Ballycastle >Local News
13th May '15

                                                      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.

First Communion

Congratulations to the following children who received their First Holy Communion on Sunday 10th May in St. Bridget's Church, Ballycastle:

Keith Carden, Nathan Doherty, Kate Earley, Oisín Flannery, Sam Kelly, Emily Loftus, Aoibhe McAndrew, Leona Ruane, Cillian Scott, Lorna Tomas, Elise Touhill,

Denise Walsh.


Scoil Naomh Bríd

Scoil Naomh Bríd cordially invite everyone to the raising of their Fourth Green Flag for Travel in Scoil Naomh Bríd, Ballycastle on Wednesday 20th May at 1.00p.m.

Refreshments and music will be provided and the flag will be raised by a very special guest !!!

Don't miss this very proud day for the school.


Golf Society

Results from outing to Ballina Golf Club:

1st : Alan Kelly 34pts

2nd : David Finnerty 28pts back 9

3rd : Ray Finnerty 28pts 

Longest drive: Oliver Clarke 

Visitors prize: Derek Christie 36pts

Next outing is on weekend of 5/6 June, away trip to Bundoran Golf Club, Co. Donegal.

For information on tee times and accommodation, contact David Alexander on 0877965080. Visitors welcome. 


Community Games

Local Community Games will be held on Sunday 17th May at 3.00p.m. in the football pitch. Everyone welcome.



Sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of Patricia Hughes, Liverpool who died recently (sister-in-law of Vera & Tony Jordan).


Sympathy is also extended to the family, relatives and friends of Martina Gillen, Ballina who died recently (sister of Philomena Hunt).


May they rest in peace.


Kiddies Korner

Enrolment and parent information evening takes place in Kiddies Korner Playschool on Friday 15th May at 8.00p.m.


AGM, in Kiddies Korner Playchool, will be held on Friday 29th May at 8.00p.m. Everyone welcome.



Lotto Jackpot now stands at €9,900 and envelopes can be obtained in the Post Office, Burkes, Healys, Katie Macs and the Craft Shop.

No's drawn on 9th May were: 3. 11. 15. 21. No Jackpot winner.

Next draw in Healys.

Five Envelopes drawn:

Kate Taylor & Brian Walsh, Ballyglass

Michaela & Chloe Scott, Ballykinlettra

Phil Tomas, Ballycastle

P. J. & Cathriona Gillespie, Ballina

John Kenny, Ballycastle


Food & Craft Market

The Shambles Food & Craft Market is back on Fridays from 9.30a.m. – 12.30p.m. beginning on Friday 15th May.


Library, in Ballycastle, is closed until further notice.



Mayo Senior Football League: Baile an Chaisil: 0 – 4; Charlestown : 1 – 14.


Ballycastle GAA will be selling County Board Development Draw €100 tickets for the next few weeks. Funds raised from their sale contribute to costs of our local club and County teams. These tickets are a vital source of funding for the club. We are expecting to commence construction of our new club house this summer and the income from these tickets will go directly into this project. This redevelopment will be a great asset to our community for generations to come.

The cash prizes have increased in value this year and a full list of the prizes is available on the back of the ticket. Club members and players will be calling door to door asking for your support. Purchasers can club together if they wish to share a ticket. We thank all supporters again for your help and we know you will not let down our club. For any draw inquiries or to arrange to buy a ticket contact Joe Gardiner on (086) 845 3067 or Eilis Ormsby on (087) 793 6942 or email


Fun Cycle for Bike Week

Dig out a bike, pump tyres, tweak brakes, oil the chain and bring a helmet
Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling, and show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life by encouraging ‘everyday cycling for everyone'.

This year Baile an Chaisil cycling club will be staging an event on the 13th June from Ballycastle Hall at 10:30a.m. This Event is free and we encourage young and old to join us on the day. Refreshments after in Ballycastle Hall. Distance will be less than 10km so come and join us.
Contact Máirtin Flannery 0863225128 Noel Kelly 0863828713 or any Baile an Chaisil club member for more details.


Coastal Challenge

Ballycastle 10k & 6k road race, walk & fun run on Saturday 27th June 2015.


Giro de Baile

The Giro de Baile takes place on Sunday 2nd August from Ballycastle Village . Hosted by Baile and Chaisil Cycling Club, the Giro follows a wonderfully scenic course from Ballycastle Village right along the North Mayo Coast on the Wild Atlantic way cycling right into the heart of Erris. Glancing around you will see the rugged coastline of North Mayo with Céide, Downpatrick Head and the Staggs of Broadhaven in the Distance.


Ballycastle Writers Group

Creative Writing on Tuesdays 7.30 - 9p.m. in Suífinn Centre (behind the Community Hall), Ballycastle. Contact Ursula 087 7133432.


Art Group

Art Group meet in the Resource Centre on Mondays from 7.00 – 9.00p.m. New members welcome. Guidance available from our resident artist Sue Upton.


Art Gallery, featuring paintings by local artists, upstairs in the Resource Centre.

Open Monday – Friday 10.00a.m. – 5.00p.m.


O-55's Club

Over 55's exercise club meet in Suífinn Way Centre on Tuesdays at 11.30a.m.


Book Club

Book Club meet the last Thursday of every month at 9.00p.m. Contact Mary at 086-8095536.


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: Basketball 5.30p.m. – 6.30p.m. for children aged 8 – 10years and from

6.30 – 7.30p.m. for ages 12 – 14years. Ladies basketball at 8.00p.m.

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

Friday: Athletic Club: Training for young athletes from 7.00p.m. – 8.00p.m

For all Hall bookings, contact Breda at 089-4607901


Church Notices

Mass Times:

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

Saturday Vigil: 8.15p.m.

Sunday: 11.30a.m.


Masses this week:

Monday 7.00p.m.: John & Katie Noone, Ballinglen

Tuesday: People of the Parish

Tuesday 7.30p.m.: Joe, Catherine & Daniel Tighe, Mary Joe & Tom Clifford

Wednesday: Thomas & Sarah McDonnell, Ballinglen

Thursday: Jack & Mary Gaffney

Friday 7.00p.m.: John, Winifred & Breege Keane & Deceased Family

Saturday Vigil 8.15p.m.: Patrick & Maura McGuire

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Private Intention


Eucharist Ministers:

Saturday Vigil: Mary Hefferon

Sunday: Paddy Kelly



Saturday 8.15p.m.: Caroline Nealon

Sunday: Florrie McBrien



Saturday Vigil: To be arranged

Sunday: To be arranged


Adoration: (Tuesday)

6.30p.m.: Anne & P. J. Madden

7.00p.m.: Bernie Chambers, Mauretti Bn Uí Fhlatharta