Ballymahon notes



Corr: Dermot Sheehy. Tel: 09064 32884 / 087 2378668. E-mail:

Mortgage Advice Evening

Bank of Ireland Ballymahon are holding a Mortgage Advice Evening on Friday, October 17 from 6 to 9pm. The staff would like to extend a welcome to anyone who may be thinking of building or buying a house now or in the future. Mortgage Advisers will be available to speak with you and give you any necessary advice. Please contact Mary at 07662 40511 or Sheila at 07662 40510 for further details.

New Clinic

Congratulations to Caroline Ferry, Doory who recently qualified as a Nutritional Therapist. Caroline is opening a Healthy Eating/Weight Loss clinic above O’Hanlons Pharmacy, Lower Main Street beside the Doctor’s Clinic. There will be an information meeting at this location on Thursday, October 16 between 7 and 9pm and everyone is welcome. Contact Caroline on 086 3994615 for further information.


The Midland Dancing Committee are holding a Fundraiser at The Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule on Friday, October 24 in aid of the South Westmeath Hospice, St Christopher’s, Longford and also the Irish Cancer Society. It promises to be lots of fun with waltzing and jiving competition taking place between 10pm and 1am. Music will be provided by PJ Murrihy. Admission is only €10.

Night at the Dogs

Ballymahon GAA are running their annual Night at the Dogs in Mullingar Greyhound Track on Saturday, October 25. Tickets cost €20 and can be bought from club members. The jackpot prize is €1,500. There will be a free bus provided to and from the race track. Kicking the night off will be a novelty race involving players from the club which is kindly sponsored by Cooney’s Hotel.


A Counselling Service is now available in Bridgeways Family Resource Centre, opposite St Matthew’s Church. For more information please contact Melissa Quinn at 085 1648632.

Art Classes

Art Classes are taking place with Frances Kelleher at the Sisters of Mercy house, Main Street on Wednesdays from 7 to 9pm. Fee is €10 per session. Newcomers welcome, also beginners.

Club ’91

The AGM of Club ’91 took place on Wednesday last. Officers remain the same: Chairperson Cecilia McGarry, Vice Chairperson Mai Reilly, Secretary Ethel Noonan, Treasurer Eileen Reilly, PRO Eileen Concannon.

The club members travelled to Edgeworthstown on Tuesday last to hear the Garda Band. They gave a talk about keeping safe in the home and protecting our property. Some lovely refreshments were served by the pupils from Granard.

Club ’91 would like to thank all for a lovely afternoon and Bernie for getting them to their destination and home safe.

The Club meets every Wednesday from 8 to 10pm in the Bridgeways Centre and new members are very welcome.

Crafts for Christmas

Do you have any artistic skills such as painting, jewellery making, flower arranging, baking, art & craft, sculptures, woodwork, card making, knitting etc. Do you need a place to sell your product. Ballymahon Craft Fair has space for you. The Fair is being held on Saturday, November 1 from 3 to 9pm and on Sunday, November 2 from 11am to 4pm. For more information please call 089 4269199.

Leo Casey History Group

The eagerly-awaited partial re-print of “Ballymahon, a Journey back in time”, is now available at Hanly’s Newsagents , Lower Main Street. If you didn’t purchase a copy of the book first time around now is your chance while stocks last, price €20. Those who have placed orders will have their books reserved for them and all who expressed an interest in purchasing the book can now do so at Hanly’s.

Well Done

Well done to Carrickedmond football team who beat Rathcline in the Division 2 Cup Final in Cashel at the weekend.


Derek Mahady, an organist and choirmaster is in the process of recruiting boys and girls for a new Choir as part of an initiative by St Mel’s Cathedral to create a new interest in sacred music in conjunction with the restoration of St Mel’s Cathedral. Some people will remember the Boy’s Choir, which was trained by Fr Gerry Slammon, which was noted for the superior quality of its choral work, and in addition to singing regularly in St.Mel’s Cathedral, also performed in London and Rome to great acclaim. For further information with regard to this new venture, please contact Fr Tom Healy at 043 33 46465.

Forgney GAA

The club are in the process of embarking on an annual Fundraising Draw. The annual subscription costs €50 and will include entry into the Lotto draw of November where a guaranteed prize fund of €4,300 will be distributed. If there is not one individual winner, the prize fund will be distributed as follows: 1st €1,500, 2nd €1,000, 3rd €750, 4th €500, 5th €250, 6th, 7th, & 8th €100. This Draw will take place in Nally’s Corner House pub on Saturday, November 1. The annual subscription also includes entry into 26 fortnightly lotto draws commencing on Saturday, November 8 with a Jackpot of €1,000. Tickets are available from any of the committee members.

Longford Voices United

Longford Voices United is a Community Choir who meet in Respond House in Longford on Thursdays at 6.15pm. New members are always welcome. On this Friday, October 17 they are holding a ‘Fun Auction’ in the Sin Bin Event Centre at Longford Rugby Club at 8pm. For more information contact Ann at 087 7141733. Your support will be appreciated.

Used Stamps

This is a renewed appeal for used Stamps to benefit Mission activities undertaken by St Patrick’s Missionaries, Kiltegan. Please leave your used stamps in the box in the principal porch in St Matthew’s Church.

Collette’s Hairdressing Salon

We wish the very best of luck to Collette Connor (nee Galvin), who has opened a new Hairdressing Salon at Lower Main Street. We hope Collette’s business will be successful, she is an experienced Hairdresser and had her own salon here in Ballymahon some years ago.

Under 16 Football

Hard luck to the amalgamation Ballymahon/Forgney/Kenagh/Moydow U-16 football team who lost the U-16 ‘A’ Final on Saturday afternoon last in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park when they were beaten by Clonguish. Well done to the lads and their mentors on reaching the Final.

Hard luck to Ballymahon/Forgney U-21 team who were beaten by Colmcille on Saturday evening last in the Championship played in Colmcille. We wish the lads the best of luck in their next game.

Have you any old football boots?

Claire Delaney, Toome, a member of the Ballymahon/Forgney ladies senior football team is travelling to Nairobi in Kenya with her school in a few weeks time. She is asking if anybody has old football boots, kit ,etc which can be used to introduce the young children in Kenya to Gaelic football. If you have, please bring them to the club’s training session at the pitch on Friday evening from 6-7pm. Please help out.


Results from October 6: North/South 1st Gross & net Ann Fallon & Ann Delaney, 2nd Gross Joe Hunt and Breda McKnight. 2nd net Mary Murtagh & Margaret Dowd. East/West 1st Gross Orla McEntee & Tony Tiernan, 1st net Christy Flanagan & Eddie Walsh, 2nd Gross Christy Flanagan & Eddie Walsh, 2nd net Orla McEntee & Tony Tiernan.