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19th August '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.

Some Photos from Giro de Baile and Fair Day in Photo Gallery.

Lotto Jackpot now €11,300

No's drawn on 15th August were: 3. 17. 26. 27. No Jackpot winner. Next draw in Healys. Five Envelopes drawn:

Tony (Jnr) & Marla D'Arcy, Ballycastle

Barbara Browne, Main Street

A. O'Donnell, The Glen

Mary Kenny, Main Street

Maureen Earley, Farmhill

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


Golf Society

Next outing is to Ballina Golf Club on 22nd August. 1st tee is for 11am so please be there for 10.30am.  New members and visitors welcome.

For more info contact Ollie Clarke on 086 0579204



Bingo in the Community Hall on Monday 24th August at 8.30p.m. Guaranteed Jackpot of €300.


Ballycastle GAA 50/50 draw winner on 15th August was Paul O'Donoghue who was presented with a cheque for €280 by Aiden Grier.


Senior Football League Result:

Ballycastle: 1 - 11;  Knockmore:  0 - 11


Mayo Junior B Football Championship Quarter Finals:

Ardnaree Sarsfields v Ballycastle at 5.30p.m. on Saturday 22nd August in Ballina.

Mayo Junior C Football Championship Quarter Finals:

Ballycastle v Kiltane at 7.00p.m. on Saturday 22nd August in Ballina.

Céide Fields

As part of National Heritage Week, Céide Fields are having a day of free admission on Sunday August 30th. In addition to our usual guided tours we will have exhibitions, activities and competitions for all the family from 11am to 5pm.

Our recent Family Day was very popular and was enjoyed by visitors from near and far. Congratulations to the winners in the art competition: Naomi Kennedy, Co. Meath, Denise Walsh, Carrowniskey, and Abi McCarthy, Co. Cork . Treasure Hunt winners were Paddy Langan, Ballyglass and Eoghan Ó Fuaruisge, Co. Meath and the winners of the numbers competitions were Keith Doherty, Doonfeeney and Orlaith McGrath, Glenamoy.


Tradition of turf cutting

On Friday August 28th there will be a free demonstration of turf cutting accompanied by a talk on the associated traditions and culture of the bog, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. at Céide Fields.


Lacken Trail

For National Heritage Week there will be a guided walk of the Lacken Trail including a visit to Rathlackan Court Tomb and the Gazebo. Meet in Lacken Church carpark, Thursday 27th August at 2pm. Walk is 8km and will take 4 hrs. For information call 086 4080550.


Cycling Club

Club Spin every Wednesday at 7:30pm and Saturday at 9:30am from the Shambles, Ballycastle and McDonnells XL, Killala. New members welcome.

Club Meeting 26th August in The Wolfdog, Killala. Anyone interested in ordering new Jerseys , Bibs or Gillets, let Máirtín or Noel know by the 19th September.

Cake Sale

Cake Sale in St. John's Hall, Ballycastle on Saturday 5th September at 8.00p.m. with home-made cakes, bread, jams, garden produce and lots of other items. Guess the weight of the cake. Please support. All proceeds in aid of St. John's Church , Ballycastle.


Exhibition at the Ballinglen Gallery

An Exhibition by well known Dublin based Artist Cora O'Brien takes place at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation with the official Opening on Friday 21st August at 8.30p.m.  Viewing 7.30p.m. - 10.00 p.m.  Landscape, still life and portraiture, experimenting with composition, light, colour and technique.  Her work is in many public and private collections in Ireland and abroad.
The Paintings in this exhibition focuses on Cora's response to elements of farming and landscape around Ballycastle, Co Mayo.
The main body of work has emerged from observation of Marts, and the Ballina livestock Mart in particular. She was fascinated by the subject matter presented, the sheer bulk and shapes of the cattle, and their movements, both graceful and orderly. The atmospheric conditions of the interior, provided by light from skylights and partly opened doorways, the reflections on wet floor surfaces, the myriad of patterns, shapes and range of colours.
The human interest, mainly farmers, inspecting, bidding and socialising, all provided inspiration and a wealth of new knowledge on this compelling subject.

Do come along and enjoy this wonderful exhibition of paintings.

Refreshments served and everyone is welcome.
For further details please contact us at Tel No: 096 43184

Email: baf@iol.ie


National Heritage Week at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation

Ballinglen will hold a workshop on Saturday 29th August from  2.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m for children under 12 exploring farming heritage in response to the Exhibition The Mart and Other Paintings by Cora O'Brien under the guidance of local artist Nuala Clarke.  Materials will be provided and each child will leave with a piece of work.

This event is free of charge and booking is essential.

Please contact us if you wish to participate in this event: Tel No:  096 43184

Email: unaforde.baf@gmail.com .

Do come along and enjoy a fun day!

Art Exhibition

Art Exhibition depicting ‘The Wild Atlantic Way' in the Gallery, upstairs in the Resource Centre, will remain open Monday – Friday 10.00a.m. – 5.00p.m. for the next few weeks. All welcome to view this latest Exhibition of paintings by local artists.


Ballycastle/Belderrig Development Company

Office Space available. Contact 086- 2434288.


Ballycastle Writers Group

Creative Writing on Tuesdays 7.30 - 9p.m. in Suífinn Way Centre, Ballycastle.

Contact Ursula 087 7133432.


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: Basketball 5.30p.m. – 6.30p.m. for children aged 8 – 10years and from

6.30 – 7.30p.m. for ages 12 – 14years. 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

Mass Times:

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

Saturday Vigil: 8.15p.m.

Sunday: 11.30a.m.


Masses this week:

Monday: Annie Kate Munnelly

Tuesday 7.30p.m.: People of the Parish

Wednesday: Private Intention

Thursday: No Mass

Friday: No Mass

Saturday Vigil 8.15p.m.: Tom Ormsby (3rd Anniversary)

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Michael F. Munnelly (Anniversary), Mary Munnelly & John Walsgrove


Eucharist Ministers:

Saturday Vigil: Kathleen Donnelly

Sunday: Tony D'Arcy



Saturday Vigil: George O'Grady

Sunday: Mary Hefferon



Saturday Vigil: Finn McDermott Cox, Erin Flannery, Róisín O'Donnell

Sunday: Adam Clinton, Ashling McDonnell, Kim Stadler


Adoration: (Tuesday)

6.30p.m.: Mary Walsh, Mary Timlin

7.00p.m.: Breege Gardiner, Mary Hefferon