O’Toole welcomes funding

O’Toole welcomes funding

Local election candidate for Fianna Fail, Pat O’Toole has been informed by Cllr. Barney Steele that funding of €337,000 has been allocated to repair and upgrade a number of roads in the greater Ballymahon area. Welcoming the news, Pat said that “this funding is much needed and will be of great benefit to the people living on and users of the specific roads that are now going to be repaired”. The following roads will benefit from this investment: Ardohill to Edera - €24,000. Creevaghbeg road - €40,300. Mullavorina road - €18,600. Darogue road to Pat Rock’s - €30,200. Terlicken to Foigha - €72,000. Terlicken to Kenagh - €41,000. Moigh to Lisaniskey - €11,000. Lislum to Tipper - €30,000. Cloncullen/Ballymore road - €53,000. Ballymahon towards Terlicken Cross - €17,000. However, O’Toole also stated that “much more needed to be allocated to improve many other roads in the South Longford area” and he will be campaigning to ensure that the present investment is built and improved upon. He was also very critical of the decision by the present Government to abolish the Local Improvement Scheme which was of enormous benefit for the maintenance of small local roads.

New National School opens

It was great to see the many children from St. Matthews National School move over to their new school premises on Monday morning last after a long wait, in fact the amalgamation of the two existing Primary Schools in the parish was first mooted at a meeting of the Boards of Management of the two schools back in January 1998. Last week, parents of the students were shown around the fine new premises and on Monday morning, the children and the staff moved into a fully-equipped state-of-the-art school ready to take on the challenges of primary education in the twenty-first century. On seeing their new school they will surely appreciate the voluntary effort of so many people who have helped to make it all possible , in particular those who supported the fundraising efforts required to raise the local contribution for the original St. Colmcille’s School, and the new school. At a later stage, the general public will, if they wish, get a chance to have a look at the lovely new building. We wish the School Principal, Herbert Farrell, his staff and the pupils the best of luck in the years ahead.

Cloncallow Cemetery

A meeting of Cloncallow Cemetery group will be held in Skelly’s Lounge on Wednesday, March 5th at 8.45pm to form a new committee for the maintenance of the Cemetery. It is also hoped to discuss and arrange a fundraiser for a later date. People who have relatives buried in this Cemetery should make a special effort to attend this meeting.


The recent Ballymahon Defibrillator Open Day proved to be unsuccessful as there was an extremely poor turnout on the day. With Training equipment and four Instructors present on the day it was very disappointing to say the least. There are life-saving Defibrillators in Ballymahon and the surrounding areas. Do you know how to use them in a life and death situation? Do you know C.P.R.? If you don’t or if you trained in the past you need to re-certify. So please get in touch with Liam at 086-8444640 or Edel at 087-7928156 after 6p.m. for further details.

Flower Arranging Classes

Will be given by Florist, Ann Murphy in Betty Fox’s, Main Street on Thursday, March 6th at 7.30p.m. All are welcome. For further information or to book please contact 09064-32526 after 5.00p.m.

Longford G.A.A. Race Day

The Longford G.A.A. annual fundraising Race Day takes place this year on April 30th, Gold Cup Day at Punchestown with the first race starting at 3.40pm. Tickets for the Race Day are €100 each or €1,000 for a table of 10 which will entitle you to a four course meal with hot refreshments served also later in the afternoon, you will also receive a free race card and a free €10 bet and Mick Flavin will be there to entertain everyone after the racing finishes. This year’s new generous sponsors are Flynn & Lynch Pensions & Investments ltd from Longford. You can your tickets from Ballymahon G.A.A. Club, the County Board and Race Day co-ordinators.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje

Will take place on 10th Sept 2014. Price €699 per person sharing, all inclusive. Contact Marita Concannon on 098 64017 or 089 4146331.

School Enrolment

Enrolment for St. Matthews National School will take place from 3rd to 7th March. Please call to the school office for an Enrolment form.

Point to Point

Point-to-Point Races will be held in Listisson, The Pigeons on Sunday next, March 2nd at 1p.m. Admission is €10. We wish the organisers the best of luck on the day.

Bereavement Course

A Bereavement Course will take place in The Family Centre, Longford beginning on Wednesday, 5th March at 8p.m. for six weeks. For further information please telephone 04333-46827 or 087-2843034.

Birthday wishes

We send our very best wishes to Mrs Mary Lennon, mother of Bridget Hamlin who celebrated her 80th Birthday last week. We wish you good health and happiness in the years ahead Mary.

Mass in your home

If anyone is interested in having Mass celebrated in your home please contact Fr. Padraig McGowan at the Church or at the Presbytery.


There are still a few places available at the Accord pre-marriage courses which take place on 10th and 13th March and also on the 4th and 5th April at the Family Centre in Longford. If you are planning to get married in 2014 please contact ACCORD at 04333-47222 Monday to Friday from 11.30a.m. to 1.30p.m. or book online at


We wish the best of luck to the U.21 Longford football team when they play Westmeath in the replay tonight, Wednesday,26th February in St. Loman’s, Mullingar.

30th Birthday

Congratulations to James Farrell, son of Michael and Liz, Mostrim Road who celebrated his 30th birthday with his family and lots of friends in Skelly’s pub on Saturday night last. We hope you enjoyed the party James. Best wishes to you for the future.


Our new Bishop, Francis Duffy will be celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation for the students of fifth and sixth class of St. Matthews National School on Friday, 7th March, commencing at 3p.m. Light refreshments will be served afterwards in the primary school. The Service of Light in preparation is taking place today, Wednesday 26th February at 7.30p.m. There is a large Confirmation group this year, and many seats in the church on the 7th March will be reserved for the members of the group and their immediate families, but anyone who wishes to do so is welcome to attend the ceremony and to meet Bishop Francis afterwards.

Leo Casey History Group

Members are reminded that the next meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 4th at 8p.m. Usual venue:- the Dean Egan Hall. Light refreshments will be served. Newcomers always welcome. Topics this month will include on update on the Summer World War 1 Exhibition on local involvement and further feedback and discussion on our recent book success.

Lourdes Diocesan Pilgrimage Fund

Many thanks to everyone in the area who contributed to the special collection at all Masses in St. Matthews Church at the weekend, the proceeds of which are used to subsidise participation in the Lourdes Diocesan Pilgrimage by about forty people from the diocese, one from each parish, who are nominated because they are coping with serious illness. This year’s Pilgrimage takes place from May 27th to June 1st, five nights in all. For further information please contact Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lower Baggot St., Dublin 2, tel. 01-2410811.

Altar Servers

Parents of altar servers are invited to a meeting in the new National School on this Thursday night, February 27th at 7.30p.m. Parents will be given copies of the current parish policy concerning altar servers, and will be asked to assist in the organisation and supervision of the servers. Marguerite Nally, the parish child safeguarding designated contact person will attend the meeting.

Safe Journey

We wish a safe journey to Diarmuid Fallon, youngest son of Albert and Philomena, Drynan who is heading off to London next week on a six month contract. We hope Diarmuid enjoys working in London and we wish him well there.

Day Care Centre

Ballymahon Convent House Day Care Centre offers various activities every day, you can drop in for a chat and relax in a warm friendly environment. Dinner is included at only €6 per day. For more information please contact Anne at 09064-38445.

Music Bingo

The underage section of Ballymahon’s G.A.A. Club are holding their second music bingo in Cooney’s Hotel on Friday night, February 28th at 9.30p.m. Cost €5. Your support for the young people in the area will be greatly appreciated.

Great Wedding gift

Congratulations to Trevor Percival and his girlfriend of ten years, Sinead Tormey who recently won a €15,000 Wedding Giveaway at Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar. Trevor who is from Carrickedmond and Sinead from Kells have been living in Ballymahon for a while, got engaged at Christmas and entered the competition a few months ago. Their wedding, which is planned for 12th July 2014 was supposed to be a small event but now they can certainly splash out as the prize includes professional hair styling, make-up, wedding cake, five-course meal, wine, reception music, evening music and lots more. Well done indeed to the happy young couple, they must be absolutely delighted with their great prize.

Longford Toastmasters

Are looking for new members to join their Club. They meet on the first and third Thursday of each month from September to May in Kellehers, Longford from 8.20p.m. to 10.30p.m. If you would like to be more confident at public speaking please contact Mary on 086-1219281 or Terrie on 085-1163565, no experience required. Admission is €5 with free admission to first time visitors.

Longford EDI

Would you be interested in an Introduction to Digital Photography, sending/receiving e-mails, using social media, using apps, buying tickets and on-line banking? Longford EDI Centre is running a FREE 8-hour basic computer course which can be delivered mornings, afternoons or evenings. Tel 04333-47515.

Death of Very Rev. Canon Macaulay

It was with deep regret that we learnt of the death on Feb 9th last at Our Lady’s Manor, Edgeworthstown of Very Rev. Canon Jeremiah Macaulay, retired Parish Priest of Lanesboro. Canon Macaulay taught for a few years in St. Mel’s College in Longford. He worked for a while in Carrick-on-Shannon and then came to Ballymahon where he worked in the parish for some years. He gave great service to the community, treating everyone equally and with great respect and this respect was reciprocated by everyone here, he was always very-well liked in Ballymahon. A regular visitor to the town ever since he left, he kept up his many friendships here. Canon Macaulay was very much involved in the Multiple Sclerosis Society in the County and will be missed by all his friends. After he left our parish, he went to work in Newtowncashel and Lanesboro and retired in Edgeworthstown. We offer our deepest sympathy to his sisters Nan and Maura, brother-in-law Denis, nephews, nieces, extended family, Bishop Francis Duffy, Bishop Emeritus Colm O’Reilly, priests and religious of the Diocese of Ardagh & Clonmacnoise, the Sisters of Mercy, Ballymahon whom he used to love to come back to visit and all his former parishioners. In iothlann De go gcastar sinn.