Lanesboro Ballyleaague Notes Monday 26th September 2016

Lanesboro Ballyleague



Monster Walk/Run

If you can walk, run, hop, step or jump then the Monster 10K or 4 mile is for you. On Sunday next 2nd October you are invited to come along and share the fun and enjoyment in the run/walk that will commence at 12 noon from the small harbour area behind the car park. Registration will take place in St. Mary’s Parish Hall from 10.30am. St. Mary’s Hall is beside the bridge and parking can take place in the car park behind the hall.

The proceeds of the day will go towards building the Lough Ree Monster for the Lough Ree Monster Festival that will take place from 3rd to 7th August 2017. Please come along, enjoy the day and be part of the creation of something special.

If you are coming in support of a friend or family member you can walk the beautiful river bank of go for a walk through the very popular Commons North Woodlands Walk.

Stewards Required

If you are free and available on Sunday next, we would like if you can offer your time for a few hours to steward the 10k/4 mile Run. Please contact Teresa Ormsby, James O’Flaherty, Mike Greene or Joe O’Brien as soon as you can. Thank you.

Fabulous Occasion

Last Sunday 25th September was one of those most fantastic days. The Ladies All-Ireland took place on Sunday and it proved to be a wonderful for a number of our local ladies. In the opening game the All-Ireland Junior Final was the first game on a three game All-Ireland Day occasion.

Longford had a woeful first half and it was sheer grit and determination that kept them only six points behind a free flowing Antrim side. Whatever happened in the dressing room should be bottled and sold as the transformation of the Longford team in the second was astounding to say the least. They totally overran Antrim and ran out convincing winners much to the joy of the large travelling supporters and to the county people far and wide.

We would like to congratulate the panel and team management for a wonderful win. We would like to pay a special homage to Anne Duffy, daughter of Johnny and Maura Duffy, Mahoraveen who came on a played her part in this famous victory. Anne is just coming back from injury and it is a testimony to her dedication that she was able to make it back to full fitness for the final. We also congratulate Dara Mc Gann who recently retired from playing with our ladies club but she still plays her part in the club and who was a selector with the victorious team. Finally, we would like to congratulate Madaleine Murray. Madaleine has huge energy and interest and she is devoted to Ladies football. Madaleine is Chairperson of Longford Ladies County Board and she is also chairperson of Rathcline Ladies Club. She never stops working for both and this victory under her time as Chairperson is thoroughly deserved.

The day did not finish there as at half time of the senior All-Ireland the St. Faithleach’s Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others team played at half time. Ladies from both sides of the bridge goes to make up this team and they really have a fabulous time together training, going to matches and exhibition games such as Sunday. On Sunday they did our community really proud and we would like to congratulate all of those that got to play and also the rest of the panel. For the record the team play St. Patrick’s from Dublin. As only 10 players were allowed on the panel the team selected to represent the entire St. Faithleach’s Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others full panel were Caroline Connaughton, Maggie Curley, Elaine Hannon, Ursula Kilcoyne, Eilish Dillon, Fidelma Fallon, Claire Connaughton, Trisha Browne, Martina Dunne, Sharon Brady. Mentors: Ray Cox and Ciara Feeney. We wish the St. Faithleach’s Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others very best for future development and many great occasions similar and great than today if that is possible.

Festival Approaches

The big festival is now only a week away. It is now expected that up to 5000 people will attend the Taste of the Lakelands food festival in the giant marquee in the carpark behind the hall between Thursday October 6th and Sunday October 10th so the committee has issued an urgent appeal this week for local volunteers to come forward and assist them with the stewarding of the event. The key events that will need stewards will be the opening ceremony festival parade on Thursday October 6th at 6pm and the food festival expo on Saturday October 8th from 9am to 7pm.

The festival parade starts at the community college on the Ballymahon road and will make its way down the town and over the bridge before returning to the marquee at the car park. Approximately 30 stewards will be needed.

On Saturday October 8th the food festival stand holders will start arriving at 7am to set up their stands. The food show opens to the public at 10am and runs all day until 6pm. It is estimated that the festival will need 60 to 100 stewards for general organisation, safety arrangements, car parking etc. so every clubs and community group in the area is requested to help our if they can by nominating at least ten members to assist at some stage.

The support local volunteers for these key events is absolutely crucial as the events simply could not go ahead without proper stewarding and the assistance of the Gardaí.

If you are available to help steward, please put your name down on the book in Joe O’Brien’s Corner Shop or the Daybreak shop in Ballyleague this week or call directly to Alan Farrell at 086 8697952 or Alan Horohoe at 086 8454125 please before Monday next.

The good news for all stewards is that, with the support of Kepak convenience foods, HB Ice Cream and Lyons tea, they will all get a nice free dinner for their efforts on the day – the very least that could be done for the volunteers involved.

Festival Parade 

The children from 8 local primary schools have been invited to take part in the opening festival parade on Thursday night October 6th at 6pm. The committee visited every school over the last 4 weeks and invited teachers, pupils and parents to come up with a special theme for the children to take part in the parade. Each school is to be asked to help present a group in costume and with special masks and colours to reflect some element of the fishing or the food festivals. To help schools and children with costume ideas, the committee has arranged a special workshop this coming Saturday October 1st at 1pm when a professional designer and arts and crafts specialist will be on hand to help kit out the teams. Please ensure your school is represented. The highlight of the parade will be the school children marching in front of the 300 international anglers, the giant inflatable cartoon and movie characters and the rescue services and local community groups. For more information, please call into Helen in the Angling hub office in Ballyleague or call to the hall on Saturday at 1pm.

Local Event

While the food festival runs mainly on Saturday October 8th there is an event especially targeted at locals on Friday October 7th when top Chef Gary O’Hanlon will perform in a LIVE cooking demonstration in the marquee at 4.30pm. This is aimed at anyone who wants to meet with the star chef of the TV3 Restaurant show and VM Restaurant, Longford. This show is especially set up for an older audience and will be probably the most convenient show for many to attend as there will not be a large crowd in the marquee area for this and parking should be easier so get along to the Friday October 7th show at 4,30pm with Gary if you want to see the great chef in action.

Dog Show

To co-inside with the festival there will be a dog show at the hall on Saturday October 8th at 3pm with prizes for 12 classes. Contact Emma at 086 8686461 for details.

Monster Festival Meet on Wednesday

The Lough Ree Monster Group is actively seeking more people to get involved in the committee. We have a few specialities needed to be worked upon and if you feel you have expertise that would be suitable to the running of a festival then we would love to have you at our meeting on Thursday night in the Lifebelt Bar at 9pm.  The Monster Festival involves the organising and running of the festival, the staging of a play, the ability to apply for funding, the ability to source sponsorship, actors, street performers, artists and people with a mind as to what extra we should have as part of our festival. As the community is growing in stature with many excellent events it is very important that we can make the Lough Ree Festival another progression in the growth of our community

Shannonside Camera Club

Shannonside Camera Club will resume for the Summer break on Tuesday October 4th.  We meet at Lough Ree Power Social Club at 8pm on the first Tuesday of the month.  New members are most welcome.  If you have any interest in photography this is a great way of developing your interest and broadening your knowledge on the subject.  Field trips as well as guest speakers are part of the agenda, photography software is also covered.  Members are accommodated at all levels.  Come along on Tuesday for an informal get together.

Community Games

The Community Games is a fabric of our community, it allows our young people to express their abilities in many different spheres. It is very important that we should create a local growth in our Community Games for our young people to display their talents.

Monday night next 3rd October is a night that we have the opportunity to continue the great work that is being done when the Lanesboro/Rathcline parish Community Games AGM will take place in St. Mary’s Hall at 9pm. There are 46 different opportunities for the children to partake in and we should all embrace the Community Games and create a real vibrancy for our kid’s that they will have the opportunity and confidence to excel at their chosen discipline. Parents and interested persons are invited to go along to the AGM, your attendance will mean a lot and perhaps you will bring an expertise to our Community Games that has not been here before.

The committee would like to thank everyone for their generous contributions at their recent Church Gate collection


The marriage took place on Saturday 17th September at St. Mary’s parish Church of Oonagh Casey, daughter of James and Mary Casey, Curreen, Rathcline Road and Kevan Mc Hugh, Woodlands, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. Chief Bridesmaid was Eimear Casey-Shortall, Bridesmaids were Joanne Mc Hugh, sister-in-law of the Groom and Rachel Beirne friend of the bride.  Bestman was Brian Mc Hugh brother of the Groom and Groomsmen were Michael Mc Hugh and Eamon Mc Hugh both brothers of the Groom. Flower Girls were Zoe May Shortall niece of the Bride, and Megan and Katie Mc Hugh, nieces of the Groom.

The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Brendan O’Sullivan, Carrick on Shannon assisted by Fr Michael Reilly P.P. Lanesboro. The wedding reception was held in the Landmark Hotel, Carrick on Shannon. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded happiness.

Bord na Móna Public Information Sessions

Bord na Móna intend to hold a second series of pre-planning Public Information sessions regarding its proposed Derryadd Wind Farm.

In order for members of the public to be informed about the proposed development, Bord na Móna has arranged four Public Information sessions, as follows:

Wednesday 28th September 3-9pm St. Brigid’s G.A.A Centre, Killashee

Thursday 29th September 3-9pm The Hill, Newtowncashel

Friday 30th September 3-9pm Keenagh Community Centre

Saturday 1st October 10-4pm St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Lanesborough

Bord na Móna invites you to attend one of these Public Information sessions. Admission is free. Staff will be on hand to discuss the project.

Harvest Thanksgiving Services

The St Coman’s parish, Roscommon will host the Annual Harvest Thanksgiving Service on Sunday next 2nd October at 3.30 pm in St. Coman’s Church, Roscommon. The preacher will be Rev Isaac Hannon. Drumcliffe parish, Co. Sligo.

St. John’s church, Lanesborough will host their Harvest Thanksgiving Service on Sunday week 9th October at 3.30 pm. The Longford Gospel Group are attending and the preacher will be Rev Ian Horner, Bailieborough Parish, Co. Cavan.

Everyone is welcome to this Service of Thanksgiving of the Harvest, hopefully all will be safely gathered in by then.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday 21st September: N/S 1st Frank and Frances Brennan, 2nd Loretto Cooney and Freda Kenny and 3rd Gemma Douglas and Elish Gray. E/W 1st Katharine Harrison and Philomena Walsh, 2nd Brid Mc Dermott and Una Lawlor and 3rd Maureen Hynes and Mike Flynn.

Set Dancing Classes

Classes have commenced on Tuesday 20th September in St. Faithleach’s GAA club house at 8pm. Classes are suitable for beginners and you don’t need a partner. Go along and get fit while having fun.

For more info, please contact Mairéad on 0868546433


On Monday 17th September last the 50/50 draw took place in the Clarke’s Bar. The very winner of the €433 prize was none other than Michael Greene. Michael is a tireless worker with the Ladies GAA club and he has been known to give lots of his time to the senior club as well.  Mike’s win has brought great banter from him and we say well done to him. The blue envelopes are on sale locally at local shops and from club members and they cost only €2 each. Alternatively, you can opt for the pink envelope for €100 and that has you in the draw for 52 weeks. Your support is only mighty and it is great to see that the jackpot is hovering over the €400 mark over the past few weeks; The club is deeply appreciative of your continued support.

Raymond leads Killashee to Victory

Many congratulations to Raymond Curley who as manager of the Killashee Intermediate team managed them to victory on Sunday last when they beat Cashel in a local derby. Ray has proven himself to be very astute as a manager and to bring a team back in a more competitive championship was no mean feat. Again we say congratulations to Ray his players and his management team on a job well done and we wish Killashee luck in the Leinster Intermediate championship. We also wish Cashel the best of luck in the Leinster Junior championship.

Mens Club

Following the Summer break the Mens Club will return on this Thursday 29th September from 12noon to 1pm. in St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro. New members are welcome and as usual a great variety of outings are being planned for the season ahead. Go along and be part of a vibrant group.

Sean Nos Dancing Classes

Classes for children has just commenced on Tuesdays at 4.15 pm in The Hill in Newtowncashel. Under 6 years; 4.30—5.00. 6—9 years; 5.00-5.30. 9—12 years; 5.30—6.00

A teenage class can be arranged should there be a demand for it. Classes are for boys and girls. For further information or to book a place contact Mairéad 0868546433

For your Information

Since last week, the civil records are now available online. There are cut-off points, but all births 1864-1915, marriages 1882 -1940 and deaths 1891-1965 are there now. The earlier marriages and deaths will be added.

Flute and Whistle Classes

Flute and Whistle classes have commenced in the Quad Youth Centre, Roscommon, every Tuesday. There will also be classes in Kilbride Community Centre, Fourmilehouse, for concertina, flute and whistle. One to One classes are also available. Contact John Wynne 087-2239095.

Diary Date

The Lough Ree Community Resource Group is hosting a Christmas Fair on Sunday 4th December in the Co-Op hall. More from the Co-Op committee.

Courses and Training

There are a number of courses and training available at the EDI centre in Longford town and one of them may be of interest to you.

We are now inviting people to register their interest in an upcoming FETAC Level 4 Security Course (Guarding Skills and Door Security) to be held in the EDI Centre, 11A2 Mastertech Business Park, Athlone Road, Longford in the coming weeks. Call into the centre or phone Caroline or Lynda on (043) 334 7515 for more details.

The cost for this course is €430 (Funding may be available for people on certain social welfare payments, call in to your local Intreo/DSP office or ring (043) 3340000 to check your eligibility)

We are running a Safe Pass course on Wednesday 28th September starting at 8.30am until 4.30pm. Cost is €100 with Tea/Coffee and Scone provided. Lunch is also available in our Restaurant – Main course only €4.50.

To book a place phone us on 043 33 47515 or call in to the EDI Centre, 11A2 Mastertech Business Park, Athlone Road, Longford. (Funding may be available for people on certain social welfare payments, call in to your local Intreo/DSP office or ring (043) 3340000 to check your eligibility).

This week’s Library Events

Knitting & Crochet Group continues every Monday 2-4pm.  All Welcome!

ESOL Class continues every Tuesday evening 7-10pm.

Art Classes with the very talented Nicolette Spelic will take place for six weeks starting on Monday October 24th at 8pm. Contact the library to book your place on 043 332 1291 or email

Beginners German Classes

Classes commence on Wednesday October 26th 6.30-7.30pm.  The class will be one hour per week for six weeks. Each six-week course costs €30. Pre-booking is advisable as numbers for each class are limited. To do this or to obtain further details please contact Lanesboro Library on 043 3321291 or email

Book Club

Our next Book Club meeting will be held in the library on Friday September 30th at 11am, where the book for discussion will be ‘Reunion’ by Roisin Meaney.  Come along, join in and enjoy a cuppa & a chat! All welcome!

Rathcline Ladies

Pride of Place this week must go to the Longford Ladies Junior team who won the All-Ireland Final in Croke Park on Sunday. They beat a highly rated Antrim team and brought tremendous pride to our county and also the Ladies clubs. Following the first half performance where Longford went in 6 points down the second half was extraordinary in the performance by the girls. Congratulations to everyone involved in the panel, team management, back room team and county board.

We pay a special mention to the three ladies involved from the club; Anne Duffy who recently returned from injury and came on as a substitute to play her part in the victory; to Dara Mc Gann who has been an integral part of our club for the past few years and indeed last year brought the county U16 Ladies to All-Ireland glory and this year she was a selector with the team. Dara formerly Dara Gill was captain of the Longford Ladies the last time they won the All-Ireland in 1997. Finally, our tireless worker, Chairperson of our club for the past number of years and in her second year as Chairperson of the County Board, Madaleine Murray. Madaleine has done tremendous work here in the club and she is continuing her great work at County Board level. Madaleine has a huge enthusiasm for Ladies Football. She is a stickler for detail and it is not surprising she is having great success, whether it is U8 up to senior Madaleine will always be there helping and supporting in whatever way she can.

This victory is a fitting reward for three very dedicated ladies and long may their successes continue. We would also like to remember Shelly Mc Cormack who was also panel member, Shelly was a very dedicated player with us until she transferred away earlier this year when she passed out as a Garda and was stationed in Dublin.

The club would like to say a special well done to the St. Faithleach’s Mothers and Others team that played at half time of the senior final. It was brilliant to have them there for us to be able to support. The panel is made up with players from both sides of the bridge. They did excellently in their game. If any past players or indeed any other lady wants to join the Mothers and Others they are more than welcome to do so.

Rathcline GAA

While activity on the senior front all but completed, Under 21 competitions yet to commence. The minor club continues to roll along and this coming Saturday in Pearse Park our Shannon Gaels Under 14 panel will take on Dromard in the U14 B Cup Final. We wish the lads and team mentors the very best of luck and we look forward to another trophy arriving in town at the weekend. Please come along and support the team.

50/50 – the ever popular and great clubman Mike Greene was the lucky winner of the 50/50 last week. Mike was the recipient of €433 and we congratulate his on his success. Yearly pink tickets €100 are still on sale. If you are away from home or just find that the once off payment is convenient you can buy your ticket in local shops, you can also contact me Joe O’Brien at to make payment arrangements. The blue €2 envelopes are on sale throughout the community and your support will be greatly appreciated.

Lines are on sale for the All-Ireland ticket replay draw. Tickets are only €2 each for 2 Premium tickets and the draw will take place on Thursday night in Clonbonny.

Congratulations to Killashee. Last year we stole their thunder but they were very impressive on Sunday last when they beat Cashel in the Intermediate Championship final. We wish them well in the Leinster Intermediate championship as we do Cashel in the Leinster Junior Championship

Both the senior and minor club share in the excitement of the wonderful victory by Longford Junior Ladies in Croke Park on Sunday last. It was a marvellous achievement and to have local representatives made it all the sweeter. We congratulate the panel and mentors but we pay a very special mention to Anne Duffy, Dara Mc Gann and Madaleine Murray for the hugely important and crucial roles they all played in this wonderful victory

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Junior Ladies: Hard luck to our Junior Ladies who having entered the Ladies All- Ireland Club 7’s for the first time were defeated in the Shield Final. Fantastic day was had by all.

Mother’s and Others: Congratulations to our Mother’s and Other’s team who played at the half time exhibition games at the Ladies All- Ireland in Croke Park on Sunday, where they played St. Patrick’s (Dublin). Thanks to all who supported the ladies on the day. Team: Caroline Connaughton, Maggie Curley, Elaine Hannon, Ursula Kilcoyne, Eilish Dillon, Fidelma Fallon, Claire Connaughton, Trisha Browne, Martina Dunne, Sharon Brady. Mentors: Ray Cox and Ciara Feeney.

U12 Boys D3: Congratulations to the U12 Boys and management on winning the D3 Shield Final on Saturday. Result: St. Faithleach’s 6-5 St. Barry’s 1-6. The team was Raymond Glennon, Sean Kelly, Shane Cox, Sean Rohan, Eoin Kelly, Ryan Byrne, Connor Betts, Tom Ryan, Connor Gannon, Mickey O’Brien, Lee Kilcoyne, Jason O’Connor, Eoin Murray, Francis Dunne, Jack McGloin, Fergal Reynolds, Evan Farrell, Adam Parker, Bryan Mullooly, Darragh Walsh, Connor Ryan. Management: Mick O’Brien and John Gannon.

U14 Girls Championship D3: The girls face Michael Glavey’s in the Semi- Final on Saturday 1St Oct at 12noon. Your support is very much appreciated.

Cards: Take place every Tuesday at 9pm in the Clubhouse. Last week’s winner’s Padraig / P.J., second Dan/M. Cleary.

Lotto: Numbers drawn 1, 10, 28, 29. No jackpot winner. €20 winners; Tom Devanney, Imelda Fallon, Henry O’Sullivan, Derek Thompson, Margaret Percival. Next draw 4/10/16. Jackpot stands at €12,000.


We will be running a QQI Level 5 Manual and Computerised Payroll course which will be held in the EDI Centre, 11A2 Mastertech Business Park, Athlone Road, Longford on Tuesday 11th October 2016 from 10am – 12.30pm.

It will be run over 25 weeks, one day a week. The cost for this course is €350. (Funding may be available for people on certain social welfare payments, call in to your local Intreo/DSP office or ring (043) 3340000 to check your eligibility)

Call into the centre or phone (043) 334 7515 for more details.

We are now inviting people to register their interest in our Fetac Level 4 Security Course (Guarding Skills and Door Security) to be held in the EDI Centre, 11A2 Mastertech Business Park, Athlone Road, Longford on Wednesday 5th October from 10.00am until 4.00pm and then continuing weekly on the 12th,19th and finishing on the 26th October (one day per week over 4 weeks).

The cost for this course is €430 (Funding may be available for people on certain social welfare payments, call in to your local Intreo/DSP office or ring (043) 3340000 to check your eligibility).

Call into the centre or phone (043) 334 7515 for more details.




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