Thank You

Thank You

The Lanesborough Social services committee would like to sincerely thank the members of the Lough Ree 2000 Bridge club for their recent donation of €150.

ICA Guild for Lanesboro!!!

Monday next, 10th November, Longford ICA will hold an information evening in the Parish Hall from 8pm. All women in the area are invited to go along and learn more about the ICA – there will be no onus on anyone to join. Lanesboro in times gone by had a thriving and greatly supported guild but over the years the numbers dwindled greatly to extinction. The ICA is a vibrant organisation for women that caters for many opportunities and creates challenges for its members. Go along, have a chat, a cup of tea, listen to what is on offer from the ICA for you and then make your decision.

Dinner Dance

The annual Pioneer Total Abstinence dinner dance will take place in the Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule on Friday week, 14th November. Traditionally this is the dance of the year where a wonderful night is thoroughly enjoyed by all that attends. Make it a night in your diary and go along with your friends. Music on the night will be provided by Chuck and June. Tickets are on sale from Breda Moran, Tom Nohilly or Anne Carroll.

Whist Drive

The monthly Whist Drive in aid of Lanesboro Social Services will take place on this Friday night in the Parish Hall at 8.30pm. We would encourage great support over the next few months as the Christmas time is a time that there are great demands on the services. The Whist Drive gives a great boost and the more that come and support the better for the committee and the many people it helps out on a very regular basis.


The AGM of Lanesboro Tri Club will take place on Saturday, 8th November at 8:15pm in the club rooms, located in the Co-Op Hall, Lanesboro. It is very important that all members be in attendance. If you would like to become involved in a vibrant, exciting and growing club then come along on the night.

€470 for 50/50 winner

The 50/50 draw took place in the Peer Inn on Monday night last. The draw is beginning to rise in popularity, so much so, that the winner of the draw received €470. Michael Donlon, Derryhaun, was the lucky winner. The draw next Monday will take place Adie’s. Add your €2 into the draw and perhaps you will be the winner of a substantial amount. Tickets are on sale in all local shops and from members of the senior, minor and ladies club.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Liz and John Cuffe and family, Kilrooskey on the death last week of Brian McGuire, Fourmilehouse, Roscommon. Brian was brother of Liz.

Local connection to Cavan Champions

Recently, Cavan Gaels won their 12th county championship. Since 2001 they won 12 county titles and leading members of that amazing run of titles for the town team were the brothers Reilly. Both brothers Dominic and Eamon have amassed an amazing 18 county medals between them. Local lady Claire Browne, Ballyleague married Eugene Reilly and they reside in the Cavan town area and they are the proud parents of these two fine sportsmen. It is always nice to see the children of our former residents doing well and acknowledge their achievements, whether it is in life or on the sports fields. We will follow Cavan Gaels in their provincial and All Ireland championship campaign with greater interest and wish them every success.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Eddie and Patsy Moran, Gardenstown on the sudden and untimely death of their son, Edward in England.

First call out

Over the past couple of weeks we have noticed extra activity by the local fire brigade crew as they were putting things together and settling into their new Fire Station on the Longford Road. On Thursday last a woman was taken at knifepoint in Longford Town and they set off in the direction of Lanesboro. On the outskirts of Killashee they crashed their car as they tried to make their getaway. Lanesboro fire brigade crew were called out to the accident which made it their first call from the new station. The building is nesting well into the area and is not obtrusive and its style has been commended from many quarters. We wish the crew of P.J. Hynes, Kevin Madden, Brendan Keane, Vinnie McGowan, Sean Mimnagh, Pat Rock and Noel Horohoe many successful years in their new base.


We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to John, Lena and Ann Collins, The Green, on the death recently of John’s mother, Mrs. Maureen Collins, Killea, Templemore, Co. Tipperary.

Ladies says thank you

The Rathcline ladies club hosted the Allison Smyth Memorial tournament on Saturday last in Clonbonny. This annual game between Garrycastle from Athlone and our ladies senior team is always played in a great spirit. For the record, Garrycastle won the game this year. The ladies would like to thank the Garrycastle Ladies club and Frank Toher for his excellent refereeing. The presentation was made by Allison’s mother Pat, sister Janice and brother Gordon. Afterwards both teams and mentors were entertained in the clubroom and the ladies committee would like to thank everyone that provided the refreshments and those on the day that helped. The day was a great success and the club would like to thank everyone that turned up and also Brigid Mullooly for her photography. The presentation of the U14 medals to the victorious girls will take place in Clonbonny on Saturday evening next at 6pm. The girls receiving medal on the evening will be Ciara Healy, Áine Bannon, Grainne Chawke, Leah Wyse, Áine Kennelly, Emma Casey, Sarah Farrell, Zoe Gallagher, Orla Keane, Lucy Ann Myhill, Roisín Sheahan, Eimear Gavigan, Aisling Farrell, Aoife Nolan, Emily Fallon.

Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday last, 29th October were: N/S 1st Bernadette Clancy and Mary McGushin, 2nd Frank and Frances Brennan, 3rd Cyril Hussey and Elish Gray. E/W 1st Patsy Canavan and Maureen Hynes, 2nd Bríd McDermott and Una Lawlor and 3rd Mae Casey and Noreen Dunne.

Mass for deceased members

The annual Mass for deceased members of the staff of ESB Lanesboro will take place in the Sports and Social clubhouse on Wednesda, 12th November at 8pm.

ESB retired staff

A general meeting of ESB Lanesborough retired staff will take place in the Sports and Social Clubhouse at 2.30pm on Wednesday, 5th November. Ciaran O’Callaghan of ESB Medical Provident Fund will attend.

Bridge closed

On Sunday morning last the bridge was closed whilst the dancers of Rathcline and Faithleach’s came together for a photo shoot and video advertising the upcoming Strictly Come Dancing ‘Over the Bridge’. It was sight to behold as the dancers from both sides came together in their club colours for the promotion. Tickets for the night, Saturday 29th November, in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone are selling very fast and at the rate of sale it looks as if the night will be a total sell-out. Now is the time to buy or order your tickets so that you will not miss the night of the year for both clubs. The dancers closing the bridge on Sunday were Alan Fayne, Martina Healy, Lee Cullen, Ursula Kilcoyne John Coffey, Brendan O’Sullivan, Rachael Collins, Fidelma Brennan, Jodi Horohoe, James Quigley, Claire Egan, Kenneth Madden, Gerry Nerney, Michelle Killian, Aaron Madden, Caoilfhionn Thompson, Daithi Mulvihill, Patrice Nolan, Colette Wyse, Darragh Hussey, Rita McCormack, Geraldine Hanley, Padraig Murray, Steve Ormsby, Susan Linnane, Caroline O’Reilly, Ollie Trimble, Helen O’Donnell, Michelle Carroll and Brendan Ward.

Tickets are priced €20 each and are on sale in O’Brien’s or from the committees of both clubs. You can book your tickets by phoning O’Brien’s 043-3321107 or emailing your request to If you wish to avail of the bus that will be travelling on the night you are asked to just text your name, the number of seats required to 089-2420497. This is a text only service. The buses will leave from St. Faithleach’s clubhouse and from outside St. Mary’s church, Lanesboro.

Clothes collection

If you have old clothes you want to pass on or dispose of now is your opportunity as the clothes collection will be closing in the next two weeks. Contact Mike Greene for the arranging of drop off or collection.

Community College Open Day

Lanesboro Community College will hold its open day on Thursday, 20th November. Pupils from the local and surrounding national schools are all invited to attend and witness the wonderful work being carried out by students and teachers alike in the school. That evening both, parents and students are invited to come in, speak to individual teachers, and get an up close view of all that is happening. With 95% of the Leaving Cert students being offered a third level course this year, it can be said with absolute confidence that your child will not get a better preparation for life anywhere else. Added value includes the intimacy of a smaller school where your child will feel an integral part of a larger family and where each student is valued as an individual in his or her own right. Teachers take a personal interest in each and every student and this leads to a high level of maturity and self - confidence in all our graduates. So come along on the evening and see for yourself! The Principal’s address will take place at 7pm.

Remembrance Service

A Remembrance Service for victims of the wars will take place in St John’s Church, Lanesborough at 11.30am on Sunday next, 9th November. Everybody is invited to attend.

Gun Club

There was a great turn out for the longest and heaviest pheasant competition on Saturday, 1st of November. Congratulations to Louis Rhatigan who claimed the prize for longest pheasant and to Thomas Rhatigan who bagged the prize for heaviest pheasant. Well done to both.

Social Dancing

Social Dancing has recommenced in Ballyleague hall. It takes place every Friday night at 8.30pm. The classes cater for all levels of dancers from beginners to advanced dancers and they would like to invite you to come along every Friday for a great social evening.


Italian Classes commenced in the Library on Monday evening last 3rd November. The Class runs every Monday evening for one hour for next 6 Mondays from 7 to 8pm. Cost of classes is €30. Contact Stella on 043 332 1291 if you would still like to join.

Local Nurse, Nurse of the Year

The Nursing Home Registered Nurse of the Year Award will be announced at an awards ceremony at the City West Hotel on Thursday next 4th November. This year a nurse working in the Innis Ree Nursing Home has been nominated for this prestigious award. Philomena Walsh, Rathcline Road, has been nominated; she has worked at the Innis Ree for the past nine years. Philomena is married to T.J and they have two children, Derek and Eilish.

We wish Philomena the very best of luck on Thursday.

Lough Ree AC

Last weekend the club changed from running on the road to running a disco. The motive was not to raise funds, but to organise something that the youngsters would enjoy – a disco at Halloween seemed to fit the bill and hoping to be able to pay expenses at the same time. “All is well that ends well”, and an enjoyable time seems to have been had by all. The club had had some small prizes to present based on the seven road runs during September and October with a rule that nobody that nobody could get more than one. The different categories were; attendance, outstanding performance, consistency, improvement and last but not least thoughtfulness - the winner here was Abbie Mitchell – it may have taken her nearly16 minutes to finish the run, but finish the run she did. It is said that Abbie did not want to hurt anyone’s feelings by passing them out! Cian Walton and Clodagh Kiely will receive their trophies in due course. A word of gratitude to those who made this enjoyable night possible: Stephen Donohue for the disco music, the two Margaret’s Susan, Nicole and Shauna for the shop and photographer Brigid. Mark was drafted in as a bouncer/chucker out but had a quiet evening. Last but certainly not least, the parents who had to endure two hours of mayhem! Many thanks to the Lough Ree Resource directors for making the hall available. Congratulations to Alannah Flood who was in 10th place in the Girls U12 Connaught Country Championship in Loughrea on Sunday. The course was very tough and the driving rain and cold made conditions very tough. Other details are sketchy and will be included next week.

The U11, 13 and 15 athletes are out next Sunday in the Connaught Championships. The venue for the runners is the beautiful Westport.

Check Lough Ree Facebook for pictures from the disco.