CANCER SOCIETY CONTACTS

Ballybay Cancer Society details can be found at the following link - https//.ballybaycancersociety.weebly.com . Potential fundraisers should note that the Ballybay Cancer Society address is always - Ballybay Cancer Society c/o Sally McAviney Lismeenan Castleshane Monaghan H18R889 Co.Monaghan. This is most important if donors set up a GoFundMe page as PayPal must always issue the cheques to this address. The society would like to thank everyone who has fundraised – past, present and future. The valuable funds raised allow the society to provide vital assistance to those in need by offering financial support for essentials such as heating oil, telephone bills and petrol. A transport service to hospitals for treatment for any cancer patients in the area is also available.

TIDY TOWNS UPDATE

The Tidy Towns Committee would like to thanks to Cuan Mhuire for planting up their tubs and hanging baskets again this year. The baskets will be on display this week. In order to keep the flowers looking good the committee are asking for HELP to water all the baskets and planters. It takes approximately 3 hours to water the plants. They need to do this at least once per week every week over the summer. If you have a car/jeep with a tow bar and licensed to pull a small trailer, maybe you would consider helping out. If they got a few people to help it would mean they could set up a rota for the summer. If you can help could you message them on their facebook page. The committee would also like to thank local business Cole Design & Print for their new sign.

50/50 DRAW

The winner of this week’s 50/50 draw was ticket number 382, Rose Stuart. Rose wins €400.  You can play online using the following link https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraisers or fill in the envelope in most shops and pubs in the town. There is a guaranteed winner every week! Remember if you’re not in you can’t win.

MIGHTY MIDGETS REUNION

50 years ago last Monday, Ballybay's Under 13's played their first game in Monaghan. They beat Aughnamullen 4-9 v 1-2. This team that is affectionately remembered as The Mighty Midgets would end up winning an Ulster Title. A reunion is being organised for July 27th. Everybody is welcome. More details to follow.

BLESSING OF THE GRAVES IN LATTON

Here are some dates for your diaries. Blessing of Graves St. Mary's Latton on Saturday 31st August at 7.30pm and St. Patrick's Bawn on Sunday 1st September at 11.30am.

DRUMHOWAN SENIOR TEAM FUNDRAISER

Drumhowan’s Senior team have organised a fundraiser to help with their running costs. They have raffle cards and the entry is €10 or 3 for €20. They have some super prizes including a Two-night stay in Arklow Bay Hotel plus 1 evening meal , Mace €300 and €200 vouchers, Signed Monaghan jersey and many other local vouchers.  You can buy a line from any player or you can enter online by Drumhowan paypal or Revoult on either 087 9638382 or 087 3459108. The draw takes place on 30th June. All support greatly appreciated.

CHANGES TO MASSES IN JULY

Fr. Kieran Danfulani is traveling to Nigeria to see his family from 18th June until 31st July. Despite his best efforts it has not been possible to get full cover for the time he is away therefore it is necessary for some changes to be made to the summer mass schedule. For the month of July there will be no weekday masses in St. Patrick’s or Sunday masses in Ballintra and Tullycorbet. The blessing of the graves will take place in Ballintra after mass on 4th August and in Tullycorbet after mass on 11th August.

50/50 DRAW

The winner of this week’s 50/50 draw was ticket number 9, Breda Duffy. Breda wins €365.  You can play online using the following link https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraisers or fill in the envelope in most shops and pubs in the town. There is a guaranteed winner every week! Remember if you’re not in you can’t win.

BLOOD CLINIC FOR TULLYCORBET

A Blood Clinic comes to Tullycorbet Community Centre on Thursday, 6th June where locals will have an opportunity to donate blood between 3-45pm and 8pm. You can ring 1800 22 11 to book an appointment or check your eligibility at https://www.giveblood.ie/ Your support would be very much appreciated.

CREDIT UNION BUSY

Ballybay Credit Union have been busy so far in 2024. In the first five months of the year, they have issued loans totalling €1.4m. This brings the total loan book to €8.5m. There is no doubt that this local financial institution is improving the lives of many locals.

TOWN TEAM HOST HOME ENERGY SAVINGS EVENT

A public information evening on home retrofitting and energy saving will be held in Pearse Brothers GAA Centre, Ballybay on Thursday 30th May at 8.00pm. Home Retrofitting is an enhancement of older houses that will make the properties more energy efficient. Grants through the SEAI will help homeowners insulate their properties, to tackle heating efficiency and energy costs. Admission free and everyone welcome. For information on the programme, the event and the grants available, contact: 087 131 5964 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAMPHILL OPEN DAY

Camphill will host an Open Day on Sunday 9th June from 20m until 5pm at Robbs Farm on the Clones Road. All the usual attractions will be available including some new ones such as ‘hang tough’ and ‘colour run’. Admission is free. If you have never been to the farm before the Eircode is A75 EO65.

50/50 DRAW

The winner of this week’s 50/50 draw was ticket number 384, Aisling Ford. Aisling wins €350.  You can play online using the following link https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraisers or fill in the envelope in most shops and pubs in the town. There is a guaranteed winner every week! Remember if you’re not in you can’t win.

LIBRARY RE-OPENED MONDAY

Ballybay Library re-opened its doors on Monday last at their new location in Birch Court, Main Street. There is a new collection of books for lending and new public PC’s available for use. Members are reminded that the opening hours have also changed. On Mondays it will be open between 2pm and 5pm and 6pm and 8pm. Tuesday will be a closed day and then on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the opening hours are 11am to 1-30pm and 2-30pm to 5pm. Further information is available at https://monaghan.ie/library/

DIOCESAN HEALING SERVICE

Christ Church, Ballybay, Co. Monaghan, is hosting a diocesan healing service on Sunday 26th May at 3-30pm. All are very welcome. Refreshments served in Church Hall following the service. The Eircode for the church is A75 AC99.

LADYBIRDS CELEBRATE 25 YEARS

Ballybay Ladybirds recently celebrated their 25th anniversary. Pictured are the leaders cutting the cake to celebrate the milestone.

LADYBIRDS 25 YEARS

BLACK PADDY VISITS BALLYBAY

Comedian Black Paddy recently visited Ballybay where he spent time in the Town Park, the Lough Mor beach and then went in search of ice cream. The search resulted in him tasting the ice cream in Robin Mc Donnells, Corner Shop were Paddy rated it, "a solid 150 out of 10". He also promised that his next destination would be Latton. You can check out his Ballybay visit on facebook at Fabu-D.

MONSIGNOR CELEBRATES 70 YEARS

The friends of Msg. Mc Sorley would would like to congratulate him on recently celebrating his 70th anniversary as a priest. A truly remarkable achievement.

SPEEDING CONCERNS ON THE CASTLEBLAYNEY ROAD

Councillor Seamus Coyle recently raised a concern in relation to speeding vehicles on the Castleblayney Road. The mid Monaghan representative raised the matter with Monaghan County Council, asking the following question:

“Could Monaghan County Council examine the installation of additional Traffic Calming Measurers/speed control on the Castleblayney Road, Ballybay(R183) as serious concern is being expressed by residents/pedestrians etc. at the speed of traffic on this stretch of roadway, which has seen many accidents, a fatality in one case.  There are many walkers on the footpath, including residents, persons going out to Pearse Park GAA Grounds and the much used Town Park, many of whom walk in the Town Park doing a loop of the town including Main Street Ballybay & concluding by walking out the Castleblayney Road.

The council provided the following answer: “Along this section of road, there are currently ramps, road markings, public lighting, feedback signage and footpaths.

Monaghan County Council have recently adopted a new Traffic Calming Policy earlier this year.  Ballybay Clones Municipal District will arrange for traffic surveys to be carried out along this stretch to collect data to determine the level of violations along this stretch.  The collated data will be made available to An Garda who will determine if the location warrants the requirement for a speed van at this location”.

50/50 DRAW

The winner of this week’s 50/50 draw was ticket number 374, Gerry Mulligan. Gerry wins €380.  You can play online using the following link https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraisers or fill in the envelope in most shops and pubs in the town. There is a guaranteed winner every week! Remember if you’re not in you can’t win.

CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP

The Ballybay Charismatic Prayer Group are hosting an afternoon on Sunday 19th May to celebrate the feast of Pentecost. It will  start at 3pm and run until 7pm. The celebration of the Holy Eucharist will take place. The celebrant and speaker will be Fr. Luke Oheimi. The afternoon takes place at Cuam Mhuire, Corfad, Ballybay A75 RX68.

TRAFFIC SURVEY ON CLONES ROAD

Councillor Seamus Coyle recently raised a concern in relation to speeding and overtaking vehicles on the Clones Road. The mid Monaghan representative raised the matter with Monaghan County Council and was advised the following:
“Monaghan County Council have recently adopted a new Traffic Calming Policy earlier this year. Ballybay Clones Municipal District will arrange for traffic surveys to be carried out along this stretch to collect data to determine the level of violations along this stretch. The collated data will be made available to An Garda who will determine if the location warrants the requirement for a speed van at this location. This stretch of roadway is an 80km/hr roadway out to the Wetlands”.

50/50 DRAW

The winner of this week’s 50/50 draw was ticket number 82, Jason Mc Andrew. Jason wins €355.  You can play online using the following link https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraisers or fill in the envelope in most shops and pubs in the town. There is a guaranteed winner every week! Remember if you’re not in you can’t win.

SENATOR BILLY FOX ANNIVERSARY DVD

FOLK DUO RETURN TO CAHANS

Noted folk musician duo, Fil Campbell and Tom McFarland will provide an evening of music, chat, storytelling and some of their own songs at Cahans Meeting House (eircode H18 EZN1) on Friday 24 May at 8pm. The €15 admission will cover the usual much enjoyed supper with time to meet and chat. Their last evening at Cahans was greatly enjoyed. Fil's home county is Fermanagh, Tom is from Belfast and recently they have moved to live in Fermanagh. They have performed in a number of different countries with their contrasting vocals, a unique mix of guitar and inventive percussion, original, traditional and contemporary Irish songs.

HISTORY TALK IN DRUMHOWAN

‘The 1828 “invasion of Ulster” and the meeting at Ballintra’
On Thursday, 23 May 2024, Patrick Duffy, PhD candidate in history at Trinity College Dublin and Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholar will deliver a talk at Drumhowan Community Centre. The talk will be based mainly on research from his master’s thesis, written at the University of Oxford in 2020-21, but developed further during his doctoral research at Trinity.
In September 1828, the Catholic leader John Lawless led a ‘tour of the north’ to fundraise for Daniel O’Connell’s Catholic Association in Ulster. Having successfully held meetings fundraised throughout Counties Meath and Louth in August and September, he arrived in Carrickmacross announcing his intention to visit Ballybay. An estimated 3,000 Protestants, mostly armed, led by the infamous Sam Gray gathered in Ballybay to prevent Lawless from entering. An estimated 15,000 to 20,000 Catholics assembled at what was then the Ballybay Catholic church, located at Ballintra graveyard. When the government banned public meetings and Lawless returned to Dublin, Ballybay was portrayed as a saviour of Protestant Ulster. Meetings in Derry declared the ‘Protestants of Ballybay’ as the contemporary Apprentice Boys who defended the Protestant province from the Catholic south. The prime minster, the duke of Wellington told the House of Lords when legislating for Catholic emancipation that the disturbances at Ballybay ‘seemed to indicate’ that Ireland was ‘verging towards civil war’. Charles Gavan Duffy incorrectly claimed Wellington ‘admitted’ that he was ‘coerced’ into conceding Catholic emancipation by the ‘assembling of a quarter of a million’ men ‘on the hill of Ballybay’. Ballybay was therefore at the centre of political events in Ireland and Britian in 1828.
Meeting at Ballintra church at 7pm on Thursday, 23 May to view the site of the meeting, followed by a talk on its background, key events, significance and legacy at Drumhowan Community Centre at 8pm. All welcome. Refreshments served.

FAITH MISSION

You are welcome to the Rockcorry Faith Mission monthly Gospel Meeting on Friday 3rd May 2024 at 8pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church Hall (kindly granted).  The visiting speaker will be Clayton Wilson.  Special singing Wendy Sloan.   Organised by Brian and Hazel Parker Faith Mission Area Workers Cootehill, Co. Cavan.

BALLYBAY CLONES FIANNA FAIL MEETING

A meeting of Ballybay-Clones Fianna Fáil Comhairle Ceanntair will take place in Liam Smyths Bar, Ballybay on Monday next,6th May(Bank Holiday Monday)at 8pm sharp. All party members and supporters are invited to attend.

50/50 DRAW

The winner of this week’s 50/50 draw was ticket number 607, Sheila Mc Cabe. Sheila wins €350.  You can play online using the following link https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraisers or fill in the envelope in most shops and pubs in the town. There is a guaranteed winner every week! Remember if you’re not in you can’t win.

DIOCESAN HEALING SERVICE

Christ Church, Ballybay, Co. Monaghan, is hosting a diocesan healing service on Sunday 26th May at 3-30pm. All are very welcome. Refreshments served in Church Hall following the service. The Eircode for the church is A75 AC99.

PARISH OFFICE

The opening hours at the parish office have changed. The new hours are Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 9-15am until 2-45pm.

OPEN EVENING AT MONAGHAN INSTITUTE

An open evening at Monaghan Institute will take place on Thursday 9th March from 4pm to 7pm. It will be an opportunity to meet the staff and learn more about studying in Monaghan in September. If you would like to browse courses and apply you can do so at https://monaghaninstitute.ie/

Invite to Free Cybersecurity Breakfast Briefing for SMEs

The “Evolve – Cyber Security Awareness for SME’s ” conference, scheduled to be held on Friday 26th April 2024, from 8:00 am to 10:30 am, at the Iontas Centre in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan. This event aims to equip businesses with the knowledge and tools necessary to fortify their defences against a myriad of cyber threats, including but not limited to phishing attacks, ransomware, SQL injection attacks, brute force attacks, and Trojan horses.

Registration at 8am, start 8.30am

For more information and to book your free place on https://monaghan.ie/digitalmonaghan

COMMUNITY FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENTS

A number of local groups heard this week that they would be receiving funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development. Minister Heather Hunphries said, “I am delighted to announce that 102 local groups in Monaghan have been allocated funding under my Department’s Community Enhancement Programme”. The successful Ballybay applicants were: Ballybay Community First Responder Group Ballybay €800.00, Ballybay Kindergarten CLG Ballybay €800.00, Bawn Area Community Group CLG Latton €800.00 Cuan Mhuire Ballybay €800.00, Tullycorbet Community Development Association Ballybay €2,000.00 and St Brigid's Gaelic for Mothers and Others Ballybay €1,250.00.

50/50 DRAW

The winner of this week’s 50/50 draw was ticket number 43, Christine and Bernie Duffy. The girls win €380.  You can play online using the following link https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraisers or fill in the envelope in most shops and pubs in the town. There is a guaranteed winner every week! Remember if you’re not in you can’t win.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTIONS

Ballybay Community First Responders will be holding a Church Gate collection at the local churches shortly. There will be a collection in St. Patrick's, Ballybay on the 27th and 28th, Ballintra on 28th and Tullycorbet on 5th. Please support this very worthy cause.

5KM RUN/WALK FOR SHARON

The third annual 5k run/walk in memory of Sharon Caraher will take place at Pearse Park on Sunday 5th May at 1pm. The event is being organised by Ballybay juveniles and there will be prizes for the first placed male, female and U16 athletes. Admission is by donations and refreshments will be served in the clubhouse afterwards.

RAFFLE FOR COLDPLAY TICKETS

Brigid/ONeills LGFC are holding a grand raffle with 2 tickets for Coldplay in Croke Park in August up for grabs. Tickets are €10 or 3 for €20. They can be bought from any senior player or on Revolut at 0860757556 or 085 1637254. The draw will be made on Friday 3rd May.

DIOCESAN HEALING SERVICE

Christ Church, Ballybay, Co. Monaghan, is hosting a diocesan healing service on Sunday 26th May at 3-30pm. All are very welcome. Refreshments served in Church Hall following the service. The Eircode for the church is A75 AC99.

TIDY TOWNS NEWS

Below is a short note from the Tidy Towns Committee:

“It’s Tidy Town competition time again so we are currently completing the application process. Judging will take place in June 2024 although we will not know what day judges will be in town. We ask for your help over the coming weeks in getting the town in good shape. Residence groups are already at work in the estates. If there is no group in your estate, perhaps you could get one set up? Can we ask property owners and businesses in the town to ensure premises are well presented and streets are accessible to all and free from clutter. We will commence clean ups next week with Ballybay Community College students coming out to help and weather permitting will start weekly Tidy Town Tuesday in May. So all help greatly appreciated”.

BLOOD CLINIC FOR TULLYCORBET

A Blood Clinic comes to Tullycorbet Community Centre on Thursday, 6th June where locals will have an opportunity to donate blood between 3-45pm and 8pm. You can ring 1800 22 11 to book an appointment or check your eligibility at https://www.giveblood.ie/ Your support would be very much appreciated.

50/50 DRAW

The winner of this week’s 50/50 draw was ticket number 41, Adrian Forde. Adrian wins €360.  You can play online using the following link https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraisers or fill in the envelope in most shops and pubs in the town. There is a guaranteed winner every week! Remember if you’re not in you can’t win.

MOVIE NIGHT IN DRUMHOWAN

Tom Mc Ardle who attends OLSS is shortly heading to Zambia and to raise funds for the trip he has organised a MOVIE NIGHT this Friday 12th April. There will be two showings on the evening, one at 6pm for the U12's and one at 8pm for the over 12's. Admission is just 5 euro and you can pay on the door. EIRCODE IS A75 YV81.

YIN YOGA CLASSES

Yin Yoga classes are currently taking place in Birch Court on Monday evenings at 7-30pm. If you would like to participate then call or text 086 2705664.

BALLYBAY V CORDUFF

Ballybay open the senior league campaign on Sunday in Pearse Park at 2pm. Corduff will be the opposition and Andrew Mullen will take charge.

DANCE IN AID OF BCS

Get your dancing shoes ready... On Friday 19th April there will be a dance with music by Robert Brown in Drumhowan Community Centre (A75 YV81). All proceeds will be donated to the Ballybay Cancer Society. The dance will start at 9pm and refreshments will be served.

ELECTRICAL RECYCLING SATURDAY

Monaghan County Council will host an electrical recycling day in LIDL's car park, Castleblayney on Saturday 13th April from 10am until 4pm. You can drop off any household item with a plug, cable or battery, large or small from TV's, washing machines, IT equipment and power tools to mobile phones, battery operated toys and wireless ear buds. This is a great oppurtunity to do your bit for the environment.

BALLYBAY/DERRYVALLEY OUTDOOR BOWLS

There was a very productive meeting held in the outdoor pavilion recently. At the start of the meeting, President Malachy McSkeane called for a minute's silence for Benny Smyth, founder member and Trojan worker for the club. Anyone who knew Benny understood that he lived and breathed Ballybay/Derryvalley Bowls Club. Without his hard work and ambition, it would not be in the healthy position that it is in Today.

Chairman Brendan Magennis then opened the meeting and called on all officers to give their report's. The following officers were then elected for the year ahead. President: M. McSkeane , Chairman: B.Magennis, Secretary: C.Smyth, Ass Sec: G.Martin, Treasurer: U.Gamble, Ass Treasurer: D.McMahon and Selectors; G.Berry, S.Winters, M.McSkeane, B,Magennis and G.Martin. Brendan Magennis said that the club has a very busy year ahead as it is hosting the Champion of Champions in the first week of September. There is a lot of work and preparation to go into this before the event and needed all members on board to give a helping hand. Our first match in the Ulster league is away to Dungannon in a fortnight and he hoped to see as many out practicing on the green as possible as there are places up for grabs on the team.

Before he closed the meeting, he said he was delighted to see so many clubs represented at the meeting as this augurs well for the year ahead. The green will be open every evening from 5:45pm, if anyone would like to use it out of these hours to contact any committee member to arrange this.

STRANOODEN GROUP WATER AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Stranooden Group Water Scheme will be held on Wednesday 3rd April 2024 at 8.15 pm sharp in Corcaghan Community Centre. The scheme runs close to Ballybay and some locals may be interested in attending. Further information is available at https://www.stranoodengws.ie/

50/50 DRAW

The winner of this week’s 50/50 draw was ticket number 84, Jacinta Moen. Jacinta wins €400. . You can play online using the following link https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraisers or fill in the envelope in most shops and pubs in the town. There is a guaranteed winner every week! Remember if you’re not in you can’t win.

AN EVENING WITH CATHERINE MC GREGOR

Ballybay Central School’s Parents Association are hosting a fundraising evening with Catherine Mc Gregor from the Sewy Arty Studio on Wednesday 24th March. The evening will be a fun one with colour matching, wardrobe advice and tips to help you get ready for Spring. The evening starts at 7-30pm and the venue is Ballybay Presbyterian Church, Hall Street (A75H265). Admission is €12 and refreshments will be served.

SEMINAR – LIFE IN THE SPIRIT

The Ballybay Charismatic Prayer Group are hosting the ‘Life in the Spirit’ seminars which will run over seven weeks beginning Thursday 4th April. The venue is the Fitgerald Centre, Cuan Mhuire (A75 RX68) and the start time each evening is 7-30pm.

YIN YOGA CLASSES

Yin Yoga classes are currently taking place in Birch Court on Monday evenings at 7-30pm. If you would like to participate then call or text 086 2705664.

I REMEMBER

Local man Rory Mc Atavie recently penned the piece below entitled ‘I REMEMBER’. It is a random recall of his memories of Ballybay and it has stirred loads of memories and emotions on social media. I hope you enjoy the read.

I remember getting silver wrap in Sodabarrels, playing football in Harrisons field, Murrays amusements in Anny Kings Lane, getting chips in Ta Tas, the smell of smoked fish in Corries, the two Mc Governs cutting grass out at Pearse Park, Vincy Cuningham playing the drums at the carnival on a Sunday afternoon, John Cassidy selling triangled milk cartons, Brian Brady senior running on to the pitch after Ballybay beat Blayney in 1987, Jim Leonard testing the fire alarm on a Saturday, Cla Mc Skean as Santy, Tommy Beatty whistling in the Street, doing that two legged thing at Gray’s shop where it looked like you were suspended in the air, counting the amount of Fiat cars in Joe Traynor’s yard, the moving display in O Kanes shop with Parker pens and fancy ashtrays, Benny smiths Christmas club, Tom Mc Ginnity defrosting the bus, Katie Dalys penny box, John Gilmor, Tommy Mc Crudden and Mary Treanor in the Supershow, Kieran Finlay scoring 1.09 in the Ulster Final in 1979, Power Park, Carneys Knickerbocker glory, John King and Jim Kerr running the Scouts, buying tins of prunes for my Grandmother in Johnsons, John Bodell’s shop, Slowey’s steps and their huge TV mast, Mrs O Reilly the dentist, Johnny Mc Ginn delivering meat from Mc Cabe’s butchers in the alley in O Duffy Terrace, Mc Aviney’s selling sweepstake tickets and Rice’s selling aspirin, Ma Mullally and Kathleen sitting on the bench outside of the pub. Manus Keenan and Larry Tuite taking us all over the country to Athletic meetings, Paul Mc Carthy winning a Railway cup medal playing in goals for Ulster. John Mc Aviney’s photo of the AIB during the Fleadh Ceol in 1987, Sandwiches for sale. The Pearse Brothers 120 draw, Bingo kellys eye and two little ducks, the monkey puzzles out the avenue, Rose Smiths on the brae, getting saw dust from Simon O Connell at Leahy’s for Mickey Duffy, the frenchman with his hang glider on Barney Lindens hill, Vincey Duffy from Gorsehill, Paddy Moen telling a yarn to Peter Mc Aviney. I can still hear the laughs of Peter, going to Irish dancing in Hall St School, Murnaghan’s moving into build what is now Lough Mor, Birthday parties at Smiths in Church Street, Donald Duck coming to Pat Lynch’s VG, Mollie in Caddens Hotel, Eamon Gorman in the FCA, The snooker table in St Patricks hall, Paul Flynn in the Credit Union, Yankee Daly in the gate house at the park, Mrs Brady’s shop with black and yellow tiles, the orchard behind the co op, getting stung by ants on the old railway line, buying the Beano in Taffees, Erskine Childers on an election campaign, Deda Ward wearing a black armband the morning after John Lennon was shot, losing 2p every year to Paddy Dillon on football bets, the bank being robbed, Karl Heinz and our German friends, Joe Bairds shore, Francie Duffy the postman, Murnane’s factory, the weighing scales in the Chemists, the Corona Cafe, Ben Brady going out to his farm on the Clones road, Hank Locklan at the football field, the pig race on main street, Town v Country football games, the fancy dress parades, playing on the swings and slides at Riverdale, Dixons green Volvo, the turkey mart, the tennis court in the park, Hypp products, John the barber, Ciste Gael, Pat Keenan feeding his dogs at the meadows, getting the axle of a soapbox repaired at Leonards, Feeney’s Garage, bottles of bubble up from Georges chipper, Kiernan’s shop and pub, Beef, Chicken or Fish in Lynch’s pub, Brendy Smith and the Ballybay news, Carragher’s on the brae, the hall street gang, going to see the Pope in Ballybrit, Cassie Lynches, filling gas cylinders for my uncle Pat, Martin Gallagher and his Bedford lorry ( and his Daughter !! ), Mrs Mc Grath’s shop, Tony Keenan and the pub quizzes, Mc Quillian’s pub on the steps, concerts in Derryvalley Hall, the boat house at the park, Ballybay Beano week, the plastic factory, Molly Carroll ringing the bell at the Church, the new fire station, the nuns cycling to town, circus in the park, Chicken in the rough, take your pick in O Brien’s, the shop in stookies, playing in the gardens at the Blayney road, Seamus Farmer and his taxis, Dr Smiths surgery, a dog show in the mart, Ballybay County Hurling winners in 1976, David Moffatts butchers, Mick Mc Cabe’s drapers, Badminton in Church Street hall, some mad eejit bringing a motorbike in to the disco at Riverdale, Breslin’s shop on the way home from school, Crawfords shop at Christmas, in fact Crawfords everyday, Eddie O Brien’s framed pike in Mena’s, Frank Stewards busses, the Century Bar when part of it was a shop, Mrs Maddens shop on St Patricks Street, Wooden barrels of blackberries outside Mc Entee’s and Mc Ginnitty’s shops, the wooden spoon, loose biscuits, Pagoda tea, Green Shield stamps, Connolly’s drapers, Jim Finlay’s bus out at the tech, Billy Maguires cobbler shop, School leagues in the park, buying bananas in Barneys, nails in Brennans and mince in Dans, Munster Simms on the Blayney road, the old gasworks behind Fullers house in Hall Street, the young wives club, Charlie Lennons and Clarkes shoe shops, tip top bread, O Neill’s donuts, Franny Leonards shop, Alice Boylan’s shop on Main Street, Jars of Heinz baby food in O Mahoney’s, Farrelly’s rusks and Liga. Sergeant Maguire and officers Conway, Drum, Naughton and Gleeson. Conlon’s pub and shop, politicians giving speeches from the back of lorries at election time, Mary Monaghan’s shop, Mc Quillian’s pub on the main Street, buying handballs in Cooney’s shop, Mrs Murphys shop beside Corries stores later Georges, gathering potatoes for Toners down Anny Kings lane, meeting a couple of lassies from Dublin in Liams one night they stopped off for a break on route to Donegal and stayed for three days, scor and scor na og, Willie Mc Entee’s and John Wests pubs, Mrs Mc Ginnity’s Mayfair saloon, the buses dropping of parcels to Wards shop, Packie Callens jammed on a mart day, Molly Courtney at the Doctors, the Mighty Midgets, Cecelia’s shop, Molly Fitzpatrick’s, Mc Cann’s bread in Toners, Donnelly’s sausages, Matterson’s peas and Chiver’s jam, Mc Murrays butcher shop, Mrs Mc Cormill’s on the brae, Molly Duffy’s at the Tech, Ballybay scrapbook by John Mc Ivor, Cassidy’s buses to Dublin, Annie Mc Glone” two pound if you please”, the County jerseys on Annie Mc Skeans line, Mrs Duffy and Rose , Cassie and Frank Mc Cabe, Marta and Willie Ruthledge and Mrs Murphy our close neighbours in Hall Street, snapper bars and golf ball chewing gum not to mention Candy Cigarettes, Chicken Maryland, vesta curries and angel delight, Double Diamond beer, Blue band margarine, Orielman in the Standard, ringing the phone and hearing number please, Joe Hannratty’s the barbers. Mc Donnell’s knitwear factory.

Finally, I remember the work and research that the late Peadar Murnane compiled making it so much easier to check facts relating to the town and our community, I for one will be always grateful. Thank you Peadar RIP. Thats it folks it’s a random recall of my memories of the town I could go on but I hope I captured many of the people and events that mean so much to me. If I left something out and with respect, I am sure I did, please feel free to add to the story or correct any errors in my post.

MAISIE B’s

Maisie B’s coffee bar and kitchen opened its doors for the first time this morning. It is located on Main Street, were Kieran’s Restaurant traded. The new café is a very welcome addition to the town.

NEW ARRIVAL

Congratulations to Shannon Swift and Mark Mc Cabe on the birth of their daughter in Perth, Australia last Thursday 7th March. Baby Evie weighed in at a healthy 9lb and baby and mother are doing well.

STRANOODEN GROUP WATER AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Stranooden Group Water Scheme will be held on Wednesday 3rd April 2024 at 8.15 pm sharp in Corcaghan Community Centre. The scheme runs close to Ballybay and some locals may be interested in attending. Further information is available at https://www.stranoodengws.ie/

WALK RUN FOR DAIRE

Aughnamullen GAA have organised a 5k walk/run for Bank Holiday Monday. The walk/run is in aid of the Daire Fund. Daire Gorman is a pupil in Loughmourne National School  and he is hoping to go to the powerchair football championships in Paris. The event starts at 3pm from the Aughnamullen Centre. Registration and warmups begin at 2pm and there will be refreshments on the walk/run return. Adult admission is €10, family €20 and students/oap €5.

TRUCK, BIKE AND CAR RUN

The Barry Dempsey and PJ Sullivan Memorial Run will take place on Sunday 24th March. The truck, bike and car run will roll out from Latton GAA Centre at 12noon and registration will be open from 10am. All monies raised will be donated to the Ballybay Cancer Society and Latton GAA.

TIME TO GET READY FOR ST. PATRICK’S DAY

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Sunday 17th March, starting at Gerry Traynor’s shop at 5pm. It would be great if all businesses could make a big effort to decorate the town for the parade. There will be prizes for the best floats - 1st Prize: €300, 2nd Prize: €200 and 3rd Prize: €100.

50/50 DRAW

The winner of this week’s 50/50 draw was ticket number 597, the Staff of Ballybay Post Office. They win €435. You can play online using the following link https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraisers or fill in the envelope in most shops and pubs in the town. There is a guaranteed winner every week! Remember if you’re not in you can’t win.

CARETAKER VACANCY IN DRUMHOWAN

Drumhowan Community Group and GFC have a vacancy for a cleaner - caretaker at the Community Centre and dressing rooms so mostly based indoors. Hours are 19.5 per week and you should be on the Community Employment Program. Eligibility to participate in the CE scheme is generally linked to being over 21 years old and also being in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment for one year or more.  Anyone interested contact Gerry Finnegan.

MEET THE MODERATOR

Cahans Meeting House will host a 'Meet the Moderator' coffee morning at 10-30am on Saturday 9th March. The Revd Dr Sam Mawhinney, with his wife Karen, will be present. He is currently the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, having first trained as a medical doctor and worked in Kenya for a time. Since his ordination he has lived and ministered in Fermoy and Cahir from 1997, then Adelaide Road, Dublin since 2008. Do come and meet him and all who will be there. There will be no admission charge though donations will be welcome!

CASTLEBLAYNEY DRAMA FESTIVAL

It’s Festival time again and we are delighted to bring you another nine nights of top-class live entertainment. Drama groups from all around the country will be performing their plays from Friday March 1st to Saturday 9th in the fabulous Iontas Theatre. Each group will be trying to qualify for the Open and Confined All Ireland Finals and will be adjudicated by Peter O’Driscoll each night.

This year the local drama group Castleblayney Players will be performing in the Festival with No Going Back, written by Castleblayney man, Joe Hanratty.

Nightly tickets and Season tickets available through Iontas Theatre.

Check out https://www.castleblayneydramafestival.ie/

Bookings: https://www.iontascastleblayney.ie/ or phone Iontas 042.9753400

FAITH MISSION

You are welcome to the Rockcorry Faith Mission monthly Gospel Meeting Friday 1st March  2024 at 8pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church Hall (kindly granted).  The visiting speaker will be Simon Walsh Faith Mission Superintendent Border District.  Organised by Brian and Hazel Parker Faith Mission Area Workers Cootehill, Co. Cavan.

THE LATE BENNY SMYTH

It is with deep regret that we report the sad passing of Benny Smyth, Laragh, Ballybay and formerly The Square, Ballybay. Benny passed away peacefully at St. James Hospital; Dublin on Saturday last. He will be sadly missed by his wife Cora, sons Kevin, Darren and Fergal, their wife’s, his six grandchildren, sister Susan and his extended family and friends.

Benny was a businessman in the town for many years and away from work he relaxed playing bowls. He was instrumental in the establishment of an outdoor bowling green in the Town Park. Benny will be sorely missed by all in Ballybay and further afield who knew him.

Benny funeral mass was held in St. Patrick’s on Tuesday and he was laid rest in the adjoining Cemetery afterwards. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

NEW OFFICES FOR MAIN STREET

Learghusa Healthcare who provide Home Care Services and Daycare Services to older people and people with disabilities for the HSE have purchased Mc Ginnity’s former shop at 58 Main Street and have started work to turn the building into their offices for the Monaghan area.

The founder of the new business Stephen Larrissy said, “My workers are currently starting works to restore the heritage building, starting with the front façade. Works on a new roof, new heating and electrical systems, and repairs to the windows will be progressing though this Spring using local builders and suppliers. Once the building is fully restored, we intend to operate it as offices for our Home Care Services and Daycare Services to older people and people with disabilities in the Monaghan area”.

Plans are also afoot to have a coffee shop on the ground floor suited to older people and people with disabilities and their families.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Sunday 17th March, starting at Gerry Traynor’s shop at 5pm. If your business, sports group, community group, etc are interested in participating in the parade then you can either contact Therese Hamilton (Smyth’s Newsagents) or the Town Team facebook page to express your interest. There will be prizes for the best floats - 1st Prize: €300, 2nd Prize: €200 and 3rd Prize: €100.

MEETING TO SAVE THE SWIFTS

Ballybay Tidy Towns will hold a meeting on Tuesday March 5th at 7.30 pm in Ballybay Second Presbyterian Hall, Hall St. The purpose of the meeting is to inform and discuss the “Saving Swifts” project. Swifts in Ireland are in decline, but luckily Ballybay has a good population of Swifts. We want to help protect these birds and we are delighted that students from Ballybay Community College have agreed to make up nesting boxes which we hope to erect in the town. Peter Philips from Birdwatch Ireland who conducted a study in Ballybay last year will attend the meeting and tell us all about swifts and his findings. So please come along to the meeting and support this project in Ballybay.

GUEST TEA IN LATTON

Guest Tea/Afternoon tea, in Latton on Sunday 10th March in Latton GAA Centre. All funds collected on the day will go in full to the Barry Dempsey and PJ Sullivan, memorial run on Saturday 24th March which will donate to Ballybay Cancer, and Latton GAA. If you are interested in hosting a table for family or friends please contact Christina Weldon on 0879051969 or email by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

50/50 DRAW

The winner of this week’s 50/50 draw was ticket number 146, Senan Deery. Senan wins €405. You can play online using the following link https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraisers or fill in the envelope in most shops and pubs in the town. There is a guaranteed winner every week! Remember if you’re not in you can’t win.

DRAMA IN TULLYCORBET!

Tullycorbet Drama Group will stage Jimmy Keary’s hilarious 3 act comedy “I’m the One for You” in Tullycorbet Community Centre on Friday, 22nd; Saturday, 23rd & Sunday, 24th March 2024. It will be a comedy not to be missed – save the date.

TALBOT RETIRING FROM VOLUNTARY ROLE

Well known local Talbot Duffy is retiring with immediate effect from his voluntary role of allocating graves in Saint Patrick’s Cemetery. Talbot has discharged this duty with great diligence for over 30 years. A note of thanks to Talbot for his many years work appeared in this week’s bulletin.

SHOPPING VOUCHERS

The Ballybay Chamber of Commerce vouchers are available to purchase at Smyth’s Newsagents however they can be redeemed in most local businesses. The vouchers are available in either €10 or €20. These will make excellent Christmas presents.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

This year’s World Day of Prayer will be celebrated on Friday 1st March. The theme is – ‘I beg you – bare with one another in love’. A celebration event will take place in Tullycorbet Community Centre at 8-30pm. Everyone welcome.

ENROLMENT AT CENTRAL SCHOOL

Ballybay Central School is currently accepting enrolments for the 2024/2025 school year. Application forms are available from the school and can be downloaded from https://www.ballybaycns.com/ Completed application forms should be returned to the school before 1st March 2024.

70th ANNIVERSARY SATURDAY

Ballybay ICA are celebrating their 70th anniversary in the Pearse Brothers Centre on Saturday next, 10th February from 8 till late. It should be a night to remember. If you need any more information contact 0868162334.

LENT 2024

Lent begins in Ash Wednesday, 14th February and there will be a change to the mass schedule at St. Patrick’s. The schedule will be as follows:
Mondays – adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 5pm and evening mass at 7-30pm. There will be no morning mass on Mondays. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays – early morning mass at 7-15am and again at 9-30am. Fridays – Evening mass at 7-30pm. There will be no morning masses on Fridays.
On Ash Wednesday there will be mass at 7-15am and 9-30am and an evening mass in Ballintra at 7-30pm.

DRUMHOWAN BINGO THIS FRIDAY

Bingo takes place in Drumhowan Community Centre tomorrow Friday 9th February at 8pm.  €1,000 jackpot must go on the night. Also Raffle with a very valuable top prize of one nights B&B and evening meal in Castle Leslie. Come along and bring a friend. See our social media pages for more information.

50/50 DRAW

The winner of this week’s 50/50 draw was ticket number 622, Robin Mc Donnell. Robin wins €410. You can play online using the following link https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraisers or fill in the envelope in most shops and pubs in the town. There is a guaranteed winner every week! Remember if you’re not in you can’t win.

HALF TIME GAMES

Congratulations to Pearse Brother youngsters Eoghan Rutledge, Conor Smith and James Markey who played in the half time games at the Monaghan v Kerry game in Clones on Sunday. The trio had taken part in the Monaghan Coaching & Games After School Programme in November 2023 and were selected from nine mid Monaghan clubs which participated on Sunday. Well done lads.

SVP – THANK YOU

The local branch of St. Vincent de Paul would like to thank the many people who supported their recent Christmas Appeal and who also supported their work in 2023. The generosity of the local community allowed the charity to support and help people who had found themselves in difficult financial situations due to the cost of living crisis.
Requests for assistance can still be made by putting your request in writing and placing it in the letter box of the Confraternity Rooms in St. Patrick Street or by phoning freephone 1800 677 777.

INFORMATION WANTED ON LATTON EMIGRANTS

The Latton Bawn Historical Group is working on its next publication when it plans to record all those who emigrated from the parish in the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. They need your help with this one, as it is very difficult for them to know who all left the area in these years and it would be nice to remember them in their book.
Please get in contact with them if you would like a member of your family included in the book.  Contact any committee member, private message on Facebook or email Catriona at lattonbawnhistoricalgroup@gmai<wbr< a=""> />l.com</wbr<>

IMPORTANT MENTAL HEALTH TALK AT CAHANS

The Revd Dr Gerry Clinton gave a timely and well received presentation on mental health and general wellbeing at Cahans Meeting House, Ballybay on Friday 19 January last to an audience in excess of 60 people.  Dr Clinton is a registered Mental Health Nurse, was a lecturer at DCU for ten years, and now leads the Ballybay group of Presbyterian congregations.  At the outset he said he was approaching the topic not from a spiritual or religious perspective but concentrating largely on social media which he said is not unlike using slot machines where we get intermittent positive approval with a rush of dopamine, the feel-good factor in the brain. The second hook that social media uses to get people addicted is the drive for social approval.  However, the inordinate time spent on screens can unfortunately lead to deleterious effects in our personal lives.   Citing studies that show our attention span is reducing, newspaper reading is plummeting, young people losing social and conversational skills, and our cognitive ability (thinking skills) are weakening, he asked us to consider how we can get a better balance in our lives with our use of screen time.  He continued: “social media has a polarising effect in society where too often issues are reduced to black and white thinking or a case of one side totally right and the other totally wrong. It`s too often an always accessible forum where extreme views are quickly expressed in a short space of time.”

What can we do?  The speaker suggested that our minds be more open, more accepting and be willing to listen.  Don`t be afraid to talk about a problem to a listening ear.   The speaker is a strong advocate of seeking counselling.   He related how counselling has helped him in his own personal life and professional career.  Counselling allows one to say things that can`t perhaps be easily said to family members, finding out things about themselves they didn`t know.  Counselling can relieve us of dragging a bag of repressed emotions e.g. bereavement or relationship breakup or what parents or teachers may have said to us many years ago. The process becomes a case of darkness into light.

The speaker remarked that some commentators are likening social media to how cigarettes were regarded in the 1950s. We don`t yet fully understand the potential hidden damage of excessive screen time.  The speaker quoted social scientist Cal Newport: “the most important resource we possess: the minutes of our lives.  Dr Clinton posed the question – could we do a single day without Facebook? He confirmed how he personally came off Facebook in 2016 despite the fear of losing contact with his friends which didn`t happen.  Further quoting Newport: “teenagers have lost the ability to process and make sense of their emotions, or to reflect on who they are and what really matters, or to build strong relationships, or even to just allow their brains time to power down their critical social circuits, which are not meant to be used constantly, and to redirect that energy to other important cognitive housekeeping tasks.”   Dr Clinton concluded by stating that adults need to lead by example, and to ask themselves the question of social media: Do I really, really need it?

After a Q + A session David Nesbitt, Chairperson, thanked Dr Clinton.  Tea/coffee and refreshments were served by committee members.  Articles from the Cahans Thrift Shop, Ballybay  were also on sale, along with  copies of Full Circle, David Nesbitt`s newly revised and updated book, the comprehensive history of Ballybay`s Presbyterian churches.

The next event at Cahans (Eircode H18 E7N1) is Harmony in the Air: A Musical Evening with Robert Brown and family, Ballybay Community Choir, and the Ballybay Country Gospel Group, Friday 16 February, 8 -10pm.

DRUMHOWAN BINGO

Bingo takes place in Drumhowan Community Centre on Friday 9th February at 8pm.  €1,000 jackpot must go on the night. Also Raffle with a very valuable top prize of one nights B&B and evening meal in Castle Leslie. Come along and bring a friend. See our social media pages for more information.

FAITH MISSION

You are welcome to the Rockcorry Faith Mission monthly Gospel Meeting on Friday 2nd February 2024 at 8pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church Hall (kindly granted).  The visiting speaker will be Noel McMeekin.  The evening is organised by Brian and Hazel Parker Faith Mission Area Workers Cootehill, Co. Cavan.

50/50 DRAW

The winner of this week’s 50/50 draw was ticket number 115, Aisling Forde. Aisling wins €390. You can play online using the following link https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraisers or fill in the envelope in most shops and pubs in the town. There is a guaranteed winner every week! Remember if your not in you can’t win.

PEADAR RETIRES AFTER 17 YEARS

In 2007 Ballybay Pearse Brothers decided to run Bingo every Tuesday night. On the first night Peadar Donaghy volunteered to supervise the car park. Every Tuesday night for the last seventeen years Peadar turned up in rain, hail or sunshine to make sure cars entered and left the centre safely. It wasn’t a glamorous job, but it was an essential one and the Pearse Brothers will be forever thankful for Peadar’s dedication and service. All involved with the Pearse Brothers club wish Peadar a long and healthy retirement.

NEW GROUP AT YOUTH CLUB

A youth project group is starting at Ballybay Youth Club on Wednesday evenings from 4pm to 5-30pm. The group is aimed at 2nd and 3rd years. Further information is available from either Ceara at 0873961200 or Grainne at 0873753274. New members welcome.

SCOIL EANNA ENROLMENT

Enrolment for junior infants 2024/25 opens on 1st February and will run until 29th February. Parents can pick up an enrolment form from the school office or alternatively download a copy from the school website https://www.scoileanna.ie/

50/50 DRAW

The winner of this week’s 50/50 draw was ticket number 629, Colleen Millar. Colleen wins €400. You can play online using the following link https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraisers or fill in the envelope in most shops and pubs in the town. There is a guaranteed winner every week! Remember if your not in you can’t win.

DRAMA IN TULLYCORBET!

Tullycorbet Drama Group will stage Jimmy Keary’s hilarious 3 act comedy “I’m the One for You” in Tullycorbet Community Centre on Friday, 22nd; Saturday, 23rd & Sunday, 24th March 2024. It will be a comedy not to be missed – save the date.

INFORMATION EVENING IN BALLYBAY TO SET UP COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDER GROUP

Community First Responders (CFR) are volunteers who are trained to attend certain types of emergency calls in the area where they live or work. Their aim is to reach a potential life-threatening emergency in the first vital minutes before the ambulance crew arrives.

Over the last year, members of the Annyalla/Cremartin First Responder  group have been notified about emergencies in the Ballybay/Tullycorbet area.  With this in mind, we are setting up a Ballybay CFR group and need your help in the recruitment drive.

You are invited to an Information evening on Thursday 1st February 2024, in Pat O’Brien’s meeting room (above the pub in Ballybay) from 7.30p.m. to 9p.m. Please come along and support this worthy initiative.

CFR groups who are linked to the National Ambulance Service (NAS) National Emergency Operations Centre are alerted to an emergency in their area and as they are community based, can provide medical assistance within minutes of a 112/999 call being received. Their role is to help stabilise the patient and provide the appropriate care including Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) & defibrillation, until the more paramedics arrive.

Training is provided locally with the group providing initial CFR certification and regular ongoing training. Training consists of cardiac arrest management including CPR and Defibrillator (AED) usage, and first aid for choking, heart attack and strokes. Training covers all essential elements effectively operate as a CFR with additional training options available.

YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD FOR BCC

Three students from Ballybay Community College picked up a Special Award at last week’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition last week. Katie Duffy, Chloe Sullivan and Charlotte Smith were the toast of the school when their project picked up a ‘Tackle Your Feelings Award’ in the Health and wellbeing Category. The award is presented to the project that highlights the need for positive mental health interventions in their local community and proposes or exemplifies unique ways of sharing positive mental health information with members of this community. The girls project was entitled, ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but my mind can also hurt me – The effects of injury on the mental well being of athletes’. Congratulations girls.

70th ANNIVERSARY

Ballybay ICA are celebrating our 70th anniversary and to mark the occasion we are having a celebration in Pearse Brothers Centre on Saturday 10th February from 8 till late. Invitations will be sent out shortly and we’d appreciate if you let us know that you’re attending by February 5th so that we can finalise our numbers for catering. Let’s make this a night to remember and If you need any more information contact 0868162334.

50/50 DRAW

The winner of this week’s 50/50 draw was ticket number 120, Ciaran Galliagan. Ciaran wins €410. You can play online using the following link https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraisers or fill in the envelope in most shops and pubs in the town. There is a guaranteed winner every week! Remember if your not in you can’t win.

CREDIT UNION SCHOOL QUIZ

Ballybay Credit Union is delighted to announce that their Annual School Quiz returns on Monday 29th January 2024 at 7.30pm . This year the Schools Quiz will take place in the Latton O’Rahilly GAA Centre , Latton ,Castleblayney , Co Monaghan , A75 NY32. All relevant schools will be contacted and the staff of the Credit Union are looking forward to meeting all the participants on the night.

BENJAMIN MOORE – FULL CIRCLE

‘Benjamin Moore - Full Circle from Ballybay to the USA and Back Again’ is a short you tube video which tells the story of Benjamin Moore, Drumcannon, Latton. 140 years ago, the 17-year-old Benjamin bought a ticket for the USA and never looked back. He worked in the paint industry and established his own firm which today sells its paint in 75 countries worldwide. The Benjamin Moore paint brand is available in Albany Home Décor, Monaghan hence the ‘FULL CIRCLE’ in the video title. Further information on this industrious young man who was born just outside Ballybay is available on the Latton Bawn Historical Group facebook page or the video can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KOk3c4n7DI

MENTAL HEALTH TALK AT CAHANS

Next at Cahans Meeting House, an evening with a difference on Friday 19 January 2024 at 8pm, an evening with the Revd Dr Gerry Clinton, Ballybay who will share valuable insights into the unique aspects of rural mental health, the challenges that may face people and the strengths to be found in rural communities.

Before he was ordained a Presbyterian minister and installed in the Ballybay group of congregations Gerry was a psychiatric nurse and lecturer in psychiatric nursing, teaching in Dublin City University. He is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and Registered Nurse Tutor along with being minister in Ballybay.

These are his words: It's a dark, dreary time of year, reminiscent of our dark, dreary seasons of life. Darkness and light seem woven together in the tapestry of life. Is it deluding ourselves to think that life can be light and joy always? Doesn't even Christmas pass, giving way to bleak January? As the saying goes it's better to light a candle than to curse the darkness . . . but what will the candle reveal?

GYM PROGRAMME FOR TEENAGE GIRLS

Monaghan Sports Partnership is teaming up with local gyms across the county to launch a 6-week gym programme just for teenage girls, aged 16-19. Breakthrough Performance gym based at Pearse Park is one of the five venues in the county which have been selected for this programme. Teenagers will have an opportunity to participate in a Gym Moves programme crafted especially for girls aiming to boost their confidence in the gym. Participants will learn the right moves and gain knowledge and experience to conquer it on the gym floor. If you are interested, the programme starts on Friday 19th January from 2pm until 3pm. To register go to the following link - https://eventmaster.ie/whatson/Monaghan_Sports_Partnership

50/50 DRAW

The winner of this week’s 50/50 draw was ticket number 88, Sharon Mc Elroy. Sharon wins €400. You can play online using the following link https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraisers or fill in the envelope in most shops and pubs in the town. There is a guaranteed winner every week! Remember if your not in you can’t win.

BALLIBAY IN 1837

In 1837 Samuel Lewis compiled a Topographical Dictionary of Ireland giving a unique picture of Ireland before the famine. Lewis visited many of the villages, towns and cities however he also sent proof sheets to knowledgeable locals in the area who would be able to add changes. The spellings of place names in the two volumes are as written at that time, and they differ from spellings that are found on other documentation. Over the next few weeks we will publish the exact detail that Lewis wrote about Ballibay (how it was spelled in 1837).

“Ballibay, a market and post-town, and a parish, partly in the barony of MONAGHAN, but chiefly in that of CREMORNE, county of MONAGHAN, and province of ULSTER, 8 miles (S. by E.) from Monaghan, and 50miles (N.W. by N) from Dublin; containing 6685 inhabitants, of which number 1947 are in the town. This place, which is situated at the intersection of the roads from Castle-Blayney to Cootehill and Clones, and from Carrickmacross to Monaghan, derives its name from a pass between the lakes at the southern extremity of the town. A battle was fought in the vicinity, at a place called Ballydian, between De Courcy, first Earl of Ulster, and the MacMahons and O’Carrolls. Prior to the introduction of the linen manufacture the town was of very little importance; but since, the establishment of its linen market about the middle of the last century, it has rapidly advanced, and now contains about 400 houses, many of which are   comfortably built, and become the principal mart for the inhabitants of the surrounding country. The manufacture of linen, of a texture from nine to fourteen hundreds, is extensively carried on throughout the parish. The market is on Saturday, and is amply supplied; great quantities of butter are sold, and from October to February inclusive not less than from 8000 to 12,000 stone of flax is sold weekly; there are also extensive markets for grain on Tuesday and Friday. Fairs are held on the third Saturday in every month, and are remarkable for large sales of horses, horned cattle and pigs. A reading society was established in 1816, and is supported by a proprietary of annual subscribes; the library contains nearly 1000 volumes. Petty sessions are held in the market-house irregularly: and here is a constabulary police station”.