Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 6th May 2024

Lanesboro Ballyleague notes


It was with great sadness we learned of the unexpected death on Tuesday 30th April of Sean Hanley, Lisnaria, Roscommon. Sean born and reared in Lisnaria was predeceased by his parents Paddy and Bridie Hanley and his sisters Kathleen and Elizabeth. Sean, a lifelong farmer worked with ESB until his retirement where he was recognised as a great workmate with a great work ethic. While he was always diligent about his farm he was noted for his keen interest in walking and shooting. He also worked tirelessly in developing Hanley Fuels where he had built up a large clientele. Sean was a quietly spoken man and a man that would always help out those that were in need of assistance. He will be sadly missed by everyone that knew him. The attendance at the reposing of his remains at his residence bore ample testimony to the esteem in which he was held.

Sean reposed at his residence on Thursday last and the removal of his remains took place to the Church of the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague on Friday for the Mass of the Resurrection. Burial took place afterwards to Cloontuskert Cemetery. To his wife Betty, daughter Sharon, sons James and John, sisters Bridie, Marion and Carmel, brother Padraig, relatives and friends we extend our deepest sympathy. 

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.
Family Fun Day

Last year the Tidy Town committees and teams of Lanesboro and Ballyleague were frustrated by the inclement summer of 2023 having to cancel their very first Family Fun Day collaboration on a number of occasions. The Family Fun Day was rearranged and fixed for Sunday last Sunday 5th May on May Bank Holiday weekend. It fitted in nicely with the events of the second hosting of the Summer School and Gathering of Boats as the owners celebrate the beginning of the boating season. The boat owners turned out in their numbers and the added attraction of lectures and walks hosted by Dr. Harman Murtagh who spoke eloquently on the Quakers and Inchcleraun islands and Eanna Ní Lamhna who led walks through Commons North Woodland enlightening everybody on the flora and fauna all along this beautiful walk.

Sunday started dull and overcast but as the start time of 1pm approached the sun began to break through and the huge attendance got the most glorious of afternoons enjoying all the events, challenges and kiddies entertainment.

The collaboration of both tidy towns proved to be an outstanding success showing that although we are divided by the river we are a single community that has the wonderful ability of providing entertainment for all our community and welcoming strangers and friends back to Lanesboro Ballyleague for such an outstanding event. The attendance for the Fun Day was absolutely huge and it was great to see so many locals enjoying a wonderful day on the banks of the Shannon. It was a very special day for Lanesboro and Ballyleague Tidy Towns committees and an acknowledgement of their outstanding great work. I earnestly hope that this is just the humble beginnings of something huge for us all. To see the amount of people that turned out to help prepare and steward the entire day was truly heart-warming and another sign of the outright strength of our community.

Well done to everyone involved in the Summer School, Gathering of Boats and the Family Fun Day your organisational skills were terrific and your dedication to the weekend was truly magnificent.

Pictured are the legendary Walt Disney cartoon characters Mickey (Tom Gill) and Minnie (Nuala Malone) Mouse who were the most popular and most photographed at the Family Fun Day.

Thank You

The organising committee of the joint Tidy Towns Fun Day were delighted to see such huge crowds at the event. It was truly a magnificent community event enjoyed by all. 

The committee wish to thank everyone who support the event or helped out in any way possible to make the event successful.

Former local lady passes away

The Casey family has been synonymous with the Main Street for many generations and it was with a great sense of sadness we learned of the death on Monday 29th April at St. James Hospital, Dublin of Philomena Johnston, nee Casey, Churchtown, Dublin. She was predeceased by her husband Bill and son Kevin. Philomena is survived by her daughter Maureen, sister Mary, brothers John, Gurteengar, and Michael, Newtowncashel, relatives and friends to who we extend our deepest sympathy.

Gaelforce Swim and Weekend Festival

Lanesborough Welcome to the second swimming of the Gaelforce Swim and this year to an extended festival of outdoor activities. This May 17th and 18th, the picturesque town of Lanesborough in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands will host the exciting Gaelforce River Fest, supported by Fáilte Ireland. This vibrant festival, set against the lush midlands countryside, invites adventurers and families to enjoy a weekend of dynamic outdoor activities and cultural experiences.

The festival’s centrepiece, the Gaelforce Great River Swim on May, challenges both novice and experienced swimmers to a race in the beautiful waters of the River Shannon. Accompanied by comprehensive safety measures, the swim promises a thrilling yet secure environment for all participants.

Beyond the swim, the Gaelforce River Fest offers an array of attractions including a kayaking session, rejuvenating sauna experiences, and a variety of local food trucks and artisan stalls. Children and families can delight in circus displays, face painting, and live music performances, ensuring entertainment for all ages. This event not only celebrates adventure but also fosters community engagement and tourism in one of Ireland’s lesser known regions. Gaelforce Events is committed to provide memorable and sustainable experiences that highlight the natural beauty and cultural richness of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.

The festival is supported by Fáilte Ireland’s Festivals and Events division, which is dedicated to creating world-class festivals that enhance the social and economic contributions of tourism in Ireland; this festival exemplifies a strong, innovative program that attracts both local and international visitors.

“Fáilte Ireland is pleased to support Gaelforce Great River Swim which creates a unique and exciting reason for participants and their supporters to experience our world class outdoor activity offering. Developing participative festivals like this really helps boost the appeal of a destination and encourages the spread of tourism across the country. This is essential for driving footfall for local businesses and bringing social and economic benefits to the local community.”

The events will take place on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May from the banks of the Shannon behind the car park. The activities will consist of Swimming, Kayaking, Sauna, Food and Artisan Stalls, Circus, Music, and more so why not come along. The highlight of the festival is the Gaelforce swim and you can partake in one of the four distances

Come along and join us as Gaelforce dive into the heart of Ireland, celebrating the great outdoors and creating unforgettable memories at the Gaelforce River Fest and Great River Swim 2024.

Swim the mighty River Shannon for the first event of the Gaelforce Great Swim Trilogy. A choice of 3 distances in a downstream route, 800m, 3.1Km or 5.8Km in the beautiful countryside near Lanesborough, where the River Shannon meets Lough Ree.

Wetsuit & non-wetsuit swimmers are welcome. Distances are a little longer in this event due to the effect of the current.

Whatever distance you choose, there’s hot food & drinks, music & craic waiting for you at the finish line on the riverbank!

Find out more and how to register for this event at Gaelforce Great River Swim.

For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact: Áine Dunkley,  095 43411

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.

Féile Winners

Many congratulations to the Rathcline ladies Under15 team on winning the County Longford Féile Shield Final. This was a tremendous success by this dedicated and talented group of girls. Let us hope that their next games representing Longford in the Féile competition will be equally successful as will their county league and championship. We also say big congratulations to P.J. O’Neill, Barry Hogan and Sinead McHale on a great job in preparing the girls to such a high standard.

The photograph shows back row l-r: Lily Dowd, Ava Rhodes, Lauren Killian, Isabella Farrell, Sarah Skelly, Emma Dowd, Clodagh Martin, Emma Feeney, Sarah Healy, Leah Kenny, and Kallie Herbert. Front row l-r: Faye Hogan, Pippa O’Shea, Grace Farrell, Sarah Hopkins, Emily McDermott, Aoibheann Toher, Emma Hopkins, Niamh Casey, Saoirse Feeney and Leah Waters.

Photograph attached taken by Syl Healy  

Prospects of another great day

Each year the Rathcline as a club celebrate at the legendary Galway Races. This has proven to be a fabulous day out with people travelling from abroad and throughout the country for what always transpires to be a wonderful occasion. We are sure that this celebration will once again be a complete sell out.

The ticket package includes Racecourse Admission, Champagne Reception, Four Course Gourmet Meal, Complimentary wine with the Meal, Afternoon Tea, Reserved Table for the Day, After Meal Entertainment, Tote Betting Facilities, Complimentary Car Parking, Race Card and Racing Tipsters will be on hand to guide you through the card. There will also be  a competition for the Best Dressed lady and Gent offering a wonderful incentive to make that special effort in your dress style. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a very special day at the Galway Races for just €150.

Bookings can be made with Stephen Rooney, 0863176301, Liam Connerton 086 8776405, Kevin Hanley 086 8908436 or Seadna Ryan 085 1595512. Early booking is advisable as the places are limited.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Bridie and Pat Connelly, Gurteengar on the death of Bridie’s brother Sean McElgunn, Belcoo, Co. Fermanagh and formerly Belturbet, Co. Cavan. Sean passed away on Sunday 28th April.

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 this Saturday morning 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”


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Freda and Josie Connaughton on the death of Freda’s brother Joe McDonagh, Knocklyon, Dublin and formerly Gurteen, Sligo on Thursday 2nd May. Joe was a regular and popular visitor to Lanesboro. He will be sadly missed by all that remember him so fondly.

Weekly Card Game

The weekly card game takes place every Sunday night in St. Mary’s hall. The game on Sunday night last 6th May saw a three way result for first between Harry Skelly & Kevin McDonagh, Brian Mulvihill & Seamus Casey and Peter & Mary Gregg. Last game winners were Noel & Martin McDermott. Raffle winners were Brendan Hanley, Tom Mulvihill, Mary Gregg and Tom Rooney.  The game takes place every Sunday night at 8.30pm and light refreshments will be served.

The 25 card committee and card players would like to extend their sympathies to Freda & Josie Connaughton and families on the death of Freda’s brother Josie Mc Donagh.

Roscommon Parish Group

Roscommon Parish group consists of St. John’s Lanesboro and St. Conman’s Roscommon Town and the following are the services for the month of May.

Sunday 12th May in St John’s Lanesboro there will be Sunday Morning Prayer at 11.30am.

Also on Sunday 12th May An Cor Comáin Concert will take place at 6pm.

On Sunday 19th may at Coman’s, Roscommon there will be Holy Communion at 11.30am.

On Sunday 26th May Holy Communion Service will take place in St John’s Church, Lanesboro at 11.30am.

The May mid-week Wednesday service will take place in Lanesboro on Wednesday 22nd May at 8pm  with the theme “World ‘Firsts in Ireland’,- with personal & spiritual connections” by Sean O Cluaid.

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.

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 year’s walk. In their 11th year, this walk has gone from strength to strength over the years and it is 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 year’s 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


Having been recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s Frank Mullen has decided to Kayak the full length of the Shannon from the Co. Cavan village of Dowra, the uppermost navigable point of the River Shannon to where the Shannon reaches the sea at Tarbert, Co. Kerry.

Frank’s goal is to show that although Parkinson’s can limit choices, we can still achieve our personal goals.

If you would like to support Frank’s paddle and Parkinson’s Ireland you should visit Thank you in anticipation.  

Women’s Mini Marathon –Just 3 seats left

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 3 seats left on the bus. To ensure one of the 3 seats you place on the bus you should contact Pam Farrell immediately. Phone Pam at 087 4146987.

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.

Hospice AGM

The AGM of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation takes place at Knock House Hotel, Knock on Thursday 16th May at 8pm. All are welcome to attend. If you would like to attend please contact the office on 0949388666 or email by Friday 10th May.

Walking the Camino

Have you ever dreamed of walking the Camino? Join the MSC Missions as they walk the shaded lanes and valleys of the Camino Ingles walking from Ferrol to Santiago in Northern Spain from the 29th July – 5th August 2024. The temperature in this part of northern Spain in July is perfect for walking, like a balmy summer day in Ireland. For more details of this fundraising pilgrimage call Mary at 021 454 6691 or email

Lough Derg 2024 pilgrimage season re-opens

One Day Retreats have reopened in May, August & September. Three Day Pilgrimages will take place in June, July & August. For more information or bookings you are asked to contact 071 9861518,  or website 


Join us for the official unveiling of the RWN women’s intercultural textile art piece on Friday, 17th May, from 11 to 1pm at The Abbey Hotel, Roscommon. As well as the official unveiling, this morning event will include songs and stories by the women involved in the project, and will be followed by a light lunch. Please register by emailing us at  or call/text us at 0868099154

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. 

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 for a 90 minute trip and will sail at 10.00am, 12.00pm and 2.30pm. 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 Marc Maher, Cloontuskert. The jackpot for the draw on Monday night was again almost €700 with delighted Marc being the proud recipient of a cheque for €682.

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: 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 continuing every weekend.

Adoration: Adoration of the blessed Sacrament continues on Tuesday’s after 10am Mass until 8pm in the church. People are welcome to join the Adoration group any time. Those who do a designated hour are requested to arrange a substitute in they happen to be able to attend at their designated time.

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 7th June.

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: While Fr. Dan is on holidays for the month of May you should contact Vivienne Barry 089 9722625 or

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

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.  

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