Ballymahon

Community Alert: A public meeting was first held in March with the intention of setting up a community alert scheme for the town. Bernard Kearney from muinteior na tire came and explained the process for establishing a scheme. Over 20 local people volunteered to be area officers and a committee was established. 
Funding for signage was provided by Bridgeways Family Resource centre and Garda Ray Tubman and Tom Regan worked in partnership with the committee as garda liaison officers. A network with local community alert schemes, Tang, Derry, Moigh and Brannigan was then set up and a Text alert scheme was established with 140 people signing up to the scheme. The community alert scheme is working well with guards receiving information about crimes/suspicious behaviour/ anti-social behaviour and information coming through the text alert system with information on suspicious activity from the guards. The community alert scheme is fully supported by the town’s Traders Association and Tidy Towns Committee. Our next public meeting will be held on Thursday February 28th at 8pm to increase participation in the scheme and increase its effectiveness. It is very important that people attend this meeting.

Community Alert: A public meeting was first held in March with the intention of setting up a community alert scheme for the town. Bernard Kearney from muinteior na tire came and explained the process for establishing a scheme. Over 20 local people volunteered to be area officers and a committee was established. 
Funding for signage was provided by Bridgeways Family Resource centre and Garda Ray Tubman and Tom Regan worked in partnership with the committee as garda liaison officers. A network with local community alert schemes, Tang, Derry, Moigh and Brannigan was then set up and a Text alert scheme was established with 140 people signing up to the scheme. The community alert scheme is working well with guards receiving information about crimes/suspicious behaviour/ anti-social behaviour and information coming through the text alert system with information on suspicious activity from the guards. The community alert scheme is fully supported by the town’s Traders Association and Tidy Towns Committee. Our next public meeting will be held on Thursday February 28th at 8pm to increase participation in the scheme and increase its effectiveness. It is very important that people attend this meeting.

Inny Kayakers Slalom Weekend: The Ballymahon based Inny Kayakers will be host to the Junior Slalom team this weekend, 3rd and 4th March. Coaching with them will be the three-time Irish Olympian Eoin Rheinisch, the last time being just last year in London. This is a huge honour for the Inny Kayakers Club and all their members. The race is open to all proficient level 2 Paddlers and up. Further information available on www.innykayakers.com /innykayakers@gmail.com .

“Longford Reaching Out”: An exciting new project is being launched in Longford Library on March 5th by Henry Healy, a relative of President Barack Obama. “Longford Reaching Out” aims to help local communities to make connections with the descendants of people who emigrated from their areas. A key part of the initiative is training in genealogy and a pilot training programme will be run after Easter. For more information , go along to the Library in Longford at 7.30p.m. on Tuesday evening 5th March.

Bridge club results: North/South- 1st Gross- Breeda McKnight and Joe Hunt. 1st net – Margaret Lynn and Mary Flanagan. 2nd Gross - Una Flynn and Yvonne Dowler. 2nd net - Breeda McKnight and Joe Hunt. East/West. 1st Gross Ann Fallon & Ann Delaney. 1st net - Andrew Nally and Patricia Johanneson. 2nd Gross - Mary Feeney & Frances Kelleher. 2nd net – May Charles and Maura Quaine.

Friendly Phone Call Service: The Friendly Phone Call service is a free service for older people. The aim of the service is to provide information on local activities and services available to older people as well as an opportunity for a friendly chat. If you are feeling lonely or isolated and you would like someone to talk to , this is the service for you. The Friendly Phone Call Service can be reached at 043-33 49678 from Monday to Thursday from 10a.m. to 4p.m.

Off to Australia: Best wishes go to Derek Kearney and his wife Joan, Rath , Abbeyshrule who have gone to Australia to work. We hope all goes well for Derek, son of John and Ann and also Joan, daughter of Jimmy and Nuala.

Wedding Bells: Many congratulations to Bernadette McAuley, daughter of Gabriel and Mary, Leo Casey Park who recently got married to Peter Quinn . Bernadette and Peter celebrated their marriage with their families and many friends at the Clarion Hotel in Sligo. We wish them both many long years of good health, wealth and happiness. We hope they enjoyed their big day.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje: will take place on 18th Sept 2013 from Knock Airport. €689 per person sharing. Contact Marita Concannon on 098-64017 or 089-4146331.

Spring Stations: Spring Stations will take place in the Parish between now and 15th March 2013. Fr. Padraig would like to hear from anyone who would like to host a Station Mass in their home over the next few weeks in this, a “Year of Faith”.

Welcome home: Welcome home to Paddy Caulfield and his wife Kathleen who were home on a short break from Burnley, England, we hope they both enjoyed themselves here.

Drama: Newtowncashel Drama Group will be presenting “Callaghans Place” by the Award-winning playwright John McDwyer in The Hill, Newtowncashel on Sunday next 3rd March at 8.30p;.m. Doors open at 8.00p.m. Admission by ticket only. Tickets can be booked by calling David Hanley on 086-8222655. All proceeds will be donated to Longford Hospice. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

New baby: Congratulations to Martin and Lorraine Ward, Cloncullen on the recent birth of their new baby boy. We wish you all the best for the future.

Welcome home: To Richie Walsh, native of Toome who is over on a holiday from America visiting his family and friends in the area. We hope you enjoy your trip Richie.

Congratulations: To John Lennon, Rathmore and his wife Eimear on the birth of their first baby, a lovely girl last week. We wish you all the best of luck for the future.

Another local emigration: We wish the very best of luck to Joseph Dowler, son of William and Yvonne, Moigh who set off for Perth in Australia last week . With Joseph was one of his friends, Brendan Donohue, son of Andy and Patricia from Tang. We hope everything works out well for the lads and that they will be happy in Australia.

Funds for Community Groups: Community Groups and Projects across Longford could get a kick-start to their fundraising efforts by signing up for a new free Irish crowd funding platform called PledgUp.com. The company is offering €1,000 of funding to community groups or projects that sign up for the service with the most innovative fundraising ideas. You must sign up for the competition before the end of February 2013

New Guard for Ballymahon: We wish to welcome Sgt Joe McEntaggart to Ballymahon Garda Station having been transferred from Aughnacliffe. We hope that all goes well for him and that he will be happy here in Ballymahon.

New Canoe Club: A new Canoe was recently formed in Abbeyshrule and is based on the Royal Canal. Anyone interested in joining, and members are very welcome from neighbouring areas, should please contact Fergus Hilliard 087-2541374, John Dempsey 087-2337230, Mark Costello 087-0505249, Paddy Gogan 087 2307556 or Paualine Napieralski 087 9979140.

Ballymahon well represented: Sarah Hanley and Wayne O’Malley, both students at Ballymahon Vocational School did us proud in the all-Ireland semi finals in Castlebar on Saturday 23rd February. Sarah and Wayne wish to extend their sincerest gratitude to teachers, staff, fellow pupils and of course their respective families for the massive support they enjoyed on their journey. We wish to extend our best wishes also, to our near neighbour, Justin Maguire from Carrickedmond, a student at Ballymahon Mercy Secondary School, who has qualified for the All Ireland final in the Helix on 9th March. The entire competition is in aid of ‘Childline’ and every vote cast for the very nominal sum of €1 goes directly to this most worthy cause. Sarah and Wayne wish to thank everyone for their support and together they have raised a great sum of money for a very deserving cause of the ‘Childline’ service of the ISPCC.

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