Funeral Mass

Funeral Mass

Back in January 4th, one of our former residents, June O’Neill, formerly of the Green, died in New York. We all have fond memories of the O’Neill family who were an integral part of our community for so long. On Monday next 25th August June’s Funeral Mass will take place in St. Mary’s church at 11am.Following her Funeral Mass interment will take place in Clonbonny cemetery.

Back to School Youth Disco

A back to school youth disco will take place on this Friday night, 22nd August in Club 3 Roscommon from 9.45pm to 12.15am. The DJ on the night will be Yazoo and the event will be fully supervised. Admission is €10.


The marriage took place on Friday, 25th July at the Church of Mary Immaculate Queen, Barna, Co. Galway of Rory Donnellan, son of P.J. and Joan Donnellan, Rathcline Road and Breda Atkinson, daughter of Beatrice and Gerry Atkinson, Athenry, Co. Galway. Bestman was Eoin Donnellan, brother of the groom and groomsmen were Alvin Baxter, school and college friend of the groom and Darren Kenny friend of the groom. Matron of Honour was Rosemary Dunne, sister of the bride and bridesmaids were Maria Joyce and Cliodhna Martin, both friends of the bride. The pageboy was Anthony Dunne, nephew of the bride. The chief celebrant was Fr. Robert McNamara, friend of the bride, assisted by Fr. Sean Kilcoyne, friend of the bride and Fr. Michael O’Reilly, Lanesborough. The wedding reception took place in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded bliss.

Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival will take place, this year, in Newtowncashel on Sunday week 31st August. On Friday night next 22nd August in Gav’s Bar, Kenagh, the official Press night will take place at 9.30. The committee welcomes everyone to come along and be part of the launch of this year’s festival.

Finally, you are reminded to come along to support the Harvest Festival and Working Field Day in Newtowncashel on Sunday 31st August. The festivities will kick off at 12noon and it will continue until 6pm – 6 hours of great entertainment.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

On Wednesday last the 13th August the society hosted its Captain, Mike Brennan’s Prize Day at Royal Tara Golf Club in Co Meath. A great turnout of 30 golfers competed on this splendid course in magnificent sunshine for the lovely crystal trophy presented by the captain. Everybody enjoyed the day on this lovely old course with its delightful tree-lined fairways. The prizes were allocated as follows: Ladies first prize went to Antoinette O’Donnell with a very good score of 33 points and her back nine was better than any of the men’s! The 2nd and third ladies prizes went to Fiona Gillen and Ursula Burke respectively. Nearest the pin was won by John Martin. The visitor’s prize with a great score of 38 points was won by Kevin Barry. Front nine with a good 17 points went to Brendan Whitty and back nine to Ronan Cullen. Colm Dardis won 4th place Peter Day was third and Sean Brennan won second. The winner of the lovely captain’s trophy was the ever popular John James O’Shea. Well done to all. Thanks to all for great turnout and to the catering staff of Royal Tara who provided lovely food to all afterwards. The next outing is to Athlone on the 10th September.

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 This is a fabulous service and it is a wonderful opportunity on our own doorstep. You should definitely make it your business to call phone, email or call into their centre in Derrane.

Over 55s Mens Club

The over 55’s Mens club will be returning on Thursday, 11th September in St. Mary’s Parish Hall at 12.00 noon. All men 55 years and over are invited and are assured of a great welcome.

Summer Bridge

Summer Bridge continues every Monday night and the results of the last two Mondays in July are: N/S: 1st E. Kelly and Nancy Dolan, 2nd Loretta Cooney and Renee Walshe and 3rd M. O’Dowd and Elsie Maxwell. E/W: 1st E. Curley and J. Hunt, 2nd A. Fallon and A. Delaney and 3rd C. Mc Grath and K. Dowd

Wk 2: N/S: 1st E. Kelly and Nancy Dolan, 2nd B. Murtagh and Mary Murtagh and 3rd Mary Mc Gushin and Renee Walsh. E/W: 1st K. Dowd and C. Mc Grath, 2nd M. O’Dowd and E. Maxwell and 3rd Una Clarke and Nora Kelly.

Thank You

The total amount raised at this year’s church gate collection in aid of the Irish Kidney Association was €508. A sincere thank you to all who kindly contributed.

Music Galore

Of late a number of CDs have been released with local involvement. Ita Trimble released her debut CD and she will have her official launch in The Lodge, Tarmonbarry on Friday next, 22nd August. Appearing with Ita will be Frank Nelson and his band, Seamus Farrell, Gerry Keenan, Jimmy Kearney, Andy Murphy and more artists. Ita’s CD cost €10 and is on sale in O’Brien’s.

Frank Nelson has released “The Essential Collection” – a three CD set containing 45 and more songs. This collection is also available in O’Brien’s at a cost of €12. Roscommon Solstice choir with a number of local and former residents have also released their own CD and it is available in O’Brien’s at €10.

Defibrillator Collection

The annual church gate collection will take place on the weekend 23rd/24th August and the committee is once again seeking your most generous support.

Last week we seen the incredible value of a defibrillator and those trained in its use when a former county player collapsed in a local championship in Derry. It is essential to have as many as possible trained up in our community. At present there are names being taken in O’Brien’s for the next upcoming course and anyone not familiar in the use of the defibrillator should make it their business to attends the upcoming training.


We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Mrs. Mary Walsh and family, Ballyclare, Ballyleague on the death last week of her sister Anne Morgan, Roscommon town.


World War 1 Exhibition will continue to be available for viewing in the Library from for one more week. The exhibition covers all aspects of the Great War, with particular focus on the contribution of the locals of Lanesboro. The opening of the exhibition took place last week and it was a wonderful occasion and the trip to the library is well worth a visit before the exhibition closes on Friday next 22nd August.

Heritage Week

Heritage Week in Lanesboro Library: Exhibition of beautiful Wildlife drawings by local artist Mary Fleming will be on display in the Library from Monday 25th August to Saturday 30th August.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Ward family, Cullentra and Rathcline Road and the Gavigan family, Corrigeen and the Bawle family, Portanure, Newtowncashel on the death on Sunday of Elaine Bawle, wife of John Bawle.

5k in Lanesboro

The 4th Annual Ros 5k Series starts on Wednesday, 20th August. The first race is in Roscommon, followed by Boyle 27th August, Taughmaconnell 3rd September with the final race in Lanesboro on 10th September. Entry fee is €10 per race on the night or €25 euro for the four races. Entries can be made online and all enquiries should be directed via email to You can also check the

With the Lanesboro run taking place on Wednesday 10th September and being hosted by our own Lough Ree Athletic Club there is lots of time for all local joggers, runners and even walkers to prepare for the run. It would be great if the run was the biggest yet in our own area. The race will start at Clonbonny at 7pm.

Community College offers new courses

In 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, hill walking proficiency, team working, 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

Lotto not won

The Rathcline GAA lotto took place on Saturday night last the six numbers drawn were 3, 4, 10, 26, 36 and 44. There was nobody with four of the numbers and the jackpot of €1500 was not won. The four winners of the €25 were; John Gill, c/o Jimmy Leavy, Foigha; Frank Regan, Rockwood; Tom Mulvihill, Cullentra and Donal Brady, Carrickboy. The next draw will take place on Saturday night next for a jackpot of €1,600.

Barry Raftery Memorial Conference

Professor Barry Raftery died in August 2010 leaving an amazing legacy following a distinguished career. Nothing sums his life up better than an appreciation written by Gabriel Cooney in a quarterly review of world archaeology, Antiquity. The future of the Mid-Shannon Peatlands, Amenity, Archaeology and Bio Diversity is the topic of the conference and it should draw a huge interest due to its range and tremendous and immediate interest to our area. The conference will take place at Corlea Interpretive Centre on Friday 29th August. Admission is only €10 which includes tea/ coffee am and pm and also lunch. Registration will take place at 10am. At 10.20am Dr. John Feehan will open the conference with a lecture on ‘The Past of Midsummer Peatlands. 11.10am Dr. Ronan O’Flaherty will speak on the Guardians of Midhir – Cranes in our past and future. At 11.40 local archaeologist, Brian O’Hara will speak on Experimental and Community Archaeology. The morning session will close with a talk from Eoin Donnelly, a forester and woodright who is in the process of building a replica Viking house. The afternoon session will commence Longford County Senior Planning officer Donal Mac an Bheatha on the Future of the Mid Shannon Peatlands. Wetlands Heritage chairman Kieran Mc Entee and Tom Egan, Land project Manager from Bord na Mona will speak on the Shared Vision of the two groups. The conference will finish with a Walk in the Bog with David Fallon, Ecologist with Bord na Mona who will talk and present Biodiversity on the Walk. Barry Raftery’s input into the development at Corlea was remarkable and it is only fitting that his name should be honoured at this memorial conference. The excellent Wetlands Heritage committee have worked so hard in the development of this programme and it is one that should not be missed. The calibre of the contributors goes without saying and there is a lasting education to be garnished from the conference.

Mortgage Open Day

The Ulster Bank Roscommon will be opening its doors on Saturday next 23rd August for a Mortgage Open Day between 10am and 2pm.

Charity Concert

Local pianist, Peter Regan returns to St. John’s Church, Battery Road Longford on Friday evening next, August 22nd at 8:00 p.m. to give another electrifying concert, “The Last Rose of Summer”. All proceeds will go to Co. Longford Hospice and St. John’s Church. Joining him will be violinist, Phoebe White and mezzo-soprano, Heather Fogarty. Tickets are €15, students €10 and are available from Denniston’s Music Shop, Longford or text 086 256 0408. Come along for an evening of magical entertainment in aid of a worthy cause.

Strictly Come Dancing

The Rathcline and St. Faithleach’s clubs have come together to host what will be a very special and unique evening out when they will host ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ next November. Both clubs are actively seeking dancers for the event and you are asked to be positive in your response if you are approached. Strictly Come Dancing has been a big hit everywhere it has been held and I am sure that it will be no different when both clubs come to stage it in November. The merging of the clubs for this event is a huge bonus as it allows the talented from both sides of the bridge to come together and produced a night never to be missed or forgotten. Don’t worry about your dancing skills as the entire event will be co-ordinated and choreographed by the Midlands Drama School over an eight week period. Don’t wait to be asked to come on board as one of the dancers just give your name to Lorraine 0876827966 or Helen 0860809377 and these ladies will take you through what will be required. Come along and be part of a wonderful night as well as get trained to dance over an eight week period.

Bus to Lough Derg

The annual day pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place on Sunday, 24th August, leaving Lanesboro at 7am. At present there are just a very limited number of seats remaining. 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 do so immediately by contacting Mary at 043 33 21969.