Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 31st January 2022.

Lanesboro Ballyleague notes

Leinster Champions

Many congratulations to Lanesboro Community College on winning the North Leinster Division 2 Cup Final on Thursday last with a tremendous victory over Coláiste Cill Dara at St. Loman’s GAA club in Mullingar. This was a fabulous victory by a team moulded together by Joe Rooney and teachers Mr. O’Dwyer, Mr. Donnelly, Mr. Mulvey and Mr. Heery.

This is the second final of the school year for this team having already qualified for the Division 1 shield Final.  Joe Rooney’s fingerprints have been all over the school football teams for so many years and it is great to see Joe and the team management celebrating one final win with another to come.

Joint captains Michael Salami and Jason Glancy accepted the winning trophy on behalf of a very excited winning panel. Missing from the final team on the day was regular centre back Darragh Cox

Good luck lads in the second final.

Computer Changeover

To facilitate the changeover to a new computer system the office of Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union will be closed on the following days this week: Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th and Saturday 5th February. The office will reopen for business on Tuesday 8th February as normal.


Grow is a Community Mental Health Movement which meets every Monday at 11am in the Community Mental Health Centre, Dublin Rd., Longford. If you are feeling lonely, isolated or suffering from stress, please feel free to attend. Contact Assumpta for information by phoning her on 086 8114135

Art Winners

The annual Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union Schools Art competition took place recently. There was a wonderful entry to the competition and the standard was of a very high standard. The winners were U7 1st Áine Casey Fermoyle NS, 2nd Rosanna Collins – Cloontuskert NS and 3rd Ruth Johnston – Fermoyle. 8 to 10 years old 1st Ciara Flynn, Cloontuskert NS, 2nd Hanna Farrell, Fermoyle NS, and 3rd Freda Kiernan Ballyfeeney NS. 11 to 13 years old 1st Rian Hogan, Fermoyle NS, joint 2nd Niamh Connerton, Cloontuskert NS and Nikita Taaffe, Cloontagh NS,  joint 3rd Juliet Jaison, Ballyleague NS and Sophie Cox, Ballagh NS. 14 to 17 years old 1st Tiegan Smyth, Lanesboro Community College, 2nd Pia McConn Ottaviani, Lanesboro Community College and 3rd Jasmine Gibbons – Lanesboro Community College.

See a selection of the artwork on at the bottom of the notes, published in a short while

Pride upon Pride

All road on Saturday last led to the very impressive Downs GAA club outside of Mullingar for the All-Ireland Intermediate semi-final where our local heroes St. Faithleach’s played Meath and Leinster Champions Trim. The exodus from the community was huge and all travelled with great expectation of a final in Croke Park next week.

The game was tense and tight right from the start and this trend continued right up to the very end. The goal scored in the first half by Trim proved to be decisive in the end where they won by that goal margin.

The performance of the team was again top drawer and the battling qualities of this bunch of lads seen throughout their Roscommon and Connaught Championship was once again to the fore. Right up to the very end of the game the game hung in the balance and it was only a late score from Trim that gave them the breathing space.

The performance of the St. Faithleach’s panel and management during the county, Connaught championship and the All-Ireland semi-final made the people of the parish of Kilgefin and indeed our community very proud of their achievements. Their incredible run was cheered and excited those from the community no matter where you went locally. The success of the St. Faithleach’s club has brought pride upon pride to this wonderful bunch of players and management. We would like to congratulate every one of those that worked so hard for this success and brought a great pride to our community.


It was with a great sadness we learned of the death at the Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar on Thursday last of John Burke, Lough Ree Park. John a native of Cam, Brideswell came to live amongst us a number of years ago. He was a very popular man and previously was an owner of a machinery business. John was a most inoffensive man whose soft and gentle manner was always a pleasure to behold. Joh n was a man always generous of spirit.  He immediately became a popular figure within the community. He was extremely proud of his native Cam Brideswell community and would always remember many great occasions there. He will be sadly and greatly missed by everyone that had the pleasure to know him. His remains reposed at St. Brigid’s Funeral Home, Brideswell on Sunday. His funeral cortège left the Funeral Home for St. Brigid’s Church, Curraghboy for the Mass of the Resurrection on Monday, Burial took place after Mass in Cam Cemetery.

To his partner Anne, uncle Frank Watson, cousins, relatives and friends we extend our deepest sympathy.

Join  an expanding club

The current National Triathlon Club of the Year, Lanesboro Triathlon Club is offering you the unique opportunity of trying out the sport of triathlon. The club is commencing a beginner’s programme ‘Zero2Tri’ for anyone that would like the prospect of competing in upcoming triathlons. As you know the disciplines that make up the triathlon are Swimming, Cycling and Running. In this Zero2Tri programme the club is keen to welcome novice swimmers.

The launch night for the Zero2Tri is on Saturday 26th February in the club room (N39 D3C3) at 6.30pm on Main Street.

If you are new in our area and already completed Triathlons you are very welcome to join the club.

For information on the Zero2Tri and membership please contact 


Many congratulations to Therese Hanley and her husband Neil O’Connor, Lehery on the birth of a baby boy.

Convert your old VHS Tapes

Like many of us there are a multitude of old VHS tapes hanging around our houses and we do not know what to do with them. Declan Gilmore has come up with the solution. He will convert your old VHS tapes to DVD, USB or memory stick. Declan has the facility to convert and now he is offering a local opportunity to get your old VHS tapes converted.

Call Declan at 086 8342935


Congratulations to Denise and Derek Casserley on the recent birth of a baby girl.

Ladies AGM deferred

Support for our Girls:  Rathcline Ladies Gaelic Football Association had to defer their AGM until this Friday night 4th February at 8pm at our clubhouse in Clonbonny.  Whilst all roles are being reviewed, the roles of Chairperson and Secretary are key roles to the continuation of the club. The club is actively looking for volunteers for these positions.

The club would encourage our players, parents and the wider community to come and support. At present there are many exciting players in the club and bright futures beckons on the playing fields hence the need for backing of the girls and help continue to support the building of the club 

Fermoyle NS Enrolment

Fermoyle National School is now taking enrolments for the next academic year 2022/2023.

You are invited to email the school office with your contact details if you wish to enrol child and forms and details will be sent out to you.

Pioneer Association

For anyone interested in becoming a member in the Pioneer Association can do so by contacting the local contact in your parish. In the parish of Rathcline you should contact Breda Moran or Anne Carroll. A new pioneer newsletter of at least five issues a year will replace the weekly magazine and will be posted to directly to all contributors.  It will cost just €20 for your yearly subscription. Please give your name, address and your subscription to Anne Carroll.

Addictive behaviour has increased during the Covid pandemic; the Pioneer Association can be of support and refuge to those that are suffering.

Support line for older people

ALONE manage a national support line and additional support for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to Covid-19. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week from 8am until 8pm. Text TALK to 50808 to begin.

Bord na Mona Staff

If you worked previously or are presently working with Bord na Mona

Roscommon Leader Partnership SICAP team are offering you……new training opportunities, advice on social welfare entitlements & social supports

An Information Day event will take place on this Wednesday February 2nd, 2022

At 3pm and again at 7pm in St Mary’s Bingo Hall, Ballyleague

We will try to help you answer the following questions:

How to retrain or reskill for local jobs

How put up a social welfare stamp towards your pension

How to adjust to my new timeline with further education and training and social supports

Our panel of professional experts from Citizens Information Centre will be there to give you an insight into your pension and all available supports and how to maximise your income through social welfare.

No entrance ticket needed. Just turn up. For more information call 086 0836720

Alcohol Anon Meetings

Relatives and friends of alcoholics are welcome to attend meetings in the Family Centre building at the back of St. Mel’s Cathedral on St. Mel’s Road, any Tuesday evening at 7pm.

Ballyboro FC

The under 14s emerged with a point following a closely contested game with Ballymahon. Ballyboro were on top in the first half but squandered a number of goal scoring opportunities. Somewhat against the run of play Ballymahon scored halfway through the second half only for the outstanding Noah McLoughlin to secure a deserved equaliser for Ballyboro with 5 minutes to play. Team: Mikie Sorohan, Eoin Beattie, Aidan Kelly, Michael Nolan, John Farrell, Ethan Slattery, Cody Phelan, Noah McLoughlin, Rian Shanley, Leon Malkowski, Eoin Connell. Subs: Ciaran McGloin, Emry Kaya.

It was certainly a game of two halves in the under 13 clash with Inny Rovers. There was nothing between the teams in the first half. Inny edged in front courtesy of a disputed penalty but in the second period they assumed control and added four more goals. Ballyboro: Mikie Sorohan, Sean O’Dowd, Emry Kaya, Ciaran McGloin, Dan Casey, Sean Farrell, Leon Malkowski, Oisin Dillon, Eoin Beattie, Harry Brogan, Sean Collins. Subs: Evan Rooney, Liam Dolan.

The under 8s participated in a Blitz in The Mall on Saturday along with Melview and Gaels United while much good football was on display in the under 10s game with Ardagh United.

Rathcline 50/50

The Rathcline club’s 50/50 draw took place on Tuesday night 24th January in the Adie’s bar. Winning the 50/50 draw was Michael Coffey, c/o Clarke’s bar. who won the princely sum of €160. The draw on Monday night 31st January 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.

Tidy Towns

On Tuesday 25th January the jackpot stood at €6,600 and if it was not won it will rise to €6,700 for the 1st February draw. The winner of the €50 prize was won by Chris Moran, Colehill and the three €20 winners were Mary Rhatigan, Fermoyle, Tiernan & Iarla Hanley, Corrigeen and Brián & Daithí c/o Yacht Bar.

Lanesboro Library

Tel: 043 332129. Email:   

Poetry & Music Circle

Next meeting of the Poetry & Music circle takes place on Thursday 10th February 3-4.30pm. 

Come along and join in with this very vibrant group. All welcome

Knitting & Crochet Group

Knitting & Crochet Group continues every Tuesday from 2 until 4pm.

All welcome.

Beginners Coding Course

Beginners Coding with Siobhan starting soon at Lanesboro Library.

Course is open to children age 8+ and will run for 6 weeks. Class size limited so book early to avoid disappointment!

Contact Stella on 0433321291 or email to book a place.


Age Friendly Digital Skills

An Age Friendly Digital Skills Training Programme will be commencing soon at Lanesboro Branch Library.

This is a six-week course for one hour a week and is free of charge. Places are limited to 6.

The course will cover all Computer/Tablet/Phone uses e.g., Email, Zoom, Flights and Hotels, Online shopping, Renew your Motor Tax online and lots more.
To book a place please contact Stella on 043 3321291 or email

Recycle Your Christmas Cards

For the month of January, you can recycle your Christmas cards at Lanesboro Library.


Foreign Currency & Used Stamps

The 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

Mass attendances

Now that restriction regarding numbers have been lifted you are all invited back to Mass in St. Mary’s. Feel free to return to a mass of your choice.

It is very important to note that you must still avail of the sanitising stations in and around the church and conform with the regulations regarding the continuing wearing of masks.

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.

Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union Art Competition

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