Bailieborough News. March 19th 2018. Matthew J. Cullen.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade:

On Saturday afternoon last, the 17th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade took place in the town. On a bitterly cold afternoon, with bits of snow falling, a smaller than usual crowd was present on Main Street to watch the Parade.  Although the Parade was smaller than other years, it proved to be an enjoyable event for young and old.  Mr. P.J. Barry—MC for the event—kept the attendance amused and informed about the various participants in the Parade. Two marching bands took part in the parade—the Corduff Pipe Band and St. Mary’s Brass and Reed Band, Kingscourt. Local sporting clubs, organisations and charities were well represented with some organisations making a very welcome return to the parade.

The Prize-winners on the day (which were independently judged) were, Best Float—Kingscourt Play Centre, Best Comedy Award went to ‘East Cavan Gaels Hurling Club’, the Best Dressed Shop Window went to ‘La Mirage’, Main Street and this year’s new award for Best Club and a prize of €500 went to Tierworker Irish Dancing Club.

THANK YOU to all the volunteers, entrepreneurs, voluntary and community groups, local businesses and anyone who helped out in this year’s Parade, without your help and enthusiasm, there would be no Parade! and despite the Artic weather and other events taking place, you all made it a very enjoyable event.

Confirmation 2018:

Congratulations to the 68 people from the Parish, who received the Sacrament of Confirmation in St. Anne’s Church, Bailieborough on Sunday week last. The ceremony was administered by Monsignor Liam Kelly, The Vicar General of the Diocese. The following were the people who received the Sacrament:

St. Annes National School, Bailieborough: Lorena Arra, Katie Blackburn, Emily Byrne, Nathan Byrne, Stephen Byrne, Alannah Carolan, Dina Collins, Joshua Coyle, Tiernan Flanagan, Meghan Gavins, Caitlin Halpin, Molly Harris, Luca Heerey, Eric Hughes, Rugile Karzauskaite, Thomas Liggan, Thomas Maher, Kenzie McCabe, Nealla McDaid, Chloe Pritchard, Dean Smith, Eva Thunder, Shannon Toal, Dylan Ward and Abi Rose Whyte.

St. Felims National School-The Vale: Philip Angus Cahill, Barry Cahill, Odhran Donohoe, Rebecca Englishby, Joe Farrelly, Rebekah Gaynor, Andrea Gillick-Uceda, Sinead Hall, Sarah Keegan, Lukas Keuck, Daire Leddy, Gearoid Lynch, Emily McCormack, Luke McNeill, Evelyn McPhillips-Chapman, Cliona Mulligan, Shane Mulligan, Emma O’Neill, Lorcan Reilly, Orla Reilly, Caitlyn Tierney, Rebecca Tully and Lillie Tynan.

The Model School, Bailieborough: Philip Cundelan.

St. Patrick’s National School, Shercock: Ryan Browne, Alannah Clarke, Dylan Coughlan, Eoin Duffy, Aoife Farrelly, Glenn Keenan, Louise Kennedy, Keane Mallabar, Lauren McCabe, Caoimhe McElroy, Conor McIntyre, Hannah McPhillips, Jody McPhillips, Michael Morrissey, Dean Nulty, Leah O’Brien and Ava O’Reilly.

Adult: Jana Juricova.


Bailieborough Shamrocks G.F.C.: Official Opening of Astro Turf Pitch and Dressing Rooms.

Bailieborough Shamrocks Gaa Club will be officially opening their new Astro Turf Pitch and Dressing Rooms on Saturday next, March 24th at 8pm. They are delighted to announce that the Guest of Honour will be the outing President of the GAA and Cavan native Mr Aogán Ó Fearghail. This will be a wonderful Day for the Club and they appeal to all Club Players, Supporters, Members and the Wider Community to come out on the night to join them on this momentous occasion.


Knockbride Variety Show:

Knockbride Variety Show are hosting their 10th Annual Variety Show on Thursday 22nd, Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th of March. The show is on in Tunnyduff Hall in Knockbride, it’s pay at the door, adults are €10 and children under 12 is €5.
Doors open each night at 8pm and the show will commence at 8.30pm sharp. A fun filled night of Comedy, Song, Music and Dance and as this is our 10th year, a great night’s entertainment is guaranteed. All welcome.


Honda Motorcycle RUN:

Due to the treacherous road conditions on Sunday last, the decision was taken to cancel the Honda Run. This Run is in aid of raising funds for ‘The Family Comfort Room’ in St. James’s Hospital, Dublin and is in memory of the late, Niamh Crosby, Curkish, Bailieborough. The Run has now been rescheduled for Sunday the 1st of April. Registration will take place from 10.00am to 12 noon, with a 12.15pm start at Enagh House (located approx. 2kms from Virginia on the Virginia—Bailieborough Road). The run distance is 55miles and the entry fee is €20. All bikes are welcome and light refreshments will be served before and after.

The food from the cancelled run didn’t go to waste as the organisers donated the food to the ‘Soup Kitchen’ in Navan. So, well done lads.

For further information, please contact: Peter at 087 0910 345 or Brendan, 087 225 8944. Supported by Kangleys 32 County Honda Challenge Club.


Reconciliation Service for Easter:

A ‘Reconciliation Service for Easter’ will take place in St. Anne’s Church, Bailieborough on Sunday next, March 25th (Passion Sunday) at 7.00pm. Confessions will be heard by the Priests of the Pastoral Area as part of a Scripture Service. Confessions will also take place in St. Anne’s, Bailieborough on Holy Saturday, March 31st from 12 noon to 3.00pm.


Bailieborough Tidy Towns:

Reduce waste and keep Cavan tidy by investing in a reusable blue coffee cup with Cavan logo. Ideal for coffee lovers and Cavan fans. This cup is for sale in Daybreak on Barrack Street. All proceeds go towards the local Tidy Towns.


Deepest Sympathy:

Deepest Sympathy is extended to husband Tony, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces and extended family and friends on the death of Rose Mulroy (nee Lennon), Woodview, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan and formerly Ballybailie, Ardee, Co. Louth, who passed away peacefully on Friday, March 9th at St Joseph’s Nursing Home, Virginia. Rose’s Funeral Mass took place in St Anne’s Church, Bailieborough, on Monday, March 12th with burial in Louth Village Cemetery, Co. Louth.


Photographic Exhibition:

‘An Essence of Presence’ a photographic exhibition by Suella Holland, depicting Forsaken Ireland, now open at the Library until the end of May. All welcome.


Bailieborough Group of Parishes:

Thursday 22 March: Bailieborough General Easter Vestry 8:30pm in the Hall.

Friday 23 March: FOCUS Youth Group 8:30-10pm – Trinity Hall.

Saturday 24 March: ‘Through The Roof’ – Knockbride Church 2pm.

Sunday 25 March

Mullagh 9:30am – Morning Prayer.

Shercock 9:30am – All-Age Service.

Bailieborough 10:45am – All-Age Service, followed by tea and coffee.

Knockbride 12noon – Morning Prayer.

Friday 30 March – Good Friday

Shercock, 7pm.

Knockbride, 8:30pm.

Sunday 1 April – Easter Sunday

Mullagh 7am – Sunrise Service.

Bailieborough 10:45am – Holy Communion.

Badminton takes place in Bailieborough Hall on Monday evenings; 7-8pm for primary students, 8-9pm for secondary students. All welcome.


Bailieborough Historical Society:

The Bailieborough Historical Society is planning an exhibition of artefacts manufactured in and related to Bailieborough’s industrial past. This will take place during Heritage Week in August. If you have anything that you would like to exhibit, please contact either, Pat Fitzpatrick at 086 0635 856 or Leslie McKeague at 086 2588 488.



A ‘Spin-A-Thon’ in aid of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund will take place next Saturday, March 24th from 9.00am to 9.00pm at Tesco, Bailieborough. Your support would be greatly appreciated.


Adult Irish Ceilí Dance classes:

A new term of Ceilí dance classes has commenced on Wednesdays at 8:45pm in Tierworker Hall. All new-comers welcome. For more information please contact Aishling Fox on (087) 9699235.


Stations of the Cross:

The Stations of the Cross will take place during Lent immediately after the 7.00pm Mass on Friday, 23rd March.



Birdwatch Ireland, Cavan Branch in conjunction with The Holistic Gardens Retreat Centre presents a visit to the Holistic Gardens, Glasleck, Shercock, Co Cavan, on Friday next, March 23rd at 6.15pm.

Short walk (weather permitting) followed by Indoor Talk on bird song identification for beginners.

Please dress accordingly. All ages welcome. Children must be supervised by Parents at all times. Donations appreciated. Tea, Coffee and Hot Chocolate in the Centre after the Talk. Contact Eva: 087 135 5502 for further information.



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


Baptism Dates in St. Annes for April and May 2018:

The following are the available dates for Baptisms in St. Anne’s Church–April 7th (Saturday, 1.30pm), April 22nd (Sunday, 1.00pm), May 5th (Saturday 1.30pm) and May 20th (Sunday, 12.30pm).


Bailieborough Community Bowls:

Bailieborough Community Bowls continues every Wednesday evening at 8.00pm, in the Community Centre, Chapel Road. New members most welcome with free tuition for beginners.


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.


  East Cavan Gaels GAA Club – Hurling News 19th March 2018:  

Saint Patrick’s Day Parades; What a great day! Despite the biting cold Donald Trump joined us and our hurling wall, with Mexicans on the other side, as we made our way firstly through the Kingscourt and then Bailieborough parades. Thanks to all who made the float, Brenden, Des, Kathryn, Tadhg and Miriam. A lot of hard work paid off with prizes won in both parades. Thanks to our Mexicans who would not be used to the cold and to older players Joseph, Daire, Aaron, Gary, Charlie and Michael and to all players and families who paraded with us. Thank you.

Monday Hurling; Most hurling fixtures for 2018, be that Ulster GAA, Monaghan and Cavan GAA will be scheduled for Mondays. Nine counties are beginning to use Monday as their hurling fixtures day this year which is a big step forward for hurling development. We expect all our players ages from U11 upwards to be available to us going forward. There will be no Gaelic football fixtures on Monday, as like last year, so we hope many more Gaels who have not had the opportunity to play hurling will now take this chance as there should be no reason not to as Monday will be free from other GAA activity. The dual GAA star is still out there, join us.

 Under 6/8/10; Training indoors away from the elements continues in Kingscourt on Thursday, no Bailieborough hurling this Friday. ​Thanks to all who registered so far. It will continue until all are registered. You must be registered to be insured to play hurling.

Under 12/13; Outdoor training will return on Monday 26th March. This will also act as registration day for all our older players from U11 upwards.

Under 15; Outdoor training starts 26th March.

Under 17; Cavan Celtic challenge squad training Monday in Breffni Park 6pm. with the competition beginning in early May.

The week ahead; Monday; ​Cavan Celtic Challenge U17 squad training, Breffni Park 3G 6pm.

Thursday; ​ Kingscourt indoors in the Community Centre U6/8/10 6.45-7.45. €3 each.

Friday; ​No Bailieborough hurling indoors this week.


Nobody’s Talking To Me’:

The Latin School Players wish to present their play “Nobody’s Talking To Me” by Tommy Marren in the Latin School, Moyne Community Centre on Sunday 1st April, Monday 2nd April, Friday 6th April, Saturday 7th April and Sunday 8th April. Tickets can be purchased in Moyne Cross Stores, Corrigans, Lynches of Arva and McSeains of Cornafean.
Tickets cost €10.
For those living outside the area who wish to purchase a ticket you can ring on 086-6038190 or 086-6059069 between 6pm-9pm only.
This is a hilarious comedy suitable for both young and old. As per other productions the play starts at 8.30pm sharp.


Tanagh Outdoor Centre Easter Camps:

Tanagh’s Kayak Skills Camp 26th-28th March, 10am-2pm daily, suitable for those aged 9-16yrs.

Tanagh’s Forest School 4th-6th April, 10am-2pm daily, suitable for those aged 6-11yrs.

Exciting new mountain bike programme starting at Tanagh ‘Gearing up off road’ . Limited spaces. Gearing up off road Taster session, 4th April, 9.30am-1.30pm, and Tanagh’s Gearing up off road certified programme, 5th+6th April, 9.30am-2.30pm, suitable for those aged 12-16yrs

Book early to avoid disappointment on all these courses. Limited spaces available. Contact Philomena on 049 5552988.


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.