Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes 4th april 2011

Ballyleague Notes

Success is Sweet

A long threatening has finally come to pass and it is always the sweeter when
success is gained on your home ground. Longford Rugby club finally gained the promotion
that agonisingly eluded them over the past numbers of years. The club worked
hard and it is great that they have finally reached their holy grail. What
makes the success for a local point of view is the input of local lads in this
great victory. Damian Curley, Strokestown Road, is coach of the successful side
while Fran Deffew and Gareth Johnston, both Rathcline Road, played huge parts
in this tremendous success on the field.
We congratulate the lads on their wonderful input into this success and
wish them every success as they go forward in the coming season.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Barbara and John Ferguson and
family, Knock, on the death last week of Barbara’s sister, Mrs Marie Lappin, in

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday last 30th March are: 1st
Frank & Frances Brennan, 2nd Gemma Douglas and Elish Gray, Mona
O’Flaherty & Bernadette Gillen and 4th Marie Sheeran & Mary
Mc Gushin.

Lanesborough Primary Enrolment

Lanesborough Primary School is holding their enrolment day on Friday April 8th from 1 – 3pm. All new
entrants and their parents for September 2011 are invited to come along.

CBS Celebrates

Over many decades students left the Lanesboro Ballyleague area for their secondary
schooling at Roscommon CBS. Last Saturday afternoon in Cusack Park Mullingar
the young players representing the school claimed the All-Ireland B
championship after a titanic struggle over Coláiste Mhuire, Clane. On the team
was Enda Lannon, Ballagh, son of Anthony and Mary Lannon and coming on to play
a vital role was the community’s other representative David Rooney, son of
Gerry and Emily Rooney, Ballyleague. We congratulate the entire panel and their
team mentors on their outstanding achievement and also for raising the spirits
of all of us that attended the school down through the years.


We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Anna Egan and family, Ballyleague
on the sudden death last weekend of her brother Gerry Coady, Ballinascarthy,
Co. Cork.

Fermoyle N.S. Enrolment

Enrolment for new pupils will be held in Fermoyle N.S on Monday 11th April from 2pm – 3pm.


It is with the heaviest of hearts that we extend our deepest sympathy to Ann Farrell, Lehery, on the tragic death of her sister Deirdre Mc Carthy, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare last week.

Anniversary Celebration

Lanesboro Community College is celebrating its Golden Jubilee

A celebration to mark this occasion will be held on Saturday 4th June 2011.

The School Principal, Jimmy Flanagan, and the organising committee would like to
invite all past pupils and their families to come and celebrate with us. They hope to contact as many of our past pupils as possible and they would really appreciate any help you can give in the reaching of this goal. It will be a wonderful opportunity to come back and visit your old school and to meet up
with old friends. The committee is particularly keen to make contact with all
students who were on that first roll book 50 years ago. Because the Vocational school
amalgamated with the Convent of Mercy 21 years ago, forming the Community
College, they are hoping that the students who were with them in 1989 will also
be here in force! Further details will be included over the next few weeks.

Presently the organising committee are trying to locate photographs of life in the school
over the last 50 years. If you have any please drop them into the school. Put
your name and address on the envelope containing the pictures and the school
will return them to you once they have taken copies. If you have any queries/suggestions, please contact the school at 043 33 21139.

Illegal Dumping

The scourge of the country at the moment is the tremendous amount of illegal dumping. While we may see it on lay-bys, on side roads and in side streets it is highly unusual to hear of it happening with cars driving into local estates and dumping their rubbish both day and night. Recently, the quite cul de sac of
the small estate beside the Community College, Radharc na Muileann, has been blighted by such horrendous deeds. Only the other night one of the residents came upon a man discarding his rubbish and assisted him in returning the rubbish to his car before he drove away. The resident of this quite estate are truly fed up of the actions of the mindless and notice is now being taken of the vehicle traffic into and out of this estate. We hope that anybody seen dumping rubbish will be reported to the proper authorities where action will be

Leinster Under 21 Final

The very best of luck to James Carroll, son of Anne and Sean Carroll, Tullvrane,
Patrick Mullooly, son of Mary and then late Pat Mullooly, Rathcline  and Fiachra Beirne, son of Pat and Anne Beirne, Mahoraveen and their under 21 panel members who play Wexford in the
Leinster Under 21 final in Portlaoise on this Wednesday night at 7.30pm.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club

The results of the most recent competition are: Results:

N/S gross: 1st Loretta Cooney & Maureen Mulryan, 2nd Mai
Casey & Margaret Gillen, 3rd Renee Walshe & Mary Mc Gushin and 4th
Nancy Dolan & Eileen Kelly.

N/S nett: 1st Loretta Cooney & Maureen Mulryan, 2nd Renee
Walshe & Mary Mc Gushin, 3rd Mai Casey & Margaret Gillen and
4th Fiona Gillen & Phil Chalmers.

E/W gross: 1st Hannah Clyne & Nora Kelly, 2nd Bernadette
Gillen & Katharine Harrison, 3rd Kathleen Hanley & Mary
Fallon and 4th Mary Moran & Bridie McGrath.

E/W nett: 1st Hannah Clyne & Nora Kelly, 2nd Bernadette
Gillen & Katharine Harrison, 3rd
Bridie McGrath & Mary Moran and 4th Kathleen Hanley & Mary Fallon

Scrap Metal Collection

Rathcline GAA Player’s Fundraising Committee have organised a ‘Scrap Metal Collection’
within the wider community area. They invite scrap wire, metal storage tanks,
any unwanted scrap metal, scrap cars, old fire ranges, unwanted machinery,
unwanted batteries, emersion cylinder, old gates etc. We all have lots of these
items lying around at the back of our houses and gardens and now here is an ideal
opportunity to de-clutter.

There is a collection service available over the next few weeks and if you want to
get rid of any of the aforementioned contact any of the following and they will
arrange for collection – Kevin Hanley 086-8908436, Alan Fayne 087-7870252, Ryan
Fallon 086-1020542, Michael Hanley 086-3636166, Conor Casey 086-1075173 or
James Hanley 086-1611790. You are asked to contact immediately as presently
there is a big demand on the lads services.

Longford Rose 2011

The Longford Rose selection for the 2011Rose of Tralee will take place on Saturday
week 16th April at 8pm. There will be a guest appearance by ‘The Wee
Amigos’. The proceeds of the night will go to the Longford Branch of MS



We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Yazzi and Willie Murray and family
on the death during the past week of Yazzi’s mother Mrs Mary Khan, Drogheda,
Co. Louth.

Youth Ministry Concert

Diocese of Elphin – Youth Ministry. A fundraising
concert featuring Dana, supported by the Elation Ministries will be held on
Sunday 8th May 2011 at Kilbride Community Centre, Four Mile House,
Co. Roscommon at 8pm. Tickets €15. Contract Frank on 087 9880690 for tickets or
further information.

Lanesboro Pike Angling Club

Lanesboro Pike Angling club would like to inform all anglers that they will be holding a
boat competition on Sunday 17th April in Lanesboro. Fishing will be
from 11.00am to 4.00pm and entries will be taken from 10.00am at Lanesboro
harbour next to the duck pond. This is a catch and release competition, all
boats must carry a suitable tank to hold fish and it is required that all
anglers have club insurance. It is also advised that all anglers wear life
jackets on the day. The entry fee is €50 per boat with a maximum of 4 rods per
boat and no more than 2 rods per angler. The prizes are 1st €500, 2nd
€300, 3rd €250, 4th €200 and 5th €150.
Following the weigh-in the presentation of prizes will take place in the Yacht

The committee would like to thank all the club members for all the time and effort
that they put into building the wonderful float that won 1st prize in the club category at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in Lanesboro.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Geraldine and Lois Skelly, Aughamore and
Celine and Eugene Hester and their families on the death in London of Geraldine
and Celine’s sister Margaret Fallon and also to Kitty Fallon, The Green, aunt
of Margaret.


For urgent need of a doctor during out of hour you are invited to call MIDOC service 1850

Lanesboro Ballyleague Community

Lanesboro Ballyleague Community Playschool will
shortly be contacting parents of children on the list for September 2011.  If you have not already registered your interest with the preschool you can now do so by telephoning 043.333.0957.  If there is nobody available to answer your call you are asked to leave your name and contact number on the voicemail and a
member of staff shall call you back as soon as possible.  You can also express your interest by email
to:  The Playschool is participating in the free pre-school scheme.

Shannon Gaels MFC

U14 League Div. 3 Round 3 Clonguish Óg
2-9 V 1-13 Shannon Gaels

in Allen Park with referee: Seamus Flood

Well done to our U14 squad on Friday evening last who again played their heart
out against a strong Clonguish side and came out winners with one point to
spare at full time. Our next outing is a home game takes place this Thursday 8th
April at 6.45pm against St Dominic’s.

Great credit goes to coaching and management team of Ciaran Feeney, Neil
Donohue & Brendan Keane. We hope a large number of family and club
supporters will come out and cheer on the lads.

Special Minor Div. 3 Round 5 Shannon Gaels
2-8 V 2-12 Granard/Ballymore

in Clonbonny on Sunday with Padraig Mc Kenna as referee.

Our Minor team played their first home game on the new Prunty pitch on
Sunday last.

Even though they came out second best to a strong Granard/Ballymore we
should have made more use of possession. Our performances are starting to
reflect the work being done on the training pitch and it won’t be long until
the game results will be in our favour.

Well done to our goalkeeper who had some fantastic saves in second half.

Special thanks to Management team of Allison Smyth and Seamus O Brien for all
their hard work.

Training as usual on Thursday for U6 to U12 in Clonbonny from 7-8pm

Lanesboro Ballyleague Community Playschool

Lanesboro/Ballyleague Community
Playschool is hosting an information/registration
evening for Triple P parenting programme on Tuesday 12th of
April at 7.30pm. A member of the Longford Westmeath Parenting
Partnership (LWPP) will be in attendance on the night to


answer any questions about the programme. We hope to run a programme
locally after the Easter holidays if there is sufficient interest. The
course is free for any parent with a child 7 years or younger who would
like to learn some new parenting skills. If you would like to know
more, please come along on the night or phone LWPP on: 09064

Lough Ree Co-Op 25 Drive

The results of the card game
held on Sunday night last 3rd April in the Lough Ree Co-Op Hall are
1st 11games Eamon & Ronan, 2nd 10 games Maura &
Kevin, Table prize went to Michael & Tom and the draw winners were Mary,
Peter, Mike & Val.

The jackpot next week is €150 on
14 games.

Lanesboro Badminton Club

The club would like to wish the best of luck to the Men’s and Ladies Grade 6
Lanesboro Teams who are competing in the Midland League Grade 6 Final on
Tuesday 5th of April in Ballymore at 8pm. Support would be greatly appreciated.

25 Drive in Peer Inn

The winners of the weekly 25 card game in the Peer Inn on Sunday night last were 1st
Padraig Hand & Paddy Flood, 2nd Tom Rooney and Joe Rooney. Table
prize went to Edmond & Joe.. The game continues every Sunday night.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

2011 St. FaithleachsGAA Club ‘ROSE’:  On Saturday night last,
a hugely successful & fantastic night was held in the Club House for our 2011 St. Faithleachs GAA
Club Rose & Escort entry to the Roscommon Rose Competition. Chairman of the
Organisation Committee, Derek Thompson, welcomed our 8 Rose Entrants, our
Escorts & the large following of supporters on the night. He thanked our
Main Sponsors – Louise’s Beauty Saloon, Roscommon along with all the Sponsors
of our Rose’s & all Sponsors of our Raffle Prizes on the night. Our Rose
Entrants were as follows: Karen Donoghue sponsored by Hugh Baxter. Rachel
Garvey, sponsored by Ray Deegan, Lakeview Filling Station. Sinead Hudson, sponsored
by Shannon Grill. Trisha Carberry, sponsored by Lifebelt Bar. Rebecca Hanley, sponsored
by J & M O’Brien. Enya Tierney, sponsored by Ventura Promotions. Sarah
Neilon, sponsored by Lanesboro/Ballyleague Credit Union. Sinead Flanagan,
Sponsored by Super Value, Lanesboro. Judges, Mairéad Casey, 2010 Roscommon
Rose, Deirdre Lenihan & John Ward had a tough task to decide on the Winning
Rose from such an outstanding bunch on young ladies. M.C. on the night, Eugene
Murphy put in a great performance while interviewing all of our Rose’s while
our very own St. Faithleachs GAA Club Escorts, Ben Hussey & Niall Healy did
a fantastic job on the night. Many thanks to the lads along with their sponsor,
John Ward Menswear, Roscommon who sponsored their attire. Eugene announced
& congratulated our 2011 Winning Rose, Rachel Garvey, Sponsored by Ray
Deegan, Lakeview Filling Station, Ballyleague who was crowned our 2011 St. Faithleachs GAA
Club Rose. Rachel was presented with the St. Faithleachs Sash & Tiara along
with bouquet of flowers sponsored by Trautt’s Checkout, Cloontuskert. Rachel
now looks forward to representing the Club in the Rose of Roscommon Selection
which takes place in Kilronan Castle on 23rd April where she will be escorted
by Niall Healy our St. Faithleachs GAA Club Escort. All our participating Roses
were presented with a Rose along with beauty gift, sponsored by Johnston’s
Pharmacy, Lanesboro. The Judges, Mairéad, Deirdre & John were presented
with a gift, a small token of appreciation from the Club. Escorts were
presented with gift vouchers, sponsored by John Ward Menswear, Roscommon. Derek
Thompson thanked again our Main Sponsor, all the Sponsors of our Roses &
Escorts on the night & Sponsors of all Prizes including: Cooney’s Hotel,
Ballymahon, Lough-Ree Co-op, Maureen Gibbons, Bernie Cotter & Ray Deegan.
Congratulations to all our winners on the night. Many thanks to Róisin Collier
& Padraig Wallace who provided the music on the night. Many thanks to all
involved in the Organisation Committee especially Bernie Cotter who did
tremendous work. Thanks to Michelle Hurson, Hurson Photography our photographer
for the night. Thanks to the staff of the Club House & all who supplied
food, all who attended on the night, all who supported the raffle & all who
helped out in many ways. Finally a special word of appreciation & gratitude
goes to all of our 8 Rose participants who made it such a fantastic night &
a great event.

To David Rooney & Damien Gibbons with the Roscommon CBS Senior team, who
won the All-Ireland Colleges Senior B Title today, defeating Scoil Mhuire,
Clane by 1-13 to 1-10 after extra time.

Boys League: Our U16’s were defeated at home to St. Dominic’s on Friday last.
Final Score – St. Faithleachs 2-08 St. Dominic’s 4-05. Squad: J. Walsh, C.
Gannon, K. Farrell, C. Farrell, D. Healy, J. Kelly, S. Walsh, J. Sweeney, D.
Nerney, J. Hussey, M. Cox, E. Farrell, C. Gannon, J. Irwin, C. Gannon

Girls: Our U16 Girls had a win over St. Marys on Wednesday last. Final Score –
St. Faithleachs 3-12 St. Mary’s 1-1. Team: M. Banahan, N. Carty, E. Kenny (1-1),
S. O’Neill, J. Geoghegan (0-2), R. Costello (0-1), K. Murphy (1-2), S. Brennan,
E. Hegarty (0-1), N. Scally (1-1), A. Collier (0-1), C. Cleary (0-1), A.
Nerney. Subs: R. Banahan (0-2), C. Brennan.

Boys ‘Féile’: Our U14’s were defeated away to Oran on Thursday last. Final
Score – St. Faithleachs 3-09 Oran 5-13. Squad: C. Gannon, C. Mangan, C. Gannon,
D. Foley, D. Kelly, D. Nerney, E. Farrell, E. Tynan, J. Hussey, J. Irwin, K.
Nerney, L. Parker, M. Gill, , M. Cox, S. Phillips, S. Walsh.

‘Night at the Dogs’: Tickets now on sale for our ‘Night at the Dogs’ on the 15th
April, €10 each. Music in the Club House afterwards with Colm Mulligan.
Transport from the Club House & back has been organised for this event,
please contact Alan McCormack (086)8205310 as soon as possible if you are
interested in same.

Minor Membership/Registration: Players yet to register can do so Tuesday evening from
8.30 to 9.30 in the Club House. Note – Membership is now overdue.

To Ursula Kilcoyne who recently won a generous O’Neill’s Voucher for St.
Faithleachs GAA Club.

The numbers drawn were – 11, 23, 24 and 28. There was no jackpot winner. The
five €20 winners were – Mary Yorke, Co. Louth. Jillian Banahan, Curraghroe.
Michael Healy, Cloonadra. Ray & Qona Cox, Doughill. James & Josephine
Kenny, Ballyleague. The next draw will take place on Tuesday 12th
April for a jackpot of €3,100. The team in charge is: S. Cox, D. Dunne, N.
Banahan and  M. Murphy. The yearly lotto
subscription (€50) is due in the coming weeks.

Cards: Every Tuesday in the Club House,
9.00pm. All welcome. Last week’s winners: 11 games, Frank/James. Joint 2nd
Mickey/Tom & Brendan/Tom. Last game, Sean/Seamus. Ticket winners – Michael,
Annie, Sonny, Noreen, Michael.

The club extends deepest sympathy to Steve Ormsby & family on the death of
Steve’s uncle, John Brogan, England.



– Ballyboro V Mostrim. Final Score 6-2.

Our U14 Team had another impressive win away to Mostrim on Sunday last. Team: A.
Ward, S. Casey, S. Bannon, C. Cooper, O. O’Sullivan, K. Sorohan, J. Sweeney, S.
Kenny, S. Phillips, E. Maguire, S. Costello. Subs: D. Curran, C. Kennelly.
Boro’s goals were from Eugene Maguire (5) & Jonathan Sweeney (1).

– Ballyboro Tigers V Castlepollard Celtic. Final Score 2-1 Ballyboro controlled
the first half of this game, scoring two goals. The first came after 10 minutes
with a run down the right wing and a powerful shot by Bryn Peters.-Five minutes
later a one-two by Liam Ross and Adam Hegarty resulted in the second goal by
Liam Ross. Castlepollard were much stronger in the second half and Ballyboro
had to do a lot of defending by Ronan Banahan and Oisin McGowan, but 10 minutes
into the second half Castlepollard scored. Ballyboro had a few chances towards
the end but the save of the match was by Misko Kajan and his brother Jacob was
solid in the midfield for Ballyboro.

Shane Brennan Memorial Pitch: The Official Opening of the Shane Brennan Memorial
Pitch takes place on Sat 16 April in Abbeycartron. The admission price of €10
includes 7 matches in Abbeycartron (featuring the visit of Home Farm), a
specially produced souvenir Programme, and also includes admission to Social
and Entertainment later on that night. Tickets are available from every Club in
the League or from the League committee or from this special phone number
086-6018962. The €10 admission ticket covers matches, programme and social

Village Renewal

After picking up more than twenty additional points in last year’s National Tidy Town
the Ballyleague Village Renewal and Tidy towns committee will have their state
of the art new mower at their disposal for the full season and it is hoped to
cut the grass on all approach roads from Strokestown and Roscommon. The group
has also targetted work on a new kerbed area alongside the stone wall and the
roadway opposite the national school in Ballyleague for a major programme of
work. “We hope to get as much support from the people of the community as
possible to prepare this new area for flowers, shrubs and grass again”
Denis Dunne says, “we will need manpower and woman power to get the job
done and we are appealing now for volunteers to come forward for the first clean
-up day which is on Saturday next April 9th at 10am. It is hoped to have a
clean up every Saturday at 10am and every Wednesday at 6-30pm during April. All
volunteers are asked to meet at the old Sliabh Ban Hotel at 10 am on Saturday
next and it is hoped to provide gloves and bags for the litter.

Anybody with earth-moving equipment available would be especially welcome to assist
with the work on the kerb way along the roadside between the Sliabh ban hotel
and the Church of the Holy Rosary,

The Village Renewal & Tidy Town’s committee has appealed to residents to come
out and clean up the public areas alongside their own private residences during
the Spring clean in April and throughout the Summer.

A lick of paint and a general clean-up of walls and hedges would be very welcome
and help to build on the great work that was carried out last year.

The Ballyleague Village Renewal and Tidy Towns committee only recently carried out
some fantastic hedge-cutting work on the Roscommon road and a special committee
is also looking at the future enhancement of the area where St. Faithleach’s
well is located on the Roscommon Road.

A landscaping plan for the village is also to be carried out in the coming weeks
by a professional consultant and new shrubs, trees and flowers will then be
planted in areas that have been chosen for enhancement.

“We would like to thank all those who are helping us in a voluntary capacity”
Chairman Denis Dunne says, “but in 2011 we need more manpower and
womanpower to help carry out the physical work and we are appealing to lots
of new faces to turn up on Saturday April 9th at 10am for the first
clean-up session of the New Year. Remember the village belongs to all of us and
how it looks reflects on all of us when visitors pass through.”

If you would like to help clean-up Ballyleague in the coming weeks or make a
private contribution to the workload please contact Denis at 0433321150 or e mail the committee:

Rathcline GAA

Congratulations to the Reserve League 2 team who had a 1-12 to 0-08 victory over St. Columba’s
on Saturday last in Clonbonny. The team made it four wins in a row with just
two games left to play in the league. Well done lads. Keep up the good work.

The senior team will be out again this weekend in Round 2 of the Division 1 league.
The match will take place this Saturday 9th April against Clonguish
in Clonbonny at 6.45pm. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Best of luck to our Longford U-21 players Fiachra Beirne, James Carroll and Patrick
Mullooly in the Leinster U-21 final against Wexford this Wednesday night April
6th. The match will take place in Portlaoise at 7.45pm. Best of luck

The club would like to thank all concerned with the ASAP launch. A special thanks
to Martin Skelly, Pat Cahill and Brid Mc Goldrick for attending the event.

The Players Fundraising Committee embarked on a fundraising campaign which started a few
weeks ago and which will continue for another couple of weeks. The event Spring
Clean – Scrap Metal Collection will be on-going over the next couple of weeks.
This gives a chance for people to donate any unwanted scrap metal which they
may have lying around and also assist the club in generating much needed funds.
We would greatly appreciate any donations of scrap metal. Collection service
available and collection is on-going. For more information on collection depot
or collection arrangements please contact any of the following players: Kevin
Hanley, Alan Fayne, Ryan Fallon, Michael Hanley, Conor Casey, James Hanley.

The annual County Board Punchestown racing festival is scheduled to take place May 4th this year. Once again it is Rathcline’s intention to fill as many tables as possible for the club.
Anyone who is interested can make early contributions to Liam Connerton so as
to avoid the last minute rush for tickets in the coming weeks.


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