COFFEE MORNING

A coffee morning in memory of John Lennon will be held in Tullycorbet Community Centre on Sunday 18th December at 10-30am (following his first anniversary mass). All proceeds in aid of Ballybay Cancer Society and Cavan/Monaghan Palliative Care. 

DOOHAMLET TRACTOR RUN

The first ever Monster tractor run is set to take place on Sunday 27th of November leaving Doohamlet GAA grounds at 12 noon. Please assemble from 10.30 for refreshments and registration. Please note tractors must be road worthy and road legal, registration 20 euro. Modern tractors will travel to Ballybay, Lough Egish, Castleblayney and disperse for home. Vintage tractors will travel to Ballybay, Tullycorbett, Scotch corner, Cremartin, Evin O’Reilly’s and disperse for home. For info call John 087 2346602 or follow Doohamlet comm centre facebook page.

CENTRAL SCHOOL DONATE OVER €500 TO CAMPHILL

 On Wednesday 26th October the boys and girls of Ballybay Central School enjoyed a non uniform and movie day.  Each classroom watched a movie and enjoyed popcorn and sweets.  At lunch time the children had an opportunity to spend their money at the cake sale and all enjoyed the many treats they bought.  Later in the day they were overwhelmed with the number of parents and friends who came along to purchase cakes, buns etc.  The total amount raised from the non uniform day and cake sale was €508.75.  The money will be donated to the Camphill Community. 

CHRISTMAS SHOE BOX APPEAL

Massive congratulations to the children of Scoil Eanna who recently donated 105 shoe boxes full of goodies to TEAM HOPE. The filled boxes will now make their way to children affected by poverty in Eastern Europe and Africa. Ballybay Central School have also collected a number of shoeboxes for TEAM HOPE. Well done to both schools.

PAINT AND SIP

The Sew Arty Studio present a ‘Paint and Sip’ evening in Pat O Brien on Friday 9th December at 7pm. In the company of family and friends you will have chance to design and paint a masterpiece to take home while having a wee tipple. Further information is available from Catherine at 0879353182.

MAROON TRIVIA

On the 19th November 1950 Ballybay Pearse Brothers wore their now famous maroon jerseys for the first time. On Saturday last lots of maroon could be seen around town as members past and present wore their colours to commemorate the anniversary.

CAROL SERVICE AT CROSSDUFF

Crossduff Parish Church is holding their annual Carol Service on Sunday 4th December at 3pm. The guest preacher will be the Rev. Ian Ellis, Bishop of Clogher. The Ballybay Country Gospel Group will also make a special appearance. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served after the service on the Old Stable.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

The SVP Christmas collections will be held at weekend masses in Tullycorbet on Sunday 4th December and at Ballintra and St. Patrick’s on Saturday and Sunday the 10th and 11th December. Parishioners can also make use of the SVP envelope which is available in the local church porches.

If you are in need of assistance, you can contact the local branch by writing to SVP, C/O Confraternity Rooms, St. Patrick Street, Ballybay or by calling freephone 1800 677 777. Request for assistance should be made before Friday 9th December.

MANAGER STEPS DOWN

Jerome Johnston and his number 2 Mark Doran have left Ballybay for pastures new. It’s been quite a journey with the Down duo leading to the club’s first county title for ten years. The club wish Jerome and Mark all the best for the future. Speaking of senior team and there was great news this week when it was revealed that eight Ballybay players including two sets of brothers had made the county senior championship All Star team. Congratulations to Ryan Wylie, Drew Wylie, Colm Lennon, Eoin Mc Kearney, Dessie Ward, Shane Mc Guinness, Christopher Mc Guinness and Paul Finlay. The AGM takes place this Friday evening in the clubhouse at 8pm.

PLEASE SHOP LOCAL

With Christmas just a few weeks away the local Chamber of Commerce are appealing to everyone to shop local and support local business at this difficult time. Local Town Vouchers to the value of  €10 and €20 can be purchased at numerous shops and can then be spent in local shops. These vouchers would make great presents for anyone.

NIAMH TO APPEAR IN NATIONAL PANTO

Congratulations to local Ballybay girl Niamh Harte who will appear in the https://www.panto.ie/ production of Sammy & Buffy meet Snow White this Christmas. The panto is being held in the National Stadium from December 12th until January 2nd. If interested in seeing Niamh and the panto you can book your tickets at panto.ie

TIDY TOWNS IMPROVEMENT IN ALL AREAS

The local Tidy Towns committee has received the adjudicators report from this Summers judging and the good news is that the Town has improved in all eight areas. The committee would like to put on record, their thanks to everyone who has provided help and support to improve the Town’s appearance including the volunteer litter pickers who turn up every Tuesday evening for an hour. Special thanks are also due to local Council worker Mr. Mickey Flynn who keeps the streets and surrounding areas from litter and weeds all year round. Mickey will be sorely missed when he retires at the end of the year.   The committee are always looking for more help and support so perhaps your New Year resolution could be to give an hour a week to help to help keep Ballybay clean and tidy and a place to be proud off.

The report firstly looked at COMMUNITY and noted that there was an active committee with 24 members and help from various resident groups. The highlighted the involvement of young people, stating, “We are delighted to see they are involved in litter picking, seed sowing and promoting wildlife habitats”. They also noted that it was “Pleasing to see that the committee take advice of the judges on board”.

In relation to STREETSCAPE AND PUBLIC PLACE the judges complimented property owners for getting involved with the Town and Village Enhancement Scheme. They had numerous positive comments to make including, “Stookies Bar on Main Street looked tremendously well. Smyths, Bills, Ballybay Pharmacy, Credit Union, Bluebells and Carragher’s looked smart”. They also “Admired the bench and beautiful planters at the entrance to Loch Mor Avenue”.

GREEN SPACES AND LANDSCAPING also received many complimentary comments. These included, “We have noted and admired the landscaping in Riverside Lane”, “The award winning playground is a splendid amenity” and “The planting beds all look good and provide a welcoming feature for visitors to the town”.

NATURE AND BIODIVERSITY also received positive comments. The judges complimented the community garden and the partnership with the Mens Shed. The judges finished off this section saying, “We love all the planting around the town with lovely burst of colour throughout”.

The committee approach to harvesting water and composting helped to improve the score in the SUSTAINABILITY section. The judges also liked the information panels about the Dromore River and said, “they are great ways of raising awareness about our waterways”.

Under TIDINESS AND LITTER CONTROL it was noted that there was very little litter on the day of adjudication. They applauded the ‘Best Kept Premises’ initiative and thanked Gerry Mc Elroy for his sponsorship. On the downside they noted rubbish and bags at the recycling area and suggested the possibility of CCTV as a solution to this issue.

RESIDENTIAL STREETS AND HOUSING AREA received very positive comments such as “many houses and estates were beautifully presented” and “we commend the homeowners for their efforts”.

The judges were very complimentary in relation to the APPROCAH ROADS, STREETS AND LANES saying that, “The commitment of the CE Workers is to be commended”.

In the CONCLUDNG REMARKS the judges said, “It was a pleasure to visit and in this 6th year you have progressed well and are beginning to see results on the ground”.

SANTA FOR PEARSE PARK

The 2nd annual Christmas Santa Day takes place on Sunday 4th December from 2pm-5pm at Ballybay Pearse Brothers GAA centre. Meet Mr and Mrs Clause, go on a lovely treasure hunt walk, dance the afternoon away at a Xmas disco or have a go at some lovely Xmas Art plus a special raffle for all guests. Everyone welcome.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

The SVP Christmas collections will be held at weekend masses in Tullycorbet on Sunday 4th December and at Ballintra and St. Patrick’s on Saturday and Sunday the 10th and 11th December. Parishioners can also make use of the SVP envelope which is available in the local church porches.

If you are in need of assistance, you can contact the local branch by writing to SVP, C/O Confraternity Rooms, St. Patrick Street, Ballybay or by calling freephone 1800 677 777. Request for assistance should be made before Friday 9th December.

BOOK LAUNCH

Ballybay native Frank Curley is launching a memoir book about his dad, entitled ‘A Pen in your Pocket and a Watch on your Arm’ in the Iontas Centre, Castleblayney on Wednesday 23rd November at 7.30pm.

It will be launched by An Cathaoirleach, Monaghan County Council. It’s a fundraiser for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Memorabilia including his dad’s IRA notes from the War of Independence and letters from the time he was in England in the late 1950’s will be on display. Frank grew up in Drumroosk, Ballybay and was reared for five years with the Woods family in Aughnaclea, Tullycorbett, while his dad was in England. He was a member of the 1969 Pearse Brothers team. The book provides a remarkable insight into the life of a small farmer in Monaghan who made wonderful, yet painful sacrifices to enhance his son’s life prospects.

RUNS COMES TO AN END

Ballybay Pearse Brothers season came to an end in Clones on Sunday last when they suffered a 2-14 to 1-7 defeat to the reigning All Ireland champions Kilcoo. Only three points separated the sides at the break however Kilcoo were is fine form in the second half and deserved their victory. They now play Enniskillen Gaels in the Ulster semi-final. Check out the sports pages for a match report from St. Tiernach’s Park.

CELTIC PSALMS AT CAHANS MEETING HOUSE

The Cahans Meeting House Committee invite you to an evening of ‘Celtic Psalms’ in Cahans Meeting House on Friday 18th November at 8pm. The group will sing and play a  number of Old Testament Psalms to traditional Irish tunes. There will be no charge, refreshments will be served and donations are invited. It will also be a good opportunity to see the newly renovated Meeting House.

COMMUNITY ALLOTMENTS

Are you interested in growing your own vegetables or fruit but don’t have a garden? Ballybay Community Allotments may be your answer. The allotments are situated at the rear of The Men’s Shed. Raised beds and all tools and equipment, are provided. All you need is an interest in growing your own. The rental fee for 2023 is €50. It’s a fantastic facility to have right in the middle of town. If you are interested in taking an allotment, then please phone Paul on 0877661778 to discuss and view. It’s a first come first serve basis, so don’t leave it too late. There are 16 raised beds and a number are taken already. This project was made possible by funding received from the Department of Rural and Community Development and Monaghan County Council under the CLAR Programme.

CHOIR PRACTICE

Choir practice for member of all three church choirs will take place in St. Patrick’s on Saturday evening next following Vigil Mass. The practice is in preparation for Advent and new members are welcome.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

The annual Christmas Tree lights turn on will take place in the Square at 7pm on Friday 2nd December. More details next week but for now stick the date in your diary.

DRAUGHTS IN MEENAS

DRAUGHTS are back on the agenda at the Welcome Inn on Lower Main Street. They start back on Monday next 14th November at 8-30pm. Old and new players welcome.

SOCIAL DANCING IN DRUMHOWAN

On Tuesday evening last the first of four nights of Social Dancing commenced in Drumhowan Community Centre. It will continue next Tuesday at 8pm. Everyone welcome.

SANTA AND BAZAAR

Cuan Mhuire, Ballybay will be the venue for a big Santa fun day and Bazaar on Sunday 11th December. Santa will be arriving at 3pm and there will be free gifts for all the children. There will then be 100s of prizes to be won at the bazaar. Christmas cakes and other Christmas fare will be on sale. Christmas is just around the corner so get this date in your diary.

JAP POINTS THE WAY

39 year old Paul ‘Jap’ Finlay put in a man of the match performance last Saturday evening as Ballybay seen of the challenge of former All Ireland champions Crossmaglen Rangers. The last time Ballybay played in Ulster Paul missed the game as he was on his honeymoon. The reward for the victory is a quarter final against the reigning All Ireland champions and to add a wee bit of spice - the current Ballybay manager Jerome Johnston just happens to have 3 sons on that team. Check out the sports pages for a match report from the Athletic Grounds and a preview of this weekends big game.

BIG GAME ON TV

RTE will be showing the Ballybay v Crossmaglen game on Saturday evening next. The county champions open their Ulster campaign in the Athletic Grounds, Armagh at 7-15pm. The Armagh champions will bring a wealth of provincial experience to the game however if Ballybay can repeat their county final day heroics they are a match for anyone. The game is part of a double header which will see Corduff play Shane O Neill’s beforehand. The club would also like to thank everyone who supported their big breakfast. The morning was a great success with over 350 attending.

ANNUAL CALENDAR

The Latton Bawn Historical Group’s annual calendar is now available. They are excellent value at just €5 and are available from McElroy's Shop, Latton. Maura Fox Shantonagh PO. Lynch's, Lisnalong. Hannigans, Cootehill. Maudabawn Creamery. The Corner Shop, Ballybay. Smyth's Newsagents, Ballybay or any Committee member. There are limited number of these calendars, so be sure and get yours early. They will make a lovely Christmas present.

CONFIRMATION 2023

It may be six months away but the date for Confirmation 2023 have been released. The sacrament will be celebrated in St. Patrick’s on Sunday 30th April at 3pm. Monsignor Mc Caughey will be the celebrant.

MONTHLY GOSPEL MEETING

Everyone is welcome to the Faith Mission monthly Gospel Meeting on Friday 4th  November 2022 at 8pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church hall, (kindly granted).  The visiting speaker is Maxwell Cherry.   Organised by Brian and Hazel Parker Faith Mission Area Workers Cootehill.

CLLR. COYLE RAISES CAR PARKING ISSUES

Cllr. Seamus Coyle has been approached by numerous locals regarding car parking on the Castleblayney Road junction end of town and the lack of traffic warden activity. The Latton based official has continuously raised this matter with the Executive of Monaghan County Council.

He recently posed the following question to a council meeting :
“While there is great appreciation in Ballybay for the New Car Park at the Courtyard in addition to the Clones Road Car Park there is great dissatisfaction among shoppers and the business community who are the rate payers to Monaghan County Council that there is no presence in the town of Monaghan County Council Traffic Wardens, particularly on the Castleblayney Road side of town where parking spaces are limited and would appear to have some vehicles parked in spaces for lengthy periods. Will Monaghan County Council immediately appoint additional Traffic Wardens to cover all the Towns in the County as it appears to be an issue across Monaghan?”


The following answer was supplied to Cllr. Coyle:
“The Monaghan Municipal District manages the provision of Traffic Warden services to each of the Towns in the County. The Municipal District of Ballybay Clones will request the Monaghan Municipal District to provide an appropriate Traffic Warden service to the towns of Ballybay and Clones”.

NEW PRIEST TO ASSIST

Fr. Kieran Daunfulani, a native of Nigeria has been ministering in Monaghan Town for the past twelve months however from this week he will providing pastoral care in the Parish of Tullycorbet. In addition to the weekend and weekday Mass rota, Fr. Kieran will be taking responsibility for baptisms, weddings and funerals. He can be contacted through the Parish Office at 042 9741032. In other parish news – the full weekday Mass rota at St. Patrick’s (Mondays 7-30pm and Tuesday to Friday 9-30am) resumed this week.

CREDIT UNION ART COMPETITION

The local Credit Union have been blown away by the brilliant entries received for their annual art competition. The high standard is making life very difficult for the judges. The Credit Union would like to thank all those who entered. The local winners will be announced very soon.

JIVING LESSONS IN DRUMHOWAN

The Three Parishes Macra na Feirme group are hosting a 6 weeks jiving lesson programme , starting tonight at 8pm in Drumhowan Community Centre. Non Macra members €50 for 6 weeks or €10 per lesson while Macra members is €40 for the 6 weeks or €8 per session. Everyone welcome.

AUGHNAMULLEN VINTAGE DAY

The annual Aughnamullen vintage day takes place on Sunday next at Aughnamullen Social Centre from 12noon until 5pm. Threshing displays, vintage displays, jiving competition, dog show, trade stands, dancing to Damian Davis and much more. It will be a great family day out. €10 entry and children free.

GNOME ALONE TOMORROW

The Pearse Brothers Juvenile committee are hosting their first ever Halloween Movie night in the Club House on Friday 28th October at 7pm. The movie is Gnome Alone. More details to follow.

ANNUAL CALENDAR

The Latton Bawn Historical Group’s annual calendar is now available. They are excellent value at just €5 and are available from McElroy's Shop, Latton. Maura Fox Shantonagh PO. Lynch's, Lisnalong. Hannigans, Cootehill. Maudabawn Creamery. The Corner Shop, Ballybay. Smyth's Newsagents, Ballybay or any Committee member. There are limited number of these calendars, so be sure and get yours early. They will make a lovely Christmas present.

ULSTER CAMPAIGN

Ballybay will begin their Ulster campaign on Saturday 5th November when they meet Crossmaglen Rangers at the Athletic Grounds at 7-15pm. Cross claimed their 46th Orchard senior title on Sunday when they beat Granemore 1-19 to 0-10. The game is part of a double header which will see Corduff play Shane O Neill’s beforehand. The town looks brilliant at the moment – keep the flags flying and the bunting high. On Sunday morning next the club will  host a BIG BREAKFAST in the club house. The Mick Duffy Cup the winning U15’s and silverware won by St. Brigids will all be present. Pearse Brothers Abu!

COUNTY CHAMPIONS

Ballybay Pearse Brothers where crowned County Champions on Sunday with a 1-11 to 1-8 win over holders Scotstown. The local lads led from the start and survived a late onslaught from the boys in Blue. Every man was superb on the day. Dessie Ward who contributed 1-3 from midfield was named man of the match. Paul Finlay picked up his second county title in his 22nd championship year. Eoin McKearney captained the side and was pictured afterwards with his father and grandfather who had also won the title. There were over a hundred messages of congratulations on the Ballybay and its People Facebook page including some from as far away as Edmonton, Canada. The team also had a well deserved blue light parade through the town on Sunday evening. Full match report can be found in the sports pages. This weekend the sides meet again in the League final.

COMMUNITY CENTRE FUNDING

Six local community centres have benefited from funding recently announced by Minister for Rural & Community Development Heather Humphries. This funding will support a wide range of capital works such as upgrades to Kitchens, new Toilets, New Windows & Doors, upgrades to Heating Systems, Stage and Lighting systems, Purchase of equipment, fire safety improvement works, improved disability access and much more. Those who benefitted are: Aughnamullen Sarsfields GFC €24,784, Ballybay Pearse Brothers GAA €22,210, Doohamlet Community Centre €19,799, Drumhowan Community Group €24,173, Latton O'Rahilly GAA Club €23,267 and Tullycorbet Community Development Association €24,906.

CASH FOR CLOBBER

Ballybay Central School is doing a collection for Cash for Clobber on Tuesday 8th November. Bags of clean clothes, towels, bed linen, pairs of shoes, etc can be left at the school before the October midterm if wished or on Monday 7th or Tuesday morning 8th November . Your support is much appreciated and all money raised goes towards resources for the children in the school.  Many thanks to all who supported the collection last year.
NO DUVETS OR PILLOWS ACCEPTED

50/50 DRAW

The winner of this week’s special county championship draw was Kenny Farrelly (ticket number 360). Kenny wins  €1000.  To mark the winning of the Mick Duffy Cup a second draw was made and the winner was Jack Treanor, ticket 569. Jack bags €222-22c. To enter next week’s draw see the link here: https://member.clubspot.app/club/ballybay/fundraiser/tickets

CLOTHING DONATION

Youth Work Ireland  is seeking donations of unused clothing, bed sheets, curtains, hand bags and belts to help raise some vital funds for your local youth service. Anyone who would like to donate can drop the donation of at Ballybay Youth Centre any Friday during October between 3pm and 9pm.

CHRSITMAS WONDERLAND NIGHT

Smyth’s Newsagents will host a Ladies Christmas Wonderland Night in Liam Smyth’s Loft on Friday 4th November. Fashion items, handbags, hats, scarves, gloves and much more will be on display and a small deposit will secure any item. There will be a glass of prosecco on arrival and a free raffle. Proceedings get underway at 7pm.

PEARSE BROTHERS REACH FINAL

Ballybay Pearse Brothers produced a wonderful second half performance to overturn Clontibret and reach the county final where they will play Scotstown. The home side trailed by two points at the break but inspired by the Mc Guinness brothers they not only overturned the deficit in the second half but went on to easily win by 9 points, 1-18 to 0-12. Dessie Ward scored the only goal of the game. Full match report and pictures in the sports pages.

GOSPEL MEETING

You're welcome to the Faith Mission monthly Gospel Meeting on Friday 7th October 2022 at 8pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church hall.  Visiting speaker Keith Browne.  Organised by Brian and Hazel Parker, Faith Mission Area Workers Cootehill.

NEW SUPPORT GROUP

A new support group dealing with separation and loss and grief and bereavement will start in Ballybay on 12th October. The group will run fortnightly out of Hall Street Hall in Ballybay from 7pm until 9pm.  Places can be booked through WhatsApp or text or by contacting Damien on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CREDIT UNION CHALLENGE

Staff and volunteers from Ballybay Credit Union will be participating in the International Development Foundation CU Challenge 2022 . The challenge for 2022 is to virtually walk 40 million steps through 4 countries in 10 days.

"4 countries | 10 days | 40 million steps ". The walk is the equivalent of walking from Ireland to the Foundations three core countries – The Gambia, Sierra Leone and Ethiopa and  along the way they will raise money for their work in these three African countries. The Challenge will run from the 10th - 19th October, starting on World Mental Health Day and finishing the day before International Credit Union Day. If you see the Credit Union walkers out on the move be sure to give a wave and cheer them on.

LINE DANCING

On Wednesday 12th October a 6 week Line Dancing session gets underway at 8pm in Tullycorbett Hall. Cost is €30 per person. Everyone welcome.

GNOME ALONE

The Pearse Brothers Juvenile committee are hosting their first ever Halloween Movie night in the Club House on Friday 28th October at 7pm. The movie is Gnome Alone. More details to follow. 

THE BIG 70

The friends and family of Gerry Lennon would like to wish him a very happy 70th Birthday. Gerry who lives in Loch Mor Avenue celebrated his birthday on Sunday last with a few quiet drinks in Pat O Brien’s. Remember Gerry you’re not 70 but 21 with 49 year experience!!!

NEW ACTIVITIES IN TULLYCORBET

A number of new activities will be available in Tullycorbet Community Centre. Indoor bowling commenced on Monday at 8pm and will continue every Monday evening. New members and beginners welcome. From Tuesday 4th October a 6 week Yoga programme will commence. Cost is €20 per person. On Wednesday 12th October a 6 week Line Dancing session gets underway at 8pm. Cost is €30 per person.

FIRST BALLYBAY HARVEST SERVICE

Our Harvest Services are scheduled for Sunday October 2nd at 12 noon and 7:30pm. We look forward to our choir singing and also to having Rev Jonathan Porter of Dundalk Presbyterian Church, currently Moderator of Monaghan Presbytery, as our guest speaker for the evening service. All are very welcome to come along.

LIKE TO BE A FIREFIGHTER?

Have you ever thought of becoming a Firefighter? Monaghan Fire & Civil Protection are currently recruiting Retained Firefighters for Ballybay Fire Station. If you think you are the right person, Keep a look out in the local newspaper & also on the Monaghan County Council Website for further details. There will be an open evening at Ballybay Firestation on 4th October from 7pm until 9pm. This will be an ideal opportunity to meet the crew, see the range of equipment and vehicles, discuss the training aspects of the post and ask questions pertaining to the role.

BALLYBAY YOUTH CLUB

The youth club have revised their timetable and will have various activities on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. For further information contact them on their social media or contact Grainne 0873753274 or Ceara 0873961200.

DRUG AWARENESS INFORMATION EVENING

There will be a drug awareness and prevention information evening open to the community on Monday 10th October at 8pm in the Pearse Brothers Club House. There will be guest speakers on the night as well as members of the Garda.

THE FREE STATE BABIES

The Latton Bawn Historical Group is delighted to announce the launch of their publication 'The Free State Babies'. The book commemorates all the babies born in Latton & Bawn in 1922. The launch will take place in the O'Rahilly GFC centre on Friday 14th October at 8.15pm. The book will be launched by Hugh O'Brien, well known historian and more fondly known as Hugh Barney. A number of Hugh's ancestors feature in the book. More details of launch to follow shortly.

CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI FINAL

The Pearse Brothers had a fine 3-13 to 0-8 victory over Truagh in last Sunday’s quarter final. Full match report is available on the sports pages. Next up is a semi-final against Clontibret which takes place on Sunday in Clones at 2pm.

CALL TO USE NEW CAR PARK

The Ballybay Town Team are calling on local businesses and their staff to use the new car park at the rear of Liam Smyth’s just off the Main Street. The new car park has a large number of tarmacked parking spaces and disabled parking spaces. By using the new spaces there should be a lot more parking spaces on the Main Street for customers.

Trees on the Land - Applications for trees are now open.

Trees on the Land - Applications for trees are now open.

We're delighted to announce that applications for trees are now open for the Winter 2022-2023 planting project.

This update includes a quick summary of the project and tree packs for this winter planting. For more detailed information follow the link at the bottom of the update which will take you to the website and tree pack applications.

Tree Pack Schemes:

 

Tree packs are available for planting small woodland areas, hedgerows, shelter belts, coppice, parkland, agroforestry, orchards and other tree planting scenarios.

Sponsored Trees: There are sponsored tree schemes for schools, colleges, farms, smallholdings, sports clubs, golf clubs, community groups and councils. You will find information on these schemes on the application pages of the website.

Gardens: Application Fees: Application Fees apply to all tree packs for gardens and are based on €0.60c per tree. Apple trees are more expensive at €18 each. The smallest tree packs start at €6. Delivery charges of €20 per order apply to all garden tree pack applications.

Application Deadline: Applications for trees will close at 6pm on Sunday 16th October 2022. This deadline applies to all landowners and tree planting schemes. Please apply promptly to avoid disappointment - we cannot take any late applications. We will close applications early if schemes become oversubscribed - don't leave your application to the last minute!

Delivery of Trees:

 

Trees will be delivered to applicants either by courier or by one of our local helpers. You may be asked to fetch your trees from a local collection point.

Deliveries will commence in January 2023 and continue through to early March in order to stagger the work across the winter season. The majority of deliveries will go out during January and February and we will give everyone plenty of notice of their delivery before it is dispatched.

 

To make an application:

All of the information about the project and details for making an application are on the website at the following link.

https://www.treesontheland.com/plant-trees-2022-2023

 

Pre-application enquiries are welcome - please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any queries before making your application. Please don't panic if you do not receive an immediate reply, we deal with each enquiry individually and will get to you as soon as possible.

Remaining days of free ‘Understanding and Caring for our Waterways Course’ open for registration!

The free Understanding and Caring for our Waterways course started in Emyvale last weekend (see photos at bottom of email) and has more days available to sign up to;

in South Monaghan; on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September at Castleblayney Enterprise Centre and afternoon practical at a riverside in Inniskeen and Sunday 9th October at Lough Muckno
in North Monaghan on Saturday 8th October (at Emy Lake and Castle Leslie Wetlands)
All days run from 9.30am - 3.30pm

You can register and indicate the days that suit you by filling out this online Registration Form at https://forms.gle/waVR9LUbuVccYDkT8

 

Saturday 17th Sept will involve;

• Physical structure & function of Irish lakes & rivers

• Invertebrate & plant life in our rivers, lakes & wetlands

• Using animals & plants to assess water quality

 

Sunday 18th Sept will involve;

c4127b97-533b-41c4-8686-42c84657a7fb• Fish & other wildlife in our rivers, lakes & wetlands

• Water Quality Assessment - Local Catchments

 

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October (lake days) will involve;

• Pollution - Threats and opportunities

• What can community groups do to improve water quality and the local environment?

• Refresher - Key elements of the Course / Barriers to progress and advice on overcoming these

• Developing Community Based Water Projects

 

‘Understanding and Caring for our Waterways’ is a practical and hands-on free training programme open to all (18+); from Tidy Town groups and farmers, to anglers and walkers, wildlife groups and teachers, plus many more! To learn more and or to register to participate, contact Monaghan LEADER at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 087 176 0877 / 042 974 9500

 

You can read about their findings at last weekend’s training on the project website at http://monaghan.waters-project.com/north-monaghan-sessions/

CONVENT REUNION

Were you in the class of 1976 to 1982 in St. Louis Secondary School in Monaghan - if so you are invited to the 40th reunion on Saturday 24th September. For further information see the Facebook Page St. Louis Secondary School 1976-82 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OUTDOOR BOWLS

Despite the heavy rain on Saturday last seven members of the local outdoor bowling club travelled to Fivemiletown to participate in the Champion of Champions. John Sloan competed in the singles. The pairs were very well represented by Gabriel Traynor and Seamus Winters, who reached the semi -final. The rinks played on despite the terrible weather and were represented by Mark Cusack, Benny Smyth, Matt Mooney and captain Brendan Mc Gahey. There was no silverware to take home but all enjoyed the day and a big thanks to the Clogher Valley Bowling club for the refreshments afterwards.

On Saturday next 10th September we will hold our singles competition in aid of Jimmy Gibson memorial trophy. The draw will take place at 10-30am so please enter your name now. Play begins at 11am.

DONATION TO CANCER SOCIETY

On Sunday morning last the Pearse Brothers U15 captain Andrew Mullen and the team made a donation of €500 to Anne Brady and Anne Mc Carthy from the Ballybay Cancer Society. The money was raised when the team ran over 100km. The boys play their Championship Semi Final next Saturday 10th September at 12pm in Pearse Park Ballybay. Please come out and support the boys.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING

Christ Church Aughnamullen will host their annual Harvest Thanksgiving Service on Sunday next 11th September at 3pm. All are welcome.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA TITLE FOR MARK

Congratulations to former Drumhowan player Mark Mc Cabe who won a Western Australian title with his club Greenwood, Perth last Saturday. The sharp shooter had a fine game scoring 5 points for his team which won by a single point.

ALL IRELAND WINNERS

Congratulations to Drumhowan ladies’ rounders team who won the All Ireland Junior Ladies novice title on Sunday last. In the final the local girls defeated Dunderry from Meath. Well done to all concerned.

CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE

Last weekend the Pearse Brothers lost to Clontibret by a single point. The clubs future will now be determined by the outcome of the Scotstown v Clontibret game. Full match report is available in the sports pages.

CONCERN ABOUT RECYCLING BINS

Ballybay Tidy Towns committee have expressed concern about the location and use of the recycling bins at the Town Park. Lately the bin area is becoming a litter blackspot as when the bins are full people still leave waste which in turn encourages more dumping. Locals have suggested putting up cameras' however cameras were erected in the past and were then vandalised. The Tidy Towns committee have requested a meeting with the environmental section of Monaghan County council to discuss what can be done.

24 HOUR RUN4PIETA

Latton GFA are delighted to announce that their 24 Hour Run4Pieta will take place from 9th September at 6pm to Saturday 10th September at 6pm 2022. They have chosen this weekend as 10th September is World Suicide Prevention day . If you would like to book a slot to walk, please contact Christina Weldon on 087-9051969. The link to our Fundraising page is as follows if you would like to donate

https://pieta.enthuse.com/pf/christina-weldon-e18d4

SORTING SERVICES ON THE MOVE

Friday the 19th August was the last day that mail was sorted in Ballybay Post Office. After almost one hundred years of sorting the mail locally, staff have relocated to the Monaghan DSU. The Post Office would like to wish Pauric Smyth, Michael Keenan, Julie Duffy, Eddie McNally & Kevin McKenna all the very best. Patrons can be reassured that all postal services will remain in Ballybay – it is just the sorting department that has moved.

CHRISTCHURCH

Ballybay Parochial Hall in Church Street (A75 AC99) is available for hire at the excellent price of just €25 per hour. This includes the use of the toilets, kitchen, wifi and parking.

TULLYCORBET CCE

Classes will be resuming on September 7th in Tullycorbet Community Centre from 4 until 7-30pm. Instruments on offer are the tin whistle, piano, piano accordion, fiddle, banjo/mandolin and guitar. Contact 087 2395396 for any new beginners.

YIN YOGA IS BACK

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. Starting next Monday night September 5th from 7.30 to 8.30 in Ballybay Church Street Hall A75 AC99. Please bring your own mat. €10 per night. No need to book in advance. Pay as you go.

IRISH DANCING

The Irish dancing class under the direction of Gerard McQuaid will resume in Tullycorbet Community Centre on Thursday September 8th at 5.15pm. This is a great opportunity for young people in the area. New dancers welcome.

LINE DANCING

Line dancing classes will resume in Tullycorbet Hall in October. Further details to follow. 

Croí Cónaithe (Town) Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant

A grant of up to a maximum of €30,000 is available for the refurbishment of vacant properties for occupation as a principal private residence, including the conversion of a property which has not been used as residential heretofore . This will be subject to upper limits having regard to a reasonable cost assessment by the local authority. The grant is inclusive of VAT cost of the works.

Where the refurbishment costs are expected to exceed the standard grant of up to €30,000, a maximum top-up grant amount of up to €20,000 will be available where the property is confirmed to be derelict, bringing the total grant available for derelict property up to a maximum of €50,000.

For further information please click on the links to PDFs below:

Fund Scheme

Fund Form

Fund FAQs

OPEN WATER SWIMMING AT LOUGH MAJOR

On Tuesday last a four-week programme for adults wanting to improve their technique, skill and stamina in relation to open water swimming commenced in Lough Major.  Trained coaches will facilitate two groups during Tuesday evenings in August.  For more information on various sports course and events check out https://www.monaghansports.ie/

BOWLS FOR LADIES

Monaghan Sports partnership have linked with Ballybay Outdoor Bowling Club to offer free taster sessions for women. Bowls is a fantastic low intensity sport open to all ages and abilities. The session will take place on Friday 12th August at 11am on the Bowling Green, Ballybay Town Park. To register for the event contact Monaghan Sports Partnership at 042 9755126.

U15 FINAL THURSDAY

Good luck to Ballybay U15’s who play Cremartin on Thursday in the league final in Clontibret at 7-30pm. Your support for the lads would be very much appreciated.

BINGO BUS

The Pearse Brothers new look Bingo continues in the Pearse Centre on Tuesday evenings starting at 8pm. Jackpot is €8400 on 45 calls. If you haven’t been before you can find the venue using Eircode A75 DP04. Alternatively there is a new Bus Service to the Bingo from Latton, Rockcorry and Ballybay. It's free for all Bus Pass holders and to book a seat on the bus you can contact the Bus Driver George Hall 0868278484 Local Link 04751840 or Stephen Duffy 0877687780.

91 YEARS OLD

Former Ballybay Pearse Brother Michael Donahue celebrated his 91st Birthday on Friday last, 29th July. His many friends in Ballybay would like to wish him a belated Happy Birthday.

SUNDAY MASS SCHEDULE CHANGES

The local priests along with those from neighbouring parishes have issued a new Mass schedule which will come into effect this weekend and run until December. Due to the shortage of priests some churches will only have weekend masses every second Saturday/Sunday. This will impact on Ballintra and Tullycorbett who both will mass every second Sunday as follows: TULLYCORBETT 9-30am on August14 and 28, September 11and 25, October 9 and 23, November 6 and 20 and December 4 and 18. BALLINTRA 11am on August 7 and 21, September 4 and 18, October 2, 16 and 30, November 13 and 27 and December 11. BALLYBAY will continue to have Vigil Mass on Saturdays at 6pm and Sunday’s at 12-15pm.

CHAMPIONSHIP OPENER

Ballybay Pearse Brothers open their championship campaign on Sunday next with a game against Scotstown. This group 1 round 1 match will be played in Ballybay at 5pm. Diarmuid Boylan is the referee.

CUL CAMPS

At time of going to print there were still some places available at next week’s Cul Camp which is being held at Pearse Park. The camp is being held each day (25th to 29th July) from 10am until 2pm. To book a place go to https://www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/

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.

CAR BOOR SALE

Cuan Mhuire will hold a car boot sale on bank Holiday Monday 1st August. Entry is just €10 and refreshments will be available. Why not come along and pick up a bargain or enjoy the craic browsing the stalls.

WEEKDAY MASSES

Parishioners are advised to consult the Sunday Parish Newsletter for the dates and times of the weekday masses in the coming weeks as they may vary from week to week. There was no mass today Thursday. There is mass tomorrow Friday at 9-30am.

LEAGUE SEMI FINAL

Ballybay play Latton in the Loughman’s Sport league semi-final on Saturday evening at 7pm in Latton. The winner will play either Scotstown or Clontibret in the final.

FINNEGAN FAMILY RAISE VITAL FUNDS

The Finnegan family organised a fundraiser in aid of Brendan Finnegan who sadly passed away earlier this year. As a result of the go fund me page and additional donations the family and friends of Brendan raised a staggering €17, 009.73c. This fantastic amount was divided equally between the Ballybay Cancer Society and Cavan/Monaghan Palliative Care group, two charities which are very close to the family. The presentation of the cheques took place last Friday night in Aughnamullen Social Centre. The family would like to sincerely thank everyone who donated to the fundraiser.

SOCCER CLUB

Faith Mission and the Ballybay group of Presbyterian churches have organised a kids soccer club. The club will run from 6-30pm until 8pm from the 11th to 15th July. It is open to all kids aged between 7 and 12. All volunteers are Garda vetted. Each night there will be a short 5 to 10 minute bible talk. Further information is available from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or https://form.jotform.com/202156718974059 . The club is free of charge.