Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes Monday 17th October 2022

Lanesboro Ballyleague notes

Welcome to Try-a-Dive

Have you ever watched a TV programme and seen someone diving in crystal clear water and wondered what that must feel like and even wondered if you could do the same.  Now is your chance to give it a go in a very safe and controlled environment.

As they say you will never know unless you try.

Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club is holding FREE TRY A DIVE in Longford swimming pool at 9pm every Thursday night for the next number of weeks continuing on this Thursday night 20th October.

You will learn how to use scuba equipment in shallow water and get a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.
Learn what wearing scuba equipment feels like and how easy it is to move around underwater while wearing it.
Find out what it’s like to breathe underwater and learn whether you can be comfortable there.

All the equipment you will need is provided on the night just bring yourself, togs and swim hat and you’re ready to go.
If you require any further information you can contact any club member or ring 0879817784/0879765911 or e-mail

Lanesboro Primary School Enrolment

Lanesborough Primary School is now accepting enrolments for September 2023. Please email the school at  for an enrolment form. Alternatively you can phone the Principal at 0433321545.

Former resident passes away

It was with the greatest of sadness we learned of the death at Cavan General Hospital on Wednesday 12th October of Martina Flaherty, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan. Martina, formerly Gearty from the Green was predeceased by her parents Mick and Thelma and her husband Padraig Flaherty. Growing up Martina was a vivacious young lady who had the warm and cheery greeting to everyone she met. She will be long remembers for her great personality and wonderful smile. Her passing came much too soon for this fine lady and all we are left with are fond memories of Martina. To her daughter Fiona and Fiona’s husband Steve and their grandchildren, her partner Hugh, sister Jackie, brothers Mickie, Ian and Jody relatives and many friends we extend our deepest sympathy

Train how to use the Defibrillator

Defibrillators are devices that send an electric pulse or shock to the heart to restore a normal heartbeat. They are used to prevent or correct an arrhythmia, an uneven heartbeat that is too slow or too fast. If the heart suddenly stops, defibrillators can also help it beat again. That is the very reason that we need more and more people trained up in the use of this vital life saving device. 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 is also looking to retrain and refresh those that have already completed the course and need to brush up on its use.

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

Defibrillator Funding – Thank You

The Defibrillator Group would like to sincerely thank everyone that has contributed so generously to the appeal for funding to replace batteries and pads and the constant need to upgrade all the defibrillators.

The importance of defibrillators in the general area cannot be overstated. The lives it can save and has saved in recent times are well documented.

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

Thank You

The Lanesborough branch of Longford Hospice would like to thank everyone for their support at the recent coffee morning. The final tally is €1456.30.

Halloween Tractor Run

A Halloween Tractor Run in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital will take place on Sunday week 30th October. The registration centre will be The Local, Newtowncashelfrom 3pm. The tractors will leave Newtowncashel at 4pm. The entry fee is €20 per tractor.

With a Kids Halloween Disco

As part of the day’s celebration there will be a Kids Halloween Disco with free face painting, nibbles, music and fun in the Pier Inn from 5pm to 7pm.

And it does not finish there Following the earlier events the evening will draw to close with a Fancy Dress Night.

This is a day and night not to be missed as there is something there for everyone. Further details can be got by phoning Paddy 086 079 1177 or Emma 086 055 3904.

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 its famous islands.

Former resident returns

It is great to see local people still coming back to their old stomping ground. The most recent visitor was Pat Fallon and his wife Noreen from Wexford. Pat was born and raised in Cloontuskert and it was great to meet and chat with himself and Noreen during their visit.

Tractor and Car Drive

The annual big Tractor and Car drive will take place on Sunday October 23rd from Church St. Strokestown. The Drive is being organised by Mid-Roscommon Vintage Club and the funds raised are in aid of the Kilglass-based Sick Children’s Fund. Entry fee is €20 per vehicle and registration will take place from 10:30am. The classic/vintage car run will take the following route; Depart from Church St at 12 noon, and proceed to Longford by-pass, and take the N4 westbound towards Newtownforbes, continue to Rooskey and take the R371 for Strokestown via Scramogue.

The tractor run, which will leave immediately after the cars will take the following route; proceed to the R368 to Sharkey’s cross, take L1424 to Lismehy and L1425 to Tuam Cross, take left at Tuam on New Line to N63 via Kilnalosset Cross. On N61 it will proceed to Lanesboro and take right on Rathcline Rd. The route will then take a circle to Ballymahon road via Newtowncashel road and return to Lanesboro. It will return to Strokestown via Curraghroe and Scramogue Cross. Vintage tractors are welcome to take part and their route is a shorter distance; proceed to Ballybeg via Sharkey’s cross and Lismehy after a short rest they will return on same route. Marshalls will be on duty at all junctions to direct the tractors. Refreshments will be served in the morning and a raffle will take place later that night in Compton’s Central Bar where generous prizes are to be won. Please support this very worthy cause.

Final Outing of the Year

The Lough Ree Golfing Society will hold its final outing to Strokestown Golf this coming

Friday 21st October with the tee time at 11am. There are four currently in the running for Golfer of the Year and Friday should be intriguing.

All golfers in the locality are invited to go along and join in the day’s event.

Ballyleague Bingo

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

Volunteers required

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


Congratulations to Peter Mullooly, Tullyvrane, who was last week’s winner of the Rathcline 50/50. Peter won the top prize of €426. The draw took place in the Clarke’s Bar.

The club is extremely grateful for your continued tremendous support.

Church Services

The second last of the October schedule for the Roscommon group of Parishes for the month of October takes place on Sunday next 23rd  with the Service of Holy Communion in St. John’s Church, Lanesboro at 11.30am and the final Service of the month on Sunday 30th October Service in St. Coman’s Church Roscommon at 11.30am

Tidy Towns Lottery

On Tuesday 11th October the jackpot for the Lanesboro Tidy Towns lottery stood at €10,300 and as it was not won the jackpot rose to €10,400 for the draw on Tuesday 18th October. The winning numbers drawn on the 4th October were 13, 14, 17 and 20. The winner of the €50 prize was Chicken c/o Mags, and the three €20 winners were Bríd Mc Dermott, Cathal & Aoife McHugh, c/o Mags and Alan Farrell c/o 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.

Times Past in Pictures

If you have any old photographs that you would like to see published in this ‘Times Past in Pictures’ section you can email them to me at or bring them to the shop I will scan and give them back while you wait.

CD continues to sell well

Frank Nelson has just released a new CD called ‘I’ll Put the Kettle On’. Frank has been very active on the music scene for over 30 years and the quality of his music and dances/shows is testimony to the reason he has been so popular. Frank is inexhaustible 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 followers of Frank and lovers of country music.

CDs are available in O’Brien’s costing just €15   

Dinner Dance

The Longford Pioneer Total Abstinence Association, Longford branch will hold their annual Dinner Dance on the Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule on Friday next 14th October. The music will be provided by the very popular J&S Sound. Dinner will be served at 9pm and there will be a lot of spot prizes won on the night. Tickets cost €30 and can be bought from Breda Moran or O’Brien’s shop.

Traditionally this is the night out of the year where a great night out is assured.


Many congratulations to Evan Chalmers son of Robbie and Geraldine Chalmers and his Ballymahon teammates on winning the Longford Intermediate Championship. They now go on to meet Louth Champions Cooley Kickhams in the first round of the Leinster Championship.

Sunday Night Card Game

The results of the Sunday night card game held in the Parish Hall are:: 1st Annie & Kathleen. There was a six way tie for second with Peggy Moran & Petey Donlon emerging winners.  Last game winners were Pat & Geraldine Greene. Raffle winners were Bridie Glennon, Pat Joe Fallon, Jack Bannon & Michael Finnan. Game every Sunday night with light refreshments served.

Healthy Communities

Free Stop Smoking Service available in Ballymahon. Get the help you need to stop smoking for good. Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy will be provided for non-medical card holders.  Available on Mondays 10am – 4pm in Bridgeways Family Resource Centre; Dean Egan Library Main St Ballymahon; Please contact Catherina (HSE Stop Smoking Advisor) on 087 4435256 for more information.

Ballyboro FC

The under 16 team qualified for the third round of the Connacht Cup when they got the better of East Galway United by two goals to nil. A resolute defence allied to a hard working yet creative midfield and a goal each for the twin strike force of Wesley Hughes and Ben Murphy saw the team safely through to the next round. Ballyboro: Michael Nolan, Jack Beattie, Aidan Kelly, Anthony Cox. Shane Gavigan, Cody Phelan, David Cox, Luke Johnston, Euan Cullen, Ben Murphy, Wesley Hughes. Subs: Conn Maxwell, Daniel Hogan, Billy Murray, Paulius Rasa, Brendan Mulvihill.

It was a game of contrasting halves for the under 13s in their game with Gaels United. The first half was dominated by the Drumlish boys and this was reflected in a half time scoreline of 6-1in their favour. However the second period was very different as the Ballyboro boys displaying grit and determination dominated for long periods before succumbing on a 6-3 scoreline, Ballyboro: Stephen Farrell, Ethan Carberry, Jack Cassidy, Hayden Smyth, Cathal Hanley, Alfie Murphy, Shane Farrell, Tim Kenny, Kyle Rice, Charlie Moynihan, Oisín Dillon(3). Subs: James Carroll, Ferat Pulcu, Aydin Odemis.

The combined under 10 Lions and Tigers teams recorded a comfortable win over UCL. There was plenty of attacking football played by both teams. Patrick Farrell scored a hat trick on his debut while Aimee Glynn was also impressive in her first game. Panel and scorers: Tadhg Shea, Adam Kruk. Jay Flynn, Ben Lackey, Ben Cassidy, Joe Greally, Aidan Cox, Donal Cox, Shay Molloy(2),Aimee Glynn, Patrick Farrell(3),Caden Donlon, Finn Fallon(1).Senan McHale, Sean Hogan(1).

New signing Patrice with a clinical finish scored the winning goal for Ballyboro in a closely contested Combined Counties encounter with Longford Rovers. The game finished 3-2 in Ballyboro’s favour with Jordan Donlon helping himself to a brace. Team: Mark Tarmey, Ben Hussey, Greg Cassidy, Daniel Foley, Patrick Kenny, Jack Murray, Aidan Dooney, Oran Kenny, Darragh Hussey, Patrice, Jordan Donlon. Subs: Alan Kenny, Jonathan Hussey, Steve Ormsby, Liam Ormsby, Dean O’Reilly, Chris O’Loughlin, Max Webb, Chris Tingell.

The under 8s participated in a very enjoyable blitz along with Melview and Inny Rovers. Tomas Kenny, Kyle Carberry, James Fallon, Aaron, Raftery, Caoimhe Loughlin, Luke Hassett, Lorcan O’Reilly, Philip Kucier, Eoin Farrell, Pat Glynn, Tom Glynn, Leo Donnellan, Tadhg Rowan, Tiernan Hanley, and Robin Donnellan all displayed great enthusiasm and no little skill.

The under 14 girls were just edged out by a 2-1 margin by Kenagh United. This was a game that could have gone either way as both teams displayed great endeavour and some very skilful touches. Emma Feeney scored for Ballyboro. Team: Lillie Dowd, Amy Burke, Marianna Donlon, Anna Cox, Leah Kenny, Emma Dowd, Kate Malone, Emma Feeney, Sophie Byrnes, Sarah Healy, Kate Ferguson. Subs Used: Sophie Cox, Emily McDermott, Leah Mimnagh.

Fixtures: On Saturday the under 9s will be involved in a blitz in the Mall, starting at 10am, along with Melview and UCL Harps. The under 11s play UCL Stormers at home on Saturday, 12.30pm kick off. Also on Saturday the under 12 girls are away to Killoe Celtic, 10am start. On Sunday the under 12s are away to Newtown Blues, 1pm kick off 1pm start. The under 14s play Spartac Granard at home at 11.30am on Sunday.

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.

Local Connection

Ballymahon winners of the Longford Intermediate Championship return to the field for the first round of the Leinster Championship when they play Cooley Kickhams of Louth in Pearse Park on Saturday next at 2pm.

Featuring on the Cooley Kickhams side will be Conor and Aoghan McGuiness and Cian Connor. Conor and Aoghan are stepsons of Albert Fayne, formerly of Aughakeel where his brother Paddy resides on the family farm and Cian is a step grandson. Albert along with his brother Brendan are amongst a select number that hold senior championship medals with Rathcline.

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.

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


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.

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

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

St. Mary’s Church

Parish Office: Maireád Rooney, Rathcline has been appointed Parish Secretary. Maireád will be in her office in the Parish House each week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10.15am until 2.30pm. As the office gets established Maireád will be able to assist you with any enquiries.

Catechists: The parish now has 2 new catechists namely Jacinta Brady and Catherine McDermott who will help out with different projects over the year.

Mass Review: With just 2 priests catering for three parishes’ consideration will have to be given as to the number of Masses in the Church each week. In the near future a review will take place and the new Mass schedule will be announced and will commence after Christmas.

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.

Parish contacts

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

Kilgefin Parish

Recent Death: We remember in our prayers Oliver Brehon whose funeral took place in Curraghroe Church on Saturday 8th October. May God console his family and grant him eternal rest. Amen

Masses: Ballyleague Church; Saturday evening 7pm Sunday 11am, Ballagh Church; Saturday evening 8pm, Curraghroe Church; Sunday 10am.

Station Masses


Monday 17th October 7pm Station Mass -Lough Rea Park, Shannon Heights, Shannon Grove. (In the Church)

Friday 21st. October 7pm Cloonadra, Moher (in the Church)

Monday 24th. October 7pm Ballyleague 1, 2, and 3 (In the Church)


Tuesday 18th October 7pm Tuam, Aughanuck, Fairymount, Aughevernia, Kilnalossett, Cappagh and Ballinwooley. (In the Church)

Tuesday 25th October 7pm Trila Croghan, Kilnasella, Sheehane, Bogwood, Gortylane, Mountcashel


Thursday 13th October 7pm Doughill, Culleenoria, Tullyvarron and Killavacken (In the Church.

Thursday 20th October 7pm Curraghroe, Mountdillion and Erra (In the Church)

Thursday 27th October 7pm Kilmacanny, Trilamartin, Grahan, Granahanmartin, Trilladillion

Rathcline GAA

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