First Longfordman home: Congratulations to John O’Hanlon, from Ballymahon who successfully completed the Longford Marathon recently in under three hours at a time of 2:58:05. John finished in the Top 10 and was the first Longford man home. Well done John on this fantastic achievement.

First Longfordman home: Congratulations to John O’Hanlon, from Ballymahon who successfully completed the Longford Marathon recently in under three hours at a time of 2:58:05. John finished in the Top 10 and was the first Longford man home. Well done John on this fantastic achievement.

Counselling Service

A low cost Counselling Service is now available in the Bridgeways Resource Centre, across from St. Matthews Church. A qualified and experienced Counsellor and Psychotherapist works on a one to one basis with clients with issues such as relationships, separation or divorce, depression, loss and bereavement, anxiety and panic attacks, sexuality, anger, bullying, stress, trauma, work and career challenges, intimacy, loneliness, 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 session for one hour. For more information please contact Melissa Quinn on 085-1648632.

Third Level Scholarship

Ballymahon & District Credit Union is now accepting entries for its Third Level Scholarship. The Scholarship is open to students who completed their Leaving Cert exams in 2013, attended either the Vocational School or Mercy Secondary School in Ballymahon and are members of Ballymahon & District Credit Union. Applicants must be commencing a FAS Apprenticeship or a full time Certificate, Diploma or Degree Course at any University, IT or approved third level college. The scholarship will be paid at a rate of €1,000 per annum for a maximum of three years. Entry forms and further details are available from the Credit Union office. Closing date for receipt of entries is 28th September 2013.

Tidy Towns Draw

Ballymahon Tidy towns committee are running a Bonus Number Draw every Wednesday night. Numbers cost €2 each or €10 for 5 weeks and can be got from Paul Kelly @ 086 3490704. Ballymahon Tidy Towns would like to thank all who supported their fundraising BBQ and Raffle on Saturday night last. Also a big thank you to the three main sponsors who made the night happen: Kepak, Geraldine and Kevin Duncan and Skelly’s Bar & Restaurant. A plan is being formulated to keep things moving over the course of the winter months and volunteers are always welcome. Also the weekly tidy up continues and anyone interested in helping out can join in at 9am every Sunday morning if they wish. Questions or suggestions can be directed to the Ballymahon Tidy Towns Facebook page or to

Londis Re-Union

Prior to Cooney’s Hotel in Ballymahon being established, the family were involved in Cooneys Londis Supermarket in Ballymahon for over 20 years. As this is the year of the Gathering, a re-union for all the former staff who worked at Cooney’s Londis, along with their spouses and any customers who wish to attend has been organised. Its fixed for Friday, September 6th from 9.00p.m. onwards at the Hotel. There will be music, entertainment and refreshments on the night.

Community Alert

Following a recent Committee meeting, attended by Area Officers and Garda Tom Regan, discussions included, highlighting the need to remain vigilant at all times especially as we are approaching winter and be mindful of the elderly, vulnerable and those living alone.

Class re-union 1988

Mercy Secondary School here in Ballymahon, Class of 1988 will be holding a re-union on Saturday, September 14th. Mass will be celebrated at 6p.m. in the school, followed by -a meal and disco in Cooney’s hotel at 7.30p.m. . D J till late. Tickets are now on sale @ €25. If you have not been contacted please contact Mary Curran @ 087 6850268, Raymond Kenny @ 087 8114802 or Deirdre O’Connor @ 087 7446333. Tickets are available @ €25.

Tang GAA Gathering

As part of the 2013 Gathering, Tang GAA Club will be hosting a Barbecue to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the 1973 Tang team, Winners of the Westmeath Intermediate football championship. A fantastic night of food, music, song and craic is promised. This will be held on Saturday 14th September at “The Three Jolly Pigeons” from 7.30p.m. to 9.30p.m.. Tickets are €10 each.


We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Alison (Kane) and Esther on the sad death on August 25th last of their mother, Mrs Jean Skerritt, Cloncullen, formerly of Wooddown, Mullingar and wife of the recently deceased Michael, at Alison’s home. A quiet and highly respected lady and a most obliging neighbour, Jean is also survived by her sons-in-law Michael and Vinnie, her sister Edna, brothers Frank and Gren, grandchildren and all her relatives and friends to whom we extend our deepest sympathy. Jean’s remains were laid to rest at Ballyglass Cemetery in Mullingar. May she rest in peace.

Wedding bells

Our warmest congratulations to Fiona Casey, daughter of Frank and Patricia, Creevaghbeg who got married on August 23rd 2013 to Conor O’Reilly, son of Michael and Pauline, Williamstown at St. Matthews Church, Ballymahon. Chief celebrant at the lovely Wedding Ceremony was Fr. John Wall P.P. Gortletteragh, assisted by Fr. Fitzsimons, Moyvore with the beautiful music and singing performed by the Musicahill Quartet. Fiona looked absolutely stunning in her lace ivory Wedding gown with all her Bridesmaids looking great in their dusky pink dresses. Her Bridesmaids were all her sisters Yvonne, Elaine and Aine and also Conor’s sister Maria. Bestmen for Conor were his brothers Patrick, Michael, Anthony and Fergal. Flower girl for Fiona and Conor was pretty little Tilly O’Reilly, Conor’s niece who travelled all the way from Australia to carry out her job for the day with the help of handsome pageboy Sean Lynn, nephew of Fiona’s. A large number of family and friends attended the newlyweds Reception at Glasson House Hotel & Golf Club where everyone had a really enjoyable time. Many of the guests travelled long distances to join in the celebrations and we welcome them home; Conor’s brother Anthony and his wife Elana came over from Switzerland, his brother Patrick and his wife Bridget, also his brother Michael and sister Maria travelled over from Australia and his aunt Mary travelled from Lauderdale, Florida. Fiona’s aunt, Eilish and her husband Colm and their family came home from Abudh Abi and Fiona’s cousin, Thecla travelled from Spain. We wish Fiona and Conor many years of happiness and good health in their lovely new home in Ballymaglavey, Ballynacargy.

Official Opening

We wish the very best of luck to Mr & Mrs Gerry and Sinead Kiernan who are now back at the helm in their pub “Kiernans” on main street and officially opened the newly renovated premises on Friday night last. Apart from serving a good pint, Gerry, Sinead and their staff Martin Smith, Donal McHugh who has been working in Kiernans for quite a number of years and Andrea, all offer a friendly service with live music available several nights a week and soup and sandwiches are served all day. You can view your favourite sports on tv in the pub, they also boast having two darts teams and tell us that parties are always welcome. We hope that Gerry, Sinead and their staff are successful and that they prosper in the years ahead.

Leo Casey History Group

The next meeting of the Group will be held on Thursday 5th September . Usual Venue- Dean Egan Hall. The members of the History group wish to thank all those who participated in their recent Heritage Week Concert and everyone who came to see the Show, a big thanks to you all.

Art Classes

Starting early October at Bridgeways Resource Centre, across from St. Matthews Church, Ballymahon. Beginners Tuesday/Wednesday morning 10.30a.m. to 12.30p.m. Intermediate Tuesday evenings 8p.m. to 10.00p.m. Learn about drawing, colour and art appreciation. It is hoped, as in previous years, to arrange an Outing to the National Gallery in Dublin at the end of the second term. Please contact Frances at 09064 32203 or Rory Gallagher at 09064 32691 to register your interest in advance and get further details.

Surprise 18th party

Congratulations to Allison Moorhead, Ballybrannigan, eldest daughter of Albert and Deirdre who celebrated her 18th Birthday at a surprise party in Skelly’s pub on Friday night last with her family and lots of her friends. Allison has just returned from a trip to Hawaii where she was visiting some of her relations, we hope you enjoyed the holiday Allison, we are all envious of you. Best wishes to you in the future.


It was with deep regret that we learnt of the death on 20th August last of Kathleen Maguire (nee Percival) , Toome at Newbrook Nursing Home in Mullingar. A quiet and gentle lady, Kathleen will be fondly remembered for her kind and generous nature. She spent a long number of years living in England with her husband Kevin until they came home to her native Ballymahon to their lovely new home in Toome many years ago. She will be sadly missed by her family and the many friends she has made down the years. Following the Funeral Mass at Carrickedmond Church, Kathleen’s remains were laid to rest at the adjoining Cemetery. We offer our deepest sympathy to her husband Kevin, son Malcolm, daughter Susan, brother Sean, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, daughter-in-law Jackie, nephews, nieces, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, relatives and friends. May God grant rest to her dear Soul.


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