Ballycastle >Local News
29th November '17

                                                     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     


Christmas Fair

A sincere Thank You to all who helped in any way with the Christmas Fair and Raffle last weekend, to all the stall holders who came and to all who visited over the two days, without all of your support it would not have been possible to have this event.

Winner of the Hamper was Tom Burke, Carrowcur

2nd : Mary Scott, Ballinglen

3rd : Mary Burke, Carrowcur

4th : Brenda McDonnell

5th : Louise Kelly, Main Street

Winner of the Bottle of Brandy: Aisling Ní Fhlatharta



No's drawn on 27th November were: 9. 10. 14. 28. No Jackpot winner.

Jackpot now €4,100. Next draw in Katie Macs.

Five Envelopes drawn:

Katie Ruddy, Ballycastle

Ciaran Jordan, Killerduff

Phil Healy Scott, Healys

A.M.C. Dunne, Ballycastle

Seamus Lavelle, Ballycastle

New Christmas Lights

In order for Ballycastle to be brightly lit this Christmas new LED Christmas lights are going to be installed both sides of the main street. The Development Company will be running a Church Gate collection on 9th and 10th December to help fund the €4,500 cost involved. Your support would be appreciated on those dates, or you can drop a donation into Siopa Suifinn.



Congratulations to Sharon and Lauren Healy, winners of last week's 50/50 (€247).


The Inaugural Peter Sweeney Cup will take place on the 26th December at 1pm in Tom Langan Park - East v West. 

G.A.A. Club Officers  for 2018:

At the AGM on 25th November, the following officers were elected:

Patron:   Fr Brian Conlon
President:   Ray Tighe Snr
Chairman:   Martin Heffernan  
Ass. Chairman:   Aidan Grier  
Secretary:   Joe Gardiner
Ass. Secretary:   Edel Golden
Treasurer:   Eilish McCann  
Ass. Treasurer:   Martin Tighe  
PRO:   Mairtín Flannery   

County Board Delegate:   Fergal O'Connor  

North Board Delegate : Michéal McDonnell

Coaching Officer : Máirtin Flannery

Oifig Na Gaeilge/Registration: Declan Caulfield

Children's Officer: Niall Murphy  

Heath and Well Being Officer : Tony D'Arcy

Other Executive Members: Vincent Tomas, Padraig Mitchell



Sympathy is extended to the families, relatives and friends of the following who died recently:

Margaret Flanagan (nee O'Malley), Roscommon ( Sister of Katie O'Boyle, Belderrig)

Frankie Healy, USA (son of Martin Healy, Main Street and nephew of the late Gerry and Vinnie).

May they rest in peace.

Ballinglen Arts Foundation

25th Anniversary - Children's Open Day at The Ballinglen Arts Foundation.

"Our World Our Lives" December 2nd: 2pm - 5pm

Exhibition of prints made by 450 school children who visited Ballinglen in 2017.

An opportunity for the children to come back with their families and see the wonderful work they made on display in the Gallery.

Fun Activities: Christmas Decoration Making, Hot Chocolate, Visit with the Artists in their Studios, Christmas Carols.

Do come along. All welcome.

The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Main Street Ballycastle, Co. Mayo.

Tel: 096 43184


Christmas Party

The Annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party will be held on Sunday 3rd December in the Community Hall, starting with Mass at 3.00p.m.

Quiz Night

Quiz night on Friday December 8th in Healy's Bar, starting at 9.30p.m. sharp. 


Ballycastle Christmas Experience

On Saturday 16th December Ballycastle gets into the festive spirit with our annual “Ballycastle Christmas Experience”.   Organised by BEO (Ballycastle Events Organisation). 

This celebration of the spirit of Christmas will be held in the stunning setting of “The Shambles”

from 5pm-7pm.

This Christmas experience will feature Santa and Mrs Claus in their grotto, and the elves busy at work in their workshop ahead of the big day. There will also be a living crib with real animals, with live music and other entertainment also being provided. The very best of festive food and drink will also be on offer for all the family to enjoy.

This event is Free. Any Donation to the Donation Box would be appreciated 

For more information: Tel: 0863225128 Email: 


Ballycastle Christmas Cycle

Baile an Chaisil Cycling Club 5th annual Christmas cycle on New Year's Day at 12noon. Registration in Healy's bar at 11.30a.m. 36km and 12km family cycle with refreshments after in Healy's.

This year we will be cycling in memory of our friend and former club member Patrick McHale.

Collette and her family have chosen Head Way Ireland as this year's charity.


Winter spinning classes will commence on Wednesday 22nd in St Johns Hall, Ballycastle at 8pm. Beginners and non club members welcome.


Music Classes

Irish music classes for children in Ballycastle Hall on Fridays 5.30pm to 6.30pm.
Beginner Irish music classes for Adults in Killala Community Centre on Thursdays from 8pm to 9pm.  086-3016691

Athletic Club

Ballycastle Athletic Club training on Fridays 6.30p.m. – 7.45p.m. at Ballycastle Football Pitch.

All Welcome.


Over 55 Exercise Club

Wednesdays at 3.00p.m. in Suífinn Way Centre. New members always welcome.


Barber John's

Barber John's, now open at the top of Main Street on Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week from 10.00a.m. – 6.00p.m. Gents Haircut: €10; Pensioners & Children: €8; Beard Trims €5.

Phone 085 7571594.


Ballycastle Bike Hire

Tour some of the scenic areas in North Mayo with bicycle hire from Ballycastle bike hire. Bikes provided are high quality with a wide selection to match all ages and abilities (Mountain Bikes, Road Bikes, Hybrid, Children's Bikes) and can be rented from short to long term use.

Service includes free drop-off and pick-up locations in the Céide Coast region including the monasteries of the Moy green-way Killala. Hi-vis vests and helmets supplied.

Opening hours for Céide Coast Lodge on Main Street , Ballycastle are

Monday – Sunday 10.00a.m. – 5.00p.m.

Bike hire available out of hours - just ring 086 3225128.

Call Máirtín on 086 3225128 or email .


Garda in attendance

Garda will attend at Ballycastle Community Hall from 2 – 3pm on the 1st Wednesday of every month.


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,

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

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.


Monday : Bingo at 8.30p.m.

Tuesday: Boys and Girls Basketball from 5.30p.m. – 6.30p.m.

Boys and Girls Indoor Soccer from 6.30p.m. – 7.30p.m.


For all Hall bookings, contact Breda at 089-4607901


Church Notices

Masses this week:

Monday 10.00a.m.: People of the Parish

Tuesday 7.00p.m.: Aggie Doherty (Anniversary)

Wednesday 11.00a.m.: Deceased Doherty Family (Carrowcur)

Thursday 11.00a.m.: James, Kathleen & Aidan Tighe

Friday 7.00p.m.: Peter & Mary Kelly

Saturday 1.00p.m.: Hannah Parish (Month's Mind)

Saturday 8.15p.m.: John Walsh (1st Anniversary)

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Thomas, Margaret, Tomás, Paddy & Sadie Healy


Eucharist Ministers:

Saturday Vigil: Rose Nealon

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Seán Callaghan



Saturday Vigil: As arranged

Sunday 11.30a.m.: As arranged



Saturday Vigil: Róisín O'Donnell, John Healy

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Josh & Tristan Murphy