Ballycastle >Local News
19th June '13

                                                      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


Congratulations to Fr. Seán McDonnell on the 25th Anniversary of his Ordination and to Fr. Brendan Hoban on the 40th Anniversary of his Ordination.


‘The Gathering' Festival

Some of the events that will take place during Ballycastle Festival which will run from 1st – 10th August are:


Soap car racing

Soap car racing comes to Ballycastle on the August Bank Holiday Monday as part of the street festival. People are asked to make their own go-carts and enter them before the day. There will be 3 categories: 10-13years, 13-16years and an adult section. All go-carts must be powered by gravity alone. Contact Máirtín Flannery, Liam O'Toole or John Burke for more details.


Céide Rose

The ‘Céide Rose' competition returns on the 1st August and gets top billing on the opening night of the festival. The winner is selected based on her personality and she should be a good role model for the festival and for Ballycastle/Belderrig during the week as she will present most of the prizes and be centre stage for most of the events. In contrast to beauty pageants, The Céide Rose bills itself as a celebration of the "aspirations, ambitions, intellect, social responsibility and Irish heritage" of modern young women. Contact Ann O'Donnell, Rosaleen Flannery, Deirdre Kelly or Hannah Kelly for more details. 


Flotilla of boats
One of the highlights of the festival will be the flotilla of boats leaving Ballycastle pier and arriving at Belderrig pier. This is a special occasion that will be talked about in years to come, so come and be a part of it. All people or boats wanting to take part in this event must be registered before taking part. Contact Tommy Flannery, Jimmy Healy, T.J. Flannery, Martin McCann or Noel Kelly for more details


All events and time tables can be viewed on our facebook page - Ballycastle/Belderrig Gathering or on Barrett's pub window. 



No's drawn on 16th June were: 1. 9. 15. 18. No Jackpot winner. Jackpot now stands at €6,000. Next draw in Katie Macs.

Five Envelopes drawn:

Stadler Family, Ballycastle

Padraig & Brian McCann, Belderrig

Phil & Mary Healy, Ballycastle

Damian Scott, Ballycastle

Marcella O'Grady, Ballycastle


Golf Society

Outing to Hudson Bay on weekend of 28/29th June. 

Anyone interested in going contact Dominic Flanagan on 0876950976 or

Michael Winters on 0872290145.  


Art Exhibition

Ballycastle Art Group Annual Art Exhibition ‘Fáilte' will remain open Monday – Friday 10.00a.m. – the Resource Centre Gallery, Ballycastle. www.ballycastletourism/



Membership may still be given to committee members. Family membership €40; Adult €25; Youth €10; OAP €10; Student €10. Membership cards will be available from club officers.

Water Safety

Water Safety – one week only – commencing on July 29th at Lacken Pier. All enquiries to Anne at 096 – 43180.


Craft Shop

Craft Shop is located in the Resource Centre, Upper Main Street stocking goods by local craftworkers e.g. knitwear, crochet, handmade cards, candles, fridge magnets, wooden bowls, cushions etc.

Also, Paintings by local artists, Mayo Crystal and a range of other items.


Other Facilities available :

Tourist Information, Fax, Laminating, Photocopying, Typing.

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 10.00a.m. – 5.00p.m. (closed for lunch 1 – 2.00p.m.)



Art Class on Mondays at 7.00p.m. in Suífinn Way Centre.


Set Dancing class on Wednesdays at 9pm. in St. John's Hall.


Music classes in St John's Hall on Saturdays 11.00a.m. – 12.30p.m..


Irish Dancing classes continue every Monday and Thursday, in St John's Hall, Ballycastle from 5pm till 6.30pm. New members are always welcome. Children can start from age 3 up.



Library is now located in the VEC Building (former Secondary School) and is open on Wednesdays from 9.30a.m. – 4.00p.m.


Outdoor Gym

The new outdoor fitness gym in Suífinn Way Estate is open to anybody over the age of 50. The equipment is clearly marked with instructions on how to use each individual piece.

For further information contact Suífinn Way Centre:

Phone No: 096-43848




Exercise Club

Exercise Club meet each Tuesday at 11.00a.m. in Daycare Centre, Suífinn Way .

New members welcome.


Home Care Service

Home care help available to the elderly and convalescent in the Ballycastle and surrounding areas. Interested persons can contact Josephine on 086-0579023, for details and arrangement.


Community Hall

Monday : Bingo at 9.00p.m.

Thursday : Basketball for girls & boys 8 – 10yrs from 5.30p.m. – 6.30p.m. and for girls & boys 10yrs and over from 6.30p.m. – 7.30p.m. €2 per child.

Adult Basketball at 8.00p.m. Contact Barry at 096-43863.


Anyone wishing to book the Hall for meetings or activities, contact Breda McNulty at 089-4607901


Weekly Newsletter compiled by Maeve Dunne 19/6/13

Church Notices

Mass Times:

Weekdays at 10.00a.m.

Saturday Vigil: 8.15p.m.

Sunday: 11.30a.m.


Masses this week:

Monday: Julia & Michael Connor

Tuesday: Michael Thomas Walsh

Wednesday: Anthony Walsh

Thursday: No Mass

Friday: People of the Parish

Saturday Vigil 8.15p.m.: John Tighe & Deceased Family

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Kathleen, Anne & Tom Grier


Eucharist Ministers:

Saturday Vigil: Tommy Carey

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Seamus O'Connor



Saturday Vigil: Caroline Nealon

Sunday 11.30a.m.: John Busby



Saturday Vigil: Katelyn Healy, Lauren Healy

Sunday : Ciara Sweeney, Gerry Healy



7.00p.m.: Rose Lavelle, Mary Anne Sweeney

7.30p.m.: Mary Walsh, Mary Boyle