Barracks temporarily closed

Barracks temporarily closed

Ballymahon Garda Station will be closed for approximately six weeks to allow for upgrading works on the premises. This work commenced on 19th May. During this time the local Gardai will operate from Lanesboro Garda Station. If however, you need say, a Passport form signed or have any concerns the Gardai will be present at Bridgeways Resource Centre, across from St. Matthews Church on two days a week, Mondays and Fridays from 2p.m. to 4p.m.

Join our Boys Trust

Many thanks to everyone who supported the Tangle Wood fundraiser for the “Join our Boys” Trust in Ronnie and Mary Nally’s Bar recently. It was a very successful night with great music and song from local and visiting musicians of all ages. €2,320 has been raised already. Donations are still coming in. We will update you on the final amount when fundraising is completed.


Hark luck to our Division 2 team who were beaten by Granard in the semi-final of the Reserve League after extra time on Friday last.

Enrolment at St. Matthews NS

St. Matthews National School would like to advise all parents who as of yet have not enrolled their children for September 2014, to please do so. The school is organising its resources for the forthcoming academic year. You may call into the office, phone on 09064-32578 or alternatively e-mail your request to

Mulligan Sisters in Concert

The Mulligan Sisters will be in concert in St. John’s Church, Battery Road, Longford on this Saturday night, 4th June at 8pm. Tickets €12 are available at Hair Square, Farrell-Coy, Denniston’s or online at Thank you.


The Diocesan Youth Director, Anita Allen is organising a Youth Pilgrimage to Medjugorje from 30th July to 6th August 2014. 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 21st May so an early decision is needed.

Home on holidays

Welcome home to Johnny Keegan who is over from America visiting his mother, Molly, Cloncullen and all his family and friends in the area. We hope he enjoys his holiday here.

Indoor Market

The Indoor Market at Bridgeways Resource Centre across from St. Matthews Church is now up and running. There are lots of top quality products at bargain prices on offer every Friday from 10am to 5pm. Kids clothes and accessories, Dee Home Baking (Homemade Tarts, Buns, cakes and breads), Gills Happy Hats, hand-crafted jewellery, hand-crafted wood products, Marino Wood Ox Mountain Wear, fresh vegetables, free range eggs and lots more. And a Free Hand Spa! Something for everyone. Please support.

Hard luck

To the Co Roscommon senior football team who were very narrowly beaten by Mayo in the Connaught championship played in Hyde Park on Sunday and to Mark Nally who was on the Roscommon team. Mark is a son of Frankie Nally, native of Moigh, Ballymahon and grandson of Celene.

5K Road Race

St. Clare’s National School, Tubberclare will hold a 5K Road Race on Sunday next, June 15th. The Walk/Run begins at 12.30p.m. Registration will take place on the morning in the school from 10am. €10 per adult, children are free. Refreshments will be served. Everyone welcome. Your support will be appreciated.


Hard luck to the Longford Senior football team who were narrowly beaten by Wexford in the Leinster Championship on Saturday evening last at Glennon Bros Pearse Park in Longford and to local man Kevin Diffley who was on the team. We wish the best of luck to Kevin and the team when they play in the Qualifiers.


Congratulations to Ronan Farrell, son of Keith and Megan, Philadelphia and grandson of Michael and Liz, Mostrim Road who was one of the Mascots for the Irish Soccer team when they played Costa Rica in the International Friendlies at the weekend over in Philadelphia. Well done Ronan.

Longford Hurling

Congratulations to Co. Longford Hurling team who won the Lory Meagher Cup when they beat Fermanagh by 2 pts in Croke Park on Saturday afternoon last and to Conor Keegan, son of Vinnie and Ann, Forgney who was on the team. The team proudly paraded the Cup at half-time during the Longford-v-Wexford game in Glennon Bros Pearse Park on Saturday evening. Well done to all the lads.

The Pigeons Golf Society

Well done to Ken Lovell, Rathmore who had a great winning score of 43 pts in The Pigeons Golf Society outing which was played in Esker Hills recently and also to Thomas Lennon, Rathmore who came in 2nd with a score of 38pts.

Umbra clothing collection for Kenya

Please support the used clothing collection to aid Fr Nicholas Maanzo and his parish of St. Patrick’s Parish, Kitui, Kenya. The collection will take place on Wednesday, 11th June between 9am and 12 noon in Forgney and Tang Church Car parks.

Lough Derg

Daily boats travel to the Island from 10.30a.m. until 3p.m. seven days a week until 13th August. No booking necessary. For further information please contact Maureen or Sharon at 071-9861518 or e-mail:

Longford ACCORD

There are just a few places available on the Longford ACCORD Pre-Marriage Courses for this week, 12th and 13th June. There will be no Marriage courses in July or August. For further information contact ACCORD Longford on 043 33 47222 or book on line @

Victory Dance

Recently elected Cllr. Paddy O’Toole FF and his family wish to thank everyone who attended his Victory Dance in Cooney’s Hotel on Saturday night last and a very enjoyable night with good lively music and light refreshments. Another function is being held for Paddy in Ronnie & Mary Nally’s, Corner House Pub on this coming Saturday night starting at 10pm. Everyone welcome.

Altar Servers

Members of second class in St. Matthews national school are invited to become Altar servers in St. Matthews Church. Application forms are available from Bryan Kennedy at the school. Fr. Padraig also needs some parents to be available to assist with the altar servers in the church sacristy before and after Mass.

New Vestments

The family of the late Theresa Story (nee Hill), an aunt of Breege Murray, Lower Main Street, who was originally from Listubbit from where she emigrated to the United states, has donated a set of vestments to our parish in her memory. Theresa, who was a sister of the late May Whelan, died on 5th August 2011. Many thanks to the Story family for the gift of the beautiful vestments.


The annual Novena of Prayer in honour of the Sacred Heart will take place in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Carrickedmond with Mass and Novena Prayer from Thursday, 19th June at 8pm until Friday, 27th June at 8pm.

Cemetery Sunday

Will take place in Cloncallow on Sunday, 22nd June at 5.30pm and later in the evening at 7pm in Forgney Graveyard. On Sunday, 13th July, it takes place at Shrule Cemetery and later in the summer, on Sunday, 10th August, Cemetery Sunday will be held in Kilcomoc Cemetery.

Walking Club

Every Monday and Wednesday evening at 8pm. Meet at Ballymahon Library and do the Canal Walk. Everyone welcome.

Forgney G.A.A. Lotto

The €25 winners of last months Lotto draw were: Fergal Kelly, Ballymahon; John Maye, Cloncallow; Kate Nally, Ballymahon and Carmel McLoughlin, Mullingar Road. Numbers drawn were – 6, 9, 26 and 27.


Best of luck to all the students in the local schools who are in the throes of their Junior and Leaving Cert exams at the moment. We hope all is going well for them.


An Irish language summer course, SIAMSA, is taking place from July 7th to 11th in Gaelscoil, Longfoirt. The course will be held from 9.30a.m. to 3p.m. 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 get-well wishes for a speedy recovery to Albert Fallon, Drynan who recently underwent an operation. Hopefully, we will see Albert out and about soon again.

Forgney Old Cemetery

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