Ballymahon Enterprise Group Invitation:  An Invitation has been sent from Ballymahon Enterprise Group to all, to attend their Promotional Video Launch, “Embrace the Opportunity”,  highlighting all that Ballymahon has to offer .   There will be Guest Speakers in attendance on the night and refreshments will be available.   The date is Wednesday, November 29th.  Time:- 7.00p.m.  Location:- Ballymahon Library.   All are welcome.

Christmas Customer Evening:  Best of luck to Jenny White of Jenny’s Flowers & Gifts who is hosting her 6th Annual Christmas Customer Evening on Thursday 22nd November from 6p.m. to 9.00o.m.      Festival refreshments will be served .  Everyone welcome.


Songs of Praise Service:    a Songs of Praise Service will be held in St. Catherine’s Church, Ballymahon on Sunday the 25th November at 4.00p.m..  All are most welcome to attend.  Music by Lesley Dennison and The Huston Trio.


Samaritan Christmas Concert:  The 27th Annual Samaritan Christmas Concert will take place on Thursday 6th December in the Franciscan Friary , Athlone at 8.00p.m.          It will feature the Army Band of the 2nd Brigade, St. Brigid’s Community Choir, Athlone Pipe Band and Tenors Sean Costello and Frank Naughten.                                                                                                                                                              Tickets @ €12 are available at the Franciscan Friary in Athlone.    Your support at the concert will be very much appreciated. The Samaritans are available on freecall 116 123   24 hours a day for anyone who is lonely, troubled and needs to talk to someone in confidence.


Open Day:  Lanesboro Community College will hold their Open Day for 5th and 6th classes on Thursday 22nd November.   Students will have the opportunity to attend classes, meet students and teachers and experience secondary school for a day.   All parents are welcome to visit the school on the evening of the 22nd November between 7.00p.m. and 9.00p.m. to find out more about the school.    The Principal’s address will begin at 7.00p.m. followed by a tour of the school where you will meet the students and teachers.   Please contact the school for more details on 04333 21139.



Bridge Club results 12th Nov:  North/South:  1st gross & net – Mary Nooney & George Farrell, 2nd gross & net – Mary Flanagan & Margaret Lynn,  3rd Gross – Sarah Frawley & Geraldine Duncan,         3rd net – Ann Fallon & Ann Delaney.                                                                                                                             East/West:- 1st Gross & Nett – Frances Kelleher & Mary Feeney,  2nd Gross – Vera Kelly & Carmel McCormack,  2nd net – Una Flynn & Yvonne Dowler,   3rd gross & net – Angela Crinnigan & Elsie Maxwell.



Abbeyshrule 10th Annual Community Christmas Craft Fair:  Anyone selling handmade crafts, art or Christmas items interested in taking a table at the Abbeyshrule Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday 9th December this year at The Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule (12 – 6p.m.) please contact Betty McGoey on 04493 57742,  leave a message on the Abbeyshrule Christmas Craft Fair Facebook page or email as soon as possible.     Once again the children’s craft workshop will start at 1.00p.m. , Santa will be arriving at 3.00p.m. and as a special event there will be a Christmas Lights Tractor Run in the late afternoon.   A raffle will be held in aid of local Autism groups.   Anyone interested in joining the tractor run,  contact John on 087-7848 206.


November List:   Masses will be offered in St. Matthews Church for our deceased on  Monday  26th at 10.00a.m.   You can write the names of those whom you would like remembered  on the forms available at the Church doors and place the list in the Box at the Sanctuary.  Alternatively you can write the names in the book by the main door.



Royal Canal Group:-   a limited Edition of a 2019 Calendar titled “Ballymahon Royal Canal” is on sale at Nally’s Forecourt, Diffley’s Hardware,  Jenny’s Flowers,  Finn’s Centra,  Egan Tyres Terlicken  and the Ticket Office Brannigan Harbour.     The Calendar contains a brief history of the Royal Canal, Seasonal photographs, local businesses and would be an ideal present for someone at home or abroad.                                                                                                                                                                                                  Proceeds go towards ongoing improvements and maintenance of our Walkway  by the Canal Group.  Many thanks to all the sponsors for their support.


Death of William Clabby:    We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the Clabby family, Pallas, Abbeyshrule on the death last week of William (Billy) Clabby, Lisnacusha, Lanesboro at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Mullingar.  Our condolences also to Billy’s sister Marcella (Mulligan) and to all his relatives and friends.   May he rest in peace.


Confirmation Enrolment:  The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated in our parish on March 15th, 2019.   An enrolment ceremony for candidates who wish to receive the sacrament will take place in St. Matthews Church on this Wednesday, Nov 21st at 7.00p.m.





Garda Band:   A Concert is to be held in St. Matthews Church on Sunday afternoon, December 2nd at 3.00p.m.   where music will be provided by the Army Band of the 2nd Brigade.   Everyone is more than welcome to attend.   It promises to be a very entertaining event.


Santa Claus is coming to town:   On Sunday December 2nd Santa Claus will be coming to visit the children of the area at Bridgeways Family Resource centre from 1 to 4p.m. with Mrs Claus.    It will be an opportunity for the parents to soak up the Christmas atmosphere with a glass of mulled wine, pick up Christmas presents on the local stalls and meet up with friends.     The children can visit Santa at his grotto for €2 each, all children will receive a gift from him.


G.A.A.   We wish the best of luck to Mullinalaghta Senior football team in the Leinster football semi-final when they play Eiro Og from Carlow in Glennon Bros Pearse Park on Sunday next.


Wilder & Rose:  congratulations to everyone at Ballymahon’s new Coffee shop Wilder & Gold whose official launch took place last week.    The shop was originally Hanly’s Newsagents on Lr. Main Street.  On Friday 30th November a Christmas Night Market will be held from 6.00p.m. when mulled wine and nibbles will be served with Christmas Carols performed by local singer, Katie Gallagher.


Safe Journey:  We send our very best wishes to Kevin Diffley, Creevaghbeg, son of Paddy and Marian who is heading overseas with the Irish Defence Forces until early summer 2019.   We wish him a safe time while abroad and look forward to seeing him again in 2019.


National School Enrolment:  The Board of Management of Tang National School are taking enrolment applications now for September 2019.    Applications forms are available at the school office and must be returned to the Board of Management, Tang National School by Wednesday December 5th.


Alzheimer Society:   The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s annual Nationwide Flag Day collection  “Alzheimer’s Memory Ribbon” takes place on Thursday, 22nd November.   The Memory Ribbon campaign is calling on the public to share treasured memories of their loved ones affected by dementia while donating to this worthy cause.  By sharing a memory and donating €3 to the ASI, members of the public can give a gift that will change lives.





Welcome Home:  to Jim Lee and his wife Joan, St. Matthews Park who recently returned from their trip to Gran Canaria.  We hope they enjoyed their holiday.


Soiree at The River Inn:   Ballymahon/Landevant French Twinning group are holding their annual Fundraising Soiree in The River Inn on Friday, Dec 7th.   Tickets for the event are just €5.  Refreshments will be served on the night and music will be provided by special Guest Artist Pat Kelly from Kildare.   All are welcome.   Your support will be appreciated.  Tickets are available at The River Inn or any of the committee members.


Death of George Lovell:   the peaceful death occurred on Thursday last, 15th November of George Lovell, Rathmore in the care of the management and staff at Midlands Regional Hospital, Mullingar.   Born in 1933 he went to school in Mount Melleray down in Co Waterford and worked in the States for many years where he owned two Bars in New York, one of them being The Bliss Tavern in Brooklyn.      Following the birth of the third of their five children, George and his wife Noreen returned to Ireland where he joined his brothers Joe, Bobby and Dick in the family’s hardware business, Lovell Brothers which he has been running up until a few short months ago when he fell ill.     A former player with Ballymahon G.A.A. Club, he was a hard worker all his life and gave great employment to many in the area over the years.       A man with a great personality, a mischievious glint in his eye and a great sense of humour.     He was a daily Mass-goer,  was one of the collectors at Tang Church and went on many religious pilgrimages over the years.                                                                                        His Funeral Mass at St. Mary’s Church, Tang was celebrated by Fr. Gerry Murphy assisted by  Fr. Liam Murray, Fr. John Rowan, Fr. Paddy Conlon, Fr. Charlie Healy, Fr. Tom Barden and Fr. Jimmy Murray with the beautiful singing provided by Ann Keenan and organist Padraig McGowan.   A Guard of Honour was formed at the Church by the staff from Lovell Bros.     The Offertory gifts brought to the Altar gave us an insight into the type of man George was, a book, a set of Beads,a family photo and a golf club.  He loved reading,was a man of deep religious faith, he enjoyed his game of golf and heading off to Spain with Noreen which they did regularly in recent years.   He always looked forward to his children and grandchildren joining them on their many visits to their apartment in Spain.        His son George thanked everyone at the Mass, especially the Doctors and Nurses who looked after his father in the recent past, and the priests and their neighbours for their kindness and support.    A huge number of people from all over the country called to the Lovell home on the previous day where George’s  remains lay in repose and also attended the funeral mass on Saturday which bore testimont to the respect which is held for the family by so many.                                                             We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Noreen, children Karen, Robert, George, Kenneth and Margo, son-in-law Michael, grandchildren Christine, Kevin and Mairead, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, extended family, neighbours and friends.     His remains were laid to rest in nearby Shrule cemetery.   May he rest in peace.




2018 Bog Lane Theatre Festival results:     congratulations to the following winners at the One Act All Ireland Drama Festival held at The Bog Lane at the weekend:   In the Open Section:- 1st Compantas Lir,  2nd – Prosperous,  3rd – Balally.    In the Confined Section:-  1st New Ross,   2nd – Seumas O’Kelly         3rd – Model Box.    Best Actor- David Walsh, Balally.   Best Actress – Sarah Fahy, Seumas O’Kelly Players.      Best Director – Peggy Hussey,  New Ross.   A Special Moment of Theatre- Balally,  The Baby’s Burial.      Well done to everyone.    Many thanks from everyone at The Bog Lane to all who took part in making the Festival such a great and memorable event for themselves and the audiences.