Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 18th December 2023

Lanesboro Ballyleague notes 

More New Books for Christmas

There is really nothing better than reading the works of local authors and this Christmas has a plethora of excellent books available written by local authors. Books by local authors will make great Christmas presents and you will also be showing your support for the great efforts made by all of our local authors. New books have arrived during the week, and we should all be supporting our local authors. All the books by the local authors are all available in O’Brien’s.

Jack Harte, novelist, short story writer and playwright has just added to his vast array of books with the most recent publication of his latest writing just in time for the Christmas market. It will make for wonderful reading over the Christmas period.

In the Foul Rag – and – Bone Shop Jack has once again come up with another excellent read.

When Stones Speak is a local history book documenting all of the headstones and graves in the cemeteries of Killashee, Ballinakill and Clondra. The book, written by Luke Baxter and Hugh Farrell, with Jimmy Lennon and Mike Mulvihill was launched on Tuesday last in Longford County Library.  Tremendous work went into the identification of every one of the headstones in the three graveyards from the very outset and that was no easy task.

The parishes of Rathcline and Kilgefin has many great links to the cemeteries and this book will be a tremendous source of historic records for all the families.

 More Quirky Tales is another new book published by the participants of the Midlands Children’s Book writers and illustration group. Include in the writers is local author Andrew Knowles who has a story included in this book. This is an excellent children’s story book, and it would be ideal for story reading. The illustrations include pictures from the local community.

That prolific writer, Paddy Egan, once again has a new publication out for Christmas. This year’s publication is his recollection of the Covid times where he recollects through poems the memories relating to the day-to-day events from 2020 to 2022. Another great publication from Paddy and another worthy read.

New to our list is the recent arrival of Rose Moran’s book of poetry ‘In the Slant of a New Light’. You will all remember Rose as Sr. Rose who was part of the Mery nuns when they were in Lanesboro. Jack Harte’s Uneasy bedfellows and his local bestseller In the Wake of the Bagger amongst others are available. Ciaran Mullooly’s recent launch of his third book ‘The Future is Now’ is selling very fast and new stock has just arrived while a restock of Margaret Nohilly’s book of poetry ‘The Overlap of Times’ has it back on the bookshelves.

New stock arrived this week of the hugely popular Sliabh Bán written by Henry Owens, Longford Republican History and the Burkes and the Pollocks.

Christmas Greetings

I would like to wish all my readers a very Happy Christmas and a very special and healthy 2023. The year has brought many family changes over the year and to those that have lost family members I extend my deepest sympathy and assure you that your grief has been shared by us all in our community. There are a number of people in hospital at present as well as those that had visits there during the year and are in stages of recovery, we are remembering you and look forward to your recoveries making your life much easier. To everyone away from our community and cannot make it home we remember you and to you that through changes in family circumstances means your family home is no longer with us, but still read these notes, you are always remembered and the memories you left us with are forever cherished.  On the brighter side there are numerous families that had reasons for celebration during the year, we hope that that happiness extends for many years ahead. For everyone that must work through the Christmas season ensuring that all services and hospitals are kept functioning we thank you and hope you too can enjoy some time off during Christmas or in the New Year.

To everyone that supported me in anyway during the past year with local news, comments, and information I thank you most sincerely. Without you the notes each week would be very short. A very special thank you to everyone for their continued support.

That Christmas may bring you all the happiness of the world and may 2024 be a time of many successes and achievements and you are graced with the best of health to enjoy the year.


It with a great sadness we record the death on Saturday 9th December at Roscommon Hospice of Frank Kearns, Killavacken, Curraghroe. A native of Greystones, Co. Wicklow, he moved to Curraghroe about 20 years ago. Frank was a warm and friendly man who always made the time to chat with you ensuring you had his full attention. Frank was always the thorough gentleman and highly respected. He had a real warm and genuine smile that endeared him to everyone he met. He had a great interest in and excelled in the game of golf.  

His remains reposed in Smyth’s Funeral Home, Roscommon on Tuesday. His remains were removed to the Church of the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague on Wednesday for the Mass of the Resurrection which was followed by a private cremation. We extend our deepest sympathy to Bernie, his son Alan, haughtier June, brothers Ger and Martin, sisters Eileen and Catherine, his foster daughter Jacinta, relatives, and many friends we extend our sincere sympathy.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to John and Mary Rice and daughters Siobhan and Jenny, Cloontuskert and their extended family on the death of John’s brother Gerry Rice, London on Saturday 9th December.

Mass for the repose of Gerry’s soul will be held in St. Brigid’s Church, Four-Mile-House on Saturday 6th January at 1.30pm with the burial of his ashes afterwards.


It is very sad to relate the death from one of the stalwart families from our community at the Regional Hospital, Mullingar on Sunday 10th December. Mabel Riozzi formerly Mabel Murray from the Green and later Ballyleague. She was daughter of Jack and Jeanetta Murray and wife of Tom Riozzi all who predeceased her. Mabel started her employment with Mrs. Kelly in the local post office as a telephonist. She later transferred to the main Post & Telegraphs telephone centre in Drogheda. It was in Drogheda she met her husband Tom Riozzi, and they moved back to her home community where Tom opened what proved to be a very popular chip shop. Mabel was a warm and engaging lady who enjoys meeting locals and strangers alike. Her warm and welcoming greeting and smile was inimitable and it endeared her to everyone that had the pleasure to know her. Mabel was a wonderful friend and neighbour and most obliging to anyone in need of assistance.

Mabels remains reposed in Farrell’s Funeral Home on Tuesday and her Funeral Mass took place in the Church of the Holy rosary, Ballyleague. Following Mass her remains were removed to Lakelands Crematorium, Cavan. To her daughter, Martina, sons Roberto and GianCarlo, her brothers John, David, Danny, Willy, Sidney and Michael, sisters Helen and Irene, relatives and many friends we extend our sincere sympathy.   

Fascinating Interviews

Shauna O’Neill from Cloontuskert last weekend shared some very absorbing programming by RTÉ from the early days of Bord na Mona in this area.

The first two interviews were done on Thursday 2nd July 1953 when, ‘Who’s News’ a fortnightly programme, presenter Ronnie Walsh interviewed Patrick Ruddy, then assistant manager of Bord na Mona, where he spoke of the saving of turf that had to be saved between June and August. When asked about the number of workers he stated that there were between 700 and 800 people working with Bord na Mona on our Mount Dillon bog.

Part two of the interview, on the same day, was when Ronnie spoke to two students who travelled for summer work to the Mount Dillon bog. 18-year-old Eoin Hassett from Celbridge along with Trinity College law student Ben Odenze from Nigeria spoke of their time and the work they had to do. After a week’s work Eoin disclosed that after his lodgings were taken out of his wages his pay was £5, 4 shillings and 4 pence.

On 2nd October 1960 there was further interviews with two local men Marty McNally and Tony O’Flaherty. In describing Lanesboro RTÉ’s ‘Provincial News Round Up’ stated that Lanesboro was the fastest growing town in the country. Instead of people leaving Ireland for foreign shore they were migrating to live and work in Lanesboro.

Marty Mc Nally the local hotelier told of the influx of anglers and workers to the area and that the hotel was busy all year round. He spoke of the amount of fishermen coming, for the first time, to Lanesboro from England for the fishing Some English fishing clubs even wanted to book for accommodation for 100 anglers per week for the fishing season such was the quality of the fishing and the demand for the quality fishing we had then.

Local businessman Tony O’Flaherty said that the population had trebled from 1950 to 1960 and that because of Bord na Mona and ESB the area was thriving. He said that it brought to him a great boost in business with the numbers relocating. There were many job opportunities directly apportioned to both companies and the wages were excellent for the time.

All in all, the links were a wonderful record of the growth and employment opportunities in the community from the 1950’s and it was great to hear the voices of those fore runners of Local Development Association and our community who did a great job in promoting our community.

Christmas Day Run/Walk

The Annual Newtowncashel to Lanesboro Run will take place again this year starting at the Hill in Newtowncashel and finishing at the bridge in Lanesboro. The run/walk of approximately 11km is going for over 30 years now and it caters for all levels of fitness, and it will be magnificent to once again huge numbers turning out for this great run. The beneficiary of the Run is Longford MS and this is a fundraiser that the Longford Branch depends greatly upon for its yearly work and support.

Walkers will start from the Hill in Newtowncashel at 11 am and runners start at 12 noon. Sponsorship cards will soon be available from the Local, Newtowncashel, Brigid Mullooly, Lanesboro or O’Brien’s Corner Shop, Lanesboro.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Mary and John Casey and family, Gurteengar, on the death on Thursday last 14th December of Mary’s brother Peter Newell, Annaghdown, Co. Galway

Social Services Church Gate Collection

Co. Longford Social Services would like to thank everyone that contributed to their church gate collection last weekend. If you missed the collection and would still like to contribute you can leave your contribution into O’Brien’s hop. Thank you once again.


We extend our sincere sympathy to Mary Curran and family, Carraroe on the death on Saturday 9th December of her brother Seán (Johnny) Fogarty, Newtown, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.

Searching your Family Tree

Particularly since Covid time when people had a lot of time on their hands a big number of people both home and abroad have taken a great interest on their family tree and have begun to search for their roots. Speaking for personal experience and stories of others your own search can bring you so far and then your search become a blur, like searching in a maze.

The Killian Homeplace Family & Genealogy Centre in Fermoyle has become a lifeline for so many people seeking to trace or continue the search into their family roots.

The research team are excellent in researching where even the flimsiest family comment will lead the team to astonishing family tree connections.

If you are interested searching your family tree, then the Killian Homeplace should be your first point of contact.

If you want to trace your family tree and avail of their services, you should contact the centre on their website 

Christmas Day Swim

What is a long and great tradition on Christmas morning is the annual Christmas Day Swim. Hardy souls from all over the area come along and take part. This is a wonderful sight with so many taking the dip and the bridge well lined with supporting crowds.

The swim will take place following 11.15am Mass in Lanesboro and we urge big numbers to come along, lend their support and meet and greet all that came home for Christmas. Following the swim there will be hot showers and refreshments available in the clubhouse.

Sponsorship cards are available from club members or from Martina & Joe O’Brien’s shop.

Community Games 

The Community Games in Lanesboro and Ballyleague Kilgefin has a long and successful history with many All-Ireland champions along with medallists galore in the All-Ireland’s, County and parish competitions.  

Community Games give any young person boy or girl the opportunity to display their skills and abilities in a huge array of almost 60 different disciplines. Community Games is primarily a parent driven local organisation with parents anxious to ensure that the Community Games is good for their youngsters and their equally talented friends. 

This is the time of the year that the AGM’s for both local Community Games groups takes place, and it is hugely important that all parents support their kids by getting involved in the formation of the committee for the coming year. It is very important to attend the AGM’s if only to show your support to the incoming committee. If you have recently arrived in our community the Community Games gives you that wonderful opportunity to meet and get to know locals through the involvement of their youngsters. 

Please keep an eye on the Lanesboro notes, either in the Longford Leader or online, so that you can attend the AGM meeting and involve yourself or turn up just to give your support and backing for the elected committee. 

Masses for Christmas Day

Masses for Christmas Day in St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro are Sunday, Christmas Eve, 6pm and midnight Mass at 10pm and on Christmas morning 11.15am. The choir will be performing carols from 11am prior to Mass. Mass on Christmas Day in Killashee will be at 10am and in Newtowncashel at 10.30am.

Ballyleague- Saturday 23rd December 7pm, Sunday 24th December Christmas Eve 11am and Monday Christmas Day 11.30am.

Ballagh – Saturday 23rd December 8pm and Sunday Christmas Eve 8pm.

Curraghroe Sunday Christmas eve 10am and Monday Christmas Day 10am.

St. John’s Church – Sunday 24th December, St John’s, Lanesborough with Christmas Eve Service of Holy Communion, 11.30am

Monday 25th December, St Coman’s, Roscommon, Christmas Day Service of Holy Communion, 11:30am

Christmas Reconciliation Service

There will be a Christmas reconciliation Service in St. Mary’s Church on Wednesday 20th December at 7pm.

Rathcline AGM

The Rathcline GAA Club AGM will take place on Thursday 21st Dec at 8pm. You are invited to join them as the club reviews it’s activities during 2023 and looks forward to 2024.

Oskars USB

The recently successful Rathcline Night at the Oskars is now available on USB where those that did not get to the night now have the opportunity to watch it on screen. The USB in a special presentation box is available in O’Brien’s costing just s costing just 20

St. Vincent de Paul

The Annual St Vincent de Paul Appeal takes place over the next few weeks. Envelopes for your donations are now available in the church porch or in O’Brien’s. You can leave your sealed envelope in with the Sunday offerings or drop it into the Presbytery. You can also use a plain envelope b                                                                                                                                                                                 ut mark it SVP. All donations received locally will be distributed locally. St Vincent de Paul offers direct support to families and individuals on a weekly basis and the assistance is non-judgemental and based on the need. Support can be either, food, fuel, clothing or education. Thank you for your generosity. SVP envelopes are also available in O’Brien’s Corner newsagents.

Yearly annual -Teathbha

The annual Historical Journal of the County Longford Historical Society is back on the bookshelves once again. Teathbha 2023 is edited by Martin Morris, County Longford Archivist. The journal is, as usual, laden down with many excellent stories and records and it should prove to be essential reading. The journal is priced at just €12 and it is on sale in O’Brien’s shop.

Tidy Town’s Lotto stands at €15,000  

The Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery for Tuesday 19th December stands at a very exciting €15,000 and never would it be more welcome than on the weeks leading up to Christmas. This is a wonderful opportunity to win the €15,000 for just €2 or 3 envelopes for €5. 

The draw took place in O’Brien’s Shop and the numbers drawn on Tuesday 12th December for the jackpot of €15.000 were 1, 6, 10 and 24.  There was no winner of the jackpot. The winner of the €50 prize was Katharine Harrison, Ballyleague c/o Mags, and the three €20 prizes went to Peter Skelly, Rathcline c/o Yacht Bar, Mary Casey Curreen, Rathcline Road and Maura Hanly, Lehery.

The draw takes place every Tuesday morning in O’Brien’s Shop. 

Without your continued generosity and support the excellent results in the Tidy Towns completion would not have been so good. Your tremendous is ensuring that Lanesboro continues to look beautiful even during the winter months. Thank you very much for all your support. 

St. Faithleach’s Christmas Draw 

The St. Faithleach’s GAA club is again holding a Christmas draw with the main prize a very desirable €5,000. Tickets can be purchased online, from club members, the clubhouse or locally from the usual selling places. Tickets are priced at €10 each or 3 for €20. Your support will be appreciated.

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. 

Roscommon Group of Parishes

The list of Services for St. John’s and the Roscommon group of parishes for December are as follows:

Friday 22nd December, St John’s, Lanesborough ‘Celebrate Christmas’ – Festival of Lessons and Carols, 8pm

Sunday 24th December, St John’s, Lanesborough with Christmas Eve Service of Holy Communion, 11:30am

Monday 25th December, St Coman’s, Roscommon, Christmas Day Service of Holy Communion, 11:30am

Sunday 31st December, St John’s, Lanesborough for Morning Prayer at 11:30am

‘O come, let us adore Him’

Thank You

Joe’s Fruit & Veg Christmas trading hours in Lanesboro are Thursday 8am to 4.30pm and again from 9am on Friday 29th.

Jow wishes everyone a very happy Christmas and New Year.

Short Breaks Scheme 

Would you be interested in providing home from home short breaks for children and adults who have an intellectual disability? Brothers of Charity Services Ireland, Homeshare Roscommon are recruiting host carers. Training and support will be provided. There will be a tax-exempt allowance paid. For further information email or phone Catherine 09066 28500 or 087 2126607. 

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. 

Weekly Card Game 

The results of the weekly card game held in St. Mary’s Hall Lanesboro on Sunday night last are 1st Tom Rooney & Mick Maguire. 2nd Noel & Martin McDermott. Last game winners were Eugene Kelly & Barney Kenny. Raffle winners were Ann Corcoran, Martin McDermott, Barney Kenny, Noreen Gibbons, Johnno, Pat Rock, Kevin McDonagh, Pat Joe Fallon, Mary Gregg. The 25 game will resume Sunday 7th

January at 8.30pm. The hall committee would like to thank all the card players for their continued support and wish all a happy and safe Christmas.

Rathcline 50/50 

On Monday 11th December the Rathcline GAA 50/50 weekly draw took place in Clarke’s Bar. The winning envelope drawn out was in the name of Brendan O’Sullivan and he won the jackpot of €630. Well done Brendan 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 your support is highlighted by the large pool each week. 

Rathcline GOAL Run

The club’s players from the senior club, ladies club and Mothers and Others are organising the Lanesborough GOAL mile on St Stephen’s Day at 12.30pm. You, your family and friends are invited to join us to walk a mile (as short or as far as you wish to walk) on the Walkway at club grounds at Clonbonny. After the walk, join us for a Christmas chat and a cup of tea in the clubhouse. If you wish you can also make a donation which will go to the GOAL charity to help it with its lifesaving work across the world. This is a new initiative by the club and we hope that this charity event will become a key date in the club and community calendar for the years ahead. 

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 there to help you.

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.   

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 

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. The number to ring is 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  

Offertory Envelopes 

The start time for the usage of the new offertory envelopes for the coming Church Year is the 6th January 2024. The boxes of envelopes are available in the church.  Your unstinted and continued generous support to the church collections yearly is truly appreciated. Thank you.   

Eucharist: If you would like to receive Holy Communion call from a Minister of the Eucharist you are invited to let Maireád in the parish office know. Call in or phone 3321166. 

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 interested, 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 

Stream Masses live: On Church TV;

Mass Times for Christmas: Ballyleague- Saturday 23rd December 7pm, Sunday 24th December Christmas Eve 11am and Monday, Christmas Day 11.30am.

Ballagh – Saturday 23rd December 8pm and Sunday Christmas Eve 8pm.

Curraghroe – Sunday, Christmas eve 10am and Monday, Christmas Day 10am.

Tap Machine: There is a tap machine in the porch of the church in Ballyleague. You are invited to donate and support the welfare and maintenance of the parish

Christmas Tree/Flowers: The parish is seeking for parishioners to sponsor a Christmas tree for all the churches and to help with the cost of decorating the trees. All donations should be put in envelopes and indicated accordingly. Thank you in anticipation of your generosity.

Everyone is invited to go along.

Eucharistic Adoration

There is always an hour of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament every Friday in Ballyleague Church from 10.30am to 11.30am and in Curraghroe Church from 8pm to 9pm. You are invited to go along to spend some quiet time of prayer with God. 

Envelopes for 2023/24

Church offering envelopes in boxes are available in the church for distribution. A special word of thanks to the distributors for all their on-going work. 

Parish Contact:  

You can contact Fr Dan at 089 2706060 

Short Break Scheme: Would you be interested in providing home from home short breaks for children and adults who have an intellectual disability? Brothers of Charity Services Ireland, Homeshare Roscommon are recruiting host carers. Training and support will be provided. There will be a tax-exempt allowance paid. For further information email or phone Catherine 09066 28500 or 087 2126607.

St. Faithleach’s GAA 

Christmas Draw 

Our annual Christmas Draw is back with a very desirable €5,000 first prize. Tickets will soon be available from all local outlets and committee members. Best of luck to all and your continued support is very appreciated by us.  

Thank You 

Thank you to all the volunteers, parents, kids and Ballyleague Tidy Towns for gathering last week to plant daffodils at the club grounds. We can’t wait to see the place in bloom.

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