Ballymahon notes

Ballymahon notes

Ballymahon notes

Christmas Lights

Ballymahon Traders Association are looking for some help in preparing for the Christmas lights. They need to put up poles and check existing lights. Please come along on Monday nights at 8pm outside O’Hanlons Pharmacy. All help is appreciated.

St Patrick’s Day

Due to lack of support it looks increasingly likely that there will be no parade in town next year. The present committee has stepped down after several years. Unless a new committee is formed the idea will be disbanded for 2014. If you wish to see the parade continue and are prepared to take an active role in organising please speak to any of Ballymahon Traders Association or contact them on Facebook. They would like to thank the committee who did a brilliant job and they feel it will be a huge loss to the town on a long weekend which has proved a very popular family day out.

Language School

Anyone interested in establishing a language school in the area is invited to a meeting on Wednesday, October 23 in Cooney’s Hotel at 9pm.

Ballymahon Traders Association AGM

The Ballymahon Traders Association is holding their AGM on Thursday, November 7 in Cooney’s Hotel. Membership is €50 and all local businesses are welcome. The Traders are always seeking new ideas and members so if you are not sure if its for you come to a meeting or two and then decide. They run a variety of events over the year and promote shop local and supporting local jobs and business.

History Group

The long-anticipated launch of Ballymahon Leo Casey History Group’s latest book ‘Ballymahon a Journey Back in Time’ will take place in Cooney’s Hotel, Ballymahon on November 1 at 8pm. This new publication mainly comprised of photographs of Ballymahon people and places from the 19th Century to the present day, will be one of the most comprehensive depictions of the town and its past residents and history ever undertaken, and should be an important addition to the historical and cultural history at home and abroad. Books will be available for purchase on the night. Refreshments will be served also. Everyone is invited to come along and participate on this historic evening for Ballymahon.

Tidy Towns Draw

The following are the winners of the weekly Tidy Town Bonus No Member’s Draw. September 18 Paul Kelly, St. Matthews Park. September 25 Pat Clyne, Ballymahon. October 2 Dinny O’Meara, Creevaghbeg. October 9 Philip Egan, Leo Casey Terrace. Stay in to win. Draw on Wednesday nights only.

Cookery Demonstration

A Cookery Demonstration will be held on this Thursday night, October 17 at 7.30pm in ‘D’s Coffee & Crafts’, Main Street. Diane is hosting a Pampered Chef Cookery Demo to raise funds for Cancer. 25% of sales go direct. So go along with a friend and enjoy some good food and wine. For further information please contact Diane at 086 3861015.

Murray’s Gathering

Tommy and Breege Murray at The River Inn hosted their own Gathering 2013 at the Pub on Friday night last when many of their older, well not too old, customers dropped in for a drink, a chat and some great lively music. The music and singing was provided by Liz Farrell’s brother, John Kelly, all the way from Kildare who was also accompanied by his wife Aine, you haven’t lost it John. Many of the customers also sang some great tunes. Many thanks to Breege and Tommy for their hospitality and refreshments on the night, it was a very enjoyable night for everyone.

Knitting & Crochet Classes

Classes are starting again on Mondays from 3 to 5pm in D’s Coffee & Crafts, Ballymahon.

All are welcome, both beginners and professionals. More details at 086 3861015.

Welcome Home

We wish to welcome home Frank Keegan, Forgney who has returned from his trip to Canada where he has been visiting his sister Eileen and her family. We hope you enjoyed the holiday Frank.

Church Gate Collection

The organisers of the ISPCC Church Gate collection in Ballymahon at the weekend wish to thank everyone who contributed so generously. Your support is very much appreciated.

Pink Ribbon Day

€810 in total was collected recently to raise funds for Cancer Research at Ballymahon Mart and outside Supervalu. The collectors wish to thank you all for your support for this very worthy cause.

Ballymahon Forgney Underage

A music bingo session will be held in Cooney’s Hotel on Friday, October 25 at 9.30pm. Tickets are on sale and a wonderful night of fun and craic is guaranteed.

GAA Dog Night

Ballymahon GAA are holding their 2nd fundraiser at Mullingar Dog Track on Saturday, December 7 and you can be part of the fun and action with a chance to win the Bumper, a super prize of €1,500. Tickets €20 are now on sale. The Club hope you will be part of the action by attending or by buying a ticket and being in with a chance to win the main prize. Players and committee members will be calling to houses in the parish in the near future. Your support will help them to continue to develop facilities for the young people of the parish.


Our deepest sympathy is extended to Mrs Teresa Dunne and her husband Bevil on the death last week of Teresa’s mother Kathleen (nee Kelly), High Street, Ballymore, pre-deceased by her husband Tom. Also to Kathleen’s grandchildren Aoife and Kaitlin and all her relatives and many friends. Her remains were laid to rest at Ballymore Cemetery. May God grant rest to her soul.

Free Concert of Hope and Inspiration

Performed by Roscommon Summer Solstice Choir with 100 other performers will be held in St Peter & Paul Church, Athlone on Sunday next, October 20 from 8 to 10pm. The two hours of entertainment is in aid of Marathons 4 Muireann and all voluntary donations on the night will be distributed among three charities - The Jack & Jill Childrens Foundation, Temple Street Childrens Hospital and The Brothers of Charity Services Ireland. Among the many guests are Baritone Darren O’Hara and International concert Pianist Lupa Alvarez.

Wildlife & Conservation club

Are holding their annual longest pheasant cock competition in Leavy’s Pub, Foigha on Friday, November 1. There will be music, hampers, spot prizes at the event. Tickets for the hampers are on sale now.

Irish Dancing

Classes have resumed in St Dominic’s Community Centre, Kenagh on Monday evenings at 5.30pm. For further information please contact Maureen at 086 3702719. Parents are welcome to stay at the classes if they wish.

Mission Sunday Collection

Sunday next, October 20 is Mission Sunday.The Mission Sunday collection will be held at all masses instead of the usual monthly collection for St Matthew’s Church Renovation Fund.

Ladies Football club

Ballymahon/Forgney Ladies Family Fun run/walk takes place on Saturday, October 26. Children (12 and up) €5. Adults €10. Registration at Ballymahon GAA Clubhouse from 9.30am. Race commences at 11am.


Murray’s Golf Society has its first outing on Saturday, October 19 in New Forest Golf Course. It will start with a Fourball Scramble @ €20 per person.Please be there for 11.30am. For further information please contact Philip Quinn at 086 3775034.

U-21 Football

Hard luck to the Ballymahon/Forgney U-21 team who were beaten by Clonguish in the U-21 Championship at Leo Casey Park on Sunday last.

Longford Slashers

Congratulations to Tomas O’Rourke, Creevaghbeg, former player with Longford Slashers who was one of the selectors on the successful Longford Slashers football team who won the County Senior Football championship recently and also to Tomas’s cousin, David Sheahon who was on the successful St Malachy’s team who won the Intermediate Championship in Co Westmeath after a replay. Well done also to Conor Keegan, formerly a Forgney player who was also on the St. Malachy’s team.


There will be a public meeting on Tuesday, October 22 at 8.30pm in the Dean Egan hall to set up a committee to take charge of the AEDs (Defibrillators) in the Ballymahon area and the parish of Shrule.

Names are being taken for free courses in Heartsaver CPR and use of the AED. For more details contact Darren Mulledy on 086 1704394.

St Christopher’s 5k Walk

St Christopher’s family fun Day Out + 5K Sponsor Walk, Cycle, Buggie Push from Kearney’s Lounge Moydow on Sunday, October 27 at 2pm.Kids entertainment afterwards.