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"Sustainability in Irish Agriculture Talk"

Pippa Hackett farmer and National Agriculture Spokesperson will conduct a talk on Sustainability in Irish agriculture:  Learining from the Past to Solve current challenges.  The talk will take place in The Friary, Ballyhaunis on Saturday 19th of August at 8pm.  Tea and coffee served and this event is being organised by The Abbey Partnership.

"National Novena 2017 Knock Shrine"

Beginning from August 14th to August 22nd 9 days of reflection prayer shall take place for Knock Shrine National Novena to Our Lady of Knock.  Daily ceremonies will take place from 3pm and 8.30pm with guest speakers and workshops to enhance and invigorate your faith.  The World meeting of Families 2018 will be launched by the Shrine on Monday 21st August -Programme ‘Amoris: Let’s talk Family, Let’s be Family!’ Ceremonies take place twice daily at 3pm & 8.30pm (Sundays & Holydays 2.30pm) and workshops at 12 noon & 6pm. For more information logon to


"Petition calling for US Navy Ship to be named after Ballyhaunis War Hero has reached over 10,000 signatures"

As part of the campaign to have a US Naval ship named after local Vietnam war hero Patrick Gallagher a 10,200+ signatures petition was handed over to the US Marines at a function in Ballyhaunis on Wednesday 2nd August.

Corporal Patrick “Bob” Gallagher from Ballyhaunis was just 23 when he and ten colleagues died in an ambush in Vietnam on 30th March 1967.  Just a few weeks earlier Patrick after saving the lives of comrades from an earlier ambush had been accorded the Navy Cross for bravery.

A memorial service was held in Ballyhaunis for the 50th anniversary of Corporal Patrick Gallagher’s death earlier this year, with a monument in his memory unveiled at the local cemetery in his memory.  A campaign was also launched to have a US Navy ship named after Patrick Gallagher, and the target of 10,000 signatures has now been surpassed.

Peter Gallagher, brother of the late Corporal Patrick Gallagher spoke to Mid West Radio news and informed them that the petition had passed the 10,000 mark and has now been handed over to the US Marines.



"RTÉ Concert Orchestra Coming to Knock Basilica"

Knock Messiah

Performance & Event Venue

The trumpet shall sound on Saturday 18th November in Knock Basilica at 7.30pm, with the return of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra to present the Basilica’s inaugural performance of Handel’s ‘iconic’ Messiah, the world’s most famous and beloved oratorio, renowned for stunning choruses and arias.

Handel’s ‘Messiah’
RTÉ Concert Orchestra
Proinnsías Ó Duinn – Conductor
Claudia Boyle – Soprano
Anne Marie Gibbons – Alto
Julian Hubbard – Tenor
Christopher Cull – Bass
Our Lady's Choral Society
Cór Mhaigheo & Ballina Chamber Choir

Presented by Liz Nolan, RTÉ lyric fm
Doors 6.30pm | Concert 7.30pm

Tickets €25 - €30 - all reserved seating


"Nominations from the West Sought for the Irish Red Cross Carer of the Year"

Communities across the West of Ireland are being called by The Irish Red Cross to celebrate their unpaid Carers by nominating them for the 2017 Irish Red Cross Carer of the Year Award.  The award is open to any member of the public currently providing voluntary care.

Vincent Callaghan from Roscommon was last years winner caring for his two children all their lives.

The Irish Red Cross as part of its Health and Social Care programme offer a range of resources and services for Carers in Ireland.  Some of these Services include a Carers Handbook and free First Aid app.

Nomination can be made online or download an application from to be returned by Thursday 31st August;  November the winner will be announced.


"Silver for Lavin of Ballyhaunis Boxing Club at the Euro Championships"

Eoghan Lavin a member of Ballyhaunis Boxing Club (BC) just 14 years of age came home to a hero’s welcome after winning a silver medal at the European Schoolboy Boxing Championships in Valcea, Romania held between July 16-26th.  Eoghan from Swinford has been boxing competitively for just 3 years and has already won numerous County and provincial titles, four national titles and to add to this a European Silver.  Eoghan travelled as part of the Irish Team to the Championships and represented his Country and Club with distinction against some of the best young boxers in the world in the 59kg division.  Eoghan and his Team Ireland teammates received a hero’s welcome at Dublin Airport from family, club Members and reps from IABA.  Eoghan Lavin also received a surprise home coming celebration in Ballyhaunis where the Ballyhaunis Boxing Club welcomed him home and his home town of Swinford for a true Champions Welcome shared with Michaela Walsh who won bronze medal in Italy in the hammer throw.   A huge congratulations to Eoghan Lavin and the Ballyhaunis Boxing Club it’s a massive and brilliant achievement and best of luck to all in future endeavours. 


"Barn Dance"

The now very popular annual Barn Dance hosted by Ballyhaunis Rugby Club takes place on Saturday 12th of August.  The event takes place in the Big Red Barn with music by Hurricane Hiway, La Bamba and Rejig.  Doors open at 7.30pm, tickets €20 available from Delaney's Abbey St., Curleys Chemist & The Shop Main St.  Great night to be had by all.


"Sign Up for the Catherine Murray Walk"

August 15th The Catherine Murray Walk to Knock takes place, leaving from Bekan Cemetery at 3am.  The Graveyard is the resting place of Catherine Murray the second youngest witness to the apparition of Knoc and the walk will follow in the footsteps of young Catherine as she made her journey through the townlands of Tully, Lisaniska, Cloonfaughna, Magheramore on through Churchfield and finally to the Marian Shrine Knock.  Walkers will gather in Knock for Mass at 6am.  Light refreshements will be served after Mass at the Rest & Care Centre.  There is a small fee for a return bus to Bekan.  Contact Michael at 0879947842 or Leonie at 0868486924 for further information


Mid West Celebrates 28 years

Congratulations to Mid West Radio who first broadcasted in 1989 and recentlycelebrated 28 years on the airwaves.  Well done to all those who have worked behind the scenes and the mic for all these wonderful years


Ballyhaunis Swimming Pool

The Ballyhaunis Swimming Pool is open from Monday - Saturday from 2.30-5.30pm up untill August 25th (Ex. BH Monday).  This is a beautiful outdoor swimming pool refurbished a few years ago.  Make sure to call to Ballyhaunis and check out this wonderful facility, patrons are asked to exercise caution and all are welcome.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.





 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.

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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.

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Knock Marriage Introductions

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

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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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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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