Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes Monday 19th December 2011

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes


would like to extend a very sincere wish for a wonderful Christmas and a
marvellous New Year to all readers both home and abroad. It is your support and
help throughout the year makes the notes what they are and for that I am deeply

year has been filled with happiness and sadness for many of my readers and I
can assure you that I celebrate with you in your joy and I share your sorrow
especially as you look back at this time of year. I always think of all of you
that are away from Lanesboro/Ballyleague and with the passage of time your home
is not here anymore – you are still part of the fabric that made Lanesboro and
Ballyleague and it will always be home for you and you will be guaranteed a big
welcome when you visit. I thank you for your continued interest in the area and
always appreciate your comments and queries on my notes.

look forward to your continued support in the coming year and hopefully during
the year I will see many of you.


are a number of local writers and musicians that have books, cds, and ep on
sale during the Christmas. Edel Loftus and her daughter Alida have remarkable
value with the Windsong Harps in Ireland DVD and the excellent Returning Home
cd on sale at €10 for the two, Fran Deffew and Bantar Ballads have a great EP,
Kindlings – an anthology of writings and poems from the local Lasraí Writers
group, Tales from Roscommon and Linnane in London by local author Kieran Furey
and reflections in a Tar Barrel by Jack Harte are all available in O’Brien’s
and your support for local artists and writers will be greatly appreciated.

arrived today is the cd ‘Cathedra Echoes II’ featuring Fr. Brendan O’Sullivan with
St. Mel’s Cathedral Folk Group

Christmas Day

usual the Lough Ree Sub Aqua club is inviting as many as possible to go along
to the annual Christmas Day Swim that will take place following 11.30pm Mass (approx.
12.15pm). This year the club is hoping for a record turnout with mild
conditions forecast for the day.


birth at this time of the year is very special and we would like to
congratulate Richard and Mairéad Rooney, Rathcline on the birth last week of a
baby boy.

Rathcline GAA

are on sale for the annual Rathcline Christmas draw and the club urges your
support for the draw. The prizes to be won are 1st – €3000, 2nd – €1000, 3rd –
€750, 4th  – €500, 5th – €250, 6th –
€200, 7th – €200, 8th – €200, 9th – €200 and10th – €200. Tickets are
priced at €20 and the draw will take place in Adie Farrell’s.

The Pitch tickets are now on sale

has been the popularity of the play “The Pitch”, the Shannon Gaels Minor club
sought a second night for the play. Unfortunately, a second night was not
available due to the play’s massive success throughout the country. The play
will take place in St. Mary’s Parish Hall on Saturday 21st January
at 8.30pm and tickets are available from O’Brien’s Corner Shop priced only €10.

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.

Lanesboro Branch Library

eLearning at the Library is a joint project between FÁS and the Library
Council of Ireland and is delivered in local libraries with the support of the
Library service.

If you are new to computers and want to take things
slowly, this project is perfect for you.  The project will help you get up
and running at a nice easy pace.

The programme is 32 hours in duration, delivered over
a 16 week period with one 2 hour workshop each week.

If you are already a
FÁS client you can register for the programme through your local FÁS office.

All other interested candidates (over the age of 18) can contact Stella at the library on
043 3321291.

Shannon Gaels Minor Club

The recent success of the Scór na nÓg
group has made the year a tremendous one for the Shannon Gaels minor club and
indeed for our parish. To have a team representing us in a Leinster Final is
marvellous. This shows the diversity within our club and highlights the fact
that it is not all about what happens on the pitch.

On the field we did not have one of our
better years but the future is bright with the large numbers at the younger age
groups. We congratulate the lads that fought hard in the name of the club
despite low numbers in the 16 and 18 age brackets. We thank all the younger
kids for their great efforts on the training and playing pitch and your day is
not too far away if we have the total support and encouragement of everyone.

We thank everyone that was involved in
Search for a Star, the Tractor Run, the Sports Day, all those involved in Scór
na nÓg and Fr. Mickey and those involved in the annual club Mass.

The club will hold its AGM in January,
most probably 6th January,  and it is very important that a huge number of
parents attend the meeting. You do not have to take a position at the top table
but your support for the club will be very heartening for everyone working for
the club.

The club thanks you all for your support
and wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a very special 2012 for you and
your families.

Bantar Ballads EP

The extremely popular two man group of
local man Fran Deffew, Rathcline Road and Paul Murphy have just released an EP
for Christmas. The lads have gained tremendous acclamation where ever they have
played country wide and the EP is surely the start of much greater things to
come. I am sure that the EP will be a huge seller and nobody deserves success
more than the lads. The EP is priced €10 and is available from O’Brien’s Corner
House, Mags Hair Salon, or from Fran himself.

Christmas at St. John’s

Christmas Eve there will be A Holy Communion Service in St. John’s Church,
Lanesboro at 9pm.Christmas Day a Holy Communion Service will take place in St.
Coman’s Church, Roscommon at 11am.

Lanesboro Badminton Club

club would like to wish its members and their families a very Merry Christmas
and a Prosperous New Year!!! Dates will be announced for the return of junior badminton
in the New Year.

Abbey Hotel Wedding Fair

Lisnacusha native Geraldine Greally nee
Murray and her team will host a Wedding
Fair extravaganza will at the four star Abbey Hotel Conference and Leisure
Centre, Roscommon on January 15th next. If you would like to book
your stand at this event please call Geraldine at the abbey Hotel on 086
3276584 or 0906665661

Ceremonies in Lanesboro and Ballyleague

The Christmas arrangements in St
Mary’s Church Lanesboro for the Christmas period are Penitential Service on
Friday 23rd December at 8pm. There will be two Masses on Christmas
Eve at 7pm and 8.30pm. Masses on Christmas Day will take place at the usual
times of 9.30am and 11.30am. In the Church of the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague, Mass
on Christmas Eve will take place at 9pm and Mass on Christmas Day will take
place at 11am.

Lanesboro Ballyleague Indoor Market

The Lanesboro and
Ballyleague Indoor Market, held in St. Mary’s Parochial Hall, Lanesboro every
Friday from 11am to 2pm.  There is a range of stalls selling local home
baking, local jams, free range eggs & mushrooms, silver and costume
jewellery, goats milk beauty products, sensy flameless candles, books, bric a
brac, Forever aloe vera products, handmade cards and fab locally produced hand
crafts etc.  Free car parking to rear of building (beside the
playground).  Tea, Coffee and light snacks will also be available.  For
all information contact 087 3965568 for queries.

Fund Raising 25 Drive

GAA club is holding a fundraising 25 Drive in the Per Inn on Friday 23rd
December. The first prize will be €200 and it is hoped that all card players
will pack out the venue for should be a great night. Refreshments will be
served and the first game will start at 9pm so do not be late.

Thank You

Linnane and Liz Balfe would like to thank all who supported their raffles for
Ghana. The girls would like to thank Joe Farrell and Adie Farrell for the use
of their premises. They would also like to thank their sponsors, namely Marie
Farrell Ulster Bank Roscommon, Jimmy Mangan, Jeaffrey Mc Gann, Paula Donnelly,
Kathleen Morris, Joe and Martina O’Brien, Regina Mc Grath, Margaret Mc Entee,
Patricia Heneghan, Geraldine Linnane, Amanda Gray, and Colette Mc Gann.

Asthma Charity Shop

Friends of Asthma Charity Shop, Main Street, would like to thank everyone for
their support during the past year and wish you a Happy Christmas. They look
forward to seeing you when they reopen on Tuesday 3rd January.

Rathcline GAA

Division 1 Relegation playoff which was scheduled for Sunday 18th Dec was
conceded by Ballymore last week. The Net result of which is that Rathcline will
retain their Division 1 Status for the 2012 season. This is a magnificent
result for the senior team this year given the scale of the cull of teams from
Division 1 this year. This news brings an end to a very long year and all
involved with the club can now take a well-earned break.

Annual General Meeting has been rescheduled for Friday 13th January 2012 at
8pm. Venue has yet to be decided but all parishioners will be kept informed via
text message and local media.

the change in weather taking a turn for the worse and frost setting in hard in
the last two weeks, precautions will be put in place with the clubhouse to stop
frost damage to the plumbing in the clubhouse. The showers and heating system
will be drained down until further notice.

for the Annual Christmas Draw are selling well only 3 weeks to go until the
draw so make sure you have your ticket, the club appreciate your support for
this very important fundraiser. The Draw will take place in Adie’s Bar on
Saturday 7th January 2012 at 11pm. 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 and10th prize
– €200. Tickets are priced at €20.

Senior Club would like to congratulate the Shannon Gael’s – Scór na nÓg Novelty
Act who qualified for the Leinster Final on Sunday 15th Jan in Ballymore
Community Centre in Westmeath. This is an unbelievable achievement for Shannon
Gaels and participants involved in the act. We would like wish the very best of
luck to the gang in the final.

the Senior Executive would to like to wish all our patrons, players, supporters
and members a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2012.

St. Faithleach’s

arrived by Helicopter to the Club grounds. A huge gathering of children along
with their families turned out to meet Santa and welcome him to our Club. The
children meet Santa in his Grotto at the Club House where he gave out gifts to
all kids and a wonderful evening was had by all. Many thanks to Róisin Collier
who had the children dancing to her disco music. Thanks to all who helped with
the face painting & tattooing. Thanks to Jimmy Hussey for the live music
for the evening. Thanks to those who helped out with the games including bingo.
Many thanks to all who sponsored this event, those who helped out in
preparation of the grotto for Santa’s arrival, the staff of the clubhouse, the
ladies for the refreshments, the girls who helped out with activities at the
event, many thanks to our Elves, thanks to Tom Morris Taxi & many more who
helped out in many ways to make Santa’s visit to the club such a huge success.
We send a special word of thanks to Santa for taking time out of his busy
schedule to meet you all. Special thanks to Gerry Jordon for getting Santa to
the Club in his helicopter. Thanks to all who supported the Clubs Christmas
Draw which took place following Santa’s visit. Winners as follows – 1st – Large
Hamper, Tanya Corcoran, 2nd Prize – DVD Player, Mickey Kelly, 3rd Prize
–Newbridge Silverware Knife Set, Pat Kilcoyne,
4th Prize – Bottle of Whiskey, Margaret Thompson, 5th Prize – Bottle of
Whiskey, Bridie Rattigan, 6th Prize – Bottle of Whiskey, Marie Burke, 7th Prize
– Teddy & Sweets, Chris Kelly and 8th – Box of Sweets, Clive Glancy. Many
thanks to all that bought and sold tickets for this draw and all the sponsors
of the prizes. Lotto:
The numbers drawn were – 1, 8, 13 and 17. There was no jackpot winner and the
five €20 winners were – Tom Donlon, Moher, Joe Lohan, Curraghroe, Tom Rooney,
Rathcline and Siobhan Donoghue, Anntrabeg. Ray & Qona Cox, Doughill. Cards: Every Tuesday in the Club House,
9.00pm. All welcome. Results of last week’s games – joint winners, Sean/Seamus
& Dolores/Kieran. The last game winners were Frank/Tom and the ticket winners
were – Pat Joe, Kieran, Dan, Seamus, Tom & Timmy. Proceeds of the night in
aid of the Elaine Hanly Fund. Many thanks to all the sponsors along with all
who supported the card game on the night so generously. Birthday Wishes to Tom
Mullen who celebrated his 90th Birthday on the night. Upcoming Events: Sports Quiz to be held in the Club
House on 28th December. Christmas Wishes: The Club would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas &
hope that you will all enjoy the festive season.

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