Clean up

Clean up

A big thanks from the organisers, to all who went out and supported the Gurteen and surrounding roads clean up last Friday and Saturday. It was wonderful to see so many people enthusiastic about cleaning the roadside. They can now claim to have one of the cleanest roads in Co Longford. They are hoping that the people who litter our roads might finally decide to better themselves and stop ruining the beautiful countryside. At the very least the people of Gurteen can now enjoy their walks in the area without the annoying sight of litter everywhere. Well done everyone.

40th Wedding Anniversary

Congratulations and best wishes to Paddy and Ann Fox, Inny Glen, Derry, Ballymahon who recently celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary. Special good wishes also to Paddy, who is retiring from Bord na Mona after 45 years sterling service to the Company. Paddy was highly respected and well-liked by the many staff he worked with over the years. Good health and thanks from all your colleagues Paddy and from all your friends in the area. We wish yourself and Ann lots of happiness in retirement.

Death of Mrs Nora Cassidy

The sad death occurred on March 15th last of Mrs Nora Cassidy, (nee Carey), Willow Park Road, Athlone. Nora and her husband Dermot, lived at Creevaghbeg here in Ballymahon about thirty years ago. She was a lovely, friendly and always good-humoured lady who was very popular with everyone in the area and has been a regular visitor to Ballymahon visiting her brother Sean and his family in Creevaghbeg. We offer our sincere sympathy at this sad time to Nora’s husband Dermot, daughter Geraldine, sons Anthony and John, her brother Sean and his family, Creevaghbeg, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends. Her remains were laid to rest at Drumraney Cemetery. May God grant rest to her Soul.

Try “Pickleball”

Open to Active Retirement Clubs- Pickleball is a fun court sport played on a badminton-sized court. It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a fast paced, competitive game for experienced players. In addition to being fun, the game has developed a reputation for its friendly and social nature. Pickleball can be played as singles or doubles. No special apparel is needed just something comfortable. The game can be played by all ages and is taking place in the Longford Sports Centre on Wednesday, 30th April. There are three time slots available for groups to book.. from 10.00 to 11.00a.m., 11 to 12 or 12 noon to 1p.m. There will be a brief introduction to the game followed by the opportunity for people to play the game. For further information or to book your groups place, please contact Longford Sports Partnership at 04333-43450 or e-mail

Table Quiz

Longford Toastmasters are holding a Table Quiz in Longford Rugby Club on Thursday, 27th March at 9.00p.m. (Team Registration at 8.30p.m.). Table of four persons cost 40 euro. Raffle and spot prizes on the night. All are welcome

U-21 Football

Very hard luck to the Longford U-21 football team who were beaten by Dublin on Wednesday night in Portlaoise in the Leinster U-21 Football Championship.

Low Cost Counselling Service

“Life is not what it is supposed to be, it is what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference”. (Virginia Satir). Problems crop up in life that may leave people unable to manage. Trying to cope with this stress on our own can be tiresome. People often find that they just need someone to listen, without making judgments or giving advice. Many people have found counselling to be helpful and rewarding. At the Bridgeways Family Resource Centre in Ballymahon, the counsellor does not criticize or judge. The counsellor provides a safe and confidential space for you to explore , discover and clarify ways of living more agreeable. This is a Low Cost Counselling Service now available costing €10 per service. Take the first step by contacting Melissa on 085 1648632.

Tashinney National School

Enroling is now taking place for September 2014. Parents who wish to enrol their child/children may call in to the school or contact the school on 04493-57610.

Hope House, Foxford

Are you concerned that you or a loved one may have a problem with alcohol, drugs or gambling? For the past 21 years Hope House in Foxford, Co Mayo, has been providing residential treatment for people suffering from addiction and for their families. If you have these concerns please contact Hope House @ 094-92 56888. (e-mail You will be given an opportunity to speak in confidence with a member of the highly skilled team based in Hope House.


The Minor club will shortly be selling tickets for their annual Grand National Draw. Your support for the young people in the area will be very much appreciated.

Leo Casey History Group

As part of the Group’s World War 1 Anniversary exhibition being planned for 21st to 28th June 2014, the group are putting out a request to all local families in and around Ballymahon for information and experiences of any family members who enlisted for military or other services in the first World War. They have in mind letters detailing events, photographs and other such reminiscences. Anyone who wishes to get in contact should phone the following - Paddy at 086-3718169, Ann Browne at 086-3376774 or Mary Carey at 087-0618035.

Lenten Alms Collection

The annual Lenten alms collection will take place this weekend, 29th/30th March in St. Matthews Church instead of the usual monthly collection for the Church Renovation fund. The proceeds of this collection are used to fund various services, e.g. Accord marriage preparation and counselling, diocesan youth director, eduction of seminarians, safeguarding training.

Senior football

Hard luck to Ballymahon Senior football team who were beaten by Drumlish in the League on Friday evening last in Drumlish.

Diocecan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Takes place from May 27th to 1st June 2014. The cost is €699 which is fully inclusive and will be lead for the first time by Bishop Francis Duffy. If you wish to travel please contact Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lower Baggot St., Dublin 2. Tel 01-2410811.

Welcome home

To Pat Keegan who is over for a break from England, visiting his mother in Cloncullen and all his family and friends in the area. We hope Pat enjoys his trip.

Presentation of Medals

At a function in Cooney’s Hotel on Saturday night last, Ballymahon Senior football team were presented with their Division 2 League medals by Eamon Reilly, Forgney, vice-chairman of the County Board. Congratulations to all the team. An enjoyable night was had by everyone.

Darts League

Congratulations to Murray’s pub Darts team who recently beat Cooney’s Hotel, leaving them Ballymahon Darts League Shield winners. The Final was held in and sponsored by Brian Molihan in Carrickboy. On the winning team were Ian Duncan Snr., Ian Duncan Jnr., Colm Byrne, Michael Galvin, Joey Connor, James Keenan and William Flanagan, well done to you all.

Easter Draw

Selling of lines for our Easter Draw is now underway. All children at St Matthews NS have yellow cards with lines to sell. Lines are also available for purchase in many of the shops in Ballymahon Town. We will also be selling lines on the street of Ballymahon on Sat 29th March and Sat 5th April. All Lines are €2 each. We have great prizes on Offer. All winners will be notified. Thank you to our very generous sponsors. Nallys Service Station €200 voucher, Outdoor Discovery - Voucher for 1 week on Summer Camp, Clare Frances Photography - Voucher for Session & 2 prints worth €150, Carphone Warehouse Longford - Samsung Galaxy Fame Smart Phone, Lovells Bros - €75 voucher, Lets Go Summer Camps - 1 week Camp Voucher for Ballymahon Camp, Cul Camps Voucher - 1 week Camp Voucher for Ballymahon Camp, Daybreak - The Country Shop - €50 voucher, Fiona Egan Cloughan Farm - Place on Cookery Classes for kids for 1 child, Ciaran O Hanlon Pharmacy - €50, Andrea Duncan Photography – PhotoFrames, Carphone Warehouse Longford - iCandy in-ear Headphones, Shabby to Chic - Personalised Sign