Ballycastle >Local News
20th May '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.


Congratulations to Michéal Forde and the members of the Mayo Team on Winning the Connacht Junior Football Championship Final with a final score of Mayo 1-12; Galway 0-13.


Writers Group

Writing workshop with 'Bealtaine writer-in-residence' Timothy O'Grady on

Thursday 21st May 2015 from 2 - 4pm in Suífinn Centre, Ballycastle (behind town hall)

Contact Ballycastle Writers' Group on 087 713 3432.



Ballycastle Hall Committee are holding a raffle in aid of the Gymnasium in the Community Hall. Tickets are €2 each or Book of 3 for €5 and are on sale in local businesses and at Bingo in the Community Hall.

Draw will be held on Monday 1st June after Bingo.

1st Prize: Drinks Hamper value €150. Sponsored by Fr. Michael Harrison

2nd Prize: B & B plus Evening Meal for 2 in the Diamond Coast Hotel, Enniscrone. Sponsored by Diamond Coast Hotel.

3rd Prize: Occasional Table value €109. Sponsored by Cortoon Furniture

4th Prize: 2 Bottles of Wine



Meeting on Wednesday 27th May at 9.00p.m. in the Resource Centre. New members welcome.



Sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of Seamus Carroll, Kildangan, Co. Kildare, Husband of Vera Grier and sister-in-law of John Grier and Christina Maguire.

May he rest in peace.


Kiddies Korner

AGM, in Kiddies Korner Playchool, will be held on Friday 29th May at 8.00p.m. Everyone welcome.



Lotto Jackpot this weekend is €10,000 . In the event of there being no Jackpot winner we will hold five draws of €100. Be in with a chance of winning by purchasing your tickets at the following locations: John Burkes, Healy's Bar, Post Office, Katie Macs, Craft Shop. Draw will take place in Katie Macs.


No's drawn on 16th May were: 1. 3. 11. 24. No Jackpot winner.

Five Envelopes drawn:

Betty Jackson, Ballinglen, Adam Breslin, Kilbride, Mary O'Donnell,

Martin & Carmel McDonnell, Doonfeeney, Tom Noone, The Glen.


Food & Craft Market

The Shambles Food & Craft Market is back on Fridays from 9.30a.m. – 12.30p.m.

Golf Society

Next outing is on weekend of 5/6 June, away trip to Bundoran Golf Club, Co. Donegal.

For information on tee times and accommodation, contact David Alexander on 0877965080. Visitors welcome. 



Library, in Ballycastle, is closed until further notice.


Fun Cycle for Bike Week

Dig out a bike, pump tyres, tweak brakes, oil the chain and bring a helmet
Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling, and show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life by encouraging ‘everyday cycling for everyone'.

This year Baile an Chaisil cycling club will be staging an event on the 13th June from Ballycastle Hall at 10:30a.m. This Event is free and we encourage young and old to join us on the day. Refreshments after in Ballycastle Hall. Distance will be less than 10km so come and join us.
Contact Máirtin Flannery 0863225128 Noel Kelly 0863828713 or any Baile an Chaisil club member for more details.


Coastal Challenge

Ballycastle 10k and 6k Road Race, Walk and Fun Run on Saturday 27th June at 2.00p.m. Chip timing. Cash prizes, Medals for competing and cash prizes for winners. Enter now. Adults entry fee - €15;

Under-18's - €5; Family - €20.


Giro de Baile

The Giro de Baile takes place on Sunday 2nd August from Ballycastle Village . Hosted by Baile and Chaisil Cycling Club, the Giro follows a wonderfully scenic course from Ballycastle Village right along the North Mayo Coast on the Wild Atlantic way cycling right into the heart of Erris. Glancing around you will see the rugged coastline of North Mayo with Céide, Downpatrick Head and the Staggs of Broadhaven in the Distance.


Ballycastle Writers Group

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


Art Group

Art Group meet in the Resource Centre on Mondays from 7.00 – 9.00p.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.

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: People of the Parish

Tuesday 7.30p.m.: John, Joe & Frank Langan

Wednesday: No Mass

Thursday 7.30p.m.: Michael McNicholas

Friday 7.30p.m.: Kathleen Mahon

Saturday Vigil 8.15p.m.: Mary Kate McGrath

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Private Intention


Eucharist Ministers:

Saturday Vigil: Breege Gardiner

Sunday: Jerome Chambers



Saturday Vigil: Cauleen Barrett

Sunday: Seán Callaghan



Saturday Vigil: To be arranged

Sunday: To be arranged


Adoration: (Tuesday)

6.30p.m.: Bridie Farrell, Phil Healy

7.00p.m.: Susan Tighe, Peggy Tighe