Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 02nd October 2017

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Fermoyle Parents, students past and Present

All Parents, past pupils, teaching staff present and former are invited to attend a function to honour the recent retirement of Denis Connerton in St. Mary’s Parish Hall Lanesboro Friday 13th October 2017 at 7.30pm.

Whist Drive Returns

The return of the Whist season takes place this Friday in Lanesboro Parish Hall at 8.30pm. As you all know the whist drive is in aid of Lanesboro Social Services and if can play cards at all you should go along and have a great evening of card playing and fun and support a vital cause in our community.

Walking and Cycling Journey

The mammoth one-day walk from the bridge in Lanesboro to the Bridge in Athlone is being undertaken to ensure that the Lough Ree Monster Festival that was so well received this will once again take place in 2018.

It is very important for the future of the festival that committee gets sufficient funds to ensure that bookings and further developments of the Festival can take place and the festival becomes a constant feature on the calendar each year. We ask everyone to support the walk and for those that can influence their companies to also contribute towards the walk.

Following the launch on Wednesday night Caroline Gray, The Green, added her name to the 40km trip by agreeing to cycle the journey.

We would like to ask that everyone would take a sponsorship card and help us raise the necessary funds.

Try a Dive is Back

Have you ever thought of taking up the sport and skill of sub Aqua diving? The enjoyment and pleasure in this sport is truly magnificent and so invigorating and it can take you to many parts of the country and the world.

The search and rescue aspect of it means that you can be so helpful in recovering and rescuing people from perilous situations and bringing comfort to people.

The Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club will hold their annual Try a dive in Longford Swimming Pool at the Mall commencing this Thursday night 5th October 9pm. This is an opportunity to be availed of and not to be missed.

The Lough Ree Sub Aqua club is looking forward to welcoming you to become a new Scuba Divers to their team! For more information go to

Taste of Lakelands this Weekend

The 2nd annual staging of the Taste of the Lakelands food festival in Lanesborough-Ballyleague this weekend is giving 60 local food producers a huge shop window with some of the best-known chefs in Ireland and offering locals a night of glitz and glamour on Friday.
Even the presence of Rachel Allen, Kevin Dundon and Gary O’Hanlon is not enough for the organising committee. Taste of the Lakelands presents Vintage High Tea on Friday night the 6th of October in the
Festival Marquee Village with a night of High Tea, which includes a welcome drink, a beautiful selection of finger sandwiches, delicious desserts and a large variety of teas. Prizes for best Vintage Costume/headpiece so dress to impress. Perfect occasion for a girlie catch-up or a work night out! Tickets €25 and booking is essential. Call 043 3321734 to book. Discount available for tables of 10.
‘Taste of the Lakelands’ Food Festival is supported by Roscommon & Longford Local Enterprise Offices, Bord na Mona & ESB, Fáilte Ireland, Longford County Council Environment Awareness Office, EPA No Food Waste Initiative, Lough Ree Angling Hub, Bernard Keane Supervalu, Michael Casserly Spar/ Applegreen and Bank of Ireland.

Thank You

The parents of Cloontuskert National School would most sincerely like to thank Bernard Kane and his staff for the opportunity to bag pack in SuperValu to raise funds for our school.  We would also like to express our thanks to everyone for their kind donations.

You can see Manchester United

The Manchester derby will take place on Saturday 9th December when Manchester United will host Manchester City at 3pm. There is a great opportunity for you to avail of the opportunity when a Manchester United supporters club are running a bus to the Manchester for the weekend. For €399 you get a bus from Roscommon Town on Friday, ferry crossing and 2 nights B&B in a hotel.

If you want to be in Old Trafford for a Champions League game then you have the opportunity for the Manchester United against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday 5th December. The kick-off is at 7.45pm This is a day trip and costs €139. Bus from Roscommon with ferry and match tickets

If you want further details or want to book for either game you should contact Danny 086-8417264. As places are limited you should make immediate contact.

Lanesboro Community Games AGM:
The Lanesboro Community Games committee is having their AGM at 9pm on Wednesday week11th October in St Mary’s Parish Hall. The committee would welcome and encourage everyone, especially the parents of children living in the town and hinterland of Lanesboro to attend and support Community Games in Lanesboro. Community Games covers a broad medley of activities and it gives parents a chance, to allow their children to participate, socialize and display their talents. Over 100 children from the parish participated in Community Games events during 2017. You are urged to help continue to progress Community Games in the parish during 2018.

Following the outstanding success of our young people in the many activities there is no doubt that every parent in the community will want the opportunity for their own children to have the opportunity to reach and better the achievements of 2017. Your attendance is very important as it is a vote of confidence to the committee.

Sign up for Defibrillator Training

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

Fund Raising Breakfast

Lanesboro Tidy Towns are hosting a fund-raising Breakfast Morning in St. Mary’s Hall on Sunday 22nd October. This is a new and very novel means of fund raising and we urge everyone to take part in the event. Breakfast will take place between 8.30am to 12.30pm and tickets cost just €10.

Harvest Thanksgiving

The annual Harvest Thanksgiving service will be held on Sunday next 8th October at 3.30 St John’s Church Lanesborough.

Everyone welcome to come and thank the Lord for the gifts of the past year.

Lough Ree Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Monday 25th September are NS Pairs: 1st Joan Donlon and Fergal McGuinness, 2nd Kathleen Hanley and Mary Fallon, 3rd Joan Browne and Patricia McGann, 4= Una Clarke and Maureen Hynes & Maura Hanley and Brendan Dowling, 6th Kathleen Kelly and J J Donlon, 7th Anne Donlon and Freda Kenny, 8th Catherine Harrison and Loretto Cooney. EW Pairs: 1st Eileen Kelly and Tom Feeney, 2nd Noreen Dunne and Philomena Walsh, 3rd Essie Nugent and Fiona Gillen, 4th Goretti Kenny and Mary Jameson, 5th Frank Conmy and Mary Conmy, 6th Des Watts and Eileen Watts, 7th Mike Flynn and Bernadette Gillen, 8th Bridie McGrath and Mary Moran and 9th Martha Byrne & Liz Crean

Tidy Towns

Last week the results of the SuperValu Tidy Towns were announced and our three local entrants all received increased marks.

Top of the local pile again this year was Cloontuskert who are really closing in on the national award when their points increased by 5 to 319, they also won a bronze medal and received an award of €1000. Ballyleague also went up 5 points breaking the 300 barrier for the first time and their score now stands at 301. Ballyleague also won a €500 prize award. Lanesboro was the once place making the greatest improvement when their marks rose by 13 rising from 264 to 277 and they also received an award of €500.

Well done to all involved in the three communities their great work is paying off. Their efforts is creating our area as a thing of beauty is really paying off.


As you probably know at this stage, the Judges in the National Enterprising Town Awards competition will visit Lanesborough and Ballyleague on Saturday morning next October 7th at 9am and stay for 4 hours. The
judges – named below – will meet with local business people, community groups and political representatives at a presentation in St Mary’s Hall, Lanesborough at 9.30am on Saturday morning. You are cordially
invited to attend.
In preparation for the event a 2nd local planning meeting will take place on Thursday night next October 5th at 9pm in St Marys Hall. Anyone who has been invited already to speak to the judges should attend on THURSDAY night and bring a memory stick with any pictures/slides/video clips they may wish to use. In advance of Saturday we will be conducting a clean-up on the streets of the town. We appeal to all residents and business owners to help us compete for €100,000 prize fund by putting out national or local
flags and bunting, displaying flowers & coming to St Marys hall at bridge for meeting with 3 judges at 9.30am Saturday. Thank you for your help. We can win €10,000 for more town improvements in this event

Lough Ree Monster DVD

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.

Table Quiz

The Lough Ree Tennis Club will hold a table quiz in Rosie’s Bar, Ballyleague on Friday night next 6th October at 9pm. Tables of 4 costing €10 per person.

Tractor Run

A call for all tractor enthusiasts to take part in the Tractor Run from the Hyde Park Centre on Sunday next 8th October at 12 noon. Entry to the run will cost €20. To enter of find out further information call Colm Tully 086 8515834 or Paul Gleeson 3511682.

Annual Dinner Dance

The annual Regional PTAA Dinner Dance will take place on Friday 10th November in the Rustic Inn Abbeyshrule. Tickets cost €25. Dinner will be served at 9pm. Music will be provided by J and S Sound. Tickets can be purchased from any members of the local group. Time and time again this annual

Events this week in our Library

Library Opening Hours

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

The Knitting and Crochet Group meet in the library on Mondays, 2-4pm. All welcome.

‘Babble and Books’ Baby Book club, a weekly baby book club for parents/carers and children aged 0-2 years held on Wednesdays at 10.15am. Sessions include songs, stories and early literacy/language games with a cuppa afterwards, so come along to meet other families and build a lifelong love of reading.

Preschool Drop In and Sing-along on every Wednesday at 12.30pm. Pop in to the library on your way home from preschool to join the group sing-along and choose a book with your friends.

Poetry and Music Hour will be held at the new time of 4.15pm on Monday 9th October. Come along to share a favourite poem and listen to music.

A Halloween craft session for children aged 6-9 years will be held in the library on Wed 25th October 5-6pm as part of the Aisling Arts festival. This event costs €5 and includes all materials with crafts completed and ready to take home at the end of the session. This event must be pre-booked. Please call the library

Lanesborough Flower Committee

Congrats to all involved in the Tidy Towns on the recent results, great achievement for the town.  Sincere appreciation to all who attended the Table Quiz in the Yacht Bar on Friday night 29th September to raise funds for the Lanesborough Flower Committee.  Thanks to Alan Farrell for the use of his premises and indeed to his generous donation to the Committee.  Also, appreciation to Rosie’s Bar Ballyleague, Seadna Ryan and Mags Gillen for their kind donations.  Thanks also to Gerard Farrell c/o Adie’s, Mark Casey, Mae Casey and Pauline Casey for spot prizes.  Proceeds from the night will go towards the Spring and Summer bedding plants for the town boxes and stone planters on the approach roads.  Many thanks to Mark Casey acting as quiz master and MC on the night and also for his coordination of the Flower Committee.

Sewing Classes

Beginners sewing class will commence in the Quad Center, Roscommon on Monday night 9th October at 8pm. You are invited to go along and get involved in this new class. For booking or information you should phone 086 8392934.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday 27th September are: NS 1st Katharine Harrison and Philomena Walsh, 2nd Phil Chalmers and Cyril Hussey, 3rd Patricia McGann and Mary Jameson. EW 1st Mae Casey and Noreen Dunne, 2nd Bernadette Clancy and Mary Mc Gushin, 3rd tie Frank Conmy and Maureen Hynes & Mike Flynn and Brendan Dowling.


Lough Ree AC

Congratulations to the second-year students from Lanesboro Community College who competed in Longford Post Primary Schools competition in Moyne on Saturday last 30th September.  The boys team finished in second place with Cian Walton leading the team home, closely followed by Michael Salami and Ivan Johnston.  In the girl’s race Caoilinn Flood and Louise Costello had great runs but unfortunately did not have a third girl for the team event. Best wishes to all club members who will be competing in the Roscommon Primary Schools Cross Country Championships on Wednesday 4th October in Kiltoom.



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