Bridge Club

Bridge Club

The popular morning Bridge sessions resume this Wednesday in Cooney’s Hotel. Each session lasts from 10.30 to 11.30am and a snack will be included. All welcome.

21st Birthday

Congratulations to Darren McArdle, son of Francis and Jackie, Gurteen, who celebrated his 21st birthday in Kiernan’s pub recently with all his family and lots of friends. We send our good wishes to Darren for the future and hope he enjoyed his night out.

Alzheimers Society

The Longford Branch of the Alzheimers Society of Ireland will be holding their church gate collection on Saturday, 27th and Sunday, 28th September throughout the county. The money raised will greatly contribute to their continued services in the area. These include a Home care service, a respite service, a transport service and a day care facility. All of these services are dedicated to respecting the rights of people with Alzheimers disease and supporting their Carers. Please give generously. On behalf of the Alzheimers Society and those who cannot remember, thank you.

Church Choir

St. Matthews church choir has resumed practice after the summer break. The group have their weekly practice sessions in the church on Wednesday nights at 8.30pm. New members always welcome. If you are interested, please call Mary Clancy at 09064-32491.

Art Classes

Art classes have resumed on Tuesday nights, from 8.00pm to 10.00pm at Betty Fox’s, Ballymahon. There will be six classes for beginners and improvers. Enquiries please to Christine at 087-2816763.

Pilgrimage to Knock

A Legion of Mary annual Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will take place on Sunday September 28th. For booking please contact Kitty on 086- 040 5621 or Marie on 086-1900 640.

Community Library

Everyone welcome to join the Library. Adults €2.50. Students and children Free. Library Opening Hours are: Monday – closed. Tuesday – 10.00a.m. to 1.00p.m. and 1.30p.m. to 8.00pm. Wednesday- 10.00a.m. to 1.00pm. and 2.00p.m. to 5.30p.m. Thursday – 1.00p.m. to 6.00p.m. Friday – 10.00a.m. to 1.00p.m. and 2.00p.m. to 5.00p.m. Saturday – 10.00a.m. to 1.00p.m.

Wedding Bells

Congratulations to Patrick Rock, son of Noel and Marian, St. Matthews Park who got married on September 5th last to Elaine Hogan, daughter of Brendan and Maura, Empor, Ballynacargy at St. Matthews Church, Empor. The lovely wedding ceremony was celebrated by Fr. John Nally, Ballynacargy assisted by Fr. Padraig McGowan, Ballymahon with the beautiful music provided by Kerrie Penrose, Niamh Penrose and Jacquie O’Meara. Elaine looked stunning on her special day in an ivory coloured Wedding gown assisted by her Bridesmaids, her friend Marie McDonald and Patrick’s sister Lisa both of whom looked great in their one-shouldered magenta dresses. Also looking very pretty was the Flower girl Laura Hogan, niece of the Bride. Best man on the day was Michael Lloyd, a friend of Patrick and another friend, Matthew Kearney was his Groomsman. The beautiful flowers at the Church and also the Bridal party’s flowers were arranged by Elaine’s mother, Maura , well done Maura. The newly-weds Patrick and Elaine, their families and lots of friends celebrated the marriage at a Reception in Glasson Golf and Country Club and danced the night away to the music of “Moon Light”. Well done also to Elaine’s father, Brendan who made the 3-tier Cake for the wedding. Among the many guests who attended were Patrick’s aunt Mary and her husband Sean and their family who travelled over from England for the event. We hope you all enjoyed the day. Patrick and Elaine wish to thank everybody who joined them on their very special day and for all the lovely presents, also to John Martin, their Driver for the day, to Andrea Duncan who did the photography and Michael Carey on Video. We wish the happy couple, who are presently on Honeymoon touring America, many long years of good health, wealth and happiness.

Innyside Singers

The Innyside Singers will resume after their summer break at 8pm on Thursday, 25th September at the usual venue, Skelly’s, Main Street. Newcomers always welcome, male and female. If you enjoy singing, drop in to the group, who meet every week at the same time, you wont be disappointed.

Parish Pastoral Council

An Information meeting for prospective members of a new Parish Pastoral Council will be held in The Ministry Room in the Sisters of Mercy house on Monday next, 29th September at 8pm. Fr. James McKiernan, Diocesan Pastoral Centre will explain the nature and objectives of a Parish Pastoral Council. We wish the best of luck to all those who have agreed to accept nomination to the new Council and many thanks to the members of the previous Parish Pastoral Council for their interest and commitment.

New Singing Group

A new singing group open to all singers and musicians age 10+ who want to develop their musical talents is being organised. It’s agenda includes contemporary Christian music, voice emissions exercises and teaching the members to read music. For further information Slavek at 085-1463545. E-Mail:; There is a wealth of musical and singing talent in the area, and this group will provide a welcome opportunity for those who would like to share their music and singing with others to do so.

Day Care Centre

Ballymahon Day Care Centre wish to thank everyone who contributed to their church gate collection at the weekend. Your support for the local centre is very much appreciated.

Junior Cert results

Congratulations to the students from Ballymahon Vocational School and the Mercy Secondary School on receiving their fine Junior Certificate Exam results. Well done to you all and best wishes to you in the years ahead.

Low Cost Counselling

Relaxation and Meditation evenings are now commencing in Bridgeways Resource Centre, (the old Dean Egan Hall), across from St. Matthews church. They will be running for 5 weeks only costing €8 per evening, starting on Saturday 4th October. There will be refreshments on the night. A great way to socialize and meet new people. Please call Melissa at 086-408 1164 as soon as possible as places are limited.

A Night at the Dogs

Ballymahon G.A.A. are runni, 25th October. Tickets cost €20 and can be bought from Club members. The jackpot prize is €1,500. The Club are selling advertising in their Race Night programme, they have already received some generous sponsorship from many businesses in Ballymahon. If there are any other businesses who wish to come on board they should contact Willie Forbes (Chairman), Mike Farrell Jnr (Asst. Sec), Alan Hudson (Development Chairman), Enda Connaughton (Vice-Chairman Development), Robert Forbes (Treasurer) or any Club member. This draw is to help development at the Club. This year they have piped and closed in the drain between the new pitch and their new ground. They plan to develop this area over the next few years. They are asking the families and friends of Ballymahon GAA to support the draw and by doing so, help in the development of our Club players, Senior mens and ladies and boys and girls underage.


Its good to see the new Defibrillator unit recently installed at Stanleys, the Red Bridge, this will compliment the unit already set up and running at Leavy’s, Foigha. Thanks to all our neighbours in the greater Foigha, Kenagh, Gurteen, Darogue and Shrule areas who financed these units. Also, people need to train and refresh themselves on their use. Courses will be organised shortly so check local press for details of such courses.

Harvest Thanksgiving

Harvest Thanksgiving Services in the Church of Ireland as follows:- Holy Trinity Church, Tashinney – Sunday, September 28th at 3.00p.m. St. George’s Church, Kenagh – Sunday October 12th at 3.00p.m. Everyone welcome. There will be a special Preacher on each occasion, followed by tea.


Pride of place is divided equally by referree Fergal Kelly and his team Paul Kelly, Phelim Kelly, Paddy McGuire and Tomas O’Rourke on their excellent performance in Sunday’s All Ireland Minor Football Final. Fergal is now one of the top Refs in the Country. Well done lads. Ballymahon’s Under 12 team have reached the County final and this will be played on this Saturday, 27th September in Glennon Bros Pearse Park. This team has worked hard this year under the guidance of Enda, Seamus, Philip and Paul. Please come along and support the young lads on Saturday. Last weeks €30 winners in the weekly lotto were Ralph Forbes, Liam Flynn, Jack Walshe and Inez Finn. The Jackpot now stands at €5,700.

Gurteen and Area Community Alert

As the evening are getting short and the nights are getting longer, now is the time to do a full security check around your house and farmyard. Check your locks and all outdoor lights, do you need to trim the hedge around your house, is there any dark areas where would-be criminals could hide, secure your oil tank, have your emergency numbers on hand, and finally lets all work together to prevent crime in our area and look out for your neighbour.


To Jason Heneghan, son of Declan and Dolores, Willow Crescent, Ballymahon who got married on September 5th to Geraldine Tormey, daughter of Joe and Nuala, The Pigeons, in St. Mary’s Church in Tang at a lovely ceremony celebrated by Fr. Gerry Murphy. The very enjoyable music in the Church was performed by Gordon O’Connor, Aileen Casey and Bernard Coyle. Mary Tormey, sister-in-law of the Bride sang beautifully for Geraldine as she walked up the Aisle looking very elegant in her ivory Wedding gown. Mary and her husband Ronan,brother of the Bride travelled over from Dubai to join in the celebrations. Looking very glamorous in their purple dresses were Geraldine’s bridesmaids, her sisters Irene McArdle and Sandra Hellen and the pretty young Flowergirls, Leah Heneghan, God daughter and niece of the Groom and nieces of the Bride, Lauren and Emily McArdle and Amy Hellen. Doing a great job as Best man was Alan Egan, a friend of Jasons assisted by Groomsman Ronnie Irwin, Jason’s cousin while page boy was Donnacha Hellen, nephew of the Bride. Among the many guests who accompanied the newly weds at their reception in the Shamrock Lodge Hotel in Athlone were Jason’s grandmother, Mrs Walton, at the great age of 87. Everyone danced the night away at the Hotel to the lively music of “The Wedding Band”. The new Bride and Groom spent their honeymoon in the Maldives and Dubai, we hope they enjoyed their time there and wish them many years of happiness and good health as man and wife. Well done to Jason who recently got his Degree in Electronic Engineering and Wireless Communications.

U-16 football

Well done to Ballymahon/Forgney U-16 team who beat Clonguish Og in the Juveniles A Championship played in Leo Casey Park on Friday last. Congrats to all involved.

21st birthday

Congratulations to Irene Murtagh, daughter of Declan and Elaine, Forgney who celebrated her 21st birthday with her family and lots of friends in McCawleys Pub in Moyvore on Friday night last. We hope you enjoyed the night Irene. Best wishes to you for the future.


Hard luck to Ballymahon senior football team who were beaten by Abbeylara in the League. We wish them the best of luck in their final game this week.

90th birthday

Congratulations to Mrs Babs Nally, Main street who celebrated her 90th birthday last with week. We wish Babs good health for the future.

30th birthday

Congratulations to Michelle McGrane, who celebrated her 30th birthday with her family and friends in Bray recently. We wish Michelle the best of luck for the future.