Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes Monday 30th January 2012

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

St. John’s
celebrates 150 years.

year St. John’s church will celebrate 150 year on the weekend 20th
April where a number of events will take place throughout the weekend. At
present the organising committee is putting memorabilia together and seeks your
help and assistance. If you have any artefact or old photographs relating to
St. John’s church and congregation 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

St. Patrick’s
Day Parade

next meeting of the St. Patrick’s Day committee will take place in Clarke’s Bar
on this Wednesday night 1st February at 8.30pm. All businesses,
proposed float entrants and anybody wishing to make themselves available on the
day are asked to attend the meeting.

we are now moving into February your time for preparation is getting shorter
and plans for floats should now be underway.
This year we hope that the parade will be bigger and better than ever
and this will happen through you encouragement and support.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of
the competition held on Wednesday 25th January are; N/S 1st
Gemma Douglas & Elish Gray, 2nd Phil Chalmers & Cyril
Hussey, 3rd Maura Hanly & Mairéad Gill. E/W 1st
Bernadette Clancy & Kathleen Hanley, 2nd Katharine Harrison
& Mary mc Gushin, 3rd Noreen Dunne & May Casey.

The Pairs
competition will take place on Wednesday 8th and Wednesday 15th

Requiem Mass

Requiem Mass for
the repose of the late Imelda Russell (nee Kelly) will take place on Saturday
next in St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro at 12 noon. Imelda died in England
recently after a short period of illness – an untimely death for a young woman.
Her final wish was that she would be laid to rest in her native Lanesboro and
that will take place when she will be buried in Clonbonny Cemetery following
Requiem Mass.  We extend our deepest
sympathy to her husband Ken, brother Eugene, sisters Mary, Florence and
Catherine, relatives and many friends.

Candlemas Day

Thursday next is Candlemas day and the
blessing of candles will take before 10am Mass in St. Mary’s Church.

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.

Ballyboro Scouts

done to all the scouts who took part in the County Orienteering Challenge in
Lough Keel recently, Congratulations to Cian Donohoe and Daniel Mullooly who
were overall winners on the day.

to the cubs who took part in the County Challenge in Forest Park in Boyle. The constituent
of the competition was First Aid, Quiz, pitch tenting, Backwoods cooking and
Pioneering. Congratulations to the winners from Ballyboro scouts – Sarah Hoare,
Oran Walton, Dean Conlon, Kate Mc Philips, Patrick Smity and Orla Costello.
They will now go forward to represent the county in the All-Ireland challenge
that will take place during February in Larch Hill, Dublin.

will resume for all section on this Wednesday 1st February.

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.

Huge Investment by Ballyleague renewal Group

In a time of cut backs, doom
and gloom and negativity it is absolutely wonderful to see Ballyleague Village
and Renewal group bucking the trend with a huge investment in the development
of the area. It is a brave and courageous undertaking and as a community we
should be completely supportive of their huge undertaking. At last, we are
beginning to see shoots of hope and optimism from this very progressive
community group and let us hope that it will become infectious within our
community and be the fulcrum  on which
the development of the community turns.

Ballyleague Village Renewal and Tidy Towns committee is unveiling ambitious new
plans to re-develop the river bank area just south of the river Shannon bridge
when they meet in Sorohan’s Lifebelt Bar on Monday night next 6th February.

development is costed at more than €300,000 and includes provision for
replacement of the river Shannon quay wall, the development of new seating
areas, the introduction of new angling stands and the construction of a new
water feature on the river bank and all local residents who are interested in
learning more are invited to attend on Monday night at 9pm.

the start of Spring the committee will also be discussing the work programme
for tidy towns volunteers on Monday night next. There are lots of new projects
being discussed and representatives from Lough Ree Heights, Shannon Grove,
Shannonside, Ballyclare Court and all new estates are now invited to send a
representative to the meeting on Monday night.

regular weekly clean-ups will be starting soon. New volunteers now invited to
join the volunteers for Wednesday evening and Saturday morning clean-ups when
the weather improves.

more information please contact chairman Gerry Thompson at 0851740819 or e mail
the committee at :


was widespread sadness we the news broke of the death on Thursday 19th
January at the Mater Hospital, Dublin, of Catherine Mc Cormack, Gortgallon. Catherine
came to live in Lanesboro with her husband John over 40 years ago and
immediately became a part of our local community. She was a queen among ladies
as everyone that had the great pleasure to know her can attest to. Catherine
will be long remember for her gentleness, kind and caring nature and she will
be sadly missed by all that had the pleasure of her company at any stage of
their life. She was a tremendous supporter of and always showered encouragement
to anything local and her passing leaves a great void in our community. In recent
times she fell foul to illness and she bore her cross with the nature that was
Catherine throughout her life. The attendance at her residence where she
reposed until the removal of her remains and again at her requiem Mass in St.
Cecelia’s Church, Curraghroe and burial to Cloontuskert bore ample testimony to
the esteem in which she was held. To her daughters Edel, Ann, Ruth and
Patricia, husband John, her loving aunt Nelly, sisters, brother, relatives and
friends we extend our heartfelt sympathy

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club

The results of the Lough Ree 2000 Bridge club’s competition
held on Monday 23rd January are; Gross & Nett 1st
Kathleen Kelly & Barbara Ferguson, 2nd Nancy Dolan & Eileen
Kelly and 3rd Ann Donlon & Freda Kenny. E/W Gross & Nett 1st
Eileen Mulry & Vita Whelehan, 2nd Mary Jameson & Goretti
Kenny and 3rd Kathleen Hanley & Mary Fallon. Competition
continues every Monday night at 8pm.

Social Services Whist Drive

The monthly Whist Drive organised by Lanesboro
Social Services will take place on this Friday night 3rd February in
St. Mary’s Parish Hall at 8.30pm. The committee works hard for the benefit of
many in our locality and it is through your generous support of the Whist Drive
that the committee can continue their great work. The committee appreciates you
continued support and especially through the hard nights of winter and look
forward to meeting you on Friday night for another night of card playing and
fun. As usual refreshments will be served.


During last week I received a letter and
photographs, making pertinent points, regarding the quarry area. I have
investigated the comments and queries in the letter and if the writer, who
inadvertently omitted their name, contacts me I will relay the information I
received and I hope it will be to your satisfaction.

Thank You

Bantar and the Launch Night Organising Committee would
like to thank all those who attended the CD launch on Fri night last in aid of
the National Breast Cancer Research Institute. A special word of thanks goes to
Johnny Duffy who provided the sound equipment and worked hard making sure
everyone sounded great on the night, to Eugene Murphy who did MC and to the
Lanesborough Co-op Hall for the use of their facilities. A massive thanks also
to all our sponsors on the night, Michael Hanley, Kevin Hanley, Vincent Maguire’s
Hair Supplies, Mags Gillen Hair Salon, Diageo, Keane’s Supervalu, Steve and
Teresa Ormsby and The Lanesborough Co-op Hall. Finally, a thanks to all the
ticket sellers, Johnston’s Pharmacy, Terry’s Butchers, Clarkes Bar, The Yacht
Bar, O’Brien’s Newsagents, Cullen’s Filling Station, Casserley’s Spar,
Lanesborough/Ballyleague Credit Union, Mags Gillen’s Hair Salon and Cloud 9
Beauty Salon.

CDs are and will continue to be on sale in O’Brien’s.

Table Quiz in Adie’s

A monster
Table Quiz will take place on this Friday night 3rd February in Adie
Farrell’s Bar supporting PJ Maher’s fund raising drive for his trip to Kenya.
PJ is travelling to Kenya with the Building of Hope Charity that are going to
build and orphanage for blind children.
If you know the organisers you definitely are assured of a wonderful
night of fun and frolic and if you don’t make sure you don’t miss the
experience. A table of 4 will cost €40 and come along and enjoy what I am
certain will be a memorable night. I am assured that refreshments will be

Lough Ree Sub Aqua

I learned
that the Lough Ree Sub Aqua club had readied themselves for a trip to Union
Hall, Cork last weekend to help out with the search for the two missing bodies from
the sunken Tit Bonhomme. This was a marvelous gesture by our local divers and
while they prepared word came from the coastguard to hold off travelling such
was the numbers attending last weekend. The club offered their services of
their divers for next weekend and they are now waiting a call later in the week
from the coastguard.

benefits of such a service and club in our community is enormous, thankfully in
the past number of years our community has not have the need of their search
and rescue service but they have been in many areas of the country assisting in
search and rescue and assisting grief stricken people in their time of despair.

Lanesboro Community Games

U-13 Indoor Soccer team played the semi-final on Thursday night against Killashee.  Lanesboro, with their young team were not
expected to win this tie, however, through the superb team who played fantastically
and great management by Ballyboro’s Robbie Chalmers, they won the tie by
4-1.  Through this win, the team gained a
place in the County Final against Killoe.
In the final the team lost through conceding two early goals, but the
strong Lanesboro team were in the game until the last whistle with many great
shots saved by Killoe’s excellent goal keeper.
Overall it was a great achievement to finish second out of 16 teams from
across the county.  The team, pictured
below, was made up of Philip Chalmers, Cian Gilmore, Evan Chalmers, Cronin
Flood, Padraig Sorohan, Daniel Curran, Brian Casey and Seadhna Ryan.

last two draughts teams played in their respective draws during the week.  The U-14 team lost out to again to a strong
Killoe team, this was made up of Aisling Casey, Killian Flood, James Gavigan,
Philip Chalmers, Aaron Farrell and Emmet Nolan. The U12 team with Brian Casey,
Cronin Flood, Sean Kenny and Padraic Smyth narrowly lost out to Granard.  This completed our involvement in draughts
for this year and though we didn’t win any tie many of the games were very
close and, the experience will be good for the future.

luck8 to the chess and table tennis teams that will be competing in the
semi-finals and finals during the week.

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

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

Lanesboro Pike Angling Club

AGM of the Lanesboro Pike Angling was held on Wednesday 25th January.
The following were elected to office for the coming season; Chairman Patrick
Reilly, Vice chairman Louis Rhatigan, Secretary Eithne Clyne, Assistant
secretary Noel Rhatigan, joint PRO Gerry Mitten & Aiden Farrell, joint
Treasurers Joe farrell & Brian Tabiner, O.N.S.D. Peter Smyth.

first completion of the year organised by the club, Michael Casey Perpetual
Cup, will take place in Lanesboro on Sunday 29th April. New
membership is now available from committee members or in the Yacht Bar.
Everybody is encouraged to take out membership and new members are invited to
come and play and active part in the activities of the club.

club would like to thank everyone that helped and supported them during the
past year and look forward to their support again in the coming year.

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


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.

Rathcline GAA

final reminder to all members to pay their membership fees for the year.
Players’ fees are €50, and are to be given to Michael Hanley or Brendan
Rhatigan. Non-playing member’s fees are €20.

Club extends its deepest sympathies to the McCormack Family in Gortgallon upon
the death of Catherine McCormack.

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 of8 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

Every Tuesday in the Club House, 9.00pm. All welcome. Results of last week’s
games – Winners, Sean/Seamus. Joint runners-up Tom/Brendan & Jack/Tom. The
last game winners were Sean/Seamus. Ticket winners – Tim, Ronan, David,
Padraig, Mickey.

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

Upcoming Events: Rose
of St. Faithleachs 2012 – The club is 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. 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.

Senior Club Social &
Presentation Night: The Senior Club Social &
Presentation Night will be held in the Club House on Saturday 11th February
with Presentations to our 2011 Player of the Year, Club Person of the Year
& Ladies Player of the Year.

Women’s Mini-Marathon:
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 at
St. Faithleachs GAA Club. Your efforts & support would be greatly

The Club extends deepest sympathy to the McCormack Family, Gortgallon, on the
death of Catherine McCormack. To her husband John, daughters Edel, Ann, Ruth
& Patricia, extended family, relatives & friends.

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