"The Annagh Magazine Society is delighted to announce that the 2011 edition will hit the shops on Thursday next, 1stDecember. This is the 34th issue of the annual Ballyhaunis magazine. It’s the biggest magazine yet with 184 pages of colour and excellent value at €10!
For the first time ever there is a theme running throughout the magazine in celebration of the 150 anniversary of the opening of Ballyhaunis Railway Station. We record its arrival in 1851 and we have many memories and photographs from the families who lived at and worked the lines.
We feature stories and photographs of two very special ladies who celebrated their 100th birthdays in style. We wish Mary Dillon-Leetch and Alice Lyons many more years of health and happiness.
In our wedding pictorial we showcase 38 beautiful images of local couples who got married this year. In contrast to those couples starting out in married life we also have several photographs of couples who celebrated their golden wedding anniversaries (50th).
In parish news we pay tribute to Canon Joe Cooney who celebrated his golden jubilee of priesthood in June. We also report on the departure of Fr. Benny McHale C.C. who moved to Athenry and with these changes, Ballyhaunis will only have one priest. We welcome Fr. Stephen Farragher P.P. who joined us in July having been the Administrator in Tuam. Already, he has settled in and in fact we include many of his photographs taken at station masses.
“Our Town”,Ballyhaunis, has many sporting clubs, organisations and societies and we carry many reports from them. Our educational institutions are featured also, with Scoil Íosa National School, the Community School and St. Patricks College. There’s an interesting article by Lecarrow native David Connolly, Assistant Professor at Aalboug University in Copenhagen. He was awarded the President’s Gold Medal for outstanding academic achievement.
And finally, local business man George Delaney brings us through a nostalgic piece about his young days in Abbey Street. We also have stories and poetry and lots, lots more. If you want to order a copy online, leave a comment, or download any of our back issues for free, then check out our website www.annaghmag.ie.
Annagh Magazine – The Reasons Why? … … …
Annagh Magazine was established by Ballyhaunis Junior Chamber in the late stages of the 1970’s. A very popular and industrious organisation at the time, the JCI team formed and fostered the fledgling magazine and published their first edition Christmas 1978.
The committee hoped that Annagh would be “worthy of retention as a record of a year in the life of your community”. In 2011 coming into our 34th edition, we believe Annagh is indeed still true to this ethos and a whole lot more.
Log onto our website www.annaghmag.ie to read the first editorial of Annagh Magazine which was written by the late Anto O’Malley, who our first editor.
Annagh Magazine – Key events between 1977 & 2011
In 1977 Annagh Magazine (called after the name of the Parish) was founded by Ballyhaunis Junior Chamber in the Central Hotel, Main Street, Ballyhaunis. The President of Junior Chamber was Donal Ahern and the founding editor was the late Anto O’Malley. Annagh Magazine was produced by Junior Chamber Ballyhaunis from 1977 to 1986 where after Junior Chamber failed to exist.
In 1983 Annagh Magazine won a Junior chamber National Award in Galway for being the best produced magazine in Junior Chamber Ireland. The 1984 edition contained a supplement produced by Ballyhaunis GAA Club for the Centenary Year of the GAA. In 1987 the Annagh Magazine Society was founded and has produced the magazine annually up to the present day.
Advertisements were replaced by Patrons, the paper size went to A4 and the covers were in colour for the 1987 edition. A year later wedding pictures were included. The magazine has grown and developed over the years as many people have helped in a totally voluntary way with all aspects of the magazine – writing articles, poems, providing photographs, naming photographs, being patrons of the magazine, selling the magazine and above all supporting the magazine by buying it.
In 2010 the society began a programme of digitising all of our back issues for the purpose of putting them onto our new website www.annaghmag.ie - . The magazines, we believe are an important source of local social history of the parish and its people. The website went live November 2010 and anyone can now view and/or download our magazines free of charge. This project was undertaken by committee member Fergal O’Mahoney. All Annagh Magazine back issues have OCR (Optical Character Recognition). This means that it is possible to search for articles by using words or phrases.
In 2011 we became a member of Facebook..
In 2012 we hope to publish a number of issues on CD format.
The deadline is fast approaching!
This year’s deadline for receipt of material for the 2011 edition is Friday 21st October 2011. So if you would like to see your article, story or photo in print, please get in touch soon.
We would especially, through our website, love to hear from people living abroad. Have your emigrated, or are you taking a "gap" year out to travel or are you a descendant of someone born in Ballyhaunis. We would love to hear your story.
Also our wedding gallery is again this year proving very popular. Get your photographs into us now.
Contact us either by e-mail, post or in person to any committee member in Ballyhaunis. Our postal address is :-
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Become a Patron
If you would like to become a Patron of the 2011 edition of the magazine, the cost is €20. We will include your name and details at the back of the magazine. If you are in business, please include your web address as we can also do a link up between our websites.
Contact us by email at , in person with any member of the committee, or by post to Mr John Halpin, Annagh Magazine, Main Street, Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo.
Committee members are currently collecting patronship from businesses throughout the town. We thank all our patrons for their support and encourage our readers to support our local businesses in Ballyhaunis.