New Year’s Eve Wedding

New Year’s Eve Wedding

Many congratulations to Mary Kearney, only daughter of Monica and the late Jim, Forgney who rang out the old year in style when she got married on 31st December 2014 to Brian O’Brien, son of Margaret and John from Cork. The wedding ceremony which was held in The Church of the Immaculate Conception in Forgney was celebrated by Fr. Jerry Murphy, assisted by Fr. Oliver Devine with the lovely music performed by Colin Fahy. Mary was looking radiant in her beautiful ivory gown while her two Bridesmaids also looked gorgeous in their navy dresses. Best man on the day was Ken O’Donoghue, ably assisted by the Groomsman Keith Woods. The Bridesmaids were Mary’s cousins, Jennifer Stanley and Orla Clarke. Readers at the Ceremony were Matthew Kearney and Alan O’Brien and Prayers of the Faithful were read by Eimear Casey, Colleen O’Brien, Ellen Keegan, Sonya O’Brien and Emma Kearney. A very large crowd of family and friends joined the newly weds for their wedding reception in The Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule where everyone danced the night away into the New Year. Mary and Brian are presently spending their honeymoon in Dubai. Many of the guests travelled up from Cork to join in the festivities, also from many parts of the country and all the way over from America were Mary’s uncle, Tommy and his wife Mary, her aunt Maureen and her cousins Pat and Patsi. We wish many long years of wedded bliss to Mary and Brian who will be living in Forgney on their return. Best wishes to you both.


Eucharistic Adoration in St. Matthews church has now recommenced on Tuesdays from 10.30a.m. right through the day up until 11.00p.m. If you have a spare hour why not drop in to the Church, which is always heated, for some quiet prayer and reflection.

Innyside Singers

Will resume after their Christmas break on Thursday, 22nd January 2015 at 8p.m. in the usual venue, Skellys Restaurant. If you would like to join the group, who sing together for fun, why not go along, it’s a very enjoyable way to spend an hour and a half each week. Everyone welcome, men and women.

21st Birthday

Congratulations to Mark Dooley, Doory who celebrated his 21st birthday at a party in Skelly’s on Saturday night last with his family and lots of friends. We hope you enjoyed the night Mark, best wishes to you for the future.


Plan Ireland, who are promoting Child Rights to end Child Poverty wish to thank everyone who contributed to their church gate collection in Ballymahon at the weekend. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Sudden death of James Hogan

Everyone in the area was shocked and deeply saddened when they heard of the sudden death last week of Jimmy Hogan at his residence in Cloncallow, formerly of Mostrim Road and Garrycam, Ardagh. Jimmy was a quiet and inoffensive man who was devoted to his family, a hard worker all his life, a man of deep religious faith and a most obliging neighbour always. He had a great pair of hands, loved D.I.Y and actually built his own lovely home in Mostrim road when he moved over from Ardagh many years ago, he never liked to be idle and could turn his gifted hands to any job, especially with machinery. He also loved music, and was one of the first members to join the Parish Folk Group when it was set up many years ago, when he was just learning the key-board himself and a fine musician he turned out to be. He played at quite a number of Functions in the area down the years, he was always most obliging giving his free time, especially at local fund-raisers. Jimmy and his wife Maureen whom he married forty years ago, later moved into their beautiful new home in Cloncallow where he was able to continue with his D.I.Y and of course gardening which he always enjoyed. He worked with Priority Drilling at Tara Mines for a number of years, he also drilled in Scotland and Wales and spent about ten years working in Limerick and in various parts of the Country. Jimmy then set up his own business for some years and bought his own Diamond Drill Rig where he had quite a number of people working for him. Jimmy’s son, James is now following his father’s footsteps working in the drilling business which they have been doing for some years. Many of his former work colleagues from all over Ireland travelled to Ballymahon to be with Jimmy’s family on this sad occasion to offer their support and to say goodbye to a great friend, there was a huge crowd also over from his home place, Ardagh , from all over Co Longford and from many other parts of the country. He will be sadly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him, he was such a gentleman. St. Matthews Church was packed to capacity at the Funeral Mass on Friday morning last which was celebrated by Fr. Padraig McGowan P.P. Ballymahon together with Fr. Hogan, a cousin of Jimmy, Fr. Barden, Fr. Devine, Fr. Brady, Fr. Healy, Fr. Rowan and Fr. Murray with soloist Ann Keenan and accompanist Padraig McGowan. The large number of mourners bore testimont to the respect which has always been held for the Hogan family. Jimmy’s remains were laid to rest at Carrickedmond Cemetery. We offer our support and sincere sympathy to his wife Maureen, son James, daughters Tracey and Linda, sons-in-law Sean and David, 8 week old grandson Conor, brothers Michael (Garycam, Ardagh), Declan, (Corboy, Edgeworthstown) and Bernie (Ballycloughan), sisters Josie, Teresa and Kathleen, (Garycam), Patricia (Mullingar) and Marie (Kilnaleck, Cavan), sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and many friends. May God grant rest to his Soul.

Defibrillator Group

Provides training free of charge to Ballymahon, Forgney and Tang people and other people who have enquired to the training. They are a totally voluntary group who rely on people’s good will to help them with fundraising. Their main aim for 2015 is to try and get a new AED at Innyside Filling Station and have enough funds to be able to keep their training equipment up to a high standard. Contact Darren on 086-1704394.


We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Tom Farrell and his wife, Agnes and family, Ballybrannigan on the recent death of Tom’s sister, Mary Canny, Epping, Essex, formerly from Castlerea Muntain, Moydow, re-deceased by her brothers Jimmy and Pat. Our deepest sympathy is also extended to Mary’s husband John, son Sean, daughters Deborah and Jacqueline, sister Agnes Greene (Gorey), daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, relatives and friends. Mary is to be interred in Essex on 21st January next. May her soul rest in peace.

Social Dancing

Continues every Saturday night from 9p.m. to 11pm in Cooney’s Hotel which is proving very popular. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Low Cost Counselling Service

Available in Bridgeways Family Resource Centre in Ballymahon. Counsellor works on a one-to-one basis with clients with issues such as relationships, separation and divorce, depression, loss and bereavement, anxiety and panic attacks, sexuality, anger, bullying, stress, trauma, work and career challenges, intimacy, loneliness, loss of meaning or identity, self-esteem and personal development. First session is free but only for a limited time in January 2015. Normal rate is €10. Please contact Melissa at 086-4081164.


Hard luck to Co Longford senior football team who lost out to near-neighbours Westmeath in the O’Byrne Cup which was played in Ballymahon on Sunday afternoon. Well done to the Club Chairman and everyone at the Club who had the pitch in such great condition for the match and to all the helpful stewards on the day.

St. Matthews Church Renovation Fund

The usual monthly collection for this Fund will be held on this coming weekend, the 17th and 18th January 2015.

Nutritional Therapist

A Happy New Year to you all from Caroline Ferry. Call Caroline on 086-3994615 to book your place on a 10 week weight loss/healthy eating programme starting soon or book a one to one consultation if you prefer. (See Simple Changes Clinic on facebook).

O’Byrne Cup

Well done to Rory Connor, son of Tommy and Colette, Derrylough, former player with Ballymahon Mercy Secondary School footballers who is now playing with D.C.U. football team. D.C.U. have now reached the semi-final of the O’Byrne Cup when they will play against Kildare. We wish Rory and the team the best of luck.


We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs Fidelma Doherty, (nee Reilly), daughter of Eileen and the late John, Creagh, Ballinasloe, formerly of Mostrim Road, Ballymahon on the sad death of her husband Ciaran which occurred at their home on 24th December 2014. Our condolences also to Ciaran’s sons Declan and Ruairi, daughter Emma, father Seamus, brothers Colin, Eamon, Aidan and Maurice, sister Anne-Marie, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.

Kick Boxing

A 6-week Cardio Kick Boxing Course will be starting tonight, Wednesday 15th January at 7p.m. in Tang Community Centre. Everyone welcome. Cost €40.

G.A.A. Draw

The following are the results of the weekly G.A.A. draw which was held in Murray’s Pub on Sunday night last. Numbers drawn; 2, 12, 14, 26. No Jackpot winner. €30 each went to Ciara Moughty, Parkside. Pro Ciaran Moughty; M. O’Brien, c/o Cooneys, Pro Mike Cooney; G. Kincaid, Ballymore, Pro P. Egan; Oscar O’Brien, c/o Cooneys, Pro Mike Cooney. Next Sundays draw will take place in The Pigeons at 10.30pm with Michael Farrell’s team on duty.