Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 8th October 2018

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Rathcline and Recipes

The subcommittee organising the Rathcline GAA Annual ‘Cake Fare’ on Sunday 9th December in St. Marys Parish Hall is seeking your help in collecting recipes you may have and would like to share them. The idea is to produce a collection with all your recipes included and, on that day, it is intended to launch a collection of recipes gathered from around Rathcline parish and further afield.  If you would like to have your favourite recipe or indeed an old family one included in the publication, simply handwrite or type it up and leave it in to Joe or Martina O’Brien or you can contact Pat Connerton on 0861617501 or Michelle Connerton on 0861699466. There are surely a huge number of recipes handed down safely stowed away in presses, drawers and attics. Now is the time to dust them off and share them with us. Thanking you in advance.

Can you get your recipes to us as soon as possible as we hope to have the booklet available for the Cake Fare?

The club is looking forward to hearing from everybody and especially adding your recipe into the publication.

Thank You

I received the following note of thanks from the Clancy family following their huge successful launch of their Sling Shot Gin on Friday last. “The three of us, Peter Sheila and Mike and our team would like to thank the people of Lanesborough-Ballyleague and surrounding areas for their help and encouragement in getting us to the launch of our first product and for the depth of support shown to us over the course of the weekend. We are humbled and extremely grateful”.

Festival of Football

In the words of the song “Here we go again, we’re on the road again” Following the two tense and tight tussles that ended in draws the Longford Intermediate Championship will take place on Sunday next 14th October. We go with great confidence that this will be third time lucky for the team.  Ardagh Moydow are proving most resilient and a tough nut to crack but we are looking forward to Sunday and bringing the Gerry Hennessy Cup back to the parish of Rathcline. For the previous two games there has been great support for the team with former parishioners travelling from all sides of the country, from surrounding counties as well from all parts of the county. We hope that everyone is again looking forward to the third game and are preparing to make the trip to Pearse Park once again. We are looking forward to once again seeing another huge crowd supporting the team. We would like to wish the team and management the very best of luck on Sunday.

The game will be part of a wonderful triple header of finals and a feast of top-class football. It will be fabulous value for all GAA supporters. The triple header commences with the Under 20 A final at 12 noon, followed by Rathcline V Ardagh Moydow at 1.45pm and the replay of the County Senior Championship at 3.45pm. Where else can you find the three major championship finals taking place on the one day in the same venue?

Gets Better and Better

I have often spoken and written about what a fabulous place we live in and the events of the past few weeks allied to last weekend Lough Ree Distillery’s launch of their Sling Shot Gin and the Taste of the Lakelands on Saturday and Sunday reinforces what I have been saying, writing and believing. In the words of one visitor to Lanesboro at the weekend “Lanesboro is such a magical place and there is always something happening in it”. Last weekend in Lanesboro was one of those times where you knew you were in someplace very special.

On Friday night last, the Clancy family owners of the Lough Ree Distillery launched their very first product onto the market when the launched their Sling Shot Gin. The venue was one of the marquees being used for the Taste of the Lakelands. The venue was full to capacity for the launch. It was tremendous to see the local community come out in force to support Peter, Michael and Sheila and their families. The atmosphere was wonderful and MC for the night Joe Flaherty did a fabulous job regaling us with story of old about himself and the Clancy family along with many amusing asides.

The night set a standard and the Sling Short product in its eye catching blue and the merchandise was a sign of the quality of work and thought that went into the making of the Gin and quality of merchandise. Now that Sling Shot Gin is up and running we hope that the word will spread worldwide about the quality Gin being produced in Lanesboro. Good luck to Peter, Michael, Sheila and their staff for many years of successful business.

Saturday morning, we were awoken to bright sunshine as is now the norm for the annual Taste of the Lakelands Food Festival. Stalls and stands were being made ready from early morning and a huge number of visitors to the Festival started to arrive very early. The day continued to be bright and enticed record crowds for the first day. With master crafts people on stage during the day, plenty of sampling and attractions the day was an outstanding success. David Kiernan and Mick Flavin provided afternoon music fitting to their star recognition.

Sunday came to us with the first real touch of winter with a strong chilling the morning. We had hopes that the day would brighten up but alas we were to be disappointed. However, while the crowd was not that of Saturday the fare on the day was absolutely marvellous. As the day progressed the crowd grew larger and larger and a great deal of business was done, sampling and cookery demonstration took place in the main tent and each person was a revelation. The Chilli eating competition brought the tent events to a finish. Camillus Egerton and his band followed by Ciaran Rosney and his band provided great music bring the Taste of the Lakelands to a close for this year.

Full marks must go to Alan Horohoe and his team for staging such a wonderful event in Lanesboro once again this year. The hard work and endeavour really paid off.

Fr. Ted Comes back to Town

Rehearsals for the return of the hugely popular play Fr Ted Comes to Town are almost complete. A huge amount of work throughout the warmest summer in years such is the dedication of the cast and crew. It is a credit to everyone that the play is back so soon in St. Mary’s Parish Hall on Saturday night next 13th October. The previous staging of Fr Ted Comes to Town was magnificent hence the call for the second staging. This is your last opportunity to see this wonderful play.

The club would like to sincerely Pat Deasy and his company Greenlight Pharmaceuticals for their most generous sponsorship of the play.

Apart from the magnificent show another feature of the night will be the half time draw where there will be an amazing €500 in prizes.

The sale of the tickets is going very well, and the remaining tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s. There is a limited supply you are advised to get your tickets as soon as possible to ensure your seat at their great night out. The show will commence at 8.30 with doors opening at 8pm. You can book your tickets by phoning Martina 086 3858934.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs. Gretta O’Brien, Longford Road and her family on the death of Gretta’s sister Mrs. Mary Mc Grath, Harold’s Cross Dublin on Wednesday 3rd October.

Breakfast Morning returns

The hugely popular Lanesboro Tidy Towns Breakfast Morning will return on Sunday 21st October in St. Mary’s Parish Hall from 9am to 1pm.

Last year was the inaugural staging of the event and it proved to be a massive success. This year we hope there will be a bigger crowd supporting the Breakfast and the wonderful work being done by Lanesboro Tidy Towns. Tickets, priced €10, are on sale throughout the town for those that wish to support and cannot attend on the day. There is also the option to pay your €10 on the door.

Harvest Thanksgiving

The Harvest Thanksgiving Service will be held in St. John’s Church on Sunday next 14th October at 3p.m. The Special preacher will be Rev. Captain Richard Waller, Rector of Kildallon group.

Everyone is invited and welcome to come and join in thanking God for the all the blessings we received during the year.

Christmas 25

Starting this Thursday night 11th October in the Yacht Bar will be a Christmas 25. Entry is €5 per player and you can buy back in for just €3. The games will start at 8.30pm.

At the final night there will be hampers and many more prizes. Come along, wile away the long night with a few games of cards every Thursday.

Ambitious Plans

The Committee of Cloontuskert Cemetery would like to thank everybody who contributed so generously to our recent Cemetery Sunday collection for the upkeep of the Cemetery for the coming year your generosity is greatly appreciated.  Our thoughts now turn to our next project which will be our last.  We hope to erect a statue of Our Lady of Fatima and the three visionaries it will be erected on the left-hand side of the front entrance to the old Cemetery to the height of the surrounding wall 48 inches. We do not have a time frame for its completion but would love to have it in place for next year, but that might be a bit too ambitious as we are just falling short of the estimated cost. 

Anyone who wishes to inquire further about the proposed project contact any committee member – Sean Carthy, Johnny Malone, Peter Cox Frank Curley Pauline Brennan


On Monday night last, the draw took place for the weekly 50/50 draw. The winning name this week was in the name of one of our most popular town residents Tommy Mc Carthy, (aka The Cool T), Longford Road. The winning envelope was worth €320. Congratulations to Tommy on his marvellous win and we also thank him for his continuous weekly support of the 50/50

The club thanks everyone for their continued support and encourage everyone to persist in your support as your name will surely be drawn out soon.  Tickets are on sale in local shops and businesses throughout the town 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.

€14,000 Tidy Towns

The Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery draw took place on Tuesday morning last. There was no winner of the €13,900, jackpot and the jackpot for this week, will now hit the magical figure of €14,000. The numbers drawn were 5, 8, 18 and 24. The winner of the €50 prize was Aileen Nelson, c/o Market and the three €20 prizes were won by Mike Kavanagh, Rathcline Road, Edel Mc Cormack c/o Mags and Emma, Saoirse and Freya Feeney, Tullyvrane.

The committee thanks everyone for tremendous and loyal support support.

Please note that winners can collect their winning cheques in the Co-Op office only and will be available from Monday to Friday from 9am to 2pm.


The marriage took place on Friday 28th September at Cullahill Parish Church of Shane Carroll son of Sean and Anne Carroll, Tullyvrane and Emma Mc Mahon daughter of Richard Mc Mahon and Myriam Leahy, Lisnagry, Co. Limerick. Best man was James Carroll assisted by Gareth Johnston friend of the groom. Chief Bridesmaid was Kate Mc Mahon sister of the bride assisted by Íde Browne friend of the bride. Page Boy was Leo Donnellan, nephew of the bride. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Brendan O’Sullivan. The wedding reception took place in Castle Durrow, Durrow, Co. Laois

Mens Club

The club meets every second Thursday in Clarke’s Bar every Thursday from 12noon until 1pm.  The next meeting will take place on Thursday 18th October. If you have never been there and would like to get involved just drop in to Clarkes for a cuppa and a chat for the hour once a week.

County Final Referee

Many congratulations to Paddy Neilan son of Paddy and Bernie Neilan, Lough Ree Park who was appointed to referee the Roscommon County Final between St. Brigid’s and Clann na nGael in Hyde Park on Sunday next at 4pm.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Monday 1st October: N/S: Gross and Nett: 1st Kathleen Hanley and Mary Fallon, 2nd Joan Donlon and Kathleen Kearney Kelly, 3rd Joan Browne and Patricia McGann. E/W: Gross: 1st Eileen Kelly and Tom Feeney, 2nd Teresa Kiernan and Catherine Kelly, 3rd Philomena Walshe and Noreen Dunne.  Nett: 1st Teresa Kiernan and Catherine Kelly, 2nd Eileen Kelly and Tom Feeney, 3rd Una Clarke and Martha Byrne

Please ensure you are seated at 7.45 to ensure a prompt start.

Set Dancing Classes

As we go into the late Autumn and Winter perhaps it is time to think about taking up the Set Dancing classes that take place in St. Faithleach’s clubhouse every Tuesday at 8.30pm. You will come under the expert tuition of Mairead who is running classes for beginners. If you think you would like to go along and would like to get some encouragement or information you can ring Mairead at 086 8546 433.

Pioneer Dinner Dance

The annual Pioneer Dinner Dance that is undoubtably the event of the year will take place in the Rustic Inn on Friday night next 12th October. It is a night never to be missed and make sure you go long and enjoy another fabulous night out in the Rustic Inn.

Lanesboro Library

Knitting & Crochet Group
Knitting & Crochet group continues every Monday 2-4pm.  New members always welcome!
Poetry & Music Group
Poetry & Music group continues at the library on Monday 22nd October 4.15-5.30pm. All welcome to come along and join in with this very vibrant group!
Babble & Books Parent & 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!
Digital Skills Course
Digital Skills starting soon at Lanesboro Library.  Course will involve learning about using your iPad, smartphone as well as laptop. Course will run for 2 hours a week for 5 weeks.
To book your place contact Stella on 0433321291 or email
Beginners Italian Course
Italian course continues in the Library on Monday evening at 7pm.
Book Launch
Come along and support local author Rob Peacock at the launch of his second magical mythical children’s book ‘Cara and the Cauldron of the Round Hill’.
Venue:  Lanesboro Library on Thursday 18th October at 7pm.
Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin!
In conjunction with the book launch, we are running a ‘Guess the weight of the Pumpkin’ competition.  Author Rob Peacock has grown a giant pumpkin which is on display in the Library!  Prize for the correct or nearest answer will be a signed copy of both of Rob’s books ‘Cara and the Mystery of the Missing Ball’ and ‘Cara and the Cauldron of the Round Hill’!
Drop into the Library to get your entry in if you want to win!!
Hallowe’en Family Fun Morning
Parents are welcome to bring their children along to the Library on Saturday morning 20th October 10am to 12 noon for some Family Fun!
Along with the games/Lego/colouring tables, we will have some Hallowe’en fun outfits in the Dress up box and Hallowe’en crafts at the Crafts table.
This is a free event and no booking is required!
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 [http://www.longfordlibrary.ie]<
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.

Thank You

The Longford Branch of the Alzheimers Society of Ireland would like to thank everyone that contributed to their recent church gate collection. The sum realised was €644.55.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday last 26th September are: N/S 1st Philomena Walsh and Katharine Harrison, 2nd Phil Chalmers and Cyril Hussey, 3rd Loretto Cooney and Freda Kenny. E/W 1st Frank and Frances Brennan, 2nd Eileen Kelly and Mary Farrell, 3rd Kathleen Kelly and Essie Nugent.

Society’s final outing of the Year

The Lough Ree Golfing Society will hold their final outing of 2018 at Strokestown Golf Club next Friday 12th October at11am. The Society has enjoyed very successful and pleasant outings so far this year, so there is an onus on everyone to make the final one an enjoyable one too. The competition for ‘golfer of the year’ is down to the last day, with four members in contention, Martin McAllister, Tony Patton, Alan Farrell and Timmy Glynn – the best of luck to them all. Members are encouraged to bring a guest and tea and scones will be available.

Great News from Abroad

Many congratulations to Martin Reynolds formerly Cloontuskert and Emma Duffy formerly Church View who became proud parents of a baby girl in Edmonton, Canada, last week. 

Table Quiz

A Table Quiz to raise funds for an MRI Scanner at Mullingar hospital will take place on The Peer Rakish Paddy on Friday 19th October at 9pm. A table of 4 will cost €40. There will also be a raffle on the night.


The friends of the Regional Hospital Mullingar will host a fund-raising event with funds going to help with the provision of an MRI Scanner for the hospital. The concert will include comedy act and School around the Corner. This is an evening for young and old with music and craic. Tickets €10 each and will be on sale in O’Brien’s.

Ballyboro FC

It was a very successful weekend for the club with all three teams in action victorious. Pride of place must go to the under 13s who recorded a tremendous win over Renmore in a second round Connacht Cup encounter. Inspired by a 5 star and 5 goal performance by Christian Donlon, the Ballyboro boys imposed their authority on the proceedings right from the start and emerged fully deserving winners on a 7-4 scoreline. Eoin Cox and Joy Trimble also found the back of the Renmore net. Team: Sam Glennon, Rory Carling, Jack Casey, Cormac O’Dowd, Josh Crawford, Conor Farrell, Christian Donlon, James Mimnagh, Joey Trimble, Eoin Cox, Rory Killian. subs: Luke Cullen, Jack Naughton, Fionn Crossan.
Many thanks to the ladies who served up a sumptuous meal for both teams in Ballyleague Hall after the game.
The under 12s got their league campaign off to a good start when they defeated Stonepark on Sunday. Ballyboro looked to have the game in the bag halfway through the second half but a late Stonepark rally made for a nervous few minutes before Ballyboro secured victory on a 7-6 margin. Scorers: Christian Donlon 4, Jack Casey 2, Euan Cullen 1. Team: Billy Murray, Anthony Cox, Jack Casey, David Cox, Ethan Slattery, Euan Cullen, Christian Donlon, Daniel Hogan, Ben Murphy. subs: Jack Beattie, Jack Brogan, Conn Maxwell, Luke Johnston, Aidan Kelly, Ryan Mimnagh.
   The under 14s were also in fine fettle as they defeated Abbey Rovers 5-4 in their first league game of the season. The goals were scored by Jimmy Farrell (2), Ryan Byrne 1 Matthew Heneghan 1 and an og. Team: Luke Dowd, Bryan Mullooly, Ryan Byrne, Paul Byrne, Jack McGloin, Matthew Heneghan, Jimmy Farrell, Shane Ross, Ciaran O’Dowd, Briain Farrell, Christy Burke. subs, Conor Farrell, Cormac O’Dowd, and Christian Donlon.
Ballyboro urgently require a manager/coach for the under 10 team. Anyone interested please contact club secretary Carol Donlon at 083 8681941 ASAP. If we do not have a manager for this team the under 10s will not have football this season.
The club are running a Table Quiz on Friday 26th October in Rosie’s Ballyleague. This quiz is a fundraiser in support of the major Astroturf Project in conjunction with Lanesboro Community College. When completed this project will be massively beneficial to the players, the club, the schools, and the wider community. The quiz will be a fun quiz with loads of prizes.

Weekend Fixtures: The under 12s play Gaels United in Drumlish on Sunday at 11am. The under 13s are at home to Abbey Rovers on Saturday with the kick off at 1pm, while the under 14s play Inny FC in Streete at 1pm.

Backstage Theatre Group

Backstage Theatre Group will be performing Brian Friel’s heart-warming Play “Winners” in Backstage Theatre on October 12th & 13th. Tickets are available from 043 33 47888 or 

Rathcline GAA.

Recipes for Rathcline

Rathcline GAA Club will once again be holding their Annual ‘Cake Fare’ on Sunday 9th December in St. Marys Parish Hall. 

On that day we intend to launch a collection of recipes gathered from around Rathcline parish.  If you would like to have your favourite recipe or indeed an old family one included in the publication, simply handwrite or type it up and leave it in to Joe or Martina O’Brien or you can contact Pat Connerton on 0861617501 or Michelle Connerton on 0861699466.  Like the football it is “Minor, Senior, ladies and Gents”.  The club is hoping to collect a huge number of old recipes and if you can get them to us as soon as possible so that we can have the booklet ready for our Cake Fare. Looking forward to hearing from everybody and especially adding your recipe into the publication.

Championship Final Third Game

Next Sunday the Intermediate championship final will be part of a trilogy in every sense – our third meeting and part of a triple header. Our game is the middle game with a throw in time of 1.45pm. We must do it all again and we hope that this will be third time lucky. While we were in a position to win the previous two games we showed great courage and guts to come back to draw the games in the end. We hope that if we are ahead in the run in that we will push forward and win it. There is no doubting out quality, determination and guts and we have to raise our game that bit more to deny Ardagh/Moydow from spoiling our goal of winning back to back titles..

We are very grateful to the huge numbers of parishioners and former parishioners that are making the journeys to support the team. Your great support is needed once again on Sunday and we look forward to seeing you all back in Pearse Park.

Fr Ted Comes to Town:

The exceptional play Fr. Ted Comes to Town written by Colin Fayne will make its return to St Mary’s Hall, on Saturday week 13th October at 8.30pm.  Such was the popularity of the first staging of the show the Minor Club had to stage it once again. There are a limited number of tickets still available and you are advised to get your tickets early.

An added feature to the magnificent show will be the half time draw where there will be €500 in prizes. All club members and their friends are invited to come along and enjoy a great night’s entertainment before going to Pearse Park on Sunday to support Rathcline.

Thank You:

The Rathcline club would like to express their deepest gratitude to JP Mc Manus for his very generous donation to each GAA club in the country. Our donation was gratefully received and will be spent wisely.

Good Luck:

The club would like to wish Paddy Neilan, St. Faithleach’s, the very best of luck on Sunday next. Paddy, during the week was appointed to referee the Roscommon County Final in Hyde Park.


On Monday night last, the draw took place for the weekly 50/50 draw. The winning name this week was in the name of one of our most popular town residents Tommy Mc Carthy, Longford Road. The winning envelope was worth €320. Congratulations to Tommy on his marvellous win and the club also thanks him for his weekly support of the 50/50

The club thanks everyone for their continued support and encourage everyone to persist in your support as your name will surely be drawn out soon.  Tickets are on sale in local shops and businesses throughout the town 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.


The club still has two league games to play following the Intermediate Championship final and they are pencilled into the fixtures as follows: Saturday 20th October at 4pm game against Cashel in Clonbonny and the final game in Dunbeggan at 4pm on Saturday 27th October. If we win both games, we will play Granard for the opportunity to be promoted to Division 1 for the 2019 season.


On Saturday last our U16 team played Clonbroney/Wolfe Tones in Pearse Park on Saturday last in the Juvenile Division 1 Final. This was our first time in many years to be in a Division 1 final at this grade. The game started well for us and things looked great when we were three points ahead during the first half. As the saying goes ‘goals win games’, and this was the case as Clonbroney/Wolfe Tones scored 3 over the hour to our 1. The final scoreline read Clonbroney/Wolfe Tones 3-7 and Western Gaels 1-9. It was a tremendous performance by our lads who lost nothing in defeat and there is no doubt that the future is bright for those young men. We congratulate them on reaching the final and remind them that with continued hard work their day will come.

Our minor team will play in the Minor Football Cup on Wednesday week 17th October in Michael Fay Park at 8.15. This is a wonderful opportunity for this excellent team to leave their grade as Minor champions. We urge every Rathcline supporter to go along to Farneyhoogan and cheer the lads on.


Our Under 14s were due to play next Saturday but received a walk over and their next fixture will be Saturday week when

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Senior League: St. Faithleach’s played Strokestown in round seven of the league in Ballyleague on Sunday morning.  Result: St. Faithleach’s 2-11 Strokestown 0-3. Team: Michael O’Donnell, Karl Nerney, Mikey Cox, Adrian Murtagh, Darragh Hussey (0-3), David Rooney (0-3), Daniel Foley, Aidan Dooney (0-1), Ciarán Murtagh (0-2), Mark Gill. Subs: Alan Brehon (1-1).
U16 Boys Championship Shield Final: Hard luck to our U16 team who were beaten in the Shield Final by a very strong Castlerea side. Many thanks to the management team for all their work throughout the year.
U12 Summer League Shield Semi Final: St. Faithleach’s play Elphin on Thursday 11th in Ballyleague at 6pm. Your support is welcome.
Roscommon Ladies County Finals: St. Faithleach’s GAA were both delighted and honoured to be chosen to host this year’s Ladies Senior and Intermediate County Finals on club grounds. Many thanks to all our members who gave their time so generously to help out, and to Roscommon Ladies County Board, Roscommon Civil Defence and Castlerea Brass Band.
Get Out Get Active: Registration for our six-week fitness challenge takes place in the clubhouse on Thursday 11th from 8-10pm. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone in the community regardless of their fitness level to get out and get active in a fun, safe and supervised  environment.  For more information please visit our Facebook page or contact Ray Cox (086)6085272.
Cards: Take place every Tuesday in the clubhouse.  Last week’s winners;
Joint winners: PJ & Bridie, Paddy & Mick. Last game Annie and Kathleen. 

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