Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 11th September 2023

Lanesboro Ballyleague notes


The death occurred in the excellent care of Roscommon Hospice on Saturday 2nd September of Martina Ryan (Cribbin), Ballyclare Court, Ballyleague. Martina had been ill for a time and she fought her illness with great fortitude and dignity. As a person she was a warm and friendly lady with an amazing warm smile that highlighted her wonderful personality.

Martina along with her partner Joe Cribbin came to Lanesboro where they ran what is known locally as Harrison Shop (Inver) in Ballyleague. Martina, originally from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary was an avid Waterford hurling supporter and especially of the club hurling team of Ballygunner. She had a lifelong passion for greyhound racing and especially coursing and a lifelong ambition to win a national Coursing title. Martina’s passing will sadden the hearts of everyone that had the pleasure to know her.

Martina reposed at Fennessy’s Funeral Home, Clonmel. Her Funeral Mass took place in St. Molleran’s Church, Carrick-on-Suir on Tuesday 5th September followed by burial in Churchtown cemetery.

We extend our deepest sympathy to her partner, Joe Cribbin, parents Tom and Marie, her sister Claire, her brother, Dermot and their extended families.


The marriage took place on Thursday 7th September at Lough Rynn Castle and Estate of Shannon Whitlow daughter of Tracy Whitlow, The and Lee Connell, son of Mick and Mary Connell, Cloontuskert. Matron of Honour was Erin Corroon sister of the groom and bridesmaids were Leah Boyd cousin of the bride and Kerrie Dunne sister of the groom. Bestman was Ethan Connell brother of the groom and groomsmen were Darren Dunne brother in law of the groom and Michael Connell cousin of the groom. Page boy was Oscar Corroon nephew of the groom and the Pageboy was Evie Corroon niece of the groom. The marriage ceremony was performed by Enda Harte. The wedding reception took place in Lough Rynn Hotel. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded happiness.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Sarah Crinigan and her extended family, Longford Road on the recent death in England of her mother Peggy Nichols.

Triathlon Celebrate 2023

The annual end of year function took place at St. Faithleach’s clubhouse on Saturday night last. Lanesboro Tri club celebrated the class of 2023 with a great club night out and the acknowledgement of the 2023 newbie’s.

What was once was a club growing in the community has become a family where support and encouragement is the order of the day. From those there at its inception to the newcomers of 2023 the club is just lie a big family continuing to grow and being part of all the communities that the club serves. Judging by the spread of club members last Saturday travelling to different triathlon events countrywide it goes to show the great comradery and spirit that exists in the club with most making it back to the end of season function. 

If you ever thought about involving yourself in the club then there is no better time to do so. Get in touch with any of the club members and become part of the Tri family for 2024. You will be in great hands.

1973 Bridge Club Reopens

The 1973 Bridge club reopens after the summer break on Wednesday 13 September at 7:15pm in the Parish Hall.

New members welcome. Classes for Beginners are available, for information call 086 4076462. The 2022/2023 was a very successful and enjoyable year especially having after there being no bridge for over 2 years due to Covid. 

Congratulations to all the competition winners. The Presidents prize was presented to the winner Mary Farrell at the summer party in Hannon’s Hotel where a great night was had by all.

The club is also celebrating its 50 years anniversary 

Ballyleague Tidy Towns

Ballyleague Tidy Towns wish to sincerely thank everyone who contributed to their Church Gate collection and contributed on the go fund me page last weekend. The committee was truly overwhelmed with the level of support they received from the community and put it down as recognition of the work carried out by our volunteers over the summer months. Once again, a heartfelt thank you. 

Coffee Morning

The Lanesborough branch of the Longford Hospice care will be hosting a coffee/ tea morning in the Parish Hall on Sunday week 17th September from 11am until 1pm.If you cannot attend you may make donations with Joe & Martina O Brien, Geraldine Farrell or Mags Hair salon.

Culture Night 2023

The 18th Culture Night will take place nationwide on Friday 22nd September. Each year the Culture Night gets bigger and bigger and this year is no different. There are a vast number of events and with the array of events there will be an event that will be of interest to everyone. At the moment there are no events listed for Longford but Roscommon has 19 events listed countywide with 4 in Boyle, 1 in Knockcroghery, 8 in Roscommon Town and 1 in Strokestown.

See for full details on all the events.

International Angling

The King of the Lake International Pike competition was held over last weekend and it brought fishermen from far and wide to fish Lough Ree in the hope of being crowned King of the Lake. While it may not have been the best of weather for fishing – bright and sunny – it was weather that encouraged many people to gather around the river spectating on the departure and arrival back in of the boats.

The town early morning was buzzing with boats travelling to Ballyleague Marina for their start and again in the evenings where a barbecue was laid on at the Yacht Bar. It was great to see so many enjoying the fare and creating a great atmosphere in town.

The results of the competition are 1st Stephen and Andrew Powell, 2nd Slawomir Presis and Justyna Treis, 3rd Barry and Jack Darby and 4th Niall Kelly and Darren Connolly.

Battle of Ballinamuck

I cannot let it pass without mentioning the re-enactment of the Battle of Ballinamuck and their 225th commemoration over the weekend. Judging from the comments of locals a big number travelled to witness the weekend celebrations. They were all loud in their praise of a excellent event. We must congratulate all involved in creating such a wondrous event.

Killian Homeplace Genealogy

Would you like to trace your family roots? The Killian Homeplace in Fermoyle is now available for anybody to trace their family Irish roots. Many people have hit a block when searching for their family roots and there is now the golden opportunity to help your search. You can contact the team at the Killian Homeplace or phone 0863952557 or from abroad 011 353 86 395 2557.

There is an excellent team in place and you will be assured of every help possible to get your family tree completed.

New Book

Last week Ciaran Mullooly announced that the script for his new book had just gone to the publishers and that it would be launched and on book shelves on Friday next 15th September. The book, ‘The Future is Now’ is about his life after RTÉ and stories of Just Transition and renewal in rural Ireland.

We wish him the very best with his book.

Ladies Night Out

Ladies, this promises to be one fantastic night out and a night not to be missed.

The ‘In the Name of the Father’ film cast and crew are holding a Girls Night Out in St. Faithleach’s clubhouse on Saturday week 30th September. It promises to a night for the ages such is the marvellous line-up and prizes.

All tickets bought will be entered into the draw for the fabulous prize of Center Parcs – Twilight Spa for 2

The perfect post work pick me up to share with a friend – relax, unwind and recharge together in 21 different spa experiences.

Included in your Twilight Spa for 2:

Access to our Spa from 5:30pm – 9:00pm

Glass of bubbly each on arrival

Complimentary towel and robe hire

Free Spa Wellness Sessions

As the advertisement says great entertainment, delicious food and exciting drinks will all help to make it a night to remember. This is a fundraising event to help finance the OsKars film ‘In the Name of the Father‘ and hopefully provide funds to the club for their future developments.

Sinead McHale will be your MC and take you through the night.

As part of Health and Wellbeing

Audrey Sorohan will walk through the essential steps in skin care.

Michelle Kelly will create a daytime makeup look.

Sharon Rooney will show us how to transition into a glamorous night time glow.

Karen Johnston will introduce homeopathy, a form of complementary medicine.

Part of the entertainment will be

Time to get your groove on with an evening of music promising to bring the night to life.

Many amazing spot prizes. Spa Vouchers, Pamper Hampers and more.

Check out the photo station on the night. Sinead Hogan will be poised with her camera to capture those magic moments. You can leave your contact details and we can send on your photo.

Upon arrival you will be greeted with a complimentary glass of prosecco and nibbles.

Hot Snacks will also be served.

Tickets are priced at €25 each that includes you for the draw Center Parcs – Twilight Spa for 2

This is the perfect post work pick me up to share with a friend – relax, unwind and recharge together in 21 different spa experiences.

There will also be a raffle on the night where the Spot Prizes include

Homeopathy Starter Kit, Pamper Hampers and Beauty vouchers

Tickets are available in O’Brien’s Corner Shop or from Susan Donlon: (087) 9807945, Caroline Farrell: (087) 6259092 or Michelle Shea: (086) 8703154.

ICA Returns

Following the summer break the local ICA guild will resume their meeting this Wednesday night in the Parish Hub (beside the church) at 8pm.

New and returning members are most welcome to the meeting just pop along for a great evening.

There will be a guest speaker at the meeting and afterwards the opportunity for a cup of tea/coffee, cake and a chat.

Tidy Town’s Lotto stands at €15,000

The Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery for Tuesday 12th September stands at €15,000. There 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 5th September for a jackpot of €14,900 were 6, 17, 21 and 25.  There was no winner of the jackpot. The winner of the €50 prize was Grace Rhatigan, Fermoyle c/o Yacht Bar and the three €20 winners were Mary Rice, The Abbey, Mary Casey Curreen, Rathcline Road, and Lily Daly and Erin Rumley c/o 13 The Green.

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.

St. Faithleach’s Coffee Morning

St Faithleach’s GAA club are hosting a coffee morning in aid of Hospice in their Clubhouse on Saturday 23rd September from 10.00am to 1.00pm. Come along and enjoy a coffee and a chat and support this worthy cause.

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.

Alzheimer’s Memory Walk 2023

Alzheimer’s Memory Walk takes place on Sunday week, 24th September. It’s a family-friendlyevent suitable for all ages and walking abilities to unite friends, families and communities to raise awareness and funds for dementia supports.

Approximately 64,000 people in the country live with Dementia and as we now the diagnosis of Dementia to a family member also affects the entire family. The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland is hoping that 3,000 walkers from all across Ireland will join them and help raise funds for vital services that support so many people living with dementia and those who care for them. These services include Daycare, Daycare at Home, Family Carer Training, Social Clubs, Cafés, and a National Helpline.

You are invited to register online at or you can phone 01-2073833

The Longford Walk will take place at the Mall Walking Trail at 3pm. The distance is 5Km and the meeting place is the Mall car park.

The Roscommon walk will take place at the Demesne, Castlerea starting at 2pm and the meeting place is the Friary Gates, near ASI Day Care Centre Longford, Castlerea.

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 Quarter Final

Sunday next 17th September the Rathcline senior team will travel to Pearse Park for the Longford Senior Championship quarter final where they will take on Dromard at 4pm.

The team has trained hard and prepared very well for the championship and are running into a fine vein of form just at the right time.

We wish the team and management the very best of luck. We encourage a huge crowd to go along and be very vocal in support of the team

Rathcline 50/50

On Monday 4th September the Rathcline GAA 50/50 weekly draw took place in Adie’s Bar. After another very successful week of selling we have seen the winning pool again topping the €500 mark to reach an excellent total of €563. The winning envelope drawn out was in the name of Tomás Rhatigan. Well done Pam 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.

Lough Ree Athletic Club
Training will continue on Tuesday evening at the track, starting at 6pm
Rathcline & the OsKars

Congratulations to Cían O’Shea, Blenavoher whose duck was first past the live in the Duck Race on Saturday last. The OsKars committee wish to thank everyone for their very valued support.

Filming of the seven films completed over the weekend and again there was great excitement and joviality. Filming cover all areas of the community and it should make for fabulous viewing when OsKars night comes around. The committee would like to sincerely thank everyone for taking part and also to all the premises owners for the use of their premises. It is deeply appreciated.

You are reminded of the spectacular Ladies night in St. Faithleach’s clubhouse on Saturday 30th September where great prizes can be won.

Good luck to the seniors on Sunday next in the championship quarter final. The game throws in at 4pm and we ask everyone to go come along and support the team.

Weekly Card Game

The weekly card game in St. Mary’s Parish Hall takes place every Sunday night and light refreshments are always served. On Sunday night last the results were 1st Harry Scally & Seamus Casey. Joint 2nd were Barney Kenny & Eugene Kelly and Martin & Noel McDermott. Last game winners were Tom Rock & Tommy Fox. Raffle winners were Kay Featherstone, Sean Parker, Vincent Pearse and Barney Kenny.

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.

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

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

Altar Society: As some groups are no longer able to do the altar at Ballyleague church there is an urgent need for volunteers to join the society rota. You would be part of a group of 3 and would be on duty on a rota basis that comes around every 7 weeks. If you are interested please phone 086 8896969.

St. Faithleach’s Coffee Morning:

St Faithleach’s GAA club are hosting a coffee morning in aid of Hospice in their Clubhouse on Saturday 23rd September from 10.00am to 1.00pm. Come along and enjoy a coffee and a chat and support this worthy cause.

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.

Apostolic Work:  Apostolic work is celebrating 100 years this year. Elphin Diocesan Apostolic work are planting a tree at Knock on this Saturday 16th at 11.30am with Mass celebrated by the Papal Nuncio in the Basilica at 12 noon to celebrate the occasion. There will be soup, tea and sandwiches afterwards in St. John’s at a cost of €10. If you are attending please contact Mary Lee 087 1353780 or Margaret Haughey 087 2072400 

Shannon Gaels Minor Club

End Of Season Parish League Social Update

The annual end of season Parish league/Social is confirmed to take place on Saturday next 16th Sept from 10:00am to 1:30pm.

This is always a wonderful day of games and social activity and it is very important that everyone gets involved

The Parish league teams shall be drawn from those players born during years 2010 to 2014 inclusive. The plan is to have 6 teams in total, with top 2 contesting the Parish League Final.

A Fun blitz to be ran for all remaining players from U-8 down.

All are asked to arrive for 9:45am at the latest with games to commence at 10:15am sharp

Refreshments/BBQ will be served from 12:00 to 1:30pm along with some presentations 

There is an online link to register also

Fill | Shannon Gaels End Of Season Parish League / Social 2023

Good luck to the senior team when they take on Dromard in the championship quarter final on Sunday next at 4pm in Pearse Park.  We urge all parents and club players to travel to Pearse Park to cheer the team on to victory.

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.


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.

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