Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 19th July 2021

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes


The marriage took place on Friday 16th July at the Church of the Holy Rosary Ballyleague of Emma Donlon, Cloontuskert, daughter of Carol Donlon and granddaughter of Tom and the late Teresa Donlon, Moher and Stephen Ormsby son of Steve and Teresa Ormsby, Gortgallon and grandson of Jim and Phil Browne, Ballyglass. Chief bridesmaid was Cliona McGrath cousin of the bride. Bridesmaids were Jade Farrell, sister of the bride, Trish Feeley, friend of the bride and Siobhán Ormsby sister of the groom. Bestman was Declan McCormack, friend of the groom, Liam Ormsby brother of the groom, Niall Carty friend of the groom and James Quigley friend of the groom. The Page Boy was Cian Mc Tiernan cousin of the bride and the Flower Girls were Lottie Ormsby daughter of Stephen and Emma and Chloe Mc Tiernan niece of the bride. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr John McManus, PP Castlerea assisted by Fr. Daniel Udofia Ballyleague. The wedding reception was held in the Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Athlone.

We wish the happy couple many years of wedded happiness.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Mary Teresa and Joe McGrath Derrygeel, their family and the extended Kelly family on the death of Mary Teresa’s father Jimmy Kelly, Killinordan, Scramogue on Saturday 17th July. Jimmy was also brother to Willie Kelly, Curraghroe, and we extend our sympathy to Willie and his family on the loss of his brother.

Music Time continues

Following on from the inception of the Wednesday sessions 7-9pm in the Distillery Yard it is with great excitement we were told of Longford Council’s new music initiative Longford Live & Local. We feature greatly on the list of events, and it is a golden opportunity to enjoy outdoor music throughout July and August. Tickets are free, booking is essential, the events will be outdoor events, socially distanced and ticketed events only, and you can make your bookings through

The full list of events:

Sat 24th July 4pm– Blues Confidential- Distillery Yard- tickets and details on

Sat 31st July 4pm- Aoife Mulligan- Distillery Yard – more details coming soon.

Sat 7th Aug 2pm- The Shenanigan’s – Children’s Music Concert- Clarke’s Garden– more details coming soon.

Sat 7th Aug 4pm- Paul Gurney, Paul Hennessy & Eimear Reynolds- Distillery Yard– more details coming soon.

Sat 14th Aug 4pm- Turquoise Orange – Distillery Yard– more details coming soon.

Sat 21st Aug 4pm- Mick & Conor Lane – Distillery Yard– more details coming soon.

Sat 28th Aug 4pm- Turquoise Orange- Distillery Yard– more details coming soon.

As well as entertaining locals, these concerts will bring visitors to our wonderful town, benefitting local businesses, so hopefully the weather stays good for all of them.

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


We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Mary and John Casey, Gurteengar and family on the death on Saturday last 17th July of Mary’s sister Mrs. Freda Keary, Mountbellew, Co. Galway.

Tidy Towns Lottery

The weekly Lanesboro Tidy Towns lottery draw took place in the Tourism Office on Tuesday morning 12th July for a jackpot of €3,900.

The numbers drawn for this week were 15, 19, 26 and 29. There was no winner of the jackpot and the jackpot for Tuesday 20th July rose to €4,000.

The winner of the €50 consolation draw was Liz Balfe, Knock c/o Mags, and the three €20 prizes went to Jimmy Tarmey c/o O’Brien’s, Esther Casey, Stonepark, c/o Mags and Domo and Dee, c/o Jean.

St. Faithleach’s Lotto

The St. Faithleach’s GAA biweekly draw took place on Tuesday 13th July for a jackpot of €12,000. The numbers drawn were 15, 19, 26 and 29. There was nobody with these numbers and the jackpot of €12,000 remains ready for winning in the next draw on Tuesday next 27th July. The three winners of the €40 prizes were Sarah Staunton, Oran, Mary Donoghue, Ballyleague and Qona Cox, Doughill.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Fr. Mickie Murtagh, his brothers Justin and Declan and the extended family in both parishes on the death of Mrs Molly Murtagh, Newpark, Newtowncashel who died on Tuesday 13th July.

Croagh Patrick

Due to the ongoing Corona Virus the annual pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick is taking place this year in a different format to try and adhere to socially distancing and the Government restrictions. It will take place during the week Wednesday to Saturday during the month of July. Most days there will be Mass at 12 noon on the summit.

Lough Ree Athletics Club

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 12th July in Adie’s Bar. The winning envelope was in the name of Mary Rhatigan and Johnny Malone, c/o The Yacht Bar who received €150. 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.

New Kayaking Camp

Another Kayaking Camp will commence on Monday next 26th until Thursday 29th July under the watchful eye watchful eye of lead instructor Junior Hannon. These courses have been ongoing over the summer months and are proving to be 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 beside Hanley’s Marina from 10am until 12.30pm.

The cost of the course is €70, second child of the same family €65and you should phone 0872977769 to make your bookings.

Last chance to be in

Next weekend 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 will take place. 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 Louis Skelly, members of the Rathcline Club executive, County Board Chairman Albert Cooney or in O’Brien’s Shop.


Christian Donlon has been selected on the Irish under 15 squad who play Croatia in an international match later in the month. This is a great honour for Christian and his family, and the club is very proud of him. Christian played at all age levels from under 8 to under 15 with Ballyboro, before moving to the Mayo League of Ireland team last year. From a very early age it was evident that Christian was an exceptional talent with his outstanding football ability allied to his athleticism. Christian won a gold medal in the 100 metres at the National Community Games finals two years ago. The fact that Christian has made the National under 15 squad at 13 years of age is testament to his ability. It will be a proud moment for Christian, his family and the club when Christian dons the green jersey of Ireland. He will become the first player from the club to play international football for Ireland.

The Ballyboro under 9 Euro 2020 Tournament was postponed last week and will now be staged on Saturday next.

The girls under 13 team performed very well in their joust with Newtown before going down by a 5-3 margin. The team and scorers: Faye Hogan, Saoirse Feeney, Leah Mimnagh, Sophie Cox, Hannah Farrell (1), Siun McElgunn (1), Saoirse Dillon, Rosie Farrell (1), Ellen Cox.

Stephen Kelly of Precision Health will be conducting a course on CPR and Defibrillator use on Tuesday 27th starting at 7pm. This course is intended for club officials, mentors, and interested parents.

The Summer Leagues have now concluded. The regular season will commence in late August/early September.

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.

St. Mary’s Church

Weekend Masses

On Saturday evening next Mass at 7.30pm those from Fermoyle, Green Gardens, Gurteengar, Killinure, and Knock Manor are invited to attend.

At 9.30am Mass on Sunday, Knock, Lehery and Lismacmanus

The 11.30am Mass will see parishioners from Lisduff, Lisnacusha, Lisrevagh, Mahoraveen, Main Street and Mount Davis.

Weekend Offerings It would be greatly appreciated if your weekend offerings for a number of weeks were enclosed in one envelope and the total amount of your contribution written on that envelope. Using each weekly envelope to make a donation is not necessary as your contribution is credited to your account number on the envelope, on the week of your donation.

Priest dues, monthly etc. are separate and the usual envelopes in the box should be used.

Thank you for your continued contributions.

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

Cúl Camp The Cúl Camp commenced at the club grounds on Monday last and will continue until Thursday 23rd. We were very pleasantly surprised and delighted to hear that we were hosting the largest Cúl Camp in Longford and we thank parents and club officials alike for their tremendous work in achieving a huge number of participants.

U7 Our U7’s had their 2nd outing of the year at a 5 a side go-games blitz in Pearse Park on Saturday. We fielded 3 teams again packed with our future girls and boys GAA stars. Each team had 4 games against other U7 teams from around Longford. The event was very well organised again by Longford Óg.

U13 League Div. 3 Shield Final
Shannon Gaels 0-10
Wolfe Tones 0-26
Lads tried hard but just came up against a stronger team in the day. We were missing a couple of key players which would have got us closer to them.
No fixtures now for u13s until a possible championship in Aug/Sept. TBC
Training will continue on Friday evenings
U12s has first outing of the season in a challenge game v Southern Gaels played in Killashee on Thursday evening. This was an evenly contested game and good football played by both sides.
U12 league starts on Monday 26th and training continues on Friday evenings.

U17 We play our last 2 matches in the Herterich Butchers Under 17 Football League Division 3 last week where we played Kenagh and Grattan’s, Manager: Sean Casey, assisted by Padraig O’Dowd & Melissa Cox

Sympathy The minor club would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the former club treasurer Mary Teresa McGrath on the death of her father Jimmy Kelly, at the weekend. Mary T was club treasurer for the past 5 years.

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