Lanesboro Community College BT Young Scientist Projects will be on display in the Library from Monday 10th February for one week. The projects are as follows; Perception of iPads in Irish Education. Are computer games the way forward for teaching maths? Can computers take the guess work out of gambling? Why not come along and see the fine work these students have produced.

Past Pupils Re-Union

It is proposed to hold a re-union of past pupils of Weekfield National School later in the year. If anyone has old school photos, stories, etc. or any feedback the committee would be grateful to receive them. Please contact any of the following - Aileen 086 8212681, Padraig 087 4132944 or Brenda 086 8896969.

Tidy Towns litter survey

The first year students from Lanesboro Community College met members of the Ballyleague Tidy Towns committee on Monday last to begin the process of surveying three sites over the next six weeks. This will entail visiting and documenting each site on a weekly basis. The students will analyse and present the data gathered in a report. They will also begin planning and designing a survey which will be administered to people from the Ballyleague area. It’s a great opportunity for the students to get involved in their community and follows on the very successful project for the Tidy Towns committee last year which is on display at the old Slieve Bawn hotel. Best of luck to all involved!

Cloontuskert N.S. Enrolment

Enrolment of new entrants for September 2014 will take place on Thursday, February 13th from 6.30pm - 7.30pm. Please come along with your child and bring a copy of your child’s birth cert. If you cannot attend and want to enrol your child, please contact the school on 043 3321817. Also accepting pre-enrolments for 2015-2016

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Monday 17th March, St. Patrick’s Day, is approaching rapidly and there is much work to be done in preparation of floats for what is one of the finest parades in the country. The uniqueness of our parade beginning I n a different parish, county, parish, province and diocese is something that makes our parade inimitable amongst all other parades. This year we are hoping that every club committee institution, business and individuals with their own uniqueness and creativity will make the 2014 parade bigger and more colourful than any other year. There is a big invite to everyone that has any association to the parish of Kilgefin/ Ballyleague and Rathcline/Lanesboro to come along to the parade. Our community has something very special and the parade route should be full to capacity to celebrate out patron saint’s day along with a wonderful community celebration.

Lourdes Church Collection

As this collection is a diocesan collection, an instruction has come that the collection next weekend will take up in the church. In consultation with Fr. Mickey it was decided that the collection will take place in the church porch.

The annual Lourdes Pilgrimage collection will take place at all masses Saturday next 15th and Sunday 16th February. The collection diocese-wide is taken up each year to bring those people who have suffered or are suffering illness to Lourdes. You have been extremely generous every year even during these trying times and the committee hopes you will again be very generous.

Enrolment in Lanesboro NS

Lanesborough Primary School is holding an enrolment afternoon on Friday next February 14th from 1pm. This is an opportunity for parents, girls and boys for Junior Infants 2014 to meet with the principal Claire Murphy and other staff members, and to enrol for September 2014.It is also an opportunity to find out what goes on in Lanesborough Primary School.

Fair Day

With just three weeks to go to the annual re-enactment of Lanesboro Fair Day the committee is a hive of activity in preparing the full schedule for the day and to ensure a smooth running of what is always a very special day in our town. If you have not made it back yet for the ‘Fair’ then make Saturday 1st March a date to be in Lanesboro. The ‘Fair’ this year returns to the street from the church right back down to the corner. We again look forward to that area filled to capacity with horses, ponies, foals, donkeys and many other animals and side shows that annually makes this day a very special day and brings back memories of the Lanesboro Fair of old. The sight of the wheeling and dealing is a sight to behold and the distinctiveness has to be seen to be believed. The ‘Fair’ rolls back the years and memories for many people of an age that remembers all the fairs throughout the area. It is also a wonderful experience for the younger people to see what a traditional fair day was like and all the events surrounding it. Part of the day’s events is the Dog show and the enthusiastic members in charge of the Dog Show are presently busy completing the arrangements. It is now time to be grooming and training your dog for what is always a very popular sideshow at Lanesboro Fair.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes

The annual Ardagh and Clonmacnois Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place this year from Tuesday 27th May to Sunday 1st June and the pilgrimage director is Monsignor Bernard Noonan, Moate and his phone number is 090 64 81180. Rev. Michael Scanlon will take charge of the special section for the sick and his phone number is 090 64 57122. Places are available on the pilgrimage and they can be booked with Joe walsh Tours, Dublin phone 01 2410812.

Fermoyle N.S. Enrolment

Enrolment for the academic year 2014/2015 at Fermoyle mixed National School will take place in the school on Wednesday 19th February between 2.00pm and 3.00pm. Application forms and alternative arrangements are available on request - Telephone 043-3321959 (Office Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10am and 2pm) or email


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs Bernadette Clancy, Rathcline Road, and family on the death of Fr. Seán Tynan on Wednesday last 5th February at Laurel Lodge Nursing Home Longford.

Herbal Remedies

Staying with matters environmental Laneswould like to thank all those people who have participated so far in our biodiversity study for the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Award project. What a group of 4th year students from the Community College are doing is to gather information about the healing properties of our local plants. This is lore that is being lost and these young people are trying to save it for the next generation. If you know of any herbal remedies for people or livestock or if you know how some of these plants can be used as a food or in cooking please send us an email at: Thanks again for all your support.

Thank You

St. Mary’s Parish Hall committee would like to say a big thank you to everyone that contributed to their recent church gate collecting. The sum collected was €560. The collection will go to the upkeep of the hall.

GAA Lotto

The lotto numbers drawn on Saturday night last were 7, 11, 16, 17, 36 and 44. There was nobody with four of these numbers and jackpot of €300 was not won. The four winners of the €25 prizes were Donal Brady, Carrickboy, Longford, Shane Carroll, Leixlip, Tom Mulvihill, Cullentra, Michael Shanley, Killashee. The jackpot for Saturday night next will now rise to €400.

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.

Credit Union Quiz

Lanesboro Ballyleague Annual Primary School quiz was held in St Mary’s Hall, Ballyleague on Sunday 2 February 2014. A total of 26 teams took part from all the National Schools in the locality. A large number of supporters also attended. Quiz master was Donal Casey, Chairman Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union and score keeper was Mark Casey, MCC, Director Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union. The winners in competition A, i.e. under 11 years were: Lanesboro National School represented by: Cormac Casey, Jack Madigan, Orla Lyons and Louise Costello. Runners up were Newtowncashel represented by: Joseph Kenny, Emma Casey, Conor Scally and Eabhan Slattery. Winners in competition B, i.e. under 13 years were: Roxboro NS represented by: Keelan Gallagher, Joey O’Malley, Joe Finnegan and Ruairí O’Connor. Runners up were Roxboro represented by: Jamie Finnegan, Isobel Ryan, Saoirse Murray and Tom Ryan. The winners in each competition were presented with cash prizes, and now go on to represent Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union at Chapter level and this competition takes place on Friday 28 February in Moate Community Centre at 8.00p.m. Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union would like to thank all the participants, their parents and especially the teachers in the schools for their continued support and we want to wish Lanesboro National School and Roxboro National School every success at Chapter level.

Found after Credit Union Quiz

Three children’s jackets were found in Ballyleague Hall following the recent Credit Union Schools Quiz. The owners may collect them by calling into the Credit Union.


We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Sean, Michael and Geraldine Murray, late of Thureen, on the death of their aunt, Mamie Meleady, who died and was buried in Clonbonny cemetery following her Funeral Mass on Tuesday last, 4th February. Mamie was sister of the late Mike Murray, Thureen and spent most of her life living in Cheshire, England.

Midterm Camp

LARCC cancer support centre is delighted to host an Arts and Wellbeing midterm camp at Coole Road, Multyfarnham over the midterm period. There are two camps and you should contact Audrey in relation to bookings and further information – her phone number is 044 93 71971.


The death took place in London of Brendan Casey, formerly Main Street. Brendan left Lanesboro for England in 1953. He is survived by his wife Bridie, and children Michael, Mark, Stephen and Caroline to whom we extend our sincere sympathy. Brendan was predeceased by his sister Betty. We would also like to extend our deepest sympathy to his brothers and sisters John and Mary Casey and family, Gurteengar, Philomena, Michael, Paddy and Mary. Brendan’s remains were laid to rest in London on Tuesday 11th February.

Ballagh N.S. Enrolment

Ballagh National School is holding an Enrolment day on Wednesday, 19th February from 2-3pm. We invite you to come along with your child to view the school and its facilities and meet the teachers. If you are considering enrolling your child in Ballagh NS in September 2014 or 2015, please come along and we will be happy to answer any queries you may have. If this date does not suit, please contact the Principal to make alternative arrangements on 090 66 25884.

Death of Longford Legend

Last Tuesday 4th February was a sad day for the Donlon family, Derryhaun, and for the entire county when the death was announced of John Donlon. John was a living legend and his passing will resonate worldwide with every Longford person. John played in a pivotal role in the wonderful Longford teams of the 60’s and was a National League medal winner and Leinster championship winner – both history making teams. Those of us that remember those heady days for Longford football will remember John’s immense contribution. John worked with Bord na Mona, was a county councillor and also managed the Longford county team. He was always a pleasant man who never spoke ill of anyone and indeed never allowed anyone else to speak ill of anyone. He was a character with wonderful stories to tell of his times and the related stories of his lifetime. During his time on the successful Longford panel John was a team mate of our local parish priest Fr Mickey Reilly, Seamus Flynn and Brendan Gilmore. John was a great friend of our parish and we join with his relatives in the parish, his wife Maureen, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters and the wider Longford GAA community in mourning his death. John was laid to rest in Moydow cemetery on Friday last.