AUGHNAMULLEN PIPE BAND ENTERTAINLast weekend a very successful series of events collectively known as ‘BALLYBAY REMEMBERS 1916’ took place from Friday until Sunday.
A music session featuring Tullycorbett CCE kick started the weekend. This was followed by a fantastic performance of Eugene Mc Cabe’s play – ‘Pull Down a Horseman’. Directed by Harry Cleary and performed by Brian O Harte and Jim Cleary this play re-enacted a meeting between Padraig Pearse and James Connolly which took place in early 1916.

THE CASTThis performance was greatly appreciated by the local audience. The organizers of the weekend would like to thank Clones Drama Group, Harry, Jim and Brian.The inclement weather on Saturday forced the cancellation of the Youth Parade however all the other activities were moved indoors to the Market House. A re-enactment of the Volunteer Split was performed. This production was directed by Aiden Mc Quillan and performed by local people and students. It was the highlight of the weekend. The weeks of rehearsals resulted in a fantastic production which had the audience spellbound. The reaction of people following the play was very positive. The organizing committee is deeply grateful to Aiden Mc Quillan for his hard work over the last number of months in producing such a professional play. We also wish to acknowledge the local football clubs from Drumhowan, Latton, Rockcorry, Cremartin, Aughnamullen, St. Brigids and Ballybay who took part on Saturday.

LOCAL ACTORS IN FULL FLOWSt. Eanna’s School was represented by six pupils who read the school proclamation. This document was produced by pupils and was read by Kinga Kolaszewska, Kamile Sabaliauskaite, Martinus Jucys-Brady, Gemma Caraher and Ursula Markey. The quality of the proclamation and the dignity of the readings were very much enjoyed by the audience.
The raising of the flag was undertaken by ex FCA Battalion Sergeant Major Eamon Gorman. Eamon was an officer in the FCA for almost 40 years and many young local men served under him in camps in Gormanstown, Waterford and Kilkenny.

READING THE PROCLAMATIONMusic on Saturday evening was provided by the Aughnamullen Pipe Band and after the raising of the flag they performed a beautiful rendition of Amhran na bhfiann.
On Sunday evening the weekend concluded with an evening of Irish dancing and music in the Pearse Brothers clubrooms. Special thanks to Linda Lennon and the parents and children of Latton for their participation. Thanks also to local lady Brid Mc Cabe and Tullycorbett CCE.
The organizing committee wish to thank Ballybay Pearse Brothers for the use of the clubrooms and particularly to Brendan Macklin and Chairperson Ann Garaghan for all their help and support.
COURTHOUSE AUDIENCEAll weekend an exhibition relating to 1916 was on display in the meeting rooms at the rear of Liam Smyths on Main Street. Thanks to Liam, Anna and staff for the use of the rooms.
A burger stand was run by staff from Kieran’s Bistro and the committee would like to thank Kieran and Christopher for their hard work in the middle of a very busy weekend. Bouncy castles from Andy’s Castles provided entertainment for the children while music on the street was performed by the very entertaining ‘Jonesy’.

IRISH DANCING AT PEARSE CENTREThe committee would like to thank the Carragher family for the use of the Market House and Kepak for their 

MICKEY DUFFYsupport of the weekend. A massive thanks is due to John Rutledge who photographed the weekend. Many of John’s images are available on the various Ballybay facebook pages.

Ballybay Clones Municipal Council was represented by its Chairperson Hughie Mc Elvaney and Councilors Kiara Mc Philips and Pat Treanor.