Bailieborough News. November 16th 2020. Matthew J. Cullen.

Christmas Cheer: In these very unusual and trying times, it was great to see the members and friends of the Bailieborough Mid-Summer Festival and Town Events out and about last weekend getting the Christmas Lights and fixtures all ready for the Festive season. This year—more than any other year—the entire community will need a ‘lift’ to see us through the long dark days ahead and it will be through the efforts of these local people that we will have something to look forward to and enjoy, so a big ‘Thank You’ to all the people who have put in the hard work to help our town. 

Bailieborough Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre: Update: We at Bailieborough Swimming and Leisure Centre CLG hope that everyone is safe and well at this time.

We are absolutely thrilled that we have recently been successful in getting approval for grant funding for €122,500. We will continue to work with Cavan County Council and Government agencies to draw down this funding as soon as we can. In light of this good news, we would like to express our sincere thanks to all our public representatives who worked with us to achieve this funding. We want to let the public know that the Board are now working on plans to reopen the centre as soon as possible in early 2021 so please keep posted on the centre’s website and on social media for further developments.

Our General Manager, Mary McConnell, who has worked at the Leisure Centre since its opening has decided to take some personal time away from the Leisure Centre. The Board will seek to find a replacement manager to fill this post. In the meantime, we send Mary our best wishes and we look forward to seeing her back at the Centre sometime in the future.

For your continued support and patience, we sincerely thank you.


Remember when you by local you are supporting your community.

For all your Christmas shopping needs why not check out what our wonderfully talented artists have on offer. With the loss of the Christmas Markets this year it is even more important to support #shoplocal. For more information, please visit the Bailieborough Creative Hub facebook page.

Killann Parish: Masses:  No public Masses for the time being due to Covid  restrictions. Masses will be said at usual Bailieborough times and may be viewed on our webcam or heard on our radio system at 107.8FM. At Level 5 of the Covid plan, weddings and funerals may take place, but numbers will be restricted.  This will be the case for the foreseeable future.

Baptisms: No Baptisms will take place, except in the cases of emergency while we remain in Level 5. When we return to Level 3, Baptisms may take place but only the parents, child and godparents may attend. As people know, the issue is not the gatherings in church, but the gathering that may take place in the home afterwards.

Well Done: Well done to Bailieborough Shamrocks player Rebecca Brady who was part of the Cavan Camogie squad who won the Nancy Murray Cup in Inniskeen, Monaghan, on Sunday evening last, when they defeated Tyrone by 2—14 to 1—3.

All welcome to join ‘Divine Office’: Evening Prayer on the Killann Parish Facebook page every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings at 7.00pm. Readings for each night will be available for collection in hardcopy form, from St. Anne’s Church, Bailieborough and also online beforehand.

Deepest Sympathy: Deepest Sympathy is extended to husband Matt, sons Patrick, Michael, Matthew, daughter Rosemary, sisters Margaret, Kathleen, Jane, grandchildren Emma, Alice, Molly, Lilly, Jane, Tommy and Maisy, son in law Louis, daughter in law Philomena, nieces, nephews, family and large circle of friends on the death of Bridget Donnellan (nee Smith) Leitrim, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan, who passed away peacefully, at Cavan General Hospital, on Wednesday, November 11th 2020, surrounded by her loving family.

Bridget’s Funeral Mass took place in St. Annes Church, Bailieborough on Friday, November 13th with burial afterwards in St. Annes Cemetery.

Bailieborough Community School. On Thursday last, with the help of modern technology, the Parent’s Association held it’s AGM for 2021. Chairperson: Louise Conefrey, Vice-Chairperson : Marie Kettle, Secretary:  Beth McEntee, Asst Secretary : Noeleen Walsh, Treasurer:  Kevin Carolan. Asst.Treasurer: Katriona Keane. The Parents Association would like to wish Kevin Carolan the best of luck on been nominated for the Board of Management for a 3 year term. Kevin has vast experience having been on the Board of St.Annes for 2 terms.

Parish Office: Due to increased Covid restrictions, the Parish Office will be closed for the time being. Any Parish businness will be dealt with directly by Fr. Ultan. Feel free to ring him in advance on the Parish Office number 042 9665117 or his mobile 087 341 8037 or email:

Bailieborough Group of Parishes: Services: Due to level 5 restrictions we cannot meet in our Church buildings, so our service this week will be on Facebook (or on YouTube under ‘bailieborough group of parishes’ from 10:30am this Sunday 22nd  November.

Moybologue Historical Society: Work has continued apace again this week at Moybologue Old graveyard to almost complete the work on the roadside walls and progress the work on the Church ruins. The weather certainly isn’t helping, but locally based stonework specialists Rocks Road Stone Co are making great progress. Kevin Blackwood of Blackwood and Associates is providing Conservation Architect supervision and Rosanne Meenan is providing archaeological oversight and were both on-site on Saturday as was local Bat Conservation expert Brian Keeley who undertook some habitat monitoring.

This project was made possible thanks to funding from the National Monuments Service – Archaeology Community Monuments Fund 2020.

The Model School Junior Infants 2021: The Model School is now taking applications for Junior Infant enrolment for September 2021. Please see the school website to download an application form. Thank you. School website, Phone (042) 9665689 or

Bailieborough Community Alert: In these peculiar times, Bailieborough Community Alert is available 24/ make Kevin Carolan  at 086 must have your eircode available.

Regretted Death: Deepest Sympathy is extended to son Patrick, daughters Ann and Mary, brother Pat Nulty and sister Mary Dolan, daughter in law Patricia, son in law Peter, grandchildren Rachel, Philip, Emma and Kevin, sisters in law, brother in law, nephews, nieces and extended family, neighbours and friends on the death of Annie Tierney, nee Nulty, Copponagh, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan, who passed away peacefully in her 88th year, at her residence, on Tuesday, November 10th 2020, surrounded by her loving family. Annie was predeceased by her husband Philip, sisters Bridget and Josie, brothers Michael, John, Gerard and Sean.

Annie’s Funeral Mass took place in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Kingscourt, on Saturday, November 14th with burial afterwards in St. Annes Cemetery, Bailieborough. 

Covid-19 Support Line for Older People: Alone manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of Covid-19. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where neccessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am to 8pm by calling 0818 222 024.

Bailieborough St. Vincent DePaul: Anyone wishing to donate items to the St. Vincent DePaul, can do so, between the hours of 10.00am and 4.00pm weekdays. There are 3 cages at the side alleyway of the shop in which to deposit your items.

Also during these Level 5 restrictions, the shop is running a ‘Click and Collect’ system. For more information please contact any member or have a look at the society’s Facebook page.


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 

Good Luck: Best of luck to the Cavan Senior footballers in the Ulster Final on Sunday afternoon next when they take on Donegal. Bring back the ‘Anglo Celt’ trophy to it’s home county!!!!

Bailieborough ‘Lend A Hand’: ‘Lend a Hand’ is for the elderly and vulnerable in  the Bailieborough area. Just give us a call if you need a job done, or even just a chat. Phone Ann on 042 9694825.

Paying Our Respects: If you see a hearse, could you stop, stand for a moment as it passes, perhaps take off your cap, and bow your head?

In these times where funerals are limited to only a very few close family our chance to support people during bereavement is limited. So, we wondered if we could revive an old tradition that would show people that their loss is noticed and shared by us all?

It would mean the world to families in a time of sadness.

Bailieborough Library: The current Level 5 lockdown unfortunately means that the Libraries in Cavan are closed for the next 2 weeks. Thanks to the Borrow Box app, that doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on good audio and E-books.

Here is how it works:

• Access the Borrow Box app via the Online Services tab on the Cavan Libraries Website:

• Scroll down and select Borrow Box (eBooks and eAudio Books) and click on ‘Access Borrow Box’.

• When prompted enter your library card number (the 14 digit number on the back of your card) and your 4 digit pin.

• Use the search function on Borrow Box to make your selection or request a title.

• Your book will appear on the device with which you select it and remain there for three weeks, after which it will automatically return to Borrow Box.

If you have trouble accessing Borrow Box or don’t know your pin, feel free to call your local branch or to contact us via our Facebook pages. Our doors may be closed but we are ready and happy to help you in any way we can.

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.