DJ JOE HELPS LIGHTEN THE MOOD

Local man Joe Sullivan is a man of many talents, one being a DJ. Every year Joe puts on a free disco in the Ballybay Inn and donates the proceeds to charity. Joe lives in Lusk and to lighten the mood in these unprecedented times the bold Joe is entertaining all in his estate with a Disco being played from his balcony every night. Joe’s started on St. Patrick’s Day and such was the success he repeated it on Sunday for Mother’s Day. On Monday night last Joe held an 80’s night and plans to play every night until the Corona Virus crisis is over. Joe’s disco’s can be seen on his facebook page which are full of requests and positive comments. As Leo Varadkar says not all heroes wear capes – good man Joe – keep her lit.

CHRIST CHURCH BALLYBAY

Due to the outbreak of the Corona Virus there will be no Church service in Christ Church until further notice.

ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE OFF

Every year a number of parishioners from the Tullycorbet parish visit Lourdes as part of the annual Clogher Pilgrimage. Sadly this year’s has been cancelled due to the Corona Virus pandemic.

FREE QUIZ BOOK

Ballybay quiz king Stephen Duffy is offering his quiz books free of charge to anyone who would like to avail of them during these times when all the children are off school. The books are available in Smyth’s Newsagents, Bill’s Butchers, Drury’s Centra and other local shops. If any Ballybay natives who are living abroad and would like a free PDF version of Stephen’s quiz book 'Let's Quiz' you can email him on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and he will forward it on to you. With everyone in the same boat and being stuck in the house a fun family quiz is an ideal way to help pass the time.

POST OFFICE OPENING HOURS

In response to the COVID 19 outbreak Ballybay Post Office have implemented a few changes.
OPENING HOURS
Friday 8am - 4:30pm
If possible the Post Office would appreciate if only state pension could be collected during 8am-12pm all other business can be carried out after 12pm Saturday 8am - 12.00pm Mon - Thursday 9.00am - 5:30pm It has been agreed with DEASP to suspend the use of the signature pad to minimise contact. DEASP have indicated all payments will be double payments week commencing 23 March. In the case where a permanent agent is unable to collect their payment it is acceptable to authorise a temporary agent for the period of the COVID19 emergency measures. Both the temporary agents & emergency COVID19 payment forms available at the counter. The Post Office respectfully ask you not to bring children to the Post Office if possible, to use the hand sanitiser provided and to please keep 2m distance from others. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us either by Facebook or tel 0429741000.

LEARN TRADITIONAL MUSIC ONLINE

Tullycorbet CCE tin whistle teacher Francis has an online classroom up and running and details have been given to existing pupils. There are three different levels: beginners, intermediate and advanced. Anyone who may want their children to learn Tin Whistle over the coming period of COVID-19 can contact Francis at 087 2395396.

CHURCHES REMAIN OPEN BUT NO MASSES

All masses in the parish are cancelled until 29th March however the three Catholic Churches in the parish will remain open to allow people who want to pray to do so. Remember to adhere to the 2m rule. The usual Sunday newsletter/bulletin will still be available in the porches of Ballybay, Ballintra and Tullycorbet churches. Online & radio celebrations of Mass & other links are available at www.clogherdiocese.ie
For those who do not have access to the internet there will be Mass at 10am on Shannonside-Northern Sound, broadcast from St. Mel’s Cathedral Longford.

CHAMBER OFFERS HELP

Ballybay Chamber of Commerce have updated their facebook page with the following message “Just a follow up to our post last week. The offer of help to those in need such as having groceries delivered, coal brought in etc, extends to ALL the local area. This is not confined to the town, all local townlands and villages, are included. We are aware of the many people abroad or elsewhere in Ireland that have family or friends that may need a little assistance in these trying times. Please let them know we can help them.
We also wish to thank the many people who phoned, Emailed or messaged us with offers of help, thank you for your genuine offers, For more information contact Therese Hamilton 087 6853316 or Rory Mc Atavie 087 7687248”

MEN WANTED

Monaghan Sports Partnership are delighted to announce Men On The Move is coming to Ballybay. Are you or do you know someone who is male aged 30 plus, who would like to shed a few pounds &/or feel fitter, who wants to improve overall health and well-being and who would like to join a beginner exercise group? Well here’s your opportunity!!Men on the Move is a 6-week beginners physical activity programme aimed at adult men to become more active, have fun and improve their fitness levels through twice weekly activity sessions. The programme offers men the chance to take part in structured exercise sessions to improve their fitness levels, flexibility and core strength! No fitness level required... just a willingness to try!! The cost of the 6-week programme is €20 per participant. Contact the Monaghan Sports Partnership office on 042-9755126 for more information and booking.

CURRY EVENING

Ballybay Community College U19 football will play in the All Ireland final on 21st march. In order to raise funds for the final the lads are hosting a CURRY EVENING on Wednesday 18th March in the Sports Hall at the school. The evening begins at 4pm and will run until 7pm. Admission for adults is €10 and students €5.

LOCAL LADIES FOR ULSTER ALL STARS

Three St. Brigid and two Latton Ladies footballers will receive their Ulster Post Primary Schools All Stars on Friday evening in Kelly’s Inn, Ballygawley. St. Brigid’s trio Lorna Mc Guirk, Jayne Drury and Michaela Linden will be joined by Latton duo Jane Duffy and Ciara Mulligan. All five girls have come through a series of trials to make the provincial squad. Jayne drury was also named captain.

CLOTHING COLLECTION

St Brigid’s LGFA Finance committee have organised a textile recycling collection day. This is a great opportunity for a Spring Clean while raising valuable funds for the local club. Collection times - Pearse Brothers Centre .. Friday 20th of March from 6pm to 8pm and Saturday 21st of March from 9 am to 11 am.

BIRD BOXES IN CORRYBRENNAN

Anyone passing by or through Corrybrennan lately probably noticed a number of new bird boxes. Credit for the boxes must go to John Johnston who made them and Pearse Brady who painted them. Well done to all involved.

YEARLY BLOTTO AVAILABLE

A year-long membership of Ballybay Pearse Brothers Blotto is available now for just €100. You pick four numbers and you are automatically entered into each week’s Blotto draw. For further information contact any executive member.

ST. BRIGIDS AGM

St Brigids LGFA annual AGM took place on the 15th of January the following committee was elected for the 2020 season. Chairperson - Cathal Linden, Secretary - Leo Brennan, Treasurer - Stephen Drury, PRO - Sinead Duffy, Registrar - Melissa O'Neill, Committee - Enda Mc Mahon, David Hurson, Brian Carroll and Julie McGuirk. A fundraising committee was also formed. These are

Eileen Brennan, Brian Carroll, Joanne Duffy, Carmel Harte, Lorraine Hanratty, Lorraine Maguire, Marie Reyburn, Ann McGuirk, Patricia Duffy, Martin McElearney, Rosie McQuillan and Annemarie Goodman.

The new committee would like to thank the former committee for all their support over the years and they look forward to another successful year in the club.

COMMUNITY GAMES UPDATE

Anyone interested in any of the following activities: Cross Country, Mixed Distance Relays, Marathon, Camogie, Futsal, Gaelic Football, Pitch and Putt, Rounders, Tag Rugby, Skittles, Soccer, Spikeball, Athletics, Cycling, Swimming, Duathlon, Project, Debating, Gymnastics, Talent (Dance, Drama, Music, Recitation and Singing), Culture, Choir, Recitation, or Table Quiz please contact Maire 086 0826103 / 042 9748955 or Sharon 087 2332882 / 042 9748110. Please contact either of the above contacts to ensure your child has a chance to compete in any of these events. Swimming competition- Sunday 22nd March @5.15pm in Monaghan Swimming pool

Special Yoga Event

Special Yoga Event on Monday 9th March in The Wetlands, Ballybay from 6.30-8.30pmYoga Poster 3

COMMUNITY COLLEGE INTO ALL IRELAND FINAL

Defending champions Ballybay Community College booked their place in their second consecutive Masita Brother Ignatius Rice cup courtesy of a 1-7 to 2 points win over a much fancied St Farnan’s PP, Prosperous, Co. Kildare. The game was played in horrible conditions and Ballybay playing with the wind managed to lead at the break 0-5 to 0-1. Once Daragh Dempsey netted in the second half the writing was on the wall for the Kildare and Leinster champions. Ballybay will now play either Dunmore Community School or Beara Community School on Saturday 21st March.
Ballybay Community College team and scorers:
Ryan Johnston, Thomas McPhilips, Mark Hughes, Thomas Keenan, Eoin Duffy (0-1), Aaron Hamilton, James Hughes (0-1), Shane Slevin, James Slevin, Julius Sniauksta (0-1), Dara McCann, Darragh McElearney (Capt), Michael Coyle, Tristan Keenan (0-1), Darragh Dempsey(1-3, 0-2 from frees).
Subs used: Ryan Duffy for Aaron Hamilton, James McAdam for Tristan Keenan, Cian Hughes for James Hughes. A full report can be found on the sports pages.

GOSPEL MEETING

Welcome to Gospel Meeting in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church hall (kindly granted) on Friday 6th March 2020. Visiting speaker is P J Sexton. Refreshments afterwards. Come and bring family/friends.

TRACTOR RUN FOR CANCER

A tractor run will be held on 5th April from Latton GAA Centre. All proceeds will be donated to the Ballybay Cancer Society. More details later.

CENTRAL SCHOOL QUIZ FRIDAY

Ballybay Central School warmly invite you to a Table Quiz tomorrow Friday 6th March at 8pm in Derryvalley Hall. Adult €10 and children €5. A great night for all the family with local man Stephen Duffy as quizmaster, spot prizes and supper served.

FIRST AID COURSE FOR PARENTS

The Community Creche has organised a 2 hour basic first aid course for parents. It will cover topics such as CPR, burns and scalds, choking, bleeding, bandaging, fractures, childhood illness including meningitis. The course will take place on 11th March from 7pm until 9pm. Pre Booking is essential and to do so contact the Creche Office.

OUTDOOR BOWLS

The AGM will take place on Thursday 19th March on the Bowling Pavilion at 8pm and all members that participated in any competitions last year are invited to attend.

ART AND SEWING CLASSES

Are you interested in art or sewing classes? Catherine Mc Gregor has organised a number of classes in the Sew Arty Studio (beside the Ballybay Inn). Sewing classes will take place on Tuesday’s from 10 to 11-30am and 6-30 to 8pm. Art classes are on Thursday from 10 to 11-30am and 6-30 to 8pm. A kids arts and crafts club takes place on Saturday mornings from 10 until 11-30am. Booking is essential – contact Catherine on 087 9353182.

ALL IRELAND CHAMPIONS

Last Saturday was a very proud day for the Ballybay Community College senior football team as they won an All-Ireland title and the Edmund Ignatius Rice Cup. Massive congratulations are due to the players and management for such a wonderful achievement. There is a full match report in the sports pages. Ballybay Chamber of Commerce are one of the many groups in the town and surrounding areas who would like to congratulate the team on their amazing success. The chamber plan to have a civic reception for the team in the very near future.
Paul Mc Aviney of the Ballybay and its People facebbok page has asked if everyone could all please send a message by the good old postal service and congratulate the team and the school on this very very special occasion. On the page Paul said, “Let's all commit to spending more than 3 seconds sending an electronic message and instead LETS ALL SEND A CARD OR A LETTER TO TELL THEM ALL HOW PROUD WE ARE OF THEM. Just address it to 'The All Ireland Champions, Ballybay Community College, Ballybay, County Monaghan, Ireland”.
Frankie Wright who spent a number of years in Ballybay and is himself a former Pearse Brothers player was so delighted with the success that he has invited the team to Lilliput Adventure Centre for an overnight on us in recognition of their amazing success.

GOOD MAN EAMON

Local man Eamon Gorman recently celebrated his 80th Birthday. Eamon donated the money he received for his Birthday to the local Lourdes Invalid Fund which this year will be sending 8 people from the parish to Lourdes. Good man Eamon and many happy returns.

THANK YOU

Mackey Smyth, who celebrated his 70th birthday last Friday night in Lynch’s of Lisnalong and combined it with a Charity Fundraiser for local charities wishes to say a huge thank you to all those who supported the event either by attending or sending contributions, and by so doing made it such a resounding success. Thanks to Mick McCormick who provided the music and to Kathleen & Paddy for the food. Thanks also to the Northern Standard and local social media platforms for the publicity. Benefitting charities will include Ballybay Cancer Society, Five for the Fight-Cancer Research, Cystic Fibrosis and Loughmourne National School’s Autism Unit. It is gratifying to know that these great organisations will benefit as a result of your remarkable generosity. Anyone who would like to make a donation can still do so by contacting any of the Smyth family.

UNICEF CHURCH GATE COLLECTION

A church gate collection weekend in aid of UNICEF for The Syrian and Yemen appeal will take place on the 13th and 14th of April at all masses in the parish.
We appreciate your support to bring aid to the innocent victims caught up in the conflict of war, injustice, hunger and division. We continue to thank you for your kindness and generosity. God Bless.

SOCIAL DAY

The next Social Day takes place in Cuan Mhuire on Friday 12th April from 11am until 2pm.

KNIT FOR CHILDREN’S UNIT

The Aughnamullen crochet and knitting group have been asked to knit of crochet Easter gifts for the Children’s Oncology Unit in Drogheda Hospital. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Pamela Sheridan or Mary Duffy (shop) on 087 2043187.

FREEMASONARY TALK

An open invitation has been issued to an open evening and talk on Freemasonry in Ballybay and surrounding areas from 1723 to 2019. This introduction to the world’s oldest fraternity and its contribution to the history of Ballybay will take place in Ballybay Masonic Hall on Friday 12th April. The evening will commence with an ‘open door’ to the Masonic Hall at 6pm with a tour of the historic building and a display of items connected with the local lodge. This will be followed by a talk at 8pm from guest speaker Eugene Markey – Provincial Archivist Province of Meath. Admission is free however if you would like to make a donation it in turn will be given to Ballybay Cancer Society

BALLYBAY DRAMA GROUP

Hi everyone the gang are getting their act together to dazzle you with the comedy caper that is 'A room with a Queue!' By Grainne Jordan.
Rehearsals are in full swing and time is a ticking away!! Grab the diary and save the date with a choice of three nights to come along and enjoy this wonderfully written play! April 4th, 5th and 7th at 8pm in Ballybay Pearse Bros Centre. We promise music...madness..and most definitely lots a laughter!!
See you there!!

BALLYBAY SPRING CLEAN

As part of National Spring Clean week Ballybay Tidy Towns committee is organising ‘Ballybay Spring Clean’ on Saturday 13th April 2019 (please note the new date). Anyone who can spare an hour or two is asked to be in the Square at 10am. Speaking to the Ballybay News Committee Chairman Martin Gleeson said, “Please come out and help and make YOUR town more presentable. There's too many people complaining about the condition of the town and doing nothing about it. This is your opportunity to make a difference”.

ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE?

Councillor Seamus Coyle wants to remind everyone that if you are over 18 you have a right to vote. Speaking to the Ballybay News the Latton based Councillor said, “If you are 18 years old on the date of polling in any election or referendum, you are entitled to vote, but only if you are on the Electoral Register in the area, where you normally reside. To check if you are registered to vote you can phone Monaghan County Council on 047-30551 or check Online at www.monaghan.ie”.
Local and European Elections Take place on Friday 24th May 2019, so if you are aged 18 years on or before that date, you can be added to the Supplementary Register up on till 5pm on Tuesday 7th May 2019. For those wishing to get a Postal Vote, the closing date is 5pm on Monday 22nd April 2019.Your Vote is Your Right.

ST. PATRICK DAY UPDATE

The organising committee of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade were delighted with the large attendance and would like to thank all the locals who continue to turn out in big numbers to support the parade. They would also like to thank the following for their help and support: Rory Mc Atavie, Stephen Duffy, Gerry west, Michael Keenan, Michael Murnane, Dolores Maguire, Gary Mc Guirk, Aughnamullen Pipe Band, Ballybay Garda, Employees of Monaghan County Council, everyone who participated and all of the local businesses who contributed towards the parade costs. The winner of the best float (€200) was Mullaghmore Equestrian Centre and the runner up (€100) was Bluebells.

WIGS ON THE GREEN

Tullycorbett Drama Group will present a 3-Act comedy entitled ‘Wigs on the Green’ in Tullycorbett Community Centre on Friday 29th and Sunday 31st March and again on Friday 5th and Sunday 7th April. the curtain goes up each night at 8pm.

CHARITY FUNDRAISER IN LYNCH’S

Mackey Smyth from Anney will celebrate his 70th birthday on Friday 22nd March. He is combining it with a Charity Fundraiser for local charities. It’s all taking place in Lynch’s Pub, Lisnalong tomorrow night. Proceedings get underway at 9.30 and music will be provided by the great Mick McCormick. Benefitting charities include: Ballybay Cancer Society, Five for the Fight-Cancer Research, Cystic Fibrosis and Loughmourne National School’s Autism Unit. Everyone is welcome. Why not come along and enjoy the craic! No presents or cards please. Donations on the night go to these fantastic organisations who do amazing work and deserve our support.

EASTER CAMP AT BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE

A three- day Easter camp for 8 to 14 year olds will be held between the 16th and 18th April at Breakthrough Performance at Pearse Park Ballybay. During the three days participants will have the opportunity to take part in GAA, Aussie Rules, soccer, rounders, Olympic handball, American Football and basketball. Further information is available from Dessie at 086 3764114 or Barry at 087 2238579.

CHRIST CHURCH NEWS

The vestry members of Christ church Ballybay would like to thank sincerely each and everyone of you for your very kind donations towards the resurfacing of our driveway. It is greatly appreciated - without your support it would not be possible to carry out the work so thank you!
Our Community youth Club takes place this Saturday evening at 6pm in Christ Church Hall. All national school children are very welcome to come along and join in the fun, lots of games, arts and crafts and refreshments on the night, Parents are very welcome to stay and have a cup of tea or coffee and a catch up. Hope to see you all there.

BOWLS

On the outdoor front we hope to open the green for the new season on Monday 25th March. The outdoor club has been invited to Fivemiletown on Saturday 27th April to play a select team in the Vincent Cup. This cup is played for each year so you can put your name on the time sheet in the Pavilion. Another date for your diaries is Monday 25th March when we hold the AGM in the club house at 8pm. Some of the committee members will be making contact with the teams that play in our competitions last year to make them aware of the dates for the coming season.

FLOWER ARRANGING DEMONSTRATION

Rockcorry National School invite you to an evening Flower Arranging Demonstration by Monaghan Flower & Garden Club on Thursday 28th March @ 7:30pm in Rockcorry Church of Ireland National School. Tickets €10 available in the school now or pay in on the door.

DRAMA GROUP EXCLUSIVE UPDATE

Yes folks it's full steam ahead rehearsals for the upcoming comedy caper '
A room with a Queue!' By Grainne Jordan. Ballybay Drama Group will adorn the stage with this wonderfully written play on Thursday 4th, Friday 5th and Sunday 7th of April in the Ballybay Pearse Brothers Centre at 8pm!
Do come along and enjoy this class nights entertainment! We look forward to yee all showing up for the showdown!!

RECENTLY BEREAVED

Ballybay Pearse Brothers would like to pass on their sympathies to the Mc Cabe and Boyle families on their recent bereavements. Michael Houghton passed away suddenly in Leeds on Saturday last and is a brother of Cathy Mc Cabe, Knocknamaddy. Details of his funeral will be released in the near future. Margaret Boyle (Loch Mor Avenue) died on St. Patrick’s Day and was the mother of former player Joey Boyle. Margaret’s funeral mass was held yesterday in St. Patrick’s and she was buried in the adjoining cemetery afterwards. May both Michael and Margaret rest in peace.

CLÁR FUNDING SCHEME 2019

CLÁR is a targeted investment programme for rural areas that aims to provide funding for small infrastructural projects in areas that experience disadvantage at Schools /Community Facilities. CLÁR 2019 includes new measures to support rural communities. Measures 1, 2 and 3(c) will be managed by Monaghan County Council and Measure 3 (a) & (b) will be managed directly by the Department of Rural and Community Development – See docs. below for further details:

CLÁR Guidelines

CLÁR List of DEDs - PDF

Clár Map - PDF

CLÁR FUNDING SCHEME 2019

Measure 1 Application Form

Measure 2 Application Form

Measure 3c Application Form

 

Community Involvement Scheme 2019

The Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport has announced funding for the repair and upgrade of local or regional public roads under The Community Involvement Scheme (CIS) 2018.

Community Involvement Schemes (CIS) are joint ventures between the community and Monaghan County Council, aimed at improving the quality of public roads which are in need of repair.

A 15% percent contribution by the public is required towards the total cost of the works.

Eligible works include surface dressing, road strengthening and ancillary works.

Completed application forms are to be submitted to the Roads Section, Monaghan County Council, M- TEK II, Armagh Road, Monaghan by Friday 4th January 2019.

Community Involvement Scheme Application Form 2019

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

The annual St. Patrick’s Day parade will take place on Sunday next 17th March at 5pm. Floats, community groups and others participating in the parade should assemble at Gerry Traynor’s shop. The organising committee would very much appreciate it if local businesses would erect some bunting and flags. Aughnamullen Pipe Band will once again lead the parade. Anyone seeking further information should contact Therese at 0876853316.

KNIT FOR CHILDREN’S UNIT

The Aughnamullen crochet and knitting group have been asked to knit of crochet Easter gifts for the Children’s Oncology Unit in Drogheda Hospital. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Pamela Sheridan or Mary Duffy (shop) on 087 2043187.

RACE NIGHT

Ballybay Pearse Brothers are having a ‘Race Night’ in Stookies Bar on Saturday next 16th March. The first race is off at 9pm. Should be a great night’s craic and everybody welcome.

COMMUNITY GAMES

Congratulations to the under 13 Indoor Soccer Team who won their first game of the competition. They beat Donaghamoyne and will soon be playing against other local teams within Co Monaghan. The team managed by Martin Sheridan and Peter Ward are Eoin Brady, Eanna Curran, Simon Du Plessis, Stephen Duffy, Jerome Lavelle, Martin Quinn, Eoin Sheridan and Sean Ward..We wish them good luck in their next match.
Upcoming Activities.
Entries for Quiz, closing date is 15th March.
Cross Country, Mixed Distance Relays and Marathon, closing date is 23rd March.
Camogie, Futsal, Gaelic Football, Pitch and Putt, Rounders, Tag Rugby, Skittles, Soccer and Spikeball, closing date is 5th April.
Athletics and Cycling closing date is 24th May.
Contact Maire 086 0826103 / 042 9748955 or Sharon 087 2332882 / 042 9748110

BOWLS

The Ballybay Indoor Bowling Club held their last club night of the season on Monday last when Chairperson Angela Rutledge thanked all those that competed in the various competitions during the year. We had two teams in the Monaghan Zone League but there was no change in their standings in the league. Angela lead by example when she won along with Cora Smyth and Rose Hughes, the ladies triples and now go to Shaws Bridge, Belfast on Saturday to compete in the Northern Section. The entire bowling fraternity wish them good luck and hope they come back with the silverware.
On the outdoor front we hope to open the green for the new season on Monday 25th March. The outdoor club has been invited to Fivemiletown on Saturday 27th April to play a select team in the Vincent Cup. This cup is played for each year so you can put your name on the time sheet in the Pavilion. Another date for your diaries is Monday 25th March when we hold the AGM in the club house at 8pm. Some of the committee members will be making contact with the teams that play in our competitions last year to make them aware of the dates for the coming season.

FLOWER ARRANGING DEMONSTRATION

Rockcorry National School invite you to an evening Flower Arranging Demonstration by Monaghan Flower & Garden Club on Thursday 28th March @ 7:30pm in Rockcorry Church of Ireland National School. Tickets €10 available in the school now or pay in on the door.

DRAMA GROUP EXCLUSIVE UPDATE

Yes folks it's full steam ahead rehearsals for the upcoming comedy caper '

A room with a Queue!' By Grainne Jordan. Ballybay Drama Group will adorn the stage with this wonderfully written play on Thursday 4th, Friday 5th and Sunday 7th of April in the Ballybay Pearse Brothers Centre at 8pm!
Do come along and enjoy this class nights entertainment! We look forward to yee all showing up for the showdown!!

BALLYBAY SPRING CLEAN

As part of National Spring Clean week Ballybay Tidy Towns committee is organising ‘Ballybay Spring Clean’ on Saturday 6th April 2019. Anyone who can spare an hour or two is asked to be in the Square at 10am. Speaking to the Ballybay News Committee Chairman Martin Gleeson said, “Please come out and help and make YOUR town more presentable. There's too many people complaining about the condition of the town and doing nothing about it. This is your opportunity to make a difference”.

National Community Weekend - May 4th - 6th, 2019

Monaghan Local Community Development Committee will be asking local communities to come up with ideas for events in their areas. Events can be centred around food, sport, the environment or health and culture.

The event is a celebration of the great spirit of community that exists across the country and an effort to help people who share communities to come together, get to know each other and deepen the sense of community in their area.

Events will take place over the May Holiday weekend of 4th to 6th May 2019. The success of this initiative will lie in having local communities come together to plan events that will work best for their area. This celebration belongs to everyone.

We will not tell communities what they should do, events will be very much driven by communities. These could include themes around sport, history, baking, anything that will help neighbours to come together.

The event is a chance for people to foster a sense of helping each other by coming together, not just on that day, but hopefully all year round. It’s the chance for everyone to get to know all members of their community, to reconnect with neighbours and have a celebration together that is open, inclusive and local.

Applications for funding to support local events is now open and will close on Monday 1st April at 5pm

Guidelines for Applicatants PDF >>

National Community Application Form Word Doc. >>

 

 

ALL IRELAND FINAL BECKONS

Massive congratulations to the Community College U19 team who have reached the Rice Cup All Ireland final. On Saturday last at a rain swept Clooneen, Co. Roscommon the local lads defeated Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiarain 1-8 to 1-6. In the final which takes place on 23rd March they will play Boherbue Comprehensive School. The side are captained by Latton’s Aaron Mulligan who is also the sides top scorer. /www.sportsjoe.ie has a great article on Aaron under the heading - Young Monaghan hotshot definitely meant it. Full match report is available on the sports pages.

THANK YOU MASS FOR NUNS

The Parish of Tullycorbet and surrounding areas wish to acknowledge and give thanks for the years of service given by the “Ballybay Nuns” over many decades. With changes to the ownership and administration of St. Joseph’s Nursing Home, it was felt that this is an opportune time to thank the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart for their sterling commitment. To mark the occasion, the new Bishop, Bishop Larry Duffy, will be the chief celebrant of a Mass of Thanksgiving in St. Patrick’s Church, Ballybay, on Saturday 6th April at 11-30am.

CENTRAL SCHOOL QUIZ

Ballybay Central School warmly invite you to a Table Quiz on Friday 8th March at 8pm in Derryvalley Hall. Adult €10 and Children €5. A night for all the family, with spot prizes and a light supper being served.

BRIC A BRAC SALE

Local girl Keva Morgan is hosting a bric a brac sale and coffee morning on Saturday 16th March at 11am in Church Street Hall. Keva is raising money as part of a trip to South Africa where she will spend time teaching and volunteering. Keva would like to thank everyone who has donated already and would love to hear from anyone who has unwanted items that they are prepared to donate for her sale.

NEW LIBRARIAN

Local lady Pauline Duffy will officially take over as the librarian in Ballybay on 22nd March. Pauline has a wealth of experience having spent 17 years in the library in Castleblayney. Her many friends in Ballybay would like to wish her all the best in her new role.

MISSION THANK YOU

Fr. Ruben of the Comboni Missionaries has written to thank the parish for allowing him to speak recently about his work and to make an appeal for funds to help with their work. The amount collected at masses in Tullycorbett and the vigil mass in Latton amounted to €2, 955. Fr. Ruben was delighted with this amount and has asked that his thanks be passed on to everyone who contributed.

OUTDOOR BOWLS

The outdoor club has been invited to Fivemiletown on Saturday 27th April to play a select team in the Vincent Cup. This cup is played for each year so you can put your name on the time sheet in the Pavilion. Another date for your diaries is Monday 25th March when we hold the AGM in the club house at 8pm. Some of the committee members will be making contact with the teams that play in our competitions last year to make them aware of the dates for the coming season.

COMMUNITY GAMES

Upcoming Activities
Entries for Choir, Culture corner, Gymnastics, Talent (Group Music / Singing / Dance or Drama, Solo Dance / Music / Recitation or Singing, closing is date 8th March.
Entries for Quiz, closing date is 15th March.
Cross Country, Mixed Distance Relays and Marathon, closing date is 23rd March.
Camogie, Futsal, Gaelic Football, Pitch and Putt, Rounders, Tag Rugby, Skittles, Soccer and Spikeball, closing date is 5th April.
Athletics and Cycling closing date is 24th May.
Contact Maire 086 0826103 / 042 9748955 or Sharon 087 2332882 / 042 9748110.

ROCKCORRY NATIONAL SCHOOL ENROLMENT FOR SEPTEMBER 2019

Parents interested in enrolling their child in our school for Sept ‘19 are invited to attend an Open Day on Tuesday 12th March from 1 – 3pm. Application forms and a copy of our school prospectus will be available on the day. Bring a copy of your child’s Birth Certificate and PPS number. Please contact the Principal, Mrs Julie Coalter, on 042-9742554 if you have any further queries. We look forward to meeting you and your child.

FLOWER ARRANGING DEMONSTRATION

Rockcorry National School invite you to an evening Flower Arranging Demonstration by Monaghan Flower & Garden Club on Thursday 28th March @ 7:30pm in Rockcorry Church of Ireland National School. Tickets €10 available in the school now or pay in on the door.

HAVE YOU A LOVED ONE BURIED IN A GRAVEYARD IN AUGHNAMULLEN WEST?

A draft map will be on display this week in all the parish churches, showing the map of the graveyard and the names listed in alphabetical order, showing the surname, first name, address, month and year of death and age at time of death together with the plot number.

Correction sheets are provided for parishioners to come forward with any local information on unmarked graves and plots where names may not be included on headstones. Also to correct any mis-spellings & errors in transcription of headstones.
Please view the maps in the following churches St. Mary’s Latton, St. Patrick’s Bawn, Christ Church Aughnamullen, Corlea Church.
These draft maps will only be on view for three weeks, so please make any corrections as soon as possible.
Please leave all completed correction sheets in an envelope in the church porch or return to any committee member of the Latton Bawn Historical Group.
Once finished a stainless steel sign is then erected at a location agreed between IGS, the Parish Priest and the local authority. Images and a transcription of all headstones are also available online at: www.irishgraveyards.ie

WALLET LOST SUNDAY

A wallet was lost in or around the Bank of Ireland ATM on Main Street, Balllybay around 6.30pm Sunday evening last. It contains many personnel items. If anyone has found it or has any information on it, please contact Cllr. Seamus Coyle on 087-6814067.

CENTRAL SCHOOL QUIZ

Ballybay Central School warmly invite you to a Table Quiz on Friday 8th March at 8pm in Derryvalley Hall. Adult €10 and Children €5. A night for all the family, with spot prizes and a light supper being served.

LOCAL CHILDREN GO THROUGH TO NEXT ROUND OF IRELANDS GOT TALENT

Six children from Ballybay were part of the HIPHOPICAL dance group which appeared on Ireland’s Got Talent last Saturday night. Sarah Louise & Niamh Harte, Macey Mc Kenna, Kamila Grigaityte, Kaitlyn Rayburn and Grainne Smyth were part of the 37 strong dance group which brought the house down. All four judges gave them a standing ovation and followed up with very favourable comments. Clips of their amazing performance are doing the rounds on social media at the moment.

ST. BRIGID’S NEWS

St. Brigid's Ladies GFC Club are holding their AGM meeting on Thursday 7th March at 7:30pm sharp in Ballybay Pearse Brothers Centre, we would like as many parents could they please attend.
The club are also holding a table quiz in the Pearse Brothers Centre on Saturday 9th March at 8pm sharp. A table of four is just €20 or €5 per person. There will also be a raffle on the night. Your support for the ladies of the parish would be very much appreciated.

COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB

A Community youth club will take place this Saturday at 6pm in Christ Church Hall in Ballybay for all national School age Children. There will be lots of fun games, arts and crafts. Refreshments served, and parents welcome to stay for the hour and have a cuppa.

LIBRARY OPENING HOURS INCREASE

From Friday 22nd March, Ballybay will have an increase in opening hours to the public. The new opening hours will be Monday & Thursday 2-5pm & 6-8pm and Wednesday & Friday 11am – 1.30pm & 2.30pm – 5pm; Closed on Tuesdays.

NO SCOUTS

Sadly we have to report that efforts to re-establish a scout troupe in Ballybay have come to nothing. Nadine Keenan did try very hard to get scouting back into Ballybay however due to the poor response from parents the scouts will not be coming back anytime soon.

FIANNA FAIL MEETING

A meeting of the Ballybay-Clones Fianna Fáil Comhairle Ceanntair will take place in the Creighton Hotel,Clones on Monday evening next 4th March at 8.30pm sharp. All party members and supporters are invited to attend as issues of local and national importance are to be discussed. Local Election Candidates for the Ballybay-Clones L.E.A. Cllr.Seamus Coyle and Mike Durkan will be in attendance as will Local Oireachtas members.
All cumann are requested to confirm the date of there Cumann www.agm.at or before Monday night’s meeting.

COMMUNITY GAMES

Indoor Soccer
Good Luck to the Under 13 Indoor Soccer Team who will soon be playing against other local teams within Co Monaghan. The team managed by Martin Sheridan and Peter Ward are Eoin Brady, Eanna Curran, Simon Du Plessis, Stephen Duffy, Jerome Lavelle, Martin Quinn, Eoin Sheridan and Sean Ward..
Gymnastics
Gymnastics local area competition was held last week in Clontibret. Congratulations to our local Gymnasts who will represent our area at The County Finals.
1.Andrea Quinn
2.Tara Reilly
3.Anna Leonard
Upcoming Activities
Entries for Choir, Culture corner, Gymnastics, Talent (Group Music / Singing / Dance or Drama, Solo Dance / Music / Recitation or Singing, closing is date 8th March.
Entries for Quiz, closing date is 15th March.
Cross Country, Mixed Distance Relays and Marathon, closing date is 23rd March.
Camogie, Futsal, Gaelic Football, Pitch and Putt, Rounders, Tag Rugby, Skittles, Soccer and Spikeball, closing date is 5th April.
Athletics and Cycling closing date is 24th May.
Contact Maire 086 0826103 / 042 9748955 or Sharon 087 2332882 / 042 9748110

Draft Monaghan County Development Plan 2019-2025

Monaghan Co. Council Forward Planning Team will be running a series of Workshops after the Easter break to allow members of the public and interest groups to discuss matters relating to the Draft Monaghan County Development Plan 2019-2025 which is currently on public display up until the 25th of May 2018. The workshop locations are ; Monaghan Town , Carrickmacross, Castleblayney, Clones and Ballybay. The workshops will facilitate members of the public who have any questions or concerns in relation to the contents of the Draft Plan or want to engage in the Development Plan process at this stage.

See Draft Monaghan County Development Plan 2019-2025 PDF here >>

BALLYBAY DAFFODIL DAY RAISES OVER €8000

A big thank you to the people from Ballybay and surrounding areas who donated so willingly and generously to make our Daffodil such a success.The €8053 raised so far will stay in our County to help the people in our area to get through Cancer. We couldn't have done it without you. We have a brilliant team of willing and loyal volunteers who have been helping out over the years, and this year we sent out an appeal for new Volunteers and we got a few more people to help our exsisting team out on the day. A big thank you to some volunteers who have retired after many years of helping out at all the Ballybay Daffodil Days for nearly 30 years. The Cake Sale and Coffee morning was a lovely way of meeting people and thank you to those who helped out and supported it, we are very grateful. Thanks to Pat O'Brien for the use of his premises for the coffee morning. Thanks to Ina Hagan who donated two lovely hampers. Paul Duffy and Rose Stuart were delighted to win them. We had great help from students for the Community College, who supplied lots of scones and helped out at the selling of the cakes, washing up, and serving the tea. A total of 60 volunteers was involved in some way or other and without those people, we simply couldn't have done it. These Volunteers sincerely love to give their time, energy, and enthusiasm to Daffodil Day.

DAFFODIL DAY

This money provides services to all people who are affected by cancer in County Monaghan. Your support is always crucial to our outstanding success of Daffodil Day. Every Daffodil, keyring or other merchandise sold, supports programmes that prevent cancer, save lives from cancer and help people face cancer to cope and maintain the highest possible quality of life. The National Cancer Helpline 1800 200 700 is invaluable to people who need to talk things over and get advise.
The people in our area who donated in anyway, should be proud that they helped make Ballybay Daffodil Day 2018 a huge success. Ballybay Daffodil Day Co-Ordinators Joe and Dolores Maguire sincerely thank you for your continued support.

One of the Daffodil Day organisers Dolores Maguire with Volunteer and Pink Ribbon Organiser Paddy Gilmour

EASTER CELEBRATIONS AT THE WETLANDS

The Presbyterian churches in Ballybay are planning an early morning gathering to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday morning. We will meet at 7.00am at the Wetlands, Clones road, Ballybay. Good Friday is always a rather sad and sombre occasion, and rightly so, as we remember the torture and suffering that Jesus endured before He died on the cross. But early on Easter Sunday morning He rose from the dead and we meet early to celebrate and give thanks for His victory over sin and death. We invite everyone from our local community to join with us on this special morning. We will sing some well known Easter songs and our minister, Rev Dr. Gerry Clinton, will bring a short message from the Bible. We will meet outdoors (if the snow doesn’t return!) and there will be a light breakfast served in the Wetlands after our short praise service. Everyone welcome.

HOLY WEEK

The parish schedule for Holy Week has been released. On Holy Thursday there will be evening mass in Ballintra and Tullycorbett at 6pm and in St. Patrick's at 8pm. The St. Patrick mass will have the washing of the feet and the Trociare offerings will be gathered at this mass. On Good Friday there will be a celebration of the Lords Passion in St. Patrick's at 3pm and 7-30pm. The Ester vigil mass will take place in St. Patrick's at 8pm on Easter Saturday night.

PARADE THANK YOU’s

Big thank you to everyone who took part in the parade, to the many people who turned out to view the parade, to the people who helped out and to all our friends and neighbours who supported the parade. St Patrick's Day this year was a very cold day, plus many people were watching the Rugby. But despite all these issues the parade was yet again a huge success. Huge thanks to the local Garda, the Aughnamullen Pipe band, the Fire Brigade who not only took part but also helped with the stewarding. To Stephen Duffy, Gerry West, Peter Murnane and Therse Hamilton. Thanks also to Gary Mc Guirk and Liam Smyth who supplied the trailer for the review stand and the PA system. The winners of the best floats in order of merit were Ballybay Community Crèche, followed by Mullaghmore Equestrian centre and Stephan Mc Cann. Best window display went to Liz Parker of Stitches who arranged a window display that would do Switzers in Dublin proud. Many thanks to the local business people who contributed financially to the parade and to Monaghan Co. Council for the window display prize.
The Municipal council were represented by Pat Treanor, Seamus Coyle, Hughie Mc Elvaney and Sean Gilliland. County Mayor Kathy Bennet was unable to attend as she was in attendance at the New York parade.
This is year 32 with one year missed due to foot and mouth, many thanks again to the participants and the many people who supported the parade.
OH Special thanks to the brilliant Irish Rugby Team!

CD LAUNCH

Ballybay Gospel Country Group is launching a new CD entitled ‘GOD CAN’ in 2nd Ballybay Presbyterian Church at 8pm on Wednesday 11th April. More details to follow. All proceeds from the sale of the CD will be used for missiin work.

CHAMBER CONGRATS

Ballybay Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Ballybay Drama Society. The society recently staged ‘Professor Tim’ and packed the Pearse Brothers Centre on three consecutive nights. There is already speculation as to what the next promotion will be and many locals are looking forward to the next promotion.

BOWLS AGM

With the improvement in the weather and the longer days our thoughts turn to the outdoor sports and so it is with the bowling fraternity. The Ballybay Outdoor Bowling green situated in the beautiful Town Park will open on Monday 2nd April so anyone wishing to try their hand at the game of bowls can come along as bowls and instructions will be available free of charge.
On Thursday the 22nd March the AGM of the Outdoor Bowling Club was held in the bowling pavilion. There was a good attendance of members and all matters relating to the club and its future running was discussed at length. The following Officers were elected for the coming year.
President – Malachy Mc Skane
Chairman – Samuel Gamble
Vice Chairman – Gabriel Martin
Secretary – Cora Smyth
Assistant Secretary – Philip Gibson
Treasurer – Benny Smyth
Assistant Treasurer – Bertie Latimer
PRO – Benny Smyth
A full report on the past years happenings was delivered and the Treasurer said we were still in the black, but that we need to keep a tight reign on our expenses. It is hoped to have 14 local clubs in the league this year (similar to last season). In the full list of events we have planned will be 16 local players competing in the Border Counties League and also the Mc Guirk Shield. There will be bowling for beginners during the month of April at 7-30pm each evening. On Monday 7th May we will hold a charity all day bowls match starting at 10am. This will be a rinks competition and will be limited to 24 teams, so if you want to enter a team or make further enquiries then ring Mal Mc Skane on 087 9710652.

NEW VIDEO

Local man Colin Parker has made a film entitled ‘Beal Atha Beithe – The Market Town’. In the film there is footage from the town and surrounding areas and interviews with Stephen Sherry, Rory Mc Atavie and George Montgomery. The film will be launched in the summer however you can get a sneak preview of it on the Ballybay and its People facebook page.

GDPR Data Protection for Businesses in your area

25th May 2018 will see the greatest changes in Data Protection legislation for decades with the implementation of the EU General Data Protection. GDPR legislation will apply to all businesses and organisations who collect and process personal data and a breech could see a monetary fine of up to E20,000,000 (or 4% of Annual Turnover whichever is the greater!). From the Sole Trader to global organisations, charities, sports clubs (and all those in between) all will feel the effects and implications of the new legislation

The Local Enterprise Office have had to put on extra events in Monaghan to cater for the significant number of Monaghan town businesses and retailers who have enrolled in GDPR seminars. They are extremely mindful of the businesses in Clones, Ballybay, Blayney and Carrick and have seminars scheduled for Carrickmacross on 5th April and in Ballybay on 25th April.

Links to the seminars are as follows:

GDPR workshop Carrickmacross on 5th April

GDPR workshop Ballybay on 25th April

DAFFODIL DAY

The annual Daffodil Day takes place on Friday 23rd March. Fresh daffodils along with other items will be on sale throughout the town. There will also be a coffee morning/cake sale in the premises besides Pat O Brien’s from 10am until 2pm. Local Co-ordinators Joe and Dolores Maguire would like to hear from all existing and new volunteers. They can be contacted at 0429741717 or 0868340501. Donations of fresh daffodils are also welcome.

HARD LUCK GRAHAM

Hard luck to local man Graham Crawford who was on the Armagh Royal School’s rugby side which lost the Ulster Schools Cup final on Monday last. Graham’s team have had a great season, but their luck ran out in the final where they lost to Campbell College 19-13. Graham and his team mates can hold their heads high.

RIP THOM MOORE

Many of you will not have heard of Thom Moore who died recently. He was an American singer songwriter who moved to Ireland in 1974. In 1994 he released a song called “Gorgeous & Bright”. The song makes reference to Ballybay and Lough Egish. The first verse goes:

Monaghan was frozen

Snow fell night and day;

Lighter hearts who’d chosen to

set out from Ballybay.

We meant to find Lough Egish

but the world was dazzled white;

A fire was lit we drank a bit

and home before the night.

A full version of the song is available on you tube:

Watch YouTube video here >>

BOWLS NEWS

The Indoor Bowls season is coming to a conclusion for the 2017/18 season. Ballybay have just one game with Latton for the Jimmy Mc Elroy shield which is played for at the end of each season. We also participate in the Tom Mc Philips trophy which is also an end of season game in Latton.

Ballybay had a good year’s bowling with their maroon team gaining promotion to Division 1 and the white team securing promotion to Division 3. Our Chairperson Angela Rutledge had much praise for the efforts of both teams.

The Outdoor club will now be getting underway and will be opening on Monday 2nd April with bowling for beginners. As the name suggests we will entertain all comers, so if you fancy a game of bowls just turn up and instructions will be given.

The AGM of the Outdoor Bowling club will take place on Thursday 22nd March at 8pm in the Bowling Pavilion. All members are welcome to attend. As our green is open 12 years it is on the agenda to upgrade the entire green and surrounds so it’s important to attend this meeting and have your say.

HOLY WEEK

The parish schedule for Holy Week has been released. On Sunday next - Palm Sunday - masses will be at the regular times and palm will be blessed at all masses. Confessions will be heard in St. Patrick's on Sunday next at 7-30pm. On Holy Thursday there will be evening mass in Ballintra and Tullycorbett at 6pm and in St. Patrick's at 8pm. The St. Patrick mass will have the washing of the feet and the Trociare offerings will be gathered at this mass. On Good Friday there will be a celebration of the Lords Passion in St. Patrick's at 3pm and 7-30pm. The Ester vigil mass will take place in St. Patrick's at 8pm on Easter Saturday night.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY

This year marks the 32nd annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Ballybay (with the exception of 2001 due to foot and mouth). The parade begins opposite Gerry Traynor’s shop at the Carrickmacross end of O Duffy Terrace. The parade will begin at 5pm. The organising committee request that all participants please be at the Carrickmacross Road prior to 4-50pm. This enables stewards and the gardai to start the parade on time.

Aughnamullen Pipe Band will lead the parade as they have done so every year to date. This year promises to be a great event with many community, business and vintage participants taking part. Among the community groups are Ballybay Community Creche who are celebrating their 10th year in operation. They have a fantastic window display next door to Pat O Briens. Also taking part are Balllybay Drama Society after last year’s success. They are now getting ready for the play Professor Tim in the Pearse Brothers Centre on 22nd, 23rd and 24th March. Watch out for a classy preview of the day during the parade.

This year there will be cash prizes of €150, €100 and €50 awarded for the best entrants. The committee are very grateful to the local shops and pubs for their kind contributions again this year.

Part of the parade activities include a window display competition for local groups and businesses. Ballybay-Clones Municipal District are awarding €100 to the best display using the Irish language. As usual an exceptional high standard is emerging as we get closer to St. Patrick’s Day. The organising committee are very grateful to Corcaghan Co-Op owners of Ballybay Mart for facilitating the parade by closing the mart earlier. We also hope to thank the Irish Rugby team for their contribution to the days events!!!
Finally, could people please put their bunting and flags out to help celebrate our Patron Saint’s Day.

HISTORICAL WALK

An historical walk of Ballybay will take place on Friday evening 16th March commencing at 8pm. The starting point will be the entrance to Loch Mor Avenue. The walk will last about one hour and will finish at Pat O Briens. People taking part are advised to wrap up well and if possible wear some form of high vis clothing. It is hoped to be able to provide some high vis vests as well. As some interest has been expressed in the tour already it would be advisable to contact 087 7687248 in advance in order to confirm numbers.

AUCTION AT RIVERDALE

The entire contents of the Riverdale Hotel will be auctioned off at the hotel on Saturday 24th March. There will be viewing on the morning of the auction. Further details from 086 8149599.

THE BIG FREEZE IN 1947

A big thank you goes to Wendy Sloan for providing the attached pictures showing people on the frozen Lough Major back in February or March of 1947. We don't know who the people in the picture are and if anyone can throw some light on it could they contact Paul Swift at 086 1703640 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. So with the 'beast from the east' rumoured to be back this weekend we can all wonder if like in 1947 the lake will freeze over!!

frost 1947 1947 frost

Ballybay Drama Group welcomes 'Professor Tim'!

20180311 132756Hullo All! It is our great pleasure to invite you to join us in welcoming a very distinguished gentleman to the town of Ballybay! Oh yes indeed this is a right royal welcome, as we take to the stage to entertain you with this funfilled farcical of good ole Irish Humour, that is 'Professor Tim'!
Do come along folks and enjoy the nights craic...Laugh with us.. Laugh at us, whichever you perfere is fine with us! It's great for Ballybay to have this drama up and running in the town, though what is a comedy night without the rousing laughter and applause of a dedicated audience. ..that would be you folks.Ok see you on 22nd, 23rd, 24th of March in the Ballybay Pearse Bros Centre at 8pm sharp! See a few familiar faces, a few new faces..and no doubt a few confused faces!! Looking forward to seeing you there!!It'll be outrageous craic hey!!

Public Consultation Evening

BallybayMonaghan County Council invites you to a Public Consultation evening on the proposed master plan for Ballybay Town Park

Wednesday 14th March 2018 @ 7pm in The Wetlands Centre Clones Road, Ballybay
Monaghan County Council has procured a consultant to prepare a master plan for Ballybay Town Park. Concept plans have been drawn up based on the consultation in January 2017 and will be on display on the night.

YOUR input is needed. It is YOUR community space and we need you to decide what amenities you would like to see in the park.
Please come along and have your say! If you have any queries please contact Eileen/Rory on 047 51018.

Monaghan LEADER- Public Information Events March 2018

Monaghan LAG is hosting a series of information events about the LEADER Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020 during March 2018. A list of dates and venues are below.

Date Venue Time
7th March 18 (Wed) Canal Stores, Clones 8pm
8th March 18 (Thur) Wetlands Centre, Ballybay 8pm
13th March 18 (Tues) Emyvale Leisure Centre 8pm
14th March 18 (Wed) Market House, Monaghan Town 8pm

 

These free events will provide information on LEADER funding available for community and voluntary groups and enterprises in County Monaghan under the themes of Rural Tourism, Enterprise Development (incl. Social Enterprise), Rural Towns, Rural Youth, Biodiversity, Renewable Energy and Protection and Sustainable Use of Water Resources. There will also be an opportunity after the presentations to talk with LEADER staff.

Further information about Monaghan LEADER is available on www.midl.ie. If you have any queries, or would like to discuss a project idea in confidence, please contact Monaghan Integrated Development on 042 9749500 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

JAMES MAKES IT ON RTE

Local man James Flanagan continues to fly the flag for Ballybay. James who hails from Loch Mor Avenue attends Dundalk IT where he is completing a media course. During last weeks poor weather James braved the wind and snow to take some video footage which he then sent to RTE. The National Broadcaster was delighted to receive the footage and it aired during news bulletins. James has since put his drone up to capture some scenes of the snow around the area and this along with other footage is available to view on Ballybay and its People facebook page. Keep up the good work James.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

It’s just one week 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.

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.

DISPLAY YOUR LOCAL PICTURES

There has been great interest in local people displaying their images on the Ballybay and its People facebook page. During February lots of people contributed. The March theme will be OPEN. 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.

LEARN TO PADDLE

Tanagh Outdoor Education and Training Centre are running a Kayak Skills Camp on the 26th-28th March from 10am-2pm daily for 9-16 year olds and a Tanagh Forest School Camp on the 4th-6th April from 10am-2pm daily for 6-11 year olds. Camps are run by highly qualified & experienced instructors. Book early to avoid disappointment. Contact Philomena on 049 5552988.

JAMIE’S TABLE QUIZ

Jamie Hughes is hosting a table quiz in aid of the Drumhowan GFC Night at the Oskars. It will be in the Ballybay Inn on Friday 9th March at 8pm. Table of 4 €40. There will be lots of prizes on the night so why not come along and bring a friend.

5KM FUN RUN/WALK

 A 5km fun run/walk will take place on Sunday next 11th March. The event will start at 3pm from the Pearse Brothers Centre with registration at 1-30pm. There will be an entry fee of €10 for adults, €5 for children and €20 for families.

COMMUNITY CRECHE NEWS

Ballybay Community Creche are taking names for Preschool, Babies, Waddlers & Toddlers for September. Due to demand for places we are opening another Preschool room, so if you or anyone you know would like to book a child in please contact Laura on 042 9756996.

BALLYBAY DRAMA GROUP ARE BACK WITH A BANG!!

It is our great pleasure to welcome a very distinguished gentleman to the town of Ballybay. Will you join with us in greeting 'Professor Tim' in the Ballybay Pearse Brothers Centre on 22nd, 23rd and 24th of March at 8pm sharp!! (Thats not a Ballybay 8pm by the way). Ballybay Drama group are delighted to bring this classic play by George Shiels to the stage and after the amazing, though not surprising success of last year's antics in 'Anyone Could Rob a Bank', we are ready to rock again and really hope to see and hear you there folks!! Meet all the celebrities and sure bring a friend or three to join us in this calamity of good ole Irish Humour!! Don't miss out my good people as it's three night's only due to the lure of Hollywood's red carpet!! Enjoy the show!!

SOCIAL CLUB MEETING TOMORROW

Ballybay Social Club meets again Friday 9 March next from 11.30am in Cuan Mhuire with morning tea/coffee. The day may have a St Patrick`s Day theme with the usual mix of social interaction, games, music, exercises, food and conversation aplenty. Why not come along and see what you`ve been missing - it`s for anyone who would like to spend a pleasant few hours on easy street! There`s no demands on anyone, all are there to have a nice time. Any queries call 087 2332882.

RECIPE BOOK FOR SALE

Ballybay Central School recipe book - "Food Glorious Food" will be available to purchase from 24th March from the school, Centra and Robbie's Corner Shop. At just €10 it would make the perfect Mothers Day gift.

BALLYBAY DRAMA SOCIETY

 Ballybay Drama Society are taking to the stage again with a production of Professor Tim on 22nd, 23rd and 24th March at 8pm nightly in the Pearse Brothers Centre. This mad cap comedy will cost just €10 (students €5).

TANAGH OUTDOOR CENTRE EASTER CAMPS

Tanagh's Kayak Skills Camp 26th-28th March, 10am-2pm daily, suitable for those aged 9-16yrs. Tanagh's Forest School 4th-6th April, 10am-2pm daily, suitable for those aged 6-11yrs. Exciting new mountain bike programme starting at Tanagh 'Gearing up off road' . Limited spaces. Gearing up off road Taster session, 4th April, 9.30am-1.30pm, and Tanagh's Gearing up off road certified programme, 5th+6th April, 9.30am-2.30pm, suitable for those aged 12-16yrs

Book early to avoid disappointment on all these courses. Limited spaces available. Contact Philomena on 049 5552988.

PARADE SUCCESS

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

TABLE QUIZ

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

TULLYCORBETT CCE

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

SOCIAL CLUB FOR ARDAGHEY

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

MENTAL HEALTH TALK

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

ST. PATRICK DAY PARADE

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

ANYONE COULD ROB A BANK

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

IRISH BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE

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

PEARSE BROTHERS CLUB REGISTRATION NIGHT

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

TULLYCORBET CCÉ

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

CHAMBER CONGRATULATIONS

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

MOTHERS DAY FLOWERS

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

TULLYCORBETT DRAMA GROUP

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

PUBLIC WORKSHOP ON COUNTY DEVELOPMENT PLAN

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

MONTHLY SOCIAL

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

INDOOR BOWLING SEASON CLOSES

The Ballybay indoor bowling season came to a conclusion on Monday night with a game for the Community Shield when we played Latton. This has been our usual end of season game but because of other commitments it just did not happen for the last four years so it is great to see it been played for once again. There was a full turn out of members from both clubs and all finished level on points so it came down to the scores where Ballybay came out winners by 7 shots. The presentation took place afterwards when Seamus Lennon (the Latton Captain) presented Benny Smyth, the Captain of the Ballybay team with the shield. Both captains said their few words and remembered with fondness the banter that would take place when the late Jimmy Mc Elroy and Dessie Mc Govern use to play for the shield. Our Chairperson Angela Rutledge thanked all that contributed to the night and wished all well for the Summer months at the outdoor green. Best wishes and a speedy recovery to Jackie and Vincent Rutledge and Philip Gibson who are in hospital at the moment.

OUTDOOR BOWLS

With the better weather and longer days it is now time to be getting ready for the outdoor bowls in the Town Park. Despite the green being closed a lot of work and planning has been going on behind the scenes which will be revealed at our AGM on Monday 20th March starting at 8pm. All the clubs that played in our local league have been notified of the format of the league for 2017 which we hope will start on Friday 28th April and will run on Mondays and Fridays for the duration of the league.
At a recent community meeting it was decided to upgrade our green as it is now over 10 years in use. A full report on this will be given at the upcoming AGM. Our thanks is extended to Kevin Mc Nally and Monaghan County Council who done a great job in providing the extra car parking spaces and also in cutting down the trees.

TULLYCORBETT COMMUNITY GAMES

Good luck to our local gymnasts who will be competing at the County Community Games Finals on Sunday 12th March. The event will take place in the Acorn Centre, Newbliss, starting at 10am. U9 Girls - Lucy Gilliland and Niamh Harte. U11 Girls - Sarah Louise Harte and Keela Curran. U13 Girls - Cliodhna Linden, Inez MC Ardle and Emma Mc Elmeel
The Community Games Cross Country, Mixed Distance Relay and Marathon County Finals take place on Saturday 18th of March at Tully GAA pitch, Emyvale. Registration will take place at 12pm for all events at the pitch. The XC and MDR will take place at Tully GAA pitch and the Marathon course is around Emy Lake. A reminder that these events are open to an unlimited number of competitors from each area and they do not need to be previously registered on the Online System.

LATTON/BAWN'S ST.PATRICKS DAY CENTENARY PARADE SUNDAY NEXT

On Sunday next, 12th March Latton/Bawn Centenary St.Patrick's Day Parade takes place. Assembling at St.Patrick’s Church Car park, Bawn at 3.45pm and departing at 4pm sharp. The parade will travel via Lacken Bridge to the O'Rahilly GAA Centre, Latton for 5pm. All local business's and Community groups are invited to take part as it is a great opportunity to showcase your business and its activity, so get working on that float. There will be generous prizes for the best floats. For further details, please contact Mary Duffy on 086-8196718 or Seamus Coyle on 087-6814067. A wonderful evening of entertainment is planned in the O'Rahilly GAA Centre with Brendan McCourt live from 6.30pm, also full evening food is available by booking with Bernie Hamilton on 087-9182006 or Mary Duffy on 086-8196718 at 7pm, booking for food is essential. This promises to be a great occasion for the Latton/Bawn Community, so please join in for the entire evening by booking your food at the above numbers. All club members/players are requested to be present at the O'Rahilly Centre at 3pm sharp to act as stewards, please bring a high vis vest.

DRAMA SOCIETY PERFORMANCE

Ballybay Drama Society are presenting “Anyone Could Rob a bank” in the Pearse Brothers Centre. The group will preset three performances on Thursday 23rd March, Friday 24th March and Saturday 25th March. The event will start at 8-30pm nightly and a great night’s entertainment is in store.

Launch of Monaghan Women in Business 2017

Monaghan Women in Business (MWIB) will launch its exciting 2017 programme as part of Enterprise week on International Women’s Day – Wednesday 8th March - at 6.30pm in The Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney.

All women in business/enterprise are invited to attend the launch and to participate in the Women in Business programme throughout the year.

We are thrilled to welcome acclaimed TED Speaker, Social Media Strategist and Tweeting Goddess - Samantha Kelly - as our very special guest speaker at our launch event. Samantha will share with us her experiences of business development through harnessing the ever increasing – and cost effective - power of social media. In addition to her many other accolades, Samantha - founder of Social Media Summit Ireland and co-founder of the Women’s Inspire Network – has recently been appointed Brand Ambassador to Unislim.

Women in Business Network is a Local Enterprise Office initiative which assists female entrepreneurs to grow and develop their businesses by providing information, advice, and promotional opportunities in a friendly, informal networking environment. We welcome businesses at all stages of development – from pre-start up to internationally focused entrepreneurs. Last year, MWIB hosted 9 events throughout the county with a total attendance of over 330 throughout the year. Meetings include presentations by expert speakers on a range of relevant subjects, as identified by participants, a very enjoyable social element and invaluable networking opportunities.

The 2017 launch is a free event, but we are asking that interested parties register Women in Business 2017 launch for catering purposes.

LATTON BAWN HISTORICAL GROUP

We are hoping to go for a reprint of our book 'Commemorating the Parishioners of Latton and Bawn who were Born or Died in 1916' as there are quite a number of people looking for them. However it will be a limited number of copies that we get reprinted, so if you want to get one, please contact any member of the committee or Catriona Lennon 086 1017467 or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible, because when they're gone they're GONE!! Also when the books are reprinted, we can post to Ireland & overseas.

DAFFODIL DAY

This year’s Daffodil Day is on Friday 24th March - The Irish Cancer Society provide many essential services. Night Nursing is a fantastic service made available to people with cancer who are seriously ill at home. This vital support is invaluable to the person who wishes to remain at home being cared for by their family. The Irish Cancer Society provides the only night time care service for cancer patients in their own homes. Explaining why the service is so important local night nurse Catriona Murray said:" It is a privilege and honour to be with a patient and family at such a precious time. I try to bring a sense of calmness, sensitivity, kindness and understanding with caring and comfort for the patients. The relief and reassurance expressed by families in the knowledge that their loved one is comfortable is evidence of the invaluable service of Night Nursing. Daffodil Day means that we can provide this free service to cancer patients". It is so important that we raise as much money as possible in order to continue to provide and expand this service and others. Unfortunately, one in three of us will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetime. Survival rates are on the increase due to further advancement in research. Callers to our Cancer Nurseline (1800 200 700) tell us that talking with a cancer nurse really reduced their anxiety and gave them hope about their situation.
The volunteer drivers are there to take you to and from your chemotherapy appointments, and counselling is available to you in your local area through our affiliated cancer support centres. It is known that 40% of cancers can be prevented. Working with many groups across the country, making people more aware , and giving practical supports to people helps to reduce the number of people getting cancer in the first place by early detection. Every 15minutes someone hears the words 'you have cancer Supporting Cancer research will save lives. Cancer incidence in Ireland is expected to double over the next 20 years. Hence research is needed to identify risk factors, to better understand how cancer develops, and to develop improved treatments and ultimately better outcomes for patients. All your donations we are able to support this vital work.
Ballybay Daffodil Day has being very successful in raising huge amounts of money over the last 25 years. The people of Ballybay and surrounding areas have always generously supported this worthy cause. This would not be possible without our team of Volunteers. This year we are short 10 people to help out either on the Friday or Saturday morning, so please contact me on the number below if you think you could help out for an hour or so. We hope you can donate whatever you can afford to this worthy cause, or help out in any way, either by Volunteering to stand at collection points, supplying fresh daffodils to the various collection points, or arranging with us to collect from your home. If you are in town, why not call in to the Coffee morning/Cake sale( next door to The Ballybay Inn) from 10am to 2pm, or if you want to get involved by baking some cakes or scones for sale at the Coffee morning.
Ballybay Co-Ordinators Joe and Dolores Maguire can be contacted on 0429741717 or 0868340501.

WOMENS WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

The Women’s World Day of Prayer will take place in the Fitzgerald Centre on Friday 3rd March. Proceedings will start at 8pm. Everyone welcome.

MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION AGM

Ballybay Mental Health Association held their AGM last Friday 24 February 2017 at Cuan Mhuire. Reports were delivered from the Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer. The Chairperson paid tribute to the committee members` work during the year. The Secretary noted that Mental Health Ireland has a new CEO. The local committee appointed for the coming year is - Chairperson Michael Mc Ginn (out-going), Secretary Sharon Carraher (out-going), Treasurer Eilish Deery (Out-going) while Michael Mc Ginnity, Gabriel Treanor, Stephen Duffy and Charlie Barker are on the committee. If anyone else would like to offer their services please just contact a committee member. A fund raising community Table Quiz is planned in the near future while the holding of a craft workshop for older people will also be explored. Pupils in sixth class at the six local primary schools have been invited to submit a short essay on the positive mental health theme: Friendship, closing date is Friday 31 March and there is €300 in prizes.

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

IMPORTANT CHURCH DATES ANNOUNCED

This week dates have been announced for Confirmation, First Communion and Blessing of the Graves. This year’s Confirmation will take place on Sunday 7th May at 3pm. First Holy Communion is on Saturday 27th May at 11am and Blessing of the Graves will take place on Sunday 30th July.

CHILDREN’S BIBLE CLUB

The 'Rockcorry Children's Bible Club' for Primary School children is on tonight Thursday 2nd March from 6 - 7pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church hall. Bring a friend or two with you. Bible lessons, quizzes, singing, games and refreshments. Organised by Ronnie and Carey Killops, Faith Mission.

TABLE QUIZ

Ballybay Central School would like to invite you to a Table Quiz in Derryvalley Hall on Friday 8th March at 8pm. This promises to be a great night with local man Stephen Duffy as Quizmaster and various spot prizes. Table of 4 is €30 (children €5) and supper will be provided.

ALICE INDIA BOUND

Alice Crawford is returning to India this summer to do voluntary work with children with the charity Future Sense Foundation, India. She is hosting a Mad Hatter's Tea Party in Springfield House, Ballybay on Saturday 8th April from 11 am. Please note the change of date to the 8th of April. Come along with your friends and enjoy a chat and delicious home baking while helping to support children living in poverty in India

GOSPEL MEETING

An invitation is being offered to a Gospel Meeting in the Faith Mission Hall, Bushford, Rockcorry on Friday 3rd March 2017 at 8pm. This is organised by Ronnie & Carey Killops of the Faith Mission. All welcome. Plan to come, and bring a friend. Refreshments afterwards.

LIFE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT SEMINAR

The Fitzgerald Centre at Cuan Mhuire is the venue for a series of seminars entitled ‘Life in the Holy Spirit’. These seminars have been organized by Ballybay Charismatic Prayer Group and take place every Thursday evening until 6th April. The evening begins with Rosary at 7pm and the seminar proper begins at 7-30pm. Further information is available from 087 9376177.

Volunteers

The are a number of community groups in the Ballybay area who would like your help to co-ordinate the organisation or help with activties. If you would like to volunteer to work with a group please fill in your details below, we will pass on your details to the relevant organisation who will then contact you.

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Links

Local Links

An Anglers Guide
to County Monaghan

www.monaghantourism.com

Bog Snorkelling

www.irishbogsnorkelling.com

Border Childcare Network

www.ncn.ie

Bus Eireann Timetable

www.buseireann.ie

Castleblayney Youth
Information Centre

www.youthworkireland.ie/monaghan

Concra Wood Golf
& Country Club

www.concrawood.ie

County Monaghan
Network

www.monaghannetwork.ie

IFA

www.ifa.ie

Íontas - Castleblayney Arts
& Community Resource Centre

www.iontascastleblayney.ie

Castleblayney
Drama Festival

www.castleblayneydramafestival.ie

Local Link Timetable See Local Link Timetable PDF here>>

Macra

www.macra.ie

Monaghan County Council

www.monaghan.ie

Monaghan County
Enterprise Board

www.mceb.ie

Monaghan Education Centre

www.metc.ie

Monaghan Sub Aqua Club

www.monaghansubaqua.com

Muckno Mania

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Muckno Adventure

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Muckno Mania Triathlon

www.mucknomania.ie

Parish of Muckno,
Castleblayney & Oram

www.mucknoparish.ie

Teagasc

www.teagasc.ie

Wassa Wassa Performance Group

www.wassawassa.ie

Wassa Wassa Workshops

www.wassawassaworkshops.ie

Ballybay Wetlands Centre

0406 Walking On Water 03The Ballybay Wetlands Center is an impressive multi-purpose venue set in the heart of co Monaghan with seeping views of the surrounding wetlands. Wetlands are considered to be the most biological diverse of all eco systems serving as home to a wide range of plants and animal life. Many species of birds,fish and animals and amphibians rely on wetland habitat for breeding,foraging and cover.

Cleansing
Wetlands protect water quality by trapping sediments and retaining excess nutrients and other pollutants such as heavy metal.

Protection
Wetlands absorb and slowly release storm water, flood water educing the chance of flooding and property damage.

Facilities

  • The Dromore Conference Suite: Accommodates 80 guests
  • Coolderry Seminar Room: Accommodates 30.
  • The roooms are fully equipped with wireless internet and all audio-visual requirements are catered for.
  • An ICT suite with 32 computers and full interent access is availalbe for hire.
  • We have a fully equipped Kitchen for all catreing requirements


pontoonEducation / Schools
A radically changed schools curriculum with strong emphasis on practical sciences and field studies has created strong demand for a range of fun outdoor ‘Learn To’ products that satisfy the new field study focus of the schools curriculum. Learning activities based on observing creatures in their natural habitat l include Mini-Beast Safaris, Pond-dipping, Fishing, Wild-life Sketching, Fresh Water Sampling, Soil Sampling, Learn about lichens. Ballybay Wetland Centre also offer a programme of field-study days that will enthuse and enlighten teachers. The Centre also provides a Centre for universities and third level colleges have their field-trips .

 

 


Primary Schools

Offering a broad programme directly tied into the schools curriculum, over school calendar year and largely divided into two age categories:

With additional seasonal activities: (for example)jrutledge homeslider4sm

  1. Metaphorphosis / frog life cycle/ frog spawn, tadpole
  2. Caterpillars, moths & butterflies
  3. First animals out of hibernation
  4. Rushes & St. Brigid Crosses
  5. First flowers and plant adaptation
  6. Wetlands Walking on Water
  7. Life in the Wetlands
  8. Wildfowl
  9. Migratory Flight Paths & Swan Mythology; Children of Lir
  10. Summer Birds
  11. Nests in hedgerows
  12. Autumn berry picking

chairs2Secondary Schools
Leaving Cert

Practical Field-Programme to satisfy:

  1. Biology/ Ecology
  2. Geography
  3. Agricultural Science

Intensive Programmes in laboratory & field work

0406 Walking On Water 02Transition Year - Modules offered:

  1. Horticulture for a day
  2. Landscape Concepts
  3. Tree planting
  4. Native Grasses
  5. Ordnance Survey & mapping
  6. Planting for moths , butterflies
  7. Biodiversity and European Legislation
  8. Protected Species Listed on the Annexes
  9. Wetland Vegetative Studies
  10. Pond Life & Microscope Use
  11. Photography
  12. Water Colours
  13. Creative Writing with residential writers from Annaghmacarrig & MCC Arts Officer, Monaghan Museum
  14. Place Names/ Loganimeacha and Townlands

Development of 3-D Landscape Model, integrating Geography, Ordnance Survey, Art, Irish language.

Sports / Recreation
Fishing facilities include a floating pontoon walkway with a boardwalk and angling stands. For nature enthusiasts, we have an observation deck with panoramic views across the Ballybay Wetlands

Tourism
FlowermeadowThe Eco-Tourism Offer

The project is positioned as a Centre for Eco-Tourism holidays and environmental appreciation and learning. The primary areas of activity include:

Discovering Nature……Learn-to Activities: 2 and 3 day holiday packages encompassing a range of activities such as Walking, Cycling, Orienteering, Birds for Beginners, Boating/Canoeing, Fly Fishing for Pike (2 day courses for beginners and improvers), Coarse Fishing (2 day courses for beginners and improvers), Wildlife Photography, Painting Spring Flowers/Watercolours, Sketching, Family Wildlife Safaris, Hedgerow Management for Wildlife

Conference Tourism: Particular opportunities have been identified for Public sector conferences/seminars and public service away days. Hosting of such conferences/seminars at the Ballybay Wetlands Centre will provide a unique setting and an example of environmental sustainability in practice.

Educational Tourism: A radically changed schools curriculum with strong emphasis on practical sciences and field studies has created strong demand for a range of fun outdoor ‘Learn To’ products that satisfy the new field study focus of the schools curriculum. Learning activities based on observing creatures in their natural habitat will include Mini-Beast Safaris, Pond-dipping, Fishing, Wild-life Sketching, Fresh Water Sampling, Soil Sampling, Learn about lichens. Ballybay Wetland Centre will also offer a programme of field-study days that will enthuse and enlighten teachers. The Centre will also provide a Centre for universities and third level colleges undertaking field-trips.

Environmental Conservation Tourism: Environmental conservation activities which will be offered include hedge laying, tree planting and wetland management to REPS planners, farmers, and contract workers to local authorities.

0406 Walking On Water 01Competition Angling: There are 3 angling competitions held in the Ballybay area annually; 2 of these competitions are hosted in June and 1 in September. The competitions could be expanded in geographic terms so that at least some of the competition is hosted at the Ballybay Wetlands Centre.

Special Event Days: the Centre will host a range of special event days for the visitor market such as Bird Feeding, Artist in residence, Autumn Leaves-Painting workshops: Know your Water Colours.

Casual Visitor: The Centre will be marketed to the day visitor market as an eco-tourism centre and will provide an added facet to the County’s tourism product base, encouraging visitors to stay longer in the area. Day tickets will be available to visiting birdwatchers and to visiting coarse and pike anglers.

Address: Ballybay Wetland Centre, Derryvalley Farm, Ballybay, Co Monaghan, Ireland
Telephone: From within Ireland: (042) 974 8022  International: +353 42 974 8022 
Fax: From within Ireland: (42) 974 8958  International: +353 42 974 8958

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Website: ballybaywetlands.ie

Information and photographs courtesy of Ballybay Wetlands Centre.

Accommodation in Ballybay

Ardmore House***

Guest House

Ardmore HouseLarge family run guesthouse situated in town centre. Recently upgraded to 3 star category. All 12 rooms ensuite with TV, telephone and tea/coffee facilities. Specialising in angling holidays, as there are 30 lakes within a 4km radius of the town. Private car park.

Contact:

Joe Traynor

Tel:

042 974 1088

Email:

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Address:    

The Square

Town:

Ballybay

County:

Co. Monaghan

 


Killyliss Country House****

B&B

Killyliss Country HouseKillyliss Country House is a luxurious Bed & Breakfast, four-star rated by Failte Ireland near the town of Ballybay on the border between Co. Monaghan and Co. Cavan. This recently built country house offers all guests a warm welcome and great hospitality.  All rooms en suite, free parking, free wifi throughout.  Evening meal served.

Contact:

Pauline Cully

Tel:

042 9742930

Email:

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Website:     

www.killylisscountryhouse.com

Address:

Lisnalong

Town:

Ballybay

County:

Co. Monaghan


The Firs, 4 Star Self Catering Accommodation

Self Catering

The FirsThe Firs is a newly built, 4-star, self catering accommodation in the heart of County Monaghan, Ireland. Designed and furnished with family comfort in mind, visitors feel the warmth of the rooms and easily relax in the surroundings.

Contact:

Eamon McAleer

Tel:

+353 (0) 42 974 1757

Email:

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Website:     

www.thefirs-selfcatering.ie

Address:

Knocknamaddy

Town:

Ballybay

County:

Co. Monaghan


Mahon Farmhouse

Self Catering

Mahon FarmhouseOur Self Catering Accommodation ranges from 3 bed semi detached bungalows to 4 bed traditional stone cottages. We can cater for groups of all sizes and budgets. All our cottages are tastefully decorated with all modern conveniences.

Tel:

+353(0)42 9742237

Email:

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Website:     

www.mahonfarmhouse.com

Address:

Mahon, Latton,

Town:

Castleblayney

County:

Co. Monaghan


Lakeview B&B

B&B

Tel:

042-9741679

Address:    

Derryvalley,
Clones Road

Town:

Ballybay

County:

Co. Monaghan


ConnollysConnollys Guesthouse

B&B, Self Catering

Contact: Alexis or Marion Connolly
Address:     
Doohamlet, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan
Tel: 042 974 1278 or 086 381 1374
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Web: www.connollys-guesthouse.ie

 

 

 


Alices Loft & Cottages

AlicesLoftSelf Catering 4**** star

Contact: Declan Connolly
Address:     
Devlin, Doohamlet, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan
Tel: 086 818 2482
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Web: www.alicesloft.com
Web: www.irishbogsnorkelling.com

 

 


Lakeview Apartments 

LakeviewSelf Catering 3 *** Star

Contact: Mrs Mary McConnell
Address:     
Ballytrain, Shantonagh, Castleblayney
Tel: 042 9745060
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Web: www.lakeview-apartments.com

 


Mahon Farmhouse
Mahon Farmhouse

Contact: Patrick/Joan Gibson
Address:     
Mahon Latton, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan
Tel: 042 9742237/086 325 0791

 

 


Greenfields Country House B&B

Greenfields country house is a family run bed and breakfast situated in the countryside between the towns of Ballybay and Cootehill. All rooms en-suite with free WiFi , tea/ coffee facilities and free parking at property. All guests will be greeted with a warm welcome and any assistance needed won’t be a problem.
Mahon Farmhouse

Contact: Madeline Hughes
Address:     
Mount Lodge, Lisnalong, Co. Monaghan, H18 KD86
Tel: 087 2940660
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Kepak Factory

Kepak Group, an Irish based company, is one of Europe’s leading food innovators. Kepak frozen burger manufacturing site is located at Corkeeran, Ballybay. Approximately 143 people are employed at the plant and it is a major contributor to the economic development of Ballybay. The factory, although not at full capacity, is capable of producing one million burgers per day. All burgers produced in the plant are sourced from 90% of the raw materials from Kepak vertically integrated sites. Kepak Group is the only supplier of burgers exclusively in Ireland and United Kingdom to the fast-food giant Burger King. 

Kepak Ballybay is also home to the Big Als brand one of Ireland leading brands. 

Kepak also produces burgers for: Aldi UK, Aldi IRL, Musgraves, Dunnes Stores, AutoGrill, Disney, QUICK, TGI Friday, Whitbread, The Restaurant Group, Revolution, Hard Rock Café and to 1200 independent Quick Service Restaurants Nationwide.

Traceability and product integrity are of key importance and all of Kepak finished products are subject to stringent testing at various stages of production at the Plant. The manufacturing site is BRC accredited to Grade A level and is also audited and certified annually by SGS to produce 100% muscle VL specification, a pre-requisite for Steak Haché production for the European market.

As part of the Ballybay Oktober-féast held in Ballybay Town over the weekend of 9th-11th October, 2015, a tour of the Kepak factory took place on Friday, 9th October, 2015. In attendance were Karl Heinz Hierzegger from Osterhofen-Gergweis, Germany, a number of german students and members of Ballybay Chamber of Commerce and Ballybay-Clones Municipal District.  The tour began in the factory boardroom with a comprehensive presentation on the history and operations of the factory given by Gary Doyle, Kepak General Manager and Orla Sherry, Kepak Frozen Division Technical Manager. This was followed by lunch when the visitors had a chance to sample the quality burgers for themselves. It was then on to the factory floor where the visitors were given an extensive tour of the factory floor and were shown the operations of the factory from start to finish. An enjoyable day was had by all.

Visit the Kepak Website