Lanesboro Ballyleague notes

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Friday next is the closing date

Lanesboro Fire Brigade is presently seeking to recruit two new members to add to their Fire Service team based in Lanesboro. This will be a huge opportunity for the two lucky people that will be selected to join the team.

Applications will only be accepted by email to

The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 4:00pm – Friday, 2nd April.


We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Liz and John Cuffe and family, Kilrooskey on the death on Thursday last 25th March of Sally McDermott, Cloonybeirne, Strokestown, a sister of Liz.

New Refill Service

Trish Feehily is offering a new Eco Refill service in Johnston’s Pharmacy on Main Street. You can reduce your plastic waste by reusing your own containers to stock up from a range of eco-friendly cleaning and bathroom products.

Local Leader Onboarding

You are invited to join the Grow Remote group of people who are interested in using remote work (employment) as a way in helping local communities. The course is free, with part self-paced and part live sessions.

You will be with 130 other local community leaders.

At present there is a Government plan being proposed to relocate people from the cities and have them working remotely. This is an ideal opportunity to bring the old convent building into play and convert it for remote workers and meeting spaces.


Trócaire boxes are available in the church porch or you can make a direct contribution at You are reminded that there are only a few weeks left until the boxes have to be returned and we would urge everyone to continue their donations to the box thus ensuring that there is a wonderful response to a very special cause.

Living Well Programme

New and extra Spring Dates have been added to the HSE, Free Living Well Programme.

The Living Well Programme is a workshop for adults living with a long-term health condition. The workshop is delivered over six workshops (2.5hrs x6) and is free of charge to those diagnosed with a mental or physical illness.

You will develop self-management skills and confidence to live well with your health condition.

To avoid disappointment please book your place early by calling 086 6078950.

Green Kilometre Scheme

Cllr Pat O’Toole recently came up with what I think is a brilliant scheme that is the Green Kilometre Scheme where individual or groups to choose a Kilometre or longer stretch of rural road or a loop for basic upkeep.

The work would be done with the support of Longford County Council and the individuals/group would commit to keep and maintain the selected for 12 months.

Pat suggests that the job description should include hedge maintenance, sowing flowers and/or shrubs, litter picking and the care of heritage features.

I have written many times about the large of amount of littering taking place on the roads around the area and this would be an effective way of cleaning up our area and creating local pride in our area. This, I am sure, would also be a huge help to the local FÁS workers upon their return to full time duty when the restrictions are lifted to allow them back to work.

There is no doubt that this could be carried out on both sides of the bridge as a community project where many hands would make light of the large amount of work needed to be done.

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.

Rathcline GAA

Rathcline GAA would like to wish all their players and supporters a Happy Easter. The club is really looking forward to the Minor, Senior and Ladies’ teams getting back to the playing fields. In the meantime, the club is busy with plans for further developments at Clonbonny.  The Rathcline GAA Annual Draw takes place this Easter Sunday April 4th. Your support is greatly appreciated. Tickets are just €20 each and may be purchased from any club member, or online here at

The winner of the draw receives a cheque for a fantastic €3,000. Second prize is €1,000. Third prize is €500. Fourth and Fifth prizes are €250. Sixth prize is 200. The video and results of the draw will be uploaded to our Facebook page on Easter Sunday evening. Members who have ticket stubs and money for the draw should give them to Micheal O’Sullivan, Jimmy Flood, Pat Connerton or to Marie Farrell by the end of this week. 

St. Mary’s Church

Weekly Masses

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.

Holy Week in St. Mary’s

Tuesday in St. Mel’s cathedral will be celebrated by Bishop Francis Duffy. Wednesday mass will be celebrated in St. Mary’s and can be followed on Facebook and seen on RTÉ News channel at 10.30am. Holy Thursday RTÉ One at 4.40pm. Good Friday in St. Mary’s Church at 3pm available on Facebook.

There will be no ceremony in St. Mary’s on Easter Sunday with everyone encouraged to log onto the Holy Saturday Vigil from St. Mel’s Cathedral at 10pm.

There will be only one Mass in St. Mary’s on Easter Sunday and that will be the 11.30Mass.

Shrine Candles

To cover the rising cost of the church shrine candles it is regrettable to say that the cost of each candle must rise to 25c. Your usual generosity will be appreciated.


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 very important that there will be at least two people in the church for each hour. Of the Adoration.

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

Urgent contacts

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.

New e-zine

A new and independent Irish-based literary and arts e-zine entitled Bealtainehas launched with a focus on all things intersectional, inclusive, environmental, and empowering. The e-zine was established by Seán Flynn and Molly O’Connor. Their aim is to showcase talent which can capture the modern Irish verve. They publish high quality stories, poetry, essays, photography, and art creating an e-zine that delivers a visually stunning ensemble.

The works touch on a variety of themes including racism, homelessness, and environmentalism. The launch date for the first edition is Friday 16th April and further details on its availability will be made know very soon via their Instagram @bealtainemagazine.

This promises to a very worthwhile publication and one we should be really looking forward to reading.

Shannon Gaels Minor Club


Many thanks to Coaching Officer Stephen Rooney, club and county senior football star Liam Connerton for their skills video. We hope that all parents availed of the video and encouraged their young players to practice and develop their skills.

It seems as if it wont be too long now before we see a return to training and hopefully games so we encourage all players in the minor club to continue working on their fitness and skills.

Join our underage 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.


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.

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