Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes Monday 25th 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.

The final tidy up at Rathcline graveyard will continue this week in preparation for Mass and the blessing of the graves at 6pm. Those with family plots in Rathcline are asked to ensure that the graves as neat and tidy for Sunday.

Presently there is great amount of work being done at Lanesboro and Clonbonny cemeteries in preparation for their Mass on the 8th and 15th.


The annual Rathcline cemetery collection will be held at the cemetery on Sunday 1st July. The proceeds are to help maintain the high standard of the cemetery and to ensure that the great work continues. You generous support will be greatly appreciated.


The marriage took place at St. Mary’s Church Lanesboro of Eimear Casey, eldest daughter of James and Mary Casey, Rathcline Road and Mick Shortall, son of Mattie and Lena Shorthall, Littleton, Thurles, Co, Tipperary, Chief bridesmaid was Oonagh Casey, sister of the bride and bridesmaids were Noeleen O’Neill and Mary Kearney, both friends of the bride. Bestman was Andrew Darmody, best friend of the groom and groomsmen were Kevin and Matthew Shortall both brothers of the groom. Pageboy was Stephen Dorney nephew of the groom.

The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Frank Garvey, Carrick-on-Shannon assisted by Fr. Mickey Reilly, Lanesboro. The wedding reception took place in The Landmark Hotel Carrick-on-Shannon.

We wish the happy couple many years of wedded happiness.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Paul and Deirdre Rooney, Leanne and Ronan Rooney, Aughaloughan, on the tragic death of Deirdre’s brother Tom, last weekend.

Schoolboys Finals

The past two weeks seen the two schools in the parish, Fermoyle and Lanesboro Primary School, in the Schoolboys Finals in Pearse Park. It was a marvellous achievement by both schools to have teams in the running on finals day. Lanesboro Primary school has only recently entered the schoolboy’s competitions and for the school they are making remarkable ground and their past couple of year’s bears testimony to their efforts.

Fermoyle are old hands at the schoolboy’s competitions but this was the first year that they had the numbers to compete in Division 1 against the big schools of the county. Their achievements in reaching the final was a wonderful achievement,

Unfortunately their day in the sun was dampened by Mullinalaghta, who beat Lanesboro and Killoe who beat Fermoyle. Although defeated they went out fighting to the very end and it was a tribute to their coaches that both schools were prepared so well.

The Lanesboro Primary school panel was Dean O Reilly, Cian Glennon, Jakub Kajan, Seadna Ryan, Brian Casey, Kevin Tansey, Rebeka Stavuse, Keith Irwin, Con Casserly, Mechal McCarthy, Óisín McGowan  and John Mc Cormack Glenn.

The Fermoyle panel was Shane Prior, Sean Kearney, Ronan English, Richard Prior, Daniel Curran, Killian Flood, Eoin Murray, Padraig Sorohan, Cronan Flood, Connell Kennelly, Sean Maguire, Cian Gilmore, Aaron farrell, Harvey Myhill, Eanna Mc Grath, Luke Lisle, Jack O’Loughlin, Oran Wyse, Bryn Peters, Gordon Farrell, Sean Kenny, Liam Ross, Oran Kenny and Mark Dowd.



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.

Rathcline Ladies GAA

Friday night last proved to be a wonderful night out at Longford Greyhound Track where a large crowd turned out to support the first ever Night at the Dogs organised by the club.

The club would like to pay a sincere thanks to the sponsors who sponsored each race, to all the people that bought tickets both for the night and also the buster tickets €2. The club would like to thank Longford Greyhound Track management for all their help and assistance and a special thank you to Martin Tucker whose input help and work ensured that the night was the success it was. A special word also to the hard working organising committee who made the night the success it was.

The senior ladies suffered Sunday morning blues when lost to Mullinalaghta in a hard fought game. Despite being short a number of players the game proved to be of an excellent standard. The ladies play Dromard in Dromard next weekend in the Gold Cup.

The Under14s beat Edgeworthstown in the second last game of their league and play their final game tonight Monday.

Congratulations to Paula Kenny, Claire Greene, Lauren Farrell and Sinéad Farrell and the county Longford team mates who beat Wicklow in the Intermediate Championship last Saturday.

The club would like to extend its sympathy to the families of Gavin Doyle, Kenagh, and Tom Kearney, Ardagh, who died last weekend in a car accident.

The ladies wish the men’s senior reserve team the very best of luck in the final on Sunday next,

Lanesboro Library

Want to improve your PC Skills? Use internet and email , social media, keep in touch with family and friends using Skype or get the most from your IPAD. Tailored Internet classes to suit your needs this summer at Lanesboro Library. For more information contact Yvonne Hogg 087 6155965 or your Lanesboro Library on 3321291

Come along and check out our new children’s, young adult and adult books.

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.

Shannon Gaels

Best wishes to Shane Kenny, Óisín O’Sullivan and Gary Gallagher who are members of the Fr. Manning Cup panel which starts this week.

The minor team have a busy week with matches this Monday Wednesday V Southern Gaels in Cashel, and Sunday in Clonbonny V Colmcille.

The U16 team play in the special league against Colmcille on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

The U13 team plays Northern Gaels at 4pm in Clonbonny on Saturday in League.

The U12 league continues in Killoe on Thursday at 7.30pm

The U10 have a blitz on Wednesday and the under 6 and 8 players train on Thursday between 7 and 8pm

The club extends its sympathy to the Rooney family, Aughaloughan on their recent sad bereavement.

The club wishes the senior reserve team and management the best of luck in the final in Cashel on Sunday.

Lanesboro Badminton Club

The club would like to congratulate club member, Donal Casey, on his recent wedding celebrations. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded bliss.

Lanesboro Triathlon Club

Don’t miss your spot for Lanesboro Triathlon 2012: Following on from the success of our club triathlon race 2011, the Lanesboro Triathlon Club shall be hosting the ‘Two Provinces Sprint Triathlon in association with AUDI ATHLONE at Michael Moore Car Sales’ on Sat 14th July 2012. The race shall consist of a 750m swim in the River Shannon, followed by a 20k bike ride over a flat course and will finish over a 5k fast run course. Registration is now open 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, so be sure to sign up fast as places are becoming very limited. Registration shall close on July 10th or before if race becomes full. There will also be a kids Triathlon on the day starting @ 9am. The race shall consist of a 100m swim, 1km bike on a closed road and a 500m run on grass. Please see club website for further details.

Aquathon: Lanesboro Tri Club is holding their Aquathon on Wednesday 27th of June @ 7pm, in Lanesboro. This Aquathlon is part of the Midland Interclub Series and involves a 750m swim followed by a 5k run. Registration will open @ 5:45pm until 6:45pm and the event will start @7pm. Registration will cost €5. If you are not a full, student or Junior Triathlon Ireland member, you are required to purchase a one day license.

Congratulations: Congrats to club members Michael Shortall & Eimear Casey on their recent wedding.

Well done: Well done to everyone who took part and won prizes in their categories  in recent events such as Tri Athy ; Lough Ree Monster Triathlon ; Crooked Lake Triathlon ; Longford Tri Aquathon ; Midlands Tri Aquathon ; Lough Key swim & especially to Marie Sudway on her swimming performances at the FINA World Masters championships 2012.

Best of luck: Good luck to all members taking part in Tri Athlone next Sat June 30th.

Lough Ree AC

“It’s a long way from Clare to here” Well it’s a lot longer to Cork, the venue for this year’s All-Ireland Athletic Finals for the U9 to U11 age groups. Róisin Brennan and Saute Bulotaite were representing the club in the U10 Ball Throw – an introductory event for the Javelin. This competition is a team event (2) and was listed for 10.30am on Saturday morning, making it necessary to travel down on Friday evening.

The story behind this is interesting. Róisin and Áine Kiely qualified for Connaught as the third team in the Co. Roscommon championships. Brennan opted for Galway, while Kiely decided to represent Killashee in the Co. Longford Community games in Ballymahon. At short notice the club got a substitute in Elizabeth Eglite. Both girls upped their performance Róisin improved from 11 to 14 plus m while Elizabeth also threw over 14 metres. Added together it was good enough to win and qualify for Cork. Great excitement! then the bad news!!

Elizabeth our Latvian lass was going on holidays on Friday last and not to disappoint the Lisnacusha girl the club turned to Lanesboro Primary school for a replacement. The girl we had in mind was not interested but Latvian Saute was and could throw the sliothar.  Róisin now had a teammate and both girls the club and parish proud. They finished in 7th  of fifteen qualifiers (4 provinces and Dublin) with both girls getting out over 15 metres for the first time. One could not ask for better! Great girls and bring on 2013 and  the U11 Ball Throw.

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

St. Faithleach’s Minor Club

St. Faithleach’s GAA Minor club is organising a ‘night at the dogs’ on Friday 24th August. They are currently looking for sponsors –part sponsors. Your support will be greatly appreciated. You are asked to contact organising committee Gerry O’Donnell 087-9756416, Majella Kelly 086-3603023, James Irwin 086-2727333 or john Tynan 087-6221894.

Lanesboro Ballyleague Indoor Market

The Lanesboro and Ballyleague Indoor Market takes place in St. Mary’s Parochial Hall, Lanesboro, every Friday from 11am to 1.30pm. There is a range of stalls supplying local: home baking, jams, eggs, mushrooms.  Also jewellery, beauty products, cards, aloe vera products, books & bric a brac, knitted items, dried flowers & handbags.   Fresh flowers, hanging baskets & flower arrangements.  Fred’s Fish available – fresh fish for Friday.  Free car parking to rear of building (beside the playground). Tea, Coffee and light snacks will also be available. Contact 087 3965568 for queries.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

U14 Boys: Our U14 boys had a win over Elphin on Thursday last. Final Score – St. Faithleachs 5-13 Elphin 5-03. Lotto: The numbers drawn were- 4, 7, 15 and 19. There was no jackpot winner and the five €20 winners were – Pat Joe Fallon, Ballinwooley. Liam Connerton, Lanesboro. Val O’Sullivan, Lanesboro. Caroline Rhatigan, Fermoyle. Margaret O’Neill, Cloontuskert. The next draw takes place on Tuesday 7th July for a jackpot of €6,300. Cards: Every Tuesday in the club house at 9.00pm. All are welcome. The results of last week’s game are winners, Sean/JohnO, runners-up, Mary/Freda. The last game winners were Gerry/Dan. The ticket winners were – Pakie, Peggy, Martin, Sean. GAA “Cul-Camp”: St. Faithleachs GAA “Cúl Camp” 2012. Monday 13th August to Friday 17th from 10am to 2.30pm. (Children must be Age 5 to 13). American Tea-Party: Takes place in St. Faithleachs GAA Club House on Saturday 7th July. Ladies, if you would like to “Host a Table” please contact Michael on (087)2238293. Night at the Dogs’: The Minor club is organising ‘A Night at the Dogs’ on Friday 24th August. They are currently looking for sponsors/part-sponsors. Your Support would be greatly appreciated. Please contact a member of the organising committee – Gerry O’Donnell, Majella Kelly, James Irwin or John Tynan. Congratulations: To the Kilgefin U12 Girls team who defeated Castlerea in the Community Games County Final on Sunday last the team will now represent Roscommon in the upcoming Community Games Connacht Finals in Castlebar on 21/7/12. Congratulations: To Mary Hussey who celebrated her 50th Birthday recently


Rathcline GAA

Congratulations to the Longford ladies and the Rathcline contingent of Claire Greene, Lauren Farrell, Paula Kenny and Sinead Farrell on winning the Leinster Intermediate title on Sunday last.

Also, Congratulations to the Rathcline Ladies on their successful fundraiser at the Longford greyhound track last Friday.

Well done to our Reserve League team on beating Carrickedmond and qualifying for the Division 2 final. The team maintained their excellent form in the competition last Saturday evening, meaning they have lost just once all year. Hopefully the good run of form continues against Ballymahon in the final on Sunday. Keep an eye on the fixtures for confirmation of time and venue.

A commiseration to Fermoyle NS on losing to Killoe in their recent schoolboy’s final in Pearse Park.

The first draw of the Club Rathcline Scheme will take place on July 21st. The club would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by the rescheduling of the draw. Members of the Executive will be present in Clonbonny on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening of this week from 8pm to 9:30pm to both receive outstanding money and subscriptions. Thank you to all those who have subscribed so far and if you haven’t subscribed yet we would greatly appreciate you signing up and supporting the club. . Each year, the club are required to repay €20,000 to the Credit Union after the redevelopment of Clonbonny. The aim of the Club Rathcline Scheme is to raise funds to pay off this loan, to ensure that the club can still afford to field teams and represent the parish. While we appreciate that the €100 fee may seem high, it works out at roughly €2 per week and with weekly draws, there is a high chance of winning a prize. Tickets can be bought through a member of the Executive.

Football Success for Ballyleague NS

2012 has been a phenomenal year for Ballyleague N.S. Girls’ in achieving sporting success on a very grand scale indeed. These talented young ladies are County Champions not once, twice but thrice!

Ballyleague N.S. girls’ won the 3 /4/ teacher G.A.A.  Cumann na mBunscol primary school final as recently as last Wednesday in Hyde Park, having seen off the challenge of  St. Bride’s N.S. with inspirational flair, in what was a thrilling display of Gaelic football. The game was smartly paced, skilful and pleasurable to watch with Ballyleague N.S. girls’, the well-deserved victors.

Exultant with their success, the determined Ballyleague N.S. girls took to the playing fields of Lecarrow, the very next day. Five matches later, the girls emerged County Champions once more, having won the O’ Neill’s F.A.I.S. 6-a-side County Soccer final for 3 / 4/ teacher schools. Ballyleague N.S. Girls’ are also F.A.I.S.  5-a-side County Soccer Champions and runners up in the F.A.I.S.  Connacht 5-a-side.




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