Many thanks to everyone who came to the A.G.M. last week, it was great to see such a turnout. =A new committee was elected:- Chairman – Peter Dennehy. Vice-chair- Gary Molloy. Secretary – Inez Finn. Treasurer – Ciaran O’Hanlon. P.R.O. – Jackie White. Lots of other members will be taking roles in various projects throughout the year. Many thanks from the Traders to our local representatives who attended. They look forward to working with you in the year ahead. We will have more details soon about the Shop Local Campaign and the Christmas Lights. Many thanks also to Cooney’s Hotel for the use of the Hotel all year.
Ballymahon Traders Association are having a Christmas Fair in Skelly’s, Ballymahon on Saturday, 22nd November from 4pm to 8pm and on Sunday 23rd November from 12 noon to 6.00p.m. offering a wide range of locally produced food and crafts for Christmas. So if you are looking for ideas for a Christmas present, Skellys is the place to be on the 22nd or 23rd of the month and its all supporting local people. There will be Arts and Crafts for children on both days. To book a Stand or for further information, please contact Diane at 086-3861015. BTA look forward to your support.
To Thomas Colohan and David Cooney, Creevaghbeg who were in Amsterdam and Brussells recently for a weekend and also to Thomas’s parents, Oliver and Mary who spent the weekend in Spain. We hope you all enjoyed the well-earned break.
Parish Pastoral Council
The Parish Pastoral Council met in the Convent House Day Resource Centre last week. Progress is being made in formulating the Council’s mission statement, and in defining its immediate objectives. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 2nd December at 7.30p.m. If anyone has suggestions to make about tasks which the Council could undertake please submit them to Fr. Padraig.
Healthy Eating Course
A Healthy Eating Course with tips for successful weight loss will be held on 18th November from 7p.m. to 9p.m. at a cost of €20 over O’Hanlon’s new Pharmacy. Get ahead on your New Year resolution with five weeks until Christmas and still enjoy the festive season. (Optional private weigh-in on the night). Contact Caroline Ferry at 086-3994615.
North/South, 1st Gross & nett – Elsie McKee and Nancy Finn; 2nd Gross – Yvonne Dowler & Una Flynn. 2nd nett- Breege Murray & Carmel McCormack. 3rd Gross – Ita Mulvihill and Carmel Kelly. 3rd nett - Patricia Flanagan & Ann Fox. East/West, 1st Gross & nett – Jimmy Lennon & Greta Egan. 2nd Gross – Rory Duncan & Willie Flanagan. 2nd net – Eddie Walsh & Christy Flanagan. 3rd Gross – Lily mulvihill & Carole Nally. 3rd nett – Maura Belton & June Dillon.
Death of Gabriel Moran
We were all saddened over the weekend on hearing of the death after a short illness at Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar of Gabriel Moran, husband of Pat. Gabriel was a hard worker, a quiet, unassuming, good-natured gentleman, a man who loved his family dearly and a man who loved and lived life to the full. He was a man of great faith, he never forgot his friends, even those who had passed on. Every Christmas, he asked Fr. Padraig P.P. to say Masses for each one of them. He started his career as a Mechanic many years ago in Hanlons Garage here in Ballymahon and after a few years himself and one of his work colleagues, Kieran Nally opened their own garage, now known as Ballymahon Service Station, a very successful move for both men. After a good number of years, Gabriel decided to sell out his share in the business and went to work in the Garage with his good friend, the late Eddie Treanor. They became life-long friends, and Eddie’s own death three years ago had a deep impact on Gabriel. Then due to ill-health Gabriel had to hang up his “wrench” a few years ago. While working, Gabriel was always most obliging, if ever anyone broke down, day or night, no better man to take you out of a spot. Many people will remember him with great appreciation for that. He loved cars all his life and was a fair man to drive one, when he was sick a while ago and couldn’t drive, Gabriel couldn’t wait to get back behind the wheel again. He loved going to the Horse races, Gabriel travelled all over the Country to Race meetings and made lots of new friends in his travels, many of these came to Ballymahon at the weekend to pay their respects. He also enjoyed a game of Poker, and was no bad poker player either, and in latter years nothing pleased him better than driving his grandchild to National School, he loved having his children and grandchildren calling to see himself and Pat and listening to all their little stories. A huge number of people called to the Moran home when they heard the sad news of Gabriel’s passing, among them some former work colleagues, many travelling long distances to say goodbye to their long-time friend, he will be sadly missed by his family, neighbours and friends. When his coffin was being brought into St. Matthews Church on Sunday morning, it was carried by Gabriel’s family, led by Matt, also his racing buddy Kevin Canavan, Eddie Treanor’s son Ivan and Andrew Nally from Nally’s Garage both of whom he worked with. The Funeral Mass was celebrated by Fr. Padraig McGowan P.P. assisted by Fr. Paddy Conlon and Fr. Joe McGrath with the Readings done by Gabriel’s daughters Cathy and Denise. The local Choir sang the lovely hymns, with organist Padraig McGowan, Gabriel’s near-neighbour Sean Clancy playing the low whistle , Sean’s mother, Mary singing “Receive his Soul”, and Gabriel’s own daughter Marie singing the Responsorial Psalm, he would have been very proud of that and of his grand-daughter Niamh who recited a poem during the Mass about himself. We wish to extend our sincere sympathy to Gabriel’s wife Pat, son Matt, daughters Marie, Cathy and Denise, sister Betty (England), daughter-in-law Lola, son-in-law Shay, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and wide circle of friends. May he rest in peace.
The very popular Abbeyshrule Community Christmas Craft Fair will take place on Sunday 14th December from 12 noon to 6.00p.m. Anyone interested in taking a table should contact Betty McGoey at 04493 57742 or email firstname.lastname@example.org The childrens craft workshops will be from 1p.m. to 2.30p.m. and 2.30p.m. to 4p.m. costing €4 per child. Your workshop must be booked in advance. Weather permitting Santa will drop in to the children at 4.00p.m. A raffle will be held and all proceeds will go to MWB Autism Support who help organise the event. Your support will be appreciated.
A fund-raising Concert is being held in Cooneys Hotel on Monday, 24th November in aid of the Convent House Day Care Centre, Ballymahon. Special Guest artist at the Show which starts at 10.00p.m. will be the very popular Mick Flavin. Your support for the many people who attend the Day Care Centre regularly will be very much appreciated. Tickets at €10 each are on sale at the reception desk in Cooney’s Hotel, in Hanlys Newsagents or at the Day Care Centre. Phone 09064-38445.
Congratulations to John Twaddle and his wife Ann (nee Newman), Creevaghbeg on the birth of their lovely new baby girl. We wish John, Ann and baby Ava best wishes into the future.
The sad death occurred in Wrexham, Wales of Noeleen Moran, native of Clonard, Ballymahon aged just 61 years, after a short illness. A nurse by profession, Noeleen was a very caring person, she used to enjoy returning home over the years meeting all her relations in the area. We offer our deepest sympathy to her daughters, her brothers Matt, Mike and Sean, England, sister Maureen McPartland, Ballinamore and all her relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.
Death of Tommie Reilly
It was with deep regret that we learnt of the death last week of Tommie Reilly, Carton Grange, Moate and formerly Keel, Ballymahon at the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore at the age of 85 years old, pre-deceased by his wife Doreen, brother Paddy, Tang and sister Anne, Australia. Tommie, together with his brothers Paschal and Paddy ran a very successful Sand and Gravel business for many years at Keel where many people from the local area worked. A very quiet and inoffensive gentleman, he was a man of deep religious faith, who loved to socialise, to be out meeting his friends. After he retired from the business some years ago, Tommie and his wife Doreen, who passed away in 2008, moved to Moate. It did not take long for Tommie to mix in with the locals there, his friendly nature made him very popular with everyone in the locality. Eighteen months ago, Tommie moved into a Nursing Home in Moate, but still enjoying good health , met up with regularly with his good friends which he enjoyed. His remains were removed to the Carmelite church in Moate on Friday evening last and his funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday morning by the Carmelite Friars assisted by Fr. Padraig McGowan P.P. Ballymahon and Fr. Paddy Conlon, Tang. A huge number of people attended on both days, from Moate and many travelled from Ballymahon which bore testimont to the respect with which Tommie was held. We offer our deepest sympathy to his brother Paschal, Darogue, sisters-in-law Nance and Nellie, nephews, nieces, neighbours and many friends. His remains were laid to rest at Coralstown Cemetery, Kinnegad. Paschal and Nance wish to thank most sincerely Fr. Padraig and Fr. Paddy, Flynns Undertakers for the dignified way they carried out their job, the lovely staff at the Nursing Home, the Carmelites and also the Grand Hotel, Moate and the Annebrook Hotel, Mullingar and everyone who called to pay their respects. May Tommie rest in peace.
Cardio Fitness Box & Tone Class, very good for bums, legs, tums is held every Wednesday night at 7.00p.m. in Tang Community Centre. There are still spaces available. For further information please contact 087-9925816.
Training in the Tang area continues in November. If interested please give your name to Darren Mulledy on 086-1704394. Keep up to date Ballymahon defibrillator group news on Courses by clicking “like” on Ballymahon Defilrillator Group on Facebook.
We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Bunty Casey, Terlicken on the death last week of her sister, Maisie Newman, New York and formerly Colehill which occurred at Laurel Lodge Nursing Home, Longford, also to Maisie’s brother John Newman, nieces, nephew, relatives and her friends in New York. May God grant rest to her Soul.
Congratulations to Tomas O’Rourke and his wife Aine (nee Curran), Creevaghbeg on the recent birth of their new baby girl, Maeve. Best wishes to you all for the future.
Death of Paddy Power
We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Davie Power, St. Matthews Park and to all his relatives and friends on the death on 6th November of Davie’s father, Podge, Sarsfield Square, Athlone and formerly Ballymahon. Many people from the area travelled to Athlone for Podge’s Funeral mass at St. Mary’s Church, Athlone and his burial at Coosan Cemetery. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.
St. Matthews Church Renovation Fund monthly collection which had to be deferred will now take place on the weekend of 22nd/23rd November.
Death of Catherine Murray
Our deepest sympathy is extended to Brendan Owens, Sli na Mona, Ballymahon on the death last week of his sister, Catherine Murray, Carragh, Granard at Cavan General Hospital and also to Catherine’s husband Michael, sons Ciaran, Declan and Colm, daughter Karine, grandchildren, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers, sisters, relatives and lots of friends. May she rest in peace.
The members of the Altar Society at St. Matthews Church work away quietly in the background to ensure that the church is cleaned regularly and that the altar linen and all that is needed for the celebration of the liturgy are properly maintained. New members are needed. The rota consists of a number of teams which rotate their duties, so that new members could expect to be available for one or two hours’ work every five or six weeks.
Death of Mickey McCormack
The sudden death occurred last week of Mickey McCormack, High St., Ballymore, late of A.B. Oil, Moate. We offer our deepest sympathy to Mickey’s brothers Sean, Joe and Thos, sister Mary (Kinahan) and to all his relatives, neighbours and friends. May he rest in peace.
One Act Festival
The Bog Lane Theatre are holding their annual One-Act Festival with the support of Longford County Council on this coming weekend, Friday 14th November to Sunday 16th November. The plays being held are Friday at 8.15pm - Pic Players ..”To Have and to Hold”, T.A.D.S. – “When the Gods”, and Shannonside Drama Group – “Laundry and Bourbon”. Saturday at 8.15pm City Limits. “Kevin’s Above”, Balally Players – “When the Wine is Cold” and Athlone Little Theatre – “The Commission”. Sunday 16th November at 7.15pm (note earlier time), Newtowncashel Drama Group - “Cliffs Edge”, Breffni Players – “Spectre” and Model Box Productions – “Stay Carl, Stay”. Adjudicator for the Festival is Paula Dempsey and Admission is €12. Concessions €10. For booking and Festival Club please telephone Breege at 09064 32230.