Corr: Dermot Sheehy

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! The December meeting of the BTA will be held in Cooney’s Hotel on Tuesday 3rd December at 9p.m.


Ballymahon G.A.A. Club are holding their second fundraiser at Mullingar Dog Track on Saturday, December 7th. You can be part of the fun and action on the night and have a chance to win the Bumper, a super prize of €1,500. Tickets at €20 each are on sale from Club members who hope that you will be part of the action by attending or by buying a ticket and being in with a chance to win the main prize. Players and committee members will be calling to houses in the parish in the near future selling tickets. Your support will help them to continue to develop facilities for the young people in the area.

Free 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.

1 Cent Jewellery Sale

A massive 1 cent Jewellery Sale in “D’s Coffee & Crafts” shop is being held this week, which started on Monday 24th November. Buy 1 full price item and get the second item for 1 cent. Not to be missed.

Tang Nat School

The Board of Management at Tang National School are taking enrolment applications now for September 2014. Applications forms may be obtained from the school office and must be returned with a copy of your child’s Baptismal Certificate to the Board by Dec 5th.

Forgney GAA

The November Lotto Draw will take place on Saturday next November 30th in The Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule at 10.30p.m. All promotors are asked to have their tickets returned by Friday 29th Nov.

School Re-Union

Sat 9th November proved a most memorable and enjoyable day for the Leaving Cert. class of 1973 when they met at the school for the first time in forty years. Many incidents and tales were recalled as the former students mingled again with their former teachers and themselves at the gathering which began at 12 noon. A Slide Show with many photos from the early ‘70’s, compiled and presented by one of the past-pupils, Marie Gerety, brought back many memories for everyone. The school then consisted of the buildings around the Convent even though 68 students, mainly girls, sat their Leaving Cert that year. Boys who attended that day included Padraig Mulvey (Qatar), Kevin Sammon, Sean O’Shea, John McDonnell, P.J. Burke, Liam Farrelly and Liam Farrell. Tributes were paid to Dara Breadan who took the trouble of contacting everyone and organising the day being assisted by Pauline Mulvey and Cindy Higgins. Wreaths were laid in the Convent graveyard remembering the deceased members of the class and teachers including Carmel Farrell, Evelyn Duignan, Sheila Shaw as well as Srs. Oliver, Philomena, Imelda, Berchmans & Bernadette, Peter Curran and Ms Killian. Dinner commenced in Cooney’s Hotel at 3.00p.m. and lasted well into the night. Angela Macken and Mary Murphy travelled from New York for the event and Anne Tanner and Teresa Farrell came over from London. Many more came from all corners of Ireland and included Vera McNamee, Carol Dempsey, Geraldine McCormack, Geraldine Kenny, Josephine Mullooly, Patricia Duffy, Loretto Neary, Marian Farrell, Geraldine Farrell, Anne Clarke, Annie Hanley, Mary Skelly, Betty McArdle, Antoinette Feeney, Angela Lyons, Anne Greene, Martina Duncan, Moira Hanley and the Kenny sisters Lucy & Ita, to mention but a few. The lovely meal concluded with the presentation of a cake to Sr. Assumpta who had just begun her long tenure of Principalship then. Other staff of the time who attended were Mai Meagher, Anne Farrell, Jean Duncan, Elizabeth McCann, Srs. Mary Kerrane, Maura Conlon, Dympna Cassells, Elizabeth Manning and last but not least teachers Pat Lynch, Jimmy Lennon, Albert Fallon and Hal Craven. The group hope for a repeat, God pleasing, in 2023.

Panto Time

IT’S PANTO TIME AGAIN… oh no it is’nt., oh yes it is!! Students from Ballymahon Vocational School are getting ready to take on the Dickens classic, “Scrooge, A Christmas Carol”. Why not join Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future in a show that will provide much interaction with the audience? So get ready to embark on a pantomime experience unlike any other! Ballymahon Vocational School has a strong and rich history in pantomime and drama, dating over the years and thus patrons can be assured of a show full of drama, comedy and dance with a few surprises each night! The show will hit the stage in the Vocational School on December 4th, 5th and 6th. Doors open at 7.30p.m. and show starts at 8.00p.m. Adults €10. Children/Students/OAPs €5. Prizes galore each night. Book your ticket at 09064-32211. Students from BVS would really appreciate your support!!

Credit Union AGM

Ballymahon & District Credit Union Annual General Meeting – all members are invited to attend their 25th Anniversary Celebration & Presentation on Friday next, 29th November 2013 in Cooney’s Hotel, Ballymahon at 8p.m. Refreshments will be served.

St. Vincent de Paul

The local Branch of St. Vincent de Paul will hold their Annual Church Gate collection on the weekend of the 7th and 8th December. Your support for the less well off in our own area will be greatly appreciated. This collection is replacing the Advent food appeal which used to be held in the Church which is now discontinued.

Birthday wishes

Many congratulations to Mrs Bridget Meleady, formerly from Main Street, Ballymahon who celebrated her 101st Birthday no less at the Manor Nursing Home in Edgeworthstown last week. We wish Bridget continued good health and happiness in the future.

Carol Service

A traditional Carol Service in preparation for the coming feast of Christmas is to be held in St. Matthews Church on Monday December 9th at 8p.m. with St. Matthews Church Choir and the Innyside Singers Combined. Free Admission, everyone welcome. The Innyside Singers and the choir did a recording in the Church last weekend for two Carols which will be broadcast on Lyric FM in the near future. We wish them the best of luck with that.

Art Exhibition

Ballymahon Tidy Town Taskforce together with Newtowncashel Tidy Towns group are holding a fund-raising Art Exhibition and Auction in Cooneys Hotel, Ballymahon on Friday 29th November at 9p.m. Viewing from Nov 27th. Auctioneer on the night will be Luke Ming Flanagan T.D. Your support will be very much appreciated.

Thank you

The Longford Branch of the Dyslexia Association wish to thank everyone who contributed to their Church Gate collection in Ballymahon at the weekend. Your support is much appreciated by everyone.

Death of Lorcan Connaughton

It was with deep regret that we learnt of the death on Thursday last, at the early age of 58 years, of Lorcan Connaughton, affectionately known at Lorcy, Abbeycartron, Longford, formerly of Lanesboro having lost his battle with his illness. Lorcy was always a happy, friendly guy, popular with everyone. He worked with Eircom for a long number of years and was always admired and respected by his colleagues there. He had a great interest in Politics and at one stage Lorcy was a Candidate for Fianna Fail in the local County Council Elections and I believe he often helped out Santa Claus much to the delight of many young children, I have no doubt he did a great job doing it, his good humour was infectious, he loved that role. We extend our sincere sympathy to Ann, Shirley, Karen and Brona, Sli na Mona, Ballymahon, grandson Andrew, partner Evelyn, brothers Michael, Sean, Noel and Josie and to all his relatives, friends and work colleagues. May he rest in peace.

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.

Defibrillation Programme

The original Defibrillation Programme commenced here in the Ballymahon and surrounding towns land areas back in 2006/2007. A new committee is being set up and all Automated External Defibrillators (AED) in the Ballymahon area will now be operating on a PAD System (Public Access Defibrillation). This means that they will be mounted in public areas for anyone, trained in their use, to provide immediate care thus reducing and eliminating delay in Emergency Care. This could mean the difference between Life or Death of a ‘loved one’. Plans are to have 3 AED’s located in the town area using this PAD System. Thanks to John Nally of Nally’s Forecourt Spar/Topaz who, in support of the local Ballymahon Defibrillator Programme, purchased an outdoor heated box to protect the AED at that location when temperature drops. Top filling Station AED will be temporarily relocated to Nallys Forecourt Spar/Topaz untill funding is available for another 2 outdoor heated boxes to be purchased. Of course this all costs money, don’t let it cost a life.

Thanks to our local business and to all those who generously donated so far to help support this ‘Life Saving Programme’. A fundraiser event is being held in: Skelleys Bar & Lounge Ballymahon Thursday 12th December 2013 from 9pm till late with music & spot prizes to help raise funds for two more heated boxes and purchase AED batteries & pads and training costs.

Bog Lane Theatre

Results for the One Act Festival 2013: Open section: 1st Dalkey Players – 2nd Rasper Players - Home Free; 3rd Backstage Theatre Group - Ritual For Dolls. Confined section: 1st Compantas Lir - Chasing Butterflies; 2nd Kilmant Players – Cooing. Best actor: Stephen Acton, (Rasper Players); Best actress: Tara Maguire, (Dalkey Players); Best Director: Emer Casey (Dalkey Players). Best moment in theatre, (sponsored by Tom & Mary Latchford): Gangsters reaction to murder of a cow - Cash Cow. Well done to all the winners. As  part of the 25th Anniversary Year we present Three 1-Act Plays from Thursday, December 5th to Sunday December 8th - Small Box Psychosis” by Barry McKinley; “A Little Box of Oblivion” by Stephen Bean; “The Donohue Sisters” by Geraldine Aron.


North/South,1st Gross and nett, Breeda McKnight and Joe Hunt; 2nd Gross, Carmel Kelly and Ita Mulvihill; 2nd Nett, Mary Flanagan and Margaret Lynn; 3rd Gross, Sarah Frawley and Mark Tiernan; 3rd Nett, Rory Duncan and Willie Flanagan. East/West, 1st Gross and Nett, Mairead Delaney and Anne Molloy; 2nd Gross, Orla McEntee and Tony Tiernan; 2nd Nett and 3rd Gross, Angela Crinigan and Elsie Maxwell; 3rd Nett, Patricia Flanagan and Brendan Murtagh.

Community Alert

Following a recent committe meeting attended by Area Officers and Garda Tom Regan discussions included introduction to ‘Helplink South’ an Organisation providing socially monitored Alarm Systems for the elderly, disabled, or those living alone. Grant aid available in Bridgeways. Increase in burglaries recently, homeowners please be vigilant.

Text Alert System envelopes are still available for those wanting to sign up for instant warning messages to their phone regarding antisocial activities in surrounding areas.