Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 27th July 2020

Apologies for the late delivery of the notes today, my computer decided it did not like Monday.

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Return to Public Masses 

St. Mary’s Church reopened for masses last weekend with Masses for townlands from a up to Derrygeel. For the next two weeks you will see the townlands arrangements below.

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.

On Saturday 8th August the 7.30pm Mass is forthe following townlandsRadharc na Muileann and Rathcline

On Sunday 9th August the 9.30am Mass is for the following townlands Rathcline Road and Raparee

On Sunday 9th August the 11.30am Mass is for the following townlands The Green, Thureen and Tullyvrane.

Cemetery Sunday Postponement

Due to Covid 19 restrictions Cemetery Sunday due to be held on the 9th August in Cloontuskert Cemetery has been postponed until further notice

Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union

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

Bord na Mona Workers Retraining & Employment Project

The Lough Ree Angling hub have submitted their Access for All Outdoor Recreation project application for funding to the Just Transition fund. Up to 40 fulltime, part time and season jobs are included in the plan.

As promised when the team behind the project last met the Bord na Mona workers club, we are arranging another briefing from the project leader Alan Broderick on the jobs plan and advice from the Department of Social Welfare on how the training planned and job opportunities coming up- full-time and part-time will effect each person individually – if they have already retired and are on job-seekers allowance etc so this coming Wednesday July 29th will meet again.

Two people from the DSP will be in attendance in Lanesborough to give advice on schemes and entitlements available through Intreo.

Additionally, an Employer Engagement Officer will also be in attendance. There will be an opportunity for confidential briefings after the public ones.

Admission to these sessions on Wednesday will be by ticket only as, for social distancing purposes, we must follow all Covid 19 regulations.

To book your place call Piarais and Dylan at 04333 21734 or email .

Thank you to Longford DSP  and the Bord na Mona workers who have helped us arrange these briefings – which will basically let people work out how many days they can work (or train) without affecting  their entitlements . Please spread the word to all former and present Bord na Mona workers. 


A chat with a friend of mine led me to thinking that there is an opportunity for many people in the community and the greater community area. A year or two ago he did up a cottage on the family homestead. After the work was completed, he decides to rent it out as a holiday home. This house was a little of the beating track and it did not have what we have in terms of the River Shannon and its amenities. He told me that, at this stage, the house has been and is now booked up right to the end of September.

Our chat naturally reverted back to the Lanesboro/Ballyleague and the greater community area and what could be available. In his own words “ I am sure within a radius of 3 mile from here there are a good number of houses not lived in or in need of a bit of renovation that could be done up and rented out like mine”.

It took me back to the meeting I had organised with Failte Ireland just prior to the lockdown and will take place once all restrictions have been lifted. This gathering is for everyone that is interested in hearing about the requirements for a B&B, house rental self-catering accommodation, guest houses and now that our two former hotels are in private hands it for the property owners. Like no time ever this is an opportunity not to be missed by those that have properties such as mentioned above.

Since the partial lifting of the restrictions we have had a huge number of Irish tourists on the river with a great number of them expressing their surprise at what we have in our community and its beauty. They are showing a great interest in our community and it would be a great shame if they decide to return next year or in following years that we will not have accommodation for them.

With so many people and companies having learned that working from home and remote working is now a reality there is a great opportunity for us to attract people to live in our community while working from home.

Just Friday last a former resident and regular visitor to Lanesboro was chatting with me and was saying that he would love to move back to Lanesboro especially now that remote working is a reality. Wouldn’t we love to have him, his wife and children living amongst us as we would with so many more families.

These chats brought me back to the ‘think tank’ and some remarkable inputs of so many people about developing our attracting community that for so many decades have welcomed people from all over to our community.

I hope these few words might sow a seed and encourage people not to miss what I think will be a golden opportunity.

Rathcline Cemetery

As there was no Mass at Rathcline Cemetery to celebrate the life of the people buried there the annual collection was not taken up. If you would like to donate to the upkeep of the graveyard you can do so by dropping your contribution in and envelope into the box in O’Brien’s Shop.

Winning Weekend

Last weekend St. Faithleach’s championship campaign got off to a terrific start when they had a convincing victory over St. Aidan’s on Sunday. The previous night in Ballybrien Rathcline began their league campaign with an equally convincing game.

The action is coming thick and fast again this weekend for both clubs when St. Faithleach’s are first out on Saturday when they take on Kilbride and on Sunday Rathcline will play Ballymahon in the second round of the league.

We wish both team and their managements the very best of luck and we are hoping for a winning weekend all-round

Drive in Bingo

Sunday next 2ndAugust in Pearse Park Longford a convergence of bingo players will take place for the second drive-in bingo. The initial one was a great success and it is hoped that           Sunday next will be bigger and better. There will be a prize fund of €2,500 in prizes to be won. Books are €10 and €20.

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

Best Life Summer Camp

A new Best Life Summer Camp will take place at Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon from Tuesday next 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 email:   

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 on a winning note: Our senior team travelled to Ballybrien on Saturday last to play Ballymore in the first round of the league. The lads started the season as they hope will continue to the end. They ran our winners over a very game Ballymore side.

On Sunday next we take on Ballymahon in the next round of the league in Clonbonny. Anyone intending to go to the match must have a ticket. Due to the Covid-19 regulations and restrictions tickets are very limited and must be obtained through the club. Contact club Chairman Micheál O’Sullivan or Secretary Jimmy Flood as soon as possible.

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!!!!

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