News - Fri 27th Nov 2020

Seoda Mhuigheo Thuaidh

This is the ideal Christmas gift for any family the new book, "Seoda Mhuigheo Thuaidh" by John Cosgrove, has just been published. This book could be described as "from a needle to the anchor" compendium. It contains pisreoga, paidreacha, beannachtaí, mallachtaí (some of the latter wouldn't pass the censor!) rannta, focla, seanfhocla, triads, a dictionary of North Mayo Gaelic words, and period photographs of the region. Included also are short accounts of North Mayo heroes and legends. The hardcover book, containing over five hundred pages, retails at €30. Though written in Irish, the book has a full English translation. John Cosgrove:(096) 31138, (086) 3704762, Fr. Seán Killeen, Cloghans, who made a vast contribution to the book (096) 27003 (086) 8349600


Lotto Results.

There was no winner of Crossmolina Deel-Rovers GAA Club Lotto Jackpot Saturday night 21st November the numbers drawn were 3 – 8 – 32 – 35. Patrick and Claire Hopkins Eskeragh Crossmolina matched three numbers and wins €150. This week's jackpot is €8.100. 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


Mayo V Tipperary 

This historic pairing one Hundred years after their counter at the semi-final stage in 1920 semi final which was not played until on May 7 1922 at Croke Park when Tipperary emerged winners by 1 – 5 to 1 – 0 Tipperary went on to defeat Dublin the final after they had overcome Cavan 3 – 6 to 1 – 3 in the other semi-final at Navan. At the start of the year not many thought their would be any football with Covid 19 and all the uncertainty with lockdown no spectators allowed into games and what a championship we have had brilliant well contested games surprises. Next Sunday Mayo will journey to Croke park to all-Ireland Semi-final like no other, no spectators but with the same goal in mind. With both teams playing the same style of football this can be a classic. We wish the local Deel-Rovers lads Conor Loftus, Jordan Flynn and Ciaran McDonald the best of good luck and all associated with team you have done us proud.  


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  


Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

For the four weeks of Advent

Before the Vigil Mass at 7.30 on Saturday evenings.

Join us for a quiet time in prayer as we prepare for Christmas.


Crossmolina Parish in Focus.                                        

A special Christmas Brochure will be available for all households and families away. It contains prayers and reflections for this season of Goodwill in this year of a worldwide pandemic .A children’s Brochure will also be available. It will also be available on our parish website. Parish Christmas Calendars will also be available. Thank you! To all the envelope distributors who delivered our Parish envelopes over the past week.  Your help is much appreciated. 


Western Care Association’s.

Christmas Cards 2020 are now on sale in your local town 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.      


Doing a Clear Out – Clothes Recycling.

If you are clearing out your home please drop the clothes, shoes, bags etc into the Ballina Family Resource Centre, Abbey Street, Ardnaree. We are doing a Cash for Clobber as a Fundraiser for the Centre, your support would be greatly appreciated.  For more info call 096 75573.


Mindspace Outreach Service in Ballina FRC.

Mindspace Mayo offers a support service to young people (15-25yrs) presenting with anything from common concerns (e.g. dealing with break-up, exam stress, bullying) to young people with emerging mental health difficulties such as mild depression and anxiety.  The outreach service will run one day a week (Monday) and is based in the Ballina Family Resource Centre. For further information on Mindspace Mayo please see our website or call us on 094-9067001 -  This service is on line or by phone during the lockdown.



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 be 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!


Mayo/Roscommon Shine A light.

To remember a loved one living or dead this Christmas Shine a light on the Christmas Tree. Cards are available in Geraghty’s Chemist, Quinn’s Chemist, Mulhern’s Gala and the Post Office Cost €5


A Priest’s Diary:  

A new book by Fr Brendan Hoban is available now in the Pastoral Centre, Ballina and Easons for €15.  It is a series of reflections on his experiences and encounters in parish life in the seven parishes he has served as a priest for almost half a century. He describes it as ‘a diary of sorts’, musings on the ordinary and the everyday of a priest’s life in mainly rural parishes.


St Vincent de Paul food appeal update: 

Due to Covid 19 restrictions the annual St Vincent de Paul food appeal will not take place this Christmas. If you or anyone you know needs assistance please contact us on: 087 6315806. Your query will be treated with the strictest confidence.


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 November2020.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.