Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday March 16 2020

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Update

In line with the HSE’s Guidelines to call off all parades as well as many other events the organising committee of the Lanesboro Ballyleague St. Patrick’s Day Parade called off our St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The committee would ask everyone that has been asked to sell tickets for them to continue to do so as the draw has been deferred and will now take place on Easter Sunday night. The committee urges everyone to support the draw.


The entire area was shocked to learn of the death at University College Hospital, Galway on Friday 6th March of Paddy Neilan, Lough Ree Park, Ballyleague. Paddy a native of Castlecoote, Co. Roscommon came to reside amongst us when he was serving with the army in Longford. Paddy instantly became a big part of our community and he was very popular throughout. During his 20 years plus in the army Paddy qualified as a chef, a career he put to full use after retiring. Where does one start remembering Paddy? A loving and caring man to his wife and family who was hugely proud of the achievements of his children and grandchildren, a noted chef where nobody ever complained due his substantial meals, a wonderful friend to many, a character of note. He had a heart of gold and a man who was always ready to give a helping hand. He never like to see anyone down in themselves or in their luck and he would always lift one’s spirits whether with his caring and compassion manner or one of his legendary sayings – I am sure he is above in heaven wishing everyone to ’have a nice day’. Paddy will be sadly missed by everyone that knew him. His visits to us in the shop for a chat will be sadly missed where everything would undoubtedly get an airing. We will miss him greatly as the shop was always filled with great cheerfulness when he left. Paddy left a wonderful memory and that was clearly seen by the huge attendance at the reposing of his remains at his home in Lough Ree Park on Sunday, and again on Monday at the removal of his remains and Mass of the Resurrection at the Church of the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague and again at his burial  in Cloontuskert Cemetery.

We extend our sympathy to his wife Bernie, sons Darren, Patrick, Michael, daughters Michelle and Sarah, sisters Margaret, Kathleen, Evelyn and Chris and his brother Jim, relatives and a huge number of friends.

Éigse Peter Carberry

Pete Carberry was a legendary uilleann piper not only within Ireland but internationally. Pete lived in the Bord na Mona housing estate, Derryhaun outside of Lanesboro where his day job was with Bord na Mona. He was from a family renowned for the playing of Irish Music. The name Pete Carberry was synonymous with the playing of uilleann pipes where his skill and craft mesmerised everyone. Many of the extended Carberry family have followed in his footsteps and have formed an Irish music dynasty that has yet to be equalled.

The inaugural hosting of the Éigse Peter Carberry weekend took place during April 2019 in Lanesboro where the three generations of the Carberry family were joined for the weekend by some of Ireland’s foremost Irish musicians All through the weekend there were concerts, exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops as will be the case at this year’s event. Irish music will again overflow from St. Mary’s Hall, local hostelries and shops. The ambiance all over town will be terrific with the sounds of Irish traditional music spilling over from so many places.

Lanesboro, County Longford will more be the setting for the second hosting of the Éigse Peter Carberry weekend where once again a host of Ireland’s best traditional Irish musicians have committed to attending.

Éigse Peter Carberry will commence on Friday 24th April with the official opening ceremony in St. Mary’s Hall Lanesboro at 8pm and will continue through Saturday and Sunday with sessions, exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops throughout the weekend.

On Sunday in Ballyleague Hall the exciting Nóta Stóta will take place and it is a must for everyone to see and enjoy. Nóta Stóta is a group comprising renowned traditional musicians Conal Ó Gráda (flute, whistle, mouth organ) and Benny McCarthy (accordions, mouth organ) alongside inimitable puppeteer Des Dillon. The performance is entitled ‘Polkas, Puppets & Púcaí’ and is sure to produce some surprises as well as fantastic music.

You can keep up to date with all the upcoming events on the Facebook page Éigse Peter Carberry.

The hunt for accommodation continues. The committee is receiving requests for all types of accommodation for the weekend and if you can help in putting people up you can drop an email to me   phone 0862460840 or call into O’Brien’s shop and leave your name.


The Corona Virus has become a blight on not only this country but also the world. The Shannon Gaels club in line with the recommendations of the Government and our parent body the GAA have cancelled the proposed play An Ogeous Brose in St. Mary’s Hall.

Everyone that has bought tickets are asked to call back to where they purchased their tickets for a full refund.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Diarmuid and Helen O’Sullivan and family on the death of Helen’s father, Oliver Scallon, Irvinestown, Co. Fermanagh on Thursday last 12th March.

Our Library Notice

To help contain the spread of Covid-19, all branches of Longford County Library will be closed to the public on the following dates, 12-29 March 2020. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused.
All meetings and events have been postponed until later date.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday night last are: N/S 1st Philomena Walsh and Katherine Harrison, 2nd Brid McDermott and Una Lawlor and 3rd Mona O’Flaherty and Maureen Hynes. E/W 1st Mary Farrell and Cyril Hussey, 2nd Una Clarke and Tom Feeney, 3rd Mae Casey and Noreen Dunne.

Members should note that Lanesboro Bridge club is closed until further notice.

Gun Club News

Clay Shoot

The club will travel to Lakelands Shooting Grounds Mullingar on the 21st March next for a member’s clay shoot. The competition will be run across sporting, ABT, DTL & OT layouts. All members in attendance are required to have necessary safety gear such as ear protection, safety glasses and baseball hat. We would hope to be on site at 11.30am in Lakelands. Could we ask local members to meet in Lanesborough circa 10.30am and arrange to carpool.

Easter Draw

The club will be holding an Easter Draw on Saturday night 11th April in Joe Farrell’s Pub with over €2,000 in prizes. Music will be provided on the night by Fran Deffew. We have received a huge response from the local community and further afield with regard to sponsorship of prizes. The club would like to thank all sponsors for their assistance to date. Tickets are currently on sale with club members and local businesses. All your support would be greatly appreciated.

Lourdes Pilgrimage

This year the Ardagh Clonmacnoise Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from Friday 29th May until Wednesday 3rd June and the inclusive cost is €749. Pilgrimage director is Fr. Bernard Noonan 09064 81180. The flight departure is from Knock Airport. For bookings contact Joe Walsh Tours 01-2410811/2.

Tidy Towns Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on Tuesday morning March 10 were3, 19, 28 and 30. There was nobody with the winning numbers and the jackpot pool has now risen to €7,900. The €50 prize winner was Patsy Donlon, Lehery and the three winners of €20 were Emer Farrell c/o Joe’s, Jackie and Siobhan c/o Clarke’s and Brendan Rhatigan, Fermoyle.


The winner of the Rathcline 50/50 draw held on Monday night 9th March was P.J. Finn, Derryhaun. The winning envelope was worth €243.

You have four options when buying your tickets, (1) buy your €2 ticket, (2) 3 the 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.

Ladies Mini Marathon
The Ladies Mini Marathon scheduled for June Bank Holiday has been cancelled due to the uncertainty surrounding the country due to the Corona Virus


The club is indebted to Stephen Kelly who has generously donated a Defibrillator and AED Cabinet for the club. The unit was installed during the week and is now operational. Training will be provided (under controlled circumstances) in the coming weeks.

 In the next few weeks, the club will be organizing competitions where our players can practice their soccer skills in the safety of their homes and gardens. The first of these is the Ballyboro ” Keepy-uppy” World Cup. Videos of each players best efforts should be sent to the relevant Ballyboro team manager. Prizes will be awarded for A) the best effort, B) the longest lasting one, C) the funniest effort. More fun competitions will be held in the coming weeks. 


Becoming a club member

This year the club is encouraging everyone to become a club member. Membership can be paid easily online at Just log on to the page and follow the link.  Being a club member shows your support for you club and parish. It also gives you your identity as a paid-up member of the Rathcline club. The more that will join will instil a greater pride in our club and your community. Membership of Rathcline retains your connection in your club that you may have played with and/or just supported. With a big membership we are able to connect to all the new residents in our parish whether as players, parent or just supporters. Rathcline is a club of the welcomes and we encourage everyone to become a member of our club.
Non-playing membership is €20 and playing membership is €50.


The winner of the Rathcline 50/50 draw held on Monday night 9th March was P.J. Finn, Derryhaun. The winning envelope was worth €243.

Don’t forget the 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.

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