Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes Tuesday 15th May 2012



Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes


Defibrillator Training


Are you trained in the use of the defibrillator? Do you need to complete your refresher course? If yes, then you are asked to leave you name in with Martina or Bridgie O’Brien in the Corner Shop and a refresher course will be arranged.


Do you want to be trained in the use of the defibrillator? It is one of the most vital and worthwhile training you can have. If you are interested in being trained in the use of a defibrillator you are asked to leave your name in with Martina or Bridgie O’Brien in the shop. There is always a need for more people to take this course and your support will be vital.


Urgent Need for Road Work


Throughout the winter and right up to the present day a fall of rain brings its own share of troubles to John and Jacqui Rooney and their family in Rathcline. To those of you that know the layout and positioning of the road and their house you can appreciate their plight. The rain water flows down from the hill of Carraroe and indeed it is joined with a flow coming out of the graveyard road also. The water then lodges outside of their house with some of it flowing and lodging in their garden. The water on the road at this point can be up to eight inches deep and with a large volume of traffic using this road on a daily business it is impossible for any family member to be in the front area of the house such is the splash right up to their front door.


Remedial work was done some time back but this has not alleviated the problem – perhaps another look at this problem will identify and rectify this problem.


A further problem is that on one side of the road there is a drop into a channel that is totally hidden when the water is on the road and unless great care is taken when meeting another car there is a danger of one of the cars going into this channel and casing damage and injury and meeting lorries or school bus makes it all the more dangerous.


Hopefully the necessary work will soon take place to relieve this problem spot and leave it safe for the family and drivers alike.


Lanesboro Bridge Club


The results of the Lanesboro Bridge clubs competition held on Wednesday night 9th May are; N/S 1st Phil Chalmers & Cyril Hussey, 2nd Mona O’Flaherty & Bernadette Gillen and 3rd Marie Sheeran & Mary Mc Gushin. E/W 1st Una Clarke & Tom Feeney, 2nd Kathleen Reilly & Maureen Hynes and 3rd Brid Mc Dermott & Una Lawlor.


Lanesboro Library


Storytime with Frances continues in Lanesboro Library on Saturday week 19th May from 12noon to 1pm. All are welcome.


Lanesboro’s Indoor Market


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 every Friday and it is a place well worth a visit if only to browse. 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. 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.


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 of please call Madaleine on 086 1500123.


Rathcline Ladies going to the Dogs


The Rathcline Ladies club are holding a Race Night at Longford Greyhound Track on Friday night 22nd June. The club is currently actively seeking sponsorship for the races and also sponsorship for the race night programme. The club is hoping for great support from the communities that the girls come from.


The Rathcline ladies had a wonderful successful year last year and this year promises to be equally as good, if not better. The club is riding on a crest of a wave with so many of their panels playing leading and significant roles on the hugely successful county senior and Under 14 teams. The club is planning astutely for the future and the Greyhound Night Out will help immensely towards the future funding of the club.


The deserve our support, so let’s give it to them.


Ladies Mini Marathon Bus almost full


The bus to the  annual Ladies Mini Marathon will take place on Bank Holiday Monday 4th June is filling up and only a limited number of seats still remain. Do not leave it until the last minute to book as you may be disappointed to find out that it is full. To book a seat on the bus you should contact Pam Farrell any day after 6pm at 087-4146987.


Books 4 Books


If 1000 books are donated to the Ladybird shop by Saturday 2nd June the Ladybird Shop will donate €150 to local schools to purchase new books for their class libraries. You are invited to bring books to the shop between 10am and 5pm Tuesday to Saturday.


Can you give a Hand?


Shannon Gaels Minor Club and Rathcline Ladies Club have come together to commit to the mowing of the Underage playing field for the coming season. Presently they are drawing up a rota to carry out the mowing. It will be teams of 4/5 and both clubs are seeking your support. It will not be too taxing of a task and it will get people together for a couple of hours fresh air. Please contact Sean Kenny or Madeleine if you can be part of the mowing team.


Already two teams are in place and we hope that you will come and join in and it is hoped that there will be five teams.


Shannonside Camera Club


The next meeting of the Shannonside Camera Club takes place on Mon. 21st at 8pm. A full attendance is requested old and new members welcomed – a presentation and discussion of three panels of photographs (30) will be given by Niamh Whitty who is now acclaimed with a Fellowship received from the Irish Photograph Federation


Fermoyle NS Success


The FAI blitz noted last week proved to be a great success for Fermoyle National School who came away as North Leinster champions. They now qualify for the final that will include two Dublin sides and the south Leinster champions and we wish them the very best of luck. The panel representing the school is Cronan Flood, Cillian Flood, Odhran Wyse, Oran Kenny, Connell Kennelly, Kian Gilmore, Daniel Curran and Luke Lisle.


Rathcline Drama


A Cure for Nerves, and supporting acts – Noel Carberry and friends, Sean Nos dancers, School around the Corner – kids from Lanesboro, Ballyleague, Fermoyle and pupils that have left school. MC’s will be Eugene Murphy, Shannonside Radio and also Tom Maguire. All in aid of St. Mary’s Church Restoration Fund.




Card Game Change


The usual Sunday night card game in the Peer Inn on Sunday night 27th May has been changed to take place on Saturday night 26th May.


Rathcline Lay Ministers


All Lay Ministers from the parish of Rathcline are invited to the Longford Arms Hotel on Wednesday 30yh May from 7.30pm to 9.30pm for an evening of input and discussion on the topic Lay Ministry in the Church. It is hoped that all lay ministers will attend.


Lough Ree Athletic Club


The Roscommon County Championships for the U12 and upwards took place on Thursday last 8th May at Athlone IT. . An evening meeting is never a great idea, particularly if the competitors are attending school all day.  This was reflected by the numbers taking part. The county champions for 2012 are Orla Keane U12 60m, Clodagh Kiely U13 Shot, Ronan English U13 Shot, Owen Murray U14 80m, Long Jump and Shot, Anna Peters 100m and Long Jump, Stephen O’ Dowd U15 Shot and Conor English U16 Shot.


Silver medallists were Orla Keane U12 600m, Cronan Flood U13 600m, Radek Pawdoski U14 Shot, Anna Peters U15 Shot, Cian Donoghoe U15 Long Jump and Shot, Conor English U16 80m, 800m and Long Jump, Enda Berga U17 100m and Clodagh Kiely U13 Long Jump.


Bronze medallists were Eanna Donoghoe U13 600m and Long Jump, Cian Donoghoe U15 800m and Iarla O’Sullivan U15 Shot


Well done to all who took part, particularly as the conditions were far from ideal. Spare a thought for Rebecca and Patricia, classmates, who waited patiently for the Under12 Ball Throw to take place, where they would have given a good account of themselves. Due to the inclement weather darkness came down too soon. Enda Berga was also in the same boat as she waited for the Javelin to take place.


Stephen O’Dowd was an impressive newcomer and some of the squad should consider the combined events competition in the future. The club looks forward to the Connaught Finals in Galway in the near future and of course the parish Community Games.


Rathcline Ladies


The ladies team travel to Ballymahon on Sunday morning next for the next round of the Gold Cup. They play Ballymahon/Forgney at 11.30am. Well done to the senior team that overcame Slashers on Sunday last. The Under16 team plays on Thursday evening next against Ballymahon /Forgney in Ballymahon. The ladies club have the Rathcline GAA tickets for sale. Contact Madeleine.


Lanesboro Triathlon Club


Register for Race 2012: Places are filling up fast for our Lanesboro Triathlon Club ‘Two Provinces Sprint Triathlon in association with AUDI ATHLONE at Michael Moore Car Sales’ on Sat 14th July 2012. Don’t be disappointed to miss out, so sign up soon via our club website You can submit an individual entry or register as part of a relay team. It promises to be a great day’s enjoyment.


Training: Run sessions continue on the track every Wed evening at 8pm, and Sliabh Ban on Sun mornings at 9a.m. Club cycle takes place every Sat morning leaving Lanesboro church at 10am. Please keep an eye on our club website or our Facebook page ‘trilanesboro’ for further info & updates. Well done to all who braved the first open water swim of the year on Saturday evening last in Lanesboro and also all those who completed the 20k bike time trial on Friday evening.


Club gear: Anyone interested in ordering club cycling gear please contact Andrée ASAP, on 0868866216, as final order is being placed this week. Check out our website for info on all the gear.


Well done:  On Sunday May 6th, a gang of 24 members of Lanesboro Tri Club headed in convoy to take on the Boyle Charity Duathlon. Standing out from the crowd, decked out in the new club colours, Lanesboro Tri Club were a talking point among many an athlete and spectator!! A mix of abilities turned up for the duathlon, 5k run- 20k cycle – 2.5k run, from those taking part in their first duathlon to those returning to set new personal bests –  all putting in brilliant performances. The sun shone brightly, rain stayed away and all in all everyone had a great day. Big congrats to Graham O’Brien and Colm Daly who both took home first place in their respective categories, and to Sean and Siobhan Mimnagh who picked up the couples prize. Congrats also to Seán Farrell and Marie Mc Loughlin, first male and female home for the club. Thanks to James Gallagher and Oonagh Casey for the snaps of the event.


Rathcline GAA


Our senior team got their first point of the league season in a 2-5 to 0-11 draw at home to Fr. Manning Gaels. The next game is away to St Columba’s, scheduled for 8pm on Wednesday May 23rd.


The next Reserve League game will take place on Friday away to Ardagh at Keenan Park. Throw in is at 8pm, and as always your support would be greatly appreciated.


Tickets are now being sold by club members for the new club lotto. The competition begins on the June Bank Holiday weekend, with the winning numbers based on that Saturday’s National Lottery Draw. The opening jackpot starts off at €600, and if the jackpot is not won in a particular draw €100 will be added to the pool the following week. For each week that the jackpot is not won, 4 members of the subscription list will receive €25 each. The annual subscription fee for the Lotto is €100, and is payable by either standing order, a full year cash payment or bi-yearly cash payments of €50. Participants who choose to pay the full year cash payment will be included in a draw for a weekend away to the value of €200. All preliminary proceeds will go towards repaying annual repayments with the Credit Union loan deal, and any surplus will be spent on the day to day running of the club and the development of Clonbonny. The club are very grateful towards everybody who has supported the club in the past, and hope to continue to receive that extraordinary level of support.


Golfing Society


We had our first Golfer of year competition on Friday, 4th May at Roscommon Golf Course.


A very enjoyable was had by all members who took part on this our first outing with our new captain, Liam Rosemond.


Indeed Liam had a good day all round as his fine score of 37 stableford points was sufficient to win the first prize.


Roscommon Golf course was in good nick and thanks to the committee for the good condition of the course.


The catering staff is to be congratulated also for the lovely tasty fare on offer after the game.


John James O Shea also had 37 points but he was pipped into 2nd place as Liam’s 18 points on back nine beat John James’ 17!


3rd prize was won by Tommy Reilly with 34 points. The first nine was won by our new treasurer, Colm Dardis with 19 points and the back nine was won by Peter Day also on 19 points.


The lady’s prize was won by Marie Simpson and nearest the pin on the 16th was won by our stalwart Jack McGovern. Nearest the pin prize was sponsored by Brendan Whitty.


Well done to all and we look forward to our next outing to Longford at a date yet to be fixed.


Shannon Gaels


Despite a great performance the Under 16 team went down to Colmcille in a great final in Ballinalee last week. Well done to the lads and we hope that they can make amends in the championship. The minors continue to train every Thursday evening in Clonbonny. The Under14 team play this Thursday evening. The next game for the under 13 team is at the end of the month. The Under 12 team are training every Saturday between 11 and 12noon. The Under 6, 8 and 10 are beginning their year on Thursday next between 7 and 8pm.


15 Years of Eucharistic Adoration


In celebration of this treasure in the Parish of Rathcline and in preparation for the Eucharistic Congress in June, we will have a special hour of prayer reflection finishing with Benediction on Monday 28th may from 7 to 8pm.


All who attend the Eucharistic Adoration on Tuesdays, all who minister in the Parish, all who feel burdened and anxious and don’t know where to turn are encouraged to join in this special hour of prayer.


Lanesboro Community Games


At the County Swimming, in the individual events, Dúileach Ryan and Con Casserly got gold medals and will represent Longford In the U-10 and U14 Freestyle races in Athlone in Summer.  Séadhna Ryan came a very close second in the U-12 breaststroke while Aisling Farrell and Orla Ryan swam very well to get silver medals in the u-12 Breaststroke and backstroke and Aimee Chalmers picked up a silver medal in the U-8 freestyle.  In the other individual events, the children gained great experience that they put to good use in the relays.  The Girls relay team of Rosin Brennan, Hazel Johnson, Orla Ryan, Aisling Farrell, and Jane Dowd brought home anU-13 silver medal.  In the U-13 boy’s relay race, while the winner in this race was a foregone conclusion, Lanesboro were neck and neck with Longford North team for silver and bronze medals.  Dúileach Ryan gave Lanesboro the early edge, Phillip Chalmers and Evan Chalmers swam out of their skins to keep Lanesboro in touch for Séadhna Ryan to finish off and secure the silver medal.    All the children were very happy to be going home with their medals.   See Picture below.


Finally, remember Lanesboro Community Games will be holding the area athletics competition on Sunday 20th May at 5.30pm.   Up to 42 children will be needed to represent Lanesboro in the Athletics County Finals and hope the same will be the case this year.  There are many events from sprint to distance running, and also many field events.  We hope every child in the parish will come along.







St. Faithleach’s GAA


O’Rourke Cup: We had a win over Western Gaels on Sunday last in Frenchpark. Final Score – St. Faithleachs 0-11 Western Gaels 1-05. Team: B. Carberry, R. Cox, A. McCormack, D. Thompson, P. Wallace, D. Murray, D. McCormack, M. Reynolds (0-2), C. Brennan(0-1), H. Kenny, C. Murtagh(0-4), E. Kenny(0-1), D. Harrison(0-1), D. Rooney(0-1), B. Scally. Sub: B. Reynolds (0-1).


Junior Ladies: We were defeated by St. Croan’s in the League Final on Saturday last. Final Score – St. Faithleach’s 5-05 St. Croan’s 8-07. Team: R. Hanley, S. Ormsby, A. Ormsby, C. Cleary, N. Egan, J. Melia, R. Costello, J. Geoghegan, A. Mc Loone (1-1), L. Mc Loone (0-2), E. Donlon, A. Lannon (1-1), C. Scally (3-1). Subs: R. Collier, C. Brennan.


U14: U14 Boys had a win over St. Croan’s on Thursday last. Team: M. O’Donnell, K. Nerney, C. Mangan, L. Parker, C. Kennelly, M. Gill, D. Kelly, D. Nerney, J. Donlon, D. Foley, G. Carberry, R. Guinan, S. Walsh. Subs: J. Gill, E. Tynan, S. Farrell.


Paddy Bolger Memorial Tournament: The Club held its annual Paddy Bolger Memorial Tournament on Saturday last on this the 30th year of the U14 7-a-side Tournament. Congrats to Killoe who were the Winners of the 2012 Paddy Bolger Memorial Tournament on Saturday last and to Fenagh who were the Runners-up. Killoe Team: D. McCarty, G. Hughes, C. Moran, B. Hart, O. Bennett, S. Thompson, R. Moffett, N. Farrelly, J. Bracken, P. Kiernan. Fenagh Team: K. Mc Nabola, A. Doonan, O. Mc Loughlin, J. Mc Gilhenney, C. O’Rourke, C. Reynolds, R. O’Rourke, M. Keenan, T. Gilhenney, S. Mc Loughlin. Many thanks to all teams & their management who took part. Well done to all – Killoe, Fenagh, Kilbride, Clan na Gael, Annaduff, Rhode, Clara, Ballintubber, St. Faithleachs, Shannon Gaels, Shannonside All-stars & Oran. Minor Chairman, James Irwin, thanked the Organising Committee for their hard work in preparation & organisation of this event. Many thanks to Liam & Eamon Bolger for presentation of the Paddy Bolger Memorial Cup & Trophies to the Winners & Runners-Up. Thanks to the Referees, Stewart’s, Field Committee, the ladies for preparation of food/refreshments & all who helped out in many ways on the day.


Lotto:  Numbers drawn – 16, 18 21 and 27. There was no jackpot winner and the five €20 winners were – Rory Donnellan, Brian Donlon, Dympna Trautt, Thelma Clancy, and Diarmuid Thompson/Ollie Pender. The next draw takes place on Tuesday 22nd May for a jackpot €6,000.


Cards: Every Tuesday in the Club House, 9.00pm. All welcome. Results of last week’s games – Winners, Mark/Noreen. Runners-up, Peggy/Phonsie. Last game – Sean/Seamus. Ticket Winners – Ronan, Michael, Frank & Ann.


Congratulations: To Alan Kenny who celebrated his 21st Birthday & Claire Connaughton who celebrated her 30th Birthday recently.


Community Games: Well done to all who took part in the Kilgefin Community Games, held at St. Faithleachs GAA Club Grounds on Sunday last.


Women’s Mini-Marathon: Your support would be greatly appreciated for our local ladies who are taking part in the Mini-Marathon in June to raise funds for the Development of the new Stand at St. Faithleachs GAA Club.









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