Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 9th November 2020

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Wild at Heart

Prompted by Niall Mulvihill to read the travel section of last week’s Sunday Times I came across the Wild at Heart section that included ‘the 25 bathing spot we love’ written by Heather Snelgar where she listed the best 25 spots in Ireland for a bracing dip.

When I got to number 13, I was delighted to see that Heather had included Lanesboro and especially the bay area.

I quote an extract from Heather’s piece “One of our favourites is at Lanesborough. Access is easiest from the harbour, where pontoons have been erected thanks to a Tidy Towns project. The area has a thriving open-water swimming scene, so it is likely you won’t be alone taking the plunge here at any time of the year”

Heather also referenced the green area beside the swimming area and suggested it was the right place to for a post-dip picnic and also recommended to pack a flash of something steamy to banish chattering teeth.

It is always great for us to be getting notice from outside media and more so when we are being seen as being in the top 25 in the country. It just goes to show that all the developments been done to improve our community is paying off. Everyone must be congratulated for their dedication to the improvement of our community.


It is with profound sadness I record the death at his residence on Monday 2nd November of John Gallagher, The Green. He came to Lanesboro with his parents, brothers and sisters many years ago from Co. Donegal. He was one of the last remaining original residents on the Green and his death sees a further demise of original residents. In his younger days John was a well-travelled man before settling back to live on the Green. He was instantly recognisable in town as when he strolled downtown, he always was to be seen with his much-loved pipe. He was a very quiet and dignified man. John was a very intelligent man and from many conversations with him you became abundantly aware of that fact. He had a very distinctive welcoming greeting where he always mentioned your name when saying hello. The greeting always felt warm and sincere as you knew he was.

John’s remains reposed at his brother Manus’s home in Barnacor on Wednesday from where his removal took place to St. Mary’s Church on Thursday for his Funeral Mass. Following Mass, John was laid to rest in Clonbonny cemetery. To his brothers Manus, Larry, and Barney, sisters Bridie and Margaret relatives and many friends we extend our deepest sympathy.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Mattie McGuire, Clonfower his sisters Ellen, Anne, Mary and Imelda on the death of their brother Michael in Birmingham on Sunday 25th October. Michael is also survived by his wife Olive and children John, Matthew, Annette and Clare to whom we extend or deepest sympathy.

Annual Mass

The annual Green residents Mass that incorporates Cloontuskert and Derryhaun estates along with remembering all former deceased employees of Bord na Mona will take place on Wednesday 18th November in St. Mary’s Church at 10am.

With Covid restrictions being in place there can be nobody in attendance, but the mass will be streamed live on Facebook. Put St. Mary’s Parish Lanesboro into your Facebook search and you can participate in the Mass.

Unfortunately, we cannot have the usual after Mass gathering in the hall but we look forward to a brighter 2021 when we can all congregate and meet old friends for a chat over a cup of tea after Mass.

Remembrance Tree

Lanesboro Community College have prepared a Tree of Remembrance in St. Mary’s Church which recalls all the who have died in the Parish in the last year. The tree will remain in the church for the month of November.


We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to the family, wife Eileen, and sons Luke and Finbar and their extended family on the death of the late Kevin Gibbons, Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh, formerly Clonfower who passed away on Tuesday 3rd November. Kevin was predeceased by his brother Noelie and Tommy, and sisters Katty and Eva.

Roscommon Biography

The Dictionary of Roscommon Biography has proved to be a wonderful book creating a great interest with its astonishing detail. This is a must for Roscommon people and also those of us that know many families in the county. There is a remarkable fact unknown to me and others I spoke to of Ger Farrell (Adie’s father), and his brother included. It is a book once you open it you will find it difficult to leave down as the information just keeps jumping off the pages at you. This huge volume priced at only €30 can be purchased in O’Brien’s while stocks last.

Talk to the Samaritans

Are you struggling to cope with life? Do you think it would be a help to talk about your problems in confidence? It does not matter who you are, how you feel or what has happened to you the Samaritans are always there and ready to talk with you. Don’t let things get you down just contact, and someone will talk with you. The Samaritans are available 24 hours a day 365 days a year just phone 116123.

Towns Lotto Winner                                                                                  

The numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lotto on Tuesday 3rd November were 8, 17, 26 and 28. There was nobody with the four numbers and the jackpot for the draw on Tuesday 10th November stood at €2,500. The main consolation prize of €50 went to Bernie Malone, Cloontuskert and the three other €20 prizes went to Bernie Hanley, Corrigeen, Declan, James and Luke Curran, Carraroe and Tiernan Hanley, Corrigeen.

The committee are very thankful for your continued and generous support especially in these very hard times.


It was with great sadness we learned of the death on Saturday 7th November of former lessee of the Peer Inn/Rakish Paddy, Lisnacusha, Tom Rowan. Tom has been in ill heath in recent times and the passing of such a young man has still come as a shock to us all. We extend our sympathy to his partner, his own family, the Rowan and Casey families Newtowncashel, relatives and many friends.

Tom was laid to rest in Cashel Cemetery on Tuesday 10th November.

CE worker required

Newtowncashel Tidy Towns have a vacancy for a CE worker who is 21 years or over and in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment for 1 year or more. Applicants should supply suitable character references and be prepared to complete a Garda vetting application form.

Duties will include mowing, strimming, litter control, flower bed maintenance.

For further information phone Ann on 043 3322016 or 089 4032559 Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 4.30pm.

St. Mary’s Church

Thank You

Fr. Sergiy would like to thank everyone that continues to drop in their envelopes into the Priests house every week. As everyone is in time of hardship it makes your continued generosity all the more spectacular.


With the new level 5 restrictions meaning that attendances at regular church services. However, the church will remain open for visitations and private prayer and you are invited to call in when you may be passing.

The daily masses are being streamed on Facebook ‘St. Mary’s Parish Lanesboro’ you can log on 10am Monday to Thursday, 7pm on Friday evening, 7.30pm Saturday and 11.30am on Sunday.

Mass intentions will continue to be booked for weekdays for the present. People wishing to book masses can do so by contacting Fr Sergiy before or after mass during the week in the Sacristy. All that have booked masses are asked to rebook them for weekdays for the foreseeable future. 

Adoration and Confession will take place on Friday evenings from 6pm until private mass time of 7pm.

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 are assisting Fr. Sergiy during his ministery in the parish.

Church activities

Eucharistic Adoration will take place on Tuesday’s from 10.30am until 8pm and it is hoped that there will be two people in attendance for each hour.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions will take place on Friday evenings from 6pm until private mass time of 7pm.

Lanesboro Library

Lanesboro Library:  Tel: 0433321291 email:

In line with Government Level 5 restrictions, from Thursday October 22nd,

Lanesboro Library will once again be closed to the public.

All our Online Services can be accessed on our website by selecting ‘Your Online Library’.

Use your library card number & pin to log in to your account.

Online Storytimes and Winter Crafts Competition will continue on our Facebook page.

Any enquiries, please call 0433321291 or email in the following days

Wednesday 10-1 & 2-5pm and Saturday 10-1pm

Simple Winter Crafts Competition

Check out the simple Winter crafts on our Facebook page every Monday –

Send in pics of your completed craft and be in with a chance to win a prize at the end of November!

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