Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 5th July 2021

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Distillery Yard Session Continues

The Distillery Yard brought live music to Lanesborough on Wednesday evening last with a brand-new Distillery Yard Session that featured celebrated local traditional musicians Noel Carberry (uilleann pipes, low whistle, tin whistle), Sean Sweeney (guitar and vocals) and Noel Sweeney (saxophone, flute, tin whistle). The lads in their very own unique style provided an entertaining evening of music, stories, and craic played to the maximum allowed attendance.

On this coming Wednesday evening from 7pm to 9pm the three talented musicians will once again return; this time the lads will bring along some friends to create what should be another wonderful evening’s entertainment. Ticket price includes a free Coffee or Tea of your choice. In order to comply with social distancing, attendance is limited to 50 people. Seating will be provided. This is an outdoor event, so please dress for the weather.

At the time of writing, I believe, there are a small number of tickets left. Tickets €10 including a free coffee or tea of your choice.  Tickets available by pre-booking on


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Mary McDermott and her family, Lisnacusha on the death of her brother Willie Carroll, Clooneena, Longford and formerly Mohill, Co. Leitrim.

National Award winner

Last week Ireland AM Camera Club announced their nominations for June 2021. When the winner was announced, we were delighted to learn that it was local photographer Brigid Mullooly, Lehery. Brigid has a wonderful album of magnificent local photographs, and it was no surprise that Brigid was honoured with this award. The time work and dedication she puts into her photography is enormous.

We congratulate Brigid on her fabulous winning photograph. The photograph is of a setting sun over the Shannon and complimenting the photograph was Ronnie Johnston and his son Luke in the foreground.

This image is being used by the HSE celebrating the theme of recovery, well-being and healing and will be on display in Roscommon Primary Care Centres.

Photograph to follow

Cemetery Sundays

As was the case last year there will be no Cemetery Sunday in the parish of Rathcline. Traditionally the first three Sundays of August seen Cemetery remembrance in Rathcline, Lanesboro and Clonbonny cemeteries.

We would encourage everyone with plots in tour cemeteries to continue to mark the occasion by ensuring that all family graves are neat and tidy in honour of those that have gone before us. A little time a few days a week leading up to the annual dates would give all cemeteries a great uplift.

Please ensure you bring a black sack with you when on the clean-up and bring all your cuttings away for disposal.

Graves in the parish will be blessed over the coming week.

Prayers will be offered this week for those buried in Rathcline Cemetery, next week for those buried in St. John’s Cemetery and the following week for those buried in Clonbonny Cemetery.

The Green keeps on giving.

The history of the Bord na Mona estate, The Green, opposite the church, has given so much to the community in every aspect since it was built in the early 50’s when people from all counties and indeed East Germany, as it was then, settled, reared excellent families and gave us many reasons to be proud. They integrated into the community, involving themselves in everything and made our town and parish their own.

The Green with new families is still giving and the story that follows will again show integration from the Green residents.  A number of years ago Michael and his wife Lucy Kajun from Slovakia settled in Lanesboro on the Green. Over the years they played their part in our community development and they reared four children Jakub, Misco, Vickie and Caroline on the Green. Michael a skilled craftsman was the builder of the stone wall at Clonbonny graveyard and the entrance piers to Rathcline GAA grounds while Lucy worked locally.

The parents involved themselves in local occasions and clubs and were always a great encouragement for their children. The two lads joined the Shannon Gaels club and developed throughout the years rarely missing a training session nor a match. They took to the art and craft of Gaelic football as though it was their natural game.

Jacub last year was playing corner back for the Longford U20 team and this year he again at corner back when he was joined by his brother Misco who played midfield on Wednesday night last when Longford Under 20’s travelled to Louth to play the home county in the first round of the Leinster championship.

It was a most memorable game that will no doubt go down in history not only for the huge scoreline in an exhilarating game finishing with a one-point win for Longford 4-11 to 3-13 but the confusion afterwards with the scoreboard reading a draw and the referee declaring Louth as the winners and following consultation with his umpires he changed his call to declare Longford as winners.

It was a tremendous occasion for the parish and the club to have Jakub and Misco Kajun representing us on the same team at county level. The achievement of the pair of lads was not lost to many in our community and I am sure not lost on their parents and family in Lanesboro and back in their native Slovakia. We are rightly proud of the achievements of those two fine young men.

The club also had Seadhna Ryan, son of Seadna and Teresa Ryan, Main Street, on the panel and he was unlucky not to be selected on the team.

Well done to the lads and the very best for a continued run in the Leinster Championship. They will take on Westmeath in the quarter final this Thursday evening in Pearse Park at 7.30pm.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

After a long break due to the pandemic and Government restrictions it is with a happy heart I can mention that the local Lough Ree Golfing Society will have its first outing to Longford Golf Club on this Friday 9th July. The tee is booked for 11am. It will be great to see a bumper number attending the first outing and enjoying the company of local golfers. The Society welcomes new members.

Book your boat trip.

The Access for All boat is making trips three times a day Monday to Friday – 10am, 12 noon and 2pm and it is a very popular excursion for able bodied and those with disabilities. Bookings are very high and early booking is advisable to ensure travelling at your chosen time. At the moment there are limited excursions out to Lough Ree for its 1½ hr trip on Saturdays. The trip is proving very popular with families and indeed a man in Australia told me the other day that he can’t wait to get home to his native Newtowncashel and the first thing he is going to do is take the trip out on the boat.

The absolutely brilliant trip with an excellent on-board staff will take approximately 1½ hours.

To book a seat call Lisa or Dylan at 043 33 21734 or go online today and book at

St. Faithleach’s Lotto

The fortnightly St. Faithleach’s lottery draw took place on Tuesday last 29th June in the clubhouse for a jackpot of €12,000. The numbers drawn were 1, 11, 14 and 16. There was no winner of the jackpot. The three €40 lucky dip winners were Mary Dervan, Moydow, Susan McDermott, Kenagh and Olive Cox, Bogwood, Doughill.

Tickets are on sale in a number of local outlets including new outlet in O’Brien’s.

The next draw takes place on Tuesday next Tuesday 13th July in the clubhouse.

Lough Ree Access For All CLG

invites applications for the following positions:

Full Time – Boat Crew Member – Disability Vessel

(Ref: LRAFA2C2021)

Full Time – Digital Marketing / Social Media Co-ordinator

(Ref: LRAFA2E2021)

All positions will be based at the Lough Ree Access For All boat centre and associated sites at Ballyleague, Lanesborough, county Roscommon. The project is supported by the Department of Rural & Community Development & Pobail through the Community Services Programme. For more information and a summary on these positions go to

Compliance with the funder’s requirements regarding eligibility of individuals to hold a CSP supported post is set out in the detailed job descriptions for the above posts which are available from the following e mail address:

How to Apply: please submit a letter of application detailing how you meet the requirements along with your full CV clearly stating the reference number and the position you are applying for, to or by post to the following address : FAO The Company Secretary, Lough Ree Access For All CLG, Ballyleague, Lanesborough, county Roscommon. Eircode: N39 E297

Closing date for receipt of applications is 1 pm, Friday 16th JULY 2021.

Lough Ree Access For All CLG is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Tidy Towns Lottery

The weekly Lanesboro Tidy Towns lottery draw took place in the Tourism Office on Tuesday morning 29th June for a jackpot of €3,700.

The numbers drawn for this week were 22, 25, 26 and 28. There was no winner of the jackpot and the jackpot for Tuesday 6th July rose to €3,800.

The winner of the €50 consolation draw was Martha Farrell, c/o Yacht Bar, and the three €20 prizes went to B. McDermott, Jenny and Faye Rooney, Ballyclare Court and the Moydow 3 some c/o Mags

Lough Ree Athletics Club

Great fun is being had at all the training sessions that continue every Tuesday at 6.30pm at the track. A lot of the track and field disciplines are being coached and with the Olympics coming all our young people can dream of themselves being there one day.  

We wish Cian McPhillips and the entire Irish team the very best of luck. It is brilliant to have a fellow Longford athlete competing in the Olympics and we are so very proud of his achievements.

The club welcomes all young people interested in taking part in track and field athletics to come along and share in the great times with the Lough Ree Athletic Club.

Rathcline 50/50

The Rathcline club’s 50/50 draw took place on Monday night last. The winning envelope was in the name of Alex Lopez who received €285. The club would like to thank everyone for their generous support.

Tickets are available online or in any of the local shops and the club would encourage your support.

Kayaking Summer Camp

The second Kayaking Summer Camp of the summer will start on Monday next 12th July and will continue until Thursday 12th July under the skilful watch of instructor Junior Hannon. These courses have been ongoing over a number of years are hugely popular. Places are at a premium and if you are interested you should make an immediate booking. All gear will be supplied except for the wetsuit. It is for young people between the ages of 10 and 17 and it will take place in the old harbour from 10am until 12.30pm.

The cost of the course is €70, and you should phone 0872977769 to make your bookings.

Club Longford Draw

There are just a few weeks left before the Club Longford Supporters Club draw for the wonderful first prize draw of a new Hyundai Tucson and a €2000 holiday at Center Parcs, Ballymahon. Either of the combined 1st prizes would be worth winning singly but a chance to win both is an opportunity that definitely should not be missed. Tickets for the draw are priced €50 or 3 for €125. 2nd prize is €2,000, 3rd prize 2 VIP tickets to a major concert in Croke Park, 4th prize €1,000 and 5th prize of €500.

Tickets can be bought from any of the Rathcline Club executive, County Board Chairman Albert Cooney, our county panellists senior and U20 or in O’Brien’s.

An added bonus for those that buy their tickets early is the early bird draw on Sunday next 11th July for a fantastic one-night stay in Kilronan Castle or Lough Rynn Castle with a dinner for two included. The final early bird draw takes place on Sunday 18th July for a €500 prize. 

Last week’s winner of the early bird draw for €250 was Ursula Sweeney, Ardmore House, Williamstown Road, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon who was an online purchaser.


A Euro 2020 Tournament with a difference took place on Saturday last when the club grounds were thronged with excited and enthusiastic under 9s. They participated under the guise of the 8 Nations in the Euro quarter finals. The youngsters displayed great skill and flair throughout the afternoon. The Tournament concludes on Saturday week.

After a sluggish start the under 13s assumed control in their game versus Ballymahon. They played some scintillating football and this is reflected in a scoreline of 9-3 in favour of the Ballyboro boys. Team and scorers: Adam Farrell, Eoin Beattie, Aidan Kelly (1), Lucas Moynihan (1), Ciaran McGloin, Noah McLoughlin (2), Rian Shanley, Billy Murray, Cody Phelan, Rian Hogan (4), Oisin Dillon (2). Subs: Eoin Connell, Rory Gibbons, Michael Fallon, Sean O’Dowd.

The under 11s found UCL Harps a tad too strong for them. Though the team tried hard they had to give best to a superior UCL team. Ballyboro: Stephen Farrell, Cathal Hanley, Charlie Moynihan, Alphie Murphy (1), Josh Curran (1), Hayden Smyth, Jack Cassidy (1). Subs: Ben Cassidy, Elliott Johnson, Ayden Odemis.

Fixtures: Tuesday 6th; U12s v Killoe Celtic in Cullyfad 7.30pm. Wednesday; U13s v Abbey Rovers in Abbeycartron 7pm. Saturday; U11s v Newtown at home 11am.  Girls Fixture; Wednesday U11s v UCL at home 7pm.

Lanesboro Library

Tel: 0433321291 Email:

Photocopying & Scanning services are available 
Send on your printing and the library service will print for you.
Computer & Study facilities are unavailable as per Government guidelines.
The library opening hours are
Wednesday 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm
Friday 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm
Saturday 10am-1pm

Summer Stars Reading Programme

Summer Stars reading programme is in full swing at the library. Drop in and pick up your Reading Card and pick up some little gifts as you read over the summer months!

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.

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.

Friendly Phone Call Service

This service is organised by Longford Community Resources. If you or someone you know would like to have a friendly chat or if you want information on local services just phone Terri 087 2915367 or email Peter is another person that can be contacted for information – just call Peter on 083 3051786.

St. Mary’s Church

Weekend Masses

On Saturday evening next Mass at 7.30pm those from the estate of Radharc na Muileann and townsland of Rathcline are scheduled to attend.

At 9.30am Mass on Sunday the townsland of Rathcline Road and Rapparee Hill.

The 11.30am Mass will see parishioners from The Green, Thureen and Tullyvrane.

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.

Celebration of Mass

When Mass is celebrated online the first two rows of the church are clearly visible. The new system has now been fully put in place and to avail of Mass online click on to join in the Mass ceremony in our church.

Weekend Masses.

Mass: the maximum number allowed at Mass will be 50.

Holy Communion: will be distributed in the hand only.

Holy Water fonts will remain empty.

Funerals: a maximum of 50 mourners are permitted in the church

Marriages: a maximum of 50 guests are permitted at the marriage ceremony

First Friday and Communion Calls: calls may take place with prior approval of the household.

Confession: the Sacrament may take place in the Church and not in the confessional

Everyone attending the Church are reminded to observe social distancing, and to avail of the hand sanitising stations in the Church.

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. 

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will resume on Friday evenings, starting this Friday evening and it will take place between 6pm and 6.45pm. Exposition will be followed Mass at 7pm. It is also an opportunity to avail of the opportunity for Confession.

Parish contacts

Fr. Sergiy Ruchenko will be on a break until the end of July. In his absence Fr. Tom Kearney, a native of Newtowncashel has kindly agreed to stand in for weekend Masses. For support and assistance, you can contact Fr. Merlyn Kenny, Newtowncashel 0860603433 and Fr. Turlough Baxter, Killashee 0879972259 who as you know are assisting in our parish.

Shannon Gaels Minor Club

The minor club would like to extend their deepest sympathy to our club chairman Sean Mc Dermott, his mother, brothers Charlie and Alex and sister Alicia on the death of his mother’s brother Willie Carroll, Longford, last week.

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