Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 5th March 2018

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes



St. Mary’s AGM

Due to unforeseen circumstances the AGM of St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Lanesboro had to be deferred. The new date for the AGM is now Tuesday 13th March in the hall. All are invited and welcome to attend.

Confirmation Deferred

Confirmation for our local schools in St. Mary’s Church on Friday last had to be deferred due to the bad weather. As of yet a new date has not been set as Confirmation was cancelled in other areas as well.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Launch

The Parade launch due to take place on Friday last had to be cancelled due to the woeful weather at the time. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade launch will now take place on this Thursday night 8th March in Adie’s at 8.30pm. Go along and enjoy a great evening.

Lough Ree Monster Meeting

The meeting of the Lough Ree Monster committee scheduled for Wednesday last was deferred due the weather alerts it will now take place in Lanesboro Parish Hall on this Wednesday night 7th March at 9pm. There are a multiple number of aspects to the organising and running of the festival and we would like you to feel you would like to be part of the group and help create a bigger and more diverse Festival.

Register your St. Patrick’s Day Float

Have you registered your float for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade? The organising committee are anxious to have all floats registered early. You can collect and return the registration forms to Teresa Costello or Freda Connaughton, alternatively you can collect and or return to O’Brien’s shop.

We have one of the very best St. Patrick’s Day Parade’s around and there is an onus on us all to help create another fabulous day in Lanesboro and Ballyleague and to continue to build on anything we have done before. We are expecting that all businesses on the route from St. Faithleach’s to Lanesboro Community College will make a huge effort to create the atmosphere in the days leading up to the parade and again on the day.

For the first time the overall winning float 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. Tickets are now on sale and you are asked to be generous in your support. Tickets are €2 each or a book of 3 for €5. There will be five prizes with each name drawn receiving €100 each

Application forms are now available from Teresa Donlon, Freda Connaughton or at O’Brien’s Shop.


After a long and fulfilling life, the death took place at the Midlands Regional Hospital on Friday 23rd February in her 93rd of Mrs Anne Gavigan, Thureen. Anne was predeceased a number of years ago by her husband Jimmy and her grandson Kyle. Anne a native of Newtowncashel moved to Thureen when she married Jimmy. She brought her great personality and love of life with her when she moved to our parish where she became a respected member of our community. Anne was a woman of hard graft she worked hard on the farm and in the home. Anne had a great work ethic even after the birth of her last child she went back to work where she was a valued member of staff at St. Joseph’s Longford. Anne wanted the best for her large family of eleven and she wanted them to succeed she encouraged them to take every opportunity that life had to offer. She was a woman who loved the excitement of travel and had travelled worldwide she even renewed her passport at the spritely age of 91. Anne will be remembered not only for being a wonderful mother but as a great neighbour always willing to assist anyone in their time need. The warmth of her greeting and her charming smile warmed the hearts of everyone that had the pleasure to know her. Anne will always be remembered as a woman of tremendous spirit and a woman who loved all aspects of nature and a woman who always put her family first and foremost.

The attendance at the reposing of her remains at her residence on Sunday and again at her Mass of the Resurrection in St. Mary’s church on Monday was both huge and representative.

Following Mass, her remains were laid to rest alongside her husband Jimmy in Rathcline cemetery.

To her family Annette, Geraldine, Cyril, Tony, Gary, Bosco, Kevin, Noel, Maria, Eamon and Martina, brother Mike, Newtowncashel, sisters Margaret, London, Tess Dowd Newtowncashel and Claire Ward, Cullentra, relatives and many friends we extend our deepest sympathy.

Motor Neurone Fundraiser

There will be a major fundraising event in The Pier Rakish Paddy, Lisnacusha on St. Patrick’s Night, Saturday 17th March in support of the ongoing development work into Motor Neurone Disease. Playing at the event will be the hugely popular IE/DC and the rapidly rising Reprisal. This promises to be a magnificent night and you will be supporting a magnificent cause. Tickets are available from The Pier Rakish Paddy or from O’Brien’s

Defibrillator Course

The Defibrillator course is once again being organised for those that have not already done a defibrillator course or for those that need to do their refresher course. We all know the value of being competent in the use of the defibrillator. There is also a need to ensure you do not let your training lapse hence the great need for continued upskilling with your refresher course.

To book in for the next training and refresher leave your name and phone number into Martina O’Brien. Call in, phone 3321107 or 0863858934.

Little piece of History

While we had the Lanesborough conundrum last week this week we have pre-plantation townlands/districts and their changed names.

Cashelbeg/Turlough was Balligretin

Fermoyleoiclra is Fermoyle Farrell it is the area bounded by Aughakeel, Agharanagh, Blenavoher, Aghaloughan, Carrowstrawly, Lismacmanus

Fermoyle Newcomen – Fermoyle school townsland was Lismoyle

Cullentra was Carewhobican

Agharanagh was Ballinagarten

Blenavoher was Ichon

The following formed the Rathcline townsland – Gerah, Balliboy, Carrowskeah, Aughabane, Corbane, Carrowkeele and Rathcline.

Lisnegard and Shanballyitoch made up Curreen on the Rathcline Road

Kilcrow on the Rathcline Road and backing onto the Ballymahon Road was called Cooleroy.

Lanesboro, Aughamore and Commons North was made up of Balaleag, Brackagh and Aughamore.

Aughaloughan and Lisnacusha was made up of Mommagany and Lismacross

Thureen was known as Belnabrad

While Carraroe was made up of Kilbog and Carrowroe

Corrigeen and Lisreva was known as Skeagh Cargine

Knock and Gurteengar was known as Aghnego

Clonbonny was known as Clonbomogh

Mount Davis, Green Gardens and Bornacor was known as Garra Corra

Carrowstrawley was known as Carewersaile

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Labhair cúpla focal Gaeilge gach lá. Seachtain na Gaeilge 1 – 17 Márta 2018

50 Years Ago, Golden Anniversary

A school reunion of all who started Secondary School in Lanesboro Vocational School on Sept 1st, 1968. This Sept will be the 50th anniversary of that happening.

Liam Finnegan would love to hear from all who started that day, or maybe from family as contact details will be needed for all.

It would be great for everyone to meet up again after all this time on Sept 1st at their old Alma Mater

Liam is delighted to have the total support of the School Principal and staff behind this venture so please contact him with your contact details or if family members could forward me contact details of those living away.

You can contact me on any of the following: Tel:  086 2585656, email or on Facebook – Liam Finnegan

When Emma met the Beast

During the past week we had two weather fronts colliding ‘The Beast from the East’ brought icy Siberian winds across the country as storm Emma moved up from the south. The result of this meeting brought the country to a standstill as the blizzard conditions created hit hard in many of or counties. Locally we were hit badly enough but nothing compared to other parts. However, drifting on Thursday night and Friday morning created major hazards throughout the parish. This was when community spirit kicked in. There are many stories told of the number of people that worked hard to create safe travelling conditions throughout our communities. Each and every one gave of their time freely to help everyone that wan in need and also to clear roads making them passable. We must congratulate each and every one of our heroes for their tremendous and selfless work and this note is just to recognise each and every one of them – you all know who you are.

Finally, Ciaran Mullooly presented a defiant face on his many broadcasts on RTÉ Wednesday Thursday and Friday keeping us all up to date with the state of the midlands throughout the worst of the days. We also recognise Ger Kenny, Thureen and the staff of Longford and Roscommon County Councils who kept gritting the roads and helping to ensure safe passage.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Monday 26th February are: N/S GROSS: 1st Maura Hanley and Mary Mc Gushin, 2nd Una Clarke and Maureen Hynes, 3rd Philomena Walsh and Goretti Kenny. Nett: 1st Maura Hanley and Mary Mc Gushin, 2nd Philomena Walsh and Goretti Kenny, 3rd Una Clarke and Maureen Hynes.

E/W GROSS: 1st J.J. Donlon and Essie Nugent, 2nd Frank and Mary Conmy, 3rd Tom Feeney and Kathleen Hanley. Nett:  J.J. Donlon and Essie Nugent, 2nd Elizabeth Crean and Martha Byrne, 3rd Frank and Mary Conmy.

Tourism Co-Op Draw

Last Tuesday the Lough Ree Tourism Co-Op held their weekly lottery draw for a jackpot of €10,800. The numbers drawn were 1, 10,11, and 25. There was no winner of the jackpot and the roll-over for the coming week stands at €10,700. The winner of the €50 prize was Peter Mullooly c/o Mags, the three €20 prizes were won by Angela Mallen c/o Mags, Mary Hussey, Lough Ree Park, Eilish Deffew, Rathcline Road. The co-op really appreciates your continued support.

This Week in our Library

Knitting & Crochet Group

Knitting & Crochet Group continues every Monday from 2-4pm.  All Welcome!

Lasraí Writers Group

‘Poetry and Music Hour’ will continue at Lanesboro Library on Monday 12th March from 4.15 to 5.30pm.  Come along and share a favourite poem or song!

The group is looking forward to seeing you there and meeting new people interested in poetry and music and song.

ESOL Class

ESOL Class continues every Tuesday at 7pm.

Books & Babble at the Library

Baby Book Club for parents/carers with children aged 0-2years will recommence on Wednesday 7th March at 10.15am.

The session will include stories, songs and early language and literacy activities.

Come along and join in the fun!!

Book Club

Book Club continues on Friday morning 23rd March at 11am.

All welcome to come along and enjoy a chat and a cuppa!

Foreign Currency Appeal Reminder

We are still collecting unwanted foreign currency and old coins/notes in aid of ISPCC. The smallest donation can make a huge difference.  Thank you.

Library membership is free for everyone and provides you with complimentary access to books and p.c.’s in the library as well as a range of digital services.

Download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, 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 free library card & pin or further information.

Accommodation Database

The lough Ree Angling Hub is drawing up a House/Accommodation to Let – Short/Medium/Long Term and if you have such properties you should contact the Lough Ree Angling Hub at their Ballyleague office.

Set Dancing

Set Dancing continues every Tuesday night in St. Faithleach’s clubhouse from 8pm until 10pm. To ensure that the set dancing continues it means that your support is required. Go along on a Tuesday have a great night dancing, you are not required to bring a partner and it is a most enjoyable and memorable social night. Go along have the fun of the night and look forward to the following Tuesday.


We would like to record the death of Matthew Murney, formerly of Greenend Avenue, Johnstone, Scotland and in latter times a resident at Costello’s Nursing Home. Matthew was predeceased by his wife Kathleen and by his sisters Margaret, Mary and Helen. Matthew will be sadly missed and remembered with love by his family, sons Matt and Drew, daughters Alison Donlon, Church View, Kate Saunders, Ballyleague, Sharon Luckie, Tarmonbarry and Pauline Mitchell, Scramogue, brother Tommy, sisters Sadie and Kathy, sons in law, daughters in law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

His remains will repose at Glennon’s Funeral Home, Ballinalee Road, Longford on Thursday from 6.00pm until 8.00pm with prayers at 7.00pm. Removal on Friday to arrive at The Church of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague, for Mass of the Resurrection at 11.00am, followed by cremation at Lakelands Crematorium Cavan.

Thank You

The organising committee of the fundraiser for Eadoin Smyth would like to thank all those who were so supportive in buying tickets, spot prizes, those who turned up on the night and made the night a big success. A big thank you to Gary and Sheila Mulvihill for the use of ‘The Local’ and for getting the band on the night. As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually we hope that you all will accept our thanks to you all.


The winning ticket drawn in Adie’s Bar for the Rathcline 50/50 was a pick ticket and in the name of George Mc Dermott, Killashee. George was the winners of €285

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 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.

Yes, You Can Help

Athlone Samaritans are seeking volunteers to assist with the great work the Samaritan community does all year round. You do not need experience or qualifications as full training will be provided. Athlone Samaritans provides 24-hour emotional support. To find out more phone 085 284 5010 or email

Table Quiz

The No to Derryadd Wind Farm Community Group will hold a Table Quiz in Adie’s Bar on Friday 9th March. The first question will be at 8pm. Prizes and raffle on the night. Anyone with community petition forms should return them on the night or have them returned to any committee member by Friday.

Open Day

Open Day at Longford College of Further Education will take place on this Thursday 8th March 10am- 6pm. 390 CAO points obtainable with eight distinctions Log onto LONGFORDCFE.COM Contact Maura Greene Casey on college number 0858086783

Charity Challenge Deferred

The Ronan McCormack Charity Challenge has been refixed to Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th March.

All details in relation to the event remain the same, just the date change. (due to the weather).

If you would like to participate……Online registration has re-opened at McCormack

If you are a company/business/service provider …. Contact Jacqueline at 086 1721181   to see how this event can help showcase you, your product and your service.

Proceeds from this year’s event will go to Pieta House, Roscommon Special Olympics and Children’s Special Needs Services Galway.

If you have already registered or supported us in any way Thank you so much.

Rathcline GAA

U20: On Saturday next our Under 20 team Rathcline/Grattan’s will travel to The Laurels in Mullinalaghta to play the first round of the championship. There appears to be an excellent panel here and we wish the lads a winning start. The game throws in at 5pm.

Thank You Jack: The Rathcline club would like to say a very big thank you to Dublin star Jack Mc Caffrey for coming along to present the Intermediate Championship medal in Adie’s on Saturday night last. Jack brought along Sam Maguire with him and it brought much glee to everyone to get their hands on it and to be photographed.


The winning ticket drawn in Adie’s Bar for the Rathcline 50/50 was a pick ticket and in the name of George Mc Dermott, Killashee. George was the winners of €285

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 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.

Annual 25 Card Drive: The annual 25 Card Drive will take place in St. Mary’s Parish Hall on Good Friday night 30th March at 9pm.Tickets are now on sale costing €5 each. There will be a draw for non-playing ticket holders. There will be numerous prizes on the night.

Defibrillator Course: The importance of being capable of using the Defibrillator situated inside the main door of the clubhouse should not be lost on any of us as we never know the time or hour that having been trained in its use will play a vital part in keeping someone alive. This was a case a couple of years ago in our pitch. As a club together, senior, minor and ladies we would encourage many of our parents and supporters to undertake the upcoming course. Please give your names to Martina O’Brien, Corner Shop, 3321107, 086-3858934 or as soon as you can.

Sympathy: We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Gavigan and Ward families on the death of Mrs Anne Gavigan last week.

Shannon Gaels Minor Club

Gaeltacht: Applications are now open for the 2018 Longford GAA Gaeltacht grant scheme. Applicants must be 13 years or older on 1st Jan 2018. The closing date for applications is Friday 23rd March 2018. Go to click the news section and download the form and it can be returned by email to  or can be posted/dropped into office at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park. If you cannot do it drop into Joe O’Brien and he will print off application form.

U16: Our Under 16 team will travel to Keenan Park, Ardagh on Sunday morning for a 11am throw in. We will be playing St. Pat’s Ardagh.

Hard Luck: Hard luck to our representatives on the Mercy Ballymahon team that lost the North Leinster Final on Monday 26th February.


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