All roads on Friday night next 15th April will lead to Longford Greyhound Track where St. Faithleach’s GAA club a staging ‘A night at the Dogs’. This is a wonderful night out for all the family and it is a night of great fun and excitement. The night commences at 8pm and you are advised to be there early to sample the atmosphere. Tickets are priced at only 10 euro each.Following the excitement of the night you are then welcomed back to the clubhouse in Ballyleague where the wonderful Colm Mulligan will finish what promises to be an extraordinary night. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s from any member of the St. Faithleach’s club executive. Purchasing the 10 euro ticket will also include you in a draw for a weekend away.Transport can be arranged to and from the clubhouse and if you intend to avail of this facility you are asked to contact Alan Mc Cormack 086-8205310 immediately to ensure your seat on the transport


The annual 25 Card Game (partners) hosted by the Rathcline GAA club will take place on Good Friday 22nd April in St. Mary’s Parish Hall at 9pm. Top and numerous prizes will be won and refreshments will be served. Tickets are available from any member of the committee and priced at only 5 euro. There will also be a draw for non-playing ticket holders. You are asked to be as supportive as possible.


Congratulations to the Men’s Grade 6 Lanesboro Team who had to overcome injuries as well as draft in their sub to go on and win the Midland League Grade 6 Men’s Competition. Also well done to the Ladies Grade 6 who were runners-up in the Midland League Grade 6 Ladies Competition, both finals were played on Tuesday 5th of April in Ballymore. The men’s team is, Stephen Herraty, Frank Casey, Noel Moran, Kieran Healy and sub Ronán Cullen. The ladies team was Maura Duffy, Edel Mc Dermott, Regina Scally, Gráinne Gallagher and sub Mary Rohan. Tough matches were played by all and we have gained some more silverware for our efforts. The matches are not finished yet so best of luck to all travelling to Baldoyle in Dublin.


A number of local farmers have asked me to ask every dog owner to ensure that their dog is under their care at all times. Presently, there is a huge problem with dogs causing the death of sheep and lambs in the area. This is a serious loss to the farmers and the onus is on every dog owner to make certain that their dog is not running loose and causing the death of the sheep.


As you have been noticing there is a tremendous amount of work being done in beautifying both Lanesboro and Ballyleague.

There is a big responsibility to all dog owners to make sure that their pets do not soil the footpaths and that they carry a pooper scoop with them on their daily walks.

There is also a tremendous responsibility on all parents of the young people that are again frequenting under the bridge in the evenings and the playground area to ensure that underage drinking is not taking place. Not alone is it illegal, antisocial and unhealthy but this is a cause of dreadful littering and danger to all the young people coming to use the children’s playground and fishermen to the Shannon banks with cans and bottles littered everywhere.


Many congratulations to Jim and Phil Browne, Ballyglass, who celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last week.


Congratulation to Sean Horgan who won a silver medal in the County Roscommon Community Games handwriting competition recently.


CASA- The association that supports people with disabilities are seeking your generous support of their Church Gate collection at all masses next weekend at St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro.


The results of the Bridge Club competition held on Wednesday 30th March are; 1st Marie Sheeran & Mary Mc Gushin, 2nd Tom Feeney & Loretto Cooney, 3rdMae Casey & Noreen Dunne and 4th Mona O’Flaherty & Bernadette Gillen.


Lanesboro Pike Angling club would like to inform all anglers that they will be holding a boat competition on Sunday 17th April in Lanesboro. Fishing will be from 11.00am to 4.00pm and entries will be taken from 10.00am at Lanesboro harbour next to the duck pond. This is a catch and release competition, all boats must carry a suitable tank to hold fish and it is required that all anglers have club insurance. It is also advised that all anglers wear life jackets on the day. The entry fee is 50 euro per boat with a maximum of 4 rods per boat and no more than 2 rods per angler. The prizes are 1st 500 euro, 2nd 300 euro, 3rd 250 euro, 4th 200 euro and 5th 150 euro.


Lanesboro Ballyleague Community Playschool will shortly be contacting parents of children on the list for September 2011. If you have not already registered your interest with the preschool you can now do so by telephoning 043.333.0957. If there is nobody available to answer your call you are asked to leave your name and contact number on the voicemail and a member of staff shall call you back as soon as possible. You can also express your interest by email The Playschool is participating in the free pre-school scheme.


After a very encouraging start to the annual Spring Clean of the Village last weekend the Ballyleague Tidy Towns and Village Renewal Group will move into overdrive over the coming days with a series of projects lined up to help continue the improvements. Local residents, students and business owners are now invited to join the clean-up at 6.30pm on Wednesday evening and 10am on Saturday morning - this week and every week from now on. The volunteers will meet at the old Sliabh Bawn (Anchor) Hotel and then move around the village. Special help is now required to work on the kerbed area (under the stone wall) directly opposite Ballyleague national School between the Sliabh Bawn and the Church of the Holy Rosary. This is a difficult area to work in but four different proposals to landscape this area are now under consideration. If you have earth-moving equipment available for use please come out and help us on Saturday next April 16th at 10am. Bring a shovel or a spade with you! For more information please contact Chairman Denis Dunne at 0433321150 or e mail: Finally the committee is this week appealing to each and every resident and business owner in Ballyleague to come out and give a lick of paint to their front wall in the coming weeks. Everybody has a role to play in improving the look of the village. Please help us out!


The weekly 25 Card game in the Peer Inn took place on Sunday night last and the winners were Sonny Shea & Paddy Fayne, 2nd Tom and Joe Rooney. Table prizes PJ & Bridie Glennon and Packie Feeney & Tom Scally.