Lanesboro and Ballyleague notes Monday 30th April 2018


Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes


Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes


Horse Fair this Saturday

The traditional Horse Fair will return to the street on Saturday week 12th May. The organising committee have worked very hard to get the Fair up and running. Their hard work and graft really deserves a huge crowd to come along and enjoy the Fair Day of Lanesboro. The fact that the horses are back on the street from the corner up to the church means that it is family friendly with access along the footpath and full vision of the horses. Everyone is asked to play their part and obey the new and strict parking regulations and the directions of the stewards. Come along and make the Lanesboro Fair Day a fabulous occasion once again.

Lanesborough Community Games Track & Field Day:

Lanesborough Community Games Annual Track and Field Day will take place on the Track in Lanesboro, on Bank Holiday Monday 7th May starting at 11am (Registration from 10.45am onwards). All children from the parish of Lanesborough are welcome to participate.

Events are open for Girls\Boys from U8 up to U16. We would encourage all parents to encourage their children to participate.

To make sure the day is a success, we would encourage as many parents as possible to assist on the day in whatever capacity is possible. Please contact any of the Community Games committee, if interested: Ciara Myhill 0860290410, Padraig O’Dowd 0868147000, Donal Hogan 0878069490, Barry Hogan 0866007109.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results for Wednesday 25th April are: North / South: 1st Loretto Cooney and Eileen Kelly, 2nd Phil Chalmers and Cyril Hussey, 3rd Brid McDermott and Una Lawlor. East / West: 1st Una Clarke and Eileen Kelly, 2nd Mary Connor and Elizabeth Clyne and 3rd Mike Flynn and Brendan Dowling.

Bernadette Clancy’s President Prize: The winner was Una Lawlor, 2nd was Philomena Walsh and 3rd was Maura Hanly. The 1st session winner was Gemma Douglas and the 2nd session winner was Eileen Kelly.


The Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery draw took place on Tuesday morning last. There was no winner of the €11,600 jackpot and the jackpot will now rise to €11,700. The numbers drawn were 5, 6, 16 and 24. The winner of the €50 prize was Jean Fallon, Ballagh and the three €20 prizes were won by Louis Mullooly, Lehery, Moydow Three Some c/o O’Brien’s and Lukasz & Margaret c/o SurerValu

New season at Roscommon Racecourse

Tuesday next 8th May will see the first race meeting of the racing season at Roscommon Racecourse. Roscommon is hugely popular with locals and it is always a sign that the summer is on it way when you hear of the first race meeting at Roscommon. It always brings great excitement in the community and let us hope that they have a long and rewarding season ahead.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge

The results from Monday 23rd: 1st Martha Byrne and Elizabeth Crean, 2nd Loretta Cooney and Katharine Harrison, 3rd Teresa Kiernan and Catherine Kelly

Gross:  Mai Casey and Margaret Gillen.

Monster meeting Thursday night

Thursday night next 3rd May the organising committee of the Lough Ree Monster Festival will meet in St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Lanesboro at 9.15pm. The committee is always looking for new ways of creating new and innovative ways of making the Festival unique and inclusive for all.

The group are always looking for new people, new ideas, and new people to make the Lough Ree Monster Festival bigger and better than anything gone before. Please do come along, we invite people from the parishes of Rathcline, Cashel, Killashee, Clondra, Kenagh, Kilgefin, Lanesboro and Ballyleague. Share your idea and develop it into something special.

Thank You

The staff and owners of Costello’s Nursing Home would like to thank everyone who supported their Alzheimers Tea Day on Friday 20thth April. The money contributed has been sent to Western Alzheimers Society.

A special word of thanks must go to Dave, Martin and Eugene Watters for their entertainment. Everybody enjoyed their singing and guitar playing on the day.

Lough Ree Angling Hub

Our Office hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and our contact phone number for the competition is – 00 353 (0) 43 332 1734 or see our Facebook page Lough Ree Lanesborough Angling Hub or email us

Ladies lose out

On Sunday last our ladies side travelled to Michael Fay park, Farneyhoogan for their league final with great hope of victory. Unfortunately, for this very young side playing senior it was a tremendous performance without the rewards of victory. There is no doubt that this is only a short-term setback as this is a very talented young side and there is no doubt with their continued hard work that they will have many victorious days ahead.

Our Library this Week

Knitting & Crochet Group
Knitting & Crochet Group continues every Monday 2-4pm.  All Welcome!
Lasraí Writers Group
‘Poetry and Music Hour’ will continue at Lanesboro Library on Monday 14th May from 4.15pm to 5.30pm.  All are welcome to come along and join in!
Bealtaine Festival
To celebrate Bealtaine Festival, Ballinalee author John Connell will visit the Library and read from his very successful book ‘The Cow Book’. This event will take place on Monday 21st May at 4pm.  All are welcome to attend.
Mindfulness with Paul Marsden
Lanesboro Library will host an evening of Mindfulness with Paul Marsden on Monday 21st May at 7pm. All are welcome to attend.
ESOL Class
ESOL Class continues every Tuesday at 7pm.
Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group
A Parent & Toddler Group for parents/carers with children aged 0-4 years will continue every Wednesday morning at 10.30am.
Come & meet a friend or make a new one over a cuppa, while the children discover new toys, hear a story and interact socially.  All welcome!
Book Club
Book Club continues on Friday morning 25th May at 11am.
All welcome to come along and enjoy a chat and a cuppa!
Revised Opening Hours
Monday 2pm – 8pm, Tuesday 2pm – 6pm, Wed & Fri 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm,
Sat 10am – 1pm.
Foreign Currency & Used Stamps
We are still collecting unwanted foreign currency and old coins/notes in aid of ISPCC. The smallest donation can make a huge difference.
We also collect used stamps in aid of 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.  Renew or request books on our website<>
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.

Tourism Co-Op Draw €11,600

Last Tuesday 17th April the Lough Ree Tourism Co-Op held their weekly lottery draw for a jackpot of €11,400. The numbers drawn were 2, 13, 14, and 29. There was no winner of the jackpot and the roll-over for this week stands at €11,600. The winner of the €50 prize was Lucasz & Margaret c/o SuperValu, the three €20 prizes were won by Fiona c/o Mags, Hughie, Smyth, Main street and Liam Connerton, Lanesboro. The co-op really appreciates your continued support.


The winning ticket drawn in the Pier Rakish Paddy for the Rathcline 50/50 was in the names of Sean Kenny, Fermoyle. The winning envelope was worth €305 to David.

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.

Your support is much appreciated.

Hosting of Foreign Students for the year 2018-2019.

Shandon Language Solutions (SLS) will once again have a number of foreign students coming to Lanesboro Community College for upcoming year. The students will be coming for different lengths of time ranging from 8 weeks, 16 weeks, half term and full term. As usual we will be looking for the students to be housed in the local community with family’s who may have children of the same age if possible.

If you are interested in earning some extra income and being part of a very enjoyable and fulfilling experience, please call the Local SLS Coordinator at 086 3261664.

Applications must be received in the coming weeks in order to be considered.

Tea Day

The Longford Branch of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland will host their Annual Tea Day on Thursday 3rd May from 10.00am to1.00pm in their office at Number 2, Earl Street, Longford All monies raised will help to maintain vital services throughout County Longford. Any support will be greatly appreciated, and everyone is welcome.

Lough Ree AC

Training continues indoors in Ballyleague Hall due to the inclement weather, we will remain indoors this Tuesday and hopefully we will move to the track the following week.

Reminder to all athletes and parents living on the Lanesboro side of the bridge, Lanesboro Community Games is on Monday 7th May 11.00am at the track. Events are open to all young people   from under 8 up to under 16.  Even if you think you are not a runner you might wish to try long jump or high jump, shot putt, ball throw or javelin for the throwers or hurdles for those who wish to test themselves.

For the historians among you the Community Games started in Lanesboro in 1973 so please come along and celebrate the 45th Anniversary.

Darkness into Light

Longford will be hosting our fifth Darkness into Light Walk on Saturday, May 12th, 2018 at 4:15am to raise much needed funds for Pieta House.

Anyone who would like to participate can do so online at  The walk will take place in over 180 venues on 4 continents.

We are going cashless this year, so all registrations must be online, and t-shirts are posted to walkers directly.

We will be hosting community engagement events in Longford Shopping Center on Saturday 14th and Saturday 21st May to assist with registrations.

Please see our Facebook page for updates: Darkness into Light Longford

The Maria Edgeworth Literary Festival 11th – 13th May

The Edgeworth festival will be held on the weekend of 11th – 13th May. As this year is the 250th anniversary of the birth of Maria Edgeworth, the committee have put together an exciting event on Friday evening in the Manor Church, Edgeworthstown where there will be a ‘One Woman Show’ with actress Carmel O’Leary. On Saturday there will be writing workshops, a guided historical tour and anniversary concert in the Manor Church featuring Vona Groarke, Brian Leyden, Aoife Mulligan and a Comhaltas group. Maria Edgeworth loved visiting Tullynally Castle. On Sunday afternoon there will be a guided walk and talk in the Castle and an opportunity to explore the wonderful gardens.  For further details and booking of events, please visit or Tel: 043 6671801. Tickets are also available at the Old Schoolhouse Office, Ballymahon Road, J&M Gift Stores, Main Street or on the door on the night.

Rathcline GAA

League: On Friday evening last we welcomed St. Patrick’s Ardagh/Moydow to Clonbonny for our third game in the league. It was a tight hard game with both sides working hard for a victory. The game was exciting right to the very end and the scoreline 2-11 to 0-15 shows what a free-flowing game it was. Again, we had a very young side out and it was a tremendous victory. Further to the victory it was great to see Liam Connerton make his comeback after his cruciate injury. It has been a long hard struggle for Liam and it was great to see him back on the pitch even if it was for the last 10 minutes. It was also great to see Michael Hanley making his comeback following his severe injury at the latter stages of last year’s campaign. Our panel is beginning to see lads returning from injury and we look forward to a long and fruitful campaign during the season.

Galway Races: The club has confirmed the club’s annual Race Day for Monday 30th July. This is a jewel in the club’s activities each year with the day being very special for all. With limited places available the club would advise early booking for this magnificent day. Tickets cost €120 per person and it is real value for money for all you receive on the day

Rolling Stones Draw:

In what, without doubt, will be the Concert of the Year in Croke Park, The Rolling Stones will roll back the years and perform a wonderful concert on Thursday 17th May.

Rathcline GAA have a very special draw taking place for that concert where for €2 only you could be the winner of the draw for those 2 most valuable tickets in the luxury Premium Stand.

The draw will take place on Saturday 12th May in Clarke’s Bar and make sure you have your tickets in this draw. Tickets are on sale in all shop, bars and from committee members.


The winning ticket drawn in the Pier Rakish Paddy for the Rathcline 50/50 was in the names of Sean Kenny, Fermoyle. The winning envelope was worth €305 to David.

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.

Your support is much appreciated.

Referees Wanted: As you will see below the U16 game V Southern Gaels was called off on Saturday due to aa shortage in the county. We ask if any man or woman over the age of 18 is interested in refereeing to let Joe O’Brien know as a new referee’s course will take place later in May. As a club we must offer referees to the county to ensure that we and others don’t find themselves in the same position again.

Shannon Gaels Minor Club

Evening Out: The date has been set for the upcoming Minor Club’s night of entertainment in St. Mary’s Parish Hall. There will be great variety on the night built around a hilarious comedy sketch. The sketch is loosely based on the Fr. Ted theme and it is an evening not to be missed. The date has been set for Saturday 2nd June. Bookings and ticket sales can be obtained at O’Brien’s or from Alan Fayne, Sean Kenny, Seadna Ryan.

Game called off: Our local derby with Southern Gals on Saturday had to be called off due to a lack of available referees. The game will be refixed.

Club Fixtures: The club fixtures for this week coming and into next week are: Monday 30th Minor League in Carrickedmond. U14 our U14 team will play Grattan’s in Dunbeggan at 8pm. On Thursday our minors will play Killoe in Dunbeggan at 7.30pm, Friday we go back to Dunbeggan when the Juvenile team will play Clonguish at 7pm. Saturday our Reserve League team will welcome Ballymore to Clonbonny for a League game at 7pm. Tuesday of next week our U14 will play hosts to Northern Gaels in Clonbonny at 7.30pm and on the same evening our Minor team will travel to Dromard for a 7.30pm throw in. Please support wherever you come.

Hard Luck: The club says hard luck to the ladies who just missed out on winning the League Final on Sunday last.

St. Faithleach’s

Junior A Championship: The first round of the Junior A Championship took place in Kilglass on Sunday afternoon. Result: St. Faithleach’s 1-9 St. Ronan’s 3-5. Team: Alan Manning, Shane Garvey, Jack Irwin, Ryan Guinan, Derek Murray, Damien Gibbons, Gavin Carberry, Conor Smith (0-1), Declan McCormack, James Quigley (0-1), Steven Walsh (0-2), Ben Hussey, Jordan Donlon (0-3), Alan Brehon (1-2), Henry Kenny. Substitution(s):  Daniel Cox, Ruairí Trimble and Tom Ryan. Next game takes place in Ballyleague against Padraig Pearses on Sunday 6th at 3:45pm.

U16 Boys League: The knockout game between St. Faithleach’s and Kilglass/St. Barry’s resulted in a draw 2-10 to 2-10. Team: Kevin McDonagh, David Kilcoyne, Eoin Kelly, John Phelim O’Reilly, Mark Silva, Mark Cox, Cian Glennon, Richard Klava, Jack Murray, Conor Gannon, Lee Kilcoyne, Francis Dunne, Jack Tucker, Mikey O’Brien, Jason O’Connor, Aaron Glennon. Replay T.B.C.

U14 Boys League: St. Faithleach’s fell short in their home game to Tulsk on Sunday morning. Result: St. Faithleach’s 0-16 Tulsk 5-12. Team: Evan Farrell, Sean Kelly, Sean Rohan, Thomas Kelly, Adam Parker, Shane Cox, Raymond Glennon, Conor Betts, Eoin Murray, Mikey O’Brien, Conor Gannon, Ryan Byrne, Lee Kilcoyne, Jason O’Connor, Francis Dunne, Jack McGloin, Fergal Reynolds, Conor Ryan. Next round against St. Croan’s.

U14 Ladies: Our U14 ladies play their first game at home in Ballyleague on Thursday at 7pm against St. Mary’s.

U6+ U8 Training: Training for our youngest members continues Thursday evenings at 6:30pm.

Best of luck: To the Roscommon U17 team and management and club reps James Browne and Liam Ormsby, who start their campaign against Galway in Team on Friday evening.

Hard luck: To the Roscommon Ladies Minor team and club reps Sarah Scally, Kate McPhilips, Jennifer Brennan, Ellen Irwin and Maire Kelly who lost out in the Minor A Connacht final on Sat last, however the girls go on to play in the Minor B All – Ireland quarter final.

Light’s: Our new lights around the perimeter fence of pitch one and two are now in operation. Many thanks to all who helped to secure the funding for this newest addition to our grounds, and we hope that all our members enjoy walking/running in a safe environment.

Night at the Dog’s: Tickets are now available for our Night at the Dog’s which takes place on Friday 11th May. Doors open at 7:30pm and the first race is at 8pm. This promises to be a great evening’s entertainment for the whole family, member’s, supporters and community.  Tickets can be purchased from any member of the senior team, Supervalu Lanesboro, Rosie’s Bar Ballyleague or in Inver Filling Station Ballyleague. Your support as always is appreciated.

Clothing Collection: Are you doing a clear out before the summer? If so any unwanted items of clothing can be brought to our clothing collection on June 5th, items can be left in the old dressing rooms on club grounds. All money raised goes to supporting our mentors at our annual Fit Kid Camp.

Lotto: Next lotto draw takes place on Tue 1st May. Jackpot stands at €12,000. Envelopes are €2 and available in all local retailers.

Cards: Take place every Tuesday evening in the clubhouse. Last week’s winners; Kay & Anne, second Annie & Kathleen, last game Bridie & PJ.



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