Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 29th January 2018

Lanesboro Ballyleague


Community College Enrolment

Lanesboro Community College – Enrolment for September 2018

The closing date for enrolment of first year students who wish to start in September 2018 in Lanesboro Community College is Friday 2nd February at 1:00 p.m.  For further information or to get an enrolment form please contact the school on 3321139 or”.


Many congratulations to Shane Carroll son of Sean and Anne Carroll, Rathcline and Emma Mc Mahon daughter of Richard and Miriam Mc Mahon, Limerick.

Lanesboro Social Services Whist

Following the Christmas and New Year break the Lanesboro Social Services Whist Drive returns on Friday night next 2nd February in the Parish Hall at 8.30pm. As usual the committee depend on your generous support to help those within our community less fortunate than us. Their work is essential and vital. Your generous support makes it possible for all the work that they do from week to week.

The committee would like to sincerely thank everyone that made donations at the last Whist and throughout the Christmas time it was deeply appreciated.


We would like to congratulate Niall Mulryan son of Pat and Marcella Mulryan, Church View, and Elaine Ganley, Ballygar, Co. Galway who recently announced their engagement.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Antoinette and John O’Donnell and family, Curraghroe on the death of Antoinette’s sister Philomena Feeney whose funeral took place on Wednesday last.

Lanesboro 2000 Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Monday 22nd January are: Results: N/S: Gross and Nett: 1st Philomena Walshe and Essie Nugent, 2nd Maureen Hynes and Mary Fallon and 3rd Katharine Harrison and Loretta Cooney.

E/W: Gross and Nett: 1st Eileen Kelly and Tom Feeney, 2nd Mai Casey and Mike Flynn, 3rd Carol Hamill and Ann Hagan

Cloontuskert NS
Enrolment for the Academic Year 2018/19 is open until 28th February. Enrolment Packs can be collected from the School Office any Tuesday or Thursday between 10am and 3.30pm. Alternatively, you can contact the school on 0433321817 or email


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the extended Lindsay, formerly Cloontuskert, on the unexpected death on Sunday 21st January of Seán Lindsay, Drumcondra Dublin. Tosh as he was more commonly known left an indelible mark with all of us that were lucky enough to have knew him as a friend – he was one of a kind. Tosh is survived by his wife Anne, son Shane, daughters Tara and Ashling, sisters Mary, Christina and Vera, brothers, James, Pat and Paul.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

You won’t find it coming around. There is just one week left in January and then 6 more before the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place in Lanesboro and Ballyleague on Saturday 17th March. For clubs, associations, businesses, schools, community groups and individuals it is time to begin the planning and creating.

This year St. Patrick’s Day is falling at the weekend and we hope that it will be bigger, brighter and full of new novel and creative ideas. We have one of the very best of Parades around and there is an onus on us all to help create another fabulous day in Ballyleague and Lanesboro

In a break with tradition the winner of the overall winning will receive the first prize of €500.

As usual there will be the annual draw running in conjunction with the parade and we encourage everyone to support the draw.

Application forms will be soon available from Teresa Donlon, Freda Connaughton or at O’Brien’s.


Far away in Buncrana, Co. Donegal a former resident of both Cloontuskert and Rathcline passed away following a long and hard battle with illness on Wednesday last 24th January. Danny O’Brien as was his wont fought a courageous battle for the past six years. Danny had a most wonderful attitude and his positivity shone right throughout his battle. He was one of the warmest and most positive people I have ever encountered. Danny taught in St. Mary’s Hall in Ballyleague at the time of the school there. He played with St. Faithleach’s during that time. He later taught in Lanesboro Vocational School and was a leading member of the Rathcline club. In the famous year of 1976 Danny was not only a selector with the first championship winning team but he was also sub goalkeeper. He will also be remembered as an excellent football coach. He was a founding member and vital cog in Boro Celtic and he was an excellent soccer player. His departure to Donegal back then was a great blow to the parish and Donegal was only to benefit at our loss and he left an indelible mark on his new community in and around Buncrana.

There was a tremendous sadness in both our communities when the news of his passing broke and everyone that spoke of Danny did so with great and happy memories.

We remember his wife Isabel, his children Diarmuid, Michael, Margaret, Shane, Danielle, Jennifer, Susan and Emmet, and his daughter Miriam who predeceased him over four years ago. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to his family and many friends.

Danny reposed at his home in Clonbeg, Buncrana on Thursday and Friday before being removed for his Funeral Mass in St. Marys Church, Cockhill on Saturday. Burial took place afterwards to the adjoining cemetery.


Many congratulations to Alexander Mc Dermott son of Mary and the late Alex Mc Dermott, Lisnacusha and Jane Halloran daughter of Kathleen and Walter Halloran, Westport, Co. Mayo on the announcement of their recent engagement.

Lanesboro Community Games

The Lanesboro Community Games Art, Model Making and Handwriting competitions took place in St. Marys Parish Hall on Saturday last 27th January.

The standard was very high, and it was particularly hard to select the medal winners. Many thanks to Marie English for judging. Well done to all the young artists who took part.

We will be in contact with all medal winners in the coming week

The results are as follows:

U8 Art (Boys): 1st Josh Curran, 2nd Michael Hogan, 3rd Maithiu Hanly

U8 Art (Girls): 1st Faye Hogan, 2nd Lily Dowd, 3rd Emily McDermott

U10 Art (Boys): 1st Rian Hogan, 2nd Diarmuid Hanly, 3rd Sean O’Dowd

U10 Art (Girls): 1st Emma Dowd

U12 Art (Boys): 1st Daniel Hogan, 2nd Cormac O’Dowd

U12 Art (Girls): 1st Lily Hogan

U14 Art (Boys): 1st Dylan Hanly

U14 Art (Girls): 1st Laoise Hanly

Model Making

U12 (Boys): 1st Cormac Dowd

Handwriting U10 (Boys): 1st Sean O’Dowd, 2nd Diarmuid Hanly, 3rd Josh Curran

U10 (Girls): 1st Emma Dowd, 2nd Emily McDermott

U14 (Girls): 1st Laoise Hanly

Good Luck

We would like to wish Mark Fallon and his Multyfarnham teammates the very best of luck on Saturday next in the All-Ireland Junior Final when they take on Cork and Munster Champions Knocknagree.


We would like to extend out deepest sympathy to Anne Marie and Gareth Johnston and family, Curreen, Rathcline Rd., on the death of Mrs Brigid Keogh, Clygeen, Legan mother of Anne Marie


The death took place at Costello’s Nursing Home Ballyleague on Saturday 20th January of Kathleen Casey, Mahoraveen. Kathleen, a single lady lived her life in Mahoraveen until she moved to Longford Town was predeceased by her father Martin, mother Anne and brother Joseph. Kathleen used her bicycle as her mode of transport when in Mahoraveen and her warmth of greeting was legendary. She was a lady who worked hard throughout her life. She always had a cheery disposition and was well considered by young and old alike. Her passing leaves a void in the minds of all that knew her.

Her remains reposed at Farrell’s Funeral Home on Monday before her removal to St. Mary’s Church. Following her Funeral Mass Kathleen was laid to rest in Clonbonny Cemetery. To her sister Mary Tess, cousins, relatives and friends we extend our deepest sympathy.

Dolmen Drama Group

Dolmen Drama Group are busy putting finishing touches to their production of “See the Light of Day” a three act play written and produced by Newtowncashel man Liam Finnegan.

The group recently formed but members have up to 30 years’ experience in Amateur Drama in County Longford.

The Play which is not suitable for audience under 16 is set in the Ireland of the 1930’s and 1970’s, an Ireland totally different to our modern society. We visit the McGarry household, a small farm family struggling to make a living and their interaction with their neighbours. Witness the plight of women in society back then and the control of the Church in their everyday life.

An incident takes place which has consequences for all, we see the fallout from that, and how they wrestle with their conscience, will they do the right thing, or will their strong religious beliefs win out.

A night of “Drama” not to be missed. Tickets can be booked with Backstage Theatre on 043 3347888 or on

Coffee Morning

A Fundraising Coffee Morning and cake sale will take place on Sunday February 11th in the Thomas Ashe Hall Ballinalee to raise funds towards the purchase of a MRI Scanner for the Regional Hospital in Mullingar. The event will take place between 12 noon and 2.00pm with loads of homemade cakes and treats for sale. Raffle on the day with prizes galore. If you cannot attend but still wish to support, there are cards in all the local business where you can make a donation to this worthy cause.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday 24th January are: N/S 1st Philomena Walsh and Katherine Harrison, 2nd Bernadette Clancy and Mary Farrell and 3rd Elish Gray and Mary B Casey. E/W 1st Una Clarke and Eileen Kelly, 2nd Maureen Hynes and Mairead Gill and 3rd Mary Connor and Elizabeth Clyne.


On Monday night 22nd January the 50/50 pool stood at €300 and the winning envelope drawn in the Adie’s Bar was in the name of Ann Kenny, 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.

Not too long ago the pool each week was nearing €500 and we would encourage you to get your weekly blue envelope and help drive the weekly amount back to where it should always be.

Your support is much appreciated.


The area was saddened to learn of the death on Thursday last 25th January at Innis Ree Lodge Nursing Home, Ballyleague of Mrs. Maureen McAteer, Strokestown Road. Maureen was predeceased by her husband Brian. She was a lady short in stature but huge in heart. Maureen was a very pleasant and warm-hearted lady. Her personality was huge as those that knew her can attest to. Maureen has a wonderfully disarming smile. She was a wonderful neighbour ad friend. She was a devoted family lady. Her passing empties the heart of everyone that had the pleasure to know her. Her remains reposed at Smyth’s Funeral Home Roscommon on Friday and on Saturday she was removed to the Church of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Ballyleague for the Mass of the Resurrection. Following Mass, her remains were laid to rest in Cloontuskert Cemetery. To her daughter Catherine, sons Denis and Donal, sister Kathleen (Sr Camillus), relatives and many friends we extend our sincere sympathy.

Our local Library this week

Revised Library opening hours – please note a change to the hours on Wednesdays:

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

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

Poetry and Music Hour continues at Lanesboro Library on Monday 5th February, 4.15pm – 5.30pm.  Come along and share a favourite poem and listen to music. The group is looking forward to seeing you there and meeting new people interested in poetry, song and music.

Library membership is free for everyone and provides you with complimentary access to books and PCs in the library as well as a range of digital services. Download free audio books, digital magazines and newspapers with your library card and pin. Learn a new language online with Mango (over 71 languages available) or learn a new skill with Universal Class which offers over 400 free online courses. Call to the library for your PIN and further information.

Tourism Co-Op Draw

The numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tidy Towns lotto draw held on Tuesday 16th January were 11, 21, 22 and 25. There was no winner of the jackpot of €10,300.  The winner of the €50 prize was Catherine Hannon, and the three €20 winners were Claire and Chloe Kenny, Church View, Francis and Eithne Clyne, Lanesboro and Cathy Donlon, Church view.

Ronan Mc Cormack Memorial 2018

The Ronan McCormack Charity Challenge 2018 was launched recently.

We are now on the cusp of the 6th annual challenge and even at this early stage the interest and anticipation is overwhelming. The 2018 event takes place on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd March. As is usual the challenge kicks off with a choice of a 5k or 10k moonlight run on Friday March 2nd. The following morning it will be the turn of the cycle challengers who will take part in either a 65 or 125km route. The eagerly anticipated darts competition takes place on the evening of Saturday 3rd in Foxes Bar, Athlone Road Roscommon.

This event is organised to remember Ronan, a wonderful young Roscommon man who left this world at the very young age of just 26 years.  Ronan was a kind fun loving young man who always was eager to help anyone with his friendly smile and caring attitude. Ever practical, Ronan would be thrilled to know that in his memory to date 131,915 (one hundred and thirty-one thousand, nine hundred and fifteen euro) has so far been raised for charitable organisations.

The charities for 2018 will be Roscommon Special Olympics, Children’s Special Needs Services Galway and Pieta House West. Online registration is up and running.

The twice weekly training for walkers/joggers/runners continues each Tuesday and Thursday. Cycle training continues on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 9.30am. All training session start from The Quad Centre Roscommon Town. Training is open to everyone from the complete beginner to the experienced runner or cyclist. This is a wonderful opportunity to get fit and healthy after the winter break. For further information check out Ronan Mc Cormack Charity Challenge on Facebook or 086 1721181

Rathcline GAA


The club will hold its AGM on Saturday 17th February in the clubhouse at 6pm. The club had a very good year culminating with a wonderful victory in the Intermediate Championship. Off the field the club had a good year also. To help continue the success of 2017 and create a growth in 2018 the club would like to encourage anyone that has an interest in the development of the club both on and off the field to come along to the AGM. The club is looking forward to seeing a great number at the meeting.

Mark Fallon Good luck to Mark Fallon and his Multyfarnham team mates in the All-Ireland Junior Final in Croke Park on Saturday.

Death: The Rathcline club would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the O’Brien family, Clonbeg, Buncrana on the death of Danny O’Brien. Danny was a prominent member of our club during the historic victory of the club’s one and only Senior Championship. Danny was not only as selector with that team, but he was also the sub goalie. Danny gave the club a huge amount of his time during his stay on the Rathcline Road. He also was an excellent coach to our underage teams and to Lanesboro Vocational School where he was a teacher. Danny was full of positivity and was always encouraging and developing a great sense of well being amongst pupils and players. Danny was predeceased by his daughter Miriam. The entre club would like to extend its deepest sympathy to his wife Isabel, his children Diarmuid, Michael, Margaret, Shane, Danielle, Jennifer, Susan and Emmet and we share with them in their sadness.


On Monday night 22nd January the 50/50 pool stood at €300 and the winning envelope drawn in the Adie’s Bar was in the name of Ann Kenny, 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.

Not too long ago the pool each week was nearing €500 and we would encourage you to get your weekly blue envelope and help drive the weekly amount back to where it should always be.

Your support is much appreciated.

Sympathy: The club would like to extend its sympathy to the Gillen family, The Green and the Johnston family, Curreen, Rathcline Road on their recent bereavements.

Shannon Gaels Minor Club

U13 and U15 Cross County Leagues: Western Gaels will compete again this year in the Leinster U13 and U15 Cross County Leagues. On Saturday next our U13’s are away to St. Rynagh’s Offaly while the U15’s are away to Confey Kildare in Leixlip.

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