Bailieborough News. January 1st 2018. Matthew J. Cullen.

Christmas in Bailieborough:

Attendance at all the religious services in the area were up on previous years with lots of people and their families returning home from abroad for the festive occasion. The Christmas spirit was in evidence—particularly on Christmas Eve—with the Annual Christmas Carol singing by the Bailieborough Cancer Fund.

Footfall in the local shops was up and in the run up to Christmas, trying to get parking on Main St., was a nightmare at times but shoppers made good use of the car parks in the town.

The new Christmas Lights also added a lot of festive cheer and feel to the town and all involved with the project deserve thanks for all their hard work and commitment.

A big well done to everyone who took part in the Christmas Swim in Bailieborough. It was cold and wet but it didn’t hold the locals back from the traditional Christmas Day swim which was being held for the 24th time with the proceeds going to Bailieborough Senior Citizens.

The Athletic Club’s Annual St. Stephen’s Day run was well supported with participants eager to clear the cobwebs after Christmas Day.


Bailieborough School of Music:

Our next Lotto draw takes place on Jan 6th, 2018 in the Bailie Hotel.

School of Music: 30th Anniversary Concert: Tickets for the Bailieborough School of Music’s 30th Anniversary Concert in the Helix, DCU on Sunday, February 25th, 2018 are now on sale from the Helix Box Office or from Ann at 087 7858 509. Ticket prices are: Adult €15, Student €10 and Children 1—5 years €5.


Vincent’s Shop:

Our President, Eilish, our Manager, Stephen, all the volunteers and workers in Vincent’s Shop would like to extend their thanks for our Annual Christmas Appreciation Day. We would like to thank Super Valu, Bailieborough for their generous sponsorship of our fantastic Coffee Day on Friday, December 15th. We would also like to thank everyone who donated either prizes for the raffles or cakes, buns, etc…We thank ‘Santa’ and his elf, Sparkles for coming and having a great time with the children. We would also like to thank the help from all the volunteers who planned and helped out on the day. Congratulations to the winners of our Facebook Competition and the raffle we had on the day. But most of all to our customers who came and enjoyed some Festive Spirit with us, thank you. Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and we will see you in the New Year. Vincent’s Shop is closed until Thursday, January 4th at 10.00am. We wish everyone a Happy New Year to all our customers, contributors, volunteers and staff.


Adult Irish Dance Classes:

 Céilí, traditional group dances and traditional Irish dances will be taught in a fun and social environment. The aerobic workout of Irish dancing with be combined with strength, toning and flexibility. Classes will begin on Wednesday, 10th January in the Masonic Hall at 9pm. For more info contact Aishling Fox on (087) 9699235.


Festive Lighting at St. Annes:

Thank you to Paulius Pilipavicius, Industrial Abseiling Solutions, Leiter, who volunteered to light up the exterior of St. Annes Church once again for the Christmas Season. It has certainly helped the Church building to be noticed during the dark mid-winter nights of the Festive season.


Moybologue Historical Society:

There are a number of unmarked plots within the walls of Moybologue Old Church. Some of those plots have flowers and plants placed on them. If you know the identity of any of these plots, would you please contact Eamonn Donnelly at 086 173 6291.


Bailieborough Tidy Towns: Christmas Raffle winners;
1st prize; Bridie Daly, 2nd: Adrian McCullagh,3rd: Colette Doughty , 4th, Catherine Cahill, 5th ,Valentino Romanovsk,  6th, Ciara McEvoy. Many thanks to our generous sponsors and to all of you who bought lines. Your support is much appreciated.

Keep Bailieborough Tidy and reduce the amount of litter by investing in a Reusable Cup for sale in ‘Daybreak’ on Barrack St. This blue cup with the Cavan logo is an ideal present for Cavan fans and Coffee lovers. All proceeds go towards the Bailieborough Tidy Towns.



Pilates resumes in Bailieborough Leisure Centre on Wednesday, 10th January at 10am.
Also, morning and evening classes available at Cross, Mullagh, starting the week of January 8th.
For further info, contact Julie 086 3283943, or FB /JulieCarolanCavanPhysicalTherapy


Baptism Dates in St. Annes for January and February 2018:

The following are the available dates for Baptisms in St. Anne’s Church–January 13th (Saturday, 1.30pm), January 27th (Sunday, 12.30pm), February 11th (Sunday, 12.30pm) and February 24th (Saturday, 1.30pm).



Through the countrywide library network, the Healthy Ireland at your Library programme will provide a range of resources, services and support to users and communities. This programme will see talks and workshops planned for 2018, boosted by new health books, e-books, e- audiobooks and e-magazines! Anything health related please ask a member of staff! Lets make 2018 a healthy one!


East Cavan Swim Club:

The East Cavan Swim Club will be returning on Wednesday 10th January.
Landtraining is also finished for this year and will resume on Monday 15th January.


Bailieborough Shamrocks:

Ladies AGM: The Ladies AGM will take place on Friday next, 5th January 2018 at 8.00pm, in the Clubrooms at St. Anne’s Park.

Positions will need to be filled on the night so full attendance of parents and volunteers is needed. All welcome.


Congratulations to : Thomas Whelehan, 45 Twin Oaks, Bailieborough for winning the award for the Best Individual Garden/House for the Bailieborough and Cootehill Municipal District for Cavan County Council.


Bailieborough Library:

Everyday Irish – Tuesday evenings 3pm to 5pm

Beginner Conversational Irish Class for Adults who would like to learn the basics.

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.


Learn to Jive:

Learn to Jive with Mairead Gaffney and Craig Lovett. Five week course commencing Monday 8th January in the Errigal House Hotel, Cootehill and Thursday 11th January in Navan O’Mahonys GAA, Navan.  8.30pm start. No partner needed.  Contact 086 1928568 / 086 1763044 for further details.


East Cavan Gaels GAA Club – Hurling News 1st January 2018

Happy New Year to all involved in local hurling. We hope to have lots of hurling activity lined up for a busy 2018. Thanks to all for all their help so far and we look forward to dusting off the cobwebs later in January. Below are a few pictures from a very busy 2017. Lets hope 2018 in even better.

Another years hurling, our 9th, done. Lots of new hurlers joining with us especially at the younger ages. Our U12s won the Monaghan Div 2 league. Our U14s reached National Feile semi-final. Our older groups did not get the amount of games we would have liked but we are working on fixing that for 2018 so hang in there lads! Adult hurling is also nearly ready for lift off.

Thanks to everyone for all of their hard work again this year. It is a small but very dedicated crew who work, sometimes in conditions which can be very challenging, for the benefit of the boys and for their hurling development. Without them we could not function.

We have worked very hard over the years to lobby for new competitions to keep our boys hurling and we are hopeful that some new exciting announcements early in the new year will give hurling the big opportunity it has been waiting for. Watch this space.

Finally thanks to our players and their parents. We could not have one without the other so to our players thank you for all of your efforts and to your parents thanks for your continued support. It can be difficult locally sometimes to say you play hurling but if you stick with us over the years ahead not only will you be able to say you play hurling but that you are also very proud to play this great game of ours.

Happy New Year  from all of us at East Cavan Gaels GAA Hurling Club.


Tanagh Forest School in Rossmore Park starting in February 2018. Suitable for those aged 6-12yrs. This Forest School is subsidised by Monaghan County Council’s Environmental Services and the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund 2017. Limited spaces on the course so book early. Booking and Payment in advance is essential with Tanagh Outdoor Education and Training Centre. Contact Philomena on 049-5552988 for more information.


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.


Wishing all readers, a Peaceful and Prosperous New Year.