Bailieborough News. August 7th 2017. Matthew J. Cullen.

St. Anne’s Church Re-Opens:

St Annes Church re-opened on Saturday evening last, August 5th for the first time since June 25th. The closure was necessary in order to remove the seats to erect scaffolding, bring in height access equipment and clear the floors for renovation. The overall project is not completely finished. Work will continue on the Gallery, the Children’s Room, St. Josephs Chapel, The Sacristy, the storerooms, the roof and the Parish Centre throughout August and into September. Some minor works will also require completion in the main body of the Church in the coming weeks.

Because work on the roof over the Children’s Room is not yet finished, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will continue to take place in the Oratory of the Community School until further notice.

Thank you to the Community School Board of Management who gave permission to use the Assembly Hall for Saturday evening and Sunday morning Masses, to Sadie Clarke and May Cassidy for their help organising the weekday Masses in the Community Centre and to all of you for your patience and co-operation since June.


 Bailieborough Poetry Festival:

Bailieborough Poetry Festival details are online now.
A great line-up of poets from Ireland, the UK and the USA, including Noel Monahan, Patrick Chapman and Gerard Smyth, American poet Linda Opyr and Emily Wills from the UK.
The festival takes place from Thursday, 5th to Saturday 7th  October 2017.
Full details here:
Details of the poetry competition are also online. Judge this year is Patrick Chapman and the closing date is Friday 2 September.


Blessing of the Graves:

The Annual Blessing of the Graves will take place in St. Anne’s Cemetery on Sunday, September 3rd. Now would be the ideal time to look after the grave or a plot of a loved one in preparation for Cemetery Sunday.


Dancing for Pleasure:

This month our Social Dance is on Saturday next 12th August in the Community Centre, Bailieborough. Music is by Pat McKenna and Glenshane Country. Pat shot to fame with his hit, ‘The Wind on The Hill’. He is now a “Big Draw”. So come early and enjoy the Supper as well! All welcome.

Bailieborough Tidy Towns:

The battle against weeds and litter continues every Tuesday. Meet at Market Sq. at 7pm. All welcome.  We would appreciate if all Business and home owners in the town and surrounding area would paint their properties, sweep the paths and trim the verges.  Thanking you for playing your part in keeping Bailieborough tidy.

Heritage Week – Bailieborough Activities:

 Saturday 19th August at 4.00pm in Bailieborough Library: “People, place and time” an exhibition of Benny Duffy’s (Nolagh), photographs and memorabilia. Benny Duffy took many photographs. This personal collection contains black and white images of family, friends and neighbours when many did not have cameras or the prudence to preserve and archive their photographs. These photographs should have a particular interest to people from the Bailieborough, Shercock and Kingscourt areas. Bailieborough Library will host the exhibition upstairs at The Market House. Admission Free, Refreshments Served. Exhibition will be on display for the duration of Heritage Week.

Saturday 26th August at 8.00pm sharp – Doors 7.30 – Bailieborough Business Centre: “A Wilde Victorian Evening” presented by Patrick Walsh and guest on the life, loves, wit and wisdom of Oscar Wilde. Admission Free, Refreshments Served, Victorian Dress Encouraged, Not suitable for young children.

Bailieborough Shamrocks GFCLadies: Senior Ladies into Championship Q Final: Huge Congrats to the Senior Ladies Football team who travelled to Kingscourt to play our neighbours in the Intermediate Championship. The girls won on a final Scoreline of Kingscourt 1-10 Bailieborough Shamrocks 4-10. The ladies are now into the Quarter Finals were they will play Drumlane next Sunday, time and venue tbc


Bailieborough Community School: Bailieborough Community School have been granted an award of €800 from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment along with €800 in matching funds from Cavan County Council for their ‘Reconnecting our Wellbeing and Nature’ project with the development of an outdoor nature trail incorporating a range of native and natural habitats.. This is a great start to what should be a very interesting project.


‘Sons of Southern Ulster’:

Last Friday evening, the Wesleyan Arts and Cultural Centre played host to ‘The Sons of Southern Ulster’ who played a reunion gig after 25 years since they last played together. Hailing from Bailieborough David Meagher, Noel Larkin and Justin Kelly got together for 3 gigs only – UL in Limerick, The Wesleyan Chapel and Killaloe, Co. Clare. A fantastic performance, played to a packed audience and let’s hope they don’t wait another 25 years for the next tour. All proceeds from the performance went to Cavan Parkinson’s Association and €400 was raised for this very worthy cause. Well done lads!

Cavan Institute—Open Day:

With Leaving Cert results looming – some students and their parents/guardians are now unsure about what the next step should be. Let us help you. Call in to our Open Day on August 24 from 12 noon until 4pm. Applications still being accepted for courses starting this September.

Moybologue, Geophys in a Graveyard: Hosted by Moybologue Historical Society – Cumann Seanchais Mhaigh Bolg in Bailieborough Library on Saturday, August 26th from 4.00pm to 5.00pm.

Kevin Barton, Landscape and Geophysical Services, will present the results of a community remote sensing survey at Moybologue old graveyard as well as preliminary results from a survey of a ring-barrow. All welcome.

Bailieborough Walking Group: Wednesday, August 9th – Bellamount Forest, Cootehill.

(E) Walk 1.5 hours (approx.) Leaving Bailieborough Library

at 6.45pm. Walk commences at 7.15pm at the R.C. Church car park, Station Road, Cootehill.

Wednesday, August 16th – Girley Bog, Kells:

(M) Walk 1 Hour 30 min. Leaving Bailieborough Library at 6.40pm. Meet at Cloncat Service Station, 8.5km from Kells to Clonmellon Road., N52 at 7.15pm. Walk commencing at Girley Bog at 7.30pm. All welcome.

“Spanish Coffee Mornings in Bailieborough”

Learn Spanish in a friendly environment with a Native Spanish Teacher, while enjoying tea or coffee. Lessons will start on Tuesday 12th of September from 10 to 11am and Friday the 15th from 10 to 11, both Beginners. Price: 5 lessons €50. To enrol please contact Lydia on 0877414735. One to one lessons and grinds also available.

‘Reflections’ is a beautiful exhibition of paintings featuring some Cavan landscapes, by Wexford artist, Niki Purcell, which is on show at the Library until Tuesday next,  August 15th. All welcome and admission is free!

Bailieborough Prom Night’: Bailieborough ‘Prom Night’ will take place on this Friday 11th, August 2017 in the Bailie Hotel at 8pm, in aid of the Bailieborough Rhythmic Dance Twirlers. Tickets are €40 per couple and are available from the Hotel Reception. Dress to Impress!!!

Computers for Beginners – Computers for Beginners at Bailieborough Business Centre are continuing throughout the summer. Classes are once a week for 2 hours. Come along and enjoy the friendly atmosphere while learning a few new skills. Call 042-969-4716 to reserve a place.


Bailieborough School of Music: Lotto results for 05/08/17.  Numbers Drawn; 3, 12, 15, 24.  No Jackpot Winner. Luck Dip (€25) Winners; Tom Clarke, Balloughly; P Ruxton, c/o Crossons; Carmel O’Callaghan, Nolagh; Michael and Madeline, Twin Oaks. Jackpot next week, €4,200.

Entries to ‘Summer Draw’, Eddie Farrelly; Niall Smith; Linda Gargan; Aaron Gaffney.

Bailieborough School of Music are delighted to announce the date for our 30 year Anniversary Concert; February 25th, 2018, at the Helix Theatre, DCU. Looking forward to the celebrations.

Moybologue Blessing of the Graves: The Annual Blessing of the Graves will take place in Moybologue Cemeteries (Old and New) on Sunday, 20th  August 2017 after 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s, Tierworker.

Tierworker Active Age: Tierworker Active Age are going for a three day break, starting on Monday, September 4th to the Holyrood Hotel, Bundoran. For full details of events and to book, please contact Sheila at 087 248 7579 or Sean at 086 405 4000 for further details.

Baptism Dates in St. Annes for August, September and October 2017: The following are the available dates for Baptisms in St. Anne’s Church–August 12th (Saturday, 1.30pm), August 20th (Sunday, 12.30pm), September 2nd (Saturday, 1.30pm) and September 10th (Sunday, 12.30pm), October 14th (Saturday, 1.30pm) and October 22nd (Sunday, 12.0pm).

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.

Knockbride’s Macra Committee: Last week Knockbride Macra held their annual AGM and the following were elected officers for the coming year:

President: Glen Gilmore, Chair: Martina Clinch, Vice Chair: Lynette Pritchard, Secretary: Aisling Wilson, Vice secretary: Helen Clinch, Treasurer: Laura Smith, Vice Treasurer: Lorraine Byrne, PRO: Paul Smith, Vice PRO: Laura Smith, Young Farmer: David Gilmore, Vice Young Farmer: Meave Lambe, County Rep: Meave Lambe. Best wishes to all.

Tanagh Outdoor Education and Training Centre are hosting a Heritage Canoe Paddle on the Dromore River from 10am-3pm on Wednesday the 23rd August. This is a relaxing canoe paddle suitable for all ages especially those interested in history, archaeology and natural beauty. Booking Essential. Contact Philomena on 049-5552988 for more information.



East Cavan Gaels GAA Club – Hurling News 7th August 2017

Under 6/8/10; A few more games lined up during August for these groups before we get back to full action again in September.

Under 12; the lads had a good win and performance v Clontibret in the league last time out. This should see them qualify for the league final. Venue time and date tbc.

Training this Wednesday at 7 in Bailieborough with the older lads.

Under 14; a disappointing result v Castleblayney in the league final. It was one of those days where we never got to grips with the game at all and therefore did not get to fulfil their undoubted potential. Congratulations to Castleblayney. Focus now shifts to the Cavan U14 Championship with fixtures due soon.

Under 16; a very serious Carrick outfit were too strong for our lads in the league. A good standard to look towards emanating. The next round is on August 14th v Cootehill.

Minor; the minors will begin their campaign this coming Saturday in the South Ulster league.

U12/14/16/18; all training at BCS pitch Wednesday 7pm.

Players will receive a text.


Croke Park; Huge congratulations to our own Diarmuid Donnellan who represented his school, Ballinamoney NS, our hurling club and Cavan Hurling by playing on the hallowed turf of Croke Park during half time in Sundays brilliant Galway/Tipperary game in the Cumbann na mBunscoil. Classmate and teammate Tadhg Barry will have the same honour next Sunday during the Waterford/Cork game. Plenty of ECG men getting the Croke Park experience.


Cavan minor football; Huge congratulations to Philip Rogers, who also hurls with us, who helped Cavan to reach the All Ireland Minor semi-final with victory over Galway on Saturday last. The Knockbride men all performed very well.

For all info on these age groups then please contact Kathryn 087 244 1371.

The week ahead;

Wednesday; U14/16/18 training at BCS pitch 7pm.



Saturday; Minors in South Ulster league.


Midweek updates on our Facebook page- East Cavan Gaels Hurling.

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.