Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 1st March 2020

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes


Ballyboro Collaboration Group back in the autumn of 2020 applied for funding under the Town &Villages 2020 scheme. Last week the Collaboration group received a grant from the Department with Longford County Council Regeneration matching 10% of the total allocation bringing the total allocated funding to €79,800.

This funding is towards local signage, flag poles for the bridge and marketing to aid and assist our community to rebrand itself after the loss of ESB to the community.

This was the first grant application applied for and it is wonderful to see that it has been successful. Well done to the collaboration group and let us hope that they can lead us to bigger and better things in the near future.

World Gin Awards

For the second week in a row members of the Clancy family, Rathcline Road have been highlighting in the news as this week the Lough Ree Distillery received the news that their Aiteal Distilled Irish Gin was awarded Country winner – Signature Botanical Gin at the World Gin Awards.

Aiteal is distilled and bottled in Lanesboro using only Irish Juniper and Irish Whey Spirit, making it the only 100% Irish Gin.

Congratulations to the Clancy family and the staff of Lough Ree Distillery.


The news of the death at Tallaght Hospital on Tuesday 16th February of Eddie Clouder, shocked all of us that knew him. Eddie was a relative of the Reilly family, Rathcline. Eddie during his lifetime experienced a slight disability. In his informative years he went to Fermoyle National School. Like us all at that time Eddie was a frequent visitor to Eddie Kelly’s cinema and had a passion for hurling and Manchester Utd.. He spent over 50 years as a resident of Peamount Hospital, Dublin, where he lived his life in one of their bungalows shared with other residents. Eddie was a valued member of the Peamount Hospital community. He was well able to look after himself, he lived each day to the fullest, had great confidence in himself and was adept at all the work that he was asked to do by the staff.

The generations of the Reilly family in Rathcline had a wonderful quality about themselves, were tremendous to Eddie all his life. They shared and celebrated his life and were always available to him. He had a wonderful love of the Reilly family, so much so, he asked that when he was to pass away that he be buried alongside them in Rathcline.

As his remains left Tallaght Hospital it detoured via Peamount Hospital where the staff and residents gave him an emotional send off as he travelled to St. Mary’s Church Lanesboro for his Funeral Mass. Following Mass on Thursday 25th February Eddie was laid to rest in Rathcline Cemetery.

To the Reilly family Carmel, Pat, Marian, Dolores, and Seamus, extended family and the staff of Peamount Hospital we extend our deepest sympathy.


Many congratulations to Ciara Gillen and her husband Eamonn Farrell, Tullyvrane on the birth last week of a baby boy.

Support Rathcline Ladies

Rathcline Ladies GAA Club has been successful as part of the Lidl “Level the Playing Field” competition and is in with a chance to win sponsorship or a free set of jerseys but they require your support. Please follow these 4 simple steps to register your support
1. Download/Open the Lidl Plus app and follow the prompts on screen
2. Select the club you want to support
3. Spend over €30 in store and scan your Lidl Plus card to earn a stamp (over €60 = 2 stamps, over €90 = 3 stamps, etc.)
4. Collect 6 stamps and submit your completed card by Sunday, April 11th
Full details are available at:

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:

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

Contact Stella on 3321291 for library information.

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 continues 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.


Trócaire boxes are available in the church porch or you can make a direct contribution at

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 Ladies AGM

Following our recent virtual AGM the following Executive Officers were appointed to Rathcline Ladies GAA Club Executive Chairperson- Declan Fox, Vice Chairperson- Antoinette Kenny, Secretary- Siobhan Curran, Treasurer-Sheila Nolan, Vice Treasurer – Annette Farnell, Child Welfare Officer-Amanda Gray, Registrar-Colette Wyse, County Board Delegate – Syl Healy & Declan Fox  Club Liaison Officer Brendan Sullivan.
The Club would like to recognise the ongoing support of our local businesses to our Club– O’Brien Newsagents, Laura’s Beauticians, Strands, Mags Hair Salon, Supervalu Lanesboro, Johnston Pharmacy & O’Brien Chemist & Casserley’s
A special word of thanks to Gerald Farrell & family for their financial support with the Clubs recent purchase of Club gear for our members.  We would also like to thank our wider community from Lanesboro & Newtowncashel for their ongoing support with our Clothes Bank which provides valuable financial support for our Club.
 The Club would also like to recognise the support & cooperation of Rathcline Senior & Minor Club which is key to providing us with the facilities to run our Club.  And most importantly we would like to thank our Club members, parents, Coaches, Trainers & Committee for working together during these difficult times to make our Club successful.
The Club is currently looking for a volunteer for the role of PRO, this role would suit someone who is currently studying Journalism or Media Studies or someone who would like to get involved in building our Club for the future. 

If you are interested in getting involved in building our Club, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Committee
 Rathcline Ladies GAA Club has been successful as part of the Lidl “Level the Playing Field” competition & is in with a chance to win sponsorship or a free set of jerseys but we need your support.  Please follow these 4 simple steps to register your support
1. Download/Open the Lidl Plus app and follow the prompts on screen
2. Select Rathcline Ladies GAA Club
3. Spend over €30 in store and scan your Lidl Plus card to earn a stamp (over €60 = 2 stamps, over €90 = 3 stamps, etc.)
4. Collect 6 stamps and submit your completed card by Sunday, April 11th
Full details are available at:

Shannon Gaels Minor Club


The Shannon Gaels Minor club is the underage section of the Rathcline GAA club. The club would like to welcome all recent and new residents to the parish of Rathcline and we would like to invite you and your family to be part of our club. The club involves itself in underage games for the youngsters of the parish and integrates new people to our parish into the community and we would love to have you as part of our GAA family.

Can you help?

The Shannon Gaels minor club would like to thank everyone that contacted the club with regard to sponsoring of jerseys for the club. Your generosity is truly appreciated from the youngest members U6’s to the minor age U18 group of the club and by the new committee.

If you have not done so and still would like to sponsor additional gear for the club, please contact club secretary Mark Kenny at


If you have intentions of being involved with the Minor Club, it is essential that you complete the Safeguarding course as well as completing the Garda Vetting form.

At the moment the recommended coaching courses are in abeyance due to the current pandemic. You will be notified by the club or in these notes the dates that the coaching courses are recommencing.

Contact Mark at for information on safeguarding and Garda Vetting.

Leave a Reply