Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 17th May 2021

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes


The news of the sudden and unexpected death on Thursday 6th May of Joan Browne, Ballyleague really shook the community. Joan, a popular fixture in our community for so many years was predeceased by her husband EJ some 14 years ago. For many they will remember her as an excellent driving instructor. She was a tremendous community lady and supported all local events. Regularly, the very sight of Joan at her wall chatting to everyone that passed be it local or stranger alike showed the warmth and friendliness that exuded from the lady. She was a woman that loved card playing especially the game of bridge, a devout catholic and when there were no Covid restrictions a regular Mass goer. Joan was a great neighbour and friend to so many and her passing will leave a great void in the hearts and minds of all that knew her. She was a very caring and generous person, a very sincere lady but a woman who loved a bit of fun and devilment too.

Joan’s remains were removed from her residence on Monday to the Church of the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague for Mass of the Resurrection. Following Mass, she was laid to rest alongside her husband EJ in Cloontuskert Cemetery.

To her daughters Olive, Denise, Emer and Mary; sister Méav, brothers Séamus and Paul, relatives and many friends we extend our heartfelt sympathy.

Relocated Business

Ronie Rutherford has relocated her Longford Remedial & Sports Injury Clinic back to her residence in Lanesboro.
Ronie’s business was a thriving success until Covid 19 struck and as sports are once again beginning to slowly open up, she decided to relocate back to Lanesboro. If anyone is in need of physical therapy, they can contact Ronie on 0872402323 to make an appointment.

Chloe is a Star

The Rathcline Ladies club would like to congratulate club member Chloe Hopkins who did an amazing job presenting her award winning ‘Happy Hook’ initiative to Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show on Friday night last. Chloe is daughter of Christy and Aisling Hopkins, Newpark.

Book your boat trip.

After a lot of hard work and preparation, the town’s new passenger boat service for trips on the river Shannon commenced daily sailings on Tuesday May 4th. This service is on board the new access for all boat which will bring out both people with disability and also able-bodied passengers on the Shannon from the bridge and the marina in Ballyleague at 10.30am and 2.30pm Monday to Friday.

This is a great and very welcome boost for the town and tourism in the locality. We have been waiting for decades for our own daily passenger boat service and here it is. Trips will be of 90 minutes duration and longer if required with angling and sight-seeing or other activities available. Weekend sailings will be available in July, August, and September.

To book a seat call Lisa or Dylan here in town at 04333 21734 or go online today and book at

Sean-Nós Dancing 

Beginners Sean-Nós dancing classes are starting online via Zoom on Saturday 15th May 11am-12 for 4 weeks in the lead up to Cruinniú na nÓg.  Maeve Donnelly and two other dance teachers will deliver the classes online and classes are free and all ages welcome.  To register contact Patricia Briody, Ballymahon Library 090 64 32546 or email

Rathcline 50/50

The Rathcline club’s 50/50 draw took place in the clubhouse on Monday 10th May. The name on the winning ticket was Joan Devereaux, Rathcline Road who received €150.

Tickets are available online or in any of the local shops that are open and the club would encourage your support.

St. John’s Church Services Returns

Church Services will return to St. John’s Church Lanesboro on Sunday next 23rd May – Holy Communion service 11.30am and will continue on Sunday 13th June – Sunday service 11.30am and on Sunday 27th June – Holy Communion service.

Former local passes away.

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Peg Farrell and family, Clonfower and Josie O’Sullivan and family, Lehery on the sudden death of their brother John O’Brien, Millmount, Mullingar. John was more commonly known locally as Jack was born and reared in Mahoraveen. He was a pleasant and happy go lad with a great sense of fun. He was an excellent player in the Rathcline club starring in his favourite position of full back. Jack became a nurse and worked until his retirement in Mullingar. He was fondly remembered by the many locals that encountered him in his profession and the extra attention they received when he recognised them as being from the parish. May he rest in peace.

Rathcline Community Walkway

Exciting new Rathcline Walkway will open at Rathcline GAA grounds, Clonbonny this September. This 900-metre walkway will consist of a two-metre-wide path and perimeter fencing around each of the club’s two playing pitches. The walkway will provide a safe, enjoyable and flat walking area to be enjoyed by all age groups and all members of our community. The project is part funded by LEADER and needs your support to make the project a reality. The club would be very grateful if you consider becoming a sponsor of this community project by contributing 100 euros. Each sponsor will have an engraved sign with their name attached to one of walkway fencing posts, to acknowledge your generous help in making this project a reality. If you wish to become a sponsor of this project, please contact a member of the club executive/pitch development committee. Contact details are available on

Lanesboro Library

Lanesboro Library is open again and the opening hours are below.

Photocopying and Scanning services are available 
Send the library service your printing and they will print for you. 
Computer and Study facilities are unavailable as per Government guidelines.
The library opening hours are Wednesday 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm; Friday 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. Saturday 10am-1pm

 Grow it Forward with free seeds from your local library
GIY, in partnership with Healthy Ireland and public libraries will distribute 50,000 free food growing kits as part of a new ‘Grow it Forward’ initiative.
Get your #GrowItForward Seed Kits while stocks last at the Library!!
Contact us if you would like to try growing Carrots, Tomatoes, Peas, Beetroot & Oriental Greens. Included in the kits also are some gift tags so you can share your produce with friends & family throughout the growing process!
Email or call 0433321291 to register for a seed kit.

Foreign Currency & Used Stamps

The library staff are still collecting unwanted foreign currency and old coins/notes in aid of Koins for Kids.  The smallest donation can make a huge difference. 

They also collect used stamps in aid of ISPCC.  Thank you.

All their Online Services can be accessed on our website by selecting ‘Your Online Library’.

Use your library card number & pin to log in to your account.

Friendly Phone Call Service

This service is organised by Longford Community Resources. If you or someone you know would like to have a friendly chat or if you want information on local services just phone Terri 087 2915367 or email Peter is another person that can be contacted for information – just call Peter on 083 3051786.

St. Mary’s Church

Eucharistic Adoration on Tuesdays in the church from 10.30 to 8pm. It is very important that there will be at least two people in the church for each hour. Of the Adoration.

Celebration of Mass

When Mass is celebrated online the first two rows of the church are clearly visible. The new system has now been fully put in place and to avail of Mass online click on to join in the Mass ceremony in our church.

Weekend Masses.

Mass: the maximum number allowed at Mass will be 50.

Holy Communion: will be distributed in the hand only.

Holy Water fonts will remain empty.

Funerals: a maximum of 50 mourners are permitted in the church

Marriages: a maximum of 50 guests are permitted at the marriage ceremony

First Friday and Communion Calls: calls may take place with prior approval of the household.

Confession: the Sacrament may take place in the Church and not in the confessional

Everyone attending the Church are reminded to observe social distancing, and to avail of the hand sanitising stations in the Church.

Weekend Masses

On Saturday evening next Mass at 7.30pm we welcome those from the townslands of Fermoyle, Green Gardens, Gurteengar, Killinure, and Knock Manor.

At 9.30am Mass on Sunday the townslands of Knock, Lehery and Lismacmanus.

The 11.30am Mass will see parishioners from Lisduff, Lisnacusha, Lisrevagh, Mahoraveen, Main Street and Mount Davis attending.

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. 

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will resume on Friday evenings, starting this Friday evening and it will take place between 6pm and 6.45pm. Exposition will be followed Mass at 7pm. It is also an opportunity to avail of the opportunity for Confession.

Parish contacts

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 are assisting Fr. Sergiy during his ministery in the parish.

Shannon Gaels Minor Club


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the senior club chairman Micheál O’Sullivan and senior club treasurer Marie Farrell, on the death of their uncle, John O’Brien, Mullingar. John was brother to Peg Farrell and Josie O’Sullivan. In his younger years John was a leading player with our minor club before going on to represent the senior club with great honour.

Current training schedules

The current timetables have just been announced and all players are asked to be in attendance. Wednesday – Under 15/16/17 at 6pm and Under 18’s at 7pm. On Friday Under 15/16/17 at 5.30pm; Under 7 at 6.40pm, Under 9/11/12-13 at 6.30pm (4 groups with half pitch each). At 7.30pm on Friday the Under 18’s train.

Underage lead coaches

The following is the list of lead coaches with each age group. If you need to contact any of them, please contact our secretary Mark 085 1744376 or  or call into O’Brien’s for contact details or phone me (Joe) at 086 2460840.

Under 7 – John Healy and Michelle Kelly; Under 9 – Paul Hession and Vinnie Farrell, Under 11 – Mark Kenny and Duncan Murphy, Under 12’s and 13’s – Stephen Rooney and James Casey, Under 14 and 15 – Sean Farrell and Lee Cullen, Under 16 and 17 – Padraig O’Dowd and Sean Casey, Under 18 Seadna Ryan and Sean Kenny.

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