Ballycastle >Local News
7th May '15

                                                      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.

First Communion

First Holy Communion in Ballycastle on Sunday 10th May.



Congratulations to Ballycastle National School team who won the C Final of

an t-Athair Deaglan MacCongamha Tournament on Monday last.


Mayo Senior Football League: Baile an Chaisil: 4 – 7; Westport : 1 – 10.


Mayo G.A.A. Senior Football League (Round 5):

Saturday 9th May: Baile an Chaisil V Charlestown Sarsfields at 7:00p.m. All Support Appreciated


Ballycastle GAA will be selling County Board Development Draw €100 tickets for the next few weeks. Funds raised from their sale contribute to costs of our local club and County teams. These tickets are a vital source of funding for the club. We are expecting to commence construction of our new club house this summer and the income from these tickets will go directly into this project. This redevelopment will be a great asset to our community for generations to come.

The cash prizes have increased in value this year and a full list of the prizes is available on the back of the ticket. Club members and players will be calling door to door asking for your support. Purchasers can club together if they wish to share a ticket. We thank all supporters again for your help and we know you will not let down our club. For any draw inquiries or to arrange to buy a ticket contact Joe Gardiner on (086) 845 3067 or Eilis Ormsby on (087) 793 6942 or email


Kiddies Korner

Enrolment and parent information evening takes place in Kiddies Korner Playschool on Friday 15th May at 8.00p.m.


AGM, in Kiddies Korner Playchool, will be held on Friday 29th May at 8.00p.m. Everyone welcome.



Sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of Mary Kate McGrath, Rossport who died recently ( sister of Anthony O'Donnell, Ballinglen ).



Lotto Jackpot now stands at €9,800 and envelopes can be obtained in the Post Office, Burkes, Healys, Katie Macs and the Craft Shop.

No's drawn on 2nd May were: 1. 3. 26. 29. No Jackpot winner.

Next draw in Katie Macs.

Five Envelopes drawn:

James Nealon, Ballyknock

Jim & Breege Meyler, Carrowcubic

Josie Irwin, Moygownagh

Ciarán Kenny, Ballycastle

John Kennedy, Shanaghy


Food & Craft Market

The Shambles Food & Craft Market is back on Fridays from 9.30a.m. – 12.30p.m. beginning on Friday 15th May.

Fun Cycle for Bike Week

Dig out a bike, pump tyres, tweak brakes, oil the chain and bring a helmet
Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling, and show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life by encouraging ‘everyday cycling for everyone'.

This year Baile an Chaisil cycling club will be staging an event on the 13th June from Ballycastle Hall at 10:30a.m. This Event is free and we encourage young and old to join us on the day. Refreshments after in Ballycastle Hall. Distance will be less than 10km so come and join us.
Contact Máirtin Flannery 0863225128 Noel Kelly 0863828713 or any Baile an Chaisil club member for more details.


Coastal Challenge

Ballycastle 10k & 6k road race, walk & fun run on Saturday 27th June 2015.


Giro de Baile

The Giro de Baile takes place on Sunday 2nd August from Ballycastle Village . Hosted by Baile and Chaisil Cycling Club, the Giro follows a wonderfully scenic course from Ballycastle Village right along the North Mayo Coast on the Wild Atlantic way cycling right into the heart of Erris. Glancing around you will see the rugged coastline of North Mayo with Céide, Downpatrick Head and the Staggs of Broadhaven in the Distance.


If you're not in you can't win

Kiddies Korner have launched an exciting new draw. For only €5 per week you could be entered into a bi-annual draw with prizes to the value of €14,000 - 5 prizes of €1,000 and 4 prizes of €500 at each draw.

The 1st draw will take place at Christmas and the second at Easter.

The entry fee can be paid as follows:

  • Once off payment by cash/cheque of €260
  • 2 payments by cash/cheque of €130
  • Weekly standing order of €5
  • Standing order every 4 weeks of €20

Interested parties can contact:

Catherine Scott – 086 3362360;

Emma Chambers – 087 2517843;

Mary Tighe – 0863159143;

Kellie Barrett – 087 1365194


Ballycastle Writers Group

Creative Writing on Tuesdays 7.30 - 9p.m. in Suífinn Centre (behind the Community Hall) , Ballycastle. Contact Ursula 087 7133432.


Art Classes

Art Classes in Ballycastle Community Hall on Wednesdays 7-9pm. Call Nuala to reserve a spot. 086-822-2126.


Art Group

Art Group meet in the Resource Centre on Mondays from 2.00 – 5.00p.m. New members welcome. Guidance available from our resident artist Sue Upton.


Art Gallery, featuring paintings by local artists, upstairs in the Resource Centre.

Open Monday – Friday 10.00a.m. – 5.00p.m.


O-55's Club

Over 55's exercise club meet in Suífinn Way Centre on Tuesdays at 11.30a.m.


Book Club

Book Club meet the last Thursday of every month at 9.00p.m. Contact Mary at 086-8095536.


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: Basketball 5.30p.m. – 6.30p.m. for children aged 8 – 10years and from

6.30 – 7.30p.m. for ages 12 – 14years. Ladies basketball at 8.00p.m.

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

Friday: Athletic Club: Training for young athletes from 7.00p.m. – 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: Moran & Collins Deceased Family Members

Monday 7.00p.m.: john O'Donnell

Tuesday 7.30p.m.: Gerry Healy (Anniversary), Vincent & Emma Healy

Wednesday: Elaine Madden

Thursday: Sick Intention

Friday 7.00p.m.: Nora & Martin Connor

Saturday Vigil 8.15p.m.: Michael Gibbons, Brigid & Francis Healy

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Thomas, Brigid & Martin Healy (Behy)


Eucharist Ministers:

Saturday Vigil: Rose Nealon

Sunday: Mary Boyle



Saturday 8.15p.m.: Mary Walsh

Sunday: Seán Callaghan



Saturday Vigil: To be arranged

Sunday: To be arranged


Adoration: (Tuesday)

6.30p.m.: Breege Gardiner, Mary Hefferon

7.00p.m.: Gabrielle & Des Gribbin