Bailieborough News Thursday 6th February 2020

Bailieborough News. February 6th  2020.  Matthew J. Cullen.

‘Operation Transformation’ 2020:

 We would love to see you any Thursday evenings you are available. You will be more than welcome. Although numbers were down in week four there were still plenty of people in St. Anne’s Park. Donations to the Bailieborough Cancer Fund also increased.

Everyone must sign in each week so we can keep a record of numbers per week. This is for Ireland Lights Up.

Donation buckets for Bailieborough Cancer Comfort will be at the sign in desk and are completely Voluntary.

We have fitness and nutrition experts there in the form of Tony Gregory, Aodhagan Fox and David McCabe. Any queries I’m sure they would be more than happy to help.

And finally, you don’t have to be following the OT Food plan to join the walks. This is about getting out and moving. For some it’s for weight loss, fitness, mental health and even some company on these long evenings.

Everyone welcome. No registration required—just come along. Open to the entire community—of all ages!! Group meeting every Thursday evening until Thursday, February 27th in St. Annes Park—Bailieborough Shamrocks GAA grounds.

Just to remind everyone that Bailieborough Shamrocks GAA do not allow dogs on their grounds …… for obvious reasons.  For further information, please contact: 086 375 1519. 

Deepest Sympathy: Deepest Sympathy is extended to sons Daniel, Paul, Matt and Ben, wife Jen, grandchildren Cai and Libby, close friends and neighbours on the death of Peter Drysdale, Tonyfoyle, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan who passed away peacefully on Thursday the 23rd of January in Cavan General Hospital. Peter was predeceased by his son, Christopher. No Funeral or service by Peter’s own request. Private cremation and committal.

Bailieborough Community Alert: The next meeting of Bailieborough Community Alert will be held in the Bailie Hotel on Monday, February 24th at 8.00pm, to discuss important issues. For further information, please contact any committee member. All welcome.  Bailieborough Community Alert is alive and well with over 480 members.

Bailieborough Cancer Comfort, wish to thank all who supported the ‘Singing Santa’s’ at Christmas time. A total of €3,800 was raised!! Thank you. Thank you also to Geraldine Fay for running a ‘Coffee Morning’ at which a total of €1,085 was raised. Thank you.

Documentary: Due to TV rescheduling the documentary will now be shown on Sunday night next. In June 2019, a film crew from the BBC in Belfast visited Bailieborough and Ballyjamesduff. Since then a half-hour documentary entitled ‘HAME’ was made focusing on both towns. It will be broadcast on BBC 2 NI on Sunday night next, February 9th  at 10pm.


Bridge:  Bridge Results for Tuesday, 28th  January,.2020: First: Rosaleen Keegan and Pauline McEvoy. Second: Anne Brady and Mona McCormack. Best Gross : Teresa O’Reilly and Joy Jameson.

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

Ordination: We remember in our prayers, one of our seminarians, Thomas Small, who spent a year working in our Parish in 2018, who will be ordained a deacon in St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth on Sunday next, February 9th. This is the final stage of his preparation prior to ordination to the Priesthood, at a date to be arranged.

 Regretted Death:  Deepest Sympathy is extended to daughter Mary, wife Lilly, brother Pat, sisters Nan, Margaret and Teresa, son-in-law Jesse, grandchildren Mason and David, nieces, nephews and extended family and friends on the death of John O’Leary, Woodview, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan and formerly Devlin, Co. Westmeath, who passed away peacefully in the loving care of his daughter Mary and son-in-law Jesse on Thursday, January 30th. John’s Funeral Mass took place in St. Anne’s Church on Sunday, February 2nd with burial afterwards in St. Anne’s Cemetery.  

Bailieborough Group of Parishes: Friday 7th February: FOCUS Youth Group: Trinity Hall 8:30-10pm.

Sunday 9th  February: Bailieborough 10:45am–Morning Prayer, Creche, Sunday Club, Youth Fellowship,followed by tea and coffee.

Knockbride 12noon–Holy Communion.

Sunday, 16th February: Bailieborough 10:45am, All-Age Service, followed by tea and coffee.

Knockbride 12noon, All-Age Service.

Bailieborough Community School: Parent’s Association: Our plan for 2020 is to get funding to upgrade our Sports Complex and refurbish the Blue House. If you are a parent of a pupil and would like to get on board—our next meeting is on Tuesday, February 11th at 7.00pm, in the Community School.

Run, Jog, Walk or Crawl!!  Run, walk, crawl or jog is back on Monday and Wedensday nights at 8pm from the Community Centre, Bailieboro.  All weathers, all abilities catered for. Don’t be afraid.  Tea, coffee, water and fruit afterwards.  Pass the word and give it a try!!

Photography Exhibition: ‘Welcome to Graceland’ – a documentary photography exhibition by Suella Holland, will remain on view until February 13th during Library opening hours! All welcome.

Bailieborough Parenting Support Programme 2020: The Bailieborough Parenting Support Programme will take place from Thursday, February 13th to Thursday, March 19th (once a week) in Bailieborough Courthouse, Main Street, Bailieborough. For more information or to register your place, please contact Nuala McKenna at 087 752 9948 or You must register to attend this programme.

 Poetry Launch: Bailieborough’s local author Fidel Hogan Walsh is launching her own book of poetry. Entitled ‘Living with Love’…… the book will be launched on Saturday evening next, 8th  February at 7pm in the Bailieborough Court House. This is the first collection from a new voice in Irish poetry. This book features a lively selection of poems reflecting different sides of love: family, jealousy, sexuality, death and madness. Think of them as a collection of emotions, all used in the name of love.
Having started her writing career by sharing her poetry through social media, Fidel understands that poetry is not meant to be a pursuit for a select few. Instead, she uses her pen to discuss topics and themes not normally discussed by other poets. Her poems are suitable for all, so if you have been put off by the idea of reading poetry in the past, why not see if you find something fun, shocking and relatable somewhere within these pages? All are welcome.

Women’s World Day of Prayer: Our Parish is excited to be hosting the Women’s World Day of Prayer in St. Anne’s on Friday, March 6th at 8.00pm. This event will be an Ecumenical gathering. A meeting to plan the event will be held in the Parish Centre on Thursday, February 13th at 7.30pm. Assistance is needed to organise the Liturgy and the refreshments afterwards in the Parish Centre.

Dhuish Group Water Scheme: Dhuish Group Water Scheme are flushing the lines starting from Monday, 10/02/2020 over a two week period. Sorry for any inconvenience caused during this period. Any queries contact 087 6293035. 

 Bailieborough School of Music: Bailieborough School of Music Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 12th February at 8pm in the Bailie Hotel.  All parents and guardians of all students are invited to attend. Your input into all decisions regarding the future of the school is much appreciated.  Refreshments will be provided on the night.

Lotto results for 01-02-2020.  Numbers Drawn; 05, 06, 19, 30. No Jackpot Winner, Lucky Dip (€25) Winners; Paul Coleman; Mervyn Gibson; Seamus Leddy; Adam Fay. Next week’s Jackpot €7,800.

Bailieborough Indoor Bowls: Bowls have resumed in the Community Centre on Wednesdays at 8.00pm. New members most welcome and tuition will be provided—if required.

Spanish Lessons for Adults: Spanish Courses for Beginners every Tuesday from 8pm to 9pm in the BDA Businness Centre, Shercock Road, also High Beginners from 7pm to 8pm. For more information, please contact Lydia on 087 741 4735.

Word Processing and Computer Skills,

Classes are free to part-time/full-time workers, Farmers, or Self-employed etc. To book a place or find out more, contact Noelette Dolan on 087 9293531 or 042 9694 716.

Bailieborough Hen’s Shed: If you would like to come along and enjoy a chat and some good company or just need to take some time for yourself, please join us on Thursday mornings from 10am to 12 noon, in Bailieborough Library. This group is open to all ladies aged 18 and over from Bailieborough and the surrounding areas. Hope to see you there!!

Ladies’ Night” at the Bailie Hotel, 29th February at 7pm.  A fun night out for ladies of all ages including a fashion show, demonstrations on skincare, make-up, colour analysis and numerous stalls.  Raffle on the night with luxury prizes.  Complimentary glass of prosecco, finger-food, prize for “best dressed lady” and lots, lots more!!.   Featuring “Off the Rack”, “Niall Mc Caul drapery” and more.   Free entry to disco afterwards.

All proceeds in aid of developing an Astro-turf pitch for Tunnyduff national school, a much-needed sporting facility.  Tickets: €30, available at the Bailie hotel reception desk.

Bailieborough Shamrocks Ladies: Well done to the Shamrocks U21 Girls in the first round of the U21 League beating near neighbours Kingscourt by 6 -14 to 0- 9 on Sunday last. Well done team and management.

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.

Free Five-Week Course: Basic iPhone, iPad, Tablet and Smartphone Classes available in Bailieborough. Please call Angela on 046 9280790 to book a place.

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 February and March: The following are the available dates for Baptisms in St. Anne’s Church–  February 15th (Saturday, 1.30pm), February 23rd (Sunday, 12.30pm), March 7th (Saturday, 1.30pm), March 8th (Sunday, 12.30pm), March 28th (Saturday, 1.30pm) and March 29th (Sunday, 12.30pm).   

Bailieborough Library: This February the Bailieborough Library Reading Group will be reading and discussing ‘Oh My God What a Complete Aisling’ by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen.

All are welcome and copies of the book are available at the desk.

Bailieborough Craft Group meet every Friday in the Library. Drop in from 10am until 1pm. Anyone interested in hand crafts, or is willing to learn, is invited to this sociable gathering. Refreshments are served in a warm, welcoming environment.
Bailieborough Hen’s Shed meets at the Library every Thursday at 10am. All ladies are welcome to this get together, just to meet, make friends and share thoughts! There are plenty of plans for 2020!
Bailieborough Library Book Club meets on the LAST Thursday of each month at 6.30pm.

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.

East Cavan Gaels GAA Club – Hurling News 3rd February 2020

Under 7;

Training is now up and running indoors on Fridays for these lads. Lots of new starters over the past few months and more are very welcome. Most got registered on Friday last, the rest will be done this week. You need to be registered to get your free hurleys!!

Fridays Under 7s.

Under 9;

These lads continue to do great work every week with a major improvement now that they are completely separate from the younger group. Registration finishes this Friday with games to follow.

Fridays Under 9s.

Under 11;

Training resumes Monday week 10th tbc in Killenkere hall with registration at the same time.

Under 13;

Looking forward to this group getting going as they will be bolstered by a significant group moving up from last years U11 squad. The Train league will begin in April.

Under 15;

This group will start training fairly soon. Train U15 Train league will be the main target this year for a very talented group.

Under 17;

Again a good few lads moving into this grade this year before the big move to Senior in the years ahead.


The lads have started the year with some wallball sessions in Kingscourt and will continue until February when they move outside. Monaghan league, Cavan league and Championship as well as new cross county Cuchulainn league in the summer should, finally, give our lads a full meaningful season of hurling. It’s from these competitions that we can develop and grow and hopefully win some silverware.


Cavan had a good 0-17 to 0-12 win over Fermanagh in the NHL on Sunday last in Kingspan Breffni. Jack Barry started in midfield with Derek, Adam and Cian in the squad. Well done lads.

The week ahead;

Tuesday; Senior wallball in Kingscourt handball club 8-9pm.

Friday; Under 7 6-7pm. Under 9 7-8pm both in the Bailieborough Community School Sports Hall. €3 each and bring your bottle of water.

Club contacts;

U7/9/11; Willie Gaughan 086 164 9280.

U13/15/17/Senior; Kathryn O’ Flynn 087 244 1371.