Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes Monday 9th May 2016

Lanesboro Ballyleague

Be a Part

Come along and be a part in the ever increasing excitement of the Lough Ree Monster 2017 Festival by joining the group at their meeting in Adie’s on this Wednesday night 11th May at 9pm.

Language of the Mute this week

The play is a strong and commanding portrayal of how unscrupulous people use their charm to shatter lives. It is hugely powerful play and it is one that must not be missed under any circumstances. Language of the Mute is a powerful debut play written by Jack Harte and most definitely one not to be missed. Be prepared to be moved, this is a compelling play. This multi-layered drama takes the audience on an emotional roller-coaster where secrets are revealed and sacred cows held up to scrutiny; where young love is re-kindled and idealism endures.

Language of the Mute will be performed in the Backstage Theatre this Thursday night at 8pm in the Backstage Theatre, Longford at 8pm and on Friday night it will be performed in the Roscommon Arts Centre at 8pm.

This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone local to go along and celebrate one of our finest writers ever to leave Lanesboro and to welcome him back with his play.

The play will take place in the Backstage theatre Longford on Thursday 12th May at 8pm. Booking can be made at the theatre or by phoning Longford 043-3347888 or Roscommon 09066 25824.

Tickets are priced at €16 and a concession of €14 for senior students and students.

Huge Festival Support

Even with the Lough Ree Monster Festival 2017 being over 15 months away it is amazing the amount of support that is being received. From far and wide there has been offers of help, ideas and support continue to pour in and the committee are deeply indebted to everyone that took the time to contact me (  with their offerings.

Preparations for the Lough Ree 2017 Monster Festival are well and truly underway. There will be some really exciting events and the prospect of a debut play centred around Lough Ree and its Monster will be another highlight.

We now have commissioned the building of the Monster and we have provisionally booked some huge acts for the festival taking place during August Bank Holiday weekend 2017.

We are beginning our activities by staging a Céilí with local band Rise the Dust providing the music in Lanesboro Parish Hall on Sunday 5th June from 4pm to 7pm followed by a sponsored Monster Greyhound Night on Friday 17th June.

Tickets for the Greyhound night cost €10 and we hope you will all come along and have another wonderful night at Longford Greyhound Track


Congratulations to Gavin and Suzanne Greally, Cashelbeg, on the birth last weekend of a baby girl.


The Rathcline 50/50 draw took place in Adie’s on Monday night 2nd May for a sum on €413. Local Gurteengar man Brendan O’Sullivan was the lucky winner of the prize.

The club would like to thank everyone for their support and encourage those not already playing to put their €2 in the blue envelope sold throughout the community. The aim is to have the weekly prize reach a constant €500 or more each week. This can be done with your help.

Monster Night at the Dogs

The race night of the year will take place at Longford Greyhound Track on Friday night 17th June when the Lough Ree Monster Festival group will host a Monster Night Out at the Dogs. This is a date that all the communities of Lanesboro and Ballyleague and the parishes of Rathcline and Kilgefin should mark in their diaries and calendars. The group have great plans for the festival and the Night at the Dogs is to ensure that enough money can be gathered to pay the deposits for the incredible line-up proposed for the festival and also the funding can be obtained for the building of the Monster. Your support and the support of the entire community and their families will ensure that the Monster will sail up the Shannon from Lough Ree for the festival.

By purchasing your €10 ticket you are ensuring yourself of a wonderful night out and even if you do not go you are making your contribution to the Festival. Let’s make it the best night ever at the dogs and support our very own Monster Festival.

New Government Minister

There was great excitement on the western side of the bridge at the announcement on Friday last of Denis Naughten as Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources. We are sure that Denis will do a great job for his constituency and even for those of us outside of his constituency. I know he is involved in some local proposals and hopefully those proposals will come to fruition. We wish Denis and his team the very best of luck in the new Government.

Search for old Photographs and Programmes

Over the years there has been memorable plays, dramas, pageants and musicals in Lanesboro. There is a move to collate all old photographs, programmes, paper cuttings and other memorabilia that may be in the hands of those that had involvement in them. If you have some or you know someone that has any of the items sought can you contact Joe O’Brien 043-3321107, or 086-2460840.

Canoeing Lanesboro to Limerick

Junior Hannon would like to say a huge thank you to Shane Cronin from the Canoe Centre, Mill Lane, Palmerstown, Co. Dublin who have kindly sponsored a new canoe and all the equipment required for his mammoth paddle from the bridge crossing the Shannon in Lanesboro Ballyleague to Limerick City commencing on Friday 27th May.

There is great support also to his sponsorship cards with the funds raised going to the Irish Cancer Society. Cancer is a blight that has left no home unaffected and your support will go towards the continuing research to help identify and eradicate the causes of cancer. If you have not already contributed, you can do so in O’Brien’s.


Many congratulations to Martina Trimble, daughter of Kathleen and the late Tommy Trimble, Cloonadra and Leon Flower, Longford on the recent birth of a baby boy.

Sponsored Walk

Students from the local Community College are collecting sponsorship for their annual fund-raising school walk. Students will be asking people to donate and must use the official school walk cards given them by the walk organiser, Miss Reynolds. The school is extremely grateful for any and all donations as there is no funding whatsoever towards school buses, first aid, equipment, referees, etc. So please do give as generously as you can.

Honda 50 Run

The annual Honda 50 Run will take place in Lanesboro on Sunday 12th June. The proceeds of the Run will go to Longford MS. Now is the time to be taking out and doing up your old Honda 50 to participate in the Run. The Honda 50 Run is always a wonderful day out and it is well worth while taking part. There will also be a draw following the Run in St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Lanesboro. The Run will commence at 12 noon from the car park in Lanesboro.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes

The Ardagh and Clonmacnois Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from Friday 27th May to Wednesday 1st June. The Pilgrimage will be under the leadership of Most Rev. Francis Duffy, Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois. The Pilgrimage director is Monsignor Bernard Noonan and the special section for the Sick is dealt with by Rev. Michael Scanlon. Flights are from Knock airport under the direction of Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lr. Baggot St., Dublin 2 and you can also contact them by phoning 01-2410812 or 01-2410811.

Monster Céilí

The Lough Ree Monster Group will host a Monster Céilí on Sunday 5th June in Lanesboro Parish Hall. Dancing to the hugely popular and local céilí band Rise the Dust will be from 4pm to 7pm. Lanesboro is recognised as having one of the best dance floors around and we welcome everyone that has not yet had the pleasure to make the 5th June as a date to dance on one of the best dancing floors around.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday last 4th May are; N/s 1st Cyril Hussey and Gemma Douglas, Eileen Kelly and Una Clarke and 3rd Patricia Mc Gann and Mary Jameson. E/W 1st Bríd Mc Dermott and Una Lawlor, 2nd Frances Brennan and Noreen Dunne and 3rd Katharine Harrison and Philomena Walsh.

Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club

The club extends a big get well soon to trainee Vera. We wish her all the best and a speedy recovery.

The trip to Achill was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.  However, seven divers travelled to Rahilly last Sunday.  Visibility was good and one dive was recorded.  The second dive was called off due to weather conditions.

Training continued last Thursday and a bit of skiing and water boarding was thrown in for good measure.

The new hi-vis jackets and bibs are now available from Tracy.

Finally, congratulation to Emer and Noel on their recent engagement. We wish them both our heartiest congratulations.

This week at the library

Knitting & Crochet Group continues on Monday May 16th 2-4pm. Come along and join other knitters & stitchers for a cuppa and a chat. All welcome!

ESOL Class continues on Tuesday 17th May 7-9pm.

Internet Class no 5 continues on Wednesday 18th May 2.30-4pm.  This class is full but if interested in a future class please contact the library on 043 332 1291.

Easter Rising 1916 Centenary Calendar on sale in Lanesboro Library with wonderful drawings by Laura Doherty. Price €5.

Foreign Currency Appeal Reminder
We are still collecting unwanted foreign currency and old coins/notes in aid of ISPCC. The smallest donation can make a huge difference.

Used stamps also being collected at the library for ISPCC.

Choir Concert

On Saturday night next 14th May at 8p.m. in St Coman’s church Roscommon the Sperrin choir will perform a concert with pieces from musicals and gospel singing.
All funds will go to the Motor Neurone Association and the St. Coman’s church restoration.
Tickets are available from Caroline Conboy 0876527981or you can pay at the door.


An Irish Language Summer Course (SIAMSA!) will take place from Monday 4th July to Friday 8th July 2016 in Gaelscoil Longfoirt giving children an opportunity to learn, practice and improve their spoken Irish.  Events and activities include morning Oral Irish Classes, Games, Sports, Art and Crafts, Drama, Music and Céilí Dancing.  The course will take place from 9.30am to 3.00pm each day and will cater for students from Second Class to First Year.  Experienced teachers teaching through total immersion and excellent supervision apply. Further information and applications forms available from Yvonne Ní Mhurchú 087-2642665.

Traditional Music Classes

Newtownforbes Longford CCÉ are taking expressions of interest for beginner and improver traditional music classes.  Any adults or children interested should contact us on 0878507726 or

Ballyleague Litter Pick

Recently Ballyleague Tidy towns committee indicated that we were planning a litter pick on the road between Ballyleague and Cloontuskert jointly with our colleagues in Cloontuskert Residents and Tidy Towns committee.

We plan to do this on Wed evening next, from about 6.30 or 7 o’clock PG, unless circumstances change. (Please check our Facebook page!)

What can you do to help?

If you live along that road, (or even if you don’t but would like to help out anyway!)

Perhaps you will do a litter pick outside your house/property! We will collect this litter as we drive up and down the road.

If you can help out. We have to point out that each person is required to

  • Wear a Hi-Vis vest.
  • Use a picker (if you have one).
  • Definitely wear gloves!

We hope to have at couple of cars/personnel monitoring and controlling traffic, but we will be working along a public road. We cannot encourage children along on this particular litter pick!


The Longford VTOS programme is now recruiting. It offers full time business and

computer training free of charge. To qualify you must be over 21 and in receipt of a social

welfare payment. If you are interested contact Maeve Madden, VTOS Co-ordinator at 087


Women’s Mini Marathon

The Women’s Mini Marathon will take place on Monday 6th June. Pam Farrell is, again, organising a bus to Dublin on the day. If you would like to book a seat or want to find out more details you are invited to call Pam at 087-4146987. As I write there are just eight seats left on the bus.

Thank You

Lough Ree Angling Hub wish to thank everyone who supported our table quiz in Clarkes Bar last night and indeed the previous events in Sorohan’s and The Yacht bar during the Spring. The 3 events raised almost 2000 euro for our hub to help promote the area ahead of the world championship predator boat finals later in the year. We thank everyone who provided a spot prize, came along to the quiz or contributed in ANY way…. special thanks to Eamon Bolger and his team who provided the questions and the challenge at all times!!!! …roll on next Winter!!!!!

Buster tickets

If you cannot make it home to the Monster Greyhound Night, then you can contribute by buying our ‘Buster tickets’

Buster Tickets cost only €2 each and you can buy tickets, €10 or €20 or greater denominations by forwarding your money to Teresa Ormsby, Chairperson, c/o Clarke’s Bar, Joe O’Brien, Secretary, Corner Shop or James Flaherty, Treasurer, Lehery, Lanesboro. For your contribution you may be the lucky winner of the 1st prize of €400. The ‘Buster’ is a ticket with all combinations of the finishing order of a selected race on the night and it may be you.

Fr. Peyton Centre Visit

A visit to the Fr. Patrick Peyton Centre, Attymass, Co. Mayo will take place on Tuesday 26th July. The cost including bus, refreshments, lunch and entertainment will be €30. The coach will depart Kenagh village at 9am and returning at approx. 6pm. To secure a place on the coach you are invited to contact Rose Egan, Kenagh Village with payment and contact details.

Rathcline GAA

The club would like to thank everyone that took part in the Club Mass on Saturday night last. Again, it was a tremendous occasion.

Our Reserve League team had no game last weekend and they will entertain Ballymahon in Clonbonny on Saturday evening next at 7pm.

The attendance at the club function in the Parish Hall was very disappointing despite one of the best young band in the country playing there. Thank you to everyone that did turn up and support Brave Giant and the club.

Our Minors will play Clonbroney/Wolfe Tones in Ballinalee on Tuesday evening and our U16 team will play the same opposition in Dunbeggan in the league semi-final on Thursday at 7.30. If and I have no doubt that we will get a victory in the U16 game the final will take place on Tuesday 17th May in Pearse Park at 6.15pm

The 50/50 prize of €413 was won on Monday night by Brendan O’Sullivan, Gurteengar.

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