BOWLS NEWS

The Ballybay Outdoor Bowling Club is holding top spot in the Border Counties league when after 5 games they have a score of 36 points, four ahead of Enniskillen who are on 32. Our next game will be this week when we are away to Fivemiletown.

The local league is progressing well with the Ballybay Green team still on top and are likely to qualify for the play off. That will be some weeks off as section one has a number of games to play yet.

As part of a sports inclusion programme our club has been asked to hold a 4 week bowls programme on our green starting on Tuesday 26th June from 11am to 1pm. This will cater for adults with special needs and so we will at least 6 of our members to help during the two hours. This will be the third year that we have hosted this programme so our members should know the format.

The time sheet for the champion of champions singles (30th June) is ow posted in the club pavilion and now is the time to get your name on the list. All the teams that play in the outdoor league can put their name forward to play in the outdoor cup which will be played in early August.

The first game in the Town Tournament has taken place between Pat O Brien’s and a Bingo selection. Pat’s team showed their class by winning with the last bowl. There will be more teams playing this week so all are welcome to come and enjoy the fun.

SUMMER READING STARS AT BALLYBAY LIBRARY

Summer Stars is an exciting reading-based programme which is available free of charge to all children. It will run during July & August in Ballybay Library, and children are invited to register at the library and be part of the adventure. All participants will be given a Summer Stars Reading Card to record and track their own progress. There will be rewards and incentives along the way and a grand finale at the end for all participants. There is a great online resource at www.librariesireland.ie/summer-stars which has lots of online games and activities as well as a range of animated ebooks. You will find a children’s books discussion board and interviews with well-known people about their favourite books. There are helpful tips for reading and recommended titles by age group. And remember it’s all FREE! And check out our summer programme of workshops for children by visiting the library today!

CRUINNIU NA NOG – STEP INTO THE SPOTLIGHT

Calling all young people from Ballybay Saturday 23rd June from 6pm, Garage Theatre Monaghan Free Cultural Evening for young people aged 13 and over Cruinniú na nÓg is a national day of creativity for our young people. So what can young people expect on the evening? The evening will kick off from 6pm with outdoor performers and artists, music, indoor activities, and heaps of ice cream to keep cool. How about challenging your friends with some traditional fairground games or have a go in the games room! Or Perhaps karaoke or dancing is your thing! Then we will be led into the Spotlight of the grand theatre of the Garage by Extreme Rhythm, and our young people will take to the stage to entertain with an ensemble of music.

So it is certainly promising to be a very special evening for all young people to join in. From dramatic performers, world renowned percussionists, caricature artists to the main showcase of the evening – our own young people taking to the stage of the Garage Theatre, this is an event all young people should head to!

And Remember it is FREE to attend – to guarantee your ticket for the showcase contact the Garage Theatre on 047-39777

DAMAGE AT NEW FLOWER PLANTER

It is with deep regret that we must report that at the weekend someone decided to vandalise the new planter at the entrance of Loch Mor Avenue. At least one of the new plants was pulled out and thrown on the ground nearby, Speaking to the Ballybay News Tidy Towns Chairman Martin Gleeson was not one bit happy. “The tidy towns committee and many local volunteers have worked very hard to improve the look of the town. This included installing a new flower planter at the entrance to Loch Mor Avenue. Sometime on Sunday someone pulled some of the flowers out of the planter and threw them on the ground nearby. This happened in broad day light and someone is bound to have seen it. It is disgraceful that someone has done this and I would urge anyone who knows the culprit to either tell any of our committee or inform the local Garda”, said Martin. The Tidy Town committee has worked tirelessly in recent years to improve the look of the town and the town has been improving its score in the National competition. Pressure from the committee resulted in Monaghan County Council arranging for weeds in the street to be sprayed with weed killer this week. Anyone wishing to volunteer to help out with the regular litter picks, etc should contact Martin.

SYRIAN APPEAL

The recent appeal in aid of Syria raised €933-38c. The organisers would like to thank everyone who contributed to the collection.

Community Enhancement Programme 2018

Monaghan Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) is pleased to launch the new Community Enhancement Programme 2018. Funding in the amount of €132,571 has been made available for the county by the Department of Rural and Community Development which will be administered through the LCDC.Monaghan Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) is pleased to launch the new Community Enhancement Programme 2018. Funding in the amount of €132,571 has been made available for the county by the Department of Rural and Community Development which will be administered through the LCDC.

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SUCCESSFUL BIG BREAKFAST

BIG BREAKFASTThe Ballybay pearse Borthers held a very successful Big Brekfast in their club house on Sunday last. On the day players served the breakfast for all who attended.

HANNAH’S FUNDRAISER

Monaghan Rose local girl Hannah Mooney from Carrickatee is holding a fundraiser in the Aughnamullen Social Centre on this Sat. 16th June. This is an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate Hannah's success as well helping raise funds towards her journey to Tralee while at the same time supporting Ballybay Cancer Society. Music on the night is by Brendan Mc Court and admission is €10.

SENIOR CITIZENS ANNUAL OUTING

This year’s annual senior citizens outing takes place on Thursday 21st June. The trip will be to the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre and will be followed by tea and scones in the Coachman’s Inn. The bus will leave Riverdale at 10am and the cost is €20 per person.

BOWLS NEWS

There was a full turn out of members for the Jimmy Gibson memorial shield which was played for on Saturday last in glorious sunshine. After a long and very competitive days bowling on the outdoor green it came down to the final between Philip Gibson and Daniel Mc Cormack with the latter going on to win for the first time. Jocky Gibson made the presentation and thanked all for attending and making the day a wonderful event which the 24 degrees temperature also played its part.

The Ballybay Green team is still at the top of the local league with a maximum 24 points. Well done to them as they are mostly new members this year. The town tournament is getting under way this week and its hoped to have games every Tuesday and Thursday. You can still enter a team by contacting Stephen Duffy (the one that has all the answers). The local club are now at the top of the Border Counties Bowling League but with our next three games away and on grass this may change.

PILGRIAMGE TO KNOCK

The Franciscan pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday 24th June. The bus will leave the Square at 8-15am. To book a seat on the bus contact Kathleen at 0872100546 or Teresa at 0876198410.

SUMMER STARS AT THE LIBRARY

Summer Stars starts at the Library in Ballybay on Monday 2nd July. This is an exciting reading-based programme which is available free of charge to all the children in Ballybay and the surrounding areas. Children can pop into the library and register their interest free of charge and thereafter they will be given a card to track and record their progress as they attempt to read as many books as possible over the summer. 

Every child who takes a book out on a Monday and returns it before the week is out will be entered into a weekly prize draw. This is an 8 week challenge and further information is available in the library or at: www.librariesireland.ie/summer-stars

DEEPEST SYMPATHIES

The Pearse Brothers club had two sad passing’s in recent times. Former player Eamon Keenan and former manager Michael Mc Keown both passed away in the last fortnight. The club send their condolences to the family and friends of both Eamon and Michael.

CONGRATS SINEAD

Wetland Running Club member Sinead Doherty was the winner of the Corduff Ladies GFC 5km road race on Sunday last. Congratulations Sinead.

COMMUNITY GAMES

Soccer

Well done to the Under 12 Outdoor Soccer Team who played a number of matches over the last few weeks and successfully collected County Monaghan Silver Medals. Team - Eoin Brady, Eanna Curran, Adam Dixon, Simon Du Plessis, Stephen Duffy, Jerome Lavelle, B (U12) Dara MC Elmeel, Nathan Mc Dermott, Andrew Mullen, Finian O Neill, Martin Quinn, Oisin Quinn, Eoin Sheridan, Caolan Treanor, Sean Ward and Aaron Wylie. The team is managed by Martin Sheridan and Peter Ward. Congratulations to you. Your hard work has paid off.

Athletics

County athletics finals take place on Saturday 16th June in Clones. We wish good luck to Mark Drury U10 100m, Eoin Seriadan U12 600m, Katie Glynn U14 800m and Aideen Drury U14 80m Hurdles who are all representing Tullycorbet.

SUCCESSFUL FLEADH

Once again Ballybay and Tullycorbett hosted a very successful County Fleadh with large numbers of participants and spectators in the locality since last Thursday night and over the weekend. Tullycorbett Hall, Ballybay Communty College, the Ballybay Inn and Liam Smyths were just some of the venues which seen lots of action over the weekend. Local TD and Minister Heather Humphries launched the Fleadh and a new addition this year was a heritage trail on the Friday night. Well done to all the participants, volunteers and spectators.

BOWLS NEWS

On Saturday the 9th June we will see the start of the competitions when we hold the Gibson singles which start at 11am. There is just a few places left – to book ring Philip or Benny to get your name on the time sheet. The champion of champions will start on Saturday 30th June which will be the singles followed by the pairs on Saturday 21st July. The rinks (4’s) will take place on 4th August. All these games will start at 10-30am. We hope to have these wrapped up by 3-330pm.

The local league is going very well with Ballybay Green setting the pace so far. Tonight’s game will test them as they take on Clontibret at 7-30pm. The Border Counties League last week saw the local side get 2 points away to Letterkenny. That secures second place in the current standings. In the lead is Clogher Valley whom we play this week. Another 10 points will be helpful to keep us at the top.

COUNTY FLEADH

Tullycorbet CCÉ will be hosting the County Fleadh in Monaghan again this year. Tullycorbet CCÉ have an excellent line-up of events planned launching Thursday 31st May in Tullycorbet Community Centre, with special guest Minister Heather Humphreys. Friday will see a Heritage Trail in Ballybay, followed by the Fleadh launch session. The competitions will be of main focus on Saturday, with sessions taking place throughout the day in various venues. There will also be a special Fleadh Mass which will take place on Sunday morning in St Patricks, followed by Set and Sean-Nos Dancing competitions in Tullycorbet Community Centre, a parade in Ballybay, youth session and open air music.

SPONSORED WALK FOR CANCER SOCIETY

On Sunday 10th June Fr. Noel Conlon will be hosting his annual sponsored 7km walk/run in Inniskeen. This year’s proceeds will be donated to Merchant’s Quay Ireland and the Ballybay Cancer Society. Registration on the day will commence at 1pm at the Community Centre and the walk/run will start at 2pm. There will be light refreshments served afterwards. Sponsorship cards available from Fr. Noel at 042 9378678.

BOWLS NEWS

As expected the Ballybay Green Team had a good win over Derryvalley and are now in to spot with 18 points. Their next game is on Friday 1st June when they take on Clontibret – that will be a game worth seeing. Also on Friday evening we will have Ballybay White play St. Michaels, Cootehill – this could also prove to be a very interesting game.

This week will see the Ballybay selection travel to Letterkenny to play the game that was cancelled earlier in the month – a share of the points would be a good result at that venue.

The outdoor green hosted St. Pat’s indoor club on Monday last when 14 of their players turned up at 10-30am and bowled until 1pm in glorious sunshine On Saturday the 9th June the Gibson Trophy will be played for so now is the time to put your name on the timesheet in the club pavilion. Also on the notice board is the dates and times of the champion of champions competitions.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Local parishioners may want to note the following dates in their summer diaries. Blessing of the graves will take place on Sunday 29th July. In Tullycorbett it will be after 9-30am mass, in Ballintra after 11am mass and in Ballybay at 3pm. Another date worth noting is Sunday 19th August. On tis date the annual Mass at Carga Rock will be held. This will take place in lieu of the Sunday mass in Tullycorbett.

GOSPEL MEETING

Everyone is welcome to the Faith Mission monthly Gospel meeting on Friday 1st June @ 8pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church Hall. Refreshments afterwards. Plan to come and bring a friend. Visiting Faith Mission speakers and workers are Robert Little and Scott McFarland.

SAILING ON LOUGH MAJOR

The Oriel Sailing Club will also be sailing on Lough Major on Sunday. More details on Oriel Sailing Club Facebook page.

TRAD AT THE CHURCH ON THE HILL

The Oriel Sailing Club will present a traditional and classical concert at Christ Church, Ballybay on Sunday 3rd June. The event which starts at 7-30pm is being run as part of the Monaghan County Fleadh and has received some financial support from Monaghan County Council Community Grant Scheme. Those musicians performing are Oscar Montague (Classical Guitar), Sinead Finnegan (Traditional Flute) and John Wynne (Flute).

BREAKFAST MORNING

The Ballybay Pearse Brothers will host their annual Breakfast Morning at their clubhouse on Sunday 10th of June. This has been rescheduled from the original date of May 20th.

DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE TOMORROW NIGHT

Best wishes and congratulations to local film maker Colin Parker whose documentary entitled Beal Atha Beithe “The Market Town” premieres on Friday 25th May in Liam Smyth’s at 8pm. This documentary involves local people and local places and should be of interest to all locals. Everyone is welcome – get there early to ensure a front row seat.

REFERENDUM REMINDER

Don’t forget that voting in the referendum takes place on Friday 25th May. Polling stations open at 7am and will remain open until 10pm. Voters should bring a form of identification with them.

RECENTLY WED

Congratulations to local lady Pam Coyle who married Seamus Mullen (Scotstown) in Ballybay last Saturday. All your friends in Ballybay would like to wish the newly married couple a very long happy and healthy life together.

BOWLS NEWS

Owing to the good weather for the past few weeks a lot of games were played on the outdoor bowling green. The leading team in the local league is Ballybay Green who have maximum points. The members are Noel Campbell, PJ Martin, Angela Mc Caughey, Greg Marron, Stephan Mc Cann and Skip Rose Hughes. Their latest outing on Monday night seen them defeat Derryvalley to go top of the league.

The cross-border team are back in action this week when they play Enniskillen at home which should result in maximum points for Ballybay. On Wednesday 30th May we will play Letterkenny in Donegal – this is a cancelled game owing to heavy rain at the start of the month.

This week will see the start of the town tournament when the business of the town get three persons and the club will supply one experienced bowler for the knockout game. Last year’s winner was Patricia Mc Cabe of Soda Barrell who defeated Murnane’s in the final.

On Saturday the 9th June the Gibson Trophy will be played for so now is the time to put your name on the timesheet in the club pavilion. Also on the notice board is the dates and times of the champion of champions competitions.

FIRST COMMUNION

First Holy Communion will be celebrated in the parish on Saturday next in St. Patrick’s at 11am. As a result of the First Holy Communion there will be no 10am mass on Saturday. Good luck to all the children.

TANNAGH NEWS

Tanagh Outdoor Education & Training Centre are now taking bookings for their Outdoor Adventure Summer Camps, Summer Forest Schools, Adults Learn to Kayak sessions & Heritage canoe paddle. Contact Philomena on 049 5552988 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details on dates & cost. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Also taking names for those interested in the Outdoor Activity Instructor Traineeship 2018-2019 contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This course will be starting September 2018.

ARTS AND CRAFTS OPEN DAY

Local artist and designer Catherine Mc Gregor is hosting an open day on Saturday 2nd June from 9am until 5pm. The open day will be an opportunity for anyone wishing to get a taste of arts and craft parties and summer workshops. All of these are suitable for kids, teenagers and adults. Further information is available from Catherine at 087 9353182 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CONGRATULATIONS MARY

Massive congratulations and Birthday wishes are due to local lady Mary Mc Guinness. Recently Mary celebrated her 90th Birthday in the company of family and friends. Mary who resided for many years with her husband John in Loch Mor Avenue currently lives with her daughter Brid and son in law John Rutledge. Many Happy Returns Mary.

80’s and 90’s NITE

The 2nd annual Ballybay Cancer 80's and 90's Nite will take place in Pat O'Brien's Bar in Ballybay on July 28th, the weekend of the Blessing of the Graves. This proved to be a brilliant night last year so put the date in your diaries and come along and enjoy some great music while helping a great charity. DJ Joe Sullivan never disappoints.

COUNTDOWN TO COUNTY FLEADH

Tullycorbet CCÉ will be hosting the County Fleadh for Monaghan again this year. Tullycorbet CCÉ have an excellent line-up of events planned launching from Thursday 31st May in Tullycorbet Community Centre, with special guest Minister Heather Humphreys. Friday will see a Heritage Trail in Ballybay, followed by the Fleadh launch session. The competitions will be of main focus on Saturday, with sessions taking place throughout the day in various venues. There will also be a special Fleadh Mass which will take place on Sunday morning in St Patricks, followed by Set and Sean-Nos Dancing competitions in Tullycorbet Community Centre, a parade in Ballybay, youth session and open air music.

Road Lining Works in Ballybay

Monaghan Co. Council wish to advise that due to the Road Lining Works in Ballybay being completed ahead of schedule, the Car Park at the rear of the Soda Barrel will not be closed tomorrow morning Friday, 18th May.

Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2018

Expressions of Interest are being sought for Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2018.

The Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2018 provides for up to €15 million Nationally in project funding for rural towns and villages for delivery in 2018 and 2019.
Successful proposals will demonstrate close collaboration between communities and business interests in the design and delivery of proposed projects and must have the support of the Local Authority.

An outline of the 2018 scheme and the Expression of Interest application form can be downloaded below:

2018 Town & Village Scheme Outline

2018 Town & Village Scheme – Expression of Interest form

All interested Town/Village Groups/Community Groups/Development Associations should complete the Expression of Interest form and return to the Community Development Section, Monaghan County Council, County Offices, The Glen, Monaghan, Co. Monaghan H18 YT50 or email completed Expression Of Interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 4pm on Friday, 1st June, 2018.

ROAD LINING WORKS IN BALLYAY

Monaghan Co. Council wish to advise the public that half of the car park at the rear of the Soda Barrel in Ballybay will be closed in the mornings of Thursday 17th and Friday the 18th May to facilitate the refreshing of road markings in the car park. The work is being carried out in phases to reduce disturbance to the public.

CPR AND DEFIBRILLATOR TRAINING

Refresher CPR and Defibrillator training will take place in Tullycorbett Community Centre on Monday 28th May from 7 - 9pm for all those in the Tullycorbett and Ballybay area who are previously trained. An individual text message will be forwarded to all those previously trained in advance of this date as a reminder. For any queries in relation to training please contact Ms. Sheila Linden for Ballybay area on 0868319459 and Ms. Una Tomany for the Tullycorbett area on 0867963890.

COMMUNITY GAMES

Anyone interested in athletics please contact Sharon 042 9748110 or Maire 042 9748955 to register.

CAKE SALE IN AUGHNAMULLEN

The parishioners of Christ Church Aughnamullen are holding a Coffee Morning and Cake Sale along with a Car Boot Sale on Saturday 26th may from 10-30am until 1pm at the School House Aughnamullen. This is a fund-raising event for extensive repairs to the church and your support will be greatly appreciated. Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the event.

BOWLS NEWS

On Monday 7th May the Ballybay Outdoor Bowling Club hosted a charity event for Kiara Mc Kenna. There was a full turn out and we raised €1200 which will go to support Kiara as she travels to Russia for treatment for MS. The winner of the fun competition on the day were Martin Lynch, Terry Clarke, Seamus Mc Eneaney and Gerry Moen. Our Chairman Samuel Gamble made the presentation and thanked all that contributed in any way to the enjoyment of the day.
The local league is now in full swing and its good to see the new clubs doing well. On Monday night Ballybay Green got all 6 points against Ardaghey while Ballybay Maroon beating Latton 4-2.
Our last game in the Border Counties league had to be called off owing to weather conditions in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. This is now scheduled for Wednesday 30th May at 7pm. The Mc Gurk Shield is being played for at the moment but we got a bye and are into the semi final stage which will be played on the week commencing 25th June.

CONFIRMATION SATURDAY

Confirmation will be celebrated on Saturday next in St. Patrick’s at 11am. Canon Shane Mc Caughey from Aughnamullen East will be the main celebrant. As a result of the confirmation there will be no 10am mass on Saturday.

GIVE BLOOD TODAY

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be in Ballybay today. The venue is the Sports Hall at the rear of the Community College and blood can be given between 4-30pm and 8-30pm. New members are very welcome. Further information is available at: www.giveblood.ie

BREAKFAST MORNING

Keep free Sunday the 20th of May for the Annual Ballybay GAA Club Breakfast Morning. Get the fuel on board for the trip to Omagh on Sunday evening.

SOCIAL GROUP

Ballybay Social meets again on Friday 11 May at Cuan Mhuire from 11.30am onwards. It`s for anyone who would like a chat and a bit of fun with local people plus lunch and different activities to participate in if one wishes. If you`ve never come along before you are very welcome, you can bring along a family member too. Please come especially if you`re a man! All in cost is €6. Any queries, call 086 8818531.

CAMERA CLUB

Ballybay Camera Club invite locals with an interest in photography to share their pictures to the Ballybay and Its People Facebook page. This month (May) the theme will be open. Remember the rules maximum four pictures per person related to the theme and off course taken locally in and around Ballybay. You don't need an expensive camera and you can even take them on your phone. If anyone has any ideas for other themes you can either post on the page or contact Dolores Maguire at 086 8340501.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Local parishioners may want to note the following dates in their summer diaries. Blessing of the graves will take place on Sunday 29th July. In Tullycorbett it will be after 9-30am mass, in Ballintra after 11am mass and in Ballybay at 3pm. Another date worth noting is Sunday 19th August. On this date the annual Mass at Carga Rock will be held. This will take place in lieu of the Sunday mass in Tullycorbett.

HOLY FAMILY SAY THANK YOU

The Holy Family School would like to thank everyone who contributed to their recent church gate collection. The total amount raised was an amazing €741-55. This can be broken down further as Tullycorbett €148.60, Ballintra €165.15 and Ballybay €327.80. The community's generosity is much appreciated by The Holy Family School.

COMMUNITY GAMES

The Under 12 Outdoor Soccer Team have played their final match and we will give you the result of it next week. Team - Eoin Brady, Eanna Curran, Adam Dixon, Simon Du Plessis, Stephen Duffy, Jerome Lavelle, Dara Mc Elmeel, Nathan Mc Dermott, Andrew Mullen, Finian O Neill, Martin Quinn, Oisin Quinn, Eoin Sheridan, Caolan Treanor, Sean Ward and Avon Wylie. The team is managed by Martin Sheridan and Peter Ward. Anyone interested in ATHLETICS please contact Sharon 042 9748110 or Maire 042 9748955 to register.

COFFEE MORNING

Tullycorbett Hall will be the venue for a Coffee Morning on Sunday 20th May. The event will take place after 9-30am mass.

Businesses can receive up to €200,000 each under Initiative

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, and the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, today launched the ‘LEADER Food Initiative’ a €15 million fund for the artisan/small food and beverage businesses.

The Initiative will provide financial supports, including for the renovation and extension of production facilities and the purchasing of processing equipment, as well as supporting participants in the artisan food and beverage sector in areas such as market development, competitiveness, and innovation.

The maximum amount of funding available is €200,000 per project and funding will be provided for both capital investment and softer supports related to analysis and development or training. This includes support for collaborative proposals where food businesses jointly address common processing and marketing challenges.

The initial tranche of €5 million will be allocated in 2018. Based on the experience in delivering the initial tranche of funding, it is anticipated that the remaining €10 million of this LEADER Food Initiative funding will be rolled out by 2020.

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UNICEF Syrian Appeal Collection

UNICEF

The Church Gate Collection that took place last weekend raised a fantastic total of €933.38c! Thank you all so much for donating to this appeal for the people suffering the ongoing war in Syria. UNICEF Ireland have extended their gratitude to you also. A big thank you to everyone who helped with the collection and again to you who donated so generously! God bless!

 

Una McGinnity, Leah McCabe, Bernard McGinnity, Daniel McGuigan and Colette McGuigan with the cheque to be forwarded to the Syrian Appeal fund.

BAVARIAN VISITORS

Last weekend 28 German visitors from the province of Bavaria spent some time in Ballybay. During their short trip a number of them availed of a local history tour courtesy of Rory Mc Atavie. Our pictures taken by John Rutledge show the group along with those who attended the history tour and those who enjoyed refreshments afterwards in the Hilltop Cafe.

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PEARSE BROTHERS PRESENTATION NIGHT

The annual Pearse Brothers presentation night took place in the clubhouse last Saturday night and it proved to be a very successful and enjoyable night for all in attendance. On the night the championship winning team of 1957 were remembered. 3 local legends namely Paddy ward, Paddy Kerr and Martin O Kane were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Paddy Ward who was absent due to illness is now a hall of fame indcuctee of both the Ballybay and Latton clubs. We all wish Paddy a speedy recovery. In his absence his son Rory collected his award. Paul Finlay was named 2017 senior player of the year while Aaron Toner picked up the Paddy Rutledge cup for the reserve player of the year. The Texas Wildcats entertained for the evening.

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GOSPEL MEETING

Everyone is welcome to the Faith Mission monthly Gospel meeting on Friday 4th May at 8pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church Hall. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Plan to come and bring a friend. Speaker is Andrew McCullough.

BOWLS

The Ballybay Outdoor Bowling Club had a very good win last week when they had a home game versus Dungannon. This gave the Ballybay team the perfect start in getting the 10 points. This week will see us away to Letterkenny which is on a grass surface and is a lot harder for us to compete on. Despite this we are still confident of a share of the points.
The local league started on Monday evening last with Ballybay whites beating Ballybay Maroon 4 to 2. In the other game Derryvalley had a 10 nil win over Ardaghey. On Friday 4th May we will have Latton play Corcaghan and Ballybay Green play Ballybay Golf Society who are new to the competition so this should be interesting.
A reminder of the outdoor bowls fun tournament that takes place on 7th May on the Ballybay outdoor green in the Town Park. This is in aid of Karen Mc Kenna who has to go Russia for treatment for MS. As we are limited to 24 rinks, now is the time to get your name on the draw sheet by phoning Cora on 0860619186.

SENIOR CITIZENS

The next senior citizens social day at Cuan Mhuire takes place on Friday 11th May from 11am until 2pm. There will be the usual entertainment and everyone is welcome.

COMMUNITY GAMES

Good luck to the Under 12 Outdoor Soccer Team who are playing matches over the next few weeks. Team - Eoin Brady, Eanna Curran, Adam Dixon, Simon Du Plessis, Stephen Duffy, Jerome Lavelle, Dara Mc Elmeel, Nathan Mc Dermott, Andrew Mullen, Finian O Neill, Martin Quinn, Oisin Quinn, Eoin Sheridan, Caolan Treanor, Sean Ward and Avon Wylie. The team is managed by Martin Sheridan and Peter Ward. They had their first match on Monday last in Clones and gave a gallant display of their skills. Well done boys.

COYLE AND GALLAGHER SEEK ANSWERS ON FLOOD PREVENTION WORKS IN BALLYBAY

In an effort to seek answers on flood prevention works in the Ballybay area Semator Robbie Gallagher sought a written answer on behalf of Councillor Seamus Coyle in the Seanad last week. Senator Gallagher asked Deputy Kevin Moran T.D. the Minsister for State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform "If flood alleviation funding will be made available for flood prevention works in Ballybay, County Monaghan; when work will commence; if planning has been commenced, completed or approved for the works; when the works will be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter".

Minister Moran in a written reply said, "The core strategy for addressing areas at potentially significant risk from flooding is the Office of Public Works (OPW) Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme. The Programme, undertaken by engineering consultants on behalf of the OPW working in partnership with the local authorities, has involved the production of predictive flood mapping for each location, the development of preliminary flood risk management options and the production of Flood Risk Management Plans.

The CFRAM Programme focussed on 300 Areas for Further Assessment (AFAs) including 90 coastal areas, mainly in urban locations nationwide, designated in 2012 as being at potentially significant risk of flooding. The flood risk for each of these areas has been assessed, through detailed engineering techniques to assess their risk and impact from flooding. This risk and the proposed feasible measures, both structural and non-structural, identified to manage that risk are outlined in the Flood Risk Management Plans.

Ballybay was studied as part of the North Western – Neagh Bann CFRAM Programme. The proposed measure for Ballybay consists of a series of flood embankments and walls. These hard defences will extend for a total length of 2.5km with an average height of 1.6m.

In summer 2017, the OPW finalised all Plans and each Plan was submitted to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform for an independent review of the environmental assessments and in last month, the Commissioners of Public Works have submitted the Flood Risk Management Plans to the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform for approval.

The National Development Plan 2018-2027 commits to almost €1 billion in funding for flood relief schemes, with annual Capital funding for the OPW doubling to €100m by 2021. This funding will support continued investment in schemes at construction and design. Once the Plans are approved, I intend to announce a prioritised initial tranche of schemes proposed by the Plans to progress to detailed project level assessment and that provide greatest return for Government investment".

Senator Gallagher and Councillor Coyle have vowed to keep the pressure on the Department to ensure that the work promised will be completed as soon as possible.

MONAGHAN PPN OFFERING FREE GDPR TRAINING FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS

The new GDPR legislation is a significant change for all organisations big and small that hold and process personal data. Voluntary and community groups will need to overhaul their privacy and data policies in order to be compliant. It includes all types of data whether in the form of contact information or any other sort of personal data eg information about ethnicity, religious belief, or bank account or credit card information.
Monaghan PPN are offering FREE workshops for Community & Voluntary groups associated with Monaghan PPN. Training will be provided by Caroline Egan, Cramden Tech Solutions. Caroline has provided this training in other Counties and the feedback is that this is an excellent course. Monaghan PPN will host 3 Free sessions (1 each in Municipal District) as follows: Thursday 3rd May Carrickmacross Workhouse 6.30pm – 9.30pm (Refreshments served on arrival) Tuesday 8th May St. Josephs Pastoral Centre 6.30pm – 9.30pm (Refreshments served on arrival) Wednesday 16th May Clones Library 6.30pm – 9.30pm (Refreshments served on arrival) PLEASE register to attend and contact Leona at 047-30500 ext 450 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PUBLIC CONSULTATION

A Public Consultation evening on the preparation of a Public Realm and Economic Plan for Ballybay will be held in Ballybay Community College on Monday, 30th April, 2018 from 4pm-8pm. Members of the public are encouraged to drop in and have their say as to how the town of Ballybay should be developed over the coming years.
Monaghan Co. Council has appointed Consultants, The Paul Hogarth Company, to prepare the Public Realm and Economic Plan and they will be working in close consultation with the local community. Further details can be obtained from the offices of Ballybay-Clones Municipal District at 047-51018.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION

The annual church gate collection in aid of the Holy Family School will take place at all masses this weekend 28th/29th April. Your kind support for this very worthy cause would be very much appreciated.

DORINDA CARNEW MEMORIAL WALK

The annual Dorinda Carnew Memorial Walk in aid of the County Monaghan Branch of Multiple Sclerosis will take place in Ballybay on Thursday 3rd May. The walk will commence at 7pm from the Ballybay Inn. Sponsor cards are available from the fabric Centre Monaghan or the Ballybay Inn or by contacting 0872206703.

BERNADETTE SCOOPS €40, 000

Congratulations to Bernadette Duffy from Latton who appeared on Winning Streak last Saturday night. Bernie who works in the local creche scooped an amazing €40, 000. She bought her lucky ticket in Smyth’s Newsagents, The Square, Ballybay.

CAMERA CLUB

Ballybay Camera Club invite locals with an interest in photography to share their pictures to the Ballybay and Its People Facebook page. This month (May) the theme will be open. Remember the rules maximum four pictures per person related to the theme and off course taken locally in and around Ballybay. You don't need an expensive camera and you can even take them on your phone. If anyone has any ideas for other themes you can either post on the page or contact Dolores Maguire at 086 8340501.

COMMUNITY GAMES NEWS

Good luck to the Under 12 Outdoor Soccer Team who are playing matches over the next few weeks. Team - Eoin Brady, Eanna Curran, Adam Dixon, Simon Du Plessis, Stephen Duffy, Jerome Lavelle, B (U12) Dara MC Elmeel, Nathan Mc Dermott, Andrew Mullen, Finian O Neill, Martin Quinn, Oisin Quinn, Eoin Sheridan, Caolan Treanor, Sean Ward and Avon Wylie. The team is managed by Martin Sheridan and Peter Ward.

Public Consultation on the Master Plan for Ballybay Town Park

ballybaytownparkconsultationA Public Consultation morning on the proposed Master Plan for Ballybay Town Park will take place at Ballybay Community Creche on Wednesday 25th April, 2018 from 8.30am-10am. Monaghan Co. Council has appointed a Consultant to prepare the Master Plan and concept plans will be on display on the morning.

Members of the public are encouraged to come along and have their say on what amenities they would like to see in the Town Park.  Further details can be obtained from the offices of Ballybay-Clones Municipal District at 047-51018.

Public Consultation on the Ballybay Public Realm and Economic Plan

Flyer Public Realm Economic PlanA Public Consultation evening on the preparation of a Public Realm and Economic Plan for Ballybay will be held in Ballybay Community College on Monday, 30th April, 2018 from 4pm-8pm. Members of the public are encouraged to drop in and have their say as to how the town of Ballybay should be developed over the coming years.

Monaghan Co. Council has appointed Consultants, The Paul Hogarth Company, to prepare the Public Realm and Economic Plan and they will be working in close consultation with the local community. Further details can be obtained from the offices of Ballybay-Clones Municipal District at 047-51018.

 

Cruinniú na nÓg

Cruinniú na nÓg aims to celebrate and encourage participation by children and young people in culture and creativity in their communities through a rich variety of activities including performances, theatre, art and music, creative workshops, readings and screenings, special events and much more.

Saturday 23rd June, 2018 will be a national day of creativity for children and young people.

Attached are the details for our local event which will take place in the Garage Theatre. Please pass on to any young people/ youth groups who might be interested in registering to perform.

 

See poster here.

SPRING CLEAN

SPRING CLEAN 1Friday 13th was lucky for Ballybay Tidy Towns when the children from Scoil Eanna and Ballybay Central School took part  in a litter pick around the Town Park area of the town.  They were all very eager and collected lots of litter. On Saturday another group of volunteers gathered at the square and residents from the Cootehill Rd area got up and out and by the end of the day a skip was filled to capacity.   Students from Ballybay Community College will do a litter pick this week. Speaking after the litter picks Chairman Martin Gleeson said, "I am delighted with the efforts of the school children on Friday and our volunteers on Saturday who gave up their time to do some work which will benefit the whole community. Thanks also to the team at Hilltop Cafe for the much welcomed refreshments on Saturday morning".

SPRING CLEAN 2Ballybay Tidy Towns Committee members wish to thank everybody for such a great effort.  Over the next few weeks we will be installing new planters, painting and upkeep of various areas. We are submitting our application to the National Tidy Towns competition, so we will need your help to make Ballybay a Tidy Town.  We would like to encourage all Businesses and private dwellings to do what you can to tidy up your premises and any entry ways beside your premises.

If you see any work that needs to be carried out, let us know and we will try to do what we can.  Our mobile number is  083 4284248 if you want to leave a message.

 

SPRING CLEAN 3

COMMEMORATE PLAQUE UNVEILING IN LATTON

Professor James Drumm and colleagues with his new battery which he invented at UCD.The Latton Bawn Historical Group are unveiling a plaque to commemorate Professor James Drumm at Derrygooney National School on Monday 7th May at 3pm. James great granddaughter Antonia Drumm will unveil the plaque in the presence of Minister Heather Humphries. Everyone is welcome to attend and there will be refreshments served. Professor James Drumm was born in 1897. He was educated at Derrygooney National School where his mother taught. He received his secondary education at St. Macartan’s in Monaghan and then he received a degree in chemistry from UCD. He spent three years working with a chemical company in England, before returning to Ireland, where his first invention, in Dublin, was a fine quality soap. Then he worked to keep peas green after they were canned. In 1925, he attended a lecture on batteries that sparked his interest in the subject and he began developing an alkaline battery cell that could be rapidly charged and discharged. The Latton born academic then invented the ‘Drumm Traction Battery’. This zinc-nikelalkaline battery was successfully employed to power electric trains in Ireland for nearly 20 years. His pioneering electric train was Ireland’s first green revolution on the railways. James Drumm was also a member of the Senate of the National University of Ireland and in 1935 was appointed Vice-President of the Federation of Irish Industries. He was the first to import stainless steel into Ireland and was a member of the Board of the Emergency Scientific Research Bureau. He died in 1974.

PRESENTATION NIGHT

The Ballybay Pearse Brothers Presentation night takes place on Saturday 28th of April in the Pearse Brothers Centre. Presentations on the night will be made to the victorious Ward Cup winning team of 2017. There will be 3 inductees into the Hall of Fame Paddy Ward, Paddy Kerr and Martin O'Kane. The 1957 championship team will also be remembered on the night. Tickets available from any committee member.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE LOOSE ULSTER FINAL

Hard luck to the Community Girls U16 team which were defeated in the Ulster final by St. Clare’s, Ballyjamesduff 3-4 to 0-10. There was some consolation for the team as Colleen Hughes was named player of the match.

TRACTOR BIKE AND CAR RUN

A tractor, bike and car run in aid of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund and in the memory of Joey Mooney will be held on Sunday 29th April at Drumhowan GAA Club. Registration will start at 2-30pm and the run will begin at 4pm. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Donations will be greatly appreciated and further information is available from Gerard at 086 1616434.

BOWLS

A reminder of the outdoor bowls fun tournament that takes place on 7th May on the Ballybay outdoor green in the Town Park. This is in aid of Karen Mc Kenna who has to go Russia for treatment for MS. As we are limited to 24 rinks, now is the time to get your name on the draw sheet by phoning Cora on 0860619186.

COMMUNITY GAMES

Good luck to the Under 12 Outdoor Soccer Team who will be playing matches in the next few weeks. Team - Eoin Brady,  Eanna Curran,  Adam Dixon, Simon Du Plessis, Stephen Duffy, Jerome Lavelle, B (U12) Dara MC Elmeel, Nathan Mc Dermott,  Andrew Mullen, Finian O Neill,  Martin Quinn,  Oisin Quinn,  Eoin Sheridan,  Caolan Treanor,  Sean Ward and Avon Wylie. The team is managed by Martin Sheridan and Peter Ward.

SISTER GABRIEL GOLDEN JUBILEE

Sr. Margaret Mc Ginnity is celebrating the Golden Jubilee of her religious profession on Saturday 21st April with a Mass and thanksgiving in Ballintra at 7-30pm. This will be followed by food, music dancing. No cards or presents please. Any small donations if desired would be gratefully accepted to support people who live in poverty at home or abroad. All welcome.

MARCO TURNS WEATHERMAN

On Sunday last local man Marco Lennon couldn’t believe his eyes. At Tussy Cross there was two inches of snow while at the same time the sun was shining in nearby Ballybay. Further out the road in Tullycorbett thunder and lightning was reported. Evidence of the snow can be seen in Marco’s picture which is posted on the Ballybay and Its People FACEBOOK page. Speaking about the freakish weather Marco said, “You’d have to see it to believe it”.

TRACTOR BIKE AND CAR RUN

A tractor, bike and car run in aid of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund and in the memory of Joey Mooney will be held on Sunday 29th April at Drumhowan GAA Club. Registration will start at 2-30pm and the run will begin at 4pm. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Donations will be greatly appreciated and further information is available from Gerard at 086 1616434.

PUBLIC CONSULTATION OF DEVELOPMENT PLAN

A public consultation workshop on the Draft Co. Monaghan Development Plan will take place on Wednesday 18th April in the Wetlands centre from 6pm until 8pm. Members of the public can drop in and speak with a planner. The Draft Development Plan is available to view in Ballybay Branch Library. Anyone wishing to make a submission can do so until the 25th May.

UNICEF SYRIAN APPEAL COLLECTION

A Church gate collection will take place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of April in Tullycorbet Parish. We asked if you would please give your support to this cause. Thank you and God bless.

BOWLS

A reminder of the outdoor bowls fun tournament that takes place on 7th May on the Ballybay outdoor green in the Town Park. This is in aid of Karen Mc Kenna who has to go Russia for treatment for MS. As we are limited to 24 rinks, now is the time to get your name on the draw sheet by phoning Cora on 0860619186. The draw for the local league has been made and will be distributed to the participating teams this weekend. This Friday night is the Zone dinner dance in the Four Seasons Hotel with music provided by Big Pat. Presentations will be made to Ballybay maroon who went up to Division One and also Ballybay white who were also promoted to Division 3. Well done to all concerned.

SOCIAL CLUB MEETING

Ballybay Social Club meets again for April on Friday 13th in the Cuan Mhuire Centre. No need to be superstitious about the day and date, everyone is welcome to come. Have a chat, a craic, tea/coffee at elevenses with full lunch at 1pm and generally have a good time. Last day there was an entertaining game of Bocci, a simple floor game of small bowls which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. Next time there is something different to participate in, perhaps it`s music and dance, cards or bingo or light exercises. So come along and be part of the fun. Subscription is just €6 which includes a free raffle. Any queries please contact 086 8818531.

TIDY TOWNS SPRING CLEAN THIS WEEKEND

In conjunction with National Spring Clean Month, we will be holding a Tidy Town Spring Clean Weekend on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th April. We will be working with the local schools on Friday 13th and then anybody who is willing to help us on Saturday Morning at 9.30 am meeting at the square. Or if it suits you to do a litter pick around your area at any other time on the Friday and Saturday contact us about getting bags and litter pickers. This is a great opportunity to tidy up our town after the long winter. Please come out and help us to tidy up our town. You will be finished by 11.30am and Tea/Coffee and treats supplied after the pick. We can be contacted on our mobile 083 4284248.

Draft Monaghan County Development Plan 2019-2025

Monaghan Co. Council Forward Planning Team will be running a series of Workshops after the Easter break to allow members of the public and interest groups to discuss matters relating to the Draft Monaghan County Development Plan 2019-2025 which is currently on public display up until the 25th of May 2018. The workshop locations are ; Monaghan Town , Carrickmacross, Castleblayney, Clones and Ballybay. The workshops will facilitate members of the public who have any questions or concerns in relation to the contents of the Draft Plan or want to engage in the Development Plan process at this stage.

See Draft Monaghan County Development Plan 2019-2025 PDF here >>

BALLYBAY DAFFODIL DAY RAISES OVER €8000

A big thank you to the people from Ballybay and surrounding areas who donated so willingly and generously to make our Daffodil such a success.The €8053 raised so far will stay in our County to help the people in our area to get through Cancer. We couldn't have done it without you. We have a brilliant team of willing and loyal volunteers who have been helping out over the years, and this year we sent out an appeal for new Volunteers and we got a few more people to help our exsisting team out on the day. A big thank you to some volunteers who have retired after many years of helping out at all the Ballybay Daffodil Days for nearly 30 years. The Cake Sale and Coffee morning was a lovely way of meeting people and thank you to those who helped out and supported it, we are very grateful. Thanks to Pat O'Brien for the use of his premises for the coffee morning. Thanks to Ina Hagan who donated two lovely hampers. Paul Duffy and Rose Stuart were delighted to win them. We had great help from students for the Community College, who supplied lots of scones and helped out at the selling of the cakes, washing up, and serving the tea. A total of 60 volunteers was involved in some way or other and without those people, we simply couldn't have done it. These Volunteers sincerely love to give their time, energy, and enthusiasm to Daffodil Day.

DAFFODIL DAY

This money provides services to all people who are affected by cancer in County Monaghan. Your support is always crucial to our outstanding success of Daffodil Day. Every Daffodil, keyring or other merchandise sold, supports programmes that prevent cancer, save lives from cancer and help people face cancer to cope and maintain the highest possible quality of life. The National Cancer Helpline 1800 200 700 is invaluable to people who need to talk things over and get advise.
The people in our area who donated in anyway, should be proud that they helped make Ballybay Daffodil Day 2018 a huge success. Ballybay Daffodil Day Co-Ordinators Joe and Dolores Maguire sincerely thank you for your continued support.

One of the Daffodil Day organisers Dolores Maguire with Volunteer and Pink Ribbon Organiser Paddy Gilmour

EASTER CELEBRATIONS AT THE WETLANDS

The Presbyterian churches in Ballybay are planning an early morning gathering to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday morning. We will meet at 7.00am at the Wetlands, Clones road, Ballybay. Good Friday is always a rather sad and sombre occasion, and rightly so, as we remember the torture and suffering that Jesus endured before He died on the cross. But early on Easter Sunday morning He rose from the dead and we meet early to celebrate and give thanks for His victory over sin and death. We invite everyone from our local community to join with us on this special morning. We will sing some well known Easter songs and our minister, Rev Dr. Gerry Clinton, will bring a short message from the Bible. We will meet outdoors (if the snow doesn’t return!) and there will be a light breakfast served in the Wetlands after our short praise service. Everyone welcome.

HOLY WEEK

The parish schedule for Holy Week has been released. On Holy Thursday there will be evening mass in Ballintra and Tullycorbett at 6pm and in St. Patrick's at 8pm. The St. Patrick mass will have the washing of the feet and the Trociare offerings will be gathered at this mass. On Good Friday there will be a celebration of the Lords Passion in St. Patrick's at 3pm and 7-30pm. The Ester vigil mass will take place in St. Patrick's at 8pm on Easter Saturday night.

PARADE THANK YOU’s

Big thank you to everyone who took part in the parade, to the many people who turned out to view the parade, to the people who helped out and to all our friends and neighbours who supported the parade. St Patrick's Day this year was a very cold day, plus many people were watching the Rugby. But despite all these issues the parade was yet again a huge success. Huge thanks to the local Garda, the Aughnamullen Pipe band, the Fire Brigade who not only took part but also helped with the stewarding. To Stephen Duffy, Gerry West, Peter Murnane and Therse Hamilton. Thanks also to Gary Mc Guirk and Liam Smyth who supplied the trailer for the review stand and the PA system. The winners of the best floats in order of merit were Ballybay Community Crèche, followed by Mullaghmore Equestrian centre and Stephan Mc Cann. Best window display went to Liz Parker of Stitches who arranged a window display that would do Switzers in Dublin proud. Many thanks to the local business people who contributed financially to the parade and to Monaghan Co. Council for the window display prize.
The Municipal council were represented by Pat Treanor, Seamus Coyle, Hughie Mc Elvaney and Sean Gilliland. County Mayor Kathy Bennet was unable to attend as she was in attendance at the New York parade.
This is year 32 with one year missed due to foot and mouth, many thanks again to the participants and the many people who supported the parade.
OH Special thanks to the brilliant Irish Rugby Team!

CD LAUNCH

Ballybay Gospel Country Group is launching a new CD entitled ‘GOD CAN’ in 2nd Ballybay Presbyterian Church at 8pm on Wednesday 11th April. More details to follow. All proceeds from the sale of the CD will be used for missiin work.

CHAMBER CONGRATS

Ballybay Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Ballybay Drama Society. The society recently staged ‘Professor Tim’ and packed the Pearse Brothers Centre on three consecutive nights. There is already speculation as to what the next promotion will be and many locals are looking forward to the next promotion.

BOWLS AGM

With the improvement in the weather and the longer days our thoughts turn to the outdoor sports and so it is with the bowling fraternity. The Ballybay Outdoor Bowling green situated in the beautiful Town Park will open on Monday 2nd April so anyone wishing to try their hand at the game of bowls can come along as bowls and instructions will be available free of charge.
On Thursday the 22nd March the AGM of the Outdoor Bowling Club was held in the bowling pavilion. There was a good attendance of members and all matters relating to the club and its future running was discussed at length. The following Officers were elected for the coming year.
President – Malachy Mc Skane
Chairman – Samuel Gamble
Vice Chairman – Gabriel Martin
Secretary – Cora Smyth
Assistant Secretary – Philip Gibson
Treasurer – Benny Smyth
Assistant Treasurer – Bertie Latimer
PRO – Benny Smyth
A full report on the past years happenings was delivered and the Treasurer said we were still in the black, but that we need to keep a tight reign on our expenses. It is hoped to have 14 local clubs in the league this year (similar to last season). In the full list of events we have planned will be 16 local players competing in the Border Counties League and also the Mc Guirk Shield. There will be bowling for beginners during the month of April at 7-30pm each evening. On Monday 7th May we will hold a charity all day bowls match starting at 10am. This will be a rinks competition and will be limited to 24 teams, so if you want to enter a team or make further enquiries then ring Mal Mc Skane on 087 9710652.

NEW VIDEO

Local man Colin Parker has made a film entitled ‘Beal Atha Beithe – The Market Town’. In the film there is footage from the town and surrounding areas and interviews with Stephen Sherry, Rory Mc Atavie and George Montgomery. The film will be launched in the summer however you can get a sneak preview of it on the Ballybay and its People facebook page.

GDPR Data Protection for Businesses in your area

25th May 2018 will see the greatest changes in Data Protection legislation for decades with the implementation of the EU General Data Protection. GDPR legislation will apply to all businesses and organisations who collect and process personal data and a breech could see a monetary fine of up to E20,000,000 (or 4% of Annual Turnover whichever is the greater!). From the Sole Trader to global organisations, charities, sports clubs (and all those in between) all will feel the effects and implications of the new legislation

The Local Enterprise Office have had to put on extra events in Monaghan to cater for the significant number of Monaghan town businesses and retailers who have enrolled in GDPR seminars. They are extremely mindful of the businesses in Clones, Ballybay, Blayney and Carrick and have seminars scheduled for Carrickmacross on 5th April and in Ballybay on 25th April.

Links to the seminars are as follows:

GDPR workshop Carrickmacross on 5th April

GDPR workshop Ballybay on 25th April

DAFFODIL DAY

The annual Daffodil Day takes place on Friday 23rd March. Fresh daffodils along with other items will be on sale throughout the town. There will also be a coffee morning/cake sale in the premises besides Pat O Brien’s from 10am until 2pm. Local Co-ordinators Joe and Dolores Maguire would like to hear from all existing and new volunteers. They can be contacted at 0429741717 or 0868340501. Donations of fresh daffodils are also welcome.

HARD LUCK GRAHAM

Hard luck to local man Graham Crawford who was on the Armagh Royal School’s rugby side which lost the Ulster Schools Cup final on Monday last. Graham’s team have had a great season, but their luck ran out in the final where they lost to Campbell College 19-13. Graham and his team mates can hold their heads high.

RIP THOM MOORE

Many of you will not have heard of Thom Moore who died recently. He was an American singer songwriter who moved to Ireland in 1974. In 1994 he released a song called “Gorgeous & Bright”. The song makes reference to Ballybay and Lough Egish. The first verse goes:

Monaghan was frozen

Snow fell night and day;

Lighter hearts who’d chosen to

set out from Ballybay.

We meant to find Lough Egish

but the world was dazzled white;

A fire was lit we drank a bit

and home before the night.

A full version of the song is available on you tube:

Watch YouTube video here >>

BOWLS NEWS

The Indoor Bowls season is coming to a conclusion for the 2017/18 season. Ballybay have just one game with Latton for the Jimmy Mc Elroy shield which is played for at the end of each season. We also participate in the Tom Mc Philips trophy which is also an end of season game in Latton.

Ballybay had a good year’s bowling with their maroon team gaining promotion to Division 1 and the white team securing promotion to Division 3. Our Chairperson Angela Rutledge had much praise for the efforts of both teams.

The Outdoor club will now be getting underway and will be opening on Monday 2nd April with bowling for beginners. As the name suggests we will entertain all comers, so if you fancy a game of bowls just turn up and instructions will be given.

The AGM of the Outdoor Bowling club will take place on Thursday 22nd March at 8pm in the Bowling Pavilion. All members are welcome to attend. As our green is open 12 years it is on the agenda to upgrade the entire green and surrounds so it’s important to attend this meeting and have your say.

HOLY WEEK

The parish schedule for Holy Week has been released. On Sunday next - Palm Sunday - masses will be at the regular times and palm will be blessed at all masses. Confessions will be heard in St. Patrick's on Sunday next at 7-30pm. On Holy Thursday there will be evening mass in Ballintra and Tullycorbett at 6pm and in St. Patrick's at 8pm. The St. Patrick mass will have the washing of the feet and the Trociare offerings will be gathered at this mass. On Good Friday there will be a celebration of the Lords Passion in St. Patrick's at 3pm and 7-30pm. The Ester vigil mass will take place in St. Patrick's at 8pm on Easter Saturday night.

HISTORICAL WALK

An historical walk of Ballybay will take place on Friday evening 16th March commencing at 8pm. The starting point will be the entrance to Loch Mor Avenue. The walk will last about one hour and will finish at Pat O Briens. People taking part are advised to wrap up well and if possible wear some form of high vis clothing. It is hoped to be able to provide some high vis vests as well. As some interest has been expressed in the tour already it would be advisable to contact 087 7687248 in advance in order to confirm numbers.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY

This year marks the 32nd annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Ballybay (with the exception of 2001 due to foot and mouth). The parade begins opposite Gerry Traynor’s shop at the Carrickmacross end of O Duffy Terrace. The parade will begin at 5pm. The organising committee request that all participants please be at the Carrickmacross Road prior to 4-50pm. This enables stewards and the gardai to start the parade on time.

Aughnamullen Pipe Band will lead the parade as they have done so every year to date. This year promises to be a great event with many community, business and vintage participants taking part. Among the community groups are Ballybay Community Creche who are celebrating their 10th year in operation. They have a fantastic window display next door to Pat O Briens. Also taking part are Balllybay Drama Society after last year’s success. They are now getting ready for the play Professor Tim in the Pearse Brothers Centre on 22nd, 23rd and 24th March. Watch out for a classy preview of the day during the parade.

This year there will be cash prizes of €150, €100 and €50 awarded for the best entrants. The committee are very grateful to the local shops and pubs for their kind contributions again this year.

Part of the parade activities include a window display competition for local groups and businesses. Ballybay-Clones Municipal District are awarding €100 to the best display using the Irish language. As usual an exceptional high standard is emerging as we get closer to St. Patrick’s Day. The organising committee are very grateful to Corcaghan Co-Op owners of Ballybay Mart for facilitating the parade by closing the mart earlier. We also hope to thank the Irish Rugby team for their contribution to the days events!!!
Finally, could people please put their bunting and flags out to help celebrate our Patron Saint’s Day.

AUCTION AT RIVERDALE

The entire contents of the Riverdale Hotel will be auctioned off at the hotel on Saturday 24th March. There will be viewing on the morning of the auction. Further details from 086 8149599.