Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 22nd October 2018

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

On Winning Streak

Many congratulations to Mrs. Mary Lohan who on Saturday night last was drawn out to be on the next Winning Streak Television programme. With next weekend being a Bank Holiday weekend, the next airing of this popular programme will be Saturday week 3rd November when Mary will be on our screens. We wish Mary the very best of luck and we hope that the three multicoloured tokens will come her way and that she will have the added excitement of spinning the wheel.

Out of Town News

For too long the news from me has been going only one way – informing everyone out of the area as to what is happening in their own and former community.

I am now inviting everyone that has a connection, even a tenuous one, to the Lanesboro, Ballyleague towns, the Rathcline and Kilgefin parishes to share their family news with us. In the recent past we had a birth in Canada (congratulations, again, Martin and Emma) followed a week later by a death also, as it happens, in Canada of the late Pat Monaghan and it is great to be able to share the out of town news with everyone.

You can email me on  and I would love to hear from you.

Inaugural Cycle

The inaugural High Nelly Challenge took place last Sunday morning in aid of the Palliative care Unit at Roscommon Hospital.

While the event was hastily organised a number in access of 30 bikes arrived at the start at Ballyleague Hall on a varied array of bicycles which included 16 High Nelly of varying ages to travel the 30km route.

There is no doubt, but the cycle was most enjoyable on a wonderful morning and the craic amongst the cyclist was only mighty. A total of €615 was raised.

A special word must go to everyone that donated money, cycled and prepared food.

The route began at Ballyleague Hall through Lanesboro to Killashee onto Clondra and Tarmonbarry and back to Ballyleague.

The cheque will be presented to the Palliative Care Unit in the near future and the organisers looks forward to another and greater day out next year.

Have you a Recipe?

The Rathcline GAA Annual ‘Cake Fare’ that will take place on Sunday 9th December in St. Marys Parish Hall is seeking your help in collecting recipes you may have and that you may like to share them. The idea is to produce a collection with all your recipes included and, on the 9th December, it is intended to launch a collection of recipes gathered from around Rathcline parish. This idea has really taken off and a host of people have already shared their recipes. Recipes have been flowing in and as the closing date for the recipes is fast approaching it is very important that you, if you wish to share your recipe, get your recipe in as quickly as possible.

In recent years there has been a great shift to the number of men cooking and baking and the committee would love to hear from them as well as all the ladies that are continually creating great food and confectionery from their chosen recipes.

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.

Without doubt 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 will have the booklet available for the Cake Fare?

The club is looking forward to hearing from everybody with a connection to our parish and we look forward to adding your recipe into the publication.

Table Quiz Night

 This Table is aimed at attracting support from all the families of all students of Lanesborough Community College and all the parents & grandparents & friends of all the team players with Ballyboro soccer club. This Table quiz will be held at Rosie’s Bar (Sorohan’s) in Ballyleague on Friday night next October 26th next at 9.30pm.  Tables of 4 will cost €40 – (€10 each member) and there will lots of great spot prizes on the night. so please mark the date in your diary for a good night out on the Halloween weekend this Friday October 26th. 

Seville Wedding

Congratulations to Victoria Harold, daughter of Bernie Harold, Rathcline and the late Terry Fitzpatrick, Clontumpher, Ballinalee and Dr Thomas Boland son of Olwyn and Owen Boland, Portarlington, Co Laois where were married in Seville Cathedral on Friday last 19th October. The ceremony was conducted by Fr Martin Flynn and the music was by SAGRA Chamber Orchestra conducted by Arturo Artigas.

The bride was given away by her Grand Uncle Jim Harold, Maid of Honour was Alexandra Harold, twin sister of the bride and Best Man was Giles Boland brother of the groom. The happy couple were joined by friends and family from Canada, Portugal, Spain, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, New Zealand, England, Scotland as well as a large contingent from Ireland. A reception was held afterwards in the beautiful surroundings of Casa Guardiola, Seville. We wish them many years of health and happiness.

Astro Turf

Plans were unveiled this week for a new initiative to develop an astro turf soccer pitch for the benefit of all the children of Lanesborough, Ballyleague and students of the local secondary school and adults of the entire community. The pitch is badly needed because the existing field at the track at Lanesborough Community College, which has served the school and the community well over the decades, now suffers from heavy flooding in Winter time and is unplayable a lot. The astro project will cost up to €200,000 and is being undertaken by a voluntary committee set up by Ballyboro soccer club and the Longford Westmeath Education and Training Board who own the land at LCC. 

The committee is made up of all local lads and lassies from Lanesborough & Rathcline, Kilgefin and Ballyleague: Jason Fallon, Stephen Rooney, Eddie Kelly, Seamus Sorohan, Karl Crawford, Mark Tarmey, Lee Cullen, Ann McGloin, Ronnie Johnston, Eamon Bolger, Kevin Connaughton, John Tynan, Ciaran Mullooly, Carol Donlon, Kieran Feeney.  

The committee has a number of major fundraising initiatives at the planning stage for 2019 but will only be holding smaller events before Christmas while other major events in the area are underway. The first small event – a TABLE QUIZ NIGHT – is aimed at attracting support from all the families of all students of Lanesborough Community College and all the parents & grandparents & friends of all the team players with Ballyboro soccer club. This Table quiz will be held at Rosie’s Bar (Sorohan’s) in Ballyleague on Friday night next  October 26th next at 9.30pm.  Tables of 4 will cost 40 euro – (10 euro each member) and there will lots of great spot prizes on the night. so please mark the date in your diary for  a good night out on the Halloween weekend Friday October 26th. 

If you would like to make a donation to the astro turf pitch fund or help the committee in any way please e mail or telephone John Tynan – the Chairman of Ballyboro soccer club at 087 6221894.


The club would encourage you to support the weekly 50/50 draw for the next few weeks as there will be a major outlay as Rathcline travel to Wexford for the first round of the Leinster Intermediate Championship and while you have the opportunity to win the weekly prize, but you will also be helping to defray the costs for the Leinster Championship.

On Monday night last, the draw took place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Alan Horohoe, Ballyleague. The winning envelope was worth €360. Congratulations to Alan on his 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 or 3 tickets for €5. 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.


A fundraiser event will for a M.R.I. Scanner in Mullingar Hospital will take place on this Saturday night 27th October. There will be 2 one-act plays one from Legan entitled Mrs Doyle’s Sandwitch and one from Lanesboro entitled A day at the Vets. There will also be The School around the Corner with participants from Cashel, Fermoyle, Lanesboro and Ballyleague. Music and singing from Jimmy hussy, Brian Ross, Siobhan Casey, Susan Mc Kenna and the Jimmy Flanagan group. The Longford Rose Loren Katie Logan will also be in attendance.

Doors open at 8pm for an 8.30pm start. You are asked to support a good cause.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday 17th October are: N/S 1st Philomena Walsh and Katherine Harrison, 2nd Bernadette Clancy and Mary Mc Gushin, 3rd Gemma Douglas and Mary Farrell. E/W 1st Eileen Kelly and Maureen Hynes, 2nd Una Lawlor and Brid Mc Dermott, 3rd Mary Jameson and Elizbeth Clyne.

€14,200 Tidy Towns

The Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery draw took place on Tuesday morning last on the Co-Op office. There was no winner of the €14,100, jackpot and the jackpot for this week, will now rise to reach and the really worthwhile winning amount of €14,200. The numbers drawn were 1, 10, 26 and 30. The winner of the €50 prize was Michael Mulvihill and the three €20 prizes were won by Peter Gannon and Mags c/o Mags, Sean Whitney c/o FAS and Brid Mc Dermott.

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.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

Lough Ree Golfing Society’s final outing of 2018 took place at Strokestown Golf Club on Friday last the 19th October. The weather was just right for golf, and there was a very good turnout with brilliant scoring, 44, 41, 39, 39, 39, 39, 37, 37, 37, 36, from the first ten, and the rest of the scoring was very good too. Everybody expressed their enjoyment of the days play with the course in excellent condition. The Golfer of the Year competition went down to the last day with a very close contest between Alan Farrell and Timmy Glynn, with Timmy winning by one point 39-38. The Society intends to go to some new courses in 2019 and they will welcome any new members who wish to join. All local golfers should be part of this local golf society and should be inviting their friends to also be part.

The day’s results were 1st Ollie Killeen 44pts, 2nd Alan Farrell 41 pts and 3rd John Martin 39pts 

Nearest pin was won by Frank Costello while the Longest Drive was won by John Martin.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Monday 15th October are: N/S: Gross and Nett:

 1st J.J. Donlon and Joan Donnellan, 2nd Carol Hamill and Ann Hagan, 3rd Kathleen Kelly and Joan Donlon. E/W: Gross and Nett: 1st Mary Jameson and Goretti Kenny, 2nd Katharine Harrison and Essie Nugent, 3rd Eileen Kelly and Tom Feeney   


Last week was a momentous one for the club as the license agreement was signed for the new Astroturf pitch. This facility will be of enormous benefit to the club, the local schools, and the wider community in the future. However, much funds need to be raised in the interim to make this opportunity a reality. With this in mind the club is staging a Table Quiz in Rosie’s, Ballyleague on this Friday 26th at 9.30, and the club is hoping that this venture will greatly supported by parents of the players, and also by parents of the students of Lanesboro Community College, as well as the general public. 
On the playing fields it was a busy weekend with four teams in action. First involved were the under 13s. A stunning hat trick by Eoin Cox in the early stages set the team on the road to victory, and further goals by Christian Donlon (2), Joey Trimble (1), and Euan Cullen (1) saw the team win by 7 goals to 2. Team: Sam Glennon, Rory Carling, Jack Casey, Cormac O’Dowd, Josh Crawford, Christian Donlon, Euan Cullen, Conor Farrell, Alex Forde, Eoin Cox, Joey Trimble. subs: James Mimnagh, Christov, and Luke Cullen.
The under 12s continued their recent run of good form when they got the better of Killoe Celtic by 7 goals to 2.   Christian Donlon with 3, and one each from Daniel Hogan, Jack Casey, Ben Murphy and Euan Cullen saw the Ballyboro lads emerge as comfortable winners. Line out: Ronan Cox, Anthony Cox, Jack Casey, David Cox, Euan Cullen, Christian Donlon, Ethan Slattery, Ben Murphy, Billy Murray. subs: Daniel Hogan, Conn Maxwell, Luke Johnston, Jack Beattie, Aidan Kelly, Adam Farrell.
Considering it was their first game of the season the under 16s started impressively against Newtown and were ahead 2-1 at the interval with Jack Murray and Eoin Farrell the goal scorers. However, Newtown largely dominated the second half and won by a 5-2 margin. Ballyboro; Jack Madigan, Ryan Murphy, Oisin Kenny, Kevin McDonagh, Cormac Casey, Jack Murray, Conor Gannon, Eoin Farrell, Shane Killian, Chris O’Loughlin, Cillian Cox. subs: Callum Gordon, Niall Fisher.
The under 14s found the going tough against a superior Inny Rovers team, and though they tried hard they were well beaten by an impressive Inny outfit. Ballyboro: Briain Farrell, Luke Dowd, Paul Byrne, Ryan Byrne, Jack McGloin, Matthew Heneghan, Shane Ross, Sam Murphy, Ciaran O’Dowd, Christy Burke, Bryan Mullooly. subs: Conor Farrell, Cormac O’Dowd.
Thanks are due to Duncan Murphy, Donal Hogan, and Gary Beattie who have agreed to take charge of the under 8s, under 9s, and under 10s respectively.
Fixtures: The under 8s will be involved in a blitz at home on Saturday commencing at 11am. The under 10s are at home to Ardagh on Saturday with the kick off at 12 noon. The under 12s are away to Castlepollard on Sunday 1pm. The under 13s play Westport United away on Saturday in the third round of the Connacht Cup at 12 noon, while the under 14s are away to Killoe Celtic on Sunday 11 am kick off.

Weekly Bingo

You ae reminded that the Ballyleague Bingo continues every Thursday night in Ballyleague hall commencing at 8.30pm. Ballyleague Bingo is renowned as the biggest and best bingo in the area. There is €200 to be won on every page and a snowball prize of €2000. Go along and support and who knows the snowball or one of the other prizes may be yours.

Race Night

If you can go this Saturday night 27th October, please support our neighbours St Brigid’s GAA Killashee at their race night in The Richmond Inn Clondra. A great night guaranteed. Please go and support their main fundraiser of 2018

Art and Craft Camp

Halloween Art and Craft camp for kids Tues 30th October to Thursday 1st November inclusive, 10am – 1pm in St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro.  €35 per child.  Suitable for ages 4 -10 years.  To book a place contact Denise 086 8930990 or Amy 087 0904388.

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.

Lanesboro Library

October Bank Holiday

Library will be closed on Saturday 27th October and Bank Holiday Monday 29th October.  Library will reopen on Tuesday 30th October at 2pm.
Knitting & Crochet Group
Knitting & Crochet group continues every Monday 2pm to 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!
ESOL Class
ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) continues every Tuesday evening at 7pm at the library.
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!
Book Club
Our Book Club continues on Friday morning 26th October at 11am.  Come along for a chat and a cuppa. New members always welcome.
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.

The 15th Gallant 5km/10km Challenge:

In aid of St Christopher’s Hospice Cavan takes place on Saturday 27th October 2018.  This event will start and finish at Mc Seains Bar Cornafean and will be marked out and stewarded along the route to guide you along the way to whichever distance you decide to participate in. Main sponsors of this year’s event are Barry Kiernan Construction Moyne County Longford, Corrigan’s Fuel Services and Convenience Store Moyne County Longford and Grousehall Furniture Killydoon.  Special thanks to them for their kind support. Over the previous 14 years the Challenge has been an outstanding success raising €389,000 for this wonderful cause. There will be loads of surprises and craic on the day and it will be a fantastic day for the family.  Entry fee on the day to participate in the Challenge is voluntary.  Registration for the Challenge takes place from 12 noon and Challenge kicks off at 1pm sharp. Anyone wishing to donate to this very worthy cause can do so by leaving donations in the Village Foodstore Crossdoney.  All donations are greatly accepted.

Sponsorship cards or information on the Challenge are available from St Christopher’s Hospice 049-4332999, Ciaran Weir 086-0753309, William Hughes on 086-3584700 and Village Foodstore in Crossdoney.  Please COME ALONG and support this worthy cause

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.

The revised schedule of games has been agreed with CCC Longford commenced last weekend. There are many hugely important games in this schedule and it is very important that there is a huge support for the teams throughout. You will see two finals with the prospects of others and we hope for a brilliant finish to the 2018 season. ‘Be with us Be there’.


Last week in these very notes I stated that Rathcline would be playing Naomh Éanna in the Leinster Championship as I read on the Wexford GAA site. There are two Intermediate championships in Wexford and the winners of their ‘A Championship’, Naomh Éanna, play in the Leinster Junior. We will instead be playing the winners of Horeswood who won the Intermediate Championship on Saturday last or Kilkenny champions Mullinavat who meet on Saturday next. The game will most likely be played in New Ross or Nolan Park, Kilkenny.

Support if you can

This Saturday night 27th October our neighbours St Brigid’s GAA Killashee are holding a race night in The Richmond Inn Clondra. A great night guaranteed. If you can go, we are asking you to go along and support

Upcoming games

This Wednesday 24th October Minor championship Final in Kenagh at 8.15pm. Sunday next 28th October Patsy Reilly Cup semi final V Ardagh/Moydow in Clonbonny at 2pm. The following Friday 2nd November the promotion relegation playoff will take place when we will take on Granard and a win here will see us playing Division 1 football in 2019. On Saturday 10th November we will make the journey to Wexford/Kilkenny for the Quarter Final of the Leinster Intermediate championship with a 1.30pm throw-in. The following Friday night we will play the U20 Championship Final at a venue yet to be decided at 8.30pm. The semi-final of the Leinster Intermediate will take place on Saturday 24th November at 1.30pm, this will be an away game against the winners of the Offaly/Wicklow Quarter Final.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Senior League:  St. Faithleach’s played Clan na Gael in Ballyleague on Saturday afternoon.  Result:  St. Faithleach’s 1-13 Clan na Gael 3-14. Team: Michael O’Donnell, Karl Nerney, Adrian Murtagh, Mikey Cox, David Harrison, Connell Kennelly, Cathal Gunn, Darren Nerney, Brian Murtagh (0-2), Jonathon Hussey, David Rooney (0-2), Daniel Foley (1-0), Kevin Farrell (0-1), Ciarán Murtagh (0-6), Aidan Dooney (0-2). Substitution(s): Colm Mangan and Pádraig Shanley.
Bord Na Mona: Past players of Bord Na Mona (Mountdillon GAA) where honoured in St. Faithleach’s clubhouse on Saturday night last. From the early 60’s up to the 90’s players from both Roscommon and Longford took part in the Inter Firms competition including both club and county players. Many thanks to all who travelled from far afield to meet up, to Ciaran Mullooly and to Bord na Mona for sponsoring the event and the medals which were given as a token of appreciation. 
King and Queen of St. Faithleach’s:  The search for our King and Queen continues in earnest this coming weekend as two of our contestants have their fundraising events. Caroline Connaughton and her team climb Carrauntoohil on Saturday 27th and Joe Brown gets “All Shook Up” at the disco in Clarkes Bar on Sunday 28th. Your support for all our contestant’s is appreciated and both events promise to be great fun. Details of how you can support are available on our Facebook and Twitter pages. 
Cinema Night: As part of the many social activities that the club undertakes a free cinema night will be hosted in the clubhouse for all our younger members on Monday 29th 6-9pm.  This is a great opportunity for all the family to get into the Halloween spirit and get to know other parents from the club. There will also be prizes for the best colouring competition and a few other surprises on the night.  All welcome.  

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