Lanesboro Ballyleague notes 30th May 2022

Lanesboro Ballyleague notes

Fire & Rescue Service

During the time of the pandemic a lot of new people have moved to Lanesboro and Ballyleague making it their forever home. The opportunity below within the fire station team gives you the opportunity to further integrate yourself in our community.

Longford County Council Fire & Rescue Service is currently looking to create a panel for vacancies in the Retained Service of Lanesborough Fire Station. At Lanesborough Fire Station you will learn lifesaving skills, First Aid training/First Responder training and it is a golden opportunity for you to be giving back to your community.

The website is or you can contact via email  Longford County Council is an equal opportunities employer.

To qualify you must be living and working within a 5-minute mobilisation/response time to the Fire Station and must have a reasonable level of fitness.

Ministerial Visit

On Wednesday 18th May Minister for Education Norma Foley paid a visit to Lanesboro Community College. She arrived bearing gifts as the Minister announced, during her visit, of a funding allocation for the school that will see a further seven new classrooms built in the near future. The new classrooms will facilitate music, graphics, multimedia, textiles and a special education room.

The tremendous work been done in the school over the past number of years has seen continual development and sustained growth in the school. The work done by the current and previous Principal’s coupled with the dedicated work of the vibrant and dedicated teaching staff has seen the school continue to grow and go from strength to strength as can be seen by the school results. The school is either leading or vying for the very best school in county Longford on a yearly basis as can be seen from the Irish Times school ranking

This coming year will again see a record number of pupils attending first year.

Longford GAA Draw

Last year the supporters of Longford GAA really rose to the occasion for the inaugural Club Longford’s draw. Thanks to your wonderful support and encouragement Club Longford will again have another draw this summer with the draw taking place on Saturday 30th July. While results are not instant the behind the scenes of funding is assisting in putting in place sound and solid foundations for the development of our underage players to seamlessly develop into senior players and this has been set in motion due to your wonderful support of last years draw.

To reach much higher levels more funding is required ensuring that all teams are fully equipped with the very best enabling them to achieve great things for our county. Again Club Longford is in your hands to help make Longford competitors in the very top level within Leinster and nationally.

The prizes for the draw are: 1st Prize: Volkswagen Golf 2.0l R-Line or €40,000, 2nd: €1,500 Center Parcs Voucher (Sponsored by M&N Nolan Motors), 3rd: 2 VIP Tickets to Garth Brooks in Croke Park + Accommodation, 4th: €1,000 (Sponsored by Nally’s Forecourt Ltd. Ballymahon), 5th: €500 (Sponsored by Lir Analytical), 6th: Overnight Stay for 2 with Dinner at Viewmount House, 7th: €250, 8th: €250, 9th: €250 and 10th: €250

Tickets are priced at €50 each or what was the hugely popular option last year of 3 for €125

Tickets can be bought by contacting me at 0862460840, through PayPal or in the shop or from Louis Skelly. 

Chamber Music Festival

The Roscommon Chamber Music Festival will take place on Friday next 3rd June at 8pm in the Roscommon Arts Centre, playing Barber, Zemlinsky, Mozart and more on Saturday 4th June at 1pm playing Doppler, Traditional, Clarke and Schoenfield and 8pm playing Rachmaninoff, Piazzolla and Higdon in King House Boyle.

The Festial will feature local Bogwood, Ballyleague native Peter Regan son of Francis and Annette Regan on piano, Killian White, Cello, Sarah Sew, Violin, Miriam Kaczor, Flute, Martin Moriarty, Viola, Roscommon traditional group Gatehouse, Échea Quartet and Sarah Shine Soprano.

Tickets and further information can be got by logging on to

Connacht Final

It was not to be Roscommon’s day in Pearse Stadium, Galway on Sunday last. Huge numbers with great expectations left the area to support the Roscommon team and hopefully cheer them on to victory. Alas, they came up short on a 2-19 to 2-16 scoreline.

Despite the loss Roscommon still remain in the race for the Sam Maguire and will play one of the qualifiers in the next round on the weekend 11th/12th June.

Needless to say the Murtagh brothers represented their community and club with their never say die efforts and gave of their all for the team with Diarmuid once again scoring what is rapidly becoming his signature outstanding goal.

No Connacht this year but there is the bigger prize of Sam still on offer.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Andrew Corr, a teacher in Lanesboro Primary School whose father Patrick Corr, BurrishIrishtown, Co. Mayo passed away on Sunday 22nd May.

Personal Trainer

The very best of luck to local Ballyleague lady Megan Banahan, a qualified gym and fitness instructor and strength and conditioning coach who recently open her new gym facility MB Strength & Fitness, on the Lanesboro Road in Unit 3 Heatherview Business Park, Longford Town. Megan is daughter of Padraig and Martina Banahan, Lough Ree Park.

Megan opened up the gym unit officially in the second week of February 2022. She offers a wide range of fitness classes morning and evening options. These are suitable for all fitness levels. Megan also offers personal 1 to 1 coaching where she individually coach people tailoring their workout to suit their specific needs. She has a great interest in strength and conditioning having completed her certification in S&C with Setanta College. Megan will also offer group sessions to local football teams, rugby teams, triathlon clubs etc.

Megan has also set up an online coaching service where she will tailor workout programming and nutrition to clients through her online app where they can track all their workouts, daily nutrition habits etc. 

Give Megan a call and see where she will be able to assist you or your club. You can contact Megan at the gym or call her on 086 0350766.

For gym schedule see attachment.

Pam Retires

The very best of luck to Pam Farrell who recently retired as manager of the Friends of Asthma shop beside Keane’s SuperValu. Pam worked for many years for the charity and made it a very busy charity shop. Her departure will be leave a great void and we would like to wish her every health and happiness in her retirement.

Famous College returns

The Covid pandemic put a stop to practically everything. On June Bank Holiday every year as a community we welcomed a number of students that were studying in Dublin as part of their courses from the world famous Notre Dame College in Indiana, USA. This weekend visit was and continues to be championed by Joan Killian, Fermoyle who accommodated them at her residences in Fermoyle.

Next weekend will see the return of the Notre Dame contingent and we give them a warm welcome and a Cѐad Míle Fáilte. We hope that like the previous the students and tutors will have a wonderful time in our community.

Day with the Stars

The Day with the Stars at Roscommon Racecourse will take place on Sunday 19th June for what promises to be a wonderful musical return filling the air around Roscommon with superb country music. Buses and tours are being organised from all over the country just to be in Roscommon so you should not miss what promises to be a fabulous day. This year the day will feature Nathan Carter, Mike Denver, Robert Mizzell, Jimmy Buckley, Philomena Begley, Patrick Feeney, Ray Lynam, Claudia Buckley to name but a few. This musical celebration promises to be one of the most fantastic days ever in Roscommon. Tickets can be booked and purchased in O’Brien’s 043 33 21107. Tickets are priced at €30. Children U12, accompanied by an adult, will be admitted free of charge. The gates will open at 12 noon and the show will commence at 2pm.

Weekly Card Game

The weekly 25 (partners) game continues every Sunday night in the Parish Hall Lanesboro. Games start at 8.30pm.

The winners of last Sunday night’s games were: 1st Tom Rock & Tommy Fox. 2nd shared Josie & Freda Connaughton, Noel McDermott & Michael Finnan, Martin McDermott & Peggy Moran.  Raffle winners Tom Mulvihill, Brendan Casey, Eugene Kelly & Noreen Gibbons. Last game Johnno & Tom. No partner needed. As well as a great night of card paying light refreshments are also served. Thanks to all who continue to support the game.

Your help required

To manage and maintain the high standard of the Two Provinces Triathlon the club is seeking the support of people from the local area to help with stewarding, marshalling and the running of the events on both the Friday and Saturday. If you can help please sign the sheet with your name and phone number that is in O’Brien’s shop as soon as you can please.

Christmas Concert in June

With just four-weeks left until the Gala Christmas in June concert, Sunday 26th June, whose aim is to  raise funds and create a critical awareness for Brain Tumour Ireland, Barbara Dowling is putting in a huge effort for this very unique Christmas in June Concert that will feature an exceptionally large choir and orchestra.  The concert will be very distinctive playing such Christmas favourites like Polar Express and Jingle Bells with a twist and the majority of the arrangements are pieces that have never been performed here before and especially in the month of June.

The concert will take place in the Waterford Institute of Education Arena. The choir of 200+ will be accompanied by an orchestra of 200+ who will be travelling from all over Ireland, Europe, Great Britain and the USA in order to participate, all at their own expense and hail from RTÉ, BBC orchestras, Garda and Army bands and freelancers. The Orchestral and Choral aspects of the production will be spearheaded by Liam Daly, Dr. Kevin O’Carroll, Niall Crowley and Éimear Noone (of Oscar fame).The compѐre will be Evelyn Grant (Lyric FM)

All the monies raised through ticket sales are going directly to Brain Tumour Ireland (CHY20506). No funds will be going to cover expenses – all funds are for the charity. All instrumentalists and singers are contributing €25 in order to participate.

Tickets cost €25 and include complimentary glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate. Tickets can be bought on just type in “Christmas in June in aid of Brain Tumour Ireland”

Barbara can be contacted on  

Your support will be greatly appreciated

Honda 50 Run

The Honda 50 Run returns to Lanesboro on Sunday week 12th June all in aid of Longford Multiple Sclerosis. The Run will start from St. Mary’s Hall at 12 noon. The regulation of no helmet no start will be strictly enforced.  For all other details contact Jimmy 087 2289468.

If you would like to support you can buy tickets prices at €5 for the following prizes 1st Carraig Beag 8kw solid fuel free standing stove valued at over €1,000. 2nd prize 3 night cruise for 3 people in any one of the boats based in Ireland, on the Thames, Scotland, France, Netherlands, Belgium or Germany. 3rd prize is a Meal for Two in the Copperstill Restaurant in Dromod. 4th prize a bottle of Brandy and 5th prize 2 Bottles of Wine. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s or from Jimmy Clancy. They will also be on sale on the day at the registration in St. Mary’s Hall.

Mothers & Others

Our Mothers & Others group is now up and running with huge interest and turnouts at the Wednesday evening sessions in Clonbonny. Previous football experience is absolutely not a requirement. If you’re looking to join a team for a bit of fitness, football and mostly fun please join us. Whether you intend to play or help, or if you know anyone that would be interested in this new exciting venture, please contact Michelle (086) 1699466 or Sheila (087) 9377839. Keep an eye on the newly created Facebook page for more information: rathcline gaa mothers & others – search results | Facebook

Please support Cloontuskert Grotto

The grotto at Cloontuskert was erected in 1987 to commemorate the Marian Year to honour Our Lady of the Rosary. Sadly on the 8th December 2021 during storm Barra, it was extensively damaged by a falling tree. A committee has now been formed to take on the task of rebuilding the Grotto. The total cost of the rebuild including replacing the statue is €3000. The new committee hope with your support and generosity to fully restore the Grotto and once again make it a focal point to honour Our Lady.  They have set up an idonate page for anyone wishing to be associated with its rebuild or you can give directly to the following committee members where they will gratefully accept any donations treasurers Dympna Trautt, Áine Brady or Johnny Malone, and Sean Carty. You can obtain further information by contacting 086 3551103.

Please see Cloontuskert Grotto Facebook Page to see more information on how to donate through idonate. 

Ballyleague Bingo continues

Ballyleague Bingo has returned to Ballyleague Hall on Thursday nights last and will continue every Thursday night. The first numbers will be called at 8.30pm.

Brown Coins

Ballyleague National School Parents’ Association are currently undertaking a fundraising initiative by collecting ‘brown coins'(1c, 2c & 5c coins).  Do you have a jar/container of these coins in your home and are willing to donate them to the school? If so, please contact Angela Mullooly (087-7955098), Noreen Hanley (087-6944775) or Claire Flynn (086-8814590) to arrange collection/delivery.

Tidy Towns Lottery

On Tuesday 24th May the jackpot for the Lanesboro Tidy Towns lottery stood at €8,300 and as it was not won the jackpot rose to €8,300 for the draw on Tuesday 31st May. The winning numbers drawn on the 24th May were 5, 13, 21 and 25. The winner of the €50 prize was Alan Hanley c/o FÁS and the three €20 prizes were won by Eileen Mullen c/o XLNTEE, Lauren Moran, Aughamore and K&S McGovern c/o O’Brien’s.

The funds raised from the lottery is providing the financial support to do lots of planting around the town where the most recent is the shrubs planted on the recently renovated footpaths around the corner on the Longford Road.

Rathcline 50/50

The Rathcline GAA weekly 50/50 draw took place on Monday 23rd May took place in the Yacht Bar. The jackpot for the lucky winner stood continues to be amazing and a very high figure of €647. Jim and Mary Reilly were the very lucky winners of this excellent prize.

The jackpot pool is continuing to break the €600 barrier on a very regular basis and this is totally down to your tremendous support. The Monday night draw 50/50 draw took place on Monday night 23rd May at 7.30 pm in Adie’s Bar. The club is extremely grateful for your amazing support.

The club would love to attract former residents, players and supporters living locally and away from home to play the Rathcline 50/50 online by downloading the Rathcline GAA club app and play the weekly 50/50. The cost of the yearly pink ticket is €100 giving two free draw entries and for 6 months the green ticket for €50 giving one free draw.

Your support can and will make a very positive difference to the club going forward.

Gun Club News

Clay Shoot Mullingar

Good turnout at recent members clay shoot in Mullingar. The competition was run over a 200-clay sporting layout and a 25 clay Olympic Trap layout with 4 teams in attendance. Sporting scores: Team 1: 175/200 Team 3: 171/200 Team 4: 169/200 Team 2: 167/200. Olympic Trap scores: Team 4: 20/25 Team 1: 19/25 Team 4: 18/25 Team 2: 14/25

Easter Draw.

The Easter Draw was to be held on the 11thApril 2020. Due to the pandemic, it was postponed. The draw was held recently in Lanesborough Parish Hall Thursday last 26th May. The club would like to thank all our sponsors for their generosity with prizes and support received from near and far with ticket sales.

1st Brian Molloy €250 Club sponsored prize, 2nd Ann Buckley Triton Electric Shower sponsored by API Mechanical Plumbing & Heating Contractors, 3rd  John Sorohan €100 sponsored by Peter Hanley Motors, Ballymahon, 4th Luke Noonan Sunday lunch for 2 Adie’s Bar & Grill, sponsored by Adie’s,  5th Alex O’Connor Candlelit meal for 2 Cooney’s Hotel, Ballymahon, 6th Mary Skelly €50 sponsored by Sutton Cross Pharmacy, Sutton, 7th Martin’s Boys €50 voucher sponsored by David Mulvihill Sporting Goods, Ballymahon, 8th Laoise Gray €50 voucher sponsored by Johnston’s Pharmacy, 9th Lay Leah Becky Hanley €50 voucher sponsored by Yacht Bar, 10th Maura Kenny Hamper sponsored by Mags Hair Salon, 11th Sean Farrell 2 x Jameson Whiskey sponsored by Stephen Healy, 12th Laura Hand Bottle of Whiskey sponsored by Mark Casey, 13th Roisín Kenny Bottle of Brandy sponsored by Joe Flaherty, 14th  Colin Casey Bottle of Johnny Walker Scotch sponsored by F & J Deffew, 15th Helen Buckley Yellow Spot sponsored by A Molloy, 16th Mark Casey Bottle Nikka Whiskey.


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. You can call Assumpta for any further information on 086 8114135.

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 is 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.

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.

Day Pilgrimage to Lough Derg

A one-day Pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place on Saturday 20th August. The bus will leave Ballyleague hall at 7am. For all enquiries and bookings contact Mary 043 33 21969. Information on the pilgrimage can be got at

Lanesboro Library

The opening hours of Lanesboro are: Monday 2pm-8pm

Tuesday 2pm-6pm, Wednesday 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm. The library will be closed all day on a Thursday. Friday 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm and Saturday 10am-1pm

Knitting & Crochet Group

Knitting & Crochet group will revert to meeting every Monday 2pm-4pm

Poetry & Music Circle

Poetry & Music circle will revert to meeting on 2nd & 4th Monday of each month 4.15pm – 5.30pm from Monday 9th May.

Contact and enquiries:

EmployAbility Midlands

If you have a disability, illness or injury and would like help to find a job, contact Brenda on 086 3872 855 or email: or Siobhan on 086 833 8027 or email:, we will be happy to tell you more about how we can help you find employment.

EmployAbility Midlands is funded through the Department of Social Protection to support people with disabilities to find and maintain employment in the open labour market.

Ballyboro FC

The club will be staging two Summer Camps in a July and August. The first one takes place from July 25th to 29th while the second one will be held from August 15th to 19th. Both camps have attracted a lot of interest and are almost completely booked out. There are a very limited number of places available. Patents who wish to book a place for their child should go online as soon as possible to avoid disappointment, at       The Annual Inter Schools 5 a Side Tournament held recently on the Astro Pitches was once again a great success. Congrats to the winners of the respective competitions: Newtowncashel NS won the A final and Ballyfeeney NS who were victorious in the B decider. Well done also to Diarmuid Galvin whose outstanding displays all through for his school Clondra NS saw him secure the “Player of the Tournament” award and to Eoin Beattie from Newtowncashel NS whose superb finish was rewarded with the “Goal of the Tournament” trophy.                   Appreciation to all 12 schools from the Ballyboro FC catchment area who participated and entered into the sporting spirit of the event. They were all winners in their own way.               A special word of thanks to the team mentors and teachers whose cooperation ensured that all 32 games went ahead on time. Appreciation also to Ms Hazel Hannon, Principal of Lanesboro Community College and to Mr Michael Cox for their help and unfailing cooperation prior to and during the event.                              

Finally and definitely not least the club is indebted to TY students Gabriel, Bryan, Ryan, Eimhín, Matthew, Conor, Brandon, Katy, Hetija, and Sam. The TY students refereed all the games as well as doing a number of other tasks which ensured the smooth running of the Tournament. Here’s looking forward to next year!

Kilgefin Parish

Fr. Dan will be back with us on Wednesday next 1st June. His return has been delayed due to illness. Consequently there will be no mass in Ballagh on Tuesday morning or in Curraghroe on Thursday evening. We wish him a safe and pleasant journey. Thanks again to Fr. Joseph for his ministry over the past few weeks. For urgent calls please contact Fr. Jarek on 085 2727279.

First Holy Communion:

Congratulations to the pupils from Ballyleague and Cloontuskert N.S. who made their First Holy Communion in Ballyleague Church last Saturday 21st May and Ballagh N.S who made their First Holy Communion in Ballagh Church this Saturday 28th May. I wish to encourage their parents and godparents to continue to encourage them in the Catholic faith by bringing them for Sunday masses to encounter Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and in the Scripture. So that their faith will be strengthened and they will become the pride of your family and parish community. Thank you Fr. Joseph

Adoration in Ballyleague Church every Friday morning 10.30am. – 11.30a.m. and every Friday night in Curraghroe Church 8.30p.m. – 9.30p.m.

Pilgrimage: One day pilgrimage to Lough Derg takes place on Saturday 20th August, 2022. Bus leaves Ballyleague Hall at 7am. Enquiries call Mary 043 3321969

Ballyleague Bingo in Ballyleague Hall every Thursday night at 8.30p.m. Please support.

Progressive 25 card game in St Faithleach’s Clubhouse every Tuesday at 9pm. New players and beginners very welcome.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Bishop Kevin will lead the diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes from 24th – 29th August. To book, please contact Joe Walsh Tours on 01-241 0800 or download the booking form at

Clothes Collection

Ballagh NS is holding a clothing collection on Friday, 10th June 2022. All funds raised go directly to the school. If you have any unwanted clothing, footwear, belts, handbags, hats, linens, or household textiles, please put them in bags and bring them to the school the morning of the collection before 10 a.m. All donations will be gratefully received.

 St. Mary’s Church

Rosary Rally

All-Ireland rosary rally pilgrimage will take place to Knock Shrine on Saturday next 4th June. The bus will leave from Longford Arm Barracks picking up at St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro at 10am and at Ballyleague Church at 10.05am.

Day Pilgrimage to Lough Derg

A one-day Pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place on Saturday 20th August. The bus will leave Ballyleague hall at 7am. For all enquiries and bookings contact Mary 043 33 21969. Information on the pilgrimage can be got at

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.

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.

Shannon Gaels

Hard luck:

On Monday last 23rd May our Minor team played Ballymahon Forgney Gaels in the Minor development league Final in Pearse Park. After a very promising first half we were full of confidence for a win having a lead going into the second half. Ballymahon Forgney came storming and despite our best efforts they just got over the line ahead of us by a very narrow mar gain.

We would like to say a very well done to all the players and especially their team mentors Sean Casey and Padraig O’Dowd who continue to do Trojan work with the minors.

Under 12 Final

Our Under 12 panel has now qualified for their League Final. The final will take place on Tuesday next 7th in Pearse Park

Under 15 ‘s

The Under 15 team (Western Gael) have qualified for their League Final. As of yet no date has been set and we wish them the very best in the final.


This coming weekend will see all secondary schools closing their doors for the summer holidays and we hope all the students a long and happy summer holidays.

For those in Junior and Leaving Certificate it is exam time and the club would like to sincerely wish every student, club member or not, the very best of luck for a successful time through the exams over the next few weeks.

Important Cúl Camp

The Lanesboro Cúl Camp for Clonbonny on 11th July has now reached its current capacity of 80 kids. Please see below the link to complete for anyone who wishes to join the waiting list for additional places, which hopefully we will be in a position to offer in the weeks ahead.
Those who complete the form 1st – will be offered the 1st  places so please register your  interest asap if hoping to have your children attend.

Rathcline GAA notes

Click on the attachment and see PRO Cathal Chapman’s latest comprehensive update on the club is this week. Cathal’s weekly reports are most definitely worth a read.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Notre Dame University

A group from Notre Dame University, Indiana USA will visit St. Faithleach’s on June 4th for a fun filled day of sport and socialising. Followed by music in the clubhouse. Matches start at 2:30pm. Please come along and support. 

Junior Men

Hard luck to the junior men who were beaten by Oran on Friday evening.  Final score Oran 2-13 Faithleach’s 1-11

Underage Training

Continues every Thursday evening at 6:30pm at the pitch. All levels and new members welcome. Looking forward to seeing you all.

Cúl Camps

Kellogg’s Cúl Camps will run at St. Faithleach’s GAA Complex from August 1st to 5th 2022 for Boys and Girls aged 6-13. To book your place visit


The minor club are looking for volunteers to help at the Underage trainings on Thursday evenings from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. If you would like to help please contact David Harrison or any club committee member. 


Jackpot €12000. envelopes available at all local outlets. Thank you for your continued support.

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