Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 5th October 2020

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes


There are times that the news of a sudden death shocks us and our community to the core. It is seldom if ever that our community is joined in shock and sadness by the city of New York. This was the case when the news broke on Tuesday 22nd September of the sudden death in Woodside, New York of David Ross. David aged just 64 was a remarkable person and as a Lanesboro man living in New York said to me when we chatted about David “everybody loved David” Before his departure to the US David lived and worked in Dublin and travelled home to his family every weekend. During his time in Dublin and those bus trips home he never let an opportunity of getting to know people along with assisting go to waste.

He them decided that the US and New York was the place for him to explore and from the very first day he involved himself with Longford County Association and played a hugely active part with the Association. He welcomed, assisted, and dined hundreds if not thousands that made their way to New York. David was the go-to man in helping and aiding everyone whether as visitors or trying to find their feet upon arrival. David affected generations in a most positive way. He greeted you with his customary genuinely warmest of smiles that made you feel so secure in a strange land. He had a heart of gold and there was nothing that he could not nor would not do to help you, he was generous to a fault in every aspect. David was greatly admired. David had the kindest of hearts and he was one of the most genuine people you could met. You always felt great in his company, he was a walking encyclopaedia of information and upon departure from him you always felt you were the most knowledgeable. David in recent years had bought a house in Cnoc na Gaoithe where he holidayed each year. He had just completed home improvements in preparation for his retirement where he intended to spend six months at home with friends and family and six months in New York. David was predeceased by his father Barney and brother Gerard.

His passing leaves a huge emptiness in everyone that knew him even fleetingly. He will be forever remembered both in our community, our county and New York. Farewell to a very special friend.

A celebration of David’s life was held at the Papavero Funeral Home in New York before the repatriation of his remains to Lanesboro and his native sod for his Funeral Mass and burial in Clonbonny on Sunday last. While Covid-19 restrictions put paid to David receiving the huge send off he deserved his memory will always warm the cockles of our hearts forever and a day. We extend our deepest sympathy to his mother, Nancy, brothers Brian and Paul, sister, Lil, relatives and so many friends.


Many congratulations to Emer Clancy, daughter of Jimmy and Anne Clancy, Barnacor, and Stephen Brady, son of Noel and Helen Brady, Legga, Moyne who announced their engagement recently.

Tractor/Vintage car/Classic Bike Run

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no sign of relenting the annual Lanesboro Tidy Towns Breakfast Morning has had to be cancelled. In an effort to raise funds whilst staying within the guidelines the Lanesboro Tidy Towns committee have come up with a three-pronged event on Sunday 25th October. There will be a Tractor Run, a Vintage Car Run and Classic Bike Run. The Tractors will assemble at St. Faithleach’s GAA grounds and start from there while the Vintage Cars and Classic Bikes will gather at Lanesboro Car Park and commence their route from there.

You are asked to donate some sponsorship to a participating tractor, vintage car or classic bike to help fund the Tidy Towns committee as they continue their excellent work in the area. I doubt if there is not a group in the community that the Co-Op/Tidy Towns have not helped out at one stage or another and this is a great opportunity to help back by supporting them in this tractor, vintage car and classic bike run.

Roscommon Biography

The recently launched Dictionary of Roscommon Biography is continuing to sell well and it has almost sold its first full print. It is a book that is full of amazing detail and those from the county and those of us along the Roscommon border it holds a fascinating interest. It is a book once you open it you will find it difficult to leave down. This huge volume priced at only €30 can be purchased in O’Brien’s while stocks last.

Monster Bingo Drive-In

The Rathcline club will be holding a Monster Bingo Drive-In at their club grounds in Clonbonny on Sunday week 18th October with the first numbers for the first game been called at 3pm. There will be €2,000 in prizemoney to be won on the day.

This is the first time that the club has embarked on a drive-in bingo and they encourage all bingo players and everyone from the locality to join in and be part of a historic occasion.

Let’s hope for a great day in Clonbonny.

St. Faithleach’s Lottery

The St. Faithleach’s lottery took place in the clubhouse on Saturday26th September. The number drawn out on the night were 13, 17, 22 and 27. There was nobody with these four numbers and the jackpot of €10000is still available to be won.The three winners of €40 were Lynda Kilcoyne, Barnacor, Bernie Walsh c/o Bongo and Qona Cox, Doughill.


Many congratulations to Michael Coffey, son of Michael and Mary Coffey, Church View and Ellie-Ann King daughter of Gerry and Helena King, Kilglass, who announced their engagement recently.


The continued rise in the Covid-19 numbers should remind us to make sure that we do everything in our power to ensure that there is not a spread to our community. To date we have done remarkably well in keeping it out of our community and we should redouble our efforts to ensure that we remain a safe zone.

Both counties of Longford and Roscommon have in recent times recorded numbers rising at an alarming rate and we hope that it does not darken the door of our community.

As we have two Nursing Homes in our community clear of Covid-19 we must pay special credit to the management and the staff for their continued dedication to their residents’ safety and protection.

We must continue to wash our hands thoroughly in warm water for at least 20 seconds. Always wear a mask especially when you are going into any premises or travelling on public transport. Keep the 2-metre distance and avoid getting into group situations that are not observing this distancing.

The Best of Luck

We would like to wish the Killashee team the very best of luck in the rearranged Intermediate Championship Final. The Killashee team is managed by Ballyleague man Raymond Curley who was their manager when they won the Intermediate Championship back in 2016.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Maura Donohoe and family, Rathcline Road on the death of her brother Shane Carrigan, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin on Thursday 24th September.

Thank You Mike

For the past 15 years Mike Casey from Mount Dillon, Curraghroe has been a very popular figure in Church View estate. Mike spent the past 15 years tending the upkeep of the estate and it was great credit to him that it always looked so wonderful. Mike’s popularity was not only with the older generation but also the younger generation where his joviality and sense of humour and caring won their hearts.

Last week Mike’s work term came to an end. He will be sadly missed by everyone in the Church View estate. Gone will be Mike’s warm hello, his exuberance and unmistakable smile.

To show their appreciation for the past 15 years the residents made a collection as a farewell gift to Mike. They made their generous presentation to Mike of a voucher and sum of money last week. The residents in showing their appreciation also wanted to wish Mike the very best of luck in the future.


The death has occurred on Saturday 19th September of J.J. (Seamie) Carroll, Northampton. Seamie was formerly from Gardenstown and had emigrated to England a good number of years ago. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Agnes, sons Vincent and Ivor, daughter Lorraine, his brothers Jack, Gardenstown and Shane, Slane, Co. Meath and their families.

His funeral has taken place in England.

Towns Lotto Winner                                                                                  

The numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lotto on Tuesday 29th September were 4, 18, 22 and 26. There was nobody with these four numbers and the jackpot for the draw on Tuesday 5th October stood at €2,000. The consolation prize of €50 went to Chris Moran, Colehill, and the three €20 prizes went to Anthony Casey c/o Mags, Jean Fallon, Kilrooskey and Hughie Smyth, Main Street.

The committee are very thankful for your continued and generous support.

Mass Schedule

For next week you will see the townlands arrangements below.

Saturday 10th October 7.30pm Mass the following areas Aughamore, Aughaloughan, Augharanagh, Barnacor and Blenavoher.

Sunday 11th October the9.30am Mass is the turn of Carraroe, Carrowstrawley, Cashelbeg, Church Road, Church View and Clonbonny.

11.30am Mass on Sunday 11th October Mass will be for the townslands of Clonfower, Corrigeen, Cullentra, Curraghrua, Cnóc na Gaoithe and Derrygeel

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 will be assisting Fr. Sergiy during his ministery in the parish.

Facebook Page

A Rathcline Parish Facebook page is in the process of being set up in the next week or so. When the page is completed Masses and Funerals will be broadcast live and available to all signed up with Facebook.

Rathcline Lotto

The draw of the 50/50 took place on Monday night 21st September in Adie’s Bar. The jackpot pool stood at €188 and the name on the winning ticket was Jay, Leah & Becky Hanley, Corrigeen. The club apricates the support of everyone that bought tickets for the draw and we look forward to your continued support driving the 50/50 upwards.

Lanesboro Library

Updated Opening Hours: Wednesday and Friday 10am – 1pm again from 2 to 5pm On Saturday from 10am until 1pm

Age Friendly Digital Skills Training

Age Friendly Digital Skills Training will be commencing soon at Lanesboro Library.

The class will be limited to 4 people and government safety guidelines will be followed. Laptops/tablets supplied or bring your own if you prefer.  No skills needed.

The course duration is 6 weeks for one hour a week and is FREE OF CHARGE.

Contact Stella at 0433321291 to book a place.

Children’s Book Festival Month

Children’s Book Festival takes place during October.  Keep an eye on our Facebook page for lots of Story-times and some simple Hallowe’en Arts & Crafts!

Please note the following:

  • Public P.C.’s are available for use – Please phone 0433321291 to book your 30-minute time slot.

Contact Library on: Email: Facebook pm: @lanesborolibrary or telephone 043 3321291

Foreign Currency & Used Stamps

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

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

Library membership is free for everyone and provides you with complimentary access to books and p.c.’s in the library as well as a range of digital services.

Check out our Online Services where you can download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines and newspapers, learn a new language or do an online course. 

All you need is your library card and pin. 

Renew or request books on our website

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


 A weekend of mixed results for the 5 teams in competitive action.

The under 13s returned to form with a vengeance when they defeated Gaels United by three goals to one. Oisin Dillon, Rian Hogan, and Billy Murray were the goalscorers in a fine all round team performance. Ballyboro: Adam Farrell, Dan Casey, Ciaran McGloin, Aidan Kelly, Eoin Beattie, Ethan Slattery, Billy Murray, Rian Shanley, Rian Hogan, Oisin Dillon, Mikey Sorohan,

The under 10s were very unlucky in their game with Newtown as a last-minute goal deprived them of a share of the spoils. The game finished 4-3 in favour of the Newtown boys. The Ballyboro lads played very well in their first game of the season and their display augurs well for the rest of their campaign. Panel and scorers: Michael Hogan, Donnchadh Farrell (1), Maithiú Hanly, Tom Hession, Ethan Donnellan, Darragh McGloin, Darragh Shanley (1), Adam Greally (1), Éanna Kenny, Rian Morrissey, Patrick McDonagh.

The under 12s were in fine fettle and they played some sparkling football in an 8-5 win over Ballymahon. Team and goalscorers: Evan Rooney, Leon Milkowski (1), Ciaran McGloin, Dan Casey, Mikey Sorohan (1), Harry Brogan, Rian Hogan (4), Oisin Dillon (2). Subs Sean O’Dowd and Sean Collins.

 Both the under 14s and the under 15s found the going tough in their games against Melview and Mostrim United respectively. Both teams will be hoping to show considerable improvement in forthcoming games. Under 14s: Ronan Cox, Jack Beattie, David Cox, Jack Casey, Jack Brogan, Anthony Cox, Wesley Hughes (2),Euan Cullen, Billy Murray, Ben Murphy, Luke Johnston. Subs Brendan Mulvihill, Ethan Slattery, Nathan McCloat.   Under 15s: Sam Glennon, Ruairi Carling, Cormac O’Dowd, David Cox, Anthony Cox, James Mimnagh, Joey Trimble, Jack Phelan, Darragh Creedon, Eoin Cox, Euan Cullen, Subs Josh Crawford, Luke Cullen.

Saturday’s Fixtures: The under 9s will be involved in a blitz at home with Ballymahon FC starting at 11am. The under 11s are away to Mostrim, 11am kick off, while the under 15s play Inny FC in Streete at 12.30am.

Sunday’s Fixtures: Both the under 12 and under 14s teams are away to Streete FC with kick offs’ at 11am and 12 noon respectively. The under 16s play Kenagh United in Kenagh at 2.30pm.

Ballyboro FC extends its Deepest Sympathy to Under 16 team manager Paul Ross and to all the Ross family on the passing of Paul’s brother David. Though domiciled in New York for a long time David always kept a keen interest in club affairs, and was a very generous sponsor to the club over the years.

Rathcline GAA


The draw of the 50/50 took place on Monday night 21st September in Adie’s Bar.                                      The jackpot pool stood at €188 and the name on the winning ticket was Jay, Leah & Becky Hanley, Corrigeen. The club apricates the support of everyone that bought tickets for the draw and we look forward to your continued support driving the 50/50 upwards.

Monster Bingo Drive-In

The club will be holding a Monster Bingo Drive-In at the club grounds on Sunday week 18th October with the first game been called at 3pm. There will be €2,000 in prizemoney to be won on the day.

This is a first for the club and we would urge the support of the entire community and all bingo players far and wide.

We look forward to another great day in the Rathcline club grounds in Clonbonny.

Famous Victory

Last Friday night our Under 12 team travelled to Kenagh for the final of the U12 Cup Group 4 where they took on Wolfe Tones Óg from Edgeworthstown. In their group both teams played six games resulting in identical result sequence winning four games and drawing 2. The two games that were drawn were when they played each other so we knew going into Friday night’s game that this was going to be a close encounter between two evenly matched teams.

Things turned out as expected with the lead going to and fro all through. There was a wonderful dedication and no lack of skill and determination throughout both sides and those in attendance were high in their praise of both sides. Amazingly almost all of the panel are all underage for Under 12 again next year.

After a terrific game our young Under 12’s emerged victorious on a scoreline of 24 points to 21 proving this was a game of high intensity and tempo.

Our managers of Stephen Rooney and James Casey (Carrowstrawley) had the lads primed to a tee and it is a great credit to both men that the panel are such a skilful and talented side. Well done lads.

The panel was led by captain Liam Rhatigan was Evan Rooney, Dan Casey, Callum Farrell, John Farrell, Diarmuid Hanley, Rian Shanley, Mikey Sorohan, Rian Hogan, Alfie Murphy, Tim Kenny, Oisín Dillon, Shane Farrell, Sean O’Dowd, Alex Mc Dermott, Josh Curran, Stephen Farrell and Jack Cassidy.

The club would like to thank Michelle Mulvey for an excellent refereeing performance and the Wolfe Tones Óg team for another cracking performance.  


On Saturday next 10th at 12noon our Under 16 team will play their semi-final in Kenagh against opponents unknown at the time of writing. We wish the lads the very best of luck.

Good Luck

We would like to wish our near neighbours Killashee the very best of luck on Saturday in their rearranged Intermediate Championship Final.

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