Ballymahon

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The Ballymahon Development Group are putting together a Website for the town. Anyone with any experience in Web design who would be willing to support this initiative might please contact Rory Gallagher at Bridgeways Resource Centre 086-8824721.

Bullying

Are you or anyone close to you experiencing bullying at school, in the workplace or any other environment? If so please please drop in to the NABC (National Anti Bullying Coalition) self-help Open evening in The Family Centre, Longford (behind the Cathedral) on Thursday, October 2nd at 8p.m. Further information from Mary Lillis on 087-9625890 or visit www.NABC.ie

Darts Exhibition

A Darts exhibition featuring former World champions, Eric Bristow, the crafty cockney and Keith Deller will be held in Kiernan’s Bar on Sunday, 5th October at 5pm. Tickets €10. Spots prizes and a chance to play the former World Champions. Every welcome.

Bridge Club

The popular morning Bridge sessions have resumed and are held each Wednesday in Cooney’s Hotel. Each session lasts from 10.30 to 11.30am and a snack will be included. All welcome.

Our Lady’s Manor

The next First Friday/Saturday Reparation and Adoration vigil to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary is the Chapel of our Lady’s Manor, Edgeworthstown on Friday, 3rd October commencing at 10pm. For further information contact 086-0405621 or 086-1900640.

Innyside Singers

The Innyside Singers resumed their weekly get-togethers last week in Skelly’s and will continue each Thursday night from 8pm to 9.30pm. Last year’s committee were all re-instated:- Chairperson – Maura Belton, Vice-Chairman – Slavek Kazek, Secretary – Michael Kelly, Asst. Secretary – Denise Canavan. Treasurer – Valerie Sheehy, Asst. Treasurer – Frances Kelleher. P.R.O. – Valerie Sheehy. Newcomers are always welcome to join the group who will be rehearsing for a proposed Concert late in the Spring 2015 and also for their annual Christmas Carol Service in St. Matthews Church.

New Singing Group

A new singing group open to all young singers and musicians age 10+ who want to develop their musical talents is being organised. Its agenda includes contemporary Christian music, voice emissions exercises and teaching the members to read music. For further information Slavek at 085-1463545. E-Mail: St.Mfolkband@yahoo.com; facebook.com/stmatthewsfolkband. There is a wealth of musical and singing talent in the area, and this group for young people will provide a welcome opportunity for those who would like to share their music and singing with others to do so.

Classes

Relaxation and Meditation evenings are now commencing in Bridgeways Resource Centre (the old Dean Egan Hall) across from St. Matthews church. They will be running for 5 weeks, only costing €8 per evening, starting on Saturday, 4th October from 7 to 9p.m. There will be refreshments on the night. A great way to socialize and meet new people. Please call Melissa at 086-408 1164 as soon as possible as places are limited.

A Night at the Dogs

Ballymahon G.A.A. are running their annual Night at the Dogs in Mullingar Greyhound Track on Saturday, 25th October. Tickets cost €20 and can be bought from Club members. The jackpot prize is €1,500. The Club are selling advertising in their Race night programme, they have already received some generous sponsorship from many businesses in Ballymahon. If there are any other businesses who wish to come on board they should contact Willie Forbes (Chairman), Mike Farrell Jnr (Asst. Sec), Alan Hudson (Development Chairman), Enda Connaughton (Vice-Chairman Development), Robert Forbes (Treasurer) or any Club member. This draw is to help development at the Club. This year they have piped and closed in the drain between the new pitch and their new ground. They plan to develop this area over the next few years. They are asking the families and friends of Ballymahon GAA to support the draw and by doing so, help in the development of our Club players, senior mens and ladies and boys and girls underage.

Harvest Thanksgiving Services

Harvest Thanksgiving Services in the Church of Ireland as follows:- St. George’s Church, Kenagh – Sunday October 12th at 3.00p.m. Everyone welcome.

Low Cost Counselling Service

Now available in Bridgeways Family Resource Centre, opposite St. Matthews Church. A qualified and experienced Counsellor and Psychotherapist works on a one to bereavement, anxiety and panic attacks, sexuality, anger, bullying, stress, trauma, work and career challenges, intimacy, lonliness, loss of meaning or identity, self esteem, teenage anxiety and personal development. The Counsellor provides a safe and confidential space for the client to talk about what is troubling them at the moment. Cost - €10 per hour session. For more information please contact Melissa Quinn at 085-1648632.

Referree

Congratulations to Michael Farrell Jnr. Parkside who refereed the Junior Final on Sunday last in Glennon Bros Pearse Park between Slashers and Killoe. Assisting Michael were his umpires Pascal and Kyle Fitzmaurice, Paul Kelly and James McCormack. Well done to you all and to Slashers who won the game.

Music Lessons

Piano and Keyboard lessons are available for beginners. If interested please contact Kate at 087-1658288 for further information.

Art Classes

Art Classes will resume with Frances Kelleher at the Sisters of Mercy house, Main Street on Wednesday, 8th October from 7p.m. to 9p.m. Fee is €10 per session. Newcomers welcome, also beginners.

Crafts for Christmas

Do you have any Artistic skills such as Painting, Jewellery making, Flower arranging, Baking, Art & Craft, Sculptures,Woodwork, Card Making, Knitting etc. Do you need a place to sell your product. Ballymahon Craft Fair has space for you. The Fair is being held on Saturday 1st November from 3p.m. to 9p.m. and on Sunday 2nd November from 11.00a.m. to 4p.m. For more information please call 089-4269199.

U-12 Football final

Hard luck indeed to all the young players on Ballymahon/Forgney Gaels U-12 team who were beaten by Dromard in the County final on Saturday last played at Glennon Bros Pearse Park. They are a very promising team and many of them will be in the U-12s again next year so we look forward to seeing them in action again in 2015 when no doubt they will win the Final. Well done to the lads and their mentors Paul Kelly, Philip Quinn, Enda Connaughton and Seamus Finlass.

Table Quiz

A fund-raising table Quiz will be held in Cooneys Hotel on Frida, 10th October for the Landevant/Landaul French Twinning group. Your support will be much appreciated.

St. Christophers in danger of being closed

A Protest March is being held in Longford on this Friday, 3rd October at 1.15p.m. to put pressure on the H.S.E. to give them more funding as they are facing a very severe cash crisis presently. The March will start at St. Christopher’s Day Care Centre on Battery Road in Longford and will finish up on Market Square. Please come along and support St. Christopher’s Centre which has been dear to all our hearts for a long number of years. It should only take about 45 minutes. Your support will be very much appreciated.

Leo Casey History Group

The monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, October 2nd at 8pm. Please note earlier time. Usual venue, the Dean Egan Hall. Light refreshments will be served. Newcomers are always welcome. Topics this month will include the reprint of “Ballymahon , a journey back in time” and some new material of local history picked up recently for discussion.

Bid online at Mart

Farmers, did you know that you can now bid online for cattle at Longford Westmeath Farmers Mart in Ballymahon? It is now possible to view proceedings at our Mart without registration, a click is all it takes to view the mart live. There is no charge or sign up fee for farmers to access the Ballymahon mart live stream. The service provider is Farmersforum.ie who say that such technology improvements should be welcomed by part time farmers who do not have time to get to the mart. Congratulations to the manager and staff at the Mart, we hope that this live streaming will be successful for them all.

Hard luck

To Tang Intermediate football team who were narrowly beaten by Collery in the semi-final replay of the Westmeath Intermediate Championship.

Register of electors

The Draft Register is presently being prepared for 2015/2016. If you are going to be 18 years of age on or before 15th February 2015 or if you have recently moved into County Longford you should check that you are correctly registered to vote. You can check the register by logging onto www.checktheregister.ie or by contacting Longford County Council at franchise@longfordcoco.ie if you have any queries.

Best of luck

We wish the best of luck to Carrickedmond football team when they play Sean Connolly’s in the replay of the Longford Intermediate Championship.

Table Quiz

Will be held in Skelly’s, Ballymahon on this Thursday, 2nd October at 9p.m. There will be spot prizes and refreshments on the night. Table of 4 - €40. All proceeds are in aid of Helium Budapest Marathon 2014.

Gerry closes his schoolbooks

Congratulations to Gerry O’Neill, Terlicken who has retired as a teacher with Ballymahon Vocational School. Gerry himself was originally a pupil at the school and later returned as a Metalwork/Engineering Teacher which he has been doing with pride for almost forty years. He has been described by his fellow-teachers past and present and also his students as always being supportive, kind, fair and encouraging. Gerry was a highly dedicated teacher, a good listener and was always ready to help out in any way, he was popular with everyone at the school and will be dearly missed by teachers and pupils alike. Gerry is also a great musician, so I’m sure we’ll still see lots more of him, playing his guitar and singing to his heart’s content. We wish Gerry and his wife, Bernie many long years of good health and happiness in his retirement.

Bridge

Bridge results 15th Sept. North/South, 1st Gross & net – Mary Murtagh and Margaret Dowd, 2nd Gross & net – Una Flynn & Yvonne Dowler. East/West- 1st Gross & net – Nancy Finn & Liam Flynn. 2nd Gross – Ann Delaney & Ann Fallon. 2nd net – Christy Flanagan and Eddie Walsh.

New baby

Congratulations to Conor O’Reilly and his wife Fiona, (nee Casey), Williamstown on the recent birth of their first baby, Hugh at Mullingar General Hospital. We hope that mother and baby are doing well and wish you all the best of luck in the future.