Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 28th September 2020

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes


The marriage took place on Saturday last 26th September in the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Mary, Keadue, Co. Roscommon of Thomas Reynolds son of Ita and the late Brendan Reynolds, Cloontuskert and Nicola Prentice, daughter of Tam and Elizabeth Prentice, Hamilton, Scotland. Bestman was Peter Reynolds brother of the groom while chief bridesmaid was Stephanie Harvie friend of the bride. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Kevin Reynolds, uncle of the groom. The wedding reception was held in Kilronan Castle Hotel.

We would like to wish the happy couple many years of wedded happiness.

Return of ESB and Bord na Mona

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that there was a rattle and hum coming from Bord na Mona once again. The outcome of that was the delivery of peat from the bog for taking away to other points but for the next three months the collection of the peat will be going once again to the power station. I am led to believe that from Wednesday next 1st October it will be all systems go as the power station is fired up once again to burn the peat.

I believe that the power station will run from Wednesday until 31st December burning off all the peat on the bog. From then on what was so wonderful for generations of families will be no more and we will be left with the memories. Over the next three months we have the final opportunity to see the last of the smoke coming from the chimney stack and to see and hear the rattle of the locos as they draw peat to the power station.

Tractor/Vintage car/Classic Bike Run

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no sign of relenting the annual Lanesboro Tidy Towns Breakfast Morning has had to be cancelled. In an effort to raise funds whilst staying within the guidelines the Lanesboro Tidy Towns committee have come up with a three-pronged event on Sunday 25th October. There will be a Tractor Run, a Vintage Car Run and Classic Bike Run. The Tractors will assemble at St. Faithleach’s GAA grounds and start from there while the Vintage Cars and Classic Bikes will gather at Lanesboro Car Park and commence their route from there.

You are asked to donate some sponsorship to a participating tractor, vintage car or classic bike to help fund the Tidy Towns committee as they continue their excellent work in the area. I doubt if there is not a group in the community that the Co-Op/Tidy Towns have not helped out at one stage or another and this is a great opportunity to help back by supporting them in this tractor, vintage car and classic bike run.


On Thursday last 24th September we learned of the death in the care of Sunset Lodge, St. Joseph’s Care Centre, Longford town of Aivars Lazda, Radharc na Muileann. Aivars moved to Ireland from his native Latvia. On his arrival in Lanesboro he worked with Michael Casey, Newtowncashel. In recent years he fell into ill health which he battled with all his might. He was a soft spoken, quiet and private person. He would always be seen having his walk down the town. Those that knew him speak of a lovely and warm man, ever obliging a real gentleman.

Aivars will be sadly missed by his son Arturs, sister Ivetta, friends and fellow compatriots to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.

Our Greenway

For those interested in the distance of our new greenway, the distance from the outer barrier to the end and back to the barrier is a distance of 4.28Km or 2.67miles.

The bridge over the stream is for pedestrians and cyclists only.

For those bringing their dogs on the greenway they are asked to bring dog poop bags as already there is dog poop appearing on the walkway. We must bear in mind that there are children walking and being pushed in buggies along the greenway and it is very important that it is remains clean always.

Sponsored Wheelchair Push/Walk

Maurice Donlon is undertaking a sponsored wheelchair push/walk at Corlea Trackway Kenagh in aid of the Longford Branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association. The walk/push will take place on Thursday 8th October. Sponsorship cards are in O’Brien’s and other local businesses. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Shannon Country

Richard Hayward in the middle of the last century was a travel writer, singer, actor, who was well-known the length and breadth of the country. He wrote Where the River Shannon Flows having traced the river from its origins on the Cavan Fermanagh border and published it in 1939.

Paul Clements, a native of Belfast is a fellow travel writer to Hayward. Paul is a prolific writer and his latest book Shannon Country has him retracing Hayward’s journey from the source of the Shannon to the Shannon estuary. He has travelled the entire length of the 344km river by car, boat, bike and on foot. His trip along the river gives us a real feel of all the communities and the impact the river has on their communities and how some of these communities use the river to their benefit.

Along the route he paints a remarkable vision of the river and its communities. In Lanesboro he spends some good time in the company of Dan Kavanagh and Seadna Ryan where he learned a lot about our area and community.

The book is an excellent read and already it is proving to be a very popular read. It can be bought in O’Brien’s at the cost of €15.

Tidy Towns Regret

As 2020 will be always remembered as the year that all events and practically all occasions came to a sudden halt. Following the success of Lanesboro, Ballyleague and Cloontuskert in last year’s Tidy Towns competition there was great hope and expectation for a vast improvement in points this year.

When you look at the work of the three Tidy Town committees that continued unabated this year and supported by all businesses making a conscious effort to improve their street fronts our three Tidy Towns entrants never looked better. This summer the boating community was all Irish and it is was especially pleasing to hear so many comments from those on the river as to how beautiful our community looks.

A word of thanks must go to the three committees for their continued great work and we look forward to everybody rowing in together to continue this great work and in 2021 all the work will be rewarded with exceptional points which in my mind will be well deserved.

Roscommon Biography

The recently launched Dictionary of Roscommon Biography is continuing to sell well and it has almost sold its first full print. It is a book that is full of amazing detail and those from the county and those of us along the Roscommon border it holds a fascinating interest. It is a book once you open it you will find it difficult to leave down. This huge volume priced at only €30 can be purchased in O’Brien’s while stocks last.     

Towns Lotto Winner                                                                                  

The numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lotto on Tuesday 22nd September were 15, 17, 21 and 24. There was nobody with these four numbers and the jackpot for the draw on Tuesday 29th August stood at €1,900. The consolation prize of €50 went to Chris Cullen, Rathcline Road, and the three €20 prizes went to K. Donlon, c/o Mags, MPJA c/o Mike Greene and Aileen Fallon.

The committee are very grateful for your continued and generous support.

Mass Schedule

For next week you will see the townlands arrangements below.

Saturday 3rd October 7.30pm Mass the following areas Fermoyle, Green Gardens, Gurteengar, Killinure and Knock Manor

Sunday 4th October the9.30am Mass is the turn of Knock, Lehery and Lismacmanus

11.30am Mass on Sunday 4th October Mass will be for the townslands of Lisduff, Lisnacusha, Lisrevagh, Mahoraveen, Main Street and Mount Davis.

Fr. Sergiy Ruchenko has now moved into the Presbytery and can be contacted there or by phoning 3321166 or 0833892362. Alternatively, you can contact Fr. Merlyn Kenny, Newtowncashel 0860603433 and Fr. Turlough Baxter, Killashee 0879972259 who will be assisting Fr. Sergiy during his ministery in the parish.

If you would like any of the priests to call with Holy Communion to a family member you are invited to contact any of the priests.

New Outdoor Speakers

In the very near future there will be outdoor speakers erected at the church. This will be a great aid for those that want to attend Mass but cannot for fear of the virus or for those that would like to attend Mass even if it is not their townsland.

Rathcline Lotto

The draw of the 50/50 took place on Monday night 14th September in Clarke’s Bar.                                      The jackpot pool stood at €189 and the name on the winning ticket was Lil and Bernadette Ross, Church View.

The club apricates the support of everyone that bought tickets for the draw and we look forward to greater support driving the 50/50.

Lanesboro Library

Lanesboro Library Opening Hours Extended

Browse & Borrow service available on the following days- Wednesday and Friday 10am-1pm & 2-4pm and Saturday from 10am-1pm

For the well-being of everyone, please note the following:

  • Visitor numbers will be limited to two customers or 1 family in the Library at any one time.  Please queue safely outside the building.
  • All Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Please wear a face covering when using our building – Thank You.
  • Book Return:  Books can be returned through the Book Drop to the side of front door.
  • Computers/Internet:  Public P.C.’s are available for use – Please phone 0433321291 to book your 30-minute time slot.
  • Printing Services: Printing, Photocopying & Scanning service are available – Please phone 043 3321291 to book your time slot.
  • Hand Sanitisation: Sanitisation Stations must be used and will be available at the entrance and within the library.
  • Social Distancing and Respiratory Etiquette must always be observed.
  • If you or anyone at home has symptoms of Covid-19, please DO NOT visit the Library, or return books for 72 hours, after you have completed a 14-day isolation Foreign Currency & Used Stamps

We are still collecting unwanted foreign currency and old coins/notes in aid of Koins for Kids.  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

You can contact Library on: email , on Facebook you can private message: @lanesborolibrary, or telephone Stella: 043 3321291

Rathcline GAA


The draw of the 50/50 took place on Monday night 14th September in Clarke’s Bar.                                      The jackpot pool stood at €189 and the name on the winning ticket was Lil and Bernadette Ross, Church View.

The club apricates the support of everyone that bought tickets for the draw and we look forward to greater support driving the 50/50.

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