Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 9th July 2018

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes


Call for Marshals: The Triathlon cannot run smoothly and so successfully without the help of the local volunteers on the day. If you would like to lend a hand and enjoy the atmosphere of race day, please drop your name into Joe O’Brien’s Corner Shop, phone 3321107, and we will be in touch… In the evening, we will be hosting a post-race party with spot prizes for the marshals to round off what we hope will be another successful race day.

History Makers

On Saturday last in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise Roscommon senior footballers had a tremendous win over Armagh in a hugely entertaining game of football in Round 4 of the Qualifiers. This victory creates its own piece of history as Roscommon were the first team through to the new championship format the Super 8’s. Leading the way towards victory were local brothers Ciaran and Diarmuid Murtagh both of whom scored 6 points each. The lads are sons of Andy and Breda Murtagh, Strokestown Road who are rightly proud of their achievements and the entire community along with their club St. Faithleach’s are fully supportive of them and their achievements.

Good luck to the lads and their team mantes and team management in the Super 8’s that commence on Saturday next with the opening game in Croke Park at 5pm against Tyrone


The winner of the Buster prize at the Lough Ree Monster Festival ‘Night at the Dogs’ was Hilary O’Sullivan, Main St. Hilary was the winner of €300.

Thank You

The local branch of the Samaritans would like to thank everyone that help out with their recent Church Gate collection.

Two Provinces Triathlon this Saturday

With glorious weather in prospect next weekend and with over 600 participants coming to Lanesboro to take part the Two Province Triathlon it promises to be a wonderful and colourful occasion. It would be great to see a huge local turnout supporting the athletes and the local Lough Ree Triathlon club. Let’s make it a great community day and let us all create a wonderful excitement.

Friday 13th July: There will be general disruption between 5:30pm and 9:00pm due to people traveling to and participating in the kids’ race.

There will be restricted access to the Rathcline Rd between 7.30pm and 8.30pm. The kids cycle takes place on this road between the entrance to quarry and Harold’s Cross.

Saturday 14th July: General disruption between 7:30am and 3:00pm due to people traveling to and participating in the adult race.

To ensure safety of competitors, Roscommon County Council have granted a road closure order for the R371 Strokestown Rd (Ballyleague to Scramogue) between 10.45am and 2.00 pm. The cycle part of our race takes place on this road.

The cycle will also result in some disruption on the N63 from the Lanesboro Parish Hall to the Slieve Bawn Hotel between 10.45am-2.00pm.

Additionally, there will be restricted access to the Rathcline Rd between 11.30am and 2.30 pm. The adult run takes place on this road between the entrance to quarry and Harold’s Cross.

The club would like to thank everyone for their cooperation and support and we invite everyone to come along to cheer on the athletes. This is a big event for the area!

Just a reminder

I have been asked to remind people that continue to use the on-street litter bins that these bins are not for household rubbish and to desist from doing so.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge

The results of the competition held on Monday night last 2nd July are; N/S: 1st Kathleen Kelly and Essie Nugent, 2nd Ann Fallon and Ann Delaney, 3rd Kathleen Hanley and Mary Fallon. E/W: 1st Chris McGrath and Kitty Dowd, 2nd Mary Jameson and Goretti Kenny and 3rd Margaret O’Dowd and Elsie Maxwell.

Connacht Final on Friday

The roads leading to Hyde Park Roscommon should be very busy on Friday evening next when Roscommon U17 team will take on Galway in the Connacht U17 Final. At the time of writing there is no confirmed time for the throw in.

Our community has an interest on both team with Liam Ormsby son of Steve and Teresa Ormsby and James Browne, son of Declan and Patricia Browne will play leading roles for the Roscommon side. On the Galway side former Rathcline great Cosmos Gilmore, who has been doing great work at underage over a number of years, will be part of the Galway management team hoping to plot the downfall of Roscommon. Cosmos is a selector/coach with the team.

We look forward to a great and exciting game. It would be fabulous to see a huge local crowd cheering on the lads.

Farewell Fergie

In recent times Fergie Feeney had been in failing health. His illness brought great sadness in the entire community and each day everyone’s concern was for Fergie’s wellbeing. He returned from England a number of years ago and he fell into the ways of his home patch as if he had never been away. Upon his return he resided in his homestead in Knock. He was a character with a soft and caring personality. He was obliging and helpful to everyone and his passing leaves us all the poorer but richer from the time we had with him throughout his life. He was an adorable man. Fergie was a founder member of the legendary ‘Hop group’ that held Hops in the hall on Sunday nights during the late 60’s and early 70’s. Fergie wherever he went always left a happy and pleasant memory. He had music in his heart and he loved to express it in song. Fergie was part of the Shannon Tones who released a CD a few years back, he was a poet and wrote poetry for many various people and occasions, Fergie was a reader at mass a number of months each year. Overall there is nothing but happiness in your mind and heart when you think of Fergie you will never be alone. Fergie passed away in the Rose Lodge Nursing Home, Killucan on Thursday 28th June. He was predeceased by his son Paul, Sister Philomena, parents Tom and Mena. The attendance at the reposing of his remains in Farrell’s Funeral Home, and again at his Funeral Mass bore ample testimony to the esteem in which he was held. At his burial in Clonbonny members of the Shannon Tones paid their final musical respects to a very special man and friend of us all.

To his wife Maureen, daughter Elizabeth, sister Gabrielle, brother Tom, grandchildren,  relatives and a huge number of friends we extend our heartfelt sympathy

Lanesborough Gun Club

Membership subscriptions are now due for the coming season 2018/2019. Please contact a member of the committee to arrange payment. No follow up contact will be made to collect subscriptions, it is the personal responsibility of each member to ensure they are paid up and insured for the coming season.

Social Dancing

There will be Social Dancing every Wednesday night from 10pm to 12pm at Longford Rugby club commencing this Wednesday 4th July. Refreshments will be served on the night.

€12,700 Tidy Towns

The Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery draw took place on Tuesday morning last. There was no winner of the €12,600 jackpot and the jackpot, for this week, will now rise to €12,700. The numbers drawn were 12, 13, 24 and 28. The winner of the €50 prize was Joe O’Brien, Lanesboro and the three €20 prizes winners were Brendan Ward, Curragh Rua, Johnny Hanley, Corrigeen and Mrs. Ping, Main Street.

Graveyard Sunday continues

The final Blessing of Graves will take place in Clonbonny on Sunday next 15th July. If you have family buried in Clonbonny cemetery you are asked to clean up your family grave in preparation for the Blessing.

A note to everyone tending graves; as there is no dumping area to put what you are taking off your grave you are asked to take away all to ensure that the local graveyards and surrounds remain in pristine condition.

Lanesboro Library this week

Poetry & Music Group
‘Poetry and Music’ group will continue on Monday 23rd July at 4.15pm.
All are welcome to come along and join in!
Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group
The 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!
Saturday Family Fun Mornings at the Library
During July & August, we will have a Family Fun Morning each Saturday in the library.  There will be Craft Table with Belinda, Retro Games Table, Lego Table and Colouring Tables.  No booking is required – just drop in and join in the fun!
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 – Fully Booked
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.- Fully Booked
Singing & Songwriting 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<>
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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.
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Call to the library for your free library card & pin or further information.

Healthcare Monitoring in Your Home 

Shannonside Digital Skills are putting together a new plan for a pilot scheme in the Lanesborough Ballyleague area in the coming months.

The scheme will allow 20 people who suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, COPD or other chronic illness to decide themselves to have their critical daily medical readings monitored by the use of new technology in the comfort of their own home through the use of broadband. These readings will then be monitored in conjunction with a specialised nurse service so that any healthcare readings of concern will be brought to the attention of the person immediately and action proposed.

This pilot project is now only at developmental stage. Participation will be purely on a voluntary basis for each person (10 from Ballyleague and 10 from Lanesborough) and each person who volunteers must firstly fill out a questionnaire and consult with their own GP.

This is the first pilot of its kind in the republic of Ireland and to find our more information please contact Debbie at (086) 223 0971 or Adrian at 04333 21734


The pilot will not start until the initial questionnaire has been successfully completed by all 20 people.

To seek a questionnaire please e mail:

Summer Art and Craft Camp

Will commence for kids on Monday week 16th July and will continue until Thurs 19th July. The camp will take place from 10am – 1pm each day in St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro.  The cost is €50 per child. Family discounts. To book a place contact Denise 086 8930990/Amy 087 0904388


The name on the winning ticket drawn for the Rathcline 50/50 on Monday night last was Pat Rafferty, Corrigeen. The winning envelope was worth €265. We say heartiest congratulations to the Pat on his win and thank him for his continued support of the 50/50

Tickets are on sale in local shops and businesses 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.

Ladies’ Evening

A Ladies Evening in aid of #togetherwithdavid on Sunday 22nd July at 6pm in Lanesboro Resource Centre beside Johnston’s Pharmacy. There will be live demonstrations from the Brow Boutique, The Hair Suite and Rachael Kelly Artistry. Refreshments will be served on the night and there will be a raffle with great prizes to be won. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s, Casserley’s Spar and The Brow Boutique. Tickets cost €20 each and your support will be greatly appreciated.


On Wednesday last 4th July we received the sad news of the death of Stella McKearney, Weekfield. Stella a native of County Armagh along with her husband Malachy came to live amongst us. She was a lovely and quite spoken lady. Her memory will live long with any of us that had the pleasure to know Stella. In the past few years she was in failing health and she bore her cross with great dignity and strength. Her remains reposed at her sister’s house in Keady before removal to St. Patrick’s Church, Keady. Burial took place following her Funeral Mass to the adjoining cemetery. We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to her husband Malachy, sisters Pauline (McKeever) and Noreen (Casey), nieces, nephews and  many friends.

Blood Donation Clinic

There is always a great need for blood and none more so than during the summer months due to the present great weather and the amount of people on holidays. The next local Blood Donation Clinic will take place in the Longford Arms on Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th July from 4.30pm to 8pm.

Bookings for 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.

Exciting Press Release

John Finn formerly of Rathcline Road and son of Jim and Madge Finn, Rathcline Road, released a very exciting and new financial development. It is a first for the country and it is wonderful to see one of our own making great strides furthering his career. Below is the content of the Press Release. We wish John huge success in the creation of the Treasury Hub.


Treasury Solutions Ltd, a specialist treasury advisory firm is pleased to announce its collaboration with four prominent accounting and advisory firms under the brand of “The Treasury Hub”. The four firms are: Buckley Kiely (Cork) Gilroy Gannon (Sligo) McInerney Saunders (Dublin) RBK (Midlands/Dublin) 1


Treasury Solutions Limited (“TSL”) has been operating for 18 years offering a premium quality treasury advisory service to the large corporate market. It is now broadening its service offering through a collaboration with four accounting and advisory firms across the country.

New Service Outline

The new service will provide the firms with access to the technical knowledge and financial market intelligence of TSL to enable them to offer new products and services to their clients and to deal with the impact on interest rates, foreign exchange and the banking market in general that will inevitably emanate from Brexit, geo-political developments, etc. The focus of each of these firms will be very much on the owner-managed sector that is crucial to the success of the Irish economy.

The services to be provided via The Treasury Hub include:

  • Debt funding by banks
  • Debt funding by non-banks
  • Interest rate risk management
  • Foreign exchange management • Liquidity management
  • Cash management
  • Ad hoc treasury issues.

The provision of the range and quality of these services under The Treasury Hub effectively brings large company expertise to small and medium-sized enterprises. Not only will it give significant competitive advantage to these firms but it will also give high quality and unique risk management support to their clients as they seek to grow their international sales and footprint.

Unique Selling Point

With the exception of the largest companies, most Irish corporates have been inadequately served in their treasury management function, highlighted by a lack of access to specialist advisers in certain aspects of such dealings in Ireland. This would be replicated internationally and is not a uniquely Irish experience. The collaboration under The Treasury Hub will provide a quality service not previously available to these companies. Better risk management practices will not only save clients’ money but will also improve their banking negotiations and outcomes. In the face of the risks associated with Brexit and other challenges, those who engage early will benefit the most.


It is the intention of The Treasury Hub to add a number of additional accounting and advisory firms to the collaboration in due course thereby permitting the Irish SME and mid-corporate sectors to avail of best practice banking and finance advice regardless of their geographical location. The initial four firms employ 325 people across their divisions, serving thousands of clients right across the country. It is hoped that this initiative will help to create further job opportunities for both these firms and their clients. For further details please contact: –

John Finn TSL

John Flynn Buckley Kiely

Mel McKeown Gilroy Gannon

Neal Morrison McInerneySaunders

Chris Ball RBK

Rathcline GAA

Help Wanted: If any club member or player is available to help out with stewarding at the Two Provinces Triathlon on Friday evening week 13th July or on Saturday week 14th July can you leave you name and phone number into O’Brien’s or phone Joe at 086-2460840 or email

50/50 Galway Races: The club has confirmed the club’s annual Race Day for Monday 30th July is sold out in advance of the big day. However, there is a waiting list being created and you may be lucky to get a place if somebody pulls out. As I have said previously this is a jewel in the club’s activities and recognised by so many as they book it out year on year. The club would like to thank everyone that have booked their places and also to others that expressed their interest. The club is in a privileged position by having the support of Galway Racecourse for the day for which we are deeply grateful.

Games Return:

Last weekend in the Decision 2 League we travelled to Ballinalee to take on Sean Connolly’s. In the end it proved to be a convincing win and keeps us in the hunt for promotion to Division 1.

Championship on Sunday: Sunday next we make the short journey to Allen Park, Newtownforbes for the first round of the Intermediate championship where we will take on our near neighbours Killashee in what should be a great local derby. The game throws in at 7.30pm. We wish the players and team management the very best of luck and we look forward to a huge number of supporters travelling to cheer on the team. Good luck lads give it all you got.


The name on the winning ticket drawn for the Rathcline 50/50 on Monday night last was Pat Rafferty, Corrigeen. The winning envelope was worth €265. We say heartiest congratulations to the Pat on his win and thank him for his continued support of the 50/50

Tickets are on sale in local shops and businesses 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.

Shannon Gaels

The Cúl Camps will take place in the club grounds in Clonbonny from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th July. Bookings can be made online at or with Damien Sheridan, Longford Coaching Officer at Longford GAA office, Pearse Park. Phone Damien at 087 9126556.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

O’Rourke Cup: The O’Rourke Cup action resumes on Sunday 15th in Ballyleague against St. Croan’s at 6pm.

Junior Ladies Championship: The Junior ladies lost out to Castlerea on Friday evening last. Result: St. Faithleach’s 5-4 Castlerea 5-5.

U16 Championship: Ballyleague is the venue on Sunday 15th for the meeting of St. Faithleach’s v Western Gaels/Tulsk at 12 noon.

U14 Championship: Round one of the boy’s championship takes place against Castlerea on Thursday 12th at 8pm in O’Rourke Park.

Pedal Power Cinema: The Minor Club are hosting a Pedal Power Cinema on Friday 3rd August in Ballyleague Hall at 7pm. This promises to be a highly entertaining evening with teams of cyclists powering the event. Sponsor cards are available from all managers, your support is appreciated.

Well done to Roscommon and club reps Ciaran and Diarmuid Murtagh on reaching the Super 8’s. Also, to Roscommon U17 team and club reps Liam Ormsby and James Browne who have reached the Connacht Final which is to be held in Hyde Park Roscommon on Friday.

Best of luck to Roscommon Minor Ladies panel and management in their All Ireland B Final on Saturday. We would like to take this opportunity to wish Ellen Irwin, Sarah Scally, Marie Kelly, Kate McPhilips and Jennifer Brennan all the best in their quest for All Ireland glory.

Well done to Katie Murray, Lucy Malone, Rachel Kilcoyne, Mattia Cox, Anna Cox, Katie Ryan and Molly Naughton who took part in the Lidl Future Stars event in Claregalway, in association with Ladies Gaelic Football on Sunday morning last. The girls got to train and play with intercounty stars not only from Roscommon but also from around Ireland. We would like to thank Cora Staunton, Sarah Rowe and Aisling Moloney for been so generous with their time for photos which marked the girl’s special day.

King and Queen of St. Faithleach’s: St. Faithleach’s GAA are hosting our first “King and Queen of St. Faithleach’s”. This unique event will see six contestants compete against one another for the highly coveted crown and the pride of the parish. All participants will be revealed on our social media sites (Facebook, twitter, snapchat) over the course of the week, and full details of how you can support your King or Queen.

Cards: Take place every Tuesday evening in the clubhouse. Last week’s winners; Eugene and Sonny. Runners up Peggy and Barney, last game Annie and Kathleen



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