Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 25th June 2018

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes


Looking forward to a Night at the Dogs

As you know the Night at the Dogs will take place at Longford Greyhound Track on Friday night week 6th July. Lanesboro and Ballyleague always bring a great night of excitement to Longford Greyhound track any night they are there. We look forward to a bumper crowd coming along for a fabulous night out. Tickets are on sale costing €10 each and you are encouraged to buy yours and come along to enjoy a night out at the dogs. Tickets are on sale from Catherine Kelly, Joe O’Brien, Mike Greene, James O’Flaherty, Caroline Gray, Tracy Gray, Teresa Ormsby, in local shops and bars.

Siblings Retire

By a strange quick of coincidence former local residents of the Green Geraldine (Gillooley) and her brother Val Kirwan will both retire from their positions of work on this coming Friday 29th June. Geraldine has worked for over 40 years with the HSE and the Department of Social Protection where she was the Community Welfare officer in Lanesboro, Killashee, Newtownforbes and Longford Town areas.

Val on the other worked for Bord na Mona before moving to America and settling in San Francisco where he was a member of the police Department there. Indeed, Val welcomed many locals to San Francisco when he was stationed at the main airport where himself and his police dog Gilbey were very prominent.

We would like to wish both a long and happy retirement with great health.

Winner get €300

Buster tickets for the Buster Race at the Night at the Dogs are on sale at €2 each and you have the chance of winning €300 if you have the correct finishing combination.

Adult Art

Material Matters: a one-day course in painting techniques. The aim is to improve skills and to increase technical abilities and  knowledge of materials. Led by visual artist and experienced art tutor Loretto Cooney, (MA. FA), the day long course of workshops, talks and individual tutorials, allows for sustained concentration, with the freedom to experiment.

Suitable for adults, beginners to intermediate. It is being held in the Ardagh Art and Heritage Centre, Ardagh, Co. Longford. Beginning at 11 am until 4 pm, on Saturday July 7th.  with breaks for lunch and coffee. Places are limited, early booking is essential. Phone Loretto at 0868478527.

County Community Games Finals

Thank you to all the 22 participants whom took part in the County Community Games Track & Field County Finals, in Ballymahon last weekend. They all performed really well and are a huge credit to Lanesborough. We are very proud of them all.

Thank you also, to all the parents who helped out on the day and throughout the year. A special Thank you to Margaret Mullooly for Managing the team on the day and also for preparing and training many of the participants, in advance of these finals. Her coaching, help and advice are second to none. She has been a lynchpin in so many of our athletic successes, not only on Sunday last, but down through the years. It was also great to see Fabian Walsh supporting our participants from the sidelines. He has been there for generations of Lanesborough athletes.

A huge thank you also to Ciara Myhill, Donal Hogan and Barry Hogan whom do a lot of, behind the scenes work, throughout the year for the Lanesborough Community Games. Without them, there would be no Lanesborough Community Games. They are greatly appreciated.

Well done to the following participants whom were placed in their event: Laura Rhatigan (2nd Place Girls U8 80 metres), Rian Hogan (1st Place  U10 Boys 60metre Hurdles), Cormac O’Dowd (2nd Place U12 Boys 100metres), Kieran O’Dowd (1st Place U14 Boys Long Jump), Josie Myhill (1st Place U14 Girls Long Jump), Roisin Brennan (1st Place U16 Girls Discus), Caoilinn Flood (1st Place U16 Girls High Jump), Aoife Nolan (2nd Place U16 Girls 200m), The U13 Mixed Relay Team 1st Place (Kieran O’Dowd, Polly Myhill, Cormac O’Dowd, Josie Myhill) and The U16 Girls Relay Team 2nd Place (Caoilinn Flood, Aoife Nolan, Roisin Brennan, Ella Hogan).

Save the Date

The 20th year of Colmcille ploughing will take place on Sunday 19th August in the fields of Bernard and Ann O Reilly Aughnacliffe.

There will be local of attraction on the day for all the family and there will be more news to come in coming weeks!

For more information contact: Mary Sheridan 0860707619.

Pop Up Sale

Local lady, Geraldine Greally, just reminded me of the Pop-Up sale of quality home furniture that will take place next weekend Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July in the Abbey Hotel from 12 to 6pm each day.

€12,500 Tidy Towns

The Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery draw took place on Tuesday morning last. There was no winner of the €12,400 jackpot and the jackpot will now rise to €12,500. The numbers drawn were 5, 7, 21 and 22. The winner of the €50 prize was Bernie Mc Kenna, Barnacor and the three €20 prizes went to Pat Kilcoyne, Barnacor, Martha Farrell, Yacht Bar Main Street, Mary Connaughton, Knock.

Only a few weeks to get ready

The Blessing of Graves in the three graveyards in our parish will commence on Sunday 1st July in Rathcline, Lanesboro 8th July and Clonbonny 15th July. If you have family buried in any of the three cemeteries you are been given advanced notice to allow time to clean up your family grave.

It’s all happening in Lanesboro Library

Knitting and Crochet Group
Knitting and Crochet Group will take a break for the Summer from Monday 25th June.
Poetry and Music Group
‘Poetry and Music’ group will continue Monday 25th June at The Wooden Spoon Coffee Shop from 3pm to 5pm.  All are welcome to come along and join in!
Babble and Books Parent and Toddler Group
This group will continue every Wednesday morning at 10.30am. All welcome to come along and interact with other children ages 0-4 yrs., play with our Lego table/building blocks, toy box, colouring tables and hear a story or two!
Summer Stars at Lanesboro Library
Summer Stars reading programme is running in Lanesboro Library from July 1st to August 31st.  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 fun rewards will be provided along the way!
Pick up your Summer Star Reading Card at the Library!
Summer Stars Events at Lanesboro Library
Paint your own Story with Stephanie! Ages 6-12yrs – 3pm, Wednesday 11th July
Bunny Hop with Chris Thompson! Ages 3-8yrs – 11am, Friday 13th July
Pet Talk Time with Dogs Trust! Ages 7-12yrs – 3pm, Monday 16th July
Coding/IT Workshops – 2pm, Tuesday July 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th.
Singing & Song writing Workshop with Katie Gallagher
–  2pm, Fri July 6th, 13th, 20th

Explore Longford Photo Competition for children 6-12yrs.
Longford Tourism in conjunction with Longford Libraries.  Email a high quality photo of a scene/attraction/town/village in Co. Longford.
The competition will run from July 1st –August 31st.
Entry email:<>
Winning photos 1st,2nd,3rd will have their photo published on Visit Longford postcard.
Please note photo entries may be used for promotional purposes.
Early booking is advised as places are limited.
Contact Stella on 043 332 1291 or email<>
Book Club
Book Club will continue on Friday 29th June at 11am.  Come along for a chat and a cuppa. All welcome!
Revised Opening Hours
Monday 2pm – 8pm, Tuesday 2pm – 6pm, Wed & Fri 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm,
Sat 10am – 1pm.
Foreign Currency & Used Stamps
We are still collecting unwanted foreign currency and old coins/notes in aid of ISPCC. The smallest donation can make a huge difference.
We also collect used stamps in aid of ISPCC.  Thank you.
Library membership is free for everyone and provides you with complimentary access to books and p.c.’s in the library as well as a range of digital services.
Download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines and newspapers with your library card and pin.  Renew or request books on our website<>
New Language

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 free library card & pin or further information.

Lough Ree Athletic Club

Sunday last 24th, saw several of our young athletes represent Lanesborough at the annual Co Longford Community Games Finals which were held at the GAA grounds in Ballymahon.

Results to hand (some of the medal winners) include the following, with full results later.

U/8 Girls – 80m – 2nd Laura Rattigan

U/10 Boys – Hurdles – 1st Rian Hogan

U/12 Boys – 100m – 2nd Cormac O’Dowd

U/13 Mixed Relay – 1st – Cormac O’Dowd, Kieran O’Dowd, Polly Myhill, Josie Myhill

U/14 Girls – Long Jump – 1st Josie Myhill

U/16 Girls – Discus – 1st Roisin Brennan

U/16 Girls – 200m – 2nd Aoife Nolan

U/16 Girls – High Jump – 1st Caoilinn Flood

U/16 Girls – Relay – 2nd Caoilinn Flood, Roisin Brennan, Aoife Nolan, and Ella Hogan

Surprise of the day must be Rian Hogan in the boys under 10 hurdles, however this scribe has been advised that Rian predicted he would take gold.  The hard luck story of the day has to be Óisin Dillon.  Óisin was leading the field in the 100m boys under 10 when he took a tumble, that didn’t stop him though, he dusted himself off and continued to the finish line and the  good news is that  he is under 10 again next year.

Well done to all who took part, you did us proud and we all enjoyed seeing you do your best for your parish.

Good Luck

Good luck to Roscommon Minor Ladies and local St. Faithleach girls Sarah Scally, Marie Kelly, Ellen Irwin, Kate McPhilips and Jennifer Brennan in the All-Ireland Minor Semi Final on Saturday next 30th June.

Summer Art and Craft Camp

for kids Mon 16th July – Thurs 19th July, 10am – 1pm in St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro.  €50 per child. Family discounts. To book a place contact Denise 086 8930990/Amy  087 0904388


The winning ticket drawn in Clarke’s for the Rathcline 50/50 was in the name of Patrick Dowd, Newtowncashel. The winning envelope was worth €238. We say heartiest congratulations to the Patrick and thank him for his continued support of our 50/50.

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.

Your support is much appreciated.


An Irish Language Summer Course (SIAMSA!) will take place from Monday 9th July to Friday 13th July in Gaelscoil Longfoirt.  The course will take place from 9.30am to 3.00pm each day and will cater for students from First Class to Sixth Class.  Further information and applications forms available by contacting 087-2642665.

Pilgrimage to Lough Derg

A one-day pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place on Sunday 19th August. The bus will leave Kenagh at 6.40pm and its route will take it through Derryhaun, Ballyleague, Scramogue and Rooskey. For any enquiries you are asked to contact Mary at 043-3321969.

Thank You

Ballymahon Day Care Centre wish to thank all who generously supported them towards the ladies mini marathon fundraiser for the centre. The funds raised from this event largely contribute towards the continuous running and upkeep of the centre. The centre is opened 5 days a week, new members are always welcome.

Rathcline GAA

Galway Races: The club has confirmed the club’s annual Race Day for Monday 30th July. This is a jewel in the club’s activities each year with the day being very special for all. With limited places available the club would advise early booking for this magnificent day. Tickets cost €120 per person and it is real value for money for all you receive on the day


The winning ticket drawn in Clarke’s for the Rathcline 50/50 was in the name of Patrick Dowd, Newtowncashel. The winning envelope was worth €238. We say heartiest congratulations to the Patrick and thank him for his continued support of our 50/50.

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.

Your support is much appreciated.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

All County Cup: Rescheduled All county Cup game against Kilglass takes place on 26th Tuesday in Kilglass at 8-15pm.

Junior League: Division four league game took place in Ballyleague on Sunday afternoon. Result: St. Faithleach’s 2-16 Roscommon Gaels 3-8. Team: Stephen O’Connor, Ruairí Trimble, Mike-Frank O’Grady, Ian Trautt, Kevin Trautt, Adrian Murtagh (0-1), Mikey Cox, Derek Murray, Henry Kenny (0-2), Alan Manning, Steven Walsh, Colm Mangan (1-0), Mark Gill, Ben Hussey (0-1), Daniel McDermott (1-2). Substitution(s):  Conor Smith (0-10), Nathan McGovern & Fintan McCormack.

Junior Championship: Junior A Championship takes place on Sunday 1st July in Enfield at 2pm against Castlerea.

Minor Championship: D2 Minor Championship starts on Tue 26th with a home game against St. Dominic’s at 8pm.

Congratulations to Padraig Dunne who won both gold and silver in the Special Olympics Ireland last weekend.

Congratulations to Roscommon Intermediate Ladies who claimed victory over Sligo in the Connacht Final on Sunday.

Best of luck to Roscommon Minor Ladies and club reps Sarah Scally, Marie Kelly, Ellen Irwin, Kate McPhilips and Jennifer Brennan in the All-Ireland Minor Semi Final on  Saturday next 30th.


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