Ballymahon

Bus to Knock

Bus to Knock

A bus will travel to Knock Shrine on Saturday 25th April leaving Edgeworthstown at 10a.m. To book a seat please contact Peter at 087 661 3510.

Death of Johnny Hannifin

The death occurred on Saturday, 11th April of John (Johnny) Hannifin, St. Matthews Park, father of the late Aggie and Willie, at Our Lady’s Manor Nursing Home, Edgeworthstown where he has spent the last six years. Johnny was born in Granard back in 1935, moved to Ballymahon in 1954 and has been married to Mary for the last 61 years, together they reared a big family in hard times. A hard-working man, Johnny worked with Bord na Mona many years ago and over the years worked with many local farmers, Michael Casey in Newtowncashel, the late Brian Mulvihill, the late Niall McKnight and many others. He regularly worked in the bog and was a great man with horses, he had a great love of animals. He also drove a lorry for many years. Johnny also enjoyed cycling when he was younger, he often cycled down to Galway to visit his sister and even made the odd trip to Dublin on his bike. A large crowd travelled to the Manor in Edgeworthstown where his remains lay in repose and also at his Funeral Mass in Ballymahon which was celebrated by Fr. Tom Barden. We offer our deepest sympathy to Johnny’s wife Mary, to his daughters Marie and Jacqueline, his sons Robert, Mike, Joe, Johnny, Paul, Brendan and Aaron, sisters, brothers, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. His remains were laid to rest in Shrule Cemetery. May his Soul rest in peace.

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Defibrillator Group

Is supporting ladies from Forgney and Tang who are doing the Women’s VHI Mini Marathon on Monday, June 1st for the upkeep of their local Defibrillator. The money they raise will go specifically to keeping the Defibs updated with pads and batteries when the need arises. So please get behind these ladies. Walking or Running for the upkeep of Forgney Defibrillator we have Madeline McCormack, Daphne Duncan, Marie Farrell, Susan Barr, Bernie Quinn, Paula Lloyd, Ciara Molloy and Shirley Maloney. Doing it for Tang Defibrillators we have Mary Kelly, Aoife Kelly, Aoife Dooley, Caroline McGoey, Rosie Cahill, Fiona Molloy and Dorren Vagena. So please get behind these ladies and sponsor them a few euro, all monies raised will be going back into your areas. There is still time if more women want to come on board but they need to register online before Friday 17th April. For more information contact Darren Mulledy on 086 1704394.

Register of Electors

Are you on the Register of Electors? If not, there is still time to apply for inclusion in the Supplement to the Register of Electors otherwise you cannot vote in the forthcoming Referendums on Friday May 22nd 2015. Application forms are available from the Franchise Office, Longford County Council. E-mail: franchise@longfordcoco.ie

Forgney G.A.A. Lotto

Numbers drawn in Cooneys Hotel: 1, 19, 30, 31. No winner of the Jackpot of €1,300. €30 each was won by Eoghan Duncan, Bessfort and John Nally, Nally’s Garage. Next month’s draw on May 2nd will be held in Nally’s Corner House at 11.00pm.

Parish news

Saturday evening Mass in St. Matthews church will now commence at 8.15p.m. Sunday Mass at 11.30a.m. as usual. Weekday Masses- Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 10.00a.m. Should anyone wish to contact a priest please call: Fr. Tom Barden. Kenagh @ 043 33 22127/ 087-9195354 or Fr. Charlie Healy, Carrickedmond at 044 93 57442/ 087 751 0042.

Social Dancing

Continues every Saturday night from 9p.m. to 11p.m. in Cooney’s Hotel. Everyone is welcome to attend. Admission is just €5.

Fleadh

Co Longford Fleadh will take place this year in Edgeworthstown from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th May. More information can be obtained at longfordcomhaltas@gmail.com

Longford MS

Longford Multiple Sclerosis Society would like to thank you all who helped, organized and most importantly contributed to their recent church gate Collection. Your generosity is very much appreciated.

Peace Keeping

We wish the very best of luck to Cpl Fergal McLoughlin, An Drinan, formerly Creevaghmore who recently travelled to Syria for a six-month stint with the Peace Keeping Forces. We hope that Fergal and his fellow Army colleagues will be safe and well during their stay until their return in October.

Death of Michael J Ward

We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Michael J Ward, Ballinacurra, Moyvore whose death occurred on 10th April at Newbrook Nursing Home, Mullingar (late of C.I.E.), to Michael’s sister Loreen, nieces Sarah and Helen, extended family, neighbours and Maeve. May he rest in peace.

Asthma Society

Wish to thank everyone who contributed to their Church Gate Collection in Ballymahon at the weekend. Your kind support is greatly appreciated.

Sympathy

Our deepest sympathy is extended to Sean and Patricia Gilbride and their family, Cloncallow on the death at the weekend of Sean’s grandmother, Bridie Gilbride, Ballyconnell, Co Cavan. May God grant rest to her Soul.

Welcome home

To Brian Lynch who greatly surprised his parents Pat and Patsy, Creevaghbeg when he arrived home recently for a holiday from Australia. We hope Brian enjoys his stay here with Pat, Patsy, brothers Stephen and Ronan and all his relatives and many friends in the area.

Death of Pat Larkin

It was with deep regret that we learnt of the sudden death at his farm of Pat Larkin, Kilcurry on Thursday evening last, 16th April at the young age of 47 years, pre-deceased by his father Bernard. Pat has been a hard-working farmer all his life, he was a very obliging neighbour and was a very popular and highly respected member of the local farming community and a regular visitor to Ballymahon and the Mart here in Ballymahon. He enjoyed socialising and playing a game of cards. He was a very prominent player with Carrickedmond G.A.A. over the years and had still been very much involved in the Club where he was always highly regarded. We offer our deepest sympathy to Pat’s heartbroken mother, Helena and sisters Brid, Pauline and Maria, to his brothers-in-law, aunt, aunts-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives, neighbours and many friends. May he rest in peace.

Minor football

Very well done to Co Longford Minor football team who had a great win against Wicklow at the weekend in the 1st round of the Minor championship which was played in Baltinglass. On the panel were local lads Mark McCormack and Joe Kelly, we wish the team the best of luck in the remainder of the Championship.

Welcome home

To Gerald Daly who is over from America visiting his mother, Kathleen, Main Street and all his family in the area. We hope he enjoys his holiday here.

Goldsmith Literary Festival

The 31st annual Goldsmith Literary Festival takes place over the Bank Holiday weekend, 29th May to 1st June. Entry forms are now available for the usual Poetry Competition, closing date for entry is May 1st. You can download the entry form and competition rules at www.olivergoldsmithfestival.com Winners will be invited to read their work and receive their prize at the Poetry in Pallas event on Sunday, 31st May 2015.

Ballymahon/Forgney Gaels

Congratulations to the three winners of the recent Grand National Draw – 1st €150 Mike Cooney. 2nd €100 Barney Steele, 3rd €50 Jenny Ronayne. The Club are arranging a trip to Croke Park on Saturday next 25th April to see the Longford-v-Offaly game. A bus will leave from the pitch at 2p.m. €10 per child and €15 per adult. Money must be paid in advance. All age groups are welcome but U.12s must be supervised by an adult. We hope all the young people enjoy the day out.

Public Meeting

To contribute your ideas, suggestions or proposals on the possible future

use of the Ballymahon Sports Centre site please attend a public meeting

called by the directors in the Dean Egan Library on Thursday, April 23rd at 8.30pm. All contributions will be considered before any decisions are made.

Tidy Towns

It’s clean up time again. Ballymahon Tidy Towns is getting busy again now in the run up to the judging period. We have already been working steadfastly along with the Community Employment Scheme in Ballymahon to improve the town and its environs over the course of the last 12 months and many people have commented on the lovely signage, flower beds and paint work that have been undertaken. But we need to raise funds to continue the good work.

So this Friday evening, Ballymahon Tidy Towns hosts their annual fundraiser table quiz in Skelly’s Bar at 9pm. All businesses in the town are invited to have a representative table or if they are unable to participate, a donation towards the work of Tidy Towns would be greatly appreciated. There will be a raffle with spot prizes on the night and great prizes for the winning quiz team. It’s hoped as many as possible will come along on the night to lend their support. Tables €40 – max four on a team. Full details on Ballymahon Tidy Towns and Ballymahon Traders Association pages on Facebook. In the first week of May, Wednesday evening and Sunday morning clean ups will begin again. Volunteers are invited to come along to the meeting point at the Library at 7pm on Wednesday evenings and 9am on Sunday mornings to donate an hour of their time to working with Tidy Towns on various projects they are taking on. As adjudication is coming up, Tidy Towns is urging anyone who may be thinking of painting the exterior of their premises to consider doing it within the next six weeks, as it will greatly enhance the towns chances of receiving a higher score when it comes to judging. If there is anyone requiring assistance to get a job like this done, Tidy Towns will try to help out where possible. Keep your eyes peeled for details of this years Best Maintained Premises Competition as well, which will be announced soon following the great success of last years initiative. Finally, Ballymahon Tidy Towns is also urging as many people as possible to come along to the public meeting in relation to Ballymahon Sports Centre which is being held in the Dean Egan Library at half past 8 tomorrow night, Thursday. The Sports Centre site is something that has been remarked upon by Tidy Towns judges for a number of years now and it would be hugely beneficial for the town and for the local residents living in the area if a plan was put into place in relation to it.