Clothing Factory Re-Union

Clothing Factory Re-Union

Plans are underway at the moment for a big re-union of all the people who worked in Ballymahon Clothing Factory, Claffeys, Dubtex, Balman, Manford and Manford Direct. All past employees of these factories, together with their partners, families and friends are invited and anyone who would like to attend on the night. Venue: The Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule. Date: Friday 25th April 2014 starting at 9p.m. All are welcome to join in the fun. Music will be provided by various Artists and there will also be a Disco with D.J. Michael Rooney. It promises to be a great night for all with a chance for you to renew old acquaintances. There will be a Raffle and lots of Spot prizes on the night. Admission is Free but Donation buckets will be at the door and all proceeds on the night will be donated to local Charities. We will have more details later.


Members are hereby notified that there is an important Club meeting this Thursday, February 13th at 8.45p.m. in the Clubhouse.

Innyside Singers

The Innyside singers have resumed their weekly sessions. The group of male and female singers get together each Thursday night at 8p.m. in Skelly’s, 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 very important that all members attend each week.

80th Birthday celebrations

Congratulations to Mrs Peggy Kelly, Leo Casey Tce., who recently celebrated her 80th Birthday with her family and lots of friends in Cooney’s Hotel. A very enjoyable evening was had by everyone and Peggy would like to thank everyone for their good wishes. We also, wish Peggy good health and happiness in the years ahead.

Tragic death of Lisa Cullen

We were all shocked and deeply saddened when news broke of the death of Lisa Cullen, Lisduff, Edgeworthstown following a car crash on the main Longford- Kenagh road last week. Lisa, who was only in her late ‘twenties, had been working in Ballymahon Credit Union for just the last few weeks and many locals had got to know her in that short space of time, she was a lovely, courteous and mannerly young girl who got on well with everyone. She was also an Irish Dancing Teacher. We offer our sincere sympathy at this very sad time to Lisa’s parents, brothers, relatives and many friends. May she rest in peace.

Fair Day

A date for your Diary - The annual traditional Fair Day will be held on Saturday, 1st March in Lanesboro.


Congratulations to Tina McLynn, daughter of John and Cathy, Darogue who recently announced her engagement to John Reid, Tubberclair. We wish Tina and John all the best for the future.


Change of Opening Hours at Ballymahon Library: Monday – CLOSED. Tuesday 10.00a.m. to 1.00p.m. and 1.30p.m. to 8.00p.m. Wednesday – 10.00a.m. to 1.00p.m. and 2.00p.m. to 5.30p.m. Thursday 2.00p.m. to 7.00p.m. Friday – 10.00a.m. to 1.00p.m. and 2.00p.m. to 5.00p.m. Saturday 10.00a.m. to 1.00p.m.


We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Liz Farrell, Mostrim Road and to all her family on the death last week of her uncle, Mick Brady, Stratford-on-Slaney, Wicklow in his 98th year. May he rest in peace.

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.

Social Dancing

Social Dancing takes place every Saturday night in Cooney’s Hotel from 9p.m. to 11p.m. Everyone welcome.

Women’s Manifesto Group

The Longford Women’s Manifesto Group will hold their next meeting in Ballymahon Library on Thursday, 20th February from 11a.m. to 12.30p.m. Anyone interested in hearing about the work of the Group is very welcome to come along. Discussions will focus on feedback from February’s County Council meeting, the local elections and drawing up a Manifesto – a list of questions to put to candidates when they come knocking on your door. A key focus of the LWMG is ensuring women’s voices are heard in local decision-making, particularly important since there are so few women elected representatives and in key leadership roles. Anyone interested in attending contact Noirin Clancy at Longford Women’s Link on 04333-41511 or 087-4125227.

Ballymahon Bridge

February 3rd:- North/South – Simultaneous Pairs, 1st Gross & net – Carmel Kelly & Ita Mulvihill. 2nd Gross – Olive Kilbane & John Kiernan. 2nd net – May Charles & Maura Quaine. East/West – 1st Gross & net – Orla McEntee & Tony Tiernan. 2nd Gross – Lily Mulvihill & Carole Nally. 3nd net - Marian Diffley & Liz Farrell. January 27th – North/South 1st Gross & net – Rose Conlon & Breeda McKnight. 2nd gross – Yvonne Dowler & Una Flynn. 2nd net – Jimmy Lennon & Greta Egan.

LARCC Cancer Support Centre

This Centre is hosting an Arts and Wellbeing Midterm Camp for children and young people at their venue on Coole road, Multyfarnham, Co Westmeath. This will be a professionally-led group for children aged from 6 to 12 years. The dates of the Camp are Thursday 20th February 2014 for children affected by a diagnosis. Friday 21st February for children bereaved by cancer. Camp times each day are from 10.00a.m. to 1.00p.m. There is NO FEE to take part but places are limited. For more information please contact Audrey the Play Therapist at LARCC on 04493 71971.

Music Bingo

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

Cemetery Sunday

Will be held in Forgney/Cloncallow on Sunday, 22nd June at 5.30p.m. and 7p.m.

Death of John Donlon

It was with deep regret that we learnt of the death last week of John Donlon, Derryhaun, Kenagh after a long illness at the age of 75. John, who is pre-deceased by his son Dermot, was a former Fianna Fail Councillor for South Longford where he served the people so well. He was a great character, a hard-worker and a very friendly gentleman. John had a word for everyone. He was a regular visitor to Ballymahon and made many friends here down the years. John of course will always be remembered as being one of Longford’s greats in the football scene, having played on the 1966 team who won the National Football League title. He also played with Longford in 1968 when they won the Leinster Senior football championship. Hundreds of people called to the Donlon home last week where John’s remains lay in repose to pay their last respects, it brought back many great memories for his friends when they saw so much of his football memorabilia on display, his family will have many proud memories of him. Our deepest sympathy is extended to John’s wife, Maureen, to his daughters Pamela and Olivia, sons Sean, Brian, Michael, Timothy, Eamonn and Niall, son-in-law John, daughters-in-law Carmel and Carol, grandchildren , brothers, sisters, relatives and wide circle of friends. In Iothlann De go gcastar sinn.

Wedding celebrations

Many congratulations to Thomas Groarke, son of Breege and the late Thomas, Keel, Ballymahon who got married last month to Lisa Conway, daughter of Pat and Ann, O’Brien Bridge, Co Clare in St. Mary’s Church, Tang. The lovely wedding ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Gerry Murphy, Tang and Fr. Padraig McGowan, Ballymahon. Bridesmaids on the big day were Denise Groarke, sister of the Groom, Shirley Conway, sister of the Bride and Celine Conway, sister-in-law of the Bride, the ladies were looking very well dressed in light blue. Lisa looked stunning in her beautiful white gown. Her flower girls, also looking very pretty were Alicia Groarke, niece of the groom and her own niece, Emily Conway. Bestman was Declan Groarke, Thomas’s brother, with Groomsmen Jarleth O’Malley and Stephen Kenny, two of his friends. Thomas and Lisa together with their families and friends, many of whom travelled long distances, celebrated their marriage at Glasson Golf and Country Club where the dancing went on well into the night to the lively music of Busy Fingers and other artists. We hope Thomas and Lisa enjoyed their honeymoon in Switzerland and we wish the newly-weds many long years of good health and lots of happiness together.

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.

Death of Fr. Sean Tynan

We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Kathleen, Henry, Eamon and Andy Tynan on the death last week of their brother, Fr. Sean, native of Legan. Fr. Sean is a retired Parish Priest at Kilronan, Co Roscommon and also Killenummery, Co Leitrim and also served here in Ballymahon for some time where he was very well liked and highly respected. May God grant rest to his Soul.