Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes Monday 4th June 2012

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Urgent Need for Blood

An urgent call was made last week for blood. At present there is only a three day back-up supply available within the blood bank and there is a constant need to have at least a seven day supply available for hospitals and people in need of blood. The blood donor clinic will come to The Longford Arms Hotel this Tuesday 5th, Wednesday 6th, and Thursday 7th June. The clinic will be open from 4.30pm to 8pm on each day. Please make the necessary adjustments to your daily schedule to attend on one of the days. Your blood donation can save a life.

Business Advice Evening

The opportunity to be part of a Business Advice Evening with RTÉ celebrity from Dragon’s Den Gavin Duffy is available to you in the ‘private function room’ at Roscommon Race Track on Monday next 11th June. This is an exciting and wonderful opportunity to be part of the advice evening and to pick up many ideas and means of beginning or developing your business. There are not many opportunities locally to avail of the expert knowledge of a man that has continued to develop his thriving business especially during these difficult times and this is a great chance to pick up on Gavin’s unique insight into the local, national, European and world economies. He will deliver advice on how to create, survive and prosper in this economically challenging world.

To ensure of your place at this evening you should phone 087-2203288 or log into

Summer Bridge Cancelled

The traditional Summer Bridge that took place each year in Sorohan’s will not take place this summer.


Many congratulations to Gareth and Ann Marie Johnston, Curreen, Rathcline Road, on the birth during the week of a baby girl.

Irish Language Summer Course

An Irish Language Summer Course (SIAMSA) will take place from Monday 9th July to Friday 13th July in Gaelscoil Longfoirt. The course will take place from 9.30am to 3pm each day and the course will cater for students from third to sixth class. Further information and application forms are available from Yvonne Ní Mhurchú 087-2642665.


Congratulations to Katie Carberry and Johnny Kilcoyne, Church View, on the birth last week of a baby girl.

Minister opens Memorial Conference

Wetland Heritage Ireland (WHI) born out of Corlea Trackway Centre will hold a memorial conference to honour and acknowledge the name of Professor Barry Raftery. Barry Rafter was a very distinguished archaeologist. He held two significant posts Professor of Archaeology and professor of Celtic Studies at UCD until his retirement in 2007. He led the excavation in Corlea and his team discovered what is now known as Corlea Trackway. Professor Rafter died in 2010 and Wetlands Heritage Ireland are acknowledging his tremendous works and legacy.

The conference takes place at Ballymahon Library and Corlea Trackway Visitors Centre at Corlea. The conference will commence with registration and tea/coffee at 9.30am.

Minister Brian Hayes, TD, Minister of State for Public Service reform and the Office of Public Works will officially open the conference in Ballymahon Library at 10a.m.

There is a host of distinguished and renowned speakers at the conference and also at the afternoon session at Corlea Trackway.

The entire event has been thoughtfully put together by the excellent conference committee that is part of Wetlands Heritage Ireland. If you require any further information or make a booking for the conference you should contact  or phone 33407310/086-8133205.

WHI was founded to preserve and promote the natural and cultural heritage of the wetlands of Ireland. WHI is evolving its profile in a very constructive and sensitive manner investigating and developing a great interest and learning of the value of our heritage whose loss is threatened in the years to come.

By engaging in all of the projects in the wider area and in consultation with partner organisations and key stakeholders WHI aim to boost tourism, create employment and generally benefit the economy of the region.

This is a hugely worthwhile organisation and they would welcome many more people from the area to take an active part in the continued development of WHI. If you require any further information on WHI you can contact Joe O’Brien, or


Congratulations to Tracy Reilly and Trevor Donlon, Church View, on the birth last week of a baby boy.

Rathcline Ladies

The under 14 girls had a good win away to Ballymore on Monday. The senior ladies went down to Edgeworthstown in the Gold Cup at the weekend. The clothes collection is now complete and the club would like to thank everybody that donated during the term. The club wishes Claire Greene a speedy recovery.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The AGM of Lanesboro Bridge Club was held on Wednesday 23rd May. The summer competition was held on the night and many prizes were handed out to the winners. Club President Mona O’Flaherty presented her prize of a beautiful lamp to Una Lawlor. The officers elected for the coming ear was President – Frances Brennan, Vice President – Mairéad Gill, Secretary – Gemma Douglas and treasurer – Maura Hanley.

The season finished off in Glasson on a very enjoyable sunny evening with dinner in The Village Inn.

Defibrillator course for you

We all appreciate the need for people in our area to be trained and reskilled in the use of the defibrillator. It is a wonderful opportunity for people to train in the use of the defibrillator and the opportunity for those already trained to up-skill to the new developments in the use of the defibrillator.

Presently there is a course for people interested for the first time and also an up-skilling course for those having previously done the course. If you are interested you should leave your name into Martina or Bridgie O’Brien before Sunday 10th June.

Rural Text Scheme Alert

A meeting took place on Tuesday, May 29th in Farrell’s lounge to set up a rural text alert scheme. It was organised by Rathcline IFA and was chaired by Branch chairman Gerard Farrell. A special word of thanks to councillor Micheál Carrigy who gave an in-depth description of the hugely successful running of the scheme in North Longford. He highlighted the huge benefits that accrue to the community. Local garda Jimmy Mangan also gave a few examples of how useful and effective the scheme is and the vital asset it can be to them in their duty. A small committee was formed and a public meeting will be held in the near future where it is hoped that the scheme will be rolled out.

Advance Notice of Cemetery Sunday

The blessing of graves will commence at Rathcline cemetery on Sunday 1st July followed by Lanesboro Cemetery on Sunday 8th and finishing on Sunday 15th July in Clonbonny cemetery. All those with family members interred in the three cemeteries are asked to make a special effort during the month of June to tend to the graves and have their cemetery in pristine condition for the blessing of their family graves.


The marriage took place at the Church of St. Mary, Ballagh of Mary Mc Cormack, daughter of Brian and Maura Mc Cormack, Gortgallon, Ballyleague and Wayne Kinsella, son of Dominic and Paula Kinsella, Terenure, Dublin. Chief bridesmaid was Rachael Mc Cormack, sister of the bride, and bridesmaids were Sharon Mc Cormack cousin of the bride, Aoife Kinsella, sister of the groom and Oonagh O’Grady cousin of the bride. Bestman was Nicky Dempsey, friend of the groom, Groomsmen were Ronan Breathnach and Danny Stritch both friends of the groom and Bill Bottriell, cousin of the groom. The page boys were Cian Nash and Orin Mc Cormack, both nephews of the bride. Flower girls were Caila Mai Nash and Annah Mc Cormack both nieces of the bride. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr Raymond Browne assisted by Fr. Larney Shine. The wedding reception was held in Kilronan Castle. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded happiness.

Summer Camp

A Dance, Music, Sport, Art and Drama Summer Camp will take place in St. Mary’s Parish Hall from Monday 16th to Friday 20th July. Camp will start at 10am and finish at 2pm. To facilitate working mothers’ kids can be dropped off from 9.30am.

The dance part will consist of hip-hop, line, Céilí, set, tap, flamenco, Scottish, ballroom and kinder dance. The music part will consist of tin whistle, and recorder. The week will finish off with a show for parents and a party for the children. The fee for the camp is €50 for one child, €90 for two children and further reduction for a family of more than two. For further information and bookings you are invited to contacted Maureen Farrell phone 086-3702719.

Rathcline Ladies going to the Dogs

The Rathcline Ladies club is 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 ladies deserve our support, so let’s give them lots of it. Tickets are on sale locally and also in O’Brien’s, priced at only €10 and a great night is assured

Pike Boat Fishing

Sunday June 10th Lanesboro Pike Angling Club will hold a competition on Lough Ree from 11am to 4pm. Entries will be taken from Lanesboro harbour next to the duck pond. The entry fee is €25 per boat with a maximum of 4 rods per boat and no more than 2 rods per person. All boats must have proper holding tank. The presentation of prizes will take place in the Yacht Bar and there will also be a draw for our non-fishing members. Membership may be taken out on the day, adults €10, juniors and oap’s €5.

Rathcline GAA.

The club would like to apologise to all of the people who have paid their lotto subscription fee as the first draw did not go ahead last weekend as advertised. The club decided that there were an insufficient amount of tickets sold to warrant kicking off the draw. It is of vital importance that all ticket sellers sell their tickets as early as they can. Once again the club would like to apologise to all of those who have subscribed, and would like to make it clear that the draw will begin as soon as possible.

Congratulations to Gareth Johnston on his recent new arrival.

Best of luck to the Longford Senior Footballers against Wexford on Sunday.

Our Reserve League team were beaten away to Moydow last Friday evening, their first defeat of the campaign. The result however had no other impact as the team finished top of the league with 14 points from the 16 available. Next up is a home semi-final, with further details yet to be confirmed.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

U14: Our U14 Boys were defeated by St. Ciaran’s on Thursday last. GAA “Cul-Camp”: St. Faithleachs GAA “Cúl Camp” 2012. Camp takes place from Monday 13th August to Friday 17th from 10a.m. to 2.30pm. (Children must be Age 5 to 13). A limited number of places are available. Full details will follow. Cards: Every Tuesday in the Club House, 9.00pm. All welcome. Results of last week’s games – winners, Eugene/Jack. Runners-up, Tom/Brendan. Last game, Michael Rogers/Michael Finan. Ticket winners – M. Kelly, B. Hanly, T. Mullen, T. Scally. Women’s Mini-Marathon: Best of Luck to our local ladies taking part in the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon tomorrow, to raise funds for the Development of the new Stand at St. Faithleachs GAA Club. Many thanks to all that have sponsored same. Congratulations: To Mary McCormack & Wayne Kinsella who got married on Thursday last. To Raymond & Qona Cox on the birth of their baby girl.  Community Games: Well done to all who took part in the County Community Games held at St. Faithleachs GAA Club Grounds on Saturday last. Many thanks to all who helped out on the day.  Best of Luck: To all students who are doing their Junior & Leaving Certificate Exams this week.


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