Bailieborough News Thursday 17th October 2019

Bailieborough News. October 14th  2019. Matthew J. Cullen.

Mr. Tommy McEntee: Tommy McEntee, 83, from Lisnalea, Bailieborough, passed away suddenly but peacefully on Monday, the 30th of September 2019 in Cavan General Hospital.

Tommy was a devoted husband of fifty four years to Veronica, and the most wonderful father to Bernard, PJ, Gloria, Terry and Jason. He adored his eleven grand-children and eight great grand-children. Tommy had a close relationship with his younger brother Philip, who lives in Kerry. He is also survived by sisters Lena, Susan, Kay, and brothers, Eugene, Gerard and Christy,  daughters in-law, Shirley and Caroline, son in-law, Stephen, nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. Tommy will be sadly missed by all.

In recent years Tommy suffered with heart problems, resulting in frequent admissions to hospital. He had tremendous respect for the staff in Cavan General, and appreciated their hard work; so much so, that he rewarded them with a daily dose of his jokes and trickery. No matter how unwell he felt, his mission was to make people smile and laugh.

Tommy began his life in Nolagh, Shercock where he was born and reared with his seven brothers and four sisters by their parents Anne and Terence. He attended Corlatty Carroll National School, going straight from there into his first place of employment in Killanny, working as a farmhand. He went from there to a farm in Armagh, and then back to his home town to work for a local farmer named Lexi Hall. In his early thirties he found employment with Cavan County Council as the Water Caretaker in Bailieborough, where he remained for twenty five years until his early retirement.

Tommy and Veronica lived in Drumbannon when their family were young. In those days Tommy’s interests revolved around his children. The simple things like forest walks, days out fishing, picnics on Lough An Leagh Mountain, beach holidays, and even, star gazing on a summer’s night. These were the things that made him a happy man.

Tommy discovered he had green fingers when he and Veronica moved to Lisnalea after his retirement. They spent most of their free time working to maintain their beautiful gardens, where they enjoyed many happy days sitting in the sunshine surrounded by their colourful blooms.

Tommy loved his life and was happiest when surrounded by his family. He had enough love to share between each and every one of them. He will stay in their hearts forever.

Tommy’s Funeral Mass took place in St. Anne’s Church on Wednesday, October 2nd –at which Fr. Ultan McGoohan P.P. officiated—and following which, his remains were laid to rest in St. Anne’s Cemetery.

Photography Exhibition: ‘What Peace looks like to me’ !! All welcome to the launch of a photography exhibition at Bailieborough Courthouse on Sunday next, 20th October at 3.00pm. Guest Speaker, Sean Hillen will deliver a presentation of his work from ‘Melancholy Memories’ and launch the display. Another initiative of the PEACE IV SEUPB programme “Building Positive Relations”. A group of photographers from Bailieborough have collaborated with a group from Dungannon and over a period of time, got a real feel for how they had all been affected by the Troubles. We hope you will come along on the day and over the 6 weeks the exhibition will be on display. Any enquiries to 042-969-4716.

The Cavan 365 community based Garda Youth Diversion project launched recently in Bailieborough

The service is a multi- agency youth crime prevention initiative, that primarily seeks to divert young people who have been involved in anti-social and/or criminal behaviour, by providing suitable activities to facilitate personal development.

We met with and listened to three fine young men, Luke, Josh and Jordon who gave their stories on how the project helped them in Cavan.

The Cavan 365 project will be based in Bailieborough with satellite services planned for Mullagh, Kingscourt, Cootehill and Ballyjamesduff.

The new service is funded through the Youth Justice Service in conjunction with An Garda Síochána and is managed by Foróige.

Well done to all involved in getting this service to Bailieborough and best wishes to the team : Alma, Aishling, Catherina and Sharon under the leadership of Foróige area manager Colin McAree.

October—Month of The Rosary: The Rosary will be said at the Grotto on the Virginia Road for the month of October at 7.30pm, every evening except Saturdays. All are very welcome to come along and pray for their many intentions.

Bailieborough Development Association: Bailieborough Development Association hosted a spectacular weekend of celebration of song. The Hard Times Chorus and Omagh Youth Peace Choir performed at 3 wonderful events : Saturday in St Annes, and Sunday at the Omagh Presbyterian Harvest Festival and at Omagh Library. Thank you to all who attended, we hope to continue our work with these 2 choirs into the future. Special thanks to Daryl Simpson, Musical Director Omagh Youth Peace Choir, Claire O Reilly, Musical Director Hard Times Chorus, Sean O Reilly, Hard Times Chorus Co-ordinator, Jane Crudden and her Team from PEACE IV and Special EU Programmes Body for funding both the renovation of Bailieborough Courthouse and the Programme of Activity. Thank you to all of the choir members who attended practice in the lead up to the event and for your outstanding performance’s over the weekend.

Bridge Results: Tuesday, 1stOctober:First: Rosaleen Keegan and Pauline McEvoy,
Second: Kathleen McArdle and Helen Clarke. Best Gross: John McGahan and Tom Moran.
Tuesday, 8th October: First: Pattie Clarke and Joan O’Reilly, Second: Elizabeth Murphy and Rose Brennan. Best Gross: Gemma McCabe and Tom Moran .

Bridge takes place in the Hotel Bailie on every Tuesday evening and new members are always most welcome.

Bailieborough Mens/ Hen’s Shed: The Hen’s Shed currently meets each Wednesday evening in the Bexcourt Centre from 7:15 till 9pm, and each Thursday morning in the Library from 10 till 12 noon. The group is open to women over the age of 18 living in or around Bailieborough.  Contact: Maria at: or find us on Facebook for further information.

The Men’s Shed currently meets every Tuesday morning form 10am till 12 noon in the Bexcourt Centre. The group is open to men over the age of 18 living in or around Bailieborough, contact Matthew at or find us on Facebook for further information.

St. Anne’s National School ‘Fun Run’: St. Anne’s N.S. are organising a ‘Fun Run’ on Sunday next, October 20th starting at St. Anne’s National School. Registration will take place from 11.00am on the day.  Entry fee is €5 or a donation to take part. Individuals and families are invited to walk or run the 1K, 3K, 5K or 10K routes. Prizes and refreshments also on the day. This event promises to be a colourful occasion, to which the whole school is looking forward to. We would love you to join us for this fun event.

Christianity Explored Course: A ‘Christianity Explored’ course will take place from

8-9pm at The Courthouse in Bailieborough, beginning on Wednesday 23rd  of October.  This is a 6-week course designed to give you time and space to think about the big questions of life and to explore the life Jesus.  Open to everyone and anyone who is interested, all you need to do is show up!  For more information, please contact Rev. Ian Horner on 087 6223609.

‘Colourful Cavan and Beyond,’ by Artist Jim McParlin. An Art exhibition comprising of paintings depicting scenes from around the county and locations further afield. The exhibition will be on view in the Library until Friday next, October 18th. All are welcome during Library opening hours.

C.P.R. ‘Hands for Life Course’ : How would you like to complete a CPR Hands for Life Course in late November?

Well now is your chance to get this potentially lifesaving training FREE. Yes you read that correct FREE!!

Bailieborough Shamrocks GAA in conjunction with Irish Heart Foundation are offering this CPR Training to the whole community.
The course takes just one hour – 60 minutes to learn to save a life!
The instructor will provide all the material and will run 3 CPR courses with 30 people per course..

If we have enough interest then this course will go ahead in late November with the date and venue to be confirmed.

If you are interested then please contact the event organiser and our club Secretary Mark Gilsenan on or text him on 087 4158919 with your name and number of seats required on the course. Please note–The course is open to over 18 years old ONLY!

St. Felim’s National School: Blessing of new Playground and Memory Garden: Anyone who kindly donated to the ‘Sponsor A Tree’ fundraiser is most welcome to attend the Prayer Service and unveiling of the plaque at St. Felim’s N.S. On Thurday, 17th October at 2.00pm.

Bailieborough Women’s Group: The next meeting of the Bailieborough Women’s Group will take place on Friday afternoon next, October 18th from 2.00pm to 4.00pm, in the Community Centre. There will be a session on First Aid and the use of a defibrillator. New members welcome.

Draft Childminding Action Plan: Focus Group Consultation with Childminders will take place on this Thursday evening,17th  October at 7.30 pm in the Cavan Co Childcare Office, Unit 5 Enterprise Centre, Killygarry, Dublin Road, Cavan. Telephone 049 4365856 for further information.Please come – All Welcome.

Craft Fair: A ‘Craft Fair’ will take place at the Bailie Hotel on Sunday next,  20th  October from 12-5pm. (All tables fully booked). Lots of different Craft Stalls, from Cupcakes to Jewellery and from Candles to Toys! Come and join us here at the Bailie Hotel, you never know what you may see! All welcome.

Bailieborough School of Music: Lotto results for 12-10-2019.  Numbers Drawn; 17, 19, 20, 24.  No Jackpot Winner, Lucky Dip (€25) Winners; Marie Logan; Denise Carroll; Conor Sheridan; Grace McGivney. Next week’s Jackpot €6,400.

Bowls: Bailieborough Community Bowls continue in the Community Centre on Wednesday evenings at 8.00pm. New members—both male and female are most welcome.

 Social Day Centre: The next get-together of the Bailieborough Social Day Centre will take place in the Community Centre, on Wednesday, October 16th from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, for more entertainment, chat and refreshments. New people are always very welcome to join.

Bailieborough Cancer Comfort Ltd: Bailieborough Cancer Comfort Ltd’s Annual Variety Concert will be held on Friday, 15th and Saturday, 16th November. We are looking for local talent to take part…..if interested, please contact Edel on 086 1004030.

Computers for Farmers: Help is at hand for farmers, who need training in Basic Computers, On-line Herd Registration Form Filling, Internet and email, Farm Record Keeping, Health and Safety etc. Classes are free and are commencing on Monday evenings in Bailieborough Business Centre at 7pm. To book a place contact Noelette Dolan on 087 9293531 or Elizabeth on 087 6190040.


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.  Also the Saturday morning Leisure Group Cycle is back and takes place on Saturday mornings leaving from the Community Centre, Bailieborough at 9.00AM. Please bring euros for coffee stop and all welcome.

Irish Dancing Classes: Irish Dancing Classes take place every Thursday evening from 6.00 to 8.00pm, in the Community Centre, Chapel Road. For further details, please contact: Tracy at 085 771 2282.

Halloween ‘Fright Night’ is back!!: Bailieborough Mid-Summer Festival and Town Events are happy to announce that, the ‘Halloween Fright Night’ is back on this year. Following the terrific success of last year’s event, this year’s one takes place on Friday, October 25th at the Chapel Carpark, at the Town Lake. Registration is from 6.00pm and the night promises to be one filled with Scary Walks, Music, Tea, Coffee and Treats. For more information, please contact Tony at 086 3993 430.

Citizen’s Information: The service takes place every Tuesday from 1.30pm to 2.30pm in the Library— providing information, advice and advocacy supports to everyone on Social welfare, employment, Pensions, Health, Tax etc… No appointment necessary.

Bailieborough Creative Hub: Bailieborough Creative Hub presents ‘A Haunting’–an

eerie, hair raising theatrical event, with ghostly tales and deathly poems in the Courthouse, Bailieborough on Thursday, October 31st at 7.00pm. Free admission.
Suitable for all who want a scare in their lives.

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.

Baptism Dates in St. Annes for October, November and December 2019: The following are the available dates for Baptisms in St. Anne’s Church–  October 19th (Saturday, 1.30pm), November 3rd (Sunday, 12.30pm), November 16th (Saturday, 1.30pm), December 1st (Sunday, 12.30pm), December 14th (Saturday, 1.30pm), December 15th (Sunday, 12.30pm) and Sunday, December 29th (Sunday, 12.30pm).  

Bailieborough Library: The Craft Group are still going strong with many great memories and hopefully more to come! Not just a craft group, but a place to come, have a cuppa, learn new talents, make new friends and feel very welcome. Everyone is welcome every Friday morning drop in from 10am to 1pm!

Book Club 6pm-7pm on the last Thursday of every month; Lit Lab writers group every second Tuesday. Contact 042 9665779 for details on any of the 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: Edel Fox 086 1004030.

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

Tullyvin Musical Society: Tickets are now on sale for Tullyvin Musical Society’s upcoming show ‘All Shook Up’ which runs fromWednesday16th -Saturday19th October in Tullyvin Community Centre at 8pm nightly. Tickets €18 can be purchased on or from any cast member. Thank you in advance for your ongoing support.

Looking forward to seeing you all at THE 16TH GALLANT 5KM/10KM CHALLENGE: In aid of St Christopher’s Hospice Cavan takes place on Saturday 26th October 2019.  This event will start and finish at MacSeains Bar, Cornafean and will be marked out and stewarded along the route to guide you along the way to whichever distance you decide to participate in. Main sponsors of this years event are Hyland Hardware, Ballyhaise, KORE Insulation, Kilnaleck and Dobson’s Hardware, Arvagh. Special thanks to them for their kind support.

Over the previous 15 years the Challenge has been an outstanding success raising €413,000 for this wonderful cause. There will be loads of surprises and craic on the day and it will be a fantastic day for the family. Entry fee on the day to participate in the Challenge is voluntary. Registration for the Challenge takes place from 12 noon and the Challenge kicks off at 1pm sharp. Anyone wishing to donate to this very worthy cause can do so by leaving donations in the Village Foodstore ,Crossdoney. All donations are greatly accepted.
Sponsorship cards or information on the Challenge are available from St Christopher’s Hospice 049-4332999, Ciaran Weir 086-0753309, William Hughes on 086-3584700 and Village Foodstore in Crossdoney. Please COME ALONG and support this worthy cause!!