Lanesboro-Ballyleague Notes 22nd June’09

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes   

Local Area Plan this Wednesday

This is your opportunity to have your views heard as Longford County Council will be holding a meeting on tonight Wednesday 24th June in St. Mary’s Parish Hall at 8pm.Longford County Council are presently putting an area plan for Lanesboro together and it is very important for everybody that has an interest in the future development of Lanesboro attend and express their views.

Have you ever thought of taking up refereeing? It is a great way of staying involved in the GAA and keeping fit. The opportunity is now available and one worth thinking about especially if you have some free time on your hands, just retired from playing, not making your club team, or you would just like to try it and see what it is all about. A new course will commence within the next few weeks and if the idea strikes you as something you might be interested in please contact me as soon as possible. Phone 3321107, 086-2460840 or email me

Cemetery Sunday

The dates are now set for Cemetery Sunday’s at the local cemeteries. The first celebration will take place at Rathcline Cemetery on Sunday 5th July, followed by Lanesboro on Sunday 12th July and Clonbonny 19th July. All those with family graves in the three cemeteries are asked to ensure that they have their family graves and surrounds in good condition.

Rathcline Cemetery

A voluntary collection will be held at Rathcline Cemetery on Sunday 5th July. Your donation would be very much appreciated for general grass cutting and maintenance.

Friday is Local Market Day

Next Friday and every Friday is the local ‘Indoor Market day and it takes place in the Lough Ree Development Hall. There is a great range of local produce on sale and it is a wonderful way of supporting local producers. The venue is ideally suited to the ‘market’ and the success, growth and continuation of the ‘market’ depends on the support of local people. In this day and age is it very important to support local suppliers and business and there is not a better way than supporting the product direct from local producers.

Victory Social

Mark Casey wishes to thank all the people who supported him in the election, it was greatly appreciated. As a thank you to all his friends and supporters Mark is running a victory social in the Peer Inn on Saturday night the 27th Jun at 9.30, music by Fran Deffew and food served on the night. Admission is free and all are welcome. If anyone wants to contact Mark they can do so by phoning him at 0872317669 or at home 043 3327945.

Windsong Music School

Windsong Music School offers summer courses and weekend workshops in learning how to sing and play new instruments during July and August. Weekend workshops are also available throughout the year.

Youth Choir folk groups will be starting during June and guitarists, singers, instrumentalists will be very welcome.

These courses offer you the opportunity to take the exciting route to success in singing, harp, piano and violin. For further details on dates and times contact Edel at 086-8399835 or email You can also visit their website  


We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Martha Farrell, Main Street, Mary Mulvihill, Cullentra and Ita Farrell, Tullyvrane and their families on the death last week of Liz O’Connor, Mullingar.  Readers will remember Liz Skelly, Newtowncashel when she went to the Convent Secondary School in Lanesboro.


Next Friday night in the Sorohan’s Function Room there will be a retirement function for Garda Liam Garvey. Liam spent 19 years stationed in Lanesboro and his departure will be sorely missed. Liam is a true gentleman and his cheery and welcoming nature will leave the community and force the poorer. I would like to wish Liam and his family many years of happiness.

Will the Turlough Races be revived?

The history of the parish is littered with references to the Turlough Races and a number of people are presently mooting the idea of a revival for these legendary races.

To that end there will be a meeting in the Peer Inn on this Friday night 26th June at 9.30pm. If you have any interest in the revival of one of the oldest sporting occasions in the parish you are invited to go along to the meeting in the ‘Peer’.

It would be wonderful to see the races revived and the many tales and folklore will surely ensure wonderful support for what I believe were marvellous days for the whole community.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Monday 15th June are: – Gross 1st K. Hanley & Mary Fallon, 2nd Loretta Cooney & Maureen Mulryan, 3rd J.J. Donlon & Joan Donnellan. Nett 1st Brendan & Mary Murtagh, 2nd K. Hanley & Mary Fallon, 3rd Loretta Cooney & Maureen Mulryan. N/S Gross 1st Loretta Cooney & Maureen Mulryan, 2nd J.J. Donlon & Joan Donnellan, 3rdMark & Peggy Crehan. N/S Nett 1st Loretta Cooney & Maureen Mulryan, 2nd M & P Crehan, 3rd J.J. Donlon & Joan Donnellan. E/W Gross 1st K. Hanley & Mary Fallon, 2nd Brendan & Mary Murtagh, 3rd Mary Mc Gushen & Renee Walsh. E/W Nett 1st Brendan & Mary Murtagh, 2nd K. Hanley & Mary Fallon, 3rd Vita Whelehan & Eileen Mulry.

Bridge continues every Monday night at 8pm in the Lough Ree Development Co-Op Hall.

Lough Ree AC

Let us start by congratulating all the club athletes who represented their parish in the 37th annual County Longford Community Games finals, which took place in Ballymahon on Sunday last. It certainly was a great occasion and the results will feature elsewhere in the paper.

The club’s immediate concern will be the All Ireland competition for U9, U10, and U11 fixed for Templemore on Saturday next 27th June.

Leaving Athlone I.T. after the Connaught finals the club had four teams of two who had qualified for the National Finals. When the official results came to hand it was discovered that Athenry U9 boys had won the Long Jump and that Craughwell AC, Ballina and Lough Ree AC all tied for second place on the same distance. On a count back, Craughwell were declared second and Athenry thirds. Wrong! The club appealed the decision, Ballina were placed second and Richard Prior and Bryn Peters were third with Craughwell fourth. The young lads from the club are now heading for Templemore.

Other interesting facts; It was known that Lara O’Sullivan had the best individual throw but what was not know was that Niamh Chawke had the next best throw.  The diminutive Zoey Mc Dermott was also second best thrower in the Girl’s U10 category. Well done girls!

We hope that all the youngsters from the club will give a great account of themselves in Templemore and prove that they are the best in the 32 counties.

Longford Juniors in Leinster Final

The Longford Junior team will take on Louth in the Leinster Junior Final on Sunday next in Croke Park. This is a wonderful opportunity for the junior team to win a Leinster Final and play in front of a full house in Croke Park. The match is curtain raiser to the Dublin Westmeath Leinster semi final and no doubt there will a huge athmosphere in the stadium. It is the dream of every player that dons the county colours to play a final in Croke Park in front of a huge crowd and we wish the Longford team every success as they chase their dream.

Tickets are available for the big day out will be on sale on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from Pearse Park (043-3345219) between 2pm and 6pm only.

Shannon Gaels Minor Club

Wednesday week 1st July our under 8 panel and their mentors will make their way to Croke Park for the honour of representing Longford in a blitz celebrating 125 years of the GAA. This is a wonderful occasion for the club and one we are honoured to have been invited to take part.

The parents of the under 8 panel are coming together to help kit out the team for this prestigious occasion and to that end they are holding a sponsored walk to purchase the kit that will have our young players looking great on the day. If you are asked to sponsor one of the walkers please dig deep into your pockets as it is not every day that our club and parish is represented on the ‘field of dreams’. The walk takes place on Monday next starting at the club grounds in Clonbonny at 7pm.

As the primary school year comes to an end the club would like to thank the clubs coaching officers for their great and continuous work over the school year. We would like to thank Tina Dowd in Fermoyle and Seadna Ryan in Lanesboro Primary school.

Wheelbarrow Race is back! Yes the race that brought great excitement to the town last year will take place on August Bank Holiday weekend. It is hoped that other events that are in the pipeline will make the weekend a very memorable one and will get the support of Lanesboro people far and wide.

All teams are in full swing at the moment and we wish them well in their respective competitions.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Tansey Cup: We were defeated by St. Josephs on Friday evening last. Final Score – St. Faithleach’s 0-10 St. Josephs 1-10. Team: J. Tarmey, D. McCormack, J. Vesey, P. Hunt, B. Scally (0-1), D. Murray (0-1), J. Connor, A. Brehon (0-1), J. Quigley, A. Kenny (0-1), B. Murtagh (0-6), B. Hussey, C. Cox, D. Rooney, J. Casey. Subs: P. Flynn. See fixtures for game next weekend.
U12 Boys: We had a win away to Elphin on Sunday last. Final Score – St. Faithleach’s 1-10 Elphin 1-3. Team: M. O’Donnell, J. Irwin, J. Farrell, E. Farrell (0-1), C. Mangan, D. Kelly, M. Cox (0-1), D. Nerney (0-4), J. Hussey (0-4), L. Parker, C. Gannon (1-0), D. Foley, R. Guinan. Subs: M. Gill, E. Tynan, C. Gannon, C. Smith, D. Barry.  
Upcoming Events: Supervised Bonfire to be held in the Club House grounds on Tuesday evening 23rd June at 8.00pm. Children and Adults Welcome. Live Music next Saturday 27th June in the Club House with “A Bit of Craic”.
Fundraising Launch: Look out for our Fundraising Launch Night to take place in the Club House on Saturday 4th July. Details to follow.
Well Done: To Shauna O’Neill, Kellie Murphy, Claire Cleary & Joan Geoghegan with the Roscommon U14 Girls who defeated Antrim in the Semi-Final last weekend. They play against Clare in the upcoming Final, we wish them the very best of luck.
Congratulations: To Roxboro National School who were the Winners of the Primary Schools Football Final, a great achievement for all players and their Mentor, Michael Cleary. Congratulations to all involved.
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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