BALLYBAY ACTION GROUP

Following a well-attended meeting on Wednesday 22nd January it was decided to hold a public meeting on Wednesday 12th February in the Ballybay Civic Offices (above the Library) at 7.00pm. The aim of the meeting is to get all the groups in the town and surrounding areas to come together to access public funds (huge amounts of money are available from various agencies such as Leader and Clar) The long term goal is to apply for funds for a Community Hub which is available to ALL local Voluntary groups. We really need all local groups to attend this meeting but more importantly we need people from the community that are not involved but would like to get involved in the community. No elections will take place at this meeting, so nobody will leave as a committee member. Please consider attending this meeting, EVERYBODY IN THE COMMUNITY IS WELCOME

JOHN TURNS 90

Happy 90th birthday to John McGahey, Carrickanaire. This was celebrated recently by a lovely mass in Ballintra church thanks to Fr. P.J McGinnity. Afterwards it was back to the football centre at Drumhowan for a loverly meal and a wonderful afternoon’s entertainment thanks to Martin McCabe, Michael Mooney his sister Geraldine Atkinson and Ron. Thanks also to the people who worked very hard behind the scenes making sure everyone was enjoying themselves. Wishing John many more years of celebrating.

 

FIJI FUNDRAISING

Local girls Laura McPhillips (Latton) and Ciara Quinn (Drumhowan) have been accepted for a once in a lifetime trip to Fiji to volunteer and travel for two weeks in July with VESA. They will be working to improve school facilities, build new resources and help those in need. To raise funds, the girls will climb Croagh Patrick this March. Sponsorship cards to support fundraising can be found in many businesses around Ballybay, and donations can also be made online to the GoFundMe page titled ‘2500 Feet for Fiji’. Any donation, small or large, would be greatly appreciated!

LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE

Are you looking for Employment? Are you aware of the services provided by the Local Employment Service in Ballybay? Why not call in and see if we can help you. Our office is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday in Birch Court, Ballybay. We have a jobs board displaying vacancies and other information you may require when seeking employment. If you are an Employer and wish to recruit new staff you can register with our service also. Our contact number is 042 9748090

HISTORICAL TRIVIA

Percy French was a regular visitor to the Leslie’s castle otherwise known as Ballybay House. French died 100 years ago on the 24th January 1920. Amongst the many songs which he wrote was one entitled ‘The road to Ballybay’

LINE DANCING CLASSES IN TULLYCORBET

Line Dancing is coming to Tullycorbet Community Centre on Wednesday, 5th February. Collect your Application Forms in advance of this starting date from the Monaghan Sports Partnership Office, Ballybay Civic Centre, Main Street, Ballybay. Any queries: Contract Lindsay at (042) 9755126. The 8 week course is brilliant value at just €25.

VALENTINES FLOWERS

Calling all romantic Ballybay men – Valentine flowers are available from Smyth’s newsagents in the Square. There will be free delivery within a 5 mile radius of the town. For further information contact Therese at 0876853316

TABLE QUIZ

The Christmas Lights Committee are hosting a table quiz in Stookies Bar on Friday 21st February. Several people have remarked how good the lights in the town were this year. This has not happened by accident. The committee have just completed year 2 of a three year plan and monies raised at the quiz will allow even more improvements. Please support this very worthwhile local group.

SCOIL EANNA ENROLMENT

Scoil Eanna enrolment for the 2020/21 will take place in the school office on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week between 1pm and 3pm. Please bring your child’s PPS number with your and a copy of their birth certificate. An open day will take place in June. Alternative arrangements to enrol may be made by contacting the school office at 042 9741172

LOCALS PLAYING FOR ULSTER

Three St. Brigid and two Latton Ladies footballers will be in action on Saturday next for the Ulster Schools side at an Inter-provincial tournament in Kinnegad. 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.

ELECTION POSTERS

It has been brought to the attention of the Ballybay news that a number of election posters in the town are poorly located. Some are at very low level while others are obstructing the new heritage banners. One local commented, “I see they are quick to put them up with no consideration as to where they put them. I hope they are as quick to take them down”.

DOLORES AND KATIE DELIGHTED WITH DONATIONS

Dolores and Katie Maguire are delighted with the response for clothing and sleeping bags for homeless charities ‘Friends Helping Friends’ and the ‘Simon Community’. The girls have delivered all to Dublin and the charities have asked that their thanks be passed on to everyone who donated. They now have enough clothing and sleeping bags for the foreseeable future and have requested no more donations until later in the year. Dolores and Katie would like to thank everyone who was so kind.

PEARSE BROTHERS TO MARK THE 1969 WINNING TEAM

The Pearse Brothers Dinner Dance will take place on Saturday 1st February in the clubhouse. On the night the club will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 county final victory. On the night there will be a mass for the deceased members in St. Patrick’s at 6-30pm and following that the presentation evening will commence. On display on the night will be the American Cup, the trophy presented to the county champions 50 years ago. The Owen Ward Cup medals for 2019, reserve league division two medals along with the Senior and Reserve player of the year awards will all take place. The AGM will take place the evening before (January 31st).

CHARITY MATCH RAISES OVER €3000

On the 27th December a group of lads from Latton played a charity match with all the proceeds being donated to the Ballybay Cancer Society. The amount raised was €3506. On behalf of the Ballybay Cancer Society Sally Mc Aviney received the cheque. Speaking at the presentation Sally said, "On behalf of Ballybay Cancer Society a big thank you to Shane Coyle, Hugh McElroy, Christina Weldon and all involved in yet another fantastic fundraiser for our society, it is community efforts like this which helps us to continue helping people as best we can so thank you to all who took part and supported this event".

HERITAGE BANNERS

Over the last few weeks a number of heritage banners have appeared in Ballybay. These banners carry old pictures of Ballybay and the words ‘Ballybay Heritage’. The banners are the brainchild of Rory Mc Atavie who also sourced the funding and arranged for their production and erection. Rory has a wealth of research on Ballybay and for years had been toying with the idea of sharing a little of it. He made an application to the Town and Villages Renewal Fund and secured €3000 for his banner proposal. Ten different banners were produced and over the next few months the Ballybay News will provide the backstory to each of the images used. Speaking about the project Rory said, “This project would not have been possible except for the hard work and efforts of a number of people. I would like to thank each and everyone of them. Paddy Rutledge from the Ballybay Heritage group provided the pictures and some of the research. Fiona Mulligan at Monaghan County Council helped with the funding process. The banners were made by Coyles in Carrickroe. The banner supports were made by Ivan Armstrong from Armstrong Engineering. The banners were erected by Padraig Lennon. The overall project cost €3165 and the €165 above the grant was kindly paid by Martin Gleeson and Olivia Duffy from Ballybay Tidy Towns. A massive thanks is due to each and everyone of them”.

SAD PASSING OF SISTER FRANCES

It is with deep sadness that we report the death of Sr Francis Levett, Sacred Heart Convent, Ballybay and late of Lewisham, London, Wimbledon and St John Fisher Parish, Merton, London which took place on Thursday 9th January 2020. The friendly nun was 104 years old and died peacefully at St Anne’s Nursing Home, Ballybay. Her funeral mass took place in St. Patrick’s last Monday and she was buried in the adjoining graveyard afterwards.

DAMAGE TO LOCH MOR CHANGING FACILITIES

Over the weekend the new changing facilities at Loch Mor were vandalised. Muckno Triathlon Club who have invested a lot of time and money into the facilities are very disappointed that a few mindless youths have caused the damage to the changing rooms which were used by numerous groups. If anyone is aware of who the culprits are could they either contact the local Garda or private message Muckno Triathlon Club.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

Ballybay Pearse Brothers annual presentation night will take place on Saturday 1st February.

ROCKCORRY NS ENROLMENT FOR SEPT 2020

Parents interested in enrolling their child in our school for Sept ‘20 are invited to attend an Open Evening on Thursday 16th January at 7-30pm. Application forms and a copy of our school prospectus will be available on the night. 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.

BAWN HISTORICAL GROUP

On January 7, 1922, the Dáil passed the Anglo-Irish Treaty by a vote of 64 to 57 working on a book to commemorate all the babies born in our parish in 1922, they were known as "The Free State Babies". Over the coming months members of our group will be contacting family members of these babies born in 1922 for permission to include them in our book and to get as much information as possible about them. We have compiled quite a number of names to include in our book, but if one of your ancestors was born in 1922 and from the parish, we would be glad to hear from you to be sure that we include them all. You can contact any committee member for further information.
Thank you to all of the following who sold our calendars without any profit to themselves, we really do appreciate it. Ann McElroy, Paddy Lynch, Robin McDonnell, Darren & Therese Smyth, Hannigans, Maudabawn Creamery.

WINTER WALKING AT DRUMHOWAN

Drumhowan Gaa are participating in Operation Transformation and the GAA for Ireland Lights Up. Every Tuesday and Thursday until 26th February 2020 the club will be open and light up for you, your family and friends to come and walk from 7 until 8.30pm. A full lap of the two pitches is 800m. A lap depending on the length of your step is 1250 steps, therefore 8 laps will get your recommended 10,000 steps in. The bottom dressing rooms will be opened so you can change into the appropriate footwear. We will be walking around the inside of the pitches so be prepared to get a little muddy. It is also important that all people taking part sign in as we have to let Operation Transformation know the numbers taking part. This can be done in the dressing room. You can come and go at any time you want. Please note due to insurance restrictions no pets are allowed.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

This year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade will take place on Tuesday 17th March beginning at 5pm. Gerry Traynor’s shop will be the start venue and there will be cash prizes for the winning floats. Community groups, sporting organisations and local businesses should get their thinking caps on as the parade is just 9 weeks away.

COAL BAGS DUMPED AT LOCH MOR

There was a sense of frustration and disgust amongst residents living near Loch Mor when a number of coal bags full of ashes were dumped at the lake last week. One local was so annoyed that they offered a reward for information leading to the culprit and another suggested that cameras were needed. Another local who says they have lived by the lake for 2 years is also annoyed at items such as beer bottles and pizza boxes being left in the bushes at the lake. Monaghan County Council have been contacted and it is expected that an investigation will take place.

ROCKCORRY NS ENROLMENT FOR SEPT 2020

Parents interested in enrolling their child in our school for Sept ‘20 are invited to attend an Open Evening on Thursday 16th January at 7-30pm. Application forms and a copy of our school prospectus will be available on the night. 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.

WALKING GROUP RESUMES

The Ballybay Walking Group resumed on Monday morning last at 9-30am and continued on Wednesday evening at 7pm. The group meet in the Town Park where they warm up and then decide their route. This is great free way to get fit and should suit everybody regardless of their fitness level. Next outing Monday morning 9-30am in the Park.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SEAMUS

Local councillor Seamus ‘the Professor’ Coyle celebrated his 50th Birthday in Latton Community Centre on Sunday night last. Seamus very kindly requested that those attending not bring presents but instead make a donation to the Ballybay Cancer Society. We will have an update on the event in next week’s edition but it’s worth saying fairplay to Seamus for the very kind gesture. Hope you had a very Happy Birthday Seamus.

LIBRARY RE-OPENS

The Library re-opens Thursday 2nd January after the Christmas break. It will open between 2pm and 5pm and then again between 6pm and 8pm.

NEW YEAR’S DAY SWIM

The annual Pearse Brothers New Year’s day Swim took place on Wednesday in Loch Mor. This year proceeds from the swim will be donated to the Elaine Tate Fund. Full update on the swim next week.

LIGHTS COMMITTEE THANK YOU

The Christmas Lights Committee has been in touch and have asked that we pass on their thanks to everyone who made a big effort in respect of additional Christmas Lights this year. It did not go unnoticed that individuals, businesses and housing estates made a fantastic effort and the extra lights really complimented the efforts of the Christ Light Committee to make sure that the town was looking better than ever. Thanks are also due to Monaghan County Council who pay for the power for the town’s Christmas Lights. The committee added to their large collection of lights and hope to add even more before next year. Numerous people have mentioned how well the lights looked this year. Everyone who contributed take a bow.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

Ballybay Pearse Brothers annual presentation night will take place on Saturday 1st February. More details to follow shortly.

HOMELESS APPEAL

Local lady Dolores Maguire would like to thank everyone who responded to her recent appeal for sleeping bags, coats, warm clothes and caps for the homeless. Dolores delivered these to the charity ‘Friends helping Friedns’ in Dublin just before Christmas. She plans to take another consignment to Dublin on 18th January so if anyone has any sleeping bags, coats, warm clothes or caps that they would like to donate could they private message Dolores on Facebook.

Community & Environment Grant Scheme 2019

The annual Community & Environment Grant Scheme will open for applications on Thursday 17th January 2019, closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 15th February 2019. Support filling out applications forms is available from the Community Development section if any group would like assistance.

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FLOWER POTS VANDALISED

Late Sunday night or early Monday morning someone seen fit to throw the contents of the three-tiered flower pot around the foot path at the entrance to Loch Mor Avenue opposite Riverdale Hotel. Speaking to the Ballybay News Martin Gleeson the Chairman of the local Tidy Town group was very annoyed. “I feel very disappointed and let down by a few scumbags who saw fit to throw the contents of the three-tiered flower pot at the entrance to Loch Mor Avenue around the footpath last night/this morning. These flower pots are there to enhance our town. I'm appealing to anyone who has information about this to come forward about these acts of thuggery. This type of vandalism has no place anywhere”, said Martin. If anyone has any useful information regarding this event could they either contact Martin, any Tidy Town committee member or the local Garda.

FREE ENGLISH CLASSES

Free conversational English classes will take place in Ballybay Men’s Shed every Thursday. The classes will take place from 7pm until 9pm. All are welcome and all levels of English are catered for.

YOGA

A gentle yoga class will begin in Ballybay Community College on Monday 11th February at 8-30pm. The programme is excellent value at €25 for 8 weeks. Pre-registration is essential as limited places are available. For further information or to register contact Monaghan Sports Partnership 042 9755126 or Dean 087 2623956.

PLAUDITS FOR AIDAN’S PLAY

Last weekend the Garage Theatre played host to a new play “And a Red Flag Flying” which was co-written by Ballybay man Aidan Mc Quillan. The play tells of the dramatic events of January 1919 when workers in the Monaghan Asylum (St. Davnet’s) took it over and declared a worker’s ‘soviet’. Aidan also directed the play and drew together a great cast of experienced actors from throughout County Monaghan. A number of locals attended last weekend including Sally Mc Aviney and John Smyth.
Commenting on the play Sally said, “It is a wonderful portrayal of a true story – Don’t miss it” while John also enjoyed the play and commented, “A great play and a factually accurate account of the first occupation strike in lrish labour history. Well worth going to see, well done to Aiden and all the crew”. If you would like to see this production it plays tonight (Thursday), Friday 18th and Saturday 19th in the Iontas Theatre, Castleblayney at 8pm.

TESCO HELP FOR CANCER SOCIETY

Ballybay Cancer Society have been chosen by TESCO Monaghan as 1 of 3 charities to benefit from their Goodwill Token Scheme for the next 6 weeks. So Please if you do shop there place your BLUE token in the assigned box. If you have family and friends in Monaghan town or surrounding areas could you contact them and ask them to help the Ballybay Cancer Society by doing likewise.

ICA NEWS

Ballybay ICA are having a presentation given by Ann O’Shea Clarke from SAGE on Tuesday next, January 22nd at 8pm in Cuan Mhuire. SAGE is a Support and Advocacy Service for older people whose mission is to protect their rights, freedom and dignity. If you have a parent or older family member that you need some information or advice for, this is for you. This is a FREE open information evening and would encourage everyone from the local area to attend.

ATM UPDATE

The ATM at the Bank of Ireland should be back in place before the end of the month. Ballybay Chamber of Commerce were delighted with the response of local businesses after the machine was disabled. The Chamber would like to place on record their thanks to the businesses for their help and support, the Ballybay Fightback Committee for their work in making sure there was plenty of money in the local economy over Christmas and Bank of Ireland who opened on the Saturday and Sunday before Christmas to facilitate customers. Until the ATM is back in action remember that Ballybay Post Office offer a banking service for AIB, Ulster and Danske customers as well as An Post Smart Account. Ballybay Credit Union opens Tuesday through to Saturday and that there is an ATM machine instore at Centra. Most retail shops and pubs will accept debit cards and offer cashback.

CANDLES SUCCESS

The Ballybay Christmas Lights Committee would like to thank everyone who purchased a remembrance candle in the run up to Christmas. Thanks is also due to the shops who sold the candles. These proved a massive success and all profits from their sale will be used to alleviate the cost of putting up and taking down the lights.

TOWN VOUCHERS

Ballybay Chamber of Commerce were delighted with the uptake in town vouchers in the run up to Christmas. Don’t forget to spend them and keep the money in the local community.

FOOTBALL INFORMATION EVENING

There will be a Juvenile Information meeting for Parents and all those interested in underage football at The Ballybay Pearse Brothers Football Centre on Wednesday, January 16 at 8pm. It would be great to see a big turnout for this. The juveniles are the future of our club and we ask that you make a special effort to attend.

SENIOR CITIZEN SOCIAL DAY

The first Ballybay Senior Citizens Social day of 2019 takes place tomorrow Friday 11th January at 11 am. A four-course meal and entertainment will be provided so why not come along and bring a friend.

PILATES

Pilates has now resumed after the New Year. Classes will take place in the sports Hall on Monday evenings at 7pm and in Cuan Mhuire on Thursday mornings at 10am. Beginners are welcome.

TULLYCORBET CCE

Classes recommenced yesterday (Wednesday) in Tullycorbet Hall. Continuing students can come at their usual times. New students should contact Francis on 087 2395396.

ALL IRELAND CHAMPIONS

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

ULSTER VICTORY FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE

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

COMMUNITY CRECHE

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

BLESSING OF THROATS

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

BAKE SALE

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

RONNIE TURNS 90

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

GOSPEL MEETING

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

LEARN TO PADDLE

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

SOCIAL CLUB

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

CHILDREN’S BIBLE CLUB

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

BALLYBAY ON RTE NEWS

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

COMMUNITY CRECHE 10 YEARS OPEN

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

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

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

DRAMA WORKSHOP

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

GOOD LUCK KATIE AND JAYNE

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

CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES

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

BAKE SALE

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

SCOIL EANNA ENROLMENT

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

COMMUNITY GAMES

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

FAMILY PETITION BOX IN TULLYCORBETT PARISH

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

DISPLAY YOUR LOCAL PICTURES

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

MARATON RUNNERS AID ALZHEIMERS

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

GIVE BLOOD

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

MONKEY PUZZLE TREE DESTROYED

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

SOCIAL CLUB MEETING

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

CHAMBER VOUCHERS

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

CHARITY NIGHT IN PEARSE BROTHERS CENTRE

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

MONSTER BINGO

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

CHARLOTTE APPEARS ON CALENDAR

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

CHAMBER VOUCHERS

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

CONGRATULATIONS CHRISTY

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

WALKING CLUB BACK IN ACTION

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

THE WORLD IS WATCHING!

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

MAN UP AND PAY FOR THE DAMAGE

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

Sports Capital Funding available to clubs / groups in County Monaghan


Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D. and the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’ Donovan T.D., recently announced a new round of Sports Capital funding for 2017.

The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is operated by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and provides grants to assist in the development or refurbishment of sports facilities and the provision of permanent sports equipment.

BOWLS

The Ballybay indoor bowls season is nearing a conclusion with most of the major trophies already played for this season. Last week we played for the Jack Semple singles trophy and to all the members delight, Gabriel Traynor was the winner on the night. Angela Rutledge made the presentation to Gabriel and in response Gabriel said he loves the game of bowls and it’s very nice to come away with a win occasionally. Next week the members will play for the Traynor sponsored cup and all members to be in the hall by 7-45pm for the draw.
The outdoor green in the Town Park has been in operation for 11 years now – it opened on 6th April 2006 so the members are thinking it may need an upgrade. In view of this all the committee and members will assemble at the outdoor green on Saturday 28th January at 2pm. This will be a major decision and all facts and figures will be put forward to the members on Saturday. The AGM of the outdoor club will take place on the 20th March in the Bowling Pavilion at 8-30pm.

BOWLS

The Ballybay indoor bowls season is nearing a conclusion with most of the major trophies already played for this season. Last week we played for the Jack Semple singles trophy and to all the members delight, Gabriel Traynor was the winner on the night. Angela Rutledge made the presentation to Gabriel and in response Gabriel said he loves the game of bowls and it’s very nice to come away with a win occasionally. Next week the members will play for the Traynor sponsored cup and all members to be in the hall by 7-45pm for the draw.
The outdoor green in the Town Park has been in operation for 11 years now – it opened on 6th April 2006 so the members are thinking it may need an upgrade. In view of this all the committee and members will assemble at the outdoor green on Saturday 28th January at 2pm. This will be a major decision and all facts and figures will be put forward to the members on Saturday. The AGM of the outdoor club will take place on the 20th March in the Bowling Pavilion at 8-30pm.

ST. PATRICK DAY PARADE

This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Friday 17th March. Now is the right time for clubs, businesses and community groups to start thinking about their floats. The parade will once again start at Gerry Traynor’s on the Carrickmacross Road. Watch this space for more details in the coming weeks.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

A meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Monday night next. The venue will be the Confraternity Rooms and the meeting will commence at 8-30pm.

ALMAS COLLECTION

A big thank you to all who recently contributed to or helped out at the ALMAS church gate collection. The amount raised was €1110.

ST BRIGIDS CROSSES

Cuan Mhuire is selling St. Brigid crosses in aid of their charity. The crosses are priced at €3 each or 2 for €5. Your donation will be very much appreciated by George and his team.

PAUL FINLAY- AN APPRECIATION BY JOE SULLIVAN

At last Friday night’s County Dinner Dance Paul Finlay received a special award to mark the occasion of his retirement from County Football. Over the years many kind words have been written by sports journalist about this wonderfully gifted Ballybay footballer. However this week I came across a piece written by Paul’s club colleague Joe Sullivan. It’s a great piece of writing which I hope you all enjoy as much as the Ballybay News did.

“What is there to left to say about Paul Finlay? Without doubt the most naturally gifted footballer I ever had the pleasure to play with. Paul was marked for greatness from birth and didn’t disappoint. He was well known for his left football but was comfortable with his right. He was a magnificent fielder of a ball. He was brave beyond reason despite the long line of faceless assassins who, knowing they couldn’t match him in ability resorted to all manner of skulduggery to dampen his influence on games.
The sublime point scoring that would have drawn breath had it came from another player just seemed routine when coming from Paul. The memories are nearly endless. But here’s 4 just from his county days.

The “Hail Mary” goal v Meath. Ok, it was a wee bit lucky but Paul was 40 yards out and had been told it was the last kick of the game. If the ball goes a ball width further, it goes over the bar. If it goes a ball width less, Mark Ward catches it on his chest, the judgement was not inch perfect it was millimetre perfect. No other player in Ireland could have done that.
His Championship debut against Armagh when he scored 8 points from 8 attempts. One of the points in the second half was so far out, it was nearly in another townland! It also inspired the legendary Michael O’Muircheartaigh to remark in his radio commentary, “ Its rising, it’s rising, it’s over the bar and it’s still rising”!

There was a point v Fermanagh in the 2010 Ulster semi final in Brefini Park, where he bent over a sideline ball from the 13, a point so good the Fermanagh fans applauded.
But the one that will stick in my mind forever will be the last minute point against Longford in the final league game in 2005 in Clones. We had been cruising to a 5 point win when 2 quick fire goals left us a point behind in the last minute of injury time. Shane McManus catches the kickout and gives it to Paul. One last chance. If he misses, we don’t qualify for semi final, don’t beat Meath in the final and the springboard for everything that followed might not have happened. With nerves of steel, Paul clears the crossbar from 55 metres with 3 guys hanging off him. As Banty said afterwards, there’s no one you would rather have in that situation.

But on top of everything, Paul was one of the good guys. A gentleman like his father before him. He never refused an autograph or photo request. The ultimate role model for anyone, not just in sport, but in life.

Thanks for everything Paulie. Hopefully now you will get a chance to add to your club collection of medals”.
Joe Sullivan

PADDY LINDEN ENTERS HALL OF FAME

At last Friday nights annual County awards former Ballybay Pearse Brothers & county legend Paddy Linden was inducted into the Hall of Fame. A large number of locals have been in touch to offer their congratulations to Paddy on this wonderful achievement. Here's what the county had to say about Ballybay’s only All Star:

"As a juvenile in the Ballybay club, Paddy would play anywhere as long as he got a game. When he got the chance to play in goals, he grabbed it both hands and the rest is history. He won a County Senior Championship with his beloved Ballybay in 1987.

He was first selected on the county team by Sean Mc Cague in 1978. Monaghan duly won the Ulster Championship in 1979. A bad car crash in 1981 threatened his career. Eighteen months recuperation took its toll and he lost two and a half stone while out of action.

He worked hard and regained his place, winning further Ulster Championships in 1985 and 1988 and also a National League title in 1985. He also won a Railway Cup Medal in 1988.
He was rightly awarded a well-deserved All Star in 1988 for his consistency and was the first player from the province of Ulster to ever get the accolade. The highlight of his 1988 campaign was a superb penalty save from Cork star Larry Tompkins in the All Ireland semi-final.

Paddy had all the attributes needed for a top class goalkeeper; bravery, agility, great awareness with an accurate kick-out. A true legend and a popular and welcome addition to Monaghan GAA Hall of Fame."

PUBLIC CONSULTATION MEETING ON REDEVELOPMENT OF THE TOWN PARK

A public meeting on the redevelopment of the Town Park will be held tonight Thursday 19th January in the Wetlands centre at 8pm. The purpose of this public meeting is to identify barriers to accessibility that currently exist within the park and to hear the views of the users of the park on how best to improve the park as a community recreational facility. If you are unable to attend the meeting you can raise your concerns by contacting Bernie Bradley, Access officer for Monaghan County Council at 047 73727 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

INTERESTED IN PHOTOGRAPHY

Local lady Janet Leonard has mooted the idea of a Photography Day were locals with an interest in taking pictures get together and then go out and take a number of images of the town and surrounding areas. The pictures could then be displayed locally. Expression of interest can be left on the ‘Ballybay and its People’ facebook page.

HALL OF FAME AWARD FOR PADDY

Former Ballybay Pearse Brothers and County goalkeeper Paddy Linden will receive the Hall of Fame Award at the Monaghan County dinner dance on Friday night next. On the night Paul Finlay will receive an award on his the occasion of his retirement from inter-county football and Dessie Ward will receive his Ulster U21 winner’s medal.

WELL DONE BERNIE

Doohamlet lady Bernie O Neill was the winner of the €50 voucher at Smyth’s Newsagents Customer Appreciation Day which was held last Friday. Speaking to the Northern Standard Therese Smyth said, “Our first customer appreciation Day was a great success and we were delighted with the favorable response from our local customers. They continued to support us and we hope that Bernie O Neill enjoys spending her €50 with us”.

PEARSE BROTHERS PRESENTATION

To mark the Pearse Brothers on field success the Owen Ward winning squad will be presented with their awards at the clubs dinner dance on Friday the 17th of February. The event will take place in the club room with a buffet dinner served at 8pm sharp. Entertainment on the night will be provided the lively Beatroot. Tickets cost €25 and are currently available from all committee members.

ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES

Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board are organizing a number of courses on English for speakers of other languages. These courses are free and will be held in the Ballybay Enterprise centre on the Carrickmacross Road. Registration for the first of these courses took place on Monday last however there will be two further chances to register. The next chance will be on Monday 6th February between 4-30pm and 6-30pm and then again on Monday 3rd April between 4-30pm and 6-30pm. Further information is available from Michael Donohoe at 042 9749357 or 0876526648 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

KIERAN FINLAY MEMORIAL FUND

Recently former Ballybay native Gerry Finlay returned to the town to make a presentation to the local Pearse Brothers. Since the untimely death of his brother Kieran Finlay in 2012, Gerry has run several high-profile fund raising events in the New York area as part of the Kieran Finlay Memorial Fund New York USA. Alongside the Ballybay Pearse Brothers, the fund has also made a very sizable donation to The Mater Hospital Dublin, where Kieran received treatment during his illness, to support their work in cancer research and in particular to help find a cure for Myeloma. Fund raising events will continue this year with a golf classic taking place on Monday the 11th of September 2017. The club would be delighted & actively encourage Ballybay locals in a position to do so, to consider attending as it could only help promote the event and make it an even greater success. Additional info can be got from the Ballybay Pearse Brothers or online via www.shandoncourt.com

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Redevelopment of Ballybay Town Park

Thursday 19th January 2017 8pm

Ballybay Wetlands Centre 

Ballybay Co. Monaghan

The purpose of this public meeting is to identify barriers to accessibility that currently exist within the park and to hear the views of the users of the park on how best to improve the park as a community recreational facility.

BALLYBAY CANCER SOCIETY THANKS THE COMMUNITY FOR THEIR GENEROSITY IN 2016

Ballybay Cancer Society want to convey their grateful thanks to the people of Ballybay and its surrounding areas who have given so generously throughout 2016. The catchment area for Ballybay reaches out from the centre of Co. Monaghan so it covers a large number of local areas in which to give assistance. In return all these areas played a very large part in terrific fundraising in a year when times were tough and pennies were scarce. This didn't stop all those kind generous people giving to this local worthwhile charity and therefore lots of locals received assistance from Ballybay Cancer Society at a time when it was needed most. The fundraising like other years comprised of all types of fun filled ventures e.g. head/beardshaves, pancake days, in lieu of birthday/anniversary presents, donations from Brides & Grooms in lieu of wedding favours. This Christmas there were a number of people who gave substantial donations in lieu of Christmas cards. Ballybay Cancer Society has a lot of clients so it was a particularly helpful boost as we issue numerous winter grants to help with the day to day finances which people shouldn't have to worry about on top of all the hardship that illness brings to a household. The provision and financing of a transport service is the other main function of Ballybay Cancer and it has received lots of thanks and praise from users and their families. Ballybay Cancer Society want to thank everyone who gave so generously of their time, efforts and monies and take this opportunity to wish all a Healthy Happy New Year.

LIBRARY CHANGES

The Library re-opened on Tuesday last and from now on members must have their library cards with them when borrowing books or using the internet. This new procedure is down to changes to the computer system. Bottom line no card – no book or internet.

COMMUNITY GAMES


Phase 1 team event entries will be due in by the deadline of the 22nd of January to County. This includes all team events for the first Ulster finals (due to take place on the 1st April). All event details and rules can be found on the Community Games website. Anyone interested in futsal, badminton, spikeball, basketball, tag rugby, mini rugby, girls soccer, table tennis, chess and draughts please contact Sharon 9748110 or Maire 9748955 asap. We wish to express our deepest sympathy to Eithne and Mark Hughes on the untimely passing of Eamon a very devoted husband and father. May Eamon Rest in Peace.

LADYBIRDS, BROWNIES AND GUIDES

Ladybirds and Guides will reopen tonight Thursday 12th January at usual times and usual venue. Brownies will reopen at a later date.

BALLYBAY SOCIAL GROUP

The Ballybay Social Group meet again on Friday 13 January 2017 in Cuan Mhuire from 11.30 onwards with morning refreshments. At 12 noon Jeannette Keenan will be along to do some simple armchair exercises for 30 minutes which won`t be physically taxing and is a bit of fun as well as being most useful for the body after the possible excesses of the holiday season. After lunch there will be a session of bingo. Both men and women are welcome as usual and the all in cost is just €6. There`s a free raffle for spot prizes and if anyone needs a lift please contact 086 0660270. Hope to see you there! If coming for the first time, don`t worry just show up.

UNIQUE CUSTOMER DAY

Smyth’s Newsagent in the Square is hosting a Customer Appreciation Day this Friday. Throughout the day there will be 20% off many products and everyone who spends over €30 will be entered in a free draw. This is the first time such a unique event has been held in the town and Darren and Therese are to be applauded for their initiative.

CREDIT UNION AGM

The Ballybay Credit Union AGM will take place in the Wetlands Centre on Wednesday 18th January at 8pm. There will be a free raffle on the night for any member who attends. Refreshments will also be served.

CIRCUIT TRAINING

Did you over indulge at Christmas. Well don’t worry if you did as circuit training returns to the Recreation Centre on Monday nights. The class starts at 8.30pm sharp. Everyone and all fitness levels welcome.

CHIROPODY CLINIC

There will be a chiropody clinic in Ballybay Pharmacy on Thursday 19th January, 2nd February and 16th February. The clinic will be for both general and diabetic footcare. To make an appointment contact the Pharmacy at 0429741033

CHAMBER VOUCHERS STILL VALID

A lot of you may have received Chamber of Commerce vouchers as Christmas presents. The vouchers can be exchanged in all local shops at any time of the year.

PILATES RESUME

Pilates classes will resume in the recreation Centre on Monday nights at 7pm and in Cuan Mhuire on Thursday mornings at 10am. Everyone welcome. For further information contact 0868079523.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS THANK YOU

The Christmas Lights Committee would like to thank the local Ballybay Businesses and Monaghan County Council for their continued support. This year’s lights were well received by the local public. The committee would also like to thank John Rutledge for supplying the Christmas tree and locals Mickey Leonard, Chris Mallon and Patrick Mc Mahon for their efforts in keeping the town spick and span all year.

BALLYBAY WALKERS

Monaghan Sports Partnership is facilitating a walking group on Tuesday evenings in the Town Park at 7-15pm. This walking group will be geared to suit all adults with all fitness levels. This is a good opportunity to join a group to get fit and healthy, great for mind and body. Walk as far as suits you, you'll meet new people and make new friends. Being part of a group will keep you motivated. The group will meet every Tuesday night. For further details contact 0868340501.

SOME OF THE BEST OF 2016

Keen local photographer John Rutledge has posted a series of images on Ballybay and its People FACEBOOK page entitled “Some of the Best of 2016”. John had his camera at most of the big events in the town and has captured loads of great pictures of the events, local characters and local scenery. The pictures are well worth a view and John is to be complimented for his excellent photography.

Conference Facilities

0406 Walking On Water 01The Ballybay Wetlands Center is an impressive multi-purpose venue set in the heart of co Monaghan with seeping views of the surrounding wetlands.

  • 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.

Address: Ballybay Wetland Centre, Derryvalley Farm, Ballybay, Co Monaghan, Ireland
Tel: (042) 974 8022
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Ballybay Enterprise Park

Monaghan State of the Art Food Incubation Unit based at Ballybay Enterprise Park, Carrickmacross Road, Ballybay, Co Monaghan was officially launched on the 19th March 2015.

  • The 1,000 sq ft Kitchen offers the following:
  • Food start-ups a top-grade kitchen facility that allows early stage food businesses to research and develop their products in a professional, commercial environment with minimal financial risk.
  • Larger businesses can avail of the facility for new product development, diversification and R&D purposes.
  • Training agencies/businesses can avail of the 12+ teaching workstations to cater for food training programmes.

Events and functions facility for Caterers.

The Unit is now available to rent at very competitive rates and flexible leasing terms.

Ballybay Enterprise Centre Information pdf >>

Ballybay Enterprise Park,
Carrickmacross Road,
Ballybay,
Co. Monaghan

Tel: 00353 (0)47 71818 
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Chamber

Ballybay Chamber of Commerce

St. Patrick's Day photo by John RutledgeBallybay Chamber of Commerce was set up in 2014 shortly after the Town Council in Ballybay was abolished. It’s aim is to generate more business and activities in the town. To date a number of successful projects have been run by the Chamber of Commerce including the Ballybay Town Vouchers Scheme which was launched Christmas 2014, St. Patrick’s Day Parades and Oktoberfeast 2015. 

The Ballybay Chamber of Commerce is always looking for new members and new ideas.

Chairperson:   Therese Hamilton (087-6853316)

Secretary: Paul McPhillips – Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Treasurer: Kieran McQuaid

Committee Members:

Rory McAtavie Peggie Lennon Pat O’Brien
Eithne Hughes Martin Gleeson Mary Quinn
Agnes McGuinness Colleen Millar Patricia Gormley
Liam Smyth  Stephen Drury Kieran McDonnell
Damien Markey  Cathal Friel  Gaby Kerr
Sean Martin Patricia McCabe  

 

Visit the Chamber Facebook Page 

 

Business Directory

Category

Business

Address

Phone No.

Accommodation

Ardmore Guesthouse

The Square, Ballybay

042-9741088

Accommodation

Killyliss Country House

Lisnalong, Ballybay

042-9742930

Accommodation

Lakeview B&B

Derryvalley, Clones Road, Ballybay

042-9741679

Accommodation

The Firs Self Catering

Knocknamaddy, Ballybay

042-9741757

Accommodation

Mahon Farmhouse Self Catering

Mahon, Latton, Castleblayney

042-9742237

Agricultural Consultancy Service

Ward Consultancy

The Square, Ballybay

042-9741195

Bank

Bank of Ireland

Main Street, Ballybay

 042-9741005

Beauty Salon

House of Beauty

42 Main Street, Ballybay

042-9741050

Beauty Salon

Bluebells Beauty Salon

Meeting House Lane, Ballybay

087-6549663

Bookmakers

Sports Galore 

The Square, Ballybay 

042-9748844

Builders -General Contractors

Murnaghan Bros.

Castleblayney Road, Ballybay

042-9741085

Butchers

M & B Butchers

76 Main Street, Ballybay

042-9748311

Butchers

Quinn's Quality Meats

Main Street, Ballybay

042-9741210

Cleaning Services

Clean Cut Cleaning Service

Ballyay

087-9507675

Clothing Store

Murnanes Clothing Store

Main Street, Ballybay

042-9741069

Clothing Wholesale

Crawfords Ladies, Men & Kids Clothing 

Main Street, Ballybay

 042-9741013

Credit Union

Ballybay Credit Union

Main Street, Ballybay

042-9741789

Delicatessens

Lyn’s Deli

151 Lr. Main Street, Ballybay

042-9748381

Embroidery

Baby Gifts & Wool Shop - Stitches

16 Main St.  Ballybay

086 894 7009

Engineering 

Leonard Engineering Ltd

Patrick Street, Ballybay

042-9741099

Fire Protection

Micon Fire Protection Engineers

Patrick Street, Ballybay

042-9748899

Florists

Tina's Floral Arts

29 Main Street, Ballybay

086-8565857

Funeral Director

Wards Funeral Home

Castleblayney Road, Ballybay

042-9741056

Funeral Director

Liam Smyth & Sons

14 Main Street, Ballybay

 042-9741149

Furniture Store

Bernard Bannon

10 St. Patrick's Street, Ballybay

042-9741194

Garden Centre

Friels Garden Centre

Castleblayney Road, Ballybay

086-8321236

General Practitioners

Ballybay Health Care Unit

Main Street, Ballybay

042-9741095

Green Grocers

Carraghers

4 Main Street, Ballybay

042-9741043

Green Grocers

Gerry's Prepared Veg Service

45 Main Street, Ballybay

042-9748888

Grocery Store

Gerry Traynor

Carrickmacross Road, Ballybay

042-9741284

Grocery Store

The Soda Barrell

10 Hall Street, Ballybay

042-9756802

Grocery Store

The Shopping Basket

Main Street, Ballybay

042-9741236

Grocery Store

Centra

Castleblayney Road, Ballybay

042-9748235

Grocery Store 

MACE

64 Main Street, Ballybay 

 042-9741900

Hackney Service

Gleeson Hackney Services

Powellsway, Keenoughbane, Ballybay

086-6031811

Hairdressers - Ladies

Ross Richards

81 Main Street, Ballybay

042-9748006

Hairdressers - Ladies

Hair by Caoimhe

42 Main Street, Ballybay

087-3307958

Hairdressers - Ladies

Scissors

Main Street, Ballybay

042-9741898

Hairdressers - Ladies

H20

26 Main Street, Ballybay

042-9741871

Hairdressers - Men

Classic Cuts

99 Main Street, Ballybay

042-9741402

Hairdressing - Men

The Barber Shop

Main Street, Ballybay

 

I.F.A. Office

I.F.A. Office

Main Street, Ballybay

042-9744870

Industrial Adhesives

Unit 1&2 Ballybay Enterprise Centre

Carrickmacross Road, Ballybay

042-9741638

Livestock Mart

Ballybay Livestock Mart

Castleblayney Road, Ballybay

042-9741785

Mini Bus Hire

Martin McCarney

Ballybay

087-9961594

Newsagents

Smyth’s Newsagents

The Square, Ballybay

042-9741034

Newsagents

The Corner Shop

38 Main Street, Ballybay

042-9748108

Petrol Station

Seamus McAdam

Castleblayney Road, Ballybay

042-9741023

Petrol Station

Ballybay Service Station

Monaghan Road, Ballybay

 

Pharmacy

Care Pharmacy

51 Main Street, Ballybay

042-9755111

Pharmacy

Ballybay Pharmacy

Main Street, Ballybay

042-9741033

Photography

Catherine McAviney Photography Studios

Knocknamaddy, Ballybay

086-8641541

Post Office

Ballybay Post Office

Main Street, Ballybay

042-9741000

Public House

Slowey's Bar

Main Street, Ballybay

 

Public House

The Welcome Inn

Lower Main Street, Ballybay

042-9741215

Public House

Liam Smyth

14 Main Street, Ballybay

 042-9741149

Public House

The Gateway Bar

19 Main Street, Ballybay

042-9741075

Public House

Conlon's Bar

Main Street, Ballybay

 

Public House

Rice’s Bar

97 Main Street, Ballybay

042-9741103

Public House

The Century Bar

Main Street, Ballybay

042-9741049

Public House

The Rocky Street

150 Main Street, Ballybay

 

Public House

Stookies

Main Street, Ballybay

042-9741666

Restaurant

Kieran’s Bistro

25 Main Street, Ballybay

042-9756565

Restaurant

Dinkins Bakery & Coffee Shop

Main Street, Ballybay

042-9741854

Restaurant

Ballybay Pizza Place

35 Main Street, Ballybay

042-9756060

Shoe Shop

C. Clarke

Main Street, Ballybay

 

Solicitors

Sean Conlon & Co., Solicitors, 

30 Main Street, Ballybay

042-9755500

Take Away

Hong Kong Inn Restaurant

11 Main Street, Ballybay

042-9741800

Take Away

China Town

Hall Street, Ballybay

042-9741800

Take Away

Gerry's Take Away

Main Street, Ballybay

042-9741659

Take Away

Ballybay Pizza Place

35 Main Street, Ballybay

042-9756060

Take Away

Gerry's Take Away

Main Street, Ballybay

042-9741659

Taxi Service

O'Brien's Taxi

39 Main Street, Ballybay

087-2587022

Tile Centre

Ballybay Tile Centre

28 Main Street, Ballybay

042-9748100

Tyre Centre

Ballybay Tyre Centre

Main Street Lower, Ballybay

042-9741024

Veterinary Clinic

McKenna McDonald & Finlay

Castleblayney Road, Ballybay

042-9741060

Vehicle Dismantlers & ATF Facility Sragh Dismantlers Ltd. Sragh, Ballybay

042 9748300

 

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Recreation

Ballybay ParkRecreation Facilities in the town include the following:

  • Pearse Brothers GFC which is located to the east of the town and recently underwent an expansion. A school playing field is also located on the Cootehill Road
  • Ballybay Scouts camping area along Lough Major
  • Ballybay/Deryvalley Outdoor Bowls Club all weather bowling green, opened in August 2006, with lights erected in 2008
  • The Town Park at Lough Major, which includes walkways, a play ground, a juvenile playing pitch and angling facilities
  • Ballybay Wetlands Centre, which is situated on the Dromore River to the west of Ballybay Town, a wetland site recognised as being a regionally important site for wintering migratory birdlife including whooper swan and siberian widgeon


Many of the above projects are linked by the Dromore Waterway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Car Parks

Monaghan County Council currently maintains one car park in addition to the on street parking facilities along Main Street and the Square. Parking regulations are implemented by the Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religious Services

 
St Patricks Church 1

Church of Saint Patrick

Tullycorbet, Ballybay

Presbyterian Church

Presbyterian Church in Ireland, 1st Ballybay

Clones Road, Ballybay

 

Presbyterian Church in Ireland, 2nd Ballybay

Presbyterian Church in Ireland, 2nd Ballybay

Clones Road, Ballybay

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Christ Church, Ballybay (Church of Ireland)

 
 

Education

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PRIMARY SCHOOL

Scoil Éanna

Castleblayney Road, Ballybay, Co. Monaghan

Phone:(042) 974 1172

Fax: (042) 9741139

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PRIMARY SCHOOL

Ballybay Central National School

Castleblayney Road, Ballybay, Co. Monaghan

Phone:(042) 974 1365

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SECONDARY SCHOOL

Ballybay Community College,

Carrickmacross Road, Ballybay, Co. Monaghan

Phone:(042) 97 41093

Fax: (042) 9741765

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A Community Crèche is located adjacent to the town park opposite the National Schools  

 Phone 042-9756996 / 9756633  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Dining

Restaurants in Ballybay

Kieran’s Bistro

25 Main Street, Ballybay

042-9756565

Dinkins Bakery & Coffee Shop

Main Street, Ballybay

042-9741854

Ballybay Pizza Place

35 Main Street, Ballybay

042-9756060

Riverdale Hotel

Ballybay

042 9756800

 

kieransbistro2Dinkins Bakery

Take Aways in Ballybay

Hong Kong Inn Restaurant

11 Main Street, Ballybay

042-9741800

China Town

Hall Street, Ballybay

042-9741800

Gerry's Take Away

Main Street, Ballybay

042-9741659

Ballybay Pizza Place

35 Main Street, Ballybay

042-9756060

Gerry's Take Away

Main Street, Ballybay

042-9741659

 

 

Sports

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SportClubSecretaryAddressContact Details
Angling Ballybay Angling Club  Liam O'Brien  Ballybay, Co.Monaghan  Contact: 086-3052004
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Badminton Derryvalley Badminton Club Darren Gilliland  Hall Street, 
Ballybay, Co.Monaghan 
Contact: 086-3132970
         
Bowling Ballybay Bowling Club Cora Smyth   Laragh, Ballybay Co.Monaghan  Contact: 042-9741975 086-0619186
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  Derryvalley Outdoor Bowling Nan Bradford  Cremoyle, Rockcorry
Co.Monaghan  
Contact: 042-9744065 
         
Community Games  Bawn-Latton Community Games  Therese Hanley  Ballytrain, Shantonagh
Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan  

Contact: 086 8926440
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  Tullycorbet Community Games Sharon Caraher  Knockamaddy, Ballybay  Co.Monaghan  Contact: 087 2332882
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Gaelic Football - Mens Aughnamullen Sarsfields GFC  Edel McMahon    Contact: 083 4191986
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  Ballybay Pearse Brothers GFC John Connolly Corkeeran, Ballybay  Co. Monaghan  Contact: 086 3279302
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  Doohamlet O'Neills GFC Martin Connolly Corlagan South, Doohmalet, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan  Contact: 085 7817366 
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  Drumhowan Geraldines GFC Paul McGuirk  Cornacrew, Ballybay, Co. Monaghan  Contact: 086-1932056
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  Latton O'Raghaillaghs GFC Kathleen Lynch Derry, Latton PO, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan Contact: 087-7904579
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Gaelic Football - Ladies St.Brigids Ladies GFC Odelle Boylan  

Contact: 086-3534734
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  Aughnamullen Ladies GFC Alice Hanaway Co. Monaghan  Contact: 087-7627048
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  Latton Ladies GFC Eilish Conlan  Lisdrumclave, Latton, Co. Monaghan Contact: 083-3034103
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  Doohamlet Ladies GFC Cathy McGuinness  Co.Monaghan  Contact: 086-3643636 
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Handball Bawn Handball Club Eamon McElroy    Contact: 087-1236806 
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Karate Ballybay Karate Club Neil O'Sullivan   Contact: 087-3138239
         
Running Ballybay Wetlands Running Club L Markey  Ballybay, Co.Monaghan  Contact: 087-9103142  
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Soccer Dromore Youths Peter Treanor  4 An Clos, Bawn, Co. Monaghan Contact: 086-3553356
         
Golf  Ballybay Golf Society Paul Fitzpatrick   Contact:087-7661778
website: www.ballybaygs.com
         

 

 

Walks & Parks

Lough Major and Church of Ireland at Night Time BallybayThe Lough Major and the Coachman Walk:

This walk circles around the 23 hectare Lough Major, with stops for fishing along the way. It is very scenic, giving panoramic views of the town of Ballybay and the surrounding countryside. There is a little well along the way and eerie yew tree lined section. There is ofien plenty of wildlife on and around the lake, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled. Part of the walk includes the town park and the peace bridge. It takes about fifty minutes to an hour to complete the walk.

Wetlands Centre:

There are several walks around the wetland centre including, if you wish the entrance walk. There are very scenic walks around the lakes and wetlands. The Wetlands centre is 65 acres of wetlands that are recognized as being regionally important as a site for wintering migratory bird life including the Whooping swan and the Siberian widgeon. jrutledge homeslider4smAlso as a year round refuge for a wide spectrum of waterfowl and wildlife.

Corbrac Road Walk:

ls a scenic countryside road walk, winding around for three miles you leave Ballybay by the Creeve road and come back via the Latton road. The hedgerows often have small wildlife in them and in autumn you can be sure to find blackberries growing. It will take about an hour to an hour and a half to walk.

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PARKS

Billy Fox Memorial Park                                 www.coillteoutdoors.ie

Dartrey Forest Rockcorry                             www.coillteoutdoors.ie

 

 

Angling

MapThe Ballybay area has unspoiled landscape, wildlife, beautiful scenery and lots lo do for both locals and visitors alike.  The most prominent element that Ballybay has to offer is its many lakes and rivers available for fishing in, recommended by angler groups worldwide. These lakes and rivers are here for your enjoyment and coarse anglers will find good stocks of bream, roach, tench, carp, pike and perch. Game anglers can enjoy salmon fishing as well as wild, brown and rainbow trout fishing.

Many fishermen return annually as they just can not get enough of the spott and the entertainment provided by the town in the evening time.  The recently opened and wonderfully developed Wetlands Centre is a wetland site, recognised as being a regionally important site for wintering migratory bird life including Whooper swan and Siberian Widgeon. As well as a year-round refuge for a wide spectrum of waterfowl, the 65 acre Derryvalley Farm and newly constructed Wetlands Centre offer an unparalleled venue for the study and appreciation of a unique wildlife experience. As well as some breath taking views of what Monaghan is famed for, rolling green hills and peaceful reed surrounded lakes.

Jump to: Coarse Fishing, Game Fishing, Pike Fishing


a173b345209143459e521fbdc6a07a85Coarse Fishing

The centres based in the Erne Catchment in Monaghan - Ballybay, Rockcorry, Newbliss, Bawn/Latton and Clones - are within a compact geographical area and are only a short journey from each other. Ballybay is a market town located on the shores of Lough Major. It is a haven for the coarse angler with the challenging Dromore river system right on its door-step.

Lough Major
At the headwaters of the Dromore river, is a 23 hectare lake situated at the eastern edge of Ballybay. It is a competition water adjacent to the town amenity area with a car-park and is highly developed with numerous access points, a surfaced shore road with lay-bys, anglers’ paths, fishing stands and cleared swims. There are large areas of reedy shore line 2-3 metres deep. It is a particularly good bream water.

Tonyscallon Lake
Is located in Doohamlet village along the roadside 4km from Ballybay on the Castleblayney road and covers an area of approximately 3 hectares. There is easy access from the parking area and bank fishing is possible. The lake contains very good bream.

Derryvalley Lake
Is a small lake with access developed and car-park 1km out of Ballybay on the Clones road. There is bank fishing from the car park. The lake contains good tench and has recently been stocked with small carp.

Dromore River Lakes
The following are a series of reeded lakes which form part of the river a short distance from Ballybay beside the Clones road.

Convent (Corries) Lake
Is located on the lower town side of the river with access from the Clones road. The lake offers exceptionally good fishing in comparatively shallow water. Enquire locally about access.

Rectory Lake
Is situated on the Clones road and is ideal for the pleasure angler. There is a limited amount of bank space but bank fishing is possible.

Wilsons (Coolderry) Lake
Is heavily reeded and access is difficult so boat fishing is the best option. This lake contains bream up to 8lbs.

McCabes (Aikens) Lake
Access to this lake is by boat along the Dromore River system. Downstream from this chain of lakes, the Dromore River continues to the White Lakes system which has access points at most notably, Baird’s Shore, Lisgillen and Anney.

White Lake - Baird’s Shore
Covers an area of 54 hectares, is 4km downstream of Ballybay and is approached off the Rockcorry road. There are clear banks, 3-4 metres deep and the lake is noted for big fish - tench, pike and bream. Boat fishing in White Lake is popular. There is roadside access and car parking along Baird’s Shore. There are anglers car parks at Lisgillen and Anney. Fishing is from both stands andbank.

Balladian, Ballycoghill and Ballynascarva Bridges
These three bridges are on the Dromore River in succession going downstream from Ballybay to Cootehill and have all got adjacent fishing areas. Access is possible at all bridges and bank fishing is available.

Mullanary Lake
Is a 35 hectare lake 3km out of Ballybay on the R190 to Cootehill on the left. There are 30 roadside swims and a dedicated stand for disabled anglers. Car parking is available at the roadside along the lake shore. The lake contains good bream.

Lisnalong Lake
Is located 4.5km out of Ballybay on the R190 to Cootehill alongside the road on the left. This 8 hectare reedy lake has a car-park, stands and swims. Good for tench.

Annamakerrig Lake
Is situated in a scenic forestry area and the shoreline is shallow in places out to 10 metres and then there is a sudden drop. There is good fishing at the edge of the shelf. Anglers fishing this water should note that access is along a private road and that cars should be parked with care to avoid disruption to traffic accessing the Tyrone Guthrie Centre.

Coravoo Lake
Take the R190 to Cootehill from Ballybay and turn right 4km out by the R193 towards Rockcorry and over Ballycoghill Bridge to the lake on the left. There is a carpark here. Access is over private lands by permission of the owner.

Killyvaghan Lake
Is situated at Ballynascarva Bridge, 4km downstream of Ballybay. It covers an area of approximately 20 hectares. Car-parking is possible at the bridge and then there is a long walk to the eastern shore for bream fishing by long-distance ledgering. The car-park at Killyvaghan Lake serves the river below Ballynascarva Bridge where good fishing is possible in pools in the Dromore River under the old railway bridge.

Drumsaul Lake
Can be accessed at the County Council pumphouse. Fishing is from stands to the right. There is good bream in this lake.

Drumate Lake
Is off the Newbliss/Ballybay road and has a lakeside car park. There is comfortable shore fishing with circa 20 pegs. The lake contains good roach.

Lough Avaghan
Lies 8km out of Ballybay off the R162 to Shercock (signposted right). Access for coaches and cars is off the R190 Ballybay-Cootehill road. It is a scenic lake of some 54 hectares with parking at the lakeside. There are many areas of clear bank with deep water.

Lough Bawn
And associated waters within the boundary of the Lough Bawn Estate are private.

Derrygoony (White) Lough
Is approx 23 hectares . It can be approached from a stile near Cortubber post office, over 3 fields, or from the Billy Fox Memorial Park. There are some good banks at this lake.

Corlatt Lake, Shantonagh Lake
These series of lakes drain into the Knappagh River and the River Annalee. It must be noted that the majority of these waters contain most of the coarse fish species with the exception of bream and tench but are regarded as very good pike fisheries.

Ballytrain Upper, Sreenty, and Avattan are also noted local fisheries in this area.


Rainbow over Lough MajorGame Fishing


The Bunnoe River
Flows south from Newbliss to join the Annalee at Lisboduff. There is excellent trout fishing from Magheratemple in the middle reaches to the confluence with the Annalee. Permits are available from Mr Patrick McCaul, Scotshouse. Tel: (047) 56013.

The Derryvalley River and the Dromore system
Produce some game fish. Enquire locally.

Corkeeran Lake
Near to Mullanary, has been stocked with trout by a local club. Enquire locally.

Moyduff Lake
Is a 45 hectare lake approx. 5km from Shercock in the angle of the R192 Shercock-Cootehill road and the R162 to Ballybay. The lake holds brown and rainbow trout. Fishing is by fly only from the shore and permits are available from Mr Peter Smith, Moyduff, Shercock, Co Cavan (at lake side). This lake is a Northern Regional Fisheries Board Trout Fishery. Season open from May 1st to 30th September.

Lough Mourne
Lies 4 km from Shercock near Lough Egish in the angle of the R181 road to Castleblayney and the R180 Ballybay- Carrickmacross road. This lake is also approx. 45 hectares and contains brown trout. Fishing is by fly only from the bank. Club Controlled. Enquire locally.

Knappagh River
From the Billy Fox Memorial Park to the confluence with the Annalee River, the Knappagh Water has been controlled and developed as a wild brown trout fishery by the Bawn Rod and Gun Club. All lawful methods are allowed. There is no bag or size limits but anglers are expected to return undersized fish carefully to the water. Season permits are available from Mr Pat Boyle, Lacken, Latton P.O., Castleblayney (042) 9669757.


Lough Major and Church of Ireland at DaytimePike Fishing

The Dromore River and Lakes
Downstream of Ballybay to upstream of the county bridge on the Cootehill- Ballybay road are productive pike fisheries, most effectively fished by boat. Bank fishing is possible at the following locations: White Lake at Lisgillen,Baird’s Shore and Anney. Also Drumlona Lake.

White Lake - Baird’s Shore
Covers an area of 54 hectares, is 4km downstream of Ballybay and is approached off the Rockcorry road. There are clear banks, 3-4 metres deep and the lake is noted for big fish. Boat fishing in White Lake is popular. There is roadside accessand car parking along Baird’s Shore.

Annamakerrig Lake
Is situated in a scenic forestry area and the shoreline is shallow in places out to 10 metres and then there is a sudden drop. There is good fishing at the edge of the shelf. Anglers fishing this water should note that access is along a private road and that cars should be parked with care to avoid disruption to traffic accessing the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. This lake has a healthy pike population.

Lough Avaghan
Lies 8km out of Ballybay off the R162 to Shercock (signposted right). Access for coaches and cars is off the R190 Ballybay-Cootehill road. It is a scenic lake of some 80 hectares with parking at the lakeside. There are many areas of clear bank with deep water.

Derrygoony (White) Lough
Is approx 40 hectares . It can be approached from a stile near Cortubber post office, over 3 fields, or from the Billy Fox Memorial Park. There are some good banks at this lake.

Corlatt Lake, Shantonagh Lake
These series of lakes drain into the Knappagh River and the River Annalee. It must be noted that the majority of these waters contain most of the coarse fish species with the exception of bream and tench but are regarded as very good pike fisheries. The waters within the Bawn/Latton area that are in the boundaries of the Lough Bawn Estate are private waters.

Lough Egish
Is a very large fishery which covers an area of approximately 117 hectares. It is a valuable pike fishery with adequate access and is best fished with a boat.

Regeneration

The Ballybay Regeneration Committee was established in May 2015 and is administered by the staff of the Ballybay-Clones Municipal District. The success of any community depends on the community itself as initiatives need to start at ground level.  

The introduction of Ballybay Regeneration Committee was not to replace the hard work which is being carried out by all the individual groups which are working in the communities at the moment. 

The purpose of this group is to bring all the groups together to discuss projects/plans to help regenerate the town under the umbrella of this new group with the support and guidance of the Municipal District.  

Ballybay Regeneration Committee has the following groups represented.

  • 6 x Elected Members of Ballybay-Clones Municipal District
  • Ballybay-Clones Municipal District
  • Monaghan County Council
  • Ballybay Chamber of Commerce
  • Ballybay Development Association
  • Credit Union
  • Ballybay Community Crèche 
  • Pearse Brothers GAA Club 

In conjunction with Ballybay Regeneration Committee, Monaghan County Council secured funding under the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government’s Rural Economic Development Zone (REDZ) Progamme for painting and gutter repairs to a number of properties at Main Street, Ballybay

If you have an idea or suggestion for how we can improve Ballybay please feel free to send it to us by clicking here and filling out a short form.

 

Things To Do

Angling

 

The Ballybay area has unspoiled landscape, wildlife, beautiful scenery and lots lo do for both locals and visitors alike.  The most prominent element that Ballybay has to offer is its many lakes and rivers available for fishing in, recommended by angler groups worldwide. These lakes and rivers are here for your enjoyment and coarse anglers will find good stocks of bream, roach, tench, carp, pike and perch. Game anglers can enjoy salmon fishing as well as wild, brown and rainbow trout fishing.

Many fishermen return annually as they just can not get enough of the spott and the entertainment provided by the town in the evening time.  The recently opened and wonderfully developed Wetlands Centre is a wetland site, recognised as being a regionally important site for wintering migratory bird life including Whooper swan and Siberian Widgeon. As well as a year-round refuge for a wide spectrum of waterfowl, the 65 acre Derryvalley Farm and newly constructed Wetlands Centre offer an unparalleled venue for the study and appreciation of a unique wildlife experience. As well as some breath taking views of what Monaghan is famed for, rolling green hills and peaceful reed surrounded lakes.

 

Accomodation

 

Lake View B&B

Is adjacent the Wetlands centre, with scenic views of the wetlands, lake and the town of Ballybay. It is an ideal location for fishing, bird watching, walking and sightseeing.  Close to the town itself, including churches it is opened all year round and offers verycompetitive rates.

The Firs, 4 Star Self Catering Accommodation:

Is close to the town of Ballybay, with lighted footpaths to the door. It is newly built, designed and furnished with family comfo11 in mind, it offers competitive prices, has wheelchair access and wireless broadband is available. It also is close to angling spots such as Lough Major. Why not come and experience for yourself and see why that people come back year after year to slay.

Ardmore Guest House

Hospitality is our specialty at the Ardmore Guest I-louse, where a warm and friendly welcome awaits you. First Class Service from our experienced staff, ensure that you will leave Ardmore Guest I louse with many happy memories of your visit lo Ballybay.  Situated in the town centre completely refurbished and upgraded, all bedrooms ensuite with TV, telephone and tea/coffee facilities. We offer our guests all round activities available locally.

 

Walks

 

The Lough Major and the Coachman Walk:

This walk circles around the 23 hectare Lough Major, with stops for fishing along the way. It is very scenic, giving panoramic views of the town of Ballybay and the surrounding countryside. There is a little well along the way and eerie yew tree lined section. There is ofien plenty of wildlife on and around the lake, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled. Part of the walk includes the town park and the peace bridge. It takes about fifty minutes to an hour to complete the walk.

Wetlands Centre:

There are several walks around the wetland centre including, if you wish the entrance walk. There are very scenic walks around the lakes and wetlands. The Wetlands centre is 65 acres of wetlands that are recognized as being regionally important as a site for wintering migratory bird life including the Whooping swan and the Siberian widgeon.  Also as a year round refuge for a wide spectrum of waterfowl and wildlife.

Corbrac Road Walk:

ls a scenic countryside road walk, winding around for three miles you leave Ballybay by the Creeve road and come back via the Latton road. The hedgerows often have small wildlife in them and in autumn you can be sure to find blackberries growing. It will take about an hour to an hour and a half to walk.

 

Sports

 

Ballybay / Deryvalley Outdoor Bowls Club

In early 2004 the Ballybay Indoor Club and Derryvalley Indoor Club started travelling to Fivemiletown to play on their all weather green, where through these trips, a committee was formed. We then decided to seek funding for the project that we had in mind for so many years.  After many meetings and consultations, funding was made available from Monaghan Co. Council (Peace 2 Funding) and other sources which provided the Club Pavilion, which nestles very nicely on the site. Construction of the green started in April 2006 and the first bowl was rolled that August. The lights were erected in 2008 which is providing very useful when the evenings gel short.

The green is very well supported and in use every night with competitions runningduring the summer. The Summer League stai1s in May, which involves fourteen teams form Monaghan, Cavan and Armagh which ends in August. Then the Knockout Cup Game starts with the same fourteen teams. Ln April we run a Town Tournament which involves the shops of the town. Our latest venture is bowling for beginners, which is well attended. Our Season starts in March and ends in October (weather depending). We also play lOa.m. on Christmas and New Years morning.

 

Karate

 

Ballybay Karate Club

lnstructor Neil Sullivan

Contact 087 3138239

 

Golf: Ballybay Golf Society

 

Ballybay Golf Society was fonned in 1982, there were s ixteen founding members.  The society is deeply indebted to these men, for their vision and foresight they had in the structure of golf in the Ballybay area. from the outset the society has been affiliated with the Golf Union of Ireland (G.U.T.).  The Ballybay Golf Society lakes several outings a year to various golf clubs across Ireland, as well as the traditional weekend away usually at the end of the summer.  The Society holds several competitions in the year including the Captains Prize, Presidents Prize, Duffy Cup and Match Play (Seamus Sammon Perpetual Trophy) as well as an organised charity event.

To obtain more information contact:

President, Joe Traynor 042 974 1 O&&

Secretary, Gavin McEneaney, 086 271 9900

P.R.O, Gerry Traynor, 042 97 41284

Or visit our website: www.ballybaygs.com

Municipal District of Ballybay & Clones

The main changes affecting County Monaghan arising from the re-structuring of local government is the abolition of the five Town Councils and the establishment of three new Municipal Districts. These changes come into operation from the 1st of June, 2014.  As and from this date Local Government will be operated by a single administration structure and will have a single corporate entity with headquarters at County Council Offices, The Glen, Monaghan.   

The Municipal Districts are designed to enhance democratic governance, subsidiarity and accountability while also improving operational efficiency and value for money. Elected Members arising from the recent local elections are elected in the first instance to the Municipal District (6 members), with the combined District membership constituting the membership of the plenary County Council (18 members). 

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Ballybay-Clones Municipal District Telephone:
Monaghan Street (047) 51018
Clones Email:
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Municipal District Head

Mr. Adge King

Municipal District Co-ordinator

Mr. Kevin McNally

Staff Officer

Mr. Seamie McMahon

Assistant Staff Officer

Ms. Lorraine Brogan

Clerical Officers

Ms. Fionnuala Sherlock, Ms Eileen McManus

Executive Engineer

Mr. Colin Murphy

Assistant Engineer

Mr. Martin Taylor , Mr. Craig Connolly

Overseer

Mr. Michael Leonard

Councillors

 

 

Cllr. Seamus Coyle

Location: Mahon, Latton, Castleblayney
Party: Fianna Fáil
Tel: (087) 6814067
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Cllr Sean Gilliland

Location:Boraghy, Loughmourne, Castleblayney
Party:Fine Gael
Tel:(087) 9969946
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Cllr. Hugh McElvaney

Location: Corcaghan, Monaghan
Party: Fine Gael
Tel: (087) 2598858
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Cllr. Pat Treanor

Location:Bishopscourt, Clones
Party: Sinn Féin
Tel: (086) 2377177
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Richard Truell NEW thumbnail 248x300 159x192 Cllr. Richard Truell

Location:Crappagh, Newbliss, Co. Monaghan
Party: Fine Gael
Tel: (086) 2035534
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History

Historical Context

History1It would appear that Ballybay (meaning, “The Mouth of, or Approach to, the Ford of the Birch Trees) may have developed due to its location at the ford over the Dromore River at Corrybrannan where the outflow from the adjoining Lough Major narrows and makes its way down stream, through a clump of Birch Trees, to the lake lands of Derrynaloobinagh, Annaneese and Derryvally. It flows westwards, forming the Dromore River which connects to the Erne at Butlersbridge, Co.Cavan. Historically this ford may have been the nearest and most convenient crossing point on the Dromore River for all types of traffic.

The road from Carrickmacross to Monaghan and the road from Clones to Castleblayney intersect at this point. The town developed into a connecting junction or rest point for travellers. Of necessity, this meant that these travellers required food, drink and rest. Very often, their horses, mules and donkeys, their carriages and carts or wagons would require much needed maintenance. This promoted the establishment of the wayside inn or hostelry. Tradesmen such as blacksmiths, saddlers and carpenters were the occupations of its first inhabitants. Very soon, this area, known as Ballybea and later to be spelled ‘Ballybay’, was to become the natural centre for markets, fairs, public meetings, conventions, parades and processions for all types of organisation and societies.

The economic state of the locality changed utterly with the introduction of the linen trade. After the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, a family named Breakey settled in Balladian and Lisgillen. They were compensated for their services to William of Orange by a grant of lands in those areas. They were French Huguenots who were expelled from Southern France where they had been engaged in the linen industry. It was they who introduced flax culture to Co. Monaghan.

History2The area around Ballybay had many physical attractions for the foundation of a thriving linen business. The soil was well suited for the cultivation of flax, the climate favoured weaving and bleaching, bog and woodland provided abundant supplies of fuel and every townland had gravel pits and quarries, providing material for building the mills. But, over and above all these resources, there was an abundant supply of free waterpower to drive the mills. On the little stream, which flowed from the lakes at Carrickatee and Creeve, there sprang up fourteen linen processing mills.

Hugh Jackson built the first Market House in the Square c1775, which he used as a purchasing depot. It was a two-storey timber structure. It was used as a schoolhouse and was available to local organisations for meetings, free of charge, and was Ballybay’s first Town Hall.

In the 1820's the Leslie family took up permanent residence on the Ballybay Estate and erected a house large enough to accommodate the extended family and built it to a design consistent with their status as local landlords and members of the ascendancy. The demesne was developed with 30 acres of woodland, part of which was overlooking Lough Major. The main mansion consisted of a large entrance hall with marble pillars and a grand staircase, drawing rooms, library and billiard room, twenty one bedrooms, servants' quarters and ancillary accommodation such as kitchens, pantries, larders, bathrooms, etc. The family did not restrict the enjoyment of the Demesne to a select few.

History3Emily Leslie French died in 1884 and her son, Robert Charles succeeded to the estate. He died suddenly in London in 1904. He was succeeded by his only surviving son, Henry Edward John Leslie (1890-1966). The eldest son, Theodore Norman had been killed in action in the Boer War. Henry was a member of the British diplomatic corps, stationed in Rome and later in the United States. He was involved in the difficult and lengthy negotiations with tenants for the revision of rents and later with the Land Commission on the sale of the land. After the death of his parents and when his duties permitted, he had always spent his vacations at Ballybay House and he had indicated that he intended to reside here after his retirement. He never married and so was the last of the Leslies at Ballybay House.

In June 1921, the Castle was destroyed by fire. It was believed that a contingent of Crown Forces was likely to be billeted there. There was also the suspicion that the burning was a warning to intending purchasers or maybe as part of the retaliatory campaign ordered by the I.R.A. in reprisal for the burning of creameries and other public utilities by the British.
The Leslie family issued long leases to enterprising folk for private and commercial building. The family built the present Market House in 1848 to help promote local trade and business and gave every assistance to any enterprise likely to be of benefit to the inhabitants.

In the second half of the eighteenth century, the various religious congregations built new churches and schools. In 1850, the population of the town was approximately 1500. At that time it did not have its own water supply, town drainage, disposal services, street lighting or proper footpaths. This changed with the construction of the railway line from Dundalk to Enniskillen via Ballybay and Clones in 1854. The conveyance of livestock, timber, coal, merchandise and passengers promoted trade and industry.

History4The institution of the Ballybay Town Commissioners held its first meeting in 1871 with the membership consisting of bank representatives, business people and others who had an interest in progressing the town’s commercial and economic well-being. In a short time, plans were formulated to provide a town water supply, street lighting and waste disposal. A town rate was struck to partially finance the running of the authority. Thomas McSherry was elected as Town Commissioner.

Favourable economic conditions at the time benefited the farming community and Ballybay’s hinterland prospered to such a degree that the Town Commissioners set up a special committee to establish and regulate markets and fairs in the town. Market and fair days were calendared for such items as, flax, grass seed, corn, live and dead pork, cattle, horses and farm produce.

As Ireland thrived in a relatively buoyant economy throughout the 1990’s, Ballybay failed to attract new inward investment. Despite low interest rates and the opportunities available under Tax Renewal Schemes, the town failed to prosper. The increasing demand for one-off housing in the environs of the town, helped to accelerate the decline in the urban population.

Ballybay’s main street is attractive, with continuous building frontages, and a pleasant mix of building heights, materials and colours which define the character of the town. The town offers considerable potential regeneration by developing imaginative projects which are sensitive to the character of the town.

Despite its lack of growth, Ballybay still maintains a strong community network with a large number of community groups. Ballybay Development Association (BDA) is one of the most active groups and was responsible for the development of Ballybay Wetlands Centre which is located at Derryvalley, Ballybay.

Information courtesy of The County Heritage Plan.