Ballymahon June 17

HELIUM: Congratulations to the extremely hard working committee who organised the hugely successful Helium Music festival which was held in Skellys on Saturday last. The charity event which was in aid of the Friedreichs Ataxia Association brought around 1200 young people to the town to hear 31 bands play which included the infamous Coronas Kila Ham Sandwich Tupelo and Jamie Lawson and also the Ballymahon group breaking circles to name but a few. Everyone had a really enjoyable time and the weather was also thankfully very kind to them with the sun shining all evening. Huge credit is due to all the young people in the Helium 2011 crew who succeeded in hosting such a brilliant event and a trouble free day in the area.

HELIUM: Congratulations to the extremely hard working committee who organised the hugely successful Helium Music festival which was held in Skellys on Saturday last. The charity event which was in aid of the Friedreichs Ataxia Association brought around 1200 young people to the town to hear 31 bands play which included the infamous Coronas Kila Ham Sandwich Tupelo and Jamie Lawson and also the Ballymahon group breaking circles to name but a few. Everyone had a really enjoyable time and the weather was also thankfully very kind to them with the sun shining all evening. Huge credit is due to all the young people in the Helium 2011 crew who succeeded in hosting such a brilliant event and a trouble free day in the area.

CEMETERY SUNDAY: June 26th Noughaval 5pm Tang (Templeavalley) 7pm July 3rd Cloncallow 5pm Forgney 7pm.

ROYAL CANAL: Congratulations to Mickey Greally and the hard working group who had the area a Brannagan harbour looking so well on June 5th when over 30 boats from the Erne waterways travelled south on the royal canal having spent a night at Clondra and Kenagh and then onto Abbeyshrule via ballymahon. Lots of people turned out to watch the colourful flotilla of boats pass under the new bridge at Drynan as its great to see the canal navigable again.

MINI MARATHON: Well done to all the ladies in the area who participated in the ladies Mini Marathon in Dublin on the bank holiday weekend raising much needed funds in the process for various organisations.

GOLDSMITH FESTIVAL: As in previous years this year’s Goldsmith Literary Festival was a great success with good crowds attending all of their literary events over the weekend from June 3rd to 5th. Congratulations to the committee and all involved in their 27th annual event which is going from strength to strength.

SYMPATHY: We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Paddy Finnegan Drynan to his sister , all his brothers and all his family on the death at the weekend of Paddys mother Mrs Bridget Finnegan, Dundalk formerly of Corduff Monaghan predeceased by her husband James and daughter Marie . May her soul rest in peace.

LEGION OF MARY: a branch of the legion of mary has been formed in Ballymahon. The group meet every thursday evening at 7.30pm in the sacristy of St mathews church under the spiritual direction of Fr Padraig McGowan. You are most welcome to become a member or attend one of our meetings. Currently members of the Legion of Mary are doing house – to house visitation in the parish and hopefully they will be well received. For more information please contact Fr Padraig at 087 2524013 or Ann Flanagan at 087 6392972.

CLUSTERING: It was decided at a meeting recently by priests from the Diocese regarding the clustering of parishes that each of the parishes involved should organise a survey of opinion to see that in the event that it became necessary to reduce the number of Masses in the cluser which Masses should be dropped. As a result of this decision voting papers will be distributed at the weekend masses this coming weekend which people should return the following weekend. Your cooperation will be much appreciated.

GIVE BLOOD: The Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be holding a clinic in the Longford Arms Hotel Longford this week on Wednesday and Thursday 15th and 16th June from 4.30pm to 8pm. With your help they can ensure that they have sufficient blood to meet the demand from 63 hospitals nationwide every day of the week, 3000 units are needed each week.

WALKING CLUB: if you would like to join the walking group in the area please join them at Ballymahon Mart on the Mostrim Road each Wednesday evening at 8pm. Everyone welcome.

COMPUTER SKILLS: Or do you just need to know how to email and use social media there are computer classes starting in Ballymahon lovely new library on Tuesday 21st June from 10am to 12am. These will be tailored computer courses to suit your needs and only cost 50 euro for 10 classes. Learn about Excel word 2007 file mangement facebook Twitter Using information please contact Yvonne Hogg at 087 6155965.

SUMMER CAMP: An art Summer Camp for Second level students is taking place at Bridgeways Centre Ballymahon with tutor Frances Kelleher June 13- 17 10am to 12.30pm and June 20th to 24th from 10am to 12.30pm. The fee per week per person is 20 euro including materials. The course is subsidised by Bridgeways Family Resource centre. Max 15 students per weekly session. To apply please send or leave in your name address age school year and contact details together with your fee 20 euro as soon as possible to either Rory Gallagher (tel 09064 32691) Bridgeways Centre Ballymahon or Frances Kelleher (tel 09064 32203) Ballymahon.

HISTORY GROUP: The groups day trip to Connemara takes place on Monday 20th june 2011 . Just a few seats are still available. Anyone who wishes to travel on the bus please contact Anne Browne secretary or Phillip Murrell PRO.

EUCHARISTIC

CONGRESS: In Preparation for the international Eucharistic Congress to be held in Dublin next year a national Eucharistic Congress will be held in Knock on Saturday 25th June 2011. It is expected that every parish in Ireland will be represented. During the day there will be four workshops which may be attended. These will be held in marquees directly behind the Basilica. There are only 200 places available for each of them so advance registration is needed. The core of the celebration will be the Congress Mass which will include the Sacrament of the sick and this will be celebrated at 3pm. More information will be available later but if anyone is interested in representing the parish at the Congress please contact Fr padraig and if necessary the parish will sponsor a bus to bring people to Knock.

GRADUATION MASS: Graduation Mass for the 6th class pupils from St Matthews National School will be celebrated in St Mathews Church at 7.30pm on Thursday 23rd June. This will be followed by light refreshments served in the convent house daycare and resource centre. The children have been working hard to make sure that this is their unique celebration and look forward to sharing with you on the night. Everyone welcome.

FRIENDS OF LOURDES: wish to thank you for your kind support at their Church gate collection in Ballymahon at the weekend. Your support is greatly appreciated.

SUMER CAMP: County Longford Youth Service are running a Summer Camp in Ballymahon during the week of July 4th – July 8th. Thecamp is open to all young people aged 10 – 18 and costs 10 euro per child per week. For further information regarding the camp please contact County Longford Youth Service on (043) 3340907.