Tourism Co-Op

Tourism Co-Op

The committee has decided that it will not be involved in the Christmas lights project in Lanesboro for 2014. The cost of erecting, insuring and ongoing electricity charges of the lights are very high and the committee is not in a financial position to proceed with the Christmas lights this year.

Céilí Mór

On Sunday, 7th December, the Anally Céilí Band will be the visiting band for the Céilí Mór in St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Lanesboro. Céilí dancing is a wonderful way to spend an evening and there is no doubt that on Sunday 7th December there will be a fabulous evening in Lanesboro from 4 to 7pm. It is time to pass on the word and invite all your friends and make this céilí one that will be fondly remembered for a time to come.

€338 for 50/50 winner

The weekly 50/50 draw took place on Monday night last. The winner of the draw received €338. The Killian /Collins kids, Rathcline were the lucky winner. The draw will take place the Yacht Bar on Monday, 24th November. 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.

Mass for Deceased members

There was a huge turnout at the annual Mass for deceased members of the staff of ESB Lanesboro on Wednesday night last. The Mass was celebrated by Fr Michael Reilly and Fr. John McManus. During the Mass the list of 73 past members of ESB staff who died were remembered. I would like to remember them in these notes as the list of both men and women bring back many memories to me and I am sure it will also to the readers of these notes - Bill Martin, Mount Davis, Joe Tinney, Ballyleague, Jack Guinan also known as Big Jack, lodged in 3 Knock, Eugene Gavigan, Ballagh, Tom Connors, Derryadd, Kenagh, Johnny Chalmers, Knock, Dick Mullen, Newtowncashel, Tom Maxwell, Ballyleague, Sammy Fallon, Ballyleague, Tommy Dowd, Longford Town, Henry Brennan, Kilteevan, Pat Casserly, Barnacor, Michael Murray, Four Mile House, Denis O’Donovan, Ballyleague, Michael Fallon, Ballyleague, Packie Hanley, Ballagh, Nicholas Gaughran, Ballyleague, Jimmy Farrell, Ballyleague, Eamon Linnane, The Green, Pat Joe Dunne, Curraghroe, Noel Deffew, Rathcline Road, Jerry O Sullivan, Ballyleague, Mick Cattigan, Curraghroe, Ger Hagan, Knock, Jack Shea, Fermoyle, Johnny Quinn, Cloonadra, Paddy Bolger, Cloontuskert, Tommy Murray, Ballyleague, John McDermott, Strokestown, John Murray, Ballyleague,

Larry Dwyer, Ballyleague, Niall Russell, Ballyleague, Joe Thompson, Ballyleague, Bill Rhatigan, Fermoyle, Paddy Murray, Derrygeel, Tom Mc Weeney, Ballyleague, Malachy Martin, Mountcashel, Paddy Mulcahy, The Green and late Cloontuskert, Sean Eivers, Knock, Tom Scally, Anrattabeg, Joe Gallagher, Knock, Oliver McDonald, Ballyleague, Tommy Shea, Newtowncashel, Joe Casey, The Green, Brian McAteer, Ballyleague, Kevin McWeeney Cloontagh, Joe Boyle, Ballyleague, Jerry O’Connor, Ballyleague, John Reilly, Knock and later Barnacor, Johnny Healy, Newtowncashel, Tommy Cole, Mullingar, Noelie Kenny, Ballyleague, Jimmy Clarke, Knock, Noelie Gibbons, Clonfower, Mary Donlon, Strokestown Road, Gerry Hunt, Ballintubber, Alex McDermott, Lisnacusha, Bridget Coyle, Knock, Johnny Finnegan, Newtowncashel, Bridie Reynolds, Lisinaria, PJ Chapman, Lisnacusha, Tony Mallon, Ballyleague, Pete Gill, Cloonadra, Barney Ross, Knock and later Church View, Jack McConway, Ballyleague, Paddy Reilly, Kilteevan, Frank Finan, Ballintubber, Sean Hyland, Augharana, Sean Kilroy, Main Street, Hugh Bredin, Carrick on Shannon, Paddy Green, Main Street, Mick McGuinness, Rathcline Road and Phonsie Moran, Ballyleague.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Monday 10th November are: N/S: Gross and Nett: 1st Mary Mc Gushin and Renee Walshe, 2nd Mae Casey and Margaret Gillen, 3rd Eileen Kelly and Nancy Dolan E/W: Gross and Nett: 1st Fergal McGuinness and Gertrude Hanley, 2nd Maureen Hynes and Mary Jameson and 3rd Bridie McGrath and Mary Moran.

County Champions

Saturday last, in Pearse Park, proved to be another great day for schools football in the parish when Lanesboro Primary School emerged as champions in the Cumann na mBunscoil Mixed Final. Pearse Park was the venue and Lenamore National School was the opposition. Lanesboro were slow into their stride and allowed Lenamore take an early lead but as the first half wore on they came more and more into the game and by half time were in the lead. Lanesboro powered on in the second half to run out resounding winners. Team captain Kevin Tansey received the cup on behalf of the school and he was also nominated as man of the match. The panel for Lanesboro primary school was Mechal McCarthy, Jack Madigan, Dúileach Ryan, Cormac Casey, Kevin Tansey, Misko Kajan, Orla Lyons, Cillian Cox, Louise Costello, Dwane Geraghty, Tonya O’Brien, Ernie Brunt, Callum Gordon, JJ O’Reilly and Michael Salami.

Oliver the Musical

The Convent of Mercy Secondary School, Roscommon will host their annual musical from Monday 24th November to Saturday 29th November at 8pm. The very popular Oliver will be staged by the students of the school. There will also be a matinee on Saturday 29th at 2.30pm. Bookings can now be made each day from 10am to 3pm. You are invited to ring 086-4418323 to book your seat. As there are many ladies from the area that received their second level education in the Mercy and no doubt they would be anxious to revisit great memories by attending one of the shows.

Dance Partners announced

What promises to be a magical and exciting night is coming closer by the day and the excitement is rising day by day. No matter where we go we see the dancers gathering to practice their routines. As they say practice makes perfect and if that adage is true then Saturday week is really going to be a night never to be forgotten. Don’t miss out on the night in the Radisson Blu Athlone where local talent will be most definitely to the fore. The dance partners have just been announced and the following are the pairings for the big night - Stephen Ormsby and Caroline O’Reilly, Paddy Murray and Susan Linnane, Darragh Hussey and Michelle Killian, James Quigley and Patrice Nolan, Ollie Trimble and Colette Wyse, Gerry Nerney and Claire Egan, Ken Madden and Geraldine Hanley, Brendan Ward and Rita McCormack, Brendan O’Sullivan and Helen O’Donnell, Aaron Madden and Caoilfhionn Thompson, John Coffey and Fidelma Brennan, Michael Carroll and Rachel Collins, Lee Cullen and Jodi Horohoe, Daithi Mulvihill and Ursula Kilcoyne and finally Alan Fayne and Martina Healy. 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 There will be bus taking attendees to Athlone and all you are asked to do is text your name, the number of seats you require to 089-2420497. This is a text only service. The buses will leave from St. Faithleach’s clubhouse at 6pm and from outside St. Mary’s church, Lanesboro also at 6pm.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Brendan and Vera Whitty and family, Clonbonny, on the death on Friday last, 14th November of Brendan’s mother, Mrs Kay Whitty, Ballinea, Mullingar.

Card Drive date change

Traditionally this time of the year we are looking forward to the Anthony Healy Memorial 25 Drive –remembering a great man and character. This year the organisers of the card drive have decided to change the date of the ‘drive’ from December to March. The new date is Friday 13th March 2015. With so many raffles, draws and fundraising events taking place at this time of the year along with the expense of Christmas and Santa Claus the organisers thought it unfair to put another fundraising event into the calendar at this time. The proceeds of the card drive as always goes to the Mayo Roscommon Hospice. The organisers’ looks forward to seeing you all in Clarkes in March and until then they wish you all a wonderful Christmas and special 2015.

Cake Sale

Cloontuskert National School are holding a cake sale after Mass next weekend, in Ballyleague Hall. There will be plenty of delicious home-baked goodies on sale. Please pop in and support.

Community College Open Day

Lanesboro Community College will hold its open day on Thursday next, 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.

Christmas Day Run

The annual Christmas Day Run/Walk from Newtowncashel to Lanesboro will again take place on Christmas Day and sponsorship cards are now available. Since the inception of the Multiple Sclerosis run/walk from Cashel to Lanesboro the numbers have increased no end and now the Christmas morning walk/run has become a great social event. Each year there is outstanding support both by those taking part and also by the increasing numbers who contribute generously through sponsorship. Last year exceeded expectations and it is expected that this year will again be another huge success. The organisers are looking forward to another marvellous turnout on Christmas morning adding greatly to the sense of Christmas. This walk/run is the major Multiple Sclerosis fundraiser each year and your usual most generous support will once again be greatly appreciated. The walkers will commence their journey at 11.45am and the runners will start at 12.15pm. Sponsorship cards are available from O’Brien’s, Brigid Mullooly, Jimmy Flood or any of the organising committee.


Many congratulations to Padraig Murray and Olive Kenny on the recent birth of a baby boy.


The marriage took place at St. Mary’s church, Lanesboro of Rachael Donlon, daughter of Bridie and the late Tommy Donlon, Thureen and Thomas Gibbons, son of Patrick Gibbons, Teffia Park, Longford. The chief bridesmaid was Tracey Reilly, partner of the bride’s brother. Bestman was father of the groom Patrick Gibbons. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr Tom Murray, St. Mel’s. The wedding reception took place at the Fatted Calf, Glasson. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded bliss.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Dolores and Benny McCabe and family, Church View on the death last week of Peter Harlick, Manchester, brother of Dolores.

Bridge Results

The results for the Lanesboro Bridge club bridge competition held on Wednesday night last, 12th November are; N/S 1st Philomena Walsh and Mike Flynn, 2nd Frank and Francis Brennan, 3rd Loretto Cooney and Freda Kenny. E/W 1st Una Lawlor and Brid Mc Dermott, 2nd Gemma Douglas and Elish Gray and 3rd Eileen Kelly and Una Clarke.

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.

Cross Country Running

Last Saturday the Roscommon Championship was the final cross country run for most of our athletes. Apologies for the short notice but that was out of our control as Roscommon County Board should ideally have staged the Roscommon Cross Country in advance of the Connaught competition. Both the day and the course were much more manageable than the previous week. Several of our younger athletes had their first taste of cross country running and they thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Among the medal winners were Daniel Hogan, Owen Cox, James Mimnagh and Cormac O’Dowd and for the girls Aoife Kennelly and Aisling O’Dowd. Surprise of the day was Ella Hogan who ran a great race in the Under 11 girls to beat Shauna Mimnagh, a formidable and experienced cross country runner into third place. In the boy’s race in the same age group, Cian Walton who is improving with every run also secured a silver medal. Both Alannah Flood and Kieran O’Dowd secured gold medals in their respective age groups. Other medal winners were Orla Cox, Caoilinn Flood and the back to form Roisin Brennan. Finally, best wishes to Alannah Flood who is a member of the Connaught squad in the All Ireland U12 Cross Country in Dundalk next week.

Tidy Towns

The programme of work has started for next year’s Tidy Towns competition. Planting of a thousand wild roses, kindly sponsored by Waterways Ireland, on the river bank at the parish hall and the planting of daffodils around the Longford approach road stone sign has been completed in recent weeks. A new path/cycleway has been completed in recent weeks on the Longford Road. It is hoped to plant a row of 35 trees along this route similar to the Ballymahon road. We would be very grateful if people/families could consider sponsoring a tree for €20. The trees will be native species and it is hoped to plant them by the first week of December. If you would like to help us with this project, please let one of the committee know or contact the office at 043 3321977.In preparation for next year’s tidy towns programme, a public meeting is scheduled for Thursday 27 Nov in St Mary’s Hall at 830pm. The meeting will last one hour and the objective of the meeting to get your opinion on what you would like to see improved/started in Lanesborough. We urge you and the many clubs/organisations in Lanesborough to attend; your input will make a huge difference to the Tidy Town’s campaign.

Shane Brennan 5K

Shane Brennan was a young man, from Newtownforbes who lost his life in 2005 following a tragic accident. His memory has never been allowed to dim and as a matter of fact memorial events in his name have raised much money for very worthy causes in the past 9 years. On St. Stephen’s Day 26th December there will be a 5K run/walk in Newtownforbes commencing with the walk at 12.45 and the run at 1pm. Registration at the Clonguish GAA Complex from 11am. Registration is €15 on the day or €10 online at The proceeds of this run/walk will go to the Attic House Teen Project in Longford Town. The Attic Youth café has been sited at the Temperance Hall since 2006. It is for young people between the ages of 12 and 18. It has been a remarkable success, so much so that they saw an opportunity for the club to be totally inclusive. The project was to buy and renovate a house on the Ballinalee Road. This would make the club totally inclusive and especially be wheelchair accessible. The proposed new centre will be equipped with a recording studio, sound room, computer club, demo kitchen, meeting rooms, café area, offices, rooms for group work, individual meeting rooms and an all-weather sports area. Attic Youth Café has received much acclaim and awards since its inception and wherever you can help to make their dream possible you are invited to do so. The Attic Youth Café is for and about the young people of Longford and these young people are making sacrifices towards their goal to ensure that everything is possible and we should encourage and support.

Charity Calendar

The Ballyleague & Lanesborough Area Mens Shed appealed to six local clubs to play their part in a special Christmas charity calendar for St Christopher’s Services and Pieta House West. The men and women of the Rathcline, St Faithleachs and Killashee St Brigid’s GAA clubs responded positively and teamed up with members of the Tri Lanesborough Triathlon club, the Mens Shed members themselves, the staff of Daybreak in Ballyleague and body building super star Gerard Masterson to pose and give us a calendar that will certainly be remembered. The result of it all will be there for everybody to see this coming weekend when the finished product ‘Nearly Nude on the Shannon 2015’ will be launched in the local area. The new calendar will cost 10 euro to buy and proceeds will go to St Christopher’s Services and Pieta House West. Calendars will be on sale this weekend at all shops in the area after the official launches that are taking place in the Lifebelt Bar, Ballyleague on Saturday night (November 22nd) at 10.30pm and Adie Farrell’s Swan Tavern Bar, Lanesborough on Sunday evening (November 23) at 8pm. You are invited to attend at the launch events - where representatives of the charities and well-known local personalities will be in attendance. To order a calendar ring 0433327691 or e mail:

Tennis Coaching

Continues for children aged 5 to 12 years old every Saturday night in Ballyleague Hall. 24 children have now joined coaching with Tennis Ireland level 2 coach Richard Turner who is fully Garda vetted and approved. Children under 8 are coached from 6 to 7pm. The older children are welcome to attend from 7-8pm and the best part - coaching only costs five euro per child. The senior coaching continues every Sunday morning at the tennis court in the marina in Ballyleague from 9.30am to 10.30am. There are now 14 taking part in this session every week and beginners are welcome . 5 euro fee per session. The tennis club is very thankful to Ronie Masterson and Irish Pallets Systems/Vesey family for their kind sponsorship towards new equipment for the club. A church gate collection will be held at the church of the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague on November 29th and 30th. Please support. For more info e mail:

Free Insulation

Longford Warmer Homes provides free attic insulation, cavity wall insulation and energy advice to elderly and disadvantaged home owners throughout the county that meet certain criteria. Longford Warmer Homes also carries out work for the elderly as part of the Care & Repair Scheme. Longford Warmer Homes is trying to make people throughout Co. Longford aware that this free service is available. Longford Warmer Homes have both a website and Facebook page and if you visit this site you will be able to see if you are eligible for FREE Attic & Cavity insulation before the winter rush sets in. Call 043 3393255

Charity Swim Presentation


Pictured above: Andree Gallagher, Sean Farrell, James Gallagher, John Compton (Lanesboro Tri Club) presenting to Michael Cleary Join Our Boys Trust)

At a recent presentation, Lanesboro Tri club was delighted to hand over a cheque for €8,765 to Join Our Boys Trust, funds raised from the Charity Swim held back in August. The club organised a 3.5km (nearly Ironman distance) sponsored swim from Kilnacarrow Bridge to Lanesboro on Bank Holiday Monday in which over 80 swimmers took part. All funds have now been paid over to the charity’s fundraising committee where it will be put to great use in the fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and to support Archie, George and Isaac as they deal with the impact of this terrible disease. The club would like to thank everyone involved, to those who raised the sponsorship, those who volunteered their time and energy in boats and kayaks, those who served up a great spread of food in the hall, the list goes on. It would be impossible to host an event like this without the continued goodwill and support for which we are deeply thankful.

Lanesboro Tri Club

Club AGM: Thanks to everyone who attended our very successful AGM on Sat 8th November. It was very refreshing to see so many members interested in taking on positions, and the many more who are interested in getting involved in sub-committees as the year progresses. The newly formed training committee is busy planning the timetable of training for the year. The best of luck to all the members on the eagerly awaited season ahead.

Best of luck to our Chairperson: Recently our Chairperson ‘James Gallagher’ who was appointed as ‘Leinster Representative on the Board of Triathlon Ireland’. James new role is to ensure that the views of Leinster are represented on the board of Triathlon Ireland. It is of great benefit to our club to have a representative on the board, so we are always kept up to speed with any governing body plans or changes. We wish James all the best in his role.

Calendar Launch: Well done to members of the club who recently took part in a photo-shoot for the “Nearly Nude on the Shannon Calendar 2015”. There will be a launch night in the Lifebelt Bar (An Crios Tarrthála) “Sorohan’s and Adie’s next weekend Saturday November 22nd and Sunday November 23rd. All proceeds going to St Christopher’s Services and Bring Pieta House West. Cost of calendars: €10. To order a copy email Strictly Over the Bridge: Best of luck to members who are taking part in the very worthwhile fundraiser, Strictly Over the Bridge. A lot of rehearsing is now taking place and we are sure that the night will be very entertaining.