Bailieborough News. January 5th 2017

Bailieborough News. January 5th  2017 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 on Main St.

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.

A big well done to everyone who took part in the Christmas Swim in Bailieborough. It was wild, wet and windy but it didn’t hold the locals back from the traditional Christmas Day swim which was being held for the 23rd time with the proceeds going to Bailieborough Senior Citizens. Hats off to the Special Abilities Tutors who took part despite the heavy rain. You are an amazing bunch of volunteers!

The Athletic Club’s Annual St. Stephen’s Day run was well supported with participants eager to clear the cobwebs after Christmas Day. The John Ed Sheanon inspired walk—in memory of P.J. Byrne— on Wednesday was also well attended and supported.

It was also a happy time for one local person/ family, who were the winners of the Christmas Eve Lotto jackpot worth over a cool €4,500,000. The winning ticket was sold in Lorraine Harris’s ‘Supervalu’ and at the time of writing, no one knows who has won it but as usual, there are plenty of rumours and potential candidates!! Anyway, well done whoever you are and good health and happiness to enjoy it!


THANK YOU  to all who decorated and prepared St. Annes Church for Advent and Christmas especially Sean Reilly, Olive Steenson, Eileen O’Reilly, Lucy Clarke, Marie Guckian, Geraldine Reilly, James Clarke, our caretaker Sadie Clarke, our sacristan May Cassidy and the members of the Community Employment Scheme. Thanks also to those took part in our liturgies, especially the First Communion and Confirmation classes from the local national schools, the students from Bailieborough Community School, the First Communion Parents Committee, the St. Anne’s National School Choir, the Eucharistic Ministers, Stewards and the Ministers of the Word.

Music is such an essential part of the liturgy and we are blessed to have two fine choirs here in Bailieborough Church Area – the St. Anne’s Choir directed and guided by Derek Eakins and the Folk Choir led by Thomas Hanley and Sean Reilly. We the people and priests of the parish really appreciate, and are thankful for, the work and effort of all involved.


St. Vincent DePaul Shop Conference

St. Anthony’s Shop Conference would like to thank all those who contributed to the success of the shop in 2016. We appreciate all the customers who visit our shop regularly, also the many donors who provide quality clothing, footwear, handbags, bed linen, furniture and household items on an on-going basis. It is only with your continued generosity that we will be able to provide the funds so urgently needed in our community. The shop will reopen for business on Wednesday Jan. 4th 2017.


DVD’s available of the ‘Celtic Tenors’ Concert

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.


Bailieborough Development Association: Survey for proposed Courthouse Re-Development

As part of the re-development of Bailieborough Courthouse, we are carrying out a feasibility study. We will be taking on board the views of the community and to that end we are asking people to complete a survey. Please follow on the link below and tell us how you feel.


Bailieborough Community Choir

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



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


Deepest Sympathy

Deepest Sympathy is extended to wife, Kathleen, daughters, Maria and Brenda, son-in-law Ed, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother, sisters, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, neighbours and friends on the death of John Finnegan, Curkish, Bailieborough, at Cavan General Hospital on Thursday, December 8th. John was a very well-known and respected member of the local community as was evidenced by the large attendance at his funeral. He was involved with the Bailieborough Athletics Club in his earlier days and was also very involved with the Bailieborough Shamrocks GAA Club—being a vice-president of the Club. John was also a quiet, unassuming man who always had time to stop and have a friendly chat and his presence will be deeply missed by all who knew him. John’s Funeral Mass took place in St. Annes Church on Saturday, December 10th with burial afterwards in St. Annes Cemetery.

Deepest Sympathy is extended to son Sean, brothers PJ and Eugene, sister Martina, sisters-in-law Theresa and Bridgid, brother-in-law Mick, nephews, nieces and extended relatives and friends on the death of Mary McGuinness (nee Higgins)—wife of the late Gerry— Ladoonigan, Tunnyduff, Bailieborough, who passed away suddenly on Saturday, 17th December at her residence. Mary’s Funeral Mass took place on Tuesday, December 20th in St Brigid’s Church, Knockbride West, with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Deepest Sympathy is extended to sisters, Anne O’Reilly (Tatteragh), Teresa McBrine (London), brother Francis (Corravilla), brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends on the death of Bridgid Diffley (nee McBrine), New York and formerly of Corravilla, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan, who passed away on Wednesday, 14th  December  2016, peacefully in New York. Bridgid’s Funeral Mass took place on Wednesday, December 21st in St. Brigid’s Church, Knockbride East, with burial afterwards in adjoining cemetery.


“Learn to Jive’ with Mairéad Gaffney and Craig Lovett. Five week course commencing, Monday 16th January at 8.30pm in Killinkere Leisure Centre.  No partner needed.  Contact 086 1763044 / 086 1928568.


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.



Pilates – resuming in Trinity Hall on Tuesday Jan 10th beginners @ 6.15pm & intermediate @ 7.30pm. new members welcome. suitable for all fitness levels. booking essential with Anne 087 2601454.

Pilates Classes resume the week of January, 9th for 6 weeks at Cornakill, Mullagh (morning & evening classes available).

Also Bailieborough Leisure Centre on Wednesday mornings and Cormeen Sports Complex on Tuesday mornings.

Men only Pilates starts on Friday 13th January at 8pm for 4 weeks in Bailieborough Leisure Centre.

Please contact Julie 086 3283943, email or see for more details.



Baptism Dates in St. Annes for January and February 2017

The following are the available dates for Baptisms in St. Anne’s Church for and January –January 14th (Saturday, 1.30pm.), January 29th (Sunday, 12.30pm), February 12th (Sunday, 12.30pm) and February 25th (Saturday, 1.30pm).



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.



Concert in Moynalty Church in Friday, 6th January at 8pm, featuring Deirdre Shannon, Marina Cassidy, Majella Cullagh.  Tickets €25 and are available at the Parochial House, Moynalty, ☎ 046 9244305/text only 087 6255195 or email:  It promises to be a wonderful night of music and song.


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.

Wishing all readers, a Peaceful and Prosperous New Year.