CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON

A large crowd turned out last Saturday evening for the official switch on of this year’s Christmas lights. Rory Mc Atavie was master of ceremonies and All Ireland winning athlete Conor Duffy performed the big switch on. Santa Claus made a special visit and met, greeted and provided presents to a large number of local children. Some new lights have been added to the Square and once again the tree is located outside the Market House.

PEARSE BROTHERS AGM

There were a number of new & exciting appointments following the clubs AGM in the club house recently. Cillian McAviney was elected to the head position of the club & will sit in the chair for the 2017 season. Niall Duffy will assist Cillian in his role. The Connolly siblings, John & Aoife will remain in the secretary roles while the club finances are again the responsibility of Paddy Kerr & Barry Lennon. The PRO position has remained vacant for now, but there was wonderful additions to the committee with Genna Gilmour the new youth officer, Bryan McCabe the new Health & Well Being officer and Evan Rutledge remaining in the coaching officer role. The remaining committee members are John Joe McKearney, Martin McAviney, Eileen Kerr, Drew Wylie, Ann Garraghan, Cauldine Wylie, Paul Finaly & Donal O'Connell.

1916 COMMEMORATION DVD

A DVD of the Carrickatee Ballybay 1916 commemorations is now available to purchase. These would make excellent Christmas presents and are excellent value at just €10. If you are interested in purchasing one, contact Paul Mc Carthy at 087 6547685.

CHILDRENS BIBLE CLUB

The 'Rockcorry Children's Bible Club' for Primary School children is on Thursday 8th December from 6pm to 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.

CHURCH OF IRELAND NEWS

On Wednesday 21st December at 8pm a community carol service will take place in the Church of Ireland, Ballybay. The local community choir will be in attendance and everyone is welcome. On Saturday 24th December a midnight service will take place in the church at 11pm. All welcome.

CONGRATULATIONS MARY ROSE

Ballybay Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Mary Rose Muckian and Bank of Ireland on a very successful enterprise day which was held in the Recreation Centre last Saturday. There was a wonderful crowd and all got to see what the local business community had to offer. A spokesperson for the Chambers said, “This was an excellent initiative organized by Mary Rose from Bank of Ireland. The number of people who passed through the centre was amazing and many members of the local community now know what the business community here in Ballybay has to offer”.

WOMENS CHRISTMAS

Monaghan Women’s Network in conjunction with Ballybay ICA present “WOMEN’S CHRISTMAS” on Saturday 10th December at Cuan Mhuire from 10am until 12-30pm. The event will feature Christmas cookery, Christmas crafts and a talk on Women’s Christmas. Free buses will run from Monaghan, Clones and Castleblayney. This event is free.

JAP HANGS UP HIS COUNTY BOOTS

Last week the illustrious inter-county career of Ballybay’s Paul (Jap) Finlay came to an end as he announced his retirement from County football. Paul first played for Monaghan in 2003 and in his 14 year career played 168 times for the Farney Army. During those games he became Monaghan’s leading point scorer with an amazing tally of 5-548. He won 3 National league titles and 2 Ulster titles. He also won an All Ireland Vocational Schools medal with Monaghan and a Sigerson with Sligo IT. In 2008 he was called in to the Ireland International Rules Football team. He has also represented Ulster in the Railway cup. Regarded as one of the most stylish footballers of the modern era he also had one of the sweetest left feet in the game. Since he announced his retirement Paul has been inundated with well wishers. He recently took to twitter to thank them all tweeting, “Gobsmacked by nature and volume of kind words sent my way over the last few days. All I can say is a MASSIVE THANK YOU to all”.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS TURN ON

The annual Christmas lights turn on will take place on Saturday 3rd December at 5-30pm in the Square. The big man himself (Santa) has promised to stop by with a free gift for every child. Your support for the big switch on would be very much appreciated.

LATTON LADIES LIVE TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY

Latton Ladies took part in a truly amazing All Ireland semi final on Sunday last when they drew with Dublin outfit St. Maur’s in Rush. Latton had led for most of the game however with time running out the Rush side led by a goal. In the final minute Joanne Culleton found the back of the net to tie the game at 4-8 to 4-8 and force extra time. After 20 minutes the sides could not be separated so a replay in Latton is on the cards. At time of going to print the date and time was not known however check the ladies football notes in the sports pages for further details.

1916 COMMEMORATION DVD

A DVD of the Carrickatee Ballybay 1916 commemorations is now available to purchase. These would make excellent Christmas presents and are excellent value at just €10. If you are interested in purchasing one, contact Paul Mc Carthy at 087 6547685.

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 certainly would make an excellent stocking filler for Christmas.

CAROL SERVICE IN ROCKCORRY

An invitation is extended to all locals to a Community Carol Service on Sunday 4th December 2016 @ 7pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church. Carol singing, local children taking part and Christmas message by Andrew McMullan (C.E.F.). Everyone is welcome. Refreshments served afterwards. Organised by Ronnie and Carey Killops, Faith Mission.

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.

KATHLEEN WINS €8000

Congratulations to Kathleen Feeney who scooped the €8000 first prize in the Pearse Brothers big draw last Saturday night. Other winners on the night were Oliver Brean (TV to the value of €1000), Dermot Mc Ardle (€750 local shopping voucher) and Anna Mc Carthy (€250 Mc Eniff Hotel voucher).
A number of presentations were also made on the night. These were to the Ballybay Hurling team of 1976 who won the county championship, to our local players who recently won Ulster medals with Monaghan and to Conor Duffy on his All Ireland athletics success. The club also has DVD’s of the recent Ward Cup victory over Castleblayney. They are for sale at €15 each from either Eileen Kerr or Niall Duffy.

BANK OF IRELAND ENTERPRISE DAY

The Bank of Ireland will host an enterprise day in the Recreation Centre on Saturday 3rd December from 2pm until 5pm. A number of business stands are confirmed for the day and Rachael Allen will be the special guest. Further information is available from Mary Rose Mc Guckian at the Ballybay Branch of Bank of Ireland

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CRAFT FAYRE

Camphill is hosting their annual Craft Fayre on Saturday 19th November 2016 from 2pm until 5pm. All the usual stalls will be in operation and there will be lots of refreshments available. Everyone welcome

LATTON LADIES IN ALL IRELAND SEMI FINAL

Ulster junior champions Latton are in All Ireland semi final action on Sunday next when they travel to north County Dublin. The local side will take on St. Maurs of Rush in the Dublin seaside town at 1pm.

LEAGUE WIN

Ballybay Pearse Brothers won their first senior league title since 1986 when they defeated Castleblayney Faughs in Emyvale on Sunday last. The late introduction of Hugh Malone who contributed 1-2 saw the local side win 3-11 to 1-10. Lots of great pictures on Ballybay and its People Facebook page and Ballybay Pearse Brothers Facebook page.

Ballybay Remembers 1916

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The weekend of Friday 10th - Sunday 12th of June, 2016, Ballybay Town paid tribute to the memories of 1916. Starting on Friday night the play "Pull Down a Horseman " written by Eugene McCabe in 1966 was performed by Jim Cleary ( James Connolly) , Brian O Harte ( Padraig Pearse ) and directed by Harry Cleary at the Pearse Brothers Club Rooms.


On Saturday, a street drama "Two Paths To One Place" was performed to the fantastic backdrop of the Market House. Local man Aiden Mc Quillan was responsible for the production and directing of this superb drama. The street drama followed a parade of the youth in which young people from local GAA clubs marched from the Castleblayney Road to the Market House. The evening ended with the reading of the Proclamation, excellently read by pupils from St Eannas National School and the raising of our National Fag by Eamom Gorman former Battalion Quatermaster in the FCA.


imageThroughout the weekend an exhibition took place in Liam Smyth's meeting rooms. The exhibition was in memory of the sixteen men who were executed. Sixteen local people contributed to the exhibition, each person giving their own unique memory to each of the sixteen men.

The weekend concluded with an afternoon of music, song and culture in the local Pearse Brothers club rooms. Where better than to conclude such a great weekend than in the Club Rooms named after two pillars of the 1916 rising.

 

PINK RIBBON DAY RAISES OVER €5000

Once again the annual Pink Ribbon Day has been a great success with over €5000 raised. Local co-ordinator Paddy Gilmour would like to thank everyone who either helped collect, or who contributed. Speaking to the Ballybay news Paddy said, “I am delighted to report that this year’s Pink Ribbon Day has raised a fantastic total of €5,736-30c. This figure would not have been possible without the continued support of a bunch of very dedicated volunteers and the generosity of the people of Ballybay and surrounding areas. I would also like to pay a special tribute to Dolores Maguire. She recently celebrated her 50th Birthday and donated €855 the proceeds of a party night to the fund.”.

GET YOUR FLAGS OUT

Ballybay Chamber of Commerce is asking all local businesses and residents to get their flags out this weekend as the Peasre Brothers going in search of a senior county league title. Last Sunday the local side had a good win over Truagh and this Sunday in Emyvale they will play Castleblayney in the final. The Chamber would like to wish them all the best in their quest for silverware.

2017 BALLYBAY CALENDAR

On a few occasions this year we have mentioned that local man James Flanagan has had some of his pictures featured on the RTE website. Well the very talented James has gone and produced a calendar for 2017 which features Ballybay scenes. Having seen a sneak preview of the calendar I can vouch for its quality and I would say it’s a guaranteed best seller for the Christmas. The calendar would certainly make a wonderful present especially for anyone overseas. Anyone interested in getting their hands on one of them should go on facebook and private message James mother Christine Duffy for further details.

ANNUAL CAROL SERVICE IN CROSSDUFF

Crossduff Parish Church is hosting their annual carol service on Sunday 4th December at 3pm. This will be conducted by the Rev. Margaret Pringle while the guest preacher will be Mr. Charlie Mills. Ballybay Country Gospel Group will provide the music/ Everyopne is welcome and refreshments will be served afterwards in the old stables.

COFFEE MORNING

Ballybay special needs are having a coffee morning and cake sale on Friday 18th November 2016 in the vacant shop beside Pat O Brien's pub from 10am to 2pm. Loads of goodies to be raffled, please come and bring a friend.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY SPORTS FORUM

A Science & Technology in Sports Forum will be held on Tuesday 15th November 7.30pm in the Iontas Centre, Castleblayney. Advances in Science and technology are being used throughout the Sports world to improve Athletic performance, from the amateur GAA clubs to Olympic heroes. As part of the Cavan Monaghan Science Festival, we have put together a panel of Experts to speak about how advances in Science and technology are impacting sport and improving athletic performance. The panel will be facilitated by Irish Times Sports journalist Malachy Clerkin and speakers on the night will be Enda King (Lead Performance Rehabilitation Physiotherapist at the Sports Surgery Clinic Santry), Colin Mc Aree (Player GPS Analyst), Sharon Courtney (Sports & Excercise Nutritionist) and Dick Clerkin (Gaelic Footballer). Tickets are free but advance booking is required by going to www.cavanmonaghansciencefestival.ie or future information This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BLOOD CLINIC SUNDAY

Ballybay Blood Clinic is on this Sunday 6th November from 11.30am to 3.00pm in the Ballybay Sports Hall at the rear of the Ballybay Community College. Please encourage anyone you know over 18yrs to start donating Blood. There is currently a severe shortage of blood so any support would be very welcome.

GOSPEL WORKSHOP

All are welcome to Gospel Meeting in the Faith Mission Hall, Bushford, Rockcorry on Friday 4th November 2016 at 8pm. This is organised by Ronnie & Carey Killops of the Faith Mission. Plan to come, and bring a friend. Refreshments afterwards.

THANK YOU

The organizers of the Lourdes Dance would like to give a big thank you to all of you who turned out for our Lourdes invalid fund Parish dance. It was great to see so many of you there ,and also to all of you who bought tickets ,thank you to all who gave spot prizes ,,,and a big thank you to all our tickets sellers for giving your time it is greatly appreciated. A special thank you to Helen Curry and the Ballybay line dancers for the entertainment and to Celtic Swing for their continued support all through the years. Thanks also to Mons Mc Sorley our backbone - thank you for all your guidance. Once again George and co excelled with the lovely food. The Pearse brothers continue to support this dance with the use of their centre. Thanks to Niall for manning the bar.

LATTON LADIES ARE ULSTER CHAMPIONS

Latton Ladies turned on the style last Saturday to claim the Ulster junior club title at the expense of Cavan’s Kingscourt. Amelia Elliott netted twice in the first half to give the Latton side a 2-8 to 1-4 interval lead. In the second half Latton continued to dominate and with Lavina Connolly, Katie Duffy and Megan Conlon in fine form they went on to win by eleven points.

FACEBOOK HELPS AUSSIE WITH BALLYBAY CONNECTIONS

The Ballybay and Its People facebook page has once again come to the aid of an individual seeking information about long lost relatives. Chris Nelson who has recently retired after 30 years serving as a Police Officer in the Queensland Police posted on the page seeking information about his great grandmother Ellen Daly who was born in 1837 in Drumskelt. Eagle eyed Peter Mc Aviney has been in touch with Chris and not only has he identified the house were Ellen was born he has also found some relatives. Chris and his wife Karen are planning to visit Ballybay in July 2017. It should be some holiday for the Australian.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION

Ballybay Mental Health Association is holding their annual Church Gate collection this weekend 5th/6th November. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

REDEDICATION SERVICE

A Rededication Service of the Church of Ireland Ballybay will take place on Sunday 4th of December. The Bishop John McDowell will perform the dedication and preach. Monaghan Gospel Choir will sing at 3.30pm. Refreshments afterword’s and all welcome.

CHRISTMAS DIARY DATES

For those who like to plan ahead here are some dates for your diaries. On Wednesday 21st December at 8pm there will be a Community Carol Service in the Church of Ireland Ballybay. Ballybay community Choir will perform at the service. All welcome and refreshments will be served afterwards. At 11pm Saturday 24th December there will be a midnight service at Church of Ireland Ballybay. All welcome.

PINK RIBBON DAY TOMORROW

The annual Pink Ribbon Day will be held in on Friday 28th October. Ribbons, pins, pens and key rings will be on sale throughout the town. Speaking to the Ballybay News organizer Paddy Gilmour said, “The people of Ballybay and surrounding areas have always been very generous towards cancer charities and I would appeal to them to support our Pink Ribbon Day once again. I am very grateful for their support over the years and I can assure them all that the monies raised will all be used to support the fight against cancer”.

COMMUNITY MEETING – ENTERPRISE TOWN

Ballybay has been selected as a Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town. Through this initiative, Bank of Ireland and the business community of Ballybay will work together to support local enterprise. In addition the bank will involve the wider community and local schools through a range of different activities. A meeting to discuss this initiative will take place on Tuesday 1st November in the Wetlands centre at 6-30pm. If interested in attending can you contact Mary Rose Muckian at 086 3844520 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SMARTPHONE WORKSHOP

Ballybay Library will host a smartphone workshop on Tuesday 15th November at 11am. This 3 hours course is suitable for participants with both smartphones and tablets. You will also learn about all the features on your device so that you can maximize your phone/tablet. The course is free to attend however there are limited places. To book a place, contact the Library directly.

THANKS FOR SENSORY GARDEN CONTRIBUTION

The Management, Staff, Parents and children of Ballybay Community Créche would like to acknowledge recent funding we received from Monaghan County Council of €800 which went towards the development of a Sensory Garden. We are delighted with this project and it greatly enhances our outdoor area.

BE IN WITH A CHANCE TO WIN

National Community Games have organised a Golden Jubilee Raffle. Our local area will get 70% of the sale of tickets which are €10 each. We would appreciate if anyone in our local area bought tickets or better still were able to sell some. Every ticket counts. 1st Prize - Kia Cee'd GT Line and other excellent prizes. Draw takes place on 26th November at The National Awards Night in Galway. Tickets have to be returned before 10th November. To be in with a chance to win call or text Maire 086 0826103 or Sharon 087 2332882.

CHOIR SEEKS NEW MEMBERS

Ballintra Youth Choir is seeking new members. If you are interested then why not contact Brid at 083 8328216.

CHURCH CLOSED FOR WORK

St. Patrick’s Church in Ballybay will be closed from Monday 7th November until Friday 25th November to facilitate work to the heating system. When the church is closed the vigil mass will be held in Tullycorbett at 6-30pm. There will be no 12-15pm mass on Sunday 13th and 20th November. From the first Saturday in November the vigil mass will be at 6-30pm in both summer and winter.

GOOD LUCK DREW

Ballybay Pearse Brothers and county star Drew Wylie has a different challenge this Saturday. Instead of taking to the football field Drew will be taking to the aisle where he will wed Aoife Grant in Burt, Co. Donegal. Numerous fans, friends and locals have been in touch to wish Drew and Aoife all the best for their big day.

PTAA MASS

The annual Clogher Pioneer Mass will be held in Corduff Chapel on Sunday 30th October at 7pm. Admission is €5. There will be refreshments afterwards in the local Community Centre. Everyone welcome.

LATTON LADIES IN ULSTER FINAL

On Saturday Latton Ladies will play Kingscourt in the Ulster junior club final in Galbally, Co. Tyrone. Last weekend Latton had a 1-11 to 0-9 win over St. Naul’s of Donegal. This game was not without its difficulties. The Conlon sisters Shannon and Megan were on holidays in Spain and flew in Saturday morning and then played the full match. Lisa Lennon had been concussed the week before and the management would not take a chance on playing her. Joanne Culleton replaced Lisa and scored the all important goal in the 22nd minute. The general team performance was excellent but centre back Shauna Coyle was particularly outstanding. Throw in Saturday is at 1pm.

PINK RIBBON DAY

The annual Pink Ribbon Day will be held in Ballybay on Friday 28th October. Ribbons, pins, pens and key rings will be on sale throughout the town. Speaking to the Ballybay News organizer Paddy Gilmour said, “The people of Ballybay and surrounding areas have always been very generous towards cancer charities and I would appeal to them to support our Pink Ribbon Day once again. I am very grateful for their support over the years and I can assure them all that the monies raised will all be used to support the fight against cancer”.

DOCUMENTARY FOR TG4

The latest documentary produced by Ballybay native Deaglan O Mochain (Declan Moen) is to be screened on TG4 on Tuesday 25th October. “An Radharc na Sul” (Out of Sight Out of Mind) provides an insight into how three murders committed over two days in Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh in October 1972 left a border community in turmoil. On Sunday 22nd October Robin Bell, a member of the UDR (Ulster Defence Regiment) was shot dead a few miles outside Newtownbutler. The following day Monday 23rd October a local man found the bodies of Michael Naan and Andrew Murray on the Naan family farm a few fields away from Robin Bells home. These gruesome murders were referred to in the press as “the Pitchfork Murders” because of the stab wounds to the bodies of both men. Local historian Clones native Brian Mc Donald who now lives in Rockcorry researched, compiled and published “the Pitchfork Murders”. In 1978 a former soldier from the Argyll and Sutherland Regiment reported to Police in England that he suspected his former colleague in the army may be the “Yorkshire Ripper” because he had witnessed him stabbing Naan and Murray in Northern Ireland six years earlier. As a result of this disclosure by a comrade four soldiers were convicted for their role in the murders. Stan Hathaway was sentenced to life imprisonment. “An Radharc na Sul” will be screened in Clones Courthouse on Friday 28th October at 8pm as part of the Clones Film Festival. Further information is available at www.clonesfilmfestival.com . Decland Moen is a son of Nancy and the late John Moen.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING

Harvest is a good time to give thanks and remind ourselves that everything we have comes from God. Second Ballybay Presbyterian church is holding their annual Harvest Thanksgiving Festival in the church on Sunday 23rd October. The church will be decorated with all the usual harvest items including flowers, fruit, vegetables, grain etc. and other gifts of God for which we are thankful including music. The morning service at 12noon will be taken by Rev Peter Gamble, Presbyterian minister in Armagh. The children and the church choir will be singing some special harvest songs and the music will be provided by our own praise band.
Our harvest thanksgiving celebrations continue in the evening at 7.30pm when various members of the local community will be taking part. Ballybay Community Choir has prepared a number of beautiful pieces under the expert tuition of Father La Flynn. Our senior minister, Rev David Nesbitt, will conduct the service and we will sing some of the well known harvest hymns.
A light supper will be served in the church hall after the service and we invite the whole community to join us as we take time out to give thanks to God for another harvest.

OCTOBERFEST THANKS

Ballybay Chamber of Commerce would like to thank most sincerely the following people who helped out over the recent Octoberfest weekend. The Carraher family for the use of the Market House, Monaghan County Council, Ballybay Gardai, Kepak, Damien Carraher, Fergal Mc Guigan, Derek Duffy, Joe and Oonagh Traynor, Aidan Quigley and the Gateway Scheme, Paddy linden, Darren Smyth, Alan Mc Entee, Campbell Foods, Centra Ballybay and Rory Geary.

TOWN HELD TO RANSOM

A number of locals have been in touch with the Ballybay News Correspondent to voice their concerns that Ballybay was held to ransom last Sunday by a large gathering of individuals. It is believed that in access of 100 people mainly men gathered in the town for a bare knuckle boxing fight. This gathering resulted in the closure of most local businesses and as a result serious revenue was lost. One resident who did not want to give their name said, “The town was practically in lock down for most of the day. I counted at least 13 squad cars in the town. Pubs and shops were closed. All the talk is that the gathering was just a distraction and that the fight took place elsewhere”. Gardai speaking on Northern Sound radio confirmed that no bare knuckle boxing match took place in Ballybay but could have taken place in other locations. Another resident pointed out that the gathering left “an awful lot of rubbish behind them – 20 bags were collected in Riverdale car park after they all went”, said the Main Street resident.

ROBERT MIZZELL TICKETS AVAILABLE

Gerry Prepared Veg and Take Away annual fundraiser will this year see USA country superstar Robert Mizzell take to the stage in Lisdoonan on Saturday 5th November. Dancing will begin at 9-30pm with Cajun Country and then Robert will be on stage at 11-30pm.Tickets which are excellent value at just €15 are available from Gerry’s Take Away and a host of other local shops. The night before Friday 4th November will see Gerry’s annual Christmas senior citizens party take place at the same venue (Lisdoonan Community Centre). This is a free night with John Hogan providing the entertainment. The evening will commence with dinner at 7pm. All monies raised on the Robert Mizzell night will be distributed to 15 local charities.

COMMUNITY GAMES

National Community Games have organised a Golden Jubilee Raffle. Our local area will get 70% of the sale of tickets which are €10 each. We would appreciate if anyone in our local area bought tickets or better still were able to sell some. 1st Prize - Kia Cee'd GT Line and other excellent prizes. Draw takes place on 26th November at The National Awards Night in Galway. Tickets have to be returned before 10th November. To be in with a chance to win call or text Maire 086 0826103 or Sharon 087 2332882.

SOCIAL CLUB

Ballybay Social Club meets again on this Friday 14 October at Cuan Mhuire Centre, Monaghan Road, Ballybay starting from 11.30am with morning tea/coffee. There will be bingo, banter, free raffle, four part lunch and quizzes. Everyone who can make it are most welcome to come along, the all in cost is a nominal one. Next month we look forward to Pat Deery, Tydavnet, well known raconteur and entertainer who is coming to regale us with his wit and humour. Any queries or if anyone needs a lift just contact 086 0660270. Hope to see you there.

CHILDREN’S BIBLE CLUB

The 'Rockcorry Children's Bible Club' for Primary School children is on today Thursday 13th October 2016 from 6 to 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

LOURDES DANCE

The annual parish dance in aid of the Lourdes fund will take place on Friday 28th October in the Pearse Brothers Centre. Tickets are on sale throughout the parish.

COMMEMORATIVE BOOK LAUNCH

The Latton Bawn Historical Group will launch their book 'Commemorating the Parishioners of Latton and Bawn who were born or died in 1916' on Saturday 29th October 2016 in the O'Rahilly GFC centre at 2.30pm. Copies of the book will be available to purchase. An exhibition of a history of the townlands, old photographs, newspaper articles relating to the parish, some school roll books, church records, etc will also be on view from 2pm - 10pm. Musical entertainment will be provided by a group of talented young parishioners people from 9pm.

OCTOBERFEST PICTURES

Local photographer John Rutledge was a busy man last weekend capturing the atmosphere at Ballybay Octoberfest. John images can be viewed on the BALLYBAY AND ITS PEOPLE Facebook page. John is to be commended for frequently providing images to the page which keeps people home and abroad up to date with what’s happening in the locality.

FITNESS/CIRCUIT TRAINING

Fitness/circuit training takes place in the Community Sports Hall every Monday and Wednesday nights at 8-30pm. These sessions are suitable for men and women over 16 years old regardless of their fitness level. Why not come along and give it a go. Further information about hiring the hall for any event is available from Davy at 9876294200 or alternatively call to the hall.

COMMUNITY CHOIR PRACTICE

Choir practice for the community choir continues on Thursday nights. All voices to be at the Confraternity Rooms for 8pm.

NO CHANGE AT THE LIBRARY

There was some concern after the recent retirement of local Librarian Rosemary as to what the future of our library might be. The Ballybay News has learned that the Acting County Librarian has given assurances that the library will continue to operate the same hours as before. She also stated that efforts have commenced to replace Rosemary.

ARCH CLUB VISIT BALLYBAY

Thursday last saw the annual visit of the Monaghan Arch Club to the Pearse Brothers Centre in Ballybay. As usual a great night was enjoyed by everyone. The music went down a treat and Kathleen and Gabriel were a very popular choice. Food was supplied by George and Gerry and with Felix and Mary cutting sandwiches and pouring tea no one went hungry. Frank arrived in good time with the hot food, we have to remember the red sauce for next year.!!!

We had a host of good loyal helpers, a must for a busy night, so thank you to Pauline and Carmel and family who also enjoyed the dancing.The Arch Club members and helpers entertained us with some old favourites as did other talented members. Enda Paul and Barry were a great help in setting up the tables and chairs and doing the hoovering next morning, thank you to them. The recent church gate collection covered the costs involved, thank you to all who contributed to this worthy cause. Best wishes to Brendan who was in hospital on the night ,we wish him a speedy recovery. Lastly, thank you to the GAA for the use of their centre, it is much appreciated.

ART CLASSES AT THE WETLANDS

Tonight Thursday 29th September will also see art classes begin in the Wetlands Centre. This is a six week course and costs €50. It will run from 8pm until 10pm. Further information is available from Dolores at 0868340501. The class will 0nly start if there are sufficient numbers.

STYLE EVENING

A ‘Style Evening’ with Catherine McGregor (Art by Design Academy) will take place in Tullycorbet Community Centre on Friday 14th October at 8pm. Catherine will provide personal style advice and colour analysis. She will also give tips on ‘wardrobe weeding’ – how to de-clutter and organise your wardrobe. This should prove to be an enjoyable and worthwhile evening as we leave the summer behind and prepare for the cooler days of autumn! Light refreshments will be served.

BREAST CANCER FUNDRAISER

Dolores Maguire would like to thank all those who came along to Stookies for her 50th Birthday celebrations and who donated to breast cancer. The night was a great success with a good quantity of money raised for a very worthwhile charity. A big thank to those who could not make it but have since contacted her with donations. On the night the Karaoke Knights provided a great night’s entertainment and quite a few people took to the stage to sing. Even those who couldn’t sing got brave on the night and joined in the craic. Dolores would like to thank the following for their support of the event – Gaby Kerr, Karaoke Knights, Cuan Mhuire, Dinkins Bakery, Ballybay Pharmacy, Care Chemist, Tina’s Floral Arts, Quinn’s Hardware, Kieran’s Bistro, Westenra Hotel, Claire Crystal Boutique, Good as New, Connolly’s Chemist and Greenfingers Garden Centre. Donations are still coming in however the total raised so far is €815 which will be given to Ballybay Pink Ribbon Day Co-Ordinator Paddy Gilmour.

CHAMBER CONGRATULATE EVE

At the most recent meeting of Ballybay Chamber of Commerce a vote of congratulations was passed in honour of the fantastic achievement by our very popular local Garda Eve Mc Crystal in the recent Paralympics in Brazil. Eve along with her team mate Kate George – Dunlevy won gold in the cycling B tandem time trial and then followed this by winning silver in the B road race. The entire community is delighted and thrilled at such an achievement on the world stage.

BALLYBAY ICA

Ballybay ICA are holding a heart savers course which is being delivered by Castleblaney First Responders (CFR) on Tuesday 11th October from 7-10pm. This is a community based initiative and we want to get as many as possible involved so that we have an understanding and training in heart saving practices. If you are interested in coming along please contact Martina on 0868162334 or Astrid on0868259672. Names are needed in advance as we need to book certificates, the cost will be 20 euro.

GERRY’S EFFORTS TO BENEFIT 15 LOCAL CHARITIES

Gerry Mc Elroy’s annual fundraiser will this year benefit 15 local charities. USA country superstar Robert Mizzell will take to the stage in Lisdoonan on Saturday 5th November. Tickets which are excellent value at just €15 are available from Gerry’s Take Away and a host of other local shops. The night before Friday 4th November will see Gerry’s annual Christmas senior citizens party take place at the same venue (Lisdoonan Community Centre). This is a free night with John Hogan providing the entertainment. The evening will commence with dinner at 7pm.

BALLYBAY CONNECTION WITH PARALYMPIC GOLD

At the recent Paralympic Games in Rio Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal won GOLD for Ireland in the Women's B Tandem Time Trial in a time of 38.59.22. This was Ireland's sixth medal of the Games. Eve who hails from Dundalk is a member of An Garda Síochána and is based in Ballybay station. She took a year off work to focus on this Paralympics with Katie. Congratulations to both on a wonderful achievement.

THANK YOU ROSEMARY

The members of Ballybay library-young, old and middle aged ! would like to extend sincere and heartfelt thanks to Rosemary who retires today Thursday 22nd September after fifteen years as Ballybay branch librarian.
Rosemary always had a warm welcome for everyone who visited the library and being an avid reader herself took great pleasure in helping people choose a book that would interest them .She knew all the favourites of her readers and even managed to source books of interest for grumpy old Sergeant Majors!!
She had a lovely way with the young readers and they enjoyed discussing what they were reading with her. It was a real learning experience for them in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
It was also generally acknowledged that Rosemary would go the extra mile to help readers with their various requests for help and information.
So, we wish Rosemary a long and happy retirement and thank her for making our visits to the library such an enjoyable experience.

ROAD CLOSURES CAUSING HAVOC

A number of locals have been in touch with the Ballybay News to voice their concerns that two local roads are closed at the one time. The Ballybay to Shercock Road and the Ballybay to Cootehill Road have both been closed for a number of weeks. This is affecting local people who have to take diversions and traders in Ballybay who are losing trade because a large number of their regular customers can’t get into town. Perhaps Monaghan County Council could open one of the roads and carry out are what are no doubt necessary repairs/resurfacing at different times.

INDOOR BOWLS

The Ballybay Indoor club is up and running again and there was most of the members in attendance last Monday night which was the start of the new season. The sheets for the league were distributed and Ballybay Maroon play their first game on Tuesday 4th October when they meet Seans Saffrons in Division 1. Ballybay White will be away in their first game to Seans White on Thursday 5th October. Now is the time for new members to get started so just come along any Monday night to our club night in Hall Street at 7-45pm.

STYLE EVENING

A ‘Style Evening’ with Catherine McGregor (Art by Design Academy) will take place in Tullycorbet Community Centre on Friday 14th October at 8pm. Catherine will provide personal style advice and colour analysis. She will also give tips on ‘wardrobe weeding’ – how to de-clutter and organise your wardrobe. This should prove to be an enjoyable and worthwhile evening as we leave the summer behind and prepare for the cooler days of autumn! Light refreshments will be served.

PILATES RESUMES

Pilates classes have resumed for the Autumn season in Cuan Mhuire on Thursday mornings at 10am. Classes have also resumed in the Recreation Centre on Monday nights at 7pm. Further information is available from Jeanette at 086 8079523.

QUIZ NIGHT

The Parents Association of Ballybay Community College has organized a “Quiz Night” as a fundraiser for the school. It will be held on 21st October at 8pm in the Sports Complex at the rear of the school. Your support would be very much appreciated.

WALK TO RUN PROGRAM IN TOWN PARK

The Wetlands Running Club began a new walk to run program on Monday last at 7:00pm at Ballybay Town Park. It continues next Monday and all levels of fitness welcome. This is a great way to get to meet new friends and to get into running. More details available on the Wetlands Running Club facebook page.

LOUGH MAJOR IN FILM

A big thanks to Martin Mc Aviney who recently shared a 4 minute video clip on the Ballybay and its People facebook page. The clip is titled “A Tribute to the beautiful Country of Ireland” and is a slide show played to the most beautiful haunting music and features many images of Ireland most iconic sites. Our very own Lough Major features in the video. It’s certainly worth checking out. Now everyone knows what locals have known for many years – Ballybay has some beautiful and wonderful wetland scenery. ENJOY.

PILATES RESUMES

Pilates classes have resumed for the Autumn season in Cuan Mhuire on Thursday mornings at 10am. Classes have also resumed in the Recreation Centre on Monday nights at 7pm. Further information is available from Jeanette at 086 8079523.

BALLYBAY GIRL GUIDES, BROWNIES AND LADYBIRDS

The Guides, Brownies and Ladybirds will recommence on Thursday 22nd September at their usual times. Ladybirds 5pm - 6pm, Brownies 6pm - 7.30pm and Guides 7.30pm - 9pm. Looking forward to seeing everyone back after the summer break.

CHOIR PRACTICE

The community choir has been invited to take part in the Harvest Thanksgiving in Second Ballybay on Sunday 23rd October. Practice for this event takes place tonight (Thursday 15th) in the Confraternity rooms. Mens voices at 8pm and all voices at 8-30pm. New singers still welcome.

SAFE JOURNEY

A safe journey is wished to all who travel with the Cuan Mhuire family to Lourdes this weekend. The pilgrimage leaves Ballybay on Saturday.

CHAMPIONSHIP EXIT

Ballybay Pearse Brothers exited the senior football championship on Sunday last at the hands of Scotstown 1-9 to 0-14. Full match report and commentary in the sports pages.

BENNY AND CORA SMYTH PRESENT OVER €1500 TO CHARITY

Benny and Cora Smyth recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary but instead of presents the popular couple asked fro donations which they in turn presented to the Monaghan Branch of Alzeimhers and the Monaghan Branch of Parkinsons. Each charity benefited to the tune of €785 each. Benny and Cora are to be commended for their generous gesture.

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SUCCESSFUL END OF YEAR FOR BOWLING CLUB

The final of the Champion of Champions was held on the Outdoor Green in the Town Park on Saturday and what a performance the local side put up, winning all three competitions. First Seamus Winters had a great win in the singles then it was the turn of Matt Mooney and Philly Gibson to romp home in the pairs. Their opponents never got a score in the elevent ends that they played. Next it was the turn of the rinks team to raise the flags with a very good win over a fancied Dungannon side. On the Ballybay team were Seamus Smyth, Seamus Lennon, Dorothy Berry and Georege Berry. A little rain fell on Saturday morning but it turned out a great day for bowling and with tea and scones always on offer everyone enjoyed themselves. The committee would like to thank all those that helped especially Seamus Winter and Seamus Smyth who were working from early morning getting the chairs, tables and flowers to help make the sorounds of the green presentable to all who came from the Border Counties. The day finished off with a meal in Cuan Mhuire at 5pm which was very much appreciated by the 70 bowlers who attended. this capped a great season which seen the Ballybay Whites team capture the Mc Guirk Shield and the Outdoor Cup.

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BUSY BABIES

The Busy Babies parent and toddler group stated back last week after their summer break. They meet in the 2nd Ballybay Presbyterian Church Hall from 10am to 12noon. Everyone welcome.

ART CLASSES AT THE WETLANDS

Thursday 29th September will also see art classes begin in the Wetlands Centre. This is a six week course and costs €50. It will run from 8pm until 10pm. Further information is available from Dolores at 0868340501. The class will 0nly start if there are sufficient numbers.

NIALL TAKES ALL IRELAND BRONZE

Congratulations to our local children who travelled to Athlone last weekend and who each performed very well in their individual activity. Niall Grogan captivated the judges and audience with his excellent recitation and secured third place winning a Bronze Medal at the National Community Games Finals representing County Monaghan. A massive well done to Niall – Tullycorbett Community Games are very proud of you. Niall who was also competing at the All Ireland Fleadh in Ennis, Co Clare had to travel to Athlone for the competition and back to Ennis again. He is a very busy man. Well done also to Abbie Hughes and Eoin Sheridan who did us proud in their races where they both qualified in their heats to the semi- finals where they gave an exceptional display of their ability. Well done to you. We are very proud of you all.

BOWLS

Despite inclement weather on last Saturday morning play went ahead on the outdoor bowling green where the rinks competition were to be held. Before the first game the sun came out and a very pleasant evenings bowling took place. There were eight teams in the draw which meant all games were filled from the start. The last two teams were Paudge Cassidy’s team who met Seamus Smyth’s side in the final. After eleven ends of bowls Seamus and his team were the winners by a slim margin. On Seamus team were Seamus Lennon, George Berry and Dorothy Berry. Paudges losing side were JJ Duffy, Cora Smyth and Brendan Traynor. Our sponsor of prizes for this competition was Gabriel Traynor of Traynor Trophies to whom we are most thankful. Gabriel was on hand to make the presentation at the conclusion.

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DO YOU HAVE NEWS

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WATCH OUT DEIRDRE'S ABOUT

DEIRDREIt is with great delight that we can report that Deirdre Mc Skeane has been seen out and about thanks to her new wheels. Back in January friends of Deirdre organised a fundraiser and the brilliant amount of €9208 which was raised has allowed for big chnages in Deirdre's life including gaining some independence with a set of "new wheels". As well as the monies from the fundraising night Pauric Ward has supplied materials and Gerry Mc Elroy made arrangements for a ramp to be installed thus allowing Deirdre easy access to and from her home. Deirdre realises that it is impossible to thank everyone individually but she would like to thank everyone who helped in anyway to either organise the fundraising night, those who took part in the night and those who attended. The tagline for the event was FRIENDS HELPING FRIENDS and on this occassion Deirdre is very grateful for the wonderful friends that she has. Deirdre has now learned to drive her new mode of transport, so if you meet her in town or in the park or anywhere else for that matter please stop and have a chat or give her a beep and a wave.

 

 

FREE WIFI ACCESS AT LIBRARY

Did you know that you can access WIFI at Ballybay library for FREE during library opening hours? You just need to be a member of the library, which is a very simple process and is FREE too.
Ballybay Library is open Monday & Thursday 5-8pm and Tuesday & Wednesday 11am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. If you need further information contact Rosemary at 0429741256 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.