Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes 15th October 2012


Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

You are in our thoughts and prayers

Presently there are many people and friends from both our communities, young and old, both inside and outside of hospital and suffering greatly with illness and the great unknown. We want to assure you and your families of our support. You are in our mind and prayers and we look forward to seeing you all hale and hearty and out and about very soon.

St. Mary’s Church Lanesboro

To the naked eye there seems to be most of the work done on the refurbishment of the church. There is a great number busying themselves both outside and inside and it look as if the reopening can only be a few weeks away.

New Play for Parish Hall

The Shannon Gaels Minor club is hosting another one of the award winning Seamus O’Rourke’s play ‘For Club and County – the making of our county team’ in St. Mary’s Parish Hall on Saturday 3rd November at 8.30pm. Tickets will be on sale soon and the club looks forward to your support.

Lanesboro Community Games

The AGM of Lanesboro Community Games took place on Wednesday 10th September. The high levels of participation for the past year and the relatively large medal toll were discussed. Changes to the programme at national level also filter to local level thereby requiring a certain amount of reorganisation of events. Provisional plans for the coming year were proposed.

Officers elected are as follows: Chairperson: Marie English, Secretary: Teresa Ryan, Assistant Secretary: Bernie Casey, Treasurer: Pauline Casey, Assistant Treasurer: Sheila Nolan, PRO: Mary Sorohan.

The outgoing committee wishes to sincerely thank John Rooney and Sharon Brady for their many years of hard work for Lanesboro Community Games.

Community Games registration forms are being distributed via the local primary schools. Additional forms (for other children and teenagers within the parish) will be available on the registration night. Please take note of the events scheduled for 2012/2013 and indicate your child’s area of interest.  All intending participants must register in Lanesboro Co-op building on Wednesday 17th October between 7p.m. and 8p.m.There will be a charge of €3 per child and €2.50 for each additional child in a family. Assistance from parents would be much appreciated. It is very important to register immediately as teams must be compiled within the next two weeks. We look forward to another year of high participation and enjoyment.

Halloween Fancy Dress Party

The proceeds of the Halloween Fancy Dress party in the Lifebelt Bar on Saturday night 27th October will go to the Irish Cancer Society. A marvellous night of craic and music by the excellent Actin Da Maggot will ensure-as usual- a great night and one not to be missed. There will be a prize fund of €1000.  The tickets include entry to fancy dress and raffle and they can be bought in O’Brien’s or from the Lifebelt. The cost of the tickets is only €5.

Even if you cannot attend you are encouraged to buy a ticket and help a wonderful cause.


Many congratulations to Andy Sutton, Cnoc na Gaoithe and Lorraine Bower, Mullingar who recently announced their engagement.

Lanesborough Gun Club AGM

The AGM will be held at 9pm, Friday 26th Oct 2012 in Adie Farrell’s Meeting Room. All members are asked to attend to discuss important club matters.


Sudden death comes as a big shock and this was the case when we learned of the sudden and untimely death on Tuesday last 9th October at his residence in Rathcline of Tom Mc Gushin. Tom, a Dublin native, spent his working life with the Bank of Ireland and while there met and married local Ballyleague lady Mary Farrell. Following his retirement Tom and Mary moved to Rathcline. He was a humble, quiet and reserved and a very well-read man with a distinct and great sense of humour. Tom since his arrival has been a very prominent member of the local parish choir. His singing voice was baritone and he brought life with  his distinctive voice to many a function.

His remains reposed in Glennon’s Funeral Home, Longford on Thursday last and on Friday his remains were removed to the Church of the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague for his Funeral Mass. Interment following mass took place to Clonbonny cemetery. To his wife Mary, son John, daughters Helen and Kathryn, sisters Shelia, Mary, Frances and Bridget, relatives and friends we extend our sincere sympathy.

Ballyleague Bingo

The Ballyleague bingo takes place every Thursday night in Ballyleague hall. The bingo start time has changed back to winter time with the first numbers called at 8.30pm. This week the snowball stands at 8.30pm.

Rathcline Ladies

Rathcline Ladies clothes collection commences again and the club would encourage anyone with unwanted clothes, shoes sheets duvet covers books can you please contact Madaleine at 0861500123.  The clothes collection will be collected from the club on Saturday 17th November and you are asked to have your donations in prior to that date. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

The next outing for Lough Ree Golfing Society will take place this Saturday 20th October to Moate Golf Club, Co Westmeath.

The tee is booked from 11 am but as it is an open Saturday the Society has to put individual names on the time sheet in the clubhouse. Therefore if you wish to play, can you text Frank (0879730611) as soon as possible to book your time.

So far this year the weather has been kind to the Society on their outings and there is no reason to believe that Saturday at Moate will be any different!! This is the penultimate ‘Golfer of the Year’ competition so it is hoped to see all local golfers there for what will be another enjoyable day out.

Race Night with a difference

Midland Motor club will hold a race night – with a difference- on Sunday week 28th October in St. Faithleach’s GAA clubhouse. There is no charge on entry and the club welcomes and invites everyone. There will be 10 races on the evening with anybody in the audience being invited to race. The cars will be attached to string and winder and those invited will have to wind as fast as they can to take their car over the line first. It should be a wonderful evening of fun and excitement and one not to be missed.

Lough Ree AC

Sligo was the venue for the Connaught Primary Schools cross-country championships on Saturday last. The conditions were atrocious. There were no boys teams from the area involved, and as they did not compete in the local championships they may have found this too much. Full marks to Fermoyle 3rd/4th class girls’ team who braved the elements. Some of them thought partaking in the conditions was ‘great craic’ – it is great to be young. Incidentally, for the benefit of parents, this a Primary Schools competition and the club has no input to it, other than support our members involved in any way possible.

Luckily the rain stayed away as the Fermoyle lassies were in action in the first race. If we had been told that the diminutive Róisin Brennan would finish 34th in the Connaught championship, one would ask if we were talking about the same girl. Yes, we are talking about a very competitive young girl that can lift her performance to meet any occasion.  This is not to take away from the running of Aoife Nolan (25th), who through inexperience, did not get away fast enough at the start, but moved steadily  from 70th to 25th during the course of the race. The two girls were followed home by Aishling Farrell, Anna Maguire and Caoilinn Flood.

Staying with the girls we must congratulate Maeve Dervin, Newtowncashel N.S. who had a great run to finish 2nd in the girls 5th/6th class event for the silver medal. .  At this stage the club deflects to and say “Well Done” to Cashel football team. They are doing Longford proud in the Celebrity Bainisteoir competition. We are not forgetting individual Áine Kennelly, Fermoyle N.S. who had no team but plenty of support from her younger schoolmates.

Let us turn to the boys – Man of the Day must have been Ultan O’Sullivan (Gaelscoil), not for his running, although he is a very useful athlete but because he has a mind of his own – a very useful attribute in today’s world. Ultan was the only male in the group but it did not seem to bother him.

Others to catch the eye were Roxboro’s Brian O’Malley (7th). This was a great result at this level of competition, proving that the “Chalmers stable” is still in form. The school was well represented but final placings are not to hand at the time of writing.  Last but not least, Cian Mc Phillips, Ardagh N.S.  gold medallist in the boys 3rd/4th class event. He mastered the severe underfoot conditions as if it was an everyday occurrence around Ardagh. Our reaction was WOW!!

Finally it was pleasing to meet Breege Cahill with Mohill N.S. and to see her present the Cahill Cup to New Inn N.S. Galway winners of the girls 5th/6th class 1000 metres and read that Lanesboro N.S. won back in 1992 – 20 years ago!!

County Roscommon under age championships take place next Sunday morning in Roscommon town – don’t say you did not know.

Kilgefin Community Games Need your Support

Kilgefin Community Games held their AGM on Monday 8th October. As there were not enough people present to form a committee we could not go ahead with the meeting. The committee have organised an EGM for Monday 22nd of October at 9pm in Ballyleague hall. The parish has had a very active community games in the parish for almost 40 years and last year there were many successes in the athletics and football. All parents in the parish are invited to attend however if there is not sufficient interest and support at the EGM our local Community Games will cease to exist, this will be a shame for the boys and girls of the parish.

Kilgefin Community Games has had a wonderful record over the past 40 years and the many successes, as you all know, was due to the excellent committee structure in the parish. Now more than ever the parish needs the support of you the parents, grandparents and those of you that feel can be you of assistance in the promotion of the local boys and girls in the Community Games.

The children of this generation need your support and guidance as they strive to maintain and replicate the successes of the glories of previous years. Please ensure that you make it to the meeting and lend your support.

October Book Festival at Lanesboro Library

Celebrate your creativity competitions available online or in the library.

Colour a scary picture (under 8) – Write a scary poem (8 – 12) – Know your Longford Quiz.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club

The Club members wish to extend our sincere sympathy to Mary Mc Gushin and her family on the very sudden death of her husband, Tom. May he rest in peace.
The results of the competition held on Monday night 8th October: 1st Margaret Gillen and Mai Casey, 2nd Hannah Clyne and Maureen Hynes and 3rd Eugene Donlon and Carol Hamill.
Gross: Eileen Kelly and Nancy Dolan.
The first major competition is being held on Monday October 22nd Mary Tucker Memorial….NO BLAME.
Reminder that you must have your membership paid before then.

Halloween Arts & Crafts at Lanesboro Library

Tuesday 30th October at 2pm you can create your very own Halloween masterpiece, all materials provided. Please book in advance as numbers are limited.  Will suit children age 9 to 12 years.

Shannon Gaels Club

Scór na nÓg practice is on-going and the club is still seeking competitors in quiz, instrumental, solo singing, and set and figure dancing. You are asked to contact Sean Kenny or Brendan Keane.

The club extends sympathy to the Mc Gushin and Helen and Ronnie Johnston and family on the death of Tom Mc Gushin, Rathcline, and the Brewster family Clonbonny on their recent sad bereavements.

The club would like to congratulate Mickie Quinn and Paul Barden on their well-deserved All Star nominations.

The club AGM will take place on Monday night 5th November in Rathcline GAA clubhouse at 8.30pm.

Rathcline GAA

There was no winner of this week’s €1,600 lotto jackpot. The winning numbers were 7, 9, 21, 29, 30 and 36. The four winners of €25 each were Tom Greene, Aisling Crinigan, Sean Moran & Adie Farrell and Brendan Ward.

Knitting & Crochet Club

Do you enjoy Knitting or Crochet?  Whether you are a beginner or an experienced Knitter or Crocheter, why not come along and learn or share your knowledge.  Knitting and Crochet Club starts at Lanesboro Library on the last Friday of every month at 11am (Friday 26th Oct).  Hope to see you there.  If you have any queries please contact Stella on 0433321291 or

St. Faithleach’s GAA

U14 Girls Championship Final: Pride of the Parish goes to our U14 Girls & their Management, Winning the D2B Championship Final against Roscommon Gaels on Saturday last in Knockcroghery. Final Score: St. Faithleachs 3-05 Roscommon Gaels 1-06. Team: Denise McCaffrey, Natasha Hegarty, Katie Browne, Leona Hoare, Lauren Cox, Jade Farrell, Sarah Hoare, Maire Kelly, Amy Curley, Niamh Parker, Megan Banahan (2-3), Jillian Banahan, Sarah Scally (1-1), Lauren Fahy, Caoimhe Glennon. Subs: Ellen Irwin (0-1), Kelley Byrne, Claire Curley, Jennifer Brennan, Emir Collier, Isobel Farrell, Laura Farrell, Tara McDermott, Claire Ann O’Reilly. The Team, along with a huge following of supporters toured the Parish & Celebrated in the Club House. Huge Congratulations to all Players on the Panel & their Management.

Minor Championship Final: Best of Luck to our Minor Panel of Players & their Management in the D2 Championship Final against St. Croan’s this coming Saturday 20th October in Kiltoom at 4.30pm. Please come along & show your support.

U14 Boys D2 League Final: Our U14 Boys were defeated in the League Final against St. Ciaran’s on Saturday last in Knockcroghery. Final Score: St Faithleachs 1-14 St. Ciaran’s 8-07. Team: M. O’Donnell, K. Nerney, C. Mangan, M. Gill, D. Nerney (0-1), G. Carberry, D. Kelly (0-1), C, Kennelly (0-1), J. Donlon (0-2), D. Foley (0-3), R. Guinan, S. Walsh (0-4), C. Smith (1-2).  Subs: C. Gannon, E. Tynan, L. Parker, J. Gill, J. Browne, S. Farrell.

Congratulations: To Diarmuid Murtagh, a worthy Winner in the Roscommon Herald/SuperValu “Sportstar of the Year” Awards (Gaelic Football).

Minor Ladies: Our minor girls play against Kilmore on Sunday next 21st October at 1.30pm in Kilmore.

Lotto: The numbers drawn were: 3, 21, 28 and 30. There was no jackpot winner and the five €20 winners were – John J Martin, Mountcashel. Breege Carroll, Gardenstown. Mary Quinn, Ballyleague. B. Compton, Ballyleague. Benny Connor, Clooncagh. The next draw takes place on Tuesday week 23rd October for a jackpot of €7,100.

Cards: Every Tuesday in the Club House, 9.00pm. All welcome. The results of last week’s games are – winners, JohnO/Pakie, runners-up, Kevin/Joe. Last game winners were Gemma/Freda and the ticket winners were – P.J., Sonny, Gerry and Mick.

St. Faithleachs 5K Fun Run: The inaugural 5K fun Run/Walk will take place on Sunday 2nd December. If you have always wanted to try a 5K now is your chance. Lace up those runners and give it a go. Registration costs €10 and is now available online through or Register on the day at the Clubhouse. See our Facebook page for more details or contact Ray Cox.

St Faithleachs Fitness Challenge: There has been a fantastic response to the Fitness Challenge with 55 members, men and women signed up. The challenge started last Tuesday night in Ballyleague Hall with a Circuit Class in which the group was put through their paces. Everyone survived and the mystery class for this week was revealed as Kettle bells & Pilates. Bonnie Morrin took this class on Thursday night and everyone enjoyed throwing their weight around during the Kettlebell class and her Pilate sampler was very well received also. There was a lot of debate in relation to men’s & women’s hammocks! It was a fantastic class and Bonnies enthusiasm and energy made it great fun also. The outdoor session was at the pitch on Sunday morning. So 1 week down 7 more to go. Keep up the effort.

Congratulations: To Amy Farrell & Niall Murray on their recent engagement.

Sympathy: The Club extends deepest sympathy to the Rogers Family on the death of Paddy Rogers, Cloontuskert. The Club extends deepest sympathy to Padraig & Mary Brewster & Family on the death of Michael Brewster, Farnagh.

Lanesborough Gun Club AGM

The AGM will be held at 9pm, Friday 26th Oct 2012 in Adie Farrell’s Meeting Room. All members are asked to attend to discuss important club matters.

Ladybird Shop

Win a Halloween hamper, the proceeds will go to Barretstown, the charity helping children with cancer. Tickets are on sale from Tuesday to Saturday from the Ladybird shop. Donations of clothes, toys, linen, bric-a-brac etc. always appreciated.

Lanesboro Pike Angling Club

Last Sunday 14th Oct. the club held a competition in aid of the Lough Ree Sub Aqua club. There was a modest turnout of boats, but the fish were scarce.

Peter Smyth won first prize, Brian Tabiner was second and Emma Newman was in third place.

Elizabeth Clyne won the junior section.

The club also had a prize for the smallest fish caught and that went to our expert German fisherman Joachim Loyall. Lanesboro Pike Angling Club raised €500 for the sub aqua club.

The committee would like to thank all who took part in the competition, the sponsors and the non-fishing people who donated money towards this event.




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