Ballymahon

Longford Schools win Leinster Final: Well done to the Co Longford Vocational Schools Senior football team who won the Leinster Inter-County Final with a very convincing finishing score line of 2-14 to 2-04 at Newtowncashel pitch on Friday evening last.
 Despite the inclement weather all that day, there was a great crowd at the match to support the young lads from four County Longford schools, Chnoc Mhuire, Granard, Ballymahon Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon Vocational School and Lanesboro Community College. Great credit is due to the members of Cashel G.A.A. Club who had the pitch in such great condition, especially after all the rain that fell on the day. Congratulations to the team and their Mentors, and especially the lads from the local schools, Gary Kenny, Andrew Farrell, Paddy Farrell, Shane Kenny, Rory Connor, Fergus Farrell, Niall Sheehy, Martin McGoey and John Reed. The Cup was presented to Captain of the team, David McGivney by local man Albert Fallon.

Longford Schools win Leinster Final: Well done to the Co Longford Vocational Schools Senior football team who won the Leinster Inter-County Final with a very convincing finishing score line of 2-14 to 2-04 at Newtowncashel pitch on Friday evening last.
 Despite the inclement weather all that day, there was a great crowd at the match to support the young lads from four County Longford schools, Chnoc Mhuire, Granard, Ballymahon Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon Vocational School and Lanesboro Community College. Great credit is due to the members of Cashel G.A.A. Club who had the pitch in such great condition, especially after all the rain that fell on the day. Congratulations to the team and their Mentors, and especially the lads from the local schools, Gary Kenny, Andrew Farrell, Paddy Farrell, Shane Kenny, Rory Connor, Fergus Farrell, Niall Sheehy, Martin McGoey and John Reed. The Cup was presented to Captain of the team, David McGivney by local man Albert Fallon.

Ballymahon Leo Casey History Group: 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 Feb. 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.

Bridge Club results: North/South 1st Breeda McKnight and Joe Hunt; 2nd Willie Flanagan & Rory Duncan. 3rd Patricia Flanagan and Brendan Murtagh. East/West 1st Ita Mulvihill and Mairead Delaney. 2nd Chris Farrell & Mary Noonan. 3rd Mary Mulvihill and Kathleen Nulty.

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. €100 off if paid by 1st Feb 2013. Contact group leader Marita Concannon on 098-64017/089-4146331.

Bridge Classes: Improvers Bridge lessons continue in Cooneys Hotel every Tuesday night at 8.00p.m. All are welcome.

Minor football club: Ballymahon/Forgney Minor Club will be holding a meeting in the Clubhouse on Saturday 2nd February at 6.30p.m. All members are urged to attend, newcomers are also welcome.

Open Day: Open Day for 6th Class Students will be held at Ballymahon Vocational School on February 6th 2013. We will have more details of times etc later. For further information you may contact the school at 09064 32211 or see their website www.ballymahonvs.com Everyone welcome.

Death of Gerard McGarry: It was with deep regret that we learnt of the sad and untimely death on Janauary 21st last at 54 years old, of Gerard McGarry, Terryland, Galway and formerly of Creevaghbeg, Ballymahon. Gerard who was a Lecturer at Athlone Institute of Technology was a fine gentleman, a man of gentle disposition and a regular visitor to Ballymahon to visit his mother, Cecilia. He was highly respected by the teachers and pupils in A.I.T and will be dearly missed by his family, colleagues and friends. Many people from this area travelled down to Galway to attend the removal of his remains to the Abbey Church or to the Funeral Mass on Friday morning, to pay their respects to an old friend, schoolmate, neighbour. We offer our deepest sympathy to Gerard’s wife Mairead, to his mother Cecilia, sister Aileen, brothers James and Peter, brother-in-law Peter, sisters-in-law Vivienne and Pauleen, nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.

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

Church Gate Collection: The local Branch of Sinn Fein wishes to thank everyone who contributed to their Church gate collection in Ballymahon at the weekend. Your generosity is much appreciated.

Sympathy: We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to John O’Neill, Ardnacraney, Tang on the death on Jan 22nd of his mother, Bridie, Swinford , Co Mayo, pre-deceased by her husband, Paddy, both of whom also lived in Ardnacraney for a number of years. Both were very much liked and respected during their time here. Deepest sympathy is also extended to Bridie’s daughters Annette, Maureen and Patricia, sons Martin and Pat, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers, sisters, relatives and friends. May her Soul rest in peace.

Welcome home: Welcome home to Roisin Keane who is over for a visit from Boston visiting her parents, Donal and Mai Reilly, Cloncallow and all her family here. We hope you enjoy your trip Roisin.

Late Late Show: Looking very well in the Late Late Show audience on RTE on Friday night last were Pat and Chris Connolly, Rathmore. Hope you both enjoyed the Show.

21st Birthday: Congratulations to Ian Duncan (Jnr), son of Ian and Lena, Ballymulvey who celebrated his 21st Birthday at a party in Skelly’s Lounge on Saturday night last with his family and wide circle of friends. By all accounts, everyone had a great night. We wish Ian all the best for the future.

Sympathy: We wish to extend our sincere sympathy to Pat Connolly, Rathmore on the death last week of his brother-in-law, Noel Mooney , Donaghmede, late of Dublin Fire Brigade. Noel and his wife Mai, Pat’s sister were frequent visitors to Ballymahon for over the last twenty years or so, he was a great character, with a kind and generous nature and loved to socialise, meeting his old friends when he came down the country. He will be missed by all his friends here. We also extend our sincere sympathy to Noel’s wife Mai, son Stephen, sister Mary, and all his relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.

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.

Good luck: We wish the best of luck for the coming year to Adrian Coughlan, Tang who will be managing Forgney St. Munis football team. We wish Adrian and the team lots of success.

Set Dancing classes: Are held every Wednesday night at 8.30p.m. in the Community Centre in Tang. Newcomers are always welcome and bring a friend.

Altar society: A new Altar Society rota is available in the Sacristy in St. Matthews Church. New members are always welcome. Please contact Chrissie at 09064-32442. The work requirement is about two hours every five/six weeks.

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.

Congrats: Congratulations to Ballinasloe Junior football team who beat An Port Mor, Armagh in the all-Ireland Club JFC Semi-finals in Cavan on Sunday afternoon last. The team and many of their followers stopped off for refreshments in Cooneys Hotel, Ballymahon on their way to and from Cavan. Playing on the winning Ballinasloe team were a cousin of Oliver Colohan, Creevaghbeg and also another cousin of Kevin and David Canavan. We wish the team the best of luck in the Final when they play the winners of Castleknock, Dublin or Kenmare, Kerry.

Notes: If you wish to have items included in the Ballymahon Notes you might please e-mail them to ballymahonnotes@yahoo.ie by Sunday evening.

LONGFORD COMMUNITY RESOURCES LIMITED (LCRL): Friendly Phone Call Service - The Friendly Phone Call Service is a free service for older people. The aim of the service is to provide information on local activities and services available to older people as well as an opportunity for a friendly chat. If you are feeling lonely or isolated and you would like someone to talk to, this is the service for you. The Friendly Call Service can be reached at 043-3349678 from Monday–Thursday from 10:00am – 4:00pm.

Ballymahon Men’s Group: The Rural Resource Worker in LCRL linked with Rory Gallagher Coordinator of Bridgeways Family Resource Centre, Dean Egan Hall, Ballymahon to set up a men’s group in Ballymahon. The group held their first meeting on Wednesday 1st August 2012. The group is currently attending Computer Training on Mondays and Tuesday from 12-3pm. They expect to commence Horticulture Training on Tuesday 26th February at 9am. A range of other activities can be organised to meet the requirements of the members. If you would like to meet other men in your area and enjoy some new activities, you are welcome to come along. If you would like to get more information do not hesitate to contact Mary Mulvey Rural Resource Worker with Longford Community Resources Ltd 043-3345555 or Rory Gallagher Coordinator Bridgeways Family Resource Centre 0906-432691.

ART CLASSES: Art classes resume in Kenagh Wednesday 30th. Beginners welcome. Phone 087 2814763.

join Macra in Longford?: A new Macra club is in the process of being set up in the South Longford area serving Ballymahon and the surrounding areas. Macra is a great way of meeting new people, trying new things and going new places. Activities include sports, social nights, travel, debating, quizzes, drama, music and much, much more. There really is something for everyone, and it’s also a great addition to your CV. So if you’re aged between 17 and 35 come and join us for a bit of craic! To register your interest you can call or text Longford’s Development Officer Theresa O’Leary on 087-6257152, or check out www.macra.ie.