CAMPHILL OPEN DAY

The annual Camphill Open Day will take place on Sunday 19th June from 2pm until 5pm at Robb Farm, Ballybay. On the day there will be loads of stalls including home produce, bric-a-brac, candles, cake stall and weaving. There will also be a bouncy castle, BBQ and refreshments. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Camphill is also happy to accept donations in advance of the open day.

BLESSING OF THE GRAVES

The annual Blessing of the Graves will take place this year in July. Here are the dates for your diary – Ballintra – Sunday 24th July (linked with the 111am mass), Tullycorbet – Sunday 31st July (linked with the 9-30am mass) and Ballybay – Sunday 31st July at 3pm.

WEEKDAY MASSES CANCELLED

The weekday masses in St. Patrick’s (Monday to Friday) have been cancelled until further notice.  For emergency calls phone Castleblayney Parish Office (Monday to Friday 10-2pm ) on 042 9740027. For out of office emergency/sick calls phone 083 0972683.

ARTS AND CRAFTS SUMMER CAMP

Catherine Mc Gregor will be hosting a Art and Craft summer camp on the 12th, 13th and 14th July. It will run from 10am until 12noon each day and is aimed at 5 to 12 year olds. Places are limited so for further information contact Catherine at 087 9353182.

CHRISTCHURCH COFFEE MORNING

Would you like to catch up with your friends for a cuppa and a chat? Christchurch have organised a coffee morning on Tuesday 14th June in Christchurch Hall from 11am until 12-30pm. Everyone welcome.

TRANSITION PROGRAMME

Ballybay Youth Club are hosting a transition programme entitled ‘Building a Bridge’. The programme is for young people in 6th class making the move to first year in secondary school. It starts on 14th June and runs for eight weeks. Further information/application forms are available from Grainne at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 087 3753274.

NEW LOOK BINGO

On Tuesday last the new look Bingo returned to Ballybay Pearse Brothers Centre. The jackpot was €8000 and if it doesn’t go there will be €1000 guaranteed on the night. Please also note a new start time of 8pm. If you haven’t been before you can find the venue using Eircode A75 DP04

GOLF CLASSIC

Its just over a week to the Drury Centra sponsored Golf Classic in aid of the Ballybay Pearse Brothers. The event will be held at Clones Golf Club on Saturday 4th June. For more information, Sponsorships & Team forms check out the clubs website https://www.ballybaypearsebrothers.ie/golf2022

NEW HOTEL IN TOWN

Ballybay Tidy Town committee have added a new pollinator hotel at River View Lane. The new construction will attract lots of bees and other insects and help pollinate the nearby plants and flowers. This is another excellent initiative by this hard working group.

ELECTED CAPTAIN

Congratulations to Ballybay’s Evan Rutledge who was recently elected captain at Monaghan Rugby Club. Ballybay have always had a good association with Monaghan RFC and Evan has been a playing member for a number of years. We wish him and his team well for next season.

CAR BOOT SALE

Cuan Mhuire will host a Car Boot Sale on Bank Holiday Monday 6th June. These events have proven to be popular with locals and visitors. A car on the day will cost just €10. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

The celebration of First Holy Communion will take place in St. Patrick’s Ballybay on Saturday next at 11am. Well done to their teachers and parents for all the preparation and good luck to all the children.

CHARITY BOWLS

Ballybay Outdoor Bowling Club are holding an open Pairs competition on the June Bank Holiday. This will be in aid of Pieta House. The organising committee would like you to put your name on our draw sheet in the club pavilion or phone Benny at 0874152392.


The Border Counties League have got off to a great start with a comprehensive win over a Fivemiletown selection on Wednesday last. They will now go to meet Omagh, Letterkenny and Enniskillen in future weeks. This Saturday will see the club travel to a newly formed Bowling club in Sligo. Our club are delighted to fulfil this fixture.

BUS TO BLOOM

Bus going to Bord Bia Bloom from Ballybay on Friday June 3rd, if interested contact 0868162334 to book your seat.

CROAGH PATRICK CLIMB SATURDAY IN MEMORY OF BRENDAN FINNEGAN

 ‘In memory of Brendan Finnegan’ is a GOFUNDME page set up by the Finnegan family and friends to raise funds for the Ballybay Cancer Society and the Cavan/Monaghan Palliative Care Group. These two charities played a big role in Brendan’s care during his short illness. This Saturday 28th May a number of Brendan’s friends and family will climb Croagh Patrick in his memory. The family would very much appreciate your support for these worthy causes.

CAMPHILL OPEN DAY

The annual Camphill Open Day will take place on Sunday 19th June from 2pm until 5pm at Robb Farm, Ballybay. On the day there will be loads of stalls including home produce, bric-a-brac, candles, cake stall and weaving. There will also be a bouncy castle, BBQ and refreshments. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Camphill is also happy to accept donations in advance of the open day.

WEEKDAY MASSES CANCELLED

The weekday masses in St. Patrick’s (Monday to Friday) have been cancelled until further notice.  For emergency calls phone Castleblayney Parish Office (Monday to Friday 10-2pm ) on 042 9740027. For out of office emergency/sick calls phone 083 0972683.

CHRIST CHURCH BALLYBAY

The Select Vestry, parishioners  and the wider community would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank Monaghan Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) for awarding Christ Church  Hall  €2,900 under the COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES FUND (Round 2). We extend our gratitude to Monaghan County Council for their continued support  which is much needed and appreciated.

BUS TO BLOOM

Bus going to Bord Bia Bloom from Ballybay on Friday June 3rd, if interested contact 0868162334 to book your seat.

YOGA

Relieve stress and anxiety, improve your overall well-being. It helps balance emotions. Improves flexibility, gently stretch connective tissues, boosts circulation, improves sleep, enhances mental focus and promotes total relaxation. Monday nights 7.30 to 8.30 in Ballybay Church Street Hall A75AC99. Please bring your own mat and a cosy blanket to relax. €10 per night. No need to book in advance.

NEW FOROIGE CLUB IN DOOHAMLET

It is planned to start a new Foroige club in Doohamlet Community Centre . The club will run for the month of May on Friday evenings from 7-30pm to 9pm. After the summer break it will resume in September. Secondary school children aged 12-17 are welcome and children currently in 6th class. Children must be pre-registered online before attending. Further information is available at 0862093502 (Marie) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Alternatively check out their facebook page.

COFFEE MORNING FOR CHRISTIAN AID

A coffee morning and cake sale to support the work of Christian Aid will be held in Second Ballybay Church Hall, Hall Street, Ballybay on Saturday 14th May from 10am till 2pm.    Please come along to support this event. Everyone will be very welcome.

AWARD FOR FEARGAL

Congratulations are due to Feargal Norton whose picture of a fox surveying his duck coupe won the best image of the year by a beginner/intermediate photographer at Monaghan Camera Club. Feargal recently joined the Monaghan town based club his winning image received rave reviews from judge Hugh Rooney.

BIG BIRTHDAY

Belated Birthday wishes are due to popular local man Alan Malone. Alan celebrated his 50th Birthday on 19th April. Hope you had a great day!

COLLECTION SUCCESSES

Over the past number of weeks there have been the annual Trocaire Collection and a special collection for Ukraine. To date the Trocaire collection has amounted to €9,890 and the Special collection for Ukraine ahs amounted to €6,995. A massive thanks is due to everyone who has returned their envelopes. If you have not done so could you please leave it to the Parish Office as soon as possible.

CHRISTCHURH COFFEE MORNING

A coffee morning will be held in Christchurch Hall, Ballybay on Tuesday 10th May from 11am until 12-30pm. No booking necessary, everyone welcome so why not come along with a friend for a chat over a cup of tea or coffee.

JOBS CLUB

Monaghan Integrated Development CLG in conjunction with DSP are running a Job Club for unemployed people over 4 mornings from 10am until 11-30am. The Jobs Club covers Job Searching, C.V. preparation, Cover Letter Writing, Interview Techniques and Mock Interviews. For further information please contact Teresa or Linda on 042 9748090 or 086 8105058 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CRECHE FUNDRAISING RAFFLE

Andrew Weir (ticket number 116) was the winner of the Summer Bundle raffle which was held live on facebook last Friday. The creche would like to thank the 196 entrants who purchased tickets for the raffle – your support was very much appreciated.

OUTDOOR BOWLS

This weekend will see the Ballybay/Derryvalley Bowling competition. The draw will take place on Thursday 28th April and games will take place on Friday 29th, Saturday 30th and Sunday 1st May. It will conclude on Monday 2nd May. All teams will be notified. The bowling green will be open every evening at 7pm – so now is the time to get your practice in.

FAMILY FUN RUN/WALK

On Sunday 1st May a family fun run/walk will be held in the memory of Sharon Caraher. The event is free to enter however donations can be made and these in turn will be donated to Ballybay Cancer society. There will also be prizes for the first male, female and U16 to finish. Registration and warm up takes place from 1-30pm at Pearse Park and the event will start at 2pm. There will be refreshments served afterwards in the Pearse Brothers clubhouse.

FANTASY GOLF

Ballybay Pearse Brothers recently ran a fantasy golf tournament which coincided with the US Masters. The competition was kindly sponsored by Duffy Floor service, New York and the top prize (€1000) was shared between Darragh Drury, Rory Goggins and Dionne Mc Loughlin.

CRECHE FUNDRAISING RAFFLE

Ballybay Community Creche is holding a fantastic summer bundle raffle on Friday 22nd April. The winner will receive a climbing frame/swing set and an 8ft trampoline. Entries at the brilliant price of just €10 can be made via paypal, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or directly at the creche. All proceeds will be used to improve the new outdoor area at the creche.

50/50 DRAW


As it was Easter the Pearse Brothers decided to give away €1000 to the winner of their weekly 50/50 draw. The winner was ticket number 522 which belonged to Sarah Keenan. Five spot prises were also drawn and the winners were, Sean Gorman (317), Orla Lavelle (564), Stephen Drury (682), Owen Shevlin (373) and Angela Rutledge (553). The delayed week 17 draw winner was Enda Monaghan who collected a nice €435. Congratulations to everyone. To enter next week’s draw see the link here: https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraiser/tickets  or go to the club website.

OUTDOOR BOWLS


The AGM of the Outdoor Bowls Club was held on Tuesday 12th April in the bowling pavilion. It was well attended event and our President Malachy Mc Skane got proceedings underway with a welcome to all the members. The Secretary and the Treasurer both submitted their reports which were very detailed and covered all aspects of the successful running of the outdoor bowling club.
The election of officers followed with Malachy Mc Skane  holding on to the President position. The Chairman for the coming year will be Brendan Maginnis, the Vice Chairperson will be Seamus Winters, Secretary – Cora Smyth (unchanged) with Geraldine Sherlock getting the Assistant Secretary position. Treasurer went to Benny Smyth and Bertie Latimer will be Assistant Treasurer.
The selection committee to select a team for the Border Counties  will be Goerge Berry, Malachy Mc Skane, Brendan Maginnis and Seamus Winters. The committee will meet on the Monday before the game. The PRO for the coming season will be appointed at a later meeting. The new Chairperson then said we will have a pairs tournament starting on 30th April and running over the May holiday weekend. You can book with Brendan on 097 2712899 or Benny on 087 4152392.

CHRISTCHURCH COFFEE MORNING

The first coffee morning  to be held in Ballybay Parish Hall, Church Street will be on Tuesday next 12th April. Teas, coffee and refreshments will be served from 11am until 12-30pm. The coffee morning will be held on the second Tuesday of every month going forward. Please come and join us for a chat over a cup of tea or coffee, bring your friends- no need to book. Everyone Welcome!

FUN TABLE QUIZ

Monaghan Toastmasters are hosting a Fun Table quiz in Terry’s Bar Monaghan on Friday evening next (8 for 8-30pm). The group have some Ballybay members so your support would be very appreciated. Table of 4 is €40 and the winning team will win €100.

ALL SPORT EASTER CAMP

Dessie Ward is running an All Sport Easter Camp from Wednesday 13th April until Friday 15th April from 10am until 2pm each day. The camp is excellent value at just €45 and is suitable for boys and girls aged 7 to 14. To book text 0863764114.

50/50 DRAW

This week’s draw took place on Monday night and the winner was Sean and Bernie Duffy (ticket number 216). Sean and Bernie’s  prize was €500.  There were two extra draws this week. Both Sally Mc Aviney and Ronan Mc Donnell won €50 worth of GAA draw tickets. To enter next week’s draw see the link here: https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraiser/tickets  or go to the club website.

CRECHE FUNDRAISING RAFFLE

Ballybay Community Creche is holding a fantastic summer bundle raffle on Friday 22nd April. The winner will receive a climbing frame/swing set and an 8ft trampoline. Entries at the brilliant price of just €10 can be made via paypal, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or directly at the creche. All proceeds will be used to improve the new outdoor area at the creche.

CENTRAL SCHOOL DONATE TO CANCER SOCIETY

Following the Christmas Walk to School on 20th December €261 was collected for Ballybay Cancer Society.  Charlie Mills called to the school recently and received the cheque which he passed on to the Treasurer of Ballybay Cancer Society.  Many thanks to all who donated.

OVER €5000 COLLECTED FOR UKRAINE

The recent special collection for the situation in the Ukraine has yielded €5,335 which has now been forwarded to Trocaire. For the remainder of Lent the parish would very much appreciate if parishioners could concentrate on the original 2022 Lenten campaign. The parish very much appreciate the generosity of all at this difficult time.

IN MEMORY OF BRENDAN FINNEGAN

‘In memory of Brendan Finnegan’ is a GOFUNDME page set up by the Finnegan family and friends to raise funds for the Ballybay Cancer Society and the Cavan/Monaghan Palliative Care Group. These two charities played a big role in Brendan’s care during his short illness. On Saturday 28th May a number of Brendan’s friends and family will climb Croagh Patrick in his memory. The family would very much appreciate your support for these worthy causes.

HOLY WEEK CEREMONIES

With a reduced number of priests available for active pastoral ministry across the parishes not all churches will be able to have a full schedule of Easter Ceremonies. This means some parishioners may have to attend neighbouring churches/parishes to avail of some of the Holy Week Liturgies. The schedule across the five local parishes is as follows:

  • Palm Sunday April 10th – Vigil Masses (Saturday 9th) Ballybay 6pm/Latton 7-30pm/Clontibret 7-30pm and Castleblayney 6pm
  • Palm Sunday April 10th - Masses – Tullycorbet 9-30am/Ballybay 12-15pm/ Annyalla 10am/Doohamlet 10am/Lough Egish 11-30am/Castleblayney 11-30am
  • Holy Thursday April 14th – Evening Masses of the Lord’s Supper. Ballintra 6pm/Ballybay 7-30pm/Annyalla 7-30pm/Latton 7-30pm/Lough Egish 7-30pm/ Castleblayney 7-30pm
  • Good Friday April 15th – Solemn Liturgies – Ballybay 3pm/Tullycorbet 7-30pm/Doohamlet 7-30pm/Bawn 7-30pm/Carrickatee 3pm/Castleblayney 3pm
  • Holy Saturday April 17th – Easter Vigils 9in 3 of the 5 parishes) – Ballybay 8pm/Carrickatee 8pm/Castleblayney 8pm
  • Easter Sunday April 17th – Masses – Ballintra 11am/Ballybay 12-15pm/Annyalla 10am/Latton 10am/Oram 10am/Bawn 11-30am/Lough Egish 11-30am/Clontibret 11-30am/Castleblayney 11-30am.

CONFIRMATION

Congratulations to the pupils from Scoil Eanna who made their confirmation on Sunday past. Bishop Larry Duffy was in attendance in St. Patrick’s to deliver the sacrament.

SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR UKRAINE

A special collection for the situation in the Ukraine is underway. Parishioners are invited to place a donation in an ordinary envelope marked, “Ukraine Special Collection – Parish of Tullycorbet” and place it in the collection boxes in the church porches at any of the upcoming masses.

SKILLS DAY SUNDAY WEEK

If you fancy a lovely family day out, Pearse Park is the place to be on Sunday 3rd April as we will be hosting a skills day for every person within the local community. We would love to see up on 200+ people from toddlers to great grand parents all with a ball with them for a fun and memorable day. The GAA is about coming together and making memories so let's make this a great one. Special club stars will be making an appearance to encourage all the young talent of the club. 

YOGA

Relieve stress and anxiety, improve your overall well-being. It helps balance emotions. Improves flexibility, gently stretch connective tissues, boosts circulation, improves sleep, enhances mental focus and promotes total relaxation. Monday nights 7.30 to 8.30 in Ballybay Church Street Hall A75AC99. Please bring your own mat and a cosy blanket to relax. €10 per night. No need to book in advance.

FAITH MISSION

All are welcome to the Faith Mission monthly Gospel Meeting on Friday 1st April 2022 at 8pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church  kindly granted (instead of hall).  The visiting speaker is Philip Condell.    Organised by Brian and Hazel Parker Faith Mission Area Workers Cootehill.

ALL SPORT EASTER CAMP

Dessie Ward is running an All Sport Easter Camp from Wednesday 13th April until Friday 15th April from 10am until 2pm each day. The camp is excellent value at just €45 and is suitable for boys and girls aged 7 to 14. To book text 0863764114.

SCOIL EANNA SUPPORT TROCAIRE

Scoil Eanna recently donated €235 to Trocaire. The money was raised at an event on Pancake Tuesday. Well done everyone.

EVAN AND DANIEL FOR KINGSPAN

Local lads Evan Rutledge and Daniel Mc Gregor will both play at Kingspan Park, Belfast on 23rd April in the Gordon West Cup Final. The local duo where part of the Monaghan Rugby Club team which defeated Cavan 34-5 in the semi final last Saturday. In the final Monaghan will play Letterkenny. Well done lads.

CHRISTCHURCH COFFEE MORNING

The first coffee morning  to be held in Ballybay Parish Hall, Church Street will be on Tuesday 12th April. Teas, coffee and refreshments will be served from 11am until 12-30pm. The coffee morning will be held on the second Tuesday of every month going forward.

Parade Success

The organisers of the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade were delighted with the success of this year’s event. The dry weather and large crowd helped make the first parade in three year’s one to remember. The organisers would like to thank a number of people without whom the parade would not have been possible. Firstly Monaghan County Council for their financial support and the local Garda for their logistical support. Thanks to Gerry West and Joe Maguire who did a great job organising the floats and to Rory Mc Atavie for acting as MC on the day. A massive thank you is also due to Gary Mc Guirk for the loan of a trailer for the viewing stand. Finally thanks to everyone who took part, without you the parade would not be possible. The winners of the prizes were as follows: Overall float – Mullaghmore Equestrian Centre. Runner up – Back to my Roots. Best Community Float – Ballybay Pearse Brothers juveniles.

50/50 Draw

This week’s draw took place on Monday night and the winner was Gaby Martin (ticket number 440). Gabie’s prize was €530. As it was St. Patrick’s week there were two additional draws for €50 for Kieran’s Restaurant. The winners of those were Briege Smyth (ticket number 128) and Ballybay Post Office Staff (ticket number 445).  To enter next week’s draw see the link here: https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraiser/tickets  or go to the club website.

Congratulations Fiona

The new acting Chief Executive at Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board (CMETB) has been confirmed as Ballybay local lady, Dr Fiona McGrath. Fiona was formally appointed following a recent meeting of the ETB board. The role will be an interim one until August 2022. Fiona will officially take up her new position on 15th March 2022, having recently served as Director of Monaghan Institute. Speaking of her appointment Fiona said: “I pledge my commitment to work with the board of CMETB and executive team to continue providing quality education and training opportunities in counties Cavan and Monaghan. I aim to build upon the success already delivered by my predecessors and the team at CMETB in partnership with staff, students and learners in our schools, further education and training centres and administrative offices to continue delivering the best quality service.”

Skills Day Sunday Week

If you fancy a lovely family day out, Pearse Park is the place to be on 3rd April as we will be hosting a skills day for every person within the local community. We would love to see up on 200+ people from toddlers to great grand parents all with a ball with them for a fun and memorable day. The GAA is about coming together and making memories so let's make this a great one. Special club stars will be making an appearance to encourage all the young talent of the club. 

Special Collection for Ukraine

A special collection for the situation in the Ukraine will be taken up at all masses in the parish this weekend. Parishioners are invited to place a donation in an ordinary envelope marked, “Ukraine Special Collection – Parish of Tullycorbet” and place it in the collection boxes in the church porches at any of the upcoming masses.

Daffodil Day

The annual Daffodil Day collection takes place on Friday the 25th. Over the last two years, we couldn't have our much loved street collections, but this year it'll be different - we're back to normal and we're now planning for a busy and colourful event on the 25th in Ballybay. We have many volunteers in Ballybay and surrounding areas who over the years have been so loyal and good in giving up their time to stand at tables around the different collection points.

If you would like to be part of this very essential element of Daffodil Day, please contact Brian @ 0857117215 and we'll only be too glad to get you involved. We will also have a dedicated Ballybay "Just Giving Page"  the link is as follows -  https://daffodildaycollection.cancer.ie/fundraising/dd22-ballybay - you can donate online here and we would encourage everyone to share this link across their own social media platforms.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 3 years will take place tomorrow.  The committee is hoping to have a monster parade this year and are theming the parade, ’The 20/21/22 Parade’. The usual rules apply – meet at Gerry Traynor’s shop for a 5pm start. The committee are asking for as many groups in the area to take part. Community groups, sports clubs local creches schools etc are very welcome. There will be cash prizes for the best floats. We want to embrace the recent lifting of restrictions and look forward to better times as a community. Any queries please feel free to contact Therese 0876853316 or Rory 0877687248. The committee are also appealing to the local community to make an effort to erect bunting and put your flags out.

50/50 Draw

This week’s draw took place on Monday night and the winner was Aine Mc Guirk (ticket number 121). Aine’s prize was €590. As it was St. Patrick’s week there were two additional draws for €50 for Kieran’s Restaurant. The wines of those were Matthew Ward (ticket number 106) and Agnes Mc Guinness (ticket number 319).  To enter next week’s draw see the link here: https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraiser/tickets

Yin Yoga

Relieve stress and anxiety, improve your overall well-being. It helps balance emotions. Improves flexibility, gently stretch connective tissues, boosts circulation, improves sleep, enhances mental focus and promotes total relaxation. Monday nights 7.30 to 8.30 in Ballybay Church Street Hall A75AC99. Please bring your own mat and a cosy blanket to relax. €10 per night. No need to book in advance.

Juvenile News

Registration
Many thanks to all the families who came out recently to register for the coming year. Also a huge thank you to the volunteers who gave up there time to help administrate and pump up Ballybay crested football. Anyone still wanting to register can do so at the training sessions with their respective coaches. Remember you get you brand new family

Skills Day Sunday 3rd April at 3pm


If you fancy a lovely family day Pearse Park is the place to be on 3rd April as we will be hosting a skills day for every person within the local community. We would love to see up on 200+ people from toddlers to great grand parents all with a ball with them for a fun and memorable day. The GAA is about coming together and making memories so let's make this a great one. Special club stars will be making an appearance to encourage all the young talent of the club.

St Patrick's Day Parade


The juveniles will be part-taking in the long awaited return of the Parade this year. Anyone interested needs to be at Traynor’s shop for 4:45pm. We encourage everyone to wear club colours if possible depending on weather of course. The children will be provided with a little flag to wave and these will be collected at the end. Children can be collected at Robin Mc Donnell’s Shop  when it is over.

U13s


Football return to action next Saturday 26th March for the Spring League. Good luck to you all. Keep an eye on your whattsapp group or the Ballybay Juveniles Facebook page for updates on opposition, time and venue.

Ukrainian Connections

Monaghan Integrated Development, would like to connect with Ukrainians currently living in County Monaghan. They would like to discover how many Ukrainian refugees have arrived in the county to date and, also, how many are expected to arrive to stay with family, friends and or relatives. They are trying to establish links with Ukrainians and local services to help aid any displaced person as a result of the ongoing war in Ukraine. If you know any Ukrainian Nationals living in the Ballybay area could you ask them to please contact Fergal on 087 720 8796 to establish the connection with MID and develop a wider response to developments.

Local Man Involved in Saving Important Collection

Derryvally native Gerry Forde has been influential in saving an important Irish Collection in Connecticut, USA. The Ireland's Great Hunger Collection was housed in Quinnpiac University's museum in Hamden, CT however the university recently decided not to re-open the museum and many feared that the collection which tells a story not only at the heart of Irish identity and history, but also American history would be lost. However a solution has been found and the collection is to be transferred to the Gaelic American Club of Fairfield, CT. Gerry who has lived in the USA for 27 years is the current President of the Gaelic American Club.

A carpenter by trade, Gerry is the eldest of five children. He is married to Noreen Regan, a native of Cork and they have two boys Brian (called after Gerry's father) and Timothy. As a GAC member of over twenty years, Gerry has previously served as the Vice President for two terms. His wife and children are heavily involved in the Club and also in St. Pat's GAA club. Work and committee commitments keep Gerry busy however he does try hard to get back to Ballybay every other Year.

Gerry and his committee now plan to work with Irish and Irish-American communities to build a new home for the Great Hunger collection, that will not only allow the collection to thrive, but to grow and become a way for their children to understand who they were, who they are, and even who they could be.

Creating a Community and Arts Space for Ballybay

Are you a group, individual and or business based in or with an interest in Ballybay? Please fill out this online survey so that we can gauge the needs of the community and the facilities and support required to meet them. Link to survey here; https://forms.gle/94h5kgpjXzDh1d3DA

We are a Ballybay Community, Heritage and Arts Group taking part in a Course entitled ‘Creating a Community and Arts Space for Ballybay’ as part of the Innovating Communities project, led by Monaghan Integrated Development in the county. We have come together to look at the needs of Ballybay town to develop a community facility that is available to us all. Following the COVID pandemic, and decades of economic decline, a lot of spaces have closed and we saw the need for a Community space to improve social interaction. Our ultimate goal is to rejuvenate a wider sense of community.

With the information you provide, we would like to explore the viability of our project, to help us plan and design a space based on an analysis of your needs. Your input is greatly appreciated, and if you know of other people who may wish to share their opinions, please send on.

We also welcome new people to join this Course! If you have an interest, visit and register at www.innovating.ie/courses/61-creating-a-community-arts-space-for-ballybay

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Collette McEntee

Innovating Communities, Network Admin Coordinator

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Draft River Basin Management Plan 2022-2027

The first of Monaghan's 3 meetings will take place Thursday evening 3rd March, 2022 for the Ballybay-Clones MD area focusing on rivers and lake catchments such as the Finn, Bunnoe and Dromore amongst others found in the area. Each of the meetings commence at 7pm and registration for the meetings can be completed at: https://lawaters.ie/rbmp-public-meetings-2022/

A Virtual Consultation Room is accessible at any time by clicking here. This may be of interest to folks who can't make the meeting. 

dRBMP Public Consultation Advert Monaghan

CHANCELLOR’S MEDAL FOR TOMASINA

Drumhowan lady Tomasina Mc Ginnity has been awarded the Dublin City University’s prestigious Chancellor’s Medal in recognition of her extraordinary academic achievements and engagement in student life during her studies at DCU.

Tomasina, who has been living and commuting daily from Drumhowan throughout her studies and is currently teaching in St. Michael’s College in Ballsbridge, graduated having received first-class grades for all four years of her Bachelor of Religious Education and Music programme.

An outstanding musician across multiple genres, she was a leading member of the DCU Lumen Chorale and Solas Geal Traditional Music Group, and was central to a range of significant performances, including representing DCU in New York during the St Patrick’s Festival in 2019.

In a citation delivered at the ceremony, Professor Anne Looney, Executive Dean, DCU Institute of Education, said:

“Throughout her time as a student in DCU, Tomasina continued to contribute to the cultural life of her home town of Castleblayney. A founder member of the Castleblayney Musical Society, she is also a volunteer leader with the community arts group ‘Fusion’, which involves 180 children in music and dance. Through her work as a music teacher at ‘Born 2 Perform’ stage school, Tomasina brings a passion for teaching that instils a drive for excellence among her young students.”

Prof Anne Looney also spoke about the challenge of school placement during Covid-19 restrictions which brought out the best in Tomasina.

“She set about researching and testing digital tools for remote teaching Religious Education and Music. She showed remarkable independence of thought, resourcefulness, and creativity in her efforts to maximise her students’ learning experience during an extraordinarily challenging time, and was generous in sharing her findings with others.

Across her activities in both Religious Education and Music, Tomasina is admired and respected not only for her talent, but for her willingness to help out, to make herself available, to prepare diligently, and to lead, sometimes from the front, sometimes from within.”

JUVENILE NEWS

The annual Juvenile Registration Day is set for Saturday 5th March from 10am-12pm in Pearse park. Cost per child is 30 euro and everyone will receive a customised Ballybay football. This is for all children from Little Kickers ( children turning 4 in 2022 or who are already 4 or 5 years old) to under 17's. We encourage parents to register on the foireann website prior to the registration day however payment will need to be done on the day. Registration forms will also be available on the morning.

GOSPEL MEETING

All are welcome to the Faith Mission monthly Gospel Meeting on Friday 4th March 2022 at 8pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church kindly granted (instead of hall).  Visiting speaker Timon Udaiyar.   Organised by Brian and Hazel Parker Faith Mission Area Workers Cootehill.

MASS CHANGES DURING LENT

Owing to a reduced number of priests some changes have been made to the Mass schedule during lent. Masses will be as follows: Mondays – Evening Mass at 7-30pm (no morning Mass), Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – early morning at 7-15am and then again at 9-30am. Fridays - Evening Mass at 7-30pm (no morning Mass). Trocaire Lenten Fast boxes are available at all three churches.

DRAMA FESTIVAL

Castleblayney Drama Festival opens on Friday March 4th in Iontas Theatre, Castleblayney at 8pm and runs until Saturday 12th March. Details of plays on social media. Booking with Iontas 042 9753400/ www.iontascastleblayney.ie

NEW BOWSER NEEDED

The bowser used by the Tidy Towns committee to water the flowers is no longer fit for purpose so a new one is needed. The committee have set up a gofundme page and would appreciate any donation towards the purchase of the new bowser. A link to the gofundme page is available on the Ballybay Tidy Towns facebook page.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

It’s less than two weeks until the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 3 years.  The committee is hoping to have a monster parade this year and are theming the parade, ’The 20/21/22 Parade’. The usual rules apply – meet at Gerry Traynor’s shop for a 5pm start. The committee are asking for as many groups in the area to take part. Community groups, sports clubs local creches schools etc are very welcome. We want to embrace the recent lifting of restrictions and look forward to better times as a community. Any queries please feel free to contact Therese 0876853316 or Rory 0877687248.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

A service for the World Day of Prayer will be held in Second Ballybay Presbyterian Church, Hall Street on Friday 4th March at 8 pm. The theme this year is “I know the plans I have for you” and the service was written by the WDP committee of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. All will be very welcome.

DONATIONS TO UKRAINE

A number of collections have been made up and down the country this week of items to support the Ukrainian people who have had to flee from their homeland once the Russians invaded. A vehicle will shortly be heading to Poland with supplies and a collection point has been set up at Second Ballybay Presbyterian Church. Items can be delivered there this Saturday 5th March at 10am. The following items are needed – toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, face clothes, shower gels, towels, single bed fitted sheets, pillows, pillow cases, blankets, shoes, clothes and coats. Please bring things that you would use yourself (new and like new).

Paddy Gilmour RIP

On Saturday 12th February the news broke of the passing of one of the most caring and dedicated Pearse brothers of the them all Paddy Gilmour. Paddy gave a number of decades to developing and supporting the clubs juveniles and this commitment will never been matched again. His quick wit and friendly banter will be sorely missed at Pearse Park. He still came to watch training sessions and engage with the up and coming stars of the future. This is testament to the character he was. Damien his son and current under 15 coach is definitely cut from the same cloth and continues to drive the standards that Paddy set over all those years. As a juvenile club we express our sincere sympathies to Damien, Angela, Kitty, Matt, James, Jamie, Leo and extended family and friends.. We are sure that Paddy is now with his beloved wife Mary and past friends that were also called too early and without doubt will be watching over the young players in maroon and white forever more. We miss and love you Paddy. Ballybay Pearse Brothers Juveniles

Strength and Conditioning

Under 13's. 15's and 17's Strength and conditioning training continues for the next 4 weeks every Saturday at 10am with Dessie Ward and his team. Cost is 2 euro 50 cent per session and both boys and girls are welcome to attend. Outdoor sessions continue on a weekly basis s please check our facebook page and whatsapp groups for more details for these sessions.
Season Soon Starting
The under 13's season is due to start the weekend 26th March and the under 15's is down to start on Thursday 7th April. More details in the coming weeks when the county board release fixtures. We are delighted to announce a new selector to the under 15s team Gavin Duffy.
New Coaches
New coaches/selectors welcome. If you are interested in getting involved in any capacity with our juveniles please contact Bryan Mc Cabe on 0860757556.

JUVENILE NEWS

Registration Day
The annual Juvenile Registration Day is set for Saturday 5th March from 10am-12pm in Pearse park. Cost per child is 30 euro and everyone will receive a customised Ballybay football. This is for all children from Little Kickers ( children turning 4 in 2022 or who are already 4 or 5 years old) to under 17's. We encourage parents to register on the foireann website prior to the registration day however payment will need to be done on the day. Registration forms will also be available on the morning.

YIN YOGA

Yin Yoga on Monday 28th February in Church Street. Hall, Ballybay from 7.30pm to 8.30pm . €60 for 6wks, payment on the first night. Wear warm comfortable clothing, slipper socks and also bring a cosy blanket, and if you have a yoga mat, although there will be some mats available for those who don’t have one. Limited spaces available. For further information contact 0861662265.

CLUB MEMBERSHIP

Ballybay Pearse Brothers membership is due shortly. The club are offering an early bird special. Anyone who is paid up in full before 14th March will be entered in a draw for 3 years full membership. Adults - €60, student/non-player €40 and player - €100. To renew or join contact either Paul - 087 367 2106, Brian - 085 711 7215 or Darren - 086 396 3465.

COMMUNITY BOOTCAMP

Sessions continue to run for anyone that wants to get out and have fun.  Every Monday and Friday at 7:30pm in town park. Numbers have grown in the past couple of months with up to 15 + each night. We have lots of fun activities planned coming into the summer so now if the ideal time to join the group. All abilities welcome and catered for.

50/50 DRAW

This week we report on two 50/50 draws. The draw due to held on 14th February was postponed as a mark of respect to the late Paddy Gilmour. It was held on Wednesday 16th February and the lucky winners were Jamie and Leo Killilea (ticket number 455). The same duo won the second prize, a €50 voucher for Kieran’s restaurant (ticket number 456). The other €50 voucher for Kieran’s was won by Annmarie Smyth (ticket number 284).

This week’s draw took place on Monday night and the winner was Conor Monaghan (ticket number 96). Conor’s prize was €495.  To enter next week’s draw see the link here: https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraiser/tickets

SPRING CLEAN POSTPONED

The inclement weather experienced in Ballybay last weekend forced the cancellation of the planned Spring Clean. The committee will shortly provide a new date. Watch this space for updates.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

It’s back - after a 3 year lay off the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade is returning. The committee is hoping to have a monster parade this year and are theming the parade, ’The 20/21/22 Parade’. The usual rules apply – meet at Gerry Traynor’s shop for a 5pm start. The committee are asking for as many groups in the area to take part. Community groups, sports clubs local creches schools etc are very welcome. We want to embrace the recent lifting of restrictions and look forward to better times as a community. Any queries please feel free to contact Therese 0876853316 or Rory 0877687248.

Environmental Services Funding Scheme 2022

Monaghan County Council is committed to supporting local communities to promote, enhance and develop their local area. This commitment is supported by the annual Environmental Funding Scheme.

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We are now inviting applications for the 2022 funding scheme.

Please note this funding is only for Environmental related projects.

Guidelines on criteria and application forms for the Environmental Services Funding Scheme 2022 may be obtained:

By downloading the forms from monaghan.ie/environment

Environment Fund Application Form 2022 (MS Word)

Environment Grant Scheme Guidelines 2022 (MS Word)

Supplier Set Up 2022 (MS Word)

  • By email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • By contacting Environmental Services on 042 – 9661240

 

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS IS FRIDAY 4th MARCH 2022

LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

CHRIST CHURCH PAROCHIAL HALL

We are delighted to share with you all our wonderful update on the works that we have carried out to our Community Parochial Hall over this past few months. The results have been remarkable.

Unfortunately over the past few years our hall had got in bad repair and was crying out for some TLC, with its closure due to Covid 19 regulations it became damp  and a lot off plaster came away from the walls, we also found ourselves with a collapsed ceiling in the bathroom. The funding which we received from ‘Allchurches Trust’ and ‘Monaghan Local Enhancement programme 2021’ was greatly appreciated and was put to great use in assisting us to get the much needed renovations on the way.

Many thanks to Paul Mehaffy and his team we had  the walls that needed work doing to them dry lined and re plastered and the bathroom ceiling repaired and may I add just before all that torrential rain we had after Christmas.

It was amazing how quickly the hall was taking shape. Bredin Electrical was very busy replacing all our ceiling lights with energy efficient LED ones. Our next project was to have the whole interior of our hall painted  which I must say  looks dashing - Shane did wonders! Beautiful  papyrus on the top with dreamy truffle underneath which really compliments each other, a great choice indeed by all the parishioners. Many thanks to Kevin in Quinn’s for being so helpful. Our list just really keeps growing  - thanks to Neal O’Sullivan we decided to revamp our kitchen presses and have gone with a grey look with lovely stainless steel handles, all modernised. We have decided to replace all the curtains with stylish grey fire retardant blinds from MC Blinds. We are very grateful to all involved for installing ‘Wifi4eu’, its great to have WiFi in our hall. Last but not least our floor was treated to a well deserved face lift, thanks to Rutledge wood floors.

Many thanks to all who has worked hard this past few months from organising bank loans, seeing who we’ll get to carry out the work, running from A to B, over seeing everything and mostly for being there when we needed something doing at the drop of the hat, many hands really do make light work.

Please  just don’t take  my word for it, if  you’re looking to use our facilities come and check it out for yourself. Please attend our opening night TUESDAY 22nd FEBRUARY 2022 between 7:30pm and 8:45pm, you won’t be disappointed!

COMMUNITY BOOTCAMP

Sessions continue to run for anyone that wants to get out and have fun.  Every Monday and Friday at 7:30pm in town park. Numbers have grown in the past couple of months with up to 15 + each night. We have lots of fun activities planned coming into the summer so now if the ideal time to join the group. All abilities welcome and catered for.

CONFIRMATION

The 2022 Confirmation candidates from 6th class will join the parish community at 12-15pm Mass on Sunday next as part of their journey towards receiving the Holy Spirit. It will include taking the confirmation pledge. Confirmation will take place in St. Patrick’s on Sunday 27th March at 3pm. Bishop Larry Duffy will be the celebrant. 

SPRING CLEAN SATURDAY

Ballybay Tidy Towns Committee have registered for Spring Clean Week. They will hold a Community Litter Pick day on Saturday next 19th February. Meeting at square at 10 am. Bags, gloves and pickers will be provided. If Saturday doesn’t suit you but you would like to do a litter pick in your area just message groups facebook page and they can arrange to give you bags etc. Approach roads are particularly bad so if anyone could help out on those roads that would be great.

CANCER SOCIETY TO BENEFIT FROM PARTY

On Saturday next a big party has been organised by the family and friends of Therese Hamilton to help her celebrate her 50th Birthday. The party will be held in Liam Smyth’s where she worked for many years. There will be music on the night by Gerry Mac and everyone is welcome. Therese has requested no presents however is you would like to make a donation to Ballybay Cancer Society, it would be very much appreciated.

BIRTHDAY PARTY SUCCESS

Therese Smyth would like to thank most sincerely everyone who attended her recent 50th Birthday party and who donated money instead of bringing a personal present. As a result €1720 was raised and this will now be donated to the Ballybay Cancer Society. Speaking to the Ballybay News Therese said, “We had a great night in Smyth’s and I want to thank all those who turned up and contributed to the fund. I am delighted to be able to make this small gesture to the Ballybay Cancer Society who do such good work in the area”. 

FAITH MISSION

All welcome to the Faith Mission monthly Gospel Meeting Friday 4th February 2022 at 8pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church  kindly granted (instead of hall).  The visiting speaker will be  Simon Gibson of CEF (Child Evangelism Fellowship) in Cavan.  Organised by Brian and Hazel Parker Faith Mission Area Workers Cootehill.