NO SCOUTS

Sadly we have to report that efforts to re-establish a scout troupe in Ballybay have come to nothing. Nadine Keenan did try very hard to get scouting back into Ballybay however due to the poor response from parents the scouts will not be coming back anytime soon.

Draft Monaghan County Development Plan 2019-2025

Monaghan Co. Council Forward Planning Team will be running a series of Workshops after the Easter break to allow members of the public and interest groups to discuss matters relating to the Draft Monaghan County Development Plan 2019-2025 which is currently on public display up until the 25th of May 2018. The workshop locations are ; Monaghan Town , Carrickmacross, Castleblayney, Clones and Ballybay. The workshops will facilitate members of the public who have any questions or concerns in relation to the contents of the Draft Plan or want to engage in the Development Plan process at this stage.

See Draft Monaghan County Development Plan 2019-2025 PDF here >>

BALLYBAY DAFFODIL DAY RAISES OVER €8000

A big thank you to the people from Ballybay and surrounding areas who donated so willingly and generously to make our Daffodil such a success.The €8053 raised so far will stay in our County to help the people in our area to get through Cancer. We couldn't have done it without you. We have a brilliant team of willing and loyal volunteers who have been helping out over the years, and this year we sent out an appeal for new Volunteers and we got a few more people to help our exsisting team out on the day. A big thank you to some volunteers who have retired after many years of helping out at all the Ballybay Daffodil Days for nearly 30 years. The Cake Sale and Coffee morning was a lovely way of meeting people and thank you to those who helped out and supported it, we are very grateful. Thanks to Pat O'Brien for the use of his premises for the coffee morning. Thanks to Ina Hagan who donated two lovely hampers. Paul Duffy and Rose Stuart were delighted to win them. We had great help from students for the Community College, who supplied lots of scones and helped out at the selling of the cakes, washing up, and serving the tea. A total of 60 volunteers was involved in some way or other and without those people, we simply couldn't have done it. These Volunteers sincerely love to give their time, energy, and enthusiasm to Daffodil Day.

DAFFODIL DAY

This money provides services to all people who are affected by cancer in County Monaghan. Your support is always crucial to our outstanding success of Daffodil Day. Every Daffodil, keyring or other merchandise sold, supports programmes that prevent cancer, save lives from cancer and help people face cancer to cope and maintain the highest possible quality of life. The National Cancer Helpline 1800 200 700 is invaluable to people who need to talk things over and get advise.
The people in our area who donated in anyway, should be proud that they helped make Ballybay Daffodil Day 2018 a huge success. Ballybay Daffodil Day Co-Ordinators Joe and Dolores Maguire sincerely thank you for your continued support.

One of the Daffodil Day organisers Dolores Maguire with Volunteer and Pink Ribbon Organiser Paddy Gilmour

EASTER CELEBRATIONS AT THE WETLANDS

The Presbyterian churches in Ballybay are planning an early morning gathering to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday morning. We will meet at 7.00am at the Wetlands, Clones road, Ballybay. Good Friday is always a rather sad and sombre occasion, and rightly so, as we remember the torture and suffering that Jesus endured before He died on the cross. But early on Easter Sunday morning He rose from the dead and we meet early to celebrate and give thanks for His victory over sin and death. We invite everyone from our local community to join with us on this special morning. We will sing some well known Easter songs and our minister, Rev Dr. Gerry Clinton, will bring a short message from the Bible. We will meet outdoors (if the snow doesn’t return!) and there will be a light breakfast served in the Wetlands after our short praise service. Everyone welcome.

HOLY WEEK

The parish schedule for Holy Week has been released. On Holy Thursday there will be evening mass in Ballintra and Tullycorbett at 6pm and in St. Patrick's at 8pm. The St. Patrick mass will have the washing of the feet and the Trociare offerings will be gathered at this mass. On Good Friday there will be a celebration of the Lords Passion in St. Patrick's at 3pm and 7-30pm. The Ester vigil mass will take place in St. Patrick's at 8pm on Easter Saturday night.

PARADE THANK YOU’s

Big thank you to everyone who took part in the parade, to the many people who turned out to view the parade, to the people who helped out and to all our friends and neighbours who supported the parade. St Patrick's Day this year was a very cold day, plus many people were watching the Rugby. But despite all these issues the parade was yet again a huge success. Huge thanks to the local Garda, the Aughnamullen Pipe band, the Fire Brigade who not only took part but also helped with the stewarding. To Stephen Duffy, Gerry West, Peter Murnane and Therse Hamilton. Thanks also to Gary Mc Guirk and Liam Smyth who supplied the trailer for the review stand and the PA system. The winners of the best floats in order of merit were Ballybay Community Crèche, followed by Mullaghmore Equestrian centre and Stephan Mc Cann. Best window display went to Liz Parker of Stitches who arranged a window display that would do Switzers in Dublin proud. Many thanks to the local business people who contributed financially to the parade and to Monaghan Co. Council for the window display prize.
The Municipal council were represented by Pat Treanor, Seamus Coyle, Hughie Mc Elvaney and Sean Gilliland. County Mayor Kathy Bennet was unable to attend as she was in attendance at the New York parade.
This is year 32 with one year missed due to foot and mouth, many thanks again to the participants and the many people who supported the parade.
OH Special thanks to the brilliant Irish Rugby Team!

CD LAUNCH

Ballybay Gospel Country Group is launching a new CD entitled ‘GOD CAN’ in 2nd Ballybay Presbyterian Church at 8pm on Wednesday 11th April. More details to follow. All proceeds from the sale of the CD will be used for missiin work.

CHAMBER CONGRATS

Ballybay Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Ballybay Drama Society. The society recently staged ‘Professor Tim’ and packed the Pearse Brothers Centre on three consecutive nights. There is already speculation as to what the next promotion will be and many locals are looking forward to the next promotion.

BOWLS AGM

With the improvement in the weather and the longer days our thoughts turn to the outdoor sports and so it is with the bowling fraternity. The Ballybay Outdoor Bowling green situated in the beautiful Town Park will open on Monday 2nd April so anyone wishing to try their hand at the game of bowls can come along as bowls and instructions will be available free of charge.
On Thursday the 22nd March the AGM of the Outdoor Bowling Club was held in the bowling pavilion. There was a good attendance of members and all matters relating to the club and its future running was discussed at length. The following Officers were elected for the coming year.
President – Malachy Mc Skane
Chairman – Samuel Gamble
Vice Chairman – Gabriel Martin
Secretary – Cora Smyth
Assistant Secretary – Philip Gibson
Treasurer – Benny Smyth
Assistant Treasurer – Bertie Latimer
PRO – Benny Smyth
A full report on the past years happenings was delivered and the Treasurer said we were still in the black, but that we need to keep a tight reign on our expenses. It is hoped to have 14 local clubs in the league this year (similar to last season). In the full list of events we have planned will be 16 local players competing in the Border Counties League and also the Mc Guirk Shield. There will be bowling for beginners during the month of April at 7-30pm each evening. On Monday 7th May we will hold a charity all day bowls match starting at 10am. This will be a rinks competition and will be limited to 24 teams, so if you want to enter a team or make further enquiries then ring Mal Mc Skane on 087 9710652.

NEW VIDEO

Local man Colin Parker has made a film entitled ‘Beal Atha Beithe – The Market Town’. In the film there is footage from the town and surrounding areas and interviews with Stephen Sherry, Rory Mc Atavie and George Montgomery. The film will be launched in the summer however you can get a sneak preview of it on the Ballybay and its People facebook page.

GDPR Data Protection for Businesses in your area

25th May 2018 will see the greatest changes in Data Protection legislation for decades with the implementation of the EU General Data Protection. GDPR legislation will apply to all businesses and organisations who collect and process personal data and a breech could see a monetary fine of up to E20,000,000 (or 4% of Annual Turnover whichever is the greater!). From the Sole Trader to global organisations, charities, sports clubs (and all those in between) all will feel the effects and implications of the new legislation

The Local Enterprise Office have had to put on extra events in Monaghan to cater for the significant number of Monaghan town businesses and retailers who have enrolled in GDPR seminars. They are extremely mindful of the businesses in Clones, Ballybay, Blayney and Carrick and have seminars scheduled for Carrickmacross on 5th April and in Ballybay on 25th April.

Links to the seminars are as follows:

GDPR workshop Carrickmacross on 5th April

GDPR workshop Ballybay on 25th April

DAFFODIL DAY

The annual Daffodil Day takes place on Friday 23rd March. Fresh daffodils along with other items will be on sale throughout the town. There will also be a coffee morning/cake sale in the premises besides Pat O Brien’s from 10am until 2pm. Local Co-ordinators Joe and Dolores Maguire would like to hear from all existing and new volunteers. They can be contacted at 0429741717 or 0868340501. Donations of fresh daffodils are also welcome.

HARD LUCK GRAHAM

Hard luck to local man Graham Crawford who was on the Armagh Royal School’s rugby side which lost the Ulster Schools Cup final on Monday last. Graham’s team have had a great season, but their luck ran out in the final where they lost to Campbell College 19-13. Graham and his team mates can hold their heads high.

RIP THOM MOORE

Many of you will not have heard of Thom Moore who died recently. He was an American singer songwriter who moved to Ireland in 1974. In 1994 he released a song called “Gorgeous & Bright”. The song makes reference to Ballybay and Lough Egish. The first verse goes:

Monaghan was frozen

Snow fell night and day;

Lighter hearts who’d chosen to

set out from Ballybay.

We meant to find Lough Egish

but the world was dazzled white;

A fire was lit we drank a bit

and home before the night.

A full version of the song is available on you tube:

Watch YouTube video here >>

BOWLS NEWS

The Indoor Bowls season is coming to a conclusion for the 2017/18 season. Ballybay have just one game with Latton for the Jimmy Mc Elroy shield which is played for at the end of each season. We also participate in the Tom Mc Philips trophy which is also an end of season game in Latton.

Ballybay had a good year’s bowling with their maroon team gaining promotion to Division 1 and the white team securing promotion to Division 3. Our Chairperson Angela Rutledge had much praise for the efforts of both teams.

The Outdoor club will now be getting underway and will be opening on Monday 2nd April with bowling for beginners. As the name suggests we will entertain all comers, so if you fancy a game of bowls just turn up and instructions will be given.

The AGM of the Outdoor Bowling club will take place on Thursday 22nd March at 8pm in the Bowling Pavilion. All members are welcome to attend. As our green is open 12 years it is on the agenda to upgrade the entire green and surrounds so it’s important to attend this meeting and have your say.

HOLY WEEK

The parish schedule for Holy Week has been released. On Sunday next - Palm Sunday - masses will be at the regular times and palm will be blessed at all masses. Confessions will be heard in St. Patrick's on Sunday next at 7-30pm. On Holy Thursday there will be evening mass in Ballintra and Tullycorbett at 6pm and in St. Patrick's at 8pm. The St. Patrick mass will have the washing of the feet and the Trociare offerings will be gathered at this mass. On Good Friday there will be a celebration of the Lords Passion in St. Patrick's at 3pm and 7-30pm. The Ester vigil mass will take place in St. Patrick's at 8pm on Easter Saturday night.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY

This year marks the 32nd annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Ballybay (with the exception of 2001 due to foot and mouth). The parade begins opposite Gerry Traynor’s shop at the Carrickmacross end of O Duffy Terrace. The parade will begin at 5pm. The organising committee request that all participants please be at the Carrickmacross Road prior to 4-50pm. This enables stewards and the gardai to start the parade on time.

Aughnamullen Pipe Band will lead the parade as they have done so every year to date. This year promises to be a great event with many community, business and vintage participants taking part. Among the community groups are Ballybay Community Creche who are celebrating their 10th year in operation. They have a fantastic window display next door to Pat O Briens. Also taking part are Balllybay Drama Society after last year’s success. They are now getting ready for the play Professor Tim in the Pearse Brothers Centre on 22nd, 23rd and 24th March. Watch out for a classy preview of the day during the parade.

This year there will be cash prizes of €150, €100 and €50 awarded for the best entrants. The committee are very grateful to the local shops and pubs for their kind contributions again this year.

Part of the parade activities include a window display competition for local groups and businesses. Ballybay-Clones Municipal District are awarding €100 to the best display using the Irish language. As usual an exceptional high standard is emerging as we get closer to St. Patrick’s Day. The organising committee are very grateful to Corcaghan Co-Op owners of Ballybay Mart for facilitating the parade by closing the mart earlier. We also hope to thank the Irish Rugby team for their contribution to the days events!!!
Finally, could people please put their bunting and flags out to help celebrate our Patron Saint’s Day.

HISTORICAL WALK

An historical walk of Ballybay will take place on Friday evening 16th March commencing at 8pm. The starting point will be the entrance to Loch Mor Avenue. The walk will last about one hour and will finish at Pat O Briens. People taking part are advised to wrap up well and if possible wear some form of high vis clothing. It is hoped to be able to provide some high vis vests as well. As some interest has been expressed in the tour already it would be advisable to contact 087 7687248 in advance in order to confirm numbers.

AUCTION AT RIVERDALE

The entire contents of the Riverdale Hotel will be auctioned off at the hotel on Saturday 24th March. There will be viewing on the morning of the auction. Further details from 086 8149599.

THE BIG FREEZE IN 1947

A big thank you goes to Wendy Sloan for providing the attached pictures showing people on the frozen Lough Major back in February or March of 1947. We don't know who the people in the picture are and if anyone can throw some light on it could they contact Paul Swift at 086 1703640 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. So with the 'beast from the east' rumoured to be back this weekend we can all wonder if like in 1947 the lake will freeze over!!

frost 1947 1947 frost

Ballybay Drama Group welcomes 'Professor Tim'!

20180311 132756Hullo All! It is our great pleasure to invite you to join us in welcoming a very distinguished gentleman to the town of Ballybay! Oh yes indeed this is a right royal welcome, as we take to the stage to entertain you with this funfilled farcical of good ole Irish Humour, that is 'Professor Tim'!
Do come along folks and enjoy the nights craic...Laugh with us.. Laugh at us, whichever you perfere is fine with us! It's great for Ballybay to have this drama up and running in the town, though what is a comedy night without the rousing laughter and applause of a dedicated audience. ..that would be you folks.Ok see you on 22nd, 23rd, 24th of March in the Ballybay Pearse Bros Centre at 8pm sharp! See a few familiar faces, a few new faces..and no doubt a few confused faces!! Looking forward to seeing you there!!It'll be outrageous craic hey!!

Public Consultation Evening

BallybayMonaghan County Council invites you to a Public Consultation evening on the proposed master plan for Ballybay Town Park

Wednesday 14th March 2018 @ 7pm in The Wetlands Centre Clones Road, Ballybay
Monaghan County Council has procured a consultant to prepare a master plan for Ballybay Town Park. Concept plans have been drawn up based on the consultation in January 2017 and will be on display on the night.

YOUR input is needed. It is YOUR community space and we need you to decide what amenities you would like to see in the park.
Please come along and have your say! If you have any queries please contact Eileen/Rory on 047 51018.

Monaghan LEADER- Public Information Events March 2018

Monaghan LAG is hosting a series of information events about the LEADER Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020 during March 2018. A list of dates and venues are below.

Date Venue Time
7th March 18 (Wed) Canal Stores, Clones 8pm
8th March 18 (Thur) Wetlands Centre, Ballybay 8pm
13th March 18 (Tues) Emyvale Leisure Centre 8pm
14th March 18 (Wed) Market House, Monaghan Town 8pm

 

These free events will provide information on LEADER funding available for community and voluntary groups and enterprises in County Monaghan under the themes of Rural Tourism, Enterprise Development (incl. Social Enterprise), Rural Towns, Rural Youth, Biodiversity, Renewable Energy and Protection and Sustainable Use of Water Resources. There will also be an opportunity after the presentations to talk with LEADER staff.

Further information about Monaghan LEADER is available on www.midl.ie. If you have any queries, or would like to discuss a project idea in confidence, please contact Monaghan Integrated Development on 042 9749500 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

JAMES MAKES IT ON RTE

Local man James Flanagan continues to fly the flag for Ballybay. James who hails from Loch Mor Avenue attends Dundalk IT where he is completing a media course. During last weeks poor weather James braved the wind and snow to take some video footage which he then sent to RTE. The National Broadcaster was delighted to receive the footage and it aired during news bulletins. James has since put his drone up to capture some scenes of the snow around the area and this along with other footage is available to view on Ballybay and its People facebook page. Keep up the good work James.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

It’s just one week to the annual Ballybay St. Patrick Day parade. Once again it will take place in the town starting at Gerry Traynor’s at 5pm. There will be prizes for the best floats so now’s the time for local businesses, community groups and sporting organisation to get your thinking caps on. Further information is available from Therese at 087 6853316.

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.

DISPLAY YOUR LOCAL PICTURES

There has been great interest in local people displaying their images on the Ballybay and its People facebook page. During February lots of people contributed. The March theme will be OPEN. Remember the rules maximum four pictures per person related to the theme and off course taken locally in and around Ballybay. You don't need an expensive camera and you can even take them on your phone. If anyone has any ideas for other themes you can either post on the page or contact Dolores Maguire at 086 8340501.

LEARN TO PADDLE

Tanagh Outdoor Education and Training Centre are running a Kayak Skills Camp on the 26th-28th March from 10am-2pm daily for 9-16 year olds and a Tanagh Forest School Camp on the 4th-6th April from 10am-2pm daily for 6-11 year olds. Camps are run by highly qualified & experienced instructors. Book early to avoid disappointment. Contact Philomena on 049 5552988.

JAMIE’S TABLE QUIZ

Jamie Hughes is hosting a table quiz in aid of the Drumhowan GFC Night at the Oskars. It will be in the Ballybay Inn on Friday 9th March at 8pm. Table of 4 €40. There will be lots of prizes on the night so why not come along and bring a friend.

5KM FUN RUN/WALK

 A 5km fun run/walk will take place on Sunday next 11th March. The event will start at 3pm from the Pearse Brothers Centre with registration at 1-30pm. There will be an entry fee of €10 for adults, €5 for children and €20 for families.

COMMUNITY CRECHE NEWS

Ballybay Community Creche are taking names for Preschool, Babies, Waddlers & Toddlers for September. Due to demand for places we are opening another Preschool room, so if you or anyone you know would like to book a child in please contact Laura on 042 9756996.

BALLYBAY DRAMA GROUP ARE BACK WITH A BANG!!

It is our great pleasure to welcome a very distinguished gentleman to the town of Ballybay. Will you join with us in greeting 'Professor Tim' in the Ballybay Pearse Brothers Centre on 22nd, 23rd and 24th of March at 8pm sharp!! (Thats not a Ballybay 8pm by the way). Ballybay Drama group are delighted to bring this classic play by George Shiels to the stage and after the amazing, though not surprising success of last year's antics in 'Anyone Could Rob a Bank', we are ready to rock again and really hope to see and hear you there folks!! Meet all the celebrities and sure bring a friend or three to join us in this calamity of good ole Irish Humour!! Don't miss out my good people as it's three night's only due to the lure of Hollywood's red carpet!! Enjoy the show!!

SOCIAL CLUB MEETING TOMORROW

Ballybay Social Club meets again Friday 9 March next from 11.30am in Cuan Mhuire with morning tea/coffee. The day may have a St Patrick`s Day theme with the usual mix of social interaction, games, music, exercises, food and conversation aplenty. Why not come along and see what you`ve been missing - it`s for anyone who would like to spend a pleasant few hours on easy street! There`s no demands on anyone, all are there to have a nice time. Any queries call 087 2332882.

RECIPE BOOK FOR SALE

Ballybay Central School recipe book - "Food Glorious Food" will be available to purchase from 24th March from the school, Centra and Robbie's Corner Shop. At just €10 it would make the perfect Mothers Day gift.

BALLYBAY DRAMA SOCIETY

 Ballybay Drama Society are taking to the stage again with a production of Professor Tim on 22nd, 23rd and 24th March at 8pm nightly in the Pearse Brothers Centre. This mad cap comedy will cost just €10 (students €5).

TANAGH OUTDOOR CENTRE EASTER CAMPS

Tanagh's Kayak Skills Camp 26th-28th March, 10am-2pm daily, suitable for those aged 9-16yrs. Tanagh's Forest School 4th-6th April, 10am-2pm daily, suitable for those aged 6-11yrs. Exciting new mountain bike programme starting at Tanagh 'Gearing up off road' . Limited spaces. Gearing up off road Taster session, 4th April, 9.30am-1.30pm, and Tanagh's Gearing up off road certified programme, 5th+6th April, 9.30am-2.30pm, suitable for those aged 12-16yrs

Book early to avoid disappointment on all these courses. Limited spaces available. Contact Philomena on 049 5552988.

PARADE SUCCESS

Despite the poor weather the St. Patrick’s Day Parade was a great success with large numbers of spectators turning out. There were a number of winners on the day. These were as follows: Best Community Float – Ballybay Drama Group, Best Novelty Float- the Welcome Inn, Best Business Float – PQE, Latton and Best Dressed Window – Ballybay Pharmacy. The committee would like to thank the following without whom it would not be possible to have the parade – Local Garda, Rory Mc Atavie, the Aughnamullen Pipe Band, Gerry West, Stephen Duffy, Charlie Lennon (and his team from Cuan Mhuire) and Eamon Kerr (lorry for viewing stand). A massive thank you also goes to everyone who made the effort to put in a float.

TABLE QUIZ

There will be a table quiz on Friday 31st March in the Pearse Brothers Centre. A table of 4 will cost €40. There will be refreshments and spot prizes galore. There will also be a presentation on the night for the 2016 Championship and League winning U14 team.

TULLYCORBETT CCE

Thanks to all who came to our Annual St Patricks Eve Session. A great nights entertainment was had, and photographs are now up on the Facebook page. Fleadh events: Launch of the County Fleadh will take place on Thursday 1st of June in Tullycorbet Community Centre. On Friday, a talk and piping session will be held commemorating local Ballybay piper William Clarke. Competitions will take place on Saturday in Ballybay Community College. On Sunday there will be a traditional mass featuring Ceoltoiri Drumlin. Set Dancing and Sean Nos dancing competitions will take place in Tullycorbet Community Centre, and a youth session will be held in the evening, led by County Youth Officer Cathy Kirke in Ballybay Inn, with many other sessions taking place throughout the weekend

SOCIAL CLUB FOR ARDAGHEY

Ballybay Social Club that meets monthly in Cuan Mhuire has been invited to Ardaghey Community Centre on Monday 27 March next. Please come along at 11.30 am to the Riverdale Hotel car park where transport will be available. Lunch will be provided, a raffle, a light exercises session by Teresa Leonard, followed by bingo and then music and dance by Big Pat McEntee. The all-in cost is just €4. Hope to see you all, if you`re coming for the first time, you`re very welcome. Any queries, please contact 086 0660270.

MENTAL HEALTH TALK

GROW Community Mental Health are holding a talk on Positive Mental Health using the GROW Program in the Iontas Centre, Castleblayney on Tuesday 28th March at 7.30pm. Come along for tips on improving your mental health, stress management & supports available. The GROW program encourages its members to find and develop their personal strengths and work towards improving their Mental Health in a supportive and confidential environment. Contact KATHRYN @086 0436258 for further information or visit our website at grow.ie/ Everyone is welcome, it is free of charge and refreshments will be served. “You alone can do it, but you can’t do it alone”

ST. PATRICK DAY PARADE

This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place tomorrow Friday 17th March. The parade will once again start at Gerry Traynor’s on the Carrickmacross Road. Monaghan County Council will be sponsoring the best dressed window competition. The winner of this will receive €100. The committee are appealing to locals to get their flags and bunting out.

ANYONE COULD ROB A BANK

Amateur Drama returns to Ballybay after many years with the setting up of a new Drama group in the town. The group started up at the beginning of the year and has been rehearsing every week since then. The cast includes a few stalwarts with experience in acting and a few newcomers to amateur drama. All have been putting in a huge effort in preparing for the performance. The play ‘Anyone Could Rob a Bank’ by Thomas Coffey is a hilarious comedy and guarantees a great night’s entertainment for the audience. With a cast that includes Michael Duffy, Stephen Duffy, Robbie Carragher, Claire Duffy, Brid Mc Cabe, Kevin Quinn, Paul Mc Cabe and John Paul Cosgrove this is a play you will just have to see. The performances will take place in the Pearse Brothers centre on Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th and Saturday 25th March. More details on the play to follow next week.

IRISH BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be in town on Thursday 23rd March. They will hold a clinic at the Sports centre behind the Community College between 4-30pm and 8pm. Everyone welcome especially new donors.

PEARSE BROTHERS CLUB REGISTRATION NIGHT

Ballybay Pearse Brothers are holding a Club Registration Night for ALL club members; Adults, Juveniles, Players & Supporters! It is taking place in the Pearse Brothers Centre between 7 & 8pm this evening Thursday 16th of March. On the night the club will also be launching their new Online Club Shop.

TULLYCORBET CCÉ

Branch session will be held tonight (Thursday 16th) at 8pm. Branch members will be playing at mass in Tullycorbet on St Patricks Day, and junior members will be taking part in the Ballybay St Patricks Day parade. REMINDER: County Fleadh will take place in Ballybay from 1st - 4th of June, events will be announced next week.

CHAMBER CONGRATULATIONS

Ballybay Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the Latton/Bawn community on their very successful St. Patrick’s Day parade which was held last Sunday. Perhaps the local businesses would consider entering their floats in the Ballybay Parade on Friday. Meet on the Carrickmacross Road at 4-30pm.

MOTHERS DAY FLOWERS

Mother’s Day flowers are available locally along with a large range of gifts. These will be delivered free of charge. For further information which will be sure to please the most important woman in your life contact Therese at 042 9741034 or 087 6853316.

TULLYCORBETT DRAMA GROUP

The Tullycorbett Drama group will present a 3 act comedy called “For Love or Money” in their Community Centre on Friday 31st March, Sunday 2nd April and Friday 7th April. Everyone welcome.

PUBLIC WORKSHOP ON COUNTY DEVELOPMENT PLAN

A number of Public workshops are going to take place over the coming weeks to allow the pubic have their say on how Co Monaghan as a whole is developed in the years 2019 -2025. Plans involving Rural development , Community Facilities, Town Centres, Transport and Infrastructure , Heritage & Landscapes , Tourism and Arts , Environmental issues , effects of Brexit and Future jobs and employment in Co Monaghan are going to be discussed. Your opinions are very important as it allows Monaghan County Council hear the opinions of all sections of the community. One of these public workshops will be held in the Wetlands centre on Friday 24th march from 6pm until 9pm. Everyone welcome.

MONTHLY SOCIAL

The regular monthly social at Cuan Mhuire continues on Friday 10 march from 11.30 am onwards and is open to all-comers. The group is accepting an invitation to visit Ardaghey Social Club on Monday 27 March for lunch and a musical afternoon. The bus leaves from the Riverdale car park at 11.30am. Again everyone welcome.

INDOOR BOWLING SEASON CLOSES

The Ballybay indoor bowling season came to a conclusion on Monday night with a game for the Community Shield when we played Latton. This has been our usual end of season game but because of other commitments it just did not happen for the last four years so it is great to see it been played for once again. There was a full turn out of members from both clubs and all finished level on points so it came down to the scores where Ballybay came out winners by 7 shots. The presentation took place afterwards when Seamus Lennon (the Latton Captain) presented Benny Smyth, the Captain of the Ballybay team with the shield. Both captains said their few words and remembered with fondness the banter that would take place when the late Jimmy Mc Elroy and Dessie Mc Govern use to play for the shield. Our Chairperson Angela Rutledge thanked all that contributed to the night and wished all well for the Summer months at the outdoor green. Best wishes and a speedy recovery to Jackie and Vincent Rutledge and Philip Gibson who are in hospital at the moment.

OUTDOOR BOWLS

With the better weather and longer days it is now time to be getting ready for the outdoor bowls in the Town Park. Despite the green being closed a lot of work and planning has been going on behind the scenes which will be revealed at our AGM on Monday 20th March starting at 8pm. All the clubs that played in our local league have been notified of the format of the league for 2017 which we hope will start on Friday 28th April and will run on Mondays and Fridays for the duration of the league.
At a recent community meeting it was decided to upgrade our green as it is now over 10 years in use. A full report on this will be given at the upcoming AGM. Our thanks is extended to Kevin Mc Nally and Monaghan County Council who done a great job in providing the extra car parking spaces and also in cutting down the trees.

TULLYCORBETT COMMUNITY GAMES

Good luck to our local gymnasts who will be competing at the County Community Games Finals on Sunday 12th March. The event will take place in the Acorn Centre, Newbliss, starting at 10am. U9 Girls - Lucy Gilliland and Niamh Harte. U11 Girls - Sarah Louise Harte and Keela Curran. U13 Girls - Cliodhna Linden, Inez MC Ardle and Emma Mc Elmeel
The Community Games Cross Country, Mixed Distance Relay and Marathon County Finals take place on Saturday 18th of March at Tully GAA pitch, Emyvale. Registration will take place at 12pm for all events at the pitch. The XC and MDR will take place at Tully GAA pitch and the Marathon course is around Emy Lake. A reminder that these events are open to an unlimited number of competitors from each area and they do not need to be previously registered on the Online System.

LATTON/BAWN'S ST.PATRICKS DAY CENTENARY PARADE SUNDAY NEXT

On Sunday next, 12th March Latton/Bawn Centenary St.Patrick's Day Parade takes place. Assembling at St.Patrick’s Church Car park, Bawn at 3.45pm and departing at 4pm sharp. The parade will travel via Lacken Bridge to the O'Rahilly GAA Centre, Latton for 5pm. All local business's and Community groups are invited to take part as it is a great opportunity to showcase your business and its activity, so get working on that float. There will be generous prizes for the best floats. For further details, please contact Mary Duffy on 086-8196718 or Seamus Coyle on 087-6814067. A wonderful evening of entertainment is planned in the O'Rahilly GAA Centre with Brendan McCourt live from 6.30pm, also full evening food is available by booking with Bernie Hamilton on 087-9182006 or Mary Duffy on 086-8196718 at 7pm, booking for food is essential. This promises to be a great occasion for the Latton/Bawn Community, so please join in for the entire evening by booking your food at the above numbers. All club members/players are requested to be present at the O'Rahilly Centre at 3pm sharp to act as stewards, please bring a high vis vest.

DRAMA SOCIETY PERFORMANCE

Ballybay Drama Society are presenting “Anyone Could Rob a bank” in the Pearse Brothers Centre. The group will preset three performances on Thursday 23rd March, Friday 24th March and Saturday 25th March. The event will start at 8-30pm nightly and a great night’s entertainment is in store.

Launch of Monaghan Women in Business 2017

Monaghan Women in Business (MWIB) will launch its exciting 2017 programme as part of Enterprise week on International Women’s Day – Wednesday 8th March - at 6.30pm in The Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney.

All women in business/enterprise are invited to attend the launch and to participate in the Women in Business programme throughout the year.

We are thrilled to welcome acclaimed TED Speaker, Social Media Strategist and Tweeting Goddess - Samantha Kelly - as our very special guest speaker at our launch event. Samantha will share with us her experiences of business development through harnessing the ever increasing – and cost effective - power of social media. In addition to her many other accolades, Samantha - founder of Social Media Summit Ireland and co-founder of the Women’s Inspire Network – has recently been appointed Brand Ambassador to Unislim.

Women in Business Network is a Local Enterprise Office initiative which assists female entrepreneurs to grow and develop their businesses by providing information, advice, and promotional opportunities in a friendly, informal networking environment. We welcome businesses at all stages of development – from pre-start up to internationally focused entrepreneurs. Last year, MWIB hosted 9 events throughout the county with a total attendance of over 330 throughout the year. Meetings include presentations by expert speakers on a range of relevant subjects, as identified by participants, a very enjoyable social element and invaluable networking opportunities.

The 2017 launch is a free event, but we are asking that interested parties register Women in Business 2017 launch for catering purposes.

DAFFODIL DAY

This year’s Daffodil Day is on Friday 24th March - The Irish Cancer Society provide many essential services. Night Nursing is a fantastic service made available to people with cancer who are seriously ill at home. This vital support is invaluable to the person who wishes to remain at home being cared for by their family. The Irish Cancer Society provides the only night time care service for cancer patients in their own homes. Explaining why the service is so important local night nurse Catriona Murray said:" It is a privilege and honour to be with a patient and family at such a precious time. I try to bring a sense of calmness, sensitivity, kindness and understanding with caring and comfort for the patients. The relief and reassurance expressed by families in the knowledge that their loved one is comfortable is evidence of the invaluable service of Night Nursing. Daffodil Day means that we can provide this free service to cancer patients". It is so important that we raise as much money as possible in order to continue to provide and expand this service and others. Unfortunately, one in three of us will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetime. Survival rates are on the increase due to further advancement in research. Callers to our Cancer Nurseline (1800 200 700) tell us that talking with a cancer nurse really reduced their anxiety and gave them hope about their situation.
The volunteer drivers are there to take you to and from your chemotherapy appointments, and counselling is available to you in your local area through our affiliated cancer support centres. It is known that 40% of cancers can be prevented. Working with many groups across the country, making people more aware , and giving practical supports to people helps to reduce the number of people getting cancer in the first place by early detection. Every 15minutes someone hears the words 'you have cancer Supporting Cancer research will save lives. Cancer incidence in Ireland is expected to double over the next 20 years. Hence research is needed to identify risk factors, to better understand how cancer develops, and to develop improved treatments and ultimately better outcomes for patients. All your donations we are able to support this vital work.
Ballybay Daffodil Day has being very successful in raising huge amounts of money over the last 25 years. The people of Ballybay and surrounding areas have always generously supported this worthy cause. This would not be possible without our team of Volunteers. This year we are short 10 people to help out either on the Friday or Saturday morning, so please contact me on the number below if you think you could help out for an hour or so. We hope you can donate whatever you can afford to this worthy cause, or help out in any way, either by Volunteering to stand at collection points, supplying fresh daffodils to the various collection points, or arranging with us to collect from your home. If you are in town, why not call in to the Coffee morning/Cake sale( next door to The Ballybay Inn) from 10am to 2pm, or if you want to get involved by baking some cakes or scones for sale at the Coffee morning.
Ballybay Co-Ordinators Joe and Dolores Maguire can be contacted on 0429741717 or 0868340501.

WOMENS WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

The Women’s World Day of Prayer will take place in the Fitzgerald Centre on Friday 3rd March. Proceedings will start at 8pm. Everyone welcome.

MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION AGM

Ballybay Mental Health Association held their AGM last Friday 24 February 2017 at Cuan Mhuire. Reports were delivered from the Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer. The Chairperson paid tribute to the committee members` work during the year. The Secretary noted that Mental Health Ireland has a new CEO. The local committee appointed for the coming year is - Chairperson Michael Mc Ginn (out-going), Secretary Sharon Carraher (out-going), Treasurer Eilish Deery (Out-going) while Michael Mc Ginnity, Gabriel Treanor, Stephen Duffy and Charlie Barker are on the committee. If anyone else would like to offer their services please just contact a committee member. A fund raising community Table Quiz is planned in the near future while the holding of a craft workshop for older people will also be explored. Pupils in sixth class at the six local primary schools have been invited to submit a short essay on the positive mental health theme: Friendship, closing date is Friday 31 March and there is €300 in prizes.

The regular monthly social at Cuan Mhuire continues on Friday 10 march from 11.30 am onwards and is open to all-comers. The group is accepting an invitation to visit Ardaghey Social Club on Monday 27 March for lunch and a musical afternoon. The bus leaves from the Riverdale car park at 11.30am. Again everyone welcome.

IMPORTANT CHURCH DATES ANNOUNCED

This week dates have been announced for Confirmation, First Communion and Blessing of the Graves. This year’s Confirmation will take place on Sunday 7th May at 3pm. First Holy Communion is on Saturday 27th May at 11am and Blessing of the Graves will take place on Sunday 30th July.

CHILDREN’S BIBLE CLUB

The 'Rockcorry Children's Bible Club' for Primary School children is on tonight Thursday 2nd March from 6 - 7pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church hall. Bring a friend or two with you. Bible lessons, quizzes, singing, games and refreshments. Organised by Ronnie and Carey Killops, Faith Mission.

TABLE QUIZ

Ballybay Central School would like to invite you to a Table Quiz in Derryvalley Hall on Friday 8th March at 8pm. This promises to be a great night with local man Stephen Duffy as Quizmaster and various spot prizes. Table of 4 is €30 (children €5) and supper will be provided.

ALICE INDIA BOUND

Alice Crawford is returning to India this summer to do voluntary work with children with the charity Future Sense Foundation, India. She is hosting a Mad Hatter's Tea Party in Springfield House, Ballybay on Saturday 8th April from 11 am. Please note the change of date to the 8th of April. Come along with your friends and enjoy a chat and delicious home baking while helping to support children living in poverty in India

GOSPEL MEETING

An invitation is being offered to a Gospel Meeting in the Faith Mission Hall, Bushford, Rockcorry on Friday 3rd March 2017 at 8pm. This is organised by Ronnie & Carey Killops of the Faith Mission. All welcome. Plan to come, and bring a friend. Refreshments afterwards.

LIFE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT SEMINAR

The Fitzgerald Centre at Cuan Mhuire is the venue for a series of seminars entitled ‘Life in the Holy Spirit’. These seminars have been organized by Ballybay Charismatic Prayer Group and take place every Thursday evening until 6th April. The evening begins with Rosary at 7pm and the seminar proper begins at 7-30pm. Further information is available from 087 9376177.