Bailieborough News. October 16th 2017. Matthew J. Cullen.

Bailieborough Poetry Festival:

The 2017 Bailieborough Poetry Prize was awarded to Grainne Tobin from Co. Down, runner up was Christopher James from Nova Scotia. Many thanks to the Hotel Bailie for sponsoring this competition.


The Open Door Sessions:

This month’s ‘Open Door Sessions’ will take place on Friday next, October 20th in Nixys, The Square Bar (downstairs), commencing at 9.00pm. The artists taking part this month are: ‘Wayfarer’—Folk Band, Liz O’Hanlon—Drama and Ronan Leonard—singer/songwriter. All welcome for a great night’s entertainment.


Deepest Sympathy:

Deepest Sympathy is extended to sister Alice and brother-in-law Peter Kerr, nephews Ronan and Derek, cousins and extended family and friends on the death of Margaret Lynch, Lakeland, Tunnyduff, Bailieborough, Co, Cavan, who passed away on Thursday, 5th Oct. 2017, peacefully at Collage View Nursing Home, Cavan. Margaret’s Funeral Mass took place on Saturday, October 7th in St. Brigid’s Church, Knockbride West with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.


Bailieborough Men’s Shed:

Located at the Beckscourt Centre, the Men’s Shed is an excellent outlet for men to get together, enjoy their time, have a chat and learn new skills. All are welcome. Anyone interested or needing further details, please call into the Centre or call: 042 9694825.


Enrolment for Confirmation:

The students in 6th Class in St. Anne’s N.S., St. Felims N.S. and the Model N.S. who are to be confirmed on Sunday, March 4th, 2018 will be enrolled for the sacrament at the 7.00pm Vigil Mass on Saturday evening next, October 21st.


32 County Honda Challenge:

The launch night for the ’32 County Honda Challenge’ took place in Kangley’s Bar on Saturday last. This event hopes to raise funds for Bumbleance—The Children’s National Ambulance Service. On Thursday, October 26th, 32 Honda 50/ 70/ 90’s will leave from Kangley’s at 9.00am and over the following 5 days, they hope to travel through the 32 counties, raising funds for the Children’s Ambulance Service.

The list of towns that the bikes will be passing through each day, is as follows:

Thursday 26th October:

Kingscourt (Cavan), Drogheda (Louth), Skerries (Dublin), Ashbourne (Meath), Maynooth (Kildare), Blessington (Wicklow),
Carlow Town (Carlow), Leighlin Road (Laois), Kilkenny Town (Kilkenny).

Friday 27th October:

New Ross (Wexford), Carrick-On-Suir (Waterford)
Clonmel (Tipperary), Mitchelstown and Mallow (Cork), Kilbeheny (Limerick)
Killarney, Tralee and Listowel (Kerry).

Saturday 28th October:

Ennis (Clare), Loughrea and Ballinasloe (Galway),
Shannonbridge (Offaly), Frenchpark (Roscommon), Athlone (Westmeath),
Longford Town (Longford), Carrick-On-Shannon (Leitrim), Charlestown (Mayo), Sligo Town (Sligo).

Sunday 29th October:

Bundoran (Donegal), Enniskillen (Fermanagh), Omagh (Tyrone), Derry City (Derry), Ballymena (Antrim).

Monday 30th October:

Lurgan and Keady (Armagh), Gilford (Down), Castleblayney (Monaghan), Shercock and Bailieborough (Cavan).

All support and donations are much appreciated.


Bailieboro Cancer Comfort presents “A Community Variety Concert” on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th November 2017, in Bailieborough Community Centre at 8.30pm. €10 entrance fee at the door. Please come and enjoy a good night’s entertainment.


Bailieborough School of Music:

Lotto results for 14/10/17.  Numbers Drawn; 1, 8, 16, 23.  No Jackpot Winner, Lucky Dip (€25) Winners; Nicola Rogers, Knockbride; Seamus & Cara Clarke, Drumooslin; Elizabeth Ruxton, c/o Crossons; Margaret Carolan, Lisnalea. Jackpot next week, €1,900.


St. Annes N.S. celebrates its 60th Anniversary this year:

The school intends to mark this occasion and wishes to compile a collection of Photographs associated with the school. If you have any photographs to add to this important collection, please call to the school office where photographs will be scanned. All original photographs will be returned.


East Cavan Gaels: Hurling Club:

East Cavan Gaels are currently recruiting minor and adult players to join their Club, to enter into competitions for the first time, starting with a new 9-a-side league. All adults/minors from the entire region i.e. Bailieborough, Shercock, Killann, Knockbride, Killinkere, Mullagh areas, who wish to join us are invited to come along. Training takes place every Sunday morning in Kingscourt at 11.00am.


‘Vincent’s Shop’, Main St:

Our Vincent’s Shop on Main Street has now decided to open during lunchtimes, so our opening hours have now changed to Monday ,Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am to 4pm. Saturday, 10am to 1pm and 8pm to 9pm on Thursday’s for late night shopping. Please donate any unwanted Halloween costumes and any paper or plastic bags as well as clothes, household and bric a brac as normal. Thank you for all the donations received since our last appeal—it’s greatly appreciated.


Classes at the B.D.A. Centre: Beginners Class: We have Computers for beginners taking place in Bailieborough Business Centre, course is free. Phone: 042-96 94 716 or 086-794-9739 to reserve your place.


Hardtimes Chorus will present “Thank You for the Music” a wonderful concert in aid of St Anne’s Church Renovation Project. Tickets are now available in St Anne’s Parish Office (Curate’s House), Virginia Road on Mondays from 10.30am to 3.30pm, Thursday’s from 10.00am to 3.30pm and Fridays from 2.00pm to 6.00pm, Super Valu, Bailie Stores and the Bailie Hotel. Tickets will also be available after weekend Masses.  Your support would be much appreciated. The Show date is Friday 10th November 2017 at 8 pm in St Anne’s Church. Admission €15.00.


Skills for Work – Free Computer Training Locally

Skills for Work are currently organising a number of Computer Courses locally in the Enterprise Centre in Bailieboro.  Courses include Spreadsheets, Word and Computers for Farmers.  If you are employed, self –employed or farming, these courses are free.

All enquiries can be directed to Mary – Skills for Work, Cavan on 087 9731103 or email or Regina Clark ALO on 049 8553528 or




Cavan Birdwatch:

Cavan Birdwatch outing to the Sligo coast on Sunday 22nd of October to see Barnacle Geese and winter migrants.
Meet in Cartron car park, Sligo town, at 11.00 a.m. All are welcome. Contact or 087 7735487 for more information.


Bailieborough Community Indoor Bowls:

Bailieborough Community Indoor Bowls take place every Tuesday evening in the Community Centre, Chapel Road at 8.00pm. New members are always most welcome.


Baby and Toddler Group:

Bailieborough Library Baby and Toddler Group starts back every Wednesday at the earlier time of 10am. All babies, toddlers, parents and minders are welcome. No charge.


Irish Dance Classes:

Irish Dance Classes with World Champion Dancers, Aishling and Emma Fox takes place in Tierworker Hall on Wednesday and Friday evenings. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact: 087 205 9128 or 087 969 9235.


Baptism Dates in St. Annes for October and November 2017:

The following are the available dates for Baptisms in St. Anne’s Church–October 22nd (Sunday, 12.0pm), November 11th (Saturday 1.30pm) and November 26th (Sunday 12.30pm).


Bailieborough Library: Everyday Irish – Tuesday evenings 3pm to 5pm

Beginner Conversational Irish Class for Adults who would like to learn the basics.

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.




East Cavan Gaels GAA Club – Hurling News 16th October 2017

Under 6/8/10; Great work going on with both groups. Well done to all especially our new recruits. Training indoors every Thursday and Friday in Kingscourt and Bailieborough respectively.

Under 12/13; Floodlights still out of action in Breffni so we try again this coming Wednesday.

Under 16; The Ballymachugh tournament has been postponed to a later date.

RIP; It is with great sadness that we learned of the untimely passing, after a bravely fought illness, of Teresa Raleigh from the Caiseal Gaels hurling club in Mayo. We hosted Caiseal Gaels in Bailieborough for National Feile in 2015 and Teresa was the driving force of her club in her capacity as Chairperson of the club and we have great memories of a great weekend in her company. We send condolences to her husband Michael and son Michael Jr. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam uasal.

Adult and Minor; We have entered into the Cavan 9 a side adult league beginning in November on the 3G. This will be our first ever taste of adult hurling in the club and will act as preparation for a full 15 a side team in 2018. Training for all adult and minor players will be on Sunday mornings in Kingscourt Stars GAA grounds at 11am sharp.

The week ahead;

Wednesday; U13 Breffni 3G 7pm.

Thursday; .Kingscourt indoors in the Community Centre U6/8/10 at 6.45.

Friday; Bailieborough indoors at the BCS sports hall U6/8 6-7. U10 7-8.

Sunday; Adult and minor training 11am in Kingscourt Stars GAA grounds.



In aid of St Christopher’s Hospice Cavan takes place on Saturday 28th October 2017.  This event will start and finish at McSeains 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 are MacManus Pharmacies Cavan, O’Neill’s Pub and Shop in Redhills and Garry Smith from Smith’s Catering in Ballyconnell. Over the previous 13 years the Challenge has been an outstanding success raising €367,000 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.  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 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!!


Halloween Camps:

Tanagh Forest School (6-11yrs) and Tanagh Bush Camp Craft (12-15yrs) camps are running over the Halloween, 31st Oct, 1st Nov and 2nd Nov. Forest School is in the morning from 10am-1pm and Bush Camp Craft is in the afternoon from 2pm-5pm. Contact Philomena for more information 049-5552988 or email:

Book early to avoid disappointment.


 Get Ready, Get Steady, Go :

Have you taken time out to look after family or raise children?  Would you like to meet new people and boost your confidence?  Are you thinking about returning to work? If so then a new programme from Cavan /Monaghan Education and Training Board could be for you.

Get Ready, Get Steady, Go is open to women who are out of the workforce but are not on jobseekers’ payments. You can take part if you are on no payment, or on a payment such as Carer’s Allowance, Disability Allowance or One-Parent Family Payment. Classes will run two mornings a week in your local community. The programme will cover Personal Development and Health and Wellbeing. You will be able to develop a Personal Plan for your future. For more information contact Ceinwen on 087 1967888 or email

This project is supported by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.


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.


CITIZENS INFORMATION: 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.


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