Bog Lane Theatre A.G.M. The Annual General Meeting of the Bog Lane Theatre Co. Ballymahon will take place on next Tuesday 6th October at 8.30p.m. The A.G.M. will be followed by an Ordinary General Meeting. New members welcome.

Ballymahon Defibrillator Group: Its that time of year again, Heartsaver CPR and use of the Defibrillator training courses start back in October. Anyone interested should contact any of the committee members or “like” our face on Facebook and leave your details or contact Darren on 086-1704394.

Buses to Galway Colleges: Donnelly’s Coaches Granard have re-started their service to the Colleges in Galway on Sunday evenings leaving Granard at 8.00p.m. and Longford at 8.30p.m. There will be the usual stops along the way, e.g. Lanesboro, Roscommon. To find their Timetable please go to their Facebook page.

Change to Mass time: Beginning on Saturday, 3rd October, the vigil Mass in St. Matthews Church will change back to 8.00p.m.

Longford Toastmasters-Become a Better Speaker.
Longford Toastmasters Club meeting takes place on Thursday 1st October in the Longford Arms, first floor at 8.20p.m. Visitors always welcome. Meetings are held on the first and third Thursday of every month at 8.20p.m. Toastmasters will give you the skills and confidence you need to effectively express yourself in any situation. By learning to formulate and convey your ideas, you open a new world of possibilities. You will be more persuasive and confident when giving presentations and you will improve your one-to-one dealings with others. Why not go along and join them. Visit Longford Toastmasters Facebook page for more information.

Church of Ireland Ardagh Group of Services: Harvest thanksgiving Services. Autumn time in the countryside is a special time as we watch the fruits of the earth coming to maturity and waiting to be harvested and gathered in for the coming winter. In Ardagh Group of Parishes, a special Service of Thanksgiving for the Blessings of Harvest time will be held on Sunday October 4th at 3.00p.m. in Kenagh Church.
There will be special Preachers at the Service which will be followed by tea in the Hall

“Retrouvaille” is a programme to help marriages needing support. It can help even if a couple have separated or divorced but are willing to try again. The next Retrouvaille weekend will be in Dublin on October 9th to 11th. For more information please call Tony and Anne on 01-4953536 or Mike and Anne on 01d-4500922 or text 086-4135440 or check out the website www.retrouvaille.ie

Set Dancing Classes: begin this week on Tuesdays in Sorohan’s, Ballyleague 8.00p.m. to 10.00p.m. and on Wednesday evenings at the same time in John Browne’s, Longford. All are welcome. Beginners welcome to try for first two weeks with a view to starting a complete beginners class. A great way to get fit, keep fit, have fun, make new friends in a very happy, enjoyable atmosphere. Enquiries please to Mairead at 086-8546433.

Fiddle Lessons: Fiddle lessons for beginners of all ages will commence soon in Carrickedmond. If you are interested in learning traditional fiddle playing and how to read music please contact 087-9338566 for further information.

Church Choir: St. Matthews Church Choir hold their practices each Wednesday evening at 8.30p.m. in the Church. Newcomers always welcome, male and female Please call Mary at 086 8715155.

Free Courses: Longford and Westmeath Education and Training Board are a great number of Courses this year. On offer are gardening (grow your own), working with children, positive parenting, building your confidence, healthy eating, cookery food and nutrition, basic computer skills or using the computer for learning on line. If you are interested in any of these courses and you are a parent, grandparent, child carer, early school leaver or a long time out of education, call or text Grainne at 086-8883413 or 04333-45609 for further information. All courses are free.

Healthy Eating Programme: a Healthy Eating/Weight loss programme starts on Thursday 1st October from 8.00p.m. to 9.00p.m. for six weeks. Also one to one consultations available. Call Caroline Ferry, Nutritional Therapist at 086-3994615 (located above O’Hanlon Pharmacy).

Sympathising at Removals and Funerals: a change to the order in which people sympathise at removals and funerals in St. Matthews Church will take effect from 1st October. Those who are in the main aisle will be invited to sympathise first and will exit through the side aisle adjacent to the Nuns Chapel. After the main aisle has cleared, those in the town-side aisle will come forward followed lastly by those on the Nuns Chapel side.

Breast Cancer: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you are looking for ways to prevent breast cancer see the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute @ www.bcpinstitute.org

Wedding Celebrations: Many congratulations to Michelle Blake, daughter of Michael and Maureen, Mullavorina and to Donal Murtagh, son of P.J. and Madeline, Drumraney who got married at St. Matthews Church, Ballymahon on September 4th 2015. The Wedding Ceremony was performed by Fr. Tom Barden, Kenagh and Fr. Oliver Devine, Drumraney where the lovely music was provided by Claire Sheerin. Michelle looked absolutely stunning walking up the aisle in her ivory wedding gown with her Bridesmaids who wore beautiful mint green dresses. Chief Bridesmaid was Michelle’s niece Lauren Coughlan, assisted by three other nieces, Tara, Kelly and Amy Blake and also her friend Emma Carey-Kelly. Best man on the day was Karl Reilly with Groomsmen Brendan Flanagan, Sean Gilbride, Conor O’Reilly and Anthony O’Haire, all friends of the Groom. The pretty young Flowergirl was Donal’s god-daughter Lily Burke and the handsome pageboys were Michelle’s god-son Oliver Byrne and also Eoghan Gilbride.
Following the Wedding Ceremony, the newly-weds and their guests travelled to Glasson Golf and Country Club hotel for their Reception. Among the huge number of family and friends who attended were their friends Anthony and Elana O’Reilly who flew over from Switzerland, Michelle’s aunt Margaret Blake and her daughters, London and her niece Kelly Blake and Hamdi who travelled over from Malta. By all accounts everyone had a most enjoyable evening at the Hotel where the music was provided by “The Woodbines”. We wish Michelle and Donal many long years of good health, wealth and happiness together in their lovely new home in Ballymahon.

Enterprise Town 2015: Preparations are now well underway for the Bank of Ireland sponsored Enterprise Town 2015 event which will be held on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th October. Through this initiative Bank of Ireland and the Ballymahon and the surrounding area business community will work together to support local business. In addition, the wider community and our local schools will be involved through a range of different activities. It’s your chance to showcase your business free of charge and get tips from some of the most successful entrepreneurs and business people in Ireland. On the first day, Friday 9th, local businesses can showcase what they do at the Mercy Secondary School Gym. It will be a chance to meet new customers and suppliers and share ideas. Saturday features a Sports and Community Expo with all the local sports clubs, community clubs and societies gathering together to show what they do, to sign up new members and to recruit new supporters. This is a fun day, with something for all the family. Pupils from the local schools, particularly the Transition Year students will also be involved in this event. You must register beforehand to ensure a stand at the event. For further information and to get a Registration form please contact Branch Manager, Sheila Flynn at 07662-40510. You do not have to be a customer with Bank of Ireland. We will have lots more details in the weeks ahead.

Innyside Singers: the local Innyside Singers group will resume their weekly get-togethers following their summer break on Thursday evening 1st October at the usual venue, Skellys pub. The group of male and female singers meet each week to sing for fun and would be delighted to see some newcomers join them. Why not drop in some Thursday evening at 8.00p.m. If you are a singer, you will enjoy their sessions.

Adortion Vigil: The next Reparation and Adoration Vigil to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary is in the Chapel of Our Lady’s Manor, Edgeworthstown on the first Friday, 2nd October. The Vigil commences as normal at 10.00p.m. with the Holy Rosary and Confession followed by Holy Mass. Benediction and Holy Mass will be held at 6.00a.m. For more information please contact 086-0405621.

Adult Art Classes: Morning or Evening painting classes. Six Week Courses. On Tuesdays mornings from 10.30a.m. to12.30 and on Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.30p.m. at the Art Centre in Ardagh. Courses are suitable for beginners and intermediate students. Emphasis on colour theory and composition., Contact 086-847 8527 for details.

Adult Learning: did you leave school early and now find you want to or indeed need to go back to education? At Ballymahon Adult Learning Centre (LWETB) a variety of classes at QQI levels 1-3 are being offered. A confidential one-to-one service is also available if you or a family member needs support with reading, writing, maths, spelling or form-filling. For further information please contact Catherine at 09064-38009.

18th Annual G.A.A. Golf Classic: will this year take place in Co Longford Golf Club on Saturday 3rd October, the eve of the County Football final. A minimum of four players and a maximum of ten can represent the local Club. The winners will be presented with the Longford Leader Perpetual Trophy as well as individual trophies. The entry fee is €10 per player. If you wish to play for Ballymahon G.A.A. Club please contact Liam Flynn or any committee member as soon as possible.

Death of Maureen Masters: The death occurred on September 21st last of Mrs Maureen Masters (nee Fanning), Ree Vale, Montree, Athlone and formerly from St. Matthews Park, Ballymahon. She is survived by her husband Mick, daughter Karen, sons Keith, Andrew and Vincent, sisters Jacqueline, Veronica, Chris and Martina, grandchildren Ciara and Niamh, nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends to whom we extend our deepest sympathy at this sad time. Maureen’s remains were laid to rest at Coosan Cemetery on Thursday last. May God grant rest to her Soul.

Fun Run: Ballymahon/Forgney Ladies G.A.A. Club and Ballymahon G.A.A. are holding a 10K/5K Fun Run on Saturday next October 3rd at 11.00a.m. commencing at the local pitch. Registration from 10.00a.m.

Night at the Dogs: Ballymahon G.A.A. Club’s annual main fundraiser, a Night at the Dogs in Mullingar Greyhound Stadium is to be held on October 24th next. Tickets are on sale from all committee members and players. Your support will be very much appreciated.
Great victory for the u.12’s
Congratulations to the Ballymahon/Forgney U.12 football team who have brought off the double when they beat Dromard in the U.12 Championship final played in Glennon Bros Pearse park on Friday evening last. The lads won the League earlier in the year. On the team were B. Maloney,
D Finlass, C. Duncan, O. Maloney, J Walsh, D Ryan, C. McDonagh, S. Quinn, S. Bawle, C. Byrne and P. Connaughton. Subs..B. Foxe, R. Noonan and D. Cassells. Eugene Quaine representing the County Minor Board presented the Captain, Cormac McDonagh with the Cup and Medals were also presented to both teams. The final score in the game was 7-8 to 3-12. Very well done to the team management, Philip Quinn, Seamus Finlass and Colin Bawle. There was great excitement for the young team when they returned to Ballymahon, well done to all.

21st birthday: Congratulations to Dwaine Nestor, son of John and Fiona, Ballymulvey who celebrated his 21st birthday on Saturday night last in Cooneys Hotel with all his family and many friends. Best wishes to Dwaine for the future, hope you enjoyed the night.

Sympathy: We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Dr. Betty Moran, Lucan, Co Dublin, who passed away on September 11th last. Many people in the area will remember Dr. Moran who worked in Ballymahon for many years as a Locum doctor with Dr. Declan McGivney. Her remains have been donated to