Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 2nd August 2021

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes


Almost 40 years ago Mary Rogers was becoming a familiar face in Lanesboro because of her newfound relationship with Michael Coffey. A few years later they were to marry and Mary created her own uniqueness in our community becoming a very popular and respected lady. It was with regret we learned of her death on Sunday 25th July at her residence in Church View. Mary from Ferefad, Longford was predeceased by her parents Jim and Angela and her sister Patricia. In recent years Mary had been in failing health and as was the quality of the woman she fought her illness with a great strength and dignity. Mary had a great work ethic and was always busy working and prior to arriving in Lanesboro she worked for the late Albert and Kathleen Reynolds. She was a warm and friendly lady who always had the warmest of welcomes when she met with you. Mary was an outgoing lady who loved nothing better than a good party especially on that included her love for dancing – there was music in her heart and that could be clearly seen in her dancing. She always showed a great dedication to her family and they were always foremost in her mind and conversations. Mary was a wonderful neighbour and friend, her kindness was renowned. Mary’s passing will leave a great void in the community and with anyone that knew her.

Mary’s remains reposed at her home prior to be removed to St. Mary’s Church on Wednesday 28th for her Funeral Mass. Following Mass, she was laid to rest in Clonbonny Cemetery. We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to her husband Michael, son Michael, daughters Tracy, Karina and Chloe, her grandchildren Ryan, Leo, Brion and Aoibhinn, sisters Anne, Philomena, Angela, Carol, and Kate, brothers, James and Gerard, relatives and many friends we extend our deepest sympathy

Lough Ree Golfing Society

Following the success of the first outing of the year in Longford Golf Club the second Society outing will take place on this coming Friday 6th August to Moate Golf Club. The tee is booked from 11am.

If you are a golfer, male or female, the Society would love to invite you to go along and join them on Friday.

Music Concerts continue

While the venue will change this coming Saturday the beauty of the location overlooking the Shannon still remains as the entertainment moves to Clarke’s Garden on Main Street and the entertainment will commence at the earlier time of 2pm.

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 upcoming events is:

Saturday next 7th August commencing at 2pm the music will move to Clarke’s Garden where Steve Ormsby will be hosting The Shenanigan’s – a Children’s Music Concert that promises a great afternoon in a unique and beautiful setting.

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

Sat 14th Aug 4pm- Turquoise Orange – Distillery Yard.

Sat 21st Aug 4pm- Mick & Conor Lane – Distillery Yard.

Sat 28th Aug 4pm- Turquoise Orange- Distillery Yard.

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.

Cemetery Sunday Cloontuskert

Cloontuskert Cemetery Sunday will take place on Sunday next 8th August at 6pm in the cemetery and in line with Covid outdoor restrictions.

Due to Covid Restrictions, people attending will be asked to remain at their family graves and to stay within their family groups. We would like to ask families to maintain a social and safe distance from families attending at adjacent graves. Face masks would also be advisable.

There will be no congregating around the altar area allowed except for families who have graves adjacent to the altar. People who wish to attend who do not have family graves are asked to use the open areas in both cemeteries while adhering to social distancing rules.

To maintain safe and social distancing, there will no distribution of Holy Communion at the mass instead Fr Daniel will offer a spiritual Communion. Blessing of the graves by Fr. Daniel will take place as normal.

For those unable to attend or do not feel safe in attending the mass, we will be live streaming the mass on Facebook.

Book your boat trip.

The Access for All boat is making trips three times a day Monday to Friday – 10am, 12 noon and 2.30pm 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.

Such has been the popularity the Access for All boat is now sailing three times a day and seven days a week. It is very important that you book your trip day and time well in advance as the popularity of the trip has grown hugely and to avoid disappointment.

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

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

Remarkable Achievement

Fintan Mc Cormack, son of Pat and Rita Mc Cormack, Gortgallon is at it again. Last year Fintan cycled the length and breath of the county of Roscommon stopping at each and every one of the 32 club grounds in the county in aid of the Simon Community.

This year Fintan took to the bike again this time raising funds for Cancer Care West.

We all remember the very hot spell and especially Saturday 24th July when the steaming temperatures went over 28 degrees was the fateful day set for Fintan’s latest venture of cycling to every county ground in Connaught. Along with his dedicated team of Stevie Connor, Kilrooskey and John Carlos, Four Mile House, they set off from the St. Faithleach’s grounds at 5am and completed the cycle at 10.30pm some 17½ hours later when they arrived at Hyde Park Roscommon. As it happens the distance covered was the very same as last year’s cycle 352km.

This was an incredible achievement by Fintan and his team especially in the sweltering heat of the day. Well done to Fintan and his team of Stevie and John.

If you would like to support Fintan on his remarkable achievement and also support Cancer Care West you can go to the Go Fund Me page  “Connacht Cycling Challenge” where the link is

Roscommon on a roll

Over the past week Roscommon underage footballers really produced top notch performances to win both the Under 20 and Under 17 Connaught titles with victories over Mayo and Galway.

Leading the way on the Under 20 team was St. Faithleach’s player Cian Glennon son of Ronan and Claire Glennon, Cloonadra while the Under 17 team featured Clann na nGael player Oisín O’Flaherty grandson of the late P.J. and Mary and fondly remembered parents Declan and Gina.

We congratulate them on their Connaught success and wish them the very best of luck in the All-Ireland semi-final in the coming weeks.

Tidy Towns Lottery

The weekly Lanesboro Tidy Towns lottery draw took place in the Tourism Office on Tuesday morning 20th July for a jackpot of €4,100.

The numbers drawn for this week were 1, 4, 15 and 19. There was no winner of the jackpot and the jackpot for Tuesday 20th July rose to €4,200.

The winner of the €50 consolation draw was Tiernan Hanley, and the three consolation €20 winners were Karen Ward, Curraghboy, Co. Roscommon, Mike Mullooly c/o Mags, and Barbara Ferguson, Knock.

Become a Host Family

InterStudies is seeking host families for the coming school year to host a foreign student who will be attending Lanesboro Community College for the academic year. This has been a very successful experience for hosts in the past. Families will be welcoming a new family member and the exchange of cultures is always interesting and enlightening and it have proven to be a very rewarding experience.

InterStudies are looking for caring and welcoming home for their students.

If you are interested, you should contact Jennifer Hutchinson at or phone Jennifer 086 0679560

St. Faithleach’s Lottery

The numbers drawn in the St. Faithleach’s GAA club lottery on Tuesday 27th July were 7, 10, 23 and 29. The jackpot of €12,000 was not won and the jackpot remains set at €12,000 for the next draw on Tuesday next 10th August.

Tickets for the draw can be bought in O’Brien’s or from any of the usual outlets of club members.

The winners of the three consolation prizes were Claire O’Connor, c/o Bingo, J.P. Kilcline, Ballyleague and Padraig and Niall Dooney, Ballyleague.

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 19th July in the Yacht Bar. The winning envelope was in the name of Billy Lennon who received €160. 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.

Further Kayaking Camp

Another Kayaking Camp and the final pre return to school camp will commence on Monday 23rd until Thursday 26th August. As usual, leading coach and instructor Junior Hannon will be facilitating the camp. 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 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.

Club Longford draw results

Club Longford held their very successful draw on Saturday 24th July. The winners of the five prizes were 1st prize – Paddy McDonnell c/o Phoenix, Leader House, Longford won the Hyundai Tucson and Centre Parcs €2,000 holiday 2nd – €2,000 Richie Fleming, Naas 3rd 2 VIP tickets to a major concert in Croke Park and an overnight stay for 2- B. D. Flood, Oldcastle, Co. Meath 4th €1,000 – Jim Tighe, New Rooskey, Rooskey and 5th €500 – Teresa O’Hanlon, Ballymahon.

While nobody in our area were winners, Club Longford are extremely grateful to all of you that bought tickets for your tremendous support. Thank you.

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, Gren Gardens, Gurteengar, Killinure, and Knock Manor.

At 9.30am Mass on Sunday it will be turn of 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 is now back following a well-deserved break and he can be contacted at the presbytery or by phoning 3321166 or 0833892362. For added support and assistance, you can also 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

Blitz On Saturday last the pitch was a hive of activity when the club entertained Roscommon Gaels in what was a great day for all of under 9 players from both clubs. It was great to see three games going on simultaneously and all the youngsters getting game time and playing with smiles on their young faces. It was also great to see so many parents out supporting their young players enjoying themselves.

The club would like to thank the Roscommon Gael club and especially the Gaels Coaching Officer, our very own Seamus O’Neill, for his help in organising the blitz.

Lots of Activity During the past week our U12’s, U17’s and Juveniles were busy with mixed results, winning two and narrowly losing the third. This week competitions continue in a number of grades and we look forward to some more excellent performances.

Good Luck The senior team will play the 2019 League Final on this Wednesday night against Sean Connolly’s. At the time of writing there is no venue listed so just keep an eye on Social media or a notice in O’Brien’s shop window. We wish the panel and management the very best of luck.

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