Bog Lane Theatre

Bog Lane Theatre

The Bog Lane Theatre Co. presents a celebration of 25 years at the Bog Lane Theatre

“Small Box Psychosis” by Barry McKinley, Directed by Ruairi Stafford; “A Little Box of Oblivion” by Stephen Bean, Directed by Adrian Duncan, (An amateur production by arrangement with Stagescripts Ltd); “The Donahue Sisters” by Geraldine Aron, Directed by Michele Doran, (An amateur production by kind permission of Samuel French Ltd); Thursday 5th December to Sunday 8th December 2013, 8.15pm nightly. Booking: Breege at 090 6432230. Tickets: €12. Concessions €10.

Ben’s beginners winners

Congratulations to two young sisters, Shauna and Jaimee Gilbride, daughters of Sean and Patricia, (nee Maye), Cloncallow who were announced as outright winners in the national Ben’s Beginners Cookery Competition on “Today” on RTE on Monday evening last. This competition was designed to get kids between 5 and 12 years old and their parents to cook together with prizemoney of €5,000 for the winners and €10,000 for their school. There were hundreds of entries in the competition which was eventually narrowed down to four in the final. Famous Chef, Nevin Maguire judged the competition picking Shauna and Jaimee as the outright winners. Very well done to the young girls, what an amazing achievement for them both, their parents, relatives and everyone at their school in Forgney must be very proud of them. Didn’t they look great on the T.V.

Traders Association

The Traders are pleased to announce they are running the “Shop Local Campaign” with local schools again this year. It was a great success last year and helps to raise awareness of the importance of shopping local where possible. The idea is to collect up receipts from local shops to be entered in a draw to win great prizes. We hope all businesses will take part and encourage the children to collect. Many thanks to the parents and staff of St. Matthew’s National School for taking part in this initiative. Happy shopping everyone!

G.A.A. fundraiser

This Saturday night, December 7th, we have Ballymahon G.A.A. Club’s second fundraiser which is at Mullingar Dog Track on Saturday, December 7th. You can be part of the fun and action on the night and have a chance to win the Bumper, a super prize of €1,500. Tickets at €20 each are on sale from Club members who hope that you will be part of the action by attending or by buying a ticket and being in with a chance to win the main prize. Your support will help them to continue to develop facilities for the young people in the area.

Free Jiving Lessons

You can now dance those winter blues away by taking free jiving lessons every Saturday night with Adrian Duncan and Mary Murtagh in Cooneys Hotel from 8p.m. to 9p.m. After that there’s two hours of social dancing , 9 to 11p.m. with different groups playing music each night. The Social dancing will only cost you €7.50. Everyone welcome, even if you don’t have a partner, there’s always someone there to dance with.

Advent Penance Service

This year the Advent Penance Service in St. Matthews Church will take place on Thursday 12th December commencing at 8p.m. There will also be a Penance Service in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Carrickedmond on Tuesday 17th December at 7.30p.m. and in St. Dominic’s church, Kenagh on Thursday 19th December at 7.30p.m.

Panto Time

IT’S PANTO TIME AGAIN… oh no it is’nt., oh yes it is!! Students from Ballymahon Vocational School are getting ready to take on the Dickens classic, “Scrooge, A Christmas Carol”. Why not join Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future in a show that will provide much interaction with the audience? So get ready to embark on a pantomime experience unlike any other! Ballymahon Vocational School has a strong and rich history in pantomime and drama, dating over the years and thus patrons can be assured of a show full of drama, comedy and dance with a few surprises each night! The show will hit the stage in the Vocational School on December 4th, 5th and 6th. Doors open at 7.30p.m. and show starts at 8.00p.m. Adults €10. Children/Students/OAPs €5. Prizes galore each night. Book your ticket at 09064-32211. Students from BVS would really appreciate your support!!


We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the family and relatives of Frank Power, Moy Court, Ballymahon whose death occurred on the 18th November at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Longford. A Funeral Service for Frank was held in St. Catherine’s Church,Ballymahon which was followed by private cremation in Mount Jerome Crematorium. Frank’s ashes are to be interred in his family grave at a later date in Gould’s Hill Churchyard, Mallow. May he rest in peace.

St. Vincent de Paul

The local Branch of St. Vincent de Paul will hold their Annual Church Gate collection on the weekend of the 7th and 8th December. Your support for the less well off in our own area will be greatly appreciated. This collection is replacing the Advent food appeal which used to be held in the Church which is now discontinued.

Carol Service

A Carol Service is being held in St. Matthews Church on Monday night next, December 9th, commencing at 8pm in preparation for the coming feast of Christmas. Singing at the Service are the combined voices of The Innyside Singers and St. Matthew’s Church Choir. Everyone is welcome to attend. Admission is free.

Christmas Soiree

Ballymahon Landevant-Landaul Town Twinning Committee are holding a fund-raising “Christmas Soiree” at The River Inn, Ballymahon on Saturday, December 14th. Music will be provided by Bernie Connolly and refreshments will be served. Admission €10. Everyone welcome

Death of Frank Farrell

The peaceful death occurred last week of Mr. Frank Farrell, husband of Nellie, Currabawn, Ballymahon at Laurel Lodge Nursing Home, Longford at the age of 81. A pioneer all his life, Frank used to sing with his Church choir, he was a man who always loved meeting people and having a chat. He had a great passion for the land, which he farmed all his life. He was very popular with all the staff at Longford County Council where he worked for a long number of years, Frank was a real gentleman. The respect with which he was held was very evident by the large number of people who called to Laurel Lodge on hearing of Frank’s passing and also to his Funeral Mass in Carrickedmond Church, he will be sadly missed. We extend our sincere sympathy to his wife Nellie, sons Cyril, Ollie, Enda and David, daughter Irene, sisters Helena (Larkin) and Josie (Gillen), his grandchild and to all his relatives and many friends. May God grant rest to his Soul.

80th birthday

We wish a very happy 80th Birthday to Mick Finn, Cartron, Ballymahon which he celebrated with his family and some friends recently. Good health and happiness to Mick and his wife Nancy in the years ahead.

Death of Tom Casey

It was with deep regret that we heard of the death on November 18th, of Tom Casey, Shelmaliere Commons, Wexford and formerly of Lisnagan, Newtowncashel. Many people in this area will remember Tom as he was a Principal in Ballymahon National School, a real gentleman, who was admired and respected by everyone who knew him. He is pre-deceased by his wife Dympna and is survived by his children Mary, Colette, Bernard, Anna, Paula, Joe, John and Paloma, their partners, his sister, brothers, his sisters-in-law, grandchildren, relatives and friends to whom we extend our deepest sympathy. Tom’s remains were laid to rest at his native Cashel cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Birthday wishes

Congratulations to Kit Duncan, Ballymulvey who celebrated his 86th birthday with his family in Cooney’s Hotel last week. Welcome home to Kit’s son Pauric, his wife Fiona and their family, who travelled over from Boston to join in the celebration with the rest of the family. We wish Kit good health and happiness in the years ahead.

Death of Patsy Mathews

The sudden death occurred last week of Patsy (Goss) Mathews, Kenagh at Mullingar General Hospital at 78 years old. Everyone liked Goss who worked with Flynns Bakery in Ballymahon for over 30 years, he had a kind word for everyone. He used to love a game of cards and enjoyed the odd flutter on the horses. Goss was a committed GAA man all his life, he was very involved in the Kenagh Club where he held many positions down the years and loved training the underage players. A large number of people called to Goss’s home where he lay in repose, testimont to the respect with which he was always held and also at St. Dominic’s Church for his Funeral Mass on Saturday morning last. We offer our deepest sympathy to the Conlon family, Ballymahon, his brother-in-law Johnny Bennett, Main Street and all his nieces, nephews, relatives and wide circle of friends. May God grant rest to his Soul.

Day Care Centre

Everyone at Ballymahon Day Care Centre wish to thank those who bought tickets for their fundraising Gala Night in Cooneys Hotel last week. There was lots of great entertainment on the night with many singers and groups participating, everyone enjoyed the night. Well done to the winners in the big Raffle. Your kind support as ever is very much appreciated.


The annual Christmas Concert in aid of the Athlone branch of the Samaritans will take place in the Franciscan Friary, Athlone on Thursday 12th December, commencing at 8.00p.m. featuring the Army Band of the Second Brigade with conductor Capt. Declan Whitson, along with David Martin, tenor, the Athlone Capapella, the Athlone Pipe Band. Compere.. Cathal Murray, RTE. Your support will be very much appreciated.

40th Birthday

Congratulations to Michael Higgins, Clonfide, formerly from Moigh, who celebrated his 40th Birthday at a surprise party in Cooney’s Hotel on Saturday night last with his family and many friends. Best wishes to Michael for the future, we hope you enjoyed the party Michael.

Forgney G.A.A. draw

Congratulations to the following who won €25 each in the Forgney GAA monthly draw which was held at the Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule on Saturday night last:- Sean Finlass Snr., Cloncallow, Conor Molloy, Cloncallow; Rebecca Doherty, Pallas and Lauren Finlass, Cloncallow. The Club would like to thank everyone for their support during 2013 and hope you all have a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Their next draw will be held on December 28th.