Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes 6th December 2010

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Lanesboro Gun Club

A meeting of the Lanesboro Gun Club will take place on Friday night next 10th December in Adie Farrell’s Meeting Room at 8pm. All members asked to attend this important meeting.

Triathlon Club Table Quiz

The recently formed Lanesboro Triathlon Club is holding a Table Quiz in Clarke’s Bar on Friday night next 10th December at 8.30pm. The club has made tremendous strides since its inception only a few months back and their activities have created a great buzz in the locality. Go along and support this new and exciting club. Bring lots of friends as a great night of fun is assured, make it a party night where the craic and atmosphere will be 90.teams of 4 and the cost per table is €40.

Unravelling the Spiral

Local writer Jack Harte recently published his latest book entitled Unravelling the Spiral at Roscommon Library. The book is a story on the life and work of Fred Conlon. Fred was a near neighbour great friend from their days in Killeenduff, Co. Sligo before the Harte family embarked on their move to the Green in Lanesboro. Fred through his natural ability as a sculpture received the highest plaudits due to the excellence of his works and the next time you approach Bunratty Castle in Co. Clare you will notice stone fibula which was sculpted by Fred. This book is in honour of a lifetime friendship and recognition of the tremendous work and is rightly fitting memory of one of Ireland best sculptors.

Jack relates the life and work of Fred in his own inimitable way and the book is a tremendous read. I would like to congratulate Jack on another fine masterpiece and hope he again has wonderful sales of this book. The book is on sale locally in O’Brien’s at a cost of €24.95.


Congratulations to Ian and Pamela Cassidy Radharc na Muilleann on the birth recently of a baby boy

Come along to Shannon Gaels AGM

Following a hugely successful and history making year the club will hold their AGM on Friday night next 10th December in the clubhouse in Clonbonny. Every parent and those interested in the continued promotion and development of underage football and Scór na nÓg in the parish are invited to attend. With the tremendous success of the year past the club hopes for a record attendance this year. It is vital for the parish to support the efforts of executive by their attendance at this meeting. The club invites everyone to come along and see what club developments are in line for the coming year.

The club would like to pay special recognition to everybody, both from within and outside the club that helped us during the year. Your support was crucial to our development and we look forward to seeing you at the AGM on Friday night.

Christmas Penance Service

The Penance Service schedule for Christmas is as follows; Newtowncashel St Mary’s Church, Tuesday 14th December at 8pm, Ballyleague, Church of the Holy Rosary on Monday 20th December and St. Mary’s Church Lanesboro on Thursday 23rd December from 7.30pm to 8pm.


How is your training coming along?

I presume you are all now in serious training for the annual Christmas Day Run/Walk in aid of Multiple Sclerosis. As you know the run/walk takes place between Newtowncashel and Lanesboro with the walkers setting off at 11.45am and the runners at 12.15pm.

This is the 20th anniversary and it would be marvelous to have a record number taking part. With almost 6 weeks to go to Christmas Day, time is running out to get training and support the very special occasion. As we are in very trying times financially everybody is asked to make that extra special effort as this is the main fund raiser for the MS society and your sponsorship means that there is a continuous support for those suffering with MS.

Sponsorship cards are available from O’Brien’s Corner Shop, Michael Flood, Newtowncashel (Tel: 086-0880855); Brigid Mullooly, Lanesborough (Tel: 086-8807596) and from Casserley’s Shop and Fallon Bar Newtowncashel.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the two most recent competitions are Wednesday 17th November – 1st Brid Mc Dermott & Una Lawlor, 2nd Kathleen Reilly, 3rd Cyril Hussey & Bernadette Clancy, 4th Noreen Dunne & Mai Casey. 24th November N/S 1st Elish Gray & Gemma Douglas, 2nd Phil Chalmers & Cyril Hussey, 3rd Mona O’Flaherty & Bernadette Gillen. E/W 1st Philomena Walsh & Kathleen Harrison and 2nd Brid Mc Dermott & Una Lawlor.

The Christmas competition will be held on this Wednesday night at 8pm – weather permitting.

Brushstrokes Christmas Exhibition

The Brushstrokes Christmas Art Exhibition will continue in St. Mary’s Parish Hall until Sunday next. Drop in and cast your eye on the marvelous scenes and you will be in awe of the talents of our local artists. There are Christmas presents to adorn any wall.


Congratulations to Tom and Carmel Rumney, Radharc na Muilleann, on the recent birth of a baby girl.

Christmas Day Swim

In weather such as we have now the thought of the annual Christmas Day Swim runs a shiver down through ones spine. It has been amazing the number of people coming into the shop seeking their sponsorship cards for the swim – they are indeed hardy souls.

This year is the 31st year of the sponsored swim and it is hoped that the numbers this year will exceed all records. The swim has raised much money for the Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club and local charities for the past 30 years and it is hoped that a huge number will once again take the plunge on Christmas Day and help the Sub Aqua club.

Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club is one of the leading clubs in the country and has been to the forefront in search and rescue for many years. Their work is without doubt vital and your support for the Swim will be greatly appreciated.

Sponsorship cards are available from O’Brien’s Corner Shop and from any member of the Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Monday 29th November are N/S Gross 1st Eileen Kelly & Eileen Watts, 2nd Patricia Mc Gann & Joan Browne, 3rd Loretto Cooney & Maureen Mulryan. N/S Nett 1st Eileen Kelly & Eileen Watts, 2nd Mary Conmy & Mary Jameson, 3rd Patricia Mc Gann & Joan Browne. E/W Gross and Nett 1st Hannah Clyne & Mai Casey, 2nd Katharine Harrison & Noreen Dunne, 3rd K. Hanly & M. Fallon.

The Christmas Competition will be held on Monday night next 13th December.

Meals on Wheels Church Gate Collection

The county Longford Meals on Wheels service that contributes so much to people in the parish will hold their annual Church gate collection at all Masses on Saturday and Sunday next 11th and 12th December. Your usual generous support will be greatly appreciated.

St. John’s Church Christmas Services

The Christmas Service schedule for St. John’s parishioners are as follows: In St. John’s Church Lanesboro there will be Holy Communion service on Christmas Eve at 9pm. On St. Stephen’s day there will be Morning service and Carols at 11.30am. In St. Coman’s Roscommon on Sunday 19th December there will be Service at 11.30am. On Christmas Day there will be Holy Communion Service at 11am.

Monster Bingo this Sunday

The Rathcline GAA club is holding a Monster Bingo on Sunday next 12th December in Ballyleague Hall at 3pm. This is an event not to be missed and not alone should you go but you should also bring your friends and support the club. The jackpot will be €2000. Sharpen your pencils and markers and make sure you get there early to get your seat.

Annual Draw

Carmel Linnane and Liz Balfe are holding their annual Christmas Draw. The proceeds of the draw are in aid of African students. The draw will take place in The Yacht Bar on Saturday 18th December. The prize list is: 1st prize €150, 2nd prize 6 bottles Wine, 3rd prize bottle Brandy, 4th prize box Biscuits & Sweets. There will be many more prizes on the night.

Forget-Me-Not – Your Local Cottage Industry

Invite you to an Exhibition & Sale of their work at Clonmee, Lanesboro, Co. Longford   14th Nov-19th Dec- 12 noon-7pm daily. Choose from – Jewellery, Needle Craft, Crochet, Knitwear, Woodcraft, Stained Glass, Teddy Bears, Soaps & Candles, Christmas Decorations and much more. The exhibition also includes Ceramics by award winner Thomas Lynam.

St. Faithleach’s GAA If you cannot get these notes in with main notes can you put them in the club notes please. Thanks, Joe

St. Faithleachs GAA Senior Club AGM: We held our Senior AGM on Friday night last in St. Faithleachs GAA Club House. The Club would like to express thanks to Fr. Larney Shine who celebrated Mass for deceased members of the Club prior to the AGM. President, Mickey Kelly sent apologies as he was unable to attend. Chairperson, Frank Curley opened the meeting & welcomed all. Chairpersons’ address reflected on a tremendous year for the Club as a whole. He thanked all who carried out fantastic hard work on the Clubs new Dressing Rooms including those who supplied machinery etc. & all the work that was done voluntarily. He thanked the clubs sponsors & all involved in the Club during the year, including players, managers, mentors, selectors, physiotherapists, social & finance committee members, club lotto sellers & all who have helped out with fundraising for the Club in many ways throughout 2010. He expressed congratulations to our Junior Team & Management on winning the Mid-South County Championship Title 2010 and also congratulations to our Minor Club on their success during 2010 & to all our clubs county players during 2010. He extended deepest sympathy to Bob McCormack on the sad death of his son, Ronan McCormack & all deceased members of the Club 2010. Secretary, Caroline Connaughton read the minutes of last year’s AGM and gave a hugely comprehensive and detailed report outlining the clubs activities & achievements for 2010. Caroline expressed thanks to her follow officers for their help throughout the year & thanked chairperson, Frank Curley for his countless hours along with all the volunteers for their commitment in the smooth running of St. Faithleachs GAA Club House during 2010. Treasurer, Michael Cleary gave a detailed account of the Senior Clubs Income/Expenditure for 2010. He thanked the community for their fantastic response to the Clubs Fundraising & Development, all who supported our club lotto & all businesses for allowing the sale of the club lotto. He expressed thanks to Chairperson, Frank Curley & staff of St. Faithleachs GAA club house, the social & finance Committee, those who supported numerous functions held in the Club House throughout 2010, our weekly card players, all club sponsors & all those who helped out in many ways. Club Development Treasurer, Sean Cox gave a detailed account of the development income/expenditure for 2010. Social & Finance Chairperson, Derek Thompson thanked everyone for their hard work & efforts during 2010 & invited more people to come on board with new ideas regarding social/development events for St. Faithleachs GAA Club for 2011. Field Committee Chairperson, Jimmy Mangan thanked all involved in the upkeep of the clubs football pitches & grounds throughout 2010.

Election of Officers as follows: President, Mickey Kelly & Fr. Larney Shine. Chairperson, Frank Curley. Vice-Chairperson, Derek Thompson. Secretary, Caroline Connaughton. Treasurer, Michael Cleary. Assistant Treasurer, Sean Cox. Registrar, Padraig Murray. PRO, Mary Kenny. Insurance Officer, Sean Cox. Players Representative, Brain Scally. Delegates to the County Board, M. Cleary, D. Thompson, S. Cox. Mid-South Delegate, John Bill Hanly. Executive Members, F. Curley, C. Connaughton, M. Cleary, G. Donlon, M. Kenny, J. Brennan, P. Banahan, D. Thompson, R. McCormack, J. Mangan, J. B. Hanly, P. Kenny, O. Kelly, J. Irwin, B. Scally, P. Enright. Social & Finance Committee Members, D. Thompson, G. Donlon, M. Kenny, P. Kenny, J. B. Hanly, R. McCormack, F. Curley, M. Cleary, B. Cotter, M. Dunne, M. Gibbons.

Club Membership: Membership due in January payable to Registrar, Padraig Murray.

Cards: Every Tuesday in the Club House, 9.00pm.

Christmas Party/Karaoke Night: Many thanks to all who supported our Karaoke Night on Saturday last in the Club House. Many thanks to Róisin Collier for her work on the song-sheets/song choices for the night. A great night was had by all.

Hunt-the-Wren: St. Faithleachs GAA Club is holding a Hunt-the-Wren Event for St. Stephens Day. We would be extremely grateful for your and the support of all musicians, singers etc.

Scór: The Club are hoping to revive Scór in the New Year.

Lanesboro Pike Angling Club

On Sunday last 5th December the Pike Angling club held their Christmas draw for non-fishing members. The winners were 1st prize hamper went to Ger Birdill, Strokestown, 2nd  Meat voucher Vincent Reddin, The Green, 3rd Meat voucher Moydow and 4th prize Meat voucher Tommy Hunt, Ballyleague. There were also numerous other prizes given out on the day.

Lanesboro Pike Angling Club would like to thank all our members, non-fishing members and our sponsors for all their support over the year, and wish them all a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

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