Holy Week Ceremonies

Holy Week Ceremonies

The following are the list of Holy Week ceremonies at Lanesboro, Ballyleague and Cashel churches: Lanesboro – Holy Thursday 7.30pm, Good Friday there will be two ceremonies at 3pm and 7.30pm, Holy Saturday 7.30pm, Easter Sunday 9.30 and 11.30am. Ballyleague – Holy Thursday 7pm, Good Friday 3pm, Holy Saturday 9pm and Easter Sunday 11am. Cashel – Holy Thursday 8pm, Good Friday 3pm and Stations of the Cross 8pm, Holy Saturday 9pm and Easter Sunday 10.30am. The priest on duty for Easter week commencing 6th April will be Fr. John McManus phone 3321171. The Easter ceremonies for the St. John’s Congregation are as follows: Thursday 2nd April at St Coman’s Roscommon 8pm. Good Friday 3rd April, St. John’s church Lanesboro at 8pm where a special film for Easter celebrations will be shown. Everyone is welcome. Easter Sunday 5th April at St. John’s Lanesboro at 12.30, you are asked to note the change of time, Holy Communion. St Coman’s church, Roscommon at 11am Easter Sunday.

The Green – a living memory

If you live or have lived on the Green and have memories or photographs that you can send me ( or drop into me in the shop. After Easter I am going to attempt to list the residents and memories of The Green. Even for those of us that did not live on the Green it still has fabulous memories of school, playing and growing up there and in the quarry and woods beside it.

Easter Penance Service

A Penance Service for Easter will be celebrated in the Church of the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague on Tuesday, 31st March at 8pm and the following evening Wednesday, 1st April the Penance Service will take place in St. Mary’s, Lanesboro at 7.30pm.


The AGM of the Lanesboro Guild of the ICA will be held at their monthly meeting on the 8th April 2015 in the parish hall at 8pm. This is an opportunity for every lady in the area to go along and be part of an excellent association. With over 10,000 members throughout the country this is a fabulous way of interacting between the members and the 500 guilds countrywide. The ICA is great way of socializing, and upgrading and excelling you skills cookery and craft work.


In and around 30 years ago, Brendan Rhatigan introduced his new girlfriend to his townsland of Fermoyle and the parish of Rathcline. Little did he know the lasting impression she would leave in the parish and indeed the entire area. Pauline Moore, a proud daughter of her native Scotshouse, Clones and county Monaghan married Brendan and they made their home in Fermoyle. Pauline’s outgoing personality and willingness to assist anyone soon endeared her to everyone that had the pleasure to know her. A woman whose dedication and support to her family was unfailing and she was hugely supportive in absolutely everything they did. She was a woman of deep faith whose religion meant everything to her. Pauline was a great worker as many businesses owners could attest to. Thursday nights would not be the same if she did not get to her weekly bingo in Ballyleague and meet with her many friends. Pauline’s loyalty to her friends was unbelievable. She had a great strength of body and mind and that was clearly seen over the three years of her illness. She never allowed it to beat her, she fought it with a great strength courage and determination. Pauline, during her battle showed the true value of life and nothing was going to deprive her of living right to the very end. Her strength of mind and character was a lesson to us all. Pauline will be fondly remember by everyone that knew her – no matter for how short a time.

She lost her amazing battle for life on Friday, 20th March at her residence. She reposed at her home until the removal of her remains on Monday to St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro. Following her Funeral Mass she was laid to rest in Clonbonny cemetery. To her husband Brendan, sons Michael and Andrew, mother Teresa, brothers, sisters relatives and many friends, we extend our sincere sympathy.



Peg Farrell, Clonfower, (nee O’Brien, Mahora) reminded me that there was a shop at the cottage at Clonfower crossroads and the business was run by Tess and Chris Hopkins. Peg also posed the question as to whether there was a shop in Derrygeel, something tell her that there was but she cannot remember. Stella would like to thank everyone that has brought in old photographs and looks forward to receiving more. She is now again seeking your help with old artefacts from shop life…like old fashioned till or weighing scales or even old bottles, cigarette and biscuits tins, tin signs etc.

If you have any of the above can you give them to Stella for the duration of the exhibition? So far your response has been wonderful and this exhibition will surely draw huge attention and numbers.

Saturday 11th April

For two of our young people, Saturday 11th April 2015 will be a momentous day as along with their team mates from Roscommon CBS they will run out onto the green sward of Croke Park to contest the All-Ireland Colleges A final. They had a marvelous and hard earned win over Leinster champions Good Counsel from Wexford on Saturday last in Newbridge. They will take on Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne from Dingle, Co. Kerry who are bidding to retain the Hogan Cup they won last year. It is a wonderful achievement for two young men from the Kilgefin parish and St. Faithleach’s club Daniel Foley and Stephen Walsh and a very proud day for their parents, family, club and school. A day like this does not come around too often in a lifetime and we wish the two lads, their team mates and team management the very best of luck.

Clothes collection

Mike has just informed me that the clothes collection pick up will take place on Friday 15th May. If you have old clothes you want to contribute to the collection can you arrange for pick up or drop off before that date. 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.

Fitness and Health PLC Course

A new and exciting PLC course in Fitness and Health - FETAC Level 5 – will commence in Lanesboro Community College. The modules include Exercise and Fitness, Nutrition, Sports Anatomy and Physiology, Sport and Recreation, Leisure Facility Administration, Communications, Word Processing and Work Experience. This is a fabulous course to acquire the skill to deliver safe and appropriate exercise programmes, gain an understanding of the importance of healthy eating and its effect on the individual’s health. You will also gain a knowledge of the human anatomy and its relevance to sport and exercise. You will also gain the skills to become employed in the growing Leisure Industry. The entry requirements are that you must have taken the Leaving Cert or equivalent or have gained suitable previous experience. There are many progressions you can make if you aim to use this course to progress your career by going on to college. If this course interests you can you give Breda a call 3321139, call into her in the Community College office or email


Many congratulations to Micheál Henry, son of Micheál and the late Mary Henry, Moneen and Cliodhna Thompson, daughter of Gerry and Martha Thompson, Culliaghy, Ballyleague who announced their engagement recently.

Unlucky losers

Ballymahon Convent U-14 team travelled to Dungany, Co. Meath, to take on St. Joseph’s, Rush representing Dublin in the Leinster Final. They were very unlucky to come out on the losing side by a margin of two points. Our parish was hugely represented on the team and the panel. The parish was represented by Seadhna Ryan, Cronan Flood, Cian Gilmore (Captain), Oran Kenny, Evan Chalmers, Ronan English, Jacob Kajan, Bryn Peters, Sean Kenny, Brian Casey, Richard Prior, Gordon Farrell, Ēanna Mc Grath and Loughlin Healy.

Thank You

The organising committee of the church gate collection last weekend in aid of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann would like to say a very big thank you to everyone that contributed to the collection. The sum donated was €316.11.


On Monday night last 23rd March the weekly Rathcline 50/50 draw took place in the Adie’s Bar. The winning envelope was owned by Bernadette Dowd, Thureen and Bernadette was the lucky winner of €395. The next draw will take place on Easter Monday 6th April in the Yacht Bar. The club appreciates your support for the 50/50 and for only €2 you too can be a winner.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the extended Clarke family, Main Street, on the death of Mrs. Olive Blake, nee Clarke last week in Dublin. Olive was the last remaining member of that generation of the Clarke family and she was a very popular figure in Lanesboro when she was living and visiting.

Michael Casey Perpetual Trophy

Lanesboro Pike Angling club will host the Michael Casey Perpetual Trophy Pike Boat fishing competition on Lough Ree on Sunday, 19th April. Fishing will take place over 5 hours from 11am to 4pm. All entries will be taken at Lanesboro harbour below Lanesboro car park. The entry fee for the competition will be €25. There will be a maximum of 2 rods per person and a maximum of 4 rod per boat. This is a member’s only competition and membership can be taken out on the day. Membership fees are adults €10 and juniors and OAP’s €5. The winner will receive €125, 2nd €100, 3rd €80, 4th€50 and 5th €30. There will be a prize of €25 for the smallest fish. The presentation will take place following the weigh-in at the Yacht bar. The club will also hold a draw for their non-fishing members – the first prize will be a voucher for a two night bed and breakfast and one evening meal for two people in the Pembroke Hotel, Kilkenny city. The voucher has a value of €370 and it is valid for one year. There will also be a number of other prizes.

Membership cards for non-fishing members are still available and they can be purchased at the yacht bar or contact Eithne at 086-1584686.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs. Ann Greene and her family, Main Street on the death of Ann’s brother, Paddy Joe Cunningham, Four-Mile-House, last week.

Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday last 25th March: N/S 1st Gemma Douglas and Elish Gray, 2nd Mona O’Flaherty and Bernadette Gillen and 3rd was Cyril Hussey and Phil Chalmers. E/W 1st Eileen Kelly and Una Clarke, 2nd Mae Casey and Noreen Dunne and 3rd Una Lawlor and Brid Mc Dermott.

Strictly DVD

The show of 2014 Strictly Come Dancing Over the Bridge DVD is now on sale and it is a selling very fast so much so that extra copies have had to be made. This is your opportunity to relive the memories of that wonderful night in Athlone. It was a historic night as it was the first time that both clubs came together across the bridge to put on Strictly and it show what a wonderful community we have. Copies can be bought in O’Brien’s for €15 and it will be tremendous watching and hours of totally unbridled entertainment.

Friday Night is Card Night

For a number of years the traditional Good Friday card game has taken place in St. Mary’s hall. This has proven to be an extremely popular night for card playing and big numbers have turned up to enjoy the night. This year will be no exception as the Rathcline club will once again host the Good Friday 25 Card Drive on Friday week 3rd April at 9pm. Tickets are on sale locally and you are encouraged to buy tickets even if you are not a card player as there will be prizes for non-playing ticket holders. Tickets are priced at €5 and your support will be greatly appreciated. Refreshment will be served and there will be numerous prizes on the night.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge

The results of the competition held on Monday, 9th March are: N/S: Gross and Nett: 1st Kathleen Hanley and Mary Fallon, 2nd tie Fiona Gillen and Phil Chalmers & Mae Casey and Margaret Gillen and 4th Ann Donlon and Freda Kenny. E/W: Gross and Nett: 1st Carol Hamill and Ann Hagan, 2nd No Names and 3rd Maureen Hynes and Mary Jameson. The result of the competition held on Monday, March 16th are: N/S: Gross and Nett: 1stJ.J. Donlon and Kathleen Kelly, 2nd Ann Donlon and Freda Kenny and 3rd Loretta Cooney and K. Harrison. E/W: Gross and Nett: 1st Kathleen Hanley and Mary Fallon, 2nd Noreen Dunne and Philomena Walsh and 3rd Una Clarke and Tom Feeney.

Defibrillator Course

For those that signed up for the Defibrillator course in the recent past I have been assured, on Sunday last, that the course will begin after Easter.


The following are the events at Lanesboro Library and you are encouraged to take part in what event suits you. Basic Computer Course at Lanesboro Library: The library is now taking names for a further afternoon and evening course to be run after Easter. If you are interested please call Stella on 043 332 1291 or email Foreign Currency Appeal Reminder - The library is still collecting unwanted foreign currency and old coins/notes in aid of ISPCC. The smallest donation can make a huge difference. Used stamps are also being collected at the library for ISPCC.

Knitting & Crochet Group meet every Monday 2 – 4pm. Lasraí Writers Group meet on the 2nd Monday of each month 7 – 9pm. The local Active Age group meets every Tuesday from 3 – 4pm. ESOL classes (English for speakers of other languages) continue each Tuesday evening from 7 – 9pm. Very Active Lanesboro Library - Story Time for children ages 4 to 7 with author Dolores Keaveney, will take place in the Library on Friday 10th April at 2.30pm. Basic Computer Course at Lanesboro Library: Names are now being taking names for a further afternoon and evening course to be run after Easter. The classes will run for one hour on Wednesdays for six weeks starting on Wednesday 22nd April. If you are interested please call Stella on 043 332 1291 or email Foreign Currency Appeal Reminder - The on-going collecting of unwanted foreign currency and old coins/notes in aid of ISPCC is continuing. The smallest donation can make a huge difference. Used stamps also being collected at the library for ISPCC. Knitting & Crochet Group meetings every Monday 2 – 4pm. Lasraí Writers Group meeting continues on the Monday 13th April 7 – 9pm. New members welcome. Active Age Group meetings every Tuesday 3 – 4pm. New members welcome.

ESOL classes (English for speakers of other languages) continue each Tuesday evening 7 – 9pm.


The Co. Longford Division 5 team were narrowly beaten by Meath in the semi finals of the Leinster Inter-county competition in Baldoyle, Dublin on Sunday 22nd March. Some great games were played on the day with Meath going on to win. Thanks to our coach Andrew Fenner for all the hard work and dedication and to all who supported us on the day. Well done to the team who consisted of Mark Bermingham, Frank Casey, Owen Casey, Niall Healy, Edel McDermott, Regina Scally, Wendy Ferris, Jean Kennedy and Gráinne Gallagher.

Parent and Toddler Grant

Applications should be made by Parent & Toddler Groups that are organised by parents in the community. Those wishing for further information and interested applicants should contact Longford County Childcare Committee Ltd Office 043 334 2505/Mob 087 878 3054 or email,

Angling Hub

It has been a hectic couple of weeks for the newly formed Lough Ree Lanesborough Angling hub. Last Friday week, 5 members of the hub left town to travel to Farnborough UK where they promoted the area in front of 17,000 anglers at the largest angling show in Britain and Ireland. Philip Gordon, Lanesboro was joined by Alan Horohoe, Ballyleague, Joe Cribbin Ballyleague, Eamon Gleeson, Roscommon and the lads met up with Paul Waghorn - an English angler who has been coming to fish here for twenty years. The lads distributed 5000 leaflets and invited some of the top anglers in England to come back to fish here. The trip was funded by people with a genuine interest in making our angling tourism market here the way it was in the 1980s and 1990s so well down and thanks to the following who sponsored the trip: Publicans Gerald Farrell (Swan Tavern), Alan Farrell (Yacht bar), Mike Sorohan (Lifebelt Bat), Bernard Keane (Supervalu) Longford Tourism Office, ESB Lough Ree Power, Bord na Mona and Fáilte Ireland - Lakelands Tourism. The lads received huge interest in the forthcoming angling competition with a prize fund of €3000. To take part please contact Philip Gordon from the hub at 087 7698468 or e mail: Coaching: Der Casey from the Angling council of Ireland was here on Saturday week last and presented a foundation coaching course in angling tuition for 15 people at St. Mary’s Hall. Well done to all who took part. The coaches came from St Christopher’s Services in Longford, Lanesborough Pike Angling club, Athlone angling hub, Lough Ree Lanesborough Angling hub and Inland Fisheries Ireland. The key thing now is for all trainees to get their Garda clearance forms returned and get ready for the next stage of the training. The objective is to get as many young people as possible onto the river and lake again and encourage people with special needs to enjoy our fishing too. Another foundation course will be run in September. To enrol send your name to Ciaran at Accommodation: Forty anglers from the UK and around the country have already signed up to take part in an International fishing competition here on May 30/31st. The Lough Ree angling hub will need between ten and 20 houses to accommodate the anglers with self-catering and B & B over that weekend. If you would like to provide accommodation please speak to members of our hospitality subcommittee Alan Farrell Yacht Bar or Gerard Farrell, Swan Tavern in the next ten days please or e mail your accommodation details to


To the Casey family, Newtowncashel on the death of Frank Casey and to the Rhatigan family on the death of Pauline Rattigan, Fermoyle.