BLESSING OF THE GRAVES

Dates are now available for the annual Blessing of the Graves. Ballintra will be linked with 11am mass on Sunday 23rd July. Tullycorbett will be linked with 9-30am mass on Sunday 3oth July and St. Patrick’s will also be held on Sunday 30th July at 3pm. The parish office would appeal to those cleaning their graves in Tullycorbet to take their waste home rather than dump it in the adjoining hedge. Parishioners should also note that the parish email address has changed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

UPCOMING FIXTURES

On Friday night Ballybay meet Emyvale in the Crawley Cup final. Throw in is a 8pm and Kyle Brannigan takes charge. On Sunday Pearse Park will host the U17 meeting of Ballybay and the neighbour’s Drumhowan at 12noon. On Tuesday evening next (18th July) Ballybay are at home to Clones in round 10 of the Division 1B Reserve League. Throw in 8pm.

BOY WONDER VIOLINIST

Ballybay Heritage Facebook Page recently published an article for the press dated 16th October 1937. The article entitled ‘Boy Wonder Violinist’ was sent to them by Fiona Hunter who lives in Glasgow but who a relative of the boy in question. The article reads as follows:

“The artist who scored the biggest triumph of this year on the stage of the theatre Royal, Dublin, was a boy of thirteen years – Xavier Gibson, from Ballybay. This young genius secured his Diploma in violin playing (A.L.C.M) before his 13th birthday. The most exacting critics pronounce him a marvel of talent. His marvellously accomplished playing of the accordion drew rounds upon rounds of applause at the Theatre Royal where he secured an unprecedented triumph being recalled several times to take a bow. Master Gibson has been engaged to appear at the Magnet Cinema for the week beginning Monday October 25th”.

CREDIT UNION TEAMS UP WITH LUKE MULLIGAN

Ballybay Credit Union is delighted to team up with local lad, Luke Mulligan as their brand ambassador. They were delighted to officially welcome Luke onboard recently at a launch in their offices. Luke is currently playing with Dundalk FC. Luke made his Ireland Debut on 5th October 2021 at U14 Level. He has had the honour of representing his country against Poland, Montenegro, Wales, Spain & Mexico. Luke then moved on to the U16 Ireland squad and was part of the winning Victory Shield Team and indeed captained his Country against Northern Ireland.

Speaking at the launch Luke had this to say “I am a member of Ballybay Credit Union and I’m delighted to have this opportunity to get involved with them and some exciting events in the next few months.“ Also speaking at the launch Ballybay Credit Union’s CEO Marie O’Neill stated “As a credit union we’re delighted to welcome a fantastic young local sportsman like Luke onboard. We have chosen Luke as our ambassador as he is local to our Credit Union and we hope that as his career moves on, we will be with him all the way. As a Credit Union we pride ourselves on being part of the community and in conjunction with Luke we will be running community-based events over the next few months.

INJURY DELAYS EMMET’S ALL IRELAND RUN

Emmet Mc Aviney was to start his Malin to Mizen Run in aid of Barnardos on 28th June however due to injury Emmet has had to postpone the run until next year. Speaking to the Ballybay News Emmet said, “I am hugely disappointed that I can’t complete this run for a very worthy cause, but I will be back next year stronger than ever. If anyone who has donated would like a refund, please contact me directly and I will arrange same. See ye all in summer 2024. Thanks”.

HAVE YOU GOT NEWS

If you have any news that you would like considered for the Ballybay News Page please contact Paul at either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0861703640. Those emailing should do so before 11pm on Monday nights in order to be sure of publication on Thursday.

DRUMHOWAN FAMILY FUN DAY

Drumhowan Community Centre is hosting a Family Fun Day on Saturday. Registration is from 3pm and events include team games, races, facepainting, penalty shoot out and lots more. All will be followed by the annual summer barbeque.  

COFFEE MORNING IN CAHANS

Everyone is welcome to Cahans Meeting House on Saturday 1st July to enjoy a Coffee Morning. This event will run from 10-30am until 1pm. Connect with like-minded individuals, share stories, and embrace the sense of community that Cahans has to offer. Enjoy a rich blend of freshly brewed coffee and delectable treats that will leave you craving for more.

EMMET TO PASS THROUGH BALLYBAY TOMORROW

Emmet Mc Aviney started his Malin Head to Mizen Head run on yesteday. The Ballybay native is running the length of Ireland in aid of Barnardos Ireland. Emmet will be stopping at a number of GAA clubs during his mammoth run including Ballybay tomorrow Friday 30th June at 10-30am. So far Emmet has raised €13, 098, an amazing amount of money. Emmet is eager for people to join him on the run and full details can be accessed on Malin to Mizen Run for Barnardos. You can sponsor Emmet on this super charity run on the following link…https://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/EmmetMcAviney

MONAGHAN COUNTY DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2025-2031 - PUBLIC CONSULTATION WORKSHOPS

On Thursday the 11th of May 2023 , Monaghan County Council published a notice of the intention to review the current Monaghan County Development Plan 2019-2025 and to prepare a new Monaghan County Development Plan for the period of 2025-2031.

In order to encourage discussion on the key issues facing the County over the next plan period 2025-2031, the Forward Planning team will facilitate drop-in workshops in the five towns in the month of June .

Please come along , we want to hear what you think should be included in your new development plan!

Details of times and venues are attached. 

COMMUNITY FAIR

Ballybay Towns Team are organising a 'Community Fair, Food and Fun Day' for Sunday 20th August . The team are currently seeking interest from 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 a private message to the Ballybay Town Team facebook page to express your interest. This will be a fun day for the whole community, and the team look forward to planning an exciting day for all.

CAMPHILL OPEN DAY

Camphill is hosting an open day on Sunday 25th June from 2pm until 5pm at Robb Farm, Clones Road, Ballybay. All the usual attractions will be on offer. If anyone would like to donate to the day could they please contact the community directly.

RECENT DEATHS WITH LOCAL CONNECTIONS

Two men have died recently who both had strong ties with Ballybay. Stanley Steen passed away in England. He was born in the town and went to school in Hall Street. He was employed in Corries Shop before he headed across the water to make a long life for himself. Joe Mc Cabe formally from Market Street Brae passed away on 7th June in the Mater Hospital Dublin. Joe was one of six brothers who were all engineers. He lived in Howth and was a passionate sailor. Throughout his remarkable career he served as Chairman of IDA, Irish Distillers, Aviva, Norwich Union and Irish Ropes. May they both rest in peace.

BLESSING OF THE GRAVES

Dates are now available for the annual Blessing of the Graves. Ballintra will be linked with 11am mass on Sunday 23rd July. Tullycorbett will be linked with 9-30am mass on Sunday 3oth July and St. Patrick’s will also be held on Sunday 30th July at 3pm.

GOLF CLASSIC

The Michael Deery Electrical Services Ltd sponsored Ballybay Pearse Brothers annual Golf Classic was held on Saturday last at Clones Golf Club. Full results and details next week.

TIDY TOWNS

The Tidy Towns committee have organised a clean up hour every Tuesday evening. If you can spare an hour then meet in the Square at 7pm. The town looks great at the moment but it can look even better with a wee bit of community help. Thanks are also due to Conor Duffy and Shane O Neill for their recent contributions. Conor was responsible for power washing and Shane for painting the walls at St. Patrick’s graveyard and on the Clones Road. Both look superb.

TREASURE HUNT

The Central School Parents Association are organising a treasure/scavenger hunt around the town on Monday 19th June, to celebrate the end of year. Refreshments will be served in the school afterwards.

SCOIL EANNA RUN A MARATHON

Congratulations to the pupils of Scoil Eanna who took to the Town Park on Monday last and ran a marathon in relay format. Every class and every student was involved and in under 3 hours the managed to clock up the combined marathon total (42, 195m or 26.2 miles). This is a massive achievement, so once again well done to all involved.

PADDY CLIMBS TO 4TH IN EUROPE

Ballybay born Paddy Rutledge beat Oriol Arenas at a major MMA event in Madrid on Saturday night last and in doing so has jumped up the European rankings. The 27 year old is now ranked 4th in Europe and has an 11-1-0 record.

EMMET TO RUN FROM MALIN TO MIZEN

Well known Ballybay native Emmet McAviney is planning to run the length of the country in 10 days and in doing so aims to raise €50,000 for Barnardos. Speaking to the Ballybay News Emmet said, “ I’m taking on the challenge to run from Malin Head, Co. Donegal to Mizen Head, Co. Cork over 10 days between the 28th June and 7th July, following a route which will see me visit many local GAA clubs along the way.

I’m doing it to raise money for Barnardos children’s charity who do incredible work supporting vulnerable children and their families across the country. I know there are thousands of families in Ireland who are struggling. They are suffering. All funds raised with go towards Barnardos’ Family Support services across Ireland. If you can, please help by donating whatever you can. Help make a difference to these families and children”

If you would like to donate to Emmet efforts you can do so at https://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/EmmettMcAviney

RAS TAILTEANN PASSES THROUGH TOWN

Stage 5 of the Ras Tailteann (Tour of Ireland bike race) passed through Ballybay on Sunday morning last. Over 165 riders from Ireland and Europe passed through the town on their way from Monaghan Town to Blackrock in County Louth. It was a fantastic spectacle for all who turned up to watch it. The last time the race passed through Ballybay was 1969.

SHOE APPEAL SUCCESS

Scoil Eanna student council would like to thank everyone who supported their ‘In Your Shoe Appeal’. The students collected 102 pairs of pre-loved shoes and have them bagged and ready to send to children in African Townships. Take a bow everyone.

BALLYBAY NATIVE FIGHTS IN MADRID

Ballybay born Paddy Rutledge will be fighting at a major MMA event in Madrid on 20th May. Paddy who goes by the nickname, ‘Paddy the Problem’ takes on Oriol Arenas at the Palacio Vistalegne Arena. Fighting out of Spain, Paddy has a 10-1-0 record and is currently ranked 10th amongst European featherweights. Paddy will be hoping to make it 9 wins on a row.

BALLYBAY HERITAGE SOCIETY

The group had their third meeting of the year last week in Birch Court and were treated to a great presentation by Paul Flynn, taking the audience on a walk through Ballybay back in the day when it was a thriving market town. Thanks very much Paul for an impressive display of local knowledge. The group are currently working on this year's national heritage award, which takes place in August under the theme of "living traditions". Anyone who has any knowledge, photos, stories, of any local traditions, or anyone else who would like to get involved is welcome to come to the next meeting on May 17th at 8pm in Birch Court.

CHRISTIAN AID SALE

The Annual Christian Aid cake sale and coffee morning will be held on Saturday 13th May in Hall Street Clones Road from 10am to 1.00 pm. Lots of cakes, home baking and other bargains. Also enjoy fellowship and chat over a cup of coffee or tea. Everyone welcome. All proceeds to Christian Aid.

SUMMER CAMPS

Local gym provider Breakthrough Performance will be hosting 2 summer camps for 7 to 14 year olds in June and August. The first camp is from 10am until 2pm between the 26th and 30th June and the second camp is from 9-30am until 2pm between 8th and 11th August. Further information is available from 086 3764114.

50/50 DRAW

Due to technical difficulties it wasn’t possible to have the 50/50 draw on Monday evening. The draw was held on Tuesday evening which was too late for this week’s publication. The winner can be found on the Pearse Brothers facebook page.

GOLF CLASSIC

The Annual Ballybay Pearse Brothers GAA Golf Classic will be held on the weekend of Saturday 10th June 2023 at Clones Golf Club. This year’s main sponsor for the event is Michael Deery Electrical Services Limited.

The club would like express our thanks to Michael for this support.

The Golf Classic is a very important event in our annual fundraising calendar and allows us to generate much needed funds for the development of our GAA club for all. We hope you will once again see fit to support our Classic this year. Team entries are €200 (meal and goodie bag included). Sponsorship/advertising is €100.

Time Sheets will be in operation from 8am all day on Saturday. To enter a team, please contact either of the following: (Gaby Kerr @ 0879661883 or Brian Carroll @ 0857117215). All Teams and Sponsors will be listed on our Website, Social Media and on a Billboard which will be displayed at Clones Golf Club over the weekend of the Classic. Payment may be made by cash or cheque on the morning of the event. Thank you once again for your continued support to the Ballybay Pearse Brothers GAA club over the years.

CAHANS MEETING HOUSE OPENING

On Saturday 20 May, beginning at 3pm, there will be an 'official opening' of the renovated Meeting house, 26 years from the formation of the Cahans cross community committee whose aim was the conservation and renewal of the historic heritage building, not to be used as a church building but as a resource for the whole community, the Cahans diaspora and anyone or groups interested to use the buildings.

ELECTRICAL DROP OFF DAY

IT'S BACK! Electrical Recycling Drop Off Days are commencing in Lidl Car Park, Monaghan Town on Saturday 20th May - 10am to 4pm. You can drop off any household item with a plug or a battery such as TVs, washing machines, IT equipment, stereos, mobile phones, broken battery-operated toys, cables, chargers and even wireless ear buds.

PAINT AND SIP RETURNS

Paint and Sip returns to Pat O Brien’s on Friday 26th May. It’s a chance to show your creative side and design a canvas masterpiece to take home. Spaces usually fill up quickly so get your name down asap with Catherine at 087935353182.

FAITH MISSION

You're welcome to the Faith Mission monthly Gospel Meeting on Friday 5th May 2023 at 8pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church hall, (kindly granted). The speaker is Brian Parker.  Organised by Brian and Hazel Parker Faith Mission Area Workers Cootehill.

50/50 DRAW

The winner of this week’s 50/50  draw was Sean Cleary (ticket number 286). Sean’s win €500. Five extra draws were made for the Bank Holiday. Well done to Brendan Walshe ticket number 94, Bríd Rutledge ticket number 347, Kane Giney ticket number 811, Therese Hamilton ticket number 853 and Patricia Collins ticket number 307, all winners of €100. To enter next week’s draw see the link here: https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraisers or go to the club website or download the Ballybay Pearse Brothers GAA App. Tickets are also available locally in the pubs and shops. 

NATIONAL SPRING CLEAN

As part of National Spring Clean 2023, Tidy Towns Groups around County Monaghan are coming together and are holding litter picks. Ballybay Tidy Towns will be participating in this initiative and will be hosting a Spring Clean on Friday 12th May at 10am. Anyone interested in taking part can meet in the Square at 10am.   More information here: https://monaghan.ie/monaghan-countywide-spring-clean/

SUCCESSFUL SHARON CARAHER RUN

Well done to everyone that turned out for our 2nd annual Sharon Caraher 5k run/walk. Thank you to the Treanor and Caraher families for allowing us to remember Sharon through this event. To all the stewards, car park attendants, tea ladies, families who supplied goodies, cleaners before and after event, Stephen and Marie Therese of Centra for sponsoring the time clock provided by Glaslough Harrier's, Joe our MC, juvenile committee, Enda our caretaker, juveniles and the wider community. THANK YOU for supporting this event. Congratulations to our winners. Eoin Sheridan u16s, John Meehan Men's winner and Carmel Finnan ladies winner.

Bike Week - 13th - 21st May

Bike Week will run from the 13th – 21st May and you will see there are a variety of activities happening right across the County. There really is something for everyone, young and old!

PEDIGREE SALE AT BALLYBAY MART

Ballybay Livestock Mart is hosting a Pedigree sale on Friday 5th May. Alongside this will the usual Friday weanling and suckler sale. Bookings are now open for the sale and a catalogue will be available on the night. Further information is available from 042 9741785.

SCOIL EANNA SOCCER TEAM

Congratulations to the Scoil Eanna boys five a side soccer team who took part in the FAI Primary Schools 5s at Monaghan United ground last week. The lads played four games and remained unbeaten drawing 3-3, 2-2 and winning 5-0 and 7-0. Despite this they lost out on qualifying for the next stage.

ACTIVE WEEK AT BCS

This week students at Ballybay Central School have been participating in National Active School Week. All week the school have been promoting the benefits of physical activity and the children have been participating in a range of activities. It has been a week of tracksuits and runners and instead of written homework the children were required to complete physical activity.

TROCAIRE COLLECTION NEARS €8000

A massive thanks is due to everyone who has already returned their Trocaire envelopes. To date the collection has amounted to €7980. If anyone has not returned their envelope, could they do so as soon as possible.

BALLYBAY SINN FEIN

The Sinn Fein Cumann in Ballybay is to be re-established and the party are inviting new members to get involved. The next meeting will take place on May 8th at 8-30pm. The meeting will be open to new members from Ballybay and surrounding parishes. Further details are available from Rosie at 086 8348294. Those interested in joining Sinn Fein can also do so online at https://join.sinnfein.ie/?%2Fjoin

SPORTS SHOES FOR SOUTH AFRICA

The Scoil Eanna Student Council are collecting old sports shoes with the intention of donating them to children in South Africa. So if you have any old runners, trainers or football boots in good condition please tie the pair together and send them into Scoil Eanna between the 17th and 28th April.

ANNUAL WALK/RUN IN MEMORY OF SHARON

The second annual 5km walk/run in memory of Sharon Carragher will take place on Sunday 30th April at 2pm. The Pearse Brothers Juvenile Committee are organising the event which will start at the Pearse brothers Centre . It will be free to enter however donations can be made and a donation will be made to Ballybay Cancer Society afterwards. There will be prizes for the first male, female and U16 runner. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the club house.

50/50 DRAW

The winner of this week’s 50/50  draw was Maire Donohoe  (number 827). Maire wins  €460. To enter next week’s draw see the link here: https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraisers or go to the club website or download the Ballybay Pearse Brothers GAA App. Tickets are also available locally in the pubs and shops. Next week to celebrate the bank holiday there will be a guaranteed jackpot of €500 plus five additional €100 draws. 

BUS TO BLOOM

Bus to Bloom on Friday 2nd June leaving Ballybay and picking up in Carrickmacross. Contact 0868162334 to book your seat.

OVER €8000 RAISED ON DAFFODIL DAY

We were on the streets for Daffodil Day on the 24th & 25th March and raised over €8000. The weather provided a mix of conditions that wasn't ideal for the traditional and much loved "table collections, particularly as Friday drew to a close, however, we seen it off and kept our spirits high. We had in excess of 50 volunteers over the both days from the community of BALLYBAY, surrounding areas and parishes this year - an amazing response. We'd like to thank Centra, Mace and the Credit Union for allowing the tables to be moved indoors through the latter part of Friday due to the torrential rain that was experienced, this allowed for the collections to continue as normal.

Donation and honesty stations were on view in all our local shops across the town as well as our towns "Just Giving Online Page".

This year we raised €8316, a fantastic achievement for everyone involved, both our volunteers and those who donated in any capacity, your generosity continues to excel and thank you all for that.

As we all know and appreciate, the Irish Cancer Society continues to do fantastic work and are a vital support to all cancer patients and their families and on behalf of the Irish Cancer Society, they have thanked the local communities of Ballybay for everything they do over the year and for their loyal support on Daffodil Day.

Also Important to acknowledge Padraig and Marco's wee lighting display at the low end of the town, it brought colour and focus to a very important weekend in the Irish Cancer Society's fundraising calendar and for this we thank them.

50/50 DRAW

The winner of this week’s 50/50  draw was Marion Gilmour  (number 102). Marion wins €460. To enter next week’s draw see the link here: https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraisers or go to the club website or download the Ballybay Pearse Brothers GAA App. Tickets are also available locally in the pubs and shops. 

IRISH LANGUAGE COLLECTION

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Irish Language collections which were held at Ballybay and Ballintra churches on March 16th and 17th. The total collected was €412-56c. Go raith maith agat.

BINGO JACKPOT TOPS €10, 000

The Pearse Brothers Bingo jackpot stood at an amazing €10, 000 on Tuesday evening last. As we went to print we didn’t know if it was won or not. Further details next week.

ST. BRIGID’S TABLE QUIZ

A brilliant night was had by all at our Quiz Night in Pat O’Brien’s last Friday night. With 25 tables participating, there was great competition in the air, but much greater than that was the craic. A big thanks to Stephen Duffy, who was a professional as always at his Quizmaster role, and to the Brennan’s for correcting and keeping scores. Congratulations to the Quinn team of Mary, Eimear and Tara Quinn and Peter Deery, who took home the 1st prize sponsored by Action Adhesives with their whopping score of 89/100. 

After round 8, everyone was up and moving in a game of heads and tails. Plenty of laughs were had in this game but Frankie Smyth had the biggest smile of all at the end when she won the €50 prize.

Well done to all of the raffle prize winners- Lorna Slevin who won a kindly sponsored voucher for Dooley’s Restaurant, Marie Hamill with a generous Top Oil voucher, and Leah Donaghy with a fabulous hamper sponsored by Drury’s Centra.

There were many more spot prizes won which had been donated by a number of very generous local businesses. On top of that, Gerry McElroy delivered food to keep the competitors from getting hungry and losing focus.

As a committee, we were totally overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of the businesses we approached about sponsorship and raffle prizes. Each quiz round had a number of sponsors and without the support of each business, our fundraiser wouldn’t have been the success that it was, so a massive thanks to each and every one. It’s the local businesses who support local clubs and causes, so it’s important that we do our bit to support these businesses back by shopping and spending within the community!

GRAHAM IS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to Graham Crawford who was named first team player of the year at Monaghan Rugby Club. Graham received his award from Club captain and fellow Ballybay native Evan Rutledge at the Club’s annual dinner dance in the Hillgrove Hotel last weekend.

CONGRATULATIONS MIRIAM

On Friday 31st March Ballybay Credit Union marked a very special occasion. The date marks 25 Years of service for Miriam Brennan with Ballybay Credit Union . Miriam commenced employment in the Credit Union in March 1998 and over the last 25 years has seen the Credit Union move and evolve to its current form. The staff, Board and volunteers would like to sincerely thank Miriam for her dedicated service to all their members over the past 25 years.

BOWLING FOR CANCER

Derryvalley Bowling Club recently ran a fun pair’s tournament over four nights. They also had a quiz sheet. It was a huge success and they would like to thank everyone who supported them. It raised €2020. This was equally divided between Ballybay Cancer Care and Crocus Monaghan.

Monaghan Local Economic and Community Plan

Monaghan County Council is in the process of developing a new Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP) for the County.  The new LECP will guide the sustainable, economic and community development of the County over the next 6 years.  It will cover a wide range of initiatives and actions in areas such as inclusion, well-being, education, employment, innovation, and sustainability.  The new LECP will be a shared plan developed through consultations with key stakeholders, Monaghan Public Participation Network, local businesses, and the wider community.  The views and opinions gathered may also be used in the development of a Local Development Strategy for the new LEADER programme for 2023 – 2027 for the County.

To ensure the plan is a success we would like to hear your views on the County’s development over the next 6 years.  Please take the time to complete our online survey, it shouldn’t take any more than 15-20 minutes to complete. 

You can access our survey at the links below.

 

Monaghan Business Survey: https://ecv.microsoft.com/iFlLs6kW08

Monaghan Community Survey: https://ecv.microsoft.com/HS0sfBbo1j

FREE 6 week parenting course available to parents in Co Monaghan.

This program takes place in Castleblayney and runs for 6 weeks from 12/4/2023. This 6 week free programme supports parents in Co Monaghan to:

Help their children develop good attachmentsParents Plus Early Years and relationships Manage tantrums and misbehaviour Build their children’s language and development Reduce their own stress as parents Help their children to concentrate and learn Increase their children’s self-esteem Establish positive daily routines

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE TOMORROW

The town will host a St. Patrick’s Day parade this year starting from Gerry Traynor’s shop, Carrickmacross Road at 5pm tomorrow 17th March. Local businesses, community groups, voluntary organisations and sports clubs are welcome to participate. Prizes will be awarded to the best floats. The committee would encourage as many locals as possible to get their flags and bunting out.

OUTDOOR BOWLING CLUB

The club’s AGM will be held in the Bowling Pavilion at 8pm on Thursday next 23rd March. All members are welcome.

Now that the days are getting longer and the weather is improving the club will be organising a number of competitions. In the upcoming season they will have the Jackie Rutledge Cup  and the Outdoor cup and will be entering teams in Border Counties competitions and hopefully the Champion of Champions competition.

The committee would like to invite people to enter a team in the 2023 competitions which will start in the last week of April. The club need to know by the first week of April who is entering so that the draws can be made and the teams notified. When a team enters they are welcome to come and practice – just ring Benny on 087 4152392.

LOCAL DERBY

Tomorrow Friday sees the opening of the Division 2A Reserve League. At 12noon Drumhowan host Ballybay in Drumhowan. There is nothing like a local derby to kick start the new season.

MUSIC AT CAHANS

Cahans Meeting House will host a musical evening on Friday 31st March at 8 pm.  Performing on the night will be the Oriel Singers - a local choir and traditional musicians from the Tullycorbet area.  Admission is €10 and everyone is welcome.

CLUB MEMBERSHIP NOW DUE

Ballybay Pearse Brothers membership is now due. You can now pay your club membership via the Ballybay App, through the website or simply by contacting any committee member. All Members paid up by March 17th will be entered into an EARLY BIRD DRAW for a Free Membership Subscription for 2024

50/50 DRAW

The winner of this week’s 50/50  draw was Paddy kearney (number 808). Paddy wins €460.To enter next week’s draw see the link here: https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraisers or go to the club website or download the Ballybay Pearse Brothers GAA App. Tickets are also available locally in the pubs and shops.

GIVE BLOOD

Ballybay Community College will be the venue for giving blood on Wednesday 22nd March from 5-30pm to 8-30pm. All the clinics are still be appointment. Call 1800 222 111 to book an appointment and go to giveblood.ie to check your eligibility.

MORE DRAMA!

Save the date for more drama in the local area. On Friday 21st , Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April Tullycorbet Drama Group will be hosting a three act comedy entitled, ‘Troubled Bachelors’. Curtain goes up each night at 8pm and there will be plenty of craic so save the date.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY MASSES

The arrangements for masses on St. Patrick’s Day are as follows. There will be a vigil mass in St. Patrick’s on Thursday 16th March at 7-30pm. On St. Patrick’s Day itself there will 11am mass in Ballintra and 12-15pm mass in St. Patrick’s.

FLOWER DEMONSTRATION

Ballybay Central School Parents’ Association are holding a fundraising Flower Demonstration on Tuesday 28th March at 7.30pm in Hall Street.  Wilma Simpson from JP Flowers, Monaghan will create beautiful floral displays which will be auctioned off on the night.  All money raised will go to the school’s Parents’ Association funds.  Each family will be given 4 tickets to sell after midterm. All families and their children benefit from the Parents’ Association funding and so it is important all families support their fundraising endeavors.  This is the first year since Covid the Parents’ Association have been able to hold a fundraiser.  We are looking forward to a great evening.  Additional tickets will be available through the school’s office if required.

GET YOUR FLAGS OUT FOR ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

The town will host a St. Patrick’s Day parade this year starting from Gerry Traynor’s shop, Carrickmacross Road at 5pm on Friday 17th March. Local businesses, community groups, voluntary organisations and sports clubs are welcome to participate. Prizes will be awarded to the best floats. The committee would encourage as many locals as possible to get their flags and bunting out.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

The local branch of St. Vincent de Paul would like to thank everyone who supported their recent Christmas Appeal and who have supported their work throughout 2022. The introduction of the ‘SVDP Envelope’ has been very successful in continuing to raise vital funds and the committee wish to express their sincere thanks to the parishioners who have used this form of donation. Aware that the cost of cost has placed some people in difficult financial situations, St. Vincent de Paul is there to help in so far as it can.

Requests for assistance can be put in writing and placed in the letter box of the Confraternity Rooms, St. Patrick Street, Ballybay or by phoning the freephone number 1800 677 777.

LITTER PICK

The local Tidy Towns committee have been encouraging all schools, resident groups, estates, groups and individuals to get involved in a spring clean of their areas this week. A litter pick has been organised for Saturday next, meeting in the Square at 10am. Please come along, get involved and give an hour back to your community.

COMMUNITY VEG PLOTS FOR HIRE

It’s Spring and time to start gardening. If you have an interest in growing your own vegetables this year then why not rent a bed in the community allotment. All equipment is supplied and rent is only €50. You will have support from others already growing and you can Contact Paul Fitzpatrick for more information 0877661778.

GAELIC4MOTHERS AND OTHERS

Tanya Sheridan is hoping to set up a Gaelic4Mothers and Others group for women in the Ballybay, Drumhowan and surrounding areas. The Gaelic4Mothers & Others initiative, sponsored by Sports Direct, is an innovative way to introduce mothers and other women to playing Ladies Gaelic Football. Mothers often drop their kids to training and call back to collect them, but the Ladies Gaelic Football Association wants to change that.

The initiative sees women playing Ladies Gaelic Football in a fun, non-competitive and social environment. Gaelic4Mothers&Others provides an opportunity for women to get their recommended weekly exercise in a fun way while meeting other mothers in the area. It would be a great opportunity for former St Brigid's girls to showcase their talents again. Anyone interested can text Tanya their details at 0851224424.

ONLY AN HOUR FROM DUBLIN

Ballybay Drama Group will present the comedy ‘Only and Hour from Dublin’ in the Pearse Brothers Centre on Thursday 23rd, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th March at 8pm sharp. Great evening’s entertainment guaranteed as the show has that many twists and turns it will make you dizzy.

NO MORE RECORDING OF MASSES

From 24th February weekend masses in the parish will no longer be recorded. Funeral  Masses will only be recorded if requests to do so are made by the undertaker. If the funeral mass is recorded it will be available on the webcam for 30 days.

50/50 DRAW

The winner of this week’s 50/50  draw was Julieann O Reilly (number 72). Julieann wins €475.To enter next week’s draw see the link here: https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraisers or go to the club website or download the Ballybay Pearse Brothers GAA App. Tickets are also available locally in the pubs and shops.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

The town will host a St. Patrick’s Day parade this year starting from Gerry Traynor’s shop, Carrickmacross Road at 5pm on Friday 17th March. Local businesses, community groups, voluntary organisations and sports clubs are welcome to participate. Prizes will be awarded to the best floats.

GOSPEL MEETING

You're welcome to the Faith Mission monthly Gospel Meeting on Friday 3rd March 2023 at 8pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church hall, (kindly granted).  Visiting speaker is P J Sexton.  Organised by Brian and Hazel Parker Faith Mission Area Workers Cootehill.

LINE DANCING FOR TEENAGERS

Line Dancing for teenagers gets underway in Tullycorbet Community Centre on Friday 3rd March at 6-30pm. It will run every Friday until 14th April (excluding St. Patrick’s night and Good Friday). It is excellent value at €20 for 5 nights. To book a place contact Pauline at 086 0702129.

CAHANS MEETING HOUSE

Cahans Meeting House Committee wishes to record warm thanks to Rory Mc Atavie and Stephen Duffy for organizing and managing the recent table quiz in Cahans. Thanks also to all who bought quiz sheets, to those who sponsored prizes for the quiz and sheets, and to the members of Committee and others who provided supper and assisted in other ways.

Look out for details of the next event - the Oriel Singers on Friday 31 March.

50/50 DRAW

The winner of this week’s 50/50  draw was Kate Mealiff (number 101). Angela wins €435.To enter next week’s draw see the link here: https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraisers or go to the club website or download the Ballybay Pearse Brothers GAA App. Tickets are also available locally in the pubs and shops.

WORLD BOOK DAY COMPETITION

There's just a couple of weeks to go to World Book Day (2nd March) and Ballybay Library have a very creative competition running in the lead up to it. They want you to turn a Wooden Spoon into your favourite Book Character! They have wooden spoons available at the library desk or use your own but be sure to pick up an Entry form to go with it. They can't wait to see what you come up with!!!  The closing date is the 27th February.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

The local branch of St. Vincent de Paul would like to thank everyone who supported their recent Christmas Appeal and who have supported their work throughout 2022. The introduction of the ‘SVDP Envelope’ has been very successful in continuing to raise vital funds and the committee wish to express their sincere thanks to the parishioners who have used this form of donation. Aware that the cost of cost has placed some people in difficult financial situations, St. Vincent de Paul is there to help in so far as it can.

Requests for assistance can be put in writing and placed in the letter box of the Confraternity Rooms, St. Patrick Street, Ballybay or by phoning the freephone number 1800 677 777.

CPR AND DEFIBRILLATOR TRAINING

Two CPR and defibrillator training sessions will be held Thursday 23rd February and Thursday 23rd March 2023, in Tullycorbet Community Centre from 6.30pm – 9.30p.m. We look forward to seeing those who have already received training and those who would like to do for the first time. We would be very grateful if you text confirm your attendance at one of the above dates.

Sheila linden on 0868319459 for the Ballybay area and Una Tomany on 0867963890 for the Tullycorbet area.

COMMUNITY VEG PLOTS FOR HIRE

It’s Spring and time to start gardening. If you have an interest in growing your own vegetables this year then why not rent a bed in the community allotment. All equipment is supplied and rent is only €50. You will have support from others already growing and you can Contact Paul Fitzpatrick for more information 0877661778.

CAHANS QUIZ

Cahans Meeting House, Lisnaveane, will host a table quiz at 8pm on Friday 24 February. Entry is €10 per person and all monies raised will be in aid of the Cahans development.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

A service for the World Day of Prayer will be held in Christ Church, Ballybay on Friday 3rd March at 8.30 pm. The theme this year is “I have heard about your faith” and the service was written by the WDP committee of Taiwan.

Do come along and join us to worship God together. All will be very welcome.

EVAN LEADS MONAGHAN INTO DIVISION 2

Massive congratulations are due to local man Evan Rutledge who captained Monaghan Rugby club first team on Saturday last to a fantastic 66 to 0 win over Civil Service. The win secured Monaghan the Kukri Ulster Championship Division 3 title and sees them promoted after 21 years in Division 3.  Celebrations ran late into the night as the emphatic win sees them eventually gain promotion to division 2 having twice being denied in play-offs in 2019 and 2022 as well as seeing COVID take away a certain league win in 2020.

LOLLIPOP DAY FRIDAY 24th FEBRUARY.

Friday the 24th of February is the national lollipop collection day for the Oesophageal Cancer Foundation Ireland. Lollipop day is held to raise funds for research and to raise awareness of oesophageal cancer and its symptoms. Collections will take place in Ballybay on Friday, please support this worthy cause.

50/50 DRAW

The winner of this week’s 50/50  draw was Angela Lavelle (number 194). Angela wins €400.To enter next week’s draw see the link here: https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraisers or go to the club website or download the Ballybay Pearse Brothers GAA App. Tickets are also available locally in the pubs and shops.

COUNTY CHAMPIONS CELEBRATE IN STYLE

All roads led to the Kilmore Hotel on Saturday night last as the Pearse Brothers celebrated their 2022 county title. Local lady Kate Mealiff and her staff delivered an unreal dinner and couldn’t do enough for the large Ballybay contingent. Northern Sounds Sean Mc Caffrey was an excellent MC and kept the evening rolling along nicely. Paul Mc Carthy once again proved he is the best storyteller in the country. Congrats to Handsie McArdle, Damien McBride and Gerry Finlay for winning the Hall of Fame. The county champions received their well deserved medals and celebrated in style. A massive thank you goes to Darren Smyth, Teresa Mc Entee and Brian Carroll for organising one hell of a night that befitted the year the club were celebrating. Pearse Brothers ABU.

FR. QUIGLEY TURNS 80

Last Thursday Fr. Quigley (PP Latton) turned 80. On the night there was a special mass and a cup of tea in the GAA Centre. A DVD of the celebrations is now available for just €5. To get your hands on a copy just private message the Latton Bawn Historical Group Facebook page.

CREDIT UNION WARN ABOUT TEXT SCAM

Ballybay Credit Union is asking its members to be careful in relation to a text scam currently doing the rounds. The scam involves you getting a message asking you to click on a link to unlock your Credit Union account. A message on the Ballybay Credit Union Facebook page this week said, “Your Credit Union will NEVER send an unsolicited link or any link by text message or email. Do not click on a link, please let us know if you receive one of these messages using your usual channel of communication”.

WORLD BOOK DAY COMPETITION

There's just a couple of weeks to go to World Book Day (2nd March) and Ballybay Library have a very creative competition running in the lead up to it. They want you to turn a Wooden Spoon into your favourite Book Character! They have wooden spoons available at the library desk or use your own but be sure to pick up an Entry form to go with it. They can't wait to see what you come up with!!!  The closing date is the 27th February.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

The town will host a St. Patrick’s Day parade this year starting from Gerry Traynor’s shop, Carrickmacross Road at 5pm on Friday 17th March. Local businesses, community groups, voluntary organisations and sports clubs are welcome to participate. More details in the coming weeks.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

The local branch of St. Vincent de Paul would like to thank everyone who supported their recent Christmas Appeal and who have supported their work throughout 2022. The introduction of the ‘SVDP Envelope’ has been very successful in continuing to raise vital funds and the committee wish to express their sincere thanks to the parishioners who have used this form of donation. Aware that the cost of cost has placed some people in difficult financial situations, St. Vincent de Paul is there to help in so far as it can.

Requests for assistance can be put in writing and placed in the letter box of the Confraternity Rooms, St. Patrick Street, Ballybay or by phoning the freephone number 1800 677 777.

HAPPY 55TH BIRTHDAY

Last Friday the local Credit Union celebrated its 55th Birthday. This wonderful local institution first opened its doors on 9th February 1968 and has been servicing the local community ever since.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

A service for the World Day of Prayer will be held in Christ Church, Ballybay on Friday 3rd March at 8.30 pm. The theme this year is “I have heard about your faith” and the service was written by the WDP committee of Taiwan.

Do come along and join us to worship God together. All will be very welcome.

50/50 DRAW

The winner of this week’s 50/50  draw was Peter Sherry (number 853). Peter wins €465. As this week was the 60th draw a second raffle for €60 was held. The winner was Aoife O Dowd ticket number 54. To enter next week’s draw see the link here: https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraisers

or go to the club website or download the Ballybay Pearse Brothers GAA App. Tickets are also available locally in the pubs and shops.

THE KIERAN FINLAY FOUNDATION

On 8th February Sara Finlay-Keenan posted the following which is certainly worth printing here in the Ballybay News.

“We wanted to take a moment to thank all who have made the Kieran Finlay Foundation a resounding success! A special note of thanks to Kathy Durkin. The foundation has raised and distributed $145,000 to organizations such as: MIRT of Dublin, The Ballybay Cancer Society, The Ballybay GAA, CRY Ireland, and Hope House of Port Jefferson NY; as well as private donations to the cancer stricken of Long Island.

To quote Dr. O’Gorman of the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in Dublin: “Money from the foundation has funded the Multiple Myloma research fellowship in the Dana Faber Cancer Institute in Boston.” The MIRT received an astounding $100,000 thanks to all of your generosity.

We would like to thank everyone who played an integral part in this fundraising campaign. The success of the Kieran Finlay Foundation would not have been possible without you and the entire Finlay Family, both in NY and in Ireland, wanted to take a moment to wholeheartedly Thank You”.

CREDIT UNION WARN ABOUT TEXT SCAM

Ballybay Credit Union is asking its members to be careful in relation to a text scam currently doing the rounds. The scam involves you getting a message asking you to click on a link to unlock your Credit Union account. A message on the Ballybay Credit Union Facebook page this week said, “Your Credit Union will NEVER send an unsolicited link or any link by text message or email. Do not click on a link, please let us know if you receive one of these messages using your usual channel of communication”.