Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes Monday 24th October 2016

Lanesboro Ballyleague

Dublin City Marathon

The Dublin City Marathon will take place in Dublin on Monday next 31st October. All the work and hard train has now been completed and I would like to wish Eamon Farrell and the Gillen sisters Fiona and Ciara the very best of luck for a great run. If there is anyone else from the area running, please let me know and I will include you next week’s notes. It is always great to compliment and recognise people taking on major events such as this. Good luck to all runners.

Gun Club Season

The gaming season is about to commence next week and the club would like to wish everyone safe shooting. They would like everyone associated with the club to be conscious of their and others safety, to be very observant, to be courteous and to respect all property. Most of all it is very important that Hen Pheasants must NOT be shot or shot at.

New Macra Club

There was a great excitement on Friday night last in Aide’s meeting room. For the first time in many many years a Macra club has been formed. A good attendance elected the following as executive members for the coming year. Chairman Eamon Farrell, Tullyvrane, Secretary Lisa Nolan Derryadd, Killashee, Treasurer Laura O’Sullivan, Gurteengar PRO is Ciaran Campbell, Killashee.

The next meeting of the group will take place on Friday 4th November at 9.30pm in Adie’s Meeting Room.

This is the place to be for all our active and young people. Contact any of the above and become part of a growing, vibrant and active group.


The following item below is very important to us especially with a big announcement pending for Lanesboro (we need much more). If you have family, friends living in Dublin and the three surrounding counties of Kildare, Meath and Wicklow can you encourage them to attend this event and to play an active part in the evening

Longford County Council, in association with Cavan, Leitrim and Roscommon County Councils, Bord na Mona and ESB, is hosting an expo and seminar in Croke Park on Thursday 3rd November from 4.30pm – 8pm in the Hogan Suite of Croke Park Conference Centre.  This unique event will bring together successful businesses from across the Upper Shannon Erne region to tell their story and spread the message that the region is open for business. It will provide an opportunity to promote our very own Lanesboro as well as Longford and highlight why it is an ideal location to set up business, invest and visit.  Our target audience is the diaspora living and working in Dublin, Meath, Wicklow and Kildare.

Who may be interested in attending –

  • Dublin, Meath, Wicklow and Kildare based diaspora
  • Investors and corporates
  • Businesses locating at diversifying, expanding or relocating
  • Recruitment companies or businesses looking to recruit
  • People looking for job opportunities or new business setups
  • Tourists and tour operators
  • Event organisers

For further information and to find out how to attend, please visit the Facebook page/event below: Facebook page:

Facebook event:

Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club

The Try-A-Dive continues Thursday nights in the Mall Complex Pool in Longford. All are welcome.

Congrats to Paula, Herbert and Aiden on passing their Nitrox Exams last Sunday.

Frank is considering the possibility of running an AVHF course for those in the club that have not got a radio licence yet. Contact Frank.

Rescue Diver Tests are scheduled for November, times and dates not fixed yet. More later.

Twin Towns

I received the following from Stephanie Abrams from Lanesborough, Massachusetts, USA during the week: “I’d like to invite all residents of Lanesboro, Co. Longford to contact Anne O’Reilly or Mary Carroll in your town to see about getting together and getting involved in the Lanesboro, Co. Longford- Lanesborough, Massachusetts Twin Town Committee”.

Our Local Library

This week’s events at our local library

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

The Book Club continues on Friday 28th October at 11am where the book for discussion will be ‘The Bricks That Built the Houses’ by Kate Tempest.  All welcome!

Mind Your Mental Health Workshop

Mind your Mental Health Workshop facilitated by Mental Health Ireland will take place in Lanesboro Library on Thursday 24th November 7-9.30pm.  If you are interested in attending, you can leave your name in Johnston’s Pharmacy or in the library or just come along on the night.  All welcome.

Whist Drive

The usual Whist Drive season will now commence on Friday night 4th November in St. Mary’s Hall. The committee is looking forward to meeting all their usual patrons and many new players for the November beginning.

Lanesboro Bridge Results

The results of the competition held on Wednesday last 19th October are: N/S 1st Frank and Frances Brennan, 2nd Bernadette Clancy and Mary mc Gushin, and 3rd Phil Chalmers and Cyril Hussey. E/W 1st Patricia Mc Gann and Mary Jameson, 2nd Brid Mc Dermott and Una Lawlor and 3rd Gemma Douglas and Elish Gray.


Young Éanna Kenny, Ballyclare Court, Ballyleague was the very lucky winner of the Rathcline 50/50 draw on Monday night 17th October. Éanna was the recipient of one of the largest pools this year when he won €459. Your growing support is making this draw very attractive and going into November and December an amount over €400 is very welcome.

Blue envelopes are on sale locally in all shops and pubs and from club executive members and your growing support is hugely appreciated. You also have the opportunity of buying the pink ticket for €100 and that includes you in the draw for 52 weeks.

Badminton Club

Lanesboro/Ballyleague Badminton Club would like to remind members and anyone who would like to come to our open nights that badminton will be held on Tuesday nights at 9pm in St. Marys Hall in Lanesboro. So please come along and find out more.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge

The following are the recent bridge results held on Monday 17th October:

N/S: Gross /Nett: 1st Joan Browne and Patricia McGann, 2nd Mai Casey and Margaret Gillen 3rd Katharine Harrison and Loretta Cooney, 4th Ann Donlon and Freda Kenny. Nett:  Una Clarke and Maureen Hynes

E/W: Gross: 1st Mike Flynn and Brendan Dowling, 2nd Tom Feeney and Phil Chalmers, 3rd Carol Hamill and Ann Hagan, 4th Catherine Kelly and Teresa Kiernan

Nett: 1st Mike Flynn and Brendan Dowling, 2nd Catherine Kelly and Teresa Kiernan, 3rd Tom Feeney and Phil Chalmers and 4th Martha Byrne and Mary Farrell.

Longford Sports Partnership Programmes

So many times, in the recent past people ask me if there is anything active to do and the recent Sports Partnership Programme may be an answer to some if not all people.

Bocce: Would you like to try Bocce? There is a Bocce court located in the Mall Complex. A group meet up every Monday morning at 11a.m. If you wish to join, just turn up. Alternatively, if this time does not suit and you wish to try out Bocce, please contact Longford Sports Partnership and we will provide you with the Bocce balls.

Physical Activity Leader (PALs): Workshops: In partnership with Longford Sports Partnership, Go for Life are running a series of workshops intended to provide information, ideas and skills to people who are interested in involving older people in physical activity. The participants become Physical Activity Leaders (known as PALs) who can lead members of their own groups or communities in short exercise routines, simple dances, fun games and recreational sports.  Workshops are commencing in November. A registration form must be submitted before Tuesday 25th November 2016.

Parkrun: Parkrun is up and running in Longford. Join this free 5k run in the mall on a Saturday morning. Alternatively, if you wish to help as a volunteer, feel free. Visit or longfordparkrun

Safeguarding 2 – Thursday 17th November 2016: The Club Children’s Officer should be child centered in focus and have as the primary aim the establishment of a child centered ethos within the club. S/he is the link between the children & the adults in the club. S/he also takes responsibility for monitoring & reporting to the Club Management Committee on how club policy impacts on young people & Sports Leaders.

This course will help the Club Children’s Officer to carry out the function of their role & support the implementation of best practice in the club. Participants will receive a Club Children’s Officer Action Planning document as part of the training.

You must have completed safeguarding 1 to be eligible to take part in this workshop. A registration form must be completed & returned with fee of €15 – payment can be made online at

Sports First Aid – Saturday 3rd December 2016: This course is recommended if you are involved in a sports club. It will bring you through the basics of emergency care and enable you to keep any casualty safe until an ambulance arrives.

Areas covered include:

Approach to accident, Disorders of breathing and CPR, Wounds and bleeding, Fractures and broken bones, Spinal injuries, Burns and scalds, Medical emergencies. A registration form must be completed & submitted along with the fee of €50. Payment can be made via

Walking Group Ballymahon: Longford Sports Partnership in conjunction with Get Ireland Walking and Bridgeway Family Resource Centre, Ballymahon are starting up a walking group on Thursday 27th October, starting at 7pm. If you wish to join, please contact Bridgeway FRC on 0906-432691 / 085-8668062.

Rathcline GAA

50/50 Congratulations to Éanna Kenny, Ballyclare Court who was the very lucky winner of last week’s draw. Éanna was the lucky winner of one of the biggest pools this year when he received €459.

Well Done A number from the club and the area competed in the Mud fest last weekend in the event hosted by Sean Connolly’s club and we would like to say a very well done to all. It was a great concept by the Sean Connolly’s club and this year far exceeded last year and we congratulate them on a wonderful club and community event.

U21 The next round of the U21 championship will take place in Dunbeggan against Mullinalaghta on Monday at 1pm. Please support.

The club AGM will take place on Sunday 27th November in the clubhouse.

Annual Christmas Draw The Annual Christmas draw will take place in Clarke’s Bar on Sunday 1st January 2017. Tickets will be on sale from this week priced €20 each. There will be 8 prizes commencing with 1st prize €3000, 2nd €1,000, 3rd 500, 4th €250, 5th €200, 6th €200, 7th €200 and 8th €200. Your usual most generous support will be greatly appreciated.

The club would like to thank John L Farrell for all his help, assistance and work in Clonbonny over the years and we would like to wish him a long healthy and happy retirement.

Minor Board Meeting: There will be a committee meeting of the Shannon Gaels Minor club on this Wednesday night, 24th October, in the clubhouse, Clonbonny with a start time of 8.30pm. All committee members please attend as the date and organisation of the minor AGM will be determined.


Congratulations to Mary Beth Mulligan, Loughbonnagh, Lanesboro who recently attained an honours Bachelor of Arts with Creative Writing at NUIG.

Fishing and Food Festival Review

The Lough Ree Angling Hub wish to invite all local traders, business owners and local residents to a special review of the recent festival events in Lanesborough. An estimated 6000 people visited our town on the Saturday alone during the festival and anglers from 17 countries were simply blown away by the hospitality and the facilities on offer.

The success of the festival presents a new and very significant challenge to the people of Lanesborough and Ballyleague and the wider Lough Ree area. It has been proven beyond any doubt that we can stage a world championship fishing competition of the highest calibre and the feedback after the food festival is proof that the producers and the state agencies have the highest confidence in our ability to organise the finest showcase for good food seen anywhere in this part of the country.

The future now presents both the opportunity to replicate these successes and the challenge to go even further by welcoming even more national and International visitors to our town at bigger and even better events in the coming year.

The organisers welcome all input at this stage and would like to invite all local traders, business owners, shopkeepers, publicans, food producers and everyone in the town and nearby area with an interest in the future organisation of these types of events to a public meeting in St Mary’s Parish hall beside the bridge on this Thursday 27th of October at 8.30pm. The meeting will review the festival feedback and plan for the future. The turnout of local traders and others will really dictate where we go from here so please come along.

In the meantime if you have any queries or suggestions please e mail: or speak to Alan Farrell, Yacht Bar.

Christmas Lights

Ballyleague Village Renewal and Tidy Towns committee recently held a meeting to discuss Christmas lighting in the village and decided to team up with its colleagues in Lanesborough in putting plans in place yet again to bring some great colour and Christmas cheer to the local community.

This year the work will be co-ordinated by a separate committee set up last week and it is hoped to consult as much possible with anybody who is interested in helping out. The committee will be changing some of the usual plans and going green where possible. All ideas are welcome.

The committee is chaired by Noel Moran with secretary Margaret Thompson, Treasurer Gerry Trimble and a small committee helping to steer the plans into place. The group will hold a church gate collection at all masses in the Church of the Holy Rosary in Ballyleague on Saturday December 3rd and 4th and your support for the collection would be very welcome.

For more information please contact Noel at 086 2936180 or e mail:





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