Superior Retailing Programme 2020/21

Is a programme for SME Owners & Managers of Retail and Service Businesses to assist recovery from the impacts of BREXIT and COVID-19 and to improve the performance of their business over the coming years. With a number of highly valuable strands, this well-established programme is designed for busy business managers and will run over 16 weeks.
Free of Charge for approved businesses but places strictly limited, and registration as soon as possible is advised
Please request a programme brochure from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Optimum Results on 042 9333033

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The turning on of the Christmas Lights will take place on Friday 27th November. This year owing to the COVID-19 pandemic the lights switch on will be different. The committee must act responsibly and for that reason there will be no big switch on and Santa will not be in the Square to give presents to the local children. The lights will be turned on Friday evening and will remain in place until the new year.


As winter settles in around us and Christmas draws near, our local SVP Conference is concerned about families who will face impossible choices this year. They will struggle with the decision of heating the house or having Christmas dinner.
SVP will be able to help alleviate the struggle families facing these impossible choices, thanks to the generosity of people in parishes who continue to support the SVP Collections throughout the year.
As many are aware, owing to parishes not able to have people gathering for Sunday Masses, the monthly SVP Collection has been missed and this has resulted in a drop in finds. That said, the introduction of the SVP Envelope in August has resulted in many parishioners forwarding generous donations to SVP and for this we are most grateful.
SVP Nationally will shortly launch its Annual Christmas Appeal, titled ‘Impossible Choices’, with the SVP Collection Sunday, fixed for 13th December. Even though Covid-19 restrictions are expected to ease in the lead into Christmas, numbers gathering for masses will be much reduced as people continue adhering to social distancing guidelines – and so the local branch of SVP are once again encouraging parishioners to make further use of the SVP Envelope (available in church porches) by way of facilitating the generous Christmas donations that people are in the habit of making at this time of year.
If you are in need of assistance you can contact us by writing to SVP C/O Confraternity Rooms, St. Patrick Street, Ballybay of Freephone 180077777, at latest by Thursday 10th December. In either case our SVP volunteers will follow up with a short visit to see how best we may assist.
While SVP always wants to be able to respond to calls for help, it is important that nobody seeks help unless they are genuinely in need of it.


In view of the decision by Government to move the country to level 5, the celebration of all masses is now restricted to online only. Thanks to the recently installed webcam at St. Patrick’s, Ballybay the following seven masses are available using the following link:
Monday, St. Patrick’s, 7-30pm
Tuesday, St. Patrick’s, 9-30am
Wednesday, St. Patrick’s, 9-30am
Thursday, St. Patrick’s, 9-30am
Friday, St. Patrick’s, 7-30pm
Saturday, St. Patrick’s, Vigil 6-30pm
Sunday, St. Patrick’s, 12-15pm
There will be no Sunday masses in Ballintra and Tullycorbet until further notice. St. Patrick’s will remain open for private prayer and confessions will be heard on Saturdays at 12noon.


With Christmas just 5 weeks away the local Chamber of Commerce are appealing to everyone to shop local and support local business at this difficult time. The level 5 restrictions have been tough on businesses and if everyone could consider buying their Christmas presents locally this would have a very positive effect on the community and economy. Remember that local vouchers are also available and would make great presents for anyone.


The Pearse Brothers Club AGM will be held on Saturday 28th November at 6pm. The meeting will be held using Microsoft Teams. This will be first time the club’s AGM is held remotely.


A massive congratulations are due to the students (and parents) of Scoil Eanna who recently donated 129 shoe boxes to the Team Hope Annual Shoe Box Appeal. The boxes were beautifully wrapped and are now on their way to children affected by poverty in Eastern Europe and Africa. Well done everyone.


Christ Church Aughnamullen are hosting a pop-up shop in a vacant premises on Main Street, Ballybay on Friday 6th December and Saturday 7th December from 10-30am to 5pm. Proceeds are going towards fund raising for church repairs.


Practice for all members of the 3 local church choirs will take place in St. Patrick’s Church on Monday evening next at 8pm.


The local Mens Shed have produced a number of articles which would be suitable for Christmas presents. These include bird boxes and numerous small wooden toys/decorations. The shed is located down the side of the library.


Ballybay Camphill Community will hold their annual Christmas Craft sale on Saturday 30th November at Robb’s Farm, Clones road from 1pm until 4pm. Available will be bric-a-brac, tea/snacks, waffles, crepes, homemade cakes, organic jam/juice, handweaving, candle making, face painting and pizzas. Donations of cakes and bric-a-brac would be very much appreciated.


This year’s Christmas Lights switch on will take place on Friday 29th November in the Square at 7pm. Please put this date in your diary. Santa will be there and there will be presents for every child in attendance.


Ballybay Social Club’s Christmas Party will take place on Friday 6th December at 11am. This will include Christmas Dinner, Christmas Gift and Entertainment by Brid McCabe. So why not come along and get into the Christmas spirit and everyone is welcome and bring a friend.


The Ballybay Heritage Society have produced a 2020 calendar which would make a lovely Christmas present especially for family members who may live overseas. The calendar has 13 pictures of Ballybay which were taken over 100 years ago. It is available in local shops or from any member of the Ballybay heritage Society. Alternatively you can contact Paddy Rutledge at 0429741730 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


All are welcome to a Community Carol Service in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church (kindly granted) on Sunday 1st December 2019 at 7pm. This service is organised by Jim Lyons Faith Mission. Refreshments afterwards. Come along and bring family and friends.


Ballybay Community Creche are hosting a fundraising coffee morning and evening event on Friday 29th November. Tea, coffee, scones and croissants will be available from 8am until 11am and then in the evening from 5pm until 7pm there will be hot chocolate and marshmallows. Santa will be in attendance in the evening and there will be pictures and presents. Everyone welcome.

Free Trees Initiative - Science Festival

SFI TreesAs part of the Science Festival and in line with the theme ‘Climate Action’, we have been given 1000 native Irish trees to give out free to community and voluntary groups, schools in the county and who will plant in the month of November.

We would like to reach out to the tidy towns committees and other community based groups who would endeavour to plant the trees in a community space.

We are proposing a minimum of 10 and max of 25 trees per group who express an interest.

The trees are stored in Newbliss at the moment and we hope to give them out on Monday 25th November at a ceremony here in Clones Library at 9.30am with Minister Humphreys.


A new defibrillator training course for anyone in the Ballybay and Tullycorbet area is being delivered on Monday 11th November in Tullycorbet Community Centre from 6-30pm to 10pm. If interested please contact Sheila 0868319459 or Una 0867963890 to book a training slot. Please support this valuable community resource.


The monthly social day takes place this Friday in Cuan Mhuire from 11am until 2pm. Everyone welcome.


A coffee morning and cake sale will be held on Friday 22nd of November 2019 in Hall Street Church Hall. All funds go to centres catering for local children with Special Needs. Your support would be very much appreciated.


Many, many thanks to all who kindly donated and helped make it possible for us to get our beautiful new driveway up and around Christ Church, a beautiful job indeed, thank you to all involved.


Tickets to Gerry Mc Elroy’s annual fundraising dance are still available. The annual senior citizens party and fundraising dance will take place in just one week. On Friday 15th November the senior citizens party will take place in Lisdoonan Community Centre. After being provided with dinner Country Harmony will entertain the expected large attendance. Gerry has also guaranteed a very special guest on the night. The following night Saturday 16th November USA Country Music legend Robert Mizzell will rock the Lisdoonan Centre. This is always a brilliant night with supper served and all proceeds raised being distributed to local senior citizen groups. Tickets are available from Gerry’s take Away or you can pay on the door.


A Community Games Meeting is taking place on Wednesday 13th November in Tullycorbet Hall at 7.30pm. All parents with children aged 6-15 years are invited to attend and please bring anyone you know living in the Ballybay, Drumhowan or Tullycorbet area who have children aged 6-15years. Also welcome are grandparents, retired persons or anyone who would like to help our children enjoy learning new activities. Community games offers a wide range of activities but your participation is required in order to maximise its potential. Activities include Art, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Camogie, Chess, Choir, Cross country, Cycling, Debating, Drama comedy sketch, Draughts, Duathlon, Futsal, Gaelic football, Group singing, Group music, Group modern dance, Gymnastics, Handball, Handwriting, Hurling, Indoor soccer, Irish contemporary dance, Marathon, Mini rugby, Model making, Pitch n putt, Project, Recitation, Rounders, Skittles, Soccer, Spikeball, Swimming, Solo music, Solo modern dance, Solo singing, Table quiz, Table tennis and Tag rugby. We would be delighted if you could join us on Wednesday 13th November @ 7.30pm in Tullycorbet Hall.


The Ballybay Heritage Society have produced a 2020 calendar which would make a lovely Christmas present especially for family members who may live overseas. The calendar has 13 pictures of Ballybay which were taken over 100 years ago. It is available in local shops or from any member of the Ballybay heritage Society. Alternatively you can contact Paddy Rutledge at 0429741730 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Monaghan County Council is carrying out a feasibility study for a proposed community and business hub in Ballybay to help to regenerate the town and the community, make it more vibrant and attract further investment. The proposed community and business hub will positively impact the community and the economic and social development of Ballybay by encouraging community activities, community business and job creation.
The Council need the public input as representatives of community organisations to make sure the new Ballybay Community and Business Hub will meet the needs of your community, your organisation and the growth needs of businesses and new business start-ups or social enterprises.
The councilwould be grateful if people could take 10 minutes to complete an online survey at the following link:
to tell them what you think and give us your views For further information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. tel 0044 2887 769 007.


Many thanks to all who gave to the Chernobyl Children church gate collection at the 3 churches last weekend. The total collected was €835.


Ballybay Tidy Towns has allocated a little funding to offer to local housing estates who would like to undertake a small project. This could be planting bulbs or painting a fence or cutting back shrubs, or planting a tree, or other ideas. So if you are living in a housing estate and see something that will improve your area please message us (Ballybay Tidy Towns – Facebook) so we can discuss your idea and see how we can help you. We know there are people doing great work without much help or recognition so we would like to help you if we can.


Recently local farmer Patrick Gorman recently celebrated his 30th Birthday with a great night in Liam Smyth’s Bar. While great celebrations took place, donations were also collected and these have been donated to Cavan Monaghan Pallative Care. A big thank you to all who supported.


The AGM of Ballybay Pearse Brothers will take place on Saturday 1st December at 5pm in the clubhouse.


A cook ‘n’ taste event will be held in Drumhowan Community Centre on Sunday next 2nd December from 2pm until 5pm. There will be an opportunity for those in attendance to cook, share and taste recipes before Christmas.


A huge thank you to all who contribute in anyway by giving cakes, milk, cash donation, prizes for the raffle to make this event such an outstanding success. Special word of thanks to Pat O Brien for the use of his premises, Paul Duffy for his valuable support and Brendan Macklin for supplying the boiler and to all those who joined us on the day for the tea and the natter and bought tickets, also our helpers. A huge thank you to one and all.


A Senior Citizens Xmas Dinner will take place on Friday Dec 7th in Cuan Mhurie from 11am until 2pm. Along with a lovely four course meal Briege Clerkin will be doing Xmas flowering arrangements and there will also be music and dance and plus an xmas gift for everyone in the audience so why not come along and bring a friend and enjoy good food good craic and good company.


The local SVP Conference is concerned about locals who may need some extra help at this time of year. If you are in need of assistance you can contact the SVP in writing (SVP, C/O Confraternity Rooms, St. Patrick’s Street, Ballybay) before Friday 14th December. Contact can also be made at 1800677777. St. Vincent de Paul wishes to thank all those who contribute financially to collections throughout the year and are seeking continued support towards the annual pre- Christmas Church Gate Collections which will take place on the 8th and 9th December. Your support at the collections would be very much appreciated.

Community Transformation Programme

Invitation to Local Communities
Would your community like to work with Monaghan Sports Partnership in supporting a physical activity programme in your local area?

Does your community have the capacity to come together to provide a range of physical activity opportunities for everyone?

Would your community like run a programme which develops fitter, healthier, happier people?

If you think this is for your community in 2019, please contact Monaghan Sports Partnership to find out more.

Expression of Interest and additional information is available at; or
by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone to: 042-9755126

Community Transformation Programme Information PDF >>


(Communities must have the capacity to start 8-week activity programme in January 2019)
Please note the number of communities that can be supported is limited.


With just under five weeks to Christmas Ballybay Town Vouchers which are available throughout the town would make excellent Christmas presents. Ballybay Chambers of commerce would urge locals to shop locally in the run up to Christmas and to support the local shops.


The Christmas Lights turn on will take place on Friday 7th December. Santa will be in the Square afterwards with a free present for all children. More details next week.


A nice way to remember loved ones at Christmas is with a blessed candle. Fr. Mc Eneaney has blessed a number of candles which are available in local shops. They are €7 each or two for €10. Proceeds from the sale of the candles will go to the Christmas Lights.


Crossduff Parich Church will be holding their annual Carol Service on Sunday 2nd December at 3pm with music by Ballybay Country Gospel Group and guest preacher Rev. Colin Anderson (Castleblayney/Corvally Presbyterian group of Churches). Everyone is most welcome and there will be refreshments afterwards in the old stables.


Ballybay Special Needs annual coffee morning and cake sale takes place on Friday 23rd November from 10am till 2pm beside Pat O Brien’s Bar. There will also be a raffle on the day. Please support this worthy cause.



All welcome to 'Community Carol Service' in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church (kindly granted) on Sunday 2nd December 2018 at 7pm. Soloist: Lynda Lindsay and Christmas message by David Bennett, Faith Mission. Refreshments afterwards. Organised by the Andrew and Jenny McCullough of the Faith Mission. Come and bring family/friends.


The annual Community Carol Service takes place in Christchurch on Wednesday 19th December at 8pm. Practice for the service will take place every Wednesday at 8pm in the Confraternity rooms. All very welcome to attend.


On Wednesday Murnane’s shop was a hive of activity as members of the Ballybay Heritage Society/Ballybay Artists displayed their recent work. Several pieces were sold while others were photographed and no doubt will shortly appear all over the place.


Ballybay Community Creche are busy organising the crèches Christmas Fayre. It is on Saturday 1st December from 1-4pm in the creche grounds. Your support would be very much appreciated.


Ballybay Tidy Towns Committee have organised the first estate litter pick/tidy up for this Saturday (17th November) at 10am. If you are living in Loch Mor Avenue or if you want to help out, please meet at the Peace Bridge at 10 am.


Keep free Friday 30th November for a monster barn dance in aid of Ballybay Cancer Society. Tullycorbett Community Centre will be the venue with a 9pm start. Music on the night by Glor Tire winner Gary Fitzpatrick. Supper served.


The annual Camphill Advent Craft Sale takes place at the Camphill Community, Robbs Farm on Saturday 24th November. All the usual attractions will be there. It is also a great opportunity to purchase some nice Christmas gifts while helping a very good cause.


The Cavan Monaghan Sciene Festival is running from 10th to 24th November and a number of associated events will run in Bally bay and surrounding areas. All workshops are free however booking is essential. You can book at the local library or at Today (Thursday 15th November) will see a children’s workshop at the library entitled ‘Precious Corals and Jewels of the Ocean’. It is aimed at children aged 8-12 years. Tomorrow Friday 16th November Tanagh Outdoor Education centre will host an event entitled ‘Exploring Citizen Science along the Dromore River Corridor’. This event is aimed at persons over 18 years old and starts at 10am sharp however registration takes place at Tanagh from 9-45am. The morning event will show citizen science in action and Guest speakers from Met Eireann and the Biodiversity Data Centre will show the how and what citizen science records have been taken in Monaghan in recent years. The event will also showcase how everyone can get involved in recording nature with local citizen science projects. In the afternoon we will try it for ourselves on a boat trip down the Dromore or in the wetlands of Tanagh. This event involves outdoor activity so please wear raingear and suitable footwear. Not wheelchair friendly. The final event will be held in Ballybay Library on Thursday 22nd November between 4pm and 6pm and is entitled ‘Paint, Pendulums and Acrobats Workshop’. Children aged between 8 and 12 years will learn about force and motion through art. Make a magical gravity defying acrobat, participate in the Cup Racing Game and create a messy pendulum painting project!


A mass will be held for the deceased Sisters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Ballybay on Sunday next 18th November. The mass will be held in St. Patrick’s church at 3pm.


This Saturday 10th November Limerick legend Jimmy Buckley will take to the stage in Lisdoonan Community Centre as the main attraction for this year’s Senior Citizen Fundraising dance. The event organised annually by Gerry Mc Elroy raises monies for a number of Senior Citizen charities and is brilliantly supported by large numbers. The night before the big fundraising dance (Friday 9th November) Gerry will host his annual Senior Citizens party with a 7pm start. Music on the night will be supplied by Country Harmony and as with previous parties there will be some special guests stopping by to say hello to all who attend. Admission to the senior citizens party is free.
Saturday night’s spectacular kicks off at 8-30pm with DJ Stefan’s Country disco. Stefan is sure to warm you up and then from 10pm until 12midnight Dermot Mc Connell will provide support to Jimmy Buckley who will appear on stage at midnight and play until 2pm. Supper will be served on the night and all proceeds will go to support numerous local senior citizens groups. Admission to the night which sees over six hours of music is just €15. Tickets are available at Gerry’s Takeaway, various local outlets or you can also pay at the door on the night. Gerry would like to sincerely thank you all for your continued support and looks forward to seeing many old friends on the night.


Balybay Special Needs annual coffee morning and cake sale takes place on Friday 23rd November from 10am till 2pm beside Pat O Brien’s Bar. There will also be a raffle on the day. Please support this worthy cause.


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


Welcome to Faith Mission Gospel Rally on Thursday 15th November 2018 at 8pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church hall (kindly granted). Speaker Andrew McCullough Faith Mission. Refreshments afterwards.


A massive thank you to all who turned up on Saturday last to help with the Tidy Towns Committees winter clean up. Pictured are some of the committee and volunteers who braved the frosty weather to support the clean up.



On Saturday the 9th of December at 6pm Christ Church youth club are holding their Christmas disco party night in the church hall, all national school children are very welcome to come along and of course if any secondary school children would like to come and share their moves they are most welcome, parents are invited to stay for a cup of tea or coffee and a catch up.
On Wednesday the 20th of December at 8pm Christ Church are holding their annual Carol service, we are having the Dungannon silver band, Ballybay Community choir and Camphill Community bell ringers all taking part so it definitely is an evening not to be missed, refreshments served afterwards. All are very welcome so we hope to see you there.


On Sunday Ballybay Pearse Brothers defeated Scotstown 2-14 to 1-9 at Monaghan to claim back to back Division 1 league titles (Owen Ward Cup). Full report on a great display available in the sports pages.


Last Friday night over 360 guests enjoyed a four course Christmas meal at Gerry Mc Elroy’s annual Senior Citizens Party. After the meal everyone enjoyed dancing to Dermot Mc Connell and there was also a special guest appearance by country legend Susan Mc Cann. A number of people have been in touch to pass on their thanks to Lisdoonan, Gerry and his family and staff and George Wallace and his staff for a truly wonderful event.


Crossduff Parish near Shantonagh will host their annual Carol Service on Sunday 3rd December at 3pm. The guest preacher will be the Rev. Colin Mc Conaghie (Carrickmacross) and music will be provided by the Ballybay Country Gospel Group. There will be refreshments in the old stables afterwards and everyone is welcome.


The Ballintra Players drama group based in Drumhowan will present “A Matter Of Conscience” & “Roma”, two one act plays written by Eugene Mc Cabe and directed by Tommy Mc Ardle in Iontas on 1st December at 8pm. The plays were successfully staged in Drumhowan last weekend.


On Saturday December 23rd Ballybay Pearse Brothers would like to invite all the current/ past players, management, family members and all supporters of the 1997 Division 2 Minor League Team that won an epic battle against a talented Tyholland team in Clones to a DVD night in Pat O Briens Bar, Ballybay from 9: 30pm. It marks 20 years since that wonderful achievement and a great night of craic is sure to be had with the burning question Was JP Carroll going for a goal or a point? Everyone is welcome and food will be served at half time on the night.


Gerry’s Take Away on the Main Street will be closing on Saturday next at 5pm due to the fundraising dance in Lisdoonan on Saturday evening. Gerry is very sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause. The fundraising dance on Saturday night will raise monies for a number of local charities. Don’t worry if you have not got a ticket you can pay on the door.


Ballybay Tidy Towns are planning a clean-up on Saturday next 25th November. It will involve litter picking, pulling weeds which is particularly bad on the Main Street, and a general clean-up of derelict property. If you could spare an hour please let any member of the Tidy Town Committee know and then meet at the Square at 10am.


The club AGM will take place on Friday 1st of December at 7:30pm in the Pearse Brothers Centre. Nomination forms will be circulated by post and e-mail in the coming days.


You are invited to a Community Carol Service on Sunday 3rd December 2017 at 7pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian church (kindly granted). Carol singing, local children taking part and Soloist: Lizzie Allister. Christmas message by Andrew McCullough, Faith Mission. Everyone is welcome. Bring a friend. Refreshments served afterwards. "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus; for He shall save His people from their sins." Matthew 1:21


Ballybay Pearse Brothers defeated Latton 1-16 to 2-8 on Sunday last to reach the 2017 league final. In that decider they will play county champions Scotstown. Full match report available on the sports pages.


Ballybay Special Needs annual coffee morning and cake sale takes place on Friday 24th November from 10am to 2pm beside Pat O Brien's pub. Loads of cakes and goodies and a raffle on the day. Proceeds go to our special needs centers caring for our children and adults.


Christ Church Ballybay would like to say a big, big thank you to each and everyone one of you that helped make our Seasonal Supper Suggestions evening last Thursday the 16th November such a huge success. A very special thank you to Astrid Moffett for all her hard work, for sharing her cookery expertise with us and sending us home with wonderful ideas and inspiration, what a fabulous cookery demonstration which everyone seemed to really enjoy, well done Astrid we very much appreciate all you put into the evening.


The Ballybay Walking Group meets every Tuesday night in the Town Park at 7pm. They also meet on Wednesday mornings at 9.30am in the Town Park. Everyone is welcome regardless of age or fitness level.


Gerry Mc Elroy’s annual fundraising dance takes place on Saturday night with six hours of music and dancing promised. Once again Lisdoonan Community Centre will be the venue for an evening which will kick off at 8pm. First up DJ Stefan will warm up the audience from 8pm until 10pm and then Longford Legend Mick Flavin will take to the stage and play until midnight. At 12 another Longford Legend Declan Nearney will complete the night with another two hours of great music. All of this will cost just €15 and all the proceeds will be in aid of local Senior Citizens Groups. Supper will be served at 12am so you can keep your energy levels up for the late run in. Don’t worry if you haven’t got a ticket as you can pay on the door.


Local newsagents Darren and Therese Smyth have come up with a novel way to raise money for the Ballybay Cancer Society. The forward thinking business duo have produced Christmas cards with greetings from Ballybay, Latton, Aughnamullen and Tullycorbett. A percentage of the sale of all cards sold will be donated to the charity. The cards are available from their shop in the Square.


Local quiz master Stephen Duffy has produced his third quiz book and is chasing the number one spot for Christmas book sales in Eason’s Monaghan. Stephen’s second quiz book was the top seller in Eason’s Monaghan last year even outselling Paul O Connell’s biography and he is well on the way to reclaiming the accolade this year. His book priced at just €10 makes a great stocking filler and has been endorsed by Dragon Dens Gavin Duffy (no relation). Copies of the book are available in all local book shops or by contacting Stephen at 087 7687780.


Local lady Martina Stuart recently ran the Dublin City Marathon and in the process raised €1470 for ‘Feileacain’ (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland). Martina would like to sincerely thank everyone who helped raise funds and the local businesses (Smyth’s Newsagents, Gerry’s, Robin Mc Donnell and Ballybay Pharmacy) who permitted her to leave sponsor cards in their shops. Martina greatly appreciated everyone’s support.


The Christmas lights will be turned on this year at 7-30pm on Friday 8th December. The honour on this occasion will fall to the lady footballers of Latton who recently won the Monaghan and Ulster Intermediate club titles. Santa Claus will also be in attendance with presents for all the children who are present on the night.


Ballybay Chamber of Commerce vouchers are available to purchase throughout the town. The vouchers are available in €10 and €20 denominations and will make great Christmas presents. The vouchers can be used all year. The Chamber would like locals to consider shopping local this year and to help keep money and jobs in the town.


JAMIE WESTLatton bowler Jamie West has enhanced his reputation once again with a victory in the Killany singles tournament. After three tough games it was final time. In the decider Jamie was losing by two shots with just one bowl left. Jamie then delivered a brilliant shot, splitting the jack and disloding a number of bowls and winning by a single shot. This was Jamie's second tournament victory in the month of October.

Monaghan LEADER Social Enterprise Training

Is your community group eligible to apply for Monaghan LEADER funding? Are you thinking about developing a community or social enterprise in County Monaghan? If the answer is ‘Yes’ to either of the questions above, then you may be interested in joining the Monaghan LEADER Social Enterprise Training Programme.

Run over 8 evenings in Castleblayney from November 2017 to March 2018, this practical and engaging programme will enable you to work with an experienced social enterprise trainer to develop a credible and focused Business Plan that is ‘grant application ready’. Marketing, human resources, income generation and corporate governance are just some of the key topics that will be covered over the duration of the programme.

To facilitate busy managers and volunteers, training workshops are scheduled to take place from 7pm – 10pm on each of the following dates:

November 15 & 29
December 6 & 13
January 17 & 31
February 21 & March 7

A day long field trip to social enterprises will take place on February 7th.

Places on this free to attend programme are limited, so please contact the training facilitator, Caroline Egan from CramdenTECH without delay. The closing date for expressions of interest is November 8th.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 087-2194541 to book a place!


LORRAINE AND COOn Saturday night last Lorraine Duffy celebrated her 40th Birthday with a difference. While all her family and friends had gathered in the Community Centre in Aughhnamullen Lorraine had her hair shaved in aid of the Ballybay Cancer Society. Joanne Marron had her pony tail removed and Noel Farrell also had his head shaved. Monies are still coming in so we will report back in a few weeks with the total amount raised. In the meantime HAPPY BIRTHDAY LORRAINE.


Ballybay Social Group meet again on Friday 10 November next from 11.30 onwards at Cuan Mhuire, Monaghan Road, Ballybay. It is open to whoever would like to drop in, morning/coffee and scones are served with lunch at 12.30pm. There is a special flower arrangement session by Brid Clerkin (Monaghan) who will demonstrate the making of beautiful table centre pieces and other ornamental patterns. Free raffles and spot prizes, chat and friendship are also on the programme! Hope to see you there. Any queries, contact 086 0660270.


Ballybay Special Needs annual coffee morning and cake sale takes place on Friday 24th November from 10am to 2pm beside Pat O Brien's pub. Loads of cakes and goodies and a raffle on the day. Proceeds go to our special needs centers caring for our children and adults.


The annual Christmas Craft Sale in aid of Camphill will take place on 18th November 2017 from 2pm - 5pm. Admission is free and it promises to be a great day out for all the family. All the usual attractions will be on offer. Donations of Bric a Brac / cakes who be very much appreciated. For further information contact the Camphill Community at 0429748197.


The Ballybay Walking Group meets every Tuesday night in the Town Park at 7pm. They will also be starting a morning walk next Wednesday 15th at 9.30am in the Town Park. Everyone is welcome regardless of age or fitness level.


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


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


Latton Ladies have reached the All Ireland intermediate club semi-final after winning in Liverpool at the weekend. Goals from Shannon Conlon, Emilie Culleton and Joanne Culleton proved decisive as they beat John Mitchells 3-7 to 1-10. In the All Ireland semi-final they play Meath side Dunboyne on 19th November.


Everyone is invited to a Faith Mission Rally meeting in Faith Mission Hall, Bushford, Rockcorry on Thursday 16th November 2017 at 8pm. Speaker: Andrew McCullough. Special singing. Refreshments afterwards.


BONNIE DUFFY NYOn Saturday night last Ballybay native Bonnie Duffy and his wife Cathriona Brady (Aghabog) were guests of honour at the 105th Monaghan Society of New York annual dinner dance. Bonnie who is a former Ballybay Pearse Brothers player is the current chairman of Monaghan GAA in New York. Bonnie has never forgotten his roots and is a frequent visitor home to Ballybay.


The Cavan Monaghan Science Festival will commencing shortly and this year as part of the festival there will be four workshops hosted in Ballybay. These workshops will be hosted on 13th/14th/15th November and are free to attend but booking is essential. Details of all four workshops is listed below.


Last week the illustrious inter-county career of Ballybay’s Paul (Jap) Finlay came to an end as he announced his retirement from County football. Paul first played for Monaghan in 2003 and in his 14 year career played 168 times for the Farney Army. During those games he became Monaghan’s leading point scorer with an amazing tally of 5-548. He won 3 National league titles and 2 Ulster titles. He also won an All Ireland Vocational Schools medal with Monaghan and a Sigerson with Sligo IT. In 2008 he was called in to the Ireland International Rules Football team. He has also represented Ulster in the Railway cup. Regarded as one of the most stylish footballers of the modern era he also had one of the sweetest left feet in the game. Since he announced his retirement Paul has been inundated with well wishers. He recently took to twitter to thank them all tweeting, “Gobsmacked by nature and volume of kind words sent my way over the last few days. All I can say is a MASSIVE THANK YOU to all”.


The annual Christmas lights turn on will take place on Saturday 3rd December at 5-30pm in the Square. The big man himself (Santa) has promised to stop by with a free gift for every child. Your support for the big switch on would be very much appreciated.


Latton Ladies took part in a truly amazing All Ireland semi final on Sunday last when they drew with Dublin outfit St. Maur’s in Rush. Latton had led for most of the game however with time running out the Rush side led by a goal. In the final minute Joanne Culleton found the back of the net to tie the game at 4-8 to 4-8 and force extra time. After 20 minutes the sides could not be separated so a replay in Latton is on the cards. At time of going to print the date and time was not known however check the ladies football notes in the sports pages for further details.


A DVD of the Carrickatee Ballybay 1916 commemorations is now available to purchase. These would make excellent Christmas presents and are excellent value at just €10. If you are interested in purchasing one, contact Paul Mc Carthy at 087 6547685.


Stephen ‘s second quiz book entitled “Quizzing Around the Christmas Tree - Volume 2” is available to purchase in a number of local shops. The book is full of new educational and fun questions suitable for all the family. It certainly would make an excellent stocking filler for Christmas.


An invitation is extended to all locals to a Community Carol Service on Sunday 4th December 2016 @ 7pm in Rockcorry Presbyterian Church. Carol singing, local children taking part and Christmas message by Andrew McMullan (C.E.F.). Everyone is welcome. Refreshments served afterwards. Organised by Ronnie and Carey Killops, Faith Mission.


The Chamber of Commerce vouchers are available in most of the local shops. These are available in values of €10 and €20 and would make excellent Christmas presents. The vouchers can be exchanged in all local shops at any time of the year.


Congratulations to Kathleen Feeney who scooped the €8000 first prize in the Pearse Brothers big draw last Saturday night. Other winners on the night were Oliver Brean (TV to the value of €1000), Dermot Mc Ardle (€750 local shopping voucher) and Anna Mc Carthy (€250 Mc Eniff Hotel voucher).
A number of presentations were also made on the night. These were to the Ballybay Hurling team of 1976 who won the county championship, to our local players who recently won Ulster medals with Monaghan and to Conor Duffy on his All Ireland athletics success. The club also has DVD’s of the recent Ward Cup victory over Castleblayney. They are for sale at €15 each from either Eileen Kerr or Niall Duffy.


The Bank of Ireland will host an enterprise day in the Recreation Centre on Saturday 3rd December from 2pm until 5pm. A number of business stands are confirmed for the day and Rachael Allen will be the special guest. Further information is available from Mary Rose Mc Guckian at the Ballybay Branch of Bank of Ireland


Camphill is hosting their annual Craft Fayre on Saturday 19th November 2016 from 2pm until 5pm. All the usual stalls will be in operation and there will be lots of refreshments available. Everyone welcome


Ulster junior champions Latton are in All Ireland semi final action on Sunday next when they travel to north County Dublin. The local side will take on St. Maurs of Rush in the Dublin seaside town at 1pm.


Ballybay Pearse Brothers won their first senior league title since 1986 when they defeated Castleblayney Faughs in Emyvale on Sunday last. The late introduction of Hugh Malone who contributed 1-2 saw the local side win 3-11 to 1-10. Lots of great pictures on Ballybay and its People Facebook page and Ballybay Pearse Brothers Facebook page.

Ballybay Remembers 1916

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The weekend of Friday 10th - Sunday 12th of June, 2016, Ballybay Town paid tribute to the memories of 1916. Starting on Friday night the play "Pull Down a Horseman " written by Eugene McCabe in 1966 was performed by Jim Cleary ( James Connolly) , Brian O Harte ( Padraig Pearse ) and directed by Harry Cleary at the Pearse Brothers Club Rooms.

On Saturday, a street drama "Two Paths To One Place" was performed to the fantastic backdrop of the Market House. Local man Aiden Mc Quillan was responsible for the production and directing of this superb drama. The street drama followed a parade of the youth in which young people from local GAA clubs marched from the Castleblayney Road to the Market House. The evening ended with the reading of the Proclamation, excellently read by pupils from St Eannas National School and the raising of our National Fag by Eamom Gorman former Battalion Quatermaster in the FCA.

imageThroughout the weekend an exhibition took place in Liam Smyth's meeting rooms. The exhibition was in memory of the sixteen men who were executed. Sixteen local people contributed to the exhibition, each person giving their own unique memory to each of the sixteen men.

The weekend concluded with an afternoon of music, song and culture in the local Pearse Brothers club rooms. Where better than to conclude such a great weekend than in the Club Rooms named after two pillars of the 1916 rising.



Once again the annual Pink Ribbon Day has been a great success with over €5000 raised. Local co-ordinator Paddy Gilmour would like to thank everyone who either helped collect, or who contributed. Speaking to the Ballybay news Paddy said, “I am delighted to report that this year’s Pink Ribbon Day has raised a fantastic total of €5,736-30c. This figure would not have been possible without the continued support of a bunch of very dedicated volunteers and the generosity of the people of Ballybay and surrounding areas. I would also like to pay a special tribute to Dolores Maguire. She recently celebrated her 50th Birthday and donated €855 the proceeds of a party night to the fund.”.


Ballybay Chamber of Commerce is asking all local businesses and residents to get their flags out this weekend as the Peasre Brothers going in search of a senior county league title. Last Sunday the local side had a good win over Truagh and this Sunday in Emyvale they will play Castleblayney in the final. The Chamber would like to wish them all the best in their quest for silverware.


On a few occasions this year we have mentioned that local man James Flanagan has had some of his pictures featured on the RTE website. Well the very talented James has gone and produced a calendar for 2017 which features Ballybay scenes. Having seen a sneak preview of the calendar I can vouch for its quality and I would say it’s a guaranteed best seller for the Christmas. The calendar would certainly make a wonderful present especially for anyone overseas. Anyone interested in getting their hands on one of them should go on facebook and private message James mother Christine Duffy for further details.


Crossduff Parish Church is hosting their annual carol service on Sunday 4th December at 3pm. This will be conducted by the Rev. Margaret Pringle while the guest preacher will be Mr. Charlie Mills. Ballybay Country Gospel Group will provide the music/ Everyopne is welcome and refreshments will be served afterwards in the old stables.


Ballybay special needs are having a coffee morning and cake sale on Friday 18th November 2016 in the vacant shop beside Pat O Brien's pub from 10am to 2pm. Loads of goodies to be raffled, please come and bring a friend.


A Science & Technology in Sports Forum will be held on Tuesday 15th November 7.30pm in the Iontas Centre, Castleblayney. Advances in Science and technology are being used throughout the Sports world to improve Athletic performance, from the amateur GAA clubs to Olympic heroes. As part of the Cavan Monaghan Science Festival, we have put together a panel of Experts to speak about how advances in Science and technology are impacting sport and improving athletic performance. The panel will be facilitated by Irish Times Sports journalist Malachy Clerkin and speakers on the night will be Enda King (Lead Performance Rehabilitation Physiotherapist at the Sports Surgery Clinic Santry), Colin Mc Aree (Player GPS Analyst), Sharon Courtney (Sports & Excercise Nutritionist) and Dick Clerkin (Gaelic Footballer). Tickets are free but advance booking is required by going to or future information This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Ballybay Blood Clinic is on this Sunday 6th November from 11.30am to 3.00pm in the Ballybay Sports Hall at the rear of the Ballybay Community College. Please encourage anyone you know over 18yrs to start donating Blood. There is currently a severe shortage of blood so any support would be very welcome.


All are welcome to Gospel Meeting in the Faith Mission Hall, Bushford, Rockcorry on Friday 4th November 2016 at 8pm. This is organised by Ronnie & Carey Killops of the Faith Mission. Plan to come, and bring a friend. Refreshments afterwards.


The organizers of the Lourdes Dance would like to give a big thank you to all of you who turned out for our Lourdes invalid fund Parish dance. It was great to see so many of you there ,and also to all of you who bought tickets ,thank you to all who gave spot prizes ,,,and a big thank you to all our tickets sellers for giving your time it is greatly appreciated. A special thank you to Helen Curry and the Ballybay line dancers for the entertainment and to Celtic Swing for their continued support all through the years. Thanks also to Mons Mc Sorley our backbone - thank you for all your guidance. Once again George and co excelled with the lovely food. The Pearse brothers continue to support this dance with the use of their centre. Thanks to Niall for manning the bar.


Latton Ladies turned on the style last Saturday to claim the Ulster junior club title at the expense of Cavan’s Kingscourt. Amelia Elliott netted twice in the first half to give the Latton side a 2-8 to 1-4 interval lead. In the second half Latton continued to dominate and with Lavina Connolly, Katie Duffy and Megan Conlon in fine form they went on to win by eleven points.


The Ballybay and Its People facebook page has once again come to the aid of an individual seeking information about long lost relatives. Chris Nelson who has recently retired after 30 years serving as a Police Officer in the Queensland Police posted on the page seeking information about his great grandmother Ellen Daly who was born in 1837 in Drumskelt. Eagle eyed Peter Mc Aviney has been in touch with Chris and not only has he identified the house were Ellen was born he has also found some relatives. Chris and his wife Karen are planning to visit Ballybay in July 2017. It should be some holiday for the Australian.


Ballybay Mental Health Association is holding their annual Church Gate collection this weekend 5th/6th November. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.


A Rededication Service of the Church of Ireland Ballybay will take place on Sunday 4th of December. The Bishop John McDowell will perform the dedication and preach. Monaghan Gospel Choir will sing at 3.30pm. Refreshments afterword’s and all welcome.


For those who like to plan ahead here are some dates for your diaries. On Wednesday 21st December at 8pm there will be a Community Carol Service in the Church of Ireland Ballybay. Ballybay community Choir will perform at the service. All welcome and refreshments will be served afterwards. At 11pm Saturday 24th December there will be a midnight service at Church of Ireland Ballybay. All welcome.