Ballycastle >Local News
15th February '12

                                                      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


Former Mayo GAA Manager John O'Mahony launches

Mayo Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta

Former Mayo Manager John O'Mahony was on hand on Thurs 9th February to officially launch the 2012 Mayo GAA Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta tournament, which takes place in CLG Bhaile an Chaisil GAA grounds in North Mayo on the weekend of March 10th and 11th this year.


Speaking about the Comórtas competition O'Mahony stated that the competition is one of the most important club tournaments in the country and that with TG4 and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta now broadcasting the finals live, it is a great chance for players and clubs to shine on the national stage.


“Over the years, Mayo intercounty players like Chris Barrett, Billy Joe Padden, Colm Cafferkey, Mikey Sweeney and Fintan Ruddy have gone from the Comórtas Peile finals straight onto the Mayo senior county panel. The Comórtas brings out the very best in club footballers and I hope it is a similar situation during this year's Mayo finals in Ballycastle,” O'Mahony said.


Chairperson of the Mayo Comórtas Peile competition Piaras Ó Raghallaigh stated that the commitment of the Gaeltacht clubs to the Comórtas tournament and the local interest in it was very strong at present and he looked forward to another excellent weekend in Ballycastle.


“Tá na clubanna Gaeltachta anseo i Maigh Eo an láidir faoi láthair. Tá Acaill, Tuar Mhic Éadaigh, Béal a'Mhuirthead, Cill tSeadhna, Cill Chomáin agus Baile an Chaisil ag déanamh go maith agus is iontach an rud é go bhfuil an comórtas seo ann. Tá CLG Mhaigh Eo go mór taobh thiar den Chomórtas seo agus tá súil againn go mbeidh an-dheireadh seachtaine againn i dTuaisceart Mhaigh Eo”, a deir sé.


He went on to say that “We need to continue to build on the success of Mayo Gaeltacht clubs in recent years at the national finals and we must travel to Gweedore in Donegal for the finals with committed junior and senior champions from Mayo” he said.


Cathaoirleach of CLG Bhaile an Chaisil Martin Heffernan said the club were delighted to be hosting the Mayo Comórtas finals this year. “It is a great honour to welcome all the other Mayo Gaeltacht Clubs to Ballycastle and I know they will get a ‘céad míle fáilte' from everyone. This is the first time in the history of the club to be hosting the Mayo Comórtas finals and we will certainly be rolling out the red carpet for the visiting clubs”, he said.


Oifigeach Cultúrtha agus Teanga le CLG Bhaile an Chaisil Deaglán Mac Congamhna said the club were planning an entire weekend of activities around the Comórtas this year. “We will have music sessions on the Friday and Saturday night. We are organising a cultural and historical tour of the area on the Saturday evening with Seamus Caulfield and we have special Mass as gaeilge in Ballycastle on the Sunday,” he said.


The Comórtas Draw is as follows:

JUNIOR COMÓRTAS SEMI-FINALS: 10th March in Ballycastle

11.00a.m.: Ballycastle vs Kilcommon

12.30p.m.: Belmullet vs Kiltane



Preliminary Round to be played 3rd /4th March

Achill vs Belmullet (TBC)



2.00p.m.: Preliminary Round Winners vs Kiltane

3.30p.m.: Tourmakeady vs Kilcommon


The 4 semi-finals will be played on Saturday March 10th at Tom Langan GAA Park in Ballycastle with the finals on Sunday March 11th at the same venue. The Junior Final will be played at 2.00p.m. and the Senior Comórtas Final at 3.30p.m.



No's drawn on Saturday 11th February were: 1. 5. 7. 16. No Jackpot winner. Jackpot now stands at €9,200. Next draw in Polkes.

Five Envelopes drawn:

Martina & Emma Maughan, Cappagh

Eoghan McNulty, Ballina

James Gaughan, Glenedagh

Andrea Clarke, c/o Ulster Bank

Pat Sweeney, Ballyglass


Membership is now due and can be paid to any committee member. Single: €25; Family: €40; Students and O.A.P.: €10.

Dinner Dance

Ballycastle GAA Club annual Dinner Dance will be held on Saturday 24th March in Ballycastle Community Hall.


Mass for deceased members of Ballycastle GAA Club on Saturday 24th March at 12.00noon in St. Brigid's Church, Ballycastle.



Sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of Bridie Hall (nee Purcell, late of Glenurla) who died recently in England.


Social Dance

T. J.'s Social Dance in Ballycastle Community Hall on Sunday February 19th at 10.00p.m. Music by The Irish Knights.


St. Patrick's Day Parade

This year's Parade will leave from the Community Hall at 12.20p.m. Anyone wishing to enter a float or display, please attend meeting in the Resource Centre at 8.30p.m. on Tuesday, 28th February. All welcome.


Zumba Dancing

Zumba Dancing in the Parish Hall, Ballycastle on Tuesday nights 7.00 – 8.00p.m.

€6 per session, payable on the night. Everyone welcome.


Ballycastle Golf Society

Next outing on  25/2/12 is to Strandhill Golf Club.

Anyone interested in playing can contact Vincent Tomas on 087 7719359 or Padraig Winters on 086 3203736



Bingo in Ballycastle Hall on Monday nights at 8.30p.m.



Artworks are constantly on display in the Art Gallery upstairs in the Resource Centre, so please drop in to the Gallery when visiting Ballycastle.

Ballycastle art can be viewed at



Home Care Service

Home care help available to the elderly and convalescent in the Ballycastle and surrounding areas. Interested persons can contact Josephine on 086-0579023, for details and arrangement.


Craft Shop

Craft Shop is located in the Resource Centre, Upper Main Street.

Facilities available :

Broadband Internet, Fax, Laminating, Photocopying, Typing.

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 10.00a.m. – 5.00p.m.


Community Hall

Monday: Bingo at 8.30p.m.

Tuesday: Ladies football at 8.00p.m.

Wednesday: Men's Indoor Soccer (Over 18's) at 8.00p.m.

Thursday: Adults Basketball at 8.00p.m.

Anyone wishing to book the Hall for meetings or activities, contact Breda McNulty at 086-0644114.


Church Notices

Mass Times:

Weekdays at 10.00a.m.

Saturday Vigil: 8.15p.m.

Sunday: 11.30a.m.


Masses this week:

Monday: No Mass

Tuesday: No Mass

Wednesday: No Mass

Thursday: John & Mary Scott and Deceased Family

Friday 8.00p.m.: Jack, Mai & Michael Tuohill

Saturday 10.00a.m .: Peter & Bridie Langan

Saturday Vigil.: Anthony McDonnell

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Paddy Hefferon & Deceased Family


Eucharist Ministers:

Saturday Vigil: Mary Hefferon

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Mary Boyle



Saturday Vigil: Caroline Nealon

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Elizabeth O'Donnell



Saturday Vigil: Ciara Doyle Sweeney, Shane Maughan

Sunday : Shane Grier, Anna Healy



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

7.30p.m.: Breda McNulty, Breda O'Toole

8.00p.m.: Bridie Farrell, Miriam Burke

8.30p.m.: Susan Tighe, Peggy Tighe