Ballycastle >Local News
22nd July '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.

Giro de Baile

The Giro de Baile an Chaisil takes place Sunday August 2nd at 10:00am from Main Street, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo.
Hosted by Baile and 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. Glancing around you will see the rugged coastline of North Mayo with Céide and the Staggs of Broadhaven in the distance.
The ride is not a race, it's a chance to enjoy a challenge with like minded people with spectacular views through out the routes.
Registration from 8:00 or at

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Ballycastle/Belderrig Festival

Ballycastle/Belderrig Festival will take place from Thursday 30th July – Wednesday 5th August.

Thursday 30th July:

Official opening with concert in Ceide Fields. Music by local artists. Adults €5. Children free.

Friday 31st July:

4.00p.m.: Children's Street Art

7.00p.m.: Car Treasure Hunt followed by prizegiving in Seaview Lounge at 10.00p.m.

8.30p.m.: Bingo in Ballycastle Hall

9.00p.m.: Traditional Music in Healy's Bar

Saturday 1st August:

10.00a.m.: Walk (starting at Shambles)

12.00noon: Bronzeman in Belderrig

8.30p.m.: Opening of Art Exhibition ‘ Wild Atlantic Way ' in the Resource Centre

9.00p.m.: Music with Buck Taylor in Healy's Bar

Sunday 2nd August:

10.00a.m.: Walk

10.00a.m.: Golf Challenge at Ballycastle Beach

1.00p.m.: Sandcastle Competition at Ballycastle Beach

7.00p.m.: Healyfest Music Festival

Monday 3rd August:

3.00p.m.: Fancy Dress and Teddy Bears Picnic

4.00p.m.: Village Fair Day with Sheep Races, Soap Car Race, Art & Craft Display, Street Games, Potato Pickin', Best Dressed lady, Live Entertainment and more.

Wednesday 5th August:

Céide Fields Open Day 10.00a.m. – 6.00p.m. Fun Day. Free Admission.


Anyone interested in a stall for Fair Day contact Maura 086-3571231 or Mary 086-2287161. Go kart racing on Fair Day – contact Seán 086-4082416.


Art Exhibition

This year's scenes are depicting ‘The Wild Atlantic Way'. Official opening is at 8.30p.m. on Saturday August 1st in the Resource Centre Gallery. The opening will be launched by Nuala Clarke, Ballinglen Fellow and renowned artist.

Cheese & wine reception.

The Gallery will be open Sunday and Monday during the Festival weekend.

Contact: and Facebook.

Fáilte roimh go léir. Welcome all.


Ballycastle/Belderrig Development Company

Office Space available. Contact 086- 2434288.


Mayo Job Club

From Monday 10th August – Friday 21st August 2015 in The Barracks, Glen Road, Ballycastle,

Monday – Friday from 10am – 1pm. €40 paid to each participant towards travel.

The Job Club is a 3 week training course which is hosted in various locations throughout the County. It provides guidance in the following areas: CV Preparation, Interview Skills and Job Resourcing. It facilities learning of essential job seeking skills as a group and also provides help on a one-to-one basis. The Job Club is for unemployed people who want to find work, to upskill, to change careers or to return to education in an atmosphere with people who will have similar issues to you, allowing you to talk freely in comfortable surroundings. You also write your CV.

The Mayo Job Club is managed by Mayo North East under contract from Dept. of Social Protection. It aims to help you plan and actively work towards targeting and securing the best possible job for you. To contact Job Club, Tel: 094-9256745 or email


Golf Society

Next outing is to Castlebar Golf Club on Saturday 25th July.

1st tee is booked for 9.30am. Please be there for 9am. 

Visitors and new members welcome.

For more info contact Ollie Clarke on 0860579204.



Lotto Jackpot now €10,900.

No's drawn on 19th July were: 3. 8. 13. 14. No Jackpot winner. Next draw in Healys.

Five Envelopes drawn:

John Grier, Ballycastle

Catherine Jordan, Killerduff

Cath Doores, Doonadoba

Breege Doherty, Ballymachugh

Caroline Long, Rathoonagh

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


50/50 Weekly Draw

Ballycastle GAA will launch their new 50/50 Weekly Draw in the next few weeks.

The draw is simple but very effective, every Saturday someone will win 50% of all the money collected and the other 50% will go to Ballycastle GAA club who are fund raising to carry out important maintenance and improvement work to the Tom Langan Memorial Pitch.

To enter the draw, go into any of the participating businesses. Put €2 in a 50/50 Weekly Draw envelope and write your name, address and contact details on it and wait for the call on Saturday night!


Food & Craft Market

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

Ballycastle Writers Group

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

Contact Ursula 087 7133432.


Art Gallery

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

Open Monday – Friday 10.00a.m. – 5.00p.m. (Closed for lunch 1.00 – 2.00p.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: Bridget Tomas (Ballyglass)

Tuesday: Deceased residents of Seaview Place

Tuesday 7.30p.m. : Michael & Margaret Ruane (Dominick Street)

Wednesday 7.30p.m.: Frank Langan (Ballyknock)

Thursday: Madden & Keane Deceased Family Members

Thursday 7.30p.m.: Rose Erratt, Mary & John Barrett

Friday: Anne & James Higgins & James Higgins Jnr

Friday 8.00p.m.: John, Ann & Michael Pryal

Saturday 1.00p.m.: Angela O'Boyle (1st Anniversary)

Saturday Vigil 8.15p.m.: Agnes Tighe

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Noel Deane


Eucharist Ministers:

Saturday Vigil: Eileen Grier

Sunday: Margaret Burke



Saturday Vigil: Mary Walsh

Sunday: Michael A. O'Connor



Saturday Vigil: Rebecca Maguire, Aishling McDonnell, Liam Fox

Sunday: Robert Tighe, Erin Flannery, Kim Stadler


Adoration: (Tuesday)

6.30p.m.: Anne & Paddy McDonnell

7.00p.m.: Anne Carey, Bridget Langan