LIGHTS TO REMAIN

The Christmas Lights Committee has decided that the lights will remain up and lit until 1st February 2021. The idea behind the additional weeks is two-fold. Firstly they are to remember those who have passed away during the current pandemic and secondly it is remind people that they can look forward to a brighter future now that the vaccine is being rolled out. The gesture has been met with widespread approval.

MASSES BACK ONLINE

With the country now moved to a level 5 lockdown the celebration of all masses have now moved online. The only exception is funerals were 10 mourners can attend. Through the parish webcam the following 9 masses are available to parishioners.
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 – Tullycorbet 9-30am
Sunday – Ballintra 11am
Sunday – St. Patrick’s 12-15pm

All masses from St. Patrick’s can be viewed via the following link:  https://www.churchservices.tv/ballybay

while masses from Tullycorbet can be viewed https://www.churchservices.tv/tullycorbet

and masses from Ballintra at https://www.churchservices.tv/ballintraballybay

SAD PASSINGS

It is with deep regret that we report the sad passing of Brendan Macklin and Hughie Walshe. Brendan was originally from Shanmullagh, Tullycorbett but has been resident at Loch Mor Avenue, Ballybay for over forty years. Brendan passed away in Cavan General Hospital on 6th January. Hughie Walshe was a former resident of Monkey Row, St. Patrick Street and passed away on 8th January. May both Brendan and Hughie Rest in Peace.

TIDY TOWNS SEEK VOLUNTEERS

Would you be interested in joining the Ballybay Tidy Towns Group? The time you commit is your choice. It can be just one hour on a day that suits you. Obviously the group won’t be meeting in a group for some time, but if you feel you could do a litter pick or adopt an area in the town that you could maintain it would be a huge help this year as they enter the Tidy Town Competition again. The group would also welcome your ideas for improvements that could be carried out and you can message them on their facebook page. It’s a new year so maybe volunteering some of your time could be a New Years’ resolution.

ARE YOU AN ARAN HAND KNITTER?

An Irish company based in Cork is urgently seeking experienced Aran Hand Knitters to help them complete an order of Aran hand knitted Hats, Scarves, Jumpers and Cardigans for a company in America for Autumn/ Winter 2021.
All you need is your own needles as all wool will be supplied. If you would like to find out more information please contact Helen Moynihan on 087 2231919 or send her an email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This work is not limited to this year, if you are successful, more work is envisaged for 2022. Made popular recently by Taylor Swift the Aran Jumper is enjoying a revival on an unprecedented scale in the US.

ADULT MUSIC CLASSES

Tullycorbet CCÉ is hoping to start Adult music classes in the coming term! Classes will be conducted online, similar to our junior classes and will be available on a variety of instruments. All those interested should contact Francis on 087 2395396 or check out the Tullycorbet CCE facebook page.

OUTDOOR BOWLS BOXING DAY

It is hoped to have a roll up on Boxing Day weather permitting from 11am to 1pm. As numbers will be limited due to Covid it would be appreciated if you could book. A few members have requested that we open for a few days during the festive season, seeing that there is no indoor bowling at present. For more information on this ring Raymond on 0868875697.

POP UP SHOP RAISES OVER €5000

Agnes, Majella, Patricia, Sally and Deirdre would like to sincerely thank everyone who recently donated to and shopped at the DD Pop Up Shop. The final figure raised is €5,825 which will go to the Ballybay Cancer Society.

CAHANS SHOP TO REOPEN IN JANUARY

Cahans shop, located in Birch Court, Main Street, Ballybay will reopen on 5 January (although this may change according to Government guidelines regarding retail). Covid 19 regulations will continue to apply, e.g., hand sanitising, face masks, the number of customers at one time limited, and social distancing. Donations for sale and/or recycling MUST NOT be left outside the shop when the shop is not open. Cahans Meeting House Committee is grateful to all who have visited the shop and made donations.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS VIDEO

James Flanagan has had his drone out on a night flight and has produced a fantastic video of the Christmas lights. James has put his footage to some wonderful music and produced a fine 2 minute video which is well worth a watch. The video is introduced by Gerry Mc Elroy who asks people to share the video with local people who can’t get home this year. It can be viewed at the Ballybay and its People facebook page.

SCOIL EANNA RAISE MONEY FOR SVP

Well done to the students from Scoil Eanna who had a Christmas jumper day on Monday last. The jumper day was a fundraising event and the local St. Vincent de Paul Society are now €310 better off. Well done to all the pupils who will be rewarded on Friday when Santa comes to visit.

CENTRAL SCHOOL NEWS

Well done to all who contributed to the recent ‘Cash for Clobber’ initiative.  Over a tonne of clothes were received which results in approximately €400 for the school.
Congratulations to David Burgess in 5th Class who was awarded 3rd prize in the recent Credit Union Art Competition.  Unfortunately due to the current restrictions there won’t be a presentation night but members of the Credit Union will present David with his prize at school.
After more than 10 years’ service to the school as caretaker, Denis Parker has retired.  The school would like to thank Denis for all his work throughout that time, and wish him and his family well.
The School closed at 12.00 on Tuesday last and will reopen on   Wednesday 6th January 2021.

OUTDOOR BOWLS

Most of the committee members turned up during the week at the outdoor green in the Town Park to have a tidy up. It is hoped to have a roll up on Boxing Day weather permitting from 11am to 1pm. As numbers will be limited due to Covid it would be appreciated if you could book. A few members have requested that we open for a few days during the festive season, seeing that there is no indoor bowling at present. For more information on this ring Raymond on 0868875697.

POP UP SHOP SUCCESS

The organisers of last weekends pop up shop would like to thank all that gave clothes. The shop had 3 great days of trading. Thanks also to all that bought and donated. There is no final figure yet however remember that all monies raised will be donated to the Ballybay Cancer Society and the final figure will be announced shortly.

CHRISTMAS MASSES 2020

Christmas this year will be different. The challenge parishes face, as a result of the necessary Covid 19 restrictions is trying to find a workable solution. Bishop Duffy has offered the following option for this season. Families can attend mass at some point during the 12 days of Christmas – from Christmas eve until the Feast of the Epiphany on 6th January. Spreading the mass over the twelve days will help to alleviate the pressure around numbers who can attend each mass. Also to help the issue additional masses will be said. On Christmas Eve there will be mass in Tullycorbet and Ballintra at 5pm while in St. Patrick’s there will be mass at 6-30pm and 8-30pm. On Christmas Day there will be  mass in Tullycorbet and Ballintra at 10am and in St. Patrick’s at 8-30am and 12-15pm. The parish asks that parishioners continue to respect the helpers.  All masses from St. Patrick’s can be viewed via the following link: https://www.churchservices.tv/tullycorbet
It is also hoped that webcams will be installed in Tullycorbet and Ballintra before Christmas.

PLEASE SHOP LOCAL

With Christmas just 3 weeks away the local Chamber of Commerce are appealing to everyone to shop local and support local business at this difficult time. The level 5 restrictions have been tough on businesses and if everyone could consider buying their Christmas presents locally this would have a very positive effect on the community and economy. Remember that local vouchers are also available and would make great presents for anyone.

CAHAN’S SHOP OPEN

Cahans Meeting House Charity shop is now open at Birch Court, Main Street and it would be very much appreciated if patron would face masks when shopping and obey the social distancing rules. Donations are welcome however they MUST NOT be left outside the shop when the shop is not open. Proceeds will go toward the restoration of Cahan’s Meeting House as a community resource.

ST. BRIGID’S LGFA AGM

Please note that St. Brigid’s LGFA 2020 AGM will take place online on Sunday evening next December 20th at 7.00pm. To take part in this meeting you will need to forward your e-mail address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that the link can be forwarded to you. Alternatively, please phone or text 086 8358136 to request link details.

POP UP SHOP

A pop up shop in aid of Ballybay Cancer Society will be available this Friday and Saturday 4th & 5th December between 10am and 6pm on the Main Street. The shop will be stocking a very large selection of ladies clothes. This is a great opportunity to get something new for Christmas and help a very worthwhile charity at the same time.

NEW BOOK ON THE MC CABES

If you are looking for a Christmas present for the Mc Cabe in your life, a new publication might be just the thing for you. The Clan Mc Cabe Society has put together a comprehensive history of the Mc Cabes from the earliest times up to the twentieth century. With quite a few Mc Cabes in the Ballybay area this might just make a wonderful gift. The book entitled ‘’A History of the Mc Cabes’’ is available in Smyths Newsagents Ballybay, Keegans in Carrickmacross, Daybreak in Shercock and Hannigans, Cootehill.

RETURN TO PUBLIC CELEBRATION OF MASS

From Tuesday the public celebration of Mass can now take place. Parishioners can now attend any of the following masses and it will count as Sunday mass.
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, Tullycorbet, 9-30am
Sunday, Ballintra, 11am
Sunday, St. Patrick’s, 12-15pm
All of the above masses can be viewed via the following link: https://www.churchservices.tv/tullycorbet
Thanks to the lifting of the level 5 restrictions the priests will make their First Friday visits tomorrow.

WELL DONE GARY OWEN

Aughnamullen man Gary Owen Mc Mahon who now lives in Mayo was the referee for last weekend’s TG4 Ladies All Ireland semi final between Dublin and Armagh in Kingspan Breffni Park. The former Monaghan and Ulster whistler had a fine game. The match itself was won by Dublin 3-13 to 3-8 and the excellent refereeing by Gary Owen helped make it an exciting affair.

CUAN MHUIRE RAFFLE

Cuan Mhuire will be having a monster Christmas raffle. Look out for tickets available to buy locally. More details next week.

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CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

The turning on of the Christmas Lights will take place on Friday 27th November. This year owing to the COVID-19 pandemic the lights switch on will be different. The committee must act responsibly and for that reason there will be no big switch on and Santa will not be in the Square to give presents to the local children. The lights will be turned on Friday evening and will remain in place until the new year.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

As winter settles in around us and Christmas draws near, our local SVP Conference is concerned about families who will face impossible choices this year. They will struggle with the decision of heating the house or having Christmas dinner.
SVP will be able to help alleviate the struggle families facing these impossible choices, thanks to the generosity of people in parishes who continue to support the SVP Collections throughout the year.
As many are aware, owing to parishes not able to have people gathering for Sunday Masses, the monthly SVP Collection has been missed and this has resulted in a drop in finds. That said, the introduction of the SVP Envelope in August has resulted in many parishioners forwarding generous donations to SVP and for this we are most grateful.
SVP Nationally will shortly launch its Annual Christmas Appeal, titled ‘Impossible Choices’, with the SVP Collection Sunday, fixed for 13th December. Even though Covid-19 restrictions are expected to ease in the lead into Christmas, numbers gathering for masses will be much reduced as people continue adhering to social distancing guidelines – and so the local branch of SVP are once again encouraging parishioners to make further use of the SVP Envelope (available in church porches) by way of facilitating the generous Christmas donations that people are in the habit of making at this time of year.
If you are in need of assistance you can contact us by writing to SVP C/O Confraternity Rooms, St. Patrick Street, Ballybay of Freephone 180077777, at latest by Thursday 10th December. In either case our SVP volunteers will follow up with a short visit to see how best we may assist.
While SVP always wants to be able to respond to calls for help, it is important that nobody seeks help unless they are genuinely in need of it.

MASS CELEBRATED ONLINE

In view of the decision by Government to move the country to level 5, 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 until further notice. St. Patrick’s will remain open for private prayer and confessions will be heard on Saturdays at 12noon.

CALENDARS FOR SALE

PLEASE SHOP LOCAL

With Christmas just 5 weeks away the local Chamber of Commerce are appealing to everyone to shop local and support local business at this difficult time. The level 5 restrictions have been tough on businesses and if everyone could consider buying their Christmas presents locally this would have a very positive effect on the community and economy. Remember that local vouchers are also available and would make great presents for anyone.

PEARSE BROTHERS AGM

The Pearse Brothers Club AGM will be held on Saturday 28th November at 6pm. The meeting will be held using Microsoft Teams. This will be first time the club’s AGM is held remotely.

POP UP SHOP TO AID CANCER SOCIETY

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.

POLLINATORS PLANTED

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.

MASS CELEBRATED ONLINE FOR THE NEXT 3 WEEKS

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.

ARE YOU A DUFFY – WANT A FREE DNA TEST

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.

SHAVE AND DYE RAISES €4000

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.

SCISSORS WIN BEST KEPT PREMISES

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.

DIASPORA SAY “HELLO”

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.

HONDA 50 RUN

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.

CCE TAKE PART IN CULTURE NIGHT

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.

PAIDI SCORES NINE H 1s

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.

PARKING CONCERNS

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 BACK IN BUSINESS

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.

OUTDOOR BOWLS

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

GOLF OUTING IN NEW YORK MONDAY

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.

PEARSE BROTHERS INTO FINAL

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.

COVID-19 FUNDING FOR TULLYCORBET

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
Streetscaping
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.
http://monaghan.ie/communitydevelopment/local-economic-and-community-plan-lecp/

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MEETINGS SUSPENDED AT CUAN MHUIRE

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.

OUTDOOR BOWLS

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.

GERRY FINLAY GOLF OUTING IN NEW YORK

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.

MONIES APPROVED FOR WORKS

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.

SEMI FINAL WEEKEND

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.

ICA MAKE MASKS

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.

SCOIL EANNA RETURNS

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.

MESSAGE FROM CUAN MHUIRE

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.

BOIL WATER NOTICE IN DOOHAMLET

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.

OUTDOOR BOWLS

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.

CONFIRMATION UPDATE

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.

ICA RECIPES

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.

RIVERDALE UPDATE

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”.

SHAVE AND DYE

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.

TIDY TOWNS NEWS

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.

FULL HOUSE AT CUL CAMPS

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.

OUTDOOR BOWLS

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.

RAGWEED TO BE REMOVED

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.

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".

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.

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

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.