Lanesboro Ballyleaague notes Monday 28th August 2017

      Lanesboro Ballyleague



It was with great sadness and regret we learned the death at Mullingar General Hospital of May Nelson, Trilacroghan, Curraghroe on Sunday 20th August. May was a quietly spoken lady with a gentle manner and she was respected greatly far and wide. May was a nurse in England before returning home where she worked at the Sacred Heart Home in Roscommon until her retirement. She had a wonderful interest in and was a woman who was a master crafts woman at knitting. In her spare time she loved doing crosswords where she enjoyed the mental challenge. She was an excellent poet and was writing poetry right up to the very end. Most of all May was widely known for the cup of tea. In difficult times and good times she would always recommend first of all a cup of tea. May always found that during a cup of tea the realisation of the required answer always emerged. Her warmth of nature and soft words will be fondly remembered by all of us that had the pleasure to know her.

Her remains reposed at Mc Hugh’s Funeral Home on Wednesday before her removal to St. Mary’s Church, Ballagh. Following her Funeral Mass on Thursday her remains were laid to rest in Kilgefin Cemetery. To her husband Malachy, sons John, Malachy and Anthony daughters Mary, Anne and Eileen relatives and many friends we extend our sincere sympathy.

Thank You

The local Defibrillator group would like to thank everyone that contributed so generously to their recent church gate collection in Lanesboro and Ballyleague. There was over €800 collected. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

Being able to use of the defibrillator means you have acquired lifesaving skills. Names are now being taken for the training in the use of the Defibrillator. The training is free and training will soon commence. If you wish to take part in the training or need to upskill your use then you should leave your name into Martina O’Brien at the corner Shop or phone 086-2460840 or 3321107


The marriage took place at St. Mary’s Church Lanesboro on Friday last 25th August of Deirdre Farrell youngest daughter of Joe and Martha Farrell, main Street and Brendan Kelly son of Johnny and Brigid Kelly, Castlelambert, Athenry, Co. Galway. Matron of Honour was Emer Farrell/Moran sister of the bride and bridesmaid was lifelong friend Paula Carberry. Bestman was Gearóid Harty childhood friend of the groom and groomsman was Bill Toomey, friend of the groom. Flower girl was Lucy Farrell, niece of the bride. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Michael Reilly. The wedding reception was held in the Mullingar Park Hotel. We would like to wish the happy couple many years of wedded. happiness


We would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to Siobhan and David Curran, Killinure on the birth last week of twin baby girls.

All changed around

Over the summer holidays there were many changes to the teaching of the primary school students in two of our local primary schools. The greatest changes were in Fermoyle Primary School. As we reported prior to the school closing for the summer break Denis Connerton retired from teaching. Denis has been replaced as Principal by Patricia Boyce who was formerly principal at Scoil Náisiúnta Mhuire, Lobinstown, Co. Meath. Padraig Connerton having served 13 years in Fermoyle will also have left Fermoyle to take over as principal in Cloontuskert National School. Padraig will replace former Principal Andree Nice Aonghusa who served from 2006 to 2013 in Cloontuskert. Sean Mc Cormack who in recent times qualified as teacher and spent some time in Lanesboro Primary School has been appointed to Fermoyle. Fermoyle will also receive a new resource teacher this year where Marian Lynch has been appointed to that post. Rory Leonard has been appointed to the staff at Lanesboro National School.

We wish everyone the very best in their new positions and look forward to an excellent school year for both teachers and pupils alike.

Local Drama Group

Would you like to be part of a local drama group? Presently an effort is being made to bring people together to create a local drama group. If you are interested please email Mary at

Lough Ree Golfing Society

The Lough Ree Golfing Society were in Highfield Golf Club for Jackie Mc Donnell’s Captains Day. They were very lucky with the weather, when they hit a “lull” with sunshine for almost the whole day.

The course was good, with the greens a little bit slow!!!!. The turnout was excellent with our best numbers for 2017. Jackie’s array of prizes was very well received.

The Society was delighted for the winner of the Captains Prize Jimmy Flanagan being one of the Lough Ree Golfing Society’s founding members in1985 and also the Society’s first captain.  Well done Jimmy.

The men’s results are as follows: 1st Jimmy Flanagan 32pts (10), 2nd Martin McAllister 32pts (9), 3rd Mick Brennan 31pts (8) and 4th Fintan Jordan 31pts (7).

The front nine was won by John Martin, the back nine by Paul Taylor, and nearest the pin by Joe McGrath, the visitors prize was won by Tom Colcannon.

We had a close contest in the ladies, with Bernie Taylor 1st on countback over Antoinette O’Donnell with Ursula Burke 3rd.

The next outing is to Portumna GC on September 20th which everyone is looking forward to, it’s such a great course.

Play DVD for Sale

The hugely popular play ‘The Lough Ree Monster’ that was staged as the opening of the Lough Ree Monster Festival in St. Mary’s Hall is now available on DVD. The DVD is on sale in O’Brien’s at €15 each and it truly is great watching and a wonderful present for anyone.

Official Open of Sliabh Bawn

On Saturday the 2nd September, Sliabh Bawn Power will mark the official opening of the Sliabh Bawn recreational facilities at Doughill Forest. The state of the art amenities which include a trim trail for fitness, an equestrian trail, six looped walks, a raised viewing platform, additional car parking and a new picnic area will be officially opened to the public on the day and we hope you can join the us and the local community on September 2nd to mark this special occasion.

On the day, Sliabh Bawn Power will be hosting a free family day for the community and inviting people to participate in a 5K fun run or a 10K run along the brand-new tracks and trails or walk to the viewing platforms and take in Sliabh Bawn’s historic sights.

Children attending will meet the teddy bears for a picnic at the picturesque picnic spot and can hear a story on the summit.

Activities on the day include: 09:30: Registration for the 5K fun run & 10K run; 10:30: Runs commence. 10.30 – 12:30: Teddy bears picnic and story time at the Summit

History Walks: Take the opportunity to walk the trails and see some of the historical sights on Sliabh Bawn.

The recreational facilities are best in class and will ensure that the mountain and forest become a real resource to the local community and beyond. We hope that you join us for a day of family fun while exploring the brand-new tracks and trails and visiting the areas historical sites.

Hospice Barbeque

The barbeque held at Clarkes bar recently in aid of Mayo Roscommon Hospice was very successful. The sun shone, all prayers for a good day were answered and everyone had a fabulous evening.

A special thanks must go to Keith Brady and Kepak for the food, Bernard Keane SuperValu for the buns and rolls and the local musicians that provided such great music throughout the weekend – Brian Ross, Jimmy Hussey, Joe Duffy, Paul Ross and Robbie Chalmers. There were many donor of spot prizes – too many to mention, Pat Murtagh donated his car for the auction and James Kenny got it ready and passed the NCT.  Thanks also to Tom the Chef and Terry for the use of his barbeque and also to Sean Moran and his team for all their help. A word of thanks to Chris Cullen who as always was to the fore in lending a hand.

Finally, the organisers would like to thank everyone that attended and supported the evening. A sum of €1,660 was raised and that money will be added to the Anthony Healy card drive fundraiser and every penny will go to the Mayo Roscommon Hospice.

The group would like to thank everyone for their magnificent support.

Post Leaving Cert Courses

Longford College of Further Education are now enrolling for September entry on post leaving cert courses. The college provides QQI level 5 and 6 awards including: Clerical and Payroll, Tourism with Business, Healthcare, Childcare, Nursing, Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy, Motor Technology, Graphic Design and more. These 1-year courses award up to 390 CAO points and prepare students for employment with lifelong skills.  Completion of levels 5 & 6 can enable direct progression to year 2 of degree programmes in Athlone Institute of Technology.  For more information and to enrol, go to  or phone (043) 33 45455.

40-year Reunion

Lanesboro Convent of Mercy – Leaving Cert class 1977 will celebrate their 40-year reunion
Almost everyone from the class has been contacted and the reunion will take place on 30th September. It is very important that all girls interested in attending this celebration on Saturday night 30th September in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon book their place by 1st September 2017 at the very latest. Booking can be made by emailing  or text/phone Bridie at 087 2218484 or Geraldine 087 2224048.

Pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday

The annual Ardagh and Clonmacnois Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday next 3rd September. The bus will leave Lanesboro at 10.30am and it will cost €18 return. The ceremonies will commence at 2.30pm with the Anointing of the Sick and Mass will be celebrated at 3pm.

Lanesboro Library events

Basic Computer Course

A free 5-week class basic computer course commences on Monday 4th September 6pm – 8pm in Lanesboro Library. The course covers: Introduction to the internet, Email, Search engines, Online services and Using “apps”. Please contact Penny at the library to book your free place.

Digital Library Services

Have you used the free digital services available with your library membership? You can access 500 e-magazines including Hello, OK, BBC Good Food, Triathlon, Digital Camera World and National Geographic using the Zinio For Libraries App. You can also access e-books and e-audiobooks using the Borrowbox For Libraries App.

Summer Opening Hours:

Monday 10.30am-1pm/2pm-5.30pm, Tuesday 2-6pm, Wednesday 2-8pm, Thursday closed, Friday 10am-1pm/2-5pm, Saturday 10am-1pm.

Enquiries to Penny Farrell at the library on 0433321291 or email


Monday night last 21st August the 50/50 pool stood at €361 and the winner drawn in the Yacht Bar was Michael Greene, The Green.

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

Lough Ree AC

Let us start by congratulating all the participants who represented Longford and Roscommon at the Community Games Finals (50th anniversary) at Abbottstown, Dublin at the weekend. Indeed, to qualify for the occasion was an achievement in itself. Well done to all. Special mention to Christian Donlon who came home with a medal for 3rd in the Boys U10, 200 meters, what an achievement at national level! Indeed “the apple does not fall far from the tree” as his mother Carol was no slouch in her day. She put a lot of effort into preparing him for the race. As my information of the day is skimpy, I dare not mention other names only to say that the Lanesborough U16 Project team who represented Co. Longford, was also victorious taking the gold medal for their category. More detailed information may be available elsewhere.

Music School

Windsong Music School are now enrolling for September with lessons available in Piano, Singing, Harp, Violin, and Cello. The lessons are suitable for beginners to post graduates. For further information, you should contact Edel 087 364 9005

Tourism Co-Op Draw

The numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tidy Towns lotto on Tuesday 22nd August were: 4, 8, 18 and 19. There was no winner of the jackpot of €8,200.  The winner of the €50 prize was Lorraine Farrell, Aughamore and the three €20 winners were Imelda Sweeney c/o Market, Dennis and Eithne c/o Adie’s and Mary Ghee Lanesboro Post Office.

Rathcline GAA


On Saturday next 2nd September, the team will take on Ardagh/Moydow for a place in the final. The game fixed for Pearse Park has a 5.00pm (note change in time) throw in time. Well done lads and we are looking forward to the semi and another strong performance.

All-Ireland Hurling Final draw

You have a chance of being in Croke Park in Premium Level seats for these games for just €2 at what promises to be a most intriguing All-Ireland Hurling Final. History will be made when Galway and Waterford play in the All-Ireland Hurling final as neither of them have ever met in and All-Ireland before. This is your opportunity to be there to see history being made.

Tickets are now on sale locally in all shops or through club executive members. The draw will take place on Friday night.


Monday night last 21st August the 50/50 pool stood at €361 and the winner drawn in the Yacht Bar was Michael Greene, The Green.

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

Minor club

Final replay

Following the previous week’s drawn game it was back to Pearse Park for the replay of the Minor Football League Final on Wednesday evening and another tussle with Northern Gaels. The game was in direct comparison to the drawn game where Northern Gaels provided a storming finish to draw the game. This time our lads found themselves well back but in fairness to their fighting spirit they never gave in and were rewarded with a rousing 6-8 to 3-13 victory. It was a fabulous victory for the team especially when the victory was over one of the most iconic club over the past number of years. A very well done to all the players and their team management on their magnificent win

Trip to Croke Park

Sunday last a number of our minors gathered to make the trip to the All-Ireland semi-final between Dublin and Tyrone. The trip had the added bonus of the U17 All-Ireland Final where a number of the players were able to support their class and schoolmate Michéal O’ Donnell who was playing with the Roscommon U17’s. It was a fabulous occasion for our young players and their dream coming home was to go back in time to come with club and county and bring home a title.

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