Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes Monday 28th July 2014

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes


All set for Exciting weekend

Everything is now set for the G2 weekend festival. The marquee is now up and the excitement is rising as we approach what should be another fantastic weekend in Lanesboro. The committee looks forward to welcoming everyone out on Friday, Saturday or Sunday night to enjoy a great occasion in our town. This is another fabulous opportunity for us to again, show what a fabulous community we have and we know how to host and support a festival. The committee have worked hard in trying to cater for all taste and are sure that they have got together a great blend of events.

Friday night will begin festivities with a Kiddies Disco from 7.30 to 9.15pm with DJ Stephen Donohoe.

Mike Darcy will then bring the marquee alive with dancing to his wonderful country sounds from 9.30pm to 11.00pm. Come early and enjoy some great music and dancing. The highlight of the night will be the magnificent music of Brendan Shine and his Band and dancing will take place from 11pm to 1am.

Saturday will begin early for those who have booked for the tour of the Power station. Last year this event was booked out and as I write there are only a limited number of places available. If you want to take part in the tour please book immediately in O’Brien’s 043-3321107.

At 10pm we return to the marquee for dancing to the country disco sounds of Shannonside’s Mike Darcy.

The main act of the night will be to Irish country music’s rising star Johnny Brady. There are great expectations for a wonderful night as Johnny’s reputation has been boosted with many great shows.

On Sunday morning the entire community, friends and visitors are invited to theG2 Gathering Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro.

A 1pm. A very special Guided Walk in the Woods “What is edible in the Woods” with Brendan Farrell, Ardagh. This is a free walk and with a limited number of places available early booking is necessary. You must book at O’Brien’s as places are limited for this exciting walk.

From 3pm to 6pm Céilí in the marquee with Johnny Duffy and Rising the Dust and rising the dust the dancers surely will. Céilí’s are wonderful occasions and festival céilí’s are wondrous. Be there and enjoy a wonderful afternoon.

From 3pm to 6pm the Family Day and Picnic will take place with a host of family fun and water specials including raft to race. Come along with your family and enjoy the beauty of the green area at the duck pond and be part of the community picnic.

The evening entertainment will begin in the marquee with our very own local and very popular group Storyhorse. They will be followed at 11pm by Whitewater. They are a Mayo based Rock band who have built up a huge following throughout the country. Their debut album was released in 2009 with rave reviews. Whitewater are a force to be reckoned with on the live scene with a jammed packed setlist , top class sound and lighting this is a must see show.

Tickets for Brendan Shine on Friday night and Johnny Brady on Saturday night are on sale in O’Brien’s, Margaret Gillen’s, Alan Farrell, Teresa Ormsby and Gerard and Adie Farrell. Don’t forget bookings for the ‘tour of the power station’ on Saturday and ‘walk in the woods’ must be made in O’Brien’s. Please book early to avoid disappointment.


Many congratulations to Niall and Marie Dennigan, Mahoraveen on the recent birth of a baby boy.


The marriage took place at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ferbane on Thursday 17th July of Jessica Moore daughter of Seamus and Susan Moore, Ferbane, Co. Offaly and Patrick Doyle, son of Miriam Doyle, Church View. Bestman was Kevin Casey and groomsmen were Phelim Doyle, Eamon Cagen and Micheal Siggins. Chief bridesmaid was Chloe Moore and bridesmaids were Elaine Moore, Gemma Moore and Sharon Mc Guire. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Murray, Ferbane assisted by Fr. Reilly, Lanesboro. The wedding reception took place in the Hodson Bay Hotel. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded happiness.


The whole area was shocked and saddened to learn of the death at the Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar on Wednesday last 23rd July, of Michael O’Reilly, The Green. Mick Reilly as he was more commonly known was a man of simple tastes. He enjoyed nothing better than to be making his way down town and through the quarry to where he had his boat moored. A few hours on the river with a grandson in tow was a great pleasure for Mick. He was a warm man with a tremendous wealth of knowledge not only of the Green but also of the parish. He worked all his working life with Bord na Mona where he built up a great reputation of being a great worker and solid man. Mick was an unassuming man who never sought the limelight. In later years come the month of May, he would move his caravan to Salthill where himself and his wife would spend many weeks of the summer enjoying the sun, seaside and company of new neighbours for the summer season. Mick will be sadly missed by everyone that knew the gentleman that was Mick Reilly. His remains reposed at his residence on Friday last and on Saturday he made his final trip to St. Mary’s Church for his Funeral Mass bore his burial in Clonbonny cemetery. To his wife Annie Rose, daughter Josephine, sons Michael, John James, Robbie, Gerard and Dessie, sisters Goretti Mc Cosker, Josephine, brother Billy, relatives and many friends we extend our deepest sympathy.

Church Gate Collection

On Saturday and Sunday next 2nd and 3rd August the Irish Wheelchair Association will hold its annual church Gate collection at all masses in Lanesboro. With your continued and most generous support the Irish Wheelchair Association can continue to maintain vital services to people with disabilities in County Longford.

Gun Club AGM

Lanesborough Gun Club AGM to be held on Friday 8th August at 9pm in Adie Farrell’s Meeting Room. All members are asked to attend. Gun Club Subscriptions are also now due and should be paid by all members as soon as possible.


The death took place on Friday 18th July of Brigid Corcoran, Carraroe. Brigid was predeceased by her late husband Mike. Mike and Brigid met in England during their earlier days. They settled back in Carraroe and it was not too long before Brigid became a valued member of our community. Brigid was small in stature and big in heart. She was a wonderful neighbour and always had a warm welcome to anyone that came to her house. She was a woman who enjoyed living amongst great friends and neighbours and her demeanour endeared her to absolutely everyone that made her acquaintance. Her remains reposed in Farrell’s Funeral Home on Sunday before the removal of her remains to St. Mary’s Church. Following her Funeral Mass her remains were laid to rest alongside her husband Mike in Clonbonny. To her relatives and friends we extend our sincere sympathy.

Stewarding for Festival

If you are available for stewarding over the weekend please leave your name into O’Brien’s. Thank you

Lanesboro Triathlon Club

3.5k Charity Swim in aid of Join Our Boys Trust

We really are in the thick of the triathlon season at present with many different events taking place every weekend. The Two Provinces Triathlon was once again a huge success and really put Lanesboro on the map, bringing triathletes from all over the country to the area. Many thanks to all who helped out.

Members of Lanesboro Tri Club are once again busy organising, what has become our annual charity event, the 3.5km Charity Swim. This year the club decided to raise vital funds for local charity Join Our Boys Trust, a very worthy cause. The swim will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, 4th August and already we have over 60 swimmers signed up to take on the challenge. At approximately 1:40pm swimmers will leave Hanley’s Marina in Ballyleague where they will be taken upstream by boat to Kilnacarrow Bridge. They will then swim downstream, under the bridge at Lanesboro and finish off at the swim ramp beside the duck pond. We would like to invite as many people as possible to come along at around 1:30pm and cheer on the swimmers as they prepare to take on the challenge. This swim is just under an Ironman distance swim (3.8km) and members have been training hard to reach this goal. Swimmers from Longford Tri Club and Athlone Tri Club have once again committed themselves to the taking on the challenge and in doing so will raise sponsorship for the Join Our Boys Trust also. We expect to have the first swimmer back in Lanesboro at approximately 2:45pm. Please do come along and cheer on the swimmers as they leave Lanesboro or as they return downstream to the finish. We will also have a bucket collection (permit granted) if you would like to donate to the cause on the day. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Parish Hall, Lanesboro. What a great way to end the bank holiday weekend! See you there to cheer them on and join them for a cuppa after!

Ironman Achievements

There have been huge celebrations in the club recently with the fantastic achievements of three of our members who took on the greatest challenge of all, doing their first Ironman race, which is a 3.8km swim followed by a 180km bike ride and then finished off with a full marathon. A lot of time, energy and serious dedication goes into preparing for this mammoth feat. Firstly, huge congrats to our winter/pool swim coach Niall Shannon, from Roscommon who did his first Ironman in Bolton this year. Niall is relatively new to triathlon, this year being his first year to compete in one. A huge success it was for the young lad from Roscommon and we were all delighted for him. Last weekend two of our club members, Derek Rutherford and PJ O’Neill headed to Switzerland to take on Ironman Zurich. After months of serious commitment to training it all paid off as they both successfully crossed the finish line and picked up their finishers’ medals. Derek who only just learned to swim, did his first triathlon this year at the Two Provinces a few weeks, took on the challenge and was supported the whole way by his other half/coach/Ironman herself Ronie Masterson. PJ, one of the founding members of Lanesboro Tri Club, committed all his free time to perfecting his swim skills, became a familiar face on the roads of Longford and Roscommon as he tried out different long distance bike routes and of course trained hard to improve his run times. It all paid off for PJ who admitted he “had a long tough day but loved every bit of it bar the last 10k”. What an achievement. They are now Ironmen!!

Well done Wesley

On another note congratulations to Wesley Jordan who competed in the Sionnach Relay Series, Ireland’s First Fun Overnight Relay Race covering over 170 miles (274 Km) in Sligo on July 26-27. Wesley and his team of seven colleagues from Abbott, the Lisnamuckers, completed the relay to raise funds for The Geraldine Lavelle Trust. Geraldine was a colleague of theirs and was seriously injured in an accident last October. Well done to all involved.

Rathcline Lotto not Won

The Rathcline GAA lotto took place on Saturday night last the six numbers drawn were 2, 12, 19, 35, 38 and 44. There was nobody with four of the numbers and the jackpot of €1200 was not won. The four winners of the €25 were; Pat Prior, Rathcline Road, Mark Kenny, Paul and David Ross, Lehery and Larry Bannon, Legan. The next draw will take place on Saturday night next for a jackpot of €1,300.


We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Jimmy, Bernie, Shane and Alan Flanagan and their extended family on the death of Jimmy’s father Mark Flanagan, Clonberne, Co. Galway last week

Strictly Come Dancing

The Rathcline and St. Faithleach’s clubs have come together to host what will be a very special and unique evening out when they will host ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ next November. Both clubs are actively seeking dancers for the event and you are asked to be positive in your response if you are approached.

Strictly Come Dancing has been a big hit everywhere it has been held and I am sure that it will be no different when both clubs come to stage it in November. The merging of the clubs for this event is a huge bonus as it allows the talented from both sides of the bridge to come together and produced a night never to be missed or forgotten.

Don’t worry about your dancing skills as the entire event will be co-ordinated and choreographed by the Midlands Drama School over an eight week period.

Don’t wait to be asked to come on board as one of the dancers just give your name to Lorraine 0876827966 or Helen 0860809377 and these ladies will take you through what will be required. Come along and be part of a wonderful night as well as get trained to dance over an eight week period.

Annual Pilgrimage to Lough Derg

The annual day pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place on Sunday 24th August leaving Lanesboro at 7am. The bus will travel via Scramogue, Rooskey and Carrick on Shannon. As the bus booked is from Farrelly’s and will leave Kenagh at 6.40am and will also pick up at Derryhaun at 6.50am.

Anyone wishing to make a booking should contact Mary at 043 33 21969.

New Courses

In September, Lanesboro Community College will embark on two new year long full time courses. These will be PLC courses in Outdoor Recreation and a PLC course in Music both FETAC level 5.

The Outdoor Pursuit course will include outdoor recreation, outdoor leadership and safety, adventure activities, hillwalking proficiency, teamworking, work experience and communication. As you can see it is a wide and varied course and it is a course full of potential. Following the successful completion of this course there is the opportunity to go on to a 3rd level degree course at GMIT Castlebar and Shackleton College, Dublin.

The second course is a PLC course in Music.  This course includes modules in music performance, musicianship, music theory and practice, music industry studies, graphic design, communications and work experience. This course covers all aspects of music and following a successful completion of the course there is the great opportunity to progress to a wide variety of colleges to complete your music degree: A.I.T., W.I.T., Tralee and Dundalk I.T. and Limerick I.T. There are career opportunities in music performance, production and promotion.

The courses will commence in September and early booking is advisable as places will be limited. For bookings or additional information you are invited to contact Breda 043-3321139 for both courses or in case of The Outdoor Recreation course you can also contact Deirdre 086-1952663

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Junior Ladies – Junior A Championship: Our junior ladies were defeated by St. Ciaran’s on Monday evening last at home. Final Score: St. Faithleachs 6-06 St. Ciaran’s 7-14. Team: P. McCormack, A. Nerney, Q. Cox, N. Hegarty, A. Curley, J. Kenny, N. Scally (0-1), A. Mc Cloone (0-1), E. Kenny (0-1), E. Hegarty (1-0), L. Mc Loone (1-0), R. Banahan (1-2), K. Murphy (1-0), A. Ormsby (1-0), M. Corcoran. Subs: C. Scally (1-1) T. Nerney, S. O’Neill, L. Hoare, R. Hanly. The next game is against Padraig Pearses, see fixtures for details.

Senior Football League – O’Rourke: Our seniors had win over Strokestown on Wednesday evening last at home. Final Score: St. Faithleachs 2-13 Strokestown 0-14. Team: S. Connor, D. Harrison, K. Brennan, C. Gunn, D. Murray, B. Murtagh(0-1), H. Kenny(0-1), A. McCormack, S. O’Grady, D. Hussey(1-1), D. Rooney(1-2), K. Farrell(0-1), D. Murtagh(0-4), A. Dooney(0-1), C. Murtagh(0-2). Subs: J. Quigley, D. McCormack, E. Kenny, J. Walsh. Next game is away to Roscommon Gaels, this coming Friday 1st August at 8.00pm.

Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others:  St. Faithleachs GAA “Mothers & Others Team”
has their 1st Challenge Match against Oran tomorrow, Monday 28th July at 8.00pm in Faithleachs. Please come along on Monday evening and cheer on the ladies.

Junior D4 League: Our junior men have a game against St. Aidans this coming Wednesday 30th July at 8.00pm in Ballyleague.

Minor LadiesD1 Championship: Our minor ladies have their 1st Championship game this coming Tuesday evening 29th July, against Boyle at 7.00pm in Ballyleague.

U16 Boys – D1 Championship: Our U16 boys have a game against St. Brigids this coming Wednesday 30th July at 7.00pm in Ballyleague.

U14 Boys – D3 Championship County Final: Our U14 boys are through to the  D3 Championship Final. The very best of luck to all players on the panel along with their management.

U14 Girls – Summer League County Final:Our U14 girls are through to the Summer League Final. The very best of luck to all the players on the panel along with their management.

U12 Boys – D3 Spring League County Final: Our U12 Boys are through to the League Final. The best of luck to all the players on the panel along with their management.

Roscommon U16 Boys: Best of luck to Darragh Kelly and Steven Walsh with the Roscommon U16 Boys in the Ted Webb Cup Finals on Monday 4th August.

Roger Casements GAA Visit: St. Faithleachs GAA Club is looking forward to hosting Roger Casements GAA Club from Coventry this coming August bank holiday weekend. There is a long connection between the two Clubs going back to St. Faithleachs 1st trip to Coventry in 1985. Many memorable exchanges have taken place since that first trip. Roger Casements will arrive at the Club grounds on Saturday 2nd August, at approx. 12.30pm. There will be a meet and greet before the action starts. At 1.30pm our junior ladies will take on the Roger Casements ladies followed by the men taking to the field at 3.00pm. Refreshments will be served in the clubhouse after the games and that evening a connection between both clubs will be honoured. Presentations and music on Saturday night in the clubhouse. Please come along and join in the celebrations.

Cards: Every Tuesday in the clubhouse, 8.30pm. All welcome. Results of last week’s games – Winners, Eugene/Sonny. Runners-up, Sean/. Last game, Padraig/PJ. We extend deepest sympathy to the Hayden Family on the death of Joe Hayden, Cloverhill.

Strictly Come Dancing – Fundraising Event: On November 22nd St Faithleachs will join forces with our near neighbours Rathcline, in an event the like of not seen before in the locality. The two Clubs will come together in producing a “Strictly Come Dancing” event, coordinated & choreographed by the Midlands Drama School. Members from both Clubs are presently working together to organise this event, which is sure to be a night not to be missed. Both Clubs have sent forward members to form an organising committee. This committee is now looking for parties interested in taking part in the event. All couples will go through an 8 week period of training and coaching from the Midlands Drama School. Further details will be announced in due course. If you are interested in taking part in this event please contact Lorraine on 0876827966 or Helen on 0860809377


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