Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 13th June 2022

Lanesboro Ballyleague notes

Sunday is d Day

The long awaitedday celebrating Irish Country Music is almost upon us. Following the Covid restrictions the legendary The Day with the Stars at Roscommon Racecourse will make its long awaited return on Sunday next 19th June for what promises to be a wonderful musical return filling the air around Roscommon Racetrack with superb country music. Buses and tours are being organised from all over the country just to be in Roscommon so you should not miss what promises to be a fabulous day. This year the day will feature Nathan Carter, Mike Denver, Robert Mizzell, Jimmy Buckley, Philomena Begley, Patrick Feeney, Ray Lynam, Claudia Buckley to name but a few. This musical celebration promises to be one of the most fantastic days ever in Roscommon. Tickets can be booked and purchased in O’Brien’s 043 33 21107. Tickets are priced at €30. Children U12, accompanied by an adult, will be admitted free of charge. The gates will open at 12 noon and the show will commence at 2pm.


Adult Kayaking takes place every Tuesday evening from the old harbour, Ballyleague. The Kayaking will take place from 7pm to 9pm and the cost is €20. Booking at 0872977769

Young people kayaking every Saturday morning from 11am to 1pm and covers young people from 11am to 1pm. The cost of the 2 hours is €20. Booking at 0872977769

Kayaking Camp

A Kayaking Camp for young people between 10 and 17 taking place from Monday 4th July to Thursday 7th July is now totally booked out. A second camp will take place from Monday to Thursday. Wetsuits are required and all other gear will be supplied. €70 per person and 2nd from same family €65. To book you place please contact 0872977769. Meet every morning for camp at the old harbour in Ballyleague. The camp will take place between 10am and 12.30pm

Defibrillator Group Training

An AED is an Automated External Defibrillator. It is a portable, simple to use, computerised device. When someone suffers a sudden cardiac arrest it delivers a shock to the heart to allow it to resume its normal rhythm.

An AED checks the heart’s rhythm and it automatically recognises if there is a life threatening rhythm. Once detected the AED delivers a shock to stun the heart returning it to its normal rhythm.

The local defibrillator group is actively seeking new people in the Kilgefin, Ballyleague, Cashel, Killashee and Rathcline Lanesboro areas to become competent in the use of the Defibrillator. The group are also looking to retrain and refresh those that have already completed the course.

If you are interested please leave your name and phone number with Martina O’Brien personally in the shop or by phoning 086 3858934 or


Adult Kayaking takes place every Tuesday evening from the old harbour, Ballyleague. The Kayaking will take place from 7pm to 9pm and the cost is €20. Booking at 0872977769

Young people kayaking every Saturday morning from 11am to 1pm and covers young people from 11am to 1pm. The cost of the 2 hours is €20. Booking at 0872977769

Your support required

The importance of defibrillators in the general area cannot be overstated. The lives it can save and has done in previous times are well documented. Over the time of the Covid restrictions the opportunity to raise funds for the replacement of batteries and pads as well as funding needed to replace and upgrade defibrillators could not take place.

Now an appeal for essential funding is being made and the group is appealing to your generosity to ensure all the upgrades and replacements can take place.

If you wish to contribute we ask that you donate by leaving money in an envelope marked with your name into Martina O’Brien at the Corner Shop.

Cemetery Sunday

We welcome back Cemetery Sundays to the parish and as usual the first blessing of those buried in Rathcline Cemetery will take place on Sunday 3rd July at 6pm. On Sunday 10th July the blessing of those buried will be in Lanesboro Cemetery at 6pm. The third and final blessing will take place in Clonbonny Cemetery on Sunday 17th July in Clonbonny Cemetery.

Everyone with family buried in the cemeteries are asked to tend to the graves in preparation of the celebration. 

Ballyleague Tidy Towns Draw

Ballyleague Tidy Towns are currently running a fundraising raffle with some magnificent prizes including a top prize of a Two Night Stay for two at the magnificent Four Star Galmont Hotel and Spa, Galway. There are a number of other fantastic prizes available also including vouchers for some local business and boat Trips on the upper Shannon. Full list on Ballyleague Renewal FB page, also tickets €5 each or three for €10 are currently available to purchase on line via our FB page. Physical tickets will be available from Ballyleague Tidy Town members in due course. The support of the community would be really appreciated. Thank you in advance.

Fire & Rescue Service

During the time of the pandemic a lot of new people have moved to Lanesboro and Ballyleague making it their forever home. The opportunity below within the fire station team gives you the opportunity to further integrate yourself in our community.

Longford County Council Fire & Rescue Service is currently looking to create a panel for vacancies in the Retained Service of Lanesborough Fire Station. At Lanesborough Fire Station you will learn lifesaving skills, First Aid training/First Responder training and it is a golden opportunity for you to be giving back to your community.

The website is or you can contact via email  Longford County Council is an equal opportunities employer.

To qualify you must be living and working within a 5-minute mobilisation/response time to the Fire Station and must have a reasonable level of fitness.

Parish Hall Caretaker

St. Mary’s Parish Hall Committee is currently looking for a caretaker through the community employment scheme. Anyone that is interested can ring Sean on 086 1427143.

Tickets selling quickly

Following on from the success of last year’s draw and the recent launch of a bigger and better new draw ticket sales have started with a flourish.

Last year’s profits were distributed to different sections of the footballers, hurlers and ladies as well as fully equipping the gym. While funding does not bring immediate improvement or success it does sow the seed for development and success down the line. To reach much higher levels more funding is required ensuring that all teams are fully equipped with the very best enabling them to build on achieving great things for our county.

Club Longford is in your hands to help make Longford teams in the very top level within Leinster and nationally.

The prizes for the draw are: 1st Prize: Volkswagen Golf 2.0l R-Line or €40,000, 2nd: €1,500 Center Parcs Voucher (Sponsored by M&N Nolan Motors), 3rd: 2 VIP Tickets to Garth Brooks in Croke Park + Accommodation, 4th: €1,000 (Sponsored by Nally’s Forecourt Ltd. Ballymahon), 5th: €500 (Sponsored by Lir Analytical), 6th: Overnight Stay for 2 with Dinner at Viewmount House, 7th: €250, 8th: €250, 9th: €250 and 10th: €250.

If you buy your tickets now you will be in for all the early bird prizes. The dates of the early bird draws are June 18th Dinner for 2 at Wineport Lodge  Hotel, Glasson; 2nd July 4 green Fees at Glasson Golf Course; 16th July €250 cash prize and the final early bird is 23rd July 10.2 inch Apple Ipad.

Tickets are priced at €50 each or what was the hugely popular option last year of 3 for €125

Tickets can be bought by contacting me at 0862460840, through PayPal or in the shop or from Louis Skelly. 

Thank You

Lanesboro Tidy Towns Committee would like to thank everyone who supported their church gate collection last weekend. Anyone who missed the collection and would like to support the Tidy Towns can leave their donation in with Joe & Martina O’Brien or to Mags

Your help required

To manage and maintain the high standard of the Two Provinces Triathlon the club is seeking the support of people from the local area to help with stewarding, marshalling and the running of the events on both the Friday and Saturday13th and 14th July. If you can help please sign the sheet with your name and phone number that is in O’Brien’s shop as soon as you can please.

Choir Invitation

Longford Voices United Contemporary & Gospel Choir is inviting New Members to join. We Sing All Genres of Music in a Fun & Lively Style.   Information can be got by phoning 0872101376

Christmas Concert in June

With just two-weeks left until the Gala Christmas in June concert, Sunday 26th June, with the aim to raise funds and create a critical awareness for Brain Tumour Ireland.

Barbara Dowling has put in a massive effort for this very unique Christmas in June Concert that will feature an exceptionally large choir and orchestra.  The concert will be very distinctive playing such Christmas favourites like Polar Express and Jingle Bells with a twist and the majority of the arrangements are pieces that have never been performed here before and especially in the month of June.

The concert will take place in the Waterford Institute of Education Arena. The choir of 200+ will be accompanied by an orchestra of 200+ who will be travelling from all over Ireland, Europe, Great Britain and the USA in order to participate, all at their own expense and others from RTÉ, BBC orchestras, Garda and Army bands and freelancers. The Orchestral and Choral aspects of the production will be spearheaded by Liam Daly, Dr. Kevin O’Carroll, Niall Crowley and Éimear Noone (of Oscar fame).The compѐre will be Evelyn Grant (Lyric FM)

All the monies raised through ticket sales are going directly to Brain Tumour Ireland (CHY20506). No funds will be going to cover expenses – all funds are for the charity. All instrumentalists and singers are contributing €25 in order to participate.

Tickets cost €25 and include complimentary glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate. Tickets can be bought on just type in “Christmas in June in aid of Brain Tumour Ireland” If you cannot go you why not donate the ticket price to Brain Tumour Ireland

Barbara can be contacted on  

Please support in any way you can as support will be greatly appreciated

Mothers & Others

The Mothers & Others group is now up and running with huge interest and turnouts at the Wednesday evening sessions in Clonbonny. Previous football experience is absolutely not a requirement. If you’re looking to join a team for a bit of fitness, football and mostly fun please join us. Whether you intend to play or help, or if you know anyone that would be interested in this new exciting venture, please contact Michelle (086) 1699466 or Sheila (087) 9377839. Keep an eye on the newly created Facebook page for more information: rathcline gaa mothers & others – search results | Facebook

Weekly Card Game

The results from last Sunday night are 1st a three way tie with B & E, Niall & Liz and Brendan & Joe. Raffle winners were Mick Maguire, Niall Hughes, Joe Dolan & Kitty. Last game was won by Peter & Mary Gregg. Game every Sunday night with light refreshments served. Thanks to all for the support.

Please support Cloontuskert Grotto

The grotto at Cloontuskert was erected in 1987 to commemorate the Marian Year to honour Our Lady of the Rosary. Sadly on the 8th December 2021 during storm Barra, it was extensively damaged by a falling tree. A committee has now been formed to take on the task of rebuilding the Grotto. The total cost of the rebuild including replacing the statue is in the region of €3000.

With the work coming near conclusion the committee would like to thank everyone that has donate to the rebuild and ask anyone that it has slipped their mind to make their donation as soon as possible.

The new committee hope with your support and generosity to fully restore the Grotto and once again make it a focal point to honour Our Lady.  They have set up an idonate page for anyone wishing to be associated with its rebuild or you can give directly to the following committee members where they will gratefully accept any donations treasurers Dympna Trautt, Áine Brady or Johnny Malone, and Sean Carty. You can obtain further information by contacting 086 3551103.

Please see Cloontuskert Grotto Facebook Page to see more information on how to donate through idonate. 

Ballyleague Bingo continues

Ballyleague Bingo has returned to Ballyleague Hall on Thursday nights last and will continue every Thursday night. The first numbers will be called at 8.30pm.

Quiz Night

A quiz night will take place in Clarke’s Bar on Friday 24th June at 9pm. Tables of 4 and €10 person. There will be prizes for the winning team and spot prizes. Add in the Barbeque that will take place ensures that this will be a fabulous night in Clarkes.

The proceeds are all in support of Roscommon Mayo Hospice.

Smart Recovery

SMART recovery is an evidence based addiction recovery support group where participants learn self-empowering techniques to aid their recovery by overcoming addictive behaviour.

There is a meeting every Friday evening from 7pm to 8.30pm in Vita House, Roscommon. For information you should phone Conor 086 1702912 or

Brown Coins

Ballyleague National School Parents’ Association are currently undertaking a fundraising initiative by collecting ‘brown coins'(1c, 2c & 5c coins).  Do you have a jar/container of these coins in your home and are willing to donate them to the school? If so, please contact Angela Mullooly (087-7955098), Noreen Hanley (087-6944775) or Claire Flynn (086-8814590) to arrange collection/delivery.


Megan Fahy, nee Daly, and her husband Thomas, Loughrea would like to announce the birth of the first baby Alirah Maisie, on the 22nd May. First grandchild of Colm and Joan Daly, Rathcline Road.

Tidy Towns Lottery

On Tuesday 13th June the jackpot for the Lanesboro Tidy Towns lottery stood at €8,500 and as it was not won the jackpot rose to €8,600 for the draw on Tuesday 14th June. The winning numbers drawn on the 7th June were 12, 15, 18 and 22. The winner of the €50 prize was Mike Greene, c/o FÁS and the three €20 prizes were won by Ralf & Bridie c/o Mags, Fiona c/o Mags and Mary Tiernan, Ferefad, Longford

The funds raised from the lottery is providing the financial support to do lots of planting around the town where the most recent is the shrubs planted on the recently renovated footpaths around the corner on the Longford Road. Your support is enabling the planting and we encourage greater support for funding of other upcoming projects.

Lough Ree Athletic Club

Following Covid, the club is now fully active, catering for junior athletics. Training takes place every Tuesday evening at 6pm at the community college. New members are most welcome. Following Covid it would be great to see the club go from strength to strength in the weeks and months ahead.

Rathcline 50/50

The Rathcline GAA weekly 50/50 draw took place on Monday 6th June took place in the Peer Inn. The jackpot for the lucky winner stood continues to be amazing and a very high figure of €625. Sean Moran, Augharana was the very lucky winners of this excellent prize.

The jackpot pool is continuing to break the €500 barrier on a very regular basis and this is totally down to your tremendous support. The Monday night draw 50/50 draw took place on Monday night 13th June at 7.30 pm in Clarke’s Bar. The club is extremely grateful for your continued remarkable support.

The club would love to attract former residents, players and supporters living locally and away from home to play the Rathcline 50/50 online by downloading the Rathcline GAA club app and play the weekly 50/50. The cost of the yearly pink ticket is €100 giving two free draw entries and for 6 months the green ticket for €50 giving one free draw.

Your support is and continues to make a very positive difference to the club going forward.


Grow is a Community Mental Health Movement which meets every Monday at 11am in the Community Mental Health Centre, Dublin Rd., Longford. If you are feeling lonely, isolated or suffering from stress, please feel free to attend. You can call Assumpta for any further information on 086 8114135.

Support line for older people

ALONE manage a national support line and additional support for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to Covid-19. Professional staff is available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week from 8am until 8pm. Text TALK to 50808 to begin.

Alcohol Anon Meetings

Relatives and friends of alcoholics are welcome to attend meetings in the Family Centre building at the back of St. Mel’s Cathedral on St. Mel’s Road, any Tuesday evening at 7pm.

Day Pilgrimage to Lough Derg

A one-day Pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place on Saturday 20th August. The bus will leave Ballyleague hall at 7am. For all enquiries and bookings contact Mary 043 33 21969. Information on the pilgrimage can be got at

Lanesboro Library

The opening hours of Lanesboro are: Monday 2pm-8pm

Tuesday 2pm-6pm, Wednesday 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm. The library will be closed all day on a Thursday. Friday 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm and Saturday 10am-1pm

Knitting & Crochet Group

Knitting & Crochet group will meet every Monday 2pm-4pm

Poetry & Music Circle

Poetry & Music circle will revert to meeting on 2nd & 4th Monday of each month 4.15pm – 5.30pm.

Photocopying, printing and scanning services are available at the library. Enquiries:

EmployAbility Midlands

If you have a disability, illness or injury and would like help to find a job, contact Brenda on 086 3872 855 or email: or Siobhan on 086 833 8027 or email:, we will be happy to tell you more about how we can help you find employment.

EmployAbility Midlands is funded through the Department of Social Protection to support people with disabilities to find and maintain employment in the open labour market.

Kilgefin Parish

Parish Priest: Fr Dan (087 2706060)

Adoration in Ballyleague Church every Friday morning 10.30am. – 11.30a.m. and every Friday night in Curraghroe Church 8.30p.m. – 9.30p.m.

Pilgrimage: One day pilgrimage to Lough Derg takes place on Saturday 20th August, 2022. Bus leaves Ballyleague Hall at 7am. Enquiries call Mary 043 3321969

Ballyleague Bingo: Bingo will take place in Ballyleague Hall every Thursday night at 8.30p.m. Please support.

Progressive 25 card game in St Faithleach’s Clubhouse every Tuesday at 9pm. New players and beginners very welcome.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Bishop Kevin will lead the diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes from 24th – 29th August. To book, please contact Joe Walsh Tours on 01-241 0800 or download the booking form at

Legion Of Mary Centenary Celebration: Centenary Celebration of the Legion of Mary for Elphin Comitium, in the Diocese of Elphin on Friday June 24th at 7pm at the Sacred Heart Parish Church Roscommon town. The Celebrant will be Bishop Kevin Doran. Light refreshments afterwards at Horan’s Restaurant, Roscommon. All active and auxiliary members and former members of the Legion of Mary as well as Parishioners are cordially invited to attend.

Medjugorje: Official Diocesan Pilgrimage in August led by Bishop Kevin Doran – OPEN TO ALL AGES Dates: 10th – 17th August 2022, ALL AGES WELCOME. Children and Teenagers under 18 years of age must be accompanied by parent/guardian). Cost €650 PPS. Single Option €790. For more Information and registration details please see or contact: Frank McGuiness, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry, St. Mary’s, Temple Street, Sligo, Tel: 087 9880690 Email:

Diocesan Pilgrimage To Lough Derg: Elphin Diocese’s 3-day pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place from 24th – 26th June. See for details. Early booking of bus places advised.

St. Mary’s Church

Day Pilgrimage to Lough Derg

A one-day Pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place on Saturday 20th August. The bus will leave Ballyleague hall at 7am. For all enquiries and bookings contact Mary 043 33 21969. Information on the pilgrimage can be got at

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

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament has resumed 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 can be contacted at the presbytery or by phoning 3321166 or 0833892362. For added support and assistance, you can also contact Fr. Merlyn Kenny, Newtowncashel 0860603433 and Fr. Turlough Baxter, Killashee 0879972259 who as you know are assisting in our parish.

Shannon Gaels


Our U15 team were beaten in their league final after extra time. The lads took the game to extra time and unfortunately lost out following a really massive effort. Well done to all the lads and team management for reaching the final.

This Tuesday in Pearse Park our U12 team play Wolfe Tone Óg in the League Final. We wish the lads well and look forward to another great performance from this talented team.


For those in Junior and Leaving Certificate it is exam time and the club would like to sincerely wish every student, club member or not, the very best of luck for a successful time through the exams over the next few weeks.

Important Cúl Camp

The Lanesboro Cúl Camp for Clonbonny on 11th July has now reached its current capacity of 80 kids. Please see below the link to complete for anyone who wishes to join the waiting list for additional places, which hopefully we will be in a position to offer in the weeks ahead.
Those who complete the form 1st – will be offered the 1st  places so please register your  interest asap if hoping to have your children attend.

Stewards needed

The Lanesboro Tri club is looking for people to act as stewards for the upcoming Two Provinces Triathlon in Lanesboro and Ballyleague on Saturday 14th July. If you would like to make yourself available please leave your name and phone number into O’Brien’s shop.

St. Faithleach’s GAA


Commiserations to Ciaráin and Diarmuid Murtagh as Roscommon bowed out of this year’s Championship against Clare on Saturday. Thank you to the lads for representing the club so professionally. We are very proud of you both.

U12 Girls

Well done to our U12 girls who had a great win over St. Mary’s in the Division 3 semi-final in Tulsk this evening. 

A special thanks to Steve, Marie, Danny and Sinead

Underage Training

Continues every Thursday evening at 6:30pm at the pitch. All levels and new members welcome. Looking forward to seeing you all.

Cúl Camps

Kellogg’s Cúl Camps will run at St. Faithleach’s GAA Complex from August 1st to 5th 2022 for Boys and Girls aged 6-13. 


The minor club are looking for volunteers to help at the Underage trainings on Thursday evenings from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. If you would like to help please contact David Harrison or any club committee member. 


Jackpot €12000. Envelopes available at all local outlets. Thank you for your continued support.

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