School of Motoring

School of Motoring

We would like to wish local man, Peter Cox, Creevaghbeg, the very best of luck with his new venture, Ballymahon School of Motoring, a first for Ballymahon. Peter has recently qualified as a ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) with the RSA (Road Safety Authority). Peter is available seven days a week for all your driving tuition needs. He also provides essential guidance and advice to Learner Drivers ahead of their Theory examination and is fully certified to deliver the Essential Driver Training programme (EDT). A door to door service for the Ballymahon and surrounding area is available including a modern Dual Control car. Athlone or Longford Test Routes are covered depending on your preference of test centre. Modern up to date teaching techniques with a friendly and patient Instructor. Complete 10 lessons and get 1 years No Claims discount and 10% off your first Insurance under the Drive First Scheme. Why not get into gear this year by calling Peter on 087-1257378 to get started. We wish Peter every success with his new business venture.

Mortgage Advice Event

The local branch of Bank of Ireland are holding a Mortgage Advice Event on Saturday 7th February from 10a.m. to 1p.m. The staff would like to extend a welcome to anyone who may be thinking of building or buying a house now or in the future. The Mortgage Advisers will be available to speak with you and give you any necessary advice. To arrange an appointment please contact Mary at 07662 40511 or Sheila at 07662 40510 for further details.

Death of Rose Smyth

There was widespread sadness, especially in the Ballymahon and Tang areas on January 9th 2015 when we all heard of the death of Mrs Rose Smyth, (nee Clarke), Rathmore, pre-deceased by her husband Joe and her beloved daughter Eilish (Mulleady). Rose had been unwell for a number of years before her peaceful passing in the loving care of the staff at Thomond Lodge, Ballymahon. Prior to that she was a very active member of the community of Tang. A long time member of Tang I.C.A., Rose’s talent at crafts of every description was put to good use. She was always a willing and able teacher to all her friends in the Guild. She was also a member of the Apostolic Society in Ballymahon where her prowess with the needle was regularly put to good use. She was a very friendly and good-natured lady and a most obliging neighbour. Rose was a great stalwart in the Church in Tang also. She laundered the Altar linen there for many years with complaint and was also active in organising Tang School Sports, a lady of many talents. She will be sadly missed. Rose’s Removal and Funeral Mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Tang were attended by a large number of mourners who came, as they did to her home where she lay in repose, to pay their final respects to a lovely lady. We extend our deepest sympathy to her son Michael, son-in-law Darren (Mulleady), loving grandchildren Stephen, Sean and Mary, her sister Nancy Lynch, Cavan, nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends. May she rest in peace.

Living well with Arthritis

A pain-management Course starts Tuesday, 3rd February at the Park House Hotel, Edgeworthstown at 7p.m. for six weeks. To register please contact 01-6470206 or 1890-2252846. Spaces are limited.

Church Choir resumes

St. Matthews Church choir has resumed usual practices at 8p.m. on Wednesday evenings in the Church. They are preparing Spring and Easter music. New members are always welcome. Contact Mary on 086-8715155.


A Pilgrimage to Medjugorje will take place from Knock on Sept 16th 2015 at a cost of €699 per person sharing. Contact group leader Marita Concannon on 098-64017 or 089-4146331.

Innyside Singers

Have resumed their weekly sessions in the usual venue, Skelly’s Restaurant, on Thursday nights from 8.00p.m. to 9.30p.m. If you would like to join the group, who sing together for fun, why not go along. They are presently preparing for a Concert which may be held in May 2015 so everyone’s attendance each week is vital. Everyone welcome, men and women.

Longford Tourism

Would like to populate their Event Calendar for 2015 as soon as possible. If you have an Event coming up in the area this year, you might please forward them the details.

Defibrillator Group

Provides training free of charge to Ballymahon, Forgney and Tang people and other people who have enquired to the training. They are a totally voluntary group who rely on people’s good will to help them with fundraising. Their main aim for 2015 is to try and get a new AED at Innyside Filling Station and have enough funds to be able to keep their training equipment up to a high standard.

Social Dancing

Continues every Saturday night from 9p.m. to 11pm in Cooney’s Hotel which is proving very popular. Everyone is welcome to attend. Admission is just €5.

Ballymahon/Forgney Community Games

Well done to the U-13 5 a-side Soccer team who had a great win against Dromard in the Quarter Final of the Community Games which was played in Kenagh on Sunday last. On the team were Jack Walsh, Darragh Finlass, James Walsh, Cormac McDonagh, Danny Ryan, Shane Quinn, Patrick Connaughton and A.J. Moorehead. We wish the lads the best of luck in the semi-final.

Death of Charles Coughlan

It was with deep regret that we learnt of the peaceful death on 18th January last of Charles Coughlan, or Cha as he was affectionately known from Darogue at Mullingar General Hospital. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Charlie and Ellen and brothers Pat, Tom and James. Cha who was born back in 1932, was the salt of the earth, an inoffensive hard-working man who loved farming and was always ready to help out his neighbours. He was a man of great integrity with a great sense of humour, he always had that infectious laugh. A man of strong faith, in the days when Cha enjoyed good health, he did the collection at Mass every Saturday night in St. Matthews Church, then off he went to the pub and enjoyed the banter with the locals, usually bringing down a bunch of Newsletters with him to distribute in the pub! He certainly had a mischievious humour which everyone enjoyed. Cha had a great devotion to the Shrine in Knock and also to the Station Masses, he enjoyed meeting all the neighbours who came to the Stations. He spent the last few years at the Manor in Edgeworthstown where he was very well liked by everyone, staff and patients alike. Cha’s favourite hymn was “Our Lady of Knock” and this was sung beautifully by Ann Keenan at his Funeral Mass, with accompanist Padraig McGowan, he’d have loved that. A large number of people called to Cha’s sister Rose’s house on hearing of his passing, and also to the Removal and Funeral Mass in St. Matthews Church which bore testimont to the respect with which Cha and his family have always been held. Following the Mass, Cha’s remains were laid to rest not far from his home, at Shrule Cemetery. We offer our deepest sympathy to his sisters, Rose (Conlon), Darogue and Elena (Manchester), to his sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May God grant rest to his Soul.

Forgney monthly G.A.A. Draw

The following are the winners of the draw which was held in Cooney’s Hotel on Saturday night last. €30 Joe Farrell, Pallas. €30 Brendan Murray, Rathgar, Dublin.

Baby daughter

Congratulations to Damien and Kelly Byrne, Hill Crescent, Creevaghbeg on the birth of their new baby daughter, Emily. We wish you all the best of luck for the future.

Surprise party

Congratulations to Michelle Mullen, Pallas, Abbeyshrule who celebrated her 40th Birthday at a surprise party in Skelly’s on Saturday night with her family and lots of friends. We hope you enjoyed the night Michelle, best wishes to yourself and Dave for the future.

Nutritional Therapist

A happy new year to you all from Caroline Ferry. Call Caroline on 086-3994615 to book your place on a 10 week weight loss/healthy eating programme starting soon or book a one to one consultation if you prefer. (See Simple Changes Clinic on facebook

50th Wedding Anniversary

We send our best wishes to Johnny and Ann Molloy, St. Matthews Park who celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Saturday night last in Skelly’s pub with their family. We wish Johnny and Ann very good health and happiness in the years ahead.

Longford Women’s Link

Are taking registration for First Aid refresher Class on Saturday January 31st and Occupational First Aid starting February 2nd. Students may qualify for funding for the above courses. For further information please contact Longford Women’s Link at 04333 41511.

Folk Band

St Matthews Folk Band practices resumed last week. Anyone interested in joining the group is very welcome to Mondays at 6.30pm at the Church Sacristy. More information is available on group’s facebook page:


Congratulations to Edel Slevin, (nee McHugh), daughter of Donal and the late Teresa, Barnacor and to her husband Mark, from Monaghan, on the birth of their baby daughter, Holly Teresa, who was christened on Saturday last in Kenagh with the celebrations continuing in Cooney’s Hotel. Best wishes to you all.

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 the First Friday, February 6th commencing at 10p.m. For further information contact 086-0405621 or 086-1900640.

90th birthday

Our warmest congratulations to Pat Rock, Garrynagh, Shrule, one of our most senior citizens, who celebrated no less than his 90th birthday at a party in Cooney’s Hotel on Saturday night last with his family, relatives and many friends. It was great to see Pat who is a real gentleman, looking so fit and well. We hope he enjoyed the celebrations and we look forward to seeing him receiving “the Presidents cheque” in ten years time. A great night was had by everyone.


The local Sinn Fein Cumman wish to thank everyone who contributed to their church gate collection in Ballymahon at the weekend. Your support is much appreciated.

Best of luck

To Trevor Smullen, Creevaghbeg who is now training the Mohill Gaelic football team with Padraic Davis. We wish Trevor and Padraic every success in the coming season.

Station Masses

Fr. Padraig is hoping to revive the tradition of Station Masses, which has declined somewhat in recent years. The main focus, he says, at these events should be the Mass, which enables neighbours to come together in the area, as they have done over the years, and to welcome new people who have moved into the area in more recent times. Refreshments offered after the Mass should be very simple, and should not be such as to discourage anybody from hosting a Station Mass in their home. It is a special privilege to have Mass celebrated in your home. Anyone who wishes to host a Station Mass should get in touch with Fr. Padraig soon.

Bridge club

North/South – 1st Gross & 3rd Nett - Tony & Mark Tiernan, 1st nett & 2nd gross – Murtagh 7 Margaret Dowd. 2nd nett & 3rd gross - Adrian & Rory Duncan. East/West - 1st Gross and 2nd nett - Lily Mulvihill & Carole Nally. 1st nett & 2nd Gross - Cindy Mannion and Geraldine Groarke. 3rd Gross – Margaret Lynn & Kathleen Nulty. 3rd Nett – Patricia Johannesson & Andrew Nally.

College award for Frances

Congratulations to Frances Nally, daughter of Andrew and Tracey who will be presented with an Ad Astra Award from UCD at a special ceremony in the college on 29th January. Ad Astra Awards are awarded to students who have received top marks in their Leaving Certificate. Well done to Frances, who is a past pupil of Mercy Secondary School.

Our District Nurse retires

We wish the very best of luck to Mrs Chris Farrell, Pallas, Abbeyshrule who retired from her long nursing career on 23rd December last. A native of Ballyforan, Co Roscommon, Chris went to school at the Mercy Secondary School in Tuam and was at one stage an accomplished Camogie player with Roscommon. Her Nursing career started back in 1968 in Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe and she went on to do her Midwifery in Scotland. Chris then spent some time working at Mullingar General Hospital before heading off to Fort Worth in Texas to enhance her nursing career but later returned to Mullingar hospital again. When working in Mullingar she met and got married to Joe and later took a career break to bring up their three young children. Then seventeen years ago, we were all delighted to see Chris return to work again, she has been a District Nurse in this area and other areas in South Longford until her retirement at Christmastime. She always carried out her work in a highly professional, caring and compassionate manner, it was clear that Chris loved her work, she is a very kind-hearted and considerate lady. She always brought great comfort to the many sick people she visited, sometimes in very trying times, she was a great source of consolation to many families. She always put the patient first and often fought hard for their entitlements which was not an easy task. She will be hugely missed in the area by the many patients she has visited over the years. We hope Chris enjoys her retirement, her well-earned break and that herself and Joe enjoy good health to do all the things they hope to.

School win Final

Congratulations to Ballymahon Mercy Secondary School footballers who won the North Leinster Juvenile Football “C” Final recently when they beat O’Carolan College, Nobber by 1-18 to 3-6 at St. Loman’s Grounds in Mullingar. Well done indeed to the lads, their captain Cian Gilmore and all their mentors.

Twinning A.G.M.

Ballymahon/Landevant-Landaul Twinning committee will be holding their A.G.M. on Tuesday night next, February 3rd at 9p.m. in The River Inn. All members are requested to attend. Newcomers always welcome.