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.

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”.

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.

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 1 month 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.

EVY GETS GARDA ESCORT

We recently reported that Tullycorbet’s Evy Boylan celebrated her 100th Birthday. Evy joined family and friends to celebrate at a party in the Westenra Hotel. Evy was made feel very special as she escorted to the hotel by the local GARDA.

FR. QUIGLEY TURNS 80 TODAY

To celebrate Fr. Tom Quigley's 80th Birthday, Mass will take place Thursday 9th February at 7.30pm in St. Mary's Latton. Mass will be followed with refreshments in the Latton O'Rahilly G.F.C centre. Everyone Welcome. The family, friends and Latton Community wish Fr. Quigley a very Happy Birthday.

PLAYGROUND DESIGN WORKSHOP

Monaghan County Council will host a playground design workshop on Saturday next between 11am and 2pm. €220, 000 has been secured for improvements in the Corrybrennan Park and Culbrennan Estates and residents including children are been offered an opportunity to have their say in how the monies should be spent. Don’t worry if its raining as the event will take place in a heated marquee at the current play park.

DINNER DANCE SATURDAY

All roads lead to the Kilmore Hotel on Saturday night for the annual dinner dance. The senior championship medals will be presented along with the Hall of Fame awards to Hugh Francis "Hansie" McArdle, Gerry Finlay and Damien McBride. On Monday night the club held their draw for 2 tickets and an overnight stay in the Kilmore. The winner was Conor Smyth. A second draw for 2 tickets was held and the winner was Aine Mc Guirk.

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.

DRAUGHTS

The Northern Standard Cup draughts competition gets underway in the Welcome Inn, Ballybay on Monday next 13th February. Games begin at 8pm. The organisers would love to see some new players attend.

EVERY STEP COUNTS

Good luck to Drumhowan GAA who are participating in the Irish Life GAA Healthy Club Every Steps Counts challenge. The idea is to collectively walk the equivalent of a 4000km trip around Ireland over a 5 week period. The challenge started on 11th January and will finish on 15th February. Also Ireland Lights Up takes place in the field every Wednesday between 7 and 8.30pm for the next 7 weeks and we encourage as many as possible to attend. Please see below the link for details necessary to partake. Please spread the word. https://drumhowan.gaa.ie/irish-life-every-step-counts-ireland-lights-up/

CANCER SOCIETY BENEFITS FROM NUMEROUS DONATIONS

Ballybay Cancer Society benefited from a number of recent donations. Siobhan and Sarah Mc Kenna from the Monaghan Wild Water Swimmers organised 12 open water swims in December. The group have been swimming in Lough Major for 3 years and wanted to give something back to the community. The group actually did 17 swims and raised the fantastic amount of €6410. The organiser would like to thank everyone who donated to their swims including Christchurch who donated their Christmas gate collection.

Further donations were received from Francis Wilson, the Tate Family, Rockcorry and the Mulligans from Drumhowan. Speaking to the Northern Standard Sally McAviney from the Ballybay Cancer Society said, "The society would are delighted to receive a number of recent donations from various fundraisers held in our name. Thanks to the Wild Water Swimmers who braves the various cold waters throughout the county. Thanks also to Francis Wilson who held an 80th Birthday party in Pat O Briens and asked for donations to us in leu of presents. The Tate family (Anthony, Ava, Fionn and Patrick) kept the memory of a wife and mother alive by organising a walk/run in Dartrey Forest in aid of Elaine. And family thanks to Charlie and Marion Mulligan who held a dance and dancing lessons in Drumhowan Community Centre and donated to us afterwards. We couldn't do the work we do without the help of the local community so as we enter 2023 a massive thanks to everyone who helped us in 2022".

CREDIT UNION SCHOOLS QUIZ

Ballybay Credit Union have announced that the annual schools quiz will return after an absence of three years. This year’s quiz will be held in Ballybay Pearse Brothers GAA Club on Friday 27th January. The Credit Union will be in touch with the local schools and are looking forward to welcoming all the boys and girls back for an enjoyable and fun night.

LINE DANCING IN TULLYCORBETT

A six week line dancing course kicked off in Tullycorbet Hall last night and will run every Wednesday night until 22nd February. Beginners 8 to 8-45pm and advanced 8-45pm to 9-30pm. Further information is available from Pauline at 086 0702129.

PAINT AND SIP

The recent Paint and Sip event in Drumhowan was very successful. As a result another event has been organised for Pat O Brien’s for Friday 10th February. Last we heard places were selling out fast. Further details are available from Catherine at the Sew-Arty Studio beside O’Brien’s.

MONAGHAN LOCAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE INVITES ELIGIBLE COMMUNITY & VOLUNTARY GROUPS TO APPLY FOR ASSISTANCE TO THE COMMUNITY SUPPORT FUND & HENS SHED FUNDING 2023

Funding is available towards:

funding

  1. SMALL CAPITAL PROJECTS/ EQUIPMENT
  2. ASSISTANCE TOWARDS RUNNING COSTS FOR THE YEAR 2022
  3. MAXIMUM VALUE OF ASSISTANCE: €10,000

FUNDING HAS BEEN RINGFENCED TO SUPPORT GROUPS SEEKING LESS THAN €1 ,000 AND TO SUPPORT HENS SHEDS.

FULL DETAILS AND GUIDELINES ARE AVAILABE AT THE FOLLOWING LINK:  https://monaghan.ie/communitydevelopment/community-support-fund-hens-shed-funding-2023/

PAINT COMPANY WITH A LOCAL CONNECTION

A big thank you to Seamus Coyle (Latton) and Packie Mc Adam (Modern Décor, Monaghan) for unearthing some very interesting information regarding a Moore family with origins in Drumchannon, Latton.
Benjamin Moore was born in 1855 to Benjamin Moore, a British army officer & Martha Meredith in Drumchannon. Benjamin emigrated to the USA in the 1870's. He along with his brother Robert worked in the paint industry & in 1878 set up their own company called ‘Moore Bros’, manufacturing a calsom finish paint known as ‘muresco’ which they invented. In 1883 in Brooklyn, New York, Benjamin set up Benjamin Moore and Co. Ltd. In 1906 his brother Patrick went to Toronto to manage a new factory. Further factories opened in Cleveland, Chicago and St. Louis.  In 1907 the company hired its first Chemist and set up a research Department. Benjamin died in 1917 however the company continued to thrive and innovate. In 1982 they were the first paint business in the world to introduce a computer colour matching service.
Benjamin Moore paints still exist today and sold in 7,500 premises worldwide, including McAdam's in Monaghan town.The Moore's home & land in Drumchannon is now owned by Paddy Duffy.
Benjamin's sisters Eliza & Mary lived at Aughnamullen Glebe, which was purchased for them by their brother. Benjamin Moore’s parents & sisters are buried in Corlea cemetery, Bawn.

STUDENTS DONATE TO CANCER SOCIETY

On Friday 16th December children and staff from Ballybay central School donned their Christmas jumpers, dresses, hats, socks, bobbles and anything that felt Christmassy and walked to school through the park.  On arrival at school a band of parents provided toast, tea and orange juice all of which went down well.  Children donated money for Ballybay Cancer Society on the day and a total of €240 was collected.  Many thanks to all who donated and also to the parents who helped out on the morning.

DREW HANGS UP HIS COUNTY BOOTS

Last week Drew Wylie announced his inter county retirement after over a decade of loyal service to the Farney jersey. Ballybay Pearse Brothers paid the following well deserved tribute to Drew on their Facebook page - Almost 13 years to the day since he made his debut for Monaghan in the Mckenna Cup v UUJ, Drew Wylie has announced his retirement from inter county football. Drew will go down as one of the greatest Monaghan footballers of all time.
A 3 time All Star nominee who would have surely won at least one award if his fellow players were voting instead of the genteel cabal of journalists, who play checks and balances instead of picking the best player in each position.
But Drew didn't need official recognition. He is without doubt one of the most beloved footballers in Monaghan's history. A man who let his ability do the talking got everything he could out of his career.
An example of this is when the County Board got the players to ring older fans during Covid, Drew was the most requested player, by a mile. The bigger the stage, the better he performed. He made his Championship debut in 2012 and was fixture for the next number of years. It is no coincidence that Monaghan had their most successful modern era when Drew became a regular.
He was outstanding in the 2013 and 2015 Ulster Finals and was probably Monaghan's best player in the 2018 semi final v Tyrone, his point from a tight angle in the dying minutes almost gave Monaghan a draw. He was an absolute colossus for Monaghan and often put the team on his back to get them over the line. Drew Wylie is an example for any young footballer to follow. He was tough and hard but never dirty but most of all, he could play. His point off his left foot v Kildare in the 2014 was a sight to behold.
His last start for Monaghan was v Dublin in the epic NFL game last March and Drew performed brilliantly in shutting down Dean Rock to help Monaghan stay in Division One for another year.
So Drew left at the top, where he spent most of his career. In future, whenever there is a discussion on the greatest Monaghan 15 of all time, Drew will not be in the conversation, he will be on the team. Congratulations Drew, a gentleman, a warrior and a credit to his family and his club.

CENTRAL SCHOOL ENROLMENT

Applications are being taken for the 2023-2024 academic year from next Monday 16th January.  If you wish to enrol a child or you know of anyone who wishes to enrol a child, please contact the office for an application form.  Application forms will be available on our website https://www.ballybaycns.com/ later this week.

POLAR BEARS STOLEN

Just before Christmas someone stole the four polar bears from the lights display at the junction of the Carrick Road and Cootehill Road. The drybox was forced open and the bears unplugged – this act alone left other plugs exposed to the rain and before long the Santa model quit working.  If anyone has any idea who carried out this desperate act could they please contact the local GARDA. Thankfully there is a happy ending as a very kind local lady who wants to remain anonymous gave up her own polar bears and Smugglers Warehouse in Monaghan provided a part required to get Santa going again.

FAITH MISSION

You're welcome to the Faith Mission monthly Gospel Meeting on Friday 6th January 2023 at 8pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church Hall, (kindly granted).  Visiting speaker Robert Little, Faith Mission.   Organised by Brian and Hazel Parker Faith Mission Area Workers Cootehill.

MUSIC CLASSES RESUME

Classes organised by Tullycorbet CCE recommence in Tullycorbet Community Centre Wednesday next January 11th. For more information, contact Francis at 087 2395396.

RAFFLE IN DRUMHOWAN

The organisers of the recent raffle in Drumhowan would like to thank everyone who donated prizes. The winners were:
1) Dympna Mulligan (€100 1 for all voucher and milk tray), 2) Gareth Mc Elearney, ( €100 1 for all voucher and a fruit cake), 3) Paddy Mulligan, (€50 Rosie’s voucher and Butlers chocolates), 4) Maria Duffy, (400 watt heater and biscuits), 5) Natasha Mc Donald, (body warmer and biscuits), 6) Red Pat Duffy, (body warmer and biscuits), 7) Joan Mc Ardle, Powers and biscuits), 8)Clare Reilly, (Wine and biscuits),  9)Terry Mc Ginnity, (Gin and chocolates), 10) Abbie Steenson, (Wine and Butlers Chocolates),  11)Natasha Mc Donald, (Brandy and biscuits),  12)Joe Mulligan  (Bluebells massage voucher) & 13) Big Pat Duffy (meal for 2 and champagne in Ma Bakers, Carlingford).

OVER €200, 000 ANNOUNCED FOR 2 ESTATES

Councillor Seamus Coyle has confirmed that €195, 000 has been approved for the new play equipment and improvements in Corrybrennan Park and Culbrannan. The Latton based Councillor has been working hard to secure the monies and confirmed that as well as the €195, 000 the Municipal District have approved an additional 10% which will bring the overall spend to well over €200, 000. Public consultation with the residences, will be undertaken by Carol Lambe, early in 2023 and Cllr. Coyle is urging all residents and their families to get involved.

PAINT AND SIP

On January 6th the Drumhowan Ladies Rounders team are having a ‘Paint And Sip’ evening. Catherine Mc Gregor is the facilitator/tutor and will supply all the materials. The evening gets underway at 7pm and will finish up at 9pm.

NEW YEAR NEW WALKING GROUP

The Ballybay Walking Group will meet in the Town Park every Tuesday at 7pm. The group is open to male and females of all ages and families are welcome. So far the planned walks will last between 20 minutes and an hour, the important thing being that you select the walk that best suits your level of fitness. The organisers have requested that for safety reasons you bring high viz clothing and consider appropriate clothing depending on the weather. This is a free group (no fees). Further information is available from Dolores at 0868340501.

DRUMHOWAN NEW YEAR VEHICLE RUN

Keep free Monday 2nd Jan 2023 for a Vehicle Run from Drumhowan Community Centre. All Tractors both big and small, Trucks, Vintage Cars, Honda 50's and Bicycles welcome. Route will head into Ballybay onto Lough Egish and back to Drumhowan Centre. Entry €20 per vehicle with proceeds to the Community Centre and Gaa Club. Registration from 11am - Starts at 12.30pm. Refreshments and Raffle afterwards in The Centre

DINNER DANCE

Save the date. The Pearse Brothers Dinner Dance will be held in the Kilmore Hotel on February 11th. Presentation of Senior Championship Medals and Hall of Fame on the night. Tickets will be available soon. Prices etc to be confirmed.

CHRISTMAS MASSES

There will be  vigil mass in St. Patrick’s on Saturday on 8pm. On Christmas Day there will be three masses in the parish as follows: Tullycorbett 10am, Ballintra 11am and Ballybay 12-15pm.

PARKING PLEA

The Chamber of Commerce are appealing to workers in the town to please use the car parks on the Clones Road and behind Liam Smyth’s especially in the run up to Christmas. The reason for the plea is to make as many ‘on street’ parking spaces available for people shopping. Your help in this matter would be very much appreciated.

NEW DATE FOR AGM

The Pearse Brothers AGM was postponed last Friday due to the sad passing of Annemarie Kelly, sister of the club Chairman Darren Smyth. The new date for the meeting is Friday 9th December. The club and wider community would like to pass on their condolences to Annemarie’s husband Nigel, her two sons, Benny, Cora and the extended Smyth family.

CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING

Christ Church, Ballybay invites you to join them in their last coffee morning of the year, a Christmas Coffee Morning on Tuesday 6th December from 11am until 12-30pm. Please come join us for a cuppa and a chat, looking forward in seeing you.

CAROL SERVICE IN ROCKCORRY

You're welcome to Rockcorry Carol Service on Sunday 4th December 2022 at 3.30pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church, (kindly granted).  The visiting speaker is Tim McFarland. Cootehill Children's Club will be taking part.  Organised by Brian and Hazel Parker Faith Mission Area Workers Cootehill.  Refreshments afterwards.

COFFEE MORNING

A coffee morning in memory of John Lennon will be held in Tullycorbet Community Centre on Sunday 18th December at 10-30am (following his first anniversary mass). All proceeds in aid of Ballybay Cancer Society and Cavan/Monaghan Palliative Care.

CHRIST CHURCH AUGHNAMULLEN

Christ Church Aughnamullen’s annual Carol Service will take place on Sunday 11th December at 3pm. Rockcorry National School pupils will help with the lessons and carols. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the School Hall. Everybody welcome.

GO FUND ME PAGE FOR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

Last year Ballybay’s Christmas lights were the talk of the country and lots of people visited the town to see them. The Christmas Street Lighting Committee are always doing great work to improve the lights. To this end they have once again set up a GoFundme page (Ballybay Christmas Lights 2022). All monies raised will go directly to improving the number and the quality of Christmas lights. Your donation no matter how small will be greatly appreciated. Donations can also be made in the Credit Union – account number 5229.

ELAINE TATE MEMORIAL 5KM WALK/RUN

The second Elaine Tate memorial 5km walk/run will take place in Dartry Forest on Boxing Day. The starting point is the first entrance on the Cootehill Road (Rockcorry). Walkers start at 11-30am and runners at 12noon. All donations will be distributed to Cootehill Cancer Care, Ballybay Cancer Society and Crocus Monaghan. There will also be refreshments served after the walk/run.

COFFEE MORNING

A coffee morning in memory of John Lennon will be held in Tullycorbet Community Centre on Sunday 18th December at 10-30am (following his first anniversary mass). All proceeds in aid of Ballybay Cancer Society and Cavan/Monaghan Palliative Care. 

DOOHAMLET TRACTOR RUN

The first ever Monster tractor run is set to take place on Sunday 27th of November leaving Doohamlet GAA grounds at 12 noon. Please assemble from 10.30 for refreshments and registration. Please note tractors must be road worthy and road legal, registration 20 euro. Modern tractors will travel to Ballybay, Lough Egish, Castleblayney and disperse for home. Vintage tractors will travel to Ballybay, Tullycorbett, Scotch corner, Cremartin, Evin O’Reilly’s and disperse for home. For info call John 087 2346602 or follow Doohamlet comm centre facebook page.

CENTRAL SCHOOL DONATE OVER €500 TO CAMPHILL

 On Wednesday 26th October the boys and girls of Ballybay Central School enjoyed a non uniform and movie day.  Each classroom watched a movie and enjoyed popcorn and sweets.  At lunch time the children had an opportunity to spend their money at the cake sale and all enjoyed the many treats they bought.  Later in the day they were overwhelmed with the number of parents and friends who came along to purchase cakes, buns etc.  The total amount raised from the non uniform day and cake sale was €508.75.  The money will be donated to the Camphill Community. 

CHRISTMAS SHOE BOX APPEAL

Massive congratulations to the children of Scoil Eanna who recently donated 105 shoe boxes full of goodies to TEAM HOPE. The filled boxes will now make their way to children affected by poverty in Eastern Europe and Africa. Ballybay Central School have also collected a number of shoeboxes for TEAM HOPE. Well done to both schools.

PAINT AND SIP

The Sew Arty Studio present a ‘Paint and Sip’ evening in Pat O Brien on Friday 9th December at 7pm. In the company of family and friends you will have chance to design and paint a masterpiece to take home while having a wee tipple. Further information is available from Catherine at 0879353182.

MAROON TRIVIA

On the 19th November 1950 Ballybay Pearse Brothers wore their now famous maroon jerseys for the first time. On Saturday last lots of maroon could be seen around town as members past and present wore their colours to commemorate the anniversary.

CAROL SERVICE AT CROSSDUFF

Crossduff Parish Church is holding their annual Carol Service on Sunday 4th December at 3pm. The guest preacher will be the Rev. Ian Ellis, Bishop of Clogher. The Ballybay Country Gospel Group will also make a special appearance. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served after the service on the Old Stable.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

The SVP Christmas collections will be held at weekend masses in Tullycorbet on Sunday 4th December and at Ballintra and St. Patrick’s on Saturday and Sunday the 10th and 11th December. Parishioners can also make use of the SVP envelope which is available in the local church porches.

If you are in need of assistance, you can contact the local branch by writing to SVP, C/O Confraternity Rooms, St. Patrick Street, Ballybay or by calling freephone 1800 677 777. Request for assistance should be made before Friday 9th December.

MANAGER STEPS DOWN

Jerome Johnston and his number 2 Mark Doran have left Ballybay for pastures new. It’s been quite a journey with the Down duo leading to the club’s first county title for ten years. The club wish Jerome and Mark all the best for the future. Speaking of senior team and there was great news this week when it was revealed that eight Ballybay players including two sets of brothers had made the county senior championship All Star team. Congratulations to Ryan Wylie, Drew Wylie, Colm Lennon, Eoin Mc Kearney, Dessie Ward, Shane Mc Guinness, Christopher Mc Guinness and Paul Finlay. The AGM takes place this Friday evening in the clubhouse at 8pm.

PLEASE SHOP LOCAL

With Christmas just a few weeks away the local Chamber of Commerce are appealing to everyone to shop local and support local business at this difficult time. Local Town Vouchers to the value of  €10 and €20 can be purchased at numerous shops and can then be spent in local shops. These vouchers would make great presents for anyone.

NIAMH TO APPEAR IN NATIONAL PANTO

Congratulations to local Ballybay girl Niamh Harte who will appear in the https://www.panto.ie/ production of Sammy & Buffy meet Snow White this Christmas. The panto is being held in the National Stadium from December 12th until January 2nd. If interested in seeing Niamh and the panto you can book your tickets at panto.ie

TIDY TOWNS IMPROVEMENT IN ALL AREAS

The local Tidy Towns committee has received the adjudicators report from this Summers judging and the good news is that the Town has improved in all eight areas. The committee would like to put on record, their thanks to everyone who has provided help and support to improve the Town’s appearance including the volunteer litter pickers who turn up every Tuesday evening for an hour. Special thanks are also due to local Council worker Mr. Mickey Flynn who keeps the streets and surrounding areas from litter and weeds all year round. Mickey will be sorely missed when he retires at the end of the year.   The committee are always looking for more help and support so perhaps your New Year resolution could be to give an hour a week to help to help keep Ballybay clean and tidy and a place to be proud off.

The report firstly looked at COMMUNITY and noted that there was an active committee with 24 members and help from various resident groups. The highlighted the involvement of young people, stating, “We are delighted to see they are involved in litter picking, seed sowing and promoting wildlife habitats”. They also noted that it was “Pleasing to see that the committee take advice of the judges on board”.

In relation to STREETSCAPE AND PUBLIC PLACE the judges complimented property owners for getting involved with the Town and Village Enhancement Scheme. They had numerous positive comments to make including, “Stookies Bar on Main Street looked tremendously well. Smyths, Bills, Ballybay Pharmacy, Credit Union, Bluebells and Carragher’s looked smart”. They also “Admired the bench and beautiful planters at the entrance to Loch Mor Avenue”.

GREEN SPACES AND LANDSCAPING also received many complimentary comments. These included, “We have noted and admired the landscaping in Riverside Lane”, “The award winning playground is a splendid amenity” and “The planting beds all look good and provide a welcoming feature for visitors to the town”.

NATURE AND BIODIVERSITY also received positive comments. The judges complimented the community garden and the partnership with the Mens Shed. The judges finished off this section saying, “We love all the planting around the town with lovely burst of colour throughout”.

The committee approach to harvesting water and composting helped to improve the score in the SUSTAINABILITY section. The judges also liked the information panels about the Dromore River and said, “they are great ways of raising awareness about our waterways”.

Under TIDINESS AND LITTER CONTROL it was noted that there was very little litter on the day of adjudication. They applauded the ‘Best Kept Premises’ initiative and thanked Gerry Mc Elroy for his sponsorship. On the downside they noted rubbish and bags at the recycling area and suggested the possibility of CCTV as a solution to this issue.

RESIDENTIAL STREETS AND HOUSING AREA received very positive comments such as “many houses and estates were beautifully presented” and “we commend the homeowners for their efforts”.

The judges were very complimentary in relation to the APPROCAH ROADS, STREETS AND LANES saying that, “The commitment of the CE Workers is to be commended”.

In the CONCLUDNG REMARKS the judges said, “It was a pleasure to visit and in this 6th year you have progressed well and are beginning to see results on the ground”.

SANTA FOR PEARSE PARK

The 2nd annual Christmas Santa Day takes place on Sunday 4th December from 2pm-5pm at Ballybay Pearse Brothers GAA centre. Meet Mr and Mrs Clause, go on a lovely treasure hunt walk, dance the afternoon away at a Xmas disco or have a go at some lovely Xmas Art plus a special raffle for all guests. Everyone welcome.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

The SVP Christmas collections will be held at weekend masses in Tullycorbet on Sunday 4th December and at Ballintra and St. Patrick’s on Saturday and Sunday the 10th and 11th December. Parishioners can also make use of the SVP envelope which is available in the local church porches.

If you are in need of assistance, you can contact the local branch by writing to SVP, C/O Confraternity Rooms, St. Patrick Street, Ballybay or by calling freephone 1800 677 777. Request for assistance should be made before Friday 9th December.

BOOK LAUNCH

Ballybay native Frank Curley is launching a memoir book about his dad, entitled ‘A Pen in your Pocket and a Watch on your Arm’ in the Iontas Centre, Castleblayney on Wednesday 23rd November at 7.30pm.

It will be launched by An Cathaoirleach, Monaghan County Council. It’s a fundraiser for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Memorabilia including his dad’s IRA notes from the War of Independence and letters from the time he was in England in the late 1950’s will be on display. Frank grew up in Drumroosk, Ballybay and was reared for five years with the Woods family in Aughnaclea, Tullycorbett, while his dad was in England. He was a member of the 1969 Pearse Brothers team. The book provides a remarkable insight into the life of a small farmer in Monaghan who made wonderful, yet painful sacrifices to enhance his son’s life prospects.

RUNS COMES TO AN END

Ballybay Pearse Brothers season came to an end in Clones on Sunday last when they suffered a 2-14 to 1-7 defeat to the reigning All Ireland champions Kilcoo. Only three points separated the sides at the break however Kilcoo were is fine form in the second half and deserved their victory. They now play Enniskillen Gaels in the Ulster semi-final. Check out the sports pages for a match report from St. Tiernach’s Park.

CELTIC PSALMS AT CAHANS MEETING HOUSE

The Cahans Meeting House Committee invite you to an evening of ‘Celtic Psalms’ in Cahans Meeting House on Friday 18th November at 8pm. The group will sing and play a  number of Old Testament Psalms to traditional Irish tunes. There will be no charge, refreshments will be served and donations are invited. It will also be a good opportunity to see the newly renovated Meeting House.

COMMUNITY ALLOTMENTS

Are you interested in growing your own vegetables or fruit but don’t have a garden? Ballybay Community Allotments may be your answer. The allotments are situated at the rear of The Men’s Shed. Raised beds and all tools and equipment, are provided. All you need is an interest in growing your own. The rental fee for 2023 is €50. It’s a fantastic facility to have right in the middle of town. If you are interested in taking an allotment, then please phone Paul on 0877661778 to discuss and view. It’s a first come first serve basis, so don’t leave it too late. There are 16 raised beds and a number are taken already. This project was made possible by funding received from the Department of Rural and Community Development and Monaghan County Council under the CLAR Programme.

CHOIR PRACTICE

Choir practice for member of all three church choirs will take place in St. Patrick’s on Saturday evening next following Vigil Mass. The practice is in preparation for Advent and new members are welcome.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

The annual Christmas Tree lights turn on will take place in the Square at 7pm on Friday 2nd December. More details next week but for now stick the date in your diary.

DRAUGHTS IN MEENAS

DRAUGHTS are back on the agenda at the Welcome Inn on Lower Main Street. They start back on Monday next 14th November at 8-30pm. Old and new players welcome.

SOCIAL DANCING IN DRUMHOWAN

On Tuesday evening last the first of four nights of Social Dancing commenced in Drumhowan Community Centre. It will continue next Tuesday at 8pm. Everyone welcome.

SANTA AND BAZAAR

Cuan Mhuire, Ballybay will be the venue for a big Santa fun day and Bazaar on Sunday 11th December. Santa will be arriving at 3pm and there will be free gifts for all the children. There will then be 100s of prizes to be won at the bazaar. Christmas cakes and other Christmas fare will be on sale. Christmas is just around the corner so get this date in your diary.

JAP POINTS THE WAY

39 year old Paul ‘Jap’ Finlay put in a man of the match performance last Saturday evening as Ballybay seen of the challenge of former All Ireland champions Crossmaglen Rangers. The last time Ballybay played in Ulster Paul missed the game as he was on his honeymoon. The reward for the victory is a quarter final against the reigning All Ireland champions and to add a wee bit of spice - the current Ballybay manager Jerome Johnston just happens to have 3 sons on that team. Check out the sports pages for a match report from the Athletic Grounds and a preview of this weekends big game.

BIG GAME ON TV

RTE will be showing the Ballybay v Crossmaglen game on Saturday evening next. The county champions open their Ulster campaign in the Athletic Grounds, Armagh at 7-15pm. The Armagh champions will bring a wealth of provincial experience to the game however if Ballybay can repeat their county final day heroics they are a match for anyone. The game is part of a double header which will see Corduff play Shane O Neill’s beforehand. The club would also like to thank everyone who supported their big breakfast. The morning was a great success with over 350 attending.

ANNUAL CALENDAR

The Latton Bawn Historical Group’s annual calendar is now available. They are excellent value at just €5 and are available from McElroy's Shop, Latton. Maura Fox Shantonagh PO. Lynch's, Lisnalong. Hannigans, Cootehill. Maudabawn Creamery. The Corner Shop, Ballybay. Smyth's Newsagents, Ballybay or any Committee member. There are limited number of these calendars, so be sure and get yours early. They will make a lovely Christmas present.

CONFIRMATION 2023

It may be six months away but the date for Confirmation 2023 have been released. The sacrament will be celebrated in St. Patrick’s on Sunday 30th April at 3pm. Monsignor Mc Caughey will be the celebrant.

MONTHLY GOSPEL MEETING

Everyone is welcome to the Faith Mission monthly Gospel Meeting on Friday 4th  November 2022 at 8pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church hall, (kindly granted).  The visiting speaker is Maxwell Cherry.   Organised by Brian and Hazel Parker Faith Mission Area Workers Cootehill.

CLLR. COYLE RAISES CAR PARKING ISSUES

Cllr. Seamus Coyle has been approached by numerous locals regarding car parking on the Castleblayney Road junction end of town and the lack of traffic warden activity. The Latton based official has continuously raised this matter with the Executive of Monaghan County Council.

He recently posed the following question to a council meeting :
“While there is great appreciation in Ballybay for the New Car Park at the Courtyard in addition to the Clones Road Car Park there is great dissatisfaction among shoppers and the business community who are the rate payers to Monaghan County Council that there is no presence in the town of Monaghan County Council Traffic Wardens, particularly on the Castleblayney Road side of town where parking spaces are limited and would appear to have some vehicles parked in spaces for lengthy periods. Will Monaghan County Council immediately appoint additional Traffic Wardens to cover all the Towns in the County as it appears to be an issue across Monaghan?”


The following answer was supplied to Cllr. Coyle:
“The Monaghan Municipal District manages the provision of Traffic Warden services to each of the Towns in the County. The Municipal District of Ballybay Clones will request the Monaghan Municipal District to provide an appropriate Traffic Warden service to the towns of Ballybay and Clones”.