Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes 22nd February’10

Lanesboro – Ballyleague Notes

Very Important Registration Night

The Shannon Gaels Minor club will hold their registration night on Thursday night 25th February in the clubhouse at 7pm. Registration is for all players from under 8 to under 18 and it is hugely important for all members as anybody not registered cannot represent the club as they are not insured. The registration fee is €30 for one child and €45 for two or more children. It is very important that all parents turn up and register their children. The club welcomes every young child and their parents living in the parish and encourages them to come along on registration night. Every young boy and girl in the parish should be registered with the club as the club hosts a lot of activities throughout the year in Clonbonny and it is important that no child should be absent from the activities.

Community Games Table Quiz and Drama

 Anyone interested in representing Lanesboro in the Community Games Table Quiz Under 14 is asked to come to the Parish Hall in Lanesboro on Thursday 25th February 2010 at 8pm in order to form a team.  Anyone over 10 years of age is welcome. This team goes forward to the County Competition in Edgeworthstown on 1st March 2010.

 Also there is a Drama/Talent Competition in Newtowncashel on 21st March.  Entry forms can be got from Sharon Brady or Joe O’Brien’s Corner Shop.

 A reminder that anyone interested in entering the Art Competition much have their entries in by 2nd March.

Search for a Star

One has to wonder where it will end! Each year of this Shannon Gaels minor club production is just gets better and better and last weekend once again it proved to be a fantastic show with a huge number of varied and wonderful talent taking to the stage.

Saturday night opened with Fr. Michael Reilly acting as MC on the night and he introduced the 18 acts with a great degree of hilarity. Fr. Michael added greatly to the night and indeed his introductions only augmented the talent of the 18 acts. The full house was thoroughly entertained for over 2½ hours by the wonderful acts. The winners on the night was the Dirty Dancing Troupe dancing to Time of our Lives excellently led by Sean and Michelle Lisle and the dancers were Dearbhail flood, Tara Lee Lulham, Shannon Whitlow, Lauren Guinan, Danielle Irwin, Rachael Ward, Óisín O’Sullivan, Niamh Shea, Sharon Rooney, Clare Costello, Nathan Hanlon, Danny O’Sullivan, Eleanor Lisle, Andrea Carter, Laura Peters and Hayley Rooney.

Sunday night again seen the hall full to the rafters and the huge crowd was treated to another spectacular night’s entertainment with, club secretary, Seadna Ryan proving to be an excellent MC on the night. The winners on Sunday night came from a wonderful performance by the youngest group of the 18. Presenting Sharon Shannon and the Cartoon Thieves with the hit song Mama Lou was David Mulvihill, Cliona Beirne, Shane Kenny, Sean Costello, Stephen Tobin, Gavin Cooney, Conor Bohan, Sean Mc Grath and Michael J. O’Reilly.

The club would like to thank everybody that took part, those that did such a wonderful job behind the scenes in the preparation and on the two nights and especially everybody that supported by their attendance.

The club yearly book was launched by County Senior Chairman Pat Cahill and County Minor Board Chairman Eugene Quaine. This is a wonderful production and the club would like to thank Vinnie English for his production of such a magnificent publication. The contribution of photographs from club photographers Bridget Mullooly, Joe Mc Grath and Marie English added greatly to this excellent publication. A copy of the yearbook will be distributed to every house in the parish in the very near future.

Lanesboro Fair Day and Dog Show  

Lanesboro Fair Day and Dog Show will take place on Saturday week 6th March. Again this promises to be another huge day in the town and we look forward to welcoming many locals back to town for the day. Contact Kevin Murray, Samantha Lulham or Margaret Gillen to offer your support.

St Patrick’s Day Parade

Preparation have commenced for the St Patrick’s Day Parade that will be held in Lanesboro/Ballyleague on 17th March  If anybody  has an interest in placing a float in the parade please call the Co-Op office for an application form on 3327070. Now is the time to be getting your thoughts together and preparing your theme for float. We hope that this year will see everybody making a special effort to lift the spirits of the people and make the day another wonderful day in our locality.

There will also be the usual prize for the best dressed window, all premises owners are urged to begin getting their ideas together for decorating their windows and making the day even brighter.

This is an important day for Lanesboro and since its introduction two years ago it has got better each year. This year we hope that it will surpass the previous years and see another wonderful day in our town.

Lough Ree Theatre Company

Lough Ree theatre Company will perform their production of “Thy Will Be Done” a play by Peter Carey, in the Co-Op Hall on Friday12th, Saturday 13th, and Sunday 14th March. You can book your tickets by calling into the Co-Op or phone 043-3327070.

Fine Gael AGM on Thursday
The AGM of the Lanesboro Branch will be held in Adrian Farrell’s Lounge on this Thursday 25th February at 9.00pm. Deputy James Bannon and local Councillors will attend. New members welcome.

Shannon Tones

The Shannon Tones would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for helping make their fund raising venture such a huge success. Firstly thanks to Jimmy Hussey for all his hard work and time and without whom there would have been no cd.  Thanks to Denis Hughes who designed the cd cover and posters for us. We would like to thank everyone who donated cash or spot prizes to us they are as follows:-

Adie Farrell (Main Sponsor), Clarkes Bar, Chris Cullen, Lough Ree Power, P J Maher, Louis Skelly, Joe & Martha Farrell, Joe & Mary Ghee, Thomas Rhatigan, Donal Skelly, Joe Fallon, Brehons Taxi, Supervalu, Breffni Plant Hire, Clancy Credit Management, Phil Maher, Lanesboro/Ballyleague Credit Union, Brendan Gilmore Security, Ray Deegan, Mags Gillen, Padraig Brewster, Cloud 9 Health & Beauty, Seamus Killian Butchers, Xlntee Hairdressers, Terry’s Butchers, Techtronics, Carmel Linnane, Sean Mimnagh, Joe & Martina O’Brien, Mark Shields, His & Hers Hairdressers, Niall(Giles) Murray, La Mirage, Sculptures Hairdressers.

We had four great nights out promoting the cd and we wish to thank everyone that came and supported us every night. Thanks to those people that helped with selling raffle tickets each night. Thanks to Joe Duffy for his work designing the presentation cheques.

All money raised went to charity.  Each person performing on the cd paid their own expenses to do so. The total amount raised was €9527.  Initially it was decided to split equally any money raised between MS Ireland and Parkinsons Assoc of Ireland.  It was later decided unanimously that we would donate €500 to the Joe McCormack fund. €4513.50 went to both the other charities.

Thank You

The Roscommon Underwater Search and Rescue Unit would like to thank you all for your generous support last weekend at our annual church gate collection. They are very grateful for all you help and support and all your words of encouragement.


 A fundraising dance in aid of the Elphin Diocesan Pilgrimage fund will take place in the Abbey Hotel on Monday next. Music will be supplied by many musicians including TR Dallas, Rosie Flanagan and Frank Nelson. Your support will be appreciated.

Ballyleague Bingo

The usual Thursday night Bingo continues in Ballyleague Hall at 8.30pm. This week the snowball stands at €1600.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Senior Football: The first game of the season takes place in Castlerea on Sunday next against the home side. The throw in time is scheduled for 2pm.

Junior Ladies: Training this Friday 26th February in Ballyleague Hall at 7pm. New players welcome, please contact Oona Monaghan-Cox on 0862260309.
2010 Club Membership: Membership now due for this year. Adults €40, Students €20, Family €80.
Lotto: The numbers drawn were – 8, 12, 15 and 29. There was no jackpot winner. The €20 winners were – Raymond Farrell, Bogwood. Padraig Kenny, Antrabeg. Breda Maguire, Rathcline. Jacinta Madden, Curraghroe. The next draw takes place on Tuesday next 2nd March for a jackpot of €10,200. The team on duty is – J. Brennan, A. Brennan, D. Mc Loone, J. Hegarty
Cards: Game continues every Tuesday in the Club House at 9.00pm. The results of last week’s games: 13 games – Tom/John. 11 games – Mike/Tommy. Last game – Gemma/Kathleen. The ticket winners were – Noreen, Tom, Mary and Phonsie.
Minor Club Registration: Many thanks to all Minor Players who attended Registration on Friday last. Any players yet to register please contact Minor committee member as soon as possible. 
St. Faithleach’s GAA Club Minor Club Presentation Night: Sunday 28th February in the Club House from 6-9pm. Presentation of County Championship Medals to our following teams: Minor Ladies, U14 Girls, U14 Boys & U12 Boys.
Fundraising Development: Many thanks to all who have supported our Development Fundraising to date. Members will be calling to areas during the week, all support greatly appreciated. You can also donate to any Executive Committee Member at the Club House.
Rose of St. Faithleach’s: It’s time to look out for our St. Faithleach’s Rose. With the success of last year’s competition we hope to find 12 more ladies to take part for this year. Anyone interested in entering please give your name to Bernie Cotter. Full details to follow.
U14 & U16 Training: Starts Monday 22nd February. U14 – 6.00pm sharp. U16 – 7.00pm sharp.
U14 Girls: Game against Castlerea next week, see fixtures for details.
Upcoming Events: St. Patricks Day Parade – St. Faithleach’s Float, all welcome to come along & take part. Pool Tournament to be held in the Club House. Entry fee E10. Names are currently being taken in the club house. Also Indoor Football Tournament, details at later date.
Club Notifications: Anyone wishing to be notified of Club Events by Text, please contact Michael Cleary at (087) 2238293.
Congratulations: To Stephen Donlon & Geraldine Sheriday who got married on Friday last.

Guitar Lessons in Lanesboro

Did you or a family member get a guitar for Christmas? Why not get professional lessons in St Mary’s hall every Thursday evening at 6pm. New course starts March 18th. Beginners and improvers are welcome. We teach acoustic, classical and electric guitar. All ages welcome. 

Relaxed atmos and kind and friendly teachers. Classes in Ballymahon commence March 4th at 7.30pm. Please call: 087 7472563 ask for Karl.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

Don’t forget the Society outing this Saturday, 27th February to Strokestown Golf Club.

It is hoped to have the annual fun scramble which was postponed before Christmas.

Tee off is 11 am but try to come as early as possible so that the draw can be made in good time.

The usual refreshments will be available in clubhouse afterwards, followed by our AGM.

The society looks forward to a good turnout and seeing all the members there.

Lanesboro Branch Library

Learn Online for FREE with FAS at Lanesboro Library!

A new ‘Online Learning’ Initiative is running in your local library over the next few months.  The courses are all online and are open to everybody over 18.  All courses have been developed for people with little or no IT Skills as well as those with some IT knowledge.  Some of the courses running include: Introduction to Computers, Internet and Email, ECDL, Basic Finance, Health and Safety.

Registration forms are available at the Library.  A FAS course facilitator will be present every Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm for any queries you may have.

Nurturing your mental health – leaflets and books available at the library and they are free

Wireless internet access available to all members.

Conversational French Classes starting soon (subject to numbers attending). For more information contact Stella on 043 3321291 or email

Opening Hrs: Monday 2pm-8pm, Tuesday 2pm-6pm, Wednesday 2pm-8pm, Friday 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm, Saturday 10am-1pm.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Monday 15th February are: Gross: 1st: Eileen Kelly / Noreen Dunne, 2nd: Margaret Gillen/Mai Casey and 3rd: Des / Eileen Watts
N/S: 1st: Des/Eileen Watts, 2nd: Kathleen O’Reilly/ Mary Fallon, 3rd: Bernadette Gillen/ Kathleen Kelly. E/W: 1st: Eileen Kelly/Noreen Dunne, 2nd; Margaret Gillen/Mai Casey, 3rd: Katharine Harrison/Philomena Walsh
Bridge continues every Monday At 8.00pm In Co-Op Hall.
Thank You

The organisers of the Lourdes Invalid Fund Church Gate collection held recently would like to thank everybody that contributed so generously. The amount contributed amounted to €710. If you or anybody you know from the Parish would like to travel as an invalid could you please contact Breda Moran or Philomena Walsh.

New Committee for Lough Ree Development Co-Op

The new board of the Co-Op was elected last week and it is as follows – Chairman Mark Casey, Vice Chairman Donal Casey, Secretary Annette Costello and Treasurer Maureen Donohue.

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