Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 3rd January 2022

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Exciting Opportunity

As we enter 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


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to James and Serena Casey and family, Carrowstrawley on the death of James’s aunt Bridie Creaton, Fr. Russell Rd., Limerick. Bridie was a native of Carrowstrawley and she is survived by her family Geraldine, Donal, John and Deirdre, sisters Anna, Maureen and Olive and her extended family.

Good Health

As we are now into the New Year, I would like to wish everyone the best of good health for 2022.


Many congratulations to Bríd Killian and her husband James Hanley, Knock Manor, on the birth during the Christmas period of a baby boy.

County Champions

Congratulations to the St. Faithleach’s Under 20 panel on their tremendous win in the County final on Tuesday last. The game was close and tense throughout and after 60 minutes both sides were level with the gallant St. Faithleach’s lads emerging winners on a scoreline of St. Faithleach’s 1-15 to Kilmore/Shannon Gaels 0-17. Well done to the panel and management.


We would like to extend our sincerest sympathy to Tommy Kelly, Cloonadra, and his family on the death of his brother Eamon (Ted) Kelly, Dysart, Co. Galway in the care of the Galway Hospice on Tuesday last 28th December.

Virtual Hug to the Fore

Local Curraghroe man and Galway resident Harry O’Donnell had great success when the horse he owns had a great win at Gowran Park recently. The horse runs in the red and white colours of his home club St. Faithleach’s. Harry is brother of Sean, Gerry, Nuala Gunn, Curraghroe and Micheál, Dublin.

It is very difficult to win maidens at any racecourse but more so in a 16-runner maiden hurdle on the likes of a Grade 1 track such as Gowran Park. The horse is trained on the curragh by Conor O’Dwyer. We wish Harry much more success with Virtual Hug and we will be following his racing career with interest.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Dolores and Pat Hussey, West Bank and Anna and Brian O’Brien, Clonbonny and their extended families on the death of Marcella Clyne, Stonepark, Roscommon, on Friday 17th December.

Tidy Towns calls on 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 we always find it. Their workers do a wonderful job and as you can see the work continues unabated. Comments winter and summer about our town’s beauty is related by everyone that visits.

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 4th January the jackpot stood at €6,300 and if it was not won it will rise to €6,400 for the 11th January draw. Play and give yourself a great chance to win the jackpot.


We would like to offer our sincere sympathy to Damien Gill, his wife Leisa Murphy, Cloontuskert, on the death of Damien’s father Fred Gill, Drumsna, Co. Leitrim who passed away at Sligo University Hospital on Sunday 26th December.

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.

Connaught Final put back a week

On Saturday week 15th 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.

Due to the large amount of Covid in the community the St. Faithleach’s club is very thankful to the Connacht Council and Cumann Peile Naomh Anna, Leitir Móir for accommodating the change of date.

LCC Enrolment closes next week

All applications to the First Year Group in Lanesboro Community College are now being accepted with the closing date next week. please visit the 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.

Rathcline’s Draw on Saturday week

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, 4th prize €250, 5th prize €250.

Sellers take note:

The drop zone for the ticket returns for the Rathcline Draw is in Adie’s upstairs meeting room from 7.00pm to 8.30pm on this Wednesday 5th January 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 27th December in the Yacht Bar. Winning the 50/50 draw was Pauline Murphy, Kenagh who won the princely sum of €179. The draw on Monday night 3rd January is taking place in Adie’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.

Poetry and Music will recommence on Thursday 13th January starting at 3pm.

Information can always be accessed by contacting Stella 3321291 or by calling into her

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.

A most special thank you to everyone that contributed so generously over the Christmas period.

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.

Thank You

Special thanks to Martina and Joe O’Brien, Corner shop for the donation of the Christmas trees that adorn the Sanctuary of the church.

Weekend Masses

On Saturday evening next Mass at 7.30pm those from Fermoyle, Green 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.

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.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Connacht Club Final Date Change

The Connacht Final will now take place on Saturday January 15th when we play Leitir Móir Naomh Anna from Galway in Pearse Stadium. COVID permitting we are asking all St. Faithleach’s people from near and far to descend on Salthill to cheer on the team on January 15th with throw in at 13:30pm. Please show your support by donning the red and white colours of the club for what we hope will be a magnificent occasion. Keep the flags flying for the lads. Thank you to Connacht GAA and Naomh Anna who accommodated the date change.

U20 Champions

Congratulations to our U20 men and their management team of Jerome, Cathal, David and Michael on their county final Div. 3 championship win over Kilmore/Shannon Gaels. Despite missing a number of players, the squad pulled through. A great display of football from the lads earned the win by a single point in extra time. Thank you all for your continued support throughout the year. We are very proud of the lads. 


Jackpot stands at €12000. Tickets on sale in usual local outlets. Thank you for your continued support

Happy New Year 

All of us at St. Faithleach’s GAA club would like to wish all our players, members, coaches and volunteers and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. Thank you for all your help and support throughout 2021. Here’s to hoping we have a victorious start to 2022!

Irish Life Step Count Challenge

The step count challenge is back. Please download the Irish Life app, register and then follow the instructions. The club could win some O’Neill’s vouchers. Thank you for your help. Lets get moving people!

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