Community Shop: We are looking for volunteers to help us in our charity shop just a couple of hours a week can help a lot phone Richard on 0906452615 for details. We are looking for old school uniforms from any school and any size for our customers who are having difficulty buying them for the new school term. Thanks for your help, drop them into Richard on Main Street or phone 090 6452615.

Community Shop: We are looking for volunteers to help us in our charity shop just a couple of hours a week can help a lot phone Richard on 0906452615 for details. We are looking for old school uniforms from any school and any size for our customers who are having difficulty buying them for the new school term. Thanks for your help, drop them into Richard on Main Street or phone 090 6452615.

BALLYMAHON BOXING CLUB: We are looking for volunteers to help with the coaching of all our talented boxers at ballymahon boxing club. Phone Richard on 090 6452615 for details. Training takes place every tusday and thursdays age 7-13 boys and girls 6-7.30 pm. 14 years upwards 7.30-9 pm. Phone Richard on 090 6452615 for more details.

BACK TO SCHOOL: We welcome back this week and next all the teachers and pupils at St Matthews National School,the Vocational School and the Mercy Secondary school. We hope you all enjoyed our summer holidays. The secondary school this year will be without Sr Una Purcell who retired when the school closed for the summer break in May.A member of the Sisters of Mercy Sr Una taught in Ballymahon for a long number of years,the career guidance knowledge was a great help to so many young pupils over a long period of time and her spare time was so often given freely to anyone who needed it. Her pleasant nature and experience in her field will be a big loss to the school where she was popular with the students and the fellow teachers for so long. We wish Sr Una a long time member of the local Innyside Singers group good health and happiness in the years ahead.

HOME ON HOLIDAYS: We wish to welcome home Paddy Caulfield and his wife Kathleen who are over from England for a short holiday. We hope you both enjoyed your stay here.

MINOR FOOTBALL: We wish the best of luck to Ballymahon /Forgney minor football team when they play against Southern gaels in semi final of the B championship in Cashel on Thursday evening. We hope there will be lots of local support for the lads at the match.

GOOD WIN FOR ANDREW NALLY: Congratulations to Andrew J Nally Main Street who had two back to back wins in the Open Day competitions at Moate golf club scoring 41pts in the two competitions. Well done Andrew.

LONGFORD HARVEST FESTIVAL: Longford harvest festival and working field day will be held on Sunday sept 2nd from 2 to 6pm in Glanmore Kenagh. Proceeds from the day’s events are in aid of Lough Ree Sub Aqua search and rescue so your support for this local and very worthy cause will be very much appreciated by the the hardworking organisers. They will have sheafing flailing threshing reaping stacking stooking horse drawn reapers and binders scythe cutting. Side events include a dog show a craf display home cooking a pig on a spit and there will also be a mock wedding. There will be music and dancing and amusements to keep the kids happy. So something for everyone to enjoy. We hope the weather is fine for the occasion and wish the committee every success on the day. Admission is 100 euro,children free and free car parking. A harvest dance will be held on the same night in Gav’s Bar in Kenagh. For further information please contact Paddy Finnegan at 087 2705014,Rachael Thompson at 087 6772454 or Paddy Egan at 086 3718169.

WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY: A ecumenical service of remembrance and hope will be held in Christ the King cathedral Mullingar and also in the Church of the Assumption,Tullamore on Monday 10th September at 7.30pm. Show your support for suicide prevention and support those bereaved by suicide. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

TUMBLIN TOTS PLAYSCHOOL: Applications are invited for the position of “cleaner” working hours Monday to Friday 6pm to 10pm at Tumblin Tots Mostrim Road Ballymahon 0906438959.Candidates will be responsible for the day to day cleaning of the building. Cleaning must be to a high standard and follow cleaning rosters. Further information of letter of application and cv please contact the manager at the centre.Closing day for applications is August 31st 2012 by 5pm.

BALLYMAHON COMMUNITY GROUP: The community group have vacancies in their community employment project for childcare workers and a day centre paticipant. Pleas send CV and letter of application to Ballymahon Community Group Brannigan Harbour, Ballymahon or contact your local FAS office Longford 043 3346820 for more information.

WELCOME HOME: to Mel and Kathleen Duncan and their daughter Colette Darogue who were on holidays in Australia visiting their daughter Irene who is working there. We hope you all had an enjoyable trip.

18th BIRTHDAY: Congratulations to Paul Keegan son of Simon and Tess Drynan who celebrated his 18th birthday with his family and lots of friends at Cooneys Hotel on Saturday night last. We wish you all the best for the future Paul and hope you enjoyed the celebrations.

RUBY WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: Congratulations and best wishes for the future to Michael and Liz Farrell Mostrim Road who celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary recently. We wish you both good health and happiness in the years ahead.

BON VOYAGE: We wish a bon voyage to Paul Cassells (Jnr) Goldsmith road who is on his journey back to Australia this week where he has been workingg for the last few years. Paul was also home on holidays last Christmas but unfortunately during this trip his father Paul passed away after a short illness so it wouldn’t have been a pleasant trip for him to have made. We wish you a safe journey Paul and look forward to seeing you soon again.

U14 WIN CHAMPIONSHIP: Congratulations to Ballymahon/Forgney U14 footballers who won the Carrigy Bus Hire under 14B football final against St Vincents from Drumlish in Glennon Brothers Pearse park on Sunday evrning. We all done indeed to all the young players and their mentors.

DEATH OF BROTHER JAMES MORAN: It was with deep reget that we learnt last week of the death of brother James P Moran Patrician brothers Rathmoyle Abbeyleix at Droimnin Nursing Home in Stradbally ,formerly from Abbeyshrule Co Longford. Br James who was a former principal at the school was 76 years old when he passed away and was a regular visitor to Ballymahon down the years visiting his sisters and family here. He enjoyed his game of golf and was president and captain of Abbeyleix Golf Club at one stage and also played several times with Ballymahon Innyside golfers. A true gentleman who had a word for everyone,Br James loved to socialise ,he had a great love of all sport especially GAA and trained many teams during his lifetime. He was admired and respected by everyone who knew him. This respect was evident by the large number of people who attended his removal and funeral,many people from this area also travelled down to Abbeyleix. Bishop Colm O’Reilly attended the funeral mass together with many priests and a guard of honour was formed by the school and Abbeyleix Golf Club. His remains were laid to rest at St Patricks Cemetery in Abbeyleix. We extend our sincere sympathy to brother James’s brother Tommy ,sisters Mai (Reilly) Eileen (Reilly) and Sr Rose,nephews nieces grandnephews grandniecs brothers in law, sisters in law Patrician Confreres relatives and wide circle of friends.

FORGNEY GAA FUNDRAISER: The Forgney GAA Club have organised a fundraising drive based around the all Ireland football and hurling finals to be played in Croke Park this September. The 1st prize is 2 tickets to the All Ireland football final on Sunday 23rd September in with overnight accommodation in a city centre hotel plus 1000 euro spending money. The 2nd prize is 2 tickets to the All Ireland hurling final on Sunday 9th September with an overnight stay in a city hotel plus 750 euro spending money. The 3rd prize is also 2 tickets to the All Ireland hurling final with an overnight stay in city centre hotel and 500 euro spending money. Tickets for those very appealing prizes are now on sale costing 20 euro and can be had from the committee members Joe Keegan Seamus Finlass Patrick Lloyd Pat O’Toole Eamon Reilly Jude McLynn and Matthew Kearney the support of the parish and surrounding areas would be most appreciated.

DEATH: Death of Mary Kate Hewitt. We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Mrs Mary Kate Hewitt (nee Dowd) Gurteen Ballymahon and formerly Aughnacrannagh Kenagh and Pollagh Newtowncashel ,her sons Michael Liam Cyril Raymond and Paul daughters Mary Sheila Dolores Noeleen and Rosaleen, daughter in law sons in law sister Sheila brothers Bernie and Michael grandchildren great grand children and to all her relatives and friends at this sad time. May God grant rest to her soul.

NEW BABY BOY: Congratulations to Thomas and Aine O’Rourke Creeevaghbeg on the birth of their new baby boy last week. We wish you every happiness in the years ahead.

WELCOME HOME: Welcome home to Christy Hughes native of Cloncullen who is over from Washington USA visiting his family and many friends in the area. We hope you enjoy your holiday Christy.

HERITAGE WEEK: Celebrations of our national heritage were a great success last week throughout the town with many shop windows decorated with furniture and photos from times past. Saturday week last was the big day in the own with story telling for the young people, music by local musicians traditional dancing demonstrations buttermaking and a walking tour of the town not to mention the high nelly parade which really entertained the large crowd who came into town on the day. On Thursday night there was a most enjoyable variety concert hosted by Ballymahon History group. MC on the night was Michael Conlon and taking part were the Innyside Singers,Noel Carberry on the pipes ,Geraldine McLynn and her very young and very talented musicians called the Tang Gang,musicians Seamus Dooley Brendan Owens and Jimmy Lennon who were accompanied by local singer Debbie Molloy. Also entertaining the packed house with poetry prose add story telling were Tony Tiernan Paddy Egan and Phlip Murrell. It was a very entertaining evening for everyone with refreshments served after the performances. We hope the celebration of our heritage becomes an annual and maybe eve bigger event in the future. Well done to all the hard working committee.