Ballycastle >Local News
27th June '12

                                                      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

Ballycastle Golf Society

Results from Outing to Galway Bay Golf Club:

1st :   Vincent Tomas

2nd :   Dominic Flanagan

3rd :   Oliver Clarke

28s:   Enda Burke

Visitor Prize:    Greg Battle

Longest drive:   Micheal Winters 

Nearest the Pin:  David Alexander

Donkey Prize:     Gerry Collins 


Next outing to Castlebar Golf Club on 28th July.

Anyone interested in playing can contact Vincent Tomas on 087 7719359 or Padraig Winters on 086 3203736


‘Roadhouse' will be playing an acoustic gig in Healy's this Saturday night (30th ) at 9.30p.m.


Water Safety Classes

Water Safety Classes at Lacken Pier:

Monday 2nd July – Friday 6th July and Monday 30th July – Friday 3rd August.

Enrolment at 3.00p.m. All enquiries to 096-43180 after 6.30p.m.


Céide Fields

Céide Fields is offering free admission to everybody on the first Wednesday of every month. Come along on July 4th and see what we do, get a guided tour and enjoy a nice cuppa. We are open every day from 10.00a.m. – 6.00p.m.


Tidy Towns Draw

Result of final Tidy Towns Fundraising Draw held in Mary's Tea Rooms:

1st : Jarlath Scott

2nd : Philomena Doherty

3rd : Michael Duran

The committee would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way.


Art & Craft Shop

Art & Craft Shop stocktaking sale continues for one more week to Friday 6th July.

Massive reductions - up to 50% off.

Open Monday – Friday 10.00a.m. – 5.00p.m. (closed for lunch 1.00 – 2.00p.m.)



No's drawn on Saturday 23rd June were: 2. 12. 19. 28. No Jackpot winner. Jackpot now stands at €11,100. Next draw in McNamees.

Five Envelopes drawn:

Evelyn & Conor McDonnell, Doonfeeney

Dermot McMorrow, Ballinglen

Johnny Flannery, Seaview

Eoghan McNulty, Ballina

Carmel Duggan, Killala Comm. Bus


Ladies Senior Challenge

St Brigids Ladies v Curry Ladies (Sligo) in Tom Langan Park , Ballycastle this Sunday (1st July) at 12:30p.m. 




North Mayo Exclusive Cup Semi-Final:

Ballycastle: 1 – 5; Ardagh: 3 – 12.

Ballycastle Team: Jason O'Neill, Paul Whelan, Mark Gaughan, J.P. Guiheen,

Daniel Breslin, Shane McHale, Eoin Clifford, Shane Breslin, Fergus Tighe, Declan Caulfield (0-1),

Fergal Forde (0-1), Dermot Kelly, Brian Healy (1-0), J.J. Burke, Simon Barrett (0-3f).

Subs: Barry McHale for Shane Breslin; John Carey for J.J. Burke; Malcolm McDonnell for Paul Whelan.



Junior Championship Group 2: Ardnaree Sarsfields V Baile an Chaisil on Saturday 30th June at 7.00p.m.


County Board Draw:

Every person who buys a County Board ticket and paid up membership is entitled to buying a ticket to all Mayo Senior Championship matches including All-Ireland Final. Tickets available from any club officer.



Club Membership is due and can be paid to any committee member.



Yoga in Ballycastle community Hall on Tuesday nights from 7.00 – 8.-00p.m.

Phone or text 087-9642428.


Community Development Course

This course will resume on Thursday 13th September at 8.00p.m. in the Resource Centre. This course is free and all are welcome to attend especially junior members of our community.


Rathlacken Court Tomb Walk

Official opening will take place at 2.00p.m. on Saturday 30th June.

Meeting place: Lacken Church car park.

Walk will be led by Greta Byrne, Archaeologist at Céide Fields Visitors Centre.

This is a relatively easy walk, offering a choice of either 8 or 10 km with a few cut off points if required, with stunning views of Kilcummin and Lacken strands, surrounding countryside and Donegal and Sligo on a good day. It includes a wealth of archaeological features, Court Tomb with associated stone wall enclosure, house structure and Neolithic walls.

Rathlacken tomb was excavated in the 1990's by Greta Byrne, uncovering a circular open stone court opening onto three chambers. Prior to excavation all that was visible was a 34metre long stone peat covered cairn, aligned east … west with a very large stone slab protruding above. It is easily accessible from walk route.

Access is also now available to the 18 th century monument known locally as ‘The Gazebo', built as a folly for Sir John Palmer who then resided at Castlelacken Demense. Greta is happy to share her wealth of knowledge and answer any questions you may have during the walk.

Walking route follows tarred and bog roads and green track, so hiking shoes or trainers are perfect. Do bring fluid and snack.

After the walk you can, if you wish, relax on the beach, visit Lacken Pier and view monuments there ‘The Big Wave 28th October'. Also admire the stain glass windows and bog oak carvings in Lacken Church or have a picnic in the amenity area beside the car park. Come along and enjoy, all welcome.

Enquiries: Contact Ishtar at 086-1600964.


The Gathering Ireland 2013

The Gathering Ireland 2013 is a people's project. It's about you, your
family, your neighbours, your community, your sports club, your town and
county. This is your chance to showcase the very best of Mayo by organising
gatherings and inviting family, friends and people with Irish connections
from all over the world to be part of it.
We're asking everyone in Mayo to get involved. So come along on Wednesday
27th June to find out more and share any ideas you may already have. It is
at 7pm in the Welcome Inn, Castlebar.

2013 will be an incredible year in Ireland . Make sure your community is part
of it.
For More info see


Outdoor Gym

The new outdoor fitness gym is finally installed in Suífinn Way Estate and open to anybody over the age of 50. The equipment is clearly marked with instructions on how to use each individual piece.

For further information contact Suífinn Way Centre:

Phone No: 096-43848





The Art Group meets on Mondays from 7.00p.m. – 9.00p.m. upstairs in the Resource Centre. The group's annual Exhibition will be held at the August Bank Holiday week-end.


Artworks are constantly on display in the Art Gallery upstairs in the Resource Centre, so please drop in to the Gallery when visiting Ballycastle.

Ballycastle art can be viewed at



Exercise Club

Exercise Club meet each Tuesday at 11.00a.m. in Daycare Centre, Suífinn Way .

New members welcome.



Library has been relocated to the VEC Building (former Secondary School) and is now open on Wednesdays from 9.30a.m. – 4.00p.m.



Bingo in Ballycastle Hall on Monday nights at 9.00p.m.


Music Classes

Music Classes in St. John's Hall Ballycastle every Saturday 11.30a.m. - 1.30p.m. --

tin whistle, keyboard, accordians, banjo, marching band drumming.

Call Maria 086-3016691 for more details.


Set Dancing

Set Dancing continues every Wednesday night in St. John's Hall, Ballycastle from 9pm. All welcome.


Home Care Service

Home care help available to the elderly and convalescent in the Ballycastle and surrounding areas. Interested persons can contact Josephine on 086-0579023, for details and arrangement.


Craft Shop

Craft Shop is located in the Resource Centre, Upper Main Street .

Facilities available :

Broadband Internet, Fax, Laminating, Photocopying, Typing.

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 10.00a.m. – 5.00p.m. (closed for lunch 1 – 2.00p.m.)


Community Hall

Monday : Bingo at 9.00p.m.

Thursday : Adults Basketball at 8.00p.m.

Anyone wishing to book the Hall for meetings or activities, contact Breda McNulty at 086-0644114.


Church Notices

Mass Times:

Weekdays at 10.00a.m.

Saturday Vigil: 8.15p.m.

Sunday: 11.30a.m.


Masses this week:

Monday: John Scott & Deceased Family

Tuesday 11.00a.m.: End of School Year Mass

Tuesday 7.30p.m.: Frank & Mary Farrell (Ballinglen)

Wednesday: John & Kathleen Nealon

Thursday: John, Sheila & Vincent Cavish

Friday : No Mass

Saturday Vigil 8.15p.m.: Johnny Gilmartin (Anniversary)

Sunday 11.30a.m.: People of the Parish (Fr. Killeen)

    Pete McDonnell (Anniversary) (Fr. Harrison)   


Eucharist Ministers:

Saturday: John Maughan

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Mary Boyle



Saturday Vigil: Caroline Nealon

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Mary Hefferon



Saturday Vigil: Maria Maughan, Zack Kelly

Sunday : Ciarán McDonnell, Shane Grier, Kevin Scott



7.00p.m.: Breege Doherty, Peggy Burke

7.30p.m.: Bridie Hunt, Caroline Stadler

8.00p.m.: Breege Meyler, Margaret McLean

8.30p.m.: Kathleen Donnelly, Mary Connor