Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes   

Student Maintenance Grants

Longford County Council and Longford VEC are holding an Information Session on Student Maintenance Grants in the Longford Arms Hotel on Monday evening    next at 7pm. Leaving Cert students, their parents and adult students returning to full-time education are invited to attend. This meeting is vital for all concerned and it is essential that all attend.

Defibrillator Upskilling

There will be a skills night in the Co-Op Hall on this Thursday night 13th August. The Hall will be open from 8.30 to 9.30pm and each trained user of the defibrillator will be given about 15 minutes refreshing the steps. All those trained are asked to ensure that they attend.

Rugby Season

Longford Rugby club has just commenced training for the coming season at their club grounds at the Demesne, Longford. The club invites and welcomes anybody that has an interest in playing rugby for the coming season. It would be nice to see the number from the locality playing rugby enhanced. They welcome both those that have played before and those that would have an interest in taking the game up during the winter. You can contact Longford Rugby Club any evening or talk locally with Damian Curley, Strokestown Road, Ballyleague.

Local Singer launches new CD

Many congratulations to local singer Frank Nelson on the launch of his new CD. Frank and his band are very popular throughout the midlands and west and this CD continues the trend of excellent CDs released by Frank over the years. In this CD Frank includes duets with some of the legends of Irish Country Music Margo, Big Tom, Mick Flavin, TR Dallas to name a few. His most popular song in this area is the one he wrote and released about Lanesboro entitled ‘Little town on the Shannon’. It captured the Lanesboro of times gone by and brought back many memories. We congratulate Frank and wish him continued success. The new CD is on sale in O’Brien’s and selling fast.

Lanesboro Pike Angling Club

On Sunday next Lanesboro Pike Angling Club will be holding a Pike Boat fishing competition on Lough Ree from 11am to 4pm. Entries will be taken from 10.30am at Barley Harbour, Newtowncashel. The entry fee is €25 per boat with a maximum of 4 rods per boat and no more than 2 rods per person. The boat must also be equipped with proper holding tanks. There will also be prizes for junior competitors. Membership may be taken out on the day: adults€10, juniors and OAPs €5.

Pilgrimage to Knock

The annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday 6th September. 

The Championship Man CD

Journalist Liam Horan is the Championship Man whose Thursday evening slots on the Des Cahill Drivetime Sport on RTÉ Radio is legendary has just released a CD comprising of the best moments of the Championship Man. Liam is a familiar face in the Lanesboro area and his CD is full of hilarity. The CD is on sale in O’Brien’s priced at €15. It is definitely a compilation worth listening to as he recounts the life and times of the Championship Man. 

Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club Poker

 Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club is staging a Hibernian Poker Classic in the Lough Ree Arms on Friday night next 14th August at 9pm. Registration will take place from 8pm with the game staring at 9pm. There will be 1 re-buy and/or top up for €20. You can also win tickets for the 2009 Cavan Poker Open with an estimated €20,000 prize pool.

This classic is another fund raiser for the vital and essential work that sub aqua club continues to do on an ongoing basis. Your support will be much appreciated.

Shannon Banks

The area along the banks of the Shannon is looking particularly well despite the summer we are having and it is great to see so many local people using the area at every opportunity. The car park and playground area is usually a hive of activity and the green area and banks leading to the harbour is also well utilised. The only disappointment is the old duck pond, an area that is drawing so much comment at the moment. It is a shame that this area has not been completed and it is the only eyesore and irritation amidst a beautiful amenity for the local community.

Hopefully the pond will be completed in the very near future and the local community can once again admire the wildlife living in and around the pond.

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Pilgrimage to Lough Derg

A one-day pilgrimage will take place on Sunday 23rd August leaving Lanesboro at 7am. This one-day pilgrimage has proven to be very successful with huge numbers attending. The full fare for the trip that includes island contribution and bus fare is €42. Early booking is advisable and you can book your place by phoning Mary at 3321969.

Fund-raising Céilí

The Fayne family is running a fund-raising céilí in aid of St. Vincent’s Centre, Dublin on Sunday 9th August 2009. The céilí will be held in St. Mary’s Parish Hall Lanesboro from 4 to 7pm. Music will be supplied by the very popular Annaly Band. Tickets for the event can be purchased from Claire Egan, John Fayne, Gabrielle Collins or any family member.

A great evening of music and craic is assured and it should not be missed. Get your dancing shoes polished and get ready for a great evening of dancing.

Shannon Gaels Minor Club

The minor club would like to extend its deepest sympathy to Marie her daughter Edel and son Patrick Mulvihill and the extended Mulvihill family on the death of Frank Mulvihill, Carraroe on Saturday last. Frank was uncle of club chairman Sean Kenny to whom we also extend our sincere sympathy.

The club would also like to extend their sincere sympathy to the Kelly family Cloontuskert on the death to Tommy John Kelly. Tommy John was also the St. Faithleach’s club president and we extend our sincere sympathy to the club on his passing.

The minor club would like to congratulate minor club coach Cian O’Brien on his recent engagement.

Wheelbarrow Race – The Wheelbarrow Race proved to be an outstanding success with great interest being shown. The club is extremely grateful to all that took part and also those that contributed so generously to the very successful event. Unfortunately the same could not be said of the bar-b-que and music supplied by Colm Mulligan. The music was brilliant Colm Mulligan’s performance was truly second to none. The bar-b-que by Stephen and Tina Dowd was truly delicious and we would like to extend our sincere and most grateful thanks to all of them. We would also like to thank the parents and supporters that did turn up but in truth the numbers were a great disappointment. It was a particular shame that there was not a greater turnout of parents and parishioners to what was to be a memorable PARISH NIGHT. The minor club does tremendous work on the field coaching and developing the youth of the parish and it is functions such as these that they depend on to help finance all the developments in the coaching, training and togging out of these young players.

The club encourages everybody to support the Senior club in their fundraising efforts , starting with a Monster bingo in Lanesborough and Ballyleague on Sunday 13 Sept at 3 pm with a jackpot of 5,000 euros. It is important that we all help out in this initiative which willbe used for the funding of the pitch development.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Senior Championship: Our game against Padraig Pearses has been re-fixed as a mark of respect to Our Club President, Tommy John Kelly. The game will be played now on Wednesday evening 12th August at 7.30pm in Ballyleague.
Lotto: The numbers drawn were – 3, 7, 13, and 15. There was no jackpot winner. The €20 winners – John Fayne, Cullentra. Kieran Horohoe, Ballyleague. Brian Kelly, Newtowncashel. Catherine McCormack, Gortgallon. Michael Hanly, Kilnalosset. Next draw on 18th August in the Club House, Jackpot: 8,900euro. Team on duty: S. Cox, M. Murphy, D. Dunne & N. Banahan.
Cards: Every Tuesday night in the Club House, 9.00pm. New players welcome. Results of last week’s games – 11 games: Pete/James. 10 games: Dan/Mike. Last game: Peggy/Phonsie. Ticket Winners: Phonsie, Michael, Pete & Noreen.
Roscommon Juniors: Congratulations to Club Representatives Martin Reynolds & Clement McCormack with the Roscommon Junior Team who qualified for the All-Ireland Final by defeating London in Hyde Park on Saturday last.
Upcoming Events: Music in the Club House this coming Saturday night, P. J. David. The Club are holding a BBQ at the end of August, weather permitting. Ladies Night to be held in the Club House in September.
Fundraising Drive: The Club are in the process of seeking your support. Club Representatives will be calling to your area in the coming weeks, please support in any way you can. Many thanks to so many Volunteers offering their help to get the Dressing Rooms started.
U12: We were defeated by Oran in a recent challenge game. Final Score – St. Faithleach’s 2-5 Oran 3-6. Team: M. O’Donnell, J. Irwin, J. Farrell, D. Kelly, M. Cox (1-0), L. Parker, D. Nerney, C. Mangan, S. Phillips (0-1), J. Hussey (1-1), C. Gannon (0-1), S. Walsh (0-2), M. Gill, E. Tynan. C. Gannon. Sub: K. Nerney.
Sympathy: The Club extends deepest sympathy to the Kelly family, Cloontuskert, on the death of Tommy John Kelly. To his wife Nancy, sons Oliver, Padraig & Bosco, to daughters Mary, Margaret, Triona & Bernadette, grandchildren, extended family and friends. The Club extends deepest sympathy to Derek & Diarmuid Thompson & family on the death of their uncle, Frank Mulvihill, to all the Thompson & Mulvihill families.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

Please note that the date of our Captain’s Prize Day at Co Longford Golf Course has been changed to Saturday the 29th August.  The tee times remain the same ie 10.30am to 12 noon.  Look forward to seeing old and new members on what should be a very enjoyable day at the lovely and challenging Co Longford Golf Course.

The autumn outing will be at Mount Temple golf course on the 16 September at 11am. Members will be notified nearer the time also.

As usual text your name to the secretary, Frank Conmy on 0879730611 to be included on time sheet for both or either of the next 2 outings. See you all in Longford on the 29th August.


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