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Ballyhaunis in the National Tidy Towns Competition 2017 . 

Ajudicators will visit the town unannounced at any time from mid june to carry out inspections. The tidy towns committee invites all property owners to consider what can be done to ensure that their premises are looking their best. Perhaps a good power washing a fresh coat of paint some colourful flowers a new flag would make a big difference not forgetting to sweep up any litter especially cigarette butts in the area in front and nearby. The tidy towns committee and rual social scheme team are busy decorating the town with hanging baskets and other floral displays planting flowers picking litter trimming grass on approach roads and making sure that all public areas are well presented. The litter action community competition and cleaner community campaign are already underway Abbey Street has been selected for the 'sweep your street' competition this year. A special effort is called for in keeping the street clean for this competition so all residents and business owners are invited to take part. Knox Street was awarded 2nd prize in last year's competition; maybe Abbey Street can at least match or perhaps outdo Knox Street's success! A number of residents are also taking part in 'Adopt a Mile' competition in the Annagh Cave, Togher, Carrowreagh area. All local residents and property owners are encouraged to support them in keeping their area clean and free of litter and illegal dumping. The AGM of Ballyhaunis Tidy Towns Committee will be held on Wednesday 14th June  at 8.00 pm in the Parochial Hall. New members and Volunteers are most welcome to attend. 


Preparations are in full swing for the 2nd Annual Ballyhaunis Festival of Sport Fun Day, which is to be held as part of the Ballyhaunis Summer Festival, on Saturday June 3rd from 1-4pm located at the Ballyhaunis GAA Club Grounds.


The event, coordinated by the Ballyhaunis Sports Network in conjunction with Mayo Sports Partnership, promises to be full of fun activities such as the family sports challenge (incorporating 10 different sports), games, fun inflatable’s, athletic challenges, orienteering, inclusive games, along with many sports activities to try out which will be quite interesting to say the least.


 Many organisations including Ballyhaunis Chamber of Commerce, Ballyhaunis GAA Club, Mayo Sports Partnership,, Sports Ireland and Local Sports Organisations and others are pooling resources in an effort to make this day a success. Many local businesses are also providing much needed support on the day.


“Ballyhaunis Come and Try Day will be a great way for clubs and sporting organisations in and around the area to showcase what they have to offer. The diverse population of Ballyhaunis adds to the variety of sports such as cricket, volleyball, athletics etc. that will be on offer on the day.  We are delighted to be able to support Ballyhaunis Sports Network in developing this event. We feel that a sporting event such as this would be an ideal fit into the Ballyhaunis Summer Festival as a fun day out for all. ” commented Mayo Sports Partnership co-ordinator Charlie Lambert.


So pencil in Saturday afternoon 3rdJune 1pm-4pm at Ballyhaunis GAA Grounds.. For further information on how to enter any of the above events or on the day contact Ballyhaunis Sports Activity Coodinator Ciara Garvey on 0861236929 / or Mayo Sports Partnership at 094 9047025

"Mayo Day Celebrations"

Ballyhaunis will be a hive of activity on Saturday, 29th April in celebration of Mayo Day. There will be stalls in The Square, live music from 12.30pm and Irish Set Dancing at 2.30pm. There will be plenty on offer for children also with a face painter and activity play centre throughout the day. Most shops, coffee shops and restaurants in the towns will have special offers, while some of the local pubs will proved traditional music. Ballyhaunis Chamber of Commerce encourages all businesses to display Mayo flags on the day and dress their windows if possible.

Footballers on Song

The senior Ballyhaunis Community School footballers clinched a coveted place in the Connaught colleges senior football final when they defeated Glenamaddy 1-10 to 0-8 on February 17th. 

Trailing by two points with 15 minutes gone in the second half, they put over some excellent scores to run out winners on a margin of five points.

The final against Strokestown was played last Saturday - details next week.


Flying the Flag for Mental Heal

"Mental" Illness should'nt have a black cloud put over it.. people who suffer from mental illness will emerge from it much stronger," [BCS student].

Ballyhaunis Community School launched their Amber Flag campaign last autum. A student committee was assembled with the help of co-ordinating teachers Ms. Orla Philips and Ms. Vivan Cuddy. The committee quickly established their aims to promote positive mental health, to deepen students' understanding of mental health, and to create a sense of belonging for all.

The Amber Flag project was created by the Charity Suicide Aware. The initiative encourages schools and all organisations working with young people to promote and actively bring about a culture of change in attitudes towards positive mental health.a

Commencing on this very positive project at Ballyhaunis CS, teacher Orla Philips, said: What is special about this initiative is that it is about the students identifying their needs in relation to mental health and taking steps to address them. Most of our committee is comprised of students drawn from each of the different years.

"At our first meeting, the student members identified what they saw as the signifcant challenges to student mental health. These were, coping with rejection, anxiety, bullying, and navigating socia media. Helping students work  through these challenges is the goal of our project.

Since last November, the project has gathered momentum. A commited focus group of students and teachers have worked tirelessly orgainsing exciting and worthwhile projects.

The Amber Flag noticeboard was created and is used to educate and update the student body on the work of the committee and all upcoming events. A poster competition was organised whereby all students were invited to create a motif with an uplifting image and motto. The winning entry was designed by fifth year student Coleen Manning and is now on display in all areas of BCS to encourage positivity among the school community. 

The pinnacle of this year's work will take place on the week beginning Monday, March 6. Wellness Week will be launched by Mayo Gaelic footballer Andy Moran. Andy feels passionate about mental wellbeing, as he explained: Sport and exerciseis to me the single most important aspect in modern society; to deal with stressful situations. These experiences can be called upon when dealing with stressful situations in the real world.

This exciting workshop-based week will give an opportunity to all students to participate and engage in al wellness activities. Dance and fitness workshops include humourfit, laughter, bodywork yoga, zumba, social dancing, hip-hop and self-defence. There will also be art and music workspace.Additionaly there will be a variety of guest speakers. Peadar Gardiner and Niall Dunne will speak to students in relation to self-esteem and self-respect. Tom Coleman and Ann Caulfield will also present workshops in the area of body image and managing stress. Jermy Pagden will speak to students about internet and cyber-bullying. He will also present an evening talk to parents and the wider community regarding this topic in the school on Thursday, March 9th at 7.30 p.m

All of the aspects of the Amber Flag initiative would not be possible without the funding from Catherine McCloskey from South West Mayo Development Company through the Social Inclusion and Community Activation programme.


Skills for Work' Computer Training

SKILLS FOR WORK’ COMPUTER TRAINING: Classes are currently being organised locally to improve workers‟ computer skills for personal and work purposes. Two options are available;

 1) A 7 week course for Farmers, Internet based, covering herd registration "Agfood Website"

 2) A 12 week course in Word, Excel, Internet-Email for general workers looking to up-skill.

Contact Geraldine O'Haire on 087-6251494. Email:


Would you like to talk to someone in confidence?

Chiron Community Counselling offers professional Counselling and Psychotherapy support at a low cost. Chiron now has a Psychotherapist based in The Ballyhaunis Family Resource Centre. Please call the Family Resource Centre on 094 963 0929 for further details or contact Chiron directly on 087-3363313. All calls treated in confidence.


St. John's Rest & Day Care Centre

St John's Rest & Day Care Centre, Knock Shrine, offers day care (10.00am. - 3.00pm.) every Tuesday to senior citizens, and there are places on the bus for extra clients from the Ballyhaunis/Brickens area. The day includes refreshments on arrival, Mass at 12 noon followed by a 3- course meal, gentle exercise, singing and bingo. Contact Geraldine 094-9388100.



Brickens Meals on Wheels can deliver a hot nutritious meal to your home seven days a week, if required. All dietary requirements catered for. Cost €5.00 per meal. Ph. 094 9380910.


Ballyhaunis Tidy Towns

Ballyhaunis was awarded 270 marks in the 2016 Tidy Towns Competition - an increase of 7 marks on last year.  Increased marks were awarded in five of the eight categories in the competition with marks remaining at last year's level in the other three.  Nationally Skerries won the overall award with 327 marks.   The report contains a healthy balance of favourable and unfavourable comments with a number of questions and suggestions thrown in for good measure.  The report can be viewed on the Tidy Towns page on Ballyhaunis Life website or on  and copies are available from the committee.  

Parent and Toddler Group

Ballyhaunis Parent and Toddler Group meet every Wednesday in the Parochial Hall from 10am to 12am..  All are welcome.  Phone Carina on 085 8457817 for more details.


 Pedestrian crossing at Bridge Street

Local Councillor, John Cribben has announced that the go-ahead has been given for a pedestrian crossing at Bridge Street, in Ballyhaunis.  Locals have been campaigning for a long time to have a pedestrian crossing which will address safety issues in Bridge Street.  It is the only one given the go-ahead by the NRA in Mayo for 2016.

New Family Support Service in Ballyhaunis 

There is a new Community Based Family Support Service in Ballyhaunis Family Resource Centre and is being funded by the Child and Family Agency (Tusla). Geraldine Glacken has joined the Family Resource Centre as the Family Support Project Worker for the service.

This service is for parents having difficulty in managing their child/children’s behaviours, families experiencing communications and relationship difficulties, and parents experiencing crisis which impact on their children.

The aim of the Community Based Family Support Service is to work in partnership with families who are experiencing stress/difficulties at home. We work with families to develop individualised programmes to meet the needs of the family. These programmes are designed to improve the capacity of families to provide a nurturing and safe environment for their children.

Geraldine is delighted to be able to be able to offer such a service in the town and its environs:
'We know there is a need for a family support service in this area, as there is in all other areas on the county. We know through experience that delivering family support directly into local communities works. This service is free and confidential and we would like people to know that we are here to help.'

The Community Based Family Support Service is available in other parts of the county - Ballina (Ballina Family Resource Centre), Ballinrobe (Tacú Family Resource Centre), Claremorris (Cúram Family Centre) and Westport (Sharkey Hill Community Centre).

If you would like to speak to Geraldine to find out more about the service, you can contact her

on 086 047 0587, or call into the Family Resource Centre for a chat. The centre is based in the Friary in the town.


Warmer Homes Scheme

Clar ICH are now taking applications for the Warmer Homes Scheme which provides free home insulation to eligible applicants. Homes must be owner occupied, non-Local Authority and constructed before 2006. Applicants must be in receipt of one of the following: (1) Fuel Allowance under the National Fuel Scheme, (2) Job Seekers Allowance for over 6 months and with children under 7 years of age. (3) Family Income Support . Further information and application forms are available from the Warmer Homes Scheme Team at 094-9371830 or 9373455.


Ballyhaunis Defibrillator Group

Do you know that there are 10 Automated External Defibrillators spread around our Parish?  Are you aware that this valuable life-saving equipment will become defunct in Autumn due to the expiry of their 7-year battery?  Are you willing to make a contribution towards a new battery to ensure this does not happe?  In the coming weeks YOUR Community Defibrillator Group will be launcdhing a fundraising campaign to waise the €7,000 needed to ensure that all 10 AEDs are maintained.  Defibrillators save lives.  They could be utilised to save your life or that of your family member, neighbour or friend.  Your contribution is necessary to ensure that they do not become obsolete in September.


Family Life Services

The Family Centre, Castlebar, new programme of education courses and support services.  Phone 094 9025900.


 Bereavement Support Group 

Every Wednesday morning at 11.00am, a Bereavement Support Group meets at the Family Centre, Knock Shrine for an hour.  It's a place and time to remember and find support when dealing with the loss of a family member.  All are welcome to drop in any week and further information is available from Monica Morley at the Centre on 094-9375320.


Interested in gaining new skills to get a job?

If so National Learning Network (NLN) can help you with obtaining work experience, C.V. and career preparation skills while gaining QQ1 (FETAC) awards.  Transition is a FREE 18 month GRETB programme open to people in receipt of a Social Welfare Payment.  Contact Deirdre or Caroline, National Learning Network 094-9620374 or 086 0217534.


Senior Help Line

Senior Help Line is a confidential listening service for older people provided by trained older volunteers for the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland. Locall 1850 440 444.  Senior Help Line is open every day of the year from 10.00am to 10.00pm.  Senior Help Line's trained older volunteers offer a friendly, listening and non-judgemental ear to all callers.  So don't be alone with your problems.  Lifting the phone lessens the loneliness.  LoCall 1850 440 444.


Knock Marriage Introductions

Knock Marriage Introductions: helping to bring people together with a view to marriage. Ph 094-9375960. Website:


Knock Counselling Centre

Knock Counselling Centre provides a confidential drop-in listening service for the local community and for visitors to Knock offering an opportunity to discuss personal issues in a confidential environment. This service is available on Saturdays and Sundays, 11.00am to 5.00pm. Drop in appointments are often available mid-week also. Contact 094 9375032 or call into the Centre which is located next to the Chapel of Reconciliation. A donation is requested towards the provision of this service.


Church Gate Collections

Following consultations between the Parish Pastoral Council and the Chief Superintendent of An Garda Siochána, the following has been decided: In future collections are to be taken up at the church gate entrance on Main Street only. 1.Collections are not to be taken up at the side entrance on Barrack Street. 2. No permits for Church Gate Collections will be issued on the four weekends of the Priests' Quarterly Collections.


Counselling Service

A counselling service in the Family Resource Centre is restarting and available on Thursdays. The counselling service is confidential and is delivered by a final year Student in Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy at ICPPD Athlone. Counselling is for anyone who wants help, perhaps at a time of crisis or otherwise, who is unhappy with his or her present circumstances and hopes for change, or who wishes to make progress in personal development. Counselling is valuable as an aid to personal growth, can help to develop self-confidence, and improve your sense of well being. It is of particular relevance in times of transition. To make an appointment please contact the Counsellor directly at 087 9780848


Tools needed

The Ballyhaunis Men's Shed are asking for donations of any second hand tools or machinery as well as any old pallets, timber and or timber furniture. The Mens Shed group continue to collect aluminium cans which help them in their fundraising and these too can be dropped off at the Mens Shed, which is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm. The Men's Shed is located at Friary Grounds.

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Counselling Service 

Counselling Service –You are not alone.

Would you like support on issues that may be troubling you?

Counselling - Low Cost - available Ballyhaunis Family Resource Centre, The Friary

Offering a safe non judgemental environment to discuss any issues you may have.

To book a free introductory meeting. Phone: 094-9630031

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Local Employment Service (LES)

This service offers a one stop shop that can provide you with information on job vacancies, training courses, CV preparation and interview techniques.  The office is open Monday to Thursday 9.30-4.30. located on Clare St.  Please telephone 094-9630080 to make an appointment or call in.

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Are you concerned about someone else's drinking?

Al-Anon Family Groups: Are you concerned about someone else's drinking?  If so Al-Anon Family Groups offer understanding to anyone whose life is, or has been, deeply affected by someone else's drinking.  If you need help or would like further information of local groups please contact Al-Anon Family Groups at 01 8732699 or email:

Al-Anon have a meeting on Sunday nights in Scoil Iosa at 8.30pm and  Alcoholic Anonymous have a meeting in The Friary House on Sunday nights at 8.3opm.

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Warmer Homes Scheme

Clar ICH are now taking applications for the Warmer Homes Scheme which provides free home insulation to eligible applicants. Homes must be constructed before 2002 and be owner occupied. Applicants must be in receipt of one of the following: (1) Fuel Allowance, (2) Job Seekers Allowance for over 6 months and with children under 7 years of age. (3) Family Income Support . Further information and application forms are available from the Warmer Homes Scheme Team at 094-9371830 or 9373455.

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Live Streaming

A Web-cam has now been installed in our church, which means it is now possible to view Sunday & Weekday Masses etc. on the Internet.  If you have family memebers away from home, this should be of particular interest to them.

The following links will allow you access the website:

Link to St. Patrick's Church website:

Link to MCN St. Patrick's Church page: 

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Community Website Ballyhaunis Life

As you may be aware the Community Website Ballyhaunis Life was launched in November 2011. The aim of the website is to let people know especially family, friends and relations abroad about Life in Ballyhaunis. Information on local organisations/clubs/associations, what they are up to and events that they have planned can be found on the site as well as business listings. We are delighted to let you know that the website is very successful with hits from around the world as well as local areas. We have been getting an average of 3,975 per day which will come out at around 123,225pm.

We also offer the opportunity to businesses to advertise on said website and all monies raised goes towards the running costs for Ballyhaunis Summer Festival. The costs of the advertising slots are as follows:

Size of Ad Cost for 3 months Cost for 1 year

4.5cm x 2.5cm €30 €90

4.5cm x 5cm €40 €140

4.5cm x 10cm €55 €180

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind people that there is a free section for promotions/offers that you may have running which could easily be added onto the site. Just email the Ballyhaunis Chamber or through the contact button on the site and we will do the rest. We ask that you consider advertising on the website to showcase your business and to not only bring business to Ballyhaunis but to also support The Ballyhaunis Summer Festival. Call on 094 9630311 or pop into the office between 9am and 5pm (closed for lunch) to discuss this further.

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Console - Suicide Bereavement Counselling Service

Console is a nationwide charity providing a wide range of Suicide Prevention & Bereavement services across Ireland. Since June of this year, Console is providing free suicide bereavement counselling service at Tullinahoo, Swinford.

Anyone affected or bereaved by suicide can access the service by contacting Console on 01-6102638. Email: or download a referral form at

1Life Suicide Helpline 1800 247 100 is a dedicated 24hour free phone national suicide prevention helpline providing a professional councelling service and a network of support services.

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Citizens Information

The Mayo Citizens Information Service continues to offer advice and information in the Family Resource Centre at St Mary's Abbey on Mondays from 10.00am to 12.00 noon. Please call in and find out more about your rights and entitlements and help available across a wide range of issues. For more information ph: 094-9630031

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Unwanted Clothing Collection

Summer Festival fundraiser "Clothing Collection" was a succesful fundraiser for the summer Festival so it has been agreed it will be an on-going collection. Bring all your unwanted clothing, shoes, belts, bedding, (not blankets, duvets or pillows), to the Enterprise Centre in Ballyhaunis during office hours, Monday to Friday.

For more information call 094 9630311.     

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