Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes Monday 20th June 2016


Lanesboro Ballyleague


Thank You

Even though we are over one year away the response of the people of Lanesboro Ballyleague home and away was truly unbelievable towards the Lough Ree Monster Night at the Dogs on Friday night last at Longford Greyhound Track.

Having committed over €18,000 already towards the festival it was important that the greyhound night would be a success and through the support of everyone below it proved that way. We can now proceed with the project of building the Monster.

There will be further fundraising events during this year and next and we urge those not already committed to come on board and join us in what will be a fabulous celebration of Lanesboro, Ballyleague and Cashel.

The committee would like to thank their sponsors and encourage everyone to support them. Their acts of generosity mad the night a great success. P. Hughes Construction, England, Michael Clancy and John Hanley FDT Dublin, Eamon O’Flaherty, Property Partners Brady, Maynooth, Steve and Teresa Ormsby, Clarke’s Bar, Main Street,  Lough Ree Power, Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op, Mc Nally Motors, Longford, The Vesey family Irish Pallet Systems, Ballyleague, Chris Cullen CC Construction, Steve Peters Chazey Properties, Orla O’Brien’s Pharmacy, Ulster Bank, Roscommon, Chris and Claire Webb Convent BnB, Brian Scally Plumbing, Dolan Foods, Longford Road, Lagan Cement Kinnegad, Brian O’Brien Byrne Carolan Cunningham Solicitors, the Casserley family Spar supermarket and Agri Store, Knock, Noel Gill Painting , Cloonadra, Michael Mahon Painting and Decorating, Barnacor, Jimmy Clancy, Clancy Furniture, Longford, Councillor Mark Casey, Lehery, The Abbey Hotel Roscommon, Councillor Gerard Farrell and Adie’s Bar and Agri Store, Donal Casey Accounting and Finances, Main St., John Finn, Treasury Solutions, Cork, Mark Fallon Electrical contractors, Bernard Keane, SuperValu, Main Street, Joe and Martina O’Brien, Corner Shop, the Donellan family, Engine Spares Ltd, Longford Road, Ciaran Horohoe, Horohoe Construction, London, Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union, the Farrell family The Yacht Bar, Main Street, Paul Lackey, PL Civil Engineering, Manchester, Stephanie Hanlon, Hanlon Art Works, Lisrevagh, Rathcline Ladies GAA and Adriaan Jacobs, Christeline De Wit Accounts Manager, AJ Accounting And Tax Services, Edgeworthstown.

The Committee would like to thank everyone that bought tickets either for the race night itself or the Buster tickets. We thank everyone that came to the dogs on the night and supported us in every way. We would like to thank everyone that helped or contributed toward the night. Your support was very generous.

We would like to congratulate Angela Nerney, Doughill who had the winning finishing combination of the eight race. Angela bought her ticket at the recent céilí and she receives €400.

Curraghroe Flooding

On Wednesday evening last the torrential, thunder and lightning left a trail of devastation in its wake. Particularly badly hit was the Curraghroe area where one lady had to leave her home the water came into her home. Another house had a couple of rooms flooded and but for the quick thinking and availability of a digger another home would have been flooded.

The flash flooding took place following a torrential downpour and the water, as one local described it, sounded like a number of rivers coming down off the mountain such was the roar of it. Farmers had to move stock to higher ground and one farmer had no means of getting his cattle out of his field and had to heard them for a number of hours on one piece of high ground in his field. A house on the other side of the mountain was hit by lighting. All in all, it was a very trying and frightening time for the people of the area. Thankfully, things have returned to normal and let us hope that there will not be a repetition for a long time to come.

Have you offered your help?

This is a great opportunity for everyone to work together and celebrate our local biodiversity.

It is a great opportunity for anyone interested in the environment. On the 27th August with Bord na Mona and local community groups we will be holding an environmental awareness event in Corlea, Co Longford. This community event is for everyone with an interest in the environment around us. The event will focus on recording all biodiversity (birds, mammals, plants, mosses and invertebrates) in Corlea and will focus on habitats such as cutaway bog, intact raised bog and scrub.

During the day events such as a bird talk, bat walk, moth trapping along with general biodiversity walks will be organised. All events will be free of charge and will be available to everyone, young and old. A timetable of events will be available soon.

If you or your group would be interested in helping run one of the events on the day, please let me know and we can work together on a schedule of events. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who may be interested. Contact David Fallon: phone; 087 9711658 or 057 9345993

Monster Group Meeting

The next meeting of the Lough Ree Monster Group will take place on Tuesday – yes Tuesday 28th June in the Yacht Bar at 9pm. We hold homely meetings and we welcome anyone that would like to join us in preparation of the biggest and best festival ever in the Lanesboro Ballyleague and Cashel communities.


Congratulations to Brian and Jodi Horohoe, Cnoc na Gaoithe, on the birth last week of twins.

Lanesboro Library this Week

ESOL Class continues on Tuesday 21st June 7-9pm.

The Book Club continues on Friday morning 24th June at 11am where the books for discussion will be ‘Beatlebone’ by Kevin Barry and ‘The Stature of Waiting’ by V.H. Vanstore. 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.

Cemetery Sunday in Parish of Rathcline

On Sunday week 3rd July the first of the Cemetery Sunday ceremonies will take place in Rathcline Cemetery at 6pm. Those with grave in Rathcline are reminded to tend to their family graves in preparation for the ceremonies. There will be a collection box at the entrance for voluntary contributions towards the upkeep of Rathcline Cemetery.

The following Sunday 10th July the ceremonies will take place in Lanesboro Cemetery and the following Sunday in Clonbonny all at 6pm. People are asked to make sure their family plots are well maintained in advance of all ceremonies.

Robert Troy TD – Clinic

Fianna Fail TD Robert Troy will visit Lanesboro on Friday next 24th June for his monthly clinic. His clinic takes place each month in O’Brien’s (old bookies) office.


The marriage took place on Saturday 28th May of Claire Feeney youngest daughter of Tom and Mary Feeney, Ballymahon Road and Gordon Nutterfield, Ballyfore, Edenderry, Co. Offaly. Chief Bridesmaid was Sinead Feeney, sister of the Bride, and bridesmaids were Amanda Nutterfield, sister of the Groom, Deirdre Farrell friend of the Bride and Paula Carberry, friend of the Bride. Bestman was Sylvester Nutterfield, Groomsmen were Darren Nutterfield brother of the Groom, Martin Hoey, friend of the Groom and David Evans friend of the Groom. The flower girls were Zoe Nutterfield daughter of Gordon and Claire, Emma and Saoirse Feeney both nieces of the Bride. Pageboy was Senan Mc Hale, nephew of the Bride. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Michael Reilly. The wedding reception took place in the Mullingar Park Hotel. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded bliss.

Killashee Mass and Blessing of Graves

On Sunday next 26th June there will be Mass and the Blessing of Graves at Killashee cemetery at 10am followed in Ballinakill cemetery at 3pm and finishing in Clondra at 8pm


Congratulations to Phil and Edel Boardman, Newpark, on the recent birth of a baby girl.

Poetry at the Sisters Bistro

You are invited to go along to the Sisters Bistro on Main Street and join with the local writers group for an hour of poetry reading from a variety of poets. You can sit back, relax and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee whilst enjoying the poetry. This event is a new introduction to the town and we hope that a good number will go along on Wednesday 29th June from 4 to 5pm.

Pike Angling Club Competition Deferred

Due to unforeseen circumstances the competition set for Sunday last had to be rescheduled to this coming Sunday 26th June. The boats will launch from Lanesboro Harbour below the car park. Fishing will be from 11am to 5pm. The entry fee will be €25 per boat and entries will be taken from 10.30am with a maximum of 4 rods per boat and 2 rods per person.

There will be a 100% pay out with one prize per boat. There will be a prize for the smallest fish and the usual prizes for non-fishing club members.

The presentation of prizes will take place in the Yacht Bar.

The U16 competition on the ‘Hot water stretch’ on Saturday 25th June from 11am. This competition is for under 16’s and it is hoped that all young people interested in fishing will come out to fish and enjoy the day.

Are you going to the Races?

With the famous Galway Races only a matter of a few weeks away it is time to start preparing for the Rathcline club’s Annual Day at the races. The package for the day at the races is marvellous and it is a fabulous way to entertain family and friends. It is a great opportunity to avail of the summer weather and to dress up for the occasion.

Rathcline will go racing on the opening day of the famous Galway Races, Monday 25th July with the first race commencing in and around 5pm.

The Galway Races brings a great excitement and the club offers you the opportunity to be part of that excitement in the company of locals.

All in all, this is a very special day out all for the cost of €110 and for your money you will receive free admission as well as a race card, free parking, a seating and viewing area located in the new Killanin stand overlooking the finishing line with spectacular views, there will be tipsters in the Pavilion, tote facilities, a beautiful 4 course meal, €5 drink voucher, there will be an opportunity to be declared the Best Dressed Lady and there will be after meal entertainment.

The club appreciates the continued support of 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.

Aquathon this Wednesday

Lanesboro Triathlon Club are holding the “Two Provinces Aquathon” (a swim followed by a run) on this Wednesday 22nd June at 7:30pm, with the swim starting next to the duck pond and the run taking place on Rathcline Road.

There will be some disruption on the Rathcline Road from the entrance to the quarry next to Kelly’s house on to Harold’s Cross between 7:30m-8:30pm due to the run part of the race.

The area of Rathcline Road affect will be marshalled by An Garda with assistance from the triathlon club members and other volunteers.

We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused by this event and would like to invite you to come and cheer on the athletes either on Rathcline Road or in the vicinity of the town’s car park.

You are also invited to join us at our prize giving and social event to be held immediately after the event in the Co-op Hall.

We will also be holding the “Two Provinces Triathlon (a swim, followed by a cycle, followed by a run) on the 16th July.  A future announcement will be made closer to that event.


We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Frank Gallagher, Sherwood Park, Mullingar, on the death of his wife Sandra on Saturday last 18th June. Sandra Gallagher was formerly Sandra Boland late of Gortgallon, Ballyleague. She was daughter of Eileen and the late Gerry Boland. We extend our sympathy to her mother Eileen, brothers John, Gerry and Conor and sisters Mary, Stephanie and Yvonne, relatives and many friends.

Gold Standard Awards

At the National Cub Scout Challenge at Portlick campsite in Westmeath the Ballyboro cub scouts again came back from this year’s National Finals with Gold Standard awards. This is the highest accolade a cub pack can achieve.

This competition is for Cubs who are 12 years and under. The completion is confined to the county champions and runners up in each Scout county in Ireland and there is always a welter of excitement when they all come together.

This competition consists of a team of 8 competing with each other to build their own campsite inside 5 hours. The campsite should consist of tents, dining tents, gates, boundaries, wash stands etc. then their knowledge of Compass reading, Orienteering, first aid, and scout skills are tested by the judges. All of this has to be done without the help of their adult leaders.

The cubs team consisted of Captain or in scout terms ‘Sixer’ was Shauna Mimnagh and the rest of the team was Cian Walton, Niamh Farrell, Jamie Betts, Conor Betts, Liam Óg Corcoran, Orla Cox and Owen Murray.

We must also say a very well done to their Leaders for their work throughout the year and the preparation for last weekend: Steve Betts, Ita Betts, Patrick Dooner, Bernie Costello, Marie Cleary, Krisna Bakistlani, Dermot  Donoghue and Tom Gill.

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.


The winner of the 50/50 draw the took place in Clarke’s Bar on Monday night last was Carmel Reilly, Weekfield. This is the second week in a row that the prizemoney has gone to the townland of Weekfield. The winning prizemoney on Monday night was €443. The club thanks you for your support and encourages everyone to support the draw weekly. The blue 50/50 envelopes are on sale locally throughout the town for only €2.


At a civil wedding ceremony took place joining Keith Murray, son of John and Phil Murray, Church View and Priscilla Munnelly, Scramogue, daughter of Caroline Barden in marriage. Bestman was Sean Munnelly brother of the Bride, and groomsman was Niall Murray, brother of the Groom. Chief bridesmaid was Caroline Toher friend of the Bride and Emma Munnelly daughter. The ceremony was performed by Deirdre Mc Nevin. The wedding reception took place in the Annebrook House Hotel Mullingar. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded happiness.

Viking Fleet Challenge                     

A fleet of Viking longships will travel from Upper Lough Erne in Co. Fermanagh to Athlone. It will stop off in Lanesboro on Thursday 7th July. You are invited to meet the Vikings at their encampment from 5pm to 9pm that evening.

Get up close and personal with the Vikings and their longships, help stitch their amazing tapestry and listen to the gruesome tales of old. Join the Vikings for what should be a very interesting time in Lanesboro.

Midsummers Day with the Stars

Once again Roscommon Racecourse will be the venue for the Midsummers Day with the Stars on Sunday 26th June. The gates will open at midday and the show will commence at 2pm. Admission is €25 and children under 12 accompanied by an adult go free. The stars providing the entertainment include, Mike Denver, Nathan Carter, Derek Ryan, Jimmy Buckley, Robert Mizzell, Patrick Feeney, Lisa mc Hugh, Declan Nerney, Eamon Jackson, Johnny Brady, Jim Devine, Lee Matthews, Shane Owens and more.

Go along and enjoy what promises to be another fabulous day at Roscommon racecourse.


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.

Further Education Courses

Longford College of Further Education is providing courses in its new campus in the old army barracks in the Centre of Longford Town. It is a PLC provider of Longford and Westmeath ETB with all awards accredited by the QQI national framework of qualifications. Courses have links for progression to third level institutions where relevant. Enrolment is now open for QQI level 5 and 6 courses beginning September 2016. New courses include Level 5 Tourism with Business, Level 5 Film and TV Production and Level 6 Software Development. Other courses available include Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy, Business, Multimedia, Childcare, Healthcare, Nursing and Motor Technology. Please see for further information. To enrol, simply click on “enrol” on the homepage and follow instructions.

Tennis Summer Camp

Parks Tennis Summer Camp (Ages 5 – 17 years) will take place at Lough Ree Bay Tennis Courts from 2nd to the 6th August

Registration will take place on Friday 24th from 3:30 – 6:30. All enquiries to Tim (083) 1155374

Cúl Camps

The Cúl Camp in Clonbonny will take place from Monday 25th to Friday 29th July. This is always a wonderful week for all the young boys and girls, full of enjoyment and sport and a week not to be missed. Bookings can be made on the Longford GAA website – click on the Cúl Camps icon on the home page or contact Damian Sheridan, Longford GAA or Tina Dowd, club chairperson. The fee for the week is €55 for the first child, €45 for the second and €40 for the third and fourth.

Lough Ree AC

Saturday last was the final day of the Connaught Track and Field events for 2016 and the track at Sligo IT was the venue.  We were represented on the day by out Throwing Trio of Mark, Ryan and Conor and they didn’t disappoint.  Starting with youngest Conor Rohan took home a gold medal in the Boys under 17 discus and the on form Ryan Murray replicated the feat in the Boys Under 19 discus.  Mark Brady who also acts as an official at Connaught level in the Throwing Events won three silvers in the Senior shot, discus and hammer.

Our female representatives on the day were Caoilinn Flood in the 2k walk and Roisin Brennan in the javelin and shot s under 14, Ella Hogan was our only competitor in the under 13 age group, competing in the middle distance, long jump and javelin under 13.  The standard at this level was very high and while the athletes gave a good account of themselves they didn’t finish in the medals.   In light of Father’s Day, many thanks to the fathers who came out to support the athletes.

Many thanks to all the parishioners who kindly donated to our recent Church Gate collection, your support is greatly appreciated.

Sincere sympathy to the Boland family on the death if Sandra, a former member of the club and also remembering the input of her late father Gerry who was very much involved in the laying of the track in Lanesboro in the early days of Lough Ree Athletic Club.

Food Festival

With over 200 people from 15 countries coming to Lanesborough and Ballyleague for the world fishing championship in October a food festival will be staged in a marquee behind St Mary’s Hall at the bridge. ‘Taste of the Lakelands’ will feature the very best of local food produce and LIVE cooking displays by top chefs such as Kevin Dundon and our own Kiernan Glennon on Friday 7th October and Saturday 8th October. If you’re a local food producer of any type and would like to take part, please ring Liam Sweeney at 085 1698032 or the Lough Ree Angling Hub office at 04333 21734

In advance of the food festival a one-day special food and craft market will be staged in Ballyleague on Sunday 24th from 10am to 4pm when 200 people will be in the marina taking part in the 2016 Shannon boat rally. To place a stall call Liam at 085 1698032 please before June 20th or e mail:

Boat Rally

On Sunday July 24th the River Shannon boat rally will be in town with over 100 boats and 200 people. The rally is always a great event – attracting people from all over the country and, to mark the occasion, it is hoped to stage a local food and crafts market alongside a summer picnic and family fun day in the marina in Ballyleague. It should be a great day and all local food producers and crafts people are invited to take part. Stalls and stands are now available but will be limited. To take a stand please contact Liam Sweeney at 04333 21734 or 085 1698032 or e mail: if you wish to take part. It is hoped to also raise funds on the day for Cancercare West.

Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club

Many thanks to all who participated in the vintage tractor run last week. A good day was had by all.
On Thursday last Frank put the trainees through their paces on the search bar.  This is a long bar towed by the boat for a rapid search of a section of water with up to six divers holding on to it. All went well.
Eight divers travelled to Ballycastle on Sunday for two dives, one on The Stack and one at the swim through in the headland. Visibility was excellent.
The club was called out to a search last weekend. Unfortunately, no results at time of going to press.
Training next Thursday will be in Lough Owel for prospective rescue divers.

Rathcline GAA

The weekly 50/50 again crossed the bridge and again to Weekfield for the second week in a row when Carmel Reilly won the prizemoney of €443. The club appreciates your support for the draw each week and thanks you for your contributions.

For those that would like to pay on a yearly business you should contact club secretary, Caroline Ginty, club treasurer Stephen Rooney or me Joe O’Brien. The cost for the year is €100.

The club would like to wish county team manager Denis Connerton, our club representatives Liam Connerton, Shane Kenny and James Carroll and their fellow panel members the very best of luck in the qualifiers in Newry on Saturday where Longford takes on Down at 2pm.

With the exams all over the minor club is back in full training and we look forward to seeing great results on the pitch as well as from the exams over the next few months.




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