Dog Fouling in Ballybay Town Park

It was highlighted at a recent meeting of the Ballybay Regeneration Committee meeting that there has been an increase in dog fouling at the Ballybay Town Park. Under Section 22 of the Litter Pollution Act 1997 it is an offence to allow a dog under your control to foul in a public place. This means the owner or person in charge of the dog is required to remove dog faeces and dispose of them in a suitable, sanitary manner. If you own a dog please be responsible and clean up after it otherwise you could find yourself in trouble and receive a fine.

Monaghan County Council Environmental Services will be carrying out joint inspection with Litter and Dog Warden in Ballybay Town Park over the coming months. Those found to be in non compliance with Litter or Dog Control act will be fined.

PUBLIC MEETING ON BREXIT

The Wetlands Centre will host a public meeting entitled Ireland, Brexit and the Border on Friday 16th February at 8pm. Matt Carthy (MEP) and Caoimhghin O Caolain (TD) will be in attendance.

COOKERY DEMONSTRATION AND BOOK LAUNCH

The Parents' Association from Ballybay Central School would like to invite you to a Cookery Demonstration on Friday 23rd February at 7.30pm in 2nd Ballybay Church Hall, Hall Street.  Local lady Jacinta Caraher (Masterchef competitor) will be cooking up a storm and giving everyone some hints and tips along the way. Tickets cost €10 and you can also pay at the door.  'Food Glorious Food', a recipe book compiled by the Parents' Association with lots of tried and tested recipes from families in the school will also be on sale on the night.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

Its just 4 weeks to the annual Ballybay St. Patrick Day parade. Once again it will take place in the town starting at Gerry Traynor’s at 5pm. There will be prizes for the best floats so now’s the time for local businesses, community groups and sporting organisation to get your thinking caps on. Further information is available from Therese at 087 6853316.

CAR BOOT SALE IN DRUMHOWAN

Drumhowan GAA are having a car boot sale at the Community Centre on Saturday 24th February from 9am until 4pm. Both outdoor and indoor options are available. Further information is available from Joanne Ward at 087 7451 701.

DISPLAY YOUR LOCAL PICTURES

There has been great interest in local people displaying their images on the Ballybay and its People facebook page. The February theme will be TREES. 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.

CHILDREN’S BIBLE CLUB

The 'Rockcorry Children's Bible Club' for Primary School children is on Thursday 15th February from 4-30pm until 5-30pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church hall. Bring a friend or two with you. Bible lessons, quizzes, singing, games and refreshments. Organised by Andrew & Jenny McCullough Faith Mission Workers.

MONAGHAN COUNTY COUNCIL COMMUNITY & ENVIRONMENT FUNDING SCHEME 2018

Monaghan County Council is committed to supporting local communities to promote, enhance and develop their local area. This commitment is supported by the annual Community and Environment Funding Scheme.

We are now inviting applications for the 2018 funding scheme. In 2018, the Municipal Districts, Community Development, Housing and Environment sections are working together to allocate funding through one central funding scheme. This process will allow community groups to maximise funding available to them and to ensure all community groups, residents committees and tidy towns groups throughout the county are supported in their voluntary activities.

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ARRANGEMENTS FOR LENT

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, 14th February, the parish will have an early morning mass Monday to Friday at 7-15am and Tuesday to Friday at 9-30am. There will also be a Monday evening mass at 8pm and mass on Saturday mornings at 10am. There will be evening masses in Ballintra and Tullycorbett on Ash Wednesday at 7-30pm. Trocaire Lenten boxes are now available and families are asked to display the box in a prominent location within the home.

TABLE QUIZ

Ballybay Pearse Brothers will host their annual table quiz on Saturday night the 10th of February at 7.30 in the Club House. All proceeds go to the running of our Juvenile teams for 2018. Your support would be very much appreciated.

KARAOKE IN AID OF OSKARS

On Saturday 24th February in the Ballybay Inn there will be a Karaoke night starting at 9-30pm. Music on the night will be by the Karaoke Knights and there will also be a raffle on the night. This event is in aid of Drumhowan GFC OSKARS Night which takes place in the Glencarn hotel on Saturday 7th April.

FLOWERS FROM SMYTHS

Do you want your Valentine’s Day flowers delivered to your loved one? Smyth’s Newsagents are offering free delivery of flowers within a four-mile radius of Ballybay. There is also a free card for every bouquet purchased over €30. To order your flowers contact Therese at 087 6853316 or 042 9741034.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

Its just 5 weeks to the annual Ballybay St. Patrick Day parade. Once again it will take place in the town starting at Gerry Traynor’s at 5pm. There will be prizes for the best floats so now’s the time for local businesses, community groups and sporting organisation to get your thinking caps on. Further information is available from Therese at 087 6853316.

COMMUNITY GAMES

Community Games activities are back in full swing. Anyone interested in taking part in Swimming, Marathon, Cross- Country, Mixed Distance Relay, Duathlon, Art, Model-making, Handwriting, Project, Debating, Gymnastics, Talent, Culture Corner, Under 14 Table Quiz or Choir please contact Sharon 042 9748110 or Maire 042 9748955 for registration to take part.

MASS FOR DECEASED MEMBERS

A Mass for deceased members of the Ballybay Pearse Brothers Club will take place on Monday the 12th of March at 8pm in St.Patrick’s Ballybay.

ALL IRELAND CHAMPIONS

JAYNE AND KATIECongratulations to Jayne Drury (St. Brigids and Our Lady's, Castleblayney) and Katie Duffy (Latton and Ballybay Community College) who were members of the Ulster Post Primary School team which won the All Ireland Inter-provincial tournament last Saturday. Jayne impressed at left half back which she played in all four games while Katie stared in midfield and also played in all four games. The girls will be presented with their Ulster All Star awards in Kelly's Inn on Friday 23rd february.

ULSTER VICTORY FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Ballybay Community College won their first ever Danske Bank Pat King Cup title when they defeated De La Salle of Belfast 1-14 to 3-6. After a tight first half the Belfast outfit led by a single point 2-4 to 1-6 the Ballybay goal coming from Michael Coyle in the 10th minute. In the 54th minute the sides were level however in the closing 6 minutes substitute James Mc Adam and wing forward Aaron Hamilton fired over a couple of winning points. Darragh Dempsey who contributed seven of the Ballybay points was named player of the match. The team and scorers were: J Roe, R Duffy, T McPhillips, D McElearney, J Slevin, E Duffy, J Hughes, J Sniauksta, S Slevin 0-2, A Hamilton 0-1, D McCann 0-1, P Quinn, M Coyle 1-1, D Dempsey 0-7, 0-5 frees, T Keenan 0-1.
Subs :J McAdam 0-1

COMMUNITY CRECHE

The Community Creche is having a clothing collection on February 5th. If you have any clothing (adult or child), shoes, handbags etc... please drop them into the creche by Friday 2nd February. Thank you in advance for your support.

BLESSING OF THROATS

Saturday 3rd March is the feast of St. Blaise. Throats will be blessed at 10am mass in St. Patrick’s.

BAKE SALE

The Hilltop Café, Ballybay will be the venue on Sunday 4th February for a Bake Sale. All proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Ballybay cancer Society. The sale will take place from 2pm until 5pm and there will be raffles for spot prizes on the day. Donations to this event are very welcome.

RONNIE TURNS 90

Congratulations to Ronnie Farrelly O' Duffy Tce, who is celebrating his 90th birthday today (Thursday). Ronnie’s family and friends wish him a fantastic day.

GOSPEL MEETING

An invitation to a Gospel Meeting in the Presbyterian Church hall, Rockcorry on Friday 2nd February 2018 at 8pm is extended to all. Speaker for this month is Rev Dr Gerry Clinton. Organised by Andrew and Jenny McCullough of the Faith Mission. All welcome. Plan to come and bring a friend. Refreshments afterwards.

LEARN TO PADDLE

Tanagh Learn to Paddle course starts on Tuesday 6th of March. This course will run for 4 weeks, every Tuesday from 10am-1pm. Suitable for Adults. Learn to paddle is subsidised by Age and Opportunity Go for Life Programme. Limited spaces so book early. Booking and Payment in advance is essential with Tanagh Outdoor Education and Training Centre. Contact Philomena on 049-5552988 for more information.

SOCIAL CLUB

Ballybay Social Club meets again on Friday 9 February, Cuan Mhuire, from 11.30 onwards. There is the usual morning tea/coffee with lunch for everyone. There is music, maybe bingo, a free raffle and indoor bowls as well as some craic and chat. Everyone is welcome, the cost is just €6. Come along, you`ll be made welcome. Any queries please ring 086 0660270.

CHILDREN’S BIBLE CLUB

The Rockcorry Children’s Bible Club for primary School children is on Thursday at a new time of 4-30pm until 5-30pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church hall. Bring a friend or two with you. Bible lessons, quizzes, singing, games and refreshments. Organised by Andrew & Jenny McCullough Faith Mission Workers.

BALLYBAY ON RTE NEWS

Ballybay appeared on the RTE Twitter news feed last week thanks to local man James Flanagan. James videoed scenes of snow falling in the town and forwarded them to RTE. A 24 second clip which was seen by over 10, 000 people then appeared on the RTE News twitter feed. It read “Snow is falling in Ballybay Co Monaghan as a weather warning for snow and ice is in place for many parts of the country”. Keep up the good work James.

COMMUNITY CRECHE 10 YEARS OPEN

Ballybay Community Créche opened its doors 10 years ago on 28th January 2018. This is a great achievement for the Management & Staff team (past & present). The créche provides affordable childcare and education for babies and children for over 115 families in the community. It employs over 20 qualified Childcare Practitioners, Kitchen/Cleaning & Admin Personal. We also have participants on Community Employment and TUS training schemes. The créche has went from strength to strength over the 10 years. It was officially opened by President Mary Mc Aleese on 2nd June 2009. We will have a celebration to mark this anniversary in June of this year.

The Créche is now taking names for children eligible for the FREE Preschool year Sept 2018 - June 2019. If your child (or anyone you know) has a child aged 2 years and 8 months they can attend preschool for three FREE hours per day. We run two morning Preschool session (9am - 12pm) and one afternoon session (1pm - 4pm). We have waiting lists for places from the baby room up and run on a first come, first served basis, so why not call into the créche to secure registration with a small deposit. For further details please contact Laura on 042 9756996.

We have a clothing collection on February 5th. If you have any clothing (adult or child), shoes ,handbags etc... please drop them into the creche by Friday 2nd February. Thank you in advance for your support.

DRAMA WORKSHOP

Well known Theatre Director and writer Padraic McIntyre will conduct a Drama Workshop for Actors and anyone interested in Acting. No experience necessary. This Drama course is for Adults age 18 years + and will take place in Pearse Park GAA Centre on Saturday 27th January from 10.00am to 4.00pm. For further information and to book a place contact 086-8507317. This workshop is funded by Monaghan County Council Arts Office.

GOOD LUCK KATIE AND JAYNE

On Saturday next Katie Duffy (Ballybay Community College and Latton) and Jayne Drury (Our Lady’s, Castleblayney and St. Brigids) will be part of the Ulster Post Primary School All Star team which will take part in the All Ireland Inter-provincial tournament in Kinnegad. The girls were nominated by their schools and came through a series of trials before being selected in the final squad. Its been a particularly busy week for Jayne as yesterday she played for her school in the Ulster U20A final.

CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES

This year’s confirmation candidates will join the parish community at 6-30pm Mass on Saturday next 27th January. Their confirmation ceremony will take place on Saturday 12th May at 11am in St. Patrick’s, Ballybay. Canon Shane McCaughey from Aughnamullen East will be the main celebrant.

BAKE SALE

The Hilltop Café, Ballybay will be the venue on Sunday 4th February for a Bake Sale. All proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Ballybay cancer Society. The sale will take place from 2pm until 5pm and there will be raffles for spot prizes on the day. Donations to this event are very welcome.

SCOIL EANNA ENROLMENT

Enrolment for the 2018/19 school year will take place in the school office between 1pm and 3pm on Tuesday 30th January, Wednesday 31st January and Thursday 1st February. It is important that the child’s PPS number and a copy of their birth cert is brought to the enrolment. If these dates and times do not suit, then arrangements can be made with the office by contacting 042 9741171. There will be an open day in June when parents and students will have an opportunity to visit.

COMMUNITY GAMES

Community Games have commenced for 2018. Anyone interested in Phase 1 Activities - Badminton, Basketball, Chess, Draughts, Handball (1 wall), Indoor Soccer, Rugby (Mini), Soccer Girls U12 (7 a side) or Table Tennis, please contact Sharon 042 9748110 or Maire 0429748955 before Friday 26th January.

FAMILY PETITION BOX IN TULLYCORBETT PARISH

This year Dublin will host the World Meeting of Families. In preparation for this very important event a Family Petition Box is making its way through every parish in the Diocese of Clogher and will remain in each parish for a period of one week. The purpose of the box is to collect personal family petitions that parishioners wish to have included as part of the World Meeting of Families in August. The Petition Box will arrive in Tullycorbet Parish on Friday 19th January and will remain until Friday 26th January. Petitions slips which were made available at masses last weekend should be completed and placed in the Petition Box at all four masses this weekend i.e. Ballybay Vigil Saturday 6-30pm, Ballybay Sunday 12-15pm, Tullycorbett Sunday 9-30am and Ballintra Sunday 11am. The Petition Box will move to another parish on 27th January.

DISPLAY YOUR LOCAL PICTURES

Thanks to everyone who displayed pictures in December on the Ballybay and its People facebook page. The images were excellent even if there wasn’t as many as in November. The theme for January will be WINTER IN BALLYBAY. 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.

MARATON RUNNERS AID ALZHEIMERS

MARATHON RUNIn October 2017 local brother and sister Jason and Joanne Wylie ran the Cardiff Half Marathon and Dublin Marathon in aid of Drumkill Day Care centre, Three Mile House. The 39.3 miles (63.2 km) ran by each of them raised a total of 2750 euro. They would like to thank everyone who kindly sponsored them and are delighted that this money will go towards the Monaghan Branch of the Alzheimers Society of Ireland to help fund their transport services, community home help, the day care centre and respite care.

GIVE BLOOD

A blood donation clinic will be held in the Sports Centre (behind the Community College) on Thursday 18th January from 4-30pm until 8pm. New donors are welcome.

MONKEY PUZZLE TREE DESTROYED

Numerous locals have pointed out their disappointment that the monkey puzzle tree visible on the walk between Loch Mor Avenue and the football field was blown down during the recent storm. The tree estimated to be around 200 years old was a native of either Chile or Argentina and was planted when the Leslie’s had an estate on the outskirts of Ballybay. While the tree is the hardiest species of conifer on the planet its large crown proved to be too heavy and when the recent high winds caught the crown the tree snapped about a metre from the ground. The tree will be sadly missed by the many locals who saw it on their daily walk on the Avenue Road.

SOCIAL CLUB MEETING

Ballybay Social Club meets up again on Friday 13 January at Cuan Mhuire, Ballybay. Hope all the regulars can attend and of course there`s always room for new people - you don`t have to be a pensioner to attend! Stephen`s organizing a fun fundraising Table Quiz evening in the near future and there will be other visiting social groups meeting up with us in the coming months. We meet from 11.30 am onwards and leave around 3pm. If anyone has any issue with transport, please call Charlie.

CHAMBER VOUCHERS

A substantial number of Chamber of Commerce €10 and €20 vouchers were sold in the run up to Christmas. The Chamber would like to thank everyone who supported their voucher scheme. It is also worth remembering that the vouchers are available all year so if you are looking for Birthday presents throughout the year why not consider a voucher which can be spent locally.

CHARITY NIGHT IN PEARSE BROTHERS CENTRE

A monster charity night in aid of Ballybay Cancer Society and Almas will take place in the Ballybay Pearse Brothers Centre on Saturday 27th January. The ever popular Limelite will provide the entertainment and supper will be served at 9-30pm sharp. Tickets are available locally priced just €15.

MONSTER BINGO

Ballybay Pearse Brothers will be hosting a Monster Bingo in Pearse park clubrooms on Sunday 7th January beginning at 3pm. There is €8000 up for grabs including a €2500 jackpot which must go.

CHARLOTTE APPEARS ON CALENDAR

Local Lady Charlotte Bradley appears on the Monaghan County Museum calendar. The calendar features a beautiful picture of a smiling Charlotte when she was a young Ban Garda. Women were not allowed to join the force until 1959 and Charlotte was one of the first female to join. Off course nowadays they have dropped the Ban and the females are just known as Garda.

CHAMBER VOUCHERS

A substantial number of Chamber of Commerce €10 and €20 vouchers were sold in the run up to Christmas. The Chamber would like to thank everyone who supported their voucher scheme. It is also worth remembering that the vouchers are available all year so if you are looking for Birthday presents throughout the year why not consider a voucher which can be spent locally.

CONGRATULATIONS CHRISTY

Massive congratulations are due to Christy Mc Quillan who recently received an appreciation award from GAA President Aogan O Fearghaill. Christy had been nominated by the Pearse Brothers for his volunteer work and his award was endorsed by the Monaghan County Board. Well done Christy.

WALKING CLUB BACK IN ACTION

 It’s that time of year when we decide to do something new or start back . Walking is a great hobby with great benefits for the mind and body.  Next Tuesday 9th January get on your comfortable footwear and high vis vest on and join the new Walking Group in Ballybay.  Starting at 7pm we will be doing 2 laps of the Town Park then whatever route suits each person.  It is well lit up for people to walk out to the Keady Road and back, others like to go on round by the football field and back to the park. You will meet up with new people and enjoy the walking, so it's free to walk if you're free to come along Tuesday evenings at 7pm. Hope to see you there – further information available from Dolores Maguire.

THE WORLD IS WATCHING!

Thanks to social media and in particular the ‘Ballybay and its People’ facebook page the world was watching the various Christmas activities in Ballybay. Posts were recorded from various parts of Ireland, England and the USA. Those posting were a mixture of people born in Ballybay and who have moved on and people whose ancestors came from the town. Some examples were Ray Markey (New York - who’s grandfather Patrick Markey emigrated many years ago), Marie Lennon Russell (New Hamsphire, USA), Rhona Peace (Oxford), John Cummins (Maryland, USA), Patrick Mc Carville (Kent, England), Philomena Mc Carthy (Gloucester/Exeter, England), Janette O Hanlon (Derby, England) and Mary Pat Cantando (Elmira, New York – whose ancestor was Thomas Lattimer, Ballybay). The facebook page is a massive success and if you haven’t had a wee look it is highly recommended.

MAN UP AND PAY FOR THE DAMAGE

Chairman of the Ballybay Tidy Towns Committee, Martin Gleeson is appealing to a local who caused damage to the Christmas tree lights to “Man up and pay for the damage”. The lights on the tree were damaged over Christmas when a local decided to climb the tree and cause the damage to the lights which is estimated to be over €100. Speaking to the Ballybay News a very annoyed Martin Gleeson said, “Lots of people work very hard to ensure we have Christmas lights and trees for the good of the whole community. I am appalled that an individual thinks its funny to damage the lights on the towns Christmas tree. I would make two appeals. I have already reported the matter to the local Garda and I would appeal to anyone who knows anything about this incident to notify the Garda promptly. Secondly, I would appeal directly to the person who caused the damage to man up and do the decent thing and pay for the damage. If they are not man enough to hand themselves in they could at least put the money in an envelope and leave it in the local Garda Station”. A number of locals have been in touch about the lights and in particular they wanted thanks passed to Therese Hamilton, Gerry Mc Elroy and Gabriel Kerr who arranged for the erection of the lights once again this year.

Scoil Eanna Parent Association Bonanza Raffle.

On Wednesday night last 13th December the pupils and staff of Scoil Éanna held their Christmas Carol Service. This was the first time to be performed in St Patricks Church in what could only be described as a fantastic performance by all. Each class took their turn to sing a range of Christmas carols before some students played a number of tunes for the large crowd that attended.

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NEW CHAIRMAN OF THE HERITAGE COUNCIL

Michael Parsons who originates from Ballybay but who has been living in County Laois for a good many years has been appointed as Chairman of the Heritage Council. The retired Portlaoise school Principal has been active in heritage circles for over 40 years and has been a member of the Heitage Council from 2012 to 2016. Minister Heather Humprhies welcomed the appointment saying, “ The appointment of Michael Parsons as Chairman of the Heritage Council is in recognition of his long standing commitment to, and understanding of the importance of our national heritage. He is ideally placed to lead the Council through the next stage of its development in close collaboration with my Department”.

CHRISTMAS DAY MASSES

There will be three masses in the parish on Christmas Day and vigil mass on Christmas Eve. The vigil mass will commence at 8pm. On Christmas Day mass in Tullycorbett and Ballintra is at 10am while in St. Patrick’s it is at 12-15pm. Confessions will be available on Saturday next 23rd December between 12noon and 1pm and 5-45pm and 6-15pm. There will be no confessions on Christmas Eve as it falls on a Sunday this year. Christmas day offertory collections will be in aid of charity.

NEW YEARS DAY SWIM

The Pearse Brothers Annual New Year’s Day swim takes place in lough Major on Monday 1st January at 12pm. Anyone wishing to take part can get a sponsor card from Cillian at 0867368078.

CAMPHILL SAY THANK YOU

The Camphill Community Ballybay would like to send their sincere thanks to Monaghan County Council for funding them on the community facility scheme 2017 (CFS23/17). This money has been very beneficial towards their project and with the great help of Mr Barry Kavanagh, Landscape Designer, they have developed a summer garden seating area for their residents.

LIBRARY CLOSED

The local library closed yesterday for the Christmas break. It will reopen on Tuesday 2nd January at 11am.

PEARSE BROTHERS XMAS TOURNAMENT

The Annual 5 aside tournament takes place this year on Saturday 23rd December from 2pm -4pm in the recreation Centre. Supporters are welcome as always. All proceeds from tournament will go to Ballybay Cancer Society. If your interested in playing contact Barney Mc Cabe via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. May the best team win.

LATTON LADIES TURN ON LIGHTS

LATTON LADIESOn Friday evening last members of the Latton Ladies successful Ulster winning side turned on the Ballybay Christmas Lights for 2017. A large crowd was in attendance and despite the cold evening everyone enjoyed it. Santa made his usual appearance and delivered presents to all the children who were there. The organising committee would like to thank John Rutledge for the provision of the tree and for organising a team of locals to help erect it. Thanks also to Joe and Una Traynor for the use of their premises for Santa’s den. And finally thanks to the local Tidy Towns committee who have erected a beautiful sign and Christmas tree which compliments the already fine Xmas lights.

 

 

 

 

 

CHRIST CHURCH NEWS

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.

COFFEE MORNING RAISES OVER €1200

Ballybay Special needs had a very successful coffee morning and cake sale.
Thanks to Pat O Brien for the use of his premises, to all those who called in and give donations and to all who supported use in any way. Also thanks to our helpers. Amount raised on the day was €1295.00 plus cash still coming in. A big thank you to all.

LITTER LOUTS

On Sunday last just before 10pm the occupants of a black seat leon car were observed disposing of empty food containers in the car park just outside the Community College. The 4 or 5 young men in the vehicle left the area after throwing the waste papers out the windows of the car. If you know who these culprits are then please consider reporting them to the Environment Section at Monaghan County Council.

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.

CAR PARKING ISSUES

The Ballybay News has been contacted by a few locals who are having difficulty in obtaining a parking space in town. One man who didn’t want to be named said, “I came to town last week and I couldn’t get a space. I know a lot of the cars belong to shop staff and I would hope that especially in the run up to Christmas they would park in the side streets or Clones Road car park”. At this time of year when locals are being encouraged to shop locally it is important that customers get parked in the middle of town. Staff from all the shops and offices should be encouraged by their employer to park off Main Street. The reality is that if they don’t the traffic warden could end up back in town!

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.