Ballycastle >Local News
15th November '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     


Christmas Fair

Annual Christmas Fair will be held in Ballycastle Resource Centre (upstairs and downstairs) on Saturday 25th November from 12.00noon – 6.00p.m. and 8.30p.m. – 9.30p.m. & Sunday 26th November 12.00noon – 4.00p.m. with a variety of crafts, Christmas decorations and wreaths, cakes and lots more, from visiting and local craftworkers. To book a table, Phone 086 8492070 or 086 3787551.

Raffle for Hamper and other prizes, €2 per line, on sale in local Businesses.

Admission free and all welcome.



No's drawn on 13th November were: 14. 23. 24. 29. No Jackpot winner.

Jackpot now €3,900. Next draw in Katie Macs.

Five Envelopes drawn:

Attie McNulty, Ballycastle

Jamie Timlin, Ballycastle

Marcella O'Grady, Ballycastle

Kellie Barrett, Ballycastle

Dermot Tighe, Shanaghy


Ballroom Dancing

Beginners Ballroom Dancing lessons starting Wednesday 22nd November 9.00p.m. – 11.00p.m. in the Community Hall.




Senior League Replay:

Ballycastle 1-9; Knockmore 1-7.



Congratulations to Maura Fox, winner of last week's 50/50 (€209).


We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and sponsorship of Ballycastle GAA Club

This has been a successful year for Ballycastle GAA. As you may be aware we recently won Promotion to Div C. Earlier this year we also got to the Semi Final of the Mayo Junior Football Championship.

All this would not have been possible without your support which has helped us to fund facilities and equipment that is used by all our players and is very much appreciated by our club. We hope that this support will continue for many years as this will help ensure our Club's continued contribution to community life.


Christmas Party

The Annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party will be held on Sunday 3rd December in the Community Hall, starting with Mass at 3.00p.m.


Thank You

Mary Geraldine McHale would like to extend a sincere thank you for the show of support she received during her “Friends of St Luke's” fundraising event. The event was great fun, with fabulous music, food, and wonderful tractors of all shape and sizes.

Together with your support she raised more than €14,710, for a charity that is close to Mary Geraldine's heart "Friends of St Lukes".

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: 



Sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of Sr. Loreto Burns who died recently (former teacher in Ballycastle National School). May she rest in peace.


Quiz Night

Quiz night on Friday December 8th in Healy's Bar, starting at 9.30p.m. sharp. 


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 will commence on Wednesday 22nd in St Johns Hall, Ballycastle at 8pm. Beginners and non club members welcome.


Golf Society

Next outing is to Enniscrone Golf Course on 25th November .

1st tee is booked for 10.30am so please be there for 10am.

Membership to be paid on the day. Contact captain Allen Kelly on 0868672002.


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 10.00a.m.: People of the Parish

Tuesday 10.00a.m.: Patrick (Anniversary), Margaret, Paddy & Barbara Killeen

Wednesday 7.00p.m.: John & Margaret Healy & Deceased Members of the Healy & McDonnell Families

Thursday 10.00a.m.: Dan (Anniversary), Catherine & Josie Tighe

Friday 10.00a.m.: Gerry (Anniversary) & Jack Killeen

Saturday 8.15p.m.: Martin & John Healy & Deceased Healy Family (Behy)

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Michael John Burke, Breege Hughes & Bernie King


Eucharist Ministers:

Saturday Vigil: Kathleen Donnelly

Sunday 11.30a.m.: George O'Grady



Saturday Vigil: Cauleen Barrett

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Seán Callaghan



Saturday Vigil: As arranged

Sunday 11.30a.m.: As Arranged