Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 21st August 2023

Lanesboro Ballyleague notes

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock

The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will take place on Sunday week 3rd September. The ceremonies will commence at 2.30 with Anointing of the Sick followed by Mass at 3pm

Tidy Town’s Lotto stands at €14,700

The Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery for Tuesday 22nd August stands at €14,700. 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 15th August for a jackpot of €14,600 were 11, 13, 15 and 24.  There was no winner of the jackpot. The winner of the €50 prize was Madaleine Murray, The Green, Tom Gill c/o CE, Sile Delaney, Newtowncashel, and carol Ferguson, Lanesboro.

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.


Over the past number of years the Triathlon club has been a growing feature in our community and the running of their Two Provinces Triathlon is the jewel in the crown every year. Lanesboro Tri club members every week are travelling to take part and support other clubs countrywide.

Last weekend the ultimate challenge of Ironman Cork 140.6 took place with Johnny Kilcoyne taking on this ultimate challenge. Scheduled for Saturday was the Cork Ironman 70.3 featuring Bernie Smith, Mark Kenny, Martin Gillen, Sean McDermott, John Lyons and Sean Farrell.

Along came storm Betty on Friday night and caused the Saturday race to be changed until Sunday and the two races were run together.

Sadly, during the swim two of the swimmers died during the race.

As a volunteer with the Lanesboro Triathlon club I witness the closeness and respect there is between every athlete that undertakes a triathlon. These deaths will cut deep to the heart of our local club and all the clubs throughout Ireland. I and I am sure all the non-member  stewards would like to extend the deepest sympathy to the families of both men, to Lanesboro Triathlon Club and all the clubs throughout the country.

Community Games

It was a great day out at the community games regionals for Leinster North. Local lads Leo Donnellan, Oisin Dillon and Donncha Farrell represented Longford in the u8 60m, u12 600m and u14 800m. Leo made it through all the heats to the final. A definite one to watch out for in the future! Donncha and Oisin both qualified for the community games nationals were they will be joined by Andrew Nolan representing Longford in their respective disciplines. Best wishes to all next weekend. 

Lough Ree Golfing Society

The Lough Ree Golfing Society will take their monthly outing to the highly acclaimed 18-hole championship course at Slieve Russell Golf Club on next Friday 25th August. The tee is booked from 10.00 o’clock. This is a wonderful looking opportunity to pit your golfing skills against a championship course that is the dream of every golfer. The Society is looking forward to seeing a great number there taking on the challenge.

Cemetery Sunday in Cashel

Cemetery Sunday at Cashel Graveyard will take place on Sunday next 27th August.

Access for All boat

The Access for All boat is for everybody. The boat can cater for three large wheelchairs but you don’t have 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.

King of the Lake

The King of the Lake International Pike Festival will take place on Lough Ree – No Frontiers – Fish the whole lake from 8th to 10th September. There will be up to €11,500 in cash prizes and up to €2,000 in sponsorship prizes. The entry fee is €150 per boat.

This promises to be a fabulous weekend of fishing and it is sure to create great excitement in and around Ballyleague and Lanesboro community.


The final Service of August will be Service of Holy Communion taking place in St. John’s Lanesboro on Sunday 27th August at 11.30am

Ballyboro FC

Coaches needed 

The club have the following vacancies in coaching roles for the upcoming 23/24 season;

Under 14 boys – Head Coach and assistant coaches 

Under 13 boys – Assistant Coaches 

Under 11 boys – Assistant Coaches 

There is also a need for an influx of female coaches to assist with our mixed age groups!

Contact the club on Instagram @ Ballyboro_fc or find us on Facebook @ Ballyboro FC

Or you can contact David on 0857045505 or Mark on 0861613727

Referees are required

Referees needed for the upcoming season in particular for u10, u11 and u12 grades. Anyone interested can make contact with the club on Instagram @ Ballyboro_fc or find them on Facebook @ Ballyboro FC. Alternatively you can contact David on 0857045505 or Mark on 0861613727

Visit Old Trafford

With a new Premiership season comes high expectation for an exciting season for all supporters. In October there is an opportunity to travel to Old Trafford to support Manchester United as they take on Brentford on Saturday 7th October. This is a two night trip that includes match tickets, Bus and Ferry fares, Hotel Accommodation including breakfast all for just €379. There are just a few places left on the bus leaving Roscommon at a cost of €379. Call 086 8417262 to book your seat and for all other information.

Championship Updates

For Rathcline’s next game they will play Carrickedmond in Maguire Park, Ballinalee on Sunday next 27th August at 3.30pm. Games with Carrickedmond are traditionally close and tough and I am sure it will be no different on Sunday. The big incentive for Sunday is that a win will ensure a place in the knockout stages.

St. Faithleach’s came up just short in a very tight game against Boyle on Saturday evening next.  They now take on Roscommon Gaels in a winner takes all game in Knockcroghery on Sunday 1st September where victory ensure place in the knockout stages.   

Lakeland Language Centre

Lakeland Language Centre (LLC) is looking for host families to host Spanish students who will attend Lanesboro Community College for the full academic year and also the term up to Christmas. The monthly rate for hosting a student is €900. LLC will offer 24-hour advice and support to the families. Collection point for the young students is Athlone and there will be no airport trip involved. If you are interested you are invited to contact Majella 087 3368559 or Gabby 085 8596657.

Special Needs Assistant

Would you consider a career as a Special Needs Assistant? A programme to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the practice and principals underpinning the role of a Special Needs Assistant to work effectively under direction in a special needs assisting capacity. The programme will take place at the Longford Women’s Link, Willow House, Ardnacassa, Longford beginning on Wednesday 6th September. The programme is being run over 15 dates from 7pm to 10pm and the cost is €340. Early enrolment is advisable. For further information you should ring 3341511 or see the website: or email

Rathcline 50/50

On Monday 21th August the Rathcline GAA 50/50 weekly draw took place in Adie’s Bar. Another very successful week of selling seen the winning pool topped the €600 mark to a wonderful €606. The winning envelope drawn out was in the name of Tom Hession, Lisrevagh. Well done on your great win.

As always, the winning cheques can always be collected in O’Brien’s.

The Rathcline 50/50 draw takes place every Monday night at 7.30pm. Your continued generous support is greatly appreciated and it is highlighted by the large pool each week.

Sunday night Cards

The weekly 25 partners game continued on Sunday night last in the parish hall. The results on Sunday night 20th August saw a three way tie for first between Peggy & Noreen, P.J. & Bridie and Frank & Kevin. Last game winners were Pat Joe & Tom. Raffle winners were Martin McDermott, Mary Gregg, Anne Eggleton and Kathleen Maguire. The game continues every Sunday night at 8.30pm sharp with light refreshments served.


Many congratulations to Paula Carberry and Kevin Connor, Agharanagh on the recent birth of a baby boy

The Employability Service

 is an Employment and Recruitment Service to assist people with a disability or health issue to pursue and maintain employment in the open labour market. If you are over 18, have a disability or health issue and would consider working part-time then you should contact Employment Services Roscommon support to help find you a job in your area. This is a confidential and free individualised service funded by the Department of Social Protection.

Are you managing mental health issues? There is the opportunity for Individual Placement and Support (IPS) that is funded by the HSE and offers a range of tailored personalised supports to people using mental health services who wish to work. For further information you should phone 090 66 28608 or call/text 087 3745307. They can also be contacted via email at

Co. Longford Citizens Advice Centre

Co. Longford Citizens Information Service has recently been restructured and is currently under new management. 

They continue to provide free, impartial, and confidential information, advice, and advocacy services to the public on social services, rights, and entitlements. The range of areas covered by the citizens information centre are extremely wide including social welfare rights and entitlements and other social issues such as employment, health services, housing, education, family matters and consumer rights, all where people need access to information.   

The way people access the services changed during Covid and now they currently deal with a large number of queries over the telephone, however, they continue to provide our drop-in times and welcome people to their face-to-face service five mornings a week from the Longford office.  The services are provided by experienced trained Information Officers who are here to help 

The centre is located on level 1 within Longford Shopping Centre and direction can be obtained at the reception desk from Monday to Friday from 9.30am until 5.00pm. The office closes for lunch from 1pm until 2pm. 

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.

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

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

Jive & Waltz classes 8 45pm.

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.

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.


ALONE is a national organisation that enables older people to age at home.

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

Pilgrimage to Knock: The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will take place on Sunday 3rd September. The ceremonies will commence at 2.30 with Anointing of the Sick followed by Mass at 3pm.

Longford Citizen Information: The centre is located on level 1 within Longford Shopping Centre and it provides free, impartial and confidential information, advice and advocacy services, rights and entitlements. Information at the reception desk from Monday to Friday from 9.30am until 5.00pm. The office closes for lunch from 1pm until 2pm.  There is a free information booklet available and you can pick it up at the office.

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 evenings 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. She can be contacted on the phone 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

Parish contacts

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

Kilgefin Parish

Parish Contact:

You can contact Fr Dan at 089 2706060

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock

As a consequence of Fr. Dan travelling with the Diocesan Pilgrimage from 20th to 28th weekend Masses will be celebrated by Fr Kevin Fallon and Fr. Liam Devine

The annual Elphin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will take place on Sunday next 20th August. Ceremonies will commence with the Anointing of the Sick at 2.30pm followed by Mass in the Basilica at 3pm.

Station Masses: The autumn stations will commence very soon. If you would like to have your area station mass in your home you are asked to contact Fr. Daniel as soon as possible.

Audio needs replacing: The amplifier and speakers in Ballyleague church are no longer in working order and they are in need of replacing. If anyone would like to make a donation towards the cost of replacements you are asked to contact Fr. Daniel. Any amount would be very welcome. At the time of writing donations totalling €225 has been erecting partitions, upgrading the kitchen units, painting and all other necessary work over the coming months.

Any contractor, wishing to submit a quotation should phone 087 2238293 for further details. The closing date for quotations is Thursday 31st August.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Annual Lottery

It’s now time for annual lottery subscriptions to be renewed. Please contact any committee member to do so. Thank you for your continued support.

Senior Championship

Our senior men played Boyle in the second round of the Hudson Bay Senior Football Championship on Saturday August 19th. In tough weather conditions we lost out narrowly on a scoreline of 10 points to 8 points in favour of the Boyle men. Hard luck lads. Our next championship outing will be in two weeks’ time as we take on Roscommon Gaels.

Junior Ladies

Our junior ladies played Clann Na nGael on Sunday morning in Ballyleague in the championship. The ladies put in a tremendous effort but narrowly lost out by a point. Hard luck to the ladies on their tight defeat. Final score St. Faithleachs 1-09 Clann Na nGael 1-10. 

Junior Men

Our Junior men will commence their championship campaign next Friday night against Strokestown in Strokestown with throw in at 8pm. Please Support. The very best of luck to the team and management.

U16 Girls

U 16 girls championship final will take place on Tuesday evening against Kilmore/Kilglass 7pm in Tarmonbarry. Admission €5. Please Support the girls. The very best of luck.


No jackpot winner this week. Jackpot now stands at €4500. The €40 winners were Jean Fallon, Yvonne Thompson and Beatrice Moran. The numbers drawn were 3, 7, 27 and 29. The next draw takes place on Tuesday 22nd August. Envelopes available at all local outlets. Thanks for your continued support.


The Clubhouse is open every Saturday night from 19:00. The clubhouse is available for private party bookings. Please contact any committee member to book.

U20 Championship 

Our U20 man had a fantastic win in the championship on Saturday evening last. The final score Kilglass/Barry’s 1-06 St. Faithleachs 3-06. Well done to the team and management. 

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