Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes Monday 24th March 2014

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes



Time Changes on Saturday night

You are reminded that on Saturday night next 30th March we will see the end of winter time and the arrival of summer time. It will be time to put your clocks forward one hour and look forward to extended daylight days. Let us hope with the arrival of summer time we will get more clement weather and another long hot summer.

Further awards for Diarmuid

Many congratulations to Diarmuid Murtagh who earlier this week was name on the Irish Daily Mail “Future Champions” (Third-level) Team 2014. This is similar to the All Stars awards and his selection is all the more remarkable by the fact that he was selected ahead of his team mate and All Ireland winner Ciarán Kilkenny, Dublin, and also by the fact that his college St. Patrick’s Drumcondra was not playing in the Sigerson Cup. It is a marvellous achievement and one I am sure his parents Andy and Breda brothers Brian and Ciaran are rightly proud of and we all share in our pride of one of our own gaining so much success and acclaim.

St. Patrick’s Day celebrated in Style

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade despite the best efforts of the weather to spoil the day was the best one ever. The morning and early afternoon was overcast with some intermittent drizzle and we thought that the day might be spoiled if more rain or drizzle came but fortunately the rest of the day remained overcast and dry.

From early morning, as it the tradition, our local butcher Terry Mc Loughlin, had a pig cooking on a spit and the sweet aroma circulating around the area. At 11.30am mass Fr Mickie celebrated the traditional St. Patrick’s Day Mass to launch the day’s activities. From 1.30pm as the crowds began to gather they were entertained by wonderful tradition music by Johnny Duffy, Jimmy Flanagan, Joe Mc Grath and Teresa Costello. The crowds grew larger and larger and it was estimated that there was at least 5000 people on the streets of Lanesboro and Ballyleague to greet the parade as it stared to weave its way onto the main Road from St. Faithleach’s GAA pitch. 40 floats, each one better than the next, made its way through Ballyleague towards the viewing stand on Main Street where the inimitable Eugene Murphy did MC in a very efficient manner. On the view stand was Canon Liz mc Elhenny, Fr. J. Mc Manus, PP, Fr. M. Reilly, PP, Cllr Mick Cahill, Cllr Sean Farrell, Cllr Colm Murray, Cllr Larry Bannon, Cllr Mark Casey and Larry Brennan.

The St. Patrick ’s Day Parade in Lanesboro is gaining a greater reputation as each year passes and it was fitting that the RTÉ cameras should be in Lanesboro to cover the parade especially with  records being set for the number of floats and also a record attendance of over 5000 people. The comment about the standard of floats was very pleasing to hear and it is a great credit to everyone involved in the 40 floats entered that they should go to such efforts to make their float and our parade unique.

The winners of the prizes for best floats went to Overall – Ming Flanagan and the Whistleblowers, Most Original – Ballyboro Scouts, runners up – The Men’s Shed, Best Junior – Newtowncashel NS, Best Club – Lanesboro Triathlon Club, Best Vintage – Clarkes Bar, Best Business – Gerry Shanley, Carpentry, Best Window – Costello’s Nursing Home, runner up – Terry mc Loughlin,  Butcher Main St.

The draw to help towards the running of the Parade was a huge success and the lucky winners were; 1st €300 Joe Mc Grath, 2nd John James O’Reilly, 3rd €100 Tim O’Connor, 4th €100 Conor Boland, 5th €100 Sarah Jane Lane, 6th €100 Patricia mc Gann and 7th €100 Aidan Carley.

We would like to say a huge thank you and congratulate the organising committee for producing such a wonderful occasion for the 5000 plus that came to Lanesboro and Ballyleague for the parade. We would also like to congratulate each and every float and thank them for making the parade so vibrant and colorful. There were many people gave of their time to help out the committee and we would like to once again say a huge thank you to the volunteers of Lanesboro and Ballyleague for the giving of their time – it meant so much to so many.

Historical Reenactment

It is proposed to have historical reenactment of a 19th century event that occurred in Lanesboro involving Parnell. The idea has recently been mooted and if there is an interest then the proposers are hoping that a great day can be held in Lanesboro with this reenactment. This is an all-encompassing event involving both sides of the bridge and to hear the history of the 19th century event alone is hugely interesting.

If you are interested in getting involved in the discussion group you are asked to give your name into Martina or Joe O’Brien in the shop and they will pass on all the names. You can call in or phone 3321107 or email

Play your part on Daffodil Day

Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union is delighted to be going yellow on this coming Friday 28th March to take part in Daffodil Day.  They will have silks for sale and we will also run a competition “Guess the sweets in the jar”, for €2.00 entry, for some lovely prizes.  The staff looks forward to seeing you all dropping in on Friday. Go along and make and make the response to this very special cause huge in our community.

A Special Invitation                                                                            

Ballyleague Village Renewal and Tidy Towns committee is always promoting a strong community approach to sustainable waste management and, with this in mind they have invited Susan Vickers from An Taisce to come along to Sorohan’s, Ballyleague on Thursday night next, March 27th at 8pm to launch the GREEN HOME programme for the local community.

A special feature of the night will be to introduce energy-saving measures that could help reduce household, ESB and other energy bills by up to €400 per year – while helping the environment. Ballyleague Village Renewal and Tidy Towns committee is inviting all local residents, organisations and community/state partners to come along on the night – and they are taking this opportunity to ask you to come along or send a representative.

The committee would be delighted to welcome you personally at 8pm on Thursday.

Have you any ideas?

The Lanesborough Tidy Towns Action Plan 2014-2018 is currently being finalised. If you have any ideas of projects which you think would help keep our good progress going in the competition or if you would like to help in any way, please contact the Tourism Co-Op office (3321977).Grass cutting/hedge trimming on the approach roads and Town Park has commenced and recently planted daffodils are appearing on the approach roads. A beautiful stone wall and wooden sign have been introduced at the entrance into the walk/quarry areas. The Co-Op would like to thank the FAS personnel and Padraic Farrell from their expert work on this project. A similar sign will erected at the playground over the coming weeks.

Céilí in St Mary’s Hall

The invitation to ‘step it out’ in St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Lanesboro is extended to everyone that enjoys a great night out at a Céilí. It has been a time since there has been a céilí in the hall and it evokes great memories of the wonderful nights at céilí’s in the hall.

On Saturday night next 29th March Johnny Duffy and Rise the Dust band will be the providers of the music for the night and I am sure they will play to a full house. Dancing will be from 9pm to 12 midnight. During you’re off floor period you can also relax with a cup of tea which will be served. Go along for a great night in the hall.


The marriage took place at St. Mary’s Church Lanesboro on Friday 14th March of Fiona Egan, daughter of Des and Claire Egan, Estate Road, Newtowncashel and Kevin Hanley, son of Johnny and Bernie Hanley, Corrigeen. Chief bridesmaid was Dawn Egan, cousin of the bride and bridesmaids were Marie Collins, cousin of the bride, Andrea Egan, sister in law of the bride and Sharon Price, friend of the bride. Bestman was Alan Hanley, brother of the groom, groomsmen were James and John Hanley, twin brothers of the groom and Joey Rooney, friend of the groom. The leading pageboy and flower girl was the couple’s twins Jay and Leah Hanley assisted by other pageboys Lucas Egan nephew of the bride and Luke Dowd, cousin of the groom. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. M. Reilly, Lanesboro. The wedding reception was held in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded happiness.

Searching for lost fisherman

We have all been waiting for the past number of day for some good news on the search for the missing fisherman’s body on Lough Ree. From a boat of three two have been recovered but unfortunately one of the rescued men died the following day.

Lough Ree  Sub Aqua club have put themselves at the disposal of the RNLI lifeboat who are co-ordinating the search and right up to the time of writing our local lads and girls have been diving in a search and rescue mission.

It is gratifying to see our local sub aqua club working hard and making themselves available to a family in need as they continue to search. We hope that the trauma that this family is suffering will soon come to an end with the recovery of the missing body and we congratulate and acknowledge the great work being done by the dedicated people of the Lough Ree Sub Aqua club.

Teresa Says Thank You

Teresa Costello, chairperson of Lanesboro and Ballyleague’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade would like to publically say her thanks to the many who helped out in the preparation and carrying out of a fantastic and record breaking parade. She says thank you to Longford County Council for their sponsorship, all the local sponsors, the local Gardaí, the parish choir, musicians and dancers for proving the music, song and dance at the traditional Mass. She would like to thank the many stewards for a job well done, to Johnny Hanley for his help before, during and after the Parade. Teresa also thanks St. Faithleach’s and Lanesboro Community college for the use of their grounds and premises. She has a special word for those that were involved in the floats, in their creation, energy and fantastic display – it took a lot of hard work and imagination for such presentations. Teresa says a big thank you to her fellow musicians who entertained the crowd before the parade. She wants to thank Shannonside, Longford Leader, RTÉ and Joe O’Brien for the coverage of the Parade and also the judges who were independent of the committee. She would also like to thank all the ticket sellers who made the draw such a success and all those who bought tickets in support. To Terry Mc Loughlin for the pig roasting and the hard working committee that it was a joy to work with a big thank you. Finally, Teresa would like to thank the 5000 people that turned out to watch the parade – the biggest crowd puller to date – your support was terrific.

Camera Club Meeting

The next meeting of the local Camera club will take place on Tuesday next 1st April at 8pm in the Lough Ree Co-Op. All members are invited to attend and potential new members are more than welcome.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday 19th March are; N/S 1st Gemma Douglas and Elish Gray, 2nd Cyril Hussey and Phil Chalmers and 3rd Renee Walsh and Mary Jameson. E/W 1st Una Lawlor and Brid Mc Dermott, 2nd Mary Casey and Katharine Harrison and 3rd Mae Casey and Noreen Dunne.

Rathcline Lotto

On Saturday night last 22nd the lottery numbers drawn were 2, 3, 20, 22, 29 and 39. There was no winner of the Rathcline GAA lotto jackpot of €900. The jackpot for Saturday night next will now rise to €1000. The four €25 winners were Shannon Gaels Minor Club, Lara and Vera O’Sullivan, Main St., Martin Mc Nally, Ballyleague and Gary Gallagher, Clonbonny. Ballyleague Village Renewal and Tidy Towns.

Final registration Night and parents meeting

Shannon Gaels MFC will hold its final registration night in Clonbonny on this Friday 28th  March from 8 to 9pm. Children who are not registered will be ineligible to participate in training/matches for insurance reasons. Membership fees are €30 per child and €45 for a family (2 plus children).

Following registration there will be a short meeting with all parents/guardians of footballers. We would encourage that at least one parent/guardian to attend this meeting.

Clothes Collection about to Close

The ongoing clothes collection is about to close and the donated clothes will be collected in the next few weeks. If you have clothe-s you want to donate now please do so inside the next fortnight. You can ring Mike Greene 086-4046174 or Madaleine Murray 086-1500123 organise drop off or collection.

Hurling Win

Congratulations to Mr Corr and the Lanesboro Primary School hurling team that reached their first County Hurling final in Pearse Park On Saturday March 15th.

Not only did the team reach the final they also secured victory with a great display of determination and skill. Their worthy opponents were Killoe National School and a great game was enjoyed by both teams with only 1 nail-biting point between the teams at the final whistle.

The team was led by captain, Seadhna Ryan, with Briain Casey in goals, backline Jakub Kajan, Óisín Mc Gowan and Mechal McCarthy. Midfield comprised of Michal Kajan and Seadhna Ryan, the forwards were Cormac Casey, Cillian Cox and Duileach Ryan. Subs were Ernie Brunt, Michael Salami, Keith Kinsella, Kevin Tansey and Dwane Geraghty.

The team had been excellently prepared by Mr. Corr 5th/6th Class Teacher in Lanesboro Primary School who had put great effort into ensuring the team were well prepared and confident that they could do it.  Killoe were great opponents.


A Show to beat all

The interest for the Shannon Gaels Variety concert in St. Mary’s hall on Saturday night 12th April has been staggering. Tickets have already been booked in large numbers. This will be a variety show to equal the best and one definitely not to be missed. The Shannon Gaels Minor club who has had some marvelous productions of Search for a Star, in the past, will again produce this variety show. As is their wont, their previous productions well sellout nights and if this one is not, then I will eat my hat, such is the quality of presentation.

The show will have our own version of Mrs. Brown’s Boys featuring the Fayne brothers Alan and Colin, Carmel Linnane, Claire Costello, Mark Cary, Darragh Byrne, Niall Keane, Lauren Guinan and Shane Kenny. Live acts will feature Gerard Farrell singing solo, noted musician Fran Deffew, the youthful Paul Prior on his piano to name just a few.

Tickets will be on sale during the coming week and you are advised to buy early as there is no doubt that will once again be a complete sell out. Tickets are priced at only €10 and will be on sale in O’Brien’s and Cullen’s. You can also book your tickets by phoning 3321107.

Colm medal haul

Colm Daly, Rathcline Road, and a member of the local Triathlon club and the Roscommon masters swimming club travelled to Limerick recently for the All-Ireland Irish Open Long Course Championships. Colm, a renowned swimmer, claimed silver medals in the 50metre back crawl, also in the 400 and 800m freestyle and also a bronze in the 100m back crawl.  He set personal records in both the 400m and 800m and also the in the 100m back crawl. We say a very well done to Colm and like the wine he seems to get better with age.

Support for County Minors

The longford County Minor Board is holding a draw to help support the minor team in their preparation for the Leinster and All Ireland championships. Already they have secured the Leinster League and look increasingly likely to be also in the Connaught League final. Tickets are on sale in Johnston’s Pharmacy and in O’Brien’s. For all the many hundreds of 1Direction fans in Lanesboro this is a great opportunity to win two tickets for their performance in Croke Park along with €500, 2nd prize is €500, 3rd prize is a 32” TV, 4th prize Meal to the value of €250 in the fabulous Viewmount House, 5th prize is 2 All Ireland Football tickets and 6th prize is a Family season Ticket to the local Championship. Get your tickets and support our own Gareth Johnston, manager, Shane Kenny, Captain, and Cian O’Brien, selector. Tickets are priced at €10 each and the draw will take place on Saturday 19th April.

Table Quiz

Longford Toastmasters are holding a Table Quiz in Longford Rugby Club on this coming Thursday night 27th March at 9pm (team registration at 8.30pm). Table of four persons cost €40. There will be a raffle and spot prizes on the night. All welcome.

Social Afternoon Returns

Following the huge success of the Social Evening in Clarkes Bar the committee has decided to hold another Social Evening on Sunday 30th March in Clarkes bar from 4pm to 6pm. Music will be provided by the very popular and local musician Jimmy Hussey. Come along for dancing, singing, music and lots of fun and a most enjoyable evening.


We were all shocked and saddened to hear the sad news of one of our local residents at Mullingar Hospital on Sunday 16th March of Brian Tucker, Lehery. Brian along with his late wife Mary moved from England to Ballyleague – Mary’s home parish. They bought the filling station on the outskirts of Ballyleague where they ran a very successful business until their retirement. The Tucker family became very popular in the wider area and it was always a pleasure to deal with Brian, his wife Mary and family. Brian was a very personable man who loved to stand and chat and was always interested in the affair of the locality. He had a great interest in sport and none more so than equine sport. Following his move to Lehery he bred and reared many horses with great success and was always seen tending to his animals as one passed the road. His passing leaves many empty hearts and minds and he will be sadly missed by everyone that came to know him.

To his son Martin, daughters Claire and Lorraine, brother, Philip, sister, Hazel, relatives and many many friends we would like to extend our sincere sympathy. Brian has donated his body to medical science at Trinity College. Coincidently Trinity College is where his grandson Gavin is studying to become a doctor.

Camera Lost

During the after wedding celebrations of Kevin Hanley and Fiona Egan on Monday last St. Patrick’s Day in Adie Farrell’s Fiona mislaid her Samsung Red Digital camera. If you happen to come across it or even know where it is, can you contact Fiona or Kevin or leave it into Adie’s or O’Brien’s. It is particularly valuable as it has the first photographs of their newly born twins and also from the wedding day itself.

Sunday Opening

The Friends of Asthma Charity shop from Sunday next 30th March will open their furniture department on the last Sunday of every month from 12 noon to 4pm including Bank Holidays. Come along and see what may there for you or if you have any furniture donation you can also make it during opening hours each day.

Shannon Gaels

The club will host a variety concert, for one night only, in St. Mary’s Hall on Saturday 12th April at 8.30pm. It promises to be a spectacular night and one not to be missed at any cost. Tickets, at €10, are on sale in O’Brien’s and Cullen’s. Book early and don’t be disappointed.

The minor club also supports the county minor raffle that is ongoing and asks those that can to support the draw by buying tickets from Johnston’s Pharmacy or O’Brien’s.

Well done to the county minors on their great victory over Mayo in Pearse Park on Saturday evening last. A feature of that game was the Mayo goal keeper was Mathew Flanagan who is nephew of Eileen and Mike Hanley. Mathew was Mayo captain shaking hands with Shane Kenny whose house he can see over the Turlough every time he visits Eileen and Mike – it’s a small world.Mathew Flanagan Mathew Flanagan

St. Faithleach’s

Adult Football League: Our seniors were defeated by St. Croan’s on Sunday at home. Final Score – St. Faithleachs 0-05 St. Croan’s 3-11. Team: S. Connor, D. Murray, C. Gunn, A. Hanly, H. Kenny, C. Brennan, K. Farrell (0-1), A. McCormack, S. O’Grady, D. Rooney, B. Murtagh (0-1), P. Trautt, A. Dooney, E. Kenny (0-2), D. Hussey (0-1). Subs: J. Quigley, D. Gibbons. Next game is against Padraig Pearses. See Fixtures for confirmation of details.

Junior Ladies – D3 League: Our junior ladies were defeated by Shannon Gael on Sunday at home. Final Score – St. Faithleachs 1-05 Shannon Gaels 1-13. Team: P. McCormack, C. Cleary, A. Ormsby, E. Kenny, N. Scally, Q. Cox, A. Nerney, A. Mc Loone (0-3), J. Geoghegan (0-2), R. Banahan, E. Hegarty, T. Nerney, K. Murphy, C. Scally, L. Mc Loone (1-0). Subs: M. Kenny.  Next game is against Boyle. See Fixtures for confirmation of details.

Minor Men – D4 League: Our minors play against St. Ronan’s this coming Sunday 30th March at 12.00 noon in Kilronan Park.
U16 Girls – D2 Championship: Our U16 girls were defeated by Oran on Saturday last in Oran. Final Score – St. Faithleachs 4-06 Oran 4-08. Team: D. McCaffrey, K. Browne, N. Hegarty, L. Farrell, L. Cox, M. Kelly, L. Hoare, S. Hoare, A. Curley (0-1), J. Banahan (0-1), J. Farrell, N. Parker (0-1), C. Glennon, E. Irwin (3-3), O. Costello, S. Scally (1-0), J. Brennan. Next game is against St. Croan’s this coming Sunday 30th March at4.00pm.
U16 Boys – D2 League: Our U16 boys play against Western Gaels this coming Wednesday 26th March at 5.45pm in Ballyleague.
U14 Boys – Challenge: Our U14 boys have a challenge Game against St. Dominic’s, this coming Sunday 30th March. Please check with your manager for confirmation of venue and time.
U14 Roscommon Girls: Well done to St. Faithleachs GAA U14 Girls on the Roscommon County U14 girl’s squad who took park in the Connacht Blitz on Sunday in Ballyhaunis. We wish them the very best of luck in their 1st Championship game against Sligo this coming Saturday 29th March in Tubbercurry at 3.00pm.
U12 Girls: Training begins this coming Wednesday 26th March at 6.30pm. Please check with your manager for confirmation of details. The U12 blitz will take place weekending 5th/6th April with St. Faithleachs U12 girls in group 1 along with Padraig Pearses, Clann na nGael & St. Barry’s. Further details will follow.

Congratulations: To Diarmuid Murtagh on his selection for the Irish Daily Mail “Future Champions” (Third-level) Team 2014. We wish Diarmuid the very best of luck with the Roscommon U21 Squad in the upcoming Cadbury Connacht U21 Football Championship Final, Roscommon V Leitrim, Saturday 5th April.

Well Done: To Laura Mc Loone, Aisling Ormsby & Rebecca Hanley with the Sligo IT Ladies GAA Team, runners-up in the LGFA Ladies HEC “Donaghy Cup Final” against UU Coleraine last week. Final Score: Sligo IT 1-08 UU Coleraine 0-13

Senior Club Social & Presentation Night: Our Senior Club’s Presentation Night takes place in the clubhouse this coming Saturday 29th March at 9.30pm. Awards on the night will be presented to Senior/Junior/U21 Player of the Year 2013 and Club Person of the Year 2013. Representatives of the Connacht Council will attend, in celebrating the clubs, Connacht GAA Club Ground of the Year Award 2013. Music on the night will be by DJ, Tommy Keenan. Light Refreshments will be served. There will be no admission charge. All are welcome.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: A very special thank you to everybody involved in the organisation and preparation of the St. Faithleachs GAA Club Float for the Lanesboro/Ballyleague St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Monday last. Many thanks to all our members and supporters who took part on the day.
Reminder – Membership/Registration: St. Faithleachs GAA 2014 Club membership is now due. Adult Players please contact senior club, Brian Scally. Minor and Underage players please contact minor club registrar, Sean Cox or your management for membership forms and registration details. The cost of registration is adult players €60, Under18’s and students €30, family €100, social membership €30. Please note, registration fee must be paid before players can train/compete for the club.
Cards: Every Tuesday in the clubhouse, 8.30pm. All are welcome.

Congratulations: To Emma Kenny who celebrated her 18th Birthday recently.

Rathcline GAA

Our first league game took place against Legan, in Clonbonny on Saturday evening. The team got a deserved win on a score line of 1- 17 to 6 pts. The first half was a tight affair, with scoring at a minimum; both teams had chances but didn’t take them. The half time score was 5 pts. to 2 in favour of Rathcline. The team settled into a better rhythm in the second half and dictated the pace of the game. With good runs coming from defence and midfield, Rathcline found space and took several scores very well. Colin Fayne scored the only goal of the game half way through the second half. It was a decent team performance and can be built on in both this league and the reserve league. Legan will no doubt improve, but Rathcline will take heart from a strong 2nd half performance. Training continues midweek. Thanks to all who had the pitch looking immaculate and to everyone who helped out on the day.

A reminder to everyone, that the Croagh Patrick climb is taking place very soon. Anyone whom is interested should contact a member of the executive for details. A worthwhile trip for body and soul, it’s a great fundraiser for the club, and after the climb there is a great social occasion to enjoy also!

The weekly lotto results were 2, 3, 20, 22, 29, and 39, there was no outright winner. The jackpot next week is €1,000. Weekly winners were Martin McNally, Shannon Gaels Minor Club, Gary Gallagher, and Lara & Vera O Sullivan.

Rathcline Ladies

The senior ladies were defeated by Edgeworthstown in the first round of the senior league on Sunday. The team was down to the bare minimum in numbers, due to illness and injuries. Fair play to all the ladies, who took part. Senior training continues on Wednesday.

The clothes collection continues for the Ladies Club so please contact Madeline or Mike if you have any unwanted clothes.

Training for U 14s and U 16s continues on Sunday morning, it’s vital that all players who want to be part of these squads come to train.

Rathcline Minor Club

The third registration night for the Minor club will take place this Friday evening at 8.15 in the club house. For any player, it is necessary to register. The club has a wonderful under age set up, so please attend if you want your child playing GAA this year.

Hard luck to our minor team who were defeated by Slashers in the 2nd round of the league. It was a great display by our lads, and keep the heads up for the next round of the league.

The U 16’s are out in the first round of their league this weekend. Please check paper for time and venue.

The Parish Hall was alive at the weekend with the sounds of music, laughter and the spoken word, as the Minor Club gear up for a talent extravaganza, which takes place on the 12th of April. Rehearsals are in full swing, and the talent on show was mind boggling. This promises to be a class night, a night where everyone should make an effort to attend, as it will showcase what’s best about our parish from young and old! Tickets on sale from Joe O Brien corner shop, these tickets should be pre booked as interest is at fever pitch.


Lough Ree Athletic Club

Athletics Ireland is in the business of promoting ‘Sportshall Athletics’ to the Primary Schools.  With this in mind Roscommon county board invited four schools to a new competition in Kilbride Community centre on Tuesday last 18th March. It was divided into four sections – boys, girls, 3rd and 4th class and boys, girls, 5th and 6th class. It is a team competition with several events and a variety of relays. Cloontuskert N.S. took up the offer, along with Coosan, Taughmaconnell and Roscommon. Cloontuskert can be well pleased with their day, taking home two sets of silver and bronze medals.

Starting with the 3rd/4th class boys, Ryan Byrne tied for first in the standing High Jump with Cian Walton in third place. Kevin Mc Donogh was second in the Triple Jump and third in the Javelin while Connor Gannon managed third place in the Triple Jump.

Moving on to the girls, Orla Cox tied for first in the Javelin while Shauna Mimnagh and Blaithín Mc Elgunn tied for second place  in the standing High Jump. Mimnagh and Megan Maher tied for third place in the Long Jump with Orla Cox third and Keisha Carthy fourth in the Triple Jump.

Staying with the girls but moving to the 5th and 6th classes, Rachel Donlon was second in the Javelin and Chloe Hussey fourth in the Ball Throw. The boys 5th 6th class seen Jack Murray tied for second place in the standing High Jump with Ian Trautt winning the Javelin and he was the most convincing winner of the day. A gold star for this initiative as all enjoyed the occasion.

Well done to everyone that took part remembering that it was a team effort. NB. In the standing High Jump it is the athlete’s spring that is measured.

Badminton Club

Congratulations to the Grade 4 team who overcame Moyvore in the final to win the Midlands League on Thursday 20th March in Ballymore. Well done to Ann Duffy, Mary Flanagan, Karl Crawford and David Slattery on their victory. Also best of luck to Grade 5 Men’s who play Mullingar in the final of the Midlands League in Ballymore on Thursday 27th at 8:30pm, supporters are welcome to cheer them on.



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