Bailieborough News. February 9th, 2017

Bailieborough News. February 9th, 2017 Matthew J. Cullen.

Planned Renovation of Bailieborough Courthouse

On last Monday week, January 23rd, Allen McAdam of M.C.A. Consulting gave a presentation on the proposed Renovation of Bailieborough Courthouse in the Bailieborough Business Centre. He outlined the progress of the project so far. Funding has been secured from Enterprise Ireland to conduct a Feasibility Study – which would involve enterprise only. Also secured is €100,000 from REDZ (Rural Economic Development Zone) for PHASE I Capital work and plans for further redevelopment of the Courthouse and Bridewell.  A lease is due to be signed shortly by the BDA with Cavan County Council for the Courthouse and Bridewell.

The feasibility study involves renovating the Courthouse in Bailieborough and restoring the old adjoining Bridewell Jail as a commercial, tourism and community resource and also investigating the potential to secure some funding from the Rural Development Programme (LEADER), PEACE IV.

The terms of reference of the project are: investigate the need for a centre of this nature in the greater Bailieborough Area, conduct a community needs analysis, consult with key local stakeholders, consult with any relevant statutory bodies, Assess insurance requirements and/or options, research and assess funding options, research and document needs and proposed usage patterns and recommend on-going maintenance options.

Allen then outlined a brief history of the Courthouse. It was erected in 1817, with the addition of the Bridewell Jail in 1833, for the use of the inhabitants of Co. Cavan. The jailer and his family lived on the first floor above the detention cells. The Bridewell and its history are unique. It was also used by the Courts Service and Cavan County Council until recent years and is currently in need of major refurbishment.

As part of the Community Consultation part of the project, an online survey was conducted by the B.D.A. over the past two months. 243 responses were received from all sections and ages of the local community. Over 75% of respondents were aware that funding has been secured to carry out initial works on the renovation and redevelopment of the former Courthouse and Bridewell in Bailieborough as an economic hub for the greater Bailieborough area. Over 98% of respondents wanted to see the property fully renovated and put to productive use.

The proposed schedule of works for the project is that it will be done in three phases: PHASE 1 Upstairs at front – Rentable office space/tourism information/staging posts for tours/Castle Lake – walks etc. PHASE 2 Multi-purpose community space- performance space, school of music etc. PHASE 3 Bridewell Museum and Visitor centre – Plantation town story, Bridewell and jail and people of note from Bailieborough.

The timescale for the proposed redevelopment is: Application lodged to PEACE IV in January 2017, in March 2017, EI Study Completed, in March/April 2017 – Architect appointed, December 2017 – PHASE 1 Completed, 2017/2018 – PHASE 2 and 3 – funding permitting.

For people who would like view the results of the feasibility study, it will be available to view on the Bailieborough Development Association’s facebook page and on the History page on


Bailieborough Mental Health Association: Annual Quiz

The Bailieborough Mental Health Association’s Annual Round Table Quiz Night will be taking place in the Bailie Hotel, Ballroom at 8.30pm sharp on Friday, 17th February, 2017.  “A fun night for young and old”

Teams of 4 for €40. Special ‘Early Bird’ round for Extra points if you arrive on time!! “A Healthy Mind in a Healthy


Doodle 4 Google Competition: Vote for Michella

Michella Cundelan, a sixth class pupil in St. Felim’s National School (The Vale) is a finalist in her category in the National Doodle 4 Google Competition. The Theme of the competition was ‘If I could create anything it would be…’ and Michella’s doodle brilliantly illustrates her hope for peace in the world. Winners are chosen from an online public vote. Please support this very talented girl and our school by voting online on the Doodle 4 Google website. Voting opens on Tuesday 7th February and closes Tuesday 21st February.


Bailieborough Men’s Shed

Bailieborough Men’s Shed would like to invite new participants to the recently formed group at the Bexcourt Centre. If interested please phone 0429694825 for further details.


Social Dancing

Next Saturday, 11th of February, is the night of this month’s Social Dancing in the Community Centre. Music this month is by the soft tones of the popular ‘J & S Sound’. You can enjoy a good supper as well and get back on the floor refreshed and ready to dance the night away. You are sure to enjoy another great night. All welcome.


Deepest Sympathy

Deepest Sympathy is extended to Eddie Gargan, Curkish, Bailieboro, on the recent, sudden death of his brother Tommy, Grays, Essex, England.


Bailieborough Model School

The Model School, Bailieborough is now open for enrolment for Junior Infants starting in September 2017. For an information pack and enrolment form, please contact: or phone the office on 042-9665689.


Hedges and Verges

Bailieborough Tidy Towns have been informed that the cutting of hedges and verges on the approach roads into town is the responsibility of the landowners. As we are trying to improve the appearance of our town and surrounding area, we would appreciate if you would help out by cutting the hedges and verges on your road frontage. Thanking you for your cooperation and playing your part in keeping our town and its environs tidy.


Co. Cavan Citizens Information Services: Co. Cavan Citizens Information Service is in The Library, Market Square, Bailieborough on Tuesdays from 1.00pm – 2.30pm, providing Information, Advice and Advocacy supports to everyone on Social welfare, employment, Pensions, Health, Tax etc.  No appointment necessary.


Cavan Ladies Darts

A ‘Table Quiz’ in aid of Cavan Ladies Darts will take place in Smyth’s of Relaghbeg on Saturday night, Friday, February 17th commencing at 9.00pm, sharp. Table of four is €40 and there will be plenty of spot prizes. All welcome for a great night’s entertainment.   


Bailieborough Community School in Association with Bailieborough Drama Group: In aid of Student Canteen Upgrade Fund:

Presents “The Tide”, written by Tara Maria Lovett and directed by Conor Sheridan on Friday 24th February and Saturday, 25th February, 2017 at 8.30 p.m in Bailieborough Community School. – Tickets €12.00 and doors open at 8.00pm.

Tickets available at the following outlets: Pat’s Shop, Kingscourt, Hall’s Main St, Bailieborough, Waller Bros Ltd., Cavan Rd. Bailieborough, Bailie Stores, Main St. Bailieborough and Bailieborough Community School. Your support would be greatly appreciated and all are most welcome.


Congratulations Leanne: Anglo Celt Young Sports Person of the Year

Congratulations to Bailieborough’s own, Leanne Kiernan who has won the Anglo Celt Sports Awards, Young Sports Person Of the Year Award which took place in the Cavan Crystal Hotel, on Friday evening last, February 3rd. Well done Leanne on receiving this award and best wishes to you from all in Bailieborough for a very successful 2017!



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.



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


Bailieborough School of Music

Lotto results for 4/02/17.  Numbers Drawn, 8, 13, 15, 19.  No Jackpot Winner. Luck Dip (€25) Winners; Stephanie Bell, Lisgrey; Bernard Stafford, Tierworker; Mary Carolan, Cormeen; PJ Reilly. Jackpot next week, €1,600.


Bailieborough Community Bowls

Bailieborough Community Bowls continues every Wednesday evening at 8.00pm, in the Community Centre, Chapel Road. New members most welcome with free tuition for beginners.


Bailieborough Pioneers (PTAA)

Bailieborough Pioneers would like to compile a list of all Pioneers in the Parish of Killann (Bailieborough, Killann and Shercock). Members could then be informed of events that might be relevant or of interest. Names can be given to Martina at 086 366 4097 or Sean at 086 405 4000. Your cooperation would be appreciated.


Mortgage Arrears Workshop

There will be a Mortgage Arrears Workshop being held on February 11th from 10am – 1pm in the Hotel Kilmore, Cavan.  Areas covered will be: Mortgage arrears and how they can occur, Demystifying Standard financial statements, Possible Solutions, The MARP process and Your banks obligations to you. Places are filling up fast so to book their place they can contact 089 416 8595. This event is free with donations accepted to cover the cost of the room hire, etc…


Classes at Bailieborough Business Centre

Digital Media Skills – If you have basic computer skills and would like to improve your abilities, learn how to create albums, collage, email attachments and much more. Cost €30 for 6 weeks, starting 16/02/2017. Call 042-969-4716 to reserve your place.


Baptism Dates in St. Annes for February, March and April 2017

The following are the available dates for Baptisms in St. Anne’s Church–February 12th (Sunday, 12.30pm), February 25th (Saturday, 1.30pm), March 18th (Saturday, 1.30pm), March 26th (Sunday, 12.30pm), April 8th (Saturday, 1.30pm), Saturday, April 15th (Easter Vigil, 9.00pm) and April 30th (Sunday, 12.30pm).


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.

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.


Fíor Ceili: Fíor Céili practice takes place in the Killinkere GAA Centre every Wednesday at 8.30pm. All welcome.



Aughawillan Drama Troupe are on a high rehearsing for the sinfully hilarious play “Drinking Habits”  written by award winning playwright, Tom Smith.  This comedy will be performed for your entertainment on the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th of February in Aughawillan Hall at 8.30pm sharp. Watch and listen out for us in your local notes, newspapers, Shannonside Radio and like us on Aughawillan Drama facebook. Looking forward to seeing you there.



Triona Marshall, World famous Harpist accompanied by Martin Tourish and guest star Janice Igoe, will perform in Gallonray House Maudabawn on Saturday 11th February at 8.00pm. Entry can be paid on the door. Admission: €10.00. Everyone welcome. ’The most wonderful Harpist in the whole wide world’ Paddy Moloney.


East Cavan Gaels GAA Club – Hurling News 6th February 2017

Under 6/8/10; Week 3 and the lads are flying with our younger crews in Bailieborough and Kingscourt. Players from all over the region getting plenty of hurling. Keep up the good work. The next round of Ulster U10 in Dundalk is this coming Sunday from 10-12. Friday U6/8 Bailieborough training group. Kingscourt U10s group Kingscourt U6/8s group.

2017 Player Registration; U6/8/10; THIS WEEK THIS WEEK THIS WEEK! Registration for all existing and new players will be as follows. Thursday, February 9th from 6.45pm in Kingscourt Community Centre.

Friday, February 10th from 6pm in Bailieborough Community School Sports Hall. €15 for the year. For all info on these groups then please contact Willie 086 164 9280.

Under 12/14/16/18; A huge amount of activity lined up for these boys in 2017. Training will return very soon with the league for Under 12s getting going in March. For all info on these age groups then please contact Kathryn 087 244 1371.

Hurling training times and venues; Under 6/8/10; Kingscourt group; Thursday, 6.45-8pm for U6/8/10 in the Community Centre. €3 each and bring water bottle.

Bailieborough group U6/8/10; Friday at the Bailieborough Community School Sports Hall. U6/8 from 6-7. Under 10 from 7-8pm. €3 each and bring the water bottle.


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.

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.