French Twinning Group

French Twinning Group

Twenty visitors from Landevant/Landaul, France visited our town last week and spent the full week here hosted by several local families as part of the French Twinning initiative which has been active for the last fourteen years or so. Chairperson of the group in Ballymahon is Breege Murray and herself and the Committee had an action-packed week of activities for the visitors. They visited cultural and historic places like St. Mel’s Cathedral, spent two days in Innis Oirr on the Arann Islands, Breege & Tommy Murray hosted a Barbecue at their pub, The River Inn and they also attended some traditional music sessions in the area which they really enjoyed. An official welcome for them was held on Thursday night in Ballymahon’s fine new Library which was attended by Mark Casey, Chairman of Longford County Council, Frank Sheridan, Director of Services with Longford County Council, members of Ballymahon Municipal Authority and many guests. M.C. for the night was Rory Duncan, Secretary of the Twinning committee and speakers at the event were Mark Casey, Breege Murray and also the Deputy Mayor of Landevant and President of the Landevant Twinning committee Madam Evelyne Rano who has brought many groups to Ballymahon. A mark of respect was paid to good friends and committee members who have passed away since the group’s last visit two years ago, Fr. Padraig McGowan, Ann Flanagan and Caroline Mulvihill. R.I.P. The Innyside Singers with their Director, Sr. Maura and accompanist Padraig McGowan entertained the crowd throughout the night with some lovely songs such as some of Moore’s Melodies, introduced in French by one of their members, Una Byrne and many other pieces. Our French visitors have now returned to their homes in France and we look forward to seeing them again in two years time. Well done to all the local Committee and everyone involved, who as in previous years made the French people feel so welcome. Chairperson, Breege wishes to thank Longford Co Council who hosted the civic reception and to Mary Carlton-Reynolds and staff for their continued support.

Day Care Centre

The Convent House and Day Care Centre here in Ballymahon wish to thank everyone who contributed to their fund-raising collection in the town on Saturday last. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Inny Kayakers Open Day

Would you like to try Kayaking? Then go along to the Inny Kayakers FREE event on Saturday, 23rd May anytime between 11a.m. and 3p.m. Have a look around the Clubhouse and see what they are all about. If you like, they will then take you on a short spin down the river Inny. There will be food afterwards at the Clubhouse. You will find them beside the Bridge in Ballymahon. Please bring a change of clothes if you want to go on the river. Juniors must be at least 10 years old and must have a parent or guardian present. Visit the group’s website @ Any questions, please e-mail

Death of Michael Rogers

We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs Mary Bennett, Boherlahan, Cashel, Co Tipperary on the death at Thomond Lodge Nursing Home on May 5th last of her brother, Mick Rogers, Keel, Ballymahon and formerly Moyvore. Mick is pre-deceased by his wife Maureen. He was a grand, quiet gentleman, a hard-working farmer all his life. His remains were laid to rest in Forgney Cemetery following his funeral mass in St. Mary’s Church in Tang. Our sympathy is also extended to Mick’s nieces, nephews, nieces-in-law, nephews-in-law, and all his neighbours and friends. May he rest in peace.

Enterprise Week

Enterprise week in Bank of Ireland is being held from Friday, 15th May up to an including Friday 22nd May. Ballymahon branch are going with a Wedding Theme so if there is anyone who would like them to advertise and promote their business in this area, they would be delighted to hear from them. You can contact any of the staff members by 15th May.

Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration is taking place in St. Matthews Church every Tuesday throughout the year from 10.30a.m. (after Mass) to 11.00p.m. Two people are needed for every hour. The weakest hours at present are 3-4p.m. and 9-10p.m. Support would be appreciated at these times if you have an hour to spare. If anyone on the Rota wishes to change to an earlier or later time this can be arranged. Newcomers are always welcome.

Women’s Mini-Marathon

Ballymahon Defibrillator Group would like to take this opportunity to thank Emmet of Innyside Service Station who has come on board to sponsor the t-shirts for the ladies in the area who are doing the Women’s Mini Marathon in June for the upkeep of the Defibrillators in their community. The T-shirts will identify where the ladies are from and their chosen charity. There is so much good-will out there. Bernie Hackett has also come on board by providing the ladies with a huge discount on the hire of a bus on the day. He said he was delighted to do it “for this great local cause”. Thanks Bernie from everyone. Many thanks also to the Cloncullen Group Water Scheme for the kind donation of €400 to Ballymahon Defibrillator Group, this money will go towards the upkeep of Debrillators/AEDs in the Ballymahon area and training equipment. So remember to sponsor the Tang and Forgney ladies, remember your money helps for the upkeep of Defibrillators in Forgney and Tang.


We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Andy Mulvihill, Cartron Road, Kenagh on the sad death on 4th May of his wife Valentine (Val), nee Casserly at Mullingar General Hospital, also to Val’s daughter Mary and son-in-law Michael, grand-daughters Lauren and Michelle, relatives and many friends. May her dear Soul rest in peace.

Student Scholarship

The Student Scholarship, sponsored by Ballymahon & District Credit Union is operational again this year. It is open to all Leaving Cert Students attending the Vocational and Mercy Secondary Schools. The student must be completing a FAS Apprenticeship, full-time Certificate, Diplima or Degree course at any University, IT or approved third-level college. All students who wish to enter the draw must be a member of the Credit Union before 31st May 2015. The Recipient of the Scholarship will receive €1,000 per annum for a maximum of three years.

Calling Class 1970-1975

Convent of Mercy Ballymahon. Save the date 27th June 2015. It may seem hard to believe but it is forty years since you left the hallowed walls and went your separate ways. An informal get-together is being organised to catch up on old times. They will meet in the new school at 12 noon on the 27th June for a tour of the school and then to have lunch at Cooney’s Hotel. In order to get an idea of the numbers who will attend you might please RSVP by e-mail, text or phone to Sinead Breaden at 086-8568393 or Dolores Murtagh

District Energy Co-op

A public meeting will take place in Cooney’s Hotel, Ballymahon on Thursday, May 14th at 9p.m. with a view to forming an Energy Co-Operative for Ballymahon and its hinterland. Everyone who has an interest or expertise in this area is earnestly requested to attend. This idea was first mooted at a meeting of Ballymahon Traders Association back in the Autumn and quite a number of people have now expressed an interest in taking it to the next stage that is, forming the co-op. There are a wide range of positive opportunities open to communities who are ready to engage with the transition to low carbon by embracing green technologies and the setting up of the co-op is the first step in the process of enabling Ballymahon to become a green energy town. We hope to see a big turnout in Cooney’s on May 14th.

Parish news

Saturday evening Masses 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 10a.m. Should anyone wish to contact a priest please call: Fr. Tom Barden. Kenagh at 043 33 22127/ 087-9195354 or Fr. Charlie Healy, Carrickedmond at 044 93 57442/ 087 751 0042.

Goldsmith Literary Festival

The 31st annual Goldsmith Literary Festival takes place over the Bank Holiday weekend, 29th May to 1st June. The press launch for the Festival will be held at Ballymahon new Library on this Friday, 15th May at 6p.m. We wish the organising committee every success with this year’s event. For schedule and further information please go to

Cemetery Sunday

Takes place in Cloncallow Cemetery on Sunday 28th June at 5pm and in Forgney Cemetery on the same day at 7pm.


Ballymahon Traders Association are very excited about the Center Parcs project planned for the area. They would be grateful if local businesses and groups could show their support for the planning application. You can e-mail them a letter of support to or or give your letter to a member of the BTA. Also a public Open day is to be held sometime towards the end of May in Ballymahon which will provide further details behind the Center Parcs plans.


A Pilates course with Regina for 6 weeks commenced on Tuesday, 12th May in Cooney’s Hotel at 8p.m. Improves posture, muscle tone and appearance. Please contact Regina at 087-2485822.

First Communion

At Forgney Church takes place on Saturday, 23rd May at 11a.m. Mass.

Welcome Home

We wish to welcome home Mick and Liz Farrell, Mostrim Road, their daughter Caitriona and Brian and also their son James and Emma who have returned from their holiday in the States where they were visiting Mick and Liz’s son Keith, his wife Megan and their young family in Philadelphia. We hope they all enjoyed the trip.

70th Birthday

Congratulations to Maureen Lee, formerly from Marian Tce who celebrated her 70th birthday with her family and friends down in Galway where she now lives. Many of her relations travelled down for the celebrations. We wish Maureen good health and happiness in the years ahead.

Tax Rebate

You are asked, if you have not already done so, to please return all completed Tax Rebate forms to St. Matthews Church as soon as possible. Blank forms are available in the Church.

Tidy Towns

It’s clean up time again. Ballymahon Tidy Towns is hosting a community Spring Clean event this evening, Wednesday May 13th at 7pm. All members of the community with an interest in helping to make Ballymahon a better and tidier place are invited to gather at Ballymahon Library this evening, Wednesday at 7pm to participate in a major clean up evening of the town, in advance of this year’s Tidy Towns Competition adjudication period. Anyone who may be able to help out is asked to join Tidy Towns volunteers at Ballymahon Library at 7 o’clock. Thank you: On Friday, 24th April, Ballymahon Tidy Towns hosted their annual fundraiser table quiz in Skelly’s Bar. Sunday morning clean ups are continuing. 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 four 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. Anyone interested in making a donation towards the work of Ballymahon Tidy Towns is invited to contact Philip Egan (Innyside Service Station) on 0879825585 or Michael Greally on 0872546517. Receipts will be provided and all or any level of donation will always be gratefully received to help the Tidy Towns campaign.