Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes 21September’09

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes   

Football Feast

Next weekend will provide a feast of football in Pearse Park where the Junior A and B finals will take place on Saturday and the Intermediate and replay of the senior final on Sunday. Happily for the Rathcline club they are to play a part in the biggest footballing weekend of the sporting calendar in Longford and in fact kick off the weekend of football when they play in the Junior B Final on Saturday against Carrickedmond. The team has prepared well for this game and we hope that there will be a huge local support from the parish in Pearse Park for the throw in time of 3pm. We wish the lads well and look forward to the junior title resting in Lanesboro for the year.

Sunday will see our neighbours Cashel in their second Intermediate final where they will take on Carrickedmond in the opening game. This will be followed by the mouth watering clash of Clonguish and Dromard in the replay of the County Senior Final. Following the wonderful performance in the drawn game this game promises so much and it is a game not to be missed by anybody interest in Gaelic Games.

The county final in Leitrim also takes place on Sunday next and we would like to wish Carrigallen the very best of luck. The Carrigallen team is managed by our local postman Colin Hannify.

An added interest is the Westmeath final which I believe takes place on Sunday week between St. Loman’s and Garrycastle. The St. Loman’s team is being managed by local man Wally Burke. Wally had a successful spell with St. Faithleach’s getting them to two county finals before taking up his appointment with St. Loman’s. It is their first final appearance in over 40 years and we wish Wally and his team the very best of luck and hope many locals will make the journey to Mullingar for the final.

Posters Vandalised

It is with great regret that I have been informed of not only the taking down but also the taking away of the Lisbon Treaty posters. A number of the ‘YES’ posters at the church and Main St areas have vanished without trace and this is a great shame. Everybody is entitled to voice their own opinion and it is a great shame that anybody would try and diminish the freedom of opinion. If anybody has any knowledge of the whereabouts of the posters can they inform me and I will inform those that put those posters up and have them collected or just leave them at the back of the shop.


It was with great sadness and regret that we learned of the sudden death at her residence on the Longford Road of Mrs. Kathleen Connerton. Kathleen formerly lived and reared her large family with her late husband Billy, who predeceased her 6 years ago, at the Round House, The Green. As well as her husband she was also predeceased by her daughter Carol. Kathleen, a native of Mayo, was a lovely lady whose gentle ways and gentle nature stood her a lady apart. She was a dedicated and loving mother whose priority was to her family each of whom did her proud. She had resided at her granny flat on the grounds of Liam’s house for the past few years. She was an excellent neighbour and her passing will sadden the hearts of everybody that had the pleasure and honour to know her both. Her remains were removed from her residence on Thursday last to St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro and burial took place to Clonbonny Cemetery following her Funeral Mass on Friday. To her daughters Mary, Angela, Phyllis, and Vera, sons Denis, Liam and Padraig, brother, sister relatives and many friends we extend our sincere sympathy.

Shannonside Camera Club

The Shannonside Camera Club’s next meeting is on Tuesday 6th Oct. The Club is inviting all beginners that wish to learn about the basics using their camera –this is for those who have bought a first camera and want to know and learn the steps of using the camera to take that shot. A half hour of instruction will be given prior to the clubs meeting starting at 7.30 for beginners wishing to avail of instruction for the months of Oct/Nov/Dec.

Lough Ree Athletic Club

After a summer of Track & Field, Cross Country re-opens the new athletic season. The word “cross-country” is frightening to some. Why this is so remains a mystery! After all, it is only middle-distant running that helps develop stamina, which is essential in all sports.

Schools: Call it what you will, it starts this week with the Primary Schools competitions. The venue for the county Longford \event is St. Mel’s College on Saturday 26th Sept at 3pm, while in Roscommon the championships will take place at the racecourse on Thursday 1st October at 11am. All schools are notified and we are hoping that there will be a large turnout from the local schools.

The club has commenced training on Tuesday evenings in Clonbonny, starting at 5pm and finishing about 5.30pm. With club competition commencing shortly for the younger age groups, there are teams to be selected and it is important all turn up for training.

At the last two training sessions, Rachael Costello has brought in the best times, while Iarla O’Sullivan was the best of the boys. If you have not been out yet then  the club is looking forward to see you on Tuesday.

Badminton Club AGM

The Lanesboro Badminton club will hold their AGM in St. Mary’s Parish Hall on this Thursday evening 24th September at 9pm. All members and intending members are asked to attend.

New Techtronics Business

In a time of such economic downturn it is wonderful to see a new business opening on the main Street, Lanesboro. Situated beside the Washboard opposite Orla O’Brien’s Chemist, opened last week for business. The business will supply you with all your TV, Video and Computer sales and service. They also deal in the repairs and sale of parts also.

We congratulate John and Deirdre on their new business and wish them every success for many successful years of business.

Positive Ageing Week

National Positive Ageing Week will run from Friday next 25th September to Saturday 3rd October. The aim of this week is to emphasise the positive aspects of ageing for older people in Ireland. This is the sixth year it has been celebrated and as part of the celebrations there will be a service information ‘coffee morning’ on Friday next 25th September from 11am to 1pm in Longford Library main branch and Longford Older Person Network have organised an Afternoon Tea Dance on Monday 28th September from 2pm until 6pm in the Park House Hotel, Edgeworthstown with refreshments,  entertainment and raffle. All older people are invited to attend and enjoy the afternoon. For further details contact Margaret043-33 45555.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the competition for Wednesday 16th September are; 1st Gemma Douglas & Mary Mc Gushen, 2nd Frank & Frances Brennan, 3rd Bernie Kyne & Brendan Dowling, 4th Renee Walsh & Mary Jameson.

Church Gate Collection

The Longford Branch of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland would like to announce that their Church Gate Collection will be held on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September. The money raised will greatly contribute to the continued services in the area. These services include a home care service, a respite service, a transport service and a day care facility. All these services are dedicated to respecting the rights of people with Alzheimer’s disease and supporting their carers.  Your generous support is needed to ensure that these services continue and flourish.

Blood Transfusion Service

The Irish Transfusion service will offer the opportunity to people to give blood when they visit Longford in mid October. They will be in the Longford Arms Hotel on Tuesday 13th, Wednesday 14th, and Thursday 15th October from 4.30 pm to 8.30pm each day.


A rust colour ladies jacket was found on the Main street of Lanesboro.  The owner may collect same in the Co-Op Office

Lanesboro Library

Lanesboro branch library has just announced new opening hours as they go into their Autumn/Winter schedule. Monday 2pm – 8pm, Tuesday 2pm – 6pm, Wednesday 2pm – 8pm, Friday 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 1pm.

For all information you can telephone the library at 043 3321291


Collection for the Blind

The annual parish collection for the blind in Rathcline parish will take place in the very near future and your support will help to bring some comfort to those with sight problems. The committee would like to thank the parish for last year’s collection that realised €3207.60.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

On Wednesday last 16th September, the 4th outing of 2009 was to Mount Temple Golf Course.  Eighteen players enjoyed a wonderful day’s golf at this exquisite course on one of the sunniest days of our Indian summer.  The excellent condition of the fairways and greens coupled with the fine day resulted in some very good scores.  The following were the results:  Nearest the pin on the first green was won by our captain, Paddy Donlon;  the front nine was won by Brendan Whitty on 22 points and the back nine was won by Peter Day, also on 22 points.  Second with 42 points was Frank Conmy and the first prize with a fine score of 46 points was won by Ray McCormack from Newtownforbes. Many thanks to Mick Dolan and the green keepers at Mount Temple for the wonderful condition of the course.  Thanks to Mick also for sponsoring the nearest the pin prize. Thanks too, to Jimmy and Breda Brennan, The Peer Inn, for their kind sponsorship.  The tasty and wholesome homemade soup and sandwiches provided by the lovely ladies in the clubhouse afterwards was much appreciated:  many thanks to all.
Our final outing for 2009 is the fun Christmas one at Strokestown Golf Course on the 5th December, tee off at 11 am followed by the AGM.


Congratulations to Seamus and Audrey Sorohan, Clonfower on the birth of a baby boy recently.

Indoor Market

The Indoor Market continues every Friday in the Co-Op hall from 11am to 2pm. It is great to see so many dropping into the market during its opening hours and it is also becoming a place that not only can you buy at the market but you can also sit down and have a cup of tea and have a chat with those that are also availing of the facility.

Shannon Gaels

Thank You The club would like to say a very big thank you to all the players that turned out to represent the club and parish in the parade and presentation at half time of the county final on Sunday last. Colin Fayne was the banner bearer leading out the players onto the field. A special word of thanks also to Michelle Lisle, Jacqui Rooney, Brendan Keane, Pat Ward and Sean Kenny for their work in having the players presenting themselves so well.

Congratulations to all the young people from the parish that did so well in their Junior Cert.

Good Luck to all the Leaving Cert class who are now taking up their places in third level, we wish them well in their chosen courses.

Scόr The club is presently seeking both young people to take part in Scόr na nÓg and also people with the expertise in the following events that makes up Scόr – Céilí /Figure Dancing, Solo Singing, Instrumental group, Recitation/Storytelling, Ballad Group, Question Time, Novelty Act and Set Dancing.. If you are interested in being a participant or a tutor please contact Sean Kenny, Seadna Ryan, Brendan Keane, or Michelle Lisle immediately.

U14 Our under 14 team ended their season prematurely last week when they were beaten in a thrilling semi final by Clonguish. This was the second disappointment this season to the same opposition and both times the game was thrilling and exciting and a credit to the young people of both teams and their mentors for their coaching skills. Good luck to Clonguish in the final.

Under 12 Our under 12 panel took part in the Blitz at the weekend and while not successful acquitted themselves excellently in the ‘A’ division.

Hard Luck Hard luck to the Rathcline ladies who were beaten in the county semi final by Killoe on Saturday night last.

Good Luck We wish the Junior team the very best of luck in the upcoming Junior final versus Ballymahon.We encourage as many children and parents as possible to support the team.

Training for under 6 and 8 grades continues as scheduled, every Thursday, from 7 to 8 pm.

Booklet Preparations are being made for the annual booklet for 2009.The club would like to thank Vinnie English for taking on this project.If you have any photographs or wish to submit an article, please let the executive know.

Referee Course The club proposes to organise a referee’s course in the very near future. It is an ideal way for players and ex-players to remain involved within the GAA and have a great time as well. There are many doors that can open for those that wish to pursue refereeing to county level. In the past few years Longford has been represented at national level very successfully and it would be great to see one of our own club people in the not too distant future also gracing these fields on the biggest days on the GAA calendar.

Well Done The club would like to congratulate the senior club on their very successful Bingo held last weekend.

Parish League The annual parish league for under 10s was held in Clonbony on Sunday last. A very large number of children participated in the league and the day was a huge success. The event was organised by Jimmy Flood and his management team and very well done to all those who helped in the organisation of the event and  as team managers, referees and preparing the refreshments.

Under 8 The under 8 panel will play in a series of indoor blitzes during October and early November. Details will follow over the coming weeks.

Sympathy The club would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the Connerton family on the death of their mother Mrs. Kathleen Connerton last week.

St. Faithleach’s

Lotto: The numbers drawn were – 11, 17, 18 and 22. There was no jackpot winner and the €20.00 winners were Sean Gannon, Weekfield. Bríd McDermott, Barnacor, Henry Kenny, Cloontuskert. Adrian Guinan, Ballyleague and Noel Butler, Roscommon. The next draw will take place on Tuesday next 29th September for the jackpot of €9,200.
Cards: Every Tuesday night in the Club House, 9.00pm. New players welcome. The results of  last week’s games – 12 games – Dan & Mike, 11 games – Vera & Mary. Last game – Fr. Larney & Annie. Ticket winners: Fr. Larney, Tom, John O & Kathleen.
Paddy Bolger Memorial Tournament: On Saturday last we held the annual Paddy Bolger Memorial Tournament, U14 Boys 7-a-side. Special word of thanks to Emma Brennan, Minor Club Secretary, for all her hard work and efforts in the organisation and preparation for this tournament. Many thanks to the following teams & their Manager/Mentors who took part: St. Faithleach’s, Oran, Shannon Gaels, Padraig Pearses, Kilglass, Ballintubber, Clan na Gael A and Clan na Gael B. A great display of competitive football from all teams with St. Faithleach’s, Ballintubber, Padraig Pearses & Oran reaching the Semi-Final stage. The Final was a tough fought contest between Ballintubber & Oran. Congratulations to the Ballintubber team who were the winners of the Tournament: C. Summerville, D. Clarke, M. Golden, O. Skelly, J. Kerrigan, D. O’ Connor, K. Lester, R. Murphy, S. Finnerty & M. Plunkett. Liam & Eamon Bolger made presentations afterwards to the Oran Team and the Paddy Bolger Memorial Cup was presented to Ballintubber Captain along with winners trophies to the Ballintubber Team. Many thanks to Ray Deegan, Lakeview Filling Station, for Sponsorship of the Trophies.. Many thanks to those who helped in preparing the pitches, those who helped setting up the tent and all those who helped in any way on the day. Thanks to the Referees, to our umpires and linesmen, to all who supplied refreshments & all those who helped in the running of the shop.
U14 Girls: Our U14 girls defeated St. Barry’s on Friday evening last. Final Score: St. Faithleach’s 1-4 St. Barry’s 1-3.
U12 Boys: We had a win away to St. Croan’s on Friday evening last. Final Score: St. Faithleach’s 5- 7 St. Croan’s 3-5.
Team: M. O’Donnell, J. Irwin, J. Farrell, E. Farrell, D. Kelly, C. Mangan, D. Nerney(2-1), M. Cox (0-1), S. Phillips (1-4), J. Hussey (1-0), S. Walsh (0-1), C. Gannon, R. Guinan (1-0). Subs: C. Donohoe, M. Gill, C. Gannon, E. Tynan.
U8 Blitz: Well done to all our U8 Boys & Girls who took part in the Blitz held in Dr. Hyde Park on Saturday last.
‘Sex & the City Night’: Next Friday 25th in the Club House at 8.00pm. Join us ladies for a night of Glamour with Skin Analysis, Hair, Make-Up, Nail Art, Cocktails and much more. Come along for an evening of glitz, glamour, fun & frolics. Competition on the night for ‘Most Glamorous Shoes’. Prizes galore. Refreshments served. Admission €10.00. All welcome.
Congratulations: To Colin McCormack & Aoife McGrath who got married in Sri Lanka last week.
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.

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