Bailieborough News. September 10th 2018. Matthew J. Cullen.


Bailieborough Poetry Festival 2018:

The Bailieborough Poetry Festival officially opens on Thursday 4th of October in Bailieborough Library at 7pm. This will include the official opening of the Art Exhibition by Ruth McDonnell in the Library Arts space which runs in conjunction with the Festival. Members of LitLab writing group have been collaborating with the artist and will read some poems inspired by her artworks.

Poets definitely taking part are Annemarie Ní Churreáin, Enda Wyley and Brendan McCann.

Enda Wyley will be reading and facilitating a workshop at Bailieborough Poetry Festival 2018.Watch out for full programme soon.


Bailieborough Mental Health Association:

On Thursday the 6th  of September, the Bailieborough Mental Health Association had their annual AGM in the Bailie Hotel and after many long years Winston Turner decided to retire as the Chairperson of the Bailieborough Mental Health Association, This was a very sad day for the association as Winston had served so well and done a fantastic job as the Chairperson but it is has given us the ability to bring the Association into a new era as, there was elected a great and energetic new Chairperson Colm Colgan, Vice-Chairperson Séan McKiernan, the current Treasurer stays on Ann Hanley, Audrey Rogers remains as secretary being assisted by Johnny Kerins who also be in charge of our social media accounts, we look forward to keeping all of you up to date on what events we have coming up.


‘Hardtimes Chorus’:

‘Hardtimes Chorus’ are delighted to announce of their upcoming concert, ‘A Million Dreams’ in aid of the Down Syndrome Centre North East. It will be held in St Annes Church on Friday evening, 28th September 2018 at 8.30pm. The Down Syndrome Centre North East has been set up by a group of parents to provide essential services, information and support to people with Down Syndrome and their families living in the North East. The centre is due to open its doors in October 2018 in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan. Tickets are now available in SuperValu, the Bailie Hotel, Bailie Stores, Turning Head’s Hair Salon and St Anne’s Parish Office during office hours. Please Come Along and support.


Race for Grace’:

Come join us in a 5km or 10km Run, Walk or Crawl for ‘Feileacain’ and ‘A Little Lifetime Foundation’—both charities support anyone who has lost a baby in pregnancy or after— in memory of Orla Dean’s grand- daughter Grace, who gained her wings far too soon, on Saturday, September 22nd. They are both amazing charities and every cent raised will go towards supporting families affected by the death of a baby during or after pregnancy. Registration for the event will open at 11am at Bailieborough Community Centre and the event will start at 12pm.
Registration prices are; €5—5km, €10—10km and €15 for Families.
Everyone who registers will be entered into a raffle on the day.
Tea and Sandwiches will be served back at the Community Centre after the event.
Really hope to see you there! All support is greatly appreciated.


Family Carers:

 Are you a family carer? Family Carer Support Group’s first meeting will be on Wednesday 12th September from 11am-1pm and every second Wednesday after that at Bailieborough Library. All carers welcome. Do drop in and say Hello!


Bailieborough Tidy Towns:

NO POSTERS, please on the Tesco fence or anywhere around the town or on all approach roads from the 50k limit in.

Thanks to all who have already complied with our request.


Spanish Lessons:

Spanish Lessons for Primary School Children, from Junior infants to 6th class. Different groups available.  Also, Adult group Lessons available every Tuesday and Wednesday. All lessons are now taking place in the Bailieboro Business Centre (besides the playground) for more information or to register please contact Lydia on 0877414735.


Head Shave and Quiz for Haiti.:

A huge thanks to Paul Cooney Junior for raising €1500 by having his head shaved in Nixy’s Square Bar on All Ireland Sunday. This money along with the Quiz and Sponsorship that Brendan Shevlin organised brings the total to €2700. All this money is going to Haven Charity Haiti. Brendan is travelling to Haiti on 15th September to build Chicken Houses as part of this charity. A huge thanks to all who sponsored and gave money along the way to help Brendan raise funds for this great cause.


Children’s Irish Dance Classes;

Irish dance classes with World Champions Aishling and Emma Fox will resume on Wednesday, 5th September at 6pm in Tierworker Hall. For more information, please contact Aishling or Emma on (087) 9699235, (087) 2059128. All newcomers welcome.


Water Hydrant:

Work is ongoing on replacing the water hydrant on Adelaide Row in Bailieborough which was damaged earlier this summer. The hydrant should be back in place and working before the weekend. Work is also continuing on the footpaths on the corner of Church Street and should be completed soon.



Pilates resuming in Bailieboro Trinity Hall on Tuesdays. Classes at 6.15pm and 7.30pm. Suitable for all levels of fitness, booking essential. Please call Anne 087 2601454.


Adult Irish Dance and Ceilí Classes:

Adult Irish dance classes will take place in Tierworker Hall at 8:30pm every Wednesday. For more information, please contact Aishling Fox on (087) 9699235.


Blessing of the Graves:

Thank you to all who attended the Blessing of the Graves in St. Anne’s Cemetery on Sunday, September 2nd. As usual there was a very large crowd in attendance. Thank you to the Church stewards who managed the parking and traffic very well and to the Pastoral Council who organised the ceremony and who, along with members of the Finance Committee, took up the collection, which this year thanks to your generous contributions amounted to €3921.46. Thank you also to the members of the Community Employment Scheme who had the cemetery looking so well, to the readers, the local Legion of Mary who led the Rosary, to Tommy McCloskey who played a beautiful instrumental piece during the service and to Fr. Martin Gilcreest for his assistance.

Citizen’s Information:

The service continues on every Tuesday, at 1.30pm in the Library.


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.



Congratulations to Lisa Cullen, Woodview and Brendan Byrne, Magheracloone, who were married in St. Anne’s Church on Saturday last, September 8th.


Walk, Jog, Run or Crawl!

Run, walk, crawl or jog every Monday and Wednesday evenings at the Community Centre, Chapel Road, Bailieborough at 8pm.  It’s free!!!! And there is no catch! All newcomers welcome.  Anyone want to try kayaking? If you do, be at the Town Lake at 7.00pm. Tea, coffee, fruit and biscuits afterwards. All newcomers welcome.


St. Anne’s Folk Choir:

Practice for the Folk Choir take place every Tuesday evening at 8.15pm, in St. Anne’s Church. The future of the Choir depends greatly on the involvement of the parishioners in our Church, so new members would be very much appreciated and welcomed.


‘Vincent’s Shop’:

‘Vincent’s Shop’ on Main St., are urgently seeking Gents Clothing and any paper or plastic bags, that they can use in the shop. Thank you for all the kind donations of clothes, toys and bric-a-brac and for generously buying from the shop. All money raised is used for local deserving causes.


Social Day Centre:

The Bailieborough Social Day Centre returns on Wednesday, September 12th in the Community Centre from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Hoping to see some new faces for fun, entertainment and outings, etc… All welcome.


The ‘Open Door Sessions’:

Featuring special guests Michael Gallen, Gerry Hodgers, Ollie Gargan, The Giant Wolf Theatre Company and Leona Daly.

The Open Door Sessions, Bailieborough’s free monthly arts and music night is hosting a special gathering of talented musicians and artists from 8.30pm to celebrate Culture Night on Friday 21st September, in Nixy’s Bar, The Square, Bailieborough.

Well into its second year, The Open Door Sessions continues to host new, original music and arts on a monthly basis. Culture Night is an expansion of the Sessions regular programme of talented, established and up-and-coming musicians and artists.

If you haven’t attended before this is a great opportunity to try it out.

Admission to The Open Door Sessions is free and you are welcome to come along to support and enjoy some of the extraordinary talents that exist within our country.


Church of Ireland Services for September:

Sunday 16 September: Bailieborough 10:45am – Morning Prayer and Sunday Club, followed by tea and coffee.

Knockbride 12noon – All-Age Service.

Saturday 22nd September: Bailieborough Hall 2-4pm – ‘Messy Church Harvest’.

Sunday 23 September: Bailieborough 10:45am – All-Age Service, followed by tea and coffee.

Knockbride 12noon – Morning Prayer.

Sunday 30 September: United Service in Mullagh 10:30am – All-Age Service followed by tea and coffee.

Sunday 30 September: Harvest Service, Knockbride Church 7:30pm.

Mondays (during term time): Badminton, Bailieborough Hall; 7-8pm for primary students, 8-9pm for secondary students.


Bailieborough Business Centre:

Classes for the Autumn Schedule at Bailieborough Business Centre. Call to let us know what you are interested in doing and we will register your interest with the ETB. Please call 042-969-4716 for further information.


Bailieborough Indoor Bowls:

Indoor Bowls resumes on Wednesday, September 12th at 8.00pm, in the Community Centre. New members are always most welcome.


Baptism Dates in St. Annes for September, October, November and December 2018:

The following are the available dates for Baptisms in St. Anne’s Church–September 15th (Saturday, 1.30pm), September 23rd (Sunday, 12.30pm) October 6th (Saturday, 1.30pm), October 28th (Sunday, 12.30pm), November 10th (Saturday, 1.30pm), November 25th (Sunday, 12.30pm), December 15th (Saturday 1.30pm) and December 23rd (Sunday. 12.30pm).


Annual Pony Drivers and Friends, Memorial Drive 2018:

Preparations are well underway for this year’s Memorial/Charity Drive. The Drive will be taking place in Bailieborough at The Hideout on Sunday, the 23rd September, starting at 2pm. This year we are raising money for Cavan/Monaghan Palliative Care. On the day there will be refreshments, raffle, auction and music. The Noel McDermott Perpetual Plaque and The Sean McQuillan Memorial Cup will be presented on the day to ‘the best turned out’ Ponies. We look forward to seeing everyone there to support a very worthy cause.


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.

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.


‘Strides for Life’:

Strides for Life, a 16-week walking programme for people recovering from cancer treatment will begin in Cavan in September. Organised by the Cuan cancer social and support centre, the course is free and is suitable for all levels of ability. Strides for Life is recommended by the Irish Cancer Society and is designed to improve the level of fitness and quality of life of those recovering from cancer treatment. A friend or family member is also welcome to take part. Pre-registration is required. Phone 0868672568 or 0876486076. Email




East Cavan Gaels GAA Club – Hurling News 10th September 2018

Under 7/9; Outdoor hurling now finished for the year. Thanks to all who came out especially during the school holidays which we ran for the first time this year and thanks to those who attended camp. Indoor hurling will return in the next few weeks which will run to May 2019! Watch this space for info.

Under 13; Training on Monday with the U15s in Killann at 7pm.

Under 15; Last round of the Monaghan League v leaders Castleblayney on Wednesday in Kingscourt at 6.30. We should be in the Shield Final coming up in a couple of weeks.

Senior; Training Thursday 7pm. Venue tbc. Players will receive text. Cavan Senior Championship coming up end of the month. New players arriving each week which is positive and more are very welcome.


The week ahead; Thursday; Adult training in Killann/ Kingscourt/Bailieborough 7pm tbc.

Saturday; U16 intercounty blitz.

Club contacts;

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

U13; Colin Higgins 087 276 9086.

U15; Pat O’Flaherty 087 450 1524.

U15/17; Kathryn O’ Flynn 087 244 1371.

Adult; Willie/Kathryn above.


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.