Lanesboro Ballyleague notes
Social Services Church Gate Collection
Co. Longford Social Services, the group that provides so many locally with Meals on Wheels every week, will be holding their Annual Church Gate Collection on Saturday week 16th and Sunday week 17th December. Your generosity down through the years has been magnificent and we hope that once again you will be as generous.
Many congratulations to Denise and Derek Casserly, Knock, on the recent arrival of a baby girl.
The marriage took place at the G Hotel, Galway of Ciaráin Murtagh son of Andy and Breda Murtagh, Ballyleague and Marylou Buckley, daughter of Ger and Alice Buckley, Glanmire, Cork City. Bestman was Brian Murtagh, brother of the groom and groomsmen were Diarmuid Murtagh brother of the groom and Donie Smith, friend of the groom. Chief Bridesmaid was Aideen Filan, friend of the bride, and Bridesmaids were Laura Coyne, sister-in-law of the bride and Jess Dwyer, friend of the bride. The Flower Girl was Esmé Murtagh, niece of the groom. The marriage ceremony was performed by Registrar Theresa O’Sullivan Duignan. The wedding reception took place in the G Hotel. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded bliss.
Many congratulations to Helena and Sean mc Cormack, The Green, on the birth, last week, of a baby girl
Community College Concert
The annual Lanesboro Community College Christmas concert created and organised put on by the Transition Year students will take place this Thursday evening in Lanesboro Parish Hall at 7pm.
Rehearsing has been ongoing for the past number of weeks and if previous year’s is anything to go by Thursday evening, then the attendance is really in for a treat.
Former resident passes away
On Saturday 2nd December one of the country’s best-known businessmen and characters passed at his residence in Rosslare Strand, Co. Wexford. Born in Galway Dessie Hynes became a resident of Lanesboro at the age of 11 years when following his mother’s death, he moved in with his grandparents, the Mc Crann’s, who ran a thriving business and dance hall where the Convent was to replace. It is especially fitting that I am writing these lines between two storms as Dessie was truly a force of nature. He started business with a travelling shop, before moving to Longford Town’s Main Street with a newsagents and toy shop before moving to Dublin where he bought a pub – his first of many. After many pubs in Dublin, he ended up with the holy grail that was the widely known and popular pub O’Donoghue’s. Merrion Row where he spent many happy years before his itchy feet meant he was off buying more pubs. Dessie was a man of great spirit, exceptional generosity with a knowledge that no university could match. He had a devilment and wit that was unequalled. Dessie was as loyal a friend that anybody could have and a wonderfully astute advisor. The stories of him and indeed the stories he had to tell will live long in the memory and draw many a smile to a multitude of people. He never differentiated between the haves and the have nots, everyone was equal in his eye and were treated that way. His loyalty to his native place never waned at any time and for that he will always be remembered. When it is said ‘his likes will never be seen again’ it seldom holds but in Dessie Hynes this is a true fact. His 94 years on earth were indeed a tornado of happiness and activity.
May Dessie rest in peace.
Dessie married local Longford lady Celine Corkery who along with their daughter Annette his sisters Evelyn and Maura, and his brother Paddy predeceased him. He is survived by his family Thomas, Geraldine, Tony, Therese, Paul, Aideen, Winter, Kevin and Nina, his sister Allyson relatives and many many friends we extend our heartfelt sympathy.
Fire on Main Street
On Saturday last a fire at a residential property at the back of LanesBrew Coffee shop created a great deal of concern to those in the vicinity. Thankfully, there was nobody in the residence at the time and due to the prompt actions of the Lanesboro Fire Brigade there was not a lot of damage done to the property. At this initial stage of investigation, it is believed that an electrical fault was the cause of the fire.
The actions and speed of the response by the fire brigade had to be seen to be believed. They began with a sprint to put out the fire and that swiftness did not stop until the fire was totally extinguished. Compliments to the local fire brigade team for their prompt action and the professionalism shown in dealing with the fire.
Searching your Family Tree
Particularly since Covid time when people had a lot of time on their hands a big number of people both home and abroad have taken a great interest on their family tree and have begun to search for their roots. Speaking for personal experience and stories of others your own search can bring you so far and then your search become a blur, like searching in a maze.
The Killian Homeplace Family & Genealogy Centre in Fermoyle has become a lifeline for so many people seeking to trace or continue the search into their family roots.
The research team are excellent in researching where even the flimsiest family comment will lead the team to astonishing family tree connections.
If you are interested searching your family tree, then the Killian Homeplace should be your first point of contact.
If you want to trace your family tree and avail of their services, you should contact the centre on their website
The Parish Hall and Tidy Towns groups would like to thank everyone who participated at the Annual Christmas fair and helped to make it an outstanding success. Thanks to Tom Irwin, Niamh Shea, Gerard Kenny, the Hanley family, Lehery, Mary Kelly, Mark Casey, Anne McCormack and Pauline Casey. Thanks to our spot prizes sponsors: Lough Ree Distillery, Vinny Mc Gowan, Gerardine Farrell, Joe the Veg man, Margaret Bourke and Pauline Casey. The winners were – Hamper-Tom Gill. Lough Ree Gin- Stephanie Hanlon, Cathy Donlon, Mickey Farrell, Joan & Molly Farrell, Declan Feeney, Celine Hester, Chloe Coffey, Mary Carroll, Dominic McGrath and Evelyn Kelly. Both groups would like to wish you all a happy and safe Christmas and wonderful 2024
Christmas Day Swim
What is a long and great tradition on Christmas morning is the annual Christmas Day Swim. Hardy souls from all over the area come along and take part. This is a wonderful sight with so many taking the dip and the bridge well lined with supporting crowds.
The swim will take place following 11.15am Mass in Lanesboro and we urge big numbers to come along, lend their support and meet and greet all that came home for Christmas. Following the swim there will be hot showers and refreshments available in the clubhouse.
Sponsorship cards are available from club members or from Martina & Joe O’Brien’s shop.
The official turning on of the Christmas Lights in Ballyleague took place after 7pm mass on Saturday last 9th December. Lights committee Chairman Noel Moran thanked all present and reflected upon the year just passed and lamented the loss of those in the community who had passed away during the year. In particular, he mentioned Pauline Farrell, who was a tremendous supporter of the Lights in many different ways, Tom Corcoran and Dennis Dunne who were also tremendous advocates of the lights. Noel alluded and lamented the passing of Dennis who would have been the main instigator of the setting up of the Lights committee in Ballyleague and who toiled at them for many years. In recognition of the contribution that Both Tom Corcoran and Dennis Dunne made to the lights over the years the Committee felt it fitting to invite their spouses Mary Corcoran and Noreen Dunne to perform the honour of turning on the Lights. Fr Daniel Uftioa blessed the crib and acknowledged the great work of the lights committee. Fr Dan was assisted by a colleague who was visiting from Kilbeggan.
Although the lights are officially on the committee are hoping to have additional light features in place between Inver filling station and the Bridge in the coming weeks. The committee also wish to thank all those who have assisted in any way from putting up the lights, providing power or supporting us via our Church gate collection or go fund me page.
Pictured below are Ballyleague Lights Chairman Noel Moran along with Noreen Dunne and Mary Corcoran
The Community Games in Lanesboro and Ballyleague Kilgefin has a long and successful history with many All-Ireland champions along with medallists galore in the All-Ireland’s, County and parish competitions.
Community Games give any young person boy or girl the opportunity to display their skills and abilities in a huge array of almost 60 different disciplines. Community Games is primarily a parent driven local organisation with parents anxious to ensure that the Community Games is good for their youngsters and their equally talented friends.
This is the time of the year that the AGM’s for both local Community Games groups takes place, and it is hugely important that all parents support their kids by getting involved in the formation of the committee for the coming year. It is very important to attend the AGM’s if only to show your support to the incoming committee. If you have recently arrived in our community the Community Games gives you that wonderful opportunity to meet and get to know locals through the involvement of their youngsters.
Please keep an eye on the Lanesboro notes, either in the Longford Leader or online, so that you can attend the AGM meeting and involve yourself or turn up just to give your support and backing for the elected committee.
Masses for Christmas Day
Masses for Christmas Day in St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro are Sunday, Christmas Eve, 6pm and 10pm and on Christmas morning 11.15am. The choir will be performing from 11am prior to Mass.
Christmas Day Run
The Annual Newtowncashel to Lanesboro Run will take place again this year starting at the Hill in Newtowncashel and finishing at the bridge in Lanesboro. The run/walk of approximately 11km is going for over 30 years now and it caters for all levels of fitness, and it will be magnificent to once again huge numbers turning out for this great run. The beneficiary of the Run is Longford MS and this is a fundraiser that the Longford Branch depends greatly upon for its yearly work and support.
Walkers will start from the Hill in Newtowncashel at 11.45am and runners start at 12.15pm. Sponsorship cards will soon be available from the Local, Newtowncashel, Brigid Mullooly, Lanesboro or O’Brien’s Corner Shop, Lanesboro.
The Talent Show hosted by the students of Lanesboro Community College on Thursday night last was once again a wonderful occasion. The show itself was designed and led by the Transition Year students and their vision for a great night out was an outstanding success. This was a marvellous achievement considering the short amount of time from September to last week trying to devise and get all into rehearsal for the night.
Well done to all the student, it was a marvellous achievement and a great night out.
The local Mid Roscommon Vintage Club is, this year, holding a Christmas to help enhance the great work it does throughout the year. The draw will take place on Saturday 23rd December in Compton’s bar, Strokestown. Tickets priced at €5 each are on sale in O’Brien’s Shop and your full support will be most appreciated.
The prizes are 1st €500 cash, 2nd €100 Abbey Hotel Roscommon voucher, 3rd €100 Essential Workwear voucher and 4th €50 Fuel voucher. The club would like to thank The Abbey Hotel Roscommon, Ivor Trimble and Stewart’s Oil for their sponsorship.
Many congratulations to Thomas Joseph O’Neill, son of James and Margaret O’Neill, Cloontuskert, Co. Roscommon, who graduated recently with a Bachelor of Business (Honours) degree from Atlantic Technological University, Galway. Thomas Joseph is a former student of CBS Roscommon, and Cloontuskert N.S.
St. Vincent de Paul
The Annual St Vincent de Paul Appeal takes place over the next few weeks. Envelopes for your donations are now available in the church porch or in O’Brien’s. You can leave your sealed envelope in with the Sunday offerings or drop it into the Presbytery. You can also use a plain envelope but mark it SVP. All donations received locally will be distributed locally. St Vincent de Paul offers direct support to families and individuals on a weekly basis and the assistance is non-judgemental and based on the need. Support can be either, food, fuel, clothing or education. Thank you for your generosity. SVP envelopes are also available in O’Brien’s Corner newsagents.
Irish Whiskey Awards
Many congratulations to the Lough Ree Distillery who last week took home 3 high valued awards at the 2023 Irish Whiskey Awards which took place at the Jameson Bow Street Distillery in Dublin. Their 99 Vanila Vodka won the title of Best Irish Vodka while from their Bridge collection Galey Bay won the Best Single Grain Whiskey and Inny Bay took home the Gold Medal in the same category. This is a fabulous achievement and a testimony to the quality of the alcohol produced at the Lough Ree Distillery. Congratulation to all the team.
Local Books back in Stock
Books by local authors will make great Christmas presents and you will also be showing your support for the great efforts made by our local authors.
New to our list is the recent arrival of Rose Moran’s book of poetry ‘In the Slant of a New Light’. You will all remember Rose as Sr. Rose who was part of the Mery nuns when they were in Lanesboro. Jack Harte’s Uneasy bedfellows and his local bestseller In the Wake of the Bagger amongst others are available. Ciaran Mullooly’s recent launch of his third book ‘The Future is Now’ is selling very fast and new stock has just arrived while a restock of Margaret Nohilly’s book of poetry ‘The Overlap of Times’ has it back on the bookshelves.
New stock arrived this week of the hugely popular Sliabh Bán written by Henry Owens, Longford Republican History and the Burkes and the Pollocks.
Knitting and Crochet
The Knitting and Crochet group that meets in the library has just changed its meeting day. They will now meet every Tuesday in the library from 2pm to 4pm.
Fermoyle NS Enrolment
Fermoyle NS Enrolment is now open. Parents of prospective students are invited to go to the school website fermoylens.ie to download an Enrolment Form. You can email to email@example.com or post application form to Fermoyle NS, Fermoyle, Lanesborough, Co. Longford.
Yearly annual -Teathbha
The annual Historical Journal of the County Longford Historical Society is back on the bookshelves once again. Teathbha 2023 is edited by Martin Morris, County Longford Archivist. The journal is, as usual, laden down with many excellent stories and records and it should prove to be essential reading. The journal is priced at just €12 and it is on sale in O’Brien’s shop.
Tidy Town’s Lotto stands at €15,000
The Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery for Tuesday 12th December stands at a very exciting €15,000 and never would it be more welcome than on the weeks leading up to Christmas. This is a wonderful opportunity to win the €15,000 for just €2 or 3 envelopes for €5.
The draw took place in O’Brien’s Shop and the numbers drawn on Tuesday 5th December for the jackpot of €15.000 were 1, 3, 8 and 28. There was no winner of the jackpot. The winner of the €50 prize was Cillian & Senan Cox, Curraghrua, and the three €20 prizes went to Anthony Lannon c/o Yacht Bar, Jimmy Tarmey, Cloontuskert c/o O’Brien’s and Kathleen Kelly, Carrowroe.
The draw takes place every Tuesday morning in O’Brien’s Shop.
Without your continued generosity and support the excellent results in the Tidy Towns completion would not have been so good. Your tremendous is ensuring that Lanesboro continues to look beautiful even during the winter months. Thank you very much for all your support.
St. Faithleach’s Christmas Draw
The St. Faithleach’s GAA club is again holding a Christmas draw. There will be a total of €5,000 in prizes to be won. Tickets can be purchased online or locally from the usual selling places. Tickets are priced at €10 each or 3 for €20. Your support will be appreciated.
Local notes inclusion
Anybody that wants items included in the local notes is advised that they have their note with me on a Sunday night at the very latest. This is to ensure inclusion in the coming weeks notes.
Roscommon Group of Parishes
The list of Services for St. John’s and the Roscommon group of parishes for December are as follows:
Wednesday 13th December, St Coman’s, Roscommon the Festival of Lessons and Carols, 7:30pm
Sunday 17th December, St Coman’s, Roscommon with Morning Prayer ‘extra’: ‘Neville’s Christmas’, 11:30am
Friday 22nd December, St John’s, Lanesborough ‘Celebrate Christmas’ – Festival of Lessons and Carols, 8pm
Sunday 24th December, St John’s, Lanesborough with Christmas Eve Service of Holy Communion, 11:30am
Monday 25th December, St Coman’s, Roscommon, Christmas Day Service of Holy Communion, 11:30am
Sunday 31st December, St John’s, Lanesborough for Morning Prayer at 11:30am
‘O come, let us adore Him’
Short Breaks Scheme
Would you be interested in providing home from home short breaks for children and adults who have an intellectual disability? Brothers of Charity Services Ireland, Homeshare Roscommon are recruiting host carers. Training and support will be provided. There will be a tax exempt allowance paid. For further information email Homeshareroscommon@gmail.com or phone Catherine 09066 28500 or 087 2126607.
Access for All boat
The Access for All boat is for everybody. The boat can cater for three large wheelchairs, but you don’t have to be a wheelchair user to avail of the excellent trips. Guided fishing excursions can also be organised. Advanced booking is recommended. You can contact by email www.loughreeboattrips.com or phone 089 2625505 or 043 33 84175.
Weekly Card Game
The results of the weekly card game held in St. Mary’s Hall Lanesboro on Sunday night last are: Joint 1st Eugene Kelly & Barney Kenny and Brendan Hanley & Petey Donlon. Last game winners were Peter & Mary Gregg. Raffle winners were P.J. Glennon, Barney Kenny, Mary Gregg and Seamus Casey. Game as usual next Sunday night. There will be a two week break for the Christmas and the game will resume on Sunday 7th January. As usual light refreshments are served at the game. No partner needed. The game commences at 8.30pm every Sunday night.
On Monday 4th December the Rathcline GAA 50/50 weekly draw took place in Clarke’s Bar. The winning envelope drawn out was in the name of Fiona Farrell and he won the jackpot of €642. Well done Fiona on your great win.
As always, the winning cheques can always be collected in O’Brien’s.
The Rathcline 50/50 draw takes place every Monday night at 7.30pm. Your continued generous support is greatly appreciated, and your support is highlighted by the large pool each week.
The club’s players from the senior club, ladies club and Mothers and Others are organising the Lanesborough GOAL mile on St Stephen’s Day at 12.30pm. You, your family and friends are invited to join us to walk a mile (as short or as far as you wish to walk) on the Walkway at club grounds at Clonbonny. After the walk, join us for a Christmas chat and a cup of tea in the clubhouse. If you wish you can also make a donation which will go to the GOAL charity to help it with its lifesaving work across the world. This is a new initiative by the club and we hope that this charity event will become a key date in the club and community calendar for the years ahead.
The clubs AGM has been rescheduled to Thursday 21st Dec at 8pm. Please join us as the club reviews it’s activities during 2023 and looks forward to 2024.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Line Dancing classes take place every Friday morning 11am at the Quad Centre Roscommon Town.
Line Dancing classes every Sunday at the Quad Centre Roscommon Town for beginners from 6pm to 7pm and Improvers from 7pm to 8pm
Dance classes takes place in Kilbride, Four Mile House every Tuesday 7pm followed by:
Jive & Waltz classes 8 45pm.
Alcohol Anon Meetings
Relatives and friends of those addicted to alcohol are welcome to attend meetings in the Family Centre at the back of St. Mel’s Cathedral. The meetings take place every Tuesday evening at 7pm.
Ballyleague Bingo continues in Ballyleague Hall every Thursday night. The first numbers will be called at 8.30pm.
The club is extremely grateful for your continued tremendous support.
ALONE is a national organisation that enables older people to age at home.
Our work is for all older people and aims to improve physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. We have a national network of staff and volunteers who provide an integrated system of Support Coordination, Practical Supports, Befriending, a variety of Phone Services, Social Prescribing, Housing with Support and Assistive Technology.
We use individualised support plans, to address health, financial benefits and supports, social care, housing, transport and other arising needs using technology and through harnessing other services.
We work to empower the whole sector of community support for older people through our Community Impact Network that provides Training, IT support and resources to other organisations.
Support line for older people
ALONE manage a national support line and additional support for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to Covid-19. Professional staff is available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week from 8am until 8pm. Text TALK to 50808 to begin.
Alcohol Anon Meetings
Relatives and friends of alcoholics are welcome to attend meetings in the Family Centre building at the back of St. Mel’s Cathedral on St. Mel’s Road, any Tuesday evening at 7pm.
Local Health Service
The health service is here for us all, from routine to urgent calls. HSELive is here 7 days a week to answer questions. The number to ring is Freephone 1800 700700.
Roscommon University Hospital Injury Unit is available from 8am to 8pm seven days, a week and the contact number is 09066 32212.
Emergency Department deals with serious injuries and life-threatening emergencies if you need urgent medical help. They are open 24 hours a day and can be contacted by phoning 999 or 112.
SMART recovery 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 email@example.com
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
The start time for the usage of the new offertory envelopes for the coming Church Year is the 6th January 2024. The boxes of envelopes are available in the church. Your unstinted and continued generous support to the church collections yearly is truly appreciated. Thank you.
Eucharist: If you would like to receive Holy Communion call from a Minister of the Eucharist you are invited to let Maireád in the parish office know. Call in or phone 3321166.
Alcohol Anon Meeting: Relatives and friends of those addicted to alcoholare welcome to attend this meeting in the Family Centre at the back of St. Mel’s Cathedral on any Tuesday evenings at 7pm
Communion for Coeliacs: Gluten free hosts are available for all those who need them. Just make it known to the priest that you wish to receive a gluten free host at Holy Communion.
The Parish Hub: Maireád, the Parish Secretary is in her office on Tuesday to Thursday, 10.30am to 2.30pm. She can be contacted on the phone at 3321166. She will help you with any questions or booking related matters.
Speak with a Priest: if you wish to talk with any of the priests you can call into the sacristy after any Mass.
Talk to the Samaritans: Are you struggling to cope with life? Do you think it would help to talk about your problem in confidence? It does not matter who you are, how you feel or what happened to you. If things are getting you down, you can turn to the Samaritans for help. The Samaritans are available on Freephone 116123, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.
Alone Volunteers: Would you be willing to provide companionship or make calls to older people once a week? Alone is seeking volunteers in the area. Full training and support will be provided. If you are interested, you are asked to sign up at the following address https://alone.ie/volunteers.
For more information you are invited to contact Helena at Helena.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 086 0145 829
Fr. Merlyn Kenny, Newtowncashel 0860603433 and Fr. Turlough Baxter, Killashee 0879972259 who as you know are assisting in our parish.
Mass Times for Christmas: Ballyleague- Saturday 23rd December 7pm, Sunday 24th December Christmas Eve 11am and Monday Christmas Day 11.30am.
Ballagh – Saturday 23rd December 8pm and Sunday Christmas Eve 8pm.
Curraghroe Sunday Christmas eve 10am and Monday Christmas day 10am.
Tap Machine: There is a tap machine in the porch of the church in Ballyleague. You are invited to donate and support the welfare and maintenance of the parish
Christmas Tree/Flowers: The parish is seeking for parishioners to sponsor a Christmas tree for all the churches and to help with the cost of decorating the trees. All donations should be put in envelopes and indicated accordingly. Thank you in anticipation of your generosity.
Everyone is invited to go along.
There is always an hour of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament every Friday in Ballyleague Church from 10.30am to 11.30am and in Curraghroe Church from 8pm to 9pm. You are invited to go along to spend some quiet time of prayer with God.
Envelopes for 2023/24:
Church offering envelopes in boxes are available in the church for distribution. A special word of thanks to the distributors for all their on-going work.
You can contact Fr Dan at 089 2706060
Short Break Scheme: Would you be interested in providing home from home short breaks for children and adults who have an intellectual disability? Brothers of Charity Services Ireland, Homeshare Roscommon are recruiting host carers. Training and support will be provided. There will be a tax-exempt allowance paid. For further information email Homeshareroscommon@gmail.com or phone Catherine 09066 28500 or 087 2126607.
St. Faithleach’s GAA
Our annual Christmas Draw is back with a very desirable €5,000 first prize. Tickets will soon be available from all local outlets and committee members. Best of luck to all and your continued support is very appreciated by us.
Thank you to all the volunteers, parents, kids and Ballyleague Tidy Towns for gathering last week to plant daffodils at the club grounds. We can’t wait to see the place in bloom.