Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 11th July 2022

Lanesboro Ballyleague notes

Triathlon Weekend

After what was a few poor weeks’ weather wise Lanesboro Triathlon Club’s Triathlon weekend always signals the start of the summer. Yet again, the poor weather disappeared and the warm and balmy weather welcomed another Triathlon weekend. The community was really buzzing with a large number of people coming to the area for the triathlon and helping to create a special atmosphere. It felt great to be welcoming the Two Provinces back after the Covid restrictions.

On Friday evening over 130 youngsters aged between 12 and 17 took part in what was a very exciting race and it was fascinating to see so many of our local youngsters taking part in the three discipline event of  swim, cycle, run. A great evening was had by all the youngster who also enjoyed the after race entertainment.

Saturday was another wonderful day weather wise for those participating with a lovely warm feel but no extremely hot sun beating down on the athletes. The first to enter the first stage of the event was the Para athletes and the event continued for the next two hours with competitors of all abilities swam, cycled and ran their hearts out to better their previous times. Once again the Lanesboro Tri club put on a spectacular event and this was echoed many times by competitors and spectators alike.

As is usual there were a massive number of locals who volunteered to steward and help out the local club and they did trojan work throughout the weekend.

Well done to all concerned for another fabulous Two Provinces triathlon.


On Wednesday last 6th July we were very saddened to learn of the death at the Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar of Elizabeth Lannon, Ballagh, Kilrooskey. Elizabeth was originally a native of County Galway who married her late husband Jim who predeceased her some years ago. Prior to her retirement, Elizabeth was a nurse who worked at Roscommon Hospital for over 30 years where she was renowned for her caring manner. She was always a lady of great elegance who had a wonderful taste in style. In years gone by herself and Jim would be seen at local dances where they were excellent dancers. First and foremost she was a wonderful mother and wife whose family always came first for her. She was a house proud lady and that could be seen in the way she maintained her beautiful garden all year round. As a neighbour and friend there were few equal and her passing will be greatly missed by everyone that knew her.

Her remains reposed in Farrell’s Funeral Home on Friday last. On Saturday her remains were removed to St. Mary’s Church, Ballagh for her Funeral Mass. Following Mass she was laid to rest alongside her husband in Derrane Cemetery. We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to her son Anthony, daughters Anne and Marena, grandchildren Mark, Kevin, Aisling and Enda and their extended family and a large circle of friends.

Great Pride

On Sunday last the Kerry Dublin All-Ireland semi-final proved to be a thriller with the result coming down to the last kick of the game. The game was referred impeccably by local man Paddy Neilan who had a fantastic game which led to the free flowing encounter that it turned out to be. Paddy’s star continues to rise and there is no doubt that greater days are sure ahead for Paddy.


A sum of money was found on the roadway in the vicinity of Rathcline Cemetery on Sunday 3rd July. If this was your money you should contact Joe Rooney, Rathcline.


Adult Kayaking takes place every Tuesday evening from the old harbour, Ballyleague. The Kayaking will take place from 7pm to 9pm and the cost is €20. Booking at 0872977769

Young people kayaking every Saturday morning from 11am to 1pm and covers young people from 10 to 17 years. The cost of the 2 hours is €20. Booking at 0872977769

Train in the use of a Defibrillator

We all know about and appreciate those that are trained in the use of the defibrillator. You too can avail of the training and become vital cogs in your community for anyone that may be in need of someone with the skills of the defibrillator use.

The local defibrillator group is actively seeking new people in the Kilgefin, Ballyleague, Cashel, Killashee and Rathcline Lanesboro areas to become competent in the use of the Defibrillator. The group are also looking to retrain and refresh those that have already completed the course.

If you are interested please leave your name and phone number with Martina O’Brien personally in the shop or by phoning 086 3858934 or

Your contributions badly needed

The importance of defibrillators in the general area cannot be overstated. The lives it can save and has done in previous times are well documented. Over the time of the Covid restrictions the opportunity to raise funds for the replacement of batteries and pads as well as funding needed to replace and upgrade defibrillators could not take place.

Now an appeal for essential funding is being made and the group is appealing to your generosity to ensure all the upgrades and replacements can take place.

If you wish to contribute we ask that you donate by leaving money in an envelope marked with your name into Martina O’Brien at the Corner Shop.

Former local Passes Away

It was with great sadness we learned of the recent death of Maura Noonan in London. Maura whose maiden name was Ward from the Green. She was daughter of the very popular and highly regarded Ward family. Maura moved to the Green when her father Jimmy along with his wife Margaret moved into one of the estate houses on the Green with Jimmy working with Bord na Mona. As is the Ward family trait Maura           aw was a warm hearted and pleasant lady whose company was always a pleasure to be in. Maura was predeceased by her brothers Seamus, Michael (Miko), Norbert (Norby) Brendan, Hubert and Noel. She is survived by her brother Martin, sisters, Theresa, Loretta, and Harriette along with her husband Pat, daughter Fiona, son Paul and grandchildren to whom we express our deepest sympathy.

Change in Date

The Blessing of the Graves will take place in Clonbonny Cemetery on Sunday next 17th July in Clonbonny Cemetery and the final Blessing will take place in Lanesboro/St. John’s cemetery on Sunday 24th July all at 6pm.

Out of respect and love to all our family members and friends it is very important that all graves should be tended to prior to the Blessings.

It is also very important that all cemeteries be left in a pristine state and no littering. Please bring away all rubbish.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Rooney family on the death in Stockport, Manchester of Jimmy Connors. Jimmy was husband to Frances Rooney and was a regular visitor to Lanesboro and Rathcline over many years. A native of Ballyvary, County Mayo Jimmy is survived by his wife Frances, sons Jason, Darren, Joseph and Danny, the Rooney and Connors families in Ireland and England.

Former local Passes Away

On Wednesday 6th July we were very sad to learn of the death at Connolly Hospital, Dublin of JP Bannon. He was formerly of Main Street where he spent his growing up years in Lanesboro. He was son of Pat and Frances Bannon and following his school years he found employment with ESB in Dublin. In recent times he had been in failing health but his passing still saddened the hearts of everyone that knew him. JP had a great love of Lanesboro and its characters and up to recent years he was a regular visitor to the home patch. He was a man that was always fondly remembered by all those that knew him – everyone that has spoken of JP had happy memories of his times with them in Lanesboro.

JP’s remains reposed at Cunningham’s Funeral Home on Friday last and his Requiem Mass took place on Saturday at St. Brigid’s Church Blanchardstown followed by cremation at Glasnevin Crematorium. To his wife Maureen, daughter Fiona, son Conor, brother Joe, sisters Mary and Elizabeth, their families and friends we extend our deepest sympathy.

Exciting Draw

Ballyleague Tidy Towns is currently running a fundraising raffle with some fabulous prizes including the wonderful top prize of a Two Night Stay for two at the magnificent Four Star Galmont Hotel and Spa, Galway, 2nd prize €100 SuperValu voucher from Keane’s SuperValu, 3rd €100 voucher from the award winning Lough Ree Distillery, 4th €100 voucher to the Purple Onion, Tarmonbarry, 5th Large canvas Poster of award winning film Snámh – Shuttermaniac productions, 6th Bottle of Lough Ree Distillery, award winning Barts Whiskey, 7th Moon River Boat Trip (Carrick on Shannon) for two adults and three children, 8th Bottle Lough Ree Distillery award winning Sling Shot Gin, 9th Moon River Boat Trip (Carrick on Shannon) for two adults and three children.

Moon River Boat Trip (Carrick on Shannon) for two adults and three children Tickets cost €5 each or three for €10 are currently available to purchase on line via our FB page or from Ballyleague Tidy Town members or in O’Brien’s shop. The support of the community would be really appreciated.

Funeral Mass and Burial

On the 3rd January Gerry McGrath formerly of the Green passed away in England. Following a Service in Oak Chapel, Crownhill Crematorium, his remains were cremated in Milton Keynes.

On Saturday 23rd July Gerry’s ashes will return to St. Mary’s Church Lanesboro for his Funeral Mass that will take place at 2pm. The burial of his ashes alongside his father Tom and mother Delia will take place in Clonbonny following Mass.

Following the burial the family would like to invite those attending back to Adie’s bar and restaurant.

Newtowncashel Cemeteries Committee

Newtowncashel Cemeteries Committee wishes to thank Mr. Noel Mulvihill for his dedicated and meticulous work in the upkeep of the cemetery in Saints Island, the Green in Barley Harbour, and Lady Well. His great work has been commended by many during his seven years that he was with the community in Cashel.

The committee would like to express its gratitude to the local community and far reaching Diaspora for the support they received since the Newtowncashel Cemeteries Committee was established.

Newtowncashel Cemeteries Committee now invites applicants for the position of caretaker at the graveyard at Saints Island, the Green in Barley Harbour and Lady Well.

The position is for 19 hours per week subject to applicants in receipt of Social Welfare payments and either a holder of a herd/flock number or have a family member (parent/fellow sibling) holding same. Payment, essential PPE and equipment is provided by Longford Rural Resources Scheme.

For further details contact J.P. on 086 8536435, Martin on 086 8040296 or Dónall on 086 1725470.

Newtowncashel Cemeteries Committee is an equal opportunities appointer and will support the successful candidate in the upkeep of these precious sites.

Parish Hall Caretaker

St. Mary’s Parish Hall Committee is currently looking for a caretaker through the community employment scheme. Anyone that is interested can ring Sean on 086 1427143.

Just 2 weeks to draw

Club Longford is a committee of 12 volunteers based both within and outside the county, with experience in business and legal affairs and with a passionate interest in Longford GAA in all codes. It is a group working for the present and future of Longford GAA. No expenses are paid to any member even though some travel great distances on a regular basis to be part of Club Longford.

Your support last year proved to be of a great assistance towards the promotion and development of Gaelic games men and ladies in Longford.

While funding does not bring immediate improvement or success it does begin sowing the seed for the development of the players and ultimately bring success in the coming years. To help create this year on year development your support is again required.

Your support of Club Longford helps to realise the dream of making Longford teams at all grades competitive and winning at the top level within Leinster and nationally.

The prizes for the draw are: 1st Prize: Volkswagen Golf 2.0l R-Line or €40,000, 2nd: €1,500 Center Parcs Voucher (Sponsored by M&N Nolan Motors), 3rd: 2 VIP Tickets to Garth Brooks in Croke Park + Accommodation, 4th: €1,000 (Sponsored by Nally’s Forecourt Ltd. Ballymahon), 5th: €500 (Sponsored by Lir Analytical), 6th: Overnight Stay for 2 with Dinner at Viewmount House, 7th: €250, 8th: €250, 9th: €250 and 10th: €250.

If you buy your tickets now you will be in for all the early bird prizes. The dates of the early bird draws are: 16th July €250 cash prize and the final early bird is 23rd July 10.2 inch Apple Ipad.

Tickets are priced at €50 each or what was the hugely popular option last year of 3 for €125

Tickets can be bought by contacting me at , 0862460840, through PayPal or in the shop or from Louis Skelly. 

Choir Invitation

Longford Voices United Contemporary & Gospel Choir is inviting new members to join. We sing all genres of music in a fun and lively style.   Information can be got by phoning 0872101376

Ballyboro FC

August 20th will be an auspicious day for the local community as on that day the Official Opening of the club’s fantastic new facilities at Lanesboro Community College will take place. To mark the occasion the club will be producing a special commemorative booklet which will chronicle notable achievements since the club was formed in 2000.

Anyone who has any suitable memorabilia for inclusion in the booklet is asked to forward same to Ciaran Mullooly, Eamonn Bolger, or any club officer as soon as possible.   The material will be safely scanned and returned.

Please support Cloontuskert Grotto

The grotto at Cloontuskert was erected in 1987 to commemorate the Marian Year to honour Our Lady of the Rosary. Sadly on the 8th December 2021 during storm Barra, it was extensively damaged by a falling tree. A committee has now been formed to take on the task of rebuilding the Grotto. The total cost of the rebuild including replacing the statue is in the region of €3000.

With the work coming near conclusion the committee would like to thank everyone that has donate to the rebuild and ask anyone that it has slipped their mind to make their donation as soon as possible.

The new committee hope with your support and generosity to fully restore the Grotto and once again make it a focal point to honour Our Lady.  They have set up an idonate page for anyone wishing to be associated with its rebuild or you can give directly to the following committee members where they will gratefully accept any donations treasurers Dympna Trautt, Áine Brady or Johnny Malone, and Sean Carty. You can obtain further information by contacting 086 3551103.

Please see Cloontuskert Grotto Facebook Page to see more information on how to donate through idonate. 

Ballyleague Bingo

Ballyleague Bingo continues in Ballyleague Hall every Thursday night. The first numbers will be called at 8.30pm.

Smart Recovery

SMART recovery is an evidence based addiction recovery support group where participants learn self-empowering techniques to aid their recovery by overcoming addictive behaviour.

There is a meeting every Friday evening from 7pm to 8.30pm in Vita House, Roscommon. For information you should phone Conor 086 1702912 or

Brown Coins

Ballyleague National School Parents’ Association are currently undertaking a fundraising initiative by collecting ‘brown coins'(1c, 2c & 5c coins).  Do you have a jar/container of these coins in your home and are willing to donate them to the school? If so, please contact Angela Mullooly (087-7955098), Noreen Hanley (087-6944775) or Claire Flynn (086-8814590) to arrange collection/delivery.

Living Well Programme 

Living Well is a free online group programme delivered over six workshops (2.5 hrs x 6). It is delivered by trained leaders, most of whom are also living with a long-term health condition. You will develop self-management skills and confidence to live well with your health conditions. Monday, 5th, Tues 20th of September, 10.30am to 1pm, and Wed 26th Oct 10.30am to 1pm 

To Book Your Place please contact Olga Maguire on 086 0142688 or email 

You can find more details about the programme on 

Tidy Towns Lottery

On Tuesday 5th July the jackpot for the Lanesboro Tidy Towns lottery stood at €8,900 and as it was not won the jackpot rose to €9,000 for the draw on Tuesday 12th July. The winning numbers drawn on the 5th July were 4, 17, 18 and 28. The winner of the €50 prize was Sandra and Kathleen Morris, Church View, and the three €20 prizes were won by Jack Ward, c/o Mags, Peter Smyth, Main Street and Seamus Reilly, Lough Ree Tourism Co Op.

The funds raised from the lottery is providing the financial support to do lots of planting around the town where the most recent is the ongoing creation of the orchard and the shrubs and roses planted on the recently renovated footpaths around the corner on the Longford Road. Your support is enabling all the ongoing work and we encourage greater support for funding of these and other upcoming projects.

Rathcline 50/50

The Rathcline GAA weekly 50/50 draw took place on Monday 4th July took place in the Adie’s Bar. The jackpot for the lucky winner stood at €496. The winner was Sean Carroll, Rathcline.

The Monday night draw 50/50 draw took place on Monday night 11th June at 7.30 pm in the Clarke’s Bar. The club is extremely grateful for your continued remarkable support.

Your support is and continues to make a very positive difference to the club going forward.


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. You can call Assumpta for any further information on 086 8114135.

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 is 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.

Day Pilgrimage to Lough Derg

A one-day Pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place on Saturday 20th August. The bus will leave Ballyleague hall at 7am. For all enquiries and bookings contact Mary 043 33 21969. Information on the pilgrimage can be got at

Lanesboro Library

The opening hours of Lanesboro are: Monday 2pm-8pm

Tuesday 2pm-6pm, Wednesday 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm. The library will be closed all day on a Thursday. Friday 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm and Saturday 10am-1pm

Dog Owners

On Tuesday 19th July from 2pm to 3pm the Dogs Trust will give a talk on “caring for your dog of all ages”

Creative Storytime

On Wednesday 20th July from 11am to 12noon there will be ‘Creative Storytime with Hannah’. This is suitable for your people aged 6 to 9 years.

Knitting & Crochet Group

Knitting & Crochet group will meet every Monday 2pm-4pm

Poetry & Music Circle

Poetry & Music circle will revert to meeting on 2nd & 4th Monday of each month 4.15pm – 5.30pm.

Photocopying, printing and scanning services are available at the library. Enquiries:

Kilgefin Parish

Parish Priest: Fr Dan (089 2706060)

Adoration in Ballyleague Church every Friday morning 10.30am. – 11.30a.m. and every Friday night in Curraghroe Church 8.30p.m. – 9.30p.m.

Pilgrimage: One day pilgrimage to Lough Derg takes place on Saturday 20th August, 2022. Bus leaves Ballyleague Hall at 7am. Enquiries call Mary 043 3321969

Cloontuskert Cemetery Mass: The annual Mass for all the deceased who are laid to rest in Cloontuskert cemetery will be celebrated at 6p.m. on Sunday 14th August and all are welcome to attend. May they rest in God’s eternal peace.

Ballyleague Bingo: Bingo will take place in Ballyleague Hall every Thursday night at 8.30p.m. Please support.

Progressive 25 card game in St Faithleach’s Clubhouse every Tuesday at 9pm. New players and beginners very welcome.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Bishop Kevin will lead the diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes from 24th – 29th August. To book, please contact Joe Walsh Tours on 01-241 0800 or download the booking form at

Medjugorje: Official Diocesan Pilgrimage in August led by Bishop Kevin Doran – OPEN TO ALL AGES Dates: 10th – 17th August 2022, ALL AGES WELCOME. Children and Teenagers under 18 years of age must be accompanied by parent/guardian). Cost €650 PPS. Single Option €790. For more Information and registration details please see or contact: Frank McGuiness, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry, St. Mary’s, Temple Street, Sligo, Tel: 087 9880690 Email:

The Hub at Knock Shrine is open during July & August: Parents – Need some time for yourselves? Welcome to the HUB at Knock Shrine, open through July and August, the HUB offers a range of fun activities for children and young people visiting Knock Shrine. From the ARK kids Club for children aged 5 years and over to our drop-in centre with arts & crafts, prayer, music and much more. Don’t miss our Family Day on 21st August, a day for families and children with a range of fun activities, all in the beautiful grounds of Knock Shrine. Learn more about summer fun at the HUB at or phone us on 094 93 75321.

Are you Living in Ireland Undocumented? Do you know someone who may be an undocumented migrant? Undocumented people can apply for a legal status now. Applications for the new government undocumented scheme are open until 31 July. Don’t miss this life changing opportunity. To check your eligibility and get support to apply visit the Migrants Rights Centre Ireland website or email or contact 083-07553


Any articles for the newsletter must be in by Wednesday nights at the latest. Details to be emailed to  contact number 0862626639

St. Mary’s Church

Day Pilgrimage to Lough Derg

A one-day Pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place on Saturday 20th August. The bus will leave Ballyleague hall at 7am. For all enquiries and bookings contact Mary 043 33 21969. Information on the pilgrimage can be got at

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.

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

Cúl Camps

The long wait is over for the boys and girls from the area with the beginning of the Kellogg’s Cúl Camp in Clonbonny. We hope all the young players are having a happy, exciting and enjoyable Cúl Camp. The Camp continues until Friday from 10am to 2pm.

Thank You

The club would like to thank all members/supporters who made themselves available to help out at the Triathlon on Saturday

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Congratulations to Paddy Neilan, Ballyleague on a fantastic refereeing display at Sundays All Ireland Semi Final between Dublin and Kerry. A fantastic achievement. 

All Ireland Tickets

We are running a competition for 2 All Ireland Football Final tickets and an overnight stay in the Herbert Park Hotel. Tickets €10. Visit our social media pages or contact any club member to enter. 

Senior Men

Well done to the Senior Men on retaining Division 1 League status for next season with a 1-16 to 2-09 victory over Michael Glavey’s Tuesday evening last. 

Underage Training

Continues every Thursday evening at 6:30pm at the pitch. All levels and new members welcome. Looking forward to seeing you all.


We would like to extend our sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Elizabeth Lannon (nee Healy), Ballagh, Kilrooskey, Co Roscommon. May she rest in peace

Cúl Camps

Kellogg’s Cúl Camps will run at St.Faithleachs GAA Complex from August 1st to 5th 2022 for Boys and Girls aged 6-13.


The minor club are looking for volunteers to help at the Underage trainings on Thursday evenings from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. If you would like to help please contact David Harrison or any club committee member. 


Jackpot €12000. Envelopes available at all local outlets. thank you for your continued support.

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