Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 30th September 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Accommodation Providers

Are you interested? The Collaboration group have spoken to Fáilte Ireland about people from their Accommodation Provider department to come to Lanesboro to speak to people that may be interested in becoming Accommodation Providers from single rooms, B&B, Guesthouses and hotels. As well as our local community this meeting is open to people from all surrounding parishes and towns.

You are asked to register your interest by contacting  Joe at with Accommodation Provider in your subject box or phone Joe 086-2460840.

Breakfast Morning Returns

The Lanesboro Tidy Towns group are hosting their very popular Breakfast Morning in Lanesboro Parish Hall on Sunday 17th November from 9 30 am until 12.30 pm. Tickets will be on sale locally at the usual price of €10. This has been a very enjoyable event over the last few years. Your support would be very much appreciated. The funds raised go towards keeping the town and outskirts in top condition.

Windsong Music School

A real and wonderful opportunity for musical people looking to take expert tuition in various musical instruments and also the theory in a local environment. Tuition is for all ages in singing, piano, harp, cello, violin and theory. Junior and Leaving Certificate courses taught. For information you should ring 087 3649005 or email

World Skills

Local Ballyleague man Cormac Thompson was selected to be part of the World Skills competition in Russia recently. Cormac son of Gerry and Martha Thompson, Culliaghy, Ballyleague always has his heart set on being an aircraft mechanic and his single mindedness seen him achieve his ambition when he became an apprentice aircraft mechanic with Aer Lingus. Presently he is currently a student with the Clare and Limerick Education and Training board as well as a Technological University in Dublin.

Cormac along with his Irish teammates achieved great results in the World Skills competition achieving a team place in the top 10. The challenge for the Irish team was to pit their skills again 1,600 other contestants from over 60 countries making Cormac’s award-winning medallion a wonderful achievement.

Cormac is a former Lanesboro Community College student secured a medallion for excellence in aircraft maintenance as part of the Irish team that competed in Kazan, Russia. This was the opportunity of a lifetime to display your skills and Cormac displayed his natural abilities to tremendous affect.

We extend Cormac our heartiest congratulations on his tremendous achievement and like his family we too are extremely proud of him.

Taste of the Island

The RAI award winning 4* Abbey Hotel Roscommon will host a unique Taste the Island event on Sunday October 20th from 2-5pm. 

EMBRACING LOCAL will give all local artisan food and drink suppliers in the region a unique opportunity to showcase your produce and wares on the day. Cookery demonstrations from our award-winning chefs. To register call 086 3276584 #tastetheisland 

Taste of the Lakelands

The Taste of the Lakelands Food Festival will once again take place in Lanesboro for one day only Sunday 13th October. This is an annual event in our community, and it draws people from all over the region.

Activities on the day to include: Food Producers Marquee, Food Demonstrations in the Hall, Craft Fair and Face Painting for Children.

Activities will start at 10am and continue until 5pm. The food producer’s marquee will be sited immediately behind the Parish Hall while the Food Demonstrations, Face Painting and Craft Fair will all be in the Parish Hall.

The line-up for the Cookery Demonstrations are both local and of the highest quality chefs in Ireland. Each and every one of them award winners in their own right.

At 10am Margaret Sexton will open proceedings involving young people themed Cupcake Decorating which should be spectacular involvement for the young people and the young should not miss this demonstration.

11am Stephen Dowd Premier Food Hub

12 noon Alison Crean The Abbey Hotel Roscommon

1pm Fiona Egan Cloughan Farm and Cookery School

2pm David Porter Kilronan Castle Estate and Spa

3pm Owen Atkinson Viewmount House, Longford

4pm Daniel Skukallk Nine Arches Restaurant, Ballymahon

The Library this week

If you go down to the library this week you are sure of a great welcome for the many events taking place. Go along and be part of a very vibrant library.

Knitting & Crochet Club

Knitting & Crochet Club continues every Monday 2-4pm.

New members always welcome!

Poetry & Music Group

Poetry & Music group continues on Monday 23rd September and

Monday 7th October from 4.15 to 5.30pm.

All welcome to come along and join in with this very vibrant group!

ESOL Course

ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) takes place in the Library every Tuesday evening 7-9pm. 

Contact Nuala Donlon on for further information.

Book Club

Book Club for September takes place on Friday 27th September at 11am.

Book choices for this month are ‘The Lonely Life of Biddy Weir’ by Lesley Allen and ‘The Lightkeeper’s Daughters’ by Jean Pendziwol.  All welcome to come along!

Mud Bugs Nature Workshop for children

Book your child’s place for this wonderful Nature Workshop with Jess from Mud Bugs – a fun packed session of arts & crafts! Suitable for children aged 5 to 10 yrs. old.

Venue: Lanesboro Library; Date: Saturday 12th October; Time: 11am
Places are limited so act fast! To book contact the library on 0433321291, message on messenger or email
This event is part of the October Book Festival and is free of charge.

Mindfulness with Paul Marsden

Lanesboro Library will host a very interesting talk on Mindfulness with Paul Marsden this October 14th, as part of the Healthy Ireland at your Library programme. 

Topics covered will be Using Mindfulness to help cope with stress, anxiety and depression and Tips for good mental health.

All are welcome to come along to this free event.  No booking is necessary.

Venue: Lanesboro Library

Date: Monday 14th October

Time: 7-8.30pm

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.

Check out our Online Services where you can download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines and newspapers, learn a new language or do an online course.  All you need is your library card and pin.  Renew or request books on our website

Bridge Lessons

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club is holding Bridge Lessons for beginners and improvers will take place on Monday next 7th October in St. Faithleach’s clubhouse at 8pm. 10 lessons cost €90 payable on the night

Sliabh Bán Book

The hugely popular history on Sliabh Bán is back on sale and as we are going into holiday season it would make a wonderful read over the summer or even as a present for all those returning during holiday time. The book is available for sale in O’Brien’s costing €20.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge

The results of the competition held on Monday night 23rd September 2019 are N/S gross: 1st Essie Nugent and Katharine Harrison, 2nd Joan Donlon and Kathleen Kelly, 3rd Mary Fallon and Goretti Kenny. Nett: 1st Essie Nugent and Katharine Harrison, 2nd Mary Fallon and Goretti Kenny, 3rd Joan Donlon and Kathleen Kelly.

E/W: Gross: 1st Maura Hanly and Mary Mc Gushin, 2nd Bridie McGrath and Mary Moran, 3rd Martha Byrne and Liz Crean. Nett: 1st Des and Eileen Watts, 2nd Bridie McGrath and Mary Moran, 3rd Martha Byrne and Liz Crean.                      

Unveiling Ceremony

Cloontuskert Cemetery committee will be unveiling the statue of Our Lady of Fatima and the three visionaries at Cloontuskert Cemetery on Sunday 13th October at 3pm.

Proceedings will commence with the blessing of the statue and the consecration of the holy souls to the Sacred Heart of Our Lady of Fatima for her protection. This will be then followed by the Rosary. Everyone is invited to attend.

Harvest Festival

St John’s Church, Lanesborough invites everyone to their annual Thanksgiving Service on Sunday 13th October at 4pm

Weekly 25 Drive

The results from Sunday 29th September game in St. Mary’s Hall are: Joint first on eleven games were Josie & Freda Connaughton and Michael Doorley & Sean Parker. Last game winners were Annie & Kay. Raffle winners were Annie Egleton, Petey Donlon, Aidan Carling, Tom Skelly. The game is on every Sunday night at 8 30pm sharp. All welcome. No partner needed. Refreshments served.

Bord na Mona/ESB Update

The power station is back up and running after an initial few anxious days. At the moment is not on full load and it is expected in the next few weeks it will be firing at 100%.  The Loco’s are back drawing peat to the station, and I believe a test trial of co fuelling with peat and biomass will be trialled in the coming weeks.

Tidy Towns Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on Tuesday morning 24th September were 3, 14, 19, and 28. There was nobody with the winning numbers and the jackpot pool has now risen to €5,500. The winner of the €50 prize was Johnnie c/o Mags, and the three €20 were won by Phil Wright c/o The Market, Katarzyna Kavanagh, Rathcline Road and Aidan Dunning, Baylin, Athlone.

Bridge Results

The results of the competition held on Wednesday 25th September are N/S 1st Frank and Frances Brennan, 2nd Mona O’Flaherty and Maureen Hynes,3rd Gemma Douglas and Elish Gray. E/W 1st Eileen Kelly and Mary Farrell, 2nd Una Clarke and Tom Feeney and 3rd Maura Hanly and Mairéad Gill

Dinner Dance

The annual Longford Region Pioneer dinner dance takes place in The Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule on Friday, 11th October. Traditionally this is one of the highlight events of any year. Music by J and S Sound. Tickets are available from Breda Moran


The 50/50 draw took place on Monday 23rd September and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was the Collins family, Fairymount. The winning pool was €283. Thank you, lads, for your support of the 50/50. The club is striving to have the pool stand over €500 on a constant basis and this can only happen with your dedicated support. The club would like to thank you for your ongoing support.

There are four options when buying your tickets, (1) buy your €2 ticket, (2) 3 tickets for €5, (3) the green envelope where you pay €50 for a six-month term with one free draw and (4) the pink envelope where you pay €100 for a 12-month period with two free draws. Those tickets are available in any of the local shops and pubs or from any member of the club executive.

Lough Ree AC

County Longford Primary Schools Cross Country – Fermoyle

The rain stayed away, and the temperature was perfect for a great days cross country running as schools from all over the country competed in the Annual County Longford Primary Schools Cross Country on Saturday 28th September in Moyne Community School.

“Cometh the hour, cometh the man” to quote William Shakespeare or in the case of Fermoyle National School, “cometh the MEN”. The young men in question are the 3rd/4th Class boys who romped home to take first, second and third individual positions in their 800m race. On a very challenging course Rhian Hogan set a blistering pace and was tracked all the way by his class mates Oisín Dillon and Mikey Sorohan, who finally got the better of him in the final 150 metres with Oisín taking the gold, Mikey the silver and Rhian the pacemaker having led all the way forced to settle for the bronze medal. They were closely followed home by Tim Kenny in 9th position, these were the four scoring members of the winning team. They were well supported by their classmates, Daragh Donlon, Jack Cassidy, Josh Curran, Sean O’Dowd and Elliot Johnston in the minor positions. In the 5th/6th class boys race John Farrell was our first man home followed by Callum Farrell, Luke Johnston and Alex Mc Dermott who had his first outing in a cross-country race. Full results are not available yet, so we are not yet sure how this fine team fared out.

Not be outdone by the boys the 3rd/4th girls team had a great run with Emma Feeney leading home the team in second position to take the silver medal just narrowly missing out on the individual gold. Emma is a gutsy runner and her lack of experience in letting the leader get a little too far ahead meant she had to settle for second place when she believes she had the winning of it. Her teammates Hannah Farrell, Maria Forde and Lillie Dowd all finished strongly but we are not sure yet of the team position. Ellie May Hanley was out sole competitor in the 5th /6th class girls’ race and has to be commended for competing and finishing a long and tough course with no team support which is so important in cross country running. At least Ellie May had her school mates for support, unlike James who this scribe met , James told me he was the only competitor flying the flag for Legan school competing in the 3rd/4th class event Well done James and Ellie May and well done to all the competitors for making this a great event. Special thanks to all the parents for the support and to Paddy McPhillips, Leslie Finnan and the team of volunteers from Longford Athletic Club and Moyne Community School for managing to run off the event in a timely and efficient manner.

Free Digital skills course

Seetec Longford is offering a fully funded digital skills course aimed at helping people undertake everyday tasks such as online banking, shopping, as well as mastering smartphone Apps & Social media.

It will be for 2.5 hours a day for 4 days and will be hosted at Seetec’s Longford Centre.   Individuals and groups catered for.  Register your interest by 0433349212 or email

National Learning Network

Free courses are being offered for people with disabilities in their lives, between the ages of 18 and 65 years. Contact Hilary Claffey 086 7839078 or or phone 3342255 for information.

Rathcline GAA – ‘Be with us Be a part of Us’.


The 50/50 draw took place on Monday 23rd September and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was the Collins family, Fairymount. The winning pool was €283. Thank you, lads, for your support of the 50/50. The club is striving to have the pool stand over €500 on a constant basis and this can only happen with your dedicated support. The club would like to thank you for your ongoing support.

There are four options when buying your tickets, (1) buy your €2 ticket, (2) 3 tickets for €5, (3) the green envelope where you pay €50 for a six-month term with one free draw and (4) the pink envelope where you pay €100 for a 12-month period with two free draws. Those tickets are available in any of the local shops and pubs or from any member of the club executive.

Under 12

Congratulations to the Under 12 panel and management on winning the Shane Kenny Shield Final with an excellent win over Southern Gaels in a very entertaining game played by two excellent and competitive teams.

Prior to the game a minute’s silence took place in memory of young man Cian Neary, Killashee who died last week. Cian was a former member of the Killashee and Southern Gaels clubs. Our minor and senior club would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the Neary family, the Killashee and Southern Gaels clubs on their tremendous loss.

Under 20

The Under 20 panel got their campaign off to a convincing start with a great win over a strong Clonguish side on Saturday night last. The next game takes place in Clonbonny when the team takes on Colmcille at 4.30pm. We hope a big number will turn out to support the team and management.

Ballyboro FC

The under 14 team bowed out of the Connacht (Sketchers Cup) when they were beaten 5-3 by A.C. Celtic. The first half was closely contested and finished 3-3 with the Ballyboro goals coming from Christian Donlon (2) and new signing Gabriel Klava. However, 2 goals in the first five minutes of the second half for the Athlone boys proved to be decisive. Ballyboro: Sam Glennon, Ruairi Carling, Cormac O’Dowd, Joey Trimble, Josh Crawford, James Mimnagh, Christian Donlon, Brandon McCann, Alex Forde, Gabriel Klava, Jack Phelan, Subs: Fionn Crossan, Kevin Donlon, Luke Cullen, Rory Killian.
Well done to Christian Donlon who scored all four goals for the Longford Under 13 League team when they defeated the Galway League 4-2 in the Subway Cup on Saturday.
A big crowd of enthusiastic under 8s and under 9s gathered for their first coaching session of the season on Saturday. Thanks are due to all nine coaches present and to the parents for their cooperation. The club is indebted to the Lough Ree Park/Shannon Heights Residents Association, and also to Sean Moran FAS Supervisor, for helping to provide training facilities for the club pending the completion of the Astro Turf pitch.
Club players, Daniel Hogan, Rian Hogan, Luke Johnston, and Michael Hogan, participated in a Futsal Blitz in Kenagh Community Centre last week.
Graham Kane FAI Development Officer, assisted by club personnel, commenced his weekly coaching sessions at Lanesboro Community College last week.
Fixtures: All games in Abbeycartron. The under 12s play UCL Falcons on Sunday at 1.30(back pitch). The under 13s play Mostrim on Saturday at 2pm.The under 14s play Ballymahon on Sunday, kick off 1.30 (front pitch).

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