Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 20th July 2020

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Return to Public Masses

St. Mary’s Church will reopen for masses on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July. Mass goers from each townsland will be offered the opportunity the opportunity to attend Mass. In order to facilitate the parish will be divided into townslands in alphabetical order – see end of this notice for your townsland and the date you can attend.

Given the 2-metre guideline the church will only be able accommodate 40 people, yes just 40. Those from the one family can occupy a seat and no social distancing will be required.

The Gallery, the Prayer Room, and the two porches at the back of the church will not be in use. Face covers are not mandatory but are recommended.

For 7.30pm Mass on Saturday 25th July it can be attended by those from the townslands of Aughamore, Aughaloughan, Augharanagh, Barnacor and Blenavoher

For 9.30 am Mass on Sunday 26th July Mass goers from the townslands of Carraroe, Carrowstrawley, Cashelbeg, Church Road, Church View, and Clonbonny can attend.

            For 11.30 am Mass on Sunday 26th July Mass goers from the townslands of Clonfower, Corrigeen, Cullentra, Curraghroe, Cnoc na Gaoithe and Derrygeel can attend.

            The following week Saturday 1st August at 7.30pm Mass the following Mass goers from the following townslands can attend Fermoyle, Green Gardens, Gurteengar, Killinure, and Knock Manor.

            On Sunday 2nd August for 9.30am Massit is the turn of the townslands of Knock, Lehery and Lismacmanus.

            The rota finishes with 11.30am Mass on Sunday 2nd August with the townslands of Lisduff, Lisnacusha, Lisrevagh, Longford Road, Loughbannow, Main Street and Mount Davis.

Fantastic Achievement

Roscommon county is a big county, the 11th biggest in Ireland stretching from the bridge in Shannonbridge at its most southerly point to Arigna at its most northerly and from the bridge in Ballyleague in the east to Cloonfad at its most westerly point. Within the county Roscommon has 32 GAA clubs.

On Saturday last Fintan Mc Cormack, Gortgallon son of Pat and Rita undertook to cycle to each and every club in the county. It was a huge undertaking considering that the total time in the saddle was to be almost 17 hours to cover the 355km. Fintan started out early on Saturday morning at his home club St. Faithleach’s and completed at the home of Roscommon Gaels in Lisnamult. 

Fintan did this cycle raising money for the Simon Community and if you have not donated you can still do so.

Congratulations Fintan on a fabulous feat.

Return to normal hours

Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union business has returned to pre-Corona Virus working and opening hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 9.30am to 3.00pm; Thursday 9.30am to 2.30pm and 3.45pm to 5.30pm

Friday 9.30am to 2.30pm and 3.45pm to 7.00pm and Saturday 9.30am to 1.00pm

Tidy Town Draw Results.

On Tuesday last 14th July the first Tidy Towns lottery draw took place in the Co-Op office. The numbers drawn were 1, 14, 28 and 30. There was nobody with these numbers and the jackpot rose to €8,100 for the draw on Tuesday 21st July. The winner of the €50 prize was Andrew Knowles, Waters Edge and the 3 x €20 winners were Josh and Siobhan Curran, Killinure, Yvonne Chalmers, Longford Road, and Enda Nolan, Knock Manor.

The committee thanks everyone for their support since the return and look forward to your continued support.

Lanesboro Library

Browse & Borrow service available on the following days- Wednesday 10am-1pm and 2-5pm. Friday 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm.

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

  • Visitor numbers will be limited to 2 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.
  • 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 time.
  • Printing Services: Printing, Photocopying & Scanning service are available – Please phone 043 3321291 to book your time.
  • Hand Sanitisation: Sanitisation Stations MUST be usedand 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 period and are fever free for 5 days.

Summer Stars Reading Programme

Pick up your reading card at the library, or download at

Lots of fun activity sheets also available on

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

Mind your dogs

Throughout the entire country reports have been rife with reported dog and puppy thefts and you are reminded to ensure your dogs are always safe.

According to reports there is a market abroad with significant money to be made in the sale of dogs and pups.

Date deferred but we are looking forward

Last week were all expecting the announcement that pubs would reopen hence the last of the remaining four closed business in town to be allowed open. Unfortunately, when the announcement came it was that the pubs would remain closed. This is a terrible blow for the four pubs in town although I am led to believe that the only bar to sell food, Adie’s, will reopen on Wednesday. The other three bars Joe’s, Clarke’s and Rosie’s will now have to remain closed until 10th August despite have undertaken major work in preparation for the reopening last week. It is really a shame to see the doors of these businesses closed as they are the only closed doors in the town.

Last Sunday being the warmest day for a time attracted huge numbers to the town and especially the banks of the Shannon. People came from all parts of both counties enhancing a big number of Irish people that are taking advantage of the encouragement of a staycation and taking a boating holiday on the Shannon. It is a great pleasure to see so many boats on the river considering only a few weeks ago we were in despair that there would be little to no boating and tourist activity on the Shannon.

One advantage of the lockdown, dare I say, is the discovery of the local amenities and walkways and the attraction of the River Shannon. Tourists and locals alike have been using the amenities and seen emerging from the trails and enthusing greatly about what we have in our community.

It is a great shame that the bad weather over the past six weeks limited and eventually stopped the work on the new greenway. Hopefully, when the weather allows the machines to go back on the bog the tourists and out of towners returning in the future will be able to join our locals walking and cycling the new greenway.


The news broke last weekend of the death at Laurel Lodge Nursing Home on Friday 17th July of Bill Keane, Triala Dillon, Curraghroe. Bill was predeceased by his wife Peggy, son Benny and his daughter Mary. Bill was a man of great character and the opportunity to chat with was always very welcome and enlightening. Bill was in his 99th year and had received remarkably great health until the recent few months. He had a wonderful interest in his parish and the happenings therein. For many years he was to be seen on his beloved Honda 50 travelling to town and elsewhere. Bill had great passion for the game of bingo and wherever there was a game you would find Bill. He loved the comradeship of the bingo goers and the chat about the different area of the greater community. Bill will be sadly missed by everyone that knew him and his passing will leave a great emptiness in the Curraghroe area and wider afield.

His Funeral Mass took place in St. Cecelia’s Church, Curraghroe on Sunday last which was followed by burial to Cloontuskert Cemetery.

To his son Dermot, son-in-law Dave, granddaughters Sarah, Melissa and Laura, relatives, friends and neighbours we extend our sincere sympathy.

Thank You

A special word of thanks must go to all that tended their family graves over the past number of weeks. It is an unusual time for everyone as the Corona Virus had guaranteed that the customary celebration of family and friends in our three cemeteries would not take place in its usual manner this year.

Clonbonny Cemetery

The committee have set up a Go Fund me page to help with these costs. Alternatively, people can donate by putting donation into an envelope with their name and drop into Joe and Martina O Brien’s Shop or Mags Hair Salon.

Best Life Summer Camp

A new Best Life Summer Camp will take place at Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon from Tuesday 4th August to Friday 7th August. The camp will take place for 6 to 9-year olds from 9.30am to 12.30pm and for 10 years and older from 1.30 to 4.30pm. The camp is limited to 15 per group and it will cosy €70.

Activities will include Life Lessons, Games, Art, Yoga and Meditation and the topics covered will be growing friendships, confidence booster, gratitude attitude, destroy your worries, dealing with mean words, and standing up for yourself.

For booking and added information please email:

Astro Pitch Reopens

Ballyboro FC wish to announce that, in accordance with FAI protocol for Covid 19 restrictions, the club’s state of the art astro pitch is re-opening for hire on Saturday July 11th with lots of slots available for mid-week and weekend 5 a side. 

The pitch can only be booked online through the website and as part of the new protocol the person who makes the booking online is fulfilling the role of Covid 19 compliance officer for the time they are on the pitch.

Players attending at the astro must not car-pool unless they are from the same household and all players contact details must be retained for one month. All players must arrive togged our and carry their own individual water bottle. All players must use the sanitiser supplied at the pitch. 

The above guidelines are consistent with the Return to Training Protocols laid down by the Health Authorities and the FAI. If anyone has any queries please don’t hesitate to e mail:                                                      

News from our local Parishes

News from St. Mary’s Church

Return to Public Mass: You will see elsewhere in these notes the managed way that the return to Mass will take place. You are asked to attend at the Mass of your townsland.

Confirmation: The following are the dates set for Confirmation Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th August at 4pm for the young people of Lanesboro primary school and Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th August for the young people of Fermoyle National School at 4pm.

Weekly Envelopes: Fr. Mickey would like to thank everyone who continue to drop off their weekly envelopes into his house. These are times of hardship and difficulties and your generosity is deeply appreciated.

Weekly Newsletter

The weekly parish newsletter is available each week on Friday afternoon in the church porch or in Martina and Joe O’Brien’s shop.

Kilgefin parish notes

Kilgefin Parish Masses will take place in Ballyleague Church only for the time being.

Daily Mass will take place Monday to Friday at 10am.

The Covid capacity of the church is 50 so spaces are limited. 

The exemption from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holydays is extended for the time being. It is important that people who are unwell and especially those with any symptoms that might suggest Covid-19 infection- should remain at home. More details on Covid controls in our church are in this week’s bulletin which is available in Ballyleague church. 

Thanks to everyone for their cooperation. 

St. John’s Church of Ireland

The Services will take place in St. John’s Church at 11.30 am on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. On the first and third Sundays of each month Service will take place in St. Coman’s Roscommon.

Hand sanitising stations will be available and social distancing will be in place in both Churches.

Rathcline GAA

Football returns: Club football has made a very welcome return and the first team back was the Minor team who played Clonbroney/Wolfe Tones in Dunbeggan on Monday in the Minor Championship.

There are many match starved supporters out there and the following is the club schedule for the next two weeks: This Wednesday 22nd In the Juvenile Cup we travel to Keenan Park to play St. Patricks Ardagh at 7.30pm. On Saturday 25th we have our first home game when the Juvenile Football Cup game will take place in Clonbonny at 5pm when we play St. Francis. Our senior team are also in action on Saturday when they play Ballymore in the first round of the League in Ballybrien at 7pm. Monday 27th sees our U14 play in their Cup game when they travel to Cashel to play neighbours Southern Gaels. On Sunday 2nd August it is back to the Senior League when we play Ballymahon in Clonbonny at 2pm. Monday 3rd our minors travel to McGee Park to play St. Colmcille/St. Francis at 7.30pm. On Tuesday 4th at 7pm our U14 team welcomes St. Dominick’s Kenagh to Clonbonny for the U14 championship and finally on Saturday 8th August we travel to Drumlish to play St. Vincent’s in the Juvenile Cup at 5pm.

Our first game in the Senior Championship will take place on Friday 14th August with the time and venue yet to be decided.

Saddle Up for Rathcline: As promised we can reveal on September 12th at 8.00am the first leg of Saddle Up will commence from Clonbonny Pitch.

This year’s cycle challenge comprises 8 legs with an average of 20km each with more detail to follow on routes and change over points

A reminder all funds raised in 2020 are assisting with the development & opening of a new training & playing area for our underage members

So, save the date & dust off the bikes until you hear more!!!!

Cúl Camp: The Cúl Camp taking place in Clonbonny from Monday 3rd to Friday 6th August is now totally booked out. If you are still anxious that your young person gets the experience of the Cúl Camps you can book by contacting Damien Sheridan 0879126556 for a limited number of places in Carrickedmond, Ballymahon, Dromard, Drumlish or Edgeworthstown.

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