Major Fire at Bord na Mona

Major Fire at Bord na Mona

On Friday evening last a major fire broke out at the Bord na Mona workshop at the Abbey. Two local men happened to notice the smoke coming from the workshop direction and notified Bord na Mona of the fire. Upon arrival it was discovered that the fire was in the tractor compound in which there were well over 40 tractors. A great deal of bravery by the respondents i.e., local Bord na Mona workers and the local fire brigade who responded immediately once the word broke of the fire. Such was the danger that a one stage it was felt that there may be justification to vacate all local houses. A number of tractors were taken out of the compound and others were isolated from the fire. All in a total of 14 tractors were lost causing a great financial loss to Bord na Mona, from local information, I believe in the region of €700,000. Gardaí forensic were on the scene and secured the entire area on Friday night. On Saturday they did a full forensic sweep of the scene to determine the cause of the fire. At the time of writing there was no conclusive evidence to determine the cause of the fire.

Pride of Place award

The annual award giving ceremony of the All-Ireland Pride of Place competition took place in Derry City on Saturday 16th November and our community was once again to the fore as a recipient of a Pride of Place award. The wonderful work done by Joan Killian Gallagher received its rightful recognition when her work received a Special Award for the ‘Killian Home Place Initiative’. The restoration work of her old family homestead done in the Fermoyle townsland over the past few years has been tastefully done and delightful. The renovation of the three cottages has proven to be a wonderful addition to the townsland and the parish as a whole. The investment in the project has been huge and it is great that the work is acknowledged with this award. During last summer the Celtic Studies students from Notre Dame College, USA spent a retreat weekend at the cottages and they, as well as their college superiors, were high in their praise for the initiative and the magnanimous gesture. We congratulate Joan and her husband Chris for a wonderful addition to our parish and long may her vision and great work continue.

Declan phenomenal presentation

At the presentation by Declan O’Flaherty to the Jack and Jill Foundation, Temple Street Hospital, and Brothers of Charity Roscommon the phenomenal total amount of €176,000 was divided between the three support groups. When you consider that Declan’s target was €100,000 it shows how hard Declan and his team had worked to raise such awareness to finish with a total of €176,000. It was also through the generosity of so many that this was the total on presentation and everyone that made a contribution should be rightly proud of helping to raise that vast amount of money.

Cake Sale

Cloontuskert national School is holding a cake sale on Sunday next 8th December in Ballyleague Hall following 11am Mass. The doors will be open from 11.45am. There will also be a number of novelty stalls on the day. You are invited to call in and have a cuppa and chat and hopefully you will aslo find something of interest for you there. Your support will be greatly appreciated.


Many congratulations to Fiona Egan and Kevin Hanley, Corrigeen, on the birth at the weekend of twins – a boy and girl.

Christmas Exhibition

The local Brushstrokes Art group once again opened their annual Christmas Exhibition in the Lough Ree Co-Op hall last weekend. The exhibition will run until Sunday next 8th December. You are encouraged to go along, pay a visit and perhaps return home the proud owner of one of the excellent paintings that are on sale during the exhibition.

Whist night

Friday night next 6th December the monthly Whist Drive will take place in St. Mary’s Parish hall. We are now coming into the Christmas period as it is a time that there is a greater draw on the finances of the local committee. Your attendance at the whist drive or a contribution to any of the committee members would be greatly appreciated. Your continual support for the whist drive each month is deeply appreciated and it would be great to have a full house on Friday night. Bring along your friends and enjoy what is a great evening’s entertainment. Refreshments will be served as usual. The game will commence at 8.30pm so don’t be late and don’t come alone.


A Church Gate collection for the Christmas lighting will take place at all masses on Saturday 7th December and Sunday 8th December next and we encourage you to be as generous as possible. Every household and business from the bridge to the Community College is urged to erect trees to further brighten our town. There are brackets on many walls from times gone by and we hope that they will be brightly shining with Christmas trees during the season of Christmas. Our aim is to make Lanesboro a bright and happy place for old and young to share the delights of a bright Christmas together. The lights will be turned on following evening Mass on Saturday 14th December where there will also be carol singing at the crib opposite the church. The new group that has come together to bring continued Christmas lights to Lanesboro looks forward to your full support.

Old Local Pictures

Stella O’Sullivan at the library would be very grateful for any old photographs or stories of business premises or business people in Lanesboro during the last century for an exhibition that is in the processed in the library. Photographs will be scanned and returned immediately to the owners. If you have any photos please contact Stella on 043 332 1291 or There surely are many old photographs in many houses throughout the parish and the town. I am sure that there are many stories to be told about them. Drop into the library to Stella and she will be happy to chat with you and everything you have for her will be greatly appreciated.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Geraldine and John L Farrell and family on the death of Geraldine’s mother Mrs Cissie Nolan, Newtownforbes last week.


Congratulations to Ryan Fallon and Klinta Kancane on the baptism of their daughter Rebecca Marie at St. Mary’s Church last week.

Bridge Club

The results of the competition that took place on Wednesday last 27th November are: N/S 1st Cyril Hussey and Phil Chalmers, 2nd Frank and Frances Brennan and 3rd Gemma Douglas and Elish Gray. E/W 1st Una Lawlor and Brid Mc Dermott, 2nd Philomena Walsh and Katharine Harrison and 3rd Eileen Kelly and Una Clarke.

A Wake in the West

A Wake in the West deferred from last 24th/25th November will now take place this coming weekend Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December. A Wake in the West was staged by the LRTC some 10 years ago and it is now back with some new members in the cast and there is no doubt that it will again be a massive success that it was back then. Don’t miss out on a great night. If you have tickets for either Saturday or Sunday night you can use then for the night you selected. If you need to change your ticket you can do so by returning to where you purchased to do so. You should not miss a wonderful night out and a play that will have you laughing the night away. Tickets are on sale locally and also in O’Brien’s from St. Faithleach’s GAA club. The show will commence each night at 8.30pm and admission is €10.

Run/Walk for MS

The Annual Christmas Day Run/Walk from Newtowncashel to Lanesboro will again take place on Christmas day and sponsorship cards are now available. Since the inception of the Multiple Sclerosis run/walk from Cashel to Lanesboro the interest has continue to grow that is has become a great social event every Christmas Day. There has been wonderful support both by those taking part and also by the huge number who contribute sponsorship. Last year exceeded all expectations and it is hoped that this year will once again be a huge success and the organising committee is hoping for records to be broken, once again, in the number of participants. This is the major Multiple Sclerosis fundraiser each year and your usual most generous support will once again be greatly appreciated. The walkers will commence their journey at 11.45am and the runners will start at 12.15pm.

It is great to hear so many people deciding to take part this year and sponsorship cards are available from O’Brien’s shop or from any of the organising committee. Your support has never been found wanting and the committee would like to thank everyone that participated down through the years and helped them so much.

GAA Lotto

The numbers drawn for the Rathcline GAA lotto on Saturday night last were 4, 5, 14, 25, 28 and 31. There was nobody with the correct numbers and the four winners of the €25 prizes were Michael Carroll, Rathcline, Fermoyle National School, Terri and Charlotte Skelly, Rathcline and Padraig O’Dowd, Rathcline. The jackpot for next Saturday rises to €200.

Christmas Party

Costello’s Nursing Home will host their Annual Christmas Party on Saturday next 7th December in their Nursing Home from 3pm to 6pm. All families and friends of relatives in the home ate invited to attend. The management and staff look forward to meeting you all on Saturday.

Athlone Samaritans

Athlone Midland Samaritans urgently needs volunteers. No experience is necessary as training will be provided. If you would like to volunteer please call 0852845010 immediately. If you have the time it should be put to exceptional use and to help those in need of the Samaritans. In a time that there is so much stress, depression and death it is very important that the excellent services of the Samaritans can be availed of by everyone that feels they are under pressure and need somebody to talk with if only someone to listen.


The Brushstrokes calendar 2014 is now on sale. There is not a better way of solving your Christmas gift problem than by giving a Brush Strokes calendar especially with 20 local members of the Brushstrokes Art group – so buy now before it is too late.

The proceeds of the sale of the calendar will be split between the Lanesboro Tidy Town committee and Ballyleague Tidy Towns committee, both of whom did and continue to do tremendous work and are thoroughly deserving of your support.

Badminton Table Quiz

Badminton season is now in full swing with Senior and Junior Badminton making the most of the autumn and winter evenings. Congratulations to all who competed in the recent Midland Graded open competition with wins from Grade 3 to 7, well done to all involved. We have set the date for our annual fundraising table quiz, which will be held in Clarke’s Bar on this coming Friday 6th December at 9pm with lots of spot prizes on the night. We hope to see plenty of teams of four on the night for this fundraising table quiz for the Senior and Junior Badminton Club. If you don’t have a full team don’t worry, come along we can organise some teams, and it’s part of what we do!

Christmas Fair

The Lough Ree Community Resource group is hosting a Christmas Fair on Sunday 8th December from 11am until 1pm. All stands are free and if you wish to have a stall you should contact Mags phone 043 33 21440.

Memorial 25 Drive

The Anthony Healy Memorial 25 Drive will take place in Clarke’s Bar on Friday week 13th December. The proceeds will go to the Mayo Roscommon Hospice. The card game remembers a very popular man who was taken from us long before his time. Anthony helped many people during his time and your support will continue the name of Anthony Healy helping people. Come along and make this a memorable night.


On Wednesday 18th December a draw will take place for a Valtra Tractor and Trailer – n ideal Christmas gift for any young boy this Christmas. The draw is being held as part of the Anthony Healy Memorial and tickets are priced at only €5 for this great prize. Tickets are on sale locally, from the organisers and also in O’Brien’s.

Pike Angling Club

On Sunday last 1st Dec the club held their Christmas Pike competition on Lough Ree.

There were 7 boats with 15 anglers taking part. The fishing was reasonable with plenty of fish caught. 1st prize of a hamper with a fish of 6lb 4oz went to Padraig Corcoran.

There was also a prize of a hamper for the smallest fish which went to Noel Rhatigan with a fish of 12 oz. Any anglers who did not receive a main prize were drawn out of a hat for numerous spot prizes. There was also a draw held for all non-fishing members with the winning hamper going to Aaron Donlon. Other prize winners were Deidre Strakem Edgeworthstown, Maura Mc Loughlin, Ballyleague, Alannah Hannifin Ballymahon, J Irwin Cloonadra, Ronan Glennon Cloonadra, Damien Gill Cloontuskert, Gavin Heneghan Rathcline, Vincent McGowan Lanesboro, Emma Farrell Lanesboro and David Rhatigan Fermoyle Lanesboro. The club would like to thank Joe and Martha Farrell for the refreshments after the competition. The club would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors for their support for this competition – Casserley’s Spar Supermarket Lanesboro, Terry Mc Loughlin’s butchers, Lanesboro, Joe Cribbin Daybreak filling station Ballyleague, Joe and Martha Farrell, Yacht Bar Lanesboro, Aide Farrell, Swan Tavern, Lanesboro, Joe and Martina O’Brien`s Corner Shop Lanesboro, Denniston’s fishing tackle and music shop Longford and SuperValu Supermarket Lanesboro. The committee would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members and sponsors a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.