Ballymahon

Congratulations to Orla Hughes, daughter of Pat and Marian, Cloncullen who got married on June 18th last to Stephen Baugh, Virginia, Co Cavan in Borgo Di Traghiata, Rome. Orla looked absolutely stunning in her beautiful French lace dress designed by local designer, Patrick Casey. Matron of Honour on the day was Carol Hughes, sister of Orla and the Bridesmaids were Mary Lynch and Sarah Hough, friends of the bride and also Christine Baugh, sister of the Groom. They all looked beautiful for the very special occasion. The lovely ceremony was performed by Fr. Sean Henry from Trim, Fr. Sean is an uncle of Stephens. All Orla and Stephen’s friends and family travelled over to the beautiful city of Rome for the wonderful occasion. We wish the happy young couple many long years of good health, wealth and happiness together.

Congratulations to Orla Hughes, daughter of Pat and Marian, Cloncullen who got married on June 18th last to Stephen Baugh, Virginia, Co Cavan in Borgo Di Traghiata, Rome. Orla looked absolutely stunning in her beautiful French lace dress designed by local designer, Patrick Casey. Matron of Honour on the day was Carol Hughes, sister of Orla and the Bridesmaids were Mary Lynch and Sarah Hough, friends of the bride and also Christine Baugh, sister of the Groom. They all looked beautiful for the very special occasion. The lovely ceremony was performed by Fr. Sean Henry from Trim, Fr. Sean is an uncle of Stephens. All Orla and Stephen’s friends and family travelled over to the beautiful city of Rome for the wonderful occasion. We wish the happy young couple many long years of good health, wealth and happiness together.

Peace Walk

The annual Peace Walk from Dublin to Knock will take place this week, 15th to 20th July. Many people in this parish have provided accommodation for the walkers during an overnight stay here. This week they will be staying on Thursday 17th July. Fr. Padraig would like to hear from anyone who would be willing to provide bed and breakfast accommodation this year. The members of the group have commented on the warm welcome which they receive here every year.

Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick

A Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick Reek will take place on Sunday, 27th July 2014. To book a seat ring 086-0405621 or 087-6613510.

VTOS

The Vocational Opportunities Scheme (VTOS Scheme) is an excellent course for people who are unemployed, and who wish to retrain in order to return to the workforce. This Course is offered free of charge to those who are eligible. Conditions of eligibility: (1). Either you or your spouse has been in receipt of social welfare payments. (2) have been signing for credits or (3) you are a lone parent. If you are interested please contact the Adult Education Office, Longford/Westmeath Education Training Board, Battery Road, Longford. Tel 04333-45474. The LWETB has replaced Longford VEC and Westmeath VEC.

Used Stamps

Please continue to bring in used stamps to St. Matthews Church. A box in which they may be deposited is located in the porch where most people enter the church. The St. Patrick’s missionaries, Kiltegan have asked that you be thanked for your efforts in collecting these stamps, which, when they are sold to collectors, raise funds which support the missionary initiatives of St. Patrick’s Missionaries, Kiltegan, Co Wicklow.

Tang Walking club

Walking Club meet every Monday and Wednesday evening at 8pm. The group meet at Ballymahon Library and do the Canal walk. Everyone welcome.

Sympathy

We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Michael Farrell, Mostrim Road and his brother Joe, Creevaghbeg and their wives Liz and Nuala, on the death last week of their mother, Mrs Kathleen Farrell, (nee Doyle), Kildare town. Kathleen who is pre-deceased by her husband, Michael and sons Patrick and John had reached the great age of 94 when she passed away peacefully. She lead a full and active life right up to her death, she was always very involved in the local community up in Kildare and was actually at her regular Bingo session the night before she died. Many people in Ballymahon will remember Kathleen, a friendly and outgoing lady as she was a regular visitor to the town down the years visiting Michael, Joe and their families. Quite a number of people from this area travelled up to Kildare town to attend the removal of Kathleen’s remains to St. Brigid’s Parish Church and to her Funeral Mass on Wednesday morning to pay their respects to the Farrell family. Our deepest sympathy is also extended to Kathleen’s sons Hyginus and Dermot, daughters Linda and Catherine, brothers, sisters, her sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, 22 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law and all her relatives and friends. May God grant rest to her Soul.

Fundraising event

Mary Colohan and her family, Creevaghbeg will be holding a fundraising event in Cooney’s Hotel, Ballymahon on Friday, 25th July at 9p.m. in aid of Longford Centre for Independent Living. Longford CIL provides a Personal Assistant Service for people with physical and/or sensory disabilities in County Longford enabling them to live meaningful and fulfilled lives within society. There will be a spectacular Hamper Raffle on the night with Spot Prizes galore. There will also be finger food and music on the night, provided by the very popular Paul Byrne from Galway. Admission is only €5 and tickets are available from Mary Colohan or at the door in the Hotel. Please support this most worthy cause.

Special Mass

Forgney Parish Community are having a Special Mass for Fr. Brilly’s intentions and to help support him in his illness. The Mass will be held on this Wednesday, 16th July at 7.30p.m. in Forgney Church. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Draw winners

Forgney G.A.A. held their monthly lotto draw in Cooney’s Hotel on Saturday night last with the following lucky winners winning €25 each:- Charlie O’Toole, Moigh; Edward McGoey, The Rustic Inn; Angela & Eddie Walsh, Ballymahon and Mary Rowan, Clooneen.

Death of Ita Frawley

The peaceful death occurred on Saturday last, 12th July at Ashford House Nursing Home, Dublin of Ita Frawley, Monkstown and formerly from Darogue, Ballymahon. Ita is pre-deceased by her parents Gretta and Andrew. Her remains were cremated at Mount Jerome Crematorium on Tuesday morning. We offer our deepest sympathy to Ita’s sisters, Anne and Kay, brothers Pat and Michael, Darogue, to her nieces, nephews, in-laws, her friend Maureen and her many friends and relatives. May she rest in peace.

BBQ

The annual steak BBQ at €12.50 will take place at The Three Jolly Pigeons on Saturday, 26th July from 7pm to 9pm. For tickets phone 087-6189506. Everyone welcome.

G.A.A.

Well done to Ballymahon football club who had a good win against Ardagh in the League. We wish them the best of luck when they play Ardagh in the first round of the Championship on Friday evening in Newtowncashel. We hope they will have lots of local support at the game.

Meeting

Ballymahon Tidy Towns next committee meeting takes place in Skelly’s Snug at 9pm tonight, (Wednesday). All members are urged to attend.

Best kep competition

Congratulations and thanks to all of those who are working hard to make their homes and businesses look even more beautiful along the Main Street of the town. Judging is continuing through July and into August. Details of when the winner will be announced will be confirmed soon. It’s all part of the Best Maintained Premises Competition being held in conjunction with Ballymahon Traders Association and it’s not too late to get involved if you haven’t already done so. You could win a weekend away for two kindly sponsored by Ballymahon Tidy Towns and the Traders Association. Traders and homeowners along Main Street can contact Murtagh’s Garden Centre; Jenny White’s Florist and Derek Healy’s Garden Centre, Moyvore for advice and special discounts.

Clean-ups

Twice weekly clean ups continue on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings and anyone is welcome to come along and help out with the tidy towns work. The meeting place is Ballymahon Library and times are 7pm on Wednesday evening and 9am Sunday morning.