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

Credit Union AGM

Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union 46th annual general meeting will be held on Tuesday night next, 17th June at 8.30p.m. in Sorohan’s Lifebelt, Ballyleague. All members are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served and a draw will take place for members present.

Mass for Sisters of Mercy

Bishop Francis Duffy will celebrate a Mass to mark the departure of the Sisters of Mercy from Lanesboro after 62 years in Lanesboro. The Mass will take place on this Friday 13th June in St. Mary’s Church at 7pm. Please notify everyone you know that may have left the area or attended the national or secondary school down through the years as they may like to come back for this special Mass.

All Ireland Champions

Two local brothers played leading roles in the securing of the Lory Meagher Cup for Longford in Croke Park on Saturday last. Rory and Eoin Donnellan, sons of PJ and Joan Donnellan got the reward their performances deserved and it is fitting for the two lads who dedicated themselves for a long number of years to hurling in Longford.

New Courses

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 Outdoor Pursuit course will include outdoor recreation, outdoor leadership and safety, adventure activities, hillwalking proficiency, teamworking, work experience and communication. As you can see it is a wide and varied course and it is a course full of potential. Following the successful completion of this course there is the opportunity to go on to a 3rd level degree course at GMIT Castlebar and Shackleton College, Dublin. The second course is a PLC course in Music. This course includes modules in music performance, musicianship, music theory and practice, music industry studies, graphic design, communications and work experience. This course covers all aspects of music and following a successful completion of the course there is the great opportunity to progress to a wide variety of colleges to complete your music degree: A.I.T., W.I.T., Tralee and Dundalk I.T. and Limerick I.T. There are career opportunities in music performance, production and promotion.

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 for both courses or in case of The Outdoor Recreation course you can also contact Deirdre 086-1952663

Local Championship Begins

All roads will lead to Strokestown on Sunday evening next when St. Faithleach’s open their senior championship campaign with a tough challenge against Strokestown. The fact that the opening game happens to be a local derby only adds spice to what be a tightly fought game with a lot of local pride at stake. There is little or nothing between the sides with both of them in joint fourth place in the league which will ensure a tight close game. It is expected that a huge number of club supporters along with a big representation from the Rathcline parish will be in attendance to support and cheer the Faithleach’s players to victory. The throw in is timed for 6.45pm so there is no excuse to miss cheering on St. Faithleach’s.

Badminton Club

This Wednesday evening, 11th June in Mullingar Badminton Hall, the AGM of the Midlands League will take place. Club members are encouraged to attend the meeting as it is the opportunity to voice your comments and concerns, if you have any. Representation form the club is encouraged.

Harvest Festival

The Harvest festival committee will host a Table Quiz in the Peer Inn on this coming Friday night at 9pm. A table of four will cost €40. The proceeds of the night will go to a fantastic organisation that does so much amazing work, St. Christopher’s Longford. Go along and make a very special night for the Harvest Festival committee and St. Christopher’s.

Mark is new Lord Mayor

For the next 12 months, not only will be privileged to have two councillors, but Friday last, 6th June was a momentous evening in the Longford County Council chambers when Mark Casey was elected to be Mayor of Longford county. This is a historic event for Mark as it is for the county as it has been a long time since there has been a mayor of the full county. Following the recent abolition of the town councils of Longford and Granard, Mark will assume the mayorship for the full county. It is a momentous day for Mark, his wife Bernie, sons Brein, Cormac, daughter Niamh, mother Mae, relatives and friends. We congratulate Mark and wish him every success for a wonderful year ahead.

Community Childcare Service

The Lanesboro Ballyleague Community Childcare Service would like to thank the parishioners of Lanesboro, Ballyleague, Ballagh, and Curraghroe who generously contributed towards their recent church gate collection. They would also like to thank everyone that helped in carrying out the collection on their behalf. Your support in the form of contributions was greatly appreciated.

There are a limited number of places remaining for their pre-school year commencing in September 2014 (free preschool). There are also some places remaining for the playgroup, for children who will be starting preschool in September 2015. The afterschool service will commence again in September. This service is open from 2pm to 6pm and includes a hot meal and supervised provision for homework. If you are interested in enrolling your child in any of the above services or want to make further inquiries, you are invited to phone Teresa at 043 33 30957, if there is no answer leave your details on the answering machine and teresa will get back to you. You can also contact Teresa by email:

Rathcline Lotto

On Saturday night last, 7th June, the lottery numbers for the Rathcline GAA lotto took place for a jackpot of €500. There was nobody with four numbers, in fact there was nobody with three either. The four winners of the €25 prizes were Michael J Farrell, Lehery; Sean Mimnagh, Ballyleague; John Mc Cormack, 59 The Green and Joe Prunty, Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh.


Cemetery Sunday will take place at the three cemeteries in the parish commencing on Sunday, 6th July in Rathcline followed by Lanesboro on 13th and Clonbonny on 20th July. It is up to everyone with family plots in each cemetery to tend to their family plot and ensure that everything is in pristine condition for this blessing of our family graves.

Old photographs wanted

Lanesboro Library is holding an exhibition during the summer on World War One and would love to hear from anyone with local stories, photographs or memories of people who fought in the war. Contact Stella 0433321291 or email


An Irish language summer course (Siamsa) will take place from Monday 7th July to Friday 11th July on Gaelscoil Longfoirt. The course will take place from 9.30am to 3pm each day and will cater for students from second class to first year in second level. Further information and application forms are available from Yvonne Ní Mhurchú at the Gaelscoil in Farneyhoogan or phone 087-2642665.

Lough Ree AC

Sligo I.T. was the venue for the Connaught U9 to U12 athletic championships on Saturday last. Twenty plus youngsters travelled to the Sligo venue with quite a few adults. The club went ‘more in hope than in confidence” as this fixture is based on a twosome team competition (except U12 age group). The club, having a small population base, one can have an outstanding athlete (and we had) but to have two, doing the same event and in the same age group, is against all the odds. The youngsters were informed, if they achieved, a personal best, whether it brought them 1st or 21st they should be pleased. Bye and large, the day followed that course. Victoria Jedrych had her best throw in the U11 Turbo Javelin. In the U12 High Jump, Alannah Flood (4th) went out at 2.12cm, the three left in medal positions failed at 2.14cm, while Aoife Kennelly won her heat in the 60m U11. Better was to come! Aoife teamed up with Aisling O’Dowd in the 300m and got silver medals for the 2nd team. This “Kennelly kid” is something else! She had the second fastest time in the 60m sprint and the fastest time in the 300m (girl’s event). Indeed, only two boys ran faster. A pleasant surprise, as it is a while since the club figured so prominently in a middle distance event. Then to crown the day, the amplification announces that our “pocket battleship” Róisín Brennan was second in the Turbo Javelin. When the Turbo Javelin was introduced two years ago instead of the Ball throw, Róisín bought her own javelin, need we say more? That being said, Rachael Donlon could not have been far behind. Compliments to Padraic O’Dowd for covering the Co. Longford Community Games Art competition in the morning and then proceeding on to Sligo. It was a very long day for all, yet time had to be made to visit Supermacs on the way home as well as the visit to the soldier on horseback outside Boyle. Next Saturday the older age groups will be in action at the same Sligo venue.

Triathlon Club – Aquathon

On Wednesday week, 18th June, the Lanesboro Triathlon Club will host an Aquathon event which is part of the Midland Interclub Series (Aquathon series between Lanesboro, Longford, Midland and Athlone Triathlon Clubs). Individual and relay entrants are welcome. Now in its 3rd year, the Aquathon is a 750m swim followed by a 5k run. Registration closes at 7pm and the swim start shall take place at 7:30pm in the lake beside the duck pond. The run is an out and back route which shall head towards the quarry and exit out onto the Rathcline road, and proceed to a turnaround point shortly before Harold’s Cross. We welcome locals to come out and support the athletes and enjoy the buzz of the event. Can we also please request that all motorists take extra caution travelling the Rathcline road on the evening of 18th June between 7:30 and 9pm, as many runners will be on the route. There shall be refreshments and prize giving in the Co-op hall afterwards. The triathlon fever is really building around the town these days, as the club is also currently very busy preparing for our upcoming Triathlon and Kidathon events on July 12th. Due to its over whelming popularity, the adult race has already SOLD OUT with 525 plus entrants registered, and a small number of the 125 places are still up for grabs in the kidathon. Our main sponsors for the Triathlon and Kidathon currently include Brennan’s Bread, Waterways Ireland and Mc Sharry Plant Sales. Please see for further information on all races.