Bailieborough News Thursday August 27th 2015.

Bailieborough News. August 27th 2015. Matthew J. Cullen.

Mr. Michael McKenna:

It was with great sadness and regret that the community learned of the death of very popular local man, Mr Michael McKenna, 13 Tandragee, Bailieborough at his residence on Monday, August 10th, following a short illness.

Born on the 19th of August 1944, Michael was originally a native of Kingscourt. In his younger days, he attended Kingscourt National School. After leaving school, Michael worked on a local farm and then worked for a local haulier doing the Milk run. In 1963, Michael commenced work in Gypsum Industries and he worked there for the next 42 years until he retired in 2005.

Michael met his future wife—Una Reilly, Killinkere—in 1967 and they married in 1971—in fact they would have celebrated their 44th Wedding Anniversary on August 11th. In the early years of their marriage, Michael and Una lived in Killinkere and they moved into Tandragee in Bailieborough in 1973. In their married life, Michael and Una had seven children and theirs was a happy and cheerful household.   In his spare time, Michael was passionate about cars and he took great pride in their upkeep and appearance. He was also a noted gardener and kept his gardens in pristine condition.

Michael was a man of very deep faith and he was one of the co-ordinators of the Holy Hour Adoration in St. Annes. He partook in many pilgrimages to Lourdes, Medjugorje, Fatima, Knock and Lough Derg. He was the only male member of the local Legion of Mary and he regularly visited and prayed for those who were ill in the community and he was also a familiar face to the residents of the nearby, Fairlawns Nursing home.  Michael was a genuine, gentle, family orientated and quiet man whose presence in the community will be deeply missed.

Predeceased by his daughters, Majella and Bernadette, Michael is survived by his loving wife, Una, son, Michael (Bailieborough), daughters: Mrs Siobhan Donohoe (Tunnyduff), Mrs Helena O’Grady (Bailieborough), Trina (do) and Amanda (do), sons in-law, grandchildren: Michael, Rebecca, Cian, Odhran, Aine, Dylan and Kyle, to whom deepest sympathy is extended.

Michael was predeceased by his sister, Mrs Angela Johnston (RIP) (Kingscourt) and is survived by his brothers: Sean (Kingscourt), Kevin (Belturbet) and Noel (Kingscourt), sisters: Mary (Kingscourt), Mrs Rita Clarke (Muff), Mrs Lily Shankey (Nobber), Mrs Bernie Farrelly (Ardlow, Virginia) and Mrs Barbara O’Reilly (Ardee), brothers in-law, sisters in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and a wide circle of friends.

A very large attendance was present at the removal of Michael’s remains from his residence to St. Anne’s Chapel on Wednesday evening, August 12th and following Requiem Mass in St. Annes on Thursday morning, August 13th—at which Fr. Michael Router P.P. officiated assisted by the Bailieborough Folk Choir—his remains were laid to rest in St. Anne’s Cemetery.

St. Vincent DePaul Annual Pilgrimage to Knock:

The St. Vincent DePaul Annual Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Saturday, September 12th. A bus will be leaving from the Community Centre at 8.30am. Booking with €15 bus fare in Vincent’s Shop, Main Street before Friday, September 4th.

National Heritage Week :

‘Resting Places and Masonic Symbols’ a walk and talks will take place on Thursday next, August 27th, commencing at 7.30pm., at the Church of Ireland and walking up Church Lane to the old graveyard. We will hear about some of Bailieborough’s early inhabitants who are interred within its walls. The walk will continue on Main Street to the Masonic Hall where the origins, symbols and customs of the order will be explained. Refreshments will follow in the Masonic Hall. Everyone is most welcome to attend.

Library Craft Group;

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 from Thursday, August 27th until the end of September.

Bailieborough Walking Group:

August 26th – Lough an Leagh: (A) Walk – 2 + hours (approx.). Depart Bailieborough Library at 7pm. Walk commences at the picnic area of Lough an Leagh at 7.15pm.

September 2nd – Castle Lake, Bailieborough:  (E) Walk 1 hour. (M) Walk 1 hour 45 min (approx.). Walk commencing at Bailieborough Business Centre at 7.15pm. Walking to the Castle Lake and forest. Final walk of the season. All welcome.

‘Pledge of the Metalmen’

by Barry Linnane will be launched at the Market Square, Bailieborough on Tuesday, 15 September. This art piece celebrates the rich industrial history of Bailieborough and in particular the foundry.

A public meeting with the artist will take place at Bailieborough Library on Tuesday, September 1 at 7pm.  Barry Linnane will discuss the inspiration for his work and the process involved in creating bronze sculptures.  Marilyn Gaffney, facilitated art workshops at St Anne’s N.S., The Model, Ballinamoney N.S. and St Felim’s in April and May.  The young people responded to questions posed about what they like about Bailieborough and their favourite things. This informed the artist’s creation of the plaque accompanying the piece. Everyone is welcome to attend. This new public art piece is made possible by the European Union’s PEACE lll Programme managed by the SEUPB; the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the International Fund for Ireland.

Beckscourt Mother and Toddler Group:

The Group will re-commence on Wednesday, September 2nd from 10.00am to 12 noon. Looking forward to seeing you all back! Call Drena 042 969 4825.

East Cavan Swim Club:

The East Cavan Swim Club resumes back on Wednesday, September 2nd and Saturday 5th. For those who participate in the prepaid set on Mondays this starts on Monday, August 31st and Thursdays on Thursday, September 3rd. Wednesday and Saturday swimmers please proceed with your time slots.

Cake Sale and Fun Run/Walk in aid of ‘Hope for Cian:

What a fantastic turnout for the Hope For Cian fundraiser on Sunday last. The Bailieborough Community and surrounding areas came out in force to support this worthy cause with over €1667.50 being raised. Also Thank You to the local businesses who were so generous in their prizes for the raffle.

Blessing of the Graves:

The Blessing of the Graves in St. Anne’s Cemetery will take place on Sunday, September 6th at 2.00pm. Each family is asked to bring along a small container of water which will be blessed during the service. This water will be sprinkled by a family member on the grave before the recitation of the Rosary.


Citizens Information every Tuesday from 1.30pm-2.30pm.

‘Abair Leat’ Irish Conversational Group, Tuesdays from 1pm-2pm. Learning Irish for fun. Tea and coffee served. All welcome, free admission.

Parent, baby and toddler group every Wednesday from 11am-12.30pm. Lots of suitable toys, refreshments, all welcome, free admission.

Craft Group every Friday 10.30am-12.30pm. Sharing of crafts and ideas. Tea and coffee, all welcome.  Free admission.

Adult Book Club last Thursday of every month from 6pm-7pm. All new members welcome. Tea and coffee served. Free admission. Phone Library at 042 9665779 for details on all of the above.

Baptism Dates in St. Annes September and October 2015:

The following are the dates for Baptisms in Saint Anne’s Church: Sunday, September 13th, (Fr. Michael), 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) and Saturday, October 31st, (Deacon Damien).

Leisure Centre:

August Membership Offer. BOGOF….. 3 months Pool and Gym membership. €99.

Studio Class: Tuesday, Mugendo Kickboxing 6.30-8.30.

Wednesday: Pilates 10-11am, BLT at 6.30, Step Aerobics at 7.30/8.30.

€30 for 30 days membership pool or gym membership, still available!

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National Grandparents Pilgrimage:

The 9th National Grandparents Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday, September 13th. Blessing of the Sick will take place at 2.30pm and Mass will be at 3.00pm—with the Chief Celebrant being Bishop Brendan Leahy, Bishop of Limerick. Guest soloist, Fr. Liam Lawton. Everyone welcome. Children are invited to compose a prayer for their grandparents and send it to: C.G.A. Office, Castlebar Street, Westport, Co. Mayo. All prayers will be displayed in the Basilica and blessed during Mass.

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.

“Annemarie’s 40th Birthday Celebration”:

On Saturday 5th of September we are having “Annemarie’s 40th Birthday Celebration”.  Annemarie Keating Smith was a young wife and mother who fought a very courageous battle but sadly lost it earlier this year. She had hoped to celebrate her 40th jointly with her husband Eddie, as a tribute to her memory we are organising this 40th birthday Celebration in her honour. This event will be a fun filled event starting that afternoon with a Tractor Run starting at 2pm, the evening’s entertainment starts at 8pm and will include an auction and a slave auction, refreshment and to round up the night music by the Texas Wild Cats.  All proceeds for this event will go to, two very deserving charities Virginia Cancer Care & Cavan Monaghan Palliative Care.  We really hope Annemarie’s 40th will be a night to remember.

Training Course:

Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board are running an Outdoor Activity Instructor Traineeship, commencing in September. The course is open to anyone over 18 years of age and has an interested in outdoor pursuits. For more information log onto or email

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 Service:

Co. Cavan Citizens Information Service is in the Library, Bailieborough every Tuesday from 1.30 – 2.30pm. Information on Social Welfare, Employment, Tax, Health etc… A Free and Confidential Service. Tel. 0761 07 5200.

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.


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