Ladies win Final

Ladies win Final

Congratulations to Ballymahon/Forgney Ladies U-16 football team who beat Mullinalaghta in the U-16 A Championship Final on Wednesday evening last week in a very exciting and well played game by both sides at Glennon Bros. Pearse Park. On the local team were A Higgins, R Noonan, S O’Neill, M. Noonan, S. Horan, C. McCormack, A. McCormack, L. Freeman, K. O’Connor, N. Forbes, C. Moughty, C. Noonan, C. Foxe, S. Duncan, N Kelly, C Duffy, A. Ronayne, E Byrnes & N. Kiernan. Very well done to all the team and their mentors.

18th birthday wishes

Congratulations to Caroline Duncan, daughter of Ian and Lena, Ballymulvey who celebrated her 18th birthday with her family and friends on Friday night last. Hope you enjoyed the night Caroline, best wishes to you for the future.

Dublin to Knock Peace Walk

The annual Peace Walk from Dublin to Knock will take place this year during the week, 15th to 20th July. Many people in this parish have provided accommodation for the walkers during an overnight stay here. This year they will be staying on the night of Thursday 17th July. Fr. Padraig would like to hear from anyone who would be willing to provide bed and breakfast accommodation this year. The members of the group have commented on the warm welcome which they receive here every year.

Death of Mary Beatrice Mulvihill

We were all saddened to hear of the untimely death of Mrs Mary Beatrice Noureldin, (nee Mulvihill), Carrickmines, Dublin and formerly of The Hill, Ballymahon. Mary Beatrice was just 55 years of age when she passed away following her illness at Blackrock Hospice. Our sincere sympathy is extended to her husband, Osman, daughter Sara, mother Irene, (Ballymahon), brother Patrick, sisters Isabella, Patricia, Irene and Virginia, sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends. Her funeral mass was held in St. Matthews Church, Ballymahon and Mary Beatrice’s remains were laid to rest in Shrule Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick

A Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick Reek will take place on Sunday, 27th July 2014. A bus will depart from the Cathedral Car Park in Longford at 5.40a.m. Please bring a packed lunch, a bottle of water and a long stick for climbing. To book a seat ring 086-0405621 or 087-6613510.

Welcome home

To Pauric Duncan, Main Street, son of Kit who is home from Boston with his wife, Fiona, and their two young children, visiting their family and friends here in Ballymahon and in Roscommon, home to Fiona. We hope you are all enjoying your holiday.

Death of Paddy Joe Casey

The death occurred in New York on June 26th last at the great age of 96 of Mr Patrick Joseph Casey, formerly of Ardohill and Drinan, Ballymahon. Paddy Joe is pre-deceased by his wife, Agnes and they have both been living in the States for a long number of years but were very regular visitors to the area here, visiting all their relatives in the area. He was a quiet and highly respected gentleman who always enjoyed those visits meeting up with all his old friends also. He is pre-deceased by his brothers, Frank and Michael and sisters, Bridget and Mary and is survived by his sister, Colette O’Kelly,(Dublin) and brother, Thomas (Lanesboro). Paddy Joe’s remains were brought back to his native homeland and Requiem Mass was celebrated for the repose of his Soul on Friday last after which he was laid to rest at Saints Island Cemetery in Newtowncashel. We offer our deepest to Mary Casey and all the Casey family, Ballymulvey, to his brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.

Cemetery Sunday

Will take place on Sunday next, 13th July at Shrule Cemetery. Because of this, there will be no 9a.m. Mass in St. Matthews church on the 13th. Mass will be celebrated at the Cemetery at 7p.m. and there will be a collection for the upkeep of the graves at the graveyard that evening.

Death of Mrs Kate Yorke

It was with deep regret that we learnt of the death in her 83rd year on June 29th of Mrs Kate Yorke, (nee Finn), Toome, Ballymahon at Laurel Lodge Nursing Home, Longford, pre-deceased by her sister Mollie. Kate is survived by her husband, Michael and both of them spent all their working lives farming in the locality. Kate was a hard working, kind and good-natured lady and a very proud mother. As her family grew older and left home, she always looked forward to their regular return visits. Kate will be sadly missed by her family and all who got to know her over the years. A large number of people attended the removal of her remains to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Carrickedmond and again at the Funeral Mass on Tuesday which bore testiment to the respect with which Kate was always held in our community. We extend our deepest sympathy to her husband Michael, sons Tom, Pat, Dermot and Allen, daughters Mary, Claire and Paula, her brother Michael, her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and all her relatives, neighbours and friends. May God grant rest to her Soul.


The Vocational Opportunities Scheme (VTOS Scheme) is an excellent course for people who are unemployed, and who wish to retrain in order to return to the workforce. This Course is offered free of charge to those who are eligible. Conditions of eligibility: (1). Either you or your spouse has been in receipt of social welfare payments. (2) have been signing for credits or (3) you are a lone parent. If you are interested please contact the Adult Education Office, Longford/Westmeath Education Training Board, Battery Road, Longford. Tel 04333-45474. The LWETB has replaced Longford VEC and Westmeath VEC.

Slimming World

Who have great offers throughout the summer will be continuing their weekly sessions at Ballymahon G.A.A Clubhouse every Monday evening at 5.30p.m. and 7.30p.m. with a new consultant Sinead from 7th July. Sinead can be contacted at 087-6820759.

Used Stamps

Please continue to bring in used stamps to St. Matthews Church. A box in which they may be deposited is located in the porch where most people enter the church. The St. Patrick’s missionaries, Kiltegan have asked that you be thanked for your efforts in collecting these stamps, which, when they are sold to collectors, raise funds which support the missionary initiatives of St. Patrick’s Missionaries, Kiltegan, Co Wicklow.


We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Ruairi Stafford, Ballymulvey on the death last week of his mother, Maire, Highfield Park, Galway at University Hospital, Galway. Condolences also to Maire’s husband Sean, their family Fionnuala, Maeliosa, Orfhlaith and Conall, sons-in-law Frank and Eoin, daughters-in-law Sheelagh (Ballymahon), Carolyn and Denise, and to all her relatives and friends. Many people from this area travelled down to Galway to pay their respects to the Stafford family, Maire and her husband Sean were regular visitors to Ballymahon down the years visiting Ruairi, Sheelagh, Christian and Faela. In Iothlann De go gcastar sinn.

Parish Pastoral Council

At a recent meeting of the current Parish Pastoral Council in Ballymahon it was decided to initiate the process of forming a new Parish Pastoral Council. As part of this process, a leaflet will be circulated to all homes in the parish. On the leaflet you will be invited to nominate members of the parish community, whom you consider to be prospective members of such a Council if they are willing to go forward for selection. It is also in order to nominate yourself as a possible member. A Parish Pastoral Council is a partnership between priests and people the purpose of which is to meet the pastoral needs of the parish as identified by the members of the Council. Pastoral needs are issues pertaining to the spiritual and social concerns of the community. The Council should include people of different age groups and backgrounds so that it mirrors the make-up of the parish community. When you are filling in the form, you must check with whoever you nominate that he/she would be willing to consider being a member of a Parish Pastoral Council. The forms must be returned on or before Sunday 13th July. It may be handed in with the offertory collection, placed in a box which will be provided in St. Matthews Church or handed in to Fr. Padraig’s house. The Parish Pastoral Council will consist of 15 members, 12 of whom will be selected on the basis of the nominations received and 3 will be nominated by Fr. Padraig in view of their proven ability and commitment to the pastoral work of the parish.


Hard luck to the Co Longford football team who were beaten by Tipperary in the Qualifier of the Championship which was held in Thurles in Saturday evening last and to local lad, Kevin Diffley who was on the team.

World War 1 Exhibition

Congratulations to Ballymahon Leo Casey History Group who have brought out a Souvenir Booklet on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of World War 1 to honour and remember, as far as possible, all those who gave their lives and also those who survived from the Parishes of Ballymahon, Kenagh, Carrickedmond and Newtowncashel. An exhibition was held in the new Library which featured some rare memorabilia made available to them by Longford families. The interesting and well-documented booklet is available from any member of the History Group. Well done to everyone who was involved in its production and to local historian Paddy Egan, Kenagh who edited it. Well worth a read.

Primary School sold

Congratulations to Nally Brothers, John, Martin and Robbie who recently purchased the former Sacred Heart Primary School. The building had been the temporary home of the amalgamated St. Matthews National School since the year 2000 but went up for auction as it was no longer needed when the staff and pupils moved into their newly refurbished and extended former St. Colmcille’s School just across the road. The sale of the building marks the end of the involvement of the Sisters of Mercy in Primary education in the parish, the end of an era. The parish community owes the Sisters of Mercy a major debt of gratitude for the important role they have played in the primary education of our children over many generations. They also established links with the families of the children through visitation of homes, especially in times of crisis. They first became involved in Primary education in Ballymahon in February 1873. The building purchased by Nally Brothers was originally built in 1938 and was extended later. We wish John, Martin and Robbie the best of luck with their new purchase.

70th birthday

Congratulations to Joe Fahy, Leo Casey Tce., who celebrated his 70th Birthday with his family and lots of friends in Cooney’s Hotel on Saturday night last. We hope he enjoyed the party and we send our best wishes to Joe and his wife Bridgie for good health and happiness in the years ahead.

St. Matthews Church

There will be no 10.00a.m. Mass today, Wednesday 9th July or on Friday, 11th July. Mass instead will be celebrated in St. Dominic’s church in Kenagh

Fundraising event

Mary Colohan and her family, Creevaghbeg will be holding a fundraising event in Cooneys Hotel, Ballymahon on Friday, 25th July at 9pm in aid of Longford Centre for Independent Living. Longford CIL provides a Personal Assistant Service for people with physical and/or sensory disabilities in County Longford, enabling them to live meaningful and fulfilled lives within society. There will be a spectacular Hamper raffle on the night with spot prizes galore. There will also be finger food and music on the night, provided by the very popular Paul Byrne from Galway. Admission is only €5 and tickets are available from Mary Colohan or at the door in the hotel. Please support this most worthy cause.

St Christophers Services

St. Christophers Services local branch held their church gate collection and €222 was collected, we thank the organisers Ann Finnegan, Phil Thompson, Mary Carey, and members of the public for their generous donations.


Join the summer reading buzz at your local library. Summer events in Ballymahon Library - July 15th at 2pm Eileen Moynihan storyteller for 5 to 8 yrs; July 18th at 11am Magic show aged 10yrs +; July 23rd at 2pm, Storytelling with Bunnyhop for 3 to 8 yrs; July 25th at 2pm Arts and Crafts, Material supplied aged 6yrs + For more details contact Carmel 090 64 32546.