Ballymahon Art Club:  It is hoped to commence morning Art sessions for Improvers with Tutor, Frances Kelleher, in the next week.    It will likely be on Tuesday mornings.  VENUE to be decided.   All are welcome.   Contact Frances on e-mail- franceskelleher10@gmail.com or text 087 9913651 or Ciaran at ciarannally@gmail.com or 087 688 8807. 

                                                                                                                                                                                      Songs of Praise:   The annual Songs of Praise will take place in St. Catherines Church, Ballymahon on Sunday 23rdFebruary at 3.30p.m.   All are welcome.

                                                                                                                                                                                Enrolment 2020/2021:    Enrolment at St. Matthews National School Ballymahon for the academic year 2020/2021 takes place from now until 14th February.   If you wish to enrol your child please call to the school or contact them by phone or email.  09064-32578  stmatthewsns@gmail.com

Sponsored Walk:   A Sponsored Walk Family Event in aid of Forgney National School Parents Association will take place on Sunday 23rdFebruary.  Everyone will meet at the school at 11.00a.m.  all welcome.     Put on your Walking shoes and join in for a healthy short sponsored walk and fun family activity around Newcastle Forest (Center Parc’s Route).    It will take approximately 1 hour to complete the circle.  Light Refreshments will be available at the school after completing the Walk.

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.

Car Parking:     The local Gardai have asked that from March 1st 2020 that you do not park your car on the Main road, outside St. Matthews Church during Mass times except by those holding a disability badge.     You are requested to please use the new Public Car Park so as not to obstruct local businesses or residents.                                            

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.    The Committee wish to thank everyone who supported their fund-raising Table Quiz in Cooneys Hotel on Friday night last.  Your support is very much appreciated.                                                                                                                                                             

ABC Childcare:   The pre-school facility in Drinan will re-open on Tuesday 18th February.   We wish its previous owner, Eileen Cooney , who ran the very successful business for over twenty years, good health and happiness during her well-earned retirement. 

Dinner Dance:    Ballymahon G.A.A. and Ballymahon/Forgney Ladies L.G.F.A are holding a Dinner Dance in The Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule on Saturday 7th March with doors open at 8.00p.m. sharp.  Tickets are €25 and Music will be provided by Rhythm & Sticks.  

Bridge Club results February 3rd:  North/South – 1st Gross & nett- Adrian Duncan & Rory Duncan,        2nd Gross & nett –Joe Hunt & Carmel Kelly;   3rdGross – Mary Noone & Chris Farrell,   3rd nett – Patricia Flanagan & Ann Fox.                                                                                                                                  East/West:- 1st Gross & nett – Mai Charles & Maura Quaine,  2nd Gross – Mark Tiernan & Eddie Walsh, 2ndnett – Marian Diffley & Liz Farrell.   3rd gross & nett – Sarah Frawley & Carmel McCormack.

Longford Ploughing Assce:-  Longford’s Spring Equinox Ploughing Championships  & Family Day will be held on Sunday 22nd March hosted by Sylvester and Marian Kiernan, Ballinacross, Granard.    We will have more details at a later stage.     The 2020 National Ploughing Championships will be returning to Ballintrane, Fenagh, Carlow from the 15th to 17thSeptember.

Death of Mrs Ellen Foley:    The death occurred on January 27th 2020 of Mrs Ellen (Nell) Foley, (nee Brennan), at her home in Tramore, formerly of Ballymahon, Abbeyleix and Glenties.     A real lady, she was a much-loved Teacher of Junior Infants in the Convent Primary School here in Ballymahon many years ago.  She is pre-deceased by her husband Conor , former Longford County Engineer.  We extend our deepest sympathy to her family Deirdre, Emer, Connell, Ronan and Cliona and their partners, her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and all her relatives and friends.  May she rest in peace.

Poetry Competition:   the Goldsmith International Literary Festival which will be held from May 29th to May 31st 2020 have launched their Poetry Competition for this year.     The total prize fund which is kindly sponsored by Nally Bros, Ballymahon is €500 for first prize, €200 for second and €100 for third.     The closing date for submission is May 8th, 2020.   Entry forms are available on olivergoldsmithfestival.com  

“Still Voices”:   Still Voices Film Society in Ballymahon are presenting the film “Good Posture” in Ballymahon Library at 8.00p.m. on Thursday 20th February.   Admission €7.50.

G.A.A.-  congratulations to the Longford Senior football team and local lad Kevin Diffley who beat Leitrim in the League on Sunday afternoon last.   We wish them the best of luck when they meet Down on Saturday week next.

Death of Mrs Mary Ann Eivers:  It was with deep regret that we learnt of the peaceful death on February 4th 2020 of Mrs Mary Ann Eivers (nee Fitzmaurice), Cloncullen, Ballymahon in the loving care of the staff at Thomond Lodge Nursing Home.   Born in Dublin over 90 years ago, Mary Ann moved down to Creevaghmore at a young age and met her future husband, the late Tom, at a Dance in Kenagh.   They lived in Derrahawn for a short while before buying a farm in Cloncullen over sixty years ago where they reared their fine family of nine, she was hugely proud of them all.      She was a lovely lady, quiet and inoffensive, a great neighbour who loved farming life.    All those who called to her home down the years, workers and friends were always guaranteed a good hot meal.    She enjoyed a game of cards and her Bingo and also loved to go for a walk.   A long-time member of the local Club ’91,  Mary Ann also attended the Day Care Centre on a regular basis.    She moved in to Thomond Village here in town about four years ago where she was very popular with all the neighbours.                                                                                                                                                                                     A huge number of people called to Thomond Lodge Nursing Home where her remains lay in repose on Thursday evening last , to her Removal to St. Matthews Church and again at her Funeral Mass on Friday morning to pay their respects to Mary Ann’s family which bore testimont to the respect which has been held for the Eivers family over the years.     Fr. Liam Murray celebrated the Mass at which the Church Choir participated and Mary Ann would certainly have been so proud of her grand-daughter singing the beautiful song “How great thou art” before the congregation left the Church.  The gifts brought to the altar, a Pot plant because of her love of gardening, some Holy Water as she loved to visit Knock Shrine and a family photo which related to her great love of her family.   Also brought to the Altar was a Trophy.  Over the years Mary Ann and Tom won many Ballroom Dancing trophies, they loved dancing and did so all over the Country on a regular basis.  They made a fine couple on the dance floor.    Her daughter Margaret read a lovely Reflection at the end of the Mass titled “A Cross in my pocket”.     We extend our deepest sympathy to Mary Ann’s sons Liam, Michael, Tom Jnr., Gerry and Oliver, daughters Margaret, Bernadette, Geraldine and Fiona, her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, her sisters-in-law Loretto and Pauline, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.    May her Soul rest in peace.

Race Day:  the 2020 annual Longford Race Day which is now in his 18th year will take place this year in Punchestown on Gold Cup Day, Wednesday 29th April.  The event this year is sponsored by Sherry Fitzgerald Brady O’Flaherty Maynooth.

Great win for the Ladies:  many congratulations to the Mercy Secondary School ladies football team who had a very convincing win against St. Leo’s from Carlow in the Final of the Lidl Leinster Ladies Post Primary School Senior “B” competition which was held in Tullamore recently.   What a great win for the girls who won the game with a final scoreline of 6-13 to 3-10.   Well done to all involved.

Ballymahon G.A.A. lotto results 9/2/2020.   The weekly Draw was held in Murrays. Numbers drawn 1,25,27,30.  There was no Jackpot winner.   4 X €30 Winners – 1. Peter Higgins (Pro Cooney’s Hotel)     2.  James Daly (Online sale).   3.  Alan Keegan (Pro Cooney’s Hotel),   4.  Anne Clyne (Pro Fresh Today).  Next week’s Jackpot €9,300, the Draw will be held in Leavy’s pub, Foigha.

Valentines Day:  We wish everyone a very happy Valentine’s Day this Friday, 14th February!