Anyone interested in a talk on composting, please email Ned at or leave a message at 043-3321401. Whether the event will take place or not will depend on numbers, as will the venue.

Foreign Currency Appeal

Have you returned from holiday with unwanted foreign currency, or got old foreign coins and notes hiding away in the back of a drawer? If so, why not clear your cupboards and donate your unwanted currency and help support children across Ireland. The smallest donation can make a huge difference. Call in to Lanesboro Library to make your donation.

Defibrillator Course/Refresher

A new defibrillator course will take place in the very near future. There will also be a refresher course. You never know the time or the hour that your training in the use of a defibrillator will be required and your ability to save a life. Leave your name and phone number into O’Brien’s and you will be notified of the date of the course. It is also important that those who need to do their refresher course also give in their names.

GAA Lotto

The Rathcline GAA lottery draw took place on Saturday night last, 6th September and the numbers drawn were 6, 9, 11, 21, 33 and 38. There was nobody with four numbers and the jackpot of €1,800 remains not won. There was one unlucky member who had three of the four numbers. The four winners of the €25 were Mark Casey, Lehery, Frank and Mairead Nally, Roscommon, Mary Kelly, Rathcline Road and Frank Curley, Ballyleague. The lotto jackpot will now rise to €1,900 for the draw on Saturday night next. The club thanks everyone for their great support.

Local break-ins

On Friday last just at 12.40pm our house on the Longford Road, beside Bord na Mona, was broken into, this was followed by a more serious break-in and robbery at a house in Thureen. Our break in pales into insignificance in comparison when you learn of the damage done and losses suffered at the other house. It is a serious and terrible thing to have one’s home broken into but when each room and is thoroughly ransacked it is a most horrible experience. It is a devastating feeling when you open the door of your house to realise what has happened - this is what faced the lady in Thureen. From her house, there was money, jewellery, computer and camera which are a shocking loss to her. The local Gardaí are seeking information in tracing a black Peugeot partner van with occupants offering to do painting or power washing. If you can remember back to Friday last from 12.40 at our house, they most probably took the route through Clonfower, Mahora, Lehery and up to Toddies Cross at Thureen shortly after that time. The local Gardaí would like to hear from you if you were approached on Friday or any day prior to these events by people in such a van looking to do such work. If you have a CCTV camera covering your property, especially on the suggested route or on any of the routes away from Thureen, you are asked to have a look at it to establish number plates and escape route. This is hugely important because as a community we must look out for each other and no woman or indeed anyone deserves to come home the devastation that this lady faced.

If you have any shred of information then you should contact Lanesboro Gardaí 33 21102 or Longford Gardaí 33 50570 immediately.

Asian Clam Updates

A meeting of agencies took place at St. Mary’s Hall on Friday last. Such is the urgency of the situation this was the second meeting in five days. A plan has been set in motion that will involve a scientific study from Tarmonbarry right back to Lough Ree to ascertain whether the clams are located outside of the hot water stretch. A report of the meeting and an agreed statement from the agencies can be seen at

Badminton Club

The club would like to invite all present and intending members to its AGM which is to be held Tuesday, September 30th at 9pm in St. Mary’s Parish Hall.

The club would like to extend its deepest sympathy to club chairman, Noel Moran and family on their recent bereavement of Noel’s father, Phonsie. Ar dheis de go raibh a anim.


The results of the competition held on Wednesday, 17th September are; N/S 1st Mona O’Flaherty and Bernadette Gillen, 2nd tie between Katharine Harrison & Philomena Walsh and Maura Hanley and Mairead Gill. E/W 1st Una Clarke and Eileen Kelly, 2nd Kathleen Kelly and Mike Flynn and 3rd Bernadette Clancy and Mary McGushin.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Ailbhe McElgunn, her husband Fergal and family on the death last week of Ailbhe’s mother, Mrs Teresa Sheehan, Moate, Co. Westmeath.

Lough Ree AC

The first road run of the autumn exceed expectations with a total turnout of 33 athletes running the 1.2 miles in Clonbonny. This run always gets big crowds and is one of the most enjoyable training sessions. Great performances all round, but athlete of the evening would have to go to Eoin Cox who finished with the 7th fastest time overall. Everybody is looking forward to improvements in their times over the next few weeks. The following are dates for your diary- County Longford Primary Schools Cross Country on Saturday 4th October in Moyne Community School, Country Roscommon Primary Schools Cross Country in Summerhill on 2nd October and the Connaught Primary Schools Cross Country in Sligo on Saturday 18th October. Road runs continue each Tuesday at 6pm, everybody welcome.


Following a long battle with illness, so bravely borne, Johnny Gannon, Mount Dillon, passed away at the Sacred Heart Hospital, Roscommon on Saturday 13th September. Johnny fell ill some 16 years ago and fought an outstanding battle since them. His health may have failed but his humour, wit and quickness of mind never deserted him and he retained a positive attitude right to the end. Johnny worked with Bord na Mona for many years where he a valued member of staff. He was a man with a great outlook on life and his passing will leave a great void in the hearts and minds of everyone that knew him. His remains reposed at his residence on Sunday 14th September and on Monday his remains were removed to St. Cecelia’s Church, Curraghroe for his Funeral Mass. Following Mass his remains were laid to rest in Scramogue cemetery. To his wife Evelyn, daughters Maureen, Eileen, Catherine, Martina, Elizabeth, Beatrice and Colette, sons Tom, John and Peter, relatives and friends we extend our deepest sympathy.

Scramogue Ambush

Lanesboro Community College history students are displaying their project on ‘The Scramogue Ambush’ in the library for the next week or so. Come along and see the great work done by the students.

County semi-final

All roads lead to Hyde Park on Sunday next for what should be a wonderful occasion to the St. Faithleach’s club and their senior football team. Having overcome the challenge of Roscommon Gaels on Saturday last in the replayed quarter final it is now on to Hyde Park to take on Padraig Pearses. The throw in is timed for 1pm and it is hoped that supporters from both sides of the bridge and further afield will travel to Roscommon town to cheer on the team. We wish the team and management the very best of luck on Sunday.

Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday next, 28th September with a bus leaving from St. Mary’s Church at 10.55am. If you would like to travel on this pilgrimage you are asked to contact Kitty 086-0405621 or Marie 086-1900640.

Have you some spare time?

Athlone Midlands Samaritans are seeking additional volunteers to maintain their befriending service. There is no experience necessary as training will be provided. If you are interested you are invited to call or text 085 2845010. The Samaritans provide a 24hour emotional support on Freephone 116123.


The Longford branch of the Alzheimer Society will hold their annual church gate collection on Saturday and Sunday next, 27th and 28th September. Your usual generous support will be much appreciated.

Shannonside Camera Club

Shannonside Camera Club is recruiting new members. The Club focuses on an exchange of ideas and information among members as well as guest speakers and photographic outings. The club meets on the first Tuesday of each month in the ESB Sports & Social Clubhouse. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 7th October 2014 where an introductory photography class will be held at 7:30pm followed by our scheduled meeting at 8pm.

This is a wonderful opportunity to go along and take the first class at 7.30 and become part of an excellent and vibrant club.


Rainbows is a support group programme – non denominational – for children who are grieving a death, separation or painful loss. The programme will commence on this Wednesday 24th September in the Family Centre, Longford from 6pm to 7pm. Booking is essential and should be made on or before Friday 19th September. Bookings can be made by phoning 043 33 46827.

Set Dancing Classes

Set Dancing classes will resume in Sorohan’s Bar, Ballyleague on Tuesday nights at 8pm. All are welcome to come along and be part of wonderful nights of set dancing. Beginners and experienced dances welcomed. For details please phone 086-8546433.

GAA Lotto

The numbers drawn in the Rathcline lotto on Saturday night last were 15, 18, 29, 32, 35 and 38. There was no winner of the jackpot of €2000; one unlucky ticket holder had three of the four numbers required. The our winners of the €25 prizes were Padraic and Rose Farrell, The Green; Berney Crossan Electric, Longford; Louis Mullooly, Lehery and Chris Cullen, Rathcline Road.

Golden Jubilee Celebrations

Congratulations to St. Faithleach’s GAA Club President, Fr. Larney Shine who celebrated his Golden Jubilee, in grateful appreciation of his Ministry in the Parish on Friday evening last.