Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes Monday 22nd June 2015

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes


Monster Auction this Saturday

The first ever Rathcline GAA Monster Auction will take place on this coming Saturday 27th June at the club grounds in Clonbonny. Viewing will be from 11am. With the auction taking place at 1pm. The club is still seeking donations and we hope that anyone that has not already contributed so far will do so before Friday and they can make their donations to Gerald Farrell at his Agri Store.

What we have all been waiting for!

All the collecting of photos, signs, memorabilia and names of every one of the businesses of the main Street of Lanesboro and Ballyleague are now in place for the exhibition that will be launched in the library on Thursday 23rd July. The trip through all the local businesses was immense and a wonderful journey and you have all to be thanked for your many contributions on the journey.

This is a date for your diary and it will be an exhibition that will be well worth visiting especially everyone that remembered even some of the business on the main Street and Ballyleague.

If you have anything, in relation to the exhibition, that you have not yet dropped into Stella can you do so immediately to ease pressure closer to the date.

The Green – a living memory

This is where I am going to need the help of those named to tell me of those that were omitted from their class. The list I have is not full complete and I would ask you to contact me and tell me who is right and wrong from this list.

The first students in the Boy’s school on the Green – Micheál Mac an Taor, Micheál Ó Muireadaigh, Owen Harte, Charlie Brennan, two brothers Muiris and Padraig – don’t have surname, Padraig and Sean Mc Fairringe, Michael Kennedy, Gerry O’Neill, Bobby O’Neill, Paul Nolan, Richard Dalton, Conal Wrafter, P.J. Donoghue, Vincent, Linnane, Johnny Linnane, Jimmy Linnane, Kevin Linnane, Joe and Raymond Kenny ( Ó Connaig) Gerard Regan, Liam Murphy, Michael Regan, Pat Monaghan, John Joe Monaghan, Pat Monaghan and finally three Mac Seoige brothers – I think Joyce, Martin, Cóilín and Anthony.

Golden Jubilee on Sunday week

On Sunday week 5th July an event has been organised in Lough Rynn Castle, Mohill to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Ordination of Fr. John Quinn who served as a priest with us in Rathcline parish. The event will start at 5pm. Fr. Quinn will be fondly remembered within the parish as a priest who gave great comfort and succor to many parishioners. He was one of the prime movers of the festival of Irish music on the banks of the Shannon at Aughakeel that will be long remembered a forerunner to many festivals. You are invited to go along and celebrate with Fr. Quinn. Tickets are available by contacting Dympna Quinn by phoning 087-1252820.

Cemetery Sunday Dates

The dates have just been announced for the three cemetery Sunday’s in the parish of Rathcline. As usual the first blessing of the graves will take place in Rathcline Cemetery on Sunday week 5th July, in Lanesboro cemetery the following Sunday 12th July and the blessing of the graves taking place in Clonbonny on Sunday 19th July – all taking place at 6pm.

It is essential that everyone tend to their family graves and have their own particular looking great for this very special occasion.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

The society visited Loughrea Golf Course on Saturday last and all the members who attended had a thoroughly enjoyable day at this exquisite woodland course. The wide open fairways, immaculately prepared, were very forgiving to the any wayward shots. Tiger would have had no worries on this splendid course! Neither was there any punishing rough which suits the majority of amateur golfers. The greens were slick but fair and any bad golf could not be blamed on the course!

The Society was welcomed and treated very decently by the hosts at the club and great thanks is due to Loughrea Golf staff and caterers for such pleasantness in so wonderful a setting.

The prizes were distributed as follows: nearest the pin on par 3, 17th: Timmy Glynn; 2nd nine: Jackie McDonnell; 1st nine: Johnny Jordan; 3rd place on 34 points: John Martin; 2nd went to our captain Mick Brennan with 34 points also and a better back nine than John. The first prize was won by Timmy Glynn with a very good score of 37 points net. Well done to all and as always all who attended were winners. The Lough Ree Golfing Society looks forward to seeing you all in Portumna on Saturday 25th July.

Book your Irish Language Course

An Irish Language Summer Course (SIAMSA!) will take place on Monday week 6th July to Friday 10th July in Gaelscoil Longfoirt.  The course will take place from 9.30am to 3.00pm each day and will cater for students from Second Class to First Year.  Further information and Applications forms available from Yvonne Ní Mhurchú 087-2642665.

Man of the Match

Upon reading the Irish Independent on Monday morning last it was a particular pleasure to see that one of our very own was awarded the Man of the Match for his performance for Longford against Carlow on Saturday last. In recent times it is not very often that we had a county player and it is great to see that Liam is flying the flag of his club high with a performance that we all know he is capable of and better. Congratulations to Liam and also to, I am sure, proud parents Denis and Cathriona.

While it was a good day on one side of the bridge it was not so on the other where Roscommon surprisingly went down to Sligo in the Connaught semi-final. All is not last as they have drawn Cavan in the Qualifiers on Saturday week and their recent performances against Cavan have been excellent.

For the record Longford will have to travel to Clare on Saturday week and it may be a part of a double header as Clare hurlers are drawn at home to Offaly.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge

Firstly, the Club members extend our sincere sympathy to Philomena Walsh, Rathcline Road, on the passing of her mother, in Williamstown, recently.  She had reached the wonderful age of 100, and also, to Patsy Canavan, whose husband Gus, passed away last week.  May they rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with both families.

Results: June 15th: N/S Gross/Nett: 1st Eileen Kelly and Nancy Dolan, 2nd Maureen Hynes and Loretta Cooney and 3rd Kathleen Kelly and Renee Walsh. E/W: Gross and Nett: 1st Kitty Dowd and Chis McGrath, 2nd Goretti Kenny and Mary Jameson and 3rd Ann Delaney and Ann Fallon

Clothes Bank in Car Park

A new clothes bank has been put into the car park and it is hoped that everyone with old clothes for disposal will avail of this facility. The clothes bank is been organised by the Rathcline Ladies club and they look forward to your clothing contributions.

Triathlon with options

Local Two Provinces Triathlon:

The day is drawing closer for this year’s Two Provinces Triathlon organised by Lanesboro’s Triathlon club. July 11th is the date for the big Two Provinces Triathlon. The club looks forward to welcoming triathletes to Lanesboro from all over the country as has been the case since the inception of the Two Provinces triathlon. The main triathlon race consists of a 750m swim in Lough Ree followed by a 20km bike out to Scramogue and back and finishes with a 5km run up the Rathcline Rd and back down through the quarry to the finish line beside the duck pond.

The club will also host the second race of its kind in the country, an aqua bike (swim & bike). The club also hosts and welcomes those to try-a-tri which gives those who are not confident with swimming a full 750m, the opportunity to take on a shorter distance swim.

The race committee and club members are working hard to put on a great event, once again putting Lanesboro on the map.

The entire community is once again to come out and cheer on all the triathletes as they take on the challenge. The triathlon draws huge local support and they ae once again welcoming everyone to come and make this another wonderful occasion for our community.


The 50/50 draw took place in Clarke’s Bar on Monday night last 15th June and the winning prize money travels all the way to Sydney, Australia in the person of Ian Farrell who received the winner’s prize of €410. The club thanks everyone for their support and encourages everyone to support their weekly draw. For just €2 you too can be a winner no matter where you are in the world.

New President Inaugurated

On Saturday last 20th June in Carton House local man Eamon O’Flaherty was inaugurated as President of the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers. It was a proud day for Eamon who has worked diligently in his profession as an Auctioneer and Valuer but also in the creation of new and innovative ways for his business. At a time when the price of property was on the slide and many auctioneers struggling Eamon worked tremendously hard in highlighting many positive aspects of his profession which won him acclaim far and wide. Eamon is Director of Property Partners Brady in Maynooth.

We congratulate Eamon on his wonderful achievement. Eamon is son of a very proud mother Mary and the late PJ O’Flaherty and is brother of James, Joe and Declan. Not too long ago Eamon was bereaved by his wife Ann, she would have been immensely proud of his wonderful achievement and success as much as his young children Patrick and Áine were last weekend.

Not only was it a proud day for Eamon and his family but also one for his native parish and county. Eamon can be seen wherever Longford are playing and despite his residence being in Kildare his native sod is still most important to him

Championship Sunday

Rathcline Ladies will make their first appearance in this year’s Longford senior Ladies championship on Sunday next when they travel over to Drumlish to take on the local St. Helen’s team in their first round game. While not going in as favorites the girls performances this year has given great hope for a good and sustained run in this year’s championship. We wish the ladies well and look forward to them starting with a victory on Sunday. The throw in time for this game is 12noon.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the wide number of family and friends of the late Tommy Murphy, late of Barnacor and Ballyleague who died recently in New York.

Lanesboro Library Events

A History of Business in Lanesboro and Ballyleague

The launch of our exhibition on A History of Business in Lanesboro and Ballyleague will be held in the library on 23rd July.  Anyone with old photographs of Business in the town or business people, old shop signage, old artefacts etc and would like them included in the exhibition, please drop them in to Stella in the library. Thank you.

Lanesboro Community College Art Display:

A fantastic display of the art created by Lanesboro Community College students is on display in the library for the summer months.  Please drop in and appreciate their fine work.  Also the students have entered 3 sculptures in the Strokestown Park Schools Sculpture Competition.  Pictures of their entries are on display in the library.  They would really appreciate your voting for Lanesboro entries at Strokestown House to help them win €2,000.

Summer competitions at the library: Come along and pick up an entry –

Colouring competition for children aged up to 7  Wordsearch competition for children aged 8 to 12

Art Class:   Art Class 3 continues on Wednesday 24th June.  Cost €10 per night.  All welcome.

Lasraí Writers Group: Next meeting is on Monday July 13th 7 – 9pm. New members welcome.

Knitting & Crochet Group meetings every Monday 2 – 4pm. All welcome.

Book Club continues on Friday morning June 26th June at 11am where the book for discussion will be ‘Tenderwire’ by Claire Kilroy

Tickets on sale in the library for Fast Track Stroke Service for The Mater Foundation.  €3 each or 2 for €5.  Please support this very worthy cause.

Foreign Currency Appeal Reminder The library is still collecting unwanted foreign currency and old coins/notes in aid of ISPCC. The smallest donation can make a huge difference.

Used stamps also being collected at the library for ISPCC.

Talk the Walk for the Samaritans

A very different walk will take place in Longford on Saturday 4th July at 8am. Talk the Walk will start at Pearse Park, walk down to the mall and back to Pearse Park for breakfast. The idea of the Talk and Walk is that it is a walk with others at your own pace and you and your walking partners are encouraged to chat and talk the journey. The significance of the ‘Talk and Walk’ is that it is highlighting the need for people to talk to others and highlighting to others in need of support that talking is good and there is always someone ready to listen. The total proceeds of the walk will be donated to the Samaritans who work closely with the GAA community throughout the country. The Samaritans provide a free and confidential helpline for anyone who is going through any distress or worry in their life – 116 123 or phone the Athlone/Midlands branch (090) 6473133.

If you require any further information on the walk you are invited to contact Theresa Duffy 0867985076.

Thank You

The Irish Cancer Society would like to thank everyone that contributed to their recent church gate collection which realised €637.80.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Junior League: Last Wednesday seen the junior team play Tulsk. The result was Tulsk 2-12 St. Faithleach’s 5-6.   Team: A. Manning, P. Murray, B. Scally, P. Brennan (1-0), J. Sweeney, J. Walsh, P. Kenny, P Reynolds (1-1),G. McGrath, A. Kenny (1-1) B. Hussey (0-2), N. Kelly, N. Dooney (1-0), A. Brehon (1-2), J. Kelly. U14 Boys: D3 Championship 18th June. Kilglass/St Barry’s 5-12 vs St Faithleach’s 7-16. Team : J .Tucker, A. Hegarty (capt.), J. O’Reilly, D. Kilcoyne, A Glennon, N. McGovern, C. Glennon (0-1), M. Silva (0-1), J. Murray, J. Browne (1-5), M. Dunne (1-2), L. Ormsby (3-4), C .O’Brien (2-3). Subs: O .McGowan, K. Gallagher, M. O’Brien, F. Dunne, C. Gannon, L. Kilcoyne. Next Match Round 2 Championship: St Faithleach’s vs Kilmore/Shannon Gaels 2nd July 7:30pm in Ballyleague. U12 Girls: Division 4 Final (replay) is scheduled for this Thursday 25th Please see Facebook page for updates. U10 Boys: The U10 boys were playing in the Go-Games blitz in Kilbride last Saturday morning. Thanks to everyone involved, a great day was had by all. U8 Girls/Boys: Next blitz to be held on Saturday June 27th in St. Aidans at 11am. Cumann na mBunscol : Thanks to everyone who helped out at both the recent Cumann na mBunscol finals which were held last Tuesday and Wednesday on club grounds and also the Community Games girls Gaelic semi-finals and finals which were held on Sunday. Lotto: The numbers drawn were: 6, 11, 22 and 29. There was no jackpot winner and the next draw will take place on Tuesday 30th June. The five €20 winners were; Gerald O’Donnell, Breege Nerney, Henry Kenny, Mary Tiernan and Henry/Frank/ Anthony. The jackpot stands at €12,000. Cards: Every Tuesday night in the clubhouse at 8:30pm. Last week’s joint winners were; Annie & Kathleen and Paddy & Michael. Congratulations: Congratulations to Jason Tarmey and Sharon Ryan on their recent wedding, and also to Gary Mc Caffery and Edel Connor on their recent wedding, we wish both couples all the best for the future. Congratulations also to Mary McCormack and her husband Wayne Kinsella on the birth of their baby boy. Monster Draw: St. Faithleach’s Monster Draw takes place on Saturday 27th June in the clubhouse. Music on night by Tommy K. Tickets are still on sale in local retail outlets or from club reps. Your support will be very much appreciated.

Rathcline GAA

MONSTER AUCTION – Rathcline GAA are hosting a Monster Auction this Saturday 27th June at 1pm in Clonbonny. Viewing will take place from 11am that morning. We are asking the community for donations of goods and services which we can use in the auction so get thinking over the course of this week of what you can donate. We are looking for people to donate goods for auction e.g. gym equipment, household goods, furniture, antiques, toys, building materials, fuels, vouchers, tickets etc. Services can also be donated e.g. tradesman services, gardening, painting, physiotherapy, hairdressing, beauty treatments etc. Donations can be left into Farrell’s Agri Supplies or contact Gerald Farrell on (086) 8745180. Thank you in advance from all at Rathcline GFC.

50/50 Draw – Congratulations to cult hero and local icon, Ian “St. John” Farrell c/o The Yacht Bar, who was last week’s winners of €410 in our 50/50 draw. This should come in quite handy for Ian on his ecclesiastical crusade down under at the moment, well done Iano! The draw takes place every Monday night at 9pm and envelopes are available in all local businesses. Tonight’s draw, 22nd June, takes place in Adie’s.

Longford Seniors Victory – Congratulations to the Longford seniors who had a fine win over Carlow in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Saturday evening 20th June. Great to see the lads put the disappointment of the Dublin performance behind them. Well done to Liam Connerton who performed exceptionally well on his full championship debut – hopefully the first of many great days out for Liam in the blue and gold.

Western Gaels Minor Club – Congratulations to the Western Gaels minor team who scored a comprehensive victory over St. Francis/St. Vincent’s last Friday evening 19th June in Clonbonny. Final Score: Western Gaels 3-18 St. Francis/St. Vincent’s 1-08

Longford Minors – Rathcline would like to wish Kevin Sorohan and the rest of the Longford Minor squad the very best of luck as they take on Meath in the Leinster Minor Football Championship this Saturday 27th June. The game is fixed for Glennon Brothers Pearse Park

with a 3pm throw in. Hopefully a large local crowd will turn out to support the lads in their bid to reach Croke Park in a few weeks.

Rathcline Ladies – The Senior club would like to wish the Rathcline ladies the very best of luck in their opening game of the Senior Championship against St. Helen’s (Drumlish) next Sunday 28th June. The game will throw in at 12 noon in Monaduff. The squad have been putting in a big effort this season under the guidance of Ciaran Kenny and Brendan O’Sullivan. We are encouraging anyone who is around next Sunday to go and support the girls as they bid to get off to a winning start.

Ballyleague Tidy Towns

With adjudication taking place this week in the National Tidy Towns competition Ballyleague Tidy Towns are asking all local residents and visitors to play their part to ensure the village is looking clean and tidy. It was particularly great to see local residents out cutting grass on the roadside and painting their property last weekend in the sunshine – and putting up their own flower baskets afterwards. The committee is very grateful to John Loughlin, Gerry Trimble, Jimmy Hudson Paddy Hilton and Ciaran Mullooly for painting and putting new estate signage in place at Shannonside on the Roscommon road. It looks very well art of our community sustainable waste programme and have been put in place at the Waterways Ireland boat shed in the north harbour, the credit union in Ballyleague, the church of the Holy Rosary and St Faithleach’s GAA grounds. All rain water collected will go towards the watering of flowers and plants in the area over the summer. Our thanks also to Jimmy Judson, Michael Hanley and Paddy Hilton who have worked hard to get new estate signage in place for Shannonside estate on the Roscommon road.

Special thanks to the Junior Tidy Towns teams from the following areas who were out and about last weekend involved in clean-ups, planting of flowers and plants, making new bug hotels and painting walls: Team Lough Ree Park, Team Cluaindara, Team Waters Edge, Team Weakfield, Team Cloonadra, Team Ballyclare, Team Strokestown road, Team Ballyleague central, Team Shannongrove. All the children will continue their work this coming week before the final presentation of the season at the national school on Thursday next.

Rathcline Ladies

The senior ladies travel to play St. Helen’s in the first round of the championship on Sunday next. We wish the girls luck in this very challenging encounter. The throw in is timed for 12 noon.

The U14’s will play Ballymore on Thursday at 7.30pm in Clonbonny

The Summer League for the U12 panel will commence on Monday next 29th June.


The Lough Ree Lanesbrough Angling hub requires details of accommodation for a potential group of 200 International anglers visiting here in the area next year for a major competition.

If you would like to register self-catering or bed and breakfast accommodation please sent two photos of your property (internally and externally) to with details of rates for five nights. For further details contact Hub chairman Hugh Keane, Vice Chairman Gerald Farrell, Treasurer Alan Farrell or PRO Ciaran Mullooly


The 2nd day of foundational level training for angling coaches in this area takes place this Saturday June 27th in Lanesborough at 9.30am in the hall at the bridge. This event will have a special focus on coaching people with special needs in the skills of angling. To take part contact Hugh Keane


The Angling hub held a very successful meeting with Inland Fisheries Ireland and all the state agencies last Friday to determine what now must happen in the areas of the river where the Asian clams are causing damage to the fishery. The trial has now been complete and a proper rehabilitation plan for the fishery is being drawn up. The hub is meeting with ESB, Bord Na Mona and national angling associations this Friday at 11am at St Faithleach’s GAA clubhouse in Ballyleague.


The club season is coming towards an end. Our last day will be a fun day of competition and games for all members on Saturday July 4th after which we will take our summer break until September. More details soon. There will be a club executive meeting this coming Thursday night at the tennis courts in Ballyleague at 8.30pm. Garrett Barry from Tennis Ireland is attending so all club executive members please attend. The Lough Ree Bay Tennis club continues weekly coaching for all local children from 6 to 8pm every Saturday evening at the tennis courts in the marina in Ballyleague. Children aged 5 to 10 normally train between 6 and 7pm. Older children are coached by Tennis Ireland level 2 coach Richard Turner from 7 to 8pm. All club members and their parents are requested to get in touch with the club this week to confirm their plans for next weekend. Please e mail: if you wish to take part




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