Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes 4th May’09

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Lough Ree Rowing Club

Lough Ree Rowing Club will hold a general meeting on Saturday week 9th May in the old Sub Aqua Clubhouse building at the Car Park in Lanesboro.  The meeting will commence at 12 noon.  Rowing is truly a sport of skill and technique affording you the opportunity to be whatever you want to achieve in rowing. All those with even a fleeting interest in the sport of rowing should make every effort to attend the meeting.

Lanesboro Primary School Enrolment

All new infants intending to attend Lanesboro Primary School this coming September are invited to an enrolment afternoon in the school on Friday 15th May between 1pm and 3pm.


The marriage took place on Saturday last 2nd May at St. Mary’s Church, Athlone of Lisa O’Rourke, daughter of Jimmy and Marlyn O’Rourke, Auburn Heights, Athlone and Seamus O’Neill son of Sean and Mary O’Neill, Knock, Lanesboro. Chief Bridesmaid was Geraldine Flanagan, sister of the bride, and bridesmaid was Jennifer Brennan friend of the bride. Bestman was P.J. O’Neill brother of the groom and groomsman was Noel Ferguson friend of the groom.

The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Patsy Mc Dermott assisted by Fr. Mickey Reilly.

The wedding reception was held in the Abbey Hotel Roscommon. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded happiness.

Lanesboro Pike Angling Club

The Michael Casey Perpetual Trophy Pike (Boat) Competition will take place on Sunday next 10th May in Lanesboro. Fishing will take place from 11am to 4pm and entries will be taken from 10.30am. The launching area is the from the harbour below the car park.

The entry fee is €25 per boat and there is a maximum of 4 rods per boat. There will be a prize of €250 for the heaviest Pie caught over 20lbs weight. The competition is confined to members only and membership can be taken out on the day – adults €10 and juniors €5.

Following the fishing completion there will be a special draw in the Yacht Bar for non fishing members. The prizes are four shopping vouchers valued at €50 for Keane’s Supervalu. Membership is available from the Yacht Bar.

Kids Angling Competition

On Saturday 16th May, Lanesboro Pike Anglers will host a Kids Competition for boys and girls aged 15 and under. The competition is for Lanesboro and district and will take place along the hot water stretch. Entries will be taken at 10am and the entry fee is €1. There will be prizes galore to be won on the day.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

The captain of Lough Ree Golfing Society, Paddy Donlon and the committee members, Frank Conmy, Charlie Brennan, Jim Finn, Joe Mc Grath and Brendan Whitty invite old and new members to an enjoyable day’s golf at Roscommon Golf Club on Saturday week 16th May. The tee is booked from 10am to 11am and to be sure of getting on the time sheet please text your name to secretary Frank Conmy, 087-9730611 as soon as possible or contact any of the above committee members of your intention to attend and play.

Membership is open to all, so do go along and enjoy the craic and test the wonderful new greens at Roscommon Golf Club. The Society looks forward to welcoming you on the 16th.

Date Change of Neighbourhood Watch meeting

While we all feel that the Government needs to make crucial and critical cutbacks in spending in an effort to get the economy back on an even keel. The last thing we expected was that while the minister was making announcements on pension cuts that could not be touched unless by the express permission of these ‘pensioners’ he was cutting a vital service to the real pensioners. He was suspending the funding for the Scheme of Community Support for old people.

At a time that not alone pensioners are feeling very vulnerable in their homes and business he hits at the most defenceless in our country. He hits out at the people that put this country on its feet that worked through the last recession to build and make the country what it was before greed and avarice over took in the past few years and swiftly allowed the carpet of support to be pulled swiftly from under their feet. Surely they deserve much better respect that what was bestowed on them in the last election.

As the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs tersely put it “As a result, the funding for a range of activities supported by this Department has had to be curtailed to meet the Government’s objectives”.

Rathcline Neighbourhood Watch group will hold a meeting in the Lough Ree Development Co-Op Hall on Tuesday 12th May at 8.30pm. The Garda Superintendant, local Garda Sergeant Martina Reddington and public representatives will be in attendance. It is extremely important that a huge crowd attend this meeting and voice their opinion on such a crucial and most worthy cause. Questions must be asked and answers must be obtained in response. The people of Rathcline should rise in one voice and ensure that this is the case.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes

The Ardagh Clonmacnois Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from Wednesday 27th May to Monday 1st June. The pilgrimage will be led by Bishop Colm O’Reilly, Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois. The pilgrimage Director is Monsignor Bernard Noonan, Moate phone 090 6481180 and the invalid section is dealt by Fr. Michael Scanlon P.P. Cloghan phone 0902-57122. The cost of the pilgrimage is €725 inclusive per person.

Club Celebrates 125 years this weekend

Sunday next will see the celebration of 125 years of the GAA and the Shannon Gaels Club are driving the club celebrations.

All associated with all sections of the GAA are asked to assemble in the car-park at 10.30am. The club will parade behind the army pipe band from the bridge to St. Mary’s Church where there will be a special Mass at 11.30am remembering all deceased club members and honouring those that have and continue to develop the club. The chief celebrant will be our Parish Priest Fr. Mickey Reilly who is one of Longford’s legendary footballers.

The club will also make a special presentation at the Church of Ireland congregation at St. John’s Church to mark the involvement of their parishioners to the club over the years.   Following Mass the club activities of the day will commence in Clonbonny where there will be a host of activities.

There will be a celebrity match between former players with team managements to be seen to be believed. Size and lack of stamina will no doubt be the order of the day – The teams – Rathcline will be represented by Manager Packie Reilly assisted by his selector and club president Hilary O’Sullivan. Their team is led by captain Johnny Mc Cormack, Chris Cullen Snr, Mark Casey, Brendan Keane, Seadna Ryan, Louis Skelly, Padraig Farrell, Michelle Lisle, Declan Connor, Louis Mullooly, Steve Peters, Albert Cooney, Jimmy Flood, Seamus Nolan, and Diarmuid O’Sullivan. The Honest John Martins (the original of the Rathcline species) will be managed by Kevin Murray with Jim Harold ably assisting him in the selection of this superstar outfit who will be led by captain James Casey, and the panel is John Sorohan, Joe O’Brien, Anthony Healy, Joe Kiernan, Brendan O’Sullivan, Sean Mc Dermott, Jacqui Rooney, Denis Crinigan, Joe Rooney, Brendan Rhatigan, Brian Kennelly, Padraig O’Dowd, Michael O’ Sullivan, John James O’Reilly and P.J. O’Neill. There is no doubt the game will have the same intensity and will be similar to that thrilling encounter on Sunday in the Hurling League Final between Kilkenny and Tipperary. The talent on show ensures that this game will be riveting with a huge amount of thrills and spills or should I say trips and fouls. Never again will such a fine and talented group of footballers ever be gathered together in Clonbonny. This game is a must and one that cannot be missed. This game is assured to bring tears but it will surely be tears of laughter. Don’t miss it. In the event of a draw cardiac extra time will be played of half hour a half.

There will be an exhibition of rounders by the under 16 panel. There will be a match between the senior team and the under 14s in bys and the senior team will be meeting their wearing wellingtons. While the senior ladies will play the Under 14 ladies and the senior ladies will be wearing runners.

There will be the unveiling of a plaque in memory of everybody that has worked, played and supported the club since its inception.  There will also be an unveiling of club historical documents from its earliest days in the reception room. These documents were kindly donated to the club by Eddie Farrell and we are most grateful to him for his gesture.

Kieran Feeney has been busy throughout the parish getting interviews from club members and players both past and present and his excellent interviews will also get its first airing.  The club will also announce a panel to investigate and document a history of our club.

 There will be a launch of a census of the population of foreign nationals in the parish and adopt an inclusion plan to make them feel part of and participate in our club events. The cultural side of the GAA Scόr will also take a place of pride in the celebrations especially as it is a developing activity in the club and bringing so much enjoyment to so many club members.

This promises to be a wonderful day for the club and parish and it is very important that you are part of the celebrations. A collection will be taken up on the day with the full proceeds going to the Special Olympics.

The day of celebrations will be brought to a close with a ‘Hooley and Oiche Céoil’ in The Peer Inn, Lisnacusha. The club encourages all parishioners to finish off a great day with a great night out in the Peer.

The club would like to invite and welcome anybody that was part of the parish in any stage of their lives back to the club for the day. It would be great to relive memories and meet up with old friends and fellow parishioners.

Heart Foundation Walk

Already there has been a wonderful response to my appeal for sponsorship for my walk in Kerry in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation. Donations have arrived from all surrounding parishes and further afield. I would like to extend my sincere thanks and it is my pleasure to be walking for people with such generosity.

Community Games

U- 10 Football
Congratulations to the Lanesboro (Shannon Gaels) U-10 mixed girls and boy’s football team who had another exciting win over Cashel on Wednesday last in Cashel. The team ran out convincing winners and the scorers for Shannon Gaels were Philip Chalmers 3-1, Oran Kenny 2-0, Seán Maguire 1-1, Keith Irwin 1-0, Cronan Flood 0-1, Con Casserley 0-1 and  Dean O’Reilly 0- 1.  

Community Games Athletics
The local Community Games finals in the athletics will take place on the Track on Sunday 10th May at 2.30pm weather permitting. All children ages U-8 to U-16. U-5 and U-6 will also be catered for. Medals for all events will be
presented on that day.

Fermoyle Enrolment

Enrolment for the academic year 09/10 will take place in Fermoyle National School on Friday 8th May between 2pm and 3pm. Application forms and alternative arrangements are available on request from the school; phone 21959.

Are you interested in the sport of Athletics

A new monthly athletics e-zine will provide runners all over Ireland with information about the sport they love – and it will be absolutely free of charge.

The new e-zine is being launched by two Mayo men – Mark Scanlon and Liam Horan – in mid-April. Mark and Liam are both keen runners, with Mark something of an endurance man – last year he ran seven marathons in seven different continents over seven months.

But just in case that achievement scares people into thinking the new e-zine is solely targeted at people who can run forever. Liam is a man coming from the other end of the scale.

Mark has a body fat count that barely registers on the scale. Liam is the man with a much fuller figure, which brings it own, challenges when running. Between the two of them, they feel we can bring out an e-zine that will appeal to all shapes and sizes.

Liam recently completed two 8ks, my first races in over 20 years, and his aim is to break 40 minutes this year for that distance. Modest stuff!

Runners – speedsters and the more leisurely-paced – can sign up for the e-zine by logging onto, where they can enter their name and email address. Each month, the e-zine will be emailed to subscribers in medium resolution, so it won’t clog up their inboxes.

Mayo native, Liam Horan is a well known and respected journalist with columns in the Irish Examiner, Athlone Voice and a contributor to the Des Cahill Drivetime radio show. He is also editor of the newly produced Connaught GAA newsletter ‘Into the West’. You can obtain a free copy and register to have each edition sent to your inbox by clicking on the following link

Shannon Gael Minor Club

The club will host the Lá na gClub on Sunday next 10th May – see details elsewhere in notes.

 The under 8 team continues training on Thursday nights. Under 10 – the have won their group in the Community Games and now play Killoe in the semi final in the coming days. A special word of thanks to the Cashel club for their hospitality following the game last week.

Under 12 – training continues for the under 12s as usual. Under 14 – beaten in the league by 4 points by a strong Drumlish side.  Under 16’s played Colmcille on Thursday last and were unfortunate to lose. They play Ardagh this Saturday in the league. Under 18  – The minors had their first outing of the year on Sunday last and were unlucky to lose to Kenagh. It was a good game and encouraging signs for the future.

Kilgefin Community Games

Handwriting. U10 Girls: 1st Megan Banahan, 2nd Jessica Rogers, 3rd Natasha Hegarty. Boys: Eoin Farrell, 2nd Michael O’Donnell, 3rd Marco Freeman.

U13 Girls: 1st Niamh O’Donnell, 2nd Ellen Hegarty, 3rd Bernadette Carberry. Boys: 1st Jonathan Hussey, 2nd Cormac Gannon, 3rd Jordan Donlon. Thank you to all who took part and their teachers for helping them prepare. Congratulations to all winners. The first two in each category will represent Kilgefin at the county handwriting competition on Tuesday 5th May at 7pm in Kilbride Community Centre. Thank you to Mary Jameson who judged the handwriting competition.

Local Sports day Sunday 3rd May. We had a great days sport on Sunday last and the sun shone too. Thank you to St. Faithleach’s club who suspended all football matches to allow us prepare for and run the sports. The ground was in great condition. Thank you to all who gave a hand in any way in preparation for the event and thank you to all the families that turned up to enjoy a great afternoons community sports. Thank you to Ballyboro scouts who provided tents for the games officials and shelter for all if the rain came. Thank you Tom Donlon for providing shop and to Aíne, Clare, Shauna and Margaret who ran the shop. In keeping with the spirit of the Community Games ethos of a Healthy Mind in a healthy Body free fruit was provided for all athletes. Thanks to Fresh’n’Ready and Ted Falvey for assisting with a lovely range of fruit. The following lists the event winners:

U8 60m Girls: 1st Orla Costello. 2nd Clare Curley, 3rd Eleanora Vicainaja. Boys: 1st Ronan Banahan, 2nd John Phelim Reilly, 3rd David Kilcoyne.

U8 80m Girls: 1st Orla Costello, 2nd Clare Curley, 3rd Eleanora Vicainaja. Boys: 1st Ronan Banahan, 2nd John Phelim Reilly, 3rd David Kilcoyne.

U10 100m Girls: 1st Ellen Irwin, 2nd Lauren Cox, 3rd Sarah Scally. Boys: 1st Eoin Farrell, 2nd Éanna Donoghue, 3rd Michael O’Donnell.

U10 200m Girls: 1st Sarah Scally, 2nd Ellen Irwin, 3rd Lauren Cox. Boys: 1st Éanna Donoghue, 2nd Cormac Gannon, 3rd Oran Walton.

U10 60m hurdles Girls: 1st Lauren Cox, 2nd Sarah Scally, and 3rd Ellen Irwin. Boys: 1st Eoin Farrell, 2nd Éanna Donoghue, 3rd Cormac Gannon.

U12 100m Girls: 1st Rachel Banahan, 2nd Megan Banahan, 3rd Jade Farrell. Boys: 1st Stephen Walsh, 2nd Colm Mangan, 3rd Jonathan Hussey.

U12 600m Girls: 1st Niamh Scally, 2nd Rachel Banahan, 3rd Jade Farrell. Boys: 1st Colm Mangan, 2nd Conor Smith, 3rd Conor Walton.

U14 100m Girls 1st Nicole Carty, 2nd Rachel Costello, 3rd Clare Cleary. Boys: 1st Patrick Nolan, 2nd Gordon Kelly.

U14 800m Girls: 1st Rachel Costello, 2nd Shauna O’Neill, 3rd Niamh O’Donnell.

U14 Long Kick: Girls: 1st Shauna O’Neill. Boys: 1st Michael Cox

We also had novelty events for all age groups. These included Egg and Spoon, Wheelbarrow, Three-legged and sack races where the rule book was thrown out and the smartest people won!!

HSE Community Games County Track Event Finals will take place in St. Faithleach’s on

Sunday 31st May (5pm) and Monday 1st June (12pm). The County Field event finals take place on Friday 5th June at Taughmaconnell starting at 7pm

St. Faithleach’s GAA

O’Rourke Cup: The Club made history once again when our seniors played their 1st match on our 2nd new pitch at St. Faithleach’s GAA Grounds on Friday evening last. We drew with St. Croan’s. Final Score: St. Faithleach’s 2-7 St Croan’s 2-7. Team: D. Thompson, P. Hunt, D. Murray, J. Connor, A. Murtagh, E. Kenny, S. Ormsby, M. Reynolds(0-1), S. O’Grady, B. Scally, C. McCormack (1-3), D. Hussey (0-2), B. Reynolds (0-1), A. Dooney (1-0), A. Brehon. Subs: P. Murray, J. Vesey.
Tansey Cup: We play against St. Ronan’s on Sunday next, see fixtures for details.
Junior Ladies: Congratulations and well done to our Junior ladies who are through to the League Final after defeating St. Dominic’s at home on Friday evening last. Final Score – St. Faithleach’s 3-9 St. Dominic’s 2-6. Team: C. Manning, C. Monaghan, L. Martin, C. Brennan, E. Hussey, L. McCloon, B. Hanly, J. Melia, A. Hanly, M. Corcoran, C. Scally, E. Scally, L. Connor, A. Quirke, A. Mc Loone. Subs: D. Trimble, E. Donlon, K. O’Hara, R. Hanly. League Final will be against St. Barry’s in two weeks time.
Best of Luck: To Carol Manning & Emma Hussey with the Roscommon Ladies in the Division 3 Final against Wicklow in Kiltoom on Saturday 9th May at 1.45pm.
Lotto: The numbers drawn were 5, 9, 21 and 25. No jackpot winner. €20 winners: Mick Enright, Cloontuskert. Paddy McHugh, Rooskey. Michael Henry, Moneen. Dea & Maureen Fallon, Ballyglass. Adina & Breda Reynolds, Weakfield. The next draw takes place on Tuesday night next 12th May for a jackpot of €8,200. The team on duty is G. Donlon, P. Kenny, R. McCormack, and T. Irwin.
Card Game: Every Tuesday night in the Club House, 9 o’clock sharp. New Players welcome. Results of last week’s games: 12 games – Brendan/Michael. 9 games – Michael/Dan. Last game – Mickey/Mary. Ticket winners – P. Feeney, V. Sullivan, D. Cox, N. Gibbons.

Minor Boys: Our Minor Boys were defeated by St. Aidan’s on Sunday last.
U14 Boys: Defeated Kilglass at home on Thursday evening last. Final Score: St. Faithleach’s 4-18 Kilglass 4-6. Team: C. Farrell, J. Kelly, J. Garvey, D. Healy, J. Mulryan, C. Mangan, K. Farrell, C. Gannon(0-6), E. Connell(0-2), D. Murtagh(4-8), S. Phillips, C. Gannon(0-1), J. Hussey(0-1). Sub: M. Cox.
La na gClub – Minor Club: Sunday May 10th the GAA’s La na gClub (Day of the Club) will be celebrated all over the country to mark 125years since its foundation. All underage players are asked to attend 11 o’clock Mass in Ballyleague on Sunday wearing their Club Colours. Sunday evening we are holding an U8 & U10 Blitz against Rathcline in the St. Faithleach’s GAA Grounds, details to follow. Our Senior Club will be celebration La na gClub at a later date, details to follow.
Upcoming Events: Live Music in the Club House this Saturday night with Music by ‘A Bit of Craic’. Our Minor club are holding a Table Quiz in the Club House on 17th May. Please support. Look out for upcoming Social Night to be held on 23rd May. More details to follow.
Kilgefin Community Games: Well done to all who took part in the Kilgefin Community Games held in St. Faithleach’s GAA Grounds on Sunday last.
Best of Luck: To the Ballyboro U11 Boys who play against Lisryan in the LDSSL U11 Boys League Final this Wednesday evening at 6.00om in Abbeycartron.  To the Ballyboro U11 Girls who play against UCL Dolphins in the LDSSL U11 Girls League Final this Saturday at 10.00am in the Mall AstroTurf Pitch.
Merchandise: Club Merchandise now on sale, please phone Derek Thompson on (087) 8172668.
‘Deal or No Deal’: A great night was had by all on Saturday night last as we held our 2nd running of ‘Deal or No Deal’ in the Club House. Congratulations to the winners on the night.
Golf Society: Anyone interested in forming a Golf Society please contact Derek Thomson on (087) 8172668 for details.
Congratulations: To all the children of the parish who made their 1st Holy Communion on Saturday last in Ballyleague.

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