Ballycastle >Local News
13th December '17

                                                     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     


Ballycastle Christmas Experience

On Saturday 16th December Ballycastle gets into the festive spirit with our annual “Ballycastle Christmas Experience”.

Organised by BEO (Ballycastle Events Organisation). 

This celebration of the spirit of Christmas will be held in the stunning setting of “The Shambles”

from 5pm-7pm.

This Christmas experience will feature Santa and Mrs Claus in their grotto, and the elves busy at work in their workshop ahead of the big day. There will also be a living crib with real animals, with live music and other entertainment also being provided. The very best of festive food and drink will also be on offer for all the family to enjoy.

This event is Free. Any Donation to the Donation Box would be appreciated 

For more information: Tel: 0863225128 Email: 


Craft Shop

Craft Shop will be open on Saturday 16th December from 6.30p.m. – 7.30p.m. and on

Sunday 17th from 12.15p.m. – 1.15p.m.

If needed, especially those who have items to collect, phone 0868492070 or 0863787551.



No's drawn on 11th December were: 3. 4. 17. 24. No Jackpot winner.

Jackpot now €4,300. Next draw in Katie Macs.

Five Envelopes drawn:

Teresa Collins, Seaview

Michael Cooke, Behy

A.M.C. Dunne, Ballycastle

Mary Murray, Killala Bus

Johnny Jordan, Killerduff


Christmas Lotto

As New Year's Day falls on a Monday, Lotto draw for that week will take place on Friday 29th December. If the Jackpot is not won, winners of the 5 envelopes drawn will each receive €100.


Christmas Bingo

Christmas Bingo in Ballycastle Community Hall on Monday 18th at 8.30p.m. Guaranteed Jackpot of €300. €1,500 in prizes, Monster Raffle, Spot Prizes and extra prizes in the 50/50 draw.


Christmas Raffle

Tickets for Christmas Raffle, in aid of the gymnasium, are on sale in local businesses. 1st Prize: Hamper (value €250) and lots of other great prizes. Tickets €2 each or 3 for €5. Draw will take place at Bingo in Ballycastle Community Hall on Monday 18th December.



Special offer for the month of January - €100 for 1 year's membership.

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

Gift Vouchers available in Mary's Tea Rooms and the Post Office.


Nativity Play

St. Bridget's National School Nativity Play will take place in St. Bridget's Church on Tuesday 19th December.


Carols by Candlelight

Carols by Candlelight in St. Bridget's Church, Ballycastle on Friday 22nd December at 7.30.m. with the Moy Singers and children from the area.



50/50 draw: 

For the Christmas Eve draw on December 24th , the club will pull three additional tickets with prizes of €50 for 2nd ticket out, €30 for third ticket and €20 for fourth place.

Congratulations to Anna, Kate, Julliette and Maeve Heffernan, winners of last week's 50/50 (€208).


Chairde Baile an Chaisil is now open for the 2018 season for new members. Contact Eilsih Ormsby or Martin Tighe. 
Last year's members will be contacted by the club executive in the coming weeks.

The Inaugural Peter Sweeney Cup will take place on the 26th December at 1pm in Tom Langan Park - East v West. 

Carol Service

Carol Service in St. John's Church on 17th December at 8.00p.m. Tea served in St. John's Hall afterwards. All are welcome.


Best Christmas Window

BEO (Ballycastle Events Committee) has announced a Competition for the best Christmas window display/shop front in Ballycastle.

This competition is open to all the businesses and houses in the town, so whether you are a shop, a pub, or a House - if you decorate it for Christmas, you are in the competition and have the opportunity to win.
Voting will take place on the 16 th December and winner will be announced at the Ballycastle Christmas Experience.


Ballycastle Christmas Cycle

Baile an Chaisil Cycling Club 5th annual Christmas cycle on New Year's Day at 12noon. Registration in Healy's Bar at 11.30a.m. 36km and 12km family cycle with refreshments after in Healy's.

This year we will be cycling in memory of our friend and former club member Patrick McHale. Collette and her family have chosen Head Way Ireland as this year's charity.


Winter spinning classes in St Johns Hall, Ballycastle at 8pm. Beginners and non club members welcome.


Music Classes

Irish music classes for children in Ballycastle Hall on Fridays 5.30pm to 6.30pm.
Beginner Irish music classes for Adults in Killala Community Centre on Thursdays from 8pm to 9pm.  086-3016691

Athletic Club

Ballycastle Athletic Club training on Fridays 6.30p.m. – 7.45p.m. at Ballycastle Football Pitch. All Welcome.


Over 55 Exercise Club

Wednesdays at 3.00p.m. in Suífinn Way Centre. New members always welcome.


Barber John's

Barber John's, now open at the top of Main Street on Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week from 10.00a.m. – 6.00p.m. Gents Haircut: €10;

Pensioners & Children: €8; Beard Trims €5. Phone 085 7571594.


Ballycastle Bike Hire

Tour some of the scenic areas in North Mayo with bicycle hire from Ballycastle bike hire. Bikes provided are high quality with a wide selection to match all ages and abilities ( Mountain Bikes, Road Bikes, Hybrid, Children's Bikes) and can be rented from short to long term use.

Service includes free drop-off and pick-up locations in the Céide Coast region including the monasteries of the Moy green-way Killala. Hi-vis vests and helmets supplied.

Opening hours for Céide Coast Lodge on Main Street , Ballycastle are

Monday – Sunday 10.00a.m. – 5.00p.m.

Bike hire available out of hours - just ring 086 3225128.

Call Máirtín on 086 3225128 or email .


Garda in attendance

Garda will attend at Ballycastle Community Hall from 2 – 3pm on the 1st Wednesday of every month.


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, 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

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.


Monday : Bingo at 8.30p.m.

Tuesday: Boys and Girls Basketball from 5.30p.m. – 6.30p.m.

Boys and Girls Indoor Soccer from 6.30p.m. – 7.30p.m.


For all Hall bookings, contact Breda at 089-4607901


Church Notices

Masses this week:

Monday 11.00a.m.: Deceased Members of Gilroy Families. Catherine Lynn & Eithne Glynn

Tuesday 11.00a.m.: Pat Leahey who died in England & Ellen Langan

Wednesday 7.00p.m.: Lorenzo Browne & Deceased Family Members

Thursday 11.00a.m.: Michael McDermott (Anniversary)

Friday 7.00p.m.: Katie & Michael Walsh

Saturday 8.15p.m.: Seán (Anniversary), Madia, Katie & Martin Healy

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Deceased Members of Meyler & Collins Families


Eucharist Ministers:

Saturday Vigil: Kathleen Donnelly

Sunday 11.30a.m.: George O'Grady



Saturday Vigil: Eileen Grier

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Michael A. O'Connor



Saturday Vigil: L. Tomas, M. Scott

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Liam & Niamh Fox