Bailieborough News Thursday 10th December 2015

Bailieborough News. December 10th  2015. Matthew J. Cullen.


Jubilee Year of Mercy:

On Tuesday last, Pope Francis launched the Holy Year of Mercy in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. In the past few days, Bishop Leo has designated St. Anne’s Church, Bailieborough, as a place of Pilgrimage during the Holy Year of Mercy, in addition to the Cathedral in Cavan, for the convenience of those living in the deanery area. On the fourth Sunday of Advent (December 20th ), a ‘Holy Door’ will be opened and blessed at a communal celebration of the Sacrament of Penance in St. Anne’s Church. The Service will begin at 3pm and all priests and people in the eight parishes within this deanery are welcome to attend.

Due to this new arrangement the Communal Celebration of the Sacrament of Penance originally planned in St. Anne’s at 7.30pm on Sunday next, December 13th has been cancelled in deference to the celebration on the 20th at 3pm. A Reconciliation Service will take place during this celebration and several priests from the local areas will be present to administer the Sacrament.


‘Seasons of Love’:

On Behalf of All The Hardtimes Chorus Crew, a Massive ‘Thank you’ to all who braved the bad weather to attend our ‘Seasons of Love Show’ in St Anne’s Church, Bailieborough on last Friday night—we hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed performing for you all. Such a great evening and such a great cause. Congratulations to all the performers and Sean and Claire O Reilly who worked so hard putting it together. Again, thanks so much for your support, helping us help others, no better feeling.


Bailieborough Community Choir:

Bailieborough Community Choir are holding a ‘Traditional Christmas Carol Service’ in Trinity Hall, Virginia Road, Bailieborough on Saturday evening next, December 12th at 8 pm. Primary school children will read their winning poetry on the night also. Voluntary donations at door. Supporting Bailieborough Mental Health Association. All welcome.


‘Bailie Fittest Family’:

‘Bailie Fittest Family’ will take place on Sunday next, December 13th. Fun day out for all the family. Registration takes place from 11 am at the Community Centre and the event will commence at 1 pm.  5 euro per person entry fee. Distances are 1k, 3k, 5k and 10k. Jog, walk, run or crawl!! One lucky family will win a full Christmas Shop! Refreshments after race in the Community Centre. For further details, please contact Tony Gregory.


Bailieborough Red Cross:

Thank you to everyone who braved the bad weather to come out to the recently held Annual Quiz Night. The money raised, including the generous donations received on the night will help towards funding our Branch’s varied work.

Congratulations to Marie Donaghue of Relaghan, Shercock, who was the winner of our ‘Guess the Trolley’ event held in ‘SuperValu’ on Saturday last. Marie’s guess of €136.75 was the nearest to the actual price of €136.59.

Thanks to everyone who bought a line and thanks also to Lorraine Harris and the staff of SuperValu, Bailieborough for all their support and help.


Christmas Mass times in the Parish of Killann:

Bailieborough: Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24th: Mass at 6.00pm and 12 midnight. Mass on Christmas Day at 11.00am.

Killann: Mass on Christmas Eve at 8.00pm. Mass on Christmas Day at 10.00am.

Shercock: Mass on Christmas Eve at 10.00pm. Mass on Christmas Day at 11.30am.




winter cycling training taking place every Sunday morning from the Market Square, Bailieborough at 9am. This training will continue during the winter, weather permitting for all interested. All levels welcome.


Bailieborough Group of Parishes—Christmas Services:

Saturday, December 19th: ‘A Quiet Christmas’ in Bailieborough Church of Ireland at 3.00pm.

Sunday, December 20th: ‘Carols for All’ in Shercock at 11am. ‘Carols for All’ in Mullagh at 2pm.

‘Traditional Carol Service ‘in Bailieborough at 7.30pm. You are all warmly invited to the Rectory for mince pies after the Service!!

Christmas Eve: Holy Communion in Shercock at 7.00pm and Mullagh at 8.30pm.

Christmas Day Celebrations: Christmas Day Service in Bailieborough at 10am and Knockbride at 11.30am.


Annual Fun Run and Walk:

Bailieborough Athletic Club’s Annual 5 mile Christmas Fun Run and Walk will take place on St. Stephen’s Day 2015, starting from the Market Square, Bailieborough. Walker’s will begin at 12 noon and Runners/Joggers will begin at 12:30pm. Adult entry of €10 and all children go free. Prizes will be awarded for the top three Male and Female finishers. All support is most welcome.


Bailieborough Shamrock’s GAAAGM:

The Club’s Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday evening next, December 12th at 8.30pm in Clubhouse, St Anne’s Park. Everyone Welcome. All Nominations/Motions to be with Secretary (Ashling Renihan) or Chairman (Paddy McDonald) by Thursday, December 10th. Forms can be downloaded from the Club Website ( or Facebook page (


Blessing of St. Felim’s, National School, The Vale:

Bishop Leo O’Reilly will bless the new extension to St. Felim’s N.S. on Friday next, December11th at 12 noon. All parents of children currently enrolled in the school are invited to attend.


Bailieborough School of Music—Carol Service’:

Bailieborough School of Music are holding a ‘Carol Service’ in St Anne’s Church at 8pm on Friday, December 18th. This will be a reflective evening, an opportunity to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Christmas, listening to some well know traditional Carols and seasonal readings.

The School of Music’s Annual Christmas Concert will take place on Saturday, December 19th at 2.30pm in the Community School. Everyone is welcome.


Work on Church Car Park:

  Work on the Church car park and avenues at St. Annes continues this week—if the weather is favourable. Please be patient as access to parts of the car park and avenues will be limited at times. Those attending Church Services are advised to use the Chapel Road Carpark. Unfortunately due to continuing building work, the Community School Carpark will no longer be available for use.


Well Done:

Congratulations and well done to the players, management and teachers of Bailieborough Community School who saw the Schools Senior Soccer Side beat hot favourites Falcarragh by 1—0 in a stormy and tempestuous Donegal on Friday last. This tremendous result puts the team into the Ulster Schools Semi-Final which will be played at a later date.


Leisure Centre News: Membership Special:

Senior 1 year Pool or Gym. Buy one get one Free.  2 people for €279. (Over 65’s).

Prize Draw.  Win 1 year membership (value €499), plus other prizes. Tickets €10.00 available at Leisure Centre and from Board Members.  All funds support the Development Fund of the Leisure Centre.

€30 for 30 days membership-pool or gym membership still available.

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Attention Business People:

Are you a small business owner? Do you work from home? Come and talk to BDA about our Hot Desk facilities for your business needs. We can provide email on, a Business Address, access to High Speed Broadband, Delivery Address, at packages tailored to suit your needs. For more details call : 042-969-4716.


St. Vincent DePaul Society Annual Appeal:

Bailieborough SVP work in the Bailieborough, Shercock, Knockbride and Tierworker areas. This year the Society supported up to 250 families. The type of support the Society provides is wide ranging but mostly they help people in need with basics such as food, heating and educational costs. They will spend 70,000 Euro in family support this year. It would simply be impossible to do this without your generous help and the Society thank you for your continuous support. The St. Vincent DePaul contact number is 087 684 7434.

You can support your local St. Vincent DePaul Society by buying their Christmas Cards on sale now in Vincent’s Shop, Anne Street–€5 for ten cards. Your continuous support is much appreciated.


Computers for Beginners:

Computers for Beginners at Bailieborough Business Centre. Would you like to be able to surf the internet, shop on-line, pay bills on-line and learn some basic computer skills. Call 042-969-4716 and we will be get you up and running. Course is 2 hours once a week for 4 weeks €10. Come along, bring a friend enjoy the friendly relaxed atmosphere of the class and the centre.


Senior’s Alert Scheme:

Seniors’ Alert Scheme providing panic buttons for eligible older people living in our community is co-ordinated by our local Vincent DePaul. If you know anyone who may be eligible and in need of a panic button please call 087-6847434.



Library Parent and Toddler Group every Wednesday 10.30am-12pm; 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.


Beckscourt Mother and Toddler Group:

The Group meets on every Wednesday morning, from 10.00am to 12 noon at the Beckscourt Centre.  Call Drena 042 969 4825 for further information.



Baptism Dates in St. Annes for December/ January 2016:

The following are the dates for Baptisms in Saint Anne’s Church: Saturday, December 19th (Deacon Damien) and Sunday, December 20th (Fr. Michael), Saturday, January 9th (Deacon Damien), Sunday, January 10th (Fr. Michael), Saturday, January 23rd (Deacon Damien) and Sunday, January 24th (Fr. Michael).  Please note that Baptisms take place on Saturdays at 4.30pm and Sundays at 12.30pm.


Dancing Classes:

Learn to dance classes in Cross Hall, Mullagh on Friday night’s from9-11pm.  Light refreshments served..  All welcome. Contact 086 0702026 for further information.



East Cavan Gaels GAA Club – Hurling News 7th December 2015

Under 6/8/10; Storm Desmond made travelling conditions difficult and meant we cancelled last Fridays training in Bailieborough. Two more weeks in Kingscourt and Bailieborough and we will wrap up for the year.

Under 13; Wednesday 9th December is Finals night and this will bring this groups very long season to an end.

Under 18; The first round of the Minor Championship is due to be played  v Woodford hopefully next weekend!

Colin Gargan; A huge congratulations to our own Colin Gargan who won the All Ireland Under 13 Cross Country Championship in Dungarvan, Waterford this past weekend. Have we another John Treacey in our ranks?? Well done Colin on a great achievement..

Hurling training times and venues; Under 6/8/10;

Kingscourt group; Thursdays at Kingscourt Community Centre. Under 6/8 from 6.45-7.45 and Under 10 from 6.45-8.15. €3 each please.

Bailieborough group; Fridays – Under 6/8 from 6-7pm. Under 10 from 7-8pm in Bailieboro Community School Sports Hall. €3 each please.

Both sessions are open to anyone from the region to attend.

For all U8/10 information contact Willie Gaughan 086 164 9280.
Under 12/14/16/18; Just the Minor squad to go before the season officially ends. Players will receive a text about training etc.


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.



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.


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.