THREE GOLD FOR LOCALS

Children from the parish won five medals including three gold at the Community Games Athletic finals. The committee would like to congratulate all the children who represented the parish each doing their very best.
Gold medals were won by:
Neasa Doherty - 80m U8.
Aideen Drury - 80m Hurdles U14
Jayne Drury - 200m U16.

Silver medals were won by:
Tom Doherty - 600m U12
Daire Sheridan - 1500m U16.

Excellent performances were given by:
Mark Drury - 100m U10
Eoin Sheridan - 100m U12
Katie Glynn - Ball Throw U12.

Our Gold medal winners will now go forward to represent County Monaghan at the Community Games National Festival in the National Sports Campus, Dublin in August.

BOWLING NEWS

The Ballybay Outdoor Bowling Club has a very busy few weeks ahead with upcoming games in the Border Counties league and also competing in the Mc Guirk Shield. We won the shield in 2013 and again last year so we will be putting in a big effort to retain it this year. The champion of champions competition will be held on Saturday 2nd September at the Omagh club. In order to get the representative from our club we will hold a singles day on Saturday 1st July with the pairs taking place on Saturday 22nd July. All games will start at 11am. If you want to compete you need to put your name on the list in the club pavilion. The draw for the outdoor cup was made last week and there was some very interesting pairings which is as follows: Corcaghan v Muckno, Cootehill v Ballybay White, Ardaghey v Derryvalley, Scotshouse v Ballybay maroon, St. Michaels v Keady, Latton v Shercock while Clontibret Saffron have a bye. These games will take palce on any day by arrangement with the committee.
On June 27th we will host a number of Special Needs groups. This has become an annual event and we are all looking forward to having them.

JOHN WEST FEILE PEIL Na nOg

Latton O'Rahilly GAA will welcome Clontarf G.A.A. Club (U14 boys) and San Francisco G.A.A. (U14 girls) for the finals of the 2017 John West Feile Peil Na nOg. Over 5,000 participants are being hosted by Clubs across Counties Monaghan, Cavan and Fermanagh. Games commence tomorrow, Friday 23rd June, with Latton playing at Cremartin at 4pm, followed by a reception for the Clontarf and San Francisco visitors in the O'Rahilly G.A.A. with refreshments and entertainment. On Saturday Latton play games in Crematin at 11am, 12 noon and 3.30pm. Later that evening the Monaghan v Down game will be shown live in the G.A.A. Centre from 6.30pm and there will be music from 9pm. On Sunday morning Latton participate in the parade and Finals in Clones at 11am. Everyone is invited to attend all games and events in the G.A.A. Centre a marvelous exhibition of Gaelic Games and activities in Latton for Centenary Year.

G.A.A. MEMROBELIA FROM THE PAST 100 YEARS

As the Latton O'Rahilly Club continues the Celebrations of their Centenary work continues on The Museum of G.A.A. Anyone with photographs, newspaper articles or any materials connected to Gaelic activities in the Latton/Bawn Area are requested to bring them to the G.A.A. Centre on any Monday between 10.00am and 12.30pm,where the materials will be scanned and returned immediately. If you know of any materials relating football, hurling, camogie, ladies football, handball, scor, etc please contact Patrick Hamilton on 086-2686619 or Seamus Coyle on 087-6814067 or call to the GAA Centre on Mondays between 10am and 12.30pm. Centenary Ties are available from the G.A.A. Centre. These are limited and are specially engraved for 100 years of Latton G.A.A. Centenary Flags are available by contacting Seamus Coyle on 087-6814067 or from the G.A.A. Centre. There will be a Club Committee Meeting on Thursday 29th June at 9pm.

PROUD GREAT GRANNY

Mary Mc Guinness was like the cat that got the cream last weekend as she witnessed the christening of her great grandson Ruan. The proud nanny seen the child christened in the same robe she wore 89 years ago. Congratulations to Ruan and his parents Donna and Colin.

CIARAN ROSNEY COMING TO LATTON

On Friday 21st July Ciaran Rosney will perform in The O'Rahilly G.A.A. Centre to launch his latest Music Video. A lot of the new video was recorded in the Latton area. Doors open at 9pm and a wonderful night is guaranteed.

CHRIST CHURCH SAY THANK YOU

A great big thank you to MS Ireland for their very kind donation to Christ Church following Trad on the hill held in Christ Church Ballybay on Sunday 4th June, a very enjoyable evening of traditional music that was thoroughly enjoyed by all, many thanks to Kevin Curran who organised the event and to all involved.

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Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltach Affairs, Heather Humphreys,pictured with Rev Neal Phair and tradional musicians at the Trad on the Hill concert in Christ Church BALLYBAY on Sunday June 4th

BOWLING NEWS

Saturday last the 10th June saw the first of the trophies played for at the Ballybay Outdoor Bowling Club when almost 30 members competed for the Jimmy Gibson Memorial Shield. On one of the hottest days of the year play started at 11am and was finished just after 5pm. This was played in a singles format with all throwing 4 bowls. The final game was outstanding and featured Matt Mooney and Jocky Gibson and it was very fitting to see Jocky take home the Shield with what he said was the best bowls he ever played. The Chairman Benny Smyth made the presentation to Jocky at the end and said it was very fitting that Jocky won it as he played superb bowls all day and had established himself as one of the leading bowlers in the Border Counties league.
Our next competition will be the singles in the Champion of Champions which will take place on the green on Saturday 1st July starting at 11am so now is the time to put your name down on the draw sheet in the club pavilion. The Town Tournament is still on-going with most teams reaching the second round more about that next week.

CONCERN ABOUT LOCAL BANKING

A number of locals have expressed concern that the local Bank of Ireland branch will no longer be offering cash, foreign exchange and coin services from 9th August. It has been suggested that locals while in the bank should voice their disapproval and ask that the bank reconsider their actions. There is a lot of concern that this could be the beginning of the end for banking in the town.

RACE NIGHT

Ballybay Pearse Brothers will host a fundraising race night in Stookie’s Bar on Saturday 15th July. Anyone interested in sponsoring a race (€100) or buying a horse (€10) should get in touch with any committee member. It should be a great night.

TULLYCORBET CCE

Tullycorbet CCÉ would like to thank everyone within the branch and county board, who helped make the County Fleadh weekend such a success. Many groups/individuals made vital contributions to the weekend’s success. We thank Tullycorbet Community Centre Committee, Ballybay Community College/Recreation Centre, Ballybay Chamber of Commerce, Monaghan County Council, Comhaltas Meitheal Fund, Oriel Sailing Club & Christchurch, Minister Heather Humphreys, Fr La Flynn and Rev. Neil Phair, Corduff Pipe Band & O’Neill Pipe Band Clontibret, local businesses who provided financial support and hosted sessions and all musicians, parents and helpers. The branch where delighted with the success of the weekend’s events, and had many medal winners in the Fleadh competitions. Full details of these will be on the Tullycorbet CCÉ Facebook page, and in the county board Comhaltas notes.

COMMUNITY GAMES

The County Monaghan Athletics Finals take place this Saturday 10th June at the Clones Peace Link. Events will begin at 11am with U8, U10 and U12 events taking place before lunch and U14 and U16 events on after lunch (starting at approx 1.30pm). Entrance charge on the day of €3 per adult/ €5 per family. Programmes will also be on sale at €2 each. Tea, coffee and snacks will be available to buy in the Peace Link Centre. Good luck to the following local athletes who are representing our area at the county competitions:
Neasa Doherty - 80m U8, Mark Drury - 100m U10, Eoin Sheridan -100m U12, Tom Doherty - 600m U12, Katie Glynn - Ball Throw U12, Aideen Drury - 80m Hurdles U14, Emma Glynn - 1500m U16, Jayne Drury - 200m U16 and Daire Sheridan - 1500m U16.

TRADITIONAL MUSIC SESSION

A Traditional Music Session Night will take place in the Latton O'Rahilly G.A.A. Centre on Saturday next 10th June commencing at 9pm. All musicians/singers and artists are invited along for a great night of traditional entertainment. Refreshments will also be served.

LATTON G.A.A.CENTENARY UPDATE

The distribution of flags and registration of same will be available at the O'Rahilly G.A.A. Centre, Latton on Saturday evening next10th June from 8.30pm. The flags and registration is available to all families and friends of a deceased person, who were associated with Latton O'Rahilly G.A.A. Club in any way over the past 100 years. Flags available to be placed on their place of rest both locally or across the world. A limited number of specially Centenary Crest Engraved Ties have been commissioned by the Club and are available in the O'Rahilly G.A.A. Centre. Numbers are limited as these are Souvenir items.

TRACING BERNADETTE NESBITT

The Ballybay and its People facebook page recently received the following message – “Hi thank you so much for accepting me in your group. I'm not from Ballybay but I'm hoping someone might be able to help me get in touch with a lady whose maiden name was Bernadette Nesbitt from Ballybay. We did nurse training together from 1977-1980 in London. We were best friends until I left in 1981 to come to Oz and as was the case back then it was just too difficult to stay in touch. I'm originally from Meath , my Maiden name was Margaret O Brien. A few of us from our class is having a get together in London in Nov and as I'll only be there for a week I'd really love to make contact with Bernie Thank you so much..I remember her mum was May Nesbitt I met her once”. Numerous people have replied and it has been established that Bernadette was a daughter of Tony Nesbitt and lived on the Castleblayney Road and attended St Louis, in Monaghan. She married a man by the name of Guthrie and is living in England. Well thankfully the story has a happy ending. Local lady Patricia Conlan was key as she contacted Bernadette’s sister Rosaleen and Margaret and Bernadette are now back in touch. And for the record Bernadette is a nurse in the Nightingale Hospital in Westminster, London. So while facebook often gets lots of critism thankfully on this occasion it proved to be a power of good in reuniting two old friends.

CUL CAMPS

Ballybay Cúl Camp will run from 17th - 21st July, catering for boys and girls from 5 - 13 years old. The camp will operate from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. each day, costing €60 for one child, your second child is €50 and every sibling after that is €40. The Co-Ordinator for this camp is Colin Malone.

KAYAK LESSONS

Kayak lessons will be available on Wednesday evenings at the Wetlands centre. Further information is available by contacting the centre on 042 9748022.

ITS COUNTY FLEADH WEEKEND

The County Fleadh which is being held in Ballybay and Tullycorbett kicked off Thursday 1st June and runs for the next four days. Locals should get their flags and bunting out in order to welcome the large number of musicians from all over the county. Minister Heather Humphreys will formally launch the Fleadh on Thursday in Tullycorbet Hall at 8pm. On Friday there will be a heritage trail through Ballybay. Anyone interested in attending this should assemble at the Riverdale Hotel at 7-30pm. Later in the evening (9pm) there will be a music session in Liam Smyth’s. On Saturday the Community College will host competitions from 10am and there will be numerous music sessions in the town pubs. Sunday will be the busiest of the festival with a feast of activity. There will be music in St. Patrick’s at 12-15pm and this will be followed with open air concerts throughout the afternoon in the town centre. Tullycorbet Community Centre will host Sean No’s and set dancing from 2pm. At 4-30pm there will be a marching band parade. This will commence at the Community College. The Ballybay Inn is the place to be from 6pm when the best young musicians in the county will perform. History buffs can then head to Christchurch where there will be a lecture on the famous Ballybay piper William Clarke at which will be followed by a concert in the church at 7-30pm.

SOCIAL CLUB SUMMER TRIP

Ballybay Social Club has their annual summer bus trip on Friday 9 June next. The outing is to Blackrock with morning coffee/tea at Broomfield and dinner on the way home at Watters Castleblayney. Meet for the bus at the Riverdale Hotel Car Park at 10 am. All in fee €15. Everyone is welcome. Further details from Charlie 086 0660270.

GOSPEL MEETING

Everyone is welcome to a Gospel Meeting in the Faith Mission Hall, Bushford, Rockcorry on Friday 2nd June 2017 at 8pm. This is organised by Ronnie & Carey Killops of the Faith Mission. . All welcome. Plan to come, and bring a friend. Refreshments afterwards.

EPILEPSY COLLECTION

The organizers of the recent church gate collection in aid of Epilepsy would like to thank everyone who helped or supported in anyway. The amount collected was €705.

TULLYCORBET CCE

Good luck to all competing in the County Fleadh this weekend, especially members of Tullycorbet CCÉ. All in the branch are looking forward to hosting the county fleadh for the first time. Theres a great program of events, including a session with teachers from around the county in Stookie’s on Saturday at 9:30pm. Full list of events is available in the county board Comhaltas notes and on the Tullycorbet CCÉ Facebook page

CAMPHILL OPEN DAY

Camphill will host their annual summer open day on Saturday 17th June at Robb’s Farm from 2pm until 5pm. Admission is absolutely free and amongst the many stalls there will be face painting, candles, bric-a-brac, weaving, and numerous crafts. Donations of cakes and bric-a-brac are most welcome.

DEFIBRILATOR REFRESHER TRAINING

Defibrillator (AED) Refresher Training will be held in Tullycorbet Community Centre on Tuesday, 6th June from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. for all those from the Tullycorbet and Ballybay areas who were previously fully trained in CPR/AED. Please note that prior to this date, an individual text will be forwarded to everyone who has been trained by this group, to advise of the allocated time slots for attending. This is an invaluable community resource and regular refresher training is imperative.

CAR BOOT SALE AT CUAN MHUIRE

An op-en Car Boot Sale will take place at Cuan Mhuire on Monday 5th June. All car boot sellers welcome. There will be a working forge demonstration and old style butter churning. Should be a great day and admission is free.

Street Feast 2017

Communities across Monaghan planning 7 Street Feast celebrations so far including in Glaslough, Newbliss, Emyvale and Clones

3 weeks until Street Feast 2017 National Day of Street Parties and Community Celebrations

Over 1000 Street Feast Parties registered to date with 7 parties planned for Monaghan so far!

To register and receive your Free Party Pack* for Sunday, 11th June 2017 log onto www.streetfeast.ie

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SUCCESSFUL SPRING CLEAN

Last Saturday's Spring Clean was a major success with the Tidy Towns Committee along with a number of volunteers collecting a full skip of litter and waste from the town and the approach roads leading to the town. Speaking to our website the Tidy Town Chairman Martin Gleeson said, "We had a great day last Saturday and all the volunteers can be very proud of their efforts. I would like to thank the hard working Tidy Towns Committee and the volunteers for a job well done. We had lots of fun and it turned out to be a great social ocassion as well as a good days work. I would also like to thank Monaghan County Council for supplying the litter pickers, high visibility vests, plastic bags and disposal gloves".

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BIRTHDAY GIRL!

Secret preparations have been underway recently to mark the special and significant birthday of a local lady-whose picture appears in this week’s edition of the Northern Standard-possibly in the classified section (look for an angel).
There is still some confusion as to what age this lady is-indeed rumour has it that she is not sure herself-despite taking her tablets! Anyone with any information regarding her age is asked to contact the Ballybay News or indeed any family member so that her cake will have the right number on it!
We wish this special lady a very Happy Birthday and hope that despite the passage of time she will be able to celebrate in style

TULLYCORBET CCE

London College of Music Exams will be taking place on Saturday May 27th. Pupils sitting the exams will be contacted as regards their time. Preparations for the Fleadh are well underway, make sure to like Tullycorbet CCÉ on Facebook to keep up to date.

BOWLS AGM

There was a full turn out of members at the Ballybay indoor Bowls AGM held in the Bowling Pavilion on Thursday evening last. The Chairperson Angela Rutledge gave a comprehensive report of the events of the past year. She also thanked the various people that helped her in the smooth running of the club especially the Secretary Cora and Treasurer Rose. Both gave their reports and the financial report showed that we are in a healthy state for another year. Our table quiz that we held during the year was a big help as the membership was down this year and every effort should be made to get some new members for the coming year.
There is not a lot of change in personnel at the top table with Angela being elected in the chair for another year and Cora and Rose holding on to their positions. The position of PRO was discussed at length and it was felt that it was time for a replacement of the present scribe so Mr. Quiz Book Stephen Duffy will be keeping you informed of all the happenings at the club for the coming year.
It was agreed that we return to the same venue for the coming season which will start on the second Monday in September. The meeting concluded with Angela wishing JJ Duffy well as he is currently in hospital.

ST. BRIGIDS GIRLS ARE ULSTER CHAMPIONS

DSC 3412On Sunday last five St. Brigids players namely Megan Miller, Angie Mc Guirk, Jayne Drury, Michaela Linden and Megan Reilly were memebrs of the Monaghan U16 team which beat Tyrone in the Ulster U16 B final. The girls are pictured with County mentor and St. Brigids stalwart Angela Rutledge. Missing from the picture is John Smith who is a selector with the team. Monaghan beat Tyrone 8-14 to 3-11 and will now play in an All Ireland semi final.

CHRIST CHURCH CONFIRMATIONS

IMG 1621Congratulations to Isaiah Dixon, Adam Steele, Tyana Pratt-Clarke, Joshua Dixon, Blake Lees and Jaeden Lees from Christ Church Ballybay who were confirmed in St Maeldoid's church in Castleblaney  on Sunday the 14th May 2017 last at 3:30pm. Also pictured are the Rt.Rev John Mc Dowell and Rev Neal Phair.

TULLYCORBET CCE

London College of Music Exams will be taking place on Saturday May 27th. Pupils sitting the exams will be contacted as regards their time. Preparations for the Fleadh are well underway, make sure to like Tullycorbet CCÉ on Facebook to keep up to date. Well done to ‘Céim le Chéile’, who performed so well at the TG4 recording of ‘An Ríl Deal’. The children and their families had a great day at the RTÉ studios. Congrats to Angela and Pauline for making this opportunity possible. Congrats also to Tomasina and Aoife who also performed so well in the Monday recording. The episodes will be shown later in the year.

OUTDOOR BOWLS

The local league is progressing very well and all teams are putting in a big effort to have the games played on the allocated evenings. Also a lot of teams are turning up for their practices. St. Michaels of Cootehill is the team in form at the moment and is the leader in points so far.
Just a reminder that the Jimmy Gibson memorial trophy is to be played on Saturday 10th June so now is the time to put your name on the time sheet in the pavilion.
At our weekly meeting on Monday evening best wishes were extended to one of our long serving members JJ Duffy who has been in hospital for the last week.
Our next Border Counties League match is on May 24th away to Enniskillen which has one of the best grass greens that we visit so we are hoping for a few points there.

COMMUNITY GAMES

Recitation - Good luck to Nial Grogan and Sinead Duffy who are taking part in The County Community Games Finals in Inver College, Carrickmacross at 7pm on Friday evening. Niall won a Bronze medal at The National Community Games Finals in 2016.
Gaelic Football - Good Luck to our Under 10 Mixed Gaelic Football team managed by Peter Ward who are presently playing matches against different teams.
Team - Adam Dixon, Caolan Treanor, Dara Mc Elmeel, Jason Sheridan, Joseph Lennon ,Michael Mc Mahon, Nathan Duffy, Oisin Duffy, Oisin Quinn, Sam Duffy, Sean Ward, Simon Du Plessis, Shane Duffy, Shane Eoghan Duffy, Stephen Duffy and Thomas Conlon.
Athletics and Cycling - Anyone interested in Athletics or Cycling please contact Sharon 9748110 or Maire 9748955 on or before Wed 24th May as we will not be having a local area competition.

LATTON CENTENARY CARNIVAL

Latton O'Rahilly G.A.A. Club continue with the celebration of their Centenary 1916-2017 with the "LATTON CENTENARY CARNIVAL" taking place from Friday 26th May to Sunday 28th May. A huge range of events have been organized. On the Friday night "Mr.Centenary" will be selected in the Club House. Ten footballing greats from various clubs within the county will fight it out for the €500 prize money. On Saturday 27th May the Club host Jim Devine (voted Irelands Best Live Band 2016. Doors open at 8pm and tickets are available from all club members. There will be prizes galore on the night including Best Jiving Couple, Best Dressed Cowboy and Best Dressed Cowgirl. On Sunday there will be mass at 10am and afterwards there will be a number of wreath laying ceremonies.
The Emily Coyle and Jack Conlan Memorial Perpetual Tournament Finals take place at the O'Rahilly GAA Pitchs at 2pm on Sunday 28th May. At 7.30pm on the evening of Sunday 28th May "The Centenary Stone" will be unveiled by Ruth Sweatman, a granddaughter of The O'Rahilly, National and Club Patriot. There will also be a Tree Planting to be performed by Uachtaran, C.L.G.,Aoghan O'Fearghaill. Later that evening The O'Rahilly GAA Centre will host "Brendan McCourt Live" from 8pm, with the presentation of "Centenary Player/Service Certificates" to those who played with the Club in the historic decades of the 1980s and 1990s, all who played or were associated with the club during the 1980s and 1990s are invited to attend for presentation Service Award.

Monaghan LEADER – Rural Tourism Built Heritage Call is Open

Monaghan LEADER has announced details of the latest ‘time-limited call’ to assist individuals/groups to prepare conservation plans for protected structures and devise plans for their use as a tourism facility. 

This ‘time-limited call’ is designed to encourage owners of protected structures to consider the conservation of their buildings as a tourism product/service. The call for built heritage funding is open to accept completed ‘expression of interest’ forms from 8th May 2017 until the call closes on 16th June 2017. This opportunity is open to all private individuals or groups with property in County Monaghan and further information about this call is available from this link: www.midl.ie/index.php/leader/built-heritage-call

Interested parties should contact Monaghan LEADER with a view to organising an appointment to discuss this funding opportunity and review future potential capital funding for your project. If you are interested, please contact the LEADER development staff at the Monaghan Integrated Development office on 042-9749500 (select option 7) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Trad at the Church on the Hill

ChurchOriel Sailing Club presents a free concert by local traditional musicians as part of the Monaghan Fleadh Christ Church in Ballybay, Co. Monaghan Sunday 4th of June 7.30pm to 10 pm

Programme of Events
7.30: Heather Humphries officially opens the concert
7.40 – 8.15: Nellie Fisher will give a short talk on the life and times of William Clarke, the local Ballybay traditional uilleann piper
8.15 -10.00: Francis McMahon will introduce the musicians
Booking essential: To book please contact the MS Ireland Northeast Regional Office on 042 9754304
All donations from the concert go to MS Ireland Monaghan Voluntary Branch/Christ Church

LOCAL SUCCESS AT NATIONAL CHOIR COMPETITION

A great achievement was celebrated last week for two local secondary school music teachers who reached the final of the annual Walton’s Music for Schools Competition 2017 held in the National Concert Hall, Dublin. The director of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Deborah Keliher and the infamous composer and music guru, Bill Whelan, judged this years extraordinary final concert in the NCH. The coveted title in this prestigious competition went to Micheal Kerr of Edenane, Ballybay with his performing arts group from Scoil Mhuire in Trim, Co. Meath with a piece entitled ‘Music makes us strong’. The runners up in the completion were Coláiste Chill Mhantain from Co. Wicklow under the tuition of Claire McAdam from Drumar, Ballybay with her Music Ensemble ‘Love grows with each Piece’.
The open nature of the competition, now in its sixth year, offers schools the opportunity to think and work creatively with students, developing a creative and original musical project. Furthermore, the Competition awarded a total of €10,000 worth of vouchers for musical instruments, accessories, books, music technology or PA equipment from Waltons Music, to be divided among six winning primary and post-primary schools. Both Monaghan natives managed to scoop the two top prizes in the post-primary category for their individual schools in vouchers to the sum of €3,000 and €1,500. This was a remarkable achievement for these two local teachers who both attended Ballybay N.S. and Our Lady’s Secondary School Castleblayney were their musical journey was fostered and nurtured.

TIDY TOWNS

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

BALLYBAY TO HOST COUNTY FLEADH

Tullycorbet CCE will host this year’s Monaghan County Fleadh in Ballybay on the June Bank Holiday weekend (1st to 4th June). Most of the competitions will be held at the Recreation Centre, Tullycorbet Community Centre and Community College however you can be guaranteed that there will be lots of trad music and craic throughout the town. Spread the word and keep the weekend free. Minister Heather Humpries will launch the event in Tullycorbet Community Centre on Thursday 1st June. As well as the music there will be a heritage trail, a pipe band parade and a lecture on the famous Ballybay Piper William Clarke. Watch this space for lots more details over the coming weeks.

COFFEE MORNING AND CAKE SALE

Christ Church Aughnamullen is holding a coffee morning and cake sale in Aughnamullen School House on Saturday 20th May from 10-30am until 1pm. Proceeds are in aid of the church repair funds. There will be quiz sheets available at the event. All are welcome.

INDOOR BOWLS

The AGM of the Ballybay Indoor Bowling club will take place on Thursday 18th May at 9pm in the Outdoor Pavilion, Town Park, Ballybay. The Chairperson Angela Rutledge would like all members to attend as there is some pressing matters to attend to.

GROW YOUR OWN FUNDRAISER

Christ Church Ballybay is holding a gardening evening “Grow Your Own” in aid of the Church restoration fund, with guest speaker Jenny Blackburn from Green Fingers, Monaghan. It will be held on Friday 19th May 2017 at 8pm in the Church Hall. Everyone welcome for a great evening of gardening tips, spot prizes, plant stall and a buffet supper served. Admission €10.

BALLYBAY/CLONES FIANNA FAIL COMHAIRLE CEANNTAIR A.G.M.

The Annual General Meeting of the Ballybay/Clones Fianna Fail Comhairle Ceanntair will take place in the Creighton Hotel, Clones TOMORROW NIGHT, Friday 12th May at 8.30pm Sharp. All Fianna Fail Party members and supporters are urged to attend, as the party reviews the past year and plans for the year ahead in the Ballybay/Clones L.E.A. and nationally. All issues will be discussed, with local Oireachtas Members, Brendan Smyth T.D. Niamh Smith T.D. , Senators Robbie Gallagher and Diarmuid Wilson and Ballybay/Clones County Councillor, Seamus Coyle will be in attendance.

NATIONAL FIANNA FAIL COLLECTION

The 2017 National Fianna Fail Collection will take place across the Ballybay/Clones L.E.A. on the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 20th/21st May.

BOWL NEWS

The fine summer weather has brought out the bowlers to the outdoor green in the Town Park, Ballybay. The local league is now well underway with Muckno the early leaders. Last year’s winner Ballybay White had a 5 to 1 win over Ballybay Maroon. There is a few very interesting games to be played this week when we have Clontibret saffron take on Derryvalley and St. Michael’s Cootehill playing Shercock who I must say are putting in the hours of practice. The Ballybay club had two teams competing in the Enniskillen fun day on Saturday last the 6th May and the team of Uel Gamble, George Berry, Seamus Smyth and skip Seamus Winters were runners up to Letterkenny team. The Ballybay team played very well and where holding shot until the last bowl. Our other team had to be content with getting sunburned!! The Town Tournament is progressing slowly but this week should see a lot of games played.
A date for your diary will be Saturday 10th June when the Jimmy Gibson Perpetual Trophy will be played for. Now is the time to put your name down on the time sheet on the clubs notice board as its limited to the first 24 names.

DO YOUR LOCAL STREAMS, RIVERS AND LAKES MATTER TO YOU?

Mn dRBMP posterThe Waters and Communities Office are hosting public meetings within the coming weeks to discuss the natural waters of county Monaghan. If you are interested in water quality, angling, heritage, biodiversity, amenity use or issues affecting your local waterways then this is an opportunity to share your views.

We will present information on the latest draft River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2018 - 2021 along with details on how you can input into the final plan. The Waters & Communities office aims to get local communities more involved in valuing and protecting our local waters and these meetings provide an opportunity to have your say.

Gretta McCarron, Community Water Officer for Monaghan will present this information and facilitate a discussion on the issues raised. There will be refreshments after the meeting and opportunities to network. The times, dates and venues of the meetings are set out below. For further information contact Gretta on 085 808 5756 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit www.watersandcommunities.ie and like us on Facebook.

YWCA, North Road Monaghan, Tuesday 25th April 7.30 – 8.30 pm

Ulster Canal Stores, Clones, Wednesday 3rd May 7.30 – 8.30 pm

The Workhouse, Carrickmacross, Tuesday 9th May 7.30 – 8.30 pm

HOLE IN ONE

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

COMMUNITY GAMES

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

ST. BRIGIDS NEWS

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

TIDY TOWNS MEETING 4TH MAY

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

ALICE SAYS THANKS

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

PLAY IN AID OF CANCER

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

TULLYCORBETT CCE

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

New Group Coming to Ballybay – Fáilte Isteach

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

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

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

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

PLAY IN AID OF CANCER

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

MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION NEWS

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

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

OUTDOOR BOWLS NEWS

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

BALLYBAY FEATURES IN THE WATCHMEN

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

COFFEE MORNING

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

DORINDA CARNEW MEMORIAL WALK

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

OUTDOOR BOWLS

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

ZUMBA SESSION FOR CHARITY

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

COMMUNITY CRECHE

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

EASTER DAWN CELEBRATION

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

SOCIAL CLUB

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

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

FLOWER FESTIVAL

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

THE MOVING STATUE

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

FIFTY SHADES OF FASHION

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

FUN RUN /WALK FOR CANCER

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

ST. BRIGIDS QUIZ

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

TULLYCORBETT DRAMA GROUP

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

BALLYBAY/CLONES FIANNA FAIL COMHAIRLE CEANNTAIR MEETING

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

BALLYBAY FIANNA FAIL CUMANN A.G.M.

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

GOSPEL MEETING

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

MAD HATTERS TEA PARTY

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

BALLYBAY FEATURES IN THE WATCHMEN

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

PRETTY SAFE PRETTY SEEN

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

Comfortas na bhFuinneog 2017

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

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BALLYBAY DAFFODIL DAY RAISES €7710

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

CHAMBER CONGRATS

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

OUTDOOR BOWLS

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

ST. BRIGIDS QUIZ

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

LATTON G.A.A. CENTENARY

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

LATTON ANNUAL AWARDS PRESENTATIONS 2016

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

ZUMBA SESSION FOR CHARITY

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

COMMUNITY GAMES

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

PARADE SUCCESS

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

TABLE QUIZ

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

TULLYCORBETT CCE

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

SOCIAL CLUB FOR ARDAGHEY

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

MENTAL HEALTH TALK

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

ST. PATRICK DAY PARADE

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

ANYONE COULD ROB A BANK

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

IRISH BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE

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

PEARSE BROTHERS CLUB REGISTRATION NIGHT

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

TULLYCORBET CCÉ

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

CHAMBER CONGRATULATIONS

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

MOTHERS DAY FLOWERS

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

PUBLIC WORKSHOP ON COUNTY DEVELOPMENT PLAN

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

TULLYCORBETT DRAMA GROUP

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

MONTHLY SOCIAL

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