Ballycastle >Local News
2nd March '16

                                                      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.

Mayo Stages Rally

The 2016 Mayo Stages Rally will take place on Sunday March 6th around the Killala/Lacken/Ballycastle/Kilfian/Cooneal areas. This will involve a number of road restrictions as listed in the Public Notices Section in the Western People. There will be an increase in traffic in the area over the weekend 5th and 6th March.   Should you have any concerns, please contact David on 087-9176235.


A Rally Show will take place on the evening of Saturday 5th March in Ballina and everyone is welcome to come along. The Mayo and District Motorsport Club would like to thank all residents for their co-operation in running the event.

Golf Society

Next outing is to Strandhill Golf Club on 5th March. 1st tee is at 11am so please be there for 10.30am. For more information contact David Alexander on 0877965080.

Our annual away outing this year is to Salthill, staying at the Clybaun Hotel and playing Barna Golf Course on 18th June and possibly Tuam Golf Course on the way down (to be decided).  Any one interested in going please contact Gerry Henry on 0879391689 for more information. Deposit to be paid at next outing.


Congratulations to Seán Cavish who won €240 in last weeks 50/50 draw.


National School training starts back on Saturday 5th March at 1pm in Tom Langan Park .


Lotto Jackpot now €14,100

No's drawn on 29th February were: 5. 6. 27. 30. No Jackpot winner.

Next draw in Healys.

Five Envelopes drawn:

Attie McNulty, Ballycastle

M. J. Healy, Seaview Place

Wanda O'Neill, Muingreevagh

Mary Kenny, Main Street

John Hoban, Ballycastle



Bingo in the Community Hall on Monday 7th March at 8.30p.m. Guaranteed Jackpot of €300.


Ballycastle/Belderrig Development Company

AGM will take place on Wednesday 23rd March at 9.00p.m. in the Resource Centre.



Would you like to cycle the Giro de Baile on July 31st? If so, Baile an Chaisil CC club spins for beginners, with the intention of getting you ready for the Giro de Baile, start back on Saturday 5th March at 9am from the Shambles, Ballycastle. Call Máirtín 0863225128. Everyone has to start somewhere!


Athletic Club

Ballycastle Athletic Club training on Saturday mornings at 10am at the football pitch –junior and senior infants meet at the Community Hall.

For current news on club events please be sure to check out our Facebook page - Ballycastle AC Mayo.


Irish Music classes

Children's Irish music classes in the old barracks, on Fridays from 5.30 to 7pm (beginners from 5pm). Contact 086-3016691

Adult Irish music classes in Community Centre, Killala on Thursdays 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Contact 086-3016691.

Irish Dancing classes

Irish dancing classes in St John's Hall. Beginners class 6.30-7.30pm, Advanced class 7.30-8.30pm.  Newcomers welcome. Contact 089494435/0860687342



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.


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.

For all Hall bookings, contact Breda at 089-4607901


Church Notices

Easter Sunday falls on 27th March.


First Holy Communion Mass will be celebrated on Sunday 15th May.


Mass Times:

Weekdays at 10.00a.m. (unless otherwise stated)

Saturday Vigil: 8.15p.m.

Sunday: 11.30a.m.


Masses this week:

Monday: No Mass

Tuesday 7.00p.m.: Maidia Papworth (nee Healy) Month's Mind

Wednesday: John, Mary, Tom & Johnny Scott & Deceased Family Members

Thursday: People of the Parish

Friday 8.00p.m. : Elizabeth, James, Eithne & Michael Earley & Deceased Family

Saturday Vigil 8.15p.m.: Peter Burke (Anniversary)

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Patrick Desmond Connolly (Anniversary)


Eucharist Ministers:

Saturday Vigil: Tommy Carey

Sunday: George O'Grady



Saturday Vigil: John Maughan

Sunday: Seán Callaghan



Saturday Vigil: Adam Clinton, Tony Carden

Sunday: Róisín O'Donnell, Katelyn O'Donnell