Ballycastle >Local News
29th July '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.

Giro de Baile

The Giro de Baile an Chaisil takes place Sunday August 2nd at 10:00am from Ma in Street, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo.
Hosted by Baile and Chaisil Cycling Club, the Giro follows a wonderfully scenic course from Ballycastle Village right along the North Mayo Coast cycling right into the heart of Erris. Glancing around you will see the rugged coastline of North Mayo with Céide and the Staggs of Broadhaven in the distance.
The ride is not a race, it's a chance to enjoy a challenge with like minded people with spectacular views through out the routes.
Registration from 8:00a.m. on Sunday or at

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Ballycastle/Belderrig Festival

Ballycastle/Belderrig Festival will take place from Thursday 30th July – Wednesday 5th August.

Thursday 30th July: Official opening with concert in Ceide Fields. Music by local artists. Adults €5. Children free.

Friday 31st July:

4.00p.m.: Children's Street Art

7.00p.m.: Car Treasure Hunt followed by prizegiving in Seaview Lounge at 10.00p.m.

8.30p.m.: Bingo in Ballycastle Hall

9.00p.m.: Traditional Music in Healy's Bar

Saturday 1st August:

10.00a.m.: Walk (starting at Shambles)

11.00a.m.: Bronzeman in Belderrig. Registration at 10.15am at Belderrig Shore

8.30p.m.: Opening of Art Exhibition ‘ Wild Atlantic Way ' in the Resource Centre

9.00p.m.: Music with Buck Taylor in Healy's Bar

Sunday 2nd August:

10.00a.m.: Walk

1.00p.m.: Sandcastle Competition at Ballycastle Beach

7.00p.m.: Healyfest Music Festival

Monday 3rd August:

12.00noon: Golf Challenge at Ballycastle Beach

3.00p.m.: Fancy Dress and Teddy Bears Picnic

4.00p.m.: Village Fair Day with Sheep Races, Soap Car Race, Art & Craft Display, Street Games, Potato Pickin', Best Dressed lady, Live Entertainment and more.

Wednesday 5th August:

Céide Fields Open Day 10.00a.m. – 6.00p.m. Fun Day. Free Admission.


Anyone interested in a stall for Fair Day contact Maura 086-3571231 or Mary 086-2287161. Go kart racing on Fair Day – contact Seán 086-4082416.


Art Exhibition

This year's scenes are depicting ‘The Wild Atlantic Way'. Official opening is at 8.30p.m. on Saturday August 1st in the Resource Centre Gallery. The opening will be launched by Nuala Clarke, Ballinglen Fellow and renowned artist.

Cheese & wine reception.

The Gallery will be open Sunday and Monday during the Festival weekend.

Contact: and Facebook.

Fáilte roimh go léir. Welcome all.


Lotto Jackpot now €11,000

No's drawn on 25th July were: 2. 4. 12. 28. No Jackpot winner. Next draw in Katie Macs. Five Envelopes drawn:

Tony & Mary D'Arcy, Main Street

Padraig Mitchell, Ballyglass

A.& J. Greene, Main Street

Rose Lavelle, Main Street

Patrick Conmy, Ballycastle

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


Golf Society

Results from outing to Castlebar Golf Club:

1st : Alan Kelly 33pts

2nd : Noel Maughan 28pts (back 9)

3rd : John Winters 28pts

Nearest pin: Dominic Flanagan

Longest drive: Vincent Tomas 

Visitors : Darragh Murphy 30pts

Thanks to all who turned up. 

Next outing is to Ballina Golf Club on 22 nd August. 1st tee is for 11am so please be there for 10.30am.  New members and visitors welcome.

For more info contact Ollie Clarke on 086 0579204


50/50 Weekly Draw

Ballycastle GAA will have their first 50/50 Weekly Draw on the 3rd August at the Ballycastle/Belderrig Fair Day and on Saturday nights from then on in. The Tickets will be on sale in the coming days from all local Businesses.

The draw is simple but very effective, every Saturday someone will win 50% of all the money collected and the other 50% will go to Ballycastle GAA club who are fund raising to carry out important maintenance and improvement work to the Tom Langan Memorial Pitch.

To enter the draw, go into any of the participating businesses. Put €2 in a 50/50 Weekly Draw envelope and write your name, address and contact details on it and wait for the call on Saturday night!


Ballycastle/Belderrig Development Company

Office Space available. Contact 086- 2434288.


Mayo Job Club

If interested in taking part in this course from Mon 10th August – Fri 21st August 2015 in The Barracks, Glen Road , Ballycastle, Mon – Fri from 10am – 1pm. Contact 086-0889010. €40 paid to each participant towards travel. The Job Club is a training course which provides guidance in: CV Preparation, Interview Skills and Job Resourcing. It is for unemployed people who want to find work, to upskill, to change careers or to return to education.


Food & Craft Market

The Shambles Food & Craft Market takes place on Fridays from 9.30a.m. – 12.30p.m.

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: Jack, Kate, Michael Gilroy and Deceased Family Members

Tuesday 7.30p.m.: Seán & Nicola Scott

Wednesday: Michael Doherty (Doonfeeney)

Thursday: Johnny Tighe

Friday 7.00p.m.: Eileen Heffernan (Month's Mind)

Saturday 1.00p.m.: Johnny Tighe (Month's Mind)

Saturday Vigil 8.15p.m.: Michael Tomas & Michael Edward Tomas

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Bourke & Dempsey Deceased Family Members & Domhnall Bourke


Eucharist Ministers:

Saturday Vigil: Mary Hefferon

Sunday: George O'Grady



Saturday Vigil: Caroline Nealon

Sunday: Elizabeth O'Donnell



Saturday Vigil: Chloe Scott, Caoimhe Tomas, Mia Tighe

Sunday: Rebecca Maguire, Adam Clinton, Róisín O'Donnell


Adoration: (Tuesday)

6.30p.m.: Cauleen Barrett, Teresa Collins

7.00p.m.: Rose Lavelle, Mary Ann Sweeney