Ballycastle >Local News
25th November '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.

Christmas Fair

Christmas Fair in Ballycastle Community Hall on Saturday 28th November from 12.00noon – 6.00p.m. and Sunday 29th November from 10.00a.m. – 4.00p.m. with a variety of Crafts, Home Baking, Christmas flowers, cards, decorations and stocking fillers and lots more. Admission free and all welcome.

Tables cost €15 for one day or €25 for 2 days. Contact 086 3787551 or 086 8492070.

Raffle for Hamper and other prizes will take place on Sunday 29 th . Tickets at €2 per line now on sale in local businesses and will also be on sale during the Fair. Also, guess the weight of the Christmas cake correctly and win it!!


Ballycastle Community Alert

AGM in the Hall 3rd December at 9.00p.m. All welcome. Text Alert System is up and running. Anyone wishing to join can contact Joe 086 8453067, Michael 087 2675179 or Caroline 086 3974408. Also, pendants available for people 65 years and over.



Annual General Meeting of Ballycastle GAA Club will be held on Saturday 28th November at 7.00pm in the Resource Centre.


Club Gear:

An order for Ballycastle GAA Club gear will be placed on November 28th . This is the last order before Christmas. If you are interested in ordering some gear please contact Joe Gardiner on 0868453067


 50/50 Draw:

Winner of this week's GAA 50/50 Draw was Sharon Killeen, Doonadoba who won €304.


Cemetery Rosary

Rosary and Prayers in Doonfeeney Cemetery on Sunday 29th November after 11.30a.m. Mass and after that in Belderrig Cemetery .



Sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of Jane Leggett, Sligo who died recently (sister of Ann O'Gorman, Sea Road).

Sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of Pat Ruane, late of Dominick Street and Manchester, who died recently.


Sympathy is also extended to the family, relatives and friends of Pat Clifford, Doonadoba who has died. Reposing at Lynn 's Funeral Home, Killala on Thursday evening from 5.30 with removal at 7.30 to Lacken Church arriving at 8 o'clock. Mass on Friday at 12noon with the funeral proceeding to Lacken Hill Cemetery .


May they rest in peace.


Cycling Club

Baile an Chaisil Cycling Club AGM will take place on Sunday 13th December at 7.00p.m. in the Wolfdog Tavern, Killala. It's a chance for members and new members to voice opinions, suggest developments to the club and vote for the 2015 committee and proposals. If you think cycling is for you, why not come along and see what we are about .


Golf Society

Results from outing to Mulranny Golf Club:

1st: Vincent Tomas 36pts

2nd: Ray Finnerty 34pts

3rd: Mick O'Donnell 31pts back 9

4th: Brian Forde 31pts 

Nearest pin: Jerry Collins

Longest drive: Dominic Flanagan

Next outing is to Enniscrone flat 9 on 19th December. This is or annual Christmas scramble.

1st tee is booked for 10.30am so please be there for 10am. For more info contact 

David Alexander on 0877965080. Visitors and new members welcome.


Kiddies Korner Superdraw

The 1st draw in Kiddies Korner Superdraw will take place on Friday 4th December at 12.00noon in the Playschool. A total of €7,000 in prizes – 5 x €1,000 and 4 x €500 - will be won by some of our lucky lotto members on the day. Light refreshments will be served as well as other surprises. All welcome.


Fundraiser for Peter

The lives of the Sweeney family from Ballyglass, Ballycastle were thrown into chaos in the last few months. A fundraising initiative is now set to get underway to help defray costs and we hope to hold a Fundraiser in Katie Macs, Ballycastle on Saturday 28th November. We hope to have an evening of the very best in Irish traditional music, featuring the very best of North Mayo Talent.

Supported by Ballycastle Cycling Club, Ballycastle Athletics Club and Ballycastle GAA Club.

Any one or any organisation who would like to help, financial or in any other way, can do so by contacting the Facebook page "Fundraiser for Peter" 

or 086-3225128, 086-3828713, 087-2671759.


Lotto Jackpot now €12,700

No's drawn on 23rd November were: 1. 8. 18. 29. No Jackpot winner.

Next Draw in Healys.

Five Envelopes drawn:

Chris, 25 Seaview Place

Kathleen Boyle, Carrowcubic

Mary McDonnell, Behy

Michael Burke, Killeen

Richard & Fiona Timlin, c/o Healys

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


Christmas Fair in Belderrig


Christmas Fair in Belderrig Community Centre on Sunday 6th December starting at 12.30p.m. Tables €10. Contact Eilis on 0877936942 to book.


Benefit Dance

Benefit Dance in Ballycastle Hall on Tuesday 29th December.



Bingo in the Community Hall on Monday 30th November at 8.30p.m. Guaranteed Jackpot of €300.

Christmas Party

Annual Senior Citizen's Christmas Party will take place in the Community Hall on Sunday 13th December at 3.00p.m.


Cookery Demonstration

Once again St.Patrick's College, Lacken Cross will host a cookery Demonstration evening with TV3 Chef Adrian Martin with Christmas markets and Food Fair. Everything from craft butchers to yummy bakers, beauty/hair to craft makers, local suppliers with all their flare, all you will need for this festive year and a few surprises. It promises to be a fantastic night so get in the Christmas spirit on December 1st. Tickets €15 are available from Centra, Killala, McNamees Shop,  Killala/Lacken/Ballycastle Post Offices, Lacken Cross school or contact Máirtín Flannery 0863225128.


Social Dancing

Social Dancing in the Merry Monk, Ballina on Thursday nights starting a 9.00p.m.



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

Scoil Rince Ui Mhurchu Classes take place on Monday and Thursday evenings in St John's Hall, Ballycastle. Beginner class from 5.30pm - 6.30 pm. Intermediate 6.30pm - 7.30pm and Advanced 7.30pm- 8.30pm. Enquiries to Ann Marie 0860687342


Ballycastle Writers Group

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

Contact Ursula 087 7133432.


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: 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.

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: Annie ( Anniversary) & Francie Donoghue

Tuesday: Annie McCann

Wednesday: Bridget & Thomas Ruane (Ballykinlettra)

Thursday 7.00p.m.: Richard Timlin

Friday 7.00p.m.: Kitty O'Boyle (Month's Mind)

Saturday 12.00noon: Paddy Healy (Month's Mind)

Saturday Vigil 8.15p.m.: Patrick O'Malley

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Frank, Anne & Frank Jnr Whelan


Eucharist Ministers:

Saturday Vigil: Rose Nealon

Sunday: Seán Callaghan



Saturday Vigil: Caroline Nealon

Sunday: John Busby



Saturday Vigil: Eoin McDonnell, Kim Stadler

Sunday: Caoimhe Tomas, Liam Fox


Adoration: (Tuesday)

Adoration is discontinued for the present.