Bailieborough News. November 20th 2017. Matthew J. Cullen.

Hardtimes Chorus:

The recent concert by the ‘Hardtimes Chorus’ raised €9,815. The money will go towards the renovations of St. Annes Church and the Parish Centre. Last week, the Chorus members, their director and manager, all those who attended the concert and all who gave donations were thanked for this wonderful night. This week it is time to acknowledge the great co-operation that was received from local businesses, particularly the Bailie Hotel, SuperValu, and Bailie Stores who sold the tickets, Clarke’s Hardware for the use of their lorry to move equipment and Daybreak for their sponsorship. Thanks also to Anne Ryan Costello who co-ordinated the ticket sales, the Bailieborough Church Area Finance Committee, the ticket sellers on the night and on the weekends leading up to the concert, the stewards in the carpark provided by Bailieborough Shamrocks G.F.C., those who prepared the church in advance and cleaned it afterwards, Kevin Gorman for his promotion work on Social Media and to Peter Murtagh—MC on the night, for making sure everything ran smoothly.


Bailieborough School of Music:

Lotto results for 18/11/17.  Numbers Drawn; 5, 13, 16, 24.  No Jackpot Winner, Lucky Dip (€25) Winners; Bernadette Mulvihill Lynch, Corglass; Patrick Mortimer, Rakeevan; Claire Fay, Highfield; Kyle Higgins. Jackpot next week, €2,400.


 32 County Honda Challenge:

So when the ‘easy’ bit of getting around the 32 counties on Hondas was over, the hard bit of collecting money and sponsorship was going on over the last few weeks. On Saturday night last, in Kangley’s—where the whole idea took shape and grew legs—the presentation of the cheque to Bumbleance took place. The Crew had hoped to raise €30,000 on their travels but when all was counted, they had raised an incredible amount of €46,113 for the Children’s Ambulance Service!  A truly great achievement and great thanks must go to the organisers, the riders, the drivers, the collectors, the sponsors, families, friends and the communities who all gave so generously to such a worthy cause.


Bailieborough Tidy Towns:

Bailieborough Tidy Towns request that no posters or advertisements be put up in the town area that is: Main Street, all approach roads to the town from the 50 kilometre signs in, the roundabouts and the fence opposite Tesco. For a few weeks, there were no signs to be seen, but lately they have made their way back. We thank you for your cooperation.

Bailieborough Tidy Towns annual Christmas raffle, tickets available in all the shops around the town lots of prizes.


East Knockbride National School:

East Knockbride N. S are holding an enrolment evening for pupils who wish to enroll for September 2018 on Tuesday next, November 28th between 6.30pm and 7.30pm in the school. Parents and new pupils are welcome.


Bailieborough Heritage Society are hosting a talk on ‘The Evolution of Land Ownership from Landlords to Tenants’ by John O’ Donoghue in Bailieborough Library on Thursday 23rd November at 7.30pm.  Admission free, all welcome.


Bailieborough Shamrock’s Underage:

The Underage Presentation for the Underage Boys and Girls is on Saturday 25th November in the Community School from 5.30pm.  The two men who are attending the Presentation Night are none other than Armagh and Crossmaglen legend Oisin McConville and Cavans very own sharpshooter Seanie Johnson. All welcome.

Also on Saturday night, the Shamrocks are launching the DVD of their very successful ‘Lip Sync Battles’ in Nixys, The Square Bar at 9.00pm. A great night, not to be missed.


Charity Dog Walk:

On behalf of Bailieborough Vet Clinic, we (Conor Sheridan’s) would like to thank everyone who participated in our Annual Charity Dog Walk on Saturday 11th November. A huge thank you to all who donated including ‘Daybreak’ who kindly gave us refreshments for the event. The entire proceeds will be given directly to the Cavan SPCA. Hoping to see you all next year. Final donation figure to be announced later.


Classes at the B.D.A. Centre:

Beginners Class: We have Computers for beginners taking place in Bailieborough Business Centre, course is free. Phone: 042-96 94 716 or 086-794-9739 to reserve your place.


Mass of Remembrance:

The Annual Mass of Remembrance for all those who have died from the local community and for their bereaved families will take place on Saturday evening next, November 25th in St. Anne’s Church at 7.00pm.


Safe Pass:

Safe Pass course on Friday 14th December, fee €100 lunch included at Bailieborough Business Centre, Shercock Road. Please call 042-969-4716 or 086-794-9739 to reserve your place.


U16 County Champions:

Congratulations to the Bailieborough Community School’s  U16 boys who defeated St Aidan’s Comprehensive, Cootehill in the final of the U16 Cavan Schools competition in the 3G in Kingspan Breffni Park on Wednesday evening last. The lads won the game by 6—12 to 2—11. Well done to all the players involved and their successful management team of Mr Diver and Mr Kavanagh.


St. Vincent DePaul:

Now open during lunchtimes and an extra hour in the evenings. Our opening hours are:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am to 5pm, Saturdays from 10am to 1pm and 7pm to 9pm on Thursday’s for late night shopping. We would be delighted to accept donations of any unwanted Christmas decorations, trinkets, ornaments, etc. Unfortunately, we cannot accept any electrical items, so please do not donate lights or singing Santas, etc. Thank you for all the donations received since our last appeal. It’s greatly appreciated.


Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church:

An ‘Information Meeting’ for all parents of Servers, Choir Leaders, Sacristans, Volunteers, employees in the Parish (Bailieborough, Killann and Shercock) and all interested persons, will take place in St. Anne’s Church, Bailieborough on Thursday, November 23rd at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome and invited to attend.

Bailieborough Cancer Comfort:

Bailieborough Cancer Comfort sincerely thank all who supported their recent Community Variety Concert, the amount raised was €5336. Thank you all.


Bailieborough Mid-Summer Festival and Town Events.:

Our Christmas magazine will be printed in next week or so! Thanks to all the businesses who sponsored ads in aid of the Christmas Lights Fund and all the various groups who gave us content for the magazine, we got a fantastic response! Most of the Christmas Lights are now in place and ready for the big switch-on on Saturday, December 2nd.


Bailieboro Celtic A.F.C.:

Another great weekend for the Club’s two senior sides. The Reserve B side had a great away win in Summerhill on Saturday last, when they defeated Summerhill Park Celtic by 2—0. Graham Bayliss with both goals.

On Friday night at the Vale Grounds, the Senior A side had a tough 4-1 win over Rathkenny. Tony O’Reilly, Jude Collins and Conor Noone (2) got the all-important goals to keep the side top of the table.


Cavan Birdwatch:

Dundalk is always a favourite with Cavan Birdwatch branch. There is an abundance of waders and migrating birds with great sites to watch them from.

We will be holding an outing to Dundalk bay on Sunday, 26th November. Meet at the docks at 12 noon. Park at Lidl carpark and cross the road to The Spirit Store. Bring a packed lunch and wear warm outdoor gear.

If you have any questions, email

Or on the day phone Michael on 086 8854989 if you need assistance.

Birdwatch Ireland’s Niall Hatch will present a talk about garden birds in the Johnston Library, Cavan on Thursday, 23rd November at 7 p.m. all are welcome. No booking necessary.


Bailieborough Social Day Group:

The next get-together of the Social Day Group takes place, today, Wednesday, November 22nd in the Community Centre from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. New members are always most welcome.


Baby and Toddler Group:

Bailieborough Library Baby and Toddler Group starts back every Wednesday at the earlier time of 10am. All babies, toddlers, parents and minders are welcome. No charge.


Christmas Craft Fair and Cake Sale:

Ballinamoney Parent’s Association are holding a Christmas Craft Fair and Cake Sale on Sunday 3rd December, in St. Marys Hall, Tierworker from 10.30am until 1.30pm. Great opportunity to do a spot of Christmas shopping, and pick up some tasty treats.  Guest appearance by Santa. All welcome.


Bailieborough Pioneer Association (PTAA):

Seniors or Juniors wishing to join or re-join the association, please contact: 086 3664097 or 086 4054000.


The Open Door Sessions:

Mary McEvoy, Jan Muyllaert and Chasing Felix for ‘The Open Door Sessions’ 1st Birthday/Christmas Party.

Founded in December 2016, The Open Door Sessions, Bailieborough’s monthly Arts and Music Gathering, celebrates their first birthday with a Christmas/Birthday party from 9.00pm on Friday 1st December at Nixy’s, The Square, Bailieborough.

The Open Door Sessions are delighted to welcome actress Mary McEvoy who will be interviewed and perform a monologue; Jan Muyllaert harp maker /musician and Dublin-based band Chasing Felix.

Mary McEvoy is well-known for her role as Biddy in Glenroe from 1983-2000. Since then Mary has performed in numerous plays, including Big MaggieSiveThe FieldThe ChastituteThe Vagina MonologuesShirley ValentineThe MatchmakerThe Year of the HikerDancing at LughnasaWhippyThe Life and Times of Selma MaeMoonlight and Music and Jo Bangles. She has just completed a tour of John B. Keane’s The Successful TD with Jon Kenny and Michael Scott.

Jan Muyllaert: Originally from Antwerp, Belgium, Jan has lived in Navan for forty-five years. He is busy fulltime making stringed instruments, mainly harps, but also mandolin, busuki, guitar etc. He is also an accomplished singer/songwriter and practices the guitar and poetry. He loves performing in all sorts of venues purely for the pleasure it brings him. As far as Jan is concerned, ‘any day that nothing creative happens is a not a good one.’
Chasing Felix is a Dublin based band with songs falling into the genres of Electro-Rock, Indietronica and Synth-Pop. Formed in June 2016 the band have recently released their second single, ‘Ghosts (In My Head)’. Band members are Damien Fegan (originally from Ballyjamesduff), Gavin Doyle and Peter Dzvonik. Finger food will be provided on the night.

Admission is free. Donations will be appreciated!


Cavan Institute:

To celebrate ‘College Awareness Week’, the Cavan Institute is holding an ‘Information Evening’ for parents of post primary students on Wednesday next, November 22nd at 7.30pm in its Cathedral Road Campus. Why not join them and find out the benefits of completing a PLC Course in Cavan Institute. Alternately, you and your son/daughter may also consider attending the ‘Drop In’ day on Saturday, November 25th from 12 noon to 4.00pm. These are great opportunities to chat to their staff, find out about the further education sector and discuss the options available to school leavers and adult learners, so don’t miss out!!


Baptism Dates in St. Annes for November, December 2017 and January 2018:

The following are the available dates for Baptisms in St. Anne’s Church–November 26th (Sunday 12.30pm), December 9th (Saturday, 1.30pm) and December 17th (Sunday, 12.30pm), January 13th (Saturday, 1.30pm) and January 27th (Sunday, 12.30pm).


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.


‘Doubt’: Following a hugely successful run “Doubt “is back by popular demand at the Ramor Theatre on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November at 8.00pm.

Directed by Padraic McIntyre this stunning play in which School Principal Sister Aloysius locks horns with Parish Priest Father Flynn in 1960’s New York.  Who is right?… Who will win the battle?  It might be left with the audience to decide. Booking 049 8547074 or


Annual Christmas Parade of Lights Tractor Run and Family Fun Day

with special guests ‘Grassmen’ hosted by Active Agri Association.

All Vehicles must be—roadworthy and fully insured— welcome.

(Lorries, Tractors, Vans, Cars and Bikes).

Saturday 2nd December 2017.

Proceeds for the Children’s Ward in Cavan General Hospital.

Starting from Killinkere Leisure Centre at 4pm Sharp. The route starts from Killinkere Leisure Centre and will pass through: Cross, Mullagh,

Kingscourt, Bailieborough and then back to Killinkere Leisure Centre.

The route is 51km long and it will take just over 2 hours to complete.

Registration €20 from 11am on the day.

Kids Peddle Tractor Parade at 3pm /Raffle on the day.

For More Details Contact one of the following numbers:

Floyd McNeill (086) 8739323, Charlie McCann (087)3992050, Peter O’Reilly (087)2734338, Alan Kieran (086)3352885, Martin Murray (086)3027193,                                       Ryan Carroll (086)8957348, Pamela Chambers (086)3207728,                         Ciara Byers (087)7106882 or Gwen McNeill (086)1648714.


East Cavan Gaels GAA Club – Hurling News 20th November 2017

Under 6/8/10; These lads continue to beaver away learning the hurling skills in Kingscourt and Bailieborough. This week’s Kingscourt group will train on Wednesday in the Community Centre at 7.15 due to the trade fair preparations from Thursday. Bailieborough group on Friday as normal.

Above; The Kingscourt indoor hurling group on Thursday.

Under 12/13; The lads finished out their season with a good workout on the 3G last week.

Under 16; Our U16s began their 3G games last Wednesday.

Congratulations; Congratulations to Bailieborough Community School on their recent U16 football win. ECG hurling men represented on the squad and congratulations to them also.

Foundation level hurling award/ Child protection/ Garda vetting:

As a club we need to get as many people Garda vetted and through the child protection course to keep the show on the road. It is vitally important that the club is well represented as it is a strict GAA requirement and must be adhered to. Those who wish to do a Foundation Level hurling course are most welcome to also. The next of these are on Saturday 9th December with the child protection and Foundation level hurling on the one day in Breffni Park so a great opportunity to get both done.

The week ahead; Wednesday; U16 Breffni 3G 7pm. Kingscourt indoors in the Community Centre U6/8/10 from 7.15-8.15 (please note the change of day and time for this week.

Friday; Bailieborough indoors at the BCS sports hall U6/8 6-7. U10 7-8.


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.