Published by Cahans Publications and printed by Moonshine Design and Print, Unit 11a, MTek1 Building, Armagh Road, Monaghan, Full Circle – A story of Ballybay Presbyterians tells how Presbyterians have lived, worshipped and served in the Ballybay community through 300 years.
The first edition sold out, a second edition has been published – revised, updated to 2022 and with colour throughout – available at €50 from David Nesbitt Corrie’s Corner, Derrynaloobinagh, Ballybay, Co Monaghan, Ireland A75 KW28
It includes the story of the divisions that led to Cahans, Derryvalley and Second Ballybay Seceder congregations and of the re-union of First Ballybay, Cahans and Derryvalley in 1972, together with the further union with Second Ballybay in 2005, hence the title, Full Circle.
It also updates and amends The Drumkeen Story, A Story of Aghabog Presbyterians (out of print) and records the 2005 linkage of Drumkeen with Rockcorry.
Included also are fuller stories of people who appear on this website, plus Presbyterians and linen, tenant right and 1798, education, the great famine, emigration (as in the Cahans exodus), their concern for the poor, their suffering in wars, and their spiritual life and strength of faith. It also tells of Hope M Waddell, the first Irish Presbyterian missionary, his brother William Charles Waddell , Monaghan County Coroner before, during and after the “great famine” years and of David Bell, Derryvalley minister and tenant right activist, and so much more in its 535 pages, liberally illustrated.
The Cahans story also features in At the Ford of the Birches by JH and P Murnane.