Bailieborough News Thursday 17th September 2015

Bailieborough News. September 17th 2015. Matthew J. Cullen.


Bailieborough Community Choir

Would you like to experience the thrill of singing with a choir that has been making great choral music for 20 years? Are you seeking a musical pursuit that can be fitted into a busy lifestyle?

We are looking for new members. We will be having an open night on Monday 21st September at 8.30 in Trinity Hall, Virginia Road, Bailieborough. We would welcome all ages, all communities. Great night’s fun to be had and you might even get a cup of tea at the end!!

We perform all types of music so it will be of interest to most.
Please call on 21st and join in what we are doing – no obligation.


The Bailieborough Poetry Prize 2015:

Entries are now being accepted for the annual Bailieborough poetry competition. This year’s event is an open competition and like last year there will be a prize of €250 for the winning poet. There will be a runner up prize and also a special prize for a poet living in the Cavan-Meath area. For full competition conditions and rules please visit website  Previous winners include Armel Dagorn from France and Annette Skade from Cork. Remember Bailieborough Poetry Festival… WHERE WORDS MATTER. Closing date for entries is Friday September 25th.


Speech and Drama Classes:

Speech and Drama Classes take place on Saturdays in Trinity Hall, Bailieborough and also in Tunnyduff Community Hall. Pre-school from 10 to 11am, Primary from 11am to 12 noon and Secondary from 12 noon to 1.00pm. For further information, please contact Kate Kelly at 086 314 8407 or email:



Congratulations are extended to the 13 young people who were confirmed in their faith and as members of Christ’s Church by Bishop Ferran in Bailieborough Parish Church on Sunday morning last.


Social Day Centre:

The Bailieborough Social Day Centre resumes on Wednesday, 16th of September. A bus will be leaving the Community Centre at 1.15pm for an outing to Kilnaleck. Everyone is most welcome to come along.


Open Information Evening:

An Open Information Meeting re the launch of ‘Lakelands Arch Club’ for people with Special Needs in the Cavan County area will take place in the Hotel Bailie on Wednesday, September 23rd at 8.00pm. All welcome.


Leisure Centre News:

10 year Adult Pool and Gym membership for €1000 (or 5 years for a couple). This offer is available for a limited time only.

Contact Mary or Lorraine at the Leisure centre to avail of the offer.

Massage:’ Seol Beo’ Holistic Massage Therapy, will be available for Saturday appointments in Bailieborough Leisure Centre from this weekend, For bookings call Elaine 086 1020489.

Halloween intensive Lessons: Now Booking, Places Limited

Step Aerobics: On Fridays 9.30- 10.30. Contact John Maloney 087 3548671 for bookings.


Bailieborough Studio – Photographic Club:

Exhibition Opening and Registration will take place at 8pm on Tuesday next, 22nd September in the
Bailie Hotel, Bailieborough. New members welcome.


Free knockout taster

Class on Wednesday 16th September in Trinity Hall at 7 pm. Knockout is a mix of boxing, pilates and sports drills for the ultimate 45minute workout. If you like bootcamps, you’ll love this. For any queries, contact Marlena on 0872841850.


Library Craft Group; Library Craft Group Knits for the Needy! If you want to see the wonderful work which is being carried out  by the  Library Craft Group then come to a display of hats for the homeless, baby suits for Aids sufferers in Malawi, knits for the orphanages in Malawi, the prizewinning ‘Wall Hanging’ completed by residents in Fairlawns Nursing Home and much more besides. Everyone is welcome until mid-September during Library opening hours.


5th Annual Balloon Release

to remember our loved ones who died by Suicide will be held on Friday next, 18th September at Lough Sillan Lake, Shercock at 7pm sharp. Songs will be sang and short prayers will be said. Please bring your own helium balloon!! All welcome.


Indoor Bowls:

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


Bailieborough ‘Lend A Hand:

Garda vetted volunteers with identification are ready to assist and help the elderly in our community. If you have gardening jobs, hedge and grass cutting, tidying up or ant type of small repairs to get done then ‘Lend A Hand’, is at your doorstep. No job is too small for our volunteers and to avail of this service just call Ann at 042 9694825 from 9.00am to 2.00pm, Monday to Friday.



Adult Painting Circle:

Anyone interested in an Adult Painting Circle at the Library, please contact Fiona/Mary at 0429665779.



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.


Fox’s Irish Dancing Classes:

Fox’s Irish Dancing Classes have resumed in Tierworker Hall. All newcomers welcome. For further information, please contact Aisling or Emma Fox on 087 969 9235 / 087 205 9128.



Pilates have resumed in Trinity Hall behind the Presbyterian Church. Beginners at 6.15pm and mixed ability at 7.30pm. New members welcome. To book please call Anne at 087 2601454.


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 Preparation Meeting for Parents:

Baptism preparation meetings for parents takes place on the second Thursday of every month from 8.00pm to 9.00pm. All parents who are intending to have their child baptised are required to attend this meeting before finalising the date. Parents are reminded to give at least one month’s notice to 087 4407 990 of their intention to have their child baptised.  Upcoming Preparation meetings : Thursday, October 8th, Thursday, November 12th and Thursday, December 10th.


Baptism Dates in St. Annes September, October and November 2015:

The following are the dates for Baptisms in Saint Anne’s Church: Saturday, September 19th (Deacon Damien), Sunday, September 20th (Fr. Michael), Sunday, October 11th (Fr. Michael), Saturday, October 17th (Deacon Damien), Sunday, October 18th (Fr. Michael) Saturday, October 31st, (Deacon Damien),Sunday, November 1st (Fr. Michael), Saturday, November 14th (Deacon Damien), Sunday, November 22nd (Fr. Michael) and Saturday, November 28th (Deacon Damien) . Please note that Baptisms take place on Saturdays at 4.30pm and Sundays at 12.30pm.


Walk, Jog Or Run….

Exercising Is FUN! Every Monday and Wednesday evenings at 8pm join us at Bailieborough Community Centre! All welcome—no matter what your fitness levels are!. Ok folks, join us to run, jog or walk and most importantly tea, biscuits, fruit and chat afterwards.


Pilates resumes Bailieborough Leisure Centre:

Also, morning classes starting in Bailieborough Leisure Centre on Wednesday September 16th at 10am. Please contact Julie 086 3283943, email or see for more details.


East Cavan Gaels GAA Club Hurling News 14 September 2015

Under 6/8/10; Blitz this coming Wednesday in Cloghan for those 8,9 and 10. This will likely be our last outdoor blitz of the summer. Indoor hurling should return next week, Tuesdays in Kingscourt and Fridays in Bailieborough. More info next week.

Under 12; The Under 12 Championship begins this coming Wednesday, 16th September, with a home game v last year’s champions Ballymachugh in what should be an entertaining game. Throw-in in St. Anne’s Park, Bailieborough is at 6.45 and all support is very welcome.

Under 14/16/18; Our Under 14s had a good workout against a strong Cootehill side in a challenge game on Sunday morning. Our U16s and U18s should be out in the next few weeks.

Training times and venues; Under 6/8/10;

Kingscourt group; No training Wednesday older boys at blitz.

Wednesdays 6-7.30 at Kingscourt Stars GAA grounds.

Bailieborough group; Last outdoor training this Friday.

Friday 6-7.30 at Bailieborough Shamrocks GAA grounds, St. Anne’s Park.

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; All training is collective in Bailieborough GAA and subject to change.

Wednesday 7pm St. Anne’s Park, Bailieborough GAA

Players will receive a text.

For all U12-U18 information contact Kathryn O’Flynn 087- 244 1371.



Free Family ‘Fun Day’:

FREE Family Fun Day at Tanagh OETC in conjunction with European Week of Sport. Saturday 26th September, a wide range of activities are available on the day both morning and afternoon. Morning session runs from 10am-12.15pm; Afternoon session runs from 1.30pm-3.45pm. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Booking is essential.  Deposit of €5pp secures your place which is fully refundable on the day of sessions. For more information contact Philomena on 0495552988 .


Election as Deputy Chairman of Cavan and Monaghan  ETB

It is a great honour to be selected unopposed today in Kingscourt by my Cavan and Monaghan ETB colleagues to serve as Deputy Chairman for 2015 to 2016″ Seán McKiernan has stated.

“I look forward to working in the coming year with Monagahn County Councillor Cathy Bennett of Sinn Fein, the new Chairwoman

The new ETB, entering its 3rd year, has proven itself to be much more than an amalgamation of the Cavan and Monaghan VECs. It is a dynamic, innovative and results focused organisation delivering top quality educational opportunities to both young and old in the 2 Counties” stated Mr. McKiernan.

“As Deputy Chairman, I will support the new Chairwoman and C.E.O. in ensuring a successful delivery of the new Dun a Ri College in Kingscourt for September 2016, the much anticipated substantial extension to Breifne College in Cavan Town and the pursuit of a modern single campus solution for our highly successful Cavan Institute” he said.

“Finally, as a board member of Bailieborough Community School, where the ETB is a co-patron along with Bishop Leo O’Reilly, I look forward to the delivery of the Special Needs Unit sanctioned for the school. The school now also has a new roof and carpark, and I will now be campaigning for a modern P.E. Hall as well” concluded Mr. McKiernan.

Seán McKiernan, a former member of Cavan County Council and Co. Cavan V.E.C. represents the Disability Federation of Ireland and AHEAD on Cavan and Monaghan ETB.

Fianna Fáil holds second “Campaign Bootcamp” for prospective women candidates

Fianna Fáil is continuing with its campaign to support prospective female candidates by hosting a second “Campaign Bootcamp: A Toolkit for Women” event in Galway.  Up to 50 members attended the seminar, which was held in the Harbour Hotel in Galway on Saturday 12th September.  The conference is part of a suite of measures being adopted by the party following the publication of the Markievicz Commission Report earlier this year.

Newly elected President of Fianna Fáil Women’s Network Cllr Niamh Smyth, who addressed the seminar, said, “Fianna Fáil is conscious of the importance of women’s participation in politics and has arranged a series of seminars across the country to provide a forum for members to meet and get advice and support about how they can maximise their involvement at local and national level.  We have already held a successful workshop in Dublin and are very pleased with the participation level in Galway.

“Members at the seminar were given an insight into real campaign experiences from former Minister Mary O’Rourke and current General Election candidate for Galway West Cllr. Mary Hoade.  Sessions discussing campaign management and planning as well as fundraising and communications were run throughout the day.

“Fianna Fáil is determined to advance its current support structures to encourage higher female participation in the party.  Through initiatives such as Campaign Bootcamp and the Women’s Network we are confident that we can encourage a new generation of women to enter into politics”.



Smyth Elected President of Fianna Fáil Women’s Network*

 Cavan Councillor Niamh Smyth has been elected as President of the Fianna Fáil Women’s Network.  The Network was established in March and is one of the initiatives being rolled out as part of the Markievicz Commission Report recommendations, which aims to increase female participation in Fianna Fáil.

Over the past number of weeks almost 2,000 female party members cast their votes for the position of President and Secretary.  Following the count last night Cavan County Councillor Niamh Smyth was elected President and Donegal PRO Aine McGinley was elected as Secretary of the Fianna Fáil Women’s Network.

Speaking after her election Cllr. Smyth commented, “I am honoured to have been chosen to be President of this very important body.  The Fianna Fáil Women’s Network will play a key role, not only in the months ahead, but in local and General Elections for years to come, as we aim to encourage and support more women to enter the political arena.  The publication of the Markievicz Report earlier this year was a major milestone for this party as it set out a roadmap to increase female participation in politics.

“The Fianna Fáil Women’s Network will provide a forum for the thousands of women who are active within this party within their communities and constituencies to come together as well as a support structure for those contesting elections over the next months and years.  It is a huge opportunity for our party to build on the strong female participation that we already enjoy and bring it to the next level and I look forward to working with the members on issues that affect all of us”.

Ms. McGinley added, “I am proud to have been elected as Secretary of the Fianna Fáil Women’s Network and am excited to be embarking on this positive new venture.  Our party has a proud tradition of gender equality, which must be embraced and advanced.  Not only must we attract new female members, we must ensure that women’s rights are promoted at a national level through the Network itself but also by encompassing the mainstream party structures.  We have been presented with a constructive challenge and I look forward to welcoming women right across the country into the Network”.

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(L-R) President of Fianna Fáil Women’s Network Cllr. Niamh Smyth, Fianna Fáil National Youth & Equality Officer Christabelle Feeney, Secretary of Fianna Fáil Women’s Network Aine McGinley.


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, Edel Fox 086 1004030 or Geraldine Gormley 087 7949448.


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.


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.