Tidy Towns competition

Tidy Towns competition

Congratulations to Michael Greally and his group of hard workers and also Ballymahon Tidy Towns Task force who have the town and its outskirts looking so well over the last few months and who were awarded 221 points in the Tidy Towns Competition 2014 which is an increase on last year. In the Adjudication Report it commends their plan on controlling litter which they said appears to be working well, it “shows great dedication for volunteers to turn up every Sunday morning to pick litter”. The town’s entrance signs were admired and they also liked the splendid landscaping of the canal on the Longford road together with the flowers on the Bridge at Drynan. They also praised the Bright planters of flowers which light up the grey stone of the Mill and the bridge over the Inny. Also mentioned were superb housing areas such as Moyvale Estate and Marian Terrace where nice entrances were noted and admired. The residents, they said, should be proud of their houses in the manner in which they are maintained and presented. Ballymahon Tidy Towns Taskforce ‘s support to the residents association is to be applauded. Well done indeed from the Adjudicators and the people of Ballymahon on your work over the various categories in this year’s competition.

New Clinic

Congratulations to Caroline Ferry, Doory who recently qualified as a Nutritional Therapist. Caroline is opening a Healthy Eating/Weight Loss clinic above O’Hanlons Pharmacy, Lr. Main Street beside the Doctor’s Clinic . There will be an Information meeting at this location on Thursday, 16th October between 7.00p.m. and 9.00p.m. and everyone is welcome to come and find out about this new service and other services available at this new location. You can also contact Caroline on 086-3994615 for further information. We wish Caroline the best of luck in her new business venture in Ballymahon.


The Ballymahon Development Group are putting together a Website for the town. Anyone with any experience in Web design who would be willing to support this initiative might please contact Rory Gallagher at Bridgeways Resource Centre 086-8824721.

Surprise Birthday Party

Congratulations to Michelle Blake, daughter of Mick & Maureen, Mullavorina who celebrated her 30th Birthday at a surprise party in Skelly’s pub with her family and lots of friends. We hope you enjoyed the night Michelle, best wishes to you for the future.

Bridge Club results

North/South, 1st ross & net – Sarah Frawley & Mark Tiernan. 2nd Gross – Tony Tiernan & Orla McEntee, 2nd net – Nancy Finn & Elsie McKee. East/West – 1st Gross – Mary Feeney & Chris Farrell, 1st net - Eddie Walsh & Christy Flanagan. 2nd Gross – Brendan Murtagh & Rory Duncan,2nd net – Mary Feeney & Chris Farrell.

Welcome home

To Karen Quirke, daughter of Ted and Ann, Creevaghbeg who is over from Canada visiting her parents and her relatives in the area. We hope you enjoy the trip Karen. We send our best wishes to Ann at this time.

Death of Tom Mullen

The death occurred on 26th September last at Laurel Lodge Nursing Home, Longford of Mr. Tom Mullen, Rhyne, Killoe, father of Catherine Flynn, Ballymahon. We extend our deepest sympathy to Tom’s wife, Kathleen, to his daughters Catherine, Hellen Cassells (Sligo), Bridget Corkery, (Maynooth), Mary Kerrigan, (Dromad), Anne McGovern, (Shankill) and Bernadette Casey, (Killoe), to his sons-in-law, sister, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends. May God grant rest to his Soul.

New Singing Group

A new singing group open to all young singers and musicians age 10+ who want to develop their musical talents is being organised. Its agenda includes contemporary Christian music, voice emissions exercises and teaching the members to read music. For further information Slavek at 085-1463545. E-Mail:; There is a wealth of musical and singing talent in the area, and this group for young people will provide a welcome opportunity for those who would like to share their music and singing with others to do so.

Death of Kathleen Tynan

It was with deep regret that we learnt of the sudden death at her home of Mrs Kathleen Tynan, (nee McGrath), Breaney, Ardagh and native of Carrickedmond. Kathleen worked in Ballymahon Post Office some time ago where she was a very popular lady with all the customers, she was always very kind and courteous to everyone. Our deepest sympathy is extended to Kathleen’s husband, Henry, sons Myles (Dublin) and Eoin, Grandchildren Molly and Aine, brothers Hugh P and Pat (Carrickedmond), sister Nettie (Barry), daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, neighbours and friends. May she rest in peace.

A Night at the Dogs

Ballymahon G.A.A. are running their annual Night at the Dogs in Mullingar Greyhound Track on Saturda, 25th October. Tickets cost €20 and can be bought from Club members. The jackpot prize is €1,500. The Club are selling advertising in their Race Night programme, they have already received some generous sponsorship from many businesses in Ballymahon. If there are any other businesses who wish to come on board they should contact Willie Forbes (Chairman), Mike Farrell Jnr (Asst. Sec), Alan Hudson (Development Chairman), Enda Connaughton (Vice-Chairman Development), Robert Forbes (Treasurer) or any Club member. This Draw is to help development at the Club. They are asking the families and friends of Ballymahon GAA to support the draw and by doing so, help in the development of our Club players, Senior Mens and ladies and boys and girls underage.

Carrickedmond’s win

Congratulations to near-neighbours, Carrickedmond on winning the Intermediate Championship when they beat Sean Connolly’s by 1 pt at Glennon Bros Pearse Park on Saturday evening last and to their Manager, Eugene McCormack and their selectors David McHugh, Ollie Rogers and Joe Breslin. Well done to you all.

Thanksgiving Services

Thanksgiving Services in the Church of Ireland as follows:- St. George’s Church, Kenagh – Sunday, October 12th at 3.00p.m. Everyone welcome. There will be a special Preacher on the occasion, followed by tea.

Low Cost Counselling Service

Now available in Bridgeways Family Resource Centre, opposite St. Matthews Church. A qualified and experienced Counsellor and Psychotherapist works on a one to one, bereavement, anxiety and panic attacks, sexuality, anger, bullying, stress, trauma, work and career challenges, intimacy, lonliness, loss of meaning or identity, self esteem, teenage anxiety and personal development. The Counsellor provides a safe and confidential space for the client to talk about what is troubling them at the moment. Cost - €10 per hour session. For more information please contact Melissa Quinn at 085-1648632.

Art Classes

Art Classes will resume with Frances Kelleher at the Sisters of Mercy house, Main Street on Wednesday, 8th October from 7p.m. to 9p.m. Fee is €10 per session. Newcomers welcome, also beginners.

Crafts for Christmas

Do you have any Artistic skills such as Painting, Jewellery making, Flower Arranging, Baking, Art & Craft, Sculptures,Woodwork, Card Making, Knitting etc. Do you need a place to sell your product. Ballymahon Craft Fair has space for you. The Fair is being held on Saturday 1st November from 3p.m. to 9p.m. and on Sunday 2nd November from 11.00a.m. to 4p.m. For more information please call 089-4269199.

Table Quiz

A fund-raising Table Quiz will be held in Cooney’s Hotel on Friday, 10th October for the Landevant/Landaul French Twinning group. Your support will be much appreciated.

Register of Electors

The Draft Register is presently being prepared for 2015/2016. If you are going to be 18 years of age on or before 15th February 2015 or if you have recently moved into County Longford you should check that you are correctly registered to vote. You can check the register by logging onto or by contacting Longford County Council at if you have any queries.


Hard luck to Ballymahon Senior football team who were beaten by Cashel on Saturday evening last in the Division 1 Promotion/Relegation battle. Unfortunately, they lost their game after extra time at Killoe.


Congratulations to Longford Town Soccer team who won the League title at the weekend and promotion to the Premier Division when they convincingly beat Shamrocks Rovers B team 5-0.

Leo Casey History Group

The much-awaited partial re-print of “Ballymahon, a Journey back in Time”, is now available at Hanly’s Newsagents , Lr. Main Street. The book, packed with many photographs of bygone times, and for many, familiar faces and places would make, yet again, a great Christmas gift. The reprint will be welcome by all who appreciate local history and its preservation for future generations. If you did’nt purchase a copy of the book first time around now is your chance while stocks last, price €20. Those who have placed orders will have their books reserved for them and all who expressed an interest in purchasing the book can now do so at Hanly’s.

Budapest Marathon

A very successful Table Quiz took place in Skelly’s on Thursday, October 2nd in aid of The Helium Festival’s continued support for Ataxia Ireland. This year some members of the Festival Committee are taking part in the Budapest Marathon to raise funds for this very worthwhile charity and the Quiz was one of the events to help this cause. A very closely fought contest ended with first place going to the team from Kenagh led by Cllr. Colm Murray who received €100 kindly sponsored by Oliver Colohan. 2nd prize, four vouchers from Skelly’s Restaurant was taken by Helen & Robert Forbes and Brian & Loretta Ginty. 3rd place, 4 bottles of wine from Daybreak, The Country Shop went to Oliver & David Colohan, Enda Trautt and Niall Sheehy. A raffle with lovely prizes sponsored by Ciaran O’Hanlon, Ballymahon Pharmacy, Wineport Restaurant and Cllr. Paul Ross was also held. Best of luck to all the local lads who are travelling to Budapest this weekend to take part in the Marathon. Among those running are Des and Berney Mulvihill, Ciaran & John O’Hanlon, Michael Delaney, Gareth Murtagh, Arthur Conlon, Karl Reilly and Donal Murtagh. A number of family and friends are also travelling to lend their support. Everyone running will be wearing specially designed shirts sponsored by St. Mel’s Brewery company, Michael Conlon, The Country Shop, J.J. Reilly Cars, Wheelchair Cars Ireland, O’Hanlon Pharmacy, Outdoor Sports, Midland Lighting and Skellys Bar.

Death of Fr. Joseph Brilley

It was with deep regret that we learnt of the passing after a relatively short illness of Very Rev. Joseph Brilley, Parish Priest in the parishes of Drumraney, Forgney and Tang. Fr. Brilley was a native of Summerhill parish and he was ordained to the Priesthood in 1986 in St. Patrick’s College, Thurles having previously worked as a lorry driver. Everyone liked Fr. Brilly, he was a friendly, jolly and very caring gentleman, the children in his parish schools used to love to see him coming to visit them at the schools, he had a kind word for them all. He served as Curate in Holy Family, Drogheda from 1986 to 1976, in Kilbeggan from ’87 to ’89 and in Tyrrellspass from ’89 to ’97. He was appointed Parish Priest of Dysart in Sept ’97. Then in 1998 he succeeded the late Fr. Andrew Rispin as Parish Priest in our neighbouring parishes, Forgney, Tang and Drumraney where he lived out his ministry faithfully serving his parishioners. He will be sadly missed by them all. Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.

St. Matthews Primary School Mass

The annual Mass for the opening of the school year in St. Matthew’s School will be celebrated in St. Matthews Church on Friday, 10th October at 10.00a.m. Parents of the pupils are invited to attend.


Derek Mahady, an organist and choirmaster is in the process of recruiting boys and girls for a new Choir as part of an initiative by St. Mel’s Cathedral to create a new interest in sacred music in conjunction with the restoration of St. Mel’s Cathedral. Some people will remember the Boy’s Choir, which was trained by Fr. Gerry Slammon, which was noted for the superior quality of its choral work, and in addition to singing regularly in St. Mel’s Cathedral, also performed in London and Rome to great acclaim. For further information with regard to this new venture, please contact Fr. Tom Healy, Tel 043 33 46465.

Forgney G.A.A:

The club are in the process of embarking on an annual Fundraising Draw. The annual subscription costs €50 and will include entry into the Lotto Draw of November where a guaranteed prize fund of €4,300 will be distributed. If there is not one individual winner, the prize fund will be distributed as follows: 1st €1,500, 2nd €1,000, 3rd €750, 4th €500, 5th €250, 6th, 7th, & 8th €100. This Draw will take place in Nallys Corner House pub on Saturday 1st November. The annual subscription also includes entry into 26 fortnightly lotto draws commencing on Saturday 8th November with a Jackpot of €1,000. Tickets are available from any of the committee members.

100th years old

Congratulations to Mollie Spencer (nee Dillon), formerly of Newcastle, Ballymahon, who celebrated her 100th Birthday recently. Mollie has resided in Liverpool for almost 80 years. She still retains a great interest in local affairs and listens to R.T.E. radio every day and we are told still reads the Longford Leader each week. Mollie is an avid Everton supporter and the Club joined in her Birthday celebrations, much to her delight. Her daughter Marian and son-in-law Noel visit their cousins, the Cooneys in Ballymahon regularly. We hope that you are enjoying good health Mollie, best wishes to you from everyone here in Ballymahon.


To Dr. Josephine O’Hanlon (nee Igoe), native of Killoe, wife of Ciaran, Moigh who was recently awarded a doctorate in International business at the University of Warwick, England. Well done indeed to Josephine, who is presently a Lecturer in International Business at NUIG. We wish you all the best for the future.

U-16 football

Well done to the Ballymahon/Forgney/Kenagh/Moydow U-16 football team who have reached the U-16 A Final after a great win against Carrick Sarsfields on Sunday last. The lads will be playing against Clonguish in the Final. Best of luck to the team and their Mentors , we hope they will have lots of local support at the big game.