Ballymahon

Christmas Childrens Disco

Christmas Childrens Disco

A Christmas childrens disco will be held at the Dean Egan Library on Friday, 19th December from 8 – 10pm. This event is being run by Foroige and the cost is just €5. Call 09064-32691 for further information. Everyone welcome.

Forgney G.A.A.

Congratulations to the following winners in Forgney G.A.A monthly Lotto which was held in Nally’s pub on Saturday night last - €30 Tom Mullen, Colehill and €30 Peter Skelly, Lanesboro. The club would like to wish all its members a very Happy Christmas and thank you for all your support during the year.

Nutritional Therapist

Caroline Ferry, a Nutritional Therapist, is available on Thursdays between 10.00a.m. and 12 noon and between 6.00p.m. - 8.00p.m. You can call in to the Clinic above O’Hanlons “new” Pharmacy, Lr. Main Street, at this time or give Caroline a call on 086-3994615. A flexible, affordable service with nutritional advice for individual needs. Also a ten week weight-loss programme tailored for long term weight management available starting in the New Year – make the call to secure your place.

Death of Peggy O’Toole

The sad death occurred on November 24th last, after a short illness of Mrs Peggy O’Toole (nee Henry), Moigh, formerly Athlone at South Westmeath Hospice, pre-deceased by her husband Joe nineteen years ago. A daily Mass goer and a lady of deep religious faith, Peggy was always quiet and inoffensive and loved her family dearly, she always spoke of them with a great sense of pride and joy. In latter years, she really enjoyed it when her young grandchildren came to visit and likewise when she visited them, there was lots of coloured pictures drawn for Gran. As a pastime, Peggy loved to do her daily Crossword and the knitting needles were always close by, she really enjoyed knitting. Peggy was a most-obliging neighbour, always there to lend an ear and had a word for everyone, young and old. She will be sadly missed by her heart-broken family and many friends. Her remains lay in repose at her lovely home in Moigh during which time a huge number of people called right throughout the day into the late evening to pay their respects to Peggy’s daughter and sons and again at the Funeral Mass in St. Matthews Church. The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Padraig McGowan, Ballymahon, assisted by Fr. Conlon, Tang, Fr. Murphy, Tang and Fr. Devine, Forgney , the Church was packed to capacity with her relatives and friends, many of whom travelled long distances, which bore testimont to the respect which has always been held for a lovely lady. Peggy’s sons and her late husband have been well-known Plumbers in the area for a long number of years. Peggy’s remains were laid to rest at Forgney Cemetery. Our sincere sympathy is extended to her sons Fergus, Joseph and Aidan, daughter Mairead, sister Kitty, brother Pat, daughters-in-law, son-in-law, nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, grandchildren, relatives, neighbours and friends. May she rest in peace.

Christmas Craft Fair

Will be held on Saturday next, 13th December at 11a.m. in St. Dominic’s Community Centre, Kenagh which will be supporting the Kenagh branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association. There will be lots of Arts and Crafts, Home-baking,flowere and childrens Tombola, something for everyone. Please support the I.W.A.

Cristmas Fair

The very popular Abbeyshrule Community Christmas Craft Fair will take place on Sunday 14th December from 12 noon to 6.00p.m. Anyone interested in taking a table should contact Therese on 087/9280789 or Betty McGoey at 04493 57742 or email abbeyshrulechristmasfair@gmail.com stating your preferred time. The childrens craft workshops will be from 1p.m. to 2.30p.m. and 2.30p.m. to 4p.m. costing €3 per child. Your workshop must be booked in advance. Weather permitting Santa and Mrs Claus will drop in to the children at 4.15p.m. A raffle will be held and all proceeds will go to MWB Autism Support who help organise the event. Your support will be appreciated

Death of Joseph Delaney

Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Joe Delaney, Drumnacor, Ballymahon and formerly of Lacca, Mountrath, Co Laois which occurred on 2nd December at South Westmeath Hospice, Athlone , to his brothers Oliver and Denis, his partner Teresa, sisters-in-law and all his relatives and friends. May God grant rest to his Soul.

Christmas Carol Service

The Innyside Singers together with St. Matthews Church choir are holding their Christmas Carol Service in St. Matthews Church on Sunday evening, 14th December at 7p.m. You are all invited to attend, some of the old carols should bring back lots of good memories for you. Everyone welcome.

Leo Casey History Group

Their latest book Ballymahon “A Journey back in Time”, was published and launched in November 2013. It proved to be an outstanding success and sold out rapidly, at the end of the day many people had not managed to get a copy and requested if a reprint was possible. That limited reprint became available just recently in October. As Christmas now approaches, the History Group’s members would like to recommend this fascinating pictorial record of Ballymahon people and events of yesteryear, it would make a wonderful Christmas gift for anyone far from home or connected in any way with our town. Books are still available while stocks last at Hanly’s Newsagents and Nallys Service Station on the Longford road. If anyone did not get a copy of the book first time round, now is your “last” chance as there will be no further reprint.

St. Vincent de Paul

The local branch of St. Vincent de Paul Society wish to thank everyone who contributed to their church gate collection at the weekend. Your generosity is very much appreciated. If you did not get the chance to contribute at the weekend and would like to do so, you can still leave in an envelope with Fr. Padraig or any of the Branch members.

Console 24/7

Suicide Prevention helpline: 1800 247 247, provides free professional counselling, support, advice and information for anyone in suicidal crisis, or who has been bereaved by suicide. Perhaps you are worried about someone who is struggling, or you have other concerns about suicide. If so, please talk with one of our fully qualified and accredited counsellors or therapists today. Console 24/7 is open 24 hours a day/7 days a week/ 365 days a year. You can contact them at the above number or by text message, text the word HELP to 51444.

Advent Penance Service

The annual Advent Penance Service will be held in St. Matthews Church on Thursday, 15th December commencing at 8pm.

Death of Peter Egan

It was with deep regret that we learnt of the peaceful death of Peter (Peadar) Egan, Kilcurry, Colehill on Thursday last, 4th December at Mullingar General Hospital. He was a quiet and highly respected member of the local farming community and a great neighbour. Peadar is survived by his wife Kate, sons John, JJ and Gerard, daughters Margo and Caitriona, both Hairdressers here in Ballymahon, his nephew John Joe, grandchildren, relatives and friends, all of whom we extend our sincere sympathy at this sad time. May he rest in peace.

New Gift shop

We wish the very best of luck to Mary Lennon who recently opened a lovely new Gift Shop on Upper Main Street. We hope she will be successful in her new business venture .

Death of Vincent Hewitt

We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the family, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends of Vincent Hewitt whose death occurred last week at Innis Ree Nursing Home, Ballyleague. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.

Sheerin Family

Tuesday next, 16th December will be the last performance of this year for the Sheerin family playing in Cooney’s Hotel. The very popular musical family have been playing at the Hotel once a month right throughout the past year to a full house each time and the last show of this year will feature the famous Robert Mozzell who should draw a big crowd. Hopefully, we will see the Sheerin’s again in the New year and wish them every success.

Innyside Singers on Lyric FM

Many congratulations to the local Innyside Singers group who featured on RTE Lyric FM Choirs for Christmas competition on Monday afternoon last singing two Carols from their Repetoire- “In the Bleak Mid-Winter” and “Still, Still, Still”. For those of you who heard the performance I’m sure you will agree they sounded wonderful. Well done to Sr. Maura, the Group’s Musical Director, pianist Padraig McGowan, all the singers and Michael McCormack, Forgney who recorded the songs.

Christmas Lights

Congratulations to Ballymahon Traders Association who organised the lighting of the Christmas Lights on Friday evening last on Main street. Well done to the local Scouts who did a great job on the night organising Santa’s Grotto, also the Innyside Singers who sang some carols for the huge crowd, the Men’s Shed group, John Nally and all the volunteers who put in hours of work in preparation and helped make the event such a huge success. Despite this being a busy time of the year for Santa Claus he kindly dropped in to meet all the local children much to their delight and also turned on the lights on the beautiful Christmas Tree at the Library.

Bridge results

North/South – 1st gross & net- Declan McGivney & Liam Flynn. 2nd Gross – Joe Hunt & Breda McKnight. 2nd nett – Mary Feeney & Frances Kelleher. 3rd gross – Sarah Frawley and Mark Tiernan. 3rd nett - Mary Murtagh & Margaret Dowd. East/West – 1st gross & nett – Eddie Walsh and Christy Flanagan. 2nd Carole Nally & Lily Mulvihill. 2nd nett – Ann Molloy & Rose Conlon. 3rd gross & nett - Kathleen Nulty & Mary Mulvihill.

Community Games

Area Art Finals Deferred: Due to the County Art Finals now being held in February instead of January, our area finals will now be held in January 2015 and not Dec 14th, Date, time and venue will be confirmed in January.

Tag Rugby: Training for U11 & U14 boys and girls Tag Rugby will commence in early January numbers permitting. If you are interested in participating please give your name and contact number to Ciara at 086 6028807.

Girls Indoor Soccer: If you are interested in competing in U10, U13 or U15 girls indoor soccer please contact Ciara with your name and number. We are also looking for coaches for girls indoor soccer. If you are interested can you also contact Ciara as soon as possible as Co. competitions will be held in January 2015.

Talent: Are you watching the X Factor and wishing it was you on stage? Well wish no longer your chance to shine has arrived. If you are a boy or girl U14 or U16 why not come along and take part in Community Games Talent Contest. We have events for solo or groups: Solo singing, dancing, music, recitation, group singing, dance (Contemporary & disco), music and drama/comedy sketch. Contact Ciara with your details as soon as you can as now is the time to get your practice in.

Chess & Draughts: If you are U16 and play draughts or chess and would like to compete in competition, please contact Ciara now with your details. Well done to all involved in putting up the Christmas lights in Ballymahon and also the switching on ceremony. It was a lovely evening and the town looks smashing. If you want to keep in contact with what’s going on in Ballymahon Forgney Community Games please like our facebook page