Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 15th August 2022

Lanesboro Ballyleague notes


The marriage took place in St. Patrick’s Church, Mohill, Co. Leitrim on Saturday 6th August of Brian Murtagh son of Andy and Breda Murtagh, Ballyleague and Laura Coyne, Mullingar. Bestman was Ciaráin Murtagh brother of the groom while groomsman was Diarmuid Murtagh brother of the groom. Chief Bridesmaid was Eva O’Hanlon, friend of the bride and bridesmaid was Katie Hickey, friend of the bride. Flower girl was the happy couple’s daughter Esmé Murtagh. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Gabriel Flynn. The reception took place at Lough Rynn Castle. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded bliss.

Apprentice of the Year

Many congratulations to Hannah Shea daughter of Richard and Geraldine Shea, Blenavoher on being nominated for the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award. Hannah is a third year apprentice with ESB. To be recognised at this stage tells us that Hannah is already a winner within her company. We wish her the very best of luck on the announcement of award winners.

Community Games Winners

The track & field competition of the Community Games took place at the SETU Sports Complex on Saturday last. Community Games recognises the first four home with medal awards and in the Under 16 100m there was tremendous local interest with Curraghroe young man Anthony Cox representing Roscommon and representing Ballymore Eustace and Kildare young man Peter Murphy representing Kildare in the final of the same event.

Anthony is son of Danny and Amanda Cox, Curraghroe and grandson of the late JJ and Olive Cox on his father’s side while on his mother Amanda’s side his grandparents are Tom and Carmel Smyth, Derryshanogue. He recently returned from the Gaeltacht summer school where he spent a few weeks learning Irish.

Peter Murphy is son of Keith (Cloontuskert) and Michelle (nee Wallace, Ballyleague) Murphy who are residents of Kildare for many years. Peter is grandson of Jude and Kitty Murphy, Cloontuskert and Sonny and Mary Claire Wallace, Ballyleague. It is great to know that here are local connections to two of the fastest Under 16’s in Ireland with Anthony and Peter. Peter sensationally finished off the day with a second All-Ireland medal in the mixed relay with his Kildare team.

When they say the ‘apple never falls far from the tree’ is truly exemplified in this case as in their day parents Danny, Keith and Michelle were leading members of the local Lough Ree Athletic club.

Dog Grooming by Janine

The very best of luck to Janine Carling daughter of George and Bernadette Carling, Mahoraveen who just recently set up her new dog grooming business Lily’s Parlour at Mahoraveen. If you want to contact Janine you can do so by phoning her at 087 3413795

Lough Ree Golfing Society

There has been a change of venue for the August outing on Friday next 19th August. Ballinasloe Golf Club is the venue and the management at Ballinasloe GC informed LRGS that they have done quite an amount of improvements on the course this year. It will be nice to try it out and give some feedback. The tee is booked from 11.00 and Society is looking forward to seeing current members and new golfers wishing to join in and take part.

Garth Brooke’s Tickets

Who does not want to go the biggest selling concerts of the year? The Rathcline club is giving you the opportunity to win those precious tickets by running a draw for 2 Premium Stand tickets to see the legendary Garth Brooke’s in concert in Croke Park in September. There will be draws for 2 Premium Stand tickets for Friday 9th, Saturday 10th, Friday 16th and Saturday 17th September – a total of 8 tucks for four lucky winners.

Online tickets can be bought at the following link:…/rathcl…/fundraiser/tickets  There are two ticket options as follows: • Option 1: Buy 1x Ticket for €5 • Option 2: Buy 3x Tickets for €10

The draw for the tickets will take place on Saturday 3rd September in the Yacht Bar Lanesboro at 8pm. Results will be posted on all our online Social Media Platforms. For more information check out:

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 and the LBTT committee sees the opportunity to hold their A.G.M. in the near future. 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.


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

Ploughing ‘A Lone Furrow’

Roscommon Drama Group is once again putting on the play written by former local resident Tommy Murray in Roscommon Arts Centre. Tommy has been deeply involved in the Arts for his lifetime and this play is back due to popular demand.

The play tells the story of Aleen Cust, a famous Athleague vet and her far seeing and determined mentor William Byrne.

The play will be part of the Aleen Cust Celebration that is remembering this fabulous woman.

The play will run in Roscommon Arts Centre on this coming Thursday 18th, Friday 19th and Saturday 20th August. Booking is essential and tickets are priced at €14/€12

 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.

New CD released

On the road for over 30 years the very popular Frank Nelson has just released a new CD called ‘I’ll Put the Kettle On’. Surviving the music scene for over 30 years goes to show the great popularity and support Frank has gained over the years. He is prolific when it comes to releasing high quality CD’s.

This time he has really hit the high times with the quality and songs included. It is a must for anyone’s playlist wherever you choose to listen to it.

CD’s cost €15 and can be bought in O’Brien’s.

Championship News

The next game for Rathcline will take place in Monaduff (Drumlish) on Saturday evening next 20th August at 8pm.

On Saturday evening next 20th August at 5pm in Ballyleague the second round game will place with Boyle the opposition.

Go along and support our teams when you can.

Boat Trips

Lough Ree Access for all boat is a boat built for you is offering three sailing trips a day 10am, 12 noon and 2.30pm. This is a great trip of fascination onto Lough Ree and an opportunity to take in the beauty of the lake and surrounding countryside. 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 14th August are 1st Martin McDermott & Peggy Moran. Joint 2nd were Basil Mitchell & Tom Rooney and Barney Kenny & Eugene Kelly. The last game winners were Peter & Mary Gregg. Raffle winners were Kitty Feeney, Anne Corcoran, Jack Bannon & Mary Gregg. The game continues every Sunday night where the first cards are dealt at 8.30pm sharp. Light refreshments served.

Roscommon Group of Parishes

Upcoming Church Services

Sunday 21st August – Holy Communion with Gerald Field in St. Coman’s Roscommon at 11.30am.

Sunday 28th August – Service of Holy Communion in St. John’s Lanesboro at 11.30am.

Soccer for Ladies

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

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


Congratulations to Shane Neilan, Knock, who was last week’s winner of the Rathcline 50/50. Shane won the top prize of a remarkable €540.

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 9th August the jackpot for the Lanesboro Tidy Towns lottery stood at €9,400 and as it was not won the jackpot rose to €9,500 for the draw on Tuesday 16th August. The winning numbers drawn on the 9th August were 8, 12, 28 and 29. The winner of the €50 prize was and the three €20 winners were

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

This week promises to be one of most momentous in the history of Ballyboro Football Club. On Monday the second of the Summer Camps commenced, and similar to the first, it is booked out. On Friday the FAI President Gerry McAnaney will visit the camp where he will be assured of a warm welcome.

On this Saturday 20th the Official Opening ceremony of the fantastic new club facilities at Lanesboro Community College will take place. It promises to be a very special occasion. The Astro Turf pitch along with the newly developed grass pitch have been extensively utilised by the local community since they came into use. For years local people travelled distances to Astro pitches in other towns to play football, but now the club has provided a wonderful and badly needed facility locally for the benefit of the entire community, young and old. The Astro pitches are in much demand and in addition to the club and the school, have been used by Gaelic football, rugby, and county hurling teams among others.

An energetic and highly committed committee worked tirelessly, often meeting twice weekly over the course of a year, to see the project true to fruition.  In what  was a classic example of cross border cooperation  people on both sides of the bridge and further afield worked together with one goal in mind: to provide a state of the art facility for the good of all of the people in our community, young and old. The new facilities are also of great benefit to the students of the Community School and a special commemorative bench will be unveiled on the day to honour the major contribution of former principal Bernice Martin R.I.P, to the project. 

The fact that such an outstanding development that cost €270,000 approx was completed and paid for in the space of one year is testament to the hard work of the committee allied to the tremendous community support. This was clearly evident when 800 people were present at the outstandingly successful OSKAR night.

All club teams will be in action as part of the Opening Day celebrations. The action gets underway at 11am while the Official Opening will be at 3pm. A special souvenir booklet will be on sale on the day. This high quality production features a number of interesting articles as well as attempting to list every player who played for Ballyboro FC since the formation of the club in 2000.

Saturday is certain to be an eventful and historic day. All in the community are most welcome to be present to mark the official opening of a wonderful community facility.

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 next 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)

Opening of the Father Flanagan Visitor Centre

The Father Flanagan Group in Ballintubber-Ballymoe Parish are pleased to announce the opening of a visitor centre on Sunday 21st August 2022 to honour one of Ballymoe’s most famous sons, Father Edward J Flanagan, founder of the world-renowned Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. Mass will be celebrated at 10.00am that morning by Bishop Kevin in St Croan’s  Church, followed by the opening and blessing of the centre. All are welcome to attend. The visitor centre will be open from 11am to 2pm, Monday 22nd – Saturday 27th August

 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 week 20th August, 2022. Bus leaves Ballyleague Hall at 7am. Enquiries call Mary 043 3321969

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.

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

Ballyleague Church: We urgently need volunteers to take up the basket collection in Ballyleague Church at mass on Saturday and Sunday. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Fr. Dan.

Kilgefin Cemetery Mass: Mass will be celebrated in Kilgefin Cemetery on Sunday next 21st  August at 6pm. There will be a collection on the evening towards the upkeep of the cemetery.


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 next 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

Rosary Group meet in the church on Monday to Friday at 9.30am and on Saturday and Sunday at 3pm.

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

Hardy People

Last weekend a big number from Lanesboro Tri Club travelled to Youghal in County Cork for a half Ironman and full Ironman. A lot of the local competitors were members of our club executive, coaches, committee members and parents of our underage players. It was a gargantuan challenge considering the very hot weather conditions. Well done to everyone and congratulations on your wonderful achievement.

Well done

Our Western Gaels Under 15 side had a great win on Thursday last and as a result were table toppers in their Division. They now go forward to the final stages.


Our amalgamation with Ardagh St. Patrick Óg will play Southern Gaels in Cashel on Monday evening next at 7.15pm in the Glenn Brady Cup.

On Monday week 29th the U17 team will entertain Longford Slashers in Clonbonny at 7pm.

Good Luck

The best of luck to the Rathcline senior team who play Colmcille in the senior championship in Drumlish on Saturday evening next at 8pm.

Rathcline GAA

See attachment for the Cathal Chapman’s weekly update of Rathcline GAA news, it is also available on

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Senior Championship

Our Senior men will play Boyle in their 2nd round of the 2022 Hudson Bay Senior Championship on Saturday evening  in Ballyleague with throw in at 5pm. Best of luck to team and management. Please support 

Junior Ladies

Our Adult Ladies Footballers commence their Roscommon LGFA Junior Championship campaign away to Padraig Pearses on Sunday week 21st August. Throw in at 11am in Woodmount. Please support

U20 Championship 

Hard luck to the u20 lads who bowed out of the u20 championship with a narrow 1 point defeat to Tulsk on a scoreline of St. Faithleach’s 0.13 Tulsk 1.11 in Ballyleague on Friday evening. Best wishes to Conor Betts and Micky O Brien who sustained injuries during the game. 

Team:- Micky O’Brien, Francis Dunne, Shane Cox, Eoin Kelly, Mark Cox (0-1), Kevin Mc Donagh, Cian Glennon (0-2), Ryan Byrne (0-1), Tom Ryan (0-1), Lee Kilcoyne (0-4), Conor Betts, Jack Murray (0-3), Evan Farrell (0-1) Subs:- Jack McGloin and Sean Kelly.

Underage Training

Training continues every Thursday evening at 6:30pm at the pitch. All levels and new members welcome.


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 now stands at €12000. No jackpot winner this week. Envelopes available at all local outlets. Thank you for your continued support. Annual Lotto subscriptions are now due for renewal before August 31st. New members welcome 

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