Bailieborough News. July 17th 2017 Matthew J. Cullen.

Mid-Summer Festival:

Only 2 days 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. All that is needed now, is for the weather to be kind and the crowds to turn out over what promises to be a very exciting and entertaining weekend for the town.

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.

Northern Sound will be broadcasting live outside Clarke’s of Bailieborough on Friday.

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.

Johnny Brady will be taking control on the Sunday and Brendan Jermyn will be on the warm up duties. We will also have Elite Country Radio on the day as well!

Festival Finale Dance in the Hotel Bailie with Eddie Quinn and Matt Leavy—Admission Free!


SVP St. Anthony’s Shop Conference Bailieborough:

Our Annual Sale of New Stock started in the shop on Monday July 17th for one week. 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.


Deepest Sympathy:

Deepest Sympathy is extended to Geraldine Brady, (Woodview), Rosaleen McPhillips, (do) and Thomas Browne (do) and families on the death of their brother, Patrick Browne, Corgrea, Shercock. Patrick’s Funeral Mass took place in St Patrick’s Church, Bawn, on Wednesday last, July 12th with burial in the adjoining cemetery.


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.


Bailieborough Tidy Towns:

The battle against weeds and litter continues every Tuesday. Meet at Market Sq. at 7pm. All welcome.  We would appreciate if all Business and home owners in the town and surrounding area [from the 50k

sign in] would paint their properties, sweep the paths and trim the verges.    Thanking you for playing your part in keeping Bailieborough tidy.


Deepest Sympathy:

Deepest Sympathy is extended to Kathleen O’Reilly and family, Barrack St. on the death of Kathleen’s brother, Brian Geraghty, Moynalty, on Wednesday last, July 12th. Brian’s Funeral Mass took place in Moynalty Church on Friday, July 14th with burial in the adjoining cemetery.


‘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.:

After a great response the Soccer Academy will be going ahead for children born in 2010 and 2011 starting on Saturday 12th of August from 12.30 to 1.30pm. We will be registering children in advance of the start date to ensure no disruption to the sessions, 10 euro per child, we will provide more information closer to the date. Feel free to contact Keith Burke on 0861631538 or pm the Club’s Facebook page.

Pre-season training for our Under 16’s team (players born in 2002) will start on Thursday 20th July at 7pm and continue each Thursday 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.

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 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings @7.30 sharp at the Vale Grounds. For further details, please call or text, 085 825 6347.


Deepest Sympathy:

Deepest Sympathy is extended to Brian McSherry on the death of his sister, Nuala Reilly (née McSherry), Coolacanadis, Ballyhaise, Cavan on Saturday, July 8th. Nuala’s Funeral Mass took place in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Drung on Wednesday, July 12th with burial afterwards in Bunnoe Cemetery.


Bailieborough Walking Group:

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.

Wednesday, July 26th – Derrygooney / Knappagh

(M) Walk 1.5- 2 hours (approx.) Leaving Bailieborough Library at 6.45pm. Walk commences at Derrygooney School at 7.15pm. From Shercock travel towards Cootehill, at 3.8 kilometres turn right for Ballybay, a further 2 kilometres turn left and continue for a further 2.5 kilometres to the school on the right. 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.


Bailieborough School of Music: Lotto results for 15/07/17.  Numbers Drawn; 3, 12, 14, 24.  No Jackpot Winner. Luck Dip (€25) Winners; Bernadette Mulvihill Lynch, Corglass; Liam Clarke, Adelaide Rd; Martin Davis; Michael McKenna, c/o Castle Inn. Jackpot next week, €3,900.

Entries to ‘Summer Draw’, Mairead McCabe, Drumanespic; Maggie Owens, c/o Giles; John Farrelly; Mairead McGuirk, Curkish.


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.


Bailieborough Red Cross—New Defibrillator:

Well done to the Local Red Cross who installed a very important piece of life saving equipment beside the ‘Carry Out Shop’ on the corner of Bailieborough Main Street and the Shercock Road over the weekend. Defibrillators are so important in every area. They can be the difference between life and death. We never know when someone in our community will need one. Please respect this vital piece of life saving equipment. A big WELL DONE and MASSIVE PRAISE most go to the Local Red Cross who always have our best interests at heart.


Mybologue Historical Society:

The committee are absolutely bowled over by the turnout and response they have had over the weekend. A strong community spirit and willingness of people to volunteer and give of their time is definitely alive and well in the parish of Kilmainhamwood and Moybologue, the surrounding townlands, Bailieboro, Killann, Maudabawn, Nolagh, Shercock and East Cavan in general! A huge thank you to everyone who turned out over the last few days from near and far to volunteer and support. It is all hugely appreciated.

With your help we managed to number all 337 grave-markers, photograph the inscriptions of all 337 grave-markers, and record in excess of 170 of the inscriptions. This was no mean feat in two days!

Thank you to John Tierney from Eachtra Archaeological Projects for leading the project so efficiently, in sunshine and rain, and keeping everyone interested and involved over the two days.

To the volunteers who took part in numbering, photographing and recording; Eamonn Donnelly, Joe Gargan, Amy Gargan, Carmel O’Callaghan, Lloyd Forde, Tony McCabe, Catherine McCormack, Lil McCormack, Patricia Brady, Bernard McEntee and John Joe O’Reilly.

To those who came along and provided information regarding loved ones interred in the graveyard, especially Patricia Brady, who also gave us great information on the two grave-markers made by her grandfather Jemmie O’Reilly from Bailieboro, Rose McCabe and Joe McCabe and William Daly who all gave information about their ancestors buried in the graveyard.

To T.P. Callaghan, Ultan Callaghan and Matt Donnellan who came along and provided invaluable insight into the restoration works on the graveyard in 1988 and local history of the graveyard throughout the years.

To the many people who called in to observe and chat over the last few days, Fr. John Cooney PP, Kathleen Cooney, Terence Dunne, Vincent Meleady, Justin O’Reilly and many others.

Last but not least, the committee wishes to publicly acknowledge the financial support received by means of a very generous financial donation from Matt Carolan, originally from the townland of Srahan next door to the graveyard, and residing for many years in the USA, which enabled this graveyard inscription recording project to take place. Words cannot express our collective gratitude to you Matt, and we hope you take great enjoyment and pride in what you have helped to bring about in your native parish of Moybologue.


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).


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.


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.