Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes Monday 9th July 2012

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Cemetery Sunday

Following the previous two Sundays where the blessing of graves took place at Rathcline and Lanesboro cemeteries the third and final blessing will take place in Clonbonny cemetery on Sunday next at 6pm. It is expected that all families with graves in Clonbonny will ensure that they are in tip-top shape for Sunday.

Level 5 Fetac at Community College

Lanesboro Community College proposes to deliver for level 5 Fetac courses commencing this coming September.  The proposed courses are Outdoor Recreation, Sports and Recreation, Tourism and Office administration. If you are interested you should immediately contact the college phone 043-3321139.

Children’s Nature Walk

A children’s nature walk has been organised to take place in the Commons in Lanesboro on Sunday next 15th July. All children are invited to gather in the car park at the back of St. Mary’s Hall. This should be a wonderful and knowledgeable walk and one that all children should not miss.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Mary and Fintan Farrell and family, Rathcline, on the death of Mary’s sister Teresa Gunning, Johnstown, Athlone, Co. Roscommon.

Brothers going for glory

Next weekend promises to be a busy weekend for Andy and Breda Murtagh and family on the playing field of Hyde Park. Brian the elder son will take part in the qualifier game in Hyde Park on Saturday at 2pm where Roscommon take on the might of Tyrone. Having beaten Armagh in the previous the Roscommon team goes into the game with a great deal of confidence.

On Sunday the youngest son Diarmuid takes to the field with the Roscommon minors when they take on Mayo in what should be an enthralling game. Diarmuid was one of the leading players in the extra time victory over a much fancied Galway side and they must be fancied to take Mayo and the Connaught minor title.

We wish the lads and their team mates the very best of luck.

Ballyboro Scouts

The local scouts trop have taken part in a new intensive training programme entitles “one programme”, The course was attended by scout leaders and members of different sections of the local troop.

The new programmes principle is that each section delivers the programme in a similar way to develop young people in social, physical, intellectual, character, emotional, and spiritual ways known as ‘spices’. Scouting is adventure learning by doing and having friends with your friends. We wish the local troop well as they head off to Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle, for a summer camp with other scouts from the scout county.

Pilgrimage to Lough Derg

A pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place on Sunday 16th September. The bus starts at Kenagh and will pick up in Lanesboro, Ballyleague, Scramogue and Rooskey. If you wish to travel you are invited to ring Mary at 043-3321969.

5K Sponsored Walk

Longford harvest Festival is holding a 5k sponsored walk in aid of Lough Ree Sub Aqua on Sunday next 15th July. The walk will commence at 12noon from Doyle’s car park Kenagh. You are invited to go along and support.



Rathcline Ladies GAA

On Monday last the U14 girls defeated Clonguish in their championship semi-final.  Best of luck to the girls on Monday when they play Carrickedmond in the final.  Well done to Claire, Paula, Sinead and Lauren and the Longford Ladies Intermediate team won defeated Cavan in the second round of the championship on Saturday last.  We would like to thank Chris Cullen for the sponsorship of a new set of jerseys for the Senior Ladies.  The Senior Ladies will begin their Intermediate Championship on Sunday next against Dromard.  Your support would be greatly appreciated.  Apologies for omitting some of our sponsors for our race night held recently.  Thanks to Rathcline GAA, Cashel GAA, Killashee GAA, Kenagh GFC and Magan’s Pub, Killashee.  Sympathies to Paddy Nolan and family on the death of Paddy’s sister Winnie and to Sinead Farrell and family on the death of Sinead’s aunt Teresa Gunning.

Pre-school says Thank You

The Local pre-school on the Green wishes to thank everybody who generously contributed towards their recent Church Gate collection. 

The afterschool service will begin again in September, anyone who is interested, please telephone 043.333.0957 and leave a message, or email for further information.

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

A set of Under10 from last season is not in the possession of the club. Can parents involved with last year’s team please check to see if it is in their house? When you find the set can you leave them into O’Brien’s? The club extends its sympathy to the Nolan and Farrell families on their recent bereavements. The club would like to wish the Longford senior team the best of luck against Limerick. The club would like to say a very big thank you to County coach and county player Mickie Quinn for his coaching session with our under12/13 panels. It was much appreciated and the young players had a wonderful evening in the presence of a star.

The club congratulates the ladies U14 team on reaching the final and are playing it tonight (Monday) and we hope that it will again be a successful evening.

The under 14 team travel to Dromard on Sunday for Shield game with St. Francis at 5pm. Our under 8 panel will be travelling to play in Croke Park in August.

On Thursday our under 6 and 8 panels will train in Clonbonny between 7 and 8. Also on Thursday our minors will train in Clonbonny between 8 and 9pm. The under 16’s play Clonguish on Tuesday night in Newtownforbes. The under 12 team will play in Clonbonny on Thursday at 7.30pm. There will be a blitz for the under 12’s in Kenagh on Thursday week.



Two Provinces Triathlon comes to Lanesboro

Lanesboro Triathlon club will host its second Two Provinces triathlon in Lanesboro on Saturday next 14th July. Such was the success of last year’s inaugural running of the event that this year the high profile car dealership Audi Athlone at Michael Moore Car sales has winningly and happily done a great deal with the club. This is a phenomenal achievement by a club so young and continues to go from strength to strength. Many hours, days and weeks have been put into the preparation of the event and it is hoped that they will be blessed with a great day and crowd.

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 an presently there is a huge entry for the event. At the moment there is an entry of over 200 entrants and it is expected that it will reach its 250 maximum before Saturday’s event.

There will also be a kids Triathlon on the day starting at 9am. The race shall consist of a 100m swim, 1km bike on a closed road and a 500m run on grass.

The entire community is invited to come along and enjoy what is a tremendous event and give our support to the many participants. The race will commence at 10.30am and it will be great to have as many as possible there for the junior and senior event.

Lough Ree AC Remembers

If you have been watching your television during the past week, you will have noticed that the European Track & Field Championships were taking place in Helsinki. Fionnula Britton, current European Cross-Country champion was best of the Irish when finishing 4th in the 10,000meters. Records show that when the Irish girl first won the Irish U17cross-country title in Dunleer, Co. Louth,   Deirdre Hopkins, Newtowncashel was 5th in the same race.

Joe Robinson (Kilcock) also represented Ireland in Helsinki in the 1500m. Jason Gray, The Green, won the Irish U14 800m title some years ago and Robinson was 14th in the same race. In case one may think that the Kildare lad had an off day, Darren Mc Brearty (Letterkenny) another current Irish international was 8th also in that race. Jason, take note!

While we are reminiscing, let’s congratulate Diarmuid Murtagh on scoring the winning point for Roscommon minors in their victory over Galway at the weekend. The Ballyleague youth won the All-Ireland Ball Throw some years ago. Today there are some useful girls following in his footsteps. Apart from Duileach Ryan the boys would find it difficult to get the sliothar near his standard.

Lanesboro Library

Summer Events at Lanesboro Library – contact 043 3321291 to book a place for your child!

Wednesday18th July at 3pm Puppet Show “The town with no story” featuring characters from story books including “Bookie Wookie” Entertaining Puppet Show with the Kids Party Club age group 3 – 8. Friday 20th July at 11am

Olympic Arts & Crafts – ccome along and create some Olympic memories, get crafty in your local library – Arts & Crafts age group 6-10


Congratulations to Odie and Tara Lawlor, Rathcline on the recent birth of twins.

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

Lough Ree 2000 Summer Bridge

The results of the competition held on Monday 2nd July are; Overall:
1.Goretti Kenny and Maureen Hynes, 2.Bernie Gillen and Kathleen Kelly,
3.Des and Eileen Watts, 4.Una Clarke and Nora Kelly, 5.Ann Delaney and Ann Fallon. N/S: 1.Bernie Gillen and Kathleen Kelly, 2.Ann Delaney and Ann Fallon, 3.Mary Mc Gushin and Renee Walsh. E/W: 1.Goretti Kenny and Maureen Hynes, 2.Nora Kelly and Una Clarke and 3.Des and Eileen Watts.
Bridge Every Monday Night in the Co-Op Hall, beside Johnston’s Pharmacy in Downtown Lanesborough, at 8.00 o’clock.

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.

Leitrim Community Meeting

Having a good number of Leitrim people in our community the following note should be of interest to them. You are invited to be part of ‘Leitrim Community Meeting’ that take place in the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon on this Thursday 12th July at 7pm.

The Gathering Ireland 2013 is a people’s project. It is about you, your family, your neighbours, your community, your sports club, your town and county.  This is your chance to showcase the very best of Leitrim by organising gatherings and inviting family, friends and people with Irish connections from all over the world to be part of it. All people with Leitrim connections are being asked to get involved and you can begin by attending the meeting on Thursday night.

Lough Ree Development Co-Op

A local website is being built to represent the towns of Ballyleague, Lanesborough, and Newtowncashel and will soon appear under the domain The purpose of this site is to showcase the area, listing events, local businesses, clubs, and societies and supporting them in any way possible. The website will have four main directories – Business, Accommodation, Club/Societies and Local Schools, If you have business, club or B&B/Guesthouse that you would like listed on the website, please collect and fill in the required form and leave it back into the Co-Op office or contact Rustylemon Design directly, Rustylemon Design, Mary Fleming, The Old Schoolhouse, Tullyvrane, Lanesborough, Co. Longford or phone 043-3327756/086-1715043. The forms are available from the Co-Op office, call in or phone 043-3327070.

Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op

The Tidy Town’s programme of improvements continues over the coming months. Since January of this year, the Co-op has invested 30,000e in the various projects around the town which are part funded by Longford Community Resources Ltd. The First quarry has been completely cleared out and a new walkway into the quarry has been created which links this area with the Woodland Walk .New tree guards, seating and litter bins with planter boxes have been expertly designed and installed on the upper and lower Main Street by Vinny Mc Gowan and his staff, landscaping on all approach roads including hedging and trees has been completed and the hanging baskets have been installed, expertly planted by Lena in The Flower Shop. The committee would like to thank John L and the FAS team for their trojan work in keeping the town looking so well. We hope that you are seeing improvements in Lanesboro and we will continue the programme of improvements with the installation of stone walled flower beds around the town approach signs over the coming weeks. We encourage you to support our activities by participating in our weekly 2e lottery, available in local shops. The proceeds of this lottery goes back into the town and will keep the progress to date going. Thank you for your continued support

Dog Show in aid of Aware

Longford Dog show in aid of Aware will take place in Tesco Car Park, Longford on Sunday next 15th July commencing at 2pm. Entries will be taken on the day and everybody is welcome. There will be 15 categories covering all dogs. It is hoped that all dog owners from the locality will bring their dogs to the show. The proceeds of the day will go to Aware – Aware is a voluntary organisation formed in 1985 by a group of interested patients, relatives and mental health professionals, whose aim was to assist that section of the population whoses lives are directly affected by depression.

Rathcline GAA

The two provinces Triathlon is being held this Saturday and stewards are required. Anyone interested in volunteering is to contact James Gallagher on 087 2373687. The Triathlon club is being run by a number of people who have dedicated their time to Rathcline GAA and continue to do so; therefore it would be great if members of the club could help them out this weekend.

Similarly, stewards are required for the Longford/Limerick game in Pearse Park on Saturday. Anyone interested should contact Louis Skelly on 086 2754585.The club wishes the county senior team the very best of luck in that game.

Congratulations to the Longford Ladies on their victory over Cavan in the All-Ireland Intermediate Football Championship last Saturday. Well done to Rathcline players Sinead Farrell, Lauren Farrell, Paula Kenny and especially Claire Greene, who scored ten of Longford’s eleven points.

The first draw of the Club Rathcline Scheme will take place on within the next couple of weeks. 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 9pm to 9.45pm to collect and issue tickets. 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.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Junior Ladies: Our Junior ladies had a win over St. Dominic’s in Knockcroghery on Thursday last. Final Score – St. Faithleachs 5-21 St. Dominic’s 3-06. Team: C. Kenny, C. Cleary, A. Ormsby, R. Collier, J. Melia, J. Geoghegan, E. Hegarty, A. Mc Loone (0-3), R. Costello, C. Scally (1-6), L. Mc Loone (0-9), E. Donlon (0-1), A. Nerney (0-1), K. Murphy (1-0), A. Lannon (3-1). Subs: R. Banahan, N. Scally, C. Brennan, M. Malone, T. Nerney. The next game V Elphin is at home on Tuesday 17th July.

U16 Championship: Our U16 Boys drew with Elphin at home on Sunday last. Final Score – St. Faithleachs 2-09 Elphin 3-06. Team: J. Kelly, J. Farrell. L. Parker, J. Hussey(0-1), M. Cox, C. Gannon, J. Sweeney, D. Kelly, D. Nerney, S. Phillips(0-2), S. Walsh(1-2), J. Donlon(0-3), D. Foley(1-1). Subs: M. Gill, C. Gannon.

Best of Luck: To Diarmuid Murtagh, along with the Roscommon Minor Team who play against Mayo in the Connacht Minor Final on Sunday next in Dr. Hyde Park. Best of Luck also to Roscommon Seniors as they take on Tyrone on Saturday next in Dr. Hyde Park.

American Tea-Party: Many thanks to all Hosts & their Guests at our American Tea Party held in the Club-House on Saturday night last. Thanks to all who supported the raffle on the night & the sponsors of prizes. Thanks to the staff of the club-house & Brian Ross for the music on the night. A great night was had by all.

Lotto: The numbers drawn were – 2, 3, 11 and 15. There was no jackpot winner and the five €20 winners were– J. P. Kilcline, Ballyleague. Marian Murphy, Ballagh. Bridie Nolan, Newtowncashel. Evan Tynan, Moneen. Maureen Gibbons, Kilrooskey. The next draw takes place on Tuesday 17th July for a jackpot of €6,400.

Cards: Every Tuesday in the Club House, 9.00pm. All welcome. Results of last week’s games – Winners, Sean/Michael. Runners-Up, Mark/Noreen. Last game, Padraig/PJ. Ticket Winners – Gerry, Seamus, Jimmy.

GAA “Cul-Camp”: Preparations are on-going for St. Faithleachs GAA “Cúl Camp” 2012. Monday 13th August to Friday 17th from 10am to 2.30pm. (Children must be Age 5 to 13).

‘Night at the Dogs’: Our Minor club is organising ‘A Night at the Dogs’ on Friday 24th August. We 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.

Fundraising Night: in aid of the Jack & Jill Foundation will be held in the club-house on Friday 27th July. Music on the night. Please support.

Lanesboro Triathlon Club

Lanesboro Triathlon Club Race Sat 14th July : The ‘Two Provinces Sprint Triathlon in association with AUDI ATHLONE at Michael Moore Car Sales’ takes place on Saturday next July 14th  at 10:30am. 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 still OPEN via our club website You can submit an individual entry or register as part of a relay team, but please sign up quick as the last 25 spots are now up for taking. There will also be a kids Triathlon on the day starting @ 9am. The kid’s 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. Can all those members of the community that may be available to help marshal on the day, please contact James Gallagher at 086 0238889. It promises to be a fantastic day with well over 200 competitors coming to Lanesboro / Ballyleague from all parts of the country to take part.

For race safety, there shall be traffic disruption in the Lanesboro / Ballyleague areas between 7am and 2pm on Sat July 14th. There will be disruption on the Rathcline Road between 11am and 1pm due to the run section of the race. Further to this there is a road closure order in effect on the R371 from Ballyleague to Scramogue between 10.15am and 12.45pm, which has been granted by Roscommon County Council. Lanesboro Triathlon Club apologies for the inconvenience caused, but we would encourage residents to come out and support this fantastic local sporting event!!

Well done: Congratulations to Marie Sudway who took first female prize in the recent Midland Inter Club Series Aquathons. Marie & her son Naoise also did the club proud in the Ballina Salmon Run Triathlon last Saturday where they both took 1st prize in their respective categories. Congratulations also to Longford Tri Club member David Sheridan who put in a fantastic performance in completing Ironman Austria.

The pictures below shows

1.Róisin Satchwell (Treasurer) and Brendan O’Sullivan (Chairperson) with Jason Satchwell from Audi Athlone Main Sponsor with Faye Satchwell at the Launch of the Two Provinces’ Triathlon (The Two Provinces’ Triathlon will take place this Saturday 14th July). Pic:

2.Race Committee members throw Brendan O’Sullivan (Chairperson) into the Shannon at the Launch of the Two Provinces’ Triathlon sponsored by Audi Athlone (The Two Provinces’ Triathlon will take place this Saturday 14th July). Pic:







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