Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 22nd November 2021

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

LCC Enrolment

All applications to the First Year Group in Lanesboro Community College are now being accepted. please visit our school website and home page for relevant links.  Please do not hesitate to contact the college for any further information or if you wish to make an appointment 

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 by phoning 043 33 21139.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to bother and sister Pat and Jackie Costello, Lough Ree Park and Curraghrua and their families on the death of their mother Mary Costello, Newtownforbes on Sunday 14th November.


The marriage took place in St. Mary’s Church Lanesboro on Friday 5th November of Emer Clancy daughter of Jimmy and Ann Clancy Barnacor and Stephen Brady son of Noel and Helen Brady, Legga, Moyne. Chief Bridesmaid was Niamh Canavan cousin of the bride and bridesmaid was Edel McDermott friend of the bride. Bestman was Damien Brady brother of the groom the groomsman was Patrick Prunty friend of the groom. Pageboys were Oisin Brady and Luke Clancy and the flower girls were Eva Clancy and Caoimhe Brady. Fr. Turlough Baxter was the celebrant that performed the wedding rites. The wedding reception took place in Kilronan Castle, Ballyfarnon. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded bliss.

Windsong Music

The hugely popular Windsong Music is now enrolling for a new term and lessons are available for all levels in singing, piano, violin, cello and harp. Phone Edel Loftus 087 3649005 or 089 4974865 or you can email Edel at


Many congratulations to Ann Duffy and her husband Shane Donohoe, Mahoraveen on the birth last week of a baby boy.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Ronan and Margaret Cullen and family, Rathcline Road on the death of Ronan’s sister Patricia Flynn, Newcastle, England last week.

New Business

We would like to wish Paula Mc Conn the very best of luck in her new business Equilibrio. Paula has just recently qualified as a massage therapist and Reiki practitioner. You can contact Paula by phoning 085 1822632

Stories About Lanesboro in New Book

The recently published, Longford’s Republican Story 1900 -2000, contains a wealth of stories about Rathcline and Lanesboro that many people will not have been aware of. One of the most fascinating items is a list of 72 men from the parish who were in the IRA during the War of Independence and 29 women who were in Cumann na mBan. The book describes the Turlough Ambush, on 17 May 1921, the most successful operation carried out by the IRA in South Longford. In the Civil War, Lanesboro Barracks was attacked on no less than six occasions, and the men who took part are listed. In April 1922, a Civic Guard was shot dead in bizarre circumstances during a raid on the Northern Bank in Lanesboro. The cause of death of a Black and Tan in a tailor’s shop in the town in April 1923 is a matter of debate. Was it an accident or an IRA ambush? Events in Lanesboro from the time Patrick Belton took part in the 1916 Rising, until the unveiling of a monument in the town in 2005 in memory of H-Blocks hunger striker, Martin Hurson, are extensively covered. This fascinating book with 600 pages and 500 photographs can be purchased in O’Brien’s

Tidy Towns Results

Once again, the work of our three Tidy Towns committees was duly rewarded when the results of this years 2021 Supervalu National Tidy Towns awards were announced. The town of Ennis came out as national winners with a total of 355 marks which was 9 higher than the previous winners Glaslough. The rising of the marks is an indication of how hard it is to get into top tier and how hard and inventive you must be to be with a chance to win.

Once again, Cloontuskert is our front runner and their score of 341 marks is beginning to get very close to the major award winning. The Cloontuskert must be very proud of their marks which were 10 up on the 2019 results. Cloontuskert also the recipients of the bronze medal award and won a monetary prize of €400 and a commended county prize of €500.

Lanesboro came next with 320 marks which was and increase of 13 marks from the previous competition in 2019. It is great to see another increase in the marks highlighting the consistent work being done by the committee. No further awards but they must be very happy with the big increase in marks.

Ballyleague is neck and neck with Lanesboro and one point behind at 319 which is an increase of 7 marks from the 2019 competition. However, Ballyleague was also highly commended in the Waters and Communities section with a monetary award of €500. Again, there must be great jubilation within Ballyleague for the excellent results.

Progression and creativity is prevalent within these three groups and their wonderful work must be applauded. They consistently get better year on year; we encourage everyone in our communities to be as supportive and helpful to the three groups as they strive for greater marks. Their tremendous work does not go unnoticed with a huge amount of positive comment on a very regular basis. We have a lot to be thankful and grateful to our three Tidy Towns committees for their tireless work. Well done on your awards.

Christmas/New Year Draw

The annual Rathcline GAA Christmas/New Year draw is once again taking place and the draw will take place in Adie’s bar on Saturday 15th January. Tickets are again priced at €20.

First prize is €3,000, 2nd prize €1,000, 3rd prize 2 tickets for the eagerly awaited concert in Croke Park of Ed Sheeran on Sunday 24th April, 4th prize €250, 5th prize €250.

Local Voice on Radio

A few moths ago we lost Ciaran Mullooly off our TV screens and radio. We wondered how long it would be before we would hear another local voice on the airwaves. The answer was not too long as over the past number of months the voice of Gavin Cooney is becoming more and more familiar to us all. He is a regular sports commentator on many radio programmes and his wide and varied knowledge of all sports is a joy to behold.

Gavin a son of Albert and Carolyn Cooney, Lehery is a writer with the very popular sports site and a presenter of a number of excellent sports podcasts. Congratulations Gavin and may your reputation continue to grow.

Thank you

Your generosity is truly astonishing. Incredibly, your contributions of toiletries, clothes and money contributions continues to stream in for the Grafton Street Kitchens. No words can really describe your continued generosity. Rather than slowing down your contributions are continuously arriving in with money contributions, clothing, gloves, scarves, white socks and toiletries.

Shoe Box Appeal

Your response to the Shoe Box appeal was fabulous. With locals and those travelling from further afield to leave in their Shoe Boxes shows what a phenomenal people you are and there are absolutely no words that can convey my gratitude to each and every one of you that have been so wonderfully generous. Brendan and Eilish have arranged the pickup of the shoe boxes and they will distribute them to those youngsters and their parents that thought

Defibrillator Training

Time and time again there are urgent call outs a great need to know how to work the defibrillator. There are now a big number of defibrillators in the area there is a greater need than ever for more people to learn how to use the defibrillator or to do their refresher course. It is essential that all clubs and associations in the community have people trained up.

In the next few weeks there will be a new course beginning and if you want to be included in the course or refresher course you are asked to leave your name and phone number with Martina O’Brien in the shop or ring Martina at 086 3858934.

Christmas Party Night

Kick start Christmas early with a Festive Party Night at the Abbey Hotel Roscommon

Christmas Party Season is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with a well-deserved night out with work colleagues, family and friends at the Abbey Hotel Roscommon. This year the Abbey will host 2 party nights on Friday 10th and Friday 17th December, starting off the festivities on both nights at 8p.m with a mulled wine reception, a delightful 4 course festive menu followed by entertainment with a festive themed disco, featuring hits of the decades guaranteed to keep you on the dance floor til the late hours with Radio Compere and DJ Keith Shanley (Midlands 103 Radio and Christmas FM DJ) Cost is €39 per person with special B&B rates available on the night. To book call 090 6626240 or email

We wish to advise that all attending the party nights will be required to have a valid digital covid cert to gain admission.  Full health and safety protocols will be in place.

Supporting Junior

Junior Hannon has volunteered for the annual challenge of ‘Sleeping out for Simon’ at Longford Rugby Club that will take place on Friday night 10th December. You can support and sponsor Junior in his challenge in O’Brien’s.

The Simon Community for more than 50 Years has been rebuilding lives and tackling homelessness. As we are part of Midland Simon, we urge your support for those suffering from homelessness in our local communities.

Lanesboro Primary Enrolment

Enrolment of children for Lanesboro Primary School is now being accepted for September 2022. You are asked to email the school at for an enrolment form. Alternatively, you can ring the school Principal Claire Murphy at 043 33 21545.

Rathcline AGM

The Rathcline Senior club will hold its AGM on Tuesday November 30th at 7.30pm via Zoom

The Game of Life

With over three decades working in the environment of the media Seamus Duke has many a story to tell. From his times with Shannonside covering the political and sporting life of the region to his now present role with Ros FM and the Roscommon People many a story has come to his attention. Seamus was one never to have just one pot boiling and his time as presenter of a music show as well as a DJ in Roscommon has led him through a varied life and many stories.

He has put a good number of the stories into print with his new book ‘Dukie, The Game of Life’ that has been just published. It is one of those must books and it is available for locals in O’Brien’s at the price of €15.

Tidy Towns Lottery

The weekly Lanesboro Tidy Towns lottery draw took place in the Tourism Office on Tuesday 16th November. The numbers drawn for this week were 2, 3, 20 and 23. There was no winner of the jackpot and the jackpot for Tuesday 23rd November rose to €5,800.

The winner of the €50 consolation draw was won by Claire Murphy and the three €20 prizes winners were Teresa Ryan c/o Mags, Bernie Hanley c/o Mags and Madaleine Murray, The Green.

Fireside Tales

The extremely popular annual publication Fireside Tales by Jude Flynn is back once again on the bookshelves. There are many various and entertaining contributions in this year’s publication and it is a must read.  The n=book is available in O’Brien’s.

Rathcline 50/50

The Rathcline club’s 50/50 draw took place on Tuesday night 15th November in the Yacht Bar. Deirdre Flynn from Newtownforbes was the lucky winner of the draw and Deirdre won €190. The club would like to thank everyone for their continued support.

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

Ballyboro FC

Two stunning goals by Rian Hogan was the decisive factor in the under 14s win over Stonepark. His first goal followed a mesmerising run that left the Stonepark defence floundering. The second was an exquisite chip from outside the box. Cody Phelan got a well taken third goal to secure a 3-1 win.                                            

The under 13s were very impressive when they accounted for Mostrim 4-1. Eoin Beattie, Rian Hogan, Evan Rooney, and Emry Kaya were the scoring the goals                                                                                 

The under 12s were also in fine fettle when they got the better of Ballymahon by a 3-0 margin. Goal scorers were Alfie Brehon, Charlie Moynihan and Tim Kenny.            

In the Connacht under 16 Shield Ballyboro went down 6-1 to Yeats United. Fielding a largely under15 team they found their cause was not helped by a number of questionable decisions. Wesley Hughes scored the Ballyboro goal.

The under 8s were involved in two very entertaining games with Inny Rovers. The girls teams met with contrasting fortunes at the weekend. The under 12s gave a convincing display in their encounter with Kenagh United. Goals from Sophie Cox, Saoirse Feeney and an o.g. secured the spoils for Ballyboro. Kenagh reversed the result at under 14 level with a comprehensive win.

Lanesboro Library

Tel: 0433321291 Email:  
Library Opening hours

Monday Closed, Tuesday 2-8pm, Wednesday 10am-1pm & 2-5pm, Thursday 2-6pm, Friday 10am-1pm & 2-5pm, Saturday 10am-1pm.

Children’s Mindfulness Class with Jackie from Mindful Scholars, Celbridge will take place in Lanesboro Library on Saturday next 27th November.

Suitable for children aged 6 to 10 yrs.  Class is free of charge and class size limited to 8 so book early to save a place.

‘This one-hour workshop will introduce children to mindfulness in a fun and creative way. Children will learn how to calm their busy minds. They will be introduced to fun and practical breathing practices that can help ease worry & tension. They will learn how to listen in a mindful way!

There will be storytelling along with arts and crafts… & much more! This workshop will be delivered in a relaxed, welcome & safe environment.’

Contact Stella on 0433321291 or email to book.

The Knitting and Crochet Group meet every Tuesday from 2-4pm. All welcome to come along for a chat and join in this vibrant group.

Poetry and Music Hour meet again on Thursday 25th November 3-4.30pm. All welcome to come along and hear some wonderful poetry and music.

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

Thank you

You are sincerely thanked for continuing to keep the offertory collection as such a high level throughout all the restrictions. Your continuous generosity means everything to the upkeep of the parish church.

New offertory collection boxes can be collected from the front seat of the church.

Mass attendances

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

Weekend Masses

On Saturday evening next Mass at 7.30pm those from Fermoyle, Green Gardens, Gurteengar, Killinure and Knock Manor.

At 9.30am Mass on Sunday it will be turn of Knock, Lehery and Lismacmanus.

The 11.30am Mass will see parishioners from Lisduff, Lisnacusha, Lisrevagh, Mahoraveen, Main Street and Mount Davis.

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 next weekend

A new event at Knights and Conquests Centre in Granard, next 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.

Shannon Gaels

Closing on Sunday

The Longford GAA Football Bursary Scheme is now open for players currently in 3rd level education who played on the County Football U17, U20 or Senior teams in recent years

The criteria to apply is as follows

Essential Criteria
In Order To Be Considered To Receive The Award
• You must not be in receipt of another grant, bursary/scholarship (College, GPA, Leinster GAA, other).
• A fully completed application form must be submitted on or before Sunday next, 28th November
Other Criteria required
• Have represented Longford GAA on One of the following County Football Teams:
➢ U17’s from 2019 or 2020
➢ U20’s from 2019 or 2020 or 2021
➢ Senior’s from 2021 or 2022

The link to application form is here 


Rathcline GAA Community Walkway, construction of the walkway at the club grounds in Clonbonny starts in January. Limited number of poles left for sponsoring. For more details please contact any member of the club executive or see 

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