Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes Monday 25th April 2016


Truly Unbelievable Act

In all my years in Lanesboro I never came across such a low act to befall a person as befell a lady who was out in Clonbonny on Wednesday evening last for the underage blitz and the U16 challenge game. Bearing in mind that there was in the region of 120 children from four clubs for the blitz and upwards of 40 more for the U16 game it was phenomenal that such an act could be carried out in broad daylight without anyone seeing the perpetrators. Some vile language was scraped with an item on the door of the car. The Gardaí were called and the attending Garda seen many criminal deeds amongst other things but this was a first for him – it was a first for the Rathcline club as well. The cost of repairing the car will run into hundreds of euro. The person or persons that did this should not be allowed to get away with this low act. This type of behaviour should never befall any person that is going out to support and help out in the promotion of sport in their parish. I, as well as the club and Gardaí would like to hear from anyone that witnessed or has any knowledge of such a low and foul deed.

Defibrillator training to commence soon

Have you signed up for the defibrillator training yet? It is very important as many as possible get trained in the use of the defibrillator and it is also important that those due for recertification also sign up for recertification. Time is running out to put your name down for the new course that will be starting in the immediate future. Names are also being taken for recertification course.

As many people from the multitude of groups, clubs and associations are asked to sign up for the course as we never know the time or the hour that your lifesaving skills with the defibrillator will be required within your group. What with all the different events and festivals coming along the more people trained and recertified in the use of the defibrillator the better.  To make a booking for the new course or recertification please contact Martina O’Brien in the shop or phone 3321107

The Green – A living History

The ever vigilant and watchful Eamon Mc Caffrey in the USA emailed me to inform me that I omitted Nuala Mulcahy when I was listing the Mulcahy family in 53. Thanks Eamon, I hope all is well with you.

In No 54 There was the Neville family from Co. Mayo, followed by Michael and Kay Feeney and their family before they moved down to No 30. Next into the house was Tom and Angela Crinigan and their family, Denis, Martin, Celine and Yvonne and they were followed by Martina and Nonie Brehony and their daughter Mariece. Kitty Fallon who retired back from Dublin to be the next resident and the present occupant of 54 is Kevin Murray. In No 55 the first residents were Bertie and Mrs Nugent from Co. Galway followed by Dan and Mrs Kavanagh and their children Dan Jnr., Mary and Michael and Dan Jnr., is the current resident. In No 56 I have only the name of Roy Lynsey and no further information. Mickie and Mary Walsh and their children Áine, Marian, Karen Keith and Ciara, the next residents were Michael and Carmel O’Shea and where Carmel is still resident. Mick and Thelma Gearty and their family came to no 57 before moving down to No 49, they were followed by the second house of the Ward family who I will cover when I get to No 59. Johnny and Kathleen Kyne and their children Carolyn and Sean, were in 57 for a short time and they were followed by Barney and Mary Mc Cormack and their daughter Rosemary. Next door in 58 was the John and Mrs. O’Reilly and their children, Malachy, Myles, Paudie, Mary Claire, twins Michéal and Genie and the youngest Phelim. Myles is the current resident. In No 59 I have the family name Whitfield and no further information followed by Jimmy and Margaret Ward and their children Maura, Teresa, Seamus, Norby, Micko, Loretta, Brendan, Martin, Noel and Harriet. The current resident in 59 is John Mc Cormack.


The marriage took place in St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro on Friday 8th April of Jackie Glennon, daughter of Dermot and Colette Glennon, Lanesboro and Alan Lackey son of John Lackey, Doughill and Maureen Lackey, Athleague. Chief Bridesmaid was Susan Linnane close friend of Jackie and Alan. Bridesmaids were Yvonne Glennon sister in law of the bride, Caroline Kearns sister of the groom and Kelly Lackey daughter of the bride and groom. Bestman was Warren Linnane close friend of the bride and groom, Groomsmen were Kenneth Lackey, brother of the groom and Trevor Lackey brother of the groom. Pageboy was Ben Lackey son of the bride and groom. Flower Girl was Holly Lackey daughter of the bride and groom. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Mickey Reilly, Lanesboro and the wedding reception was held in Kilronan Hotel. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded happiness.

Locals Honoured at Gala Night

Longford GAA held its very own celebration on Saturday week when they honoured the 1966 and 1968 Longford teams that brought so much glory to Longford over those years winning for the first and only time the National League when beating two time All-Ireland Galway winning team and who in 1966 went on to win tree in a row and in 1968 they beat Laois to win the one and only Leinster senior title. They were very very unlucky in the All-Ireland semi-final when they lost by two points to Kerry. Brendan Gilmore was our sole representative on both teams and in the intervening years both Seamus Flynn came to live on the Green and our Parish Priest Fr. Mickey Reilly was appointed to the Rathcline parish. We congratulate the three men on bringing great glory to Longford in those year and we hope they are basking in the memory of the glory days for Longford and longing for another Longford team to come along to equal or surpass their achievements.

Your support is sought

If you cannot make it home to the Monster Greyhound Night, then you can contribute by buying the ‘Buster tickets’

Buster Tickets cost only €2 each and you can buy tickets, €10 or €20 or greater denominations by forwarding your money to Teresa Ormsby, Chairperson, c/o Clarke’s Bar, Joe O’Brien, Secretary, Corner Shop or James Flaherty, Treasurer, Lehery, Lanesboro. For your contribution you may be the lucky winner of the 1st prize of €400. The ‘Buster’ is a ticket with all combinations of the finishing order of a selected race on the night and it may be you.

Jack Harte brings his play to the Backstage

Language of the Mute is the debut play for local man Jack Harte and it got widespread acclaim when it was staged in Dublin. This play has greatly moved the huge number of people that have gone to see it. The play is a strong and commanding portrayal of how unscrupulous people use their charm to shatter lives. It is hugely powerful play and it is one that must not be missed under any circumstances. Be prepared to be moved, this is a compelling play. Tickets are priced at €16 or €14 for senior students and students.

The play will take place in the Backstage theatre Longford on Thursday 12th May at 8pm. Booking can be made at the theatre or by phoning 043-3347888

Lough Ree Monster Festival

The next meeting of the Lough Ree Monster Festival 2017 will take place in the Yacht Bar on this Wednesday night 27th April. Everyone is invited to come along and have their say as to what they would like to see in the festival.

Lanesboro Community Games

The Lanesboro Community Games Sports evening will take place at the track on Tuesday evening 3rd May at 6 pm. Registration (for those who haven’t already participated in Community Games this year) is €3. Races and Field events for all ages from U 6 to U 16. If any parent is willing to help on the evening, please give your name to a member of the committee or make yourself available on the evening. All welcome.


The 50/50 draw took place Monday night last 18th April in the Yacht Bar and the winning envelope drawn was in the name of Louise Quinn, Drumlish. Louise is on the teaching staff of Fermoyle National School. As you may have noticed the weekly prizemoney is continuing to rise and club encourages greater support as they hope in the very near future to have the prize weekly at a constant €500 and more. It is down to your support and club is deeply grateful to everyone that continues to support the draw weekly. The next draw takes place on Monday night next 2nd May in the Yacht bar.

Monster Night at the Dogs

Are you coming? The night of the year will take place art Longford Greyhound Track on Friday night 17th June when the Lough Ree Monster Festival will host a Monster Night Out at the Dogs. This is a date that all the communities of Lanesboro and Ballyleague and the parishes of Rathcline and Kilgefin should mark in their diaries and calendars. The group have great plans for the festival and the Night at the Dogs is to ensure that enough money can be gathered to pay the deposits for the incredible line-up proposed for the festival and also the funding can be obtained for the building of the Monster. Your support and the support of the entire community and their families will ensure that the Monster will sail up the Shannon from Lough Ree for the festival. Tickets are available at only €10 and a wonderful night is assured. Let’s make it the best night ever at the dogs and support our very own festival.

Lanesboro’s Plays and Dramas

Over the years there has been memorable plays, dramas, pageants and musicals in Lanesboro. There is a move to collate all old photographs, programmes, paper cuttings and other memorabilia that may be in the hands of those that had involvement in them. If you have some or you know someone that has any of the items sought can you contact Joe O’Brien 043-3321107, or 086-2460840.

Brave Giant

North Longford to rock Lanesboro! Brave Giant are a five-piece indie/folk/pop band coming from North Longford. Over the past few months they have been making wave in the music scene and have played many significant venues. The band have been working on a new EP.  They are a band that are on the way up and it is great to see new progressive bands back playing in Lanesboro and reviving what was great a great music centre for new up and coming band. Brave Giant will play Lanesboro Parish Hall on Saturday 7th May. Make sure you are there.


Many in the parish especially those of a slightly older vintage were saddened last week when news broke on Friday 22nd April of the death of Mrs. Mary Kenny, 11 Knock at Costello’s Nursing Home, Ballyleague. Mary was predeceased by her late husband Paddy and sister Kitty Nolan, Fermoyle. She was a native of Cloonfad, Co. Roscommon and was one of three sisters that came to live and work in Lanesboro and all married local men. Mary in recent years was in failing health and received excellent care from the staff at Costello’s. She was a lady with a warm disposition and a wonderful attitude towards life. Mary personality exuded confidence and friendliness and her cheerfulness and anyone that had the pleasure to know her will remember her for all of these traits. Mary was a caring mother and excellent homemaker. She was a great neighbour and friend which was the constant comment when anyone spoke of her passing.

Mary’s remains reposed at her son Tommy’s residence in Cloontuskert on Saturday and on Sunday her remains were removed to St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro for her Funeral Mass. Following Mass, she was laid to rest alongside her husband Paddy in Clonbonny. To her sons Pat, Brian and Tommy, sister Nora Killian, Fermoyle, relatives and many friends we extend our deepest sympathy.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Kathleen and Liam Dennigan, Mahoraveen and indeed the extended Greene and Kelly family on the death last week of Mrs. Bridie Greene, Elfeet, Newtowncashel, mother of Kathleen Dennigan.

Weekly Library events

Knitting & Crochet group continues on Monday 9th May 2-4pm.  All welcome!

ESOL Class continues on Tuesday 3rd May 7-9pm.

Internet Class no 2 continues on Wednesday 27th April 2.30-4pm.  This class is full but if interested in a future class please contact the library on 043 332 1291.

Book Club continues on Friday 29th April at 11am where the book for discussion will be ‘Miss Emily’ by Nuala O’Connor.

Easter Rising 1916 Centenary Calendar on sale in Lanesboro Library with wonderful drawings by Laura Doherty. Price €5.

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.

The Golden Years

There has not been very many senior to cheer about in Longford GAA down through time. Between 1965 and 1968 it was the Golden Age of football in Longford when Longford won the National League beating All-Ireland Champions Galway, the Leinster Championship by beating Laois in the final and were very unlucky to lose in the All-Ireland semi-final to Kerry.

In his debut book Mattie Fox, son of the Longford Co. Secretary at the time, gives a fly on the wall account of all the goings on and in the book he recounts the events of the time. It is a great read and a book that everyone should read. Congratulations to Mattie. The book is on sale in O’Brien’s and costs €15.

Rathcline Ladies

The Ladies seniors had a fruitless trip to Edgeworthstown on Sunday morning last when they came up short against the home side.

The U12 and U16 competitions are continuing and the teams are performing very well.

Hard luck to the Community Games girls side who were defeated on Sunday last.

The club would remind you that the clothes bank in the car park continues to draw a lot of clothes and the club is very grateful for your support. If you cannot drop off clothes at the clothes at the clothes bank you can contact Mike or Madaleine and they will arrange collection.

Support Canoe for Charity

On Sunday next we will be into the month of May and the time closing in for the mammoth paddle all the way from the bridge crossing the Shannon in Lanesboro Ballyleague to Limerick City commencing on Friday 27th May. Local man Junior Hannon is about to fulfil a burning ambition when he will undertake the huge canoe all in the great cause of raising funds for the Irish Cancer Society. This huge paddle deserves everyone’s support and sponsorship cards are available locally and in O’Brien’s and I encourage everyone to contribute towards a wonderful cause. Let’s give Junior some great support for this huge undertaking for the Irish Cancer Society.

Honda 50 Run

The annual Honda 50 Run will take place in Lanesboro on Sunday 12th June. The proceeds of the Run will go to Longford MS. Now is the time to be taking out and doing up your old Honda 50 to participate in the Run. The Honda 50 Run is always a wonderful day out and it is well worth while taking part. There will also be a draw following the Run in St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Lanesboro. The Run will commence at 12 noon from the car park in Lanesboro.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes

The Ardagh and Clonmacnois Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from Friday 27th May to Wednesday 1st June. The Pilgrimage will be under the leadership of Most Rev. Francis Duffy, Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois. The Pilgrimage director is Monsignor Bernard Noonan and the special section for the Sick is dealt with by Rev. Michael Scanlon. Flights are from Knock airport under the direction of Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lr. Baggot St., Dublin 2 and you can also contact them by phoning 01-2410812 or 01-2410811.

24/7 Care Service

Are you in need of a break from caring in the home? Do you need extra care helping? If so RSG 24/7 Care Service, a long established, Not for Profit Provider can give you professional help at a low cost. All aspects of care are catered for and packages are tailored to meet your needs. Staff are fully trained and Garda Vetted. Phone 090 66 25852 or email or visit the website

The Care Service is seeking volunteers to help with the service and if you would like to or can give an hour or two of your time contact Margaret Bourke, Rathcline Road for information.

Monster Céilí

The Lough Ree Monster Group will host a Monster Céilí on Sunday 5th June in Lanesboro Parish Hall. Dancing to the hugely popular and local céilí band Rise the Dust will be from 4pm to 7pm. This is advance notice to all céilí dancing enthusiasts to make it a date in your diary and notify all your fellow dancers. Lanesboro is recognised as having one of the best dance floors around and we welcome everyone that has not yet had the pleasure to make the 5th June as a date to dance on one of the best dancing floors around.

Horse Fair on Saturday

It is hard to keep a good committee down! The Horse fair committee has fought hard and long to ensure that the Horse Fair will take place this coming Saturday 30th April in Lanesboro. The tradition goes back many years and the hardworking committee deserves great support for getting together another horse fair in Lanesboro.

As usual there will be the Dog Show and the classes to be judged will be Pedigree puppy 6-9months, Pedigree puppy 9-12 months, Non Pedigree puppies 6-9 months, Non Pedigree puppies 9-12months. Any Variety Pedigree Dog – Hound, Terrier, Working, Pastoral, Utility, Toy Gun Dog. Any Variety Non Pedigree Dog/Female – Best Any Variety – Rescue Dog, Parish Dog, Adult handler, Child handler, Best Puppy, best in Show. The entry fee is €3 per class or four classes for €10. Contact Tina Adams 086-8582255.

Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club

Last Thursday saw two of our ribs out on the Shannon for coxswain training with Frank and Paula.
A big thumbs up to Sean and Michéal who power washed the clubhouse in preparation for painting.
We are looking for volunteers to take part in the Women’s Mini Marathon on Monday June 6th. Registration forms are available from club members or Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union.  Hurry hurry hurry – closing date for registration 29th April.
There was a good turnout in The Chestnut Tree in Killashee at the table quiz organised by the Harvest Festival committee. MC on the night was Tracey, ably assisted by Aiden, Joan and Jackie. Many thanks to The Chestnut Tree staff for the refreshments on the night.
A big Thank You to our sponsors who gave spot prizes.  They were Skelly’s Bar, PJ Diffley’s Builders Providers, Lovell’s Builders Providers, Love is in the Hair, Finns Centra, Hanlon’s Pharmacy, Ollie Colgan Butchers, Supervalu, Cooney’s Hotel, Nally’s Service Station all from Ballymahon and the Yacht Bar Lanesboro,.
There was no diving last weekend but next weekend sees a number of divers heading to Achill.

Lough Ree Angling Hub

Table Quiz: The Lough Ree Lanesborough angling hub will hold its next fundraising table quiz on Friday night May 6th in Clarkes Bar, Lanesborough at 9.30pm.  Teams of four people for 40 Euro. Your support would be appreciated. Lots of prizes and good craic on the night. Our quiz master Eamon Bolger is ready to test you all again and will surely have some more music rounds too!!

All funds raised will help us to promote and market the area at home and abroad in advance of these major events which are taking place in the area this year:

June Bank Holiday weekend: June 3-6th: 3-day International Coarse Fishing Competition here at Hot water stretch, Kilnacarrow bridge and Lough na Blaithi in Strokestown – Entries now open. July 2/3: Qualifying event No 1 from Ballyleague marina for places on the Irish team to take part in World Predator Boat championships here in October. August 6/7: Qualifying event No 2 at Ballyleague Marina for places on the Irish team to take part in World Predator Boat championships here in October. September: All Ireland Boat Championship here on Lough Ree on a date to be confirmed. October 5-10: World Predator Boat Fishing Championships with 200 competitors from 15 countries coming here for 6 days and 5 nights.
It is now expected that local angling clubs will also hold additional Pike competition events between June and September
October 7/8: Lakelands International Food & Craft Festival at the Marquee in Lanesborough Car park

2016 is a major year for the regeneration of angling tourism locally with new accommodation and boat hire now required.

The angling hub will work with all the businesses in the area in the coming weeks to devise a strategy to realise the full potential of these fishing events for years to come.  A special event for traders of the town is planned in the coming weeks. Liam Sweeney now operates the angling hub office in the old Health Centre opposite Sorohan’s in Ballyleague and he can be contacted there every day from 10am to 5pm

If you would like to take part in the Food Festival or any of the other initiatives please contact Hugh Keane at 087 1010032 or e mail :
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Food Festival

With over two hundred visitors from fifteen countries due here in October for the World Predator Boat Fishing Championships, the Lough Ree Angling Hub has set up a new subcommittee to stage a two-day International food festival in a giant marquee behind the hall in Lanesborough on Friday October 7th and Saturday October 8th.

The ‘Taste of the Lakelands’ food festival is supported by Fáilte Ireland (Lakelands Tourism), Longford and Roscommon County Enterprise Boards, Waterways Ireland, Supervalu and will attract visitors from all over the country and abroad over the two days.

The event will be a huge showcase for food producers from throughout this area and the organisers are inviting all small producers of products such as cheeses, mushrooms, chocolate, coffees, breads, artisan foods and anything else grown or made in this area to take part. The fish of the Shannon will obviously feature fairly centrally.

Throughout the two days there will be live cookery displays – featuring the TV celebrity chef Kevin Dundon (compliments of Bernard Keane, Supervalu Lanesborough) and our own expert local chefs such as Paul Horohoe from PS Red and Philip Gordon from The Swan Tavern. The committee has also invited Kieran Glennon, Head Chef of Patrick Guilbaud’s Michelin 2 Star Restaurant in Dublin – a native of the area to attend along with Mary and Patricia O’Loughlin of the Sisters Bistro.

It is also hoped to stage outdoor water sports activities and children’s entertainment on the weekend – weather permitting – as part of a ‘Blueways Blow-out’ event beside the Shannon.

The weekend will commence with a community ‘bake-off’ event for local project – to be announced later.

Are you a local food producer in Longford or Roscommon? Would you like to be part of this exciting initiative?

Help and support for event will be provided by the Lough Ree Angling Hub Office (Old Health Centre opposite Sorohan’s in Ballyleague) Liam Sweeney runs the office 10am to 3pm daily. Call in or e mail or call Liam on 0851698032 if you would like to take part.

The food producers who join this initiative have also been invited to take part in a special Shannon Boat Rally Market taking place along the promenade and in the marina in Ballyleague on Sunday morning July 24th at 10am.

Rathcline GAA

On Wednesday night the Minor club hosted a blitz in Clonbonny and following the blitz there was an U16 challenge game.

Sadly, I have to report that during those games someone was out among the parked cars down along the fence beside the training pitch and they scraped foul language on a lady’s car. The thug that did this dastardly deed should be named and made recompense the lady for the damage to her car. If anyone knows, hears or has any inkling as to who may have done this damaged can they please report it to the local Gardaí at 043-3321102. It is very important that the likes of this should never happen again and anyone attending Clonbonny should be able to park their cars in the knowledge that when they return there will be no damage done to their car.

Our depleted senior team travelled to Mullinalaghta for a Leader cup game with the home side. Going to Mullinalaghta in itself is a tough task but going there without a full squad made the task much tougher. The lads fought hard and done their best but they were beaten by a stronger side.

On Friday night next in Clonbonny the senior team will take on Granard in the Leader Cup at 7.30pm and we would encourage as many as possible to come out and support this young side finding their feet in senior football. There is no doubting our ability but our age profile is our drawback. We will get better as we go along as the young team will learn lots from the opening games. Confidence and support are two vital ingredients towards their development and we look forward to a lot of both on Friday night in Clonbonny.

The fabulous Brave Giant will play St. Mary’s Hall on Saturday 7th May. This is one of the most promising bands in Ireland and it will be without doubt be a fabulous night for the younger generation – well the younger generation than this writer. Admission €10

Fixtures – Upcoming club fixtures are: Friday next 29th Leader Cup in Clonbonny at 7.30pm against St. Mary’s Granard. Friday 29th U14 Div.1 v Longford Slashers in Dunbeggan at 7pm. Thursday 3rd May U14 Div.3 away to Sothern Gaels in Cashel at 7pm. Thursday 5th May away to St. Colmcille’s in Fr. Mc Gee Park and on Sunday 8th May the Reserve League team are away to Cashel in Cashel.

Lá na gClub will take place on Sunday 8th May, this is an ideal opportunity for the club and parish to embrace the day. The club represent our parish and it will be fabulous to see everyone out taking part or just spectating at the event taking place on the day.

On Friday evening last our Minor team travelled to Newtownforbes to take on Clonguish Óg in the Special Minor League Final. It was a great match and despite being three players short our lads put up a wonderful performance despite coming out on the losing side by 4 points. The game was in the melting pot right up to the end but if we took our early goal chances there is a very strong possibility that the result would have been much different. For both sides it was an excellent game of football – open and fluent throughout and excellently refereed by Jimmy Mc Cormack. We commiserate with our players and congratulate Clonguish Óg on their winning of the trophy.



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