Ballycastle >Local News
22nd November '17

                                                     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     


Christmas Fair

Christmas Fair will be held in Ballycastle Resource Centre (upstairs and downstairs) on

Saturday 25th November from 12.00noon – 6.00p.m. and 8.30p.m. – 9.30p.m. &

Sunday 26th November 12.00noon – 4.00p.m. with a variety of crafts, Christmas decorations and wreaths, calendars, cards, cakes and lots more, from visiting and local craftworkers.

Raffle for Hamper and other prizes, €2 per line, on sale in local Businesses.

Admission free and all welcome.


Prayers for the dead during November

Belderrig Cemetery : Sunday 19th at 1.30p.m.

Ballycastle Cemetery : Sunday 26th at 12.30p.m.

Céide Grotto: Sunday 26th at 2.30p.m.

Kilbride Cemetery : Wednesday 29th at 3.00p.m.

Doonfeeney Cemetery : Wednesday 29th at 3.45p.m.



No's drawn on 20th November were: 8. 14. 17. 29. No Jackpot winner.

Jackpot now €4,000. Next draw in Healys.

Five Envelopes drawn:

Des & Patricia Earley, Ballycastle

Buddie & Eddie, Healys

Eddie, Chloe & Michaela Scott, c/o Healys

Eddie & James, c/o Healys

Ciaran Jordan, Killerduff



Sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of Lilly Dunican, Offaly who died recently (Mother of Michael Dunican, Sea Road). May she rest in peace.




Congratulations to Elizabeth Farrell, Killala winner of last week's 50/50 (€220).



A.G.M. of Ballycastle Club takes place on Saturday 25th November at 7.00p.m. in the Community Hall. Everyone welcome.


Club shop is now open. Contact Declan Caulfield before 2nd December for orders before Christmas.


Ballinglen Arts Foundation

25th Anniversary - Children's Open Day at The Ballinglen Arts Foundation.

"Our World Our Lives" December 2nd: 2pm - 5pm

Exhibition of prints made by 450 school children who visited Ballinglen in 2017.

An opportunity for the children to come back with their families and see the wonderful work they made on display in the Gallery.

Fun Activities: Christmas Decoration Making, Hot Chocolate, Visit with the Artists in their Studios, Christmas Carols.

Do come along. All welcome.

The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Main Street Ballycastle, Co. Mayo.

Tel: 096 43184


Christmas Party

The Annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party will be held on Sunday 3rd December in the Community Hall, starting with Mass at 3.00p.m.


Ballycastle Christmas Experience

On Saturday 16th December Ballycastle gets into the festive spirit with our annual “Ballycastle Christmas Experience”.

Organised by BEO (Ballycastle Events Organisation). 

This celebration of the spirit of Christmas will be held in the stunning setting of “The Shambles” from 5pm-7pm.

This Christmas experience will feature Santa and Mrs Claus in their grotto, and the elves busy at work in their workshop ahead of the big day. There will also be a living crib with real animals, with live music and other entertainment also being provided. The very best of festive food and drink will also be on offer for all the family to enjoy.

This event is Free.

Any Donation to the Donation Box would be appreciated 

For more information: Tel: 0863225128 Email: 


Quiz Night

Quiz night on Friday December 8th in Healy's Bar, starting at 9.30p.m. sharp. 


Ballycastle Christmas Cycle

Baile an Chaisil Cycling Club 5th annual Christmas cycle on New Year's Day at 12noon. Registration in Healy's bar at 11.30a.m. 36km and 12km family cycle with refreshments after in Healy's.

This year we will be cycling in memory of our friend and former club member Patrick McHale.

Collette and her family have chosen Head Way Ireland as this year's charity.


Winter spinning classes will commence on Wednesday 22nd in St Johns Hall, Ballycastle at 8pm. Beginners and non club members welcome.


Music Classes

Irish music classes for children in Ballycastle Hall on Fridays 5.30pm to 6.30pm.
Beginner Irish music classes for Adults in Killala Community Centre on Thursdays from 8pm to 9pm.  086-3016691

Athletic Club

Ballycastle Athletic Club training on Fridays 6.30p.m. – 7.45p.m. at Ballycastle Football Pitch.

All Welcome.


Over 55 Exercise Club

Wednesdays at 3.00p.m. in Suífinn Way Centre. New members always welcome.


Barber John's

Barber John's, now open at the top of Main Street on Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week from 10.00a.m. – 6.00p.m. Gents Haircut: €10;

Pensioners & Children: €8; Beard Trims €5. Phone 085 7571594.


Ballycastle Bike Hire

Tour some of the scenic areas in North Mayo with bicycle hire from Ballycastle bike hire. Bikes provided are high quality with a wide selection to match all ages and abilities (Mountain Bikes, Road Bikes, Hybrid, Children's Bikes) and can be rented from short to long term use.

Service includes free drop-off and pick-up locations in the Céide Coast region including the monasteries of the Moy green-way Killala. Hi-vis vests and helmets supplied.

Opening hours for Céide Coast Lodge on Main Street , Ballycastle are

Monday – Sunday 10.00a.m. – 5.00p.m.

Bike hire available out of hours - just ring 086 3225128.

Call Máirtín on 086 3225128 or email .


Garda in attendance

Garda will attend at Ballycastle Community Hall from 2 – 3pm on the 1st Wednesday of every month.


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,

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

Opening times for the Gymnasium in Ballycastle Community Hall are:

Monday – Friday 9.00a.m. – 1.00p.m. and 5.00p.m. – 9.00p.m.

Saturday 10.00a.m. – 1.30p.m.

Prices: €5 per visit, €20 per month, €50 for 3 months or €120 per year.


Monday : Bingo at 8.30p.m.

Tuesday: Boys and Girls Basketball from 5.30p.m. – 6.30p.m.

Boys and Girls Indoor Soccer from 6.30p.m. – 7.30p.m.


For all Hall bookings, contact Breda at 089-4607901


Church Notices

Masses this week:

Monday 10.00a.m.: Johnny & Mary Kate McGuire

Tuesday 10.00a.m.: Maura & Patrick McGuire (Anniversaries),

Wednesday 10.00a.m.: Annie & Francie Donoghue

Thursday 6.30p.m.: Deceased Members of the Lynch & McKenzie Families

Friday 7.00p.m.: Deceased Members of the Dooher, Cawley & Gilmartin Families

Saturday 8.15p.m.: Deceased Madden & Stadler Families

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Mary (Anniversary) & Peter Carey


Eucharist Ministers:

Saturday Vigil: Eileen Grier

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Tony D'Arcy



Saturday Vigil: As arranged

Sunday 11.30a.m.: As arranged



Saturday Vigil: Mia Tighe, Keith Carden

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Leona Ruane, Nathan Doherty