Ballybay’s Community Celebration is a Success Story

5 November 2010 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The Ballybay Town Council Motto “Bheith I Lár Báire” means to be in the centre of things and the wonderful uplifting event which took place recently in a marquee in the centre of Ballybay, next door to Liam & Anna Smyth’s bar, would certainly do justice to the hopes felt and aspirations held, not only by the council itself but also by the people of Ballybay and surrounding areas such as Latton, Aughnamullen, Tullycorbett, Doohamlet, Corcaghan, Shantonagh, Rockcorry, Annyalla and even as far flung as Shercock!

The organising committee consisted of a “Magnificent Seven”, Therese Hamilton, Rory McAtavie, Beri McCabe, Dolores Maguire, Sen. Francie O’Brien and Liam & Anna Smyth. Together they coaxed and cajoled musicians, dancers, cooks, face painters and children’s entertainers to play their part. They asked local businesses for support, which was very forthcoming, a true sign of community spirit. They advertised the event near and far and the people came from everywhere to sample the culinary delights of “a pig on a spit”, burgers etc. The musical sessions comprised of rock, pop, traditional Irish, country & western and easy listening which certainly appeared to please all of the people all of the time.

This was a true Community effort, an example of that being the Ballybay Community College Transition Year students, namely Iveta Braslauskaite, Shauna Cronin, Cáoimhe Duffy, Nicky Fitzpatrick, Orla McPhillips, Lauren Murphy and Muireann O’Rourke, under the tutelage of Grace Darcy, who painted a fantastic work of art on some hoarding outside the marquee which advertised the event so no one could pass by without knowing about it and brightened the spirits of the community too.

Also, one particular donation deserves special mention as a native Ballybay man wanted to honour a late, great Ballybay man. Oliver Brady & Rita Shah wanted to pay tribute to John McAviney. They sent a cheque for €5,000, donated in John’s memory, towards the sterling works of the Ballybay Cancer Society. They were truly sorry they were unable to attend the BBQ because it was held on the same weekend they were having a magnificent function of their own.

The total amount raised was a staggering €20,050, which is certainly no mean feat in this present financial situation in which we all find ourselves. People from all aspects of the community saw fit to give generously before, during and since the event. The organising committee and Ballybay Cancer Society wish to thank each and everyone for whatever their role may have been in a truly wonderful celebration of community.

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