Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 14th October 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Table Quiz

Michael Cleary is taking part in this year’s Dublin City Marathon to raise funds for Join Our Boys and seeks your support. He is hosting a table quiz in the clubhouse on Friday night next 18th October. Table of four is €40 and all money raised goes to the Join Our Boys Fund. All are welcome. 

Ghost Homeland

Local man Colin Carberry son of Barney and Nuala (Harold) who is presently residing in Mexico with his wife and two daughters has just launched a new book of poetry. Ghost Homeland is the latest collection of poems that takes him through his life growing up in Lanesboro along with the effects of events, especially in the north of our country, while growing up in the seventies and eighties. The collection also takes him through his journey of Latin America where he was eventually married and made his home in Mexico.

The litmus test of any writer’s success is the response by the readers and Colin has captured them globally to an enormous degree.

Colin since his first publication of The Crossing in 1998 has received many accolades and much notoriety worldwide because of his excellent work. This is Colin’s fourth collection of poetry while he is also translator of two books of verse. His poems have been translated into many languages.

Colin’s latest collection is further testimony to the very special talent that he is, and it is a collection well worth having amongst you book collections. Ghost Homeland is on sale in O’Brien’s and costs just €12.

The introduction to Ghost Homeland was scripted by Jack Harte and it is wonderful to see two of our very own literary geniuses together in this collection.

We congratulate Colin and wish him huge success with this new collection of poems.

Sunday night Card Game

The weekly Sunday night game continues every Sunday night in St. Mary’s Parish Hall. As we go into the winter months this is the ideal way for any card player to spend a few hours on a Sunday night. The game starts at 8.30pm and you are more than welcome to go along and have a night of card playing and many a great chat.

The results of Sunday night last are: 1st Tom Nohilly and Pat Joe Fallon. There were four seconds. A play of was needed and after a nail-biting game Eugene Kelly and Barney Kenny came out winners. The last game was won by Tommy Fox and Pat Rock Snr. The raffle winners were Brendan Hanley/Aidan Carling/Jonno Byrne/Pat Joe Fallon. The game continues every Sunday night at 8.30pm sharp. All welcome. No partner needed. Refreshments served

By Post

Such has been the demand for the second print of the Sliabh Bán book from home and abroad that it has been decided to offer anyone away from the area the opportunity of having the book posted to them. Begin the conversation with Joe O’Brien phone 086-2460840 or 043 3321107 during shop opening hours and we organise to get the book sent to you.

The book is available for sale in O’Brien’s costing €20 and for post and packaging within Ireland it is an extra €12, GB €32, USA €42, Australia €42, South Africa €42 and EU €41.

Church Gate Collection

The Midland Simon Community will hold their annual Church Gate Collection at all masses next weekend. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

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.

Blood Donation Clinic

The next Blood Donation locally will take place the Longford Arms Hotel on Tuesday 29th Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st October. The clinic will be open from 4.30pm to 8pm.

The need for blood continues to increase and it is very important that you help by making your donation and encouraging others to accompany you to make your blood donations.

Breakfast Morning Returns

The Lanesboro Tidy Towns group are hosting their very popular Breakfast Morning in Lanesboro Parish Hall on Sunday 17th November 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.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Jackie Coyle, Knock, his sisters Mary Theresa and Dina on the death of their sister Irene Beirne, Knockrockery on Saturday 5th October. We also extend our sympathy to her husband Michael and her family Tracy, Cathríona, Lisa, and Michéal

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the game played on Wednesday 9th October are N/S 1st Gemma Douglas and Elish Gray, 2nd Maureen Hynes and Mona O’Flaherty, 3rd Philomena Walsh and Mary Farrell. E/W 1st Brid Mc Dermott and Una Lawlor, 2nd Elizabeth Clyne and Mary Connor, 3rd Mairead Gill and Maura Hanly.

Defibrillator Training

A new course will commence in the near future and if you have not already done the course you must register your interest and if you need a refresher course you must also register your name. To register you should call into Martina O’Brien in the shop, or phone Martina at 043 3321107 or 086-3858934 or email

These courses are for the Lanesboro, Ballyleague, Kilgefin, Rathcline, Cashel and Killashee communities.

Superb Success

Superb was the accolade regularly used on Sunday on Sunday last as you met with people that were attending the Taste of the Lakelands. Over 40 producers and crafters filled the marquee behind the parish hall while cookery demonstrations continued on the hour by all award-winning local chefs in the parish hall.

This year the Lanesboro/Ballyleague Collaboration team were the conduit between Longford and Roscommon Local Enterprise Offices and their collective efforts provided a fantastic day for everyone. If evidence was ever needed as to the community spirit between both parishes and counties, then Sunday last was the ultimate proof that there is wonderful support for the tremendous work being done. Not too long ago there was to be no Taste of the Lakelands this year but with the combined effort it all came to pass.

For most of the day the cooking demonstrations were played out before a full house and the marquee hosting the producers and crafters was hugely busy. A guestimate by a person more accustomed to such events said that there was in the region of 4000 to 5000 numbers present during the day and to everyone of them we are so very thankful of their support and attendance in such huge numbers

The day was a wondrous in our community and there are many people to be thanked for the creation, delivery, presentation and stewarding – you all know who you are. We would like to congratulate and thank everyone for making Sunday so wonderful in our community. We look forward to seeing the Taste of the Lakelands once again on the banks of the Shannon in 2020.

Glitz and Glamour on Saturday

Cashel G4M and O’s are hosting a night of Glitz and Glamour in support of the Ollie Cox Injury Fund in the Local, Newtowncashel on Saturday night next 19th at 8pm.

This will be a lady’s night to remember with expert advice on style, hair, make-up, health and fitness.

Tickets cost just €10 and there will be music and a draw supplementing the night. You can also contribute on

For further information please phone 0879852484.

Thank You

Lough Ree Sub Aqua would like to thank everyone who donated so generously to their Church Gate collection last Sunday. He sum realised was €833.50.


Well done to Marty Parker, Curraghroe, on an excellent performance as referee in the Roscommon County Senior Football Final on Sunday last. For the record Padraig Pearses beat Roscommon Gaels on a scoreline 2-10 to1-10

Lough Ree AC

Congratulations to our athletes who represented Fermoyle School in Moyne on Sunday 13th October. Well done in the first place for turning up and then for taking on the cream of Connaught on a very tough and muddy course. The standard at provincial level was very high but our boys despite their lack of experience ran very well to finish in 7th team place from a field of 15 teams in the 3rd/4th Class race. The in form Oisin Dillon was first home again for the team followed by Rian Hogan who both finished in the top 20 out of a field of 110 athletes. Rian reversed the positions with Mikey Sorohan from the last day out, with Tim Kenny being the fourth man home following by Daragh Donlon and Elliot Johnston. Kudos to John Farrell who represented his school in the 5/6th class race on his own as he was the only one who qualified but fought as if his life at stake. All individual placings not to hand at the moment but may appear elsewhere in the paper. We look forward to other opportunities for these athletes to gain more experience at this level. Again, well done, we are all so proud of you for representing your school at provincial level.

Tidy Towns Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on Tuesday morning 8th October were 2, 11, 20 and 30. There was nobody with the winning numbers and the jackpot pool has now risen to €5,800. The name on the tickets for the €50 prize Lisa, Ciara, Kevin and Aoife and the three winners of €20 each were Catherine Egan, c/o Credit Union, Anthony Casey, Stonepark and Rosaleen Egan, Derryhaun.

The Library this week

Knitting & Crochet Club

Knitting & Crochet Club continues every Monday 2-4pm.

New members always welcome!

Poetry & Music Group

Poetry & Music group continues on Monday 11th November from 4.15-5.30pm.

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.

Aisling Festival – Arts & Crafts event

Lanesboro Library will be facilitating a fun Arts & Crafts event as part of Aisling Festival. This event will suit children aged 6-12yrs and you can book by contacting the library on 0433321291 or email

Venue: Lanesboro Library

Date: Wednesday 23rd October

Time: 3.30pm to 5pm.

Book Club

Book Club for adults continues on Friday morning 25th October at 11am. 

Book choices for October are ‘Conversations with Friends’ by Sally Rooney and

‘The Betrayals’ by Fiona Neill.  All welcome to come along for a chat & a cuppa!

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


The 50/50 draw took place on Monday 7th October and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was the Rose Mulvey, Carrickedmond. The winning pool was €470. Thanks to the Rose for her weekly support of the 50/50.

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.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

As is the tradition the Lough Ree Golfing Society’s final outing of 2019 was to Strokestown GC last Friday 11th October. The golfers were very lucky with the day, no rain!! the greens were in excellent condition, the fairways and rough were very wet, but with placing everywhere this was compensated for. The scores returned were very good considering the time of year and conditions. Paul Taylor came 3rd with 32pts, 2nd Martin McAlister with 36pts, and Jimmy Flanagan in first place with an excellent 37pts. The front nine was won by Ronan Cullen with 18 points, back nine by Frank Costello with 16pts, longest drive Frank Costello and nearest pin Martin McAlister.

The Golfer of the Year was very close as predicted, with 2 pts separating the first 3 places, Mick Brennan had 33pts, Ronan Cullen 34pts, and Timmy Glynn retained the trophy with 35pts, congratulations

Timmy well played, it was great to see 24 members featuring on the GOY sheet, well done everyone. The Society would like to thank Strokestown GC, and Bernie Taylor and Ursula Burke for providing refreshments before and after play. For 2020 the Society is asking members to nominate 3 courses they would like to play, and they will try to book the 6 best.

Taste of the Island

The RAI award winning 4* Abbey Hotel Roscommon will host a unique Taste the Island event on Sunday next 20th October 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 

Monster Tractor Run

A Monster Tractor Run will take place in Strokestown on Sunday 20th October organised by Mid Roscommon Vintage Club. The event is in aid of the Kilglass based Sick Children’s Fund. All tractors; modern and vintage and vintage cars are invited to the run. Entry €20. Please support this worthy cause.

The place where I was Born

An Áit ‘nar Togadh Mé – The place where I was Born is the latest publication by local Kenagh man Paddy Egan. This book takes a nostalgic look back at a way of life around Kenagh during the nineteen forties and fifties. Reading the book, I am sure will bring back many memories from their childhood and it is surely an essential read. The book is available in O’Brien’s.

Strokestown Further Education Centre

As a number of our community are eligible for places as the below courses it is important that they take advantage of these opportunities. Places available on our GRETB QQI Accredited Training Course. Levels 3, 4 and 5, catering for all needs and abilities. This is free course available to those in receipt of a social welfare payment. Under 26’s receives more money, free childcare places, travel & meal allowances, career guidance support and employer links. Contact your Local Social Welfare Office or call Rachel at the Centre on 071 96 34935 or self-refer on Check out our Facebook page for more information.

Ballyboro FC

 A hectic weekend with seven teams in action.

The under 15s overcame a slow start to eventually get the better of Gaels United by three goals to one. New signing Byron Duignan, Jimmy Farrell, and Christian Donlon scored for Ballyboro. Team: Briain Farrell, Luke Killian, Ryan Byrne, Conor Lyons, Bryan Mullooly, Ella Hogan, Shane Ross, Jimmy Farrell, Ciaran O’Dowd, Matthew Heneghan, Jack McGloin. Subs: Byron Duignan, Cormac O’Dowd, Christian Donlon.
The under 13s remain unbeaten in the League following a comprehensive 6-1 win over Inny Rovers. Team and scorers: Ronan Cox, Luke Johnston, David Cox, Jack Casey, Jack Beattie, Cody Phelan (1), Euan Cullen, Christian Donlon (2), Billy Murray, Ben Murphy (2), Daniel Hogan. Subs: Conn Maxwell, Wesley Hughes (1), Anthony Cox, Ethan Slattery.
The under 8s really enjoyed their day out when their two teams were involved in a blitz with Inny Rovers. Great enthusiasm was evident with many of the players donning the Ballyboro colours for the first time. The talent on view certainly augurs well for the future. Jay Flynn, Kyran Horohoe, Ben Cassidy, Cian Shea, Joe Greally, Andrew Nolan, Niall Morgan, Matthew Murphy, Donncha Farrell, David Kenny, Finn Fallon, Darragh Shanley, Tadhg, Shea, and Malachy Martin were on duty for Ballyboro.

The under 10 team commenced the season with flying colours when they had a big win over Killoe Celtic. Cathal Hanley, Alfie Murphy and Josh Curran helped themselves to hat tricks. Panel: Hayden Smyth, Jack Cassidy, Tim Kenny, Darragh Donlon, Alfie Murphy, Josh Curran, Stephen Farrell, Cathal Hanley, Lorcan Hanly.
The under 12s also performed extremely well when they defeated Ardagh United by seven goals to nil. Team and goal scorers: Adam Farrell, Eoin Beattie, Aidan Kelly(1),Ciaran Mc Gloin, Logan Birmingham, Ethan Slattery (1),Cody Phelan (2),David Dowd (1),Billy Murray (2).Subs: Matthew Murray, Rian Hogan, Liam Rhatigan, Ryan Mimnagh, Eoin Connell.
 The under 14 team went down narrowly 4-3 to UCL. This game could have gone either way but the UCL’s greater sharpness in front of goal gave them the edge. Ballyboro: Sam Glennon, Josh Crawford, Cormac O’Dowd, Christian Donlon (2), Ruairi Carling, Kevin Donlon, James Mimnagh, Alex Forde, Jack Phelan, Joey Trimble, Luke Cullen. Sub: Eoin Cox (1).
 The club will be staging a National Schools Blitz in early November on our brand new Astro Pitch. It is hoped that all schools in the locality will take part in this novel event.
 Fixtures: The under 9s will be taking part in a Blitz at Ballymahon Astro on Saturday starting at 11am, along with the host team and Inny FC. The under 11s play Inny FC in Streete on Saturday at 11am. The under 14s play Killoe Celtic on Sunday in Abbeycartron, kick off 11am. The under 11 girls play their first game of the season when they play Gaels United in Drumlish Astro on Saturday at 12 noon.

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


The 50/50 draw took place on Monday 7th October and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was the Rose Mulvey, Carrickedmond. The winning pool was €470. Thanks to the Rose for her weekly support of the 50/50.

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.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

General Meeting: Many thanks to all who attended our general meeting last Friday evening in the clubhouse, it was fantastic to see so many people interested and contributing to the structure and initiatives of the club.

Table Quiz: Table Quiz takes place in the clubhouse on Friday 18th at 9:30pm. All proceeds to the Join Our Boys fund as Chairperson Michael Cleary takes on the challenge of the Dublin City Marathon in support of the fund. Table of four €40, all welcome. 

U16 Girls: Hard luck to our U16 girls who lost out to St. Michaels in the D4B Final on Sunday morning. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the management team of Patricia McCormack and Siobhan Ormsby for their hard work and encouragement throughout the year and to the girls for their continued commitment. 

Cards: Take place every Tuesday evening in the clubhouse. 

Lotto: Jackpot stands at €12,000. Envelopes are available in all local retailers for €2, your support is appreciated.

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