Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes Monday 13th February 2012

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Charges/Septic Tank Meeting

public meeting in relation to the Household / Septic Tank charges will be held
in the Lough Ree Development Co-Op Hall on Thursday night next the 16th
Feb at 8:30pm sharp. As this meeting affects practically everyone in the
locality it is very important that you attend this very important meeting.

Horse Fair and
Dog Show

are well underway for the celebration of the Lanesboro Traditional Horse Fair
that takes place on Saturday 3rd February. The committee are
currently liaising with the Gardaí and putting all the necessary structures in
place. The committee are also expecting the usual support of locals
volunteering to help out on the day. There will be a meeting for stewards in
Adie Farrell’s on the week of the Fair and there will be a note of time and day
on next week’s notes.

St. John’s Candles.

committee organising the celebration of St, John’s have just brought out
commemorative candles with an imprint of St. John’s Church emblazoned on the
candle. They can be bought at €7 in O’Brien’s, Gareth Johnston’s Health Bank or
from any member of the committee. This is an extraordinary special year for the
congregation of St. John’s Church as they celebrate 150 year of their church on
the weekend 20th April where a number of events will take place
throughout the weekend. If you have any memorabilia, artefacts or old
photographs relating to St. John’s church and its 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 congregation

Shannon Gaels
Registration Evening

Shannon Gaels Minor Club will hold their registration evening on this Friday
night 17th February from 7 to 8pm at the clubhouse in Clonbonny. It
is very important that all parents attend and ensure their young players
registration for the coming year.

minors will play their first home game of the season in Clonbonny on Sunday

Thank You

organising committee of the Lourdes Sick Pilgrims Fund would like to express
their deepest gratitude to everybody that contributed so generously to their
church gate collection last weekend. The total sum realised was a wonderful €750.

St. Patrick’s
Day Parade

committee is well under way with its preparations for the St. Patrick’s Day
Parade in Ballyleague and Lanesboro. They are encouraging everyone that are
putting floats into the parade to be inventive and creative, making 2012 a very
special year in the celebration of our communities and patron saint. There will
be a meeting for everyone involved be they, entrants, stewards, and clubs and
associations involved in the parade in Adie Farrell’s Bar on Wednesday 22nd
February at 9pm. It is important that as many as possible attend this meeting
as there will be many relevant and important issues discussed.

;  The launch of this year’s parade will take
place in Sorohan’s on Friday week 24th February at 8.30pm. The
committee invites all for what should be a great night and the beginning of the
excitement of another St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Ballyleague and Lanesboro.

Patrick’s Day will commence with a Tradition Mass in St. Mary’s Church
Lanesboro at 11.30am. At 2.30 from St. Faithleach’s club grounds the parade
will wind its way onto the main road and up through Ballyleague crossing the
bridge in to Lanesboro and will continue to Lanesboro Community College –
refreshments will be served for all participants in the college following the
parade. There will be prizes for the following categories: Best Window, Best
Junior Float, Best Club Float, Best Business entrant, Best Overall Float and
Most Original Float. Activities on the day will be pig roasting by our local
butcher Terry, face painting and music by our very own and wonderful ‘Actin de

will be -a draw on the evening of the parade for €1000 in prize money and
tickets are now available in O’Brien’s or from any committee member.

you have any queries you can contact Teresa Costello 086-8127560, Adie Farrell
086-2554152. Application forms are available from Secretary Freda Connaughton,
Longford Rd., Lanesboro 086-1534232 and they must be returned with haste to

Lanesboro Library

Story time With
Plant the seed and your child will grow to love to

Storytime for 4
to 6 year olds will be held in Lanesboro Library on Saturday 10th
March from 12 to 1pm.

Kilgefin Community Games

Boys and Girls U13 and U15 indoor soccer will be
taking place on 18th & 19th February and 4th
& 5th March in Strokestown. The committee would like to express
their thanks to team mentors Steve Ormsby, John Tynan and Noel Banahan for
preparing teams for these events. Good luck to all the boys and girls taking

The local art and handwriting competitions will be
starting soon. Details will be available through local schools.

Calling all swimmers. If you are in the age groups U8
to U16 and are interested in competing in the County Roscommon Swimming finals
please contact the  Secretary Angela
Walton on 087 7514634 for more details.

There are many events and activities in Community Games
that Kilgefin Community Games would like to participate in but do not have
sufficient adult involvement. Any adults with a flair for a particular sport or
working with children should contact Angela to find out how to get involved.

Dates for your diary: The annual Fun Run will take
place on Sunday 22nd April and the local track and field event will
be held on May 13th. More details on these closer to the time.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club

results of the Simultaneous Pairs Competition held on night Monday 6th
February 2012:

Barbara Ferguson & Joan Donnellan, 2nd Eileen Kelly & Nancy
Dolan, 3rd Mary Jameson & Mary Conmy, 4th Bernadette Gillen & Patsy Canavan, 5th
Mai Casey & Margaret Gillen, 6th Frank Conmy & Catherine
McGovern, 7th Hannah Clyne & Maureen Hynes, Bernadette Clancy
& Mary Mc Gushin, 9th Patricia McGann & Joan Browne, 10th
Loretta Cooney & Katharine Harrison, 11th .Kathleen Kelly &
Mike Flynn, 12th Des Watts & Eileen Watts, 13th Mark
Crehan & Peggy Crehan, 14th Ann Donlon & Freda Kenny, 15th
Noreen Dunne & Philomena Walsh, 16th Mairéad Gill & Maura
Hanley, 17th Nora Kelly & Una Clarke, 18th Ger &
Breda Clarke, 19th Goretti Kenny & Mary Fallon and 20th
Phil Chalmers & Fiona Gillen

Church Gate Collection

Rathcline Ladies GAA club is holding their Church Gate collection at all Masses
in Lanesboro and Newtowncashel this coming Saturday 18th and Sunday
19th February. Your support will be most generously appreciated.

Lough Ree Athletic Club

It was a busy weekend for the Athletic Club with the
County Community Games Cross Country in St Mel’s on Saturday and the All
Ireland B Cross Country and Relays in Boyle on Sunday.  Good performances were recorded by Clodagh
and Cait Kiely representing Killashee and Lucy Ann Myhill who all managed to
secure a place on the County Team for the National Championships in Athlone in
a race that was won in a convincing manner by Emily McCarthy, Killoe.  Also competing in the girls race were Áine
Kennelly and Orla Keane. We were very thin on the ground with the boys but
Seadna Ryan and Ronan English performed admirably in conditions that did not
suit them as they are both track and field athletes.  We were missing a few boys but then the day may
have been a bit too wet for them.   Full
credit to Ardagh for having a slew of runners out on the day, they had the most
competitors with a total of nineteen and it is a shame that other areas did not
take this competition more seriously. While Longford will be represented in
Athlone it is a pity they will not be fielding their strongest team

On Sunday Isobel Farrell in the under 14 Age
Group  and Caoilinn Flood and Orla Keane
in the Under 12’s represented Roscommon in the All Ireland Cross Country Relays
on a tough cross country course in Boyle.
The three girls acquitted themselves well and all of them will still be
eligible for their respective age groups next year.  As usual our boys were thin on the ground,
but then again it was a wet day.  Carmel
Fannon, a former club member was in attendance at Boyle with her off spring
that were competing but unfortunately we did not get to meet her.

Congratulations to another former club member Victoria
Occunivich who featured on Take Me Out on TV3 on Friday last.  It was great to see Victoria on the box and
great credit is due to her for a number of reasons – In the first instance, for
the confidence to apply for the show, then for being selected to appear and
finally for being successful as the girl the guy wished to take out.  Victoria has a great personality and it showed
in her being selected as the date.   We
trust she has a great time!

Rehab Bingo Winner

Last week proved a lucky one for popular local man
Mike Hanley, Cashelbeg when he was the lucky winner of the Shannonside Rehab
radio bingo. Mike was the outright winner and claimed the €2,000 on his own. We
congratulate Mike and wish him much more success.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday night
last 8th February are; 1st Phil Chalmers & Cyril
Hussey, 2nd Elish Gray & Gemma Douglas, 3rd Mairéad
Gill & Maura Hanly and 4th tie Noreen Dunne & Mae Casey and
Frank and Frances Brennan.

Tax Clearance Forms

The Parish of Rathcline can avail of any PAYE tax
payer that contributes to the Church over a 12 month period. If you are
interested in helping out you are invited to take a form from the Church porch.
Donal Casey will attend after mass on Saturday and Sunday of next weekend and
answer all questions in relation to the submissions of the forms. You are urged
to seriously think of helping your parish especially at this time when the
major church renovation will be taking place from April.

Rathcline Ladies GAA

Registration for the ladies club
will take place in Clonbonny on Sunday morning next 19th February at 12.30 for
all age groups Under 12 upwards. Could all players for the coming year please attend?  The
club invites all ladies that are interested in playing football to come along.
There are a number of ladies within the catchment area that are available to
play and in order for the club to develop from last year’s successes they need
everyone on board. The club is once again climbing back to the top where it was
for many years and the efforts will only be achieved through hard work and the
support for every team from the entire area.

Congratulations to the girls on the
Longford Ladies Team who drew with Antrim yesterday.


Congratulations to Liam and Melanie Donoghue, Lehery
on the birth last week of a baby girl.

Thank You

PJ Maher would like to express his sincere gratitude
to everyone that supported and took part in his fundraising events for his trip
to Kenya. PJ will depart these shores on this Wednesday and we wish him a safe
and successful journey. PJ would like to thank everyone that turned up and
participated in the Peer Inn for his ‘Take me Out’ night, Jimmy and Breda
Brennan, for the use of their premises and also to Mark Casey for acting as MC
on the night. The table quiz in Adie’s was also a great success in aiding PJ
reach his target and he would like to thank everyone for attending, Adie for
the use of his premises and Margaret Gillen for acting as a great quizmaster.

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 Community Games

was a very successful week for the community games, with three teams winning
county finals and a Lucy Anne Myhill gaining a place on the county U-12 relay


Boys U-16 Table Tennis team overcame Ardagh on Friday night to gain a place in
the county finals on Sunday.  In the
final, they met a strong Newtowncashel team but succeeded in winning with a
score of 4-2 in the singles; therefore avoiding the need to play doubles
matches.  The team was made up of Kevin
Sorohan, Jordan Donlon, Ryan Guinan, Ethan Kelly and Conor English.


U12 Chess team faced formidable opposition of Longford South in their county
final.    Lanesboro nudged ahead early in
the tie through a win by Brian Casey,
with Dúileach Ryan and Conor Sorohan also wining their ties for
Lanesboro, however Longford South won games to equalise.  The result then hinged on Evan Chalmers to
gain something for Lanesboro from the last match being finished.  Evan won his tie giving the victory honours
and great excitement to the team that also included Séadhna Ryan, Gerard Kenny
and Sean Kenny.    Longford South were a
made up of a lovely team and the real success was to meet children of other
areas and enjoy the game together – See photos of all both teams together.

U-16 Chess County Final was an all – Lanesboro affair with our two teams
playing off to be county champions.  The
more experienced team won out in this tie but all the game were very
tight.  The winning Lanesboro team was
made up of Daniel O’Reilly, Mark Lyons, Philip Chalmers, Lara O’Sullivan and
Aaron Farrell, the runners up team was made up of Aisling Casey, Brian Lyons,
Cillian Flood, Conor English and Sean Casey.


event to select the County Cross-Country and Mixed distance relays took place
on Saturday.  The wet weather and clashes
with soccer matches did not help the attendance from Lanesboro; however the few
children who did take part did very well.
Lucy Anne Myhill Orla Keane, Amine Connelly, Seadhna Ryan and Ronan
English took part in the boys and Girls U-12 races and all did very well.  Lucy Anne ran superbly to gain a place on the
county Relay with a number of the other children just missing out by one

done to all the teams


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.

Faithleach’s GAA

Senior Club Social & Presentation Night: We held our
Annual Senior Club Social & Presentation Night in the Club House on
Saturday last. MC, Padraig Wallace welcomed all with President, Mickey Kelly
congratulating the Club & reflected on this, the Club’s 50th Year, wishing
Senior & Minor players all the very best for 2012. The following Awards
were presented: Ladies Player of the Year 2011 – Laura Mc Loone, presented by
Maura McCormack. Senior Player of the Year 2011 – Ciarán Murtagh, presented by
Andy Murtagh. Club Person of the Year 2011, Brian Scally, presented by Steve
Ormsby. Congratulations to all winners. Chairman, Frank Curley thanked everyone
for their support & expressed thanks to all the clubs sponsors during 2011.
A special word of thanks to all involved in the running of the club, the
development of the clubs dressing rooms, the staff who all work voluntarily
& many more who give off their time for the club. Many thanks to Steve and
Teresa Ormsby for sponsoring the trophies. Thanks to Jimmy Hussey for supplying
the music on the night, to Angelina & Mick for the excellent food on the
night, to the bar staff, all who supported the night, all who sponsored prizes
and to the social committee for their organisation of the event. Many thanks
also to Derek Thompson who rolled back the last 50 years of St. Faithleachs GAA
Club with slides/photographs on view during the night. A great night was had by

Best of Luck: Best of Luck to our GAA club in the
Connacht ‘Best Club Grounds of the Year’ Awards on Friday next in the TF Royal
Hotel, Castlebar.

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 and 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 at

Cards: Every Tuesday in the Club House,
9.00pm. All welcome. Results of last week’s games: 11 Games, Jim/Frank. 10
Games, Peggy/Phonsie. Last Game, Tom/Brendan. Ticket winners – Gemma, David,
Michael, Dan, Noreen.

Upcoming Events:  Rose 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. 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 and we would appreciate your help
and support. For anyone interested in organising or participating in a drama
group within St. Faithleachs GAA Club, please contact us.

Membership/Registration Night: 2012 Membership/Registration
Night takes place in the Club House on Friday 24th February – Adult €40,
Student €20, Family €80.

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 appreciated.

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