Ballymahon local news Jan 28

Self defence: New Self-defence Classes will be starting, for both men and women, on Thursday, 3rd February and every Thursday until 10th March. Classes will be held in the GAA Hall, Legan from 8.30 to 9.30.

Self defence: New Self-defence Classes will be starting, for both men and women, on Thursday, 3rd February and every Thursday until 10th March. Classes will be held in the GAA Hall, Legan from 8.30 to 9.30.

Contact Sean on 086 7353940, or Patricia on 086 1936289 for further details. Karate classes are currently being held on Monday from 6.00pm to 7.30pm in Dean Egan Hall, Ballymahon. Contact Sean on 086 7353940 for further details, or simply turn up at the appropriate time.

special thank you

A very special Mass is being arranged for Sunday morning next January 30th at 11.30am in St Matthews Church to say thank you to Sr Maura and Sr Agnes who left Ballymahon and moved to Athlone in 2006 having been educated and subsequently worked as teachers in the Mercy Secondary School here for a long number of years. Many people in the parish and in the surrounding areas would have been taught by them and will have fond memories of them both. Sr Agnes and Sr Maura prepared choirs and soloists to participate in the Sunday liturgy and in major liturgical ceremonies down the years,they gave many long years of great service and dedication not just to the pupils in the secondary school but to all of the parishioners. Bishop Colm O'Reilly has kindly accepted the invitation to celebrate this Mass so that he too can thank and congratulate Sr Agnes and Sr Maura on behalf of everyone in the area who knew them. Everyone is welcome to be at this Mass on Sunday.


Our deepest sympathy is extended to Benny O'Brien at Bank of Ireland whose uncle Tony Bracken Killoe and New York died at the weekend. Tony returned to Longford just over a year ago having worked in New York for a long number of years. During his stay in America the doors were always open to young Irish emigrants who arrived in New York. Tony always helped them out in any way he could with jobs, accommodation etc. He will be fondly remembered by hundreds of those who knocked on his door. May he rest in peace.

Open night

All 6th class students and their parents /guardians are invited to attend an Open Night and Enrolment in the Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon on Thursday 27th January at 7.30pm. Intending students may also enrol by appointment with the principal at 09064 32267.


The AGM of Ballymahon/ Landevant twinning committee will take place on Tuesday next 1st February at 9pm in the River Inn. All members are asked to attend and new members are always welcome.


On February 10th, 6th class students and parents are invited to view the vocational school and meet with teachers. Enrolment dates include February 10th and 12th. Contact 09064 32211 for further details.


New art classes have started for absolute beginners as well as improvers in the Dean Egan library across from St Matthews Church. If you have a vague or vast interest in art come along, give it a try, relax and enjoy. All adult men and women most welcome. Fee will be nominal. Contact Frances at 09064 32203.


The Innyside Singers have returned after the Christmas break for their weekly get-togethers on this Thursday January 20th at the Bog Lane Theatre. Newcomers are always welcome to join, male and female, so if you like the idea of singing with the group please go along on Thursday night, the theatre is on the Edgeworthstown road.


It was with deep regret that we heard of the death last week of Mrs Vera Molloy (nee Scally), Mearescourt Rathconrath. Vera is very well known in the Ballymahon area as she worked in Bernie Hackett's take away for a number of years, she had a lovely pleasant manner and always a smile on her face. She will be sadly missed . We extend our sincere sympathy to Vera's family and to all her relatives and many friends. May she rest in peace.


This is the time for those in the parish who wish to have a station Mass in their homes between now and the end of March. Please contact Fr Padraig so that the dates can be arranged.


Forgney GAA Committee would like to thank everyone who supported their fundraising event at the greyhound track in Mullingar on Saturday night last. It was very well attended and everyone really enjoyed the night with some of course winning more than others, some came home a little less well off. Congratulations to Ger Fallon who won the first prize on the night of 2000 euro and to all the other winners also. All the club members wish you a very happy New Year and thank you again for your support on Saturday night.


We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Nuala, William, Veronica, Anthony, Evelyn and Gerard Walsh whose mother Mrs Ellen Walsh (nee Comey) Kilsallagh Edgeworthstown and formerly of Terlicken Ballymahon and Summerhill Co Meath, wife of the late Thomas passed away at St Luke's Hospital Kilkenny on January 8th 2011. Our sympathy is also extended to Ellen's brother, sisters, relatives and friends. May God grant rest to her soul.


We send our best wishes to Mrs Sheelagh Stafforrd Ballymulvey an excellent teacher with Ballymahon Vocational School who recently retired from her teaching post having served for over thirty five years with Co Longford VEC. Sheelagh started working in Ballymahon in 1973 as a young teacher of French and English. She was an extremely dedicated teacher who took great pride in her work, who often gave up much of her free time for the pupils who have nothing but great praise for her down the years. She was popular with students and teachers alike, she always had a pleasant disposition and will be missed by them all. Over the years she fostered a great love of the French language and culture and was instrumental in organising several memorable school trips abroad to Paris and Barcelona. Because of her fluency with the French language Sheelagh also helped out on many occasions as interpreter or MC with the Ballymahon/Landevant French Twinning group when their French counterparts came to visit Ballymahon on their annual trips. She was always most helpful on these and other occasions as I am sure she will be if called on again in the future. She was also master of ceremonies at the Innyside Singers Christmas fundraisers in the Church which she carried out most professionally. Another of Sheelagh's great loves is the theatre and herself and her husband Ruairi were both very instrumental in setting up the beautiful Bog Lane Theatre we have here in Ballymahon. Sheelagh took part in several plays over the last thirty years or so not just in Ballymahon but all over the country. She always promoted drama and hockey in the vocational school which the children loved. She certainly kept herself busy. Hopefully now that Sheelagh is retired she'll have more time to play golf and we'll see her playing off single figures. We wish her good health in the future and hope that Sheelagh and Ruairi enjoy a long and happy retirement together with their children Christian and Faela and their extended family.