Credit Union Scholarship

Credit Union Scholarship

Ballymahon & District Credit Union Ltd have recently launched another €1,000 Scholarship for up to three years for students who are members of the Credit union on 31st May 2014 and be attending either Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon or Ballymahon Vocational School. The Scholarship will be awarded on a free draw basis and applicants must have completed their Leaving Certificate examination in June 2014. They must be commencing a full-time Certificate, Diploma or Degree Course at any University, IT or approved Third Level Institution. Further information is available from the Credit Union and the closing date for receipt of applications is Saturday 27th September 2014.

Death of Gerry Murtagh

The sad death occurred at Limerick General Hospital on Friday, 11th April 2014 of Gerry Murtagh, native of Cloncullen, Ballymore, Co Westmeath, son of Anne and the late Patrick. Aged only 59 years old, Gerry has been living and working in London for the last 33 years and had travelled over to Limerick to attend a Funeral, where he fell ill just a few short weeks ago. He was a hard-working, generous and good humoured man, whose family always came first. Gerry regularly came home to Cloncullen over the years to visit his mother, family and many friends in the area. He loved socialising with them all when he came over, he always enjoyed the banter, he was a great character, a very personable man. He was an accomplished footballer in his day, he won an Intermediate championship medal with Ballymore in 1972 and also wore the maroon jersey with Westmeath where he played for some time. He was an avid G.A.A. follower in England also, watching all the Irish matches on television, especially when Westmeath were playing. Gerry’s remains lay in repose at Rooney’s Funeral Home in Ballymore before his removal to the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer where a Guard of Honour was formed by the Ballymore G.A.A. Club and many of the former players who played with him. A huge number of people called to the Murtagh home on hearing of Gerry’s sad and untimely death, also to the Funeral Home and to the Funeral Mass in Ballymore, many travelling over from England which bore testimont to the respect which is held for Gerry and all his heartbroken family. The beautiful singing at the Church was performed by Gerry’s niece, Mairead Murtagh and also Deborah Cox and Emer Hannon. His remains were laid to rest at the adjoining cemetery. We offer our sincere sympathy to Gerry’s mother Anne, son Liam, daughters Michelle and Yvonne, Mary, grand-daughter Paige, sister Mary (Kiernan), Moyne, brothers Brendan (Ballymahon), Declan (Forgney), Johnny (Tashinney), Enda (Cloncullen), Padraig (Moate) and Dermot (Dungarven), his aunt Phil Fearon (Ballymahon), nephews, nieces, aunts, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives and many friends. May God grant rest to his Soul.

Enrolment Week

Enrolment week at Forgney National School for the 2014-2015 year will take place on the week Monday, 28th April to Friday, 2nd May 2014. Parents/Guardians please call to the school anytime during that week.

Text Alert

The text alert scheme for Moigh, Castlecore, Darogue, Cartrontroy, Mullavorina and Lisaniskey is now in operation. To report anything suspicious in those areas please ring Longford Gardai 24 hour line 04333-50570.

Bus to Knock

On Sunday, 27th April, Divine Mercy Sunday, a bus will travel from Ballymahon to Knock Shrine , leaving at 10.00a.m. To book your seat on the bus please contact Ita @ 04493-57589 or Sr. Vincent @ 09064-32532.

Tashinney National School

Enroling is now taking place for September 2014. Parents who wish to enrol their child/children may call in to the school or contact the school on 04493-57610.

The late Paddy Kenny

On Saturday, May 3rd, the meeting room at Ballymahon G.A.A.’s Clubhouse is being dedicated in honour of the late Paddy Kenny of Carlow and formerly Dernagolia, Ballymahon. Anyone who would like to attend is welcome to go along. Refreshments will be provided and the event will commence at 7.30p.m. If attending please contact Kevin Canavan, Frank McGann, Sean Ryan or Albert Fallon so that everyone can be catered for.

Diocecan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Takes place from May 27th to 1st June 2014. The cost is €699 which is fully inclusive and will be lead for the first time by Bishop Francis Duffy. If you wish to travel please contact Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lower Baggot St., Dublin 2. Tel 01-2410811.

Cloncallow Cemetery

A fundraiser for the upkeep of Cloncallow Cemetery will be held in Skelly’s Lounge on Sunday, the 4th May. Tickets are on sale at €5 each from committee members. There will be music and craic on the night. Your support will be appreciated.

Factory re-union

The time has finally arrived, after months of preparation, the re-union of everyone who worked in Ballymahon Clothing Factory, Claffeys, Dubtex, Balman, Manford and Manford Direct is to be held at the Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule on Friday next 25th April. The event will commence at 9p.m. Donation buckets will be at the door and any proceeds received on the night will be donated to local Charities. All are welcome to join in the fun, past employees of these factories, together with their partners, families and friends. Music is to be provided by the Ramblers and lots of other artists with a disco later in the night with DJ Michael Rooney. A great chance for you to renew old friends and colleagues. It promises to be a great night, not to be missed.

Race day

The 12th annual Longford G.A.A. Race day is being held next week, Wednesday, 30th April at Punchestown Racecourse. As numbers are limited you should book as soon as possible with Albert Fallon or Mickey Farrell. All GAA supporters are encouraged to support this entertaining event. Tickets are €100 each and include a Race Card, Celebrity Tipster, Four Course Meal, Bar Facilities, Hot Afternoon Refreshments and a free betting voucher for €10.

Art Exhibition

Congratulations to Frances Kelleher and her daughter Orla, Terlicken whose Art Exhibition “Solas ‘s Saol” was officially opened by Fergus Kennedy, the exhibits will be on show for the next few weeks. Everyone welcome. Art classes are being held by Frances at the Sisters of Mercy house on Main Street every Wednesday evening from 7 – 9pm. Following their Easter break, the group will resume on Wednesday 30th April, newcomers are more than welcome to join.

Innyside Singers

Are taking a break from rehearsals and will resume in Skelly’s on Thursday, 1st May for four weeks before the Summer break.

Leo Casey History Group

Their latest book of local history “A Journey back in Time” has sold out. In response to many enquiries there may be a limited reprint. Anybody who did not purchase the book on its publication are invited to sign an order form at Hanley’s Newsagents, Main St., Ballymahon or phone/text Mary at 087-061 8035 or Philip Murrell phone/text @ 087/2937282 or 087/1386819. Those who sign the order sheet, please indicate the number of books you require.

M.S. Society

The Longford Branch of Multiple Sclerosis society wish to thank everyone who contributed to their recent church gate collection in Ballymahon. Many thanks also to all who supported and took part in the 5K Forest Walk in aid of MS which was held at Newcastle Forest and organised by local man, Oliver Cassells, Keel. It was a great success, a great crowd turned out for the event.

NewC Fest

NewC Music Fest with camping will take place in the surrounds of Newcastle House Hotel, Ballymahon on June 7-8 with several exciting Acts due to take to the stage. Ryan Sheridan will be their very popular headliner, together with Ham Sandwich, Big September, Keywest, Tupelo, White Chalk among others. Camping will be available at the limited capacity Festival from the evening of Friday 6th June to Sunday 8th June with a DJ tent to entertain revellers from Friday. The event is strictly over 18’s. Tickets are €34.95 for students and €39.95 for adults and are on sale from


To Jimmy Dowler and his wife Sarah, Bawn, Moydow who celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary recently with their family. Jimmy is well known in the Ballymahon area, he is a former staff member with Longford County Council and was friendly with everyone here. We wish Jimmy and Sarah many years of good health and happiness together.


We wish to extend our deepest to Ms Noone, teacher at Ballymahon Mercy Secondary School and to all her family on the recent death of her father, Andy, Midleton, Cork, formerly of Caltra, Co Galway and London. May he rest in peace.


Congratulations to Orla McEntee and her brother, Mark Tiernan who won the Cooper Cup in the National Bridge competitions which were played in Wexford recently. Congratulations also to Liam & Oonagh Flynn who were the Best Intermediate Pair in the Lambert Cup also held in Wexford. Well done to all of you.

Death of Bertie Duggan

It was with deep regret that we learnt of the death on Tuesday, 15th April at Newbrook Nursing Home, Mullingar, of Bertie Duggan, College Hill, Mullingar and late of Mahon’s Bar, Ballinagore and Gurteen, Ballymahon. Bertie was always a kind and generous man, very laid back, a man who worked hard all his life. A large number of people from this area travelled to Mullingar on hearing of his passing, to pay their respects to his wife Una and all his family which bore testimont to the respect with which he was held, he was a very popular man with everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him down the years. His Funeral Mass was held in the Cathedral of Christ the King on Wednesday last and his remains were laid to rest at Ballyglass Cemetery. Our deepest sympathy is extended to Bertie’s wife Una, his family Annette, Jim and Jarlath, step-grandchildren, his sisters Sr. Stephanie and Lucy, brothers Stephen (Gurteen), James and Joe, relatives and friends. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.

Easter Break

We hope all the teachers and pupils in the locals are enjoying their Easter holidays.