Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes Monday 1st September 2014

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Foreign Currency Appeal in aid of Childline

Have you returned from holiday with unwanted foreign currency, or got old foreign coins and notes hiding away in the back of a drawer? If so, why not clear your cupboards and donate your unwanted currency and help support children across Ireland.

The smallest donation can make a huge difference.

Call in to Lanesboro Library to make your donation.

Over 55’s Mens Club

The over 55’s Mens club will be returning on Thursday 11th September in St. Marys Parish Hall at 12.00 noon. All men 55 years and over are invited and are assured of a great welcome

Be Vigilant

Recently there was an attempted robbery at our local church. The culprit attempted to rob the candelabrum thankfully with no success. People that are visiting the church and indeed those that are walking by the church are as to be vigilant and if they see anybody suspicious or suspicious activity to ring Lanesboro (3321102) or Longford (3350570) Gardai

5k in Lanesboro

The final race in the Ros 5k series will take place here in Lanesboro on Wednesday week10th September. This annual race is hosted by the Lough Ree Athletic club who invite and welcome entries from all runners, joggers and walkers to compete in the event. Entry fee is €10 on the night and entries can be made on the night or online and all enquiries should be directed via email to

The Lough Ree Athletic club is indebted to the Rathcline GAA club for the use of their clubhouse on the evening. The race will start from Clonbonny at 7pm and will continue out the back road to the Longford Road junction at Seamus Clancy’s and will return through Barnacor on the main Longford Road to Cullen’s Filling station and back to the finish line in Clonbonny.

Toastmaster resumes for new season

Do you find it difficult to speak up in public? Would you like to improve your communication skills and build your self confidence? Regardless of your current ability, at Longford Toastmasters you will get the help and support you need to gain the skills and confidence to speak in public. The meetings take place in a friendly, encouraging and sociable environment on the first and third Thursday of every month, in The Longford Arms at 8.20pm.

The new season kicks off on Thursday next 4th Sept – all welcome. For further information, contact Terrie on 085 1163565 or Mary on 086 1219281.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock

The annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will take place on Sunday next7th September. The ceremonies will commence at 2.30pm with the Anointing of the Sick at 2.30pm followed by Mass at 3pm. A bus will leave Lanesboro at 10.30am. There has been a large number attending the Shrine this year and it is hoped that a large number from the parish will make the pilgrimage on Sunday.

Rathcline GAA Lotto

The Rathcline GAA lottery draw took place on Saturday night last 30th August and the numbers drawn were 4, 7, 9, 35, 37 and 44. There was nobody with four numbers and the jackpot of €1,700 remains not won. There was one unlucky member who had three of the four numbers. The four winners of the €25 were Terri and Charlotte Skelly, Rathcline, Kevin and Caroline Madden Rathcline Road, Tom Mulvihill, Cullentra and Frank Regan, Rockwood. The lotto jackpot will now rise to €1,800 for the draw on Saturday night next. The club thanks everyone for their great support.


Anyone interested in a talk on composting, please email Ned at or leave a message at 043-3321401. Whether the event will take place or not will depend on numbers, as will the venue.

Act Stage School

Educate your children in the appreciation of theatre and the performing arts! Classes in Drama, Dance classes, Singing, Youth Choir, Creative Writing, Stagecraft and participation concerts are being offered to children. The class term s for 15 weeks and includes young people from the age of 4 to 18 years. The classes will begin at the Bog Lane Theatre, Ballymahon on Friday 12th September and continue every Friday evening – 4-8 year old 4pm to 5pm, 9-18 from 5 to 7pm. The Act Youth Choir will take place from 6.30 to 7pm for 9 to 18 year old. This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to take advantage of their undoubted skill set and be involved in one of the oldest and most enlightening forms of entertainment. For those that feel they are shy this is a fantastic opportunity to gain so much confidence. There will be a registration evening this coming Friday at the Bog Lane Theatre from 5pm to 8pm. If you cannot make Friday and wish to enrol or, indeed, need further information you are invited to phone Alfie 086 8209150.


We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Carmel O’Shea (daughter-in-law), the Green and the extended family of the late Mrs Mary O’Shea, Birr, Co. Offaly, who died last week.


Sunday 24th was a very sad day in the life of Ballyleague and neighbouring parishes as the much thought of Fergus Hanley passed away at his residence after an illness borne with a great dignity and spirit. He was a far sighted man who seen many opportunities in business and was willing to invest money; his foresight was well rewarded. Fergus was a great man for the parish, the area and the community. He had an affable personality and always had a warm and friendly word for everyone and his popularity extended widely throughout the entire area. Fergus was a sociable man and will always be remembered having a few pints with a few of his close friends each weekend where conversations covered all aspects of local and national life. The esteem in which he was held could be seen at the huge numbers attended the reposing of his remains at his residence on Monday and also at his Funeral Mass, in the Church of the Holy Rosary and burial in Cloontuskert cemetery. To his wife Mary, sons, Michael, John and Peter, brother Brendan, relatives and wide circle of friends we would like to extend our deepest sympathy.

LR Golfing Society Next Outing

The next outing for the Lough Ree Golfing Society is to Athlone Golf Course on Wednesday 10th September. The tee is booked from 12 to 1pm and players are requested to be there at 11.30 for draw.

The society is looking forward to another great day’s golf at this splendid local course. If you intend to play in Athlone or wish to join the local golfing society you are asked to text your interest to 0879730611.

Pictured, below, are some of the members at the recent Mike Brennan, Captain’s Prize competition.



Thank You

Rathcline cemetery collectors would like to thank everyone that attended and contributed so generously at the recent Mass and Blessing of the graves in Rathcline cemetery. They would like to say many thanks for the great job well done throughout the year.

Bridge Club Resumes

Lanesboro Bridge club will resume for a new season in St. Mary’s Parish Hall on Wednesday 10th September at 8.15pm sharp. The club will welcome new members that would like to play Bridge as well as welcoming back all it members of previous years.

Are you interested in Boat Building Braining Course?

This area has always had a proud tradition of boat building. Our community links with angling on Lough Ree and the Shannon led to the formation of a boat building training course in the Bord na Mona billets in Cloontuskert in the 1970s when dozens of new wooden boats were built there and next month a new training course helping people to build new lake boats, and perhaps attain a job with these skills, will commence in the Ballyleague-Lanesborough area. A top class boat building tutor with over 50 years of experience has agreed to lead the event over 20 weeks – during which four new 18 foot lake boats will be built as part of a project supported by the Department of Social Protection and Roscommon Integrated Development Company. A group of trainees is being finalised and we are now inviting additional participants for the boat building training. These participants must be in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment or must be dependents of social welfare recipients and/or their families. If you are in receipt of one of the following DSP payments (or dependent on someone who is) you are eligible to take part in the training – that will not affect your payments in any way: Job Seeker’s Allowance / Job Seeker’s Benefit, One Parent Family Payment, Illness Benefit (Long term)/Disability Allowance, Invalidity Pension, Blind Persons’ Pension, Carers Allowance, Back to Work Allowance, Back to Education Allowance

State Pension

If you are presently on a FAS CE scheme you may also take part in the training – if you have the consent of your supervisor and/or the sponsoring committee. To declare an interest in taking part in the boat building training simply write down your full name, address, mobile number and your PPS number on a sheet of paper, drop it into an envelope marked BOAT BUILDING and leave the envelope into Joe Cribbin at Daybreak shop in Ballyleague or Joe O’Brien’s Corner Shop in Lanesborough before Monday September 8th. The training course will take place during both daytime hours and in the evenings and will also include some additional trainees who are working full time but wish to help out with the training and learn some of the skills so send in your details if you are interested. The number of places on the boat building training course will be limited so please send in details as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Parent and Toddler (P&T) Childminders Grants

The Parent and Toddler Group Initiative is a nationally available fund from POBAL/Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA). Parent and Toddler groups (P&T’s) are organised on a not for profit basis and encourage parent participation in childhood development and support, a kind of peer support. Grants will range from €100 to €800 for existing P&T’s, with up to €1000 for new start-ups. Funding is available for Equipment, Training, Materials for Activities, and Minor Refurbishments. The new Child-minder Grant criteria apply if you are minding or intend to mind 2 children, minimum 1 Full Time and 1 Part Time. You must voluntarily notify with HSE and you must not have received a grant previously. You must give undertaking to attend training and network with other minders. You must provide a service for 2 years after receiving the funding. It is recommended that only 1/3 of funding is spent on consumables like paint, sand, and materials for crafts.

Further Information & Application Forms from the LCC office, or 087 7873054

Rathcline GAA

Congratulations to our Intermediate team who had a semi final play off against Killashee on Friday evening in Killoe. What a match, possibly not notable for flowing football but for anyone that gets behind our team and has pride in the parish, it was certainly an exciting and eventful match. Both teams traded points in the first 15 minutes of the game with Rathcline just getting the better on the score sheet. James Hanley, Aaron Madden scoring well taken points with a few frees added in had settled the Rathcline men, but Killashee are a decent team and worked hard on redressing the balance and were a constant threat on the break away down the pitch. The score that altered the game in normal time came 7 minutes before the end of the first half, when a poor kick out was intercepted by James Hanley and a cool finish by lobbing the keeper. Four points up at half time but then came Killashee, showing composure and a great work ethic, it was a game that ebbed and flowed constantly throughout the second half with Killashee clawing their way back into the game, as the end neared, Rathcline went a point up, but with a minute gone in injury time, Killashee again drew the match. Extra time was played and in such a pressure environment scores were hard to come by. Rathcline were composed and passed the ball until within shooting range where our men went a point ahead in the second half of extra time. Killashee had a chance of a replay with a free kick at the very end but it went wide. Rathcline in the end showed wonderful character, and it should be pointed out that Killashee proved willing opponents. It was a truly exciting game played in a great spirit. We now meet Connolly’s again in the semi final. Your support is vital and as under dogs we need the support of the parish. Please check the fixture list for time and venue.

There was no jackpot winner of the Rathcline lotto this week. The numbers drawn were 4,7,9,35,37 and 44. Next week’s jackpot is €1800. The €25 winners were Terri and Charlotte Skelly Rathcline, Kevin and Caroline Madden Rathcline Road, Tom Mulvihill Cullentra, and Frank Regan Rockwood.

Some lines are still available for our tickets to the All-Ireland Hurling Final in Croke Park. It’s a great prize for what promises to be a great day out. Lines are €2 each and cards are in shops around the parish.


The Minor team were defeated by Mullinalaghta in the second round of the championship on Sunday. After a great opening game against Killoe, the girls fell short against Mullinalaghta. The team who is comprised of some excellent footballers can now re-focus and work hard for their next game against Clonguish. Hard luck this time but our Minor girls are still in the competition, so all focus now on the next match.

The senior ladies are looking forward to a Senior B championship semi final against Colmcille next Saturday. These ladies have worked extremely hard all year and have a promising squad. It’s a massive chance to reach another final. The game is in Colmcille and throw in is at 6.30. Your support for the ladies would be appreciated and we wish them and the management team the very best of luck!

Minor Club

Another week another football filled list games for all levels at under age. It’s fantastic to see our minor set up playing big games at this time of year, and fair play to everyone involved.

Our Minors have a massive match against Slashers in the A championship on Wednesday evening in Grattan’s. This promises to be another thrilling encounter and spirits will be up in the camp after a one point win against Killoe in the first round. Check fixture list and our facebook page for the throw in time for match. Best of luck lads.

The U 16’s are playing the derby match against Cashel in Clonbonny on Thursday evening. Again no time available yet so keep an eye on updates. This game is the Shield semi final, a big match and your support for this home game would be appreciated.

The U 14’s play Colmcille in Grattan’s at 7pm on Tuesday. Another big game as it’s the championship semi final. This year has gone well for the U 14’s, like all under age teams they have worked hard in training, so the very best of luck to you all.

The U 12’s play Ballinalee tomorrow night, Monday and they have one more match to full fill in the competition later on in the week. Best of luck to all involved!

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Hudson Bay Hotel Group – Senior Football Championship Draw: St. Faithleach’s will meet Roscommon Gaels in the Championship Quarter-Final.

Senior Football League – O’Rourke Cup: Our seniors were defeated by Western Gaels on Saturday last in Frenchpark. Final score – St. Faithleach’s 1-11 Western Gaels 0-15. Team: S. Connor, D. McCormack, C. Gunn, J. Walsh, C. Brennan, B. Murtagh, D. Harrison(0-1), H. Kenny, S. O’Grady(0-1), D. Hussey(0-1) D. Rooney(0-2), K. Farrell, D. Murtagh(0-3), A. Dooney, C. Murtagh(1-3). Subs: E. Kenny, D. Murray, J. Quigley.

Junior B Football Championship: Our juniors are through to the Championship Quarter-Final following a convincing win over Kilglass Gaels on Sunday last in Tarmonbarry. Result: St. Faithleach’s 5-17 Kilglass Gaels 1-09. Team: L. Sweeney, J. Sweeney, P. Murray, C. Gannon(0-1), J. Quigley(0-2), P. Kenny, G. McGrath(0-3) P. Reynolds(0-1), B. Hussey(1-3) P. Brennan, P. Trautt, D. Rooney(1-1) A. Brehon(0-2) Subs: N. Dooney(2-0) B. Reynolds(0-3), S. Phillips, K. O’Grady(0-1), J. Kelly(1-0), W. O’Donoghue

Minor Men – D4 Championship: Our minors have a game against St. Ronan’s this coming weekend (6th/7th September).

U16 Boys – D1 Championship: Our U16 boys had a convincing win over Roscommon Gaels on Tuesday evening last at home. Final Score – St. Faithleach’s 3-17 Roscommon Gaels 1-04. Team: M. O’Donnell, G. Carberry, C. Mangan, M. Gill, R. Guinan, C. Kennelly (0-1), K. Nerney, D. Nerney (0-1), D. Kelly (0-1), C. Smyth, D. Foley (0-5), C. Gannon (0-1), L. Ormsby (0-4), S. Walsh (3-3), E. Tynan (0-1). Subs: J. Gill. Next game is the championship semi-final, against Clann na nGael, this coming Wednesday evening 3rd September at 7.30pm in Johnstown.

U14 Girls – D1A Championship: Our U14 girls were defeated by St. Dominic’s on Tuesday evening last and defeated by Padraig Pearses on Sunday evening. See fixtures for confirmation of next game.

U12 Boys – D2B Summer/Autumn League: Our U12 boys were defeated by Castlerea/St. Kevin’s on Sunday morning last at home. Result – St. Faithleach’s 3-07 Castlerea/St. Kevin’s 2-11. Next game away to Strokestown on Sunday next 7th September at 11.30am.

U8/U10 Go Games Blitz: Well done to our U8 and U10 teams who took part in the County Go Games Blitz on Saturday last in the Connacht Centre of Excellence, Ballyhaunis.

Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others: Well done to our St. Faithleach’s Mothers & Others Team who had a win over Kilmore and a win over Clan na nGael during the week. Training continues on Monday evenings at 7.30pm.

Roscommon Ladies: Best of Luck to Amanda and Laura Mc Loone with the Roscommon Ladies in the TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Championship semi-final, Roscommon V Fermanagh, Saturday 6th September at 1.45pm in Pearse Park Longford.

Lotto: The numbers drawn were – 2, 18, 24 and 29. There was no jackpot winner and the five €20 winners were – Edward Moran, John O’Donnell, Denis Murphy, Michael Hanly and K. Feeney. The next draw will take place on Tuesday 9th September for a jackpot of €12,000.

Cards: Every Tuesday in the clubhouse, 8.30pm. All are welcome. The results of last week’s games were – winners, PJ/Tim, runners-up, Martin/Jimmy and Phil/Kevin. The last game winner was Padraig/PJ. The ticket winners were – Gemma, Padraig, Dan and Harry.

St. Faithleach’s GAA Club Fundraising Draw: Many thanks and much appreciation to all who turned out today for the “Official Launch” of our prize draw, with the Grand Prize of a Heifer. Congratulations to Jack Murray who has named the Heifer “BELLA” following the selection of names drawn by our President, Pat Joe Fallon. Tickets are now on sale. Your continued support is much appreciated. The full lists of prizes are: 1st Prize – Belgian Blue/BlondeX (DOB 15.2.14) or €1,000. 2nd Prize – B&B and Dinner for 2 (Value €250 at the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon. 3rd Prize – €100 Meal Voucher. 4th Prize – 1 Tonne Bag of Turf. Tickets are priced at €5 each or 3 for €10. Draw will take place 2/1/15 in the clubhouse.

Strictly Come Dancing – Fundraising Event: St Faithleach’s are joining forces with our near neighbours Rathcline, in a fundraising event in November. 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

Sympathy: The club extends deepest sympathy to the Hanley Family on the death of Fergus Hanley Ballyleague. To his wife Mary, sons Michael, John & Peter, brother Brendan, extended family relatives & friends.



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