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WATCH | Garda escort for Easter bunny in preparation for tomorrow’s socially-distanced egg hunt in Ballymahon

The traditional Easter egg hunts may not happen as usual this year, but the Bridgeways Family Resource Center ensures that the kids of Ballymahon don’t see the weekend pass without some sort of Easter cheer.

Bridgeways FRC has partnered with the Convent Day Care Center, the Ballymahon Traders’ Association, the Ballymahon Tidy Towns, the Ballymahon / Forgney Ladies, the Ballymahon AFC and the Ballymahon GAA to create a very special event for families living in Ballymahon or live within five kilometers.

There are 600 Easter eggs and a large number of cream eggs at the Bridgeways Family Resource Center that local families can claim, but it’s not as easy as walking through the door and picking one up – there has to be a hunt.

“We have 700 gold bricks to lay out, so we invite local families to go for walks, find the bricks and redeem them for Easter eggs,” said Grace Kearney of Bridgeways Family Resource Center.

“The stones are left out on Good Friday evening and we encourage people to be within three miles to find them.

“This is a Covid-friendly event that creates a little excitement in the community at Easter. It’s nice to have something to do.”

The Easter Bunny was in Ballymahon this week collecting the eggs for the Easter hunt which will take place tomorrow, Saturday 3rd April. The eggs can be exchanged for golden stones, which can be found in five locations around Ballymahon.

The locations are:

  • Ballymahon main street
  • Drinan Road R392
  • Newcastle Woods from Newcastle Bridge to White’s Bridge
  • Royal Canal from Longford Bridge to Brannigan Harbor
  • Ballymahon Farmer’s Mart to Diffley’s Corner (N55)

To make sure there is enough for everyone, it is important to note that only two stones can be exchanged per person. So don’t try to find all 700 at once!

You can collect your eggs between 12pm and 4pm from the front yard of the Bridgeways Family Resource Center.

All Covid-19 guidelines should be followed. This means that the only egg hunt for your family or household should be and only participate if you live within 3 miles of Ballymahon.

“It’s going to be an all-outdoor event, so hopefully the weather holds up,” said Grace. “It’ll be a bit of fun – it’s the community that gives back to the community.”

Have fun and happy Easter!

Video by Mick Conlon, Ballymahon TV