PINK RIBBON DAY

The annual Pink Ribbon Day will take place in Ballybay on Friday 5th October. Stalls located throughout the town will be selling ribbons, keyrings and badges. All the proceeds will go to Action Breast Cancer/Irish Cancer Society for their research into the elimination of cancer. This is a very worthwhile cause and your usual generosity would be very much appreciated.

BALLYBAY CULTURE NIGHT SUCCESS

The first ever Cultural Night in Ballybay was a great success on Friday 21st September. The event was part of a range of activities throughout the county supported by Monaghan County Council, Creative Ireland and the Dept. of Arts, Culture, Heritage. The Ballybay event began with the launch of ‘Retrospective’ photos from Co. Monaghan by Donal McEnroe. Over the last 45 years Donal has documented events, people and places in Co. Monaghan. It is a unique photographic archive of the county and people that has undergone significant social change in that time. This exhibition reflects a different time with a number of photos of Telephone Exchanges in Ballybay, Monaghan, Castleblayney and Rockcorry. However the 1970’s was also the era of the ‘Troubles’ and a number of photos feature the aftermath of the Monaghan and Castleblayney bombings. This exhibition was formally launched by Audrey Donnolly the postmistress in Ballybay Post Office the 5th generation of her family to hold that position. At the opening the photos provoked lots of memories of the ‘old days’ in the Post Office and some great stories from a different time. The exhibition is on display in Ballybay Credit Union and the Post Office.

‘The Road to Ballybay’ on Friday 21st in Ballybay Pearse Park highlighted the rich cultural heritage in Ballybay and also showcased the local talent. The evening featured the songs of Percy French with songs like ‘Come back Paddy Reilly to Ballyjamesduff’ and the ‘Mountains of Mourne’ aby Michael Mooney and Brian Carroll. Recitations ‘Ach I Dunno’ and ‘A Mother Story’ performed by Imelda Smyth and Brid Mc Cabe. William Clarke was a well-known Piper from Ballybay and Peter and Lily Ann Coyle played tunes from the repertoire of William Clarke. They are 2 wonderful young Pipers and their performance was much appreciated by the audience.A few well known ballads were sung by Michael Mooney and Grainne Smyth which proved very popular with the audience singing along with them.

Finally the ‘Carnival Years’ in Ballybay were recalled with songs by Brendan Macklin and Brian Carroll and a short sketch with Imelda Smyth, Brid McCabe, Kevin Quinn, Daniel McGregor and Feargal Smyth . The musical accompaniment was provided by Anne Cumiskey which was excellent. The finale was the full cast and audience singing the Tommy Makem song, ‘The Town of Ballybay’. The overall reaction to the night that this was a great night’s entertainment and it was free!!! The hope is to build on this and see more live performances by local talent in the future.

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF LIBRARY

Ballybay Library will be closed temporarily from Tuesday 11th September 2018 until Monday 22nd October 2018 for necessary building works. It will reopen on Monday 22nd October 2018 with the usual opening hours.

You can return your items any Monday evening 5-8pm to the Mobile Van which will be parked at the library or to any library in County Monaghan. If you have any queries on this matter, please contact Library HQ at 047-74700 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Monaghan County Council apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

CORLEA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

People from Ballybay and surrounding areas are invited to a trio of meetings in Corlea Presbyterian Church, (near Bawn) 7.30 to 8.30 each night with refreshments afterwards. The first meeting takes place tonight. The Guest speaker will be Billy Patterson a retired Irish Mission worker. There will also be music each night. On Thursday 27th September it will be provided by Ballybay Country Gospel Group. Rev. Dr. Jean Mackeral and guests will provide the music on Friday 28th September and on Saturday 29th local musicians will play.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING

Christ Church are holding their Harvest Thanksgiving service on Sunday the 14th of October at 3:30pm. Everybody welcome.

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.

PEARSE BROTHERS REACH FINAL

Ballybay Pearse Brothers have reached the county final thanks to a 1-15 to 1-8 win over Clontibret in Clones last Sunday. The final will be played at 3-30pm in Clones on Sunday 7th October with Scotstown the opposition. When these two met earlier in the championship Scotstown won 0-10 to 0-9. There is a full match report on the sports pages of the win over Clontibret.

COOTEHILL WIN OUTDOOR BOWLING LEAGUE

Congratulations to Cootehill who won the Outdoor Bowling League. The team was Uel Gamble, Ann Mc Cullagh, Robert Hamilton, Helen Sharp, Robert Mc Conkey and Vickie Reilly. In the final they defeated Clontobret – Brendan Magennis, Sean Hughes, Geraldine Sherlock, Gerry Mc Kearney, Malachy Traynor and Malachy Mc Skane.

LOCAL MAN ADRIAN HARTE LAUNCHES NEW BOOK

ADRIANS BOOK LAUNCHBallybay native and former Northern Standard journalist Adrian Harte launched his new book -"Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More", last Friday night at the Gutter Bookshop in Templebar, Dublin. Adrian has followed the San Francisco for over thirty years and is responsible for their website. Pictured with Adrian at the book launch is drummer Mike "Puffy" Bordin.

Make Way Day 2018

Make way Day poster 1Monaghan County Council is supporting national #Make Way Day 2018 on Wednesday September 26th to raise awareness of the obstacles and barriers people with a disability and mobility difficulties deal with on the streets of the county.

#Make Way Day aims to raise awareness of the obstacles and barriers people disabilities and mobility difficulties face in public areas. Obstacles such as badly parked cars, bicycles, sandwich boards and other promotional items are often caused by genuine lack of awareness. Other obstacles are also caused by inaccessible streetscapes and poorly placed street furniture and bins.

EDUARD KLASSEN RETURNS TO BALLYBAY

Paraguayan folk harpist Eduard Klassen really enjoyed his first visit to Ballybay in November 2017 and has offered to visit us again. Originally from Paraguay in South America, but now living in Canada, Eduard has played his Paraguayan harp at thousands of concerts in over 30 countries. His concerts include a variety of Christian harp music from South America, North America and Europe interspersed with many personal stories of his life from boyhood in the wilderness of Paraguay to the present time. His concerts are always entertaining and inspiring as his natural sense of humour helps him to develop an excellent rapport with audiences wherever he goes.
All Eduard’s Irish concerts this year are fundraisers for an orphanage in Bogota, Colombia. He pays his own travel costs and performs free, but there will be an opportunity at his concerts to donate something to the orphanage. You can hear Eduard play and speak in Second Ballybay Presbyterian Church on Thursday 20th September at 8pm. Ballybay Country Gospel Group will also be taking part.

BOWLS

The final game in the outdoor cup was played on Tuesday the 4th September between Muckno and Ballybay Maroon. The winner was the Ballybay maroon side who had a mighty struggle to hold on in the final few ends as the Muckno side never gave up and there were only 3 shots separating the teams in the end. The presentation of prizes took place in the Bowling Pavilion and both teams were pleased with their trophies. In the absence of the Chairman Uel, Benny had to make the presentation and thanked all the teams for their participation at the outdoor bowling club during the year. It was great to see so many new members participating on our green. Next year will be a new challenge as we are installing a new underlay and changing the top surface so it will alter the speed of the green. This work will be carried out in the closed season by the company who installed the original green.
The meeting of the Ballybay indoor bowling club took place last week and it was decided to put two teams into the Monaghan Zone League. The club night will be on a Monday and the league games will be played on Tuesday’s. Our Chairperson Angela gave a comprehensive report on the new rules and changes in the league for the coming season.

PEARSE BROTHERS GET SECOND CHANCE

On Sunday evening last Ballybay Pearse Brothers lost their championship match against Scotstown 0-10 to 0-9. The game was tight throughout however Ballybay did miss a penalty. There is a full match report on the sports pages. Despite the loss the lads have another bite at the cherry on Saturday evening next when they meet Truagh in Emyvale at 7-30pm. The winner of this game will progress to the semi-final. Your support for the team would be very much appreciated.

ADRIAN’S BOOK LAUNCH

Over the last year or so we have reported that local man Adrian Harte was writing a book about his favourite band – San Francisco’s ‘Faith No More’. Well tomorrow evening Friday 14th Adrian will launch the book in Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin. The evening gets underway at 6-30pm with a reading and Q&A session with Adrian who will also be signing copies of the new book. Drinks will be served and everyone is welcome.

LINE DANCING CLASSES

Line dancing classes for beginners will commence on Monday 17th September. This class is for beginners and will run for 6 weeks. The Recreation Centre will be the venue and classes will run from 8-30pm until 9-30pm. Helen Curry will be the tutor.

NEW GYM AT PEARSE PARK

Breakthrough Performance Ltd has opened a new state of the art gym facility at Pearse Park, Ballybay. The new venture is the brainchild of Ballybay and County player Dessie Ward. A graduate of DCU Dessie will be offering a wide range of classes, personal training and group sessions. Further information is available by contacting 086 3764114.

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.

JOE TURNS 50

Congratulations to local lad Joe Sullivan who turns 50 tomorrow 14th September. Joe celebrated with family and friends at Round Towers GFHC in Lusk last weekend. While Joe might live in North County Dublin he keeps in touch with all that going on at home and is a regular visitor in Ballybay. Many happy returns Joe from all your admirers in Ballybay.

CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY

Ballybay Pearse Brothers are in action in Round 2A of the senior championship on Sunday next. They will meet Scotstown in Clontibret at 5-45pm. Your support for the lads would be very much appreciated.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING

Christ Church Aughnamullen are having their Harvest Thanksgiving Service on Sunday 9th September at 3pm. Everyone is welcome.

TRACTOR RUN

A fundraising tractor run is being held on Sunday 16th September in aid of Christ Church Aughnamullen. The event will start at Christ Church. Registration starts at 2pm. Cars, bikes, Honda 50’s and bicycles are all welcome.

GIVE BLOOD

The next blood donation session in Ballybay will be Tuesday 18th September. It will be held in the Sports Centre at the rear of the Community College from 4-30pm until 8pm. Old and new donors welcome. Further information is available at www.giveblood.ie

PILATES RESUME

Pilates classes resume in September. They will be taking place in Ballybay Sports Hall on Mondays at 7pm and Cuan Mhuire on Thursday mornings at 10am. Everyone welcome.

GEORGE AND URSULA ON TV

Local musicians George and Ursula Mc Adam made an appearance on our screens last Saturday night. The brother and sister were part of the All Ireland winning Blackwater Ceili Band which appeared on RTE’s ‘Up for the Match’.

LINE DANCING CLASSES

Line dancing classes for beginners will commence on Monday 17th September. This class is for beginners and will run for 6 weeks. The Recreation Centre will be the venue and classes will run from 8-30pm until 9-30pm. Helen Curry will be the tutor.

NEW GYM AT PEARSE PARK

Breakthrough Performance Ltd has opened a new state of the art gym facility at Pearse Park, Ballybay. The new venture is the brainchild of Ballybay and County player Dessie Ward. A graduate of DCU Dessie will be offering a wide range of classes, personal training and group sessions. Further information is available by contacting 086 3764114.

DANCE AND MUSIC AT TULLYCORBETT HALL

The Mc Quaid school of dancing will resume Irish Dancing classes at Tullycorbet Hall tonight Thursday 6th September. Beginners will commence at 6pm and returning students at their usual times. The hall will also be the venue were Tullycorbet CCE will be offering music classes for a variety of instruments. Classes began yesterday Wednesday 5th September between 4pm and 7pm and will continue every Wednesday. Information on the music classes is available from Francis at 087 2395396.

BOWLS

The final of the Town Tournament took place on the all weather bowling green in the town park on Thursday last. The game was all square at 6 all going into the last end and it was a few superb bowls that saw the Soda Barrel shop retain their shield that they won for the first time last year. Darren Smyth’s team put up a great show which was skippered by Cora. The presentation of prizes and shield took place afterwards in the club pavilion.

On Saturday the 1st September saw the final of the champion of champions take place in Dungannon on their outdoor grass green. The Ballybay Rinks team had had three great games and finished runners up to the local Dungannon side.
The Ballybay team was crowned Cross Border league champions for 2018 and were also presented with the shield and prizes at Saturday’s presentation. This is their second time to win this league, the last time being in 2013.
A meeting of the Ballybay Indoor Bowling Club will take place tonight Thursday 6th September in the Ballybay Pavilion at 8-30pm. All members are expected to attend.

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.

FUNDRAISING FANCY DRESS/BBQ

The recent fundraising event for Monaghan/Cavan palliative care and Beaumont cancer care, held in Liam's Smyth's Ballybay, proved to be a huge success and a wonderful night of fun and good will. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who contributed in any way, unfortunately to many to name individually.


To those who donated such varied items from sheep to toilet rolls, which were turned into cash via a draw and auction, generating substantial funds. To those items used for spot prizes and the many cash donations. To those who sponsored the BBQ and who helped with the cooking on the night. To all of you who came along on the night and gave so generously of your time and money and joined in the madness that is DJ $mythy !!! Thank you for your kind words of support and encouragement and please except our sincere gratitude and thanks and rest assured all money raised will go to where it was intended. The total funds raised will be published at a later date.

 

CERTIFICATE PRESENTATION

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At a Culture Night session last Friday certificates were presented to all Tullycorbet CCÉ members who took the London College of Music Examinations in Irish Traditional Music in May of this year. The branch is very proud of the brilliant results that were achieved by all who took the exam.

CHERNOBYL CHILDRENS CHURCH GATE COLLECTION

This weekend at all masses in Tullycorbet, Ballybay and Ballintra there will be a church gate collection in aid of the children out in Chernobyl, so please dig deep into pockets and give as much as you can for this worthy cause. Many thanks!

WALKING CLUB

The Ballybay Walking club continues to meet every Tuesday. They meet in the Town Park at 7pm and new members are always welcome. It’s a great way to meet new friends, get some exercise and help with your mental health.

GOLF CLASSIC

Ballybay Pearse Brothers will host a gold classic at Clones Golf Club on Saturday 30th September. There will be €2000 worth of prizes at the Drury Centra sponsored event. Entry to the classic costs just €140 per team.

LOURDES DANCE

The annual parish dance in aid of the Lourdes Invalid fund will take place on Friday 13th October. The venue will be the Pearse Brothers centre and tickets will soon be available for purchase.

COUNTY SEMI FINAL REPLAY

For long periods last Sunday it looked like Ballybay were on their way to the county final. At one stage they led Scotstown by 8 points however the boys in blue battled back and forced a replay with a very late goal. The replay has been scheduled for Clontibret on Saturday. The winner will play Magheracloone who had a 4-12 to 1-18 win over Latton.

FATHER FLYNN FOR LOUGH DERG

The national and internationally renowned pilgrimage shrine of Lough Derg in Co Donegal is to have a new Prior. As part of the Clogher Diocesan Changes announced on Monday by the Diocesan Administrator, Monsignor Joseph McGuinness, Fr Laurence (La) Flynn, the present Parish Priest of Ballybay (Tullycorbet), Co Monaghan, is to take over the role on 1 October. He will also be the Administrator of the Parish of Pettigo. Fr Flynn will succeed Fr Owen J McEneaney, who has held both roles since 2013 and who has been appointed Parish Priest of Ballybay (Tullycorbet) in place of Fr Flynn. Fr McEneaney previously served in Ballybay during the 1980s following his ordination. We all wish Fr. Flynn every good wish in his new role and we look forward to welcoming Fr. Mc Eneaney back to our parish.

LOCAL WRITERS PLAY PREMIERS IN DUBLIN

“Melt” written by Ballybay playwright Shane Mac an Bhaird will premier in the Smock Alley Theatre during next week’s Dublin Theater Festival. The Festival website describes the play as follows:

A world premiere production, Melt is about the folly of humankind, our Icarus-like ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, and the damage we do ourselves and our world in the process.

Its setting is the Antarctic – the last great wilderness, the edge of the known world, the one relatively uncontaminated territory. Into this idyllic landscape is catapulted the gloriously anarchic Boylan, a pioneering Irish ecologist gone rogue. As the play opens, he is joined by Cook, a young scientist who is strung between his professional ambitions and his romantic longing for the mysterious Dr Hansen – Boylan’s ex-wife.

And then there is Veba, the strange female Boylan captures and brings up from the sub-glacial lake.

Melt is a funny, sophisticated fairytale that explores the human condition, acknowledges its fragility and takes the audience on a jaunt to the edge of the abyss”.

Shane’s father is Desmond Ward, and mother is Sinead Hogan, both of whom are lecturers in Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. He went to Loughmourne National School and then attended Our Lady's Castleblaney Secondary School. ‘Melt’ is Shane’s fourth play and runs from tonight Thursday 28th September until 8th October.

PINK RIBBON DAY

The annual Pink Ribbon Day will take place in the town on Friday 6th October. A variety of items will be on sale throughout the town. Your usual very generous support for this event would be very much appreciated. All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society.

Peace IV Funding

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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

TULLYCORBET TEACHER HAS A HAND IN CHARITY SINGLE

Tullycorbet lady Claire Mc Adam is a teacher at Colaiste Chill Mhantain in County Wicklow. During a workshop with Irish Singer/Songwriter Luan Parle, Claire’s students wrote and recorded the charity single 'Your Love Still Guides My Way'. The single will be released tomorrow Friday 22nd September. The Official Video is live NOW...check it out via this link —https://www.facebook.com/colaistecm/videos/1441726925911405/ or Pre-Order the single TODAY on iTunes from the following link:
https://www.apple.com/itunes/
All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Heart Foundation and The Alzheimer Society of Ireland. I’ve had a listen and it’s a cracking song and deserves to do well. There are some very gifted and talented singers and musicians in the class. Well done Claire.

CULTURE NIGHT SESSION

As part of Culture Night there will be a session in Tullycorbett Community Centre tonight at 8pm. Recently crowned All Ireland champions Colm Mc Mahon and Mark Tomany will be among the many musicians who will be performing. Certificates will also be presented to those who recently took the LCM exam.

BALLYBAY GIRL GUIDES and LADYBIRDS

Ballybay Girl Guides and Ballybay Ladybird Guides will recommence this Thursday 21st September at the usual times. Please note the Ballybay Brownies will NOT be starting for a couple of weeks yet but parents will be informed of the opening date in due course.

SUMMER READING CHALLENGE

Any local children who participated in the Library Summer Reading Challenge should leave their completed reading cards back. All those left back in time will have a chance to win tickets to Tayto Park.

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.

WALKING GROUP RESUMES

The Walking Group has resumed after the summer and will continue in the Town Park every Tuesday evening at 7pm. This group is open to males and females and if the interest is there then an extra night (Thursday) will be added. Please try and get there before 7pm and if you have a high vis vest please take it along.

GOLF CLASSIC

Ballybay Pearse Brothers will host a gold classic at Clones Golf Club on Saturday 30th September. There will be €2000 worth of prizes at the Drury Centra sponsored event. Entry to the classic costs just €140 per team.

BOWLS

There is just one final to be played on the outdoor bowling green and that is one of the most important  as it is what we play for all year namely the league final. Cootehill will play Corcaghan at a date still to be decided owing to the Corcaghan team being on extended holiday.This past week saw two finals decided when Ballybay White took on Clontibret with the later winning by three shots and so capture the outdoor cup for another year.The Town Tournament was played last Thursday evening between Murnane’s and the Soda Barrell with Patricia Mc Cabe from the Soda barrel securing the shield for the first time. The presentation took place afterwards in the club pavilion when Patricia said they were all so pleased to compete in the tournament. On Tuesday the Bowling Green played host to over 20 special needs persons which went on for two hours, with all saying that they enjoyed the experience very much. This will take place each Tuesday in September from 11am until 1pm. We hope that some of our members will turn out to help on their days.The indoor bowling will start on Monday 18th September at 7-45pm in the usual venue. Our Chairperson Angela Rutledge hopes there will be some new members.

BIBLE CLUB

The Rockcorry Children’s Bible Club for primary school children will recommence on Thursday 21st September between 6pm and 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

COUNTY FINAL – LOCAL AFFAIR?

Could this year’s county final be a local affair? On Sunday 24th September Ballybay will play Scotstown and Latton will meet Magheracloone in the county senior semi finals. Both local sides had good wins at the weekend to secure their last four places. Ballybay beat Truagh 1-14 to 0-12 while Latton had just a single point to spare over Castleblayney winning 0-9 to 0-8. Full details of the games are available in the sports pages.

MARY’S TEA RAISES OVER €14, 000

The recent tea day and quiz sheets organized by Mary Mc Mahon raised a fantastic sum of €14, 700. The proceeds were presented to the Ballybay Cancer Society in Liam Smyth’s last Friday night. A big thank you to all who either helped or supported the events.

HARVEST SERVICE

There will be a Harvest Service in Rockcorry Presbyterian  Church Sunday 17th September 2017 at 3.30pm.  Everyone welcome and refreshments afterwards. Plan to come and bring friends and family.

SET DANCERS ON TV

Well done to the young Tullycorbett set dancers who appeared on TG4’s ‘An Ril Deal’ on Sunday night last. The dancing was recorded in May and while all the youngsters were eagerly awaiting the broadcast they can all hold their heads high for a super performance on the night.

WALKING GROUP RESUMES

The Walking Group has resumed after the summer and will continue in the Town Park every Tuesday evening at 7pm. This group is open to males and females and if the interest is there then an extra night (Thursday) will be added. Please try and get there before 7pm and if you have a high vis vest please take it along.

KENNY WINS CAPTAINS PRIZE

Kenny Farrelly was the winner of the Ballybay Golf Society Captain’s Day event with a fantastic score of 46. Captain David Lennon presented Kenny with his prize. The win was a great birthday present for the popular Kenny.

South Monaghan Adult Literacy Service

Classes available through the Adult Literacy Service are as follows:

  • One to one and/or group support available in Reading, Writing, Spelling or Maths skills
  • Unaccredited including IPAD Classes; Intro to IT; Internet Safety; Arts &Crafts
  • Accredited programmes at QQI Levels 3 and 4 includingCommunications, Maths, Career Planning, Team-skills, Retails Skills, ITSkills.
  • ESOL – English to Speakers of other Languages up to QQI Level 3

ALL CLASSES FREE OF CHARGE*

Classes run both daytime and evening throughout County Monaghan

For more information contact Michael Donohoe, FET Co-ordinator on 087 –6526648 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

See timetable of classes available here 

Monaghan LEADER Funding Economic/Enterprise Opportunities

The Monaghan LEADER programme is announcing that the funding call for Economic/Enterprise projects is open on a rolling call basis. The Monaghan LEADER programme is announcing that the funding call for Economic/Enterprise projects is open on a rolling call basis.  You are invited to attend a public information event on Wednesday 13th September 2017 at 7.00pm in the Castleblayney Enterprise Centre, Dublin Road, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan.  There will be presentations by Monaghan LEADER staff on the application process, the rates of aid available and scoring criteria for applicants.  Guest speakers, who are past recipients of LEADER economic/enterprise funding, will also provide an insight into what is required to develop a successful LEADER enterprise project.  For further information about the Economic/Enterprise Development and Job Creation funding and planned event, please visit: www.midl.ie/index.php/leader/leader-economic-enterprise-development-job-creation-call.   If you wish to attend this FREE event, please confirm the names of those wishing to attend by telephoning 042 97 49500 (places are limited).  Thank you for your interest in Monaghan LEADER.

EUROPEAN SILVER FOR NEIL

Local man Neil O Sullivan has won a European silver medal at the Japanese Karate Shotokan Federation championships which were held in Belgium last weekend. Neil took second place in the individual event and then to top his weekend off he was part of the Irish team which claimed a bronze medal. Neil has been involved in Shotokan Karate since 1987 with many of his formative training years in the Karate Union of Ireland under Tommy McGrane Sensei.  Over the past 30 years he has trained with some of the world’s top Shotokan Sensei’s: Enoeda, Kanazawa, Okazaki, Yaguchi, Kawasoe, Sherry and Brennan. He has also regularly represented both club and country, competing nationally and internationally.  He has been National Champion twice and Shotokan Open winner twice.  He represented Ireland in ESKA in Poland in 2005, in the JKA World Championships in Sydney in 2006, in London in 2008, in Austria in 2009, in Germany in 2010 and Poland in 2011. Neil is the founder and teacher at Ballybay karate club and also teaches in Culloville.

BOWLS

The Ballybay team gave a good account of themselves when they competed in the Champion of Champions in Omagh on Saturday last. There was no silverware to take home this year but all the players said they enjoyed the experience of competing on grass and in beautiful sunny conditions. Winner of the singles was Enniskillen with Dungannon taking the pairs. The Letterkenny team had a one shot win over an in form Enniskillen team to take the rinks title. All present were treated to a very nice and welcoming meal in their club pavilion at the end of play. The secretary Janet Brown from Enniskillen said that the AGM of the Border Counties Bowling Association will take place in the Omagh Pavilion on Thursday 28th September at 7-30pm. At least 2 members from each club are expected to attend.Back on the home front will see us hosting bowling for special needs on the four Tuesdays in September from 11am until 1pm. Our members are asked to attend to give instruction and help with the bowling.Our Chairperson Angela Rutledge of the Indoor Bowling said we will be starting the new season on Monday 18th September at 7-45pm in the usual venue.

LOURDES DANCE

The annual parish dance in aid of the Lourdes Invalid fund will take place on Friday 13th October. The venue will be the Pearse Brothers centre and tickets will soon be available for purchase.

U16 SUCCESS

The local U16 team known as St. Patrick’s won the county league final last Friday night. The foundation for the win was a fine first half performance which seen the locals lead at the break 2-6 to 0-5. Magheraclone did stage a mini comeback in the second half but the locals held on for a 2-13 to 2-8 victory.

MASS AT CARGA

The annual mass at Carga Mass Rock will take place on Sunday 17th September. Mass will begin at 9-30am and everyone is welcome.

CHAMPIONSHIP DEFEAT

Last Saturday Ballybay were beaten in Round 2A of the championship by Magheracloone. Played in Clontibret the Mitchells edged the game 0-15 to 0-14. Full match report in the sports pages.

NO CHANGE AT THE LIBRARY

There was some concern after the recent retirement of local Librarian Rosemary as to what the future of our library might be. The Ballybay News has learned that the Acting County Librarian has given assurances that the library will continue to operate the same hours as before. She also stated that efforts have commenced to replace Rosemary.

ARCH CLUB VISIT BALLYBAY

Thursday last saw the annual visit of the Monaghan Arch Club to the Pearse Brothers Centre in Ballybay. As usual a great night was enjoyed by everyone. The music went down a treat and Kathleen and Gabriel were a very popular choice. Food was supplied by George and Gerry and with Felix and Mary cutting sandwiches and pouring tea no one went hungry. Frank arrived in good time with the hot food, we have to remember the red sauce for next year.!!!

We had a host of good loyal helpers, a must for a busy night, so thank you to Pauline and Carmel and family who also enjoyed the dancing.The Arch Club members and helpers entertained us with some old favourites as did other talented members. Enda Paul and Barry were a great help in setting up the tables and chairs and doing the hoovering next morning, thank you to them. The recent church gate collection covered the costs involved, thank you to all who contributed to this worthy cause. Best wishes to Brendan who was in hospital on the night ,we wish him a speedy recovery. Lastly, thank you to the GAA for the use of their centre, it is much appreciated.

ART CLASSES AT THE WETLANDS

Tonight Thursday 29th September will also see art classes begin in the Wetlands Centre. This is a six week course and costs €50. It will run from 8pm until 10pm. Further information is available from Dolores at 0868340501. The class will 0nly start if there are sufficient numbers.

STYLE EVENING

A ‘Style Evening’ with Catherine McGregor (Art by Design Academy) will take place in Tullycorbet Community Centre on Friday 14th October at 8pm. Catherine will provide personal style advice and colour analysis. She will also give tips on ‘wardrobe weeding’ – how to de-clutter and organise your wardrobe. This should prove to be an enjoyable and worthwhile evening as we leave the summer behind and prepare for the cooler days of autumn! Light refreshments will be served.

BIBLE CLUB

The 'Rockcorry Children's Bible Club' for Primary School children is on tonight Thursday 29th September from 6 - 7pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church hall. Bring a friend with you. Bible lessons, quizzes, singing, games and refreshments. Organised by Ronnie and Carey Killops, Faith Mission

YOGA CLASSES

Yoga classes start tonight Thursday 29th September from 7pm until 8pm. This is a six week course in the wetlands Centre and will cost €50. If there is sufficient interest then the classes will continue after the winter.

BREAST CANCER FUNDRAISER

Dolores Maguire would like to thank all those who came along to Stookies for her 50th Birthday celebrations and who donated to breast cancer. The night was a great success with a good quantity of money raised for a very worthwhile charity. A big thank to those who could not make it but have since contacted her with donations. On the night the Karaoke Knights provided a great night’s entertainment and quite a few people took to the stage to sing. Even those who couldn’t sing got brave on the night and joined in the craic. Dolores would like to thank the following for their support of the event – Gaby Kerr, Karaoke Knights, Cuan Mhuire, Dinkins Bakery, Ballybay Pharmacy, Care Chemist, Tina’s Floral Arts, Quinn’s Hardware, Kieran’s Bistro, Westenra Hotel, Claire Crystal Boutique, Good as New, Connolly’s Chemist and Greenfingers Garden Centre. Donations are still coming in however the total raised so far is €815 which will be given to Ballybay Pink Ribbon Day Co-Ordinator Paddy Gilmour.

CHAMBER CONGRATULATE EVE

At the most recent meeting of Ballybay Chamber of Commerce a vote of congratulations was passed in honour of the fantastic achievement by our very popular local Garda Eve Mc Crystal in the recent Paralympics in Brazil. Eve along with her team mate Kate George – Dunlevy won gold in the cycling B tandem time trial and then followed this by winning silver in the B road race. The entire community is delighted and thrilled at such an achievement on the world stage.

BALLYBAY ICA

Ballybay ICA are holding a heart savers course which is being delivered by Castleblaney First Responders (CFR) on Tuesday 11th October from 7-10pm. This is a community based initiative and we want to get as many as possible involved so that we have an understanding and training in heart saving practices. If you are interested in coming along please contact Martina on 0868162334 or Astrid on0868259672. Names are needed in advance as we need to book certificates, the cost will be 20 euro.

GERRY’S EFFORTS TO BENEFIT 15 LOCAL CHARITIES

Gerry Mc Elroy’s annual fundraiser will this year benefit 15 local charities. USA country superstar Robert Mizzell will take to the stage in Lisdoonan on Saturday 5th November. 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.

OCTOBERFEST WEEKEND

A full weekend of activities and music is planned for this weekend’s Octoberfest. On the Friday evening members of the Ballybay Clones Municipal Council will meet and greet the party of thirty German visitors at Ardmore House, The Square. This will occur between 6pm and 8pm and will also result in the unveiling of some commemorative plagues. There will be music in the Market House from 6pm until 10pm including “Hand Like a Foot” who will take to the stage at 8pm. There will also be a car treasure hunt starting at Liam Smyth’s at 6pm.

On Saturday the Market House will host music from 4pm until 10pm. At 4pm to 6pm there will be ceili music and buskers taking centre stage. ‘Lighthouse’ will play from 6pm to 8pm and then finishing off the evening’s entertainment will be ‘Setanta’. The Markethouse will be the place to go after watching the replay of the All Ireland final between Mayo and Dublin. On Sunday Lower Main Street will be the venue for a lorry pull starting at 2pm. Once again the Market House will host afternoon music – this time its Aidan Clerkin from 4-30pm until 7pm.

BALLYBAY CONNECTION WITH PARALYMPIC GOLD

At the recent Paralympic Games in Rio Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal won GOLD for Ireland in the Women's B Tandem Time Trial in a time of 38.59.22. This was Ireland's sixth medal of the Games. Eve who hails from Dundalk is a member of An Garda Síochána and is based in Ballybay station. She took a year off work to focus on this Paralympics with Katie. Congratulations to both on a wonderful achievement.

THANK YOU ROSEMARY

The members of Ballybay library-young, old and middle aged ! would like to extend sincere and heartfelt thanks to Rosemary who retires today Thursday 22nd September after fifteen years as Ballybay branch librarian.
Rosemary always had a warm welcome for everyone who visited the library and being an avid reader herself took great pleasure in helping people choose a book that would interest them .She knew all the favourites of her readers and even managed to source books of interest for grumpy old Sergeant Majors!!
She had a lovely way with the young readers and they enjoyed discussing what they were reading with her. It was a real learning experience for them in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
It was also generally acknowledged that Rosemary would go the extra mile to help readers with their various requests for help and information.
So, we wish Rosemary a long and happy retirement and thank her for making our visits to the library such an enjoyable experience.

GERMAN VISITORS COMING FOR OCTOBERFEST

The organizers of the Ballybay Octoberfest have confirmed that a party of thirty German visitors will be in the town for the festival that runs from 30th September to 2nd October. The organisers are appealing to all traders and householders to make an effort to display Monaghan, Ballybay and Irish flags and bunting. As it happens the Bavarian colours are very similar to the Monaghan colours so the visitors should feel very much at home. If anyone is seeking flags and bunting Peter Murnane has a suitable supply. A full weekend of activities and music is planned. On the Friday evening members of the Ballybay Clones Municipal Council will meet and greet the German visitors at Ardmore House, The Square. This will occur between 6pm and 8pm and will also result in the unveiling of some commemorative plagues. There will be music in the Market House from 6pm until 10pm including “Hand Like a Foot” who will take to the stage at 8pm. There will also be a car treasure hunt starting at Liam Smyth’s at 6pm. On Saturday the Market House will host music from 4pm until 10pm. At 4pm to 6pm there will be ceili music and buskers taking centre stage. ‘Lighthouse’ will play from 6pm to 8pm and then finishing off the evening’s entertainment will be ‘Setanta’. On Sunday Lower Main Street will be the venue for a lorry pull starting at 2pm. Once again the Market House will host afternoon music – this time its Aidan Clerkin from 4-30pm until 7pm.

ROAD CLOSURES CAUSING HAVOC

A number of locals have been in touch with the Ballybay News to voice their concerns that two local roads are closed at the one time. The Ballybay to Shercock Road and the Ballybay to Cootehill Road have both been closed for a number of weeks. This is affecting local people who have to take diversions and traders in Ballybay who are losing trade because a large number of their regular customers can’t get into town. Perhaps Monaghan County Council could open one of the roads and carry out are what are no doubt necessary repairs/resurfacing at different times.

BOWLS

The Ballybay outdoor Club where invited by the Cavan Club to play a friendly game on their new outdoor all weather green on Saturday last 17th September. Eighteen of our members made the short trip to Cavan and play began at 11 o clock. All who played gave the green the thumbs up with all agreeing it is much slower than our own all weather surface. Two games of nine ends each and at the conclusion a victory was recorded by the Ballybay Club. Our thanks to the Cavan club for their hospitality and refreshments in the sports complex when play was over. A return trip will be extended to the Cavan Club later in the year.

INDOOR BOWLS

The Ballybay Indoor club is up and running again and there was most of the members in attendance last Monday night which was the start of the new season. The sheets for the league were distributed and Ballybay Maroon play their first game on Tuesday 4th October when they meet Seans Saffrons in Division 1. Ballybay White will be away in their first game to Seans White on Thursday 5th October. Now is the time for new members to get started so just come along any Monday night to our club night in Hall Street at 7-45pm.

STYLE EVENING

A ‘Style Evening’ with Catherine McGregor (Art by Design Academy) will take place in Tullycorbet Community Centre on Friday 14th October at 8pm. Catherine will provide personal style advice and colour analysis. She will also give tips on ‘wardrobe weeding’ – how to de-clutter and organise your wardrobe. This should prove to be an enjoyable and worthwhile evening as we leave the summer behind and prepare for the cooler days of autumn! Light refreshments will be served.

PILATES RESUMES

Pilates classes have resumed for the Autumn season in Cuan Mhuire on Thursday mornings at 10am. Classes have also resumed in the Recreation Centre on Monday nights at 7pm. Further information is available from Jeanette at 086 8079523.

QUIZ NIGHT

The Parents Association of Ballybay Community College has organized a “Quiz Night” as a fundraiser for the school. It will be held on 21st October at 8pm in the Sports Complex at the rear of the school. Your support would be very much appreciated.

ANOTHER BOOK ON THE WAY

A Lot of you may recall that last year local man Stephen Duffy published a quiz book entitled “Quizing around the Christmas tree”. Such was the success of Stephen’s publication that a second book is on the way. All the questions are new and the book will once again prove to be both educational and fun. The book will be available shortly so watch this space for further details of the publication date.

WALK TO RUN PROGRAM IN TOWN PARK

The Wetlands Running Club began a new walk to run program on Monday last at 7:00pm at Ballybay Town Park. It continues next Monday and all levels of fitness welcome. This is a great way to get to meet new friends and to get into running. More details available on the Wetlands Running Club facebook page.

LOUGH MAJOR IN FILM

A big thanks to Martin Mc Aviney who recently shared a 4 minute video clip on the Ballybay and its People facebook page. The clip is titled “A Tribute to the beautiful Country of Ireland” and is a slide show played to the most beautiful haunting music and features many images of Ireland most iconic sites. Our very own Lough Major features in the video. It’s certainly worth checking out. Now everyone knows what locals have known for many years – Ballybay has some beautiful and wonderful wetland scenery. ENJOY.

KIDS BIBLE CLUB

The 'Rockcorry Kidz Bible Club' for Primary School children is on this evening Thursday 15th September from 6 to 7pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian church hall. Come and bring a friend with you. Bible lessons, quizzes, singing, games and refreshments. Organised by Ronnie and Carey Killops, Faith Mission.

PILATES RESUMES

Pilates classes have resumed for the Autumn season in Cuan Mhuire on Thursday mornings at 10am. Classes have also resumed in the Recreation Centre on Monday nights at 7pm. Further information is available from Jeanette at 086 8079523.

BALLYBAY GIRL GUIDES, BROWNIES AND LADYBIRDS

The Guides, Brownies and Ladybirds will recommence on Thursday 22nd September at their usual times. Ladybirds 5pm - 6pm, Brownies 6pm - 7.30pm and Guides 7.30pm - 9pm. Looking forward to seeing everyone back after the summer break.

CHOIR PRACTICE

The community choir has been invited to take part in the Harvest Thanksgiving in Second Ballybay on Sunday 23rd October. Practice for this event takes place tonight (Thursday 15th) in the Confraternity rooms. Mens voices at 8pm and all voices at 8-30pm. New singers still welcome.

SAFE JOURNEY

A safe journey is wished to all who travel with the Cuan Mhuire family to Lourdes this weekend. The pilgrimage leaves Ballybay on Saturday.

CHAMPIONSHIP EXIT

Ballybay Pearse Brothers exited the senior football championship on Sunday last at the hands of Scotstown 1-9 to 0-14. Full match report and commentary in the sports pages.

BALLYBAY ICA

We are starting back with our first meeting on Tuesday 27th September at 8pm in Cuan Mhuire. We are starting off with a colouring workshop, and everyone will create their own individual colours on a beautiful Scentsy warmer. If anyone who is not a member would like to join us, let me (Martina Wright) know as we need to order the warmers by next weekend. We have lots of other activities organised, including a spa day for our Christmas outing.

BENNY AND CORA SMYTH PRESENT OVER €1500 TO CHARITY

Benny and Cora Smyth recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary but instead of presents the popular couple asked fro donations which they in turn presented to the Monaghan Branch of Alzeimhers and the Monaghan Branch of Parkinsons. Each charity benefited to the tune of €785 each. Benny and Cora are to be commended for their generous gesture.

SUCCESSFUL END OF YEAR FOR BOWLING CLUB

The final of the Champion of Champions was held on the Outdoor Green in the Town Park on Saturday and what a performance the local side put up, winning all three competitions. First Seamus Winters had a great win in the singles then it was the turn of Matt Mooney and Philly Gibson to romp home in the pairs. Their opponents never got a score in the elevent ends that they played. Next it was the turn of the rinks team to raise the flags with a very good win over a fancied Dungannon side. On the Ballybay team were Seamus Smyth, Seamus Lennon, Dorothy Berry and Georege Berry. A little rain fell on Saturday morning but it turned out a great day for bowling and with tea and scones always on offer everyone enjoyed themselves. The committee would like to thank all those that helped especially Seamus Winter and Seamus Smyth who were working from early morning getting the chairs, tables and flowers to help make the sorounds of the green presentable to all who came from the Border Counties. The day finished off with a meal in Cuan Mhuire at 5pm which was very much appreciated by the 70 bowlers who attended. this capped a great season which seen the Ballybay Whites team capture the Mc Guirk Shield and the Outdoor Cup.

SOCIAL CLUB MEETS FRIDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER

Ballbay Social Club meet up again after the summer recess, on Friday 9 September 2016 at Cuan Mhuire. Anyone in the surrounding areas who would like to come for the first time, consider yourself invited. New faces are always welcome. Hope all the usual regulars are fit and well and looking forward to meeting their friends. Morning refreshments at 11.30 are followed by some fun activities and lunch served by Cuan Mhuire staff. Bingo, music and dance, free raffle for shopping gifts, or quizzes may also be on the menu. All for just €6. The event is organised by the Ballybay branch of Mental Health Ireland.

On the 20 June last the branch held a successful Mindfulness Walk around the Ballybay Wetlands Centre which 50 people attended. This was lead by Anja Nohlen, Monaghan and was followed by tea and refreshments in the centre.

On Friday 8 July the group went on a bus trip to the seaside at Blackrock, Co Louth, then spending some time shopping at The Marshes, Dundalk and had evening dinner on the way home in Castleblayney. Any queries please contact the secretary, 087 2332882.

DOLORE’S BIG 50 TO AID CHARITY

Local lady Dolores Maguire will celebrate her 50th Birthday on Saturday 17th September in Stookies Bar and hopes to use the night to raise funds for breast cancer. Dolores is sending an open invitation to all her friends in Ballybay to attend however she does not want a present – instead she would like you to make a donation on the night which will go to breast cancer. The karaoke Knights have been lined up to get you up singing and dancing. Food will be served at 10pm. This should be a great nights craic as well as an opportunity to donate to a very worthy cause.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING

A Harvest Thanksgiving Service will be held on Sunday 11th September at 3pm in Christ Church, Aughnamullen. Taking part will be Monaghan Gospel Choir and the special speaker will be Dean Raymond Ferguson. Everyone is welcome to this special service.

BUSY BABIES

The Busy Babies parent and toddler group stated back last week after their summer break. They meet in the 2nd Ballybay Presbyterian Church Hall from 10am to 12noon. Everyone welcome.

YOGA CLASSES

Yoga classes start on Thursday 29th September from 7pm until 8pm. This is a six week course in the wetlands Centre and will cost €50. If there is sufficient interest then the classes will continue after the winter.

ART CLASSES AT THE WETLANDS

Thursday 29th September will also see art classes begin in the Wetlands Centre. This is a six week course and costs €50. It will run from 8pm until 10pm. Further information is available from Dolores at 0868340501. The class will 0nly start if there are sufficient numbers.

OCTOBERFEST

After the success of last year’s first Octoberfest in Ballybay it has been decided to run with a similar festival this year. The all important dates for this year are September 30th until October 2nd. So go put them in your diary and keep an eye out here for regular updates.

CHOIR PRACTICE

The community chor has been invited to take part in the harvest Thanksgiving in Second Ballybay on Sunday 23rd October. Practice for this event takes place tonight (Thursday 8th) in the Confraternity rooms at 8pm. New singers welcome.

KIDS BIBLE CLUB

The 'Rockcorry Kidz Bible Club' for Primary School children is on Thursday 15th September from 6 to 7pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian church hall. Come and bring a friend with you. Bible lessons, quizzes, singing, games and refreshments. Organised by Ronnie and Carey Killops, Faith Mission.

CHARITY BREAKFAST IN DRUMHOWAN

A date for all your diaries, Sunday 18th September (All Ireland final day). On that morning there will be a big charity breakfast in Drumhowan. All proceeds to Ballybay cancer Society.

INDOOR BOWLS

Now that the outdoor bowling season has come to an end it is time to think about the indoor season. Angela and Cora attended a meeting in Ardaghey last Thursday of the Monaghan Bowling league. They received information on dates and times of games. All members are asked to attend an open night on Monday 12th September at 7-45pm in our usual venue