Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 18th December 2017

Lanesboro Ballyleague

Christmas Wishes

Throughout the year I receive so much support from so many people in our community meaning that I can get all the up to date information to all readers week in week out. I would like to thank everyone that furnished me with local information throughout the year. The feedback I received from a lot of the notes was very frank and very honest.

To everyone that gives me notes, to all readers be it on email, on my blog page ( ) or weekly on the Lanesboro Ballyleague notes on the Longford Leader I would like to thank you so very much.

As I write I am conscious of so many people that are ill be it at home or in hospital, all the people in Nursing Homes and all of the friends and family that will not and cannot be with us at Christmas. I wish each and every one of them the very best during this time of the year.

I would like to wish you all a Christmas filled with an abundance of joy and happiness and a New Year that will see all your dreams come true.

Thank you all once again.

Mary wins a new Car

Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union held their Christmas draw at their office in Ballyleague on Friday night last. First prize of a new Hyundai i30 went to Mary Rhatigan, Fermoyle, 2nd prize €1,000 went to Edward and Mary Duff, 3rd €500 Mary Farrell, 4th prize €500 Kerrie Connell, 5th €500 Antoinette Kenny, 6th €500 Marty Gill and 7th €250 Mary Kennelly. Congratulations to all winners it is a wonderful way for all to enter Christmas time.

The Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union directors and staff would like to wish everyone a very happy a Happy Christmas and Prosperous 2018.

The opening hours for Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union over the Christmas and New Year period are as follows: Saturday 23rd December the office will close at 1pm. It will reopen on Friday 29th December from 10am to 3pm and will close until it reopens on Tuesday 2nd January when normal hours will resume.

2018 Calendar

I have just come by a new calendar for 2018. It displays the great fauna, nature and biodiversity that surrounds us and making us aware of the natural beauty – some of which is disappearing at an alarming rate. There are some beautiful photographs and the calendar is well worth having in your home or office. There are a small number for sale in O’Brien’s.

Thank You

Longford Social Services would like to thank everyone that supported their Church Gate collection at all masses last weekend.

Christmas Draw ticket and ideal gift

Rathcline GAA will hold their annual Christmas draw on Friday week 29th December in Adie’s Bar. The prizes will all be well worth winning and especially the first prize of €3,000 which will more than cover all the Christmas and New Year expenses. The tickets cost just €20 and it would be a fabulous Christmas present for yourself, a family member or a friend. Tickets cost €20 and they are on sale throughout the town and from club members.

The prize structure is 1st €3000, 2nd €1000, 3rd €500, 4th €250, 5th €250. 6th €200 and 7th €200.

The Rathcline GAA club would appreciate your usual generous support for the draw.

New Chimney Cleaning Service

Good luck to Sean Mimnagh who recently started his new Chimney Cleaning Service. Sean reliably informs me that he has the latest up to date equipment that requires no climbing of your roof and has assured me of a pristine chimney when he is finished his work. Sean has 13 years’ experience with Lanesboro Fire Brigade and has an in-depth knowledge of all the requirement for a clean chimney. Give him a call (086-1687630) for a quote.


Tuesday last 12th December at University College Hospital Galway Margaret Dunne, Doughill, Curraghroe went to her final reward having valiantly fought her illness for a number of years. She was predeceased by her father Pat Joe and sister Bríd. Maggie as she was more commonly was only in her mid-40’s. She will always be remembered as a warm friendly and personable lady forever obliging. Maggie’s endearing smile and good humour disarmed even the coldest of situations. She was a compassionate lady totally dedicated to her family. Maggie will be sadly missed by everyone that had the pleasure to know her. She fought her illness with wonderful spirit and strength.

The attendance at the reposing of her remains at Mc Hugh’s Funeral Home, Strokestown on Thursday bore ample testimony to esteem in which Maggie was held before the removal of her remains to St. Cecilia’s Church, Curraghroe. Following her Funeral Mass on Friday she was laid to rest in Scramogue cemetery.

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to her mother Mary, sisters Deirdre, Dolores and Catherine, brothers Declan and Padraig, relatives and many many friends.

Christmas Day Run/Walk on Monday

The Christmas Day Run/Walk from Newtowncashel to Lanesboro will take place on Christmas morning with the walkers starting at. This is the 27th year of this MS run/walk that has raised so much money supporting for this hugely important charity. This event is the main sponsorship for Longford MS. Each year your generosity knows no boundaries despite it being a hard time on money. The organisers would like that you would continue your great support of all the participants. The committee would like to think that they will have record numbers of participants this year and there will be another hugely successful Christmas Day Run/Walk from Newtowncashel to Lanesboro.

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

Christmas Penance Services

Those that wish to avail of Communal Penance Service locally for Christmas can do so in the Church of the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague on Thursday 19th December at 7pm followed by traditional confessions at 7.30pm and at St. Mary’s Church Lanesboro on Friday 22nd December at 7pm followed by traditional confessions at 7.30pm.

Christmas Masses at St. Mary’s

The schedule for Christmas Masses times at St. Mary’s Church are Christmas Eve Sunday 24th Masses will take place at 7pm and 8.30pm and on Christmas Day Masses will take place at 9.30 and 11.30am.

St. John’s Church  

The local St. John church congregation will take part in the Roscommon Carol Service at 7.30 pm on Thursday 21st December in St. Coman’s church Roscommon.

Videos and photographs.

A number of people have responded to the call for 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

Christmas Party

In the old Convent Hall (Lough Ree Resources Hall) on Friday last the five annual Christmas Party took place for the senior citizens of the area. Annette Coffey (Clancy) and her loyal band of workers organised another wonderful party. The food was great, the sup of drink helped lots, the entertainment afterwards was tremendous, and the topping of a fabulous Party was Santa Claus who had a present for everyone.

Annette and her supporting crew must be commended greatly for again organising a wonderful day in the community. A word of thanks must also go to the many businesses and people that generously sponsored gifts and prizes all helping to making the day such a wonderful and happy day.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Brendan Smith, Main Street, and the extended smith family on the death of Brendan’s sister Mrs Eileen Chapman in London recently.


Monday night last 12th December the 50/50 pool stood at €312 and the winning drawn in the Peer Inn, Lisnacusha was Bridie Nolan, Carrickmoran, Newtowncashel. 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.

Thank You

Ballyleague Tidy Towns/lights committees wish to express our gratitude to everyone for their support of our weekly mid-week Lotto bonus ball draw which raises much needed funds for both organisations. As a thank you to all our supporters we are having a FREE draw for every €2 line purchased in our weekly draw until Friday 29th December for a number of hampers and other fantastic prizes. Draw will take place on Friday 29th December in Rosie’s where there will also be an in house draw on the night for a number of gift vouchers for Rosie’s. Watch Facebook Ballyleague Renewal for Further Updates.

Your local Library this week

Lanesboro Library Christmas Opening hours for the next two weeks:

Friday 22nd December – 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm; Saturday 23rd December – Closed; Monday 25th December to 1st January inclusive – Closed. The Library re-opens on Tuesday 2nd January 2018 at 2pm – usual timetable resumes.

We would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and look forward to welcoming you to the library in the New Year!

Tourism Co-Op Draw

The numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tidy Towns lotto on Tuesday 5th December were 3, 11, 16 and 30. There was no winner of the jackpot of €9,700.  The winner of the €50 prize was Martina c/o Mags and the three €20 winners were Bernie Mc Kenna, Barnacor, Johnie c/o Mags and Carmel Smyth c/o Mags

Thank You

The Lough Ree Monster Festival would like to sincerely thank everyone that supported the Lough Ree Monster Festival throughout the entire year. Over the year we had many events and you supported the committee in each and every one of them.

The committee’s aim was to bring a musical festival back to the area and to create something special for its people. I feel it has achieved that and it could not have happened without the support of the people of the locality that supported the festival.

The committee would like to thank you all once again and wish you a beautiful and peaceful Christmas and a most wonderful and healthy New Year.

New CD

Lanesboro’s St. Mary’s Church Choir under the leadership of Tracy Tobin have recently recorded a CD of church music just in time for Christmas. The CD is available in local shops and costs just €10.

Leaving Certificate English 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 Athletic Club

The club is looking forward to the annual Christmas Day Run from Newtowncashel to the bridge at Lanesboro. Every year this event proves to be a very popular occasion. Apart from the race there will be many visitors home for Christmas and reunions will be the order of the day.

The club’s interest will come from the fact that some of our older members want to start in Newtowncashel and good luck to them.  The younger ones will start their race from the track at the Community Collage at 12.15 (after last mass), finishing at the parish hall, where refreshments will be provided to the finishers.

Finally, a word of appreciation to the organisers for helping to make Christmas Day so special for everyone. The event continues to be sponsored by Peter Hanley Motors, the proceeds of which go to MS Longford.

The club’s Church Gate collection is on the 30th and 31st of December and your support will be appreciated.

Happy Christmas and Happy New Year to all

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. The draw will take place on Friday 29th December in Adie’s Bar.

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.


Monday night last 12th December the 50/50 pool stood at €312 and the winning drawn in the Peer Inn, Lisnacusha was Bridie Nolan, Carrickmoran, Newtowncashel. 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.

Happy Christmas: Over the past year on the field we had great success winning the Intermediate Championship and been narrowly beaten in U21 Championship and Patsy Reilly Cup.

We had successful fundraising events where you all supported us so generously. We thank you dearly for all your support. The club is moving forward and with your continued we can begin to flourish once again.

The senior and minor club would like wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Get Well: Presently, a number of great supporters of the Rathcline are hospitalised or recuperating from an illness. The club would like to wish them well for a speedy recovery and we look forward to seeing them out and about in the near future.


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