Lanesboro Ballyleague 28th September’09

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes   

Shannonside Camera Club

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.

Club notes can be accessed on and then input Shannonside Camera Club.

Lough Ree Athletic Club

The Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships took place on Saturday in the grounds of St. Mel’s College. The turnout was somewhat disappointing considering it was well publicised. Lanesboro and Fermoyle were represented but there was no sign of youngsters from Cashel, Killashee or Cloontagh.

Pride of place must go to sprinter Orla Keane (Fermoyle) who finished 4th in the girls 3rd and 4 class category proving that she has stamina to go with her speed. Events like the 400m and 800m should suit her later. Staying with this group, the Lanesboro Primary School team packed well with Aisling Casey leading them home in 5th position, followed by Rebedla Stavus (6th), Lauren Tansey (8th) Nadine Mc Carthy (9th) and Patryeya Jedrych (10th), good enough to win from Aughnagarron NS by 3 points. Rachael Gilligan, the individual winner, was the star of this group.

Fermoyle NS girls were the only school to finish a scoring 4 in the 5th/6th class category with Hayley Rooney (2nd), Sarah Farrell (3rd), Tanya Farrell (8th) and Niamh Chawke 10th.

The interesting runner here was Chloe Flanagan (Gaelscoil) who finished fourth. Why? He mother introduced herself as Helen Rodgers (Derryhaun) a former runner with the club.  We correct that read a very good runner with the club. She was rated in the same bracket as Emer Molloy. Emer’s record for the Intermediate 800m of 2.11.55 in 1988 when competing for Mercy Ballymahon still stands to this day. Molloy got a scholarship to Villanova with Sonia O’Sullivan, is now married and living Boston. Yes! We enjoyed meeting Helen.

Back to the racing, the Boy’s 5th/6th class event had only Niall Keane who finished 16th was the only runner representing Fermoyle NS while Owen Murray (7th), Cillian Flood (8th), Cronan Flood (9th) and Danial Curran (11th) made up the 34 points to finish second behind a very strong Killoe squad in the 3rd/4th class event. All the above have qualified for the Connaught Finals in Sligo on 17th October.

Busy times ahead, as the Co Roscommon Championships for clubs takes place on Sunday next 4th October at the Racecourse in Roscommon town with events from under 11 upwards.

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

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.

Shannonside Heritage Annual Concert. 

Shannonside Heritage regrets that due to circumstances beyond their control, they are obliged to postpone their annual concert, which is usually held in November, until early in the New Year. We extend our apologies to those who traditionally support the event, and look forward to seeing you all in January or February 2010.

Benefit for Ted Mole

You are invited to go along and enjoy an evening of songs with ‘Gracenotes Choir’ conducted by Laura Brogan in St. Coman’s Church, Roscommon on Friday night 9th October at 8.30pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door at a cost of €10.

Juniors Win

Congratulations to the Rathcline Junior football team and panel and their team management of Seamus O’Brien and Denis Crinigan that had a tremendous win in the Junior Final against Ballymahon in Pearse Park on Sunday last. It was a tremendous occasion for the club and it was great to see team captain PJ O’Neill accepting the cup on behalf of the club. A great evening was had by all and it finished off in style with a club social in the Peer Inn.

High Flyer

Congratulations to Senan O’Grady who spent the summer out of college working and playing football in New York. Senan was an outstanding player throughout his time there with the Roscommon team. As he departed New York the team had just qualified for the Intermediate final in Gaelic Park against Dublin. Such was his value to the team that they flew him back out for the final on Sunday last where again he played a major role. Senan is son of Donal and the late Helen O’Grady, Ballyleague and we wish him much more success on the playing and college fields.

Another feature of the Roscommon victory comes in the form of former Rathcline stalwart Donal Mullooly who guided the team through to victory. Donal has toiled manfully as a player and in later years as a manger in within New York GAA and it is especially pleasing to see him getting his just rewards for his time and effort.  May there be many more successful days for Donal and his team.


Congratulations to Jacinta Healy and Denis Carberry Church View on the birth last week of a baby boy.

Lanesboro Pike Angling Fishing Club

On Saturday October 3rd Lanesboro Pike Angling Fishing Club will be holding a children`s fishing competition on the hot water stretch of the Shannon. Fishing will be from 11am to 2pm. The entry fee will be €1 and is open to children up to 15 years of age

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday 23rd September are:  1st Frank & Frances Brennan, 2nd Phil Chalmers & Cyril Hussey, 3rd Kathleen Reilly & Tom Feeney, 4th Maura Hanley & Bernie Kyne.

In the interest of the club it is very important that as many members as possible attend the weekly game.


Congratulations to Noel and Teresa Collins, Church View on the birth last week of a baby boy.

Fr. Tommy Gillooly’s Mission

The annual Bring & Buy sale in aid of Fr. Tommy Gillooly’s Mission will be held on Saturday evening next 3rd October following 7pm Mass in Ballyleague Hall. Your usual full and generous support will once again be appreciated.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Junior (B South) Championship: We qualified for the Junior B South Final when we defeated Fuerty in Knockrockery on Saturday evening last. Final Score – St. Faithleach’s 1-12 Fuerty 1-9. Team: J. Tarmey, D. Byrne, J. Vesey, P. Flynn, M. F. O’Grady, P. Murray (0-2), D. McCormack, J. Quigley (0-1), M. Tarmey (0-2), K. O’Grady, A. Kenny (0-2), N. Kelly (0-2), D. Rooney (1-0), M. Cox (0-3), N. Dooney. Sub: D. Tarmey. County Final this Saturday against Clan na Gael at 5.30pm in Fuerty. Best of Luck to all players on the panel and their Manager/Mentors Henry Kenny, John Bill Hanly & Mickey Walsh. Please come out and support the team on the day.
Lotto: Next draw 29/9/09. Jackpot €9,200.
Cards: Every Tuesday night in the Club House, 9.00pm. New players welcome. Results of last week’s games: 12 games – Michael/Eugene. 11 games – Tom/Michael. Last game – Annie/Jacinta. Ticket winners – Michael, Peggy, Kathleen & Fr. Larney.
U12: Our U12 boys defeated Elphin at home on Sunday last. Final Score: St. Faithleach’s 3-8 Elphin 2-5. Team: M. O’Donnell, J. Irwin, J. Farrell, E. Farrell, C. Mangan, D. Kelly, D. Nerney, M. Cox(1-2), S. Phillips(0-2), J. Hussey(1-2), S. Walsh, C. Gannon(1-1), R. Guinan(0-1). Subs: L. Parker, D. Foley, E. Tynan, M. Gill, C. Donoghue, D. Barry, K. Nerney, C. Gannon. Congratulations and well done to all players on the panel along with their Manager/Mentors John Gannon & Michael Cox who have qualified for the Champion County Final to be played this weekend. See fixtures for details. Please come out and support the lads on the day.
U10:  Our U10 teams participated in a tournament held in St. Faithleach’s on Saturday evening last against Kilbride. A great display of football from all players who showed courage & determination throughout the tournament. Congratulations & Well done to all players on the U10 panel who were the Cup Winners on the day. A very proud achievement for all players along with their Manager/Mentors, James Irwin, Gerry O’Donnell & Paul Enright. Congratulations and well done to the Kilbride panel of players and their Managers/Mentors who were presented with the Shield afterwards.
U14 Girls: Our U14 Girls play in the County Semi-Final this weekend. See fixtures for details. Please come out and support the girls on the day.
Ladies Night: “Sex & the City Night” held in the Club House last Friday night exceeded all expectations with Glitz, Glamour, Fun & Frolics. A fantastic night for the ladies who turned out in huge numbers, dressed to impress and welcomed to the Club House by the ‘gentlemen in dicky-bows’. Huge thanks to Bernie Cotter, who co-ordinated this event along with the St. Faithleach’s GAA Club Social Committee. Pink Ribbon Day in aid of the Irish Cancer Society was well supported on the night by all the ladies of the parish & beyond. The Club House was decked out in style for the occasion. Many thanks to Derek Thompson who gave a great buzz with his menu of cocktails for the night, a great treat for the ladies. Many thanks to the following who took park with stands on the night for the ladies enjoyment: Jackie McCormack, Kastle Therapies. Lorraine Melia, Hair Square. Myra Glennon, Beauty HQ. Sharon McCormack, MAC Make-up Artist. Deirdre O’Loughlin, Jewellery. Ann Brennan, Skin Care Analysis. Bernadette Masterson, Indian Head Massage. Anne-Marie Carroll, The Old School of Holistic Massage. Ann Gannon, Food, Body & Mind. Trish Feely, Johnsons Pharmacy. Beate Belline, Nail Artist. Bernadette from Curves. Theresa Callahan, Food Health & Wellbeing. Congratulations to our top 5 finalists in the ‘Most Glamorous Shoes’ Competition: Siobhan Ormsby, Adrianna Melia, Colette Reynolds, Siobhan Brehon & Martina Dunne. 3rd Place Prize went to Adrianna Melia, 2nd Place Prize, Siobhan Ormsby & Winning Prize went to Colette Reynolds. Thanks to all the ladies who went to great efforts for this competition and many thanks to judges Marian & Mary. Our ‘Sex & the City Quiz” on the night was won by the Melia Ladies, Janet, Adrianne, Clara & Lorraine, Congratulations and very well done. Prize Sponsored by Bernadette Masterson. Many thanks to Quiz Master, Derek Thompson. Many thanks to Roisín Collier our DJ for the night who had the ladies up on the dance floor with a huge range of music enjoyed by all. Many thanks to Angela Fahy who sponsored the food for the event. Many thanks to all who sponsored prizes for our Raffle on the night: Jackie McCormack, Kastle Therapies. Lorraine Melia, Hair Square. Myra Glennon, Beauty HQ. Sharon McCormack, MAC Make-up Artist. Deirdre O’Loughlin, Jewellery. Ann Brennan, Skin Care Analysis. Bernadette Masterson, Indian Head Massage. Anne-Marie Carroll, The Old School of Holistic Massage. Ann Gannon, Food, Body & Mind. Trish Feely, Johnsons Pharmacy, Beate Belline, Nail Artist. Bernadette Curves. Theresa Callahan, Food Health & Wellbeing. Dympna Trautt, Trautt’s Checkout. Barry Maguire, Hair Supplies. BTW Bathrooms. Winners of our Raffle were: Sharon McCormack, Nancy Hanly, Alice Kenny, Helen O’Donnell, Patricia Delaney, Josephine Maher, Martina Gill, Anne-Marie Leckey, Ita Gill, Chloe Kenny, Mary Collins, Mary Kenny, Adrianna Melia, Angelina Fahy, Linda Kilcoyne, Ann Brehon, Hilda Carty, Siobhan Brehon, Sharon Dowd. Many thanks and well done to all the ‘gentlemen’ bar staff who looked splendid dressed in dicky-bows for the occasion. Many thanks to all who helped out in any way on the night and huge word of thanks to all you ladies who supported a fantastic ‘ladies night’ in the Club House and made it an occasion to remember.
Birthday Wishes: Congratulations to Michael Cleary who celebrated his 50th Birthday on Sunday evening last in the Club House.
Congratulations: To Oonagh O’Grady & Padraig O’Rourke who got married last week.
Sympathy: The Club extends deepest sympathy to Maurice and Ann Hartnett & family, Ballyleague on the death of Ann’s sister Kathleen Fallon.

Shannon Gaels Minor Club

The season has now completed for the under 10 and under 12 panels. The under 8 panel will take part in an indoor competition at the weekend. See fixtures in local paper.

The under 16 team will play the Shield semi final against Ardagh St. James also this weekend. Again see fixture list in papers.

The club has organised a mixed under 14 tournament in Clonbonny this Saturday. Every boy and girl on their respective panes are asked to be in Clonbonny at 4.30pm. The teams have been selected and they will be announced at 4.30. The first game will take place at 4.45pm. Each player is requested to have €5.

Scόr – A major meeting of anybody interested in taking part or helping out in Scόr will take place on this Wednesday evening in the Clubhouse in Clonbonny at 8.30pm

Lanesboro Social Services

The monthly Whist Drive in aid of Lanesboro Social Services will take place on this Friday night 2nd October in St. Mary’s Parish Hall at 8.30pm. This card game is a fundraiser for the wonderful work being done by the Social Services committee on an ongoing basis. In hard times that we now find ourselves in there is a greater demand and strain on the coffers of the Social Services and we would encourage everybody that can help and support in any way to do so. The committee would deeply appreciate your support on Friday night.

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