Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 27th February 2023

Lanesboro Ballyleague notes

Sleep Out for Simon

This year sees the return, once again, of the very popular ‘Sleep Out’ as a Midland Simon Community fundraiser. The Sleep Out is held in conjunction with Longford Rugby Club and once again they are appealing to your generosity to equal if not better last year’s fundraiser.

Like last year local Ballyleague man Junior Hannon will once again be our local representative. Junior gives so much of himself to many local support groups each year and now is our time to reciprocate with our support for this very deserving cause. A sponsorship card is in O’Brien’s and your generous support would be much appreciated.


The sudden death took place in Roscommon on Thursday last 23rd February of David Rice, Roscommon and formerly Cloontuskert. David was predeceased by his baby daughter Lucie. We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to his children, Jake, Kyle and Lauren his parents, John and Mary Rice Cloontuskert, sisters Siobhan (Curran) and Jenny (Rooney), relatives and many friends. David was laid to rest in Cloontuskert Cemetery following Mass of the Resurrection in St. Cecilia’s Church Curraghroe on Monday.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Launch

Theofficiallaunch of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is on this Friday night 3rd March in Adie’s at 8.30pm. The committee invites you to come along for the opening.

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.

As usual the floats will gather at the St. Faithleach’s GAA Club House for a departure time of 2.30pm and will travel through the town to Lanesboro Community College.

The overall winning float will receive €250 and a trophy. Other categories that will be judged  – Best Club, Best Junior, Best Vintage, Best Business, Best Dressed Window, and Most Original with the winners receiving €50 and a trophy.

For further information or application forms please contact Teresa Costello or Freda Connaughton. Float entries are to be received no later than Monday 13th March, entry fee €30 and entry form attached.

St. Patrick’s Day Mass will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Church at 11am and it will include traditional musicians, parish choir and champion dancer.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Darren Kenny, Ballynacargy, Co. Westmeath and formerly of Rathcline Road, his daughter Teagan, his father John Kenny on the death of Darren’s wife Toni Kenny at Tullamore General Hospital following a short illness. Toni passed away on Thursday 23rd February. Cremation will take place on Wednesday, 1st March 2023, at Lakelands Crematorium at 11am. Donations, if desired, to Irish Cancer Society of Ireland or Tullamore Hospital. 

Line Dancing

Line dancing classes will take place every Friday morning 11am at the Quad Centre Roscommon Town.

Line Dancing classes, again, every Sunday at the Quad Centre Roscommon Town

Beginners are on from 6pm to 7pm. Followed by Improvers from 7pm to 8pm

Line Dancing will take place at the Kilbride Centre every Tuesday evening at 7pm followed by Social Dancing with Christopher Byrne


The sudden death took place on Friday last 17th February at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe of Patsy Donlon, Moher. Formerly Patsy Eivers from Knock she was predeceased a number of years ago by her husband Pete, her son Thomas and grandson Daniel was just two weeks short of her 77th birthday. Patsy, a great conversationalist liked nothing better than coming to town where she loved to meet friends and locals to chat on current events and recall the great old days growing up in town.  She was a woman who was very glamorous, loved style and she was always dressed in the latest fashion along with a different handbag every time. Patsy was very family orientated who loved children and especially her grandchildren who were her pride and joy – she loved the excitement they brought to her life. She was woman who took great pride in the presentation of her home and who loved nothing more than tending to her garden. She also was a lady of very generous and charitable nature. Patsy had a very deep faith and she visited both Ballyleague and Lanesboro churches on a very regular basis. She had a great love of Irish country music and liked nothing better than a night out dancing.

Her remains reposed in Farrell’s Funeral Home on Monday followed by removal from her residence on Tuesday to the Church of the Holy Rosary; Ballyleague for her Funeral Mass. Burial took place afterwards to Cloontuskert Cemetery. We extend our deepest sympathy to her children Christine, Niall, Edward and Patricia, her partner Gerry, her grandchildren Katie, Jordan, James, Channon, Rachel, Grace, Sam and Lexi, brothers T.J. and Kevin, relatives and many friends.

Your 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.

Day with the Stars

Yes, the wonderful and hugely enjoying Day with the Stars once again returns to Roscommon Racecourse this year. The show will take place on Sunday 18th June and there is no doubt but this year will equal if not better any day gone before it.

Tickets cost just €30 to be entertained by a multitude of Ireland’s finest musicians and can be bought in O’Brien’s.

Lanesboro and Cashel during War of Independence and Civil War

It was with great excitement I learned that Seán Ó Súilleabháin, author of Longford’s Republican Story 1900 – 2000, will give an illustrated talk on activity in the parishes of Rathcline and Cashel during the War of Independence and Civil War in Lanesboro Library on Wednesday 22nd March at 8.00. This promises to be a wonderful night.

Lanesboro I.C.A.                          

There are always several activities taking place with something for everyone. New members are always welcome. Just call into any of meetings to get a taster.

Meetings are usually held on the second Wednesday monthly at 8pm in St Mary`s Hall Lanesboro. The March meeting is an exception and will be held on Wednesday 1st March to facilitate members attending National Women`s Day on the 8th March at Headquarters, Connolly Barracks, Longford’

Local notes inclusion

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Lough Ree AC Success

Last Saturday the wonderful Indoor Athletics Arena in Athlone hosted the U12 & U13 Connacht Championships. Club athletes took part in a number of events which included 60m, 600m, Hurdles, Shot Putt, High/Long Jump and Relay. They competed against athletes from all over Connacht with well over a 100 in some events.

Highlights includes the Boys U12 Relay where Tadhg Shea an under 11 athlete bravely took the first leg had a great run, holding off the competition it allowing him to hand over the baton first, strong runs by Hession, Nolan and Morgan allowed them to finish 3rd in their heat. Unfortunately the girls were unable to field a relay team but all performed well in their individual events.

The Club’s highlight was undoubtedly Andrew Nolan’s performance in the U12 Shot Putt, where he finished 1st with a throw over 10m, he will now represent Lough Ree at All Ireland level. He has only recently taken up this event and it proves what commitment to practice and training can achieve.

Congrats Andrew.

Invitation to Fáilte meeting

As many know, over 70 people from Ukraine have come to live in our community in the aftermath of the Russian conflict. Many are playing a part in our local community – attending local schools and taking part in sport locally and some residents at the former Costello’s Care home facility have already taken part in water sports activity on a weekly basis at the Lough Ree Access for All Centre in the north quay in Ballyleague.

Residents of the area are now invited to join in a weekly english language get together with the new communities living here – starting at 7pm on Wednesday March 7th at the new Access for all centre on the North Quay in Ballyleague. 

Fáilte Isteach is a community project involving predominantly local residents and local

volunteers welcoming migrants through conversational English classes but to the 120 communities it impacts across Ireland, Fáilte Isteach classes are so much more.

Fáilte Isteach classes are so much more.

The groups provide a space for those who are isolated to connect; for perspectives to evolve; for attitudes to change. The informal, relaxed approach to learning allows the most marginalised in our society to engage with others and truly integrate into life in Ireland.

The weekly classes help improve language and reduce loneliness for over 4500 migrants, allowing for long-lasting, authentic community integration. The classes salute the often overlooked potential of 1500 older volunteers who make Fáilte Isteach a reality.

Fáilte Isteach embraces a relaxed, unstructured learning environment. The classes are tutored entirely by volunteers who are encouraged to welcome participants to their community through language; identify needs through conversation and focus primarily on fluency and building confidence. Flexible classes allow volunteers to support participants in their immediate language requirements while offering a warm welcome. 

Fáilte Isteach was established in October 2006 by Third Age in response to the observed daily difficulties that new migrants were experiencing integrating into the local community through a poor understanding or lack of English. Following its success as a pilot project in a small rural community, Fáilte Isteach was launched nationally in late 2008. From the inaugural class in Summerhill involving 12 volunteer tutors and 7 students, Fáilte Isteach has now grown to 170 classes across 26 counties, with over 1500 volunteer tutors who support the integration of 4500 migrant students by delivering over 96,000 hours of free tuition annually.

The first night of Fáilte Isteach in this area will be facilitated by Roscommon Leader Partnership at the new Access for all centre in the north quay in Ballyleague on Wednesday March 7th at 7pm and everyone is welcome – especially the Ukrainian community.

For more information e mail:

The Gathering Weekend

“The Lough Ree Environmental Summer School and Boat “Gathering”.

This unique event will make a comeback, after a brief pause, in Ballyleague / Lanesborough from 28th April to 1st May 2023. The Summer School down through the years had grown in significance with its remit being to increase awareness among locals and visitors alike with regard to our local environment through field trips / workshops and seminars. The Environmental Summer School was one of the most important festivals of its kind on the island of Ireland, and each year a theme was explored and this year the theme is ‘Nature’. The school is open to everyone, even those with just a passing interest in the environment. It is anticipated that it will attract visitors from all over Ireland as well as an increasing international audience. Previously, the Summer School developed a core of repeat visitors who returned each summer to sample new additions to its programme as well as partake in the old favourites.
On Saturday 29th April, Eanna Ní Lamhna, Ecologist and Environmentalist will be giving “Talks and Walks” this will entail the exploration of the local woodlands with their vast array of wild flora and fauna.
Dr. Harman Murtagh will be giving a presentation in the Access for All Centre on Quaker Island with reference to the replica Burial Stones that are on display in the centre, this will be followed by Boat Trips up to Quaker Island on the purpose built Access for All Disability Boat. 
Dr. Tina Aughney, who has a keen interest in all wildlife matters and has been very fortunate to work in the area of bat recording since the mid-1990s,. She has greatly contributed to the knowledge and conservation needs of Irish bat species. For the last 11 years she has been surveying for bats across the island and has gathered extensive records on this mammal group, all of which have been entered onto the BCIreland database, which she manages for Bat Conservation Ireland will also be giving lectures and “Bat Walks”.
Nuala Madigan, Chief Executive Officer Irish Peatland Conservation Council – (PEATLANDS) will be guiding walks through some of our local peatlands as well giving a lecture prior to her walks. The way into the bog is along a tree-lined track that is home to a range of wild flora and butterflies, while the bog itself offers a rich environment for sphagnum mosses, lichens, insect-eating plants and rare flowering plants.
Billy Flynn. MCIEEM MIBiolI MIEnvSc CEnv Ecologist -Chartered Environmental Scientist (ECOLOGY & WATER QUALITY) will be giving lectures on Water Quality within our catchment area followed by Field Trips and Workshops.
Sue Moles – Wildlife Ranger. National Parks and Wildlife Service, and Niall Fallon (Ecologist) will take the lead on a “Nature Walk & Talk” on Commons North and Curreen Point.
A Maypole will be unveiled at the Marina in Ballyleague to commemorate the old “Maypole” tradition with music and festivities on the Sunday night.
A big number of visiting boats have been invited to Ballyleague Marina for the weekend through 2 specific Irish Waterways Facebook Pages, who have a total of over 15,000 members – Shannon Boat Owners Group and Irelands Inland Waterways Comments and Advice Pages. These 2 groups have come together to showcase Ballyleague as a destination with courses in Power Boat Level 1 accreditation from the Irish Sailing Association. Lectures and demonstrations on First Aid, Defib, Boat Safety, Fire Safety and Boat Mechanics will also be offered over the weekend.  RNLI from Athlone, Lough Ree Sub Aqua and Roscommon Civil Defence Water Units will also be giving demonstrations and advice on Safety to water users over the weekend.
Les Saunders, a member of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) CSIG Group which is a cooperative of members from all branches of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI).  Members of the Charts Special Interest Group (CSIG) are working together to deliver a new set of charts for the rivers, lakes and canals of Ireland with the aim of making the waterways safer and more enjoyable for everyone.  Achieving this goal involves carrying out depth surveys, analysing data, adding location knowledge and then producing electronic charts from the resulting information. Les will be giving a presentation and demonstration of the Electronic Navigation Charts for all boaters in the Access for All Building.
Denis Baker, from the Royal Canal Branch of IWAI will be demonstrating “NavWatch”.  The NavWatch group has developed a Survey Tool for boaters and other users of the system, to log infrastructure and navigation issues that impede the use of the navigation. It is anticipated the data collected will be of significant use for planning the maintenance required to keep the navigation usable. Regular updates on issues logged are published, so all interested parties can assess needs and resources required.
Boat Trips north on the River Shannon, passing under the Bord na Mona bridge on which peat is still transported to the Bord na Mona works. The boat will travel on to Tarmonbarry, through the locks and then return. Along the way, you will learn about the bird life and angling on this part of the river.

Neath an Irish Sky

There are just two copies of the Henry Owens written book on Roscommon Republican Dead ‘Neath an Irish Sky’ left such was the sale on this wonderful book The book documents the lives of those that died in the troubles between the years 1917 and 1923 in County Roscommon. Don’t miss the opportunity to have this book in your library of excellent local books.

The last two copies are on sale in O’Brien’s costing just €16.

€12,200 to be won

The Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery on Tuesday 28st February stood at €12,200. This is a wonderful amount of money to be won with tickets just costing €2 or 3 tickets for €5.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 21st February for a jackpot of €12,100 were 17, 27, 29 and 30. There was no winner of the jackpot. The winner of the €50 prize was Mags Gillen, and the three €20 winners were Freda and Josie Connaughton c/o Mags, Daniel and Elaine, Church View and Lauren Moran c/o Yacht bar.

The Lanesboro Tidy Towns committee would like to thank you for your continued generosity and your support is ensuring that Lanesboro continues to look beautiful.

Weekly Card Game

The results from last Sunday night’s weekly card game held in Lanesboro Parish Hall game held on Sunday night last 19th  February are: 1st Johnno Beirne & Mick Maguire. 2nd was a four way tie which went to an exciting play off with Pat Rock & Michael Finnan emerging as winners. Last game winners were Tom Nohilly & Pat Joe Fallon. Raffle winners were Eoin Casey, Bridie Glennon, and Anne Maguire. The game continues every Sunday night at 8.30 pm with light refreshments served.

Pollinator Plan

The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan’s newsletter for February is now available on It is a wonderful and informative read packed full of information on early food sources for pollinator, bulbs for pollinators and very interesting thoughts on the planting of wildflower seeds. It is well worth reading as we are entering the planting, growing and end of hibernation

Living Well Programme Dates Announced

HSE, 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 next 20th Feb-Online from 10.30am-1pm

To Book Your Place please contact Olga Maguire on 086 0142688 or email

You can find more details about the programme on

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 the Yacht Bar on Monday night 20th February and the winning envelope for the wonderful prize of €1095 was in the name of Shane Killian, Rathcline. Congratulations Shane on your fabulous win.

The club is extremely grateful for your continued tremendous support.

Ballyboro FC

Taros Kostur became the first Ukrainian to play with Ballyboro when he made his debut for the under 16s as they recorded s convincing 7-1 win over Gaels United. Taros and a few of his compatriots have been training with the under 16s over the past few weeks and they are very welcome in the club. After a tentative first half the under 16s got their passing game together in the second period and were worthy winners. Team and scorers: Euan Cullen, Michael Nolan, Aidan Kelly, Jack Casey, Jack Beattie, Cody Phelan, David Cox, Billy Murray, Shane Gavigan (2), Conn Maxwell, Wesley Hughes(2). Subs: Nicolas Haluska (3), Taros Kostur, Eoin Connell, Nathan McCloat.

The under 11 Tigers were in fine fettle when they played Ballymahon on Thursday last. Team and scorers: Matthew Murphy (2), Ben Smith, David Kenny (1), Tom Hession (1), Andrew Nolan (1), Donncha Farrell (3), Darragh Shanley (4). Subs: Cían Shea, Tyler Murray, Adrians Danislows. 

In the Combined Counties League Ballyboro kept their league ambitions alive with a well merited 2-2 draw with Moydow. Ballyboro goal scorers were David Rooney (penalty) and an absolute stunner from Ben Hussey. Team: Dean O’Reilly, Ben Hussey, Greg Cassidy, Daniel Foley, Patrick Kenny, Aidan Dooney, Derek Murray, David Rooney, Kevin Tansey, Jack Murray, Mark Tarmey. Sub: Andy Whitten.

The under 14 girls recorded an impressive 7-1 win over Stonepark. Team and scorers: Clodagh Martin, Amy Burke, Emma Dowd, Anna Cox, Leah Kenny (1),Mariana Donlon Goncalves (1), Kate Malone (2), Emma Feeney, Evie Malone,, Sarah Healy, Kate Ferguson (1), Sophie Byrne, Leah Mimnagh, Emily McDermott, Erin Rumley, Laura Rhatigan (1),Sophie Cox (1), Emma Hoey, Kate Hoey.

The under 11 Cougars were a tad unfortunate to go down 7-4 to UCL Harps. The game was evenly contested but a few late substitutions by Harps swung thing in their favour. Ballyboro Cougars: Caolan McCann, Kyron Horohoe, Lee Carberry, Malachy Martin, Dylan Fitzmaurice, Lorcan Vesey, Luke McDonald, Jay Flynn.

The under 9s enjoyed their joust with Newtown. Ballyboro was ably represented by James Murray, Sean Casey, Cían Feeney, Rory Curran, Fionn Curran, Karl Rollins, Alfonso, Ben O’Rourke, Paudi Murray and Adam Feeney.

  The club extends its Deepest Sympathy to Rice family on the passing of David Rice. David’s children Jake, Kyle, and Lauren are playing members of the club.


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.

Roscommon Community Challenge on Friday

Roscommon Community Challenge…We are at the start line!!!! There is great excitement building as we head towards the starting line for the 10th annual Roscommon Community Challenge. It’s all happening on Friday March 3rd at 8pm. Bring the whole family or just yourself, we cater for everyone.

Starting from Roscommon Community Sports Park in Lisnamult, Roscommon Town this Moonlight Walk /Jog/Run is open to all abilities. A 5 and 10k run or walk around beautiful Roscommon Town with a new 10k route on show also.

This community event is for everyone, walkers’ runners, joggers, individuals’ team, and families, those looking to set a time for 2022 and those that would like to improve on previous timings. Of course, it is the chat in the Sportspark afterwards that is most important, so we look forward in anticipation to a great night on 3rd March. As in previous years this challenge has proven extremely popular with a great response from people who signed up to be part of the training programme. There has been huge progression since January 3rd and participants are really looking forward to getting to the starting line. Without doubt, none of this would be possible without the encouragement and professionalism received from Roscommon Sports Partnership and we are extremely grateful to Coordinator Noel Feeley and his staff David Brady, Michael O Donnell with a special word of thanks to Martin Hannon for all their support. There is no doubting that this challenge would not be the magnificent event it is without their help. Thank you to Roscommon Harriers for providing help with timings on the night. Roscommon Special Olympics are a remarkable bunch of athletes, and the club is delighted to be the beneficiaries of this year’s Community Challenge, there is a thriving club within the county with bowlers and swimmers meeting every week and the Club are looking forward to resuming on the Astro pitch soon. It has been extremely hard to fundraise over the last few years so this event is especially important, and proceeds will enable the continued provision of these sports to a most wonderful bunch of fantastic athletes.

Participants can register online in advance using this link. Please remember there will be no registration on the night, 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲

Please know that every ounce of your support is very much appreciated

St. Mary’s Church

Lenten Scripture Courses: A Lenten Scripture Course – reading and praying with St. Paul – will begin on Tuesday 7th March at 7.30pm in the Parish Hub. If you wish to attend you are asked to contact Geraldine Malone (086 8405102), Maireád in the parish office 33 21166, or Fr Merlyn Kenny or Fr. Turlough Baxter.

Mass Intentions: As there is an increase in the demand for Mass Intentions, it is proposed to share two intentions at the 11am Mass on Sundays, from the start of Lent.

The Parish Hub: Maireád, the Parish Secretary is in her office on Tuesday to Thursday, 10.30am to 2.30pm. If you want to contact her by phone you can do so during the aforementioned working hours at 3321166. She will help you with any questions or booking related matters.

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

Talk to the Samaritans: Are you struggling to cope with life? Do you think it would help to talk about your problem in confidence? It does not matter who you are, how you feel or what happened to you. If things are getting you down you can turn to the Samaritans for help. The Samaritans are available on Freephone 116123, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.

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.

Kilgefin Parish

Station Masses: Station Masses will commence in Curraghroe on this Thursday 23rd February at 7pm church, Ballyleague church on Monday 27th February at 7pm and Ballagh church on Tuesday 28th February at 7pm.

Family Mass: After due deliberation and consultation with the parish council it was decided that every last Sunday of the month will be dedicated to young families and their children beginning on Sunday next 26th February at 11am.

Support for the Missions 

At the request of Bishop Kevin Doran, we request for your generous donations in support of the religious order of Fr Dan – Missionary Society of St Paul (MSP) for their missionary activities in countries ravaged by famine, wars, hunger, diseases and lack of basic human infrastructures like Chad, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Kenya, Malawi, Gambia etc and many others countries in the world. For more information visit  Please bear in mind that “Some give to the mission by going; some go to the mission by giving“. Envelopes will be available to all. Please kindly return the envelopes on or before the weekend of 25th and 26th February, 2023. Thank you for your generosity. Fr Dan Udofia, MSP

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

Ballagh National School: Ballagh N.S. is now open for enrolment and is accepting applications for the 2023/2024 school year. Application forms can be obtained by emailing to request a form or alternatively by downloading the application form from the website

Cloontuskert NS: The school is holding a used clothing collection on this coming Friday 24th February. If you are having a clear out in the next few weeks, the school would be grateful to accept your donation. Bags can be dropped to the school any day up to Friday 24th February. Your support is great appreciated.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Ladies Night

Ladies, mark your calendars. A ladies night at St. Faithleach’s GAA Clubhouse on Friday March 3rd. certainly, a night not to be missed! Champagne reception and lots of cocktails. Spot prizes including most stylish lady on the night. Tickets cost only €10 and they are available from Ursula Kilcoyne, Martina Dunne, Evelyn Farrell, Katie Curran and Michelle Corcoran.


The lotto jackpot is standing at €3300. The was no winner this week. The numbers drawn were 9, 10, 11, and 17. The three €40 winners were Mary O’Neill, Isabell Hanley and John Bill Hanley. Next draw is 8th March Tickets for sale at all usual local outlets. Thank you for your continued support.

Junior Ladies 

The junior Ladies take on Eire Óg on Sunday next with throw in at 11am in Loughglynn. Please support. Best of luck to the team and management. 

U16 Girls

Our U16 Girls get their league campaign up and running on Sunday evening next at 4pm when they take on Western Gaels in Frenchpark. The very best of luck to the team and management. Please support. 


We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of the late David Rice Roscommon Town and formerly Cloontuskert. May David rest in peace. 

Ireland Lights Up

The final night of our Ireland lights up walk took place last Thursday night and it was a great success. Thank you to Tanya O’Rourke for organising this event. Also, a big thank you to everyone who participated in the Every Step Counts Challenge.


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. 

Best Of Luck

Best of luck to club representatives on the county stage this weekend, Cían, Ciaráin and Diarmuid on Sunday as Roscommon take on Mayo in the Allianz League Division One. Also, the best of luck to Ellen Irwin and the Roscommon ladies as they take on Monaghan on Sunday in the Lidl National Ladies League. 


The Clubhouse will be open every Saturday night from next weekend. Why not come on in for a chat and a bit of craic. Thank you for your continued support. 

Last Man Standing

Getting into the nitty gritty now with 12 players still standing. Don’t forget to get your entries in on time for this weekend fixtures. Thank you for your support. 

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