Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes 30th November’09

Lanesboro – Ballyleague Notes


Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club

The club distinguished itself by taking a four pair first place ranking in the All Ireland Irish Bridge Union Pairs played recently. This was a great achievement by the Club members considering that a total of 53 bridge clubs took part with an entry of 1059 pairs. This club had 23 pairs taking part and two pairs figured in the top 10 places, with another two pairs also highly ranked. Congratulations to Margaret Gillen/Mae Casey in taking 7th place and Joan Donnellan/Barbara Ferguson in taking 9th position out of the 1059 pairs that played.  For updates on clubs news and events go to and select Co. Longford.

Shannonside Camera Club

Our next club meeting is to be held on Thursday 3rd December at the ESB Sports & Social clubhouse at 8pm. The club is most appreciative and fortunate to have Mr. Tony Murphy give a presentation on photography, who is an eminent photographer and lecturer. He describes his photography as being more about light than subject matter and the web site  has to be visited by anyone who has an interest in photography. For those who are not members, but would like to come along and see this presentation are cordially invited. Visit Shannonside camera site at and select Co. Longford. New members are always welcome to join the club

Christmas Whist Drive

Lanesboro Social services will be holding a ‘Special Christmas Whist Drive’ In St. Mary’s Parish Hall on this Friday night 4th December at .30pm. Traditionally this is one of the greatest nights of the Whist year where the party athmosphere creates a wonderful night. Whether you are a card player or not you are invited to come along and support the incredible work consistently being undertaken by Lanesboro Social Services. Don’t miss it this Friday night!

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday night last 25th November are; 1st Brid Mc Dermott & Una Lawlor, 2nd Mae Casey & Noreen Dunne, 3rd Frank & Frances Brennan, 4th Katherine Harrison & Gemma Douglas.

Brushstrokes Art Group. 

You are reminded not to  forget the official opening of our 2009 Christmas Exhibition and sale this Sunday December 6th at 3.30pm, at the MJS premises (opposite Supervalue), Main Street. Mr Michael McCarthy our local professional artist will do the honours, and we will be serving mulled wine etc. to get into the spirit of the season.

There will also be a display of Sparkles Jewellery by Breda O`Loughlin, original pottery by “Thomas`s Promises” and some free-form furniture by Danny Conroy.

So all-in-all it promises to be an enjoyable afternoon and an ideal opportunity to get some unique Christmas Presents at reasonable prices.

We look forward to seeing you there. 

Shannon Gaels elects new Team

Shannon Gaels Minor Club held their AGM on Friday night last in the Clubhouse. The following were elected to office for the coming season- Chairman Jimmy Flood, Vice Chairman, Sean Kenny, Secretary, Seadna Ryan, Assistant secretary, Michelle Lisle, Treasurer Brendan Keane, assistant treasurer, Tina Dowd, PRO’s Joe O’Brien & Cliodhna Beirne, Coaching Officers Cian O’Brien and Alan Tobin, ASAP officer, Kieran Donlon, Child Protection officer, Michael Lyons, Co Board delegates, Brendan Rhatigan, Micheál O’Sullivan and Brendan O’Sullivan.

All parents of every under 14 and under 16 boys intending to train and play with the club in the coming year are asked to attend a very special and important meeting in the clubhouse on this Sunday evening 6th December at 6pm. Please make sure you attend this very important meeting.

Geese for Sale

Martin Farrell, Derrygeel, has geese for sale and you can contact him by phoning 085-1315179.

Day for People with Disabilities

To commemorate UN day for People with Disabilities an information morning is being held on this Thursday 3rd December in the Sylvia Dawson Building, St. Christopher’s, Longford. Guest speakers will include Victor Connell, Liam Lynch, and Tom Chambers, Mayo Centre of Independent Living. The information morning will take place between 11.30am and 2pm. Refreshments will be served at 1pm. This is a free event and very important that a large number from our area attends.  

Lanesboro Gun Club

Lanesboro Gun Club held their AGM on Fri 27th Nov. The meeting had a poor turnout and members are asked to keep an eye on the local notes for future meetings and to make a better effort to attend, as these meetings are essential for the successful running of our club. Officers were elected for the coming year and the club welcomes the addition of Fran Deffew as Secretary and Raymond Hanley as Asst. Secretary to the committee.

The Green – a living history

At present I am trying to do a living history of the Green from the first resident to the present residents. I seek your help with any old photographs of the Green, its residents, or its workers or any other memorabilia or stories from the Green since its opening could they contact me at    call to the shop or phone me 086-2460840 or  All will be returned to their owners within a very short space of time.

Christmas Day Run

The Longford Christmas Day 10K run from Newtowncashel to Lanesborough in aid of Multiple Sclerosis is being organised again for the 19th year. It is great to see so many people interested this year in taking part and taking up sponsorship cards and getting out to do some training in preparation for the event.
In that time in the region of €130,000 has been generously donated to Multiple Sclerosis. Further details and sponsorship cards are available from Michael Flood,
Newtowncashel (Tel: 086 0880855); Brigid Mullooly, Lanesborough (Tel: 086 8807596); Casserley’s in Newtowncashel or O’Brien’s Corner Shop, Lanesboro. Alternatively people can also donate online by going to
All participants will receive a free t-shirt kindly sponsored by Peter Hanley Motors. We would greatly appreciate your support as this is in aid of a very worthy cause.
Longford MS has come to depend on this event over the past 18 years and would like to extend their appreciation for the effort given.

Date for your Diary

Lanesboro Primary School will host a Nativity Concert in St. Mary’s Parish Church on Thursday 10th December at 7pm. This promises to be a great concert and one not to be missed.

Folk Choir time change

A number of people have expressed an interest in the creation of a folk choir to initially sing at the Saturday evening Mass. If you have the voice and are interested in being part of the choir you are invited to go along to the practise in the Convent on Tuesday at 9pm.

Christmas Fair

The Annual Christmas Craft Fair will take place in tandem with the indoor Market in the Co-op hall, on next Friday 4th December 2009, from 11am to 6pm.  Last year’s Fair was an outstanding success and I believe this year will be even bigger and better. The stands will include bread, jams, eggs, fish, cakes, knitwear, books, vegetables, household items and jewellery to name a few.  The success of the Friday markets has been great and it is very important that all the neighbouring communities both use the opportunity to sell their goods at the market and also that the people from these communities turnout on Friday to buy and support the Co-op who are doing such a wonderful job in the promotion of local produce.

The success of the market is solely down to the people of our local communities. The Co-op hall I am sure will be thronged to capacity on this and every Friday.

St. Faithleach’s GAA Club Notes
Senior Club AGM: The Senior Club AGM took place in the Club House on Friday last 27th November. Many thanks to Fr. Larney who celebrated mass for deceased members of the Club. Chairman, Frank Curley welcomed all to the meeting and reflected on the year which saw the death of two great club men, Michael Kenny & his father Tommy John Kelly who was President of the Club. Ar dheis de go raibh a anam. He thanked the following: All the Club Sponsors. Many people who voluntary got involved in the Club during the year. All Players, Mentors, Selectors & Physio. Social & Finance Committees. Lotto Sellers. Those involved in the door-to-door collections in aid of the Clubs Fundraising Development. John Casey who participated in the Dublin City Marathon to raise funds for the Club. Many who supplied machinery & did tremendous work on the Clubs Dressing Rooms. He congratulated the Minor Club success both boys & girls. President, Mickey Kelly thanked the Club Officers & Minor Club for the enjoyment over the year with success both boys & girls. He expressed sympathy to the Kelly Family & wished the Club every success in the coming year. Secretary, Damien Rooney gave a comprehensive & detailed report outlining the Clubs activities for 2009. As he was not seeking re-election for the coming year due to college commitments he thanked his fellow officers for their help & wished the Club every success in 2010. Treasurer, Michael Cleary gave a detailed account of the Clubs Income/Expenditure for the year and thanked the following: The Community for their fantastic response to the Clubs Fundraising Development. All who supported the Lotto; the Business’s for allowing us to sell Lotto, Paul Enright & Brid Dunne for their involvement in running the Club House earlier in the year and wished them well for the future. Frank Curley & Staff. Social & Finance Committees. Those who supported numerous functions held in the Club House throughout the year. Weekly Card Players. All the Club Sponsors and all who helped out in any way. Many thanks to Sean Cox who gave a detailed account of the Development Income/Expenditures.  Chairman of the Social & Finance Committee, Derek Thompson thanked all for their hard work and efforts and thanked all concerned. The following Officers were elected for 2010. President, Fr. Larney Shine & Mickey Kelly. Chairman, Frank Curley. Vice Chairman, Derek Thompson. Secretary/Vice Secretary to be elected. Treasurer, Michael Cleary. Assistant Treasurer, Sean Cox. PRO, Mary Kenny. Registrar, Padraig Murray. Insurance Officer, Sean Cox. Executive Members: F. Curley, M. Cleary, G. Donlon, M. Kenny, E. Brennan, J. Brennan, D. Thompson, R. McCormack, J. Mangan, J. B. Hanly, P. Hunt, A. Brennan, P. Kenny. County Board Delegates: M. Cleary & J. Brennan. Mid South Delegate: J. B. Hanly. Social & Finance Committee: D. Thompson, G. Donlon, M. Kenny, P. Kenny, R. McCormack, J. B. Hanly, M. Cleary, B. Cotter, F. Curley, L. Melia. Membership for 2010 will be due in January – Family €80, Adult €40, Student €20 payable to Padraig Murray. Registration night will be arranged.
Minor Ladies County Final: Pride of the parish goes to our Minor Ladies who won the County Final when the defeated Eire Óg on Sunday last in Ballinlough. Final Score: St. Faithleach’s 7-13 Eire, Óg 2-9. The 1st half saw scores from Laura Mc Cloone (2-1), Kelly Murphy (2-2), Cheryl Scally (0-6), Aisling Lannon (0-1) & Amanda Mc Cloone (0-2) to make half-time scoreline of 4-12 for Faithleach’s with Eire Óg 0-2. The second half got off to a good start with a goal from Cheryl Scally before Eire Óg replied with 2 points & a goal. Gillian Corcoran pulled off some cracking saves in the second half. Faithleach’s secured 2 more goals and 1 point while Eire Óg got 5 points and 1 goal before the final whistle. Congratulations go to all players on the panel along with their Manager/Mentors, Denis Mc Cloone & Patricia Manning. Frank Keane, Secretary of the Ladies County Board presented Captain Amanda Mc Cloone with the winner’s trophy. Team: Gillian Corcoran, Bronagh Donlon, Roisín Collier, Aoife Kenny, Danielle Trimble, Shauna O’Neill, Shanise Carty, Amanda Mc Cloone(0-2), Aisling Lannon(0-1), Sarah Gibbons, Cheryl Scally(2-7), Rebecca Hanly, Claire Cleary(1-0), Laura Mc Cloone(2-1), Kelly Murphy(2-2), Emma Kenny, Joan Geoghegan, Sarah Brennan, Aisling Ormsby, Aileen Nerney, Aíne Collier, Nicole Carty, Claire Brennan. The team along with their following of supporters toured the parish and were treated to food in the Club House afterwards.
Tansey Cup: Relegation Play-off against St. Josephs. Our junior side were defeated by St. Josephs in Kilbride on Sunday last with the game level at full-time, extra time played say St. Joseph’s winning by 1 point. Final Score: St. Faithleach’s 1.11 St. Josephs 2-9. Team: P. Flynn, B. Scally, J. Vesey, D. McCormack, M. F. O’Grady, D. Murray, J. Connor (1-0), A. Brehon (0-1), K. Brennan, C. Murtagh (0-3), B. Murtagh (0-5), N. Kelly, B. Hussey (0-1), M. Cox, D. Rooney (0-1). Subs: J. Casey, F. McCormack.
Cards: Every Tuesday night in the Club House, 9.00pm. New players welcome. Results of last week’s games: 12 games – John O/Packie. 12 games – Michael/Frank. Last game – John O/Packie. Ticket Winners – Maureen, Tom, Joe, Michael.
Gala Flower Demonstration: This Friday night in the Club House at 8pm by Enda Carmody. Admission €10. All flower arrangements will be raffled off on the night.  
Upcoming Events: Christmas Party Night for all Manager/Mentors & Parents along with presentation to the Junior Ladies on Friday 11th December. Work break-up Christmas Party on Wednesday 23rd December with finger food served. All welcome. Saturday 26th December Music with ‘Acting the Maggot’. Sunday 27th December Fun Challenge Matches with Music and Food afterwards in the Club House. New Years Eve – Black & White Themed Party Night.
Club Merchandise: Large selection of Club Merchandise available, contact Derek Thompson (087)8172668.

Congratulations: To Amanda McCloone who was awarded an All-Ireland Scholarship sponsored by J.P. McManus at the University of Limerick.

Sympathy: The Club extends deepest sympathy to the Reynolds Family on the death of Bridie Reynolds, Lisanaria.

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