Redevelopment of Ballybay Town Park
Thursday 19th January 2017 8pm
Ballybay Wetlands Centre
Ballybay Co. Monaghan
The purpose of this public meeting is to identify barriers to accessibility that currently exist within the park and to hear the views of the users of the park on how best to improve the park as a community recreational facility.
Ballybay Cancer Society want to convey their grateful thanks to the people of Ballybay and its surrounding areas who have given so generously throughout 2016. The catchment area for Ballybay reaches out from the centre of Co. Monaghan so it covers a large number of local areas in which to give assistance. In return all these areas played a very large part in terrific fundraising in a year when times were tough and pennies were scarce. This didn't stop all those kind generous people giving to this local worthwhile charity and therefore lots of locals received assistance from Ballybay Cancer Society at a time when it was needed most. The fundraising like other years comprised of all types of fun filled ventures e.g. head/beardshaves, pancake days, in lieu of birthday/anniversary presents, donations from Brides & Grooms in lieu of wedding favours. This Christmas there were a number of people who gave substantial donations in lieu of Christmas cards. Ballybay Cancer Society has a lot of clients so it was a particularly helpful boost as we issue numerous winter grants to help with the day to day finances which people shouldn't have to worry about on top of all the hardship that illness brings to a household. The provision and financing of a transport service is the other main function of Ballybay Cancer and it has received lots of thanks and praise from users and their families. Ballybay Cancer Society want to thank everyone who gave so generously of their time, efforts and monies and take this opportunity to wish all a Healthy Happy New Year.
The Library re-opened on Tuesday last and from now on members must have their library cards with them when borrowing books or using the internet. This new procedure is down to changes to the computer system. Bottom line no card – no book or internet.
Phase 1 team event entries will be due in by the deadline of the 22nd of January to County. This includes all team events for the first Ulster finals (due to take place on the 1st April). All event details and rules can be found on the Community Games website. Anyone interested in futsal, badminton, spikeball, basketball, tag rugby, mini rugby, girls soccer, table tennis, chess and draughts please contact Sharon 9748110 or Maire 9748955 asap. We wish to express our deepest sympathy to Eithne and Mark Hughes on the untimely passing of Eamon a very devoted husband and father. May Eamon Rest in Peace.
Ladybirds and Guides will reopen tonight Thursday 12th January at usual times and usual venue. Brownies will reopen at a later date.
The Ballybay Social Group meet again on Friday 13 January 2017 in Cuan Mhuire from 11.30 onwards with morning refreshments. At 12 noon Jeannette Keenan will be along to do some simple armchair exercises for 30 minutes which won`t be physically taxing and is a bit of fun as well as being most useful for the body after the possible excesses of the holiday season. After lunch there will be a session of bingo. Both men and women are welcome as usual and the all in cost is just €6. There`s a free raffle for spot prizes and if anyone needs a lift please contact 086 0660270. Hope to see you there! If coming for the first time, don`t worry just show up.
Smyth’s Newsagent in the Square is hosting a Customer Appreciation Day this Friday. Throughout the day there will be 20% off many products and everyone who spends over €30 will be entered in a free draw. This is the first time such a unique event has been held in the town and Darren and Therese are to be applauded for their initiative.
The Ballybay Credit Union AGM will take place in the Wetlands Centre on Wednesday 18th January at 8pm. There will be a free raffle on the night for any member who attends. Refreshments will also be served.
Did you over indulge at Christmas. Well don’t worry if you did as circuit training returns to the Recreation Centre on Monday nights. The class starts at 8.30pm sharp. Everyone and all fitness levels welcome.
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!