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26th August '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.

Best of luck to Mayo senior football team in the All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin on Sunday next in Croke Park.

National Heritage Week at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation

Ballinglen will hold a workshop on Saturday 29th August from  2.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m for children under 12 exploring farming heritage in response to the Exhibition The Mart and Other Paintings by Cora O'Brien under the guidance of local artist Nuala Clarke.  Materials will be provided and each child will leave with a piece of work.

This event is free of charge and booking is essential.

Please contact us if you wish to participate in this event: Tel No:  096 43184

Email: unaforde.baf@gmail.com .

Do come along and enjoy a fun day!

Céide Fields

As part of National Heritage Week, Céide Fields are having a day of free admission on Sunday August 30th. In addition to our usual guided tours we will have exhibitions, activities and competitions for all the family from 11am to 5pm.


Tradition of turf cutting

On Friday August 28th there will be a free demonstration of turf cutting accompanied by a talk on the associated traditions and culture of the bog, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. at Céide Fields.


Lacken Trail

For National Heritage Week there will be a guided walk of the Lacken Trail including a visit to Rathlackan Court Tomb and the Gazebo. Meet in Lacken Church carpark, Thursday 27th August at 2pm. Walk is 8km and will take 4 hrs. For information call 086 4080550.


School Re-opening

St. Patrick's College Lacken Cross re-opens for students as follows:

Monday 31st August:       2nd & 6th years 9.05a.m. – 3.45p.m.

Tuesday 1st September:   3rd & 5th years 9.05a.m. – 3.45p.m.

Wednesday 2nd September: All Students except TY

Monday 7th September: TY and All Students

Irish Dancing Classes

Scoil Rince Ui Mhurchu offers quality Irish dance lessons to students from beginner level to championship. All students are encouraged to compete in competition while also gaining experience from team building in both performing and figure dancing. The option is also available to participate in our shows throughout the year. All ages catered for and new members always welcome.

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


Lotto Jackpot now €11,400

No's drawn on 22nd August were: 4. 11. 13. 23. No Jackpot winner. Next draw in Katie Macs.

Five Envelopes drawn:

Margaret Walsh, c/o Healy's

Josie Ruane, Ballycastle

Colette & Sarah, Seaview Place

Rosie Foster, Ballymachugh

Paul Kneafsey, Ballymachugh

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



Bingo in the Community Hall on Monday 31st August at 8.30p.m. Guaranteed Jackpot of €300.


Ballycastle GAA 50/50 draw winner on 22nd August was Annette Garry who was presented with a cheque for €290 by Martin Tighe.


Cycling Club

Club Spin every Wednesday at 7:30pm and Saturday at 9:30am from the Shambles, Ballycastle and McDonnells XL, Killala. New members welcome.

Club Meeting 26 th August in The Wolfdog, Killala. Anyone interested in ordering new Jerseys , Bibs or Gillets, let Máirtín or Noel know by the 19th September.

Cake Sale

Cake Sale in St. John's Hall, Ballycastle on Saturday 5th September at 8.00p.m. with home-made cakes, bread, jams, garden produce and lots of other items. Guess the weight of the cake. Please support. All proceeds in aid of St. John's Church , Ballycastle.


Art Exhibition

Art Exhibition depicting ‘The Wild Atlantic Way' in the Gallery, upstairs in the Resource Centre, will remain open Monday – Friday 10.00a.m. – 5.00p.m. for the next few weeks. All welcome to view this latest Exhibition of paintings by local artists.


Ballycastle/Belderrig Development Company

Office Space available. Contact 086- 2434288.


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: 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: Private Intention

Tuesday 7.30p.m.: Holy Souls

Wednesday: Fr. Martin Barrett

Thursday: Private Intention

Friday: No Mass

Saturday Vigil 8.15p.m.: Bridgie Collins (Anniversary) & John Collins

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Tony Padden & Deceased Family


Eucharist Ministers:

Saturday Vigil: Eileen Grier

Sunday: Mary Boyle



Saturday Vigil: Mary Walsh

Sunday: Seamus O'Connor



Saturday Vigil: Anna & Kate Heffernan, Liam Fox

Sunday: Caoimhe Tomas, Eoin McDonnell, Mia Tighe


Adoration: (Tuesday)

6.30p.m.: Gabrielle & Des Gribbin

7.00p.m.: Anne & P. J. Madden