Bailieborough News. April 6th 2017

Bailieborough News. April 6th  2017 Matthew J. Cullen.


Bailieborough Courthouse and Castle Lake Demense: Updates

The Bailieborough Development Association have secured €100,000 funding under Rural Economic Development Zone for the refurbishment of the offices in the Courthouse. This space will be available for shared work space to start-ups and small businesses.

We are in the tendering process for architectural services to draw up plans to engage a contractor. We hope to have works underway on the office space by June 2017. We have applied for funding under Peace to carry out works in the main Courtroom area. A decision on this application is awaited.

Castle Lake Project – A set of steps have been completed leading to the Brothers Graves. This work was completed by TÙS and CE workers and has been praised by all who have seen it for the excellent craftsmanship and quality of the work. Bailieborough Men’s Shed have been busy making additional seating to be placed around the forest and lake. This will make the forest more accessible to those who may have felt the walk too long in the past. March 9th and 10th saw the Community Planting of The Peace Forest. Coillte sponsored 2,000 Hardwood plants, prepared the area and allowed the Community access to the area to plant the forest. This was a wonderful 2 days with a visit by Minister Heather Humphreys who met with children from Bailieborough Community School Transition Year Programme and their course co-ordinator Ms Mary McMullen. Many thanks to all the volunteers over 200 people and special thanks to John Connolly – Forest Manager Coillte and Pat Sheridan Forest Technician Coillte.   Our next project is to improve the signage around the lake and forest, to provide directional and information signage for visitors to the forest. There will be 3 walkways outlined on the signage, with information on the history and heritage of the site. We have applied to the Heritage Council for grant aid to assist with this programme. We are continually examining future opportunities for the Castle Lake and are privileged to have a permit from Coillte to do so.


Emer’s Evening’: (All proceeds go to St. Felim’s N.S. Playground)

Padraic and Lisa McIntyre held a fundraiser for Temple Street Children’s Hospital after their daughter Emer was born. It was called ‘Emer’s Evening for Temple Street’. To mark the fifth anniversary of this occasion, they are hosting it again. This time they have kindly offered that all proceeds will go to St. Felim’s N.S. Playground.

Emer’s Evening will take place in the Bailie Hotel, on Sunday, April 9th. Doors will open at 7.30pm with the show starting at 8.00pm, sharp. Tickets are €25 and are on sale from The Bailie Hotel and SuperValu.

The line –up for this event is one of the best ever assembled in the town: House Band—Kudos, MC’S on the night—Neal and Fergal Tully (The Goggle Box Twins), The Strypes, Charlie McGettigan (Eurovision Winner), Kevin McGahern (The Republic of Telly), Elenor Shanley (Singer), Michael Harding (Writer), Seamus O’Rourke (Writer and Actor), Saramai Leech (Singer/Songwriter), Geoff Minogue and Mike Sheehan (Fair City), Jane McGrath and Pa Ryan (Red Rock), Aoibhinn McGinity and Ian Lloyd Anderson (Love/ Hate), Manus Halligan (Actor), Peter Daly (Actor), Janet Moran (Actress), Aaron Monaghan (Actor), Clare Monnelly (Actress) and Jayne Origan and friends (Musical Theatre) and Conor McIntyre (Brother).

As the event will probably sell-out very quickly, patrons are advised to secure them as quickly as possible for what will be one of the events of the year!!


Easter and Holy Week Ceremonies at St. Annes: Passion Sunday: Vigil Mass at 7.00pm on Saturday, April 8th and Morning Mass at 10.00am on Sunday, April 9th.

Holy Thursday, April 13thChrism Mass in the Cathedral of St. Patrick and St. Felim, Cavan at 11.30am. Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 8.00pm in St. Annes.

Good Friday, April 14th: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3.00pm. Prayer around the Cross at 8.00pm.

Easter Vigil: Holy Saturday at 9.00pm. Confessions will also take place in St. Anne’s on Holy Saturday from 12 noon to 3.00pm.

Easter Sunday: Mass of the Lord’s Resurrection at 10.00am.


Deepest Sympathy

Deepest Sympathy is extended to wife Celia, sons Damien, John, Gabriel and Raymond, daughter Deborah, daughters-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nephews, nieces and extended family on the death of Sean Kelly, Drumacarrow, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan, who died on Saturday, 11th March 2017, peacefully at Fairlawns Nursing Home, Bailieborough. Sean’s Funeral Mass took place in St. Anne’s Church on Monday, March 13th and following which, his remains were laid to rest in St. Annes Cemetery.

Deepest Sympathy is extended to husband John and son David, sister Olive, sister-in-law Angela, nieces, nephews and extended family circle on the death of Mrs Iris Johnston (nee Weir), Church Lane, Bailieborough, Co Cavan, who passed away peacefully at the Mater Hospital, Dublin on Wednesday, March 22nd , 2017.

Iris’s Funeral Service took place in Bailieborough Parish Church on Saturday, March 25th with burial afterwards in the adjoining graveyard.

Deepest sympathy is extended to wife, Joan on the death of her husband, James (Jimmy) Fisher, Gransha Road, Dondonald, Belfast and formerly of Tattyreagh, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan who died on Monday, 13th March, at his residence. Jimmy’s Funeral Service took place in Belfast with burial in Urcher Graveyard, Bailieborough on Thursday, March 16th.


Bailieborough Group of Parishes: Easter 2017:. This Easter we will celebrate at a variety of services.

Saturday, April 8th:  ‘Messy Church’ from2.00pm to 4.00pm in the Bailieborough Church Hall. ‘Messy Church’ is an interactive service for all the family!

Friday, April 14th: Our Good Friday Services will be in Shercock at 7pm and Knockbride at 8.30pm.

Easter Sunday, April 16th: There will be two services on Easter Sunday:

At 6.20am we will meet outside Mullagh Church for a Sunrise Service followed by a light breakfast.

At 10:45am we will have a traditional Service of Holy Communion in Bailieborough Church, followed by tea and coffee in the hall. All of these services and gatherings are open to everybody.

Monday, April 17th: Church Family Picnic and Games at 12pm in the grounds of the Rectory in Bailieborough. Food, fun and games for all ages, just remember to bring your lunch and a blanket to sit on!


Big Bake-Off: The Temple Street ‘Big Bake-Off’ takes place on April 7-8 in Tesco, Bailieborough. Temple Street are hoping to raise 100,000 for a new machine for premature babies and Tesco are hosting a huge Cake Sale on Friday, April 7th and a ‘Fun Day’ with Face Painting, Popcorn, Candyfloss and Slush Puppies and a fab DJ on Saturday, April 8th. Everyone very welcome to support this worthy cause.


LEND A HAND: ‘Lend a Hand’ is for the elderly and vulnerable in the Bailieborough area. Just give us a call if you need a job done, or even just a chat. Phone Ann on 042 9694825.


Social Dancing: Social Dancing in the Community Centre this month is on Saturday next, 8th of April. Music is by Patsy Heart and Country Storm. Patsy himself is well known for his Jim Reeves like singing. Don’t miss it. Refreshments will be served as usual. Everyone welcome.


Bailieborough Tidy Towns

Bailieborough Tidy Towns need lots of help on ‘Spring Clean Day’ on Saturday next, April 8th 2017.  Show how you care for your town and environment and come along to the Market Square at11 am. All helpers will be entered into a free draw. All volunteers welcome.


Cavan Birdwatch

Cavan Birdwatch outing to Glenfarne Forest park this Sunday, 9th April.

Meeting at the old ‘Ballroom of Romance’ at 12.00 noon.

Walk approx. 5 k. Guided walk looking at woodland birds and flowers.

Wear sturdy walking shoes or boots. Bring packed lunch. Contact 087 7735487 for more information.


Safe Pass

Safe Pass at Bailieborough Business Centre on Friday, 14th April from 8am – 4pm. Lunch included €100.00 Call 042- 96 94 716.


RUN/WALK/JOG/CRAWL: Join us on Mondays and Wednesdays to run, walk, jog or crawl at Bailieborough Community Centre at 8pm.  Enjoy tea, biscuits and fruit afterwards.  All welcome.


Hardtimes Chorus—Easter Monday Fundraiser

Hardtimes Chorus is planning an exciting new show this October. Please support the charity work of our group and take part in this fundraiser on Easter Monday, April 17th. Run, Jog, Walk or Crawl!! Distances to suit everyone—1K, 3K, 5K or 10K. Registration from 5.30pm at the Community Centre with the event commencing at 6.00pm. Entry fees are Adults, €10, Children, €5 and Family, €15. Prize for the best Easter Novelty Outfit. Refreshments afterwards in the Community Centre.


Bridge Results: Bridge Results, Tuesday, March 16th: First: Teresa O’Reilly and Joy Jameson, Second: Kathleen McArdle and Helen Clarke. Best Gross: Anne Brady and Gemma McCabe. Third: Pattie Clarke and Rose Brennan.

Bridge takes place every Tuesday evening in the Hotel Bailie at 8.00pm. New members are always most welcome.


Bailieborough Women’s Group

The Bailieborough Women’s Group continue to meet fortnightly in the Community Centre from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Lots of interesting activities and holidays. The next meeting is on Friday, April 7th. New members most welcome.


Bailieborough School of Music

Lotto results for 1/04/17.  Numbers Drawn; 6, 14, 16, 18.  No Jackpot Winner. Luck Dip (€25) Winners, Charles Farrelly; John Reilly; John Rooney, Curkish; James Cooney, Jnr, Curkish. Jackpot next week, €2,400.

Bailieborough School of Music Lotto Launch Summer Give-away Draw.

Starting on Saturday April 8th 2017, in addition to our usual Jackpot and Lucky Dip Draws, 4 names will be entered into our Summer Give-away Draw which will take place in the Bailie Hotel on Saturday, August 19th 2017. 1st prize a Select Hotel Weekend Break for 2, 2nd prize €50 Bailie Hotel voucher, 3rd prize €50 Fox’s Bar and Restaurant voucher. Remember envelopes are on sale in usual outlets around the town and through our sellers every Saturday night. Yearly subscription forms are also available and can be downloaded from our website. Your continued support is very much appreciated.


Reconciliation Service for Easter

A Reconciliation Service for Easter will take place in St. Anne’s Church, Bailieborough on Sunday next, April 9th (Passion Sunday), at 7.00pm. Confessions will be heard by the Priests of the Pastoral Centre as part of a scripture service. Confessions for Easter will also take place on Holy Saturday, April 15th from 12 noon to 3.00pm.


Baptism Dates in St. Annes for April, May and June 2017: The following are the available dates for Baptisms in St. Anne’s Church–April 8th (Saturday, 1.30pm), Saturday, April 15th (Easter Vigil, 9.00pm), April 30th (Sunday, 12.30pm), May 6th (Saturday, 1.30pm), May 21st (Sunday, 12.30pm), June 10th (Saturday, 1.30pm) and June 25th (Sunday, 1.00pm).


Bailieborough Library: Everyday Irish – Tuesday evenings 3pm to 5pm

Beginner Conversational Irish Class for Adults who would like to learn the basics.

Ipads with Social Media for Beginners –   Wednesday afternoons 2.15pm-4pm. This course will help those wanting to get to grips with Social Media using IPADs.  (IPADS are provided). Contact:042 9665779 or


Bailieborough Library Parent, Baby and Toddler Group has proven to be a vital life line for all stay-at-home parents who may be new to the area and wish to get out of the house and make new friends. There is a huge range of toys for children to play with, while parents can enjoy a cup of tea and chat.

The group meets at the Library Arts space every Wednesday at 10.30am-12pm. Why not join their Facebook Group and keep up to date with news and events.

Citizens Information every Tuesday 1.30pm-2.30pm on a first come first served basis;

Craft Group every Friday 10.30am-1pm;

Book Club 6pm-7pm last Thursday of every month;

Lit Lab writers group every second Tuesday. Contact 042 9665779 for details on any of the above.


Bailieborough Celtic A.F.C: Summer Soccer is back for 2017 with Under 8’s, 9’s and 10’s training on Thursday evenings from 6pm to 7pm AT THE Vale Grounds. We expect to start the CMUL Summer Soccer season in June with home and away fixtures being played up until the end of August.

Registration evening for Summer Soccer (boys and girls aged 7 to 10) is changed to Thursday evening, 13th April 2017, between 7 and 8pm. Depending on numbers interested in registering for Academy Soccer (Under 7 age group) we intend to train on Saturday afternoons. More information on this age group will follow registration evening.


East Cavan Gaels GAA Club – Hurling News 3rd April 2017:

 Under 6/8/10; Training continues as normal indoors. This week will be the last indoor session for our Under 10s as they will move outdoors for our annual tournament on Mondays in May and June. U6/8s will remain indoors until late May. We go to our friends in Carrick again this coming Saturday 5-6pm in the Phoenix Centre for another small blitz. They will then get a nice break for Easter and return to training at the end of April.

Under 12; Another comprehensive win for the boys this time v Woodford in the Spring League on Saturday last. Good work and skill being shown by these boys many making the step up to U12 for the first time.

Under 14; The Cavan Féile qualifying competition will take place this coming Saturday on the 3G at Breffni Park. The lads are hoping to qualify for National Féile na nGael which this year is being held in Carlow/Kilkenny/Wexford in June.

Celtic Challenge, intercounty U17 competition this year in May. A competitive group with Meath/Cavan/Louth/Monaghan/Longford and Leitrim. We aim to have even more of our boys on this panel this year. Training this Wednesday at 6.30 on the 3G with challenge games coming up in preparation for the main competition.

Hurling training times and venues; Kingscourt group; Under 6/8/10; Thursday 6.45-7.45pm for all U6/8/10 in the Community Centre. €3 each and bring water bottle.


Bailieborough group U6/8/10; Friday at the Bailieborough Community School Sports Hall. U6/8 from 6-7. Under 10 from 7-8pm. €3 each and bring the water bottle.

 Under 12/14/16/18; All training will move to Monday from next week 10th April with both the long evenings and the rule which says hurling to be played on Mondays. Time and venue tbc.

Under 16/18s will begin training when the minor football league is over. For all info on these age groups then please contact​ Kathryn 087 244 1371.

The week ahead; Monday- U14 Monaghan League away to Cootehill 6.30 Wednesday – U17 Celtic Challenge Squad training Breffni Park. Thursday Kingscourt U6/8/10 training indoors in the Community Centre 6.45-7.45 for all. Friday Bailieborough U6/8/10 training indoors in the Community School Sports Hall. U6/8 6-7pm. U10 7-8pm.  Saturday U6/8/10 blitz indoors in Phoenix Centre Carrickmacross 5-6pm. Saturday, U12 league game, U14s Feile qualification competition.


Tanagh Outdoor Education and Training Centre will be running a Kayak Skills Camp on the 10th-12th April from 10am-2pm daily for 9-16 year olds and a Forest School Camp Craft on the 19th-21st April from 10am-2pm daily for 6-12 year olds. Camps are run by highly qualified and experienced instructors. Contact Philomena on 049 5552988 to book your place.


Fíor Ceili: Fíor Céili practice takes place in the Killinkere GAA Centre every Wednesday at 8.30pm. All welcome.


Bailieborough Cancer Comfort Ltd: The Bailieborough Cancer Comfort Ltd Committee is available to help cancer patients or their families. Free Taxi service available. For further information contact: Michael Cullen 087 154 2447 or Edel Fox 086 1004030.


CITIZENS INFORMATION: Co. Cavan Citizens Information Outreach Service in Bailieboro (The Library) on Tuesdays, from 1.30pm – 2.30pm. This is a weekly service.  Any enquiries 076 1075200.


Alcoholics Anonymous: Local meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous are held in: The Health Centre, Kells Road on Wednesdays at 8.30pm.


If any readers have items of interest to be included in the Bailieborough News, (Obituaries, News Items, Sports, etc…), please e-mail: or call 042 9666200.