Anyone interested in a talk on composting, please email Ned at or leave a message at 043-3321401. Whether the event will take place or not will depend on numbers, as will the venue.

Fr. Larney Presentation

On Friday, 19th September there will be a presentation for Fr. Larney Shine who was recently moved from the parish. The event will commence with Mass at 7pm in the Church of the Holy Rosary followed by refreshments in Ballyleague Hall.

Bright Prospects

Over the past few months there has been great work happening on both sides of the bridge further enhancing our area. No, I am not talking about the great work being done by the Tidy Towns committees on both sides of the bridge. What I am referring to is the speed of work happening on the Lanesboro side at the new fire station, which was scheduled to be finished late in the year or into the New Year. Judging by its presence appearance it will be completed in the very near future. The new fire station was an essential necessity for the fire fighters who do so much tremendous unseen and sometimes unnoticed work year in year out. Due to the need for greater essential equipment, it created the demand for a larger fire station and they will be, very soon, duly rewarded. On the Ballyleague side, the work on the river bank development has been astounding and it is wonderful to see such work being done both in further enhancing the beauty of the Shannon banks. The new wall along the back creates a great beauty as you look from the Shannon bank on the Lanesboro side. When this work is completed it will create a wonderful visual impact along with it being a great attraction. In recent weeks, I have been informed of plans, if they come to fruition will create a great excitement in the area over the coming years. Discussions are at early stages and we hope that the discussions will prove fruitful and the area will begin to prosper once again. It is a long time since there has been such prospect in the area. For too long, we have been on the back foot in terms of new developments. Let us hope that this will bring both life and vibrancy back to the area and create a quality of work that will mean that no longer will all our young people have to leave to find work.

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.

Defibrillator Course

A new defibrillator course will take place in the very near future. There will also be a refresher course. Following the recent events at a football match in Derry the need for everyone to have training in the use of a defibrillator was never more highlighted. You never know the time or the hour that your training in the use of a defibrillator will be required and your ability to save a life. Leave your name and phone number into O’Brien’s and you will be notified of the date of the course. It is also important that those who need to do their refresher course also give in their names.

Cork connections

What has the Lord Mayor of Cork, the Cork senior football captain and the parish of Kilgefin got in common? The Lord Mayor of Cork is Mrs Mary Shields is mother of the Cork senior football captain Michael Shields and she is a close relation to the Mrs. May Fitzpatrick, Cappagh and her family, Joe, Kilrooskey, Maura McCormack, Gortgallon, Kathleen and Nuala both living in Dublin.

Need for accommodation

Over the summer season and as late as Wednesday last a good number of people seeking accommodation called to the shop or phoned seeking accommodation in Lanesboro. It was with a heavy heart that they had to be told that we had no accommodation in the town. It would be wonderful if some people started Bed and Breakfast businesses, satisfying the needs of the many people that want to stay in Lanesboro and Ballyleague. There are many local people returning to visit Lanesboro and Ballyleague but they can only come on a day trip as there is no place to overnight. Last weekend, a North Lough Regatta took place over the weekend where there was a need for accommodation in the town. With renewed interest in the area, creating an expectant excitement there is a greater need for accommodation for those people coming to the area.

Mens Club reopens

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.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Johnny and Kathleen Kyne and family, Rathcline on the death last week of Johnny’s brother, Tommy Kyne, Mullinalaghta.

5k on Wednesday

The final race in the Ros 5k series will take place here in Lanesboro on this 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.

Vital Phone number

What can be a very vital number to have in every household is the out of hours service by MIDOC. If you need to avail of the out of hours service then you should locall 1850 302 702. The MIDOC service is available, Monday to Friday between the hours of 6pm and 8am and on weekends and public holidays from 8am to 8am.

Bring and Buy Sale

A bring and buy sale will take place at the Roscommon Disability Support Group Dale Centre, Derrane, on Friday, 12th September from 11am to 5pm. People can donate unwanted items to the RSG table. You are invited to go along and support the bring and buy or you can make a donation of €15 which is the cost of a table at the sale. To book a table please contact Mary Ganley 090 66 25852 ext 230.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Padraig, Michael, Louis, Margaret and Brigid Mullooly, Lehery, on the death last week of Mick Yorke, Toome, Ballymahon.

GAA Lotto

The Rathcline GAA lottery draw took place on Saturday night last, 6th September and the numbers drawn were 6, 9, 11, 21, 33 and 38. There was nobody with four numbers and the jackpot of €1,800 remains not won. There was one unlucky member who had three of the four numbers. The four winners of the €25 were Mark Casey, Lehery, Frank and Mairead Nally, Roscommon, Mary Kelly, Rathcline Road and Frank Curley, Ballyleague. The lotto jackpot will now rise to €1,900 for the draw on Saturday night next. The club thanks everyone for their great support.


Rainbows is a support group programme – non denominational – for children who are grieving a death, separation or painful loss. The programme will commence on Wednesday 24th September in the Family Centre, Longford from 6pm to 7pm. Booking is essential and should be made on or before Friday 19th September. Bookings can be made by phoning 043 33 46827.

Community Games

Congratulations to our Under 13 Project competition entrants, Áine Kennelly and Patrick Smith. Áine and Patrick presented a project entitled “The Role of the Internet” and won a 4th Place Medal at the recent National Finals of the Community Games in Athlone. Many hours were spent preparing this project at Lanesboro Library and as well as displaying it, the team ably presented it to judges and explained their work. The project will be displayed in the Library in early October and all are welcome to come and see their wonderful work.

Well done to our athletes and our artist who took part in the finals also – Orla Keane, Kieran O’Dowd, Stephen O’Dowd, Éanna McGrath and Eabha Healy. While there were no medals for Lanesboro in the track and field or art events this year they should be proud of their achievement in representing County Longford. Nine Lanesboro swimmers represented County Longford and acquitted themselves very well. We had individual and relay swimmers: Seadna Ryan, Duileach Ryan, Mischa Kajan, Ernie Brunt, Evan Chalmers, Hazel Johnston, Jane Dowd, Áine Kennelly and Orla Ryan. To everyone’s delight Duileach Ryan came away with a silver medal, a huge achievement for him and for Longford. Many thanks to Teresa Ryan for training and mentoring the swimmers in Athlone and for several weeks in advance of the finals. Thanks also to all of the parents for their support.


We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Walter and Carmel Burke and family, Cloontuskert, on the recent death of Walters’s sister, Eva McCarthy, Oranmore, Co. Galway.

Thank You

The defibrillator group would like to thank everyone that contributed to their recent church gate collection. Your support will mean a huge amount to those unfortunate enough to necessitate the defibrillator.

Championship time

Good luck to the Rathcline Ladies who play Clonguish in the Senior B championship final in Pearse Park on Sunday next at 2pm. St. Faithleach’s seniors will take on Roscommon Gaels in the quarter final on Saturday next in Kiltoom at 7pm. We hope that there will be great support for both teams over the weekend and we look forward to successful results in the quest for championship glory.

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 If you would like to give an hour or two of your time, the Care Service is seeking volunteers and if you can help out do not hesitate to contact the centre or Margaret Bourke, Rathcline Road 090 66 25852/6625877.


Many congratulations to Louise Carroll, daughter of Sean and Anne Carroll, Tullyvrane, and Pierre Boudin on their most recent engagement.

Saturday night disruption

On Saturday night last the peace of the town of Lanesboro was shatter by two hideous acts. The first was on Main Street where the window at Xlntee was shattered in the early hours of the morning. The second was in Church View – a very quiet residential estate – where a car was severely damaged and a large ceramic pot was thrown through the window of a house in a totally unprovoked attack. The occupants of the house, a lady and her two daughters were left terrified during the events. If you have any knowledge of either incident please contact Lanesboro Gardai 3321102 of Longford Gardai 3350570. It is imperative that the peace and tranquillity of our area should never be threatened and your information to the Gardai will ensure that the like should never occur again.


Matsubauashi Shorin Ryu International Lanesboro will resume its training for the forthcoming year on Monday next, 15th September. As a lot of students continued to train over the summer months, grading will take place over the next month or two. The times for the classes are: children 6.30 to 7.30pm. Teenager/Adults from 7.30 to 9.30pm. All newcomers are very welcome. For further information you are asked to contact, instructor, Kevin Mc Kenna, 4th Dan, at 086-0807072 or email

Traditional Music Classes

Mary Jo Fitzpatrick and Michael Cully are hoping to set up classes in Lanesboro staring on Wednesday, 15th September. There will be several classes - 1. Complete beginners Whistles, 2. Improvers – you can play D and G scale and thus begin learning harder tunes – any treble instrument, 3. Advanced – prepare tunes for playing at Seisiún’s, Fleadhs, etc., 4. Adult classes if there is enough interest. It is hoped that in time there will be seisiúns for the students and of course concerts. For more information, please phone 087-9840411.

Irish Dancing Lessons

The O’Reilly/Bransfield School of Irish Dancing have resumed classes in Ballyleague Hall after the summer break. Class is every Monday 6pm - 7pm all new pupils welcome. Any enquires please text Carole on 087 7181698.

Youth Service ‘Drop In’

County Longford Youth Service “Drop in” returns to the Co Op Hall Lanesboro on 13th September at 6pm after the Summer Break. The Drop In is open to all young people of secondary school age and provides a safe and secure environment for over 80 young people in the Lanesboro and Ballyleague area. If you are interested in finding out more about the Drop in or would like to volunteer contact County Longford Youth Service on 043-3340907.

Rathcline Ladies

On Saturday last the ladies footballers played Colmcille in the senior B championship. The ladies were 5 points down at half time but on the resumption of the game the effort increased as did the football and in the end they over turned the half time deficit to win their way into the final with four points to spare. They will now play the final on Sunday next in Farneyhoogan at 12 noon where they will take on Clonguish. Good luck ladies. In case you were not aware the clothes collection is back up and running and if you have clothes you want to dispose off give Mike or Madaleine a ring and they will arrange collection or drop off.