Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 12th March 2018

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes




The marriage took place at St. Mary’s Church Lanesboro on Friday 23rd February of Ciara Gillen daughter Greg and the late Bernadette Gillen, The Green and Eamonn Farrell son of Paul and Ita Farrell, Tullyvrane. Chief bridesmaid was Teresa Gillen sister of the bride, Bridesmaids were Lorraine Farrell, friend of the bride, Noeleen Donegan, friend of the bride, Sharon Curley friend of the bride and Stephanie Connell also a friend of the bride. Ciara includes her 35-year-old teddy bear, her pride and joy, as her very special bridesmaid. Bestman was Francis Farrell, brother of the groom and groomsmen were Ryan Fallon, friend of the groom, Tomás Rhatigan friend of the groom, Alan Farrell cousin of the groom and Martin Gillen brother of the bride. Pageboy was Callum Farrell son of the groom and Flower girl was Hannah Farrell daughter of the groom. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Michael Reilly. The wedding reception took place at Cabra Castle Hotel, Kingscourt, Co. Cavan.

We would like to wish the happy couple many years of wedded bliss.


Confirmation for our local schools in St. Mary’s Church will now take place on Friday 23rd March.

St. Patrick’s Day

All is set, we are ready to go, and we hope that you are. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on this Saturday next St. Patrick’s Day commencing in Ballyleague at 2.30pm.

The route will be the same as previous years leaving St. Faithleach’s GAA club at 2.30 and making its way through Ballyleague and Lanesboro right up to the Community College.

We hope that this year will be bigger and better than any parade gone before, and we look forward to seeing the happiest and smiling faces of children and adults alike as the vast array floats pass by. The effort everyone makes should be acknowledged and be they spectators or float entrants. We will welcome you all to Ballyleague and Lanesboro for our parade and we hope you have a fun filled and pleasant day in our community

This year, for the first time the overall winning float will receive the first prize of €500 and there is sure to be intense competition.

Don’t forget to buy your tickets for the annual draw running in conjunction with the parade and we encourage everyone to support the draw. Tickets are now on sale and you are asked to be generous in your support. Tickets are €2 each or a book of 3 for €5. There will be five prizes with each name drawn receiving €100 each. The proceeds of the draw help enable the parade to take place each year and we urge you to be generous in your support.

Application forms are now available from Teresa Donlon, Freda Connaughton or at O’Brien’s Shop.


It was with great sadness and regret we learned of the death at St. Vincent’s Private Hospital, Dublin on Wednesday last 7th March of Maura Harold, Main St. Maura was predeceased by her daughter Maeve. She was a lady of quiet disposition. Maura was a native of Kilrooskey and in her earlier life was a very popular teacher in Cloontuskert National School. Maura was a lady of great grace, elegance character and style, the perfect lady. Maura was the quintessential family woman. She was a great conversationalist she would converse on the broadest of subjects and it was always a pleasure chatting with her. Maura was a woman who loved to travel as she felt it broadened her horizons. She was a true, loyal friend and neighbour and those of us that knew Maura will all be the poor by her absence.

He remains reposed at her residence on Friday last and her remains were removed to St. Mary’s Church on Saturday for her Funeral Mass. Following her Mass, her remains were laid to rest in Clonbonny Cemetery. To her husband, James, sons John, Alan and Jimmy, brothers Dermott and Cyril, relatives and many friends we extend our deepest sympathy.

Motor Neurone Fundraiser

There will be a major fundraising event in The Pier Rakish Paddy, Lisnacusha on St. Patrick’s Night, Saturday night next 17th March in support of the ongoing development work into Motor Neurone Disease. Playing at the event will be the hugely popular IE/DC and the rapidly rising Reprisal. This promises to be a magnificent night and you will be supporting a magnificent cause. Tickets are available from The Pier Rakish Paddy or from O’Brien’s

Defibrillator Course

The Defibrillator course is once again being organised for those that have not already done a defibrillator course or for those that need to do their refresher course. We all know the value of being competent in the use of the defibrillator. There is also a need to ensure you do not let your training lapse hence the great need for continued upskilling with your refresher course.

To book in for the next training and refresher leave your name and phone number into Martina O’Brien. Call in, phone 3321107 or 0863858934.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Peter, Sharon and Michelle Brady, Curreen, Rathcline Road, on the recent death of Peter’s brother Cathal in Glasgow on Sunday 25th February.


Many congratulations to Kieran and Ciara Feeney, Tullyvrane, on the birth last week of a baby girl.

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Labhair cúpla focal Gaeilge gach lá. Seachtain na Gaeilge 1 – 17 Márta 2018

Don’t forget Conradh na Gaeilge Church Gate collection at all Masses on Saturday next St. Patrick’s Day.

50 Years Ago, Golden Anniversary

A school reunion of all who started Secondary School in Lanesboro Vocational School on Sept 1st, 1968. This Sept will be the 50th anniversary of that happening.

Liam Finnegan would love to hear from all who started that day, or maybe from family as contact details will be needed for all.

It would be great for everyone to meet up again after all this time on Sept 1st at their old Alma Mater

Liam is delighted to have the total support of the School Principal and staff behind this venture so please contact him with your contact details or if family members could forward me contact details of those living away.

You can contact me on any of the following: Tel:  086 2585656, email or on Facebook – Liam Finnegan

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Monday March 5th are; N/S Gross and Nett: 1st J.J. Donlon and Kathleen Kelly, 2nd Una Clarke and Maureen Hynes, 3rd Essie Nugent and Mairead Gill. E/W 1st Tom Feeney and Kathleen Hanley, 2nd Teresa Kiernan and Catherine Kelly, 3rd Carol Hamill and Ann Hagan. Nett: 1st Teresa Kiernan and Catherine Kelly, 2nd Tom Feeney and Kathleen Hanley and 3rd Bridie McGrath and Mary Moran.

Tourism Co-Op Draw

Last Tuesday the Lough Ree Tourism Co-Op held their weekly lottery draw for a jackpot of €10,900. The numbers drawn were 8,11, 16 and 18. There was no winner of the jackpot and the roll-over for the coming week stands at €11,000. The winner of the €50 prize was Vina Mulligan, Ballyleague the three €20 prizes were won by Cathy Donlon, Church View, Bernie Mc Kenna, Barnacor, and Antoinette Skelly, Newtowncashel. The co-op really appreciates your continued support.

Conradh na Gaeilge:

Our Bailiúchán Náisiúnta (National Collection) will be held, as usual, at each Mass for Saint Patricks Day. All money collected goes towards the support of our First National language. Is beag an rud nach cuidiú é.


We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Noel and Breda Duffy and family, Moneen on the death of Noel’s mother Mrs Annie Duffy, Moyne, Ballaghaderreen, Roscommon recently.

Accommodation Database

The lough Ree Angling Hub is drawing up a House/Accommodation to Let – Short/Medium/Long Term and if you have such properties you should contact the Lough Ree Angling Hub at their Ballyleague office.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Mike and Nuala Malone, Cloonadra, Ballyleague their son and daughter in law Brian and Maggie and their extended families, on the very sad death of their granddaughter baby Robin Emily Malone, Craughwell, Co. Galway on Friday last 9th March

Set Dancing

Set Dancing continues every Tuesday night in St. Faithleach’s clubhouse from 8pm until 10pm. To ensure that the set dancing continues it means that your support is required. Go along on a Tuesday have a great night dancing, you are not required to bring a partner and it is a most enjoyable and memorable social night. Go along have the fun of the night and look forward to the following Tuesday.


The winning ticket drawn in Yacht Bar for the Rathcline 50/50 was a pick ticket and in the name of Liz Edgeworth, Killashee – for the second week in arrow the winning prize went to Killashee. Liz was the winners of €234

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 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.

Give Blood

Following the recent bad weather there is a great shortage of blood and stocks are very low at the present. Your support for the upcoming blood clinic is crucial and we urge your support. The clinic will take place in the Longford Arms Hotel on Tuesday 27th Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th March from 4.30 to 8pm each day.

Yes, You Can Help

Athlone Samaritans are seeking volunteers to assist with the great work the Samaritan community does all year round. You do not need experience or qualifications as full training will be provided. Athlone Samaritans provides 24-hour emotional support. To find out more phone 085 284 5010 or email

Community Games

Well done to our Under 13 Indoor Soccer Team who competed in the County Community Games Competition last weekend. They had a brilliant first round victory. Unfortunately, they were beaten in the second round by a good Drumlish side. We would like to thank Gay Farrell and John Tynan for managing the team and organising training and transport. Thank you also to all of the participants whom gave it their all, in both matches.

We would also like to congratulate Fermoyle National School on their great wins in both the Boys and Girls Basketball finals, held in The Mall, last Sunday.

Charity Challenge Deferred

The Ronan McCormack Charity Challenge has been refixed to Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th March.

All details in relation to the event remain the same, just the date change. (due to the weather).

If you would like to participate……Online registration has re-opened at McCormack

If you are a company/business/service provider …. Contact Jacqueline at 086 1721181   to see how this event can help showcase you, your product and your service.

Proceeds from this year’s event will go to Pieta House, Roscommon Special Olympics and Children’s Special Needs Services Galway.

If you have already registered or supported us in any way Thank you so much.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Division 4 League: The division 4 league starts in Enfield on Sunday 18th at 11:30am where St. Faithleach’s play St. Croan’s.

Minor League D2A: St. Faithleach’s played Roscommon Gaels on Fri evening last, result: St. Faithleach’s 3-7 Roscommon Gaels 4-10. Next game against Kilmore/Shannon Gaels on Saturday 17th in Kilmore at 12 noon.

U16 League: The U16’s play Castlerea St. Kevin’s on Monday 19th in Castlerea at 12 noon.

U16 Ladies Championship: The U16 ladies played Michael Glavey’s in Ballyleague on Sunday, result: St. Faithleach’s 7-3 Michael Glavey’s 9-3. Team: Chloe Hussey, Sarah McCann, Laura O’Donnell, Katie Rohan, Caroline Carroll, Orlando Irwin, Orlando Cox, Maebh Hickey, Sinead Hickey, Jodi Gibbons, Louise Costello, Amy Casey. Next round takes place on Sunday 18th at 4pm against St. Michael’s.

Best of luck: To the team and management of Lanesboro Community College and to our club reps; Michael O’Donnell, Ruairi Trimble, Karl Nerney,

Daniel Mc Dermott, Daniel Cox, Dylan Donlon, Dylan Mc Dermott, Richard Klava,

Kevin Mc Donagh as they play Granard in the O’Byrne Cup Final on Wednesday afternoon.

Presentation and Family Night: Takes place on Sunday 18th in the clubhouse from 7-9pm, all U6, U8, U10 panels and their families are invited to attend, there will also be presentations to the Spring and Summer League U12 winners, U14 Girls runners up, and the U16 Ladies Championship winners.

Lotto: Annual lotto membership renewal is now available, please contact Michael Cleary or Sean Cox. Jackpot stands at €12,000. Team in charge for next week; Qona  Cox, Monica Connaughton and Mary Hussey.

Rathcline GAA

Sunday next: On Sunday next at 2pm Longford will take on Westmeath in a huge game with the winners having a wonderful opportunity to be promoted to the Allianz League Division 2 for next year. The club encourages everyone to go along and support Denis Connerton and the panel. We wish them the very best of luck.

U20: On Saturday last the U20 team travelled to the Laurels to take on the St. Columba’s/Abbeylara combination. The lads put on an excellent performance and emerged victors on a score line of Rathcline /Grattan’s 6-7 to St. Columba’s/Abbeylara 3-6. On Monday next 19th we take on Fr. Manning Gaels. The game is scheduled to be played in Dunbeggan at 2pm


The winning ticket drawn in the Yacht Bar for the Rathcline 50/50 was a pick ticket and in the name of Liz Edgeworth, Killashee – for the second week in arrow the winning prize went to Killashee. Liz was the winners of €234

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 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.

Annual 25 Card Drive: The annual 25 Card Drive will take place in St. Mary’s Parish Hall on Good Friday night 30th March at 9pm.Tickets are now on sale costing €5 each. There will be a draw for non-playing ticket holders. There will be numerous prizes on the night.

Defibrillator Course: The importance of being capable of using the Defibrillator situated inside the main door of the clubhouse should not be lost on any of us as we never know the time or hour that having been trained in its use will play a vital part in keeping someone alive. This was a case a couple of years ago in our pitch. As a club together, senior, minor and ladies we would encourage many of our parents and supporters to undertake the upcoming course. Please give your names to Martina O’Brien, Corner Shop, 3321107, 086-3858934 or as soon as you can.

Sympathy: The club would like to extend its deepest sympathy to Jim Harold and his family on the death of Maura Harold Main Street last week.

Shannon Gaels Minor Club

Gaeltacht Grants: Applications are now open for the 2018 Longford GAA Gaeltacht grant scheme. Applicants must be 13 years or older on 1st Jan 2018. The closing date for applications is Friday 23rd March 2018. Go to click the news section and download the form and it can be returned by email to  or can be posted/dropped into office at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park. If you cannot do it drop into Joe O’Brien and he will print off application form.

Leinster semi-finals: Both our Under 13 and Under 15 teams have qualified for their respective Leinster Underage Cross County League finals next weekend. At the moment it looks as if we will be travelling to the GAA Training Centre in Abbottstown for the finals day. The venue will be confirmed

Juveniles: Our juvenile team went down to St. Patrick’s Ardagh last weekend in a game they could have won.  They have an opportunity to get on the winning trail on Saturday next when in Clonbonny they take on Granard Ballymore at 5pm

Lanesboro Community College: This Wednesday 14th the senior team panel of Lanesboro Community College will play Ard Scoil Padraig, Granard in the O’Byrne Cup Final in Clonbonny at 12noon. There are a number of our club players on both the team and the panel. We would like to wish the players, panel members, Joe Rooney and fellow management members the very best of luck.



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