Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes Monday 13th March 2017

Lanesboro Ballyleague


St. Patrick’s Day Parade

On Friday we will once again celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the customary St. Patrick’s Day Parade travelling through Ballyleague and Lanesboro. Those taking part in the parade will be gathering at the St. Faithleach’s clubhouse from 12 noon. There is great anticipation of this being one of the best parades ever and we hope that there will be a huge turnout to line the route from St. Faithleach’s club grounds right up to where the parade ends at the Community College. The parade participants make great efforts to ensure that there will be a great diversity in their floats and we look forward to the massive crowd once again been greatly entertained.

A great deal of credit must go to the St. Patrick’s Day committee for their great work in making this great occasion possible in Lanesboro and Ballyleague and we commend them for their continued enthusiasm.

Each year more and more people come back to Lanesboro and Ballyleague. This year is the ideal opportunity to come home as St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday and there is no better place to spend a weekend than in Lanesboro and Ballyleague.

Already there is a great atmosphere building in the community with a line of flags on the railings on both sides of the road all along bridge and a growing number of businesses erecting and flags and decorating their shop fronts. It is a great community event for us all and we encourage everyone to join in the celebration of our national saint.

The parade will leave St. Faithleach’s club grounds at 2.30pm.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Mary Mullooly and family, Carraroe on the death of her mother Mrs. Mai O’Meara Ballytarsna on Thursday last 9th March

Rathcline Club Membership

Back in the 2011/2012 the club had its highest membership and this year they are making an all-out effort to at least equally and at best better the membership. To achieve this, it will involve the whole community getting behind the club and donating €20 to become a member. When you are approached, I ask that you be very receptive.

If you are away from home and would like to be involved as a member of your home club, please email club secretary Caroline Ginty at

Good Luck Simon

As we are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in our community a young man with local connections will be aiming to help his club to victory in the All-Ireland Club Hurling Final in Croke Park. Simon Timlin, son of Monica (O’Flaherty) and Padraig Timlin, grandson of Mrs Mona O’Flaherty and the late Tony O’Flaherty will be playing on the Dublin club Cuala’s team as they take on Clare’s Ballyea striving for All-Ireland glory. We wish Simon and his teammates the very best of luck and we are sure that Cuala will give us an added reason to celebrate on Friday. The game will have a throw in at 3pm


The marriage took place at St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro of Emer Farrell, eldest daughter of Joe and Martha Farrell, Main Street and Noel Moran, son of Peggy and the late Phonsie Moran, Ballyleague. Chief Bridesmaid was Deirdre Farrell, sister of the Bride and bridesmaid was Susie Greene, lifelong friend of the Bride. Bestman was Sean Moran, brother of the Groom and groomsman was Peter Cox friend of the Groom. Page boy was Bryan Moran, nephew of the Groom. Flower girls were Emma Farrell, nice of the Bride and Evie Haythornthwaite, Goddaughter and cousin of the bride. The marriage ceremony was concelebrated by Fr. Michael Reilly assisted by Fr. Hugh McGonagle, Fr. John Mc Manus and Fr. Dusmanta. The wedding reception took place in the Mullingar Park Hotel. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded happiness. Website

Lough Ree Community Resources are currently updating their website  If any business requires their details to be amended or any new businesses who wishes to be included on the site, please e-mail Lough Ree Community Resources at with the relevant information.  Local upcoming events are also listed, if you have an event you would like to included please let us know.

National Collection

The annual Conradh na Gaeilge Bailiúchán Náisiúnta (National Collection) will take place at St. Patrick’s Day Masses on Friday 17th and also at the Vigil Mass on Thursday 16th at 7pm.

As usual your most generous support will be greatly appreciated. Go raibh maith agat

Relaunch of Heritage Barge

Our local scouts, 12th Roscommon Scout Troop, have a tremendous occasion coming up on Saturday 18th March when after three years of laborious work they will relaunch their Heritage Barge:113B-Fox.

After many years of working the Barrow line on the Grand Canal carrying mixed cargo and in later times it was used a maintenance boat on the Shannon until it was decommissioned a number of years ago, the owners Waterways Ireland rightly felt the barge had rightly done its duty. That was until the eagled eyed local scouts identified it as a barge that would be eminently use for their use. Following negotiations, the 12th Roscommon Scouts under licence agreement from Waterways Ireland the boat became the property of our local scouts. The barge having been idle for a number of years needed both restoration and adaption for the use for our scouts. Three long years of hard and dedicated work by a dedicated team of Scout Leaders at Hanley’s Marina has seen the barge fully restored and refurbished. The Heritage Barge 113B-Fox now sits proudly in the marina ready for its relaunch on Saturday 18th March at 2pm.

The 12th Roscommon scouts based in Lanesboro and Ballyleague was formed in 2004 and it now has over 100 active youth members and over 40 adult leaders. The 12th Roscommon scouts is a hugely successful group in our community and they must be commended for their unstinting dedication to the promotion and development of our youth.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday 8th March: for 1st place there was a tie between Katharine Harrison and Philomena Walsh & Una Lawlor and Brid Mc Dermott, in second place there was also a tie between Eileen Kelly and Maureen Hynes & Patricia Mc Gann and Mary Jameson, filling 3rd place were Mary Casey and Geraldine Cafferty.

Roscommon V Dublin

Saturday night 25th March Roscommon will travel to Dublin to take on Dublin Croke Park in the national Football League. Rathcline GAA club are holding a €2 draw for 2 premium tickets for the game. The winner will also receive €100 spending money. This is a draw well worth winning as you have free entry to the match and by going early you can avail of a meal in the Premium level and still have petrol money left. Second prize winners will receive €30 and third place will receive €20.

The Quirky Quiz

What is the Quirky Quiz I hear you ask? It is a quiz that is so fun laden that you will have the night of your lifetime. It is a quiz that will have many varieties of questions and there, undoubtedly, will be a great number of quirky questions local, national, international and some out of this world. It is a night for everyone to take part in and it is a wonderful unique community night.

The Quirky Quiz was initially to be a single night similar to a table quiz but have created an exceptional and unique night where the Quirky Quiz will be taking place simultaneously in the four pubs in Lanesboro and Ballyleague, The Yacht Bar, Clarke’s Bar, Adie’s, and Rosie’s at the Lifebelt – there is a chance that a fifth venue will be added.

There will be one quiz master and it will be relayed in all locations. There will be prizes for the winners in each venue and an overall winning team and winning venue.

You select your team, your pub and we are up and running. There has never been anything like it and because of its uniqueness you will be part of a historic night in Lanesboro and Ballyleague and it will be a great opportunity to be part of history.

The questions will indeed be quirky and there will most definitely be a wonderful atmosphere and a great deal of craic on the night.

The date for the Quirky Quiz is set for Friday 21st April.

Class Reunion

The class of 1991 from Mercy Convent Ballymahon are organising a class re-union in Skellys lounge Ballymahon Sat 22nd April.  All student from the class of 91 are invited to attend.  For further info please contact Rose Campbell or

Your local Library

Knitting & Crochet Group continues on Monday 20th March 2-4pm.  All Welcome!

Lasraí Writers Group

‘Poetry and Music Hour’ will continue at Lanesboro Library on Monday 27th March  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 6th week of Social Media Course takes place on Monday 20th March 6-7pm. For more information contact Stella on 0433321291 or email

ESOL Class continues on Tuesday evening 21st March 7-10pm

Flower Committee Meeting

Lanesboro Tidy Towns Flower Committee will hold a meeting in the library on Wednesday evening 15th March at 7pm.  All welcome.  Contact Mark Casey on 0872317669 for any enquiries.

Longford Community Resources Clg will be in Local Libraries for LEADER RDP information/consultation sessions commencing in March. If you have an idea for a project and would like to talk to a Leader Development Worker about applying for LEADER funding call into Lanesboro library on the date and time noted. Further information please call 043-3345555.

Lanesboro Library Friday 24th March 2.30pm- 4.30pm

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.

Easter Art and Craft Camp

Easter Art and Craft camp for kids Tues 11th Apr – Thurs 13th Apr, 10am – 2pm in St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Lanesboro.  €50 per child.  To book a place contact Denise at 086 8930990 or email


On Monday night 6th March, the 50/50 draw took place in the yacht Bar. The Rathcline 50/50 draw winner was Mary Feeney, Rathcline Road. The winning pool on Monday night was €402.

The club thanks every one of you for your continued support and your support means that we have a healthy winning amount every week. If you have not yet taken part in the draw we would encourage you to do so and help boost the winning prizemoney and support the Rathcline club and who knows it may be your turn next week.

Blue weekly tickets €2 each are on sale in all local businesses and yearly pink tickets are also available costing €100.

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Although it is called Seachtain na Gaeilge (Week of Irish) it actually goes on from 1st to the 17th March. It is a time for allows all of us that has a little Irish the opportunity and indeed the confidence to speak it. We have a few days left of Seachtain na Gaeilge and no matter where we find ourselves in the world we should use a cúpla focal (few words). The use of our language will, no doubt, garner great discussion among your foreign friends who more than likely never heard you speak it before.

Conradh na Gaeilge.

According to the Irish Constitution, Irish is the national and first official language of the Republic of Ireland. It is an official language of the European Union and is also a recognized minority language in the North. Gaeilge, Gaelic (Scotland) and Gaelg (Isle of Man) are closely related and were once the same language. Welsh, Cornish and Breton are of a more distant branch of the same Celtic family. It is thought that the Celtic language that was to become Gaeilge, arrived with the invading Gaels around 300 B.C. and subsequently spread from here to Scotland and the Isle of Man.

We Irish learned the art of writing about the time Christianity arrived in the 5th century, resulting in Irish literature being one of the oldest in Europe. It is widely studied by linguists and others in various universities and centres of learning around the world.

Of course, the language has been impacted by the numerous disasters and traumatic events that have befallen our country over the years. We have had invasion, immigration, plantation, starvation, emigration and denigration to mention a few examples. And yet, we have survived to become universally recognised as among the most literate and best educated people on earth. For this our emigrants, the diaspora, deserve great praise. They have turned the old nineteenth century cartoon image of the Irish on its head. They are out there proving, on a daily basis, that they are as good as the best. Better than the best, (if that’s not a Buzz Lightyearism?). What a source of great pride they are.

And many of these, our people abroad, will recognise the importance of national identity. Is there any more potent symbol of national identity than one’s own language? The number of Irish speakers countrywide is increasing. In the last census for which figures are available 1.8 Million people were proud to declare an ability in the language. (The figures for the most recent census have yet to be published.). Anyone that has spent time in our education system will have at least a few phrases of the language. It’s a rare person indeed that would not have Dia dhuit, Go raibh maith agat, Tá fáilte romhat and probably a lot more, in their vocabulary. The thing is to use it. You will be pleasantly surprised at the positive response. It is, really, part of what we are and deserves our support and encouragement. Too often Irish is used as a “flag of convenience”. It should, instead, be seen as a badge of pride.

As we gather on Friday to honour Saint Patrick, our world-famous Patron Saint, (an immigrant) spare a thought, and a prayer, for all our emigrants. Those who went in harsher times, many never to return, yet managed to send home a “few bob” occasionally. Money that often they could ill afford. And those who went in later times, a bit better equipped possibly, and for whom nothing seems impossible.

Monster Meeting on Wednesday Week

The Lough Ree Monster group will have its meeting on this Wednesday 22nd March at 9pm in Rosie’s at the Lifebelt. You are invited to come along and be part of this growing group who are putting together a wonderful event for the local communities in July/August. It is essential that representatives from all parishes make up this group to ensure participation and ideas from all and to ensure that there is nothing left out.

Play your part and be part of this great occasion.

Rathcline GAA


Become a member of Rathcline GAA. Play your part in your club and help the club grow by your membership and your participation in your club. We would encourage all players, supporters and parents to become members.

Your membership will be acknowledged as a huge boost to the club and it will also entitle you to be part of what we hope will be a strong and vibrant club in the coming months ahead. Membership costs €50 for playing members and €20 for non-playing members.


On Monday night 6th March, the 50/50 draw took place in the yacht Bar. The Rathcline 50/50 draw winner was Mary Feeney, Rathcline Road. The winning pool on Monday night was €402.

The club thanks every one of you for your continued support and your support means that we have a healthy winning amount every week. If you have not yet taken part in the draw we would encourage you to do so and help boost the winning prizemoney and support the Rathcline club and who knows it may be your turn next week.

Blue weekly tickets €2 each are on sale in all local businesses and yearly pink tickets are also available costing €100.


The club has entered two competitions and it will also take part in the junior championship later in the season. We are asking every player past and present to contact Kevin Hanley or any of his team management or Chairman Liam or Secretary Cathal on his intention to turnout and create a wonderful spirit in the club. There are a lot of players that in recent time that have retired or have pulled away for one reason or the other and we would love to welcome them back for a bit of fun on the playing field.


The trip to Punchestown is a great day out for Longford Football. This year we hope that we can gain support from all local racing aficionados and those interested in a great social day out to the Annual Punchestown Festival on Wednesday 26th April 2017 in support of Longford GAA. Rathcline will be entering its usual table and we are looking for support and we hope that we can fill 2 tables -20 people.  Anyone interested should contact Liam Connerton, Albert Cooney, Gerard Farrell or Cathal Chapman.

Pitch Closed:

The Prunty pitch will remain closed for at least one more week.

Annual 25 Drive:

The Annual Rathcline GAA 25 Drive (Partners) will take place on Good Friday 14th April in St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Lanesboro. The game will start at 9pm.

Tickets are priced at €5 and if you cannot go you can still support the club by buying a ticket and you will be in with a chance to win one of the non-playing ticket holder prizes. Refreshments will be served.

Roscommon V Dublin:

On Saturday night 25th March the Roscommon senior team will travel to Dublin to take on Dublin Croke Park in the National Football League. Rathcline GAA club are holding a €2 draw for 2 premium tickets for the game. The winner will also receive €100 spending money. This is a draw well worth entering and winning as you have free entry to the match and by going early you can avail of a meal in the Premium level and still have petrol money left. Second prize winners will receive €30 and third place will receive €20.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Minor club is organising our involvement in the St. Patrick’s Day parade and we urge players and club executive and members to join with them in the parade.


The club would like to extend their deepest sympathy to Mary Mullooly and family, Carraroe, on the death of her mother last week.

Minor Club:

St. Patrick’s Day Parade:

We are taking part in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and we are expecting that all our players and parents will take part with us. Everyone is asked to be at St. Faithleach’s club grounds no later than 1.45pm

Leinster U13 League

Despite our loss in the Leinster U13 league on Saturday to Mullingar Shamrocks we are still in contention, three-way tie at the top, and in a very good position for the Finals in the National Sports Campus, Abbottstown, Dublin later this month.


Strength and Condition for the U16 and U18 teams will, this week, take place on Wednesday night in Clonbonny at 6.30pm.

Minor League:

Our minor team will play their first league game against St. Patrick’s Óg on Sunday next at 1pm in Dunbeggan

Gala Concert

A Gala Concert in aid of the Alzheimer Society (Longford Branch) will take place at 8.30pm on Sat, April 1st next in the Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule. The concert will feature “The Army Band of 2 Brigade” Custume Barracks (Athlone), “The Gateway Singers” from Buncrana & “The Innyside Singers”. M.C. on the night is renowned Charlie McGettigan.

Concert tickets are on sale at €10 each from the Alzheimer Society (Longford Branch-043/3348402) Office ,The Rustic Inn (Abbeyshrule-044/9357742), Eileen Cooney (Teach na Leanaí, Ballymahon-09064/32505) or Kathryn Keenan, Abbeyshrule-0868226894.

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St. Faithleach’s GAA

O’Gara Cup: Round two of the O’Gara Cup took place in Creggs on Sunday afternoon. Result: St. Faithleach’s 3-10 Creggs 2-9. Team: A. Manning, B. Scally, D. Gibbons, D. McCormack, K. Farrell, B. Murtagh, M. Cox, D. Rooney, C. Gunn, H. Kenny, D. Foley, A. Kenny, C. Smith, D. Hussey, J. Hussey. Subs: L. Parker, A. Dooney, J. Quigley.

Junior League: Next game takes place on Friday 17th (St. Patrick’s Day) against St. Michael’s in Ardcarne Park at 12 noon.

U16 Boys League D3: The boys had a good win over St. Aidan’s on Sunday morning. Result: St. Faithleach’s 4-10 St. Aidan’s 1-8. Team: D. Donlon, R. Banahan, D. Kilcoyne, M. Dunne, A. Glennon, A. Hegarty, M. Silva, J. Browne, R. Klava, C. O’Brien, C. Glennon, L. Ormsby, N. McGovern. Subs: J.P. O’ Reilly, J. Murray, M. Cox, K. Gallagher. Next game against St. Ciaran’s in Ballyleague on Sunday 19th at 11am.

U16 Girls Championship: The girls had a comprehensive win over Eire Og on Sunday in Ballyleague. Result: St. Faithleach’s 6-14 Eire Og 3-0. Team: C. Curley, C. Carroll, A. Trimble, K. Rohan, K. McPhilips, H. Barry, J. Brennan, E. Irwin, M. Hickey, J. Gibbons, O. Irwin, S. Hickey, L. O’Donnell, L. Costello, C. Hussey, O. Cox. The rescheduled round one game against Strokestown is to be played on Friday 17th (St. Patrick’s Day) in Ballyleague at 11am. Round three against St. Barry’s is at 4pm in Tarmonbarry on Sunday 19th.

Thanks : To all the parents and players who supported the U12 Boys and U14 Girls at their presentation evening in the clubhouse on Sunday evening. The management and mentors would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported both the girls and the boys throughout 2016 and look forward to the coming year. The Minor Club also wishes to thank Mick O’Brien, John Gannon, David Kilcoyne, Derek Murray, Colette Conlon and Andrew Flynn and all who helped in various ways for all their hard work and dedication throughout the year.

The best of luck to Roscommon team, management and club reps in the Allianz League match against Monaghan on Saturday 18th.

Congratulations: Congratulations to Aidan Dooney and to Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown who have beaten St Augustine’s, Dungarvan by 2-10 to 1-10 to reach All-Ireland Colleges’ final.


Best of luck to the Roscommon Ladies team management and club reps in the Lidl NFL on Saturday 18th against Leitrim.

Table Quiz: For all members, players, supporters and community takes place on Friday 24th in the clubhouse at 9pm. Table of four €40.

Cards: Take place every Tuesday in the clubhouse. Last week’s winners Kathleen/ Annie, joint second Peggy/Barney, and Tom/ Brendan, last game Sean / Frank.

Lotto: Jackpot stands at €12,000. Team in charge for next draw which takes place on Tue 21st are; Derek Thompson, Emma Donlon and Stephen Ormsby.




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