Ballycastle >Local News
21st May '14

                                                      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

Art Exhibition

The Women's Art Group are launching their Annual Art Exhibition on Saturday 31st May'14 (June weekend Bank Holiday ) at 8.30p.m. Fáilte arís.

The official opening will be launched by Nuala Clarke, Ballinglen Art Foundation member.

The venue is the Resource Centre Art Gallery , Main Street , Ballycastle.

Cheese & Wine reception. Open Invitation. Please support and have an enjoyable night.

The following ladies are producing new works: Rita Langan, Mary Delaney, Margaret Kelly, Sue Upton, Mauretti Bn Uí Fhlatharta, Ann O'Gorman, Ellen Stagg, Florrie McBrien and Cath Doores.

The Exhibition will open on Bank Holiday Monday 12.00noon – 4.00p.m. and will remain open Monday – Friday 10.00a.m. – 5.00p.m.

Join us on Facebook (Ballycastle Art Group)

First Holy Communion

Congratulations to the following children who received their First Holy Communion in St. Bridget's Church, Ballycastle on Sunday 18th May:

Liam Fox, Katelyn Kilcourse, Thomas McNulty, Matthew Moyles, Josh Murphy,

Tristan Murphy, Luke Noone, Róisín O'Donnell, Kim Stadler, Mia Tighe.


Thank You

Ballycastle Community Hall Committee thank all who supported and all who gave sponsorship for the recent play ‘The Real McCoy' in the Hall. A special thank you to Mid West Radio Players whose performance was outstanding on the night.


Archers, Ballina, McDonnells, Killala, Padraic McHale Menswear, Castlebar,

Diamond Coast Hotel, Enniscrone, Lorrells Hair Salon, Ballina, Mitchells, Moygownagh,

Coffee Vine, Ballina, Bridie Timoney, Mariposa, Ballina, Crockets, The Quay, Ballina

Mister A's, Ballina, Winters Jewellers, Ballina, The Broken Jug, Ballina, Regans, Ballina,

Wide Variety, Ballina, The Junction Restaurant, Ballina, Shona McHale Hair Salon, Killala,

Quinns Chemist, Ballina, Lavelles Chemist, Ballina, Gerry Kenny Sports, Ballina,

John Burke, Ballycastle, Phil Healy, Ballycastle, Frank McNamee, Ballycastle,

Carrs Shop, Ballina, Campbells, Killala, Rouse Jewellers, Ballina, Wispys, Ballina,

Suífinn Way Centre, Ballycastle, Bar Square , Ballina, Eamon Moore, Moygownagh,

O'Hara's Bakery, Foxford, Mary's Cottage Kitchen, Ballycastle, Merricks, Ballina,

Donoghues Bakery, Belmullet, Ballina Tile Centre, Katie Macs, Ballycastle,

Fr. Farrison, Ballycastle, Damien Scott, Ballycastle.



No's drawn on 17th May were: 16. 18. 24. 30. No Jackpot winner. Jackpot now stands at €4,800. Next draw in Katie Macs.

Five Envelopes drawn:

Marcella O'Grady, Ballycastle

Loretto Munnelly, Ballyglass

Phil Healy Scott, Ballycastle

Patrick Conmy, Ballycastle

Teresa Langan, Carrowcur



As Part of C.L.G Baile an Chaisil club Development plan, club members will be calling to houses throughout the Parish in the next few weeks asking for your support in buying the County Board Tickets. A massive thank you for your continued support and generosity.

Lough Derg

We will running a coach for a one day retreat on Sunday 25th May to Lough Derg.

All enquiries to Mary McGrath on 097 87842.


‘In Humbert's Footsteps'

Do you think you'd be up to helping to run English troops out of Ballina? Want to help Humbert and his Franco-Irish forces take over the town of Balllina ?
Well now is your chance. On June the 27th , 28th and 29th , as part of the ‘In Humbert's Footsteps' festival, a huge re-enactment of Humbert's invasion of Mayo in 1798 will take place in and around Ballina . The organisers are putting out a call for volunteers to act as pikemen in the recreation and we are looking for a Ballycastle regiment. If you are interested, contact Padraic Mitchell 0872033101.


Cycling Club Launch

The official launch of Baile an Chaisil Cycling Club and the Giro de Baile an Chaisil takes place at 9 pm on Saturday 7th June in Katie Mac's bar, Ballycastle. Auction on the night, with prizes ranging from a signed Connacht Jersey to Flights to London and Nights in Top Hotels. Everyone Welcome
For more details Contact Noel Kelly 0863828713, Máirtín Flannery 0863225128 or Cara Finnerty/ Gilvarry 0863083149.


Golf Society

Next outing is to Westport Golf Club on 31st May. 1 st tee is at 10.30am, please be there for 10am.


Outing to Connemara Golf Club on weekend of 20 /21 June. Last chance to book. If interested, please contact Oliver Clarke 0860579204 or Michael Winters on 0872290145 for more information. Visitors welcome. 


Ballycastle Coastal Challenge

Ballycastle 10k Coastal Challenge road race/fun run takes place this year on 28th June and will introduce a 6k fun run/walk route in addition to the 10k.
Contact Mike on 0879145551 or email


Giro de Baile an Chaisil

Calling all cyclists, dust down the bikes as the Giro de Baile an Chaisil takes place on Sunday August 3rd at 10:30am.

Hosted by Baile an Chaisil Cycling Club, the Giro follows a wonderfully scenic course from Ballycastle Village right along the North Mayo Coast cycling right into the heart of Erris. 3 routes to choose from: 140km, 60km and 10km family route so you have plenty of time to get pedalling and getting in shape.

For more information, contact Noel Kelly 0863828713, Máirtín Flannery 0863225128, or Cara Finnerty Gilvarry 0863083149.


School Reunion

Stella Maris School Reunion will take place on Friday 8th August in Hotel Ballina. Enquiries to Katherine on 096-43229.


Club 55 Exercise Group

Club Exercise Group at 11.30a.m. each Tuesday in Suífinn Way Centre. All welcome. Outdoor Gym available any time for all adults in the community also for tourists and visitors.


Water Safety

Water Safety Classes commencing on Monday 21st July at Lacken Pier. All enquiries to Anne

at 096-43180 (after 6p.m.)


Living Health

Come join in the fun with a small group of people (adults only), men and women, once a week for an hour to walk, jog or run and start getting the energy and vitality back into your life. Meet 7.30p.m. every Tuesday at the Resource Centre, Ballycastle. For more details call 087-9145551.


Cycling Club

If you are interested in getting fit, seeing the beautiful North Mayo countryside and making some new friends, then why not join Baile an Chaisil Cycling Club (Ballycastle Cycling Club). We cycle at a pace that suits everyone.
Find us on Facebook or call 0876563249 or 0863225128


Music Classes

Music classes on Fridays from 5pm to 6.30pm.

For further information contact Maria 086 3016691.


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, 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.)



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

Community Hall

Monday : Bingo at 8.30p.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


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 : Tom & Marjorie Doores

Wednesday: Thomas & Sarah McDonnell & Deceased Family Members

Thursday 11.00a.m.: Jimmy & Theresa Healy (Carrowmacshane)

Friday: Michael McNicholas (Anniversary)

Saturday Vigil 8.15p.m .: Michael & Elizabeth Scott

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Jack McBrien


Eucharist Ministers:

Saturday: George O'Grady

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Seán Callaghan



Saturday: Caroline Nealon

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Michael A. O'Connor



Saturday Vigil: Chloe Scott, Caoimhe Tomas

Sunday : Aoife & Megan Kearney


Adoration: (Tuesday)

6.30p.m.: Loretto Munnelly, Maureen Healy

7.00p.m.: Bernie Healy, Mary McDonnell