INDOOR BOWLING SEASON CLOSES

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

OUTDOOR BOWLS

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

TULLYCORBETT COMMUNITY GAMES

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

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

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

DRAMA SOCIETY PERFORMANCE

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

Launch of Monaghan Women in Business 2017

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

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

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

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

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

DAFFODIL DAY

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

WOMENS WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

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

MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION AGM

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

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

IMPORTANT CHURCH DATES ANNOUNCED

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

CHILDREN’S BIBLE CLUB

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

TABLE QUIZ

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

ALICE INDIA BOUND

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

GOSPEL MEETING

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

LIFE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT SEMINAR

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

CANCER SOCIETY SAYS THANKS

Ballybay Cancer Society would like to acknowledge a recent generous donation of €1,240 from Eugene Cleary. The amount was raised by the Cleary Golf Classic in Clones and Cleary Card Games Night in Fitzpatricks Bar Rockcorry. Good to see the "fun" is still hale and hearty in fundraising for a truly worthwhile cause".

TABLE QUIZ

Ballybay Central School Parents Association is hosting a Table Quiz in Derryvalley Hall on Friday 10th March. Proceedings get underway at 8pm and supper will be served. Local quiz king Stephen Duffy will be quizmaster on the night. A table of four adults will cost €30 and a table of four children €20. Your support would be very much appreciated.

5 WEEK GAA TRAINING CAMP

Ballybay Pearse Brothers is holding a five week training camp in the Recreation Centre starting on Saturday. The camp is open to both boys and girls. U6’s and U8’s is from 4pm to 5pm and U10’s and U12’s from 5pm to 6pm. Lots of fun guaranteed.

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.

TULLYCORBETT DRAMA GROUP

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

EUCHARISTIC MINISTER WANTED

The current team of ministers of the Eucharist is coming to an end. Those who are willing to stay on are welcome to do so however it is inevitable that new ministers will be required. Names are now being sought from individuals who would like to join the minister of the Eucharist team. Names can be given to the Parch office and it is likely that training will take place sometime during lent.

BALLYBAY WALKING GROUP

Ballybay Walkers is a group of 25-30 people who are currently meeting up every Tuesday evening in Ballybay Town Park at 7.15pm. It is providing a great chance to get out and go for a walk with a group, enjoy the company and the chat. It also keeps you motivated and start planning to get out more and make the most of any spare time you have to get fit and healthy. The routes are organized to suit all fitness levels, with lots of opportunity to return to the town park at various stages. Please wear high visibility clothing at all times. So 'Let's go Walking!

PEASRE BROTHERS PRESENTATION NIGHT

There was a full house in the Pearse Brothers Club House on Friday night last were the Owen Ward winning team from 2016 received their medals. It was also a special night for Mark Mc Ardle who won the Senior Player of the Year. Mark was presented with his award by team manager Michael Donnelly and former player Eamon Mc Aleer who was the very first recipient of the award, thirty years ago. Brian Mc Cabe picked up the Reserve Player of the Year. He was presented with his award by Roy Rutledge. The cup is named after Roy’s grandfather.

LIFE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT SEMINAR

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

Community and Environment Funding Scheme 2017

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

Monaghan Co. Council are now inviting applications for the 2017 funding scheme. In 2017, the Municipal Districts and Community Development, Housing and Environment section are working together to allocate funding through one central funding scheme. This process will allow community groups to maximise funding available to them and to ensure all community groups, residents committees and tidy towns groups throughout the county are supported in their voluntary activities.

Click to download Application Form and Guidelines 

INVITATION TO IMPORTANT TIDY TOWN MEETING

Local people are being urged to attend a public meeting of the newly formed Ballybay tidy towns on Monday 20th February at 8pm in the former Town Council offices above the library. Consultant Mr. Bill Flynn, will give a presentation on a 3year plan for Ballybay. Your input and ideas on how we could improve and enhance the town and the surrounding areas would be very much appreciated. Be there and have your say.!!

OPEN DAY AT CENTRAL SCHOOL

Ballybay Central School is holding an Open Afternoon on Wednesday 22nd February from 1pm until 3pm. All are welcome.

February is Amnesty Month – No Fines, No Questions @ Ballybay Library:

Did you forget to return your books to the local library? Well here is your opportunity to return your overdue items to the library during the month of February and pay no Fines!! Yes you have read that right – NO FINES for the month of February. So what are you waiting for, return those books as soon as possible and save yourself some cash…

PEARSE BROTHERS PRESENTATION FRIDAY

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.

LATTON BAWN HISTORICAL GROUP

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

COFFEE MORNING

There will be a coffee morning in Second Ballybay Presbyterian Church Hall this Saturday starting at 10am. All proceeds will be in aid of Our lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and Ballybay Cancer Society.

COYLE URGES ATTEDNACES AT FF MEETINGS

Monaghan Fianna Fail County Councillor, Seamus Coyle has today urged all Fianna Fail party members and supporters to come out to their local Cumann Annual General Meetings in the Ballybay/Clones L.E.A., over the coming weeks, to have their voice heard on local and national issues, all local Oireachtas Members will attend each of the Cumann A.G.M.s, including, Brendan Smith T.D. ,Niamh Smyth T.D. ,Senator Robbie Gallagher and Senator Deirmuid Wilson

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BALLYBAY LIBRARY IS GOING LIVE!!

We are introducing big changes in the library service in County Monaghan. Public Libraries in Ireland are working together to create one joint library catalogue, using a shared computer system. Monaghan will be joining this new system in March, which will offer greater access to stock from all 344 public libraries in Ireland – you will have access to almost 9 million items of stock!!! Wow….

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BOOK ON THE WAY

Ballybay man Adrian Harte is in the process of writing his first book, a biography of his favourite band ‘Faith No More’. Adrian who previously worked for the Northern Standard is currently living and working in Switzerland and has already completed his research and interviews for the book which he hopes will be published in early 2018. He recently traveled to the USA to carry out his early preparatory work. Adrian has seen the band play many times but will never forget the first time he seen them as support for Gun ‘N’ Roses at Slane castle in 1992. All in Ballybay wish Adrian well with the venture.

BALLYBAY/CLONES FIANNA FAIL COMHAIRLE CEANNTAIR MEETING

A meeting of Ballybay/Clones Fianna Fail Comhairle Ceanntair will take place in The Creighton Hotel, Clones on Monday 13th February at 8.30pm.All party members are urged to attend, as all Oireachtas members will be in attendance, with dates being fixed for all Cumann A.G.M.s for 2017. Registration will also take place at this meeting.

TULLYCORBET COMMUNITY GAMES

Anyone interested in Swimming, Gymnastics, Marathon, Cross Country, Mixed Distance Relay or Debating, please contact Sharon 042 9748110 or Maire 042 9748955 before Wednesday 22nd February. Gymnastics- Tullycorbet Area Gymnastics will be held on Monday 13th February in Clontibret Hall at 5pm. Anyone wanting to compete or represent Tullycorbet Community Games must attend this event and is advised to contact any of the above phone numbers prior to this event.

LATTON/BAWN ST.PATRICKS DAY CENTENARY PARADE

On Sunday 12th March 2017, the Latton/Bawn Centenary St. Patrick's Day Parade will take place, assembling at St. Patrick’s Church Car park, Bawn at pm, travelling via Lacken Bridge to the O'Rahilly GAA Centre, Latton. All local business's and Community groups are invited to take part, a great opportunity to showcase your business and its activity, so get working on that float, generous prizes for the best floats, for further details, please contact Mary Duffy on 086-8196718 or Seamus Coyle on 087-6814067.

SOCIAL CLUB

Ballybay Social Club meets again on this Friday 10 February from 11am on at Cuan Mhuire with morning tea/coffee followed by lunch at 1pm. Jeannette Keenan will be on hand to take us through an easy session of armchair exercises which should be both enjoyable and something you can continue doing for yourself.
Hope to see everyone again, unfortunately we cancelled last month`s meeting because of inclement weather, our apologies to those we discommoded. There`s also free raffle prizes, fun and craic thrown in as well, all for €6. Please come. Need a lift? Then contact 086 0660270.

DREW NAMED VICE CAPTAIN

Congratulations to Pearse Brothers player Drew Wylie who has been named vice captain of the Monaghan County team for this season. Drew along with his brother Ryan and fellow Pearse Brother players Thomas Kerr and Dessie ward all played their part on Saturday night as Monaghan beat Mayo in the opening game of the league.

COFFEE MORNING

There will be a coffee morning in Second Ballybay Presbyterian Church Hall this Saturday starting at 10am. All proceeds will be in aid of Our lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and Ballybay Cancer Society.

CHILDREN’S BIBLE CLUB

The 'Rockcorry Children's Bible Club' for Primary School children is on Thursday 16th February 2017, 6 - 7pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church hall. Bring a friend or two with you. Bible lessons, quizzes, singing, games and refreshments. Organised by Ronnie and Carey Killops, Faith Mission'.

BOWLS NEWS

There was a large attendance at the most recent club night when the Gabriel Traynor Perpetual Cup was on offer. After a great night bowls the winner was our new Chairperson Angela Rutledge. The presentation was made by the secretary Cora Smyth who wished Angela well for the rest of the season. Angela in reply thanked Cora and then went on to wish that the club would put out a strong team for the upcoming Jimmy Mc Elroy Shield match with neighbours Latton. It is hoped to play this game on Monday 20th February. All members are requested to be in attendance at our club night on the 13th so that the strongest team possible can be selected.

DOG FOULING ISSUE

A number of locals have approached the Ballybay News about an increase in dog fouling in the Town Park and Town’s streets. Under Section 22 of the Litter Pollution Act 1997 it is an offence to allow a dog under your control to foul in a public place. Dog faeces is foul-smelling, unsightly and is a potential source of serious disease, particularly for children. Dog faeces is a particular nuisance on footpaths, in parks, playgrounds and in school playing areas where it is likely to be stepped on by pedestrians, or rolled on by cyclists or wheelchair users, or handled by small children playing in the area. So remember if you own a dog please be responsible and clean up after it otherwise you could find yourself in trouble and receive a fine.

LIBRARY CLOSURES

The Library is currently undergoing essential works and when finished it will be possible to borrow books in any library in Ireland and leave them back in Ballybay. To facilitate essential work will require the library to be closed on February 1st, 7th, 27th, 28th and 1st March.

SHY MEN NEEDING FLOWERS

Do you need flowers for your loved one this Valentine Day?  If so then Smyth’s Newsagents have the answers. They are offering flowers which will be delivered free within a 4 mile radius of Ballybay. For further information contact Therese at 9741034 or 0876853316.

SCOIL EANNA

Enrolment for the 2017/18 school year will take place in the School office from 1pm to 3pm on Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th February. It is important to bring the child’s PPS number and birth certificate. Alternative arrangements for enrolment may be made by contacting the school at 042 9741172. An open day will be held in June when parents and children will have an opportunity to tour the school.  The school will also celebrate Grandparents Day today Thursday 2nd February.

POPE JOHN PAUL 11 AWARD

An information evening for potential Pope John Paul Award leaders will be held in Fr. Shane’s house in Lough Egish on Monday evening next at 8pm. It is hoped to offer young people in the parish an opportunity to take part in this award beginning in the 2017/2018 school year.

TULLYCORBETT COMMUNITY GAMES

Anyone interested in Swimming, Gymnastics, Marathon, Cross Country, Mixed Distance Relay or Debating, please contact Sharon 042 9748110 or Maire 042 9748955 before Wednesday 22nd February.

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.

GOSPEL MEETING

All are welcome to a Gospel Meeting in the Faith Mission Hall, Bushford, Rockcorry tomorrow, Friday 3rd February 2017 at 8pm. Organised by Ronnie & Carey Killops of the Faith Mission. Plan to come, and bring a friend. Refreshments afterwards.

BALLYBAY/CLONES FIANNA FAIL COMHAIRLE CEANNTAIR MEETING

A meeting of Ballybay/Clones Fianna Fail Comhairle Ceanntair will take place in The Creighton Hotel, Clones on Monday 13th February at 8.30pm.All party members are urged to attend, as all Oireachtas members will be in attendance, with dates being fixed for all Cumann A.G.M.s for 2017. Registration will also take place at this meeting.

CHILDREN’S BIBLE CLUB

The 'Rockcorry Children's Bible Club' for Primary School children is on tonight Thursday 2nd February 2017, 6 - 7pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church hall. Bring a friend or two with you. Bible lessons, quizzes, singing, games and refreshments. Organised by Ronnie and Carey Killops, Faith Mission'a

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.

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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

Public Consultation meeting

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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.

CHAMBER VOUCHERS

The Chamber of Commerce vouchers are available in most of the local shops. These are available in values of €10 and €20 and would make excellent Christmas presents. The vouchers can be exchanged in all local shops at any time of the year.

QUIZZING AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE

Stephen ‘s second quiz book entitled “Quizzing Around the Christmas Tree - Volume 2” is available to purchase in a number of local shops. The book is full of new educational and fun questions suitable for all the family. It would certainly make an excellent stocking filler for Christmas.

LIBRARY CLOSURE

The local branch library will close for Christmas on Thursday 22nd December. It will reopen on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

GOOD LUCK PAUL

Good luck to Paul Mc Guinness who will be taking part in a cycle and swim in aid of Temple Street Hospital on Christmas day. Paul who is a third year business student at DCU has been selected as one of 120 students who have been challenged to raise €1000 for charity. All the monies raised will go towards the construction of a new satellite classroom in St Gabriel's Ward which specialises in neurosurgery and craniofacial surgery.

DOG STILL MISSING

Last week we reported that a boxer dog belonging to dog lovers Joy and Bernard Borchert had been stolen from their front garden on Wednesday 7th December. The dog is called Finn and has been neutered and microchipped. As yet Finn has not been found. The Borchert family is offering a substantial reward for information leading to the safe return of the dog. If you have any useful information you can private message Joy Borchert on facebook.

GOAL MILE

A GOAL mile challenge will take place at Latton GAA Centre on Monday next St. Stephens Day at 11am. This is a good chance to clear the heads and shake off the excesses of Christmas Day and also do your little bit for charity.

FOUR LOCALS IN MC KENNA CUP SQUAD

Congratulations to Ballybay Pearse Brothers contingent of Drew & Ryan Wylie, Thomas Kerr & Dessie Ward who have all been selected for the Monaghan Squad ahead of this year McKenna Cup competition. The tournament gets underway on January 8th against Fermanagh.

PRAYERS, REFLECTION AND CAROLS IN BALLINTRA

An evening of prayers, reflection and Christmas carols to welcome baby Jesus into the hearts of all locals will take place in Ballintra Church on Thursday 22nd December. The evening will commence at 8pm and all are welcome.

MISSING CAT RETURNED

On Sunday last a cat in the Town Park followed a local woman home. Thanks to the power of FACEBOOK and in particular the ‘Ballybay and its People’ page the cat has now been returned to its very grateful owner.

COUNCIL CLEAN LAKE SHORE

Last week we published a picture taken by a local man which showed indiscriminate dumping at one of the many lakes in the area. We are glad to report that since the picture appeared in the paper staff from Monaghan County Council have been to the lake shore and removed the rubbish. Remember if you come across illegal dumping you should report it to the Environment Section of Monaghan County Council.

€12, 000 ALLOCATED FOR NEW PLAY EQUIPMENT

Following a campaign spearheaded by local man Stephen Duffy to make Ballybay Town Park more inclusive for all children green shoots of progress is starting to appear. Last week it was announced that a total of €12,000 was to go for the provision of new equipment for children with disabilities at the Park. This can be broken down as €9,600 from CLAR and €2,400 from Monaghan County Council. Following this Bernie Bradley the Social Inclusion Officer at Monaghan County Council informed social media, “I’ve been working on this issue with the Area Engineer over the last few months. We have assessed the site for remedial access works and costings for upgrading and replacing equipment on the playground site. I have prioritized this project for 2017”. Miss Bradley then added, “I’d love to really make a National model of good practice in the park”.
A meeting has been arranged for the Wetlands centre on Thursday 5th January at 8pm. The purpose of this meeting is to get feedback from parents, friends and carers who can provide information on what is the most suitable equipment for this project going forward.

NANNY DUFFY CELEBRATES HER 100TH BIRTHDAY

Popular local lady Nanny Duffy celebrated her 100th Birthday on 16th December. Until recently she was living in St. Patrick’s Street and attending bingo regularly however she is now resident in St. Josephs Nursing Home. Many will know Nanny from her days working in the Riverdale where she was an important staff member. Earlier this year Nanny enjoyed one of the best days of her 100 year life when she was present for the ordination of Fr. Stephen Duffy. A small celebration for Nanny was held in Cuan Mhuire recently.

CAMPHILL SAYS THANK YOU

Camphill Community Ballybay would like to take this opportunity to send our sincere thanks to everyone who took part in setting up for our Craft Day which was held in our Community on the 19th November. Also, a huge thank you to the local people and businesses who kindly donated Money and Raffle Prizes-without your help this day would not have been as good as it was. We managed to raise over €3700 on the day, which is just simply fantastic.
Thank you to BD Foods, Flacks Garage, Kieran McMahon Tyres, Rocks of Monaghan, Theresa & Brendan McGahey, Derryvalley Sheeting & DIY, Monaghan Electrical, Dunsinaire Stores Ltd, Ciaran Allen Dental Practitioner, BWG Value Centre, Monaghan Hire, Follgard Tractor Parts, Gaffey Motor Factors, Marrons Garage, Corcaghan Co-Op, Top Oil, Carrolls Imports & Exports Ltd, Nutri Snax Cavan and Baby Baby Nursery Shop Virgina.

PRAYERS, REFLECTION AND CAROLS IN BALLINTRA

An evening of prayers, reflection and Christmas carols to welcome baby Jesus into the hearts of all locals will take place in Ballintra Church on Thursday 22nd December. The evening will commence at 8pm and all are welcome.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

Christina Duffy from Lough Mor Avenue celebrated her 50th birthday with family, friends and work colleagues in the Ballybay Inn last weekend. Christina doesn’t actually turn fifty until Christmas Day but this didn’t stop a very large crowd from gathering to help her celebrate the milestone Birthday.

ALMAS RAISES OVER €1300

Fr. Brian who is associated with ALMAS has been in touch to thank the parishioners of Tullycorbett for their wonderful generosity. Between donations and the sale of cards €1348-32c was raised. During his visit to the parish Fr. Brian joined in the celebration of the mass. Anyone who is still interested in purchasing cars can do so from Gerry West.

CHURCH HEATING WORKS COMPLETE

It’s great to be able to report that the heating upgrade works at St. Patrick’s church is now complete. The work was carried out by Vincent Duffy & Son (Builders) and when the real winter bites and no doubt it soon will it is hoped that the benefit of the upgrade will be noticed. This has been a long road for the Parish Council and their Finance Committee but one that will be worth the journey. Thanks to all involved.

ICA BUSY SUNDAY

Well done to the members of the local ICA group who attended St. Joseph’s Residential Home on Sunday last. The members entertained the staff and residents with a spot of carol singing. Santa was on hand with gifts for all the residents.

DOG MISSING

Dog lovers Joy and Bernard Borchert had their boxer dog named Finn taken from their garden on Wednesday 7th December at approximately 3-30pm. The dogs collar was left along with two other dogs. The Borchert’s are offering a substantial reward for information leading to the safe return of the dog. If you have any useful information you can private message Joy Borchert on facebook.

PAUL TO SWIM AND CYCLE ON CHRISTMAS DAY FOR TEMPLE STREET

When most of us will be sitting down to turkey and pudding on Christmas Day local man Paul Mc Guinness will be taking part in a cycle and swim in aid of Temple Street Hospital. Paul who is a third year business student at DCU has been selected as one of 120 students who have been challenged to raise €1000 for charity. All the monies raised will go towards the construction of a new satellite classroom in St Gabriel's Ward which specialises in neurosurgery and craniofacial surgery. Speaking to the Ballybay News Paul said, “To help me reach the €1,000 I am taking part in a 20k cycle and swim on Christmas Day all while in a Santa suit. If anyone would like to make a donation they can simply go to the following link https://www.100minds.org/2017/1253/paul-mc-guinness. I really appreciate the support that I have received so far and to show this appreciation I plan to raffle a Dtwo gold card and a €50 River Island voucher between everyone who makes a donation”.