Ballymahon

Defribillation Open Day: Ballymahon Defribillation Group are holding an Open Day on Saturday 8th February from 2p.m. to 5p.m. at The Dean Egan Hall (Bridgeways Resource Centre) across from St. Matthews Church. This is a great opportunity for people to become familiar with Basic Life Support and Defibrillator use in the community. Trained instructors will be present to demonstrate and answer any queries regarding training. Certificates will not be issued as this is an informal day for as many people as possible to see what its all about and decide if they would like to train. Can anyone from the previous Defribillation group who have High Vis Vests , bags or any equipment , please contact Liam on 086 8444640 or return them on the 8th. Everyone welcome.

Defribillation Open Day: Ballymahon Defribillation Group are holding an Open Day on Saturday 8th February from 2p.m. to 5p.m. at The Dean Egan Hall (Bridgeways Resource Centre) across from St. Matthews Church. This is a great opportunity for people to become familiar with Basic Life Support and Defibrillator use in the community. Trained instructors will be present to demonstrate and answer any queries regarding training. Certificates will not be issued as this is an informal day for as many people as possible to see what its all about and decide if they would like to train. Can anyone from the previous Defribillation group who have High Vis Vests , bags or any equipment , please contact Liam on 086 8444640 or return them on the 8th. Everyone welcome.

Innyside Singers

The Innyside singers have now resumed their weekly sessions following their Christmas break. The group of male and female singers get together each Thursday night at 8p.m. in Skellys, Main Street to sing for fun and are always happy to welcome new singers. They are hoping to have a Concert in May 2014 so its important that all members attend each week.

Calendar on Sale

Ballymahon & District Credit Union has produced a Calendar to mark their 25th Anniversary. All proceeds from the sale of the calendar will be divided between the Ballymahon branch of St. Christophers and the Convent House Day Care Centre. Please support these worthy charities by giving a minimum suggested donation of €2. The calendars are on sale in the Credit Union office.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje from Knock

Will take place on 10th Sept 2014. Price €699 per person sharing, all inclusive. €100 off if paid in full by 3rd February. €50 off in Deposit only is paid by 3rd Feb. Contact Marita Concannon on 098 64017 or 089 4146331.

Alpha Course

An Alpha Course, which is designed for all those who want to know more about Christianity, including those who are involved in passing on the faith to the young, will be held in The Family Centre, St. Mel’s Road, Longford, beginning on Thursday 6th February at 8.00p.m. The course will run for ten weeks. The course is free, but participants may make a donation if they so wish. For details and/or to register please contact Fr. Tony Gilhooley at 04333 46465 or St. Angela Clarkson at 087-2843034.

Blessing of the Throats

The traditional blessing of throats will take place in St. Matthews Church after the 10.00a.m. Mass on Monday next, 3rd February.

Counselling Service

“Life is not what it is supposed to be, it is what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference”… Virginia Satir. Problems crop up in life that may leave people feeling unable to manage. Trying to cope with this stress on our own can be tiresome. People often find that they just need someone to listen, without making judgments or giving advice. Many people have found counselling to be helpful and rewarding. At the Bridgeways Family Resource Centre in Ballymahon , the Counsellor does not criticize or judge. She provides a safe and confidential space for you to explore, discover and clarify ways of living more agreeable. This is a low cost Counselling Service, now available costing €10 per session. Take the first step by contacting Melissa @ 085 1648632.

Bridge club

North/South – 1st Gross & net – Sarah Frawley & Mark Tiernan. 2nd Gross & net – Mary Nooney & Chris Farrell. 3rd Gross & net – Ita Mulvihill & Carmel Kelly. East/West – 1st Gross & net – Orla McEntee & Tony Tiernan. 2nd Gross & net - Cindy Mannion and Geraldine Groarke. 3rd Gross- Brendan Murtagh & Patricia Flanagan. 3rd net - Elsie McKee and Nancy Finn.

Referee

Well done to Fergal Kelly, Ballymahon and his officials, who referreed the O’Byrne Cup Final between Kildare and Meath at the weekend. Kildare won the final on the day. Well done Fergal.

School Grinds

An experienced Teacher is available to teach Junior Certificate Mathematics and Science and Leaving Certificate Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Home Economics. Discount Rates available for group bookings. Based in Abbeyshrule. Call Joanne at 086 0685878.

Music Bingo

The minor G.A.A. Club are holding their second Bingo in Cooney’s Hotel on Friday Feb 21st. More details later.

Bridge Classes

Bridge classes for improvers will commence at 8p.m. on Tuesday 4th February in Cooney’s Hotel. Everybody welcome. No booking needed so just come along.

Longford Toastmasters

Longford Toastmasters meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from September to May from 8.20p.m. to 10.30p.m. Would you like to be more confident at speaking in public and to learn how to improve your communication skills? The group who meet in Kellehers in Longford are looking for new members. Admission is €5 with free admission to first time visitors. All are welcome to this enjoyable and sociable meeting and no experience is required. For further information please contact Mary on 086-1219281 or Terrie on 085-1163565.

Rustic Inn Golf Society

We wish the very best of luck to the newly-formed Rustic Inn Golf Society who are to hold their first golfing outing in Longford Golf Club on Saturday 15th February commencing at 10a.m. The club would welcome new members and membership is only €10. If you would like to join or would like more information please contact any of the following – Eamon Shannon 087-9145935, Liam Tierney 086-8383186 or Kevin Mulvey 087-2295847.

Tai Chi classes

Are being held in Tang Community Centre every Tuesday night from 7 to 8p.m. This ancient Chinese exercise involves a series of movements performed in a slow focused manner accompanied by deep breathing. For further information please contact Pat McHale on 087-9925816.

Parents Association

The Parents Association of St. Matthews National School wish to thank everyone who contributed to their recent Church Gate collection in Ballymahon. Your generous support is very much appreciated.

Tragic death of Mrs Olive May Flower

It was with deep regret that we learnt of the sad death following a fire at her home on Wednesday last of 95 year old Olive May Flower (nee Ronaldson), Barry, Kenagh, mother of Olive and William. May was a lovely lady who was a very popular member of the local farming community, a hard-working woman all her life. A regular visitor to Ballymahon down the years, May was a very kind and generous neighbour, always willing to help out in whatever way she could. A very large number of people attended her Funeral Service on Sunday afternoon at Tashinney Church following which she was laid to rest at St. Munis’ Graveyard, Forgney. We offer our deepest sympathy at this sad time to May’s son William, daughter Olive, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren, nieces, relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.