23 May 2022

Lanesboro notes



Corr: Joe O’Brien. Tel: 086 2460840. E-mail:

Rathcline Cemetery Sunday

Rathcline cemetery, on Sunday next July 6, will be the first cemetery in the parish of Rathcline to celebrate the blessing of the graves. It is very important that everyone with family graves in the graveyard to make a special effort during the coming week to ensure that the graveyard is looking in pristine condition for the blessing of the graves which will be followed by mass. The blessing will take place at 6pm A cemetery maintenance collection will take place on Sunday at Rathcline.

On Sunday week, July 13, Lanesboro cemetery will celebrate the blessing of the graves in the cemetery followed by Clonbonny cemetery on Sunday, July 20. It is very important that families with family graves in the two mentioned graveyards make every effort that they too are in excellent condition for their particular Sundays.

Late Paddy Greene

It was with great sadness and regret that we learned of the death on Wednesday, June 25 at Cloverhill Nursing Home of Paddy Greene, Main Street. Paddy a native of Curraghroe has been a feature of our Main Street as long as I can remember. He had been in failing health for a short period of time. He was always a warm and friendly man, always a wonderful neighbour and always thoroughly dependable.

Paddy was one of the first workers into Bord na Mona and when the Power station was completed he was one of the first men employed there with ESB. Paddy will be remembered by locals as the local taxi man. He had a great love of farming and he was always working at his homestead in Curraghroe. Paddy had a wealth of local knowledge and he had a wonderful interest in all things local. His passing will, no doubt, sadden the hearts of all the people that encountered Paddy as they went up and down the street over the years – a large part of our town’s history has been taken from us.

His remains reposed at his residence on Friday before the removal of his remains to St Mary’s Church. Following his Funeral Mass his remains were interred at Clonbonny cemetery. To his wife Ann, sons Mark and Paul, daughters, Kay, Fiona and Susie, brothers, PJ and Eamon, relatives and many friends we extend our deepest sympathy.

New arrival

Congratulations to Evelyn and Anthony Farrell, Gortgallon on the birth last week a baby girl.

Race Day in Lanesboro

The sun shone brightly as the participants started to arrive for the Gathering G2 2014 Road race. There were two routes one of 10K and the second of 6K. A big number turned out on a beautiful day on the banks of the Shannon to take part in the race and support this year’s Gathering. There was not a cloud in the sky nor a breeze coming off the lake as the competitors lined up for the start of the race.

The route to begin with took the runners and walkers down through the quarry, up through the woods where they emerged onto the Rathcline Road and onwards to Harold’s cross where the 6K runners and walkers turned left to cross Bullockstown while the 10K runners and walkers headed up the tough climb to the top of the hill of Carraroe where they turned down through Lisrevagh and onto Killinure and back to Tullyvrane when both runners of the 6k and 10 K again joined up. Back in along the Ballymahon Road and back to the car park. It was a wonder day for running and it was also great for spectating. There is not a better sight than standing at the corner on a day such as Sunday last and seeing runners coming down the hill from the church on the final stretch of their run.

The first man home in the 10K was Patrick Sharkey, Longford, first lady home in the 10K was Maura Derwin. The first runner home in the 6K was Johnny Kilcoyne and the first young runner was the excellent Kevin Tansey.

For the second year in a row a wonderful community spirit is displayed by the many that made themselves available for helping out on the day.

Apart from the gathering group there was wonderful support from Lanesboro Triathlon club led by Niall O’Donoghue, who travelled back from Kilkee in County Clare after taking part in the notorious Hell of the West Triathlon and Brendan O’Sullivan, The Lough Ree Athletic club led by Mark Brady and Fabian Walsh, the excellent time keepers Margaret Mullooly and Susan Keane and the Donlon family in Lisreevagh who without prompting organised a water station for the runners. We must also say a big thank you to Rathcline club secretary Sarah Kearney for her assistance. We must also pay tribute to our youngest helper on the day, Molly Farrell, who did her duties so excellently at registration. We would like to thank all the motorists for their care and consideration to our runners. We were overseen on the road by local Garda sergeant Martina Reddington and the local Gardaí.

Our committee members were as usual to the fore and we are extremely grateful for all the support we received on the day. There is no doubt but we have a wonderful and spirited community and we are very proud of them for all their support and help that is always available. A huge thank you to everyone from the bottom of our hearts.

Excellent Community Games results

The annual Community Games Athletics and Track and Field Finals were held in great weather in Leo Casey Park, Ballymahon over 2 days – Saturday and Sunday, June 21 & 22. There was a great turnout of enthusiastic athletes from Lanesboro and some fantastic results followed.

Our first place winners and gold medallists were: Stephen O’Dowd U-16 Discus, Niamh Chawke U-15 1500m, Orla Keane U-14 100m and Kieran O’Dowd U-10 60m Hurdles. Having come out best in the county these four athletes travel to Athlone in August for the National Community Games finals.

Congratulations also to Lucy Ann Myhill who got a silver medal for U-14 Long Jump, Bryn Peters for achieving bronze in U-14 Long Jump and Kevin Tansey for bronze in U-12 Ball throw.

As always the relay races provided entertainment and some surprises. Well done to our silver medal winners in the U-15 Mixed Relay: Aisling Farrell, Aine Kennelly, Grainne Chawke, Liam Ross and Sean Kenny.

Many thanks to all the parents who helped out on both days and especially to the Athletic Club committee for their support and practical help – Susan, Steve, Marie, Margaret and Fabian.

Besides the above athletes, a group of 9 swimmers are in training for the All Ireland finals also: Orla Ryan, Jane Dowd, Hazel Johnston, Aine Kennelly, Evan Chalmers, Ernie Brunt, Michal Kajan, Seadhna Ryan and Duileach Ryan.

Eanna McGrath will represent the county in the Duathlon at the All Ireland Competition.

Best of luck also to our project entry which is being prepared by Aine Kennelly and Patrick Smyth and to our artist, Eabha Healy.

Rathcline Lotto results

Saturday night last June 28 saw the following numbers being drawn in the Rathcline GAA lottery 1, 5, 29, 31, 34 and 37 for a jackpot of €800. There was nobody with four of the six numbers although one ticket holder was only one number away from the jackpot. The jackpot will now rise to €900 on Saturday night next July 5. The four winners of €25 each were Mary Chapman, Lisnacusha; Kevin and Caroline Madden, Rathcline Road; James and Cathal Mulvihill, Newtowncashel and Gerard Farrell.


Bingo will take place in Newtownforbes on Sunday, July 6 at the Clonguish GAA complex in Newtownforbes. The first ball will be called at 3pm and there will be €2,500 in prize money the opening evening in the parish of the Rathcline to be won.

Summer Bridge

The results of the recent competitions are; N/S: 1st Katharine Harrison and Patricia McGann, 2nd Eileen Kelly and Nancy Dolan and Renee Walshe and Mary Mc Gushin. E/W 1st A Delaney and A Fallon and Chris and Clare and 3rd Steve Gregory and Martha Gregory. Week 2; N/S Margaret O’Dowd and E Maxwell, 2nd Kathleen Hanley and Mary Fallon and 3rd Eileen Kelly / Nancy Dolan. E/W: 1st A Delaney and A Fallon, 2nd Chris McGrath and Kitty Dowd and 3rd Una Clarke and Nora Kelly.

Class Reunion

Saturday, June 21 was a momentous day for one Class from St Joseph’s, Convent of Mercy, Lanesboro, for this was the exact date that many of the class did their final Leaving Certificate exams forty years ago. The organisation was ongoing for some months and for various reasons some members of the class couldn’t make it on the night – sons and daughters getting married, graduations, holidays and work commitments but nonetheless eighteen very happy ladies turned up at the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone.

The group met at 6pm for drinks and photographs and this proved a great opportunity to catch up and the years melted away. This was followed by a fabulous dinner in a private room and the party was very impressed with everything in the hotel.

Sr Rosarii joined the group for part of the celebration. Her arrival evoked much nostalgia amongst the group. Bernie Harold spoke of her fond memories of Sr Immaculata (RIP) and the efforts she made to educate us on Classical music and how that has stayed with her all her life. She also paid tribute to the other sisters who had given their lives to the education of the young girls of Lanesboro and the surrounding areas. Many of those present had been unaware that the convent is for sale and the remaining sisters leaving Lanesborough soon after 61 years and they were very sad to hear this.

There was a presentation to Sr Rosarii as a small tribute to her and her fellow sisters for their dedication and the sacrifices they made in the service of others. Those who attended on the night travelled from far and wide including the UK and this is much appreciated by the organisers Geraldine Gilhooley (Kirwan) and Bernie Harold. We wish the sisters currently resident in the Convent of Mercy, Lanesboro every happiness in their new homes and ask them Ná bheith ina strainséir.

Those that attended and pictured below were; Elizabeth Carroll, Rathcline, Deirdre Carty, Salmons Lane, Kathleen Connaughton, Newtowncashel, Mary Clancy, Boyle, Co Roscommon, Ita Donlon, Killenure, Catherine Donnellan, Ballyleague, Mary Dowd, Killenure, Geraldine Feeney, Rathcline, May Hanley, Ballagh, Ann Marie Harold, Ballyleague, Bernie Harold, Rathcline,

Kathleen Kelly, Newtowncashel, Mary Kelly, Cloontuskert, Geraldine Kirwan, The Green, Christina Lindsay, Cloontuskert, Phil Suffin, Cloontuskert and Rose Tully, Belturbet, Co Cavan.


‘Work4You’ set up by Acquired Brain Injury Ireland will have a Pop-Up Information Stand in Lanesboro Library on Monday, July 7 from 2 to 4pm. All are welcome. For further information please call 044 93 38773. AB Irleand provides a free vocational assessment service for individuals who have an acquired brain injury and would like assistance and guidance in returning to work, training or education.

Beauty of Lanesboro and Ballyleague

On a day like Sunday last there was nowhere in the world that quite equalled the beauty of Lanesboro and Ballyleague. With the tremendous work done by the communities on the two sides of the bridge really paying off with both sides looking absolutely fabulous and drawing much comment about our area that makes us rightly proud. On a sunny Sunday there is always a draw on locals to the river and Sunday last was no different. On arrival the locals found a huge number of people who travelled to avail of the beauty that our area has to offer.

We congratulate both Tidy Towns and the local people for their great work and making our area so attractive and beautiful.

It is always great to hear such positive comments by both visitors and locals alike.

New Business

Congratulations to Donal Casey who opened his new accountancy business on the Main Street in recent weeks. Donal can be contacted at his office or telephone (043) 33 30812; Mob (087) 9688842; email


The annual day pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place on Sunday, August 24 leaving Lanesboro at 7am. The bus will travel via Scramogue, Rooskey and Carrick on Shannon. As the bus booked is from Farrelly’s and will leave Kenagh at 6.40am and will also pick up at Derryhaun at 6.50am.

Anyone wishing to make a booking should contact Mary at 043 33 21969.

Thank You

The committee organising the recent church gate collection in Lanesboro on behalf of St Christopher’s would like to thank everyone that contributed for their most generous donations.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

A very enjoyable day was had by a large contingent of local golfers at Portumna Golf Course on Thursday last June 26.

The front nine with a great score of 20 points was won by Mick Healy, the back nine with 18 points went to Peter Day; 3rd on 37 points net was John James O’Shea, second with a good 39 points went to Joe Conmy, and the first prize was won by Colm Dardis with a superb 41 points. The ladies prize was won by Fiona Gillen on 32 points and nearest the pin on the 18 was won by Paul Farrell. Finally the visitor’s prize went to Niall Culliton with a very good score of 36 points playing off 16 handicap.

The standard scratch score off the yellow markers was 70 on a par 72 course so any scores over 38 points will have to be handed in to player’s own club handicap committee with the SSS details.

The next outing is Captain Michael Brennan’s day at Royal Tara, Golf Course (near Navan, Co Meath) on Wednesday, August 6.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Paddy and Anne Breslin and family, Ballyclare Court on the death last week of Paddy’s brother Oliver Breslin, Ardara, Co. Donegal.

Ruairí wins Car

Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union held their car draw on Friday evening last June 27 at their Credit Union office in Ballyleague. The first prize of a Hyundai i20 was won by Ruairí Wyse, The Green. The second prize of €2,000 was won by Rita Greene, Rathcline, 3rd Prize €1,000 James O’Neill, Cloontuskert, 4th prize €500, Geraldine Linnane, The Green, 5t prize €250 Seamus Oates, Gardenstown, 6th prize €250 Eileen Mc Weeney, Mountdillon, 7th prize €250 Maura Harold, Main Street, and 8th prize €250 Conor Casey, Rathcline Road.

New Courses at Lanesboro CC

This coming 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 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


We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Walter Henry and family, Gurteengar on the death last weekend of Walter’s brother John Henry, Cloonacool, Co Sligo.

Youth Service Summer Camp

The County Longford Youth Service Summer camp will take place in Lanesboro from Monday to Friday, July 14 - 18 daily from 2pm to 5pm. To gain more information or to book your place at the camp you are invited to ring 043-3340907.


We would like to extend our deepest to Louis, Margaret, Bridget, Michael (USA) and Padraig (Australia) Mullooly, Lehery on the death of their mother’s sister Kate Yorke, Toome, Ballymahon at the weekend.

Men’s Shed Open Day

Friday, July 4 is the date set for the first annual open day and barbeque at the Ballyleague and Lanesboro Men’s Shed group’s Community Garden. All are invited to attend for a special evening from 6pm to 10pm. The garden is off the car park at the back of Sorohan’s Lifebelt Bar. Food will be served at 7.30pm. The Men’s shed group is starting a new boat building class in the autumn and more details will be available at the Open day.

Ballyleague Village Renewal

River bank Flag Day on July 12 in Ballyleague and Lanesboro. After last year’s very successful Flag Day bucket collection the Village Renewal group lodged nearly €2,000 in the Credit Union towards the river bank development. Thankfully the contract for the project is now awarded. Gibbons Civil Engineering & Building Contractors from Westport, county Mayo will do the €300,000 job and work will commence in the next week or so but the community is still raising funds to complete the project and on Saturday, July 12 are once again staging the annual bucket collection and ticket draw around the town at various locations.

Ballyleague Village Renewal & Tidy Towns have to raise €35,000 for the river bank development so your support is very much appreciated.

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