A celebration of one of our Graduates

A celebration of one of our Graduates

On Wednesday last at the 2014 Irish Times Inter Trade Ireland Innovation of the Year awards, a UCD spin out company Oxymem Ltd was announced the overall winner. The company, which is Athlone based, developed a revolutionary new system for water-waste plants that is up to four times more efficient than other best in class solutions. This company was co-founded back in 2013 by Professor Eoin Casey who is a Senior Lecturer at the UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering and Dr. Eoin Syron as a spin out company from the UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering.

The original research for the process was carried out by Eoin Casey. The firm estimates the overall global market for waste-water technology to be €4 billion at the moment and to grow to €6 billion by 2020. OxyMem currently employs 12 people and is in the process of closing a €2 million funding round and plans to increase staff numbers to 35 by the end of the year. Eoin Casey is son of John, former butcher and his wife Mary Casey formerly of Main Street who now resides at Gurteengar. Eoin is another one of our young people that grew up and was educated in Lanesboro/Ballyleague and who are making a mark for themselves in the diverse world of commerce, engineering, education, industry to name a few. We have every right as a community to be hugely proud of all the achievements and admire the wonderful work they are doing throughout the world. As a small community we have some of the best and most talented people that this country has ever produced and we should never be afraid to acknowledge and highlight their brilliance – as we are for Eoin’s award.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Fallon family – Pat, Eugene, Joe, Gerry, Betty, Noleen, Bernadette and Teresa and the late Thomas on the death of their sister, Maura Bonnes, Randalstown, Co. Antrim and formerly of Lisreevagh, who died during the past week.

Vandal apprehended

Just to let everyone know of the latest update on the damage that was done to the seat and table along the Shannon banks a few weeks back. Following excellent Garda work and lots of assistance from the local community the vandal was identified and brought in for questioning. As far as I am aware there are charges pending. We would like to thank the local Gardaí for their diligent work in identifying and apprehending this culprit and we also say thank you to the local community for rallying together to ensure that the vandal that did such a vile act was caught.


We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Sr. Rosarii, Convent of Mercy, on the death of her brother Paddy Beirne, Aughamore, Carrick-on-Shannon who passed away last weekend.


On Friday, 4th April 2014, Bishop Ardagh and Clonmacnois Francis Duffy confirmed 43 of our young people from Lanesboro Primary and Fermoyle National schools at St. Mary’s Church. We congratulate all the young people and wish success to those of them who will now move on to second level education. Those confirmed were: Gerard Brennan, Sarah Curran, Grainne Chawke, Ryan Docherty, Emily Fallon, Mark Dowd, Gordon Farrell, Aoife English, Zach Hanlon, Aisling Farrell, Sean Kenny, Cian Farrell, Áine Kennelly, Laura Fox, Lucy-Ann Myhill, Hazel Johnston, Bryn Peters, Ann Kenny, Richard Prior, Shane Prior, Gerard Kenny, Anna Maguire, Liam Ross, Harvey Myhill, Leah Wyse, Aoife Nolan, Orla Ryan, Ronan Rooney, Conor Sorohan, Abby Ward, Cian Glennon, Óisín McGowan, Seadhna Ryan, Brian Casey, Jakub Kajan, Keith Kinsella, Erin Beirne, Reinis Krauze, Sofia Dauksta, Elizabeth Clyne, Mechal McCarthy, Kevin Tansey and Dwane Geraghty.


A church gate collection will take place at all masses this coming Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th April at St. Mary’s Church. The generosity of the parish and all those that attend masses in Lanesboro has always been tremendous and once again we hope that your generosity will again exceed that of years gone by.

Bridge Club

There will be no Bridge competition this Wednesday 16th April. Bridge will resume on Wednesday 23rd April at 7.30pm.

The Long Walk

On Tuesday, 15th April, two men embarked on an across the country walk to raise funds for the Tanner Romanian Mission. It is expected that the two men will be passing through our area this coming Thursday. We expect that if you and when you encounter them you will make a generous donation.


We extend our deepest sympathy to Vera and Hilary O’Sullivan and family on the death, recently, in England of Vera’s brother-in-law, Robert Williams.

Interest continues to grow

Many people have shown a great interest in the proposed historical re-enactment and plans will begin to be drawn up following the closing date for expression of interest on Friday next, 18th April – Good Friday. If you are interested in getting involved in the group you are asked to give your name into Martina or Joe O’Brien in the shop. You can call in or phone 3321107 or email

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. Easter Penance Service will take place this Wednesday at 7.30pm.

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.

St. John’s Easter Ceremonies

The schedule of Holy Week Services for the St. John’s congregation are Thursday at 8pm in St. Coman’s Church, Roscommon, Good Friday at 8pm in St John’s Church, Lanesborough, Easter Sunday at 12.15am service in St Johns Church, Lanesborough and in St Coman’s Church, Roscommon at 10.45am. Holy Week services Maundy, Thursday at 8pm in St. Coman’s church, Roscommon; Good Friday at 8pm in St John’s church, Lanesborough, Easter Sunday at 12.15am service in St Johns church, Lanesborough, St Coman’s church Roscommon at 10.45 am

Literary Evening

Longford County Library and Lasraí Writers Group welcomes you all to a literary evening in the company of three local authors – Colin Carberry, Canada and Lanesboro, poet and translator and author of Love Poems, Jack Harte, Dublin and Lanesboro, writer and novelist and author of Arcana, Reflections in a Tar Barrel, In the wake of the Bagger, to mention a few, and Kieran Furey, Curraghroe, a prolific writer of poetry, Novelist and writer and author of many titles including Tales from County Roscommon. The evening will take place on this Wednesday evening, 16th April in Lanesboro Library at 7.30pm.

Fahy Cup visits Cloontuskert NS

Cloontuskert NS recently celebrated Roscommon’s Under 21 Connacht Final win, when squad member and local player Diarmuid Murtagh along with Raymond Cox, selector, brought the JJ Fahey Cup to the school. Diarmuid answered plenty of questions and gave a lot of helpful advice to the enthusiastic young players. The school wishes Diarmuid, Raymond and all the squad every success on Saturday next when they take on Cork.


Pictured above –Ray Cox and Diarmuid Murtagh, School Principal Andrée Gallagher (centre front) with enthusiastic school footballers

Rathcline Lottery

There was a jackpot of €1200 to be won in the Rathcline GAA lottery on Saturday night last and the numbers drawn were 4, 6, 12, 22, 29 and 36. There was nobody lucky enough to have four of the numbers and the jackpot will now rise to €1,300 for the draw on Saturday night next – just in time for the Easter celebrations. The four €25 winners were Tommy Farrell, Gurteengar, Ray Curley, Ballyleague, Laura and Shane Fitzpatrick, Aughamore and Mike Greene, The Green.

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 further information please contact Brigid Mullooly, Lehery.

Card Game

The annual Rathcline Good Friday card game will take place in St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro on this coming 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. Comer along, enjoy the cards, the company, and the fun that is always ongoing during the 25 Drive on Good Friday.

Pilates Classes

A new 8 week Pilates class will commence on Saturday next 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.

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.

One Direction 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.

GAA Saturday

Saturday next will be an exciting day in many households in the county of Longford as the Longford Minors kick off their Leinster campaign when they take on Dublin in Pearse Park. Local Fermoyle lad Shane Kenny will captain the Longford side that is managed by Gareth Johnston and Cian O’Brien is a selector. That game throws in at 1.30pm. The family excitement and county excitement then moves to Portlaoise as at 3pm, Diarmuid Murtagh, acclaimed an outstanding forward with the Roscommon teams especially the U21s will again lead the line in the hope of reaching the All-Ireland U21 final. Ray Cox is a selector with the Roscommon lads also. We look forward to another day out for the Roscommon team in the Final. Killian McIntyre, a son of Frank and Florence (nee Harold) came on in the Munster final and played a vital role in the Cork victory over Tipperary in the Munster final and he will be facing the home county of his father Frank. We wish Killian well for this game. An added interest in the Dublin/Cavan U21 semi-final game at 5pm is where Conor Mc Hugh lines out at full forward for Dublin. Conor has been making the forward line tick for Dublin throughout the Leinster championship. Conor is nephew of Ronan and Margaret Cullen, Rathcline Road. We wish him well against Cavan.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

The society’s first outing was held on Easter Monday, the 12th of April 1993 at Strandhill Golf Club. To celebrate our 21st anniversary we are heading to Moate Golf Club on 24th April 2014!!! This is Moate Golf Club’s Open Day so GUI members can take part in the open competition as well as the society’s one. The tee is booked from 11 to 12 and as usual all competitors are requested to be there by 10.30am for the draw. It is hoped that there will be a big turnout at one of our favourite midland golf courses on Thursday 24th April. Looking forward to a great day’s golf, camaraderie and fun on this significant anniversary. New members are always welcome: text your name and mobile number to Frank on 0879730611 to be included on our data base so you can be updated about all society events.

Ballyleague Village Renewal

Ballyleague Village Renewal and Tidy Towns (BVRTT) wish to express solidarity and sadness with the people of Lanesboro, but particularly ‘Shannonside Heritage Group and Lanesboro Tidy Towns’. We share in your ‘shock’, anger’ and outrage’ at the vandalism to the memorial monument on the river bank recently. This ‘outrageous’ act cannot and should not be allowed to go without condemnation from everybody in our twin communities and beyond, and surely deserves some form of ‘censure’. Surely somebody in our ‘twin towns’ knows who is responsible for this act. It is inconceivable that this act of vandalism was carried out by one individual without the knowledge or even complicity of other(s). If you have some information on this matter, it is your duty to pass it on to the Gardaí. After all it is your town as well. It is very sad indeed when volunteers from whatever group give of their own time in an effort to better their/our towns and villages and have their work vandalised. In this particular instance, vandalism to the monument remembering the lives lost in that river tragedy. It seems clear, the person or persons responsible for this particular outrage have absolutely no regard for other people’s property!