Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 7th November 2022

Lanesboro Ballyleague notes


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Terry and Maureen Hynes, their family and extended family on the death in London Monday 28th October of Terry’s sister Rose Cusack. Her funeral will take place in the coming weeks.

Community College Enrolment

Lanesboro Community College has just announced enrolment for the school year 2023 is now open.

Lanesboro Community College continues to grow and go from strength to strength such is the quality of the teaching and academic success. Last year the college had its largest influx of first year students and they have been given permission for building a further seven rooms on the school site such is the demand for places in the school. Accommodating this new influx means more rooms are necessary for the growth of the college. Application forms and further information can be got by contacting the school secretary at by phoning 043 33 21139 or from the college website

An ‘Open Night’ will take place at the Lanesboro Community College on Thursday 17th November from 7pm to 9pm.

Line Dancing Classes

One of the most striking things at country dances is the growth of Line Dancing.

 You now have the opportunity to get into Line Dancing with classes in the Quad Centre on the Circular Road Roscommon every Sunday evening. Christopher Beirne the renowned Line Dance tutor will ensure that you will be soon in step and enjoying the phenomenon that is Line Dancing. There is absolutely no better way to get pleasure from a winter evening than learning and enjoying Line Dancing.

Rapid Response Meeting

Roscommon Rapid Response is holding public meetings throughout the county to inform community members and defibrillator groups about the Community Emergency Response System. 

We will also provide groups with a map of their defibrillator locations which will enable them to identify black spots and a draft outline of a proposal for Grant Aid.

The Community Response System enables a 4/5 minute medical response (quality CPR & Defibrillation) for Cardiac Arrest victims in your community. This 4/5 minute response time has been proven by medical research to achieve up to 75% survival rate for cardiac arrest victims.

The current survival rate in Ireland is 5%. We can save lives in every community throughout Co. Roscommon with a very simple community emergency response system. 

Go to  and download the EmCall App to your phone for free.

Please attend the meeting in Ballyleague/Lanesboro – Ballyleague Hall on 16th November 2022 at 8.30 p.m. sharp. The meeting will last one hour. Individuals or Groups can, after meeting, discuss their individual issues.


Community Emergency Response System – Cardiac Arrest

EmCall App report

Map of Defibrillator locations for Groups

Grant Aid Proposal – Black Spots in the County? Replacement AEDs?

Training for C.P.R.

Employment Investment Incentive Scheme – Community Fund

Community Emergency Response Systems Cost

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.

Annual Mass

This year the Annual Mass for deceased staff members of ESB Lanesborough will be held in the Parish Hall on this Thursday 17th November at 8pm.

Fermoyle National School

Fermoyle National School is now open for enrolment for the year 2023/2024.

Please contact the office at 043-3321959 or email the school at for enrolment forms. 

LCC on Thursday

We all know how important that the Community Games are for the young people of the parish and it is a group that every parent should be hugely supportive of and encourage their children in one of the many and varied disciplines within the Community Games.

There will be a meeting for Lanesborough Community Games on this Thursday night 10th November in St. Mary’s Parish Hall at 8pm. The committee requires parental support to ensure that all children can access the various competitions within the Community Games. Without support and involvement it is impossible to run the Community Games locally. Please come along as your attendance and input would be greatly appreciated.

Church Services

The Services for the Roscommon group of Parishes during the month of November are: Sunday next 13th November Remembrance Sunday Service and Morning Prayer in St. John’s Church, Lanesboro at 11.30am. Sunday 20th in St. Coman’s Church, Roscommon there will be Holy Communion Service with Dean Gerald Field at 11.30am. Sunday 27th November – First Sunday of Advent, there will be a Service of Holy Communion in St. John’s Church, Lanesboro at 11.30am.

St. Faithleach’s Minor AGM

The annual Minor AGM will take place on Wednesday 23rd November at 8pm in the Clubhouse.  The club would really appreciate your attendance to help shape the future of the club. It also gives you the opportunity to bring any new views, ideas or concerns to the committee.
If you wish to volunteer for next season please come along

Longford Arts Council

Longford County Council Arts Office is developing its fourth Arts Strategy due to run from 2023-2027. The contribution of artists (in all art forms and practices), arts practitioners, members of the public, organisations and interested parties is being sought in order to fully inform the preparation of the Arts Strategy. There are two ways in which you can contribute to this process: 

Consultation Meetings
Meetings will be held in the following venues to discuss the development of the Arts Strategy. 

Public Meetings (for people whose interest in the arts is as an audience member or participant or work in a voluntary or non-professional capacity): 

Wednesday 9th November: 7.30 – 9pm. Small Ballroom in the Longford Arms Hotel. 

Wednesday 23rd November: 7.30 – 9pm. Ballymahon Library. 

Thursday 24th November: 6.30 – 8pm. Granard Library 

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 email to

Check your passport

If you are intending travelling over the Christmas period or over the New Year it would be no harm to take out your passport and check the expiry date. Earlier in the year there were long delays in the issuing of passports.  To avoid the rush in the run up to Christmas and New Year it is worth checking your passport now and taking the necessary action.

Looking for Composers

The Cork International Choral festival is now accepting entries from Irish composers for the 2023 Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition. The winning piece will be given its premiere performance by Chamber Choir Ireland at the festival’s Gala Concert in Cork in April.

The score should be an original work, written for a cappella choir and up to five minutes in duration. It should be in four parts and the selected text may be original or existing, in Irish or English. See and the deadline is 5th December.

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.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Brendan Farrell, Cloontuskert, and his family on the death of his sister Mona Conlon, in Birmingham, England on 28th October.

Rathcline Club Initiative

The Rathcline club have just come with a new fundraising initiate. The Rathcline GAA Euro Millions Syndicate will commence with the first draw on Tuesday 3rd January 2023 and finishing with the final draw 29th December 2023. The syndicate will be limited to 400 people. Each member will pay €40 for the year.

Each month there will be a €100 draw for the members of the syndicate.

If the winnings at the end of the year is between €400 and €1,999.99 there will be a draw for one winner within the syndicate. Between €2,000 and €9,999.99 there will be five separate draws each winning an equal amount, between €10,000 and €19,999.99 there will be a raffle and ten members drawn each receiving an equal amount. Any amount greater than €20,000 will see the money shared evenly amongst all members. 

Church Gate Collection

Lanesboro Community College Parents Council is holding a church gate collection on this coming weekend 12th and 13th November outside churches in Ballyleague, Ballagh and Curraghroe and on the following weekend 19th and 20th November outside churches in Lanesboro, Killashee, Clondra and Newtowncashel. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

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.

St. Faithleach’s Lottery

At the recent lottery draw the numbers 5, 17, 18 and 20 were drawn out. There was nobody with this number sequence and the jackpot of €2,400 was not won. The three winners of the €40 of the random selection were €40 winners were John Bill and Teresa Hanley, Greg Glennon and Jean Fallon. The club thanks you for your continued support and urges you to continue supporting the club.

Table Quiz   

Lanesborough Tidy Towns are hosting a table quiz in the Yacht Bar on Friday 18th November at 9 pm sharp. Your support would be appreciated.

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.

Sunday night cards

The results from last Sunday night’s game are: 1st Tom Rock & Tommy Fox. 2nd Pat Joe Fallon & Tom Nohilly. Last game was Eugene Kelly & Barney Kenny. Raffle winners were Joe Dolan, John Byrne, Niall Hughes & Mick Maguire. The game continues every Sunday night at 8. 30pm. Light refreshments served.


Congratulations to Anne O’Reilly, Rathcline, who was last week’s winner of the weekly Rathcline 50/50 jackpot. Anne won the top prize of €724. The draw took place in the Peer Inn Lisnacusha.

The club is extremely grateful for your continued tremendous support.

Tidy Towns Lottery

On Tuesday 1st November the jackpot for the Lanesboro Tidy Towns lottery stood at €10,600 and as it was not won the jackpot rose to €10,700 for the draw on Tuesday 8th November. The winning numbers drawn on the 25th October were 13, 14, 24 and 28. The winner of the €50 prize was Patsy c/o Mags, and the three €20 winners were Kathleen and Eileen c/o XLNTEE, Pam Feeney Rathcline and Jenny and Faye Rooney, Carrowroe, .

Thank you to everyone that continues to support our Tidy Town efforts and with the rise in marks this year it shows that your support is helping us greatly. The comments we hear all year long have been about how beautiful the town looks and this can only be done with your support for the lottery every week.

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 restocked

Frank Nelson newly released a new CD called ‘I’ll Put the Kettle On’ has proved to be a great success with a restocking of SD’s necessary to keep up with demand. Frank, a local man has been very active on the music scene for over 30 years 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   

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. 

Ballyboro FC

Ballyboro were involved in a seven goal thriller with Ballymahon in the Combined Counties League on Saturday. Things looked ominous for Ballyboro with 5 minutes to go as they were behind 3-2. However they staged a tremendous comeback and late goals from Jack Murray and Aidan Dooney saw them secure the spoils. Team: Mark Tarmey, Ben Hussey, Max Webb, Stephen Ormsby, Mark Cox, Jack Murray (2), David Rooney, Aidan Dooney(2), Stephen Walsh, Patrice, Jordan Donlon. Subs: Jason Tarmey, Ryan Fallon, Chris O’Loughlin, Dean O’Reilly.

The under 9s played Newtown in two exciting games where goals galore and no little skill were evident. Panel: Donncha Connell, Fionn Connell, James Murray, Paudi Murray, Cian Feeney, Brian Connell, Fionn Murray, Mark Hession, Áine Casey, Sean Casey.

 The under 14 girls were in fine fettle when they recorded a comprehensive win over Killoe Celtic.  Lethal striker Darragh Healy was in red hot form as she helped herself to five well taken goals. Team: Clodagh Martin, Leah Kenny, Marianna Donlon, Anna Cox, Amy Burke, Siun McElgunn, Sophie Cox (2),Emma Ferguson, Alyssa Birmingham, Sarah Healy (5), Kate Ferguson. Subs: Emma Feeney (1), Leah Mimnagh, Lillie Dowd, Emma Hoey, Kate Hoey, Erin Rumley, Katie Smith.

Fixtures: Five games on Saturday; The under 8s are away to Killoe Celtic, 10am start. The under 12 A team are at home to Melview Eagles while the under 12 B team are away to Ballymahon. Both games have a 12.30pm kick off. The under 13s are away to Kenagh United at 11.15am while the under 16 team play Stonepark in Abbeycartron at 1.30pm. Just one game on Sunday where the under 12s are away to Kenagh United Falcons at 1pm.

The Special Souvenir Booklet is on sale at O’Brien’s and Casserly’s.

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.

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.

Shannon Gaels

Due to the horrendous weather last Saturday the end of season Parish league / Social has been rescheduled and will now take place on Saturday 19th November from 1:00 to 4:00pm
The Parish league teams shall be drawn from U-9 (3rd class players) to U-13’s. The plan is to have 6 teams in total, with top 2 contesting the Parish League Final
There will also be a ‘Fun Blitz’ to be ran for all remaining players [U-9 down]
Senior players will  manage the teams and U15 / U17 players will referee matches
Every must arrive at the pitch for 12:30pm with games to commence at 1pm sharp
Refreshments / BBQ will be served along with some presentations
Can all coaches please notify their respective groups as soon as possible, and get confirmation of numbers.
Drop a note to Mark if there are any queries or concerns.

It is very important that everyone that is intending to take part registers with Mark so that teams can be determined and selected. Please contact him immediately 085 1744376

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 the Parish Secretary 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.

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 after 10am Mass in the Payer Room and will conclude at 4pm to take account of energy costs during the winter months.

It is very important that there will be at least two people in the Prayer Room 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.

Rathcline GAA

By clicking the link below you can see Michael J’s club update for this week.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

U17 Lads

Commiserations to our U17 lads and their management team of Anthony, Steve and John on their loss in the Division 3 Championship Final on Saturday last in Ballintubber. The lads have given us some fantastic days out this year and had a wonderful championship campaign. Thank you to the lads and their management for the commitment they have given. A team that will go places in the future. Well done to Castlerea St Kevin’s on their victory. Final score was St. Faithleach’s 1-09 Castlerea 5-13. 

Tesco Community Fund

If you are shopping in Tesco Roscommon please pop a blue token into the St. Faithleach’s bucket. Funding will go towards training and team equipment that is needed. Thank you.

Minor A.G.M.

Our annual Minor AGM will take place on Wednesday 23rd November at 8pm in the Clubhouse. We would really appreciate your attendance to help shape the future of the club. It also gives you the opportunity to bring any new views, ideas or concerns to the committee. We are also looking for volunteers and coaches for next season. 


Jackpot stands at €2400. Latest draw numbers were 5, 17, 18 and 20. No jackpot winner. €40 winners were John Bill and Teresa Hanley, Greg Glennon and Jean Fallon. Thank you for your continued support. Envelopes are on sale at all local outlets. Next draw is 15th of November 

Well Done

Well done to Sean Rohan, Ballagh who represented Ireland U18 Rugby team on Saturday last where they played Italy in Rome. A fantastic achievement for Sean and the Rohan family. We are all very proud of Sean and his athletic achievements so far. A bright future is surely ahead for this bunch of lads. 

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