St. Patrick’s Day Parade

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Very well done to the organisers of this year’s St. Patrick Day Parade which was a huge success, bringing hundreds of people out to enjoy the National holiday and thankfully the weather stayed kind to the participants and everyone who came in to town. Grand Marshall for this year’s Parade was Mick Farrell, Mostrim Road. Everyone was delighted to see the return of our own Parade which hopefully will continue into the years ahead. Congratulations to the various Float winners which were as follows:- 1st Overall went to Macra South Longford who were very popular with everyone, Most Topical was won by Colehill National School. Ballymahon Youth Club received the Best New Entrant Award and St. Matthews National School were awarded Best effort, Inny Kayakers – Best local entry, Tashinney National School – Most humorous, Forgney National School- Closest to the theme which was “World Wide Web”. The Judges had a very hard job picking out the winners. Results will also be posted on shortly. Please feel free to tag and share the photos, as always Harry Quigley really captured the atmosphere of a great day here in Ballymahon.

Cake Sale

The annual cake sale in aid of Shrule Cemetery fund will be held in the Dean Egan Centre, across the road from St. Matthews Church on Good Friday, immediately after the Easter Ceremonies. Light refreshments will be served and your support as in previous years will be much appreciated.

Bridge results

North/South – 1st Gross & nett –Chris Farrell & Mary Nooney, 2nd gross & 3rd nett – Yvonne Dowler & Una Flynn. 2nd nett - May Charles & Maura Quaine. 3rd gross – Ann Delaney & Ann Fallon. East/West – 1st gross & nett - Mary Flanagan & Margaret Lynn. 2nd Gross & nett – Brendan Murtagh & Aidan Nally. 3rd Gross & nett – Christy Flanagan & Joe Hunt. 1st Gross on North/South and also on East/West qualify to play in the regional president’s prize competition on Sunday April 12th in The Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Athlone. We wish them all the best of luck.

Parish news

Should anyone wish to contact a priest in St. Matthews Church please call: Fr. Tom Barden, Kenagh at 043 33 22127/ 087-9195354 or Fr. Charlie Healy, Carrickedmond at 044 93 57442/ 087 751 0042. Trocaire boxes can be picked up in the back of the Church and returned at any of the Holy week Ceremonies.


We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Sr. Maura Fay, former Music Teacher at Mercy Secondary School on the death last week of her brother, Rev Fr. Sean PE, Parish of Rathmolyon and Enfield, Co Meath and Ex. President St. Finian’s College, Mullingar at Knightsbridge Care Home, Trim. Our condolences also to Fr. Sean’s sister, Olive (Carey), to his sister-in-law Mary, Most Rev. Michael Smith, Bishop of Meath, Priests of the parish Fr. Michael Whittaker PP and Fr. Timothy Majida and fellow Priests of the Diocese, cousins, nephews, nieces, grand-nephews and nieces, devoted Housekeeper May, parishioners of Rathmolyon and Enfield , to all his relatives and wide circle of friends. In iothlann De go gcastar sinn.

Social Dancing

Continues every Saturday night from 9pm to 11pm in Cooneys Hotel. Everyone is welcome to attend. Admission is just €5. Please note that there will be no Dancing on the following dates due to unforeseen circumstances: 28th March and 4th April. Many thanks to everyone who attended last weeks session which was in aid of the Centre of Independent Living, Longford. Your support for this worthy cause was very much appreciated.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes

The annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from May 27th to June 1st 2015, departing from Knock Airport. Anyone wishing to travel should contact Joe Walsh Tours on 01-2410800 or e-mail for booking forms and further information

Bus to Knock

A bus will leave Ballymahon on Sunday 12th April at 10am to travel to Knock Shrine for Divine Mercy Sunday. If you wish to book a seat on the bus please contact Sr. Vincent at 09064-32532, Ita Reilly 04493-57589 or Mary Murtagh 09064-32126. All are welcome.

St. Christophers Day Care Centre

Are holding their annual Lenten fund-raising lunch in aid of St. Christopher’s and Longford Hospice on Friday 27th March in the Longford Arms Hotel from 12.30 to 2.30p.m. Tickets are only €8 for a great social occasion and a great lunch too. Your support will be very much appreciated.


We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Hugh Donnelly on the death of his wife, Patricia (nee O’Connor), Barnacor, Ballymahon and formerly of Gracefield Avenue, Artane, Dublin, mother of the late Maureen, which occurred on March 17th at Innis Ree Lodge Nursing Home, Ballyleague, also to Patricia’s daughters Pauline and Patricia, to her sisters, brothers, sons-in-law, grandchildren and all her relatives and friends. Patricia’s remains were laid to rest at Shrule Cemetery on Friday last. May she rest in peace.

Adoration Vigil

The next 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 this Friday, 27th March .

Road verge clean-up

A big thank-you to all the locals of Derrynabuntle, Gurteen, Barnacor, Ardohill and Ethra who got together to clean up the road verges recently. Your support is greatly appreciated. Thanks also to the Environment Department in Longford County Council who collected the rubbish promptly and are going through what was collected for evidence which could lead to the perpetrators.

Death of Mrs Isobel Mullally

It was with deep regret that we learnt of the death last week of Mrs Isobel Mullally, (nee Nestor) at her residence in Lisaquil, Tang, pre-deceased by her husband William and her son Billy. Isobel who was a lovely lady, a quiet and popular member of the community is survived by her heart broken daughters Bridget, Anne and Josephine, brother Pat, her sons-in-law, grandchildren , relatives and friends to whom we extend our sincere sympathy. May God grant rest to her soul.

Charity Hack/Ride

Will take place at Deerpark Equestrian Centre on Saturday, 28th March at 12 noon. This event is suitable for all level of riders, children must be supervised by an adult. There will be a section for children on lead reins. Due to huge interest a Walking section has been added, meeting at the Mart at 12.15p.m. and doing the Canal Walk, which is Buggy friendly, so please spread the word. The Walk is 5k which takes in the Canal. Water station at the Canal. Fee for walk is five euro. Walkers start at 12.30p.m. Money raised will help us buy a Defibrillator for Innyside Service Station and help the group upgrade the training equipment. Cap on the day will be twenty euro for hack and on return a run round the cross country course (skull hat and back protector must be worn) or ten euro just to do the hack round the nice quiet country roads of Ballymahon and scenic banks of the Canal where we’ll stop for photos and cheque presentation to our group and then parade down the town so people can see the horses and show their appreciation. Every rider and walker on the day will get a raffle ticket for a free raffle when they come back from the hack or walk and when the other riders are finished in the cross country.

Refreshments will be served and tickets will be on sale for our main raffle which will be held in Murray Maghera, where there will be music. Anyone who needs a horse stabled for the night can contact Deerpark Equestrian, details on their Facebook page and will be only too delighted to help you. Inny Bay B & B is only minutes away from the Pub if people fancy making it a real social occasion and transport can be arranged on the night. A great way to round off the hunting season and catching up with friends and help raise money for life saving equipment. Ballymahon Defibrillator group provides training free of charge to the people of Ballymahon, Forgney and Tang and surrounding areas. We will have tickets on sale for our main raffle which will be held later that night in Murrays of Maghera. If you are interested in making this day a success, you can contact Darren on 086-1704394.

Get-well wishes

We send our good wishes to Paddy Killian, Creevaghmore who is hospitalised at the moment in the Mater Hospital, we hope everything goes well for Paddy.


Our deepest sympathy is extended to Suzanne Donovan, formerly Newcastle House Hotel on the death last week of her father Frank Casey, Cornadough, Newtowncashel and late of Lisnagan, Newtowncashel, pre-deceased by his wife Bea, also to Frank’s sons Gerry and Bernard, daughters Bernadette (Muldoon), Colette (Mulvihill), Miriam and Siobhan (Weafer), daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, his beloved grandchildren, brother, sister and all his relatives, neighbours and friends. Frank’s remains were laid to rest at Cashel Cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Wedding Anniversary

Congratulations to Johnny and Cathy McLynn, Darogue who celebrated their Ruby wedding anniversary on Thursday last. We wish them many more years of good health and happiness.