Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes Monday 28th November 2011

My apologies for the late inclusion of these notes: In future if notes are not posted by Monday evening can you please mail me at as Mondays are sometimes hectic around here. Thanks, Joe

Ballyleague Notes

Rathcline in U21 Final

Sunday last was a red lettered day for the
Rathcline senior club when their Under 21 team bridged a 13 gap to qualify for
their first county final since 1998. This is a great achievement for the panel
and mentors and let us hope that on Sunday next they will complete a marvellous
championship by overcoming a much fancied St. Columba’s, Mullinalaghta in
Pearse Park. The game is timed for a 1pm throw in. All supporters of the club
and their friends are asked to go along to the final and support the lads.

Christmas Day Run

The annual Christmas Day run/walk from
Newtowncashel to Lanesboro will once again take place on Christmas morning
commencing from ‘The Hill’ Newtowncashel and finishing at the bridge in
Lanesboro. The run is the main fundraiser of the year for Multiple Sclerosis
Society that does tremendous work in the county throughout the year with the
funds raised. If you are not doing the run/walk please be as generous as
possible can when approached – you are assured the funds will be used wisely.
The walkers will start off at 11.45 and the runners will commence at 12.15. The
committee is looking forward to more favourable conditions this year than last
year and also are hoping for a record number of participants.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

annual Christmas Scramble will be held this Saturday, 3rd December,
at Strokestown Golf Club. Refreshments will be served in the clubhouse bar from
10.30 am and there will be a shotgun start for the scramble at 11 am followed
by food in the bar. Immediately after the prize giving the Society will have
their AGM and all members are requested to attend.

usual text 0879730611 if you wish to play in the scramble. Looking forward to a
good day and hopefully the rain will stay away while all golfers are out on the

Christmas Music and Carols

Edel Loftus, her harpists and Choir will
perform a rendition of Christmas Music and carols in St. Mary’s Parish Hall on
Sunday 11th December at 7.30pm. As usual this promises to be one of
the highlights of the Christmas season and an evening of true enjoyment for all
music lovers.

Dogs attack Sheep

It has been brought to my notice of a
number of incidents in the Mahoraveen area where dogs have attacked sheep and
lambs in the area. All dog owners are asked to ensure that their dogs are in
their care at all times and if any stray dogs are seen in the general area can
they please notify the dog warden.

As we are approaching the lambing season
it is very important that all dog owners are sure of the whereabouts of their
dogs and that everybody is vigilant in relation to stray dogs in their area.


Congratulations to Cathal and Donna
Lennon, Lehery, on the recent birth of a baby boy.


We would like to extend our sincere
sympathy to John P and Margaret Jordan and family, the Green on the death
recently of John’s brother Joseph in Oldham, England recently.

Scór na nÓg County Champions

The Shannon Gaels Scór na nÓg sketch group
completed a marvellous double when in Ardagh Community Centre on Sunday last
they retained the title that they won last year. This is a wonderful feat
considering that they had never won a Scór na nÓg county title until last year.
The final takes place on Sunday 11th December in the Downs
Clubhouse, outside Mullingar commencing at 3pm.

Tremendous work goes into the preparation
of all the disciplines and while we are celebrating the success of the sketch
we are also remembering those that took part for the club this year of which
some were hugely unlucky not to have qualified for the county final. Scór for
the club is in its infancy and continuing to grow. It is a wonderful social
event for all of the young people of the parish and a wonderful means of using
their talents in a most enjoyable way.  We continue to encourage every
young person in the parish to avail of the opportunities that Scór affords – it
provides great fun and craic and offers our young people a different option and
means to involve themselves in worthwhile activities. We hope the next year the
club will compete in all of the disciplines and this can only happen with the
support of the young of our parish and also involvement in the disciplines by
adults who have expertise. The full list of disciplines is Céilí or Figure
Dancing, Solo Singing, Instrumental Group, Recitation/Storytelling, Ballad
Group, Question Time, Novelty Act and Set Dancing. To grow and
develop we need your support and input and we invite all those with expertise
to contact any member of the Minor Club executive. We are again competitive on
and off the field and we want now to be successful for and with all our young

Table Quiz Deferred

The Table Quiz in aid of Movember charity that was due to
have taken place will take place in Clarke’s Bar on Friday night last was
deferred to Friday 16th as a mark of respect to the late Padraig
Mimnagh.  A table of 4 will cost €40 and there is guaranteed a wonderful
night of fun. The organisers would appreciate a huge turnout and lots of prizes
available on the new date. Following the Quiz a DJ will take over to finish off
a wonderful night.

Brushstrokes Christmas Art Exhibition

Art Group will present their Annual Christmas Art Exhibition and Sale in St
Mary`s Parish Hall, Lanesborough, next week.

Exhibition will start on Friday 2nd of December and continue until Sunday 11th.
It will include a showing of the work of the children’s art classes, which have
proven to be very popular and successful under the guidance of Therese Tierney.

Group wish to invite you to the official launch of the exhibition on Sunday 4th
at 1.00pm, when seasonal refreshments will be served. Mr Ciaran Mullooly RTE,
has kindly agreed to launch the exhibition at this time.

event coincides with the annual Christmas market and Craft fair which also
takes place in the hall on Friday 2nd. So, the group hope that you will come
along during the week and perhaps you may even pick up an ideal Christmas gift
at a bargain price.

Lanesboro Ballyleague Annual Christmas Fair

The Lanesboro and Ballyleague Annual Christmas Fair will be held
in St. Mary’s Parochial Hall, Lanesboro, on Friday next 2nd December, from 11am
to 4pm.  There will be a range of stalls selling local home baking, local
jams, free range eggs & mushrooms, silver and costume jewellery, goats milk
beauty products, sense flameless candles, books, bric a brac, Forever aloe vera
products, Christmas gifts, decorations, beautiful handmade cards and fab
locally produced hand crafts.  Free car parking to rear of building
(beside the playground).  Tea, Coffee and light snacks will also be
available.  The regular morning tea provided by the organisers for the
local rural transport ladies & gents will be on as normal. We look forward
to seeing you all there.   We would like to thank everyone who has
supported us during the year.   Contact 087 3965568 for
queries – market as usual this Friday 11am – 2pm. Santa will be visiting
from 2.30 – 3.30pm – all the little children are welcome.

Annual 25 Drive

The memory of Anthony Healy lives on through the Annual 25 Drive
for the Anthony Healy Perpetual Cup that takes place in Clarkes Bar on Friday
week 9th December commencing at 9pm sharp. All proceeds of the night
will go to the Mayo Roscommon Hospice. Tickets are priced at only €5 and
tickets are on sale from the organising committee or from Clarkes bar or
O’Brien’s corner Shop. You are encouraged to support if only through buying a
ticket. I am sure that once again this will be a wonderful night.

Badminton Club holds Table Quiz

The local Lanesboro Badminton club will hold a fundraising Table
Quiz on this Friday night 2nd December in Clarkes bar  at 9pm.Teams
of 4 cost €40 and a host of prizes on the night. Your support will be


results of the Lanesboro Bridge Clubs competition held on Wednesday 23rd
November are 1st Gemma Douglas & Elish Gray, 2nd Brid
Mc Dermott & Una Lawlor, 3rd Mairéad Gill & Maura Hanly and
4th Tom Feeney & Una Clarke.

members that wish to attend the Christmas dinner on Wednesday 7th
December must submit their names to hon. Sec. Gemma on or before Wednesday next
30th November.

Annual Night Vigil

The annual vigil night will take place at Knock on Wednesday 7th
December and a bus will pick up in Lanesboro at 9pm. You are encouraged to
bring warm clothing and refreshments. If you intend to travel you are advised
to contact Rover coaches 086-2571645 or 044 9342449.

Whist Drive

Lanesboro Social Services committee invites each and every card
player to their December Whist Drive that will take place on Friday night next
2nd December. Never will your support been more welcome than this
Christmas. The hard times we are currently encountering makes it more difficult
for the committee and it is only through your generous support that the
committee can make the difference in people’s lives. Your support on Friday
night will be greatly cherished.

Bonnies Pilates

Shape up with Bonnies Pilates classes in St. Mary’s Parish Hall
every Thursday night at 7pm. All you need to bring along is a mat. The course
is suitable for all ages and abilities.


The entire area was deeply shocked and saddened when the news broke
on Thursday last 24th November of the sudden death of Padraig
Mimnagh. Padraig was son of John and Eileen Mimnagh, The Green and in recent
times he had some health issues. He was a jovial and great young man who had
tremendous warmth. Padraig was a bright intelligent young man who had a great
life in front of him until a life altering motorbike accident while at 3rd
level college in Dublin some 15 years ago. His passing leaves a great emptiness
in the hearts and minds of us that had the pleasure to know and enjoy his
company. His input into our lives will be forever lasting and to none more so
than his parents brothers and sisters. His remains reposed at the family
residence on the Green until his removal on Saturday to St. Mary’s Church,
Lanesboro for his Funeral Mass which was followed by his burial in Clonbonny
Cemetery. The huge attendance on the day will be a huge sense of comfort to his
family. To his father John, mother Eileen, brothers, Sean and Mark, sisters,
Mary, Helen, Catherine, Bernie, Martina and Geraldine, relatives and many
friends we extend our sincere sympathy


to the U21 team on their victory over Granard/Ballymore in the Semi-final of
the U21 B Championship on Sunday. The match finished 3-10 to 1-09 to Rathcline.
The team have now earned themselves a place in the final next Sunday against
St. Columba’s in Pearse Park. We would urge everyone to come out and support
the team next Sunday in their quest for silverware. Best of luck to all the
panel and the management team. The game will throw in at 1pm.

long awaited Division 1 relegation playoff will take place Sunday December 11th
against Ballymore at 2pm. If Rathcline win this match we retain our Division 1
status but if we lose we are relegated. Please keep an eye on fixtures for more

parishioners are invited to attend the AGM of Rathcline which will be held on
Friday 9th December at 8pm. We are looking for any new people who
would be willing to help out within the club to please attend. Nomination and
motion forms have been issued to all members. Can members please return forms
to any of the executive before Monday 5th December? Can all
Executive members please return the forms to Cathal as soon as possible.

annual Christmas draw will take place in the Swan Tavern on January 7th
2012 at 11pm. The club really needs to reap the rewards of this draw so we
would ask ticket sellers to make that extra push on sales this year. The prizes
are as follows: 1st prize – €3000, 2nd prize – €1000, 3rd
prize – €750, 4th prize – €500, 5th prize – €250, 6th
prize – €200, 7th prize – €200, 8th prize – €200, 9th
prize – €200 and 10th prize – €200. Tickets are priced at €20.
Tickets have already been circulated to various ticket sellers around the
parish. The club really needs the support of everybody with regards to this

club would like to extend get well wishes to our club Vice-Chairman Louis
Skelly and we wish him a speedy recovery.

club would like to extend our sympathies to the Mimnagh family on the sudden
death of Padraig. May he rest in peace.

Thank You

Rathcline Community Alert is delighted to receive €250 from the
Ulster Bank Community Fund. The grant was procured through the Roscommon Branch
of the Ulster Bank where Ms Marie Farrell is Branch Manager

Santa Arrives at Charity Shop

Santa will be visiting the Friends of the Asthma Charity shop on
Main Street on Saturday 17th December. He will make his arrival at
12 noon on the day but the mystery is how he will arrive. With his sleigh in
for a major overhaul before he makes the big journey later in the month the big
question is ‘how will Santa arrive’? If you think you know how he will arrive
you can enter your guess at the charity shop and there will be a prize for
every child that gets the answer correct.

Thank You

Hugh and Paul would like to say a very big thank you to the
Rathcline GAA club and the Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op for their most recent
support, it was indeed appreciated.

Fair in Innis Ree Lodge

Christmas Fair will be held in Innis Ree Lodge on this Thursday 1st
December from 1 to 2pm. There will be a range of
stalls selling local home baking, local jams, free range eggs & mushrooms,
silver and costume jewellery, goats milk beauty products, sense flameless candles,
books, bric a brac, Forever aloe vera products, Christmas gifts, decorations,
beautiful handmade cards and fab locally produced hand crafts.  Free car
parking available in car park. Tea, Coffee and light snacks will also be
available.  We look forward to seeing you all there.   We would
like to thank everyone who has supported us during the year.
Contact 087 3965568 for queries – market as usual this Friday 11am – 2pm.


Ree Development Co Op is currently designing a web site for the local area. If
any one wants to insert information into this web site please contact Mark
Casey 0872317669 or e-Mail

Faithleach’s GAA

Minor Club AGM: Our Minor Club
AGM was held in the clubhouse on Friday last. outgoing chairman, Jimmy Brennan
opened the meeting and welcomed all. President, Pat Joe Fallon also welcomed
all and wished the minor club every success in 2012. Treasurer Maggie Curley
gave a detailed report of the minor clubs income/expenditure for 2011.
Secretary, Padraig Banahan read the minutes of last year’s AGM and gave a
detailed report of the minor club team activities and achievements for 2011. He
congratulated the U12 boys/girls and the minor ladies along with management on
their success on winning titles this year. He also thanked all managers/mentors
of all under-age teams along with their supporters and the support of their
parents throughout 2011. Jimmy Brennan endorsed the secretaries report,
congratulating the minor club players who represented St. Faithleachs GAA club
at county level in 2011 and expressed his thanks to the field committee, Henry
Kenny and Jimmy Mangan, all who supported the clubs Cash-for-Clobber, those
involved in the development of the clubs dressing rooms, those who supported
the minor club in 2011 and all the minor club teams sponsors. Senior club
chairman, Frank Curley, on behalf of the executive committee, thanked all
members of the minor club board for their hard work throughout 2011,
congratulating the minor club teams on their achievements along with their
management and expressed thanks to outgoing minor chairman, Jimmy Brennan for
his work over the last 3 years, wishing him the best of luck for the future.
The following officers were elected for 2012: Chairman, James Irwin. Vice
Chairman, Jimmy Mangan. Secretary, Padraig Banahan. Assistant Secretary,
Majella Kelly. Treasurer, Maggie Curley. Assistant Treasurer, Padraig Kenny.
Ladies Registrar, Sheila Collier. Under-Age Registrar, Sean Cox. Executive
committee members, James Irwin and Padraig Banahan. PRO, Mary Kenny. Minor
County Board Delegates, John Tynan & Gerry Nerney. Ladies County Board
delegates, Noel Banahan & Majella Kelly. Children’s Liaison Officer, TBC.

Club AGM
The Annual General Meeting of our senior club will take place on Friday 9th
December in St. Faithleachs GAA Club House at 8.00pm. The AGM will be preceded
by a special Mass for deceased members of the Club at 7.30pm.

Taste of Local Christmas
: Held in St. Faithleachs GAA clubhouse
on Saturday last. The organising committee were very disappointed that this
event didn’t get the support it deserved as all guests put in such great
efforts with their displays including: Cookery Demonstration, Cake Icing,
Jewellery Display, Make-Up, Hair Styling, Natural Remedies, Aloe Vera and many
more. The Club House was decked out in the spirit of the Christmas theme and
huge thanks to all involved in same along with those who did support the event
& enjoyed the night. Many thanks to the following for their displays on the
night: Declan Molloy, Molly’s Home Bakery, Roscommon & his team, Lillian,
Phil, Mary & Mary T for the excellent demonstration, food display &
tasting. Lisa Wyer, Beady Eyes Handmade Jewellery, Longford. Jimmy & Ann
Brennan, Aloe Vera Products. Betty Glynn, Christmas Flower Arrangements and
Fiona Murphy, Johnston’s Pharmacy Lanesboro, Health Food Display. Many thanks
to our staff on the night and all to the organising committee and all who
helped out in any way.

Lotto: The numbers
drawn were 4, 5, 19 and 22. There was no jackpot winner and the five  €20
winners were – John O’Donnell, Curraghroe. Bernie Kelly, Ballyleague. Mary
Corcoran, Ballyleague, John O’Beirne, c/o Cards and Ollie Trimble, Gardenstown.
The next draw takes place on Tuesday 6th December for a jackpot of
€4,800. The team in charge will be – S. Cox, M. Murphy, D. Dunne, N. Banahan.

Cards: Every Tuesday
in the Club House, 9.00pm. All welcome. The results of last week’s games –
winners, Ann/Kathleen, runners-up, John O/Pakie. The last game winners,
Tom/Padraig and the ticket winners – Noreen, Jim, Mary, Tom Donlon, Tom Mullen.

Ballagh NS Fund Raising Event with Frank Nelson in the Club House, 2nd
December. Music in the clubhouse, Saturday 3rd December by Rory McDonnell.
Ballyleague Tidy Towns are holding a Table in the Club House on Saturday 10th
December. In the run-up to Christmas, there will be something special in store
for kids at St. Faithleachs GAA Club House on 18th December, with Santa
arriving at St. Faithleachs GAA Club Grounds. Sports Quiz to be held in the
Club House on 28th December.

The Club are currently running a Christmas Draw, €2 per line. 1st – Large
Hamper to the value of €150, 2nd – DVD Player, 3rd Prize –Newbridge Silverware
Knife Set,  4th – Bottle of Whiskey and 5th  – Clock. Draw will take
place on 18th December.

Sympathy: The Club
extends deepest sympathy to the Mimnagh Family, The Green Lanesboro on the
death of Padraig Mimnagh.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *