the Farney Army. During those games he became Monaghan’s leading point scorer with an amazing tally of 5-548. He won 3 National league titles and 2 Ulster titles. He also won an All Ireland Vocational Schools medal with Monaghan and a Sigerson with Sligo IT. In 2008 he was called in to the Ireland International Rules Football team. He has also represented Ulster in the Railway cup. Regarded as one of the most stylish footballers of the modern era he also had one of the sweetest left feet in the game. Since he announced his retirement Paul has been inundated with well wishers. He recently took to twitter to thank them all tweeting, “Gobsmacked by nature and volume of kind words sent my way over the last few days. All I can say is a MASSIVE THANK YOU to all”.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS TURN ON

The annual Christmas lights turn on will take place on Saturday 3rd December at 5-30pm in the Square. The big man himself (Santa) has promised to stop by with a free gift for every child. Your support for the big switch on would be very much appreciated.

LATTON LADIES LIVE TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY

Latton Ladies took part in a truly amazing All Ireland semi final on Sunday last when they drew with Dublin outfit St. Maur’s in Rush. Latton had led for most of the game however with time running out the Rush side led by a goal. In the final minute Joanne Culleton found the back of the net to tie the game at 4-8 to 4-8 and force extra time. After 20 minutes the sides could not be separated so a replay in Latton is on the cards. At time of going to print the date and time was not known however check the ladies football notes in the sports pages for further details.

1916 COMMEMORATION DVD

A DVD of the Carrickatee Ballybay 1916 commemorations is now available to purchase. These would make excellent Christmas presents and are excellent value at just €10. If you are interested in purchasing one, contact Paul Mc Carthy at 087 6547685.

QUIZZING AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE

Stephen ‘s second quiz book entitled “Quizzing Around the Christmas Tree - Volume 2” is available to purchase in a number of local shops. 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.

CAROL SERVICE IN ROCKCORRY

An invitation is extended to all locals to a Community Carol Service on Sunday 4th December 2016 @ 7pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church. Carol singing, local children taking part and Christmas message by Andrew McMullan (C.E.F.). Everyone is welcome. Refreshments served afterwards. Organised by Ronnie and Carey Killops, Faith Mission.

CHAMBER VOUCHERS

The Chamber of Commerce vouchers are available in most of the local shops. These are available in values of €10 and €20 and would make excellent Christmas presents. The vouchers can be exchanged in all local shops at any time of the year.

KATHLEEN WINS €8000

Congratulations to Kathleen Feeney who scooped the €8000 first prize in the Pearse Brothers big draw last Saturday night. Other winners on the night were Oliver Brean (TV to the value of €1000), Dermot Mc Ardle (€750 local shopping voucher) and Anna Mc Carthy (€250 Mc Eniff Hotel voucher).
A number of presentations were also made on the night. These were to the Ballybay Hurling team of 1976 who won the county championship, to our local players who recently won Ulster medals with Monaghan and to Conor Duffy on his All Ireland athletics success. The club also has DVD’s of the recent Ward Cup victory over Castleblayney. They are for sale at €15 each from either Eileen Kerr or Niall Duffy.

BANK OF IRELAND ENTERPRISE DAY

The Bank of Ireland will host an enterprise day in the Recreation Centre on Saturday 3rd December from 2pm until 5pm. A number of business stands are confirmed for the day and Rachael Allen will be the special guest. Further information is available from Mary Rose Mc Guckian at the Ballybay Branch of Bank of Ireland

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CRAFT FAYRE

Camphill is hosting their annual Craft Fayre on Saturday 19th November 2016 from 2pm until 5pm. All the usual stalls will be in operation and there will be lots of refreshments available. Everyone welcome

LATTON LADIES IN ALL IRELAND SEMI FINAL

Ulster junior champions Latton are in All Ireland semi final action on Sunday next when they travel to north County Dublin. The local side will take on St. Maurs of Rush in the Dublin seaside town at 1pm.

LEAGUE WIN

Ballybay Pearse Brothers won their first senior league title since 1986 when they defeated Castleblayney Faughs in Emyvale on Sunday last. The late introduction of Hugh Malone who contributed 1-2 saw the local side win 3-11 to 1-10. Lots of great pictures on Ballybay and its People Facebook page and Ballybay Pearse Brothers Facebook page.

Ballybay Remembers 1916

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The weekend of Friday 10th - Sunday 12th of June, 2016, Ballybay Town paid tribute to the memories of 1916. Starting on Friday night the play "Pull Down a Horseman " written by Eugene McCabe in 1966 was performed by Jim Cleary ( James Connolly) , Brian O Harte ( Padraig Pearse ) and directed by Harry Cleary at the Pearse Brothers Club Rooms.


On Saturday, a street drama "Two Paths To One Place" was performed to the fantastic backdrop of the Market House. Local man Aiden Mc Quillan was responsible for the production and directing of this superb drama. The street drama followed a parade of the youth in which young people from local GAA clubs marched from the Castleblayney Road to the Market House. The evening ended with the reading of the Proclamation, excellently read by pupils from St Eannas National School and the raising of our National Fag by Eamom Gorman former Battalion Quatermaster in the FCA.


imageThroughout the weekend an exhibition took place in Liam Smyth's meeting rooms. The exhibition was in memory of the sixteen men who were executed. Sixteen local people contributed to the exhibition, each person giving their own unique memory to each of the sixteen men.

The weekend concluded with an afternoon of music, song and culture in the local Pearse Brothers club rooms. Where better than to conclude such a great weekend than in the Club Rooms named after two pillars of the 1916 rising.

 

PINK RIBBON DAY RAISES OVER €5000

Once again the annual Pink Ribbon Day has been a great success with over €5000 raised. Local co-ordinator Paddy Gilmour would like to thank everyone who either helped collect, or who contributed. Speaking to the Ballybay news Paddy said, “I am delighted to report that this year’s Pink Ribbon Day has raised a fantastic total of €5,736-30c. This figure would not have been possible without the continued support of a bunch of very dedicated volunteers and the generosity of the people of Ballybay and surrounding areas. I would also like to pay a special tribute to Dolores Maguire. She recently celebrated her 50th Birthday and donated €855 the proceeds of a party night to the fund.”.

GET YOUR FLAGS OUT

Ballybay Chamber of Commerce is asking all local businesses and residents to get their flags out this weekend as the Peasre Brothers going in search of a senior county league title. Last Sunday the local side had a good win over Truagh and this Sunday in Emyvale they will play Castleblayney in the final. The Chamber would like to wish them all the best in their quest for silverware.

2017 BALLYBAY CALENDAR

On a few occasions this year we have mentioned that local man James Flanagan has had some of his pictures featured on the RTE website. Well the very talented James has gone and produced a calendar for 2017 which features Ballybay scenes. Having seen a sneak preview of the calendar I can vouch for its quality and I would say it’s a guaranteed best seller for the Christmas. The calendar would certainly make a wonderful present especially for anyone overseas. Anyone interested in getting their hands on one of them should go on facebook and private message James mother Christine Duffy for further details.

ANNUAL CAROL SERVICE IN CROSSDUFF

Crossduff Parish Church is hosting their annual carol service on Sunday 4th December at 3pm. This will be conducted by the Rev. Margaret Pringle while the guest preacher will be Mr. Charlie Mills. Ballybay Country Gospel Group will provide the music/ Everyopne is welcome and refreshments will be served afterwards in the old stables.

COFFEE MORNING

Ballybay special needs are having a coffee morning and cake sale on Friday 18th November 2016 in the vacant shop beside Pat O Brien's pub from 10am to 2pm. Loads of goodies to be raffled, please come and bring a friend.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY SPORTS FORUM

A Science & Technology in Sports Forum will be held on Tuesday 15th November 7.30pm in the Iontas Centre, Castleblayney. Advances in Science and technology are being used throughout the Sports world to improve Athletic performance, from the amateur GAA clubs to Olympic heroes. As part of the Cavan Monaghan Science Festival, we have put together a panel of Experts to speak about how advances in Science and technology are impacting sport and improving athletic performance. The panel will be facilitated by Irish Times Sports journalist Malachy Clerkin and speakers on the night will be Enda King (Lead Performance Rehabilitation Physiotherapist at the Sports Surgery Clinic Santry), Colin Mc Aree (Player GPS Analyst), Sharon Courtney (Sports & Excercise Nutritionist) and Dick Clerkin (Gaelic Footballer). Tickets are free but advance booking is required by going to www.cavanmonaghansciencefestival.ie or future information This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BLOOD CLINIC SUNDAY

Ballybay Blood Clinic is on this Sunday 6th November from 11.30am to 3.00pm in the Ballybay Sports Hall at the rear of the Ballybay Community College. Please encourage anyone you know over 18yrs to start donating Blood. There is currently a severe shortage of blood so any support would be very welcome.

GOSPEL WORKSHOP

All are welcome to Gospel Meeting in the Faith Mission Hall, Bushford, Rockcorry on Friday 4th November 2016 at 8pm. This is organised by Ronnie & Carey Killops of the Faith Mission. Plan to come, and bring a friend. Refreshments afterwards.

THANK YOU

The organizers of the Lourdes Dance would like to give a big thank you to all of you who turned out for our Lourdes invalid fund Parish dance. It was great to see so many of you there ,and also to all of you who bought tickets ,thank you to all who gave spot prizes ,,,and a big thank you to all our tickets sellers for giving your time it is greatly appreciated. A special thank you to Helen Curry and the Ballybay line dancers for the entertainment and to Celtic Swing for their continued support all through the years. Thanks also to Mons Mc Sorley our backbone - thank you for all your guidance. Once again George and co excelled with the lovely food. The Pearse brothers continue to support this dance with the use of their centre. Thanks to Niall for manning the bar.

LATTON LADIES ARE ULSTER CHAMPIONS

Latton Ladies turned on the style last Saturday to claim the Ulster junior club title at the expense of Cavan’s Kingscourt. Amelia Elliott netted twice in the first half to give the Latton side a 2-8 to 1-4 interval lead. In the second half Latton continued to dominate and with Lavina Connolly, Katie Duffy and Megan Conlon in fine form they went on to win by eleven points.

FACEBOOK HELPS AUSSIE WITH BALLYBAY CONNECTIONS

The Ballybay and Its People facebook page has once again come to the aid of an individual seeking information about long lost relatives. Chris Nelson who has recently retired after 30 years serving as a Police Officer in the Queensland Police posted on the page seeking information about his great grandmother Ellen Daly who was born in 1837 in Drumskelt. Eagle eyed Peter Mc Aviney has been in touch with Chris and not only has he identified the house were Ellen was born he has also found some relatives. Chris and his wife Karen are planning to visit Ballybay in July 2017. It should be some holiday for the Australian.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION

Ballybay Mental Health Association is holding their annual Church Gate collection this weekend 5th/6th November. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

REDEDICATION SERVICE

A Rededication Service of the Church of Ireland Ballybay will take place on Sunday 4th of December. The Bishop John McDowell will perform the dedication and preach. Monaghan Gospel Choir will sing at 3.30pm. Refreshments afterword’s and all welcome.

CHRISTMAS DIARY DATES

For those who like to plan ahead here are some dates for your diaries. On Wednesday 21st December at 8pm there will be a Community Carol Service in the Church of Ireland Ballybay. Ballybay community Choir will perform at the service. All welcome and refreshments will be served afterwards. At 11pm Saturday 24th December there will be a midnight service at Church of Ireland Ballybay. All welcome.

PINK RIBBON DAY TOMORROW

The annual Pink Ribbon Day will be held in on Friday 28th October. Ribbons, pins, pens and key rings will be on sale throughout the town. Speaking to the Ballybay News organizer Paddy Gilmour said, “The people of Ballybay and surrounding areas have always been very generous towards cancer charities and I would appeal to them to support our Pink Ribbon Day once again. I am very grateful for their support over the years and I can assure them all that the monies raised will all be used to support the fight against cancer”.

COMMUNITY MEETING – ENTERPRISE TOWN

Ballybay has been selected as a Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town. Through this initiative, Bank of Ireland and the business community of Ballybay will work together to support local enterprise. In addition the bank will involve the wider community and local schools through a range of different activities. A meeting to discuss this initiative will take place on Tuesday 1st November in the Wetlands centre at 6-30pm. If interested in attending can you contact Mary Rose Muckian at 086 3844520 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SMARTPHONE WORKSHOP

Ballybay Library will host a smartphone workshop on Tuesday 15th November at 11am. This 3 hours course is suitable for participants with both smartphones and tablets. You will also learn about all the features on your device so that you can maximize your phone/tablet. The course is free to attend however there are limited places. To book a place, contact the Library directly.

THANKS FOR SENSORY GARDEN CONTRIBUTION

The Management, Staff, Parents and children of Ballybay Community Créche would like to acknowledge recent funding we received from Monaghan County Council of €800 which went towards the development of a Sensory Garden. We are delighted with this project and it greatly enhances our outdoor area.

BE IN WITH A CHANCE TO WIN

National Community Games have organised a Golden Jubilee Raffle. Our local area will get 70% of the sale of tickets which are €10 each. We would appreciate if anyone in our local area bought tickets or better still were able to sell some. Every ticket counts. 1st Prize - Kia Cee'd GT Line and other excellent prizes. Draw takes place on 26th November at The National Awards Night in Galway. Tickets have to be returned before 10th November. To be in with a chance to win call or text Maire 086 0826103 or Sharon 087 2332882.

CHOIR SEEKS NEW MEMBERS

Ballintra Youth Choir is seeking new members. If you are interested then why not contact Brid at 083 8328216.

CHURCH CLOSED FOR WORK

St. Patrick’s Church in Ballybay will be closed from Monday 7th November until Friday 25th November to facilitate work to the heating system. When the church is closed the vigil mass will be held in Tullycorbett at 6-30pm. There will be no 12-15pm mass on Sunday 13th and 20th November. From the first Saturday in November the vigil mass will be at 6-30pm in both summer and winter.

GOOD LUCK DREW

Ballybay Pearse Brothers and county star Drew Wylie has a different challenge this Saturday. Instead of taking to the football field Drew will be taking to the aisle where he will wed Aoife Grant in Burt, Co. Donegal. Numerous fans, friends and locals have been in touch to wish Drew and Aoife all the best for their big day.

PTAA MASS

The annual Clogher Pioneer Mass will be held in Corduff Chapel on Sunday 30th October at 7pm. Admission is €5. There will be refreshments afterwards in the local Community Centre. Everyone welcome.

LATTON LADIES IN ULSTER FINAL

On Saturday Latton Ladies will play Kingscourt in the Ulster junior club final in Galbally, Co. Tyrone. Last weekend Latton had a 1-11 to 0-9 win over St. Naul’s of Donegal. This game was not without its difficulties. The Conlon sisters Shannon and Megan were on holidays in Spain and flew in Saturday morning and then played the full match. Lisa Lennon had been concussed the week before and the management would not take a chance on playing her. Joanne Culleton replaced Lisa and scored the all important goal in the 22nd minute. The general team performance was excellent but centre back Shauna Coyle was particularly outstanding. Throw in Saturday is at 1pm.

DOCUMENTARY FOR TG4

The latest documentary produced by Ballybay native Deaglan O Mochain (Declan Moen) is to be screened on TG4 on Tuesday 25th October. “An Radharc na Sul” (Out of Sight Out of Mind) provides an insight into how three murders committed over two days in Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh in October 1972 left a border community in turmoil. On Sunday 22nd October Robin Bell, a member of the UDR (Ulster Defence Regiment) was shot dead a few miles outside Newtownbutler. The following day Monday 23rd October a local man found the bodies of Michael Naan and Andrew Murray on the Naan family farm a few fields away from Robin Bells home. These gruesome murders were referred to in the press as “the Pitchfork Murders” because of the stab wounds to the bodies of both men. Local historian Clones native Brian Mc Donald who now lives in Rockcorry researched, compiled and published “the Pitchfork Murders”. In 1978 a former soldier from the Argyll and Sutherland Regiment reported to Police in England that he suspected his former colleague in the army may be the “Yorkshire Ripper” because he had witnessed him stabbing Naan and Murray in Northern Ireland six years earlier. As a result of this disclosure by a comrade four soldiers were convicted for their role in the murders. Stan Hathaway was sentenced to life imprisonment. “An Radharc na Sul” will be screened in Clones Courthouse on Friday 28th October at 8pm as part of the Clones Film Festival. Further information is available at www.clonesfilmfestival.com . Decland Moen is a son of Nancy and the late John Moen.

PINK RIBBON DAY

The annual Pink Ribbon Day will be held in Ballybay on Friday 28th October. Ribbons, pins, pens and key rings will be on sale throughout the town. Speaking to the Ballybay News organizer Paddy Gilmour said, “The people of Ballybay and surrounding areas have always been very generous towards cancer charities and I would appeal to them to support our Pink Ribbon Day once again. I am very grateful for their support over the years and I can assure them all that the monies raised will all be used to support the fight against cancer”.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING

Harvest is a good time to give thanks and remind ourselves that everything we have comes from God. Second Ballybay Presbyterian church is holding their annual Harvest Thanksgiving Festival in the church on Sunday 23rd October. The church will be decorated with all the usual harvest items including flowers, fruit, vegetables, grain etc. and other gifts of God for which we are thankful including music. The morning service at 12noon will be taken by Rev Peter Gamble, Presbyterian minister in Armagh. The children and the church choir will be singing some special harvest songs and the music will be provided by our own praise band.
Our harvest thanksgiving celebrations continue in the evening at 7.30pm when various members of the local community will be taking part. Ballybay Community Choir has prepared a number of beautiful pieces under the expert tuition of Father La Flynn. Our senior minister, Rev David Nesbitt, will conduct the service and we will sing some of the well known harvest hymns.
A light supper will be served in the church hall after the service and we invite the whole community to join us as we take time out to give thanks to God for another harvest.