Ballycastle >Local News
3rd February '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.

Kiddies Korner

Kiddies Korner is now taking enrolment for September 2016. We offer both subvention and free pre-school year (ECCE) schemes. Children must be a minimum of

2yrs 6 months on start date.

If you are considering starting your child, please call into the Playschool, email or phone 096 43407 or call Catherine on 086 3362360.

We will have our enrolment night on Wednesday 17th February at 8.00p.m. in the Playschool.

Golf Society

Results from Enniscrone outing (reduced to 12 holes):

1st : Michael Gilroy 21pts back 9

2nd : Eddie Keigher 21pts back9

3rd : Brian Forde 21pts 

Longest drive: Dominic Flanagan

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.


Lotto Jackpot now €13,700

No's drawn on 1st February were: 10. 19. 20. 25. No Jackpot winner.

Next draw in Healys.

Five Envelopes drawn:

Gillian Grier (x 2)

Betty Jackson, The Glen

Mary Tomas

Una Deane, Main Street

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



Bingo in the Community Hall on Monday 8th February at 8.30p.m. Guaranteed Jackpot of €300.



50/50 Draw:

Winner of last week's GAA 50/50 Draw was Aimee McGuire who won €269.


Giro de Baile 2016

Registration is now open for the Giro de Baile 2016.

If you have club mates, friends or family who are considering entering the event we would encourage you to register as early as possible. Once we reach the event capacity of 500 cyclists, there will be no further entries accepted. Register at Eventbrite Giro de Baile.

Applications are now being sought from Mayo-based charities or Sport Clubs who are interested in being a beneficiary of this year's Giro de Baile.

Any Mayo charities interested in applying can contact us on Facebook, Twitter at or ring Máirtín 0863225128, Noel 0863828713 for more details.
Closing date for applications is Friday February 22nd at 5pm.

Any applications received after the closing date, will not be accepted


Leader Programme

Moy Valley Resources IRD is hosting LEADER community information meetings in the area over the coming weeks. The purpose of the meetings is to update and inform individuals, communities and businesses on the new EU LEADER programme, which is due to come on stream in Mayo in late Spring, and help them to identify potential projects for funding under the programme. The meetings will take place at 7.30pm in Belderrig Community Centre on Wednesday 10th February and in Ballycastle Community Hall on Monday 22nd February at 7.30pm. All welcome. For more information please contact Anne-Marie on 096 70905 or


Belderrig Community Alert Group

Emergency response (panic buttons) available for persons of pension age. For more information contact 087 1217621 or 087 6257593.


Cycling Club

Turbo training classes for beginners Thursdays at 8pm in Ballycastle Hall. All welcome to come, it's a great way to get fit and great fun. Ring 0863225128 for more details.


Club and Cycling Ireland Membership is now due and should be given to Cara Finnerty.

Anyone hoping to go on the Club weekend away to cycle the Tour de Connemara in Clifden on May 28th contact Mairtin Flannery, Noel Kelly or Peter Regan.

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

Line Dancing

Line dancing classes in Community Centre, Killala on Thursdays 9pm to 10.30pm. Contact 086-3016691 .

Irish Dancing classes

Irish dancing classes resumed last week 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.

Thursday: Men & Ladies basketball at 8.00p.m.

For all Hall bookings, contact Breda at 089-4607901


Church Notices

Lent begins this year on 10th February. 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: Tom & Bridget Tighe, (Laragon), Denis Farrell & Deceased Family Members

Tuesday: Holy Souls (Candlemas Day)

Wednesday: Holy Souls (Feast of St. Blaise)

Thursday: Holy Souls

Friday 8.00p.m. : Vince Collins ( Month's Mind) & Bridie Collins (Padre Pio Novena)

Saturday 12.00noon: Paddy Langan ( Month's Mind)

Saturday Vigil 8.15p.m.: Michael, Mickey Joe & Johnny McHale

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Paddy Delaney (Anniversary)


Eucharist Ministers:

Saturday Vigil: Eileen Grier

Sunday: Tony D'Arcy



Saturday Vigil: John Maughan

Sunday: Elizabeth O'Donnell



Saturday Vigil: Katelin O'Donnell, Liam Fox

Sunday: Ashling McDonnell, Mia Tighe