Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes 23rd May 2016

Lanesboro Ballyleague



Monster events about Commence

The Lough Ree Monster group will commence their fundraising activities on Sunday week 5th June when they stage a Céilí with local band Rise the Dust providing the music in Lanesboro Parish Hall with dancing from 4pm to 7pm with admission €10 and refreshments will be served.

On Friday 17th June at Longford Greyhound Track the group will host a Monster Greyhound Night on Friday 17th June at Longford Greyhound Track with admission €10

It is hoped that every house in Lanesboro, Ballyleague and the parishes of Rathcline and Kilgefin will be represented at the race night. Tickets are €10 and must be bought prior to attending as it is the only way that the Monster Festival group can benefit. Tickets are on sale in shops throughout the area or from committee members Teresa Ormsby, James Flaherty, Mike Greene or Joe O’Brien.

There are plans being put in place for a number of further events over the course of the year and we look forward to you participating of just coming along to enjoy the fun and the excitement.

Yoga Classes

Float into the summer! Yoga classes are commencing in Lanesboro’s parish Hall on this coming Thursday 26th May commencing at 7.45pm. Yoga classes will be in the upstairs room. For further details, contact Lesley 087-6507871

First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion will take place on Saturday next 28th May in St. Mary’s church, Lanesboro at 11am.

Rathcline’s Annual Race Day

A few years ago it was decided to organise a Race Day fundraiser for the Rathcline club at the famous Galway races.  A lot of hard work went into organising the day and it really payed off for the hard working committee. It has continued each year and has become more and more popular.

Monday 25th July is the date that the race Day will take place this year. It is an evening meeting on the opening day of the Galway Races.

For the cost of €110 this evening out represents tremendous value. For your money you receive free admission as well as a race card, free parking, area located in the new Killanin stand overlooking the finishing line with spectacular views, Tipsters in the Pavilion, tote facilities, a beautiful 4 course meal, €5 drink voucher, Best dressed Lady competition and after meal entertainment.

It is a marvellous occasion to be at this club function and people travel from far and wide to join with the club on the day. The club would like to thanks Bernard Kane Supervalu, Lanesboro for once again sponsoring this very special club occasion.

As tables are limited it is very important that you book your seats as early as possible. To book your table you should contact Caroline Ginty 087-6224810, Stephen Rooney086-3176301 or Mickie Farrell 086-8509820

Lanesboro Tidy Towns Preparations

Preparations for the adjudication are continuing with great haste throughout Lanesboro as it is only a few weeks to adjudication time. The committee are very appreciative of the help and support they get every year with people putting a window box, hanging baskets, painting a front wall or gate, sweeping a pathway, picking litter and all the other little chores that people do in an effort to making their area and the entire area clean and presentable. Your support has given Lanesboro a great boost in the points and it is hoped that you will continue your great work and help the committee reach the ultimate prize.

Are you coming Wednesday?

The next meeting in of the Lough Ree Monster Festival will take place in Clarke’s Bar on Wednesday night next 25th May at 9pm.

Tax Relief Scheme

People who are eligible for the Tax Relief Scheme and who have not yet joined are encouraged to do so. Forms will be left in the church porch.


We would like to extend their sincere sympathy to Ann, Alan and Conn Maxwell, Thureen, on the death of Ann’s mother Mrs Nan Creed, Foynescourt, Longford and formerly Newtowncashel who passed away on Saturday last 21st May.


The lucky winner of the weekly Rathcline GAA / draw on Monday last was Pat Smyth, Rathcline Road who won the princely sum of €352. Tickets are on sale locally and your support is encouraged.

Come with us to the Dogs             

Our local community is well known for greatly supporting the Night at the Dogs when organised by different groups in the Lanesboro/Ballyleague area. We are again asking you to support the Monster Greyhound Night at Longford Greyhound Track on Friday 17th June and to encourage all your family and friends to go on the night.

Please make sure you buy your ticket before you set off for the dogs that is the only way you By purchasing your €10 ticket you are ensuring yourself of a wonderful night out and even if you do not go you are making your contribution to the Festival. Let’s make it the best night ever at the dogs and support your very own Monster Festival. Tickets are available locally or from O’Brien’s.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

The next outing of the society is to the lovely Castle Barna Golf Course near Daingean in Co Offaly. The tee is booked from 11.30 to 12.30 on Wednesday the 1st June and as a big crowd is expected please text Frank (0879730611) or Brendan (0876446670) as soon as possible to reserve your place on time sheet.

Looking forward to our first Summer outing of 2016!

Buster tickets

If you cannot make it home to the Monster Greyhound Night, then you can contribute by buying our ‘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 that will be winning the €400 prize.

Canoeing Lanesboro to Limerick

Time is nearing for the mammoth paddle buy local man Junior Hannon as he undertakes a huge paddle from the bridge crossing the Shannon in Lanesboro Ballyleague to Limerick City on Friday 27th May.

Junior is seeking sponsorship for his paddle and the money will go to the Irish Cancer Society who are tirelessly working to find a cause and cure for cancer. Cancer is a blight on every community that has left no home unaffected and your support will be a wonderful help towards all the great research being done. If you have not already sponsored, you can do so in O’Brien’s.

Ballyleague Tidy Towns

are presently involved in key projects in the community – working on the Roscommon road (new stone wall facing near Lakeview Filling station), Salmon’s Lane (new nature walk, benches and signage), Strokestown road (litter picking enroute to Cloontuskert) and working with locals and owners to change the face of derelict buildings in the village. In the next 3 weeks we will embark on regular litter picks in the area and are taking this opportunity to ask all dog owners to observe the law when it comes to cleaning up after their dog. This regulation will be enforced by the dog warden in the riverside park and promenade area down at the Shannon where dog owners are reminded that a dog that is not on a lead may be retained by the warden. The national tidy towns judges will be here shortly after June 4th so we appeal to all residents to play their part by tidying up along the public road near their home, giving a lick of paint to a front wall if necessary and introducing flowers and hedge trimming where it is needed. Our thanks to everyone for playing their part. Clean up this week on Wednesday at 7pm and Saturday at 10.30am


If not the last, then one of the last people to be born on Inchenagh island on Lough Ree passed away on Sunday last. Sr Teresa Connaughton, a sister of the late Eileen Devanney, Rathcline, passed away in her 104th year. Sr Teresa was aunt of Maureen Hynes and Anne Ryan. Sr Teresa spent her entire live dedicated to God within the Dominican Sister congregation. We extend our deepest sympathy to Maureen and Anne, their extended family and the Dominican Sisters on the death of Sr Teresa.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge

The Bridge year ended on Monday May,16th., 2016 with the President’s Dinner (Mr. Brendan Dowling) in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon.

All the major Trophies were presented and, of course, the President’s Prize.

The following are the results: Summer Competition: N/S Gross:  1st Margaret and Fiona Gillen, 2nd Joan Donlon and Fergal McGuinness, Mary Mc Gushin and Maura Hanley

E/W Gross 1st Essie Nugent and Tom Feeney, 2nd Goretti Kenny and Mary Jameson and 3rd Carol Hamill and Anne Hagan

No Blame: Oct.12th 2015 (Mary Tucker Memorial), 1st Margaret Gillen and Joan Donlon, 2nd Mary Conmy and Patricia McGann and 3rd Una Clarke and Philomena Walsh.

Lough Ree Arms Trophy: 23/11/2015

1st Una Clarke and Maureen Hynes, 2nd Joan Donlon and Fergal Mc Guinness and 3rd Carol Hamill and Anne Hagan. Gross: Bernadette Gillen and Patricia McGann

E.J. Browne Trophy: January 25th 2016

1st Loretta Cooney and Katharine Harrison, 2nd Carol Hamill and Anne Hagan and 3rd Mae Casey and Margaret Gillen. Gross: Eileen Kelly and Nancy Dolan

Sliabh Ban Trophy: 22nd February 2016

1st Patricia McGann and Joan Browne, 2nd Goretti Kenny and Mary Jameson and 3rd Joan Donlon and Fergal M Guinness

Bridie Deffew Memorial: April 18th 2016

1st Tom Feeney and Essie Nugent, 2nd Goretti Kenny and Mary Jameson and 3rd Maura Hanley and Kathleen Kelly. Gross: Carol Hamill and Anne Hagan

President’s Prize (Mr. Brendan Dowling) 2016

1st Patricia McGann and Joan Browne, 2nd Tom Feeney and Essie Nugent and 3rd Kathleen Hanley and Mary Fallon. Gross: Mai Casey and Margaret Gillen.

Summer Bridge starts on Monday June 13th,

Church Gate Collection

The Parents Association of Ballyleague National School will hold their annual church gate collection at all masses at the Church of the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague this weekend. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Honda 50 Run

The sight of the Honda 50 runs taking place during the summer months brings you back in time and all the fun that we had on the old Honda 50. Lanesboro has its own Honda 50 Run and this year it will take place on Sunday 12th June. Registration will take place in Lanesboro Parish Hall from 10.30am to 12.15pm. The trip is a 50-mile trip around Lough Ree. There is a no helmet no run policy. Refreshments will be available in the Parish Hall before and after the run. Contact Jimmy Clancy 087-2289468.

There is a draw organised in conjunction with the run and the winning names will be drawn following the run. Tickets, priced €2, are on sale locally and your support will be appreciated.

The prizes are 1st 28bales of Briquettes sponsored by Bord na Mona, 2nd Voucher for PS Red, 3rd Voucher for Keenan’s, 4th €50 voucher for Byrne’s Filling Station, Battery Road, Longford, 5th Bottle of Brandy, and 6th 2 bottles Whiskey.

The run and draw is in aid of Longford Multiple Sclerosis MS.

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. 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.

CFRAM Meeting in Athlone

The CFRAM meeting day in Civic Offices, Church St., Athlone, on this Thursday 26th from 7p.m.
This is an opportunity for anyone effected by recent floods to have input and the opportunity of advising CFRAM on what can you feel can be done to reduce the flooding in our area. This forum is for the Shannon from Leitrim to Limerick. It is your final chance to have a say in the future planning to help eradicate flooding into the future.

What’s happening in your library

The Knitting & Crochet group continues on Monday next 30th May from 2-4pm. Come along and join other knitters & stitchers for a cuppa & a chat. All welcome!

The ESOL Class continues on Tuesday next 31st May 7-9pm.

The Book Club will continue this Friday morning 27th May at 11am where the book for discussion will be ‘The Home Place’ by Brian Leyden. New members always welcome.

Foreign Currency Appeal Reminder
The 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.

Lough Ree Athletic Club

Let us start by congratulating Conor Rohan and Ryan Murray on winning gold at the Connaught Schools Athletic Championships in AIT Athlone on Friday last 19th May.  Both athletes were representing CBS Roscommon and won their gold medals in the Intermediate and Senior discus respectively.

While the club would like to take kudos for their success, the accolade for the lads achievements must definitely go to their parents. They have encouraged their boys, brought them to any coaching courses that became available, brought them to competitions and now it is delightful to see results coming their way.  However, having said that, this is not the first Connaught title for either of the lads !!

Training continues on the track on Tuesday evenings 6 – 6.50.  Community Games qualifiers from either side of the bridge are welcome to come up to the track and especially relay teams.

Cemetery Sunday

Just a note to inform you that Cemetery Sunday in the Rathcline parish will commence in Rathcline cemetery on Sunday 3rd July and continue in Lanesboro cemetery 10th July and finishing in Clonbonny 17th July.


An Irish Language Summer Course (SIAMSA!) will take place from Monday 4th July to Friday 8th July 2016 in Gaelscoil Longfoirt giving children an opportunity to learn, practice and improve their spoken Irish.  Events and activities include morning Oral Irish Classes, Games, Sports, Art and Crafts, Drama, Music and Céilí Dancing.  The course will take place from 9.30am to 3.00pm each day and will cater for students from Second Class to First Year.  Experienced teachers teaching through total immersion and excellent supervision apply. Further information and applications forms available from Yvonne Ní Mhurchú 087-2642665.

Women’s Mini Marathon

The Women’s Mini Marathon will take place on Monday 6th June. Pam Farrell is, again, organising a bus to Dublin on the day. If you would like to book a seat or want to find out more details you are invited to call Pam at 087-4146987. As I write there are just eight seats left on the bus.


TUSLA is currently recruiting families to care for children of all ages, from birth to 18years. Also, supported lodgings and After Care families. If you are interested, you are asked to contact the Child and Family Agency for information phone 043-3350771 or 043-3350770

Accommodation and Boats needed

The Lough Ree Angling Hub will host four major fishing competitions on the Shannon here in Lanesborough and Ballyleague between June 4th and October 10th – culminating with the World Championships. We will host 200 people for these events and urgently need self-catering houses to rent over the next 4 months. If you have one available, please e mail: this week please. The hub also needs 40 boats for the world championships in October and is presently 20 short. For four days’ boat hire you could earn €400 for the world championships and insurance will be covered by the organisers. If you have a lake boat to hire with an engine e mail: or phone Liam at 085 1698032 or Alan at 086 8697952 this week please.

June Angling Competition

June Competition: 5 pegs have been retained for local anglers in our forthcoming competition on June 4th,5th and 6th here in Lanesborough. To take part you need to ring Liam or Alan this week and put down your name before Sunday next. There is €3000 in prize money at stake.


Unislim meeting every Wednesday @ Cooney’s Hotel, Ballymahon at 6pm Special offer; you can now join for 6 weeks for just €50 saving you €25   Regular joining fee also available. Everyone welcome
Full details from Yvonne (leader) 086-8584850

Lough Ree Sub Aqua

Sunday May 15th saw ten divers travel to Mullaghmore for two excellent dives. It had been hoped to travel across to St. Johns Bay but a dodgy prop put paid to that idea.  Nevertheless, good visibility, despite the water being quite cold, yielded two nice dives.  That, coupled with the sunshine, made it a memorable day.

Congratulations to Gerry Lane and Tracy Gaynor on their recent marriage.  Best wishes to you both from everyone in the club.

There are still High Visibility jackets awaiting collection and there are more jackets en route.

Passers-by wold have been forgiven for thinking there was a big dive on last Thursday.  It was in fact the arrival of a number of dry-suits which were ordered at the Annual Dive Show in the Hodson Bay Hotel last March.  These were being fitted for size and from now on 0-Three dry suits are the in-thing!

Michéal Farrell and other club members attended a meeting of the Harvest Festival last week.  More details next week.

“Well done” to Sean who got the two skuds fitted to the larger boat and they’re looking well!  These cylinders will house 02 cylinders and kit and First Aid Equipment.

Paula tells us the training for the 6 ladies taking part in the Dublin Mini Marathon on the June bank holiday weekend is progressing well.  We would ask your kind support please.

Training continues on Thursdays.

Rathcline GAA

On Sunday afternoon the senior team travelled to Ballymahon to take on the home side in the Leader Cup. This was a much improved performance by the lads ad they were very unlucky not to come away with the two points. We had to settle with appoint each after a draw Rathcline 2-8 to Ballymahon 0-14pts.

Having held a convincing lead, we allowed Ballymahon back into the game. Our performance was very good. There is no doubting the ability of our team and with the continuing rising of the fitness levels they are getting to a position that they will be picking up more and more points as the league continues.

Next Friday we will welcome Killoe to Clonbonny for the next round of the Leader Cup. The throw in time is 8.15 and we hope there will be a big attendance for this game. The following Sunday week we will travel to Fr. Mc Gee Park for another round of the league against Colmcille, throw in 2.30pm.

Monday 25th July is the date that the Bernard Keane, SuperValu, Rathcline Race Day will again take place this year. It is an evening meeting on the opening day of the Galway Races.

For the cost of €110 this evening out represents tremendous value. For your money you receive free admission as well as a race card, free parking, area located in the new Killanin stand overlooking the finishing line with spectacular views, Tipsters in the Pavilion, tote facilities, a beautiful 4 course meal, €5 drink voucher, Best dressed Lady competition and after meal entertainment.

You should immediately contact Caroline Ginty 087-6224810, Stephen Rooney 086-3176301 or Mickie Farrell 086-8509820

50/50: Last Monday night the weekly 50/50 club draw took place in Clarke’s bar. The lucky winner last week was Pat Smyth, Rathcline Road who received €352.

Your support for the 50/50 is vital and we encourage your support each week. All you do is contribute €2 and put it in the designated blue envelope and perhaps it will be you next week.

For €100 you can pay for your full year in advance and if you wish to do so please contact Caroline Ginty, Stephen Rooney or Joe O’Brien. The next draw on Monday 30th May will take place at 9pm in the Yacht Bar.

The U16 team had a wonderful victory on Tuesday last when they beat St. Francis/St. Vincent’s 3-12 to 4-5.  As with the other meetings between these teams was little to nothing between both sides. This was a hard won and hard grafted victory by the Western Gaels U16 team. There were many outstanding individual displays but it was the unity of purpose by everyone that seen the lads through in the end.

The U13 panel will travel to Maguire Park, Ballinalee, for their blitz where they take on East Longford at 7.45pm and Granard/Ballymore at 8.30pm.

The future is bright! Last week we had an U8 blitz in Clonbonny and it was marvellous to see such a wonderful turnout and great performances by each and every young player. The greatest pleasure is to see so many out in Clonbonny enjoying themselves and improving their skills. The sounds of laughter and our players having fun is what we are all about.

The club would like to extend their sincere sympathy to Ann, Alan and Conn Maxwell on the death of Ann’s mother Mrs Nan Creed, Foynescourt, Longford and formerly Newtowncashel.

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