Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 13th May 2024

Lanesboro Ballyleague notes

Community Games on Sunday

Down through the years so many of us came through the Community Games and the enjoyment it gave us all was fantastic. We have had many successes in both the county and national stage winning many medals and we hope that it will continue for many years to come.

Lanesboro Community Games Track Event will take place on this Sunday, 19th May on the track, behind Lanesboro Community College. Registration will commence at 3pm and is €5 per child, €10 per family. Events will commence at 4pm. Events taking place are U8-U16. Can a parent or legal guardian please accompany any child competing and complete the registration form. 

It is hugely important that as parents and grandparents we encourage every young person to go along, compete and to participate in the fun of the day.

Ladies Quiz Night

Rathcline Ladies GAA club will host a Quiz Night in the Pier Inn, Lisnacusha on this Friday night 17th May at 8pm. The ladies club continues to build its profile and to get stronger and your support for the Quiz Night will be a tremendous help to their development both on and off the field. The club offers so much to many young girls at underage and at Junior level and your support is always appreciated. There will be a number of spot prizes to be won on the night.

Come along, support our ladies and let’s fill the Pier Inn for the night.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Terry and Maureen Hynes, their family and extended family on the death in London of Terry’s twin sister Ester Kilbride recently.

Text Alert

The text alert system as we knew it has now become defunct and there will be a changeover and transfer to an App for new alert notifications. An information evening for the changeover will take place on Monday 20th May in Lanesboro Library at 7pm. It is very important that anyone that signed on to the old text alert system attend the meeting and anyone that has yet to sign up are invited to come along. Don’t worry if you are not familiar with changing over to the new App as there will be young people in attendance to help step you through the simple operation. Bring along your phone and the rest will be relatively straight forward.

Lanesboro Garda Station

Lanesboro Garda Station has just posted a notice telling of its opening times where the station will have a member of the force in attendance for the public. Lanesboro station will be open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9am to 11am. The station will be open at those times unless the local Garda is dealing with a situation the requires their attendance.

Lanesboro, I am told has three Gardaí stationed there but that two of the three are on call to Longford town hence leaving the community served by Lanesboro to just one Garda. 13 months ago the station sergeant, Martina Reddington, retired from the force and even after this length of time no replacement sergeant has been appointed and the station sergeant in Ballymahon is overseeing Lanesboro.

The great anomaly continues! We are part of the Mayo/Roscommon/Longford Division and if there is any incident that needs Garda presence in Ballyleague the people Ballyleague only150m from the borderline between Longford and Roscommon have to call Roscommon Garda Station 16km away and not Lanesboro that could be there within a few minutes. Seemingly Gardaí, apart from the Road Traffic Corps, the Roscommon and Longford cannot cross the great division that is the bridge in Lanesboro/Ballyleague. If we are the one division why can the on-duty Gardaí not serve our full community?  

It is an utter shame that our community should be treated in this manner where policing does not seem to be a concern for the hierarchy of the Gardaí. To me it looks very much like we are being downgraded to such an extent that the next option will be the closure of the Lanesboro Garda Station.

Perhaps it is time that we as a community made our voices heard before it is too late.

All Roads lead to Tullamore

Monday next is a widely anticipated day for all GAA supporters in and from the county of Longford. The Longford Minor team will play Dublin in the Leinster Minor Final in Glenisk O’Connor Park, at 7.30pm. In the league section of the championship both teams met with Longford coming out more convincing winners than the scoreline showed. They had a really tough semi-final against a highly vaunted Louth overcoming a 5 point second half deficit and this win should put the team spot on for the final. Good luck Longford.

Two very Talented Ladies

Last week was an acknowledgement of two of the finest Ladies footballers from our community. Ellen Irwin, daughter of James and Dara Irwin, Cloonadra, was selected on the Division Three team of the National League. Ellen has been an exceptional player with St. Faithleach’s and Roscommon through all age groups and this award was very well deserved for her outstanding performances.

At the GAA/LGFA awards in the Longford Arms last week Lara O’Sullivan, daughter of Brendan and the late Stella O’Sullivan, Gurteengar was announced as the winner of the 2023 Longford Ladies Junior Player of the Year. Lara has been consistent in the exhibition of both her footballing talent and leadership with Rathcline Ladies for many years and this award is truly well deserved.

Fibre Broadband

Presently there is a lot of work throughout the community installing the ducting and cabling to bring fibre broadband to our community. This will be a great advantage to everyone and it offer the opportunity to businesses to come and set up here. Chatting with one of the workers they told me that at the moment cable were being laid and as it is happening there is another crew coming behind splicing. That will all be finished very soon and a couple of weeks later we should be able to upgrade.

Gaelforce Swim and Weekend Festival

The prospect of another great festival weekend for Lanesboro/Ballyleague in the river and on the banks of the Shannon.

This coming weekend we welcome the world renowned Gaelforce back to Lanesboro for the second swimming of the Gaelforce Swim with an extended festival of outdoor activities. Gaelforce bring the best of adventure racing to Ireland and we are privileged to have them back for next weekend.  This May 17th and 18th, in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands they will host the exciting Gaelforce River Festival that is 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 on the banks of the River Shannon.

The festival’s centrepiece is the Gaelforce Great River Swim, 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 Festival will offer 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 and beautiful 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 events of last years were indeed a joy to behold and this year is looking absolutely fabulous.

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.

The events will take place on Friday and Saturday next on the banks of the Shannon below 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 three 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

Darkness into Light

Thanks to everyone who took part in our Darkness into Light walk on Saturday morning in aid of Pieta House. Over 135 people got up early to meet at the Access for All centre for a walk that included two towns, two counties and two provinces.
Helped and supported by the good folk of Rathcline GAA and St Faithleach’s GAA clubs, as well as all the locals who made the sacrifice to get up very early this morning. There was over €1k raised just from a donation bucket at the Access for All centre in the last week alone, and that’s not including the registration fees that our walkers paid. Many thanks to everyone who took part. These funds go towards helping others in our community and beyond. 

Galway Races Beckons

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 with Rock and Pop from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s by the hugely popular Mickey & Duxy, 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. Get your booking in early as there is no doubt going to be a big demand..


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Bridie and Kieran O’Dowd, and their family, Rathcline, on the death of Bridie’s brother in law Micko Doyle, Clonmucker, Kenagh. Micko will always be remembered as a great character who worked with Bord na Mona and a dedicated and enthusiastic member of Moydow Harpers and Longford GAA..

Killashee Cemetery

As there are many local family graves in Killashee cemetery this note is to inform and ask for your help on this Thursday 16th May at 7pm to help with a cemetery Clean-Up. It would also be helpful if those with strimmers could bring them along – fuel for the strimmers will be provided.

Weekly Card Game

The weekly card game takes place every Sunday night in St. Mary’s hall. The results of the game on Sunday night last 13th May were 1st   Pat & Geraldine Greene. There was a three way tie for 2nd between Pat Joe & Tom, Kitty & Jim and Jack & Tom. Last game winners were Petey & Brendan. Raffle winners were Jack Bannon, Kathleen Maguire, Pat Rock and Annie Maguire. The game takes place every Sunday night at 8.30pm and light refreshments will be served.

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.

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.

Caretaker required

Longford Community Resources Clg. is actively seeking expressions of interest for the position of caretaker at The Hill, offered as an equal opportunities initiative under the Rural Resources Scheme. Currently there is no cut-off date for receiving applications. This role entails 19.5 hours per week of general upkeep of the building.

The candidate, their spouse or a member of their immediate family owning an active herd number and the candidate being in receipt of Social Welfare payments will fill the eligibility requirements. 

Details and to request an application form should be made to Rural Social Scheme Supervisor J.P. Carrigy 086 8536435, email or LCRL website

Ballagh National School

On Thursday 23rd May Ballagh National School will be holding a clothing collection. If you have unwanted clothing, footwear, belts, handbags, hats, linens or household textiles you are asked to put them in bags and brig them to the school. All the funds raised will go directly to the school. All donations will be greatly appreciated.

The late Sean Lynch honoured at ceremony in Colmcille

The late Seán Lynch, former Republican Sinn Féin councillor, of Aughnacliffe was honoured by a ceremony at his graveside on Sunday May 12th last. Mr Lynch passed away last month at the age of 91 years. Seán Lynch was first elected a Sinn Féin councillor to Longford County Council fifty years ago in 1974 and except for a few brief periods, held the seat until his retirement in 2004. He held the position of council chairman in 1980.

On Sunday afternoon friends and comrades of the late Seán assembled at Colmcille cemetery in Aughnacliffe to pay tribute to a man who kept the republican flag flying in County Longford for over sixty years. Mr Paddy Dolan, Longford, chaired the proceedings which began with a wreath being laid on Seán’s grave by Stephen Fullam, Edgeworthstown. Tracey Tully, Longford called out Longford’s Roll of Honour, which listed all those associated with County Longford who died in pursuit of Irish freedom from General George Blake in1798 to Martin Hurson in 1981.

The main oration was delivered by Seosamh Ō Maoileoin, Westmeath, president of Sinn Féin Poblachtach, in which he recounted Seán Lynch’s unbroken service to Longford and to the wider republican community. Other speakers included Cllr. Tomás Ō Curraoin, Galway, Pat Barry, Co Donegal and Martin Kelly, Co Tyrone. All speakers emphasised the tenacity and drive associated with Seán Lynch’s character as a republican activist down through all the years.

Mr Seán Ō Súilleabháin, author of Longford’s Republican Story, also spoke of his memories of seeing Seán Lynch selling the Republican publications outside the church gate in Colmcille over fifty years ago. A three-man colour party at the graveside dipped the flags as a piper played a lament. The ceremony ended with the playing of Amhráin na bhFian by the piper with some of the public joining in.

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.


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 this 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 

Rathcline 50/50 

On Monday 6th May the Rathcline GAA 50/50 weekly draw took place in The Pier Inn, Lisnacusha. The winning envelope drawn out was in the name of Kathleen Kelly, Carraroe. The jackpot for the draw on Monday night was again over €700 with excited Kathleen being the proud recipient of a cheque for €712.

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. 


Join us for the official unveiling of the RWN women’s intercultural textile art piece on Friday next 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. 

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 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

Ballagh National School: On Thursday 23rd May Ballagh National School will be holding a clothing collection. If you have unwanted clothing, footwear, belts, handbags, hats, linens or household textiles you are asked to put them in bags and brig them to the school. All the funds raised will go directly to the school. All donations will be greatly appreciated.

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.  

Shannon Gaels Minor Club

U12: Our under 12 team in the Mini Football League are really flying as are the U14 team in the Division 1 League. Our U15 team exited the Féile competition. The U16 League 2 team and the U18 Developmental League teams continue to perform very well but unfortunately they did not get the rub of the green when it came to results.

Tremendous work is being done week in week out in developing our young players and it is great to see so many of the younger teams making a big impact on the county panels at U14, U15 and U16.

The club would like to extend their very best wishes to the Longford Minor panel and team management who take on Dublin in the Glenisk O’Connor Park on Monday evening next 20th May at 7.30pm. If you can make it please go along and cheer on the team.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Underage Training: Underage training continues every Thursday evening from 6:30pm. New members and volunteers always welcome.

Underage Fixtures: U12 Boys 1st league game Away to St Barry’s, Monday at 7.30

U14 Girls league game Away to St Ciaran’s Thursday at 7pm

Roscommon Ladies: Hard luck to Ellen Irwin and the Roscommon Ladies who narrowly lost out to Leitrim in the Connacht Intermediate Final on Sunday evening last. 

Senior Men: Our Senior men take on Elphin in the O’Rourke Cup on Friday night in Orchard Park at 8pm. Please support. Best of luck to the lads and their management. 

Good Luck: The very best of luck to Anthony Cox and the Roscommon Minors who take on Galway in Tuam Stadium on Friday night in the Connacht Championship semi-final. 

Thank You: A big thank you to Darragh Walsh for his first match as a go games referee this evening for our U12 girls, he did an excellent job.

Lotto: Jackpot stands at €6400. Envelopes are available at all local shops, the clubhouse or any committee member. Thank you for your continued support.

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