Bailieborough News. November 8th 2021 . Matthew J. Cullen.

Centenary Celebrations: An Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD received a warm and enthusiastic reception on his visit to Tunnyduff on Friday last. His graveside oration outlining the wonderful career of the late Paddy Smith TD as a Republican and national political figure received a moving and very generous response. His attendance alongside Eamon Ó Cuív TD Master of Ceremonies was in response to Deputy Niamh Smyth invite to mark Paddy Smith’s proposed execution a 100 years ago.

Niamh offered her thanks and compliments to all who participated in the parade to the graveside under the direction and drive of Eugene Markey. Fr. Anthony Fagan’s graveside blessing and prayers for the dead added solemnity and reverence to the occasion. The security and traffic management by Bailieborough Garda was deeply appreciated and ably assisted by local car parking stewards. The beautiful pipe playing by Sean Finnegan, Grace Taite’s moving Last Post and Reveille and Siobhan Proudfoot’ s rendition Amhrán na bhFann all stood out as special moments on the day. A sincere thank you to everyone who helped in the lead up to this event and took part on the day.The day has been recorded and a DVD can be ordered before 19th  November by ringing 042 966 6666.  

Bailieborough Tidy Towns.A.G.M . The Bailieborough Tidy Towns Annual General Meeting will take place in the Bailie Hotel on Monday, November 22nd  at 8 pm. All welcome. If we are to continue to put up hanging baskets in town, plant and maintain flowers and pick up litter, then much help is needed. Come along to the A.G.M. and volunteer to water a red pot ,weed a flower bed or pick up litter. All help appreciated. We all want to be proud of our town.

Regretted Death: Deepest Sympathy is extended to Kevin, Bernie and Betty O’Reilly, Kells Road on the death of Isabel (Betty) Douglas (née Smith), Tandragee, Kells Road, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan, who passed away peacefully at Virginia Primary Care Centre on Saturday, November 6th, 2021.  ‘Auntie Betty’–as all affectionately knew her—was predeceased by her husband Ralph, sister Mary (O’Reilly), her brothers Michael, Phil, John, Tom, Jim, Willie, Harry and Benny.  Betty will be sadly missed by her nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and extended family, neighbours and friends.

Betty’s Funeral Mass took place in St. Annes Church, Bailieborough on Monday, November 8th with  Cremation  afterwards in Lakelands Crematorium, Cavan.

Bowls: Bowls have recommenced in Tunnyduff Hall on Thursday nights at 8.00pm. New members welcome.

Bailieborough Library:

Public computers, seating areas and study spaces are now available at Bailieborough Library. We couldn’t be more pleased to have your regular Library services back in action.

The Library is open for browsing, borrowing, scanning, printing and photocopying. We have a huge selection of stock on offer.  Phone Bailieborough Library at 042 9665779 for more details!   

PARISH BULB PLANTING DAY in the grounds of St Anne’s Church, Bailieborough on Saturday, 20th  November from 9.30am. The plan is to plant Spring flowering bulbs, such as daffodils and snowdrops around the Church grounds to enhance our biodiversity.

Enhance the biodiversity of our parish and bring some Spring cheer!

Volunteers from local community groups needed.

Just bring a hand trowel or spade and a friend!!

Refreshments will be served throughout the morning!

Congratulations and Well Done: Congratulations and Well Done to Bailieborough Shamrocks clubmen, Francis Clarke, Shane Dillon and Mickey Clinch and Knockbride’s Raphael Rogers, who were part of the Cavan Gaelic Masters squad who won the  All Ireland Plate against Roscommon in Drumlish on Saturday last.

Also Congratulations to the management and players of the Bailieborough Shamrocks 1995 Senior Championship winning side who were honoured at the Senior Championship Final in Kingspan Breffni Park on Sunday afternoon last.

‘Plant for Ireland’ Appeal: Society is facing a mammoth problem of climate change. Control of Co2 by our generation is apparently not doing enough to protect society from world disasters.

If you are concerned ” Lend a hand ” !Plant for Ireland “! We ask for a positive response.

Trees help to fight Co.2, they absorb and remove it from our air, storing it and releasing oxygen.

Those who know tell us that an acre of trees absorb an amount of carbon dioxide to driving your car 26,000 miles. Even more true, we hear that one tree can produce enough oxygen for 4 people and annually for 18 people.

Trees absorb pollutant gases such as Nitrogen Oxide , sulphur and Dioxide , specialists tell us.

Should you “Fear for the future” will you join our campaign and “Plant for Ireland”! It is in all our interests.

Contact ( mobile 086 8490642 ).

East Cavan Gaels: Juvenile Hurling:  Won’t it be great to get back out socially again, and support your local hurling club at the same time?

Come join us for another fun evening and help raise much needed funding for local hurling development. The East Cavan Gaels will be hosting a ‘Table Quiz’ on Friday,  3rd  December at 9.30pm in Nixys, The Square Bar, Bailieborough. All welcome.

Come and give it a go. Every Saturday 3 and 4pm for U7 and U9 respectively. Equipment supplied while learning.

Club contacts;

U7/9/11; Willie Gaughan 086 164 9280.

U13/15/17/Senior; Kathryn O’ Flynn 087 244 1371.

For All Parents: With the schools back and the darker evenings here, if there is an emergency like your child misses the bus or has no credit to ring you, please let them know they can come into Supervalu, Bailieborough and ask for the manager on duty and the manager will call home for you.

The children can wait in the store until they are collected rather than them standing outside in the cold.

It’s an option to keep in mind so you know they are safe.

Bailieborough Creative Hub: Another great achievement by Bailieborough Creative Hub. Following on from their great run in the Cavan County Museum “Under Cavan Skies” is now open in Bailieborough Library until the end of the month.

Christmas Art and Craft Fair: Bailieborough Creative Hub will be hosting a ‘Christmas Art and Craft Fair in the Courthouse, Bailieborough on Saturday, November 27th from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Contemporary and handcrafted gifts, cards, art, crafts, artisan cakes and much more. For more details or to book a stand, please contact:

Mass of Remembrance: We will remember all those who died in our Parish during the past 12 months at a ‘Mass of Remembrance’ which will be held in St. Annes Church on Wednesday, November 17th at 7.00pm. Please note the change of date and time. All parishioners who have been bereaved are invited to attend. The names of the deceased will be read out during the Mass.

“Team Hope” Christmas Shoebox Appeal is back!
Play schools, schools, businesses and individuals can order leaflets and other resources online at or contact local coordinator Hazel Speares at 0879903520.

East Cavan Swim Club: Well done to Grainne and Sadhbh Warren and Anna Behme who won medals at the Cavan Community Games on Saturday last.

Anna will now represent Cavan in the National Finals in Limerick on 27th  Nov in 50m Breaststroke under 14 and Lian Moore will also be the County Representative in under 14 50m butterfly.

Well done to all the girls and best of luck Anna and Lian.

Helping our Homeless: Collection point outside SuperValu on the Main Street.

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!

 Parents Plus: Early years programme: A practical and positive parenting course promoting confidence, learning and good behaviour in young children aged 1 to 6 years. This is a six-week course, taking place every Friday morning from 9.30am to 12 noon commencing on Friday, November 12th and ending on Friday, December 17th  in Bailieborough Courthouse. This course is free of charge to all parents participating. For more information or to reserve your place, please contact Joanne on 087 7529 948 or email

Bailieborough Group of Parishes:

Sunday services are at 9:30am in Mullagh and Shercock, 10:45 am in Bailieborough, 12noon in Knockbride. Audio from the sermon will be available later on Sundays on our YouTube channel.  Face masks, hand sanitizing, and social distancing will still be required on Sunday mornings.

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.