Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes Monday 10th June 2013


Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

All set for the Night at the Dogs

All work in preparation for the Rathcline Ladies and Shannon Gaels Minor club’s ‘night at the dogs’ on Friday night 28th June is almost complete. Tickets sales are very good and we would encourage everyone to purchase a ticket and come along to the dogs. There is nothing better than a local community night; it is a wonderful social evening especially to be in the company of fellow parishioners and friends. A night at Longford Greyhound Track takes 2½ hours out of your evening and it is filled with thrills and spills. The first race starts at 8pm and both clubs look forward to seeing you all there. Tickets are on sale at €10 and this is wonderful value for a great night out

Both clubs are extremely grateful to all the support they have received so far in the form of sponsorship be it race sponsors or the business card sponsorship. It is truly amazing the response from everyone especially at these trying times for all businesses.

If you would like to be part of the night either through sponsorship or by just buying tickets for the night you can contact Madeleine Murray, Sean Kenny, Michael Greene, Brendan Keane, Seadna Ryan or O’Brien’s Corner shop.

Longford VEC visits Lanesboro Library

The Adult Educational Guidance Service from Longford VEC will visit Lanesboro library on Tuesday 18th June from 2-4pm. If you are interested in getting back to learning and want to know what’s available locally, come and chat with Mary or Liz, both qualified guidance counsellors, who will be happy to go through your options with you. This is a free service and all are welcome!


The death occurred on Wednesday 29th May at her residence at Ballyglass, Ballyleague of Mrs Annie Cox. Annie was predeceased some years ago by her husband John. She was a warm and friendly lady and her passing will leave a great void in the hearts of everyone that had the pleasure to know her. Many years ago she worked in Farrell’s supermarket where she was very popular with the customers. Her remains reposed at her residence until her removal to the church of the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague on Friday evening. Following her Requiem Mass she was laid to rest in Cloontuskert Cemetery.

To her son Pat Joe, daughters Catherine and Claire, brother Frank, sisters Joan and Kathleen, relatives and many friends we extend our sincere sympathy.


An Irish language summer course (SIAMSA) will take place on from Monday 8th July to Friday 12th July in Gaelscoil Longfoirt. The course will take place from 9.30am to 3pm each day and will cater for students from third to sixth class. Further information and application forms are available from Yvonne Ní Mhurchú phone 087-2642665.


The death occurred at the Sacred Heart Hospital Roscommon on Saturday 1st June of Dan Feehily, Trilamartin, Curraghroe in his 98th year. Dan is survived by his daughter Mary, sons, Tommy, Danny, and patsy, their mother Alice, relatives and friends. His remains were removed to St. Cecilia’s Church, Curraghroe from the chapel of the Sacred Heart Hospital on Monday and following his Funeral Mass on Tuesday his remains were interred in Bumlin Cemetery.

Free Pre-School Year

Head Start pre-school for 2½ to 5 year olds is now taking enrolments for September 2013 and on an on-going basis for the free pre-school year and non ECCE children. For more information you are asked to contact Denise at 043 33 21321 after 1pm.
Time to prepare and tend to family grave

As the dates have just been announced for the blessing of graves and mass in the three cemeteries in the parish of Rathcline kit is time to start preparing and tending to your family graves. It is very important – not only for these dates – to have your family graves looking well kept. The first date is in Rathcline cemetery on Sunday 7th July, followed by Lanesboro on Sunday 14th July and finishing in Clonbonny on Sunday 21st July. People with family members interred in any of the graveyards are encouraged to tend to their family graves

United We Stand        

A gala concert in aid of Suicide Awareness across Ireland in association with Pieta House will be held in the Hodson Bay Hotel on Wednesday 19th June. Many top country music acts will take part including Declan Nerney, John Mc Nicholl, Dominick Kirwan, Crystal Swing, Simon Casey and comedian Conal Gallen. Joan Freeman, founder of Pieta House will attend the night. Tickets cost €25 and are on sale at the hotel phone 0906 44 2000.

Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op

The beautiful sunshine and wonderful natural amenities enhanced by the flowers in planter boxes and hanging baskets have all contributed to making Lanesboro look its best. Comments on how well the town is looking continues to be appreciated by both young and old such has been their comments. Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op and Tidy Towns committee would like to say a special thank you to all the households and businesses for playing their part.

Your continued help is needed at the weekly clean-up and weeding sessions every Monday evening from 7 to 8pm

The lotto jackpot was not won and the jackpot of €15,000 remains not won. Tickets are on sale throughout the town and your support is encouraged. The winners of the €50 prize was Pam Farrell and the three winners of €20 were Pat kelly, Paul Costello and Margaret and Janette Leckey.

School Bus service to Roscommon

A new bus to the second level schools in Roscommon will commence with the new school year in the Mercy Convent, CBS and Community College. A limited number of seats are available. For further information you are advised to contact Tom 086-8293328.

Table Quiz

A table quiz in aid of ‘Playing for Life’ volunteer projects in Tanzania during this this coming July will take place in the Lifebelt Bar on Friday night next 10th June commencing at 10pm.  The cost per table is €40, there will be a cash prize for first place. There will also be a raffle on the night. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Whist Drive

A Whist Drive in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind will take place in Ardagh Community Centre on Friday week 21st June at 8.45pm. All card players are invited to go along and support a most wonderful cause.

Notes for Next week’s Leader

May I ask anybody that has notes to be included in the Longford Leader that will be on sale on Wednesday 26th June to have them with me on or before Sunday 23rd June.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

The second outing of 2013 was to the beautiful woodland course of Portumna, Co Galway. We had a lovely dry day with some sunshine on this exquisite parkland course with its great trees, deer, excellent dry fairways and greens. A very enjoyable day was had by all.

The results were as follows: nearest the pin on the long par 3, 18th hole was Alan Farrell; front nine was won by Martin Gillen and the back nine by Colm Dardis. 3rd was Liam Rosemond with 32 points second Fiona Gillen on an excellent 34 points. The winner was Brendan Whitty with a very good 37 points on this very testing course. More remarkable was that Brendan was not sure at the start whether he would be able to complete the round owing to a very painful back but as the old saying goes: “beware the injured player” and Brendan proved it correct with a brave win. Well done to all. The next outing for the society is to lovely Moate on Saturday 29th June and the tee is booked from 11 am. It is hoped to see a big turnout on this great course.

Lough Ree AC

Last weekend was a very busy one for some young athletes. On, Saturday the Co. Roscommon Community games finals were held in Ballyleague (St. Faithleach’s

grounds) while the Connaught u/9 to u/12 were on in Athlone, followed by the Co. Longford Community Games finals in Ballymahon on Sunday.

Turbo Javelin:- the events in Athlone for the younger age groups are team events (team of two). Each county can qualify three teams in each event. At this level of competition the club was not hopeful about the Track events and concentrated on the Throwing events as our u/10 girls “clicked” in Galway last year winning gold. Now our U11’s became our main focus. At the Roscommon Championships, they won two of the three places, so we went to Athlone with two teams, all good athletes, but inconsistent! The final result was: – 1st Swinford A.C, 2nd Róisin Brennan and Alannah Flood (Lough Ree) and 3rd Soula Beloite and Rachel Donlon (Lough Ree). Indeed the diminutive Rachel would pass as an U9. Four Connaught medals for the club and these young ladies to be proud off. Training for this event brought the talented Victoria to our attention. She is U10 and when Sionna Crossan also

U10 came to prominence, we had a pair -Surprise, surprise, this duo won bronze medals from the best in the west. Victoria Jedrych had the second best throw in her event as did Róisin Brennan in the U11 age group.

The Longford Community Games Finals took place in Ballymahon on Sunday before large crowds. Congratulations to all who won medals and indeed to everyone who took part, after all, it’s representing your parish that’s important.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Senior League – O’Rourke Cup: Our Seniors drew with Strokestown on Friday last. Final Score – St. Faithleachs 1-06 Strokestown 0-9. Team: S. Connor, D. Thompson, A. McCormack, B. Scally, C. Mc Cormack (0-2), D. Murray, P. Wallace, S. O’Grady, M. Reynolds, A. Dooney, B. Murtagh (1-0), H. Kenny, D. Hussey, C. Murtagh (0-3), E. Kenny. Subs: D. Rooney (0-1), D. McCormack, R. Cox. Next game is against St. Brigids on Friday evening next at home at 8.00pm.

“It Takes Two”: Best of Luck to our Contestant, Qona Cox aka “Tina Turner” & her backing girls, Janet Melia, Michelle Kenny & Ursula Kilcoyne who are representing St. Faithleachs GAA Club in “It Takes Two” fundraiser for the Mayo/Roscommon Hospice on Saturday next in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon. “Votes” for our contestant can be made using the Mayo/Roscommon Hospice branded Envelopes, available locally & in the clubhouse or from our Contestants. The cost of voting is – 1 Vote €2 donation to Mayo/Roscommon Hospice, 3 Votes €5 donation to Mayo/Roscommon Hospice. Your Support would be greatly appreciated in helping to raise much needed funds for Mayo/Roscommon Hospice.

U12 boys – Spring League: Our U12 game against Roscommon Gaels was postponed. Next game is against Tulsk on Saturday next at 6.30pm in Tulsk.

U8/U10 Go Games Blitzes: Our U10’s participate in the GoGames Blitz this coming Saturday 15th June in St. Faithleachs GAA Club at 11.00am – Group 3 (St. Faithleachs, Kilbride, Castlerea St. Kevin’s & St. Aidan’s).

County Community Games: Many thanks to all who helped out with the County Community Games, held at St. Faithleachs GAA club grounds on Saturday last. Thanks to our stewards, field committee, shop assistants, Frank Curley & all the staff of the clubhouse, all who supplied food and refreshments and all who helped out in many ways on the day.

St. Faithleachs GAA Cúl Camp 2013: Cúl Camp takes place from Monday 15th July to Friday 19th July (10.00am to 2.30pm). Application forms available through the local schools or at St. Faithleachs GAA clubhouse or at training sessions. Cúl Camp is for children aged 5/13yrs. Charge: €35 per child. (Reduced rates for a family)

Lotto: The numbers drawn were – 3, 12, 23 and 26. There was no jackpot winner and the five €20 winners were – Jacinta Madden, Theresa Costello, Jim Nerney, Martha Glennon and the Cox Boys Doughill. The next draw will take place on Tuesday 1th June for a jackpot of €8,800.

Cards: Card game continues every Tuesday in the clubhouse at 9.00pm. All welcome. The results of last week’s games are – winners, Mark/Noreen, runners-up, Jimmy/Martin, Last game winners Michael/Kathleen and the ticket winners – Noreen, Tom, James, Freda & Tom.

Best Wishes: Congratulations and best wishes to Jimmy Mangan on his recent retirement.

Primary Schools Football: The County Primary Schools Football semi-finals and finals take place this coming Tuesday and Wednesday evening at St. Faithleachs GAA club grounds starting at 4.00pm. The best of luck to all boys & girls involved.

Rathcline GAA

Belated best wishes to Jimmy Mangan on his retirement from the local Garda division. Jimmy always obliged to club on any matter which was brought to his attention and will be a big loss to the local community.

Best of luck to another St. Faithleachs man – our ex-manager Wally Burke when he gets his first taste of intercounty championship action as part of the Roscommon management team on next Sunday 16th June. Roscommon take on Mayo in Castlebar at 4pm.

Commiserations to both Rory & Eoin Donnellan who were apart of the Longford team who were defeated by Warwickshire in the Lory Meagher Cup on Saturday last in Croke Park.

Club Rathcline Lotto Draw – The Jackpot total of €100 was not won this weekend with numbers drawn as follows: 1, 4, 10, 13, 14, and 17. Congratulations to our four €25 winners this week as follows: (1) Michael Sorohan – The Lifebelt, Ballyleague (2) Vincent Connolly – C/O Ballymahon Mart, Albert Cooney (3) Mary A Flynn – 12 The Green, Lanesboro (4) Liam Fallon – Ballinahinch, Newtowncashel. Next week’s Jackpot will €200.

Senior League – Our senior team were defeated by table toppers St. Columba’s on Friday night in Clonbonny on a final score: Rathcline 3-06, St. Columba’s 3-16. After starting promisingly, Rathcline lost their way for the last 15 mins of the first half allowing the north Longford men to build up a substantial lead by half time. Rathcline came out all guns blazing in the second half and scored two fantastic goals to close the gap to four points on the visitors. But it was a case of too little too late and St Columba’s closed out the game the stronger. The senior league continues next Friday night 14th June when Rathcline play away to Colmcille in Fr. McGee Park at 8pm.

Reserve League 2 Semi Final – Congratulations to our Intermediate league team who had a hard fought win over St. Columba’s in Clonbonny on Sunday. Great credit must go to Joe Rooney who consistently manages to get the best out of the lads at this level. The team will now contest the final against Ballymahon for the second year in a row. Date, time and venue have yet to be clarified. Final score in the semi-final: Rathcline 1-08, St. Columba’s 1-07.

Club Fundraising – In the last decade, there has been a huge amount of work completed in Clonbonny. No one will argue that we have one of the finest GAA facilities in the midlands with a fantastic new All Weather Pitch with a state of the art Clubhouse. With such facilities, comes a cost and the cost on our club is roughly €20,000 a year for the next six years. At this time of the year, Rathcline GAA normally makes plans in developing a fundraiser which will service our annual debt of our club to our local Credit Union. Last year, we asked our parishioners to subscribe to new annualised lotto format. This venture was hugely successful in so far as the Club fulfilled its commitments to our Credit Union as well as giving out nearly €10,000 in prize money over the 12 month fundraising term. This year, it has been agreed to copy the template/initiative of other clubs around the midlands where €100 donations from patrons will go directly to our club needs. It is seen as a hugely efficient way of meeting club targets where 100% of every €100 donation will go to clearing the club debt for the year. Rathcline GAA is looking for at least 200 people in the parish to join in this venture to fulfil the loan requirements. Fermoyle National School lead the way with the first donation of the campaign and we hope that the rest our parishioners, patrons, members and supporters can do their best for our club in similar fashion. Recognition for such donations has yet to be finalised by the financial committee but any help will not go unnoticed. Members of our financial committee will be in contact with households in the parish in the coming weeks. Rathcline GAA is the heart of the community and our parishioners have always delivered for our club. We have no doubt that this venture will be a huge success.

Shannon Gaels – Coaching for U6, U8, U10 and U12 will continue in Clonbonny on Friday in Clonbonny from 7pm to 8pm.

Western Gaels – U14 – As well as preparations on-going for the first round of the Championship in a couple of weeks’ time, our Under 14 team have now entered the Feile competition which will take place on the 29th July.  To this end, training will continue every Thursday and Saturday per the normal regime.

U16 & Minor – Competitive games have now been suspended until after the Junior and Leaving Cert finishes next month. Training for U16 & Minor continues this week per the normal routine. Players will get the usual text message in advance of training.


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