Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 27th September 2021

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

New Appointment

Many congratulations to local Knock Manor resident Katlego Nono Kooitse who last weekend was appointed Ambassador for Imperial City Church to Ireland. A few years ago, she moved with her family to Lanesboro and has become a very popular figure in town. We wish he every success in her ambassadorial role.

Wanton Vandalism

Over the weekend the St. Faithleach’s dressing room, dugout and tractor were damaged in a case of reckless vandalism. As you can see from a section of the photographs that this was a horrendous act done by mindless vandals. If by any chance you were passing or seen people coming in or going out of the club grounds, can you inform that Gardaí in the hope that they may be able to throw some light on who may have done this damage.

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On Friday evening the toilet that is open for public use had its mirror broken while the litter bin is continually emptied into the toilet bowl. One has to ask what the mindset of the people that perpetrate these mindless acts of vandalism and it is time that the culprits were caught.

If you know anything or have heard anything, please bring your information to the Gardaí.

We have a fabulous community with great work going on in it. We have heard nothing but praise all summer for our beauty and friendliness. This sheer vandalism has to stop and those that did the damage be brought to justice.


The shocking news of the sudden death of one our young people in our community broke on Monday 13th September when we learned of the death of Cormac Brehon, Doughill. Cormac was the dearly loved only child of Padraic and Siobhán Brehon. The outpouring of sorrow within the greater community was palpable. Cormac like most young men was interested in music and cars but his greatest interest of all was in creative writing and art. He was a young man with a gentle heart, always conscious of those less fortunate. His was a humorous young man with a free and adventurous spirit and his passing will leave a wide circle of friends with saddened hearts.

Cormac’s remains reposed at his family home on Thursday 23rd before being removed to St. Cecilia’s Church, Curraghroe on Friday for his Funeral Mass. Interment took place following mass to Cloontuskert Cemetery. To his father Padraic, mother Siobhán, uncles Sean, Eamon, Tommie, Hughie, Anthony, Oliver, Liam, JJ, Michael and Justin and his aunts Ann (Nolan), Anne and Cindy, relatives and many friends we extend our deepest sympathy.

Grafton Street Kitchens – keeps going

Expecting a good response to the Grafton Street Kitchen appeal the reaction of our local community has been truly unbelievable. If you have not already donated the box will remain in O’Brien’s for the foreseeable future.

The generosity you have shown towards Brendan O’Halloran and the work he does with the homeless has been remarkable. Brendan has his own work to contend with in Dublin and he still finds time to share his spare time with the needy working with the Grafton Street Kitchens.

This week the main appeal is as it was last week for white socks and wipes along with toiletries – shower gel, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, and water wipes to include in their parcels. This week, if possible, could you include men’s large underwear.

There is a drop off box in O’Brien’s shop. You are thanked for your tremendous generosity, and you are encouraged to keep donating for those people whose daily life for themselves and their families is a living hell. Some people have enquired as to whether they can donate money. If you so wish, please put money into an envelope with your name and address on it so that you can be receipted.

A note from Brendan Week 3 of donations of non-perishable foods, toiletries and white socks. This week if you can include men’s large underwear, please and they can be left into Joe and Martina O’Brien’s shop in Lanesborough. The collection has proven to be very successful and a big thanks to all of you who donated and continue to donate. Your donations are not just going to a Dublin problem, I have met people from Strokestown, Monaghan, Tyrone, Donegal and Liverpool as well as families who are sleeping on the street. Just remember this has happened as a result of numerous issues, such as family, drugs, family separation and lest we forget our successive and current government, who clearly turn a blind eye to this. These people are sleeping out tonight in the rain with no facilities or comforts like we are so lucky to have. So please keep them in your thoughts and continue to donate what you can to Grafton Street Kitchens who provide an invaluable voluntary service every Wednesday night. Thanks to Eilish Dillon, Joe and Martina O’ Brien for establishing this collection point for us. 


A man never to create waves created a great wave throughout the area when the news broke of the sudden death of Jim Vesey, Ballyclare, Ballyleague. Jim a proud Kerry native from Kenmare lived in Ballyclare where he set up Irish Pallets Systems 40 years ago. He was a man who developed his company into one of the leading businesses in the country. Jim was a quiet man who went about life and business in a thorough manner. He was quietly spoken, obliging, very warm and friendly. I cannot remember a time seeing or meeting him that he had not that warm and friendly smile. His life was devoted to his family, and he had a great belief in the power of education. Jim in recent times had been in failing health. He was cared for in a most loving manner by his wife Margaret and his family. Jim passing has created a great void in the hearts and minds of everyone that came to know him.

Jim’s remains reposed at his home before removal the Church of the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague on Monday 20th for Requiem Mass. Burial took place to Cloontuskert Cemetery. To his wife Margaret, daughter Marie, sons Lawrence, John, Patrick, James, Thomas, relatives and many friends we extend our sincere sympathy.

Defibrillator Training

With a new defibrillator there is a great need for new people to get trained in the use of the defibrillator and to have people do their refresher courses. Knowledge in use of the defibrillator is extremely essential as we have seen locally in the recent past.

There will be a new course beginning in the near future and if you want to be included in the new course or refresher course you are invited to leave your name and phone number with Martina O’Brien in the shop or ring Martina at 086 3858934.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Joe Duffy and family, Church View on the death of Joe’s older brother John in Glasgow. John’s funeral will take place this Friday.


It was with great sadness we learned of the death on Sunday 19th September of one of our most recent residents Paula Behan, Strokestown Road. Paula along with her husband George was predeceased by her parents Pat and Rita Whelan. Paula was an avid walker and was regularly seen walking the footpaths both sides of the bridge. She was a lady that endeared herself to everyone that came to know her. Her warm personality ensured that she seamlessly fitted into our community. Her beaming smile could be seen at a distance and the warmth of her greeting warmed even the saddest of hearts. Her passing will leave us the poorer but her warm personality will ensure we smile when we remember her.

Her remain reposed at the home of her daughter Joan and son in law Gean in Athlone from Monday 20th until her removal to Ss Peter and Pauls Church, Athlone for her requiem Mass. Following Mass, her remains were removed to Mount Jerome Crematorium for cremation.

To her husband George, family Joan, Raymond, Rhona, relatives and many friends we extend our heartfelt sympathy.

Outstanding Achievements

Last weekend the finals of the Community Games took place in Carlow last weekend. Lanesboro has had a proud tradition in the Community Games and this year it is no different. While we did not take away medals, we had two of our young people representing us in the Community Games finals. Faye Hogan daughter of Barry and Sinead Hogan and Oisín Dillon son of Denis and Eilish Dillon performed magnificently in the finals and really did our parish proud.

Support Rathcline Cemetery

As a result of no Cemetery Sunday there was no opportunity for the annual collection for the maintenance and upkeep of the cemetery. There is and has been great commendation for the manner in which cemetery is kept all year You are asked to place your contribution into an envelope and leave it into Joe or Martina at the corner shop.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the extended Cox family, Cloontuskert on the death of Pakie Cox, Scramogue brother of the late Joe Cox.

Championship Time again

St. Faithleach’s had a very tight game in the Intermediate Championship when they overcame Fuerty on a scoreline of 0-17 to 1-13. They now meet Castlerea in two weeks’ time for a place in the final.

Rathcline seniors will continue their journey to qualify for the senior championship quarter finals when they play Dromard in the final group game in Pearse Park on Saturday next at 4.30pm.

Well done to the Rathcline Ladies who opened their Championship campaign with a victory over Carrickedmond in Clonbonny on Sunday last.

Boat trips

The Access for All boat is making trips three times a day Monday to Sunday – 10am, 12 noon and 2.30pm. It has become the success that it deserves to be with nothing but excellent comments from all those that have so far availed of the boat trip. The trips cater for both able bodied and those with disabilities. Bookings continue to be very high and early booking is advisable to ensure travelling at your chosen time and day.

This is an absolutely brilliant trip with a knowledgeable on-board staff that will make the 1½ hour trip feel like a very short time.

To book a seat call Lisa or Dylan 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 21st September for a jackpot of €4,00.

The numbers drawn for this week were 8, 14, 17 and 22. There was no winner of the jackpot and the jackpot for Tuesday 14th September rose to €5,000.

The winner of the €50 consolation draw was won by Pat Kilcoyne, Barnacor, and the three €20 prizes were Eileen Mullen c/o XLNTEE, Michael Kelly, Abbeyshrule and Joan Donnellan c/o Mags.

Holy Communion

Holy Communion returned to the local parishes of Rathcline, Kilgefin and Cashel over the past few weeks. Communion created great excitement for all the youngsters, we congratulate all of them and we are sure they all enjoyed a great day.

Rathcline 50/50

The Rathcline club’s 50/50 draw took place on Monday night 13th September in the Yacht Bar. The name on the winning envelope drawn was James Carroll, Rathcline who won €150. James ticket drawn was one of the pink yearly tickets. 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.

Clonbonny Cemetery

The Cemetery committee are at present setting up a go fund me page to allay costs for the upkeep of the Cemetery. Alternatively, donations can be left into Joe & Martina or Mags hair salon. Please put your donation into a signed envelope.

The committee would like to remind people that no dumping is allowed. You are requested to bring all plastic etc with you and to dispose of through household bins.


The AGM for Lanesborough Parish Hall will take place in the hall on Tuesday 5th October at 7pm. The hall will r open for bookings from Monday next 27th September.

The Parish Hall committee would like to thank the Longford Local Community Development Committee for monies received through the Community Enhancement Programme 2020 to help with the cost of replacing the heating boiler and other works carried out last year.

Tractor Run

A Tractor Run in aid of Ballymahon Day Care Centre takes place on Sunday 3rd October, starting from Centra Ballymahon. Meeting at 11am for registration. Cost per tractor is €20. Covid guidelines must be adhered to. Please support, the day care centre is a lifeline to a lot of people living in our parish and the surrounding parishes. If you can help on the day or would like to donate a spot prize, please contact Darren on 086 1704394.


Christian Donlon did the club and his family proud when making his debut on the Irish under 15 team against Montenegro in Podgorica last week.  The Irish team played the home team in two games. They won the first game 2-0 and Christian was instrumental in both goals. He came on as a half time substitute in the second game and once again he was very effective coming close to scoring twice in a game where the home team won 1-0. The fact that Christian is the only 13-year-old in the country to play international football for Ireland this year is testament to his outstanding ability and potential. 

The under 13 team got their league campaign off to a great start when they had an emphatic victory over Ballymahon. They played some super football and can look forward to a successful season. Team and scorers; Eoin Beattie. Sean O’Dowd, John Farrell, Emre, Ciaran McGloin, Sean Collins, Keilon Gilmore (1), Leon Malkowski (3), Harry Brogan (1), Rian Hogan (4), Eoghan Mullooly (1). Sub: Charlie Moynihan.

 Club history was made once more last week with the fielding of a first ever under 17 team. They faced the formidable St. Francis team from Athlone in their first game and acquitted themselves well considering it was their first outing. The Athlone side were comfortable winners, but the Ballyboro lads will surely improve as the season progresses. The goal of the game was a real cracker scored by Eimhin Farrell. Team: Byron Duignan, Edgars Veinbergs, Bryan Mullooly, Ciaran O’Dowd, Conor Lyons, Noah Comher, Ryan Byrne, Jack Brogan, Paul Lee, Eimhin Farrell, Matthew Heneghan. Subs: Jack McGloin, Matthew Browne.

Despite Oisin Dillon helping himself to 4 goals the under 12 team could not get the better of Killoe Celtic. Fielding somewhat understrength the team performed well in a closely contested first half, however the Killoe boys were on top in the second period, and they prevailed on a 7-4 scoreline. Ballyboro: Stephen Farrell, Aleysha Kaya, Darragh Donlon, Josh Curran, Ferat Pulchu, Jack Cassidy, Alfie Brehon, Hayden Smyth, Oisin Dillon. Sub Miko Woloweic.

 The club wishes its three representatives on the Longford League panel, Jack Casey, David Cox, and Anthony Cox, the very best of luck as they embark on their Kennedy Cup campaign with an away fixture to the Wexford League at the weekend.

Lanesboro Library

Tel: 0433321291 Email:

Photocopying & Scanning services are available 
Send us any printing you need done and Stella will print for you. 
Computer & Study facilities are unavailable as per Government guidelines.
Opening Hours from Monday Sept 6th are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10-1pm and 2-5pm.

Tuesday 2-6pm and Saturday 10am-1pm

Foreign Currency & Used Stamps

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

They are also collecting used stamps in aid of ISPCC.  Thank you.

All their 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

According to the new regulations the numbers that can attend Mass in St. Mary’s Church is now set at 120. Feel free to return at a mass of your choice.

On Saturday evening next Mass at 7.30pm those from Radharc na Muileann and Rathcline.

At 9.30am Mass on Sunday it will be turn of Rathcline Road and Rapareehill.

The 11.30am Mass will see parishioners from The Green, Thureen and Tullyvrane.

Parish Grouping: This year Fr. Merlyn, Fr. Turlough and Fr. Sergiy will continue to work closely together and more so in the three parishes of Rathcline, Newtowncashel and Killashee. They will now share the Masses out, with the priests taking a turn in each parish at the weekend.

First Friday Calls Those who would like a priest to call with Communion on the First Friday of each month, are encouraged to contact one of the priests.

Return of Anniversaries: Following a parish pastoral council meeting it has been agreed that bookings for Sunday Mass anniversaries to resume. Family members who wish to attend are asked to take their place on the gallery or take up just one or two seats in the main body of the church. It is also hoped to introduce the Friday evening Mass as a shared Mass, to facilitate as many as possible.

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.

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 has resumed 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 can be contacted at the presbytery or by phoning 3321166 or 0833892362. For added support and assistance, you can also 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

Under 17 Hard luck to the team and panel who were defeated in the U17 Shield Final on Sunday last by St. Dominick’s in Pearse Park.

Good Luck We wish the senior club the very best at the weekend in their senior championship on Saturday next at Pearse Park at 4.30pm when they take on Dromard in the final game.  Following their victory at the weekend the Junior team have now qualified for the semi-final.

Well done to the Ladies on winning their opening championship game at the weekend.

U13’s our U13’s will be playing Grattan Óg in Dunbeggan at 6pm this Wednesday. On Saturday next 3rd October at 2pm in Clonbonny we play against Ballymahon Forgney Carrick Sarsfields.

Year end: Last week I jumped the gun in naming Saturday 2nd October as the date for the year end celebrations for the club. Alas, the date clashed with many other events and has had to be put back to the end of October.

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