Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 6th February 2017

Lanesboro Ballyleague



Party time for all Longford people

The Longford Association in London is holding their 62nd Annual Dinner Dance on 18th February at The Crown Hotel Cricklewood.

This is traditional a fabulous night with Longford people travelling from far and wide to join in the celebrations. The committee is once again looking forward to meeting some old friends and hopefully making some new ones. Go along represent your county and parish and make it another truly remarkable night of celebrations. You do not have to be from county Longford to join in their celebrations – everyone is very welcome to party the night away.

Tickets are now available. If anyone would like to book, please message or call Aidan Ganly to arrange 00447786081999

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee is now up and running and they are preparing for another great day in Lanesboro and Ballyleague on St. Patrick’s Day 17th March. The committee would like to see a greater number of club, associations, businesses and individuals making a big effort. It is hoped that this year will be the biggest and best yet. There are a good number already expressing their interest which is great. We hope a lot more with a great sense of adventure will add their names and plans to this year’s festival.


On Monday night 30th January, the 50/50 draw took place in the Peer Inn. The Rathcline 50/50 draw winners Kevin Farrell, Rathcline Road. Kevin won this week’s pool of €367.

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.

Monster Meeting Wednesday

The Lough Ree Monster group will have its meeting tonight at Clarke’s Bar on this Wednesday 8th February at 9pm.

CD’s Back on Sale

Such was the popularity of the new CD by Fran Deffew and Rake the Ashes that they completely sold out locally. A new batch of CD’s have arrived and they are back on sale with Mags Gillen or in O’Brien’s. The CD’s cost only €10 and the music is only mighty.

Church Gate Collection

The annual Lourdes Church Gate collection will take on Saturday and Sunday next 11th and 12th February at all masses. Your generous support will once again be appreciated and your donation will help send people to Lourdes on the Ardagh Clonmacnoise Diocesan Pilgrimage which will take place from 27th May to 1st June.

Defibrillator Training

We, by now, should be patently aware of the benefits of being capable of using the defibrillators located through both parishes. As you may know the siting and knowledge of the use of a defibrillator at Clonbonny was vital when a young player was in need a time ago.

A new course will soon be available and it is very important that more and more people in the wider community get trained in the use of a defibrillator. There is also the need for those who are already trained up to do a refresher course.

Each and every club in this and surrounding parishes should have at least one person doing this course.

Please give your name and contact details in to Martina O’Brien at the Corner Shop or phone Martina at 3321107 or 086-3538934.

Social Services Whist Drive

Your support over the Christmas time whether at the Whist Drives or through contributions meant so much to the hard-working committee and the people in the community that they supported. The committee would like to extend a very big thank you.

Friday night next 3rd February the monthly Whist Drive will take place in St. Mary’s Hall at 8.30pm and it is hoped that a big number of card players will go along and have another enjoyable night. You are asked to encourage your family and friends to come along and enjoy a night of card playing. Refreshments will be served.

Activities at the Library

Knitting & Crochet Group continues on Monday 13th February 2-4pm.  All Welcome!

Lasraí Writers Group

The very popular ‘Poetry and Music’ will continue at Lanesboro Library on Monday 13th February from 4.30 to 5.30pm.  Come along and share a favourite poem. The group is looking forward to seeing you there and meeting new people interested in poetry and music and song.

Internet/Social Media Course

The 2nd week of Social Media Course takes place on Monday 13th February 6-7pm. For more information contact Stella on 0433321291 or email

ESOL Class

ESOL Class continues on Tuesday evening 14th February 7-10pm.

Foreign Currency Appeal Reminder

We are still collecting unwanted foreign currency and old coins/notes in aid of ISPCC. The smallest donation can make a huge difference.  Used stamps also being collected at the library for ISPCC. Thank you.

Try Refereeing – New Course

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 February. 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.

Registration for the new season will take place in Clonbonny on Friday night next 10th February from 7 to 8pm. Could all parents ensure that they register their young people as without registration they are not eligible to play. Anybody that wants to come and play with us and on our club will be greeted warmly.

The Strength and Conditioning under the guidance of Joey Horgan is proving to be a great success with big numbers attending. The U14 indoor training in the Hall on Friday nights is also attracting great numbers. Thanks to all parents and young people for their efforts.

Well done to Lanesboro Community College Juvenile team who qualified for their Final and it will be played in the coming days.

The club is actively seeking interested people to take up refereeing. It can be great fun and there is great comradery amongst the refereeing panel. Refereeing keeps those interested in games involved in the game from a different side and it can take you to many club and county grounds, inside and outside the county, you were never felt you would be. Last year two ladies completed their first year and they found it very worthwhile. The call is out for male and females within the club to get involved this year

Shannon Gaels Minor Club

Registration for the new season will take place in Clonbonny on Friday night 10th February from 7 to 8pm. Could all parents ensure that they register their young people as without registration they are not eligible to play. Anybody that wants to come and play with us and on our club will be greeted warmly.

Well done to our U13 team who had a great win over Bective in the Leinster League on Saturday.

We are seeking former players and current players aged 18 (this year) and upwards to consider a career in refereeing. Longford Co Referees committee is actively seeking new recruits for the coming year. The Foundation course for new referees will commence on Monday 20th February and will continue for the following 3 Monday nights. Following that you will be assigned to some of the senior referees for further guidance and mentoring. This is a new and innovative course and one that was hugely successful last year.

Refereeing can and will be fun and it will draw you to a completely different side of local and national GAA.

If you are interested contact Joe O’Brien, 086-2460840.

Defibrillator course: it is essential that we have people competent in the use of the defibrillator at the club grounds and we would encourage parents and supporters to get the upcoming training. As we all seen a few seasons back the value of the defibrillator and someone with the knowledge of its use so it is important that we have people available in Clonbonny for all our games fully up to speed with its use. Please give your name to Tina, Sharon, Collette or Bríd.


20 years ago, Fr Tadgh Kenny returned to his native parish when so many years ago, he left to join the Marist Fathers – Society of Mary in Ireland. When he returned, there was a new generation of inhabitants throughout the parish many of whom were complete strangers to him. In no time at all Fr. Tadgh was a friend to the entire parish such was the quality of the man. On Thursday, last 2nd February Fr. Tadgh passed away at Mullingar Hospital much to the great sadness of everyone that came to know him. He was from one of the oldest and  respected families in the parish and was the last remaining member of a large Fermoyle Kenny family of 9 children which was unique that so many were in religious orders. In his career with the Marist Fathers Fr. Tadgh rose to the very top and his vocation took him to many far flung and local places. He was a wonderful raconteur and told some fabulous stories of his times away from his native home in Fermoyle. He was a man big in stature and had a warmth that welcomed everyone friend and stranger alike. Being of farming stock he had a great interest of land and horticulture. He other great interest was in beekeeping and had hives at his home where he gathered honey. In his time in England he grew to love both sports of rugby and crickets and became an avid follower of both games. He was a great parish and country man and share with us all in the ups and downs of the parish and countries affairs.

Fr. Tadgh’s passing will leave a great emptiness in the hearts of everyone that knew him and we will miss his warmth and earnest chats and his stories of the olden days and his exploits.

His remains reposed in Glennon’s Funeral Home, Longford on Saturday prior to the removal of his remains for Requiem Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro. Following Mass Fr. Tadgh’s remains were laid to rest in Cashel Cemetery.

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to his sister in law Anna, the Kenny family, Fermoyle, relatives and many friends and the Marist Community on their great loss.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the competition played on Wednesday 1st February are N/S 1st Phil Chalmers and Cyril Hussey, 2nd tie Eileen Kelly and Una Clarke & Bernadette Clancy and Mary Mc Gushin. E/W 1st Katharine Harrison and Philomena Walsh, 2nd Noreen Dunne and Mae Casey, 3rd Loretto Cooney and Freda Kenny.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Presentation Night: St. Faithleach’s GAA Presentation Night takes place on Saturday 11th February in the clubhouse for all Senior, Junior, U20, Junior Ladies, Mother’s & Others and Minor Boys and Girls. Music by Alan Farry, all members and supporters welcome to attend.

Junior Ladies League D3: The Junior ladies start their league campaign on Sunday 12th with an away game to St. Barry’s at 12 noon.

Minor Boys League D2: First game of the season in Ballyleague at 11am on Sunday 12th against Elphin/ Ballinameen.

Registration: For anyone who has still to register please contact Caroline Connaughton (Senior) , Mary Margaret Hoare ( Boys Register), Bernie Scally (Ladies Register) or Alan Brehon, Monica Connaughton, Qona Cox (Secretary’s).

Congratulations: To our club rep Ellen Irwin who was the recipient of the Roscommon Herald/SuperValu Sportstar Award (February) for Soccer/Gaelic Football with Roscommon Convent at the awards ceremony last Friday night.

Management Required: Would you like to become involved in coaching and become part of our management teams? Help is required with the U10/U12/U14/and U16 girls teams in order to have teams compete this year. We cannot do this without the support from parents. If you are willing to help out or know someone who is please contact Qona Cox.

Best of luck: To Roscommon in round two of the Allianz League against Donegal on Sunday next in Dr. Hyde Park at 2:30pm.

Cards: Take place every Tuesday evening in the clubhouse. Last week’s winners; Sean / Michael, second place Pat Joe / Tim, last game Frank / Brendan.

Lotto: Jackpot stands at €12,000, envelopes are available in all local retailers at €2. Team in charge for next two weeks are; Mary Kenny, Padraig Kenny and Gerry Donlon. Next draw takes place on Tuesday 7th Feb.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge

The results of the Howell Movement competition held on Monday 16th January are; Nancy Dolan and Mary Fallon, 2nd Fiona Gillen and Essie Nugent, 3rd Mai Casey and Margaret Gillen. Gross: Fergal McGuinness and Joan Donlon.

All our members wish to express our sincere sympathy to Bernadette Gillen on the death of her sister, Teresa McCoy, in Newry recently, and to Margaret and Fiona on the passing of a much-loved Aunt.  May she rest in peace. Remembering you and all the family at this time.

Sincere sympathy also to Pat Finnerty and family on the death of his mother this week and today we heard the sad news of the death of Mary Boland, Longford. Rest in peace.

Ballyleague NS Enrolment

Parents of new entrants who wish to enrol their children for September 2017 are invited to visit the school on Thursday 16th February from 6pm to 7pm. If this time/date is unsuitable, please contact the school 043-3321906 to make alternative arrangements. The school principal and staff looks forward to meeting you on the day.

Table Quiz

Ballyleague Village Renewal & Tidy Towns committee will hold its annual table quiz in St Faithleach’s GAA clubhouse on Friday night next February 13th at 9.30pm. A big new feature this year will be the battle of the brains from each residential area of Ballyleague and
Lanesborough where each local area will contest the local prowess. For more info e mail:

Lough Ree Athletic Club

County Longford Community Games middle distance running trials for under 12 and under 14 age groups at distances of 400m, 600m and 800m will take in Moyne Community School on Saturday next 11th February at 5.00pm

We are aware that there are athletes in our area capable of representing Longford and it would be a pity not to avail of the opportunity to represent the county at the special celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the formation of Community Games  at the National Festival in Abbottstown next May . We realise notice is short but hope to see you there.  Further information from Margaret Mullooly 086 8787959.

EDI Courses

EDI will be running a QQI Level 3 Career Preparation course which will be on the following dates: 20th, 21st February 2017 at 9.30am – 4.00pm and 22nd February 2017 at 9.30am – 1.00pm.

This course provides training in how to prepare for re-entering the workforce and it covers: CV and Cover Letter Preparation and Interview Skills and Techniques including mock interviews.

EDI are also running a Patient Moving and Handling course on 3rd March 2017 9:15am – 4:30pm

To register your interest and secure your place contact EDI Centre, Longford Tel: (043) 33 47515 Email:

Please note: Funding may be available for people in receipt of certain social welfare payments,

call in to your local Intreo/DSP office or ring (043) 33 40000 to check your eligibility.

HACCP QQI Level 4 Training is taking place on 1st & 8th March from 9:30am – 4:30pm

Cost €140 (€20 for additional certification)

If you have a medical card or in receipt of a Social Welfare payment you are exempt from this cost.

To register your interest contact EDI Centre, Longford Tel: (043) 33 47515 Email:

€20 deposit is required to secure your place on this course.

Please note: Funding may be available for people in receipt of certain social welfare payments, call in to your local Intreo/DSP office or ring (043) 33 40000 to check your eligibility.

Please contact us if you have any staff interested in the above course.
Tel: (043) 33 47515

Tractor Run

Newtowncashel Tractor Run will take place from Newtowncashel on Saturday 25th February. The Tractor Run is in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation and it start from ‘The Local’ at 4.30pm. The entry fee is €20 and every sort and type of tractor is welcome to participate.

Later that evening music and a raffle will take place in ‘The Local’

Health Care Training

Healthcare training Programme FETAC Level 5 takes place in the EDI Centre Longford commencing February 16th, 9.15-4.30 One day per week for five weeks. Starting with the care skills module, Excellent employment opportunities are now available – Care Assistant – Personal Care, Home Care worker, Nursing Homes and Hospitals. Cost €295.00 if in receipt of welfare payment, you may be eligible for funding, please contact the local DSP office. For further information please contact EDI Centre on 043 3347515 or

Code of Ethics

Safeguarding 1 – Code of Ethics & Good Practice for Children’s Sport

This workshop is a 3-hour basic awareness workshop, which is for the benefit of everyone involved in sport for young people including coaches, leaders, administrators, parents/guardians. The next course is scheduled to take place on Thursday 2nd February 2017 from 7-10p.m. A registration from must be completed and returned along with the course fee of €15. Alternatively, payment & registration can be completed online at








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