On the weekend of 23rd and 24th October Double Dees pop up shop will be selling nearly new quality ladies, mens and children’s clothes in aid of the Ballybay Cancer Society. The shop will be located at 16 Main Street, Ballybay and your support would be very much appreciated.


Ballybay Tidy towns Committee have put in a new flower bed at the Peace Bridge leading from Loch Mor Avenue to the Lake walk. This new bed is full of plants to attract insects and bees and has been designated as a pollinator area. Additional work is planned and will hopefully be carried out soon.


In view of the decision by Government to move the country to level 3 from 7th October for 3 weeks, the celebration of all masses is now restricted to online only. Thanks to the recently installed webcam at St. Patrick’s, Ballybay the following seven masses are available using the following link: https://www.churchservices.tv/tullycorbet
Monday, St. Patrick’s, 7-30pm
Tuesday, St. Patrick’s, 9-30am
Wednesday, St. Patrick’s, 9-30am
Thursday, St. Patrick’s, 9-30am
Friday, St. Patrick’s, 7-30pm
Saturday, St. Patrick’s, Vigil 6-30pm
Sunday, St. Patrick’s, 12-15pm
There will be no Sunday masses in Ballintra and Tullycorbet for the next 3 weeks. St. Patrick’s will remain open for private prayer and confessions will be heard on Saturdays at 12noon.


A US based group who are studying genealogical migration of Duffy families from Ireland directly to the USA or to the USA via the UK are offering free DNA tests. Their aim is to try and link cousins across the ocean with people in their ancestral homeland and pinpoint were their ancestors emigrated from. Given the vast number of Duffy’s in County Monaghan and advances in DNA testing it is now possible to trace a man’s Y-DNA, which is passed from father to son. It is also possible to determine if people have a common ancestor.
If you are interested in participating in the DUFFY STUDY you can email Tom Duffy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 001-802-309-8116.


The recent shave and dye by Ballybay Community Creche employees Tracey Connolly and Jason Mc Andrews has raised the fantastic total of €4001-46c. This has been split between the Creche and the Ballybay Cancer Society. Jason and Tracey would like to thank most sincerely everyone who donated to their event.


Congratulations to Patricia Gormley, Scissors Hairdressers who was the winner of the Tidy Towns Best kept premises. The prize was sponsored by Gerry Mc Elory who also made the presentation to Patricia.


Ballybay and its People facebook page was hopping last weekend thanks to former native Emmet Mc Aviney who now lives in Kilkenny. Emmet put the following on the page – “Hi all. After a few recent “Hello From” posts, how about we all post “Hello From” where we are to see how far the diaspora from Ballybay has spread? I’ll go 1st 😃 If we can post them in the Ballybay And It’s People page then everyone can see. Thx”.
Within 24 hours the page had 150 comments from 21 counties in Ireland and 14 countries wordlwide. Ballybay people could be found in several US States, Wales, England, New Zealand, Australia, Scotland, Germany, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Norway, Sweden, France, Thailand and Canada. Many of the respondents had nice messages especially good wish ones for the Pearse Brothers team in last weeks County Final. For a small town its people are well travelled.


The Ballybay Honda 50 Run in aid of Ballybay Cancer Society will take place on Sunday 27th September. Registration will take place from 10am at Cuan Mhuire and the 50mile run/spin will commence at 12noon. Light refreshments will be served before and after. Entry fee is just €20. Further information is available from Gerry at 0861616434.


Congratulations to Tullycorbett CCE who took part in last Friday night’s Culture Night. Presented by Francis Mc Mahon the local musicians played live at the Iontas Centre, Castleblayney from 8pm until 9pm. their performance was broadcast live and shared to Pittsburgh’s Irish diaspora via the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh.


Massive congratulations are due to Ballybay Community College student Paidi Walsh who received 9 H 1’s in his Leaving Certificate. Paidi like thousands of students in the locality logged into the online portal on Monday morning but he was lost for words when he realised he had received full marks in all subjects. Speaking on Northern Sound radio he described his results as “Just Amazing”. He now intends to go on to study mathematics in Trinity College in Dublin. Congratulations are due to all the students who received their results earlier this week.


The residents of Dromore View (houses located beside the Community College) have issued a request that parents collecting their children from the school do not park in their estate or at the entrance. Some residents in the small estate which has six houses had been blocked in last week owing to parents of pupils parking in the estate and at the entrance.


Tullycorbet CCE are back in action offering tuition in a wide range of traditional instruments. Due to Cocid-19 guidelines numbers will be limited therefore it is essential to book in at advance. Classes will commence in Doohamlet Community Centre on 14th September (5 to 6pm) and in Tullycorbet Community Centre on 16th September (4pm to 7pm). An online option is also available for those who would like to avail of it. Enquiries and bookings to 087 2395396.


The last major outdoor bowling competition of the season will take place on Saturday next. There will be preliminary rounds played tonight Thursday and also tomorrow Friday. All games will start at 7pm with Saturday’s finals getting underway at 11am. The following is a list of skips Dennis Mc Elroy v Brendan Mc Gahey Philip Gibson v Terry Clark Paddy Mc Elvaney v Seamus Smyth Brendan Magennis v Shane Magennis Ted Murphy v Raymond Steenson Paudge Cassidy v Kevin Mc Cabe Geraldine Sherlock v Ben Duffy


Ballybay native Gerry Finlay who lives in the USA has been hosting an annual golf outing for many years and has raised thousands of dollars for charity. Some of those to benefit included the Mater Foundation, Ballybay Cancer Society, Cry Ireland and Ballybay Pearse Brothers. This year’s outing is taking place in Winwatch, Long Island on Monday 14th September. If you have family or friends in the USA especially in the New York area who might like to play or perhaps donate could you get them to contact Gerry at 6317862994.


Ballybay will take on Scotstown in the Monaghan Senior Club final after defeating Inniskeen 4-19 to 1-26 after extra time in Clones last Sunday. the sides were level four times in the second half with the game finishing 3-13 to 1-19. In the end it was Shane Mc Guinness’s extra time goal proved that proved the difference. Tweeting after the game former Monaghan star Dick Clerkin said, “I can safely say I have never witnessed a game of scoring like it…Incredible effort by both sides, right to the very end”. Ballybay were last in the County Final in 2018. Check out the sports pages for a full report on this dramatic encounter.


Tullycorbet Community Development Association are one of eight Monaghan community-based organisations to be awarded special funding this week. The funding award of €4, 571 was announced by Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD. The funding from the Dormant Accounts Fund is designed to support community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises that are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Monaghan LCDC Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) 2020 - Round 2

Monaghan Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) announces an additional phase (Round 2) to the Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) for 2020. The CEP provides capital grants to community groups with the aim of enhancing facilities in disadvantaged areas.

In June 2020, the LCDC launched the CEP aimed at all community groups with a fund in the county of €55,451 (Round 1).
The LCDC is now implementing the €109,947 fund (Round 2), which will provide capital grants towards the maintenance, improvement and upkeep of community centres and community buildings in county Monaghan. Similar expenditure on other community facilities will also be allowed.

This funding is being made available under the Government's July stimulus package, and is targeted at measures that stimulate local economies, while enhancing facilities in disadvantaged areas.

This fund will be administrated in a manner similar to the CEP (Round 1)but with a later closing date. Applications received under Round 1 in respect of community centres and community buildings will be automatically redirected to Round 2 and not considered in Round 1.
Capital expenditure on adaptions or equipment needed as a result of COVID-19 may be eligible, depending on work being completed.

Applications should be made to the LCDC by 12 noon, Monday 5th October , 2020.

General Conditions to the Scheme:

Projects or elements of project or capital nature may be funded.

Organisations eligible for funding include:

Any not for profit community or voluntary group can apply.
Commercial organisations and individuals are not eligible for funding

The following is a non-exhaustive list of capital projects that could receive funding under the programme:

Development /renovation of community centres
Once off maintenance of premises. this does not include regular routine maintenance
Community amenities
Development of youth clubs or facilities
Development of sports/recreation facilities
Improvement to town parks and common areas and spaces
CCTV equipment
Public realm improvements
Development of play/recreation spaces
Energy efficiency type projects
Purchase of equipment
Adaptions or equipment needed as a result of COVID-19

Note: requests for assistance usually exceed the funds available. Applicants should be aware that the programme is likely to be oversubscribed. Therefore, all applications fulfilling the conditions may not be successful or may be for a lesser amount.

Applications will be evaluated by the LCDC to ensure eligibility and consistence with the Local Economic and Community Plan 2016-2021 (LECP) which can be viewed at the following link.



In line with Government guidelines all meetings at Cuan Mhuire, Ballybay have been suspended until 13th September. George and his team are sorry for any inconvenience and ask that everyone stay safe in these difficult times.


The end of Summer pairs bowling competition went of very well last weekend. There was a full turn out on Thursday and Friday with all games being played to a finish on Saturday. Once again it is the combined talents of Brendan and Shane Magennis who overcame the stiff opposition of Paddy Mc Elvaney and John Sloan by one shot to get the win. Brendan and Shane were presented with their prizes by Raymond Steenson who went on to thank the bowlers for putting on such a great display of bowling on such a perfect day.
The next competition will be a triples tournament starting on Thursday 10th September and concluding on Saturday 12th September. All teams to be entered by Wednesday 9th September by ringing Benny at 087 4152392 as there is a limit of 16 teams in this competition. So now is the time to get your name on the draw sheet.
The entire committee of the bowling club would like to offer their condolences to the Gibson family on the death of their mother who passed away last weekend. Philip and John have both been members of the Ballybay club for many years.


Ballybay native Gerry Finlay who lives in the USA has been hosting an annual golf outing for many years and has raised thousands of dollars for charity. Some of those to benefit included the Mater Foundation, Ballybay Cancer Society, Cry Ireland and Ballybay Pearse Brothers. This year’s outing is taking place in Winwatch, Long Island on Monday 14th September. If you have family or friends in the USA especially in the New York area who might like to play or perhaps donate could you get them to contact Gerry at 6317862994.


Earlier this week the Government announced an allocation of €1, 172, 275 to Monaghan County Council for various works. Included in the allocation is monies specific to Ballybay. €150, 000 has been allocated for the resurfacing of the Main Street. The Town Park will receive a €20, 000 worth of public lighting whilst the footpath and lightning on the Monaghan Road are to receive upgrades to the tune of €55, 000.


Ballybay Pearse Brothers will play their county semi final this Sunday 6th September in Clones at 5pm. In the decider they will meet Inniskeen. The other semi final between Scotstown and Carrickmacross will also be played in Clones with the earlier throw in time of 3pm. As no spectators are allowed at the game they will both be streamed live. Check out the Monaghan GAA website for further information.


A massive thanks is due to members of the local ICA group who made a large number of face masks for the local health care workers during the early stages of lockdown. Members of the group supplied material, sewed the masks and then distributed them. Special thanks are due to Betty Steenson, Marie Tomany, Lizzy Allister, Marian Gilmour and Martina Wright.


Some pupils returned to Scoil Eanna on Monday last after the Covid -19 and summer breaks, others started for the first time and the rest had a staggered return. A number of new measures had been put in place for the return and the school had used social media to get their Covid-19 messages out to everyone. The new measures include a one way system, entry to classrooms via external doors and specified play areas. It is very obvious that the school has put a lot of effort to ensuring the school will be safe for all.


Cuan Mhuire in Ballybay have resumed meetings however they would like to advice that in order to help protect their friends and staff that masks must be worn at meetings. This is in line with Government advice and came into effect from Monday last.


Doohamlet Group Water Scheme along with Monaghan County Council and the HSE have issued a boil water notice for all customers. The boil water notice has been put in place following an issue detected in the distribution system. Doohamlet Group Water Scheme are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible. In the meantime, all customers on this supply are advised to boil water before drinking or using water for food preparation. Water can still be used for other domestic activities such as washing, showering, toilets etc.


This week has been a very busy time in the outdoor bowling circles with the hosting of the Jimmy Gibson Memorial Shield.
Tonight Thursday 13th August will be the first round and tomorrow night Friday will see the second round. Saturday all will be played to a final starting at 11am. Those wishing to get an approximate time of when they are due to play, can ring one of the organizing committee.
Next week will see the start of the town tournament. The format will be that businesses in the town supply three persons and the club will supply one experienced player as a team leader. Games will be played in the evenings starting at 7-30pm. Last year we had 14 businesses entered with Liam Smyth’s winning it outright. Massive thanks to Gerry Mc Elroy who sponsored a cup for the competition.


The boys and girls from the parish will receive the sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday 15th and Saturday 22nd August in St. Patrick’s Church at 11am. Please note that there will be no confessions on these dates owing to the confirmations.


Ballybay ICA may not be meeting at the moment but Martina Wright has been keeping their facebook page ticking over. A quick nose on Monday night revealed numerous recipes which have been added recently. These include pavlova, cherry and almond buttermilk scones, bramley apple tray bakes and oatmeal biscuits. Why not try one of these delicious recipes.


Last week we reported that members of the local community were concerned that there was ongoing works at the Riverdale Hotel were in order to get it ready for use as an accommodation centre and that the community had not been consulted. Councillor Seamus Coyle gave an undertaking to follow this up with Monaghan County Council. Speaking to the Ballybay News on Monday evening Cllr. Coyle said, “The Planning Section of Monaghan County Council have confirmed no Planning Application has been received in relation to renovation or alternative use of the property, formerly known as The Riverdale Hotel”.


Ballybay Community Creche employees Tracy Connolly and Jason Mc Andrew have volunteered to let local businessmen Ross and Jayo loose on their hair on Friday 18th September. Between now and then you can donate and suggest whether their hairs should be shaved or dyed. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Ballybay Cancer Society and the Ballybay Community Creche. Sponsorship cards are available locally or you can check out the Community Creche page for more details.


Once again Gerry Mc Elroy will be sponsoring the cup and prize (€100) for the best kept business. Judging for the competition will take place during August by an independent judge from another Tidy Town Group. There will be no Tidy Town Thursday meeting/volunteering for next two weeks.


The annual Cul Camp took place at Pearse Park this week and we are happy to report a full house each day. The boys and girls enjoyed 4 days of fun and games under supervised by excellent coaches. Well done to all involved.


There is a few spaces left in the Jimmy Gibson memorial trophy so now is the time to put your name down on the time sheet. These single games will take place on Saturday 15th August with the preliminary games taking place on Friday 14th.


Cllr. Seamus Coyle has continuously raised the problem of the ragweeds/furies, etc on the Cootehill(R162/R190-Powerhouse) approach road to Ballybay town as they are currently overgrown and not an ideal approach to the town. Monaghan County Council have informed the Latton based Councillor that financial assistance towards the cutting/removal of the obnoxious growth has been obtained from Town and Village Renewal Programme, with the County Council Horticulturalists examining proposals to address the problem.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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".


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.


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.


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


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.



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.


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 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’.


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.


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".


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


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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”.


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


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/


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.


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.



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/


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.


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.



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.


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.


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


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.


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.


In response to the COVID 19 outbreak Ballybay Post Office have implemented a few changes.
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.


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.


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”


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.


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.