Local Mayo Abbey News

November 8, 2018


Michael Vahey would like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported him so generously during his fundraising for the ‘Niall Mellon Township Trust Fund’.  To date €9,700 has been raised.  Once again the generosity of the local community comes to the fore when it comes to supporting worthy causes.  

Michael of Bridgemount will be travelling to Cape Town, South Africa in the first week in November with the ‘Niall Mellon Township Challenge’. Michael is well known in the building trade and through his GAA activities with Mayo Gaels club. This year 1,300 workers will converge on  the township of Freedom Park (pop 50,000, 40% unemployment) where they will build 150 houses.  Typical November temperatures are above 26°c (over 80°f).  It is one thing to do physical work in these temperatures for an hour in the garden, but it is a different thing to do it solidly all day for seven days in a row. Each individual is allocated a place and as well as working they also train locals in trades.    After they return home local people trained will continue on working for the remainder of the year and build a further 200 homes.  African workers trained by the ‘Niall Mellon Township Trust Fund’ since 2003 now build in the region of 2,000 homes each year throughout South Africa. 

When you consider that there 2.5million families living in the slums, increasing by 250,000 per year, all sponsorship will be appreciated and used to at least give homes to some. The one-week projects have been running since 2003. In that year 150 workers built 25 houses in Imizamo Yethu, 2004 saw 350 workers built 50 houses in Imizamo Yethu.  In  2005 700 workers built 106 houses in Netreg and 2006 again 350 workers bult 70 houses in Mfuleni.


The annual family day takes place in the Devine Mission house, Donammom on next Sunday July 29. Old books are wanted for a bookstall. All types of books appreciated. Contact 087 97 02 506 for collection


The next Ceile in Mayo Abbey is on Saturday August 11. Music is by this years most popular band on the circuit, the Copperplate ceile band from Tyrone.  Keep it mind it’s the Saturday after the bank holiday weekend.


Congratulation and best wishes to Dominick Feehan, Kilmeena on his ordination to the priesthood in Spain. Dominick is brother of Monica Sloyan, Coolmeen.


The Irish Cancer Society thank all who contributed to their church gate collection which raised €663.


Mayo County Council is holding a series of musical events during July. At this stage the only dates left are Friday July 27;  National Chamber Choir of Ireland will perform in St. Michael church, Ballina at 8-00p.m. Saturday July 28;  Brazilian Samba Group Monobloco will perform an open air concert in Market Square, Castlebar at 2-00p.m.  Admission to all events is free, booking essential, maximum of six people per booking. Contact the Arts office Mayo County Council 094 90 244 44. or Email


The death has taken place of Joe Carney, Cruck.  Sympathy is extended to his family.  Sympathy is extended to Eileen Burke, Carahall on the death of her sister, Mary Kate Duffy, Killalwalla. Sympathy is extended to Ann Jordan, Castlelucas on the death of her brother Neil Cassidy, Carrick, Co. Donegal.