CHRISTMAS LIGHTS TURN ON

The Christmas lights will be turned on this year at 7-30pm tomorrow Friday 8th December. The honour on this occasion will fall to the lady footballers of Latton who recently won the Monaghan and Ulster Intermediate club titles. Santa Claus will also be in attendance with presents for all the children who are present on the night.

SCOIL EANNA CAROL SERVICE AND RAFFLE

Scoil Èanna Ballybay presents a Christmas Carol Service where all the pupils will perform traditional Christmas carols in St Patrick’s Church on Wednesday 13th of December at 7pm. Donation box will be at door. Everybody welcome. The Parents Association will be holding their Christmas Bonanza Draw on the evening with six great prizes on offer.
1st prize Giant hamper plus vegetable hamper also cash prize of €150 2nd prize Turkey & Ham plus €50 town vouchers 3rd prize €50 Fuel & car accessory voucher 4th prize €50 shopping & meat voucher 5th prize €50 Drapery/clothing voucher 6th prize vegetable hamper & meat voucher.
Plus loads more fantastic prizes, hampers and vouchers. Tickets are €2 each or 3 for €5. Tickets can be purchased in the local shops and also on the night. Please support look forward to seeing you on the night.

CHRIST CHURCH AUGHNAMULLEN

Christchurch Aughnamullen are holding their annual Carol Service this Sunday 10th December at 3pm and will be conducted by Mr. Storey Diocesan Lay Reader. Everyone is most welcome to this special service to celebrate the Christmas season.

DISPLAY YOUR LOCAL PICTURES

Thanks to everyone who displayed pictures in November on the Ballybay and its People facebook page. The images were fantastic and the feedback excellent. The theme for December will be ALL THINGS CHRISTMAS. Remember the rules maximum four pictures per person related to the theme and off course taken locally in and around Ballybay. You don't need an expensive camera and you can even take them on your phone. If anyone has any ideas for other themes you can either post on the page or contact Dolores Maguire at 086 8340501.

LATTON CHRISTMAS FAYRE

A Christmas Fayre in aid of Scoil Mhuire, Latton will be held in the Community Centre, Latton on Sunday next 9th December beginning at 1pm. Its guaranteed to be a great family occasion with lots of music and entertainment.

CUAN MHUIRE BAZAAR

The annual Christmas Bazaar sponsored by Gerry’s Take Away will take place at Cuan Mhuire on Sunday next 10th December at 3pm. There are 200 prizes on offer and Santa Claus will be visiting with a present for every child. Everyone welcome.

TIDY TOWNS CLEAN UP

A massive thank you to all who turned up on Saturday last to help with the Tidy Towns Committees winter clean up. Pictured are some of the committee and volunteers who braved the frosty weather to support the clean up.

NOVEMBER CLEAN UP  CLEAN UP NOVEMBER

CHRIST CHURCH NEWS

On Saturday the 9th of December at 6pm Christ Church youth club are holding their Christmas disco party night in the church hall, all national school children are very welcome to come along and of course if any secondary school children would like to come and share their moves they are most welcome, parents are invited to stay for a cup of tea or coffee and a catch up.
On Wednesday the 20th of December at 8pm Christ Church are holding their annual Carol service, we are having the Dungannon silver band, Ballybay Community choir and Camphill Community bell ringers all taking part so it definitely is an evening not to be missed, refreshments served afterwards. All are very welcome so we hope to see you there.

PEARSE BROTHERS WIN LEAGUE

On Sunday Ballybay Pearse Brothers defeated Scotstown 2-14 to 1-9 at Monaghan to claim back to back Division 1 league titles (Owen Ward Cup). Full report on a great display available in the sports pages.

SENIOR CITIZENS CHRISTMAS PARTY SUCCESS

Last Friday night over 360 guests enjoyed a four course Christmas meal at Gerry Mc Elroy’s annual Senior Citizens Party. After the meal everyone enjoyed dancing to Dermot Mc Connell and there was also a special guest appearance by country legend Susan Mc Cann. A number of people have been in touch to pass on their thanks to Lisdoonan, Gerry and his family and staff and George Wallace and his staff for a truly wonderful event.

CAROL SERVICE AT CROSSDUFF

Crossduff Parish near Shantonagh will host their annual Carol Service on Sunday 3rd December at 3pm. The guest preacher will be the Rev. Colin Mc Conaghie (Carrickmacross) and music will be provided by the Ballybay Country Gospel Group. There will be refreshments in the old stables afterwards and everyone is welcome.

BALLINTRA PLAYERS

The Ballintra Players drama group based in Drumhowan will present “A Matter Of Conscience” & “Roma”, two one act plays written by Eugene Mc Cabe and directed by Tommy Mc Ardle in Iontas on 1st December at 8pm. The plays were successfully staged in Drumhowan last weekend.

PEARSE BROTHERS XMAS TOURNAMENT

THE BATTLE OF CLONES 1997

On Saturday December 23rd Ballybay Pearse Brothers would like to invite all the current/ past players, management, family members and all supporters of the 1997 Division 2 Minor League Team that won an epic battle against a talented Tyholland team in Clones to a DVD night in Pat O Briens Bar, Ballybay from 9: 30pm. It marks 20 years since that wonderful achievement and a great night of craic is sure to be had with the burning question Was JP Carroll going for a goal or a point? Everyone is welcome and food will be served at half time on the night.

GERRY’S CLOSING EARLY ON SATURDAY

Gerry’s Take Away on the Main Street will be closing on Saturday next at 5pm due to the fundraising dance in Lisdoonan on Saturday evening. Gerry is very sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause. The fundraising dance on Saturday night will raise monies for a number of local charities. Don’t worry if you have not got a ticket you can pay on the door.

TIDY TOWNS ORGANISE CLEAN UP

Ballybay Tidy Towns are planning a clean-up on Saturday next 25th November. It will involve litter picking, pulling weeds which is particularly bad on the Main Street, and a general clean-up of derelict property. If you could spare an hour please let any member of the Tidy Town Committee know and then meet at the Square at 10am.

PEARSE BROTHER AGM

The club AGM will take place on Friday 1st of December at 7:30pm in the Pearse Brothers Centre. Nomination forms will be circulated by post and e-mail in the coming days.

COMMUNITY CAROL SERVICE

You are invited to a Community Carol Service on Sunday 3rd December 2017 at 7pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian church (kindly granted). Carol singing, local children taking part and Soloist: Lizzie Allister. Christmas message by Andrew McCullough, Faith Mission. Everyone is welcome. Bring a friend. Refreshments served afterwards. "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus; for He shall save His people from their sins." Matthew 1:21

PEARSE BROTHERS REACH LEAGUE FINAL

Ballybay Pearse Brothers defeated Latton 1-16 to 2-8 on Sunday last to reach the 2017 league final. In that decider they will play county champions Scotstown. Full match report available on the sports pages.

COFFEE MORNING FOR SPECIAL NEEDS

Ballybay Special Needs annual coffee morning and cake sale takes place on Friday 24th November from 10am to 2pm beside Pat O Brien's pub. Loads of cakes and goodies and a raffle on the day. Proceeds go to our special needs centers caring for our children and adults.

CHRIST CHURCH SAYS THANK YOU

Christ Church Ballybay would like to say a big, big thank you to each and everyone one of you that helped make our Seasonal Supper Suggestions evening last Thursday the 16th November such a huge success. A very special thank you to Astrid Moffett for all her hard work, for sharing her cookery expertise with us and sending us home with wonderful ideas and inspiration, what a fabulous cookery demonstration which everyone seemed to really enjoy, well done Astrid we very much appreciate all you put into the evening.

WALKING GROUP

The Ballybay Walking Group meets every Tuesday night in the Town Park at 7pm. They also meet on Wednesday mornings at 9.30am in the Town Park. Everyone is welcome regardless of age or fitness level.

GERRYS BIG SIX HOUR BASH ON SATURDAY

Gerry Mc Elroy’s annual fundraising dance takes place on Saturday night with six hours of music and dancing promised. Once again Lisdoonan Community Centre will be the venue for an evening which will kick off at 8pm. First up DJ Stefan will warm up the audience from 8pm until 10pm and then Longford Legend Mick Flavin will take to the stage and play until midnight. At 12 another Longford Legend Declan Nearney will complete the night with another two hours of great music. All of this will cost just €15 and all the proceeds will be in aid of local Senior Citizens Groups. Supper will be served at 12am so you can keep your energy levels up for the late run in. Don’t worry if you haven’t got a ticket as you can pay on the door.

CHRISTMAS CARDS TO AID CHARITY

Local newsagents Darren and Therese Smyth have come up with a novel way to raise money for the Ballybay Cancer Society. The forward thinking business duo have produced Christmas cards with greetings from Ballybay, Latton, Aughnamullen and Tullycorbett. A percentage of the sale of all cards sold will be donated to the charity. The cards are available from their shop in the Square.

LOCAL MAN CHASES NUMBER ONE SPOT

Local quiz master Stephen Duffy has produced his third quiz book and is chasing the number one spot for Christmas book sales in Eason’s Monaghan. Stephen’s second quiz book was the top seller in Eason’s Monaghan last year even outselling Paul O Connell’s biography and he is well on the way to reclaiming the accolade this year. His book priced at just €10 makes a great stocking filler and has been endorsed by Dragon Dens Gavin Duffy (no relation). Copies of the book are available in all local book shops or by contacting Stephen at 087 7687780.

MARATHON RUN RAISES OVER €1400

Local lady Martina Stuart recently ran the Dublin City Marathon and in the process raised €1470 for ‘Feileacain’ (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland). Martina would like to sincerely thank everyone who helped raise funds and the local businesses (Smyth’s Newsagents, Gerry’s, Robin Mc Donnell and Ballybay Pharmacy) who permitted her to leave sponsor cards in their shops. Martina greatly appreciated everyone’s support.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

The Christmas lights will be turned on this year at 7-30pm on Friday 8th December. The honour on this occasion will fall to the lady footballers of Latton who recently won the Monaghan and Ulster Intermediate club titles. Santa Claus will also be in attendance with presents for all the children who are present on the night.

CHAMBER VOUCHERS

Ballybay Chamber of Commerce vouchers are available to purchase throughout the town. The vouchers are available in €10 and €20 denominations and will make great Christmas presents. The vouchers can be used all year. The Chamber would like locals to consider shopping local this year and to help keep money and jobs in the town.

SECOND TITLE FOR JAMIE

JAMIE WESTLatton bowler Jamie West has enhanced his reputation once again with a victory in the Killany singles tournament. After three tough games it was final time. In the decider Jamie was losing by two shots with just one bowl left. Jamie then delivered a brilliant shot, splitting the jack and disloding a number of bowls and winning by a single shot. This was Jamie's second tournament victory in the month of October.

Monaghan LEADER Social Enterprise Training

Is your community group eligible to apply for Monaghan LEADER funding? Are you thinking about developing a community or social enterprise in County Monaghan? If the answer is ‘Yes’ to either of the questions above, then you may be interested in joining the Monaghan LEADER Social Enterprise Training Programme.

Run over 8 evenings in Castleblayney from November 2017 to March 2018, this practical and engaging programme will enable you to work with an experienced social enterprise trainer to develop a credible and focused Business Plan that is ‘grant application ready’. Marketing, human resources, income generation and corporate governance are just some of the key topics that will be covered over the duration of the programme.

To facilitate busy managers and volunteers, training workshops are scheduled to take place from 7pm – 10pm on each of the following dates:

November 15 & 29
December 6 & 13
January 17 & 31
February 21 & March 7

A day long field trip to social enterprises will take place on February 7th.

Places on this free to attend programme are limited, so please contact the training facilitator, Caroline Egan from CramdenTECH without delay. The closing date for expressions of interest is November 8th.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 087-2194541 to book a place!

HEADS SHAVED FOR CANCER

LORRAINE AND COOn Saturday night last Lorraine Duffy celebrated her 40th Birthday with a difference. While all her family and friends had gathered in the Community Centre in Aughhnamullen Lorraine had her hair shaved in aid of the Ballybay Cancer Society. Joanne Marron had her pony tail removed and Noel Farrell also had his head shaved. Monies are still coming in so we will report back in a few weeks with the total amount raised. In the meantime HAPPY BIRTHDAY LORRAINE.

SOCIAL GROUP MEETING

Ballybay Social Group meet again on Friday 10 November next from 11.30 onwards at Cuan Mhuire, Monaghan Road, Ballybay. It is open to whoever would like to drop in, morning/coffee and scones are served with lunch at 12.30pm. There is a special flower arrangement session by Brid Clerkin (Monaghan) who will demonstrate the making of beautiful table centre pieces and other ornamental patterns. Free raffles and spot prizes, chat and friendship are also on the programme! Hope to see you there. Any queries, contact 086 0660270.

COFFEE MORNING FOR SPECIAL NEEDS

Ballybay Special Needs annual coffee morning and cake sale takes place on Friday 24th November from 10am to 2pm beside Pat O Brien's pub. Loads of cakes and goodies and a raffle on the day. Proceeds go to our special needs centers caring for our children and adults.

CAMPHILL CHRISTMAS CRAFT SALE

The annual Christmas Craft Sale in aid of Camphill will take place on 18th November 2017 from 2pm - 5pm. Admission is free and it promises to be a great day out for all the family. All the usual attractions will be on offer. Donations of Bric a Brac / cakes who be very much appreciated. For further information contact the Camphill Community at 0429748197.

WALKING GROUP

The Ballybay Walking Group meets every Tuesday night in the Town Park at 7pm. They will also be starting a morning walk next Wednesday 15th at 9.30am in the Town Park. Everyone is welcome regardless of age or fitness level.

TWO WEEKS TO GERRYS BIG SIX HOUR BASH

Gerry Mc Elroy’s annual fundraising dance takes place in just two weeks on Saturday 25th November and this year Gerry is promising six hours of music and dancing. Once again Lisdoonan Community Centre will be the venue for an evening which will kick off at 8pm. First up DJ Stefan will warm up the audience from 8pm until 10pm and then Longford Legend Mick Flavin will take to the stage and play until midnight. At 12 another Longford Legend Declan Nearney will complete the night with another two hours of great music. All of this will cost just €15 and all the proceeds will be in aid of local Senior Citizens Groups. Supper will be served at 12am so you can keep your energy levels up for the late run in. Tickets are available from Gerry’s Take Away in Ballybay.

SENIOR CITIZENS CHRISTMAS PARTY

Gerry’s Prepared Veg and Take Away present their annual senior citizens Christmas Party in Lisdoonan Community Centre on Friday 24th November. Admission to the event is free and will include a four course meal followed by dancing to Dermot Mc Connell. The evening kicks off at 7pm. Tickets for the night are available from Gerry’s in Main Street, Ballybay.

LATTON LADIES REACH ALL IRELAND SEMI FINAL

Latton Ladies have reached the All Ireland intermediate club semi-final after winning in Liverpool at the weekend. Goals from Shannon Conlon, Emilie Culleton and Joanne Culleton proved decisive as they beat John Mitchells 3-7 to 1-10. In the All Ireland semi-final they play Meath side Dunboyne on 19th November.

FAITH MISSION RALLY

Everyone is invited to a Faith Mission Rally meeting in Faith Mission Hall, Bushford, Rockcorry on Thursday 16th November 2017 at 8pm. Speaker: Andrew McCullough. Special singing. Refreshments afterwards.

BONNIE DUFFY HONOURED IN NEW YORK

BONNIE DUFFY NYOn Saturday night last Ballybay native Bonnie Duffy and his wife Cathriona Brady (Aghabog) were guests of honour at the 105th Monaghan Society of New York annual dinner dance. Bonnie who is a former Ballybay Pearse Brothers player is the current chairman of Monaghan GAA in New York. Bonnie has never forgotten his roots and is a frequent visitor home to Ballybay.

ENTERPRISE CENTRE AND LIBRARY TO HOST FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS

The Cavan Monaghan Science Festival will commencing shortly and this year as part of the festival there will be four workshops hosted in Ballybay. These workshops will be hosted on 13th/14th/15th November and are free to attend but booking is essential. Details of all four workshops is listed below.

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Peace IV Funding

Monaghan Local Community Development Committee
Peace IV Partnership Board
Small Grants Programme

Monaghan LCDC Peace IV Small Grants programme is now open.

If you have an idea for a project that you wish to discuss with us we are holding a couple of drop in sessions. You will have an opportunity to discuss your project with us, and to ask any queries you may have.

28th September 2017, 6pm, YWCA, Y-Zone, Monaghan
29th September 2017, 2.30pm, Iontas, Castleblayney

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DISPLAY YOUR LOCAL PICTURES

It has now been decided that anyone interested in taking local pictures and having them displayed can do so on the BALLYBAY AND ITS PEOPLE Facebook page. There will be one theme per month and anyone can post up to four photographs. As we head to Autumn there are beautiful colours in the countryside so October’s theme is AUTUMN CHANGES. You don’t need an expensive camera and you could even take pictures on your phone. When you post please indicate were the picture was taken. The November theme will be LOCAL, OLD AND DERELICT BUILDINGS. If anyone has any ideas for other themes you can either post on the page or contact Dolores Maguire at 086 8340501.

CONFIRMATION 2018

The 2018 confirmation will take place in St. Patrick’s Ballybay on Saturday 12th May 2018 at 11am. It might be a long way off but it’s certainly worth noting in your diary.

JUST FOUR WEEKS TO GERRYS BIG SIX HOUR BASH

Gerry Mc Elroy’s annual fundraising dance takes place just four weeks on Saturday 25th November and this year Gerry is promising six hours of music and dancing. Once again Lisdoonan Community Centre will be the venue for an evening which will kick off at 8pm. First up DJ Stefan will warm up the audience from 8pm until 10pm and then Longford Legend Mick Flavin will take to the stage and play until midnight. At 12 another Longford Legend Declan Nearney will complete the night with another two hours of great music. All of this will cost just €15 and all the proceeds will be in aid of local Senior Citizens Groups. Supper will be served at 12am so you can keep your energy levels up for the late run in. Tickets are available from Gerry’s Take Away in Ballybay.

CHARITY NIGHT FOR CANCER SOCIETY

Local lady Lorraine Duffy along with Joanne Marron and Noel Farrell will be having their heads shaved in aid of the Ballybay Cancer Society. Lorraine is celebrating her 40th Birthday and has decided to organise the event for a great cause. It will take place in Aughnamullen Community Centre on Saturday 4th November and there will music on the night by Adrian Wilson, refreshments and a raffle. H2O Hair and Beauty will be conducting the chop however it has been rumoured that former county footballer Paul Finlay will also be involved.

CHRIST CHURCH BALLYBAY

A date for your diaries...on Thursday 16th November at 8 pm sharp Christ Church are holding a Seasonal Supper Suggestions Cookery Demonstration in the church hall hosted by Astrid Moffett. This event is in aid of church repair funds and should be a very eventful evening indeed, one not to be missed! Tickets €10 each. Further information is available from 0868299672.

MS COLLECTION

The Monaghan Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society are having a church gate collection this weekend in all three local churches. Your support would be very much appreciated.

LOURDES DANCE

The Lourdes Invalid Fund Dance which was held on Friday 13th October was a major success. The committee would like to thank the following – all who turned up or bought tickets, those who sold tickets and who donated spot prizes, Tullycorbet CCE, Ballybay Line dancers, Celtic Swing, Ballybay Pearse Brothers, George Wallace and staff and anyone else who helped out in anyway. The committee would also like to wish Fr. La all the best in his new post in Pettigo.

PINK RIBBON DAY RAISES OVER €5000

The annual Pink Ribbon Day which raises money for Breast Cancer has raised the fantastic sum of €5, 120. 40c. Local organiser Paddy Gilmour was delighted with the amount, saying, “Once again the people of Ballybay and surrounding areas have been most generous. To raise over €5000 in the town is amazing. I would like to most sincerely thank all the volunteers who helped o the day and all who generously contributed”.

VOTE FOR LIAM

Last week we reported that local publican Liam Smyth had been named regional winner of the 2017 Irish Pub Awards personality of the Year. Liam will now contest the overall award with 7 other publicans from all over the country. You can do your bit for Liam by giving him your vote. If you would like to help out then vote for Liam at: https://www.irishpubawards.ie/winners/personality-of-the-year

CONOR DUFFY WINS WETLANDS 5K

Local athlete Conor Duffy was the winner of the Wetlands Running Club 5k on Sunday last. Over 100 athletes including 13 Wetland Runners took part in the event. Conor won in a fantastic time of 15mins 39seconds while the first lady home was Donna Mone in overall 10th place and in a time of 18minutes 46seconds. Well done to all concerned.

TULLYCORBET INDOOR BOWLS

The indoor bowls at Tullycorbet Community Centre resumes on Sunday evening next 22nd October at 8pm. Old and new members welcome.

LATTON CENTENARY GALA BALL

The Latton O'Rahilly G.A.A. Centenary Gala Ball takes place in The Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney on Sunday 29th October. Celebrating 100 years of Latton GAA activities, great memories will be recalled, as old acquaintanaces are renewed and a vision for the next 100 years is presented. This is an occasion for everyone with any association to the O'Rahilly's Club not to miss. Players, former players, supporters (at home and away, all team mentors, juvenile parents etc, the" O'Rahilly Club is at the Heart of our Community, the excellence's of the facilities are available to all of our people, the range of activities provided from the O'Rahilly facilities offers, activities, friendship and a sense of pride to everyone in the area, young and old. Sunday 29th October gives everyone the occasion to celebrate the Clubs great achievements, honour the hard work of so many over the 100 years to give us what we have. To attend this Centenary Celebration is an opportunity we will not have again, so for your seat/ticket, please contact any club executive member or Ken Farmer on 087-2476176.

The Gala Ball evening will commence with a Wine Reception at 6pm and Banquet Dinner at 7pm. There will be a Centenary Exhibition, Complimentary Photo Memento, Personal Mementos of the Occasion, Auction and Raffle with Music from the Rubber Ducks. Formal Dress. Dress Suits for Gala Ball are available to hire at concessionary price's from E & M Stores, Cootehill.

Monaghan LEADER is supporting Social Enterprise Training programme

Monaghan LEADER is supporting the delivery of a Social Enterprise Training programme which will commence with a one day workshop event on Monday 23 October in the Iontas Centre Castleblayney.

This FREE one day workshop will introduce you to how to develop a social enterprise in your community and offer you the opportunity to participate in a training programme which will be delivered over the coming months. We are working with CramdenTECH who are our training facilitators for this programme. 

All enquiries should be directed to Caroline Egan from CramdenTECH immediately. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 087-2194541 before October 19th to book a place!

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ANOTHER QUIZ BOOK FROM STEPHEN DUFFY

DSC 0473Local quiz man Stephen Duffy has produced his third quiz book and its available to buy locally. Stephen who has a passion for quizzes has been making up questions for clubs, schools and groups for over twenty years and his new book entitled “A Quiz Book for All” is exactly that. Available in all local shops in Ballybay, Castleblayney, Carrickmacross and Eason’s in Monaghan and Cavan it is aimed at family homes, school classrooms, quizmasters and activity co-ordinators. Stephen also received a massive endorsement when Dragons Den Gavin Duffy tweeted “If you are setting or participating in quizzes this book by Stephen Duffy (no relation) is a great resource. At €10 its excellent value and like in previous years it would make a great Christmas present. A copy of the book is also available courtesy of Stephen in the library.

Stephen Duffy presenting two copies of his new book A Quiz Book for All to Ballybay Librarian Matthew Murphy.

GERRY PROMISING SIX HOURS OF MUSIC AND DANCING

Gerry Mc Elroy’s annual fundraising dance takes place on Saturday 25th November and this year Gerry is promising six hours of music and dancing. Once again Lisdoonan Community Centre will be the venue for an evening which will kick off at 8pm. First up DJ Stefan will warm up the audience from 8pm until 10pm and then Longford Legend Mick Flavin will take to the stage and play until midnight. At 12 another Longford Legend Declan Nearney will complete the night with another two hours of great music. All of this will cost just €15 and all the proceeds will be in aid of local Senior Citizens Groups. Supper will be served at 12am so you can keep your energy levels up for the late run in. Tickets are available from Gerry’s Take Away in Ballybay. More details next week.

SENIOR CITIZENS CHRISTMAS PARTY

Gerry’s Prepared Veg and Take Away present their annual senior citizens Christmas Party in Lisdoonan Community Centre on Friday 24th November. Admission to the event is free and will include a four course meal followed by dancing to Dermot Mc Connell. The evening kicks off at 7pm. Tickets for the night are available from Gerry’s in Main Street, Ballybay.

MARTINA STUART TO RUN DUBLIN MARATHON

Local lady Martina Stuart is running the Dublin Marathon on Sunday 29th October. As Martina runs the 26 miles she will be raising funds for the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland. This is a non-profit organisation which offers support to anyone who has been affected by the passing of a baby during or after pregnancy. Anyone interested in making a donation towards Martina’s efforts can do so at most local shops.

OCTOBER RETREAT

Cuan Mhuire will be the venue for a retreat on October 21st and 22nd. This retreat will be lead by Father Brian Kavanagh and will the theme ‘Happiness’. More details to follow shortly.

THE LATE TOMMY MC CUDDEN

It is with deep regret that we report the sad passing of Tommy Mc Cudden. Tommy hailed from Killeevan but had a hardware business in the town and played football for the Pearse Brothers as well as the County. Tommy was buried in Newtownbutler on Monday last.

CHRIST CHURCH BALLYBAY

A great big thank you to Charlie Mills for giving such an inspiring sermon at our Harvest thanksgiving last Sunday the 8th of October. Also a huge thank you to the Ballybay country gospel singers for their truly glorious music, so uplifting, it was a lovely service.
A date for your diaries...on Thursday 16th November at 8 pm sharp Christ Church are holding a Seasonal Supper Suggestions Cookery Demonstration in the church hall hosted by Astrid Moffett. This event is in aid of church repair funds and should be a very eventful evening indeed, one not to be missed! Tickets €10 each.

LATTON CENTENARY GALA BALL

The Latton O'Rahilly G.A.A. Centenary Gala Ball takes place in The Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney on Sunday 29th October. Celebrating 100 years of Latton GAA activities, great memories will be recalled, as old acquaintanaces are renewed and a vision for the next 100 years is presented. This is an occasion for everyone with any association to the O'Rahilly's Club not to miss. Players, former players, supporters (at home and away, all team mentors, juvenile parents etc, the" O'Rahilly Club is at the Heart of our Community, the excellence's of the facilities are available to all of our people, the range of activities provided from the O'Rahilly facilities offers, activities, friendship and a sense of pride to everyone in the area, young and old. Sunday 29th October gives everyone the occasion to celebrate the Clubs great achievements, honour the hard work of so many over the 100 years to give us what we have. To attend this Centenary Celebration is an opportunity we will not have again, so for your seat/ticket, please contact any club executive member or Ken Farmer on 087-2476176.

The Gala Ball evening will commence with a Wine Reception at 6pm and Banquet Dinner at 7pm. There will be a Centenary Exhibition, Complimentary Photo Memento, Personal Mementos of the Occasion, Auction and Raffle with Music from the Rubber Ducks. Formal Dress.

All who have reserved Tables/Individual Tickets/Couple or number of Ticket ,can Collect and Pay for tickets from the O'Rahilly G.A.A. Centre on TUESDAY NEXT,17th October from 7.30pm to 9pm.All please note-tickets must be paid for at time of collection. Dress Suits for Gala Ball are available to hire at concessionary price's from E & M Stores, Cootehill.

CHARITY NIGHT FOR CANCER SOCIETY

Local lady Lorraine Duffy will soon be forty but instead of having a big bash at home Lorraine has decided to have her head shaved for the Ballybay Cancer Society. The night will take place on Saturday 4th November – more details next week.

GIVE BLOOD

There will be a blood donation clinic in Ballybay on Thursday 12th October. The clinic will be located behind the Community College and will run from 4-30pm until 8pm. Further information is available at https://www.giveblood.ie/

TULLYCORBET YOUTH CLUB

A Public Meeting to discuss the re-establishment of Tullycorbet Youth Club for children aged 10 and over will be held in the Community Centre on Tuesday 10th October at 8pm. Alan Ryan from Youth Work Ireland will be in attendance.

INFORMATION MORNING

Monaghan Integrated Development CLG are celebrating 21 years in existence. As part of their celebrations they will be hosting an information morning today 5th October. From 10am until 12noon. The venue is Birch Court and everyone is welcome to drop in for a chat and a cup of tea.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING

Christ Church Ballybay are having their Harvest Thanksgiving Service this Sunday the 8th October at 3:30pm, guest Speaker Mr Charlie Mills, music by Ballybay country gospel group, refreshments served in the church hall afterwards, all very welcome.

ANNUAL ROAD RACE

Ballybay Wetlands Running Club’s Annual Road Race will take place on Sunday 15th October at 11.00am from Ballybay Recreation Centre Ballybay. Please note change of venue from last year’s run and also it will be a 5K run this year unlike previous years where it was a 5miler this is due to circumstances beyond our control. It is a relatively flat route and part of the Monaghan Distance AA League. Plenty of prizes on the day.

SOCIAL CLUB

Ballybay Social Club holds their second meeting of the new season on Friday 13 October in Cuan Mhuire starting from 11.30am. Everyone is invited, just turn up and you`ll be made welcome. Lunch is served after elevenses and there`ll be the usual free draws, entertainment and time to chat together with old friends and make new ones. All for €6. Any queries call, 086 0660 270.

CAMERA CLUB UPDATE

Recently Dolores Maguire enquired if anyone locally was interested in setting up a Camera Club in the town. Over 20 people got in touch however after much discussion it was decided that because a lot of people are already posting some of their favourite photos on the excellent Ballybay & its People facebook page that those interested in photography can post on that page. It is hoped that at the end of November an exhibition could take place of pictures posted. If anyone is interested in buying any of the images they can contact the photographer directly.

JOHN PAUL 11 AWARD

Are you in Transition Year or above? Would you like to get involved in a nationally recognised youth award that enables you to get involved in your Parish and Local Community? If so then come along to the Pope John Paul 11 award information evening on Wednesday 11th October in the confraternity Rooms from 8pm until 9pm.

NEW DATE FOR GOLF CLASSIC

Due to the Senior Championship semi final replay taking place last Saturday the Golf Classic has now been postponed to Saturday 21 October. Other than the date, everything else is the same and those with tee times booked will be contacted by a member of the organising committee. The Pearse Brothers would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

BIBLE CLUB AND GOSPEL MEETING

The 'Rockcorry Children's Bible Club' for Primary School children takes place on Thursday 5th October from 6 - 7pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church hall. Bring a friend or two with you. Bible lessons, quizzes, singing, games and refreshments. Organised by Ronnie and Carey Killops, Faith Mission. Then on Friday there will be a Gospel Meeting in the Faith Mission Hall, Bushford, Rockcorry 2017 at 8pm. All welcome. Plan to come, and bring a friend. Refreshments afterwards.

BALLYBAY BROWNIE GUIDES

Parents should note that Ballybay Brownie Guides will start again, after summer break, on Thursday 12th October at usual place and time.

COUNTY SEMI FINAL REPLAY

There was heartbreak for Ballybay on Saturday as they lost to Scotstown in the county semi-final replay. The blues now face Magheracloone in the county final. Full reports in the sports pages of the Northern Standard.

OCTOBER RETREAT

Cuan Mhuire will be the venue for a retreat on October 21st and 22nd. This retreat will be lead by Father Brian Kavanagh and will the theme ‘Happiness’. More details to follow shortly.

CERTIFICATE PRESENTATION

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At a Culture Night session last Friday certificates were presented to all Tullycorbet CCÉ members who took the London College of Music Examinations in Irish Traditional Music in May of this year. The branch is very proud of the brilliant results that were achieved by all who took the exam.

CHERNOBYL CHILDRENS CHURCH GATE COLLECTION

This weekend at all masses in Tullycorbet, Ballybay and Ballintra there will be a church gate collection in aid of the children out in Chernobyl, so please dig deep into pockets and give as much as you can for this worthy cause. Many thanks!

WALKING CLUB

The Ballybay Walking club continues to meet every Tuesday. They meet in the Town Park at 7pm and new members are always welcome. It’s a great way to meet new friends, get some exercise and help with your mental health.

LOURDES DANCE

The annual parish dance in aid of the Lourdes Invalid fund will take place on Friday 13th October. The venue will be the Pearse Brothers centre and tickets will soon be available for purchase.

COUNTY SEMI FINAL REPLAY

For long periods last Sunday it looked like Ballybay were on their way to the county final. At one stage they led Scotstown by 8 points however the boys in blue battled back and forced a replay with a very late goal. The replay has been scheduled for Clontibret on Saturday. The winner will play Magheracloone who had a 4-12 to 1-18 win over Latton.

FATHER FLYNN FOR LOUGH DERG

The national and internationally renowned pilgrimage shrine of Lough Derg in Co Donegal is to have a new Prior. As part of the Clogher Diocesan Changes announced on Monday by the Diocesan Administrator, Monsignor Joseph McGuinness, Fr Laurence (La) Flynn, the present Parish Priest of Ballybay (Tullycorbet), Co Monaghan, is to take over the role on 1 October. He will also be the Administrator of the Parish of Pettigo. Fr Flynn will succeed Fr Owen J McEneaney, who has held both roles since 2013 and who has been appointed Parish Priest of Ballybay (Tullycorbet) in place of Fr Flynn. Fr McEneaney previously served in Ballybay during the 1980s following his ordination. We all wish Fr. Flynn every good wish in his new role and we look forward to welcoming Fr. Mc Eneaney back to our parish.

LOCAL WRITERS PLAY PREMIERS IN DUBLIN

“Melt” written by Ballybay playwright Shane Mac an Bhaird will premier in the Smock Alley Theatre during next week’s Dublin Theater Festival. The Festival website describes the play as follows:

A world premiere production, Melt is about the folly of humankind, our Icarus-like ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, and the damage we do ourselves and our world in the process.

Its setting is the Antarctic – the last great wilderness, the edge of the known world, the one relatively uncontaminated territory. Into this idyllic landscape is catapulted the gloriously anarchic Boylan, a pioneering Irish ecologist gone rogue. As the play opens, he is joined by Cook, a young scientist who is strung between his professional ambitions and his romantic longing for the mysterious Dr Hansen – Boylan’s ex-wife.

And then there is Veba, the strange female Boylan captures and brings up from the sub-glacial lake.

Melt is a funny, sophisticated fairytale that explores the human condition, acknowledges its fragility and takes the audience on a jaunt to the edge of the abyss”.

Shane’s father is Desmond Ward, and mother is Sinead Hogan, both of whom are lecturers in Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. He went to Loughmourne National School and then attended Our Lady's Castleblaney Secondary School. ‘Melt’ is Shane’s fourth play and runs from tonight Thursday 28th September until 8th October.

PINK RIBBON DAY

The annual Pink Ribbon Day will take place in the town on Friday 6th October. A variety of items will be on sale throughout the town. Your usual very generous support for this event would be very much appreciated. All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society.

Peace IV Funding

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Peace IV Partnership Board
Small Grants Programme

Monaghan LCDC Peace IV Small Grants programme is now open.

If you have an idea for a project that you wish to discuss with us we are holding a couple of drop in sessions. You will have an opportunity to discuss your project with us, and to ask any queries you may have.

28th September 2017, 6pm, YWCA, Y-Zone, Monaghan
29th September 2017, 2.30pm, Iontas, Castleblayney

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TULLYCORBET TEACHER HAS A HAND IN CHARITY SINGLE

Tullycorbet lady Claire Mc Adam is a teacher at Colaiste Chill Mhantain in County Wicklow. During a workshop with Irish Singer/Songwriter Luan Parle, Claire’s students wrote and recorded the charity single 'Your Love Still Guides My Way'. The single will be released tomorrow Friday 22nd September. The Official Video is live NOW...check it out via this link —https://www.facebook.com/colaistecm/videos/1441726925911405/ or Pre-Order the single TODAY on iTunes from the following link:
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All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Heart Foundation and The Alzheimer Society of Ireland. I’ve had a listen and it’s a cracking song and deserves to do well. There are some very gifted and talented singers and musicians in the class. Well done Claire.

CULTURE NIGHT SESSION

As part of Culture Night there will be a session in Tullycorbett Community Centre tonight at 8pm. Recently crowned All Ireland champions Colm Mc Mahon and Mark Tomany will be among the many musicians who will be performing. Certificates will also be presented to those who recently took the LCM exam.

BALLYBAY GIRL GUIDES and LADYBIRDS

Ballybay Girl Guides and Ballybay Ladybird Guides will recommence this Thursday 21st September at the usual times. Please note the Ballybay Brownies will NOT be starting for a couple of weeks yet but parents will be informed of the opening date in due course.

SUMMER READING CHALLENGE

Any local children who participated in the Library Summer Reading Challenge should leave their completed reading cards back. All those left back in time will have a chance to win tickets to Tayto Park.

OCTOBER RETREAT

Cuan Mhuire will be the venue for a retreat on October 21st and 22nd. This retreat will be lead by Father Brian Kavanagh and will the theme ‘Happiness’. More details to follow shortly.

WALKING GROUP RESUMES

The Walking Group has resumed after the summer and will continue in the Town Park every Tuesday evening at 7pm. This group is open to males and females and if the interest is there then an extra night (Thursday) will be added. Please try and get there before 7pm and if you have a high vis vest please take it along.

GOLF CLASSIC

Ballybay Pearse Brothers will host a gold classic at Clones Golf Club on Saturday 30th September. There will be €2000 worth of prizes at the Drury Centra sponsored event. Entry to the classic costs just €140 per team.

BOWLS

There is just one final to be played on the outdoor bowling green and that is one of the most important  as it is what we play for all year namely the league final. Cootehill will play Corcaghan at a date still to be decided owing to the Corcaghan team being on extended holiday.This past week saw two finals decided when Ballybay White took on Clontibret with the later winning by three shots and so capture the outdoor cup for another year.The Town Tournament was played last Thursday evening between Murnane’s and the Soda Barrell with Patricia Mc Cabe from the Soda barrel securing the shield for the first time. The presentation took place afterwards in the club pavilion when Patricia said they were all so pleased to compete in the tournament. On Tuesday the Bowling Green played host to over 20 special needs persons which went on for two hours, with all saying that they enjoyed the experience very much. This will take place each Tuesday in September from 11am until 1pm. We hope that some of our members will turn out to help on their days.The indoor bowling will start on Monday 18th September at 7-45pm in the usual venue. Our Chairperson Angela Rutledge hopes there will be some new members.

BIBLE CLUB

The Rockcorry Children’s Bible Club for primary school children will recommence on Thursday 21st September between 6pm and 7pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church hall. Bring a friend or two with you. Bible lessons, quizzes, singing, games and refreshments. Organised by Ronnie and Carey Killops, Faith Mission

COUNTY FINAL – LOCAL AFFAIR?

Could this year’s county final be a local affair? On Sunday 24th September Ballybay will play Scotstown and Latton will meet Magheracloone in the county senior semi finals. Both local sides had good wins at the weekend to secure their last four places. Ballybay beat Truagh 1-14 to 0-12 while Latton had just a single point to spare over Castleblayney winning 0-9 to 0-8. Full details of the games are available in the sports pages.

MARY’S TEA RAISES OVER €14, 000

The recent tea day and quiz sheets organized by Mary Mc Mahon raised a fantastic sum of €14, 700. The proceeds were presented to the Ballybay Cancer Society in Liam Smyth’s last Friday night. A big thank you to all who either helped or supported the events.

HARVEST SERVICE

There will be a Harvest Service in Rockcorry Presbyterian  Church Sunday 17th September 2017 at 3.30pm.  Everyone welcome and refreshments afterwards. Plan to come and bring friends and family.

SET DANCERS ON TV

Well done to the young Tullycorbett set dancers who appeared on TG4’s ‘An Ril Deal’ on Sunday night last. The dancing was recorded in May and while all the youngsters were eagerly awaiting the broadcast they can all hold their heads high for a super performance on the night.

KENNY WINS CAPTAINS PRIZE

Kenny Farrelly was the winner of the Ballybay Golf Society Captain’s Day event with a fantastic score of 46. Captain David Lennon presented Kenny with his prize. The win was a great birthday present for the popular Kenny.

WALKING GROUP RESUMES

The Walking Group has resumed after the summer and will continue in the Town Park every Tuesday evening at 7pm. This group is open to males and females and if the interest is there then an extra night (Thursday) will be added. Please try and get there before 7pm and if you have a high vis vest please take it along.

South Monaghan Adult Literacy Service

Classes available through the Adult Literacy Service are as follows:

  • One to one and/or group support available in Reading, Writing, Spelling or Maths skills
  • Unaccredited including IPAD Classes; Intro to IT; Internet Safety; Arts &Crafts
  • Accredited programmes at QQI Levels 3 and 4 includingCommunications, Maths, Career Planning, Team-skills, Retails Skills, ITSkills.
  • ESOL – English to Speakers of other Languages up to QQI Level 3

ALL CLASSES FREE OF CHARGE*

Classes run both daytime and evening throughout County Monaghan

For more information contact Michael Donohoe, FET Co-ordinator on 087 –6526648 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

See timetable of classes available here