Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 27th July 2015

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes




Many congratulations to Louise Kearney and her husband Kevin Chapman, Lisnacusha on the birth last week of a baby girl.

The Green – a living history

The families that I have recorded living in the first four house ion the Green are No 1 there were two families with the same name Smith on no 1 one of the families emigrated to England and the other family moved to the Bord na Mona works at Coill Dubh beside Naas, Co. Kildare. The next family there was the Mc Naboe family and they moved to North Longford. Thanks to Ester Donlon, Moher formerly Ester Dee No 4 for all the previous information. Tony and Tess Murphy were the next residents and they were longtime residents on the Green. Tony and Tess had four children Eithne Mc Caffrey now resident in Ballyleague, Stella O’Sullivan now resident in Gurteengar, Oliver now a resident of Roscommon and Claire Glennon a resident of Clonadra. Following the death of Tony and Tess the house was bought by Ronan and Claire Glennon and living in it since were Aija Galdika and her daughter Irena and it is now occupied by Darren and Stephanie Reilly and their family.


The marriage took place at St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro on Saturday 18th July of Brendan Carberry, son of Margaret and Bernard, Carberry, Lough Ree Park, Ballyleague and Yvonne Feeley, daughter of Eileen and Frank Feeley, Mountcashel, Kilrooskey. Bestman was Ray Campbell friend of the groom and groomsmen were James Donnelly and Greg Cassidy both friends of the groom. Chief Bridesmaid was Edel Feeley, sister of the bride and bridesmaids were Derina Feeley and Deborah Feeley both sisters of the bride. Pageboy was Lee Carberry son of the bride and groom and Flower girl was Demi Smith niece of the groom. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Michael Reilly. The wedding reception took place in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded happiness.

Student Kayaking course

Beginning on Monday 10th August Junior Hannon will be holding a kayaking camp on the Shannon in Lanesboro. The course will run from Monday to Friday- all gear will be provided. The cost of the course is just €65 and the course will run from 10am to 1pm each day.

Annual Pilgrimage

A limited number of seats are still available for the annual pilgrimage to Lough Derg that takes place on Sunday 23rd August. The bus will leave Farrelly’s bus depot at 6.40am and will pick up at Kenagh, Derryhaun, Lanesboro and Ballyleague. Booking can be made with Mary, phone 043-3321969.


The death occurred suddenly and tragically in Edinburgh, Scotland on Monday 6th July of Laura Ann Cox, Tullyvarron, Curraghroe. Laura was a student just finishing her college education when the tragedy occurred. Her college course took her to many parts of the world. She was a young vibrant and beautiful girl who had the world at her feet. She exuded confidence and her warmth of heart for one so young was a joy to behold. Laura made her mark with everyone that had the pleasure to meet her. The warmth of her smile enlivened even the darkest soul. She will be sadly missed by the community of Curraghroe and communities far and wide.

Laura’s remains reposed at her family home on Tuesday last 21st until her removal to St. Cecilia’s Church, Curraghroe for her Funeral Mass on Wednesday. Following Mass her remains were laid to rest in Cloontuskert cemetery.

To her father Seamus, mother Eileen, brothers James, Shane and Daniel, grandparents Michael and Mary Cox, Ann Mulhern, relatives and many friends we extend our sincere sympathy.


The new postcode system for Ireland, has launched. Local organisations in Longford and Westmeath are helping to spread the word about the benefits of Eircode. If you, or anyone who you know, have any questions or would like assistance, including elderly family members or neighbours, please get in touch with Margaret Walsh, Longford Community Resources Ltd at 043-3345555 or email:

Alternatively, the Eircode helpline number is 0818 300 005.

Lanesboro Library

Book Club

Next Book Club meeting is on Friday 31st July at 11am where the book for discussion will be ‘The Green Road’ by Anne Enright.

A History of Business in Lanesboro and Ballyleague

Our exhibition ‘A History of Business in Lanesboro and Ballyleague – 1900-2015’ is now on in the library until the end of August.  Please drop in and have a look at the array of historical photographs and artifacts on display.

Summer competitions at the library:

Join our Summer Reading Buzz at your local library from July 1st to August 31st. Sign up and get a bookmark and door hanger. After reading 5 books you get a wristband, after 10 books you get a pencil case and if you enter multiple times you get a lovely book bag!

Come along and pick up an entry –

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

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 staff are 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.

Church Gate Collection

The Irish Wheelchair Association’s Annual church gate collection will take place next weekend at all Masses on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd August.

With your support IWA can continue to maintain vital services to people with disabilities in Co. Longford.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

On Saturday last the 25 July the society had a very successful outing to the exquisite, scenic Portumna Golf Course. The balmy summer day and a golf course, immaculately manicured was the perfect setting for a very enjoyable day’s golf. The greens were fast but true and some very decent scores were returned. We had three visitors and the winner of the visitor’s prize with a magnificent 38 stableford points was Jarlath Reynolds who just pipped Tony Gavigan with an equally great score of 37 points.

Nearest the pin was won by John O’Donnell, ladies by Bernie Taylor, back nine: Harry O’Donnell, front nine: Michael Jordan. The third place among the members went to Jackie McDonnell on 34 just winning with a better back nine over Michael Jordan who also had a good 34 points. Second prize was won by Alan Farrell with a splendid 35 points and the first prize was captured by Liam Rosemond on 38 points. Well done to all and as always we all were winners after so enjoyable a day. Everyone who played want to return and full praise to Portumna staff, Leonie the secretary and the wonderful restaurant staff. The food was exceptionally good.

The next outing is our Captain, Mick Brennan’s prize day in Birr, Co Offaly on Saturday, September 19 from 11 to 12. Birr is one of the finest midland courses, presenting a mixture of mature woodland and rolling eskers which represent the nearest inland equivalent to the links courses around our coasts.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock

The annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will take place this year on Sunday 6th September. Further detail later.

Lanesboro Pike Angling Club

On Thursday evening last 23rd July, as part of the Lanesboro Summer School 2015 the club staged and sponsoored a children’s fishing competition. It was a huge success with the children showing great enthusiasm and everyone went home with a prize. The club would like to thank every young person that took part and also the parents who helped out on the evening. The club would like to acknowledge the donation of snacks for the young anglers and also a big thank you to Bridie Holmes for supplying the bait.

There will be another children’s fishing competition held on Saturday week 8th August at 11am on the hot water stretch.

The club would like to thank everyone fore their great and on-going support and they look forward to seeing you all again.

Lanesboro Triathlon Club

Lanesboro Tri Club would once again like to thank all those who helped out at the recent events Two Provinces Aquathon, Kidathon & Triathlon. It really is greatly appreciated. We held the marshals’’ draw on Saturday night and the lucky winners were: Kieran Healy, Caroline Connaughton, Mary Brunt, Seán Moran, Raymond Cox, Emer Farrell, Mick Shortall, Sean Farrell and Ronnie Johnston. The lucky winners of entries to Tri an Mhí were Siobhán Mimnagh and Mark Mimnagh. Well done all.

Huge congrats to Frank O’Connor the only representative for Lanesboro Tri Club in Ennis Sprint Tri National Series today.  He won a silver plate for 2nd in Ennis Tri Club age category 61 to 70. However he was 1st in his Triathlon Ireland age category 65 – 69. Congrats Frank.

Sponsored Swim: Lanesboro Tri club are one again hosting a sponsored swim on August Bank Holiday Monday afternoon. Last year over €8,000 was raised for JOIN OUR BOYS and this year we are raising funds on behalf of the Roscommon Disability Support Group and St. Christopher’s Services, Longford. Interest in this year’s swim has been strong, and not just from our own club members. We have swimmers coming from Longford, Roscommon, Westmeath, Kildare and Dublin as word spreads of previous year’s events and we are planning for a 100 strong team of triathletes and swimmers making their way along the 3.9 km swim course from Kilnacarrow Bridge to Lanesboro. The downstream swim will start at 2pm with the first swimmers expected back in Lanesboro from 3 pm onwards. As in previous year’s, there are no prizes for coming first in this event. All funds raised will go directly to our chosen charities with all running costs being covered by local supporters and the Triathlon club ourselves. This swim is about raising funds great causes while embracing the challenge of a long distance swim. Some of our members who completed this event last year only started swimming the previous winter and could never previously have envisaged themselves swimming almost 4 kilometers but by training with the goal of completing the challenge they far exceeded their own expectations. Donations and sponsorship can be made by contacting any member of the Lanesboro club or emailing”

Rathcline GAA

Intermediate Championship – Well done to the lads on their win over Kenagh in the championship on Friday night. The match finished 0-13 to 2-06 in favour of Rathcline. A close match with a narrow win but it gets us off to a good start ahead of meeting Sean Connolly’s in Drumlish on Sunday week 9th August at 2.30pm.

League Division 2 – As the championship takes a break next weekend we’re back in league action where we face Legan at 8pm in Clonbonny. Legan will be our opponents in the championship after the Connolly’s game. Please support.

Junior Championship – Our first junior championship game has been rescheduled and will take place next Sunday August 1st against Ardagh in Clonbonny at 4pm. Please support.

Ed Sheeran tickets – Congratulations to Ann Maxwell, Thureen, who was the winner of our premium level tickets to Ed Sheeran in Croke Park on Saturday night. Thanks to everyone who bought and sold lines.

50/50 Draw – Congratulations to Fiona Ginty, Carraroe, who was last week’s winner of €420 in our 50/50 draw. This week’s draw takes place in the Yacht Bar on Tuesday night at 9pm due to our Galway Races event on Monday.

Baby joy – Congratulations to club captain Kevin Chapman and his good wife Louise Kearney on the birth of baby Aoife last week. Baby arrived on time so daddy could make our championship game on Friday night!

Ladies Club

Hard luck to the ladies who were beaten by Killoe in the senior championship on Sunday. The girls still have Colmcille and Ballymore to play in the championship.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Senior Championship: Next game 8th August. Junior Mens Championship – Result : St. Faithleach’s 1-8 Oran 3-10 Team ; A. Manning, J. Irwin, Paul Hunt, W. Donoghue, D, Nerney, P. Brennan , J. Farrell ,D. Gibbons, P. Rooney, S. Walsh, B. Hussey( 0-2), K. O’Grady( 0-2), D. Foley (1-2), A. Brehon( 0-2), J. Kelly, D. McCormack, P. Kenny, P. Reynolds and P. Murray. Junior Ladies Championship: Result St. Faithleach’s 10-11 Roscommon Gaels 2-3. Team : S. O’Neill, A. Ormsby, N, Hegarty, M. Banahan,(1-0) J. Geoghegan, E. Kenny, A. Mc Loone (0-4), L. Mc Loone(1-1), E. Donlon(1-4), E. Hegarty, R. Banahan(2-0), M. Corcoran(0-1), Q. Cox(2-0).Subs K. Byrne (2-0),A. Nerney (0-1), L. Hoare, C. Brennan, C. Brennan, T. Nerney and K. Browne. Minor Boys: Next game against Oran in Ballyleague on Aug 6th. Under 16 Boys Division 3:St.Faithleach’s 1-6 Shannon Gaels/Kilmore 3-11. Team: M. O’Donnell, M. Dunne, C. Reynolds, K. Nerney, I. Trautt, C. Gannon. Trautt, G. Carberry, C. Kennelly, J. Brown, J. Donlon, D .McDermott, J. Gill. L. Ormsby, C. O’Brien, R. Banahan, N. Mc Govern. Next game against Pearses. U14 Boys Division 3: Result: Kilbride 4-8 Faithleach’s 2-12. Last game of championship next Thursday at home to St Aidan’s. U14 Girls Summer League: Wed 22nd -St. Faithleach’s 8-6 Oran 3-3. Team: M. Banahan, C. Carroll, H. Barry, L. Costello, C. Curley, K. McPhillips, E. Irwin, J. Brennan, O. Costello, O. Irwin, A. Trimble, L. Parker, S. Hickey, N. Flynn, L.O Donnell, C. Hussey. Sunday 26th St. Faithleach’s 2-0 St. Croan’s 5-2. Team: M. Banahan, C, Curley, C, Carroll, L. Costello, L. Parker, O. Costello, J. Brennan, E. Irwin, O. Irwin, R. Donlon, C. Hussey, N. Flynn, L. O’Donnell.

U12 Boys: St. Faithleach’s 7-4 Western Gaels 6-10. Team: K. Donlon, O. Kelly, F. Dunne, D. Cullen, J.O Connor, J. Murray, C. Gannon, M.O Brien, R. Byrne, O. Murray, L. Kilcoyne. Subs: S. Ryan, F. Reynolds, C. Betts, S. Cox. U16 Roscommon Ladies: Best of luck to management and team and to our club reps Jillian Banahan, Amy Curley, Sarah Hoare and Sarah Scally and Liaison Officer Maggie Curley when they play in the All-Ireland Final on Wednesday 29th in Nenagh. Drive in Bingo: Takes place on Bank Holiday Monday at 3pm on Club grounds, the game which is similar to ordinary bingo allows everyone to play from the comfort of their own car or bus with family or friends. Proceeds from event go towards the upkeep and development of club grounds. All welcome. Cards: Every Tuesday at 8:30 in Clubhouse. Winners: Teresa/Jimmy, runners up Frank/Michael, last game Noreen/Mark, raffle Tom/Freda/Josie/Noreen. Kilgefin Cemetery Mass will take place Friday on 31st August at 7pm. Condolences : The club would like to express deepest sympathies to Seamus and Eileen Cox, their sons James, Shane and Daniel on the death of Laura Cox. Ar dheis de go raibh a anam.










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