JAYNE MAKES ULSTER SQUAD

Congratulations to Jayne Drury who has been selected to represent Ulster at the Ladies Gaelic Inter-Provincials Schools competition in Kinnegad in January. Jayne who attends school in Castleblayney plays her club football with St. Brigid’s. She came through a series of trials before making the final thirty players. This is the second year in a row that Jayne has won a schools All Star.

ITS ALMOST TIME – GERRY’S BIG GIG

On Saturday week 10th November Limerick legend Jimmy Buckley will take to the stage in Lisdoonan Community Centre as the main attraction for this year’s Senior Citizen Fundraising dance. The event organised annually by Gerry Mc Elroy raises monies for a number of Senior Citizen charities and is brilliantly supported by large numbers. The night before the big fundraising dance(Friday 9th November) Gerry will host his annual Senior Citizens party with a 7pm start. Music on the night will be supplied by Country Harmony and as with previous parties there will be some special guests stopping by to say hello to all who attend. Admission to the senior citizens party is free.


Saturday night’s spectacular kicks off at 8-30pm with DJ Stefan’s Country disco. Stefan is sure to warm you up and then from 10pm until 12midnight Dermot Mc Connell will provide support to Jimmy Buckley who will appear on stage at midnight and play until 2pm. Supper will be served on the night and all proceeds will go to support numerous local senior citizens groups. Admission to the night which sees over six hours of music is just €15. Tickets are available at Gerry’s Takeaway, various local outlets or you can also pay at the door on the night. Gerry would like to sincerely thank you all for your continued support and looks forward to seeing many old friends on the night.

CHERNOBYL CHILDREN

The organisers of the recent church gate collection in aid of the Chernobyl Children would like to thank everyone who either contributed or helped on the day. The amount raised was €865.

PARISH DANCE SUCCESS

The annual Parish Dance which raises money each year for the parish Lourdes Fund was a major success. The organisers would like to thank everyone who supported the dance in anyway. The amount raised was a fantastic €6,129-50c.

DONATED SPECTACLES

A massive thank you is due to all who contributed old spectacles and glasses to Sally Mc Aviney. Sally has been in touch to say that her appeal resulted in 83 pairs of glasses being donated. 25 of these have gone to Specsavers and the remainder to the Lions Club in Monaghan. John Smith who hails from Ballybay and who is President of the Lions Club has assured the Ballybay news that the glasses will be put to good use by Sightsavers clinics run by the Lions Club International in India, Africa and Europe.

ICA

We are having CPR Training with Castleblayney First Responders on November 13th at 7pm in Cuan Mhuire. It’s two years since our last training and our certificates are due for renewal... if you were with us then get in touch if you want to avail of the training. Cost is €20 and this will cover your certificate which is valid for two years. We need to have numbers by November 5th... everybody is welcome to take part and training includes how to use a defibrillator, which is a life-saving device.

Introduction to Renewable Energy Technologies Training

Monaghan Integrated Development is planning to run an Introduction to Renewable Energy Technologies Training Programme. The training is aimed at community groups and enterprises who have an interest in developing their understanding of different types of renewable energy technologies available. As part of the programme, participants will be given support to assess if these technologies would be economically and environmentally beneficial to their community facility or enterprise, and to develop a Renewable Energy Technology Plan that may be used to seek funding from LEADER or other funders. We are planning to run this training from a couple of different locations in Co. Monaghan (likely Monaghan Town and Castleblayney). The course will be delivered 1 session per week over 9 weeks.

Developing Funding Applications

Monaghan Public Participation Network (PPN) has organised training for its member groups on “Developing Grant Applications”. This programme of training will be delivered by Cramden TECH solutions who were awarded the contract.

Tuesday 30th October Clones Library, Clones at 6.30pm (Refreshments served on arrival for people coming from work)
Tuesday 6th November Carrickmacross Workhouse at 6.30pm (Refreshments served on arrival for people coming from work)

ANYONE INTERESTED IN SCOUTS AND CUBS?

A meeting has been arranged to relaunch the scouts, cubs and beavers in Ballybay. This meeting which initially is for parents and guardians only will take place in Church Street Hall on Thursday 15th November at 8pm. Scouting is a brilliant way to encourage the physical, intellectual, character, emotional, social and spiritual development of young people so that they may achieve their full potential and, as responsible citizens, to improve society. It would be great to see parents of children aged between 6 and 15 at the meeting.

TABLE QUIZ FOR TIDY TOWN

In order for the Tidy Town Committee to continue their great work they are holding a Quiz night in order to raise some funds. The quiz will be held in Meena and Tom Smiths Welcome Inn Bar on November 2nd starting at 8 pm. They are asking people to get a team of four people at €10.00 per person. Quiz nights are usually good fun with Stephen Duffy the Quiz master and they would ask you to support this event. The more funds they get the more they can do for the town.

COFFEE MORNING

Ballybay Special Needs annual coffee morning and cake sale takes place on Friday 23rd November from 10am till 2pm. there will also be a raffle on the day. Please support this worthy cause.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING

Harvest is the time when the leaves gradually change colour and we reap what we sow. This has been such a great year that we have much for which to be thankful. On Sunday 28th October Second Ballybay Presbyterian Church on the Clones Road in Ballybay are holding their harvest thanksgiving services. The morning service at 12 noon will be taken by our minister, Rev Dr. Gerry Clinton with special singing by the church choir along with the Sunday School children. The evening service will be taken by Rev Dr. Jean Mackarel who will preach from the Bible on the Harvest Theme: "The Fruits of Revelation". We will have harvest praises in congregational singing led by the Choir and Musicians of the CAVAN PCI Union of Churches. There will be harvest anthems by the Cavan Male Voice Quartet, and harvest solos by Michael Lawson (Voice of Ireland). The church will be decorated for the occasion with flowers, fruit, vegetable and many other emblems as we remember and give thanks for God’s generous goodness in once again providing a great harvest. All members of the community are welcome to join us for this celebration of harvest, and there will be a light supper served in the church hall after the evening service.

NIGHT PADDLE ON DROMORE RIVER

Tanagh Outdoor Education & Training Centre are running a Night Paddle on the Dromore river on the 26th October and Forest School sessions on the 30th October, 31st October & 1st November. Courses are subject to minimum numbers. Booking Essential. Contact Philomena for more information 049-5552988.

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

The Presidential Election and referendum on the publication and utterance of blasphemous matter takes place on Friday 26th October. Polling booths will open at 7am and remain open until 10pm. Voters are reminded to take evidence of identity with them.

MS THANK YOU

The Monaghan Branch of MS would like to thank most sincerely all those who contributed to their recent church gate collection in the parish. The amount collected was €1,005.
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NO LUCK FOR PEARSE BROTHERS

Ballybay Pearse Brothers will have to wait at least another year to get their hands on the Mick Duffy Cup. On Sunday last Scotstown defeated Ballybay 1-13 to 0-13. Ballybay finished the game strongly and but for a brilliant save by Rory Beggan and a couple of goal chances that just went right of the post the result could very well have been different. Full match report on the sports pages.

FOUR WEEKS TO THE BIG JIMMY BUCKLEY GIG

Gerry’s Prepared Veg and Takeaway have secured Jimmy Buckley as the main attraction for this year’s Senior Citizen Fundraising dance. The Limerick native will play Lisdoonan Community Centre on Saturday 10th November just four weeks away. Speaking to the Ballybay News Gerry Mc Elroy said, “I am delighted to announce that we have secured one of the biggest singing attractions in the country for this year’s fundraiser. Jimmy Buckley is a superstar and he has promised me a night we will all remember”. The night before Jimmy takes to the stage Gerry has organised his annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party. On Friday 9th November Lisdoonan Community Centre will host the party with a 7pm start. Music on the night will be supplied by Country Harmony and as with previous parties there will be some special guests stopping by to say hello to all who attend. Admission to the senior citizens party is free.
Saturday night’s spectacular kicks off at 8-30pm with DJ Stefan’s Country disco. Stefan is sure to warm you up and then from 10pm until 12midnight Dermot Mc Connell will provide support to Jimmy Buckley who will appear on stage at midnight and play until 2pm. Supper will be served on the night and all proceeds will go to support numerous local senior citizens groups. Admission to the night which sees over six hours of music is just €15. Tickets are available at Gerry’s Takeaway, various local outlets or you can also pay at the door on the night. Gerry would like to sincerely thank you all for your continued support and looks forward to seeing many old friends on the night.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING

Christ Church Ballybay are holding their harvest thanksgiving service on Sunday the 14th of October at 3:30pm. Guest speaker Mr. Walter Pringle. The children from Ballybay Central NS will also be taking part. All are very welcome and refreshments severed afterwards.

NEW DATE FOR BARN DANCE

Joanne’s big Charity Barn Dance in aid of the Ballybay Cancer Society planned for the 26th October has been postponed owing to the use of Tullycorbet Hall for the Presidential election. The good news is that a new date has been found. The barn dance will now take place in Tullycorbet Hall on Friday 30th November. Music on the night by Gerry Fitzpatrick.

TULLYCORBETT PARISH DANCE

The annual parish dance will take place on the 19th October in the Ballybay Pearse Bros Centre doors open at 9.30pm.
A wonderful nights entertainment is guaranteed with the fabulous Celtic Swing to keep us on our feet! A delicious supper will be served at 10.30pm. Tullycorbet C.C.E along with our ladies line dancing display will add to the enjoyment!
Bar facilities are available and of course a raffle with some great prizes! Tickets are on sale now priced at €10. We ask if you would please support our ticket sellers and thank you for your ongoing generosity! This as you know is a fantastic event bringing funds for a more than worthy cause.
We do hope to see you there!

CORLEA HARVEST

You are welcome to Corlea Presbyterian Church Harvest Thanksgiving Service on Sunday 21st October 2018 at 4pm with Rev Dr Gerry Clinton. Plan to come and bring family/friends. (please note change of date to avoid clash with Corvalley Harvest on 14th October at 3.30pm with Rev Phil Houston).

ENGLISH CLASSES

English conversation classes will take place every Thursday evening in the Mens Shed from 7pm until 9pm. Everyone welcome.

CANCER AWARENESS EVENING

Ballybay ICA is hosting an information evening on cancer awareness and the importance of examination and screening for women. Helen O Driscoll from the Irish Cancer Society will facilitate the evening which will take place in Cuan Mhuire on Tuesday 23rd October at 8pm. Admission is free and all women are welcome.

Monaghan County Council Local Improvement Scheme

Monaghan County Council invites applications for future rounds of funding under the Local Improvement Scheme (LIS).

The LIS is a scheme to support the improvement of non-public rural roads which provide access to homes and farms, as well as amenities such as lakes and rivers.  Up to 90% of the funding is provided by the County Council, with the balance coming from local residents.

To qualify, the road must provide access to parcels of land, of which at least two are owned or occupied by different persons engaged in separate agricultural activities or must provide access for harvesting purposes (including turf) for two or more persons.  There must be a minimum of one occupied dwelling on the road.  These and other detailed terms and conditions and an application form are available on Monaghan County Council’s website www.monaghan.ie or by contacting:

LIS Scheme

Roads Section,

M-TEK II, Armagh Road, Monaghan Town.

Tel: 047 30575

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New applicants will be placed on a waiting list and funded as resources allow.  Due to the popularity of the scheme, demand is expected to be heavy.  Funding will be subject to the current waiting list being cleared, and funding being made available to Monaghan Co. Council under the national scheme.  Accordingly, applicants should note that it may take some years before all applications made under this call are funded. 

The closing date for applications is Monday 31st December 2018 at 5pm. Thereafter, the scheme will remain closed until further notice – i.e. there will be no ‘rolling’ acceptance of applications after the closing date.

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COUNTY FINAL

All roads lead to Clones on Sunday for the county final between Ballybay and Scotstown. Throw in time is 3-30pm. Only a point separated the sides when they last met in the championship so another tight game is expected. Ballybay go into the game full of confidence having beaten Clontibret in the semi-final by seven points. The Division 1 minor final between Inniskeen and Carrickmacross will take place beforehand at 1-30pm. A coffee morning will be held in the Pearse Brothers Clubhouse on Sunday next 7th October. Refreshments will be available from between 10-30am and 11-30am.

GOSPEL MEETING

People from Ballybay and surrounding areas are welcome to the Faith Mission monthly Gospel meeting in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church Hall, (kindly granted) on Friday 5th October at 8pm.  Refreshments afterwards.  Plan to come and bring a friend. Speaker Andrew McCullough Faith Mission.

CHERNOBYL CHILDREN

This weekend there will be a collection outside the church at Ballybay, Ballintra and Tullycorbet for the very important charity of CCPI (Chernobyl Children Project International). Please give what you can for this great cause.  Thank you so much in advance.

BALLYBAY TIDY TOWNS

Ballybay Tidy Towns committee are pleased to have increased its scoring again in this year’s SuperValu Tidy Towns Competition.  The adjudicator stated in the report that "It is clear that you have made real progress in only three years" The adjudicator also stated that " he/she passed through Ballybay many times but failed to stop partly because of traffic congestion but mainly because there did not seem to be much to attract the attention, but now that he/she was allocated to judge the work of the Tidy Towns Committee and its helpers, on closer inspection this attitude is seen to have been much mistaken.  It was a revelation to read of and to see the work being undertaken - some of it in fact taking on duties more appropriate to the Local Authority and to the business sector.

The Adjudicator was impressed with many of the buildings in town and commented on all the churches stating that they were all well looked after.  The Community College was very impressive and Community Creche was an attractive structure/surroundings and safety measures are well thought out.  The Town Park with all its new features was also mentioned.  He/she mentioned the involvement of the children from the schools in litter picking.   There were lots of good comments but also lots of room for improvement.  The adjudicator made many comments on how things could be improved on and this will be looked at by the committee going forward. Thanks is due to all who helped out during the year, and the committee would like to encourage people to volunteer and help us to make more improvements for next year’s competition.

LOURDES DANCE

The annual Lourdes Fundraising Dance will take place in the Ballybay Pearse Brothesrs Centre on Friday 19th October. Music on the night is from Celtic Swing with a special guest appearance by Tullycorbett CCE. Supper will be served at 10-30pm and admission is just €10.

AARON MAKES ALL IRELAND MINOR TEAM

Massive congratulations are due to Aaron Mulligan who has been selected at left half forward on the Electric Ireland minor team of the year. Aaron plays his football with Latton however his mother Olivia (nee Boyle) hails from Loch Mor Avenue in Ballybay. Aaron was central to Monaghan’s Minor campaign which seen them reach the All Ireland semi-final only to loose to eventual winners Kerry. Ronan Grimes from Killanny also made the team at right corner back.

JIMMY BUCKLEY TO PLAY AT FUNDRAISER

Gerry’s Prepared Veg and Takeaway have secured Jimmy Buckley as the main attraction for this year’s Senior Citizen Fundraising dance. The Limerick native will play Lisdoonan Community Centre on Saturday 10th November. Speaking to the Ballybay News Gerry Mc Elroy said, “I am delighted to announce that we have secured one of the biggest singing attractions in the country for this year’s fundraiser. Jimmy Buckley is a superstar and he has promised me a night we will all remember”. The night before Jimmy takes to the stage Gerry has organised his annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party. On Friday 9th November Lisdoonan Community Centre will host the party with a 7pm start. Music on the night will be supplied by Country Harmony and as with previous parties there will be some special guests stopping by to say hello to all who attend. Admission to the senior citizens party is free.

Saturday night’s spectacular kicks off at 8-30pm with DJ Stefan’s Country disco. Stefan is sure to warm you up and then from 10pm until 12midnight Dermot Mc Connell will provide support to Jimmy Buckley who will appear on stage at midnight and play until 2pm. Supper will be served on the night and all proceeds will go to support numerous local senior citizens groups. Admission to the night which sees over six hours of music is just €15. Tickets are available at Gerry’s Takeaway, various local outlets or you can also pay at the door on the night. Gerry would like to sincerely thank you all for your continued support and looks forward to seeing many old friends on the night.

ULSTER CHAMPION

Congratulations to Finian O’ Neill from Tullycorbett who won the Ulster boys 44.5kg title on Sunday last in Belfast. The eleven-year old fights out of the Castleblayney Amateur Boxing Club.

TOOLS STOLEN

On Monday last sometime between 3pm and 6pm working tools belonging to a tradesman working at the local civic offices (the library) were stolen. The tools were in a silver Renault Master van which was parked on the Main Street between the Library and Conlon’s Bar. It's understood that the goods stolen were of a high financial value but more importantly these are the tools of a person that makes a living to support a family and in many ways cannot be replaced. If anyone has any information please notify the local Gardai.

Peace IV Funding

Monaghan Local Community Development Committee
Peace IV Partnership Board
Small Grants Programme

Monaghan LCDC Peace IV Small Grants programme is now open.

If you have an idea for a project that you wish to discuss with us we are holding a couple of drop in sessions. You will have an opportunity to discuss your project with us, and to ask any queries you may have.

28th September 2017, 6pm, YWCA, Y-Zone, Monaghan
29th September 2017, 2.30pm, Iontas, Castleblayney

DISPLAY YOUR LOCAL PICTURES

It has now been decided that anyone interested in taking local pictures and having them displayed can do so on the BALLYBAY AND ITS PEOPLE Facebook page. There will be one theme per month and anyone can post up to four photographs. As we head to Autumn there are beautiful colours in the countryside so October’s theme is AUTUMN CHANGES. You don’t need an expensive camera and you could even take pictures on your phone. When you post please indicate were the picture was taken. The November theme will be LOCAL, OLD AND DERELICT BUILDINGS. If anyone has any ideas for other themes you can either post on the page or contact Dolores Maguire at 086 8340501.

CONFIRMATION 2018

The 2018 confirmation will take place in St. Patrick’s Ballybay on Saturday 12th May 2018 at 11am. It might be a long way off but it’s certainly worth noting in your diary.

JUST FOUR WEEKS TO GERRYS BIG SIX HOUR BASH

Gerry Mc Elroy’s annual fundraising dance takes place just four weeks on Saturday 25th November and this year Gerry is promising six hours of music and dancing. Once again Lisdoonan Community Centre will be the venue for an evening which will kick off at 8pm. First up DJ Stefan will warm up the audience from 8pm until 10pm and then Longford Legend Mick Flavin will take to the stage and play until midnight. At 12 another Longford Legend Declan Nearney will complete the night with another two hours of great music. All of this will cost just €15 and all the proceeds will be in aid of local Senior Citizens Groups. Supper will be served at 12am so you can keep your energy levels up for the late run in. Tickets are available from Gerry’s Take Away in Ballybay.

CHARITY NIGHT FOR CANCER SOCIETY

Local lady Lorraine Duffy along with Joanne Marron and Noel Farrell will be having their heads shaved in aid of the Ballybay Cancer Society. Lorraine is celebrating her 40th Birthday and has decided to organise the event for a great cause. It will take place in Aughnamullen Community Centre on Saturday 4th November and there will music on the night by Adrian Wilson, refreshments and a raffle. H2O Hair and Beauty will be conducting the chop however it has been rumoured that former county footballer Paul Finlay will also be involved.

CHRIST CHURCH BALLYBAY

A date for your diaries...on Thursday 16th November at 8 pm sharp Christ Church are holding a Seasonal Supper Suggestions Cookery Demonstration in the church hall hosted by Astrid Moffett. This event is in aid of church repair funds and should be a very eventful evening indeed, one not to be missed! Tickets €10 each. Further information is available from 0868299672.

MS COLLECTION

The Monaghan Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society are having a church gate collection this weekend in all three local churches. Your support would be very much appreciated.

LOURDES DANCE

The Lourdes Invalid Fund Dance which was held on Friday 13th October was a major success. The committee would like to thank the following – all who turned up or bought tickets, those who sold tickets and who donated spot prizes, Tullycorbet CCE, Ballybay Line dancers, Celtic Swing, Ballybay Pearse Brothers, George Wallace and staff and anyone else who helped out in anyway. The committee would also like to wish Fr. La all the best in his new post in Pettigo.

PINK RIBBON DAY RAISES OVER €5000

The annual Pink Ribbon Day which raises money for Breast Cancer has raised the fantastic sum of €5, 120. 40c. Local organiser Paddy Gilmour was delighted with the amount, saying, “Once again the people of Ballybay and surrounding areas have been most generous. To raise over €5000 in the town is amazing. I would like to most sincerely thank all the volunteers who helped o the day and all who generously contributed”.

VOTE FOR LIAM

Last week we reported that local publican Liam Smyth had been named regional winner of the 2017 Irish Pub Awards personality of the Year. Liam will now contest the overall award with 7 other publicans from all over the country. You can do your bit for Liam by giving him your vote. If you would like to help out then vote for Liam at: https://www.irishpubawards.ie/winners/personality-of-the-year

CONOR DUFFY WINS WETLANDS 5K

Local athlete Conor Duffy was the winner of the Wetlands Running Club 5k on Sunday last. Over 100 athletes including 13 Wetland Runners took part in the event. Conor won in a fantastic time of 15mins 39seconds while the first lady home was Donna Mone in overall 10th place and in a time of 18minutes 46seconds. Well done to all concerned.

TULLYCORBET INDOOR BOWLS

The indoor bowls at Tullycorbet Community Centre resumes on Sunday evening next 22nd October at 8pm. Old and new members welcome.

LATTON CENTENARY GALA BALL

The Latton O'Rahilly G.A.A. Centenary Gala Ball takes place in The Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney on Sunday 29th October. Celebrating 100 years of Latton GAA activities, great memories will be recalled, as old acquaintanaces are renewed and a vision for the next 100 years is presented. This is an occasion for everyone with any association to the O'Rahilly's Club not to miss. Players, former players, supporters (at home and away, all team mentors, juvenile parents etc, the" O'Rahilly Club is at the Heart of our Community, the excellence's of the facilities are available to all of our people, the range of activities provided from the O'Rahilly facilities offers, activities, friendship and a sense of pride to everyone in the area, young and old. Sunday 29th October gives everyone the occasion to celebrate the Clubs great achievements, honour the hard work of so many over the 100 years to give us what we have. To attend this Centenary Celebration is an opportunity we will not have again, so for your seat/ticket, please contact any club executive member or Ken Farmer on 087-2476176.

The Gala Ball evening will commence with a Wine Reception at 6pm and Banquet Dinner at 7pm. There will be a Centenary Exhibition, Complimentary Photo Memento, Personal Mementos of the Occasion, Auction and Raffle with Music from the Rubber Ducks. Formal Dress. Dress Suits for Gala Ball are available to hire at concessionary price's from E & M Stores, Cootehill.

Monaghan LEADER is supporting Social Enterprise Training programme

Monaghan LEADER is supporting the delivery of a Social Enterprise Training programme which will commence with a one day workshop event on Monday 23 October in the Iontas Centre Castleblayney.

This FREE one day workshop will introduce you to how to develop a social enterprise in your community and offer you the opportunity to participate in a training programme which will be delivered over the coming months. We are working with CramdenTECH who are our training facilitators for this programme. 

All enquiries should be directed to Caroline Egan from CramdenTECH immediately. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 087-2194541 before October 19th to book a place!

See full information leaflet here >>

ANOTHER QUIZ BOOK FROM STEPHEN DUFFY

DSC 0473Local quiz man Stephen Duffy has produced his third quiz book and its available to buy locally. Stephen who has a passion for quizzes has been making up questions for clubs, schools and groups for over twenty years and his new book entitled “A Quiz Book for All” is exactly that. Available in all local shops in Ballybay, Castleblayney, Carrickmacross and Eason’s in Monaghan and Cavan it is aimed at family homes, school classrooms, quizmasters and activity co-ordinators. Stephen also received a massive endorsement when Dragons Den Gavin Duffy tweeted “If you are setting or participating in quizzes this book by Stephen Duffy (no relation) is a great resource. At €10 its excellent value and like in previous years it would make a great Christmas present. A copy of the book is also available courtesy of Stephen in the library.

Stephen Duffy presenting two copies of his new book A Quiz Book for All to Ballybay Librarian Matthew Murphy.

GERRY PROMISING SIX HOURS OF MUSIC AND DANCING

Gerry Mc Elroy’s annual fundraising dance takes place on Saturday 25th November and this year Gerry is promising six hours of music and dancing. Once again Lisdoonan Community Centre will be the venue for an evening which will kick off at 8pm. First up DJ Stefan will warm up the audience from 8pm until 10pm and then Longford Legend Mick Flavin will take to the stage and play until midnight. At 12 another Longford Legend Declan Nearney will complete the night with another two hours of great music. All of this will cost just €15 and all the proceeds will be in aid of local Senior Citizens Groups. Supper will be served at 12am so you can keep your energy levels up for the late run in. Tickets are available from Gerry’s Take Away in Ballybay. More details next week.

SENIOR CITIZENS CHRISTMAS PARTY

Gerry’s Prepared Veg and Take Away present their annual senior citizens Christmas Party in Lisdoonan Community Centre on Friday 24th November. Admission to the event is free and will include a four course meal followed by dancing to Dermot Mc Connell. The evening kicks off at 7pm. Tickets for the night are available from Gerry’s in Main Street, Ballybay.

MARTINA STUART TO RUN DUBLIN MARATHON

Local lady Martina Stuart is running the Dublin Marathon on Sunday 29th October. As Martina runs the 26 miles she will be raising funds for the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland. This is a non-profit organisation which offers support to anyone who has been affected by the passing of a baby during or after pregnancy. Anyone interested in making a donation towards Martina’s efforts can do so at most local shops.

OCTOBER RETREAT

Cuan Mhuire will be the venue for a retreat on October 21st and 22nd. This retreat will be lead by Father Brian Kavanagh and will the theme ‘Happiness’. More details to follow shortly.

THE LATE TOMMY MC CUDDEN

It is with deep regret that we report the sad passing of Tommy Mc Cudden. Tommy hailed from Killeevan but had a hardware business in the town and played football for the Pearse Brothers as well as the County. Tommy was buried in Newtownbutler on Monday last.

CHRIST CHURCH BALLYBAY

A great big thank you to Charlie Mills for giving such an inspiring sermon at our Harvest thanksgiving last Sunday the 8th of October. Also a huge thank you to the Ballybay country gospel singers for their truly glorious music, so uplifting, it was a lovely service.
A date for your diaries...on Thursday 16th November at 8 pm sharp Christ Church are holding a Seasonal Supper Suggestions Cookery Demonstration in the church hall hosted by Astrid Moffett. This event is in aid of church repair funds and should be a very eventful evening indeed, one not to be missed! Tickets €10 each.

LATTON CENTENARY GALA BALL

The Latton O'Rahilly G.A.A. Centenary Gala Ball takes place in The Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney on Sunday 29th October. Celebrating 100 years of Latton GAA activities, great memories will be recalled, as old acquaintanaces are renewed and a vision for the next 100 years is presented. This is an occasion for everyone with any association to the O'Rahilly's Club not to miss. Players, former players, supporters (at home and away, all team mentors, juvenile parents etc, the" O'Rahilly Club is at the Heart of our Community, the excellence's of the facilities are available to all of our people, the range of activities provided from the O'Rahilly facilities offers, activities, friendship and a sense of pride to everyone in the area, young and old. Sunday 29th October gives everyone the occasion to celebrate the Clubs great achievements, honour the hard work of so many over the 100 years to give us what we have. To attend this Centenary Celebration is an opportunity we will not have again, so for your seat/ticket, please contact any club executive member or Ken Farmer on 087-2476176.

The Gala Ball evening will commence with a Wine Reception at 6pm and Banquet Dinner at 7pm. There will be a Centenary Exhibition, Complimentary Photo Memento, Personal Mementos of the Occasion, Auction and Raffle with Music from the Rubber Ducks. Formal Dress.

All who have reserved Tables/Individual Tickets/Couple or number of Ticket ,can Collect and Pay for tickets from the O'Rahilly G.A.A. Centre on TUESDAY NEXT,17th October from 7.30pm to 9pm.All please note-tickets must be paid for at time of collection. Dress Suits for Gala Ball are available to hire at concessionary price's from E & M Stores, Cootehill.

CHARITY NIGHT FOR CANCER SOCIETY

Local lady Lorraine Duffy will soon be forty but instead of having a big bash at home Lorraine has decided to have her head shaved for the Ballybay Cancer Society. The night will take place on Saturday 4th November – more details next week.

GIVE BLOOD

There will be a blood donation clinic in Ballybay on Thursday 12th October. The clinic will be located behind the Community College and will run from 4-30pm until 8pm. Further information is available at https://www.giveblood.ie/

TULLYCORBET YOUTH CLUB

A Public Meeting to discuss the re-establishment of Tullycorbet Youth Club for children aged 10 and over will be held in the Community Centre on Tuesday 10th October at 8pm. Alan Ryan from Youth Work Ireland will be in attendance.

INFORMATION MORNING

Monaghan Integrated Development CLG are celebrating 21 years in existence. As part of their celebrations they will be hosting an information morning today 5th October. From 10am until 12noon. The venue is Birch Court and everyone is welcome to drop in for a chat and a cup of tea.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING

Christ Church Ballybay are having their Harvest Thanksgiving Service this Sunday the 8th October at 3:30pm, guest Speaker Mr Charlie Mills, music by Ballybay country gospel group, refreshments served in the church hall afterwards, all very welcome.

ANNUAL ROAD RACE

Ballybay Wetlands Running Club’s Annual Road Race will take place on Sunday 15th October at 11.00am from Ballybay Recreation Centre Ballybay. Please note change of venue from last year’s run and also it will be a 5K run this year unlike previous years where it was a 5miler this is due to circumstances beyond our control. It is a relatively flat route and part of the Monaghan Distance AA League. Plenty of prizes on the day.

SOCIAL CLUB

Ballybay Social Club holds their second meeting of the new season on Friday 13 October in Cuan Mhuire starting from 11.30am. Everyone is invited, just turn up and you`ll be made welcome. Lunch is served after elevenses and there`ll be the usual free draws, entertainment and time to chat together with old friends and make new ones. All for €6. Any queries call, 086 0660 270.

CAMERA CLUB UPDATE

Recently Dolores Maguire enquired if anyone locally was interested in setting up a Camera Club in the town. Over 20 people got in touch however after much discussion it was decided that because a lot of people are already posting some of their favourite photos on the excellent Ballybay & its People facebook page that those interested in photography can post on that page. It is hoped that at the end of November an exhibition could take place of pictures posted. If anyone is interested in buying any of the images they can contact the photographer directly.

JOHN PAUL 11 AWARD

Are you in Transition Year or above? Would you like to get involved in a nationally recognised youth award that enables you to get involved in your Parish and Local Community? If so then come along to the Pope John Paul 11 award information evening on Wednesday 11th October in the confraternity Rooms from 8pm until 9pm.

NEW DATE FOR GOLF CLASSIC

Due to the Senior Championship semi final replay taking place last Saturday the Golf Classic has now been postponed to Saturday 21 October. Other than the date, everything else is the same and those with tee times booked will be contacted by a member of the organising committee. The Pearse Brothers would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

BIBLE CLUB AND GOSPEL MEETING

The 'Rockcorry Children's Bible Club' for Primary School children takes place on Thursday 5th October from 6 - 7pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church hall. Bring a friend or two with you. Bible lessons, quizzes, singing, games and refreshments. Organised by Ronnie and Carey Killops, Faith Mission. Then on Friday there will be a Gospel Meeting in the Faith Mission Hall, Bushford, Rockcorry 2017 at 8pm. All welcome. Plan to come, and bring a friend. Refreshments afterwards.

BALLYBAY BROWNIE GUIDES

Parents should note that Ballybay Brownie Guides will start again, after summer break, on Thursday 12th October at usual place and time.

COUNTY SEMI FINAL REPLAY

There was heartbreak for Ballybay on Saturday as they lost to Scotstown in the county semi-final replay. The blues now face Magheracloone in the county final. Full reports in the sports pages of the Northern Standard.

OCTOBER RETREAT

Cuan Mhuire will be the venue for a retreat on October 21st and 22nd. This retreat will be lead by Father Brian Kavanagh and will the theme ‘Happiness’. More details to follow shortly.

PINK RIBBON DAY TOMORROW

The annual Pink Ribbon Day will be held in on Friday 28th October. Ribbons, pins, pens and key rings will be on sale throughout the town. Speaking to the Ballybay News organizer Paddy Gilmour said, “The people of Ballybay and surrounding areas have always been very generous towards cancer charities and I would appeal to them to support our Pink Ribbon Day once again. I am very grateful for their support over the years and I can assure them all that the monies raised will all be used to support the fight against cancer”.

COMMUNITY MEETING – ENTERPRISE TOWN

Ballybay has been selected as a Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town. Through this initiative, Bank of Ireland and the business community of Ballybay will work together to support local enterprise. In addition the bank will involve the wider community and local schools through a range of different activities. A meeting to discuss this initiative will take place on Tuesday 1st November in the Wetlands centre at 6-30pm. If interested in attending can you contact Mary Rose Muckian at 086 3844520 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SMARTPHONE WORKSHOP

Ballybay Library will host a smartphone workshop on Tuesday 15th November at 11am. This 3 hours course is suitable for participants with both smartphones and tablets. You will also learn about all the features on your device so that you can maximize your phone/tablet. The course is free to attend however there are limited places. To book a place, contact the Library directly.

THANKS FOR SENSORY GARDEN CONTRIBUTION

The Management, Staff, Parents and children of Ballybay Community Créche would like to acknowledge recent funding we received from Monaghan County Council of €800 which went towards the development of a Sensory Garden. We are delighted with this project and it greatly enhances our outdoor area.

BE IN WITH A CHANCE TO WIN

National Community Games have organised a Golden Jubilee Raffle. Our local area will get 70% of the sale of tickets which are €10 each. We would appreciate if anyone in our local area bought tickets or better still were able to sell some. Every ticket counts. 1st Prize - Kia Cee'd GT Line and other excellent prizes. Draw takes place on 26th November at The National Awards Night in Galway. Tickets have to be returned before 10th November. To be in with a chance to win call or text Maire 086 0826103 or Sharon 087 2332882.

CHOIR SEEKS NEW MEMBERS

Ballintra Youth Choir is seeking new members. If you are interested then why not contact Brid at 083 8328216.

CHURCH CLOSED FOR WORK

St. Patrick’s Church in Ballybay will be closed from Monday 7th November until Friday 25th November to facilitate work to the heating system. When the church is closed the vigil mass will be held in Tullycorbett at 6-30pm. There will be no 12-15pm mass on Sunday 13th and 20th November. From the first Saturday in November the vigil mass will be at 6-30pm in both summer and winter.

GOOD LUCK DREW

Ballybay Pearse Brothers and county star Drew Wylie has a different challenge this Saturday. Instead of taking to the football field Drew will be taking to the aisle where he will wed Aoife Grant in Burt, Co. Donegal. Numerous fans, friends and locals have been in touch to wish Drew and Aoife all the best for their big day.

PTAA MASS

The annual Clogher Pioneer Mass will be held in Corduff Chapel on Sunday 30th October at 7pm. Admission is €5. There will be refreshments afterwards in the local Community Centre. Everyone welcome.

LATTON LADIES IN ULSTER FINAL

On Saturday Latton Ladies will play Kingscourt in the Ulster junior club final in Galbally, Co. Tyrone. Last weekend Latton had a 1-11 to 0-9 win over St. Naul’s of Donegal. This game was not without its difficulties. The Conlon sisters Shannon and Megan were on holidays in Spain and flew in Saturday morning and then played the full match. Lisa Lennon had been concussed the week before and the management would not take a chance on playing her. Joanne Culleton replaced Lisa and scored the all important goal in the 22nd minute. The general team performance was excellent but centre back Shauna Coyle was particularly outstanding. Throw in Saturday is at 1pm.

PINK RIBBON DAY

The annual Pink Ribbon Day will be held in Ballybay on Friday 28th October. Ribbons, pins, pens and key rings will be on sale throughout the town. Speaking to the Ballybay News organizer Paddy Gilmour said, “The people of Ballybay and surrounding areas have always been very generous towards cancer charities and I would appeal to them to support our Pink Ribbon Day once again. I am very grateful for their support over the years and I can assure them all that the monies raised will all be used to support the fight against cancer”.

DOCUMENTARY FOR TG4

The latest documentary produced by Ballybay native Deaglan O Mochain (Declan Moen) is to be screened on TG4 on Tuesday 25th October. “An Radharc na Sul” (Out of Sight Out of Mind) provides an insight into how three murders committed over two days in Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh in October 1972 left a border community in turmoil. On Sunday 22nd October Robin Bell, a member of the UDR (Ulster Defence Regiment) was shot dead a few miles outside Newtownbutler. The following day Monday 23rd October a local man found the bodies of Michael Naan and Andrew Murray on the Naan family farm a few fields away from Robin Bells home. These gruesome murders were referred to in the press as “the Pitchfork Murders” because of the stab wounds to the bodies of both men. Local historian Clones native Brian Mc Donald who now lives in Rockcorry researched, compiled and published “the Pitchfork Murders”. In 1978 a former soldier from the Argyll and Sutherland Regiment reported to Police in England that he suspected his former colleague in the army may be the “Yorkshire Ripper” because he had witnessed him stabbing Naan and Murray in Northern Ireland six years earlier. As a result of this disclosure by a comrade four soldiers were convicted for their role in the murders. Stan Hathaway was sentenced to life imprisonment. “An Radharc na Sul” will be screened in Clones Courthouse on Friday 28th October at 8pm as part of the Clones Film Festival. Further information is available at www.clonesfilmfestival.com . Decland Moen is a son of Nancy and the late John Moen.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING

Harvest is a good time to give thanks and remind ourselves that everything we have comes from God. Second Ballybay Presbyterian church is holding their annual Harvest Thanksgiving Festival in the church on Sunday 23rd October. The church will be decorated with all the usual harvest items including flowers, fruit, vegetables, grain etc. and other gifts of God for which we are thankful including music. The morning service at 12noon will be taken by Rev Peter Gamble, Presbyterian minister in Armagh. The children and the church choir will be singing some special harvest songs and the music will be provided by our own praise band.
Our harvest thanksgiving celebrations continue in the evening at 7.30pm when various members of the local community will be taking part. Ballybay Community Choir has prepared a number of beautiful pieces under the expert tuition of Father La Flynn. Our senior minister, Rev David Nesbitt, will conduct the service and we will sing some of the well known harvest hymns.
A light supper will be served in the church hall after the service and we invite the whole community to join us as we take time out to give thanks to God for another harvest.

OCTOBERFEST THANKS

Ballybay Chamber of Commerce would like to thank most sincerely the following people who helped out over the recent Octoberfest weekend. The Carraher family for the use of the Market House, Monaghan County Council, Ballybay Gardai, Kepak, Damien Carraher, Fergal Mc Guigan, Derek Duffy, Joe and Oonagh Traynor, Aidan Quigley and the Gateway Scheme, Paddy linden, Darren Smyth, Alan Mc Entee, Campbell Foods, Centra Ballybay and Rory Geary.

TOWN HELD TO RANSOM

A number of locals have been in touch with the Ballybay News Correspondent to voice their concerns that Ballybay was held to ransom last Sunday by a large gathering of individuals. It is believed that in access of 100 people mainly men gathered in the town for a bare knuckle boxing fight. This gathering resulted in the closure of most local businesses and as a result serious revenue was lost. One resident who did not want to give their name said, “The town was practically in lock down for most of the day. I counted at least 13 squad cars in the town. Pubs and shops were closed. All the talk is that the gathering was just a distraction and that the fight took place elsewhere”. Gardai speaking on Northern Sound radio confirmed that no bare knuckle boxing match took place in Ballybay but could have taken place in other locations. Another resident pointed out that the gathering left “an awful lot of rubbish behind them – 20 bags were collected in Riverdale car park after they all went”, said the Main Street resident.

ROBERT MIZZELL TICKETS AVAILABLE

Gerry Prepared Veg and Take Away annual fundraiser will this year see USA country superstar Robert Mizzell take to the stage in Lisdoonan on Saturday 5th November. Dancing will begin at 9-30pm with Cajun Country and then Robert will be on stage at 11-30pm.Tickets which are excellent value at just €15 are available from Gerry’s Take Away and a host of other local shops. The night before Friday 4th November will see Gerry’s annual Christmas senior citizens party take place at the same venue (Lisdoonan Community Centre). This is a free night with John Hogan providing the entertainment. The evening will commence with dinner at 7pm. All monies raised on the Robert Mizzell night will be distributed to 15 local charities.

COMMUNITY GAMES

National Community Games have organised a Golden Jubilee Raffle. Our local area will get 70% of the sale of tickets which are €10 each. We would appreciate if anyone in our local area bought tickets or better still were able to sell some. 1st Prize - Kia Cee'd GT Line and other excellent prizes. Draw takes place on 26th November at The National Awards Night in Galway. Tickets have to be returned before 10th November. To be in with a chance to win call or text Maire 086 0826103 or Sharon 087 2332882.

SOCIAL CLUB

Ballybay Social Club meets again on this Friday 14 October at Cuan Mhuire Centre, Monaghan Road, Ballybay starting from 11.30am with morning tea/coffee. There will be bingo, banter, free raffle, four part lunch and quizzes. Everyone who can make it are most welcome to come along, the all in cost is a nominal one. Next month we look forward to Pat Deery, Tydavnet, well known raconteur and entertainer who is coming to regale us with his wit and humour. Any queries or if anyone needs a lift just contact 086 0660270. Hope to see you there.

CHILDREN’S BIBLE CLUB

The 'Rockcorry Children's Bible Club' for Primary School children is on today Thursday 13th October 2016 from 6 to 7pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church hall. Bring a friend or two with you. Bible lessons, quizzes, singing, games and refreshments. Organised by Ronnie and Carey Killops, Faith Mission

LOURDES DANCE

The annual parish dance in aid of the Lourdes fund will take place on Friday 28th October in the Pearse Brothers Centre. Tickets are on sale throughout the parish.

COMMEMORATIVE BOOK LAUNCH

The Latton Bawn Historical Group will launch their book 'Commemorating the Parishioners of Latton and Bawn who were born or died in 1916' on Saturday 29th October 2016 in the O'Rahilly GFC centre at 2.30pm. Copies of the book will be available to purchase. An exhibition of a history of the townlands, old photographs, newspaper articles relating to the parish, some school roll books, church records, etc will also be on view from 2pm - 10pm. Musical entertainment will be provided by a group of talented young parishioners people from 9pm.

OCTOBERFEST PICTURES

Local photographer John Rutledge was a busy man last weekend capturing the atmosphere at Ballybay Octoberfest. John images can be viewed on the BALLYBAY AND ITS PEOPLE Facebook page. John is to be commended for frequently providing images to the page which keeps people home and abroad up to date with what’s happening in the locality.

FITNESS/CIRCUIT TRAINING

Fitness/circuit training takes place in the Community Sports Hall every Monday and Wednesday nights at 8-30pm. These sessions are suitable for men and women over 16 years old regardless of their fitness level. Why not come along and give it a go. Further information about hiring the hall for any event is available from Davy at 9876294200 or alternatively call to the hall.

COMMUNITY CHOIR PRACTICE

Choir practice for the community choir continues on Thursday nights. All voices to be at the Confraternity Rooms for 8pm.