First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion

Congratulations to the 24 young boys and girls who received their First Holy Communion on Sunday last, 11th May 2014 in St. Matthews Church. We hope they all enjoyed their very special day with their families, all the young boys and girls were looking great in their new outfits. Well done to their teachers in St. Matthews National School who prepared them for the event. Making their First Communion were Lylyana Kiss, Andrew Walshe, Emma Nolan, Ella Whelan, Frances Doyle, Sean Connaughton, Adam Guidon, Ryan Hannifin, Mia Downes, Ben Farrell, Nessa Finn, Kayelyn O’Neill, Cuan MacGiollari, Emma Ronayne, Latisha Kinahan, Paulina Anczykowska, Heather Kelly, Cole McLoughlin, Leah Farrell, Kirsten Garland, Tyler Killian, Kelsey Freeman, Maksymilian Zukrowski and Sobin Bovachan.

The Join our Boys Trust

The Naughton brothers from Roscommon, Archie (8 yrs), George and Isaac (4 yrs) have been diagnosed with DMD (Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy). This is a devastating 100% fatal neuromuscular disease which means these three children are unlikely to live beyond their late teens or early ‘twenties. The Join our Boys Trust has been set up to raise awareness and funds to build a specially designed house, acquire modified transport and provide them with the medical requirements they will need. You are asked to please support a fund-raising night in Nallys Bar (The Corner House) on Saturday 24th May. Music by Tanglewood and friends. All musicians, singers and dancers welcome. Junior session – 8 to 9p.m. and Senior session 9p.m. to late. Super raffle including a prize for All-Ireland Hurling tickets. No cover charge. All donations greatly appreciated. Every euro counts.

Inny Kayakers Open Day

Would you like to try kayaking? Then go along to their free event on Saturday 7th June anytime between 11.00a.m. and 3p.m. Have a look around the Clubhouse, see what they are all about. If you would like, they will then take you on a short trip down the river Inny. BBQ on the day too. You will find them beside the Bridge in Ballymahon. Please bring a change of clothes if you want to go on the river. Juniors from 10 years old and must have parent or guardian with them. If interested in courses contact them by e-mail

Bridge club results

The winners on the final nights prize competition on April 28th were: North/South: 1st Yvonne Dowler & Una Flynn. 2nd Eddie Walsh & Liam Flynn. 3rd Ann Fallon & Ann Delaney. 4th Ann Fox & Patricia Flanagan. East/West: 1st Orla McEntee & Tony Tiernan. 2nd Andrew Nally & Patricia Johannesson. 3rd /4th – Kathleen Nulty & Mary Mulvihill and Rory Duncan & Willie Flanagan. Congrats to Rory Duncan on winning the President’s prize presented at the Club Dinner in Cooney’s Hotel on Monday night, 12th May. President, Breege Murray thanked Una and Liam for their input into the smooth running of sessions at all times and said it was a great honour to have been President for the past year. Breege presented Rory with a beautiful Mirror. She wished all an enjoyable summer. Many thanks to Cooney’s Hotel for the use of their premises for the weekly Bridge sessions. Results of the competition:- 1st Rory Duncan. 2nd Jimmy Lennon. 3rd Maura Quaine. 4th Christy Flanagan. 5th Joe Hunt. 6th Breeda McKnight. 1st Session – Brendan Murtagh. 2nd Session - Elsie McKee. Well done to Breege who carried out her role very well as President throughout the last year and we too, hope everyone has a good summer. Enjoy the break.

Enrolment at St. Matthews N.S.

St. Matthews National School would like to advise all parents who as of yet have not enrolled their children for September 2014, to please do so. The school is organising its resources for the forthcoming academic year. You may call into the office, phone on 09064-32578 or alternatively e-mail your request to

Pilgrimage to Holy Cross Abbey

St. Padre Pio’s annual Pilgrimage to Holy Cross Abbey, Thurles. Co. Tipperary will take place on Sunday next, 25th May. A free bus will leave from the Cathedral Car Park in Longford at 9.15a.m. and from St. Matthews Church in Ballymahon at 9.45a.m. (via Kenagh). Contact 087 7858362 if you wish to travel or 087-6613510/086-0405621.

Fundraiser Head Shave

Will take place on 30th May in Coy’s Bar, Longford starting at 9.30p.m. in aid of Lauralynn House, Ireland’s only Childrens Hospice and St. James Hospital Foundation. Marian Prendergast and Jo Purkis from Killoe will be shaving their heads to raise money for these very worthy charities.

Teach na Leanai

Are taking enrolments for the new academic year 2014-2015. Free Pre-school year. Please call to Eileen at the Montessori School or Tel. 087-1312093.

Forgney Fianna Fail

Wish to thank all who contributed so generously to their annual church gate collection last weekend. It is very much appreciated.

Community Alert

The A.G.M. of Moigh, Castlecore and Darogue Community Alert area will take place on Wednesday, 21st May at 8p.m. in Ballymahon Day Care Centre. Your support will be appreciated.

Cemetery Sunday at Shrule

As many people have to make travel plans to be here for Cemetery Sunday, please note that this year it will take place on Sunday 13th July. Great credit is due to the Cemetery Committee who have been doing the fine work of maintaining the cemeteries for the past few years and who have already begun to some of that work this year.

Fianna Fail

Ballymahon Fianna Fail Cumman wishes to thank everyone who contributed to their Church Gate collection at the weekend. Your support is very much appreciated. To ensure Ballymahon has its own Councillor after this weekends Local Elections, the Cumman are asking you to give your No. 1 to the local candidate Paddy O’Toole, so that he can carry on the great work that outgoing Councillor Barney Steele has been doing in the area for almost thirty years. The Cumman wish Paddy every success on Friday. The Polling Booths open at Ballymahon National School on Friday, 23rd May from 7.00a.m. to 10.00p.m.

Community Games

Well done to all the boys and girls who participated in the recent Art competition. Results: Girls U-8 1st Julia Kazek, 2nd Emma Mills, 3rd Eva Kelly. Boys U-8: 1st Riain O’Hanlon, 2nd Conor Molloy, 3rd Ronan Molloy. Girls U-10: 1st – Giselle Siebelink, 2nd Laura Glancy, 3rd Ella Casey. Boys U-10: 1st Tymek Miklas, 2nd Ronan Burke, 3rd Morgan Townsend. Girls U-12: 1st Aoibhe Molloy, 2nd Leah Stanley, 3rd Laura Szulczynska. Boys. U-12: 1st Harvey Townsend, 2nd Ross Doherty. Girls U-14: 1st Urte Vityte, 2nd Maria Jiji, 3rd Remi Adeyshoye. Girls U-16: 1st Megan Forbes. The winners in each category will represent Ballymahon/Forgney in the County Art Finals on June 7th. Congratulations to you all.


Hard luck to Ballymahon Division 2 team who were beaten by Granard on Friday evening last at Leo Casey Park.

Tea Day Party

A big thank you from Grainne Roche, Terlicken, to everyone who supported The Alzheimers Tea Party at her home recently, to those who attended, made cakes, bought raffle tickets or helped in anyway. The fine sum of €626.34 was raised on the day which will benefit people with Alzheimers in County Longford. Your support was very much appreciated.

Cemetery Sunday

Will be held in Cloncallow at 5.30p.m. on Sunday, 22nd June next. At Forgney Cemetery at 7p.m. on the same evening.

Come and See

St. Peter & Paul’s Parish, Athlone has issued an invitation to Come and See, which are a series of talks in St. Peter & Paul’s Church, Athlone every Saturday evening after the 6.30p.m. Mass, this commenced on 3rd May for seven weeks. Speakers include Fr. Pat Collins CM, Mr. Eddie Stone, Ms Marie Beirne, Msgr Pat Lynch, Mr. Don Devaney, Ms Miriam McGowan, Canon Liam Devine.

Arthritis Ireland

Longford Branch, are holding an Information evening in Cooney’s Hotel on this Thursday, 22nd May. A Rheumaologist and a specialist Arthritis Nurse will attend. This meeting will be of interest not only to those who suffer from Arthritis, but also, for example, to parents of children with juvenile arthritis who will have an opportunity to learn about a support group for those who have juvenile arthritis. All are welcome.

Goldsmith Summer School

The 30th Annual Goldsmith International Literary Festival which was officially launched on Friday evening last will take place from 30th May to 1st June with the Theme: Pallas, Inniskeen, Mossbawn, the Importance and Significance of Birthplace in influencing the works of Goldsmith, Kavanagh and Heaney. Under the Chairmanship of Festival Chairman, Seamus McCormack, the official opening on the 30th May will be performed by Professor Andrew Carpenter, Emeritus Professor of English at U.C.D. just as he did in Abbeyshrule 30 years ago when the first Festival started. This will be preceeded at 8p.m. by a Recital from the local Innyside Singers. Larry McCluskey, native of Co Longford and also Dr. Fergus O’Ferrall, native of Kenagh will also speak on the night. Saturday’s events commence with the popular Tour, beginning in Ballymahon, going through Pallas, Forgney, The Three Jolly Pigeons, the Parsonage, Kilkenny West and will include readings from Goldsmiths works. The Festival will have a very full and exciting programme of events over the weekend, more of which we will have next week, but for further information please contact


We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Caitriona Conlon, Rathmore on the death on 6th May last of her mother, Mrs Bridie Bracken, Clonee, Killoe, Longford. May she rest in peace.

Lough Derg

A series of one-day retreats will take place on the pilgrimage island in Lough Derg during the months of May, August and September. During the rest of the month of May there will be one day retreats on the following dates: 23, 24,25,26,30 and 31st. for enquiries and bookings please contact 071-98-61518 or e-mail Website:

Wedding Celebrations

Congratulations and very best wishes for the future to Niamh Dooley, daughter of Seamus and Patricia, Rathmore who got married in Tang Church on 3rd May to Cronan Moran, son of Paddy and Carol from Beaumont in Dublin. At the lovely Ceremony celebrated by Fr. Jerry Murphy and music provided by Claire Sheerin, Niamh’s sisters Aoife and Inez sang a duet, as did her sisters Eimear and Aine. Niamh looked brilliant as she walked up the aisle in her beautiful ivory, lace, fishtail wedding gown. Her Bridesmaids, her sisters Eimear and Aine and her friend Emma Heneghan also looked very pretty in their full length fushia pink gowns not to mention the gorgeous young Flowergirls, Niamh’s niece Eva and Cronan’s niece Carolyn Moran. Best man on the day was Dave Casserly, one of Cronan’s friends, also his brother Rory and another friend Rob Smyth were the Groomsmen. Pageboy for the Bride and Groom was Luke Dunning, Niamh’s nephew helped along by his little brother, Cian who carried a sign up the Aisle saying “Just wait ‘til you see her”! Following the wedding ceremony, the newly-weds accompanied by their families and lots of friends travelled over to Glasson Country House Hotel & Golf Club where they were greeted by a Traditional Irish Session with Seamus & Patricia, Niamh’s parents who sang a duet, Noel Carberry, Gerry Bohan, Johnny Duffy and Brendan Doyle and later on everyone danced the night away to the lively Band from Carrick-on-Shannon, “Late Night Radio”, all had a most enjoyable night. We wish Niamh and Cronan many long years of good health and happiness together and hope they enjoy their honeymoon in Miami, Florida and Cancun, Mexico.


We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Aidan Carberry, Creevaghbeg and to all his family on the sad death on May 13th last of his sister, Mrs Ann Browning, Baylough, Athlone (formerly Athlone Road, Ballymahon). Ann who was a regular visitor back to Ballymahon over the years, visiting her family here, will be sadly missed, she was a friendly, outgoing lady who had a word for everyone. May she rest in peace.