Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes Monday 12th October 2015

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Harbour area

Have you in the past week gone down to the new harbour below the car park? If you go down there you will find that the area has been recently kerbed and it has also got a new covering of tarmacadam. It is a wonderful job and when the new seating and the new pathway along the tourism office is installed the entire area will be transformed. Bit by bit the work along the Shannon is greatly enhancing the river banks and the town. According to the tourism co-op there is a lot more exciting work in the pipeline and we look forward to their continued development and fulfillment of their plans for the town and area.

Triathlon Club AGM

With a hugely exciting year ahead the Lanesboro Triathlon Club shall host its Annual General Meeting on Fri 6th November at 8:30pm in the Club Rooms. The rooms are in the Community Centre on the first floor of the old convent building. All members shall receive nomination forms etc.…via email over the coming days. The club hopes to see a large turnout on the night, for this very important meeting.

Mothers & Toddlers

The Mother and Toddler group continues every Friday morning from 10.30 to 12.15 at the Playschool on The Green. You are invited to go along for chat and a coffee.


We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to James Murray, his mother Mary, Church View, his sisters Fiona, Killashee, Cliodhna, Mahoraveen, Emma, Australia and brother Eamon, Church View on the untimely death of James’s wife Sarah in New York last week.

Conversational Irish for adults: Classes resume on Wed 14th Oct in the old school in Kenagh from 8.00pm until 10.00pm. If you ever wanted to improve your Irish speaking, this is the ideal opportunity in a relaxed and informal setting. If you only have the “cúpla focal” or if your school Irish has faded then why not revive it over the winter months. It is fun and relaxed with just a nominal charge to cover expenses. All levels of ability are welcome. For any further information please ring Seán at 086-4466029.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs Gretta O’Brien and family, Longford Road on the death of Gretta’s sister Mrs (Patricia) Paddy Breagy, Ardee Co. Louth last weekend.


Congratulations to Patrick Moran, son of Breda and the late John Moran, Carraroe and Frances Jenner daughter of Gaynor and Trevor Hicks, Derrylin, Co. Fermanagh who announced their engagement recently.


Due to an up-dating programme and re-training, Rainbows, support programme, will not take place this year. It is hoped that it will be recommencing in a few months in the year 2016.

The Green – a living history           

Reverting back to the Greene family in number 8, I had a phone call today Monday from Anthony and he gave me the family details. The family were on The Green from 1962 to 1968. The family consisted of Frank and Pearl Greene and their family Paul, Hughie, Cormack, Anthony, Francis, David, Mary, Alice and Sheila.

In no14 there was the Mc Carthy family – parents Tim and Ita and children, John, Mary, Patsy, Eugene, Tommy, Tony, Timmy, Catherine, Anne, Martin, Gerard and Stephen. It has only recently changed hands. In no1 the first residents I have are Jack and Janetta Murray and their family of Helen, John, Mabel, David, Danny, Sydney, Michael, Irene and Willie.

The next inhabitant I have is Hughie Kelly, I have no further details and then George and Pearl Crooke and their family, Thora, Roy, Lorna and Janet.

That take us to the end of the first black of houses. I know I have some missing gaps and if you can help me with them I would really appreciate the help. You can contact me at 086-2460840, 043-3321107 or

Reunion of Class

Last Saturday a number of the class of 1965 from St. Joseph’s Convent of Mercy secondary school took place. A great day ensued as the girls of the year renewed friendships and traded life stories since their days in the Convent. It was great to see so many back for the day and it was fitting that the sun shone brightly on the girls for the day.

Class 65



The attached photograph shows the girls from left to right, with maiden name in brackets Eileen Devanney (Gormley), Freda Kenny (Shea), Sr. Brigid Clyne, back, Kay O’Neill (Fitzpatrick), front, Anne Bolger (Casey), back, Maura Fleming (Ryan), front, Breda O’Loughlin (Leavy), Eugenie McCabe (Farrell), back, Joan Donnellan (Conway) Ann Donnelly (O’Sullivan), Helen Farrell (Gill), Maureen Dowd (Murtagh), Mary Walsh (Gillooly), Evangeline Cummins (Mc Gee), Kay Cooney (Gormley), Carmel Casey (O’Dowd) and Angela Corcoran (Keigher). Missing from the photograph is Irene Murphy (Harold)

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday 7th October are: N/S 1st Bernadette Gillen and Mona O’Flaherty, 2nd Eileen Kelly and Una Clarke, 3rd Gemma Douglas and Elish Gray. E/W 1st Una Lawlor and Brid Mc Dermott, 2nd Maureen Hynes and Patsy Canavan and 2rd Mary Jameson and Patricia Mc Gann.

PTAA Dinner Dance

The Longford Region of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association will hold their annual Dinner Dance in the Rustin Inn, Abbeyshrule on Friday 13th November. Music will be provided they the very popular TR Dallas. The dinner will commence at 9pm. This dance is one of the highlights of the year on the social calendar. Such is its appeal that it draws people from far and wide for a wonderful night. Tickets are priced at €25 each and they can be bought from Breda Moran.

Try a Dive

Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club are continuing their FREE ‘Try a Dive’ in Longford Sports & Leisure Centre every Thursday night for the month of October at 9pm.  You will receive a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world and find out what it’s like to breath underwater. All the equipment you will need is provided by us you just need your togs and swim hat. Age 18+.  If you would like any further information you can contact 0879765911.


The weekly tennis coaching sessions for children are going very well at the tennis courts at the Waterways Ireland marina in Ballyleague. The coaching takes place every Friday with 3 sessions 3-30pm to 4-30pm, 4-30pm to 5-30pm and 5.30pm to 6.30pm There are places left on the children’s coaching slots on Fridays – ring the coach Tim Clarke now at 083 1155374 to book in your child. Beginners classes are also available in these slots soon. All other tennis queries to:

ICA Guild Meeting

The next meeting for Lanesboro I.C.A. will take place on this Wednesday 14th.October in the Parish Hall at 8 P.M. New members most welcome.

A Mudfest Challenge for you hardy souls

October Mudfest:  Sean Connolly’s GAA Club in Ballinalee are running a mud fest to raise funds for the club. The race is a 6km run across country and will include obstacles along the way. There is a prize for the fastest men’s and women’s team of €1000 each and a prize of €500 for the fastest individual male and individual female. It will take place on Saturday 31st October. Entry is €25 per person or €200 for a team of ten. Check out Facebook and for updates and details. Please spread the word.

Sign Language Course

Irish Sign Language is the first language of the Irish Deaf Community, and is an important part of Deaf Culture. Irish Sign Language is not “Sign Language through Irish” – it is the Sign Language used by the Irish Deaf community. It is a visual language, using the hands, facial expressions and body movements. Family, friends and professionals use Irish sign language to communicate with Deaf people as well is use with. Ireland and many other countries, for example England, France or America, have their own sign languages.

Irish Sign Language is not just for deaf people and their families. Irish sign language can help where families have the difficulty communicating due to stroke, car accident, have Down syndrome or Autism.

This is a great opportunity for students who wish to do Gasice Awards, working as SNA, Doctors/nurses especially the important of communicating with Deaf patients or anyone that want to learn for fun.

Library Event Updates

Book Club: The next Book Club meeting is on Friday 30th October at 11am where the book for discussion will be ‘The Dandelion Years’ by Erica James.  All welcome.

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

ESOL Class: ESOL Class (English for speakers of other languages) continues every Tuesday evening 7-9pm.

Lasraí Writers Group: The next Lasraí Writers Group meeting will take place in the library on Monday 12th October 7-9pm.  New members welcome.

French Conversational Classes at Lanesboro Library: These classes are aimed at adults wishing to develop their conversational skills and are particularly suited to people travelling abroad or even for parents wishing to help their children with their homework.

The French class will commence on Wednesday October 14th from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Each six week course costs €30.

Pre-booking is advisable as numbers for each class are limited. To do this or to obtain further details please contact Lanesboro Library on 043 3321291

Art Classes with Nicolette: Art Classes with Nicolette resumes on Wednesday evening 14th October 8-9.30pm. Six week course costs €60.  To register please call the library on 043 332 1291 or email

Paint it Pink this October! Paint it Pink ….Ribbons & pens on sale in the library in aid of Irish Cancer Society. Check out . Please support this worthy cause.

Foreign Currency Appeal Reminder: We 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.

Lough Ree AC

Hannon’s Hotel Roscommon was the venue for the County Roscommon Primary Schools Cross Country Championships on Thursday last.  Large numbers taking part was the order of the day with as many as 230 in the 5th/6th class boys race.   While it was great to see the increased participation from the national schools, the huge numbers brought their own problems.  If world champion Usain Bolt was on the start line and didn’t get off to a flier he would never have got through the phalanx of bodies in front of him. The solution must be a wider starting area and a 200m straight at the start.  With such numbers competition was extremely keen,  still we had some local stars…..Nikita Atis from Ballyleague school got a medal for finishing in 7th position in the 5th/6th Class Boys event .  A marvellous result for his first effort.  Others to shine were Cian Walton who finished his race despite an injury at the start.  Shauna Mimnagh was the best of the girls finishing in the first 20 from a field of over 200.  Congratulations to Robbie Chalmers and Whitehall School on winning the 5th and 6th Class Boys team event against all the odds. Full results were not available when going to print.

Our timed road runs in Clonbonny last Tuesday produced a few personal bests despite the bitter cold and a strong cross wind. It was an evening for the girls with both Hetija and Hazel upsetting our predictions of slower times, however not be outdone Rakesh also ran a personal best.  Road Runs continue until the time changes at the end of October.

Next Saturday 17th October is the Connaught Primary Schools Cross Country and the venue is Drumshambo with the first race at 1pm.  Wishing all our athletes the best of luck.

St. Faithleach’s

U21/U20: Both competitions are due to commence shortly and training resumes for both panels.

U14 Boys: Saturday seen the U13 boys win over St. Michael’s in the first round of the Féile competition.  St. Faithleach’s 12-11, St Michaels 5-11. Team: K. Mc Donagh, A. Glennon, E. Kelly, J.P. O’Reilly, D. Kilcoyne, D. Cullen, R. Kalva, M. Silva, J. Murray, C. Glennon, J. Tucker, L. Kilcoyne. Subs; F. Dunne, M. O’Brien, S. Ryan. Next game away to St. Aidans.

Mothers & Others:  Best of luck to our Mother’s & Others who are travelling to Dublin on Saturday 17th to take part in the National Blitz.

Ladies Night:  Was a huge success .Thanks to Sharon  Mc Cormack, Erin Connell for make-up and hair, all those who gave  spot prizes including  SuperValu, Joe and Martina Cribbon, and Paul Byron. Thanks also to the bar staff on the night who definitely got into the spirit of the occasion!!

Drive in Bingo: Our last Drive in Bingo for 2015 takes place on Monday 26th October at 3pm, huge prizes to be won and a great day for all the family.

Battle of the Bridge: Once again we have teamed up with our friends and neighbours across the bridge in Lanesboro to bring you a white collar boxing event which will be held on club grounds on Sat November 14th.  The two clubs, St. Faithleach’s and Rathcline will go head to head in the ring and it is sure to be an unforgettable event. More details in the coming weeks.

Lotto: There was no winner of the €12,000 jackpot and the numbers drawn were 5, 10, 14 and 22. The five €20 winners were Isabelle Ryan, Mary Tiernan, Kathleen Hanley, Mary Mathews and Hilary Flanagan. The next draw will take place on Tuesday 20th October.

Cards: Every Tuesday night at 8.30pm in the clubhouse. Winners Jack/Brendan, Runner up Mark/Noreen, Last game Jim/Kitty.

Rathcline GAA

League Division 2 – Well done to the lads on their 3-18 to 2-13 win over Grattan’s in the league on Saturday evening. This means we now face Fr. Manning Gaels in a promotion/relegation playoff on Friday evening next at 8.30pm with the venue yet to be confirmed. This is a huge game for the club as we look to get promoted back to Division 1. Again we’re asking everyone to come to the game and show the team the support they deserve. 50/50 Draw – Congratulations to Hannah Naughton, Milltown, Galway who was last week’s winner of €400 in our 50/50 draw. Hannah is a granddaughter of Maureen Gibbons, Kilrooskey. It’s now one year since we began our 50/50 draw and we’ve given out over €21,000 in prize money. The draw is proving to be hugely successful and we ask for your continued support. Envelopes are available in all local businesses and only cost €2. Yearly Subscription to 50/50 – Our 50/50 draw which started a year ago has proved to be very successful. We have given away over €21,000 in prize money since the draw began. We are now giving people who live abroad or away from town the opportunity to be in with a chance of winning and supporting our Leinster campaign. After a 10 year wait we are now County Intermediate Champions and on the road to Leinster. A yearly subscription will include membership for the year along with a chance of winning an average weekly prize of €400. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Please contact any member of the executive or email us at if you’re interested in subscribing. “Battle of the Bridge” White Collar Boxing – Following on from last year’s successful Strictly Dancing over the Bridge we have teamed up with our neighbours St. Faithleach’s again. This time for white collar boxing which will take place on Saturday November 14th in St. Faithleach’s grounds. Training has now begun for all boxers and next week’s training session will take place in the boxing club which is located in the Co-op hall at 8pm on Saturday evening. Table Quiz – There will be a table quiz for the players’ training fund in the Peer Inn on Friday night October 23rd at 9.30pm. With the Leinster campaign yet to begin funds will be needed for this campaign. Please support. 125th Anniversary Celebrations – As the club is celebrating its 125thanniversary this year there will a special concert held on Saturday December 12th in the parish hall celebrating the occasion with lots of local talent on show. Put it in your diaries for a date not to be missed! Club Merchandise – There is a limited amount of club merchandise including zip ups, t-shirts and car flags still for sale in O’Brien’s. With our Leinster run yet to get underway now’s your chance to get your hands on some of this before the games. Congratulations to our neighbours and opponents from the Intermediate final, Killashee, as they beat Amsterdam in Maastricht, Netherlands on Saturday evening in the Leinster Junior Championship. Well done to the Shannon Gaels U12 team who won the shield in a tournament in Clonguish yesterday. They beat Mohill by a point in semifinal and then Fenagh by 8 points in the final. Well done to all.






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