Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes 8th August 2016


Lanesboro Ballyleague

Rathcline Ladies

All Ireland Title

The county Longford Under 16 ladies travelled to Augher, Co. Tyrone to play Derry in the All-Ireland final on Wednesday week past. Having already beaten Down in the semi-final it was asking a lot to overcome Derry in the final.

The girls really rose to the occasion and following an outstanding performance they overcame the might of Derry to emerge All-Ireland champions.  Joy unbridled greeted the final whistle and it was a very special and memorable occasion for the Rathcline Ladies club. The club is rightly proud of former club Dara Mc Gann who was team manager, our five panel members who played influential parts in this victory, Ciara Healy, Áine Bannon, Rebecca Stavuse, Zoe Gallagher and Sarah Farrell and we say a very well done to all of them. This was also a memorable occasion for club chairperson Madaleine Murray who is also Ladies County Board chairperson who was presiding of a first All-Ireland during her time in office.

The club congratulates all of the team management and panel on this marvellous victory.

Our U14 team qualified for the summer League Final on this Thursday evening and it will be played in Kenagh. The time has yet to be confirmed but noticed will be posted in O’Brien’s window.

The senior ladies will be out in senior championship in Clonbonny at 7.30pm where they will host Clonguish. Please come along and support.

All-Ireland semi-final: Following the long journey to Belfast ion Sunday the Longford Ladies Junior side overcame Antrim 2-11 to 1-12 in a tense tussle. They now qualify for the All-Ireland where they will once again take on a northern side in Derry on Sunday 4th September

Last Man Standing: The club is organising a last Man Standing competition, it costs just €10 and the single winners is €250. Entry can be made by Googling Last Man standing Rathcline Ladies and then follow the process to register. Join in and have lot of fun for the Premiership. This week is your last opportunity to register.

Fancy becoming a volunteer archaeologist

An exciting opportunity exists to take part in a Community Archaeological Excavation taking place at Glendalough from the 8th– 20th August. Join the excavation team, led by UCD School of Archaeology in their exploration of the medieval enclosure of Glendalough.  This is a unique opportunity at a very significant site and would suit anyone with an interest in history and archaeology and with at least two days to spare. Free of charge with full training provided. No experience required just enthusiasm.  Limited places are available,  booking is required contact for queries and for more.

This initiative is supported by the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council and the Heritage Council as an action of the county Wicklow Heritage Plan.  Please feel free to spread the word among any interested individuals.

Care Workers Required

The Co Roscommon Disability Support Group is a HSE funded service, requires part time care workers to work with older persons and or people with disabilities. Flexible options available and competitive hourly rates paid.

There are vacancies on Community Employment Scheme for carers, support workers and clerical.

Please send your CV to or Derrane Resource Centre, Roscommon.

Phone 090 6625852 for further information.

Beginning this Saturday

All you need is an email and a credit card with €10 on it to enter the Last Man/Woman Standing competition that begins with the first of Premiership games on Saturday next 13th August. This is a fund raising venture for the Ladies club and they are asking supporters worldwide to go online and join in and pit your soccer knowledge against one another to see who goes the furthest and wins the first prize. On your search engine you should look for Rathcline Ladies Last Man Standing and enter your details as requested by the site. The club is hoping for great support from everyone and it is bound to create a lot of banter amongst everyone taking part.

National Heritage Week in Longford

This is the programme of events for this year’s National Heritage Week here in Co. Longford. As ever there are a range of events taking place throughout the county between Saturday the 20th and Sunday 28th August. Highlights include the County Longford Historical Society’s 1916 Conference, which takes place in the Longford Arms Hotel on Saturday 20th August. Everyone is encouraged to go out to Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre on Friday 26th August for a seminar on the Táin Bó Cualaigne – the organisers especially want to hear from Longford people about any old traditions of where Queen Maeve and her armies were in the county, in the form of ancient tracks, bogs, campsites etc. As you know Queen Maeve met her demise in the county at Lough Ree.

The Lough Ree Environmental Summer School coincides with National Heritage Week, and they have a great programme of events lined up.

Also taking place in Corlea is an environmental day and Bio Blitz organised by Bord na Móna on Saturday 27th. They want to help record every species in the bog surrounding the site. This will run from about 2pm until late for a bat-walk and children are especially welcome. There are a number of other events in Ballymahon that day, including an environmental family evening at Brannigan Harbour outside Ballymahon, with lots of activities for young and old.

At Longford Library there is a number of activities centred around a one-day exhibition on Irish volunteers memorabilia from the period 1913-1922.

To find out the full details of all the events, please keep an eye out on this link: which will be continually updated as more information becomes available.

Also taking place at this time, but not included within the programme is “Mow Pat Murphy’s Meadow”, taking place at Ballyduffy, Moyne, organised by Michael Masterson, which is always a very enjoyable event.

Also taking place from the 19th to the 22nd August is the Marquee in Drumlish music festival, which is the sister event to the Ballinamuck Fair Day (21st August), and boasts a great line-up of acts including The Stunning.

Lough Ree Monster Festival

Have you considered coming home from abroad or even from other parts of the country for the Lough Ree Monster Festival 3rd to 7th August 2017? The committee is beginning to draw up a database of everyone interested. If you are interested, please express your interest as we will be seeking to set up an accommodation database to cater for everyone that want to come home and share in our festivities. In the next few days on the Lough Ree Monster Festival Facebook page and we will be opening designated pages for you.

If you intend to come home perhaps you will include the Rathcline Race Day which is becoming such a huge success and it will take place on the Monday prior to our festival commencement.

Looking for Memorabilia

As part of Lough Ree Summer School this August, Lanesboro Library will display an exhibition commemorating the Longford people who took part in 1916 Rising.  The launch date is Friday 19th August at 7pm. If anyone has any memorabilia from that era, Stella O’Sullivan would love to display your offerings as part of this exhibition.  If you can help by donating memorabilia can you contact Stella at the library phone 33 21291.

Lanesboro Library this Week

Summer Opening Hours are as follows:  Monday 2-8pm, Tuesday 2-6pm, Wednesday 10am-1pm 2-5pm, Thursday-Closed, Friday 10am-1pm 2-5pm, Saturday 10am-1pm.

Call 0433321291 for enquiries.

Storytime with Frances: Every Wednesday morning at 11am for the month of August, there will be a story time in Lanesboro Library for children aged 3-8.  Places limited so please contact library to book a place on 043 332 1291.

Longford 1916 – Lanesboro: As part of Lough Ree Summer School this August, Lanesboro Library will display an exhibition commemorating the Longford people who took part in 1916 Rising.  The launch date is Friday 19th August at 7pm. If anyone has any memorabilia from that era, Stella would love to display same as part of the exhibition.  Contact the library on 043 332 1291.

Online Services at your Library

Did you know that you can now download free digital magazines with your library card and pin? Newest edition of Hello magazine now available. ProQuest Online Newspaper service is also available.

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Visit  to register, get the BORROWBOX APP to gain access to thousands of books. All you need is your library card number and your pin. If you do not have a PIN, please contact your library desk where you will be issued with one.

Library membership is free so why not join and make use of all of the online services which are now available?

Excellent EDI Centre Courses

Pre-Apprenticeship Programme

The EDI Centre, Longford will be running a QQI Accredited Level 4 Pre-Apprenticeship Programme/Engineering Skills commencing in September 2016 for the unemployed.

This course will prepare candidates for their entry level apprenticeship.

The modules included in this course are: Milling & Turning, Technical Drawing, Workplace Safety, Work Experience, Communications, Mathematics, Information Technology and Team Working

This is a full time course which runs Monday to Friday.

Catering/Life Skills Programme

The EDI Centre, Longford will be running a QQI Accredited Level 4 Catering/Life Skills Programme commencing in August 2016 for the unemployed.

The modules included in this course are: Short Oder Cooking, Kitchen Skills, Handling Food Hygienically, Meal Service, Personal Effectiveness, Customer Service, Information Technology Skills, Communications, Work Experience

This is a full time course which is ran over 40 weeks, Monday to Friday.

Level 5 Occupational First Aid course

There will be a 3-day Level 5 Occupational First Aid course being held at the EDI Centre, Longford.

This Course is FREE for anyone currently on the Live Register.

There is a limit of 16 places and application forms are available at the EDI Centre.

Should you require any further information, you can contact the EDI Centre on 04333-47515

You can play a big Part

The chance does not come around too often to be able to play an active part in the

While we all have a great interest in the environment her is the opportunity to play your part and support the local environments in our community.

On 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.


Last week the 50/50 draw took place on Monday night. The draw took place in The Yacht Bar where the winning pink envelope was drawn and the lucky name on it was Lewis Hanley, Lehery on a pink envelope and Lewis won €396. The club thanks you for your support and encourages everyone to support the draw weekly. The weekly blue 50/50 envelopes are on sale locally throughout the town for €2 alternatively, you can purchase a pink ticket that allows you into the draw for 1 year for a price of €100.

One Day Retreat to Lough Derg

The annual one-day retreat to Lough Derg will take place on Sunday 4th September. The bus will leave from Lanesboro Parish Hall at 7am. For information and bookings, you can contact Mary Doyle on 3321969.

Thank You

The Longford Branch of the Irish Kidney Association raised €465 on its Church Gate collection last weekend. The Branch would like to say a sincerely thank you to all who contributed so generously.


The death of a young person is truly hearth wrenching and especially if their death is by an accident. Jessica Needham, aged just 8 years of age, Islandeady, Co. Mayo died following a tragic tractor accident at her home. Jessica was born one of quadruplets and she was the single survivor of that birth. Jessica was described as “Princess of hugs who radiated innocence and love” which makes her passing all the more poignant for her family and friends. We share in the deep suffering of her parents Michelle Needham, formerly Michelle Casey, Clonfower her husband Pat, sister Grace, her grandmother Teresa Casey, Ballyclare Court, her uncle Donal Casey and aunt Nicola, relations and her school friends to whom we extend our deepest heartfelt sympathy.

Jessica’s remains reposed at St Aidan’s Room, Islandeady on Thursday last followed by the removal of her remains to her home. Mass of the Angels took place at St. Patrick’s Church, Islandeady on Friday and her remains were laid to rest in Islandeady Cemetery

Skill of high Importance

The skill of being capable of using a defibrillator is very vital and practically everyone in our community and all clubs and associations must have a knowledge of its use. Being able to use it has saved a life in our community when a young Leitrim footballer collapsed during a game last year in Clonbonny. Training is advertised from time to time here and if you have not already done the course or have lapsed and need retraining then you must sign up for either course.

The training is provided free and the facilitators continue to develop areas for the placing of new automated external defibrillators (AED’s) and the replacement of batteries.

The group will hold their annual Church Gate Collection on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August.

Exciting opportunities at Compass Club

Compass Club by Coillte is a unique fun activity, which gives kids a secure and supervised adventure experience in great Irish forests, developing themselves and learning outdoor life skills in a fun way with other children. This is done through 1) After School Adventure courses, 2) Summer & Easter Camps, 3) School Tours, 4) Custom events for schools and other groups (such as County Councils, Preschools, Scouts, etc.)

Compass Club is all about giving kids awesome experiences in nature. As we see it, the great outdoors is the world’s best playground and through our fun, feel good activities, kids will make a host of new friends while rediscovering how exciting nature can be. From building shelters and toasting perfect marshmallows, to navigating trails and finding treasure, at Compass Club they’ll develop new skills and self-confidence, and may even end up teaching you a thing or two about the world around you. Compass Club is proudly brought to you by Coillte. With almost 3 years of research, development, tests, lots of fun (and a sprinkling of magic dust), Coillte working with leading experts in outdoor activity and with Godsil Education (experts in Strengths Based Education) officially launched the Compass Club in 2016.

The following are the After School courses in our area are Monday 19th September in Mote Park, Roscommon and Wednesday 21st September in Newcastle Wood, Ballymahon, Co. Longford. The courses will run for 6 weeks, 1 day per week from 3.45 to 5.45

The best ways to contact us are email us, Facebook message or DM us on twitter

We enjoy a chat too, so talk to us if you need to talk to one of us – we’re available at …. office: 01 9055090   087 7097016 / 086 8335728

Boats and Engines Wanted

The use of 30 locally based lake boats is required to host the World Predator Boat championships here in Ballyleague and Lanesborough between Wednesday October 5th and Sunday October 9th this year. The owners of the boats will be paid 100 euro per day for each boat on each of the 4 days for bringing out 2 fishermen from each of the 15 countries from around the world who will be attending. That’s 400 euro for your 4 days boat hire. Some boat owners will just have to supply the boat and the engine and no skipper. One of the regulations of the world championship is that ONLY engines of 10HP and more can be used and there is a severe shortage of engines of this horse power in the local area at the moment. If you have a lake boat with a 10HP engine, please contact Liam Sweeney in the Lough Ree Angling hub office at 085 1698032 or e mail: as soon as possible. It is important to note that the insurance cover for the four days will be paid by the organisers of the world championship so the owner need have no concern there. The angling hub has already compiled a list of 15 boats for hire to date but another 15 are now needed. It would be a pity if we had to bring in boats from Enniskillen and elsewhere for to stage the world championship on Lough Ree so please consider this offer for your €400 boat hire. Thank you.

Traders Meeting

The Lough Ree Angling Hub will hold a meeting of Lanesborough/Ballyleague Traders on Wednesday August 17th, St Mary’s Hall (at the bridge) at 2.30pm

You may have already heard that the 2016 World Boat Fishing Championships are taking place in Lanesborough and Ballyleague from Wednesday October 5th to Monday October 10th, 2016.

250 anglers from 15 countries will take part in the event with a huge family parade through the town on Thursday October 6th, a gala banquet on the Sunday and pike fishermen also expected to attend from around Ireland over the four days.

During the same week, the ‘TASTE OF THE LAKELANDS’ Food Festival will take place in a marquee behind St. Mary’s Hall at the bridge with 2000 guests expected to attend live cooking demonstrations by TV chef Kevin Dundon and Kieran Glennon, food produce exhibitions, a Celebrity Cook-off and a gala concert/dance with Patrick Feeney & his band in the marquee on Saturday October 8th, 2016.

The Lough Ree Angling Hub wants to try and ensure that all the traders and people of Lanesborough/ Ballyleague benefit as much as possible for this huge festival and that the reputation of the area as a quality location for fishing, food and fun for all can be enhanced.

With this in mind, we would like to invite all traders to a special information meeting at St Mary’s hall beside the bridge in Lanesborough on Wednesday August 17th at 2.30pm.

At this meeting a complete guide will be given to all business owners on what can be expected during the festival and how they can play their part in ensuring this festival is a good success.

Looking forward to meeting all traders of the town on Wednesday August 17th, 2016 in St Mary’s Hall at 2.30pm

Rathcline GAA

The first winner of the 50/50 on a pink envelope occurred on Monday night last when Lewis Hanley from Lehery had his pink envelope drawn. Lewis was the lucky winner of €396 and say well done to him. The blue envelopes are on sale throughout and they cost €2 each and the pink envelope, if you prefer, is for the yearly subscription of €100. Both are options for you and we thank you for your support of both options.

Congratulations to the County Longford U16 panel and management on winning the All-Ireland Final in Tyrone last week. A special word must go to the Ladies of the Rathcline Ladies club who, throughout the competition, played their part in the victory namely Dara Mc Gann, Team Manager, and players, Ciara Healy, Áine Bannon, Rebecca Stavuse, Zoe Gallagher and Sarah Farrell. We also congratulate Ladies Club Chairperson and Ladies Co Board Chairperson, Madaleine Murray on this great victory.

Senior championship: The senior team travelled to Dunbeggan, Stonepark on Tuesday night last for a make or break game in the senior championship Group 3 against Drumlish. For the second week in a row we came out of a game with a one-point loss in a game we should have won.

This defeat returns us to Intermediate football after a one-year sojourn in senior football. The experience was very good, the narrow defeats were soul destroying but at least our very young team learned greatly from the experience of senior league and championship and we look forward to them bouncing back older and stronger in the year ahead.

On Saturday next in Páirc na nGael Dromard at 5.45pm our senior team will play their last game for this year at senior championship level. We look forward to them going out in a blaze of glory and look forward to seeing them giving the performance of the year when they take on Mostrim.

Sympathy: We extend our deepest sympathy to our former layer and team manager Declan O’Flaherty, his wife Gina, and children Oisin, Liam and Sadhbh on the recent death of his daughter Muireann last. We also send our deepest sympathy Michelle Needham, her husband Pat and daughter Grace, Islandeady, Co. Mayo on the death of their daughter last week.


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