Lanesboro Ballyleague notes 24th July 2017

      Lanesboro Ballyleague



Hugely Exciting Weekend Ahead

This weekend will we hope will be the start one of the most memorable couple of weeks in the area for a long time both on and off the playing field.

On Friday evening next 28th July, the events will kick off with the official launch of the Lough Ree Monster Festival in the Lough Ree Resource Centre (Old Convent Hall) at 7pm. The committee would like to invite everyone to come along and be part of our opening. This we hope will be launch of a fabulous two weeks in the community.

Later, at 8.30pm the play The Lough Ree Monster will make its stage debut in St. Mary’s Hall. This play has been a wonderful collaboration of the communities of Lanesboro, Cashel and Ballyleague. The play written by Cashel man John Kenny has been directed by Dermot Healy. Dermot has great experience in directing as he has directed plays for the Cashel Drama Group over the years. The cast of the play and the parts they play are: Con Sweeney – James Flaherty. Packie – Stephen Dowd. Sally – Orla O’ Brien. Syl Reynolds – Mervin Johnston. Teddy Sweeney – Gerard Farrell. Ngozu – Anna O Brien. Jimmy Watson – Diarmuid Walsh. Captain Christian Lorgen – Tom Gill. Gerty Strousholm – Barbara Martin. Garda 1 – Mark Casey. Garda 2 –  Declan Fox.

On Saturday night 29th the second night of the play will again take place in St. Mary’s Hall.

Booking is essential as it is only admission by booking only. As I write the Friday night show is very close to being full. Saturday night has started to fill over the past few days so it is essential that you are going to be disappointed by not having booked in time.

On Sunday, all the traffic will flow out of Ballyleague and Lanesboro towards Dublin for what we hope will be another famous victory by Roscommon and their place in the All-Ireland semi-final. Roscommon will take on Mayo in an all Connacht clash. The Murtagh brothers – Ciaran, Diarmuid and Brian and David Rooney are our local representatives on the Roscommon panel with Ciaran being captain. The excitement will continue to grow as the weeks goes on and will reach a crescendo on Sunday when Roscommon run onto the field. Croke Park will be vibrating when the local supporters arrive and hopefully cheer Roscommon on to what will be another fabulous victory. We wish the lads, their fellow panel members and team management the very best of luck we are with you all the way.

Stewards Required

The Lough Ree Monster Festival committee is looking for stewards to help them to man and woman the Lough Ree Festival from Friday 4th to Monday 7th August. If you can help please leave your name into Clarkes Bar or O’Brien’s as soon as possible.

Kayaking Camp

Such was the demand for the Kayaking camp that it was decided to run a second one. The Kayaking camp will take place in Ballyleague /Lanesboro from Monday 31st July until Friday 4th August. The camp starts at 10am and will finish at 1pm each day. The camp for the five days will cost €65 or you can pay €15 per day. To book your place or for further details you should contact 0872977769 or 0876675275. All gear will be provided and the camp is for the ages 10 to 17. You are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union invites

Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union has been serving our community for 50 years. The Credit Union has been a wonderful source of support for so many people during that time and through the work of a series of wonderful board of local directors has guided Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union through the past 50 years and has been the mainstay of banking in our community.

This year Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union is celebrating 50 years in our community. To commemorate this very special occasion the Credit Union will host a 50th Anniversary Celebration on Monday 7th August in the Big Red Barn that will be set up for the Lough Ree Monster Festival adjacent to the Lanesboro car park.

The celebration of the Golden Anniversary will begin at 7pm in the Big Red Barn at 7pm with refreshments, presentations and entertainment. Those that were drawn out as the lucky five to be in with a chance to win the first prize of a car, Hyundai i30, in the 50th Anniversary Car Draw are Celine Hester, Melissa Farrell, Eithne Fenlon, Martin Tarmey and Kathleen Mulrennan. The draw will take place during the 50th celebrations in the Big Red Barn.

There will be no charge for this very special occasion and the Lough Ree Credit Union would like to invite their members, friends and relations to come along and share in their Golden jubilee celebration.

Sponsored Swim

Lanesboro Triathlon club on August Bank Holiday Monday each year hold a bridge to bridge sponsored swim. This year the beneficiaries of the swim will be the Longford and Roscommon branches of Multiple Sclerosis. This year on Monday 7th August the swim from the Bord na Mona bridge at Kilnacarrow to the bridge joining Lanesboro and Ballyleague will take place at 2pm. Registration will take place from 12noon. Please be advised that registration must take place early as the swimmers will have to be ferried up to the Bord na Mona Bridge. If you fancy taking up this challenge you are asked to collect your sponsorship card in O’Brien’s or members of the Lanesboro Triathlon club. For further information contact Niall Mulvihill 086-3179745.

Monster Play – Almost a sell out

The 3-act play The Lough Ree Monster play will stage in St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro on Friday and Saturday next 28th and 29th July and the tickets for the two nights are rapidly being booked.

The play is set on the shores of Lough Ree. The play revolves around the sighting of a lake creature, by three priests in the mid 1960’s. This incident was widely reported in the local media at the time, and it sets the scene for much scheming and subterfuge with, both dangerous, and hilarious results.

This is a booking only event – no tickets will be available – and bookings can be made by phone 086 – 2460840/3321107, email  or by calling into Martina in O’Brien’s shop and making your booking. If booking by email please leave your mobile number with your name. Please ensure you state the night you want to attend.

There has already been a big number of bookings and it is important that you book early to avoid disappointment.

Foosball becoming very Popular

The Human Foosball will take place in the car park area during the Lough Ree Monster Festival. Many people are talking about it and the fun it will be. If you do not know what Foosball have a look at it on YouTube and see all the fun it is.

Teams of 6 will cost €5 per person, U16 will cost €2.50 per person. The teams can be male, female or mixed teams. If you want to book in your team contact Mike Greene at 086-4046174. The closing date for bookings is Friday 28th July. The tournament will take place during the Lough Ree Monster Festival. This is going to be great fun and it is a game you should not miss.

Church Gate Collection

The Irish Wheelchair Association will hold its Annual Church Gate collection on Saturday and Sunday next 29th/30th July at all masses.

With your support, the Irish Wheelchair Association can continue to maintain vital services to people with disabilities in County Longford.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

The next outing for the Lough Ree Golfing Society will take place to Carrick-on-Shannon on this Wednesday 26th July. The tee is booked from 11.30 to 12.30pm. The Society is looking forward to all members coming along and they would like to welcome any local golfer not already in the Society to come along.

Monster on the Water

The Lough Ree Monster has been seen in the waters of Lough Ree last week and all is now set for what will be a fabulous weekend at the celebration of the Lough Ree Monster.

The excitement is

Tourism Co-Op Draw

The numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tidy Towns lotto on Tuesday 18th July were: 7, 12, 16 and 29. There was no winner of the jackpot of €7,700.  The winner of the €50 prize was Elizabeth Clyne, Lanesboro, and the three €20 winners were Ian Farrell, The Yacht Bar, Lanesboro, Siobhan and Josh Curran, Killinure, Patrick Farrell c/o Xlntee and Aileen Nelson c/o Market.

Draw at the Weekend

With the ‘Naming of the Bridge’ draw taking place this weekend it is very important that you get your tickets to have your chance to have the naming rights for the bridge. The novelty of the prize has created a great interest and has people talking about it hence the rise in ticket sales.

If you want to you can buy your tickets from Mike Greene, Catherine Kelly, Teresa Ormsby, Clarke’s Bar, Adie’s Bar, The Yacht Bar, Stephanie Hanlon or O’Brien’s shop. You can also buy tickets on PayPal – sign into PayPal and enter our address for payment

Tickets are on sale in business premises locally or from any member of the committee and they cost €2 each or 3 for €5.

This is a very unique opportunity for some lucky person or family to have the chance to name bridge and it could be your chance.

All events are Free – Booking Essential

Annual Pilgrimage

The annual pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place on Sunday 27th August with the bus leaving Ballyleague hall at 7am. The bus fare is €10 and the Lough Derg Island contribution €40. For further enquiries, you should phone Mary at 043-33 21969


Monday night last 17th July the 50/50 took place in Adie’s Bar. The winning pool amounted to €359 and the winners was Albert Cooney, Lehery. The club would like to congratulate Albert on his great win and thank him for his support and we would like to thank everyone that continue to buy tickets for their great support.

Tickets are on sale locally at €2 each and your support will be greatly appreciated. Alternatively, you can by the pink ticket for the year for just €100 and have 2 free weeks

Could you sell €2 lotto envelopes in your workplace or your neighbourhood weekly? If you can help in any way with the sales of lotto please contact the Executive

Festival Tickets go on Sale

The Lough Ree Festival will be launched on Friday and Saturday night 28th and 29th July in St. Mary’s Hall when the John Kenny written, Dermot Healy directed play The Lough Ree Monster will make its stage debut.

The full music programme for the Monster Festival is complete and tickets have gone on sale this past weekend. There is an exciting line up to cover all music tastes throughout the weekend. Tickets for each night cost just €15 and can be bought from any committee member or from O’Brien’s

We begin with Cliona Hagan, who is after blasting onto the Irish country music scene and she will be preceded on stage by young and highly thought of young man David Kiernan who is making waves on the music scene.

Katie Gallagher who has been described as a bright, up-and coming singer/songwriter/musician from Ballymahon will play before Entertainer of the Year, the legendary Mike Denver.

On Sunday night Longford rock band Reprisal, a trio from Longford, who play hard hitting energetic rock will play before the AC/DC tribute band IE/DC.

This line up is without doubt once of the best line ups anywhere in the country and the committee has worked hard to ensure that the people of the area will get the very bestof entertainment.

Natty Wailer a founding member of Bob Marley and the Wailers will play a concert on the green area beside the duck pond on Saturday afternoon. Natty Wailer will be preceded by local band Painted Skies featuring Adam Farrell, Ballyleague, Adam Fenelon, Killoe, the two Adams are joined by Maryann Lynch from Ardagh. Adam Fenelon is grandson of the legendary Mickie Fenelon who when he resided on the Green founded The Dakotas.

Lanesboro Library

Lasraí Writers Group

‘Poetry and Music Hour’ will continue at Lanesboro Library on Monday 24th July from 4.30 to 5.30pm. Come along and share a favourite poem. The group is looking forward to seeing you there and meeting new people interested in poetry and music and song.

Paint the Lough Ree Monster

On Wednesday 26th July between 2pm and 3pm you are invited to come along to the library to take part in a collaborative art project on! Help to paint the library windows with Lough Ree monsters to celebrate the upcoming Lough Ree Monster Festival. Suitable for children aged 6 – 12 years. This event is free but booking is essential. Sessions available at 2pm and 3pm. Please contact Penny Farrell at the library to make a reservation: 043 3321291 or

Teddy Sleepover and Story Time

Come along to the library Friday 4th August at 3pm with your Teddy for a fun story time session with songs and colouring! Teddy will get to stay in the library for a sleepover with all the other teddies! Come in on Saturday morning to collect your Teddy and decorate a cupcake so you can have a picnic with Teddy and find out all about after their adventure in the library! Suitable for children aged 3 – 8 years. This event is free but booking is essential. Please contact Penny Farrell at the library to make a reservation: 043 3321291 or

Foreign Currency Appeal Reminder

The library staff 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. Thank you.

Rathcline GAA


Saturday evening next, we will travel to Carrickedmond pitch to take on Grattan Óg in what will be a vital game for the club and our ambitions to win the Intermediate Championship. The match will have a 7pm throw in.

On Friday night last we travelled to Kenagh in great hope of victory. Unfortunately, it did not go as we expected and we lost by 4 points.

Good Luck

The Rathcline club senior and minor would like to wish Ciaran, Diarmuid, Brian Murtagh, David Rooney and the Roscommon team management and panel the very best of luck in the All-Ireland Quarter Final in Croke Park on Sunday next when they take on Mayo.


The club would like to extend their deepest sympathy the Michael and Tom Greene and their family on the death of his brother Henry in England recently.

We would also like to extend our deepest sympathy to Martin Farrell and sister Christine and their families on the death of their father Paddy Joe Farrell, Clonmee, Newtowncashel last week.

Keane’s Sponsored Race Day

The Bernard Keane sponsored Race Day to the Galway Races will take place on Monday next. The club would like to extend their gratitude to everyone that are travelling on Monday and to thank them for their wonderful support. We hope you have a memorable, wonderful and profitable day. We also would like to thank Bernard Keane, SuperValu, for once again sponsoring this great day.


Monday night last 17th July the 50/50 took place in Adie’s Bar. The winning pool amounted to €359 and the winners was Albert Cooney, Lehery. The club would like to congratulate Albert on his great win and thank him for his support and we would like to thank everyone that continue to buy tickets for their great support.

Tickets are on sale locally at €2 each and your support will be greatly appreciated. Alternatively, you can by the pink ticket for the year for just €100 and have 2 free weeks

Could you sell €2 lotto envelopes in your workplace or your neighbourhood weekly? If you can help in any way with the sales of lotto please contact the Executive.



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