Traders Association

Traders Association

The AGM takes place on Wednesday 14th November in Cooneys Hotel at 9p.m. All businesses are urged to be represented at the meeting. Membership for the year is €50 and the group are keen to hear from new members. New members are vital to the success of the organisation – don’t leave it to others, come and have your say. During these tough economic times it is essential that we all work together.

History Group

Ballymahon Leo Casey History Group will be holding a meeting on Friday, November 15th at 8p.m at the usual venue, the Dean Egan Hall. Newcomers always welcome and a cup of tlaunch and the annual Christmas dinner and group get-together next month.

G.A.A. Fundraiser

Ballymahon G.A.A. Club are holding their second fundraiser at Mullingar Dog Track on Saturday, December 7th. You can be part of the fun and action on the night and have a chance to win the Bumper, a super prize of €1,500. Tickets at €20 each are on sale from Club members who hope that you will be part of the action by attending or by buying a ticket and being in with a chance to win the main prize. Players and committee members will be calling to houses in the parish in the near future selling tickets. Your support will help them to continue to develop facilities for the young people in the area.


Ballymahon/Forgney Community Games are holding Draughts training for children from 2nd to 6th class in the Dean Egan Hall, commencing Thursday, 14th November from 6 to 7p.m. Fee €1 per session.

Gala Night

A Gala Night to raise funds for Ballymahon Day Care Centre is to be held in Cooney’s Hotel on Monday night, 25th November. Last year’s event was a great success and it sounds like this will be equally so with Artists featuring on the night… Seamus Dooley, Paschal Brennan, Aisling Wrynn, Gerry Keenan, Enda Cassidy, Johnny Murphy, Gerry O’Neill and Tony Moran. Your support on the night will be very much appreciated.

Free Jiving Lessons

You can now dance those winter blues away by taking free jiving lessons every Saturday night with Adrian Duncan and Mary Murtagh in Cooneys Hotel from 8p.m. to 9p.m. After that there’s two hours of social dancing , 9 to 11p.m. with different groups playing music each night. The Social dancing will only cost you €7.50. Everyone welcome, even if you don’t have a partner, there’s always someone there to dance with.

November Collection

The November collection envelopes at St. Matthews Church should be returned this month. This is one of the six collections throughout the year for the support of the priests of the diocese and your support is appreciated.

Racing for Macra

Longford Macra na Feirme are holding their Club and National fundraiser “Racing for Macra” , a night at the dogs in Mullingar Greyhound Statium on 30th November. It will be a chance for past and present members to get together. Tickets cost €10 and cover entry, race card, entertainment and entry to the national draw for a chance to win €1,000 or a hotel break in the FBD Castleknock Hotel in Dublin. You can buy tickets from your local Macra club or ring Ronan Feighery on 087-7535082.

Club ’91

A great time was had by all at Club ‘91’s Halloween party. The ladies from Edgeworthstown and Kenagh were welcomed, also Majella and guests from Thomond Lodge Nursing Home. All the club’s members would like to thank the hard-working committee for all the hard work, also Daphne Duncan for catering and their Halloween Witch Catherine. Next Outing is the Christmas Dinner in The Rustic Inn. Best wishes from everyone to Cathie Rhatigan, long time member, hopefully Cathie will be back soon. Deepest sympathy to Cecilia McGarry on the recent death of her sister Peggy. R.I.P. Meetings continue each Wednesday night from 8 to 10p.m. in Bridgeways Centre, new members always welcome.


The monthly collection for St. Matthews Church Renovation Fund which was due to be held at all Masses this coming weekend, 16/17th November has been cancelled. A special collection is being held instead to assist people in Syria who have been affected by the ongoing war in their country. Approximately 5.8 million people, which is more than the total population of Ireland, have had to abandon their homes and 2.1 million people have had to seek refuge in the surrounding countries and more than 50% of those are children. We have a Christian responsibility to assist innocent people, especially children who are the victims of the conflict in Syria. Please try to be as generous as you can in your response to this appeal.

Bog Lane Theatre

Ballymahon One Act Festival 2013 takes place this weekend, Friday to Sunday, 15th, 16th and 17th November with Adjudicator Aodh McCay. On Friday and Saturday the Plays start at 8.15p.m. and on Sunday night they begin at 7.15p.m. to give time for the Adjudications afterwards. The following are the Plays to be shown: Friday 15th:- Backstage TG, Longford- “Ritual for Dolls”; Dalkey Players – “Two” and Skerries Theatre Group – “A Disciple”. Saturday 16th:- Moynalty DG – “So Long Sleeping Beauty”; Rasper Players – “Home Free” and Martello Productions, Bray – “Nine”. All of these are in the Open Section and on Sunday 17th Nov in the Confined Section are;- Compantas Lir, Claregalway – “Chasing Butterflies”; Carnaross D.G. Co Meath – “Cash Cow” and lastly Kilmant DG., Wicklow – “Cooing”.

Joint Birthday party

Congratulations to John Donlon, Derrahawn, former M.C.C. and also former great Co Longford footballer who celebrated his 75th birthday in Cooney’s Hotel on Saturday night last with his family and many friends. Also celebrating on the night was John’s wife Maureen, whose 70th birthday will be coming up shortly and John’s sister, Margaret Culbert whose 70th it is too. 215 years between them, certainly well worth celebrating! We hope John, Maureen, Margaret and everyone enjoyed the night, we wish you all good health for the future.

Welcome Home

Welcome home to Karen Heneghan, Ballybrannigan who has just returned from her trip to Australia with her children Finn and Cara, where she has been visiting her brother, David and family. We hope you all enjoyed your holiday.


Bridge club results 28th October. North/South: 1st Gross & net – Sarah Frawley and Eddie Walsh. 2nd gross & net – Mary Feeney & Frances Kelleher. 3rd Gross – Mary Nooney & Chris Farrell. 3rd Nett – Mary Flanagan & Margaret Lynn. East/West: 1st Gross & 2nd net – Orla McEntee & Tony Tiernan. 1st net & 2nd Gross - Elsie McKee & Nancy Finn. 3rd Gross – Patricia Flanagan & Brendan Murtagh. 3rd net – Maura Quaine & Mai Charles.

Welcome Home

To Andrew Nally and Patricia Johansson who have returned from their holiday in Lanzarote last week. We hope they both enjoyed the trip.


We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs Maura Daly and her husband Conor and their sons, Ballymahon on the death on November 6th last at Laurel Lodge Nursing Home, Longford, of Maura’s mother, Teresa Catherine Brady, wife of the late Hugh, Kilgarriff, Arva, Cavan. Our deepest sympathy also to Teresa’s daughters, Angela and Dympna, sons Colm, Eamonn, Sean and Hugh, sister Molly, grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, relatives and friends. Teresa’s remains were laid to rest on Saturday last at Coronea Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Tang NS

The Board of Management at Tang National School are taking enrolment applications now for September 2014. Applications forms may be obtained from the school office and must be returned with a copy of your child’s Baptismal Certificate to the Board by Dec 5th.

Table Quiz

A club quiz to raise funds for the underage footballers in the area will be held on Thursday night, 14th November in Cooney’s Hotel. All teams are invited and the entry fee is €100. The winning club will go home with €1,000 for its Club. Contact David McCormack or Albert Fallon who are coordinating the quiz.

Golf success

Very well done to Ballymahon Mercy Secondary School Golf team who qualified out of the Group in a school’s competition having beaten St. Finian’s, Mullingar, Kilbeggan, Rochfortbridge and C.B.S. Mullingar, the lads are now in the last 16 teams in Leinster. On the team are Sean Flanagan, David Shannon, Shane Finnan and Niall Sheehy. The best of luck to you all in the next game.

School football

Congratulations to St. Matthews National School Girls football team who won the Primary School Girls League Final on Saturday afternoon last in Glennon Bros Pearse Park when they beat St. Emer’s. Well done indeed girls, your school and your families must be very proud of you all.

Defibrillators meeting

A meeting is to be held in the Dean Egan hall on November 19th to try and get a committee formed to look after the AED’s (Defibrillators) in the town of Ballymahon. For further details please contact Darren at 086-1704394.

Lotto won

Congratulations to Marie Duignan, Kenagh who won the €10,000 in Ballymahon G.A.A. draw held in Murray’s pub on Sunday night last. The lucky numbers were drawn out by Breege Murray. The ticket was bought in Flanagans Chipper who will also receive €1,000. A nice Christmas box Marie, enjoy.

Fundraiser a success

Fundraiser night in Leavy’s of Foigha was a great success. Our raffle made €500 and Jimmy Leavy gave a donation €500, so we are well on the way to our target. Thank you Jimmy for a great night and your generous donation. Thanks for the lovely food also. Thanks to Tangle Wood who entertained us and played lovely traditional music. Thanks to the people who donated raffle prizes on the night and you the people for coming and supporting and buying tickets. Thanks also Cyril and Tommy Connor who installed the heated box at Leavy’s free of charge. There is a house to house collection ongoing in the areas so I would like to thank people for making a contribution. All this money that’s collected in the area is spent on buying two heated boxes costing €600 each, two 7years batteries costing €400 each. Each AED has two sets of pads costing nearly €80 each. 
We hope to have the AED up at Alex and Edel Stanley boundary fence in the coming weeks. Thanks to Alex of Outdoor Discovery Adventure Company who gave a generous donation €200 and for helping with the printing of letters and posters. There is a lot of good will out there and its great to see people pulling together to get theses life saving equipment up on the walls available to the public when the need arises. All we need now is people to do the training which is FREE OF CHARGE. Contact Darren Mulledy on 086 1704394. Our next meeting is on 19/11/2013 at 8.30pm in the Dean Egan Hall.