Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 5th May 2014

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes


Celebration of a remarkable Milestone

On Monday 4th May 1914 on Inchenagh island in Lough Ree Eileen Connaughton was born. She was from a family of 10 – 8 girls and 2 boys. Eileen grew up on the island before marrying Michael Devanney in 1948. They lived in Kilteevan before making their move to Rathcline, high on the hill, where she was to spend the rest of her live looking over her beloved Lough Ree where they reared two daughters Maureen and Ann.

On Saturday last, a day before her 100th birthday, the family held a glorious celebration of her life, in her home, to recognise and honour the wonderful achievement of reaching 100 years.

The day started with Fr, Mickie Reilly celebrating mass and in his own inimitable way made the occasion a very beautiful one for Eileen. Following mass the party got into full swing and another very special guest at the party was Eileen’s sister Teresa who in September next will celebrate the magnificent age of 102. Teresa who is a Dominican nun travelled from her home base in Santa Sabina House to share this joyful occasion with her sister Eileen. The pair of sisters really brought the house down when together they sang a duet of a much loved family song.

We congratulate Eileen on reaching the remarkable milestone of 100 years and hope she has many more years in the loving care of her family.

Local Community Games Finals

All roads and pathways should lead to Lanesboro track on Monday evening next for the local Community Games Sports Day finals at 6pm (weather permitting). The Community Games is for every young boy and girl in our parish and they no reason every single one of them should not be at the track on Monday. It is a special day in the life of our young people and they should be there to enjoy and treasure the magical moments at the track.

There will be a race for the Under 6s followed by competitions in all ages U8 to U16. Competitors must be underage on 31st July 2014.

Events are as follows: Running U8-U16, Hurdles U10 and U14, Ball Throw U12, Long Jump U 14, Shot Putt U 14, Long Puck U14.

Competitors are asked to bring €2.

Be a Blood Donor

The regular Blood Transfusion Service, blood donor clinic, will attend at the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon, on this Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th May. The clinic will be open from 5 to 8.30pm. There is always a huge demand for blood and your contribution can be a life saver for some person. Young people are encouraged to go along and begin the wonderful process of giving blood. If you have been a regular donor in the past and have let it lapsed, then, there is no better time than now to get back into donating blood. It is so little out of your time to add so much time to a person in need of your donation.

Regional Winner

Congratulations to Fermoyle N.S on being awarded “The regional winner in the water school of the year Award ” sponsored by Irish Water. The awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday May 6th in Croke Park. The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan will attend the event along with John Tierney, Managing Director of Irish Water.

The school will receive prize money of €750 for the Green Schools Programme and a crystal trophy. They will also receive a Green Flag and a certificate and booklet for next Green- Schools theme (travel).  A big “thank you” is extended to Miss Mahon and her Green schools Committee on all their trojan work throughout the year.

Thank You

The organisers of the Social Gathering would like to say a very big thank you to all who attended, contributed and supported the social gathering in Clarkes on Sunday 27th April.

It was a wonderful success and a great evening was had by all

The next Social Gathering will be held on the last Sunday evening of May, 25th May, from 5-7pm. It is a definite date for your diary and everyone is welcome and it is hoped to see you and your friends on the evening. Music will once again be by very talented Sharon Turley.

There is only 1Direction

With tickets for the fabulous 1direction concerts completely sold out and being resold at extraordinary prices, Rathcline has a unique offer for anyone still looking for these scarce tickets. For only €2, yes, only €2 you have the opportunity to win not one but 2 Premium level tickets along with €100 spending money. That is the offer for Saturday night 24th May and the second prize is exactly the same prize offering, only this time, for Sunday 25th May. Even if you did not win the first two prizes you may be able to console yourself with the third prize of €50.

Tickets are on sale throughout the town and you should not delay with buying yours as there are only a limited number of tickets on sale. The draw will take place in the Yacht Bar on Saturday week 17th May at 11pm.


Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the bridge competition held on Wednesday last 30th May are: N/S 1st Frank and Frances Brennan, 2nd Renee Walsh and Mary Jameson and 3rd Phil Chalmers and Cyril Hussey. E/W 1st Eileen Kelly and Una Clarke, 2nd Philomena Walsh and Katharine Harrison and 3rd Una Lawlor and Brid Mc Dermott.

Rathcline Lottery Winners

The numbers drawn on Saturday night last 3rd May were 10, 11, 17, 39, 41 and 43 for a jackpot of €1,500. There was one ticket winner of the prize and the lucky winners were Claire and Joe Finnegan, Cullen’s Filling Station. The jackpot for Saturday night next will revert to €100.

Gathering Meeting this Wednesday

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 this Wednesday 7th May at 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.

€2,500 Bingo Prize Money

Bingo will take place in Newtownforbes on Sunday 11th May at 3.00pm. There will €2,500 in prize money.

Darkness into Light Walk

You are invited to take part in the Darkness into Light walk in your county on this coming Saturday morning, 10th May at 4.15am. The walk will take place in the Mall complex, Longford. Pre-registration will take place on Wednesday 7th May 5.30 – 8pm in the Mall or come early and register on the morning of the walk. All are welcome to come and join.

Tidy Town 5 Year Plan

The Lanesborough Tidy Towns committee will launch its Tidy Towns Five Year Plan 2014-2018 on Wednesday, 7th May in St Mary’s Hall at 8.30pm. All members of the community are invited to attend and share your ideas of how we should progress over the five years. The objective of the plan is to guide the efforts of the committee as it continues to work towards making our community a nicer place to live in and to visit. Your support of our weekly lotto helps the committee to continue the programme of works.

Ladies Mini Marathon

The ladies Mini Marathon will take place on Monday 2nd June in Dublin. There is a bus booked to go the mini marathon. At present there are just 13 seats remaining. If you want to avail of a bus ride to and from Dublin you should contact Pam Farrell after 6pm by phoning her at 087-4146987.

Shannon Gaels

If you still have not signed up or sponsored for the Croagh Patrick climb on Saturday next then you are asked to do so immediately and support the senior club.

1Direction tickets are on sale and we urge your support. For only €2 you can win one of the first two prizes which are 2 premium level tickets and €100 for Saturday or Sunday and third prize is €100.

Our U6, U8 and U10 training is going great with excellent numbers attending. U10 is tight on numbers and if there are any parents out there that would like their children to enter a great environment they are welcome to come to Clonbonny on Friday evenings from 7 to 8pm

Congratulations to Shane, Gareth, Cian and the county minors and management on beating Louth in Drogheda and they now travel to Carlow on Wednesday night to take on Carlow. We again wish them the very best of luck.

Our U16 team will take part in the league on Thursday next when they take on St. Patrick’s Óg at 7.30pm.

Minor training has been suspended for the time being to allow our players maximum study time for their upcoming exams. Once training is back on track everyone will be notified by text.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

U16 Boys – D2 League: Our U16 Boys are in the League County Final this coming Sunday 11th May at 6.00pm. St. Faithleachs V Kilmore/Shannon Gaels. (See fixtures for confirmation of venue). Best of luck to all players on the panel and to their management, Gerry Nerney, Jimmy Mangan, Aidan Dooney and Seamus Carberry. Please come along and support the boys.

Junior B – D4 League: Our junior men had a win over Kilbride on Friday evening last in Ballyleague. Final Score – St. Faithleachs 3-10 Kilbride 3-06. Team: A. Manning, MF. O’Grady, J. Walsh, B. Scally, A. Hanly, D. Gibbons, J. Tarmey, J. Quigley, D. Harrison, K. Farrell, D. Hussey, N. Dooney, P. Trautt, D. Rooney, B. Hussey. Subs: W. Donoghue, D. McCormack.  Next game in against Fuerty this coming Friday evening 9th May at 7.30pm in Fuerty

Junior Ladies – Championship: Our junior ladies have their 1st Championship game this coming Saturday 10th May, away to Michael Glaveys at 6.00pm

Roscommon Ladies: Congratulations to Amanda Mc Loone, with the Roscommon Ladies on their win over Antrim in the Tesco Homegrown NFL – D4 Final on Saturday last in Tullamore. Final Score – Roscommon 3-11 Antrim 1-09. The Roscommon Ladies have now been promoted to Division 3. Congratulations and well done to all involved

Roscommon U21’s: Hard luck to Diarmuid Murtagh with the Roscommon U21 squad and to Ray Cox, selector, defeated in the Cadbury All-Ireland U21 Football Championship Final on Saturday last in Tullamore. Final Score – Roscommon 3-06 Dublin 1-21. Well done to you all involved, on a great championship campaign.

U14 Boys – D3 League: Our U14 boys have a game against Kilbride on Thursday evening next, 8th May at 7.00pm in Kilbride

U14 Girls – D1 League: Our U14 girls have their 1st League game against Boyle this week. Please see fixtures for confirmation of details.

Roscommon U14 Girls: Best of luck to Jillian Banahan, Ellen Irwin, Marie Kelly, Sarah Scally and Keeley Byrne with the Roscommon U14 girls in the Connacht Championship Final: Roscommon V Mayo this coming Sunday, 11th May at 7.00pm in Ballyhaunis.

U12 Girls – Championship: Our U12 Girls were defeated by St. Barry’s on Sunday last 4th May in Tarmonbarry. Team: V. Jedroite, A. Trimble, A. Parker, L. O’Donnell, O. Irwin, L. Parker, C. Hussey, L. Costello, N. Flynn, I. Ryan, J. Gibbons, A. Curley, H. Barry, A. Connaughton, L. Farrell and C. Carroll. Next game is against Elphin this coming Sunday 11th May at 6.00pm in Ballyleague.

U10 GoGames Blitz: The U10 Blitz event starts this coming Saturday 10th May. St. Faithleachs are in Group 3 along with Oran, Tulsk, St. Aidans and Kilbride. Host club this Saturday is Kilbride. Games commence at 11.00am

Paddy Bolger Memorial Tournament:  The Annual Paddy Bolger Memorial 11-a-side U14 tournament will take place at St. Faithleachs GAA club grounds on Saturday next 10th May. A large numbers of teams are taking part, from Roscommon, Longford, Leitrim, Mayo and Dublin. The tournament commences at 11.00am sharp. Volunteers, who are available to assist on the day, please contact minor chairman James Irwin, or vice chairman, Gerard O’Donnell.

Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others: LGFA “Gaelic 4 Mothers and Others” initiative sees women playing Ladies Gaelic Football in a fun, non-competitive and social environment. St. Faithleachs GAA Club is holding their 1st training session tomorrow, Monday 5th May at 7.00pm. If you are interested in taking part, please come along for further information and details.

Church Gate Collection: St. Faithleachs GAA minor club is holding their Annual Church Gate collection this coming weekend, Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th May at Ballyleague, Curraghroe and Ballagh Church. Volunteers, who are available, please contact our secretary, Monica Connaughton.

Cards: Takes place every Tuesday in the clubhouse at 8.30pm. All are welcome. Last week’s results are – joint winners, Josie/Michael and Jimmy/Kevin. The last game winner was Pat Joe/Tim.

Congratulations: To all the children in the Parish who celebrated their 1st Holy Communion this weekend.

Rathcline GAA

We start with the climb! The Croagh Patrick climb has become an annual event for Rathcline. It happens this Saturday the 10th May; everyone who is taking part hopefully has all their sponsorship for this gruelling test. It’s a great experience followed by a wonderful social evening. Accommodation is available, in Westport, at €45 per person and if you want to avail of this please contact Lorraine Farrell.

Would you or someone you know like to go to One Direction with a hundred euro spending money??If so, then Rathcline have various tickets at €2 a line in all shops in Lanesboro. It’s a cheap way to be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets to one of the most eagerly awaited concerts of 2014. Someone will win, so put your name down for 2 euro and be in with a chance!

The Rathcline men had a tough 2 point win over Kenagh on Friday evening. A tough physical game that both teams could have won just went the way of Rathcline when they stretched away in the last 5 minutes. Kenagh tried to get that elusive goal but the backs held out. Another win, well done lads.

Thanks to Bonniconlon from Co. Mayo for travelling down on Sunday to play a challenge. It was worthwhile at this time of year. We wish the Mayo lads the best in their championship.

Training continues for the senior lads on Wednesday night.

Boom, the jackpot has been won again in the Rathcline GAA Lotto. Congrats to Claire and Joe Finnegan on winning €1500. The winning numbers were 10, 11, 17, 39, 41 and 43. Thanks for the support.

Minor Club Notes

The club survives every year on getting children and parents involved in the club. It’s very heartening to see such large attendances at U6, U8, and U10 training. Parents are integral to the development of basic skills at this young age and a great support to our future stars of the parish. Keep up the good work.

The U 14’s play Legan this week, the U 16’s play Ardagh on Thursday, the minors have finished till after the Leaving Cert. We wish all students taking part in exams the best of luck.

The Co Longford Minors are out this Wednesday evening when they take on Carlow. The very best to the lads and management from all at Rathcline GFC.

Rathcline Ladies Club

Well done to our U12 girls who drew their match against Edgeworthstown and the U 14 team had a great win over St Helens last week. Next week the U 12’s are away to Slashers, the U 16’s girls play Slashers in Clonbonny at 7 pm this Thursday.

Senior ladies play Colmcille next Sunday in Colmcille at 12noon, your support would be appreciated.

The clothes collection is still ongoing and the club will gladly take any spare clothes you need to get rid of.

Finally, happy birthday to Lauren Farrell, who celebrated her 21st on Saturday night. A quiet, civil affair was attended by all her friends on the night, the clean-up continue.




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