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  • Ballybay Community College U19 footballers retained the Danske Bank Faul Cup with a 1-13 to 1-7 win over Baileborough Community College in Clones on Monday evening. Darragh mc Elearney and his side will be back in action this weekend when they meet Leinster opposition in the Rice Cup semi final. The team and subs were: R Johnston, T McPhillips, M Hughes, T Keenan, J Hughes, E Duffy (0-1), A Hamilton (0-4, 0-2 frees), S Slevin (1-0), J Slevin. D McElearney. D Dempsey (0-5 frees), J Sniauksta, T Keenan (0-1), D McCann (0-1). M Coyle (0-1).
    Subs : J McAdam for K Keenan, R Duffy for J Hughes, Cian Hughes for A Hamilton. Full details of the much can be found on the sports pages.

  • The parishioners of Christ Church Ballybay we’re delighted to receive the wonderful news that Rev Elaine Dunne will be installed as the new minister in our group of parishes in June. Rev Elaine Dunne is currently the Interim Priest of the Omey Union which includes Christ Church, Clifden, St Thomas’s, Ballinakill and Holy Trinity, Errislannan (all in Connemara). She will succeed the Rev Neal Phair who left in April last year. We would like to thank sincerely each and everyone who has stepped in to cover our parish during this vacancy, Rev Canon Ian Berry, Rev James Stevenson, Alan Hill, Keith Browne, Walter Pringle, Canon Dr W Johnston, Roy Crowe, Dean Ferguson, William Graham and everyone else involved. We greatly appreciate all your commitment, help and support during this time, we wish you all Gods richest blessings.

  • The local Library will be open on Saturday next 29th February from 10pm until 1pm. Why not call in and see for yourself what your Library has to offer. There are numerous services available and all are free of charge.

  • This year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade will take place on Tuesday 17th March beginning at 5pm. Gerry Traynor’s shop will be the start venue and there will be cash prizes for the winning floats. Community groups, sporting organisations and local businesses should get their thinking caps on as the parade is just 3 weeks away.

  • With the days improving and getting longer its hoped to get the outdoor green sprayed and power washed and have it ready for the opening around the middle of March. The AGM will take place on Thursday 19th March on the Bowling Pavilion at 8pm and all members that participated in any competitions last year are invited to attend. Last year saw a big change in our carpet surface when we had ‘Greenguage’ here to upgrade the entire surface. All members were in agreement that it is much better to play on and are looking forward to the new season.

  • The 6th class pupils of Scoil Eanna will take their confirmation pledge at 6-30pm mass on Saturday evening next in the St. Patrick’s. This is part of their journey towards receiving the Holy Spirit and everyone is welcome to come along. The confirmation ceremony will be held on Sunday 22nd March at 3pm.

  • Anyone interested in any of the following activities: Cross Country, Mixed Distance Relays, Marathon, Camogie, Futsal, Gaelic Football, Pitch and Putt, Rounders, Tag Rugby, Skittles, Soccer, Spikeball, Athletics, Cycling, Swimming, Duathlon, Art, Model Making, Handwriting, Project, Debating, Gymnastics, Talent (Dance, Drama, Music, Recitation and Singing), Culture, Choir, Recitation, or Table Quiz please contact Maire 086 0826103 / 042 9748955 or Sharon 087 2332882 / 042 9748110. Important - Art, Debating, Handwriting, Model making, Project and Swimming registration must be completed before 27th February. Please contact either of the above contacts to ensure your child has a chance to compete in any of these events.

  • Ballybay Central School warmly invite you to a Table Quiz on Friday 6th March at 8pm in Derryvalley Hall. Adult €10 and children €5. A great night for all the family with local man Stephen Duffy as quizmaster, spot prizes and supper served.

  • The Women’s World Day of Prayer will be held this year in Cuan Mhuire on Friday 6th March at 7 pm. We are keen to include children and are looking for help to lead the singing on that night. We hope to practise in the Fitzgerald Centre at C Mhuire this Saturday 15th February at 10.15 am. The practice will last about thirty minutes. We ask if your child is interested in coming that a parent stay with them for the duration of the practice. We would love to have extra help.

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!