Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 19th October 2020

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Tractor/Vintage car/Classic Bike Run Deferred

Due to the countrywide restrictions imposed by the Government owing to Covid-19 Lanesboro Tourism/Tidy Town have deferred their Tractor Run/Vintage Car and Classic Bike Run until a time that there is a safe opportunity to hold the event.

Since this fundraiser was first mooted there was fabulous interest and support with a large number entering their vehicles almost immediately. The committee is deeply grateful for your great expression of interest and thank everyone and they look forward to welcoming everyone once the restrictions have been lifted to safely take part in what will surely be a fabulous day out.


Just a reminder for everyone that is walking, cycling, and driving down Clonbonny to the new Greenway in Kilnacarrow. The Bord na Mona track that crosses the road as you approach the entrance to the Greenway is now back in use and you are asked to be very careful and conscious in the knowledge that the locos and the wagons are back using this particular line. These locos are pulling heavy loads, they will always be crossing this junction on frequent occasions and it take a long distance for it to stop – please unsure caution at all times.

Enjoyable Autumnal Feeling

The last few weeks were a bonus weather wise with some very unseasonably warm days thrown in giving us a real autumnal feel. However, the forecast for the coming week which began on Sunday was not good and a return to wet and windy weather. The last few weeks of good weather has given people a great uplift and the chance to prepare for the winter days ahead.

The past couple of weeks seen the last of the tourists and it was remarkable the great comments about our community in regard to beauty, hospitality and friendliness. It is always great to hear such comments about our community but more so this year as all our visitors were Irish and they were seeing the Shannon and our community for the first time. Let’s hope that the good affect we had on them will make them return in the coming year and years.

We look to the winter with some trepidation due to the extraordinary rise in Covid-19 infected numbers. We are very conscious that in the area every one of us have done a remarkable job in keeping the virus at bay and we encourage everyone to be patient and to continue to do the right thing to protect ourselves, our families and everyone we come in contact with. I know that all the restrictions have made it become very tedious leading to a feeling of uneasiness and frustration but we must continue to do the right thing to ensure we will all come out of it on the right side.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Bríd and James Hanley, their son Tiernan, Knock Manor, and the extended Killian family on the death of Bríd’s father Brendan Killian, Cornaguillagh, Newtowncashel on Saturday last 17th October

Thank You

A couple of weeks ago the residents of Church View paid their respect to Mike Casey for all the work he had done in the estate for almost 15 years when they made a presentation to him of the occasion of his finishing up on the scheme.

Mike asked me to include this week a note of thanks for their presentation. It was something that he had not expected and as he said himself “the gift I got was working with all the residents of the estate over the 15 years”. He said his time in Church View was a labour of love because he was working with a wonderful community young and old. He thanks everybody for the support and respect they showed him. The residents of Church View will never be forgotten by him and his gratitude will remain unbridled. He again thanks everyone in Church View for their presentation.

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.

Talk to the Samaritans

Are you struggling to cope with life? Do you think it would be a help to talk about your problems in confidence? It does not matter who you are, how you feel or what has happened to you the Samaritans are always there and ready to talk with you. Don’t let things get you down just contact, and someone will talk with you. The Samaritans are available 24 hours a day 365 days a year just phone 116123.

Towns Lotto Winner                                                                                   

The numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lotto on Tuesday 13th October were 11, 17, 19 and 24. There was nobody with these four numbers and the jackpot for the draw on Tuesday 20th October stood at €2,100. The main consolation prize of €50 went to Mick Fagan, Cashelbeg and the three other €20 prizes went to Elaine and David, Church View, Moydow 3 some c/o Mags and Martin Farrell, c/o Xlntee.

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

Win a Car

Just prior to the outbreak of the Corona Virus pandemic Killashee GAA club had embarked on an ambitious redevelopment of their club house and dressing rooms. Having been committed to the project they are going ahead to accomplish the project.

They have just launched a new Club Development draw of which there will be 10 prizes with the main prize being a Toyota Yaris.  Tickets are priced €50 each or 3 for €130. Tickets can be purchased on Club Force under Killashee St. Brigid’s GAA or on PayPal

St. Faithleach’s Lotto

The results of the St. Faithleach’s lottery draw held on Saturday night 10th October in the clubhouse. The numbers drawn were 9, 12, 15 and 25. There was no winner of the €12,000 jackpot and the jackpot of €12,000 remains for the next draw that will be held on Saturday 24th October.

The three winners of the €40 prizes were Pauline Murphy, Kenagh, Padraig and Niall Dooney, Lough Ree Park and Sheila Collier, Gortgallon.

An additional seller of O’Brien’s Corner Shop has been added to the list of selling outlets.

Mass Schedule

Due to the entire country being placed in Level 4 Restrictions there will be no public Masses until further notice.

Mass is being offered privately daily and it is being transmitted each day on the Facebook page “St. Mary’s Lanesboro”. Masses takes place at 10am on Monday to Thursday, 7pm on Friday, 7.30pm on Saturday and 11.30am on Sundays.

Mass intentions will continue to be booked for weekdays for the present. People wishing to book masses can do so by contacting Fr Sergiy before or after mass during the week in the Sacristy. All that have booked Masses are asked to rebook them for weekdays for the foreseeable future. 

Adoration and Confession will take place on Friday evenings from 6pm until private Mass time of 7pm.

Fr. Sergiy Ruchenko can be contacted at the presbytery 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.

Church activities

Eucharistic Adoration will take place on Tuesday’s from 10.30am until 8pm and it is hoped that there will be two people in attendance for each hour.

Adoration and Confessions will take place on Friday evenings from 6pm until private mass time of 7pm.

Support line for older people

ALONE manage a national support line for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to Covid-19. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm. for helpful information phone 0818 222024

Lanesboro Library

The library is closed to public in line with Government Guidelines at the moment:

However, staff are working behind closed doors on Wednesday 10-1pm & 2-5pm, Friday 10-1 & 2-5pm and Saturday 10-1pm.  Please contact if you require books or printing/scanning/photocopying to arrange.

Children’s Book Festival Month

Children’s Book Festival takes place during October.  Keep an eye on our Facebook page for lots of Story-times and some simple Hallowe’en Arts & Crafts!  Send in pics of your completed craft and be in with a chance to win a prize after Hallowe’en!

Design A Bookmark Competition

We are delighted to announce a fantastic new competition being held this October for our younger readers. Design your own bookmark and be in with the chance of having it printed professionally! Email for an entry form. The closing date October 31st.

The winning entry will be printed professionally.

Name The Witch Competition

Email  for an entry form & send in your entries!

There will be a prize for the lucky winner after Hallowe’en!

Printing/Scanning/Photocopying Services: Printing, Photocopying & Scanning service are available – Please phone 043 3321291 during library hrs to arrange.

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

Seeing a Counsellor

Seeing a counsellor does not mean that there is something wrong with you. It may mean that you like to learn new ways to cope with different situations, create new thinking patterns and help with a traumatic experience. If this is something you would like to explore you are asked to phone 0433341511.

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