Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday st November

Lanesboro Ballyleague


Annual Christmas Draw

The Annual Rathcline 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 1stprize €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.

Thank You

The Parish of Rathcline would like to thank everyone that joined the Tax Relief Scheme. The parish has received €10,669.24 from the scheme on Wednesday 12th October.

Christmas Fair

Lough Ree Community Resources are hosting a Christmas Fair in the Resource Centre on Sunday morning 4th December from 11am to 1pm. Santa & Mrs. Claus will be in attendance to collect children’s letters. Mrs. Claus will have a small treat for the children. There will also be a selection of stalls, including food stalls, Christmas treats and bric-à-brac. If you are interested in availing of a stall please contact Mags Gillen, Brigid Mullooly, Joe Mullooly or Mark Casey. There is no cover charge, stall charge or charge to visit Santa. Refreshments will be served.

Festival meeting Wednesday

The next meeting will take place in Rosie’s at the Lifebelt, Ballyleague, on Wednesday 23rd November at 9pm. It is a pattern of the meetings to have them every fortnight. So far we have some representation from Lanesboro, Cashel and Ballyleague and we would welcome more that feel they have something to offer to the Lough Ree Monster Festival.

The Lough Ree Monster Festival group would like to thank most sincerely the Taste of the Lakelands committee for donating the proceeds of the Hamper draw at the upcoming Taste of the Lakelands Christmas Extravaganza in the grounds of the Convent BnB on Thursday 8th December from 6pm


Christmas Lights Church Gate Collection

The Christmas Lights Group are holding a church gate collection on Sat 3rd n Sun4th December. As this is an on-going investment project we would appreciate support from the local business and general public. If you miss the church gate collection and wish to contribute, donations can be left with Joe O Brien or Mags Gillen. Receipts will be issued for these donations. We would like to thank all who generously supported this collection over the past two years

Taste of the Lakelands Christmas Extravaganza

We would like you to join us on December 8th at 6pm so we can say thank you for your support with Santa and his elves at the Convent Guesthouse. Santa will come down the town for the 6pm start.

Activities include: Carol Singing, Face Painting, Indoor Disney Cinema, Mulled Wine, Hot Chocolate, Mince Pies, Christmas BBQ,

The admission to the extravaganza is free

Prizes for Fancy Dress on the night (which must be homemade) can you be creative and festive all at the same time?

Raffle for hamper with proceeds to Lough Ree Monster Festival 2017 – one of the many growing events for Lanesboro/Ballyleague in 2017

Lego Bricks

Lanesboro Community College is collecting Lego bricks on behalf of the Jack and Jill Foundation. If you have Lego tucked away in an attic or press the College would really appreciate you donation it to this very worthy cause. The is a time of Wednesday 30th November and you are asked, if possible, to have your donation of Lego bricks into the College before that date.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday 16th November are; N/S 1st Gemma Douglas and Elish Gray, 2nd Frank and Frances Brennan, 3rd Bernadette Clancy and Mary Mc Gushin. N/S 1st Una Lawlor and Brid Mc Dermott, 2nd Mairéad Gill and Maureen Hynes and 3rd Mona O’Flaherty and Bernadette Gillen.

Christmas Day Run

Each year the Annual Christmas Day Run from Newtowncashel takes place and it is always a wonderful success thanks to you that have done it year in year out since its inception. The run is the main fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis This year the committee is hoping for another successful run and are once again calling on your fantastic support.

It is very important that all entrants maximise their sponsorship so that the committee can make a major contribution to Multiple Sclerosis for the coming year on your behalf.

Sponsorship cards are available from O’Brien’s, Casserley’s and from the Flood family, Lehery.

Annual 25 Drive

The Annual Anthony Healy memorial 25 card drive will take place on Sunday 18th December in Clarke’s bar commencing at 7pm. The first prize will be a Full Lamb (freezer ready) sponsored by Terry’s meats and second prize will be €50 sponsored by Clarke’s Bar.  There will be a host of spot prizes and if you would like to support without playing you can purchase your tickets in any of the local shops or Clarke’s Bar, write your name on the back and leave it back to who sold it to you. This ticket will be included for the spot prize draw and you will also be helping a wonderful cause. The full proceeds will go, as usual, to the Mayo Roscommon Hospice.


On Monday night 14th November, the 50/50 draw took place in the Yacht Bar and the lucky winner of last week’s pool of €404 pool was Martin O’Halloran, The Green. Your continued support for the draw is greatly appreciated and it is excellent that your continued support in keeping the pool over €400 practically every week.

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.

In our local Library this week

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

ESOL Class continues every Tuesday evening 7-10pm.

Art Class continues Monday 28th November at 8pm. Places still available. Contact the library to book your place on 043 332 1291 or email

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.

Lasraí Writers Group

The very popular ‘Poetry and Music’ will continue at Lanesboro Library on Monday 28th November from 4.30 to 5.30pm.  Come along and share a favourite poem. The group is looking forward to seeing you there and to meet new people interested in poetry and music and song.

Book Club

Book Club continues Friday morning 25th November where the book for discussion will be ‘Rescued’ by Maria Murphy.  All welcome!

Fermoyle NS Win

Last week the Fermoyle NS boys had a great win in their Division 4 nine-a-side final. This was a great victory for the boys allied to the fact that team captain Jamie Hagan was also named player of the game. The panel was Shane Ross, Alex Forde, Dáire Cox, Sam Murphy, Jamie Hagan, Aaron Kenny, Kieran O’Dowd, Kevin Farrell, Jimmy Farrell, James Killian, Luke Dowd, Conor Farrell

Cheerio’s ChildLine Breakfast Morning

The 5th year LCVP class in Lanesboro Community College would like to thank everyone that supported their fundraising event. The sum collected was €298.05. The class would like to acknowledge the sponsorship from Joe and Martina O’Brien, Corner Shop, Joe Cribben, Top Ballyleague, Adie and Josephine Farrell Gala Supermarket, Main Street, Mike and Nancy Casserley, Spar Supermarket and Bernard Keane, Supervalu, Main St.

Rathcline GAA

The Annual General Meeting of the club will take place in the clubhouse in Clonbonny on this Sunday evening at 6.30pm.

It is very important that there is large turnout for this Annual Meeting. Decisions must be made towards the future development of the club and the election of officers to take charge of the club for the coming year. Please come along and play your part.

There are a lot of people that helped the club over the past years and we as a club are deeply indebted to everyone that helped us.

The club would like to thank everyone that supported out play in the Parish Hall on Saturday night last. A special word of thanks to Anne for her help with the spot prizes and hamper, to the young people that sold tickets for the draw, those that did the shop and everyone that sold tickets in advance of the play.

The AGM of the Minor club took place on Friday night last and the new executive formed is as follows: Chairperson Tina Dowd, Vice Chairperson Colette Wyse, Secretary Sharon Dowd, Ass. Secretary Mark Casey, Treasurer Mary Teresa Mc Grath, Ass. Treasurer Dominick Mc Grath, Registrar Sinead Farrell, Children’s Officer Bríd Gordon and PRO Joe O’Brien.

The club had a very successful year in all competitions both on our own winning U12 and U14 titles and being very competitive in all other grades in our amalgamation with Grattan’s. It is very important that we continue our way back to the top of underage football at all grades and we would encourage every young player and their parents to play a very proactive role in this development. We will ensure that every young person in the person in the parish that wants to play ball will get the opportunity to do so. There are a number of new families moving into the parish and we would like to welcome them and encourage their participation in our club.

In the past year, we had a good number of dedicated and excellent management teams and they played a massive role in the progression of our players. We would like to thank all management teams, all players and their families and all supporters for the encouragement and support they continually give us.

If you want to be part of this vibrant, energetic, exciting and proactive club please contact any of the above committee. We would be delighted to hear from you and welcome you into our fold.

Congratulations to Fermoyle NS who won the their Cumann na mBunscol final during the week.

The Rathcline ladies held their AGM in the clubhouse on Sunday evening last. The report can be see elsewhere in these notes.

The Christmas draw will take place again as usual and we would again call on your support. This draw is hugely important to the club going forward as the proceeds goes to the paying of the insurance, registration and entry to competitions for the coming year.

Tickets will be on sale from this week priced €20 each. There will be 8 prizes commencing with 1stprize €3000, 2nd €1,000, 3rd 500, 4th €250, 5th €200, 6th €200, 7th €200 and 8th €200.

Lough Ree AC

Road running continued last Sunday, again we were lucky with the weather, 10th consecutive run.   Conditions were dry but very cold and the athletes felt it.  However, times continue to improve and this week it was Leah’s turn to bring in a Personal Best and Hazel and Darragh Creedon did likewise.  Regular running is beginning to pay dividends for the athletes.  We all know once a month outings are “for the birds” and for that reason we are continuing with our weekly outing again next Sunday. We are thinking of changing the format for next weekend i.e. appointing three or four captains and allowing them to pick teams and turn it into a team event.  Nothing like a bit of variety!  Hoping to see a few more next Sunday at 12.30

Taste of the Lakelands At Christmas 2016

After a hugely successful October festival, the Taste of the Lakelands crew are presently organising a very special December 8th Christmas celebration of the food produce of this area. The event will be on a much smaller scale than the October event but will once again give a showcase to local people in Longford and Roscommon who would like to show off their food produce so if you’re a bread baker or a brewer or a cheese maker or somebody who produces any type of food at your home or in the back garden shed then please come forward and we will try and give you a showcase on December 8th. For more information contact Stephen at 085 8743214, Chris or Claire at the Convent B & B or e mail:

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Monday 14th November are: N/S: Gross: 1st Joan Donnellan and John Kiernan, 2nd Katharine Harrison and Loretta Cooney and Eileen Kelly and Nancy Dolan. Nett: 1st Joan Donnellan and John Kiernan, 2nd Katharine Harrison and Loretta Cooney and Eileen Kelly and Nancy Dolan.  3rd Mary Mc Gushin and Maura Hanley

E/W: Gross: 1st Tom Feeney and Mary Fallon, 2nd Mai Casey and Bernie Gillen, 3rd Teresa Kiernan and Catherine Kelly. Nett: 1st Martha Byrne and Mary Farrell, 2nd Tom Feeney and Mary Fallon and 3rd Teresa Kiernan and Catherine Kelly.

Longford Sports Partnership (LSP)


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.


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

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.

Learn to Run Programme – 6 weeks

Calling on all workers to join our “Learn to Run Programme” for beginners to intermediate. Starting Wednesday 16th November at 1pm for 6 weeks in the Mall Complex. €10 for 6 weeks. Programme involves 5-minute warm up, 25-minute walking / running, 10 minutes’ core work. We aim to join Parkrun on 17th December.

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