St. Vincent de Paul:   The local Branch of St.Vincent de Paul wishes to thank all who supported their Christmas Appeal for help, especially the Church Gate Collection.    Your generosity enables them to help the less well off in the locality throughout the year.   Your goodness is appreciated.                                                                                                        

Death of Mrs Teresa Heneghan:  It was with deep regret that we learnt of the death on 22nd January 2020 of Teresa Heneghan (nee Browne), Moigh, Ballymahon and formerly Baylin, Athlone at the Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar after a very short illness.  She is pre-deceased by her sisters Nancy and Rosie and her brother Jodie.   Born in 1944 and the youngest of 7, Teresa was brought up in a happy household where during the many family and neighbour gatherings there was lots of great music, singing, story-telling and card-playing.     She worked in a Chemist shop in Athlone when she was young and met her husband-to-be, Michael, at a Dance in the Royal Hoey Hotel in the town.  Her love of music and dancing from her younger days stayed with her with Michael and herself regularly travelling the midlands dancing away to the various Showbands.    They were a great couple on the Dance floor.   They got married in 1968 at a joint Wedding with her sister Bridie, and Fintan.       The Priest who celebrated Teresa’s Funeral Mass with Fr. Liam Murray, Ballymahon on Saturday morning last was her nephew, Fr. Ray Milton who was actually the Page Boy at that Wedding.                                                                                                                                                                     In 1977 they moved into their new home in Moigh, their beautiful home was always kept in immaculate condition by Teresa, she was a very house-proud lady who always kept the place spotless.    An extremely proud mother of her three fine sons, she loved her cooking and was always great at the baking.   A most obliging neighbour and friend to many, Teresa was a lovely, friendly lady who had a word for everyone and was a lady of deep religious faith.                She loved returning home to Baylin, which she did regularly,  for a visit to her sister Nancy for a “catch up” where they could lost for hours in deep conversation.       A huge crowd called to the Hospital Mortuary Chapel in Mullingar where her remains lay in repose and also at her Removal to St. Matthews Church Ballymahon on Friday evening last.   The Church also was packed to capacity at Teresa’s Funeral Mass which bore testimont to the respect with which she is held in Ballymahon and surrounding areas.   She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.     The beautiful music and singing in the Church was performed by Derek Mahady and Hannah Evans,  Teresa would have enjoyed that.     Her remains were laid to rest in Shrule Cemetery.     We extend our sincere sympathy to her husband Michael, sons Damien,    Shane (U.S.A.) and Jonathan,  her sisters Kathleen, Julia, Chrissie and Bridie,      brothers-in-law , daughter-in-law Aoife (U.S.A. whose mother also, sadly, passed away last week. R.I.P. ), grand-daughter Cara, nephews, nieces,   the extended Heneghan and Browne families, friends and neighbours.   May God grant rest to her dear Soul.                                                                                                               

History Meeting:  The first meeting of Ballymahon Leo Casey Historical Society for 2020 will take place in Skellys on Monday February 3rd at 8.00p.m.   Refreshments will be available.   Their latest historical publication “Historic Shrule” is still on sale.   If you have not got your copy by now, please do so, as once all the books are sold there will be no further reprint.    The book is available in Finn’s Centra, Nally’s Filling Station and Supervalu, plus for the time being in O’Hanlon’s Pharmacies, also from some of the Society’s members, Philip Murrell, Mary Carey and Pat Kilduff. 

Social Club:  The Alzheimer Society of Ireland will hold their Social Club in the Convent Daycare and Resource Centre, Upper Main Street, Ballymahon every Friday from 3.00p.m. to 5.00p.m.         The aim of the Social Club is to provide an informal, flexible and fun opportunity for people with Dimentia and their carers , to meet with others.                      For more information contact Jackie on 087 6721522 or the branch office on 043 33 48402.

Innyside Singers:  The Innyside Singers will resume their weekly practices in Skellys on Thursday night, February 6that 8.00p.m.      If you like to sing for fun, now at the beginning of the year, is a good time to join the group.      Newcomers, male and female are welcome at all times.

Cemetery Sunday:  a date for your Diary,  Cemetery Sunday will be held in Cloncallow on Sunday 28th June at 5.00p.m. and in Forgney on the same day at 7.00p.m.

Death of Sr. Elizabeth O’Neill:   We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the Sisters of Mercy, Main Street  on the death last week of Sr. Elizabeth O’Neill, Convent of Mercy, Longford Town and Reno, Nevada whose remains were laid to rest at Ballymacormack Cemetery on Friday.    May she rest in peace.

Car Parking:  Fr. Liam has been requested to ask you to consider using the new Car Park when attending St. Matthews Church so as not to obstruct local businesses or residents.     The Car Park is just opposite Nally’s Service Station.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade:    Preparations are in full swing for this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade which will assemble at the usual venue, the Creevaghbeg road for a 4p.m. start.    This year’s Theme will centre on climate action and the environment so we look forward to the usual support from the community and voluntary sector, our schools, the sporting clubs and business sector.                            A fundraising Table Quiz is to be held in Cooneys Hotel in aid of the Parade  on Friday, February 7th at 9.00p.m.     The price of a team is Forty euro and there will be many spot prizes and finger food refreshment on the night.    Your support will be very much appreciated.

Mass on Saturday:  A Mass will be celebrated on this Saturday, 1st February at 10.00a.m. in St. Matthews Church as it is St. Brigid’s Day.   And at the weekend Masses,  anyone who would like to have their candles blessed should bring them to Mass, this is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Candlemas Day.

G.A.A.  Very well done to the Longford Senior football team who beat Louth in the first game of the League and to local man Kevin Diffley who played a pivotal role in the win.   They now go on to play Offaly at the weekend.  We wish them the best of luck.

Church Gate collection:    “Mary’s Meals Support Group” wish to thank everyone who contributed to their Church Gate collection in Ballymahon at the weekend Masses.  Mary’s Meals is an international movement to set up school feeding projects in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education.    They are providing daily meals in schools for over a million children in eighteen countries such as Malawi, South Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, Zambia, Myanmar and others.   They depend on volunteers.  For more information visit their website on www.marysmeals.ie   

Grandparents Day:  Catholic Schools Week 2020 is taking place this week up until 2nd February.     As part of the celebration of Catholic Schools and on their contribution to the common good of our society, pupils from St. Matthews National School will attend the 10.00a.m. Mass in St. Matthews Church on this Friday January 31st to celebrate “Grandparents Day”.    Grandparents of the pupils at the school are invited to attend.

Operation Transformation:  the next Ballybrannigan Loop Walk with Donal Mulligan of Longford Sports Partnership will leave from Ballymahon Library on Saturday 1st February at 11am.  Everyone welcome.

School football:  many congratulations to Ballymahon vocational School Senior football team who had a great win in the North Leinster School Final played in St. Loman’s , Mullingar against Ardee Community School.   On the team from the local Club were Jack Walsh, Shane Bawle and Patrick Connaughton.   Well done to the team and management.

Tashinney N.S:  will be holding an Open Day and Enrolment on Thursday 6th February from 3.30pm to 5pm.   Parents and children are invited to visit the school on the day or on another day by prior arrangements.   To contact the school telephone   04493 57610.