Lanesboro Ballyleague notes 8th February 2016

Lanesboro Ballyleague


Festival 2016 Meeting

A good number turned up for the meeting in Clarke’s bar on Wednesday last and a good and lively discussion took place with many options put forward. It was decided to invite members from every club in the area of Lanesboro and Ballyleague to Sorohan’s Lifebelt Bar on Wednesday 10th February at 9pm.

It was encouraging to see many new faces and also to have their thoughts and views for the festival going forward. New ideas were put forward and on the 10th we will thrash all out and decide our pathway to the festival.

Do come along and be part of an exciting time for our community.

Piece of History at Minor Club AGM

On Sunday evening last 7th February Shannon Gaels Minor Club held their AGM in the clubhouse in Clonbonny. It was a historic evening for the club with the major positions being taken up by ladies. It is a major shift for the club to have ladies at the helm and we are sure of an exciting time ahead. We hope the entire community will row in behind the ladies and men of the committee and give them all your fullest support.

The club is asking every parent to register their children for the coming year. Every youngster from the age of 5 years must be registered. The club encourages new members and parents to come along on Friday night next 12th February to the clubhouse in Clonbonny from 7 to 8pm for registration. Give your youngster the opportunity for an active and outdoor pursuit with lots of fun and comradery and if the field is not the place then you can display your talents with our Scór na nÓg. The club has is a club that encourages creativity both on and off the field and loves to create the environment for our youth to fulfill their abilities. Join the and have a wonderful time.

The new historic and exciting executive is Chairperson: Tina Dowd, Vice Chairperson: Sharon Dowd, Secretary: Colette Wyse, Ass. Sec: Mark Casey, Treasurer: Mary Mc Grath, Ass Treasurer: Dominick Mc Grath, Child Protection Officer: Bríd Gordon, Co. Board Delegate: Alan Maxwell, PRO: Joe O’Brien.

Cycling date for your Diary

The Terry McCormack Memorial Cycle in aid of Fighting Blindness, which will take place on Saturday 9th April. Terry Mc Cormack was a personal friend as he was to many in our area and I hope all cyclists in the area will make a diary note for this very worthwhile cycle in his memory

The Green – A Living History

I am still awaiting details on the 3 houses at the front of the Green and I hope during the week I will have full details.

The Big Quiz

On next Friday February 12th Ballyleague Tidy Towns will hold their annual fund raising table quiz in St Faithleach’s GAA Club House on Fri 12th Feb at 9pm. Tables of four €40-. Great prizes, and a good cause. The tidy towns and village renewal group in Ballyleague has another ambitious programme of works planned for 2016 – including a new 1916 remembrance garden, improvements on the approach roads to the village and new tree planting so they need your help. Come along and enjoy

Cultural Mapping Link

There has been a great interest in the Cultural Mapping presentation on Lanesboro/Ballyleague by the students of the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoighre. As there were only a very limited of booklets available you can now access the booklet on where it is in the link section.


The weekly 50/50 draw took place on Monday night last 1st February in the Clarke’s Bar. The winner was Josephine Farrell c/o Adie’s who received €335. Envelopes are on sale from club members in local shops and pubs and in O’Brien’s.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday last 3rd February were; N/S 1st Cyril Hussey and Phil Chalmers, 2nd Mona O’Flaherty and Bernadette Gillen, 3rd Katharine Harrison and Philomena Walsh. E/W 1st Una Lawlor and Bríd Mc Dermott, 2nd Noreen Dunne and Mae Casey, 3rd Maura Hanly and Maureen Hynes.

Rathcline EGM

It is back to the clubhouse meeting room of Rathcline GAA on Sunday next for the Extraordinary General Meeting at 5pm.

There is a great requirement for everyone interested in the promotion of football in the parish to be there. We are now a senior club and it is vital for the club to get a new and active executive on Sunday and let the club continue to grow and develop. There are many talented people in our parish that has so much to offer in the running and organization of a club and it would be a privilege for the club if they put their foot forward and help the club grow both on the field and on the executive and organization side of things.

Come along on Sunday and add you tuppence worth your input will be appreciated.

Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club

Trainee scuba practice is continuing at a brisk pace.  All trainees passed their snorkel tests with flying colours according to their trainee instructor Paula. Next lectures will be a double with hypothermia / hypoxia on the agenda.  Any club diver or above interested in doing the rescue diver course contact Michéal.  This course is running on Feb 15 in Roscommon diving club.  There are also search and recovery being run by the Athlone SAC in the coming weeks. It is hoped to run the cancelled Christmas Day Swim on St. Patrick’s Day

There are still some club jackets to be collected.  Please contact her next Thursday. Eimear is researching a few destinations with an eye on the next diving holiday in September. Pat is reputed to be doing 50 lengths – anyone to top that? The equipment officer Sean says that overhauls are running to schedule and all equipment will be ready for the diving season ahead.

Concert on Saturday night next

The long waiting is nearly over. The Variety Show will take place on this Saturday night in the Hall. As the number of tickets are limited it is very important that they are bought or ordered immediately. There is a great excitement about the show and it is expected the ‘house full’ sign will be up early on Saturday.

As I wrote last week the show is laden down with magnificent talent and it is one of those nights not to be missed in our town. We have an abundance of young and not so young talent in our community and this is a wonderful opportunity to come out and be supportive of our own. They are just brilliant, each and every one of them and there is no doubt but you will really enjoy another special night in the hall.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge

The results of the competition held on Wednesday

Know your Feathered Friends Course

Are you interested in the birds that you see around you? Do you want to know more about them and learn how to identify them?

If so, then this new course is for you!   Introduction to Irish Birds and Bird Surveys   The course runs over three weekends on Friday evenings and Saturdays and consists of a mixture of lectures, workshops and field trips.

Times: Fridays 6pm – 9pm; Saturdays 10am – 4pm.

Dates: Feb 12th and 13th; Feb 26th and 27th; March 11th and 12th.

Location: Athlone Institute of Technology, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Cost: €180 Lecturer: Caroline Lalor. To book your place or for more information, contact Caroline:

Tel: 086-3462091 e-mail:

Asian Clams Meeting

This is just a note to let you know this urgent Public meeting goes ahead on this Thursday night 11th February in Lanesborough with anglers from Roscommon, Longford, Athlone and Leitrim present. This major problem is now an important election issue in this area and we would like to discuss your proposals to resolve it.

Mother Knows Best

Aughawillan Drama Troupe is proud to present “Mother Knows Best” a comedy by Jimmy Keary and directed by Brian Dolan in Aughawillan Hall, Co Leitrim.  The smash hit three act comedy will be for four nights the 11th, 12th, 13thand 14th of February commencing at 8.30 sharp each night.  There is no need to book and admission is €10.00.  Please turn up early to avoid disappointment.  Listen out for Aughawillan Drama on the community notices Shannon Side Northern Sound and like us on Facebook at Aughawillan Drama.

Tennis Club AGM

The Lough Ree Bay Tennis Club will be holding its Annual General Meeting at 8 pm on Thursday night next the 11th of February 2016 in the front room of Lanesborough Parish Hall beside the bridge.

A good attendance is required to ensure that the tennis club continues to provide coaching and investment in facilities in the Ballyleague/Lanesborough area.

Please note our new coach Tim Clarke has indicated he is ready to restart coaching at all levels in the month of February so we need all members and parents present to agree on the day and times for coaching this year – YOU can have your say on the times and days that suit you on Thursday night at 8pm.


The Novena Hope, The Grann Enniskillen on Sunday 28th February. One of the speakers is: Father Brian Darcy. Contact Seamus the bus driver on 0863901060

Lanesboro Library

Art class with Nicolette starting in Lanesboro Library on Wednesday 10th February at 8pm. The cost of the course is €10.00 per night with the course lasting 6 weeks. Contact Stella at the library to book your place at 043 332 1291 or email Daffodil Day is Friday 11th March 2016. Daffodil Pins on sale now in the library in aid of Irish Cancer Society €3 each.

Young Scientist of the Year

The Young Scientist of the Year award winning projects of Adam Farrell, Mark Lyons and Brian Lyons are on display in the library for the month of February. Do drop in and have a browse at their wonderful work!

Rathcline GAA

EGM – The club will be holding an EGM on Sunday 14th February at 5pm in the clubhouse in Clonbonny in an attempt to form a new executive. There was a very poor turnout at the AGM and we urge everyone with an interest in the club to please attend the EGM. The club is looking to fill a lot of new positions so we ask people to consider taking some of these. The club is in a great position back in senior football and back in Division 1 and we hope that off the field we can have a new committed executive who give their all for the club.

Rathcline GAA Comedy Talent Show – Next Saturday 13th February the club are hosting a talent concert to help raise funds for the club. There will be lots of local talent on show along with Oscar nominees Colin Fayne and Brendan Rhatigan, Golden Globe winners Alan Fayne and Carmel Linnane who have previously entertained us on stage and not forgetting IFTA nominee Seadna Ryan along with other talented actors!!  There will be a variety of acts including: The Church Scene, Girls Disco Dance Mix, Paul & Robbie, The Lazy Song, Adam Farrell, Ould Men Grooving, Paul Prior, The Morgue, Disco Bus, Tracey’s Chair, The Dressing Room Scene and Young Men Grooving. The show will take place at 8.30pm in St. Mary’s Parish Hall with a raffle on the night. Tickets will be priced €10 and children €5. Tickets are available now in O’Brien’s shop. It promises to be a great night’s entertainment not to be missed!

50/50 Draw – Congratulations to Josephine Farrell, C/O Adie’s, who was last Monday’s winner of €335 in our 50/50 draw. The draw continues every Monday night and envelopes only cost €2.

Longford Seniors – Congratulations to Denis Connerton on Longford’s win over Limerick in the Allianz League and to Liam who was part of the team.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Senior:  Sunday 14th sees St. Faithleach’s play St. Dominic’s in the O’Gara Cup at 2pm in St. Dominic’s.

Minor League D1: St. Faithleach’s play Strokestown in Ballyleague at 3:30pm.

U16 Boys League D2: In their first league game of the season the U16’s lost to Strokestown, team; N. McGovern, A. Hegerty, C. Reynolds, M. Dunne, I. Trautt, D. Kilcoyne, R. Trimble, C. Rohan, R. Banahan, L. Ormsby, K. Smith, M. Silva, T.J. O’Neill.

Senior Presentation Night: The Senior Club presentation night takes place on Saturday 27th for Senior, Junior, U21/U20, Junior Ladies and the Mothers and Others players. All welcome and a great night guaranteed, more details in next week’s notes.

Registration Night: Took place last Friday, for anyone who was unable to attend or for anyone who is interested in becoming either a social or family member or players that have yet to register please contact Mary Margaret Hoare(Boys), Bernie Scally

(Girls), or Caroline Connerton(Senior).

Quiz Night: Ballyleague Tidy Towns are holding a table quiz in the clubhouse on Friday 12th at 9pm all are welcome to attend.

Cards: Winners Brendan /Jose, joint second Barney /Peggy, John O/Paic, Michael Finan/ Michael Rogers

Last game Eugene/ Sonny. Cards take place every Tuesday at 8:30pm in the Clubhouse.

Lotto:  Next draw takes place Tuesday 9th Feb , Jackpot stands at €12,000. Envelopes are available in both the clubhouse and all local retailers at €2.


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