Church Choir

Church Choir

St. Matthews Church Choir resumes practice after the summer break tonight, Wednesday,10th September at 8.30pm in the Church. New members always welcome.

Art Classes

Art classes will resume on Tuesday night, September 23rd from 8pm to 10pm at Betty Fox’s, Ballymahon. There will be six classes for beginners and improvers. Enquiries please to Christine at 087-2816763.


Congratulations to Jimmy Lennon, Andrew Nally, Joe Burke and Charlie McGrath who came second in the Moate Classic recently. Well done to you all.

30th birthday party

We would like to wish Bernard Fox all the best in the future who, when he was home from Australia visiting his parents Tom and Lucy, Mullavorina, and his family and friends in the area, celebrated his 30th birthday with family and friends in Kiernan’s Bar. We hope you enjoyed your holiday Bernard and especially of course the party.

40th birthday

Congratulations to Mark Mulvihill, who celebrated his 40th birthday with Lorraine, his family and many friends in Kiernan’s Bar recently. We wish Mark every happiness in the years ahead.

Bridge Club

Resumes activities for the new season on Monday night next, September 15th at 7.45p.m. in Cooney’s Hotel. New members welcome. Punctuality important.

Kenbol Enterprise

We wish the best of luck to Kenbol Enterprise at Unit 1, Main Street, beside Inny Court who have opened up their business with All in One Craft, Gifts, Ironing Service, Photocopying, lamination, all occasion cards, Decoupage, Handmade Scarfs, Knitting Wear for kids made to order, Painting by Gary Gibson. We wish them well in their new business venture.

World Suicide Prevention Day

An “Ecumenical Service of Remembrance and Hope” is being held today, Wednesday 10th September at 7.30pm in Christ the King Cathedral, Mullingar with the aim of creating awareness of suicide prevention, supporting those bereaved by suicide and giving a message of hope for the future. All are welcome to attend and to stay for refreshments afterwards.

Death of Joseph O’Connor

The death occurred on August 29th last of Mr Joseph O’Connor, Creevaghmore in Mullingar Regional Hospital at 87 years of age, pre-deceased in 2010 by his wife Pat. Joseph met Pat when he worked in England many long years ago. He also worked in McCartans Box Factory here in Ballymahon for some time with his long-time friend Phil Ronayne and later worked with Phil when he set up his own Timber business here. A native of Co Galway, Joe had a great love of clocks, an interest which came from another good friend, the late John Joe Smyth and he enjoyed working in his Rose Garden which himself and Pat built up together over the years. He was a most helpful neighbour, a grand quiet gentleman, he loved to see his grandchildren visiting him and was regularly seen with his cherished baseball hat which he got in America. He will be sadly missed by his family, neighbours and friends. A large number of people called to Joe’s home when he lay in repose to pay their last respects and also attended his Funeral Mass in St. Matthews Church last week. His remains were laid to rest in Shrule cemetery. We offer our deepest sympathy to Joseph’s family, David, Stephen, Michael, Nuala and Ann, and to all his relatives, neighbours and many friends. May God grant rest to his Soul.

Keep fit classes

Begin on September 15th in Ballymahon National School for 6 weeks, twice a week. Beginners on Monday and Thursday at 6.30p.m. Intermediate/Advances on Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30p.m. Booking essential. For further information please telephone Louise at 087-333 1368.

Death of Michael Yorke

It was with deep regret that we learnt of the death at 84 years old of Mr Mick Yorke, Toome, pre-deceased by his wife just two short months ago. Mick was a quiet, inoffensive gentleman, a hard-working farmer all his life and a man who has highly respected in the local community. He devoted his life to his family and was very proud of them all and enjoyed coming into town and to the mart meeting people and having a chat. Mick’s remains were removed to Carrickedmond Church which was attended by a large number of people, also at the Funeral Mass concelebrated by Fr. Peter Tiernan which bore testiment to the respect with which he was held in the area. His remains were laid to rest at Shrule Cemetery. Our sincere sympathy is extended to Mick’s sons, Tom (Toome), Pat, Dermot and Alan (America), daughters Claire (Abbeyshrule), Marie ( Wexford) and Paula (Drogheda), daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.

Fr. Peter Tiernan

We send our best wishes to Fr. Peter Tiernan who leaves Carrickedmond and Abbeyshrule parishes this week and is being transferred to Cloone and Aughavas in Co. Leitrim. A true gentleman, who was kind, considerate and very charitable. Everyone was equal in Fr. Peter’s eyes, he will surely be sadly missed by everyone in his parishes and those who had the pleasure of knowing him here in Ballymahon. We hope he will be very happy in his new post and that he will enjoy many long years of good health in Co Leitrim.

Ladies Australian rules football Final

The Division 1 Ladies A.F.L. grand final between St. Kilda and Melbourne University was played in Coburg City Oval Grounds on Sunday morning last with St. Kilda Sharks winning with a score of 60pts to 16. Congratulations to Ballymahon girl Claire Sheehy who was on the winning team. John Clarke and Enda Duncan, her former Forgney ladies football club trainers would be very proud of her, as are her family. Well done Claire.

GAA lotto

Lotto results 2nd August. No Jackpot winner. €30 each was won by Peter Higgins, Tang; Tommy Murray, Main St., Brigid Cox, Darogue and Paddy White, Abbeyshrule. The Club have a fundraising Dog night coming up on 25th October in Mullingar Greyhound Track. We will have more details later.


The Irish Heart Foundation wish to thank everyone who contributed to their church gate collection in Ballymahon at the weekend. Your generous donations are very much appreciated.