Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 18th June 2018


Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes


Gold and Silver Medals

The Special Olympic Ireland games took place in Dublin last weekend in front of huge attendances. Competition was very intense and competitive. Leading the way for our local communities was Padraig Dunne, Curraghroe. Padraig, a son of Mary and the late Pat Joe Dunne, is a very competitive young man and he showed his true form when won a Gold medal in the 50m sprint and a Silver medal in the Javelin in the track and fields events. We congratulate Padraig on his wonderful success.  Padraig pictured in the center.

Looking forward to a Night at the Dogs

As you know the Night at the Dogs will take place at Longford Greyhound Track on Friday night 6th July. Lanesboro and Ballyleague always bring a great night of excitement to Longford Greyhound track any night they are there. We look forward to a bumper crowd coming along for a fabulous night out. Tickets are on sale costing €10 each and you are encouraged to buy yours and come along to enjoy a night out at the dogs. Tickets are on sale from Catherine Kelly, Joe O’Brien, Mike Greene, James O’Flaherty, Caroline Gray, Tracy Gray, Teresa Ormsby, in local shops and bars.

Very Sadly

For someone in my earlier days played tennis with Brendan O’Boyle, an excellent tennis player, on the court at the back of Ballyleague school it was great to see a club formed a few years ago and it was great to see children and adults enjoying the game of tennis on the banks of the Shannon. Alas, it will no longer be the case as I just receive the sad news that the Lough Ree Bay Tennis Club has ceased. A new committee could not be formed, and it was the decision of the club members to disband the club.

The club had €1564.85in its account and they agreed to disperse it to the six local Primary Schools Parents Association with Fermoyle, Lanesboro, Cloontuskert, Ballyleague, Ballagh and Cloontagh each receiving €200 each. The balance of 331.04 was split between Lanesboro and Ballyleague Tidy Towns committee’s each received €165.52.

As I already said it is sad to see a club that offered another sporting aspect to our community no longer in place.

Winner get €300

Buster tickets for the Buster Race at the Night at the Dogs are on sale at €2 each and you have the chance of winning €300 if you have the correct finishing combination.

Midsummers Day with the Stars

The annual Midsummers day with the Stars will take place at Roscommon Racecourse on Sunday 24th June. Year on year this county music festival continues to grow and attracts an attendance from all parts of the country. It is a local festival and it is not too often we get talent such as those featuring so close to us and all on the one day. Featuring this year will be Nathan Carter, Robert Mizzell, Mike Denver, Patrick Feeney, Declan Nerney, Philomena Begley, Cliona Hagan, Johnny Brady and a host of other artists. The show will commence at 2pm and there will be free car parking. Admission is just €25, and tickets can be bought locally in O’Brien’s.

On Sunday night in the Abbey Hotel the Festival Dane will take place with Mike Denver and his Band will provide the music. Dancing from 9.30pm.

Thank You

The Lanesboro Tidy Towns committee would like to thank all who generously donated to their church gate collection. A total of €753 was collected.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

The society’s third outing of 2018 to Roscommon Golf Club was a brilliant success with a great turnout. This been Captain Jackie McDonnell’s Captains Day. There was a lovely

display of prizes to be won. The day started off with heavy rain and looked ominous, but miraculously when play started the sun came out and for the third outing in a row the was again beautiful. Some great scores were returned, with three players on 36 points, one on 35 and a 34 with the winner Tony Patton scoring an excellent 38 points. The Ladies Prize was won by Ronnie Clarke, with the Visitor prize going to Ann Henry. There was also the presentation the prize for Golfer of the Year for 2017 to Mick Brennan. Well done Mick, the competition was tough with only a few points separating the first three. Lough Ree Golfing Society looks forward to their next outing on 20th July at Dunmurry Springs in Kildare. As usual new members will be made most welcome.

The results from Roscommon are: 1st Tony Patton 38pts, 2nd Michael Jordan 36 pts on countback and 3rd Johnny Jordan 36pts on countback

Front Nine John Martin 21pts.back nine Peter Lally 18pts, nearest pin Aiden Cassidy, longest drive Fintan Jordan, Ladies winners Ann Henry and Ronnie Clarke.

Championship Weekend goes on and on

Next Saturday will see the local interest switch back to Longford when the second round of the qualifiers will take place at 5pm in Pearse Park. Longford will welcome Kildare to Pearse Park and we look forward to the team being victorious. Again, we wish Dennis Connerton, Shane Donohoe, Liam Connerton, Shane Kenny, Tommy Farrell, Cian O’Brien, the panel and backroom team the very best of luck


On a bright and sunny day, Friday 1st June, Mark Fallon son of James and Maureen Fallon, Lismacmanus and Nancy Reilly daughter of Jimmy and Kathy Reilly professed their love for each other at their marriage ceremony. The Flower Girl was Mark and Nancy’s daughter Anna Beth Fallon. Their marriage was celebrated at their wedding reception in Clonabreany House, Crossakiel, Kells, Co. Meath. We would like to wish the happy couple many years of wedded happiness.

Silver Jubilee Celebration

Many congratulations to Fr. Brendan O’Sullivan who celebrates his Silver Jubilee as a priest for the diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois. Fr Brendan will celebrate his Jubilee with a Mass in St. Mary’s Parish Church on Saturday week 23rd June at 7.30pm. All are very welcome to come along.

Save the Date

The 20th year of Colmcille ploughing will take place on Sunday 19th August in the fields of Bernard and Ann O Reilly Aughnacliffe.

There will be local of attraction on the day for all the family and there will be more news to come in coming weeks!

For more information contact: Mary Sheridan 0860707619.

€12,400 Tidy Towns

The Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery draw took place on Tuesday morning last. There was no winner of the €12,300 jackpot and the jackpot will now rise to €12,400. The numbers drawn were 5, 7, 21 and 22. The winner of the €50 prize was Bernie Mc Kenna, Barnacor and the three €20 prizes went to Pat Kilcoyne, Barnacor, Martha Farrell, Yacht Bar Main Street, Mary Connaughton, Knock.

Cemetery Sunday Dates

The Blessing of Graves in the three graveyards in our parish will commence on Sunday 1st July in Rathcline, Lanesboro 8th July and Clonbonny 15th July. If you have family buried in any of the three cemeteries you are been given advanced notice to allow time to clean up your family grave.

It’s all happening in Lanesboro Library

Knitting & Crochet Group
Knitting & Crochet Group will take a break for the Summer from Monday 25th June.
Poetry & Music Group
‘Poetry and Music’ group will continue on Monday 25th June at The Rendezvous Restaurant (old convent) from 3pm to 5pm.  All are welcome to come along and join in!
Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group
The group will continue every Wednesday morning at 10.30am. All welcome to come along and interact with other children ages 0-4 yrs., play with our Lego table/building blocks, toy box, colouring tables and hear a story or two!
Summer Stars at Lanesboro Library
Summer Stars reading programme is running in Lanesboro Library from July 1st to August 31st.  Each child who registers will join in the fun of reading lots of exciting books during the Summer.  Children will receive their own Summer Stars Reading Card to record their progress and fun rewards will be provided along the way!
Pick up your Summer Star Reading Card at the Library!
Summer Stars Events at Lanesboro Library
Paint your own Story with Stephanie! Ages 6-12yrs – 3pm, Wednesday 11th July
Bunny Hop with Chris Thompson! Ages 3-8yrs – 11am, Friday 13th July
Pet Talk Time with Dogs Trust! Ages 7-12yrs – 3pm, Monday 16th July
Coding/IT Workshops – 2pm, Tuesday July 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th.
Explore Longford Photo Competition for children 6-12yrs.
Longford Tourism in conjunction with Longford Libraries.  Email a high quality photo of a scene/attraction/town/village in Co. Longford.
The competition will run from July 1st –August 31st.
Entry email:<>
Winning photos 1st,2nd,3rd will have their photo published on Visit Longford postcard.
Please note photo entries may be used for promotional purposes. Early booking is advised as places are limited.
Contact Stella on 043 332 1291 or email<>
Book Club
Book Club will continue on Friday 29th June at 11am.  Come along for a chat and a cuppa. All welcome!
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<>
New Language

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.

Lough Ree Athletic Club

Next Sunday 24th June is the date for the County Longford Community Games Finals and we would like to wish all our parish representatives the very best of luck.  The County Final day is always a great family day out and one of the most enjoyable athletic events of the year.   We look forward to seeing all those who qualified at our local parish games representing us in Ballymahon.

Summer Art and Craft Camp

for kids Mon 16th July – Thurs 19th July, 10am – 1pm in St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro.  €50 per child. Family discounts. To book a place contact Denise  086 8930990/Amy  087 0904388

Seeking a qualification in Tourism with Business

Tourism with Business QQI Levels 5 & 6 are now accepting applicants for September 2018 entry. These courses award 390 CAO points and are eligible for both SUSI grants and Back to Education Allowance. With Center Parcs opening in County Longford and Fáilte Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands campaign, tourism is set to be one of the main employers in the region. Students who complete level 5 & 6 can gain direct entry into year 2 of degree programmes in Athlone Institute of Technology. With the rising cost of student accommodation, it makes sense to start your degree locally in Longford College of Further Education. For details contact  or see our website to enrol on Places limited.


The winning ticket drawn in Clarke’s for the Rathcline 50/50 was in the name of Patrick Dowd, Newtowncashel. The winning envelope was worth €238. We say heartiest congratulations to the Patrick and thank him for his continued support of our 50/50.

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.


An Irish Language Summer Course (SIAMSA!) will take place from Monday 9th July to Friday 13th July in Gaelscoil Longfoirt.  The course will take place from 9.30am to 3.00pm each day and will cater for students from First Class to Sixth Class.  Further information and applications forms available by contacting 087-2642665.

Pilgrimage to Lough Derg

A one-day pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place on Sunday 19th August. The bus will leave Kenagh at 6.40pm and its route will take it through Derryhaun, Ballyleague, Scramogue and Rooskey. For any enquiries you are asked to contact Mary at 043-3321969.

Rathcline GAA

Good Luck: We would like to wish Denis Connerton, Lia Connerton, Shane Kenny and Shane Donohoe the very best of luck on Saturday when Longford play Kildare in the All-Ireland Qualifiers. The game takes place in Pearse Park at 7pm.

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


The winning ticket drawn in Clarke’s for the Rathcline 50/50 was in the name of Patrick Dowd, Newtowncashel. The winning envelope was worth €238. We say heartiest congratulations to the Patrick and thank him for his continued support of our 50/50.

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.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

All County Cup: Following wins over St. Dominic’s and Creggs, St Faithleach’s now play Kilglass Gaels on Wednesday 20th at 8pm in the quarter finals of the County Cup.

Junior League: Division four league action resumes on Sunday 24th in Ballyleague at 2pm against Roscommon Gaels.

Go Games: Well done to our U8 and U10 teams who played St. Michael’s on Friday evening in Ballyleague. Many thanks to all the parents and family members who came to support the teams and helped out with refreshments.

Congratulations: Congratulations to senior player and executive member James Quigley on his recent wedding to Ciara Taylor, Kilbride.

Best of luck: To the Roscommon Intermediate Ladies and management on Sunday 24th in the Connacht Final against Sligo.



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