Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes 18th May’09

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Lough Ree Rowing Club is up and running!

The Rowing Club in Lanesborough has just appointed a new committee consisting of experienced rowers and those who are brand new to the sport.

We had a great trip out on the River Shannon on Saturday.

If you like the water, keeping fit, great fun and meeting new people – why not join us every Saturday morning in the car-park in Lanesborough at half ten.

Everyone over the age of 12 is welcome! For further information please email us at the Club or call 087-7496479 after 6pm.

Memories continued

The memories of last stirred up many memories for a lot of people judging by the number of comments in the shop and the emails received. It was great to chat to so many about the

In 1961 the new houses in Knock were inhabited and those that moved in were JJ and Gertie Fallon, John and Betty Reilly, Joe and Josie Kiernan, Johnny and Phil Chalmers, Eamon and Maura Fallon, Tom and Mrs. Carberry, Barney and Annie Ross and Jimmy and Mrs Clarke.

Memories are great but there is always someone left out when you take a trip down memory lane and of course I made the cardinal sin of starting my trip at nurse Donlon’s and omitted from my list the best located house in the town, Eamon and Eithne Ryan’s – where would you get a better location and of course Paddy Kenny’s Garage – if only those walls could talk they would tell some stories

I was told through an email from Bernadette Troy formerly Bernadette O’Neill in Washington that I had left out Harold’s cinema.  To tell the truth I never heard, until I got the email, about Harold’s cinema and I am sure it will bring back memories to those that can remember it.

Some people have encouraged me to go through the houses on the Green. That will be a much more difficult task considering all the families that came and went even through my time. This is something that needs much more work. I have made a start by asking people to recall for me the names they can remember and I am hoping that Bord na Mona will have kept their records of all in the Green. It will be a challenge and I hope that in the near future I will have the comprehensive list for the 64 houses.  


Congratulations to Alan and Orla Fayne, Aughakeel, on the birth last week of a baby boy.

Fishing Competition

Last Saturday Lanesboro Pike Angling club held a children’s competition on the river bank. It was a very successful day with 15 anglers taking part, ranging in age from 6 to 14 years old. A fun day was enjoyed by all with lots of fish being caught. All managed to win a prize, nobody went home empty handed. It is hoped that there will be another competition for the young anglers in the near future.

The club would like to thank everybody that turned out on the day and look forward to seeing them all again in the next competition.

Kilgefin Community Games

The U12 ball throw local competition will take place next Friday 22nd May at 7pm on the third pitch at St Faithleach’s GAA grounds. Anyone living in the Kilgefin area that was born between 01/08/1997 and 31/07/1999 is eligible to take part.

There will also be a short training session for our relay teams at 7.30 on Friday evening. The teams are as follows:

Mixed U10   1 Ellen Irwin, 2 Lauren Cox, 3 Eoin Farrell, 4 Éanna Donohue, and subs Sarah Scally and Michael O’Donnell.

Boys U12    1 Stephen Walsh, 2 Colm Mangan, 3 Jonathan Hussey, 4 Conor Smith, sub Conor Walton. Girls U12     1 Rachel Banahan, 2 Jade Farrell, 3 Niamh Scally, 4 Catherine Geoghegan.

Girls U14     1 Nicole Carty, 2 Rachel Costello, 3 Claire Cleary, 4 Niamh O’Donnell, sub Áine Collier.

Lanesboro/Ballyleague Community Playschool

Lanesboro Ballyleague Community Playschool is holding a fund raising event in Sorohan’s private function room on Saturday 6th May.  Paul Malone, comedian will be providing a night of laughter for all.  Tickets are €10.  The show starts at 9.30 pm.  Anyone wishing to purchase tickets can do so by either telephoning Teresa on 086-7919-733 (leave a message out of playschool hours and Teresa will call you back).  Alternatively, tickets will be available at Sorohan’s and a number of local outlets still to be confirmed.

 Any parent who has enrolled their child for playschool in September 2009 or wishes to enrol their child are advised to telephone Teresa on 086-7919-733 or call into the playschool between 10.15am and 12.00 noon within the next two weeks so final lists for the September intake can be drawn up. 

 We are hoping to extend our service to offer After School Care in the future.  The provision of this service will depend upon there being enough demand in order to make it viable.  If you think you would be interested in using this service please telephone Teresa on 086-7919-733 to express your interest.

Defibrillator Scheme

Lough Ree Defibrillator Scheme had its first meeting almost two years ago. Its aim was to have defibrillators available for the community and to train people in their use in the parishes of Rathcline and Kilgefin.

Following some fund raising, the group purchased defibrillators and training equipment. To date there are over 60 people trained in the use of an AED. Training has taken place in the Co-Op hall, St. Mary’s hall, ESB clubhouse and Ballagh National School. There are three local instructors Kevin Madden and Evelyn Rooney in Rathcline and Aisling O’Shaughnessy in Ballyleague. The training is free and takes four hours. Training is ongoing and more people are encouraged to train and in time become responders. The more people trained the greater chance of saving lives. Contact the co-op for more information.

Presently there are responders on call in both the Rathcline and Kilgefin areas. These responders have an AED with them at all times. Each responder is on call for two or three days each month. There is an AED inside the Co-Op building and the five staff members are fully trained. There is also one in Johnston’s Pharmacy where Gareth is also trained.

To mark ‘Happy Heart Weekend’ the C0-Op has now placed and AED outside of Keane’s Supervalu. This AED can be accessed 24 hours a day. The committee would like to thank Bernard Keane for permission to place the AED outside his premises.  


Congratulations to Brendan and Rosemary Gillen on the recent birth of a baby boy.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the recent competitions are: Wednesday 6th May 1st Phil Chalmers & Cyril Hussey, 2nd Bernie Kyne & Brendan Dowling, 3rd Patsy Canavan & Peg Clarke, 4th Frank and Frances Brennan. Wednesday 13th May 1st Marie Sheeran & Gemma Douglas, 2nd Maura Hanley & Mairead Gill, 3rd Phil Chalmers & Cyril Hussey, 4th Tom Feeney & Hannah Clyne.

The summer competition will take place on this Wednesday 20th May at 8pm sharp and also on Wednesday night names for the dinner the following Wednesday will be taken.

Lanesboro Library

A Photographic Exhibition of local national schools football teams over the years, is taking place in the library from 11th May 09 to 30th May 09.  Photographs from all schools in the parish are included from 1960s to date.  If anyone would like a copy emailed to them please contact Stella on 043 3321291 or email

Training Opportunities

Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) offers those over 21 years and for six months either (a) you or your spouse have been in receipt of social welfare payments (b) have been signing for credits (c) or you are a lone payment an opportunity to join the  VTOS  programme and receive training free of charge. If this is of interest to you should contact the Adult Education Officer, VEC office, Longford phone 043-45474 immediately as the courses are about to commence.

Local connection to Longford Rose

The newly elected Longford Rose has a local connection Lisa Duffy won the Final last week and Lisa’s is granddaughter of Tommie and Nancy Kelly, Cloontuskert. We would like to wish Lisa well as she goes forward and hope to see her in the Finals in Tralee later in the year.

Shannon Gaels

The club would like to congratulate Aonait Casey for representing the club so well in the recent Longford Rose competition.

A very important club meeting will take place in the clubhouse on this Wednesday night at 9.15pm. All executive members and anybody interested in club development both on and off the field are invited to attend. Your input into your club is always very welcome.

The club coaching officer Cian O‘Brien hosted the second seminar for club coaches on Friday evening last and a further seminar will be held during the month of June. The importance of club and prospective coaches to these seminars cannot be over stressed and all are asked that they keep developing the coaching skills by ensuring they get all new information available from these seminars.

Under 6’s training commences in Clonbonny on Thursday next from 6 to 7pm. Clonbonny will be a busy place every Thursday as training also takes place for under8, under 10 and under12’s also between 6 and 7pm.

The club congratulates senior club chairman Alan Fayne and his wife Orla on the birth last week of a baby boy.

Indoor Market

Indoor Market continues to grow in the Lough Ree Co-op Hall every Friday from 11am. – 2 pm. The latest addition is the fish stall which is always sold out. To avoid disappointment why not pre-order your fish at the co-op office. Orders must be placed before the Thursday of the week. Why not pay us a visit and pick up some good food.

The staff would like to thank Pauline Brennan for her help on Friday

St. Faithleach’s

O’Rourke Cup: We were defeated by Elphin on Sunday last. Final Score – St. Faithleach’s 1-8 Elphin 1-11. Team: D. Thompson, D. Murray, D. Thompson, B. Scally, A. Murtagh, E. Kenny, S. Ormsby, A. Brehon (0-2), M. Reynolds, J. Connor, P. Wallace (0-1), B. Murtagh (0-1), D. Hussey (0-3), A. Dooney, C. McCormack (1-1). Subs: D. Ryan.

Tansey Cup: Game against Dominic’s postponed due to weather conditions.
Junior Ladies: We were defeated by St. Barry’s in the Final on Saturday last. Final Score – St. Faithleach’s 0-3 St. Barry’s 0-7. Team: C. Manning, L. McCloon, A. Hanley, B. Hanly, J. Melia, A. McCloon, C. Brennan, Q. Monaghan(Capt.), E. Skelly, L. Martin, E. Hussey, M. Corcoran, E. Donlon, L. Connor, A. Quirke. Subs Used: D. Hanly, M. Farrell. Thanks to Manager/Mentors, Denis McCloon & Patricia Manning for their hard work. Many thanks to our Sponsors Kane’s Supervalue, Lanesboro. Our U10 Girls played a Blitz at half-time against St. Barry’s, well done to all. Team: J. Banahan, E. Collier, L. Farrell, N. Hegarty, S. Hoare, C. Kelly, M. Kelly, L. Farrell, K. Browne, S. Scally, C. O’Reilly & L. Hoare. Thanks to Manager/Mentor, John Hegarty and Sponsors Ballyleague Bingo.
Lotto: The numbers drawn were – 15, 12, 22 and 25. No jackpot winner. €20 winners – J. Jameson, H. Kenny, M. Sorohan, J.M. Connor, J. Dowd. Next draw takes place on 26th May in the Club house for a jackpot of €8,300. Team on duty – G. Donlon, P. Kenny, R. McCormack, T. Irwin.
 Card Game: Every Tuesday night in the Club House, 9 o’clock sharp. New Players welcome. Results of last week’s games: 11 games -Packie/Michael. 10 games – Michael/Peggy. Last game – Pete/James. Ticket winners – M. Flynn, M. Kelly, M. Kenny & M, Crehan.
U14 Boys: We had a win over Kilbride on Thursday evening last at home. Final Score – St. Faithleach’s 4-24 Kilbride 2-12. Team: J. Garvey, M. Cox, J. Kelly, D. Healy, J. Mulryan, C. Mangan, D. Murtagh(1-11), K. Farrell, S. Phillips(0-4), C. Gannon(2-5), E. Connell((0-2), C. Gannon, J. Hussey(1-2).
Minor Club Table Quiz: Well done to all who took part in our table quiz last Sunday. Senior Table winners – Shauna O’Neill, Gwen Malone, Sarah Brennan & Áine Collier. Junior Table winners – Cormac Thompson, Cian Donohue, Michael Dunne & Mathew Daly. Many thanks to Michael Cleary for the Quiz Questions on the day and to Minor Club Chairman, Jimmy Brennan our Quiz Master on the day. Thanks to all who supported the Quiz and all who helped out in any way.
Upcoming Events: Adult Table Quiz, Friday 29th May. Social Night deferred until 13th June, details to follow.
Roscommon County Community Games: Taking place on Sunday 31st May at 5.00pm and & Monday 1st June at 12 o’clock in St. Faithleach’s GAA Pitches & Grounds.
Sympathy: The Club extends deepest sympathy to Tom & Mary Corcoran and family, Ballyleague on the death of Tom’s mother Margaret Corcoran, Keenagh.
Best of Luck: To the Ballyboro U14 Boys who are playing in the LDSSl U14 Final against Ardagh this coming Saturday at 1 o’clock in Flancare Park, Longford.
Merchandise: Club Merchandise now on sale, please phone Derek Thompson on (087) 8172668.
Golf Society: Anyone interested in forming a Golf Society please contact Derek Thomson on (087) 8172668 for details.

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