Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 7th February 2022

Lanesboro Ballyleague notes


After a long and fulfilling life, the death took place of Mary Mc Dermott, Lisnacusha on Tuesday 1st February at the Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar. Mary whose early life was spent in Mohill before moving to Longford Town. She met and married local man Alex Mc Dermott and they set up their home in his native Lisnacusha. Alex predeceased Mary some 14 years ago. Mary worked in Corless Fashion House in Longford Town. She always had the eye for style and proper attire. She was always elegantly presented when she was out and about in any of the local towns. A lady always quietly spoken and of gentle personality with a warm smile that would disarm the coldest of hearts. Mary was a very good friend and neighbour and a prime example of a homemaker, a very faithful lady whose family was her life. Her calm, efficient manner and her caring demeanour charmed everyone that knew her. Mary was a great parishioner having a keen interest in all the events and always wanted the very best outcomes. She was an encouraging and supportive mother for her family and was very proud of their achievements. He loss to the community will be greatly missed. We are all blessed in knowing and enjoying her company for her many years in our community.

Her remains reposed at her residence on Thursday last. Her remains were removed to St. Mary’s Church, on Friday for her requiem Mass. Following Mass, she was laid to rest alongside her husband Alex in Cloontuskert Cemetery. To her daughter Alicia, sons Sean, Charles and Alexander, relatives, neighbours and many friends we extend our sincere sympathy.

ICA Guild

The Lanesboro Guild of the ICA will hold its February meeting in St. Mary’s Hall on this Wednesday night 9th February at 8pm.

All local ladies on both sides of the bridge are welcome to go along for the get together, chat and a cuppa tea.

There will also be a guest speaker on the night.


Grow is a Community Mental Health Movement which meets every Monday at 11am in the Community Mental Health Centre, Dublin Rd., Longford. If you are feeling lonely, isolated or suffering from stress, please feel free to attend. Contact Assumpta for information by phoning her on 086 8114135

No Parade

The organising committee of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade have decided that due to time constrains the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will not be taking place this year in Lanesboro and Ballyleague.

Pick it up please

I have been harping on about the amount of dog soiling on our footpaths for a long time now. People never seem to learn that if you have a dog and it soils the pathways there is an obligation on the person walking the dog to lift the soiling up and to dispose of it in a bin.

Nothing is worse than to have aa a dog soiling on the pathway outside someone’s private house as happened last week. It took the kind act of a neighbour to clean it away.

Please, please, please keep our footpaths, walkways and streets free of dog soiling.

Join an expanding club

The current National Triathlon Club of the Year, Lanesboro Triathlon Club is offering you the unique opportunity of trying out the sport of triathlon. The club is commencing a beginner’s programme ‘Zero2Tri’ for anyone that would like the prospect of competing in upcoming triathlons. As you know the disciplines that make up the triathlon are Swimming, Cycling and Running. In this Zero2Tri programme the club is keen to welcome novice swimmers.

The launch night for the Zero2Tri is on Saturday 26th February in the club room (N39 D3C3) at 6.30pm on Main Street.

If you are new in our area and already completed Triathlons you are very welcome to join the club.

For information on the Zero2Tri and membership please contact 

Convert your old VHS Tapes

Like many of us there are a multitude of old VHS tapes hanging around our houses and we do not know what to do with them. Declan Gilmore has come up with the solution. He will convert your old VHS tapes to DVD, USB or memory stick. Declan has the facility to convert and now he is offering a local opportunity to get your old VHS tapes converted.

Call Declan at 086 8342935

Street and Road works

Gerard Farrell contacted me to tell me that the pipe laying water works from Harold’s Cross to the Corner should be completed by Monday week 21st February. The pipe laying will resume from Harold’s Cross to the reservoir when the work to the corner is completed.

Major road resurfacing on the Main Street and footpath works will start on Monday 21st February. This will cause great upheaval to the businesses and traffic on the Main Street but once completed it with make a remarkable difference to our town which is something we have been looking forward to for a while now.

Fermoyle NS Enrolment

Fermoyle National School is now taking enrolments for the next academic year 2022/2023.

You are invited to email the school office with your contact details if you wish to enrol child and forms and details will be sent out to you.

Pioneer Association

For anyone interested in becoming a member in the Pioneer Association can do so by contacting the local contact in your parish. In the parish of Rathcline you should contact Breda Moran or Anne Carroll. A new pioneer newsletter of at least five issues a year will replace the weekly magazine and will be posted to directly to all contributors.  It will cost just €20 for your yearly subscription. Please give your name, address and your subscription to Anne Carroll.

Addictive behaviour has increased during the Covid pandemic; the Pioneer Association can be of support and refuge to those that are suffering.

Support line for older people

ALONE manage a national support line and additional support for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to Covid-19. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week from 8am until 8pm. Text TALK to 50808 to begin.

Alcohol Anon Meetings

Relatives and friends of alcoholics are welcome to attend meetings in the Family Centre building at the back of St. Mel’s Cathedral on St. Mel’s Road, any Tuesday evening at 7pm.

Ballyboro FC

The under 9s made light of the inclement weather conditions in their joust with UCL on Saturday. There was plenty of goals and some great teamwork on display. Ballyboro were ably represented by Tadhg Shea, Charlie Hickey, Aidan Cox, Donal Cox, Caden Donlon, Joe Greally, Hugh Creedon, Tom Skelly, Leah Hanly, Jay Hanley, Laoise Farrell, Adam Kruk, Ben Lackey, Sean Hogan, Finn Fallon, Jay Flynn.

Not to be outdone by their younger counterparts the under 11s were also in impressive form when they had a home encounter with Ardagh. Panel: Michael Hogan, Tom Hession, Daragh Shanley (2), Donnchadh Farrell (2), Darragh McGloin, Luke O’Halloran, Rian Morrissey, Patrick McDonagh, Ethan Donnellan (2), Adam Greally, Jack Donohue

The under 16s played Inny Rovers in atrocious weather conditions. Favoured by a gale force wind in the first half it looked likely that Sam Murphy’s goal for Ballyboro might not be enough to secure victory. This proved to be the case as with the advantage of the elements in the second period Inny scored five times, with Daragh Creedon adding a consolation goal for the home team. Ballyboro: Billy Murray, Jack Brogan, David Cox, Cormac O’Dowd, Gabriel Klava, Euan Cullen, Anthony Cox, Sam Murphy, Wesley Hughes, Eoin Cox, Ben Murphy. Subs: Daragh Creedon, James Mimnagh, Luke Cullen, Christian O’Reilly, Jack Beattie.

In a Divisional Cup quarter final in the Combined Counties Ballyboro just got the better of Tarmonbarry FC  1-0. Kevin Tansey got the all-important goal following a goalmouth scramble. Team: Mark Tarmey, Luke Lisle, Greg Cassidy, Daniel Foley, Paddy Kenny, Ryan Guinan, David Rooney, Alan Kenny, Jordan Donlon, Mitro, Kevin Tansey. Subs: Dylan Donlon, Garth O’Reilly, Daniel Lulham.

The under 12 girls were away to Gaels United on Saturday. In a very exciting game, the Ballyboro girls were somewhat unlucky to go in 2-0 down at half time. Favoured by the wind in the second period the girls completed a great comeback securing a well-earned draw 2-2 with goals from Katie Smith and Sophie Cox. Ballyboro Squad: Clodagh Martin, Leah Mimnagh, Lillie Dowd, Saoirse Feeney, Saoirse Dillon, Sophie Cox, Ellen Cox, Faye Hogan, Rosie Farrell, Chloe Kilcoyne, Millie Cassidy, Zoe Hassett, Katie Smith, Ava Donoghue, Sadhbh Neilan, Niamh Casey, Siun McElgunn.

Rathcline 50/50

The Rathcline club’s 50/50 draw took place on Tuesday night 24th January in the Clarke’s bar. Winning the 50/50 draw was Cillian and Senan Cox, Curraghrua who €146. The draw on Monday night 7th February is taking place in the Yacht bar. 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.

Tidy Towns

On Tuesday 1st February the jackpot stood at €6,700 and if it was not won it will rise to €6,800 for the 8th February draw. The winning numbers drawn on the 1st were 6, 8, 11 and 14 The winner of the €50 prize was won by Lauren Moran c/o The Yacht Bar and the three €20 winners were Claire Mullen c/o XLNTEE, Marie Casserley c/o Mags and Tommy McCarthy c/o Yacht Bar.

Lanesboro Library

Tel: 043 332129. Email:   

Poetry & Music Circle

The next meeting of the Poetry & Music circle takes place on this Thursday 10th February 3-4.30pm. 

Come along and join in with this very vibrant group. All welcome.

Longford Memories Book

This wonderful book by Brian Farrell, ‘Longford Memories – Reflections in a Time of Pandemic’ features interviews with our very own John Casey, Mary McGushin, Mai Casey, and Chris Kennelly. Books are available to purchase at the library for €5. Contact Stella for details at 0433321291 or email

Knitting & Crochet Group

Knitting & Crochet Group continues every Tuesday from 2 until 4pm.

All welcome.

Beginners Coding Course

Beginners Coding with Siobhan starting soon at Lanesboro Library.

Course is open to children age 8+ and will run for 6 weeks. Class size limited so book early to avoid disappointment!

Contact Stella on 0433321291 or email to book a place.


Age Friendly Digital Skills

An Age Friendly Digital Skills Training Programme will be commencing soon at Lanesboro Branch Library.

This is a six-week course for one hour a week and is free of charge. Places are limited to 6.

The course will cover all Computer/Tablet/Phone uses e.g., Email, Zoom, Flights and Hotels, Online shopping, Renew your Motor Tax online and lots more.
To book a place please contact Stella on 043 3321291 or email

Recycle Your Christmas Cards

For the month of January, you can recycle your Christmas cards at Lanesboro Library.


Foreign Currency & Used Stamps

The 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 also collect used stamps in aid of ISPCC.  Thank you.

St. Mary’s Church

Mass attendances

Now that restriction regarding numbers have been lifted you are all invited back to Mass in St. Mary’s. Feel free to return to a mass of your choice.

It is very important to note that you must still avail of the sanitising stations in and around the church and conform with the regulations regarding the continuing wearing of masks.

Eucharistic Adoration on Tuesdays in the church from 10.30am until 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.

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