Ballymahon local news Dec 24

Birthday party: Congratulations to Benny O'Brien, Bank of Ireland who celebrated a very special birthday at a party in the Slashers Complex Longford with his family and many friends on Saturday night last.

Birthday party: Congratulations to Benny O'Brien, Bank of Ireland who celebrated a very special birthday at a party in the Slashers Complex Longford with his family and many friends on Saturday night last.

We hope Benny enjoyed the night which I know went on til the early hours of Sunday morning.

WELCOME HOME

To Mick and Liz Farrell Mostrim road who have returned from their trip to America where they were visiting their son Keith, his wife Megan and their children. We hope they enjoyed their holiday.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

There will be no Eucharistic adoration on Tuesday 28th December and Friday 31st December (New Year's Eve). It will resume on Tuesday 4th January 2011.

Church of Ireland Services

The following services will be held over the Christmas period in Ardagh group of parishes. All welcome.

Christmas Eve. Holy communion in Tashinny church at 7pm. Holy communion in Kenagh church at 9pm.

Christmas Day.

Holy Communion in Ardagh Church at 10am, Holy Communion in Ballymahon Church at 11.30am

Sunday after Christmas (December 26th)

Service of bible readings and carols in Ballymahon Church at 11.30am

Private Holy Communion for Christmas to the elderly and the housebound and to those in nursing homes will be administered during the two weeks prior to Christmas day by the rector.

The Feast of the Epiphany

The feast of the Epiphany January 6th 2011 is a holy day of obligation. There will be a vigil Mass on Wednesday 5th January at 8pm and Mass will be celebrated on Thursday 6th January at 11.30am only. No 9am Mass.

EPILEPSY

A Church gate collection for the Epilepsy Association will take place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th Dec. Your support will be appreciated.

WELCOME HOME

We wish to welcome home John and Anne Kearney, Abbeyshrule who were on holidays in the States, we hope they both enjoyed a their trip.

MASSES IN ST MATTHEWS CHURCH

Christmas Eve no 10am Mass . Mass will be held at 11pm. Christmas Day 9am and 11.30am,

BALLYMAHON BRIDGE CLUB RESULTS 6TH DEC.

North/ South 1st gross and nett Sarah Frawley and Mark Tiernan; 2nd gross & nett Rory Duncan and Willie Flannagan. East West 1st gross and nett Jimmy Lennon and Declan McGivney; 2nd gross and nett Una Flynn and Yvonne Dowler. The bridge club wish all their members , families and friends a very happy Christmas.

SYMPATHY

We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Pat and Seamus Higgins on the death on December 8th last of their mother Mrs Maura Higgins at Roscommon County Hospital. Mrs Higgins is predeceased by her husband Tommy , both of them had lived in Cartronbrack, Kenagh for a long number of years but prior to her death Maura had lived with her daughter Margaret and son in law Adrian at their home in church view, Lanesboro for over ten years. Maura is also survived by her sons Michael and David, daughters Marian and Margaret, sister Ann grandchildren, sons in law, daughters in law, relatives and many friends to whom we also extend our deepest sympathy at this sad time. Maura's remains were laid to rest at Kilcommock Cemetery following her funeral Mass in St Mary's Church in Lanesboro. May God grant rest to her soul.

SEASONS GREETINGS

We wish all our readers and friends at home and abroad a very happy and peaceful Christmas , hope you all stay safe on the roads over the festive season. A special Happy Christmas to Claire and all the young people from Ballymahon and surrounding areas who are working in Australia enjoy that sunshine on Christmas Day !

COUTY LONGFORRD RURAL TRANSPORT

Longford Community Resources Ltd (LCRL) are delighted with the announcement in the recent budget that the Rural Transport Programme will be continued in 2011 even with a slightly reduced budget. This is great news and indeed a relief for all the passengers who use the service many thanks to them and to all the stakeholders who have supported and indeed campaigned for the continuation of the programme throughout the year. Timetable: All routes for 2010 will be completed on Thursday 23rd December services for 20112 will resume on Tuesday 4th January. Longford Community Resources would like to wish all passengers and everyone who supports the rural transport programme a very happy and peaceful Christmas & good wishes for the New Year.

DEATH OF PETER RHATIGAN

It was with deep regret that we learned of the death on Thursday last in Dublin after a relatively short illness of Peter Rhatigan Creevaghmore who was still only in his early sixties. Peter who is predeceased by his father Tom left Ballymahon at the early age of 15 and set off for America where he went to college for five years and after that worked on the cruise ships for a number of years. When he returned to Ireland he worked for a while with CIE and later joined the Irish army. An excellent marksman Peter went to the Lebannon twice with the peace keeping forces. He led an active and colourful life and had many hobbies including reading, hunting shooting and loved photography. He'd have loved taking photos of the landscape this week with all the snow every place. He liked nothing better than coming home to visit his mother and all his family and friends in Ballymahon and enjoying the craic that went on in the local pub during his visits. In more recent years up until his illness prevented him from working Peter worked with Carrillion, the Bank of Ireland group. He was a very likeable and popular gentleman who was very well thought of with all his work colleagues and with everyone who knew him, many of those workmates travelled down to Ballymahon to his funeral at the weekend to pay their last respects to Peter and his heartbroken family, he will be sadly missed by everyone. A very large crowd attended the removal of Peter's remains from Thomond Lodge Nursing Home on Saturday evening last and again at the funeral Mass in St Matthews Church on Sunday morning which bore testimony to the respect with which Peter and his family are held in the area. Peter was interred at Shrule Cemetery. We offer our sincere sympathy to his mother Cathy wife Chris, daughters Carol and Jennie grandson Luke, brother John , sisters Mary Elizabeth, Marian, Catherine and Barbara, brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces nephews relatives and wide circle of friends. RIP