Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 26th July 2021

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes


The marriage took place on Friday last 23rd July at St. Mary’s Lanesboro of Megan Daly, daughter of Colm and Joan Daly, Woodside, Rathcline and Thomas Fahy, son of Gerry and Margareta Fahy, Loughrea, Co. Galway. Chief bridesmaid was Allanah Scully, best friend of the bride and the bridesmaids was Karen Kearns, sister-in-law of the bride. Bestman was Brian Daniels, best friend of the groom and groomsmen were Mark Shone fried of the groom and Kieran Walsh also a friend of the groom. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Turlough Baxter. The wedding reception took place in the Abbey Hotel

We wish the happy couple many years of wedded bliss.


Last Saturday morning the newest business on our Main St., opened its doors to the public and without any fanfare or publicity it was amazing how busy the new business was in its early days of trading.

As you can gather from the name LanesBrew that we are talking about the new Coffee Shop opened by cousins Brenda, daughter of Mary and the late Michael Carroll and Regina, daughter of Sean and Anne Carroll.

It was amazing how the ambiance of the Main Street was change by the new business with big numbers of customers throughout Saturday and Sunday availing of the outdoor seating area which created a new laid back and carefree mood on our Main Street.

We wish the girls the very best of success in the new business.


It was with great sadness and regret we learned of the death on Tuesday 20th July of Rita Wyer, Church View. Rita a native of Clara, Co. Offaly returned from England a number of years to live amongst us in Church View. Rita was left a widow in England with a very young family after the death of husband JJ. In the intervening time she met John Carter who was a great support in raising her family and moved to Lanesboro with her where they both integrated very easily into our community. Rita was a tireless worker, and it was in her job in a laundrette that she thrived in the work she loved doing as well as the interaction with the customers. She was a very popular lady and a great conversationalist. She was a woman who loved the game of bingo and adored her little dog who was a great companion to her following the death of John Carter. In recent times Rita’s health had been failing but nonetheless her passing as a great shock to us all.

To her daughters, Joan, Elizabeth, and Valerie, sons Paul and John, sisters Moll, Frances, Peg, and Patsy, brother Kevin, relatives and friends we extend our deepest sympathy.

Rita reposed at Farrell’s Funeral Home on Thursday before been removed to St. Mary’s Church on Friday 23rd for her Funeral Mass. Burial took place following Mass to Clonbonny cemetery.

Music Time continues

The wonderful musical collaboration between the Longford County Council, Shane Crossan and the Clancy family for musical entertainment in the Distillery Yard has proven to be something very special for the community. With the entertainment of the highest quality, it has blended in so magically with the huge numbers availing of the wonderful weather and congregating along the bay area of the majestic River Shannon. It has been fabulous to see both banks of the river been so hugely populated with people enjoying themselves and availing of the area.

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:

Saturday next 31st July 4pm- Aoife Mulligan- Distillery Yard.

On Saturday 7th August commencing at 2pm the music will move to Clarke’s Garden where Steve Ormsby will be hosting The Shenanigan’s – a Children’s Music Concert that promises a great afternoon to be a unique and beautiful setting.

Sat 7th Aug 4pm- Paul Gurney, Paul Hennessy & Eimear Reynolds- Distillery Yard.

Sat 14th Aug 4pm- Turquoise Orange – Distillery Yard.

Sat 21st Aug 4pm- Mick & Conor Lane – Distillery Yard.

Sat 28th Aug 4pm- Turquoise Orange- Distillery Yard.

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.


A sudden passing is always a great shock and it was no different for us when we learned of the sudden death at her residence of Helen Donoghue, Weekfield on Saturday 17th July. She was predeceased by her parents Joe and Lily. Helen was a beautiful looking woman whose passed away was much too soon. She lived her life in the family home in Weekfield. Helen attend secondary school in Lanesboro.

Helen is fondly remembered by everyone that knew her and none more so than by her surviving family of Ailish (Ashbourne, Co. Meath), Christina Joyce (Knockrockery), her brother Joe (Weekfield), relatives and friends to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.

Helen’s remains were removed from Smyth’s Funeral Home. Roscommon the Church of the Holy Rosary Ballyleague for the Mass of the Resurrection on Wednesday and following Mass she was laid to rest in Cloontuskert cemetery

Cemetery Sunday Cloontuskert

Cloontuskert Cemetery Sunday will take place on the 8th of August at 6pm in the cemetery in line with Covid outdoor restrictions.

Due to Covid Restrictions, People attending will be asked to remain at their family graves and to stay within their family groups. We would like to ask families to maintain a social and safe distance from families attending at adjacent graves. Face masks would also be advisable.

There will be no congregating around the altar area allowed except for families who have graves adjacent to the altar. People who wish to attend who do not have family graves are asked to use the open areas in both cemeteries while adhering to social distancing rules.

To maintain safe and social distancing, there will no distribution of Holy Communion at the mass instead Fr Daniel will offer a spiritual Communion. Blessing of the graves by Fr. Daniel will take place as normal.

For those unable to attend or do not feel safe in attending the mass, we will be live streaming the mass on Facebook. More details to follow

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 extend our sincere sympathy to Pat Rock, Church View his son Enda and Owen O’Donnell formerly Clonfower on the death on Tuesday 20th July of Pat’s father Pat Rock, Shrule, Ballymahon. Pat was also grandfather to Owen O’Donnell whose mother Mary, daughter of the late Pat, passed away a number of years ago.

Tidy Towns Lottery

The weekly Lanesboro Tidy Towns lottery draw took place in the Tourism Office on Tuesday morning 13th July for a jackpot of €4,000.

The numbers drawn for this week were 4, 5, 6 and 18. There was no winner of the jackpot and the jackpot for Tuesday 20th July rose to €4,100.

The winner of the €50 consolation draw was Martini c/o Mags, and the €20 winners were Rian Ó Ceallaigh, c/o Xlntee, Cillian and Senan and Mike Greene c/o FÁS,

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 12th July in Adie’s Bar. The winning envelope was in the name of Mary Rhatigan and Johnny Malone, c/o The Yacht Bar who received €150. 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.

Further Kayaking Camp

Another Kayaking Camp and the final pre return to school camp will commence on Monday 23rd until Thursday 26th August. As usual, leading coach and instructor Junior Hannon will be facilitating the camp. 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 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.

Beauty to Beast

A beauty to Beast – Walk 2 Talk will take place on Sunday next 1st August commencing at Richmond Harbour at 12noon.  The walk will then be followed by a BBQ at the Richmond Inn. You are asked to be as supportive as possible as all funds raised will be donated to the Athlone & Midlands Samaritans.

Pre-register by email for sponsorship cards or register on the day for €10

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.

St. Mary’s Church

Weekend Masses

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

Weekend Offerings It would be greatly appreciated if your weekend offerings for a number of weeks were enclosed in one envelope and the total amount of your contribution written on that envelope. Using each weekly envelope to make a donation is not necessary as your contribution is credited to your account number on the envelope, on the week of your donation.

Priest dues, monthly etc. are separate and the usual envelopes in the box should be used.

Thank you for your continued contributions.

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

Cúl Camp The Cúl Camp was a tremendous success, and the club would like to the County board, coaches, and all our club people that helped making it the huge success it was. A special word to all the young boys and girls that took part.

U12s The first game of the U12 league will take place on Wednesday evening in Clonbonny. Why not come along and support our stars of the future.

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