Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes 15th March’09

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes


The entire area was saddened to learn of the death at her residence of Sarah Kennedy, Weekfield on Monday last. Sarah was predeceased only a few months ago by her husband John. She had been in failing health for a time and it was the true character of the woman for the way she faced ill health. She was a woman strong in resolution and dignity. A wonderful neighbour with a heart of gold and her passing will leave a great void in the area and in the hearts and minds of those that had the pleasure to know her. Her remains were removed from her residence on Wednesday last to the Church of the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague and following her funeral Mass her remains were laid to rest in Cashel cemetery. To her son Joe, daughters Margaret and Ann, sisters Mrs. Maureen Mc Ateer, Ballyleague and Sr. Camillus, California, relatives and many friends we would like to extend our sincere sympathy.

 Patrick’s Day Parade

The second St. Patrick’s Day parade will take place on Tuesday next 17th March starting at St. Faithleach’s GAA pitch at 2.30pm. For a first time parade last year proved to be an extravagant affair and it is expected that the number of floats will exceed last year. The athmosphere generated is electric and especially as the parade comes into sight as it makes the bend at Sorohan’s and has the long straight in front of it.  The town last year was thronged and it will be great to have a great day for our community as both sides of the bridge celebrate our national feast day.  Come along and enjoy the athmosphere of the day and celebrate in your own town.

Shannon Gaels Minor club

The club held its registration night on Monday last in the Clubhouse. The majority of membership has been completed but parents are reminded that children who have not completed his/her membership form and paid his/her membership fee will not be allowed to train or compete in club matches. This is due to insurance provisions.

Preparations have begun to prepare a float for the local St Patrick’s Day Parade. We ask any parent if they can help in the preparation, please contact one of the club’s executive.

On Friday last, the club conducted its first coaching seminar. We would like to thank our coaching officer, Cian O Brien for his excellent presentation and demonstration. The next seminar is scheduled for the end of April.

Under 14 Boys and Girls will continue training in Clonbonny on Thursday evening at 8pm.

DVD Launch – The launch of the DVD of the sell out ‘Search for a Star’ will take place in Adie Farrell’s on this Friday night at 9.30pm. As with the show itself the launch promises to one hell of a night. Come along and enjoy the fun.

The club would like to thank  the following spoonsors of their hugely successful Search for a Star: Lakeview Filling Station, Brian Kennelly, Joe and Mary Ghee, Chris Cullen, Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union, Peter Hanley Motors, Michael Sorohan, Padraig Brewster, Joe & Martina O’Brien, Jimmy Flood, Mullooly & Donohoe Construction, Mags Hair Salon, Rathcline GAA, Sean Mimnagh, Gareth Johnston,  Bord na Mona, Louis Herterich, Longford, ESB, Michelle Connerton Cloud 9, Chazey Properties, PJ O’Neill, Micheal O’Sullivan, Brendan O’Sullivan, Denis Connerton, Adie Farrell, Sean Kenny, Padraig Kenny, Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op, Brendan O’Sullivan, Seadna Ryan, John L Farrell, D & S Landscaping, Sean Mc Dermott and Ulster Bank Roscommon.

The club would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the Daly family Rathcline on their sad loss last weeend.


We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Colm and Joan Day and family, Rathcline Road on the untimely death of Colm’s sister-in-law Sue Daly in Dublin last weekend.

Fair Day

At the crack of dawn on Saturday last the clatter of barriers being put in place was the first greeting of the traditional Fair Day. A strong force of volunteers was closing off the upper Main Street area to facilitate the horses, ponies and other animals that would be in brought to Lanesboro Fair. By eight o clock all the stalls were in place and the local Gardaí were on hand that all traffic restrictions were adhered to. The buzz was already in the air despite the dank and dreariness the weather brought to the start of the day.

At half past ten the horses and other animals started to file up the town from the car-park and filled the area set out. It did not take long for the area to fill and the bidding and bargaining started and many animals were sold in the first two hours of trading. The excitement was now infectious and it was great to see so many people lining the street and watching the dealings while others were buying from all the trade stands. Shortly after noon the day closed in and the rain came but it was great to see so many people enjoying themselves and the worries and concerns of the troubled economic times was set aside for the duration of the fair.

The Dog Show at the back of Joe and Martha Farrell’s Yacht Bar took place despite the rain and it was great credit to the dog owners that they turned up in such big numbers. Dogs of all breeds and sizes crammed the car park area of the bar and as usual the show was an outstanding success under the stewardship of Dog Show of organisers Samantha Lulham, Aaron Wyse, Niamh Shea and the watchful eye of judge Gerard Donoghue.

 Again we must pay tribute to the organizational skills of the Fair Day committee for again organizing such an outstanding day. The word volunteerism is the buzz word at the moment within many organizations but there is absolutely no doubt that the people of the area are an example to the world. The number of people volunteering to help out is truly amazing and we as a community have to be right proud of the people that give of their time to help out. It is only right that both the committee and the volunteers be recognized and thanked for their tremendous work all day.

As an aside

While in the shop on Sunday morning a man that has moved into the parish a few years back was discussing the Fair Day and commented to me about the amazing amount of talent and invention that we have in the area. During the conversation he highlighted the number of events and local participation that happens in the area over a year and said that we have a community spirit second to none. It was particularly pleasing to have the spirit of the parish recognised and long may our community maintain and grow such excellent characteristics.

Lough Ree Rowing Club

Lough Ree Rowing club meets every Saturday morning at 10.30 am at the club’s boathouse in the Car Park in Lanesboro. Anyone with an interest is welcome!

Lanesboro Library

You are invited to go along and check out the new Fiction and Non-Fiction titles available now!

Free Internet Access to members.

Opening hours are as follows: Monday – 2pm – 8pm, Tuesday 2pm – 6pm, Wednesday10am – 1pm and from 2pm – 8pm, Friday 10am – 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm, Saturday 10am – 1pm.

Irish Classes starting soon.  If you are interested contact Stella on 043 21291

Lanesboro Indoor Market

Lanesboro Indoor  Market  will Commence on Friday 3rd April in the Co-Op  Hall from 11am-2pm   If you are producing home grown food and interested in same, please give Teresa a call on 27070.


Many congratulations to Pawel Wit and Malwina Malkowski, Gurteengar on the recent birth of a baby boy.

Daffodil Day

Lanesboro Ballyleague Active Age group are hosting their annual Coffee Morning in St. Mary’s Parish Hall on Friday week 20th March from 11am to 1pm. Your are again asked to give your usual generous support to this vital cause.

Eagerly Awaited DVD

The most eagerly awaited DVD from the amazing sell-out Search for a Star will be on sale from Saturday 14th March in O’Brien’s Corner Shop. The show is still the talk of the area and the exceptional performances of all those that took to the stage ensures that the sale of the DVDs will be huge. The official launch of the DVD will take place in Adie Farrell’s Bar on Saturday night 14th March.

Lanesboro Community Games
Congratulations to all the children in the parish who took part in the Art Competition. The winners are: Girls U-8 1st Leah Wyse, 2nd Gráinne Chawke, and 3rd Emily Fallon. Girls U-10 1st Aisling Casey, 2nd Olivia Lisle, 3rd Hannah Shea. Girls U-12 1st Tara McCormack, 2nd Anna Peters, 3rd Lara O’Sullivan. Girls U-14 1st Eleanor Lisle, 2nd Rachel Murray, 3rd Meliss a Coghlan. Boys U-8 1st Sean Kenny, 2nd Liam Ross, 3rd Zach Hanlon. Boys U-10 1st Luke Lisle, 2nd Kacper Kumovek, 3rd Bryn Peters. Boys U-12 1st James Gavigan, 2nd Kevin Sorohan, 3rd Niall Keane. Boys U-14 1st Sean Casey, 2nd Niall Nolan, 3rd Andrew Ward.
The Children who came first will go through to the County Finals in The Templemichael College Longford to draw another picture on Saturday March 21st ’09.  The U8 – U12 will be from 10o’clock and the U14 – U16 at 2o’clock.  On the day the children are to bring their own colouring pencils, marks or paint and paper will be supplied.  There is also a €2 entrance fee payable on the day please arrive about 15mins early.



The under 7 game played last week finished on a scoreline of Ballyboro 2 Ballymahon 1. Ballyboro Lions came away from Ballymahon with a hard fought victory on Saturday last. In a close contest goals from Liam Ormsby and Evan Chalmers gave Ballyboro the victory. Dylan Donlon was in good form in goals and the back three of Chloe Hussey, Jennifer Brennan and Michael Dunne gave very little away. Midfielders Liam Ormsby and James Browne got on top and formed the platform for the win. Up front Orla Costello and Evan Chalmers were always a threat. The Lions remain unbeaten so far this season and the players must be congratulated on this fine feat.
Church Gate Collection
The Community Games committee is holding a Church Gate Collection on Sat 21st Mar
 and Sunday 22nd March at all masses. Please support with your usual generosity.

IFA Public Meeting

The Irish Farmers Association is holding a Public Meeting in Longford Slashers GAA club on this Thursday 12th March night at 8.30pm. The guest speaker will be Padraig Walsh, President IFA.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The fundraising committee and those involved with Lanesboro /Ballyleague Community Playschool would like to thank all those that supported their fund raising Race Night in Clarke’s bar recently. Those who sponsored races, bought and sold horses and who went along on the night to support the night a most enjoyable and successful one.  The group would like to thank in particular the sponsors, namely: Corriplumb, Eddie Shea Cars, Dr. Niall Walsh, FBD Insurance, Roscommon, LSSA – Tommy Kenny Engine Spares, O’Brien’s Chemist, Michael Sorohan, Seamus Killian – butcher, Steve Ormsby & Declan Browne, Adie Farrell, Emmet Gray & Eugene Killian, Chris Cullen Construction, Lakeview Service Station, Connolly Racing, The Shannon Grill, Mount Cashel Stables, Dr. Colm Farrell, James Irwin Construction, Terry Mc Loughlin – butcher, Ollie Kelly Welding and Fabrication, Lanesboro/Ballyleague Credit Union, Fresh ‘n’ Ready vegetables, ESB, Bord na Mona, Mc Gowan Metal Fabrication, Kiernan Structural Steel Ltd and Keane’s Supervalu.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday 4th February are N/S 1st Frank & Francis Brennan, 2nd Hannah Clyne & Tom Feeney, 3rd Mona O’Flaherty & Bernadette Gillen. E/W 1st Kathleen Reilly & Cyril Hussey, 2nd Kathleen Hanley & Bernadette Clancy, 3rd Mae Casey & Noreen Dunne.

Dramatic Memories

Newtowncashel Drama group has just produced a wonderful book ‘Dramatic Memories 1920-2009’. The book was inspired by the 25th anniversary of the present group. It is laced with great memories for the many people that took part in the drama over that time and brings memories flooding back for those that that attended the wonderful productions over that time. The book is available in O’Brien’s and is very reasonably priced at €8

New Pilot Bus Route

Due to demand, Longford Community Resources are commencing with an Integrated Pilot Evening Service on Friday week 6th March from Lanesboro via Killashee to Longford to facilitate Youth Groups or indeed anyone whom wishes to partake of this new Bus-Route.

The bus will depart: O’Brien’s Corner-Lanesboro at 8pm via Killashee. Arrive in Longford 8.30pm and will depart: Longford-Market Square at 11.30pm arriving in Lanesboro at 12.00pm.

This is a Fare-paying route, “the more that travels-the less you pay” For more information; ring Seamus at LCRL Ltd. 043-3345555 or bus provider – Anthony at 087-9004876.

New Camera Club

Camera classes have been held recently in Lanesboro and there apparently now is an expression of desire to form a Camera Club. Please note that a meeting will be held in the ESB Sports & Social Club House at 8 o’clock on Tuesday 24th March. All interested in the formation of a Camera Club are cordially invited to attend. Expert tuition will be given and with our wonderful environment there are a host of opportunities for people with cameras. Go along and enjoy and see your area through the lens.

St. Faithleach’s

O’Rourke Cup: See fixtures for detail of next game.
Tansey Cup: After a hard fought game against Fuerty in Athleague on Friday last we were defeated by 1 point. Final Score – St. Faithleach’s 1-6 Fuerty 1-7. Team: M. Tarmey, J. Tarmey, J. Vesey, D. McCormack, M. F. O’Grady, D. Murray, P. Hunt, J. Quigley, D. Ryan (0-1), B. Murtagh (0-1), P. Murray, J. Connor, B. Reynolds (0-3), A. Brehon (1-1), D. Rooney. Subs: P. Brennan, P. Wallace. See fixtures game next weekend.
Junior Ladies: We had a convincing win against Elphin on Sunday last. See fixtures for next game.
Lotto: Numbers drawn – 14, 19, 24 and 25. No jackpot winner. 20euro winners – Lucy Malone, Lehery. Eugene Hester, Knock. John Hanly, Kilnasellagh. Evan Tynan, Moneen. James Irwin, Cloonadra. Next draw 17/3/09 in the Club House – Jackpot 7,800euro. Team on duty – M. Cleary, S. Carty, J. Gannon & M. Walsh. Annual Lotto due end of March for €50.
Card Game: Every Tuesday night in the Club House, 9 o’clock sharp. New Players Welcome. Results of last weeks games: 12 games – Michael/Tom. 11 games – Ann/Michael. Last game – Padraig/Sonny. Ticket Winners – B & M Kyne, M. Rogers, S. Parker.
Rose of Tralee: The Club are hosting a ‘Rose of St. Faithleachs’ in the Club House on 28th March. The Rose chosen will then go forward to compete in the Rose of Roscommon. A great night to look forward to.
Fundraising Event – We are holding a ‘Deal or No Deal’ Night in the Club House next Saturday Night, 14th March. Admission €5. Get your tickets and you will be in with a chance to win up to 500euro. Raffle on the night also. Come along and enjoy a great night of entertainment.
Minor Club – Family Night: The Minor Club’s Family & Presentation Night was held on Friday last in the Club House. Chairman, Jimmy Brennan welcomed everyone and thanked all for their efforts during 2008. He congratulated the U12 Girls on their fantastic achievement of winning the County Final. He welcomed Gary Cox who made the presentations on the night to the following – Medals to U10 & U8 Boys and Girls. County Final Winners Medals to U12 Girls. County Final Winners Shield – U12 Girls was presented to Captain Kellie Murphy. Trophies were presented to our County Players – Minor Ladies: Amanda McCloon, Siobhan Ormsby & Aisling Lannon. U12 Girls – Kellie Murphy & Joan Geoghan. U14 Boys: Damien Gibbons. U16 Boys: Ciaran Murtagh. Minor Men: Kieran Brennan & Brian Murtagh. Captain of the U12 Girls, Kellie Murphy, presented Manager/Mentors Jimmy Brennan & Sheila Collier with a token of appreciation from the U12’s for all their hard work and support last year, in particular on their achievement of the County Final Title. Team of the Year Awards were presented to U14 Boys and U12 Girls. Rachel Banahan & Kellie Murphy accepted the award on behalf of the U12 Girls. Jerome Kelly & Damien Gibbons accepted the award on behalf of the U14 Boys. Chairman Jimmy Brennan thanked Gary Cox and presented him with a token on behalf of the Minor Club. He congratulated everyone on their achievements for 2008. A presentation was made to Henry & Mary Kenny in appreciation from the Minor Club for their help over the years and congratulated them on their 40th Wedding Anniversary. Jimmy Brennan thanked everyone for their support on the night, all who bought tickets, all those who supplied refreshments on the night, all who sold tickets, Tom Gill our DJ and all who helped out in any way. A great night was had by all.
Minor Match: Our Minors were defeated by Strokestown on Sunday last at home. See fixtures for next game.
St. Patricks Day Parade: The Club are going to take part in the St. Patricks Day parade once again this year and we hope to have all the boys and girls from St. Faithleach’s out on the day. Traditional evening to be held in the Club House afterwards.
Sympathy: The Club extends deepest sympathy to the Kennedy Family, Weakfield on the death of their mother Sarah Kennedy

Lough Ree Theatre Company

In light of the inordinate number of events happening in the area at present the Lough Ree Theatre Company have decided to delay their play ‘Thy will be done’ until a later date.  Presently there are a lot of events going on in the local area and this led to the conclusion of the committee to defer the play. The decision was based on the large number of locals that are highly involved in these events and in order to give everybody the chance to draw breath. Rehearsals will continue apace and when the big night comes I am sure it will have been a play well worth waiting for.



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