ORIEL SINGERS AT CAHANS FRIDAY

The next event to take place in Cahan’s will be on the 8th December at 8pm when the Oriel Singers will provide the entertainment. It will and evening of drama, song and poetry with a Christmas theme. There will also be a festive supper. Admission is just €10. Come along and enjoy the programme and company.

HERITAGE CALENDAR

Ballybay Heritage Group have published another fabulous calendar with very interesting old photos of Ballybay and surrounding areas. Please contact 0851682788 if you are interested in buying one for your families or friends. Cost €20.

DRUMHOWAN CHRISTMAS BINGO FRIDAY

This takes place this coming Friday night  8th December at 8pm in Drumhowan Community Centre. Jackpot of €1,000 must go on the night which would be a tidy sum to win before Christmas. Complimentary Refreshments served before bingo commences.

QUIZ NIGHT

David Hanley is participating in the Ballybay Pearse Brothers Quid Games fundraiser. He has organised a quiz night in Cremartin Centre on Saturday 9th December at 8pm. Table of 4 is €40. Further information is available from David at 083 3884443.

NEW CHAIRMAN

Martin Gleeson has been elected as the new Chairman of the Ballybay Pearse Brothers and will take over from Darren Smyth who has completed his three year term. Martin has previously served as chairman so should take to the post like a duck to water. All involved in the club would like to thank Darren for his term in charge of the club and wish Martin well as he takes the ropes.

TRIBUTE TO JOHN QUINN

The annual Christmas Lights turn on will take place on Friday 1st December. This year, Santa AKA Michael Quinn will be doing the big switch on as a tribute to his late father John Quinn. John who lived at O Duffy Terrace, had played Santa in Ballybay every year for the last 37 years. It was always an occasion he looked forward to and played his part in the Christmas festivities as he received lots of information on presents from the local children and made sure it was passed on to the main man in the North Pole.  Everyone is welcome to the switch on which is at 7-30pm.

CALENDAR FOR SALE

The annual Latton Bawn Historical Society calendar is now available to buy. They are excellent value at just €5. At the moment they are available to purchase in McElroys, Smyths Newsagents Ballybay, Hannigans Cootehill, Maudabawn Creamery, The Corner Shop Ballybay & from all committee members. We can post them worldwide. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send a private message to order calendars.

LIBRARY TEMPORARILY CLOSING TOMORROW

The Library will close at its current location on Friday 24th November and re-open in February 2024 in Birch Court. Once the library closes you will be able to return your books to any other library in the county. If you have any queries on this matter you can contact Library Headquarters at 047 74700 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SHOPPING VOUCHERS

The Ballybay Chamber of Commerce vouchers are available to purchase at Smyth’s Newsagents however they can be redeemed in most local businesses. The vouchers are available in either €10 or €20. These will make excellent Christmas presents.

WINTER FUEL FUNDRAISER

Roy Rutledge is taking part in the Quid Game fundraiser on behalf of Ballybay Pearse Brothers. He is raffling €500 worth of home heating oil, 5 bags of coal and 5 bags of logs. Each entry is €15. Draw takes place live on Friday the 24th of November. All entries greatly appreciated. Payment can be made through cash or revolut @royq4aff.

TOY VOUCHER UP FOR GRABS

Claire Reilly is taking part in the Quid Games for Ballybay Pearse Brothers GAA on December 29th this year. For her fundraiser she is raffling a €750 Smyths Toys Superstores voucher. The draw will take place on FB Live on Friday the 10th of November at 8pm. Tickets are €20 each or 3 for €50 and can be bought through Revolut (@claire34ay) or cash payments.

IRISH BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE

The ITBS will hold a Blood Clinic in the Glencarn, Castleblayney on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th November from 3-45pm to 8pm. Any locals interested can book an appointment by calling 1800 731 137.

SVP NEWS

With Christmas on its way the local SVP Conference is concerned about families who will face impossible choices this year. Some will struggle with the decision of heating the house or having a Christmas dinner. If you are in need of assistance you can contact the local charity by writing to SVP C/O Confraternity Rooms, St. Patrick Street, Ballybay or freephone 1800677777 by 8th December. Please only seek help if you are genuinely in need of it.

The local Christmas collections will be held at weekend masses in Tullycorbett on Sunday 3rd December and Ballintra and Ballybay on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December. Use can also be made of the SVP Envelope which is available in the church porches. Your continuous generosity with this collection would be very much appreciated.

CALENDAR FOR SALE

The annual Latton Bawn Historical Society calendar is now available to buy. They are excellent value at just €5. At the moment they are available to purchase in McElroys, Smyths Newsagents Ballybay, Hannigans Cootehill, Maudabawn Creamery, The Corner Shop Ballybay & from all committee members. We can post them worldwide. Please email lattonbawnhistoricalgroup@gmail.com or send a private message to order calendars.

LIBRARY ON THE MOVE

The Library will close at its current location on Friday 24th November and re-open in February 2024 in Birch Court. Once the library closes you will be able to return your books to any other library in the county. If you have any queries on this matter you can contact Library Headquarters at 047 74700 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DRUNHOWAN CE SCHEME – FAS WORKER

Drumhowan GFC has a vacancy for a CE scheme worker. The job entails cleaning around the Community centre and dressing rooms. It's 19 hours per week and to qualify you have to be unemployed for at least 1 year and be on welfare payments. If interested contact Gerry Finnegan , Seamus Duffy or any committee member in Drumhowan.

SANTA COMES TO CUAN MHUIRE

Santa Claus is coming to Cuan Mhuire on Sunday 10th December. The big man will arrive at 3pm and local children are invited to attend free of charge. After Santa’s visit there will be a monster Bazaar, with 200 prizes on offer. The visit is being kindly sponsored by Gerry Mc Elroy from Gerry’s Takeaway.

JAYNE’S TROLLEY DASH

St. Brigid’s player Jayne Drury has organised a ‘Trolley Dash’ as her Quid Game Fundraiser towards Ballybay Juveniles and St. Brigids LGFA. Tickets €20 each or 3 for €50. Rules: 60 second trolley dash around Centra. No alcohol/cigarettes allowed. Winner picked via random generator. Draw closes on the 1st of December. Pay via link https://www.clubspotevents.com/ballybaygaa/jayne

PERSONAL ALARM INFORMATION

On Monday 27th November at 7pm an Information Night in relation to personal alarms will be held in Drumhowan Community Centre. All you need to know about devices and procedures to protect yourself or your loved ones from stress following falls to other dangerous events will be discussed. The event will be conducted by the local community Garda.

MASS FOR DECEASED ON SUNDAY

A Holy Mass  for the deceased daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and deceased members of the missionaries of the Sacred Heart will be celebrated in St. Patrick’s Church, Ballybay on Sunday 19th November at 2pm. The celebrant will be Fr. Joe McGee. All welcome. For those who can’t attend, the mass will be shown on  https://www.churchservices.tv/ballybay

TABLE QUIZ IN CAHANS

Cahan’s  Meeting House will host a Table Quiz tomorrow Friday 17th November at 8pm. A good night’s craic is guaranteed so why not come along and bring a friend.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

The annual Christmas Lights turn on will take place on Friday 1st December at 7-30pm. Put the date in your diary and watch this space for more information.

€5800 RAISED FOR PALLIATIVE CARE

GILL FUNDRAISERCranston and Linda Gill and family would like to thank their family, friends and the wider Ballybay Community for their help with their fundraising coffee morning and car wash which was held on 7th August. The fundraiser raised a fantastic sum of €5800 for Cavan Monaghan Palliative Care. Jimmy from CMPC came along at the weekend to accept the cheque from the family. Speaking to the Northern Standard Linda said, "We pray God will bless the money to help other families and we thank you one and all who helped in any way to make this possible".

CAHANS MEETING HOUSE

A talk on the tragic deaths of Oscar Wilde's half sisters Emily and Mary who died as a result of injuries they received from a fire at a Ball they attended in Drumaconor House near Smithboro in 1871 will take place in Cahans Meeting House on Friday 3rd November.
A display of costumes used in the currently produced film about the Wilde sisters will be on show on the night. Music and poetry associated with Oscar Wilde will also be performed.

The events kicks off at 8pm and admission is €10. Further details are available from Rory Mc Atavie at 087 7687248.

HALLOWEEN PARTY

Drumhowan Community Group are hosting a Halloween Party in the Community Centre on Monday 30th October commencing at 6pm. On the night there will be ghost stories, sky lanterns, face painting, tunnel of terror, graveyard walk, hot chocolate, marshmallows and much more. Entry is €20 per family, €10 per adult or €5 per child. The centre’s Eircode is A75 YV81.

AUGHNAMULLEN VINTAGE DAY

The annual Aughnamullen Vintage Day takes place on Sunday next at Aughnamullen Social Centre from 12noon until 5pm. Threshing displays, vintage displays, jiving and waltzing competitions, dog show, indoor and outdoor trade stands, dancing to Damian Davis and much more. A great family day out guaranteed. Admission is €15 with children free.

GRAY AREA

On Thursday last renowned Irish Times journalist and Monaghan native Frank Mc Nally penned his, ‘An Irish Diary’ entitled GRAY AREA. The interesting article took a look at the notorious 19th-century loyalist, ‘Sam Gray of Ballybay’ who more than once he got away with murder – literally – because he could pack juries. You can catch the article at https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/an-irish-diary/2023/10/19/gray-area-frank-mcnally-on-a-notorious-19th-century-loyalist-sam-gray-of-ballybay/

LADIES NIGHT IN SMYTHS

Smyth’s Newsagents will host a Christmas Wonderland night in Liam Smyth’s Loft on Friday 3rd November from 7pm until 10pm. There will be prosecco on arrival and a free raffle on the night. This is an opportunity to Christmas Shop without hassle. On the night there will be fashion, hats, scarves, gloves and much more available.

WINTER FUEL FUNDRAISER

Roy Rutledge is taking part in the Quid Game fundraiser on behalf of Ballybay Pearse Brothers. He is raffling €500 worth of home heating oil, 5 bags of coal and 5 bags of logs. Each entry is €15. Draw takes place live on Friday the 24th of November. All entries greatly appreciated. Payment can be made through cash or revolut @royq4aff.

HALLOWEEN SPORTS CAMP

Breakthrough Performance Halloween Camp is here again. With limited spaces this one books out fast every year. Text 0863764114 to book your space now. Camp runs Wednesday 1st November to Friday 3rd, 10am to 2pm daily. Suitable for kids aged 7 to 14 years old.

TOY VOUCHER UP FOR GRABS

Claire Reilly is taking part in the Quid Games for Ballybay Pearse Brothers GAA on December 29th this year. For her fundraiser she is raffling a €750 Smyths Toys Superstores voucher. The draw will take place on FB Live on Friday the 10th of November at 8pm. Tickets are €20 each or 3 for €50 and can be bought through Revolut (@claire34ay) or cash payments.

UPCOMING DRAMA

Castleblayney Players present The Beauty Queen of Leenane a dark comedy by Martin Mc Donagh in Iontas Theatre, Castleblayney on Thursday 26th, Friday 27th and Saturday 28th October at 8pm nightly. Enjoy a night of drama before Winter comes.

BOWLS

Bowls every Monday evening at 8pm in Tullycorbett Hall. New members young or old are more than welcome. Bowls will be supplied, so why not come along and give a light-hearted game a try and meet new friends. Remember, our motto don't blow it before you throw it. You could be pleasantly surprised Monday at 8pm.

SECOND BALLYBAY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH ANNUAL HARVEST THANKSGIVING SERVICES

Its harvest time again, that time of year when we take time to give thanks to God for the way He continually provides for all our needs. We remember God’s promise in Genesis 8 v 22  “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”  On Sunday 22nd October Second Ballybay church will be decorated for our harvest services at 12 noon and 7.30pm.  Everyone in our community is invited to join with us for these special services.

Our minister, Rev Dr. Gerry Clinton, will take the morning service and we will have a familiar face to many in Ballybay on Sunday evening 22nd October at 7:30pm when we welcome the Rev John Hanson for a special night back in the pulpit where he preached for so many years. Our choir and musicians will bring all the favourite harvest hymns and we will be praying to thank God for His many generous blessings and to ask for His help, His grace, His healing in our hour of need. All are most warmly welcome, why not bring a friend and if you have time feel free to stay for supper in Hall Street Hall afterwards. It would be great to see you there!

Then on Monday night and each night at 8pm until Friday 27th we are looking forward to hearing from five of the most gifted speakers on the island – Rev Norman McAuley,  Rev John Woodside,  Mr Dennis Flannigan,  Rev John Martin, and Rev Andrew Mullan. We are also excited to be having our choir and musicians sing and play throughout the week and all are very welcome to hang on afterwards any of the nights if time permits for a cup of tea or coffee.

Harvest time is a time of reflection, gratitude, and seeking the good of all. We look forward to the opportunity to come together this harvest time to give thanks and to reflect on what we have as well as maybe what we lack, seeking God to meet us at the point of our need.

We invite you to embrace the spirit of harvest with us this October at Second Ballybay Presbyterian Church as we seek to share what we have with those who have not. At our week of special services we will be collecting non-perishable food items to be given to local charities to help those in need. As we gather to express our gratitude and pray for a prosperous year ahead we will also have the opportunity to bless others out of what God has given us.

We’re all familiar with the many parables Jesus told about harvest time and the many simple farming stories He shared to bless many and bring them hope. Those stories and parables are just as true this Harvest time as they ever were. Come listen to six thought-provoking speakers, to the melody of the choir, to the uplifting praise as we gather together before the God of the harvest this year in a week of special services at Second Ballybay Presbyterian Church, Clones Road, Ballybay.

HISTORY TALK IN LATTON

Hugh O’Brien will give a talk on "Ireland Post Civil War", in Latton Resource Centre on Tuesday 17th October at 7.30pm sharp. Tea & scones will be served. Everyone welcome. Admission free.

DISABLED SPACES REMINDER

St. Patrick’s Church would like to remind all attending masses and prayers that the parking spaces that are wheelchair accessible are reserved for those who need them.

LADY FOOTBALLERS FEATURE IN LOCAL WOMENS SPORT

The lady footballers of Brigid/O Neills have featured in this month’s edition of Local Women’s Sport. This magazine is the only such publication dedicated to womens sport in Ulster. Prior to this edition the magazine was only available in the six counties however that all changed in October with the sale now available in Monaghan, Cavan and Donegal.  The local side who were narrowly defeated in the county intermediate final replay feature on four pages of the glossy mag.

CHRIST CHURCH BALLYBAY

Christ Church Ballybay invites you to join them in their Harvest Thanksgiving Service which takes place this Sunday the 15th October at 3:30pm. We are delighted to welcome the Reverend Martin O’Kelly, rector of Kingscourt Union, Cavan as our guest preacher. Refreshments served afterwards, all very welcome!

“For each new morning with its light, for rest and shelter of the night, for health and food, for love and friends, for everything Thy goodness sends”

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1803-1882)

HALLOWEEN SPORTS CAMP

Breakthrough Performance Halloween Camp is here again. With limited spaces this one books out fast every year. Text 0863764114 to book your space now. Camp runs Wednesday 1st November to Friday 3rd, 10am to 2pm daily. Suitable for kids aged 7 to 14 years old.

BOWLS

Bowls every Monday evening at 8pm in Tullycorbett Hall. New members young or old are more than welcome. Bowls will be supplied, so why not come along and give a light-hearted game a try and meet new friends. Remember, our motto don't blow it before you throw it. You could be pleasantly surprised Monday at 8pm.

JAYNE’S TROLLEY DASH

St. Brigid’s player Jayne Drury has organised a ‘Trolley Dash’ as her Quid Game Fundraiser towards Ballybay Juveniles and St. Brigids LGFA. Tickets €20 each or 3 for €50. Rules: 60 second trolley dash around Centra. No alcohol/cigarettes allowed. Winner picked via random generator. Draw closes on the 1st of December. Pay via link https://www.clubspotevents.com/ballybaygaa/jayne choosing your desired ticket amount (€20/€50) or Cash/ Revolut can be made to Jayne/Stephen directly.

TALK ON THE WILDE’S SISTERS

A history talk on the tragic death of Oscar Wilde’s two half sisters, Emily and Mary will take place at Cahans Meeting house on Friday 27th October at 8pm. The two young sisters died in a tragic circumstance on 31st October 1871 in a house located between Smithborough and Monaghan town.

Costumes from the film, ‘Wilde Sisters’ which is currently in the production stage will also be on display.

Some music and poetry relating to Oscar Wilde will be performed on the night. More details will be available closer to the night. For more information contact Rory Mc Atavie on 087 7687248. 

LADIES LOSE REPLAY BY SINGLE POINT

There was heartbreak for the Brigid/O Neill’s ladies on Friday night last when they lost the County Intermediate final replay by a single point. Castleblayney dominated the first half and had a commanding half time lead. Fair play to the local side as they fought to the bitter end  but just came up short on the night. Full match report available in the sports pages. 

HARVEST AT CORLEA CHURCH

Corlea Presbyterian Church (near Shantonagh) will be hosting a Harvest Thanksgiving Service on Sunday 15th October at 4pm. Everyone is welcome.

FREE ELECTRICAL RECYLING SATURDAY

Free electrical recycling is available at Lidl’s Car Park, Monaghan Town on Saturday next from 10am until 4pm. You can drop of any household item with a plug or battery no matter how big or small.

FUN AND GAMES AT THE CREDIT UNION

Some great fun & games along with a strong air of competition was evident in Ballybay Credit Union this weekend as our Ambassador Luke Mulligan oversaw a Keepie Uppies Competition. After some great fun, our winners were James Mc Dermot 1st, Eoin Leonard & Patrick McGough joint 2nd, and Alie Selemani 3rd. The level of skills was amazing and Luke was very impressed with James scoring an amazing 88 keepie Uppies.

FAITH MISSION

You are welcome to the Faith Mission monthly Gospel Meeting Friday 6th October 2023 at 8pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church Hall (kindly granted).  The visiting speaker will be Robert Montgomery.  Organised by Brian and Hazel Parker Faith Mission Area Workers Cootehill, Co. Cavan.

THE LATE ROSS MEALIFF

On Monday 2nd October the death of Ross Mealiff, Alterate, Clones took place peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Ross was married to Kate (Catheriona Caraher, Knocknamaddy, Ballybay). The local community in Ballybay would like to pass on their condolences to the Mealiff family especially, Kate, her children James and Hannah, her parent Frank and Maggie. Ross’s funeral Mass will take place on Thursday morning in the Sacred Heart Church, Clones at 11am. The mass can be viewed on the following link https://www.churchservices.tv/sacredheartclones

CHRIST CHURCH BALLYBAY

Christ Church are holding their coffee morning in their community parish hall this coming Tuesday morning the 10th of October from 11am to 12:30. Please come along, take your friends and join us for a coffee and a catch up.

Christ Church invites you all to their family service on Sunday 8th October at 11:15am, this is a United Children’s Harvest Service, all are welcome. Also a big welcome goes out for you to come along and join in the following Sunday as well for the Harvest Thanksgiving Service which takes place Sunday 15th October at 3:30pm, refreshments served afterwards. “Harvest season doesn’t only happen once a year; it happens all the time. How? Whenever we receive our paycheck, receive a gift, or wake up each day - every time we receive a blessing, we experience harvest.” Hoping you can come along and join us.

BOWLS

Bowls every Monday evening at 8pm in Tullycorbett Hall. New members young or old are more than welcome. Bowls will be supplied, so why not come along and give a light-hearted game a try and meet new friends. Remember, our motto don't blow it before you throw it. You could be pleasantly surprised Monday at 8pm.

DRUMHOWAN AWARDED GOLD STATUS

Drumhowan GAA are pleased to announce that they have been awarded Gold Healthy Club Status by the GAA Community and Health Department. This is for the years 2022 and 2023 after the Club was first awarded Healthy Club Status in 2021. The club’s policies, partners, activities and environment are aligned with supporting the holistic health of our members and community. The gold award status is the highest standard of healthy club and we are the first group of clubs to receive it.

Activities the club have partaken in the last two years often in conjunction with the Community Group are Ireland Lights Up, Female Rounders and Steps Challenges in the Physical Activity Pillar. In the Mental Fitness section there was a 3 part session on Suicide Awareness and Prevention while the U15 and U17 squads had a Resilience Talk in conjunction with LA – 519. In the Healthy Eating Section – the Cubs and Academy Section of the Club tuck into a Healthy Fruit Platter after every session. In the Substance Use and Gambling Awareness Section – policies have been implemented and the Club has become a smoke and vape free campus. In community development in conjunction with the community group defib training has been organised and finally in green clubs and sustainability new trees, including apple trees have been planted in our biodiversity area. We’ve implemented and activated a ‘no herbicide/pesticide policy’. We’re installing water harvesting with a grant aid of 2k from SSE. LED Lightning has been installed throughout the Centre and efforts have been made to stop the erosion of the river.

Healthy Club Officer Noel Duffy was delighted on receiving the award and would like to thank the sub committee of Lorraine O’ Donnell, Lorraine Hanratty, Annamarie Goodman and Arno Aventin who made this all possible over the last 2 years.

The club will receive their award on Tuesday 17th October 2023 in Tyrone GAA Centre, Garvaghey.

CAHANS ULSTER SCOTS NIGHT

Slowly but surely Cahans Meeting House, Stranooden, Ballybay is developing a reputation as a community centre of cultural and social distinction.  On Friday 15 September last it was the occasion for an attentive audience to be entertained at an Ulster Scots Night which explored the language and music from Scots ancestors.

A fascinating talk and visual presentation by teacher Matthew Warwick of the Ulster Scots Community Network, introduced us to the words used to describe every day events, practices and human foibles that were spoken of generally throughout Ulster since the 17th century.  From that time, the Scots tongue came to Ulster with the waves of migration when up to 100,000 lowland Scots came in search of prosperity and religious freedom.  Within a century the language was firmly established.

During Matthew’s presentation many of us, especially those of us from an agricultural background, recalled the many traditional words that we grew up with and took for granted.  Words like `dunt` (a nudge) which a young calf might give you.  Or your mother could give out a `gulder` (a shout) if you didn`t `redd up` (tidy up) your toys. `Midlin` meant you were average.  If `crabbit`, you were angry.  Matthew gave lots of words and phrases of Scottish origin, for example: `pernickety` (fussy), `carnaptious` (irritable), `canny` (stubborn), `clarty`or `mingin` (dirty), and so on.  He also gave examples of once common phrases like `thon wee lad`s a hallion` (that fellow is a rascal) and `thon oul doll`s gye nebby` (that old woman is very nosey).   Matthew also brought along complimentary information on the Ulster Scots tradition including a `wee guide` to the language, a surname map and pocket history of the Scots in Ulster, a Cavan – Monaghan heritage trail brochure, and a child`s story book.

After the interval of tea and refreshments, the Northern Ireland folk group, Stonewall, playing a variety of musical instruments, enthralled the audience with a medley of Ulster Scots and Irish traditional songs and instrumentals. These included: The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, Aileen`s Joke, The Temperance Reel, gospel songs, and some amazing guitar playing.  A highlight of the performance was the rendition of the poignant Andy Irvine – Paul Brady song, Mary and the Soldier. Another high point was the recitation by Matthew of The Dance written by Charlie Gillen, Ballymoney.   A list of forthcoming events will be published soon.

ACTIVE ADULTS – ACTIVE FEST

Monaghan Sports Partnership is bringing the Active Adult Active Fest to every town this October to celebrate Positive Ageing Week and give adults (over 50) the opportunity to try some activities such as chair aerobics, boccia, kurling, bowls, line dancing, Zumba, Tai Chi and yoga. On Wednesday 4th October the Pearse Brothers centre will be the venue for the Ballybay sessions. These will be between 10am and 12-30pm and are free. It is important to register as places are limited. To register call Monaghan Sports Partnership at 042 9755126.

50/50 DRAW

The winner of this week’s 50/50 draw was Sean and Bernie Duffy (Ticket number 70). Sean and Bernie win €375. You can play online using the following link https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraisers or fill in the envelope in most shops and pubs in the town. There is a guaranteed winner every week!

PARTY POSTPONED

Due to unforeseen circumstances Smyth’s Bar, 50 years in business celebrations due to be held this weekend have been postponed. Liam and Anna intend to hold the celebrations at a later date so keep an eye on the paper for further details.

BUSY BABIES

Every Thursday between 9-45am and 11-30am, during term time babies, toddlers, parents, grandparents and care givers are welcome to Second Ballybay Presbyterian Church Hall in Hall Street. While the little ones play the big ones can enjoy a cuppa and a chat. Everyone welcome. There is no fee however it is suggested that each family make a €2 donation.

LEARN TO JIVE

Want to learn to jive? Classes will commence in Cuan Mhuire on 10th October at 7pm and will run for 5 weeks. Places are limited so to book contact 0868162334.

CULTURE NIGHT

As part of Culture Night, Camphill Community Ballybay invite you to the  Creative Lounge on Friday 22nd September. The Creative Lounge is an Inclusive Arts Connection. An inclusive event presented to adults and children with special needs. Expect a sensory experience to include, sound healing drumming, interactive singing, a captivating drama performance/reading, and music delivered by professional artists. Booking is required: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/camphillcommunityballybay/971237

CASH FOR CLOBBER

Ballybay Central School’s annual Cash for Clobber collection will take place on Friday10th November.  All unwanted clothes, bed linen, towels, shoes (paired) may be left into school after the October midterm break.  The money raised from the collection will be used to buy much needed resources for the school. Please spread the word amongst friends, neighbours and family members.  Your support is greatly appreciated.

ULSTER SCOTS NIGHT AT CAHANS

Cahans Meeting House (eircode H18 E7N1) presents an Ulster Scots night on Friday 15 September with Matthew Warwick and Stonewall. It will be an evening with a difference exploring the rich cultural heritage of Ulster Scots language and traditional music. The Irish Presbyterian heritage is largely Ulster Scots, part of a movement of people which crossed the Irish sea and the Atlantic ocean along with dispersing to so many parts of the globe. The evening begins at 8pm and will conclude with refreshemtns. Admission is €10 and everyone is welcome. More information can be found at https://www.cahans.ie/

GET WELL SOON

Best wishes to Liam Smyth who is recovering from knee surgery. Liam is getting himself fully fit for his 50 years in business celebrations which take place on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday 23rd and 24th September. It will be a big weekend of craic, entertainment and reminiscing so save the date and watch this space for more details.

NEW SEAT

The active residents of Corrybrennan Park and Culbrennan continue to make improvements to their estates. The most recent addition is a new summer seat at the entrance. Aidan Watters donated and made the steel frame for the seat.

MIXED FORTUNES FOR FOOTBALLERS

There were mixed fortunes for the footballers of Ballybay at the weekend. The men who are reigning county champions had a bye however results didn’t go their way and it now not possible to qualify for the semi finals. They play their last round robin game on Sunday at home to Truagh with a 5pm throw in. The ladies on the other hand are through to the County Intermediate final. This season the local side have amalgamated with Doohamlet and at the weekend they defeated Carrickmacross in the county semi-final. In the final they will meet Castleblayney who saw of Latton in the other semi-final. Check out further details in the sports pages.

LEARN TO JIVE

Want to learn to jive? Classes will commence in Cuan Mhuire on 10th October at 7pm and will run for 5 weeks. Places are limited so to book contact 0868162334.

TRACING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY

Want to get started on your family history? Genealogy classes beginning in Cuan Mhuire on Tuesday 19th September at 8pm. Contact 0868162334 to book your place.

LINE DANCING

Youth Line Dancing is returning to Tullycorbet Community Centre starting on Friday 15th September and running until 27th October. The classes will be from 6-30pm until 7-15pm. Contact (086) 070 2129 to book your places!

TRUCK RUN

Shaun Bremner Charity Truck run is taking place on Sunday the 8th of October. Entries are €30 per truck. Registration from 12pm and leaving at 2pm from Ballybay Mart. Money raised in support of Ballybay Pearse Brothers Quid Game Fundraiser and Cavan Monaghan Palliative Care Team. Free raffle for all drivers on registration.

PAROCHIAL HALL FOR HIRE

Ballybay Parochial Hall in Church Street is available for hire. The hall has a kitchenette, car parking, wifi and toilet facilities. It is also excellent value at just €25 per hour. Further information is available from any committee member.

CHRIST CHURCH AUGHNAMULLEN

The annual Harvest Service will be held on Sunday 10th September at 3-30pm. The guest preacher will be the rev. Ian Cruickshank, Rector of Carrickmacross. Alison Oliver will also be the special soloist on the day. There will be refreshments served after the service and everyone is welcome.

BEGINNERS COMPUTER CLASSES

Computer classes for beginners will be held in Tullycorbet Community Centre each Monday from 4th until 25th September. The classes will run from 7pm to 10pm. Laptops will be provided however participants may also take their own. To book you place contact 086 0702129.

OUTDOOR BOWLS

The outdoor bowling club travel to Letterkenny on Saturday next to participate in the champions of champions competition. Those competing in the rinks are B. Mc Gahey, B. Smyth, G. Martin and G. Treanor. The pairs team are S. Winters and S. Smyth, while Shane Mc Guinness will play in the singles. We wish them all the very best of luck. All games start at 11am.

GENEALOGY CLASSES

A four week Genealogy class will commence in Tullycorbet Community Centre on Monday 2nd October. This is a fantastic opportunity to find out how to research your family history/tree. The course is being run by CMETB and to book a place contact 086 0702129.

FAITH MISSION

You're welcome to the Faith Mission monthly Gospel Meeting on Friday 1st September 2023 at 8pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church hall, (permission kindly granted). Visiting speaker is the  Rev. David Hagan.  Organised by Brian and Hazel Parker Faith Mission Area Workers Cootehill.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

If you are in need of assistance for school/college, you can contact St. Vincent De Paul in writing, C/O Confraternity Room, Ballybay or by freephoning 1800 677777. Either way a SVP volunteer will follow up with a short visit to see how best the organisation can assist.

BACK TO SCHOOL

All three schools in Ballybay started back this week after their respective summer breaks. Good luck to all the students in Scoil Eanna, Ballybay Central School and Ballybay Community College for the 2023/24 school year.

PARKING CONCERNS

An anonymous local has been in touch with the suggestion that, “Ballybay Business need to get real about Parking”. In a letter sent to the paper they suggest that there is a chronic parking shortage in the town primarily from Centre on the Castleblayney Road to the Post Office on Main Street and when they regularly visit the town to do some shopping, they are unable to get parked in the town.

The unnamed author wasn’t afraid to voice their opinion on why there is a problem, saying, “The biggest issue as I see it in Business owners, staff members and residents and tenants parking on the Main Street as all day parkers”. After some investigations they found at least 25 cars parked on Main Street all day which they felt should be in a long term car park.

The annoyed local continued to vent their anger as they wrote, “What is particularly galling is that the new Town Car Park recently constructed by Monaghan County Council lies there empty everyday – now surely there should be a push to get these all day parkers, residents and shop workers to park in this car park and free up the Main Street”.

The letter received by the Ballybay News Correspondent was also copied to the Ballybay Town Team. The final line in the letter read, “Ballybay Business Owners would want to smell the coffee and get their own car and their staff’s cars moved off the main thoroughfare”.

HERITAGE WEEK

National Heritage Week will take place from 14th to 20th August and the Ballybay Heritage Group will be organising a photo exhibition entitled ‘The Old Ways of Ballybay – The changing face of the family homestead through the years’. This will be a celebration of local knowledge, customs, folklore and living traditions. There will be presentation boards in the Post Office and a stall at the Community Fair on 20th August. You can also check out the Ballybay Heritage Group Facebook page.

FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION

The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is on Tuesday next 15th August. To mark this important date in the church calendar there will be two masses in St. Patrick’s. The first will be at 9-30am and the other at 7-30pm.

BOTTLE BANK ISSUES

The receptacles at the town bottle bank were full at the weekend however some locals decided to leave their bottles and cans on the concrete in front of the bins. This practice prompted the Ballybay Tidy Towns committee to post a video which they called – ‘Thanks to the adults for this – Couldn’t wait until the bins were emptied’. Committee Chairman Martin Gleeson branded the practice, “Disgraceful”.

If the bins are full could locals please take their bottles and cans back with them and wait until the bins are emptied.

BALLYBAY PEARSE BROTHERS QUID GAME

Ballybay Pearse Brothers GAA are hosting a "Quid Game" Fundraising Event in The Glencarn Hotel Castleblayney on Friday 29th December. The club are recruiting 60 contestants to compete on the night with the winner receiving €10,000. If interested please contact Paul Finlay or Colin Malone, DM the club’s Facebook page for contact details.

COFFEE MORNING AND CAR WASH

The Gill and Niblock families have organised a coffee morning and car wash on Bank Holiday Monday. The event will take place at Aughnaclea , Ballybay (A75 YW20) between 10am and 2pm. All proceeds will go to The Cavan Monaghan Palliative Care Fund. Your support would be very much appreciated.

HERITAGE WEEK

National Heritage Week will take place from 14th to 20th August and the Ballybay Heritage Group will be organising a photo exhibition entitled ‘The Old Ways of Ballybay – The changing face of the family homestead through the years’. This will be a celebration of local knowledge, customs, folklore and living traditions. There will be presentation boards in the Post Office and a stall at the Community Fair on 20th August. You can also check out the Ballybay Heritage Group Facebook page.

SAD PASSINGS

It is with a heavy heart we report the sad passing of two well known Ballybay residents. On Monday 24th July Nancy Moen, Knocknamaddy died peacefully at Cavan General Hospital. Nancy was predeceased by her husband John and her death is deeply regretted by her sons, daughters, grandchildren ad wider family circle. Nancy was laid to rest on Thursday 27th July.

Pat Lynch, Castleblayney Road and formerly of Main Street died peacefully on Sunday last 30th July in the tender loving care of the nurses and staff at St. Anne’s Nursing Home, Ballybay. Deeply regretted by his loving wife Mary, sons and daughter and grandchildren. Pat was buried at St. Patrick’s, Ballybay yesterday 2nd August. May Nancy and Pat rest in peace.

TWO WEEKS TO COMMUNITY FAIR

Ballybay Towns Team are organising a 'Community Fair, Food and Fun Day' for Sunday 20th August. They are seeking interest for any business that would like to showcase their work on the day, these could include local Monaghan business, other small speciality business, entertainers, speciality food, crafts or anyone who would be willing to showcase their talents. Anyone interested, please send them a private message on their facebook page to express your interest. This will be a fun day for the whole community.

IRISH BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE

The Irish Blood Tranfusion Service will be at the Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney today between 3-45pm and 8pm. As a result of covid 19 donations are by appointment only. To book an appointment phone 1800 222 11 between 9am and 5pm.

CAR BOOT SALE

Cuan Mhuire is hosting a Car Boot Sale on Bank Holiday Monday next at their premises on the Monaghan Road. Cars are just €10 and refreshments will be served. It is advisable to get their early as these sales usually attract large crowds.

BALLYBAY PEARSE BROTHERS QUID GAME

Ballybay Pearse Brothers GAA are hosting a "Quid Game" Fundraising Event in The Glencarn Hotel Castleblayney on Friday 29th December. The club are recruiting 60 contestants to compete on the night with the winner receiving €10,000. If interested please contact Paul Finlay or Colin Malone, DM the club’s Facebook page for contact details.