Bailieborough News. September 6th 2021 . Matthew J. Cullen.

Poetry Town: Schedule of Events: Town Poem Unveiling:

Poetry Town runs across 20 chosen towns in Ireland from the 10th  to the 18th of September 2021. This is the inaugural year of this celebration of poetry and County Cavan was lucky enough to have two towns, Bailieborough and Cootehill taking part.

The following is the schedule of events for Bailieborough:  

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: From 10 September: 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 between 10th -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 from 10 September – given to all businesses and handed out to the community on Culture Night (17th  September) at 6pm.

Kate Ennals—Reading/Open Mic: Saturday, 11th  September 3-5pm (TBC). Bailie Hotel, Bailieborough (outdoor dining area).

Kate Ennals (known for Over the Edge Sessions in Cavan) will invite two Northern poets (TBC) to join her in a reading/open mic poetry session to mark Culture Week on Saturday, 11th  September 2021. Kate will then host an open mic session for the community. A music interlude by Elena Duff will add to the performance!

Poetry Underfoot: 10-18 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 : First Communion will take place on Saturday next, September 11th in St. Anne’s Church for St. Anne’s N.S. First Communion will take place on Sunday, September 12th at 2.00pm, in St. Patrick’s Church, Shercock for St. Patrick’s N.S. St. Felim’s, The Vale First Communion will be on Saturday, September 18th at 11.00am in St. Anne’s Church. Only the child concerned and parents may attend these ceremonies, which will also be broadcast on the webcam and radio.

Congratulations: Congratulations to all the young people who made their Confirmation last weekend in Bailieborough. Thanks to all involved in organising and participating in the Ceremony.

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 27th at 7.45pm for anyone interested in getting involved.

Deepest Sympathy: Deepest Sympathy is extended to wife Betty, children Margaret Walsh, Martin, Stephen, Mary, Brian, Ollie and Sheila Gallagher, brother Francis, sister in law Sheila, sons-in-law Pat and Sean, daughters-in-law Sinead, Gloria, Mairead and Niamh, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and many friends on the death of Eymard McBreen, Drumamuck, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan who passed away peacefully, at home, following a short illness, surrounded by his loving wife and family on Thursday, 2nd  September 2021 . Eymard was predeceased by his sisters Teresa and Susie.

Eymard’s Funeral Mass took place in St. Brigid’s Church, East Knockbride on Saturday, September 4th 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 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

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.

Oliver Gargan: Photo Exhibition: Local photographer, Ollie Gargan opens his first solo exhibition entitled ‘Cherished Captures’ in Bailieborough Library on Friday, September 17th in association with Culture Night 2021 and Cavan Arts Office. The Exhibition will run until Tuesday, October 26th in the Library.

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, last week. 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 Paula, mother Alice, brother Vincent, sisters Roisin, Mary Rita, Geraldine and Margaret, brothers in law, sisters in law, uncles, aunt, nephews, nieces, cousins, extended family, work colleagues, neighbours and friends on the death of Philip Clarke, Druminespic, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan, who passed away suddenly on Thursday, September 2nd 2021. Philip was predeceased by his father Vincent.

Philip’s Funeral Mass took place in St. Anne’s Church on Sunday, September 5th and afterwards his remains were laid to rest in St. Annes Cemetery. 

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. 

Wanted: Chestnuts!!!!: Bailieborough Community School’s pupils would be very grateful if anyone is able to collect chestnuts for them. They need them to make adjustments to their ‘Junk Kouture’ outfit which will be recorded by RTE on October 1st for the final of the event.

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