Historical Re-enactment

Historical Re-enactment

It is proposed to have historical reenactment of a 19th century event that occurred in Lanesboro involving Parnell. The idea has recently been mooted and if there is an interest then the proposers are hoping that a great day can be held in Lanesboro with this reenactment. This is an all-encompassing event involving both sides of the bridge and to hear the history of the 19th century event alone is hugely interesting. If you are interested in getting involved in the discussion group you are asked to give your name into Martina or Joe O’Brien in the shop and they will pass on all the names. You can call in or phone 3321107 or email

Rathcline Lottery

The numbers drawn on Saturday night last for the Rathcline lotto were 5, 12, 19, 21, 29 and 45. There was nobody with four of the numbers and the jackpot of €1000 was not won. The four winners of the €25 prizes were Tom Nolan, Derryadd, Killashee; Pat and Eileen Mullen, Moher; Pat Connelly, Gurteengar and Gerry O’Donnell, Curraghroe. The jackpot will have another €100 added for Saturday night raising the pool to €1,100.

Donor Awareness Week

The Irish Kidney Association collection raised €1,465.60 in Lanesboro on Saturday 29th March. A sincere thank you to everyone for your generosity and continuing support.

Thank You

Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union would like to thank everyone who supported their Daffodil Day. The “guess the sweets” competition generated great interest, and the actual number of sweets in the jar was 97. The winner was Gabriel Duffy, with 98. The Credit Union staff are delighted that the sum of €370.00 was raised and will now be sent to the Irish Cancer Society. The committee and staff would like to thank all their members.

Social Services Whist

The monthly Whist Drive in aid of Lanesboro Social Services will take place on this coming Friday night, 4th April in St. Mary’s parish hall at 8.30pm. Whist is a card game that all card players can get the hang off very quickly and it is very popular with all ages. It is a game that generates lots of fun while playing. Come along this Friday night and get into the swing of Whist and support Lanesboro Social Services that continues to work so very hard in our community. Your contribution by attending and playing is a tremendous support to the committee.


Congratulations to Ray Donlon, Church View and Leanne McDermott, Strokestown on the birth last week of a baby boy.


It is hard to fathom out the minds of people when they embark on a series of destruction. Along the banks of the Shannon as you walk on the path from the bridge you come to a marble seating erected in 2008 by Shannonside Heritage group and Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op in memory of the 35 that were drowned in a boating accident as they made their way to the Fair Day in Lanesboro in 1701 and also to the memory of all those that have lost their lives in the River Shannon in the area. The seating was always used by those – both young and old - walking along the river bank. It was a popular meeting and chatting area and as you would pass there was always great hilarity when the young people congregated there. Some people in their wrong minds on the weekend, (Friday 21st –Sunday 23rd March), decided to smash up the seating and the table top and do a huge amount of damage. This is not in any way acceptable within any community, not alone ours, and if anyone knows anything at all about this vandalism can the contact the local Gardaí. Please let us try and rid this kind of thuggery and mindless behaviour from our community. It cannot and should not ever be accepted that this behaviour ever goes on in our community. Let us ensure that the rigors of the law are brought to bear on those thugs. No stone should be left unturned to identify the thugs that did this damaged and spoiled so much for so many people.

Foróige returns

For a long time Foróige was a very active club in our community and for some reason it was allowed to lapse. There is a recognition that the young people of Lanesboro and Ballyleague deserve to have an active club in their community. For that reason an information evening will take place in Lanesboro Community College on Friday 11th April at 8pm with the view to setting up Lanesboro/Ballyleague Foróige Club. The organisers invite all parents of young people 12 - 18 years and potential adults volunteers interested in setting up of a Foróige Club are welcome to attend and support this meeting. Foróige Clubs offer young people the opportunity to run the club themselves in cooperation with their adult volunteers, learn new things, make friends and have a great time along the way. To find out more about Foróige you can log into their website alternatively you can contact Megan Depinna Regional Youth Officer on 086 2566480 or by email at for more information.”

Lanesboro got lots of Talent

This is going to be one of the best night’s ever in St. Mary’s Parish Hall. Rehearsals are continuing apace and anyone that looked in to see what was happening have been thoroughly amazed at the quality of the variety that the Shannon Gaels minor club is putting on Saturday week 12th April at 8.30pm. Tickets in O’Brien’s and Cullen’s are selling very fast at €10 and you should not delay in getting yours. The youthful Paul Prior, son of Ciaran and Jacqui, will feature on the piano. Gerard Farrell will sing solo, the hugely popular Shannon Gaels choir, and various Search for a Star acts will also take part. Lacuna, a young and extremely popular young band playing a wide mixture of country, Irish and pop will also take to the stage to entertain everyone. The main feature of the evening will be a special version of Mrs. Brown’s Boys featuring the Fayne brothers Alan and Colin, Carmel Linnane, Claire Costello, Mark Cary, Darragh Byrne, Niall Keane, Lauren Guinan and Shane Kenny. MC on the night will be Mickie Farrell who in his own inimitable way will keep the show on the road.

Below, a scene from the Mrs. Brown sketch featuring Mark Casey and Alan Fayne as the hen.

photo (3)Clothes Collection

If you have old clothes and bed linen that you no longer require you can give them to the Rathcline Ladies club who are presently doing a clothes collection. You can drop them off with Mike Greene on the Green or contact Mike or Madaleine Murray to arrange collection


Congratulations to the Men’s Grade five team who overcame Mullingar in the final to win the Midlands League on Thursday, 27th March in Ballymore. Well done to Francis Casey, Mark Bermingham, Keith and Niall Healy on their victory. Two great wins in a week, well done to all.


Lanesboro Ballyleague Community Childcare Service Ltd., recently their annual general meeting. The following are the officers elected for the coming year; Chairperson: Penny Farrell, Secretary: Karen Johnston, Treasurer: Sinead Farrell, parents representatives: Bernie Casey and Brid Gordon. The committee would like to thank the outgoing members: Brigid Mullooly, Teresa Fallon, and Helen Johnston for their hard work, commitment, dedication and loyalty to Lanesboro Ballyleague childcare of the past number of years. The service has grown and developed over the years and has gone from strength to strength and they look forward to many more years of continued success. If you need to find out more about the services that are provided please contact Teresa Ormsby 043 33 30957 during school hours.

Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday night last 26th March are: 1st Gemma Douglas and Mary Casey, 2nd Loretto Cooney and Freda Kenny, 3rd Frank and Frances Brennan and 4th Bernadette Clancy and Mary McGushin.

Tea/Coffee morning

A tea and coffee morning in aid of Western Alzheimer will take place at the home of Maureen and John Gibbons, Kilrooskey, on Saturday next from 12 noon to 3pm. Your support will be greatly appreciated.