Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 27th December 2021

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes


The death took place on Wednesday 22nd December in the loving care of the staff at Innis Ree, Nursing Home, Ballyleague of Annie Carty, Cloontuskert. Annie, a native of Dysart, Ballyforan, Co. Roscommon moved to our community with her late husband Paddy when he came to work with Bord na Mona. She was in failing health for a time, but it was only in very recent weeks health took a turn and it began to deteriorate. Anyone that knew Annie knew of her as a gentle woman with a warm personality and a hospitable nature. She was a very devout and religious lady with a great devotion to St. Martin de Porres. A visit to her house was always a great pleasure as you never left without a cup of tea and more than a taste of her legendary treacle bread. She was a lady who loved gardening especially her flower garden. She was a fiercely proud of her children and grandchildren and always embarked on passing on the secret recipe of her treacle cake to her grandchildren so that the legacy would live in for a lone time to come.

Her remains reposed in Smyth’s Funeral Home on Thursday before the removal of her remains to the Church of the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague. Mass of the Resurrection took place on Friday and burial took place afterwards where Annie was laid to rest with her late husband Paddy. To her daughters Mary, Eileen and Ena, son Sean, relatives and many friends we extend our deepest sympathy.

Exciting Opportunity

As we go into a New Year there are three glorious opportunities for suitable candidates to join Lanesboro Fire Service who are presently actively seeking three people male or female to join the local team.

A person interested in such a post should be in a position to operate in a roster that guarantees their availability when on call and they should live and work within a 5-minute response time of the Fire Station. The position is open to all people within or community, Killashee or Cashel that can meet all the requirements.

Joining Lanesboro Fire Service as part of Longford Fire Service as a Retained Firefighter, applicants must be aged 18 years and over, meet the required health and physical fitness standards, have a good standard of vision and colour perception and preferably have a category B, full, clean driving license.

Applications should be made to The Chief Fire Officer, Longford Fire Station, Templemichael, Longford N39 FW96 or email


Many congratulations to Sarah Kearney, daughter of Eddie and Lorraine Kearney, Newtowncashel and Michael Morrisey daughter of Regina and the late Pat Morrissey, Tullyvrane, while on a trip home for Christmas from Canada announced their engagement during the days of Christmas.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Mary, Vinnie, Nadine and Oisín Mc Gowan, Cloonadra on the death at the Roscommon University Hospital on Monday 20th December of Mary’s mother Kathleen Kenny. Kathleen in recent years was in failing health and resided at Oakwood Nursing Home, Roscommon. She was originally from Clooncagh before marrying her late husband Johnny who along with their infant son Ian predeceased her. For a time, Kathleen and Johnny along with their children Mary and Val lived in St. Mary’s Tce., Ballyleague before moving to Curraghboy. Kathleen with a lovely manner and personality left her mark on our community over her time here and her passing was mourned by everyone that very fondly remembered her when residing in Ballyleague.

Kathleen’s remains reposed in St. Brigid’s Funeral Home, Brideswell, on Wednesday before she was removed to St. Brigid’s Church Curraghboy. Mass of the resurrection took place on Thursday and Kathleen’s remains were laid to rest in Cam cemetery. To her family Mary and Val, and her extended family relatives and friends we extend our sincere sympathy.

Thank You

 On behalf of the traders of Lanesboro and Ballyleague I would like to thank all of the people that did the majority of their Christmas shopping in Lanesboro and Ballyleague. Your support, throughout Covid has been hugely appreciated and your continued support of shopping locally especially at Christmas shows a great loyalty to your local businesses. Thank you very much again.

Tidy Towns needs your support

Since the demise of the council workers in the town the workers of the Local Tourism Co-Op/Tidy Towns committee have taken on the task of keeping our town in the pristine condition it is always in.

The main source of income for the committee is the Tidy Towns lottery brown envelope. Due to the Covid pandemic and less people out and about this lottery is suffering greatly and consequently hindering the future developments that the committee has in the pipeline to further enhance the town.

You are asked when shopping in the local shops, having your hair done in the local hairdressers or having a drink or meal in the local pubs to remember to buy the lottery brown envelope. Pay €2 for 1 or even put in €5 for 3 envelopes.

Let’s support those within our community that are working so hard to maintain and develop our town.

On Tuesday 28th December the jackpot stood at €6,300 and if it was not won it rises to €6,400 for 4th January. Play and be in with a great chance to win.

The results of the draw on Tuesday 21st December were; the numbers drawn 2, 5, 16 and 26. There was no jackpot winner. The €50 prize went to Michael Kelly, Abbeyshrule, and the three x €20 prizes went to Jake, Kylie, and Lauren rice, c/o John & Mary Rice, The Abbey, The Moydow 3some c/o Mags and Mike Greene c/o FÁS.

Christmas Lights Support

If anyone would like to contribute towards the excellent lights, they can do so in Ballyleague to Noel Moran, Gerry Trimble or John Loughlin or through donation boxes located in Inver Filing station, Credit Union and Keane’s Supervalu or in Lanesboro to Mark Casey, Margaret Gillen, Brigid Mullooly or leave your envelope into O’Brien’s for collection.

St. Faithleach’s Lottery

The St. Faithleach’s lottery took place on Tuesday 14th December for a jackpot of €12,000. The numbers drawn were 8, 11, 15 and 27. There were no winners and the jackpot of €12,000 will remain for the following draw on Tuesday 28th December. The three ticket purchasers drawn for €40 consolation prizes were Kieran Healy, Jacinta Madden and Greta Clyne.

Tickets are on sale at all local shops.

Christmas Day Run

A good number of people embarked on the 11.5km run, jog, walk at many locations in an effort to maintain the tradition of the Multiple Sclerosis Christmas Day Run. A huge thanks to everyone that went out and completed the distance and we encourage those that intend to do it to do so as soon as you can so that your contribution can be passed on to the County Longford MS for the great work they do supporting those with MS. Put your donation/collection into an envelope and leave it in Lanesboro with Jimmy or Brigid Flood or in O’Brien’s shop, in Newtowncashel the Flood family or Declan Gilmore or in Ballymahon Peter Hanley Motors.

At the end of the day, it is your support that really counts.

Connaught Final

On Saturday week 8th January the Connaught Intermediate Club Final between St. Faithleach’s and Cumann Peile Naomh Anna, Leitir Móir will take place. The final will take place in Pearse Stadium Galway where it will have a 1.30pm throw in time. Tickets will be an online purchase and you must log in to order your ticket.

LCC Enrolment closes in two weeks

All applications to the First Year Group in Lanesboro Community College are now being accepted. please visit our school website and home page for relevant links. Please do not hesitate to contact the college for any further information or if you wish to make an appointment 

Enrolment for first year students for the 2022/23 school year is now open and will close on 14th January 2022.

Application forms and further information can be got by contacting the school secretary at by phoning 043 33 21139.

Meals on Wheels

Your support is asked for the Co. Longford Meals on Wheels collection. As you know there are no church gate collections locally and your support for the County Longford Meals on Wheels is very vital for our community where many local people avail of this fabulous service every week. Traditionally the collections is held in the days leading up to Christmas and your generosity is normally excellent in support of this hardworking group. There is a collection point in O’Brien’s shop, and we would urge your fullest support. Thank you in advance.

St. Vincent de Paul

The Longford Branch of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul continues to make an appeal for support to help so many in the county. The Longford branch of St. Vincent de Paul through your generosity really comes into its own and helps so many people within our communities that are really in need. This great support cannot happen without your tremendous generosity, each year your donations are truly tremendous.

This year again the dedicated members of St. Vincent de Paul are again calling on your generosity. Donation envelopes can be picked up in O’Brien’s or in the church. The envelopes can be left into Fr. Sergiy at the parochial house or into O’Brien’s.

Do you know that your contributions can help provide food for a family that is struggling; help an elderly person stay warm this winter; help a young family with education costs like books and uniforms.

Rathcline’s Annual Draw

Tickets for the annual Rathcline GAA Christmas/New Year draw are once again proving to be very popular. Don’t miss your chance to be in for a chance or to gift a family member the chance to win the first prize of €3,000. The draw will take place in Adie’s bar on Saturday night 15th January. Tickets are again priced at €20 and available from club members and usual local outlets.

First prize is €3,000, 2nd prize €1,000, 3rd prize 2 tickets for the eagerly awaited concert in Croke Park of Ed Sheeran on Sunday 24th April 2022, 4th prize €250, 5th prize €250.

A note for all sellers: Drop zone for returns in Adie’s upstairs meeting room from 7.00pm to 8.30pm on this Wednesday 29th December or they can be brought to Liam and Pat Connerton’s house at any time.

Lanesboro Primary Enrolment

Enrolment of children for Lanesboro Primary School is now being accepted for September 2022. You are asked to email the school at for an enrolment form. Alternatively, you can ring the school Principal Claire Murphy at 043 33 21545.

Rathcline 50/50

The Rathcline club’s 50/50 draw took place on Tuesday night 14th December in the Yacht Bar. Winning the 50/50 for the second consecutive week was Bernie McKenna, Barnacor who was again the lucky winner of the draw and Bernie received €107. The draw on Monday night 20th December is taking place in Clarke’s Bar. The club would like to thank everyone for their continued support.

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

Lanesboro Library

Tel: 0433321291 Email:  
The library will reopen on Tuesday 4th January 2022 at 2pm.

All our Online Services can be accessed by visiting

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our patrons!

Foreign Currency & Used Stamps

Lanesboro Library is still collecting unwanted foreign currency and old coins/notes in aid of Koins for Kids.  The smallest donation can make a huge difference. 

They also collect used stamps in aid of ISPCC.  Thank you.

St. Mary’s Church

Thank you

You are sincerely thanked for continuing to keep the offertory collection as such a high level throughout all the restrictions. Your continuous generosity means everything to the upkeep of the parish church.

New offertory collection boxes can be collected from the table at the back of the church. There are just a few boxes left for picking up.

Mass attendances

The numbers that can attend Mass in St. Mary’s Church is now set at 120. Feel free to return to a mass of your choice. Please avail of the sanitising stations in and around the church and please ensure you wear your mask.

Eucharistic Adoration on Tuesdays in the church from 10.30am until 8pm. It is very important that there will be at least two people in the church for each hour of the Adoration.

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 has resumed 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 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.

Rathcline GAA

Annual club draw

Rathcline GAA would like to wish all our supporters, members, sponsors, and players a very Happy Christmas and our very best wishes for the New Year. We hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday period. A lovely way to enhance someone’s Christmas box or to spice up your own Christmas celebrations is to enter our Annual Christmas / New Year Draw that takes place on Saturday 15th January with a prize fund of over €5,000. Tickets can be purchased online through the Rathcline GAA app, from club members / players or can be asked for in local shops and pubs. First prize is €3,000, second prize is €1,000 and the prizes also include Premium Stand tickets for Ed Sheeran at Croke Park in April as well as a range of other cash prizes. The new government restrictions have made the running of this important fundraiser a little more difficult so we hope that everyone who wants to be in the draw will be able to have a valuable ticket.

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