Graduation Mass

Graduation Mass

The ‘Grad Mass’ for the Leaving Certificate students of Lanesboro Community College will take place in Lanesboro Community College on this Thursday, 22nd May at 8pm. All students, their friends and family are invited to go along and share in one of the special occasions for the Leaving Cert year students.

Mini Marathon

The ladies Mini Marathon will take place on Monday, 2nd June in Dublin. There is a bus booked to go the mini marathon. At present there are just 11 seats remaining. If you want to avail of a bus ride to and from Dublin you should contact Pam Farrell after 6pm by phoning her at 087-4146987.

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.

Book launched

It is with great sorrow we mourn the passing of Ann Collins Skelly. Ann came into our midst from Dublin and made a huge impression on Writing groups and Book Clubs in the county with her great love of literature. Her own book “Foolish Pride” was published in 2012 with a Lanesborough connection is now available in O’Brien’s. Her friends and admirers are the poorer for her passing.

Fermoyle’s great run

Fermoyle N.S is quite a busy place to be in the coming week with both boys and girls teams in their respective finals. These talented children are not finished there though as they also have to compete in the Primary school Scór competition as well. To kick off the week the mixed championship semi - final will be played in Dromard against the same opposition at 4pm on Monday. The girls final takes place in Pearse Park at 6pm against Ballymahon this Wednesday. The Primary Scór final takes place in Granard at 5pm on Thursday. Finally, the mixed team will be back in action in their final on Friday next 23rd in Pearse Park. Your support would be much appreciated by the pupils and staff at these events as they strive for honours. In addition, the pupils from second class are making their communion on Saturday next, May 24th in St. Mary’s Church and this will bring the curtain down on a very busy but rewarding week. Fermoyle now have their own Facebook page and you can access it to keep up with school activities.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club

The club ended another successful year with President Mrs Patricia Mc Gann and her committee Fiona Gillen, Una Clarke and assistants at the helm. The President’s Dinner and end of year prize giving was held in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon on Saturday 10th May. Everyone enjoyed the night and many congratulations to all of the trophy winners: Mary Tucker Memorial – no blame no handicaps – 1st Ann Hagan and Goretti Kenny, 2nd Bernadette Gillen and Tom Feeney and 3rd Patricia McGann and Fergal McGuinness. Club Pairs: 1st Joan Donlon and Fergal McGuinness, 2nd Mike Flynn and K. O’Reilly and 3rd Bernadette Gillen and Patsy Canavan. Gross:- after penalties 6% Kathleen Kelly and Joan Donnellan. Lough Ree Trophy: 1st K. Kelly and Patricia McGann, 2nd Joan Donlon and Fergal Mc Guinness and 3rd Mairead Gill and Maura Hanley. Gross: Eileen Kelly and Nancy Dolan. E.J. Browne Trophy: 1st Carol Hamill and Ann Hagan, 2nd Bernadette Gillen and Patsy Canavan and 3rd Eileen Kelly and Nancy Dolan. Gross: Des and Eileen Watts. Sliabh Bán Trophy: Kathleen Hanley and Mary Fallon, 2nd Nancy Dolan and Eileen Kelly and 3rd Carol Hamill and Ann Hagan. Gross: Fiona Gillen and Phil Chalmers. Bridie Deffew Memorial: 1st Tom Feeney and Kathleen Kelly, 2nd Kathleen Hanley and Mary Fallon and 3rd Brendan Dowling and Goretti Kenny. Gross: Joan Donlon and Fergal Mc Guinness.

President’s Prize: 1st Bernadette Gillen and Joan Browne, 2nd Joan Donlon and Fergal Mc Guinness and 3rd Noreen Dunne and Philomena Walsh. Gross: Mike Flynn and Kathleen O’Reilly. The AGM was held on Monday night 12th May and it was very well attended. The new club President is Mrs Kathleen Kelly. The members wish Kathleen a very good year. The new secretary for the coming year is Margaret Gillen. Summer Bridge will start on Monday 9th June at 7.45pm. The club would like to wish any club member that is ill at the present time a very speedy recovery and look forward to having you back in September. The results of the competition held on Monday 12th May are: N/S Gross: 1st Carol Hamill and Tom Feeney, 2nd Joan Donlon and Fergal Mc Guinness and 3rd Kathleen O’Reilly and Mike Flynn. N/S Nett: 1st Carol Hamill and Tom Feeney, 2nd K. Hanley and Mary Fallon and 3rd Kathleen O’Reilly and Mike Flynn. E/W Gross: 1st Kathleen Kelly and Ann Hagan, 2nd Katharine Harrison and Renee Walsh and 3rd Eileen Kelly and Nancy Dolan. E/W Nett: 1st Kathleen Kelly and Ann Hagan, 2nd Katharine Harrison and Renee Walsh and 3rd Noreen Dunne and Philomena Walsh.

Ballyleague Tidy Towns

The adjudicators in the National Tidy Towns competition will visit Ballyleague between June 1st and June 10th, so this is a special appeal to all residents in the village and on the approach roads to make a big effort in the run up to this period. The Tidy Towns committee has only limited resources so any work carried out on grass verges or walls or fences in your area would really be appreciated. Our village has raised its points every year since 2009 and hope to do it again in 2014 - with work on the new river bank starting in June. We are holding a special ‘Super Saturday’ community day of action for Tidy Towns next weekend May 24th from 10am to 6pm and all residents in the area are invited to come out in their own area and help out with grass cutting and painting. Thank You

GAA Lotto

The numbers drawn on Saturday night last, 17th May were 5, 7, 14, 30, 36 and 44. There was nobody with four of the numbers and the jackpot of €200 was not won. The four winners of the €25 prizes were Cian and Cóilín O’Brien, Clonfower, Kevin Chapman, Lisnacusha, Tom Maxwell, Thureen and Richard Shea, Blenavoher. The jackpot for Saturday night next will now rise to €300.

First Holy Communion

We wish the young people of Lanesboro Primary School and Fermoyle National School a very pleasant day as the make their First Holy Communion in St. Mary’s church on Saturday next, 24th May at 11am.

Social evening

It is that time of the month again for the very popular social evening to be held in Clarke’s bar. The music will be in full flow from 5 to 7pm and everyone is invited to come along and enjoy the fun of the evening where music song and dance will be to the fore.

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.

Head Shave

A fundraising Head Shave will take place on Friday, 30th May in Coy’s Bar, Longford, starting at 9.30pm in aid of Lauralynn House, Ireland’s only Children’s Hospice and St. James’s Hospital Foundation. Marion Prendergast and Jo Purkis from Killoe will be shaving their heads to raise money for these very worthy charities.


The draw for the two sets of 1Direction premium tickets took place in the Yacht Bar on Saturday night last. The winner of the 2 premium Level tickets to Saturday night’s concert and €100 spending money was Rachel McGann, Kenagh, while the second prize of 2 premium Level tickets to Sunday night’s concert and €100 spending money was won by Brendan Ward, Lanesboro. The third prize of €50 was won by Ann Shaughnessy, Ulster Bank, Roscommon.


We learned recently of the death in Manchester of Tommy Coyle, formerly Knock. Tommy has spent 50 years in England and he will be fondly remembered by the older generation of locals. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife and family in Manchester and to his brother, Jackie, sisters Dinah, Vera, Teresa and Irene.

Church Bell history

Recently the church bell has again begun to ring again announcing ten minutes to mass and also for the Angelus at 12 noon and 6pm. For us townies, we remember, during school holiday time and weekends for the late Alex Coyle to come to ring the bell by the bell rope. The excitement of going back up to new heights with the rope will always be a special memory. The same bell is still in place and has been in place since Fr. William Murray purchased it and had it placed in the bell tower in 1910. It was one of the two bells originally in St. Mel’s Cathedral before Fr. Murray bought it and had it installed in the bell tower of St. Mary’s.

Counselling Service

ACCORD provides a professional marriage and relationship counselling service for couples experiencing difficulties in their marriage and relationships. It provides a safe place to explore relationship difficulties in a confidential, respectful and non-judgemental setting. If you feel you need to avail of this service you should give their number a ring and make an appointment. Their phone number is 043-33 47222.

‘Join Our Boys’

A fundraising social will take place in Frank’s Lounge, Ballybeg, on Sunday evening 1st June. The music will be provided by the very popular Padraig Farrell from 7 to 9pm. There will be a raffle for lots of prizes on the evening and spot prizes. There will be refreshments served and also Irish dancing by the Cauneen sisters. Your support will be greatly appreciated. Admission is optional. Join our Boys is a magnificent cause creating greater awareness about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and supporting three young people from the once family in Roscommon that are suffering from DMD.

A major fundraising venture is ongoing to raise funds for the young people, Archie, aged seven and three year old twins, George and Isaac, who are terminally ill, to create a house that will be specially adapted to make their life and that of their parents so much easier for the three brave and cherished young men who light up the hearts and minds of everybody.

The following piece, below, is taken from the ‘Join Our Boys’ website and it reflects the agonizing time their parents and Padraic and Paula are facing over the next number of years and I hope that you can and will help in whatever you can to help in this drive. There are many initiatives happening and please play your part. Like most parents, our dreams have always been centered round our children: 1. That the boys will grow to be healthy adults. 2. That the boys will be happy. 3. That the boys will respect themselves.

4. That the boys will respect others. 5. If we are very lucky, they will choose a career that will enable them to contribute positively to society. On the 9th of November 2012 our lives & dreams were changed beyond comprehension. The dreams we had for our boys were changed forever. A diagnosis of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is devastating. It is a 100% fatal, neuromuscular disease that affects 1 in every 3,500 boys and each year 20,000 children worldwide are born with DMD; 99% of these are boys. There are no words to describe how it feels to learn that one of your precious children has a terminal illness, which has no cure. Sadly for our family we have three children who are terminally ill. A diagnosis of DMD means that our children are unlikely to live beyond their late teens or early 20s.