Bailieborough News. December 15th 2016

Bailieborough News. December 15th 2016.  Matthew J. Cullen.

Bailieboro Garda Station Open Day. Saturday 17th December 2016 from 11am-3pm.

Superintendent Leo McGinn and the Gardaí at Bailieboro Garda Station wish to announce their first ever ‘Garda Station Open Day’. This is an excellent initiative aimed at building closer ties with all members of the community in the Bailieboro District, through some fun and informal interaction. As you may be aware Bailieboro Garda Station is the District Headquarters for the sub-district stations of Mullagh, Virginia, Cootehill, Ballyjamesduff, Shercock and Kingscourt.

This Open Day is a great opportunity to come and meet your local Gardaí and see the inner workings of your Garda Station. There will be special tours of areas normally off limits to the general public including the control room, prisoner processing, interview rooms and the cell areas. There will also be various vehicle and personnel displays. On show throughout the day we hope to have multiple patrol cars, vans and motorbikes along with some of the more specialist equipment from the likes of the Dog Unit, Mounted Unit, Sub-Aqua unit, Public Order Unit and National Armed Units. The Garda Band will also be making an appearance. There will also be a fly-by/hover from Alpha Sierra 2, one of the hi-tech Garda Helicopters. (We wish to note that obviously these national units can only be confirmed on the day due to possible operational requirements elsewhere).

There will of course be plenty of photo opportunities with the various displays both inside and outside the station…why not get your very own “Mug-Shot” at the height chart or sitting in a cell. There will be special prizes to any children dressed as police officers and light refreshments sponsored by Harris’s SuperValu, Bailieboro for the kids too.

Being the Gardaí, this event is not all fun and games, there is a serious side too. To that end our local crime prevention officer will be providing information to help keep your home and family safe.

Additionally, we are delighted to host members of the Road Safety Authority “Check-it-Fits” team, who will be on hand at the HSE car-park next door to check your children’s car seats are fitted correctly and if not, to show you how. The RSA roll-over simulator will also be present which is fitted to a hydraulic platform and can simulate a 90 degree and 180 degree roll-over demonstrating how it would feel if you were a driver or passenger involved in a less than desirable incident. It will also show you the effects of being suspended by your seat belt. The Road Safety Authority’s New Interactive Shuttle will also be present.

The Bailieboro Fire Crew and their engine will be on hand too, showing off their equipment along with the Irish Red Cross.

This event is totally free and is open to all members of the Public. We hope to welcome you all on the day. The event will proceed regardless of rain!


Bailieborough School of Music

Bailieborough School of Music present ‘An Evening of ‘Christmas Carols and Reflection’ in St Anne’s Church, on Friday December 16th at 8.00pm. This will be an opportunity to take some time away from the rush to reflect quietly on the meaning of Christmas while listening to some seasonal music and readings.

Saturday December 17th ‘Christmas Concert’ in Community School at 3pm, featuring lots of lively festive tunes from our Junior students.

Everyone welcome to these events. No admission charge. Proceeds from donation basket in Church and Raffle in Community School to St Vincent de Paul and Community School Canteen Fund. All welcome.

Bailieborough School of Music

Lotto results for 10/12/16 as follows; Numbers Drawn, 2, 8, 12, 19; Jackpot Winner (€5,500), Mary McBreen, Corravilla, Shercock. Jackpot next weekend €1,000.


Deepest Sympathy

Deepest Sympathy is extended to wife, Katie, daughters Pauline, Bridget, Cathy, Janet, Bernadette, Dolores, sons Frank and Bernard, Sister Annie (Castleknock), grandchildren and extended family and friends on the death of Bernard Cahill, Tullyattin, Newcastle, Moynalty and formerly Relaghbeg, Bailieborough Co Cavan who passed away on Saturday, 26th November 2016, peacefully at Cavan General Hospital, in his 90th year. Bernard’s Funeral Mass took place on Tuesday November 29th in St Mary’s Church, Newcastle with burial afterwards in Moynalty Cemetery.


Deepest Sympathy is extended to wife Teresa, sons Peter and Colm, daughter in law Gemma, sister Elizabeth, brother Patsy, brother in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews, relatives and a large circle of friends on the death of John ( John Joe ) O’Callaghan, Nolagh, Shercock, Co. Cavan who passed away at his residence on Sunday, November 27th following a short illness. John Joe was a very well-known and respected member of the local community who had worked in many local hardware establishments over the years and he was never too busy to stop and have a chat and a bit of banter with customers and friends alike. His presence will be deeply missed by all who had the great pleasure of knowing him. John’s Funeral Mass took place on Tuesday, November 29th in St. Anne’s Church, Bailieborough with burial afterwards in St. Anne’s Cemetery.


Winter Concert

Bailieborough Community Choir will present their ‘Winter Concert’, on Sunday next, December 18th in Trinity Church Hall, Virginia Road, Bailieborough , commencing at 8.00pm. The children from 6th class in local national schools will be reading their winning poems from poetry competition. Please come along and support. All welcome, free admission and all donations, greatly appreciated.


Christmas Mass Schedule in the Parish of Killann – Christmas Eve (Saturday) and Christmas Day (Sunday):

Bailieborough:  Christmas Eve – 6pm (Children’s Mass) and 12am (Midnight Mass).  Christmas Day – 11am.

Killann: Christmas Eve – 8pm and Christmas Day – 10am.

Shercock: Christmas Eve – 10pm and Christmas Day – 11.30am.

Confessions: Bailieborough: Sunday 18th – 7pm (Reconciliation Service) and Saturday 24th – 12pm to 3pm.

Shercock: Tuesday 20th – 7pm (Reconciliation Service).


Hardtimes Chorus

Hardtimes Chorus would like to thank everyone who came to our Christmas Carol Service on Sunday evening in St Anne’s Church, Bailieborough. We hope you all enjoyed our performance and thank you for your continued support during the year. Thank you to Fr Michael Router for asking us perform at the service and thank you to all who donated to St Vincent De Paul at the show. Wishing you and all your family a very Happy and Holy Christmas.


Bexcourt Centre

Bailieboro ‘Lend a Hand’ for the elderly and vulnerable are still here, more so now that the weather is that bit colder!! If ye need any jobs done or maybe just someone to call for a chat, just give us a call on 0429694825.


Bailieborough Group of Parishes: Christmas Services:

Saturday, December 17th: ‘Messy Church’ in Bailieborough Hall from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.

Sunday, December 18th: ‘Carols for All’ in Knockbride at 12 noon and Mullagh at 4.00pm.

Saturday, December 24th—Christmas Eve—Holy Communion in Shercock at 7.00pm and Mullagh at 8.30pm.

Sunday, December 25th—Christmas Day—Traditional Christmas Service in Bailieborough at 10.00am and Knockbride at 11.30am.


Christmas Walk

A Christmas Walk in aid of local Cancer Charities will take place on Wednesday, December 28th at 11am, leaving from the B.D.A. Centre. This walk will be in memory of P.J. Byrne who passed away earlier this year. All welcome and donations voluntary.


Open Door Sessions

This December, Fox’s pub Bailieborough, will be the venue for the inaugural Open Door Sessions, where musicians and other arts professionals will perform, display and talk about their work.

The first night will take place on Thursday next, the 15th of December at 9pm sharp, in the back area of Fox’s.

There’ll be music on the night from Sam Geraghty, Cameron, Kevin Kelleher and Aoife O’Sullivan.  Bringing some theatre to proceedings is actor Manus Halligan and we’ll also be talking to Peter Kelly of Kelly Cards about his creative business.  Admission is free, but donations will be appreciated!

Information about the inaugural night and future Open Door Sessions can be found on our facebook and twitter pages.


St. Vincent DePaul Annual Christmas Appeal (11th to 18th December)

St. Vincent DePaul aims to provide support and friendship to people in need: to help people to achieve self-sufficiency and to work for social justice. Assistance provided by the Society is given in a non-judgemental spirit of compassion and in total confidence. Since the downturn, there are more people than ever in need of a helping hand. Your donations provide food, oil and electricity, medical and transport supports and educational assistance, etc… to in excess of 250 families in this community. St. Annes Conference of the St. Vincent DePaul is most grateful to those who support us and we ask you to kindly contribute what you can afford to our annual Christmas Appeal until Sunday next, December 18th. We wish you all, a happy and holy Christmas.


Presentation of Proceeds from the recent ‘Celtic Tenors’ Concert

The following groups received donations from the recent ‘Celtic Tenors’ Concert: Bailieborough Community School, Castle Lake Development Committee, Bailieborough Christmas Lights Fund, Bailieborough Mental Health Association, Bailieborough Tidy Towns, Bailieborough Community Choir and Hard Times Chorus.  €12,600 from the evening was donated to these local causes.

DVD’s from the evening at Killinkere Leisure Centre, with the Celtic Tenors and Guests available from Bailieborough Business Centre and Bailie Stores. Cost €10 each. Call : 042-969-4716 or 086-794-9739 to order your copy.


New members needed

Are you interested in joining a Cross Community Choir? Bailieborough Community Choir is looking for new members. We meet each Monday evening in Trinity Hall on the Virginia Road. Lots of great new music planned for 2017, under the leadership of Thomas Hanley. If interested contact Ann at


Open and Enrolment Evening

St. Brigid’s National School, Tunnyduff are holding an Open and Enrolment Evening on Monday, 19th December from 5 to 7 pm.  All are welcome.

Also, the School Choir and the Brass Duffers are performing Christmas Carols at Tesco on Friday evening, 16th December from 5 to 6 o’clock. Your support would be appreciated.


Bridge Results: Tuesday, November 29th: First: Kathleen Keenan and Tom Moran, Second: Patsy Corcoran and Sean Kelleher. Best Gross: Philomena Finnegan and Ita Clarke.

Tuesday, December 6th: Turkey Competition: First: Anne Brady and Malcolm Cross, Second: Jimmy Stafford and Tony Carolan. Best Gross: Rosaleen Keegan and Pauline McEvoy. Third: Joan O’Reilly and Kathleen Keenan. Fourth: Eilish Reynolds and Mona McCormack. Fifth: Betty Olwell and Maresa Liggan.

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


School Reunion

Bailieborough Community School, Class of 1994 School Reunion will take place on Thursday night, 29th December, in the Bailie Hotel, kicking off at 8pm. Guaranteed to be a great night of nostalgic chat, music and good company.



The Annual Red Cross “Senior Citizens” Christmas party was held in the Bailie Hotel in Bailieborough on Wednesday evening last. The turnout was fantastic with over 80 guests joining us. Thanks to the hotel staff for providing the venue and fantastic food as always. Also thanks also goes to our own volunteers who served tables and made the whole process run like clockwork, without you, this event would not be possible.


Classes for 2017 at Bailieborough Business Centre. For Further Details please call 042-969-4716, or call in to the Centre. Make a change in 2017!!

Computers for Beginners – 4 Weeks – Tuesday Evenings 6.30 -9.00.

Computers for Improvers – 8 Weeks Monday Evening 6.30 – 9.30. A follow on if you have taken our Computers for Beginners Class or have basic computer skills.

 Spreadsheets – Learn how to keep financial records and create formulae – 16 Weeks Tuesday or Thursday 9.30 – 1.00pm.

Word Processing – Create your own Documents, Learn Shortcuts, – 13 Weeks Friday mornings 10 -1pm.

Information Technology – Change your skills – 13 Weeks Wednesday Evenings 6.30-9.30pm – Minimum Numbers 10 per class.


Baptism Dates in St. Annes for December 2016 and January 2017

The following are the available dates for Baptisms in St. Anne’s Church for December and January –December 17th (Saturday 1.30pm), January 14th (Saturday, 1.30pm.) and January 29th (Sunday, 12.30pm).


Christmas Lights Vehicle Parade in aid of the Vincey McGee Benefit Fund and Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust:

Sunday 18th December at 4.30pm in Cavan Town. The first ever in the region. All types of vehicles Lorries, Cars, Tractors, Vans etc. welcome. Entry Fee €20 per vehicle. Registration from 1pm at the Equestrian Centre. Refreshments and entertainment. Lighting up of Remembrance Tree at 5.30pm at the Courthouse, Cavan (find us on Facebook) ‘vinceymegeebenefitfund’ where more details provided or see local media!


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.



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.