Bailieborough News. September 13th 2021 . Matthew J. Cullen.

Poetry Town: Mairéad Donnellan, will read her specially written poem, commissioned by Poetry Ireland, during the Poetry Town event, at a gathering in the Bailie Hotel, on Thursday, September 16th, from 7-9pm. Readings by other local poets and music.

This short piece will be filmed in Bailieborough and will include several guests poets and figures from the area.

The film will be set to music especially written for the poem and scenes will be from areas in the town and nearby beauty and heritage spots.

Pocket Poems: Bailieborough Creative Hub: On Instagram, film shown locally and printed poems.

Pocket poems is about 12 poets from Bailieborough Creative Hub reading local work from different locations in the town area.

These are available on Instagram as separate readings posted each day until 18th  September, and as a complete film to be shown locally during Culture week/weekend in Bailieborough Credit Union/Bailie Hotel.

The poems will also be available in hard copy printed booklets and will be given to all businesses and handed out to the community on Culture Night (17th  September) at 6pm.

Poetry Underfoot: Until 18th  September: Around the town.

For once, let’s hope that it rains!

When you’re out and about in your town after a rain shower, look down. Lines of poetry will appear…as if by magic.

First Communion : Congratulations to the children from St. Annes National School, Bailieborough who received their First Holy Communion last weekend.

First Holy Communion: First Holy Communion for the children from St. Felims National School, The Vale will take place in St. Annes Church on Saturday morning next, September 18th at 11.00am.

Killann Church: Killann Church will be closed for the next three weeks to facilitate internal and external painting and to repair the main door. Saturday evening Mass will move to Shercock at 8.30pm. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Bishop Martin Hayes would like each Parish in the diocese to create a ‘Green Group’ to assess what small steps can be taken to respond to the environmental crisis. This might involve planting trees, flowerbeds or other initiatives. There are lovely parish grounds that are ideal for all sorts of possibilities. A meeting will be held in the Parish House on Wednesday, September 22nd  at 7.45pm for anyone interested in getting involved.

Deepest Sympathy: Deepest Sympathy is extended to wife Catherine, sons Kieran and Neil, daughters Collette and Deirdre, beloved grandchildren Pierce, Ronan, Bevin, Tristan, Kiera, Oisin, Cadain, Clionadh, Rian and Caomhan on the death of P.J. Shannon, Lakeland, Tunnyduff, Bailieborough, Co.Cavan, who passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Friday, September 3rd, 2021. P.J. was predeceased by his parents Frank and Mary Alice and his brother Francie. Sadly missed by his brother Andy, sisters Maire, Cathy and Mary Alice, sons-in-law Mano and Paul and daughters-in-law Louise and Kerrie. brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, neices, relatives, neighbours and many friends.

P.J’s Funeral Mass took place in St. Bridget’s Church, Knockbride West on Wednesday, September 8th and afterwards, his remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. 

 Cavan Sports Partnership: Kids Bikefest, coming to Bailieborough!

To Celebrate National Bike Week 2021 we have Bikefest events taking place in  Bailieborough on Saturday next,  18th September at the Bailieborough Community School.

The Bikefest will provide fun training, skills, obstacles and bike checks. Times from 11.30am—12 noon (5—8 year olds) and 12 noon to 1.00pm ( 9 + years).

Pre-Registration Essential as limited spaces available!

To Book your place now visit

 Bailieborough Heritage Society: Bailieborough Heritage Society are looking for old photos of people who lived and worked in Bailieborough town for an exhibition. Please email them to: or contact Margaret at 086 816 4399.

East Cavan Gaels:  There is a team in this club for you no matter your age or ability.  Come join us. Club contacts; U7/9/11; Willie Gaughan 086 164 9280 and U13/15/17/Senior; Kathryn O’ Flynn 087 244 1371.

Celebrating ‘Culture Night 2021’: Bailieborough Library will host an exhibition by local photographer, Ollie Gargan entitled ‘Cherished Captures’ opening on Friday next, September 17th  from 4pm to 6.00pm, in association with Culture Night 2021 and Cavan Arts Office. The Exhibition will be on view upstairs in the Library, to all members of the community until Tuesday, October 26th  during Library opening hours. Current government Covid guidelines will be strictly adhered to.

Bailieboro Celtic A.F.C.: Bailieborough Celtic AFC are looking for girls aged 9 to 13 years old, to expand and develop our girls soccer teams, currently at Under 11 and Under 13 level. If you would like the opportunity to become part of a great girls team, come along to our training sessions on a Monday evening at 6.30pm, at the Vale Soccer Grounds. 

Any Queries, contact 086-8156532.

Men’s Get-Together and Fitness Programme: Men over 30 are invited to take part in a Fitness Programme in Bailieborough. The programme takes place at the Community Centre every Wednesday evening from 7.00pm to 8.00pm. Please contact Paddy at 086 079 2686 for further details. 

Well Done: Congratulations and well done to all the Bailieborough Community School students who received their Leaving Certificate results. In what was a very strange year, you all put in the hard work.

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.

Regretted Death: Deepest Sympathy is extended to wife Sheila, son Perry, daughters Paula, Tina and Lisa, son in law Steve, grandchildren Oscar and Eladie, sisters Mary, Eileen, Joan and Cait on the death of Loman Barber, Tierworker, Kells, Co. Meath and Woodford Green, Essex, who passed away on Friday morning, September 3rd , at his home, aged 88 years.  Loman will be laid to rest in the UK.

Bailieborough School of Music: Bailieborough School of Music is enrolling new students for Recorder, Flute, Trumpet, Saxophone, Clarinet, Drums and Guitar—subject to availability. Please note that all lessons will be on Zoom. If you have a son/daughter or know of anyone interested, please contact the B.S.M. at, with the student’s name, date of birth, and instrument choice. Please also state, if the student can read music, the primary school they attend and class they are in—as of September 2021. 

Eucharistic Adoration in St. Annes: Eucharistic Adoration was suspended during the Pandemic. As restrictions lift, it is hoped to graduallt restore this devotion in St. Annes. Eucharistic Adoration will initally be held each Tuesday from 10.00am to 11.00am. As the weeks go by, the times and day will be reviewed based on feedback from participants.

Bailieborough Library: 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!

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.

Suicide Bereavement Support Group

This Group is for anyone who has been bereaved by Suicide. Meetings take place every fortnight on Monday nights in the Farnham Arms Hotel in Cavan Town from 7pm to 9pm. All welcome for further information contact SOSAD on 049 4326339.

Positive Age–‘Good Morning Cavan’ Service: Good Morning Cavan is a free phone call service, which aims to provide security and friendship to older people living in County Cavan. Our team of friendly callers are on hand to chat to members of the community, who may be socially isolated or lonely. To avail of this service, to refer someone you know or to find out more information about this service, please contact, Positive Age Cavan at 049 438 0725 or 087 775 9584. You can also email