Traders Association

Traders Association

The towns Traders are busy getting ready for Heritage Week 23rd to 30th August. They will have a traditional market, Parade, Busking competition and other activities on Saturday 30th. It would be lovely to see all premises decorated heritage style for the week. If anyone has any interesting photos or items they would like included please contact a member of the B.T.A. They are also calling on all local musicians to come out and take part in the busking competition. There’s lots of talent around Ballymahon. They are hoping that every business in the town will be represented in this. So start auditioning your family, friends neighbours, staff and customers. All types of acts welcome. If you want a stall on the day please download a form from the Traders Facebook page and submit it to Jenny White.


We wish to extend our sincere sympathy to Sr. Elizabeth Brady, Sisters of Mercy, Main Street on the death last week of her sister, Annie, Dublin and late of Cloncovid, Kilcogy, Co Cavan and also to Annie’s brother, Eddie, sisters Rose, Kathleen and Bridie, brother-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, friends and colleagues at the James Connolly Memorial Hospital, Blanchardstown. Annie’s remains were laid to rest in her home county of Cavan. May she rest in peace.

Deus Et Patria Conference

For young people aged between 18 and 40 yrs will be held in All Hollows College, Drumcondra, on the 30th and 31st August. Accommodation, food and Conference only costing €55 subsidised by the Legion of Mary . Archbishop Charles Brown will be there and many more great speakers. 086-040 5621.

Journalism Course

Longford Women’s Link (LWL) are planning on running a Journalism Course in September 2014. The Course will run over 10 weeks, on Wednesday nights between Sept 24th and November 26th. It will appeal to men and women alike and will cover Journalism, Use of Language, News Reporting, Compiling and Editing Newsletters, Interviewing skills etc. For more information on the Course, which is limited to 12 participants, please contact Pamela Latimer, Education and Training, Business Development Manager,LWL. E-mail or Tel 04333-41511 or 087-205 8152.

Ballymahon/Landevant Twinning

The Twinning Group have just returned from a very enjoyable trip. They spent the week in Landevant in Brittany during which they attended the annual Celtic Festival. They would like to extend their gratitude to their French hosts who welcomed them so warmly into their homes and immsersed them in their French culture.

Parkinsons Association of Ireland

The Parkinsons Association are holding an Information Meeting for people with Parkinsons, their families and carers on Saturday 6th September in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone. This is a local event and offers a great opportunity for people with Parkinson’s to meet and learn more about their condition. For details contact 1800 359 359 or e-mail

History Group

Ballymahon Leo Casey History Group and Ballymahon Traders Association are planning a very comprehensive Programme for Heritage Week which runs from August 24th to Saturday 30th August. The programme will include a Vintage Window display which will run for the whole week. It will also include a Parade at 3pm, a High Nellie Bike Run, Vintage Cars, Horse drawn vehicles, Busking on the Street all day, a Craft Display and much more.

People who have any of the fore mentioned modes of transport are invited to take part. Those people who practice craft work are also invited to come and take part. The High Nellie Bike Run will cover a three mile circuit via Drinan and Brannigan Bridge. It is not necessary to have a Vintage bike, if you have any type of cycle, please come along and take part.


Hard luck to Ballymahon senior football team who were beaten in the qualifiers of the Senior championship by Dromard on Saturday evening in Granard. The club members would like to thank everyone who supported their fund-raising Barbecue in Cooneys Hotel after the match which was very well attended and enjoyed by everyone. Your support is very much appreciated.

40th Wedding Anniversary

Congratulations to Adrian and Jean Duncan, Terlicken who celebrated their Ruby Wedding Anniversary at the weekend. We wish Adrian and Jean many more years of good health and happiness.

Barry Raftery Memorial Conference

Wetlands Heritage Ireland are to present the 2nd Barry Raftery Memorial Conference on Friday, 29th August at Corlea Interpretive Centre, starting at 10.00a.m. This Conference will discuss and debate the future of the mid Shannon Peatlands, its amenity, archaeology and biodiversity. There will be many Guest speakers on the day and the Conference will be chaired by local man, Kieran McEntee. This is a public Conference and all are invited to attend. Early booking essential, phone 04333-22386. Fee including lunch, tea, coffee €10, students €5.

Adoration Vigil

The next First Friday/Saturday Reparation and Adoration vigil to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary is in the Chapel of Our Lady’s Manor, Edgeworthstown on Friday 5th September commencing at 10.00p.m. with the Holy Rosary and Confession. For further information contact 086-0405621 or 086-1900640.

Death of Mrs Annie Reilly

We were all saddened on hearing of the death last week of Mrs Annie Reilly, (nee Mills), Rathmore, wife of the late Paddy at Thomond Lodge Nursing Home, Ballymahon. Annie was 94 years of age when she passed away peacefully, she loved and lived life to the full right up to a few short years ago. She was very well liked in the Tang and Ballymahon area, she loved meeting and chatting with people, a very popular lady with lots of friends. A devoted and proud mother of six and a lady of deep religious faith, Annie was left a widow over forty years ago. She worked for a long numbers of years at Flynns Bakery and over a long period of times sold the Pools in the area for Gael Linn. She was very much involved in community affairs, Annie was a founder member of Tang I.C.A. , regularly attended Club ’91, she loved her game of Bingo which she went to for many years, and also enjoyed a game of Cards. She had a great pair of hands and spent many hours knitting, doing her Crochet or gardening. Some years ago, R.T.E. actually called to her home because of the lovely, colourful garden she had. In fact, the flowers which were in the church on the day of her Funeral, came from Annie’s own garden, she surely had a smile on her face when she looked down on them. Annie regularly competed in Ballymahon Agricultural Show winning many prizes in Hand Crafts and for her baking, Paddy was an active committee member with the Show for many years. The respect with which she was held in the area was very evident by the huge number of people who called to her home where she lay in repose last week and also attended her Funeral Mass on Wednesday morning in St. Mary’s Church Tang. The beautiful singing in the Church was performed by Annie’s neighbour, Kate Connolly accompanied on the guitar by local man, Danny Sheerin. Annie’s remains were laid to rest at Shrule Cemetery. We offer our deepest sympathy to her sons Tommie and Eddie, to her daughters Imelda, Freda, Evelyn and Dorothy, to her brother and sisters, sisters-in-law, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and many friends. May God grant rest to her dear soul .

Leaving Cert

Congratulations to all the boys and girls in Ballymahon Mercy Secondary School and Ballymahon Vocational on the fine results they achieved in their Leaving Cert exams. We wish each and every one of you every success and happiness in your next stage of life. Well done to you all.