Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Friday 30th December 2016

Lanesboro Ballyleague




Many congratulations to Martina Dennigan daughter of Willie and Kathleen Dennigan, Mahoraveen, and Brian Mc Gowan, son of Liam and Mary Mc Gowan, Newtownforbes who announced their engagement during the Christmas period.

Christmas Day

Both our annual events on Christmas Day brought great numbers to the bridge area. The attendance was there to welcome the many runners who took part in the Annual Multiple Sclerosis sponsored run for Newtowncashel to Lanesboro and the brave hearts who took part the Annual Christmas Day Swim from which proceeds went to local charities. Everyone that took part in either event must be congratulated and it was great to see the usual large number at the bridge supporting the participants and meeting people that they had not met since Christmas day last year. Christmas Day on the bridge is a great place is the only place to be.


On Tuesday night, last 27th December, the 50/50 draw took place in the Adie’s Bar and the lucky winner of the Rathcline 50/50 draw for which the pool this week stood at €355 was Alice Duffy, Church View.

The club thanks you for your continued support. Blue weekly tickets are on sale in all local businesses and yearly pink tickets are also available costing €100.

Planting on the Green:

Two trees have been planted at the upper end of the playground, near the school.

One is in memory of all those who lived on the estate, even for a short while, over the years and have since passed away. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was celebrated by Fr. Micheál for the eternal repose of their souls on Tuesday 20th December. It was reasonably well attended and it’s hoped to make this an annual occasion.

The second tree is to mark the Centenary Year of the Easter Rising 1916.

The two Oak trees were planted by Séamus Flynn and Mike Greene, and those trees are two of a number kindly donated by Gary Brady, Environment Officer, Longford Co. Co.

Lough Ree Monster Meeting

The Lough Ree Monster group will have its first meeting of the New Year in Adie’s Bar on Wednesday 11th January at 9pm.

As this is our most important few months, it is vital that anyone that is interested in the Festival comes along for the meeting. Everyone is welcome and your input will be much appreciated.

First Goal Winner

The Rathcline Ladies first goal competition is held every week on a selected match and the winner of the first goal scored will receive €50. Tickets are on sale in local pubs and from Mike Greene from only €2.

It is a small but significant fundraiser for the Ladies Club and your support will be greatly appreciated.

Wedding Showcase

The Abbey Hotel will host a Wedding Showcase on Sunday 15th January from 2 to 6pm.There will be a host of giveaways and discounts on the day. Local lady Geraldine Greally will be on hand to help guide you through the day.

Be a Referee

Now is the time to be thinking of becoming a GAA referee. Foundation courses and referee introductions in Longford GAA will commence from mid/late January. The new system introduced in Longford last year was an outstanding success and between the nine new referees they officiated at almost 200 games. The system has gained wide acclaim and it is a great welcome to refereeing.

Longford for the first time had 2 female referees which was very welcomed and they would like to increase that number of ladies next year and in the coming years.

If you want any more information or want to let your name go forward contact me at, phone 086-2460840 or email Longford county board with your name and contact details.

New Walking/Hiking Club

Are you interested in joining a Walking/Hiking Club in the Longford Town Area? We hope to set up a walking/hiking club early in the New Year If you would be interested please contact Sheila (Coolkeen Adventures Hazelwood Shopping Centre (Outdoor Clothing and Accessories Store) Contact No 086 8637000 or call into the Store, we are in the Supervalu Shopping Centre in Longford. All ages welcome to join and it’s a great way to meet new people make new friends and to enjoy the Outdoors.

Lanesboro Library

Knitting & Crochet Group will resume on Monday 9th January 2017 2-4pm.  All Welcome!

Lasraí Writers Group

The very popular ‘Poetry and Music’ will continue at Lanesboro Library on Monday 9th January 2017 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.

ESOL Class will resume on Tuesday evening 10th January 2017 from 7-10pm.

Step into the New Year with Operation Transformation

Longford Sports Partnership in conjunction with RTE’s Operation Transformation and Sports Partnerships nationwide hold an annual walking event in January of each year.

Join the Operation Transformation Walk 2017 at 9.30 a.m. On Saturday, 7th January in the Mall. This year we will be joining in with Parkrun which takes place every Saturday morning at 9.30 a.m. In the Mall. Walkers / Joggers / runners / buggies, all welcome. Advance registration online with essential. You must print off your barcode and bring it with you. No barcode, no time! Following this initial walk on 7th January, Longford Sports Partnership are holding a series of events in January / February 2017. All welcome to join in and start off the new year in good spirits 🙂 Anyone who would be interested in promoting the following events in your area, please contact Longford Sports Partnership & we can provide you with individual posters.

Below is a list of the Operation Transformation events for 2017:

Nationwide Walk / Run in conjunction with Parkrun – 7th Jan 2017 – The Mall, Longford Town.

Green Gyms / Walking Group – 11th Jan – 1st Mar – Leebeen Park, Aughnacliffe

Green Gyms / Walking Group – 11th Jan – 1st Mar – The Green, Edgeworthstown

Workplace running programme – 11th Jan – 15th Feb – The Mall, Longford

Walking Group in conjunction with Bridgeways Family Resource Centre – 11th Jan – 1st Mar – Ballymahon

Walking Group in conjunction with Lús na Greine Family Resource Centre – 11th Jan – 1st Mar – Granard

Walking Group – 14th Jan – 4th Mar – Ballinamuck

Operation Transformation Nationwide walk / run in conjunction with Parkrun – 18th Feb – The Mall, Longford Town

For more information on the above events, please visit Longford Sports Partnership’s website. Advance registration essential on If you do not have access to online registration, please contact Longford Sports Partnership.

Register in advance for a Free T-Shirt on completion of the programme – while stocks last!

Also, please find attached Longford Sports Partnership’s calendar of events for 2017.

Football Recommences

As it is now traditional the new intercounty football season will commence for Longford with the Bord na Mona O’Byrne Cup. The first outing for Longford is on Saturday week 7th in St. Conleth’s Park, Newbridge when Longford play Kildare. The following Wednesday night 11th at a Longford venue they will play Offaly and they will finish off their group games the following Sunday 15th when Longford play host to Carlow I.T. at 2 pm. Keep an eye and ear open for the venues on the Wednesday and Friday.

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