Day Care Centre mourns death of Director

Day Care Centre mourns death of Director

As a mark of respect to the late Fr. Padraig McGowan D.D. P.P., the summer meeting of the Board of Directors of Ballymahon Day Care Centre was adjourned. He died suddenly on 13th February causing widespread shock and sadness, particularly to the members of the Centre who use it on a daily basis. Fr. Padraig was a Director of the Board since its foundation in 2006. Through his Ministry in visiting the more senior members of the Community, he encouraged people to join the Centre and through his contact with other priests he promoted the Centre in the adjoining parishes in South Westmeath and Longford. As a most caring and pastoral person, Fr. Padraig appreciated the importance of social contact for people especially those of advancing years. He supported all fund-raising activities for the Centre and especially the annual Church gate collection in St. Matthews Church. His input and advice at meetings will be sadly missed by his fellow directors on the Board. His work and effort were highly appreciated and epitomized by the large numbers who attended his funeral. On behalf of all associated in any way with the Centre, Staff and Patrons, the Board of Directors extend their heartfelt sympathy to his immediate family. May the Lord grant him his eternal reward and may he rest in peace.

Volunteers wanted

St. Christopher’s Services are looking for volunteers to join their Leisure Buddies Project. Leisure Buddies is a befriending project that aims to support people with a disability who attend St. Christopher’s to access more Leisure activities and to form friendships with their peers in their local communities.

Volunteers play an important role in supporting their friend to access leisure activities and experience new things. Activities depend on their own interests and can vary from, meeting for a coffee, going shopping, cinema, bowling , concert, or just someone to chat to. Volunteers commit to meeting their friend at least once a month at a time that is convenient for the volunteer and can involve other family members or friends. Leisure is an important part of everyone’s life, including those with a disability, so why not share your time, skills and experiences to show someone else the gift of friendship. If you are interested in finding out more information, please contact Michelle (coordinator) at 086-4074988 or e-mail

Cloncallow Cemetery

Cloncallow Cemetery committee would like to sincerely thank all those who supported and attended their fundraising night in Cooney’s Hotel on Sunday 3rd May. The Committee appreciates the hard work of Michael and Josephine and their staff on the night and for sponsoring the food which added to a successful and great night. Many thanks also to the Ramblers who provided the music. The Committee wishes to express their appreciation to the local traders and people who generously donated over thirty-five prizes on the night and to all the ticket sellers for their dedication and hard work. They would also like to thank special guest on the night, Sean Duggan who provided an excellent display of dancing and also Michael Conlon for his Video display.All the funds collected on the night are in memory of all the souls, our loved ones and those who have no one to remember them. May they all rest in peace.

Open Day

Would you like to try Kayaking? Then go along to the Inny Kayakers FREE event on Saturday next 23rd May anytime between 11.00a.m. and 3.00p.m. Have a look around the Clubhouse and see what they are all about. If you like, they will then take you on a short spin down the river Inny. There will be food afterwards at the Clubhouse. You will find them beside the Bridge in Ballymahon. Please bring a change of clothes if you want to go on the river. Juniors must be at least 10 years old and must have a parent or guardian present. Visit the group’s website @ Any questions, please e-mail

Enterprise week

Enterprise Week in Bank of Ireland is being held from Friday 15th May up to an including Friday 22nd May. Ballymahon branch have gone with a Wedding Theme so if there is anyone who would like them to advertise and promote their business in this area, they would be delighted to hear from them. You still have the next three days to do so.

Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration is taking place in St. Matthews Church every Tuesday throughout the year from 10.30a.m. (after Mass) to 11.00p.m. Two people are needed for every hour. The weakest hours at present are 3-4p.m. and 9-10p.m. Support would be appreciated at these times if you have an hour to spare. If anyone on the Rota wishes to change to an earlier or later time this can be arranged. Newcomers are always welcome.

Student Scholarship

The Student Scholarship, sponsored by Ballymahon & District Credit Union is operational again this year. It is open to all Leaving Cert Students attending the Vocational and Mercy Secondary Schools. The student must be completing a FAS Apprenticeship, full-time Certificate, Diplima or Degree course at any University, IT or approved third-level college. All students who wish to enter the draw must be a member of the Credit Union before 31st May 2015. The Recipient of the Scholarship will receive €1,000 per annum for a maximum of three years.

Calling Class 1970-1975

Convent of Mercy Ballymahon. Save the date 27th June 2015. It may seem hard to believe but it is forty years since you left the hallowed walls and went your separate ways. An informal get-together is being organised to catch up on old times. They will meet in the new school at 12 noon on the 27th June for a tour of the school and then to have lunch at Cooney’s Hotel. In order to get an idea of the numbers who will attend you might please RSVP by e-mail, text or phone to Sinead Breaden @ 086-8568393 or Dolores Murtagh

Parish news

Saturday evening Masses in St. Matthews Church will now commence at 8.15p.m. Sunday Mass at 11.30a.m. as usual. Weekday Masses- Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 10.00a.m. Should anyone wish to contact a priest please call: Fr. Tom Barden. Kenagh @ 043 33 22127/ 087-9195354 or Fr. Charlie Healy, Carrickedmond @044 93 57442/ 087 751 0042.

Goldsmith International Literary Festival

The 31st annual Goldsmith Literary Festival takes place over the Bank Holiday weekend, 29th May to 31st May. A full programme of events is in store including readings, talks, competitions, music and the much-anticipated Festival Barbeque. The Theme of this year’s Festival, “Our greatest glory consists not in never Falling, but in rising every time we Fall” (“The Citizen of the World” Oliver Goldsmith), will explore the twin topics of failure and fortitude through the life and work of Goldsmith, with reflections on contemporary society and its recent challenges. Acclaimed writers and poets such as Michael Griffin, Vincent Woods, Gerald Dawe and Peter Fallon, will join Liam Collins and Dave O’Connell at this year’s Festival to provide a full and interesting programme. One of the events finishing off the Festival is “Poetry at Pallas”, readings from the winners of the Poetry competition. Local businessmen John Nally of Nally’s Garage sponsored the adult section of the competition and Anthony O’Haire of O’Haire Buses sponsored the children’s section. We will have a list of many of the events in next week’s notes. We wish the organising committee every success with this year’s event. For schedule and further information please go to

Cemetery Sunday

Takes place in Cloncallow Cemetery on Sunday 28th June at 5.00p.m. and in Forgney Cemetery on the same day at 7p.m. For those living in the Forgney area, anyone wishing to arrange a Baptism or Marriage, phone Fr. Oliver Devine at 04493-56207 or e-mail Fr. Jerry Murphy, Tang. Tel. 09064-32214.


Ballymahon Traders Association are very excited about the Center Parcs project planned for the area. They would be grateful if local businesses and groups could show their support for the planning application. You can e-mail them a letter of support to or or give your letter to a member of the BTA. Also a public Open day is to be held sometime towards the end of May in Ballymahon which will provide further details behind the Center Parcs plans.

Tax Rebate

You are asked, if you have not already done so, to please return all completed Tax Rebate forms to St. Matthews Church as soon as possible. Blank forms are available in the Church.

Ballet and Hip-Hop

Dance Lessons are currently being held, Ballet and Hip Hop in Cooney’s Hotel on Saturday mornings and plans are underway to hold a Summer Camp. This would run every Saturday also through the month of July in St. Matthew’s National School. If you would like to join the Summer Camp or for further information please contact Jenny at 085-8589769.

First Communion 2015

Our warmest congratulations to all the young boys and girls in St. Matthew’s National School who received their First Holy Communion on Sunday May 10th. Well done to their teacher Edel Mallon who prepared the 28 children for the big event and all their parents/guardians also. The children who received Jesus in the Eucharist were Roksana Bialoszewska, Sarah Hewitt, Andrea Nolan, Aimee Menton, Demi Deko, Abigail Kane, Eva Kelly, Winifred Nevin, Katie Anczykowska, Karen Smyth, Alannah Hannifin, Sinead Healy, Eoghan Duncan, Tobiasz Gajdosz, Adam Moran, Cody Maher, Feidhlim Moran, Ricky Doyle, Harrison Bell, Joshua O’Reilly, Maciej Napieralski, Sean Rogan, Matthew Kopylash, Ronan Burke, Ruairi Cox, Peter Cassidy, Thomas Proctor and Julia Dybka. We hope you all enjoyed your very special happy day. Very well done also to the children’s choir from the school and their teacher, who sang so beautifully at the Mass, their participation added so much to the occasion. The late Fr. Padraig would have been so proud of you all.


We wish the very best of luck to Caitriona Duffy at the local Branch of Bank of Ireland who has been transferred to the Mullingar branch where she will take up her new position next week and will be finishing in Ballymahon this Friday. Caitriona has been working here for the last three years where she was extremely popular with everyone, staff and customers alike. She has been a most efficient, friendly and helpful official during her time here, treating everyone equally. The students and teachers in the local Secondary schools always found Caitriona to be accommodating and pleasant in her many trips to them in a banking capacity, she will be missed by everyone who got to know her here in the last few years. We hope she will be equally happy in her new post in Mullingar and wish her all the best in the future.

New Co-Op formed

At a well-attended public meeting in Cooney’s Hotel on Thursday night last a new energy co-op was formed under the title “Ballymahon and District Energy Co-op”. The new Co-op hopes to be in a position to roll out a number of energy saving projects in the course of the next 12 to 18 months which may consist of a Smart Micro Grid or a community owned District Heating System with the aim of reducing heating and energy costs for business and domestic members of the co-op across the Ballymahon region. The Co-op which intends to affiliate to the Energy Co-operative of Ireland, a national umbrella body for energy co-ops elected the following officer board on Thursday night:

Chairperson – Peter Dennehy, Vice-Chair – Liam Natton, Secretary – Pat O’Toole, Treasurer – Colm Ledwith, Asst. Treasurer – Eamon Reilly. P.R.O. – Martin Nally, Committee membes - Fenton White, Michael Delaney, Donal Murtagh, Cathal O’Shea, Robert Forbes, Gerard Finn, Robert Stewart , John Nally and Patrick McLoughlin. Initial membership was set at €20 and members of the community in Ballymahon and its hinterland are asked to join as soon as possible. There will be a further meeting on this Thursday night, May 21st in Cooney’s Hotel at 9p.m. and it is planned to have the official launch of the co-op in 6 to 8 weeks time.