The recent Ballymahon Defibrillator Open Day proved to be unsuccessful as there was an extremely poor turnout on the day. With training equipment and four Instructors present on the day it was very disappointing to say the least. There are life-saving Defibrillators in Ballymahon and the surrounding areas. Do you know how to use them in a life and death situation? Do you know C.P.R.? If you don’t or if you trained in the past you need to re-certify. So please get in touch with Liam at 086-8444640 or Edel at 087-7928156 after 6pm for further details.

Clothing Factory Re-Union

Plans are underway at the moment for a big re-union of all the people who worked in Ballymahon Clothing Factory, Claffeys, Dubtex, Balman, Manford and Manford Direct. All past employees of these factories, together with their partners, families and friends are invited and anyone who would like to attend on the night. Venue: The Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule. Date: Friday 25th April 2014 starting at 9.00p.m. Sharp. All are welcome to join in the fun. Music will be provided by various Artists and there will also be a Disco with D.J. Michael Rooney. It promises to be a great night for all with a chance for you to renew old acquaintances. There will be a Raffle and lots of Spot prizes on the night. Admission is Free but Donation buckets will be at the door and all proceeds on the night will be donated to local Charities.

Innyside singers

Will be taking a break this Thursday night, due to the schools mid-term break. They will resume again on Thursday, 27th February in Skelly’s from 8p.m. to 9.30p.m. Newcomers always welcome, male or female.

Birthday celebrations

Many congratulations to Chris Connolly, Rathmore who celebrated a special birthday with her family, relations and wide circle of friends in Cooney’s Hotel on Saturday night last. Chris’s very talented brother Patrick Creaven provided the music and singing at the party and had the dance floor full throughout the night. We hope Chris enjoyed the gathering of family and friends and wish herself and her husband Pat the very best of good health and happiness in the future.

Fair Day

A date for your Diary - The annual traditional Fair Day will be held on Saturday, 1st March in Lanesboro.


To Medjugorje from Knock will take place on 10th Sept 2014. Price €699 per person sharing, all inclusive. Contact Marita Concannon on 098 64017 or 089 4146331.

Social dancing

Social Dancing takes place every Saturday night in Cooney’s Hotel from 9p.m. to 11p.m. This coming Saturday night, the very popular Frankie McDonald will provide the lively so you can jive and waltz the night away. Everyone welcome.

Lourdes Invalid Fund

A special collection will be held at all Masses in Ballymahon this coming weekend 22nd/23rd February to raise funds for the Diocesan Annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes Invalid Fund. Please give generously for this very worthy cause. It will be very much appreciated. The Pilgrimage will take place from May 27th to 1st June.

Women’s Manifesto Group

The Longford Women’s Manifesto Group will hold their next meeting in Ballymahon Library on Thursday, 20th February from 11.00a.m. to 12.30p.m. Anyone interested in hearing about the work of the Group is very welcome to come along. Discussions will focus on feedback from February’s County Council meeting, the local elections and drawing up a Manifesto – a list of questions to put to candidates when they come knocking on your door. A key focus of the LWMG is ensuring women’s voices are heard in local decision-making, particularly important since there are so few women elected representatives and in key leadership roles. Anyone interested in attending contact Noirin Clancy at Longford Women’s Link on 04333-41511 or 087-4125227.

LARCC Cancer Support Centre

This Centre is hosting an Arts and Wellbeing Midterm Camp for children and young people at their venue on Coole road, Multyfarnham, Co Westmeath. This will be a professionally-led group for children aged from 6 to 12 years. The dates of the Camp are Thursday 20th February for children affected by a diagnosis. Friday 21st February for children bereaved by cancer. Camp times each day are from 10.00a.m. to 1.00p.m. There is NO FEE to take part but places are limited. For more information please contact Audrey the Play Therapist at LARCC on 04493 71971.

Bereavement Course

A Bereavement Course will take place in The Family Centre, Longford beginning on Wednesday, 5th March at 8p.m. for six weeks. For further information please telephone 04333-46827 or 087-2843034.

30th birthday party

Congratulations to Tara Keegan, daughter of Kevin and Bridgie, Mostrim road who celebrated her 30th birthday with her family and friends in Cooney’s Hotel on Saturday night last. Best wishes to Tara in the years ahead, we hope she enjoyed the party.

Music Bingo

The minor G.A.A. Club are holding their second Bingo in Cooney’s Hotel on Friday February 21st. More details later.

18th birthdays

A joint 18th Birthday party was held for Shannon Reid and Lauren Logan at Cooneys Hotel on Friday night last which was attended by the girlss families and a large number of friends. Best wishes to Shannon and Lauren for the future.

Cemetery Sunday

Will be held in Forgney/Cloncallow on Sunday 22nd June at 5.30p.m. and 7pm.

Information evening

Wetlands Heritage Ireland are holding an Information evening in St. Dominic’s Centre, Kenagh this Thursday night, Feb 20th at 8.00p.m. regarding cutaway at Corlea. Officials from Bord na Mona and Longford Co. Council will attend. Everyone welcome.


We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Arthur Moore, Listisson who passed away at Sonas Care Centre in Athlone on Wednesday last, to his daughters Anne, Jacqueline, Addie and Bride, son Eugene, sister-in-law Breeda McKnight, (Ballymahon) and to all his relatives, neighbours and friends. May he rest in peace.

Mass in your home

If anyone is interested in having Mass celebrated in your home please contact Fr. Padraig McGowan at the Church or at the Presbytery.

Death of Bridget Walsh

It was with deep regret that we learnt of the death on 10th February of Mrs Bridget Walsh, (nee Higgins), Terlicken and formerly from Ardohill, Ballymahon, at Autumn Lodge, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Longford. Bridget was born in 1935 and was pre-deceased by her son P.J. and her husband Joe, who coincidentally died six years ago, also on February 10th. Herself and Joe were married for over 50 years and raised a fine family, nothing pleased her more than to see them call and as the years went by, also her grandchildren and great grandchildren, she was very proud of them all. Bridget will be remembered by everyone for her lovely smile, her kind and generous nature, her great sense of humour and dare we say, for her gorgeous brown bread. She frequently supplied her family and friends with that brown bread, she wouldn’t give away her secret recipe though. Her door was always open to visiting neighbours and they say that Bridget has been buying Ireland’s Own magazine every single week for the last 40 years, she loved working out the puzzles in it and reading the short stories. A lady of deep religious faith, Bridget liked her knitting and sewing and was a dab hand at playing cards. She often won her Christmas Turkey and Ham while playing cards in Leavy’s pub in Foigha, they called her ‘The Shark’ there which of course amused her. Bridget loved to listen to music, when her husband Joe was alive, they used to go over to the pub in Barry where Joe would play the Accordian with the locals, he was a great player. Down the years you would often see Bridget cycling her bicycle around the place, she always loved the outdoors. A huge number of people attended the removal of Bridget’s remains from St. Joseph’s Hospital Chapel to St. Matthews Church in Ballymahon and again on Wednesday morning last at her Funeral Mass, she was laid to rest at Kilcommock Cemetery. It bore testiment to the respect which has always been held by the local people for Bridget and her family. Our sincere sympathy is extended to her sons Jodi, Ned, Tom, Dermot and Martin and daughter Mary (Jordan), son-in-law, daughters-in-law, 12 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and to all her relatives and many friends. May God grant rest to her dear soul.


There are still a few places available at the Accord pre-marriage courses which take place on 10th and 13th March and also on the 4th and 5th April at the Family Centre in Longford. If you are planning to get married in 2014 please contact ACCORD at 04333-47222 Monday to Friday from 11.30a.m. to 1.30p.m. or book online at

G.A.A. Club

We welcome Darren Owens from Roscommon who is the new trainer for Ballymahon G.A.A. We wish Darren and the team the best of luck in the coming year.


Ballymahon/Landevant-Landaul Twinning committee held their A.G.M. on Tuesday, 11th February. The following officers were elected for 2014. Chairperson – Breege Murray. Vice-Chairperson – Noel Kiernan. Secretary – Rory Duncan. Asst. Secretary – Aidan Nally. Joint Treasurers – Mary Murtagh & Ann Flanagan. P.R.O. – Mary Walsh. Asst. P.R.O. – Carmel Lennon. A group visit to Landevant in France is planned for August 2nd to 9th and there are a few places available. If you are interested in travelling please any of the committee members. Their next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 11th March at 9pm. Newcomers always welcome.