Ballycastle >Local News
10th February '16

                                                      An AED Defibrillator is located in Ballycastle Community Hall

                                                      In the event of a person collapsing and becoming unresponsive:

                                                      1. Call 999 (landline) or 112 (mobile)

                                                      2. Call local Defibrillator Responder on

                                                         A) 086-257-6771 or B) 086-257-6772

                                                      3. Start CPR immediately while awaiting responder and emergency                                                              service.


The death has occurred of Mary Hefferon (nee Horan) Carrowcubic, Ballycastle.

Funeral will arrive to St. Bridget's Church, Ballycastle tomorrow (Thursday) for Requiem Mass at 12.00noon with burial afterwards in Ballycastle Cemetery .

Sympathy is extended to her daughter Mairéad, son-in-law Marty, grandsons, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives and friends.

Mary taught in Ballycastle National School for a number of years.

May she rest in peace.


Sympathy is extended to Declan Clinton on the death of his uncle Kevin Loftus, Crossmolina.

May he rest in peace.


Sympathy is also extended to Eileen Healy on the death of her sister-in-law Maidia Papworth (nee Healy, late of Carrowmore), in England .

May she rest in peace.


Cycling News

First Club outing of the year is in Castlebar on Saturday 27th "Cycle up for epilepsy". Please have your Club and Cycling Ireland membership paid.


The Club are pleased to announce they raised over €9,000 for different charities in 2015 and hope to top this in 2016.

Anyone interested in getting involved with the club contact Máirtín 0863225128 or Noel 0863828713.

Club spins start back on the Saturday 5th March. All welcome.

Turbo training classes for beginners Thursdays at 8pm in Ballycastle Hall. All welcome to come, it's a great way to get fit and great fun. Ring 0863225128 for more details.


Club and Cycling Ireland Membership is now due and should be given to Cara Finnerty.

Anyone hoping to go on the Club weekend away to cycle the Tour de Connemara in Clifden on May 28th contact Mairtin Flannery, Noel Kelly or Peter Regan.


Cycling for beginners

Are you new to cycling or just getting back into riding?

Would you like to cycle the Giro de Baile on July 31st? If so, Baile an Chaisil CC club spins for beginners, with the intention of getting you ready for the Giro de Baile, start back on Saturday 5th March at 9am from the Shambles, Ballycastle.

Call Máirtín 0863225128. Everyone has to start somewhere!


Giro de Baile 2016

Registration is now open for the Giro de Baile 2016.

If you have club mates, friends or family who are considering entering the event we would encourage you to register as early as possible. Once we reach the event capacity of 500 cyclists, there will be no further entries accepted. Register at Eventbrite Giro de Baile.

Applications are now being sought from Mayo-based charities or Sport Clubs who are interested in being a beneficiary of this year's Giro de Baile.

Any Mayo charities interested in applying can contact us on Facebook, Twitter at or ring Máirtín 0863225128, Noel 0863828713 for more details.
Closing date for applications is Friday February 22nd at 5pm.

Any applications received after the closing date, will not be accepted.

Lotto Jackpot now €13,800

No's drawn on 8th February were: 4. 8. 12. 26. No Jackpot winner.

Next draw in Katie Macs.

Five Envelopes drawn:

Ann McDonnell, Seaview

Ciaran Jordan, Killerduff

Rita McLucas Killerduff

Dylan & Odhran D'Arcy, Seaview

Mary Healy, Healy's Bar

Tickets can be purchased at: John Burkes, Healy's Bar, Post Office, Katie Macs and Craft Shop.



Bingo in the Community Hall on Monday 15th February at 8.30p.m. Guaranteed Jackpot of €300.



50/50 Draw:

Winner of last week's GAA 50/50 Draw was Shane Forde who won €256.


Club Membership is now due.


Kiddies Korner

Kiddies Korner is now taking enrolment for September 2016. We offer both subvention and free pre-school year (ECCE) schemes. Children must be a minimum of

2yrs 6 months on start date.

If you are considering starting your child, please call into the Playschool, email or phone 096 43407 or call Catherine on 086 3362360.

We will have our enrolment night on Wednesday 17th February at 8.00p.m. in the Playschool.


Golf Society

Next outing is to Strandhill Golf Club on 5th March. 1st tee is at 11am so please be there for 10.30am. For more information contact David Alexander on 0877965080.

Our annual away outing this year is to Salthill, staying at the Clybaun Hotel and playing Barna Golf Course on 18th June and possibly Tuam Golf Course on the way down (to be decided).  Any one interested in going please contact Gerry Henry on 0879391689 for more information. Deposit to be paid at next outing.


Leader Programme

Moy Valley Resources IRD is hosting LEADER community information meeting in Ballycastle Community Hall on Monday 22nd February at 7.30pm. All welcome.  The purpose of the meetings is to update and inform individuals, communities and businesses on the new EU LEADER programme, which is due to come on stream in Mayo in late Spring, and help them to identify potential projects for funding under the programme. For more information please contact Anne-Marie on 096 70905 or


Belderrig Community Alert Group

Emergency response (panic buttons) available for persons of pension age. For more information contact 087 1217621 or 087 6257593.


Athletic Club

Ballycastle Athletic Club training on Saturday mornings at 10am at the football pitch –junior and senior infants meet at the Community Hall.

For current news on club events please be sure to check out our Facebook page - Ballycastle AC Mayo.


Irish Music classes

Children's Irish music classes in the old barracks, on Fridays from 5.30 to 7pm (beginners from 5pm). Contact 086 3016691.

Adult Irish music classes in Community Centre, Killala on Thursdays 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Contact 086 3016691.

Line Dancing

Line dancing classes in Community Centre, Killala on Thursdays 9pm to 10.30pm. Contact 086 3016691.

Irish Dancing classes

Irish dancing classes resumed last week in St John's Hall. Beginners class 6.30-7.30pm, Advanced class 7.30-8.30pm.  Newcomers welcome. Contact 089494435/0860687342



Opening times for the Gymnasium in Ballycastle Community Hall are:

Monday – Friday 9.00a.m. – 1.00p.m. and 5.00p.m. – 9.00p.m.

Saturday 10.00a.m. – 1.30p.m.

Prices: €5 per visit, €20 per month, €50 for 3 months or €120 per year.


Craft Shop

Craft Shop is located in the Resource Centre, Upper Main Street stocking goods by local craftworkers e.g. knitwear, crochet, handmade cards, wooden bowls, cushions, cot quilts, etc.

Ballycastle souvenir items e.g. candles, fridge magnets, keyrings, bookmarks, biros, teabag holders, St. Brigid's Crosses, Mayo Crystal and a range of other items.


Other Facilities available :

Tourist Information, Photocopying, Laminating, Typing.


Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday 10.00a.m. – 5.00p.m. (closed for lunch 1 – 2.00p.m.)

Community Hall

Monday : Bingo at 8.30p.m.

Tuesday: Indoor Soccer 5.30p.m. – 6.30p.m. for children aged 8 – 10years

Basketball for ages 10 – 14 from 6.30 – 7.30p.m.

Ladies basketball at 8.00p.m.

Thursday: Men & Ladies basketball at 8.00p.m.

For all Hall bookings, contact Breda at 089-4607901


Church Notices

Lent begins this year on 10th February. Easter Sunday falls on 27th March.


First Holy Communion Mass will be celebrated on Sunday 15th May.


Mass Times:

Weekdays at 10.00a.m. (unless otherwise stated)

Saturday Vigil: 8.15p.m.

Sunday: 11.30a.m.


Masses this week:

Monday: No Mass

Tuesday: Joe & Maura Munnelly

Wednesday: May & Jack Touhill, Michael and Deceased Family Members

Thursday: John & Eileen Finan

Friday : People of the Parish

Saturday 12.00noon: Molly Madden (Month's Mind)

Saturday Vigil 8.15p.m.: Mary (Anniversary) & Michael Munnelly

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Mary, John, Sarah, Bea & Seán Carey (Doonfeeney)


Eucharist Ministers:

Saturday Vigil: Rose Nealon

Sunday: Mary Boyle



Saturday Vigil: Cauleen Barrett

Sunday: Michael A. O'Connor



Saturday Vigil: Tony Carden, Róisín O'Donnell

Sunday: Adam Clinton, Erin Flannery