Cairde Comhra

Cairde Comhra

Are you interested in reviving your Irish Speaking? Cairde Comhra is a group of adults who meet every Wednesday night 8p.m. to 10p.m. in the Co-Op building in Kenagh (The old National School). In an informal setting, they hope to improve whatever level of Irish you have. New members are welcome to join us – so if you have very little, a little, or a lot and would like the opportunity to improve your “Cupla focail”, please come along.

Wedding celebrations

Many congratulations to Sean Clancy, son of John and Mary, Ballymulvey and Lisa Gormley, Ballykelly, Co Derry who were married on October 9th in Aughavas Church, Co Leitrim. Fr. Padraig McGowan P.P. Ballymahon presided over the lovely Wedding Ceremony. The beautiful traditional music during the Mass was provided by Sean’s cousin, Caroline Keane and his friend Rory Donnellan. Maid of Honour was Lisa’s friend Breffni Nicholl, Derry and Sean’s sister Megan was Bridesmaid. Sean’s Best man for the occasion was his friend David Power, Galway and his friend Sinead Kenny from Carrick-on-Shannon was his Groomsmaid. Lisa looked beautiful on her very special day in her gown designed and made by Sean’s uncle, Patrick Casey. The Reception was held at the lovely Lough Rynn Castle Hotel where the newlyweds were joined by a large number of family and friends. We wish Sean and Lisa many happy and healthy years together.

Death of Margaret McAuley

We wish to extend our sincere sympathy to the McDonnell family, Marian Terrace and to the McAuley family, Leo Casey Terrace on the sad death last week of Margaret McAuley, nee McDonnell, wife of the late Michael McAuley, which occurred last week in Scotland. May she rest in peace.

Art Classes

Art Classes are taking place with Frances Kelleher at the Sisters of Mercy house, Main Street on Wednesdays from 7p.m. to 9p.m. Fee is €10 per session. Newcomers welcome, also beginners.

Welcome home

To Sean Diffley and his wife Megan who are home from America visiting Sean’s parents, Paddy and Marian, Creevaghbeg and all his family and friends in the area. We hope they are enjoying their holiday.

Prayer Meeting

Weekly Prayer meetings are held every Thursday night, 8p.m. to 9.15p.m. in the Sisters of Mercy House, Main Street. It consists of Rosary, Reading of Scripture for the following Sunday, Hymns of Praise, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Prayers of Petition and the Holy Souls. Every welcome, come and see.


Congratulations to Garreth Murtagh, son of Brendan and Mary, Mostrim Road who recently got engaged to Caroline McGee, daughter of Bridget and the late Pat, Abbeyshrule Road. We send our very best wishes to Garreth and Caroline for the future.

U-21 football

Hard luck to Ballymahon/Forgney U-21 football team who were beaten by Drumlish in the U-21 Championship which was played in Leo Casey Park last weekend. We wish the team the best of luck in their remaining games.


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, 7th November commencing at 10.00p.m. For further information please contact 086-0405621 or 086-1900640.


Congratulations to Ken Lovell, Rathmore from Moate Golf Club who came in second in the Midland Alliance competition which was held in New Forest recently. Well done to Ken who finished with a score of 37pts.

Crafts for Christmas

Do you have any Artistic skills such as Painting, Jewellery making, Flower Arranging, Baking, Art & Craft, Sculptures,Woodwork, Card Making, Knitting etc. Do you need a place to sell your product. Ballymahon Craft Fair has space for you. The Fair is being held on Saturday 1st November from 3p.m. to 9p.m. and on Sunday 2nd November from 11.00a.m. to 4p.m. For more information please call 089-4269199.

Leo Casey History Group

The much-awaited partial re-print of “Ballymahon, a Journey back in time”, is now available at Hanly’s Newsagents , Lr. Main Street. The book, packed with many photographs of bygone times, and for many, familiar faces and places would make, yet again, a great Christmas gift. The reprint will be welcome by all who appreciate local history and its preservation for future generations. If you did’nt purchase a copy of the book first time around now is your chance while stocks last, price €20.

Forgney G.A.A

The club are in the process of embarking on an annual Fundraising Draw. The annual subscription costs €50 and will include entry into the Lotto Draw of November where a guaranteed prize fund of €4,300 will be distributed. If there is not one individual winner, the prize fund will be distributed as follows: 1st €1,500, 2nd €1,000, 3rd €750, 4th €500, 5th €250, 6th, 7th, & 8th €100. This draw will take place in Nallys Corner House pub on Saturday, 1st November. The annual subscription also includes entry into 26 fortnightly lotto draws commencing on Saturday, 8th November with a Jackpot of €1,000. Tickets are available from any of the committee members.


Ballymahon G.A.A. will hold their A.G.M. on Saturday, 2nd November at 5p.m. Any member who does not receive their nomination form, please contact Fergal Kelly as soon as possible.

Christmas Fair

The very popular Abbeyshrule Community Christmas Craft Fair will take place on Sunday, 14th December from 12 noon to 6pm. Anyone interested in taking a table should contact Betty McGoey at 04493 57742 or email The childrens craft workshops will be from 1p.m. to 2.30p.m. and 2.30pm to 4pm costing €4 per child. Your workshop must be booked in advance. Weather permitting Santa will drop in to the children at 4p.m. A raffle will be held and all proceeds will go to MWB Autism Support who help organise the event. Your support will be appreciated.

New Parish Priest

We wish to welcome Fr. Oliver Devine to our neighbouring parishes, Fr. Devine has been appointed Parish Priest at Drumraney, Tang and Forgney Churches. We hope he will be very happy in his new post.

“Out of the Shadows”

A lovely collection of Poetry and Prose called “Out of the Shadows” has been produced and edited by the Ballymahon Writers Group in celebration of the life of their colleague and friend, Anne Skelly who passed away last March. The book is also in support of South Westmeath Hospice who cared for Anne so well in her battle with cancer. Ann’s first Novel “Foolish Pride” was about her own journey with her sickness and at the launch of “Out of the Shadows” it was announced that the “Anne Skelly Commemorative Bursary” was being set up which will enable one writer, preferably from County Longford to spend time at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig for the purpose of developing or completing a creative project. “Out of the Shadows” is a collection of poems and poetry pieces by writers from Longford, Westmeath and the Ballymahon Writers Group themselves, inspired by Anne’s account of her struggle with cancer and copies of the book are available at Ballymahon and Longford Libraries or through Marin at Congratulations to all of you for your beautiful contributions. All proceeds go to the South Westmeath Hospice.

Happy Halloween

We wish all our Readers and friends a very happy and safe Halloween. Also happy holidays to the teachers and all the pupils in all the local schools, hope they are enjoying the break.

Bridge Results

North/South, 1st Gross and nett, Sarah Frawley and Mark Tiernan; 2nd Gross, Yvonne Dowler and Una Flynn; 2nd Nett, Rory Duncan and Willie Flanagan; East/West, 1st Gross, Lily Mulvihill and Carole Nally; 1st Nett, Mary Feeney and Frances Kelleher; 2nd Gross, Mary Feeney and Frances Kelleher; 2nd Nett, Jimmy Lennon and Greta Egan.