Bailieborough News. December 21st 2020. Matthew J. Cullen.

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.

Bailieborough Group of Parishes: Wednesday, December 23rd : 23 December – ‘A Quiet Christmas’ at 7:30pm – Bailieborough – A quiet, reflective service, especially focusing on prayer for those feeling grief this Christmas.

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.

Deepest Sympathy: Deepest Sympathy is extended to mother Bridgid, brothers Colm and Paul, sister Claire, sisters-in-law Margaret and Caroline, brother-in-law Padraig, nieces, nephews and extended family, staff and his many friends in Curlurgan on the death of Thomás O’Brien, Curlurgan Community Group, Cavan, and late of Institute Road, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan, who passed away peacefully at Cavan General Hospital on Wednesday, December 9th, 2020. Thomas was predeceased by his father Tommy.

Thomas’s Funeral Mass took place in St. Michael’s Church, Staholmog on Friday, December 11th with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. 

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:

Deepest Sympathy: Deepest Sympathy is extended to the McEnaney family—The Bailie Hotel—on the passing of their father, Brendan, Ardragh, Corduff, Carrickmacross, who passed away peacefully, at his home, surrounded by his beloved family, on Saturday, December 12th 2020. Brendan’s Funeral Mass took place in St John the Evangelist Church, Raferagh, on Tuesday, 15th  December, followed by burial in the adjoining Cemetery. 

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: Christmas Hours: The Library will be closing on Wednesday, December 23rd at 4.00pm and will be re-opening on Thursday, December 31st at 10.00am.
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!

Thank You: Thank You to Sean O’Reilly for decorating the Christmas Trees in St. Annes Church and Church grounds and thanks also to Paulius Pilipavicus for erecting the Christmas lights on the Church building.


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.

In this most peculiar of years, we wish all readers, a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and Covid free New Year.