Leo Casey History Group

Leo Casey History Group

The next meeting of Ballymahon Leo Casey History Group takes place Thursday June 5th. at 8:30pm in the Dean Egan Hall. As always new members are welcome to join the group. Light refreshments are served. At this meeting the forthcoming World War I exhibition at the library on Main Street will finalised along with plans for heritage week in August.

Victory Dance

A victory dance will be held for Pat O’Toole, Cloncallow in Coonys Hotel on Friday night, June 7th to celebrate Pat’s election as a Fianna Fail Councillor at the recent Local Elections. There will be music and light refreshments provided on the night. Everyone is welcome to attend. We wish Pat the best of luck in his duties as Councillor in the years ahead.

Garda 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 Monday last 19th May. During this time, our 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 2pm to 4pm.

Field Day

Abbeylara Field Day is to be held on Sunday next 8th June commencing at 12.00 noon. Free Car Parking on the day. Admission is €10, children free. All proceeds go to Parish funds. So your support will be appreciated. Enquiries at 086-8855189 or 086-8545378.

Open Day

Would you like to try kayaking? Then go along to their free event on Saturday, 7th June, anytime between 11a.m. and 3p.m. Have a look around the Clubhouse, see what they are all about. If you would like, they will then take you on a short trip down the river Inny. BBQ on the day too. You will find them beside the Bridge in Ballymahon. Please bring a change of clothes if you want to go on the river. Juniors from 10 years old and must have parent or guardian with them. If interested in courses contact them by e-mail


The next First Friday/Saturday 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 Friday 6th June commencing at 10.00p.m. with the Holy Rosary and confession. For further information please contact 086-0405621 or 086 1900640.


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

Wedding celebrations

Our warmest congratulations to Aine Murray, daughter of Tommy and Breege, Lr. Main Street, Ballymahon who got married on May 24th at St. Brigid’s Church in Ardagh to Damien McHugh, son of Terry and Maureen from Carn in Carrickboy. Celebrating the Wedding Ceremony in Ardagh Church which was decorated with some lovely flower arrangements, was Fr. Pat Lennon P.P. Ardagh, assisted by Fr. Padraig McGowan, P.P. Ballymahon. The beautiful music and singing was provided by Harpist Edel Tuite from Dublin. Aine, who was given away by her very proud father Tommy, looked absolutely stunning on her very special day, dressed in a gorgeous ivory lace gown. Her Bridesmaids who also looked beautiful dressed in pale green full-length dresses were her friends Michelle Noonan, Michelle Mulvaney, who travelled over from the Czech Republic for the occasion and also Martina Quinn. Damien’s Bestman was his brother Killian and his Groomsmen were two of his friends Jason Orr and Paul Farrell. The pretty little Flowergirl was Maebh Higgins-Casey, cousin and god-child of Aine’s and the Pageboys were two handsome young gentlemen Ben Murray, nephew of the Bride and Oisin McHugh, nephew of the Groom. Many guests travelled from England and all over Ireland to be with Aine and Damien on their Wedding Day. Aine’s brother Brendan travelled over from America and also over from the States were her cousins Liam and his wife Donna, Olivia, Annalice, Timothy and Dermot. And over from Paris was Aine’s first cousin Jason, with his wife Magali and their children Maebh and Molly. Over three hundred of Aine and Damien’s family, friends joined the newly weds for their Wedding reception at The Hodson Bay Hotel in Athlone where they were treated on arrival by music from Noel Carberry and Noel Sweeney and after a lovely meal danced the night away to the very lively Late Nite Radio Band. Everyone had a great night. The following day, many of the guests and customers from Aine’s parents pub, The River Inn, were treated to a lovely Barbecue at the pub, again accompanied by some great music so a great weekend was enjoyed by all. We wish Aine and Damien, a long and happy life together and wish them everything that they wish themselves.

Teach na Leanai

Are taking Enrolments for the new academic year 2014-2015, Free Pre-school year. Please call to Eileen at the Montessori School or Tel. 087-1312093.

Youth Pilgrimage

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.

Lough Derg

A series of one-day retreats will take place on the pilgrimage island in Lough Derg during the months of August and September. For enquiries and bookings please contact 071-98-61518 or e-mail

Indoor Market

The Indoor Market at Bridgeways Resource Centre across from St. Matthews Church is now up and running for the last month or so. There’s lots of top quality products at bargain prices on offer every Friday from 10a.m. to 5p.m. 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! There is something for everyone. Please support.