Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 16th September 2019.

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Saturday is so important

To date there has been a great response to the Think Tank from people home and abroad wanting to be part of a new job project for Lanesboro and Ballyleague. If you are unavailable to attend and have not make your contribution yet we encourage you to do so on or before Thursday next.

The potential of creating jobs here will benefit all our surrounding communities and bring people back to work and live in their home communities hence only having to drive just a few miles to their workplace. The possibility of a lifestyle change is growing within the many hundreds of thousands that are having to commute for hours and live in jampacked cities. The urge to live, work and rear children in an easy-going setting is a rapidly growing trend.

If this is what you are looking for then you should be looking at what is happening in Lanesboro/Ballyleague this coming weekend.

The Lanesboro Ballyleague Collaboration Group invites you to St. Mary’s Parish Hall on this coming Saturday 21st September from 2pm to 6pm for what we are sure will being a radical change for the entire area.

Accommodation Providers

Are you interested? The Collaboration group have spoken to Fáilte Ireland about people from their Accommodation Provider department to come to Lanesboro to speak to people that may be interested in becoming Accommodation Providers from single rooms, B&B, Guesthouses and hotels. As well as our local community this meeting is open to people from all surrounding parishes and towns.

You are asked to register your interest by contacting  Joe at with Accommodation Provider in your subject box or phone Joe 086-2460840.


The marriage took place on Friday 6th September at St. Cecilia’s Church, Curraghroe of John Duffy son of Johnnie and Maura Duffy, Magheraveen and Fiona Toolan, daughter of Brian and Sally Toolan, Drinagh, Strokestown. Bestman was Frankie Duffy, brother of the groom and groomsmen were Nathan Donlon and Padraig O’Reilly both friends of the groom. Chief Bridesmaid was Niamh Toolan, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Tracey Farrell and Sarah Neilan both friends of the bride. Junior groomsmen were Darragh Donlon and Callum Farrell nephews of the groom. Flower Girl was Hannah Farrell, niece of the bride. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Dusmanta Mahanayak assisted by Fr. Michael Reilly. The wedding reception took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone.

We wish the happy couple many years of wedded happiness.


On Friday 13th we lost one of our most respected and loved ladies when the news broke of the death at Roscommon University Hospital of Pauline Brennan, Moher. Pauline was an institution on both sides of the bridge. She was a deeply religious lady and her devoutness was a joy to behold. Pauline was a tremendous community lady and there was never a task big or small that she was not prepared to help out with. She was a quiet spoken lady with a warm and heartfelt welcome for friend and stranger alike. Pauline was always instantly recognisable by her warm greeting and wonderful smile. She was an outstanding neighbour and her passing will leave a great void in our community. Pauline worked for many years with Molloy’s Supermarket on Roscommon’s Main Street where she was a legendary figure.

Her remains reposed at Smyth’s Funeral Home on Saturday last before being removed to The Church of the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague. Pauline was laid to rest following her Requiem Mass on Monday in Cloontuskert Cemetery.

Taste of the Island

The RAI award winning 4* Abbey Hotel Roscommon will host a unique Taste the Island event on Sunday October 20th from 2-5pm. 

EMBRACING LOCAL will give all local artisan food and drink suppliers in the region a unique opportunity to showcase your produce and wares on the day. Cookery demonstrations from our award-winning chefs. To register call 086 3276584 #tastetheisland 

New Season Bridge Results

The results of the first competition of the season held by Lanesboro Bridge Club are N/S 1st Elizabeth Clyne and Brid Mc Dermott, 2nd Loretto Cooney and Freda Kenny and 3rd Una Clarke and Tom Feeney. E/W 1st Patricia Mc Gann and Mary Jameson, 2nd Frank and Frances Brennan and 3rd Katharine Harrison and Philomena Walsh.

Taste of the Lakelands

Taste of the Lakelands 2019 event this year will take place on Sunday 13th October from 10am to 5pm.The event this year will take place in and in the grounds of St. Mary’s Parish Hall.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

The next outing for the Lough Ree Golfing Society will take place to Castlerea on Friday next 20th September at 11am and it is hoped that there will be a great turn out for the event.

This week’s events in the Library

Knitting & Crochet Group

Knitting & Crochet group resumes on Monday 16th September 2-4pm.

New members always welcome!

Poetry & Music Group

Poetry & Music group continues on Monday 23rd September from 4.15pm to 5.30pm.

All welcome to come along and join in with this very vibrant group!

ESOL Course

ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) takes place in the Library every Tuesday evening 7-9pm. 

Contact Nuala Donlon on for further information.

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.

Check out our Online Services where you can download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines and newspapers, learn a new language or do an online course.  All you need is your library card and pin.  Renew or request books on our website

Mens Club

The Mens club will commence its new season on Thursday week 26th September in Clarke’s Bar at 1pm. Plans are being made for their first trip of the new season to Dublin Zoo. New members will be very welcome

Sliabh Bán Book

The hugely popular history on Sliabh Bán is back on sale and as we are going into holiday season it would make a wonderful read over the summer or even as a present for all those returning during holiday time. The book is available for sale in O’Brien’s costing €20.


The marriage took place in Shrewsbury Cathedral, Shrewsbury, England of David Farrell son of Willie and Marie Farrell, Cloontuskert and Judy Yu, daughter of Ching Ling Yu and Chang Hsueh Ching, Taiwan. Bestman was Fergal Loughlin friend of the groom and groomsman was Mark Brady friend of the groom. Chief bridesmaid was Fanny Liu, friend of the bride and bridesmaid was Yeh Wen- Chi, fiend of the bride. The Flower Girl was Esma Murray, niece of the groom. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Tony Mc Grath. The wedding reception took place in Rowton Castle, Shrewsbury. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded bliss.

Breakfast Morning Returns

The Lanesboro Tidy Towns group are hosting their very popular Breakfast Morning in Lanesboro Parish Hall on Sunday 20th October from 9 30 am until 12.30 pm. Tickets will be on sale locally at the usual price of €10. This has been a very enjoyable event over the last few years. Your support would be very much appreciated. The funds raised go towards keeping the town and outskirts in top condition.

St. John’s Church Events

SONGS OF PRAISE. St John’s Church, Lanesborough invites everyone to join singing the most popular hymns on Sunday 29th September at 11.30am.

HARVEST FESTIVAL. St John’s Church, Lanesborough invites everyone to their annual thanksgiving service on Sunday 13th October at 4pm

Weekly 25 Drive

The Parish Hall card drive continues every Sunday night at 8 30pm sharp. Winners from Sunday week past 8th September Raffle Jack Bannon/Michael Finnan/Jimmy Horan/Tom Farrell. There was a three-way tie for first place on 12 games were Johnno & Basil, Eugene & Barney, Tom& Brendan. The last game winners were Brendan Casey & Joe Dolan. We would like to sympathise with Tom Mulvihill and family on the death of Tom’s wife Mary. Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to James and Serena Casey and family, Carrowstrawley, his sisters Caitríona, Ciara and their families on the death of their uncle Tom Casey, Cornadough, Newtowncashel, last weekend.

Bord na Mona/ESB Update

I believe that the power station should be back on load within the next 10 days. We await and see. Hopefully this will be the case and the Bord na Mona workers can get back to work.

Tidy Towns Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on Tuesday morning 10th September were 3, 25, 29 and 30. There was nobody with the winning numbers and the jackpot pool has now risen to €5,400. The winner of the €50 prize was Emma, Saoirse and Freya Feeney, Tullyvrane, and the three €20 winners were Mary D c/o Mags, Teresa and Annette c/o The Market and Mark Casey c/o Mags.

Dinner Dance

The annual Longford Region Pioneer dinner dance takes place in The Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule on Friday, 11th October. Traditionally this is one of the highlight events of any year. Music by J and S Sound. Tickets are available from Breda Moran


The 50/50 draw took place on Monday 9th September and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was John James and Paul, Knock. The winning pool was €325. Thank you, lads, for your support of the 50/50. The club is striving to have the pool stand over €500 on a constant basis and this can only happen with your dedicated support. The club would like to thank you for your ongoing support.

There are four options when buying your tickets, (1) buy your €2 ticket, (2) 3 tickets for €5, (3) the green envelope where you pay €50 for a six-month term with one free draw and (4) the pink envelope where you pay €100 for a 12-month period with two free draws. Those tickets are available in any of the local shops and pubs or from any member of the club executive.

Free Digital skills course

Seetec Longford is offering a fully funded digital skills course aimed at helping people undertake everyday tasks such as online banking, shopping, as well as mastering smartphone Apps & Social media.

It will be for 2.5 hours a day for 4 days and will be hosted at Seetec’s Longford Centre.   Individuals and groups catered for.  Register your interest by 0433349212 or email

National Learning Network

Free courses are being offered for people with disabilities in their lives, between the ages of 18 and 65 years. Contact Hilary Claffey 086 7839078 or or phone 3342255forinformation.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

All Ireland Gaelic Masters:  St. Faithleach’s GAA grounds will host the All-Ireland Final between reigning champions Dublin Masters and Donegal Masters, and the Shield Final between Laois Gaelic Masters and Leitrim /Longford Masters on Saturday September 21st. Throw-in times are 1.30pm for the Shield Final and 3.30pm for the Masters Final.

 U6: Thanks to St. Barry’s for hosting our U6 team on Friday evening last for a fun and highly entertaining game. Many thanks also to Patricia McCormack for all her hard work to secure new jerseys and to the management team of Patrick O’Rourke and Denise Murray.

Best wishes: To club member and player Brian Scally and Noelle Flynn on their upcoming wedding. 

Cards: Take place every Tuesday evening in the clubhouse. Last week’s winners; Pat & Tommy / Tom & Padraig, last game; Dan /Gerry.

Lotto: Jackpot stands at €12,000 envelopes are available in all local retailers at €2. 

Rathcline GAA – ‘Be with us Be a part of Us’.

All-Ireland Tickets draw

The tickets for the replay took place in the Swan Tavern on Thursday night last. The winner of the 2 premium tickets was Seamus Clarke.

Scór na nÓg

If you are interested in taking part in Scór na nÓg the minor club invites all under 17 boys and girls to the hall on Saturday evening at 8pm.This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to display their talents and knowledge as well as enjoying the fun of Scór na nÓg


The 50/50 draw took place on Monday 9th September and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was John James and Paul, Knock. The winning pool was €325. Thank you, lads, for your support of the 50/50. The club is striving to have the pool stand over €500 on a constant basis and this can only happen with your dedicated support. The club would like to thank you for your ongoing support.

There are four options when buying your tickets, (1) buy your €2 ticket, (2) 3 tickets for €5, (3) the green envelope where you pay €50 for a six-month term with one free draw and (4) the pink envelope where you pay €100 for a 12-month period with two free draws. Those tickets are available in any of the local shops and pubs or from any member of the club executive.

Ballyboro FC

A busy weekend with four teams in in league and cup action.
First up were the under 13s who played the very highly rated Galway outfit Athenry FC in the SFAI Connacht Cup. The Ballyboro lads played with great heart and commitment laced with no little skill, but in the end a number of missed gilt edged scoring opportunities was to prove costly, as they were just edged out on a 4-3 scoreline. Daniel Hogan and Christian Donlon (2) scored for Ballyboro. Team: Ronan Cox, Anthony Cox, David Cox, Jack Casey, Jack Beattie, Ethan Slattery, Christian Donlon, Euan Cullen, Daniel Hogan, Ben Murphy, Billy Murray. Subs: Baulius Rasa, Conn Maxwell, Luke Johnston. Thanks are due to Ann and Carol who prepared a scrumptious feed for both teams after the game.
 The under 12s had a very entertaining tussle with Stonepark and the game ended fittingly in a draw 1-1. Rian Hogan scored a cracking goal for Ballyboro. Team: Adam Farrell, Eoin Connell, Ciaran McGloin, Eoin Beattie, Ryan Mimnagh, Matthew Murray, Ethan Slattery, Billy Murray, Rian Hogan, Subs: Mikie Sorohan and Dan Casey.
 Stonepark provided the opposition for both the under 14 and under 15 teams. Both teams were playing their first games of the season and were short key personnel. This was reflected in the end result as Stonepark were comfortable winners in both games. Under 15s: Ciaran O’Dowd, Bryan Mullooly, Ryan Byrne, Cormac O’Dowd, Martin Dooner, Jack Mc Gloin, Shane Ross, Jimmy Farrell, Conor Lyons, Ella Hogan, Matthew Heneghan. Sub: Christian Donlon (2 goals). Under 14s: Sam Glennon, Josh Crawford, Ciaran O’Dowd, Kevin Donlon, Ruairi Carling, Alex Forde, James Mimnagh, Joey Trimble(1 goal),Luke Cullen, Eoin Cox(1goal), Jack Phelan, Subs: Rory Killian, Fionn Crossan.
The under 11s enjoyed their game at half time at City Calling Stadium on Saturday last. Matthew Murray, Eoin Connell, Ciaran McGloin, Mikey Sorohan, Evan Rooney, Josh Curran, Eoghan Mullooly, Oisin Dillon, Dan Casey, and Darragh McGloin were on duty for Ballyboro. Thanks to Longford Town for their cooperation, and in particular Avril Gilchrist.
 Christian Donlon took part in his first session as part of the National Under 13 Academy on Sunday last. This is a great honour for Christian and indeed the club, as he is the first player from the club to make the National Academy, and the only player from the League to be selected.
Fixtures: The under 12s play Killoe Celtic in the Under 12 Connacht Cup on Sunday in Abbeycartron at 10.30.The under 13s are away to Ballymahon on Saturday at 11am. The under 14s are away to Newtown in the Under 14 Connacht Cup on Sunday at 12 noon. The under 15s play Ballymahon in Abbeycartron in the league on Saturday at 12.30.

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