COUNTY FLEADH

Tullycorbet CCÉ will be hosting the County Fleadh in Monaghan again this year. Tullycorbet CCÉ have an excellent line-up of events planned launching Thursday 31st May in Tullycorbet Community Centre, with special guest Minister Heather Humphreys. Friday will see a Heritage Trail in Ballybay, followed by the Fleadh launch session. The competitions will be of main focus on Saturday, with sessions taking place throughout the day in various venues. There will also be a special Fleadh Mass which will take place on Sunday morning in St Patricks, followed by Set and Sean-Nos Dancing competitions in Tullycorbet Community Centre, a parade in Ballybay, youth session and open air music.

SPONSORED WALK FOR CANCER SOCIETY

On Sunday 10th June Fr. Noel Conlon will be hosting his annual sponsored 7km walk/run in Inniskeen. This year’s proceeds will be donated to Merchant’s Quay Ireland and the Ballybay Cancer Society. Registration on the day will commence at 1pm at the Community Centre and the walk/run will start at 2pm. There will be light refreshments served afterwards. Sponsorship cards available from Fr. Noel at 042 9378678.

BOWLS NEWS

As expected the Ballybay Green Team had a good win over Derryvalley and are now in to spot with 18 points. Their next game is on Friday 1st June when they take on Clontibret – that will be a game worth seeing. Also on Friday evening we will have Ballybay White play St. Michaels, Cootehill – this could also prove to be a very interesting game.

This week will see the Ballybay selection travel to Letterkenny to play the game that was cancelled earlier in the month – a share of the points would be a good result at that venue.

The outdoor green hosted St. Pat’s indoor club on Monday last when 14 of their players turned up at 10-30am and bowled until 1pm in glorious sunshine On Saturday the 9th June the Gibson Trophy will be played for so now is the time to put your name on the timesheet in the club pavilion. Also on the notice board is the dates and times of the champion of champions competitions.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Local parishioners may want to note the following dates in their summer diaries. Blessing of the graves will take place on Sunday 29th July. In Tullycorbett it will be after 9-30am mass, in Ballintra after 11am mass and in Ballybay at 3pm. Another date worth noting is Sunday 19th August. On tis date the annual Mass at Carga Rock will be held. This will take place in lieu of the Sunday mass in Tullycorbett.

GOSPEL MEETING

Everyone is welcome to the Faith Mission monthly Gospel meeting on Friday 1st June @ 8pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church Hall. Refreshments afterwards. Plan to come and bring a friend. Visiting Faith Mission speakers and workers are Robert Little and Scott McFarland.

SAILING ON LOUGH MAJOR

The Oriel Sailing Club will also be sailing on Lough Major on Sunday. More details on Oriel Sailing Club Facebook page.

TRAD AT THE CHURCH ON THE HILL

The Oriel Sailing Club will present a traditional and classical concert at Christ Church, Ballybay on Sunday 3rd June. The event which starts at 7-30pm is being run as part of the Monaghan County Fleadh and has received some financial support from Monaghan County Council Community Grant Scheme. Those musicians performing are Oscar Montague (Classical Guitar), Sinead Finnegan (Traditional Flute) and John Wynne (Flute).

BREAKFAST MORNING

The Ballybay Pearse Brothers will host their annual Breakfast Morning at their clubhouse on Sunday 10th of June. This has been rescheduled from the original date of May 20th.

DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE TOMORROW NIGHT

Best wishes and congratulations to local film maker Colin Parker whose documentary entitled Beal Atha Beithe “The Market Town” premieres on Friday 25th May in Liam Smyth’s at 8pm. This documentary involves local people and local places and should be of interest to all locals. Everyone is welcome – get there early to ensure a front row seat.

REFERENDUM REMINDER

Don’t forget that voting in the referendum takes place on Friday 25th May. Polling stations open at 7am and will remain open until 10pm. Voters should bring a form of identification with them.

RECENTLY WED

Congratulations to local lady Pam Coyle who married Seamus Mullen (Scotstown) in Ballybay last Saturday. All your friends in Ballybay would like to wish the newly married couple a very long happy and healthy life together.

BOWLS NEWS

Owing to the good weather for the past few weeks a lot of games were played on the outdoor bowling green. The leading team in the local league is Ballybay Green who have maximum points. The members are Noel Campbell, PJ Martin, Angela Mc Caughey, Greg Marron, Stephan Mc Cann and Skip Rose Hughes. Their latest outing on Monday night seen them defeat Derryvalley to go top of the league.

The cross-border team are back in action this week when they play Enniskillen at home which should result in maximum points for Ballybay. On Wednesday 30th May we will play Letterkenny in Donegal – this is a cancelled game owing to heavy rain at the start of the month.

This week will see the start of the town tournament when the business of the town get three persons and the club will supply one experienced bowler for the knockout game. Last year’s winner was Patricia Mc Cabe of Soda Barrell who defeated Murnane’s in the final.

On Saturday the 9th June the Gibson Trophy will be played for so now is the time to put your name on the timesheet in the club pavilion. Also on the notice board is the dates and times of the champion of champions competitions.

FIRST COMMUNION

First Holy Communion will be celebrated in the parish on Saturday next in St. Patrick’s at 11am. As a result of the First Holy Communion there will be no 10am mass on Saturday. Good luck to all the children.

TANNAGH NEWS

Tanagh Outdoor Education & Training Centre are now taking bookings for their Outdoor Adventure Summer Camps, Summer Forest Schools, Adults Learn to Kayak sessions & Heritage canoe paddle. Contact Philomena on 049 5552988 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details on dates & cost. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Also taking names for those interested in the Outdoor Activity Instructor Traineeship 2018-2019 contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This course will be starting September 2018.

ARTS AND CRAFTS OPEN DAY

Local artist and designer Catherine Mc Gregor is hosting an open day on Saturday 2nd June from 9am until 5pm. The open day will be an opportunity for anyone wishing to get a taste of arts and craft parties and summer workshops. All of these are suitable for kids, teenagers and adults. Further information is available from Catherine at 087 9353182 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CONGRATULATIONS MARY

Massive congratulations and Birthday wishes are due to local lady Mary Mc Guinness. Recently Mary celebrated her 90th Birthday in the company of family and friends. Mary who resided for many years with her husband John in Loch Mor Avenue currently lives with her daughter Brid and son in law John Rutledge. Many Happy Returns Mary.

80’s and 90’s NITE

The 2nd annual Ballybay Cancer 80's and 90's Nite will take place in Pat O'Brien's Bar in Ballybay on July 28th, the weekend of the Blessing of the Graves. This proved to be a brilliant night last year so put the date in your diaries and come along and enjoy some great music while helping a great charity. DJ Joe Sullivan never disappoints.

COUNTDOWN TO COUNTY FLEADH

Tullycorbet CCÉ will be hosting the County Fleadh for Monaghan again this year. Tullycorbet CCÉ have an excellent line-up of events planned launching from Thursday 31st May in Tullycorbet Community Centre, with special guest Minister Heather Humphreys. Friday will see a Heritage Trail in Ballybay, followed by the Fleadh launch session. The competitions will be of main focus on Saturday, with sessions taking place throughout the day in various venues. There will also be a special Fleadh Mass which will take place on Sunday morning in St Patricks, followed by Set and Sean-Nos Dancing competitions in Tullycorbet Community Centre, a parade in Ballybay, youth session and open air music.

Road Lining Works in Ballybay

Monaghan Co. Council wish to advise that due to the Road Lining Works in Ballybay being completed ahead of schedule, the Car Park at the rear of the Soda Barrel will not be closed tomorrow morning Friday, 18th May.

Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2018

Expressions of Interest are being sought for Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2018.

The Town and Village Renewal Scheme 2018 provides for up to €15 million Nationally in project funding for rural towns and villages for delivery in 2018 and 2019.
Successful proposals will demonstrate close collaboration between communities and business interests in the design and delivery of proposed projects and must have the support of the Local Authority.

An outline of the 2018 scheme and the Expression of Interest application form can be downloaded below:

2018 Town & Village Scheme Outline

2018 Town & Village Scheme – Expression of Interest form

All interested Town/Village Groups/Community Groups/Development Associations should complete the Expression of Interest form and return to the Community Development Section, Monaghan County Council, County Offices, The Glen, Monaghan, Co. Monaghan H18 YT50 or email completed Expression Of Interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 4pm on Friday, 1st June, 2018.

ROAD LINING WORKS IN BALLYAY

Monaghan Co. Council wish to advise the public that half of the car park at the rear of the Soda Barrel in Ballybay will be closed in the mornings of Thursday 17th and Friday the 18th May to facilitate the refreshing of road markings in the car park. The work is being carried out in phases to reduce disturbance to the public.

CPR AND DEFIBRILLATOR TRAINING

Refresher CPR and Defibrillator training will take place in Tullycorbett Community Centre on Monday 28th May from 7 - 9pm for all those in the Tullycorbett and Ballybay area who are previously trained. An individual text message will be forwarded to all those previously trained in advance of this date as a reminder. For any queries in relation to training please contact Ms. Sheila Linden for Ballybay area on 0868319459 and Ms. Una Tomany for the Tullycorbett area on 0867963890.

COMMUNITY GAMES

Anyone interested in athletics please contact Sharon 042 9748110 or Maire 042 9748955 to register.

CAKE SALE IN AUGHNAMULLEN

The parishioners of Christ Church Aughnamullen are holding a Coffee Morning and Cake Sale along with a Car Boot Sale on Saturday 26th may from 10-30am until 1pm at the School House Aughnamullen. This is a fund-raising event for extensive repairs to the church and your support will be greatly appreciated. Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the event.

BOWLS NEWS

On Monday 7th May the Ballybay Outdoor Bowling Club hosted a charity event for Kiara Mc Kenna. There was a full turn out and we raised €1200 which will go to support Kiara as she travels to Russia for treatment for MS. The winner of the fun competition on the day were Martin Lynch, Terry Clarke, Seamus Mc Eneaney and Gerry Moen. Our Chairman Samuel Gamble made the presentation and thanked all that contributed in any way to the enjoyment of the day.
The local league is now in full swing and its good to see the new clubs doing well. On Monday night Ballybay Green got all 6 points against Ardaghey while Ballybay Maroon beating Latton 4-2.
Our last game in the Border Counties league had to be called off owing to weather conditions in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. This is now scheduled for Wednesday 30th May at 7pm. The Mc Gurk Shield is being played for at the moment but we got a bye and are into the semi final stage which will be played on the week commencing 25th June.

CONFIRMATION SATURDAY

Confirmation will be celebrated on Saturday next in St. Patrick’s at 11am. Canon Shane Mc Caughey from Aughnamullen East will be the main celebrant. As a result of the confirmation there will be no 10am mass on Saturday.

GIVE BLOOD TODAY

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be in Ballybay today. The venue is the Sports Hall at the rear of the Community College and blood can be given between 4-30pm and 8-30pm. New members are very welcome. Further information is available at: www.giveblood.ie

BREAKFAST MORNING

Keep free Sunday the 20th of May for the Annual Ballybay GAA Club Breakfast Morning. Get the fuel on board for the trip to Omagh on Sunday evening.

SOCIAL GROUP

Ballybay Social meets again on Friday 11 May at Cuan Mhuire from 11.30am onwards. It`s for anyone who would like a chat and a bit of fun with local people plus lunch and different activities to participate in if one wishes. If you`ve never come along before you are very welcome, you can bring along a family member too. Please come especially if you`re a man! All in cost is €6. Any queries, call 086 8818531.

CAMERA CLUB

Ballybay Camera Club invite locals with an interest in photography to share their pictures to the Ballybay and Its People Facebook page. This month (May) the theme will be open. Remember the rules maximum four pictures per person related to the theme and off course taken locally in and around Ballybay. You don't need an expensive camera and you can even take them on your phone. If anyone has any ideas for other themes you can either post on the page or contact Dolores Maguire at 086 8340501.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Local parishioners may want to note the following dates in their summer diaries. Blessing of the graves will take place on Sunday 29th July. In Tullycorbett it will be after 9-30am mass, in Ballintra after 11am mass and in Ballybay at 3pm. Another date worth noting is Sunday 19th August. On this date the annual Mass at Carga Rock will be held. This will take place in lieu of the Sunday mass in Tullycorbett.

HOLY FAMILY SAY THANK YOU

The Holy Family School would like to thank everyone who contributed to their recent church gate collection. The total amount raised was an amazing €741-55. This can be broken down further as Tullycorbett €148.60, Ballintra €165.15 and Ballybay €327.80. The community's generosity is much appreciated by The Holy Family School.

COMMUNITY GAMES

The Under 12 Outdoor Soccer Team have played their final match and we will give you the result of it next week. Team - Eoin Brady, Eanna Curran, Adam Dixon, Simon Du Plessis, Stephen Duffy, Jerome Lavelle, Dara Mc Elmeel, Nathan Mc Dermott, Andrew Mullen, Finian O Neill, Martin Quinn, Oisin Quinn, Eoin Sheridan, Caolan Treanor, Sean Ward and Avon Wylie. The team is managed by Martin Sheridan and Peter Ward. Anyone interested in ATHLETICS please contact Sharon 042 9748110 or Maire 042 9748955 to register.

COFFEE MORNING

Tullycorbett Hall will be the venue for a Coffee Morning on Sunday 20th May. The event will take place after 9-30am mass.

Businesses can receive up to €200,000 each under Initiative

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, and the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, today launched the ‘LEADER Food Initiative’ a €15 million fund for the artisan/small food and beverage businesses.

The Initiative will provide financial supports, including for the renovation and extension of production facilities and the purchasing of processing equipment, as well as supporting participants in the artisan food and beverage sector in areas such as market development, competitiveness, and innovation.

The maximum amount of funding available is €200,000 per project and funding will be provided for both capital investment and softer supports related to analysis and development or training. This includes support for collaborative proposals where food businesses jointly address common processing and marketing challenges.

The initial tranche of €5 million will be allocated in 2018. Based on the experience in delivering the initial tranche of funding, it is anticipated that the remaining €10 million of this LEADER Food Initiative funding will be rolled out by 2020.

UNICEF Syrian Appeal Collection

UNICEF

The Church Gate Collection that took place last weekend raised a fantastic total of €933.38c! Thank you all so much for donating to this appeal for the people suffering the ongoing war in Syria. UNICEF Ireland have extended their gratitude to you also. A big thank you to everyone who helped with the collection and again to you who donated so generously! God bless!

 

Una McGinnity, Leah McCabe, Bernard McGinnity, Daniel McGuigan and Colette McGuigan with the cheque to be forwarded to the Syrian Appeal fund.

BAVARIAN VISITORS

Last weekend 28 German visitors from the province of Bavaria spent some time in Ballybay. During their short trip a number of them availed of a local history tour courtesy of Rory Mc Atavie. Our pictures taken by John Rutledge show the group along with those who attended the history tour and those who enjoyed refreshments afterwards in the Hilltop Cafe.

PEARSE BROTHERS PRESENTATION NIGHT

The annual Pearse Brothers presentation night took place in the clubhouse last Saturday night and it proved to be a very successful and enjoyable night for all in attendance. On the night the championship winning team of 1957 were remembered. 3 local legends namely Paddy ward, Paddy Kerr and Martin O Kane were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Paddy Ward who was absent due to illness is now a hall of fame indcuctee of both the Ballybay and Latton clubs. We all wish Paddy a speedy recovery. In his absence his son Rory collected his award. Paul Finlay was named 2017 senior player of the year while Aaron Toner picked up the Paddy Rutledge cup for the reserve player of the year. The Texas Wildcats entertained for the evening.

GOSPEL MEETING

Everyone is welcome to the Faith Mission monthly Gospel meeting on Friday 4th May at 8pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church Hall. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Plan to come and bring a friend. Speaker is Andrew McCullough.

BOWLS

The Ballybay Outdoor Bowling Club had a very good win last week when they had a home game versus Dungannon. This gave the Ballybay team the perfect start in getting the 10 points. This week will see us away to Letterkenny which is on a grass surface and is a lot harder for us to compete on. Despite this we are still confident of a share of the points.
The local league started on Monday evening last with Ballybay whites beating Ballybay Maroon 4 to 2. In the other game Derryvalley had a 10 nil win over Ardaghey. On Friday 4th May we will have Latton play Corcaghan and Ballybay Green play Ballybay Golf Society who are new to the competition so this should be interesting.
A reminder of the outdoor bowls fun tournament that takes place on 7th May on the Ballybay outdoor green in the Town Park. This is in aid of Karen Mc Kenna who has to go Russia for treatment for MS. As we are limited to 24 rinks, now is the time to get your name on the draw sheet by phoning Cora on 0860619186.

SENIOR CITIZENS

The next senior citizens social day at Cuan Mhuire takes place on Friday 11th May from 11am until 2pm. There will be the usual entertainment and everyone is welcome.

COMMUNITY GAMES

Good luck to the Under 12 Outdoor Soccer Team who are playing matches over the next few weeks. Team - Eoin Brady, Eanna Curran, Adam Dixon, Simon Du Plessis, Stephen Duffy, Jerome Lavelle, Dara Mc Elmeel, Nathan Mc Dermott, Andrew Mullen, Finian O Neill, Martin Quinn, Oisin Quinn, Eoin Sheridan, Caolan Treanor, Sean Ward and Avon Wylie. The team is managed by Martin Sheridan and Peter Ward. They had their first match on Monday last in Clones and gave a gallant display of their skills. Well done boys.

COYLE AND GALLAGHER SEEK ANSWERS ON FLOOD PREVENTION WORKS IN BALLYBAY

In an effort to seek answers on flood prevention works in the Ballybay area Semator Robbie Gallagher sought a written answer on behalf of Councillor Seamus Coyle in the Seanad last week. Senator Gallagher asked Deputy Kevin Moran T.D. the Minsister for State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform "If flood alleviation funding will be made available for flood prevention works in Ballybay, County Monaghan; when work will commence; if planning has been commenced, completed or approved for the works; when the works will be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter".

Minister Moran in a written reply said, "The core strategy for addressing areas at potentially significant risk from flooding is the Office of Public Works (OPW) Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme. The Programme, undertaken by engineering consultants on behalf of the OPW working in partnership with the local authorities, has involved the production of predictive flood mapping for each location, the development of preliminary flood risk management options and the production of Flood Risk Management Plans.

The CFRAM Programme focussed on 300 Areas for Further Assessment (AFAs) including 90 coastal areas, mainly in urban locations nationwide, designated in 2012 as being at potentially significant risk of flooding. The flood risk for each of these areas has been assessed, through detailed engineering techniques to assess their risk and impact from flooding. This risk and the proposed feasible measures, both structural and non-structural, identified to manage that risk are outlined in the Flood Risk Management Plans.

Ballybay was studied as part of the North Western – Neagh Bann CFRAM Programme. The proposed measure for Ballybay consists of a series of flood embankments and walls. These hard defences will extend for a total length of 2.5km with an average height of 1.6m.

In summer 2017, the OPW finalised all Plans and each Plan was submitted to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform for an independent review of the environmental assessments and in last month, the Commissioners of Public Works have submitted the Flood Risk Management Plans to the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform for approval.

The National Development Plan 2018-2027 commits to almost €1 billion in funding for flood relief schemes, with annual Capital funding for the OPW doubling to €100m by 2021. This funding will support continued investment in schemes at construction and design. Once the Plans are approved, I intend to announce a prioritised initial tranche of schemes proposed by the Plans to progress to detailed project level assessment and that provide greatest return for Government investment".

Senator Gallagher and Councillor Coyle have vowed to keep the pressure on the Department to ensure that the work promised will be completed as soon as possible.

Street Feast 2017

Communities across Monaghan planning 7 Street Feast celebrations so far including in Glaslough, Newbliss, Emyvale and Clones

3 weeks until Street Feast 2017 National Day of Street Parties and Community Celebrations

Over 1000 Street Feast Parties registered to date with 7 parties planned for Monaghan so far!

To register and receive your Free Party Pack* for Sunday, 11th June 2017 log onto www.streetfeast.ie

SUCCESSFUL SPRING CLEAN

Last Saturday's Spring Clean was a major success with the Tidy Towns Committee along with a number of volunteers collecting a full skip of litter and waste from the town and the approach roads leading to the town. Speaking to our website the Tidy Town Chairman Martin Gleeson said, "We had a great day last Saturday and all the volunteers can be very proud of their efforts. I would like to thank the hard working Tidy Towns Committee and the volunteers for a job well done. We had lots of fun and it turned out to be a great social ocassion as well as a good days work. I would also like to thank Monaghan County Council for supplying the litter pickers, high visibility vests, plastic bags and disposal gloves".

BIRTHDAY GIRL!

Secret preparations have been underway recently to mark the special and significant birthday of a local lady-whose picture appears in this week’s edition of the Northern Standard-possibly in the classified section (look for an angel).
There is still some confusion as to what age this lady is-indeed rumour has it that she is not sure herself-despite taking her tablets! Anyone with any information regarding her age is asked to contact the Ballybay News or indeed any family member so that her cake will have the right number on it!
We wish this special lady a very Happy Birthday and hope that despite the passage of time she will be able to celebrate in style

TULLYCORBET CCE

London College of Music Exams will be taking place on Saturday May 27th. Pupils sitting the exams will be contacted as regards their time. Preparations for the Fleadh are well underway, make sure to like Tullycorbet CCÉ on Facebook to keep up to date.

BOWLS AGM

There was a full turn out of members at the Ballybay indoor Bowls AGM held in the Bowling Pavilion on Thursday evening last. The Chairperson Angela Rutledge gave a comprehensive report of the events of the past year. She also thanked the various people that helped her in the smooth running of the club especially the Secretary Cora and Treasurer Rose. Both gave their reports and the financial report showed that we are in a healthy state for another year. Our table quiz that we held during the year was a big help as the membership was down this year and every effort should be made to get some new members for the coming year.
There is not a lot of change in personnel at the top table with Angela being elected in the chair for another year and Cora and Rose holding on to their positions. The position of PRO was discussed at length and it was felt that it was time for a replacement of the present scribe so Mr. Quiz Book Stephen Duffy will be keeping you informed of all the happenings at the club for the coming year.
It was agreed that we return to the same venue for the coming season which will start on the second Monday in September. The meeting concluded with Angela wishing JJ Duffy well as he is currently in hospital.

ST. BRIGIDS GIRLS ARE ULSTER CHAMPIONS

DSC 3412On Sunday last five St. Brigids players namely Megan Miller, Angie Mc Guirk, Jayne Drury, Michaela Linden and Megan Reilly were memebrs of the Monaghan U16 team which beat Tyrone in the Ulster U16 B final. The girls are pictured with County mentor and St. Brigids stalwart Angela Rutledge. Missing from the picture is John Smith who is a selector with the team. Monaghan beat Tyrone 8-14 to 3-11 and will now play in an All Ireland semi final.

CHRIST CHURCH CONFIRMATIONS

IMG 1621Congratulations to Isaiah Dixon, Adam Steele, Tyana Pratt-Clarke, Joshua Dixon, Blake Lees and Jaeden Lees from Christ Church Ballybay who were confirmed in St Maeldoid's church in Castleblaney  on Sunday the 14th May 2017 last at 3:30pm. Also pictured are the Rt.Rev John Mc Dowell and Rev Neal Phair.

TULLYCORBET CCE

London College of Music Exams will be taking place on Saturday May 27th. Pupils sitting the exams will be contacted as regards their time. Preparations for the Fleadh are well underway, make sure to like Tullycorbet CCÉ on Facebook to keep up to date. Well done to ‘Céim le Chéile’, who performed so well at the TG4 recording of ‘An Ríl Deal’. The children and their families had a great day at the RTÉ studios. Congrats to Angela and Pauline for making this opportunity possible. Congrats also to Tomasina and Aoife who also performed so well in the Monday recording. The episodes will be shown later in the year.

OUTDOOR BOWLS

The local league is progressing very well and all teams are putting in a big effort to have the games played on the allocated evenings. Also a lot of teams are turning up for their practices. St. Michaels of Cootehill is the team in form at the moment and is the leader in points so far.
Just a reminder that the Jimmy Gibson memorial trophy is to be played on Saturday 10th June so now is the time to put your name on the time sheet in the pavilion.
At our weekly meeting on Monday evening best wishes were extended to one of our long serving members JJ Duffy who has been in hospital for the last week.
Our next Border Counties League match is on May 24th away to Enniskillen which has one of the best grass greens that we visit so we are hoping for a few points there.

COMMUNITY GAMES

Recitation - Good luck to Nial Grogan and Sinead Duffy who are taking part in The County Community Games Finals in Inver College, Carrickmacross at 7pm on Friday evening. Niall won a Bronze medal at The National Community Games Finals in 2016.
Gaelic Football - Good Luck to our Under 10 Mixed Gaelic Football team managed by Peter Ward who are presently playing matches against different teams.
Team - Adam Dixon, Caolan Treanor, Dara Mc Elmeel, Jason Sheridan, Joseph Lennon ,Michael Mc Mahon, Nathan Duffy, Oisin Duffy, Oisin Quinn, Sam Duffy, Sean Ward, Simon Du Plessis, Shane Duffy, Shane Eoghan Duffy, Stephen Duffy and Thomas Conlon.
Athletics and Cycling - Anyone interested in Athletics or Cycling please contact Sharon 9748110 or Maire 9748955 on or before Wed 24th May as we will not be having a local area competition.

LATTON CENTENARY CARNIVAL

Latton O'Rahilly G.A.A. Club continue with the celebration of their Centenary 1916-2017 with the "LATTON CENTENARY CARNIVAL" taking place from Friday 26th May to Sunday 28th May. A huge range of events have been organized. On the Friday night "Mr.Centenary" will be selected in the Club House. Ten footballing greats from various clubs within the county will fight it out for the €500 prize money. On Saturday 27th May the Club host Jim Devine (voted Irelands Best Live Band 2016. Doors open at 8pm and tickets are available from all club members. There will be prizes galore on the night including Best Jiving Couple, Best Dressed Cowboy and Best Dressed Cowgirl. On Sunday there will be mass at 10am and afterwards there will be a number of wreath laying ceremonies.
The Emily Coyle and Jack Conlan Memorial Perpetual Tournament Finals take place at the O'Rahilly GAA Pitchs at 2pm on Sunday 28th May. At 7.30pm on the evening of Sunday 28th May "The Centenary Stone" will be unveiled by Ruth Sweatman, a granddaughter of The O'Rahilly, National and Club Patriot. There will also be a Tree Planting to be performed by Uachtaran, C.L.G.,Aoghan O'Fearghaill. Later that evening The O'Rahilly GAA Centre will host "Brendan McCourt Live" from 8pm, with the presentation of "Centenary Player/Service Certificates" to those who played with the Club in the historic decades of the 1980s and 1990s, all who played or were associated with the club during the 1980s and 1990s are invited to attend for presentation Service Award.

Monaghan LEADER – Rural Tourism Built Heritage Call is Open

Monaghan LEADER has announced details of the latest ‘time-limited call’ to assist individuals/groups to prepare conservation plans for protected structures and devise plans for their use as a tourism facility. 

This ‘time-limited call’ is designed to encourage owners of protected structures to consider the conservation of their buildings as a tourism product/service. The call for built heritage funding is open to accept completed ‘expression of interest’ forms from 8th May 2017 until the call closes on 16th June 2017. This opportunity is open to all private individuals or groups with property in County Monaghan and further information about this call is available from this link: www.midl.ie/index.php/leader/built-heritage-call

Interested parties should contact Monaghan LEADER with a view to organising an appointment to discuss this funding opportunity and review future potential capital funding for your project. If you are interested, please contact the LEADER development staff at the Monaghan Integrated Development office on 042-9749500 (select option 7) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Trad at the Church on the Hill

ChurchOriel Sailing Club presents a free concert by local traditional musicians as part of the Monaghan Fleadh Christ Church in Ballybay, Co. Monaghan Sunday 4th of June 7.30pm to 10 pm

Programme of Events
7.30: Heather Humphries officially opens the concert
7.40 – 8.15: Nellie Fisher will give a short talk on the life and times of William Clarke, the local Ballybay traditional uilleann piper
8.15 -10.00: Francis McMahon will introduce the musicians
Booking essential: To book please contact the MS Ireland Northeast Regional Office on 042 9754304
All donations from the concert go to MS Ireland Monaghan Voluntary Branch/Christ Church

LOCAL SUCCESS AT NATIONAL CHOIR COMPETITION

A great achievement was celebrated last week for two local secondary school music teachers who reached the final of the annual Walton’s Music for Schools Competition 2017 held in the National Concert Hall, Dublin. The director of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Deborah Keliher and the infamous composer and music guru, Bill Whelan, judged this years extraordinary final concert in the NCH. The coveted title in this prestigious competition went to Micheal Kerr of Edenane, Ballybay with his performing arts group from Scoil Mhuire in Trim, Co. Meath with a piece entitled ‘Music makes us strong’. The runners up in the completion were Coláiste Chill Mhantain from Co. Wicklow under the tuition of Claire McAdam from Drumar, Ballybay with her Music Ensemble ‘Love grows with each Piece’.
The open nature of the competition, now in its sixth year, offers schools the opportunity to think and work creatively with students, developing a creative and original musical project. Furthermore, the Competition awarded a total of €10,000 worth of vouchers for musical instruments, accessories, books, music technology or PA equipment from Waltons Music, to be divided among six winning primary and post-primary schools. Both Monaghan natives managed to scoop the two top prizes in the post-primary category for their individual schools in vouchers to the sum of €3,000 and €1,500. This was a remarkable achievement for these two local teachers who both attended Ballybay N.S. and Our Lady’s Secondary School Castleblayney were their musical journey was fostered and nurtured.

TIDY TOWNS

Ballybay Tidy Towns is looking for plenty of volunteers to help with the spring clean up!! This will take place on Saturday 20th May. Please come and give your help to improve the area in which you live. - Whether that is in the town, residential areas or the outskirts of the town. Do your bit to make our community the best it can be. Contact Eithne 0868218706 or Olivia 0876481082 if you have any queries.

BALLYBAY TO HOST COUNTY FLEADH

Tullycorbet CCE will host this year’s Monaghan County Fleadh in Ballybay on the June Bank Holiday weekend (1st to 4th June). Most of the competitions will be held at the Recreation Centre, Tullycorbet Community Centre and Community College however you can be guaranteed that there will be lots of trad music and craic throughout the town. Spread the word and keep the weekend free. Minister Heather Humpries will launch the event in Tullycorbet Community Centre on Thursday 1st June. As well as the music there will be a heritage trail, a pipe band parade and a lecture on the famous Ballybay Piper William Clarke. Watch this space for lots more details over the coming weeks.

COFFEE MORNING AND CAKE SALE

Christ Church Aughnamullen is holding a coffee morning and cake sale in Aughnamullen School House on Saturday 20th May from 10-30am until 1pm. Proceeds are in aid of the church repair funds. There will be quiz sheets available at the event. All are welcome.

INDOOR BOWLS

The AGM of the Ballybay Indoor Bowling club will take place on Thursday 18th May at 9pm in the Outdoor Pavilion, Town Park, Ballybay. The Chairperson Angela Rutledge would like all members to attend as there is some pressing matters to attend to.

GROW YOUR OWN FUNDRAISER

Christ Church Ballybay is holding a gardening evening “Grow Your Own” in aid of the Church restoration fund, with guest speaker Jenny Blackburn from Green Fingers, Monaghan. It will be held on Friday 19th May 2017 at 8pm in the Church Hall. Everyone welcome for a great evening of gardening tips, spot prizes, plant stall and a buffet supper served. Admission €10.

BALLYBAY/CLONES FIANNA FAIL COMHAIRLE CEANNTAIR A.G.M.

The Annual General Meeting of the Ballybay/Clones Fianna Fail Comhairle Ceanntair will take place in the Creighton Hotel, Clones TOMORROW NIGHT, Friday 12th May at 8.30pm Sharp. All Fianna Fail Party members and supporters are urged to attend, as the party reviews the past year and plans for the year ahead in the Ballybay/Clones L.E.A. and nationally. All issues will be discussed, with local Oireachtas Members, Brendan Smyth T.D. Niamh Smith T.D. , Senators Robbie Gallagher and Diarmuid Wilson and Ballybay/Clones County Councillor, Seamus Coyle will be in attendance.

NATIONAL FIANNA FAIL COLLECTION

The 2017 National Fianna Fail Collection will take place across the Ballybay/Clones L.E.A. on the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 20th/21st May.

BOWL NEWS

The fine summer weather has brought out the bowlers to the outdoor green in the Town Park, Ballybay. The local league is now well underway with Muckno the early leaders. Last year’s winner Ballybay White had a 5 to 1 win over Ballybay Maroon. There is a few very interesting games to be played this week when we have Clontibret saffron take on Derryvalley and St. Michael’s Cootehill playing Shercock who I must say are putting in the hours of practice. The Ballybay club had two teams competing in the Enniskillen fun day on Saturday last the 6th May and the team of Uel Gamble, George Berry, Seamus Smyth and skip Seamus Winters were runners up to Letterkenny team. The Ballybay team played very well and where holding shot until the last bowl. Our other team had to be content with getting sunburned!! The Town Tournament is progressing slowly but this week should see a lot of games played.
A date for your diary will be Saturday 10th June when the Jimmy Gibson Perpetual Trophy will be played for. Now is the time to put your name down on the time sheet on the clubs notice board as its limited to the first 24 names.

DO YOUR LOCAL STREAMS, RIVERS AND LAKES MATTER TO YOU?

Mn dRBMP posterThe Waters and Communities Office are hosting public meetings within the coming weeks to discuss the natural waters of county Monaghan. If you are interested in water quality, angling, heritage, biodiversity, amenity use or issues affecting your local waterways then this is an opportunity to share your views.

We will present information on the latest draft River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2018 - 2021 along with details on how you can input into the final plan. The Waters & Communities office aims to get local communities more involved in valuing and protecting our local waters and these meetings provide an opportunity to have your say.

Gretta McCarron, Community Water Officer for Monaghan will present this information and facilitate a discussion on the issues raised. There will be refreshments after the meeting and opportunities to network. The times, dates and venues of the meetings are set out below. For further information contact Gretta on 085 808 5756 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit www.watersandcommunities.ie and like us on Facebook.

YWCA, North Road Monaghan, Tuesday 25th April 7.30 – 8.30 pm

Ulster Canal Stores, Clones, Wednesday 3rd May 7.30 – 8.30 pm

The Workhouse, Carrickmacross, Tuesday 9th May 7.30 – 8.30 pm

BALLYBAY/CLONES FIANNA FAIL COMHAIRLE CEANNTAIR AGM

The Ballybay/Clones Fianna Fail Comhairle Ceanntair AGM will take place in Liam Smyths Bar,Ballybay on Tomorrow night(Friday 20th May) at 8.30pm sharp. All party members and their families are invited to attend. Local public representatives will attend, including Brendan Smith TD, Niamh Smith TD, Senator Robbie Gallagher, Senator Duirmeid Wilson and Cllr.Seamus Coyle. Issues of local and national importance will be discussed.

GOLF CLASSIC SATURDAY

Ballybay Pearse Brothers will host a Golf Classic this Saturday 21st May at Clones Golf Club. A team of 4 will cost €140. The presentations and entertainment will take place afterwards in the Pearse Brothers Club House. Further information is available from either Barry 0861691464 or Niall at 0858082607. The golf classic is being sponsored by KEPAK.

EPILEPSY THANKS YOU

The organizers of the recent church gate collection in aid of Epilepsy would like to thank everyone who either helped at the collection or donated. The amount raised was €761.

FREE WIFI ACCESS AT LIBRARY

Did you know that you can access WIFI at Ballybay library for FREE during library opening hours? You just need to be a member of the library, which is a very simple process and is FREE too.
Ballybay Library is open Monday & Thursday 5-8pm and Tuesday & Wednesday 11am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. If you need further information contact Rosemary at 0429741256 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SUSI CLINICS

Youth Work Ireland Monaghan Branch is hosting SUSI Clinics across the county to help students with their third level grant applications. Help will be available with form filling. In Ballybay students can avail of this service at the Library on 26th May (5 to 7pm), 16th and 26th June (5pm to 7pm) and 7th July (5pm to 7pm).

WALK TO RUN AT THE TOWN PARK

Do you want to get fit for summer? Why not join The Wetlands Running Club new “Walk to Run Group” started in Ballybay Town Park at 7.00pm on Monday last. All levels catered for from beginner to more advanced runners. If you require any further information contact Marie on 087 9414040.

BOWLS

The Border Counties bowling team had a comprehensive win over an Omagh bowling team last week when they played at home in the Mc Guirk Memorial Shield. They had a score of 78 shots to 40, so they carry forward 38 shots to the return match which is to be played on the Omagh green on Tuesday next the 31st May.
The local bowling league is progressing well now and there is some very interesting pairings in the next few weeks. Latton had a close win over Clontibret (4 points to 2) on Friday evening. Also in the winning enclosure was Ballybay White team which overcame stiff opposition from Keady. On Saturday 21st May we have the Jimmy Gibson Memorial Trophy on offer. Play will start at 11am so we would like all players to be there is good time for the draw and all games will be played to a finished on the day.

AUTISM IRELAND

Autism Ireland would like to thank those who donated and helped at their recent church gate collection. The amount raised was €292.

ADULT EDUCATION PROMOTION DAY TODAY

Cavan Monaghan ETB will be in Ballybay Library on Thursday 19th May 10am-4pm to demonstrate the various classes and courses available to adults.
Classes Available in: IPads/Tablets, Health & Safety Awareness, Drama, Arts & Crafts, Basic Computers, Digital Media, Maths, Parent & Child Summer Courses Interested in classes? Unsure about what you want to do? Call in and speak with a member of staff. Adult Guidance will be available between 10am-12pm on the day. Refreshments will be provided. For more information contact: Michael Donohoe, Adult Literacy Organiser 087 - 6526648 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

RICHARD WINS THE FREE SUB

A full weeks practice in the Algarve paid off for Richard Parker as he picked up this year's free sub in the sun drenched Slieve Russell. The other winners on the day were. Cat1 1st Kenny Farrelly 2nd Francie Boylan. Cat2 1st Kieran O'Reilly 2nd Peader Lynch. Cat3 1st Niall Duffy 2nd Michael Keenan. Front nine Denis Parker, back nine Barry Duffy. Nearest the pin Gaby Kerr and Francie Boylan. 2s John Conlon and Ann McCarthy. Once again the society would like to thank Liam and Anna Smyth for sponsoring the outing. Our next outing takes place on the11th of June in the Nuremore.

Do You Have News

Do you have any news that you would like considered for the Ballybay news page. If so you can contact Paul at either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0861703640.

The Late William Buchanan

A memorial service for the late William Buchanan will be held in 2nd Ballybay Presbyterian Church in Hall Street on Sunday 15th May at 3-30pm.

The sympathy and thoughts of the community are with the local Presbyterian congregation on the death of Re. Buchanan which took place recently.

Bowls

The Ballybay outdoor bowling club had a very good start to the Border Counties bowling league on Tuesday last when they beat Letterkenny by a comfortable margin. Our next game in on this week when we have Drumragh at home so hopefully there will be a similar outcome with them. Drumragh is one of the Omagh teams after they joined forces with Sion Mills when they closed down.

On Wednesday 10th May we will have a cup game with Strule, the other Omagh team so another big effort is required to get us into the next round of that competition.

This Saturday the 7th May will see us at home for the playing of the Vincent Cup. This is always played at the start of the season between Ballybay and Fivemiletown. All our members are expected to be at the club pavilion at 12noon on Saturday with play to start at 12-30pm and end at 3-30pm. The meal will follow at 4pm. 

Walk To Run At The Town Park

Do you want to get fit for summer? Why not join The Wetlands Running Club new “Walk to Run Group” starting in Ballybay Town Park at 7.00pm on Monday 9th May.

All levels catered for from beginner to more advanced runners.

If you require any further information contact Marie on 087 9414040.

Happy Heart Weekend

The Happy Heart annual collection takes place this weekend (Friday 6th and Saturday 7th May). If you have an hour or two to spare and would like to help out contact Brendan at 0876766283.

Citizen Information Office Moved

People from Ballybay and surrounding areas who use the Citizens Information Office in Castleblayney should note that this office has moved. It is now available on Wednesday mornings between 10am and 12 noon at the Wellbeing Centre, Bree. Alternatively you can get information by telephoning 042 9751979.

Gospel Meeting Cancelled

The monthly Gospel Meeting in the Faith Mission Hall, Bushford, Rockcorry due to be held on Friday 6th May 2016 @ 8 pm, has been cancelled. Evangelists Ronnie Killops and Robert Little are holding a series of Bible teaching meetings entitled 'Good News for Corcaghan'.

These began on Sunday 1st May at 3.30pm in Corcaghan Community centre and continued on Monday and Tuesday. There will be another meeting tonight and Friday at 8pm. Friday Night Specials are 'Creation Nights' with visiting speaker Noel Johnstone. Do plan to come & bring a friend. All welcome.

Free WIFI Access At Library

Did you know that you can access WIFI at Ballybay library for FREE during library opening hours?
You just need to be a member of the library, which is a very simple process and is FREE too.

Ballybay Library is open Monday & Thursday 5-8pm and Tuesday & Wednesday 11am-1pm and 2pm-5pm.

If you need further information contact Rosemary at 0429741256 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Bracelet Found

A Pilgrim Bracelet was found recently in the grounds of St. Patrick’s church.

If you lost it then further information is available from the parish office at 042 9741032. 

1916 Centenary Event – Date Change

Plans for a weekend of Remembrance of the events of Easter 1916 in Ballybay are at an advanced stage. The weekend of May 27th to 29th was set for a number of events including music, talks, and a play as well as a flag raising ceremony and a reading of the proclamation however due to unforeseen circumstances this weekend has now been changed to June 10th, 11th and 12th.

Full details of the events will be in the Ballybay News next week.

It is planned to have a number of events on the Main Street at 16 minutes past 7 o clock (1916 on the 24 hour clock). Clear your diaries for what will be a weekend to remember. 

Golf Classic

Ballybay Pearse Brothers will host a Golf Classic on Saturday 21st May at Clones Golf Club. A team of 4 will cost €140. The presentations and entertainment will take place afterwards in the Pearse Brothers Club House.

Further information is available from either Barry 0861691464 or Niall at 0858082607.

The golf classic is being sponsored by KEPAK. 

Ballybay Town Spring Clean

A new Tidy Towns committee has been recently formed in Ballybay and they have wasted no time in trying to improve how the town looks. They have organized a ‘Spring Clean’ on Saturday 30th April. The committee is now seeking volunteers to give a few hours to help. Anyone who is interested should meet in the Square at 10am. The clean-up will finish at 4pm. Bibs, bags, pickers and gloves will be provided courtesy of Monaghan County Council.

Play For Charities

Tullycorbet Drama Group is staging their production of “Widows’ Paradise” for charity on Bank Holiday Monday, 2 May at 8 p.m. The charities to benefit from this fundraising production are Ballybay Mental Health Association and Co Monaghan Alzheimers Society. Both charities are indeed very worthy charities and do great work in the local area and at County level. It is hoped that the fundraising production will be well supported so that much needed funds can be raised for the charities.

Bowls News

The start of the local league will commence on Friday evening 29th April with Corcaghan taking on Cootehill at 7-30pm on the outdoor bowling green. This game is in section one and in section two we have Ardaghey playing Muckno. This will be Ardaghey’s first season in this competition and we hope they enjoy the experience.

The first of the Border Counties League games will take place also on the bowling green when we have Letterkenny visit us. This will be a very hard team to take points off but we will give it our best on the night. Next week we also have a home game when a Omagh team called Drumragh visit us in Ballybay.

On Saturday 9th May we will play Fivemiletown in our annual friendly for the Vincent Cup. We need all members to turn up on that day at 12 noon in order to retain the cup which we have on display in our club rooms. Any league club that wants to practice are encouraged to do so as long as the green is free – ring Benny to check at 087 4152392.

 

Quiz

The Ballybay Indoor Bowls Club hosted a very successful Table Quiz on Friday night past in Pat O Briens. There were 13 tables and with Mr. Quiz himself Stephen Duffy as quiz master there was plenty of tough questions on offer along with some timely banter. The Chairperson Angela Rutledge thanked all for attending and also Gabriel Treanor for supplying the trophies and Gerry Mc Elroy for the prizes and refreshments. She also thanked Pat O Brien for all he did to make it a good night. Winners on the night were Ashling Donnelly and family with the Macklin Boys getting runners up. 

Rising Star Ryan Wylie

Congratulations to Pearse Brothers senior player Ryan Wylie who last week received a ‘Rising Star’ award at a celebration event in Croke Park. Ryan was awarded this following his wonderful year with the club, county and UCD in the Sigerson Cup.