Ballycastle >Local News
6th December '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     



No's drawn on 4th December were: 5. 10. 12. 29. No Jackpot winner.

Jackpot now €4,200. Next draw in Healys.

Five Envelopes drawn:

Phil Healy Scott, (x 2) Healys

Michael Burke, Killeen

Miriam Walsh, Doonfeeney

Adam Breslin, Kilbride

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.



Sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of Ettie Clinton (nee Loftus), Crossmolina who died recently (Mother of Dr. Declan Clinton).

May she rest in peace.



Congratulations to John Hoban, Suífinn Way winner of last week's 50/50 (€220).


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

Quiz Night

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


Christmas Raffle

Tickets for Christmas Raffle, in aid of the gymnasium, are on sale in local businesses. 1st Prize: Hamper (value €250) and lots of other great prizes. Tickets €2 each or 3 for €5. Draw will take place at Bingo in Ballycastle Community Hall on Monday 18th December.


Carol Service

Carol Service in St. John's Church on 17th December at 8.00p.m. Tea served in St. John's Hall afterwards. All are welcome.


Best Christmas Window

BEO (Ballycastle Events Committee) has announced a Competition for the best Christmas window display/shop front in Ballycastle.

This competition is open to all the businesses and houses in the town, so whether you are a shop, a pub, or a House - if you decorate it for Christmas, you are in the competition and have the opportunity to win.
Voting will take place on the 16th December and winner will be announced at the Ballycastle Christmas Experience.


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 11.00a.m.: People of the Parish

Tuesday 6.30p.m.: Ann Conlon

Wednesday 11.00a.m.: Tom McAvock (Anniversary)

Thursday 8.15p.m.: Paddy & Antonia Langan & Deceased Family

Friday 11.30a.m.: Anthony & Annie McGuire & Deceased McGuire & O'Donnell Families

Saturday 8.15p.m.: Paddy (Anniversary) & Anna Winters

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Mary Tomas (Ballyglass)


Eucharist Ministers:

Vigil Dec 8th: Breege Gardiner

Dec 8 th 11.30a.m.: Margaret Burke

Saturday Vigil: Tommy Carey

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Mary Boyle



Vigil Dec 8th: George O'Grady

Dec 8 th 11.30a.m.: Florrie McBrien

Saturday Vigil: Cauleen Barrett

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Margaret Burke



Saturday Vigil: E. Loftus, S. Kelly

Sunday 11.30a.m.: E. Touhill, L. O'Donnell