Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 13th July 2020

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes


It is with great sympathy we record the recent death in Birmingham, England the death of Liam Murphy, formerly of Cloontuskert. Liam was predeceased by his wife Peggy. He is survived by his sons Liam and Damian, his partner Anne, his brothers Seamus, Denis, Joe, Jude and his sisters Mary and Bernadette. We extend our deepest sympathy to the Murphy and the extended Murphy families.

Tidy Town Draw Returns

On Tuesday last 7th July the first Tidy Towns lottery draw since the lockdown took place in the Co-Op office. The tickets purchased pre lockdown were all included in the drum. The numbers drawn were 1, 11, 20 and 26. There was nobody with these numbers and the jackpot rose to €8,000 for the draw on Tuesday 14th July. The winner of the €50 prize was Olive Kenny, Cloontuskert, and the 3 x €20 winners were Sharon and Luke Dowd, Thureen, Catherine Egan, c/o Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union and Antoinette Skelly, Newtowncashel.

St. Marys Parish Hall AGM

St, Marys Parish Hall committee will hold their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday next                                                                                                                                                                     July 21st at 7pm in the Parish Hall. Social distancing will be practiced. Attendees are asked to follow all government guidelines in relation to covid-19.

Working from Home

Longford Public Participation Networks (PPN) is carrying out a survey for everyone that is travelling out of the county to work. If you would like to log into the survey, please do and register your answers to the questions. Currently the Lanesboro

PPN have issued the following: Are you currently commuting long distances? Would you like the opportunity to relocate to Longford to work in a place that you live?  Longford County Council Regeneration Department are currently developing proposals for rural working hubs across the county and want to hear your opinion. We want as many commuters as possible to take part and help define future remote working facilities in County Longford.

This survey is designed for commuters currently living in Longford and commuting outside the county for work purposes. We would like you to complete the short survey and to share this post. 

Lanesboro Library

Browse & Borrow service available on the following days- Wednesday 10am-1pm and 2-5pm. Friday 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm.

For the well-being of everyone, please note the following:

  • Visitor numbers will be limited to 2 Customers or 1 family in the Library at any one time.  Please queue safely outside the building.
  • All children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Book Return:  Books can be returned through the Book Drop to the side of front door.
  • Computers/Internet:  Public P.C.’s are available for use – Please phone 0433321291 to book your time.
  • Printing Services: Printing, Photocopying & Scanning service are available – Please phone 043 3321291 to book your time.
  • Hand Sanitisation: Sanitisation Stations MUST be usedand will be available at the entrance and within the library.
  • Social Distancing and Respiratory Etiquette must always be observed.
  • If you or anyone at home has symptoms of Covid-19, please DO NOT visit the Library, or return books for 72 hours,

after you have completed a 14-day isolation period and are fever free for 5 days.

Summer Stars Reading Programme

Pick up your reading card at the library, or download at

Lots of fun activity sheets also available on

You can contact Library on: email , on Facebook you can private message: @lanesborolibrary , or telephone Stella: 043 3321291

Clonbonny Cemetery Sunday

The Masses for the celebration of Cemetery Sunday will be celebrated privately on Sunday next 19th July with Mass for the Deceased interred in Lanesboro Cemetery.

Cloontuskert Cemetery Sunday

Cemetery Sunday will be celebrated in Cloontuskert Cemetery on Sunday 9th August at 6pm.                                           Those with family members buried in Cloontuskert are asked to tend the graves before Cemetery Sunday.

What is ahead of us

Over the past week we started walking along the canal at Killashee and for any community it is a wonderful amenity whether you are going from Killashee church towards Kenagh or Clondra. The pathway is in prime condition and we have found that there are a surprising number of people using the pathway for cycling, walking, and running.

While all the recent rain is slowing our pathway from Kilnacarrow to Cloonbearla work to almost a standstill what we have seen on the canal walk in Killashee and previously in Longford shows us the fantastic facility we will have and it ability to attract great numbers.

If only we could get some summer weather right now as it would only take about six to eight more uninterrupted weeks to complete the work.

Over the past number of weeks there has been tremendous positive comment from a lot of visitors as to how well our community is looking and this is a tremendous tribute to both the Tidy Town groups and the FÁS team under Sean Moran for their continuous work. There has been a lot of painting done on premises on the Main Street and all the buildings are beginning to have that filled feeling and look about them which is so vital. 

Great credit must go to everyone for their special efforts.

Clonbonny Cemetery

Due to Covid 19 restrictions Cemetery Sunday Mass in Clonbonny Cemetery for Sunday next is cancelled and mass will be said privately for all interred within the graveyard. As a result of this there will be no gate collection for the upkeep of the cemetery. The committee have set up a Go Fund me page to help with these costs. Alternatively, people can donate by putting donation into an envelope with their name and drop into Joe and Martina O Brien’s Shop or Mags Hair Salon.

Just Transition

The applications for the second stage of the Just Transition must be lodged by this coming Friday. There are a number of applications by a number of individuals and groups ain the community along with applications relation to our community by both Longford and Roscommon County Councils. We hope that all will receive the results their efforts merit and we wish all the very best of luck.

Best Life Summer Camp

A new Best Life Summer Camp will take place at Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon from Tuesday 4th August to Friday 7th August. The camp will take place for 6 to 9-year olds from 9.30am to 12.30pm and for 10 years and older from 1.30 to 4.30pm. The camp is limited to 15 per group and it will cosy €70.

Activities will include Life Lessons, Games, Art, Yoga and Meditation and the topics covered will be growing friendships, confidence booster, gratitude attitude, destroy your worries, dealing with mean words, and standing up for yourself.

For booking and added information please email:

Astro Pitch Reopens

Ballyboro FC wish to announce that, in accordance with FAI protocol for Covid 19 restrictions, the club’s state of the art astro pitch is re-opening for hire on Saturday July 11th with lots of slots available for mid-week and weekend 5 a side. 

The pitch can only be booked online through the website and as part of the new protocol the person who makes the booking online is fulfilling the role of Covid 19 compliance officer for the time they are on the pitch.

Players attending at the astro must not car-pool unless they are from the same household and all players contact details must be retained for one month. All players must arrive togged our and carry their own individual water bottle. All players must use the sanitiser supplied at the pitch. 

The above guidelines are consistent with the Return to Training Protocols laid down by the Health Authorities and the FAI. If anyone has any queries please don’t hesitate to e mail:                                                      

New Takeaway

In recent weeks a new Takeaway ‘Sizzlers’ opened in Ballyleague specializing in Indian Takeaway and Fast Food and traditional ‘fish and chips. We wish the proprietors the very                                       best of luck for a successful business venture.                                                                                      

Saddle Up

Rathcline GAA Senior, Minor & Ladies Clubs are delighted to announce the return of “Saddle Up” for 2020
Building on the massive success of 2019 in delivering improved facilities at Clonbonny, we have ambitious plans for this year. The focus of Saddle Up for 2020 is to grow and enhance facilities for our junior members. We will be unveiling our plans over the next few weeks so watch this space!

News from our local Parishes

News from St. Mary’s Church

Parish Council

Following a meeting of the Parish Council held on Monday 29th June consideration was given to the reopening of the church for public Mass. Subject to diocesan and Government guidelines of phase 4 it is intended to reopen the church for Mass on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July.  Due to the Covid-19 restrictions St. Mary’s has a capacity for approximately 65 persons.

Cemetery Sunday: Mass will be offered privately on Sunday next 12th July for all those interred in Lanesboro Cemetery.

Weekly Envelopes: Fr. Mickey would like to thank everyone who continue to drop off their weekly envelopes into his house. These are times of hardship and difficulties and your generosity is deeply appreciated.


Individual baptisms may be celebrated under the following conditions (1) the number present is determined by the social distancing measure of 2 metres, (2) The area of the church used for the baptism must be cleaned/sanitised before and after each baptism. For the avoidance of doubt, multiple baptisms are NOT permitted.

Tax Relief Scheme: The Tax Relief forms are for all who contribute, not just P.A.Y.E. and self-employed, but for everyone regardless of their source of income. These forms need to be completed once in every 5 years. You are asked to return your forms to the presbytery as soon as possible.

Weekly Newsletter

The weekly parish newsletter is available each week on Friday afternoon in the church porch or in Martina and Joe O’Brien’s shop.

Kilgefin parish notes

Kilgefin Parish Masses will take place in Ballyleague Church only for the time being.

Daily Mass will take place Monday to Friday at 10am.

Saturday 11th July 7pm for Ballagh and Curraghroe Church areas. 

Sunday 12th July 11am for Ballyleague Church area. 

The Covid capacity of the church is 50 so spaces are limited. 

The exemption from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holydays is extended for the time being. It is important that people who are unwell and especially those with any symptoms that might suggest Covid-19 infection- should remain at home. More details on Covid controls in our church are in this week’s bulletin which is available in Ballyleague church. 

Thanks to everyone for their cooperation. 

Thanks to everyone who attended our first public celebration of Mass with a drive in Mass at St Faithleach’s GAA grounds. Thanks to all who helped organise and run the event. Finally, thanks to St Faithleach’s for the use of their grounds for this memorable occasion. This is a lovely demonstration of community spirit during these challenging times. 

St. John’s Church of Ireland

As and from Sunday next 13th July St. Johns Church will be open for Service at 11.30 am. From then on Service will take place in St. John’s Church on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. On the first and third Sundays of each month Service will take place in St. Coman’s Roscommon.

Hand sanitising stations will be available and social distancing will be in place in both Churches.

Rathcline GAA

The Cúl Camp program for this summer is now live for bookings and can be got at

All camps are limited in numbers to 100 per venue so early booking for those interested is advisable.

Following the outstanding success of the inaugural cycle ‘Saddle Up’ the club is embarking on another Saddle Up. Full details will follow on soon and if you intend taking part you should get some bike miles into those legs.

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