Heritage Day Gathering

Heritage Day Gathering

This Saturday, 24th August sees Ballymahon’s Heritage Day Gathering with a full day of exciting events to entertain young and old all of which has been organised by Ballymahon Traders and Longford County Library and Heritage Services. Right throughout the week you can see the Vintage Shopfront displays which proved very popular last year and in Ballymahon Library there will be a Display of the local School’s Folklore Collection. Saturday morning’s festivities start at 10.30a.m. with Storytelling for children in the Library, also Arts & Crafts for the children. At 11a.m. a Guided Walk takes place featuring our Churches, it departs from the Library. A 5k Fun Cycle starts at 1p.m. with registration at 12.30p.m. this is also from the Library and at 3p.m. a Vintage Parade with “High Nelly” bicycles, bands, costumes and vehicles and a fly-over will be held. Don’t miss out on the Skydive into Leo Casey Park at 4.30p.m. where an over 40’s All Ireland Championship game will be held. And among the many other events on the day, weather permitting, there will be a Hot air Balloon Flyover. Throughout the day there will be displays of local produce, traditional livestock, buttermaking and lots more. Also at 12p.m. a Busking competition is being held on Main Street. We hope the weather will be fine on the day and wish the organising committee the best of luck with their programme of events. For further information you can ring Jackie at 087-1334099 or Paddy at 09064 32175.

Tidy Towns Draw

Ballymahon Tidy towns committee are running a Bonus Number Draw every Wednesday night. Numbers cost €2 each or €10 for 5 weeks and can be got from Paul Kelly @ 086 3490704.

Londis Re-Union

Prior to Cooney’s Hotel in Ballymahon being established, the family were involved in Cooneys Londis Supermarket in Ballymahon for over 20 years. As this is the year of the Gathering, a re-union for all the former staff who worked at Cooneys Londis, along with their spouses and any customers who wish to attend has been organised. Its fixed for Friday, September 6th from 9.00p.m. onwards at the Hotel. There will be music, entertainment and refreshments on the night.

Leo Casey Evening: As part of Heritage Week, a 3rd Annual evening of poetry, music and song to celebrate the works of poet and writer John “Leo” Casey, author of the ballad “The Rising of the Moon” will be held in The Goldsmith room at Ballymahon Community Library on this Thursday evening, August 22nd . The event is being organised by Ballymahon History Group and will commence at 7.30p.m. Admission is free. Everyone welcome.

Class re-union 1988

Mercy Secondary School here in Ballymahon, Class of 1988 will be holding a re-union on Saturday, September 14th. Mass will be celebrated at 6p.m. in the school, followed by -a meal and disco in Cooney’s hotel. If you have not been contacted please contact Mary Curran @ 087 6850268, Raymond Kenny @ 087 8114802 or Deirdre O’Connor @ 087 7446333. Tickets are available at €25.

Longford Warmer Homes Ltd

Provide free attic insulation, cavity wall insulation and energy advice to elderly and disadvantaged home owners throughout the county that meet certain criteria. They also carry out work for the elderly as part of the Care and Repair Scheme. Please check the Longford Warmer Homes Ltd website and facebook page to see if you are eligible for FREE Attic & Cavity insulation before the winter rush sets in. Call 043 33 93255

Pre-Marriage Courses

There are some places available for the Accord Pre-Marriage Courses on 7th/10th October and the 15th/16th November. Bookings can be made online at or phone 04333 47222.

Fly-In at Abbeyshrule

A very exciting Fly-In Gathering will be taking place at Abbeyshrule Airfield on Saturday and Sunday next 24th and 25th August. Saturday sees their Coarse finishing competition, a village tour and Fly-In Awards. On the Sunday their Aviation Sports Day features displays of European Aerobatic Champion pilot David Bruton, an Irish Coast Guard helicopter and a jump by the Tandem Sky Diving team with lots more events on the day. Cost is €10 for adults, children free. Parking is also free. On Monday night, Brendan Grace will be at The Rustic Inn, tickets for this event are €25.

Welcome home

We wish to welcome home Gerald Daly and his wife Celene and their two children who are over from America visiting Gerald’s mother Kathleen, Main street, his brothers Thomas, Conor and all his family and friends in the area. We hope they are enjoying their holiday here.

Forgney G.A.A

Hard luck to Forgney Junior football team who were beaten by Killoe in the Junior Championship played in Forgney on Saturday evening last.

Great win

Very well done to Ballymahon Senior football team who had a great win against Granard in the Division 2 League Final on Sunday evening at Higginstown pitch in Granard. The cup was presented to Kevin Diffley, Captain. Congratulations to the team and their mentors.


We were all saddened to hear of the death on August 15th of Mrs Patricia Lynn, (nee Carty) wife of Peter, at her home in Ballymulvey having lost her battle with her illness over the last 18 months, an illness which she bore with huge dignity, indeed her main concern always was for others less fortunate than herself, no matter how sick she felt. A native of London, Patricia married Peter, formerly from Creevaghmore at the very young age of 17 years, they have been married for 57 years and lived in Essex until 15 years ago when they came home to Ireland and set up home in Lynn Cottage, Ballymulvey. A quiet-living lady who loved her family dearly, a love that was hugely returned, Patricia always kept herself busy, she had many pastimes. She loved knitting and sewing, she wrote poetry and Patricia spent many hours out gardening. Herself and Peter have a beautifully-kept garden down at Lynn Cottage, its always a pleasure to look at and at Christmas she loved decorating her home, with lots of Christmas lights and had a different theme each year, she was always young-at-heart. She regularly did the Crosswords and loved music, Patricia’s favourite singer we hear was Barry Manilow, she also loved Shirley Bassey’s songs. A very kind-hearted lady, Patricia, who celebrated her 74th birthday just last Sunday, was actually at one time a Bereavement Counsellor, often comforting the families of those who lost loved ones to Laukaemia, ironically now herself losing out to cancer. The respect with which Patricia and her family were held in the area was most evident by the large number of people who called to her home on hearing of her passing , and also at the removal of her remains to St. Matthews church on Saturday evening and at the Funeral Mass on Sunday morning celebrated by Fr. Tom Barden. Patricia’s remains were interred at Forgney Cemetery. The lovely singing in the church was performed by Patricia’s grandson Conor, also Carmel McLoughlin and Ballymahon Choir with organist Padraig McGowan. We offer our support and sympathy at this sad time to Patricia’s heartbroken husband Peter, daughters Sue and Jackie, son Peter, grandchildren Conor, Luke, Samantha, Christina, Christopher, Declan, Chloe and Daniel, to her brothers Michael, Billy, Melvyn and Frankie and sister Sandra, her great grand-children, and to all her relatives and wide circle of friends. May her dear Soul rest in peace.

Adult education

Co. Longford Adult Educational Guidance Service is an inter-agency initiative funded by the Department of Education and Science through Co. Longford VEC. This “First Step” service offers a comprehensive, professional guidance service to the returning adult learner. This free and confidential service offers educational and career guidance on a one-to-one basis. Co. Longford Adult Educational Guidance Service is for adults who: • are considering returning to or continuing with education. • are having difficulty in finding or keeping employment due to lack of appropriate skills and educational qualifications. • wish to make informed choices about their future. Co. Longford Adult Educational Guidance Service offers: • one to one educational guidance. • free, confidential and ongoing support to the returning adult learner. • information on colleges, further education, training and careers. • access to reference library. • assistance with application forms for further education and careers. This service will be in Ballymahon Library on Thursday 22nd of August from 5.30 to 7.30 and every Thursday until further notice.


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