Ashes brought home

Ashes brought home

The sad death occurred in England some months ago of Mr Danny McNamee, where he has been living for a long number of years. Danny is a native of Mostrim Road, Ballymahon and from the well-known McNamee Bakery family who were in business here for many years. On Saturday morning last there was a Mass for Danny at Forgney Church and following this his Ashes were buried in the family grave at the adjoining cemetery. His Ashes were brought back to his homeland by Danny’s wife, Pam, who was accompanied by her daughter, Michelle, son David, daughter-in-law Helena, grandchild Oliver, also Danny’s nephew Michael McNamee and Michael’s daughter Laura. Many of Danny’s friends in England also travelled over to pay their last respects to the McNamee family. We offer our sincere sympathy to all of his family and friends and also to Danny’s nephew, Jim and nieces Betty and Vera. May he rest in peace.

A trip down memory lane

Last Friday night, 1st November brought the fruition of Ballymahon’s Leo Casey History group’s work in bringing together their second book “Ballymahon- A Journey Back in Time”. The book with lots of information, billheads and photos from Ballymahon and its surrounds dates from 1578 right up to 2013- the Year of the Gathering, it will stir up many memories for everyone in the area. The book was officially launched in Cooney’s Hotel by Sr. Assumpta Falkner, former Principal at Ballymahon’s Mercy Secondary school who told the full house that this book will be a nostalgic trip down memory lane for many, a book for old and young, both at home and abroad. She praised, as we all do, all the members of the History group who spent many long hours over the last two to three years compiling the book, especially Ann Browne and Mary Carey who left no stone unturned to finish the masterpiece. Fr. Padraig also addressed the crowd on Friday night as did our new Bishop, Bishop Francis and M.C. for the night was Chairman of the group, Paddy Egan. The night started off with a few songs from the local Innyside Singers and finished up with some light refreshments for everyone. A book about Leo Casey’s life was presented to Bishop Francis by committee member Philip Murrell and Ann Browne presented Sr. Assumpta with a beautiful piece of Bog Oak made by local man Pat Lynch which depicted The Last Supper. Cissie Duggan presented Ann Browne with some Bog Oak aptly showing some early Celtic writing and Mai Reilly presented Mary Carey with Bog Oak, a replica of a Dolmen from Co Clare, both pieces were also carved by Pat. There are many hours of reading and brousing in this book and we thank and congratulate hugely each and every one of the committee members for all the research and hard work they put into “Ballymahon – a Journey Back in Time”. The book is on sale for €20. A great Christmas present for someone, especially perhaps someone abroad.

Flower arranging

Classes will start in Betty Fox’s, Main Street on Thursday, November 7th from 7.30p.m. to 9.30p.m. with Florist, Ann Murphy. For further information please contact Betty at 09064-32526 after 5p.m. Everyone welcome.

G.A.A. Fundraiser

Ballymahon G.A.A. Club are holding their second fundraiser at Mullingar Dog Track on Saturday, December 7th. You can be part of the fun and action on the night and have a chance to win the Bumper, a super prize of €1,500. Tickets at €20 each are on sale from Club members who hope that you will be part of the action by attending or by buying a ticket and being in with a chance to win the main prize. Players and committee members will be calling to houses in the parish in the near future selling tickets. Your support will help them to continue to develop facilities for the young people in the area.

Death of Mr William Doherty

The sad death occurred at the weekend of Mr William (Bill) Doherty, Sheeroe, Colehill in the loving care of the staff at Thomond Lodge Nursing Home. Bill who was 86 years old when he passed away peacefully is pre-deceased by his wife Kitty, both of whom brought up a fine big family of eleven children. His remains were removed from Thomond Lodge on Sunday evening to St. Mary’s Church in Legan and following the Funeral Mass on Monday morning, Bills remains were laid to rest in Carrickedmond Cemetery. We extend our deepest sympathy to his son, J.J. and his wife Mary and their two daughters, Noelle and Amy, Parkside and also to Bills sons, Michael, Thomas, Jimmy, Aidan and Derek, daughters Marian, Patsy, Angela, Vera and Sandra, sister Lily, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends. May his Soul rest in peace.

Vocational School

An open night for prospective students will be held at Ballymahon Vocational School on Wednesday night, November 6th from 7.30 to 9.30p.m. All prospective students intending to enrol for September 2014 are invited to attend, accompanied by parents/guardians. For further information, please contact the School at 09064-32211 or 087-9793913.

30th birthday

Congratulations to Caroline Treanor who celebrated her 30th birthday recently at a party in Skelly’s pub with her family and lots of friends. We hope you enjoyed the party Caroline, best wishes to you for the future.

Ballymahon Bridge

Results 21st October – North/South 1st Gross & net – Declan McGivney and Liam Flynn. 2nd Gross & net - Nancy Finn and Elsie McKee. 3rd Gross & net – Greta Egan and Jimmy Lennon. East/West – 1st Gross & 2nd net - Chris Farrell & Mary Nooney, 1st net & 2nd Gross – Frances Kelleher and Mary Feeney. 3rd gross & net – Adrian Duncan & Aidan Nally.


Looking well on RTE television last week was Francis McCormack, formerly Main Street, Ballymahon and his wife Rosaleen. Francis and Rosaleen were in the audience on the Prime Time programme, we hope you both enjoyed the event.

Free Jiving Lessons

You can now dance those winter blues away by taking free jiving lessons every Saturday night with Adrian Duncan and Mary Murtagh in Cooneys Hotel from 8p.m. to 9p.m. After that there’s two hours of social dancing , 9 to 11p.m. with different groups playing music each night. The Social dancing will only cost you €7.50. Everyone welcome, even if you don’t have a partner, there’s always someone there to dance with.


We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs Cecilia McGarry, Creevaghmore on the death last week of her sister, Mrs Margaret Hayes, (nee Donegan), Great Connell, Newbridge, Co Kildare, pre-deceased by her husband Paddy and son John, also to Margaret’s sons Ger and Pat, daughters Fidelma and Mary, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, sisters, sister-in-law and all her relatives and friends. May God grant rest to her Soul.

November collection

The November collection envelopes at St. Matthews Church should be returned this month. This is one of the six collections throughout the year for the support of the priests of the diocese and your support is appreciated.

Death of Peg Tormey

The death occurred last week of Mrs Peg Tormey, (nee Reilly), wife of the late William, Farnamoreen, Glasson, Athlone in her 90th year. Peg is survived by her brother Donal, Cloncallow and sister Lizzy, sisters-in-law Eileen and May, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends to whom we extend our deepest sympathy. Her remains were removed from Thomond Lodge Nursing home in Ballymahon to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Tubberclair and following the Funeral Mass on Tuesday of last week, Peg was laid to rest in the adjoining Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

18th birthdays

Congratulations to James Mulleady, Gurteen who had a joint birthday party with one of his friends Paddy Duffy from Longford in Cooneys Hotel. We hope you enjoyed the night lads, best wishes to you both for the future.

50th Wedding celebrations

Many congratulations to Michael Ryan Ex M.C.C. and his wife Peg, Ballymore who celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary last week with their family and many friends in Cooney’s Hotel. We wish Michael and Peg many more years of good health and lots of happiness.

Slashers win

Congratulations to Longford Slashers football club who had a great win against Rathnew in the Club Championships in Glennon Bros Pearse Park on Sunday last. Best of luck to the team when they play Portlaoise in the next round and to local man Tomas O’Rourke who is a former player with the team and is now a selector.

Another Award for Abbeyshrule

Well done yet again to the Abbeyshrule Tidy Villages committee and all their hard workers who won another Award recently when they won the prestigious “Communities in Bloom” competition over in Canada, beating off competition from villages in Britain, Canada, America and throughout the world. Congratulations to everyone involved, hopefully you will have lots more tourists coming to your lovely tidy village.


A fundraiser will take place this Saturday night 9th November in Leavy’s of Foigha to place a Defibrillator unit outside Jimmy and Carol-Ann Leavy’s and Alex and Edel Stanley’s (Red Bridge area). Music on the night will by local Traditional group Tanglewood. Raffle on the night. All donations will be greatfully accepted. Any person that wants to make a Donation can do so by contacting the following people - John or James Rowan, Enda McGann, Charlie McGonile, Pat Rock, Alex Stanley, Willie Forbes, Paul Jackson, Aine and Andrew Ferren, Paul Maynard, Donal McHugh, Darren Maleady or Leavy’s of Foigha. Hope to see all our neighbours and friends there for what should be a good nights enterainment and craic. Is it not better to have this life saver in a fixed place and not need it, than need it and not know where it is.