FOOTBALL IS BACK

The first GAA action for months takes place this weekend with all local clubs in action. Latton are first out as they are away to Castleblayney on Saturday evening at 7pm. On Sunday the long awaited meeting of Ballybay and Clontibret will take place in Ballybay at 2pm while Drumhowan will travel to Toome also for a 2pm start. Good luck to all. Remember due to covid rules the maximum number allowed at a game including the teams and officials is 200.

BLESSING OF THE GRAVES DEFERRED

The annual Blessing of the Graves in the parish usually takes place on the last Sunday of July however this year owing to the Covid-19 Pandemic it is being postponed. It is with a heavy heart that a decision has been taken to defer the annual blessing until 2021. The local priests will privately and without any gathering of people visit the three graveyards in the parish and sprinkle the individual graves with the blessed water. Families are encouraged to visit their own plots over the course of the next few weeks.

PAUL FINLAY NAMED AS ONE OF THE COUNTIES FINEST

Local journalist John Graham was asked by the Belfast based newspaper the ‘Irish News’ to select the six key players for Monaghan over the past 10 year. It will come as no surprise to locals that Paul Finlay made JP’s top six. Here is what the Killeevan man had to say about JAP – “When Paul Finlay called time on his 14 year inter-county career a couple of seasons ago, he left the big stage with his place among the all-time Monaghan greats safely secured.

One of the most prolific forwards of his generation, Finlay scored a whopping 5-544 in 168 appearances for his county. He first came to prominence as the top scorer on the Monaghan Vocational Schools team that garnered All-Ireland honours in 2001, and then won a Sigerson Cup medal with Sligo IT the following year.

The stylish Ballybay clubman played a starring role in Monaghan’s 2005 Allianz League Division Two triumph, which was the Farney county’s first national title in 20 years.

He had to wait until 2013 to emulate his late father Kieran by winning his first Ulster SFC medal and followed that up two years later as Monaghan defeated Donegal in the provincial final.

At club level, he led Ballybay to a Monaghan senior title in 2012, which completed a full collection of medals at junior, intermediate and senior level.

The other five key players named by JP are Conor Mc Manus, Darren Hughes, Owen Lennon, Rory Beggan and Vinny Corey.

NEW SERVICE AT THE LIBRARY

Ballybay Library have introduced a new service called ‘Click and Collect’. On Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 1pm you can telephone the library and discuss your reading preferences. The staff will then put together a selection of books and you can come along and collect them at an agreed time.

THURSDAY CLEAN UP

The Tidy Towns committee have organised a Thursday Evening Tidy Town clean up. It may mean litter picking, weed picking, sweeping etc. Volunteers can meet at the Square at 6.30 pm and do what they can for an hour or two. Extra helping hands would be very welcome with the general upkeep of the town and if you are coming maybe bring some gardening tools that could be helpful. Last week the group cleaned Lower Main Street, around the old clinic and down towards the bridge at Riverdale. Tonight the group will be concentrating on the Castleblayney Road. If possible they would like residents from this area to come out and help for an hour.

OUTDOOR BOWLS

With the better weather over the past week we have all games in the outdoor league finished and we are now waiting for the final between a Monaghan Select and Clontibret A. That game is now scheduled to be played on Monday 27th July starting at 7pm. Playing for the Monaghan Team are Patrick Mc Elvaney, Brendan Og Magennis, John Sloan and Daniel Hawthorn. Playing for Clontibret are Shane and Brendan Magennis, Gerry Moen and Malachy Traynor.

This week will see a lot of the outdoor cup games being played and we will publish a full list of the second round games next week. The Jimmy Gibson Memorial Shield will be played for on Saturday 15th August on the outdoor green starting at11am. This is a singles competition and numbers are limited so now is the time to get your name on the times sheet in the pavilion.

There has been several enquiries about the Town Tournament when a number of businesses in the town put forward a team of three and the bowling club assigns an experienced player. This will start in two weeks time.

Each Tuesday evening the green will be available for beginners and improvers. Anyone wishing to partake can come along at 7pm.

CAR BOOT SALE AT CUAN MHUIRE

Cuan Mhuire, Ballybay will host a car boot sale on Bank Holiday Monday (August 3rd). The sale will commence at 8am and the cost per car is just €10. Food and refreshments will be available and social distancing will be observed.

SAD PASSING OF MARY MCGUINNESS

It is with deep regret and sadness that we record the passing of Mary McGuinness (nee Mc Phillips), 24 Loch Mor Avenue, Ballybay on Sunday last. Mary died peacefully at the residence of her Daughter Brid and son in law John Rutledge, Edenaneane. Ballybay Pearse Brothers provided a guard of honour at Mary’s funeral on Tuesday. May her gentle soul rest in eternal peace.

CREDIT UNIONS NEW OPENING HOURS

The Credit Union has extended its opening hours as the country starts to get back to normal. On Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the office will be open from 10am until 4-30pm (closed for lunch 1 to 2) and on Saturdays from 10am until 2pm. Remember support local – borrow local.

OUTDOOR BOWLS

On Friday last 26th June we had the first play off the season at the outdoor bowling green with the start of a rinks competition. This was a glorious afternoon for bowling which reflected in the games played. Through to the next round are St. Michaels of Cootehill who had an outstanding game with Clontibret C. Also into the next round are Derrynoose. Monday evening saw Muckno play Clontibret A and Derryvalley play Tullyvin. (Results next week).
Each Tuesday evening the green will be available for beginners and improvers. Anyone wishing to partake can get in contact with Benny Smyth at 0874152392.

THURSDAY CLEAN UP

The Tidy Towns committee is starting a Thursday Evening Tidy Town clean up. It may mean litter picking, weed picking, sweeping etc. Volunteers can meet at the Square at 6.30 pm and do what they can for an hour or two. Extra helping hands would be very welcome with the general upkeep of the town and if you are coming maybe bring some gardening tools that could be helpful.

PICTURES OF HANDBALL ALLEY WANTED?

Do you have any pictures of the handball alley that once stood in the Town Park? The alley was built in 1954 and demolished in 2007. It was located were the Community Creche is today. If anyone has any pictures could you please contact Paul Flynn or private message him on Facebook.

MEETINGS RESUME AT CUAN MHUIRE

From Monday the 6th of July, Cuan Mhuire Ballybay, will resume holding meetings. The times are as follows:
Mondays; commencing at 8.30 PM
Thursdays; commencing at 1pm
And Saturdays at 11.30 AM.
Aftercare will also be on Wednesdays at 8.30PM.
Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing you. Please spread the word.

TONY CAMPBELL – MBE

Although no longer living in Ballybay local lad David Moen is always on the lookout for items relating to home. David recently came across a letter in a local paper posing the question, “Was this the GAA, first MBE to win a SFC medal”. The letter referred to the Ballybay team of 1969 who defeated Castleblayney in the county final in front of a record crowd in Emmet Park, Carrickmacross. Playing corner forward for the Pearse Brothers that day was Tony Campbell. A few years later the Derry native headed off to South Africa where he spent his time teaching in the poorer areas of the country. He made such an impression that the British Government awarded him an MBE (Members of the British Empire). An MBE is given for an outstanding achievement or service to the community which will have had a long-term, significant impact and stand out as an example to others. If anyone has any memories of Tony and can confirm if he was the first SFC medal winner to receive an MBE can you email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FIJI TRIP POSTPONED

The volunteering trip which was to be undertaken by local girls Laura McPhillips (Latton) and Ciara Quinn (Drumhowan), has been postponed due to the current circumstances. The girls would like to thank everyone who has donated to the trip. Their current plan is to reschedule the trip for next year and the proceeds gathered so far will go towards this. The local duo would like to most sincerely thank all who have supported them through donations on sponsorship cards in local businesses and through their GoFundMe page online.

MASS RETURNS BUT ALL IS DIFFERENT

In line with Government rules Public worship can re-commence in all churches as and from Monday 29th June. The local parish are currently planning for this as it is not possible for a full return, instead the parish plans to begin with small and tentative steps. In order to adhere to the 2metre social distancing rule means that the congregation will only be about 10% of the churches capacity. For this reason it would not be possible to meet the parish needs with the usual 4 weekend masses. As a result of this the parish is proposing that the Sunday mass gets spread across the entire week. Instead of being confined to the 4 weekend masses, parishioners will have 9 masses to choose from. The following 9 masses are being proposed and attendance at anyone of the weekday masses will be the equivalent of going to mass on a Sunday – as the Sunday obligation has been set aside owing to the pandemic.
1.Monday 7-30pm St. Patrick’s
2.Tuesday 9-30am St. Patrick’s
3.Wednesday 7-30pm St. Patrick’s
4.Thursday 9-30am St. Patrick’s
5.Friday 7-30pm St. Patrick’s
6.Saturday Vigil 6-30pm
7.Sunday Tullycorbet 9-30am
8.Sunday Ballintra 11am
9.Sunday St. Patrick’s 12-15pm
To make this work the times of some of the weekday masses have been adjusted. This initially is a trial.
Parishioners are asked to make an effort to spread their mass attendance across the seven days with as many as possible opting to go to one of the weekday evening masses – this will help alleviate the pressure on the weekend masses. It is also important to remind people who are vulnerable or unwell, and especially those with any symptoms that might suggest Covid-19 infection are asked to stay at home and if possible participate via webcam, social media, television of radio.

JOE’S DISCO’S COME TO AN END

Ballybay Native Joe Sullivan now lives in Dublin but is a regular visitor back home. Joe loves music and to make life easier for the residents of his estate during the coronavirus pandemic he decided to have a disco every night. Joe’s entertainment became so popular that he used to stream it live and hundreds of people tuned in from all over including many in Ballybay. Joe played a brilliant mixture of songs and took requests from his many followers. Many a night Joe fought a battle with facebook who threatened to cut him off but Joe persisted and throughout the lockdown played his music on 79 nights. The nights that he didn’t play it was because he had lent his PA equipment so that locals could avail of bingo.
On Tuesday 16th June Joe posted the following, “Just a quick note that tonight's DJing hour will be the last one. Thanks to everyone who has listened over the previous 78 nights. Especially those who tune in most, if not every, night. You know who you are! Tonight is a "Best of" sort of night so I'll hopefully have your company at 7pm!”. Joe certainly had company on the night with over 90 people leaving comments on facebook.
Speaking about Joe’s disco Former Ballybay Councillor Brid Rutlegde said, “When people ask out here what do u rem about covid-19 ? We will all be saying Joe Sullivan”.
Carl Murphy summed Joe’s effort up when he said, “Cheers joe for entertaining us all at this time , 79 shows Is unreal , thanks a million for ur time and effort in makin this lockdown easier with all ur great tunes , take care and stay safe”.
Real heroes don’t wear capes Joe.

THURSDAY CLEAN UP

The Tidy Towns committee is starting a Thursday Evening Tidy Town clean up. It may mean litter picking, weed picking, sweeping etc. Volunteers can meet at the Square at 6.30 pm and do what they can for an hour or two. Extra helping hands would be very welcome with the general upkeep of the town and if you are coming maybe bring some gardening tools that could be helpful.

FR. MCENEANEY ELEVATED TO CANON

The Bishop of Clogher, Larry Duffy has appointed Fr Owen Joe McEneaney PP, Ballybay (Tullycorbet) and Adm of Latton (Aughnamullen West) and Rockcorry (Ematris) parishes, to be a member of the Diocesan Chapter of Canons. A native of Raferagh in Carrickmacross parish, Canon McEneaney has been PP of Tullycorbet since October 2017, having previously been Prior of Lough Derg and Adm of Pettigo and, before that, Adm of Monaghan and Rackwallace (Cathedral parish).
The Diocesan Chapter is made up of Canons who are appointed by the bishop to carry out functions that are entrusted to it by Canon Law or by the bishop. The twelve members of the Diocesan Chapter also fulfil the role of College of Consultors in the Diocese of Clogher, thereby acting as senior advisers to the bishop and, in the event of a vacant See, electing a Diocesan Administrator when required to do so.

OUTDOOR BOWLS TO RE-OPEN

Owing to the Covit19 Pandemic the Ballybay Outdoor Bowling Club is late opening this season. The Local League will start on Friday 26th June when sixteen clubs will play in a rinks format in a knockout competition for the Jackie Rutledge Cup. Following that we will play for the outdoor cup when the same sixteen clubs will compete. All these games will start at 7-30pm. The following is the draw which was made during the week:
St. Michaels v Clontibret C
Latton v Derrynoose
Muckno v Clontibret A
Derryvalley v Tullyvin
Rockcorry v Scotshouse
Ballybay Maroon v Corcaghan
Clontibret B v Cootehill
Ballybay White v Ardaghey
Each Tuesday evening the green will be available for beginners and improvers. Anyone wishing to partake can get in contact with Benny Smyth at 0874152392.

JACK THE RIPPER

Thanks to Aodh Mc Kenna, one of the latest members of Ballybay and its People for sharing with us the story of ‘Jack the Ripper’. Aodh’s source was a Mrs Wiggens who at the age of 91 provided the information to ‘The Schools Collection’. The story goes - About the year 1827 a character known as "Jack the Ripper" made his appearance in Ballybay. This fearsome man armed with a scythe blade used to waylay and rob people on their way home from the fairs and markets. Once in the Laragh lane he put the eye out of one Mrs Jane Mc Clelland, and cut the ear of a Mr Jack Murphy, both these people residing in the Ballintra district. These acts so enraged the people that they turned out "en-masse", and scoured the countryside until they found him. They turned him over to the authorities and this was the last was heard of "Jack the Ripper".

CHAMBER VOUCHERS

Now that most shops are open in Ballybay the Chamber of Commerce would like to remind locals vouchers are available to purchase or spend. Many people received vouchers as Christmas presents and now is a great time to go spend any that you may have lying around the house. Alternatively if you have a wedding, anniversary or birthday coming up why give a gift of a Ballybay Voucher and help the local economy.

TIDY TOWNS UPDATE

Now that all our planters are out on display we would like to remind all business premises of the prize sponsored by Gerry McElroy for this year’s best kept business premises. Thanks to Gerry for this prize and judging will take place in August. We are very grateful also for a donation of €200 to the Tidy Towns Committee by a lady who wants to remain anonymous. So very generous. Our next project is working on a pollinator and pergola for area beside bridge at Loch Mor entrance. If anyone is free to assist with watering of flowers that would be great. Anybody with a jeep that can pull our water tanker and be free for a few hours to water all plants. We are hoping to add a few extra volunteers to the rota. So any help would be greatly appreciated.

SUMMER SUNRISE SATURDAY

Well known Drumhowan native Noel Duffy has over the first 20 days in June has been undertaking to walk virtually 420km from Monaghan to Mizen Head. This week he is virtually in Co. Cork. All the funds raised go to the Irish Heart Foundation and the Acute Stroke Unit in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. He is doing this in Memory of his later mother Nan Duffy who died as a result of a stroke in November 2018. To mark the finish of it he is trying to get as many people as possible to dress in red wherever they are in the country and if possible walk the last mile with him virtually (4.30am) or even be up for sunrise on the longest day of the year this Saturday (4.55am) and send the photo to . - facebook page monaghan 2 mizen or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This is known as #SummerSunrise and it's an opportunity to remember /celebrate people who suffered from heart disease or a stroke which there are many of. You can donate at www.justgiving.com/funraising/monaghan2mizen

PLAY PARK RE-OPENS

The Play Park in the Town Park re-opened on Monday last and a steady stream of users was observed. The young children haven’t been able to use the park for a number of weeks so many local parents welcomed the re-opening. People using the park are requested to practice social distancing and to wear mask and gloves where possible.

NEW SOLICITOR

NOEL DUFFY WALK UPDATE

Noel Duffy from Drumhowan is at present half-way through his 420km virtual walk from Monaghan 2 Mizen. From June 1st to 20th he will complete 20 half marathons. He is doing this in memory of his mother Nan Duffy. All funds raised go to the Irish Heart Foundation and The Acute Stroke Unit in OLOL Hospital, Drogheda. You can find out more information at www.facebook.com/monaghan2mizen You can donate at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/monaghan2mizen . Then at sunrise on Saturday 20th June - longest day of the year - (4.55am) he is asking everyone either to walk the final mile or even get up and just take a photo at sunrise. This is to remember all those who either died or survived Heart Disease or Stroke. Please also wear red, colour of the Heart Foundation and also his mum's favourite colour. #SummerSunrise. As Nan shopped in Ballybay for many years one of the half marathons is going to take place in Ballybay starting and finishing in the park. Next Monday the 15th of June from 3 to 7pm Noel will be walking around the roads of Ballybay (4 laps x5km). If anyone would like to donate or walk (a lap) in memory of Nan please contact Grainne Duffy 086 - 4077737 for further information.

LATTON BAWN HISTROICAL GROUP

During the pandemic the Latton Bawn Historical Group have been very active with regular updates on their facebook page. The latest posts concern weddings in the area which were announced and reported on in the local newspapers in the 1950’s and early 1960’s. They make a fascinating read for everyone.

BANK TO RE-OPEN ON 29TH JUNE

Bank of Ireland have confirmed that the Ballybay branch will re-open for business on Monday 29th June. From that day the bank will be offering advice and self-service banking. Ballybay was one of 83 branches that had been closed due to the Covit 19 pandemic. The branch will open Monday to Friday 10am until 1pm. The general consensus in the town is that is ‘great news’.

GOOD NEWS FOR CRECHE USERS

There is currently a lot of great work happening in the creche at the moment to get ready to reopen on Monday 29th June. Laura has completed specialised training with all staff. The staff are looking forward to seeing all the children and parents again. Laura wants to reassure parents and families that the plan she has in place will have been implemented with children in mind and they will receive the same excellent level of care and education that they have always.

OVER €5000 RAISED FOR NURSING HOMES

Gerry Mc Elroy's latest fundraiser in aid of the of St. Anne’s and St. Mary’s Comfort Funds has raised over €5000. On Thursday last Gerry presented cheques to the value of €2750 to each of the units. The money was raised through the proceeds of the re-opening night and donations made by Gerry's customers. Gerry had planned to wind down the fundraiser however people are still wanting to make donations. These can be made at the local credit union in Ballybay. The fundraising account details are IBAN: IE63BLEN99224100685906 - BIC: BLENIE21XXX. Speaking to the Ballybay News Gerry said, "I am delighted on behalf of myself and the family and the staff of the Take Away and Veg factory to be able to present a small token to the comfort funds at the nursing homes in Ballybay and Castleblayney. Without the generosity and continued support of the people of Ballybay and surrounding areas this would not have been possible. So once again thank you most sincerely".

MASS FOR CONFIRMATION CLASS OF 2020 TONIGHT

Due to the coronavirus the Sacrament of Confirmation was not celebrated in the Diocese of Clogher this spring. New arrangements for the celebration of Confirmation will be put in place once the pandemic has passed. In the short term, Bishop Larry Duffy along for Fr. Stephen Joyce who was a priest in the parish, invite all Confirmation girls and boys, their parents and school community to join in an ONLINE end of school year mass from St. Joseph’s, Monaghan this evening Thursday 28th May at 8pm. The webcam link is https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-josephs-church-park-street-monaghan

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIERAN

On Monday last Latton postman Kieran Black celebrated his 60th Birthday. Due to the corona virus it is not possible to celebrate with a party however the Latton community did not forget his big Birthday and he received many well wishes as he delivered his post.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

First Holy Communion in the parish should have taken place last Saturday however due to the coronavirus pandemic it has been postponed. Since last October the boys and girls under the guidance of Miss Mc Dermott had been preparing for the sacrament. A new arrangement will be made once the pandemic has passed.

TROCAIRE LENTEN APPEAL

This appeal (Trocaire Box/Purple Envelope) will run until the end of May. Understandably the Trocaire Lenten Campaign this year has been very badly hit by the Covid 19 pandemic and Bishop Larry is asking people across the diocese including those in our own parish to return the purple envelope and to do so before the end of May. Donations to Trocaire can also be made online.

DO YOU HAVE ELDERLY RELATIVES IN LONDON

The Irish Chaplaincy in London is offering support to anyone in Ireland with concerns about older family members or friends living in London at this challenging time. The Chaplaincy can make direct contact with vulnerable older Irish living but isolated in London. The Chaplaincy is also a link to services and community groups on the ground local to where a person is living in London. This service is free so if you have a family member or friend in London that you have concerns about you can either email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 0044 20 7482 3274.

GERRY’S FUNDRAISER UPDATE

Donations are still coming in for Gerry Mc Elroy’s fund raiser in aid of St. Anne’s and St. Mary’s Comfort Funds. Gerry, his Family and the staff were overwhelmed by the generosity and support shown to date for these worthy causes. Gerry cannot give a final figure at this time as donations are still coming in. If anyone didn’t get a chance to donate and would like to its not too late. You can do so in the Credit Union or online to a special designated Credit Union account. The details of this account are: IBAN: IE63BLEN99224100685906 - BIC: BLENIE21XXX.

BOOKS DELIVERED FOR FREE

The Library can deliver books to anyone who is cocooning or self-isolating. This service is free and you do not need to be a member. The demand for this service has been very high and as a result the Library Service have decided to take calls directly through selected Libraries rather than asking you to go through the Community Support Helpline. Those in the Ballybay Area should contact 047 74712 to avail of the service. You can also email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Don't forget, this service is for ANYONE who is Cocooning or in Self Isolation - whether you are a Library Member or not! Library staff will be available to take delivery requests from Monday to Friday, 10am - 4pm. Please have your Eircode available.

DRUMHOWAN SUCCESSFUL RUN4PIETA

Drumhowan Gaa club recently participated in a very successful run4pieta. On Sunday evening last the club reported that they had walked, jogged, cycled and crawled over 1,375.5 kms and we have raised over €5000 for Pieta House! There are a number of great pictures on the clubs facebook page and it is intended to create an album of pictures so please keep them coming to the page.

SCHOOL EANNA IN LAST 5

The Road Safety Authority of Ireland is holding a ‘Hi-Glo Silver Poster Competition’ and the good news is that a poster designed by second class in Social Eanna has made the last five. The winning poster will be the one from the school who receives the most likes on the RSA facebook page. On Monday evening Scoil Eanna’s entry was in third place so with voting not finishing until 4pm on Friday 5th June there is still a great chance for them to win. So please go to the RSA facebook page and like the Scoil Eanna entry. Can you ask your friends and family to do likewise.

PEARSE BROTHERS RUN4PIETA

On Friday 22nd May and Saturday 23rd May Ballybay Pearse Brothers are asking all players, supporters and the local community to get involved with a fundraising event for Pieta House. The club want all involved to participate in this fun event, to see how far they can walk/run in 24 hours as a club and to raise awareness for mental health. Walking/running must be done within the 5km Government/HSE-Covid19 guidelines). The club would like to encourage all club players, supporters and our club community to put on your club colours and get involved. Each person/family will be allocated a half hour slot to walk/run. The event will start at 7.30pm on Friday 22nd May running through to 7.30pm on Saturday 23rd May. Text Barry 087 2589371 or Teresa on 086 1691304 with your preferred time slot. When you have completed your walk/run please text the total distance covered (remembering that family of four walk 5km its 4 x 5km = 20km). Donations can be made via the link which is available on the Pearse Brothers facebook page. The clubs facebook page is already littered with fantastic pictures and video’s promoting the event and families are encouraged to post their pictures on the facebook page after the event. Good luck to all.

RESERVED ACCESS IN LAKESIDE PARK

The Council has decided to reserve access in Lakeside Park (more commonly known as the Town Park) from 9-30am until11am for cocooners and those who are medically vulnerable. Your co-operation with this request would be very much appreciated.

MY GREATEST GAME

The BBC Sports Department are currently running a series entitled ‘My Greatest Game’. The idea is that a retired inter-county player recalls his greatest game. This week the series featured Ballybay’s own legend Paul Finlay. The wing forward had declared that Monaghan’s Ulster final 0-13 to 0-7 win over Donegal in 2013 is a memory that will stay with him for the rest of his days. Check out the article at: https://www.bbc.com/sport/gaelic-games/52608364

FUNDRAISER UPDATE

Last week we reported that Gerry’s Take-Away was back up and running and that Gerry planned to donate the first night’s takings to the St. Anne’s and St. Mary’s Comfort Funds. Gerry, his Family and the staff were overwhelmed by the generosity and support shown for these worthy causes. Gerry cannot give a final figure at this time as donations are still coming in. If anyone didn’t get a chance to donate and would like to its not too late. You can do so in the Credit Union or online to a special designated Credit Union account. The details of this account are: IBAN: IE63BLEN99224100685906 - BIC: BLENIE21XXX.

SAD PASSINGS

Since last week’s publication there have been a couple of sad passings in the locality. Due to the Corona Virus and in accordance with Government Regulations all funerals were private however funeral masses for the deceased will be held at a later stage. The following deaths have taken place since last week’s edition. Packie Lambe, Formill, Shantonagh. Peter Daly, Drumullard, Shantonagh. Dympna Rice (nee Sweeney), Dernasell East, Scotstown and Patrick (Paddy) O Brien, Mahon, Latton.
May they all rest in Peace.

FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PARISH

With no masses these days a number of parishioners have been wondering how they can contribute their weekly offering to the church. Three options have been identified for anyone who wishes to contribute. Option 1 is by standing order. A standing order form is available on the http://www.tullycorbetparish.com/ website and hard copies are available in the entrances to the three local churches. If interested in this method then just fill out the form and leave it into the parish office at the priests house. It is important that you insert your name and parish envelope number. Option 2 is to date via on-line banking. This way you can decide if you want to make a once off, weekly, monthly or annual subscription. If you do decide to use this method then the account name is Tullycorbet parish, the BIC is BOFIIE2D and the IBAN is IE12BOF190323485370421. Option 3 is to contribute electronically through the https://www.clogherdiocese.ie/ web page. On the page there is a donate box which when clicked on will allow you to donate once off or monthly. You simply select the amount, the parish of your choice (Tullycorbet) and follow the simple instructions.
http://fr.mc/ Mc Eneaney has acknowledged that lots of parishioners have been donating to the parish in various ways since the pandemic stopped all masses.

THANK YOU’S

A number of locals have taken to Social Media to thank people at this torrid time. Here is a selection. Caroline Chambers wrote, “I would like to give a big thank you to my uncle Danny’s carers Sandra Moffett and Hazel Mc Bride and to the Ballybay Garda who has been checking in on him”.
David Lane said, “Today is Mother's Day for the Lithuanian community living in Ballybay. I would like to publicly thank Patricia McCabe of the Sodabarrel for going that extra step yesterday. I am stuck in Dublin , Romule , my partner is in Ballybay and her daughter Aiste is in Lithuania , Aiste wanted to give her mum a gift for Mother's Day so I phoned Particia who personally delivered 2 window boxes to Wylies Hill . Thank You Patricia , we shall always be grateful to you”.
Another person wrote, “Our Family would like to say a massive THANK YOU to Michelle Smith and who all sent the fantastic food parcel for our family. We are very grateful. Ballybay and its people. You are in our prayers”.

LIVE STREAMING OF SUNDAY MASS

Fr. Mc Eneaney has confirmed that it is the parishes intention to continues with the live streaming of the Mass, each Sunday from St. Patrick’s at 12noon. Parishioners will be able to access the mobile live streaming at : https://www.churchservices.tv/tullycorbet . This mass will be offered for all the people of the parish and for the many human needs and concerns resulting from t

RECORDING YOUR EXPERIENCE

Monaghan County Museum is collecting stories and photographs about our experiences during this time of Covid 19 in Monaghan. Pictures and stories can be on any subject relating to what's happening right now. For full details, go to museum website https://monaghan.ie/museum/

SAD PASSINGS

Since our last publication on 2nd April there have been a number of sad passings in the locality. Due to the Corona Virus and in accordance with Government Regulations all funerals were private however funeral masses for the deceased will be held at a later stage. The following deaths have taken place since April 2nd. Fergal (Fergie) Nixon, Ballybay and Castleblayney died peacefully, in the loving care of the staff of the Beaumont Hospital, Dublin on 4th April. Phyllis Connolly (nee McKenna), formerly of Lisgrew, Emyvale and 38 Lough Mor Avenue, Ballybay, Co Monaghan died on Monday 6th April, peacefully at Dunlarg Nursing Home, Keady. The death occurred of Eugene Morgan, Ballybay, Co. Monaghan and formerly of Carrick-on-Shannon and Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire.Eugene on the 10th April in the wonderful care of the Little Sisters of the Poor at the Sacred Heart Residence, Sybil Hill, Dublin 5. Leo Brennan, Lisgorran, Ballybay passed away on 10th April, peacefully in the loving care of the staff of Cavan General Hospital. And Charles Lennon, Woodview House, Carrickmacross Rd, Ballybay and former Shoe Merchant, 51 Main Street, Ballybay, Co. Monaghan died on Sunday April 12th, peacefully, in the tender loving care of the staff at St. Anne’s Nursing Home, Ballybay.
May they all rest in Peace.

COACHMAN’S WALK SPRING CLEAN

The Coachman’s Walk has been busy of late with a lot more people walking it than usual. At this time of year a spring clean is usually organised by the Ballybay Tidy Towns Committee however group litter picks have not been possible owing to the Corona Virus pandemic. With that said anyone who would like to do a litter pick alone and who lives within 2km of the walk can do so. Bags, gloves and litter pickers will be provided by the Tidy Towns Committee and the full nags will be lifted by the Council staff. If interested you private message through the Tidy Towns facebook page.

 

TROCAIRE 2020

A number of parishioners have been asking about how they can return their Trocaire Boxes. As of now the parish is asking parishioners to keep the box at home as there is no means of sorting it at parish level. Those who want to can give by callsave to 1850408408 or by donating securely online at http://www.trociare.org/

GOOD MORNING MONAGHAN PHONE CALL SERVICE

Monaghan Integrated Development have launched a Good Morning Monaghan phone call service for elderly people who are feeling lonely, isolated or vulnerable at this time. This is a five-day service Monday to Friday where friendly callers will check in to see how they are. It will also assist people who need groceries delivered during the current crisis restrictions. For more information Call Caoimhe Rudden on 04297 49500 or 087 7189396 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FOOD BANK SUCCESS

Local woman Michelle Smyth recently put a call out asking for donations of food so that it could be distributed to needy families during the coronavirus pandemic. Once again the people of Ballybay and surrounding areas showed their community spirit and generosity and numerous items were donated. Michelle has now distributed these to some needy families and to some elderly residents of the district. Michelle is now in contact with Teach-na-Daoine in Monaghan town about the development of a food bank which will cover both the Ballybay and Monaghan area. Anyone who would like to donate or receive food parcels during this terrible time can contact Michelle on 0863314007. Another alternative for families in need at this time is the local St. Vincent de Paul. The quickest way to get in touch with them is to ring the head office at 1800677777 and they can connect you with the Ballybay committee.

 

VIDEO FOOTAGE OF PEARSE BROTHERS UNEARTHED

Anthony Loughman from Castleblayney recently shared some youtube links on the Ballybay and its People facebook page. The links show footage from the county finals of 1956 and 1959. This amazing footage was captured by Canon Terence J Kirke, A native of Broomfield. In both finals Ballybay played Clontibret. In 1956 they lost 3-8 to 3-6 however in 1959 the game ended in a draw 2-4 to 1-7. In the replay which was held in Ballybay the Pearse Brothers had a resounding 3-7 to 0-5 victory. If you follow the links through the Ballybay and its People facebok page it really is amazing footage and should evoke lots of memories especially for our older folk.

DJ JOE HELPS LIGHTEN THE MOOD

Local man Joe Sullivan is a man of many talents, one being a DJ. Every year Joe puts on a free disco in the Ballybay Inn and donates the proceeds to charity. Joe lives in Lusk and to lighten the mood in these unprecedented times the bold Joe is entertaining all in his estate with a Disco being played from his balcony every night. Joe’s started on St. Patrick’s Day and such was the success he repeated it on Sunday for Mother’s Day. On Monday night last Joe held an 80’s night and plans to play every night until the Corona Virus crisis is over. Joe’s disco’s can be seen on his facebook page which are full of requests and positive comments. As Leo Varadkar says not all heroes wear capes – good man Joe – keep her lit.

CHRIST CHURCH BALLYBAY

Due to the outbreak of the Corona Virus there will be no Church service in Christ Church until further notice.

ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE OFF

Every year a number of parishioners from the Tullycorbet parish visit Lourdes as part of the annual Clogher Pilgrimage. Sadly this year’s has been cancelled due to the Corona Virus pandemic.

FREE QUIZ BOOK

Ballybay quiz king Stephen Duffy is offering his quiz books free of charge to anyone who would like to avail of them during these times when all the children are off school. The books are available in Smyth’s Newsagents, Bill’s Butchers, Drury’s Centra and other local shops. If any Ballybay natives who are living abroad and would like a free PDF version of Stephen’s quiz book 'Let's Quiz' you can email him on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and he will forward it on to you. With everyone in the same boat and being stuck in the house a fun family quiz is an ideal way to help pass the time.

POST OFFICE OPENING HOURS

In response to the COVID 19 outbreak Ballybay Post Office have implemented a few changes.
OPENING HOURS
Friday 8am - 4:30pm
If possible the Post Office would appreciate if only state pension could be collected during 8am-12pm all other business can be carried out after 12pm Saturday 8am - 12.00pm Mon - Thursday 9.00am - 5:30pm It has been agreed with DEASP to suspend the use of the signature pad to minimise contact. DEASP have indicated all payments will be double payments week commencing 23 March. In the case where a permanent agent is unable to collect their payment it is acceptable to authorise a temporary agent for the period of the COVID19 emergency measures. Both the temporary agents & emergency COVID19 payment forms available at the counter. The Post Office respectfully ask you not to bring children to the Post Office if possible, to use the hand sanitiser provided and to please keep 2m distance from others. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us either by Facebook or tel 0429741000.

LEARN TRADITIONAL MUSIC ONLINE

Tullycorbet CCE tin whistle teacher Francis has an online classroom up and running and details have been given to existing pupils. There are three different levels: beginners, intermediate and advanced. Anyone who may want their children to learn Tin Whistle over the coming period of COVID-19 can contact Francis at 087 2395396.

CHURCHES REMAIN OPEN BUT NO MASSES

All masses in the parish are cancelled until 29th March however the three Catholic Churches in the parish will remain open to allow people who want to pray to do so. Remember to adhere to the 2m rule. The usual Sunday newsletter/bulletin will still be available in the porches of Ballybay, Ballintra and Tullycorbet churches. Online & radio celebrations of Mass & other links are available at www.clogherdiocese.ie
For those who do not have access to the internet there will be Mass at 10am on Shannonside-Northern Sound, broadcast from St. Mel’s Cathedral Longford.

CHAMBER OFFERS HELP

Ballybay Chamber of Commerce have updated their facebook page with the following message “Just a follow up to our post last week. The offer of help to those in need such as having groceries delivered, coal brought in etc, extends to ALL the local area. This is not confined to the town, all local townlands and villages, are included. We are aware of the many people abroad or elsewhere in Ireland that have family or friends that may need a little assistance in these trying times. Please let them know we can help them.
We also wish to thank the many people who phoned, Emailed or messaged us with offers of help, thank you for your genuine offers, For more information contact Therese Hamilton 087 6853316 or Rory Mc Atavie 087 7687248”

MEN WANTED

Monaghan Sports Partnership are delighted to announce Men On The Move is coming to Ballybay. Are you or do you know someone who is male aged 30 plus, who would like to shed a few pounds &/or feel fitter, who wants to improve overall health and well-being and who would like to join a beginner exercise group? Well here’s your opportunity!!Men on the Move is a 6-week beginners physical activity programme aimed at adult men to become more active, have fun and improve their fitness levels through twice weekly activity sessions. The programme offers men the chance to take part in structured exercise sessions to improve their fitness levels, flexibility and core strength! No fitness level required... just a willingness to try!! The cost of the 6-week programme is €20 per participant. Contact the Monaghan Sports Partnership office on 042-9755126 for more information and booking.

CURRY EVENING

Ballybay Community College U19 football will play in the All Ireland final on 21st march. In order to raise funds for the final the lads are hosting a CURRY EVENING on Wednesday 18th March in the Sports Hall at the school. The evening begins at 4pm and will run until 7pm. Admission for adults is €10 and students €5.

LOCAL LADIES FOR ULSTER ALL STARS

Three St. Brigid and two Latton Ladies footballers will receive their Ulster Post Primary Schools All Stars on Friday evening in Kelly’s Inn, Ballygawley. St. Brigid’s trio Lorna Mc Guirk, Jayne Drury and Michaela Linden will be joined by Latton duo Jane Duffy and Ciara Mulligan. All five girls have come through a series of trials to make the provincial squad. Jayne drury was also named captain.

CLOTHING COLLECTION

St Brigid’s LGFA Finance committee have organised a textile recycling collection day. This is a great opportunity for a Spring Clean while raising valuable funds for the local club. Collection times - Pearse Brothers Centre .. Friday 20th of March from 6pm to 8pm and Saturday 21st of March from 9 am to 11 am.

BIRD BOXES IN CORRYBRENNAN

Anyone passing by or through Corrybrennan lately probably noticed a number of new bird boxes. Credit for the boxes must go to John Johnston who made them and Pearse Brady who painted them. Well done to all involved.

YEARLY BLOTTO AVAILABLE

A year-long membership of Ballybay Pearse Brothers Blotto is available now for just €100. You pick four numbers and you are automatically entered into each week’s Blotto draw. For further information contact any executive member.

ST. BRIGIDS AGM

St Brigids LGFA annual AGM took place on the 15th of January the following committee was elected for the 2020 season. Chairperson - Cathal Linden, Secretary - Leo Brennan, Treasurer - Stephen Drury, PRO - Sinead Duffy, Registrar - Melissa O'Neill, Committee - Enda Mc Mahon, David Hurson, Brian Carroll and Julie McGuirk. A fundraising committee was also formed. These are

Eileen Brennan, Brian Carroll, Joanne Duffy, Carmel Harte, Lorraine Hanratty, Lorraine Maguire, Marie Reyburn, Ann McGuirk, Patricia Duffy, Martin McElearney, Rosie McQuillan and Annemarie Goodman.

The new committee would like to thank the former committee for all their support over the years and they look forward to another successful year in the club.

COMMUNITY GAMES UPDATE

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, 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. Please contact either of the above contacts to ensure your child has a chance to compete in any of these events. Swimming competition- Sunday 22nd March @5.15pm in Monaghan Swimming pool

Special Yoga Event

Special Yoga Event on Monday 9th March in The Wetlands, Ballybay from 6.30-8.30pmYoga Poster 3

COMMUNITY COLLEGE INTO ALL IRELAND FINAL

Defending champions Ballybay Community College booked their place in their second consecutive Masita Brother Ignatius Rice cup courtesy of a 1-7 to 2 points win over a much fancied St Farnan’s PP, Prosperous, Co. Kildare. The game was played in horrible conditions and Ballybay playing with the wind managed to lead at the break 0-5 to 0-1. Once Daragh Dempsey netted in the second half the writing was on the wall for the Kildare and Leinster champions. Ballybay will now play either Dunmore Community School or Beara Community School on Saturday 21st March.
Ballybay Community College team and scorers:
Ryan Johnston, Thomas McPhilips, Mark Hughes, Thomas Keenan, Eoin Duffy (0-1), Aaron Hamilton, James Hughes (0-1), Shane Slevin, James Slevin, Julius Sniauksta (0-1), Dara McCann, Darragh McElearney (Capt), Michael Coyle, Tristan Keenan (0-1), Darragh Dempsey(1-3, 0-2 from frees).
Subs used: Ryan Duffy for Aaron Hamilton, James McAdam for Tristan Keenan, Cian Hughes for James Hughes. A full report can be found on the sports pages.

GOSPEL MEETING

Welcome to Gospel Meeting in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church hall (kindly granted) on Friday 6th March 2020. Visiting speaker is P J Sexton. Refreshments afterwards. Come and bring family/friends.

TRACTOR RUN FOR CANCER

A tractor run will be held on 5th April from Latton GAA Centre. All proceeds will be donated to the Ballybay Cancer Society. More details later.

CENTRAL SCHOOL QUIZ FRIDAY

Ballybay Central School warmly invite you to a Table Quiz tomorrow 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.

FIRST AID COURSE FOR PARENTS

The Community Creche has organised a 2 hour basic first aid course for parents. It will cover topics such as CPR, burns and scalds, choking, bleeding, bandaging, fractures, childhood illness including meningitis. The course will take place on 11th March from 7pm until 9pm. Pre Booking is essential and to do so contact the Creche Office.

OUTDOOR BOWLS

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.

ART AND SEWING CLASSES

Are you interested in art or sewing classes? Catherine Mc Gregor has organised a number of classes in the Sew Arty Studio (beside the Ballybay Inn). Sewing classes will take place on Tuesday’s from 10 to 11-30am and 6-30 to 8pm. Art classes are on Thursday from 10 to 11-30am and 6-30 to 8pm. A kids arts and crafts club takes place on Saturday mornings from 10 until 11-30am. Booking is essential – contact Catherine on 087 9353182.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE RETAIN ULSTER TITLE

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.

NEW MINISTER APPOINTED TO CHRIST CHURCH

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.

LIBRARY OPEN SATURDAY

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.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

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.

OUTDOOR BOWLS

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.

CONFIRMATION PLEDGE

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.

COMMUNITY GAMES BACK IN ACTION

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.

CENTRAL SCHOOL QUIZ

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.

WORLD WOMEN’S DAY OF PRAYER

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.

YEARLY BLOTTO AVAILABLE

A year-long membership of Ballybay Pearse Brothers Blotto is available now for just €100. You pick four numbers and you are automatically entered into each week’s Blotto draw. For further information contact any executive member.

TABLE QUIZ FRIDAY

The Christmas Lights Committee are hosting a table quiz in Stookies Bar tomorrow Friday 21st February. Several people have remarked how good the lights in the town were this year. This has not happened by accident. The committee have just completed year 2 of a three-year plan and monies raised at the quiz will allow even more improvements. Please support this very worthwhile local group.

GAA PRESIDENT VISITS DRUMHOWAN

GAA President John Horan was guest of honour at the Drumhowan GAA juvenile presentation evening on Sunday last. Dubliner Horan presented medals to the U11, U13, U15 and U14 Feile teams. He also presented medals to the St. Pat’s Division 2 side. Tommy Mc Ardle then presented John Horan with the Drumhowan book of poetry Fair Lands.

FIRST AID COURSE FOR PARENTS

The Community Creche has organised a 2 hour basic first aid course for parents. It will cover topics such as CPR, burns and scalds, choking, bleeding, bandaging, fractures, childhood illness including meningitis. The course will take place on 11th March from 7pm until 9pm. Pre Booking is essential and to do so contact the Creche Office.

PEARSE BROTHERS MEMBERSHIP

Ballybay Pearse Brothers Membership is now due. €200 will get you GOLD membership which entitles you to entry into the members draw for All Ireland tickets, free admission to all home matches and weekly entry in the club blotto. SILVER membership is €100 and entitles you to entry into the members draw for All Ireland tickets and free admission to all home matches. €50 will get you BRONZE membership and this will entitle you to entry into the members draw for All Ireland tickets. Please give to Paul Mc Cabe club registrar or any committee member before 29th February.

BOWLS

It’s a well done to Angela Rutledge, Rose Hughes and Cora Smyth who won the final Monaghan Bowling Zone ladies triples on Friday 31st January. They now go forward to represent both their club Ballybay and the Monaghan Bowling Zone on either the 7th or 14th March. This is the second year for this bowling trio to feature at this event.

GOSPEL MEETING

Everyone is welcome to a Gospel Meeting in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church hall (kindly granted) on Friday 7th February 2020. Organised by Jim and Hilda Lyons of Faith Mission. Refreshments afterwards. Come and bring family/friends.

MEDAL HAUL FOR KARATE CLUB

Ballybay was well represented at Irish JKS karate Open in DCU, Dublin at the end of January and finished second on the medal table with a haul of 19 medals. The breakdown was four firsts, six seconds and nine thirds. If your interssted in taking up karate, training takes place in Church Street Hall on Wednesdays and Fridays (children 7-8pm, Adult 8-9pm)..first lesson Free.

NEW PB FOR CONOR

Congratulations to Conor Duffy who placed 3rd in the John Treacy Dungarvan 10mile which was held at the weekend. Conor ran the race in a new personal best time of 50minutes and seven secs.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

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 6 weeks away.

BALLYBAY ACTION GROUP

Following a well-attended meeting on Wednesday 22nd January it was decided to hold a public meeting on Wednesday 12th February in the Ballybay Civic Offices (above the Library) at 7.00pm. The aim of the meeting is to get all the groups in the town and surrounding areas to come together to access public funds (huge amounts of money are available from various agencies such as Leader and Clar) The long term goal is to apply for funds for a Community Hub which is available to ALL local Voluntary groups. We really need all local groups to attend this meeting but more importantly we need people from the community that are not involved but would like to get involved in the community. No elections will take place at this meeting, so nobody will leave as a committee member. Please consider attending this meeting, EVERYBODY IN THE COMMUNITY IS WELCOME