Final Whist Drive of the season

Final Whist Drive of the season

The final Whist Drive of the season will take place on this Friday night, 6th June in St. Mary’s hall at 8.30pm. As this is the final ‘drive’ of the season it would be wonderful for the hard working Lanesboro Social Services committee if they could get a great send off with a huge attendance. Be there for a bumper night of card playing.

Departure of Sisters of Mercy

Bishop Francis Duffy will celebrate a Mass to mark the departure of the Sisters of Mercy from Lanesboro after 62 years in Lanesboro. The Mass will take place in St. Mary’s Church on Friday 13th June at 7pm. Please notify everyone you know that may have left the area or attended the national or secondary school down through the years as they may like to come back for this special Mass.


We extend our congratulations to Fintan Duffy and Patricia Brady, Church View on the recent birth of a baby boy.

Summer Bridge

Summer Bridge will commence on this Wednesday evening, 4th June in the Co-Op Hall. The game will start at 8pm. Summer Bridge will continue every Monday and Wednesday evening at 8pm throughout the summer. All bridge players are invited to come along.


Many congratulations to Mick and Eimear Shortall, Main Street on the recent birth of a baby girl.

Rural Text Alert

The Rural text alert group would like to congratulate our chairman and part founder Gerard Farrell on his recent election to the local county council.

Rathcline GAA Lotto

The numbers drawn on Saturday night last in the Rathcline GAA lottery were 2, 3, 6, 20, 27 and 32. There was nobody with four of the numbers drawn and the jackpot of €400 was not won. The four winners of the €25 prizes were Gerry Cox, Doughill; Jimmy Hussey, Ballyleague; Niall and Breda Walsh, Clonbonny and Cian and Cóilín O’Brien, Clonfower. The jackpot for Saturday night next will now rise to €500.

Have you signed up yet?

Tax reclaim forms are still available in the porch of St. Mary’s church. With your support in filling out and returning the forms offers the parish the opportunity to recouping this money and use it towards the repaying of the outstanding debt on our now magnificently refurbished church. This is money that you have already paid in tax and it is a great opportunity for your parish to avail of that money. This is applicable to PAYE workers and I urge everyone to get a form in the church porch and return it as soon as possible.

Pike Angling Club

On Sunday, 8th June, Lanesboro Pike Angling club will be holding the annual Michael Casey perpetual trophy boat pike fishing competition on Lough Ree. Fishing will be from 11.00am to 4.00pm. The entry fee will be taken from 10.30am at Lanesboro harbour down past the car park. The entry fee is €30 per boat with a maximum of 2 rods per person and 4 rods per boat. All money taken in entry fees will be given out in prize money. This is a members only competition. Membership may be taken out on the day, adults €10 juniors and O.A.P`S €5. Following the weigh in the presentation will take place in the Yacht Bar. There will also be a draw for non-fishing members for a 40” television and other cash prizes. Membership cards for non-fishing members can be purchased at the Yacht Bar or contact Eithne at 086 1584686.


Lanesboro Library is holding an exhibition during the summer on World War One and would love to hear from anyone with local stories, photographs or memories of people who fought in the war. Contact Stella 0433321291 or email

Exam time

All Junior and Leaving Certificate exam commence this Wednesday. We would like to wish every student doing exams the very best of luck and we are sure that all their hard work will pay off.

Are you interested?

The Gathering 2014 is presently being organised. If you would like to play your part and/or have ideas as to how the festival can be made better then you are invited to attend the weekly meeting in Adie’s meeting room on a Monday nights at 9pm. The group is open to everyone that wants to play their part in continuing the development of what was a wonderful weekend last year. Going forward we are seeking to make Lanesboro vibrant and a fun place to be on August Bank Holiday weekend.

Rathcline Lottery

The numbers drawn on Saturday night last 24th May were 2, 11, 21, 27, 30 and 41. There was nobody with four of the numbers drawn and the jackpot of €300 was not won. The four winners of the €25 prizes were Aidan McWeeney, Curraghroe; George and Jean McDermott, Killashee; Alan Skelly, Aughamore, Lanesboro and Michael Murray, Barnacor. The jackpot for Saturday night next will now stand at €400.


An Irish language summer course (Siamsa) will take place from Monday 7th July to Friday 11th July on Gaelscoil Longfoirt. The course will take place from 9.30am to 3pm each day and will cater for students from second class to first year in second level. Further information and application forms are available from Yvonne Ní Mhurchú at the Gaelscoil in Farneyhoogan or phone 087-2642665.

Congratulations from IFA

Rathcline IFA would like to congratulate our former chairman Gerard Farrell on his recent election to the local county council.

Championship fever weekend

On both sides of the bridge it will be championship fever next weekend. The excitement of the championship always brings a special buzz and I hope that everyone, that can, will get out and support their county teams and cheer them on to achieve memorable victories. It all begins on Saturday at noon when local lads Eoin and Rory Donnellan will take to the green sward of Croke Park with the Longford hurlers when they take on Fermanagh in the Lory Meagher cup final. At 7pm on Saturday the Longford seniors will renew, what is now yearly championship, rivalry with Wexford in the Leinster senior championship. It is great to have them at home and hopefully they can lay the hex to rest and emerge victors. We have no locals on the panel but we still wish the team every success. All roads on Sunday will lead to Roscommon’s Hyde Park where Roscommon will take on All Ireland finalists, Mayo, in the first round of the Connaught championship at 2pm. We wish team players, the Murtagh brothers Ciaran and Diarmuid and selector Wally Burke and the entire team and management the very best of luck.

Community College wins U-16 title

On Monday, the 19th May, played in ideal conditions, Rathcline club grounds in Clonbonny played host to the Longford “B” Post Primary Schools County final between Lanesboro Community College and Granard Convent.

Lanesboro CC started very well with a couple of well taken scores from Shane Philips, Jonathan Hussey and Conor Smyth. Cnoc Mhuire fought their way back and 15 minutes into the game the sides were level. The decisive score in the first half came from a great team move from Lanesboro which ended with the ball at the feet of Shane Philips who finished spectacularly. However if it wasn’t for a fantastic save from Lanesboro goalie, Michael O’Donnell, the score line could have been a lot different at half time. The second half was a much different affair, with Lanesboro CC dominating midfield and providing an attacking platform for the forwards. Jordan Donlon and Dylan Clancy took some fine points and Michael Cox made an outstanding run up the field to set up another point. Granard Convent fought back bravely but could only muster one score in the second half and much credit must go to the full back line in this regard. In the end, Lanesboro Community College ran out comfortable winners and Captain Kevin Sorohan was presented with the plaque. To quote Joe Rooney “There is outstanding talent in this bunch; with club and school they are winning county finals and we would hope that they push on next year to do well in the senior schools competition” Congratulations to all concerned.