Ballymahon notes



Corr: Dermot Sheehy. Tel: 090 64 32884 / 087 2378668. E-mail:

Fundraising Skydive

Garda Emma Kiernan wishes to express her appreciation to all who very kindly sponsored her in the recent tandem Skydive fundraiser at Abbeyshrule in aid of Aiobheann’s pink tie and the Laura Lynn Foundation. Your kind support is very much appreciated.

Annual Dublin to Knock Peace Walk

The annual Peace Walk from Dublin to Knock will take place this year during the week, July 15 - 20. Many people in this parish have provided accommodation for the walkers during an overnight stay here. This year they will be staying on the night of Thursday, July 17. Fr Padraig would like to hear from anyone who would be willing to provide bed and breakfast accommodation this year. The members of the group have commented on the warm welcome which they receive here every year.


We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Brian Molihan, Carrickboy who ran Kiernan’s Pub here in Ballymahon for a number of years, on the sudden death on June 22 last of his brother Noel, Ballinalee. Our deepest sympathy is also extended to Noel’s wife Clare, children Katie, Ben and Alfie, his brother Paul, sister Margaret and to all his relatives and friends. May God grant rest to his Soul.

Youth Summer Camp

County Longford Youth service will be holding a summer camp for the Ballymahon area from July 7 to 11. It will be open to all young people aged 10 +. Only €15 per young person for the week. If you would like to get more information or to book a place please call CLYS on 043 33 40907.

Concert at Forgney NS

Parents and grandparents were treated to a very enjoyable end-of-year concert by the young students at Forgney National School on Tuesday last with lots of songs performed by the junior classes and also from the senior classes and some lively tunes on the tin whistles. Very well done to all the young boys and girls and to their music teacher, Moyra Fraser who taught them all the new songs and tunes on the tin whistles.

The teachers, pupils and audience were also treated to some great music by visitors, Mick Foster on the accordion, Willie Kavanagh on the Banjo, Tommy Kilmurray on the Bodhran and Noel Battle on the Mouth Organ, a lovely surprise for everyone. Noel Heduan very kindly videoed the Concert which was finished off by a few Scottish songs from Moyra, who hails from Scotland. Presentations were made by the Teachers to the children who received their First Holy communion this year and also the 6th class children who were confirmed this year who will be finishing at the school this week. Well done to everyone involved. We hope they enjoy the summer holidays.

We also send our get-well wishes to Fr Billy who was unable to attend the concert as he is hospitalised at the moment, hopefully he will be up and about soon again.

40th Wedding Anniversary

Our warmest congratulations to Jim and Mary Kenny, Drynan who recently celebrated their Ruby Wedding Anniversary with their family and friends. We wish Jim and Mary many more years of good health and happiness together, we hope they enjoyed the celebrations.

Youth Pilgrimage to Medjugorje

The Diocesan Youth Director, Anita Allen is organising a Youth Pilgrimage to Medjugorje from July 30 to August 6. The contact number for those who wish to participate is 09064-73358 or 086-1987208. Confirmation of details is needed by Joe Walsh Tours by May 21 so an early decision is needed.

Cemetery Sunday

Cemetery Sunday will take place on Sunday, July 13 at Shrule Cemetery and later in the summer, on Sunday, August 10 Cemetery Sunday will be held in Kilcomock. There will also be prayers for the faithful departed at Taghshinod Cemetery after mass in Carrickedmond at 10am on Sunday, July 6.


An Irish language summer course, SIAMSA, is taking place from July 7 to 11 in Gaelscoil, Longfoirt. The course will be held from 9.30am to 3 pm each day and will cater for students from second class to First Year. Further information and application forms are available from Yvonne Ni Mhurchu at 087 2642665.

Get well wishes

We send our very best wishes for a speedy recovery to Jim McNamee, Dublin, formerly from Drynan, Ballymahon who is presently hospitalised in St Vincent’s Hospital. We hope Jim will be up and about and well again very soon.


The Vocational Opportunities Scheme (VTOS Scheme) is an excellent course for people who are unemployed, and who wish to retrain in order to return to the workforce. This Course is offered free of charge to those who are eligible. Conditions of eligibility: (1) Either you or your spouse has been in receipt of social welfare payments. (2) have been signing for credits or (3) you are a lone parent. If you are interested please contact the Adult Education Office, Longford/Westmeath Education Training Board, Battery Road, Longford. Tel 043 33-45474. The LWETB has replaced Longford VEC and Westmeath VEC.

Slimming World

Slimming World will be continuing their weekly sessions at Ballymahon GAA Clubhouse every Monday evening at 5.30pm and 7.30pm with a new Consultant Sinead from July 7. Sinead can be contacted at 087-6820759. Also if you are a member or a previous member and would like to find out more about becoming a Consultant you should go along to Slimming World’s Opportunity Event in the Mullingar Park Hotel on Friday, July 4 from 6 to 9pm. Call Siobhan on 083-3533130 for further details.

Used Stamps

Please continue to bring in used stamps to St Matthew’s Church. A box in which they may be deposited is located in the porch where most people enter the church. The St Patrick’s missionaries, Kiltegan have asked that you be thanked for your efforts in collecting these stamps, which, when they are sold to collectors, raise funds which support the missionary initiatives of St Patrick’s Missionaries, Kiltegan, Co Wicklow.

Home on holidays

Welcome home to Padraig Dempsey, formerly Main street, who is over on holidays from Australia visiting his family and friends in the area. We hope he enjoys his trip.

Forgney Old Cemetery (Back of the Hill)

It is proposed to restore the old Cemetery in Forgney. If you would like to volunteer your time to help with this project, please contact Joe Keegan at 087 2322517.

County football

Congratulations to the Co Longford senior football team who had a great win over Derry in the Qualifiers and to local lad Kevin Diffley who played very well on the day. We wish the team the best of luck in the next round versus Tipperary.

Golf Classic

Ballymahon/Forgney Ladies Football club will be holding a fund-raising Golf Classic in Mount Temple Golf Club on Saturday, July 5. This is a four-ball competition, entry fee €100 per team. Trophies for winners and runners-up. Also longest drive, nearest pin etc. Tee times available from 9am. For further information please contact Enda Duncan at 087-1928171. Your support will be very much appreciated by everyone at the Club.

Student of the Year

Congratulations to Gillian Farrell, daughter of Brian and Michelle, Cloughan, Abbeyshrule who was recently awarded Student of the Year at Ballymahon Vocational School. Well done Gillian.

Forgney Cemetery

Forgney Parish Finance Committee take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to the collection for the upkeep of Forgney Cemetery on the evening of Cemetery Sunday, June 22 last. The final amount donated was the very generous sum of €1,100 for which they are very grateful.


The next First Friday/Saturday Reparation and Adoration vigil to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary is in the Chapel of Our Lady’s Manor, Edgeworthstown on Friday, July 4 commencing at 10pm with the Holy Rosary and Confession. The Vigil concludes after Benediction and 6am Mass. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain special graces, to make reparation and to spend the night in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament in this month that is dedicated to honouring the Precious Blood of Jesus. All are welcome. For further information please contact 086-0405621 or 086-1900640.