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LANESBORO

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Lanesboro and its sister town of Ballyleague straddle the river Shannon. The border between Roscommon and Longford runs across the bridge.

Lanesboro has 414 households with a relative young population of1248. It is situated on the banks of the River Shannon - on the northern side of Lough Ree. This fact, together with its location, provides considerable development potential. In this region there are extensive waterways, well-stocked rivers and scenic landscapes in unspoilt environmental settings. Lanesboro is situated midway on the Shannon and is a popular stopping point for continental holiday cruisers. Also in the area is the famous 'hot water stretch' which is known to anglers near and far. The bank between the power station and the bridge has recently been re-laid by a very active FAS group. A 44,000 grant was received from the European Regional Development Fund through the Central Fisheries Board. Further development is planned. Bream, tench, roach, pike, perch and eels can be caught in Lanesboro.

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A large area on the north-eastern side of Lough Ree is in a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). The local Development group hopes to preserve this site as it is a unique area for Flora and Fauna. The area is similar to the Burren in county Clare in sofar that similar examples of plantlife can be seen in both locations. There also are rare orchids growing here, of which there are only a few more examples to be seen in Ireland. Away from the SAC area it is hoped to develop some amenities for locals, holidaymakers as well as the passing boat people. The site itself contains 23 acres on the eastern bank of the Shannon. It is presently owned by Longford County Council. The site is unused and has lain idle for the last 20 years. Adjacent to the site is an existing public car park.

Lanesboro and Ballyleague together cater very well for tourists with many guesthouses, B&B's and hotels. It is easily reached from all major cities and points of entry into Ireland.

We would also like to promote a children's play park area as a quality amenity in the area. This is planned as an enclosed area and will be supervised at all times when in use. It is hoped to have about 5,000 fee-paying visitors to the children's play park in the first year. It can be also be advertised as an asset to attract families in holiday magazines and cruiser holiday brochures - as a supervised stop-off play area. This way it would benefit the passing boat families. It will be an attraction for tourists holidaying in the area and it is a necessity for the people and their children living in the area. There are no playing areas/facilities provided in Lanesboro by the council or private enterprise for any of our children.

Supervision of the play area could give much needed employment to the unemployed females of the area

. The Traditional Horse fair of Lanesboro will be held on 12th and 13th February 2000

. This will include ,Vintage Car Rally, Heritage Weekend and Co-0p Launch.There will be a Historick Tour of County Longford with Tour Guide Anita Hanley on Sunday morning.

. ESB Lough Ree Environmental Spring School and Tradetional Easter fair will be held on the 15th and 16th April 2000

. Eanna Ni Lamhna will be doing a Field Trip focusing on Spring Flowers and Hedge Rows.

. ESB Lough Ree Environmental Summer School and Arts Festival will be held on the 9th to the 16th July 2000

. This Year a new addition is a Childrens Summer Camp. Brochure of events available in late January

For further information Phone 043 27070 or 043 27042


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