Bailieborough Athletic Club hosts Senior Cross Country

Story by Tom Kelly

Wednesday, 7th November, 2007 9:00am

Bailieboro AC hosted the Cavan senior championship at Knockbride GAA grounds last Sunday and the course coupled with the pleasant weather made this an excellent venue. It was not just the force in numbers that propelled Bailieboro to a ladies and mens double first in the team events it was also the quality of the performances.

The ladies individual medals went to Louise Kearns 1st, Patrice Clarke 2nd and Emily Meehan 3rd. Bailieboro was also represented by Elaine Smith 4th, Ita Kiernan 5th, Christina Fay 7th, Olivia Farrell 8th and Deborah O`Reilly 9th. The mens team also claimed 1st place, Martin Fulton 2nd overall, followed by Philip Smith 4th, Briain O`Dowd 6th, and Killian Heerey 7th. It was also a special occasion for the club as it commemorated the achievements of TP Callaghan who was the first name on the senior cup 25 years ago.  TP was a legend in athletics winning national and provincial both Ulster and Leinster titles in his running career.  The next challenge for the club is to further strengthen the teams and challenge the Ulster clubs in the provincial series.


Dublin Marathon

 The Dublin marathon has one of the toughest courses and often the best climate (for running) in the world. The top places are now filled with some of the finest athletes in the world.  Louise Kiernan finished in the top 50 ladies in an awesome time of 3:15. She finished the week by winning the Cavan Senior cross-country championship.  Tina Kangley also represented Bailieboro in the marathon and was going well at 20 miles when she had to stop because of injury. In the previous marathon Bailieboro was represented by Olivia Farrell and Sharon Ledwith


Juvenile Cross Country

 The Ulster Juvenile U11 cross country championship was won by Conor Smith representing Bailieboro club, Knockbride parish and Cavan county.  Achieving first place in this event requires talent and courage and he deserves full congratulations for this and many other outstanding runs in the last 2 years.  Not to be outdone Leanne Kiernan also finished in the medals, 8th in the U9 race. The club training continues on Thursday nights at 7:30pm and the preparations will now include track and field and indoor type events.  New members are welcome to this great sport.

Platform 2

Following on from the success of last year`s Platform 1, local curator Niamh Smyth`s latest endeavour to bring exciting contemporary art to a peripheral area is Platform 2. Subtitled Dis-Re/place the show has a strong curatorial stamp and has come about after months of meetings and discussions with interested artists. Opening on the 10th November at Knockbride House, Bailieborough Co Cavan, this ambitious and unusual art event is situated well off the beaten track in relation to where most contemporary art is encountered. It features the works of fourteen different artists brought together to provide a venue and a platform for the expansion and knowledge of contemporary art in the area.

 This promises to be an interesting and challenging show with artists given free reign to interpret the notions of displacement and replacement in relation to Bailieborough and its environs. The invited artists showing are: Shane Cullen IRL, Alan Phelan IRL, Ursula Burke NI, Paddy Bloomer NI, Nina Tanis USA, Paul McAree IRL, Fiona Dowling IRL, Mary McIntyre NI, Simon McWilliams NI, Carole Lung USA, Áine Ivers IRL, Seamus Nolan IRL and French Mottershead UK.

The official opening will take place on Saturday 10th November at 8pm. Special guests include Judge Cormac Dunne, Iain Davidson- Visual Arts Officer for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Diarmuid Wilson- Government Chief Whip of Seanad Éireann and spokesperson on Northern Ireland. Opening night is invite only due to space restrictions.

Opening times 11am-6pm, 11th-24th November. Closed Mondays.

Opening Night Saturday 10th November. (Invite Only due to space restrictions).

 Open to Public from 11th-24th November 11-6pm (Closed Monday)

 Venues: Knockbride House, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan.

  "Bailieborough Arts Centre" Bailieborough, Co. Cavan.

  Main St., Bailieborough, Co. Cavan.

The Apostolic Society

  The members of the Apostolic Society would like to express thanks to all who subscribed so generously this year. The money and the sponsored items are very much appreciated by the various missionary orders who benefit from them. Thank you again for your generosity.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

  This year`s annual appeal commences on Sunday, December 2nd and ends on Sunday, December 9. The Society`s Christmas Cards will be on sale from this Wednesday, November 7 in Fred`s Fashions, Anne Street. Your support during this coming Christmas period would be greatly appreciated.

Red Cross News: Important Community Meeting

 An Important Community Meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 21, at 9.00pm in the Bailie Hotel, Bailieborough. The purpose of this meeting is to organise a group of volunteers to set up a Community Response Automated External Defibrillator (AED) group, which could help save lives in the Bailieborough area. Anyone interested in participating/training in the provision of this programme should attend. By taking action you can help save a life in your community. This is an Irish Red Cross, Bailieborough Branch initiative.

Parish Council Meeting

 The next meeting of the Bailieborough Parish Council will take place in the Parochial House on Tuesday, November 13 at 8.30pm.

Dancing for Pleasure

 Please note that dancing in future, starting this Saturday night will be from 9.30 till 12.30.The music on this Saturday night is by the talented and popular Country Traditions. Admission, including supper, is eight euro. Always a good night.

Caring for Carers

 The next meeting of the Caring for Carers Support Group will take place on Monday evening next, November 12 at 8.00pm, in Fox`s Lounge, Main Street. New members are most welcome to attend.

Platform 2- Symposium

 A public symposium will take place on Saturday 17th November to discuss the topics of displacement and replacement in a rural context. Guest speakers include French Mottershead- artists and Frau Fiber- artist. The meeting will be chaired by Senator Joe O`Reilly.

Bailieborough Shamrocks G.F.C.: Dinner Dance

 The Club is holding a Corporate/Fundraising Dinner Dance on December 1st in the Ripley Court Hotel in Dublin. This event is in aid of the new Club House Building Fund and tickets are available from any Club member.

  This year is the 50th anniversary of Bailieborough`s championship victory in 1957 when they defeated Cootehill in the final. To commemorate the event a celebration Dinner Dance will be held in the Hotel Bailie on Friday 16th November. It is expected that there will be a good representation of team members present and the club is hoping for a good turn out of supporters and friends to honour this great achievement. The evening will commence with mass in St Anne`s Church at 7.30. Tickets are available from Rita Clarke, Gerry Barry, Padraig Sheridan or any committee member.

Walking for Pleasure

 The next walks are on Sunday: November 18 Mournes Leader: Joanna Chmielewska Meeting Point: Fairgreen, Navan at 8.20am. Or 10.15a.m. At the Ulster Way/ Glen Stream Car Park, ref. No. J186 180.

Walk 2: Bailieborough, Leader: John Sheanon, Meeting Point: Fairgreen, Navan, at 8.20 am Or The Library, Bailieborough, at 9.00 am.

`Thorny Rose of Bailieborough`

 The Bailieborough Community Resource House is once again staging the `Thorny Rose of Bailieborough`, Drag Queen Competition. Plans are an advanced stage and this year`s show promises to be one of the best ever. The event will take place in the Hide Out Country Club on Friday, November 23. Tickets are available from any committee member or from the Resource House.

Bailieboro Celtic A.F.C

 The senior side had a good win on Sunday last when they defeated Clonmagadden by 4 goals to 2. The win was all the more remarkable because they played most of the game with only 10 players after one player got sent off early in the game. Peter Clerkin and Brian Gorman scored the all-important goals. The side are in Cup action next weekend when they take on local side Castle Villa in the Challenge Cup.

Underage: Pride of place goes to the under 16`s who defeated local rivals Kingscourt in the S.F.A.I Cup by 2-0 in a tremendous display of skill & courage, David Carolan and Adam Traynor scored the vital goals which bring this exciting young team another step in this All-Ireland competition.

  Not so lucky were the U13`s who despite taking an early lead courtesy of Michael Argue went down 4-1 to Collon side Albion Rovers also in the S.FA.I Cup.

  The real hard luck story of the day was the u12`s who despite a battling performance went down by the odd goal in 9 to Enfield 5-4. Highlight of their display was a Brendan Argue hat trick with Barry O`Sullivan grabbing the other.

Victory Social

 Bailieborough District Executive of Fine Gael will host a `Victory social` for new Senator, Joe O`Reilly and new County Councillor, Sean McKiernan in the Hotel Bailie on Friday, November 39th. Special guests on the night will be Seymour Crawford T.D. and Jim Higgins M.E.P. Music will be provided by `The V.I.P.`s and supper will be served at 11.00pm, sharp.  Tickets for the function are available from any executive member.

Gymboree Classes

 Gymboree classes for parent and toddler start in Bailieborough Arts Centre on Monday 12th November. Play and learn in a fun and friendly environment. For further details or to book your place, contact Fiona Devlin on 087 6573492.

Bailieborough Shamrocks G.F.C.

Congratulations to our Senior Squad who underwent the "gruelling" trip to Spain on the Bank Holiday weekend and came away winners of the prestigious Marbella tournament Hopefully this will lead to even more trophies next season!

  Well done to the U21`s who qualified for the next round with a hard earned win over local rivals Killinkere last Sunday, another local derby awaits them in the next round when they face a fancied Shercock side.

Good luck to the under 16`s on Sunday when they face hot favourites Ballyhaise in the Championship decider in Kingspan Breffni Park. It is hoped that the huge show of support given to the victorious u14`s can again be replicated with the Red and White Flags and most importantly your vocal support next Sunday at 3:00 p.m. in what should be a thrilling affair.

Finally the Cuchullains club are again hosting their Annual U`12 blitz in Mullagh on Saturday, all Under 12 players are asked to be at the Bailieboro Community School for 2:00p.m., for their transport to the game.

Under 16s

The under 16 team are in the final stage of their preparations for the Championship Final in Kingspan Breffni park on Sunday next against Ballyhaise. The lads will go into this game as underdogs having lost the league semi final to the same opposition earlier this year. However the management have prepared the team well and they have worked hard in training and so will approach this game with confidence in their own ability to reverse the semi final result. The club are looking forward to the occasion and are hoping that the usual large crowd of supporters will turn out to cheer the team on.

Visit by Padraig Pearses Under 14s

The club were very busy last weekend entertaining Padraig Pearses from Co. Roscommon. Pearses were the host club for our under 14s at the National Feile finals in July this year and this visit provided an opportunity to stage a return match. This turned out to be a very sporting and exciting game of football between two very talented teams who served up a great hour of entertainment in which there were some splendid individual contests. Fittingly the game ended in a draw at 2- 8 each thanks to some excellent heroics by both goalkeepers late in the game. The rest of the weekend was spent on social pursuits in which the members of the two teams renewed acquaintances as the visitors stayed as guests in the homes of the host families. Food and refreshments were provided by Nixy` s Restaurant, the Hotel Bailie and the very hardworking ladies committee who all combined to serve up the best of Bailieboro hospitality. 

St. Anne`s Parents Fund Raising

 A celebration of Singing and Music in aid of school Funds will take place in Killinkere Leisure Centre on November 28, at 8.00pm. Guests include, Dave Lawlor (Tenor), David Monroe (Pianist to Rebecca Storm), St. Anne`s Musicians and Singers and Vanessa Cooney (local girl and of World Karaoke Championship fame).  Tickets are on sale now at the Corner Court and John Ed Sheanons.


Leisure Centre Development

 A major expansion of the Leisure Centre costing approximately one million euro will commence shortly. The Centre`s Development Committee and the local Swim Club have just launched a fund raising draw and are hoping for widespread support from the community. The draw is limited to 500 tickets with a total of €75,000 in prizes over a six month period, commencing in November, costing €300 or €50 per month. Tickets are available at the Centre and from any committee member. It is expected that business will continue as normal at the Centre during development work.


The People`s Draw, The People`s Project.

 A fundraiser for Bailieborough Leisure Centre Development Fund is ongoing at the moment, with _75,000 in cash prizes to be won. There is a guaranteed limited to 500 tickets for this 6 monthly draw. For your chance to help this community project get your ticket from the Leisure Centre, committee members or call Yvonne 042 9666036.

Music to replace the Winter Nights

 Looking for something to do? Can you sing or play a musical instrument? Why not join St. Anne`s Folk Choir? Everyone welcome each Monday night from 8.00pm to 9.00pm in St. Anne`s Church. Males and females are all welcome and no age limit applies. For further information please contact: 086 9090954.

New Computer Course Schedule:

A comprehensive course and workshop schedule for the New Year has just been finalised by Bailieborough Community Training. Early bookings are advised as these courses tend to book out well in advance of their starting date. Courses include: EqualSkills-Complete Beginners Course (24th Jan, 10am-12pm or 7-9pm), ECDL (16th Jan, 10am-1pm or 6.30-9.30pm), Advanced ECDL (7th Mar, 6.30-9.30pm), Sage Computerised Accounts (14th Jan, 7-9.30pm), Mini Modules- Microsoft Office (14th Jan, 10am-12.45pm), Kids Computer Club Level 1 (16th Jan or 19th Feb, 4-6pm) and Level 2 (8th Jan or 25th Feb,4-6pm), Positive Age Level 1 (25th Jan or 28th Feb, 1-3pm) and Level 2 (10th Jan, 1-3pm). Workshop (One day only) schedule is: Digital Photo Editing (25th Jan, 6.30-9.30pm), Internet Wise Parent (1st Feb, 6.30-9.30pm), Internet Wise Kids (28th Jan, 4-6pm), Sage Quickpay (2nd Feb, 10am-5pm), PC Maintenance (22nd Feb, 7-9pm). For more information or bookings please contact Carmel or Helen on 042 9666 383 or by email:


Teenage Drama starts soon!

Bailieborough Arts and Cultural Centre at the Wesleyan Chapel have yet another exciting class to offer. Teenage Drama will begin soon and is open to boys and girls aged 13yrs+. For more information contact Roisin on 042 966 66 66.

Fun and Learning at Bailieborough Arts Centre!

Bailieborough Arts and Cultural Centre at the Wesleyan Chapel are currently offering a number of exciting classes for both Kids and Adults.!

For more information or to book your place, contact Niamh or Roisin on 042 966 66 66

Bailieborough Cancer Fund

 Bailieborough Cancer Fund Committee is now available to help cancer patients or their families.

 Free Taxi service available, also grant to assist families. For further information contact Anna Lynch- 086 8927692, Edel Fox- 086 1004030, Geraldine Gormley- 087 7949448.

Ballroom and Social Dancing Classes

  Ballroom and Social Dancing Classes have resumed in the Community Centre, Chapel Road, on Monday evenings at 9.00pm. All are welcome to come along and participate.

Irish Dancing Classes

Irish Dancing Classes have resumed in Trinity Church Hall, Virginia Road. Classes take place every Tuesday evening at 6.00pm. For further information please contact, 041 983 6882.