Bailieborough News. September 29th 2016

Bailieborough News. September 29th 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.

Book Signing

Alan O’Mara Author of the best-selling book “The Best is yet to Come”, is coming to Bailie Stores on Saturday, 1st October at 12pm to do a book signing. Alan’s book is flying off the shelves all over the country.
Please come along and show your support for this young local man.

Bailieborough Group of Parishes

The following services and events will be happening over the Harvest season at the Bailieborough Group of Parishes.  As ever, it’s an open house and so all are invited and welcome to come along.

Sunday 2nd October: 7:30pm Shercock Church, Speaker Philip McKinley (Chaplin to DCU).

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



A meeting will take place on Tuesday next, 4th October in the Bailie Hotel at 8pm sharp. Aimed at developing the group and forming a new committee for 2017. If you are concerned by Bailieboro town and surrounding environment, please attend. New ideas and assistance very welcome.


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, 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.

Lakelands Arch Club

WE’RE BACK!!!!!New season of our arch club is starting again on the last Wednesday of every month from 7-9pm in the Bailieborough Business Centre, Shercock Road. Wednesday, September 28th (fun and games), October 26th (Halloween crafts night) and November 30th (Christmas craft night). December date to be confirmed. Please share with all your friends. New members always welcome and looking forward to seeing our regulars. All info available through Facebook page or 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


at Bailieborough Business Centre starting Tuesday, 4th October and will run for four weeks, two hours per week 7-9pm.  Course fee €20.  Contact Business Centre 042 9694716.

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, October 9th and will return to the Business Centre at 4 pm for refreshments. All welcome to come along and take part.

Bailieborough Community Bowls

Bailieborough Community Bowls have resumed in the Community Centre, Chapel road, on Wednesday evenings at 8.00pm. All members are requested to attend and new members are most welcome.


Education Guidance for all adults at the Library at 3pm on first Tuesday of each month. Free service run by ETB. Information on courses available, funding and grants.

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.

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.


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.

‘Dance Mania’

Street Dance and Musical Theatre dance classes take place every Wednesday evening from 5.00pm to 6.00pm for 4 to 7 yrs and from 6.00pm to 7.00pm for 8 to 12 yrs at Bailieborough Leisure Centre, Chapel Road. Contact 087 401 6069 for further details.

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.


Speech and Drama Classes

Speech and Drama Classes take place on Saturdays in Community Centre, Bailieborough and also in Tunnyduff Community Hall. Pre-school from 10 to 11am, Primary from 11am to 12 noon and Secondary from 12 noon to 1.00pm. For further information, please contact Kate Kelly at 086 314 8407 or email:


Date for your Diary: The ‘Celtic Tenors’ and Guests will be in concert in the Killinkere Leisure Centre on Saturday, November 12th. Further details, shortly.



HARDTIMES CHORUS’ 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.


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

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).


WeightWatchers takes place each Monday in The BDA Shercock Rd, Bailieborough at 8pm and also each Monday in The Matt Talbot Hall Kingscourt 6pm to 7.15pm.

Hurling  Hurling 2

East Cavan Gaels GAA Club – Hurling News 26th September 2016

Under 6/8/10; The indoor season is now up and running. Kingscourt on Thursdays and Bailieborough on Fridays. New players are always very welcome. Remember our catchment area covers Bailieborough, Kingscourt, Shercock, Knockbride, and Killinkere all the way over to Mullagh and Virginia. Indoors will continue all the way to May 2017 with a few blitzes thrown in as well. We are always on the lookout for new talent to join with us. Equipment is supplied while you learn the game with us.


Above; Our U10s in Blayney on Sunday last.

Our Under 10s had a good outing in Castleblayney on Sunday last where they got good games v Blayney and Clontibret. Well done to all the players and management of Colin and Ben.

Training for Under 11s will commence next Sunday from 10-11am on the astro at the Vale. This is open to all club players aged 9.10 and 11.

Under 12/14; We await the fixture for the U14 Championship Shield final.

Under 16/18; Just the Cavan Championships remain for these two sides. Dates tbc.

Dual GAA Stars; Congrats to Bailieborough U16 on winning their Championship recently captained by our own Jack Barry. Kingscourt won the Minor Division 3 Championship and Knockbride have qualified for the Minor Division 1 Championship final. Well done to all.

Lots of ECG men on club squads leading the way for the dual stars.

Jack Barry

Above; Jack Barry with the U16 trophy (and mum!)

Hurling training times and venues; Under 6/8; Kingscourt group;

Thursday 6.30-7.30 for U6/8 only in the Community Centre. €3 each and bring water bottle.

Bailieborough group U6/8; Friday at the Bailieborough Community School Sports Hall. U6/8 from 6-7 & U10 from 7-8. €3 each and bring the water bottle.

For all U8/10 information contact Willie Gaughan 086 164 9280.

Under 11; Sunday morning 10-11am on the astro at the Vale. Moulded studs only please. €3 each and please bring water. All players to be there for 9.55.

Under 12/14/16/18; Training for all ages (unless there is a game) from Under 12 to Under 18 on Wednesday 6.30pm at Bailieborough GAA grounds St.Annes Park.

For all U12-U18 information contact Kathryn O’Flynn 087 244 1371.


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.