Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival and working day will take place, this year in Newtowncashel on Sunday, 31st August with all proceeds going to St. Christopher’s Longford. The day’s events will commence at 12noon where there will be a huge amount to do and see and it is a must for everyone. There will be vintage Tractor drawn Reapers and Binders, Combine Harvesters, Threshing Display, an Auto Jumble, Craft Display, Children’s Amusements, Pottery Making, Wood Turning, Blacksmith, Dog Show, music by local artists with special guest Matt Leavy. There will be a waltzing and jiving competition and the winners will qualify for the Grand Finale in Moate on Sunday 26th August. Lanesboro butcher Terry McLoughlin will sponsor the Pig on the Spit. This is always a fabulous day out for the entire family for bonny babies to great grannies and granddads and all in between. Go along and enjoy a great day out and support our local crafts and working and vintage machinery as well as playing a huge part in supporting the county’s most deserving cause, St. Christopher’s. Adult admission is €10 while children go free.

All Ireland Silver Medal

Lanesboro and the parish of Rathcline are rightly proud of one of our young inhabitants for his marvellous achievement in the U12 Community Games Final in Athlone. Duileach Ryan, son of Seadna and Teresa Ryan, Main Street, came second and claimed a silver medal in the final of the U12 Backstroke. Duileach is a very talented all rounder sportsman and his dedication to sport was duly rewarded with this silver medal. He is a very warm, mannerly and friendly youngster and may his demeanor never change. He is a pupil of Lanesborough Primary School who I am sure will give him a warm welcome back on Thursday when the school reopens.

24/7 Care Service Derrane

Are you in need of a break from caring in the home? Do you need extra help caring? If so RSG 24/7 Care Service, a long established not for profit care provider, can help you professionally and at a low cost. All aspects of care catered for and packages tailored to meet your needs. Staff fully trained and Garda Vetted. Phone 090 6625852 or email or visit website The Care Service is always seeking volunteers and if you can help out do not hesitate to contact the centre.

Costello’s say thank you

Costello’s Nursing Home ran into a serious problem when the water pump house in Ballyleague stopped working and they were left with no water. They asked and received from Gerard Farrell a tanker full of water to help them maintain their service of care towards their inhabitants. They would like to public acknowledge the prompt response from Gerard Farrell that took them out of a very precarious position. If the tanker did not become available, the Nursing Home would have too close, until water was restored, due to the lack of waters for all the necessities that goes with the running of a Nursing Home.

Tickets for Hurling Final

Rathcline GAA club will hold a draw on Saturday night, 30th August next in Adie’s for two All Ireland Hurling Final tickets. Tickets are on sale throughout the town and also from club members at only €2 each. You support will be greatly appreciated and who knows you may be the lucky winner of two coveted premium Level tickets for what promises to be a fantastic final between Kilkenny and Tipperary.

Cemetery Sunday in Cashel

Local people with family members buried in Cashel cemetery are reminded that Cemetery Sunday in the graveyard will take place on Sunday next 31st August at 6pm.


The marriage took place at the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar, of James Maloney, son of James and Karen Maloney, Church View, and Ellen Macken, daughter of Thomas and Sandra Macken, Mullingar on Thursday, 14th August. Bestman was Scott Cassidy, friend of the groom; groomsmen were Eddie Donlon, friend of the groom and Aaron Maloney, cousin of the groom and Greg Cassidy, friend of the groom. Chief Bridesmaid was Michelle Maloney, twin sister of the groom, bridesmaids were Lisa Kearney, friend of the bride, Hannah Macken, sister of the bride and Charlene Maloney sister of the groom. Pageboy was Jayden Cunniffe, nephew of the groom and Flower Girl was Ava Maloney, daughter of James and Ellen. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Declan Hurley and the wedding reception was held in the Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe. We would like to wish the happy couple many years of wedded happiness. Pageboy was Jayden Cunniffe, nephew of the groom.

Summer Bridge

The results of the game held on 11th August are: N/S: 1st M. Hynes / K. Hanley, 2nd B. Gillen / M. Gillen and 3rd C. Mc Grath / K. Dowd. E/W: 1st P. Mc Gann / K. Kelly, 2nd E. Mellett / S. Farrell and 3rd B. Dowling / G. Kenny

The results for 18th August are: N/S 1st Chris McGrath/ K. Dowd, 2nd J.J. Donlon / M. Gillen and 3rd L. Cooney / Noreen Dunne. E/W: 1st M. O’Flaherty / M. Hynes, 2nd B. McGrath / M. Moran and 3rd K. Hanley / M. Fallon.

There is a charity game in Slashers, Longford, on Sunday, August 31st, starting at 5.30 pm. All grades are welcome. Please support. Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club members extend our sincere sympathy to all the Connolly family , especially, Mary, Emma , Hugh and David, and his Bridge playing brothers, Peter , James and Kieran, on the untimely death of Hugh Connolly. May he rest in peace. He will be dearly missed on the Bridge circuit. When our Club started in the year 2000, Hugh was always available to help. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Primary School Reopens

Following the summer holidays Lanesboro Primary School reopens on Thursday, August 28th at 9.20am.

Foreign Currency Appeal

Have you returned from holiday with unwanted foreign currency, or got old foreign coins and notes hiding away in the back of a drawer? If so, why not clear your cupboards and donate your unwanted currency and help support children across Ireland. The smallest donation can make a huge difference.

Call in to Lanesboro Library to make your donation.

Over 55s Mens Club

The over 55s Mens club will be returning on Thursday, 11th September in St. Mary’s Parish Hall at 12 noon. All men 55 years and over are invited and are assured of a great welcome.

5k in Lanesboro

The final race in the Ros 5k series will take place here in Lanesboro on Wednesday, 10th September. This annual race is hosted by the Lough Ree Athletic club who invite and welcome entries from all runners, joggers and walkers to compete in the event. Entry fee is €10 on the night and entries can be made on the night or online and all enquiries should be directed via email to

The Lough Ree Athletic club is indebted to the Rathcline GAA club for the use of their clubhouse on the evening. The race will start from Clonbonny at 7pm and will continue out the back road to the Longford Road junction at Seamus Clancy’s and will return through Barnacor on the main Longford Road to Cullen’s Filling station and back to the finish line in Clonbonny.

Run/Jog/Walk for Cancer

CROSS rugby legends Charity 5k Run/Jog/Walk in aid of Cancer Research this Sunday 31st August in The Mall Complex. Registration from 10am, run starts at 11am, entry fee €10.00 for adult, €5.00 per child. Everyone welcome.

Community College offers new courses

In September, Lanesboro Community College will embark on two new, year long, full time courses. These will be PLC courses in Outdoor Recreation and a PLC course in Music both FETAC level 5. The Outdoor Pursuit course will include outdoor recreation, outdoor leadership and safety, adventure activities, hill walking proficiency, team working, work experience and communication. As you can see it is a wide and varied course and it is a course full of potential. Following the successful completion of this course there is the opportunity to go on to a 3rd level degree course at GMIT Castlebar and Shackleton College, Dublin. The second course is a PLC course in Music. This course includes modules in music performance, musicianship, music theory and practice, music industry studies, graphic design, communications and work experience. This course covers all aspects of music and following a successful completion of the course there is the great opportunity to progress to a wide variety of colleges to complete your music degree: A.I.T., W.I.T., Tralee and Dundalk I.T. and Limerick I.T. There are career opportunities in music performance, production and promotion.

The courses will commence in September and early booking is advisable as places will be limited. For bookings or additional information you are invited to contact Breda 043-3321139 for both courses or in case of The Outdoor Recreation course you can also contact Deirdre 086-1952663

Rathcline Lotto not won

The Rathcline GAA lotto took place on Saturday night last, 23rd August and the six numbers drawn were 3, 9, 18, 28, 32 and 43. There was nobody with four of the numbers and the jackpot of €1500 was not won. The four winners of the €25 were Frank Conmy, Cureen, Rathcline Road; Declan Connor, Ballyleague; Mary Nally, Corner House, Ballymahon and Sean Kenny, Fermoyle. The next draw will take place on Saturday night next for a jackpot of €1,700.

Boat Building Braining Course

This area has always had a proud tradition of boat building. Our community links with angling on Lough Ree and the Shannon led to the formation of a boat building training course in the Bord na Mona billets in Cloontuskert in the 1970s when dozens of new wooden boats were built there and next month a new training course helping people to build new lake boats, and perhaps attain a job with these skills, will commence in the Ballyleague-Lanesborough area. A top class boat building tutor with over 50 years of experience has agreed to lead the event over 20 weeks - during which four new 18 foot lake boats will be built as part of a project supported by the Department of Social Protection and Roscommon Integrated Development Company. A group of trainees is being finalised and we are now inviting additional participants for the boat building training. These participants must be in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment or must be dependents of social welfare recipients and/or their families. If you are in receipt of one of the following DSP payments (or dependent on someone who is) you are eligible to take part in the training - that will not affect your payments in any way: Job Seeker’s Allowance / Job Seeker’s Benefit, One Parent Family Payment, Illness Benefit (Long term)/Disability Allowance, Invalidity Pension, Blind Persons’ Pension, Carers Allowance, Back to Work Allowance, Back to Education Allowance

State Pension. If you are presently on a FAS CE scheme you may also take part in the training - if you have the consent of your supervisor and/or the sponsoring committee. To declare an interest in taking part in the boat building training simply write down your full name, address, mobile number and your PPS number on a sheet of paper, drop it into an envelope marked BOAT BUILDING and leave the envelope into Joe Cribbin at Daybreak shop in Ballyleague or Joe O’Brien’s Corner Shop in Lanesborough before Monday September 8th. The training course will take place during both daytime hours and in the evenings and will also include some additional trainees who are working full time but wish to help out with the training and learn some of the skills so send in your details if you are interested. The number of places on the boat building training course will be limited so please send in details as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Rathcline Ladies

The minor ladies had a wonderful victory over Killoe in Clonbonny on Sunday last and they now travel to meet Mullinalaghta in the next round at 11.30am on Sunday morning next. The mentors of Steve Peters, Dan Magan, Caoimhe Murray, Paula Kenny and Madaleine Murray are doing great work with the girls. The senior team are out in the senior B semi final against Colmcille on Wednesday 10th September. The clothes collection for the Ladies club has renewed and if you have old clothes to donate please contact Mike Greene or Madaleine Murray and they will arrange collection or drop off.

Barry Raftery Conference

Professor Barry Raftery died in August 2010 leaving an amazing legacy following a distinguished career. Nothing sums his life up better than an appreciation written by Gabriel Cooney in a quarterly review of world archaeology, Antiquity. The future of the Mid-Shannon Peatlands, Amenity, Archaeology and Bio Diversity is the topic of the conference and it should draw a huge interest due to its range and tremendous and immediate interest to our area. The conference will take place at Corlea Interpretive Centre on Friday next 29th August. Admission is only €10 which includes tea/ coffee am and pm and also lunch. Registration will take place at 10am. At 10.20am Dr. John Feehan will open the conference with a lecture on ‘The Past of Midsummer Peatlands. 11.10am Dr. Ronan O’Flaherty will speak on the Guardians of Midhir – Cranes in our past and future. At 11.40 local archaeologist, Brian O’Hara will speak on Experimental and Community Archaeology. The morning session will close with a talk from Eoin Donnelly, a forester and woodright who is in the process of building a replica Viking house. The afternoon session will commence Longford County Senior Planning officer Donal Mac an Bheatha on the Future of the Mid Shannon Peatlands. Wetlands Heritage chairman Kieran Mc Entee and Tom Egan, Land project Manager from Bord na Mona will speak on the Shared Vision of the two groups. The conference will finish with a Walk in the Bog with David Fallon, Ecologist with Bord na Mona who will talk and present Biodiversity on the Walk. Barry Raftery’s input into the development at Corlea was remarkable and it is only fitting that his name should be honoured at this memorial conference. The excellent Wetlands Heritage committee have worked so hard in the development of this programme and it is one that should not be missed. The calibre of the contributors goes without saying and there is a lasting education to be garnished from the conference.

Strictly Come Dancing

The Rathcline and St. Faithleach’s clubs have come together to host what will be a very special and unique evening out when they will host ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ next November. Both clubs are actively seeking dancers for the event and you are asked to be positive in your response if you are approached. Strictly Come Dancing has been a big hit everywhere it has been held and I am sure that it will be no different when both clubs come to stage it in November. The merging of the clubs for this event is a huge bonus as it allows the talented from both sides of the bridge to come together and produced a night never to be missed or forgotten. Don’t worry about your dancing skills as the entire event will be co-ordinated and choreographed by the Midlands Drama School over an eight week period. Don’t wait to be asked to come on board as one of the dancers just give your name to Lorraine 0876827966 or Helen 0860809377 and these ladies will take you through what will be required. Come along and be part of a wonderful night as well as get trained to dance over an eight week period.