Time Changes

Time Changes

You are reminded that on Saturday night next, 30th March we will see the end of winter time and the arrival of summer time. It will be time to put your clocks forward one hour and look forward to extended daylight days. Let us hope with the arrival of summer time we will get more clement weather and another long hot summer.

Further awards for Diarmuid

Many congratulations to Diarmuid Murtagh who earlier this week was named on the Irish Daily Mail “Future Champions” (Third-level) Team 2014. This is similar to the All Stars awards and his selection is all the more remarkable by the fact that he was selected ahead of his team mate and All Ireland winner Ciarán Kilkenny, Dublin, and also by the fact that his college St. Patrick’s Drumcondra was not playing in the Sigerson Cup. It is a marvellous achievement and one I am sure his parents Andy and Breda, brothers Brian and Ciaran are rightly proud of and we all share in our pride of one of our own gaining so much success and acclaim.

St. Patrick’s Day celebrated in style

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade despite the best efforts of the weather to spoil the day was the best one ever. The morning and early afternoon was overcast with some intermittent drizzle and we thought that the day might be spoiled if more rain or drizzle came but fortunately the rest of the day remained overcast and dry.

From early morning, as it the tradition, our local butcher Terry Mc Loughlin, had a pig cooking on a spit and the sweet aroma circulating around the area. At 11.30am mass Fr Mickie celebrated the traditional St. Patrick’s Day Mass to launch the day’s activities. From 1.30pm as the crowds began to gather they were entertained by wonderful tradition music by Johnny Duffy, Jimmy Flanagan, Joe McGrath and Teresa Costello. The crowds grew larger and larger and it was estimated that there was at least 5000 people on the streets of Lanesboro and Ballyleague to greet the parade as it started to weave its way onto the main Road from St. Faithleach’s GAA pitch. 40 floats, each one better than the next, made its way through Ballyleague towards the viewing stand on Main Street where the inimitable Eugene Murphy did MC in a very efficient manner. On the view stand was Canon Liz McElhenny, Fr. J. McManus, PP, Fr. M. Reilly, PP, Cllr Mick Cahill, Cllr Sean Farrell, Cllr Colm Murray, Cllr Larry Bannon, Cllr Mark Casey and Larry Brennan. The St. Patrick ’s Day Parade in Lanesboro is gaining a greater reputation as each year passes and it was fitting that the RTÉ cameras should be in Lanesboro to cover the parade especially with records being set for the number of floats and also a record attendance of over 5000 people. The comment about the standard of floats was very pleasing to hear and it is a great credit to everyone involved in the 40 floats entered that they should go to such efforts to make their float and our parade unique. The winners of the prizes for best floats went to Overall – Ming Flanagan and the Whistleblowers, Most Original – Ballyboro Scouts, runners up – The Men’s Shed, Best Junior – Newtowncashel NS, Best Club – Lanesboro Triathlon Club, Best Vintage – Clarkes Bar, Best Business – Gerry Shanley, Carpentry, Best Window – Costello’s Nursing Home, runner up – Terry mc Loughlin, Butcher Main St. The draw to help towards the running of the Parade was a huge success and the lucky winners were; 1st €300 Joe Mc Grath, 2nd John James O’Reilly, 3rd €100 Tim O’Connor, 4th €100 Conor Boland, 5th €100 Sarah Jane Lane, 6th €100 Patricia mc Gann and 7th €100 Aidan Carley. We would like to say a huge thank you and congratulate the organising committee for producing such a wonderful occasion for the 5000 plus that came to Lanesboro and Ballyleague for the parade. We would also like to congratulate each and every float and thank them for making the parade so vibrant and colorful. There were many people gave of their time to help out the committee and we would like to once again say a huge thank you to the volunteers of Lanesboro and Ballyleague for the giving of their time – it meant so much to so many.

Historical Reenactment

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

Daffodil Day

Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union is delighted to be going yellow on this coming Friday 28th March to take part in Daffodil Day. They will have silks for sale and we will also run a competition “Guess the sweets in the jar”, for €2.00 entry, for some lovely prizes. The staff looks forward to seeing you all dropping in on Friday. Go along and make and make the response to this very special cause huge in our community.

A Special Invitation

Ballyleague Village Renewal and Tidy Towns committee is always promoting a strong community approach to sustainable waste management and, with this in mind they have invited Susan Vickers from An Taisce to come along to Sorohan’s, Ballyleague on Thursday night next, March 27th at 8pm to launch the GREEN HOME programme for the local community. A special feature of the night will be to introduce energy-saving measures that could help reduce household, ESB and other energy bills by up to €400 per year - while helping the environment. Ballyleague Village Renewal and Tidy Towns committee is inviting all local residents, organisations and community/state partners to come along on the night - and they are taking this opportunity to ask you to come along or send a representative. The committee would be delighted to welcome you personally at 8pm on Thursday.

Have you any ideas?

The Lanesborough Tidy Towns Action Plan 2014-2018 is currently being finalised. If you have any ideas of projects which you think would help keep our good progress going in the competition or if you would like to help in any way, please contact the Tourism Co-Op office (3321977).Grass cutting/hedge trimming on the approach roads and Town Park has commenced and recently planted daffodils are appearing on the approach roads. A beautiful stone wall and wooden sign have been introduced at the entrance into the walk/quarry areas. The Co-Op would like to thank the FAS personnel and Padraic Farrell from their expert work on this project. A similar sign will erected at the playground over the coming weeks.

Céilí in St Mary’s Hall

The invitation to ‘step it out’ in St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Lanesboro is extended to everyone that enjoys a great night out at a Céilí. It has been a time since there has been a céilí in the hall and it evokes great memories of the wonderful nights at céilí’s in the hall. On Saturday night next 29th March Johnny Duffy and Rise the Dust band will be the providers of the music for the night and I am sure they will play to a full house. Dancing will be from 9pm to 12 midnight. During you’re off floor period you can also relax with a cup of tea which will be served. Go along for a great night in the hall.


The marriage took place at St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro on Friday, 14th March of Fiona Egan, daughter of Des and Claire Egan, Estate Road, Newtowncashel and Kevin Hanley, son of Johnny and Bernie Hanley, Corrigeen. Chief bridesmaid was Dawn Egan, cousin of the bride and bridesmaids were Marie Collins, cousin of the bride, Andrea Egan, sister in law of the bride and Sharon Price, friend of the bride. Bestman was Alan Hanley, brother of the groom, groomsmen were James and John Hanley, twin brothers of the groom and Joey Rooney, friend of the groom. The leading pageboy and flower girl was the couple’s twins Jay and Leah Hanley assisted by other pageboys Lucas Egan nephew of the bride and Luke Dowd, cousin of the groom. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. M. Reilly, Lanesboro. The wedding reception was held in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded happiness.

Searching for lost fisherman

We have all been waiting for the past number of day for some good news on the search for the missing fisherman’s body on Lough Ree. From a boat of three two have been recovered but unfortunately one of the rescued men died the following day. Lough Ree Sub Aqua club have put themselves at the disposal of the RNLI lifeboat who are co-ordinating the search and right up to the time of writing our local lads and girls have been diving in a search and rescue mission. It is gratifying to see our local sub aqua club working hard and making themselves available to a family in need as they continue to search. We hope that the trauma that this family is suffering will soon come to an end with the recovery of the missing body and we congratulate and acknowledge the great work being done by the dedicated people of the Lough Ree Sub Aqua club.

Thank You

Teresa Costello, chairperson of Lanesboro and Ballyleague’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade would like to publically say her thanks to the many who helped out in the preparation and carrying out of a fantastic and record breaking parade. She says thank you to Longford County Council for their sponsorship, all the local sponsors, the local Gardaí, the parish choir, musicians and dancers for proving the music, song and dance at the traditional Mass. She would like to thank the many stewards for a job well done, to Johnny Hanley for his help before, during and after the Parade. Teresa also thanks St. Faithleach’s and Lanesboro Community college for the use of their grounds and premises. She has a special word for those that were involved in the floats, in their creation, energy and fantastic display – it took a lot of hard work and imagination for such presentations. Teresa says a big thank you to her fellow musicians who entertained the crowd before the parade. She wants to thank Shannonside, Longford Leader, RTÉ and Joe O’Brien for the coverage of the Parade and also the judges who were independent of the committee. She would also like to thank all the ticket sellers who made the draw such a success and all those who bought tickets in support. To Terry Mc Loughlin for the pig roasting and the hard working committee that it was a joy to work with a big thank you. Finally, Teresa would like to thank the 5000 people that turned out to watch the parade – the biggest crowd puller to date – your support was terrific.

Camera Club Meeting

The next meeting of the local Camera club will take place on Tuesday next 1st April at 8pm in the Lough Ree Co-Op. All members are invited to attend and potential new members are more than welcome.

Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday 19th March are; N/S 1st Gemma Douglas and Elish Gray, 2nd Cyril Hussey and Phil Chalmers and 3rd Renee Walsh and Mary Jameson. E/W 1st Una Lawlor and Brid Mc Dermott, 2nd Mary Casey and Katharine Harrison and 3rd Mae Casey and Noreen Dunne.

Rathcline Lotto

On Saturday night last 22nd the lottery numbers drawn were 2, 3, 20, 22, 29 and 39. There was no winner of the Rathcline GAA lotto jackpot of €900. The jackpot for Saturday night next will now rise to €1000. The four €25 winners were Shannon Gaels Minor Club, Lara and Vera O’Sullivan, Main St., Martin Mc Nally, Ballyleague and Gary Gallagher, Clonbonny. Ballyleague Village Renewal and Tidy Towns.

Social Afternoon Returns

Following the huge success of the Social Evening in Clarkes Bar the committee has decided to hold another Social Evening on Sunday 30th March in Clarkes bar from 4pm to 6pm. Music will be provided by the very popular and local musician Jimmy Hussey. Come along for dancing, singing, music and lots of fun and a most enjoyable evening.


We were all shocked and saddened to hear the sad news of one of our local residents at Mullingar Hospital on Sunday, 16th March of Brian Tucker, Lehery. Brian along with his late wife Mary moved from England to Ballyleague - Mary’s home parish. They bought the filling station on the outskirts of Ballyleague where they ran a very successful business until their retirement. The Tucker family became very popular in the wider area and it was always a pleasure to deal with Brian, his wife Mary and family. Brian was a very personable man who loved to stand and chat and was always interested in the affair of the locality. He had a great interest in sport and none more so than equine sport. Following his move to Lehery he bred and reared many horses with great success and was always seen tending to his animals as one passed the road. His passing leaves many empty hearts and minds and he will be sadly missed by everyone that came to know him. To his son Martin, daughters Claire and Lorraine, brother, Philip, sister, Hazel, relatives and many many friends we would like to extend our sincere sympathy. Brian has donated his body to medical science at Trinity College. Coincidently Trinity College is where his grandson Gavin is studying to become a doctor.

Camera Lost

During the after wedding celebrations of Kevin Hanley and Fiona Egan on Monday last St. Patrick’s Day in Adie Farrell’s, Fiona mislaid her Samsung Red Digital camera. If you happen to come across it or even know where it is, can you contact Fiona or Kevin or leave it into Adie’s or O’Brien’s. It is particularly valuable as it has the first photographs of their newly born twins and also from the wedding day itself.

Sunday Opening

The Friends of Asthma Charity shop from Sunday next 30th March will open their furniture department on the last Sunday of every month from 12 noon to 4pm including Bank Holidays. Come along and see what may there for you or if you have any furniture donation you can also make it during opening hours each day.