Congratulations to Sharon Brady, Lanesborough winner of the €15,000 Jackpot in Lanesborough Tidy Towns Lotto Draw

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World Fishing Championships Comes to Lanesborough October 5th-10th

The world’s top anglers are coming to Lanesborough and Ballyleague to compete in the 2016 Predator Boat Championships from October 5th to October 10th.
Fishermen and women from 15 countries will be here for 5 nights to fish for pike and perch on Lough Ree.
The event will bring 250 people to the area and is supported by Longford County Council, Roscommon County Council and Failte Ireland.
If you have a lake boat with an engine of over 10HP we would like to hire it for the event
Watch this space for daily updates and full programme details.
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Taste of the Lakelands Food Festival to attract 50 food producers and top Chefs October 6th/7th

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The cream of Ireland’s food producers will be displaying their produce at an International Food Festival and business-to-business event in Lanesborough and Ballyleague on Friday October 7th and Saturday October 8th.
This fantastic festival will be staged in a giant marquee behind St. Mary’s Hall in Lanesborough and will feature chefs such as Nevan Magure, Lanesborough’s very own Patrick Guilibaud Chef Kieran Glennon and Roscommon’s award winning master baker Margaret Sexton
Taste of the Lakelands is being held in conjunction with Longford County Council Local Enterprise Office , Roscommon County Council Local Enterprise Office, Failte Ireland and the EPA Greening the Festival initiative.
Watch this space for daily updates and full programme details. For more information email:


The use of 30 locally based lake boats is required to host the World Predator Boat championships here in Ballyleague and Lanesborough between Wednesday October 5th and Sunday October 9th this year. The owners of the boats will be paid 100 euro per day for each boat on each of the 4 days for bringing out 2 fishermen from each of the 15 countries from around the world who will be attending. That’s 400 euro for your 4 days boat hire. Some boat owners will just have to supply the boat and the engine and no skipper. One of the regulations of the world championship is that ONLY engines of 10HP and more can be used and there is a severe shortage of engines of this horse power in the local area at the moment. If you have a lake boat with a 10HP engine please contact Liam Sweeney in the Lough Ree Angling hub office at 085 1698032 or e as soon as possible. It is important to note that the insurance cover for the four days will be paid by the organisers of the world championship so the owner need have no concern there. The angling hub has already compiled a list of 15 boats for hire to date but another 15 are now needed. It would be a pity if we had to bring in boats from Enniskillen and elsewhere for to stage the world championship on Lough Ree so please consider this offer for your 400 euro boat hire. Thank you.

Magnus Vikings

For the first time in over 1000 years a fleet of Vikings rowed the River Shannon. Northern Ireland’s Magnus Vikings embarked on this epic voyage with a fleet of Viking long ships, an army of Vikings and over 100 miles covered in only 6 days, the Magnus Viking Association rowed from Enniskillen to Athlone, from 2nd – 9th July 2016. Lots of spectators lined the shores of the River Shannon here in Lanesborough on Thursday 7th July 2016 to witness this once in a lifetime event. The Vikings hosted an event at the base camp here in Lanesborough for members of the public to witness real life re-enactments, living history, full period dress, and the Viking way of life.Lough Ree Website Viking Boats 7th July 2016-36