Bailieborough News. July 10th 2017 Matthew J. Cullen.

Moybologue Historical Society:

Inscription photographing and recording will take place at Moybologue Old Graveyard over two days on Friday next, 14th and Saturday 15th July 2017. The activity will be carried out by community volunteers, led by John Tierney of Eachtra Archaeological Projects Ltd (

All the grave markers will be numbered and photographed, and then loaded to the Historic Graves Website ( where transcriptions of the inscriptions can then be added, creating a full digital record of all inscriptions in the graveyard.

Around 10-12 volunteers are needed on the two days so if you are interested in participating, please contact any member of the committee, message us via Facebook or Twitter, or email us at


Mid-Summer Festival:

Only 2 weeks away! Posters and signs are now up on the main roads leading into the town and further afield!! The Programme of Events has been published and the flyers are available in the shops in the town or on the Mid-Summer Festival Facebook page.

Friday, July 21st, Midsummer Festival Duathlon:

Run: 5k/2.5k, Cycle: 10k/20k Run: 5k/2.5k. Registration from 6.00pm, with the event starting at 7.00pm. Registration fees: €15 individuals/€20 teams. Cash prizes/Free BBQ for all entrants.  Also 5k Fun Run/Walk. Registration €5. All welcome. The starting point will be at the Thomas Street Car Park (Kingscourt Road) and the event will finish at the pedestrian crossing on Main St.  For further information, please contact Tony at 086 3993430.

Barbecue and DJ at the prize-giving lorry beside the old bank.

Poetry Evening at 8.00pm, in Murtagh’s Auctioneering Rooms.

Play: ‘The Sacred Hearts Right Hand Man’, in the Bailie Hotel. Doors open at 9.00pm with the play commencing at 9.30pm. Admission €10.

Midnight Madness Sale: Late night shopping around town with loads of stores participating.

Saturday, July 22nd: Soccer Skills—11am to 4.00pm at the Community School Pitch. Under 10, Under 13 and Under 18’s.

Aged from 6 to 10yrs, from 11am to 12.15pm. Featuring: Water Sports/ Hole in The Wall and X A-Side. Party bags for taking part. €2 covers all the events.

Aged from 11 to 13 yrs., from 12.30pm to 2pm. Featuring: 3 touch 5 a-side, Penalty Shootout and Crossbar Challenge. Party bags for all taking part. €3 covers all the events.

Aged from 14 to 18yrs, from 2.30pm to 4pm. Featuring: ‘You Know The Drill’, Penalty Shootout and Crossbar Challenge. Medals for the winners and runners-up in each event. €3 covers all the events.

Teddy Bear Picnic at 2.00pm in Trinity Church Hall, Virginia Road.

Arts Workshop in the Library at 3.00pm.

Under 10 Football Blitz in St. Anne’s Park at 4.30pm.

Walking Treasure Hunt at 4.30pm.

Car Treasure Hunt at 4.30pm.

DJ Gareth in the Marquee at 6.00pm.

Line Dancing in the Marquee at 8.00pm.

Plenty of fun activities including, Skittles, Darts Football and Basketball Challenge!

Sunday, July 23rd:

Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 11.00am to 6.00pm.

Family Fun Day.

Admission €5, children Under 16 free!

Featuring: Pelican Bouncing Castles, Stevie Dee Disco Dome, Novelty Obstacle Course, Face Painting, Ducking Chair, Local Clubs Display, Craft Stalls, Wheel Barrow Race, Tyre Race, Bar Man’s Race, Bale Race, Buskers. All vintage vehicles welcome for display— Cars, Tractors, Bikes and Lorries. There will be a prize for the best vintage vehicle.

Johnny Brady and his band will play from 4-6 pm on Main Street and this will include the ‘Jiving competition’.  Judged by dance champion Gerard Butler.
Winner will qualify for the All-Ireland Jiving Finals in the Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe plus accommodation.

Festival Finale Dance in the Hotel Bailie—Admission Free!


SVP St. Anthony’s Shop Conference Bailieborough:

Our Annual Sale of New Stock will start in the shop on Monday July 17th for one week. We will also have the normal range of goods. As always we would like to thank all the customers who visit our shop regularly, as well as the many donors who provide quality clothing, footwear, handbags, bed linen, furniture, and household items.

Only items of reasonable quality and suitable for sale should be donated.


Blessing of the Graves:

The Annual Blessing of the Graves will take place in St. Anne’s Cemetery on Sunday, September 3rd. Now would be an ideal time to tend the plot of a family member or loved one.


‘Tree of Hearts and Tears’ an art workshop facilitated by poet, Heather Brett, on Saturday, July 22nd at 2.30pm-4pm for all children over 9 at Bailieborough Library. A wonderful opportunity to engage with art and poetry under the guidance of Heather. Finished pieces will be displayed on a tree of ‘Hearts and Tears’ in the library! Free workshop supporting Bailieborough Summer Festival, but booking essential at 0429665779.


Bailieboro Celtic A.F.C.:

We are considering running a 6 week academy for kids born in 2010/2011. 1 hour on a Saturday in August. Dates and times to be confirmed. A charge of 10 euro for registration will be needed in advance of the start date. Can anyone interested, contact Keith Burke on (086) 163 1538.

Pre-season training for our Under 13’s team (players born in 2005) will start on Wednesday 26th July at 7pm and continue each Wednesday until the start of the 2017-2018 season in mid-September. Looking forward to seeing all of last year’s squad as well as any new players interested in being part of the team for the coming season.

Senior pre-season training continues at the Vale Grounds. For further details, please call or text, 085 825 6347.


Bailieborough Walking Group:

Wednesday, July 12th – Boyne River Walk: (A) Walk 2 + hours (approx.) Leaving Bailieborough Library at 6.30pm. Walk commences at 7.30pm at the car park on right, just over Slane Bridge on Slane/Dublin road. All welcome.

Wednesday, July 19th – Deerpark Forest, Virginia.

(M) Walk 1 Hour 15 min. (E) Walk 1 Hour. Leaving Bailieborough Library at 6.50pm. Walk commences at Virginia Rugby Club entrance to Deerpark at 7.15pm.  All welcome.


‘Reflections’ is a beautiful exhibition of paintings featuring some Cavan landscapes, by Wexford artist, Niki Purcell, which is on show at the Library from Thursday July 20th to Tuesday August 15th. All welcome and admission is free!


Computers for Beginners – Computers for Beginners at Bailieborough Business Centre are continuing throughout the summer. Classes are once a week for 2 hours. Come along and enjoy the friendly atmosphere while learning a few new skills. Call 042-969-4716 to reserve a place.


The Bailieborough Poetry Festival and Poetry Competition 2017:

This October will see the hosting of the 5th annual Bailieborough Poetry Festival in the east Cavan town. After last year’s successful collaboration with The Gallery Press we have gone for a different line-up of artists in 2017. There will be local, national and international talents performing during the weekend’s activities.

From Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th October there will be numerous events organised by LitLab including a visual art exhibition in the local Library arts space, a launch of the LitLab group’s third anthology of poems, a musical performance of spoken word, poetry workshops by visiting poets, interviews, open mic events, the presentation of the Bailieborough Poetry prize sponsored by the Bailie Hotel and a walking tour of local literary places of interest.

The Bailieborough Poetry Prize 2017 sponsored by the Bailie Hotel.

This year’s event is an open competition and is sponsored by the Bailie Hotel. There will be a prize of €300 for the winning poet. Visit the Poetry Festival website for full competition conditions and rules.


Bailieborough School of Music:

Lotto results for 8/07/17.  Numbers Drawn; 3, 15, 17, 23.  No Jackpot Winner. Luck Dip (€25) Winners; AnnMarie Mulligan, Lurganaveele; Caroline and Wayne Porter, c/o Castle Inn; Eileen Smith, Wilton; Mary Renihan, Relaghbeg. Jackpot next week, €3,800.

Entries to ‘Summer Draw’, Emmet Rogers, Urcher; Brid Smith, Rakeevan; Michael McKenna; Claire McMahon, Cormeen.


The ‘Open Door’ Sessions:

We’re delighted to welcome back local musician Sam Geraghty with his new three-piece band Safari. Safari have a sound that is difficult to describe, one part surf-pop, one part neo-punk, either way their live shows are reported to be well worth experiencing.

Niki Purcell is a landscape artist who is exhibiting at the Bailieborough Library in conjunction with the Bailieborough Mid-Summer Festival. We’re looking forward to her interview with resident interviewer, Elena Duff.

​Paul McCann is singer/songwriter from Co Cavan. He has performed with The Strypes, Sandy Kelly, Duncan Maitland (Picturehouse) and Nelson Bragg (Brian Wilson Band/Beach Boys), among others. In 2015 Paul released his highly-acclaimed debut EP which was titled ‘The Magician’. July 2017 will see the release of his second self-produced and home recorded EP titled ‘Press Record’. Come along to Fox’s Bar and Restaurant, Main St. on Friday, July 21st from 9pm. All welcome.


Baptism Dates in St. Annes for July, August and September 2017:

The following are the available dates for Baptisms in St. Anne’s Church–July 30th (Sunday, 12.30pm), August 12th (Saturday, 1.30pm), August 20th (Sunday, 12.30pm), September 2nd (Saturday, 1.30pm) and September 10th (Sunday, 12.30pm).


Summer Camp:

Tanagh Outdoor Education and Training Centre would like to invite anyone between the ages of 9-16 years to participate in our Outdoor Adventure Summer Camp. The camps will run daily for one week Monday to Friday on the 17th July-21st July, 9.45am-4.30pm Monday -Thursday and on Fridays 2.30pm. We provide FREE bus service from Bailieborough Library. Contact Philomena on 049-5552988 for more information.


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.


Summer Craft and Gift Fair

Sunday 16th July, 12noon – 5.00pm, Slieve Russell Hotel Ballyconnell, free admission. 30 stalls of handmade goods, quality giftware and craft supplies. For more information visit or ring 049 436 4877.


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.


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.


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