Outdoor recreation and Office Administration are two courses that Lanesboro Community College will run this coming year. These courses are Fetac level 5 and they will commence in September. The college is now accepting bookings for both courses and you can make your booking by phoning the college 043 33 21139 or online by emailing You can also make contact by any of the above means to receive information leaflet and information.

5k Road Race

The third annual 5k Road race returns to Lanesboro on Wednesday 4th September. The Race will be the usual route from Rathcline GAA pitch out the ‘line road’ where it will join the Main Road and you turn back to Cullen’s Filling station and back to the finishing line in Clonbonny. You can run, jog or walk the distance and be part of a growing number of people doing these run, jog and walks. The 5k distance is not all that far and even for the most novice of walkers it is a very enjoyable and attainable distance. Last year we had familiar former residents returning to take part in the run and we hope that this year many more will return and that a record number will come along and do the run, jog or walk. Registration will take place at Rathcline GAA clubhouse.

This is part of the Rós 5k series which has 4 run, walks and jogs throughout the area over four Wednesdays. The first run is this Wednesday 21st August in Roscommon Town, followed by Boyle Town 28th August, Lanesboro 4th September and finishing on Wednesday 11th in Taughmaconnell. All races will begin at 7pm.

Community Games

Lanesboro had 11 children competing with the best junior athletes in the country in the Community Games National Finals last weekend. The results were no less than amazing. Boding so well for the future of the local athletics club, it was great to have two under eight children Kieran O’Dowd and Aoife Kennelly winning their way to representing county longford in the U8 60M races. The two children did amazingly well and showed burgeoning talent to come through their heats, semi-finals and both reach the national finals of their events. Kieran was the first to take the place on the start line and though his heat included fast runners from big counties such as Galway, Cork and others, he beat off competition to get first place and qualification for the next round. Aoife was next to take the start line in the equivalent girls race, and had competitions again from 6 other large counties. Running as fast as she could Aoife came second in her heat – guaranteeing her place in the semi-final. Both athletes returned to the track on Sunday morning to take part in the semi-finals and bolstered by their performances in the heats progressed through their respective races to reach the national final. The finals were tight and on this occasion the children were just outside the medal positions – finishing in 6th place. This was a fantastic performance and having two young runners in the parish that are in the top 6 in the country is a great platform for future parish success. In addition to Kieran and Aoife, we had nine other competitors from Lanesboro representing Longford at the national finals; The u-13 mixed relay made up of Orla Keane, Lucy-Ann Myhill, Cronin Flood and Bryn Peters, the U-16 Girls relay made up of Anna Peters, Haley Rooney, Sarah Farrell and Tanya Farrell and also Rebecca Stavros in the Javelin. To reach the finals is a huge achievement and this was is a great representation from Lanesboro and it is a credit to the local athletic club.

Thanks very much to Steve Peters, Fabian Walsh and the rest of the athletic club trainers for preparing the children and to Steve for taking the team manager position for the weekend. This brings to a close a very successful year for Community games where over 130 children were facilitated in taking part in Athletics, Track and Field, Talent (singing recitation, modern and traditional Dance, instrument recitals), Swimming, Chess, Draughts, Soccer, hand writing, Project, Art, Quiz, and Badminton. At national finals we are proud that with the weekend competitors Kieran and Aoife, to have four children reaching the finals of their respective competition at the national finals – and for the first time in a long time, we had two national medal winners – a Gold medal for Dúileach Ryan in U-10 Swimming and 4th place medal for Séadhna Ryan in U-12 swimming. In total 27 children won Gold medals at their respective competition at county level to earn the right to represent longford at the national championships with many others achieved silver and bronze county medals. The weekend brings to a close the end of another successful year for Lanesboro’s participation in Community Games.

Ladies Championship

On Sunday next in Clonbonny the Rathcline Ladies team play their most important game of the year when they take on Mostrim in the final game of the round robin league. It is very important that the ladies receive great support as they strive to make it to the championship semi-final. Clonbonny is the best place to be on Sunday at noon supporting our ladies and cheering them on to victory. Commiserations goes to the Longford Ladies Intermediate team on losing the All Ireland quarter final to Tipperary on Saturday last in Birr and especially to the Rathcline contingent of Claire, Lauren, Noleen and Paula.

Seeking Members

Longford Swimming club caters for children aged 6 to 18. Whether children’s goal is to become competent swimmers and safe at water sports or to go further and become competitive swimmers the club caters for all. It is a great way to keep fit during the winter. On entry to the club children swim as part of the first swim group – the Seals – who have sessions 5-6PM Saturday and 10-11am Sunday. Fees are €150 per term (approx. 20 weeks/40 lessons). The swimming club was awarded Swim Ireland Club of the Year 2013 and the head coach Ronan Mc Nevin was awarded Swim Ireland Club Coach of the year. Swimmers who have completed swim 6 or swim 5, and sometimes swim 4 are generally successful in passing the entry trial for the club. The Next Trial will be held at 5PM Saturday 7th September Longford Leisure Centre – Be there to join a great club. See further details on

School Reopens

Lanesboro Community College will reopen for 1st year students on Wednesday 28th August and for all students on Thursday 29th August.


Congratulations to Anne Hynes, daughter of Terry and Maureen Hynes, Rathcline and Mark Mimnagh, son of John and Eileen Mimnagh, The Green who announced their engagement at the weekend.

Thank You

Lanesboro Triathlon Club wishes to thank everyone who took part and supported our recent Sponsored Swim in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland. All fifty swimmers successfully completed the 3km course from Kilnacarrow bridge to Lanesboro, and raised over €6,500 in sponsorship for this great cause; an amazing achievement for which both the Triathlon club and Cystic Fibrosis Ireland are hugely thankful. The club also wish to thank our local Kayak and Sub - Aqua clubs as well as the other volunteers who provided safety boat cover on the day.


The Ballymahon Convent of Mercy will hold a class reunion for the class of 1988 on Saturday 14th September. The reunion will commence with Mass at 6pm. As many of our readers will have gone to Ballymahon Convent we hope that all the 1988 from the area will make it to what should be a great evening.


Formerly Longford VEC and now the Longford Westmeath Education and Training Board is offering an Advanced Certificate in Business FETAC Level 6 (part time). This course is provided free under Back to Education Initiative (BTEI). As of yet no venue has been selected but it is expected to be in the VEC offices, as has been the norm for the past two years. The course will commence on Wednesday 12th September and will take place every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am to 2pm. This course is particularly suited to unemployed people who have already worked in a supervisory capacity. Places on this course will be offered following an interview. For more information you are asked to contact Adult Educational Guidance service 043 33 48177.

Getting Married

Spaces are available for the Accord pre-marriage courses on 7th/10th October and 15th/16th November. You can make bookings online at or phone 043 33 47222.

Heritage Week

Heritage week takes place from all this week up to Saturday 24th August. This year St. John’s church will, again, be flying the flag for the area and their exhibition will be available for viewing throughout the week in the church. The exhibition is a display of history of St. John’s from beginning of worship on the site to the present day. St. John’s will be open each day from 10.30am to 5.30pm. Everyone that has not availed of viewing this great work is invited to go along.

Pilgrimage to Knock

The annual diocesan pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday 1st September and it will be led for the last time as Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise by Bishop Colm O’Reilly.


The annual one day retreat to Lough Derg will take place on Sunday next 25th August leaving Ballyleague Hall at 7am. Last year there was a great demand for this annual one day retreat and early bookings are advisable. The bus will pick up pilgrims at Scramogue, Rooskey and Carrick-on-Shannon. The cost of entry to the island is €40 and the bus fare is extra. For immediate bookings you are asked to contact Mary at 043-33 21969.

Community Childcare

The community childcare service will resume on Wednesday 28th August. Preschool service for children starting national school in 2014 will take place from 10am until 12 noon. Afterschool will be open from 2pm until 6pm. Places still available, telephone 0433330957. Playgroup for younger children will begin at the end of September.. We will inform you of date shortly.

Warmer Home for the Winter ahead

Longford Warmer Homes provides free attic insulation, cavity wall insulation and energy advice to elderly and disadvantaged home owners throughout the county. There are a certain criteria to be met and if you do so you can avail of all of the above services.

Longford Warmer Homes also carries out work for the elderly as part of the Care and Repair Scheme.

You are invited to check the Longford Warmer Homes Ltd. Website or Facebook page to check to see if you are entitled to this free service. If you have not access to the web you can ring 043 33 93255.

Village Renewal

Triathlon athletes, bingo players and tourists from all over the world have put their hands in their pockets this Summer and come to the aid of the campaign to rebuild the river bank in Ballyleague and make it safe for future generations. The Chairman of Ballyleague Tidy Towns and Village Renewal committee Gerry Thompson this week paid tribute to over a thousand people who have already supported the association’s forthcoming fundraiser for the river bank development by purchasing ducks for the Gala Duck race on the Shannon in Ballyleague on Saturday September 7th. “We are delighted with the response from the local community and visitors to the area” Gerry said, “our local volunteers have sold hundreds of ducks so far and there are only a handful left now for sale in various business premises, shops and pubs in the Ballyleague and Lanesborough area. We are appealing to locals to avail of the opportunity in the next seven days to come in and put their name in the race by buying a duck before we take back spare entries and sell them elsewhere in the region.” Final preparations for the duck race are continuing with the committee taking time to give their plastic friends a good wash, clean and a new number in recent days. The committee would also like to thank the Ballyleague Bingo hall committee for allowing them to sell tickets at their weekly bingo last Thursday. The gesture is much appreciated.

The winning duck in the September 7th race will earn 500 euro for its owner. The 2nd place duck gets 250 euro and third place will mean a cheque of 100 euro for the owner of the ticket. Ducks cost just five euro each but you can get three for ten euro if you want and the race will be a very colourful event on the Shannon. To buy a duck today telephone Chairman Gerry Thompson directly 085 1740819 or Vice Chairman Jimmy Hudson at 086 8588572 .

You can get more information on the re-development of the old river bank - starting this Autumn by visiting or by speaking to any member of the Ballyleague Tidy Towns and Village Renewal Committee.