Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 6th February 2023

Lanesboro Ballyleague notes

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Word is that there is a great deal of endeavour taking place in many places planning their floats for the return of St. Patrick’s Day Parade to Lanesboro and Ballyleague. Great credit is really due to everyone for their efforts and the committee for their work in preparing for the Parade.

For further information or application forms please contact Teresa Costello or Freda Connaughton.

Annual Lourdes Collection

The annual Lourdes Church Gate will take place at all Masses on Saturday 11th and Sunday12th next. Your generosity year on year has helped greatly in sending people with special needs to Lourdes. The pilgrims benefit greatly from this pilgrimage and this can only happen for so many by your generosity.

Lanesboro 73 Bridge Club

Congratulations to Mary Fallon, Goretti Kenny, Philomena Walsh, Mary Farrell members of the 1973 Bridge Club and the Lough Ree 2000 club on their great win in the Regional Pairs Intermediate A. Also, to Joan Donnellan with her Longford Club partners Una Flynn, Olive Kilbane, and John Kiernan whom came first in the Regional Masters. Good Luck to both teams going forward to the National Finals.

Support for the Parade

In an effort to defray costs for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day parade the committee is holding a raffle and the support of our entire community is encouraged. This year the draw will take place in Adie’s bar on St. Patrick’s night. Tickets are priced at €2 each or 3 for €5. There will be five prizes of €100 and you may be one of the lucky five.

Tickets can be bought in the local bars, supermarkets, O’Brien’s and from committee members.

Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club

Did you know that our local Lough Ree Sub-Aqua club was founded in 1993 to help people become divers to carry out searches of lakes and rivers in the Longford and Midlands area?

The club also has its social side with dives both in Ireland and abroad from time to time. It is a club that encourages participation and they would love to hear you expressing your interest in becoming a member of their diving family. The club has its own dedicated clubhouse in the car park. 

Congratulation to Adam, Kenneth, Nicole, Peter, Ryan and Shane on all passing their pool snorkel test.  All their hard work over the last number of months has really paid off.  Pool training continues every Thursday night at 9pm sharp.  


It was with great sadness we learned of the death on Wednesday 1st February at Innis Ree Lodge Nursing Home, Ballyleague of Annie Ross, Church View. Annie, nee Casey, was predeceased by her husband Barney and sons David and Gerard. She was a native of Newtowncashel from where she immigrated to England. It was there that she met the love of her life Barney and after a time moved back home to Ireland and for the past 60 years she spent it with us in the parish of Rathcline. Annie was a very warm and welcoming lady where the kettle was forever on the boil and everyone was entertained with a cup of tea and a chat. For Annie family was always first and foremost and she basked in the glory of their many successes in life. Annie would always be seen as the rock of the family encouraging all members of her family to greater things. She was a woman that loved to read especially detective stories as much as following the TV detective programmes such as Murder She Wrote. Annie loved her home in Church View as it was close to the church as she was a very religious lady; a regular to daily Mass and recited the Rosary daily. She was a wonderful neighbour and friend and she will be sadly missed by everyone that knew her warm and kind spirit.

Annie’s remains reposed in Farrell Funeral Home on Thursday before her removal to St. Mary’s Church. On Friday her Funeral Mass took place before she was laid in Clonbonny.

To her daughter Lil, sons Brian and Paul, her sister Kathy, Mary, Martha, Rita and Philomena, relatives and many friends we extend our deepest sympathy.

Local notes inclusion

Anybody that wants items included in the local notes is advised that they have their note with me on a Sunday night at the very latest. This is to ensure inclusion in the coming weeks notes.

Lanesboro ICA

The Lanesboro Guild of the ICA meets on the second Wednesday night in the Parish Hall from 8pm to 9.30pm. The Guild would like to welcome anybody to their meetings and to become members. Refreshments will be served after each meeting and there will be an interesting speaker each night.

€11,900 to be won

The Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery on Tuesday 7th February stood at €11,900. This is a fantastic amount of money to be won and tickets cost just €2 or 3 tickets for €5.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 31st January for a jackpot of €11,800 were 4, 13, 23 and 29; there was no winner of the jackpot. The winner of the €50 prize was Jake, Kyle, and Lauren Rice and the three €20 winners were Mary Rhatigan c/o Yacht Bar, Fiona c/o Mags and Martin Tarmey Anrattabeg

The Lanesboro Tidy Towns committee would like to thank you for your generosity and your support is ensuring that Lanesboro continues to look beautiful even in the depths of winter.

Local involved in Roscommon’s Republican Dead

The sale of the Roscommon Republican Dead continues to be a hugely popular and successful book written by local man Henry Owens. This is Henry’s follow up to the incredibly successful ‘Sliabh Bán’. The new book documenting all the people who died as a result of the Troubles between the years 1917 and 1923 in County Roscommon is selling very fast.

One of those featured in the book is local man John Scally, Gallagh, Ballyleague who was a member of the Cloontuskert Company, 3rd Battalion who was killed by a booby trap bomb. At the time of his death he was 31 years of age.

There are a very limited number of books on sale in O’Brien’s at €16 and they can be posted with the additional p&p. A limited number of Sliabh Bán books are also still available.

Power Station Memories

Have you given your memories of the Power Station yet? The production team is still looking for people who have not come forward with stories to tell and memories of the power station

If you think you do have a wee anecdotal nugget, please get in touch with Lee Williamson, school principal Claire Murphy or teacher Niamh Rowan in Lanesborough NS.

Not only will this be a school project but also a part of the history of what stood in Lanesboro and gave so much employment since the mid 50s.

Weekly Card Game

The results from last Sunday night’s weekly card game held in Lanesboro Parish Hall game held on Sunday night last 5th February are: 1st Tom Rooney & Basil Mitchell. 2nd Pat & Geraldine Green. Last game winners were Kay & Annie. The raffle winners were Johnno, Eugene Kelly, Pat Rock and Mary Gregg. The game continues every Sunday night at 8.30 pm with light refreshments served.

Leitrim’s Republican History

The recently enlarged Leitrim Republican History 1900-2000 has just become available in Lanesboro. Leitrim people have a renowned history in the involvement of its people in the Republican History of its county and Ireland and this book make for excellent reading. Cormac Ó Súilleabháin is the author of this fine book.

The book is for sale in O’Brien’s priced €35.

Lanesboro in the War of Independence and after – Book still available

As the decades of centenaries come to a close, it is good to know that copies of the book, Longford’s Republican Story 1900 – 2000, are still available and the supply is becoming limited.

The Lanesboro/Cashel area was a hotbed of activity in both War of Independence and Civil War and this book has recorded for ever more the bravery and courage of the men and women of Longford in the fight for freedom. It lists all of the men and women from this area who took part in those conflicts. Longford’s Republican Story is a unique and exceptional book that will never be equalled and will be in great demand while it remains in print. We understand the author, Seán Ó Súilleabháin, may give a talk in Lanesboro in the New Year on the republican history of the area. Copies of Longford’s Republican Story 1900- 2000, with almost 600 pages, and costing €35, are available in O’Brien’s, Lanesboro.

Train how to use the Defibrillator

The Defibrillator training will be taking place very soon. If you have not yet expressed your interest in taking part, please leave your name and phone number with Martina O’Brien in the shop or by phoning 086 3858934 or email to

Ballyleague Bingo

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


The 50/50 draw took place in Clarke’s bar on Monday night 30th January and the winning envelope for the great prize of €615 was in the name of Niall Donlon, c/o The Yacht Bar. Congratulations Niall on your wonderful win.

The club is extremely grateful for your continued tremendous support and wishes everybody a wonderful 2023.

Ballyboro FC

The under 16s just got the better of a strong Inny Rovers outfit on Saturday last. A first half goal by the outstanding David Cox proved to be the decisive score in a closely contested game. Ballyboro: Euan Cullen, Jack Brogan, Jack Casey, Aidan Kelly, Jack Beattie, Cody Phelan, Luke Johnston, David Cox, Billy Murray, Wesley Hughes, Conn Maxwell. Sub Daniel Hogan.

Gaels United defeated Ballyboro in a Michael Dolan Cup encounter. Keith Murphy put Ballyboro in front early on. Gaels equalised just before half time and went on to take the spoils late in the second period. Ballyboro: Mark Tarmey, Patrick Kenny, Ben Hussey, Greg Cassidy, Mickie Kavanagh, David Rooney, Derek Murray, Aidan Dooney, Alan Kenny, Keith Murphy, Jack Murray. Subs: Darragh Hussey, Ciaran Regan, Jack McGloin, Max Webb, Dean O’Reilly, Ryan Fallon.

The under 10 Tigers team recorded a very impressive win over Killoe Celtic in what was a superb team effort. Team and scorers: Caden Donlon, Shay Molloy(2), Finn Fallon(3), Joe Greally(1), Patrick Fallon(5), Adam Farrell, Peter Farrell, John Bawle, Jack Donnelly.

  The under 12 girls team got off to a good start in their game with Killoe Celtic when Faye Hogan scored an excellent goal from a tight angle. The Killoe girls equalised before half time and scored what proved to be the winner direct from a corner kick in the second half. Ballyboro pressed for the equaliser and despite some late chances just ran out of time. Squad: Saoirse Feeney, Saoirse Dillon, Hannah Farrell, Chloe Kilcoyne, Rosie Farrell, Kallie Herbert, Ava Donohoe, Sinead Murray, Ellen Cox, Penelope Kennedy, Faye Hogan, Millie Cassidy.

Fixtures: 5 games on Saturday. The under 9s will be involved in a Blitz with Melview at the Mall Astro at 10am. The under 11 Tigers have a Major Division encounter with Melview at the Mall Astro, 12 noon Kick off, while the under 11 Cougars play Ardagh at home in the Championship at 12 noon. The under 16s play Stonepark at 12 noon in Abbeycartron. The under 12 girls play Melview in Abbeycartron at 10am . On Sunday the under 12s play UCL Harps Eagles in Dernafest at 1pm while the under 14 girls play Killoe Celtic in Cullyfad at 10am.


ALONE provides many services to older people. It recruits, trains and supports volunteers for two services of Visitation/Befriending and Phone /Befriending. Would you be prepared to provide companionship once a week? Full training and support will be provided. For more information contact Francis 086-1085965 or

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.

Local Health Service

The health service is here for us all, from routine to urgent calls. HSELive is here 7 days a week to answer questions. Freephone 1800 700700.

Roscommon University Hospital Injury Unit is available from 8am to 8pm seven days , a week and the contact number is 09066 32212.

Emergency Department deals with serious injuries and life-threatening emergencies if you need urgent medical help. They are open 24 hours a day and can be contacted by phoning 999 or 112.

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.

Kilgefin Parish

Station Masses: Kilgefin Station Masses will commence on Wednesday 22nd February – the beginning of Lent. Station Masses were a great success before Christmas and a lot of parishioners showed interest in holding a Station Mass in their homes. Could anyone wishing to hold the Station Mass in their home please contact Fr. Dan to arrange a date.

Accord: Accord is currently taking bookings for Pre-Marriage courses. Those intending to get married are asked to contact the Sligo Accord Centre (071 9145641) or go online at . The Pre-Marriage course should be booked at least 6 to 8 months prior to the wedding. Also, Marriage Counselling services are available by contacting the Accord telephone number.

For more information you are invited to contact Helena at or phone 086 0145 829.

Alone Volunteers: Would you be willing to provide companionship or make calls to older people once a week? Alone is seeking volunteers in the area. Full training and support will be provided. If you are interest you are asked to sign up at the following address

Gambling Support: A new FREE gambling service has been established supporting people with a gambling problem and their effected families within counties Roscommon and Sligo. For more information contact   

Deadline; The deadline for any notices for the newsletter is Wednesday – email to kilgefinparish21@gmail.comm   

Family Carers Ireland: Family Carers Ireland is recruiting Home Care Workers. If you would like to join their team, please contact to find out more about the great rates and excellent benefits package.

St. Mary’s Church

The Parish Hub: Over the past few months we have been developing the Parish House as a resource centre with the establishment of the new Parish Office, Meeting Rooms, Resource Library and Oratory. Already, there have been a number of local gatherings and the plan is to make the house available for more in the coming weeks. The church hopes that it will become a resource centre for the whole community to utilise. Please call in to Maireád, the Parish Secretary during her office hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 10.30am to 2.30pm. She will be delighted to show you around the new facility. If you want to contact her by phone you can do so during the aforementioned working hours at 3321166

Speak with a Priest: if you wish to talk with any of the priests you can call into the sacristy after any Mass.

Alone Volunteers: Would you be willing to provide companionship or make calls to older people once a week? Alone is seeking volunteers in the area. Full training and support will be provided. If you are interest you are asked to sign up at the following address  

For more information you are invited to contact Helena at or phone 086 0145 829

Adoration: takes place every Tuesday.

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

Parish contacts

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

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Big Quiz Night

We hosted a Quiz Night in St. Faithleach’s Clubhouse on Saturday. A bumper crowd turned up. It was a wonderful night in the clubhouse. Thank you to our raffle sponsors, bar staff, ticket sellers and correctors also. Well done to the winners on the night. Jonathan Hussey, Shane Phillips, Mikey Dunne and Stephen Walsh. The communities support was absolutely extraordinary. A very successful night, thank you all. 


The jackpot is standing at €3100. Tickets for sale at all usual local outlets. Thank you for your continued support.

Ireland Lights Up

The Ireland ‘Lights Up Walk’ is back. Meeting at the St. Faithleach’s GAA complex every Thursday at 7:30pm. Come along and bring a friend. Everybody welcome. 

Well Done

Another great result in the Allianz League Division One for our club representatives, Diarmuid, Ciaráin and Cian. The lads had a mighty 0-09 to 0-08 win over the neighbours Galway on Sunday in Salthill. Both Diarmuid and Ciaráin getting important scores for the Rossies! Well done lads. 


As the new season approaches for our underage teams, volunteers are being asked to give a helping hand at trainings and managing teams. If you wish to help out you can contact Tanya O’Rourke or Katie Carberry. 

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