Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 15th February 2021

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

The late Daniel Greene

The entire area was shocked and saddened when the news broke on Wednesday last 10th February of the death in Perth, Australia of Daniel Greene. At the age of 27 Daniel was much too young to die. He was predeceased by his late father Pat back in 1993. Along with his mother Christine (nee Donlon) and family they moved to Australia some 15 years ago. For the past five years he has been battling cancer and he did so in his own inimitable way and with great spirit and dignity. During his time in Lanesboro Daniel grew into a fine young man who was very popular amongst his peer group and the older generation. The memory of Daniel is of a happy go lucky young man who always had a warm welcome, a beaming smile and a happy glint in his eye. From a very early age he had a wonderful way with people. Daniel is still fondly remembered here in our community and his death has been received with a very heavy heart and the deepest regret. Farewell young man it was a pleasure to know you.

At the time of writing no funeral arrangement have been made. We extend our deepest sympathy to his mother Christine, her partner Andy, his sister Channon, Daniel’s partner Beth, grandmother Patsy Donlon, Moher, the Donlon and Greene families and many friends in Ireland and Australia.

5ive Global

In recent months Vincent English created 5iveGlobal based in Edgeworthstown. Vincent with 5iveGlobal has created Longford International College which tutors in courses in business, sports and law, from diploma to doctoral degree level. Already the college has gained great recognition for courses and availability online.

A tremendous recognition of the very special work already being done by Longford International College comes in their nomination for the Irish National Awards that was held on Thursday night last. Although they did not win the National Award their nomination alone shows their work is gaining national and international recognition.

We congratulate Vincent on his nomination, and we are sorry that he was not the overall winner – but his nomination ensured his 5iveGlobal is a winner.

Regatta Committee

Back in the 60’s Lanesboro was renowned for its Regatta and swimming competitions. Such was the status of the swimming competitions National swimming and European champions Chalky White and Donncha O’Dea frequently visited to take part in the events.

I got a phone call the other day enquiring if I knew of any of the committees of the time. I did not but I said I would ask through the notes.

If you have any memorabilia or notes of the committees of that time as to who the committees were, I would appreciate a copy to pass on. Many thanks in advance.

Clonbonny Cemetery

I have been asked to let you know that there is no longer a pickup of grave clearings at Clonbonny Cemetery. It would be deeply appreciated if those that in recent time left clearings off family graves in the corner to collect it and dispose of it. The committee works hard at keeping the cemetery in tip top shape. The stone facing of the cemetery wall and the gates have made a huge difference in the presentation of the cemetery.


The Rathcline GAA club will hold their AGMon Sunday next 21st February at 7pm via Zoom. This will be an unique occasion as it will be the first time ever for the AGM to be held online via ZOOM.  Everyone is welcome to attend. For further information regarding how to log on you should contact Micheál O’Sullivan, Chairman (, or Jimmy Flood, Secretary ( for further details.

Community Supports

Longford Community Resources Clg continues to deliver supports to individuals and communities experiencing disadvantage throughout the county. Due to Level 5 restrictions these supports are now delivered mostly by phone or on-line.

Supports include:

Providing advice and information on entitlements.

Assisting people with CVs, job applications and interviews.

Assisting people identify and access accredited and non-accredited education and training.

Setting up your own business (if you are currently unemployed and in receipt of a Social Welfare payment).

They also support several community groups including Health and Well-being Groups; On-Line Crafts Group; Ethnic Minority Groups; English Conversation Classes; Parent and Toddler Groups; Intercultural Women’s Groups; Older People’s Network, Alzheimer’s Café, etc.

For further information on any of the free services available please contact Longford Community Resources on 043 334 5555 or email:

Ballyleague NS Enrolment

Admission Application Form for new entrants for School Academic Year 2021/2022 is available as follows: To download at: or you can request by email:  or by writing to: Ballyleague N.S., Ballyleague, Co Roscommon, N39 PX49

The Samaritans

There are a great number of Samaritan branches throughout the county and no matter where you are there is one close to you. If you are struggling with life and feel you need to talk to someone then the Samaritans are there for you. All you have to do is pick up the phone and discuss what is one your mind in confidence. It does not matter who you are, how you feel or what has happened to you that phone call is all you need to do. Freephone 116123, every day or night of the year as the service is available 24 hours a day. Don’t let anything fester in your mind make that call immediately.

Lanesboro Library

In line with Government Level 5 restrictions, Lanesboro Library will remain closed until further notice.

All the 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.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.

Any enquiries, please email

ALONE – Support for older people

ALONE who support older people to age at home have a COVID-19 support line for those who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19.

Professional staff are available to answer queries and to give advice. The support line is open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm. If you feel you need to call you should do so and have the chat, do not let the day pass without making the call. The phone number is 0818 222024.

St. Mary’s Church


Mass continue to be celebrated privately every day by our priests at the usual times Monday to Thursday 10am, Friday 7pm Saturday 7.30pm and Sunday 11.30am and Masses can be seen on the St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro Facebook page.

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. 

Eucharistic Adoration on Tuesdays in the church from 10.30 to 8pm. It is hoped that there will be two people in the church for each hour.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will resume on Friday evenings, starting this Friday evening and it will take place between 6pm and 6.45pm.


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.

Rathcline GAA

AGM on Zoom

Our upcoming AGM will take place on Sunday next 21st February at 7pm via Zoom. Everyone is welcome to attend. Email Micheál O’Sullivan, Chairman (, or Jimmy Flood, Secretary ( for further details.

Minor club

Coaches and executive members of minor club have been very involved in coaching information with Longford GAA over the past few weeks. The club is gearing up to coaching commencing via the internet until the Government restrictions are lifted and hopefully that will be sooner rather than later.

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