Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 28th October 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Whist Drive

The first Whist Drive of the new season will take place on this coming Friday night 1st November in St. Mary’s Parish Hall commencing at 8.30pm.

Lanesboro Social Service continues to do remarkable work all year round and the Whist Drive is its main way of fund raising. The extraordinary work done by the Social Services is very dependent on the success of Whist Drive.

If you are a card player, then the place to be on the first Friday night of each month for the next number of months is St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro.

If you cannot make the Whist Drive and would like to make a contribution you can do so by leaving your contribution into an enveloped marked Lanesboro Social Services into O’Brien’s.


It is with the greatest sadness that I record the death at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin on Wednesday last 23rd October of Michael Keane, Cloonadra, Ballyleague and formerly of Bogwood, Doughill. In recent times Michael’s health took a turn for the worse and he faced his tribulations with a great strength and dignity as was the essence of the man. He, for many years until his recent retirement worked as representative for a paint company. Michael was a quietly spoken gentleman He was a most unassuming man and a tremendous family man and a wonderful help when anyone was in need of support. His warm smile was a welcome to everyone into his company. For Michael he nothing left out when it came to his family- a dedicated father and grandfather. Michael was always a wise council so much so that those that knew him relied on his every word when advice was needed. Michael will be sadly missed by everyone that knew him, but his memory will live forever because of his manner and helpfulness. The attendance at his reposing and Funeral bore ample testimony to the esteem in which Michael was held.

Michael’s remains reposed at Smyth’s Funeral Home on Friday last before being removed to St. Mary’s Church, Ballagh. On Saturday following the Mass of the Resurrection his remains were laid to rest in Cloontuskert Cemetery. To his daughter Sinéad, son Jonathan, brother Oliver, sisters Margaret and Bridie, relatives and many friends we extend our deepest sympathy.


Congratulations to Michael and Aoife Farrell, Clonfower on the birth last week of a baby boy.

Dublin Marathon

Many people from our community ran the Dublin City Marathon on Sunday last. Many congratulations to all of the runners on a wonderfulachievemnet.


Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club is holding free try a dive in Longford swimming pool at 9pm every Thursday night for the next number of weeks
You will learn how to use scuba equipment in shallow water and get a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.
Learn what wearing scuba equipment feels like and how easy it is to move around underwater while wearing it
Find out what it’s like to breathe underwater and learn whether you can be comfortable there
All the equipment you will need is provided by us you just need your togs and swim hat.
Minimum age 18
If you require any further information you can contact a club member of ring any of the following numbers..0879765911, 0879624050 or 0879817784.
Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club assisted in the search for a missing person in Athlone last Saturday and Sunday along with other clubs form the midlands region and we would like to thank everyone for their help.

First Irish based Vice President

Recently Synopsys, a High-Tech American Multinational based in Dublin promoted Peter Gillen to the role of VP of Engineering and in doing so he is the first Irish based Vice President within Synopsys which is a $20 billion company. Peter, with Synopsys 18 years now, is managing worldwide teams from Ireland, Japan, India, China, Portugal and the US with over 600 staff reporting to him. Synopsys develops software to design computer chips, and a lot of the digital technology used in everyday devices from mobile phones, to TVs, to self-driving cars. Peter was always encouraged by his parents Greg and Bernie from the Green to work hard and regularly kept on the straight and narrow by big sisters Mags and Fiona; it shows dedication and commitment can take one a long way. Having graduated from the University of Limerick with a 1st Class Honours back in 1992 remains a proud ex-student from the “Tech” in Lanesboro. Now living in Dublin with his wife Barbara and their 4 sons, is still a regular visitor to Lanesboro in between his worldwide travels.

Bord na Mona Estates

What started out as a Mass for residence for members of the Bord na Mona Green estate present and past has become an annual event with growing numbers each year. The Mass has now been extended to families from the Bord na Mona estates of Cloontuskert and Derryhaun present and past.

The organiser would like to invite everyone that lived in the three estates back on Thursday 14th November to remember their deceased relatives and to meet and relive old times with former workmates, friends and neighbours.

Following Mass there will be light refreshments in St. Mary’s Parish Hall where everyone is invited to continue the chat.

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 this 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

Lanesboro Tidy Towns committee is once again hosting what has now become a very popular Breakfast Morning in Lanesboro Parish Hall on Sunday 17th November from 9 30 am until 12.30 pm. Tickets priced €10 will be on sale locally at the usual outlets. This has proved to be a very enjoyable event over the last few years and I am sure this year will be no different. Your support will be very much appreciated. The funds raised go towards keeping our town and approach roads in top condition.

All year the comments from people passing through has been hugely positive and remarks of our beauty has been great to hear. You have played your part in supporting the Breakfast Morning and the weekly lottery draw and for that you must be thanked and it is hoped that you will continue your great support as the committee tries to further enhance the towns beauty and get closer to winning the Tidy Towns competition.

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.

In our Library

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 –  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.

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

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 7 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 under BALLYBORO ASTRO. 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 space 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 Monday evenings between 6pm and 10pm and Friday night between 6pm and 10pm if you want to book.

The pitches are also available off peak on Saturday and Sunday evening after 4pm. but the advice is to get on the website early before the slots are all gone. Don’t say you were not warned!!! 

Tidy Towns Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on Tuesday morning 22nd October were 10, 13, 15 and 29. There was nobody with the winning numbers and the jackpot pool has now risen to €6,000. The name on the tickets for the €50 prize Sean and Sinead Farrell, Lisduff, and the three winners of €20 each were Louis Mullooly, Lehery, K. Donlon c/o Mags and David Dowd Thureen.


The 50/50 draw took place on Monday 21st October and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was the Joe Ginty, Knock, who was continuing the remarkable run of wins by the Ginty family. The winning pool was €290. Thanks to Joe for his continued 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.

Open Day

Longford Fire and Rescue Service will hold an ‘Open Day’ on Saturday next 2nd November at Longford Fire Station, Templemichael- just past the entrance into the Mall Complex.. There will be four demonstration in session 1 which will again be repeated in session 2. Session 1 begins at 11.15am with a fire service demonstration, at 11.45am there will be a Defibrillator demonstration, 12.15pm Dolls House fire spreads demonstration and at 12.45pm Chip Van Fire. All will be repeated in the same order in Session 2 commencing at 2.15pm and continuing at 2.45pm, 3.15pm and 3.45pm.

As part of the ‘Open Day’ there will be face painting, a kids firefighting challenge, fire safety advice and leaflets, goodie bags and much more.


The big day has finally arrived as this weekend our brand-new Astro pitch will be in use for the first time. On Saturday morning the recently qualified PDP1 coaches will conduct a coaching session for the under 8s and under 10s from 9.30am to 11am. Groups who wish to book a time slot in the new Astro are asked to sign up as a new user on and arrange to book their slot officially before this Wednesday, when slots must be confirmed or released for public hire. Most week day slots have been taken up but a few are still available. Pitch hire to the public starts on Monday next 4th November.
Well done to Stephen, Paul, Jack, Ben, Ciaran, Kevin, Karl, Lee, Eoghan, and Bryan who did trojan work on Saturday last in fencing off the new grass pitch.
All National Schools in the locality will be participating in a special 5 a side Blitz in the new Astro on Friday week 8th.The club is grateful to Stephen Kelly who has offered to sponsor a Cup for the winners.
On the playing fields the under 12s continued their recent run of good form with a win over Ballymahon. A clinical right footed finish by Rian Hogan and a stunning free kick by Eoin Beattie accounted for Ballyboro’s two goals. Team: Adam Farrell, Eoin Beattie, Logan Birmingham, Aidan Kelly, Cody Phelan, Billy Murray, David Dowd, Fergal Murtagh, Rian Hogan. Subs: Rian Shanley, Rory Murtagh, Eoin Connell, Ryan Mimnagh, Matthew Murray, Ethan Slattery.
The club fielded its first all-girls team in a number of years last week. It was a very successful return too as the under 11 girls showed they will be a force to be reckoned with, as they displayed some silken touches on their way to a 5-2 win over Killoe Celtic. Panel and scorers: Anna Cox, Maria Forde (3), Laura Rattigan, Ava Brehon, Katie Hoey, Emma Dowd(1), Siun McElgunn, Sophie Cox, Emma Feeney, Lillie Dowd(1),Kate Malone, Marianna Donlon, Emma Hoey.
The under 8s took part in a Blitz in Ballymahon on Saturday. Ben Cassidy, Lorcan Vesey, Jay Flynn, Finn Fallon, Sean Hogan, Kyran Horohoe, Aidan Cox, Donal Cox, Saoirse Feeney, Saoirse Dillon, Chloe Curran, David Kenny, Niall Morgan, Matthew Murphy, Darragh Shanley, Tom Hession, Caden Donlon, and Malachy Martin donned the Ballyboro colours.
Fixtures: The under 9s will be participating in a Blitz in Ardagh on Saturday along with the host team and Inny FC, starting at 11am. The under 11s are away to Mostrim on Saturday, kick off 11am. The under 14s are away to Galway Hibs on Saturday in the Connacht Shield, time to be confirmed. The under 11 girls play Ardagh in Ardagh at 11am on Saturday.

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


The 50/50 draw took place on Monday 21st October and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was the Joe Ginty, Knock, who was continuing the remarkable run of wins by the Ginty family. The winning pool was €290. Thanks to Joe for his continued 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: Following the semi-final last Friday evening we now face Clan na nGael in the O’Rourke Cup Final, time and date to be confirmed. 

Halloween: Join us on Wednesday 30th from 7-9pm in the clubhouse for an evening of fun, Halloween games, colouring competition and treats and raffle. Invitation open to all our younger players and family members. #Community 

Cards: Take place every Tuesday evening in the clubhouse, please note earlier start time of 8:30pm for the Autumn/Winter season. Last week’s winners; Frank Fallon & Sean Cox,  Runners up Damien & Willie. Last game Mick & Josie. 

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