Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 21st October 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Time is a changing

From Saturday/Sunday next winter time will come in and clocks will go back one hour. So don’t get caught out with the change and enjoy your extra hour in bed.

5-a-Side Pitch Opening

Bookings are now being taken for weekly rental of the new Ballyboro FC 3G Pitch at Lanesborough Community College. To book in for a 5 side match or a 9 a side game in November please register now by signing up with a user account at

and the venue will be there for you to select. If you want any more details send an e mail please to 

The new pitch is state of the art 3G and will provide great recreation time for 180 students from the school and another 150 players from the club every day of the week so places will be scarce – but there are plenty of free slots still available as we write 

on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays but the advice is to get on the website early before the slots are all gone. Don’t say you were not warned!!! Thank you 

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 game continues every Sunday night at 8.30pm sharp. All welcome. No partner needed. Refreshments served

Talented Young Artist

Following his winning in the Longford Leader “Design a Christmas Badge” in 2017 Josh Curran, son of David and Siobhan Curran, Killinure has come up trumps again when he was winner of the Age 6-8 yr. category in the Aisling Art Competition “My Place in the World” in the Aisling Festival 2019. Josh is a pupil of Fermoyle National School. Well done Josh.

No time to Prepare

Last Sunday week Marty Parker travelled to Tarmonbarry referee an underage game at 11am. Following the game Marty switched back on his phone to realise that, due to the appointed referee being suddenly unable to do the game, he had been called at the last moment to referee the County Senior Football final between Padraig Pearse’s and Roscommon Gaels in Hyde Park at 4pm. Marty proceeded to give an excellent refereeing performance as is usual with the man. Again, we congratulate him on a job well done.


The marriage of Alan Breslin son of Paddy and Ann Breslin, Cloontuskert and Ray Scott son of Joe Scott, Dublin took place at the Red Cow Moran Hotel. Maid of Honour was Ray’s cousin Aisling McGavin, Groom’s maids were Stephanie Breslin sister of Alan, Karolina Hryniewicka and Niamh O’Brien both friends of Alan. Bestman was Christopher Breslin brother of Alan. The celebrant was Lorraine McCarthy, Celebrate Ireland. The reception was held in the Red Cow Moran Hotel. We wish the happy couple many years of happiness.

Community Games AGM
On behalf of the Committee and myself, we would like to thank all of the participants whom took part in different Community Games events throughout 2019 and also to all of the people who helped in any way. We would also like to thank the people of the parish for their contributions to the Church Gate collection earlier in the year. This was very much appreciated and helps us in a big way with the running of the club.

Lanesborough Community Games are having their AGM at 9pm on Tuesday 29th Oct 2019 next week, in St Mary’s Parish Hall.

The committee would welcome and encourage everyone, especially the parents of children living in the town and hinterland of Lanesboro to attend and support Community Games in Lanesboro. Community Games covers a broad range of activities and it gives parents a chance, to allow their children to participate, socialize and display their talents. Over 100 children from the parish participated in Community Games events during 2019. You are urged to help continue to progress Community Games in the parish during 2020.’

Go along and play your part in the continuation of the Community Games in Lanesboro and help youngsters in our community to express themselves as best they can in all the various activities that is the Community Games.

Gun Club

The Lanesborough Gun Club will hold their AGM to be held on Fri 25th Oct at 9pm sharp in Adie’s Farrell’s meeting room. All members are asked to attend.

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.

Blood Donors Needed

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 Declan Beirne, Curraghroe, his sister Elizabeth Kearns, Clooncagh, their families and the family of their sister Carmel Ryan, Cratloe, Co. Clare who passed away last week.

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.


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 Table Quiz

Ballyleague Tidy Towns will host a Musical Extravaganza Table Quiz on Bank Holiday Sunday night in Rosie’s at the Lifebelt. The quiz will be followed by a local DJ with music and dancing till late. The quiz will start at 9.30pm. Rounds will include TV/Film Theme tunes, Beat the Intro, Name the Artist, and much much more. Tables of 4 cost €40. There will be prizes for the winning and runner up teams.

Tidy Towns Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on Tuesday morning 15th October were 7, 20, 24 and 27. There was nobody with the winning numbers and the jackpot pool has now risen to €5,900. The name on the tickets for the €50 prize Teresa c/o Mags and the three winners of €20 each were Mary Tiernan, Ferefad, Longford, M & E Hanley, Cashelbeg and Nolan Motors, Newtownforbes.

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 4th 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.

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!

Bank Holiday Monday

Library will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday 28th October.  We will reopen on Tuesday 29th October at 2pm.

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 

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 14th October and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was the Caroline Ginty, Curragh Rua. The winning pool was €290. Thanks to the Caroline 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.

All Childminders

Longford County Childcare Committee invite you to join them for a cuppa and a chat to look at the future changes of childminding in your home.

They are conducting this consultation session on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) who value your input on the way forward for home-based Childminding in Ireland. It will take place on this Wednesday 23rd October at the Longford County Childcare Committee rooms in Richmond Street, Longford N39YY75 from 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Please spread the word to as many childminders as possible. So, if you are free and interested you are invited to join please join them.

If you intend to attend if you could RSVP on:-  if you plan to attend.

Truck Run

The Ducks Tractor Run in aid of the Ollie Cox Injury Fund will take place on Sunday next 27th October from Fishertown, Old Burlington Road, Clondra. The run will start at 1pm.  Following the run there will be refreshments and a raffle in Coy’s Shannon Bar.

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

County Champions

We would like to congratulate club members Neal O’Connor and Paul Hession on playing leading roles in Clonguish Gaels Hurling Club winning the County Hurling Final on Sunday week past. They and their teammates followed up on Saturday last when they played and beat Barndarrig from Wicklow in the first round of the AIB Leinster Junior Hurling Championship. We wish the lads well as they take on Laois champions Mountmellick in the next round on Saturday 2nd November.

Under 20

Training for the semi-final of the Under 20 is continuing apace. We wait for the final group games to be played to know our opposition.


The 50/50 draw took place on Monday 14th October and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was the Caroline Ginty, Curragh Rua. The winning pool was €290. Thanks to the Caroline 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

Senior League: The O’Rourke Cup Semi Final between Clan na nGael and Padraig Pearses takes place on Friday night with the winners playing St. Faithleach’s in the final, venue and date to be confirmed. 

U16 Boys Championship: Hard luck to our U16 boys who lost out to St. Michaels on Saturday evening bringing the lads season to an end. Many thanks to the management team of David Kilcoyne and Derek Murray for all their hard work and commitment throughout the year.

U14 Boys Championship: The D3 Final takes place on Saturday 26th October, the best of luck to our U14 team, time and venue tbc 

Cards: Take place every Tuesday evening in the clubhouse. Last week’s winners; Mary K, Frank C, second Kathleen and Annie, last game, Kevin and Padraig. Please note cards start at the earlier time of 8:30pm for the Autumn/Winter season. 

Lotto:  Jackpot stands at €12,000. €20 winners; Noel Rattigan , Martha Glennon, Colm Mangan, Ray Stabler , Fintan Jordan 

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