Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 21st June 2021

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Taking over

For the past 18 years we have been very used to Sean Mimnagh running the Shannon Grill on Main Street. Sean developed a thriving business when taking over from Mary O’Neill back then. As time passed by Sean perfected the art of top-quality fast food and his reputation was revered far and wide. He quickly became a leading businessman in Lanesboro and iconic figure around the corner.

Sean has decided to step away from the business and we will all be sad to see him go not only for his food but his friendship and strength of character.

We wish Sean the very best in his chimney cleaning service and wish the very best of future success.

Taking over will be P.J. O’Neill and his partner Anta Stepanenko who already have the European Restaurant in Longford Town. It is a case of the circle coming the full circle as P.J. is son of the aforementioned Mary O’Neill and Anta has worked previously with Sean in the Shannon Grill.

We would like to wish P.J. and Anta the very best of luck and success as they embark on their new beginning in the Shannon Grill.

Light Ballet

On Thursday last I received a message from Mary O’Halloran, The Green, enquiring about a Light Ballet coming to Lanesboro. It was something I never heard about but on enquiring I discovered that Light Ballet created by Irish Light Artist Mick Murray and Lighting Designer Matthew Cregan, accompanied by a newly composed soundscape by David Kitt is presented as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten-day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council, June 2021. Light Ballet transformed eight counties’ skies and surrounding landscape with a light installation floating down the River Shannon over eight days.

For miles away the sky could be seen lighting up with the dancing beams lighting the sky as it made its way towards the bridge, The boat came into view on Friday morning at 12.30am and as it made its way towards the bridge the multi-coloured beams danced to the music creating the Light Ballet. The bridge and some of the banks were lined with local people and others were following it from town to town.

Lanesboro Primary School was approached to be part of the project. The boat stops at villages along their river journey to perform a Light Ballet from the boat. The trip along the Shannon with the Light Ballet represents the re-opening of the country post Covid.

Pupils in 5th & 6th had to design an individual light pattern. The pupils then voted on their favourite and the winning entry was from a 6th class pupil Natalia Jastrzebska. Her design was used in as part of the display on Thursday night.

It was a great spectacle, and it was a great occasion for everyone that came out to see this unique event on a very cool blustery night for standing on the bridge.

Distillery Yard Session

The Distillery Yard is delighted to welcome live music back to Lanesborough with a new Distillery Yard Session, featuring renowned local traditional musicians Noel Carberry (uilleann pipes, low whistle, tin whistle), Sean Sweeney (guitar and vocals) and Noel Sweeney (saxophone, flute, tin whistle).  Together, the trio will provide an entertaining evening of music, stories and craic.

This event will take place outdoors in the Distillery Yard, beside Lanesborough Car Park and the ticket price includes a free Coffee or Tea of your choice. In order to comply with social distancing, attendance is limited to 50 people. Seating will be provided. This is an outdoor event, so please dress for the weather.

Tickets €10 including a free coffee or tea of your choice.  Tickets available only by pre-booking on

The session will take place on Wednesday 30th June 7pm and 9pm.

This is a new and very welcome addition to the attractions in town and we hope for great weather and a full house for this inaugural event on the banks of the Shannon.

Cemetery Sunday

As was the case last year there will be no Cemetery Sunday in the parish of Rathcline. Traditionally the first three Sundays of August seen Cemetery remembrance in Rathcline, Lanesboro and Clonbonny cemeteries.

We would encourage everyone with plots in tour cemeteries to continue to mark the occasion by ensuring that all family graves are neat and tidy in honour of those that have gone before us. A little time a few days a week leading up to the annual dates would give all cemeteries a great uplift.

Please ensure you bring a black sack with you when on the clean-up and bring all your cutting away for disposal.


Many congratulations to Andree and James Gallagher, Gortgallon, on the birth last week of a baby girl.

Life or Death

The lifebuoys strategically positioned all along the Shannon banks will play its part in saving the life of someone in need and it is very important that these lifebuoys are cherished for their great value.

It was reported that once again some idle mind had vandalised one of these lifebuoys last week on the Longford bank of the Shannon. The rope on the lifebuoy was cut off and it would make the use of this lifebuoy of very limited use in case of an emergency. It was a most horrendous deed         and if anyone has any information please contact the local Gardaí.      

Mythology Storytelling

An evening of mythology storytelling with Aidan Killeen will take place at John Crossan’s in Lisnacusha on Tuesday evening next 29th June at 7pm. This should be a very interesting and entertaining evening and for us uninitiated it should be very enlightening. Aidan will be relating to the assembled the ‘Story of Lugh’.

For further information contact John 086 2364741.

Book your boat trip.

After a lot of hard work and preparation, the town’s new passenger boat service for trips on the river Shannon commenced daily sailings. This service is on board the new access for all boat which will bring out both people with disability and able-bodied passengers on the Shannon from the bridge and the marina in Ballyleague.  

Such has been the demand that there will now be a third sailing with the daily Monday to Friday revised times now reading 10am, 12 noon and 2pm. The trip will take approximately 90p minutes per trip.

To book a seat call Lisa or Dylan here in town at 043 33 21734 or go online today and book at

Tidy Towns Lottery

The weekly Lanesboro Tidy Towns lottery draw took place in the Tourism Office on Tuesday morning 15th June for a jackpot of €3,500.

The numbers drawn for this week were 2, 21, 24 and 28. There was no winner of the jackpot and the jackpot for Tuesday 22nd rose to €3,600.

The winner of the €50 consolation draw was Jimmy Tarmey, Cloontuskert, and the three further prizes of €20 went to Claire c/o XLNTEE, Mike Mullooly c/o Mags and Ralph & Bridie c/o Mags.

Lough Ree Athletics Club

Training continues every Tuesday at 6.30pm at the track and the club welcomes all young people interested in taking part in track and field athletics.


We would like to extend our congratulations to Thomas and Maeve Donohoe, Curragh Rua on the birth last week of a baby boy.

Rathcline 50/50

The Rathcline club’s 50/50 draw took place in The Yacht Bar. The lucky winner of the draw was James Killian, Rathcline and James won €170.

Tickets are available online or in any of the local shops and the club would encourage your support.

St. John’s Church Services

Church Services have returned to St. John’s Church Lanesboro, and the next service is a Holy Communion service Sunday next 27th June.

Drive-In Bingo

Drive-In bingo has returned to Ballyleague, and it will take place on Sunday next at the St. Faithleach’s clubhouse on Sunday next 27th June commencing at 3pm. Over €2,000 in prizes to be won.

Kayaking Summer Camp

The second Kayaking Summer Camp of the summer will start on Monday 12th July and will continue until Thursday 12th July under the skilful watch of instructor Junior Hannon. These courses have been ongoing over a number of years are hugely popular. Places are at a premium and if you are interested you should make an immediate booking. All gear will be supplied except for the wetsuit. It is for young people between the ages of 10 and 17 and it will take place in the old harbour from 10am until 12.30pm.

The cost of the course is €70, and you should phone 0872977769 to make your bookings.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Patricia and Harry McGann and extended family on the death of Patricia’s sister Mary Murphy, Clontarf, Dublin on Saturday 12th June.

St. Faithleach’s Lottery

The St. Faithleach’s GAA club’s lottery made a very welcome return on Tuesday last 15th June when the following numbers 2, 10 24 and 28 were drawn for a jackpot of €12,000. Nobody had these numbers, and the jackpot remains at €12,000 for the next draw.

The three winners of the €40 prizes were Molly O’Grady, Roscommon, John Gannon Gortgallon and Maggie Curley Ballyleague.

The next draw will take placed on Tuesday 29th June in the clubhouse. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Local Cemeteries

It has been brought to my notice of damage being perpetrated at local cemeteries in both the parishes of Rathcline and Newtowncashel. It is surely not a coincidence that the removal of flowers and plants is happening in cemeteries in both parishes. To go to a cemetery and take flowers of anybody’s family grave is one of the lowest form of misbehaviour that one can do. When you hear of shameful deeds such as these you begin to wonder about the people that do this in cemeteries or indeed anywhere else.


We would like to offer our deepest sympathy to Pauline Gilleran, nee Donlon, formerly Thureen, the extended Donlon and Gilleran families on the sudden death of Pauline’s husband Mel Gilleran, the Demense, Longford Town on Monday 14th June.

Club Longford

Tickets for the draw are priced €50 or 3 for €125 for a combined 1st prize of a Hyundai Tucson and a €2000 holiday at Center Parcs, 2nd prize is €2,000, 3rd prize 2 VIP tickets to a major concert in Croke Park, 4th prize €1,000 and 5th prize of €500.

Tickets can be bought from any of the Rathcline Club executive, County Board Chairman Albert Cooney, our county players senior and U20 or in O’Brien’s.

Buy your tickets early and you will be in for the next early bird additional draws that take place Sunday next 27th June for €250. Another early bird draw will take place on Sunday 11th July for a one-night stay in Kilronan Castle or Lough Rynn Castle with a dinner for two included and the final early bird draw takes place on Sunday 18th July for a €500 prize. 

The winner of the early bird draw for an overnight stay for two people in the Wineport Lodge, Glasson, was Matt Shaw, Mullingar.

Lanesboro 2000 Bridge Club

It is with great personal regret that we learned of the passing of Eamon Kenny, husband of Freda.
Eamon passed on to his eternal reward on 8th June after a long illness during which he was cared for with love and unending patience by Freda. The President, committee, and members of Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club wish to extend our sincere sympathy to Freda. Also, to their children, Colette, Mark and Sheila, their partners and children. May he rest in peace.

The President, committee and membership of Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club wish to convey their sympathy to Patricia McGann whose sister Mary passed away on Saturday 12th June. RIP

Lanesboro Library

Tel: 0433321291 Email:

Photocopying & Scanning services are available 
Send us your printing and we will print for you. 
Computer & Study facilities are UNAVAILABLE as per Government guidelines.
Opening Hours are
Wednesday 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm
Friday 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm
Saturday 10am-1pm

Summer Stars Reading Programme

Summer Stars reading programme gets underway this week at the library. Drop in and pick up your Reading Card and pick up some little gifts as you read over the summer months!

Foreign Currency & Used Stamps

We are still collecting unwanted foreign currency and old coins/notes in aid of Koins for Kids.  The smallest donation can make a huge difference. 

We also collect used stamps in aid of ISPCC.  Thank you.

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.

Friendly Phone Call Service

This service is organised by Longford Community Resources. If you or someone you know would like to have a friendly chat or if you want information on local services just phone Terri 087 2915367 or email Peter is another person that can be contacted for information – just call Peter on 083 3051786.


The past week was a very busy one for players and officials with seven teams in action, and the staging of the National Schools’ 5 a side Tournament. 

The under 11s gave a good account of themselves before going down 3-1 to a very strong Kenagh United team. Hayden Smyth scored with a subtle header for Ballyboro.

Kenagh were also the victors in the under 13 game getting the better of a Ballyboro team who did not sparkle on the night.

Oisin Dillon and Rian Hogan scored for Ballyboro under 12s in their joust with UCL Harps. However, the UCL boys finished strongly to win by a 4-2 margin.    

The under 14s performed very well in the second half against a highly rated Newtown team with Wesley Hughes scoring with a stunning free kick. However, the damage was done in the first period with Newtown finding the net three times.

 An under strength under 15 team gave an excellent display against Newtown and looked poised to secure a deserved draw as the game entered the closing stages, but a fortunate goal for Newtown gave them the points by a 2-1 margin.  Jack Brogan, with a thrilling run on the right wing set up the Ballyboro goal scored by Ciaran O’Dowd.

The under 11 girls showed they are a team to be reckoned with when they secured a 4-2 win over Ballymahon. Ellen Cox, Faye Hogan, Hannah Farrell, and Saoirse Dillon found the net for Ballyboro.

The under 13 girls also showed great promise when they had a scoreless draw with Ballymahon.

The 5 a side Tournament for local National Schools organised by the club in association with Lanesboro Community College was once again a great success. Seven schools took part and after 3 hours of hectic action Whitehall NS emerged victorious in the “A” Section defeating Ballyleague NS in the final. In the “B” Section final Fermoyle NS got the better of Kilteevan NS. The Goal of the Tournament award went to Patrick Grehan from Ballyfeeney NS, while Noah McLoughlin from Whitehall NS was selected as the Player of the Tournament. The club is grateful to all who helped on the day, and in particular to the four Ballyboro players and Community College students, Conor Lyons, Bryan Mullooly, Jack McGloin, and Eoin Cox who refereed all the games and did a great job.

Teams in action this week: Tuesday, under 15s v Ballymahon in Ballymahon, 7pm; Thursday, under 14s v UCL Harps in Abbeycartron, 7.30pm. Saturday, under 16 Lions v Stonepark in Abbeycartron, 11am. Saturday, under 16 Tigers v Melview, 12.30pm in Abbeycartron.

St. Mary’s Church

Weekend Masses

On Saturday evening next Mass at 7.30pm we welcome those from Aughamore, Aughaloughan, Augharanna, Barnacor, and Blenavoher.

At 9.30am Mass on Sunday the townsland of Carraroe, Carrowstrawley, Cashelbeg, Church Road, Church View and Clonbonny.

The 11.30am Mass will see parishioners from Clonfower, Corrigeen, Cullentra, Curraghrua, Cnóc na Gaoithe and Derrygeel.

Eucharistic Adoration on Tuesdays in the church from 10.30 to 8pm. It is very important that there will be at least two people in the church for each hour. Of the Adoration.

Celebration of Mass

When Mass is celebrated online the first two rows of the church are clearly visible. The new system has now been fully put in place and to avail of Mass online click on to join in the Mass ceremony in our church.

Weekend Masses.

Mass: the maximum number allowed at Mass will be 50.

Holy Communion: will be distributed in the hand only.

Holy Water fonts will remain empty.

Funerals: a maximum of 50 mourners are permitted in the church

Marriages: a maximum of 50 guests are permitted at the marriage ceremony

First Friday and Communion Calls: calls may take place with prior approval of the household.

Confession: the Sacrament may take place in the Church and not in the confessional

Everyone attending the Church are reminded to observe social distancing, and to avail of the hand sanitising stations in the Church.

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. 

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will resume on Friday evenings, starting this Friday evening and it will take place between 6pm and 6.45pm. Exposition will be followed Mass at 7pm. It is also an opportunity to avail of the opportunity for Confession.

Parish contacts

Fr. Sergiy Ruchenko will be on a break until the end of July. In his absence Fr. Tom Kearney, a native of Newtowncashel has kindly agreed to stand in for weekend Masses. For support and assistance, you can contact Fr. Merlyn Kenny, Newtowncashel 0860603433 and Fr. Turlough Baxter, Killashee 0879972259 who as you know are assisting in our parish.

Shannon Gaels Minor Club

All Action

All of our teams are now in action. Even with some mixed results I must say they are all playing to the best of their ability, and it is a joy to see them giving so much of themselves and enjoying their games. There are times that winning is not everything and the development of all our players is of the utmost importance. Parents, and coaches can be righty proud of the efforts of those young players as we all are.

Current training schedules

The current timetables have just been announced and all players are asked to be in attendance. Wednesday – Under 15/16/17 at 6pm and Under 18’s at 7pm. On Friday Under 15/16/17 at 5.30pm; Under 7 at 6.40pm, Under 9/11/12-13 at 6.30pm (4 groups with half pitch each). At 7.30pm on Friday the Under 18’s train.

Underage lead coaches

The following is the list of lead coaches with each age group. If you need to contact any of them, please contact our secretary Mark 085 1744376 or  or call into O’Brien’s for contact details or phone me (Joe) at 086 2460840.

Under 7 – John Healy and Michelle Kelly; Under 9 – Paul Hession and Vinnie Farrell, Under 11 – Mark Kenny and Duncan Murphy, Under 12’s and 13’s – Stephen Rooney and James Casey, Under 14 and 15 – Sean Farrell and Lee Cullen, Under 16 and 17 – Padraig O’Dowd and Sean Casey, Under 18 Seadna Ryan and Sean Kenny.

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