Heritage Day

Heritage Day

Ballymahon Traders Association would like to thank everyone who participated in Heritage Day on Saturday last. To Paddy Egan and his family for their fantastic displays, Mary Carlton Reynolds and the Heritage Officer, Mairead from the Library for their hard work and assistance, Ballymahon Library, Ballymahon GAA for the use of their pitch for the amazing skydiving from the Abbeyshrule club, which thankfully went ahead despite the threat of rain. Thanks to the GAA also for the over ‘40’s match between Longford and Mayo, to all the stall-holders who showed up and to John Nally for the use of the courtyard for the stalls. Many thanks also to Tanglewood for the lively music at the Library and the other buskers who performed. All the children were delighted with the story-reading and Arts and Crafts in the Library.Well done to all the business people who decorated their premises again this year with vintage displays and those who took part in the parade. The Traders Association will be holding their next meeting on Thursday 5th September in Cooney’s Hotel at 9p.m.

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.

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. Winner of €50 on August 7th - Francis McDonald, Marian Tce. August 14th – Darragh Finlass, Cloncallow. August 21st Gerry Kiernan, Main Street. Stay in to win.

Londis reunion

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 Cooneys Londis, along with their spouses and any customers who wish to attend has been organised. Its fixed for Friday, September 6th from 9p.m. onwards at the Hotel. There will be music, entertainment and refreshments on the night.

Welcome home

To Ray Noonan, native of Cloncallow who is over from Germany visiting his mother Mary, and all his family in the area. We hope you enjoy your holiday Ray.

Harvest Festival

The 6th Annual Longford Harvest Festival Working Field Day will be held on Sunday next 1st September in Newtowncashel village on the lands of Brian and Tess Doyle. All proceeds from the day will go directly to St. Christophers, Newtowncashel Branch. For further details please contact Paddy Finnegan at 087 2705014. We wish the organising committee the best of luck on Sunday.

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 at €25. If you have not been contacted please contact Mary Curran @ 087 6850268, Raymond Kenny at 087 8114802 or Deirdre O’Connor @ 087 7446333. Tickets are available @ €25.

Minor football

Hard luck to the Ballymahon/Forgney/Southern Gaels amalgamation minor team who were beaten by Longford Slashers in the Minor A Championship played in Leo Casey park on Monday evening last week.

Longford Warmer Homes Ltd

Provide free attic insulation, cavity wall insulation and energy advice to elderly and disadvantaged home owners throughout the county that meet certain criteria. They also carry out work for the elderly as part of the Care and Repair Scheme. Please check the Longford Warmer Homes Ltd website and facebook page to see if you are eligible for FREE Attic & Cavity insulation before the winter rush sets in. Call 043 33 93255

Home on holidays

Welcome home to brothers, Cathal and Justin Nally, sons of Niall and Carole, Terlicken who are home on holidays from Canada visiting their family and friends in the area. We hope you are enjoying the trip Cathal and Justin.

Pre-marriage Courses

There are some places available for the Accord Pre-Marriage Courses on 7th/10th October and the 15th/16th November. Bookings can be made online at or phone 04333 47222.

Senior football

Congrats to the Ballymahon senior football team who had a great win against Drumlish in the relegation playoffs in Glennon Bros Pearse Park on Sunday evening last. We wish the lads the best of luck when they play against Granard, the winner of which stays up in senior.

Home on holidays

Welcome home to Simon Quinn, son of Aidan and Bernadette, Creevaghbeg who is home for a holiday from Australia visiting his family and friends in the area. We hope you enjoy the break Simon.

18th birthday

Congratulations to Ailish Jackson, Rathconrath, daughter of Steve and Phil, who celebrated her 18th birthday with her family and lots of friends in Skelly’s pub on Saturday night last. Ailish is a pupil at Ballymahon Mercy Secondary School. We hope you enjoyed the party Ailish.

Wedding Bells

Many congratulations to local girl Eilish Grehan, daughter of Michael and Mary, Athlone Road who got married in St. Matthews Church, Ballymahon to John McNamara, son of Kay and the late John from Doolin, down in Co Clare. Chief celebrant at the lovely Wedding ceremony was a cousin of the groom, Fr. John McNamara, P.P. Leixlip. Eilish was wearing a beautiful ivory gown on her special day and her sister, Amanda McGrath, Maid of Honour wore a lovely purple coloured dress. Best man on the day was J.P. McNamara, brother of the Groom. We welcome home Noel Grehan, Eilish’s only brother, who travelled home from Sweden to join in the festivities. A large number of family and friends of the newlyweds had a great evening at the Reception in the Annebrook Hotel in Mullingar and Eilish and John are now out enjoying their honeymoon in Mauritius and South Africa. We hope they enjoy their stay there and wish them many long years of good health, wealth and happiness on their return to their new home in Tuam, Co Galway.

Leo Casey History Group

Hosted a most enjoyable Heritage Week Concert in the new Library on Thursday night with lots of local talent who entertained the audience for the night. M.C. for the event was Philip Murrell, a member of the History group who introduced the various acts: the Innyside Singers, Soloists Kate Connolly, Deborah Molloy and Joan Carey, Noel Carberry on the Pipes, Eileen Reilly (recitation), Tony Tiernan (Poem), the violinists Geraldine McLynn and the Tang Gang with the youngest member being only 7 years old, Paddy Egan (story/poem) and a selection of songs from Seamus Dooley and his group. It was a most enjoyable evening’s entertainment which was finished off with some very welcome light refreshments. Well done indeed to the organisers in the History group.

Rose of Tralee

Very well done to Aisling Farrell from Tang who represented Co Longford in the Rose of Tralee competition which was shown on RTE over two nights last week. Aisling looked very well on the television on the Monday night being interviewed by Daithi O’Se, you did your family and County proud Aisling. All your followers looked well on the screen too! We hope you enjoyed the whole Festival, well done again.

Welcome home

We wish to welcome home Ann Carey, formerly from Ballymulvey who has been home from England visiting her sister Joan and all her relatives and friends in Ballymahon. Good to see you again Ann, we hope you enjoyed your holiday.

Death of young mother

Everyone was shocked and deeply saddened when they heard of the death on August 21st last, of 41 year old Mary Leonard (nee Greally), St. Matthews Park, formerly Forgney, and also New York where she was born. Mary passed away peacefully following her battle with her long illness at her native home in Forgney in the presence of her heartbroken family. She was a quiet, unassuming lady who doted on her only young son, 12 year old Sean, and she had come to love living in Ireland since her return from America. She loved Irish Dancing and music and Mary’s favourite time of year was Christmas. A huge number of people called to Mary’s home on learning of her sad death, also to Thomond Lodge where she lay in repose and to her removal and Funeral mass at Forgney Church, a testimont to the respect which has always been held for both the Greally family in Drynan and the Kearney family in Forgney. Her remains were laid to rest in Forgney Cemetery following the Funeral Mass in Forgney Church. We extend our sincere sympathy to Mary’s son Sean, to her parents Frank and Peg (Kearney), New York, to her brother Francis and his wife Susan, to her uncles, aunts, cousins, relatives and lots of friends. Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam dilis.

Forgney GAA

Hard luck to the Forgney Junior footballers who were beaten by Moydow in the Junior Championship.

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.


Applications are invited for the post of part-time Secretary in Tang National School commencing late September/early October. Please forward your C.V. to Chairperson, Board of Management, Tang N.S., Tang, Ballymahon, Co Longford. Closing date for these applications is 30th August 2013. Computer and office management skills are essential.


We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs Annie Jo McLoughlin, Ardnagrath, Walderstown, Athlone on the death last week of her husband Josie following a short illness. Josie was a regular visitor to Ballymahon down the years, regularly seen at the local mart, he always enjoyed the chat and the banter that went on there. He was admired and respected by everyone in the farming community. We also extend our deepest sympathy to Josie’s sons Joseph, James and Ciaran, daughters Eileen, Ann, Marie, Joan and Sinead, to his brother, sisters and all his relatives and many friends. May God grant rest to his soul.

Surprise Party

A surprise 60th birthday party was held in Tommy and Breege Murray’s at The River Inn on Saturday night last for the unsuspecting Aidan Quinn, Creevaghbeg. Home for the celebration was Aidan’s son Simon and his girlfriend Maria who travelled over from Australia, also Aidan’s brother John, his wife Breeda and their son Darragh who came over from New York and lots more family and friends. A great night was had by everyone. We wish Aidan and Bernadette all the best for the future.

Art classes

Art classes will resume on Wednesday 11th Sept in Betty Fox’s. Beginners welcome. Classes run for six weeks and continue on. For

details phone Christina 0872814763.

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