Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 29th April 2024

Lanesboro Ballyleague notes

New Defibrillator location

Following the completion of the building at the premises at Rathcline Crossroads (Eircode N39 NN73) it is with great delight that let you know that once again the defibrillator has been put back on the gable end of the building.

In recent days a new defibrillator location has been found. It has been installed at the gable end of O’Brien’s shop (Eircode N39 W8C1).

It is great to see defibrillators growing in numbers around the community as we all know how vital they are towards the saving of the lives of people.

Defibrillators look for and deliver (or instruct someone else to deliver) an electric shock to the heart through the sufferer’s chest wall. They are battery powered and portable. The battery life, if the machine is not used, can be up to five years. The device will check itself on a daily basis, and use flashing lights or a noise to show it’s not ready to use.

It is very important that many people in our community avail of training in the use of the defibrillator.

You may never have to use your training but in the unlikely case you are in close proximity to a person that is in urgent need of a defibrillator it is very important that you have the necessary training.

The Pizza Boy

Issue 3 of young Harry Kenny’s self-created comic ‘The Pizza Boy’ is now available for all his eager readers in O’Brien’s. The comic is a great piece of work for someone so young.

Summer School and Gathering

The Annual Lough Ree Environmental Summer School and Boat Gathering is taking place this May Bank Holiday Weekend in Ballyleague / Lanesborough.
Boaters will be arriving at the Waterways Ireland Marina for the 2nd year in a row, heralding the start of the boating season.
Dr. Harmon Murtagh will be giving a Free Lecture on Saturday morning at 10:30 am in the Access For All Centre on the “Quakers and Inchcleraun islands” and this will be followed by a boat trip around Inchcleraun on the “Access For All Passenger Boat. Bookings for the boat trip can be made through the Access For All Website. Dr. Murtagh visit has been made possible through the sponsorship of Waterways Ireland Heritage & Biodiversity Grant scheme.

Another favourite Eanna Ní Lamhna will be giving 2 talks and walks up through Commons North Woodland following her introduction to participants at the Access for All Centre at 12 noon and 3 pm. Both of these “Talks and Walks” are Free and you can book your ticket by emailing . These 2 “Talks & Walks” have been made possible through the sponsorship of Waterways Ireland Heritage & Biodiversity Grant scheme and the National Parks & Wildlife Service under the National Biodiversity Action plan (2023-2030 and Roscommon Tourism.
 A “Tender Run” will take place on Saturday with boats heading up to Clondra for a pit stop in Richmond Harbour and up the Camlin River, returning via Tarmonbarry to the Marina. A picture board exhibition of Canal Barges and scenes will be on display at the Access For All Centre over the weekend without local Arts Group “Brush Strokes” having an exhibition and sale of their artworks on both the Sunday and Monday.
Sunday also sees the staging of a Boat Jumble Sale at the Old Harbour in Ballyleague at 12 noon and this will coincide with the “Cars & Coffee” in Lanesborough Car Park which kicks off at 12:30 with the “Family Fun Day starting off on the banks of the Shannon in Lanesborough at 1 pm.

Family Fun Day on Sunday

At last the weather forecast tells us that the weekend will be warmer and drier, it could not come at a better time as this Family Fun Day was scheduled to be held twice last year and it had to be cancelled due to all the rain that fell last summer. So it is all systems go for what we hope will be a spectacular day on the Shannon banks.

Lanesboro and Ballyleague Tidy Towns groups have come together and will hold their first Family Fun Day that will take place on Sunday next 5th May at the car park. This Family Fun Day is a great collaboration between the two Tidy Towns committees drawing together all part of our community for what we hope will be a great day on the banks of the Shannon.. The support of everyone in Ballyleague, Lanesboro and the two parishes would be a wonderful acknowledgement and support for both hard working committees as they continue on a daily basis to help in creating and making our community such a beautiful place. Time and time again and all year round so many people when visiting or stop when passing through are always quick to acknowledge the beauty of our community.

There will be lots of activities for young and old and a great day of fun is assured. Some of the events include Tug-of-War that will have teams of people competing. It will be a knockout competition with a perpetual trophy for the wining team. Advance booking is advisable and to book you should text your entry to 0877636260.

There will be a Hang Tough competition with a trophy for the winner. Have you ever tried Football darts? If not this is you opportunity to display your footballing skills. There will be an Obstacle Course for teams of 2 featuring climbing, crawling, ski walking and much more. There will also be a football competition and all the time you are there you and the kids will have the opportunity to have your face painted for free while the kids can have fun on the bouncy castle too.

The Japanese Car Club of Ireland is also having a display of old Japanese Cars on the day also. This is a wonderful addition to the events of the day. Activities will commence at 1pm in the green area adjacent to Lanesboro Car Park. There will be something for all the family. This is an event not to be missed. There will be a special guest appearance by Mickey and Minnie Mouse on the day.

Local connections to our Community

Over the past number of days a number of people that have or had connections to our community have passed away.

Ann Doyle nee Laurence was daughter of the renowned and highly thought of Joe and Ellie Laurence. Ann passed away on Thursday last 25th April. We extend our deepest sympathy to her daughters Mary Ellen, Bridgie and Bernadette, sons Michael and Thomas, and extended family and friends.

Sheila Gallagher, Browneshill, Carlow, died on Friday 26th April. Sheila married local man Noel Gallagher, formerly of Main Street and they lived on the Rathcline Road before moving to Carlow where Noel took up the position of Garda Superintendent. Sheila will be fondly remembered for her joviality and warmth. We extend our deepest sympathy to her family Niamh, Micheál, Ronan, Padraic and Fred, extended family and friends.

On Thursday 25th April, Tom Mullen, Colehill passed away at Mullingar Regional Hospital. Tom was a regular visitor to Lanesboro and he was brother of the late Pat Mullen, Moher. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Bernie, son Paul, daughter Carol, sister in law Eileen and her family in Moher and the extended Mullen family.

Dr. Sean Trapp, Killoe, died on Tuesday 23rd April. Sean is survived by his daughter Amanda, son in law Brian, partner Audrey, his sister Ann, his brother Justin, Amanda’s mother Gale, and his cousin Bernadette Clancy, Rathcline Road. We extend our deepest sympathy to Bernadette, her family and Sean’s family and friends.

On Friday 26th April last, aged 98 years, Ken Tierney, with strong connections to Dunmore, Co. Galway passed away in New York. Ken was a renowned and legendary lifelong proud Irish republican. Ken’s local connection was that he was married local Fermoyle lady, the late Jane Nolan. He always had a great love for Lanesboro and Fermoyle where he continually recalled many fond memories. We extend our sincere sympathy to Ken’s family and friends on his passing.

Cloontuskert Cemetery Upgrade

Cloontuskert Cemetery Committee will commence phase 2 of the upgrading works to the Cemetery. On Thursday last, April 25th 2024, works began on the Cemetery road from the Grotto to the gates of the new Cemetery. Both car parks and the internal road within the New Cemetery have been upgraded with a new tarmacadam finish. In conjunction with the relaying of the road, the entrance gates to the Old Cemetery will be removed and sent for refurbishment works.
Access to the Cemetery during working hours was restricted, and you are thanked for your patience during this phase of the work. It will be worth it once all works have been completed.
The landscaping of our new flower beds by Treel Nurseries Legan, adjacent to our new footpaths will also commence over the coming weeks, further enhancing the Cemetery.
The committee in conjunction, with Roscommon County Council have secured grant aid funding for all projects totalling €85,000 along with the committees input from your kind donations at our Cemetery Sunday Collection in August. It will bring the total cost of refurbishments of the Cemetery across 2023 and 2024 to over €90,000.
The committee remains hopeful that all projects will be completed in time for our Cemetery mass in August 2024.

Today whilst chatting about the upgrade a man was heard to say of the work “A great job and very well done”


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Nolan family, Fermoyle on the death of Kitty Griffiths, (nee Nolan), Bristol, England who passed away recently. Kitty was interred following her Funeral Mass on Wednesday last 24th April.

Lanesboro ICA AGM:

The AGM of Lanesboro ICA was held on Wednesday 10th April in The Parish Hub, Lanesboro.

The following were elected to the Committee for the coming year:

Chairperson: Margaret Bourke, Asst. Chairperson: Anne Marie Casey, Treasurer: Joanne Cox, Asst. Treasurer: Mary Hoare, Secretary: Deirdre Glennon, Asst. Secretary: Theresa Mullooly, PRO: Virginia Quigley, Teachta: Liz Murray, International Officer: Geraldine Gilhooley, Contest Secretary: Catherine McDermott, Arts Officers: Nicola O’Connor and Mary McGowan, Produce Officers: Pam Farrell and Siobhan Donnelly, Timire: Kay Smyth, Crafts Officer: Michelle Murray, Sports Officer: Anne Marie Casey,  Social Committee: Marie Cleary and Aileen O’Brien

The ICA meets the 2nd Tuesday of months September to May.  New members are always welcome. 

Roscommon Ploughing Championship

The Roscommon Ploughing Championship and Field Day will take place on Sunday next 5th May on the land of Paddy Beirne and Family in Ballinaheglish. Eircode F42 Y436.

This promises to be a great day out for all the family with an array of spectacles and events with entertainment for all ages.

Hurling/Camogie in Rathcline

In the 60’s Tom McGrath, Clare, and Frank Toner, Tipperary, brought all us youngsters together on the playing pitch to introduce hurling to the parish. This was at a time that there were so many youngsters on the Green that was continue to grow with young families coming from all over Ireland to work with Bord na Mona. During that time there was a tremendous spirit and there was also no shortage of excellent and budding hurlers. We even had guest appearances from a Charles Mc Grath, from Dublin who played his hurling with us when on summer holidays with Joe and Gretta O’Brien. The young hurlers were made into a very formidable group and played all our hurling at underage, I think, as I can’t remember Rathcline having a senior team at that time.

When Frank and Tom called time on their management along came another Tipperary man, the late John Collins, who progressed hurling to a higher and greater standard making the breakthrough into the senior ranks and providing so many players to the county teams. John’s dedication was remarkable from training all team to the making and mending of hurley’s at his home opposite the training ground on the Green.

James Fallon followed up when he worked tirelessly with hurling in the schools but as hard as he worked the numbers of youngsters were dropping locally which made his work almost impossible but his time and hard work is fondly remembered and deeply appreciated.

I am deeply indebted to Paul Devanney, of Longford Gaelic Stats has been a wonderful source of information and he furnished me with information that I had never ever heard before. There was a reference to hurling in Lanesboro in April 1926 but no competition existed at that time. Another reference was that Rathcline Hurling club (sometimes cited as Lanesboro Hurling club) was formed in July 1936. Longford Hurling club was the only other club in the county at the time and the two clubs played a friendly game. Lanesboro hosted the game in late July as part of Lanesboro Sports Day and Longford won on a scoreline of 6-1 to 3-3. Lanesboro were represented by Flaherty (captain), Dolan, Hopkins, Hoey, Malone, Corcoran (2), Ryan, Rhatigan, Connor, Smyth, Igoe, McDermott, Kilcoyne and Skelly.

Lanesboro travelled to Longford on August 1936 for a return game with Lanesboro winning 5-2 to 2-2.

There are not further references of Lanesboro Hurling club after 1936 and there are no records of any competitive games played.

Hurling left us for a time until along came a new set of coaches James Hayes, Mick Shortall, Mick Herbert, Conor Farrell, Enda Fallon, Carmel Hayes (Children’s Officer) and Eoin Donnellan.
6 weeks ago a group of 20 youngsters attended the first session of hurling in Clonbonny and we say well done to all our little hurlers who have now completed 6 weeks of hurling coaching in Clonbonny. Starting, as I said, with 20 the group has now grown to 40 with an almost equal divide of boys and girls.

Longford GAA have Hurling Hubs in North, South, West and Rathcline are very proud to be part of their newest #HurlingNua Hub aimed at encouraging hurling development in Longford.

With local man Brian Molloy becoming the very first male President of the Camogie Association is extremely exciting to see so many girls taking part creating the distinct possibility of having our own Camogie team, It is Brian’s wish to see that every club in the country will have a Camogie team and it would be only fabulous if we are going to be one of the first clubs to kick start his ambition.
It is great to see hurling alive and vibrant in Clonbonny every Tuesday evening for kids aged from U6 to U10 from 6pm to 7pm. All gear is provided at training. Why not come along with your young boy or girl and be part of the growing club. The club is open to all surrounding communities and we would encourage parents to bring their youngsters to Clonbonny if only to try out hurling or Camogie.

Thanks to everyone for making it happen and a special thanks to Ciaran Mac Eochaidh Games Development Officer with @officiallongfordgaa for his help and support in the set up.
If you’ve a little hurler at home who’d like to get involved send us a message here for further details on the Parents/Guardians WhatsApp group #hurlinghub #Hurling #longfordgaa #rathcline #rathclinegaa #HurlingNua
A huge thank you to the coaches James Hayes, Mick Shortall, Mick Herbert, Conor Farrell, Enda Fallon, Carmel Hayes (Children’s Officer) and also Eoin Donnellan who is missing from the photo. This is the group that began it all 6-weeks ago.

Darkness into Light

Never before has the annual Pieta House Darkness into Light sunrise walk taken a greater significance in our community than it has this year. The walk will take place at 4.15am on Saturday week 11th May at the Mall in Longford Town and from Ballymahon Vocational School; In county Roscommon the walk will take place from the Convent Gym, Roscommon Town and from Strokestown Community & Sports Centre. I hear on the grapevine that there may even be Darkness into Light Walk in Lanesboro. More information as it becomes available will follow.

It is very important that those that feeling down or depressed that they talk to someone and tremendous work in this respect continues to be done by Pieta House. We are reliably informed that men are the least likely to seek help or talk about the problems that is affecting them and talking does not create a stigma but a clarity of mind.

Statistics shows us that suicide was the most common cause of death among people aged 15 to 34. The statistics also show that the ratio is more than twice the number of males as against females commit suicide.

It is vitally important that everyone reading this should always be encouraging people that they feel may be vulnerable to talk of their concerns with, family, friends or use the excellent and professional services of Pieta House.

In 2022 Pieta delivered 50,000 hours of intervention and bereavement counselling. Pieta received almost 100,000 crisis support calls and texts over that same period and they directly supported over 700 households devastated by the loss of a loved one by suicide.

All the services of Pieta House are private, free of charge and all the staff are fully qualified, providing a profession one-to-one therapeutic service.

“We all have one common goal where no-one should feel alone or so afraid that suicidal ideation of self-harming becomes an option they choose”

Weekly Card Game

The weekly card game takes place every Sunday night in St. Mary’s hall. The results of Sunday night last 28th April was 1st Kevin & Harry. Joint 2nd were Eugene & Barney and Peter & Brendan. Last game Dinny & Tom. Raffle winners were P.J Glennon, Mick Finan, Mick Maguire & Bridie Glennon.

The game takes place every Sunday night at 8.30pm and light refreshments will be served.

Roscommon Town Darkness into Light

Over 100,000 People are expected to participate nationally in the 16th annual Darkness Into Light walk which is being held on Saturday morning 11th May at 4.15am. Here in Roscommon Town, the local committee are busy making preparations to welcome you all to the Convent of Mercy Secondary School Gym for this years walk. In their 11th year , this walk has gone from strength to strength over the years testament to the hard work of the local committee and the superb support received from participants each year. Their focus each year is to bring communities together for the most important sunrise of the year symbolising the journey from despair to hope. The registration fee is so important and helps fund services provided by Pieta.

The local committee are very grateful to all the business who have supported them to date with goods and services and a special thank you to the Roscommon Solstice Choir who make the walk through the town park so very special.

In 2023 in Connaught alone, the charity provided over 4,000 hours of therapy and saw over 500 clients across the province. The charity also supported almost 100 families and households bereaved by suicide.

Pieta depends on the funds generated by Darkness Into Light, with over 85% of the charity’s annual income coming from public fundraising. Pieta’s 300 qualified Therapists, Suicide Bereavement Liaison Officers and support staff across the country rely on this essential income to continue their lifesaving work.

By participating in the event, supporters can make a real and tangible difference, as the €26 sign-up fee for Darkness Into Light can enable Pieta to answer two calls to their 24/7 helpline, providing immediate support and guidance to those in crisis. When you sign up for this years walk you are reminded that by getting involved in the event, you are making a valuable contribution towards Pieta’s vital therapy and support services for those impacted by suicide. Sign up today at

How to contact Pieta: To avail of Pieta services, visit or call 0818 111 126. Pieta provides 24/7 support via the Freephone crisis helpline on 1800 247 247 or text HELP to 51444

Beginners Pilates

Beginners basic Pilates classes (4 weeks only) with Regina will commence on Thursday May 9th at 7pm in St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro.
The classes will be focusing on Breathing, Flexibility, Balance, Muscle strength and Tone, enhanced use of back and limbs using the Pilates technique.
Women’s Mini Marathon

It is that time of year once again when the 42nd Women’s Mini Marathon will take place on Bank Holiday Sunday 2nd June in Dublin. 

A bus is being provided for anyone that wishes to avail of this service. Presently there are just  6 seats left on the bus. To ensure you place on the bus you should contact Pam Farrell immediately. Phone Pam at 087 4146987.

Graceful Baby Massage

A new five-week consecutive course, suitable for new-born to crawling children, is being run in Lanesboro Parish Hub, from Friday next 3rd May until Friday 31st May with a starting time of 11am. To enrol or if you need further information you can contact @gracefulbabymassage or phone 089 2383697.

Local Health Service

Local Heath Service is available at Roscommon University Hospital. The service will deal with urgent and routine health problems. The Freephone phone number to ring is 1800 700700.

For more information you are invited to contact Helena at or phone 086 0145 829.

Women’s Midsummer Retreat

Rest, Recover, Reconnect.

The retreat will be facilitated by Chartered Health Psychologist Marianne Fallon on Saturday 22nd June from 10am to 4pm at Strokestown Park.

The expectations of modern life are constant and demanding.  Research shows women offer the most emotional support to others, repeatedly giving beyond our limits. When do we make time to rest, receive and recover?

Join the Women’s Midsummer Retreat in the beautiful grounds of Strokestown Park House and invest in a day of rest and recovery.  Open yourself to a different way of being, through engaging all of your senses in the woodlands and gardens.  Learn how to develop a relationship with natural allies and make connections between your inner and outer landscapes.

Immersion in nature can support you to slow down and emotionally regulate.  Move from ‘ego’ to ‘eco’ and experience a deeper, more embodied way of moving in the world.  Step into the brightest time of the year with a renewed sense of self and well-being.

This women’s retreat will be led by two experienced chartered psychologists.  We are passionate about the benefits that nature can offer women in moving towards a more authentic and embodied sense of self.

The link for booking and further information is

The registration fee for the retreat will be €79. Spaces are limited and early booking is advisable.

Learn Line Dancing 

They say that Line Dancing, stimulates the brain, reduces stress, reduces risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia, increases mental capacity, improves posture and balance, tones the body, strengthens bones and muscles, provides opportunity to socialize and meet people and its suitable and popular for all ages and all abilities.

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. 

Tidy Town’s Lotto stands at €15,000  

The Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery for Tuesday 23rd April stands at a very exciting jackpot limit of €15,000. With the jackpot having reached its maximum 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 16th April for the €15.000 jackpot were 6, 12, 13 and 22. There was no winner of the jackpot. The €50 prize was won by Johnny Malone, Cloontuskert and the three €20 winners were Shane Moran, Colehill, American ‘Teresa’ c/o Mags and Mary rice, The aAbbey

The next draw will take place on Tuesday morning 23rd April and every Tuesday morning in O’Brien’s Shop. 

Thank you for your continued excellent support and we continue to try and make a difference for Lanesboro.

Crochet for Children

Crochet classes for children is resuming in the  Parish Hall on Friday evening from 3pm to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 30 am to 12 30 pm. Enquiries to Virginia on  086 2036542.

Learn to play Guitar

Have you ever thought of learning to play the guitar? Complete beginner guitar lessons are now available in the Lanesboro area. For booking and further details phone 087 7774203.

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. 

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. Sailing times daily are 10am, 12 noon and 2pm. Guided fishing excursions can also be organised. Advanced booking is recommended. You can contact by email or phone 089 2625505 or 043 33 84175. 

Rathcline 50/50 

On Monday 22nd April the Rathcline GAA 50/50 weekly draw took place in the Yacht Bar. The winning envelope drawn out was in the name of Mike Greene, The Green. The jackpot for the draw on Monday night was over €600 with a delighted Mike being the proud recipient of a cheque for €607.

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

The Rathcline 50/50 draw takes place every Monday night in one of our local bars at 7.30pm. Your continued generous support is greatly appreciated, and your support is highlighted by the large pools every week. 

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 

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 on-going 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 Lanesboro

Priest contacts: If you have a need to contact any one of the priests you can do so by phoning Fr. Merlyn Kenny 086 0603433 or Fr. Turlough Baxter 087 9972259.

You can also contact parish secretary Maireád Rooney by calling into the presbytery from Tuesday to Thursday, 10.30am to 2.30pm.or she can be contacted on the phone at 3321166. 

Offertory Collection: from now on at all weekend masses we will see the return of the Offertory basket collection with the baskets being handed around at Offertory time by selected collectors beginning next weekend.

Alzheimer’s Tea Party: You are invited to join the Alzheimer’s Tea Party on Thursday 2nd May after 10am Mass in the Parish Hub. Donations to help the Alzheimer’s Society will be appreciated.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: The Ardagh & Clonmacnois Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from Friday 31st May to Wednesday 5th June. The cost of the pilgrimage is €929 per person. Booking to be made with Joe Walsh Tours by phoning 01 2410800 or email:

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Confession time in the Prayer Room takes place on the first Friday of each month from 6.30pm to 7pm.The next opportunity is on Friday 3rd May

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     

Local Health Service: Local Heath Service is available at Roscommon University Hospital. The service will deal with urgent and routine health problems. The Freephone phone number to ring is 1800 700700.

For more information you are invited to contact Helena at or phone 086 0145 829.

Kilgefin Parish Notes

Contact: Fr Daniel can be contacted at 089 270 6060

Annual Holiday: Fr. Dan wishes to inform all parishioners that he will be on annual holidays in Nigeria during the month of May. There will be no weekday masses but the weekend masses will remain as scheduled. Fr. Enobong Udoidlong, Ceili Community, Kilbeggan will cover all the weekend masses. Fr. Larry Behan will be available for Baptisms, funerals and all other emergencies. For enquiries you should contact Vivienne Barry 089 9722625 or Fr Dan is soliciting your usual support, love, care, concern and prayers as he prepare to proceed for his holidays.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: The Elphin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from Friday 30th August to Wednesday 4th September inclusive and includes the Assisted Pilgrim section. Those who travel as part of the Assisted Pilgrim section will stay in Accueil Notre Dame and be cared by the Elphin Diocesan Pilgrimage Care Team whilst in Lourdes. Application forms for the Assisted Pilgrim section and full details are available from Fr. Ray Milton, PP, Pilgrimage Director, St. John’s, Lecarrow, Co. Roscommon phone 09066 61115. The closing date for completed application forms is Monday 10th June. All other enquiries regarding the Pilgrimage and bookings must be directed to Joe Walsh Tours 0102410800 or

Medjugorje Youth Festival: The Diocese of Elphin invites young adults in the diocese aged between 18 and 35 on pilgrimage to Medjugorje this summer for the Youth Festival from 31st July to 7th August led by Bishop Kevin. The cost per person sharing is €650. For more information and further details please go to the diocesan website or contact the diocesan office 071-9150106 or

Thank You: MS Society of Ireland Roscommon would like to sincerely thank all who contributed to the recent MS Society of Ireland, Roscommon branch for your generous contributions. The total collected from the three churches was €498.34.

Tap Machine in the Porch: All parishioners and friends are advised that there is a tap facility available in the church porch in Ballyleague church. Your generous donation goes towards the welfare and maintenance of the parish.  

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Junior men: Junior League Round 3 – St. Faithleach’s 1.10 Roscommon Gaels 0.13.

The team was D Donlon, S Kelly, R Banahan, B Scally, R Byrne, J Browne, M Cox, C Mangan (0-2), C Betts, J Murray (0-2), S Walsh, S Glennon (0-1), L Kilcloyne (0-4), E Farrell (1-1), J Betts. Subs: F Dunne, J Kelleher, I Trautt, J Mimnagh.

Junior women: St Faithleach’s GAA 3-14 to St. Michaels/St .Ronan’s 5-03

The team was Fidelma Fallon Katie Murray Rachel Costello Áine Hanley Keeley Beirne Kate McPhillips Aileen Nerney Ellen Irwin 1.8 Jennifer Brennan 1.1 Orla Irwin,  Jillian Banahan , Lyndsey Gibbons 0.1, Lucy Malone 1.0, Eimear Flynn 0.2, Quona Cox 0.2,

Katie Ryan for Fidelma Fallon, Katie Rohan for Orla Irwin, Hannah Burke, Mattea Cox, Amy Casey

Lotto: The results of the draw held on Wednesday 17th April are as follows: The numbers drawn were 7, 16, 23, and 26. There was no jackpot winner and the next draw will be for a jackpot of €6,300. The three €40 winners were Sinead and Rebecca Hanley, Declan and Martina Dunne and Derek Thompson 

Underage: Underage training continues every Thursday evening at the club grounds. All levels welcome and new members welcome to join. We are always grateful of any adult volunteers who wish to get involved on training nights. 

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