NEW ACTIVITIES IN TULLYCORBET

A number of new activities will be available in Tullycorbet Community Centre. Indoor bowling commenced on Monday at 8pm and will continue every Monday evening. New members and beginners welcome. From Tuesday 4th October a 6 week Yoga programme will commence. Cost is €20 per person. On Wednesday 12th October a 6 week Line Dancing session gets underway at 8pm. Cost is €30 per person.

FIRST BALLYBAY HARVEST SERVICE

Our Harvest Services are scheduled for Sunday October 2nd at 12 noon and 7:30pm. We look forward to our choir singing and also to having Rev Jonathan Porter of Dundalk Presbyterian Church, currently Moderator of Monaghan Presbytery, as our guest speaker for the evening service. All are very welcome to come along.

LIKE TO BE A FIREFIGHTER?

Have you ever thought of becoming a Firefighter? Monaghan Fire & Civil Protection are currently recruiting Retained Firefighters for Ballybay Fire Station. If you think you are the right person, Keep a look out in the local newspaper & also on the Monaghan County Council Website for further details. There will be an open evening at Ballybay Firestation on 4th October from 7pm until 9pm. This will be an ideal opportunity to meet the crew, see the range of equipment and vehicles, discuss the training aspects of the post and ask questions pertaining to the role.

BALLYBAY YOUTH CLUB

The youth club have revised their timetable and will have various activities on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. For further information contact them on their social media or contact Grainne 0873753274 or Ceara 0873961200.

DRUG AWARENESS INFORMATION EVENING

There will be a drug awareness and prevention information evening open to the community on Monday 10th October at 8pm in the Pearse Brothers Club House. There will be guest speakers on the night as well as members of the Garda.

THE FREE STATE BABIES

The Latton Bawn Historical Group is delighted to announce the launch of their publication 'The Free State Babies'. The book commemorates all the babies born in Latton & Bawn in 1922. The launch will take place in the O'Rahilly GFC centre on Friday 14th October at 8.15pm. The book will be launched by Hugh O'Brien, well known historian and more fondly known as Hugh Barney. A number of Hugh's ancestors feature in the book. More details of launch to follow shortly.

CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI FINAL

The Pearse Brothers had a fine 3-13 to 0-8 victory over Truagh in last Sunday’s quarter final. Full match report is available on the sports pages. Next up is a semi-final against Clontibret which takes place on Sunday in Clones at 2pm.

CALL TO USE NEW CAR PARK

The Ballybay Town Team are calling on local businesses and their staff to use the new car park at the rear of Liam Smyth’s just off the Main Street. The new car park has a large number of tarmacked parking spaces and disabled parking spaces. By using the new spaces there should be a lot more parking spaces on the Main Street for customers.

Trees on the Land - Applications for trees are now open.

Trees on the Land - Applications for trees are now open.

We're delighted to announce that applications for trees are now open for the Winter 2022-2023 planting project.

This update includes a quick summary of the project and tree packs for this winter planting. For more detailed information follow the link at the bottom of the update which will take you to the website and tree pack applications.

Tree Pack Schemes:

 

Tree packs are available for planting small woodland areas, hedgerows, shelter belts, coppice, parkland, agroforestry, orchards and other tree planting scenarios.

Sponsored Trees: There are sponsored tree schemes for schools, colleges, farms, smallholdings, sports clubs, golf clubs, community groups and councils. You will find information on these schemes on the application pages of the website.

Gardens: Application Fees: Application Fees apply to all tree packs for gardens and are based on €0.60c per tree. Apple trees are more expensive at €18 each. The smallest tree packs start at €6. Delivery charges of €20 per order apply to all garden tree pack applications.

Application Deadline: Applications for trees will close at 6pm on Sunday 16th October 2022. This deadline applies to all landowners and tree planting schemes. Please apply promptly to avoid disappointment - we cannot take any late applications. We will close applications early if schemes become oversubscribed - don't leave your application to the last minute!

Delivery of Trees:

 

Trees will be delivered to applicants either by courier or by one of our local helpers. You may be asked to fetch your trees from a local collection point.

Deliveries will commence in January 2023 and continue through to early March in order to stagger the work across the winter season. The majority of deliveries will go out during January and February and we will give everyone plenty of notice of their delivery before it is dispatched.

 

To make an application:

All of the information about the project and details for making an application are on the website at the following link.

https://www.treesontheland.com/plant-trees-2022-2023

 

Pre-application enquiries are welcome - please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any queries before making your application. Please don't panic if you do not receive an immediate reply, we deal with each enquiry individually and will get to you as soon as possible.

Remaining days of free ‘Understanding and Caring for our Waterways Course’ open for registration!

The free Understanding and Caring for our Waterways course started in Emyvale last weekend (see photos at bottom of email) and has more days available to sign up to;

in South Monaghan; on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September at Castleblayney Enterprise Centre and afternoon practical at a riverside in Inniskeen and Sunday 9th October at Lough Muckno
in North Monaghan on Saturday 8th October (at Emy Lake and Castle Leslie Wetlands)
All days run from 9.30am - 3.30pm

You can register and indicate the days that suit you by filling out this online Registration Form at https://forms.gle/waVR9LUbuVccYDkT8

 

Saturday 17th Sept will involve;

• Physical structure & function of Irish lakes & rivers

• Invertebrate & plant life in our rivers, lakes & wetlands

• Using animals & plants to assess water quality

 

Sunday 18th Sept will involve;

c4127b97-533b-41c4-8686-42c84657a7fb• Fish & other wildlife in our rivers, lakes & wetlands

• Water Quality Assessment - Local Catchments

 

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October (lake days) will involve;

• Pollution - Threats and opportunities

• What can community groups do to improve water quality and the local environment?

• Refresher - Key elements of the Course / Barriers to progress and advice on overcoming these

• Developing Community Based Water Projects

 

‘Understanding and Caring for our Waterways’ is a practical and hands-on free training programme open to all (18+); from Tidy Town groups and farmers, to anglers and walkers, wildlife groups and teachers, plus many more! To learn more and or to register to participate, contact Monaghan LEADER at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 087 176 0877 / 042 974 9500

 

You can read about their findings at last weekend’s training on the project website at http://monaghan.waters-project.com/north-monaghan-sessions/

CONVENT REUNION

Were you in the class of 1976 to 1982 in St. Louis Secondary School in Monaghan - if so you are invited to the 40th reunion on Saturday 24th September. For further information see the Facebook Page St. Louis Secondary School 1976-82 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OUTDOOR BOWLS

Despite the heavy rain on Saturday last seven members of the local outdoor bowling club travelled to Fivemiletown to participate in the Champion of Champions. John Sloan competed in the singles. The pairs were very well represented by Gabriel Traynor and Seamus Winters, who reached the semi -final. The rinks played on despite the terrible weather and were represented by Mark Cusack, Benny Smyth, Matt Mooney and captain Brendan Mc Gahey. There was no silverware to take home but all enjoyed the day and a big thanks to the Clogher Valley Bowling club for the refreshments afterwards.

On Saturday next 10th September we will hold our singles competition in aid of Jimmy Gibson memorial trophy. The draw will take place at 10-30am so please enter your name now. Play begins at 11am.

DONATION TO CANCER SOCIETY

On Sunday morning last the Pearse Brothers U15 captain Andrew Mullen and the team made a donation of €500 to Anne Brady and Anne Mc Carthy from the Ballybay Cancer Society. The money was raised when the team ran over 100km. The boys play their Championship Semi Final next Saturday 10th September at 12pm in Pearse Park Ballybay. Please come out and support the boys.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING

Christ Church Aughnamullen will host their annual Harvest Thanksgiving Service on Sunday next 11th September at 3pm. All are welcome.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA TITLE FOR MARK

Congratulations to former Drumhowan player Mark Mc Cabe who won a Western Australian title with his club Greenwood, Perth last Saturday. The sharp shooter had a fine game scoring 5 points for his team which won by a single point.

ALL IRELAND WINNERS

Congratulations to Drumhowan ladies’ rounders team who won the All Ireland Junior Ladies novice title on Sunday last. In the final the local girls defeated Dunderry from Meath. Well done to all concerned.

CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE

Last weekend the Pearse Brothers lost to Clontibret by a single point. The clubs future will now be determined by the outcome of the Scotstown v Clontibret game. Full match report is available in the sports pages.

CONCERN ABOUT RECYCLING BINS

Ballybay Tidy Towns committee have expressed concern about the location and use of the recycling bins at the Town Park. Lately the bin area is becoming a litter blackspot as when the bins are full people still leave waste which in turn encourages more dumping. Locals have suggested putting up cameras' however cameras were erected in the past and were then vandalised. The Tidy Towns committee have requested a meeting with the environmental section of Monaghan County council to discuss what can be done.

24 HOUR RUN4PIETA

Latton GFA are delighted to announce that their 24 Hour Run4Pieta will take place from 9th September at 6pm to Saturday 10th September at 6pm 2022. They have chosen this weekend as 10th September is World Suicide Prevention day . If you would like to book a slot to walk, please contact Christina Weldon on 087-9051969. The link to our Fundraising page is as follows if you would like to donate

https://pieta.enthuse.com/pf/christina-weldon-e18d4

SORTING SERVICES ON THE MOVE

Friday the 19th August was the last day that mail was sorted in Ballybay Post Office. After almost one hundred years of sorting the mail locally, staff have relocated to the Monaghan DSU. The Post Office would like to wish Pauric Smyth, Michael Keenan, Julie Duffy, Eddie McNally & Kevin McKenna all the very best. Patrons can be reassured that all postal services will remain in Ballybay – it is just the sorting department that has moved.

CHRISTCHURCH

Ballybay Parochial Hall in Church Street (A75 AC99) is available for hire at the excellent price of just €25 per hour. This includes the use of the toilets, kitchen, wifi and parking.

TULLYCORBET CCE

Classes will be resuming on September 7th in Tullycorbet Community Centre from 4 until 7-30pm. Instruments on offer are the tin whistle, piano, piano accordion, fiddle, banjo/mandolin and guitar. Contact 087 2395396 for any new beginners.

YIN YOGA IS BACK

Relieve stress and anxiety, improve your overall well-being. It helps balance emotions. Improves flexibility, gently stretch connective tissues, boosts circulation, improves sleep, enhances mental focus and promotes total relaxation. Starting next Monday night September 5th from 7.30 to 8.30 in Ballybay Church Street Hall A75 AC99. Please bring your own mat. €10 per night. No need to book in advance. Pay as you go.

IRISH DANCING

The Irish dancing class under the direction of Gerard McQuaid will resume in Tullycorbet Community Centre on Thursday September 8th at 5.15pm. This is a great opportunity for young people in the area. New dancers welcome.

LINE DANCING

Line dancing classes will resume in Tullycorbet Hall in October. Further details to follow. 

Croí Cónaithe (Town) Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant

A grant of up to a maximum of €30,000 is available for the refurbishment of vacant properties for occupation as a principal private residence, including the conversion of a property which has not been used as residential heretofore . This will be subject to upper limits having regard to a reasonable cost assessment by the local authority. The grant is inclusive of VAT cost of the works.

Where the refurbishment costs are expected to exceed the standard grant of up to €30,000, a maximum top-up grant amount of up to €20,000 will be available where the property is confirmed to be derelict, bringing the total grant available for derelict property up to a maximum of €50,000.

For further information please click on the links to PDFs below:

Fund Scheme

Fund Form

Fund FAQs

OPEN WATER SWIMMING AT LOUGH MAJOR

On Tuesday last a four-week programme for adults wanting to improve their technique, skill and stamina in relation to open water swimming commenced in Lough Major.  Trained coaches will facilitate two groups during Tuesday evenings in August.  For more information on various sports course and events check out https://www.monaghansports.ie/

BOWLS FOR LADIES

Monaghan Sports partnership have linked with Ballybay Outdoor Bowling Club to offer free taster sessions for women. Bowls is a fantastic low intensity sport open to all ages and abilities. The session will take place on Friday 12th August at 11am on the Bowling Green, Ballybay Town Park. To register for the event contact Monaghan Sports Partnership at 042 9755126.

U15 FINAL THURSDAY

Good luck to Ballybay U15’s who play Cremartin on Thursday in the league final in Clontibret at 7-30pm. Your support for the lads would be very much appreciated.

BINGO BUS

The Pearse Brothers new look Bingo continues in the Pearse Centre on Tuesday evenings starting at 8pm. Jackpot is €8400 on 45 calls. If you haven’t been before you can find the venue using Eircode A75 DP04. Alternatively there is a new Bus Service to the Bingo from Latton, Rockcorry and Ballybay. It's free for all Bus Pass holders and to book a seat on the bus you can contact the Bus Driver George Hall 0868278484 Local Link 04751840 or Stephen Duffy 0877687780.

91 YEARS OLD

Former Ballybay Pearse Brother Michael Donahue celebrated his 91st Birthday on Friday last, 29th July. His many friends in Ballybay would like to wish him a belated Happy Birthday.

SUNDAY MASS SCHEDULE CHANGES

The local priests along with those from neighbouring parishes have issued a new Mass schedule which will come into effect this weekend and run until December. Due to the shortage of priests some churches will only have weekend masses every second Saturday/Sunday. This will impact on Ballintra and Tullycorbett who both will mass every second Sunday as follows: TULLYCORBETT 9-30am on August14 and 28, September 11and 25, October 9 and 23, November 6 and 20 and December 4 and 18. BALLINTRA 11am on August 7 and 21, September 4 and 18, October 2, 16 and 30, November 13 and 27 and December 11. BALLYBAY will continue to have Vigil Mass on Saturdays at 6pm and Sunday’s at 12-15pm.

CHAMPIONSHIP OPENER

Ballybay Pearse Brothers open their championship campaign on Sunday next with a game against Scotstown. This group 1 round 1 match will be played in Ballybay at 5pm. Diarmuid Boylan is the referee.

CUL CAMPS

At time of going to print there were still some places available at next week’s Cul Camp which is being held at Pearse Park. The camp is being held each day (25th to 29th July) from 10am until 2pm. To book a place go to https://www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/

JOBS CLUB

Monaghan Integrated Development CLG in conjunction with DSP are running a Job Club for unemployed people over 4 mornings from 10am until 11-30am. The Jobs Club covers Job Searching, C.V. preparation, Cover Letter Writing, Interview Techniques and Mock Interviews. For further information please contact Teresa or Linda on 042 9748090 or 086 8105058 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAR BOOR SALE

Cuan Mhuire will hold a car boot sale on bank Holiday Monday 1st August. Entry is just €10 and refreshments will be available. Why not come along and pick up a bargain or enjoy the craic browsing the stalls.

WEEKDAY MASSES

Parishioners are advised to consult the Sunday Parish Newsletter for the dates and times of the weekday masses in the coming weeks as they may vary from week to week. There was no mass today Thursday. There is mass tomorrow Friday at 9-30am.

LEAGUE SEMI FINAL

Ballybay play Latton in the Loughman’s Sport league semi-final on Saturday evening at 7pm in Latton. The winner will play either Scotstown or Clontibret in the final.

FINNEGAN FAMILY RAISE VITAL FUNDS

The Finnegan family organised a fundraiser in aid of Brendan Finnegan who sadly passed away earlier this year. As a result of the go fund me page and additional donations the family and friends of Brendan raised a staggering €17, 009.73c. This fantastic amount was divided equally between the Ballybay Cancer Society and Cavan/Monaghan Palliative Care group, two charities which are very close to the family. The presentation of the cheques took place last Friday night in Aughnamullen Social Centre. The family would like to sincerely thank everyone who donated to the fundraiser.

SOCCER CLUB

Faith Mission and the Ballybay group of Presbyterian churches have organised a kids soccer club. The club will run from 6-30pm until 8pm from the 11th to 15th July. It is open to all kids aged between 7 and 12. All volunteers are Garda vetted. Each night there will be a short 5 to 10 minute bible talk. Further information is available from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or https://form.jotform.com/202156718974059 . The club is free of charge.

BBQ POSTPONED

The BBQ planned in Drumhowan last weekend was postponed as a mark of respect to the Mc Ardle family on the death of Alice. She lived in York Street, Castleblayney and her wake took place at her brother Tommy’s house in Cabragh. Condolences are extended to the Mc Ardle family at this sad time. The BBQ will be rescheduled at a later date.

VINTAGE TRACTOR RUN

A vintage tractor run in aid of the Aughnamullen Parish fund will take place on Sunday 10th July. Registration is €20 and will take place at the Sacred Church, Lough Egish from 12noon and the run will commence at 1-30pm. All vehicle must be 25 years  and older to participate.

BINGO BUS

The Pearse Brothers new look Bingo continues in the Pearse Centre on Tuesday evenings starting at 8pm. Jackpot is €8000. If you haven’t been before you can find the venue using Eircode A75 DP04. Alternatively there is a new Bus Service to the Bingo from Latton, Rockcorry and Ballybay. It's free for all Bus Pass holders and to book a seat on the bus you can contact the Bus Driver George Hall 0868278484 Local Link 04751840 or Stephen Duffy 0877687780.

CAMPHILL OPEN DAY

The annual Camphill Open Day will take place on Sunday 19th June from 2pm until 5pm at Robb Farm, Ballybay. On the day there will be loads of stalls including home produce, bric-a-brac, candles, cake stall and weaving. There will also be a bouncy castle, BBQ and refreshments. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Camphill is also happy to accept donations in advance of the open day.

BLESSING OF THE GRAVES

The annual Blessing of the Graves will take place this year in July. Here are the dates for your diary – Ballintra – Sunday 24th July (linked with the 111am mass), Tullycorbet – Sunday 31st July (linked with the 9-30am mass) and Ballybay – Sunday 31st July at 3pm.

WEEKDAY MASSES CANCELLED

The weekday masses in St. Patrick’s (Monday to Friday) have been cancelled until further notice.  For emergency calls phone Castleblayney Parish Office (Monday to Friday 10-2pm ) on 042 9740027. For out of office emergency/sick calls phone 083 0972683.

ARTS AND CRAFTS SUMMER CAMP

Catherine Mc Gregor will be hosting a Art and Craft summer camp on the 12th, 13th and 14th July. It will run from 10am until 12noon each day and is aimed at 5 to 12 year olds. Places are limited so for further information contact Catherine at 087 9353182.

CHRISTCHURCH COFFEE MORNING

Would you like to catch up with your friends for a cuppa and a chat? Christchurch have organised a coffee morning on Tuesday 14th June in Christchurch Hall from 11am until 12-30pm. Everyone welcome.

TRANSITION PROGRAMME

Ballybay Youth Club are hosting a transition programme entitled ‘Building a Bridge’. The programme is for young people in 6th class making the move to first year in secondary school. It starts on 14th June and runs for eight weeks. Further information/application forms are available from Grainne at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 087 3753274.

NEW LOOK BINGO

On Tuesday last the new look Bingo returned to Ballybay Pearse Brothers Centre. The jackpot was €8000 and if it doesn’t go there will be €1000 guaranteed on the night. Please also note a new start time of 8pm. If you haven’t been before you can find the venue using Eircode A75 DP04

GOLF CLASSIC

Its just over a week to the Drury Centra sponsored Golf Classic in aid of the Ballybay Pearse Brothers. The event will be held at Clones Golf Club on Saturday 4th June. For more information, Sponsorships & Team forms check out the clubs website https://www.ballybaypearsebrothers.ie/golf2022

NEW HOTEL IN TOWN

Ballybay Tidy Town committee have added a new pollinator hotel at River View Lane. The new construction will attract lots of bees and other insects and help pollinate the nearby plants and flowers. This is another excellent initiative by this hard working group.

ELECTED CAPTAIN

Congratulations to Ballybay’s Evan Rutledge who was recently elected captain at Monaghan Rugby Club. Ballybay have always had a good association with Monaghan RFC and Evan has been a playing member for a number of years. We wish him and his team well for next season.

CAR BOOT SALE

Cuan Mhuire will host a Car Boot Sale on Bank Holiday Monday 6th June. These events have proven to be popular with locals and visitors. A car on the day will cost just €10. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

The celebration of First Holy Communion will take place in St. Patrick’s Ballybay on Saturday next at 11am. Well done to their teachers and parents for all the preparation and good luck to all the children.

CHARITY BOWLS

Ballybay Outdoor Bowling Club are holding an open Pairs competition on the June Bank Holiday. This will be in aid of Pieta House. The organising committee would like you to put your name on our draw sheet in the club pavilion or phone Benny at 0874152392.


The Border Counties League have got off to a great start with a comprehensive win over a Fivemiletown selection on Wednesday last. They will now go to meet Omagh, Letterkenny and Enniskillen in future weeks. This Saturday will see the club travel to a newly formed Bowling club in Sligo. Our club are delighted to fulfil this fixture.

BUS TO BLOOM

Bus going to Bord Bia Bloom from Ballybay on Friday June 3rd, if interested contact 0868162334 to book your seat.

CROAGH PATRICK CLIMB SATURDAY IN MEMORY OF BRENDAN FINNEGAN

 ‘In memory of Brendan Finnegan’ is a GOFUNDME page set up by the Finnegan family and friends to raise funds for the Ballybay Cancer Society and the Cavan/Monaghan Palliative Care Group. These two charities played a big role in Brendan’s care during his short illness. This Saturday 28th May a number of Brendan’s friends and family will climb Croagh Patrick in his memory. The family would very much appreciate your support for these worthy causes.

CAMPHILL OPEN DAY

The annual Camphill Open Day will take place on Sunday 19th June from 2pm until 5pm at Robb Farm, Ballybay. On the day there will be loads of stalls including home produce, bric-a-brac, candles, cake stall and weaving. There will also be a bouncy castle, BBQ and refreshments. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Camphill is also happy to accept donations in advance of the open day.

WEEKDAY MASSES CANCELLED

The weekday masses in St. Patrick’s (Monday to Friday) have been cancelled until further notice.  For emergency calls phone Castleblayney Parish Office (Monday to Friday 10-2pm ) on 042 9740027. For out of office emergency/sick calls phone 083 0972683.

CHRIST CHURCH BALLYBAY

The Select Vestry, parishioners  and the wider community would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank Monaghan Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) for awarding Christ Church  Hall  €2,900 under the COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES FUND (Round 2). We extend our gratitude to Monaghan County Council for their continued support  which is much needed and appreciated.

BUS TO BLOOM

Bus going to Bord Bia Bloom from Ballybay on Friday June 3rd, if interested contact 0868162334 to book your seat.

YOGA

Relieve stress and anxiety, improve your overall well-being. It helps balance emotions. Improves flexibility, gently stretch connective tissues, boosts circulation, improves sleep, enhances mental focus and promotes total relaxation. Monday nights 7.30 to 8.30 in Ballybay Church Street Hall A75AC99. Please bring your own mat and a cosy blanket to relax. €10 per night. No need to book in advance.

NEW FOROIGE CLUB IN DOOHAMLET

It is planned to start a new Foroige club in Doohamlet Community Centre . The club will run for the month of May on Friday evenings from 7-30pm to 9pm. After the summer break it will resume in September. Secondary school children aged 12-17 are welcome and children currently in 6th class. Children must be pre-registered online before attending. Further information is available at 0862093502 (Marie) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Alternatively check out their facebook page.

COFFEE MORNING FOR CHRISTIAN AID

A coffee morning and cake sale to support the work of Christian Aid will be held in Second Ballybay Church Hall, Hall Street, Ballybay on Saturday 14th May from 10am till 2pm.    Please come along to support this event. Everyone will be very welcome.

AWARD FOR FEARGAL

Congratulations are due to Feargal Norton whose picture of a fox surveying his duck coupe won the best image of the year by a beginner/intermediate photographer at Monaghan Camera Club. Feargal recently joined the Monaghan town based club his winning image received rave reviews from judge Hugh Rooney.

BIG BIRTHDAY

Belated Birthday wishes are due to popular local man Alan Malone. Alan celebrated his 50th Birthday on 19th April. Hope you had a great day!

COLLECTION SUCCESSES

Over the past number of weeks there have been the annual Trocaire Collection and a special collection for Ukraine. To date the Trocaire collection has amounted to €9,890 and the Special collection for Ukraine ahs amounted to €6,995. A massive thanks is due to everyone who has returned their envelopes. If you have not done so could you please leave it to the Parish Office as soon as possible.

CHRISTCHURH COFFEE MORNING

A coffee morning will be held in Christchurch Hall, Ballybay on Tuesday 10th May from 11am until 12-30pm. No booking necessary, everyone welcome so why not come along with a friend for a chat over a cup of tea or coffee.

JOBS CLUB

Monaghan Integrated Development CLG in conjunction with DSP are running a Job Club for unemployed people over 4 mornings from 10am until 11-30am. The Jobs Club covers Job Searching, C.V. preparation, Cover Letter Writing, Interview Techniques and Mock Interviews. For further information please contact Teresa or Linda on 042 9748090 or 086 8105058 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CRECHE FUNDRAISING RAFFLE

Andrew Weir (ticket number 116) was the winner of the Summer Bundle raffle which was held live on facebook last Friday. The creche would like to thank the 196 entrants who purchased tickets for the raffle – your support was very much appreciated.

OUTDOOR BOWLS

This weekend will see the Ballybay/Derryvalley Bowling competition. The draw will take place on Thursday 28th April and games will take place on Friday 29th, Saturday 30th and Sunday 1st May. It will conclude on Monday 2nd May. All teams will be notified. The bowling green will be open every evening at 7pm – so now is the time to get your practice in.

FAMILY FUN RUN/WALK

On Sunday 1st May a family fun run/walk will be held in the memory of Sharon Caraher. The event is free to enter however donations can be made and these in turn will be donated to Ballybay Cancer society. There will also be prizes for the first male, female and U16 to finish. Registration and warm up takes place from 1-30pm at Pearse Park and the event will start at 2pm. There will be refreshments served afterwards in the Pearse Brothers clubhouse.

FANTASY GOLF

Ballybay Pearse Brothers recently ran a fantasy golf tournament which coincided with the US Masters. The competition was kindly sponsored by Duffy Floor service, New York and the top prize (€1000) was shared between Darragh Drury, Rory Goggins and Dionne Mc Loughlin.

CRECHE FUNDRAISING RAFFLE

Ballybay Community Creche is holding a fantastic summer bundle raffle on Friday 22nd April. The winner will receive a climbing frame/swing set and an 8ft trampoline. Entries at the brilliant price of just €10 can be made via paypal, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or directly at the creche. All proceeds will be used to improve the new outdoor area at the creche.

50/50 DRAW


As it was Easter the Pearse Brothers decided to give away €1000 to the winner of their weekly 50/50 draw. The winner was ticket number 522 which belonged to Sarah Keenan. Five spot prises were also drawn and the winners were, Sean Gorman (317), Orla Lavelle (564), Stephen Drury (682), Owen Shevlin (373) and Angela Rutledge (553). The delayed week 17 draw winner was Enda Monaghan who collected a nice €435. Congratulations to everyone. To enter next week’s draw see the link here: https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraiser/tickets  or go to the club website.

OUTDOOR BOWLS


The AGM of the Outdoor Bowls Club was held on Tuesday 12th April in the bowling pavilion. It was well attended event and our President Malachy Mc Skane got proceedings underway with a welcome to all the members. The Secretary and the Treasurer both submitted their reports which were very detailed and covered all aspects of the successful running of the outdoor bowling club.
The election of officers followed with Malachy Mc Skane  holding on to the President position. The Chairman for the coming year will be Brendan Maginnis, the Vice Chairperson will be Seamus Winters, Secretary – Cora Smyth (unchanged) with Geraldine Sherlock getting the Assistant Secretary position. Treasurer went to Benny Smyth and Bertie Latimer will be Assistant Treasurer.
The selection committee to select a team for the Border Counties  will be Goerge Berry, Malachy Mc Skane, Brendan Maginnis and Seamus Winters. The committee will meet on the Monday before the game. The PRO for the coming season will be appointed at a later meeting. The new Chairperson then said we will have a pairs tournament starting on 30th April and running over the May holiday weekend. You can book with Brendan on 097 2712899 or Benny on 087 4152392.

CHRISTCHURCH COFFEE MORNING

The first coffee morning  to be held in Ballybay Parish Hall, Church Street will be on Tuesday next 12th April. Teas, coffee and refreshments will be served from 11am until 12-30pm. The coffee morning will be held on the second Tuesday of every month going forward. Please come and join us for a chat over a cup of tea or coffee, bring your friends- no need to book. Everyone Welcome!

FUN TABLE QUIZ

Monaghan Toastmasters are hosting a Fun Table quiz in Terry’s Bar Monaghan on Friday evening next (8 for 8-30pm). The group have some Ballybay members so your support would be very appreciated. Table of 4 is €40 and the winning team will win €100.

ALL SPORT EASTER CAMP

Dessie Ward is running an All Sport Easter Camp from Wednesday 13th April until Friday 15th April from 10am until 2pm each day. The camp is excellent value at just €45 and is suitable for boys and girls aged 7 to 14. To book text 0863764114.

50/50 DRAW

This week’s draw took place on Monday night and the winner was Sean and Bernie Duffy (ticket number 216). Sean and Bernie’s  prize was €500.  There were two extra draws this week. Both Sally Mc Aviney and Ronan Mc Donnell won €50 worth of GAA draw tickets. To enter next week’s draw see the link here: https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraiser/tickets  or go to the club website.

CRECHE FUNDRAISING RAFFLE

Ballybay Community Creche is holding a fantastic summer bundle raffle on Friday 22nd April. The winner will receive a climbing frame/swing set and an 8ft trampoline. Entries at the brilliant price of just €10 can be made via paypal, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or directly at the creche. All proceeds will be used to improve the new outdoor area at the creche.

CENTRAL SCHOOL DONATE TO CANCER SOCIETY

Following the Christmas Walk to School on 20th December €261 was collected for Ballybay Cancer Society.  Charlie Mills called to the school recently and received the cheque which he passed on to the Treasurer of Ballybay Cancer Society.  Many thanks to all who donated.

OVER €5000 COLLECTED FOR UKRAINE

The recent special collection for the situation in the Ukraine has yielded €5,335 which has now been forwarded to Trocaire. For the remainder of Lent the parish would very much appreciate if parishioners could concentrate on the original 2022 Lenten campaign. The parish very much appreciate the generosity of all at this difficult time.

IN MEMORY OF BRENDAN FINNEGAN

‘In memory of Brendan Finnegan’ is a GOFUNDME page set up by the Finnegan family and friends to raise funds for the Ballybay Cancer Society and the Cavan/Monaghan Palliative Care Group. These two charities played a big role in Brendan’s care during his short illness. On Saturday 28th May a number of Brendan’s friends and family will climb Croagh Patrick in his memory. The family would very much appreciate your support for these worthy causes.

HOLY WEEK CEREMONIES

With a reduced number of priests available for active pastoral ministry across the parishes not all churches will be able to have a full schedule of Easter Ceremonies. This means some parishioners may have to attend neighbouring churches/parishes to avail of some of the Holy Week Liturgies. The schedule across the five local parishes is as follows:

  • Palm Sunday April 10th – Vigil Masses (Saturday 9th) Ballybay 6pm/Latton 7-30pm/Clontibret 7-30pm and Castleblayney 6pm
  • Palm Sunday April 10th - Masses – Tullycorbet 9-30am/Ballybay 12-15pm/ Annyalla 10am/Doohamlet 10am/Lough Egish 11-30am/Castleblayney 11-30am
  • Holy Thursday April 14th – Evening Masses of the Lord’s Supper. Ballintra 6pm/Ballybay 7-30pm/Annyalla 7-30pm/Latton 7-30pm/Lough Egish 7-30pm/ Castleblayney 7-30pm
  • Good Friday April 15th – Solemn Liturgies – Ballybay 3pm/Tullycorbet 7-30pm/Doohamlet 7-30pm/Bawn 7-30pm/Carrickatee 3pm/Castleblayney 3pm
  • Holy Saturday April 17th – Easter Vigils 9in 3 of the 5 parishes) – Ballybay 8pm/Carrickatee 8pm/Castleblayney 8pm
  • Easter Sunday April 17th – Masses – Ballintra 11am/Ballybay 12-15pm/Annyalla 10am/Latton 10am/Oram 10am/Bawn 11-30am/Lough Egish 11-30am/Clontibret 11-30am/Castleblayney 11-30am.

CONFIRMATION

Congratulations to the pupils from Scoil Eanna who made their confirmation on Sunday past. Bishop Larry Duffy was in attendance in St. Patrick’s to deliver the sacrament.

SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR UKRAINE

A special collection for the situation in the Ukraine is underway. Parishioners are invited to place a donation in an ordinary envelope marked, “Ukraine Special Collection – Parish of Tullycorbet” and place it in the collection boxes in the church porches at any of the upcoming masses.

YOGA

Relieve stress and anxiety, improve your overall well-being. It helps balance emotions. Improves flexibility, gently stretch connective tissues, boosts circulation, improves sleep, enhances mental focus and promotes total relaxation. Monday nights 7.30 to 8.30 in Ballybay Church Street Hall A75AC99. Please bring your own mat and a cosy blanket to relax. €10 per night. No need to book in advance.

SKILLS DAY SUNDAY WEEK

If you fancy a lovely family day out, Pearse Park is the place to be on Sunday 3rd April as we will be hosting a skills day for every person within the local community. We would love to see up on 200+ people from toddlers to great grand parents all with a ball with them for a fun and memorable day. The GAA is about coming together and making memories so let's make this a great one. Special club stars will be making an appearance to encourage all the young talent of the club. 

FAITH MISSION

All are welcome to the Faith Mission monthly Gospel Meeting on Friday 1st April 2022 at 8pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church  kindly granted (instead of hall).  The visiting speaker is Philip Condell.    Organised by Brian and Hazel Parker Faith Mission Area Workers Cootehill.