Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes Monday 27th August 2012


Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Win Premium Tickets to Hurling Final

Rathcline GAA club are offering you the opportunity of winning not one but two premium stand tickets for the All-Ireland Hurling Final on Sunday week. Tickets are priced only €2 and the draw will take place on this Saturday night 1st September in Adie’s Bar at 11pm. Time to get your tickets for what should be a thrilling final. Tickets are on sale from all club executive or from O’Brien’s Shop.

Heritage week a great success at St. John’s

Heritage week at St. John’s Church proved to be a great success with reported excellent numbers availing of the opportunity to visit the church during National heritage week.

The St. John’s congregation was delighted with the turnout and reminds everyone that the church remains open during each day and welcomes visitors.

Annual Pilgrimage to Knock

The annual diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will take place on Sunday next 2nd September. The ceremonies will commence at 2.30pm with the anointing of the Sick followed by Mass at 3pm. For those wishing to avail of the bus service from Lanesboro they should note that the bus will leave O’Brien’s Corner at 10.30a.m. and the bus ticket costs €16.

Ros 5K Returns

This week the Ros 5k Road Race will continue on this coming Wednesday 29th August, at 7pm in Boyle and the run will be hosted by North Roscommon AC.

Wednesday 5 September, 7pm, Taughmaconnell – hosted by St. Ronan’s AC

Wednesday 12 September, 7pm, Lanesboro – hosted by Lough Ree AC

The Lough Ree Athletic Club would like to invite all runners to take part in the series that will take place in Lanesboro on Wednesday 12th September at 7pm. It will be great if the large number that took place last year is surpassed by this year’s numbers. It is a great circuit and should be a wonderful evening for all participants.

Entry into the race is €10.

Thank You

The organisers of the Rathcline Cemetery collection would like to thank everyone for their generous contributions towards the upkeep of the cemetery.

Summer Garden Winner

Many congratulations to Breege Carroll, Gardenstown, on winning the summer garden competition organised by Co. Longford ICA. This is a tremendous achievement by Breege considering that this is her second time to win this coveted prize.

School Reopens

Lanesborough Primary School will reopen for all of its pupils on this Thursday 30th August

Pilates in St. Mary’s Hall

Pilates will commence for all in St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro on Thursday 6th September commencing at 7pm. Pilates is suitable for all abilities and ages. There are a large number of benefits to be gained by Pilates and they include; improvement of postures, re-aligns your spine, increases your core strength and stability, strengthens your back, improves circulation, helps prevent injuries, aids digestion, and improves balance and co-ordination.

If you feel that you can benefit from the improvement of all or any of the above then you should go along to the hall on Thursday week 6th September at 7. If you need further details or want to pre-register then you should contact Bonnie 087-2238237 or email

Rathcline qualify for semi final

On Wednesday night last in a very damp Allen Park, Newtownforbes, Rathcline and Granard played out a thrilling draw in heavy underfoot conditions. This was a refixed game as the previous meeting of the two teams had to be called off 20 minutes into the game due to the ground conditions.

The draw was sufficient to see both teams qualify for the Intermediate semi-final and it set up a meeting once again of the same two teams in the semi-final in Pearse Park on Saturday week 8th September.

It was great to see a big number from the parish turning out to support the team and we would encourage everyone with a connection to the club to make the journey to Pearse Park on Saturday week to cheer the lads on to what we hope will be a county final on Sunday 30th September.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The club will reconvene for the coming season on Wednesday 5th September in St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Lanesboro. The competition will commence at 8pm sharp and the club welcomes back all previous members and also invites all bridge players that have not yet joined the group to come along and enjoy an evening of bridge playing and the friendships it brings with it.

Lanesboro 2000 Bridge Club

The last Summer Bridge competition for 2012 took place and the following are the results: N/S. 1st Carmel Kelly and Breda McKnight, 2nd Kathleen Hanley and Mary Fallon, 3rd Renee Walshe and Mary Mc Gushin and 4th Brendan Dowling and Des Watts. E/W: 1st Chris McGrath and Kitty Dowd 2nd  Mona O’Flaherty and Maura Hanley, 3rd Brendan Murtagh and Tom Feeney and 4th  Mary Jameson and Loretta Cooney.
The committee thanks everyone for supporting the summer Bridge and hope you all have a rest before the Club Bridge starts on Monday 10th September.
Wonderful Prospects for the week ahead

This coming week is a huge one for the Shannon Gaels Minor Club. The week started early with the Under 14 team completing a clean sweep in the shield competition and confirmed themselves as champions.

As I write the Minor team will be competing in the Minor B semi-final against a much fancied Colmcille side. If they beat Colmcille they will play the county final on Sunday next at 2pm in Pearse Park.

The Under 16 team will take on Longford Slashers on Thursday evening in Clonbonny and a victory here will see the lads into the semi-final of the A championship that takes place on Thursday week 6th September at 7pm.

Our Under 13 team will play St. Francis this Tuesday night in Clonbonny in the county final at 7pm.

The Under 12 team play the county final in Pearse Park at 1pm on this coming Saturday where their opponents will be St. Francis, Dromard.

The under10 panel will be participating this Wednesday in a blitz in Pearse Park.

The Under 8 panel as I write is gracing Croke Park in a blitz. It is a tremendous achievement for our young players and their families and I am sure the echoes of Donegal’s great win will still be reverberating throughout the grounds. A proud day for the young players, their parents and the club.

Our Under 6 ‘Cubs club’ will continue to train in big numbers in Clonbonny every Thursday from 7to 8pm.

As you can see this is a very vital week for our club and we hope that all teams will be successful.

We continue to grow as a club and the progression of all our teams this year gives us great confidence for the years ahead. The club is extremely grateful to all our parents for making themselves and their children available throughout the year and we continue to welcome parents and their children that have moved into the parish or who have not yet availed of the opportunity to have their children integrated as part of the wonderful Shannon Gaels club.

The club wishes James Moran a speedy recovery from the wrist injury he sustained last week during a championship game.

The club would like to thank everyone that helped out as the Leinster GAA Roadshow and inflatable pitch arrived on Friday last in Clonbonny.

Well done to the senior team that qualified for the Intermediate championship demi-final on Wednesday night last.

The Club would like to extend a huge thank you to Gerdie Farrell, Farrell’s Agri Supplies, for sponsoring socks and togs for the Under16 team. This follows on from Sean Mimnagh’s ’Shannon Grill’ sponsorship of last week. The club is encouraging everybody attached to the club to support their sponsors at all times.

Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club

Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club Search and Rescue unit will hold a social night in St. Faithleach’s clubhouse on Friday night 31st August.  Dancing will commence at 10pm and the music will be supplies by Jimmy Hussey, can’t Hardly Play Boys and special guests on the night. Following the recent fire at their clubhouse that caused many hundreds of thousands of euros worth of damage it is vital for them that they replace all the damaged and burned equipment as soon as possible. Lough Ree Sub Aqua club is vital to us as a community as much as it is so vital for the search and rescue they carry out for families throughout the country. It is very important that the entire area comes out and supports the club to get back to its firm standing once again.

Ticket sellers will be out and about throughout the local area over this coming week and we ask you to be as supportive as you possibly can be. Tickets can also be bought in O’Brien’s.

Second Bus to Lough Derg

The bus to Lough Derg on Sunday 16th September is now full. There have been further enquiries and there will now be a second bus put on to cater for the extra people. This bus will travel on Saturday 8th September if there is sufficient interest. If you want to travel on this date you should make immediate contact with Mary at 043-3321969

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. You are invited to call 087 3965568 for all your queries.

Ballyboro Scouts

The scout troop’s activities are coming to an end for another year but they have certainly have finished on a high. The Scout, Venture and Rover sections enjoyed four and five day camps in Lough Keel, Boyle, and in Ballyglass, Cloontuskert. As part of the adventure at the camps the participants went bivvying – this involves sleeping under the stars with only the minimum of shelter. The bivvying took place on Orchard Island in Lough Keel and in Rathcline woods.

The cub section took part in the Cub Óige in Ardgillian Castle, Dublin. About 2,500 cubs and leaders from all over Ireland and beyond took part in the weekend. Ballyboro cubs deserve great credit because of the weather conditions as a storm blew down their tents. But, in the spirit of scouting, all enjoyed their experience.

Not to be outdone by the others, the Beaver section, the seven to nine year olds, went to Larch Hill, Dublin for a one night camp.

Throughout the year the troop has taken part in camps in Portlick, Athlone, and at the Volvo Race week in Galway. They also helped with various local events including the Aquathon in Lanesboro where the sea Scouts were involved.

As the troop is now on a well-earned summer break, it is important to acknowledge and thank all the leaders for their work and commitment and to ‘well done’ to all the younger generation who were so active in their various sections.

Rathcline GAA

It was a busy week for our senior team with two games down for decision. The re-fixed Championship game against Granard was played in Clonguish on Wednesday last. The game ended all square: 2-7 to 1-10. The result means Rathcline top the league stage of the Championship with an unbeaten record, and will now face Granard in the semi-finals.

On Saturday the squad were beaten by St Columba’s in the league on a scoreline of 0-9 to 0-3. The result leaves us second from bottom in Division one with two games to play. Thanks to all those who supported Rathcline on both times.

Hopefully, by the time you are reading this, the Shannon Gaels under 13 team will have won the Division 2 title. They played Dromard at home last night, Tuesday.

The club are raffling two premium level tickets for the All-Ireland hurling finals. Each line costs just €2.

There was no winner of the €900 jackpot this week. The winning numbers were 10, 23, 28, 33, 34 and 36. The jackpot rolls over to become €1,000 next week. The four winners of €25 each were Ciaran Donlon, Pat O Brien, Ronan Glennon and Padraig Kenny.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

O’Rourke Cup Final: Best of Luck to our Senior Panel of Players & their Management as they take on St. Brigids in the League Final, this coming Saturday 1st September, in Ballyleague at 6.00pm following a win over St. Aidans in the League Semi-Final on Wednesday evening last. Final Score – St. Faithleachs 3-04 St. Aidans 0-7. B. Carberry, D. Murray, C. Brennan, R. Cox, D. Harrison, A. McCormack, H. Kenny, S. O’Grady, B. Murtagh(0-1), C. McCormack, E. Kenny, A. Dooney(1-0), D. Rooney, D. Murtagh(2-1), C. Murtagh(0-2). Subs: D. Thompson, D. Hussey, B. Reynolds.

Junior Ladies Championship: Our Junior Ladies had a win over St. Croan’s on Sunday last. Final Score – St. Faithleachs 7-14 St. Croan’s 1-05. Team: C. Kenny, C. Brennan, A. Ormsby, Q. Cox, J. Melia, R. Costello, E. Hegarty, A. Mc Loone(0-1), J. Geoghegan, C. Scally(0-5), L. Mc Loone(1-4), K. Murphy(1-3), A. Lannon(1-0), E. Donlon(2-1), M. Malone. Subs: E. Kenny (2-0), S. McNamara, R. Collier, C. Cleary, N. Scally. Next game against St. Dominic’s, see fixtures for details.

U16 Boys Championship: Our U16 boys were defeated in the Championship semi-final on Monday evening last in Kilbride. Final Score – St. Faithleachs 0-12 Tulsk 3-07. Team: J. Kelly, C. Connelly(0-1), J. Irwin, E. Farrell, J. Farrell, D. Nerney(0-1), J. Sweeney(Cpt)(0-1), D. Kelly, D. Foley, S. Phillips(0-5), S. Walsh(0-2), C. Gannon, J. Hussey(0-2). Subs: M. Gill, C. Gannon, J. Donlon, D. Barry.

U12/U14 Girls Jerseys: Huge thanks & much appreciation to “Ballyleague Bingo” for their Sponsorship of a new set of jerseys for our U12/U14 Girls. St. Faithleachs GAA Minor Club wish to express their gratitude to Ballyleague bingo, that has always been so forthcoming with sponsorship and their generosity, is specially appreciated. Many thanks to the Ballyleague Bingo Hall committee, Chairman Tom Donlon, Gene Fallon, Eileen Mullin & John Donlon who presented the set of jerseys to our U12/U14 Girls along with Minor Club Secretary, Padraig Banahan & Treasurer, Maggie Curley.

‘Night at the Dogs’: St. Faithleachs GAA Minor Club held a hugely successful “Night at the Dogs” on Friday last at Longford Greyhound Stadium. Huge thanks to our main sponsors and to all who sponsored adverts for the event. Thanks to all who bought and sold tickets, to all who donated spot prizes and to all who supported this event? Special word of thanks to the organising committee for their unfailing enthusiasm in the organising of this event. Congratulations to the winners of the prize of “Weekend Away for Two”: Carmel & Denis Mc Loone, Gortgallon and also to the winner of our buster draw on the night: Orla Cox, Gortgallon. Music in the clubhouse followed the event by Colm Mulligan and a great night’s entertainment was had by all.

Cards: Every Tuesday in the Club House, 9.00pm. All welcome. The results of last week’s games – winners, Fran/P & Breda/Tom. Last game, Peggy/Phonsie.

Congratulations: To all our local students on their Leaving Certificate achievements last week.


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