Correspondent Dermot Sheehy

Healing Priest

Healing Priest

Fr Noel Conlon, healing priest, will visit Cloncallow, Ballymahon in mid February. For appointment please phone 0861015912 or 0906432708.

Ballymahon Traders and businesses

An important meeting will be held to discuss the revival of business in our town. It is imperative that all traders and business people in the town attend. The meeting will be held on Thursday February 3rd at 7.30pm in Murrays Lounge. All welcome.

Ballymahon Bridge Club results

The following are the results of the deferred Christmas competition which was held in January due to the severe weather conditions. North /South 1st Declan McGivney and Liam Flynn; 2nd Mark Tiernan and Sarah Frawley; 3rd Patricia Flanagan and Brendan Murtgah. East West 1st Mary Feeney and Frances Kelleher; 2nd Margaret Dowd and Mary Murtagh; 3rd Gretta Egan and Jimmy Lennon. The club members really appreciate and wish to thank Una Flynn for the great effort she made in her selection of suitable prizes for the competition. They also wish to thank Mike and Josephine Cooney for the food on the night in the hotel and for all their help and hospitality during the year.

Art Club

Beginners classes in drawing will continue each Tuesday in the Dean Egan Library. If you wish to join please bring your drawing things. All adult women and men are welcome. For furher details contact Frances at 0906432203.


We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs Val Delaney Toome on the recent death of her sister in law Mrs Marie Mulvihill (nee Merrigan), Aughaloghan Lanesboro also to Maries daughter Edel, son Patrick, brothers John and Pat sisters Concepta and Kathleen and to all her relatives and many friends. Marie was predeceased in 2009 by her husband Frank. She was a lovely lady with a warm friendly smile whose two children were the pride of her life. Many people in this area will have fond memories of Marie from the time she worked in McCawleys pub in Moyvore which she did for a long number of years, she was always held in the highest esteem. May she rest in peace.

Missing glove

A ladys glove which is of great sentimental value to its owner, has been lost of the main street in the last week. If you come across the glove please hand it in to Hanleys newsagents. Many thanks.

Resource centre

Did you know that there is a snooker table available at Bridgeways Family Resource Centre and also that the Hall itself is available to rent at certain times. The citizens information desk is open at the centre every Friday from 3 to 5pm and on Saturdays theres a drama and dance session at 11am.


We had a very special celebratory Mass in St Matthews Church on Sunday morning last to say thank you to Sr Maura Fay and Sr Agnes Murray of the Sisters of Mercy who are both retired now and have given huge service to the people of Ballymahon and its surrounds for over 40 years. Both of them taught in the Mercy Secondary school here, both in the field of music and have dedicated all their lives to teaching singing and music to hundreds of pupils at the school for so long. They were remembered and thanked today for their huge contribution to the church choir also which enhanced so many liturgical celebrations in the parish. Bishop Colm presented Sr Maura and Sr Agnes with scrolls and medals which came from Pope Benedict, Bishop Colm assured us that these type of medals were not handed out too lightly, they had to be well earned. It was an honour truly deserved and certainly well earned. We hope they are now enjoying their retirement and wish them many years of good health and happiness. They will be long remembered in the parish.

Station Mass

This is the time for those in the parish who wish to have a station Mass in their homes between now and the end of march. Please contact Fr Padraig so that dates can be arranged.

Open Day

Ballymahon Vocational school. On February 10th 6th class students and parents are invited to view the vocational school and meet with teachers. Enrolment dates include February 10th and 12th. Contact 09064 32211 for further details.

History group

Ballymahon local history group will be holding a meeting in the Dean Egan Resource Centre on Thursday 3rd February at 8pm. All members are requested to attend. Light refreshments will be served and new members are always welcome.


Ballymahon/Forgney gaels held their AGM last week , the following officers were elected : presidents Michael Kelly and Larry McLoughlin;vice presidents Mick Lloyd and John Browne; chairman Wayne Kelly; vice chair Ronan Lennon; secretary Fergal Kelly, assistant secretary Eamon Reilly; joint treasurers [Paul Kelly and Declan Farrell); PRO Melissa Kelly, county boad delegates Paul Kelly and Ronan Lennon, face book MJ Harney. Well done to the following winners in the big draw. 1st meat hamper Mary Murtagh , Mostim Road; 2nd food hamper Paddy Mulvihill Castlecore; 3rd food hamper Andrew MGiolla Ri Ballymahon; 4th kettle toaster coffee maker Liz McGrath Kenagh; 5th kettle toaster Shane Bawle Shrule; 6th 15 bags of fuel Mark Tiernan main street; 7th 10 bags of fuel Brona Conlon parkside.

Club 91

Club 91 resumed after the Christmas break on the 19th January welcomed back by Mai Reilly. She sympathised with Kathy Rhatigan and her family on the death of her son Peter, also to Phil Conlon on the death of her sister Tess and all the Keenan family. She sent thanks to Longford Co Co or the 500 euro which they received which will be put to good use. New members are always welcome. The group meet every Wednesday night at 8pm in the bridgeway centre.