Lanesboro Ballyleague notes 15th January 2018

Lanesboro Ballyleague


Congratulations to Vicki Harold, daughter of Bernie Harold, Rathcline and the late Terry Fitzpatrick, Killoe and Dr Thomas Boland, son of Olwyn and Owen Boland, Portarlington, Co Laois on their recent engagement.

Enrolment Afternoon

Lanesborough Primary School are holding their Enrolment Afternoon for September 2018 on Friday 26th January from 1 to 3pm
Parents and children who are hoping to enrol in the school for September are invited to attend.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Una and John Lawlor and family, Rathcline on the death last week of John C Murphy, Raheny, Dublin brother of Una Lawlor.


A meeting organised by the ‘No to Derryadd Wind Farm Community Group’ will take place in the Lanesboro Co-Op Hall on Monday 22nd January at 8.30pm. The purpose of this meeting is to inform the community of the meetings held with Bord na Mona, implications of such a development and steps going forward. Everyone is welcome.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place in Lanesboro and Ballyleague on Saturday 17th March. All clubs, associations, businesses, schools, community groups and individuals are asked to begin their planning as we hope that this year as it is falling at the weekend will be bigger, brighter and full of creative and novel ideas.

In a break with tradition this year the overall prize will be €500.

As usual there will be the annual draw running in conjunction with the parade and we encourage everyone to support the draw.

Application forms will be soon available from Teresa Donlon, Freda Connaughton r O’Brien’s.

Exciting New Zero2Tri Programme

Lanesboro Triathlon Club are launching their very first Zero2Tri programme with the objective of taking beginners in all or any of the three disciplines and developing them into triathletes ready to compete in the Two Provinces Triathlon in June 2018. Or if you just wish to join the club to train or compete at any one of the three disciplines.
What the Tri club are interested in are potential members of all abilities and ambitions. As a club there are members for 8 years to 65+, varying from those competing at a national level to those interested in keeping active and meeting new people and all in between.
For anyone interested in taking part they have the option to attend three of Lanesboro Tri Club training sessions before becoming a club member.
To become a triathlete, you do not need anything more than your usual gym or training clothes and any bike! Once open water swimming begins in May/June a wetsuit is needed but not until then. It is a common myth that there is a need for different types of clothing, bikes etc. Come along on the evening and all this will be gone through with you.
As part of the Zero2Tri programme the club has allocated additional coaching specifically for new members with the intention of developing new members. Of course, if a member is for example a strong runner and a weak swimmer they can join the experienced run group and the beginner swim group where they will benefit for a smaller athlete to coach ratio and more focused coaching.
In addition to the beginner focused coaching the club will also provide the following to all new members:
– Beginner triathlete training programme
– Club mentor if required
– Training races
– Club target races – Club lists races and events which they intend to target throughout the season
– Run training – Friday, Lanesboro track
– Bike/turbo training – Wednesday, Lanesboro Co Op Hall,
– Swim Training – Monday, Roscommon swimming pool
Following on from the launch night anyone interested is invited to attend any of the following open training sessions or please contact us via Facebook mail:
– Run – Friday 19th January 8PM, Lanesboro track
– Bike/turbo training – Wednesday 17th 7PM, Lanesboro Co Op Hall,
– Swim Training – Monday 15th January 9PM, Roscommon swimming pool

Thank You

Ballyleague Christmas Lights committee wish to sincerely thank everybody in the community who helped make or fundraising table quiz a resounding success on Friday night last. The committee wish to extend our gratitude to James and Marie of Rosie’s at the Lifebelt Bar for facilitating the event and to local business and members of the community who gave spot prizes or donations.

New Crime alert initiative

In the wake of a number of violent attacks on elderly people in rural areas around the country in recent weeks, a new initiative on rural crime and health care in the community will be launched for the Lanesborough-Ballyleague, Rathcline-Kilgefin area on Monday night January 29th at 9pm in St. Mary’s Hall beside the bridge in Lanesborough.

This pilot plan will examine the demand for CCTV cameras in rural parts of each parish and give parishioners the very latest news and information on how new IT and digital skills training can not only help their security but improve their health as well.

We are appealing to ALL parishioners who are presently on the Community text alert programme scheme in the parish of Rathcline and the parish of Kilgefin to come along on Monday night January 29th in St Marys hall at the bridge – when one of the speakers will be a relative of an elderly man who was beaten and robbed in his own home in the midlands. The Gardaí have also been invited to attend. A representative of each community group in the two parishes is also invited to attend this important meeting. We do not want any part of the two parishes to be left out of the new scheme for the cameras so come along if you want your townland to be included. Do not say you were not asked.

For more information please call Debbie Tierney in Ballyleague at 086 2230971

Historic Digital Hub Town

As you may be aware, Lanesboro/Ballyleague have just launched our very own Town App. With many more digital developments in the pipeline, we are set to become Ireland’s first ever, DIGITAL HUB TOWN!!

We are very aware there are many people that are not familiar with modern technology, so in a bid to have as many people take advantage of the countless benefits that come along with these developments we are offering free training for any individual or groups to take part in.

The training covers the very basics in digital skills and no previous experience is necessary.

If you know someone who might benefit from being taught how to use their smart phone, tablet, laptop or PC. then let them know about our training classes. We want everyone to benefit from this opportunity and are offering full support to make it so.

Training takes place in Lanesboro Community College on weekday evenings and trainees will complete the course with a good working knowledge of how apps work and will have the skills to navigate the internet for their own needs.

For more information or to book a place on the Digital Skills Training Course, please contact Debbie on 0862230971.

Also, if you know of a group or business that is not currently listed on the Town App please let tell them to get in touch and I will add them, furnish them with log in details and training; if needed.

To download the Town App, please visit the ‘Play Store’ or ‘App Store’ on your mobile device and search for Lanesborough – Ballyleague App.

Lough Ree Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday last 17th January

N/S 1st Katherine Harrison and Philomena Walsh, 2nd Loretto Cooney and Freda Kenny, 3rd Phil Chalmers and Cyril Hussey.

E/W 1st Mary Jamieson and Patricia McGann, 2nd Maura Hanly and Mairead Gill, 3rd Noreen Dunne and Maureen Hynes.


On Monday night 8th January the 50/50 pool stood at €288 and the winning envelope drawn in the Yacht Bar was in the name of Maura Kenny Fermoyle.

Tickets are on sale locally at €2 each. Alternatively, you can by the pink ticket for the year for just €100 and have 2 free weeks. The club would like to thank everyone that continues to support the draw on a weekly basis and also the many people that buy the one-year ticket.

Not too long ago the pool each week was nearing €500 and we would encourage you to get your weekly blue envelope and help drive the weekly amount back to where it should always be.

Your support is much appreciated.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club

The most recent results from the Lough Ree 2000 bridge Club are N/S: Gross: 1st Joan Browne and Patricia McGann, 2nd Philomena Walshe and Noreen Dunne, 3rd Kathleen Hanley and Mary Fallon, 4th Una Clarke and Martha. Nett 1st Joan Browne and Patricia McGann, 2nd Kathleen Hanley and Mary Fallon, 3rd Philomena Walshe and Noreen Dunne

E/W: Gross/ Nett: 1st Mairead Gill and Katharine Harrison, 2nd Frank and Mary Conmy, 3rd Mike Flynn and Maureen Hynes


We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Johnny Smyth, Weekfield and the Smyth family Main Street on the death of Mrs. Rosie Healy (nee Smyth), Cleraune, Newtowncashel sister of Johnny Smyth.

Your local Library this week

Library opening hours:  Monday 2-8pm, Tuesday 2-6pm, Wednesday 10am-1pm and 5-8pm, Thursday closed, Friday 10am-1pm and 2-5pm, Saturday 10am-1pm.

The Knitting and Crochet Group continues to meet in the library on Mondays, 2-4pm. All welcome.

‘Chat and Chapters’ Social Book club, continues on Wednesday 17th November 6.45pm-8.00pm. This book club is a friendly and relaxed format allowing members the opportunity to talk about a book they have enjoyed and would recommend. There is no need to read a specific book.

Poetry and Music Hour continues at Lanesboro Library on Monday 22nd January 4.15pm – 5.30pm.  Come along and share a favourite poem and listen to music. The group is looking forward to seeing you there and meeting new people interested in poetry, song and music.

Library membership is free for everyone and provides you with complimentary access to books and PCs in the library as well as a range of digital services. Download free audio books, digital magazines and newspapers with your library card and pin. Learn a new language online with Mango (over 71 languages available) or learn a new skill with Universal Class which offers over 400 free online courses. Call to the library for your PIN and further information.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Hanley family Corrigeen and Cashelbeg and the Reilly family, Rathcline on the death last week of Bridge Mulvihill, Elfeet, Newtowncashel.

Tourism Co-Op Draw

The numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tidy Towns lotto draw held on Tuesday 2nd January were 22, 24, 25 and 28. There was no winner of the jackpot of €10,000.  The winner of the €50 prize was Kathleen Morris, Church View, and the three €20 winners were Ray Curley, Ballyleague, Brigid c/o Mags and Ian Farrell, Yacht Bar.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Kathleen Kelly and family, Carraroe, on the death of her sister in law Nancy Kearney, Athlone on Friday last 12th January

Few CDs available

The St. Mary Church Choir has sold very well over the Christmas period and there are just a few remaining. This is a young group of talented musicians and singers all from the locality. It is an outstanding CD and it shows the talent of the choir. The CDs are available in shops locally and are a must for people home and away.

Rathcline GAA

Ticket sellers for 50/50 required

The onus is on everyone in the club minor club and senior club, players and parents to come together and just sell between 5/10 tickets each at their work places and make the draw pool a really substantial amount each week. This draw has the potential at only €2 a ticket to be a big boost to the winner each week if we really put our shoulder to the wheel and help make the pool substantial. We must all make the effort.

Let’s make Monday night a night to look forward to each week for the coming year.

Rathcline wish everyone the very best for a happy and healthy 2018 and look forward to your support.

On Monday night 8th January the 50/50 pool stood at €288 and the winning envelope drawn in the Yacht Bar was in the name of Maura Kenny Fermoyle.


The club AGM will take place on Saturday 17th February in the clubhouse at 6pm. We would encourage everyone that has an interest in the club to put their thoughts and ideas together, bring them to the meeting and help drive the club forward in a major way in 2018.

Shannon Gaels Minor Club

The club would like to extend its deepest sympathy to our Children’s Officer Brid Gordon her husband Philip and family on the death of Philip’s mother in Athlone recently.


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