Ballycastle >Local News
30th November '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.


By Lewis Keating

Standing on Downpatrick head, on a sacred evening like this,
the sea is almost completely calm, only rippled by the gentlest kiss.
So hard to imagine this placid sea, where the rising moonbeam shines,

can rise to raging tempest like a million roaring lions.
I quietly leave the twilight head and continue on my rambles,
the crows are flying in little groups to their roost above the shambles.

Ballycastle is like a Christmas card at this darkening hour of day,
the smoke of starting fires and the house lights along the way.
I see the lighted windows in each snug and warm abode,
from Killerduff in the distance to the homes on Killala road.

It reminded me of olden customs when each window had candle light,

to guide St Joseph and Mary on the first holy Christmas night.
I can still make out the rugged cliffs with their jagged rocks serrated along to the beautiful beach

where the Ballinglen is consummated.

The street is steep and still now, the church is dark and quiet,
the street lights change from red to yellow to dispel the dark of night.
I see lovely landscape paintings as I look through the gallery glass

there`s smokers outside Healys and Katies, they salute me as I pass.
I am weary now from walking and I fancy a creamy jar
I`ll start with a nice hot toddy in Mc Namee`s tramps bar.

Ballycastle Christmas Experience

On Saturday 10th December from 5pm to 7pm, the first ever Ballycastle Christmas experience will be held in the Shambles, a celebration of the spirit of Christmas in a stunning setting - Santa and Mrs Claus in their grotto, the elves in their workshop, a living crib with real animals, live music and other entertainment, food and drink for every taste. Ballycastle Christmas experience promises a fantastic evening out for the whole family.


Carol Service

Carol Service in St. John's Church on Sunday 4th December at 8.00p.m. with tea and cake after in St. John's Hall. All are welcome.


Christmas Fair

Thank you to all who supported and to all who helped in any way with the Christmas Fair last weekend.

Raffle winners were:

1st : Willow , Hilltop House

2nd : Arlene Tomas

3rd : Marion Galt

4th : Catherine Scott

5th : P. J. Gillespie

Winner of the Bottle of Brandy: Michelle Carroll


Lotto Jackpot €18,000

No's drawn on 28th November were: 5. 11. 18. 25. No Jackpot winner.

Next draw in Katie Macs.

Five Envelopes drawn:

Mary Murphy, Hillcrest, Killala

Margaret Walsh, Glenurla

Tom & Anne Carey, Doonfeeney

Michael Kelly, Carrowcubic

Ray Langan, Ballyknock

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


Recent Deaths

Sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of Madeline Connolly, Dalkey (Sister-in-law of Una Connolly, Suífinn Way).

Sympathy is also extended to the family, relatives and friends of Breege McManamon, Dublin (Aunt of Eileen McHale, Belderrig).

May they rest in peace.



50/50 draw

Congratulations to Albert McHale winner of last week's 50/50 draw (€213).


Chairde Baile an Chaisil

Chairde Baile an Chaisil now available. Contact Eilis Ormsby on 0877936942 or Martin Tighe on 0863957586 for more details.


Baile an Chaisil CC

Now in its 4th year, the Baile an Chaisil Christmas cycle takes place on 1st January at 12 noon. This year's chosen cause is St. John's Hall.
Starting from St John's Hall we have a 36km and a 12km family cycle. What better way to burn off the excess of the Holiday season than taking to the roads of beautiful North Mayo. Refreshments after in St John's Hall. Donations welcome.


Turbo training on Wednesdays at 8:30 pm in the Hall. Beginners welcome.



Anybody interested in joining Pilates classes in Ballycastle Hall please contact Kathleen Boyle at 086-0667192.



Bingo in the Community Hall on Monday 5th December at 8.30p.m. Guaranteed Jackpot of €300.


Exercise Group

Exercise Group continues on Tuesdays in Suífinn Centre at 1.00p.m. until further notice.

New members welcome.


Ballinglen Gallery

Exhibition by Keith Wilson RUA -  "Being Here" in the Ballinglen Gallery runs until January 27th 2017.

Irish Music classes

Maria's music classes in the Community Hall, Ballycastle on Friday evenings from 5pm to 6.30pm. Contact 086 3016691.

Adult Irish music classes in Killala Community Centre on Thursday nights from 8pm to 9pm. Contact 086 3016691.


Athletic Club

Athletic Training on Mondays (Church car park) at 6.30p.m. and on Fridays (Community Hall) at 6.30pm


Garda in attendance

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



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.


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


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

Mass Times:

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

Saturday Vigil: 8.15p.m.

Sunday: 11.30a.m.


Masses this week:

Monday: Peter Sweeney

Tuesday: Paul Doherty

Wednesday: Maggie & Michael Ruane & Pat (Anniversary)

Thursday: Breege Meyler

Friday 8.00p.m.: Ellen & Ann Langan. Padre Pio Novena

Saturday 12.00noon: Peter Harrison (Month's Mind)

Saturday 8.15p.m.: Michael McLean (Anniversary)

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Mickey Joe McHale (Anniversary) & Deceased Family Members


Eucharist Ministers:

Saturday: Kathleen Donnelly

Sunday: As arranged



Saturday: Cauleen Barrett

Sunday: John Busby



Saturday: Tony & Keith Carden

Sunday: Katelin O'Donnell, Nathan Doherty