Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 1st August 2022

Lanesboro Ballyleague notes


The marriage took place at St. Mary’s Church, Clonmany, Co. Donegal of Stephen Masterson son of Joe and Catherine Masterson, Curraghrua, and Claire Doherty daughter of Sean and Marie Doherty, Clonmany, Co. Donegal. Bestman was Henry Masterson, brother of the groom and groomsmen were John Glennon and Michael Heneghan both lifelong friends of Stephen. The chief bridesmaid was Laura Doherty sister of the bride while the bridesmaids were Shauna Doherty sister of the bride and Sinead Kerins, friend of the bride. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Brian Brady. The wedding reception was held in the Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa, Ballyliffin, Co. Donegal.

We wish the happy couple many years of wedded happiness.

Lanesboro/Ballyleague Town Twinning
Since Covid restrictions meant that the Lanesboro/Ballyleague Town Twinning (LBTT) committee could not have meetings things had to lapse. Now that restrictions are lifted everything is beginning to get back to normal. The LBTT committee will be holding an A.G.M. shortly. You are invited to become part of this exciting group, to bring up your ideas to discuss at the meeting. New blood is required and the outgoing committee is asking people to be part of this exciting committee.

Lanesborough has already been twinned with Lanesborough in Massachusetts, USA and have had representatives here in Lanesboro. In fact two of their Fire Department namely Butch Garrity and Max LaCasse carried the banner in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2015 and we look forward to future and exciting links and twinning.

It would be great to see a good number enthusing about this very exciting twinning project and committee. It is a wonderful opportunity for the 30/40/50 generation to involve themselves in the workings and visiting/hosting our twin towns. There are surely new and novel ideas to be had. The LBTT is busy seeking a suitable date for the AGM and hope to be able to announce the date very soon. It appears that late August early September looks the most likely time for the meeting.


The civil marriage took place at Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon on Friday 29th July of Bernadette Smith, daughter of Donald and Myra Smith, Kilmore Cross, Co. Longford and Michael Mc Keown son of Peter and Carmel Mc Keown, Cootehill, Co. Cavan. Chief bridesmaid was Rebecca Smith daughter of the bride. Bestman was John Hogan best friend of the groom. The wedding reception took place at the Yacht Bar, Lanesboro. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded bliss.


We were shocked and saddened on Wednesday last 27th July to learn of the death at Thomond Lodge Nursing Home of Margaret Leckey, Church View in her 96th year. Margaret was a very proud native of her home county of Clare and visited whenever she got the opportunity to visit family and keep up with friends. Margaret met and married Joe Leckey and they lived in Doughill. Joe predeceased her as did her parents, siblings and grandson Ronan Mc Cormack. In later life Margaret moved to Church View and became a very active member of our local community. In her younger days, along with raising her family, she worked diligently on the family farm. She was the friendliest of ladies, warm hearted and obliging.  Margaret loved to mix and socialise with a cup of coffee and she really enjoyed the company that the active age group brought with it. She was a happy lady and you always knew she was nearing as you could hear her singing as she came along.  Margaret was a deeply religious lady and put a lot of store in her deep rooted faith. She will be sadly missed in our community by everyone that had the pleasure to know her.

Margaret’s remains reposed in Farrell’s Funeral Home before her removal to St. Mary’s Church, Ballagh for her Requiem Mass on Saturday. Following Mass she was laid to rest in Cloontuskert cemetery. To her daughter Jeanette, sons Martin and John, grandchildren, great grandchildren, daughters in law Anne Marie and Maureen, relatives and friends we extend our deepest sympathy.


The marriage took place on Friday 15th July at St. Cecilia’s church, Curraghroe of Frankie Duffy, son of Johnnie and Maura Duffy, Mahoraveen and Niamh Toolan, daughter of Brian and Sally Toolan, Drinagh, Strokestown. Best man was John Duffy, brother of the groom while the Matron of Honour was Fiona Duffy, sister of the bride. The pageboys were J.J. and Liam Duffy nephews of the bride and groom and the flower girl was Aoife Duffy daughter of the happy couple. The marriage was celebrated by Fr. Dan, Kilgefin parish. The wedding reception took place in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded happiness.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Madge and Jim Finn and their family on the death on Friday last 29th July of Madge’s sister Mary Cowan, Raheen, Clara, Co. Offaly.

Irish Times Feature

Turning the page on the Irish Times the other day I was greeted of a photograph of a familiar location and those in the photograph were even more familiar and none other than Mark Kenny, his wife Dee and their three children Leah, Tim and David. The article was in relation to going back to school and the rising cost of the return. Mark and Dee were very sensible in their approach and said that right from the beginning of the summer they would pick up school necessities on a regular basis. It was an excellent interview by Mark and Dee. The interview was conducted by local man Stephen Farrell, Rathcline, who is presently working with the Irish Times.


The marriage took place on Wednesday last 27th July at Glasson Lakehouse Hotel of Martina Trimble, daughter of Kathleen and the late Tommy Trimble, Cloonadra and Leon Flower son of Robert and Sheila Flower, Kenagh. Chief bridesmaid was Teresa Trimble sister of the Bride and Bestman was Sean Mulleady best friend of the groom. Pageboy was Ruben Flower son of the happy couple who also gave his mother away. Flower girl was one year old Megan Flower daughter of the happy couple. The civil ceremony was performed outdoors with Lough Ree as the backdrop by Lorraine McCarthy, Co. Louth. The wedding reception took place in Glasson Lakehouse Hotel. We wish the happy couple many years of health and happiness.


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 is, essential as demand is great, 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 is essential 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 urgently required

The importance of defibrillators in the general area cannot be overstated. The lives it can save and has done in recent weeks 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.

Unveiling new signs

Ballyleague Tidy Towns will hold their fundraising draw on Sunday evening, next the 7th August at Ballyleague Marina. The committee’s aim is to have the draw coincide with an official unveiling of the newly commissioned tourism sign designed by Mary Fleming in collaboration with, Ballyleague TT committee. The new sign contains information about Lough Ree and pictures of Biodiversity of the area, in addition to a map of Ballyleague and Lanesboro with information pertinent to attractions in both Counties Longford and Roscommon EG Corlea Trackway and Strokestown House. The sign also contains information on Local walkways. In, addition to the new sign there are (will be) three poles between the marina, promenade and north quays each containing a number of individual finger posts guiding people to amenities such as showers and toilets and places of interest such as the Castle ruins and St Faithleach’s well.

The hope is that this new signage will enhance the visitor experience of both Ballyleague and Lanesboro.

The committee wish to thank everybody who supported our fundraiser the aim of which was to assist with day to day running costs (Petrol for Mower, Insurance, etc) with the design and manufacture of the new Signage. Tickets for the draw with a top prize of a two night stay in the four star Galmont Hotel and Spa, Galway  for two people  plus one evening dinner in addition to many other fabulous prizes costing €5 each or  for €10 still available on line via Ballyleague Renewal FB page, O Brien’s Newsagents, Inver Ballyleague or the Yacht Bar.


Congratulations Senan and Cillian Donoghue, Curraghrua, who won 2nd prize of €1,500 Center Parcs Voucher sponsored by M&N Nolan in the Club Longford draw that took place on Saturday evening last.

Championship Time

St. Faithleach’s will commence their Roscommon Senior Championship on Friday evening next when they travel to Johnstown to play Clann na nGael at 8pm.

Well done to Rathcline who got their championship off to a winning start with a three point victory over Killoe. They travel to Emmet Park on Friday night next to play Abbeylara in round 2 at 8pm.

Tickets for both games must be bought online on Roscommon and Longford websites.

Good luck to both teams.

Special Offer

Lough Ree Access for all boat is a boat built for you is offering a special 1-hour summer promotion. Subject to the demand the trip will cost €20 and the sailing will take place at 4pm. For information and booking call 089 2625505 or Early booking is advisable

Sunday night Card Game

The Sunday night card game continued on Sunday night last. The results from last Sunday night 31st July are a three way tie for first with P.J. & Bridie, Mick & Kate and Pat Joe & Tom. Raffle winners were Tom Rock, Barney Kenny, Johnno and Martin McDermott. Last game winners were Pat Rock & Aidan Carly.  The game continues every Sunday night where the first cards are dealt at 8.30pm sharp. Light refreshments served.

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.

Cloontuskert Grotto Unveiling

The unveiling and blessing of the reconstructed Grotto in Cloontuskert will take place at 7pm on 15th August Our Lady’s Day. All are welcome.

Ladies Soccer Team

The ladies section of Ballyboro FC is seeking ladies to go along and join in the formation of a ladies soccer team. If you are aged 16 and upwards and interested in being a part of a historic team then you are invited to express your interest to Graham Taaffe 087 2636701

Piano Lessons

Weekly piano lessons are available all year round by a young supportive enthusiastic tutor. For further information you should contact Madison 086 0704461.

Ballyleague Bingo

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

Volunteers needed

Ballyleague Bingo urgently needs more volunteers to join them in the Bingo/Hall Committee. If you are interested contact Patricia Manning for more details

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.


Congratulations to Alan Hanley, Ballyleague who was last week’s winner of the Rathcline 50/50. Alan won the top prize of €503.

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 26th July the jackpot for the Lanesboro Tidy Towns lottery stood at €9,200 and as it was not won the jackpot rose to €9,300 for the draw on Tuesday 26th July. The winning numbers drawn on the 19th July were 4, 14, 21 and 26. The winners of the €50 prize were Mike Mullooly, New York c/o Mags and the three €20 winners were Tiernan & Iarla Hanley, Corrigeen, Gerard Heneghan, Rathcline Road and Alan Farrell c/o the Yacht Bar.

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 and the flowers on the Ballymahon Road. Your continued support is enabling all the ongoing work and we encourage greater support for funding of these and other upcoming projects.


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.

Ballyboro FC

Favoured by perfect weather conditions the first Summer Camp staged  last week was a great success. The second Summer Camp is also  fully booked and will be held from Monday 15th August to Friday 19th August.

  The Official Opening of the club’s brilliant new facilities will take place on Saturday 20th August.

 Alfie Murphy, Tim Kenny, and Oisín Dillon are the Club’s representatives on the Longford League’s under 13 squad who will be competing in the prestigious Galway Cup during the week. Alfie has the honour of captaining the team. The best of luck to the three boys who will no doubt do themselves and the club proud.

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

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.

Volunteers Wanted

Ballyleague Bingo and Hall committee need more volunteers to join them in the Bingo/Hall Committee. If you are interested you are asked to contact Patricia Manning for more details.

Readers – Ballagh Church: We urgently need readers for Ballagh Church as some of our readers have retired after serving for many many years. If you are interested, please contact Fr. Dan or Vivienne Barry. Thank you.

Cloontuskert Grotto Unveiling

The unveiling and blessing of the reconstructed Grotto in Cloontuskert will take place at 7pm on 15th August Our Lady’s Day. All are 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

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.


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

Mass Reduction

As you may already know Fr Sergiy has returned to his native Poland. As there has been no replacement appointed and no prospect of one it appears that we will have to lose one of our Sunday Masses. With Fr. Turlough and Fr. Merlyn attached to Killashee and Cashel respectively they will now take on the full cover of Lanesboro and the parish of Rathcline. Meetings to discuss this issue will take place in the three parishes over the coming weeks to prepare schedules.

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. Merlyn Kenny, Newtowncashel 0860603433 and Fr. Turlough Baxter, Killashee 0879972259 who as you know are assisting in our parish.

Shannon Gaels

Senior Championship

Our Senior men will get their 2022 Championship underway on Friday evening against Clann na nGael in Johnstown with throw in at 8pm. Best of luck to team and management. Please support 

U15 Boys

Well done to the U15 boys who recorded a 6.13 to 5.10 victory over St.Michaels/St.Ronans in round 1 of Championship.

Underage Training

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

Best Wishes

To Brian Murtagh and Laura Coyne who get married this weekend. Hope ye have a fantastic day and best wishes from us all. 


Kellogg’s Cúl Camps will run at St. Faithleach’s GAA Complex from August 1st to 5th  2022 for Boys and Girls aged 6-13. Hope everyone has a fantastic week. 


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. 


We would like to extend our sincere sympathies to the family and friends of the late Margaret Leckey, Lanesboro. May she rest in peace 


Jackpot €12000. No jackpot winner this week. Envelopes available at all local outlets. thank you for your continued support.

Shannon Gaels


Congratulations Senan and Cillian Donoghue, Curraghrua, who won 2nd prize of €1,500 Center Parcs Voucher in the Club Longford draw.

Summer Camp

The club is for the very first time running a club Summer Camp this year for young people between 8 and 13 years old.

The camp will commence from 10am – 2pm on Monday the 8th August and ending on Friday the 12th in Rathcline GAA Pitch, Clonbonny.
If you wish to register more than one child, please complete a separate form for each child.
The registration fee on the day is €20 per child and €15 per child in the same family thereafter if more than one is registered.
The camp will involve plenty of fun activities and games, both football and others.
Ensure that kids have a packed lunch, water and other necessities needed for a week of enjoyment at the camp.
Look forward to seeing all local young people there for the duration of the camp!

Well Done

Well done to the senior team on their great start to the senior championship on Sunday last and good luck to them on Friday night when they pay Abbeylara in Emmet Park.

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