30 Nov 2021


Whist Drive

Whist Drive

The monthly Whist Drive in aid of Lanesboro Social Services will take place on this coming Friday night, 7th February at 8.30pm. A hugely enjoyable night is assured for those that come along and have great fun playing Whist while supporting a wonderful committee that does so much wonderful and unseen work in the parish. As usual light refreshments will be served.

Lanesboro CC Debating

The skills of rhetoric and oratory where on full show last Tuesday night in Lanesboro Community College which hosted a debate proposing that social media was helpful in improving our understanding of major world events. Opposing the motion was Roscommon Convent and the assembly hall was full of spectators and supporters from both schools. Chairing the event was our very own Ciaran Mullooly, who entertained and engaged us throughout the night with a combination of witty anecdotes and wry humour whilst keeping order on proceedings. The debate itself was a brilliant contest with both sides debating with skill and passion. You would be very proud of the young people, many of them from the area, who could take the stand and argue their case so convincingly. Surely they are a credit to their schools and their community! On a related matter, If anybody is interested in taking part in the Community Games debating competition would they please contact Michael Lyons at 043 33 30631. (You must be over 12 years of age and under 16).


Congratulations to Derek and Denise Murray, Curraghrua, on the birth on Saturday last of a baby boy.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Preparations by the organising committee are well underway for what is hoped to be another fantastic day of celebration in our community. St. Patrick’s Day this year falls on a Monday and we hope that the parade will cap what will be a wonderful weekend in our area. The committee urges every club, group, business and individuals to get involved in making this year’s parade even bigger and better than anything that has gone before in Ballyleague and Lanesboro. Ideas for the type of float and preparation should be starting now to ensure that your floats are in great condition for the parade.


The annual Lourdes Pilgrimage collection will take place at all masses Saturday week 15th and Sunday week 16th February. The collection diocese-wide is taken up each year to bring those people who have suffered or are suffering illness to Lourdes. You have been extremely generous every year even in trying times and the committee hopes you will again be very generous.

Essay Course

An Irish essay writing course will take place in the Abbey Hotel Roscommon on Saturday next 8th February from 10am to 3pm. The course is eminently suitable for 5th and 6th year students. For information you are invited to phone 087-7017966.

Blood Transfusion Service

We are all aware of the continued need for blood and the many times that pleas are made by the Blood Transfusion Service due to the lack of availability for urgent medical cases. Everyone can play their part by donating blood when the mobile unit is in our area. On this Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th February the mobile clinic will be in the Longford Arms Hotel from 4.30pm to 8pm each day. Our area has a very high attendance number and it would be wonderful if once again a large number for our area travelled to the Longford Arms to donate much needed blood.

Thought of being a Referee?

Have you ever thought of becoming a GAA referee? The opportunity arises for anyone interested in the near future. Refereeing is something that is very enjoyable and within the referee group in Longford there is great comradery. Coming to refereeing can bring a real self-reward when you have completed a game. The opportunity to rise to the very top is there and when you see the 3 intercounty referees from Longford referring at the highest level it is a reminder to everyone that with the right application to progression you too can also make it to the top. If you are interested contact Joe O’Brien as soon as possible.


Lanesborough Primary School is holding an enrolment afternoon on Friday February 14th from 1pm. This is an opportunity for parents, girls and boys for Junior Infants 2014 to meet with the principal Claire Murphy and other staff members, and to enrol for September 2014.It is also an opportunity to find out what goes on in Lanesborough Primary School.

The Good Old Days return

Time to get out your dancing shoes for what promises to be an evening of reliving ‘the good old days’ in Lanesboro. Clarkes Bar on Sunday week 16th February is the venue. The organisers invite and welcome everyone to what promises to be a great afternoon. The activities commence at 4pm and finishes at 6pm and you are invited to come along and enjoy the wonderful music of Jimmy Hussey. This is suitable for both young and old and all you need to bring with you is a determination to enjoy yourself.

Shannon Gaels

The club will hold its registration night on this Friday night 7th February. The club has agreed that the registration for the coming year will be; €30 for single player and €45 two or more children or family. It is very important to note that unless a young player has had their registration payed they cannot participate in any of our club activities. The club is encouraging anybody that is interested in becoming a referee to get in touch with Joe O’Brien as soon as possible as a new course is about to take place.

Studies in Catholicism

A adult studies in Catholicism will commence on Monday next 10th February in St. Coman’s Centre, Roscommon from 8pm to 9pm. These studies are open to all adults.

Fair Day

Preparations are well underway for this year’s traditional Fair Day that will take place on Saturday 1st March. The organising committee is banking on your support and attendance on the day. The Fair returns to the street in the area between Adie’s and the church. The committee urges everyone to make Saturday 1st a date to come to Lanesboro for another Fair Day in Lanesboro.

Part of the day’s events is the Dog show and the enthusiastic members in charge of the Dog Show are presently busy completing the arrangements. It is now time to be grooming and training your dog for what is always a very popular sideshow at Lanesboro Fair.

Table Quiz

After a year of solid progress in improving the look of the Shannonside village the Ballyleague Village Renewal and Tidy Towns group will stage their annual table quiz on Friday night next February 7th at 9.30pm in St Faithleach’s clubhouse. This popular quiz will offer locals and visitors to the area an opportunity to review the highlights of the last 12 months and with Quiz Master Michael Cleary on the chair you can expect a challenging and entertaining night. Ballyleague is looking forward to a very exciting 2014 and the tender for the building contract on the new river bank will be publicly advertised by Roscommon county council in the next 2 weeks. The tidy towns and village renewal committee know that not everybody is free to come out on a regular basis during the year to help with clean-ups and ongoing work so we appeal to you and your family instead to support our annual community table quiz on Friday night at 9.30pm. If you can’t go along on Friday but would like to sponsor a prize or make a donation to the quiz please contact Jimmy Hudson on 086 8588572 or Gerry Thompson on 085 1740819 or e mail:

College lose

On a wet and windy Friday in Clonbonny, Lanesboro Community College U16 team entertained Mullingar in the Leinster semi-final. The game finished on a scoreline of Mullingar 2-10 to Lanesboro CC 1-9. The Lanesboro team panel was: Michael O’Donnell (St. Faithleach’s), Mark Lyons (Shannon Gaels), D. Regan (Killashee), Jack Irwin (St. Faithleach’s), Cian Gannon (St. Faithleach’s), Mickey Cox (St. Faithleach’s), Mark Gill (St. Faithleach’s), Dara Kelly (St. Faithleach’s), Kevin Sorohan (Shannon Gaels), Ryan Guinan (St. Faithleach’s), Shane Philips (St. Faithleach’s), Conor Smyth (St. Faithleach’s), Jonathan Hussey (St. Faithleach’s), Dylan Glancy (Shannon Gaels), Jordan Donlon (St. Faithleach’s), Owen Murray (Shannon Gaels), Luke Lisle (Shannon Gaels), Padraig Sorohan (Shannon Gaels), Darren Nerney (St. Faithleach’s), Sean Farrell (St. Faithleach’s) and Max Webb (Shannon Gaels).

GAA Lotto

The numbers drawn in the lottery on Saturday night 1st February were 14, 29, 30, 33, 36 and 45. There was no winner of the lottery jackpot of €200. The four winners of the €25 prizes are Geraldine Shea, Blenavoher, M&N Nolan, Newtownforbes, Seamus Quinn, Aughakeel and Tommy McCormack, Abbeyshrule. The jackpot for Saturday night next will rise to €300.

Ballyleague N.S.

Parents of new entrants who wish to enrol their children for September 2014 are invited to visit the school on Friday February 7th from 2p.m. to 3p.m. If this date/time is unsuitable please contact the school at 043-3321906 to make alternative arrangements. Please bring along a copy of your child’s birth certificate. We look forward to meeting you on the day.

Reunion of Class of 40 years ago

Were you one of the girls that began secondary school in September 1969 and on 22nd June 1974 finished their Leaving Certificate in the local Convent of Mercy, Secondary School in Lanesboro? It is hoped to have a reunion to get together to celebrate the 40th anniversary of that momentous occasion. Members of that class are asked to contact Geraldine Gilhooley (Kirwan) 086-3803468 or Bernie Harold 086-2888185 Have you any photographs of those wonderful five years? If yes, can you email or hand deliver them to Bernie and she will scan and return immediately.

Pike Angling Club

The AGM of Lanesboro Pike Angling club took place on Wednesday night 22nd January in the Yacht Bar. The following were elected to office for the coming year: Chairman: Patrick Reilly, Vice chairman: Louis Rhatigan, Secretary: Eithne Clyne, Assistant: secretary Noel Rhatigan, joint PRO: Gerry Mitten and Aidan Farrell and joint Treasurers: Joe Farrell and Brian Tabiner.

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