Ballycastle >Local News
8th February '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                                                             service.

Vintage Society

West Coast Vintage Society Road Run on Sunday 12th February in memory of Aidan Tighe and Peter Sweeney. Registration at 11.00a.m. in the Resource Centre, Ballycastle. All monies raised going to the Irish Cancer Society. Open to all modes of transport. Refreshments after in Phil Healys.



The death occurred on 3rd February of Anthony O'Donnell, Ballinglen, Ballycastle and late of Portulin.

Sympathy is extended to his son J.P. (Ballyglass), daughters Mary, Nora, Betty, Loretta, Catherine and Jane, brother J.P. (Galway), daughter-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchild, nieces, nephews, sister-in-law, relatives and friends.


The death also occurred of Yvonne Tohill (nee Langan), New Zealand and late of Ballyknock, Ballycastle.

Sympathy is extended to her husband and children, her parents Tony and Rose (Ballyknock), her sister Jackie, brothers John & Martin, her extended family, relatives and friends .


May they rest in peace.


Lotto Jackpot €19,000

No's drawn on 6th February were: 2. 4. 24. 30. No Jackpot winner.

Next draw in Katie Macs.

Five Envelopes drawn:

Cliona & Maria Maughan, Cappagh

Ciaran Jordan, Killerduff

Francesca Scott, Ballycastle

Seán Maughan, Ballycastle

Mary Maughan, Castletown

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

Vintage Society Dinner Dance

West Coast Vintage Society Buffet style Dinner Dance takes place on Saturday 25th February in the Great National Hotel, Ballina at 8.30p.m. sharp. Music by Mick Mulhern and friends. Tickets now on sale at €15. Contact Seán 086-8373112, Gerard 087-9614688 or Alistair 087-2111211.


Irish Dancing Class

Irish Dancing class every Monday and Thursday at 5.30p.m. in St. John's Hall, Ballycastle. New members welcome. Contact Annmarie 086 0687342.


G.A.A. News

Congratulations to Eileen Grier winner of last week's 50/50 draw (€250).


Chairde Baile an Chaisil is still available and by taking this option you automatically get entered into the 50/50 draw.

Contact Eilis Ormsby 0877936942 or Martin Tighe 0863957586 for more details.


Golf Society

Next outing is to Strandhill Golf Course on Saturday 25th February. 1st  tee is booked for 10.30am so please be there for 10.00am.  Contact Gerry Henry for more information (0879391689).

Anyone interested in going to Esker Hills on June weekend (23 rd /24 th June), please contact Alan Kelly on (0868672002) for more infoformation. 


Baile an Chaisil CC

First outing:

First outing of the year is the ‘Saddle up for Epilepsy' on the 25th February in Castlebar. Cycling Ireland membership must be paid before this date. Ballycastle Cycling Club membership is free this year.


Turbo Training:

Club turbo training has been moved to Monday nights at 8.00pm in St. John's Hall. All welcome. For more details contact Máirtín at 086 3225128.

Club spins on Sundays at 9.00a.m. from the Shambles.


Giro de Baile 2017 (See Poem By Lewis Keating at end of Newsletter)

The Giro de Baile will take place this year on Sunday 6th August (Bank Holiday Weekend) at from Main Street , Ballycastle.

Now in its fourth year, this year's event is hosted by Baile an Chaisil Cycling Club.

There is a choice of 3 routes - 146km, 104km or 60km.

Early bird registration €30; Day registration €45. Resigration on the day from 8.00a.m.

For more information, follow us on Facebook, Twitter,

or contact Mairtín or Noel 086-3225128/086-3828713 or email .


Athletic Club

Ballycastle Athletic Club training every Friday evening 6.30p.m. at Ballycastle Community Hall. New Members welcome.


Bingo in the Community Hall is on Monday 13th February at 8.30p.m. Guaranteed Jackpot of €300.



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.


Over 55 Exercise Club

Wednesdays at 3.00p.m. in Suífinn Way Centre. New members always welcome.


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, 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 12.00 noon: Anthony O'Donnell. Funeral Mass

Tuesday: Holy Souls

Wednesday: Private Intention

Thursday: Una Purcell, Julia & Jimmy Murphy

Friday: James Munnelly (died recently in England)

Saturday 8.15p.m.: Mary (Anniversary) & Paddy Hefferon

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Paddy Joe, Josephine & Seán Loftus


Eucharist Ministers:

Saturday 8.15p.m.: As arranged

Sunday 11.30a.m.: As arranged



Saturday 8.15p.m.: Caroline Nealon

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Maura Fox



Saturday 8.15p.m.: Ashling McDonnell, Lorna Tomas

Sunday 11.30a.m.: Erin Flannery, Nathan Donerty





I have finished three weeks of bike training, got a lovely red bike on done deal,

between Aldi and Lidl, I got all the gear, I look like a pro on the wheel.

My jersey is aerodynamic, with panels of red, blue and black,

it`s got Festina emblazoned upon it, with pockets for food at the back.

With my Garmin computer on the handlebars, I've got strobe flashing lights, white and red,

special shoes, special gloves and repair bag, and an Aldi blue helmet on my head.


I arrived in the town of Ballycastle , that small town where I love to go,

Their Giro De Baile is legend, right there on the north of Mayo.

The historic re enactors were present, the red coats and the blue coats of France ,

the Bally boys shouldered their pikestaffs, old time history was there at a glance.

My first time to see Umpa Loompas, Mister Jamaica was doing DJ.

The Taoiseach in track suit and trainers, was sipping a hot cup of tay.


I was registered and paid up my money, before we set out on the hike,

I was given a number to pin on my jersey, and another to fix on my bike.

The redcoat fired a shot from his old 22, the fast bikes set off at a pace,

you would think it was Giro D'Italia, to see all those bikes in one place.

We cycled along by Downpatrick Head, this cycle was no problem to me,

I enjoyed to be cycling along the high cliffs, and the colours of the mighty blue sea.

It was soon that I came under pressure, when I faced into steep Flagbrook hill,

they say you never forget your first climb, I assure you that I never will.

Changing gears and pedalling like a demon, terrified that the bike might just stop,

my confidence was gone and so was my breath, before I got over the top.


It was lovely to see Kilcummin of Humbert, the beach out at Lacken is grand,

as we passed like a big sweating snake, an aeroplane touched down on the strand.

We flew down the hill to Palmerstown Bridge , a cannon gun poised there to strike,

with a mighty loud bang and billows of smoke, I nearly fell off of my bike.

A pit stop in Killala, and Crossmolina, Bangor Erris and Carrowmore lake,

there were seven more places to go through, can`t do it, i`ll pull up the brake.

Someone panted out words of encouragement, I kept pumping it out left then right,

we eventually passed through Belderrig, the Ceide fields now were in sight.

How I struggled up that street in Ballycastle, in sheer agony more dead than alive,

the people were cheering and clapping, as I rolled on that line to arrive.

It took me some time to recover, I was certain my end had drawn near,

I clocked in my time, was thanked for my efforts, and invited to cycle next year.

We were given great food and hot showers, but I still think I am going to retire,

there`s a red bike for sale on Done Deal, that damned saddle is going in the fire.

Lewis Keating.