Great interest shown

Great interest shown

There has been a great interest shown in the proposed historical re-enactment, both from the locality and also from people abroad. The call for anyone that may be interested are asked to give an expression of interest on or before Friday 18th April –Good Friday. If you are interested in getting involved in the discussion group you are asked to give your name into Martina or Joe O’Brien in the shop and they will pass on all the names. You can call in or phone 3321107 or email

Bord na Mona workers

Back in 1953, the 64 houses on The Green were ready for occupation and one by one each house was filled with families, from all over Ireland, seeking a new life working for Bord na Mona and living in Lanesboro. For Lanesboro this influx was a wonderful boost to the local community and economy of the area. Come 7.30am every morning doors were closed by all the men leaving their new homes to go to work on with Bord na Mona. Generations of families enjoyed the lifestyle and security that this new life guaranteed to them and their children were growing in a great country environment. For us, The Green was a wonderful place, as there were so many children of a great variety of ages and all locals were gaining a new friendship extension. The Green was a hive of activity with the sons and daughters out playing outside their houses, on the green playing field up from the cross, where games of football and hurling could be up to 20-a-side and it was also the place to gather friends as we made our way to the nearby woods. During the month of March there were two retirements from the Bord in the form of Mickie Tynan and Vincent Reddin - both men having given a lifetime of work to the Bord. Mickie, son of the late Ned and Annie Tynan, 5 The Green and Vincent, who along with his wife Ellen reared their family at 44 The Green and all were an integral part of the Green and our parish community. Now the door closes on just one door every working morning. Remarkably, the day has come that at 7.30am the door of Sean Monaghan’s house is the only one that closes to go to work on Bord na Mona. The unimaginable has just happened. Sean, son of the late Jamsie and Lily, grew up with the rest of us, is now the only worker with Bord na Mona that lives on the Green. We live with the memories of all the people of the Green that gave so much to us in all in so many ways down through the years. We remember the characters and the fun they brought to the community. We remember all of those that got involved in so many activities and committees in our community. We remember the introduction of hurling to Lanesboro by very dedicated men from the Green. We are indebted to so many of them for the formation of so many of our lives as we grew. We were privileged by their presence and we thank all of them for that. The sharing of the cultures of their own counties brought to Lanesboro by these people was part of making Lanesboro a very special place to grow up in and live in.

We wish Mickie and Vincent the very best for along and healthy retirement and hope that it will be a long day before Sean calls time on his job with Bord na Mona. We live with the wonderful memories of all those workers and we thank them and Bord na Mona for a wonderful friendship.

Easter Arrangements

The arrangements for Easter ceremonies at both St. Mary’s Church Lanesboro and the Church of the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague are: Lanesboro:- Holy Thursday 7.30pm, Good Friday 3pm and 7.30pm, Holy Saturday 7.30pm and Easter Sunday 9.30am and 11.30am. Ballyleague:- Holy Thursday 7pm, Good Friday 3pm and 8pm, Holy Saturday 9pm and Easter Sunday 10.30am.

Good Friday - Rural Transport

Please note that all scheduled Rural Transport - Friday Services, throughout the County, will run on Thursday 17th April, with the same collection and departure times. All age-groups are welcome to travel.

Connaught title

Congratulations to Diarmuid Murtagh and his team mates and Ray Cox, selector, and the management team of Roscommon Under 21s who had a very convincing win over Leitrim in the Connaught U-21 final in Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday last. They now face the winners of the Munster U-21 final between Cork and Tipperary, who play this Wednesday night. A feature of the Cork panel is Killian McIntyre, son of former locals Frank (Cloontuskert) and Florence (Harold, Rathcline) who now live in Cork.

Tickets becoming very scarce

Having gone for a walk to the Shannon on Sunday last and seeing the doors of the hall open I ventured in to see what was happening. Rehearsals were taking place for the Lanesboro Got Talent variety show being presented by Shannon Gael Minor Club on Saturday night next 12th April at 8.30pm. To say it was hilarious would be an understatement; it will be an amazing night and most definitely a night that you will not want to miss. A limited number of tickets are still available in O’Brien’s and Cullen’s are selling very fast at €10 and you should not delay in getting yours. The very youthful Paul Prior, son of Ciaran and Jacqui, will feature on the piano. Gerard Farrell will sing solo, the hugely popular Shannon Gaels choir, and various Search for a Star acts will also take part. Lacuna a young and extremely popular young band playing a wide mixture of country, Irish and pop will also take to the stage to entertain everyone. The main feature of the evening will be a special version of Mrs. Brown’s Boys featuring the Fayne brothers Alan and Colin, Carmel Linnane, Claire Costello, Mark Cary, Darragh Byrne, Niall Keane, Lauren Guinan and Shane Kenny. MC on the night will be Mickie Farrell who in his own inimitable way will keep the show on the road. A version of Mrs. Brown’s Boys featuring the Fayne brothers Alan and Colin, Carmel Linnane, Claire Costello, Mark Cary, Darragh Byrne, Niall Keane, Lauren Guinan and Shane Kenny. There is no doubt but the laughter will be uncontrolled and it will be a long time before the memory and smiles on recollection will be erased from ones mind.

MC on the night will be Mickie Farrell who in his own inimitable way will keep the show on the road.

Good day for Lough Ree AC

The International Arena in Athlone was the venue for the Roscommon Championships in the Under 9 to 11 age group on Saturday last. A total of 20 athletes turned up for the occasion. In the girls under 9, Aoife Kennelly was the star of the day with great performances in both the 60m and 300m where she had an unusual double and for good measure she got silver in the long jump. Medals were hard to come by on the day and the only other gold medals were won by Cormac O’Dowd in the under 9 sprint and Viktoria Jedrych who won the turbo javelin under 11. Not to be outdone by his brother, Ciaran O’Dowd jumped very well to take the silver medal in the long jump under 10 while Grace Donlon got a bronze medal in the Turbo javelin under 9. Results are sketchy and full results won’t be available for another few days. Well done to all the athletes who competed, once again the venue proved popular and everyone enjoyed the day. Congratulations to former athletic club member Diarmuid Murtagh on his recent award and his victory last Saturday in winning the Connacht U21 final. Diarmuid won a gold medal in the All-Ireland in the Under 9 age group many years ago.

Rathcline Lottery

The numbers drawn on Saturday night last for the Rathcline lotto were 24, 32, 33, 34, 38 and 39. There was nobody with four of the numbers and the jackpot of €1100 was not won. The four winners of the €25 prizes were George and Jean Mc Dermott, Killashee, Gerard Kirwan, Leopardstown, Dublin, Billy Leavy, Foigha, Ballymahon and Padraig Kenny, Carrowstrawley. The jackpot will have another €100 added for Saturday night raising the pool to €1,200.

Doolan/Cullen School of Dancing

The late Lisa Cullen was a very familiar person in our community where she ran a very successful school of Irish dancing. Her mother, who is slowly coming to terms with the tragic loss of Lisa, is planning to renew the Irish dance classes once run by Lisa. If you want furthen information please contact Brigid Mullooly, Lehery.

Good Friday Card Game

The annual Rathcline Good Friday card game will take place in St. Mary’s Hall Lanesboro on Friday, 18th April – Good Friday- commencing at 9pm. Traditionally this is a great night of card playing with much banter and fun. The style of game is partners and the game is 25. There will be numerous prizes on the night, refreshments will be served and there will be a draw for all those that bought tickets to support the game but were not able to attend. Tickets cost €5 each.

Pilates Classes

A new 8 week Pilates class will commence on Saturday, 19th April in St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro. Classes are for beginner and level 1 people and the class will start at 11am. The cost of the 8 week course is €80 and must be paid on the first day. If you require further information or want to book your place, contact Karen 086-3967519.

Tragic death

On Sunday night, 30th March Gardaí were called to Coolshaughtana, Weekfield to a reported fire in the area. On arrival they found the remains of Michael Kilcline. Michael, aged just 49, lived with his brother John just off the main Lanesboro Roscommon road. He was a very popular figure locally. He was a man who was a great conversationalist and well respected in the area. He was a hardworking man and those who knew him will be the poor by his death. His remains reposed at the home of Adrian and Brenda Reynolds in Weekfield on Tuesday followed by his removal to the Church of the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague. Mass of the Resurrection took place on Wednesday and was followed by his burial in Kilteevan Cemetery. To his brother John, relatives and friends we extend our sincere sympathy.


The death occurred on Monday week last 31st march at Laurel Lodge Nursing Home, Longford, of Angela Hyland, formerly of Blenavoher. Angela was a member of one of the oldest and most respected families in our community. She was a member of first classes to enter Lanesboro Convent of Mercy after they opening their secondary school doors in Lanesboro. She was a lady who a while after her Leaving Certificate left Lanesboro to work. She was a lady, tall in stature and fondly remembered by the many in the parish that knew her.

Her remains were removed from Laurel Lodge, Longford to St. Mary’s Church Lanesboro on Tuesday last and burial, following Requiem Mass took place to Cloontuskert cemetery. To the extended Hyland families, Blenavoher and Augharana, the Connor family, Augharana, the Dennigan family, Mahoraveen, relatives and friends we extend our sincere sympathy.

Rathcline Ladies

The U16 team will play Carrickedmond in Clonbonny on this Thursday evening at 6.15pm and the seniors will take on Killoe on Sunday. The club looks forward to your support.

Foróige returns

For a long time Foróige was a very active club in our community and for some reason it was allowed to lapse. There is a recognition that the young people of Lanesboro and Ballyleague deserve to have an active club in their community. For that reason an information evening will take place in Lanesboro Community College on Friday night next 11th April at 8pm with the view to setting up Lanesboro/Ballyleague Foróige Club. The organisers invite all parents of young people 12 - 18 years and potential adults volunteers interested in setting up of a Foróige Club are welcome to attend and support this meeting. Foróige Clubs offer young people the opportunity to run the club themselves in cooperation with their adult volunteers, learn new things, make friends and have a great time along the way. To find out more about Foróige you can log into their website alternatively you can contact Megan Depinna Regional Youth Officer on 086 2566480 or by email at for more information.”

Clothes Collection

If you have old clothes and bed linen that you no longer require you can give them to the Rathcline Ladies club who are presently doing a clothes collection. You can drop them off with Mike Greene on the Green or contact Mike or Madaleine Murray to arrange collection.

Win Tickets

The Longford County Minor Board is holding a draw to help support the minor team in their preparation for the Leinster and All Ireland championships. Already they have secured the Leinster League and look increasingly likely to be also in the Connaught League final. Tickets are on sale in Johnston’s Pharmacy and in O’Brien’s. For all the many hundreds of 1Direction fans in Lanesboro this is a great opportunity to win two tickets for their performance in Croke Park along with €500, 2nd prize is €500, 3rd prize is a 32” TV, 4th prize Meal to the value of €250 in the fabulous Viewmount House, 5th prize is 2 All Ireland Football tickets and 6th prize is a Family season Ticket to the local Championship. Get your tickets and support our own Gareth Johnston, manager, Shane Kenny, captain, and Cian O’Brien, selector. Tickets are priced at €10 each and the draw will take place on Saturday 19th April.