Bailieborough News. May 10th 2021 . Matthew J. Cullen.

St. Annes: Returning to Mass: This week public Masses resume throughout the country and in our Parish. It is good news and many will be glad to get back and be able to pray together as a community and receive the sacrements.

There are restrictions to be considered. St. Anne’s in Bailieborough is a large Church and under the restrictions, it will be able to accommodate up to 100 family units at the weekend. It is not intended to put a booking system in place because the management system worked well last Autumn/Winter, when the Church was last open.

Killann Church will remain closed because the long-awaited internal revamp of the Church is about to begin and will take a month or so to complete. To facilitate Parishioners in the Killann and Shercock area, from Saturday 15th May,  a Vigil Mass will be celebrated in St. Patrick’s, Shercock at 8.30pm. A second Mass will be celebrated in Shercock on Sundays at 10.00am in addition to the 11.30am Mass. The extra Sunday Mass is a temporary measure and will be reviewed after a month. It is being introduced because St. Patrick’s is a smaller Church and Mass attendance is restricted to 50 people. The extra Mass is to facilitate the safe attendance of as many as possible.  There is no need to book a place. If the Church reaches capacity, people may listen to Mass in their cars on the radio system and receive Holy Communion outside.

The Bishop has reminded us, that the Sunday Mass obligation is still suspended. People who are nervous about returning to weekend Mass, might like to consider attending, a quieter weekday Mass as an alternative.

People are asked to co-operate with the ushers in each Church. People are also asked to respect the social distancing and to only sit in the seat assigned to you. You are asked to wear a mask and to sanitise on entering and exiting the building at the sanitising points. If you are feeling unwell, please stay at home.

It is good to be back. We especially encourage our young families to get back into the habit of coming to Mass. It will do us a power of good to be together and to worship God together as a community of Faith. Welcome back!!

Funerals: Fifty mourners permitted at a Funeral. Related events, either before or after, should not take place.

Weddings: Fifty guests permitted at a wedding. For celebrations/receptions, a maximum of six people for indoor gatherings and fifteen people for outdoor gatherings. The number allowed attend a wedding reception indoors, rises to 25 from June 7th. (This means that while 50 guests may attend a Wedding Mass, a much smaller number may only attend the reception).

For the first month that Masses return, parishioners ought to consider attending one of the daily Masses, rather than a weekend  Mass—to help ease the pressure.

More information on how the Parish will manage these arrangements, will be announced next weekend.

The Bishop has granted permission for the resumption of Baptisms, with a limited attendance confined to parents and godparents.

Mass can be heard on the radio at 107.8FM in the Bailieborough area and 92FM in Shercock.

 All Masses and Parish Funerals can be viewed on the Parish webcam or can be heard by tuning in the radio to 107.8 F.M.

 The Parish Office will be open on Mondays and Fridays from 10am to 4.00pm. Please feel free to contact Fr. Ultan for assistance on 087 341 8037 or 042 96 65117.   

Bailieborough Tidy Towns: We need more helpers. If you have a spare hour would you volunteer to help out .You can join us whenever it suits you. Contact any Tidy Towns member for more details.

Deepest Sympathy:  Deepest Sympathy is extended to family Maria, Aidan, Damien, Seamus and Catriona (Kate), sisters Clare, Rita and Bridie, grandchildren Owen, Ciaran, Sean, Colin, Mark, Julia, James, Catherine, Georgia, great-grandchildren Charlie and Layla, sons in law Peter and Shane, daughters in law Lena, Caroline and Julie, nieces, nephews, relatives and many, many friends on the death of Eileen O’Reilly, Iona House, Shercock Road, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan, who passed away peacefully, at Cavan General Hospital on Monday, May 3rd 2021, surrounded by her loving family. Eileen was predeceased by her husband Owen and son Phelim.

Eileen’s Funeral Mass took place in St. Anne’s Church on Wednesday, May 5th and afterwards, her remains were laid to rest in St. Anne’s Cemetery. 

Bailieborough Group of Parishes:  The good news this week is that we can finally return to worship in our church buildings! So this Sunday 16th  May there will be services at 9:30am in Mullagh and Shercock, 10:45am in Bailieborough, and 12 noon in Knockbride. Our online service will continue in a simpler form until 30th  May on Facebook and Youtube. Face masks, hand sanitizing, and social distancing will still be required on Sunday mornings. Looking forward to seeing you at church again!

Girls Soccer Training: Bailieborough Celtic Girls Soccer Training for Under 11’s and 13’s continues on Monday evenings at 6.30pm in The Vale Grounds, Bailieborough. All Girls welcome. Any Queries, text/phone Grainne on 086-8156532.

Also, Senior men’s training is back on Tuesdays at 7.30. Any queries text Paddy on 0858256357.

May—Month of the Rosary: The Rosary will be recited at the Grotto on the Virginia Road for the month of May, at 7.30pm except for Saturdays. All are welcome to come along and join in. Two metre distancing and wearing of face masks will be strictly observed.

Regretted Death: Deepest Sympathy is extended to sister Rose and brothers Michael and P.V., sisters-in-law Teresa and Kitty, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends on the death of Eugene Clarke late of Caventymahon, Tunnyduff, Bailieborough, Co.Cavan, who passed away peacefully at Cavan General Hospital on Monday, May 3rd ,2021, surrounded by his loving family. Eugene was predeceased by his parents Peter and Mary, sisters Bridie and Kathleen and brother Tommy. 

Eugene’s Funeral Mass took place in St. Brigid’s Church, Knockbride West, on Wednesday, May 5th 2021, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Bailieborough Shamrocks: Boot Plan: Is your house like many others with old football boots taking up space ?! With most shops closed, now is the ideal time for community spirit to kick in while clearing out space at the same time ! If you want to get rid of those boots that are too small and won’t be used again in your house, why not bring them down to the club, Mark Gilsenan will put them in a cage here and if any child/children need a pair of boots they’re welcome to take a pair that fits ! This is a great initiative, especially since children’s feet grow so rapidly !! Contact Mark on 087 4158919 for further details.

Bailieborough Library:

Opening Hours Updated: 

Tuesday: 1.00pm – 4.30pm and 5.30pm – 8.30pm.

Wednesday: 10.00am – 1.15pm and 2.15pm – 5.15pm.

Thursday: 10.00am – 1.15pm and 2.15pm – 5.15pm.

Friday: 10.00am – 1.15pm and 2.15pm – 5.15pm.

Saturday: 10.00am – 1.15pm and 2.15pm – 5.15pm.

The online Library is available, anytime, anywhere! Throughout the coming weeks, you can access free eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital magazines, online courses and international newspapers! Our delivery service to members of our community who are vulnerable/cocooning will continue for the foreseeable future.

Did you know there are hundreds of online courses available FREE to library members?

Learning something new can really help with looking after our mental wellbeing. There’s lots of courses to choose from – from bread baking to interior design!

Join the library and find lots of resources to #KeepWell at

Helping our Homeless:We are moving our Bailieborough collection point from outside the Bailie to outside SuperValu on the Main Street but still at the same time.

We collect crisps, bars, fresh fruit, pot noodles, cup of soups, sanitary products, boxers, socks, underwear and much more!

Your support means everything to us and our homeless! Our Bailieborough collection point is now outside of SuperValu at 12-1pm every Saturday!

Bailieborough Red Cross: We continue to be available to assist any one still staying at home. If you have GP or Hospital appointments or require medication delivery’s .
Please contact us on 086 8968928 or email @ or 

Cavan Community Call: The Cavan Community Call Helpline remains available for those who are vulnerable or isolated and may need help with essentials such as food, medicine, transport etc. Lines open 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Please call 1800 300 404 (freephone).

East Cavan Gaels: East Cavan Gaels GAA Club 

Senior; Training on Mondays from 8—9pm. New players most welcome!

Under 7/9;  Training 6-7pm Monday on the astro at Bailieborough Shamrocks GAA. Please note the earlier start time.

U11; Again great to see the lads back and mad for action! Training 7-8pm Monday on the back pitch at Bailieborough Shamrocks GAA.

U13/15/17; 7-8pm on the back pitch at Bailieborough Shamrocks GAA.

Club contacts; U7/9/11; Willie Gaughan 086 164 9280 and U13/15/17/Senior; Kathryn O’ Flynn 087 244 1371.

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.

Positive Age–‘Good Morning Cavan’ Service: Good Morning Cavan is a free phone call service, which aims to provide security and friendship to older people living in County Cavan. Our team of friendly callers are on hand to chat to members of the community, who may be socially isolated or lonely. To avail of this service, to refer someone you know or to find out more information about this service, please contact, Positive Age Cavan at 049 438 0725 or 087 775 9584. You can also email

Alone: Coronavirus Helpline for Older People—0818 222 024. If you have concerns or queries about Covid-19 call ALONE’S dedicated support line everyday from  8.00am to 8.00pm. To volunteer your help visit: