Bailieborough News. December 3rd 2018. Matthew J. Cullen.


Bailieborough Christmas Lights:

There was great excitement amongst the huge crowd gathered at the Market Square and on Main St., on Saturday evening last with the traditional ‘Switching –On’ of the Bailieborough Christmas Lights. Christmas Carols and music was provided by the Bailieborough School of Music, children from the local schools and local choristers, ‘Hardtimes Chorus’.

Santa and his Elves arrived on his sleigh (Santa’s sleigh was driven in by Martin McGuinness and this sleigh was made by Richard Kinnear and stored and repainted by Peter Reilly from Active Agri) to the great amazement of all the young children present. Santa was accompanied by the Active Agri Tractor Parade of Lights, whose tractors and other vehicles, were well turned out for the Christmas Run.

This year, Mr William Townley turned on the lights on—for those in the Community that are too young to remember, Willie put up the lights and looked after them for between 25 to 30 years. This is Bailieborough’s way of saying ‘Thanks’ to him and his son Thomas for all the years of hard work and to acknowledge the fact Willie and his generation volunteered in their community and that is not lost in today’s world! Everything went to plan, when all the dazzling lights lit up, to give the town a very Christmassy feel. The children and their parents, then had the opportunity to visit Santa and his Elves in his Grotto.

This year’s lights are magnificent, with everyone commenting on how great they look! It would be well worth one’s while to come along to the town, just to see this terrific display.


Drama Group qualifies for All-Ireland Finals:

Good luck and best wishes are extended to the Bailieborough Drama Group who will be participating in the All-Ireland One Act Drama with their play ‘Smile Handsome’ by Liz O’Hanlon.

The All-Ireland’s take place next weekend, December 7th/8th and 9th in Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford.

The group will be performing the play in Shercock on Thursday, December 6th and will be joined by Sillan Players with their performance of ‘The Long Wet Grass’ which has also qualified for the finals. We wish both groups every success in the final.


Bailieborough Parish Church:

Bailieborough Parish Church Annual Sale of Work takes place in the Church Hall on Saturday, 8th December from 2pm.

All the usual stalls and bargains – please come along and bring your friends.  Everyone very welcome.

Mondays (during term time):

 Badminton, Bailieborough Church of Ireland Hall; 7-8pm for primary students, 8-9pm for secondary students.


Bailieborough Leisure Centre:

Board of Management Annual General Meeting:

 The Bailieborough Leisure Centre’s Board of Management’s Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday December 6th at 8.00pm in the Bailie Hotel.



Bridge lessons for beginners will take place in Hotel Bailie, Bailieborough, at 7.30pm, each Monday night. Everybody welcome.


Bailieborough’s Fittest Family:

Bailieborough’s ‘Fittest Family’ challenge takes place on Sunday next, December 9th. Registration will take place from 11am at Bailieborough Community Centre. The event will commence at 12 noon and this year there will be new routes, more prizes and more fun! The event is open to individuals, families, teams and clubs. All welcome, refreshments and fun afterwards.


Dhuish Group Water Co-op:

Due to annual maintenance of our water mains there may be some disruption to the water supply. It is our intension to keep disruption to the minimum. Maintenance will take place from Wednesday, 5th December until Thursday, 20th December.


Christmas Shoe-Box Appeal:

Inner-City Helping Homeless are appealing to people to make a small difference for someone who is down on their luck at the moment, remember charity begins at home! Last year the support we received from the public was unbelievable as we received over 20,000 shoeboxes over the Christmas period. These shoeboxes were checked and distributed to homeless adults and children right across the country and brought a smile to so many faces over Christmas.

The idea is simple. Wrap a shoebox and mark it Male or Female. In the shoebox you can put the likes of: Hats, Scarves, Gloves, Underwear, Socks Toiletries: *No aerosols, perfumes, aftershaves, mouthwash or hand sanitizers—Christmas Card or Chocolate.

If you would like to donate a shoebox to a homeless child, please specify the child’s age and whether they are male or female.

TESCO, Bailieborough are a drop off point for the Shoe Box Appeal for the homeless. PLEASE NOTE:  The final date for the Shoebox Appeal, is Friday the 7th of December.


Bailieborough School of Music:

The Bailieborough School of Music Senior Band will have their Christmas Concert in the Community School on Saturday, December 15th at 2.30pm. All welcome and admission is free.

Lotto results for 01-12-2018.  Numbers Drawn; 9, 11, 21, 22.  No Jackpot Winner, Lucky Dip (€25) Winners; Brendan and Collette Gavin; Gavin Mackey; Brian Flanagan; Elizabeth Ruxton. Jackpot next week, €2,100.


East Cavan Swim Club:

 Four swimmers from East Cavan SC will compete this year, in the Irish Short Course Championships in Lisburn, from 6th – 9th December. It is a huge achievement to reach this competition, which is the ultimate event in Irish short course swimming and the young swimmers will share the pool with the best in Irish swimming, including those who are expected to compete in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Well done to Adrienne Keuck, Aoife Moore, Finn Longmore and Kelsey Buckland Morris.  This follows on from the success of the Ulster Short Course Championships in October where these four swimmers were joined by their club mates Sorsha Cooney, Johann Behme and Katie Mulvey. Best of luck and good wishes are extended to the competitors and hopefully they will bring home the medals!!


Bailieborough Christmas Lights Committee

would like to acknowledge the following in no particular order: On 3 nights! Peter Rogers, Aidan Clarke, Gareth Mulhall, Kieran Donoghue, P J Barry, Pat Argue, Malcom Gargan, Peadar Clerkin, Fred Gilmore, Raymond Gilsenan, Fiona Shiel, Damien Clarke, Seamus Rahill, Caroline Clarke, David Kinnear, Alan Keating, Martin Murray.

Thanks to Willie Townley who turned on the lights this year and for his many, many years of hard work with putting up lights over the years! Willie from the people of Bailieborough, Thank You.

Teleporters, Richard Kinnear, Charles Cranston, Dessie Heery, Jack O’Brien, Kenneth McCullagh.

Electricians: Mark Argue, Niall Smith, Gavin McElwaine, Declan Argue, Joe Flanagan.

The help and assistance of the three Church’s, Masonic Hall and Paulis Pilipavicius.

Elves: Emma McGuinness, Ellie Gargan, Katy Tully.

Thanks to each and every one of you, even though it’s a pain to give so much time to community events like this, everything done was volunteered, no money was asked from any business this year! Not forgetting, Tony Gregory and gang with the Scary Walk and donation to lights again this year!

Take a look at the names and maybe next year, you could volunteer some of your time for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Midsummer Festival, Halloween walk or Christmas Lights??

Thanks to the Bailieborough Red Cross and the School Choirs, Bailieborough School of Music and Hardtimes Chorus and of course Active Agri with the huge amount of tractors and finally sorry about the sound, something to rectify next year.


Citizen’s Information:

The service continues on every Tuesday, at 1.30pm in the Library— providing information, advice and advocacy supports to everyone on Social welfare, employment, Pensions, Health, Tax etc.  No appointment necessary.


Irish Red Cross: Bailieborough Branch:

The Christmas Community Dinner Party will take place in the Hotel Bailie on Wednesday, December 5th at 6.30pm. Anyone interested in attending, is asked to contact Julie at 086 8968 928 or Helen at 087 7531 658. Admission is €10 per person.


Bailieborough ‘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.


Society of St. Vincent DePaul—Christmas Appeal:

This appeal takes place on Saturday, December 8th and Sunday, December 9th. St. Anne’s Conference of the SVP offers support and friendship to those in our community, who request assistance and who are in need. Support is given by way of assistance towards the cost of food, heating, education and household related expenses. As expected, requests for assistance at Christmas time, puts particular pressure on Conference finances and hence this special appeal. We thank you for your ongoing support and generosity and we wish all of our parishioners every blessing for Christmas.


Bailieborough Business Centre:

 Classes: Beginners Computer,

Improvers Computers, Mondays 7pm to 10pm.

Spreadsheets, Tuesdays, 10am to 1pm.

Word, Thursdays, 10am to 1pm.


Social Dancing:

Ballroom Dancing will take place in the Community Centre on Saturday, December 8th. Music will be provided by Glenn Flynn Band. Christmas Spot Prizes on the night, supper will be served and all are most welcome to attend.


Christmas Day Swim:

On Christmas Day, the 25th Christmas Day Swim will take place in Bailieborough Town Lake. All proceeds will go to the Senior Citizens’ Day Group.  Any inquiries  to Brendan 0872758890.


St. Felim’s N.S., The Vale:

The Parents Association are organising the Christmas Draw for the school. The Draw will take place on Tuesday, December 18th. Tickets are on sale now and are available from ‘Bubbles’ and Sandra’s Shop (beside the Foundry).


Beginners Yoga in Bailieborough Leisure Centre:

Every Saturday from 9.30am to 10.30am. Bring a Yoga mat and an open mind. Wear comfortable clothing. Contact Darren Clarke 086 846 9581 or for further information.


Bailieborough Group of Parishes: Services:

Friday, 7th December: FOCUS Youth Group in Trinity Hall from 8:30-10pm.

Sunday 9th December: Bailieborough 10:45am – Holy Communion and Sunday Club followed by tea and coffee.

Knockbride 12noon – Holy Communion and Sunday Club.

Sunday 16th December: Knockbride 10:30am – Carols for All.

Bailieborough 7pm – Traditional Carol Service.

Sunday 23rd December: Bailieborough 10:45am – All-Age Service followed by tea and coffee.

Knockbride 12noon – Morning Prayer and Sunday Club.

Tuesday 25th December – Christmas Day:

Bailieborough 10am – Christmas Communion.

Knockbride 10:30am – Christmas Communion.


Bailieborough Indoor Bowls:

Indoor Bowls continues on Wednesdays, at 8.00pm, in the Community Centre. New members are always most welcome.


Baptism Dates in St. Annes for December 2018 and January 2019:

The following are the available dates for Baptisms in St. Anne’s Church–December 15th (Saturday 1.30pm), December 23rd (Sunday. 12.30pm), January 13th (Sunday, 12.30pm) and January 26th (Saturday, 1.30pm).


Bailieborough Library:

 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.


East Cavan Gaels GAA Club – Hurling News 3rd December 2018

Under 7/9/11; All back in full swing indoors now. Thursday in Kingscourt and Friday two groups in Bailieborough. Great numbers, lots of new hurlers coming from all parts of the region. Let’s keep it going. Equipment supplied while learning with us.

Under 13/14/15/17/Senior; All these lads now finished for 2018 and we look forward to 2019 with confidence of more silverware. Planning well underway.

The week ahead;

Thursday; Indoor hurling in Kingscourt Community centre U7/9/11 7-8pm.


Friday; Indoor hurling in Bailieborough Community School Sports Hall. U7/9 from 6-7 and U11 from 7-8. €3 each and water bottle also.

Club contacts;

U7/9/11; Willie Gaughan 086 164 9280.

U13/15/17/Senior; Kathryn O’ Flynn 087 244 1371.


Christmas Craft Fair:

Christmas Craft and Gift Fair, Sunday 9th December, Slieve Russell Hotel, 12-5pm, free admission.


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.


Alcoholics Anonymous:

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