Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes Monday 2nd April 2012

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes
It was with a great sadness and shock we learned of the death at his residence on Monday 26th March of Kevin O’Dowd, Barnacor. Kevin was a proud native of Newtowncashel. He was a man who for many years was an employee of Longford County Council until his recent retirement. He had been in failing health for only a short time and he fought his battle in his own inimitable way with the great support of his family. Kevin was of farming stock and liked nothing better than maintaining and working the family farm.  He had an abiding passion for horse racing especially Point to Points where he had the uncanny knack and gained tremendous satisfaction in spotting the next superstar, be it the horse or the jockey. Kevin’s popularity was clearly evident by the attendance visiting his home where he reposed until the removal of his remains on Tuesday and again at St. Mary’s Church following his removal. The attendance on Wednesday was both large and representative and following his Requiem Mass Kevin was laid to rest in his native Cashel Cemetery. Kevin’s passing will leave a great void in the hearts and minds of  his wife Margaret, son Michael, Sorcha and grandson Traolach, daughters Marie and Deirdre, relatives and many friends to whom we extend our sincere and deepest sympathy.
25 Card Drive Friday Night
The annual 25 Card Drive (Partners) takes place as usual on Good Friday night 6th April commencing at 9pm. You are invited to go along and enjoy, what traditionally is, a great night. Tickets are now on sale from all Rathcline GAA executive. Even if you cannot attend please buy a ticket as there will be a draw for all non-playing purchasers of tickets. Refreshments will be served to add to the night.
Rural Transport Change
A change to the Friday service will take place this week with the usual service scheduled for Friday next 6th April changing to this Thursday 5th April, with the same collection and departure times. I would encourage more passengers to avail of this excellent service and to travel as often as they can; all age-groups are very welcome. All enquiries are to be made to Seamus at 043-3345555 or check the website.
Easter Ceremonies
The Easter ceremonies for St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro are as follows; Holy Thursday at 7.30pm. Good Friday ceremonies at 3pm and again at 7.30pm, Holy Saturday at 7.30pm and Easter Sunday at 9.30am and 11.30am.
Free Pooper Scoopers
All dog walkers are asked to note that free pooper scoopers are available in O’Brien’s Corner Shop. Hopefully all dag owners will avail of these and keep our streets free from dog excrement.
Mental Issues for Women
Myra Byrne Walsh will give a talk on Mental Health issues in St. Faithleach’s GAA clubhouse on this Wednesday night 4th April at 8.30pm. Everyone from the locality interested in mental health issues are invited to go along for what should be a wonderful and informative talk.
Victor’s Dung comes to Lanesboro
The award winning comedy is coming to St. Mary’s hall Lanesboro on Saturday 28th April. This hilarious play written, directed and starring former county Leitrim footballer Seamus O’Rourke has been packing each and every venue since its tour began. It is a night of laughter not to be missed. Tickets, priced €10, are now on sale in O’Brien’s and as there are only a limited number on sale early booking are advisable.
Lanesboro Bridge Club
The results of the competition held on Wednesday last 28th March are 1st Phil Chalmers & Cyril Hussey, 2nd Mike Flynn & Mary Mc Gushin, 3rd Mona O’Flaherty & Bernadette Gillen and 4th Una Lawlor & Brid Mc Dermott.
Easter Services at St. John’s
The following are the Easter Service arrangements for St. John’s church – Service on Wednesday next 4th St. John’s church at 4pm. Thursday 5th April at St. Coman’s church, Roscommon at 8pm. Friday 6th April service  will take place in Ballinlough at 8pm. On Saturday 7th Easter Eve service will takes place in St. John’s church, Lanesboro and Easter Sunday service will take place at St. Coman’s church at 11.30am.
St. John’s celebrations
The organisation committee of St. John’s church and congregation 150th celebrations are continuing with the time capsule presently doing the rounds of the schools. The candles are selling very well at €7 each. Beautiful china plates are now on sale with a wonderful scene of the church and graveyard emblazoned on it. The plate sells for a very reasonable €20 each and there is just a limited supply. The candle and plate can be bought in O’Brien’s, Gareth Johnston’s Health Bank or from members of the committee.
The schedule of events for the weekend commencing Friday 20th April are Friday 20th Children’s Service and drama, Saturday 21st – memorabilia in the church all day and Sunday 22nd at 3pm A celebration service in the church where Bishop Ken Clarke will attend.
The entire local community are invited to go along and join in these wonderful celebrations.
Lanesboro Branch Library
Storytime with Frances continues on Saturday April 14th 12-1pm.
Lanesboro’s Indoor Market
Every Friday in St. Mary’s parish Hall Lanesboro the very popular and growing Indoor Market takes place. A large number of locally produced items as well as a great selection of goods are available. The market takes place from 11am to 1.30pm and it is a place well worth a visit if only to browse and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and light snacks that are available. The range of goods on sale are local home baking, local jams, free range eggs & mushrooms, gold, silver, gemstone and costume jewellery, goats milk beauty products, books, bric a brac & cd’s, Forever aloe vera products. John King (Healer and Angel Cards readings), fabulous hand-made cards and hand-made knitted scarfs/hats. There is also a range of dried flowers arrangements and handbags. Drumsna Garden Centre flower arrangements available. This week Ulster Bank is available for any queries. Free car parking to rear of building (beside the playground). Tea, Coffee and light snacks will also be available. Contact 087 3965568 for answers to queries.
Parish Financial Statement
The following are some extracts from the Rathcline Financial statement of 2011. Offertory collections: €76306, Monthly collection: €9604, Candle Shrine: €8699, Altar expenses: €6039, ESB €2050, Heating expenses: €7062, Insurance: €5601, Water charges: €857, Newsletter: €1378 and Phone and Postage: €781.
Rathcline Ladies Clothes Collection
Please donate all your clean unwanted clothes, bed linen, towels and textiles including shoes, bags and belts and soft toys and books (novels).  If anyone has bags to get rid off please call Madaleine on 086 1500123.
Lost Dog
Sunday 25th March was a bright sunny and beautiful day with temperatures hitting record heights for the month of March. As you know the river Shannon is always a magnet for people when the day is sunny and warm and this day was no different.
A 10 month old brown and white Chihuahua went missing in and around 12.30pm. The dog is chipped and the loss of the dog is causing great distress to its owners and more so to their two children.
If by chance you have any information as to the dog’s whereabouts could you Alan or Joan Farrell know?
We would like to extend our sympathy to the family and friends of the late John Galvin, Ardnacassa, Longford who passed away last week. John, many years ago, was a resident of the Rathcline parish and during his time with us played a leading role with the rathcline club.
Ladybird Shop
The recently opened Ladybird shop on Main Street will be supporting the national schools in Ballyleague, Lanesboro and Fermoyle. Donations of clothes, shoes, books, delph, toys and bric –a-brac can be bought in the shop during opening hours 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
Lanesborough/Ballyleague Community Childcare
Enrolment for preschool/afterschool service:  If you have not yet registered your child with our service for preschool or afterschool in September 2012 you can do so after the Easter break (Monday 16th April) by either telephoning 043333.0957, emailing or calling into the service between 10.15am and 11.45am.  We will be contacting the parents of all children who are already on our list shortly.
Rathcline Ladies
The ladies had challenge game on Sunday last against St. Barry’s.  In the absence of our county players we emerged victorious and all the girls played well with all of our younger players getting a game.  Under 14 training continues on Saturday morning next at 10.30.  The senior ladies and our U16’s will train on Wednesday evening at 7pm.  Congrats to Paula, Claire, Sinead, Jo and Lauren on their success over Carlow with the county ladies.
Sliabh Bán Pilgrimage
Every Easter Monday the Annual Pilgrimage tracing the route taken by the monks who lived in the Abbey founded by St. Brendan the navigator and his brother St. Faithleach in 520 A.D.
For many centuries the monks of Cloontuskert Abbey would lead their parishioners on pilgrimage over Sliabh Bán to visit Lissonuffy Abbey, which is on the west side of Sliabh Bán. The pilgrimage follows the ancient route travelled so often by the pilgrims and parishioners. The pilgrimage is organised by the Sliabh Bán Community Group together with the Strokestown Community Development Association. To get finer details on the event you should phone 089 4345731
The pilgrimage will start from Curraghroe church at 2pm and will follow the much travelled ancient monastery path and at the Jubilee Cross there will be a stop to say some prayers and take in some refreshments. From there it will wind its way down to the ruins of Lissonuffy Abbey. If during the walk, that takes two hours, you get tired, a car will be available to take people down the mountain.
Following the pilgrimage a celebratory drink can be had in Frank’s of Ballybeg before transport will return you to your car for a small cost. You are
Lanesboro Badminton Club
Congratulations to the Men’s and Ladies Grade 6 teams of Lanesboro Badminton Club who were winners in Grade 6 in the Midland League Finals that were held in Kenagh on Tuesday 27th March. Many games were played with a lot of closely fought matches on Tuesday last and throughout the year. It was a great reward for such hard work and dedication during the season congratulations to all involved.
Junior Badminton has now ended for the season. Thanks to all who have assisted in supervision during the year and hope children and adults alike enjoy the Summer!! See you in early October!
Lanesborough/Ballyleague Community Childcare Parent/Toddler group:  There will be no parent/toddler group during the Easter break.  We shall be back at 10.30 am on Tuesday 17th April.  All newcomers welcome
If you have any queries regarding preschool/afterschool/parent toddler contact us by telephone or email.
Recent Baptisms
Congratulations to Adejuwon and Lucia Ogunniran on the recent baptism of their daughter of Ana Ogunniran Echuaka, Lough Ree Park and also to David Casey son of Marie and Shane. Cnoc na Gaoithe who was also baptised on Saturday 24th March.
Rathcline Drama Group
The rathcline Drama Group is staging the play ‘A Cure for Nerves’ produced by Ann Fayne. Proceeds from the play will go towards the restoration work to be carried out at St. Mary’s Church. The play will take place in St. Mary’s Hall on Sunday night 27th May for one night only. Admission will be by ticket only and they will go on sale on Sunday 29th April.
St. Faithleach’s GAA
O’Rourke Cup: Our seniors were defeated by Strokestown on Sunday last at home. The final scoreline read – St. Faithleachs 1-12 Strokestown 3-09. The team on duty was: S. Connor, A. Murtagh, A. McCormack B. Scally, D. Gibbons, C. McCormack C. Brennan (0-1), M. Reynolds (0-1), D. Murray, H. Kenny, B. Reynolds (0-4), D. Harrison, C. Murtagh (0-4), E. Kenny, B. Murtagh (1-2). Subs: D. Thompson, J. Quigley, J. Tarmey, D. Rooney.
Junior: Our Juniors play against St. Brigids this coming Thursday in Kiltoom. See fixtures for time.
U16 Girls: Our U16 Girls had a win over St. Croan’s on Sunday last at home. Final Score – St. Faithleachs 7-05 St. Croan’s 2-02. Team: L. Hoare, E. Kenny, N. Carty, A. Curley, M. Banahan, N. Scally (1-0), S. Brennan, J. Geoghegan (1-1), R. Costello, R. Banahan, E. Hegarty (2-0), N. Parker, N. Hegarty (0-1), T. Nerney (0-1), K. Murphy (3-2).
16 Boys: Our U16 Boys play against Tulsk this coming Friday evening at home. See fixtures for time.
U14 Boys (Féile): Our U14 Boys were defeated by Clan na Gael on Wednesday last in Johnstown. Final Score – St. Faithleachs 4-07 Clan na Gael 8-15. Team: M. O’Donnell, S. Farrell, C. Mangan, G. Carberry, R. Guinan, L. Parker, M. Gill, D. Nerney, D. Kelly, J. Donlon, C. Connelly, K. Nerney, E. Tynan, D. Foley, J. Gill.
Best of Luck: To our St. Faithleachs GAA Club Rose, Maria Quigley, along with escort, Declan McCormack, who will represent the club in the upcoming Roscommon Rose selection in Kilronan Castle on Saturday night next and also the best of luck also to Laura Cox, Spirit Clothing, in the Roscommon Rose Selection.
Lotto: The numbers drawn were- 10, 18, 20 and 28. There were no jackpot winners and the five winners of €20 were – Gerry O’Donnell, Curraghroe. Breege Carroll, Gardenstown. Lexie Oliver, Donegal. Gerry Ryan, Lanesboro. Niall Kinnalan, Strokestown. The next draw takes place on Tuesday 14th April for a jackpot of €5,700. The yearly Lotto tickets are now available. €50 – 1 Set of Numbers. €100 – 3 Sets of Numbers.
Cards: Every Tuesday in the club house, 9.00pm. All welcome. This week’s results are – Winners, Gemma/Freda. Joint Runners-up, Pat Joe/Gerry & Tom/Brendan. Last game, Mike/Paddy. Ticket winners – Mick, Noreen, Ann, Pete.
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. Sponsorship cards now available. Your support would be greatly appreciated
Club Membership: 2012 Membership now overdue. Adult €40, Student €20, Family €80.
Easter-Egg Hunt: Look out for Monster Easter Egg Hunt along with Fun & Games this Easter Sunday at St. Faithleachs GAA Club Grounds, starting 5.00pm. All welcome.
Sympathy: The Club extends deepest sympathy to the Carberry Family, Killinure & Derryhawn, on the death of Brendan Carberry.
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 at
Rathcline GAA
The senior team began the league season with a home defeat to Longford Slashers last Saturday on a scoreline of 1-12 to 0-05. Thanks must go to those who prepared Clonbonny so well for the game.   The next game is at home to Dromard this Saturday at 7pm. There was a commendably high turnout at last week’s game, and the club hopes that as many parishioners as possible can get out and support the lads against Dromard.

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