News - Fri 20th November 2020

Mayo’s Connacht Title. 

Congratulation to Conor Loftus and Jordan Flynn who played their part in Mayo’s nail biting one point win over Galway in the Connacht final each were winning their first Connacht Senior medals. Also to Ciaran McDonald team coach and all associated with this group of players and management on winning this title after a lapse of five years. Good luck in the All-Ireland semi-final.


Wild Mountain Accents

There was a lot of online reaction to the official trailer of Wild Mountain Thyme which was released last week, to be fair, Irish accents are hard. But Nephin and the countryside around Crossmolina Parish looks great. Billy Connor and Eamon Moore took to the airwaves on the Joe Duffy show to give a more balanced side to the discussion. The film is due for release in the USA on Dec 11th and on demand, there is no Irish release date yet due months and months of the cinemas being closed. 


Died in Dublin

The death occurred peacefully on Thursday 12th November in the wonderful care of the staff in St Francis Hospice Blanchardstown of James Desomnd Gallagher Kilbarrack and formerly of Doodaune Keenagh Ballina and late of St. Bricans Army Hospital, Raheny Shamrocks and Kavanagh Striders). James was predeceased by his beloved wife Margaret (Etta), sister Mary and brother Peter, sadly missed by his loving family, loving father to Barry and Darragh, father-in-law to Suzanne and Frank, loving grandfather to Roisin and Gillian, sisters Kathleen USA,  and Biney England, brother Johnny Castlebar, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and many friends. May he rest in peace 


Ballina Family Resource Office Hours.

We are remaining open behind closed Doors -Providing essential services during this Lockdown-our office hours are 9.00am to 4.15pm Monday to Thursday (closed for lunch between 1pm and 2pm) On Fridays we are available to the public 9am to 12noon and you can ring 096 75573 or 087 0618525 



A shoebox collection for the children that reside in the direct provision Centre in Ballyhaunis. There are currently 113 children living in the centre; 66 boys and 57 girls. These children’s lives are compounded by uncertainty, poverty, fear and exclusion. With Christmas looming, I think it would be a very kind gesture to let them know that they are supported. It will really put a smile on their faces, after what has been an especially difficult year.  We are not asking for people to spend a lot of money, maybe you can reuse items that have been left idle in your home! Whether it is a teddy, toys, dried snacks, crayons and a colouring book, blankets, footballs, hygiene products, sensory toys etc., be creative!  N.B *Please state on box whether your item is intended for a male / female & age group your box is intended for.*Age groups: newborns-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-18.   If you are interested in donating boxes, contact us here at Ballina FRC Abbey Street Ardnaree 09675573. We can also accept one 4 all vouchers as donations, Hygiene products for both male & females are also very much needed also!  Asylum seekers in Ireland need support. We as Irish citizens, have the ability to help them, if we just open our eyes and hearts. We are all one human race.  Ballina FRC is supporting this very worthy cause by been a Drop off Point for the Shoe Boxes – Please support!


Sick Calls

Christmas Calls to the sick and house bound Please tel. Fr Francis/Fr Gabriel if you wish us to call in December.


Crossmolina Parish in Focus

A special Christmas Brochure will be available for all households and families away in December. It contains prayers and reflections for this season of Goodwill in this year of a worldwide pandemic. It will also be available on our parish website. Parish Christmas Calendars will also be available.


Advent Calendar: 

The first day of Advent heralds the beginning of the Catholic Church’s new year.  Advent (from ‘ad-venire’ in Latin or “to come to”) is the Church season encompassing the four Sundays and weekdays leading up to the celebration of Christmas.  Advent is a time of spiritual preparation for the Lord’s coming at Christmas. We are delighted to be bringing you our online interactive Advent Calendar again this year.  It will go live on the First Sunday of Advent on 29 November 2020. 

Log on to: Now in its seventh year, the online Advent Calendar is offering resources for the parish, school and the home which are available behind a virtual door each day during the Season of Advent.  Behind each door there will be content aimed at assisting people to pray and to reflect on how best we can keep Christ at the centre of our Christmas preparations during this special liturgical season. The theme of the Advent Calendar this year is Hope. We are inviting people to journey with us this Advent Season by Sharing Hope through acts of kindness and charity that all of us are encouraged to undertake during the month of December. 


Crossmolina National School.

Is now accepting enrolment applications for September 2021.The Application date is open from 18th November 2020 and the closing date is 18th December 2020. Please contact the Office at 09631768 for further information or visit our website


Western Care Association’s 

Christmas Cards 2020, are now on sale in your local town and area. Pack includes 10 unique cards and envelopes for €6.00. Thank you for supporting Western Care…Your Mayo Charity! Contact Teresa Ward on 087 246 7857 for further information.                                                               


St Vincent de Paul annual collection:  

You can donate by contacting them by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can phone the office on 096-72905 or send a donation to Teeling Street or drop it in to the office. You can setup a monthly or an annual donation from your bank account. All donations greatly appreciated.



The Hook of Faith Presents a three session virtual advent retreat with Fr Billy Swan: Tuesday 1st December to Thursday 3rd December 2020; From 8-9pm on ZOOM, Tuesday 1st Dec. – FAITH Wednesday 2nd Dec. – HOPE Thursday 3rd Dec. – LOVE To take part, just email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the Zoom link. All are welcome


A Message from Pope Francis.

“We must be very attentive to the     prescriptions of the authorities, both the political authorities and health     authorities, in order to protect ourselves against this pandemic. Let us offer to the Lord this distance between us, for the good of all, and let us think, let us think a lot about the sick, about those who are already marginalized when they enter the hospitals; let us think about the doctors, the nurses, the volunteers, the many people who work with the sick at this time: they risk their life but they do so out of love for their neighbour, as a vocation. Let us pray for them. “Pope Francis  


Lotto Results.

There was no winner of Crossmolina Deel-Rovers GAA Club Lotto Jackpot Saturday night 14th November the numbers drawn were 15 – 23 – 28 – 32. No punter matched three number either and three tickets were drawn Carmel Gargon Portlaoise, Grace Mulhern Walkinstown Jarlath and Mary Fergus Killocraun Castlehill Ballina each win €50. This week's jackpot is €7.950. The draw takes place in GAA Club Rooms on Saturday night and can be viewed on Crossmolina GAA face book page. Many thanks for your continued support


Patrick McHugh Rip.

The death occurred peacefully on Friday 13th November at his residence of Patrick McHugh of Rathmore Crossmolina. Patricks requiem mass was celebrated on Sunday in St Tiernans church with burial afterwards in Crossmolina Cemetery. Patrick was predeceased by his wife Maureen. Deeply mourned by his loving family Mary, Padraig and Michael, sisters Mary McGivern (Leamington Spa), Betty Keane Killala, Tenie Gallagher Gortnahurra, brother-in-law Paddy Hegarty Moygownagh, daughters-in-law Mary Esther and Corinne, son-in-law Michael Duane, beloved grandchildren Saoirse, Jack, Óisín, Anna. Due to the H.S.E and Government restrictions the funeral was for family and close friends only. The family would like to thank you for your co-operation and consideration at this time. May he rest in peace