ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

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

MEETING TO SAVE THE SWIFTS

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

GUEST TEA IN LATTON

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

50/50 DRAW

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

DRAMA IN TULLYCORBET!

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

TALBOT RETIRING FROM VOLUNTARY ROLE

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

SHOPPING VOUCHERS

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

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

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

ENROLMENT AT CENTRAL SCHOOL

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

70th ANNIVERSARY SATURDAY

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

LENT 2024

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

DRUMHOWAN BINGO THIS FRIDAY

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

50/50 DRAW

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

HALF TIME GAMES

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

SVP – THANK YOU

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

INFORMATION WANTED ON LATTON EMIGRANTS

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

IMPORTANT MENTAL HEALTH TALK AT CAHANS

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

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

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

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

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

DRUMHOWAN BINGO

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

FAITH MISSION

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

50/50 DRAW

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

PEADAR RETIRES AFTER 17 YEARS

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

NEW GROUP AT YOUTH CLUB

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

SCOIL EANNA ENROLMENT

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

50/50 DRAW

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

DRAMA IN TULLYCORBET!

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

INFORMATION EVENING IN BALLYBAY TO SET UP COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDER GROUP

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

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

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

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

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

YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD FOR BCC

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

70th ANNIVERSARY

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

50/50 DRAW

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

CREDIT UNION SCHOOL QUIZ

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

BENJAMIN MOORE – FULL CIRCLE

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

MENTAL HEALTH TALK AT CAHANS

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

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

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

50/50 DRAW

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

GYM PROGRAMME FOR TEENAGE GIRLS

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

BALLIBAY IN 1837

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

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

GATHERING AT THE CRIB

The annual laying of baby Jesus into the town crib will take place on Christmas Eve at 6pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you are attending please take a candle along.

NEW YEAR VEHICLE RUN IN DRUMHOWAN

Drumhowan hold their annual Vehicle run On Sunday Jan 7th 2024 departing at 1pm. Tractors , Trucks , Vintage Cars and Motorbikes / Honda 50,s will all be part of the convoy. Also this year there is a Junior run where children can display their driving skills just before the big run commences . Hot food served afterwards and raffle on the day. All support appreciated so lets kick start 2024 into action.

CHRISTMAS CONFESSIONS AND MASS

A Parish Reconciliation Service will be held in St. Patrick’s on Sunday 17th at 7-30pm. On Christmas Eve there will be a vigil mass in St. Patrick’s at 8pm and on Christmas Day there will be three masses in the Parish – Ballybay 12-15pm, Ballintra 11am and Tullycorbet 10am.

OPEN NIGHT AT FIRE STATION

Are you interested in becoming a firefighter? Why not visit Ballybay Fire Station on Tuesday 23rd January 2024 between 7-30pm and 9pm and meet members of the fire service. If you are interested in joining the service you must work and reside within a reasonable distance of the Fire Station (6 minute turnout time). Closing date for receipt of application forms is Friday 26th January. Furrther information is available at https://monaghan.ie/

50/50 DRAW

The winner of this week’s 50/50 draw was Oliver Lennon (ticket 123). Oliver  wins €450. As its Christmas there were three additional draws. Second prize of a €150 town voucher winner goes to Brid Boylan ticket number 57. Third prize of a €100 town voucher winner goes to Paddy Linden ticket number 652 and Fourth prize of a €50 town voucher winner goes to Mary Feeney ticket number 620. You can play online using the following link https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraisers or fill in the envelope in most shops and pubs in the town. There is a guaranteed winner every week! Remember if your not in you can’t win.

QUID GAMES

Ballybay Pearse Brothers GAA first fundraising event in over 20 years, the Quid Game Fundraising Event. Takes place on Friday December 29th at The Glencarn Hotel.
Inspired by the Netflix hit series "Squid Game”, minus the violence, the Quid Game Fundraising Event brings together the excitement of competition and the spirit of support. It is a set of skills-based games that promise to test accuracy, endurance, and patience.
Contestants face a lineup of six exhilarating games that will not only challenge their skills, but also keep the audience on the edge of their seats. From the tense "Red Light, Green Light", to the nerve-wracking "Tower of Tension," you are surely to be entertained.
What makes this event truly special is the opportunity for contestants to win an incredible cash prize of €10,000. Whether it's for themselves or their nominated club, charity, or organisation, every game conquered brings them one step closer to winning this amazing prize.
Tickets for the event are €20(this gets you entry on the night and entered into a draw for a €1000 family hotel voucher for Radisson Cork + family day pass to Fota Wildlife Park). Live music on the night by Beatroot.

MIDNIGHT CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE

The Select Vestry of Christ Church Ballybay and the Revd Elaine Dunne would like to invite you to join them in their Midnight Community Christmas Eve Communion Service which is taking place at 11pm on Sunday 24th December in Christ Church, all are very welcome. " May we all continue to pray for healing, reconciliation, mutual respect and understanding, as the basis of a lasting peace, here and in our troubled world. May the light of Christ shine in the darkness and may the peace of God which passes all understanding rest upon us all". Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful, happy healthy New Year.

SVP NEWS

The local branch would like to thank everyone who has contributed to their recent church gate collections. If anyone missed out on the recent collection and would like to donate then you can use the SVP Envelope (available in Church porches).

CHRISTMAS CONFESSIONS AND MASS

A Parish Reconciliation Service will be held in St. Patrick’s on Sunday 17th at 7-30pm. On Christmas Eve there will be a vigil mass in St. Patrick’s at 8pm and on Christmas Day there will be three masses in the Parish – Ballybay 12-15pm, Ballintra 11am and Tullycorbet 10am. 

SHOPPING VOUCHERS

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

HERITAGE CALENDAR

Ballybay Heritage Group have published another fabulous calendar with very interesting old photos of Ballybay and surrounding areas. Please contact 0851682788 if you are interested in buying one for your families or friends. Cost €20. Profits from sale of calendar will be invested in future projects exploring Ballybay’s past. Calendar was designed and printed by Fergal Norton.

50/50 DRAW

The winner of this week’s 50/50 draw was Martina Carroll (ticket 637). Martina  wins €410. You can play online using the following link https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraisers or fill in the envelope in most shops and pubs in the town. There is a guaranteed winner every week! €49,167 that's how much Ballybay Pearse Brothers have paid out since the 50:50 draw started. As Ballybay Pearse Brothers nears the two-year anniversary of its innovative "Fifty Fifty" weekly draw, the community has reason to celebrate. This initiative, which began on 20th December 2021, has become a pillar of local engagement and generosity. These funds have generally been won by local Ballybay folk, but we've also had winners as far away as Vancouver. Remember if your not in you can’t win.

CHRIST CHURCH AUGHNAMULLEN

The annual carol service will be held on Sunday 10th December at 3pm with young people from Latton school taking part. Refreshments afterwards in the Schoolhouse. All are welcome.

ST. BRIGIDS AGM

St. Brigids will host their annual general meeting on Monday 18th December at 7-30pm at Drumhowan GFC. Everyone welcome.

COFFEE MORNING

Please come and join us for tea, coffee and mince pies on Tuesday morning the 12th of December from 11am to 12:30pm in Christ Church Hall, all welcome.

JAYNE’S TROLLEY DASH

Jayne Drury held her trolley dash draw live on facebook earlier in the week. Matthew Brown was the winner and will soon have the opportunity to complete a 60 second trolley dash. Jayne would like to thank everyone who purchased a ticket for the fundraiser.

COMMUNITY CAROL SERVICE

Our community carol service will be take place in Christ Church on WEDNESDAY 13th DECEMBER at 8pm. We have a beautiful musical evening lined up for you with music by the lovely Silver Brass Band, special singing by Ballybay Community Choir and the delightful bell ringing performed by Camphill Community. There will be light refreshments served afterwards, a great chance for the community to have a catch up over a cuppa, all are very, very welcome.

ORIEL SINGERS AT CAHANS FRIDAY

The next event to take place in Cahan’s will be on the 8th December at 8pm when the Oriel Singers will provide the entertainment. It will and evening of drama, song and poetry with a Christmas theme. There will also be a festive supper. Admission is just €10. Come along and enjoy the programme and company.

HERITAGE CALENDAR

Ballybay Heritage Group have published another fabulous calendar with very interesting old photos of Ballybay and surrounding areas. Please contact 0851682788 if you are interested in buying one for your families or friends. Cost €20.

DRUMHOWAN CHRISTMAS BINGO FRIDAY

This takes place this coming Friday night  8th December at 8pm in Drumhowan Community Centre. Jackpot of €1,000 must go on the night which would be a tidy sum to win before Christmas. Complimentary Refreshments served before bingo commences.

QUIZ NIGHT

David Hanley is participating in the Ballybay Pearse Brothers Quid Games fundraiser. He has organised a quiz night in Cremartin Centre on Saturday 9th December at 8pm. Table of 4 is €40. Further information is available from David at 083 3884443.

NEW CHAIRMAN

Martin Gleeson has been elected as the new Chairman of the Ballybay Pearse Brothers and will take over from Darren Smyth who has completed his three year term. Martin has previously served as chairman so should take to the post like a duck to water. All involved in the club would like to thank Darren for his term in charge of the club and wish Martin well as he takes the ropes.

TRIBUTE TO JOHN QUINN

The annual Christmas Lights turn on will take place on Friday 1st December. This year, Santa AKA Michael Quinn will be doing the big switch on as a tribute to his late father John Quinn. John who lived at O Duffy Terrace, had played Santa in Ballybay every year for the last 37 years. It was always an occasion he looked forward to and played his part in the Christmas festivities as he received lots of information on presents from the local children and made sure it was passed on to the main man in the North Pole.  Everyone is welcome to the switch on which is at 7-30pm.

CALENDAR FOR SALE

The annual Latton Bawn Historical Society calendar is now available to buy. They are excellent value at just €5. At the moment they are available to purchase in McElroys, Smyths Newsagents Ballybay, Hannigans Cootehill, Maudabawn Creamery, The Corner Shop Ballybay & from all committee members. We can post them worldwide. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send a private message to order calendars.

LIBRARY TEMPORARILY CLOSING TOMORROW

The Library will close at its current location on Friday 24th November and re-open in February 2024 in Birch Court. Once the library closes you will be able to return your books to any other library in the county. If you have any queries on this matter you can contact Library Headquarters at 047 74700 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SHOPPING VOUCHERS

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

WINTER FUEL FUNDRAISER

Roy Rutledge is taking part in the Quid Game fundraiser on behalf of Ballybay Pearse Brothers. He is raffling €500 worth of home heating oil, 5 bags of coal and 5 bags of logs. Each entry is €15. Draw takes place live on Friday the 24th of November. All entries greatly appreciated. Payment can be made through cash or revolut @royq4aff.

TOY VOUCHER UP FOR GRABS

Claire Reilly is taking part in the Quid Games for Ballybay Pearse Brothers GAA on December 29th this year. For her fundraiser she is raffling a €750 Smyths Toys Superstores voucher. The draw will take place on FB Live on Friday the 10th of November at 8pm. Tickets are €20 each or 3 for €50 and can be bought through Revolut (@claire34ay) or cash payments.

IRISH BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE

The ITBS will hold a Blood Clinic in the Glencarn, Castleblayney on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th November from 3-45pm to 8pm. Any locals interested can book an appointment by calling 1800 731 137.

SVP NEWS

With Christmas on its way the local SVP Conference is concerned about families who will face impossible choices this year. Some will struggle with the decision of heating the house or having a Christmas dinner. If you are in need of assistance you can contact the local charity by writing to SVP C/O Confraternity Rooms, St. Patrick Street, Ballybay or freephone 1800677777 by 8th December. Please only seek help if you are genuinely in need of it.

The local Christmas collections will be held at weekend masses in Tullycorbett on Sunday 3rd December and Ballintra and Ballybay on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December. Use can also be made of the SVP Envelope which is available in the church porches. Your continuous generosity with this collection would be very much appreciated.

CALENDAR FOR SALE

The annual Latton Bawn Historical Society calendar is now available to buy. They are excellent value at just €5. At the moment they are available to purchase in McElroys, Smyths Newsagents Ballybay, Hannigans Cootehill, Maudabawn Creamery, The Corner Shop Ballybay & from all committee members. We can post them worldwide. Please email lattonbawnhistoricalgroup@gmail.com or send a private message to order calendars.

LIBRARY ON THE MOVE

The Library will close at its current location on Friday 24th November and re-open in February 2024 in Birch Court. Once the library closes you will be able to return your books to any other library in the county. If you have any queries on this matter you can contact Library Headquarters at 047 74700 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DRUNHOWAN CE SCHEME – FAS WORKER

Drumhowan GFC has a vacancy for a CE scheme worker. The job entails cleaning around the Community centre and dressing rooms. It's 19 hours per week and to qualify you have to be unemployed for at least 1 year and be on welfare payments. If interested contact Gerry Finnegan , Seamus Duffy or any committee member in Drumhowan.

SANTA COMES TO CUAN MHUIRE

Santa Claus is coming to Cuan Mhuire on Sunday 10th December. The big man will arrive at 3pm and local children are invited to attend free of charge. After Santa’s visit there will be a monster Bazaar, with 200 prizes on offer. The visit is being kindly sponsored by Gerry Mc Elroy from Gerry’s Takeaway.

JAYNE’S TROLLEY DASH

St. Brigid’s player Jayne Drury has organised a ‘Trolley Dash’ as her Quid Game Fundraiser towards Ballybay Juveniles and St. Brigids LGFA. Tickets €20 each or 3 for €50. Rules: 60 second trolley dash around Centra. No alcohol/cigarettes allowed. Winner picked via random generator. Draw closes on the 1st of December. Pay via link https://www.clubspotevents.com/ballybaygaa/jayne

PERSONAL ALARM INFORMATION

On Monday 27th November at 7pm an Information Night in relation to personal alarms will be held in Drumhowan Community Centre. All you need to know about devices and procedures to protect yourself or your loved ones from stress following falls to other dangerous events will be discussed. The event will be conducted by the local community Garda.

MASS FOR DECEASED ON SUNDAY

A Holy Mass  for the deceased daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and deceased members of the missionaries of the Sacred Heart will be celebrated in St. Patrick’s Church, Ballybay on Sunday 19th November at 2pm. The celebrant will be Fr. Joe McGee. All welcome. For those who can’t attend, the mass will be shown on  https://www.churchservices.tv/ballybay

TABLE QUIZ IN CAHANS

Cahan’s  Meeting House will host a Table Quiz tomorrow Friday 17th November at 8pm. A good night’s craic is guaranteed so why not come along and bring a friend.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

The annual Christmas Lights turn on will take place on Friday 1st December at 7-30pm. Put the date in your diary and watch this space for more information.

€5800 RAISED FOR PALLIATIVE CARE

GILL FUNDRAISERCranston and Linda Gill and family would like to thank their family, friends and the wider Ballybay Community for their help with their fundraising coffee morning and car wash which was held on 7th August. The fundraiser raised a fantastic sum of €5800 for Cavan Monaghan Palliative Care. Jimmy from CMPC came along at the weekend to accept the cheque from the family. Speaking to the Northern Standard Linda said, "We pray God will bless the money to help other families and we thank you one and all who helped in any way to make this possible".

CAHANS MEETING HOUSE

A talk on the tragic deaths of Oscar Wilde's half sisters Emily and Mary who died as a result of injuries they received from a fire at a Ball they attended in Drumaconor House near Smithboro in 1871 will take place in Cahans Meeting House on Friday 3rd November.
A display of costumes used in the currently produced film about the Wilde sisters will be on show on the night. Music and poetry associated with Oscar Wilde will also be performed.

The events kicks off at 8pm and admission is €10. Further details are available from Rory Mc Atavie at 087 7687248.

HALLOWEEN PARTY

Drumhowan Community Group are hosting a Halloween Party in the Community Centre on Monday 30th October commencing at 6pm. On the night there will be ghost stories, sky lanterns, face painting, tunnel of terror, graveyard walk, hot chocolate, marshmallows and much more. Entry is €20 per family, €10 per adult or €5 per child. The centre’s Eircode is A75 YV81.

AUGHNAMULLEN VINTAGE DAY

The annual Aughnamullen Vintage Day takes place on Sunday next at Aughnamullen Social Centre from 12noon until 5pm. Threshing displays, vintage displays, jiving and waltzing competitions, dog show, indoor and outdoor trade stands, dancing to Damian Davis and much more. A great family day out guaranteed. Admission is €15 with children free.

GRAY AREA

On Thursday last renowned Irish Times journalist and Monaghan native Frank Mc Nally penned his, ‘An Irish Diary’ entitled GRAY AREA. The interesting article took a look at the notorious 19th-century loyalist, ‘Sam Gray of Ballybay’ who more than once he got away with murder – literally – because he could pack juries. You can catch the article at https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/an-irish-diary/2023/10/19/gray-area-frank-mcnally-on-a-notorious-19th-century-loyalist-sam-gray-of-ballybay/

LADIES NIGHT IN SMYTHS

Smyth’s Newsagents will host a Christmas Wonderland night in Liam Smyth’s Loft on Friday 3rd November from 7pm until 10pm. There will be prosecco on arrival and a free raffle on the night. This is an opportunity to Christmas Shop without hassle. On the night there will be fashion, hats, scarves, gloves and much more available.

WINTER FUEL FUNDRAISER

Roy Rutledge is taking part in the Quid Game fundraiser on behalf of Ballybay Pearse Brothers. He is raffling €500 worth of home heating oil, 5 bags of coal and 5 bags of logs. Each entry is €15. Draw takes place live on Friday the 24th of November. All entries greatly appreciated. Payment can be made through cash or revolut @royq4aff.

HALLOWEEN SPORTS CAMP

Breakthrough Performance Halloween Camp is here again. With limited spaces this one books out fast every year. Text 0863764114 to book your space now. Camp runs Wednesday 1st November to Friday 3rd, 10am to 2pm daily. Suitable for kids aged 7 to 14 years old.

TOY VOUCHER UP FOR GRABS

Claire Reilly is taking part in the Quid Games for Ballybay Pearse Brothers GAA on December 29th this year. For her fundraiser she is raffling a €750 Smyths Toys Superstores voucher. The draw will take place on FB Live on Friday the 10th of November at 8pm. Tickets are €20 each or 3 for €50 and can be bought through Revolut (@claire34ay) or cash payments.

UPCOMING DRAMA

Castleblayney Players present The Beauty Queen of Leenane a dark comedy by Martin Mc Donagh in Iontas Theatre, Castleblayney on Thursday 26th, Friday 27th and Saturday 28th October at 8pm nightly. Enjoy a night of drama before Winter comes.

BOWLS

Bowls every Monday evening at 8pm in Tullycorbett Hall. New members young or old are more than welcome. Bowls will be supplied, so why not come along and give a light-hearted game a try and meet new friends. Remember, our motto don't blow it before you throw it. You could be pleasantly surprised Monday at 8pm.

SECOND BALLYBAY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH ANNUAL HARVEST THANKSGIVING SERVICES

Its harvest time again, that time of year when we take time to give thanks to God for the way He continually provides for all our needs. We remember God’s promise in Genesis 8 v 22  “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”  On Sunday 22nd October Second Ballybay church will be decorated for our harvest services at 12 noon and 7.30pm.  Everyone in our community is invited to join with us for these special services.

Our minister, Rev Dr. Gerry Clinton, will take the morning service and we will have a familiar face to many in Ballybay on Sunday evening 22nd October at 7:30pm when we welcome the Rev John Hanson for a special night back in the pulpit where he preached for so many years. Our choir and musicians will bring all the favourite harvest hymns and we will be praying to thank God for His many generous blessings and to ask for His help, His grace, His healing in our hour of need. All are most warmly welcome, why not bring a friend and if you have time feel free to stay for supper in Hall Street Hall afterwards. It would be great to see you there!

Then on Monday night and each night at 8pm until Friday 27th we are looking forward to hearing from five of the most gifted speakers on the island – Rev Norman McAuley,  Rev John Woodside,  Mr Dennis Flannigan,  Rev John Martin, and Rev Andrew Mullan. We are also excited to be having our choir and musicians sing and play throughout the week and all are very welcome to hang on afterwards any of the nights if time permits for a cup of tea or coffee.

Harvest time is a time of reflection, gratitude, and seeking the good of all. We look forward to the opportunity to come together this harvest time to give thanks and to reflect on what we have as well as maybe what we lack, seeking God to meet us at the point of our need.

We invite you to embrace the spirit of harvest with us this October at Second Ballybay Presbyterian Church as we seek to share what we have with those who have not. At our week of special services we will be collecting non-perishable food items to be given to local charities to help those in need. As we gather to express our gratitude and pray for a prosperous year ahead we will also have the opportunity to bless others out of what God has given us.

We’re all familiar with the many parables Jesus told about harvest time and the many simple farming stories He shared to bless many and bring them hope. Those stories and parables are just as true this Harvest time as they ever were. Come listen to six thought-provoking speakers, to the melody of the choir, to the uplifting praise as we gather together before the God of the harvest this year in a week of special services at Second Ballybay Presbyterian Church, Clones Road, Ballybay.

HISTORY TALK IN LATTON

Hugh O’Brien will give a talk on "Ireland Post Civil War", in Latton Resource Centre on Tuesday 17th October at 7.30pm sharp. Tea & scones will be served. Everyone welcome. Admission free.

DISABLED SPACES REMINDER

St. Patrick’s Church would like to remind all attending masses and prayers that the parking spaces that are wheelchair accessible are reserved for those who need them.

LADY FOOTBALLERS FEATURE IN LOCAL WOMENS SPORT

The lady footballers of Brigid/O Neills have featured in this month’s edition of Local Women’s Sport. This magazine is the only such publication dedicated to womens sport in Ulster. Prior to this edition the magazine was only available in the six counties however that all changed in October with the sale now available in Monaghan, Cavan and Donegal.  The local side who were narrowly defeated in the county intermediate final replay feature on four pages of the glossy mag.

CHRIST CHURCH BALLYBAY

Christ Church Ballybay invites you to join them in their Harvest Thanksgiving Service which takes place this Sunday the 15th October at 3:30pm. We are delighted to welcome the Reverend Martin O’Kelly, rector of Kingscourt Union, Cavan as our guest preacher. Refreshments served afterwards, all very welcome!

“For each new morning with its light, for rest and shelter of the night, for health and food, for love and friends, for everything Thy goodness sends”

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1803-1882)

HALLOWEEN SPORTS CAMP

Breakthrough Performance Halloween Camp is here again. With limited spaces this one books out fast every year. Text 0863764114 to book your space now. Camp runs Wednesday 1st November to Friday 3rd, 10am to 2pm daily. Suitable for kids aged 7 to 14 years old.

BOWLS

Bowls every Monday evening at 8pm in Tullycorbett Hall. New members young or old are more than welcome. Bowls will be supplied, so why not come along and give a light-hearted game a try and meet new friends. Remember, our motto don't blow it before you throw it. You could be pleasantly surprised Monday at 8pm.

JAYNE’S TROLLEY DASH

St. Brigid’s player Jayne Drury has organised a ‘Trolley Dash’ as her Quid Game Fundraiser towards Ballybay Juveniles and St. Brigids LGFA. Tickets €20 each or 3 for €50. Rules: 60 second trolley dash around Centra. No alcohol/cigarettes allowed. Winner picked via random generator. Draw closes on the 1st of December. Pay via link https://www.clubspotevents.com/ballybaygaa/jayne choosing your desired ticket amount (€20/€50) or Cash/ Revolut can be made to Jayne/Stephen directly.

TALK ON THE WILDE’S SISTERS

A history talk on the tragic death of Oscar Wilde’s two half sisters, Emily and Mary will take place at Cahans Meeting house on Friday 27th October at 8pm. The two young sisters died in a tragic circumstance on 31st October 1871 in a house located between Smithborough and Monaghan town.

Costumes from the film, ‘Wilde Sisters’ which is currently in the production stage will also be on display.

Some music and poetry relating to Oscar Wilde will be performed on the night. More details will be available closer to the night. For more information contact Rory Mc Atavie on 087 7687248. 

LADIES LOSE REPLAY BY SINGLE POINT

There was heartbreak for the Brigid/O Neill’s ladies on Friday night last when they lost the County Intermediate final replay by a single point. Castleblayney dominated the first half and had a commanding half time lead. Fair play to the local side as they fought to the bitter end  but just came up short on the night. Full match report available in the sports pages. 

HARVEST AT CORLEA CHURCH

Corlea Presbyterian Church (near Shantonagh) will be hosting a Harvest Thanksgiving Service on Sunday 15th October at 4pm. Everyone is welcome.