Ballymahon

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: There was a huge turnout for Ballymahon’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday when thankfully, the rain stayed away for the evening. 
There was a great variety of Bands, colourful Floats, School children dressed appropriately for the event, all sized Tractors, Trailers, Motor Bikes and lots more to keep the crowd thoroughly entertained. Congratulations to the many business people who had their shop windows so beautifully decorated for the occasion and well done indeed to the Organising Committee, their hard workers and everyone involved who, over the last few months, worked tirelessly to make the day such a huge success, bringing a large crowd into the town for the day. Well done everyone

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: There was a huge turnout for Ballymahon’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday when thankfully, the rain stayed away for the evening. 
There was a great variety of Bands, colourful Floats, School children dressed appropriately for the event, all sized Tractors, Trailers, Motor Bikes and lots more to keep the crowd thoroughly entertained. Congratulations to the many business people who had their shop windows so beautifully decorated for the occasion and well done indeed to the Organising Committee, their hard workers and everyone involved who, over the last few months, worked tirelessly to make the day such a huge success, bringing a large crowd into the town for the day. Well done everyone

Ballymahon Fianna Fail A.G.M.: The A.G.M. of Ballymahon Cumann took place in the Convent Day Care Centre on Tuesday night 12th March. The meeting was chaired by Cllr. Michael Cahill. The following officers were elected for the forthcoming year: President- Pat Lloyd. Chairperson – John Browne. Vice-Chairperson – Rita Steele. Secretary – John McGee. Treasurers – Dermot Sheehy, Willie Dowler. P.R.O. – Pat Rock. Delegates to the Comhairle Ceantair – Rita Steele, Arthur Conlon, Willie Dowler. Cindy Mannion, Attracta Sheehan. Delegates to Convention- John McGee, Dermot Sheehy, John Browne. Ogra Delegate- William Dowler and Derek Kelly. Youth Officers - Brendan Fox, Peter Cox, Tony Tiernan, Mary Steele, Deirdre Steele. Cllr. Barney Steele addressed the meeting and spoke of some local issues. The Cumman expressed their sympathy with the families in the area of those who were bereaved during the year and especially to Pat and Ann Redahan, Corglass, Moyne on the sad death of their daughter Debbie which occurred last week and to all her family. Mary Lillis, National Executive was also in attendance at the meeting.

National School Enrolment: Enrolment Day at St. Matthews National School in Ballymahon will take place from 11th to 22nd March for children starting school in September 2013. Please contact the school by phone at 09064-32578 or e-mail stmatthewsns@gmail.com

Easter fundraising Draw: St. Matthews National School Parents Association are holding an Easter Fundraising Draw on Friday 22nd March next. Lines are available for sale at €2 per line from many shops in the town. A huge thank you is extended from the organisers to their Prize-Sponsors:- Outdoor Discovery- 1 week on a Summer Camp; 2. Clare Frances Cassells - A Photo session and 2 Prints; 3. Cul Camp- 1 week place on the Summer Camp. 4. Pauls Hobbity Foods, Sizzle Dance (for sponsoring two student prizes). Your support for the Draw for the local National School will be greatly appreciated.

Welcome Home: to Kate Connolly, Rathmore who has returned from her six-week holiday in Australia. We hope Kate and her friend enjoyed a trip of a lifetime during which they did lots of travelling around taking in Thailand and many other places on their journey .

Bus to Knock: A Bus will travel to Knock Shrine on Mercy Sunday, 7th April leaving Ballymahon at 10.00a.m. If you wish to book a seat on the bus please contact either of the following:- Sr. Vincent 9064-32532, Ita @ 04493-57589 or Mary @ 09064-32126.

Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage: The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place this year from 27th May to 1st June. The fully-inclusive price is €699.00. Contact Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lower Baggot St., Dublin 2. Phone 01-2410812. Each parish is allotted one place, which is subsidised, on the special section for the sick of the pilgrimage. If you wish to nominate someone for one of these places please contact Fr. Michael Scanlon, who is the Director of the special section for the sick.

Minor football club: Ballymahon/Forgney Minor football club are running a Sweep Draw on the Aintree Grand National on Saturday April 5th. Tickets are now available at €2 each or a book of 3 for €5.

Punchestown Races: Longford G.A.A. are hosting their 11th Annual Race Day at Punchestown on “Gold Cup Day” Wednesday 24th April. Tickets cost €100 each. To travel with the Ballymahon G.A.A. group, please contact Michael Cooney, Albert Fallon or Elizabeth Farrell. We will have more details later.

History Lecture: “How the land was used after the boundaries were drawn up” this Talk is to be given by well-known local historian Paddy Egan on Thursday, 21st March in Cooney’s Hotel, Ballymahon at 8.00p.m. in Flanagan Suite. Paddy will talk about early uses of the land, ringforts, quern stones and early farming methods. He is also a graduate of Local History from the University of Maynooth. His thesis was the History of Flax and Linen about which he has written a book. Paddy has in fact written some 15 books on local history and made dvds on the History of the Royal Canal and the art of butter-making. A charge of €5 at the door will be made on the 21st to defray expenses. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided on the night, an opportunity to mix and chat afterwards .

Titanic Exhibitiion: The Carrickedmond branch of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association is considering the possibility of organising a tour on some Sunday in July to visit the Titanic Exhibition in Belfast. If you are interested please contact any one of the following no later than April 5th: Kieran Gray 087-6466075; Chris Moran 087-6974775; Catherine Duff 0449357582; Fr. Peter Tiernan 04493-57442. The tour will be open to those who are not members of the PTAA.

Tashinney National School: An Open day for prospective parents and children will be held in Tashinney school on Wednesday 20th March from 4-7p.m. Further details are available from the Principal, Yvonne McHugh on 04493-57610. All are welcome.

Do you want to learn to Kayak?: Inny Kayakers, based in Ballymahon, will be running beginners courses this Spring/Summer. If you are interested in learning to kayak in a safe and fun environment then e-mail the group @ innykayakers@gmail.com Courses are aimed at anyone aged ten and up and are run by fully-qualified Irish Canoe Union instructors. For more information about the club check their website www.innykayakers.com. Work hard. Play hard but paddle harder.

New Shop: A New and Second-hand Shop opened beside Hanleys Newsagents last week. Donations would be appreciated, looking for ladies, gents and children clothing, household textiles, bric-a-brac, toys, hand-bags, jewellery, school uniforms, nursery items, unwanted gifts, furniture. Items can be collected by contacting Collette @ 087 6119958 or dropped in at the shop on Main Street. An annual donation will be made to the Ballymahon Branch of St. Christophers.

Slimming World: Slimming World are now going to start their classes at the new venue in Ballymahon at Ballymahon G.A.A. Clubhouse on the Mostrim Road on Mondays at 5.30p.m. and again at 7.30p.m. If you join before 28th March 2013, you will get half-price, saving you €9. Please phone Diana @ 086-1205754 for further information.

Church of Ireland Ardagh Group of Parishes: All are welcome to the following Services for Easter 2013; Good Friday: Devotional Service in Kenagh Church at 11.30a.m. Easter Eve: Holy Communion- Ballymahon 7.00p.m. Holy Communion - Kenagh 9.00p.m. Easter Day: Holy Communion - Ardagh 10.00a.m. Tashinney -11.30a.m. The Annual Easter Vestry Meetings for the four Parishes in the Ardagh Group will be held in the week after Easter. Further details from Canon A.W. Kingston, mobile no 087-9195473.

U.21 football: We wish the best of luck to the Co Longford U21 football team when they play against Wexford in the semi-final of the Leinster U.21 Championship in Portlaoise tonight, March 20th.

Pauric Connolly Cars: The best of luck to Pauric Connolly who has moved from his Car Sales premises on the Athlone road to Mostrim road, Ballymahon. PCC is now situated right beside the Fire Brigade Station at Parkside where Pauric sells new and used cars and has been in the business for a number of years now. We wish him continued success in his thriving business.

Football Club Championship: Congratulations to St. Bridget’s football team, Co Roscommon on winning the All-Ireland Club Championship Final in Croke Park on St. Patrick’s Day when they beat Ballymun Kickhams by the narrowest of margins and to Frankie Dolan, a former player with Ballymahon who scored the winning point in the last few seconds of the game. Well done to you all.

Flower Arranging: A Flower Arranging Workshop will be held in Betty Fox’s premises on Main Street, on Tuesday evening next, March 26th from 6p.m. to 10p.m. Ring Soyra @ 09064-32526.

Death of Anna McCormack: It was with deep regret that we learnt of the death of Mrs Anna McCormack (Nee Fox), Toome, Ballymahon and late of Ballinalee at Bushy Park Nursing Home in Borrisokane, Co Tipperary. A genuine lady with a heart of gold, Anna was pre-deceased by her husband Tom many years ago, both of them retired to Ballymahon having spent a long number of years working in England. She was a very religious lady and a most obliging neighbour. Her remains were laid to rest in St. Emer’s Cemetery, Ballinalee, back in her homeland. Anna is survived by her brothers Tom, Paddy and Gerry, sister Peggy, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, many friends, and her neighbours who looked after her so well, we extend our sincere sympathy to you all. May God grant rest to her dear Soul.

G.A.A.: Well done to Ballymahon Division 2 Reserve League team who had a good win against Carrickedmond in Leo Casey Park on Saturday evening last. Also well done to the Division 3 Reserve League team who beat Newtowncashel on Friday night last under lights. Hard luck to Ballymahon/Forgney Minor team who got pipped in the final minute to lose to Newtowncashel by the narrowest of margins in the Minor League , their game was played in Leo Casey Park on Sunday morning.

Innyside Singers: A reminder to all Innyside Singers members... there will be a Rehearsal on this Thursday night,  March 21st  at the Bog Lane Theatre at the usual time of 8.00p.m.  There will then be a break for the Easter and rehearsals will resume on April 11th. It is important that as many as possible members attend for some forthcoming events,  these dates to be announced later.

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