Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 23rd January 2012

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

College Enrolment

takes place on Tuesday 31st January from 7pm to 9pm. All sixth class
from the locality will be brought to an open morning in the school earlier in
the day. The college invites all parents to come along and see the facilities
and meet parents and teachers that will take you through the school and
enlighten you to the extent of schooling and sporting activities available at
the school.

St. John’s
celebrates 150 years.

year St. John’s church will celebrate 150 year on the weekend 20th
April when a number of events will take place. Presently the organising
committee is putting memorabilia together and seeks your help and assistance.
If you have any artefact relating to St. John’s the committee would appreciate
you contacting them. If you have any material relating to the Church please
contact Philip Mc Garry, Gardenstown or Tora Crooke, The Green or any member of
the congregation

St. Patrick’s
Day Parade

we have turned into the New Year the time has come to think about the St. Patrick’s
Day Parade in Lanesboro Ballyleague that will take place on Saturday 17th
March.  Now is the time to turn your
minds to the makeup and preparation of your floats. Last year was an
outstanding success and the committee are urging everyone to make this year
even bigger and better, not only as a celebration of our saint but also a
celebration of the local area.

evidence of the past few years is that huge crowds come to the Lanesboro
Ballyleague to celebrate with us on our parade and we always need to continue
and develop to encourage greater numbers to participate and come and make the
day hugely enjoyable.


death took place suddenly on Saturday 14th January at the Mater
Hospital, Dublin, of Sean Hyland, Aughranna, Lanesboro. Sean was from a very
old and respected family in our parish. Sean of farming stock also spent his
working life with ESB until his retirement. Following his retirement Sean moved
to work in Dublin where he spent some years before moving back to the parish.
The attendance at both his removal from Farrell’s Funeral Home to St. Mary
Church On Tuesday and again at his funeral Mass and burial on Wednesday in
Rathcline cemetery was both large and representative. To his children Martin,
Michael, Patricia, Frances, Anita and Donal, sisters Kate, Anne and Gaye,
brothers Mickie and Liam, wife Mary family and friends we extend our sincere

Triathlon Club

Evening: Well done & thanks to all for their help in organising the club
open evening on Sat last. A special note of thanks to Andrée Gallagher, for all
her hard work in compiling the fantastic picture slideshow for the event. It
was great to see such a large turnout and we look forward to the season ahead
with all our new members. Please keep an eye on our club website
or Facebook page ‘Trilanesboro’ for further info & updates.

Bike turbo & circuit training continues for all members in the Lanesboro
Co-op hall on Sat next 28th Jan @ 5pm.  Masters swimming
sessions also continue every Monday night at9pm in Roscommon swimming pool.

outing of the year: Well done to PJ O’Neill & Niall O’Donohue who took part
in the clubs first competitive event of the year, when taking part in the 1st
of the Naas Triathlon club duathlon series. The 3.5k run, 20k cycle and 3.5k
run was tackled by over 230 competitors ranging from beginners to national
champions, with both lads putting in very strong performances.

events: The club shall be making the short trip to Kilbride, Co Roscommon on
Sun next Jan 29th where you can take part in the local fundraising 10k
road race
or 5k walk events. Registration at Kilbride Community Centre from 11:30am with a 1pm start – €10 adult €5
Children €20 Family

Community Games

teams travelled all over the county in the last week representing our town,
with distinction, in the community games.

tennis: Our under 13 boys and our Under 16 boys B team played in Killoe on
Friday evening last.  A very enjoyable
evening was had by all. The Under 13s, although inexperienced, acquitted
themselves well and will be eager to compete again next year. Thanks to Padraig
Sorohan, Philip and Evan Chalmers and Owen Murray for taking part.  Well done to the Under 16 team who go through
to the next round – Jordan Donlon, Ryan Guinan, Conor English, Kevin Sorohan
and Ethan Kelly.  Our Second U-16 team
played Ardagh on Friday night and lost out in advancing by the narrowest of
margins.  This team was made up of Sean
Casey, Eugene Maguire, Iarla O’Sullivan and Cillian Flood. Thank you to Mary
Sorohan, Fran Casey for managing the three teams.

With the help of Ballyboro soccer club, Lanesboro had two u-13 teams and an
u-15 teams taking part in the county blitz in Keenagh.   Our first U-13 team started the successful
campaign with a win over Ballymahon/Forgney and after a great come-back lost
out to a strong Kenagh team in the second round.  This team was made up of Ronan English, Oran
Kenny, Eanna McGrath, Oran Wise, John McCormack, and Bryn Peters.  Our second Under 13 team made up of Philip
Chalmers, Padraig Sorohan, Cian Gilmore, Evan Chalmers, Cronin Flood and
Séadhna Ryan were successful in their first two matches against Killoe and
Granard and are now through to the Semi-Finals against Killashee.   The U-16 team made up of Kevin Sorohan,
Cillian Flood, Aaron Farrell, Emmet Nolan, Stephen O’Dowd, and Iarla
O’Sullivan, having put in great effort, lost out to Killoe A team in their
first round.   Thank you to Vinnie
English, Robbie Chalmers and John Sorohan for managing the three teams.

& Chess: Our very young draughts & chess teams played very well and
showed great promise for the future but narrowly lost on going through to the
next rounds, however most are still underage next year. Our first U10  team was made up of  Aoife Nolan, Caoilinn Flood, Rosin Brennan,
Jane Dowd, Ciara Gavigan and Isabelle Smith,
played Keenagh and were only separated after an extra time tie.  Our second u-10 team of Dúileach Ryan, Jerard
Kok, Aaron Kenny, Jamie Hagan and Cathal Smyth the teams lost out to Dromard. Our
Lanesboro A U-12 Chess team made up of Áine Kennelly, Orla Lyons, Aaron Kenny, Cormac
Casey, Mark Dowd and Cathal Smyth lost out to a strong Longford South team by
3.5 to 1.5. Well done to the older children Áine and Mark for winning and
drawing their matches.

you:  Thank you to Killoe, Ardagh and Dromard
for hosting different events and to the many Lanesboro parents who travelled
and supported the teams and assisted in hosting teams to Lanesboro. Best  of luck next week to our U-16 Table Tennis
team and U-13 Soccer team that are through to the County Semi Finals,  our U-12 and U-16 Chess teams that are
through to the county Finals and our U12 and U14 Draughts teams who will be
playing this week.   Note; the event to
select the County Cross-Country  and
Mixed distance relays will be held in St Mel’s College at 12pm on February 4th
– U-13 1200M, U12 and U14 Mixed Distance Relays for boys and girls need to be
formed – all children welcome.

Successful Play

general consensus following the play ‘The Pitch’ in St. Mary’s was great the
Shannon Gael Minor club would like to sincerely thank everybody the supported
the night. It was great to see a play back in St. Mary’s Hall that had been a
scene of many a great night with local and touring drama groups. The club also
extends their thanks to the troupe that are travelling the country with their

Saturday 28th April the company that presented the Pitch will return
to St. Mary’s Hall with ‘Victor’s Dung’ that is currently receiving excellent
reviews as it too is on a tour of the country. It w

Lanesboro Library

The FÁS eLearning at the Library is a
joint project between FÁS and the Library Council of

If you are new
to computers and want to take things slowly, our project is perfect for
you. We 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.

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

Gaeltacht Grant Applications

If your child is
interested in going to the Gaeltacht this year the GAA have a grant scheme in
place over the past number of years ant this year the scheme will be continued.
If you require information on the scheme and application form you can contact
Cathal Chapman or Joe O’Brien where all information with be supplied. There is
the stipulation that applicants must
be 13 years or older on 1st January 2012. Completed forms must be returned to Michael O Sullivan, Oifigeach Gaeilge
agus Cultuir, Drumlish Hill, Drumlish, Co. longford or on or before
February 3rd February 2012

Fran and Bantar CD Launch

Bantar (Fran Deffew and Paul Murphy) CD Launch Night,
in aid of National Breast Cancer Research Institute. Lanesborough Co-op Hall,
Friday night next 27th Jan, Doors 7:30pm, Show starts 8pm. A night
of trad, ballads, ceoil agus craic, not to be missed. Music by Hillbilly
Porter, Barleywine, Local Musicians, Claire Devine, Actin the Maggot and
Bantar. Tickets €10 and your support is encouraged.

CD is also on sale in O’Brien’s and it a one not to be done without.

Shannonside Camera Club

local photographic club invites everyone to a Photographic Exhibition that will
run in Lanesboro Library from Wednesday 25th January until Wednesday
1st February. The official opening will take place on Wednesday 25th
at 7pm and refreshments will be served.

Rathcline Ladies Clothes Collection

autumn Rathcline Ladies had a clothes collection which proved to be a great
success. The club have now taken on this collection on an on-going basis. The
club is seeking clothes, sheets and curtains and the likes. The clothes they
are seeking is not the good resalable clothes that charity shops can avail of
but all older clothing, If you have any of the above at any stage during the
coming year you can drop them off at 51 The Green or to make arrangements phone

Glee Club

term your local Glee Club is having an x-factor inspired 10 weeks!  If
your child is interested in singing dancing or drama and/or could use a
confidence boost call Lisa Fox 0877619605 for information on your nearest Glee

Zumba Classes

is a dance that combines Latin and International music with a fun and effective
workout system. Classes take place in St. Faithleach’s clubhouse every
Wednesday at 7.30pm. All are welcome to go along and join in what is a great

Rathcline Ladies AGM

The club has had
a marvelous 12 months and they will hold their AGM in the clubhouse in
Clonbonny on Saturday week 4th February at 7pm. As much as an AGM
this meeting will be a celebration of the achievements of the year past as much
as it will be the first club get together since the untimely death of Ali. All
and everyone with the interest of Ladies football in the club are asked to
attend the meeting. It will be wonderful to have a packed clubhouse for this


We extend out congratulations
to Bernie and Mark Casey, Lehery, on the birth last week of a baby girl.  .


The Lanesboro and
Ballyleague Indoor Market is held in St. Mary’s Parochial Hall, Lanesboro, on
Friday from 11am to 2pm. There is a range of stalls selling local home baking,
local jams, free range eggs & mushrooms, gold, silver, gemstone and
costume jewellery, goats milk beauty products, sensy flameless candles, books,
bric a brac & cd’s, Forever aloe vera products.  John King (Healer and
Angel Cards readings).  There is free car parking to rear of building
(beside the playground). Tea, Coffee and light snacks will also be available.
Contact 087 3965568 for queries.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the
competition held on Wednesday 18th January are; 1st
Noreen Dunne & Una Lawlor, 2nd Katharine Harrison &
Philomena Walsh and there was a tie for 3rd place between Bernadette
Gillen & Mona O’Flaherty and Elish Gray & Gemma Douglas.


would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Daragh, Antoinette and Caoimhe Byrne,
Carrowstrawley, on the death of Daragh’ s father Tom Byrne in Clondalkin,
Dublin on Friday last 20th January.

Rathcline GAA

It is vitally
important that all members pay their fees within the next seven days. Playing
member’s fees are €50, and the money is to be given to Brendan Rhatigan or
Michael Hanley. Fees for non-playing members are €20, to be given to either
Peter Skelly or Denis Crinigan. It is important that all members pay their fees
before matches resume.

The Club extends
their sympathies to the Hyland family, Blenavoher, on the death of Sean Hyland.
The club would also like to express their condolences to Pauline Casey, Lehery,
after the death of her mother, Mary (Mae) Beades, (née Murray) of Rackins,
Curraghaboy, Athlone, Roscommon.

congratulations to Mark and Bernie Casey on the birth of their daughter on
Wednesday last.

Charity Shop

The friends of
Asthma Charity shop is able to recycle clothes, linens, shoes and handbags that
they cannot sell in their shop on Main Street. If you have torn sheet, pillowcase
stained cardigan or the odd shoe you can bring them to the shop can received
some money for the recycling. The shop would also welcome donations of items
that they can sell.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

50th Year
2012 brings a very important year for St. Faithleachs GAA Club as we celebrate
our 50th Anniversary. This is an exciting time for the Club & Parish. In an
effort to complete a history of the past 50 years of the club we are looking
for your help. There are many photographs & artefact from down through the
years which we would dearly love to see. If you, or anyone you know may be in
possession of such items, please contact a member of the Committee or email us

Lotto: The numbers drawn
were – 3, 11, 21 and 29. There was no jackpot winner and the five €20 winners were-
Walter Burke, Cloontuskert. Padraig Wallace, Ballyleague. Mick Connell,
Cloontuskert. Britta Kenny, (phone no. supplied), Collette Gannon, Mount Dillon. The
next draw takes place on Tuesday 31st January for a jackpot of €5,200.

Cards: Every Tuesday
in the Club House, 9.00pm. All welcome. Results of last week’s games – Winners,
Tom/Jack. Runners-up, John O/Pakie. Last game, Sonny/Padraig. Ticket Winners –
John O, James, Michael, Kevin & Tom.

2012 Membership now due. Payable to Brian Scally, Senior Club Registrar. Adult
€40, Student €20, Family €80.

of St. Faithleachs 2012 – We are now looking for ladies to take part in the
Rose of St. Faithleachs in February. Please contact Mary Kenny for details
(087) 9920708.  Entrants must be 18years or over. Cloontuskert NS are
holding a fundraising Disco in the Club House on Friday 17th February. Senior
Club Social Night to be held in the Club House on Saturday 11th February. Colm
Mulligan plays in the Club House on Friday 16th March. St. Patricks Day Parade
– Once again St. Faithleachs GAA Club will be having a Float in the
Lanesboro/Ballyleague St. Patricks Day Parade & we would appreciate your
help & support. For anyone interested in organising or participating in a
Drama Group within St. Faithleachs GAA Club, please contact us.

Calling all the ladies who would be interested in taking part in the
Mini-Marathon in June to raise funds for the Development of the new Stand @ St.
Faithleachs GAA Club. Your efforts & support would be greatly appreciated.

Congratulations: The Club would
like to congratulate Paddy Neilon on his achievement in securing a place on the
Inter-County National Referee Panel.

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