Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes Monday 28th April 2014

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes


Plea from local Residents

The residents of the small estate of Radharc na Muileann, situated between the Community College and Cnoc na Gaoithe, have in recent times done a remarkable job in making their estate very attractive. This was all done by the local residents themselves and also at their own costs. They are appealing to everyone that walks that area to respect their work by not tossing litter over the wall into the estate. The residents make a special plea to dog owners who on a continual basis throw their dog faeces over the wall to desist and to put it into litter bins situated throughout Lanesboro.

The residents are very proud of their hard work and how well the estate now looks and would like everyone to acknowledge it by not littering the area.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the competition for 23rd April are; 1st Frank and Frances Brennan, 2nd Mona O’Flaherty and Bernadette Gillen, and a tie for 3rd place between Gemma Douglas and Elish Gray & Loretto Cooney and Freda Kenny.

Rathcline Lottery results

On Saturday night last 26th April the following lotto numbers were drawn 2, 3, 5, 14, 24 and 41. There was nobody with four of those numbers and the jackpot of €1400 was not won. The four winners of €25 each were Mike Greene, The Green, Alan Fayne Cullentra, Brian Scally, Gardenstown and Patrick Mc Grath, Moydow. The jackpot for next Saturday’s draw will be €1500.

Lamb Festival Celebration

You are warmly invited to attend the ‘Thanksgiving for the flocks of the field ‘ in St Coman’s Parish Church, Roscommon on this Wednesday 30th April at 8pm.

This will be a celebration in music and verse. The programme includes; Harp ensemble, the Strokestown choral group, a glimpse of the Passover.

There will also be a presentation of knitted prayer shawls to the Roscommon Palliative Care team.

The Guest organist for the celebration will be Mike Thomas’s.

The thanksgiving ceremony will be led by Rev Liz McKinney and Monsignor Travers.

There is a warm invited extended to each and every one to go along and attend.

Eddie hits 100

Many congratulations to Eddie Farrell, formerly of Tullyvrane, who on Saturday next will hit the magical age of 100. Eddie, in his youth, played with Rathcline and also held positions in the club. We wish him a wonderful day on Saturday and many more years.


Many congratulations to Alicia Mc Dermott, Cnoc na Gaoithe, daughter of Mary and the late Alex Mc Dermott, Lisnacusha on her recent announcement to Walter Halloran, son of Walter and Kathleen Halloran, Westport, Co. Mayo.

The value of our Fire Station

It has been a long time coming and last week was a great one for the entire community as work commenced on the Longford Road of the new fire station in Lanesboro. There has been much toing and froing in an effort to get the new station up and running. It was not until a further €80,000 was announced recently that gave the project the impetuous to proceed. The funding for the new station will be €780,000.

The value of our fire station and the fire brigade crew has become increasingly vital to our entire area. The station has a very dedicated crew of 9, all retained, and they do an astounding job year in year out. On average our local fire brigade is called out once a week with over 50 call outs recorded in the past year. All of the crew are trained first responders and have a wealth of medical knowledge which is a compulsory part of the job because of the many various incidents they attend. As much as we think that the fire brigade is about fire, its purpose is much more varied and a lot of the time health related, so their ability to deal with health and injury issues until ambulances and doctors arrive is very vital.

The fire brigade has been called out for many different incidents: house fires, car fires, road traffic accidents, bog fires and AED emergencies. As you can see the reasons the brigade is called are wide and varied and the range of expertise must also be the same to cover every eventuality that they face when the beeper goes and they face into the unknown.

We have a great fire brigade crew and we should acknowledge and thank the past and current crews of Lanesboro Fire Brigade for the great work they do and have done over the years. We look forward to them being in their new station before year end and spending many more successful years working within our community.

Good Luck

We would like to wish Diarmuid Murtagh and his fellow players and Ray Cox and his fellow team mentors the very best of luck on Saturday next in Tullamore when Roscommon take on Dublin in the All-Ireland U21 final.

The Cullen family on the Rathcline Road will have their feet in the Dublin camp as Ronan’s nephew Conor Mc Hugh will be attempting to destroy Roscommon’s dream.

Well done to Ciarán Murtagh and his fellow Roscommon players  and Wally Burke and his fellow team management on their great win in the Division 3 league final in Croke Park on Saturday last.

Gathering Meeting

Last year the Gathering was an outstanding success in Lanesboro and it is hoped that this year it will be even bigger and better than ever. There will be a meeting in Adie’s meeting room on Wednesday 7th May ay 9pm. It is hoped that there will be a big number of local attending with some wonderful ideas as to how to make this year’s event more distinctive and creative. Come along, join the party and let’s make August Bank Holiday very special in Lanesboro. The town will be alive with the sound of music and much much more – be part of it.

Monthly Whist Drive

Lanesboro Social Services will hold their monthly whist drive in St. Mary’s hall on this coming Friday night 2nd May at 8.30pm. As you may know the work done by this small and dedicated group within our community is fantastic. All of their work is unseen and unheard but from year to year they are a most supportive group in our community and they deserve to be supported at every hands turn. Please go along on Friday night and make it a great night of card playing and enjoy a great night. As usual refreshments will be served and your support will be greatly appreciated.

Historical Re-enactment Meeting

There has been a tremendous reaction to the proposed historical reenactment of a 19th century event that occurred in Lanesboro involving Parnell and Michael Davitt.

There will be a meeting in the front room of St. Mary’s Hall on Tuesday 6th May at 9pm. Everyone that has expressed an interest and those that feel they may be interested in taking part in what should be a memorable occasion are invited to come along.

Historical re-enactments do not happen very often in our area and it would be wonderful to have a big crowd showing a great interest in creating something very special in Lanesboro during the summer.

Come along and be part of something fantastic – the invite goes to both young and old and it would be great to see a great cross section of our community at this meeting.

As has been seen with the Shannon Gaels Variety show there is a huge amount of talent in every sphere and we would welcome their expertise along with the expertise within our community.

Tidy Towns Adjudication Approaching

Lanesboro has four weeks to get ready for Tidy Towns judging, it is due due in the first/second week of June. If you can paint a front wall or gate, pick some litter, sweep a footpath, put up a hanging basket or window box, it will  help the town to continue its progress in the National Tidy Towns competition. A newsletter outlining our progress during the year will be available at the weekend, in the church porch and in local shops. As part of the national clean-up campaign, a clean-up of our town will take place on this Thursday 1st May from 8 to 9pm. It will concentrate on three areas including the Longford Road, the back lane of the Green and the trees around the track. Please meet at the Green, opposite the Church at 7.55pm

Karl and Owen Leinster Champions

 Saturday last 27th April proved to a great day for the Lanesboro Ballyleague Badminton club, representing Longford, when they travelled to Baldoyle, Dublin for the CAC Leinster League finals. It was a great day for the club, county as Karl Crawford became CAC Leinster League grade 3 champion and Owen Casey became Leinster singles champion in grade 6, bringing two provincial titles to the club. Also well done to all those who were runners up in well battled finals, Mark Bermingham, Francis Casey, Regina Scally and Noel Moran. The club would like to thank all that supported them on the day. It was a great experience and achievement for the club once again.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Adult Football League: Our Seniors have a game against Kilmore on Monday 5th May at 2.00pm in Ballyleague

Congratulations: To Ciarán and Diarmuid Murtagh with the Roscommon senior squad and to Walter Burke, selector; Winners of the Allianz Football League D3 Final in Croke Park on Saturday evening last. Result: Roscommon 1-17 Cavan 0-18

Junior B – D4 League: Our junior men were defeated by St. Dominic’s last week in Knockcroghery. Final score – St. Faithleachs 4-07 St. Dominic’s 2-07. Team: A. Brehon, D. Hussey, P. Trautt, N. Dooney, D. Gibbons, B. Scally, B. Hussey, D. Rooney, D. Harrison, J. Walsh, A. Hanly, C. Farrell, D. Dunne. Next game is against Kilbride this coming Friday evening 2nd May at 7.30pm in Ballyleague.

Best of luck: To Amanda Mc Loone with the Roscommon Ladies in the Tesco Homegrown NFL – D4 Final: Roscommon V Antrim this coming Saturday 3rd May at 1.00pm in Tullamore.

Best of luck: To Diarmuid Murtagh with the Roscommon U21 Squad & to Ray Cox Selector, in the Cadbury All-Ireland U21 Football Championship Final: Roscommon V Dublin this coming Saturday 3rd May at 3.00pm in Tullamore

Best of luck: To Joan Geoghegan with the Roscommon Minor Ladies in the Connacht Championship B Final: Roscommon V Leitrim this coming Monday 5th May. See fixtures for confirmation of details.

Minor Men- D4 League: Our Minors were defeated by Michael Glaveys in the league semi-final on Friday evening last at home. Final Score – St. Faithleachs 3-9 Michael Glaveys 4-13. Team: J. Farrell, J. Sweeney, J. Irwin, C. Mangan, L. Parker, M. Cox (0-2), D. Kelly, S. Walsh (0-4), S. Phillips (1-1), C. Gannon (1-1), J. Kelly (0-1). Subs: D. Foley (1-0), J. Hussey, E. Tynan, M. Gill, R. Guinan, D. Nerney.

U16 Girls – D2 Championship: Our U16 Girls were defeated by St. Barry’s on Wednesday evening last at home. Final Score – St. Faithleachs 3-06 St. Barry’s 6-11. Team: D. McCaffrey, K. Browne, M. Banahan, N. Hegarty, J. Farrell, S. Hoare, K. Byrne(0-3), I. Farrell, A. Curley(1-2), M. Kelly, G. Banahan(1-0), E. Irwin(0-1), L. Cox, L. Farrell(1-0), L. Hoare. Subs: J. Brennan, K. Mullooly, Caoimhe Glennon, C. Curley, O. Costello, S. Scally. The Girls are through to the B Final, this coming Monday 5th May. See fixtures for confirmation of details.

U16 Boys – D2 League: Our U16 boys are through to the D2 league final following their win over Kilmore/Shannon Gaels on Sunday last on a final scoreline of St. Faithleachs 3-16 Kilmore/Shannon Gaels 0-6. Team: M. O’Donnell, K. Nerney, C. Mangan, M. Gill, L. Parker, D. Nerney, G. Carberry, C. Kennelly(1-0), D. Kelly, R. Guinan(0-2), S. Walsh(0-3), C. Smyth(0-3), J. Donlon(1-4), D. Foley(1-2), C. Gannon(0-2) Subs: E. Tynan, D. Cox, D. McDermott, J. Gill. See fixture for confirmation of League Finals details.

U14 Boys – D3 League: Our U14 boys had a win over Kilglass/St. Barry’s on Monday evening last on a final score – St. Faithleachs 5-12 Kilglass/St. Barry’s 2-09. Team: M. O’Donnell, C. Reynolds, TJ O’Neill, M. Dunne(0-1), A. Hegarty, R. Banahan, R. Trimble, I. Trautt, K. Trautt(1-2), C. O’Brien, N. McGovern(1-1), K. Gallagher, L. Ormsby(3-8). Subs: C. Rohan, JP. O’Reilly, J. Tucker, D. Kilcoyne, A. Glennon. This was followed by another win over Michael Glaveys on Thursday evening. Final Score – St Faithleachs 9-09 Michael Glaveys 5-07. Team: M. O’Donnell, C. Reynolds, TJ. O’Neill, A. Hegarty, I. Trautt, R. Banahan, R. Trimble, J. Browne(1-0), K. Trautt, C. O’Brien, M. Dunne(2-1), N. McGovern(2-5), L. Ormsby(2-3). Subs: D. Mc Dermott (2-0), A. Glennon, L. Cullen, C. Rohan, M. Gibbons, K. Gallagher, JP O’Reilly, O. McGowan. Next game is away to Kilbride, Thursday 8th May at 7.00pm.

U12 Girls – Championship: Our U12 Girls had a win over St. Michaels on Wednesday evening last. Final Score – St. Faithleachs 5-02 St. Michaels 3-07. Team: H. Barry, V. Jedriote, A. Curley, C. Hussey, A. Parker, L. Parker, L. Costello, O. Irwin, A. Connaughton, C. Carroll, L. O’Donnell, J. Gibbons. Next game is away to St. Barry’s this coming Sunday 4th May at 6.00pm.

U8/U10 GoGames Blitz’s: The U8/U10 Blitz events will commence on Saturday 10th May. Further details will follow.

U6 Boys & Girls: Training takes place on Thursday evenings at 7.00pm. New players welcome.

Paddy Bolger Memorial Tournament:  The Annual Paddy Bolger Memorial Tournament will take place at St. Faithleachs GAA club grounds on Saturday 10th May.

Lotto: The numbers drawn were – 3, 7, 20 and 30. There was no jackpot winner and the five €20 winners were – Gill & Frank Casey, Peter Brady, Vera O’Sullivan, Mary & Gerry Keenan, and Ellen Ryan. The next draw will take place on Tuesday next 6th May for a jackpot of €11,100.

Cards: Every Tuesday in the clubhouse at8.30pm. All are welcome. Last week’s results are – Winners, Michael Finan/Michael Rogers, runners-up, Eugene Kelly/Sonny Shea and the last game, Peggy/Josie.

Rathcline Ladies

Hard luck to our senior ladies who were defeated last Sunday by Clonguish in a game played Clonbonny.

Tina Dowd and Annette Farrell made history on Monday evening last. Both ladies have worked hard in getting and preparing an U12 team and for the first time ever the Rathcline Ladies have fielded an U12 team. It is a great honour for the two ladies and also for the young players who we hope in time will be leading players in all grades. We wish all the very best of luck and support. The U12s will play their games every Monday.

Our U14 team was defeated last Thursday by Clonguish.

The U16s have a game this Thursday evening in Clonbonny at 6pm.

The club would like to say a big thank you to everyone who continues to support our scratch and win tickets.


Lough Ree Golfing Society

Golfing Society 21st celebration

Some of the members of the Lough Ree Golfing Society who were at Moate Golf Club on 24th April to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the foundation of the society.

Shannon Gaels

On Sunday last in Edgeworthstown our minor squad captured the first trophy of the season when Western Gaels captured the Special Minor Football Shield Division 1final when they has a comprehensive win over Clonbroney/Wolfe Tones on scoreline of 4-13 to 2-9. This was a great boost for everyone working within the club and we congratulate all players and mentors Joint managers Niall O’Donohue and Mickie Hand, Sean Mimnagh, Ciaran Kenny and Johnny Moran.

Our Under 8’s and U10 are training away every Friday from 7pm to 8pm. Although there is a very good number turning up for training there are still a number of young players still to come out for the Friday evening sessions. All parents are asked to ensure that their young sons are out for Friday evenings.

Our U12’s are playing blitzes at the moment and the players are notified by text for the next games.

Our U14’s are training every Thursday from 7.30 pm to 8.30pm. There are still a couple of players yet to come back into the fray and hopefully they will be there on Thursday evening.

Thank you: The club is extremely grateful to everyone that took part in ‘Lanesboro’s got Talent’ which was an outstanding success and had to be put on for a second night. The groups that took part in the many sketches were absolutely fantastic. It was a wonderful show with a wide variety and some tremendous performances. To make all this happen was not done on the night but with the help of an excellent back up team who did so much work behind the scenes. The club is deeply grateful to everyone who worked on making the two shows such a success. It was fantastic night and believe me another big night is being planned for a future date. The club is in the very lucky situation to have such an excellent group of event planners who never seem to rest and we are glad they don’t.

Lanesboro got Talent DVD is now available in O’Brien’s priced €10 and they are selling very quickly. Don’t miss the opportunity to relive the great night.

Good luck to Shane Kenny and the Longford minor who travel to Drogheda to take on Louth in the Leinster minor championship at 7.15pm. We also wish Gareth Johnston, team manager, and Cian O’Brien, sector and their fellow management team the very best and every success.

Good luck to Diarmuid Murtagh and Ray Cox and the Roscommon U21 team in the All- Ireland final in Tullamore on Saturday.

Ballyleague and Lanesborough Mens Shed

The men would like to extend sincere thanks to each and every person who came along to the Easter car wash event at Top Filling Station in Ballyleague and donated to our new Community Garden project. €1300 was raised over the two days and the funds will help to provide fencing and materials for the new community garden which is now up and running. Potatoes and tomatoes were among the first crops put into the soil this week. The mens shed welcomes new members – of all ages. For more details call to Joe Cribbin at Daybreak Shop.

Rathcline GAA

The club would like to acknowledge and congratulate former player, Secretary and Treasurer Eddie Farrell, formerly of Tullyvrane, who on Saturday next 3rd May will reach the milestone of 100 years.

Well done to our senior team who defeated Moydow in Moydow on Saturday evening last. This was achieved with a number of players absent for different reasons. On Friday night next at 8pm we take on Kenagh in Clonbonny. This is the last game in Division 2 for a few weeks and we hope that all players are again fit and well for this very important game.

All players are asked to make big efforts for training and in between to be getting in some extra training of their own. The championship is nearing and it is very important that everyone gets up to championship pace as we try to regain senior status by winning the Intermediate championship. All shoulders are expected to be put to the wheel to make that push for senior status and this can only happen with everyone  single minded and working hard towards achieving this goal.,

Good luck to Shane, Gareth and Cian and the Longford minors on Thursday evening in Louth.

With less than two weeks to go we would encourage as many people as possible to get involved in our Croagh Patrick challenge. The climb will take place on Saturday May 10th and sponsorship cards are available from any executive member.  This has proved to be a great occasion in the last few years with old and young all successfully and proudly completing the climb. It has also become a great social occasion with different members of the community gathering together in Westport on the night. Join our challenge and feel on top of the world! Accommodation for the night is available in the Harbour Mill apartments at €45 per person with payment upfront on booking. Please contact Lorraine Farrell on (087) 6827966 to book your place.

There was no winner of our weekly lotto jackpot of €1400. The winning numbers were 2, 3, 5, 14, 24, and 41. The four €25 winners were Patrick McGrath – Keel, Moydow, Alan Fayne – Cullentra, Lanesboro, Brian Scally – Gardenstown, Lanesboro and Mike Greene – The Green, Lanesboro. Next week’s jackpot will be €1500.



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