Best wishes to Longford Rose

Best wishes to Longford Rose

We wish the very best of luck to 23 year old Aisling Farrell, from Tang, our County Longford Rose who will be competing in the Rose of Tralee competition over the next few days. We look forward to seeing Aisling on stage at The Dome on Monday and Tuesday night next and hope that she enjoys the various activities over the next few days. A large number of family, friends and supporters are travelling down to Tralee to join Aisling who will be wearing one of local designer, Patrick Casey’s dresses on the big night. It has been a busy time for Aisling who just recently sat an eight hour exam completing four years of her six year medical degree at UCD, so the Rose of Tralee event will surely be a welcome break for her. We hope you have a great time down in Kerry Aisling, best of luck to you again.

Traders Association

Ballymahon Traders Association are considering having a showcase evening of local businesses. If you are interested in this as an opportunity of letting everyone know what your business is about , no matter how big or small, network with others and generally promote yourself please contact Paddy Diffley or express your interest in their Facebook page.

Death of Mrs May Leavy

It was with deep regret that we learnt of the death on 4th August 2013 of Mrs May Leavy, nee Carberry, Lislum, Ballymahon at Thomond Lodge Nursing Home. May was a grand, quiet lady, with a gentle disposition, a lady of deep religious faith, she loved to spend lots of time out gardening. You never left May’s house without a good hot cup of tea, she was a very kind, heart-warming lady. She is pre-deceased by her husband Jimmy and son Jim and survived by her heartbroken family, her daughters Maureen, Kathleen and Martha, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends to whom we extend our sincere sympathy. May’s remains were laid to rest at Carrickedmond Cemetery, may she rest in peace.

Heritage Day

If anyone is interested in having a stall at Heritage Day this year, 24th August, please contact Jackie White. Ballymahon Traders Assoc are hoping that all Traders will decorate their premises for that week. The last couple of years have proved very successful and they hope to improve it again this year.

Ladies football

Forgney Ladies GAA Club wish to thank very much all who supported the Tanglewood fundraiser in Kiernans pub last weekend. Thanks to Kiernans staff , to all who sponsored raffle prizes and to all who attended on the night, your support is very much appreciated. The girls had a great night and much needed funds were raised for training equipment.

Tidy Towns Draw

Ballymahon Tidy towns committee are running a Bonus Number Draw every Wednesday night. Numbers cost €2 each or €10 for 5 weeks and can be got from Paul Kelly @ 086 3490704. Last week’s €50 winner was Jenny White.

Londis Re-Union

Prior to Cooney’s Hotel in Ballymahon being established, the family were involved in Cooney’s Londis Supermarket in Ballymahon for over 20 years. As this is the year of the Gathering, a re-union for all the former staff who worked at Cooney’s Londis, along with their spouses and any customers who wish to attend has been organised. Its fixed for Friday, September 6th from 9p.m. onwards at the Hotel. There will be music, entertainment and refreshments on the night.


A bus will leave for Knock Shrine at 5.00p.m. on the 14th August from Ballymahon Library for the annual Novena. If you wish to travel please contact either of the following:- Ita @ 04493 57589; Sr. Vincent @ 09064 32532 or Annie @ 04493 56566. All are welcome.

Death of Mrs Ellen Murray

The sad death occurred on 31st July last of Mrs Ellen “Nellie”/”Harry” Murray, (nee Lynch), Terlicken, Ballymahon formerly of Kenagh and also High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, pre-deceased by her husband Sean and son Sean Francis. Nellie passed away peacefully in her 81st year at the home of her daughter Marie in Kenagh surrounded by her loving and heartbroken family. A quiet and very popular lady, Nellie, who was a true best friend to her very recently departed young sister Nan Kelly of Kenagh, the tea and the chat always poured when Nellie was around, she loved socialising , she was admired and well-known in all the localities she frequented, and will be sadly missed by everyone who got to know her down the years. She was a very proud mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and always looked forward to their regular visits which kept her young at heart. A very large number of people called to Nellie’s home when they heard of her passing to pay their respects and the church was also full at the Requiem Mass on Saturday 3rd August. Our deepest sympathy is extended to Nellie’s daughters, Sheila (Patridge) and Marie (Carberry), sons Brian, Ken and Billy (Alan), sons-in-law Pat and Martin, daughters-in-law Sylvia, Ruth and Anne, sister-in-law Nora Murray, (Kenagh), 18 grandchildren, great-grandchildren Keela, Dylan, Clodagh (Westport) and Aden (New Zealand), her niece Vivien, nephews David, Paul and Raymond, relatives, neighbours and many friends. Nellie’s remains were laid to rest in Abbeyderg graveyard and celebration of her life was held in Cooney’s Hotel afterwards. Her month’s mind Rememberance Mass will be celebrated on Saturday 31st August in St. Dominick’s Church in Kenagh. May her dear soul rest in peace.

Class re-union 1988

Mercy Secondary School here in Ballymahon, Class of 1988 will be holding a re-union on Saturday, September 14th. Mass will be celebrated at 6p.m. in the school, followed by a meal and disco in Cooney’s hotel. If you have not been contacted please contact Mary Curran @ 087 6850268, Raymond Kenny @ 087 8114802 or Deirdre O’Connor @ 087 7446333. Tickets are available @ €25.


Many congratulations to Natasha Egan, daughter of Noel and Rufina, St. Matthews Park who got married to Eamon Kinahan, son of Elizabeth and the late Andy, Tubber, Co Westmeath. Registrar at the wedding ceremony in The Shamrock Lodge Hotel in Athlone was Mary Baker. Natasha wore a beautiful ivory gown on her special day and the Bridesmaids wore purple dresses. Her Bridesmaids were her sisters Andrea and Jennifer and also her two friends, Kerryann and Michaela Hannifin. Best man was Dylan Kinahan , son of the Groom, together with Liam and Eric, brothers of the groom and Darren Egan, brother of the Bride. Darren is now an accomplished Flat Jockey in England , riding over twenty winners already this year and on his return after the wedding actually had another winner in Brighton. We wish him well in his career. Page boys on the day were Cody Maher and Adam Percival, nephews of Natasha and the Flower girls were Latisha, Madison and Lily, daughters of the newlyweds. A large number of family and friends attended the reception at the Shamrock Lodge where they had a great evening, Natasha and Eamon would like to thank Alan McCaul and his staff at the Hotel for their kindness and professionalism throughout the most enjoyable day. We wish the happy couple many long years of good health and happiness together.

New baby girl

Congratulations to Mickey McCormack and his wife Kate, (nee Nally), who are proud new parents of a lovely baby girl. Arrabella Kate, their first baby was born last week, with mother and baby doing well. We wish Mickey, Kate and baby all the best for the future.


The death occurred on 5th August of Mr Jimmy Farrell, Castlerea Mountain, Moydow at Mullingar General Hospital. Jimmy was a regular visitor to Ballymahon when he came to visit his brother Tommy and his wife Margaret and was popular with everyone who got to know him over the years. We offer our deepest sympathy to Jimmy’s wife Rita, son James, daughters Margaret and Teresa, brother Tommy (Ballybrannigan), sisters Mary (London) and Agnes (Gorey), sister-in-law Margaret, brother-in-law John Canny, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren, relatives and many friends. May his Soul rest in peace.

Forgney GAA draw

Congratulations to Emer O’Toole, Cloncallow, who won two Hurling All-Ireland Tickets in the Forgney draw last week. Well done also to the winners of €25 each- Jim O’Brien, Mullingar; Sharon Coffey, Limerick; Willie Dowler, Moigh and Eamon Higgins, Cloncallow. Tickets for the monthly draw are available from all Forgney G.A.A. members.

Welcome home

We hope that Mrs Babs McPartland, Ballymulvey, who was over from Coventry on holidays visiting her family and friends in the area, enjoyed her break. Also home with Babs was her daughter Shirley and Paul, good to see you all looking so well. We also welcome Babs’s brothers Mick and Frank Marlowe who are over from England, staying with their brother Seamus, Sli na Mona, hope you all enjoyed the holiday.

Butcher shop closes

We wish the very best of luck to John Malynn, Ballymore, who closed his Butcher shop door on Main Street for the last time just recently. A very experienced butcher, following in the footsteps of two of his uncles, John opened his shop here many years ago which he ran very successfully. He always dealt with his customers in a courteous, friendly and professional manner and made many friends in the area during his time here. Sorry to see you go John, we wish yourself, Mary and the girls all the best in the future.

Graduation Ball

We hope that all the students and their friends from Ballymahon Mercy Secondary School enjoyed the Graduation Ball in Monaghan on Thursday night last.

Senior football

Very hard luck to the Ballymahon senior football team who were beaten by County champions Killoe in the Championship in Drumlish on Saturday evening last. The lads played with great determination and were level with less than ten minutes to go. We wish them the best of luck in the qualifiers and also in their game against Granard on Friday evening in the League. Well done to Forgney Junior football team who beat Dromard in the Junior Championship played in Forgney on Saturday evening last.

Surprise Party

Welcome home to Michael Lloyd, Forgney, son of Michael and Bridgie, who has returned from Canada where he has been working for over a year, welcome also to Michael’s friend, Gillian Stewart, daughter of Keith and Daphne, Colehill, we hope you both enjoyed working and living in Canada. A surprise 30th birthday party was held for Michael on Saturday night last in Skelly’s pub which was packed for the occasion. We hope you enjoyed the night Michael. Best wishes to yourself and Gillian now that you are back in Ireland again.

Canoeing for Cancer

Very well done to the four lads who went canoeing from Shannon pot in Cavan down the Shannon river right down to Foynes in Limerick in just 8 days to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society. Doing the Shannon Challenge 2013 were Ballymahon lads Niall Noonan and Owen Coughlan and also Daniel Magan from Killashee and Niall Casserly from Newtowncashel. They also had a fund-raising night in Skellys pub on the August Bank-Holiday weekend which raised over five hundred euro. The young lads have raised over €3,000 for the Irish Cancer Society through a number of fund-raisers along the Shannon Challenge, a great achievement. Well done to you all, you should be very proud of yourselves.

Death of Michael Kelly

We were all saddened to hear of the death of 87 year old Michael Kelly, Cloncallow at Mullingar General Hospital on 29th July last after a very short illness. Thankfully Michael lived a long and healthy life right up to a few weeks ago when he was admitted to hospital. A quiet, hard-working farmer who loved music and dancing, he liked to socialise, meeting his friends for a chat and was never more content than when he was out rearing the turf down at his cousin Michael Brennan’s bog, Michael would quite happily spend several hours a day there. When he was younger, Michael spent a long number of years working in Burlington, Clondra where he was very popular with all the workers, he was always ready to lend a helping hand. Michael Brennan, former County Councillor who spoke to the large gathering at Michael’s Funeral, spoke of his cousin’s great friendship over the years and said they were more like brothers, he will be dearly missed by his family, great neighbours and friends. Following his funeral Mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Forgney, Michael’s remains were laid to rest at the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

First Step

Co. Longford Adult Educational Guidance Service is an inter-agency initiative funded by the Department of Education and Science through Co. Longford VEC. This “First Step” service offers a comprehensive, professional guidance service to the returning adult learner. This free and confidential service offers educational and career guidance on a one-to-one basis. Co. Longford Adult Educational Guidance Service is for adults who: • are considering returning to or continuing with education. • are having difficulty in finding or keeping employment due to lack of appropriate skills and educational qualifications.

• wish to make informed choices about their future. Co. Longford Adult Educational Guidance Service offers: • one to one educational guidance. • free, confidential and ongoing support to the returning adult learner. • information on colleges, further education, training and careers. • access to reference library. • assistance with application forms for further education and careers. This service will be in Ballymahon Library on Thursday 15th of August from 5.30 to 7.30 and every Thursday until further notice.


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