Ballycastle >Local News
16th March '16

                                                      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.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Parade will start from Ballycastle Hall on St. Patrick's Day after 11.30a.m. Mass. Anyone interested contact Maura on 086 3571231.


Lotto Jackpot now €14,300

No's drawn on 14th March were: 9. 13. 19. 29. No Jackpot winner.

Next draw in Healys.

Five Envelopes drawn:

Eileen Grier, Ballycastle

Maura Hopkins, Kilbride

Una Connolly, Suífinn Way

Kathleen Boyle, Carrowcubic

S. Bilbow, Ballycastle

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



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


Ballycastle/Belderrig Development Company

AGM will take place on Wednesday 23rd March at 9.00p.m. in the Resource Centre.



Congratulations to Chris and Jodie McDonnell Sea View who won €270 in last week's 50/50 draw.


National School training

National School training on Saturdays at 1pm in Tom Langan Park .


The Club would like to thank Margaret  Ormsby, Patricia Loftus, Martin Tighe, Joe Gardiner, Niall Murphy and Máirtín Flannery who organised the National School trip to the Mayo v Kerry game. The result didn't go our way but the children had a great day and represented the village and their School with pride. It was such a success the club hope to make this an annual event.


Kiddies Korner Super Draw

Kiddies Korner Super Draw will soon be coming to an end with the second of our draws to take place shortly. If you or someone you know would be interested in taking part in the coming year of our exciting lotto and be in with a chance of winning one of many cash prizes to the value of £14000 please let us know on or before Friday March 18th . You can email, pop into the playschool or phone 09643407, 0863362360, 0871365194

Facebook Training

Facebook training for local community groups will be held in The Foxford Sports & Leisure Centre on Tuesday April 5th 2016 from 7pm – 10pm.  People attending this training will need to have basic computer skills and the goal is to be able to set up a Facebook page for community groups.  This training is free and is funded under the Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme.  As numbers are limited early booking is important.   I will only take one person from each group at the moment but may be able to take more nearer the time. To book your place contact me on 087 2135960 or email  It would be advisable to bring your own laptop if possible. The training will be provided by 2market Training.

Golf Society

Next outing is to Westport Golf Club on 26th March. 1st tee is booked for 11am so please be there for 10.30am. Contact David Alexander on 0877965090 for more information. Visitors and new members welcome.

Our away outing this year is the weekend of the 16/17 June to Salthill, staying at the Clayburn Hotel, playing Tuam Golf Course on the way down on Friday and playing Barna Golf Course on the Saturday. Anyone interested in going can contact Gerry Henry on 0879391689 for more information.

Visitors welcome. 

Cycling Club

Club Spins for Members have been changed to 8am on Sundays from the Shambles.
If you know anyone interested in getting into cycling for beginners, Couch to the Giro continues at 9am on Saturdays from the Shambles, Ballycastle. All you need is a Bike (any), a Helmet and Motivation.


Athletic Club

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

For current news on club events please be sure to check out our Facebook page - Ballycastle AC Mayo.


Irish Music classes

Children's Irish music classes in the old barracks, on Fridays from 5.30 to 7pm (beginners from 5pm). Contact 086-3016691.

Adult Irish music classes in Community Centre, Killala on Thursdays 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

Contact 086-3016691.

Irish Dancing classes

Irish dancing classes in St John's Hall. Beginners class 6.30-7.30pm, Advanced class 7.30-8.30pm.  Newcomers welcome. Contact 089494435/0860687342



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.


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.

For all Hall bookings, contact Breda at 089-4607901


Church Notices

Easter Sunday falls on 27th March.


First Holy Communion Mass will be celebrated on Sunday 15th May.


Mass Times:

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

Saturday Vigil: 8.15p.m.

Sunday: 11.30a.m.


Masses this week:

Monday: Mary McDonnell & Deceased Family Members

Tuesday: For all who helped and sympathised at Paddy Langan's death

Wednesday 8.15p.m: Vigil St. Patrick's Day . Kevin Healy (Anniversary)

Thursday 11.30a.m.: St. Patrick's Day . John & Bridgie McKenzie and Mary Cosgrove

Friday 7.00p.m. : John & Kathleen Nealon

Saturday Vigil 8.15p.m.: Mary & Peter Kelly & Deceased Family Members

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Michael McDonnell, Glenurla


Eucharist Ministers:

Vigil Wednesday 16th : Eileen Grier

Thursday 17th : Margaret Burke

Saturday Vigil: Rose Nealon

Sunday: Seán Callaghan



Vigil Wednesday 16th : George O'Grady

Thursday 17th : Seán Callaghan

Saturday Vigil: Eileen Grier, Mary Walsh, Caroline Nealon

Sunday: Elizabeth O'Donnell, Michael A. O'Connor, Nuala Delaney



Vigil Wednesday 16th : Josh & Tristan Murphy

Thursday 17th : Ashling McDonnell, Mia Tighe

Saturday Vigil: Caoimhe Tomas, Eoin McDonnell

Sunday: Tony Carden, Kim Stadler