Ballycastle >Local News
1st April '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.

Thanks to Lewis Keating for the following poem about the weather bomb at Downpatrick Head.

When the sea baptised St Patrick.

On the 13`th day of December, 2014 was the year,

A weather bomb in the Atlantic , made shipping quake with fear.

On the wild Atlantic way, Ballycastle braced it`s chin,

As mighty, awesome, tidal waves, came pounding, pounding in.

One tremendous wave came roaring in, it had built a deadly pace,

Dún Briste disappeared in crashing foam, as it smashed on the great cliff face.

The water sailed high over the head, a sight to make you faint,

Then coming down in torrents, it landed on the saint.

The water flooded St. Patricks house, and tumbled out the door,

Ran down the head, to the big blow hole, and joined the sea once more.

St. Patrick set his stony face, of moving he had no notion,

But shock it was, on that high cliff, to be baptised by the ocean.

The waves that day, ripped and tore away, performing great erosion,

That giant wave, tried to smash the cliff, like a massive wet explosion.

With camera poised, Paul Doran stood, he clicked as that wave broke high,

He caught that wall of water as it soared, high in the sky.

That shot will be an icon, for many and many a day,

We will show it to the visitors, on the wild Atlantic way.

St. Patrick still keeps sentinel, we wonder what he said,

That evening on Downpatrick, when the sea fell on his head.




Junior Comortás Peile na Gaeltachta Semi-Final:

Baile an Chaisil (Ballycastle): 1-11; Cill tSeadhna ( Kiltane): 1-9.


Ballycastle play Achill in the Final next Saturday 4th April at 4.00p.m. in Tourmakeady.


Golf Society

Next outing is to Westport Golf Club on Saturday 4 th April. 1 st tee is at 10am. Be there for 9.30am

Deposits and names for away trip to Bundoran on weekend of June 5th /6th will be taken at Westport outing. 

For more info contact David Alexander on 0877965080 or Ollie Clarke on 0860579204


Road Run

Kilfian Vintage Club Road Run, in memory of Brendan Munnelly, on Easter Monday 6th April. Meet at McHales Pub, Kilfian at 12noon. Leave approx 1.00p.m. €20 per vehicle. Proceeds to Oncology Unit, Castlebar.


Ballycastle Tidy Towns

National Spring Clean Day on Good Friday. Meet at the old National School at 11.00a.m. All volunteers welcome.



No's drawn on 28th March were: 5. 6. 19. 24. No Jackpot winner. Jackpot now stands at €9,300.

Next draw in Katie Macs.

Five Envelopes drawn:

Emily McDermott, c/o A. O'Donnell, The Glen

Michael Burke, Killeen

Amigo & Paudy, Seaview Place

Eilis Ormsby, Ballycastle

John Donnelly, Dominick Street


Kiddies Korner

Kiddies Korner are starting a super draw. This means that for €5 per week you could be entered for a

bi-annual draw with prize funds to the value of €14,000. This is a confined draw with a maximum number of 150 participants and a minimum number of 100 participants.

The 1st draw will take place at the end of November with the second at the end of March. There will be

5 prizes of €1,000 and 4 prizes of €500 at each draw. These prizes are based on 100 participants, and will increase if more than 100 people join.

The cost to enter the draw is €260 per year. Interested parties can pay this in a number of ways:

  • Once off payment of €260 by cash or cheque
  • 2 payments of €130 by cash or cheque
  • Weekly direct debit of €5
  • Direct debit every 4 weeks of €20

Anyone interested should let us know as soon as possible. You can contact any committee or staff member. Thank you for your interest. Kiddies Korner.


Ballycastle Writers Group

Creative Writing on Tuesdays 7.30 - 9p.m. in Suífinn Centre (behind the Community Hall), Ballycastle. Contact Ursula 087 7133432.


Art Classes

Art Classes in Ballycastle Community Hall on Wednesdays 7-9pm. Call Nuala to reserve a spot. 086-822-2126.


Art Group

Art Group meet in the Resource Centre on Mondays from 2.00 – 5.00p.m. New members welcome. Guidance available from our resident artist Sue Upton.


Art Gallery, featuring paintings by local artists, upstairs in the Resource Centre.

Open Monday – Friday 10.00a.m. – 5.00p.m.


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.

Friday: Athletic Club: Training for young athletes from 7.00p.m. – 8.00p.m

For all Hall bookings, contact Breda at 089-4607901


Church Notices

Holy Week Confessions in Ballycastle on Wednesday 1st April 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: No Mass

Tuesday: Michael & Sheila Healy

Wednesday: People of the Parish

Thursday 8.00p.m : Mass of the Lord's Supper

Friday 12.00noon : Stations of the Cross

Friday 3.00p.m.: The Passion of Our Lord

Saturday Vigil 9.00p.m.: People of the Parish

Sunday 11.30a.m.: People of the Parish (Living & Dead)


Eucharist Ministers:

Holy Thursday: Tommy Carey, Seamus O'Connor

Good Friday: Kathleen Donnelly, Tony D'Arcy, Eileen Grier

Holy Saturday: Mary Boyle, Rose Nealon, Breege Gardiner

Easter Sunday: Paddy Kelly, Margaret Burke, Seán Callaghan



Holy Thursday: Cauleen Barrett

Good Friday: Mary Hefferon, Jerome Chambers, Seamus O'Connor

Holy Saturday: Mary Walsh

Easter Sunday: John Busby



Holy Thursday: To be arranged

Good Friday: To be arranged

Holy Saturday: Patricia Loftus, Ashling McDonnell

Easter Sunday: Leah Munnelly, Eoin McDonnell


Adoration: (Tuesday)

No adoration this week