Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes 19th December’09

Lanesboro – Ballyleague Notes

Hoodies for Sale

Shannon Gaels Minor club have medium and large sized hoodies available for purchase. The hoodies are to be seen and bought in O’Brien’s. It is hoped that the club will also have beanie hats on sale for the Christmas period.

Regional Manager

We would like to congratulate Sean Farrell, Lisduff, Ballymahon Road, son of John L and Geraldine Farrell, Rathcline on his appointment as Regional Manager, Agri Business Department of ACC bank. We wish him well in his new position.


The entire area was stunned to learn of the untimely death on Friday last at Roscommon County Hospital following a short illness of Anthony Healy, Corrigeen. Anthony born and reared in Cloonadra who moved to Corrigeen many years ago was a man of the people. That was clearly evident at the repose of his body at his residence on Saturday and again at his Funeral Mass on Sunday. Anthony more commonly known as Anto worked for many years in Donnellan Engineering. His ability with machinery was well renowned but his true vocation lay in the time that he owned his own taxi business. This is where he came into his own and the care, devotion and loyalty to his customers had to be seen to be believed. His neighbourliness told the person Anto was as he was always ready to help and oblige without even being requested. As a friend, I can say, you could find no better nor loyal. There was nothing that he would not do and his loss will leave an emptiness that will be hugely difficult to fill, if ever.

Anthony’s remains were removed to St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro on Sunday last for his Funeral Mass and following Mass his body was interred in Cloontuskert Cemetery. To his sons Shane, Darren and Stephen, mother Úna, brothers Gerry, John, Michael and Kieran, sisters Mary and Úna, relatives and many many friends we extend our deepest sympathy

Christmas Mass Times in Lanesboro and Ballyleague

The following are the Christmas Mass times for St. Mary’s Church Lanesboro: Christmas Eve Thursday 24th December there will be 2 Masses with the first Mass at 7pm and the second mass at 9pm. On Christmas morning there will be Mass at 9.30am and again at 11.30am. Saturday 26th December there will be Mass at 7.30pm only and on Sunday 27th masses will be at the usual times of 9.30am and 11.30am. The Mass times for Church of the Holy Rosary Ballyleague are; Christmas Eve at 9pm, Christmas Day 11am, Saturday 26th December at 7pm and Sunday 27th December 11am.

Mark Brady Wins New Car

Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union members draw for a new car took place on Friday evening last at the Credit Union office. Mark Brady, son of Mary and the late Jimmy Brady, Church View was the lucky winner of the Toyota Corolla. The list of the other prize winners are; €1000 – Padraig O’Reilly, Rathcline, €500 – Monica Healy Newtowncashel, €500 – Carmel O’Donoghue, Ballyleague, €100 – Luke Donnellan, Rathcline Road, €100 – Mark Donlon, Lehery, €100 Mary Brennan, Kilrooskey, €100 Tony and Sheila Crilly, Tarmonbarry, €100 – Marie Hanley, Cashelbeg. The Under 18 free draw winners are; €100 – Erin Donnelly, Newtowncashel, €75 – Francis Donlon, Kenagh, €50 – Conor Walton.

There were seven winners of the in-house draw.  Ann O’Reilly, Caoilfhionn Thompson, Kathleen Mc Weeney, Bridget Connolly, Nakita Regan, Cormac Thompson, John P. O’Reilly.

The Credit Union closes at 3.00pm on Wednesday, 23rd December and re-opens Thursday 31st December 11.00a.m. – 4.30 p.m.  Normal hours resume will Tuesday 5 January 2010. 

Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union would like to extend season’s greetings to all our members.

Flood Appeal

The Lanesboro Community Flood Appeal took place recently at the bridge over a weekend and there was also a box at St. Mary’s Church. The organising committee would like to extend their deep gratitude to the magnificent donations that totalled remarkable €9712.


We would lie to extend our sincere sympathy to Joe and Gerry Donlon, Strokestown Road, their sister Ann in Australia and their families on the death last week of their brother Timmy in Lecarrow, Co. Roscommon.

Christmas Day Run

All the training is over the big day closes in and the throngs are eagerly anticipating the start of the MS Christmas day Run from Newtowncashel to Lanesboro. All that is left is to maximise the sponsorship for this very worthy cause. Good luck to all runners.

European Championship excites Locals

It is not often that a European or world Championship event comes to Ireland in any sport. So, when Athletics Ireland managed to get the European Cross-Country Championships to Santry, Dublin, on Sunday last, it was an occasion not to be missed.

With this in mind, the Lough Ree Athletic Club arranged with AAI for 14 free tickets and some adult tickets for Sunday to compensate the young runners for their efforts and the hardship they had to endure during the cross country season. To the surprise of the club the take-up on the offer was only two young athletes. Let’s hope that the two girls enjoyed their day in Santry and that they liked the memento of the occasion they received.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Joe and Mary Ghee and their family on the sudden death last week of Joe’s mother Bridie, Ferefad, Longford.

Search for a Star

The Search for a Star performances organised by the Shannon Gaels Minor Club has been such a huge success for the past two years so much so that parishioners have expressed an interest in coming home for next year’s performances. The date has now been fixed for next year’s event and Search for a Star will take place on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st February. Bookings can be made through Joe O’Brien at

Swim on Christmas Day

I am sure the hardy souls that take the Christmas Day plunge into the Shannon each year are again looking forward the appeal of a swim in the Shannon on Christmas morning. Sponsorship cards are still available and the proceeds continues to support the incredible work done  in Search and Rescue each year by the dedicated Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club.


We would like to offer our deepest sympathy to Mary Coffey and family, Church View and her sister Phil Rogers, Curraghrua on the death last week of their uncle Andy Rogers, Lisduff, Montgomery, Moydow.

Thank You

Shannon Gaels schools coach Kieran Feeney and the Shannon Gaels club would like to wish both local primary schools in the parish, namely Fermoyle and Lanesboro, a very happy Christmas and successful New Year. They would like to thank the teachers for their hospitality during the year.

A special word of thanks to Cullen’s, O’Brien’s, Adie Farrell’s and Sorohan’s for their sponsorship of goodies for the 1st and 2nd classes in Fermoyle and 1st to 6th classes in Lanesboro Primary School.

Pike Angling Club Donation

The Lanesboro Pike Angling Club donated the prize money of their recent cancelled Christmas Competition to the Athlone Flood Relief.

The club would like to wish its members and supporters and sponsors a very Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year.

The draw for non members took place in the Yacht Bar on Sunday last and the winners were €50 – Marie Dalton, €40 – Ronan Cullen, €30 – Eoghan Quinn and €30 – J. Corrigan.

Point to Point

The Killashee Point to Point takes place on Wednesday week 30th December. As there is no Irish racing taking place on the race tracks all roads will no doubt lead to Killashee. Go along, bring your family and have a wonderful day.

St. John’s Church Lanesboro

The services for the Christmas period in St. John’s Church and for their congregation. The Christmas Services are Holy Communion Service on Christmas Eve at 9 p.m. in St John’s church Lanesborough.

On Christmas Day the Holy Communion Service will be held in St Coman’s Church Roscommon at 11 a.m. 


The Shannon Gaels Minor Club would like to extend their since sympathy to the Healy family, Corrigeen and Cloonadra on the death Anthony, to Joe Gee and family on the death of Joe’s mother, To Joe and Gerry Donlon and families, Strokestown Road on the death of their brother Timmy and Mary Coffey and Phil Rodgers on the death of their uncle.

Minor Club sends Season Greeting

The Shannon Gaels Minor club would like to wish all of their supporters both at home and abroad a very Happy Christmas and a wonderfully Prosperous New Year. The club would like to thank everybody for their support and encouragement throughout the year and look forward to rewarding your support with great results in 2010.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club

Upwards of 50 members celebrated in Sorohan’s its Christmas function with meal and prize giving. On display were 48 prizes for those that played in the Christmas Competition, principal winners N/S Gross were M. Gillen & Mai Casey, E/W Gross M. Flynn & G. Cafferty, N/S Nett H. Clyne & M. Hynes, E/W Nett B. McGrath & M. Moran.  2nd  N/S Gross. J. Donnellan & B. Ferguson, E/W Gross K. Hanley & M. Fallon, N/S Nett M & P. Crehan, E/W Nett M. Conmy & N. Kelly. 3rd N/S Gross B. Gillen & P. Canavan, E/W Gross B. Kyne & M. C. Casey. N/S Nett D. Watts & J. Browne, N/S Nett U. Clarke & N. Kelly. Club Pairs Competition-Best A:  D. Watts & J.  Browne. Best B:  L. Cooney & M. Mulryan. Best Novice: B. McGrath & M. Moran. Pairs Monthly Competition: 1st N. Dunne & K. Harrison, 2nd E. Kelly & N. Dolan, 3rd  M. Haynes & H. Clyne. Mary Tucker Memorial: 1st M. Grehan & E. Mulry, 2nd D. Watts & N. Dunne, 3rd  N. Dolan & B. Kyne.

The Club is indeed indebted to the Tucker family for providing two inscribed silver trays, an annual event that takes pride of place in the club’s calendar.

Committee wish all its members and their families a Merry Christmas.

Lanesboro Gun Club

The Gun Club would like to wish all its members and supporters a very Happy Christmas and a successful and safe 2010. 

Thank You

The organising committee and collectors of the Church Gate Collection in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind would like to thank most sincerely everybody that generously contributed to the collection last weekend.

St. Faithleach’s GAA Club Notes:
Christmas Wishes: The Club would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and Best of Luck in the New Year Ahead. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support during 2009. The Club would like to thank sincerely all our generous Sponsors, all who supported our Development Fundraising, all who supported the Club in many ways during the past year and all our Members.
Cards: Every Tuesday night in the Club House, 9.00pm. New players welcome. Results of last week’s games: Joint Winners – Tom/Pete & Mickey/Mary. Last game, Mike/Tommy. Ticket Winners – Gemma, Frank, Michael and Pete.
Upcoming Events: Wed 23rd December – Christmas break-up from work Party in the Club House, Food Served, and all are welcome. St. Stephens Night – Music with ‘Acting the Maggott’. Sunday 27th – Fun Challenge Matches with Music & Refreshments afterwards in the Club House.  Wed 30th Football Tournament with a difference, come along and enjoy indoor from 1 o’clock. New Years Eve – Black & White Themed Party. No cover charge. Music & Fun on the night.
Congratulations: To Oliver Kelly on being elected Chairman of Roscommon County Minor Board.
Sympathy: The Club extends deepest sympathy to Gerry & Joe Donlon and all the Donlon Family on the death of Timmie Donlon. To the Smith Family, Lanesboro on the death of Pat Smith. To Joe & Mary Ghee & Family on the death of Joe’s mother Bridie Ghee. To the Healy Family on the death of Anthony Healy, Corrigeen. To the Tiernan FAamily, Ballincurry on the death of Bat Tiernan.
Club Merchandise: Large selection of Club Merchandise available, contact Derek Thompson (087)8172668.



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