Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 19th February 2018


Lost Ring

A ring was lost in the vicinity of the hall. The ring has 3 insets and it is of sentimental value. If anyone finds it could they please leave it into O’Brien’s.

New Chairperson

Following last Thursday’s General Meeting of the Lough Ree Monster Festival committee Catherine Kelly was elected to chair the committee for the coming year. Catherine takes over from Teresa Ormsby who over her time as chairperson did trojan work in creating and developing the Lough Ree Monster Festival. Joe O’Brien and James O’Flaherty remain as secretary and treasurer respectively.

The next meeting of the committee will take place in Lanesboro Parish Hall on Wednesday week 28th February at 9pm. There are a multiple number of aspects to the organising and running of the festival and we would like you to feel you would like to be part of the group and help create a bigger and more diverse Festival.

Thank You

The Rathcline Ladies GAA would like to say a very big thank you to everyone that contributed so generously to their church gate collection last weekend.

Irish Cancer Society Transport

The Society operates a free transport service for patients attending hospital for chemotherapy treatment. Volunteer drivers pick the patient up at their home, drop them at the hospital door then when finished treatment, will pick them up and drop them home. Volunteer expenses are paid. Patients wishing to avail of this free service should contact their healthcare professional, or the website or phone the Irish Cancer Society at 01 2310522

Cloontuskert NS
Enrolment for the Academic Year 2018/19 is open until 28th February. Enrolment Packs can be collected from the School Office any Tuesday or Thursday between 10am and 3.30pm. Alternatively, you can contact the school on 0433321817 or email

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

With only 4 weeks to go for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Preparation of your floats for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade should be well under way. The parade as usual will take place in Lanesboro and Ballyleague on Saturday 17th March starting at St. Faithleach’s GAA pitch and finishing at Lanesboro Community College. For clubs, associations, businesses, schools, community groups and individuals it is time to see your creation coming to fruition.

This year St. Patrick’s Day is falling on the Saturday of the weekend and we hope that it will be bigger, brighter and full of new novel and creative ideas. We have one of the very best of St. Patrick’s Day Parade around and there is an onus on us all to help create another fabulous day in Ballyleague and Lanesboro and build something bigger and better than anything gone before. We are expecting that all businesses on the route from St. Faithleach’s to Lanesboro Community College will make a huge effort to create the atmosphere in the days leading up to the parade and again on the day.

In a break with tradition, this year the winner of the overall winning float will receive the first prize of €500.

As usual there will be the annual draw running in conjunction with the parade and we encourage everyone to support the draw. Tickets are now on sale and you are asked to be generous in your support.

Application forms are now available from Teresa Donlon, Freda Connaughton or at O’Brien’s Shop.

Our Library this Week

Knitting & Crochet Group

Knitting & Crochet Group continues on Monday 26th February 2-4pm.  All Welcome!

Lasraí Writers Group

‘Poetry and Music Hour’ will continue at Lanesboro Library on Monday 26th February  from 4.15 to 5.30pm.  Come along and share a favourite poem or song!

The group is looking forward to seeing you there and meeting new people interested in poetry and music and song.

ESOL Class

ESOL Class continues on Tuesday evening 27th February 7-10pm

Books & Babble at the Library

Baby Book Club for parents/carers with children aged 0-2years will recommence on Wednesday 28th February at 10.15am.

The session will include stories, songs and early language and literacy activities.

Come along and join in the fun!!

Book Club

Book Club continues on Friday morning 23rd February at 11am.

Foreign Currency Appeal Reminder

We are still collecting unwanted foreign currency and old coins/notes in aid of ISPCC. The smallest donation can make a huge difference.

Used stamps

Used stamps are being collected at the library for ISPCC. Thank you.

Library membership is free for everyone and provides you with complimentary access to books and p.c.’s in the library as well as a range of digital services.

Download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines and newspapers with your library card and pin.

Learn a new language online with Mango (over 71 languages available) or learn a new skill with Universal Class which offers over 400 free online courses.

Call to the library for your free library card & pin or further information.

Accommodation Database

The lough Ree Angling Hub is drawing up a House/Accommodation to Let – Short/Medium/Long Term and if you have such properties you should contact the Lough Ree Angling Hub at their Ballyleague office.

Composting Masterclass

The acknowledged expert Craig Benton will be delivering a special training course in Ballyleague in April and May. Craig Benton (Compost and Recycling Consultants Ireland) is an internationally recognised composting expert with

over two decades of experience in the waste management industry. Having started his career by setting up the first

Master Composter programme for the City of Seattle, Craig has worked as a consultant and compost system supplier

helping to design, build and/or operate over 40 large scale composting facilities worldwide. As the founder of Celtic

Composting Systems, he established the first in-vessel composting facility in Ireland at Ballinasloe for Galway County

Council in 2002.  This course is FREE and open to anyone to take part. If you would like to learn more, we are having a short information meeting in Ballyleague hall on Saturday next February 24th at 11am. You can come along and ask questions before deciding whether or not to do the course. This event is jointly organised by Cloontuskert and Ballyleague tidy towns as part of their sustainable waste management plans 2018 and funded by Roscommon County council. To enrol or get more info E mail :

Public Meeting

Cllr Joe Flaherty, Fianna Fail candidate for the next General Election has organised a meeting on Rural Crime. Jim O’Callaghan TD and spokesman on Justice will be the main speaker on the night. The event will take place in the Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule on Monday night next 26th February at 8pm.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday last 14th February are: N/S 1st Frank and Frances Brennan, 2nd Bernadette Clancy and Mary Mc Gushin and 3rd Philomena Walsh and Mary Farrell. E/W 1st Freda Kenny and Una Lawlor, 2nd Mae Casey and Noreen Dunne, 3rd Elizabeth Clyne and Mary Connor.

Thank You

The organisers of the Lourdes Sick Pilgrimage Fund would like to most sincerely thank everyone that subscribed to their Church Gate Collection in Lanesboro. The sum realised amounted to €515.30


The winning ticket drawn in Clarke’s Bar for the Rathcline 50/50 was a pick ticket and in the name of Tom Ginty. Tom formerly of Knock is a regular visitor home he now lives in Canada having emigrated many years ago. He was the winner of €353

Tickets are on sale locally at €2 each. Alternatively, you can by the pink ticket for the year for just €100 and have 2 free weeks. The club would like to thank everyone that continues to support the draw on a weekly basis and the many people that buy the one-year ticket.

Not too long ago the pool each week was nearing €500 and we would encourage you to get your weekly blue envelope and help drive the weekly amount back to where it should always be.

Your support is much appreciated.

Athlone Samaritan Volunteers

Athlone Samaritans are seeking volunteers to assist with the great work the Samaritan community does all year round. You do not need experience or qualifications as full training will be provided. Athlone Samaritans provides 24-hour emotional support. To find out more phone 085 284 5010 or email

Tourism Co-Op Draw

Last Tuesday the Lough Ree Tourism Co-Op held their weekly lottery draw for a jackpot of €10,600. The numbers drawn were 4, 13, 18 and 25. There was no winner of the jackpot and the roll-over for the coming week stands at €10,700. The winner of the €50 prize was Margaret Casey, the three €20 prizes were won by Ralph & Bridie, Marsha Carberry and Shane and Susan. The coop really appreciates your continued support.

50 Years Ago, Golden Anniversary

A school reunion of all who started Secondary School in Lanesboro Vocational School on Sept 1st 1968. This Sept will be the 50th anniversary of that happening.

Liam Finnegan would love to hear from all who started that day, or maybe from family as contact details will be needed for all.

It would be great for everyone to meet up again after all this time on Sept 1st at their old Alma Mater

Liam is delighted to have the total support of the School Principal and staff behind this venture so please contact him with your contact details or if family members could forward me contact details of those living away.

You can contact me on any of the following: Tel:  086 2585656, email or on Facebook – Liam Finnegan

Motor Neurone Fundraiser

A date for your diary: There will be a major fundraising event in The Pier Rakish Paddy, Lisnacusha on St. Patrick’s Night, Saturday 17th March in support of the ongoing development work into Motor Neurone Disease. Make this a date for your diary and go along to support aa great cause.

Tidy Towns Table Quiz
Ballyleague Village Renewal and Tidy Towns committee will hold their annual fundraising table quiz in St Faithleach’s GAA clubhouse on Friday March 2nd at 9.30pm.
The committee is preparing at the moment for a whole series of new features starting in the village during Spring and Summer 2018 with planned works at Ballyleague marina and the entrance to the village.
Last year they spent well over 10,000 euro on new stone walls and foot trails so they are appealing for your help and assistance in raising funds.
Teams of 4 can take part for just €40. There will be take home prizes for the teams in first and second place and there will be lots of spot prizes on the night. The committee would like to invite all local community groups and businesses to submit a team for the quiz.

Ronan Mc Cormack Memorial 2018

The Ronan McCormack Charity Challenge 2018 was launched recently.

We are now on the cusp of the 6th annual challenge and even at this early stage the interest and anticipation is overwhelming. The 2018 event takes place on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd March. As is usual the challenge kicks off with a choice of a 5k or 10k moonlight run on Friday 2nd March. The following morning it will be the turn of the cycle challengers who will take part in either a 65 or 125km route. The eagerly anticipated darts competition takes place on the evening of Saturday 3rd in Foxes Bar, Athlone Road Roscommon.

This event is organised to remember Ronan, a wonderful young Roscommon man who left this world at the very young age of just 26 years.  Ronan was a kind fun loving young man who always was eager to help anyone with his friendly smile and caring attitude. Ever practical, Ronan would be thrilled to know that in his memory to date 131,915 (one hundred and thirty-one thousand, nine hundred and fifteen euro) has so far been raised for charitable organisations.

The charities for 2018 will be Roscommon Special Olympics, Children’s Special Needs Services Galway and Pieta House West. Online registration is up and running.

The twice weekly training for walkers/joggers/runners continues each Tuesday and Thursday. Cycle training continues Saturday and Sunday mornings at 9.30am. All training session start from The Quad Centre Roscommon Town. Training is open to everyone from the complete beginner to the experienced runner or cyclist. This is a wonderful opportunity to get fit and healthy after the winter break. For further information check out Ronan Mc Cormack Charity Challenge on Facebook or 086 1721181

Rathcline GAA


The winning ticket drawn in Clarke’s Bar for the Rathcline 50/50 was a pick ticket and in the name of Tom Ginty. Tom formerly of Knock is a regular visitor home he now lives in Canada having emigrated many years ago. He was the winner of €353

Tickets are on sale locally at €2 each. Alternatively, you can by the pink ticket for the year for just €100 and have 2 free weeks. The club would like to thank everyone that continues to support the draw on a weekly basis and the many people that buy the one-year ticket.

Not too long ago the pool each week was nearing €500 and we would encourage you to get your weekly blue envelope and help drive the weekly amount back to where it should always be.

Your support is much appreciated.

Good Luck on Sunday On Sunday next Longford will take on Wexford in Pearse Park at 2.30pm. We urge everyone to go along and support them as they continue to strive to victory and promotion.

Ronan Mc Cormack: The 6th Ronan Mc Cormack Charity Challenge takes place in Roscommon on 2nd & 3rd of March. This event involves a choice of 5 or 10km timed Moonlight Challenge run or walk and either a 65 or 125 cycle followed by a fun social night and darts competition. Online registration is now open at Mc Cormack. This challenge is for everyone regardless of age or ability.  You are invited to come along and enjoy a great night of fun friendship challenge and craic.

For further information phone Jacqui at 0861721181 or check out the Ronan McCormack Charity Challenge event on Facebook.

Shannon Gaels Minor Club

Final Registration: The final registration for the Minor club will take place this Saturday evening 24th February in the clubhouse from 7pm to 8pm. The registration fee is €35 per family member, family membership for 2 or more members is €60.


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