Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 12th July 2021

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Distillery Yard Session’s continue

Noel Carberry, Sean Sweeney, Noel Sweeney, and Nuala Donlon.

Unfortunately, the session advertised for Wednesday 7th was postponed, due to the poor weather forecast, but every cloud has a silver lining as there is a very special guest added to the line-up for the rescheduled session this Wednesday 14th July.  Local legend Noel Carberry (uilleann pipes, low whistle, tin whistle), Sean Sweeney (guitar and vocals) and Noel Sweeney (saxophone, flute, tin whistle), will be joined by highly regarded local fiddle player Nuala Donlon.  Together, they will provide an entertaining evening of the finest traditional music, stories and craic.

This event will take place outdoors in Distillery Yard, beside Lanesborough Car Park and 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 from Distillery Yard or by pre-booking on

New Paths

Pathways on the Rathcline Road, the Longford Road and the Ballymahon were in a poor state of disrepair and in recent weeks the three pathways were taken up in preparation for replacement paths. The paths on the Longford Road and the Rathcline Road have been completed to a very high standard and by the end of the coming week the path on the Ballymahon Road will also be completed.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs Mary Agnes Flynn, her husband Seamus and their family, The Green on the death of Mary Agnes’s brother Frank McGurran, Rooskey, Co. Roscommon on Sunday 4th July.


Grief and sadness were the general reactions last week when the news broke on Saturday 3rd July of the death of Mrs Phil Tarmey, Cloontuskert. Phil was a native of Moate, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo before moving to Cloontuskert with her late husband Martin where they established themselves and their family as pillars of our community. She was a devoted wife and mother raising a family of six. Phil was a spirited woman with boundless energy and a wonderful neighbour and friend and where herself and a few of her Cloontuskert neighbours went on many outings. Phil was 99 years old when she died and only four months away from her 100th birthday. She was an outgoing and very sociable lady easy to make friends with and her warm and welcoming smile endeared her to everyone, a lady with a generous heart of gold as many testified to on the news of her death. Her great warmth was remembered by everyone hence the great sadness shared by everyone at the news of her passing.

Phil reposed in Smyth’s Funeral Home, Roscommon until her removal to the Church of the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague on Sunday evening. Following the Mass of the Resurrection on Monday Phil was laid to rest alongside her husband Martin in Cloontuskert Cemetery.

To her sons Jimmie, Sean (Jack) and Martin, daughters Mai, Bea and Elizabeth, relatives and many friends we extend our deepest sympathy.


We would like to extend our congratulations to Mairead and Luke Brennan, Lehery, on the recent birth of a baby girl.

Music Time in Lanesboro

Following on from the Wednesday sessions 6-9pm in the Distillery Yard it was with great excitement we learned of Longford Council’s new music initiative Longford Live & Local. We feature greatly on the list of events, and it is a golden opportunity to enjoy outdoor music throughout July and August. Tickets are free, booking is essential, the events will be outdoor events, socially distanced and ticketed events only, and you can make your bookings through

The full list of events:

Thurs 15th July 2pm The Ramblers, Seamus Farrell, Sean & Noel – Innis Ree Nursing Home- event private for residents only.

Sat 17th July – Katie Gallagher – Distillery Yard- tickets and details on

Sat 24th July 4pm– Blues Confidential- Distillery Yard- tickets and details on

Sat 31st July 4pm- Aoife Mulligan- Distillery Yard – more details coming soon.

Sat 7th Aug 2pm- The Shenanigan’s – Children’s Music Concert- Clarke’s Garden– more details coming soon.

Sat 7th Aug 4pm- Paul Gurney, Paul Hennessy & Eimear Reynolds- Distillery Yard– more details coming soon.

Sat 14th Aug 4pm- Turquoise Orange – Distillery Yard– more details coming soon.

Sat 21st Aug 4pm- Mick & Conor Lane – Distillery Yard– more details coming soon.

Sat 28th Aug 4pm- Turquoise Orange- Distillery Yard– more details coming soon.

As well as entertaining locals, these concerts will bring visitors to our wonderful town, benefitting local businesses, so hopefully the weather stays good for all of them.

Book your boat trip.

The Access for All boat is making trips three times a day Monday to Friday – 10am, 12 noon and 2pm and it is a very popular excursion for able bodied and those with disabilities. Bookings are very high and early booking is advisable to ensure travelling at your chosen time. At the moment there are limited excursions out to Lough Ree for its 1½ hr trip on Saturdays. The trip is proving very popular with families and indeed a man in Australia told me the other day that he can’t wait to get home to his native Newtowncashel and the first thing he is going to do is take the trip out on the boat.

The absolutely brilliant trip with an excellent on-board staff will take approximately 1½ hours.

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


We would like to express our sincere sympathy to Marie, Karen, Kevin and Vera Lavin formerly of Ballyleague on the death of their father Jer on Tuesday 6th July. Jer Lavin worked in Bord na Mona until his retirement and in later years he moved to Roscommon Town. Jer was predeceased by his wife Bessie and following his Funeral Mass at the Church of the Holy Rosary he was laid to rest alongside his wife in Cloontuskert Cemetery.

New Antiques Shop

We would like to wish Andrew Clancy the very best of luck with his new Antique Shop in Ballyleague. The shop is located beside Rosie’s at the Lifebelt. We wish Andrew many years of successful trading.

Lough Ree Access For All CLG

invites applications for the following positions:

Full Time – Boat Crew Member – Disability Vessel

(Ref: LRAFA2C2021)

Full Time – Digital Marketing / Social Media Co-ordinator

(Ref: LRAFA2E2021)

All positions will be based at the Lough Ree Access For All boat centre and associated sites at Ballyleague, Lanesborough, county Roscommon. The project is supported by the Department of Rural & Community Development & Pobail through the Community Services Programme. For more information and a summary on these positions go to

Compliance with the funder’s requirements regarding eligibility of individuals to hold a CSP supported post is set out in the detailed job descriptions for the above posts which are available from the following e mail address:

How to Apply: please submit a letter of application detailing how you meet the requirements along with your full CV clearly stating the reference number and the position you are applying for, to or by post to the following address : FAO The Company Secretary, Lough Ree Access For All CLG, Ballyleague, Lanesborough, county Roscommon. Eircode: N39 E297

Closing date for receipt of applications is 1 pm, Friday next 16th July.

Lough Ree Access For All CLG is an Equal Opportunities Employer


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Seadna and Teresa Ryan, family, Main Street, and the extended Ryan family on the death in Dublin on Wednesday last 7th July of Mrs. Evelyn Molloy, Malahide, Co. Dublin aunt of Seadna. Evelyn was in her 101st year and was sister of the late Eamon Ryan.

Tidy Towns Lottery

The weekly Lanesboro Tidy Towns lottery draw took place in the Tourism Office on Tuesday morning 5th July for a jackpot of €3,800.

The numbers drawn for this week were 14, 19, 20 and 30. There was no winner of the jackpot and the jackpot for Tuesday 13th July rose to €3,900.

The winner of the €50 consolation draw was Brían and Daithí, c/o Yacht Bar, and the three €20 prizes went to Oran Barker & Girls c/o Freda Connaughton, Michael Kelly, Abbeyshrule and Karen Donlon c/o Mags.

Croagh Patrick

Due to the ongoing Corona Virus the annual pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick is taking place this year in a different format to try and adhere to socially distancing and the Government restrictions. It will take place during the week Wednesday to Saturday during the month of July. Most days there will be Mass at 12 noon on the summit.

Lough Ree Athletics Club

The club welcomes all young people interested in taking part in track and field athletics to come along and share in the great times with the Lough Ree Athletic Club.

Rathcline 50/50

The Rathcline club’s 50/50 draw took place on Monday night last 5th July in The Yacht Bar. The winning envelope was in the name of Bernie McKenna, Barnacor who received €169. The club would like to thank everyone for their generous support.

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

New Kayaking Camp

Another Kayaking Camp will commence on Monday 26th until Thursday 29th July under the watchful eye watchful eye of leading instructor Junior Hannon. These courses have been ongoing over the summer months and are proving to be 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 beside Hanley’s Marina from 10am until 12.30pm.

The cost of the course is €70, second child of the same family €65and you should phone 0872977769 to make your bookings.

Almost Draw Time

There is just a short time left before the Club Longford Supporters Club draw for the wonderful first prize draw of a new Hyundai Tucson and a €2000 holiday at Center Parcs, Ballymahon. Either of the combined 1st prizes would be worth winning singly but a chance to win both is an opportunity that definitely should not be missed. Tickets for the draw are priced €50 or 3 for €125. 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 Louis Skelly, members of the Rathcline Club executive, County Board Chairman Albert Cooney or in O’Brien’s Shop.

To be in for the final early bird draw buy your tickets this week for the bird draw that will take place on Sunday next 18th July for a €500 prize. 

Last week’s winner of the early bird draw for €250 was Ursula Sweeney, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon who was an online purchaser.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

Back in the swing was the Lough Ree Golfing Society when they had their first outing of 2021 at Co Longford Golf Club on Friday last 9th July, and what a wonderful day we all had, weather perfect and the course in excellent condition, which reflected in brilliant scores being recorded. We thank Co Longford GC for their help in organising a great day, as commented on by all present. John Martin burned up the course with a brilliant 41 pts with Joe Mc Grath and Jackie Mc Donnell tied on 36 pts and Joe winning on countback. There were not too many members near the pin on a challenging par 3, Tony Carleton managed to be the closest it, with Martin Mc Alister winning the longest drive. Peter Lally won the Front Nine and Ronan Cullen the Back Nine.

The overall results were 1st John Martin 41pts, 2nd Joe McGrath 36pts and 3rd Jackie McDonnell 36pts.  

There were some new members on the day, and anybody who wishes to join is more than welcome. The next outing is to Mullingar Golf Club for the August outing.


Stephen Kelly of Precision Health will be conducting a training course on CPR and Defibrillator use on Tuesday 27th commencing at 7pm. This course is aimed at club officials, team and club mentors and parents.  

The Euro 2020 Tournament for the under 9s will conclude on this Saturday 17th with all 8 teams in action.

The under 11 team were involved in a cracking contest with Newtown. A stunning late goal by Shane Farrell secured a deserved draw for the Ballyboro lads. the game finished 3-3. Team and scorers: Hayden Smyth, Cathal Hanley, Tim Kenny (1), Alfie Brehon, Darragh Donlon, Alfie Murphy (1), Shane Farrell (1), Aydin Odemis, Ben Cassidy, Jack Cassidy. Subs: Ferat Pulcu, Elliott Johnston, Charlie Moynihan, Miko, Lorcan Hanley.

  The under 12 team failed in their quest to reach the Summer League final when they were defeated by a strong Killoe Celtic team. The team played some good football, but Killoe deserved their win. Ballyboro: Evan Rooney, Ciaran McGloin, John Farrell, Harry Brogan, Sean Collins, Leon Malkowski, Eoghan Mullooly, Rian Hogan, Oisin Dillon. Subs: Dan Casey, Miko, Sean O’Dowd, Jacob McConnell.

Lanesboro Library

Tel: 0433321291 Email:

Photocopying & Scanning services are available 
Send on your printing and the library service will print for you.
Computer & Study facilities are unavailable as per Government guidelines.
The library opening hours are
Wednesday 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm
Friday 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm
Saturday 10am-1pm

Summer Stars Reading Programme

Summer Stars reading programme is in full swing 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.

St. Mary’s Church

Weekend Masses

On Saturday evening next Mass at 7.30pm those from Aughamore, Aughaloughan, Augharanagh, Barnacor, and Blenavoher, are planned to attend.

At 9.30am Mass on Sunday 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.

Clonbonny Cemetery

Next Sunday 18th July prayers will be offered for those buried in Clonbonny Cemetery and graves will be blessed during the week.

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

U-13 Hard luck to our Under 13 panel and team management who lost out in the League Shield Final in Pearse Park on Sunday evening last. The lads had a great run throughout the league and just came up short in the Final on Sunday and along with their team management must be complimented.

Cúl Camp The Cúl at the club grounds will commence on Monday next 19th July and will continue until Thursday 23rd. We hope that all the young people taking will have a great time and the camp will be fun filled.

This week The Under 17 team will be out twice this week with their first game on Tuesday when they travel to Kenagh to play St. Dominick’s and again on Sunday when they welcome Grattan Óg to Clonbonny at 6.30pm.

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