Balymahon notes



Corr: Dermot Sheehy. Tel: 09064 32884 / 087 2378668. E-mail:

Youthreach Ballymahon 5km Fun Run

On June 17, over 100 friends, family, and students from the Youthreach Centres in the Longford Westmeath ETB came together in Youthreach Ballymahon to complete their first five km Fun Run/Walk around the beautiful Royal Canal in Ballymahon.

This was done in memory of their late friend and colleague Seán Callaghan and all monies raised have been donated to the Ballymahon Defibrillator Group.

On behalf of our staff and students we would like to extend a sincere thank you to Smyth’s SuperValu, Fresh Today, Lovell Bros, Thomas Cox, Nally’s Topaz, Ballymahon AFC, Peter Hanley Motors and Midland Trophies who were kind enough to offer sponsorship for the day. Without this sort of support and community involvement events like these would not be possible.

Ballymahon Youthreach is a second chance education programme for young people aged 16 – 20 years. It has been based in Ballymahon for over fifteen years. The centre offers QQI Level 3 and Level 4 courses.

Leo Casey History Group

This year in association with Longford Library, Heritage and Archives Services, the Society’s contribution to National Heritage Week will be a partial enactment of the memorable Ballymahon Concert of 1902 which featured renowned Athlone Tenor, John McCormack as guest artist. Held to “augment the slender resources of the Sisters of Mercy” the concert was the finale of a week of fundraising events at that time and was an outstanding success. The evening will deal first with the news of the day and the historical background to the Concert to include McCormack’s early career. Songs sung that night in 1902 will be performed again by the local Innyside singers and local artists. Again as in 1902 some traditional airs will be played and children will perform Irish Dancing. The second half of the programme will feature Luke Baxter and his records who will document McCormack’s later career and play some of the famous recordings associated with the tenor. Unlike 1902, the event will make use of the modern day technique of video to replicate other aspects of the 1902 concert and McCormack singing live and in colour in 1936. Admission is free and it takes place in Ballymahon Library on Thursday evening, August 27th. Full details later.

Traders Association

In conjunction with the Heritage Day committee wish to remind all readers that Heritage Day in Ballymahon will take place on Saturday, August 29th commencing at the town Library at 11.00a.m. Heritage Day has become very popular over the past number of years and this year’s event promises to surpass all previous Heritage Day activities. Events on the day will include Market Stall and Craft demonstrations from 11.00a.m. Teddy Bear’s Picnic meeting at the Library at 12.30. and walking to the Playground, Busking Competition with €100 prize money at 4.00p.m. most appropriately dressed shop window competition, Heritage Day Parade from Creevaghbeg road to include Marching Band, high nelly bikes, vintage cars, tractors, lorries and vans, horse and trap etc. We want to see as many entries as possible (no entry fee), parade will commence at 3.00p.m. At 3.45p.m. there will be a 1916 themed Oration at the Library and at 4.45p.m. the very talented local music group, Tanglewood will entertain everyone from the stage, also at the Library. Pencil in this date in your diary as it is a day not to be missed.


The new postcode system for Ireland, will be launched this month. Local organisations in Longford are helping to spread the word about the benefits. If you know someone whom you think could do with some help, including elderly family members or neighbours, please get in touch with Margaret Walsh, Longford Community Resources Ltd at 04333 45555 or e-mail

School Holidays

There will be Bunnyhop storytelling in Ballymahon Library for children from 4to 8 on Wednesday 15th July at 3.00p.m. Paint a picture with Nicolette for children aged 8 to 12 on Tuesday 21st July at 11.00a.m. Summer reading buzz is on again this summer. Love your pet – join us with petcare talk with Dogtrust Ireland and local Vet Michael King on Tuesday 21st July at 2.00p.m. For further information contact Carmel at the Library at 09064-32546.

Birthday wishes

Congratulations to Jenny Keane who celebrated her 18th birthday in Kiernan’s Bar recently with her family and friends. We wish Jenny all the best in the future.


Hard luck to Ballymahon man, Kevin Diffley and all the Co Longford Senior football team who now bow out of the qualifiers having been beaten by Kildare in Cusack Park, Mullingar at the weekend.

Pretty Wedding

Many congratulations to Caroline Cahill, Parkplace, Colehill, daughter of Ann and Jimmy, Deerpark and Padraig McLoughlin, son of Eileen and the late Tom, Creevaghmore, Ballymahon who got married on Friday, 19th June 2015. Caroline, who looked stunning in her beautiful ivory dress was assisted on her very special day by her Matron of Honour, her sister Patricia and her two Bridesmaids, her sister Lisa and her daughter Chloe who looked lovely in their long mermaid-style purple dresses. The pretty young Flower girl was Caroline’s niece Ciara and the handsome Pageboy was her grandson, Jayden. Also looking very well on the day was the ring-bearer, Caroline’s nephew James. Best man for the occasion was Padraig’s brother Thomas who was ably assisted by two Groomsmen Padraig’s other brother Fergal and Padraig’s son Conor. A host of family and friends travelled from Manchester, Dublin, Galway and many parts of the country to attend a beautiful Civil Ceremony followed by a great Reception in The Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule which carried on late into the night and hugely enjoyed by everyone. The happy couple spent their honeymoon in the beautiful Kingdom of Kerry. We wish Caroline and Padraig many long years of good health, wealth and lots of happiness together.

Minor football

Hard luck to the County Minor Football team who were beaten by Kildare in the Leinster Final which was held in Croke Park on Sunday last. They now go on to play either Cavan or Derry in the Quarter Final of the All-Ireland Championship. On the panel from Ballymahon club are Mark McCormack and Joe Kelly. We wish them the best of luck in their next game.

Senior football

Hard luck to neighbours County Westmeath senior football team who were beaten by Dublin in the Leinster Final on Sunday last. We wish them the best of luck in the qualifiers.


We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to John O’Loughlin, former teacher with Ballymahon Mercy Secondary School on the recent death of his mother, Mrs Mary Kate O’Loughlin, Carrowmanagh, Kilshanny, Co Clare. May she rest in peace.


The “Friends of the Children of Chernobyl” group wish to thank most sincerely all who contributed to their church gate collection at the weekend. Your continued generosity as always is very much appreciated.

Death of Betty Egan

The death occurred on July 7th last of Mrs Elizabeth (Betty) Egan, (nee Clyne), Bonavalley, Athlone and native of Ballymulvey. Betty is pre-deceased by her husband Patrick. We extend our deepest sympathy to Betty’s nephews, nieces, in-laws, relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.


We wish the best of luck to Ballymahon senior football team when they play Abbeylara in the first round of the Championship on Sunday next in Devine Park, Edgeworthstown.

Death of Ben Power

The death occurred on June 29th of Mr. Ben Power, Manchester, formerly Marian Terrace at the age of 65 years. He is pre-deceased by his wife Sadie. Ben has been a regular visitor back to Ballymahon over the years, he was here as recently as St. Patrick’s Day this year. He will be sadly missed by his many friends in the Ballymahon area. He is survived by his son Kyle and daughter Helen, brothers Sammy, John, David (England), Michael (Tullamore) and Anthony (Kiltoom, Roscommon), sisters Teresa and Eileen (Athlone) and Mary and Lily (London), relatives and friends to whom we extend our deepest sympathy. Ben is to be laid to rest on Thursday, 16th July. May he rest in peace.

Welcome home

To Michael Fox, Drinan who is home on holidays from London visiting his family and friends in the area. Michael attended his School re-union while he was here. We hope he enjoyed meeting all his old school pals again.

Give Blood

The Irish Blood Transfusion Board will be holding their Blood Donation Clinic in The Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Athlone this week, Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th July from 4.30 to 8p.m. You are urgently requested to give Blood at this venue. For further information please telephone 021-4807400.

Death of Michael Delaney

We were all shocked and saddened last week when he heard of the sudden death at his home of Michael Delaney, Darogue. He was pre-deceased by his brother Jimmy and sister Maureen (Donegan) in just the last nine months or so. Michael was born in 1937 and has spent much of his life working on the farm where he loved working with the cattle. He also spent many years working with the Department of Agriculture during which time he travelled around many parts of the country and had a great rapport with the farming community during his time in the Department as indeed he always had with everyone in the Ballymahon area. He was very involved with the Mart here and was Chairman and Director there for ten years. Michael was a man of great wit. He always enjoyed socialising and his friends equally enjoyed being in his company. He liked to listen to the radio every day, as he had a great interest in politics and current affairs and was always interesting to have a chat with. He also enjoyed going to a Race meeting and having the odd bet, Michael had a great interest in all types of sports. Some years back, Michael organised many buses from Ballymahon to football games in various parts of the country and to the Ploughing Championships and at one stage even organised Mystery Tour Buses which everyone enjoyed. The Delaney family gave the use of one of their fields to Ballymahon G.A.A. Club for a long number of years. Michael himself was a very accomplished footballer in his day, having played with St. Mel’s in Longford, Ballymahon Club and with the County, he was very proud of the medals he won on the playing pitch. The popularity and respect which was always held for Michael and his family was very evident by the huge number of work colleagues, people he dealt with in his work with the Department of Agriculture and the many friends who attended his removal and also came to the Funeral Mass. When his remains were being brought from Thomond Lodge Nursing Home to his Funeral Mass in St. Matthews Church on Friday morning last some of Michael’s friends and former fellow-players from Ballymahon G.A.A. Club, formed a Guard of Honour, led by Roddy Carter and Phil Ronayne which Michael would have been proud of. The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Tom Barden, Fr. Paddy Conlon and Fr. Charlie Healy with the lovely singing by Ann Keenan and accompanist Padraig McGowan. Michael’s son and daughter James and Roisin did the readings with the reflection read by his daughter Elizabeth, he always spoke of them with great pride. We offer our sincere sympathy to his wife Ann, son James, daughters Elizabeth and Roisin, son-in-law Barry, sisters-in-law, Tracey, nieces, nephews, his young grand-daughters, relatives, neighbours and many friends. Michael’s remains were laid to rest near his home at Shrule Cemetery. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.