Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes 25th May’09

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Changes to Church

In the recent weeks there have been some changes to St. Mary’s Church. The old lighting has been replaced with bright new lighting on the inside while on the outside the church is receiving its first ever coat of paint. The doors and windows are also getting a major facelift with bright new colouring. Some of the railing around the church was beginning to rust and this has been replaced. There is also a new entrance on the old School Road side along with lighting on both entrance piers.

These alterations are causing a great deal of comment and the overwhelming consensus is one of a hugely positive reaction. The changes do make a huge change to the landscape of the area and when the job is fully finished it will be a job Fr. Mickey and the parish will be rightly proud of.

Heart Foundation

To say I am overwhelmed by your response to my ‘Kerry Walk’ in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation would be an understatement. The walk will take place from 12th to 14th June trough the beautiful area surrounding the Lakes of Killarney. Donations and pledges have come in from far and wide. I would like to thank those away from home that have sent money and also the support of locals for their most generous donations. To date there is in the region of €1,400 contributed and that is beyond my wildest dreams especially at a time of recession. As I have already mentioned, the cost of the weekend will be covered by me and all your contributions will go to the Irish Heart Foundation. I am greatly indebted to you for your kindness, generosity and wonderful support.  

If you or any of your friends or family are affected by the heart muscle disorder cardiomyopathy, have Long QT Syndrome (a problem with the electrical system of the heart), have an ICD fitted – an implant device that monitors your heart rhythms and treats irregular rhythms – or have lost a young person to sudden cardiac death, help is at hand.

The Irish Heart Foundation has support groups run by people with firsthand experience of those concerns. If you require more information please contact Tracy Egan at the Irish Heart Foundation, phone 01-6685001 or email Tracy at


Tickets for the Roscommon Leitrim game in Carrick on Shannon on Sunday next are now on sale in O’Brien’s shop. You can make your order for this game or any of the upcoming games by calling to the shop or ringing 043-3321107. Please make your order with time to spare.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

The Society had its first outing of the year on Saturday 16th May to Roscommon Golf Club. Although the weather was a inclement a hardy group of souls made their expectant journey to Roscommon. However all those that did venture out were rewarded with an invigorating and challenging experience. The new greens were excellent despite the wet conditions so well done to the Captain and course committee at Roscommon.

The winners on the day were: Overall winner with 30 points Colm Mc Crann; category 1 winner with 28 points was John Martin while category 2 winner with 26 points was Frank Conmy. The front nine winner with 17 points was Sean Fayne and the back nine winner with 18points was Brendan Whitty. Best lady score was won by Justina Farrell on 21 points. Nearest to the pin on the 12th hole was John James O’Shea. Well done to all and a special word of thanks to those members who travelled from far off places: Ballinamore, Dublin and Galway!

The next outing is to the lovely Portumna Golf Course on Friday, 24th July where hopefully the weather will be sunny and dry! If you wish to be included on the sheet you should contact the secretary 087-9730611. The tee has been booked from 12noon to 1pm and this would enable 27 players. The committee looks forward to welcoming a big number to this scenic golf course on the banks of the Shannon.

Roscommon Races

Unfortunately the first race meeting of the year at Roscommon Racecourse fell foul to the awful weather we are presently encountering. The expectation in the area was one of excitement until the dreaded news on Monday morning.

Each day of the Roscommon Races the area tends to be a day of good business and the work always seems to get done early to allow many to go racing. There is not a better evening out than to be in Lenabane watching the horses jumping and hopefully filling your pockets with lots of bookies money. We are lucky to be in an area so close to such a fine track and it is great to travel in and meet neighbours and old friends also enjoying this excellent social event.

The meeting for the rest of the year are; an afternoon meeting on  Sunday 7th June, and evening meetings on Monday 8th June, Monday 6th July, Tuesday 7th July, Tuesday 4th August, Monday 17th August, Monday 7th September and the final meeting of the year is an afternoon meeting on Monday 28th September. 

After each race meeting there is a Race Dance in the Abbey Hotel and it is a great way of finishing off a brilliant day. You can dance the night away to some of Ireland’s leading dance bands. Make a date for one of the meetings and feel the buzz of a great day out.

Lanesboro/Ballyleague Community Playschool

Lanesboro Ballyleague Community Playschool is holding a fund raising event in Sorohan’s private function room on Saturday 6th June.  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. 

 The Community Playschool is 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.

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.

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

 Kilgefin Community Games

The HSE Community Games Roscommon County Athletics finals take place at St Faithleach’s GAA grounds on Sunday 31st May and Monday 1st June.

The Kilgefin athletes are asked to attend as follows:

Sunday 31st May from 5 pm

Relays – 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 and 4 Catherine Geoghegan.

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

600 metres – U12 heats & semi-finals – Girls: Niamh Scally and Jade Farrell. – Boys: Colm Mangan and Conor Smith

800 m U14 – heats & semi-finals – Girls: Rachel Costello and Niamh O’Donnell. – Boys: Gordon Kelly

Monday 1st June from 12 noon

12 pm – Assembly for parade: 12.30 pm – Parade, 1 pm – Competitions

60 m U8 Girls – Clare Curley. Boys – John Phelim Reilly; 80 m U8 Girls – Orla Costello. Boys – Ronan Banahan: 100 m U10 Girls – Ellen Irwin and Kate McPhillips. Boys – Michael O’Donnell

200 m U10 Girls – Sarah Scally, Boys – Éanna Donohue and Liam Ormsby; 60 m Hurdles U10 Girls – Lauren Cox. Boys – Eoin Farrell and Cormac Gannon; 100 m U12 Girls – Rachel Banahan and Megan Banahan. Boys – Stephen Walsh and Jonathan Hussey. 100 m U14 Girls – Nicole Carty and Claire Cleary. Boys – Patrick Nolan

Kilgefin athletes competing in county field events in Taughmaconnell will be announced next week.

The very best of luck to all the athletes from the parish and hope that they do themselves and their parish proud.

Summer School Launch

The Summer School Launch will take place in the Lough Ree Arms on Wednesday night 10th June at 8pm. Food and wine will be served followed by Traditional Irish Music. You are invited to attend.

Shannonside Camera Club

The monthly meeting takes place next Tues.2nd June at 8pm in the ESB Sports & Social Club house. Demonstration as to how to mount your photographs will be given and new members are cordially invited to attend. The Club’s site is now established on under Lanesboro/Ballyleague/Others.


We would like to extend our sympathy to local Garda Robbie Mc Conn on the death of his mother Kathleen Mc Conn, Athleague, Co. Roscommon on Saturday 16th May.

Shannon Gaels

Are there club jersies hanging around your house. There are a couple of jersies from the under 16 and under 18 sets missing and if you could drop them to Sean Kenny or into O’Brien’s shop it would be much appreciated.

Training for under six, eight, ten, tweleve will take place at the same time each week in Clonbonny, on Thursdays  from 7pm to 8 pm.The club has decided to try this initiative as a pilot, to help parents who have many activities during the week, having to go to many locations for activities, often on the same night.Training for all other grades continues as scheduled.

The second round of  matches in the under 14,16 and minor leagues are set to continue over the coming weeks.The draws for the championsip competitions will be finalised in the next two weeks.

Parents are reminded of the GAA Summer Camp, which is scheduled for Clonbonny, from Monday 29 June to Friday, 03 Jul. Early application is recommended as places wil be limited on a first come, first served basis.

Lough Ree AC

Lanesboro AC hosted the County Roscommon championships for the under 9, under 10 and under 11 age groups. This is based on a team basis (teams of two) with three teams from the county to qualify for the Connaught championships next month. A new idea! The plan is having its teething problems at the moment.

It seems to be harder to get ‘sunshine’ than results from some officials. The results to hand are: Ball Throw – Lara O’Sullivan is the county champion in the girls under 11 while Liam Harte took the title in the under 11 boys. Zoe Mc Dermott won the gold medal in the under 10 age group. Silver runners up medals went to Orla Keane under 9, Liam Ross under 9, Eamon Keogh under 11, Seoige Mulvihill girls under 10Sean Maguire boys under 10. Bronze medals came the way of Pauric Sorohan, and Niamh Chawke at under 11. While most of the youngsters improved their throw, Luke Lisle was down over 8 metres, a considerable drop. His best would have got him into the medals.

On the track, Orla Keane won the under 9 sprint title, while Liam Ross and Seadna Ryan were 2nd and 3rd in the boy’s event. There was a photo-finish to the Boys under 11 event 100m involving Owen Murray, Eamon Keogh and Niall Farrelly. The jury are still out on that on that one! There should the makings of a good relay team.

In the middle distance events, the same three boys were involved with Eamon Keogh taking the gold, Niall Farrelly the silver, and Owen Murray the bronze. Bryn Peters was 2nd in the under 10 category. The flag was kept flying with Lara O’Sullivan finishing 2nd and Niamh Chawke in third place. Zoe Mc Dermott also took a bronze in the under 10 race.

Long Jump: This seems to be the weakest event even though the club has a fine long jump pit. The talented Liam Harte again took the gold and Zoe Mc Dermott and Rose Weafer bronze while Rachael Flynn, Orla Costello and Éanna Donoghoe were well in contention with very good performances. Luckily there were no relays; otherwise there would have been some disappointed youngsters.

Congratulations to all that took part and best wishes to those that qualified for the Connaught Finals in two weeks time.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

O’Rourke Cup: We were defeated by Padraig Pearses on Saturday last. Final Score – St. Faithleach’s 2-8 Padraig Pearses 3-8. Team: S. Connor, J. Tarmey, D. Murray, J. Connor, P. Hunt, E. Kenny, S. Ormsby, P. Wallace (0-1), A. Brehon, P. Murray (0-1), C. McCormack (0-4), A. Murtagh, B. Murtagh, M. Reynolds (1-1), A. Dooney(1-1). Subs: J. Quigley.
Junior: Game against Eire Óg postponed due to weather conditions. See fixtures for game this weekend.

Best of Luck: To Gary Cox with the Roscommon Senior Team who play against Leitrim on Sunday next. Also to Martin Reynolds, Senan O’Grady, Steve Ormsby & Adrian Murtagh with the Roscommon Junior Team who play against Mayo in the Connaught Final on Sunday next.
Lotto: Next draw on 26th May in the Club House, Jackpot 8,300euro. 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: 13 games – John O/Packie. 13 games – Brendan/Tom. Last game – Sean/P.J. Ticket Winners: Pete, Tom, Sean & Tim.
U14 Boys: We had a win over Kilmore on Thursday evening last in Kilmore. Final Score – St Faithleach’s 5-19 Kilmore 3-6. Team: C. Farrell, M. Cox(1-0), J. Garvey, C. Mangan, J. Mulryan(0-1), C. Gannon(1-2), K. Farrell, S. Phillips(0-1), D. Murtagh(3-10), E. Connell(0-2), J. Hussey(0-3). Subs: R. Guinan, C. Gannon.
U12 Boys: We had a win over Kilmore on Monday evening last in Kilmore. Final Score – St. Faithleach’s 4-10 Kilmore 3-4. Team: M. O’Donnell, R. Guinan, D. Kelly, J. Irwin, C. Donoghue, C. Mangan, D. Nerney(0-2), M. Cox(0-1), S. Phillips(1-2), E. Farrell, J. Hussey(1-4), D. Foley(1-0), C. Gannon(1-1). Subs used: M. Gill, C. Gannon, E. Tynan.   We had a win over St. Michaels on Sunday morning last. Final Score – St. Faithleach’s 6-13 St. Michaels 0-0. Team: M. O’Donnell, J. Irwin, D. Kelly(0-1), R. Guinan, C. Donoghue, M. Cox(0-1), D. Nerney(1-4), C. Mangan(1-0), S. Phillips(1-2), C. Gannon(1-1), D. Foley(1-1), J. Hussey(0-3), C. Smyth. Subs: M. Gill (1-0), C. Gannon, D. Barry, E. Tynan.
Convent of Mercy Honour Sports Stars: Congratulations to St. Faithleach’s Club Player, Shauna O’Neill, who received 1st Year Sports Personality of the Year.
Upcoming Events: Adult Table Quiz, Friday 29th May. Live Music in the Club House this coming Sunday evening from 6 o’clock. 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. Best of Luck to all our Kilgefin representatives for their events.
Congratulations: To St. Faithleach’s Club members, E. Kenny, C. Brennan, S. Brennan, M. Farrell & A. Nerney with the Lanesboro Community College Girls U16 who won the Shannonside Shield last week.
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.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Results

The Annual Summer Party and Prize giving took place last night In Sorohan’s, where all the major competition results were announced.
The meal was excellent and after the prize giving a great time was had by all, as they danced the night away to the very pleasant music of Jimmy Hussey.
Great to see Frances McCormack back for the occasion. Best Wishes to some members who couldn’t join the party: Ann Donlon, Julia Sorohan, Eileen Watts And Kathleen Reilly. Hope to see you back soon.
The results are as follows: March Competition:
1st: Mark And Peggy Crehan
2nd: Margaret Gillen And Mai Casey
3rd: Brendan Dowling And Loretta Cooney
Lough Ree Trophy 2009:
Winners: Mark And Peggy Crehan
2nd: Eileen Kelly And Eilish Gray
3rd: Noreen Dunne And Katharine Harrison
Gross: Joan Donnellan And Joan Browne
Sliabh Ban Trophy 2009:
Winners: Mike Flynn And Geraldine Cafferty
2nd: Mark And Peggy Crehan
3rd: Margaret Gillen And Mai Casey
Gross: Kathleen Hanley And Bernadette Gillen
President’s (Mrs. Bridie Deffew) Prize 2009:
Winners: Margaret Gillen And Mai Casey
2nd: Kathleen Hanley And Mary Fallon
3rd: Eileen Kelly And Eilish Gray
Gross: Joan Browne And Joan Donnellan
Congratulations To All The Winners.

Well done to the Longford and Roscommon contingent who played so well at Sligo Congress. Congratulations to John Kiernan and Vincent Heanue who did Longford proud at the weekend.
Summer Bridge Starts Monday June 8th In The Co-Op Hall Lanesborough, At 8.00pm. See you there.

Lanesboro Community Games Results
The Community Games was held on the track last Monday night 18th May ’09
and there was a good turnout of children and parents. The results are as
U-6 60m 1st Caoilinn Flood 2nd Anna Maguire 3rd Sarah Curran
U-8 60m 1st  Emily Fallon 2nd  Aoife English 3rd  Aoife Nolan
U-8 80m 1st  Aoife English 2nd  Emily Fallon 3rd  Abby Ward
U-10 100m 1st  Orla Keane 2nd  Hannah Shea 3rd  Aisling Casey
U-10 200m 1st  Orla Keane 2nd  Hannah Shea 3rd  Aisling Casey
U-10 60m Hurdles 1st  Orla Keane 2nd  Hannah Shea 3rd  Aisling Casey
U-12 100m 1st  Hayley Rooney 2nd Sarah Farrell 3rd  Tanya Farrell
U-12 600m 1st  Hayley Rooney 2nd Lara O’Sullivan 3rd Sarah Farrell
U-12 Ball Throw 1st Lara O’Sullivan 2nd Anna Peters 3rd Hayley Rooney
U-13 Walking Race 1st  Dearbhail Flood
U-14 100m 1st Shannon Rooney 2nd Laura Peters 3rd Lauren Guinan
U-14 800m 1st Laura Peters 2nd Lauren Guinan 3rd Dearbhail Flood
U-14 80m Hurdles 1st Shannon Rooney 2nd Lauren Guinan 3rd Eleanor Lisle
U-14 Shot Putt 1st Enda Brega 2nd Shannon Rooney 3rd Danielle Irwin
U-14 Long Jump 1st Lauren Guinan 2nd Lauren Peters 3rd Shannon Rooney
U-14 Long Puck 1st Lauren Guinan 2nd Danielle Irwin
U-16 100m 1st Aisling Brady
U-16 Javelin 1st Aisling Brady
U-6 60m 1st Duileach Ryan 2nd Oisin Kenny 3rd Christopher O’Loughlin
U-8 60m 1st Richard Prior 2nd Liam Ross 3rd Evan Chalmers
U-8 80m 1st Richard Prior 2nd Liam Ross 3rd Seadna Ryan
U-10 100m 1st Owen Murray 2nd Oran Kenny 3rd Daniel Curran
U-10 200m 1st Owen Murray 2nd Padraig Sorohan 3rd Daniel Curran
U-10 60m Hurdles 1st Owen Murray 2nd Daniel Curran 3rd Cronan Flood
U-12 100m 1st Kevin Sorohan 2nd Iarla O’Sullivan 3rd Mark Lyons
U-12 600m 1st Kevin Sorohan 2nd Connell Kennelly 3rd Cillian Flood
U-12 Ball Throw 1st James McCarthy 2nd Kevin Sorohan 3rd James Gavigan
U-12 Long Puck 1st Kevin Sorohan 2nd Connell Kennelly 3rd Iarla O’Sullivan
U-14 100m 1st Sean Costello 2nd Max Zimarves 3rd Sean Casey
U-14 800m 1st Sean Costello 2nd Maz Zimarves  3rd Oisin O’Sullivan
U-14 80m Hurdles 1st Sean Costello 2nd Sean Casey 3rd Oisin O’Sullivan
U-14 Long Jump 1st Sean Costello 2nd Sean Casey 3rd Niall Nolan
U-16 100m 1st Eoin Sorohan  2nd  Jack Rooney 3rd Stephan Donoghue
The names of the children that qualify for the County Final in Ballymahon
on Sunday 21st June will be in next week note including the Relay teams.
All children that are going to Ballymahon must sign the entry form.

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