Bailieborough News. March 18th 2024. Matthew J. Cullen.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: A huge thank you to everyone that volunteered, donated and participated in the parade – it’s always great to see such a strong community spirit. Despite the inclement weather, the Bailieborough St. Patrick’s Day Parade attracted large crowds to view it. Local man, Shane McCloskey provided the pre-parade entertainment and M.C. for the day—Paddy Sheanon, kept the crowds amused  with his running commentary! This year, the Parade was more focused on the community, with many local groups and clubs participating. Also, a very welcome addition to the Parade was the visiting ‘New Life Choir’  Abaana—twenty children from Uganda—who provided uplifting singing in the dreary conditions. Irish Dancing, Rythmic Dance Twirlers, East Cavan Swimming Club, St. Annes N.S., the local Taekwondo Club, Bailieborough Tidy Towns, the local G.A.A. Hurling and Soccer Clubs were all very well represented in the Parade. Some lovely vintage cars and tractors were also there and all in all, it was a very good parade.

Congratulations to this years winners: Best Window – Clarke’s Albany,  Best Comedy Float – The Playcentre Kingscourt, Best Club – Taekwondo Club and Best Commercial Float – Mortimer Shopfitting.

 Also a special ‘Thank You’ to all the people involved in organising and marshalling the Parade. Well done !!

Palm Sunday and Holy Week: Next Sunday is Palm Sunday. Blessed Palm will be available at all Masses in St. Annes. Fresh Easter Water will be available on Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. Please begin returning the Trocaire envelopes.

Confessions for Easter: Individual Confessions will take place in St. Annes on Tuesday, March 26th from 7—8pm and on Holy Saturday from 12—1pm.  A Communal Reconcilation Service will take place in Virginia on Thursday, March 21st at 7.30pm.

Bailieborough ‘Active Age’ Group: Next social meeting is on Tuesday, March 26th in the Courthouse from 2pm to 4pm. A warm welcome to all.

Annual Niamh Crosby Memorial Run: The annual Niamh Crosby Memorial Run will take place on Easter Sunday, March 31st, 2024. Registration will take place at Enagh House, on the Bailieborough/Virginia Rd., from 10am and the run will commence at 12 noon. All bikes welcome and entry fee is €20.

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: Edel Fox 086 1004030.

Deepest Sympathy: Deepest Sympathy is extended to wife Julia, sons Brendan, Martin and Kevin, daughter Catherina, daughters-in-law Helen, Claudia and Barbara, son-in-law Darren, his ten adored grandchildren, brothers Tommy, Paddy and John, sisters Kathleen and Margaret, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends on the death of Brendan Shevlin, Nolagh, Shercock, Co. Cavan and formerly of Drumconrath, Co. Meath, who passed away  on Tuesday, 12th  March 2024, peacefully at Cavan General Hospital. Brendan was predeceased by his brothers Peter, Eugene and sister Anna.

Brendan’s Funeral Mass took place in St. Annes Church, Bailieborough on Thursday, March 14th and afterwards, Brendan’s remains were laid to rest in St. Annes Cemetery.

Bailieborough Bowls: Bowls continues on Wednesday’s at 8.00pm, in the Community Centre, Chapel Road. New members are very welcome.

Bridge: Bridge Results: Tuesday, March 5th: 1st: Sean Kellegher and Betty Mccafferty.  2nd: Kathy O’Sullivan and Rosaleen Mackey, 3rd : Olive Kellet and Rosaleen Keegan. Best Gross:  Sean Kellegher andBetty Mccafferty. Results For  27th Febuary 2024.1st Mary Cronin and Rena Coleman. 2Nd: Marie Mcnicholas and Marese Liggan. 3rd: Joy Jameson and Teresa O’Reilly. Best Gross: Joy Jameson and Teresa O’Reilly. 

Bridge takes place every Tuesday evening in the Bailie Hotel at 7.30pm and new members are always welcome.

Regretted Death:  Deepest Sympathy is extended to children Nicole, Anthony and Barry, grandchildren Kyle, Christian, Aaron, Alex, Ryan, Charlotte and Nathan, daughters-in-law Elizabeth and Aoife, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends on the death of Philomena Hill (née Nugent), Curkish, Bailieborough, Co Cavan and formerly of Lucan, Co Dublin, who passed away on Friday,  8th  March 2024, peacefully at Naas General Hospital. Philomena was predeceased by her husband Tony.

Philomena’s Funeral Mass took place in St. Anne’s Church, Bailieborough on Monday, March 11th , followed by cremation in Lakelands Crematorium, Cavan.

Bailieborough Library: Next Library Book Club meeting is on Tuesday, March 26th at 6.30pm. New members are always welcome

Add a new dimension to your walking with Activator Poles, which are now available to borrow at the Library. There will be a FREE demonstration on how to use the activator poles on Wednesday, March 20th  at 12pm at the Library, and all are welcome.

Time for Easter colouring Cavan County Library Service . Lovely Easter eggs up for grabs. Get your entry form at the library desk – closing date is March 26th !

Craft Group meets every Friday at 10.30am and new members are always welcome.

Bailieborough Tidy Towns: Date to remember. Big Clean up / litter picking day on Saturday, April 6th .

Careers: Thinking of changing career, need advice on careers, educational needs, CV help, interview skills – CMETB (Cavan Monaghan Education and Training Board) will facilitate a FREE drop in service at the Library on the last Wednesday of each month from 2.15pm-4.30pm. This month’s is on Wednesday, March 27th .  No appointment is necessary.

Bailieborough Men’s Shed: Bailieborough ‘Men’s Shed’ is open every Tuesday morning from 10.00am to 1.00pm in the Bexcourt Centre, Shercock Road. New members are always most welcome.

St. Vincent De Paul: To request assistance from St. Vincent DePaul, please use, FREEPHONE 1800 677 777. Should your call be made during non office hours, please leave your details and you will receive a call back.

Walk, Jog or Run: Now that the evenings are short again, there will be running and walking for all levels,  beginners and advanced. Fun and free, social gathering in the Chapel car park,  Lake Shore,  Bailieborough at 8pm. All old and new people welcome.  It’s a well lit up run.  Stretch before and afterwards, every Monday and Wednesday evening.  

East Cavan Gaels GAA Club:East Cavan Gaels Hurling Club News 18th March 2024: Senior; NHL 3A , Cavan 2-13, Monaghan 0-13.

Another fabulous result for the County side as the win secures higher level hurling for 2025 and qualification for a semi final v Sligo next weekend. Happy days indeed and our clubmen again to the fore. Long may it last!

Cavan U20s now prepare for their All Ireland Championship which will be a semi final v the winners of the Longford/ Monaghan on the first weekend of April.

Our Seniors will return to training this coming Thursday 21st March on the astro at Bailieboro Celtic at 8pm as the Spring League fast approaches.

New club app; We now have our own app. Look up East Cavan Gaels Hurling Club wherever you get your apps!

Membership is now due and can be done through the app; We remind all that membership is now due and we’d like to have it done before the Easter Holidays begin in earnest next weekend with the cut off date the following week.

U8/10/12/14/16/18; This week sees the final week of the After School hurling programme in both Shercock and Mullagh on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. We will move to “club mode” training after the Easter break.

U12/14/16 club training continues on Mondays 7-8pm on the astro at Bailieboro Celtic AFC. New players are always very welcome.

 U17s county training continues in preparation for the Celtic Challenge.

The week ahead; Wednesday; After school hurling Shercock AC. Up to 3rd class 3.30pm, 4th-6th class 4.30pm.

Thursday; After school hurling Mullagh Community Sports Centre. Up to 3rd class 3.30pm. Club U12/14/16 8pm astro Bailieboro Celtic AFC.

Saturday; NHL 3A semi final away v Sligo time/day/venue TBC.