Ballycastle >Local News
16th December '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.

Children's Carol Service

Annual children's Carol Service will take place in St. Bridget's Church on Thursday 17th December at 7.00p.m.


Monster Raffle

Ballycastle Community Hall are holding a monster Christmas Raffle with

1st prize: Hamper valued at €250

2nd prize: His & Her Watches

3rd : €50

4th : Cosmetic Set

5th : 2 Bottles of Wine.

Draw will take place at the Christmas Bingo on Monday 21st December. Tickets, at €2 each or 3 for €5, are on sale locally and on Monday night at Bingo.


Lotto Jackpot now €13,000

No's drawn on 14th December were: 2. 6. 27. 29. No Jackpot winner.

Next draw in Healys.

Five Envelopes drawn:

John Grier, Ballycastle

The Heffernan Family, Cabintown

Dympna McDermott, Sea Road

Katie Ruddy, Ballycastle

Kathleen Tomas, The Bridge, Ballyglass

Tickets can be purchased at: John Burkes, Healy's Bar, Post Office, Katie Macs and Craft Shop.


Christmas Lotto

On Monday 28th December, if the local Lotto Jackpot is not won, €500 will be given in prizemoney, so the winners of the 5 envelopes drawn will each receive €100.



The death has occurred of Mary Teresa Barrett, Doonadoba, Ballycastle. Sympathy is extended to her family, extended family, relatives and friends.

May she rest in peace.



The Club will host its Presentation Social Dinner Dance on Saturday 2nd January in Hotel Ballina commencing at 8 p.m. On the night we will have the pleasure of presenting the Junior Team with their winning medals as 2015 Mayo Junior B Football Champions.

Tickets for this event are available from Martin 087-2671759, Joe 086-8453067,

087-2647549 or Eilish 087-793 6942 or contact any member of the committee.

There are a limited number of tickets available for this historic event.


50/50 Draw:

Winner of this week's GAA 50/50 Draw was Barry Cox, Ballyglass who won €263.


Fitness for Christmas

Saturday 26th December: East v West Match in Tom Langan Park at 1pm.

Sunday 27th December: Run, Walk, Crawl from Healys Pub at 1pm.
Friday 1st January: Santa's Cycle from Healys Pub at 12:30p.m.

Donations welcome to the Fundraiser for Peter Fund.



Concert, in aid of Belderrig Church Fund, in St. Bridget's Church, Ballycastle on

Sunday 27th December '15 from 4.30 – 7.30p.m. Tickets €15 are on sale locally.

Music by Rejoice Gospel Choir, Cathal Gavin, Knockmore Folk Group, Pamela Gilmartin, The Coultry Sisters, Black Penny.


Fundraiser Auction

The Fundraiser for Peter Auction is now open for bidding! Don't miss your chance to bid on exciting items in support of Peter! All proceeds will go directly to Peter. You can either leave a message on Facebook or ring the following numbers: 0863225128/0863828713/0872671759. Thank you.

Anyone wishing to donate directly can do so by donating into a Bank Account:

Allied Irish Bank sort code 937029
Account name is: Peter Sweeney Fund
Account number: 19751056
Bic: aibkie2d
IBAN: ie36aibk93702919751056 


Items up for Auction so far:

2 tickets to the Ireland v Wales 6 Nations game

10x6 Trailer of turf

13x7 Box of Turf

Signed Ballycastle Jersey by the Winning County Championship Team

Signed Connacht Jersey

50 free round bales – cut and delivered to your farm ( you supply the plastic ) Sponsored by Owen Gilvarry

DJ for the night supplied by DJ Tiny

100 yards/10 Hoppers of Turf to be turned next Summer

Auction will end on 1st January.


Athletic Club

Ballycastle Athletic Club training on Saturday mornings at 10am at the football pitch – junior and senior infants meet at the Community Hall. New members welcome

Check out our facebook page - Ballycastle AC Mayo, for more news on club events. 

Golf Society

Next outing is to Enniscrone flat 9 on 19th December. This is or annual Christmas scramble.

1st tee is booked for 10.30am so please be there for 10am. For more info contact 

David Alexander on 0877965080. Visitors and new members welcome.



Bingo in the Community Hall on Monday 21st December at 8.30p.m. Guaranteed Jackpot of €300.


Benefit Dance

Benefit Dance in Ballycastle Hall on Tuesday 29th December.


Social Dancing

Social Dancing in the Merry Monk, Ballina on Thursday nights starting a 9.00p.m.



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.


Irish Dancing Classes

Scoil Rince Ui Mhurchu Classes take place on Monday and Thursday evenings in St John's Hall, Ballycastle. Beginner class from 5.30pm - 6.30 pm. Intermediate 6.30pm - 7.30pm and Advanced 7.30pm- 8.30pm. Enquiries to Ann Marie 0860687342


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: Indoor Soccer 5.30p.m. – 6.30p.m. for children aged 8 – 10years

Basketball for ages 10 – 14 from 6.30 – 7.30p.m.

Ladies basketball at 8.00p.m.

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

For all Hall bookings, contact Breda at 089-4607901


Church Notices

Confessions for Christmas will be held on Tuesday 22nd December at 8.00p.m.


Mass Times:

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

Saturday Vigil: 8.15p.m.

Sunday: 11.30a.m.


Masses this week:

Monday: Sylvester Tighe

Tuesday 7.30p.m.: Katie (Anniversary) & Michael Walsh & deceased family members.

Wednesday: Thomas, Bridget & John Tighe

Thursday: Michael McDermott ( Anniversary)

Friday 7.00p.m. : Seán Healy ( 2 nd Anniversary)

Saturday Vigil 8.15p.m.: Meyler & Collins deceased families

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Johnny Sweeney, Ballyglass (Anniversary)


Eucharist Ministers:

Saturday Vigil: Kathleen Donnely

Sunday: Paddy Kelly



Saturday Vigil: Eileen Grier

Sunday: Margaret Burke



Saturday Vigil: Finn McDermott Cox, Tristan Murphy

Sunday: Ashling McDonnell, Liam Fox