Parish news

Parish news

For the foreseeable future, weekday Masses in St. Matthews Church will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at the usual time of 10a.m. No Masses on Mondays or Wednesdays. The 9a.m. Mass on Sunday mornings has now been cancelled. Should anyone wish to contact a priest in St. Matthews Church please call: Fr. Tom Barden. Kenagh at 043 33 22127/ 087-9195354 or Fr. Charlie Healy, Carrickedmond at 044 93 57442/ 087 751 0042. Trocaire boxes can be picked up in the back of the Church and returned at any of the Holy Week Ceremonies.

Great win for Vocational School

Many congratulations to the Ballymahon Vocational School football team who beat St. Paul’s College, Raheny, in the Leinster Post-Primary Schools Senior “D” Football Championship Final on Saturday last with a final score of 1-10 to 0-9. Well done to the mentors, teachers Conan Casey and James Galvin, to brothers Jack and Shane Fox, Ballymulvey who are on the team and to all the team members, you should all be very proud of this great win.

Find a Leprechaun!

A Craft Fair is being held at Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre on March 14th from 1p.m. to 5p.m. You are invited to go along to the beautiful setting of Ardagh and browse the stalls. You might find a lovely Mother’s Day present or something beautifully crafted for yourself. Tea and Coffee will be on sale on the day.

School Open Day

Tashinney National School will host an Open Day for prospective parents and children on Wednesday 18th March from 4-6p.m. This will be an opportunity for families who may be interested in enrolling their children in Tashinney School to visit the school, meet the teachers and view the facilities. Further details are available from the school 04493 57610. All are welcome. Enrolment application forms are also available from the school for September 2015 enrolment.

International Women’s Day

Celebrate International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 11th at Longford Women’s Link. It will be a lunchtime event 1.00p.m. to 2.00p.m. What would Countess Markievicz say about women’s human rights in Ireland today? Guest speaker will be Lucy Keaveney, Co-Founder, the Markievicz School. Light Refreshments will be served. Everyone very welcome. For further information call 04333-41511. Or e-mail

Launch of new Poetry Book

Congratulations to Valerie Masters, St. Matthews Park who will be launching a new book in association with Lapwing Publications called “Conversations in the Dark” in Ballymahon Library on Thursday March 5th at 7.30p.m. This is her first book which was originally written as a novel, a tragic love story, but halfway through the process, Valerie changed course and told the story through a number of poems instead. We wish her the very best of luck with her new book of seventy poems.

40th Birthday

Congratulations to Sharon McHugh, daughter of Liam, Barnacor who recently celebrated her 40th birthday with her family and friends in Cooney’s Hotel. We hope you enjoyed the celebrations Sharon, best wishes to you for the future.

Bridge club results

North/South 1st Gross & nett – Mary Nooney & Chris Farrell. 2nd Gross & nett – Liam Flynn & Declan McGivney. 3rd Gross & nett – Ann Delaney & Ann Fallon. East/West - 1st gross & 2nd nett - Frances Kelleher & Mary Feeney. 1st nett & 2nd gross - Patricia Johananesson & Andrew Nally. 3rd Gross – Orla McEntee & Tony Tiernan. 3rd nett- Kathleen Nulty & Mary Mulvihill. The Bridge session was cancelled on Feb 16th last as a mark of respect to the late Fr. Padraig. R.I.P. Results from 23rd Feb: North/South – 1st gross & nett – Sarah Frawley & Mark Tiernan. 2nd gross & nett – Nancy Finn & Elsie McKee. 3rd gross & nett – Jimmy Lennon & Greta Egan. East/West – 1st gross & nett – Liam Flynn & Andrew Nally. 2nd Gross & nett – Mary Mulvihill & Kathleen Nulty. 3rd gross & nett – Una Flynn & Yvonne Dowler.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

A new committee has been formed and a number of meetings have now been held to organize the Ballymahon St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2015. In order for the parade to be a success it is vital that it is supported by local businesses, community groups, schools and the people of the town. The Theme of this year’s Parade is the World Wide Web. This theme was chosen to coincide with the launch, on St. Patrick’s Day, of Ballymahon’s Development Committee new web site; The Parade will start at 4.00p.m. and as usual will start down at the Creevaghbeg road. There are 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for Best Float and bearing in the mind the Theme is very broad, floats should be as colourful as possible. So come on everybody, let’s get 2015 off to a good start with a great parade on St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Remember it’s your town. So if you are in a position to support the parade, please do. You can do so by entering a Float, or simply volunteering to help out on the day.

Job Vacancies

Carrickedmond/Legan C.E. have the following vacancies - a number of environmental positions due to start between now and April 15th.Job Reference 887925. To check eligibility and to apply please call into the Intreo Offices, D.S.P. Buildings, Ballinalee road, Longford. S.D.P. eligibility/conditions apply.

School enrolment

Forgney National School Enrolment for 2015/2016 will take place at the school up to March 13th. Please call to the school or phone 09064 52659.

Social Dancing

Continues every Saturday night from 9p.m. to 11pm in Cooney’s Hotel. Everyone is welcome to attend. You don’t have to have a partner to go along, there are lots of Dancers there. Admission is just €5.

The Bog Lane Theatre

The Acorn Players will present “The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley” by Jimmy Keary at The Bog Lane Theatre on Friday night, 6th March at 8.15p.m. This is a 3-act side-splitting hilarious comedy leaving you begging for more. For bookings please ring Breege at 09064 32230.

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

“Too close to home”

Newtowncashel Drama Group will be performing the comedy “Too close to Home” on the 5th, 6th 7th and 8th March in The Hill, Newtowncashel. To book your ticket please call 086-2521536. A ticket only policy is being operated to avoid overcrowding or cramped seating. Tickets are €10. €5 for primary school children.

Joint 21st

Congratulations to three friends Niall Noonan, Ballymahon, Emma O’Neill, Tang and Emma Gannon, Legan who celebrated their 21st birthdays at a joint party in Skelly’s pub on Saturday night last. Best wishes to you all for the future, hope you enjoyed the party.

U-21 football

Well done to Longford U-21 football team who had a convincing win against Wicklow in the U-21 championship in Newtowncashel on Wednesday evening last. They now go on to play Louth in the next round, tonight, Wednesday March 4th in Newtowncashel again. The best of luck to the team.

Senior football

Well done to Longford Senior football team and to local lad, Kevin Diffley who convincingly beat London in the Division 4 League match, played in Ruislip, London on Saturday last. We hope all the people who travelled over for the match enjoyed themselves.


We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs Tess Frawley, Darogue and to her husband Michael and their family on the death on February 19th last of Tess’ sister Julia Keenaghan (nee Coffey), Roselawn, Naas. Julia is pre-deceased by her husband William and sons Patrick, Desmond and Declan. Julia and William were frequent visitors down to Ballymahon for a long number of years, she always enjoyed those trips. Our deepest sympathy is also extended to Julia’s family Francis, Hubert, James, Carmel, Finbarr, Philip, Garrett and Oliver, and to all her family and friends. May she rest in peace.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes

The annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from May 27th to June 1st 2015, departing from Knock Airport. Anyone wishing to travel should contact Joe Walsh Tours on 01-2410800 or e-mail for booking forms and further information.

Mac’s Shack re-opens

We wish the best of luck to Olive McCloughery and her family who have once again taken over the running of Mac’s Shack Restaurant in Kenagh village. Its good to see that the business has been re-opened and we hope that Olive will be happy back at the helm again, we wish her every success.

New shop opens

We wish the best of luck to the McArdle family, Gurteen who have opened their shop “Euro Stretchers” on Main Street, the former flower shop. We hope they will be very successful in their new business venture.

Community Games

Congratulations to Area Chairperson and County Secretary, Shirley Maloney from Ballymahon/Forgney Community Games who has been elected to the National Community Games Finance committee at their recent National A.G.M. in Letterkenny. Well done Shirley, best of luck to you in your new role. The U.14 County Community games Table Quiz will be held in The Park House Hotel, Edgeworthstown on Sunday next, March 8th.

School Basketball

Hard luck to St. Matthews National School Girls basketball team who were recently beaten by St. Josephs, Longford in the Primary Schools B League Final at the Mall Complex. Well done girls on reaching the final.

New home for Jennie

We wish the best of luck to Jennie White of “Jennie’s Flowers and Gifts” who has moved to a new premises on Main Street, between O’Hanlons Pharmacy and Supervalue and is now open for business again. Jennie would like to thank all her customers for their loyalty in her former premises and looks forward to their continued support into the future. We hope she will be very successful there.


Ballymahon Fianna Fail wish to sympathise with Moll, Tom, Catherine, Padraig, Rev. Noel, Bernadette, Edel and Conal McGeeney on the recent death of their father, Noel, Market Square, Longford, Ex M.C.C. and to all their family and friends. In his 89th year, Noel was always a very popular and much-admired gentleman and will be sadly missed by his family and lots of friends. May he rest in peace.