Ballymahon notes



Corr: Dermot Sheehy. Tel: 090 64 32884 / 087 2378668 E-mail:


We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Hugh and Elizabeth Devine on the death of their father, Andy Devine, Edgeworthstown which occured on Saturday last, 15th August. Andy is pre-deceased by his wife Margaret (nee Hudson) and was a former employee of CIE and Longford County Council. We also extend our deepest sympathy to Andy’s brother-in-law Peter Hudson, St. Matthews Park, Ballymahon and to all his relatives and many friends. May he rest in peace.

New Baby

Many congratulations to Aine Murray, daughter of Tommy and Breege, The River Inn, Ballymahon and to Aine’s husband Damien McHugh on the birth of their first baby boy last week. We wish Aine, Damien and little Luke the best of luck for the future.

Welcome Home

Welcome home to Roisin Reilly, daughter of Donal and Mai, Cloncallow who is over from Boston visiting her family and friends here. We hope Roisin enjoys her stay.

Exam results

Congratulations to all the students from the two local Secondary Schools who did so well in their Leaving Cert exams. We wish them all well in whatever path they take in the future.

Senior football

Hard luck to Ballymahon Senior football team who were beaten by Killoe on sunday afternoon last in the Senior Championship. We wish the lads the best of luck in their next game.

Home on holidays

Welcome home to Mrs Babs McPartland, Ballymulvey, also her daughter Shirley and partner Paul who are over from Coventry, England visiting their family and friends in the area.

Traders Group

Ballymahon Traders Association and Development Group present a special 1916 commemorative Heritage Day on Saturday, 29th of August in the heart of Ballymahon at the historic courthouse library. The day is the only 1916 event taking place in the county of Longford in the month of August and marks the beginning of the road to the rising. It kicks off the commemorative events that are set to take place throughout the centenary year of 2016. It may be a perfect opportunity for locals to invite home any family members or friends from overseas to experience an historic day with a difference in Ballymahon. The 1916 parade is open to any individuals or groups who are interested in getting involved. Join us by dressing up in the costume of the era, march in the parade or even cycle on your High Nelly bicycle with prizes for the most appropriately dressed in the style of the time. The day’s events will start at 11am with the Heritage Country Market which is set to take place in the environs of the courthouse. Fun for all the family is promised with a Teddy Bears Picnic set to take place in the children’s playground on the Old Workhouse Road, weather permitting from 1pm to 2.30pm.The parade gets underway from Creevaghbeg Road at 3 o’clock sharp with marching bands and all those participating invited to gather from 2.30pm. It will be complimented by a reading from Padraig Pearse’s graveside oration for Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa outside the courthouse. This will be followed by the raising of our national flag. Music will then be provided by the marching bands and local group Tanglewood.More bands will busk on the street from 6 to 8pm with further entertainment to be provided throughout the night by local publicans. For more information log on to Ballymahon Traders Association on Facebook and check out the Heritage Day Event or log onto for more details.

Heritage Group

Our local Leo Casey Heritage Group in association with Longford Library and Heritage Services are delighted to announce that plans to celebrate Heritage Week in Ballymahon Library on Thurs nigth August 27th are now almost complete. The event will comprise a partial reenactment of the Sept 1902 fund raising concert at which renowned tenor John McCormack was guest artist. The news for 1902 will be read and then with the help of the Innyside singers, soprano Kate Connolly,the Geraldine McLynn School of Music and Sr. Rose Moran, the story of the young John McCormack and the 1902 concert will be told in words and song. After that, McCormack’s later life will be looked both in terms of his historical recordings and the modern medium of video. Introduction will be by Co.Librarian Mary Carleton Reynolds with a few words from Leo Casey Group chairman Paddy Egan while host and compere for the night and tying it all together will be Luke Baxter from Longford town. Admission is free and Heritage Ireland appeal to those intending to attend to take their seats by 7.30 pm for a prompt 7.45 pm start.

Harvest Festival

Longford Harvest Festival and Working Field Day is to be held in Newtowncashel on Sunday 23rd August. From 12 - 6pm. Admission Adults - €10, children free. All proceeds on the day going to St Christopher’s Services Longford.

Take a parachute and jump

Congratulations to Niamh Dennehy and Caoimhe Mannion who took part in the tandum parachute jump for Crumlin Childrens Hospital at Abbeyshrule on the 8th August. Well done ladies. Many thanks to everyone for their kind sponsorship.


A 5K Walk in memory of James Killian will take place around Newcastle Wood on 22nd August. Registration will be at 2.30p.m. All funds will go to Longford Hospice Homecare. For sponsorship cards or further information please phone Rose at 086-1015912.

Bus to Knock

A bus will travel to Knock Shrine from Ballymahon for the annual Novena at 5p.m. on Friday 21st August . You are advised to book early. Please telephone Sr. Vincent @ 09064-32532, Ita at 04493-57589 or Mary at 09064-32126


A reminder that their bestseller “Ballymahon- A Journey Back in Time” is still available. This time of year many tourists and locals living away from home are visiting their families and friends in the locality. This publication, filled with photographs, history and memorabilia from the 16th Century to the present day, would make a great gift or purchase to take back home for those living overseas. Price €20. It is available, while stocks last, at Hanly’s Newsagents Main Street, Nallys shop & Topaz filling station, Longford road and Finns shop and Maxol filling station, Athlone road.

Innyside Singers

In preparation for the National Heritage Week Concert on 27th August, the Innyside will be holding a rehearsal in their usual venue, Skellys Pub on this Thursday night, 20th August at 8p.m. All members are urged to attend.