This Sunday 24th July will be an important day in the parish and especially in the Duffy household. For on that day local man Stephen Duffy along with Kevin Malcolmson will be ordained. The ordination will take place in St. Macartan’s Cathedral, Monaghan at 3pm. Could all parishioners keep Stephen and his family in their thoughts and prayers in these last few weeks leading to this very important day. Stephen’s first mass will take place on Monday 25th July – keep an eye on the parish bulletin for final arrangements.
While Stephen Duffy enters the ministry on Sunday the parish also welcomes home Fr. PJ Mc Ginnity who after 25 years ministry in the USA has returned to Ballybay to retire. Father PJ was ordained 25 years ago yesterday. The parishioners would like to wish him a long healthy and happy retirement.
A Book of Condolence for the victims of the Nice terror attack has been opened to the public, during normal office hours, at the Ballybay-Clones Municipal District Offices, Monaghan Street, Clones until closing time (5.15pm) on Friday, 22nd July, 2016.
Welcome to the Ballybay website, a site lo provide both locals and visitors with current and update information about the town of Ballybay and the local community, including local directories, sport and tourism and coverage of all local events.
Ballybay is strategically located in the centre of County Monaghan, being less than twenty kilometres from all the main towns within the county. The town has become much more accessible with the improvement of transport links through the opening of the Castleblayney By-pass.
The town traditionally acted as a market town which served a large rural hinterland. In the 1800s the linen industry was the main form of employment in the area based on the abundance of flax grown locally. Subsequently the town developed an increasing dependence on the agricultural sector with the mart being the central focal feature which brought farmers and rural dwellers to the town. Following the downturn in the agricultural sector, Ballybay suffered a loss of trade that affected all sectors in the town. The town has been in decline for approximately 30 years, a fact clearly reflected in the number of derelict properties sited along the Main Street.
The town is dominated by Lough Major located to the east of the town centre. The Dromore River also forms an important part of the town’s physical structure and it is these water features and local drumlins that have helped to dictate how the town has developed and evolved over the years.
So if you're not lucky enough to live here already, come and visit and explore the selections that Ballybay has to offer!