Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 26th October 2020

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Support for local Businesses

Business owners and organisations throughout the counties of Longford and Roscommon are encouraging the public to shop in their local communities in the lead up to Christmas to provide a much-needed boost to local business and to the local economy that is in such a difficult position due to CoronaVirus-19 and the level 5 restrictions. The motto this Christmas should be ‘Think and Buy Locally.’ By pulling together we are ensuring that our local businesses will continue into the future.

New Greenway success

Last weekend seen our new greenway been the busiest since it became accessible for walkers and cyclists. There were times that parking down at the barrier was at a premium. Not only are people walking the greenway but also walking over the Bord na Mona bridge and creating the longer loop down Salmon’s Lane. All of this is fabulous giving our walking community different walking options.

These walks are bringing great joy and happiness to people that they now have extended and safe walks in our own area. It is great to see the continued growth of walkers and cyclists and the developments of this greenways has encouraged more and more people to get out and get active.

A few weeks ago, I made an appeal for those that walk their dogs on the greenway to ensure that they clean up their dog foul. We all know that dogs are indiscriminate in where they foul and we sincerely ask all dog owners to ensure that they clean up after their dogs and keep the area clean for all walkers and in particular all the young people who use the facility be they cycling or walking.

Roscommon Biography

The Dictionary of Roscommon Biography has proved to be a wonderful book creating a great interest with its astonishing detail. This is a must for Roscommon people and also those of us that know many families in the county. There is a remarkable fact unknown to me and others I spoke to of Ger Farrell (Adie’s father), and his brother included. It is a book once you open it you will find it difficult to leave down as the information just keeps jumping off the pages at you. This huge volume priced at only €30 can be purchased in O’Brien’s while stocks last.

Talk to the Samaritans

Are you struggling to cope with life? Do you think it would be a help to talk about your problems in confidence? It does not matter who you are, how you feel or what has happened to you the Samaritans are always there and ready to talk with you. Don’t let things get you down just contact, and someone will talk with you. The Samaritans are available 24 hours a day 365 days a year just phone 116123.

Towns Lotto Winner                                                                                  

The numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lotto on Tuesday 20th October were 7, 11, 16 and 28. There was nobody with the four numbers and the jackpot for the draw on Tuesday 27th October stood at €2,300. The main consolation prize of €50 went to Nuala Malone, Cloontuskert, and the three other €20 prizes went to Margaret and Janette Leckey, Church View, Barbara Ferguson, Knock and David Dowd, Thureen.

The committee are very thankful for your continued and generous support.

Win a Car

Just prior to the outbreak of the Corona Virus pandemic Killashee GAA club had embarked on an ambitious redevelopment of their club house and dressing rooms. Having been committed to the project they are going ahead to accomplish the project.

They have just launched a new Club Development draw of which there will be 10 prizes with the main prize being a Toyota Yaris.  Tickets are priced €50 each or 3 for €130. Tickets can be purchased on Club Force under Killashee St. Brigid’s GAA or on PayPal


The death occurred on Monday 19th October at the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore, of Pat Murtagh, Ballyclare, Ballyleague. Pat, a native of Moyvore, Co. Westmeath moved to Ballyclare a number of years ago when he bought what was Cahill’s family home. He instantly became a popular figure in the community where his warmth and friendliness endeared him to everyone that came into contact with him. He was a very involved member of the ‘mens club. Pat was a brother of Mary Fallon, Ballinwooley, Curraghroe. Although not a long time amongst us his passing leaves a great void in our community. His warmth, cheeriness and welcoming greeting will be sadly missed.

Pat’s remains were removed to St. Patrick’s Church, Moyvore on Wednesday last 21st for his Funeral Mass. Following Mass his remains were removed to Lakelands Funeral Home and Crematorium, Cavan.

Pat is survived by his daughter, Madalene, sons David and Peter, brothers PJ, John and Billy, sisters Mary, Breda, Josie, Louise and Nora, relatives and friend to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.

St. Mary’s Church

Thank You

Fr. Sergiy would like to thank everyone that continues to drop in their envelopes into the Priests house every week. As everyone is in time of hardship it makes your continued generosity all the more spectacular.


With the new level 5 restrictions meaning that attendances at regular church services. However, the church will remain open for visitations and private prayer and you are invited to call in when you may be passing.

The daily masses are being streamed on Facebook ‘St. Mary’s Parish Lanesboro’ you can log on 10am Monday to Thursday, 7pm on Friday evening, 7.30pm Saturday and 11.30am on Sunday.

Mass intentions will continue to be booked for weekdays for the present. People wishing to book masses can do so by contacting Fr Sergiy before or after mass during the week in the Sacristy. All that have booked masses are asked to rebook them for weekdays for the foreseeable future. 

Adoration and Confession will take place on Friday evenings from 6pm until private mass time of 7pm.

Fr. Sergiy Ruchenko can be contacted at the presbytery or by phoning 3321166 or 0833892362. Alternatively, you can contact Fr. Merlyn Kenny, Newtowncashel 0860603433 and Fr. Turlough Baxter, Killashee 0879972259 who are assisting Fr. Sergiy during his ministery in the parish.

Church activities

Eucharistic Adoration will take place on Tuesday’s from 10.30am until 8pm and it is hoped that there will be two people in attendance for each hour.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions will take place on Friday evenings from 6pm until private mass time of 7pm.

Support line for older people

ALONE manage a national support line for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to Covid-19. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm. for helpful information phone 0818 222024

Lanesboro Library

Tel: 0433321291 Email:

In line with Government Level 5 restrictions, from Thursday October 22,

Lanesboro Library will once again be closed to the public.

All our Online Services can be accessed on our website by selecting ‘Your Online Library’.

Use your library card number & pin to log in to your account.

Online Storytimes and Hallowe’en/Winter Crafts & Competitions will continue on our Facebook page.

Any enquiries, please call 0433321291 or email on the following days

Wednesday 10-1 & 2-5pm and Saturday 10-1pm

Crafts Competition

Check out our Halloween crafts on our Facebook page – Send in pics of your completed craft and be in with a chance to win a prize after Hallowe’en!

Design A Bookmark Competition

Design your own bookmark and be in with the chance of having it printed professionally! Email for an entry form. The closing date is Saturday next October 31st.

The winning entry will be printed professionally.

Name The Witch Competition

Email for an entry form & send in your entries!

There will be a prize for the lucky winner after Hallowe’en!

Seeing a Counsellor

Seeing a counsellor does not mean that there is something wrong with you. It may mean that you like to learn new ways to cope with different situations, create new thinking patterns and help with a traumatic experience. If this is something you would like to explore you are asked to phone 0433341511.

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