Ballycastle >Local News
24th February '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.


Congratulations and best wishes for the future to Erin McAndrew, Ballycastle and Darren Robinson, Killala who were married in St. Bridget's Church, Ballycastle on Saturday last.

Mayo Stages Rally

The 2016 Mayo Stages Rally will take place on Sunday March 6th around the Killala/Lacken/Ballycastle/Kilfian/Cooneal areas. This will involve a number of road restrictions as listed in the Public Notices Section in the Western People. There will be an increase in traffic in the area over the weekend 5th and 6th March.   Should you have any concerns, please contact David on 087-9176235.


A Rally Show will take place on the evening of Saturday 5th March in Ballina and everyone is welcome to come along. The Mayo and District Motorsport Club would like to thank all residents for their co-operation in running the event.


Congratulations to Patrick Conmy who won €260 in last weeks 50/50 draw.


National School training starts back on Saturday 5th March at 1pm in Tom Langan Park .


Would you like to cycle the Giro de Baile on July 31st? If so, Baile an Chaisil CC club spins for beginners, with the intention of getting you ready for the Giro de Baile, start back on Saturday 5th March at 9am from the Shambles, Ballycastle. Call Máirtín 0863225128. Everyone has to start somewhere!

Lotto Jackpot now €14,000

No's drawn on 22nd February were: 8. 18. 26. 28. No Jackpot winner.

Five Envelopes drawn:

Donal Tomas, Ballyglass

Declan O'Boyle, Ardagh

Patricia Loftus, Keerglen

Evelyn & Conor McDonnell, Doonfeeney

Kathleen Tomas, The Bridge

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



Bingo in the Community Hall on Monday 29th February at 8.30p.m. Guaranteed Jackpot of €300.


Golf Society

Next outing is to Strandhill Golf Club on 5th March. 1st tee is at 11am so please be there for 10.30am. For more information contact David Alexander on 0877965080.

Our annual away outing this year is to Salthill, staying at the Clybaun Hotel and playing Barna Golf Course on 18th June and possibly Tuam Golf Course on the way down (to be decided).  Any one interested in going please contact Gerry Henry on 0879391689 for more information. Deposit to be paid at next outing.


Athletic Club

Ballycastle Athletic Club training on Saturday mornings at 10am at the football pitch –junior and senior infants meet at the Community Hall.

For current news on club events please be sure to check out our Facebook page - Ballycastle AC Mayo.


Irish Music classes

Children's Irish music classes in the old barracks, on Fridays from 5.30 to 7pm (beginners from 5pm). Contact 086-3016691..

Adult Irish music classes in Community Centre, Killala on Thursdays 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Contact 086-3016691.

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



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.


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

Easter Sunday falls on 27th March.


First Holy Communion Mass will be celebrated on Sunday 15th May.


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: Bridgie McGarry

Wednesday: Vincie Forde

Thursday: Tom Earley

Friday : Holy Souls

Saturday Vigil 8.15p.m.: Anthony McDonnell & Paddy Cavish

Sunday 11.30a.m.: John & Peggy Hughes & Deceased Family Members (Kilbride)


Eucharist Ministers:

Saturday Vigil: Breege Gardiner

Sunday: Jerome Chambers



Saturday Vigil: Mary Walsh

Sunday: Jerome Chambers



Saturday Vigil: Caoimhe Tomas, Mia Tighe

Sunday: Josh & Tristan Murphy