Ballymahon

On Saturday last Ballymahon held their second annual dog night at Mullingar dog track. It was an outstanding success and once again was well attended and most enjoyable. Well done to all who worked so hard to ensure its success. The winner of the bumper prize of €1,500 was Robert McLoughlin, Ballivor, Co. Meath and the seller was Albert Fallon. A very successful raffle was held and many thanks to all who sponsored prizes namely Hamper sponsored by Smyths Supervalue, meal voucher sponsored by Cooneys Hotel, €50 note sponsored by Eddie Walsh, Main St; Fuel Voucher Sponsored by Innyside Service Station; Bottle wine sponsor Nallys Forecourt; Bottle of wine David McCormack; Bottle of wine Sponsor Albert Fallon. The winners of these prizes were Eddie Nally, Sean Fogarty, Noel Joyce, Matthew Daly, Milly Higgins, Alan Vance. Many thanks to all who supported the event and all who attended on the night. No doubt a night to remember and

On Saturday last Ballymahon held their second annual dog night at Mullingar dog track. It was an outstanding success and once again was well attended and most enjoyable. Well done to all who worked so hard to ensure its success. The winner of the bumper prize of €1,500 was Robert McLoughlin, Ballivor, Co. Meath and the seller was Albert Fallon. A very successful raffle was held and many thanks to all who sponsored prizes namely Hamper sponsored by Smyths Supervalue, meal voucher sponsored by Cooneys Hotel, €50 note sponsored by Eddie Walsh, Main St; Fuel Voucher Sponsored by Innyside Service Station; Bottle wine sponsor Nallys Forecourt; Bottle of wine David McCormack; Bottle of wine Sponsor Albert Fallon. The winners of these prizes were Eddie Nally, Sean Fogarty, Noel Joyce, Matthew Daly, Milly Higgins, Alan Vance. Many thanks to all who supported the event and all who attended on the night. No doubt a night to remember and

maybe repeat.

Club Football final

On Sunday last patrons in Tullamore witnessed a great game between St Vincent’s of Dublin and Portlaoise which was won by St Vincent’s on a 3-12 to 3-9 scoreline a great game and well refereed by local man Fergal Kelly and with his team of umpires, local guys Pat Otoole, Paul Kelly, Phelim Kelly and Thomas O’Rourke. Well done to one and all

Fireside Tales

“Fireside Tales” has yet another book to delight you. No 11 Issue 2013, edited by Jude Flynn, with tales from around Longford Town and all over the County is now out in the shops to entertain you again this Christmas. There’s a story of interest about a huge storm that raged in Abbeyshrule in January 1839 which destroyed houses and orchards in the area and theres also the tale of Peter Doherty from Tashinney who emigrated to Argentina in 1885 as did so many people from here during those times. An article about McKnights Pharmacy which closed in 2000 goes back to 1909 when William McKnight, father of the late Niall McKnight came from County Armagh and opened his new pharmacy business beside the old R.I.C. barracks. And did you know that way back in 1869 twenty one Pub Licences were granted in Ballymahon town, a big change to present day numbers. So if you hav’nt all the Christmas presents bought yet, this book would be a good one to buy, it would give someone hours of leisurely reading. Well done again Jude.

Traders Association

The Traders are pleased to announce they are running the “Shop Local Campaign” with local schools again this year. It was a great success last year and helps to raise awareness of the importance of shopping local where possible. The idea is to collect up receipts from local shops to be entered in a draw to win great prizes. We hope all businesses will take part and encourage the children to collect. Many thanks to the parents and staff of St. Matthew’s National School for taking part in this initiative. Happy shopping everyone!

Bridge Club

18th November North/South- 1st Gross & net – Sarah Frawley & Mark Tiernan. 2nd Gross & net – Breeda McKnight & Joe Hunt. 3rd Gross & net – Kathleen Nulty & Mary Mulvihill. East/West: 1st Gross & net- Declan McGivney & Liam Flynn. 2nd Gross & net – Patricia Flanagan & Brendan Murtagh. 3rd Gross & net – Mary Flanagan & Margaret Lynn. 25th Nov: 1st Gross – Sarah Frawley & Mark Tiernan. 1st net – Frances Kelleher & Mary Feeney. 2nd gross & net – Patricia Flanagan & Brendan Murtagh. 3rd net – Rory Duncan & Willie Flanagan. East/West – 1st Gross - Declan McGivney & Liam Flynn. 1st net – Greta Egan & Jimmy Lennon. 2nd Gross & net – Kathleen Nulty & Mary Mulvihill. 3rd net – Adrian Duncan & Aidan Nally.

Jiving Lessons

You can now dance those winter blues away by taking free jiving lessons every Saturday night with Adrian Duncan and Mary Murtagh in Cooneys Hotel from 8p.m. to 9p.m. After that there’s two hours of social dancing , 9 to 11p.m. with different groups playing music each night. The Social dancing will only cost you €7.50. Everyone welcome, even if you don’t have a partner, there’s always someone there to dance with.

Advent Penance Service

This year the Advent Penance Service in St. Matthews Church will take place on Thursday 12th December commencing at 8p.m. There will also be a Penance Service in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Carrickedmond on Tuesday 17th December at 7.30p.m. and in St. Dominic’s Church, Kenagh on Thursday 19th December at 7.30p.m.

Christmas Soiree

Ballymahon Landevant-Landaul Town Twinning Committee are holding a fund-raising “Christmas Soiree” at The River Inn, Ballymahon on Saturday, December 14th. Music will be provided by Bernie Connolly and refreshments will be served. Admission €10. Everyone welcome

Samaritans

The annual Christmas Concert in aid of the Athlone branch of the Samaritans will take place in the Franciscan Friary, Athlone on Thursday 12th December, commencing at 8p.m. featuring the Army Band of the Second Brigade with conductor Capt. Declan Whitson, along with David Martin, tenor, the Athlone Capapella, the Athlone Pipe Band. Compere: Cathal Murray, RTE. Your support will be very much appreciated.

A word of thanks

It is appropriate to say “Thanks” to the committed Group of people who spend one hour a week at Eucharistic Adoration in St. Matthews Church each Tuesday. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament nourishes the soul and brings down many blessings on our families and Parish. More members are needed in 2014 to keep this one special day for the Lord. Please think about becoming involved.

Death of Frank Power

The death of Mr Frank Power took place on Monday, 18th November 2013 in St. Joseph’s Care Centre in Longford. Frank came to live in Ballymahon six or seven years ago, living first in the Granary apartments and later moving to Moycourt Estate. In the first few years he was very mobile and Frank was often seen driving around in his big blue Ford Transit Van. Unfortunately a minor accident in his van triggered a downward spiral in his health. During his illness he was well cared for by healthcare personnel and his neighbours. A native of Roskeen, Co Cork, Frank was a man of strong views, readers may remember his article and photo in The Longford Leader about the care of the elderly and other related issues. Following Prayers in Glennons Funeral Home in Longford, his remains were brought to St. Catherine’s Church in Ballymahon for his funeral service conducted by Canon A.W. Kingston on Thursday 21st November. Following Cremation in Dublin, his ashes are to be interred in Lisgoold Cemetery in Mallow, Co Cork. May God grant unto him, eternal rest.

History Book

There are still a few copies of “Ballymahon – a Journey Back in Time” available in the shops. This book which was put together by the local Leo Casey History Group features photographs and articles from Ballymahon and its surrounds from 1578 right up to 2013. A great Christmas present especially for relations who have possibly emigrated who would love to see some of the old faces and places again. The book was officially launched about six weeks ago and is proving very popular with everyone who has read it.

St. Vincent de Paul

The local branch of St. Vincent de Paul held their annual Church Gate collection at the weekend. They are most grateful for your generous donations. The local conference has helped many people in need since it was set up some years ago, and the needs unfortunately, are increasing. If you missed the Collection at the weekend and you still wish to contribute, the local contact is 085-1699437.The local group would welcome new members.

Bog Lane Theatre

Well done to the Bog Lane Theatre group who staged two One-Act Plays at their theatre from Thursday night last to Sunday night. The Theatre is now celebrating 25 years in existence and the audience were entertained by the two plays “Small Box Psychosis” by Barry McKinley, directed by Ruairi Stafford and “The Donahue Sisters” by Geraldine Aron, directed by Michelle Doran. Well done to everyone involved, both Plays were very enjoyable. Wishing you all well for the next 25 years!

Death of Mrs Winnie Hughes

The death occurred on Sunday, 1st December at her home in Farnagh Hill, Longford of Winnie Hughes (nee Harney) having lost her battle with her illness which she bore with quiet dignity. We offer our deepest sympathy of Winnie’s sister, Sheila (Canavan), and the Canavan family, Creevaghbeg, to Winnie’s husband Kevin, sons Gareth and Harry, brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and many friends. May God grant rest to her soul.

18th Birthday

Congratulations to Shannon McKnight, Tang who celebrated her 18th birthday with her family and lots of friends in Paddy’s Pub on Saturday night last. Best wishes to Shannon for the future, hope you enjoyed the party.

Longford CIL

A Christmas hamper donated by the Colohan family, Creevaghbeg will be raffled in Cooneys Hotel, Ballymahon on Sunday night, 22nd December at 7.30p.m. to 9.30p.m. Come along for some Christmas Cheer, Finger Food, Music and a bit of Craic on the night with lots of spot prizes. As a result of Budget cuts to Longford CIL’s funding over the last number of years, they are struggling to maintain frontline services to people with disabilities enabling them to remain living in their community independently. All money raised will go directly to support people with physical and sensory disabilities to remain living in their own homes and to access their community. Thank you for your support.

Thanks

Newtowncashel Tidy Towns wish to thank all who came to the art auction in Cooney’s hotel and made it such a success. Thanks to the artists who donated their art, to the Ballymahon people and to the auctioneer Luke Ming Flanagan. Thanks also to Ballymahon Tidy Town and to Niamh Moran who obtained all the art works from the artists and organised the night.