28 Jun 2022


Ballymahon’s oldest lady dies

Ballymahon’s oldest lady dies

It was very much with deep regret that we learnt of the death last week of Mrs Bridget Melady, (nee Farrell), Lr. Main Street, Ballymahon, at Our Lady’s Manor Nursing Home in Edgeworthstown where she has been staying for the last few years. Bridget had reached the great age of 101 years old when she passed away peacefully, being the oldest member of our community. She is pre-deceased by her husband Peter, brothers John Thomas and James, and also her sisters Anna and Molly. Bridget ran a successful Bicycle Sales and repair shop on Main Street for a long number of years with her husband and kept up the business herself when he passed away. She was a highly respected member of our community, a lovely, quiet, decent and honest lady who always made everyone feel welcome when they called to her home. She loved her cats, there was always one at her feet while she chatted away to them every day. The respect with which she was held was evident by the large number of people who called to Glennons Funeral Home where she lay in repose and to her Funeral Mass in the Manor in Edgeworthstown on Saturday morning last. Bridget was laid to rest at Killashee Cemetery. We extend our deepest sympathy to her niece, Marie Farrell, her nieces and nephews in U.S.A. and to all her good neighbours and many friends. May she rest in peace.

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.

Youth Summer Camp

County Longford Youth service will be holding a summer camp for the Ballymahon area from the 7th to 11th July. It will be open to all young people aged 10 +. Only €15 per young person for the week. If you would like to get more information or to book a place please call CLYS on 04333 -40907.

Youth Pilgrimage

The Diocesan Youth Director, Anita Allen is organising a Youth Pilgrimage to Medjugorje from 30th July to 6th August 2014. The contact number for those who wish to participate is 09064-73358 or 086-1987208. Confirmation of details is needed by Joe Walsh Tours by 21st May so an early decision is needed.

Lough Derg

Daily boats travel to the Island from 10.30a.m. until 3p.m. seven days a week until 13th August. No booking necessary. For further information please contact Maureen or Sharon at 071-9861518 or e-mail:

Cemetery Sunday

Will take place on Sunday, 13th July at Shrule Cemetery and later in the summer, on Sunday, 10th August, Cemetery Sunday will be held in Kilcomock. There will also be Prayers for the Faithful Departed at Taghshinod Cemetery after Mass in Carrickedmond at 10a.m. on Sunday, 6th July.

Walking Club

Every Monday and Wednesday evening at 8p.m. Meet at Ballymahon Library and do the Canal walk. Everyone welcome.


An Irish language summer course, SIAMSA, is taking place from July 7th to 11th in Gaelscoil, Longfoirt. The course will be held from 9.30a.m. to 3 p.m. each day and will cater for students from second class to First Year. Further information and application forms are available from Yvonne Ni Mhurchu at 087-2642665.


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.

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.

Cloncallow Cemetery

John Ryan from the Cloncallow Cemetery group would like to sincerely thank all who supported and attended their fundraising night in Skelly’s Bar, Ballymahon on the night of Sunday, 4th May, 2014. He appreciates the hard work of Pat Byrne and his staff for contributing to a successful and memorable event and would like to express his appreciation to the local traders and people who generously donated over twenty spot prizes on the night. In addition, John would like to extend his gratitude to all the Committee members for the ticket sales and their dedication and to acknowledge all the members who gave their time and efforts in the work undertaken at the cemetery. All these contributions for Cloncallow cemetery are in memory of all the souls, our loved ones and those who have no one to remember them. May they all rest in peace.

Home from holidays

Welcome home to Patrick Lloyd, Stephen Lynch, Tony Tiernan and Oliver Nally who recently returned from their stay in Spain, we hope the lads enjoyed their holiday,.

Forgney Old Cemetery

It is proposed to restore the old Cemetery in Forgney. If you would like to volunteer your time to help with this project, please contact Joe Keegan at 087-2322517

Sisters of Mercy

The following members of the Sisters of Mercy community in Longford have been living here in Ballymahon for the past two years while refurbished living accommodation was being constructed in the Convent of Mercy, Convent Road, Longford. Sr. Elizabeth O’Neill, Sr. de Chantal Gilfillan, Sr. Mary Cassells and Sr. Peggy Walsh. Sr. Peggy was formerly a member of the staff of Sacred Heart Primary School. Their new accommodation is now ready and they shall be leaving Ballymahon during the Summer. We wish the Sisters a fond farewell and wish them lots of happiness in nearby Longford. Beannacht De orthu anois and go deo.

Golf Classic

Ballymahon/Forgney Ladies Football club will be holding a fund-raising Golf Classic in Mount Temple Golf Club on Saturday, 5th July. It will be a four-ball competition, entry fee €100 per team. Trophies for winners and runners-up. Also, longest drive, nearest pin etc. Tee times available from 9.00a.m. for further information please contact Enda Duncan at 087-1928171. Your support will be very much appreciated by everyone at the Club.

Death of Sean Callaghan

We wish to extend our deepest sympathy Mrs Lucy Callaghan, Dring and to her children Jackie, Laura and Ronan on the very sad and sudden death last week of her husband Sean. Sean had been working at Youthreach here in Ballymahon for some time and was very popular with all the students and staff there, they were deeply shocked on hearing of Sean’s death. Donations in lieu of flowers were kindly donated to Ballymahon Youthreach Student Fund.

Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.


To James Rowan, son of Jimmy and Tess, Kiltafrey, who was promoted to Sergeant last week with the Gardai Forces. We wish the very best of luck and happiness to James, who is stationed at Granard Barracks.

Death of Mrs Geraldine O’Donovan

Our sincere sympathy is extended to Donal O’Donovan, Clane, Co. Kildare, formerly from The Hill, Ballymahon on the sad death of his wife, Geraldine (nee Walsh) at Naas Hospital on 17th June, pre-deceased by their son, Ronan. Our sympathy is also extended to Geraldine’s daughters, Deirdre and Aisling, sons Shane, Brian and Donal, her son-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, brothers Fred, Michael and John, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May God grant rest to her Soul

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