Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 11th June 2018

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes


Monster Festival goes to the Dogs

The Lough Monster Festival will hold a Night at the Dogs in Longford Greyhound Track on Friday night 6th July. The committee is hoping for a great crowd on the night. Lanesboro has always brought a great crowd and excitement to Longford Greyhound track anytime there has been a night out.

Buster tickets for the Buster Race are on sale at €2 each and you have the chance of winning €300 if you have the correct finishing combination.

The committee is seeking support of businesses to sponsor races and to place advertisements in the race programme.

Get your Business Brexit Ready

Brexit Seminar and One-to-One clinics will take place in conjunction with Longford Enterprise Office Longford on Wednesday 20th June.

Local man John Finn, son of Jim and Madge Finn, Rathcline will be heading this seminar and one-to-one clinics. John’s business Treasury Solutions is based in Cork. John has been very active countrywide with Enterprise Ireland dispatching the most up-to-date information to a huge number of businesses in relation to the effects of the upcoming Brexit and how we should prepare for it. John recently was a keynote speaker at the UK Corporate Treasurers Conference in relation to the Irish preparation for Brexit.

This is an ideal opportunity to be prepared for Brexit.

If you wish to avail of the mentoring you should contact the Longford Enterprise Office 043 3343346, alternatively you can book your mentoring by clicking on the following link

€10,000 Winner

Last Friday in the National Lottery Telly Bingo game the Jackpot of €10,000 was sold in Keane’s SuperValu. The winner of this great amount remains anonymous and we congratulate the winner whoever he or she maybe. We also say a very well done to Keane’s SuperValu on selling the ticket and we wish them luck for many more big sales.

Church Gate Collection

Lanesboro Tidy Towns will hold its Annual Church Gate collection at all masses in Lanesboro next weekend. We are fully aware of the tremendous that is being done all year round and your generous support will be greatly appreciated, and it will be a contribution to the further enhancing the beauty of Lanesboro.

Midsummers Day with the Stars

The annual Midsummers day with the Stars will take place at Roscommon Racecourse on Sunday 24th June. Year on year this county music festival continues to grow and attracts an attendance from all parts of the country. It is a local festival and it is not too often we get talent such as those featuring so close to us and all on the one day. Featuring this year will be Nathan Carter, Robert Mizzell, Mike Denver, Patrick Feeney, Declan Nerney, Philomena Begley, Cliona Hagan, Johnny Brady and a host of other artists. The show will commence at 2pm and there will be free car parking. Admission is just €25, and tickets can be bought locally in O’Brien’s.

On Sunday night in the Abbey Hotel the Festival Dane will take place with Mike Denver and his Band will provide the music. Dancing from 9.30pm.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

The third outing of 2018 takes place at Roscommon Golf Club on next Friday 15th June at 11am. This is Captain Jackie McDonnell’s day, and we would ask all members to come and support Jackie. You are invited to bring along your fellow golfing friends where they will be made most welcome. The weather forecast at this point of writing is good and let’s hope that the pattern of bright warm and sunny days will continue.

Championship Weekend continues

Next weekend will see the local interest in the Provincial Championship change province when Roscommon will host Galway in the Connacht Final. We wish Ciaran and Diarmuid Murtagh, their team mates, Kevin Mc Stay and his team management the very best of luck on Sunday. The game throws in at 4pm and we hope a huge number from both sides of the bridge will be in the Hyde to cheer Roscommon on to another famous victory.

We also wish Darren Nerney and Daniel Foley the very best in the Connacht U20 Final in Hyde Park on Sunday. The game against Mayo takes place before the senior final.

Silver Jubilee Celebration

Many congratulations to Fr. Brendan O’Sullivan who celebrates his Silver Jubilee as a priest for the diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois. Fr Brendan will celebrate his Jubilee with a Mass in St. Mary’s Parish Church on Saturday week 23rd June at 7.30pm. All are very welcome to come along.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Eli Casey, Green Gardens, his sister Una and Martella, relatives and friends on the death of their brother Jack Casey. Jack was born and raised in Green Gardens and spent his informative life in and around Lanesboro until he emigrated to England. Jack passed away peacefully on Thursday 24th May in London. His remains were removed to St. Mary’s Church Lanesboro on Saturday last for his Funeral Mass. Following Mass, he was laid to rest in Ballinakill cemetery, Killashee.

€12,300 Tidy Towns

The Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery draw took place on Tuesday morning last. There was no winner of the €12,00 jackpot and the jackpot will now rise to €12,200. The numbers drawn were 1, 7, 14 and 19. The winner of the €50 prize was Lupita Duffy, Cloontagh, and the three €20 winners were Johnny Malone, Cloontuskert, Deirdre Farrell c/o Yacht bar, and Marian Regan Rockwood.

Cemetery Sunday Dates

The Blessing of Graves in the three graveyards in our parish will commence on Sunday 1st July in Rathcline, Lanesboro 8th July and Clonbonny 15th July. If you have family buried in any of the three cemeteries you are been given advanced notice to allow time to clean up your family grave.

It’s all happening in Lanesboro Library

Knitting & Crochet Group
Knitting & Crochet Group continues on Monday 18th June 2-4pm.
Poetry & Music Group
‘Poetry and Music’ group will continue at Lanesboro Library on Monday 25th June from 4.15pm to 5.30pm.  All are welcome to come along and join in!
Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group
The group will continue every Wednesday morning at 10.30am. All welcome!
Cruinniú na nÓg – Saturday June 23rd
Cruinniú na nÓg aims to celebrate and encourage participation by children and young people in culture and creativity in their communities.
The following events will take place in Lanesboro Library on Saturday June 23rd.
– 10am – 1pm –  Join us for a Family Fun Day!
Artist, Stephanie Hanlon will work with local children to create a Lanesboro Library cartoon mural on the windows of the library.
10am –  How to plant your own edible flowers and herbs with expert gardener Mary Holmes. All ages Welcome.
–  There will also be loads of Retro Board Games, a crafts table and much more. All ages welcome.

Early booking is advised as places are limited.
Contact Stella on 043 332 1291 or email<>
Book Club
Book Club will continue on Friday 29th June at 11am.  Come along for a chat and a cuppa. All welcome!
Revised Opening Hours
Monday 2pm – 8pm, Tuesday 2pm – 6pm, Wed & Fri 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm,
Sat 10am – 1pm.
Foreign Currency & Used Stamps
We are still collecting unwanted foreign currency and old coins/notes in aid of ISPCC. The smallest donation can make a huge difference.
We also collect used stamps in aid of ISPCC.  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.  Renew or request books on our website<>
Learn a new language

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.

Seeking a qualification in Tourism with Business

Tourism with Business QQI Levels 5 & 6 are now accepting applicants for September 2018 entry. These courses award 390 CAO points and are eligible for both SUSI grants and Back to Education Allowance. With Center Parcs opening in County Longford and Fáilte Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands campaign, tourism is set to be one of the main employers in the region. Students who complete level 5 & 6 can gain direct entry into year 2 of degree programmes in Athlone Institute of Technology. With the rising cost of student accommodation, it makes sense to start your degree locally in Longford College of Further Education. For details contact  or see our website to enrol on Places limited.


Many congratulations to Mel Donnellan, formerly Rathcline Road and his wife Nicola on the recent birth of a baby boy.


The winning ticket drawn in Rosie’s at the Lifebelt for the Rathcline 50/50 was in the name of M, J, E, and L Dowd, Thureen. The winning envelope was worth €252. We say heartiest congratulations to the Dowd family and thank them for their continued support of our 50/50.

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.

Your support is much appreciated.

Lough Ree Athletic Club

Claremorris track, on Saturday last was the venue for the Connaught under 9-13 Athletic Championship.  On arriving the first thing to impress us was the crowds in attendance for this event. There is no doubt that Mr Ring when Minister for Sport in the last government did not forget his native county for the fine facilities. We had 5 athletes who qualified from County Roscommon Championships and they did us proud!  In the boys under 9 300m race, Oisin Dillon and Daragh Donlon finished in 7th position from a field of 15 teams.  The same team also finished in 9th position overall in the 60m with Oisin clocking the 4th fastest time on the day for the shorter distance. Not to be outdone our girls under 10 team of Emma Feeney and Mariana Donlon Concalvez were 4th overall in the 500m from a field of 17 teams, just missing out on medals and qualification for the All-Ireland.  The same team was 8th overall in the 60m sprints.  Our sole competitor in the individual events was Christian Donlon Concalvez in the under 12 age group.  Christian was fourth in the 80m (on limited training) and has qualified for the All Ireland on July 1st. The under 14 and upwards age group takes place next Saturday at the same venue and we wish Conor Rohan the best of luck in the boys under 19 discus.


An Irish Language Summer Course (SIAMSA!) will take place from Monday 9th July to Friday 13th July in Gaelscoil Longfoirt.  The course will take place from 9.30am to 3.00pm each day and will cater for students from First Class to Sixth Class.  Further information and applications forms available by contacting 087-2642665.

Pilgrimage to Lough Derg

A one-day pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place on Sunday 19th August. The bus will leave Kenagh at 6.40pm and its route will take it through Derryhaun, Ballyleague, Scramogue and Rooskey. For any enquiries you are asked to contact Mary at 043-3321969.

Rathcline GAA

Good Luck: We would like to wish the Murtagh brothers Ciaran and Diarmuid the very best of luck in the Connacht Final on Sunday next in Hyde Park.

Galway Races: The club has confirmed the club’s annual Race Day for Monday 30th July. This is a jewel in the club’s activities each year with the day being very special for all. With limited places available the club would advise early booking for this magnificent day. Tickets cost €120 per person and it is real value for money for all you receive on the day

Croke Park on Sunday last: The first thing noticeable and a very reason to be proud was to see three club players listed on the panel for the Leinster semi-final against Dublin – Liam Connerton, Shane Donohoe and Shane Kenny.

It was unfortunate that we came up against the best team in Ireland over the past few years, but it was great to seek a spirited performance and a never say die attitude. We wish them well in the qualifiers on Saturday week.

As I write the draw has just taken place for the qualifiers and Longford will play in Pearse Park against Kildare on the weekend 23rd/24th June


The winning ticket drawn in Rosie’s at the Lifebelt for the Rathcline 50/50 was in the name of M, J, E, and L Dowd, Thureen. The winning envelope was worth €252. We say heartiest congratulations to the Dowd family and thank them for their continued support of our 50/50.

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.

Your support is much appreciated.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

County Cup: Ballyleague was the venue for our first County Cup game on Friday evening last. Result: St. Faithleach’s 2-14 (20) V St. Dominic’s 1-10 (13) Team: Stephen O’Connor, Mark Gill, Brian Scally, Mike-Frank O’Grady, Alan Manning, Daniel Foley, Cathal Gunn (1-3), Brian Murtagh (0-5), Derek Murray, Ben Hussey, Steven Walsh (0-1), Jonathan Hussey (0-1), Darragh Hussey (0-1), Aidan Dooney (0-3), Padraig Shanley (1-0)

Substitution(s): Alan Brehon and Jerome Kelly.

Junior League: Division four league match was held in O’Rourke Park on Sunday. Result:

Castlerea 0-08 (8) V St. Faithleach’s 0-10 (10). Team: Stephen O’Connor, Shane Garvey, Jack Irwin, Ian Trautt, Kevin Trautt, Brian Scally, Mike-Frank O’Grady, Derek Murray, Declan McCormack, Jonathan Hussey (0-4), Steven Walsh, Ben Hussey, Jerome Kelly, Alan Brehon, Jordan Donlon (0-6). Substitution(s): Daniel McDermott and Fintan McCormack.

U14 Ladies League: The league semi-final takes place on Tuesday 12th against St. Mary’s.

Go- Games: Our U6, U8 and U10 teams played Strokestown in Ballyleague on Thursday evening last. Thanks to all the parents and family members who came to support our youngest member’s in their games. Go Games continue on Friday evening at 7-30pm for U8 and U10 teams when we host St. Michael’s.

Congratulations: To the Roscommon U20 panel and management who beat Galway on Saturday to reach the Connacht Final against Mayo on Sunday 17th in Dr. Hyde Park, best of luck to our club reps Darren Nerney and Daniel Foley.

Best of luck: To Ciaran and Diarmuid Murtagh and the Roscommon team and management in the Connacht Championship Final against Galway on Sunday.

Roscommon LGFA Schools Blitz: Thanks to Roscommon LGFA who hosted their inaugural schools blitz on club grounds on Friday afternoon last.

Cards: Take place every Tuesday evening in the clubhouse. Last week’s winners; Peggy and Barney, second Jack and Tom, last game Brendan and Tom.


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