Ballymahon

Care for a trip to the Gaiety Theatre?: Anybody wishing to travel with this group to the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin to see the Award-winning Musical “Once” on Saturday 23rd February, Matinee Show at 2.30p.m. Tickets are €23 including Booking Fee. 
Bus will cost €16.50, total €39.50. Tickets must be paid in advance as seats have to be booked in the Theatre so please ‘phone Ann at 086-3376774 if you wish to go along. You do not have to be a member of the History Group. Everybody welcome. Bus will leave from St. Matthews church at 11.30a.m. on 23rd February. They will stop for a short time going up but will stop for refreshments on the journey home. Come along, they say and enjoy the day. Phone now 086-3376774 or contact any member. The History Group will be holding their monthly meeting on Thursdy 7th Feb in the Dean Egan Hall at 8p.m. New members are always welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Topics for this meeting will include the forthcoming outing to Dublin to the Musical and also their new book which is to be published later in the year, “A Pictorial History of Ballymahon”. The group are still requesting old photographs, news stories and Bill heads from before and up to 1987, they would be grateful to receive more material soon.

Care for a trip to the Gaiety Theatre?: Anybody wishing to travel with this group to the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin to see the Award-winning Musical “Once” on Saturday 23rd February, Matinee Show at 2.30p.m. Tickets are €23 including Booking Fee. 
Bus will cost €16.50, total €39.50. Tickets must be paid in advance as seats have to be booked in the Theatre so please ‘phone Ann at 086-3376774 if you wish to go along. You do not have to be a member of the History Group. Everybody welcome. Bus will leave from St. Matthews church at 11.30a.m. on 23rd February. They will stop for a short time going up but will stop for refreshments on the journey home. Come along, they say and enjoy the day. Phone now 086-3376774 or contact any member. The History Group will be holding their monthly meeting on Thursdy 7th Feb in the Dean Egan Hall at 8p.m. New members are always welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Topics for this meeting will include the forthcoming outing to Dublin to the Musical and also their new book which is to be published later in the year, “A Pictorial History of Ballymahon”. The group are still requesting old photographs, news stories and Bill heads from before and up to 1987, they would be grateful to receive more material soon.

Piano Lessons: A qualified and experienced teacher is now taking bookings in the Ballymahon/Kenagh area for Piano Lessons, Beginner to Advanced Level. Preparation for Local Centre Grade Examinations. Preparation for Junior and Leaving Certificate Practical Examinations. Please call 086-1676583 for further details and bookings.

Bridge Club results 28th Jan: North/South: 1st Gross & net - Willie Flanagan & Rory Duncan. 2nd Gross & net – Orla McEntee and Tony Tiernan. 3rd net –Marian Diffley & Liz Farrell. East/West 1st Gross & net - June Dillon and Maura Belton, 2nd Gross – Greta Egan & Jimmy Lennon. 2nd net – Mary Small and Breege Murray. 3rd net – Greta Egan and Jimmy Lennon. Everyone at the Club would like to congratulate Orla McEntee on winning the prestigious Cody Cup in Longford recently.

Art Classes: Beginners and Improvers Art Classes are being held in the Bridgeways Resource Centre, Ballymahon every Tuesday, from 11a.m. to 1p.m. and again later in the evening at 8p.m. everyone welcome.

Innyside Singers: The Innyside Singers meet every Thursday night at The Bog Lane Theatre at 8p.m. for approximately one hour. The group, both men and women, are rehearsing for a Concert which they hope to put on in May. If you like to sing for fun, please go along and join them, you will be more than welcome.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje: Will take place from Knock on 18th Sept 2013. €689 per person sharing. Contact group leader Marita Concannon on 098-64017/089-4146331.

Bridge Classes: Improvers Bridge lessons continue in Cooneys Hotel every Tuesday night at 8p.m. All are welcome.

Spring Stations: Spring Stations will take place in the Parish between now and 15th March 2013. Fr. Padraig would like to hear from anyone who would like to host a Station Mass in their home over the next few weeks in this, a “Year of Faith”.

Open Day: Open Day for 6th Class Students will be held at Ballymahon Vocational School on February 7th. This important event is open to all students and their parents who might be thinking of enrolling in the School for Sept 2013. That evening, pupils are invited back with their parents from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enrolment will take place on the night and also on Saturday next, 11th Feb from 10.00a.m. until noon. There is no closing date for the receipt of enrolment forms.

Macra: It has been decided to establish a new Macra club in the South Longford area. Being a member of a Macra club is a good way of meeting new people, trying new things, going to new places. Further information is available from toleary@macra.ie or www.macra.ie

Table Quiz: Ballymahon/Forgney Community Games are holding a fund-raising Table Quiz on Thursday 7th February at 8.30p.m. in Cooneys Hotel. There will be lots of Raffle prizes on the night. Tables are €40 for a table of four. Your support is needed as this is their main fundraiser for the year and all money goes towards paying for venues for training, equipment, etc for the children.

School grinds: An experienced Teacher is available to teach junior Certificate Mathematics and Science and Leaving Cert Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Home Economics. Discount rates are available for group bookings. Based in Abbeyshrule. Please ring Joanne at 086-0685878.

French Twinning Group: Ballymahaon-Landevant/Landaul Twinning Committee are holding their AGM at The River Inn on Wednesday next 6th February at 8p.m. all members are request to attend. Newcomers welcome.

Mission Appeal: Sr. Lucyna Wisniowska, who is a member of the St. Peter Claver Sisters’ Congregation will speak about the Missionary work of her Congregation at the Masses this coming weekend, Feb 9th/10th in St. Matthews Church. Envelopes will be provided for those who wish to contribute to the work of the Congregation on behalf of the missionary activity of the Church.

Blessing of Candles: The Blessing of candles will take place in the church on Friday, Feb 8th after the 10.00a.m. Mass. Those who wish to have candles blessed should leave them in to the Church during the week

Parenting Talk: Mary Quinn, a teacher with many years experience in running Parenting courses will give a Talk entitled Faith and Parenting in the Diocesan Pastoral Centre, St. Mel’s College, Longford as part of its programme for this, the Year of Faith. The Talk will commence at 8.00p.m. on Thursday 7th February. Everyone welcome.

County Football: Hard luck to the Co Longford Senior football team who were narrowly beaten by Wexford in the first round of the League down to Wexford on Sunday last and to local lad Kevin Diffley who was on the team. We also take this opportunity to congratulate Kevin who passed out in the Cadets recently and welcome home to Kevin’s brother, Sean who travelled over from America for the celebration. We wish Kevin every success in his career in the Army.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: The Organisers are seeking new members for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Matthews Church on Tuesdays for 1 hour or half an hour, whatever you can do. Lent begins on Wednesday 13th February and we are now well into the Year of Faith. These are two good incentives for all of us to visit the Blessed Sacrament. The group wish all the weekly Adorers blessings and good health for 2013 and a return to good health to those who are ill.

Retirement Party: A surprise retirement party was held in The River Inn on Saturday night for Valerie Sheehy who recently took early retirement from Bank of Ireland where she has been working for the last 42 years. She spent the last forty of those years here in Ballymahon and her friends decided to celebrate her retirement with her. Valerie wishes to thank everyone involved in the well-kept secret, especially Breege Murray and Chris Connolly who organised the event. Many thanks to Breege and Tommy for the lovely refreshments on the night and to their staff there, also to Seamus Dooley and his group for the lively music. Thank you to Oliver Colohan, who on behalf of all her friends, presented her with a beautiful piece of hand-carved Bog Oak from Pat Lynch’s collection. Pat’s Bog Oak pieces can be seen in the Courthouse here in Ballymahon or at his home in Creevaghbeg. Many thanks everyone, I really enjoyed the night. Valerie

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