Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Apologies for the break. Everything is now up and runing again.

Lanesboro – Ballyleague Notes

Shannon Gaels

The club would like to congratulate Lee and Sharon Cullen and Duncan and Shona Murphy on the recent new family arrivals.

Great Win

The club congratulates the Fermoyle Nation School on winning the Schools Final in Pearse Park on Friday night last. It was a thrilling game and much credit must go to both sets of players for such an outstanding game. We also congratulate team manager Padraig Connerton and commiserate with Stonepark team manager our own Micheál O’Sullivan. The club thanks Joe and Martina O’Brien for providing free 99’s to the panel on the occasion of their victory. The club also provided drinks to the panel and we are happy to celebrate this victory with the school and parish. We also congratulate Kevin Sorohan on being nominated man of the match

Family Day

This year the minor club will celebrate Lá na gClub with a Family Day, Barbeque and Sports Day in the club grounds in Clonbonny on Sunday 27th June. The club has a special pride of place for the family involvement that continues to be very strong within the club. We would like to invite and welcome every parent, family and child in the parish to the club grounds on that day and we would like to extend a very special welcome to anybody that may have recently moved into the parish or as of yet not got involved in the club.

We are for you and the development of your boy/girl and we hope you can join us for what should be a tremendous day. We ask you to be in the club grounds around 12.45 for a 1pm start.


The area was shocked and saddened by the news of the death on Thursday last 10th June at Tallaght hospital of Tom Kearns, Rathcline House. Tom, his wife Maureen and family moved to Lanesboro from England almost 30 years ago and in that time became a prominent member of the local community. He was a man of energetic spirit who was always seeking a new project. Tom’s work was in the building business where he and his brothers rans a very successful construction business in England before his return to his native soil and arrival in Lanesboro. Tom, a native of Ballyconnelly, Co. Galway continued his interest in the construction business where he developed many businesses and was also a leading farmer. His remains reposed at his residence prior to the removal to St. Mary’s church Lanesboro on Saturday and his burial took place to Rathcline cemetery following his requiem Mass on Sunday. The attendance at both his removal and burial bore ample testimony to the esteem in which he was held. To his wife Maureen, son Tommy, daughters Karen and Claire brothers and sisters we extend our sincere sympathy.

Pike Angling Club

Lanesboro Pike Angling club will stage a Pike (Boat) Fishing competition on Sunday 4th July in Lanesboro. All proceeds will go to Longford Hospice and the club would invite every angler in the area to support the club and this very worthy cause. Fishing will take place from 11am to 4pm and the entry fee is €25 per boat. The presentation ceremony will take place in Clarke’s bar following the weigh-in. There will be numerous cash prizes on the day and there will also be a raffle for spot prizes. If you require further information can you please contact 086-1584686.

Fishing Instruction

The Pike Angling club welcomes their involvement with Recreational Angling Ireland (RAI). RAI is an organisation that has initiated and sponsored a youth training angling programme to encourage and teach the art of angling to young people between the ages of 8 and 18 and encourage them into the sport. On Saturday next 19th June in conjunction with Lanesboro Pike Angling club, Waterways Ireland and Camlin and District anglers RAI will provide a day of instruction from 11am to 3pm.  A maximum of 30 can only be catered for and it will be strictly on a first come first served basis.

To get further information please contact or Mick Galvin Clondra email

Help is a two-way thing

The community project organised by the Shannon Gaels Minor club is proving to be a tremendous success and the club is extremely grateful to everybody that, so far, has given work to the members of the club. So far we have had lads and lassies footing turf, loading and throwing in turf, helping with silage, with the moving of grass and many other chores that needed to be done.

Again we ask that if you have work to be done and need some help in doing this work the Shannon Gaels Minor club has members ready and willing to do their bit. If you need help please contact any of the following Jimmy Flood, Seadna Ryan, Brendan Keane, Sean Kenny or Joe O’Brien (0862460840).

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.

Fermoyle NS

The official opening of the impressive new extension recently completed at Fermoyle Nation School will take place on Tuesday next 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.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

Lanesboro Bridge Club held their 27th AGM recently at the close of another successful year.

Club president Peg Clarke presented her President Prize to the winner Gemma Douglas. Numerous other prizes were presented on the night. Peg Clarke then handed over her presidency to the newly elected President for the coming year Maura Hanly and wished her well for a successful year ahead. The following officers were also elected; Secretary Gemma Douglas, Treasurer Frances Brennan, Tournament director Cyril Hussey and Master Mary Mc Gushin. The season was brought to a close in the tradition manner where all members had a very enjoyable evening in the Wineport Lodge Hotel. The club wishes all members a lovely summer and they look forward to meeting you again in September.

Head Start Summer Fun Club

The Head start Summer Fun Club for 2½  to 8 year olds will be commencing in July and running for three weeks with the first week commencing on Monday 12th for 6-8 year olds, Monday  19th for 4to 6 year olds and Monday 26th July for 2½ to 4year olds.

Head Start Pre-School is also taking bookings for the FREE Pre-school year and for children of 2½ and upward. For more information contact Denise at 3321321 before 6pm any evening.

Dance, Music, Sport and Art Camp

A dance, music, sport and art summer camp will take place in St. Mary’s Parish hall from Monday 12th to Friday 16th July each day from 10am to 2pm. Children can be dropped off from 9.30am at the Parish Hall. The dance part of the camp will consist of céilí, set, line, Irish, Scottish, hip-hop, flamenco, ballroom, tap and kinder dance. The music part will consist of tin whistle and recorder. The fee for the camp is €50 and reductions for families of three or more. Enquiries and bookings should be made immediately to Maureen Farrell 086-3702719 or Mairéad Quinn 086-3046426.

Lakeshore Walks

Are you interested in joining Lakeshore Walks? You will take part in Sunday walking treks, Weekends away hill walking, walking holidays in Ireland and Saturday socials where the companionship and making of new and varied friends will be the order of the day. If this is appealing to you and you would like to find out more information you are invited to call Chris at 087-0938700.

Computer/Secretarial Course

Lanesboro Community College will offer a FETAC standard Computer/Secretarial course which will also include a Digital Photography Course commencing on 13th September in the college. The course will take place four mornings a week and if you wish to enrol for the course you are invited to call to the college or phone 043-3321139.

Lanesboro Community Games

The Annual County Community Games will take place in Ballymahon GAA football pitch on Sunday next 20th June at 11am sharp starting with the field events.  Track events will then start at 12 o’clock with the relays from U-10 to U16, after that all the running events from U-8 to
U-16. All children please make sure you are there on time. The following children will represent Lanesboro Girls:- Aoife Nolan, Roisín Brennan, Orla Keane, Zoe Gallagher, Nadine McCarthy, Sarah Farrell, Tanya Farrell, Laura Peters, Hayley Rooney, Aisling Casey, Shannon Rooney, Anna Peters, Aisling Brady, Dearbhail Flood, Niamh Chawke and Hannah Shea.
Boys:- Ultan O’Sullivan, Oisin Kenny, Richard Prior. Cronan Flood, Seadna Ryan, Iarla O’Sullivan, Cillian Flood, Mark Lyons, Sean Casey, Eoin Sorohan, Kevin Sorohan, Andrew Ward, Shane Prior, Luke Lisle, Connell Kennelly, Eugene Maguire, Owen Murray, Niall Keane.
Best of luck to you all and enjoy the day.
Congratulation to Dualach Ryan on winning a gold medal in the U-8 swimming held recently in the County final in the Mall.  He will now represent Longford County in Athlone in August. Congratulations also to his brother Seadna Ryan and Orla Ryan who received Bronze medals in the U-10.

Lough Ree AC

The younger brigade travelled to Galway on Saturday last for the under 9 to under 12 Connaught T&F championships. This resulted in ‘crossing swords’ with the big clubs the likes of G.C.H., Claregalway, Westport, Ballina, Carrick, Sligo and many others. At times we were out of our depth but with 1gold and 7 silver medals it was not always the case. This made the journey worthwhile.

With some excellent performances it is difficult to know where to start. In the past, we had nothing but praise for the Killoe kids (boys) then the diminutive Emily Mc Carthy arrived on the scene. The way she won the under 10 500m created great excitement – a win we were never expecting. Staying with this age group, Orla Keane was equally impressive when winning her heat and final of the under 10 60m. In fact Orla was the only girl in her age group to break 11seconds for the sprint. When she teamed up with Emily they won the silver medal.

Silver medals also came the way of the Newtowncashel pair Seoige Mulvihill and Áine Bannon in the under 11 Ball throw.

While Seoige had the second best throw of the competition it was Áine’s improvement that assured the pair of well deserved silver medals. Indeed our second string of Zoe Mc Dermott & Sarah Hoare finished in 4th position.

The under 12 competition was run as an individual rather than a team event. The club had not foreseen Owen Murray as a medallist at this level but he rose to the occasion and was runner up in the under 12 shot and captured the silver medal. The delight on his face spoke for us all.

The girl’s event was equally exciting with indoor medallist Larissa Noone taking part. Yes, Larissa retained her silver medal only to be beaten by Orla Duffy who took gold. The Cloontagh lass only came to light at the recent inter-schools competition.  The club were pleased to have 1st and 2nd in the Connaught under 12 shot.

Everybody is now looking forward to the National Finals in Templemore in July.

As we have not official results to hand, we cannot judge on individual performances only to say that under 9’s Cait Kelly and Cian Glennon caught our attention, as did Sarah Scally who won her heat of the 600m under 11. If she was paired with Zoe we could have had another great result. More about that when we see the result sheets.

We hope that the many parents that travelled enjoyed the day as much as the rest of us. Next weekend the under 13 and upward will be in action again in Galway as well as the Co. Longford Community Games. We wish all athletes the best of success.

St. Faithleach’s GAA Club

Junior B Championship: We had a win at home to Fuerty last week. Final Score – St. Faithleach’s 1-13 Fuerty 0-5. Team: S. Connor, D. Byrne, J. Vesey, P. Flynn, J. Tarmey, B. Scally, D. McCormack, D. Ryan, P. Hunt (0-1), P. Cox (0-2), B. Healy (0-3), A. Kenny (0-1), F. McCormack, B. Hussey (1-1), D. Rooney (0-4). Subs used: A. Guinan (0-1), J. Casey, P. Kenny.
Lotto: Congratulations to Martin Tucker, Mountcashel won was the winner of the lotto draw on Tuesday last. The numbers drawn were – 2, 3, 17 and 30. €20 winners: Davey Jones, Phone Number supplied. Noel Finn, Ballydangan. Kathleen Monaghan, Ballinlough. Brian Murtagh/Alan Manning, Ballyleague and the grandchildren c/o Mickey Connaughton. The next draw will take place on Tuesday 22nd June for a jackpot of €1,000. The team on duty is J & A Brennan, D. Mc Loone and J. Hegarty.
Cards: Every Tuesday in the Club House, 9.00pm. Results of last week’s games – 10 games – Tom/James & PJ/Padraig. The ticket winners were – Michael, James & Tim.
Women’s Mini-Marathon: Mary & Emma Kenny competed the Dublin City Women’s Mini-Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday in aid of funds for St. Faithleach’s GAA Club Dressing-Rooms. Mary & Emma would like to sincerely thank all who sponsored them so generously.   
U12 Boys: Had a convincing win over Oran on Sunday last. Team: K. Nerney, S. Farrell, M. Gill, G. Carberry, C. Donoghue, D. Kelly, L. Parker, C. Mangan, D. Nerney, J. Donlon, S. Walsh, C. Gannon, E. Tynan, D. Foley, J. Gill. Subs: B. Kelly, E. Farrell.
Upcoming Events: Look out for details of American Tea Party Saturday 24th July. Ladies Night to be held in August.
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.
Best of Luck: To our Club representatives with the Roscommon County Team in the Connaught Semi-Final in Hyde Park on Sunday next against Leitrim.

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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.

Free Wireless internet access available to all members.

For more information contact Stella on 043 3321291 or email

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