OCTOBERFEST THANKS

Ballybay Chamber of Commerce would like to thank most sincerely the following people who helped out over the recent Octoberfest weekend. The Carraher family for the use of the Market House, Monaghan County Council, Ballybay Gardai, Kepak, Damien Carraher, Fergal Mc Guigan, Derek Duffy, Joe and Oonagh Traynor, Aidan Quigley and the Gateway Scheme, Paddy linden, Darren Smyth, Alan Mc Entee, Campbell Foods, Centra Ballybay and Rory Geary.

TOWN HELD TO RANSOM

A number of locals have been in touch with the Ballybay News Correspondent to voice their concerns that Ballybay was held to ransom last Sunday by a large gathering of individuals. It is believed that in access of 100 people mainly men gathered in the town for a bare knuckle boxing fight. This gathering resulted in the closure of most local businesses and as a result serious revenue was lost. One resident who did not want to give their name said, “The town was practically in lock down for most of the day. I counted at least 13 squad cars in the town. Pubs and shops were closed. All the talk is that the gathering was just a distraction and that the fight took place elsewhere”. Gardai speaking on Northern Sound radio confirmed that no bare knuckle boxing match took place in Ballybay but could have taken place in other locations. Another resident pointed out that the gathering left “an awful lot of rubbish behind them – 20 bags were collected in Riverdale car park after they all went”, said the Main Street resident.

ROBERT MIZZELL TICKETS AVAILABLE

Gerry Prepared Veg and Take Away annual fundraiser will this year see USA country superstar Robert Mizzell take to the stage in Lisdoonan on Saturday 5th November. Dancing will begin at 9-30pm with Cajun Country and then Robert will be on stage at 11-30pm.Tickets which are excellent value at just €15 are available from Gerry’s Take Away and a host of other local shops. The night before Friday 4th November will see Gerry’s annual Christmas senior citizens party take place at the same venue (Lisdoonan Community Centre). This is a free night with John Hogan providing the entertainment. The evening will commence with dinner at 7pm. All monies raised on the Robert Mizzell night will be distributed to 15 local charities.

COMMUNITY GAMES

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. 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.

SOCIAL CLUB

Ballybay Social Club meets again on this Friday 14 October at Cuan Mhuire Centre, Monaghan Road, Ballybay starting from 11.30am with morning tea/coffee. There will be bingo, banter, free raffle, four part lunch and quizzes. Everyone who can make it are most welcome to come along, the all in cost is a nominal one. Next month we look forward to Pat Deery, Tydavnet, well known raconteur and entertainer who is coming to regale us with his wit and humour. Any queries or if anyone needs a lift just contact 086 0660270. Hope to see you there.

CHILDREN’S BIBLE CLUB

The 'Rockcorry Children's Bible Club' for Primary School children is on today Thursday 13th October 2016 from 6 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

LOURDES DANCE

The annual parish dance in aid of the Lourdes fund will take place on Friday 28th October in the Pearse Brothers Centre. Tickets are on sale throughout the parish.

COMMEMORATIVE BOOK LAUNCH

The Latton Bawn Historical Group will launch their book 'Commemorating the Parishioners of Latton and Bawn who were born or died in 1916' on Saturday 29th October 2016 in the O'Rahilly GFC centre at 2.30pm. Copies of the book will be available to purchase. An exhibition of a history of the townlands, old photographs, newspaper articles relating to the parish, some school roll books, church records, etc will also be on view from 2pm - 10pm. Musical entertainment will be provided by a group of talented young parishioners people from 9pm.

OCTOBERFEST PICTURES

Local photographer John Rutledge was a busy man last weekend capturing the atmosphere at Ballybay Octoberfest. John images can be viewed on the BALLYBAY AND ITS PEOPLE Facebook page. John is to be commended for frequently providing images to the page which keeps people home and abroad up to date with what’s happening in the locality.

FITNESS/CIRCUIT TRAINING

Fitness/circuit training takes place in the Community Sports Hall every Monday and Wednesday nights at 8-30pm. These sessions are suitable for men and women over 16 years old regardless of their fitness level. Why not come along and give it a go. Further information about hiring the hall for any event is available from Davy at 9876294200 or alternatively call to the hall.

COMMUNITY CHOIR PRACTICE

Choir practice for the community choir continues on Thursday nights. All voices to be at the Confraternity Rooms for 8pm.

NO CHANGE AT THE LIBRARY

There was some concern after the recent retirement of local Librarian Rosemary as to what the future of our library might be. The Ballybay News has learned that the Acting County Librarian has given assurances that the library will continue to operate the same hours as before. She also stated that efforts have commenced to replace Rosemary.

ARCH CLUB VISIT BALLYBAY

Thursday last saw the annual visit of the Monaghan Arch Club to the Pearse Brothers Centre in Ballybay. As usual a great night was enjoyed by everyone. The music went down a treat and Kathleen and Gabriel were a very popular choice. Food was supplied by George and Gerry and with Felix and Mary cutting sandwiches and pouring tea no one went hungry. Frank arrived in good time with the hot food, we have to remember the red sauce for next year.!!!

We had a host of good loyal helpers, a must for a busy night, so thank you to Pauline and Carmel and family who also enjoyed the dancing.The Arch Club members and helpers entertained us with some old favourites as did other talented members. Enda Paul and Barry were a great help in setting up the tables and chairs and doing the hoovering next morning, thank you to them. The recent church gate collection covered the costs involved, thank you to all who contributed to this worthy cause. Best wishes to Brendan who was in hospital on the night ,we wish him a speedy recovery. Lastly, thank you to the GAA for the use of their centre, it is much appreciated.

ART CLASSES AT THE WETLANDS

Tonight Thursday 29th September will also see art classes begin in the Wetlands Centre. This is a six week course and costs €50. It will run from 8pm until 10pm. Further information is available from Dolores at 0868340501. The class will 0nly start if there are sufficient numbers.

STYLE EVENING

A ‘Style Evening’ with Catherine McGregor (Art by Design Academy) will take place in Tullycorbet Community Centre on Friday 14th October at 8pm. Catherine will provide personal style advice and colour analysis. She will also give tips on ‘wardrobe weeding’ – how to de-clutter and organise your wardrobe. This should prove to be an enjoyable and worthwhile evening as we leave the summer behind and prepare for the cooler days of autumn! Light refreshments will be served.

BREAST CANCER FUNDRAISER

Dolores Maguire would like to thank all those who came along to Stookies for her 50th Birthday celebrations and who donated to breast cancer. The night was a great success with a good quantity of money raised for a very worthwhile charity. A big thank to those who could not make it but have since contacted her with donations. On the night the Karaoke Knights provided a great night’s entertainment and quite a few people took to the stage to sing. Even those who couldn’t sing got brave on the night and joined in the craic. Dolores would like to thank the following for their support of the event – Gaby Kerr, Karaoke Knights, Cuan Mhuire, Dinkins Bakery, Ballybay Pharmacy, Care Chemist, Tina’s Floral Arts, Quinn’s Hardware, Kieran’s Bistro, Westenra Hotel, Claire Crystal Boutique, Good as New, Connolly’s Chemist and Greenfingers Garden Centre. Donations are still coming in however the total raised so far is €815 which will be given to Ballybay Pink Ribbon Day Co-Ordinator Paddy Gilmour.

CHAMBER CONGRATULATE EVE

At the most recent meeting of Ballybay Chamber of Commerce a vote of congratulations was passed in honour of the fantastic achievement by our very popular local Garda Eve Mc Crystal in the recent Paralympics in Brazil. Eve along with her team mate Kate George – Dunlevy won gold in the cycling B tandem time trial and then followed this by winning silver in the B road race. The entire community is delighted and thrilled at such an achievement on the world stage.

BALLYBAY ICA

Ballybay ICA are holding a heart savers course which is being delivered by Castleblaney First Responders (CFR) on Tuesday 11th October from 7-10pm. This is a community based initiative and we want to get as many as possible involved so that we have an understanding and training in heart saving practices. If you are interested in coming along please contact Martina on 0868162334 or Astrid on0868259672. Names are needed in advance as we need to book certificates, the cost will be 20 euro.

GERRY’S EFFORTS TO BENEFIT 15 LOCAL CHARITIES

Gerry Mc Elroy’s annual fundraiser will this year benefit 15 local charities. USA country superstar Robert Mizzell will take to the stage in Lisdoonan on Saturday 5th November. Tickets which are excellent value at just €15 are available from Gerry’s Take Away and a host of other local shops. The night before Friday 4th November will see Gerry’s annual Christmas senior citizens party take place at the same venue (Lisdoonan Community Centre). This is a free night with John Hogan providing the entertainment. The evening will commence with dinner at 7pm.

BALLYBAY CONNECTION WITH PARALYMPIC GOLD

At the recent Paralympic Games in Rio Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal won GOLD for Ireland in the Women's B Tandem Time Trial in a time of 38.59.22. This was Ireland's sixth medal of the Games. Eve who hails from Dundalk is a member of An Garda Síochána and is based in Ballybay station. She took a year off work to focus on this Paralympics with Katie. Congratulations to both on a wonderful achievement.

THANK YOU ROSEMARY

The members of Ballybay library-young, old and middle aged ! would like to extend sincere and heartfelt thanks to Rosemary who retires today Thursday 22nd September after fifteen years as Ballybay branch librarian.
Rosemary always had a warm welcome for everyone who visited the library and being an avid reader herself took great pleasure in helping people choose a book that would interest them .She knew all the favourites of her readers and even managed to source books of interest for grumpy old Sergeant Majors!!
She had a lovely way with the young readers and they enjoyed discussing what they were reading with her. It was a real learning experience for them in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
It was also generally acknowledged that Rosemary would go the extra mile to help readers with their various requests for help and information.
So, we wish Rosemary a long and happy retirement and thank her for making our visits to the library such an enjoyable experience.

ROAD CLOSURES CAUSING HAVOC

A number of locals have been in touch with the Ballybay News to voice their concerns that two local roads are closed at the one time. The Ballybay to Shercock Road and the Ballybay to Cootehill Road have both been closed for a number of weeks. This is affecting local people who have to take diversions and traders in Ballybay who are losing trade because a large number of their regular customers can’t get into town. Perhaps Monaghan County Council could open one of the roads and carry out are what are no doubt necessary repairs/resurfacing at different times.

INDOOR BOWLS

The Ballybay Indoor club is up and running again and there was most of the members in attendance last Monday night which was the start of the new season. The sheets for the league were distributed and Ballybay Maroon play their first game on Tuesday 4th October when they meet Seans Saffrons in Division 1. Ballybay White will be away in their first game to Seans White on Thursday 5th October. Now is the time for new members to get started so just come along any Monday night to our club night in Hall Street at 7-45pm.

STYLE EVENING

A ‘Style Evening’ with Catherine McGregor (Art by Design Academy) will take place in Tullycorbet Community Centre on Friday 14th October at 8pm. Catherine will provide personal style advice and colour analysis. She will also give tips on ‘wardrobe weeding’ – how to de-clutter and organise your wardrobe. This should prove to be an enjoyable and worthwhile evening as we leave the summer behind and prepare for the cooler days of autumn! Light refreshments will be served.

PILATES RESUMES

Pilates classes have resumed for the Autumn season in Cuan Mhuire on Thursday mornings at 10am. Classes have also resumed in the Recreation Centre on Monday nights at 7pm. Further information is available from Jeanette at 086 8079523.

QUIZ NIGHT

The Parents Association of Ballybay Community College has organized a “Quiz Night” as a fundraiser for the school. It will be held on 21st October at 8pm in the Sports Complex at the rear of the school. Your support would be very much appreciated.

WALK TO RUN PROGRAM IN TOWN PARK

The Wetlands Running Club began a new walk to run program on Monday last at 7:00pm at Ballybay Town Park. It continues next Monday and all levels of fitness welcome. This is a great way to get to meet new friends and to get into running. More details available on the Wetlands Running Club facebook page.

LOUGH MAJOR IN FILM

A big thanks to Martin Mc Aviney who recently shared a 4 minute video clip on the Ballybay and its People facebook page. The clip is titled “A Tribute to the beautiful Country of Ireland” and is a slide show played to the most beautiful haunting music and features many images of Ireland most iconic sites. Our very own Lough Major features in the video. It’s certainly worth checking out. Now everyone knows what locals have known for many years – Ballybay has some beautiful and wonderful wetland scenery. ENJOY.

PILATES RESUMES

Pilates classes have resumed for the Autumn season in Cuan Mhuire on Thursday mornings at 10am. Classes have also resumed in the Recreation Centre on Monday nights at 7pm. Further information is available from Jeanette at 086 8079523.

BALLYBAY GIRL GUIDES, BROWNIES AND LADYBIRDS

The Guides, Brownies and Ladybirds will recommence on Thursday 22nd September at their usual times. Ladybirds 5pm - 6pm, Brownies 6pm - 7.30pm and Guides 7.30pm - 9pm. Looking forward to seeing everyone back after the summer break.

CHOIR PRACTICE

The community choir has been invited to take part in the Harvest Thanksgiving in Second Ballybay on Sunday 23rd October. Practice for this event takes place tonight (Thursday 15th) in the Confraternity rooms. Mens voices at 8pm and all voices at 8-30pm. New singers still welcome.

SAFE JOURNEY

A safe journey is wished to all who travel with the Cuan Mhuire family to Lourdes this weekend. The pilgrimage leaves Ballybay on Saturday.

CHAMPIONSHIP EXIT

Ballybay Pearse Brothers exited the senior football championship on Sunday last at the hands of Scotstown 1-9 to 0-14. Full match report and commentary in the sports pages.

BENNY AND CORA SMYTH PRESENT OVER €1500 TO CHARITY

Benny and Cora Smyth recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary but instead of presents the popular couple asked fro donations which they in turn presented to the Monaghan Branch of Alzeimhers and the Monaghan Branch of Parkinsons. Each charity benefited to the tune of €785 each. Benny and Cora are to be commended for their generous gesture.

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SUCCESSFUL END OF YEAR FOR BOWLING CLUB

The final of the Champion of Champions was held on the Outdoor Green in the Town Park on Saturday and what a performance the local side put up, winning all three competitions. First Seamus Winters had a great win in the singles then it was the turn of Matt Mooney and Philly Gibson to romp home in the pairs. Their opponents never got a score in the elevent ends that they played. Next it was the turn of the rinks team to raise the flags with a very good win over a fancied Dungannon side. On the Ballybay team were Seamus Smyth, Seamus Lennon, Dorothy Berry and Georege Berry. A little rain fell on Saturday morning but it turned out a great day for bowling and with tea and scones always on offer everyone enjoyed themselves. The committee would like to thank all those that helped especially Seamus Winter and Seamus Smyth who were working from early morning getting the chairs, tables and flowers to help make the sorounds of the green presentable to all who came from the Border Counties. The day finished off with a meal in Cuan Mhuire at 5pm which was very much appreciated by the 70 bowlers who attended. this capped a great season which seen the Ballybay Whites team capture the Mc Guirk Shield and the Outdoor Cup.

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BUSY BABIES

The Busy Babies parent and toddler group stated back last week after their summer break. They meet in the 2nd Ballybay Presbyterian Church Hall from 10am to 12noon. Everyone welcome.

ART CLASSES AT THE WETLANDS

Thursday 29th September will also see art classes begin in the Wetlands Centre. This is a six week course and costs €50. It will run from 8pm until 10pm. Further information is available from Dolores at 0868340501. The class will 0nly start if there are sufficient numbers.

NIALL TAKES ALL IRELAND BRONZE

Congratulations to our local children who travelled to Athlone last weekend and who each performed very well in their individual activity. Niall Grogan captivated the judges and audience with his excellent recitation and secured third place winning a Bronze Medal at the National Community Games Finals representing County Monaghan. A massive well done to Niall – Tullycorbett Community Games are very proud of you. Niall who was also competing at the All Ireland Fleadh in Ennis, Co Clare had to travel to Athlone for the competition and back to Ennis again. He is a very busy man. Well done also to Abbie Hughes and Eoin Sheridan who did us proud in their races where they both qualified in their heats to the semi- finals where they gave an exceptional display of their ability. Well done to you. We are very proud of you all.

BOWLS

Despite inclement weather on last Saturday morning play went ahead on the outdoor bowling green where the rinks competition were to be held. Before the first game the sun came out and a very pleasant evenings bowling took place. There were eight teams in the draw which meant all games were filled from the start. The last two teams were Paudge Cassidy’s team who met Seamus Smyth’s side in the final. After eleven ends of bowls Seamus and his team were the winners by a slim margin. On Seamus team were Seamus Lennon, George Berry and Dorothy Berry. Paudges losing side were JJ Duffy, Cora Smyth and Brendan Traynor. Our sponsor of prizes for this competition was Gabriel Traynor of Traynor Trophies to whom we are most thankful. Gabriel was on hand to make the presentation at the conclusion.

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DO YOU HAVE NEWS

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WATCH OUT DEIRDRE'S ABOUT

DEIRDREIt is with great delight that we can report that Deirdre Mc Skeane has been seen out and about thanks to her new wheels. Back in January friends of Deirdre organised a fundraiser and the brilliant amount of €9208 which was raised has allowed for big chnages in Deirdre's life including gaining some independence with a set of "new wheels". As well as the monies from the fundraising night Pauric Ward has supplied materials and Gerry Mc Elroy made arrangements for a ramp to be installed thus allowing Deirdre easy access to and from her home. Deirdre realises that it is impossible to thank everyone individually but she would like to thank everyone who helped in anyway to either organise the fundraising night, those who took part in the night and those who attended. The tagline for the event was FRIENDS HELPING FRIENDS and on this occassion Deirdre is very grateful for the wonderful friends that she has. Deirdre has now learned to drive her new mode of transport, so if you meet her in town or in the park or anywhere else for that matter please stop and have a chat or give her a beep and a wave.

 

 

FREE WIFI ACCESS AT LIBRARY

Did you know that you can access WIFI at Ballybay library for FREE during library opening hours? You just need to be a member of the library, which is a very simple process and is FREE too.
Ballybay Library is open Monday & Thursday 5-8pm and Tuesday & Wednesday 11am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. If you need further information contact Rosemary at 0429741256 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.