A play, Padraig Potts Guide to Walking, written and performed by the highly acclaimed Seamus O’Rourke will be staged in Lanesboro Parish Hall on this coming Saturday night 7th March at 8.30pm. Seamus is no stranger to Lanesboro’s Parish hall and his previous plays have received great attendances. This promises to be another great night of hilarity and a play not to be missed. As Seamus says of the play“The play fol­lows the life of Padraig Potts McK­eir­nan, who has a habit of just eat­ing what­ever is on his plate… metaphor­i­cally that is… from grow­ing up near the tiny rural vil­lage of Drum­namee, County Leitrim in the 70’s and 80’s to falling in love with Sil­via Lang, a per­fect protes­tant girl… to mar­ry­ing Mary Tague, the priests house­keeper, who he never really liked… to get­ting rid of Mary Tague and her mother, who he claims invented vine­gar… and even­tu­ally to the real­i­sa­tion that the world isn’t as big as he first thought”. Tickets, €10, are available in O’Brien’s or can be booked by phoning Martina 043 33 21107 or can be bought at the door on the night.

It is time for Action

Two weeks ago, I reported the drinking under the bridge and the littering of the area. After a break of one week they are back again drinking, littering. It is time that this was curtailed and the actions of some in our community is halted. The question has to be asked as to where they are getting the drink and who is buying it in quantities that can be seen with the amount of empty cans thrown around. Is there nobody to monitor what happens when young people in the early part of the evening circa 8-9pm. I think it is time that a Rota is drawn up of concerned people to ensure that our young people are not being drawn into this drinking culture. It would be wrong if our young were inveigled by peer pressure into going down under the bridge and drinking.

At intermittent times between 7.30pm and 9 pm every Friday night parents and locals alike should stroll down along the banks each side of the bridge to ensure nothing untoward is happening there. Our concerns are for our young and a few minutes of our time on a Friday evening should not be too much to ask. We should not allow our area to be desecrated by a mindless few.


Three lifebelts along the banks of the Shannon in the vicinity of the bridge have gone missing and one can only presume that vandals took them from their place of placement. The lifebelts, as we all know, are vitally important towards the saving of lives in the event of anyone falling into the water in this area. It cannot be stressed enough the value of the lifebelts and if anyone reading knows where they are can they leave them at the back of the hall where members of the local community can put them back in their rightful place. Vandalism such as this cannot be accepted within our community as we strive to make our area a better place for everyone to live in.

Social Services Whist

Lanesboro Social Service is an extraordinary committee in the parish of Rathcline. They do so much unseen work and support people in need in our parish. To do so they continually depend on your support and one of the means of support is the monthly Whist Drive that will take place on this coming Friday night, 6th March at 8.30pm. The support of all card players will be greatly appreciated, especially the Bridge and 25 card players as Whist is a ‘trick’ game which is comparable to both mentioned games. Go along on Friday and have a fun night of card playing. As usual light refreshments will be served.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Ann and Gay Farrell and family, Lehery, on the death of Ann’s mother Mrs. Helen McCarthy, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare. Her remains were laid to rest on Friday last 26th February.

The search and memories goes on

Have you looked up old photographs for Stella O’Sullivan in the library? She wants the old photographs of all the businesses of the Main Street going back as far as possible. If you think you have old photographs please go and search and bring them to Stella where she will copy/scan them and return them to you. Paddy Greene ran a taxi business from his residence and Eddie Kelly had a taxi run to Dublin every Monday and Thursday. As well as previously mentioned Johnny and Winne Connors, Willie and son David Johnston had their own door to door milk delivery run and I am also led to believe that previous to that Clarke’s also had a milk delivery run the name Jack Mulvihill was mentioned as the delivery man. St. Mary’s hall was the barracks prior to the one we now know, being built in the mid/late 50’s.

If I am missing anyone please let me know, as Stella needs to know the businesses and she really wants the photographs to create the history on Main Street through photographs.

Céilí on Sunday

Following the great success of the Céilí in December the committee will hold another céilí in St. Mary Parish Hall on Sunday week 8th March. The sets will commence at 4pm and the dancing will continue until 7pm. The last céilí was mighty and we are hoping that all local dancers will be advertising it at all their dance lessons and also at the celli’s they attend in the next few weeks.

As usual refreshments will be served and a number of door prizes will also be won in the raffle. Admission will be €10.

County U-21s

Longford had a convincing victory over Wicklow in Cashel on Wednesday night last. They will now play Louth in the quarter final in Cashel on this Wednesday night at 7.30pm. We wish our representation of Liam Connerton, Shane Kenny and Eoin Sorohan and their team mates the very best of luck against Louth and look forward to a semi-final place against the winners of Laois and Dublin.


The lucky envelope was drawn on Monday 23rd February in Adie’s by Seamus Flynn. The winning envelope was in the name of Malachy McKearney, Weakfield and Malachy was the winner of €397. The next draw will take place on Monday 9th March in the Peer Inn. For only €2 you too can be a winner and support the club. The club deeply appreciates the support it has received since the inception of the draw.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

We are only a few weeks away from one of the biggest occasions in the calendar year in the area. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is truly a sight to behold as the parade winds its way through Ballyleague and Lanesboro. It is an occasion not be missed either as a float entrant or a spectator. The committee do such a wonderful job in organising the event and they must be complimented for their great work. Hopefully, the floats are all nearing completion and the parade will be bigger and more colourful than ever and that the attendance will break all records. It is a day of celebration and nobody does it better that the community of Lanesboro and Ballyleague. The closing date for entry of floats is Thursday 12th March and all entries must be made to Freda Connaughton, Longford Road, or they can be left into O’Brien’s Corner Shop. All entries must be accompanied with a €20 entry fee and the importance of the entries being made in time cannot be stressed enough as the logistics of the day will then have be put in place and this takes time.

The day will commence with a traditional mass that, this year, will take place in St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro at 11.30pm. Music, song and dance will be provided by the parish choir and local dancers. The prizewinning categories are; Best dressed window, Best club, Best junior, Most original, Best business, a new category this year, Best Vintage, and the Overall winner.

If you need further information contact Freda 086-1534232 or Teresa Costello 086-8127560.

Anthony Healy Card Game

Friday 13th is going to be a very lucky day for one very lucky person. Tickets are on sale for an absolutely wonderful prize and it is a draw that you should definitely have your ticket for such an excellent prize. The first prize is a heater stove that will be supplied and fitted by Shane Healy Plumbing and Heating and Gordon Heating Supplies. To buy and have one installed would be very pricey but to win it in the draw would be fantastic. Tickets are only €10 each and are on sale locally in almost all business premises. The annual Anthony Healy Memorial Card Game will take place in Clarke’s bar on Friday 13th March starting at 9pm. We all remember Anthony with a great fondness and his memory never diminishes and it is very fitting that the proceeds from the card game and the draw will go to the Mayo Roscommon Hospice. You are asked to be very supportive of the draw and also the card game.


We would like to extend our sympathy to Martin and Annette Farrell and family Clonfower, Christina Farrell, Mike Brennan and Roisín Brennan the extended Farrell families on the death of Bridget Mulvihill, Stonepark last week.

Pike Angling Club

Annual membership is now available from any committee member or from the Yacht bar. The fees are Adults €10 and OAP and juniors €5. There will be a special prize for non-fishing members with details to be announced at a later date. These coming years will be very busy and driven for the club and they seek your full support. The recent formation of the angling hub to cater for an international fishing competition in 18 months’ time will have great benefits for the community and we would like to ask everybody to throw their weight in behind the club and the hub. This development will be very beneficial for the entire community.

Strictly DVD now on Sale

The DVD’s of the wonderful Strictly Come Dancing Over The Bridge has now become available. This night was one of the best nights ever in the communities of Rathcline and St. Faithleach’s and now that the DVD has become available the night will forever live on. Copies can be bought in O’Brien’s for €15 and it will be tremendous watching.

Rathcline Cemetery

Presently, there is a lot of work going on at the cemetery and if you have a little time on your hands the committee would encourage support for Johnny Hanley in getting this work done completed in a short space of time as possible. Bring along a shovel and barrow and do your bit in getting the job complete. On entry you can see the work that has to be done and your time will be greatly appreciated.

Old Clothes

If you have old clothes you want to dispose of you can do so by contacting Mike 086 4046174 and he will arrange delivery or collection. Your donation will go towards supporting the Rathcline Ladies GAA club.

Angling Hub

The next meeting of the new Lough Ree Lanesborough angling hub will take place on Tuesday, March 10th at 8pm in Sorohan’s Lifebelt Bar, Ballyleague at 8pm. The hub has been extremely busy since it was set up three weeks ago and meetings have already taken place with the Angling Council of Ireland, IFI, ESB and the Minister for Tourism Michael Ring. A major coarse fishing competition is now scheduled to take place on the June bank holiday weekend and last week the Hub promoted the event at the area in front of 5000 anglers at the National Angling show in the Swords Exhibition Centre. The hub wish to thank Philip Gordon, Joe Cribbin and Alan Horohoe for taking the time to attend the show and promote the area. Thanks also to the Mens shed members Conor Bolan and John Burke who also helped on the day and to the Ballyleague Village Renewal group and the Lanesborough angling club who helped to sponsor leaflets and transport costs. The hub will again be promoting the area at a major angling exhibition in Farnborough UK in late March and is presently seeking help with transport costs and leaflets. To assist please speak to Hugh Keane - the hub chairman or e mail: The hub has also taken delivery of equipment supplied through the NCFFI and ACI for our new Lough Ree Lanesborough Angling Hub Our thanks to Der Casey, Martin McEnroe and the lads who presented a selection of feeder rods, match rods, reels with line, life jackets and throw ropes to our Chairman Hugh Keane and Vice Chairman Gerald Farrell this week. This gear has been issued to ourselves for use in coaching sessions for the hub. This equipment was much needed to further our young anglers, it is only for coaching purposes not to be handed out for keeps. Now we are looking forward to March and April so we can get on with this years coaching program! Anybody who is interested in coaching sessions please let Ciaran Mullooly know. Once again thanks to all involved so far

At a meeting of the Lough Ree Lanesborough hub on February 10th we handed around a sheet and asked people to volunteer for working committees. A number of people have subsequently contacted us and asked to be included on committees. So this is our line up as of February 25th, 2015

The Chairman is now asking members on these committees to go ahead and convene meetings of these working committees up to and on the second Tuesday of March when the hub meets next and committees can be finalised.

Public Affairs/PR/Marketing: Gerald Farrell, Hugh Keane, Mick Cahill, Mark Casey, Ciaran Mullooly and Kathleen Shanagher. Development/Training/Coaching: Oonagh Flynn - St Christopher’s, James O’Flaherty, Carolyn Kyne, Joe Cribbin, Angela McCormack - Bros of Charity and Jimmy Flanagan - Lanesborough CC. Finance/Sponsorship: Gareth Johnston, Hugh Keane, Gerard Farrell and Michael Nevin. Fishing Competitions: Alan Farrell, Eithne Clyne, Joe Cribbin, Philip Gordon, Paul Waghorn and Daniel Hoare. Hospitality/Accommodation: Alan Horohoe, James O’Flaherty, Gerald Farrell, Alan Farrell, Michael Cooney, Ursula Hannon and Gareth Johnston. Asian Clams: John Devaney, Oisín Naughton, Lanesboro Commerce committee nominee, Gerald Farrell, Joe Cribbin and Paul Waghorn. For more information come along to the next hub meeting on Tuesday night next March 10th at 8pm in Sorohan’s.

Novena of Hope

A bus will travel to the Novena of Hope in the Graan, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh on this coming Saturday 7th March. For bookings and further details you are invited to call Seamus 086-3901060.

Lough Ree AC

The International Indoor Arena in Athlone was the venue for the Connaught Indoors on Saturday and Sunday last. The club had a number of for athletes competing on Saturday in the Under 12 and 13 Age Group with the older age groups and the Senior Competition on Sunday. Details of placing’s are sketchy at the moment as the full results have not yet been published. However suffice to say we did not come home without medals, Caoilinn Flood jumped a personal best in the high jump under 13 to bring home the bronze medal while Mark Brady secured gold in the senior shot putt on Sunday. Congratulations to our medal winners and well done to all the participants. Full report to follow next week.