Gurteen area Roadside clean-up:  a big Thank You from the organisers of the roadside clean up around Gurteen to all who came out and supported the Gurteen and surrounding roads clean-up recently.   Despite the rough weather, there was an outstanding response from the Neighbourhood.      They are happy to report that some information regarding the origin of some illegal dumping that was found and has been reported to the local authorities.   Hopefully, it will lead to a successful prosecution.                  They would also like to extend congratulations and thanks to friends, Ballymahon Tidy Towns committee and members who have done excellent work in keeping Ballymahon and surrounding areas clean.      It is great to see their new Signs on the approach roads to the Town.  Keep up the good work.      Hopefully you will enjoy a relatively clean environment when out for your summer walk, cycle or jog.   Well done everyone.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Charlie Byrne Bookshop:  many congratulations to Charlie Byrne, native of Shrule, Ballymahon whose shop,   Charlie Byrne’s in Galway city has won Best Independent Bookshop in Ireland as part of the British and Irish Book Awards.     Well done to Charlie who has been running his shop now for 30 years in Galway,  another Award to add to his collection.

Adoration Vigil:  The next Reparation and Adoration Vigil to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary will be held in the Chapel of Our Lady’s Manor, Edgeworthstown on the first Friday, April 5th.  Holy Rosary and Confession will be at 9.00p.m. followed by Holy Mass.     The Vigil concludes at 5.00a.m. with Benediction and Holy Mass.   All are welcome.

Forgney National School:   A Sponsored Walk and Fun Day is to take place on Sunday 7thApril.   The Walk will start from the school at 11.00a.m. and all are welcome

Ladies Golf:  Mount Temple Ladies Golf are running a “Get Into Golf Programme”  over 8 weeks with a P.G.A. Professional.   Cost €50.   On Wednesday 24th April there is a free/taster evening in the Clubhouse for anybody who has never played Golf or want to re-join a club.                             Contact 087-6470472 or 09064-81841.

National Learning Network Specialist Training programs.:    Are you interested in a new beginning?   Do you have challenges?  Or disabilities?  The NLN may have a program to suit you.   Their Training courses are designed to build confidence, assertiveness, improve skills and provide a stepping stone for further education and work.   Please contact Hilary on 086 7839078 ,  Longford at 04333 42255  or Mullingar at 04493 45117.                                                                                              

First Confession:  On this Wednesday evening, April 3rd, at 7.00p.m. the Sacrament of First Penance will be celebrated in St. Matthews Church with 35 boys and girls from the local National School who are preparing this year for their First Holy Communion.

Cemetery Sunday:  will be held in Cloncallow Cemetery on Sunday 30th June 2019 at 5.00p.m.  and in Forgney at 7.00p.m.

Church Seats:  the Parish Finance Committee has been seeking prices for the re-covering of the Kneelers in St. Matthews church.   During the course of their consultation they have been advised to consider shortening the seats to provide an aisle by each wall.   Doing this would create a much better “flow” particularly at Communion time.   It would also create a safer environment as it would enable access to and exit from the seats at both ends.    The committee are now considering this proposal together with how the parish might fund the extra cost involved.

FRIENDS AGAINST SCAMS:    On Wednesday, April 3rd at 11.00a.m. there will be a FREE public presentation from Brigid Nally, from Ulster Bank at Bridgeways Family Resource Centre.   Friends against Scams aims to prevent people becoming victims and to spot and report potential scammers.  Tea and Coffee Reception.   All are welcome.

Congratulations: to Fergal Kelly, Ballymahon who referreed the Division 1 Football final in Croke Park on Sunday last between Mayo and Kerry.   Well done to Fergal and his Officials on the day and also to Mayo on their great win.

Bridge Club results 25th March:   North/South:- 1st gross & net – Jimmy Lennon & Greta Egan,                      2nd Gross & net – Patricia Flanagan & Brendan Murtagh,  3rd Gross – Ann Delaney & Ann Flanagan,             3rd net – Mark Tiernan & Eddie Walshe.                                                                                                                                          East/West:-  1st Gross & net – Myrtle Kenny & George Farrell,    2ndGross –Lily Mulvihill & Carole Nally,         2nd Net – May Charles & Maura Quaine,   3rd gross & net – Mairead Delaney & Ann Molloy.

Church Gate collection:   a Church gate collection will be held next weekend, Saturday and Sunday 6thand 7th April in aid of Multiple Sclerosis.   Your support will be greatly appreciated.      A second collection, the monthly Church Renovation Fund will also be held inside the church at the same Masses.

G.A.A.:     Ballymahon Intermediate team  started well in the first Round of the Division 2  League with a draw when they played Kilashee on Sunday last.   We wish them the best of luck in the rest of the League Campaign.

“Sive”:  John B Keane’s Play “Sive” continues at the Bog Lane this weekend, from Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th .   The performances commence at 8.15p.m. nightly and tickets can be bought by ringing 087-7862496 or emailing theboglanetheatre@gmail.com    

Ballymahon G.A.A.   Tickets are available for the Grand National Draw which will take place on April 5thfrom any of the G.A.A. members.

Poster-free request:    Ballymahon Tidy Towns wish to respectfully request that candidates in the upcoming local and European Elections consider going poster-free for their campaigns to pass on plastic in the interest of the environment.                                                                                                                                                     At this early stage it is proving difficult to get a complete and confirmed list of standing candidates so it is hoped that members of the public may help by tagging any declared candidates that they are aware of on the Ballymahon Tidy Town Facebook page and asking them to consider making the decision to run poster free campaigns.      It would be wonderful if Ballymahon could join the list of over 100 locations nationwide that have been declared poster free zones and it is important to remember that Tidy Town judging, which commences shortly after polling day, will also include the approach roads to the town.        At the very least, if candidates are pressing ahead with traditional campaigns, the volunteers would really appreciate a clear and public commitment from them to either use environmentally friendly alternative materials to corrugated plastic or “corriboard” or to remove their posters and cable ties as soon as possible after polling day.                                                                                                                                                  Please see the Ballymahon Tidy Towns Facebook page for a link to the nationwide Poster Free Campaign that is already underway , including the link to the list of over 100 places nationwide that have been declared poster free zones.                                                                                                                                                         Finally, Ballymahon Tidy Towns wishes all candidates the best of luck in the elections,  thanks to those who have served locally for the last five years and we look forward to being represented well again in the future.

Gurteen area Roadside clean-up:  a big Thank You from the organisers of the roadside clean up around Gurteen to all who came out and supported the Gurteen and surrounding roads clean-up recently.   Despite the rough weather, there was an outstanding response from the Neighbourhood.      They are happy to report that some information regarding the origin of some illegal dumping that was found and has been reported to the local authorities.   Hopefully, it will lead to a successful prosecution.                  They would also like to extend congratulations and thanks to friends, Ballymahon Tidy Towns committee and members who have done excellent work in keeping Ballymahon and surrounding areas clean.      It is great to see their new Signs on the approach roads to the Town.  Keep up the good work.      Hopefully you will enjoy a relatively clean environment when out for your summer walk, cycle or jog.   Well done everyone.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Charlie Byrne Bookshop:  many congratulations to Charlie Byrne, native of Shrule, Ballymahon whose shop,   Charlie Byrne’s in Galway city has won Best Independent Bookshop in Ireland as part of the British and Irish Book Awards.     Well done to Charlie who has been running his shop now for 30 years in Galway,  another Award to add to his collection.

Adoration Vigil:  The next Reparation and Adoration Vigil to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary will be held in the Chapel of Our Lady’s Manor, Edgeworthstown on the first Friday, April 5th.  Holy Rosary and Confession will be at 9.00p.m. followed by Holy Mass.     The Vigil concludes at 5.00a.m. with Benediction and Holy Mass.   All are welcome.

Forgney National School:   A Sponsored Walk and Fun Day is to take place on Sunday 7thApril.   The Walk will start from the school at 11.00a.m. and all are welcome

Ladies Golf:  Mount Temple Ladies Golf are running a “Get Into Golf Programme”  over 8 weeks with a P.G.A. Professional.   Cost €50.   On Wednesday 24th April there is a free/taster evening in the Clubhouse for anybody who has never played Golf or want to re-join a club.                             Contact 087-6470472 or 09064-81841.

National Learning Network Specialist Training programs.:    Are you interested in a new beginning?   Do you have challenges?  Or disabilities?  The NLN may have a program to suit you.   Their Training courses are designed to build confidence, assertiveness, improve skills and provide a stepping stone for further education and work.   Please contact Hilary on 086 7839078 ,  Longford at 04333 42255  or Mullingar at 04493 45117.                                                                                              

First Confession:  On this Wednesday evening, April 3rd, at 7.00p.m. the Sacrament of First Penance will be celebrated in St. Matthews Church with 35 boys and girls from the local National School who are preparing this year for their First Holy Communion.

Cemetery Sunday:  will be held in Cloncallow Cemetery on Sunday 30th June 2019 at 5.00p.m.  and in Forgney at 7.00p.m.

Church Seats:  the Parish Finance Committee has been seeking prices for the re-covering of the Kneelers in St. Matthews church.   During the course of their consultation they have been advised to consider shortening the seats to provide an aisle by each wall.   Doing this would create a much better “flow” particularly at Communion time.   It would also create a safer environment as it would enable access to and exit from the seats at both ends.    The committee are now considering this proposal together with how the parish might fund the extra cost involved.

FRIENDS AGAINST SCAMS:    On Wednesday, April 3rd at 11.00a.m. there will be a FREE public presentation from Brigid Nally, from Ulster Bank at Bridgeways Family Resource Centre.   Friends against Scams aims to prevent people becoming victims and to spot and report potential scammers.  Tea and Coffee Reception.   All are welcome.

Congratulations: to Fergal Kelly, Ballymahon who referreed the Division 1 Football final in Croke Park on Sunday last between Mayo and Kerry.   Well done to Fergal and his Officials on the day and also to Mayo on their great win.

Bridge Club results 25th March:   North/South:- 1st gross & net – Jimmy Lennon & Greta Egan,                      2nd Gross & net – Patricia Flanagan & Brendan Murtagh,  3rd Gross – Ann Delaney & Ann Flanagan,             3rd net – Mark Tiernan & Eddie Walshe.                                                                                                                                          East/West:-  1st Gross & net – Myrtle Kenny & George Farrell,    2ndGross –Lily Mulvihill & Carole Nally,         2nd Net – May Charles & Maura Quaine,   3rd gross & net – Mairead Delaney & Ann Molloy.

Church Gate collection:   a Church gate collection will be held next weekend, Saturday and Sunday 6thand 7th April in aid of Multiple Sclerosis.   Your support will be greatly appreciated.      A second collection, the monthly Church Renovation Fund will also be held inside the church at the same Masses.

G.A.A.:     Ballymahon Intermediate team  started well in the first Round of the Division 2  League with a draw when they played Kilashee on Sunday last.   We wish them the best of luck in the rest of the League Campaign.

“Sive”:  John B Keane’s Play “Sive” continues at the Bog Lane this weekend, from Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th .   The performances commence at 8.15p.m. nightly and tickets can be bought by ringing 087-7862496 or emailing theboglanetheatre@gmail.com    

Ballymahon G.A.A.   Tickets are available for the Grand National Draw which will take place on April 5thfrom any of the G.A.A. members.

Poster-free request:    Ballymahon Tidy Towns wish to respectfully request that candidates in the upcoming local and European Elections consider going poster-free for their campaigns to pass on plastic in the interest of the environment.                                                                                                                                                     At this early stage it is proving difficult to get a complete and confirmed list of standing candidates so it is hoped that members of the public may help by tagging any declared candidates that they are aware of on the Ballymahon Tidy Town Facebook page and asking them to consider making the decision to run poster free campaigns.      It would be wonderful if Ballymahon could join the list of over 100 locations nationwide that have been declared poster free zones and it is important to remember that Tidy Town judging, which commences shortly after polling day, will also include the approach roads to the town.        At the very least, if candidates are pressing ahead with traditional campaigns, the volunteers would really appreciate a clear and public commitment from them to either use environmentally friendly alternative materials to corrugated plastic or “corriboard” or to remove their posters and cable ties as soon as possible after polling day.                                                                                                                                                  Please see the Ballymahon Tidy Towns Facebook page for a link to the nationwide Poster Free Campaign that is already underway , including the link to the list of over 100 places nationwide that have been declared poster free zones.                                                                                                                                                         Finally, Ballymahon Tidy Towns wishes all candidates the best of luck in the elections,  thanks to those who have served locally for the last five years and we look forward to being represented well again in the future. ihidden0 \