Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 20th January 2020

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes


Last Friday 10th January it was with great sadness we learned of the death at his residence of Edward Nealon/Éamonn Ó Nialláin, The Green following a short illness bravely borne. Ned as he was most commonly known, born in Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath came to Lanesboro to work with Bord na Mona along with him came his wife Marian. Ned was a man of few words, silent if you like, he was a deep thinker and when he offered his views it was always well worth listening to and heeding. He was a keen gardener, loved nature and the environment which was a great passion for him as was the Irish language. Ned was a man with a great love of his country. He took great pride in the Green community and always sought progression. In his spare time, he loved to sit back read and enjoy poetry. To those of us that knew Ned well he was a great, true and loyal friend, a great advisor on anything such was his great knowledge. Ned had always a very special sense of humour and there nothing more enjoyable nor exciting than receiving an email from Ned which variably included some quip that would leave you with a grin for several days. Two years ago, Ned, a daily communicant, came up with the idea of having a Mass said in remembrance of the Green residents and the former Bord na Mona workers from the estate, since then he had expanded it to include Cloontuskert and Cloontagh. Unfortunately, he was not able to attend this past November, but he was fondly remembered at the Mass and at the after-Mass refreshments in the Hall he was sadly missed. Ned will be greatly missed in our community and especially those of us that knew Ned so well.

Ned’s remains reposed in Glennon Funeral Home on Sunday and on Monday he was removed to St. Mary’s Church for his Requiem Mass. Following Mass Ned was laid to rest in Clonbonny Cemetery. To his wife Marian, sons Francis Eddie, and Caoibhín, daughters Anna Marie, Sonja and Éadaoin, sister, Kate, relatives and friends we extend our sincere sympathy.

Potential Accommodation Providers sought

The invitation to anybody in the Lanesboro, Ballyleague, Killashee, Newtowncashel and the surrounding towns and parishes are beginning to express their interest in providing B&B, Guest House and house rental. Fáilte Ireland will come to Lanesboro and explain what is required for the provision of accommodation and the requirements as to how to get yourself registered.

If sufficient numbers express an interest then Fáilte Ireland will facilitate a meeting to talk through the requirements and standards required to run a successful B&B, Guest House or rented accommodation.

Lanesboro/Ballyleague in recent times has had a large number of events and people attending had either to decide not to come or stay a long distance away. With the All-Ireland Fleadh the Éigse Pete Carberry and many other events happening throughout the year there is a great need and indeed a great opportunity for people to create a business for themselves.  If you are interested you can express your interest by contacting Joe O’Brien, Corner Shop, Lanesboro – 086-2460840;

Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club Swim

37 brave souls took to the water on Christmas Day for Lanesboro’s Annual Christmas Day swim. A large group of onlookers and supporters added to the festive cheer in what has become the highlight of Christmas Day for the Lanesboro/Ballyleague area. Hot soup was provided afterwards thanks to Ciara Gillen. Thanks to everyone who donated on the day as well as those who collected sponsorship. Any outstanding sponsorship cards may be returned to O’Brien’s’ Corner Shop or to any of the club members.

If you wish to become a member or to find out what the Lough Sub Aqua Club is all about you should contact any of the club members. 

Triathlon Club continues to grow

National Triathlon Club of the Year, Lanesboro Triathlon Club held an Open Night on Saturday 11th January. Over 30 people turned up to learn what the club and a Triathlon entails. From that meeting almost everyone signed up for the club for the coming year and plan to embarking on their first Triathlon in 2020. There were introductory sessions in the three disciplines swimming, running and cycling over the week and there were extraordinary numbers attending.

Already, the club have record senior members signed up for the coming year, they have over 100 seniors signed up and it is only early January. The activity within the club should be enormous all year with participation in competitions all over.

The Junior section this year has really taken off with large numbers joining. It is particularly great to see large numbers of young people joining because we are forever hearing that there is nothing for young people to do. Well here it is a club that offers three disciplines, enough to keep any young person busy.

Éigse Pete Carberry

Now this is a weekend for your diary. Following the hugely successful inaugural Éigse Pete Carberry weekend the second Éigse Pete Carberry weekend will take place in Lanesboro on Friday 17th Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th April 2020.

Already the committee are receiving requests for accommodation and if you are interested providing accommodation can you leave your name and number into O’Brien’s for collection by a committee member.


The AGM of the Rathcline senior club will take place on Saturday 1st February at 6pm. It is very important that all members and those interested in the development of the GAA in the parish of Rathcline should attend.


It was with great sadness we learned of the death on Wednesday 15th January at the residence of her daughter Bernie and son in law Eamonn Sheridan, Gortgallon of Mrs Kathleen Malone, Cloontuskert. Kathleen was predeceased some 13 years ago by her late husband Jimmy. Kathleen was a very warm and personable lady. She was deeply religious lady and a lady who was attended mass daily. Anyone that knew Kathleen will fondly remember her warmth and friendliness. She was a most helpful person to neighbours and strangers alike. Her popularity in the community knew no bounds. The warmth of her smile was the most welcoming. Her passing will leave a great void in the hearts and minds of everyone that came to know her. Kathleen had been in failing health for some time and the care and comfort given by her family was truly incredible. In death the memory we will always remember of Kathleen was the absolute warmth of her smile and friendliness.

Her remains reposed on Friday last at the residence of her daughter Bernie and husband Eamon Sheridan where a huge attendance epitomised the high regard she was held in our community. On Saturday her remains removed to The Church of the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague for the Mass of the Resurrection before being laid to rest alongside her husband Jimmy in Cloontuskert.

To her son Johnny, daughter Bernie, daughter-in-law Nuala, son-in-law Eamon, grandchildren Lisa and Alan, sisters Josephine (U.S.A.) and Bernie (Dublin), brother Sean (Dublin) relatives and many friends we extend our heartfelt sympathy. 

Lanesboro Community Games

Well done to all of our participants in the County Draughts Competition, held in Killoe National School last weekend. We had six teams, at various age levels, representing Lanesboro.  

Two U10 teams: Joe Greally, Adam Greally, Laura Rhatigan, Donncha Farrell, Michael Hogan, Elliott Johnston, Emily McDermott, Maithiú Hanly, Mairead Hanly, Patrick Casey & Rosie Farrell. Two U12 Teams: Mikey Sorohan, Alice Farrell, Sean O’Dowd, Josh Curran, Heather Mitchell, Dan Casey, John Farrell, Diarmuid Hanly, Shane Farrell, Alex McDermott. One U14 Team: Cormac O’Dowd, Fionn Crossan, Ronan Farrell, Shane Gavigan, Daniel Hogan, Liam Rhatigan. One U16 Team: Kieran O’Dowd, Conor Lyons, Conor Farrell, Laoise Hanly, Fionn Crossan, Cormac O’Dowd 

Thank you to all for taking part. A huge Thank you, to all of our Managers: Audrey Sorohan, Sean McDermott, John Farrell, Patrick Casey, Mervyn Johnston, Sean Farrell, John Crossan & Grainne O’Dowd. Thank you also to all of the parents, who helped out in any way. It was great to see such a high participation, along with huge support by Managers and parents. Thank you also to the County Community Games for organizing this. It was very well run and gave great enjoyment to our participants. 

We are planning to take part in the following events over the coming months: 

Art, Modelmaking & Handwriting: (Multiple age grades, Boys & Girls) Our Local competition will be held on Sunday 2nd February, in St Marys Parish Hall from 4pm to 7pm.  

Basketball: (U11/U13/U16 Boys & Girls) Closing date 14th Feb. 

Swimming: (Multiple age grades, Boys and Girls, Team & Individual) Closing Date 7th March.  This is a very popular event every year. This will take place over the weekend of the 14th/15th March in The Mall Swimming Pool, Longford. 

Track & Field Events: (Multiple Age Grades, Boys & Girls) Date: to be decided. 

There are many other, upcoming Community Games Events, over the coming months. We have not planned to take part in these, but if there are any parents whom would like their children to take part, and whom could help out with managing that group/individual participant, please let a member of our local committee know, and we will help facilitate that. 

Calendar of forthcoming Community Games Events: 

County Quiz: (Under 14, Mixed team of 4) on 28th February @ 7pm. We are allowed enter Multiple teams 

Table Tennis: (U13, U16 Boys or Girls, at least 3 per team) Closing Date for entries 21st Feb. 

Badminton: (U15, Boys or Girls, Team of 6) Closing Date for entries 21st Feb. 

Indoor Soccer (U10, U13 Boys or Girls, at least 5 per team) Closing date for entries 7th March. This is a very popular event every year. We have participated in this, many times in the past and the children usually love been part of it. We would need volunteers to manage teams, if we are to enter this competition. 

Talent Competition: (Multiple Age Grades, Boys & Girls, Individual or Group) Closing Date 24th April. This covers a multitude of talents e.g. Group Comedy/Dance/Drama/Music/Singing or Solo Singing/Recitation/Music/Dancing. If there are any young people, whom have a talent, we would encourage them to take part in this competition.  

For more information, on any event, please check out  

Ballyboro FC Oskar Night DVD

The DVD is now on sale with your chance to relive the great drama of that special Movie night on June 15th and get your Christmas presents sorted with a very special DVD including all 8 films that were produced and great memories of a special year. DVD on sale in O’Brien’s Corner shop now. Priced €20 each and special offer of 3 DVDs for €50. Postal orders (€30 each) will be taken by e mail only at: 

5-a-side booking

Bookings are now being taken for weekly rental of the new Ballyboro FC 3G Pitch at Lanesborough Community College. To book in for a 5 side match or a 7 a side game in November please register NOW by signing up with a user account at and the venue will be there for you to select under BALLYBORO ASTRO. If you want any more details send an e mail please to 


On Friday last 17th January we were shocked and saddened to learn of the death peacefully in the tender care of his loving family and the staff of Innis Ree Lodge Nursing Home, Ballyleague, Ballyleague of Donal B Dowling, Ballyleague. Brendan as he was more commonly known was predeceased by his wife Mary almost eight years ago. Brendan a native of Ardfert, Co. Kerry came to live in Ballyleague and work in the Power Station many years ago. Brendan was a man who was meticulous in everything he done – some would even say a perfectionist. He was a very knowledgeable man, an avid reader who was always very happy to impart all his knowledge to those that sought information. To those of us that knew Brendan will remember his sense of humour, devilment and impish smile. Brendan was a keen gardener; his garden and his plant and flower knowledge was his pride and joy. His death came as a big shock to us all as it was not until recent times that he entered Innis Ree Lodge; it only seems like yesterday we remember him walking over the bridge. Brendan’s presence was a feature of the Ballyleague community for many a long day and his passing will create a great emptiness for them and us all.

Hs remains reposed in Farrell’s Funeral Home on Saturday before being removed to the Church of the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague. On Sunday Brendan was laid to rest alongside his wife Mary in Cloontuskert following his Requiem Mass.

To his daughters Breda and Ciara, adored grandfather of Aideen and Caoimhe, brother of Jean and Denis, father in law of Alan and soon to be father in law of Joe, relatives and friends we extend our deepest sympathy.

Weekly Card Game

The results from the game held on Sunday night last 19th January. 1st John L Farrell / Tom Donlon. 2nd place was a three-way tie, Eugene Kelly / Barney Kenny, Brendan Casey / Joe Dolan, Noreen Gibbons / Tom Nohilly. Last game winners were Tom Mulvihill / Mickie Connaughton. Raffle winners: Michael Doorley, Annie Egleton, Kathleen Finnan, Peter Donlon. Game every Sunday night at 8 30 pm sharp. Refreshments served; no partner needed.

Lough Ree AGM

Lough Ree Athletic Club would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the Nealon Family, The Green on the death of Ned, the Nealon Family were active members and supporters of the Club in the early years.  

Our AGM takes place in the Parish Hall on Tuesday 28th January at 9.00 pm.  Please support and help the club grow in 2020.

Bridge Club

The results of the Lanesboro Bridge competition held on Wednesday night last 15th January are: N/S 1st Brid Mc Dermott and Una Lawlor, 2nd Gemma Douglas and Elish Gray and 3rd

Frances and Frank Brennan. E/W 1st Una Clarke and Tom Feeney, 2nd Mae Casey and Noreen Dunne, 3rd Maura Hanly and Mairead Gill.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Mary Bridget Mc Namara, Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim. Formerly Mary B Walsh, Fortwilliam, she was predeceased by her husband Eugene, she is survived by her mother Sheila, son Eugene, daughter Sheila and extended relatives within our community. She was laid to rest in Rathcline Cemetery on Sunday last.

Tidy Towns Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on Tuesday morning 14th January were 3, 8, 12 and 14. There was nobody with the winning numbers and the jackpot pool has now risen to €7,100. The name on the tickets for the €50 prize Celine Hester, Knock, c/o Mags, and the three winners of the €20 were; L&E Fitzpatrick, Aughamore, Freda and Josie Connaughton, Longford Road and Ellen Bernadette Farrell, Tullyvrane.


The 50/50 draw took place on Monday 13th January and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was Áine Connerton, Gurteengar. This week’s winning pool was €321.

Don’t forget the four options when buying your tickets, (1) buy your €2 ticket, (2) 3 tickets for €5, (3) the green envelope where you pay €50 for a six-month term with one free draw and (4) the pink envelope where you pay €100 for a 12-month period with two free draws. Those tickets are available in any of the local shops and pubs or from any member of the club executive.


Due to an increase of over 30% in playing numbers as compared to last year the club has decided to field two under 11 teams. Both the Lions and Tigers were in action at the weekend against Stonepark and Newtown respectively, and while the results went against them, both teams performed well and will benefit from the experience. Lions: Mikie Sorohan, Dan Casey, Ciaran McGloin, Eoin Beattie, Rian Hogan, Harry Brogan, Emre Kaya, Keilon Gilmore. Subs: Jack Cassidy and Josh Curran. Tigers: Hayden Smyth, Sean O’Dowd, John Farrell, Leon Malkowski, Eoghan Mullooly, Shane Farrell, Sean Collins, Óisín Dillon. 

There will be an Academy Coaching Session for the under 9s on Saturday next starting at 9.30am.

Jack Casey and Christian Donlon played for the Longford League team who were just pipped 4-3 by the Mayo League in the Connacht under 13 Inter League final on Sunday last. Jack was impressive in defence while Christian scored all three goals for the Longford League.

The under 9s played Stonepark in two closely contested games on Saturday. Michael Hogan, Tom Hession, Darragh McGloin, Darragh Shanley, Ethan Donnellan, Adam Greally, Cayden Barry McArdle, Ellen Cox and Éanna Kenny were on duty for Ballyboro.

Fixtures: A busy weekend in store with six teams in action. The under 8s will be taking part in a Blitz at home on Saturday at 12 noon along with Kenagh United. The under 10s are away to Newtown Bears on Saturday, kick off 12 noon. The under 12s play Gaels United in Abbeycartron at 11am on Sunday. The under 13s play UCL Harps in Dernafest Lough Gowna on Saturday with kick off at 11.30. UCl Harps also provide the opposition for the under 14s in Dernafest on Sunday at 12.30.



The Annual General Meeting of the club will take place on Saturday 1st February in the club house in Clonbonny a 6pm. All members are asked to make a special effort to attend. There are many decisions to be discussed for he the club’s progression and we would like to hear your thoughts and views. The club would like to welcome anyone with the interest in helping the club to develop both on and off the field. There are a number of new people in the parish over the past couple of years and we would like to invite you to the club’s annual meeting.


The 50/50 draw took place on Monday 13th January and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was Áine Connerton, Gurteengar. This week’s winning pool was €321.

Don’t forget the four options when buying your tickets, (1) buy your €2 ticket, (2) 3 tickets for €5, (3) the green envelope where you pay €50 for a six-month term with one free draw and (4) the pink envelope where you pay €100 for a 12-month period with two free draws. Those tickets are available in any of the local shops and pubs or from any member of the club executive.

Good Luck

The club would like to wish senior player Cillian Flood the very best of luck as he embarks on a new life in Australia.

Well done

Congratulations to our club representatives on the county senior panel on their great win over Offaly in the O’Byrne Cup Final in Tullamore on Saturday last. All roads now lead to Pearse Park on Sunday next for the first round of the National League when Longford take on Louth at 2pm.

Well done to our representatives on the Under 20 panel who maintained their unbeaten record when they drew with Fermanagh. They now go into the knockout stages.

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