St. Patrick’s Day Launch

St. Patrick’s Day Launch

The Lanesboro/Ballyleague St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be officially launched in Clarke’s bar on this Friday night, 27th February at 9pm. It is hoped that there will be a great number from all organisations and clubs within the community and all interested in supporting the parade.

Fair Weekend

The Fair Day has just become a Fair weekend when the committee met for their last meeting, they confirmed that the Lanesboro Fair would be a two day event on 2nd and 3rd May. This is a new departure from previous years not only with the date being moved forward from February/March to May Bank Holiday but also that the plans are for it to be a two day festival. The committee have ambitious plans for a fabulous weekend in Lanesboro. The details of the weekend will be announced in the next few weeks. It is an ambitious plan and it deserves the full support of the entire community – wherever you can help in the build up and running of the event please make it your business to throw in a hand.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Jacinta Mullooly and the extended Mullooly family, Curraghroe on the death of Gertie Sammon, formerly Mullooly, Coralstown, Mullingar, who died on Sunday, 15th February. Her remains were laid to rest in Clontuskert Cemetery following her Funeral mass in St. Cecelia’s Church, Curraghroe.

Rathcline to make exciting announcement

In the next week or so the Rathcline club will make a major announcement. It will seek the support of everyone that ever had anything to do with the parish and or the club.

The search and memories goes on!

Have you looked up old photographs for Stella O’Sullivan in the library? She wants the old photographs of all the businesses of the Main Street going back as far as possible. If you think you have old photographs please go and search and bring them to Stella where she will copy/scan them and return them to you. Adding in the extra businesses I omitted over the past few week there was Josie Kiernan’s in Knock where he ran, for time, a paint and wall paper shop and this was followed by his son Jerry who had then ran a video shop from there before he moved down to Liza Clyne’s where the video shop continued for a number of years. Out the Longford Road a house once stood where the front wall of Louis and Geraldine Skelly’s house now stands. That was the first residence of the Sisters of Mercy in Lanesboro before buying and developing their convent on Main Street. After the nuns, Mae Egan, who married Mike Kenny lived there from where she ran a thriving hairdressing business. While I mention all the businesses of Lanesboro over the years I cannot forget naming one of the landmark shops in the parish, a shop that is still going and that is Mrs. Harold’s at Rathcline crossroads. If I am missing anyone please let me know, as Stella needs to know the businesses and she really wants the photographs to create the history on Main Street through photographs.

Céilí on Sunday Week

Following the great success of the Céilí in December the committee will hold another céilí in St. Mary Parish Hall on Sunday week 8th March. The sets will commence at 4pm and the dancing will continue until 7pm. The last céilí was mighty and we are hoping that all local dancers will be advertising it at all their dance lessons and also at the celli’s they attend in the next few weeks.

As usual refreshments will be served and a number of door prizes will also be won in the raffle. Admission will be €10.


The local community was stunned and deeply saddened on Saturday, 14th February when it was learned of the sudden death at her residence of Agnes Browne, Church View. Agnes, a native of Killoe came to live in Church View many years ago with daughter Louise. Agnes was a very quiet and reserved lady. She had all ladylike manners and she soon became a very popular lady in our community. Her warmth of greeting and wonderful smile left a lasting impression with everyone that had the pleasure to meet and know her. Her passing will leave a great void in the community and also in everyone’s heart and mind. She was a magnificent and loving mother to her daughter Louise and their bond was so great that, invariably, once you seen one coming down the street you always seen the other by their side. Agnes will be sadly missed by us all but none more so than by her daughter Louise and her wonderful companion Mike. Her remains reposed at St. Joseph’s Hospital Chapel on Tuesday before being removed to St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro. Her Funeral Mass took place on Wednesday and afterwards she was laid to rest in Killashee cemetery. To Louise, Mike, brothers John, Liam and Thomas, sisters Margaret, Mary, Ellen Anne and Brigit, relatives and many friends we extend our deepest sympathy.


The lucky envelope was drawn in the Clarke’s Bar on Monday night last by Brendan Ward. The lucky winning lucky envelope was in the name of Bernie Hanley, Corrigeen and she was the lucky recipient of received €408 for her €2 investment. You too can be the lucky winner of the 50/50 draw all you have to do is to put €2 into one of the blue envelopes and next week it can be you.

Your support is greatly helping the club as there is a lot of ongoing work happening in Clonbonny and all monies are spent locally and keeping local business ticking over during these hard times. There is also a lot of voluntary work happening in Clonbonny and the club is deeply appreciate for the support of FAS and everyone that helps out in making the club grounds and more welcoming place for players, parents, supporters and visitors.

Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday, 18th February are; N/S 1st Gemma Douglas and Elish Gray, 2nd Maura Hanley and Mairéad Gill and 3rd Brid mc Dermott and Una Lawlor. E/W 1st Eileen Kelly and Una Clarke, 2nd Mae Casey and Noreen Dunne and 3rd Maureen Hynes and Patsy Canavan. Players are reminded that the pair’s competition is played over two nights commencing on this Wednesday 25th February and 4th March. Fees will be taken up on the first night. It is hoped that those playing on the first night will also be available on the second night.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

We are just five weeks away from the first major event of the year in our community. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been growing and growing since its beginning a few year ago. The committee would like you to be as inventive as you can be when designing your float and to be entertaining for the thousands that line the street on St. Patrick’s Day. The closing date for entries is Thursday 12th March and all entries must be made to Freda Connaughton, Longford Road, or they can be left into O’Brien’s Corner Shop. All entries must be accompanied with a €20 entry fee and the importance of the entries being made in time cannot be stressed enough as the logistics of the day will then have be put in place and this takes time. The day will commence with a traditional mass that, this year, will take place in St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro at 11.30pm. Music, song and dance will be provided by the parish choir and local dancers. The prizewinning categories are; Best dressed window, Best club, Best junior, Most original, Best business, a new category this year, Best Vintage, and the Overall winner. If you need further information contact Freda 086-1534232 or Teresa Costello 086-8127560.


We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Bernie and Mark Casey and family, Lehery, on the death on Thursday last 19th February of Bernie’s mother Mrs. Frances Lennon, Carrickedmond.

Cloontuskert Enrolment

Cloontuskert National School will hold an enrollment evening on Tuesday 24th February from 6-7pm. All welcome to come and visit our school, meet with the teachers, pupils and parents.

Anthony Healy Card Game

Friday 13th is going to be a very lucky day for one very lucky person. Tickets are on sale for an absolutely wonderful prize and it is a draw that you should definitely have your ticket for such an excellent prize. The first prize is a heater stove that will be supplied and fitted by Shane Healy Plumbing and Heating and Gordon Heating Supplies. To buy and have one installed would be very pricey but to win it in the draw would be fantastic. Tickets are only €10 each and are on sale locally in almost all business premises. The annual Anthony Healy Memorial Card Game will take place in Clarke’s bar on Friday 13th March starting at 9pm. We all remember Anthony with a great fondness and his memory never diminishes and it is very fitting that the proceeds from the card game and the draw will go to the Mayo Roscommon Hospice. You are asked to be very supportive of the draw and also the card game.

Pike Angling Club

Annual membership is now available from any committee member or from the Yacht bar. The fees are Adults €10 and OAP and juniors €5. There will be a special prize for non-fishing members with details to be announced at a later date. These coming years will be very busy and driven for the club and they seek your full support. The recent formation of the angling hub to cater for an international fishing competition in 18 months’ time will have great benefits for the community and we would like to ask everybody to throw their weight in behind the club and the hub. This development will be very beneficial for the entire community.

Kiernan’s celebrate

Congratulations to Jerry and Sinead Kiernan who on Friday night next 27th will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the opening of their pub, Kiernan’s, in Ballymahon. They will celebrate the occasion with a gala night in the pub where TR Dallas will be the main event with a host of of other musicians joining in the celebrations. It promises to be a great night and I am sure that there will be a huge number from the parish travelling to celebrate with one of our own.


Lanesboro Library is hosting all of the following events and if you are interested in supporting any of the events below contact Stella at Foreign Currency Appeal Reminder

The library are still collecting unwanted foreign currency and old coins/notes in aid of ISPCC. The smallest donation can make a huge difference.

Used stamps also being collected at the library for ISPCC. The Book Club continues on this Friday 27th February at 11am. Contact Stella if you have any queries on 043 332 1291. Knitting & Crochet Group meetings every Monday 2 – 4pm. Lasraí Writers Group meetings on the 2nd Monday of each month 7 – 9pm.ESOL classes (English for speakers of other languages) continue each Tuesday evening 7 – 9pm. Art Course is now full. We are now taking names for a further course to be run after Easter. Contact Stella at the library to book your place – 043 332 1291 or email Basic Computer Course at Lanesboro Library: An afternoon and evening computer course will start on this Wednesday 25th Feb from 3-4pm and 6-7pm, numbers permitting. If you are interested please call Stella on 043 332 1291 or email

PS Enrolment

Lanesborough Primary School will hold their Enrolment Day on Friday next, 27th February from 1-3pm. All new pupils are invited to attend with their parents to enrol for September 2015. All queries to the Principal at 043-3321545.

Strictly DVD now on Sale

The DVD’s of the wonderful Strictly Come Dancing Over The Bridge has now become available. This night was one of the best nights ever in the communities of Rathcline and St. Faithleach’s and now that the DVD has become available the night will forever live on. Copies can be bought in O’Brien’s for €15 and it will be tremendous watching.

2000 Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Monday night last are: Gross N/S 1st Mae Casey and Margaret Gillen, 2nd Kathleen Kelly and J.J. Donlon and 3rd Eileen Kelly and Nancy Dolan. Nett N/S 1st Mae Casey and Margaret Gillen, 2nd Kathleen Kelly and J.J. Donlon and 3rd Mary Mc Gushin and Renee Walsh. Gross / Nett E/W: 1st Kathleen Hanley and Mary Fallon, 2nd Bernadette Gillen and Patsy Canavan and 3rd Mary Jameson and Fiona Gillen.

Rathcline Cemetery

Presently, there is a lot of work going on at the cemetery and if you have a little time on your hands the committee would encourage support for Johnny Hanley in getting this work done completed in a short space of time as possible. Bring along a shovel and barrow and do your bit in getting the job complete. On entry you can see the work that has to be done and your time will be greatly appreciated.

Rathcline Ladies say thanks

The Rathcline Ladies club would like to extend their deepest gratitude to everyone that supported their church gate collection at all Masses last weekend.

Padraig Potts Guide to Walking

A play written and performed by the highly acclaimed Seamus O’Rourke will be staged in Lanesboro Parish Hall on Saturday 7th March at 8.30pm. Seamus is no stranger to Lanesboro’s Parish hall and his previous plays have received great attendances. This promises to be another great night of hilarity and a play not to be missed. As Seamus says of the play“The play fol­lows the life of Padraig Potts McK­eir­nan, who has a habit of just eat­ing what­ever is on his plate… metaphor­i­cally that is… from grow­ing up near the tiny rural vil­lage of Drum­namee, County Leitrim in the 70’s and 80’s to falling in love with Sil­via Lang, a per­fect protes­tant girl… to mar­ry­ing Mary Tague, the priests house­keeper, who he never really liked… to get­ting rid of Mary Tague and her mother, who he claims invented vine­gar… and even­tu­ally to the real­i­sa­tion that the world isn’t as big as he first thought”. Tickets for the play are selling quickly and it is important that you get your ticket early as there are only a limited number of seats. Tickets €10 can be bought in O’Brien’s or can be booked by phoning Martina 043 33 21107