Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes 07th June’10

Lanesboro – Ballyleague Notes

Shannon Gaels say Good Luck

The Shannon Gaels minor club would like congratulate Fermoyle National School on reaching the Schools Final with a great victory in the semi-final last Friday in Clonbonny. On Friday next they stride onto the lush pastures of Pearse Park where they will play Stonepark in the final. We wish the team management and panel the very best of luck and look forward to them bringing home the title. However, and it is a big however, the Stonepark team is managed by local man Micheal O’Sullivan who is principal in Stonepark School and is also manager of our under 14 team. We wish Micheal and his panel well also and may the best team win a thrilling contest.

All the parish should travel to support these young players.


Congratulations to Lee and Sharon Cullen, The Green on the birth last week of a baby girl.

Well done to local Scouts

Congratulations to the Ballyboro Scouts who organised the inaugural Seisiún na Sionnaine in Lanesboro recently.

 This was a joint venture between the scout leaders and the venture section of scouts which are aged between 15 and 18 years.

The weekend saw approximately 80 scouts from Carrick-on-Shannon, Lanesboro, Ballinamore, Longford, Boyle, and Knocknacarra, Galway to take part in water based activities on the shores of Lough Ree. The troop is grateful to James and Bríd Nerney for the use of their field in which the event was held on May Bank Holiday weekend.

Scouts were given instruction in sailing and kayaking under fully qualified instructors and Lough Ree Search and Rescue club were on hand to provide support. Lots of land based activities were also enjoyed by the participants.

A special raft building competition was held with the winners been presented the “Ted Mole memorial Cup” in honour of the late Ted, a former scout leader who passed away last year. The cup was presented by his wife Kay who came along to close the proceedings.

It is hoped that this is the start of bigger and better things to come, with plans already being drawn up for next year’s event.

Lanesboro NS Parents Association

The Parents committee of Lanesboro Primary School will hold a sponsored ‘woodland walk’ on Sunday next 13th June at 3pm. Parents, children and family members are invited come along and join in what should be a magical walk through the woods. The route will be up the Rathcline Road, through the woods and finishing at the playground in the car park. The walk will commence from the Primary School at 3pm.

Summer School Launch

The launch of the 13th Lough Ree Environmental Summer School and Arts Festival will take place on this Friday evening 11th June at 7.30pm. It is hoped that a huge turnout from the local communities will turn out and support the launch. The Summer School is a huge event in the local calendar and is deserving of your support. It means a lot to the community and the hard working committee is looking forward to meeting you on Friday evening.

People supporting our young people

The Shannon Gaels initiative of seeking work for the young people of the club throughout the with work for these young men and now young women of the club. The club has girls willing to work to and help too and do not hesitate to contact us.

If you require babysitting, turf footed, help with bringing it home or throwing it in, gardens tidied, painting, help with bales, silage and covering or any odd jobs  just call to us and we will supply you with excellent workers.

The club has decided to undertake to support their young players and help them spend a fruitful summer holiday while also earning a few bob and being part of helping within our community. Contact Jimmy Flood, Seadna Ryan, Brendan Keane, Sean Kenny or Joe O’Brien.

Tractor Pulling and Field Day

The 3rd annual Tractor Pulling & Field Day will take place in Abbeylara on Sunday 13th June. There will also be a Truck Pulling demonstration along with a vintage parade and display of cars, trucks, motorbikes, American cars and trucks. The side shows will include mice racing, dog show, best dressed lady, pet goats and cart rides along with a host of fun-fair attractions.

Cemetery Sundays

The dates for the Cemetery Sunday’s have been set and they will take place in Rathcline on Sunday 4th July, Lanesboro 11th July and Clonbonny on Sunday 18th July. This notice should give families that have graves in each of the three cemeteries in our parish ample time to prepare their family graves for the blessing of the graves.


Congratulations to Duncan and Shona Murphy, Fermoyle, on the birth last week of a baby boy.

Fermoyle NS

The official opening of the impressive new extension recently completed at Fermoyle Nation School will take place on Tuesday 22nd June at 12noon. Bishop Colm O’Reilly will perform the official opening and blessing. All local, past pupils and their families are invited to come along and be part of this wonderful occasion.

Holy Communion

Congratulations to the following young people from Lanesboro and Fermoyle National Schools who received their First Holy Communion recently: Gerard Brennan, Brian Casey, Gráinne Chawke, Anna Cibiniak, Emily Fallon, Gordon Farrell, Kiersten Gunning-Leavy, Cian Glennon, Zach Hanlon, Jacub Kajan, Áine Kennelly, Sean Kenny, Oisin Mc Gowan, Lucy Anne Myhill, Bryn Peters, Richard Prior, Shane Prior, Liam Ross, Orla Ryan, Seadna Ryan and Leah Wyse

Lough Ree AC

The Connaught Athletic championships are fixed for NUIG’s track on this Saturday 12th June for the under 9 to under 12 age groups and the club looks forward to another fruitful day on the athletics fields of Connaught. This competition is for those that competed successfully in teams of 2 at the Roscommon championships and the club has qualified the following teams. Athletes can only compete in two events plus a relay. Girls under 9 60m A. Farrell & C. Kiely, 300m C. Kiely & N. Harte, Long jump  N. Harte & R. Brennan. Ball Throw – R. Brennan & A. Farrell. Girls under 10 80 m & 500m O. Keane & E. Mc Carthy, 80 m & Long jump O. Keane & L.A. Myhill. Girls under 11 80m U. Kiely & Sarah Scally, 600m Z. Mc Dermott & N. Nolan, Long jump Sarah Hoare & A. Bannon, Ball Throw S, Mulvihill & A. Bannon and Z. Mc Dermott & S. Hoare. Girls under 12 100m & Shot L. Noone & O. Duffy, Ball Throw A. Casey & O. Lisle. Boys under 9 60m B. Casey & Shane Prior, and P. Nolan & C. Glennon, 300m R. Prior & C. Glennon, Long Jump R. Prior & S. Prior. Boys under 10 80m B. Peters & L. Ross. Boys under 11 80m E. Farrelly & C. Flood, Long jump and E. Donohoe & E. Bracken. Boys under 12 E. Kehoe & N. Farrelly, 800m E. Kehoe & C. Flood, Long jump L. Harte & N. Farrelly. Shot O. Murray & L. Lisle, Ball Throw L. Lisle & L. Harte.

Finally, a word of thanks to Lanesboro Community College for putting their facilities at the disposal of the club, the Ballyboro Scouts for the use of their tent and also erecting it and last but by no means least the parents and helpers on the day.

Bank leaves Lanesboro

After a lifetime of serving the people of Lanesboro/Ballyleague and the wider communities the National Irish Bank in its wisdom decided to close their doors. The fateful day was Friday 28th May and along with closing its doors it also closed the ATM that we were assured would continue to service the community – how good is that!

Down through the years the community has been served by the bank and in recent times with the closure of their branch in Strokestown – and the promise to them that Lanesboro would stay open, the bank seemed to have an assured life in Lanesboro. However, those in control deemed otherwise and it is a terrible blow for the people of the area that depended on the bank and also to those that are trying to attract new business and industry to town. It is truly amazing despite that Tourism Ireland allowed the bank leave without as much as a whimper and even more amazing when representations were made to Minister Martin Cullen, who at the time was Minister of Arts, Sports and Tourism, that his Department decided also not to make any formal approach to the bank. When we consider the river Shannon as one of the main holiday destinations and attractions in the country, was it not appropriate that both these bodies ensure that tourists getting their boats in Carrick-on-Shannon and heading south had a place they could bank before they crossed Lough Ree. Now those on boats, if they have not loaded their credit cards prior to departure, will have to carry a large amount of cash on their being.

To those that served in the bank in Lanesboro we wish them well and hope that their time in Lanesboro was enjoyable and will leave great memories. We thank them for their service and wish them every happiness in their future lives.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Shannonside FM Senior Football Championship: We were defeated by Kilbride on Saturday evening last in a hard fought game. Final Score – St. Faithleach’s 0-12 Kilbride 0-13. Team: D. Thompson, D. Thompson, A. McCormack, K. Brennan, A. Murtagh, G. Connor, S. Ormsby, M. Reynolds (0-2), G. Cox (0-2), H. Kenny(0-1), D. Murray(0-1), S. O’Grady, C. McCormack(0-1), B. Murtagh(0-3), A. Dooney(0-2). Subs used: P. Wallace (0-1).
Junior B Championship: Game this Wednesday against Fuerty in Fuerty. See fixtures for time.
Cards: Every Tuesday in the Club House, 9.00pm. The results of last week’s game – 11 games, James/Frank. 10 games, Padraig/Tom. Last game, Tim/Pat Joe. Ticket winners – Michael, Gemma, Brendan, James.
U14 Boys: We were defeated by Elphin on Thursday last.
2010 Club Membership: Membership now overdue for this year. Adults €40, Students €20, Family €80.
Club Notifications: Anyone wishing to be notified of Club Events by Text, please contact Michael Cleary at (087)2238293.
Club Merchandise: Anyone wishing to order St. Faithleach’s GAA Club Hoodies, please contact Derek Thompson at (087)8172668. See in Club House for details.

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