Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 4th October 2021

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

LCC Enrolment

Lanesboro Community College continues to enhance the quality of the students emerging form the school each year and the success of their achievements can be seen with record numbers enrolled for this year. The Department of Education’s further development of five extra classrooms tells of the tremendous work that is been done by a very diligent and resourceful staff.

Enrolment for first year students for the 2022/23 school year is now open and will close on 14th January 2022.

Application forms and further information can be got by contacting the school secretary at or by phoning 0906 500 140.

Donations keep rolling in

It is truly astonishing that the donations to the Grafton Street Kitchen appeal is continuing in such a remarkable way. As a result of your generosity and the promise of more to come the box will remain in O’Brien’s for the foreseeable future.

The magnitude of donations in support of Brendan O’Halloran’s work is truly astounding and has rocked him back on his heels. The selfless work he does with the homeless is incredible. Brendan has his own daily work to contend with in Dublin, but 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, men’s large underwear and water wipes to include in their parcels.

Last week saw the beginning of the Autumn weather with the nights getting chilly. At the Kitchen in Grafton Street over 300 were fed and given parcels while other volunteers were going around the city to areas where people are known to be living rough. This is where your donations are going to and you should be rightly proud of your generosity knowing it is going to make someone’s life a little better.

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.

Try a Dive Returns

Lough Ree Sub Aqua club are delighted to get back to training in Longford Pool beginning Thursday night 14th October at 9 pm. Anyone interested in trying a dive please contact training officer Gerry Lane or Chairman Frank Casey through our Facebook page.

This is a wonderful opportunity to try diving with the Lough Ree Sub Aqua club.

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.

Support Rathcline Cemetery

The Rathcline Cemetery group are very grateful to everyone that has contributed to the annual collection for the maintenance and upkeep of the cemetery. There is a great deal of work done in the graveyard all year and your contributions make it possible to get this work done. You are asked to place your contribution into an envelope and leave it into Joe or Martina at the corner shop.

Championship on Sunday

St. Faithleach’s will line out for the Intermediate Championship semi-final on Sunday next where they will play St. Kevin’s Castlerea. The throw in will take place at 1.30pm and we wish the panel and management the very best of luck for a successful outcome.

For those wishing to attend they must buy their ticket online and bring the paper print out or have the QR ticket code on your phone.

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

St. John’s Church

St. John’s Church, Lanesborough invites everyone to join our Harvest Festival services on Sunday 10th October at 3pm. This years’ service will include donations to the Shoebox appeal, as well as singing of favourite harvest hymns and thanking God for His bountiful love. All are welcome.

Tidy Towns Lottery

The weekly Lanesboro Tidy Towns lottery draw took place in the Tourism Office on Tuesday morning 28th September for a jackpot of €5,000.

The numbers drawn for this week were 6, 15, 24 and 27. There was no winner of the jackpot and the jackpot for Tuesday 5th October rose to €5,100.

The winner of the €50 consolation draw was won by Marie Casserley c/o Mags, and the three €20 prizes were Lalya, c/o Jean, Briaín agus Daithí c/o The Yacht Bar and Richard Rooney

Rathcline 50/50

The Rathcline club’s 50/50 draw took place on Tuesday night 28th September in Adie’s Bar. The lucky winning envelope drawn was Mary Rooney, Rathcline who won €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.

St. Faithleach’s Lotto

The numbers for the €12,000 St. Faithleach’s lotto continue to be elusive and the last draw on Tuesday 23rd September proved to be no different. The numbers drawn were 1, 20, 23 and 24.

The lotto jackpot is capped at €12,000 and the draw for this week takes place on Tuesday at the clubhouse. Your support is, as always, greatly appreciated.

The 3 winners of the €40 prizes were Cathal Reynolds, Paul Hunt/Gary McCaffrey, and Greta Clyne, c/o Bingo.

Tickets are on sale in shops and businesses throughout the community.

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.

Distillery Yard Charity Collection

The recent Longford Live & Local gigs at Distillery Yard brought a great buzz to the town every Saturday evening during the summer. There were some terrific bands creating a great atmosphere, and for the most part the weather was kind.

Well done to Longford County Council for this initiative – Longford was the only county in the entire country who had anything of this kind, and special thanks to Shane Crossan of Republic of Culture who was tasked with organising 50 gigs county wide in the space of 8 weeks.

As the gigs were free, one of the ways people were invited to show their appreciation was in contributing to local charities. At Distillery Yard the chosen charities were Lanesborough Tourism Co-op and Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club, two very worthwhile local organisations who do a tremendous amount of unseen work, and who have both suffered from a fundraising perspective due to the pandemic.

At the Distillery Yard gigs, a total of €300 for each organisation was collected, and cheques were presented by Peter Clancy, CEO of Lough Ree Distillery presented cheques to Dessie McDermott (Lanesborough Tourism Co-Op) and Tracey Gray (Lough Ree Sub-Aqua Club). Suffice to say both organisations were delighted with the outcome and wish to express their gratitude to all those who contributed.

We sincerely hope the council run a similar initiative next year, as it brought visitors from far and wide to our beautiful town.

Above, Peter Clancy presenting the cheques to Tracy Gray and Dessie Mc Dermott. Also in the picture is Shane Crossan.

Distillery Yard Opening Hours

As the summer season is slowly disappearing and the evenings start to close in, the reduced footfall of visitors to Lanesborough is obvious. Distillery Yard have informed us that they will revert to an autumn/ winter opening schedule of Saturday and Sundays only, 10 am – 6 pm.


The under 12 team had an impressive win over Ballymahon. Oisin Dillon’s goal in a closely contested first half divided the sides, but the team really turned on the style in the second half, and nine further goals saw them emerge as 10-3 winners. Team and scorers: Stephen Farrell, Alfie Brehon, Darragh Donlon, Ferat Pulcu, Kyle Rice, Oisin Dillon (4), Tim Kenny (3), Jack Cassidy, Charlie Moynihan (1). Subs: Hayden Smyth (1), Shane Farrell (1), Elliott Johnson, Aleysha Kaya, Miko Wolwiec, Charlie Boardman. 

Longford Cruisers were the opposition in the Combined Counties League. Ballyboro squandered a number of chances in a scoreless first half and were left to rue those misses as the Longford town team found the net five times in the second period to run out comfortable winners. Ballyboro: Mark Tarmey, Ben Hussey, Greg Cassidy, Dylan Donlon, Ryan Fallon, Ryan Guinan, Daniel Lulham, Daniel Foley, Luke Lisle, Dario Cambre, Alan Kenny. Sub: Odhran Wyse.

Lanesboro Library

Tel: 0433321291 Email:  
Computer & Study facilities, Photocopying & Scanning services are now available.
Opening Hours 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 Aughamore, Aughaloughan, Augharanagh, Barnacor and Blenavoher.

At 9.30am Mass on Sunday it will be turn 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 attending.

New rota’s available

A new rota for readers, Eucharistic Ministers and money collectors is now available in the church porch from this weekend.

October Rosary

October is always seen as the month of the Rosary. The Rosary will be prayed every Sunday every Sunday in October in the church at 3pm. All are welcome to take part.

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.

Winter Fair

A new event at Knights and Conquests Centre in Granard, on the weekend of the 27th and 28th November.

Everything will take place indoor. There will be a seasonal selection of local artisan creations. 

If you want to book a stall, contact Hazel McVeigh; email-  or phone 087 3129847.

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