Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes Monday 22nd August 2016

Lanesboro Ballyleague



In the early hours of Wednesday last 17th August a great sense of sadness descended on the town of Lanesboro when the news broke of the death of Hannah Clyne (nee Shea), Rathcline Road. Hannah had been in failing health for just over two years, she fought her illness with dignity and courage gained from her great faith and devotion. Hannah had many endearing characteristics and she was a most popular lady in our community. The abiding memory of Hannah will be the warmth of her welcome, her infectious hearty laugh and the ability to bring joy and happiness to even the darkest day. She was an avid bridge player and a keen artist. The one-word description on everyone’s lips of Hannah over the days was ‘Lady’ and summed her up perfectly, she most definitely left her mark in our community. We all have our own special memories of Hannah and they will make us smile every time we come to remember her. Hannah will be remembered for her time as a sub teacher locally, her time in Lanesboro Post Office and her time working in the Department of Social Welfare in Dublin and latterly in Longford.

During her illness she was cared for at her home by her excellent family who put everything in their lives on hold to care for her. Hannah was from one of our oldest and most respected families in our community. The attendance at the reposing of her remains at her residence on Thursday evening and again at her Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro in St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro on Friday was the ultimate testimony as to the esteem she was held in our community. Hannah was laid to rest in Clonbonny.

To her husband, John, daughters Louise and Gillian, sons David and Ronan, brothers, Pat, John James, Michael and Richard, relatives and many friends we would like to extend our sincere sympathy.

GAA Choir

Do you have a singing voice? Are you over 14 years? Would you like to join a vibrant and exciting choir? If the answers to the questions is YES, then you should come along to St. Mary’s Parish Hall on Saturday night next 27th August following evening Mass where auditions will take place. The choir has been a huge success since its inception and there are now a number of places available for anyone interested. The choir has attained a very high standard and is one of the great successes and it will be great to see a good number enhancing the choir and go from strength to strength.

Costello’s Nursing Family Day

Costello’s Nursing Home will host their Annual Family Fun Day, on Sunday next 28th August from 3.00pm – 5.00pm in the Nursing Home.

On the day there will be a visiting pet farm, live music and much more.

All families and friends of relatives in their Nursing Home are invited to attend.

Refreshments will be served on the day.

Monster Meetings Are Back

Following the break of a few weeks the next meeting will recommence on Wednesday week 31st August and we would like to invite you to come along to Clarke’s Bar for a 9pm start. Have you got ideas as to what should be included? Would you like to be part of a very exciting festival? We encourage those interested from the Lanesboro, Ballyleague and the parish of Kilgefin, Cashel and Killashee to come along and help create a very special event on the banks of the Shannon from Thursday 3rd to Monday 8th August 2017.

Macra is the way to Go

If you are young person in the area and feel you are stifled by the lack of an active and enthusiastic club in the area. Your prayers are just about to be answered. Macra is currently looking for young people to join a new Macra club, Macra is a non-profit organisation for young people 17-35, it has 6 key activities such as Agriculture, Sports, Performing Arts, Travel, Public Speaking and Community Involvement. You don’t need to be a farmer, farmerette or even from a farming background to join. The club is open to everyone within its age group and it is one of the best and actively aware clubs in the country.

Contact can be made by contacting Diarmaid on 086 8612750 or by contacting the Longford Macra na Feirme Facebook page.

Environmental Awareness Day and Bioblitz

The day we have all been waiting for is nearly upon us. In conjunction with Bord na Mona, the National Heritage Week and Corlea Interpretive Centre there is a magnificent day of events planned to take place at the Interpretive Centre in Corlea on Saturday 27th August.

As you will see below there is something there for everyone and it is a very rare opportunity to be involved in so much in our own area. There is no doubt that this is a programme not to be missed and it is a programme that there should be a huge turnout from the area. It is interesting, informative and it is laden down with knowledge of the environment and biodiversity in our own area. For children of all ages this is a must and it will be a huge eye opener to all that is happening around us.

The day’s schedule commences at 2pm with ‘Mammals on the bog – opening the traps with David Fallon.

At 2.30pm the Corlea guides will show how to build a bug hotel.

At 3pm a general walk with some pond dipping and creepy crawlies with Parks and Wildlife Service Conservation Ranger Sue Moles.

At 4pm Erin Tiedeken from the National Biodiversity and Data Centre will speak on Pollinators.

At 5pm A Boggy Wildlife walk will take place with Dr. Fiona MacGowan from the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland.

At 5.40 the Corlea Guides will return, this time showing us how to build a bug hotel.

At 6pm David Fallon and Mark mc Corry part of the Bord na Mona Ecology team will lead a walk around the bog and speaking on Peatland Rehabilitation.

At 7pm in the Corlea Interpretive Centre there will be a talk form Alan Lauder from the Golden Eagle Trust on – a Mid-Shannon Wilderness Park – a project for wildlife and people.

The day’s events will come to a close when Áine Fenner will hold an interesting ‘Walk and Talk’ on Bats.

Tourism with Business Certificate

Are you looking for a career focused course? Then enrol on Longford College of Further Education’s 1-year Tourism with Business programme starting September 2016. Ireland is going through a tourism regeneration with employment potential from Centre Parcs and from initiatives such as The Wild Atlantic Way, The Greenway Cycle Project and Ireland’s Ancient East project. The course offers practical business skills for the workplace as well as accreditation from Quality Qualifications Ireland and awards up to 400 CAO points for progression to third level institutions. This course is free to those in receipt of BTEA or who qualify for a SUSI grant* and to holders of a medical card. The registration fee and government levy is €330 for all other students. To enrol go to, click on enrol and follow instructions. (*Fees will be refunded on receipt of SUSI grant)

Care Workers Required

The Co Roscommon Disability Support Group is a HSE funded service, requires part time care workers to work with older persons and or people with disabilities. Flexible options available and competitive hourly rates paid.

There are vacancies on Community Employment Scheme for carers, support workers and clerical.

Please send your CV to or Derrane Resource Centre, Roscommon.

Phone 090 6625852 for further information.

Lough Ree Monster 10k Race

A date for your diary and only 7 weeks away. The Lough Ree Monster group will hold a 10k and 4mile Road race on Sunday 2nd October. The group looks forward to all local runners and their running club members and friends taking part.

Outdoor Recreation and Fitness & Health courses

Lanesboro Community College is providing two courses – Outdoor Recreation and Fitness & Health beginning in September.  Awards are accredited by QQI National Framework of Qualifications (formally FETAC).   Enrolment is now open by contacting   or phone Lanesboro Community College 043 33 21139.

National Heritage Week in Longford

This is the programme of events for this year’s National Heritage Week here in Co. Longford. As ever there are a range of events taking place throughout the county between Saturday the 20th and Sunday 28th August. Everyone is encouraged to go out to Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre on Friday 26th August for a seminar on the Táin Bó Cualaigne – the organisers especially want to hear from Longford people about any old traditions of where Queen Maeve and her armies were in the county, in the form of ancient tracks, bogs, campsites etc. As you know Queen Maeve met her demise in the county at Lough Ree.

The Lough Ree Environmental Summer School coincides with National Heritage Week, and they have a great programme of events lined up.

Also taking place in Corlea is an environmental day and Bio Blitz organised by Bord na Móna on Saturday 27th. They want to help record every species in the bog surrounding the site. This will run from about 2pm until late for a bat-walk and children are especially welcome. There are a number of other events in Ballymahon that day, including an environmental family evening at Brannigan Harbour outside Ballymahon, with lots of activities for young and old.

At Longford Library there is a number of activities centred around a one-day exhibition on Irish volunteers memorabilia from the period 1913-1922.

To find out the full details of all the events, please keep an eye out on this link: which will be continually updated as more information becomes available.

Also taking place at this time, but not included within the programme is “Mow Pat Murphy’s Meadow”, taking place at Ballyduffy, Moyne, organised by Michael Masterson, which is always a very enjoyable event.

Do you intend to come home to the Festival?

Have you considered coming home from abroad or even from other parts of the country for the Lough Ree Monster Festival 3rd to 7th August 2017? The committee is beginning to draw up a database of everyone interested. If you are interested, please express your interest as we will be seeking to set up an accommodation database to cater for everyone that want to come home and share in our festivities. In the next few days on the Lough Ree Monster Festival Facebook page and we will be opening designated pages for you. We can organise a special welcome for you all if we have the knowledge of your interest in travelling to be with us.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

Our Captain, Ronan Cullen’s Prize Day is in Moate Golf Club on Friday next 26th August.

The tee is booked from 11.30 to 12.30. As usual text 0879730611 to book your place on time sheet and arrive at least a half an hour before the first tee time. We are all looking forward to a big attendance, good weather and another enjoyable day’s golf.

Lanesboro Library

Summer Opening Hours are as follows:  Monday 2-8pm, Tuesday 2-6pm, Wednesday 10am-1pm 2-5pm, Thursday-Closed, Friday 10am-1pm 2-5pm, Saturday 10am-1pm.

Call 0433321291 for enquiries.

Storytime with Frances takes place every Wednesday morning at 11am for the month of August, there will be a story time in Lanesboro Library for children aged 3-8.  Places limited so please contact library to book a place on 043 332 1291.

Online Services at your Library: Did you know that you can now download free digital magazines with your library card and pin? Newest edition of Hello magazine now available. ProQuest Online Newspaper service is also available.

Learn a new language online with Mango Connect service.  Over 71 languages available.

Universal Class offers a unique online education experience. There are over 400 courses available.

The new eBooks and eAudio Books service is now available using the Borrowbox App.  Gain access to thousands of books!

Visit to register, get the BORROWBOX APP to gain access to thousands of books. All you need is your library card number and your pin. If you do not have a pin number, please contact your library desk where you will be issued with one.

Library membership is free so why not join and make use of all of the online services which are now available?

Excellent EDI Centre Courses

Pre-Apprenticeship Programme

The EDI Centre, Longford will be running a QQI Accredited Level 4 Pre-Apprenticeship Programme/Engineering Skills commencing in September 2016 for the unemployed.

This course will prepare candidates for their entry level apprenticeship.

The modules included in this course are: Milling & Turning, Technical Drawing, Workplace Safety, Work Experience, Communications, Mathematics, Information Technology and Team Working

This is a full time course which runs Monday to Friday.

Catering/Life Skills Programme

The EDI Centre, Longford will be running a QQI Accredited Level 4 Catering/Life Skills Programme commencing in August 2016 for the unemployed.

The modules included in this course are: Short Oder Cooking, Kitchen Skills, Handling Food Hygienically, Meal Service, Personal Effectiveness, Customer Service, Information Technology Skills, Communications, Work Experience

This is a full time course which is ran over 40 weeks, Monday to Friday.

Level 5 Occupational First Aid course

There will be a 3-day Level 5 Occupational First Aid course being held at the EDI Centre, Longford.

This Course is FREE for anyone currently on the Live Register.

There is a limit of 16 places and application forms are available at the EDI Centre.

Should you require any further information, you can contact the EDI Centre on 04333-47515

Adult Choral Workshop

If you are interested in singing and would like to take part in Adult Choral Workshops, then you are invited to Ballymahon. The workshop will take place on Thursday August 25th in the Dean Egan Library, Main Street, Ballymahon from 8.00 until 9.30pm

The workshops will under Conductor, Derek Mahady. To book a place you are invited to telephone 086 3052204

QQI Level 5 courses in Animal Care and Nursing Studies

Ardscoil Phádraig in Granard is currently enrolling students for QQI Level 5 courses in Animal Care and Nursing Studies. These QQI Level 5 courses are suitable for both school leavers and mature students who wish to return to education and gain new skills or employment. They also provide links to certain courses in Universities and Institutes of Technology and can be worth up to 400 points. Please contact the school on 043 6686209 or email  for further details

Last week the 50/50 draw took place on Monday night. The draw took place in Clarkes Bar where the winning blue envelope was drawn and the lucky name on it was Gerard Mc Carthy, Curragh Rua Gerard was the winner of won €358. The club thanks you for your support and encourages everyone to support the draw weekly. The weekly blue 50/50 envelopes are on sale locally throughout the town for €2 alternatively, you can purchase a pink ticket that allows you into the draw for 1 year for a price of €100.

Exciting opportunities at Compass Club

Compass Club by Coillte is a unique fun activity, which gives kids a secure and supervised adventure experience in great Irish forests, developing themselves and learning outdoor life skills in a fun way with other children. This is done through 1) After School Adventure courses, 2) Summer & Easter Camps, 3) School Tours, 4) Custom events for schools and other groups (such as County Councils, Preschools, Scouts, etc.)

Compass Club is all about giving kids awesome experiences in nature. As we see it, the great outdoors is the world’s best playground and through our fun, feel good activities, kids will make a host of new friends while rediscovering how exciting nature can be. From building shelters and toasting perfect marshmallows, to navigating trails and finding treasure, at Compass Club they’ll develop new skills and self-confidence, and may even end up teaching you a thing or two about the world around you. Compass Club is proudly brought to you by Coillte. With almost 3 years of research, development, tests, lots of fun (and a sprinkling of magic dust), Coillte working with leading experts in outdoor activity and with Godsil Education (experts in Strengths Based Education) officially launched the Compass Club in 2016.

The following are the After School courses in our area are Monday 19th September in Mote Park, Roscommon and Wednesday 21st September in Newcastle Wood, Ballymahon, Co. Longford. The courses will run for 6 weeks, 1 day per week from 3.45 to 5.45

The best ways to contact us are email us, Facebook message or DM us on twitter

We enjoy a chat too, so talk to us if you need to talk to one of us – we’re available at …. office: 01 9055090   087 7097016 / 086 8335728

Boats and Engines Wanted

The use of 30 locally based lake boats is required to host the World Predator Boat championships here in Ballyleague and Lanesborough between Wednesday October 5th and Sunday October 9th this year. The owners of the boats will be paid 100 euro per day for each boat on each of the 4 days for bringing out 2 fishermen from each of the 15 countries from around the world who will be attending. That’s 400 euro for your 4 days boat hire. Some boat owners will just have to supply the boat and the engine and no skipper. One of the regulations of the world championship is that ONLY engines of 10HP and more can be used and there is a severe shortage of engines of this horse power in the local area at the moment. If you have a lake boat with a 10HP engine, please contact Liam Sweeney in the Lough Ree Angling hub office at 085 1698032 or e mail: as soon as possible. It is important to note that the insurance cover for the four days will be paid by the organisers of the world championship so the owner need have no concern there. The angling hub has already compiled a list of 15 boats for hire to date but another 15 are now needed. It would be a pity if we had to bring in boats from Enniskillen and elsewhere for to stage the world championship on Lough Ree so please consider this offer for your €400 boat hire. Thank you.

Community Games Silver Medal

Let us start by congratulating local lass and club member Viktoria Jedrych, a pupil of Fermoyle National   School on her silver medal in the Ball Throw event at the National Community Games Finals in AIT Athlone at the weekend.  Ball Throw for those who are not informed is throwing the sliothar, a hurling ball.  Isn’t it ironic that a Polish girl who is relatively new to this country should be able to excel in this event?   The event is an introduction to throwing the javelin for the younger age group. The last success the club had in this event at national level was achieved by Ciaran Murtagh, a former student of Lanesboro Community College and current captain of the Roscommon Senior Football team, so suffice to say Viktoria is in good company.  Let us not forget our other competitors Aoife Nolan in the hurdles and Vicky Kajan in the long jump and remind them of the Olympic motto that “it is not the winning but taking part that is important”

 viktoria 2

One Day Retreat to Lough Derg

The annual one-day retreat to Lough Derg will take place on Sunday week 4th September. The bus will leave from Lanesboro Parish Hall at 7am. For information and bookings, you can contact Mary Doyle on 3321969.

Women in Business

Leitrim and Longford Women in Business Networking Event. “Network for Success” – will hold their event I Lough Rynn Castle, Mohill on Tuesday 27th September.

A great opportunity to hear from Inspirational Women in business on how they became a success, learn their top tips and secrets to success. An event that’s sure to leave you inspired, energised and motivated as well as enthusiastic to grow your network and drive your business to new levels of success.

Agenda: 10am – Registration Tea/Coffee. 10.30 – Welcome. 10.40 – Facilitated networking session.11.15 – “In conversation with” Norah Casey, Chairwoman, Harmonia Ltd., Anne Heraty, CEO, CPL Resources PLC, Suzanne Jackson,

MC & Chair for the day will be Carole Coleman

12.30 – Lunch: 2pm – Close

This is an excellent opportunity for all Ladies whether in business or interested in getting into business. It is rare that an opportunity such as this will come close to our door soon again and it is surely a must for all Ladies to Network.

The cost is a mere €15 and you can book through the local Longford and Leitrim Enterprise office

Taste of Lakelands

The ‘Taste of the Lakelands’ Food Festival will take place in a giant marquee at the back of St Mary’s Hall in Lanesborough on Friday October 7th and Saturday October 8th. Some of the top Chefs in Ireland will be there – including TV Celebrity Chef Kevin Dundon (compliments of Supervalu), our own Kieran Glennon Head Chef of Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud’s and many more. There will 60 stands in the marquee for food producers and local people are invited to get involved in the food exhibition. If you bake, cook or sell food of any description in this area you are invited to take part and show your produce to an audience of 2000 people over 2 days. Stands will cost just €30 each and stands can be booked by phoning the event controller Alan Horohoe at 086 8454125 or calling into the Lough Ree Angling Hub Office in Ballyleague (opposite Sorohan’s) or e mailing Helen or Liam at Stands are limited so book early and don’t say you were not warned!

The festival media launch took place at the riverside last Wednesday. This was a great success – despite the weather and the committee wish to thank the following who literally provided all present with a taste of the Lakelands food selection: Margaret Comerford Sexton – Brown bread, scones & salmon, Sarah Crinigan’s Mill House Cookies, Ballyleague Mushrooms – Stuffed Mushroom Delights, Marco Ottaviani’s delightful roasted coffee beans. the finest baked pizza in town from Bernie & Sean at The Shannon Grill, Helen Feeney’s Popcorn Treats!

Our thanks also to the face Painter Stephanie O’Hanlon and all the children who took part. Our thanks to Nicolette Spellic – our graphic designer, Liam in the office and all the media who have attended

Traders Meeting

Michael Nevin. CEO of Longford Local Enterprise Office will be in St Mary’s Hall, Lanesborough at 3pm next Thursday August 25th to discuss the Village Renewal Scheme and the establishment of a new Traders Group in Lanesborough/Ballyleague. Your presence would be very much appreciated. If you cannot attend, please send a representative if you want to be included in moving our village forward. For more information on this and plans to decorate the town for the forthcoming World Fishing Championships and the Taste of the Lakelands Food festival from October 6th to October 9th. please contact Alan Farrell, Treasurer, Lough Ree Angling Hub at 086 8697952 or call into the Lough Ree Angling office opposite Sorohan’s in Ballyleague.















































Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *