Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes Monday 22nd September 2014

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes


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.

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.

Defibrillator Course/Refresher

A new defibrillator course will take place in the very near future. There will also be a refresher course. You never know the time or the hour that your training in the use of a defibrillator will be required and your ability to save a life.

Leave your name and phone number into O’Brien’s and you will be notified of the date of the course. It is also important that those who need to do their refresher course also give in their names.

Rathcline GAA Lotto

The Rathcline GAA lottery draw took place on Saturday night last 6th September and the numbers drawn were 6, 9, 11, 21, 33 and 38. There was nobody with four numbers and the jackpot of €1,800 remains not won. There was one unlucky member who had three of the four numbers. The four winners of the €25 were Mark Casey, Lehery, Frank and Mairead Nally, Roscommon, Mary Kelly, Rathcline Road and Frank Curley, Ballyleague. The lotto jackpot will now rise to €1,900 for the draw on Saturday night next. The club thanks everyone for their great support.

Local Break Ins

On Friday last just at 12.40pm our house on the Longford Road, beside Bord na Mona, was broken into, this was followed by a more serious break-in and robbery at a house in Thureen. Our break in pales into insignificance in comparison when you learn of the damage done and losses suffered at the other house. It is a serious and terrible thing to have one’s home broken into but when each room and is thoroughly ransacked it is a most horrible experience. It is a devastating feeling when you open the door of your house to realise what has happened – this is what faced the lady in Thureen. From her house there was money, jewellery, computer and camera which are a shocking loss to her.

The local Gardaí are seeking information in tracing a black Peugeot partner van with occupants offering to do painting or power washing. If you can remember back to Friday last from 12.40 at our house, they most probably took the route through Clonfower, Mahora, Lehery and up to Toddies Cross at Thureen shortly after that time. The local Gardaí would like to hear from you if you were approached on Friday or any day prior to these events by people in such a van looking to do such work. If you have a CCTV camera covering your property, especially on the suggested route or on any of the routes away from Thureen, you are asked to have a look at it to establish number plates and escape route. This is hugely important because as a community we must look out for each other and no woman or indeed anyone deserves to come home the devastation that this lady faced.

If you have any shred of information then you should contact Lanesboro Gardaí 33 21102 or Longford Gardaí 33 50570 immediately.

Asian Clam Updates

A meeting of agencies took place at St. Mary’s Hall on Friday last. Such is the urgency of the situation this was the second meeting in five days. A plan has been set in motion that will involve a scientific study from Tarmonbarry right back to Lough Ree to ascertain whether the clams are located outside of the hot water stretch.

A report of the meeting and an agreed statement from the agencies can be seen at

Lanesboro Badminton Club

The club would like to invite all present and intending members to its AGM which is to be held Tuesday September 30th at 9pm in St. Mary’s Parish Hall.

The club would like to extend its deepest sympathy to club chairman Noel Moran & family on their recent bereavement of Noel’s father, Phonsie. Ar dheis de go raibh a anim.

Lanesboro Bridge

The results of the competition held on Wednesday 17th September are; N/S 1st Mona O’Flaherty and Bernadette Gillen, 2nd tie between Katharine Harrison & Philomena Walsh and Maura Hanley and Mairead Gill. E/W 1st Una Clarke and Eileen Kelly, 2nd Kathleen Kelly and Mike Flynn and 3rd Bernadette Clancy and Mary Mc Gushin.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Ailbhe Mc Elgunn, her husband Fergal and family on the death last week of Ailbhe’s mother Mrs Teresa Sheehan, Moate, Co. Westmeath.

Lough Ree AC

The first road run of the autumn exceed expectations with a total turnout of 33 athletes running the 1.2 miles in Clonbonny. This run always gets big crowds and is one of the most enjoyable training sessions. Great performances all round, but athlete of the evening would have to go to Eoin Cox who finished with the 7th fastest time overall. Everybody is looking forward to improvements in their times over the next few weeks. The following are dates for your diary- County Longford Primary Schools Cross Country on Saturday 4th October in Moyne Community School, Country Roscommon Primary Schools Cross Country in Summerhill on 2nd October and the Connaught Primary Schools Cross Country in Sligo on Saturday 18th October. Road runs continue each Tuesday at 6pm, everybody welcome.


Following a long battle with illness, so bravely borne, Johnie Gannon, Mount Dillon, passed away at the Sacred Heart Hospital, Roscommon on Saturday 13th September. Johnie fell ill some 16 years ago and fought an outstanding battle since them. His health may have failed but his humour, wit and quickness of mind never deserted him and he retained a positive attitude right to the end. Johnie worked with Bord na Mona for many years where he a valued member of staff. He was a man with a great outlook on life and his passing will leave a great void in the hearts and minds of everyone that knew him.

His remains reposed at his residence on Sunday 14th September and on Monday his remains were removed to St. Cecelia’s Church, Curraghroe for his Funeral Mass. Following Mass his remains were laid to rest in Scramogue cemetery. To his wife Evelyn, daughters Maureen, Eileen, Catherine, Martina, Elizabeth, Beatrice and Colette, sons Tom, John and Peter, relatives and friends we extend our deepest sympathy.

Scramogue Ambush

Lanesboro Community College history students are displaying their project on ‘The Scramogue Ambush’ in the library for the next week or so. Come along and see the great work done by the students.

County Semi Final

All roads lead to Hyde Park on Sunday next for what should be a wonderful occasion to the St. Faithleach’s club and their senior football team. Having overcome the challenge of Roscommon Gaels last on Saturday last in the replayed quarter final it is now on to Hyde Park to take on Padraig Pearses. The throw in is timed for 1pm and it is hoped that supporters from both sides of the bridge and further afield will travel to Roscommon town to cheer on the team. We wish the team and management the very best of luck on Sunday.

Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday next 28th September with a bus leaving from St. Mary’s Church at 10.55am. If you would like to travel on this pilgrimage you are asked to contact Kitty 086-0405621 or Marie 086-1900640.

Shannon Gaels

One of the marvellous features of the club this year is the number of grades that are playing games into September. This staring to become a regular feature of the club and it is a great sign of progression and that our teams are reaching final stages of competitions. Gone, we hope, are the days of early summer exits. Great credit for all this must go to the coaches, the young players themselves and indeed their parents who continually ensure that all their sons are at the pitch for training and matches – all your great work for the club is greatly appreciated and is being rewarded.

This week will be busy and important with our U12 team playing Slashers in the A Championship final in Pearse Park at 1pm. It is important that everyone travels to Longford to support the lads.

On Sunday our minors will play the semi-final of the League Shield in Dunbeggan, Stonepark on Sunday at 12noon.

We understand that there may also be an U14 shield semi final against Carrick Sarsfields over the weekend. As of yet no fixture has been put in place.

Have you some spare time?

Athlone Midlands Samaritans are seeking additional volunteers to maintain their befriending service. There is no experience necessary as training will be provided. If you are interested you are invited to call or text 085 2845010. The Samaritans provide a 24hour emotional support on Freephone 116123

Church Gate Collection

The Longford branch of the Alzheimer Society will hold their annual church gate collection on Saturday and Sunday next 27th and 28th September. Your usual generous support will be much appreciated.

Shannonside Camera Club

Shannonside Camera Club is recruiting new members. The Club focuses on an exchange of ideas and information among members as well as guest speakers and photographic outings. The club meets on the first Tuesday of each month in the ESB Sports & Social Clubhouse. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 7th October 2014 where an introductory photography class will be held at 7:30pm followed by our scheduled meeting at 8pm.

This is a wonderful opportunity to go along and take the first class at 7.30 and become part of an excellent and vibrant club.

Rathcline Ladies

Our minor team played their final group match in the championship at the weekend and what a cracking game it was. The lost on a scoreline of 5-8 to 2-15 but for excitement and wonderful football this game could not be bettered. The game sets them up nicely for the semi final on Saturday next where they will more than likely face Mullinalaghta at 6pm where hopefully they will qualify for the final.

The club would specifically ask people with dogs not to allow their dogs out on either the training pitch of main pitch. There is a severe health and safety issue with regard to dogs soiling in and around the pitch and it is awful to see such soiling on the pitch when young and indeed older players arrive out to play on the field.


Rainbows is a support group programme – non denominational – for children who are grieving a death, separation or painful loss. The programme will commence on this Wednesday 24th September in the Family Centre, Longford from 6pm to 7pm. Booking is essential and should be made on or before Friday 19th September. Bookings can be made by phoning 043 33 46827.

Set Dancing Classes

Set Dancing classes will resume in Sorohan’s Bar, Ballyleague on Tuesday nights at 8pm. All are welcome to come along and be part of wonderful nights of set dancing. Beginners and experienced dances welcomed. For details please phone 086-8546433.

GAA Lotto

The numbers drawn in the Rathcline lotto on Saturday night last were 15, 18, 29, 32, 35 and 38. There was no winner of the jackpot of €2000; one unlucky ticket holder had three of the four numbers required. The our winners of the €25 prizes were Padraic and Rose Farrell, The Green, Berney Crossan Electric, Longford, Louis Mullooly, Lehery and Chris Cullen, Rathcline Road.

Rathcline GAA

Congratulations to our Intermediate team who have reached the league final after a hard fought victory over Cashel on Friday night. Both teams who were defeated in the championship semi final had something to prove in a league encounter that meant so much more in a rivalry sense. Cashel bossed the first half but Rathcline came alive in the second half holding Cashel to a solitary point, the team ethic and hard work paid dividends as they powered on in the second half. A victory made sweeter in the sense after a soul crushing defeat in the semi final of the championship, our lads had something to prove. They answered the call emphatically throughout the match and we now look forward to a league final. Well done!

We would like to wish James Rowan of Cashel a speedy recovery from a nasty injury in the match, a tough battler, we hope he makes a return for Cashel in the near future.

Well done to Mike Gill who was the lucky man whose name was pulled from the masses for the All Ireland Draw. He received 2 tickets for the final and what a final it was. The runners up were Dara McGann and Lorraine Farrell. Thanks to everyone who supported the draw, much appreciated.

There was no winner of the Rathcline lotto, the numbers drawn were 15, 18,29,32,35, and 38. The weekly €25 were, Padhraig and Rose Farrell, Louis Mullooly, Chris Cullen and Berney Crossan.

The club would like to raise the issue of dogs in Clonbonny. The pitch and surrounds are used by players from 6 years of age up, by parents and all parish people. It is simply not good enough that some people are letting their dogs foul the pitch. It’s quite disrespectful to other people that use the pitch for what it should be used for, and that’s football. Please refrain from walking dogs around the pitch and ignoring to clean up after them.

Rathcline Ladies

The minor ladies lost in a tight match against Clonguish on a score line of 5-8 to 2-15, this championship is down to the last four now. Rathcline minors now enter the semi final next Saturday at 6, venue to be announced, they are a great squad of players, and even through this narrow loss positives can be taken. Hopefully the girls put in a huge performance in the semi final this weekend. All the best to players and management.

Rathcline Minor Club. The U 12 team contests a final at the weekend against Slashers. Time and venue to be announced so check the paper or facebook page for more details. This team is really standing out at under age level, your support for the lads would be appreciated.

Our U 14’s are playing Monday and Friday, another squad that have achieved some great results in the season, but now the championship is reaching the final stages and we are sure that our U 14’s will do us proud. All the best in this hectic week of matches!

The Minors are out against Colmcille in the A league on Sunday. Another squad have given supporters some memorable moments so far in the season. Another tough match against Colmcille awaits, but the lads have shown they can mix it with the best of them in this league. Best of luck.

Scor has been an integral part of the Minor club for the last couple of years. It showcases talent in the parish and it has certainly flourished in the last few seasons. For anyone that would like to take part in Scor this year, please contact Sean or Brendan, or call into the parish hall next Saturday at 8

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Hudson Bay Hotel Group – Senior Football Championship: Our Seniors will meet Padraig Pearses in the Championship Semi-Final on Sunday next (28th Sept) following a win over Roscommon Gaels in the Quarter-Final Replay this evening in Kiltoom. The final scoreline was – St. Faithleach’s 0-13 Roscommon Gaels 1-09. Team: S. O’Connor, D. McCormack, C. Gunn, D. Murray, C. Brennan, B. Murtagh, K. Farrell, H. Kenny, S. O’Grady, D. Hussey, A. Dooney (0-1), D. Rooney (0-2), D. Murtagh (0-5), C. Murtagh (0-5), E. Kenny. Subs used: J. Walsh, C. Gannon.

Junior B Championship Quarter-Final: Our Juniors will meet St. Aidans in the Championship Quarter-Final on Friday evening next, 26th September.

Minor Men – D4 Championship: Our Minor lads have a Championship game against Elphin on Saturday evening next 27th September at 5.30pm in Ballyleague.

U14 Girls – D1A Championship: Hard luck to our U14 Girls defeated by St. Dominic’s in the Championship Semi-Final on Saturday evening last. Final Score – St. Faithleach’s 1-03 St. Dominic’s 4-11. This was always going to be a tough game. Our girls started off strong & created some good scoring chances in the first few minutes. However, an early St. Dominic’s goal set the tone and they went on to dominate the game. Despite fine performances from the St. Faithleach’s girls, it was not their day. Well done to all the Girls on the Panel & their Management on their performances throughout the year in the Championship, Summer League & in Féile Peile na nÓg. Following on from their success in the Féile Peile na nÓg Competition whereby the Girls were D2 Shield Runners-Up, the Team have been invited to the LGFA All-Ireland Finals in Croke Park on Sunday next 28th September. The team and mentors along with their families are delighted to attend and in order to make the day complete, a challenge-match has been organised against the U14 Girls, from Fingallians, Dublin. This game will be played in the morning and they will then travel on to Croke Park, looking forward to watching some thrilling matches in the LGFA Intermediate, Junior & Senior All-Ireland Finals. This promises to be a great day and a fitting way to end a tremendous year for the team, their mentors, families and all involved.

Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others: Training continues Monday evenings at 7.00pm.

Cards: Every Tuesday in the Club House, 8.30pm. All are Welcome. Results of last week’s games – Joint-Winners, Padraig/Tom and John/Frank. Last game, Michael/Kevin.

St. Faithleach’s GAA Minor Club Fundraising Draw: Tickets now on Sale for “Bella” the Heifer, 1st Prize in our Fundraising Draw. List of prizes are as follows: 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 €5 each or 3 for €10. Draw will take place on the 2nd January 2015 in the clubhouse. Many thanks to all who tended to our Stand at the Sheep Dog Trials in Creggs over the weekend, your support is much appreciated.

Strictly Come Dancing – Fundraising Event: Strictly Come Dancing over the Bridge is a joint fundraising event by Rathcline GAA & St. Faithleach’s GAA, where locals from both sides of the bridge show off their dancing skills. Members from both Clubs are presently working together in the organisation of this event which will take place on Saturday 29th November in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone. The Event is coordinated & choreographed by the Midlands Drama School. All couples will go through an 8 week period of training & coaching from the Midlands Drama School. Further details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Golden Jubilee Celebrations: Congratulations to our St. Faithleach’s GAA Club President, Fr. Larney Shine who celebrated his Golden Jubilee, in grateful appreciation of his Ministry in the Parish on Friday evening last.

Sympathy: The Club extends deepest sympathy to the Gannon Family on the death of John (Johnie) Gannon, Curraghroe Co Roscommon. To his wife Evelyn, sons Tom, John and Peter, daughters Maureen, Eileen, Catherine, Martina, Elizabeth, Beatrice and Colette, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends.



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