St Matthew’s NS

St Matthew’s NS

Enrolment week for St Matthew’s NS will take place from Monday, February 23 to Friday, February 27.

Please call the school office 09064 32578 or email


Corr: Dermot Sheehy. Tel: 090 64 32884 / 087 2378668 E-mail:

Tea/Coffee Morning

Show your love for family Carers this Valentine’s Week at the Longford Carers Association tea/coffee morning. This will be held on Thursday, 12th February from 10a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Family Centre, St. Mel’s Road, Longford.


We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Peter and Jan Hudson, St. Matthews Park and their family on the death last week of Peter’s brother John, Annally Gardens, Longford and formerly St. Michael’s Road, Longford which occurred at St. Joseph’s Hospital, also to John’s wife Kathleen, daughter Anne-Marie, son Peter, sister Mary Mulligan (Farnagh), his grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends. May God grant rest to his Soul.

G.A.A. Award

Congratulations to Dermot Yorke, formerly from Toome, who now lives in New York who was recently presented with the New York Longford Club G.A.A. Person of the Year Award. Dermot has been very active both on and off the field with the New York Club for some years now so this is indeed a very fitting award for him, well done Dermot.


A Pilgrimage to Medjugorje will take place from Knock on Sept 16th 2015 at a cost of €699 per person sharing. Contact group leader Marita Concannon on 098-64017 or 089-4146331.

Innyside Singers

Have their weekly sessions in Skellys on Thursday nights from 8.00p.m. to 9.30p.m. If you would like to join the group, who sing together for fun, they sing lots of popular and classic pieces, why not go along. They are presently preparing for a Concert which is to be held in May 2015 so everyone’s attendance each week is very important. Everyone welcome, men and women.

Flower Arranging Classes

With Ann Murphy, Florist will commence on Tuesday February 17th with six classes, from 7.30p.m. to 9.30p.m. in Betty Fox’s. To book your place please contact Betty at 09064-32526 after 5p.m.

Ballymahon/Landevant Twinning Committee

The A.G.M. was held on Tuesday 3rd February in The River Inn. The following members were elected: Chairperson – Breege Murray. Vice-Chairperson – Carmel McCormack. Secretary – Rory Duncan, Asst. Sect – Matt Nolan. Treasurer - Aidan Nally, Asst. Treasurer – Willie Flanagan. P.R.O. - Mary Walsh. Asst. P.R.O. – Carmel Lennon. The French visitors are coming to visit Ballymahon on the first week in May 2015. New members are always welcome. Please contact any of the above members if you wish to be involved with the Twinning.

Lanesboro Fair Day

The annual Fair Day is being held again in Lanesboro this year, on the later than usual date of Saturday 25th April. It is hoped that with the prospect of the weather being better at that time of year that the Fair day will be a big success. It should make it more suitable for people to travel back to relive the memories of bygone days in Lanesboro.

Social Dancing

continues every Saturday night from 9pm to 11pm in Cooneys Hotel. Everyone is welcome to attend. Admission is just €5. Because of Valentines Day, there will be no dancing on Saturday 14th February but it will be held again then on Saturday 21st February. Enjoy Valentines Day folks!

Station Masses

Fr. Padraig is hoping to revive the tradition of Station Masses, which has declined somewhat in recent years. The main focus, he says, at these events should be the Mass, which enables neighbours to come together in the area, as they have done over the years, and to welcome new people who have moved into the area in more recent times. Refreshments offered after the Mass should be very simple, and should not be such as to discourage anybody from hosting a Station Mass in their home. It is a special privilege to have Mass celebrated in your home. Anyone who wishes to host a Station Mass should get in touch with Fr. Padraig soon.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Preparations are now well underway for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the organising committee are asking for full support from the business’s, schools, clubs, organisations and everyone who is in a position to help out to make the 2015 Parade the best yet.


Ballymahon Defibrillator Group are hoping to buy an AED/Defibrillator which will be placed at Innyside Service Station and this will cover both the Ballymahon and Tang area. This would cost €1500. To help raise these funds the group are holding a Charity Hack commencing at Deerpark Equestrian on March 28th next. It will cost €10 for each horse and pony that attends on the day. They are getting a great response and interest from people so they have added a Walking section on the day. A huge Raffle will also be held on the same night in Murrays pub in Maghera, Raffle tickets will cost €5 each. As they only have a permit to sell tickets on the day as part of the Walker’s fee, they will be asked to buy tickets. Please come out for the Walk and show your support. They are also looking for people from Ballymahon, Tang and Forgney to help sell tickets as they need to get all areas covered. The Defibrillator Group are only the Caretakers of the defibrillators, remember they were bought with your money so they need to keep them operating on the PADS system ( Public Access Defibrillator). Money raised will help them buy the new Defib for the Innyside Service Station, help replace batteries and pads when the need arises, update some of the training equipment so that they can continue to provide training to the people of our communities. Some great prizes have already been donated for the Draw, so make sure you get your ticket which will be on sale soon in the Tang, Forgney and Ballymahon areas. Among the many great prizes are : a mid-week overnight VIP experience for 2 at The Wineport Lodge, Vouchers for various hotels in Westport, Bags of turf or timber, a Cosmetic Hamper and many other vouchers with lots more prizes on the night. Many thanks again for your continued support.

Death of Mrs Mary Mulvey

The death occurred on Wednesday last, 4th February of Mrs Mary Mulvey (nee Kenny), Dun Laoghaire and late of Ballymahon at Thomond Lodge Nursing Home, pre-deceased by her husband Eamon. Mary is survived by her sister Margaret, brother Luke (brother Mel), sister-in-law Helen, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, relatives and friends to whom we extend our deepest sympathy. Following her Funeral Mass in Forgney on Friday last, Mary’s remains were laid to rest at Shanganagh Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Car Winner

Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Damien and Kelly Byrne, Hill Crescent, Ballymahon who were the winners of a new Car in a Draw which was held at Mullingar Credit Union at the weekend. Well done Damien and Kelly, enjoy your win.

School Re-Union

Plans are underway to have a re-union of Ballymahon Convent Secondary School Class of 1970 to 1975. Dolores Power is one of the main organisers for this 40 year re-union which will be held in Cooneys Hotel, so if you are one of the sixty or so pupils from those years please pencil in a provisional date for Saturday, June 20th. If you wish to attend please e-mail or

School football

Congratulations to the local Vocational School’s Senior football team who recently reached the North Leinster Senior football Final having beaten Ardscoil Chiarain, Clara in January with a great final score of 3-13 to 3-5. We wish the young team members and their mentors the best of luck in the Final.

Table Quiz

Ballymahon/Forgney Community Games are holding a fund-raising Table Quiz in Kiernan’s pub, Main Street on Thursday, 26th February at 8.30p.m. Tables of 4. Please support.

School Hurling

It was great to hear that one of the teachers in Ballymahon Vocational School, James Regan has introduced Hurling at the school. We wish all the lads on the team the best of luck and hope they enjoy this very skilful game. Congratulations to James, himself a Galway All-Star hurler who is busy training the teams and was on the Galway hurling team who won the Walsh Cup Final at Croke Park on Saturday last when they beat Dublin by 2pts. James scored a goal two minutes from the end of normal time to win the game having scored 1-4 in all at the game. Well done James. I know that there will be two men in the area who will be very pleased to know about the return of hurling in Ballymahon, Oliver Colohan and Tommy Lowry, who themselves promoted Hurling here with the young people for a long number of years.