Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 4th December 2017

Lanesboro Ballyleague

Brushstrokes Christmas Exhibition 2017

Brushstrokes will be holding a short Christmas exhibition, in St. Mary’s Hall from Thursday next 7th December and will continue until Sunday 10th December. Drop in and have a browse—there are works at prices to suit all budgets and they make an ideal, locally-made gift or souvenir.

Transition Year Show

The Transition Year students of Lanesboro Community College are putting on their Christmas Show in the Parish Hall on this coming Thursday 7th December at 8pm.  The show will consist of many sketches, Cinderella’s story, music and much more. A lot of hard work has gone into rehearsals in preparation for Thursday. I am sure they will get all the support of the entire community and play to a packed house. Admission costs are adults €10 and children €6.


Many congratulations to Amy O’Sullivan, daughter of Brendan and Stella O’Sullivan, Gurteengar and Brian Guilfoyle son of Brendan and Treasa Guilfoyle, Galway who announced their engagement last week.

Lanesborough Primary School Celebrates

Lanesborough Primary School will present their annual Christmas Carol Service in
St Mary’s Church on Tuesday Dec 19th at 6.30. Everyone is invited to come along and enjoy the presentation of the young students.
Congratulations to the school who won top prize in the Sci-fest that was held in Lanesboro Community College last week.


In the early hours of Friday morning last 1st December, approx. 3.40am, a van was seen acting suspiciously in and around the Main Street and Ballyleague area. Later in the morning it was discovered that a large number of kegs were stolen from Clarke’s Bar. If you happened to be passing or indeed if you noticed anything suspicious in and around that time could you please make contact with the Lanesboro Gardaí phone 3321102.

Christmas Day Run/Walk

As we look forward to Christmas not only do we think of Santa Claus but we also think of the sponsored run/walk from Newtowncashel to Lanesboro. For all you non-walkers and runners and those that only do this event every year now is the time to start your training. With only 3 weeks remaining until Christmas and to make the journey an enjoyable one it is very important that training continues to make it a great day walking or running.

This event is the main sponsorship for Longford MS, your generosity each year knows no boundaries despite it being a hard time on money. The organisers would like that you would continue you great sponsorship of all the participants and the committee would like to have a record number of participants this year.

Sponsorship cards are available from any of the committee or from O’Brien’s shop.

and secondly, I omitted to thank the Hall Committee for making the hall available.

St. John’s Church  

The congregation of St. John’s church Lanesboro would like to thank everyone who came and supported us at our harvest thanksgiving service this Year even though it clashed with the food festival, the collection this year is given to motor neurone disease,

The congregation would also like to thank everyone that attended the remembrance service to remember the families who died in the wars.

Our carol service is being held on Sunday 10th Dec at 11.30am. where the children will be doing a presentation. All are welcome.

Roscommon Carol Service will take place at 7.30 pm on Thursday 21st December

Videos and photographs.

Did you take photographs and or videos at any stage of the Lough Ree Monster Festival? If yes, we would love to hear from you if you pictured anything from the arrival of the Lough Ree Monster, through the nights of music, the Natty Wailer free concert, the fun and games in the red Barn on the Sunday afternoon to the fireworks and departure of the Monster on the Sunday night. We are also looking for photographs of the Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union night and the erection and dismantling of the Big Red Barn. If you have any of the above, we love to hear from you. You can scan and email to or drop hard copies into O’Brien’s shop for collection or to Mike Greene. Hard copies will be scanned and returned

Shannonside Camera Club

The next meeting of Shannonside Camera Club will be held on Monday night next, 11th Dec, in the ESB social club house, located beside the power station.

New members most welcome.

Christmas Lights Church Gate Collection

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December, next weekend will see the annual Church Gate collection for the Christmas Lights. You are asked to be as generous as possible as a great effort has been made to light up the town for Christmas.

Bake Fare

Rathcline GAA club is holding a festive fund-raising Bake Fare and Cake Demonstration event on Sunday next 10th December in the Parish Hall.

There will be many surprises on the day and the biggest one of all will be the arrival of Santa Claus where children can all have their photographs taken with the great man. Santa appearance will be free for all children and he may even have a small gift.

There event will also host a superb draw that will include 1st prize of a Kenwood Kmix worth €500,2nd prize, a €200 health and beauty hamper from Cloud 9 Lanesboro and third prize Neven Maguires perfect Irish Christmas cookbook.

This promises to be a fun filled afternoon for everyone and it is an event to be baked for and not to be missed.

The committee are expecting cakes and baked goodies from 10am on the morning of the fare


The marriage recently took place at Roganstown Hotel and Country Club, Swords of Martin Stevens son of Martin and Kathleen Stevens, Curraghrua and Maria Gormley daughter of Michael and Mary Gormley, Dublin. Bestman was Dean Mc Garrigle best friend of the Groom and Groomsman was Colm Tiernan cousin of the Groom. Chief Bridesmaid was Michelle Gormley sister of the Bride and Bridesmaid was Ciara Francis best friend of the Bride. The wedding ceremony was performed by Miriam Fitzgerald, Spiritual Union of Ireland. The wedding reception took place at Roganstown Hotel and Country Club. We would like to wish the happy couple many years of wedded happiness.

Thank You

On Tuesday 14th November the Leaving Cert Vocational Programme 5th year students at Lanesboro Community College hosted a breakfast morning in the school as part of the Cheerios Fundraising Appeal in aid of Childline. The breakfast morning was an outstanding success. The LCVP class raised €205.57 from the breakfast. All the money raised will go directly to Childline and the class would like to say a very big thank you to all the sponsored the foodstuff, tea, milk and sugar. Your support was deeply appreciated


Monday night last 27th November the 50/50 pool stood at €402 and the winning drawn in the Aide’s Bar was Breda Moran, Carraroe. Tickets are on sale locally at €2 each. Alternatively, you can by the pink ticket for the year for just €100 and have 2 free weeks. The club would like to thank everyone that continues to support the draw on a weekly basis and also the many people that buy the one-year ticket. Your support is much appreciated.

Set Dancing Workshop and Céilí

Over the past few months, Mairead Casey and some of the dancers from Lanesboro Class have been composing a new set dance.

The set was influenced by the area around the Shannon and has movements that represent this. It was also influenced by the old set from this area that won an All-Ireland medal back in the seventies.

The step from that set has been used in the new set. The set is called the Laniuish Set, short for Oileain Uisce or Ireland of the Water, an area close to Barley Harbour. Legend states that Luacht na Laithi or Swamp People used to come out at night to dance in circles in Laniuish, and this concept is evident in our new set.

On Sunday December 10th there will be a workshop to teach the new set in the Hill in Newtowncashel from 1.30—2.45pm. Light refreshments will be served.

This will be followed by a Céilí with music by Rise the Dust, a local band including Johnny Duffy, a local musician.

The group are inviting as many local people as possible to attend. Even if you don’t dance, come along and enjoy.

There will be a short demonstration on the day given by some of the very young dancers from the area.

It has been a long time since there was a Céilí in the Hill, so please come out, support and enjoy.

Your local Library this week

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.

Poetry and Music Hour, for people interested in poetry, song and music, continues at Lanesboro Library on Monday 11th December 4.15pm – 5.30pm.  Come along to enjoy poetry and music or to share a favourite poem with the group.

‘Babble and Books’ Baby Book club, a free weekly baby book club for parents/carers and children aged 0-2 years is held on Wednesdays at 10.15am. Sessions include songs, stories and rhymes followed by a cuppa and a chat, so come along to meet other families and build a lifelong love of reading.

Preschool Drop In and Sing-along is held 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.

Tourism Co-Op Draw

The numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tidy Towns lotto on Tuesday 21st November were 2, 22, 25 and 30. There was no winner of the jackpot of €9,600.  The winner of the €50 prize was Mary and Teresa c/o Supervalu and the three €20 winners were Martha and Claire c/o Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union, Carmel and Ethna c/o O’Brien’s and Brid Mc Dermott, Barnacor.

Leaving Certificate Revision

Most of the time students have to travel to Dublin Galway or Limerick to obtain revision courses and to this end there will be a revision course taking place in January in the Quad Centre Roscommon Town. Hopefully the students doing the Leaving Certificate in 2018 will avail of this extra tuition.

English HL Leaving Cert Revision Course is being held in the Quad, Roscommon Town on Saturday 27th Jan 2018. Paper 1 will be covered entirely. Paper 2 will include plays, Comparative, Poetry (prioritising the key suspects for June), how to approach Unseen Poetry and answer all your questions.
Further information and booking on Facebook and

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Monday 27th November are; N/S: Gross and Nett:

1st Patricia McGann and Joan Browne, 2nd Joan Donlon and Fergal McGuinness, 3rd Mary Fallon and Kathleen Hanley

E/W: Gross: 1st Mairead Gill and Mae Casey, 2nd Mike Flynn and Bernie Gillen, 3rd Eileen Kelly and Tom Feeney. 1st Mairead Gill and Mae Casey, 2nd Mike Flynn and Bernie Gillen, 3rd Martha Byrne and Elizabeth Crean.

Rathcline GAA

Christmas Draw: We are looking forward to the local community and club people far and wide to buy tickets for the annual Christmas draw. This draw is so vital to the early stages of the club year as there are insurance and affiliation fees to be paid to allow entry into competitions.

Tickets are priced €20 each and it will make a great Christmas gift. The prize structure is 1st €3000, 2nd €1000, 3rd €500, 4th €250, 5th €250. 6th €200 and 7th €200.

50/50: Monday night last 27th November the 50/50 pool stood at €402 and the winning drawn in the Aide’s Bar was Breda Moran, Carraroe. Tickets are on sale locally at €2 each. Alternatively, you can by the pink ticket for the year for just €100 and have 2 free weeks. The club would like to thank everyone that continues to support the draw on a weekly basis and also the many people that buy the one-year ticket. Your support is much appreciated.

Baking Fare on Sunday: are you ready for the club’s festive fund-raising Bake Cake and Cake Demonstration event on Sunday 10th December in the parish hall.

We know there are many fabulous bakers within the parish and outside and the club is looking for your support. Create your ideas, prepare for baking and remember the date 10th December. You can bake anything you want be it buns cupcakes, rock buns, brownies, scones, brioche, doughnuts, biscuits, chip cookies, cakes, puddings, loaves, cheesecakes, muffins and breads or anything else you wish to bake.

This promises to be a fun filled afternoon for everyone and it is an event to be baked for and not to be missed. Further details will be published next week


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