In the year of 2006 an Outdoor Bowling green was established in the Town Park with the help of Ballybay and Derryvalley Indoor Bowling Club. In the years that followed the outdoor club went from strength to strength where we now have around 80 members. Competitions are held during the summer months which are run on a league basis. We also joined the Border County League which includes teams from Letterkenny, Omagh, Enniskillen, Fivemiletown and Dungannon. Sixteen of our members compete in the league on a home and away format. We have won this league on two occasions in the past twelve years. Because of extensive wear over the years on the carpet surface the committee felt it was time for an upgrade and so on 4th February a from Greenguage in Scotland the original installers arrived on site and with a lot of help from some of our dedicated members a new underlay was put down with the top carpet being turned over so as to provide us with a completely new surface. First indicators are that it is somewhat slower which is what most of the members desired. Anyone wishing to have a try can do so on Saturday morning the 16th February between 10-30am and 1pm – weather permitting.


Ballybay ICA we are hosting a cookery demonstration with Astrid Moffett in Cuan Mhuire as part of The County of Sanctuary in conjunction with Monaghan County Council. This takes place on Saturday 16th February from 10.30am-1pm... if you would like to come along please let any ICA member know as we need numbers for catering. There is no cover charge as the event is funded by Monaghan County Council.


The 6th class pupils of Scoil Eanna will be joining the parish community at the 6-30pm Mass on Saturday next 16th February. This is to mark their journey towards receiving the Holy Spirit at confirmation. The confirmation ceremony for 2019 will be in St. Patrick’s on Sunday 26th May at 3pm.


If anyone has news which they would wish considered for the Ballybay Pearse Brothers notes on their facebook page and in the Northern Standard should contact Sean O Grady. His contact details are This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


On Sunday next Monsignor Larry Duffy will be ordained as Bishop of Clogher in St. Macartan’s Cathedral, Monaghan. While Larry is from the parish of Magheracloone in the south of the county he was actually born in Ballybay on 27th November 1951. He is the son of the late Thomas and Elizabeth Duffy. For anyone who would like to see the ordination but who cannot get to Monaghan don’t worry. The whole event is available live via the web cam in the Cathedral. This is accessible from the homepage of www.clogherdiocese.ie or via https://mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-macartans-cathedral-monaghan . There will also be updates via the diocese Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.


A mindful motivation workshop discussing awareness, accepting and letting go will be held in the Wetlands Centre on the Clones Road on Thursday 14th February from 7-30pm until 10pm. Kathleen Tuite will be the facilitator and can be contacted in advance on 0862408724.


Thanks to some funding we have received, we are about to employ a company to do a survey of the 5 graveyards in the parish - St. Mary's Latton, St. Patrick's Bawn, Aughnamullen Church of Ireland, Corlea Presbyterian Church & Killahear.

The survey will include taking photographs of all headstones and making them available to view on a website www.irishgraveyards.ie
Also a scaled map of each graveyard will be produced with each grave marked on it and this will be placed on a display board in each
graveyard. Before the map is finalised, a draft of it will be on display in each church for the public to make any corrections. Work on all the graveyards will begin approx. around the middle of February to the beginning of March 2019.

Check out the website www.irishgraveyards.ie to see the graveyards in Co. Monaghan that have been completed. If there is no marking on a grave, then it can't be included on the website.


A community youth club takes place in Christ Church Hall on Saturday 9th February from 6 to 7pm. All national school children are welcome. Activities available include arts and crafts, table tennis, lots of fun games on the night with refreshments served afterwards, love to see you there!


A gentle yoga class will begin in Ballybay Community College on Monday 11th February at 8-30pm. The programme is excellent value at €25 for 8 weeks. Pre-registration is essential as limited places are available. For further information or to register contact Monaghan Sports Partnership 042 9755126 or Dean 087 2623956.


Ballybay Cancer Society have been chosen by TESCO Monaghan as 1 of 3 charities to benefit from their Goodwill Token Scheme for the next 6 weeks. So Please if you do shop there place your BLUE token in the assigned box. If you have family and friends in Monaghan town or surrounding areas could you contact them and ask them to help the Ballybay Cancer Society by doing likewise.


Circuit training takes place in the recreation Centre every Monday night at 8-30pm. This class is excellent for strength building and improving your cardio fitness. Everyone welcome including beginners.