Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes Monday 18th June 2012

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

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.

During the past week it has been great to see so many people in each cemetery tending to their family graves. With only a few weeks to go it would be wonderful to have all graves in each graveyard in pristine condition.

Rathcline Ladies Night Out at the Dogs

Friday night next 22nd June will see the culmination of all the hard work done by the hardworking and enthusiastic Rathcline Ladies GAA club. The night out at the dogs, that takes place at Longford Greyhound Track, is a tremendous evening’s entertainment for the whole family. Tickets are available in O’Brien’s or from any of the ladies and it is a night not to be missed. The proceeds will go to the continued development of the Ladies GAA club and it is great to see them going from strength to strength in all age groups. Go along and have a wonderful night out with friends and neighbours.

You are asked to make sure you have your tickets before you leave for the dogs as the club will only benefit with you having your tickets.

Westlife Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Over the next week there will be 3 concerts in Croke Park featuring Westlife on Friday and Saturday and Red Hot Chilli Peppers on Tuesday. Rathcline GAA club has a pair of premium stand tickets for each of the concerts. Three wonderful nights with two of the world’s top groups this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to avail of premium tickets for one of the concert. You enjoy the concerts in the comfort of the premium section that allow you great comfort for the evening.

If you are interested in buying a pair of the tickets for any of the concerts you are invited to contact James Casey 0861626064 as soon as possible.

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.

Have you signed up yet?

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.

Marvellous Day in Galway

Galway University Sports Grounds was again the venue for the Connaught Athletic Championships – under 13 and upwards. The club had some pretty good results particularly in the throwing events.

Connaught Champions for 2012 are Stephen O’Dowd U15 in both hammer and discus, Larissa Noone U14 Hammer and Mark Brady senior Shot, winning on his final throw.

Silver medallists were: Niall Keane U15 Hammer, Larissa Noone U14 discus, Radek Pawdoski U13 Javelin, Mark Brady Senior Discus and Laura U17 in a very competitive Long Jump. Bronze medallists for third place were Stephen O’Dowd U15 Shot, Niall Keane U15 Discus, Laura Peters U17 Discus, Radek Pawdoski U13 Shot, Larissa Noone U14 Shot and Conor English U16 Hurdles – the only track medal for the club. Congratulations to all, especially those that did not make it into the medals. There will be other days!

Star of the day for obvious reasons was Mark Brady.

Congratulations are also in order to Laura Reynolds, Mohill A.C. who last week got the qualifying time for the Race Walk in the Olympics next months. Laura and Elaine Scally had some great tussles over cross-country a few years back when the Lough Ree lass, more often than not, got the better of the exchanges. Laura turned to race walking and with the help of her coach Colin Griffin she made a successful transition. Colin also has achieved the “A” qualifying time for London. The club wishes them both well and the will do Leitrim and Ireland proud.

Rathcline Ladies

Friday night is the culmination of a lot of hard work by the committee appointed to organise the Night at the Dogs at Longford Greyhound Track. All members are asked to ensure that they maximise sale of tickets to make the night a memorable one for the club.

There was no game for the senior ladies this past weekend and there will be a Gold Cup game next weekend. As of yet there are no details. The U14 girls played a thrilling draw with Carrickedmond last Monday.

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.

Text Alert Public Meeting

A public meeting will be held in St Mary’ Hall Lanesboro on Monday night next 25th June at 9pm  in relation to the set-up of a new Local Community Alert Group called  “Rathcline Text Alert”.

We urge all parishioners to attend this important meeting which will be attended by the Local Garda, The Superintendent and the Crime Prevention Officer. The meeting will inform the community on how best to work together as a community to prevent crime in the Rathcline Area and make our community a nicer place to live.

The text alert system has been running in other parts of county Longford and has been a terrific success for the  people in their communities and has had many successes in crime prevention and indeed crime arresting.

It is very important that every townsland and housing estates in the parish are represented with a god number of inhabitants. This is a vital community support and must be embraced by everyone especially in these times.

Shannon Gaels

The club wishes the ladies club every success in their ‘night at the dogs’ in Longford on Friday night next. We urge all club members to go along and support the Ladies and make sure they have their tickets before leaving town. Tickets can be bought in O’Brien’s.

One of Longford’s star players will take our under 12s and 13s for training on this Wednesday  at 7pm. Micky Quinn who has been starring for Longford since his arrival back from Australia will take the lads as they prepare for big games in the run in of the league campaign. At present they are top of the table and they will play Slashers on Saturday next at 5pm in Farneyhoogan.

The under 12 girls will train on Wed evening from 7pm with Geraldine Hanley.

Under 6 panel will train every Thursday from 7 to 8pm in Clonbonny.

The under 8s have a blitz on Wednesday and parents will be notified of time and venue,

The Under 10 panel will train on Thursday from 7to 8 in Clonbonny.

The Under 14 panel are currently on a break as their next game is not until 19th July. Training will recommence soon.

Under 16 will have either training or game on Thursday and they will be notified early in the week.

The minor team returns to action this Sunday at 12.30 when they take on Ardagh in Ardagh.

The senior club is currently seeking your support for their new Lotto scheme. It is very important for the future of the club as a whole and the minor club encourages all that can to purchase a ticket. They can be bought from Sean Kenny or Joe O’Brien on behalf of the minor club.

Time Capsule at St. John’s

On Sunday next 24th June in St John’s Church at 11.30 am there will be a Children’s Service at which the ‘Time Capsule’ created and filled during the 150th celebrations will be sealed. Following the service there will be presentations to two local charities, the local Hospice and St. Vincent De Paul. During the 150th celebrations collections were made and the proceeds will be presented on Sunday. If the weather permits on Sunday it is the intention of the St. John’s community to have a picnic. This is the culmination of a hugely successful 150th celebration proudly organised by a strong and vibrant St. John’s community

Everyone is welcome to go along and join with the community on Sunday.

Lanesboro Community Games

Following our report from the County Track and Field finals last week, we omitted reporting an additional individual medal winner,  Hannah Shea won a silver medal in the U-14 Girls Shot Putt, so sorry to Hannah for leaving this out last week. This brings the tally of medals won a t the county championship to 31 in total – including relays – so once again – well done to all involved.

Lanesboro Primary School Woodland Walk.

The Lanesboro Primary School Parents’ Association annual sponsored walk took place on Sunday Last.  There was a great turn out and a very enjoyable evening was had by all attending.  It is fantastic to have such an amenity as the Commons North Woodland walk, and the playground to hold this event.  Thank you to all the people across the parish who sponsored the children and to the parents and others who came along to ensure the good turnout.  Well done to all the footballers for getting to the schools final last week.

Rathcline GAA

The Club are auctioning Premium Level tickets to upcoming concerts in Croke Park. There are two tickets to see Westlife on Friday night, another two tickets to see Westlife the following Saturday night and also two tickets to see the Red Hot Chilli Peppers on Tuesday, June 26th. These tickets are top of the range, situated in the centre of the Davin End looking directly at the stage. Anyone interested in buying the tickets can contact James Casey at 086 1626064 or another Executive member.

The senior team were defeated by Colmcille in the league on Sunday last, losing out by four points. The next league game is away to St Columba’s on July 4th.

The Reserve League Semi Final against Carrickedmond takes place this Saturday evening at Clonbonny. The game throws in at 8pm and support would be greatly appreciated.

Finally, a reminder of the importance of supporting the new Club Rathcline Lotto scheme. Due to the redevelopment of Clonbonny, the club are required to repay €20,000 of the Credit Loan each year. The Club Rathcline Scheme has been launched with the primary purpose being to raise funds for the repayment of this loan. Any additional funds will pay day-to-day costs incurred by the club. 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. The subscription fee works out at a little over two euro per week, and the club would appreciate your support. The club would also like to thank all those who have already subscribed.

Cúl Camps

As school holidays are almost upon us our focus now changes to our local Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp. As in previous years these camps provide boys and girls – between the ages of 6 and 13 – with an action-packed and fun-filled week of activity during the summer holidays which revolves around maximising enjoyment and sustaining participant involvement in Gaelic Games while also supplying each child with a full kit and gear bag. This year our local camp will take place again in Clonbonny from Monday 30th July to Friday 3rd August. Numbers have been strong in our camp over the past number of years and we hope that this year will exceed all previous years and break all records. Let your kids be part of a wonderful week in Clonbonny.

Discounted bookings can be availed of by visiting If you are considering sending your son/daughter to a camp this summer we would definitely recommend a Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp. For all up to date information please see the Coaching and Games Notes in the Longford Leader each week or visit



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