Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 15th May 2023

Lanesboro Ballyleague notes

Summer Draw on Sunday next

The aim is to make this a very special community event hence the Lanesboro Tidy Towns Committee is inviting everyone to the hall for the draw where tea/coffee and light refreshments will be served. The draw will take place at 12.30pm

The fabulous work done daily by Lanesboro Tidy Town’s committee is acknowledged by natives and strangers alike. Week after week the work is done in a very professional and in a very artistic manner.

Their Summer Draw with the first prize €1,000 will take place on Sunday next 21st May at 12.30 in the Parish Hall. Allied to the first prize are four prizes will be €100 vouchers sponsored by Johnston’s Pharmacy, Fergus Hanley LTD, Keane’s SuperValu and Casserly’s Spar.

Tickets are priced at €20.

Tickets are on sale throughout the town from the committee or available from Martina at the shop or from me at  

First Holy Communion

The only way to describe it was beautiful weather for a beautiful occasion. On Saturday last the First Holy Communion class in Fermoyle National School received their First Holy Communion on what was an absolutely brilliant day with the sun high in the sky beaming down on the young people and their families. The town was really buzzing with excited youngsters, parents and grandparents and it brought a wonderful sense of occasion to the town.

On Saturday next it is the turn of Lanesboro Primary School First Communion class to receive their First Holy Communion. We hope that once again the sun will beam down on the excited youngsters, parents and grandparents and their day will equal their counterparts in Fermoyle.

Tidy Towns

With the closing date for entry to this year’s SuperValu Tidy Towns competition having just passed our three communities of Lanesboro, Ballyleague and Cloontuskert having submitted comprehensive entries and they are again making massive efforts to enhance each of our three communities. Adjudication will take place over the summer months and we are hopeful that the 3 communities will continue to increase their points total and get closer to the winning total.

Now that the submissions are in it is up to each and every one of us to play our part in ensuring that we maintain the fronts of our homes, keep our lawns mowed and pick up any litter seen lying around the area.

We wish the committees in Lanesboro, Ballyleague and Cloontuskert the very best of luck in the competition and for continuing to create our place a beautiful place to live in. 


Many congratulations to Siobhan Ormsby and her partner Emmet Grimes, Clonfower on the birth last week of a baby girl.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

Following their successful AGM and out to Strokestown Golf Club the Lough Ree Golfing Society moves on to Longford Golf Club on Friday next 19th May at 11am. With the weather forecast for Friday promising a lovely day there is no excuse for any golfer not to go and play. New members will be very welcome and a small membership fee will guarantee your participation.

Another fantastic day for Lanesboro/Ballyleague

The renowned Gael Force, organisers of a number of exciting and challenging events, this year is spreading its wings from its base in Killary, Co. Mayo and is coming to Lanesboro/Ballyleague this coming Saturday 20th May for the Gael Force Great River Swim in the Shannon. There will be 3 different distances 5.8km, 3.1km and 800m all finishing at the small harbour behind the car park.

The elite first wave of the 5.8km swimmers, close to Clondra, will start at 10am with wave 2 starting at 10.15am and wave 3 starting at 10.30am.

The wave 1 (elite) and wave 2 of the 3.1km will start at 11.30am with the rest of the wave’s starting at 11.45am. The starting point for this swim is in the area of the Bord na Mona bridge in Kilnacarrow.

The 800m will see the elite/1 wave and wave 2 starting at 1pm and waves 2 and 3 starting at 1.10pm. The starting point is just above Hanley’s Marina

It is expected that there will be upwards of 500 swimmers not counting their supporters descending on us for what will be another fantastic day in Lanesboro/Ballyleague.

We are told that the weather for Saturday will be the best day of the week we as a community should brighten our community with flags and banners to welcome all the swimmers, their supporters, and organisers. It will show that as a community we have a great interest and are very happy to be supportive of their event.

We invite you all to what promises to be another fantastic day in Lanesboro/Ballyleague.

5KM Walk/Run

Lanesborough Primary School is hosting a fundraising 5Km Walk/Run on Saturday 27th May to aid in the funding of their new Autism classroom. The run/walk will start at 11am and registration is from 10.30am. Registration can be made online by going onto or on the morning. The registration fee is adults €15, children are free, students €10 and family €20. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

You can help and support

The annual ‘Honda 50 Run’ will take place this year on Sunday 11th June starting at St. Mary’s Hall. This event is in support of the Longford Branch of MS.

The organisers are seeking donations to help sponsor the Run and/or a spot prize for the raffle on the day.

If you have a suitable donation you can leave into O’Brien’s for collection by a member of the organising committee.

Singing in the National Concert Hall

Congratulations to Orla Lyons, daughter of Michael and Mary Lyons, Longford Road, who on Tuesday night last sang in the National concert Hall, Dublin, with the Trinity Singers, as part of the EU50 Gala Concert, celebrating Ireland’s 50 years of membership of the European Union

Poetry Launch 

All are welcome to attend the launch of ‘The Overlap of Things’ by Margaret Nohilly at Lanesboro Library on Friday 26th May at 7pm. Margaret’s collection of poems will be introduced by Jack Harte.

On Saturday 27th May at 11am Mary Carleton Reynolds will introduce the poems at Longford Library.

Rathcline 50/50

On Monday 8th May the Rathcline GAA 50/50 weekly draw took place in Clarke’s Bar. This week was another week of successful selling and the winning pool was a wonderful sum of €847. The winning ticket was in the name of Bríd O’Reilly, Clonbonny.

The previous weeks draw took place in The Pier Inn on Monday 1st May. The prize for the winner was a record €1,172 and the winning ticket was owned by Teresa Costello.

Congratulations to both winners and you are reminded that it could be you next week, all you have to do is buy a ticket and you have the chance.

The Rathcline 50/50 draw takes place every Monday night at 7.30pm and your continued generous support is greatly appreciated.

Access for All boat

The Access for All boat is for everybody. The boat can cater for three large wheelchairs but you don’t be to be a wheelchair user to avail of the excellent trips. Guided fishing excursions can also be organised. Advanced booking is recommended. You can contact by email or phone 089 2625505 or 043 33 84175.

The summer sailings are 10am, 12 noon and 2.30pm. The winter schedule is still in place and sailings are at 11am and 1pm.

Killashee Parish Cemetery Sunday

Cemetery Sunday masses will take place in the three parish cemeteries on Sunday 11th June beginning with Killashee at 10am, Clondra at 12 noon and Ballinakill at 3pm.

If you have families buried any of the three cemeteries please tend to your family plot in advance of the celebration mass of their lives.

4-Day Bus Tour in Cork

One of the most attractive and scenic areas in Ireland is West Cork and there is a golden opportunity for you to visit with a 4-day bus tour of West Cork from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 26th June. If you are interested in the trip call Seamus on 0863901060 for hotel booking and bus seats. The tour will take in the sights of Béal na Bláth, Gougane Barra, Michael Collins’ Homestead and lots more!

Lough Ree AC

Training will continue at the Lanesboro Track on Tuesday’s starting at 6pm.

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.

Weekly 25 Drive

The results of the 25 Drive held on Sunday night last in St. Mary’s Parish Hall are: 1st Eugene Kelly & Barney Kenny. There was a tie for 2nd between Kevin & Martin and Johnno & Tom. Last game winners were Peter & Mary Gregg. Raffle winners were Bridie Glennon, Kitty Feeney, Pat Joe Fallon and Seamus Corcoran.  The game continues every Sunday night at 8.30pm sharp with light refreshments served.

Line Dancing

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

Line Dancing classes every Sunday at the Quad Centre Roscommon Town for beginners from 6pm to 7pm and Improvers from 7pm to 8pm

Dancing classes takes place in Kilbride, Four Mile House every Tuesday 7pm followed by:

Jive & Waltz classes 8 45pm.

Congratulations to Kildare

This time last year we were commiserating with Kildare after being beaten by Tyrone but this year we must congratulate them on making reparation with a fine win over Sligo on Saturday last.

A local connection to last year’s team was Luke Killian son of Rathcline man Sean Killian and his wife Annie and grandson of Mary Jo and the late Sonny Killian. While Luke was part this year’s panel he would have started in the Final only for an injury picked up earlier in season. It is a wonderful achievement for Luke and his family and no doubt we will see him represent Kildare again in the years ahead 

Pictured are Luke (left) and teammate Colm Dalton.

Roscommon Group of Parishes

The May Services for the Roscommon Group of Parishes will continue on Sunday 21st in St. Coman’s Church, Roscommon there will be Service of Holy Communion at 11.30am. The final Service of May will take place in St. John’s Lanesboro on Sunday 28th May with Service of Holy Communion.

All Ireland Rosary Rally

The All Ireland Rosary Rally will take place in Knock on Saturday 3rd June from 1pm.
There will be Holy Mass, the Holy Rosary, Stations of the Cross, and a talk by Bishop Oliver Doeme in the Basilica at 1pm.
The main celebrant will be Archbishop Eamon Martin

Day with the Stars extended

Yes, the wonderful and hugely enjoyable Day with the Stars once again returns to Roscommon Racecourse this year only this year it comes with an extension of another day making it a Midsummers Weekend with the Stars. The show will take place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June and it promises to be one of the main attractions countrywide this year.

Saturday will see The Tumbling Paddies topping the bill that will also include Ruaile Buaile, Rhythm & Sticks, One for the Road and Paul Kelly Music.

Sunday will feature Derek Ryan Music, Philomena Begley, Jimmy Buckley, Mike Denver, Patrick Feeney, Robert Mizzell, Cliona Hagan, Claudia Buckley, Gerry Guthrie Music, David James Music, and Brendan Jermyn Music along with the award winning Shannonside/Northern Sound Orchestra

Tickets can be bought for either day and there are a limited number of weekend tickets available and they can be bought in O’Brien’s, phone 043 3321107 or email Joe at

Alcohol Anon Meetings

Relatives and friends of those addicted to alcohol are welcome to attend meetings in the Family Centre at the back of St. Mel’s Cathedral. The meetings take place every Tuesday evening at 7pm.

Advance Farmers Notice

Farm Plastic Recycling will take place at the St. Faithleach’s GAA grounds on Friday 7th July from 9am until 1pm. The full list and prices are available online at 

Tidy Town’s Lotto stands at €13,300

The Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery on Tuesday 16th May stood at €13,200. This is a wonderful opportunity to win a large amount of money for just €2 each envelope or 3 envelopes for €5.

The numbers drawn on Tuesday 9th May for a jackpot of €13,200 were 9, 10, 13 and 21. There was no winner of the jackpot. The winner of the €50 prize was Eithne Clyne, Lanesboro and the three €20 winners were Johnny Malone, Cloontuskert, Síle Delaney, Newtowncashel and Dolores McCabe, Church View.

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

Ballyleague Bingo

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

The club is extremely grateful for your continued tremendous support.

Ballyboro FC

The under 13s had a busy if mixed weekend in terms of results. On Friday they had an emphatic 6-2 win over Stonepark in the Cup semi-final. They gelled right from the off and played some scintillating football at times. They were tenacious in defence, creative in midfield and clinical in attack. Tim Kenny helped himself to a hat trick, while Oisin Dillon scored two with Alfie Murphy notching the sixth goal. Ballyboro:  Hayden Smyth, Leah Kenny. Charlie Moynihan, Alfie Murphy, Josh Curran, Sarah Healy, James Bolger, Shane Farrell, Darragh Donlon, Tim Kenny, Oisin Dillon. Subs: Cathal Hanley, Alfie Brehon, James Carroll, Jack Cassidy, Stephen Farrell.

The picture wasn’t quite so rosy for the under 13s on Sunday as they were defeated by UCL in the Plate final. Ballyboro got off to a great start when Josh Curran scored direct from a corner kick. They had chances to go further ahead but two goals late in the first half put the north Longford lads in front. UCL were in the ascendancy in the second half against a tiring Ballyboro team, many of whom were playing their third match in four days, and four more goals gave UCL a deserved victory though the margin flattered them somewhat.

The best of luck to Alfie Murphy (captain), Tim Kenny, and Oisin Dillon who are part of the Longford League squad who play the Wicklow League in the National Trophy final in Kilkenny on Sunday next.

The under 12 girls team captained by Faye Hogan and Sinead Murray played Melview in the Shield final. Two quick fire goals put Melview ahead. Ballyboro needed a goal and it came when Saoirse Feeney ran onto a lovely through ball from Hannah Farrell to finish to the net. Ballyboro were now on top and Rosie Farrell forced an excellent stop from the keeper. Melview started the second half on top and found the net twice in a five minute spell. The whole Ballyboro squad tried hard to get back into the game but it wasn’t to be on the day. Squad: Hannah Farrell, Faye Hogan, Kallie Herbert, Sadhbh Neilon, Emma Hopkins, Chloe Kilcoyne, Rosie Farrell, Laoise Farrell, Sinead Murray, Saoirse Feeney, Saoirse Dillon, Ria Cassidy, Millie Cassidy, Niamh Casey, Ellen Cox, Zoe Hassett, Pippa O’Shea, Willow McConn, Ava Donohoe.  Great credit is due to Team Manager John Farrell and his assistant Katie Curran for their outstanding work with the girls all season. 

The under 16 boys team play Abbey Rovers in the Plate final on Sunday at 10am in Abbeycartron.

Pictured are the Ballyboro U12 team that contested the League final.


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Our work is for all older people and aims to improve physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. We have a National network of staff and volunteers who provide an integrated system of Support Coordination, Practical Supports, Befriending, a variety of Phone Services, Social Prescribing, Housing with Support and Assistive Technology.

We use individualised support plans, to address health, financial benefits and supports, social care, housing, transport and other arising needs using technology and through harnessing other services.

We work to empower the whole sector of community support for older people through our Community Impact Network that provides Training, IT support and resources to other organisations.

 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.

St. Mary’s Church

Lourdes: Ardagh and Clonmacnois 2023 Pilgrimage to Lourdes is scheduled to take place from 2nd June. The cosy of the Pilgrimage is €879 full board. The pilgrimage is being led by Monsignor Bernard Noonan, Parish Priest of Moate. Contact Joe Walsh Tours 01-2410800 or email

Our New Bishop: Rev. Paul Connell will be consecrated as Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois, in St. Mel’s Cathedral, on Sunday 18th June at 3pm.

We wish him every blessing in his new role as Bishop of the Diocese.

Continuing the Easter Story: A short reflection on the Gospel for the coming weekend masses will take place in the Prayer room after the 10am Mass, each Wednesday leading up to the Feast of Pentecost. All are welcome to join.

Alcohol Anon Meeting: Relatives and friends of those addicted to alcoholare welcome to attend this meeting in the Family Centre at the back of St. Mel’s Cathedral on any Tuesday evening at 7pm

Communion for Coeliacs: Gluten free hosts are available for all those who need them. Just make it known to the priest that you wish to receive a gluten free host at Holy Communion.

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.

All Ireland Rosary Rally: The All Ireland Rosary Rally will take place in Knock on Saturday 3rd June from 1pm.
There will be Holy Mass, the Holy Rosary, Stations of the Cross, and a talk by Bishop Oliver Doeme in the Basilica at 1pm.
The main celebrant will be Archbishop Eamon Martin

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

Parish contacts

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

Kilgefin Parish

There will be just 3 Masses in the parish for the duration of Fr. Dan’s holidays until 8th June.

Mass in Ballagh on Saturday at 8pm. Mass in Curraghroe on Sunday at 10am. Mass in Ballyleague on Sunday’s at 11am.

For all other enquiries and adjustments on Anniversary Masses please contact parish secretary, Vivienne Barry at  

Parish Webcam: After deliberation within the Parish Finance committee and the Pastoral Council there is consideration given to the switching off of the Parish webcam in a few months’ time. The decision has been taken due to financial consideration into paying €1,332 annually. Your suggestions and possible solutions will be appreciated.

Revenue Rebate: A gentle reminder to people that has received a revenue form from the parish – please return the completed form to Fr. Dan. The parish has benefitted by almost €6000 per year from Revenue in recent years. People who donated over 250 per year to the parish have received a request to allow the parish to claim a rebate. However, the parish needs the permission of the donor to claim the rebate. Your support in this matter is greatly appreciated.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Moo Poo?

Where will the Moo Poo fundraiser takes place at St. Faithleachs GAA Club on 5th June? Tickets are for sale at at all local outlets or by contacting any club member. €1000!!! Cash prize. Great spot prizes on the day also. Be in it to win it! 

Senior Men

Our senior men took on Elphin last Friday night in Orchard Park in the O’Rourke Cup Senior League. Final score Elphin 1-11 Faithleachs 1-10. Hard luck lads. 


Big congratulations to Ellen Irwin, Cloonadra and her Roscommon Ladies teammates on winning the Connacht Ladies Intermediate Championship on Sunday, beating Leitrim in the final. This was a fantastic achievement.

Wedding Bells

Congratulations to Patrick Farrell, Kilrooskey and his wife Ellen McDermott on their recent wedding. 

Junior Men

Our junior men take on Kilmore on Friday evening in Ballyleague. Throw in 8pm. Please support. The very best of luck lads. 

Underage Training

Underage training takes place every Thursday evening at 18:30 at the pitch. Kids must be over 4 years of age on January 1st 2023. New members and all levels welcome. 

Cúl Camps

Cúl Camps return to St. Faithleachs on Monday 3rd July. Book your place now to avoid disappointment.


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. 


The Clubhouse will be open every Saturday night from 7pm. Why not come on in for a chat and a bit of craic. Thank you for your continued support. 

Waste Metal Collection

The club are carrying out a waste metal collection over the next few weeks. If you wish to have anything collected just contact any club committee member. Any donations greatly appreciated.

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