Ballycastle >Local News
15th July '20

Churches reopening


Churches will be reopening for public Masses on the weekend of 25/26th July.

Please sanitize your hands as you enter the church. (New hand dispensers have been put in place at all doors).

Every second seat will be cordoned off. Stewards will direct you to your seat.

Families may sit together, otherwise you must comply with the 2metre distancing.


It is compulsory for Eucharist Ministers to wear a mask when distributing Holy Communion.

It is encouraged that parishioners also wear them.

For Holy Communion, you will queue but please keep 2 metres between each communicant.

Only the priest and the sacristan are allowed in the sacristy.

When leaving the Church, please observe social distancing.

It is also recommended that all doors remain open during weekend Mass.


Collection Baskets will not be passed around, so please continue to put the envelopes in the letter boxes

in each of the 3 porches or leave at the Parish Priest's house.


A meeting of all Eucharist Ministers will take place in Ballycastle Church on Wednesday 22 nd July at 7.00p.m. It is important that all Eucharist Ministers attend.


Mass on Downpatrick Head, which usually takes place on the last weekend of July, has been cancelled for this year.


The annual climb of Croagh Patrick, which takes place on the same weekend, has also been cancelled for this year.


St. Bridget's Church is open daily for anyone who wishes to visit for quiet prayer.


During the week, please use the side door on the east side (the door where the wheelchair parking is allocated) as the other doors will remain closed and will only open for weekend Masses.


Mass Intentions

The following are the names of Mass intentions that were included in Masses said in private by Fr. Conlon this week:

Tom Conlon (Anniversary)

Frank Langan (Anniversary)

Mary Philbin (her 100th Birthday)

Martin Doherty (5th Anniversary) & Deceased Doherty & Barrett Families

Kathleen Healy (Anniversary) Glenurla

Jim McDonnell (Anniversary)

Anthony McGuire (Anniversary) & Annie McGuire

Michael Scott (Anniversary)


Ballinglen Arts Foundation

The Ballinglen Museum of Art opens on Monday 20th July at Main Street, Ballycastle,

F26 X5N3. Tel: 096-43184.

An Exhibition of work from the collection in Gallery 1 & Gallery 2 titled

“28 Years Rambling through the Landscape”.

Opening Hours:

Monday – Saturday 10.00a.m. – 5.00p.m.

Sunday 1.00p.m. – 5.00p.m.



Challenge match result: Ballycastle: 1 – 10; Castleconner: 0 – 08.


Ballycastle GAA Club held their 50/50 Draw on Sunday 5 th July.

Congratulations to the winners Tara & Tomás Ormsby (€168).

Tickets can be purchased in McNamees XL, Siopa Suifinn and the Post office - €2 each or three envelopes for €5. It is also possible to play online at

Ballycastle Gym

Ballycastle Community Hall Gym reopened on Monday 13th July. All sessions must be pre booked.

For morning sessions (9.00a.m. – 1.00p.m.) phone 089 4607901 and for evening sessions (5.00p.m. – 9.00p.m.) phone 086 3242347.

Garda in attendance

Garda Brian McGuire will be in Ballycastle Community Hall on the first Wednesday of each month from 12noon – 1.00p.m. On arrival, sign in, disinfect hands and maintain social distancing.