Ballymahon May 13

TRIPLE P PARENTING - The Power of Positive Parenting. Three information talks on 16th, 23rd and 30th May 2011

TRIPLE P PARENTING - The Power of Positive Parenting. Three information talks on 16th, 23rd and 30th May 2011

Times: 7:30pm to 8:45pm Venue: Bridgeways Family Resourse Centre, Dean Egan Library, Ballymahon, Co Longford

No need to book, just turn up. For more information, please phone: 09064 34070

Cycle for cancer care

Congratulations to the group of young people from the area who joined with a group of approximately 25 people and participated in no less than a 300 kilometres cycle to raise funds for the Irish Hospice Foundation over the weekend. The cyclists set off from Ballymahon to Castlebar on Friday , from Castlebar to Galway on Saturday and back to Ballymahon on Sunday. There must surely have been some tired legs after that gruelling journey but the group raised over 8000 euro for their efforts. Well done indeed to you all.

Death of Padraig McGee

Everyone in the area was shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden and peaceful death on May 1st last at his home of Padraig McGee, Goldsmith Road, Ballymahon. Padraig turned 70 years old just recently and was well known in the area, he was admired and respected by everyone. He was a quiet gentleman, a most obliging neighbour and a great husband and father to Kathy and his only son John and a man of strong religious faith. He started his working career in McCartons Box factory and remained there for 15 years and worked for a further 15 years in Lovells hardware. He spent some years as a caretaker with Ballymahon Vocatonal School and also with the local national school. And up until fairly recently Padraig did lots of painting and decorating for people in the area. In all of these workplaces Padraig always got on well with his many colleagues and although he took his work very seriously, he was always good fun to work with and had time for everyone. In 1955 Padraig joined the Tang Pipe Band and with his brother Noel and played the big drums for over 40 years with the band, they would have played at many football matches and at lots of parades all over the country during that time. He loved music of all kinds and was a member of the Innyside Singers here in Town and also the Church choir, he will be missed by all his friends there, he also loved going out at night with Kathy and John to music sessions and in his spare time liked to do some gardening. Padraig’s friends in the Innyside Singers formed a guard of honour for him when his remains were removed from Thomond Lodge Nursing home on Tuesday evening last and the Church choir did likewise following the funeral Mass on Wednesday morning. A huge number of people called to his home to pay their respects on hearing of Padraig’s sudden death and also at the removal and funeral Mass and burial afterwards in Forgney Cemetery. We offer our deepest sympathy to his wife Kathy , son John brother Noel, sisters Bridie (Smullen) and Sis (England) , to his nephews and nieces especially Daniel who visited Padraig regularly and to all his relatives neighbours and many friends. Ar dheis de go raibh a anam dilis.

County football

Well done to the Co Longford minior football team who had a great win against Wicklow in the minor championship in Pearse Park on Saturday afternoon last. We wish the lads he best of luck when they play against Dublin in the quarter final in the Leinster Championship which is being played in Longford this coming Saturday.

Church gate


Many thanks from the Disabled Association to everyone who contributed to their Church gate collection in Ballymahon over the weekened. Your generous support is much appreciated.

Surprise birthday party

Congratulations to Joe Keegan Forgney who celebrated a special birthday at a surprise party in Nally’s Corner House with his wife Julie, mother and father family and many friends. His son Barry travelled over from Australia for the celebrations with his girl friend Hanna. There was lots of good lively music and craic in Nallys that night. We wish Joe good health and happiness in the years ahead.

French twinning

This week we have a group of visitors from Landevant/Landaul in France visiting our town for a week to celebrate ten years of twining with their town. There are lots of activities and trips organised for the group over the week, we hope the weather stays kind to them. We wish the organising committee the best of luck for the week.


Details of the annual Ballymahon & district credit union scholarship for leaving certificate students were recently announced . The scholarship is open to leaving certificate students of the vocational school and mercy secondary school in Ballymahon. All students who wish to enter the draw must be a member of the credit union on or before 31 May 2011. All applicants must be commencing a Fas apprenticeship or a full time certificate diploma or degree course at any university IT or approved third level college. The scholarship will be paid at a rate of 1000 euro per annum for a maximum of three years. Further details are available from the office of Ballymahon & district credit union.

Club 91

A enjoyable afternoon was enjoyed by members of Club ‘91 at St Josephs in Longford recently. Many thanks to all involved. The group’s chairperson Mai sympathised with the McGee family on the death of Pauric and to the Noonan family Clonncallow on the sudden death of Pat last week and to all the families in the area who had bereavements lately. Weekly meetings continue every Wednesday in the Bridgeways Centre at 8pm.New members always welcome.

Ballymahon traders

The Traders association wish to thank all those who participated in picking up litter around the town on Sunday morning. They hope to continue this every Sunday morning meeting at lower main street at 9am. Ballymahon Traders Association is committeed to support local community groups in improving our town and surrounding area. All help would be greatly appreciated any Sunday morning.

Special birthday

Congratulations to Geraldine Larkin, Kilcurry hairdresser at Mostrim road who celebrated her birthday at a surprise party in Keenans of Tarmonbarry recently with all her family, we hope you enjoyed the night Geraldine. We wish you all the best for the future.


History Group

The monthly meeting of Ballymahon History group will take place on Thursday 12th May at 8.30pm. Light refreshments will be served. Newcomers always welcome. The annual day tour to Connemara will take place on Monday 20th June 2011.There are some extra seats still available on the bus, anyone who wishes to travel please contact Ann Browne secretary or Philip Murrell PRO.

Inny Golf Society

Results of outing on Sunday May 1st at Farnham Estate Golf club Cavan. Ladies section 1st Oonagh Flynn 32 pts (18); 2nd Mary Cooney 31pts (15). Mens section 1st nett Thomas Lennon (9) 38 pts; 2nd nett Charlie McGrath (34) 36 opts’ 3rd nett Jimmy Lennon (15) 34 pts; 4th nett George Lovell (12) 33 pts; 5th nett John Lennon (11) 32 pts; 6th nett Christy Canavan (capt) (16) 32 pts’ 1st nine Colm Flynn (18) 18 opts; 2nd nine Pat Hughes (9) 15 pts. Our new captain Christy Canavan would like to thank all who played in the Farnham Estate outing and hopes for an even better response for his captains outing in Glasson on the second weekend in September. Details later. He wishes to thank the sponsors for the outing Ronnie & Mary Nally George Lovell