Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 2nd July 2018


Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes


Night at the Dogs

Our community is renowned for great ‘Night at the Dogs’ and on Friday night next 6th July we will once again have a ‘Night at the Dogs’ in support of the Lough Ree Monster Festival.

There is nothing like the atmosphere created at Longford Greyhound Track and we would encourage everyone to come along. Remember you only benefit the Festival by buying your tickets before you go to the races.

The Lough Ree Monster Festival invites you to join with us on Friday night and have another great night at the dogs.

Tickets priced at €10 each are available from Catherine Kelly, James O’Flaherty, Diane Walsh, Caroline Gray, Teresa Ormsby, Tracy Gray, Michael Greene, or in O’Brien’s.

Win €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. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s or from committee members.

Thank You

The local branch of the Samaritans would like to sincerely thank everyone for their generous contributions of €571.68 at their Church Gate collection last week.

Two Provinces Triathlon 2018

Lanesboro Triathlon Club are holding the “Two Provinces Kidathon” on Friday 13th July and the “Two Provinces Triathlon” on Saturday 14th July in the village of Ballyleague/Lanesboro and surrounding areas.

This year’s event is both a National Series and Super Series event and is expecting to attract around 500 competitors. The large number of competitors and supporters, along with road closures during the races means there will be some traffic disruption:

Friday 13th July: General disruption between 5:30pm and 9:00pm due to people traveling to and participating in the kids’ race.

There will be restricted access to the Rathcline Rd between 7.30pm and 8.30pm. The kids cycle takes place on this road between the entrance to quarry and Harold’s Cross.

Saturday 14th July: General disruption between 7:30am and 3:00pm due to people traveling to and participating in the adult race.

To ensure safety of competitors, Roscommon County Council have granted a road closure order for the R371 Strokestown Rd (Ballyleague to Scramogue) between 10.45am and 2.00 pm. The cycle part of our race takes place on this road.

The cycle will also result in some disruption on the N63 from the Lanesboro Parish Hall to the Slieve Bawn Hotel between 10.45am-2.00pm.

Additionally, there will be restricted access to the Rathcline Rd between 11.30am and 2.30 pm. The adult run takes place on this road between the entrance to quarry and Harold’s Cross.

The club would like to thank everyone for their cooperation and support and we invite everyone to come along to cheer on the athletes. This is a big event for the area!

Call for Marshals: The event cannot run smoothly and so successfully without the help of the local volunteers on the day. If you would like to lend a hand and enjoy the atmosphere of race day, please drop your name into Joe O’Brien’s Corner Shop and we will be in touch… In the evening, we will be hosting a post-race party with spot prizes for the marshals to round off what we hope will be another successful race day.

Two Provinces Aquathon 2018

Lanesboro Triathlon Club are holding the Two Provinces Aquathon on Wednesday 4th July. It is the final event of the Midlands Aquathon Series, so we’re expecting a good crowd of athletes looking to pick up their final points and help their clubs compete for this year’s title.

The run will be held on the Rathcline road and for reasons of safety, between 7:30pm to 8:30pm, traffic on the road will be marshalled and directed by An Garda Síochána.

Not for Household rubbish

I have been asked to remind people that continue to use the on street litter bins that these bins are not for household rubbish and to desist from doing so.

Adult Art

Material Matters: a one-day course in painting techniques. The aim is to improve skills and to increase technical abilities and  knowledge of materials. Led by visual artist and experienced art tutor Loretto Cooney, (MA. FA), the day long course of workshops, talks and individual tutorials, allows for sustained concentration, with the freedom to experiment.

Suitable for adults, beginners to intermediate. It is being held in the Ardagh Art and Heritage Centre, Ardagh, Co. Longford. Beginning at 11 am until 4 pm, on Saturday next July 7th.  with breaks for lunch and coffee. Places are limited, early booking is essential. Phone Loretto at 0868478527.

Social Dancing

There will be Social Dancing every Wednesday night from 10pm to 12pm at Longford Rugby club commencing this Wednesday 4th July. Refreshments will be served on the night.

€12,600 Tidy Towns

The Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery draw took place on Tuesday morning last. There was no winner of the €12,500 jackpot and the jackpot, for this week, will now rise to €12,600. The numbers drawn were 8, 13, 19 and 26. The winner of the €50 prize was Gerard Farrell c/o Adie’s and the three €20 prizes winners were  Bernie Mc Kenna, Barnacor, Jacinta Mc Cormack c/o Mags and Sarah Hopkins c/o Mags.

Graveyard Sunday continues

The Blessing of Graves will take place in Lanesboro Cemetery on Sunday next 8th July at 6pm and will move to Clonbonny on Sunday week 15th July. If you have family buried in any of Lanesboro or Clonbonny cemeteries you are asked to clean up your family grave in preparation for the Blessing.

A note to everyone tending graves; as there is no dumping area to put what you are taking off your grave you are asked to take away all to ensure that the local graveyards and surrounds remain in pristine condition.

It’s all happening in Lanesboro Library

Poetry & Music Group

‘Poetry and Music’ group will continue on Monday 9th July at 4.15pm.

All are welcome to come along and join in!

Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group

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!

Saturday Family Fun Mornings at the Library

During July and August, we will have a Family Fun Morning each Saturday in the library.  There will be Craft Table with Belinda, Retro Games Table, Lego Table and Colouring Tables.  No booking is required – just drop in and join in the fun!

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.

Singing & Songwriting Workshop with Katie Gallagher

–  2pm, Fri July 6th, 13th, 20th

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 in

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

All-Ireland Champions

Congratulations to local girls Sarah Scally, Marie Kelly, Ellen Irwin, Kate McPhilips and Jennifer Brennan, their families, their St. Faithleach’s club and their Roscommon team mates on their tremendous victory over Antrim in the All-Ireland Minor Semi Final on Saturday last.

Summer Art and Craft Camp

Will commence for kids on Monday week 16th July and will continue until Thurs 19th July. The camp will take place from 10am – 1pm each day in St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro.  The cost is €50 per child. Family discounts. To book a place contact Denise 086 8930990/Amy 087 0904388


The name on the winning ticket drawn for the Rathcline 50/50 on Monday night last was Caroline Cullen, Rathcline Road. The winning envelope was worth €238. We say heartiest congratulations to the Caroline on her win and thank her for her continued support of the 50/50.

Tickets are on sale in local shops and businesses 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.

Ladies’ Evening

A Ladies Evening in aid of #togetherwithdavid on Sunday 22nd July at 6pm in Lanesboro Resource Centre beside Johnston’s Pharmacy. There will be live demonstrations from the Brow Boutique, The Hair Suite and Rachael Kelly Artistry. Refreshments will be served on the night and there will be a raffle with great prizes to be won. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s, Casserley’s Spar and The Brow Boutique. Tickets cost €20 each and your support will be greatly appreciated.


An Irish Language Summer Course (SIAMSA!) will take place from Monday week 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.

Have you book for 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

Help Wanted: If any club member or player is available to help out with stewarding at the Two Provinces Triathlon on Friday evening week 13th July or on Saturday week 14th July can you leave you name and phone number into O’Brien’s or phone Joe at 086-2460840 or email

50/50 Galway Races: The club has confirmed the club’s annual Race Day for Monday 30th July is sold out in advance of the big day. However, there is a waiting list being created and you may be lucky to get a place if somebody pulls out. As I have said previously this is a jewel in the club’s activities and recognised by so many as they book it out year on year. The club would like to thank everyone that have booked their places and also to others that expressed their interest. The club is in a privileged position by having the support of Galway Racecourse for the day for which we are deeply grateful.


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.

Shannon Gaels

The Cúl Camps will take place in the club grounds in Clonbonny from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th July. Bookings can be made online at or with Damien Sheridan, Longford Coaching Officer at Longford GAA office, Pearse Park. Phone Damien at 087 9126556.

St. Faithleach’s GAA



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