Tidy towns: Ballymahon Tidy Towns annual general meeting will take place on Thursday 16th May 2013 in Cooney’s Hotel at 8pm. 
All welcome! The committee greatly appreciate all the help and support we have received to date and look forward to continued support in order to maintain the upkeep of our town.

Tidy towns: Ballymahon Tidy Towns annual general meeting will take place on Thursday 16th May 2013 in Cooney’s Hotel at 8pm. 
All welcome! The committee greatly appreciate all the help and support we have received to date and look forward to continued support in order to maintain the upkeep of our town.

Press Launch of 2013 Goldsmith Festival: In recognition of The Gathering, last Wednesday night saw the Official Welcome of our Breton Guests and also the Press Launch of the 2013 Goldsmith International Literary Festival in the Goldsmith Room at Ballymahon Community Library. At the launch, Sean Farrell M.C.C. Mayor of Longford, welcomed the French group and was presented with a Twinning Emblem of our two towns by Tieree Coat from France. Also speaking were Chairperson of the Twinning group, Breege Murray and her counterpart from France, Karin Bouxin who is Administrator of the Mairee in Landevant/Landaul. Chairperson for the Goldsmith Festival, Seamus McCormack addressed the crowd and the M.C. for the night was Rory Duncan, Secretary of the Twinning group. Translator for the evening was Fabrice Bourdon who lives here in Ballymahon. For the last week the group of 30 visitors from Landevant-Landaul in France stayed in Ballymahon with their host families and a full week of activities was organised for them. Before arriving in Co Longford, the group visited Ringaskiddy and Blarney down in Cork. On their first night here there was a most enjoyable Ceili arranged for them in Carrickedmond Hall and first thing on Sunday morning before Mass in Ballymahon, the energetic group set off Canoeing and kayaking on the River Inny with David McCormack. That night at the River Inn, they enjoyed Traditional music and song from “Tanglewood”. On Monday they visited Abbeyshrule Village and later had a guided tour and lunch with Larry and Mary Feeney at Ledwithstown House.In the evening, musical entertainment was provided by Noel Carberry at Corlea Visitor Centre. That night, the visitors attended a Gala Concert in St. Matthews Church presented by the Inny Singers. Traditional music sessions were held nightly in many of the local pubs. On Tuesday, there was a trip to Dail Eireann and Guinness Brewery and the next day a guided tour of Athlone Castle and back for the Official Welcome at the Library. At the launch , the audience were entertained by Tanglewood, Ann Keenan, Morris Lennon from Stocktons Wing, Irish Dancing performed by pupils from St. Matthews Primary School, winners of Scorn a n’Og and a Reel performed by Alicia. Thursday brought a visit to the local schools and a visit to Longford town and some bowling. On Friday afternoon, following their Guided tour of Ballymahon, Irene McGoey, teacher in the Vocational School, on behalf of her students, presented our visitors with a poem of Goldsmiths, translated into French which they were delighted with. A farewell Dinner finished off the day in Cooney’s hotel and the group set off for France again on Saturday morning last, a tired but very happy set of visitors. The organising committee would like to thank very much all the local people who hosted the French families, without their help much of the above would not have been possible. Well done indeed to Breege and the hard-working committee on a most successful week. More on page 28.

Teach na Leanai: Teach na Leanai Montessori School are now taking bookings for the pre-school year Sept 2013. For more details please telephone Eileen at 087-1312093.

Publican moves: We wish the very best of luck to Brian Molihan who has been running a very successful business for the last number of years in Kiernans Pub, Ballymahon and is now taking over Casey’s Pub in Carrickboy. Brian has always been very popular here in town and we wish him well in his new business venture. Kiernans Pub is presently closed for refurbishment. It will re-open in the next few weeks and will be back under the management of Gerry Kiernan and his wife Sinead. We wish them the best of luck on their return.

21st Birthday celebrations: Congratulations to Ciara Carey and Kyle Fitzmaurice who jointly celebrated their 21st Birthday in The Canal Turn on Friday night last. We hope you both enjoyed the party and wish you the best of luck for the future.

Harvest Festival: Longford Harvest Festival will be held in Newtowncashel on Sunday, 1st September. The event will feature working displays of vintage machinery, horse and tractor, with associated demonstrations and lots of activities, something for all the family. Proceeds from the day go to St. Christophers.

Forgney Fianna Fail Cumman: The 2013 AGM of Forgney Fianna Fail cumman took place recently at Cooneys Hotel , Ballymahon. The well-attended meeting included Local Councillors Michael Cahill and Barney Steele. Robert Troy TD was unavoidably absent on the night. The following are the committee for 2013 : Hon. President- Michael Moughty. Chairman – Eamon Higgins. Vice-Chairman – Eamon Reilly. Joint Treasurers – Elaine Murtagh & Patrick Lloyd. Secretary-Kevin Keegan. New members to Cumman are always welcome. Contact any member or log on to if interested in joining the party.

Concert in Church: Well done to the local Innyside Singers group , directed by Sr. Maura Fay, who featured in a Summertime Choral Celebration in St. Matthew’s Church on the Bank Holiday Monday night. There was a wide variety of talent on display at the event with a host of local Soloists and Musicians also taking part. Among those were Kate Connolly who enraptured the audience with her rendition of “Nella Fantasia”, Ann Keenan sang “I Dream That I Dwelt” beautifully as did Denise Canavan when she sang “The Voyage”. These ladies are all members of the Innyside Singers , as is Slavek Kazek who sang a duet with Kate Connolly, there was’nt a sound in the Church when Slavek and Kate sang “Time to Say Goodbye”. Well done to Mary, Kathryn, Patricia and Denise for their rendition of “Barcarolle”. Also taking part were the lovely young musicians “Tangled Wood” who, with their teacher, Geraldine McLynn, Tang entertained the audience with a selection of traditional Irish tunes. There was some poetry reading by Hillary Claffey and 14 year old Mark McCormack, Saxaphonist delighted the audience with the tune “Romance”. Accompanist for the night was the very-talented Padraig McGowan. It was a most enjoyable night for everyone and proceeds from the Concert will all go to local Charities.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: The annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from May 27th to June 1st this year. The fully inclusive price is €699 with flights from Knock. Contact Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lower Baggot St. Dublin 2, phone 01-2410812/ Pilgrimage Director: Fr. Bernard Noonan at 09064-81180/ Director Special Section for the Sick: Fr. Michael Noonan at 09064-57122.

Pre-Marriage Courses: Will you be getting married this year? If so, Courses are being arranged by ACCORD on Thursday 16th May and on Friday and Saturday 14th and 15th June. For bookings and further information please contact ACCORD at 04333-47222 or book online at

Pilgrimage to Medjdugorje: Will take place on 18th September 2013 from Knock airport. The cost is €689 per person sharing. Contact Marita Concannon for further details on 098-64017 or 089-4146331.

Slimming World: Now takes place every Monday evening at Ballymahon G.A.A. club at 5.30p.m. and again at 7.30p.m. If you join before May 18th 2013 you will get half price membership, saving €9. For information please phone Diana at 086-1205754.

Kayaking Courses: Inny Kayakers, based in Ballymahon, will be running courses this Summer. If you are interested in learning to kayak in a safe and fun environment then email them @ The Courses are aimed at 10 years and up and run by fully qualified Irish Canoe Union instructors. For more information about the courses check out the website or email. Also on facebook. Work hard, play hard but paddle harder!

Cemetery Sunday: Takes place at Shrule Cemetery on 7th July with Mass being celebrated at 7p.m. weather permitting.

Darts: Best of luck to Murrays,The River Inn, Dart team who are in the Final of the Darts Tournament when they play Gav’s Br, Kenagh in Skellys on this Friday night.

Sympathy: We wish to extend our sincere sympathy to Liz Hughes, (nee Sloane), Station House, Edgeworthstown and formerly of Goldsmith road, Ballymahon on the death last week of her husband, Eddie, ex C.I.E., also to Eddie’s daughter Davina, sons Edward and Gavin, sister Ann, daughter-in-law Trisha, grand-daughter Sarah, and to all his relatives and many friends. May God grant rest to his Soul.

Good win: Well done to ballymahon senior football team who had a good win against Newtowncashel on Friday evening last in Leo Casey Park in the League. We wish the lads the best of luck in their remaining games.

GAA: Hard luck to Ballymahon/Forgney Minor team who were narrowly beaten by Granard in the semi-final of the League, played in Granard last week.

Death: We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs Pam McNamee, England on the recent death of her husband, Danny, native of Ballymahon, well-known Bakers in the town here for a long number of years, also to Danny’s daughter Michelle and son David, and to his nephews Michael, England and Jim, Dublin, nieces Betty, Monaghan and Vera, Killoe and to all his relatives and friends. May God grant rest to his Soul.

Cemetery Sunday: Will take place at Forgney cemetery on Sunday 7th July at 7p.m.and will be held earlier in Cloncallow Cemetery at 5.30p.m.

Sympathy: We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Brian, Mai and Rose Keegan, Tenelick, Colehill and to their extended family, on the recent death in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Longford of their sister Nanny. Nanny was a quiet, unassuming lady and will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Her remains were laid to rest at Abbeyshrule Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Ballymahon revisited: A Photography Exhibition will be held in the Convent House Day Care Centre on Thursday 23rd May from 7- 9p.m. with the official opening at 7.30p.m. by Ciaran Mullooly. It’s a nostalgic view of Ballymahon town, past and present and was organised with the help of Transition Year students from Mercy Secondary School. Admission free but donations gratefully accepted.

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