Bailieborough News. May 17th 2021 . Matthew J. Cullen.

St. Annes: It is great to see people back at Mass. There has been a lovely upbeat atmosphere since the restrictions were partially lifted. People are glad to be able to get out again, see old friends, have a chat, pray together as a community and receive the Eucharist.
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.

Internal work has begun in St. Anne, Killann and it will remain closed for the next month or so.  The Killann Saturday Vigil Mass at 8.30pm is transferred to St. Patricks , Shercock.  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.

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.

Link Credit Union: Link Credit Union have launched their ‘Step Up’ Grant initiative. All members who are finishing 6th class in primary school and continuing to 1st year in 2nd level education are eligible to enter the competition. 10 grants of €200 will be awarded. Application forms are available in the Bailieborough and Kingscourt offices or to download from the website Competition closes 11thJune 2021.

Bailieborough Tidy Towns: Many thanks to all helpers who washed and painted poles and bollards in the town. Trojan work. We hope to finish job this week.

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 nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and extended family and friends on the death of Kathy (Kathleen) McCabe Drumacarrow, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan, who passed away peacefully, in her 101st year, at Fairlawns Nursing Home , Bailieborough on Saturday, May 8th, 2021. Kathy was predeceased by her parents Owen and Maryann, her brothers Jack, James and Phil and her sister Rose.

Kathy’s Funeral Mass took place in St. Anne’s Church on Monday, May 10th and afterwards, her remains were laid to rest in St. Anne’s Cemetery.

Lend-A-Hand, Bexcourt, Bailieborough: ‘Lend-A-Hand’ is a group of volunteers, who provide citizens who need assistance with small jobs around the house—this can range from changing a light bulb, to helping out with domestic chores. Call 042 9694825 or email Gabriele at :

Bailieborough Group of Parishes:  The good news this week is that we can finally return to worship in our church buildings! So this Sunday 23rd  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.

John Paul Award: A group of students from Bailieborough Community School received their ‘John Paul Award’ Medals at the 9.30am Mass on Tuesday last, May 18th. To achieve this prestigious Award, these young people volunteered in their Parish and local community. Congratulations to: Leanne Fitzsimons Ledwith, Alison Fisher, Glenn O’Sullivan, Luke O’Sullivan, Maria Brady, Cailin Smith, Shannon Taylor, Caitlin Halpin, Kate Comey, Natalia Stanik and Shauni McCullagh.

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.

Car Treasure Hunt: A ‘Car Treasure Hunt’ in aid of the Alzheimer Society will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, June 7th from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. The event will start from St. Mary’s Car Park, Tierworker. Entry fee is €20 and teas and chats afterwards. All welcome.

Regretted Death: Deepest Sympathy is extended to daughter Mairead (Kierans), son in law Joe, grandchildren Louise, Kevin and Laura, great grandchildren Katelyn, Abbey, Amy, Layla, Pippa, Danny, Sophia and Olivia and extended family, neighbours and friends on the death of Rose Smith (nee McCabe) Curkish Bailieborough Co Cavan who passed away peacefully at the Lisdarn Unit Cavan on Saturday, May 15th, 2021. Rose was predeceased by her husband Tom and sister Peggy.

Rose’s Funeral Mass took place in St. Anne’s Church on Monday, May 17th following which, her remains were laid to rest in St. Anne’s Cemetery.

Bailieborough Library:Library – The Library re-opened on Tuesday May 11th  and will open Tuesdays 10am-4.30pm; 5.30pm-8.30pm; and every other day at 10am-1.15pm; 2.15pm-5.15pm (excl Sundays). Printing and borrowing services but no public computer facilities in this phase. Lots of new stock arriving!

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

Coaches Needed—Bailieboro Celtic : Have you ever thought about Coaching or wanted to help out. Or stood on the sideline watching on and thought I could do better. Well now is your chance we need volunteers. The children need coaches, so that all teams have a chance to play and enjoy the game. All it will take to start is your time, the rest will come together and better still if you can get someone to join you to share the load. If interested or any questions call the club number 086 0485048

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: