Community & Environment Grant Scheme 2019

The annual Community & Environment Grant Scheme will open for applications on Thursday 17th January 2019, closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 15th February 2019. Support filling out applications forms is available from the Community Development section if any group would like assistance.

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FLOWER POTS VANDALISED

Late Sunday night or early Monday morning someone seen fit to throw the contents of the three-tiered flower pot around the foot path at the entrance to Loch Mor Avenue opposite Riverdale Hotel. Speaking to the Ballybay News Martin Gleeson the Chairman of the local Tidy Town group was very annoyed. “I feel very disappointed and let down by a few scumbags who saw fit to throw the contents of the three-tiered flower pot at the entrance to Loch Mor Avenue around the footpath last night/this morning. These flower pots are there to enhance our town. I'm appealing to anyone who has information about this to come forward about these acts of thuggery. This type of vandalism has no place anywhere”, said Martin. If anyone has any useful information regarding this event could they either contact Martin, any Tidy Town committee member or the local Garda.

FREE ENGLISH CLASSES

Free conversational English classes will take place in Ballybay Men’s Shed every Thursday. The classes will take place from 7pm until 9pm. All are welcome and all levels of English are catered for.

YOGA

A gentle yoga class will begin in Ballybay Community College on Monday 11th February at 8-30pm. The programme is excellent value at €25 for 8 weeks. Pre-registration is essential as limited places are available. For further information or to register contact Monaghan Sports Partnership 042 9755126 or Dean 087 2623956.

PLAUDITS FOR AIDAN’S PLAY

Last weekend the Garage Theatre played host to a new play “And a Red Flag Flying” which was co-written by Ballybay man Aidan Mc Quillan. The play tells of the dramatic events of January 1919 when workers in the Monaghan Asylum (St. Davnet’s) took it over and declared a worker’s ‘soviet’. Aidan also directed the play and drew together a great cast of experienced actors from throughout County Monaghan. A number of locals attended last weekend including Sally Mc Aviney and John Smyth.
Commenting on the play Sally said, “It is a wonderful portrayal of a true story – Don’t miss it” while John also enjoyed the play and commented, “A great play and a factually accurate account of the first occupation strike in lrish labour history. Well worth going to see, well done to Aiden and all the crew”. If you would like to see this production it plays tonight (Thursday), Friday 18th and Saturday 19th in the Iontas Theatre, Castleblayney at 8pm.

TESCO HELP FOR CANCER SOCIETY

Ballybay Cancer Society have been chosen by TESCO Monaghan as 1 of 3 charities to benefit from their Goodwill Token Scheme for the next 6 weeks. So Please if you do shop there place your BLUE token in the assigned box. If you have family and friends in Monaghan town or surrounding areas could you contact them and ask them to help the Ballybay Cancer Society by doing likewise.

ICA NEWS

Ballybay ICA are having a presentation given by Ann O’Shea Clarke from SAGE on Tuesday next, January 22nd at 8pm in Cuan Mhuire. SAGE is a Support and Advocacy Service for older people whose mission is to protect their rights, freedom and dignity. If you have a parent or older family member that you need some information or advice for, this is for you. This is a FREE open information evening and would encourage everyone from the local area to attend.

ATM UPDATE

The ATM at the Bank of Ireland should be back in place before the end of the month. Ballybay Chamber of Commerce were delighted with the response of local businesses after the machine was disabled. The Chamber would like to place on record their thanks to the businesses for their help and support, the Ballybay Fightback Committee for their work in making sure there was plenty of money in the local economy over Christmas and Bank of Ireland who opened on the Saturday and Sunday before Christmas to facilitate customers. Until the ATM is back in action remember that Ballybay Post Office offer a banking service for AIB, Ulster and Danske customers as well as An Post Smart Account. Ballybay Credit Union opens Tuesday through to Saturday and that there is an ATM machine instore at Centra. Most retail shops and pubs will accept debit cards and offer cashback.

CANDLES SUCCESS

The Ballybay Christmas Lights Committee would like to thank everyone who purchased a remembrance candle in the run up to Christmas. Thanks is also due to the shops who sold the candles. These proved a massive success and all profits from their sale will be used to alleviate the cost of putting up and taking down the lights.

TOWN VOUCHERS

Ballybay Chamber of Commerce were delighted with the uptake in town vouchers in the run up to Christmas. Don’t forget to spend them and keep the money in the local community.

FOOTBALL INFORMATION EVENING

There will be a Juvenile Information meeting for Parents and all those interested in underage football at The Ballybay Pearse Brothers Football Centre on Wednesday, January 16 at 8pm. It would be great to see a big turnout for this. The juveniles are the future of our club and we ask that you make a special effort to attend.

SENIOR CITIZEN SOCIAL DAY

The first Ballybay Senior Citizens Social day of 2019 takes place tomorrow Friday 11th January at 11 am. A four-course meal and entertainment will be provided so why not come along and bring a friend.

PILATES

Pilates has now resumed after the New Year. Classes will take place in the sports Hall on Monday evenings at 7pm and in Cuan Mhuire on Thursday mornings at 10am. Beginners are welcome.

TULLYCORBET CCE

Classes recommenced yesterday (Wednesday) in Tullycorbet Hall. Continuing students can come at their usual times. New students should contact Francis on 087 2395396.

ALL IRELAND CHAMPIONS

JAYNE AND KATIECongratulations to Jayne Drury (St. Brigids and Our Lady's, Castleblayney) and Katie Duffy (Latton and Ballybay Community College) who were members of the Ulster Post Primary School team which won the All Ireland Inter-provincial tournament last Saturday. Jayne impressed at left half back which she played in all four games while Katie stared in midfield and also played in all four games. The girls will be presented with their Ulster All Star awards in Kelly's Inn on Friday 23rd february.

ULSTER VICTORY FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Ballybay Community College won their first ever Danske Bank Pat King Cup title when they defeated De La Salle of Belfast 1-14 to 3-6. After a tight first half the Belfast outfit led by a single point 2-4 to 1-6 the Ballybay goal coming from Michael Coyle in the 10th minute. In the 54th minute the sides were level however in the closing 6 minutes substitute James Mc Adam and wing forward Aaron Hamilton fired over a couple of winning points. Darragh Dempsey who contributed seven of the Ballybay points was named player of the match. The team and scorers were: J Roe, R Duffy, T McPhillips, D McElearney, J Slevin, E Duffy, J Hughes, J Sniauksta, S Slevin 0-2, A Hamilton 0-1, D McCann 0-1, P Quinn, M Coyle 1-1, D Dempsey 0-7, 0-5 frees, T Keenan 0-1.
Subs :J McAdam 0-1

COMMUNITY CRECHE

The Community Creche is having a clothing collection on February 5th. If you have any clothing (adult or child), shoes, handbags etc... please drop them into the creche by Friday 2nd February. Thank you in advance for your support.

BLESSING OF THROATS

Saturday 3rd March is the feast of St. Blaise. Throats will be blessed at 10am mass in St. Patrick’s.

BAKE SALE

The Hilltop Café, Ballybay will be the venue on Sunday 4th February for a Bake Sale. All proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Ballybay cancer Society. The sale will take place from 2pm until 5pm and there will be raffles for spot prizes on the day. Donations to this event are very welcome.

RONNIE TURNS 90

Congratulations to Ronnie Farrelly O' Duffy Tce, who is celebrating his 90th birthday today (Thursday). Ronnie’s family and friends wish him a fantastic day.

GOSPEL MEETING

An invitation to a Gospel Meeting in the Presbyterian Church hall, Rockcorry on Friday 2nd February 2018 at 8pm is extended to all. Speaker for this month is Rev Dr Gerry Clinton. Organised by Andrew and Jenny McCullough of the Faith Mission. All welcome. Plan to come and bring a friend. Refreshments afterwards.

LEARN TO PADDLE

Tanagh Learn to Paddle course starts on Tuesday 6th of March. This course will run for 4 weeks, every Tuesday from 10am-1pm. Suitable for Adults. Learn to paddle is subsidised by Age and Opportunity Go for Life Programme. Limited spaces so book early. Booking and Payment in advance is essential with Tanagh Outdoor Education and Training Centre. Contact Philomena on 049-5552988 for more information.

SOCIAL CLUB

Ballybay Social Club meets again on Friday 9 February, Cuan Mhuire, from 11.30 onwards. There is the usual morning tea/coffee with lunch for everyone. There is music, maybe bingo, a free raffle and indoor bowls as well as some craic and chat. Everyone is welcome, the cost is just €6. Come along, you`ll be made welcome. Any queries please ring 086 0660270.

CHILDREN’S BIBLE CLUB

The Rockcorry Children’s Bible Club for primary School children is on Thursday at a new time of 4-30pm until 5-30pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church hall. Bring a friend or two with you. Bible lessons, quizzes, singing, games and refreshments. Organised by Andrew & Jenny McCullough Faith Mission Workers.

BALLYBAY ON RTE NEWS

Ballybay appeared on the RTE Twitter news feed last week thanks to local man James Flanagan. James videoed scenes of snow falling in the town and forwarded them to RTE. A 24 second clip which was seen by over 10, 000 people then appeared on the RTE News twitter feed. It read “Snow is falling in Ballybay Co Monaghan as a weather warning for snow and ice is in place for many parts of the country”. Keep up the good work James.

COMMUNITY CRECHE 10 YEARS OPEN

Ballybay Community Créche opened its doors 10 years ago on 28th January 2018. This is a great achievement for the Management & Staff team (past & present). The créche provides affordable childcare and education for babies and children for over 115 families in the community. It employs over 20 qualified Childcare Practitioners, Kitchen/Cleaning & Admin Personal. We also have participants on Community Employment and TUS training schemes. The créche has went from strength to strength over the 10 years. It was officially opened by President Mary Mc Aleese on 2nd June 2009. We will have a celebration to mark this anniversary in June of this year.

The Créche is now taking names for children eligible for the FREE Preschool year Sept 2018 - June 2019. If your child (or anyone you know) has a child aged 2 years and 8 months they can attend preschool for three FREE hours per day. We run two morning Preschool session (9am - 12pm) and one afternoon session (1pm - 4pm). We have waiting lists for places from the baby room up and run on a first come, first served basis, so why not call into the créche to secure registration with a small deposit. For further details please contact Laura on 042 9756996.

We have a clothing collection on February 5th. If you have any clothing (adult or child), shoes ,handbags etc... please drop them into the creche by Friday 2nd February. Thank you in advance for your support.

DRAMA WORKSHOP

Well known Theatre Director and writer Padraic McIntyre will conduct a Drama Workshop for Actors and anyone interested in Acting. No experience necessary. This Drama course is for Adults age 18 years + and will take place in Pearse Park GAA Centre on Saturday 27th January from 10.00am to 4.00pm. For further information and to book a place contact 086-8507317. This workshop is funded by Monaghan County Council Arts Office.

GOOD LUCK KATIE AND JAYNE

On Saturday next Katie Duffy (Ballybay Community College and Latton) and Jayne Drury (Our Lady’s, Castleblayney and St. Brigids) will be part of the Ulster Post Primary School All Star team which will take part in the All Ireland Inter-provincial tournament in Kinnegad. The girls were nominated by their schools and came through a series of trials before being selected in the final squad. Its been a particularly busy week for Jayne as yesterday she played for her school in the Ulster U20A final.

CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES

This year’s confirmation candidates will join the parish community at 6-30pm Mass on Saturday next 27th January. Their confirmation ceremony will take place on Saturday 12th May at 11am in St. Patrick’s, Ballybay. Canon Shane McCaughey from Aughnamullen East will be the main celebrant.

BAKE SALE

The Hilltop Café, Ballybay will be the venue on Sunday 4th February for a Bake Sale. All proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Ballybay cancer Society. The sale will take place from 2pm until 5pm and there will be raffles for spot prizes on the day. Donations to this event are very welcome.

SCOIL EANNA ENROLMENT

Enrolment for the 2018/19 school year will take place in the school office between 1pm and 3pm on Tuesday 30th January, Wednesday 31st January and Thursday 1st February. It is important that the child’s PPS number and a copy of their birth cert is brought to the enrolment. If these dates and times do not suit, then arrangements can be made with the office by contacting 042 9741171. There will be an open day in June when parents and students will have an opportunity to visit.

COMMUNITY GAMES

Community Games have commenced for 2018. Anyone interested in Phase 1 Activities - Badminton, Basketball, Chess, Draughts, Handball (1 wall), Indoor Soccer, Rugby (Mini), Soccer Girls U12 (7 a side) or Table Tennis, please contact Sharon 042 9748110 or Maire 0429748955 before Friday 26th January.

FAMILY PETITION BOX IN TULLYCORBETT PARISH

This year Dublin will host the World Meeting of Families. In preparation for this very important event a Family Petition Box is making its way through every parish in the Diocese of Clogher and will remain in each parish for a period of one week. The purpose of the box is to collect personal family petitions that parishioners wish to have included as part of the World Meeting of Families in August. The Petition Box will arrive in Tullycorbet Parish on Friday 19th January and will remain until Friday 26th January. Petitions slips which were made available at masses last weekend should be completed and placed in the Petition Box at all four masses this weekend i.e. Ballybay Vigil Saturday 6-30pm, Ballybay Sunday 12-15pm, Tullycorbett Sunday 9-30am and Ballintra Sunday 11am. The Petition Box will move to another parish on 27th January.

DISPLAY YOUR LOCAL PICTURES

Thanks to everyone who displayed pictures in December on the Ballybay and its People facebook page. The images were excellent even if there wasn’t as many as in November. The theme for January will be WINTER IN BALLYBAY. 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.

MARATON RUNNERS AID ALZHEIMERS

MARATHON RUNIn October 2017 local brother and sister Jason and Joanne Wylie ran the Cardiff Half Marathon and Dublin Marathon in aid of Drumkill Day Care centre, Three Mile House. The 39.3 miles (63.2 km) ran by each of them raised a total of 2750 euro. They would like to thank everyone who kindly sponsored them and are delighted that this money will go towards the Monaghan Branch of the Alzheimers Society of Ireland to help fund their transport services, community home help, the day care centre and respite care.

GIVE BLOOD

A blood donation clinic will be held in the Sports Centre (behind the Community College) on Thursday 18th January from 4-30pm until 8pm. New donors are welcome.

MONKEY PUZZLE TREE DESTROYED

Numerous locals have pointed out their disappointment that the monkey puzzle tree visible on the walk between Loch Mor Avenue and the football field was blown down during the recent storm. The tree estimated to be around 200 years old was a native of either Chile or Argentina and was planted when the Leslie’s had an estate on the outskirts of Ballybay. While the tree is the hardiest species of conifer on the planet its large crown proved to be too heavy and when the recent high winds caught the crown the tree snapped about a metre from the ground. The tree will be sadly missed by the many locals who saw it on their daily walk on the Avenue Road.

SOCIAL CLUB MEETING

Ballybay Social Club meets up again on Friday 13 January at Cuan Mhuire, Ballybay. Hope all the regulars can attend and of course there`s always room for new people - you don`t have to be a pensioner to attend! Stephen`s organizing a fun fundraising Table Quiz evening in the near future and there will be other visiting social groups meeting up with us in the coming months. We meet from 11.30 am onwards and leave around 3pm. If anyone has any issue with transport, please call Charlie.

CHAMBER VOUCHERS

A substantial number of Chamber of Commerce €10 and €20 vouchers were sold in the run up to Christmas. The Chamber would like to thank everyone who supported their voucher scheme. It is also worth remembering that the vouchers are available all year so if you are looking for Birthday presents throughout the year why not consider a voucher which can be spent locally.

CHARITY NIGHT IN PEARSE BROTHERS CENTRE

A monster charity night in aid of Ballybay Cancer Society and Almas will take place in the Ballybay Pearse Brothers Centre on Saturday 27th January. The ever popular Limelite will provide the entertainment and supper will be served at 9-30pm sharp. Tickets are available locally priced just €15.

MONSTER BINGO

Ballybay Pearse Brothers will be hosting a Monster Bingo in Pearse park clubrooms on Sunday 7th January beginning at 3pm. There is €8000 up for grabs including a €2500 jackpot which must go.

CHARLOTTE APPEARS ON CALENDAR

Local Lady Charlotte Bradley appears on the Monaghan County Museum calendar. The calendar features a beautiful picture of a smiling Charlotte when she was a young Ban Garda. Women were not allowed to join the force until 1959 and Charlotte was one of the first female to join. Off course nowadays they have dropped the Ban and the females are just known as Garda.

CHAMBER VOUCHERS

A substantial number of Chamber of Commerce €10 and €20 vouchers were sold in the run up to Christmas. The Chamber would like to thank everyone who supported their voucher scheme. It is also worth remembering that the vouchers are available all year so if you are looking for Birthday presents throughout the year why not consider a voucher which can be spent locally.

CONGRATULATIONS CHRISTY

Massive congratulations are due to Christy Mc Quillan who recently received an appreciation award from GAA President Aogan O Fearghaill. Christy had been nominated by the Pearse Brothers for his volunteer work and his award was endorsed by the Monaghan County Board. Well done Christy.

WALKING CLUB BACK IN ACTION

 It’s that time of year when we decide to do something new or start back . Walking is a great hobby with great benefits for the mind and body.  Next Tuesday 9th January get on your comfortable footwear and high vis vest on and join the new Walking Group in Ballybay.  Starting at 7pm we will be doing 2 laps of the Town Park then whatever route suits each person.  It is well lit up for people to walk out to the Keady Road and back, others like to go on round by the football field and back to the park. You will meet up with new people and enjoy the walking, so it's free to walk if you're free to come along Tuesday evenings at 7pm. Hope to see you there – further information available from Dolores Maguire.

THE WORLD IS WATCHING!

Thanks to social media and in particular the ‘Ballybay and its People’ facebook page the world was watching the various Christmas activities in Ballybay. Posts were recorded from various parts of Ireland, England and the USA. Those posting were a mixture of people born in Ballybay and who have moved on and people whose ancestors came from the town. Some examples were Ray Markey (New York - who’s grandfather Patrick Markey emigrated many years ago), Marie Lennon Russell (New Hamsphire, USA), Rhona Peace (Oxford), John Cummins (Maryland, USA), Patrick Mc Carville (Kent, England), Philomena Mc Carthy (Gloucester/Exeter, England), Janette O Hanlon (Derby, England) and Mary Pat Cantando (Elmira, New York – whose ancestor was Thomas Lattimer, Ballybay). The facebook page is a massive success and if you haven’t had a wee look it is highly recommended.

MAN UP AND PAY FOR THE DAMAGE

Chairman of the Ballybay Tidy Towns Committee, Martin Gleeson is appealing to a local who caused damage to the Christmas tree lights to “Man up and pay for the damage”. The lights on the tree were damaged over Christmas when a local decided to climb the tree and cause the damage to the lights which is estimated to be over €100. Speaking to the Ballybay News a very annoyed Martin Gleeson said, “Lots of people work very hard to ensure we have Christmas lights and trees for the good of the whole community. I am appalled that an individual thinks its funny to damage the lights on the towns Christmas tree. I would make two appeals. I have already reported the matter to the local Garda and I would appeal to anyone who knows anything about this incident to notify the Garda promptly. Secondly, I would appeal directly to the person who caused the damage to man up and do the decent thing and pay for the damage. If they are not man enough to hand themselves in they could at least put the money in an envelope and leave it in the local Garda Station”. A number of locals have been in touch about the lights and in particular they wanted thanks passed to Therese Hamilton, Gerry Mc Elroy and Gabriel Kerr who arranged for the erection of the lights once again this year.

Sports Capital Funding available to clubs / groups in County Monaghan


Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D. and the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’ Donovan T.D., recently announced a new round of Sports Capital funding for 2017.

The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is operated by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and provides grants to assist in the development or refurbishment of sports facilities and the provision of permanent sports equipment.

BOWLS

The Ballybay indoor bowls season is nearing a conclusion with most of the major trophies already played for this season. Last week we played for the Jack Semple singles trophy and to all the members delight, Gabriel Traynor was the winner on the night. Angela Rutledge made the presentation to Gabriel and in response Gabriel said he loves the game of bowls and it’s very nice to come away with a win occasionally. Next week the members will play for the Traynor sponsored cup and all members to be in the hall by 7-45pm for the draw.
The outdoor green in the Town Park has been in operation for 11 years now – it opened on 6th April 2006 so the members are thinking it may need an upgrade. In view of this all the committee and members will assemble at the outdoor green on Saturday 28th January at 2pm. This will be a major decision and all facts and figures will be put forward to the members on Saturday. The AGM of the outdoor club will take place on the 20th March in the Bowling Pavilion at 8-30pm.

BOWLS

The Ballybay indoor bowls season is nearing a conclusion with most of the major trophies already played for this season. Last week we played for the Jack Semple singles trophy and to all the members delight, Gabriel Traynor was the winner on the night. Angela Rutledge made the presentation to Gabriel and in response Gabriel said he loves the game of bowls and it’s very nice to come away with a win occasionally. Next week the members will play for the Traynor sponsored cup and all members to be in the hall by 7-45pm for the draw.
The outdoor green in the Town Park has been in operation for 11 years now – it opened on 6th April 2006 so the members are thinking it may need an upgrade. In view of this all the committee and members will assemble at the outdoor green on Saturday 28th January at 2pm. This will be a major decision and all facts and figures will be put forward to the members on Saturday. The AGM of the outdoor club will take place on the 20th March in the Bowling Pavilion at 8-30pm.

ST. PATRICK DAY PARADE

This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Friday 17th March. Now is the right time for clubs, businesses and community groups to start thinking about their floats. The parade will once again start at Gerry Traynor’s on the Carrickmacross Road. Watch this space for more details in the coming weeks.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

A meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Monday night next. The venue will be the Confraternity Rooms and the meeting will commence at 8-30pm.

ALMAS COLLECTION

A big thank you to all who recently contributed to or helped out at the ALMAS church gate collection. The amount raised was €1110.

ST BRIGIDS CROSSES

Cuan Mhuire is selling St. Brigid crosses in aid of their charity. The crosses are priced at €3 each or 2 for €5. Your donation will be very much appreciated by George and his team.

PAUL FINLAY- AN APPRECIATION BY JOE SULLIVAN

At last Friday night’s County Dinner Dance Paul Finlay received a special award to mark the occasion of his retirement from County Football. Over the years many kind words have been written by sports journalist about this wonderfully gifted Ballybay footballer. However this week I came across a piece written by Paul’s club colleague Joe Sullivan. It’s a great piece of writing which I hope you all enjoy as much as the Ballybay News did.

“What is there to left to say about Paul Finlay? Without doubt the most naturally gifted footballer I ever had the pleasure to play with. Paul was marked for greatness from birth and didn’t disappoint. He was well known for his left football but was comfortable with his right. He was a magnificent fielder of a ball. He was brave beyond reason despite the long line of faceless assassins who, knowing they couldn’t match him in ability resorted to all manner of skulduggery to dampen his influence on games.
The sublime point scoring that would have drawn breath had it came from another player just seemed routine when coming from Paul. The memories are nearly endless. But here’s 4 just from his county days.

The “Hail Mary” goal v Meath. Ok, it was a wee bit lucky but Paul was 40 yards out and had been told it was the last kick of the game. If the ball goes a ball width further, it goes over the bar. If it goes a ball width less, Mark Ward catches it on his chest, the judgement was not inch perfect it was millimetre perfect. No other player in Ireland could have done that.
His Championship debut against Armagh when he scored 8 points from 8 attempts. One of the points in the second half was so far out, it was nearly in another townland! It also inspired the legendary Michael O’Muircheartaigh to remark in his radio commentary, “ Its rising, it’s rising, it’s over the bar and it’s still rising”!

There was a point v Fermanagh in the 2010 Ulster semi final in Brefini Park, where he bent over a sideline ball from the 13, a point so good the Fermanagh fans applauded.
But the one that will stick in my mind forever will be the last minute point against Longford in the final league game in 2005 in Clones. We had been cruising to a 5 point win when 2 quick fire goals left us a point behind in the last minute of injury time. Shane McManus catches the kickout and gives it to Paul. One last chance. If he misses, we don’t qualify for semi final, don’t beat Meath in the final and the springboard for everything that followed might not have happened. With nerves of steel, Paul clears the crossbar from 55 metres with 3 guys hanging off him. As Banty said afterwards, there’s no one you would rather have in that situation.

But on top of everything, Paul was one of the good guys. A gentleman like his father before him. He never refused an autograph or photo request. The ultimate role model for anyone, not just in sport, but in life.

Thanks for everything Paulie. Hopefully now you will get a chance to add to your club collection of medals”.
Joe Sullivan

PADDY LINDEN ENTERS HALL OF FAME

At last Friday nights annual County awards former Ballybay Pearse Brothers & county legend Paddy Linden was inducted into the Hall of Fame. A large number of locals have been in touch to offer their congratulations to Paddy on this wonderful achievement. Here's what the county had to say about Ballybay’s only All Star:

"As a juvenile in the Ballybay club, Paddy would play anywhere as long as he got a game. When he got the chance to play in goals, he grabbed it both hands and the rest is history. He won a County Senior Championship with his beloved Ballybay in 1987.

He was first selected on the county team by Sean Mc Cague in 1978. Monaghan duly won the Ulster Championship in 1979. A bad car crash in 1981 threatened his career. Eighteen months recuperation took its toll and he lost two and a half stone while out of action.

He worked hard and regained his place, winning further Ulster Championships in 1985 and 1988 and also a National League title in 1985. He also won a Railway Cup Medal in 1988.
He was rightly awarded a well-deserved All Star in 1988 for his consistency and was the first player from the province of Ulster to ever get the accolade. The highlight of his 1988 campaign was a superb penalty save from Cork star Larry Tompkins in the All Ireland semi-final.

Paddy had all the attributes needed for a top class goalkeeper; bravery, agility, great awareness with an accurate kick-out. A true legend and a popular and welcome addition to Monaghan GAA Hall of Fame."

PUBLIC CONSULTATION MEETING ON REDEVELOPMENT OF THE TOWN PARK

A public meeting on the redevelopment of the Town Park will be held tonight Thursday 19th January in the Wetlands centre at 8pm. The purpose of this public meeting is to identify barriers to accessibility that currently exist within the park and to hear the views of the users of the park on how best to improve the park as a community recreational facility. If you are unable to attend the meeting you can raise your concerns by contacting Bernie Bradley, Access officer for Monaghan County Council at 047 73727 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

INTERESTED IN PHOTOGRAPHY

Local lady Janet Leonard has mooted the idea of a Photography Day were locals with an interest in taking pictures get together and then go out and take a number of images of the town and surrounding areas. The pictures could then be displayed locally. Expression of interest can be left on the ‘Ballybay and its People’ facebook page.

HALL OF FAME AWARD FOR PADDY

Former Ballybay Pearse Brothers and County goalkeeper Paddy Linden will receive the Hall of Fame Award at the Monaghan County dinner dance on Friday night next. On the night Paul Finlay will receive an award on his the occasion of his retirement from inter-county football and Dessie Ward will receive his Ulster U21 winner’s medal.

WELL DONE BERNIE

Doohamlet lady Bernie O Neill was the winner of the €50 voucher at Smyth’s Newsagents Customer Appreciation Day which was held last Friday. Speaking to the Northern Standard Therese Smyth said, “Our first customer appreciation Day was a great success and we were delighted with the favorable response from our local customers. They continued to support us and we hope that Bernie O Neill enjoys spending her €50 with us”.

PEARSE BROTHERS PRESENTATION

To mark the Pearse Brothers on field success the Owen Ward winning squad will be presented with their awards at the clubs dinner dance on Friday the 17th of February. The event will take place in the club room with a buffet dinner served at 8pm sharp. Entertainment on the night will be provided the lively Beatroot. Tickets cost €25 and are currently available from all committee members.

ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES

Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board are organizing a number of courses on English for speakers of other languages. These courses are free and will be held in the Ballybay Enterprise centre on the Carrickmacross Road. Registration for the first of these courses took place on Monday last however there will be two further chances to register. The next chance will be on Monday 6th February between 4-30pm and 6-30pm and then again on Monday 3rd April between 4-30pm and 6-30pm. Further information is available from Michael Donohoe at 042 9749357 or 0876526648 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

KIERAN FINLAY MEMORIAL FUND

Recently former Ballybay native Gerry Finlay returned to the town to make a presentation to the local Pearse Brothers. Since the untimely death of his brother Kieran Finlay in 2012, Gerry has run several high-profile fund raising events in the New York area as part of the Kieran Finlay Memorial Fund New York USA. Alongside the Ballybay Pearse Brothers, the fund has also made a very sizable donation to The Mater Hospital Dublin, where Kieran received treatment during his illness, to support their work in cancer research and in particular to help find a cure for Myeloma. Fund raising events will continue this year with a golf classic taking place on Monday the 11th of September 2017. The club would be delighted & actively encourage Ballybay locals in a position to do so, to consider attending as it could only help promote the event and make it an even greater success. Additional info can be got from the Ballybay Pearse Brothers or online via www.shandoncourt.com

Public Consultation meeting

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Redevelopment of Ballybay Town Park

Thursday 19th January 2017 8pm

Ballybay Wetlands Centre 

Ballybay Co. Monaghan

The purpose of this public meeting is to identify barriers to accessibility that currently exist within the park and to hear the views of the users of the park on how best to improve the park as a community recreational facility.

BALLYBAY CANCER SOCIETY THANKS THE COMMUNITY FOR THEIR GENEROSITY IN 2016

Ballybay Cancer Society want to convey their grateful thanks to the people of Ballybay and its surrounding areas who have given so generously throughout 2016. The catchment area for Ballybay reaches out from the centre of Co. Monaghan so it covers a large number of local areas in which to give assistance. In return all these areas played a very large part in terrific fundraising in a year when times were tough and pennies were scarce. This didn't stop all those kind generous people giving to this local worthwhile charity and therefore lots of locals received assistance from Ballybay Cancer Society at a time when it was needed most. The fundraising like other years comprised of all types of fun filled ventures e.g. head/beardshaves, pancake days, in lieu of birthday/anniversary presents, donations from Brides & Grooms in lieu of wedding favours. This Christmas there were a number of people who gave substantial donations in lieu of Christmas cards. Ballybay Cancer Society has a lot of clients so it was a particularly helpful boost as we issue numerous winter grants to help with the day to day finances which people shouldn't have to worry about on top of all the hardship that illness brings to a household. The provision and financing of a transport service is the other main function of Ballybay Cancer and it has received lots of thanks and praise from users and their families. Ballybay Cancer Society want to thank everyone who gave so generously of their time, efforts and monies and take this opportunity to wish all a Healthy Happy New Year.

LIBRARY CHANGES

The Library re-opened on Tuesday last and from now on members must have their library cards with them when borrowing books or using the internet. This new procedure is down to changes to the computer system. Bottom line no card – no book or internet.

COMMUNITY GAMES


Phase 1 team event entries will be due in by the deadline of the 22nd of January to County. This includes all team events for the first Ulster finals (due to take place on the 1st April). All event details and rules can be found on the Community Games website. Anyone interested in futsal, badminton, spikeball, basketball, tag rugby, mini rugby, girls soccer, table tennis, chess and draughts please contact Sharon 9748110 or Maire 9748955 asap. We wish to express our deepest sympathy to Eithne and Mark Hughes on the untimely passing of Eamon a very devoted husband and father. May Eamon Rest in Peace.

LADYBIRDS, BROWNIES AND GUIDES

Ladybirds and Guides will reopen tonight Thursday 12th January at usual times and usual venue. Brownies will reopen at a later date.

BALLYBAY SOCIAL GROUP

The Ballybay Social Group meet again on Friday 13 January 2017 in Cuan Mhuire from 11.30 onwards with morning refreshments. At 12 noon Jeannette Keenan will be along to do some simple armchair exercises for 30 minutes which won`t be physically taxing and is a bit of fun as well as being most useful for the body after the possible excesses of the holiday season. After lunch there will be a session of bingo. Both men and women are welcome as usual and the all in cost is just €6. There`s a free raffle for spot prizes and if anyone needs a lift please contact 086 0660270. Hope to see you there! If coming for the first time, don`t worry just show up.

UNIQUE CUSTOMER DAY

Smyth’s Newsagent in the Square is hosting a Customer Appreciation Day this Friday. Throughout the day there will be 20% off many products and everyone who spends over €30 will be entered in a free draw. This is the first time such a unique event has been held in the town and Darren and Therese are to be applauded for their initiative.

CREDIT UNION AGM

The Ballybay Credit Union AGM will take place in the Wetlands Centre on Wednesday 18th January at 8pm. There will be a free raffle on the night for any member who attends. Refreshments will also be served.

CIRCUIT TRAINING

Did you over indulge at Christmas. Well don’t worry if you did as circuit training returns to the Recreation Centre on Monday nights. The class starts at 8.30pm sharp. Everyone and all fitness levels welcome.

CHIROPODY CLINIC

There will be a chiropody clinic in Ballybay Pharmacy on Thursday 19th January, 2nd February and 16th February. The clinic will be for both general and diabetic footcare. To make an appointment contact the Pharmacy at 0429741033

CHAMBER VOUCHERS STILL VALID

A lot of you may have received Chamber of Commerce vouchers as Christmas presents. The vouchers can be exchanged in all local shops at any time of the year.

PILATES RESUME

Pilates classes will resume in the recreation Centre on Monday nights at 7pm and in Cuan Mhuire on Thursday mornings at 10am. Everyone welcome. For further information contact 0868079523.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS THANK YOU

The Christmas Lights Committee would like to thank the local Ballybay Businesses and Monaghan County Council for their continued support. This year’s lights were well received by the local public. The committee would also like to thank John Rutledge for supplying the Christmas tree and locals Mickey Leonard, Chris Mallon and Patrick Mc Mahon for their efforts in keeping the town spick and span all year.

BALLYBAY WALKERS

Monaghan Sports Partnership is facilitating a walking group on Tuesday evenings in the Town Park at 7-15pm. This walking group will be geared to suit all adults with all fitness levels. This is a good opportunity to join a group to get fit and healthy, great for mind and body. Walk as far as suits you, you'll meet new people and make new friends. Being part of a group will keep you motivated. The group will meet every Tuesday night. For further details contact 0868340501.

SOME OF THE BEST OF 2016

Keen local photographer John Rutledge has posted a series of images on Ballybay and its People FACEBOOK page entitled “Some of the Best of 2016”. John had his camera at most of the big events in the town and has captured loads of great pictures of the events, local characters and local scenery. The pictures are well worth a view and John is to be complimented for his excellent photography.