The Gathering: Ballymahon Traders Association is compiling a brochure of local events for 2013 as part of their work on “The Gathering”. They need all groups and organisers to let them have details of their events for inclusion in the brochure. The Traders are having a meeting at 8.00p.m. in Cooneys Hotel on Thursday 3rd January which you may attend or else contact them with the event particulars.

The Gathering: Ballymahon Traders Association is compiling a brochure of local events for 2013 as part of their work on “The Gathering”. They need all groups and organisers to let them have details of their events for inclusion in the brochure. The Traders are having a meeting at 8.00p.m. in Cooneys Hotel on Thursday 3rd January which you may attend or else contact them with the event particulars.

18th Birthday: Congratulations to Niamh Canavan, youngest daughter of Kevin and Sheelagh Canavan, Creevaghbeg who celebrated her 18th Birthday on 31st December with her family and lots of friends. We wish you all the best for the future Niamh.

Co Longford Rural Transport: Longford Community Resources Ltd (LCRL) manage and administer the Rural Transport Programme, which covers the rural regions of County Longford. They wish to say thanks to all the stakeholders who have supported, and indeed campaigned for the continuation of the Programme throughout the years. Spaces are still available for this “door to door” service in your area, please contact your Local Provider or Seamus (Co-Ordinator) at 04333-45555. All age groups welcome.

Eucharistic Adoration: at St. Matthews church is suspended until Tuesday 8th January. Also there will be no Adoration on Friday 4th January, First Friday. The usual calls by Fr. Padraig to those who are unable to come to the Church at Christmas will be made on Friday 4th January and Monday 7th January.

18th Birthday celebrations: Congrats to Darren Hughes, son of Paul and Denise, Clonard who celebrated his 18th Birthday on New Years Eve with his family and many friends. We hope you enjoyed the night Darren, the best of luck to you for the future.

Ballymahon Men’s Group: The recently-established Ballymahon Men’s Group has produced a 2013 Calendar which features local scenes is available locally at the reasonable price of €5.

Royal Canal Group: The Royal Canal Group would like to thank all who supported them in 2012. They especially thank the people who took part in their Annual Walk, those who sponsored them, Ballymahon Traders Association, Ballymahon Gun Club, the Committee of the FAS Project and all the participants. A very happy and prosperous New Year is extended to you all.

New Baby: Congratulations to Keith and Irene McArdle, Terlicken on the birth of their new baby boy last week at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe. We wish you all well in the years ahead.

Death of Brian Conlon: It was with deep regret that we learnt of the death last week of Bernard (Brian) Conlon, Darogue, Ballymahon and native of Belfast. Brian, aged 80 yrs was a grand, quiet gentleman who originally came from Belfast where he ran a very successful pub until he moved down to Darogue, his wife Rose’s native homeland where they then built their new home many= years ago. Brian was a very religious man and always kept up to date with current affairs. Among the places he worked was Managing a Shopping Centre in Athlone and Brian also worked in the Longford Arms Hotel for a while. While he enjoyed good health, Brian liked to be out and about , he enjoyed socialising with his best friend, Tom McLoughlin who himself unfortunately also passed away just seven weeks before Brian. Every Saturday night, after the evening Mass , Brian and Tom went out for their few drinks together and enjoyed the chat and the banter. The respect with which he was held was very evident by the large number of people from all over the Country who called to his home and who attended Brian’s Funeral Mass in St. Matthews Church . His remains were laid to rest at Shrule Cemetery. We extend our deepest sympathy to Brian’s wife Rose, son Bernard, daughter Elaine, brother Noel, Sisters Brid and Eleanor, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.

Day Care Centre: The committee at Ballymahon Day care centre wish to thank everyone who supported and attended their great Concert in Cooneys Hotel on December 10 th last. There was a full house on the night with some great Artists performing, it was a great success. Your support is very much appreciated

Death of Pat Kilbane: We wish to extend our sincere sympathy to Mrs Olive Kilbane, Abbeylara on the recent death of her husband Pat, formerly from Achill Sound, at Cavan General Hospital. Pat taught for a while at Ballymahon Vocational School back in the early ‘seventies. He was very popular not just with the Teachers and pupils at the School but with everyone from the town who got to know him, he was a very friendly and outgoing man. We also extend deepest sympathy to Pat’s son Ronan, daughters Fionnuala and Mary, sisters Teresa, Margaret, Delma, Ann and Una, brothers Thomas and John and to all his relatives and friends. In Iothlann De go gcastar sinn.

Engagement: Congratulations to Aine Murray, daughter of Tommy and Breege, The River Inn, Main Street who announced her engagement to Damien McHugh, Ardagh at the Christmas. We wish Aine and Damien the very best of luck in the years ahead.

Off to Australia: We wish the very best of luck and a bon voyage to Susan Duncan, daughter of Adrian and Jean, Terlicken and also Fiona Egan, daughter of Greta, The Pigeons who are setting off for the shores of Australia on Friday next. We hope they will be happy there and that all goes well for them. They will both be missed around here.

18th Birthday: WE wish a very happy 18th birthday to Sean Costin, Forgney who celebrated it with his family and lots of friends on New Years Eve. Hope you enjoyed the celebrations Sean, the best of luck to you for the future.

Engagement: Our congratulations go to Michelle Blake, daughter of Michael and Maureen, Mullavorina who recently got engaged to Donal Murtagh, Glasson. We wish Michelle and Donal every happiness in the future.

Ballymahon G.A.A.: The local GAA club held their AGM on 28th December which was well attended. The following Committee were elected- Presidents :Phil Ronayne and Christy Rock. Chairman – Michael Cooney. Vice-Chairman – Emmet Finn. Secretary – Fergal Kelly. Asst. Secretary – to be decided. Treasurers- Robert Forbes and David McCormack. Co Board Delegates- to be decided. Convention Delegates to be decided. Player Representatives - James Kenny and Matthew Daly. Registrar – James Farrell; Childrens Officer to be decided. P.R.O. – to be decided. Executive Committee – Paddy Diffley, John Ryan, Eddie Walsh, William Dowler Jnr., Seamus Lennon, Jim Kenny and Simon Daly. We wish the Committee and all at the Club the best of luck for the next 12 months.

Fundraising Concert: A Gala Concert hosted by Ballymahon’s Innyside Singers will be held in St. Matthews Church on Sunday night next, January 6th at 8p.m. Other local artistes will take part in the Concert also, and the proceeds from the event will support local Charities. Tickets are €10 each and are available from all Innyside Singers. Please support and finish off the Christmas festivities in style.

G.A.A. Lotto Draw: At the special Christmas Draw, the numbers drawn were 4,7,8,21 – No Jackpot winner. The following prizes were won on the night: €1,000 – Joe Connell,Milltown. €500 – Brendan Owens, Sli na Mona. The following ten people won €100 each- Deirdre Doherty, Pallas, Sean Bohan, Secondary School, Alan Hudson, Creevaghbeg, Adam Moran c/o Nallys, Orla Fallon, Ardagh, Justin Nally, Terlicken. Barney Steele, Moigh. Thomas O’Rourke, Creevaghbeg, Parkside Gardens Residents and David Feeney, Cameron. The next Draw will be held on Sunday night next, 6th January in Murrays, The River Inn. The Jackpot stands at €5,700.

GAA: We wish the best of luck to the Co Longford senior football team when they play Meath in the O’Byrne Cup in Leo Casey Park on Sunday afternoon next.

Death of Edward Egan: It was with deep regret that we heard of the peaceful death on 20th December 2012 of Edward Egan, affectionately known as Ned, Rathmore, Ballymahon after a short illness at 83 years young. Ned was a grand, quiet man, a hard-working man all his life. He worked with the late Bill Dooley, his brother-in-law for a number of years, he loved his gardening and particularly loved dancing which he enjoyed until very recently. Ned loved coming into town every Friday on the bus, meeting all his friends. He was popular with everyone , he was a familiar sight around the place with his pipe and his cap, he never went anyplace without them. Ned will be dearly missed by his three daughters of whom he was so proud. The respect with which he was held by so many was evident by the large number of people who called to his home to pay their respects on hearing of his death, also at the removal of his remains to Tang Church and at the Funeral Mass on Sunday last. We extend our deepest sympathy to Ned’s daughters Helen, Geraldine and Ann, brother Tom, son-in-law John, also Aiden and Andy, niece Helen, nephew Seamus, grand-nephew Niall, sister-in-law Rita, relatives and many friends. May God grant rest to his Soul.

New Baby: Congratulations to Duncan Murtagh, Mostrim road and his wife on the recent birth of their new baby. Best wishes to you all for the future.

Happy New Year: A very Happy and prosperous New Year to all our readers and friends at home and abroad. We hope that all of you who travelled home to Ballymahon for the Christmastime enjoyed your holiday.

Ballymahon Bridge Club: Results 10th Dec. North/South 1st gross - Breda McKnight and Joe Hunt. 1st net Rory Duncan and Willie Flanagan. 2nd Gross Orla McEntee and Tony Tiernan. 2nd net – Breda McKnight and Joe Hunt. East/West 1st gross & net - Sarah Frawley and Tony Tiernan. 2nd gross Carole Nally & Lily Mulvihill. 2nd net - Mary Mulvihill and Kathleen Nulty. Prize Night 17th Dec. North/South 1st Ann Fallon and Ann Delaney. 2nd Lily Mulvihill and Carole Nally. 3rd Frances Kelleher and Mary Feeney. East/West 1st Mary Mulvihill & Kathleen Nulty. 2nd Patricia Flanagan & Brendan Murtagh. 3rd Margaret Lynn and Mary Flanagan. The Bridge sessions resume after the Christmas break on Monday 7th January.