Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 17th July 2017

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Triathlon Success

The Lanesboro Triathlon Clubs Two Provinces took place last Saturday and Kidathon on Friday. Once again it was a wonderful success and a fantastic sight. It is truly amazing how well organised this club is and the way they run the event year on year. This year, judging from the results sheets, there were clubs representing a remarkable 27 counties of the 32. There were individuals not affiliated to clubs and perhaps the other 5 counties were represented by these contestants. It just goes to show the reputation of the Lanesboro Two Provinces Triathlon that they can attract participants from so many counties.

Friday night the annual Kidathon took place with 125 entries taking on the swim, cycle and run and everyone enjoying themselves and the comradery was a sight to behold.

Entries for the senior event on Saturday stood at 650 and the club had to close entries at that such was the demand for this race. The day was dull, overcast and breezy thus making the swim testing in choppy waters, the cycle was down wind on the outward trip but on the turnaround, it was straight into the wind and the road run took a new route turning down David and Joan Johnston’s roadway and back out to the finishing line at the harbour beside the car park. The road run took the new route due to the reposing of the late Albert Gill at his residence on the Rathcline Road and a mark of respect to the Gill family who are always great supporters of the Triathlon race day.

Following the race there was food in the marquee, on the banks of the Shannon, for all the athletes and Brian Ross supplied the music which by all accounts everyone enjoyed and appreciated.

When you consider 650 entries, their supporters and the locals attending it meant that there was over 1000 people at the banks of the Shannon. It was a tribute to Lanesboro Triathlon club how comfortably they dealt with such a large number of people. The way the club can get so many stewards out on the day and cover every aspect of this three-pronged race shows a great ability in the art of logistics. It must be said that the day could not be as successful as it is without the support of the Gardaí from Lanesboro, Longford and Roscommon. The day commenced with all stewards and workers being offered breakfast in the Parish Hall for their working day ahead.

The club must be congratulated on another hugely successful day for the Lanesboro Triathlon Club.

For the record, in the Super series event the first man home was Darren Dunne in a time of 58min.41sec and the first lady home was Elizabeth Carr. The National series winners were Maruisz Olejniczak and Amy O’Keeffe. The Aqua Bike race was won by Bjorn Ludick and the Try a Tri was won by Cian Noone.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Mike Greene, The Green, Tom, Rathcline and Peter, Galway his sisters Marie Mc Garry, Gardenstown, Celine Fallon and Helen Dowd, Caramanagh, and Olive Rowan, Derrygowna, Anne, England and their families on the death last week in England of their brother Henry Greene formerly of Lisduff.


Thank You

“Lanesboro Triathlon Club would like to thank Lanesborough Tourism Co-Op and Tidy Towns committee for their work in providing the new swim ramp and pontoon. It’s a great addition to the Two Provinces Triathlon and is fantastic facility for the club and the area in general.
The club would also like to thank all the volunteers who turned out to help with the running of Two Provinces Aquathon and Two Provinces Triathlon – all those who gave up time to marshal the events, the sub-aqua club and kayakers who helped keep everyone safe and the people of Lanesborough-Ballyleague and surrounding area for supporting the events and accommodating the road closures. Last, but not least, we would like to thank all the sponsors whose generous donations help us put on such a top-class event.”

Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union invites you

Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union has been serving our community for 50 years. The Credit Union has been a wonderful source of support for so many people during that time and through the work of a series number of wonderful board of local directors that guided Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union through the past 50 years.

This year Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union is celebrating 50 years in our community. To commemorate this very special occasion the Credit Union will host a 50th Anniversary Celebration on Monday 7th August in the Big Red Barn that will be set up for the Lough Ree Monster Festival adjacent to the Lanesboro car park.

There will be free family fun from 5pm.

The celebration of the Golden Anniversary will begin at 7pm in the Big Red Barn at 7pm with refreshments, presentations and entertainment. The members summer car draw will also take place on the night.

There will be no charge for this very special occasion and the Lough Ree Credit Union would like to invite their members, friends and relations to come along and share in their Golden jubilee celebration.

Sponsored Swim

Lanesboro Triathlon club on August Bank Holiday Monday each year hold a bridge to bridge sponsored swim. This year the beneficiaries of the swim will be the Longford and Roscommon branches of Multiple Sclerosis. This year on Monday 7th August the swim from the Bord na Mona bridge at Kilnacarrow to the bridge joining Lanesboro and Ballyleague will take place at 2pm. Registration will take place from 12noon. Please be advised that registration must take place early as the swimmers will have to be ferried up to the Bord na Mona Bridge. If you fancy taking up this challenge you are asked to collect your sponsorship card in O’Brien’s or members of the Lanesboro Triathlon club. For further information contact Niall Mulvihill 086-3179745.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Sean and Gerry O’Donnell, their sister Nuala Gunn and their families, Curraghroe, on the death of their sister in law Paula O’Donnell, Barna, Co. Galway. Paula was wife of Harry O’Donnell to whom we also extend our deepest sympathy.

Race Day Full

Such has been the interest in the Bernard Keane SuperValu sponsored Rathcline GAA club Race Day at the Galway Races on Monday 31st July that the club had to stop taking bookings. The day each year proves to be very popular and enjoyable hence the great demand. There are still people looking to book their places but alas it will not to be this year. The Galway Races are legendary and the Rathcline Race Day is beginning to develop a legend of its own.


Thursday last 13th July was a very sad day for our community when news broke of the sudden death at his residence on the Rathcline Road of Albert Gill. Albert Gill for as long as I can remember was a man of great integrity and a man whose roots and great love were deeply imbedded in his native parish of Rathcline. He wanted the best for his community and he was a man who always sought progression in everyone and our community. Albert was a teacher in Lanesboro Vocational School and he retired from teaching when he was at Roscommon Vocational School. He was a man of great vision and he used it to great effect when assisting students and locals who sought his advice as a Guidance Councillor. Albert was a great narrator and a wonderful character. He was a loyal and true friend as many people can attest-he was a great family friend. A sign of the popularity was that his passing was mourned by so many people in our community both young and old. Albert never afraid to speak his mind and when he did people listened. When summing Albert up you can define him as a tremendous human being and a wonderful friend. He will be sadly missed by everyone that had the pleasure to know him. Albert gave wonderful dedication to the Rathcline club and he will be remembered as great player for the club – the club gave him a guard of honour as he was removed too St. Mary’s Church. Indeed, my first and lasting memories of Albert Gill was when himself, his brother Mickey and Mickey Hyland were the trio from the ‘country’ who were outstanding on the Rathcline team of the time.

The attendance at the reposing of his remains at his home, at the removal of his remains to St. Mary’s Church on Saturday and again at his Funeral Mass bore ample testimony to the esteem in which he was held. Following his Funeral Mass on Sunday Albert was laid to rest in Cashel cemetery.

To his wife Mairead, sons Quentin and Michael daughters Aoibheann and Amy, brother Fr. Mickey, Connecticut, USA, relatives and many friends we extend our sincere sympathy.

Championship Begins

Friday night next 21st July will see the renewal of local rivalry in Mc Gann Park, Kenagh when Rathcline take on Cashel in the first round of the Longford Intermediate Championship at 8pm. This should be a close and exciting encounter and it would be great if you could be in attendance to encourage our team to what we hope will be a victory. Good luck to Kevin Hanley, his team management and panel.

Lough Ree Monster Launch

The official launch of the Lough Ree Monster Festival will take place in the Lough Ree Resource Hall (old Convent hall) on Friday night 28th at 7pm and we would like to invite you all to come along. A special guest will be along to officially open the festival.

Fundraising Barbeque

A fundraising barbeque in aid of Mayo Roscommon Hospice will take place in Clarke’s Bar on Sunday 23rd July at 4pm. Four local musicians will provide the music during the evening – Brian Ross, Jimmy Hussey, Gerry Keenan and Joe Duffy.

There will be an auction on the evening for a 05 Citroen Diesel car and the car is NCT’d for 2 years. Complimentary food for everyone that presents their tickets for the evening. Tickets are €5 and it is expected that there will be a huge crowd attending.

Monster Play – Tickets selling fast

The Lough Ree Monster play will take place in St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th July and the tickets for the two night are rapidly being booked. This three-act play, will be the official launch of the following weekend’s Lough Ree Monster Festival which takes over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The play is set on the shores of Lough Ree. The play revolves around the sighting of a lake creature, by three priests in the mid 1960’s. This incident was widely reported in the local media at the time, and it sets the scene for much scheming and subterfuge with, both dangerous, and hilarious results.

This is a booking only event – no tickets will be available – and bookings can be made by phone 086 – 2460840/3321107, email  or by calling into Martina in O’Brien’s shop and making your booking. If booking by email please leave your mobile number with your name. Please ensure you state the night you want to attend.

There has already been a big number of bookings and it is important that you book early to avoid disappointment.

Foosball becomes very Popular

The Human Foosball will take place in the car park area during the Lough Ree Monster Festival. Many people are talking about it and the fun it will be. If you do not know what Foosball have a look at it on YouTube and see all the fun it is.

Teams of 6 will cost €5 per person, U16 will cost €2.50 per person. The teams can be male, female or mixed teams. If you want to book in your team contact Mike Greene at 086-4046174. The closing date for bookings is Friday 28th July. The tournament will take place during the Lough Ree Monster Festival. This is going to be great fun and it is a game you should not miss.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

The next outing for the Lough Ree Golfing Society will take place to Carrick-on-Shannon on Wednesday 26th July. The tee is booked from 11.30 to 12.30pm. The Society is looking forward to all members coming along and they would like to welcome any local golfer not already in the Society to come along.

The Monster’s a Coming

The Lough Ree Monster will emerge from Lough Ree on Friday night 4th August which is just a few weeks away. When the first Lough Ree Monster arrived in Lanesboro back in 1992 it was estimated that there was 8,000 there to greet it following a 25-year absence. The committee is looking forward that that record being beaten on Friday night 4th August. The Monster will remain in the bay area for the weekend and it will leave during a firework display on the Sunday night Sunday night.

Tourism Co-Op Draw

The numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tidy Towns lotto on Tuesday 11th July were: 2, 4, 19 and 21. There was no winner of the jackpot of €7,600.  The winner of the €50 prize was Karen Donlon c/o Mags, and the three €20 winners were Linda Gill c/o Friday Market, Martha Farrell, Yacht Bar and Antoinette Skelly c/o O’Brien’s.

Draw Date Approaching

With the ‘Naming of the Bridge’ draw closing in very fast tickets are beginning to sell very fast. The novelty of the prize is a great interest and has people talking about it hence the rise in ticket sales.

If you want to you can buy your tickets from Mike Greene, Catherine Kelly, Teresa Ormsby, Clarke’s Bar, Adie’s Bar, The Yacht Bar, Stephanie Hanlon or O’Brien’s shop. You can also buy tickets on PayPal – sign into PayPal and enter our address for payment

Tickets are on sale in business premises locally or from any member of the committee and they cost €2 each or 3 for €5.

This is a very unique opportunity for some lucky person or family to have the chance to name bridge and it could be your chance.

Summer Events in Lanesboro Library
Summer Stars at your Library
The Summer Stars reading programme is running in Longford’s libraries throughout the Summer.
Summer Stars is a free programme open to all children.  Each child who registers will join in the fun of reading lots of exciting books during the Summer.  Children will receive their own Summer Stars Reading Card to record their progress and the Summer Stars Reward Stamp will be added to their card for each book read.  Fun rewards will be provided along the way!
Interactive Singing and Song Writing workshop with Katie Gallagher Lanesboro Library 2pm on Monday 24th July
All events are Free – Booking Essential

Annual Pilgrimage

The annual pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place on Sunday 27th August with the bus leaving Ballyleague hall at 7am. The bus fare is €10 and the Lough Derg Island contribution €40. For further enquiries, you should phone Mary at 043-33 21969


Monday night last 10th July the 50/50 took place in Clarkes Bar. The winning pool amounted to €354 and the winners was Albert Cooney, Lehery. The club would like to congratulate Albert on his great win and thank him for his support and we would like to thank everyone that continue to buy tickets for their great support.

Tickets are on sale locally at €2 each and your support will be greatly appreciated. Alternatively, you can by the pink ticket for the year for just €100 and have 2 free weeks

Could you sell €2 lotto envelopes in your workplace or your neighbourhood weekly? If you can help in any way with the sales of lotto please contact the Executive

Festival Tickets go on Sale

The Lough Ree Festival will be launched on Friday and Saturday night 28th and 29th July in St. Mary’s Hall when the John Kenny written, Dermot Healy directed play The Lough Ree Monster will make its stage debut.

The full music programme for the Monster Festival is complete and tickets have gone on sale this past weekend. There is an exciting line up to cover all music tastes throughout the weekend. Tickets for each night cost just €15 and can be bought from any committee member or from O’Brien’s

We begin with Cliona Hagan, who is after blasting onto the Irish country music scene and she will be preceded on stage by young and highly thought of young man David Kiernan who is making waves on the music scene.

Katie Gallagher who has been described as a bright, up-and coming singer/songwriter/musician from Ballymahon will play before Entertainer of the Year, the legendary Mike Denver.

On Sunday night Longford rock band Reprisal, a trio from Longford, who play hard hitting energetic rock will play before the AC/DC tribute band IE/DC.

This line up is without doubt once of the best line ups anywhere in the country and the committee has worked hard to ensure that the people of the area will get the very bestof entertainment.

Natty Wailer a founding member of Bob Marley and the Wailers will play a concert on the green area beside the duck pond on Saturday afternoon. Natty Wailer will be preceded by local band Painted Skies featuring Adam Farrell, Ballyleague, Adam Fenelon, Killoe, the two Adams are joined by Maryann Lynch from Ardagh. Adam Fenelon is grandson of the legendary Mickie Fenelon who when he resided on the Green founded The Dakotas.

Rathcline GAA

Championship on Friday

Friday night next is the biggest night of the year so far for our Intermediate team when we travel to Kenagh to play Cashel in the 1st round of the Intermediate Championship. The team have prepared well under the guidance of Kevin Hanley and we look forward to making a winning start against our old adversities Cashel.

We urge everyone to come along and support the team as they bid to regain their Senior status once more.


The club would like to extend their deepest sympathy the Gill family Rathcline Road on the death of Albert Gill.

Keane’s Sponsored Race Day

The Bernard Keane sponsored Race Day to the Galway Races this year has been a phenomenal success with booking no longer being taken due to the incredible uptake in bookings. Such is the demand that we could have more than doubled the number for what is becoming the event of the year for Lanesboro people, their friends and Rathcline supporters. The ‘Race Day’ creates a wonderful atmosphere and people get the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful day in a leisurely and relaxed environment.


Monday night last 10th July the 50/50 took place in Clarkes Bar. The winning pool amounted to €354 and the winners was Albert Cooney, Lehery. The club would like to congratulate Albert on his great win and thank him for his support and we would like to thank everyone that continue to buy tickets for their great support.

Tickets are on sale locally at €2 each and your support will be greatly appreciated. Alternatively, you can by the pink ticket for the year for just €100 and have 2 free weeks

Could you sell €2 lotto envelopes in your workplace or your neighbourhood weekly? If you can help in any way with the sales of lotto please contact the Executive

Minor Club

Cúl Camp dates: The Cúl camps will take place in Clonbonny from Monday next 24th to Friday 28th July. The cost of Cúl Camps this year is €60 for 1st child, second child €50 and third/fourth €40.

Bookings can be made online or to Damien Sheridan, GAA Coaching Officer, Pearse Park, Battery Road, Longford, phone 087-9126556.




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