Bailieborough News. October 6th 2016

Bailieborough News. October 6th  2016.  Matthew J. Cullen

Bailieborough Poetry Festival

This year we are celebrating the fourth Bailieborough Poetry Festival—a weekend including the launch of Elena Duff’s Art Exhibition, readings, writing workshops, music and open mic sessions. This year we welcome Guest Poet, Monica Corish and Gallery Press Poets, Peter Fallon, Vona Groake and Tom French.

Bailieborough Poetry Festival Programme of Events 2016:

Thursday, October 6th- Bailieborough Library, 7pm,

Official opening of Poetry Festival with the launch of artist Elena Duff’s exhibition in the Library arts space. This will also feature the launch of pop-up gallery, ‘Gallery Thing’ in the town, presenting a public display of art works from invited artists. The exhibition will be launched by Ollie Burns, a founder of the CO Club in Oldcastle.
There will be a poetry reading by LitLab writers at the launch which will feature new writing based on the art work of Elena Duff. Sips and nibbles provided.
Friday, October 7th – Murtagh’s Lounge:
Poet, Monica Corish in an interview with Irene O’Dea, featuring amongst other things, a discussion on her recent publication A Dying Language which was published by the Hospice Foundation.

8.00pm to 8.30pm: Open mic hosted by Andy Jones.
9.30pm: Music by Luna.
Saturday, October 8th -various venues:
Bailie Hotel; 10am-1pm. Poetry workshop with Vona Groarke (places limited, please book in advance).
Bailieborough Library; 2.30-3.30pm. Announcement of the Bailieborough Poetry Prizewinners (sponsored by the Bailie Hotel). Judges Michael Farry and Mairead Donnellan.
Bailie Hotel; 4-6pm. ‘Flash Fiction’ workshop by John Mulligan (limited to 12 places, advance booking essential).
Murtagh’s Lounge; 7.30pm: GALLERY GOES presents poets
Peter Fallon, Tom French and Vona Groarke.
8.30pm; Music by Sam Geraghty.
9pm; Poetry reading by selected LitLab poets to close festival.
See for further information.

Bailieborough Group of Parishes

The following service will be taking place on Sunday next.  As ever, it’s an open house and so all are invited and welcome to come along.

Sunday 9th October: 8pm Knockbride Church, Speaker Rev Alastair Donaldson.



The monthly Holy Hour hosted by Direction for Our Times will take place on Thursday evening, October 6th in St. Anne’s Church beginning at 8pm. All welcome.

Baptism Dates in St. Annes for October and November 2016: The following are the dates for Baptisms in St. Anne’s Church for October, November and December – October 22nd (Saturday 1.30pm), November 6th (Sunday 12.30pm), November 26th (Saturday 1.30pm), December 11th (Sunday 12.30pm), December 17th (Saturday 1.30pm).

Meeting for All Parents of First Communion and Confirmation Candidates – Bailieborough, Killann and Shercock:  A meeting for all the parents and guardians of the First Communion and Confirmation Classes in St. Anne’s, St. Felim’s and St. Patrick’s National Schools will take place on Monday next, October 10th in St. Anne’s Church, Bailieborough, at 7.30pm. The main speaker on the night will be Ms. Claudine Marron, Pastoral Assistant in Monaghan Parish. The sacrament of Confirmation will be administered in St. Anne’s, Bailieborough, on Saturday 11th March, 2017 at 12noon.

Baptism – Baptism Preparation Meeting for Parents

The second Thursday of each month in the Parish Centre (Parochial House beside Church) from 8pm to 9pm. The next meeting is on Thursday, October 13th. All parents who are intending to have their child baptised are required to attend this meeting before finalising the date. Parents are reminded to give at least one month’s notice of their intention to have their child baptised to 087-4407990.


Shamrock Golf Society Golf Classic Present Cheque to Bailieborough Cancer Comfort Ltd.

The Shamrock Golf Society ran a hugely successful 4 Person Team Event Golf Classic in Virginia Golf Club on Friday 16th September and Saturday 17th September to raise money for Bailieborough Cancer Comfort Ltd. Numerous sponsors and teams came on board and generously gave their own cash and we can’t thank those people enough. In total we raised €13,250 and in Fox’s Bar Bailieborough we presented the Cheque to the committee of Bailieborough Cancer Comfort Ltd. Thanks again to all who sponsored tee boxes, to people that put teams into the event, to everyone who bought raffle tickets and to all who donated to Seamus Sheridan’s Haircut. Without all of ye we wouldn’t have been able to achieve this remarkable sum of money.



Next Get Together in the Community Centre, Chapel Road on Wednesday, 5 October from 2.30-4.30pm for all members. New members always very welcome.


Cavan Branch Parkinson’s Association of Ireland

 Present The Garda Band and Cavan Rugby Club Male Voice Choir in concert on Thursday 13th October. at 8 p.m. in the Hotel Kilmore, Cavan. Tickets 10euro may be purchased in Clarke’s Hardware, Bailieborough.



All ages welcome.  Dates for your diary: Wednesday 26 October, Wednesday 30th   November, from 7-8pm (Juniors U16), 7-9pm (Seniors) in Bailieborough Business Development Building, Shercock Road.  Find us on Facebook.  Lakelands Arch Club. Email:

Local Data Needed

Bailieborough Development Association is in the process of compiling a database with all community groups contact details in the area. If you are involved with any group as a member or a volunteer, be it sports, keep fit, community employment, youth work, anything at all, please call 042-969-4716  with the contact details for the group or email, don’t think that somebody else will call with the details. This database will be a valuable resource for the whole community, and will help us all communicate with each other on matters involving our community.

Classes and Services at Bailieborough Business Centre: COMPUTERS FOR BEGINNERS AND ONLINE SKILLS COURSE

at Bailieborough Business Centre starting Monday 10th October ( note change of date) and will run for four weeks, two hours per week 7-9pm.  Course fee €20.  Contact Business Centre 042 9694716 for further details.

Spaces available for Information and Technology QQI Level 4. A 40-week full time course covering Communications, Computer Applications, Digital Media, IT Skills, Maths, Work Experience, Personal Effectiveness and Workplace Safety. Call: 042-969-4716 / 049-433-1494 for details.

Food Safety and HACCP Level with Anne O Grady at Bailieborough Business Centre 8th October. Cost €85.00. Call 042-969-4716 / 087-260-1454.

Internet Safety for Parents. A 2 hour session for parents, guiding you through the various Apps and Social Media sites that children are accessing. Call 042-969-4716.

A4 Colour Copying and Printing available at Bailieborough Business Centre.


Bailieborough Mental Health Association

As part of Mental Health Week, Bailieborough Mental Health Association will be hosting a walk from the Bailieborough Business Centre, Shercock Road at 2 pm on Sunday next, October 9th and will return to the Business Centre at 4 pm for refreshments. All welcome to come along and take part and voluntary donations accepted.



Date for your Diary: Bailieboro Parish Church Funds—Fundraiser—presents CONAL GALLEN

One of Ireland’s funniest comedians returns to the Hotel Bailie for a night of Fun and Laughter on Friday, 18TH November  –   DOORS OPEN 7.30pm for show at 8.30pm. Tickets available at reception of Hotel Bailie – Admission €25.


Many thanks to all those who contributed produce to the annual Harvest Display last weekend in St. Annes and to Marie Guckian, Geraldine Reilly and Mella Denning for their work on assembling the display.

THE LITURGY GROUP would like to thank all those who contributed produce, flowers, etc… to the annual Harvest Display:  Betty and Ray Hardie, John and Kathleen Finnegan, Emer Denning, Frances Pritchard, Bernadette Hopkins, Pat McIntyre, Sue Sheanon, Paddy and Mary Halligan, Maura and Brendan Smith, Sally Ann Duffy, Kathleen McBride, Liam and Phyllis Farrell, Joe Ruske, Paddy Reilly, Nuala Connell, Eilish Hughes, Charlie and Sheila Clarke, Jim Reilly.


A musical evening of Song with The Celtic Tenors, Celtic Woman and local choirs in Killinkere Leisure Centre.  An evening not to be missed. Tickets on sale soon!!!


Present an evening of “Songs of Love” in aid of Cavan/Monaghan Palliative Care in St. Bridget’s Church, Laragh on Friday, 14th October at 8.30pm sharp.  Admission by ticket only.  Cost €15.  Please call 086 2597617 to reserve your ticket or tickets available in Bailie Stores, Main Street.

Walk, Jog Or Run

Exercising Is FUN! Every Monday and Wednesday evenings at 8pm join us at Bailieborough Community Centre! All welcome—no matter what your fitness levels are!. Ok folks, join us to run, jog or walk and most importantly tea, biscuits, fruit and chat afterwards.


 Congratulations to the Bailieborough Shamrocks U14 team who won the Division 1 Final on Tuesday night week last in Breffni Park. Bailieborough defeated Dernacrieve Gaels 3-18 to 4-12.  Well done to all involved.


 Presents ‘The Lily and the Poppy’, a joint lecture by Philip Orr, an historian of the Great War and author of ‘Field of Bones, an Irish Division at Gallipoli’, and Joe Austin, a life-long Republican, at Bailieborough Library on Thursday, 13th  October at 7.30pm.  All are welcome and admission is free.


Social Dancing

Social Dancing, this month is on Saturday next October 8th in the Community Centre, with music by J and S Sound, a very popular group. With the usual refreshments this will be another good night. All welcome.


In Tierworker Hall on Wednesday/Friday evenings.  Available to all levels.  Contact 087 9699235 for further information.

Dance Classes

Dance classes in Cross Hall. Friday nights from 9–11pm. Tuition in, Jive, Quick Step, Waltz, Foxtrot and many more. Contact 086 2003739 for further information. New beginners welcome.



 Parent, Baby and Toddler group: Weekly meeting at Bailieborough Library.

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.

CITIZENS INFORMATION: 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.


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.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Local meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous are held in: The Health Centre, Kells Road on Wednesdays at 8.30pm.

The Samaritans

The Samaritans have a new Freephone number: 116 123 for people who are struggling to cope. The line is open and free 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

If any readers have items of interest to be included in the Bailieborough News, (Obituaries, News Items, Sports, etc…), please e-mail: or call 042 9666200.