Cross-county St. Patrick’s celebration!

Ballyleague/Lanesboro set for big day

Ballyleague and Lanesboro are used to coming together to host a variety of colourful events and this St. Patrick’s Day promises to be no different.


  The celebrations will begin with traditional Mass at 12.30 pm in St. Mary’s Church. One of the organisers of this year’s parade, Teresa Costello, said that St. Patrick’s Day in Ballyleague/Lanesboro will be as lively as ever this year.

  “We’ll start with the traditional Mass in St. Mary’s and the Parish Choir will be performing at that as well as local traditional musicians.

  “World champion set dancer, Clodagh Gray, will also be performing in the church. There was a packed Mass last year and it promises to be very lively once again this year,” she said.

  Teresa also offered details of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which has already attracted a large number of floats and participants.

  She said: “The parade will set off from St. Faithleach’s GAA Club at 2.30 pm and will make its way through the Main Street and then finish at the community college.

  “There has been huge interest already but we are still taking applications for floats and participants. One thing is for sure: ‘Trump’ will definitely be making an appearance!”

  The parade is the centrepiece of what will be a colourful and fun-filled day in the area. There will also be a viewing stand in place with plenty of traditional music played throughout the day and Teresa said there also be plenty of opportunities to win prizes.

  “There will be a raffle and draw with €500 worth of prizes given away at the end of the day. We’d like to encourage everyone to come along and get involved and floats are still wanted. The committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported the event this year, including stewards, sponsors, businesses and Longford County Council,” she concluded.