Ballycastle >Local News
18th May '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.

Giro de Baile the North Mayo/Erris Sportive

Now in it's third year, Giro de Baile is going from strength to strength, and is fast becoming one of the country's premier cycling sportives. Modelled on the famous Ring of Kerry cycle and sanctioned by Cycling Ireland, it encompasses 146km of the most stunning Mayo North scenery, most of it along the Wild Atlantic Way .   This year's event takes place on the August Bank Holiday weekend, with the main cycle taking place on Sunday 31st July at 10.00am from Ballycastle town centre.

The event is community run and this year, five charities will benefit – 

Naomh Padraig Juvenile GAA, Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation, Irish Cancer Society and Family Carers Ireland .


There will be two routes available to participants – for the more experienced, the 146km route follows a wonderfully scenic course from Ballycastle Village right along the North Mayo coast through Lacken, Killala, Crossmolina, cycling right into the heart of Erris through Bangor, Barnatra, Pullathomas, Cornboy and Belderrig before returning to Ballycastle. This route along the sheer coast of the Atlantic is truly spectacular, passing scenic highlights like the famous Downpatrick Head, now a Wild Atlantic Way Signature Discovery Point, Lacken Strand, Porturlin and the Stags of Broadhaven.

For the intermediate or leisure cyclist, the 60km route takes in the parishes of Ballycastle, Lacken, Killala, Cooneal, Crossmolina, Moygownagh and Kilfian with many of the highlights above included on the route.


The Giro de Baile prides itself on being a community run, non-competitive day out. Novice cyclists do not need to feel intimidated as the event is primarily a fun and relaxed day out on your bike with like-minded people. While the event will be timed, you are only riding against yourself, the clock and the course.

New addition for 2016 – the Vintage and Family Cycle

?This year, on Saturday evening 30 th July at 5.30pm, cyclists and families are invited to bring their vintage bikes (pre-90s steel is the standard, but anything goes!), gear and memorabilia, and take part in a short spin from Ballycastle Community Hall to Downpatrick Head. There will be tea, coffee and an opportunity to take in the breathtaking views before returning to Ballycastle. The event is sponsored by Tea by the Sea .

Further information

All information, and how to register, is available on the Giro de Baile website: Facebook or Twitter
For any other queries email the Giro de Baile or contact Máirtin at 0863225128 or Noel at 0863828713.

Golf Society

Results from Ballina Outing:

1st : Brian Forde 31 pts

2nd : Shane Winters 30pts

3rd : Vincent Tomas 29pts 

4th : Michael Gilroy 27pts 

Nearest the pin: Eddie Keigher 

Longest drive: Oliver Clarke

Visitors: Brian Dalton 

Next outing is to Tubbercurry Golf Club on 21/5/16.

1st tee is booked for 11am so please be there for 10.30am.

Contact David Alexander for more information (087 7965080)

Last chance to book a slot for away outing to Galway on weekend 17/18 June, contact Gerry Henry for more information (087 9391689).

Visitors welcome.

First Communion

Congratulations to the following children who received their First Holy Communion Mass on

Sunday 15th May:

Michaela Scott, Gráinne Kelly, Coraleigha Bonner, Emma Winters, Orla Tighe,

Niamh Fox, Lorcan O'Donnell, John Healy.


Lotto Jackpot now €15,200

No's drawn on 16th May were: 1. 6. 17. 19. No Jackpot winner.

Next draw in Katie Macs.

Five Envelopes drawn:

Gerry Collins, c/o Burkes

Kathleen McDonnell, Main Street

Eileen Kearney, Carrowcullen

Conor & Olive, c/o Bridie Hunt

Aaron Donnelly, Cortoon

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




Senior League Rd 6: Kilmeena v Ballycastle on Saturday 21st May at 7.00p.m. in Kilmeena.



Senior League Rd 5 : Ballycastle: 3 – 15; Crossmolina: 2 – 16.


50/50 draw

Congratulations to Martin Gorman, Killala who won €228 in last week's 50/50 draw.


Club Text Messages

Anyone who would like to receive club news, fixtures and results, contact Máirtín Flannery 0863225128 and you will be added to a new group text for 2016.


Club Trip to Leeds
CLG Baile an Chaisil are hoping to have a club weekend away to Leeds in October.
This is a trip for players of the club but anyone else who would like to go is more than welcome but must book their own flights and accommodation. For more information contact Joe Gardiner/Martin Heffernan.


National School training

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



Bingo in the Community Hall on Monday 23rd May at 8.30p.m. Guaranteed Jackpot of €300.


Community Games

Ballycastle Community Games will be held on Saturday 21st May at 3.00p.m. in Tom Langan Park . Open to all children in the parish.


Free Networking morning

Mayo North and Ballina Tourist Office are teaming up to host an informal, FREE networking morning on Tuesday May 24th from 10am–1pm in the Ballina Manor Hotel.

The objective of the morning is for those working in tourism within the Ballina Municipal District (hotels, activity providers, B&Bs, pubs, restaurants, events, visitor centres etc.) to either take a stand for own business and local attractions, or come in, browse and learn what's on offer elsewhere in the region.

Everyone or every group who can offer an experience to a tourist is welcome – whether that's a trad session, a fine dining experience, a water activity, walking trails, bike hire, fishing, a luxury spa … you get the picture.

Even if businesses do not wish to exhibit, they can come in for a chat and bring flyers, business cards or information for sharing – it will be very informal. .

If you need any more information contact Mayo North, Mags at Ballina Chamber of Commerce or Máirtín Flannery.


St. Patrick's College, Lacken Cross

St. Patrick's College, Lacken Cross will celebrate their 50th Anniversary on 29th October and are hoping to have a display of memorabilia and photos etc in the school on the day. If you have any photographs which could be displayed, please send them to the school, with your name on the back so they can be returned. The school are also hoping to put together a collection of stories from through the years. If you have anything you would like to share they would appreciate contributions. Items can be dropped into the school, sent by post or email


Athletic Club

Athletic training on Friday evenings at 7pm at the football pitch.

Junior & Senior infants meet at the Community Hall.

Cycling Club

Club Spins for Members at 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.


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

Mass Times:

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

Saturday Vigil: 8.15p.m.

Sunday: 11.30a.m.


Masses this week:

Monday: Patrick (Anniversary) & Maura McGuire

Tuesday 7.00p.m.: Gerry (Anniversary), Vincent, Emma & Mary Healy

Wednesday: John, Winifred & Breege Keane

Thursday: Deceased Members of McDonnell Family, (Cluddaun)

Friday : Jim & Teresa Healy (Carrowmacshaun)

Saturday 8.15p.m.: Maureen Desmond (nee Tighe) Month's Mind

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Jack McBrien ( Anniversary) & Deceased McBrien & Higgins Families


Eucharist Ministers:

Saturday: Rose Nealon

Sunday: George O'Grady



Saturday: Eileen Grier

Sunday: Seamus O'Connor



Saturday: Erin Flannery, Tony Carden

Sunday: Jamie Timlin, Caoimhe Tomas