Bailieborough News. December 14th 2020. Matthew J. Cullen.

Vandals at work again. Five new Silver Birch trees [ 8ft.} approx .in height and 30 Beech hedging were stolen from the Cavan Road along the new footpath near the Forest entrance. Some still had an Urcher Garden Centre tag on them.  This Tidy Town project was only completed last Monday. It is so annoying and costly for the Tidy Towns.

The Gardai have been notified. Anyone with any information or anyone who saw anything suspicious on Wednesday evening /night{ Dec. 9th } in the area ,pass it on to the Gardai. These trees would need a truck/ trailer to transport them.


Remember when you by local you are supporting your community.

For all your Christmas shopping needs why not check out what our wonderfully talented artists have on offer. With the loss of the Christmas Markets this year it is even more important to support #shoplocal. For more information, please visit the Bailieborough Creative Hub facebook page.

Bailieborough Tidy Towns: Bailieborough Tidy Towns want to say ‘Thank You’ to Stan who has to retire on December 18th.

Stan is the angel who picks up litter from our streets every morning, no matter what the weather is like. He has taken great care also with cleaning the footpaths with his wire brush.

The Tidy Towns appreciate all your patience and hard work Stan and I am sure the businesses and residents feel the same.

We wish you and your wife a happy and healthy retirement.

Christmas Day Swim: The organisers have decided that due to the current restrictions there will be no Christmas Day Swim this year in the town lake. Hope everyone keeps safe and has a Happy Christmas. See you all next year.

St Annes : Christmas Arrangements: The Bailieborough members of the Pastoral Council have agreed the following arrangements for Christmas at St. Anne’s Church:

Christmas Eve: Mass at 4.00pm: Reserved for Senior Citizens and those with underlying conditions only. No children allowed.

Mass at 8.00pm and Mass at Midnight (12pm).

Christmas Day: Masses at 10.00am and 11.30am.

It is difficult to anticipate how large attendances will be this Christmas. With the restrictions, St. Annes can accommodate no more than 100 families safely at each Mass. Rather than focusing exclusively on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, parishioners are strongly encouraged to consider making their Christmas observance on one of the other days of the Christmas season. In St. Annes there will be Mass on the evening of Saturday 26th December, Sunday, 27th December, Friday, January 1st, Saturday, January 2nd, Sunday, January 3rd, Tuesday, January 5th and Wednesday, January 6th—which all fall within the season of Christmas.

Christmas Confessions: It will not be possible to hold the traditional Christmas penitential service. Parishioners are encouraged to make a sincere Act of Contrition, with a resolve to attend Confessions –when it is possible to do so again.

Masses will be said at usual Bailieborough times and may be viewed on our webcam or heard on our radio system at 107.8FM.

Thank You: Thank you to Julie Smith, who is retiring from her role as Parish Safeguarding Representative. Sincere thanks to Julie for her dedication and exemplary work over the last few years, making our Parish a safe place for children.

Bailieborough Group of Parishes: Christmas Services: Sunday, 20th  December: 10:45am – Bailieborough. 12noon – Knockbride also from 10:30am – Online Service on Facebook, YouTube and the Parish website. 

Thursday, 24th  December – Christmas Eve:

Online Service from 10:30am on YouTube and Facebook or on ‘Virtual Church’ tab.

Friday, 25th  December – Christmas Day:

10am – Bailieborough – Holy Communion.

11:30am – Knockbride – Holy Communion.

Online Service from 10:30am on YouTube and Facebook or on ‘Virtual Church’ tab.

Sunday, 27th  December: 10:45am – Bailieborough.

12noon – Knockbride, also from 10:30am – Online Service on Facebook, YouTube and the parish website.

The Covid-19 etiquette will be as before including the use of FACE COVERINGS which highly recommended and encouraged as best practice at Sunday service.

 Easing of Covid Restrictions: With the easing of the Covid restrictions, it was great to see people out and about getting ready for the Festive season. Businnesses that had been closed during level 5 have re-opened—at least most of them have—and there is a ‘Buzz’ around the town, that has been missing for quite a while. Let’s hope that these are the first steps to going back to what we previously knew as normal life.

All welcome to join ‘Divine Office’: Evening Prayer on the Killann Parish Facebook page every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings at 7.00pm. Readings for each night will be available for collection in hardcopy form, from St. Anne’s Church, Bailieborough and also online beforehand.

Parish Office: The Parish Office will be open on Mondays and Fridays from 11am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 3.30pm. On the other days, please feel free to ring or text, Fr. Ultan on the Parish Office number 042 9665117 or his mobile 087 341 8037 or email:

The Model School Junior Infants 2021: The Model School is now taking applications for Junior Infant enrolment for September 2021. Please see the school website to download an application form. Thank you. School website, Phone (042) 9665689 or

Bailieborough Library:Bailieborough Library, in accordance with current guidelines has re-opened, and will be operating a limited service. Seating, Studying and Computer facilities will remain closed, but items may be borrowed and requested, and printing/photocopying is available. There are lots of Christmas books and DVDS available to get you into the festive mood and we can’t wait to see everyone!
Breffni Photography Club’s exhibition of beautiful photographs by local photographers has re-opened at the library under the new guidelines. This may be visited during library opening hours, and gives everyone the opportunity to see the wonderful work before the end of the year!


Bailieborough Red Cross:   We continue to be available to assist any one still staying at home. If you have GP or Hospital appointments or require medication delivery’s .
Please contact us on 086 8968928 or email @ or 

Paying Our Respects: If you see a hearse, could you stop, stand for a moment as it passes, perhaps take off your cap, and bow your head?

In these times where funerals are limited to only a very few close family our chance to support people during bereavement is limited. So, we wondered if we could revive an old tradition that would show people that their loss is noticed and shared by us all?

It would mean the world to families in a time of sadness.

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: Edel Fox 086 1004030.