Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 21st November 2022

Lanesboro Ballyleague notes   Cloontuskert Tidy Towns – AGM 2022 Following the incredible success of Cloontuskert in the Tidy Towns ’22 the Cloontuskert Tidy Towns committee will hold their AGM on Wednesday 30th November at 7.30 PM in Cloontuskert National School.
The agenda will consist of the delivery of Annual Report including accounts presentation, Committee Election for 2022-2023 and discussion of motions.
The committee would like to thank everyone sincerely for their support throughout the past year. All are welcome to attend.  Bord na Mona Mass What was started by the late Ned Nealon as an annual Mass for all those that worked with Bord na Mona has returned after a break of a few years due to the Covid restrictions. Mass will take place in St. Mary’s Church on Wednesday 30th November at 10am. Following Mass there will be time for a cup of tea and a chat in the recently opened ‘Hub’ in the Parochial House.

Community College Open Night Thursday

Lanesboro Community College has just announced enrolment for the school year 2023 is now open.

Lanesboro Community College continues to grow and go from strength to strength such is the quality of the teaching and academic success. Last year the college had its largest influx of first year students and they have been given permission for building a further seven rooms on the school site such is the demand for places in the school. Accommodating this new influx means more rooms are necessary for the growth of the college. Application forms and further information can be got by contacting the school secretary at by phoning 043 33 21139 or from the college website


Every man has a map in his heart of his own country and that the heart will never allow you to forget this map and this can be said of Jimmy Beirne, Rathcline Road who passed away at Roscommon University Hospital on Wednesday 16th November. Jimmy a native of Grange Four-Mile-House went to Manchester as a young man where he developed an excellent business on the railway due to his strong work ethic and hard graft. Along with his wife Mary they initially bought a house as a holiday home on the Rathcline Road before building their own fine residence a few door away and making Lanesboro their forever home. In England the draw of their native sod proved too much for them and they moved to Lanesboro from where Jimmy worked his land at his native Four-Mile-House. He was a hardworking man, a wonderful neighbour and friend. He was a man that gave help when needed to anyone in need without seeking any of the limelight. He was a man that loved the quiet life whose family meant everything to him. Jimmy enjoyed a quiet drink along with Mary, a love of music and liked nothing better than a jive with Mary. Jimmy’s warm welcoming smile and wave is something that will be sadly missed by everyone.

To his wife Mary, daughters Marion and Amanda, sons Richard and James, brothers Des, Joe and John, grandchildren Dervla, Ailish, Ethan, Erin, Ciara, Lachlan, Caoimhe and Harriett, relatives and many friends we extend our deepest sympathy.

Jimmy’s remains reposed in Smyth’s Funeral Home, Roscommon, on Friday last before the removal from his residence on Saturday to St. Mary’s Church for Mass of thee Resurrection. Burial followed afterwards to Clonbonny Cemetery.

Exhibition opens on Friday

‘Souvenirs from the Flatlands’ is an Art Exhibition taking place in the old Providers building on Main Street Longford from Saturday 26th November until Tuesday 29th November. The exhibition will be open each day from 12pm to 5pm. The exhibition will officially open on Friday 25th November at 7pm.

 This exhibition is collaboration between local sisters and renowned artists Emily and Grace Brennan daughters of Pat and Liz Brennan Lismacmanus. Both ladies have gained tremendous notoriety in the world of art for their excellent works.

Emily is a visual artist from BKB Visual Art Studio in Glasnevin which she set up with two friends and now hosts a number of artists. She recently accepted a place in the Cultural Policy and Art Management Masters course in UCD.

Younger sister Grace graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 2020. The quality of her work on Irish boglands cultural and environmental significance through the idea of land memory was greatly acclaimed and at the online graduation exhibition she sold four magnificent paintings thus enabling her to rent her own studio. Grace has continued to grow and her work is greatly acclaimed.

The exhibition in Longford is a must for everyone to visit. We wish the girls huge success in Longford with Souvenirs from the Flatlands.


We express our deepest sympathy to the extended McWeeney family, Ballyleague on the death of Mrs Mary McWeeney, Cloontaghmore on Sunday 13th November.


Many congratulations to Tara Leigh Lulham and Ryan Guinan, Knock Manor, on the recent birth of a baby girl last week.

Christmas Fair

Lanesborough Parish Hall Committee are hosting a Christmas fair on Sunday 11th December from 11.30am to 1.30pm.  Santa will be there in his grotto at no charge and a small treat for kids. There will also be stalls with lots of lovely wares. More details later.

Staff Required

Sonas Nursing Home Innis Ree Ballyleague are currently seeking to fill the following positions at the Nursing Home (1) Head Chef, (2) Kitchen Assistants. If any of those positions are suitable to you skills you should phone 33 27300 or


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Basil and Amanda Mitchell and family, Lehery Lower on the death Basil’s sister-in-law Sandra Dooley-Mitchell, Ballymacward, Co. Galway on Tuesday 15th November

Solstice Choir

Cloontuskert National School hosts Roscommon Solstice Choir along with Cloontuskert National School pupils in a concert in Ballagh Church on Friday 9th December  at 8pm. Doors will open at 7.30pm and tickets cost €15. Tickets can be booked by phoning 087 9185446, 086 3426537 or from any parent of the school children.

Primary School project on Power Station

With the imminent taking down of Lanesboro Power Station, the pupils of Lanesboro National School who existed in the shadow of the station for the lifetime of the different stages of the stations are undertaking a project and they need your assistance.

Lanesboro NS in association with Creative Schools, the Arts Council Dublin, and Shuttermaniac Productions Lanesboro are looking for ESB-related anecdotes in order to produce an engaging short film as part of a Creative Schools Film Project. Perhaps there’s an endearing or funny story that you or a relative or neighbour remember at their time in and around the ESB. 

The kids at Lanesboro will be presenting this story on film so please keep it short and entertaining if possible.

If you think you do have a wee anecdotal nugget, please get in touch with Lee Williamson, Claire Murphy or Niamh Rowan in Lanesborough NS.

Not only will this be a school project but also a part of history of what stood in Lanesboro and gave so much employment since the mid 50s.

Community Games this Thursday

The rescheduled AGM for Lanesboro Community Games for this Thursday 24th November 2022 at 8 p.m. in St Mary’s Hall. The committee is looking forward to a good attendance.

The Community Games is great for all kids with a huge array of competitions for young people from 6 to 16. As parents you should be there supporting your children and helping to develop Community Games in Lanesboro and Rathcline parish.

Rathcline GAA Mass

Mass for deceased members of Rathcline GAA will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Church on Saturday 3rd December at 7.30pm.

After Mass the club invites you to Lanesbrew, Main Street for carol singing and light refreshments.

Line Dancing Classes

One of the most striking things at country dances is the growth of Line Dancing.

 You now have the opportunity to get into Line Dancing with classes in the Quad Centre on the Circular Road Roscommon every Sunday evening at 6pm. Christopher Beirne the renowned Line Dance tutor will ensure that you will be soon in step and enjoying the phenomenon that is Line Dancing. There is absolutely no better way to get pleasure from a winter evening than learning and enjoying Line Dancing.

Fermoyle National School

Fermoyle National School is now open for enrolment for the year 2023/2024.

Please contact the office at 043-3321959 or email the school at for enrolment forms. 

Fundraising Craft Fair

A fundraising craft fair in aid of Longford Hospice Homecare will take place on Saturday next 26th November in the Pig Market Lane, Ballymahon Street from 10am until 4pm. These hand knitted items made by Longford Ladies would make an ideal gift for friends and family. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Church Services

The Services for the Roscommon group of Parishes during the month of November are: Sunday 27th November – First Sunday of Advent, there will be a Service of Holy Communion in St. John’s Church, Lanesboro at 11.30am.

St. Faithleach’s Minor AGM

The annual Minor AGM will take place on Wednesday next 23rd November at 8pm in the Clubhouse.  The club would really appreciate your attendance to help shape the future of the club. It also gives you the opportunity to bring any new views, ideas or concerns to the committee.
If you wish to volunteer for next season please come along

Longford Arts Council

Longford County Council Arts Office is developing its fourth Arts Strategy due to run from 2023-2027. The contribution of artists (in all art forms and practices), arts practitioners, members of the public, organisations and interested parties is being sought in order to fully inform the preparation of the Arts Strategy. There are two ways in which you can contribute to this process: 

Consultation Meetings
Meetings will be held in the following venues to discuss the development of the Arts Strategy. 

Public Meetings (for people whose interest in the arts is as an audience member or participant or work in a voluntary or non-professional capacity): 

Wednesday 23rd November: 7.30 – 9pm. Ballymahon Library. 

Thursday 24th November: 6.30 – 8pm. Granard Library 

Train how to use the Defibrillator

Defibrillators are devices that send an electric pulse or shock to the heart to restore a normal heartbeat. They are used to prevent or correct an arrhythmia, an uneven heartbeat that is too slow or too fast. If the heart suddenly stops, defibrillators can also help it beat again. That is the very reason that we need more and more people trained up in the use of this vital life saving device. 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 is also looking to retrain and refresh those that have already completed the course and need to brush up on its use.

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 email to

Rathcline Club Initiative

The Rathcline club have just come with a new fundraising initiate. The Rathcline GAA Euro Millions Syndicate will commence with the first draw on Tuesday 3rd January 2023 and finishing with the final draw 29th December 2023. The syndicate will be limited to 400 people. Each member will pay €40 for the year.

Each month there will be a €100 draw for the members of the syndicate.

If the winnings at the end of the year is between €400 and €1,999.99 there will be a draw for one winner within the syndicate. Between €2,000 and €9,999.99 there will be five separate draws each winning an equal amount, between €10,000 and €19,999.99 there will be a raffle and ten members drawn each receiving an equal amount. Any amount greater than €20,000 will see the money shared evenly amongst all members. 

Defibrillator Funding – Thank You

The Defibrillator Group would like to sincerely thank everyone that has contributed so generously to the appeal for funding to replace batteries and pads and the constant need to upgrade all the defibrillators.

The importance of defibrillators in the general area cannot be overstated. The lives it can save and has saved in recent times are well documented.

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

Table Quiz

Ballyleague National School is running a Table Quiz fundraiser in St. Faithleach’s clubhouse on Friday week 2nd December at 9pm.

Boat Trips

Lough Ree Access for all boat is a boat built for you is offering three sailing trips a day 10am, 12 noon and 2.30pm. This is a great trip of fascination onto Lough Ree and its famous islands.

Ballyleague Bingo

Ballyleague Bingo continues in Ballyleague Hall every Thursday night. The first numbers will be called at 8.30pm.

Volunteers required

Ballyleague Bingo urgently needs more volunteers to join them in the Bingo/Hall Committee. If you are interested in being involved you are asked to contact Patricia Manning for more details.

Sunday night cards

The results from last Sunday night’s game are:  There was a three way tie for 1st place with Peter & Mary, Kathleen & Annie and Tom & Tommy.  Last game was Frank & P.J. Raffle winners were Brendan Casey, Peter Donlon, Johnno and Joe Dolan. The game continues every Sunday night at 8. 30pm. Light refreshments served.


Congratulations to Therese Kelly, Rathcline Road, who was last week’s winner of the weekly Rathcline 50/50 jackpot. Therese won the top prize of €591. The draw took place in the Yacht Bar.

The club is extremely grateful for your continued tremendous support.

Tidy Towns Lottery

On Tuesday 8th November the jackpot for the Lanesboro Tidy Towns lottery stood at €10,700 and as it was not won the jackpot rose to €10,800 for the draw on Tuesday 15th November. The winning numbers drawn on the 8th November were 3, 9, 18 and 22. The winner of the €50 prize was J.A.M.P. c/o Michael Greene, and the three €20 winners were Leah Flynn c/o XLNTEE, Sophie & Molly c/o Mags, and Lauren Moran, Aughamore, c/o The Yacht Bar.

Thank you to everyone that continues to support our Tidy Town efforts and with the rise in marks this year it shows that your support is helping us greatly. The comments we hear all year long have been about how beautiful the town looks and this can only be done with your support for the lottery every week.

Times Past in Pictures

If you have any old photographs that you would like to see published in this ‘Times Past in Pictures’ section you can email them to me at or bring them to the shop I will scan and give them back while you wait.

CD ideal Christmas Gift

Frank Nelson newly released a new CD called ‘I’ll Put the Kettle On’ has proved to be a great success with a restocking of SD’s necessary to keep up with demand. Frank, a local man has been very active on the music scene for over 30 years This time he has really hit the high times with the quality and songs included. It is a must for followers of Frank and lovers of country music.

CDs are available in O’Brien’s costing just €15   

Healthy Communities

Free Stop Smoking Service available in Ballymahon. Get the help you need to stop smoking for good. Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy will be provided for non-medical card holders. 

Ballyboro FC

After  their exploits at Provincial level during which they acquitted themselves very well in the four games they played , it was back to domestic fare for the under 16 team when they played Gaels United in the League on Saturday last. In a game played largely in torrential rain the Ballyboro boys were dominant throughout and finished as very comfortable winners.  Team: Euan Cullen, Michael Nolan, Anthony Cox, Aidan Kelly, Billy Murray, Cody Phelan, Jack Casey, David Cox, Luke Johnston, Wesley Hughes, Ben Murphy. Subs: Christian O’Reilly, Paulius Bulosa, Conn Maxwell, Daniel Hogan, Eoin Connell.

Gaels United also provided the opposition for the under 14 girls and similar to the boy’s game Ballyboro were in the ascendancy from the first whistle and went on to win decisively. Team Clodagh Martin, Leah Mimnagh, Leah Kenny, Amy Burke, Sophie Byrne, Emma Feeney, Evie Malone, Sarah Healy, Kate Malone, Kate Ferguson, Emma Dowd. Subs: Katie Hoey. Emma Hoey, Alyssa Birmingham, Emily McDermott, Laura Rhatigan, Lillie Dowd, Emmie Rose Cassidy.

It was a much closer affair when the under 12 girls played Inny Rovers. After a goalless first half Hannah Farrell dribbled through the Inny defence and shot low to the corner of the net to give Ballyboro the lead. After Inny equalised Hannah Farrell got the winning goal when she went past two defenders and finished well after receiving a pass from Rosie Farrell. Squad: Katie Sweeney(C),Faye Hogan, Saoirse Feeney, Saoirse Dillon, Hannah Farrell, Chloe Kilcoyne, Rosie Farrell, Millie Cassidy, Kallie Herbert, Sinead Murray, Laoise Farrell, Ava Donohoe, Niamh Casey, Pippa O’Shea, Emma Hopkins, Sadhbh Neilon, Zoe Hassett.

In the Combined Counties Cup Ballyboro were impressive 7-2 winners over Longford Town Cruisers.  Team and scorers: Mark Tarmey, Patrick Kenny, Greg Cassidy, Daniel Foley, Ryan Fallon, Alan Kenny(1), David Rooney, Aidan Dooney (3),Stephen Walsh (2), Jordan Donlon(1), John Kirk. Subs: Derek Murray, Jason Tarmey.

It was mixed fortunes for the Under 11 Tigers and Cougars when they played Melview Eagles and Lions respectively. The Tigers were impressive winners while after an excellent first half display the Cougars had to give best to Melview Lions in the second half. Ballyboro Cougars: Kyran Horohoe, Malachy Martin, Lorcan Vesey, Caolan McCann, Jay Flynn, Luke McDonald, Niall Morgan. Ballyboro Tigers: Andrianns, David Kenny, Ben Smith, Andrew Nolan, Donncha Farrell, Darragh Shanley, Cian Shea, Matthew Murphy.

Both under 9 teams played Melview in two exciting and skilful games where much endeavour and goals galore were the order of the day. Ballyboro: Thom Cullen, Fionn Curran, Rory Cullen, Karl, Paudi Murray, James Murray, Ronan Kelly, Sean Casey, Cian Feeney, Dan Nolan, Jake Nolan, Efosa, Ben O’Rourke.

Fixtures: A relatively quiet weekend with just four games, all on Saturday. The under 8s will be participating in a Blitz in the Mall along with Melview and Ballymahon. The action gets under way at 10am. Both under 10 teams are in action. The A team are at home to Mostrim while the B team are away to Inny Tigers. Both games have a 12.30pm kick off. The under 12 girls are at home to UCL Harps, 10am start.

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.

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


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.

Shannon Gaels

Kilgefin Parish

November list of Dead: Please be reminded that the envelope for the November Altar List of the Dead is included in the weekly contribution box. Kindly fill in the names of the deceased members of your family and include it with your generous donations.

Rosary in the cemetery: everyone is invited to come together and pray the Rosary for deceased family members, relatives and friends in Kilgefin Cemetery Sunday 27th at 3pm.

Offertory collection: The offertory collection baskets have returned at Mass in Ballyleague and if you are interested in volunteering please contact Josephine Kenny.

Advent day Retreat: As we prepare for Christmas you are all invited to an Advent Retreat Day on Saturday 3rd December in Ballyleague Church from 11am to 3pm. During the retreat, the Rosary will be recited; Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; Confessions, Bible Reading and a talk on Advent “What is God speaking to us as we prepare for Christmas” Several visiting priests will be available for confessions. You are invited to go along and be inspired and nourished spiritually.

Christmas Trees; The parish is looking for parishioners to sponsor a Christmas tree for all the churches and to help with the cost to decorate the trees. All donations should be put in an envelopes and indicated accordingly with donors name or anonymously. Thank you in anticipation of your generosity.

Remembrance Mass; A Mass for deceased Roscommon County Council staff and members has been arranged for Monday next 28th November at 6pm in the Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon.

Deadline; The deadline for any notices for the newsletter is Wednesday – email to 

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

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

St. Mary’s Church

Parish Office: Maireád Rooney, Rathcline the Parish Secretary will be in her office in the Parish House each week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10.15am until 2.30pm. As the office gets established Maireád will be able to assist you with any enquiries.

Mass Review: With just 2 priests catering for three parishes’ consideration will have to be given as to the number of Masses in the Church each week. In the near future a review will take place and the new Mass schedule will be announced and will commence after Christmas.

Rosary Group meet in the church on Monday to Friday at 9.30am and on Saturday and Sunday at 3pm.

Eucharistic Adoration on Tuesdays in the church after 10am Mass in the Payer Room and will conclude at 4pm to take account of energy costs during the winter months.

It is very important that there will be at least two people in the Prayer Room for each hour of the Adoration.

Parish contacts

Fr. Merlyn Kenny, Newtowncashel 0860603433 and Fr. Turlough Baxter, Killashee 0879972259 who as you know are assisting in our parish.

Rathcline GAA

By clicking the link below you can see Michael J’s club update for this week.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Tesco Community Fund

If you are shopping in Tesco Roscommon please pop a blue token into the St. Faithleach’s bucket. Funding will go towards training and team equipment that is needed. Thank you.

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