Ballycastle >Local News
23rd November '16

                                                      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.

Christmas Fair

Christmas Fair will take place (in upstairs and downstairs rooms) in Ballycastle Resource Centre next Saturday 26th November from 12noon – 6.00pm and 8.00pm – 9.30pm & Sunday 27th November from 12noon – 4.00pm. with a large variety of hand-made crafts, Christmas decorations, Cards, Candles, Calendars, stocking fillers and lots more. Craftworkers from others areas and TY students from Lacken Cross College and Crossmolina School willl be there with a variety of crafts.

Raffle for Hamper and other prizes. Admission Free. All welcome.


Lotto Jackpot €17,900

No's drawn on 21st November were: 4. 10. 27. 30. No Jackpot winner.

Next draw in Healys.

Five Envelopes drawn:

Mary Kenny, Ballycastle

Lisa Garry & Arlene Tomas, c/o Katie Macs

Emily Rose McDermott, c/o A. O'Donnell

Stella Roache, Killala

D & O, Seaview

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



Sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of James Munnelly who died recently (brother of Frank Munnelly, Ballyglass).

May he rest in peace.


Cemetery Prayers

Prayers will be said in Belderrig Cemetery on Sunday 27th November at approx 1.00p.m.


Carol Service

Carol Service in St. John's Church on 4th December at 8.00p.m. with tea and cake after in St. John's Hall. All are welcome.


Ballycastle Christmas Experience

On Saturday 10th December from 5pm to 7pm, the first ever Ballycastle Christmas experience will be held in the Shambles, a celebration of the spirit of Christmas in a stunning setting - Santa and Mrs Claus in their grotto, the elves in their workshop, a living crib with real animals, live music and other entertainment, food and drink for every taste. Ballycastle Christmas experience promises a fantastic evening out for the whole family.



Anybody interested in joining Pilates classes in Ballycastle Hall please contact Kathleen Boyle

at 086-0667192.



Bingo in the Community Hall on Monday 28th November at 8.30p.m. Guaranteed Jackpot of €300.



50/50 draw

Congratulations to Eilis Ormsby winner of last week's 50/50 draw.


Club Gear

Club gear for Christmas can be ordered now from Declan Caulfied by ringing 0872515292.


Chairde Baile an Chaisil

Ballycastle GAA are inviting you to participate in our great new Chairde Baile an Chaisil membership deal. This is the ultimate way to show your dedication to your club and save money in the process.
The offer is as follows :
Each Cairde Baile an Chaisil will receive
- An Exclusive Cairde Baile an Chaisil jacket with Cairde Baile an Chaisil label. This jacket will only be available to patrons of the scheme.
- Yearly subscription to the Ballycastle 50/50 draw to the value of €104
- Subscription to the Mayo club draw with over €50,000 in prices available - the value of this is €100
- Two entries to the club draw with prizes of cars, holidays and cash prizes - the value of this is €20
- Club membership for the year value Family €60 Adult €40 Student and OAP €20.

We have established an easy pay Direct Debit with the cost of the package as follows:

Family €24 per month for 12 months
Adults €22 per month for 12 months
O.A.P €21 per month for 12 months
A family subscription entitles the purchaser to one jacket.
The direct debit will leave your account the 10th of every month and will commence on the 10th January 2017.
If you wish to pay up front you will receive an additional €10 reduction.
You can place your interest now by contacting Club Treasurer Eilis Ormsby on 0877936942 or

Assistant Treasurer Martin Tighe on 0863957586.
If orders are in before the 1st December we will have the jackets ready for Christmas.
This would make an ideal present for the Ballycastle GAA fan in your life.


Ballycastle GAA Development

Development Progress - November 2016. Phase 1.
Completion of the new grass pitch has been in progress over the last couple of months. The new pitch surface has now been laid and seeded, and is progressing well, and will be ready for use in 2017.
Depending on weather conditions it is hoped that green grass will begin shooting up soon. However, it will be the end of next Spring before the pitch will be playable.
Members of the Committee of Ballycastle GAA joined Des Healy and his team from Des Healy plant Hire on site to inspect progress made and were impressed with the work undertook by Des and his team.

At the recent Ballycastle AGM club chairman Martin Heffernan spoke on the importance of the facility's development:

“It's something that has to happen in order for us to move forward. It's very encouraging that the good work that has started and the work that's going on in Ballycastle GAA is continuing to be pushed forward. GAA is a big part of life in Ballycastle and this project will be a source of great pride for everyone involved, from coach to player, to supporter to community. It has been designed to give the best to our players so that in turn they can be their best for their club. We would like to invite everyone to get involved”.

It is hoped to erect a building containing dressing rooms, medical rooms, coach's room, meeting rooms, administration offices, a fully equipped gymnasium and the necessary sanitary facilities to accompany the continued development of the playing facilities at Tom Langan Park . Martin thanked everyone who has supported the club's fundraising drive to date and asked that everyone get behind the new Chairde Baile an Chaisil fundraiser.


Golf Society

Next outing is to Westport Golf Club on Saturday 26th November.

1st tee is booked for 10. 30am so please be there for 10am.

For more information contact captain Gerry Henry on 0879391689.


Baile an Chaisil CC

Now in its 4th year, the Baile an Chaisil Christmas cycle takes place on 1st January at 12 noon. This year's chosen cause is St. John's Hall.
Baile an Chaisil CC weekly spin for the winter months on Sunday mornings at 9am from the Shambles.

Turbo training starts on Wednesday at 8:30 pm in the Hall. Beginners welcome.

Exercise Group

Exercise Group continues on Tuesdays in Suífinn Centre at 1.00p.m. until further notice. New members welcome.


Ballinglen Gallery

Exhibition by Keith Wilson RUA -  "Being Here" in the Ballinglen Gallery runs until January 27th 2017.

Irish Music classes

Maria's music classes in the Community Hall, Ballycastle on Friday evenings from 5pm to 6.30pm. Contact 086 3016691.

Adult Irish music classes in Killala Community Centre on Thursday nights from 8pm to 9pm.

Contact 086 3016691.

Athletic Club

Athletic Training on Mondays (Church car park) at 6.30p.m. and on Fridays (Community Hall) at 6.30pm


Garda in attendance

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



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.


Irish Dancing classes

Irish dancing classes in St John's Hall. Beginners class 6.30-7.30pm, Advanced class 7.30-8.30pm.  Newcomers welcome. Contact 089494435/0860687342


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: Indoor Soccer 5.30p.m. – 6.30p.m. for children aged 8 – 10years

Basketball for ages 10 – 14 from 6.30 – 7.30p.m.

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: No Mass

Tuesday: John & Mary Kate McGuire

Wednesday: Mary, John & Paddy Murphy

Thursday: Frank & Chris Doherty

Friday: Bridget & Thomas Ruane (Ballykinlettra)

Saturday 12.00noon: Bridget Doherty (Month's Mind)

Saturday 8.15p.m.: Mickey Burke & Michael & Katie & Deceased Burke Family

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Mary & Peter Carey


Eucharist Ministers:

Saturday: Tommy Carey

Sunday: Mary Boyle



Saturday: Mary Walsh

Sunday: Seamus O'Connor



Saturday: Mia Tighe, Eilish Tuohill

Sunday: Josh & Tristan Murphy