Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 8th July 2024

Lanesboro Ballyleague notes


Sudden deaths bring a big shock to a community and none more so than on Friday 28th June when we learned of the sudden death of one of our best known and popular locals Patrick Hannon, Meadowbrook, Ballyleague. Patrick known far and wide as Junior was a native of Roscommon Town and in recent years made Ballyleague his home. Junior was widely known for all the time he spent on the river taking people kayaking weekly with the older generation while during the summer months he ran kayaking camps for the young people of the general area. He had a wonderful grá of water sports and wanted to encourage others to share in this enjoyment. In his younger days he played Rugby with Creggs and later he became a coach with Longford Rugby club. He was also an exceptional goalkeeper in five-a-side football where many a happy evening was spent in the Convent Gym in Roscommon. During his younger years he faced adversity in his life from where he emerged as a wonderful friend to so many and an exceptional person in his daily life. Junior found great satisfaction with his volunteering with all aspects of the Civil Defence and Search and Rescue. In times of need people found great solace in Junior and his wonderful personality and support. During Covid he came into his own bring people to hospital for appointments and assisting in the deliveries of medicines. Friends like Junior don’t come along too often and we must cherish the memories of goodness that Junior brought to our lives. The attendance at the reposing of his remains at his residence in Ballyleague on Sunday 30th June and again at his Funeral Mass in the Church of the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague bore ample testimony to the esteem in which he was held. Junior was laid to rest in St. Coman’s Cemetery, Roscommon. To his wife Elaine, mother Christina, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, relatives and friends we extend our deepest sympathy.

Be a Blood Donor

The Blood Transfusion Service has made an urgent appeal for blood for the next number of weeks. They are seeking 2000 plus additional donors and particularly those with blood groups O-, B- and O+.

Upcoming clinics in Longford will take place in the Longford Arms on Tuesday 30th, Wednesday 31st July and Thursday 1st August from 3.50 until 8.10pm. The upcoming clinics in Roscommon will be in the Hyde Centre on the Athlone Road on Tuesday 13th, Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th August from 3.50pm until 8.10pm.

To book an appointment you are asked to phone 1800 222111

Visit Corlea

Right on our doorstep the fabulous Iron Age Trackway is situated in Corlea just 13km from Lanesboro. This very unique Trackway has an 18m long section of original Trackway the largest ever discovered in Europe is displayed at the Visitor Centre. You learn how people lived at the time and murals depict implements of the time.

This is one of Ireland’s most famous hidden treasures and it is a place that should be visited and bring your visitors to this wonderful experience.

Visiting the centre is free of charge and the excellent local facilitators will bring you thought the experience and leave you in awe such is their knowledge.

Win a New Hyundai

The annual Club Longford draw for a first prize of a Hyundai Tucson or €40,000 will take .place on Saturday 20th July. There is also an early bird draw for those buying early so it would be advisable to buy early and be in for the extra prize. Second prize is a €1,500 voucher from Venter Parcs, third prize €1,000, fourth prize €1,000 cash, fifth prize is Two All-Ireland Football Final tickets with an overnight for two in the Croke Park Hotel including dinner and breakfast and sixth prize is a €300 hotel for the four star Castle Court Hotel in Westport. Tickets priced €50 each or 3 for €125 are available from Louis Skelly or from O’Brien’s Shop.

Club Longford aim to support all Longford GAA teams in reaching their maximum potential and you can play your part by buying tickets and supporting draw. The future is bright and can be made brighter with your support.

Triathlon Success

Once again the Lanesboro Triathlon club’s ‘Two Province’ sprint triathlon and Kidathon proved to be another outstanding success. Events started with the Kidathon on Friday evening where the maximum 100 youngsters participated in the swim, cycle and run. While the evening was chilly and rain threatening it did not dampen the enthusiasm on the young people who travelled great distances to participate. Included in the 100 were 32 junior athletes from the Lanesboro Junior Tri Club. All of the local youngsters competed with great distinction with some achieving podium positions.

A sign of the popularity of the triathlon saw the club having to stop taking entries from the four corners of Ireland as they reached their permitted number of 600. Indeed they could have taken more such is the popularity and high esteem in which the triathlon is seen from athletes from all parts of the country.  The day was mixed with sunshine; the wind and squally showers making it a tricky swim and difficult enough cycle for the athletes as they went to Scramogue and back before embarking on the final leg of the run to Harold’s Cross and back to the finishing line. The race included the sprint triathlon featuring beginners to elite with the elite athletes taking part in the national series; there was also the Aquabike and Tri-a-Tri all taking part in what was another fantastic occasion in Lanesboro and Ballyleague.

Another feature that cannot go unmentioned was the number of stewards that make themselves available for this yearly event. The triathlon club as always sprung into action all week with great numbers preparing the course, the transition area and all other areas to make the event flow seamless. The volunteers once again turned out in droves manning all areas along the course and in the main area at the car park. It is an acknowledgement to the high esteem in which the club is held that people in our community happily turnout and make themselves available to the club for this remarkable day. 

Well done to everyone that took part and to everyone that helped and supported the club on both Friday evening and Saturday.

Former resident passes away

Buried on his father’s birthday former local lad Jeremy O’Connor, Ballyleague and Gallowstown Roscommon Town passed away at Galway Clinic on Tuesday 30th June. Son of May and the late Gerry O’Connor, Jeremy never lost his love of and pride for his local Ballyleague community. We remember Jeremy growing up as a bubbly young man with that inimitable smile and tremendous positivity was clearly evident every time you met with him. He was a lad that loved life and in his company he was always good for the craic. He had a great love of music and also loved motor sports and they took him to many places near and far. He was always acknowledged as a man with a great attention to detail in everything he did and though his life ended at a relatively young age he left us with lasting and fabulous memories. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Cora, sons Darren and Cathal, daughters LeeAnne and Ciara, mother May, his sisters Betty and Eileen and brother Bernard, relatives and many friends. Jeremy was laid to rest in St. Coman’s cemetery following his Funeral Mass in the Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon.

Lanesboro Summer Library events

Activities for Children at the Library this summer. You are invited to be a ‘Summer Star’ and join the reading adventure at home and online and you could be in with a chance to win a beautiful Hamper.

Bee Pollinator Workshop for 8 to 12 year olds will take place on Thursday 18th July at 2.30pm.

Teddy Bears Picnic for 3 to 8 year olds on Saturday 20th July at 10.30am

Arts and Crafts for 6 to 8 year olds on Thursday 25th July at 11am

To book a place call into Theresa at the library or phone 3321291

Historical Journal

The County Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society have recently launched their latest edition of their excellent Journal. The book has many excellent articles with photographs to bring back memories to many people. Involved in the Society is local man now residing in Trien, Castlerea, Edmund Hester son of the late John and Mary Hester Knock and brother of Eugene, Knock. There are articles with people that whose writings we would be very familiar with namely Henry Owens, Mike Lennon, Tommy Murray and Albert Siggins to name a few. The Journal is for sale in O’Brien’s costing €20 and it is very well worth the read.

Tidy Towns Lottery

The weekly Tidy Towns lottery draw took place in O’Brien’s on Tuesday last 2nd July for a jackpot of €15,000. The numbers drawn were 4, 8, 9, and 23. There was nobody with the good fortune to have the correct four numbers drawn out and the jackpot of €15,000 remains the same for the next Tuesday draw. The winner of the €50 prize was Mags c/o Mags, and the three €20 prizes went to Freda Connaughton, Lanesboro, Johnny Malone, Cloontuskert and Tom Gill, Ballyglass.

The draw will take place in O’Brien’s every Tuesday morning.

Lanesboro Gun Club

Memberships are now due for the forthcoming season 2024/2025. Can you please contact a member of the committee to arrange payment of same?

Cemetery Sunday

Cemetery Sunday remembrance and the Blessing of the Graves continue on Sunday next 14th in Lanesboro/St. John’s and finally in Clonbonny on 21st July. Proceedings will commence at 6pm each Sunday.

Those with family graves in the cemeteries are asked to ensure that they are well maintained and cared for. We would ask those tending to their family graves to take away old wreaths, pots and plastics with them and dispose of in their rubbish bins.

The Clonbonny Graveyard committee have asked that people to stop throwing rubbish over the wall.

Charity Night

Friends of Asthma invite everyone to join them for a ‘Charity Night’ in Clarke’s Bar on Saturday 10th August. The night will include a Traditional Music Night where all musicians will be welcome to come along and join in the fun of the night. There will be a number of spot prizes to be won on the night and your support will be greatly appreciated.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Boland family, Gortgallon, on the death of Margret (Peggy) Grufferty, nee Boland, who died in London on 20th June. Peggy’s remains were laid to rest in Kilglass new Cemetery on Saturday following her Funeral Mass in St. Anne’s Church, Slatta.

Celebrating Bastille Day

Ballymahon/Landevant Twinning Committee will celebrate Bastille Day with Brunch and Boules in Skelly’s Yard, Main Street, Ballymahon on Sunday next 14th July. Brunch will be served from 12 to 2pm followed by the Boules. This will be family fun for all event. Brunch will cost €14 and the Boules will be free. You are encouraged to go along and support

Cloontuskert Cemetery Sunday

I have been asked by the Cloontuskert Cemetery committee to remind people that have family members buried in the graveyard that the Cemetery Sunday remembrance will take place at the graveyard on Sunday 11th August at 6pm

Lough Ree A.C.
On Sunday 7th July, Tullamore was the venue for National Juvenile Athletics Championships Under 13 and upwards.
Andrew Nolan took home a gold medal in the Under 13 javelin and a silver medal in the shot putt.  The shot putt was a very exciting competition that saw the winner set a National Record.  Andrew’s excellent performance is the result of lots of hard work and dedication to training consistently over the last few months. Fabian would have been very proud of your great achievement as are all your team mates in Lough Ree A.C. You have earned a well-deserved rest for now.
Last week saw our last training session at the track with a huge turnout and all enjoyed a great evening of fun and competition with a visit from the Ice Cream Man to close out the season.
Well done to Oisin Dillon, on his great run and a personal best in the 800m in Tullamore also. 

One-Day Pilgrimage

The annual one-day pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place this year on Sunday 25th August. The bus will leave from Ballyleague Church at 7am and will pass through Scramogue, Rooskey and Carrick-on-Shannon. Booking is essential and bookings and further details can ge got by contacting Mary at 043 33 21969

Access for All boat 

Have you availed of the wonderful experience on our doorstep? The Access for All boat is for everybody and it takes you on a 90minute trip out onto the lake as see its beauty and some of the islands on Lough Ree. 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 for the 90 minute trip are 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

Weekly Card Game

The results of last Sunday night’s game held in the Parish Hall are 1st Jack Bannon & Tom Skelly, 2nd PJ & Bridie Glennon. The last game winners were Eugene Kelly & Barney Kenny. The raffle winners were Mary Gregg, Josie Connaughton, Brian Mulvihill and Eugene Kelly.  The game takes place every Sunday night in the hall at 8.30pm. New card players will always be welcome. Light refreshments are always served

Community Employment Scheme

Western Alzheimer’s Roscommon has vacancies on their Community Employment Scheme for Dementia Specific Health Care Support Assistant to join our Community In-Home Respite Service Team. They are looking for friendly, approachable, honest, reliable and committed individuals who can make a connection with their clients in a supportive capacity and assist them to partake in their activities of daily living. Please call the Roscommon office on 090 6627816, they would love to hear from you!!

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 that requires their attendance.

Galway Races

Every year the Rathcline as a club celebrate at the legendary Galway Races by taking tables in the hospitality suite in the panoramic stand. This has always 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. This year the club will host its marvellous day on Monday 29th July.

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.

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.

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

Brothers of Charity

Are you interested in supporting someone with an intellectual disability, to be part of the community in which they live? If you are interested in volunteering in the Brothers of Charity Services in Roscommon please contact Edel Crehan on  or 0874887314 for more details.

VAKS programme

Applications are now open for VAKS (Volunteer at Knock Shrine) programme. It is an opportunity for young people in TY, 5th and 6th year to go to Knock Shrine to volunteer for a weekend in either July or August. This is a great way to meet new friends, serve others, express your faith and have fun! For further information please contact Knock Youth Ministry on 094 9375321 or

Lough Derg 2024 pilgrimage season

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

Rathcline 50/50 

On Monday 1st July the Rathcline GAA 50/50 weekly draw took place in The Pier Inn, Lisnacusha. The jackpot for Monday night was again very substantial topping the €700 mark. The winner this week was Caroline Ginty, Curraghrua who was the winner of €705. 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. 

Line Dancing For All 

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 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. 

 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. 

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.

Brothers of Charity: Are you interested in supporting someone with an intellectual disability, to be part of the community in which they live? If you are interested in volunteering in the Brothers of Charity Services in Roscommon, please contact Edel Crehan on or phone 0874887314 for more details.

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 2nd August.

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.

Smart Recovery: Smart recovery is an evidence based addiction recovery group, where participants learn self-empowering techniques to aid their recovery by overcoming addictive behaviour. There is a meeting every Friday evening in Vita House in Roscommon Town from 7pm to 8.30pm. For information contact Conor at 086 1702919 or

Kilgefin Parish Notes

Contact: Fr Daniel can be contacted at 089 270 6060

Employability Service Roscommon: The EmployAbility Service is an Employment and Recruitment Service to assist people with a disability, health condition, illness or injury to pursue and maintain employment in the open labour market. Are you currently aged over 18 years? Do you have a disability health condition, illness or injury? Would you consider working? If so, why not let Seetec Employability Service Roscommon support you to find a job in your local area. This is confidential and a free individualised service funded by the Department of Social Protection. For further information call/text 0860684337 or email

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

Thank You: Many thanks to everyone that contributed to the recent Church Collection for the Lourdes Assisted Pilgrimage. The sums donated were Ballagh €145.71, Ballyleague €600.59 and Curraghroe €297.50.

MS Coffee Morning: MS is holding a coffee morning for people with Multiple Sclerosis and carers of those people in rgw Wooden Spoon, Lanesboro at 10am on Thursday 25th July. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Brothers of Charity: Are you interested in supporting someone with an intellectual disability, to be part of the community in which they live? If you are interested in volunteering in the Brothers of Charity Services in Roscommon, please contact Edel Crehan on or phone 0874887314 for more details.

Cloontuskert Cemetery Sunday: Cloontuskert Cemetery committee want to remind people that have family members buried in the graveyard that the Cemetery Sunday Remembrance will take place at the graveyard on Sunday 11th August at 6pm

Kilteevan Cemetery Mass: You are reminded that the Kilteevan Cemetery Mass will take place on Saturday next 13th July at 7.30pm. If the weather is not good on the day Mass will take place in St. Joseph’s church, Kilteevan at the same time.

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

Donamon Castle Retreat Day: There will be a on day Retreat at Donamon Castle on Thursday 15th August from 11am to 4pm.More details are available at: All are welcome.

Morning Pilgrim Walk: Elphin’s Diocese’s Morning Pilgrim Walk from Castlerea to Knock will take place on Sunday 18th August. For more information contact