Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 11th November 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Breakfast Morning on Sunday

Lanesboro Tidy
Towns committee is once again hosting what has now become a hugely popular
Breakfast Morning in Lanesboro Parish Hall on Sunday next 17th November
from 9 30 am until 12.30 pm. Tickets priced €10 will be on sale locally at
the usual outlets. This has proved to be a very successful and enjoyable event
over the last few years and I am sure this year will be no different. Your
support, sponsorship and donations has been massive over the years and the committee
would like to thank you for your great support and they hope it will be forthcoming
again this coming Sunday. The funds raised go towards keeping our town and approach
roads in top condition.

It is through
your support that the work can be done to further enhance our town and approach
roads.

Death

It is with the greatest of sadness
that I record the death at the Regional Hospital, Mullingar on Friday 1st
November following a short illness of John Killian, Knock and formerly of
Fermoyle. John moved to Knock a number of years ago, but our mind always associate
John with his beloved Fermoyle where he was reared, spent most of his life and the
townland he had a great affinity to. John was one of our go to men in the
parish. His mind was similar an encyclopaedia such was his memory of all the
events and parish history. During his time John got in involved in everything
that was good in the parish be it as a footballer, club administrator, and drama
to name but a few. He involvement was in all and he thoroughly enjoyed it, you
knew that by the excitement in his voice as he was recounting all the times of
old in the parish. He was a diligent farmer who farmed his land with a great
attention to detail. John was very devout and religious man who attended Mass
daily. He was wonderful company and the many of us that enjoyed his company and
his reminiscences will sadly miss him.  John’s
passing leaves a great emptiness in our parish and further afield. We were all
the better for knowing John.

His remains reposed in Farrell’s
Funeral Home on Sunday and on Monday his remains were removed to St. Mary’s
Church for his Requiem Mass. Following Mass John was laid to rest in Cashel
Cemetery. To his nephew John, niece Frances, relatives and many friends we
extend our since sympathy

ESB Announcement

Friday morning last ESB made the announcement
that we knew was coming but we did not expect to hear it so soon nor did we
expect to hear of the short timeline.

As and from the end of December
2020 the power station in Lanesboro will no longer be producing electricity.

As part of the planning permission
there is a timeline after that of two years for the dismantlement of the power
station and the return to a brown field site.

Denis Naughten TD in an interview likened
the closures as akin to Google pulling out of Dublin such is the enormity of
the closures affecting us in the midlands. Not only are the workers affected in
ESB but the remaining workers in Bord na Mona and all the outsourced companies,
spin off industries/business and shops in each town and villages will be
affected by the lack of income coming to their area.

Thankfully, there is one glint of
hope produced with the support of both the Longford and Roscommon county
councils where there has been a collaboration group formed with members from both
sides of the bridge.

When the layoffs were mentioned in
Bord na Mona a number of weeks ago the collaboration group decided to hold a
think tank/brainstorming get together in the parish hall and that was very successful
with many excellent proposals put forward. The ideas have now been segregated
and will be put forward for a major feasibility study to be carried out to
ascertain what will be best for employment in our community and surrounding
areas.

Never before have we needed the
support of everyone from our community and outlying communities to support our
endeavours in the creation of a working hub.

Never before have we needed local
and national politicians to be forthcoming in their support for us as we seek major
developments in and around the area. No stone must be left unturned to revitalise
the area and make it a place of work for huge numbers once again.

Since the late 50’s we have lived
under the shadow of the power station and hopefully when the power station is
dismantled, we will not end up living under a dark cloud.

Bord na Mona Estates Mass

The organisers would like to
invite everyone that lived in the three estates to Lanesboro for 10am Mass on
Thursday next 14th November to remember their deceased relatives and
to meet and relive old times with former workmates, friends and neighbours.

Following Mass there will be light
refreshments in St. Mary’s Parish Hall where everyone is invited to continue
the chat and renew old contacts.

Community College Open Day

Lanesboro Community College will
hold their Open Day for 5th and 6th class pupils on
Wednesday 20th November. Students will have the opportunity to attend
classes, meet students and teachers and experience secondary school for a day. All
parents are welcome to visit the school on the evening of the 20th November
between 7 pm and 9pm. to find out more about the school. The Principals address
will begin at 7pm followed by a tour of the school where they will meet students
and teachers. You are invited to contact the school 043 3321139 for more
details and any questions you may have in advance.

Ladies and their Wardrobes

Rathcline
GAA is currently organising a ‘refresh your wardrobe’ night out for ladies on Friday
6th Dec in the Parish Hall. It is essentially a dress, handbag, shoes
and unwanted gifts sale

It can
be supported by donating any pre-loved dresses, shoes, handbags or any unwanted
gifts and we will sell them at a fun night out to raise funds for the Club.

All
donations will be accepted with gratitude.

Contacts
Marie Farrell 0868138773; Pat Connerton 0861617501.

Golden Opportunity

For many scuba diving creates a
great excitement and thrill. The spectacular underwater views create a great
exhilaration. The achieving of the required standard means that no matter where
you go in the world you can take this skill and explore the underwater world
with great confidence.

Allied to the excitement and
exhilaration the ability to work as a team in search and rescue brings a great
satisfaction. The reward of a successful search and rescue operation can be
hugely rewarding to concerned families and friends.

Lough Ree Sub
Aqua Club is holding free try a dive in Longford swimming pool at 9pm
every Thursday night for the next number of weeks
You will learn how to use scuba equipment in
shallow water and get a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore
the underwater world.
Learn what wearing scuba equipment feels like
and how easy it is to move around underwater while wearing it
Find out what it’s like to breathe underwater
and learn whether you can be comfortable there
All the equipment you will
need is provided by us you just need your togs and swim hat.
Minimum age 18
If you require any further information you can
contact a club member of ring any of the following numbers 0879765911, 0879624050
or 0879817784.

Christmas Day Run

The annual Christmas Day Run/Walk sponsorship
cards are now available for anyone intending to run or walk in O’Brien’s or
from the Flood family, Lanesboro and Newtowncashel.

The beneficiary of this annual Christmas
Day run/walk is Multiple Sclerosis as has been the case since 1991which makes
this the 29th year and growing. There are a number of diligent and hardworking
people putting the organisation of the run/walk together and they all deserve
our support.

The run/walk takes place for
Newtowncashel to Lanesboro with the walkers starting at 11.45am and the runners
starting at 12.15pm.

If you are not walking or running or
even wheeling, you are asked to be as generous as you can.

Christmas tree on the Green

Do you remember the Christmas Tree on
the Green? It was not until last Thursday that it was brought back to my mind
when a former resident of the Green asked me if I had or seen a photograph of
the Christmas Tree outside of Masterson’s house, 4 The Green. I had not seen any
photograph, but I said I would put it out and see if a photograph may be available.
If you have a photograph can you forward it to me, and I will scan it return it
to you and pass on the copy. Alternatively, can you scan it and send it to me joeaobrien@outlook.com Thank you very much. As with all
mentions of events and stories relating to the Green, I know this piece is
going to create great conversation in the shop.

U20 Final

The Rathcline U20
final scheduled for last Sunday was postponed and too late to adjust in my
notes. At the time of writing there has been no date set for the final, you are
asked to keep an eye on the Rathcline social media accounts or posters locally
for date and time.

Table Quiz

On Friday 29th November there
will be a very special and mega quiz night in the Peer Inn/Rakish Paddy,
Lisnacusha in aid of Rathcline ladies.  The
All-Ireland Ladies Cup, the Brendan Martin Cup will be present on the night. There
will be a signed Dublin Ladies Jersey up for grabs. Lots of spot prizes to be
won. A table of 4 will cost €40. You are invited to go along for what should be
a wonderful night whilst supporting Ladies football in the area.

By Post

Such has been the demand for the second print of the Sliabh Bán book
from home and abroad that it has been decided to offer anyone away from the
area the opportunity of having the book posted to them. Begin the conversation
with Joe O’Brien joeaobrien@outlook.com phone 086-2460840 or 043 3321107 during shop opening hours and we
organise to get the book sent to you.

The book is available for sale in O’Brien’s costing €20 and for
post and packaging within Ireland it is an extra €12, GB €32, USA €42,
Australia €42, South Africa €42 and EU €41.

Defibrillator Training

A new course will commence in the
near future and if you have not already done the course you must register your
interest and if you need a refresher course you must also register your name.
To register you should call into Martina O’Brien in the shop, or phone Martina at
043 3321107 or 086-3858934 or email martinaclyne1@gmail.com

These courses are for the
Lanesboro, Ballyleague, Kilgefin, Rathcline, Cashel and Killashee communities.

Gym Opens

The transformation that has taken place
in what was in the past Farrell’s Gala supermarket is nothing short of amazing.
The Lanesboro Triathlon club has leased the premises and the work that they
have done has to be seen to be believed.

On Friday evening next at 7.30pm
the official opening of the gym will take place. The cutting of the ribbon and official
opening of the gym will be performed by the club’s main sponsor Brendan Cooney,
Homevalu Hardware. It will be an honour for the club to have the illustrious Chris
Kitchen CEO of Triathlon Ireland and Vice President of the European Triathlon
Union attending the official opening.

Our local triathlon club continues
to grow and go from strength to strength and it is a group that continues to receive
so many accolades for their triathlon each year. The club is also renowned for the
number of members that participate in so many tri and non tri events
countrywide.

The very best of luck with the new
gym and for another successful year in 2020

Triathlon Club Membership

If you would like to do a
Triathlon, Learn or improve your Swim/Bike/Run. Why not Join Lanesboro
Triathlon Club TODAY.
By signing up today, you will get 14 months membership for the price of 12 months.
(NOV, DEC 2019 & 2020 SEASON)
Go to www.trilanesboro.com/membership/
 for more information.

Club registration for 2020 is open
now. Existing members can renew through the TI member areas. New members can
use the link below.

http://www.triathlonireland.com/Get-Involv…/
Become-A-Member/

Our Library this week

Knitting & Crochet Club
Knitting & Crochet Club continues every
Monday 2-4pm.
New members always welcome!
Poetry & Music Group
Poetry & Music group continues on Monday
25th November –  4.15-5.30pm.
All welcome to come along and join in with this
very vibrant group!
ESOL Course
ESOL (English for speakers of other languages)
takes place in the Library every Tuesday evening 7-9pm. 
Contact Nuala Donlon on nuala.donlon@lwetb.ie
for further information.
New Temporary Opening Hours
Please note the change in our Opening hours as
follows:
Monday          
10am-1pm & 2pm-6pm
Tuesday.         
2pm-7pm
Wednesday.     10am-1pm
& 2pm-5.30pm
Thursday.        
CLOSED
Friday.             
10am-1pm & 2pm-5.30pm
Saturday.         
10am-1pm
You are asked to note that the Library will be
closed on Saturdays 16th and 30th November.
Book Club
Book Club for adults continues on Friday morning
29th November at 11am. 
Book choices for November are ‘It Happened One
Summer’ by Polly Williams and ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ by Liane Moriarty. All
welcome to come along.
Membership
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.
Check out our Online Services where you can
download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines and newspapers, learn a new
language or do an online course.  All you need is your library card and
pin.  Renew or request books on our website www.longfordlibrary.ie

5-a-side Pitch Open

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  www.bookapitch.com 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 ballyboroastropitchcommittee@gmail.com 

Want to Do Something New for the Winter Months?

Why not join Longford toastmasters

This is a very
sociable and varied group of people who support each other in their quest to
engage in public speaking. The group comprises of beginners who are looking to
take their first steps in a safe supportive environment to those that have gone
through those steps and have become accomplished speakers. Topics are
interesting humorous and suitable to everyone.

If you are not sure
if Toastmasters is for you why not come along and see what happens at Toastmasters.
Visitors very welcome and there is no obligation to join. The meeting will
start at 8.20pm

The next meeting will
take place on Thursday 21st November in the Longford Arms Hotel

and continues on the
1st and 3rd Thursday of every month. If you would like
more information, please contact Joe 087 2352070.  Josephegan03@gmail.com or www.longford.toastmastersclub.org  

Longford Toastmasters look
forward to welcoming you

25 Card Game

The results of the weekly
25 Drive held in the Parish Hall on Sunday night last are: 1st Peter and Mary Gregg on
13 games. 2nd Annie and Kay on 12 games. Last game winners P J &
Bridie Glennon. Raffle winners were Michael Finnan, Petey Donlon, Gerry Ryan,
Anne Corcoran. Game continues every Sunday night at 8 30 pm sharp. Refreshments
served. No partner required.

Talk to Us

Are you struggling
to cope with life? Would it help to talk about your problems in confidence? It doesn’t
matter who you are, how you feel or what happened to you. Call the Samaritans,
who are available on Freephone 116123, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.

Tidy Towns Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the
Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on Tuesday morning 5th November were 8, 9,
12 and 28. There was nobody with the winning numbers and the jackpot pool has
now risen to €6,100. The name on the tickets for the €50 prize Bernie Hanley,
Corrigeen and the three winners of €20 each were Kathleen and Teresa c/o SuperValu,
Bob Carberry, Newtowncashel, Martin Tarmey, Anrattabeg.

Pioneers Mass

Mass for
deceased members of Pioneer Total Abstinence Association will take place on
Friday evening next 15th November in St. Bridget’s church, Ardagh at
7.30.

The
presentation of Pioneer pins will take place at Mass in St. Mary’s Church on
Friday 22nd at 7pm Mass.

50/50

The 50/50 draw took place on
Monday 28th October and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was Joseph
Masterson, Curragh Rua. The winning pool was €376. Thanks to the Joseph and the
Masterson family for their continued support of the 50/50.

There are 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.

ESB Mass

The annual Mass for deceased members of staff of ESB Lanesborough will
be held in the Sports and Social clubhouse on Wednesday week 20th
November at 8pm.

Ballyboro

The under 8s were in fine
fettle in their Blitz with Abbey Rovers. They fielded two teams and scored some
smashing goals. Panel: Ben Cassidy, Jay Flynn, Finn Fallon, Sean Hogan, Kyran
Horohoe, Saoirse Dillon, Chloe Curran, David Kenny, Niall Morgan, Caden Donlon,
Malachy Martin, Joe Greally, Senan McHale, Thomas Reilly, Donncha Farrell, and
Cian Shea all showed great promise for the future.

The under 10s also performed
very well when they recorded a comprehensive win over Ballymahon. Team and
scorers: Hayden Smyth, Darragh Donlon, Jack Cassidy (1),Alfie Murphy (1),Tim
Kenny, Josh Curran (3),Nikoli, Shane Farrell (3),Cathal Hanley, Lorcan Hanley, Stephen
Farrell.

 To complete a very
successful weekend on the playing fields the under 12s had a comfortable 3-0
win against Castlepollard Celtic. Cody Phelan, Rian Hogan, and Ethan Slattery
scored for Ballyboro. Team: Adam Farrell, Eoin Beattie, Ciaran McGloin, Logan
Birmingham, Aidan Kelly, Billy Murray, Cody Phelan, Rian Hogan, David Dowd. Subs:
Eoin Connell, Rory Murtagh, Rian Shanley, Matthew Murray, Fergal Murtagh.

 Following on from his
scoring exploits against the Galway League, Christian Donlon helped himself to
another four goals for the Longford League against the Roscommon League on
Saturday.

The 5 a side Tournament for
National Schools proved to be a resounding success on Friday last. It was the
first competition to be played on the new 3G pitch and both players and their
coaches were loud in their praise of this wonderful facility Nine local schools
competed i.e. Ballyleague, Lanesboro, Cloontagh, Cloontuskert, Fermoyle, Clondra,
Newtowncashel, Whitehall and Ballyfeeney After almost three hours of intensive
action Cloontuskert NS emerged victorious in the A competition defeating
Newtowncashel in a very entertaining final. Ballyfeeney won the B final, just
getting the better of Whitehall NS. The Tournament was organised by Lanesboro
Community in association with Ballyboro FC. Mr. Michael Lyons acting Principal,
Lanesboro Community College presented the Peter Kelly Memorial Shield to the
Cloontuskert captain, while Ben Murphy, Fermoyle NS received the trophy for
Goal of the Tournament, and Christian Donlon from Cloontuskert NS was the
recipient of the Player of the Tournament award. Thanks are due to all who
helped make the Tournament such a success: The school authorities and in
particular Mr Lyons, Mr Tynan, and Mr Whitney: the Ballyboro personnel on duty,
Ciaran, Eamonn, John, Shane and Ann. A particular word of thanks to the Three
TY students, Kevin McDonagh, Jason Glancy, Chris O’Loughlin, who did a great
job refereeing all the games. Thanks also to Longford Town star Aodh Dervin
whose presence proved a big hit with for the players.

  Fixtures:   The
under 11s play Kenagh Falcons in Kenagh on Saturday at 11am. The under 12s play
Inny Rovers in Streete at 11am on Sunday. The under 13s play Melview at
11am on Saturday. The under 15s play Killoe Celtic in Cullyfad on Saturday,
kick off 12.30. The under 11 girls are away to Newtown Falcons on Sunday at
12 noon.

Rathcline GAA

Congratulations Albert

The club would like to
congratulate Albert Cooney in his succeeding on becoming the Longford Leinster Council
delegate. The vote was taken at the last county board meeting.

Under 20 Final

Last week I wrote that the final
was to take place on Sunday last. Unfortunately, the game got put back a week
and it will now take place next weekend. Please keep an eye on the club
website/Twitter account for an update on the day and time. We urge all club
supporters to travel to support the team and management for what we hope will
be a momentous day for the club.

The panel of players is Jacub
Kajun his brother Misco Kajun, Max Webb, Kian Gilmore, Briain Casey, Oran
Kenny, Dylan Glancy, Seadhna Ryan, Cillian Flood, Richard Prior, Éanna McGrath,
Bryn Peters, Cronan Flood, Padraig Sorohan, Owen Murray, Daniel Curran, Harvey
Myhill, Kevin Tansey, Dean O’Reilly, Óisín Kenny, Aaron Farrell, Ultan
O’Sullivan, Conor Sorohan. The team is managed by Joey Rooney and his
management team is Stephen Rooney, Shane Kenny, Seadna Ryan and Wayne
O’Donoghue.

Ladies Table Quiz

Lads and Ladies, on Friday 29th
November there will be a very special and mega quiz night in the Peer Inn/Rakish
Paddy, Lisnacusha in aid of Rathcline ladies.  The All-Ireland ladies cup, the Brendan Martin
Cup will be present on the night. There will be a signed Dublin Ladies Jersey
up for grabs. There will be lots of spot prizes to be won. For just €40 a table
of 4 you will get the chance to be the ‘brainbox table’ of the night. You are
invited to go along for what should be a wonderful night whilst supporting
Ladies football in the area.

Hurlers still winning

Our two local men on the
Clonguish Gaels team, Neal O’Connor and Paul Hession, continue to march on
through Leinster. Last week they overcame a very strong Laois champions Mountmellick.
In the Leinster semi-final they will on play Kilkenny Junior Champions Conahy
Shamrocks on Saturday next 16th November in Jenkinstown, Kilkenny at
1.30pm. Good luck lads and your teammates.

Calling all ladies

The club is
currently organising a ‘refresh your wardrobe’ night out for ladies on Friday 6th
Dec in the Parish Hall. It is essentially a dress, handbag, shoes and unwanted
gifts sale

It can
be supported by donating any pre-loved dresses, shoes, handbags or any unwanted
gifts and we will sell them at a fun night out to raise funds for the Club.

All
donations will be accepted with gratitude.

Contacts
Marie Farrell 0868138773; Pat Connerton 0861617501.

More
details regarding the night itself to follow

Sympathy

The
club would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the nephew and niece and the
extended Killian family on the death last week of John Killian. John was a
former player and executive member of the club for many years and served his
club and parish very well.

50/50

The 50/50 draw took place on
Monday 28th October and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was Joseph
Masterson, Curragh Rua. The winning pool was €376. Thanks to the Joseph and the
Masterson family for their continued support of the 50/50.

There are 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.




Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 4th November 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Death

It was his great shock and
sadness we learned of the sudden death at his residence in Carraroe of Mark
O’Brien. Mark originally from Finglas, Dublin became a well-known figure
following his arrival from Dublin. He was predeceased three years ago by his
father Ken. Mark in his time served as a policeman in the English Police before
moving back to work with the Dublin Fire Brigade for a number of years. Mark in
recent years spent time in Nepal teaching English. He was very proud Dubliner
and an ardent supporter of the Dublin football team. He gained great pleasure
from their winning of the Sam Maguire for the fifth time in a row. He was a
very pleasant man whose welcoming manner and politeness stood him apart from
the rest. Mark will be sadly missed.

His remains reposed at
Farrell’s Funeral Home on Friday before being removed to St. Mary’s Church for
his Funeral Mass. Following Mass Mark was laid to rest in Clonbonny Cemetery.

To his mother Kay, brothers
Alan and Kenneth, sister Niamh, son Conor, relatives and many friends we extend
our sincere sympathy.

Congratulations

Many congratulations to both the
St. Faithleach’sU14and Senior teams on their winning of county titles on Sunday
last. It was a tremendous achievement for the club and it shows that there is a
wonderful future ahead for the club.

Bord na Mona Estates Mass

What started out as a Mass for
residence and former residents of the Bord na Mona Green estate has become an
annual event with growing numbers each year. This year the Mass has been
extended to families from the Bord na Mona estates of Cloontuskert and
Derryhaun present and past being invited to participate.

The organiser would like to invite
everyone that lived in the three estates to Lanesboro for 10am Mass on Thursday
14th November to remember their deceased relatives and to meet and
relive old times with former workmates, friends and neighbours.

Following Mass there will be light
refreshments in St. Mary’s Parish Hall where everyone is invited to continue
the chat and renew old contacts.

What’s in your Wardrobe ladies?

Rathcline
GAA is currently organising a ‘refresh your wardrobe’ night out for ladies on Friday
6th Dec in the Parish Hall. It is essentially a dress, handbag, shoes
and unwanted gifts sale

It can
be supported by donating any pre-loved dresses, shoes, handbags or any unwanted
gifts and we will sell them at a fun night out to raise funds for the Club.

All
donations will be accepted with gratitude.

Contacts
Marie Farrell 0868138773; Pat Connerton 0861617501.

More
details regarding the night itself to follow

Golden Opportunity

For many scuba diving creates a
great excitement and thrill. The spectacular underwater views create a great
exhilaration. The achieving of the required standard means that no matter where
you go in the world you can take this skill and explore the underwater world
with great confidence.

Allied to the excitement and
exhilaration the ability to work as a team in search and rescue brings a great
satisfaction. The reward of a successful search and rescue operation can be
hugely rewarding to concerned families and friends.

Lough Ree Sub
Aqua Club is holding free try a dive in Longford swimming pool at 9pm
every Thursday night for the next number of weeks
You will learn how to use scuba equipment in
shallow water and get a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore
the underwater world.
Learn what wearing scuba equipment feels like
and how easy it is to move around underwater while wearing it
Find out what it’s like to breathe underwater
and learn whether you can be comfortable there
All the equipment you will
need is provided by us you just need your togs and swim hat.
Minimum age 18
If you require any further information you can
contact a club member of ring any of the following numbers 0879765911, 0879624050
or 0879817784.

Good Luck

Good luck to the
Rathcline U20 panel and management on Sunday next 10th November when
they take Northern Gaels in the U20 final in Pearse Park at 2.15pm. Go along and
support the club.

Where do you Park?

When going to
Mass at St. Mary’s Church where do you park? Time and time again reminders are
being sent out in relation to parking in the vicinity of the Green and Church
Road. Parking on the Green should only be on one side only so as to allow free
access for emergency vehicles to enter and exit the estate. When parking please
ensure that the entrance to the pathways are left clear. On the Church Road
parking should only take place on one side only down as far as the end of the
church site. Double parking on this stretch would mean that emergency service
vehicles could not get through and have to reverse back down the road as in
this area there is no place for turning.

In the coming
weeks there will be road surfacing and pipe works happening in the Green estate
and everyone is asked to be conscious of this and to realise that some of the
cars from the Green may be parked out of the estate on the roadside hence lesser
parking spaces in the vicinity of the church.

First
Irish Cap

Many
congratulations to Jack Tucker, son of Martin and Sarah, Mount Cashel, who won
his first cap for Ireland when he was selected to play in the U18 international
against Italy in Italy last weekend. Although a last-minute try denied Jack of
a winning first cap it was a tremendous honour to represent his country at International
level. Jack has made steady progress through the ranks in Connacht Rugby and
his elevation to international level is well deserved. We congratulate Jack on
his fabulous achievement and are sure that there will be many more days in the
green of Ireland in the years to come.

Thank You

The local Pioneer Total Abstinence Association would like
to sincerely thank everyone that contributed to their recent Church Gate
collection.

Wedding

The marriage took place on Friday 18th October
at St. Mary’s Church Lanesboro of Karina Dennigan daughter of Mike and Mary
Dennigan, Mahoraveen and Adrian Boyle son of Martin and Irene Boyle, Mullaghmore,
Moylough, Co. Galway. Chief bridesmaid was Ashley Dennigan, sister of the bride,
bridesmaids were Catriona Higgins friend of the bride and Kayleigh Boyle sister
of the groom. Bestman was Stephen Boyle brother of the groom and groomsmen were
Damian and Eoin Boyle both brothers of the groom. The marriage ceremony was
celebrated by Fr. Michael Reilly, assisted by Fr. Karl Burns PP Moylough. The wedding
reception took place in the Hodson Bay Hotel. We would like to wish the happy
couple many years of wedded bliss.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The result of the ‘No Blame’ competition played on Wednesday
16th October were 1st Mike Flynn and Mary Jameson, 2nd
Frank Brennan and Una Lawlor, joint 3rd Una Clarke/Cyril Hussey and
Eileen Kelly and Mary Mc Gushin.

The competition held on Wednesday 30th October produced
the following results N/S 1st Eileen Kelly and Mary Farrell, 2nd
Frank and Frances Brennan, 3rd Gemma Douglas and Elish Gray. E/W 1st
Brid Mc Dermott and Una Lawlor, 2nd Philomena Walsh and Katharine
Harrison and 3rd Una Clarke and Tom Feeney.

By Post

Such has been the demand for the second print of the Sliabh Bán
book from home and abroad that it has been decided to offer anyone away from
the area the opportunity of having the book posted to them. Begin the
conversation with Joe O’Brien joeaobrien@outlook.com phone 086-2460840 or 043 3321107 during shop opening hours and we
organise to get the book sent to you.

The book is available for sale in O’Brien’s costing €20 and for
post and packaging within Ireland it is an extra €12, GB €32, USA €42,
Australia €42, South Africa €42 and EU €41.

Breakfast Morning Returns

Lanesboro Tidy
Towns committee is once again hosting what has now become a very popular
Breakfast Morning in Lanesboro Parish Hall on Sunday week 17th November
from 9 30 am until 12.30 pm. Tickets priced €10 will be on sale locally at
the usual outlets. This has proved to be a very successful and enjoyable event
over the last few years and I am sure this year will be no different. Since the
inception the generosity and support has been fabulous, and it is hoped that
this year will exceed all previous years.  The depth of your support is greatly appreciated.
The funds raised go towards keeping our town and approach roads in top
condition.

It is through
your support that the work was done to increase the Tidy Town points by an
incredible 17 points. You have played your part in supporting the Breakfast
Morning and the weekly lottery draw and for that you must be thanked and it is
hoped that you will continue your great support as the committee tries to
further enhance the towns beauty and get closer to winning the Tidy Towns competition.

Defibrillator Training

A new course will commence in the
near future and if you have not already done the course you must register your
interest and if you need a refresher course you must also register your name.
To register you should call into Martina O’Brien in the shop, or phone Martina at
043 3321107 or 086-3858934 or email martinaclyne1@gmail.com

These courses are for the
Lanesboro, Ballyleague, Kilgefin, Rathcline, Cashel and Killashee communities.

Triathlon Club Membership

If you would like to do a
Triathlon, Learn or improve your Swim/Bike/Run. Why not Join Lanesboro
Triathlon Club TODAY.
By signing up today, you will get 14 months membership for the price of 12
months. (NOV, DEC 2019 & 2020 SEASON)
Go to www.trilanesboro.com/membership/  for more
information.

Club registration for 2020 is open
now. Existing members can renew through the TI member areas. New members can
use the link below.

http://www.triathlonireland.com/Get-Involv…/
Become-A-Member/

Former Teacher writes sixth book

Many congratulations to former
Lanesboro Technical School teacher Seamus McRory, now a Longford Town resident,
who recently published his sixth book Born to Lead in Longford Library. Seamus
has become a prolific writer in recent years and this book does make an
excellent read.

St. John’s Church

A special Remembrance Service for those who
died in the wars will take place on Sunday 10th November at 11.30am.
All welcome.

In our Library

Knitting & Crochet Club

Knitting & Crochet Club continues every Monday 2-4pm.

New members always welcome!

ESOL Course

ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) takes place in the
Library every Tuesday evening 7-9pm. 

Contact Nuala Donlon on nuala.donlon@lwetb.ie for
further information.

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.

Check out our Online Services where you can download free eBooks,
eAudiobooks, magazines and newspapers, learn a new language or do an online
course.  All you need is your library card and pin.  Renew or request
books on our website www.longfordlibrary.ie

5-a-side Pitch Open

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  www.bookapitch.com 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 ballyboroastropitchcommittee@gmail.com 

The new pitch is state of the art 3G and will provide
great recreation space for 180 students from the school and another 150 players
from the club every day of the week so places will be scarce – but there are
plenty of free slots still available as we write on Monday evenings between 6pm
and 10pm and Friday night between 6pm and 10pm if you want to book.

The pitches are also available off peak on Saturday and
Sunday evening after 4pm. but the advice is to get on the website early before
the slots are all gone. Don’t say you were not warned!!! 

Want to Do Something New for the Winter Months?

Why not join Longford toastmasters

This is a very
sociable and varied group of people who support each other in their quest to
engage in public speaking. The group comprises of beginners who are looking to
take their first steps in a safe supportive environment to those that have gone
through those steps and have become accomplished speakers. Topics are
interesting humorous and suitable to everyone.

If you are not sure
if Toastmasters is for you why not come along and see what happens at
Toastmasters. Visitors very welcome and there is no obligation to join. The meeting
will start at 8.20pm

The next meeting will
take place on Thursday 7th November in the Longford Arms Hotel

and continues on the
1st and 3rd Thursday of every month. If you would like
more information, please contact Joe 087 2352070.  Josephegan03@gmail.com or www.longford.toastmastersclub.org  

Longford Toastmasters look
forward to welcoming you

25 Card Game

The results of the weekly
25 Drive held in the Parish Hall every Sunday night are 1st Tom Farrell & Jim
Horan. Joint 2nd Gerry Ryan & Brendan Hanly / P J & Bridie
Glennon.  Last game winners were Peter & Mary Gregg.  Raffle
Brendan Hanly/Bridie Glennon/Aidan Carling/Basil Mitchell.

Talk to Us

Are you struggling
to cope with life? Would it help to talk about your problems in confidence? It doesn’t
matter who you are, how you feel or what happened to you. Call the Samaritans,
who are available on Freephone 116123, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.

Care Champion’s

Are you affected by the cutbacks
in home help services? Are you affected by cutbacks in the community?

We
are uniting to give a voice to those who are most affected by these harsh decisions
and would love to hear from you.

The
HSE embargo is having a detrimental effect on people in the community. We
believe it is gone too far. We, as people in need of support and those who
provide care for them, feel we need to stand united and give a voice to those
who are suffering and in need of basic support.

We
are a newly formed advocacy group and wish to hear from you so that together we
can advocate for the needs of all who need care in the community.

Contact;
Majella 0894477018 or Mairead 0872250101

Tidy Towns Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the
Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on Tuesday morning 22nd October were 1, 10,
12 and 15. There was nobody with the winning numbers and the jackpot pool has
now risen to €6,100. The name on the tickets for the €50 prize Stella c/o Mags,
and the three winners of €20 each were Mags c/o Mags, Bill Keane, Curraghroe
and David Dowd Thureen.

50/50

The 50/50 draw took place on
Monday 28th October and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was
the Imagen Lawlor c/o John and Una Lawlor, Rathcline Road. The winning pool was
€461. Thanks to the Lawlor family for their continued support of the 50/50.

There are 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.

ESB Mass

The annual Mass for deceased members of staff of ESB Lanesborough will
be held in the Sports and Social clubhouse on Wednesday 20th November
at 8pm.

Ballyboro

Last weekend was a momentous one
for the club, as a project that was first mooted at the club’s AGM in September
last year finally became a reality. All weekend the new 3 G pitch was a hive of
activity with various tams training, and groups of all ages and abilities enjoyed
a social hours football. Thanks are due to all who worked so hard to ensure
that a facility that cost in excess of a quarter of minion euro became a
reality in little more than a year, and fully paid for to boot. A hard-working
committee met weekly and left no stone unturned to ensure that the dream became
a reality.  The club is deeply grateful
to all that helped out in so many ways: to all who staged and supported the
numerous fund raising events; to all the generous sponsors; to the Leader
company and others for grant aid received; and in particular the club is
indebted to the local community, who wholeheartedly rallied behind the project
from the start. Th4e 3G pitch and the newly developed state of the art grass
pitch are much needed in the area and will be of great benefit for all for many
years to come. The club is appreciative of the Lough Ree Park/Shannon Heights
Residents Association, and to Sean Moran FAS supervisor and his staff, who
provided training facilities for the club over the past few weeks, pending the completion
of the 3G pitch.

On this Friday all local national
schools will be taking part in a novel 5-a-side Tournament on the 3G pitch.
This Tournament is organised by Lanesboro Community College in association with
the club. A cup generously sponsored by Stephen Kelly will be presented to the winning
teams. There will also be awards for Goal of the Tournament and Player of the
Tournament.

The Under 11s started their
season with a comprehensive 8-2 win over Mostrim. Team and goalscorers. Mikey
Sorohan, Eoin Beatty (1), Ciaran Mc Gloin, Harry Brogan, Dan Casey (1), Rían
Hogan (1), Oisin Dillon (2). Subs Eoghan Mullooly (1), John Farrell, Sean
Collins, Leon Malkowski (2), Keilon Gilmore, Emre, Evan Rooney.

The U11 girls’ rich vein of
form continued with a decisive win over game Gaels United. Team: Emma Dowd,
Sophie Cox, Anna Cox, Emma Feeney, Maria Forde, Emma Hoey, Katie Malone. Subs:
Marianna Donlon, Laura Rhatigan, Lily Dowd and Eva Brehon.

The Under 9stook
part in a Blitz with Ardagh and Inny FC. Ballyboro were represented by Michael
Hogan, Ellen Cox, Darragh Shanley, Tom Hession, Darragh Mc Gloin, Conor
Kilcoyne and Ethan Donnellan.

In the Connacht
U14 Shield a powerful Galway Hibs team proved too good for the Ballyboro lads. Team:
Sam Glennon, Ruari Carling, Cormac O’Dowd, Joey Trimble, Josh Crawford, Christian
Donlon, James Mimnagh, Alex Forde, Rory Killian, Eoin Cox, Gabriel Klava with sub
Kevin Donlon.

Fixtures: The U12s
play Castlepollard in the league Cup in Abbeycartron on Sunday at 11am. The
U15s play Killoe Celtic in Cullyfad on Saturday at 2pm. The U8swill be taking
part in a Blitz in Ballinamore on Saturday starting at 12 noon along with Abbey
Rovers and Spartak Granard. The U10s are away to Ballymahon, kick off 12 noon

Rathcline GAA

Under 20 Final

Sunday last in Cashel our U20
team went into battle with Carrick Sarsfields in the semi-final of U20
championship. In recent years there has been a great healthy rivalry with
Carrick Sarsfields with little or nothing between any of our club teams. Sunday
proved to be no different for the best part of this game and it was not until
the later stages that we got the vital scores to see us through to the Final.

The final takes place on Sunday
next in Pearse Park at 2.15pm when we take on Northern Gaels in what should be
a cracking final. We urge all club supporters to travel to support the team and
management for what we hope will be a momentous day for the club.

The panel of players is Jacub
Kajun his brother Misco Kajun, Max Webb, Kian Gilmore, Briain Casey, Oran
Kenny, Dylan Glancy, Seadhna Ryan, Cillian Flood, Richard Prior, Éanna McGrath,
Bryn Peters, Cronan Flood, Padraig Sorohan, Owen Murray, Daniel Curran, Harvey
Myhill, Kevin Tansey, Dean O’Reilly, Óisín Kenny, Aaron Farrell, Ultan O’Sullivan,
Conor Sorohan. The team is managed by Joey Rooney and his management team is Stephen
Rooney, Shane Kenny, Seadna Ryan and Wayne O’Donoghue.

Calling all ladies

The club is
currently organising a ‘refresh your wardrobe’ night out for ladies on Friday 6th
Dec in the Parish Hall. It is essentially a dress, handbag, shoes and unwanted
gifts sale

It can
be supported by donating any pre-loved dresses, shoes, handbags or any unwanted
gifts and we will sell them at a fun night out to raise funds for the Club.

All
donations will be accepted with gratitude.

Contacts
Marie Farrell 0868138773; Pat Connerton 0861617501.

More
details regarding the night itself to follow

50/50

The 50/50 draw took place on
Monday 28th October and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was
the Imagen Lawlor c/o John and Una Lawlor, Rathcline Road. The winning pool was
€461. Thanks to the Lawlor family for their continued support of the 50/50.

There are 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.




Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 28th October 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Whist Drive

The first Whist Drive of the
new season will take place on this coming Friday night 1st November in
St. Mary’s Parish Hall commencing at 8.30pm.

Lanesboro Social Service continues
to do remarkable work all year round and the Whist Drive is its main way of
fund raising. The extraordinary work done by the Social Services is very dependent
on the success of Whist Drive.

If you are a card player, then
the place to be on the first Friday night of each month for the next number of
months is St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro.

If you cannot make the Whist
Drive and would like to make a contribution you can do so by leaving your
contribution into an enveloped marked Lanesboro Social Services into O’Brien’s.

Death

It is with the greatest sadness
that I record the death at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin on Wednesday last 23rd
October of Michael Keane, Cloonadra, Ballyleague and formerly of Bogwood,
Doughill. In recent times Michael’s health took a turn for the worse and he
faced his tribulations with a great strength and dignity as was the essence of
the man. He, for many years until his recent retirement worked as
representative for a paint company. Michael was a quietly spoken gentleman He
was a most unassuming man and a tremendous family man and a wonderful help when
anyone was in need of support. His warm smile was a welcome to everyone into
his company. For Michael he nothing left out when it came to his family- a
dedicated father and grandfather. Michael was always a wise council so much so
that those that knew him relied on his every word when advice was needed. Michael
will be sadly missed by everyone that knew him, but his memory will live
forever because of his manner and helpfulness. The attendance at his reposing
and Funeral bore ample testimony to the esteem in which Michael was held.

Michael’s remains reposed at
Smyth’s Funeral Home on Friday last before being removed to St. Mary’s Church,
Ballagh. On Saturday following the Mass of the Resurrection his remains were
laid to rest in Cloontuskert Cemetery. To his daughter Sinéad, son Jonathan,
brother Oliver, sisters Margaret and Bridie, relatives and many friends we
extend our deepest sympathy.

Birth

Congratulations to Michael and Aoife
Farrell, Clonfower on the birth last week of a baby boy.

Dublin Marathon

Many people from our community
ran the Dublin City Marathon on Sunday last. Many congratulations to all of the
runners on a wonderfulachievemnet.

Try-a-Dive

Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club
is holding free try a dive in Longford swimming pool at 9pm every
Thursday night for the next number of weeks
You will learn how to use scuba equipment in
shallow water and get a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore
the underwater world.
Learn what wearing scuba equipment feels like
and how easy it is to move around underwater while wearing it
Find out what it’s like to breathe underwater
and learn whether you can be comfortable there
All the equipment you will need is provided by
us you just need your togs and swim hat.
Minimum age 18
If you require any further information you can
contact a club member of ring any of the following numbers..0879765911,
0879624050 or 0879817784.
Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club assisted in the search
for a missing person in Athlone last Saturday and Sunday along with other clubs
form the midlands region and we would like to thank everyone for their help.

First
Irish based Vice President

Recently Synopsys, a High-Tech American
Multinational based in Dublin promoted Peter Gillen to the role of VP of
Engineering and in doing so he is the first Irish based Vice President within
Synopsys which is a $20 billion company. Peter, with Synopsys 18 years now, is
managing worldwide teams from Ireland, Japan, India, China, Portugal and the US
with over 600 staff reporting to him. Synopsys develops software to design
computer chips, and a lot of the digital technology used in everyday devices
from mobile phones, to TVs, to self-driving cars. Peter was always encouraged
by his parents Greg and Bernie from the Green to work hard and regularly kept
on the straight and narrow by big sisters Mags and Fiona; it shows dedication
and commitment can take one a long way. Having graduated from the University of
Limerick with a 1st Class Honours back in 1992 remains a proud ex-student from
the “Tech” in Lanesboro. Now living in Dublin with his wife Barbara and their 4
sons, is still a regular visitor to Lanesboro in between his worldwide travels.

Bord na Mona Estates

What started out as a Mass for residence
for members of the Bord na Mona Green estate present and past has become an annual
event with growing numbers each year. The Mass has now been extended to families
from the Bord na Mona estates of Cloontuskert and Derryhaun present and past.

The organiser would like to invite
everyone that lived in the three estates back on Thursday 14th
November to remember their deceased relatives and to meet and relive old times
with former workmates, friends and neighbours.

Following Mass there will be light
refreshments in St. Mary’s Parish Hall where everyone is invited to continue
the chat.

By Post

Such has been the demand for the second print of the Sliabh Bán
book from home and abroad that it has been decided to offer anyone away from
the area the opportunity of having the book posted to them. Begin the
conversation with Joe O’Brien joeaobrien@outlook.com phone 086-2460840 or 043 3321107 during shop opening hours and we
organise to get the book sent to you.

The book is available for sale in O’Brien’s costing €20 and for
post and packaging within Ireland it is an extra €12, GB €32, USA €42,
Australia €42, South Africa €42 and EU €41.

Blood Donors Needed

The next Blood Donation locally will take place the
Longford Arms Hotel on this Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st
October. The clinic will be open from 4.30pm to 8pm.

The need for blood continues to increase and it is very
important that you help by making your donation and encouraging others to
accompany you to make your blood donations.

Breakfast Morning Returns

Lanesboro Tidy
Towns committee is once again hosting what has now become a very popular
Breakfast Morning in Lanesboro Parish Hall on Sunday 17th November
from 9 30 am until 12.30 pm. Tickets priced €10 will be on sale locally at
the usual outlets. This has proved to be a very enjoyable event over the last
few years and I am sure this year will be no different. Your support will be
very much appreciated. The funds raised go towards keeping our town and approach
roads in top condition.

All year the
comments from people passing through has been hugely positive and remarks of our
beauty has been great to hear. You have played your part in supporting the
Breakfast Morning and the weekly lottery draw and for that you must be thanked
and it is hoped that you will continue your great support as the committee
tries to further enhance the towns beauty and get closer to winning the Tidy
Towns competition.

Defibrillator Training

A new course will commence in the
near future and if you have not already done the course you must register your
interest and if you need a refresher course you must also register your name.
To register you should call into Martina O’Brien in the shop, or phone Martina at
043 3321107 or 086-3858934 or email martinaclyne1@gmail.com

These courses are for the
Lanesboro, Ballyleague, Kilgefin, Rathcline, Cashel and Killashee communities.

In our Library

Knitting & Crochet Club

Knitting & Crochet Club continues every Monday 2-4pm.

New members always welcome!

Poetry & Music Group

Poetry & Music group continues on Monday 4th November
–  4.15-5.30pm.

All welcome to come along and join in with this very vibrant
group!

ESOL Course

ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) takes place in the
Library every Tuesday evening 7-9pm. 

Contact Nuala Donlon on nuala.donlon@lwetb.ie for
further information.

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.

Check out our Online Services where you can download free eBooks,
eAudiobooks, magazines and newspapers, learn a new language or do an online
course.  All you need is your library card and pin.  Renew or request
books on our website www.longfordlibrary.ie

5-a-side Pitch Opening

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  www.bookapitch.com 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 ballyboroastropitchcommittee@gmail.com 

The new pitch is state of the art 3G and will provide
great recreation space for 180 students from the school and another 150 players
from the club every day of the week so places will be scarce – but there are
plenty of free slots still available as we write on Monday evenings between 6pm
and 10pm and Friday night between 6pm and 10pm if you want to book.

The pitches are also available off peak on Saturday and
Sunday evening after 4pm. but the advice is to get on the website early before
the slots are all gone. Don’t say you were not warned!!! 

Tidy Towns Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the
Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on Tuesday morning 22nd October were 10, 13,
15 and 29. There was nobody with the winning numbers and the jackpot pool has
now risen to €6,000. The name on the tickets for the €50 prize Sean and Sinead
Farrell, Lisduff, and the three winners of €20 each were Louis Mullooly,
Lehery, K. Donlon c/o Mags and David Dowd Thureen.

50/50

The 50/50 draw took place on
Monday 21st October and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was
the Joe Ginty, Knock, who was continuing the remarkable run of wins by the
Ginty family. The winning pool was €290. Thanks to Joe for his continued weekly
support of the 50/50.

There are 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.

Open Day

Longford Fire and Rescue Service
will hold an ‘Open Day’ on Saturday next 2nd November at Longford
Fire Station, Templemichael- just past the entrance into the Mall Complex.. There
will be four demonstration in session 1 which will again be repeated in session
2. Session 1 begins at 11.15am with a fire service demonstration, at 11.45am there
will be a Defibrillator demonstration, 12.15pm Dolls House fire spreads
demonstration and at 12.45pm Chip Van Fire. All will be repeated in the same
order in Session 2 commencing at 2.15pm and continuing at 2.45pm, 3.15pm and
3.45pm.

As part of the ‘Open Day’ there
will be face painting, a kids firefighting challenge, fire safety advice and
leaflets, goodie bags and much more.

Ballyboro

The big day has
finally arrived as this weekend our brand-new Astro pitch will be in use
for the first time. On Saturday morning the recently qualified PDP1
coaches will conduct a coaching session for the under 8s and under 10s from
9.30am to 11am. Groups who wish to book a time slot in the new Astro are asked
to sign up as a new user on  BookaPitch.com. and arrange to book their
slot officially before this Wednesday, when slots must be confirmed or released
for public hire. Most week day slots have been taken up but a few are still
available. Pitch hire to the public starts on Monday next 4th November.
Well done to Stephen, Paul, Jack, Ben, Ciaran, Kevin, Karl, Lee,
Eoghan, and Bryan who did trojan work on Saturday last in fencing off the new
grass pitch.
All National Schools in the locality will be participating in
a special 5 a side Blitz in the new Astro on Friday week 8th.The club is
grateful to Stephen Kelly who has offered to sponsor a Cup for the winners.
On the playing fields the under 12s continued their recent
run of good form with a win over Ballymahon. A clinical right footed finish by
Rian Hogan and a stunning free kick by Eoin Beattie accounted for Ballyboro’s
two goals. Team: Adam Farrell, Eoin Beattie, Logan Birmingham, Aidan Kelly, Cody
Phelan, Billy Murray, David Dowd, Fergal Murtagh, Rian Hogan. Subs: Rian
Shanley, Rory Murtagh, Eoin Connell, Ryan Mimnagh, Matthew Murray, Ethan
Slattery.
The club fielded its first all-girls team in a number of
years last week. It was a very successful return too as the under 11 girls
showed they will be a force to be reckoned with, as they displayed some silken
touches on their way to a 5-2 win over Killoe Celtic. Panel and scorers: Anna
Cox, Maria Forde (3), Laura Rattigan, Ava Brehon, Katie Hoey, Emma Dowd(1), Siun
McElgunn, Sophie Cox, Emma Feeney, Lillie Dowd(1),Kate Malone, Marianna Donlon,
Emma Hoey.
The under 8s took part in a Blitz in Ballymahon on Saturday.
Ben Cassidy, Lorcan Vesey, Jay Flynn, Finn Fallon, Sean Hogan, Kyran Horohoe, Aidan
Cox, Donal Cox, Saoirse Feeney, Saoirse Dillon, Chloe Curran, David Kenny, Niall
Morgan, Matthew Murphy, Darragh Shanley, Tom Hession, Caden Donlon, and Malachy
Martin donned the Ballyboro colours.
Fixtures: The under 9s will be participating in a Blitz in
Ardagh on Saturday along with the host team and Inny FC, starting at 11am. The
under 11s are away to Mostrim on Saturday, kick off 11am. The under 14s are
away to Galway Hibs on Saturday in the Connacht Shield, time to be confirmed.
The under 11 girls play Ardagh in Ardagh at 11am on Saturday.

Rathcline GAA – ‘Be with us Be a part
of Us’
.

50/50

The 50/50 draw took place on
Monday 21st October and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was
the Joe Ginty, Knock, who was continuing the remarkable run of wins by the
Ginty family. The winning pool was €290. Thanks to Joe for his continued weekly
support of the 50/50.

There are 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.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Senior League: Following
the semi-final last Friday evening we now face Clan na nGael in the O’Rourke
Cup Final, time and date to be confirmed. 

Halloween: Join us on Wednesday
30th from 7-9pm in the clubhouse for an evening of fun, Halloween
games, colouring competition and treats and raffle. Invitation open to all our
younger players and family members. #Community 

Cards: Take place every
Tuesday evening in the clubhouse, please note earlier start time of 8:30pm for
the Autumn/Winter season. Last week’s winners; Frank Fallon & Sean Cox,
 Runners up Damien & Willie. Last game Mick & Josie. 




Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 21st October 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Time is a changing

From Saturday/Sunday next winter
time will come in and clocks will go back one hour. So don’t get caught out
with the change and enjoy your extra hour in bed.

5-a-Side Pitch Opening

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 9 a side game in November please register now by signing up
with a user account at  www.bookapitch.com

and the venue will be there for you to select. If you
want any more details send an e mail please to ballyboroastropitchcommittee@gmail.com 

The new pitch is state of the art 3G and will provide
great recreation time for 180 students from the school and another 150 players
from the club every day of the week so places will be scarce – but there are
plenty of free slots still available as we write 

on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays but the advice
is to get on the website early before the slots are all gone. Don’t say you
were not warned!!! Thank you 

Sunday night Card Game

The weekly Sunday night game continues every Sunday night in St.
Mary’s Parish Hall. As we go into the winter months this is the ideal way for
any card player to spend a few hours on a Sunday night. The game starts at 8.30pm
and you are more than welcome to go along and have a night of card playing and
many a great chat.

The game continues every Sunday night at
8.30pm sharp. All welcome. No partner needed. Refreshments served

Talented Young Artist

Following his winning in the Longford
Leader “Design a Christmas Badge” in 2017 Josh Curran, son of David
and Siobhan Curran, Killinure has come up trumps again when he was winner of the Age 6-8 yr. category in the Aisling Art Competition
“My Place in the World” in the Aisling Festival 2019. Josh is a pupil
of Fermoyle National School. Well done Josh.

No time to Prepare

Last Sunday week Marty Parker travelled
to Tarmonbarry referee an underage game at 11am. Following the game Marty
switched back on his phone to realise that, due to the appointed referee being
suddenly unable to do the game, he had been called at the last moment to
referee the County Senior Football final between Padraig Pearse’s and Roscommon
Gaels in Hyde Park at 4pm. Marty proceeded to give an excellent refereeing
performance as is usual with the man. Again, we congratulate him on a job well
done.

Wedding

The marriage of Alan Breslin son of
Paddy and Ann Breslin, Cloontuskert and Ray Scott son of Joe Scott, Dublin took
place at the Red Cow Moran Hotel. Maid of Honour was Ray’s cousin Aisling
McGavin, Groom’s maids were Stephanie Breslin sister of Alan, Karolina Hryniewicka
and Niamh O’Brien both friends of Alan. Bestman was Christopher Breslin brother
of Alan. The celebrant was Lorraine McCarthy, Celebrate Ireland. The reception
was held in the Red Cow Moran Hotel. We wish the happy couple many years of
happiness.

Community Games AGM
On behalf of the Committee and
myself, we would like to thank all of the participants whom took part in
different Community Games events throughout 2019 and also to all
of the people who helped in any way. We would also like to thank the people of
the parish for their contributions to the Church Gate collection earlier in the
year. This was very much appreciated and helps us in a big way with the running
of the club.

Lanesborough Community Games are
having their AGM at 9pm on Tuesday 29th Oct 2019 next
week, in St Mary’s Parish Hall.

The committee would welcome and
encourage everyone, especially the parents of children living in the town and
hinterland of Lanesboro to attend and support Community Games in
Lanesboro. Community Games covers a broad range of activities
and it gives parents a chance, to allow their children to participate,
socialize and display their talents. Over 100 children from the parish
participated in Community Games events during 2019. You are
urged to help continue to progress Community Games in the parish
during 2020.’

Go along and play your part in
the continuation of the Community Games in Lanesboro and help
youngsters in our community to express themselves as best they can in
all the various activities that is the Community Games.

Gun Club

The Lanesborough Gun Club will hold their AGM to be
held on Fri 25th Oct at 9pm sharp in Adie’s Farrell’s meeting
room. All members are asked to attend.

By Post

Such has been the demand for the second print of the Sliabh Bán
book from home and abroad that it has been decided to offer anyone away from
the area the opportunity of having the book posted to them. Begin the
conversation with Joe O’Brien joeaobrien@outlook.com phone 086-2460840 or 043 3321107 during shop opening hours and we
organise to get the book sent to you.

The book is available for sale in O’Brien’s costing €20 and for
post and packaging within Ireland it is an extra €12, GB €32, USA €42,
Australia €42, South Africa €42 and EU €41.

Blood Donors Needed

The next Blood Donation locally will take place the
Longford Arms Hotel on Tuesday 29th Wednesday 30th and
Thursday 31st October. The clinic will be open from 4.30pm to 8pm.

The need for blood continues to increase and it is very
important that you help by making your donation and encouraging others to
accompany you to make your blood donations.

Breakfast Morning Returns

The Lanesboro
Tidy Towns group are hosting their very popular Breakfast Morning in Lanesboro
Parish Hall on Sunday 17th November from 9 30 am
until 12.30 pm. Tickets will be on sale locally at the usual price of €10.
This has been a very enjoyable event over the last few years. Your support
would be very much appreciated. The funds raised go towards keeping the town
and outskirts in top condition.

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Declan Beirne, Curraghroe, his sister Elizabeth Kearns, Clooncagh, their families and the family of their sister Carmel Ryan, Cratloe, Co. Clare who passed away last week.

Defibrillator Training

A new course will commence in the
near future and if you have not already done the course you must register your
interest and if you need a refresher course you must also register your name.
To register you should call into Martina O’Brien in the shop, or phone Martina at
043 3321107 or 086-3858934 or email martinaclyne1@gmail.com

These courses are for the
Lanesboro, Ballyleague, Kilgefin, Rathcline, Cashel and Killashee communities.

Congratulations

Well done to Marty Parker, Curraghroe, on an excellent performance
as referee in the Roscommon County Senior Football Final on Sunday last. For
the record Padraig Pearses beat Roscommon Gaels on a scoreline 2-10 to1-10

Lough Ree AC

Congratulations to our athletes who represented Fermoyle
School in Moyne on Sunday 13th October. Well done in the first place
for turning up and then for taking on the cream of Connaught on a very tough
and muddy course. The standard at provincial level was very high but our boys
despite their lack of experience ran very well to finish in 7th team place from
a field of 15 teams in the 3rd/4th Class race. The in form Oisin Dillon was
first home again for the team followed by Rian Hogan who both finished in the
top 20 out of a field of 110 athletes. Rian reversed the positions with Mikey
Sorohan from the last day out, with Tim Kenny being the fourth man home
following by Daragh Donlon and Elliot Johnston. Kudos to John Farrell who
represented his school in the 5/6th class race on his own as he was the only
one who qualified but fought as if his life at stake. All individual placings
not to hand at the moment but may appear elsewhere in the paper. We look
forward to other opportunities for these athletes to gain more experience at
this level. Again, well done, we are all so proud of you for representing your
school at provincial level.

Tidy Towns Table Quiz

Ballyleague Tidy Towns will host a Musical Extravaganza Table
Quiz on Bank Holiday Sunday night in Rosie’s at the Lifebelt. The quiz will be followed
by a local DJ with music and dancing till late. The quiz will start at 9.30pm. Rounds
will include TV/Film Theme tunes, Beat the Intro, Name the Artist, and much
much more. Tables of 4 cost €40. There will be prizes for the winning and
runner up teams.

Tidy Towns Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the
Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on Tuesday morning 15th October were 7, 20,
24 and 27. There was nobody with the winning numbers and the jackpot pool has
now risen to €5,900. The name on the tickets for the €50 prize Teresa c/o Mags
and the three winners of €20 each were Mary Tiernan, Ferefad, Longford, M &
E Hanley, Cashelbeg and Nolan Motors, Newtownforbes.

The Library this week

Knitting & Crochet Club

Knitting & Crochet Club continues every
Monday 2-4pm.

New members always welcome!

Poetry & Music Group

Poetry & Music group continues on Monday 4th November
from 4.15-5.30pm.

All welcome to come along and join in with
this very vibrant group!

ESOL
Course

ESOL (English for speakers of other languages)
takes place in the Library every Tuesday evening 7-9pm. 

Contact Nuala Donlon on nuala.donlon@lwetb.ie for further information.

Book Club

Book Club for adults continues on Friday
morning 25th October at 11am. 

Book choices for October are ‘Conversations
with Friends’ by Sally Rooney and

‘The Betrayals’ by Fiona Neill.  All
welcome to come along for a chat & a cuppa!

Bank Holiday Monday

Library will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday
28th October.  We will reopen on Tuesday 29th October
at 2pm.

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 

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.

Check out our Online Services where you can
download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines and newspapers, learn a new
language or do an online course.  All you need is your library card and
pin.  Renew or request books on our website www.longfordlibrary.ie

50/50

The 50/50 draw took place on
Monday 14th October and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was the
Caroline Ginty, Curragh Rua. The winning pool was €290. Thanks to the Caroline
for her weekly support of the 50/50.

There are 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.

All Childminders

Longford County Childcare
Committee invite you to join them for a cuppa and a chat to look at the
future changes of childminding in your home.

They are conducting this
consultation session on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs
(DCYA) who value your input on the way forward for home-based Childminding in
Ireland. It will take
place on this Wednesday 23rd October at the Longford County Childcare Committee rooms in Richmond Street, Longford N39YY75 from 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Please spread the word to as
many childminders as possible. So, if you are free and interested you are
invited to join please join them.

If you intend to attend if you could
RSVP on:- childminding@westmeathchildcare.ie  if you plan to attend.

Truck Run

The Ducks Tractor Run in aid of
the Ollie Cox Injury Fund will take place on Sunday next 27th
October from Fishertown, Old Burlington Road, Clondra. The run will start at
1pm.  Following the run there will be
refreshments and a raffle in Coy’s Shannon Bar.

Rathcline GAA – ‘Be with us Be a part of Us’.

County Champions

We would like to congratulate
club members Neal O’Connor and Paul Hession on playing leading roles in Clonguish
Gaels Hurling Club winning the County Hurling Final on Sunday week past. They
and their teammates followed up on Saturday last when they played and beat Barndarrig
from Wicklow in the first round of the AIB Leinster Junior Hurling Championship.
We wish the lads well as they take on Laois champions Mountmellick in the next
round on Saturday 2nd November.

Under 20

Training for the semi-final of
the Under 20 is continuing apace. We wait for the final group games to be
played to know our opposition.

50/50

The 50/50 draw took place on
Monday 14th October and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was the
Caroline Ginty, Curragh Rua. The winning pool was €290. Thanks to the Caroline
for her weekly support of the 50/50.

There are 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.

St.
Faithleach’s GAA

Senior League: The
O’Rourke Cup Semi Final between Clan na nGael and Padraig Pearses takes place
on Friday night with the winners playing St. Faithleach’s in the final, venue
and date to be confirmed. 

U16 Boys Championship:
Hard luck to our U16 boys who lost out to St. Michaels on Saturday evening
bringing the lads season to an end. Many thanks to the management team of David
Kilcoyne and Derek Murray for all their hard work and commitment throughout the
year.

U14 Boys Championship: The
D3 Final takes place on Saturday 26th October, the best of luck to
our U14 team, time and venue tbc 

Cards: Take place every
Tuesday evening in the clubhouse. Last week’s winners; Mary K, Frank C, second Kathleen
and Annie, last game, Kevin and Padraig. Please note cards start at the earlier
time of 8:30pm for the Autumn/Winter season. 

Lotto:  Jackpot
stands at €12,000. €20 winners; Noel Rattigan , Martha Glennon, Colm
Mangan, Ray Stabler , Fintan Jordan 




Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 14th October 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Table Quiz

Michael Cleary is taking part in this year’s
Dublin City Marathon to raise funds for Join Our Boys and seeks your support.
He is hosting a table quiz in the clubhouse on Friday night next 18th
October. Table of four is €40 and all money raised goes to the Join Our Boys
Fund. All are welcome. 

Ghost Homeland

Local man Colin Carberry son of Barney and Nuala (Harold) who is
presently residing in Mexico with his wife and two daughters has just launched
a new book of poetry. Ghost Homeland is the latest collection of poems that takes
him through his life growing up in Lanesboro along with the effects of events,
especially in the north of our country, while growing up in the seventies and eighties.
The collection also takes him through his journey of Latin America where he was
eventually married and made his home in Mexico.

The litmus test of any writer’s success is the response by the
readers and Colin has captured them globally to an enormous degree.

Colin since his first publication of The Crossing in 1998 has
received many accolades and much notoriety worldwide because of his excellent
work. This is Colin’s fourth collection of poetry while he is also translator of
two books of verse. His poems have been translated into many languages.

Colin’s latest collection is further testimony to the very special
talent that he is, and it is a collection well worth having amongst you book
collections. Ghost Homeland is on sale in O’Brien’s and costs just €12.

The introduction to Ghost Homeland was scripted by Jack Harte and
it is wonderful to see two of our very own literary geniuses together in this collection.

We congratulate Colin and wish him huge success with this new
collection of poems.

Sunday night Card Game

The weekly Sunday night game continues every Sunday night in St.
Mary’s Parish Hall. As we go into the winter months this is the ideal way for
any card player to spend a few hours on a Sunday night. The game starts at 8.30pm
and you are more than welcome to go along and have a night of card playing and
many a great chat.

The results of Sunday night last are: 1st Tom Nohilly and Pat Joe
Fallon. There were four seconds. A play of was needed and after a nail-biting
game Eugene Kelly and Barney Kenny came out winners. The last game was won by
Tommy Fox and Pat Rock Snr. The raffle winners were Brendan Hanley/Aidan
Carling/Jonno Byrne/Pat Joe Fallon. The game continues every Sunday night at
8.30pm sharp. All welcome. No partner needed. Refreshments served

By Post

Such has been the demand for the second print of the Sliabh Bán
book from home and abroad that it has been decided to offer anyone away from
the area the opportunity of having the book posted to them. Begin the
conversation with Joe O’Brien joeaobrien@outlook.com phone 086-2460840 or 043 3321107 during shop opening hours and we
organise to get the book sent to you.

The book is available for sale in O’Brien’s costing €20 and for
post and packaging within Ireland it is an extra €12, GB €32, USA €42,
Australia €42, South Africa €42 and EU €41.

Church Gate Collection

The Midland Simon Community
will hold their annual Church Gate Collection at all masses next weekend. Your
support will be greatly appreciated.

Accommodation Providers

Are you interested? The Collaboration group have spoken to Fáilte
Ireland about people from their Accommodation Provider department to come to
Lanesboro to speak to people that may be interested in becoming Accommodation
Providers from single rooms, B&B, Guesthouses and hotels. As well as our
local community this meeting is open to people from all surrounding parishes
and towns.

You are asked to register your interest by
contacting  Joe at joeaobrien@outlook.com with Accommodation
Provider in your subject box or phone Joe 086-2460840.

Blood Donation Clinic

The next Blood Donation locally will take place the
Longford Arms Hotel on Tuesday 29th Wednesday 30th and
Thursday 31st October. The clinic will be open from 4.30pm to 8pm.

The need for blood continues to increase and it is very
important that you help by making your donation and encouraging others to
accompany you to make your blood donations.

Breakfast Morning Returns

The Lanesboro
Tidy Towns group are hosting their very popular Breakfast Morning in Lanesboro
Parish Hall on Sunday 17th November from 9 30 am
until 12.30 pm. Tickets will be on sale locally at the usual price of €10.
This has been a very enjoyable event over the last few years. Your support
would be very much appreciated. The funds raised go towards keeping the town
and outskirts in top condition.

Sympathy

We would like
to extend our deepest sympathy to Jackie Coyle, Knock, his sisters Mary Theresa
and Dina on the death of their sister Irene Beirne, Knockrockery on Saturday 5th
October. We also extend our sympathy to her husband Michael and her family Tracy, Cathríona, Lisa, and Michéal

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the game played on
Wednesday 9th October are N/S 1st Gemma Douglas and Elish
Gray, 2nd Maureen Hynes and Mona O’Flaherty, 3rd Philomena
Walsh and Mary Farrell. E/W 1st Brid Mc Dermott and Una Lawlor, 2nd
Elizabeth Clyne and Mary Connor, 3rd Mairead Gill and Maura Hanly.

Defibrillator Training

A new course will commence in the
near future and if you have not already done the course you must register your
interest and if you need a refresher course you must also register your name.
To register you should call into Martina O’Brien in the shop, or phone Martina at
043 3321107 or 086-3858934 or email martinaclyne1@gmail.com

These courses are for the
Lanesboro, Ballyleague, Kilgefin, Rathcline, Cashel and Killashee communities.

Superb Success

Superb was the accolade regularly used on Sunday on Sunday last as
you met with people that were attending the Taste of the Lakelands. Over 40 producers
and crafters filled the marquee behind the parish hall while cookery
demonstrations continued on the hour by all award-winning local chefs in the
parish hall.

This year the Lanesboro/Ballyleague Collaboration team were
the conduit between Longford and Roscommon Local Enterprise Offices and their
collective efforts provided a fantastic day for everyone. If evidence was ever
needed as to the community spirit between both parishes and counties, then
Sunday last was the ultimate proof that there is wonderful support for the tremendous
work being done. Not too long ago there was to be no Taste of the Lakelands this
year but with the combined effort it all came to pass.

For most of the day the cooking demonstrations were played
out before a full house and the marquee hosting the producers and crafters was hugely
busy. A guestimate by a person more accustomed to such events said that there
was in the region of 4000 to 5000 numbers present during the day and to
everyone of them we are so very thankful of their support and attendance in
such huge numbers

The day was a wondrous in our community and there are many people
to be thanked for the creation, delivery, presentation and stewarding – you all
know who you are. We would like to congratulate and thank everyone for making
Sunday so wonderful in our community. We look forward to seeing the Taste of
the Lakelands once again on the banks of the Shannon in 2020.

Glitz and Glamour on Saturday

Cashel G4M and O’s are hosting a night
of Glitz and Glamour in support of the Ollie Cox Injury Fund in the Local,
Newtowncashel on Saturday night next 19th at 8pm.

This will be a lady’s night to
remember with expert advice on style, hair, make-up, health and fitness.

Tickets cost just €10 and there will
be music and a draw supplementing the night. You can also contribute on www.gofundme.com/f/ollie-cox-injury-fund

For further information please phone 0879852484.

Thank You

Lough Ree Sub Aqua would like to thank
everyone who donated so generously to their Church Gate collection last Sunday.
He sum realised was €833.50.

Congratulations

Well done to Marty Parker, Curraghroe, on an excellent performance
as referee in the Roscommon County Senior Football Final on Sunday last. For
the record Padraig Pearses beat Roscommon Gaels on a scoreline 2-10 to1-10

Lough Ree AC

Congratulations to our athletes who represented Fermoyle
School in Moyne on Sunday 13th October. Well done in the first place
for turning up and then for taking on the cream of Connaught on a very tough
and muddy course. The standard at provincial level was very high but our boys
despite their lack of experience ran very well to finish in 7th team place from
a field of 15 teams in the 3rd/4th Class race. The in form Oisin Dillon was
first home again for the team followed by Rian Hogan who both finished in the
top 20 out of a field of 110 athletes. Rian reversed the positions with Mikey
Sorohan from the last day out, with Tim Kenny being the fourth man home
following by Daragh Donlon and Elliot Johnston. Kudos to John Farrell who
represented his school in the 5/6th class race on his own as he was the only
one who qualified but fought as if his life at stake. All individual placings
not to hand at the moment but may appear elsewhere in the paper. We look
forward to other opportunities for these athletes to gain more experience at
this level. Again, well done, we are all so proud of you for representing your
school at provincial level.

Tidy Towns Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the
Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on Tuesday morning 8th October were 2, 11,
20 and 30. There was nobody with the winning numbers and the jackpot pool has
now risen to €5,800. The name on the tickets for the €50 prize Lisa, Ciara, Kevin
and Aoife and the three winners of €20 each were Catherine Egan, c/o Credit
Union, Anthony Casey, Stonepark and Rosaleen Egan, Derryhaun.

The Library this week

Knitting & Crochet Club

Knitting & Crochet Club continues every Monday 2-4pm.

New members always welcome!

Poetry & Music Group

Poetry & Music group continues on Monday 11th November from 4.15-5.30pm.

All welcome to come along and join in with this very vibrant group

ESOL
Course

ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) takes place in the
Library every Tuesday evening 7-9pm. 

Contact Nuala Donlon on nuala.donlon@lwetb.ie for further
information.

Aisling Festival – Arts & Crafts event

Lanesboro Library will be facilitating a fun Arts & Crafts
event as part of Aisling Festival. This event will suit children aged 6-12yrs
and you can book by contacting the library on 0433321291 or email lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie.

Venue: Lanesboro Library

Date: Wednesday 23rd October

Time: 3.30pm to 5pm.

Book Club

Book Club for adults continues on Friday morning 25th October at 11am. 

Book choices for October are ‘Conversations with Friends’ by Sally
Rooney and

‘The Betrayals’ by Fiona Neill.  All welcome to come along
for a chat & a cuppa!

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.

Check out our Online Services where you can download free eBooks,
eAudiobooks, magazines and newspapers, learn a new language or do an online
course.  All you need is your library card and pin.  Renew or request
books on our website www.longfordlibrary.ie

50/50

The 50/50 draw took place on
Monday 7th October and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was the
Rose Mulvey, Carrickedmond. The winning pool was €470. Thanks to the Rose for her
weekly support of the 50/50.

There are 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.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

As is the tradition the Lough Ree Golfing Society’s final outing of 2019 was to Strokestown
GC last Friday 11th October. The golfers were very lucky with the
day, no rain!! the greens were in excellent condition, the fairways and rough
were very wet, but with placing everywhere this was compensated for. The scores
returned were very good considering the time of year and conditions. Paul
Taylor came 3rd with 32pts, 2nd Martin McAlister with
36pts, and Jimmy Flanagan in first place with an excellent 37pts. The front
nine was won by Ronan Cullen with 18 points, back nine by Frank Costello with
16pts, longest drive Frank Costello and nearest pin Martin McAlister.

The Golfer of the Year was
very close as predicted, with 2 pts separating the first 3 places, Mick
Brennan had 33pts, Ronan Cullen 34pts, and Timmy Glynn retained the trophy with
35pts, congratulations

Timmy well played, it was
great to see 24 members featuring on the GOY sheet, well done everyone. The
Society would like to thank Strokestown GC, and Bernie Taylor and Ursula Burke
for providing refreshments before and after play. For 2020 the Society is asking
members to nominate 3 courses they would like to play, and they will try to
book the 6 best.

Taste of the Island

The RAI award winning 4* Abbey
Hotel Roscommon will host a unique Taste the Island event on Sunday next 20th
October from 2-5pm. 

‘Embracing Local’ will give all
local artisan food and drink suppliers in the region a unique opportunity to
showcase your produce and wares on the day. Cookery demonstrations from our
award-winning chefs. To register call 086 3276584 #tastetheisland 

Monster Tractor Run

A Monster Tractor Run will take place in Strokestown on
Sunday 20th October organised by Mid Roscommon Vintage Club. The
event is in aid of the Kilglass based Sick Children’s Fund. All tractors;
modern and vintage and vintage cars are invited to the run. Entry €20. Please
support this worthy cause.

The place where I was Born

An Áit ‘nar Togadh Mé – The place where I was Born is the latest
publication by local Kenagh man Paddy Egan. This book takes a nostalgic look
back at a way of life around Kenagh during the nineteen forties and fifties.
Reading the book, I am sure will bring back many memories from their childhood
and it is surely an essential read. The book is available in O’Brien’s.

Strokestown Further Education Centre

As a number of our community are
eligible for places as the below courses it is important that they take
advantage of these opportunities. Places available on our GRETB QQI Accredited
Training Course. Levels 3, 4 and 5, catering for all needs and abilities. This
is free course available to those in receipt of a social welfare payment. Under
26’s receives more money, free childcare places, travel & meal allowances,
career guidance support and employer links. Contact your Local Social Welfare
Office or call Rachel at the Centre on 071 96 34935 or self-refer on
fetchcourses.ie. Check out our Facebook page for more information.

Ballyboro FC

 A hectic weekend with seven teams
in action.

The under 15s overcame a slow start to
eventually get the better of Gaels United by three goals to one. New signing
Byron Duignan, Jimmy Farrell, and Christian Donlon scored for Ballyboro. Team:
Briain Farrell, Luke Killian, Ryan Byrne, Conor Lyons, Bryan Mullooly, Ella
Hogan, Shane Ross, Jimmy Farrell, Ciaran O’Dowd, Matthew Heneghan, Jack
McGloin. Subs: Byron Duignan, Cormac O’Dowd, Christian Donlon.
The under 13s remain unbeaten in the League following a
comprehensive 6-1 win over Inny Rovers. Team and scorers: Ronan Cox, Luke
Johnston, David Cox, Jack Casey, Jack Beattie, Cody Phelan (1), Euan Cullen, Christian
Donlon (2), Billy Murray, Ben Murphy (2), Daniel Hogan. Subs: Conn Maxwell, Wesley
Hughes (1), Anthony Cox, Ethan Slattery.
The under 8s really enjoyed their day out when their two
teams were involved in a blitz with Inny Rovers. Great enthusiasm was evident
with many of the players donning the Ballyboro colours for the first time. The
talent on view certainly augurs well for the future. Jay Flynn, Kyran Horohoe,
Ben Cassidy, Cian Shea, Joe Greally, Andrew Nolan, Niall Morgan, Matthew
Murphy, Donncha Farrell, David Kenny, Finn Fallon, Darragh Shanley, Tadhg, Shea,
and Malachy Martin were on duty for Ballyboro.

The under 10 team commenced the season
with flying colours when they had a big win over Killoe Celtic. Cathal Hanley, Alfie
Murphy and Josh Curran helped themselves to hat tricks. Panel: Hayden Smyth, Jack
Cassidy, Tim Kenny, Darragh Donlon, Alfie Murphy, Josh Curran, Stephen Farrell,
Cathal Hanley, Lorcan Hanly.
The under 12s also performed extremely well when they defeated Ardagh
United by seven goals to nil. Team and goal scorers: Adam Farrell, Eoin
Beattie, Aidan Kelly(1),Ciaran Mc Gloin, Logan Birmingham, Ethan Slattery (1),Cody
Phelan (2),David Dowd (1),Billy Murray (2).Subs: Matthew Murray, Rian Hogan, Liam
Rhatigan, Ryan Mimnagh, Eoin Connell.
 The under 14 team went down narrowly 4-3 to UCL. This
game could have gone either way but the UCL’s greater sharpness in front of
goal gave them the edge. Ballyboro: Sam Glennon, Josh Crawford, Cormac O’Dowd, Christian
Donlon (2), Ruairi Carling, Kevin Donlon, James Mimnagh, Alex Forde, Jack
Phelan, Joey Trimble, Luke Cullen. Sub: Eoin Cox (1).
 The club will be staging a National Schools Blitz in
early November on our brand new Astro Pitch. It is hoped that all schools in the
locality will take part in this novel event.
 Fixtures: The under 9s will be taking part in a Blitz
at Ballymahon Astro on Saturday starting at 11am, along with the host team and
Inny FC. The under 11s play Inny FC in Streete on Saturday at 11am. The under
14s play Killoe Celtic on Sunday in Abbeycartron, kick off 11am. The under 11
girls play their first game of the season when they play Gaels United in
Drumlish Astro on Saturday at 12 noon.

Rathcline GAA – ‘Be with us Be a part of Us’.

50/50

The 50/50 draw took place on
Monday 7th October and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was the
Rose Mulvey, Carrickedmond. The winning pool was €470. Thanks to the Rose for her
weekly support of the 50/50.

There are 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.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

General Meeting: Many
thanks to all who attended our general meeting last Friday evening in the
clubhouse, it was fantastic to see so many people interested and contributing
to the structure and initiatives of the club.

Table Quiz: Table Quiz
takes place in the clubhouse on Friday 18th at 9:30pm. All proceeds to the Join
Our Boys fund as Chairperson Michael Cleary takes on the challenge of the
Dublin City Marathon in support of the fund. Table of four €40, all
welcome. 

U16 Girls: Hard luck to
our U16 girls who lost out to St. Michaels in the D4B Final on Sunday morning.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the management team of Patricia
McCormack and Siobhan Ormsby for their hard work and encouragement throughout
the year and to the girls for their continued commitment. 

Cards: Take place every
Tuesday evening in the clubhouse. 

Lotto: Jackpot stands at
€12,000. Envelopes are available in all local retailers for €2, your support is
appreciated.




Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 7th October 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Super Monday

Last Monday 30th September was a fabulous day for our
communities when the announcement of the SuperValu Tidy Town’s results was
announced. Cloontuskert, Ballyleague and Lanesboro all improved their scores
with Cloontuskert leading the way with a massive 331 marks just 14 marks behind
the winners Glaslough, Co. Monaghan. Ballyleague added a further 5 marks to
finish on 312 marks while Lanesboro jumped a massive 19 marks breaking into the
300 marks for the first time with a final mark of 307.

Cloontuskert were awarded a bronze medal while James O’Neill was highly
commended as a Tidy Towns Community Hero of the Year 2019. Lanesboro won a
county Longford Endeavour award and a prize of €400.

Achieving high marks in the SuperValu Tidy Town’s is no mean
achievement but having our three communities all increasing their marks and all
over going well over 300 marks means that in the not too distant future and
with the continued diligent and dedicated work we will see a National Awards
winner.

Congratulations to everyone that worked so hard all year and
achieved such remarkable results you are a credit to us all.

Maybe it is time that all clubs and associations in the locality in
the new year gave a few evenings a month to help each Tidy Town team achieve national
awards. It is being done in our name by a few in our name, let us all help them
out.

Ghost Homeland

Local man Colin Carberry son of Barney and Nuala (Harold) who is
presently residing in Mexico with his wife and two daughters has just launched
a new book of poetry. Ghost Homeland is the latest collection of poems that takes
him through his life growing up in Lanesboro along with the effects of events,
especially in the north of our country, while growing up in the seventies and eighties.
The collection also takes him through his journey of Latin America where he was
eventually married and made his home in Mexico.

The litmus test of any writer’s success is the response by the
readers and Colin has captured them globally to an enormous degree.

Colin since his first publication of The Crossing in 1998 has
received many accolades and much notoriety worldwide because of his excellent
work. This is Colin’s fourth collection of poetry while he is also translator of
two books of verse. His poems have been translated into many languages.

Colin’s latest collection is further testimony to the very special
talent that he is, and it is a collection well worth having amongst you book
collections. Ghost Homeland is on sale in O’Brien’s and costs just €12.

The introduction to Ghost Homeland was scripted by Jack Harte and
it is wonderful to see two of our very own literary geniuses together in this collection.

We congratulate Colin and wish him huge success with this new
collection of poems.

Best Wishes

Fr Larney Shine formerly CC for Ballyleague and the Kilgefin
parish who during diocesan changes by the Bishop was transferred to the Parish
of Tulsk has recently retired. We remember Fr. Larney fondly in our community
and we wish him a long life of health and happiness in his retirement.

Harvest Festival

St John’s Church, Lanesborough invites everyone to their annual Thanksgiving
Service on Sunday next 13th October at 4pm

By Post

Such has been the demand for the second print of the Sliabh Bán
book from home and abroad that it has been decided to offer anyone away from
the area the opportunity of having the book posted to them. Begin the
conversation with Joe O’Brien joeaobrien@outlook.com phone 086-2460840 or 043 3321107 during shop opening hours and we
organise to get the book sent to you.

The book is available for sale in O’Brien’s costing €20 and for
post and packaging within Ireland it is an extra €12, GB €32, USA €42,
Australia €42, South Africa €42 and EU €41.

Accommodation Providers

Are you interested? The Collaboration group have spoken to Fáilte
Ireland about people from their Accommodation Provider department to come to
Lanesboro to speak to people that may be interested in becoming Accommodation
Providers from single rooms, B&B, Guesthouses and hotels. As well as our
local community this meeting is open to people from all surrounding parishes
and towns.

You are asked to register your interest by
contacting  Joe at joeaobrien@outlook.com with Accommodation
Provider in your subject box or phone Joe 086-2460840.

Blood Donation Clinic

The next Blood Donation locally will take place the
Longford Arms Hotel on Tuesday 29th Wednesday 30th and
Thursday 31st October. The clinic will be open from 4.30pm to 8pm.

The need for blood continues to increase and it is very
important that you help by making your donation and encouraging others to
accompany you to make your blood donations.

Breakfast Morning Returns

The Lanesboro
Tidy Towns group are hosting their very popular Breakfast Morning in Lanesboro
Parish Hall on Sunday 17th November from 9 30 am
until 12.30 pm. Tickets will be on sale locally at the usual price of €10.
This has been a very enjoyable event over the last few years. Your support
would be very much appreciated. The funds raised go towards keeping the town
and outskirts in top condition.

Sympathy

We would like
to extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Anna, son Ruairi and daughter Maeve
and sisters Kate,
Anne and Gaye Hyland and the extended Hyland family, Augharanna on the death in England
on Saturday 14th September of Mickey Hyland. Mickey will always be
remembered for his warmth, kindness. He stood out in any crowd and had the
uncanny ability to engross people in any topic. When you met him one of his
instant features was the warmest smile that never seemed to fade. In his
footballing days Mickey was an outstanding player with Rathcline. To this
writer Mickey Hyland along with brothers Albert and Mickey Gill were my first
sporting heroes and it is with great sadness that I now record Mickey Hyland’s
passing.  

Junior Certificate Results

Many congratulations to all the
students in our community that received their Junior Certificate. By all accounts
the results at Lanesboro Community College were excellent and we wish the students
the very best in the future as they go towards their Leaving Certificate

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the game played on
Wednesday 2nd October are N/S 1st Gemma Douglas and Elish
Gray, 2nd Phil Chalmers and Cyril Hussey, 3rd Mike Flynn
and Mary Mc Gushin. E/W 1st Una Clarke and Tom Feeney, 2nd
Philomena Walsh and Katharine Harrison and a tie for 3rd place
between Mae Casey and Noreen Dunne & Elizabeth Clyne and Mary Connor.

Defibrillator Training

Many a time I have written in
these notes of the absolute need for people to be trained in the use of the
defibrillator. We had our own experience in Clonbonny a few years back but
seldom a week goes by, but you hear of a similar incident and only for the
ability of a person trained in the use of the defibrillator there would have
been a fatal outcome.

A new course will commence in the
near future and if you have not already done the course you must register your
interest and if you need a refresher course you must also register your name.
To register you should call into Martina O’Brien in the shop, or phone Martina at
043 3321107 or 086-3858934 or email martinaclyne1@gmail.com

These courses are for the
Lanesboro, Ballyleague, Kilgefin, Rathcline, Cashel and Killashee communities.

Windsong Music School

A real and wonderful opportunity for musical people looking
to take expert tuition in various musical instruments and also the theory in a
local environment. Tuition is for all ages in singing, piano, harp, cello, violin
and theory. Junior and Leaving Certificate courses taught. For information you
should ring 087 3649005 or email windsongmusicschool@gmail.com.

Taste of the Lakelands

The Taste of the Lakelands Food Festival will
once again take place in Lanesboro for one day only on Sunday next 13th
October. This is an annual and exciting event in our community, and it draws
people from all over the region and hopefully there will be a great community
response to this day. Great work has gone into the preparations of Sunday’s
event where it is expected that up to 40 food and craft stalls will be attending.

Activities on the day to include: Food Producers
Marquee, Food Demonstrations in the Hall, Craft Fair and Face Painting for
Children.

Activities will start at 10am and continue until 5pm.
The food producer’s marquee will be sited immediately behind the Parish Hall
while the Food Demonstrations, Face Painting and Craft Fair will all be in the
Parish Hall.

The line-up for the Cookery Demonstrations are
both local and of the highest quality chefs in Ireland. Each and every one of
them award winners in their own right.

At 10am Margaret Sexton will open proceedings involving
young people themed Cupcake Decorating which should be spectacular involvement
for the young people and the young should not miss this demonstration.

11am Stephen Dowd Premier Food Hub

12 noon Alison Crean The Abbey Hotel Roscommon

1pm Fiona Egan Cloughan Farm and Cookery School

2pm David Porter Kilronan Castle Estate and Spa

3pm Owen Atkinson Viewmount House, Longford

4pm Daniel Skukallk Nine Arches Restaurant, Ballymahon

Wedding

The marriage took place in the
Church of the Blessed Virgin, Newtowncashel on Friday last 4th October
of James Hanley son of Johnny and Bernie Hanley, Corrigeen, and Bríd Killian
daughter of Brendan and the late Bridgie Killian, Newtowncashel. Bestman was
John Hanley, twin brother of the groom and groomsmen were Kevin Hanley and Alan
Hanly both brothers of the groom. Chief bridesmaid was Barbara Campbell friend
of the bride, Geraldine Kiveney, sister of the bride and Linda Merrigan friend
of the bride. Page boy was Tiernan Hanley son of the couple. The marriage
ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Mickey Murtagh assisted by Fr. Kenny and Fr.
Reilly. The wedding reception was held in the Hodson Bay Hotel. We wish the
happy couple many years of wedded happiness.

Lough Ree AC

The club would like to wish our Fermoyle
team from 3rd/4th class & John Farrell representing
5th/6th class the best of luck in the upcoming Connaught Primary Schools Cross
Country Championship on Sunday next 13th October. 

Sympathy

The death took place at her residence on Monday 30th
September in Dublin of Marian Beirne, formerly of Trilamartin, Curraghroe.
Marian was predeceased by her parents Tommy and Ettie. Her remains reposed at
Leavy’s Funeral Home on Friday last. Following the removal of her remains to St.
Cecelia’s Church and Funeral Mass on Saturday her remains were laid to rest in Cloontuskert
Cemetery. We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to her brother Declan,
sisters Elizabeth and Carmel, relatives and many friends.

Unveiling Ceremony

Cloontuskert Cemetery committee will be unveiling the statue of
Our Lady of Fatima and the three visionaries at Cloontuskert Cemetery on Sunday
next 13th October at 3pm.

Proceedings will commence with the blessing of the statue and the
consecration of the holy souls to the Sacred Heart of Our Lady of Fatima for her
protection. This will be then followed by the Rosary. Everyone is invited to
attend.

General Meeting

A General Meeting of the St.
Faithleach’s club will take place on Friday night next 11th October
in the clubhouse at St. Faithleach’s GAA club at 8pm. This is an
important event as we review all aspects of the club and need everyone’s input.
Please feel free to come and share your views and ideas. We want to make the
club as strong as possible in all aspects- playing, coaching, welfare,
administration and facilities and as a community your voice is important.

Tidy Towns Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the
Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on Tuesday morning 1st October were 10, 12, 22,
and 25. There was nobody with the winning numbers and the jackpot pool has now
risen to €5,700. The winner of the €50 prize was Tara Cullen, Rathcline Road,
and the three winners of €20 each were Geraldine Linnane, The Green, Ann Clancy
and Mike Greene, The Green.

The Library this week

Knitting & Crochet Club

Knitting & Crochet Club continues every Monday 2-4pm.

New members always welcome!

Poetry & Music Group

Poetry & Music group continues on Monday 7th &
21st October –  4.15-5.30pm.

All welcome to come along and join in with this very vibrant
group!

ESOL Course

ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) takes place in the
Library every Tuesday evening 7-9pm. 

Contact Nuala Donlon on nuala.donlon@lwetb.ie for
further information.

Mud Bugs Nature Workshop for children

Book your child’s place for this wonderful Nature
Workshop
with Jess from Mud Bugs – a fun packed session
of arts & crafts!

Suitable for children aged 5 to 10 yrs. old. Venue: Lanesboro Library

Date: Saturday 12th October. Time: 11am
Places are limited so act fast! To book contact
the library on 0433321291, message on messenger or email lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie
This event is part of the October Book Festival
and is free of charge.

Mindfulness with Paul Marsden

Lanesboro Library will host a very interesting talk on Mindfulness
with Paul Marsden this October 14th, as part of the Healthy Ireland
at your Library programme. 

Topics covered will be Using Mindfulness to help cope with stress, anxiety and depression
and Tips for good mental health

All are welcome to come along to this free event.  No booking
is necessary.

Venue: Lanesboro Library, on Monday 14th October from 7pm to 8.30pm

Aisling Festival – Arts & Crafts event

Lanesboro Library will be facilitating a fun Arts & Crafts
event as part of Aisling Festival. This event will suit children aged 6-12yrs
and you can book by contacting the library on 0433321291 or email lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie.

Venue: Lanesboro Library on Wednesday 23rd October from 3.30pm to 5pm.

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.

Check out our Online Services where you can download free eBooks,
eAudiobooks, magazines and newspapers, learn a new language or do an online
course.  All you need is your library card and pin.  Renew or request
books on our website www.longfordlibrary.ie

Weekly 25
Drive

The results from Sunday 6th October:
1st Petey Donlon and Pauric Farrell. Joint 2nd Basil
Mitchell & John O Byrne/PJ Glennon & Michael Finnan. Last game Mike
Flynn & Aidan Carling. Raffle winners P J Glennon, Mickie Connaughton, Anne
Corcoran, John L Farrell. Game every Sunday at 8 30 sharp. All welcome. No
partner needed. Refreshments served. 

The 50/50 draw took place on
Monday 30th September and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was the
Tadgh Rowan, Cloontaghbeg. The winning pool was €440. Thanks to the Rowan
family for your support of the 50/50. The club is striving to have the pool
stand over €500 on a constant basis and this can only happen with your
dedicated support. The club would like to thank you for your ongoing support.

There are 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.

Table Quiz

Michael Cleary is taking part in this year’s
Dublin City Marathon to raise funds for Join Our Boys and seeks your support.
He is hosting a table quiz in the clubhouse on Friday week 18th October.
Table of four is €40 and all money raised goes to the Join Our Boys Fund. All are
welcome. 

Sacraments Enrolment

In the parish of Rathcline enrolment for First Holy Communion and Confirmation
is on Saturday 7th December at 7.30pm Confirmation will take place
on Friday 20th March at 4pm while First Holy Communion will take
place on Saturday 23rd May at 11am.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

The Lough Ree Golfing Society final will hold their final outing
of the year at Strokestown Golf Club on next Friday 11th October at
11am. There is a very close contest for Golfer of the Year, with Timmy Glynn, Mick
Brennan, and Aiden Cassidy within 3 points of each other.

The AGM of the
Society will take place after play finishes. Tea and scones supplied before
play. The Society would love to welcome new members.

Connolly Cup Winner

Lat Sunday County
Senior Final was a tremendous day for one teacher in Fermoyle National School.
Sean Mc Cormack not only played a leading role in Killoe’s victory, but he was
also captain of the team and it was great to see him lifting the Connolly Cup.
We are sure Sean got a great welcome back to the school. We congratulate Sean
and his teammates on their great win and wish them well in the Leinster
Championship.

Taste of the Island

The RAI award winning 4* Abbey
Hotel Roscommon will host a unique Taste the Island event on Sunday week 20th
October from 2-5pm. 

‘Embracing Local’ will give all
local artisan food and drink suppliers in the region a unique opportunity to
showcase your produce and wares on the day. Cookery demonstrations from our
award-winning chefs. To register call 086 3276584 #tastetheisland 

Table Quiz

Near neighbours St Bridget’s Killashee are
embarking on a major development at their club pitch and as part of their fund raising,
they are holding a Table Quiz in the Chestnut tree Killashee on this Friday night 11th
October at 9pm. Tables of 4 €40. Great prizes and raffle on the night. I hope
there will be excellent support from our local community.

Monster Tractor Run

A Monster Tractor Run will take place in Strokestown on
Sunday 20th October organised by Mid Roscommon Vintage Club. The
event is in aid of the Kilglass based Sick Children’s Fund. All tractors;
modern and vintage and vintage cars are invited to the run. Entry €20. See main
article for details. Please support this worthy cause.

Glitz and Glamour

Cashel G4M and O’s are hosting a night of
Glitz and Glamour in support of the Ollie Cox Injury Fund in the Local,
Newtowncashel on Saturday night 19th at 8pm.

This will be a lady’s night to remember with
expert advice on style, hair, make-up, health and fitness.

Tickets cost just €10 and there will be music
and a draw supplementing the night. You can also contribute on www.gofundme.com/f/ollie-cox-injury-fund

For further information please phone 0879852484.

The place where I was Born

An Áit ‘nar Togadh Mé – The place where I was Born is the latest
publication by local Kenagh man Paddy Egan. This book takes a nostalgic look
back at a way of life around Kenagh during the nineteen forties and fifties.
Reading the book, I am sure will bring back many memories from their childhood
and it is surely an essential read. The book is available in O’Brien’s.

Strokestown Further Education Centre

As a number of our community are
eligible for places as the below courses it is important that they take
advantage of these opportunities. Places available on our GRETB QQI Accredited
Training Course. Levels 3, 4 and 5, catering for all needs and abilities. This
is free course available to those in receipt of a social welfare payment. Under
26’s receives more money, free childcare places, travel & meal allowances,
career guidance support and employer links. Contact your Local Social Welfare
Office or call Rachel at the Centre on 071 96 34935 or self-refer on
fetchcourses.ie. Check out our Facebook page for more information.

Dinner Dance

The annual
Longford Region Pioneer dinner dance takes place in The Rustic Inn,
Abbeyshrule on Friday night next 11th October. Traditionally
this is one of the highlight events of any year. Music by J and S Sound.
Tickets are available from Breda Moran

Free Digital skills course

Seetec Longford is offering a fully funded digital skills course
aimed at helping people undertake everyday tasks such as online banking,
shopping, as well as mastering smartphone Apps & Social media.

It will be for 2.5 hours a day for 4 days and will be hosted at
Seetec’s Longford Centre.   Individuals and groups catered for.
 Register your interest by 0433349212 or email digitalskillslongford@seetec.ie

National Learning Network

Free courses are being offered for people with disabilities in
their lives, between the ages of 18 and 65 years. Contact Hilary Claffey 086
7839078 or longford@nin.ie or phone 3342255 for information.

Ballyboro FC

The under 13 team continued their recent
run of good form when they accounted for Mostrim on Sunday last. While the
Ballyboro lads were the better team overall, the 7-1 winning margin flatters
them somewhat as Mostrim had the better of the early exchanges and scored the
first goal. Anthony Cox’s first ever goal for Ballyboro settled the team, and
they went on to play some excellent football to win decisively in the end. Team
and scorers: Aidan Kelly, Anthony Cox(1),Jack Casey(1),David Cox, Jack Beattie,
Billy Murray, Cody Phelan, Euan Cullen, Rian Hogan(1),Ben Murphy(2),Daniel
Hogan(1).Sub: Christian Donlon(1).
The under 14 team were also in fine fettle as they got the
better of Ballymahon on a 3-0 scoreline. Ballymahon threatened early on but a
resolute Ballyboro defence kept them at bay, aided by an inspired performance
by Joey Trimble playing in the unaccustomed position of goalkeeper. Christian
Donlon(2) and Eoin Cox scored for Ballyboro. Team: Joey Trimble, Josh Crawford,
Jack Casey, Cormac O’Dowd, Ruairi Carling, Alex Forde, James Mimnagh, Christian
Donlon, Gabriel Klava, Eoin Cox, Rory Killian. Subs: Kevin Donlon, Jack Phelan,
Luke Cullen.
An understrength under 12 team found UCL Falcons too good for
them, going down by six goals to one. Rian Hogan scored the Ballyboro goal.
Team: Adam Farrell, Eoin Beattie, Aidan Kelly, Ryan Mimnagh, Cody Phelan, Eoin
Connell, Rian Hogan, David Dowd, Rian Shanley. Subs: Dan Casey, Ciaran McGloin,
Harry Brogan, Matthew Murray, Liam Rhatigan.
For the first time in a number of years the club will be
fielding an all-girls team. Thanks are due to Sean Cox and Patricia McCormack
who have agreed to take charge of the under 11 girls’ team. With the Astro Turf
pitch nearing completion, it is hoped that this and some future developments
will see more girls’ teams’ playing in the near future.
 Fixtures: The under 8s will have two teams taking part
in a Blitz in Streete on Saturday starting at 11am. The under 10s play Killoe
Celtic at Killoe Astro on Saturday at 11am. The under 12s play Ardagh United on
Sunday at 2pm in Abbeycartron. The under 13s are away to Inny FC on Saturday, kick
off in Streete is at 11am. The under 14s play UCl in Dernafest Lough Gowna on
Sunday at 12 noon. Gaels United provide the opposition for the under 15s when
they meet at Abbeycartron on Saturday at 4pm.

Rathcline GAA – ‘Be with us Be a part of Us’.

50/50

The 50/50 draw took place on
Monday 30th September and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was the
Tadgh Rowan, Cloontaghbeg. The winning pool was €440. Thanks to the Rowan
family for your support of the 50/50. The club is striving to have the pool
stand over €500 on a constant basis and this can only happen with your
dedicated support. The club would like to thank you for your ongoing support

There are 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.

Under 20

Saturday last was one of the wettest days of the year and when it
rained it really rained. Not only was it raining water but in Clonbonny too
where it was raining scores. 34 scores in total over 60 minutes in the most
miserable of conditions. Rathcline Under 20’s took on Colmcille in what was a
terrific game which the standard was exceptional and at the final whistle both
teams could not be separated on a scoreline of 1-16 each. Both teams and
managements must have been delighted to be part of such an exceptional game.
The performance of these lads really shows the depth of talent that is in our players
and there is no doubt our future is safe if they maintain this rate of
development. Following our great start to the Under 20 we have now qualified
for the semi/quarter final stages that will be played in the next couple of
weeks.

Table Quiz support

St Bridget’s Killashee club is embarking on a major
development at their club pitch and as part of their fund raising, they are
holding a Table Quiz in the Chestnut tree Killashee on this Friday night 11th October at
9pm. Tables of 4 €40. Great prizes and raffle on the night. Let us hope there
is a very good representation from the club.

Under 12 Parish League

Saturday
morning last Clonbonny was a hive of activity when our young players up to
Under 12 played in the revived Parish League. A very dedicated organising group
ensured that most if not all young players were in attendance. It was only
mighty to see so many young players displaying their skills and enjoying
themselves thoroughly. The organising group must be complimented for their
resurrection of this once famous tournament in the club. Thanks to everyone
from players, parents and organising committee for a great day.

Congratulations

The Rathcline
club would like to congratulate senior player James Hanley and Bríd Killian,
Newtowncashel on their wedding on Friday last.

Sympathy

We would like
to extend our deepest sympathy to the extended Hyland and Connor families Augharanna
on the death of former player Mickey Hyland in England recently.

St.
Faithleach’s GAA

Club General Meeting:
General meeting of St Faithleach’s club, for all members including players,
parents, mentors etc, takes place in the Clubhouse on Friday October 11th at
8pm. This is an important event as we review all aspects of the club and need
everyone’s input. Please feel free to come and share your views and ideas. We
want to make the club as strong as possible in all aspects- playing, coaching,
welfare, administration and facilities and as a community your voice is important.
#YourClub #YourCommunity #YourGAA #YourLGFA 

Table Quiz: Michael Cleary
is taking part in the Dublin City Marathon to raise funds for Join Our Boys and
seeks your support by hosting a table quiz in the clubhouse on Friday 18th
October. Table of four is €40 and all money raised goes to the Join Our Boys
Fund. All welcome. 

Coaching: The online
football foundation course is now free for anyone to access and will remain
open until the 31st October. For details of course of how to log in
contact Wally Burke, Coaching Officer.

Lotto: Jackpot stands at €12,000;
envelopes are available in all local retailers for €2. Your support is
appreciated.

Cards: Take place every
Tuesday evening in the clubhouse. Bridge takes place every Monday. New player
always welcome. 




Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 30th September 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Accommodation Providers

Are you interested? The Collaboration group have spoken to Fáilte
Ireland about people from their Accommodation Provider department to come to
Lanesboro to speak to people that may be interested in becoming Accommodation
Providers from single rooms, B&B, Guesthouses and hotels. As well as our
local community this meeting is open to people from all surrounding parishes
and towns.

You are asked to register your interest by
contacting  Joe at joeaobrien@outlook.com with Accommodation
Provider in your subject box or phone Joe 086-2460840.

Breakfast Morning Returns

The Lanesboro Tidy Towns group are hosting their
very popular Breakfast Morning in Lanesboro Parish Hall on Sunday 17th November
from 9 30 am until 12.30 pm. Tickets will be on sale locally at the usual
price of €10. This has been a very enjoyable event over the last few years.
Your support would be very much appreciated. The funds raised go towards
keeping the town and outskirts in top condition.

Windsong Music School

A real and wonderful opportunity for musical people looking
to take expert tuition in various musical instruments and also the theory in a
local environment. Tuition is for all ages in singing, piano, harp, cello, violin
and theory. Junior and Leaving Certificate courses taught. For information you
should ring 087 3649005 or email windsongmusicschool@gmail.com.

World Skills

Local Ballyleague man Cormac Thompson was selected to be part of
the World Skills competition in Russia recently. Cormac son of Gerry and Martha
Thompson, Culliaghy, Ballyleague always has his heart set on being an aircraft
mechanic and his single mindedness seen him achieve his ambition when he became
an apprentice aircraft mechanic with Aer Lingus. Presently he is currently a
student with the Clare and Limerick Education and Training board as well as a
Technological University in Dublin.

Cormac along with
his Irish teammates achieved great results in the World Skills competition achieving
a team place in the top 10. The challenge for the Irish team was to pit their
skills again 1,600 other contestants from over 60 countries making Cormac’s award-winning
medallion a wonderful achievement.

Cormac is a former
Lanesboro Community College student secured a medallion for excellence in
aircraft maintenance as part of the Irish team that competed in Kazan, Russia.
This was the opportunity of a lifetime to display your skills and Cormac displayed
his natural abilities to tremendous affect.

We extend Cormac
our heartiest congratulations on his tremendous achievement and like his family
we too are extremely proud of him.

Taste of the Island

The RAI award winning 4* Abbey Hotel Roscommon will host a unique
Taste the Island event on Sunday October 20th from 2-5pm. 

EMBRACING LOCAL will give all local artisan food and drink
suppliers in the region a unique opportunity to showcase your produce and wares
on the day. Cookery demonstrations from our award-winning chefs. To
register call 086 3276584 #tastetheisland 

Taste of the Lakelands

The Taste of the Lakelands Food Festival will
once again take place in Lanesboro for one day only Sunday 13th
October. This is an annual event in our community, and it draws people from all
over the region.

Activities on the day to include: Food Producers
Marquee, Food Demonstrations in the Hall, Craft Fair and Face Painting for
Children.

Activities will start at 10am and continue until 5pm.
The food producer’s marquee will be sited immediately behind the Parish Hall
while the Food Demonstrations, Face Painting and Craft Fair will all be in the
Parish Hall.

The line-up for the Cookery Demonstrations are
both local and of the highest quality chefs in Ireland. Each and every one of
them award winners in their own right.

At 10am Margaret Sexton will open proceedings involving
young people themed Cupcake Decorating which should be spectacular involvement
for the young people and the young should not miss this demonstration.

11am Stephen Dowd Premier Food Hub

12 noon Alison Crean The Abbey Hotel Roscommon

1pm Fiona Egan Cloughan Farm and Cookery School

2pm David Porter Kilronan Castle Estate and Spa

3pm Owen Atkinson Viewmount House, Longford

4pm Daniel Skukallk Nine Arches Restaurant, Ballymahon

The Library this week

If you go down to the library this week you are sure of a great
welcome for the many events taking place. Go along and be part of a very vibrant
library.

Knitting & Crochet Club

Knitting & Crochet Club continues every Monday 2-4pm.

New members always welcome!

Poetry & Music Group

Poetry & Music group continues on Monday 23rd September
and

Monday 7th October from 4.15 to 5.30pm.

All welcome to come along and join in with this very vibrant
group!

ESOL Course

ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) takes place in the
Library every Tuesday evening 7-9pm. 

Contact Nuala Donlon on nuala.donlon@lwetb.ie for
further information.

Book Club

Book Club for September takes place on Friday 27th September
at 11am.

Book choices for this month are ‘The Lonely Life of Biddy Weir’ by
Lesley Allen and ‘The Lightkeeper’s Daughters’ by Jean Pendziwol.  All
welcome to come along!

Mud Bugs Nature Workshop for children

Book your child’s place for this wonderful Nature
Workshop with Jess from Mud Bugs – a fun packed session of arts & crafts! Suitable for children
aged 5 to 10 yrs. old.

Venue: Lanesboro Library; Date: Saturday 12th October; Time: 11am
Places are limited so act fast! To book contact
the library on 0433321291, message on messenger or email
lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie
This event is part of the October Book Festival
and is free of charge.

Mindfulness with Paul Marsden

Lanesboro Library will host a very interesting talk on Mindfulness
with Paul Marsden this October 14th, as part of the Healthy
Ireland at your Library programme. 

Topics covered will be Using
Mindfulness to help cope with stress, anxiety and depression and Tips for
good mental health.

All are welcome to come along to this free event.  No booking
is necessary.

Venue: Lanesboro Library

Date: Monday 14th October

Time: 7-8.30pm

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.

Check out our Online Services where you can download free eBooks,
eAudiobooks, magazines and newspapers, learn a new language or do an online
course.  All you need is your library card and pin.  Renew or request
books on our website www.longfordlibrary.ie

Bridge Lessons

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club is
holding Bridge Lessons for beginners and improvers will take place on Monday
next 7th October in St. Faithleach’s clubhouse at 8pm. 10 lessons
cost €90 payable on the night

Sliabh Bán Book

The hugely popular history on Sliabh Bán is back on sale and as we
are going into holiday season it would make a wonderful read over the summer or
even as a present for all those returning during holiday time. The book is
available for sale in O’Brien’s costing €20.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge

The results of the competition held on Monday night 23rd
September 2019 are N/S gross: 1st
Essie Nugent and Katharine Harrison, 2nd Joan Donlon and Kathleen
Kelly, 3rd Mary Fallon and Goretti Kenny. Nett: 1st Essie
Nugent and Katharine Harrison, 2nd Mary Fallon and Goretti Kenny, 3rd
Joan Donlon and Kathleen Kelly.

E/W: Gross: 1st Maura Hanly and Mary Mc
Gushin, 2nd Bridie McGrath and Mary Moran, 3rd Martha
Byrne and Liz Crean. Nett: 1st Des and Eileen Watts, 2nd Bridie
McGrath and Mary Moran, 3rd Martha Byrne and Liz Crean.          
           

Unveiling Ceremony

Cloontuskert Cemetery committee will be unveiling the statue of Our
Lady of Fatima and the three visionaries at Cloontuskert Cemetery on Sunday 13th
October at 3pm.

Proceedings will commence with the blessing of the statue and the
consecration of the holy souls to the Sacred Heart of Our Lady of Fatima for
her protection. This will be then followed by the Rosary. Everyone is invited
to attend.

Harvest Festival

St John’s Church, Lanesborough invites everyone to their annual Thanksgiving
Service on Sunday 13th October at 4pm

Weekly 25
Drive

The results from Sunday 29th
September game in St. Mary’s Hall are: Joint first on eleven games were Josie
& Freda Connaughton and Michael Doorley & Sean Parker. Last game winners
were Annie & Kay. Raffle winners were Annie Egleton, Petey Donlon, Aidan
Carling, Tom Skelly. The game is on every Sunday night at 8 30pm sharp. All
welcome. No partner needed. Refreshments served.

Bord na Mona/ESB Update

The power station is back up and running after an initial few anxious
days. At the moment is not on full load and it is expected in the next few
weeks it will be firing at 100%.  The Loco’s
are back drawing peat to the station, and I believe a test trial of co fuelling
with peat and biomass will be trialled in the coming weeks.

Tidy Towns Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the
Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on Tuesday morning 24th September were 3,
14, 19, and 28. There was nobody with the winning numbers and the jackpot pool
has now risen to €5,500. The winner of the €50 prize was Johnnie c/o Mags, and
the three €20 were won by Phil Wright c/o The Market, Katarzyna Kavanagh,
Rathcline Road and Aidan Dunning, Baylin, Athlone.

Bridge Results

The results of the competition held on Wednesday 25th
September are N/S 1st Frank and Frances Brennan, 2nd Mona
O’Flaherty and Maureen Hynes,3rd Gemma Douglas and Elish Gray. E/W 1st
Eileen Kelly and Mary Farrell, 2nd Una Clarke and Tom Feeney and 3rd
Maura Hanly and Mairéad Gill

Dinner Dance

The annual
Longford Region Pioneer dinner dance takes place in The Rustic Inn,
Abbeyshrule on Friday, 11th October. Traditionally this is one
of the highlight events of any year. Music by J and S Sound. Tickets are
available from Breda Moran

50/50

The 50/50 draw took place on
Monday 23rd September and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was the
Collins family, Fairymount. The winning pool was €283. Thank you, lads, for
your support of the 50/50. The club is striving to have the pool stand over
€500 on a constant basis and this can only happen with your dedicated support.
The club would like to thank you for your ongoing support.

There are 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.

Lough Ree AC

County Longford Primary Schools Cross Country – Fermoyle

The rain stayed away, and the temperature was perfect for a
great days cross country running as schools from all over the country competed
in the Annual County Longford Primary Schools Cross Country on Saturday 28th
September in Moyne Community School.

“Cometh the hour, cometh the man” to quote William
Shakespeare or in the case of Fermoyle National School, “cometh the MEN”. The
young men in question are the 3rd/4th Class boys who romped home to take first,
second and third individual positions in their 800m race. On a very challenging
course Rhian Hogan set a blistering pace and was tracked all the way by his
class mates Oisín Dillon and Mikey Sorohan, who finally got the better of him
in the final 150 metres with Oisín taking the gold, Mikey the silver and Rhian
the pacemaker having led all the way forced to settle for the bronze medal.
They were closely followed home by Tim Kenny in 9th position, these were the
four scoring members of the winning team. They were well supported by their classmates,
Daragh Donlon, Jack Cassidy, Josh Curran, Sean O’Dowd and Elliot Johnston in
the minor positions. In the 5th/6th class boys race John Farrell was our first
man home followed by Callum Farrell, Luke Johnston and Alex Mc Dermott who had
his first outing in a cross-country race. Full results are not available yet,
so we are not yet sure how this fine team fared out.

Not be outdone by the boys the 3rd/4th girls team had a
great run with Emma Feeney leading home the team in second position to take the
silver medal just narrowly missing out on the individual gold. Emma is a gutsy
runner and her lack of experience in letting the leader get a little too far
ahead meant she had to settle for second place when she believes she had the
winning of it. Her teammates Hannah Farrell, Maria Forde and Lillie Dowd all
finished strongly but we are not sure yet of the team position. Ellie May
Hanley was out sole competitor in the 5th /6th class girls’ race and has to be
commended for competing and finishing a long and tough course with no team
support which is so important in cross country running. At least Ellie May had
her school mates for support, unlike James who this scribe met , James told me
he was the only competitor flying the flag for Legan school competing in the
3rd/4th class event Well done James and Ellie May and well done to all the
competitors for making this a great event. Special thanks to all the parents
for the support and to Paddy McPhillips, Leslie Finnan and the team of
volunteers from Longford Athletic Club and Moyne Community School for managing
to run off the event in a timely and efficient manner.

Free Digital skills course

Seetec Longford is offering a fully funded digital skills course
aimed at helping people undertake everyday tasks such as online banking,
shopping, as well as mastering smartphone Apps & Social media.

It will be for 2.5 hours a day for 4 days and will be hosted at
Seetec’s Longford Centre.   Individuals and groups catered for.
 Register your interest by 0433349212 or email digitalskillslongford@seetec.ie

National Learning Network

Free courses are being offered for people with disabilities in
their lives, between the ages of 18 and 65 years. Contact Hilary Claffey 086
7839078 or longford@nin.ie or phone 3342255 for information.

Rathcline GAA – ‘Be with us Be a part of Us’.

50/50

The 50/50 draw took place on
Monday 23rd September and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was the
Collins family, Fairymount. The winning pool was €283. Thank you, lads, for
your support of the 50/50. The club is striving to have the pool stand over
€500 on a constant basis and this can only happen with your dedicated support.
The club would like to thank you for your ongoing support.

There are 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.

Under 12

Congratulations to the Under 12 panel and management on winning
the Shane Kenny Shield Final with an excellent win over Southern Gaels in a
very entertaining game played by two excellent and competitive teams.

Prior to the game a minute’s silence took place in memory of young
man Cian Neary, Killashee who died last week. Cian was a former member of the Killashee
and Southern Gaels clubs. Our minor and senior club would like to extend its
deepest sympathy to the Neary family, the Killashee and Southern Gaels clubs on
their tremendous loss.

Under 20

The Under 20 panel got their campaign off to a convincing start with
a great win over a strong Clonguish side on Saturday night last. The next game
takes place in Clonbonny when the team takes on Colmcille at 4.30pm. We hope a
big number will turn out to support the team and management.

Ballyboro FC

The under 14
team bowed out of the Connacht (Sketchers Cup) when they were beaten 5-3 by
A.C. Celtic. The first half was closely contested and finished 3-3 with the
Ballyboro goals coming from Christian Donlon (2) and new signing Gabriel Klava.
However, 2 goals in the first five minutes of the second half for the Athlone boys proved
to be decisive. Ballyboro: Sam Glennon, Ruairi Carling, Cormac O’Dowd, Joey
Trimble, Josh Crawford, James Mimnagh, Christian Donlon, Brandon McCann, Alex
Forde, Gabriel Klava, Jack Phelan, Subs: Fionn Crossan, Kevin Donlon, Luke
Cullen, Rory Killian.
Well done to Christian Donlon who scored all four goals for
the Longford Under 13 League team when they defeated the Galway League 4-2 in
the Subway Cup on Saturday.
A big crowd of enthusiastic under 8s and under 9s gathered
for their first coaching session of the season on Saturday. Thanks are due to
all nine coaches present and to the parents for their cooperation. The club is
indebted to the Lough Ree Park/Shannon Heights Residents Association, and also
to Sean Moran FAS Supervisor, for helping to provide training facilities for
the club pending the completion of the Astro Turf pitch.
Club players, Daniel Hogan, Rian Hogan, Luke Johnston, and
Michael Hogan, participated in a Futsal Blitz in Kenagh Community Centre last
week.
Graham Kane FAI Development Officer, assisted by club
personnel, commenced his weekly coaching sessions at Lanesboro Community
College last week.
Fixtures: All games in Abbeycartron. The under 12s play UCL
Falcons on Sunday at 1.30(back pitch). The under 13s play Mostrim on Saturday
at 2pm.The under 14s play Ballymahon on Sunday, kick off 1.30 (front pitch).




Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes Monday 23rd September 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Think Tank

The Think Tank held on Saturday
last was a great success. Being the initial event, we entered it with
trepidation, but we had no need to worry was wonderful. Longford and Roscommon
county council initiated the collaboration programme and to date it has been a
very proactive group.

Saturday was our first public
venture and the response of so many people was fantastic, and the positivity
was astounding. Those that attended despite many other local attractions and
those that emailed their views must be commended.

We were astounded with the
quality of ideas and also the quality of people in attendance and in their
absence that have offered their invaluable experiences gained over the years.
Judging by the response over the past 24hours Lanesboro/Ballyleague collaboration
seem to have made a huge impact locally, nationally and internationally and now
I hope we can make the same impact nationally and internationally.

As I write we are preparing to
meet the IDA and Enterprise Ireland on Monday with a number of the ideas and
proposals for Lanesboro and Ballyleague. We are hoping that we can make both
austere organisations realise that Lanesboro/Ballyleague is now the place to
place to direct business.

Come along with us and create a
community that will be a spectacular place to live and work in. Finally, I
would like to thank everyone that attended, made contributions and helped in
any way. A special word to our facilitator Geraldine Steward, Longford and
Tracy Keogh, Grow Remote on her talk on working remotely.

Accommodation Providers

Are you interested? The Collaboration
group have spoken to Fáilte Ireland about people from their Accommodation
Provider department to come to Lanesboro to speak to people that may be
interested in becoming Accommodation Providers from single rooms, B&B,
Guesthouses and hotels. As well as our local community this meeting is open to
people from all surrounding parishes and towns.

You are asked to register your
interest by contacting  Joe at joeaobrien@outlook.com with Accommodation Provider in your subject box or phone Joe
086-2460840.

Taste of the Island

The RAI award winning 4* Abbey Hotel Roscommon will host a unique
Taste the Island event on Sunday October 20th from 2-5pm. 

EMBRACING LOCAL will give all local artisan food and drink
suppliers in the region a unique opportunity to showcase your produce and wares
on the day. Cookery demonstrations from our award-winning chefs. To
register call 086 3276584 #tastetheisland 

Taste of the Lakelands

Taste of the Lakelands 2019 event this
year will take place on Sunday 13th October from 10am to 5pm.The
event this year will take place in and in the grounds of St. Mary’s Parish
Hall.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

Last Friday 20th September Lough Ree Golfing
Society had their outing to Castlerea Golf Club, quite a good turnout of
members, and we were lucky with the weather. The course was in very good
condition, with the greens fairly fast. A very good score of 35pts by John
Martin won on the day, Timmy Glynn was second on 34pts, and Paul Taylor third
on 30pts.Longest drive was won by Paul Taylor, and nearest the pin was won by John
Martin. The competition for Golfer of the Year is close again this year, with 3
members especially in contention, Timmy Glynn on 32 pts, Mick Brennan on 31pts,
and Aiden Cassidy on 30pts, it all comes down to our last outing of the year in
Strokestown Golf Club on the 11th October

This
week’s events in the Library

Knitting & Crochet Club

Knitting & Crochet Club continues every Monday 2-4pm.

New members always welcome!

Poetry & Music Group

Poetry & Music group continues on Monday 23rd September
and

Monday 7th October from 4.15 to 5.30pm.

All welcome to come along and join in with this very vibrant
group!

ESOL Course

ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) takes place in the
Library every Tuesday evening 7-9pm. 

Contact Nuala Donlon on nuala.donlon@lwetb.ie for
further information.

Book Club

Book Club for September takes place on Friday 27th September
at 11am.

Book choices for this month are ‘The Lonely Life of Biddy Weir’ by
Lesley Allen and ‘The Lightkeeper’s Daughters’ by Jean Pendziwol.  All
welcome to come along!

Mud Bugs Nature Workshop for children

Book your child’s place for this wonderful Nature
Workshop with
Jess from Mud Bugs – a fun packed session of arts & crafts! Suitable
for children aged 5 to 10 yrs. old.

Venue: Lanesboro Library; Date: Saturday 12th October; Time: 11am
Places are limited so act fast! To book contact
the library on 0433321291, message on messenger or email
lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie
This event is part of the October Book Festival
and is free of charge.

Mindfulness with Paul Marsden

Lanesboro Library will host a very interesting talk on Mindfulness
with Paul Marsden this October 14th, as part of the Healthy Ireland
at your Library programme. 

Topics covered will be Using Mindfulness to help cope with stress, anxiety and depression
and Tips for good mental health.

All are welcome to come along to this free event.  No booking
is necessary.

Venue: Lanesboro Library

Date: Monday 14th October

Time: 7-8.30pm

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.

Check out our Online Services where you can download free eBooks,
eAudiobooks, magazines and newspapers, learn a new language or do an online
course.  All you need is your library card and pin.  Renew or request
books on our website www.longfordlibrary.ie

Mens Club

The Mens club will commence its new season on this Thursday
26th September in Clarke’s Bar at 1pm. Plans are being made for
their first trip of the new season to Dublin Zoo. New members will be very
welcome

Sliabh Bán Book

The
hugely popular history on Sliabh Bán is back on sale and as we are going into
holiday season it would make a wonderful read over the summer or even as a
present for all those returning during holiday time. The book is available for
sale in O’Brien’s costing €20.

Breakfast
Morning Returns

The
Lanesboro Tidy Towns group are hosting their very popular Breakfast Morning in
Lanesboro Parish Hall on Sunday 17th November from 9 30 am
until 12.30 pm. Tickets will be on sale locally at the usual price of €10.
This has been a very enjoyable event over the last few years. Your support
would be very much appreciated. The funds raised go towards keeping the town
and outskirts in top condition.

St. John’s Church Events

SONGS OF PRAISE. St John’s Church, Lanesborough invites everyone to join
singing the most popular hymns on Sunday 29th September at 11.30am.

HARVEST FESTIVAL. St John’s Church, Lanesborough invites everyone to
their annual thanksgiving service on Sunday 13th October at 4pm

Weekly
25 Drive

The
results of the competition held on Sunday 15th September are: Winners
were P.J & Bridie, joint 2nd was Tom & Kitty and Jack & Tom and
Last Game winners were Jack & Tom

Raffle Winners were

Jack Bannon, Noel McDermott, Pat Rock and Joe Dolan

The results of the
competition held on Sunday 22nd September are 1st Peter
and Mary Gregg, 2nd Basil and John. Last game winners were Jack
Bannon and Tom Skelly.

Bord
na Mona/ESB Update

I
believe that the power station should be back on load within the next 10 days.
We await and see. Hopefully this will be the case and the Bord na Mona workers
can get back to work.

Tidy Towns Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on
Tuesday morning 17th September were 3, 17, 25, and 29. There was
nobody with the winning numbers and the jackpot pool has now risen to €5,500.
The winner of the €50 prize was Teresa and Annette c/o The Market, and the
three €20 winners were Shane Moran, Colehill, Denise Owens c/o Mags and Luke
and James Curran, Carraroe

Dinner Dance

The annual
Longford Region Pioneer dinner dance takes place in The Rustic Inn,
Abbeyshrule on Friday, 11th October. Traditionally this is one of
the highlight events of any year. Music by J and S Sound. Tickets are available
from Breda Moran

50/50

The 50/50 draw took place on Monday 16th
September and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was Cillian and Senan Cox,
Curragh Rua. The winning pool was €380. Thank you, lads, for your support of
the 50/50. The club is striving to have the pool stand over €500 on a constant
basis and this can only happen with your dedicated support. The club would like
to thank you for your ongoing support.

There are 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.

Free Digital skills course

Seetec Longford is offering a
fully funded digital skills course aimed at helping people undertake everyday
tasks such as online banking, shopping, as well as mastering smartphone Apps
& Social media.

It will be for 2.5 hours a day
for 4 days and will be hosted at Seetec’s Longford Centre.
  Individuals and groups catered for.  Register your interest by
0433349212 or email digitalskillslongford@seetec.ie

National Learning Network

Free courses are being offered for people with disabilities
in their lives, between the ages of 18 and 65 years. Contact Hilary Claffey 086
7839078 or longford@nin.ie or phone 3342255forinformation.

Rathcline GAA – ‘Be with us Be a part of Us’.

50/50

The 50/50 draw took place on Monday 16th
September and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was Cillian and Senan Cox,
Curragh Rua. The winning pool was €380. Thank you, lads, for your support of
the 50/50. The club is striving to have the pool stand over €500 on a constant
basis and this can only happen with your dedicated support. The club would like
to thank you for your ongoing support.

There are 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.

Ballyboro FC

A weekend of contrasting fortunes on the playing fields.
The under 13s were in fine fettle in their first
league game of the season when they comprehensively accounted for Ballymahon by
an 8-3 margin. Team and scorers: Ronan Cox, Anthony Cox, David Cox, Jack Casey,
Jack Brogan, Cody Phelan (1), Euan Cullen, Christian Donlon (6), Logan
Birmingham, Aidan Kelly Daniel Hogan (1). Subs: Conn Maxwell, Ethan Slattery, Jack
Beattie, Baulius Rasa
The under 12 team were just pipped 2-1 by Killoe
Celtic in a first round Connacht Cup encounter. Both teams created a number of
scoring opportunities but the Killoe boys were just that bit more clinical in
front of goal. Eoin Beattie scored a superb individual goal for Ballyboro.
Team: Adam Farrell, Liam Rhatigan, Aidan Kelly, David Dowd, Eoin Beattie, Matthew
Murray, Cody Phelan, Rian Hogan, Billy Murray, Subs: Eoin Connell, Ethan
Slattery, Logan Birmingham, Mikie Sorohan,
The under 14 team had to give best to a very
strong Newtown team in the Connacht Cup. Ballyboro matched their rivals in the
second half, but the damage was done in the first period when Newtown scored
four goals. The game finished 5-1 in favour of Newtown. Eoin Cox was the
Ballyboro goal scorer. Team: Sam Glennon, Ruairi Carling, Cormac O’Dowd, Jack
Casey, Josh Crawford, Christian Donlon, Joey Trimble, John Phelan, Kevin
Donlon, James Mimnagh, Eoin Cox. Subs: Luke Cullen and Rory Killian.
The under 15 team recorded an impressive 4-2 win
over Ballymahon in their league encounter. Team and goalscorers: Luke Dowd, Bryan
Mullooly, Ryan Byrne, Paul Byrne, Conor Lyons, Jimmy Farrell, Shane Ross, Ciaran
O’Dowd, Ella Hogan (1), Christy Burke, Matthew Heneghan (1). Subs: Jack
McGloin, Christian Donlon (2),Cormac O’Dowd. 
 Eleven club members recently received
their first coaching badges when they successfully completed the FAI PDP1
course. .
Graham Kane FAI Development Officer, in
conjunction with the club and the School Authorities, will be conducting twice
weekly coaching session in Lanesboro Community College. It is hoped the enter
the school in a number of competitions in the coming months.
 Club players in the 10 to 14 age bracket
will be participating in a Futsal Blitz as part of the UEFA Grassroots
Programme. This event takes place on this Thursday 26th in Kenagh Community
Centre.

Lough Ree Athletic Club

It is
that time of year again; the cross country season is upon us starting with the
Longford Primary Schools on Saturday next 28th September in Moyne. Local
schools have been informed, training has commenced and we are looking forward
to a good turnout on the day. The events are as follows 3rd
/4th Class Girls 800m, 3rd/4th
Class Boys 800m, 5th /6th Class Girls 1000m, 5th/
6th Class Boys 1000m

The
top 10 finishers and the top 3 teams from each race qualify for the Connaught
Primary Schools’ Championships. Entry fee per child is €3; registration at 4pm
with the races starting at 5pm. Schools may enter as many athletes as they like
in each race. A team consists of up to 6 athletes with the fastest 4 to score.
Individual athletes can run as well as teams




Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 16th September 2019.

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Saturday is so important

To date there has been a great
response to the Think Tank from people home and abroad wanting to be part of a new
job project for Lanesboro and Ballyleague. If you are unavailable to attend and
have not make your contribution yet we encourage you to do so on or before
Thursday next.

The potential of creating jobs
here will benefit all our surrounding communities and bring people back to work
and live in their home communities hence only having to drive just a few miles
to their workplace. The possibility of a lifestyle change is growing within the
many hundreds of thousands that are having to commute for hours and live in jampacked
cities. The urge to live, work and rear children in an easy-going setting is a rapidly
growing trend.

If this is what you are looking
for then you should be looking at what is happening in Lanesboro/Ballyleague
this coming weekend.

The Lanesboro Ballyleague
Collaboration Group invites you to St. Mary’s Parish Hall on this coming Saturday
21st September from 2pm to 6pm for what we are sure will being a
radical change for the entire area.

Accommodation Providers

Are you interested? The Collaboration
group have spoken to Fáilte Ireland about people from their Accommodation
Provider department to come to Lanesboro to speak to people that may be
interested in becoming Accommodation Providers from single rooms, B&B,
Guesthouses and hotels. As well as our local community this meeting is open to
people from all surrounding parishes and towns.

You are asked to register your
interest by contacting  Joe at joeaobrien@outlook.com with Accommodation Provider in your subject box or phone Joe
086-2460840.

Wedding

The marriage took place on Friday
6th September at St. Cecilia’s Church, Curraghroe of John Duffy son
of Johnnie and Maura Duffy, Magheraveen and Fiona Toolan, daughter of Brian and
Sally Toolan, Drinagh, Strokestown. Bestman was Frankie Duffy, brother of the groom
and groomsmen were Nathan Donlon and Padraig O’Reilly both friends of the
groom. Chief Bridesmaid was Niamh Toolan, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were
Tracey Farrell and Sarah Neilan both friends of the bride. Junior groomsmen were
Darragh Donlon and Callum Farrell nephews of the groom. Flower Girl was Hannah
Farrell, niece of the bride. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr.
Dusmanta Mahanayak assisted by Fr. Michael Reilly. The wedding reception took
place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone.

We wish the happy couple many
years of wedded happiness.

Death

On Friday 13th we
lost one of our most respected and loved ladies when the news broke of the
death at Roscommon University Hospital of Pauline Brennan, Moher. Pauline was
an institution on both sides of the bridge. She was a deeply religious lady and
her devoutness was a joy to behold. Pauline was a tremendous community lady and
there was never a task big or small that she was not prepared to help out with.
She was a quiet spoken lady with a warm and heartfelt welcome for friend and
stranger alike. Pauline was always instantly recognisable by her warm greeting
and wonderful smile. She was an outstanding neighbour and her passing will
leave a great void in our community. Pauline worked for many years with Molloy’s
Supermarket on Roscommon’s Main Street where she was a legendary figure.

Her remains reposed at Smyth’s
Funeral Home on Saturday last before being removed to The Church of the Holy Rosary,
Ballyleague. Pauline was laid to rest following her Requiem Mass on Monday in Cloontuskert
Cemetery.

Taste of the Island

The RAI award winning 4* Abbey Hotel Roscommon will host a unique
Taste the Island event on Sunday October 20th from 2-5pm. 

EMBRACING LOCAL will give all local artisan food and drink
suppliers in the region a unique opportunity to showcase your produce and wares
on the day. Cookery demonstrations from our award-winning chefs. To
register call 086 3276584 #tastetheisland 

New Season Bridge Results

The results of the first competition
of the season held by Lanesboro Bridge Club are N/S 1st Elizabeth
Clyne and Brid Mc Dermott, 2nd Loretto Cooney and Freda Kenny and 3rd
Una Clarke and Tom Feeney. E/W 1st Patricia Mc Gann and Mary Jameson,
2nd Frank and Frances Brennan and 3rd Katharine Harrison
and Philomena Walsh.

Taste of the Lakelands

Taste of the Lakelands 2019 event this
year will take place on Sunday 13th October from
10am to 5pm.The event this year will take place in and in the grounds of
St. Mary’s Parish Hall.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

The next outing for the Lough Ree
Golfing Society will take place to Castlerea on Friday next 20th September
at 11am and it is hoped that there will be a great turn out for the event.

This
week’s events in the Library

Knitting & Crochet Group

Knitting & Crochet group resumes on Monday 16th September 2-4pm.

New members always welcome!

Poetry & Music Group

Poetry & Music group continues on Monday 23rd September from 4.15pm
to 5.30pm.

All welcome to come along and join in with this very vibrant group!

ESOL Course

ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) takes place in the
Library every Tuesday evening 7-9pm. 

Contact Nuala Donlon on nuala.donlon@lwetb.ie for further
information.

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.

Check out our Online Services where you can download free eBooks,
eAudiobooks, magazines and newspapers, learn a new language or do an online
course.  All you need is your library card and pin.  Renew or request
books on our website www.longfordlibrary.ie

Mens Club

The Mens club will commence its new season on Thursday
week 26th September in Clarke’s Bar at 1pm. Plans are being made for
their first trip of the new season to Dublin Zoo. New members will be very
welcome

Sliabh Bán Book

The
hugely popular history on Sliabh Bán is back on sale and as we are going into
holiday season it would make a wonderful read over the summer or even as a
present for all those returning during holiday time. The book is available for
sale in O’Brien’s costing €20.

Wedding

The
marriage took place in Shrewsbury Cathedral, Shrewsbury, England of David
Farrell son of Willie and Marie Farrell, Cloontuskert and Judy Yu, daughter of
Ching Ling Yu and Chang Hsueh Ching, Taiwan. Bestman was Fergal Loughlin friend
of the groom and groomsman was Mark Brady friend of the groom. Chief bridesmaid
was Fanny Liu, friend of the bride and bridesmaid was Yeh Wen- Chi, fiend of
the bride. The Flower Girl was Esma Murray, niece of the groom. The marriage
ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Tony Mc Grath. The wedding reception took place in
Rowton Castle, Shrewsbury. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded bliss.

Breakfast
Morning Returns

The
Lanesboro Tidy Towns group are hosting their very popular Breakfast Morning in
Lanesboro Parish Hall on Sunday 20th October from 9 30 am until 12.30
pm. Tickets will be on sale locally at the usual price of €10. This has been a
very enjoyable event over the last few years. Your support would be very much
appreciated. The funds raised go towards keeping the town and outskirts in top
condition.

St. John’s Church Events

SONGS OF PRAISE. St John’s Church, Lanesborough invites everyone to join
singing the most popular hymns on Sunday 29th September at 11.30am.

HARVEST FESTIVAL. St John’s Church, Lanesborough invites everyone to
their annual thanksgiving service on Sunday 13th October at 4pm

Weekly
25 Drive

The Parish Hall card drive
continues every Sunday night at 8 30pm sharp. Winners from Sunday week past 8th
September Raffle Jack Bannon/Michael Finnan/Jimmy Horan/Tom Farrell. There
was a three-way tie for first place on 12 games were Johnno & Basil, Eugene
& Barney, Tom& Brendan. The last game winners were Brendan Casey &
Joe Dolan. We would like to sympathise with Tom Mulvihill and family on the
death of Tom’s wife Mary. Sympathy

We
would like to extend our deepest sympathy to James and Serena Casey and family,
Carrowstrawley, his sisters Caitríona, Ciara and their families on the death of
their uncle Tom Casey, Cornadough, Newtowncashel, last weekend.

Bord
na Mona/ESB Update

I
believe that the power station should be back on load within the next 10 days.
We await and see. Hopefully this will be the case and the Bord na Mona workers
can get back to work.

Tidy Towns Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on
Tuesday morning 10th September were 3, 25, 29 and 30. There was
nobody with the winning numbers and the jackpot pool has now risen to €5,400.
The winner of the €50 prize was Emma, Saoirse and Freya Feeney, Tullyvrane, and
the three €20 winners were Mary D c/o Mags, Teresa and Annette c/o The Market
and Mark Casey c/o Mags.

Dinner Dance

The annual Longford
Region Pioneer dinner dance takes place in The Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule on
Friday, 11th October. Traditionally this is one of the highlight
events of any year. Music by J and S Sound. Tickets are available from Breda
Moran

50/50

The 50/50 draw took place on Monday 9th September
and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was John James and Paul, Knock. The
winning pool was €325. Thank you, lads, for your support of the 50/50. The club
is striving to have the pool stand over €500 on a constant basis and this can
only happen with your dedicated support. The club would like to thank you for
your ongoing support.

There are 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.

Free Digital skills course

Seetec Longford is offering a
fully funded digital skills course aimed at helping people undertake everyday
tasks such as online banking, shopping, as well as mastering smartphone Apps
& Social media.

It will be for 2.5 hours a day
for 4 days and will be hosted at Seetec’s Longford Centre.
  Individuals and groups catered for.  Register your interest by
0433349212 or email digitalskillslongford@seetec.ie

National Learning Network

Free courses are being offered for people with
disabilities in their lives, between the ages of 18 and 65 years. Contact
Hilary Claffey 086 7839078 or longford@nin.ie
or phone 3342255forinformation.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

All Ireland Gaelic Masters:
 St. Faithleach’s GAA grounds will host the All-Ireland Final between
reigning champions Dublin Masters and Donegal Masters, and the Shield Final
between Laois Gaelic Masters and Leitrim /Longford Masters on Saturday
September 21st. Throw-in times are 1.30pm for the Shield Final and 3.30pm for
the Masters Final.

 U6: Thanks to St. Barry’s for hosting our U6
team on Friday evening last for a fun and highly entertaining game. Many thanks
also to Patricia McCormack for all her hard work to secure new jerseys and to
the management team of Patrick O’Rourke and Denise Murray.

Best wishes: To club
member and player Brian Scally and Noelle Flynn on their upcoming
wedding. 

Cards: Take place every
Tuesday evening in the clubhouse. Last week’s winners; Pat & Tommy / Tom
& Padraig, last game; Dan /Gerry.

Lotto: Jackpot stands at
€12,000 envelopes are available in all local retailers at €2. 

Rathcline GAA – ‘Be with us Be a part of Us’.

All-Ireland
Tickets draw

The tickets for the replay took place in the Swan Tavern on Thursday night last. The winner of the 2 premium tickets was Seamus Clarke.

Scór na nÓg

If you are interested in taking part in Scór na nÓg the
minor club invites all under 17 boys and girls to the hall on Saturday evening
at 8pm.This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to display their
talents and knowledge as well as enjoying the fun of Scór na nÓg

50/50

The 50/50 draw took place on Monday 9th September
and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was John James and Paul, Knock. The
winning pool was €325. Thank you, lads, for your support of the 50/50. The club
is striving to have the pool stand over €500 on a constant basis and this can
only happen with your dedicated support. The club would like to thank you for
your ongoing support.

There are 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.

Ballyboro FC

A busy weekend with four teams in in league and cup action.
First up were the under 13s who played the very highly rated
Galway outfit Athenry FC in the SFAI Connacht Cup. The Ballyboro lads played
with great heart and commitment laced with no little skill, but in the end a
number of missed gilt edged scoring opportunities was to prove costly, as they
were just edged out on a 4-3 scoreline. Daniel Hogan and Christian Donlon (2)
scored for Ballyboro. Team: Ronan Cox, Anthony Cox, David Cox, Jack Casey, Jack
Beattie, Ethan Slattery, Christian Donlon, Euan Cullen, Daniel Hogan, Ben
Murphy, Billy Murray. Subs: Baulius Rasa, Conn Maxwell, Luke Johnston. Thanks
are due to Ann and Carol who prepared a scrumptious feed for both teams after
the game.
 The under 12s had a very entertaining tussle with
Stonepark and the game ended fittingly in a draw 1-1. Rian Hogan scored a
cracking goal for Ballyboro. Team: Adam Farrell, Eoin Connell, Ciaran McGloin, Eoin
Beattie, Ryan Mimnagh, Matthew Murray, Ethan Slattery, Billy Murray, Rian
Hogan, Subs: Mikie Sorohan and Dan Casey.
 Stonepark provided the opposition for both the under 14
and under 15 teams. Both teams were playing their first games of the season and
were short key personnel. This was reflected in the end result as Stonepark
were comfortable winners in both games. Under 15s: Ciaran O’Dowd, Bryan
Mullooly, Ryan Byrne, Cormac O’Dowd, Martin Dooner, Jack Mc Gloin, Shane Ross, Jimmy
Farrell, Conor Lyons, Ella Hogan, Matthew Heneghan. Sub: Christian Donlon (2
goals). Under 14s: Sam Glennon, Josh Crawford, Ciaran O’Dowd, Kevin Donlon, Ruairi
Carling, Alex Forde, James Mimnagh, Joey Trimble(1 goal),Luke Cullen, Eoin
Cox(1goal), Jack Phelan, Subs: Rory Killian, Fionn Crossan.
The under 11s enjoyed their game at half time at City Calling
Stadium on Saturday last. Matthew Murray, Eoin Connell, Ciaran McGloin, Mikey
Sorohan, Evan Rooney, Josh Curran, Eoghan Mullooly, Oisin Dillon, Dan Casey, and
Darragh McGloin were on duty for Ballyboro. Thanks to Longford Town for their
cooperation, and in particular Avril Gilchrist.
 Christian Donlon took part in his first session as part
of the National Under 13 Academy on Sunday last. This is a great honour for
Christian and indeed the club, as he is the first player from the club to make
the National Academy, and the only player from the League to be selected.
Fixtures: The under 12s play Killoe Celtic in the Under 12
Connacht Cup on Sunday in Abbeycartron at 10.30.The under 13s are away to
Ballymahon on Saturday at 11am. The under 14s are away to Newtown in the Under
14 Connacht Cup on Sunday at 12 noon. The under 15s play Ballymahon in
Abbeycartron in the league on Saturday at 12.30.




Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 9th September 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Lecture on Thursday

 ‘Shackleton’s in boats –
From the Calm Waters of the Shannon to the Wilds of Antarctica’

The new season of the County
Longford Historical Society’s will open with its first lecture in Lanesborough
Library on Thursday, 12th September.

Jonathan Shackleton, a regular
visitor on the Shannon and a relative of the famous explorer Ernest Shackleton,
will speak on ‘Shackleton’s in boats – From the Calm Waters of the Shannon to
the Wilds of Antarctica’.  

This promises to be a very
special evening because Mr Shackleton himself has travelled extensively in the
Antarctic and he is also the expert on the Shackleton family history. The
lecture will begin at 8 pm, is free of charge and all are welcome.

Accommodation Provider

The Collaboration group have
spoken to Fáilte Ireland about people from their Accommodation Provider
department to come to Lanesboro to speak to people that may be interested in
becoming Accommodation Providers from single rooms, B&B, Guesthouses and
hotels. As well as our local community this meeting is open to people from all
surrounding parishes and towns.

You are asked to register your
interest by contacting  Joe at joeaobrien@outlook.com with Accommodation Provider in your subject box or phone Joe
086-2460840.

Death

On Saturday 31st
August the entire community was brought to a standstill when news broke of the death
at his residence of Jimmy Hussey, Lough Ree Park. Jimmy was a musician of note
and his magical music talents took him to many of the biggest stages. To take
from the words of the song ‘the day the music died’ and it was in the hearts
and minds of every one of us that knew Jimmy Hussey. A proud native of Longford
Town, Jimmy and his family would have always been seen as ‘old Longford’ which
brings with it a warmth, friendliness and great concern for each another. Jimmy
had all those qualities in abundance. He was a man whose cheery and warm
welcome lifted the hearts of everyone. His greeting with the warmest of smiles
disarmed the coldest of hearts. He had a great love of life and lived each day
with the happiness that came from the music in is heart and mind. Jimmy was
ever helpful; his generosity knew no bounds. He was a keen enthusiast of motor bikes
and indeed during the spring summer and autumn he would be seen on his Harley
Davidson cruising the countryside. The size of attendances and the distances
people travelled to his reposing in Connell’s Funeral Home on Tuesday and again
at his Funeral Mass in St. Mel’s Cathedral on Wednesday bore ample testimony to
the great numbers Jimmy affected in his life. Following his Funeral Mass Jimmy
was laid to rest under his native sod in Ballymacormack Cemetery.

To his wife Mary, son Jonathan,
daughter Chloe, brothers Sean and Pat, sisters Mary and Margaret, relatives and
many many friends we extend our deepest sympathy.

Science Rooms Open

On Thursday last 5th
September Lanesboro Community College officially opened their new science
building – Áras na hÉolaíochta.  The
whole event was very well choreographed by Master of Ceremonies for the day
Acting Principal, Michael Lyons.

The events were opened with a
wonderful rendition on the harp by Hannah. School Principal Bernice Martin
followed with her welcoming address. Rachael and Louise both World champion
Irish Dancers gave a display of Irish Dancing. Six student representatives
Eimear, Amy, Lucy, Jason, Mark and Megan then gave an address which was
followed by a piano recital by Orla.

Guest of Honour and former
Minister for Education Mary O’Rourke gave an excellent address to the packed
assembly hall. She was followed by the excellent school band of Sophia, Sarah,
Cian, Conor and teacher John Feeney on bass guitar. This was followed by Dr.
Christy Duffy Chief Executive of Longford Westmeath Educational Training Board.

A presentation of bog oak was
made to Mary O’Rourke by Janes while Eimear presented her with a bouquet of
flowers. The unveiling of the plaque and the cutting of the ribbon to the new
Áras na hÉolaíochta was done by Mary O’Rourke while following the address by
the Chairman of the Board of Management Willie Dennigan he performed the
ceremonial planting of a Hazel tree. A tour of this fabulous newbuilding took
place, and everyone was in awe of the excellent new facilities available at
Lanesboro Community College. Having done the school tour and seen the quality
of the facilities it is no wonder the College is going from strength to
strength.

Death

Our community was once again
struck with heartbreak when news broke on Thursday 5th September of
the death at her residence of a young woman Mary Mulvihill, Cullentra. Mary had
been diagnosed seven years ago with cancer. As was the woman herself, her will
and strength was a most striking feature of her battle. She was not to be
cowered by her illness but instead she continued her life with a great
fortitude. She had a phenomenal work ethic as long as she could keep going, she
did. Mary formerly Dowd from Killinure was a woman of great spirit and vitality.
She was an avid reader who believed that added knowledge bore no extra weight. She
was a woman blessed with great intelligence, she combined it with humble
modesty. The world was her oyster in that respect, and we were blessed when she
decided to make her home back in her native parish. Mary was always cheery with
a sunny disposition and she loved a great laugh. She loved the company of
people and the feeling was mutual. Mary was a devout Catholic and her faith was
very important to her where she gained great solace and comfort during her illness.
She had a heart of gold as could be with her many magnanimous deeds of
kindness. The attendance at the reposing of her remains at her remains in
Cullentra and again at her Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church bore ample
testimony to the esteem in which Mary was held. Following Mass Mary was laid to
rest in Cashel Cemetery.

To her husband Tom, sons Niall,
Colin, David, daughter Aileen, relatives and many friends we would like to
extend our heartfelt sympathy.

Playing your Part

Because of our unique location on
the River Shannon the collaborating group comprises of five members from Lanesboro
on the Longford side and five from Ballyleague on the Roscommon side of the
river and the county divide. The group are supported by the Longford and
Roscommon County councils.

With the greater likelihood of
closures within Bord na Mona and ESB the group wants to be proactive in their
approach towards future development in Lanesboro and Ballyleague. The group
wants to see a major employment hub created in our twin towns hence filling all
surrounding communities once again with returning workers that can enjoy the
benefits of country living and bringing life back into their own communities.

The upcoming ‘Think
Tank/Brainstorming’ will welcome people from all areas of the country who feel
Lanesboro/Ballyleague is the place for them to site their business.

They seek viable ideas that can be
trashed out on the day to form a business plan to satisfy our many communities
that are being so affected by the unfolding events in Bord na Mona and ESB.

The group would like to invite all
interested parties to attend, assist and be proactive towards our far thinking
plans to St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro, Saturday 21st September
from 2pm to 6 pm.

We would ask you to share this with
your online and offline friends from the general area and those that you know would
like to start up or move to Lanesboro/Ballyleague

As this is an open meeting and we
are providing a break during the session, we would ask you to confirm your
attendance to joeaobrien@outlook.com.

Scór
na nÓg to make a Return

There are eight
events/disciplines in Scór that cover all aspects of Irish culture:
Figure/Céilí Dancing, Solo Singing, Ballad Group, Recitation/Scéalaíocht,
Léiriú Stáitse/Stage Presentation, Instrumental Music, Set Dancing and Table
Quiz. The Scór
na nÓgcompetition is for young people under 17.

The Rathcline club is
seeking anyone with an interest in taking part in Scór na nÓg. In recent times
Scór has been a wonderful club event where some of our events went right up to
the All-Ireland Final in Derry.

If you feel you and or
your friends have the abilities and would like to be part of a wonderful group effort,
then you should come along to St. Mary’s hall on Saturday evening at 8pm. This
is a great experience and creates great comradery and a great life confidence in
the young people that participate.

This
week’s events in the Library

Knitting & Crochet Group

Knitting & Crochet group resumes on Monday 16th September
2-4pm.

New members always welcome!

Poetry & Music Group

Poetry & Music group continues on Monday 23rd September
from 4.15pm to 5.30pm.

All welcome to come along and join in with this very vibrant
group!

ESOL Course

ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) takes place in the
Library every Tuesday evening 7-9pm. 

Contact Nuala Donlon on nuala.donlon@lwetb.ie for
further information.

‘Shackleton’s
in boats – From the Calm Waters of the Shannon to the Wilds of Antarctica’

The first lecture in County
Longford Historical Society’s new season will be in Lanesborough Library on Thursday,
12 September.

Jonathan Shackleton, a relative
of the famous explorer Ernest Shackleton, will speak on ‘Shackleton’s in boats
– From the Calm Waters of the Shannon to the Wilds of Antarctica’.  

This promises to be a very
special evening because Mr Shackleton himself has travelled extensively in the
Antarctic and he is also the expert on the Shackleton family history.

The lecture will begin at 8 pm,
is free of charge and all are welcome.

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.

Check out our Online Services where you can download free eBooks,
eAudiobooks, magazines and newspapers, learn a new language or do an online
course.  All you need is your library card and pin.  Renew or request
books on our website www.longfordlibrary.ie

Sliabh Bán Book

The
hugely popular history on Sliabh Bán is back on sale and as we are going into
holiday season it would make a wonderful read over the summer or even as a
present for all those returning during holiday time. The book is available for
sale in O’Brien’s costing €20.

Replay
Tickets Draw

Rathcline
will once again be holding a draw for 2 Premium Stand tickets for the eagerly
awaited All-Ireland replay between Dublin and Kerry in Croke Park on Saturday
week. Tickets will cost just €2 and this can be your opportunity to watch the
unfolding of history irrespective of who wins. Tickets will be on sale in all
local shops and from club executive members.

Bridge
Club Resumes

Lanesboro
Bridge club will commence for a new season on Wednesday 9th September
in St. Mary’s Parish Hall at 7.40pm.

Bord
na Mona/ESB Update

From
the little bit I can find out it is hoped that the power station will come back
onloaded in a few weeks time. There is no further news from Bord na Mona.

Windsong
Music School

Tuition
for all ages in singing, piano, harp, cello, violin and theory. Full Junior
Cert and Leaving Cert courses taught. For further information phone: 0873649005.
Email: windsongmusicschool@gmail.com. Facebook:
Windsong Music School. Classes starting in September.

Tidy Towns Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on
Tuesday morning 3rd September were 5, 18, 24 and 27. There was
nobody with the winning numbers and the jackpot
pool has now risen to €5,300. The winner of the €50 prize was Mary Feeney,
Ballymahon Road, and the three €20 winners were Seamus Reilly c/o FÁS, Bernie
Hanley c/o Mags, and Ian Farrell, The Yacht Bar.

50/50

The 50/50 draw took place on Monday 2nd
September and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was K.C.E. Ga. K.Cand E are
the grandchildren of Mike and Eileen Hanley who are weekly contributors to the
50/50 draw#[[. Thank you for your support of the 50/50. The club
is striving to have the pool stand over €500 on a constant basis and this can
only happen with your dedicated support. The club would like to thank you for
your ongoing support.

There are 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.

Free Digital skills course

Seetec Longford is offering a
fully funded digital skills course aimed at helping people undertake everyday
tasks such as online banking, shopping, as well as mastering smartphone Apps
& Social media.

It will be for 2.5 hours a day
for 4 days and will be hosted at Seetec’s Longford Centre.
  Individuals and groups catered for.  Register your interest by
0433349212 or email digitalskillslongford@seetec.ie

National Learning Network

Free courses are being offered for people with
disabilities in their lives, between the ages of 18 and 65 years. Contact
Hilary Claffey 086 7839078 or longford@nin.ie
or phone 3342255forinformation.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Senior Championship:
Following our defeat to Strokestown in the Championship we now find ourselves
in a relegation playoff with the losers of Clann na Gael v’s St. Croan’s, game
to be played weekend of the 21st/22nd September. 

Junior Ladies Championship:
Following their win over St. Croan’s in the 1/4 final on Friday evening, the
ladies played Michael Glaveys in the Semi Final on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately,
it was not to be the Ladies day and their Championship run came to an end. Many
thanks to the management team of Noel Banahan, Padraig Banahan and Ursula
Kilcoyne for their time, experience and commitment to the girls.

Congratulations: To club member Christian Donlon Goncalves who has been
selected by the FAI to participate in their National Academy. Christian is the
only player from the Longford League to be selected and is the first player
from Ballyboro Club to make the National Academy. 

U12 Boys League: St. Faithleach’s
play Kilglass in Ballyleague at 6:30pm on Tue 10th.

U12 Girls: Hard luck to
our U12 Girls who lost to Four Roads on Sunday in the Shield Final. Many thanks
to the management team of Sean Cox and Qona Cox for their work throughout the
year. 

Rathcline GAA – ‘Be with us Be a part of Us’.

Sympathy

The club would like to extend their deepest sympathy to club
player Dáithí Mulvihill, his father Tom, brothers Niall and Colin and sister
Aileen. To the extended relatives and friends of the Mulvihill and Dowd
families we extend our sincere sympathy.

Thank You

Over the days of the funeral the players and the club played
a major part in assisting with many things over the days. The turnout for the
guard of honour was terrific and the club would like to acknowledge their great
work and say a very big thank you to everyone

All-Ireland
Tickets draw

Tickets for the replay will be on sale throughout the town and from club executive and we hope there will be a great sale for what will be a historic day. Tickets cost only €2 for 2 Premium Stand tickets. Be in and hopefully you will be lucky in the draw on Thursday night in the Swan Tavern.

Scór na nÓg

If you are interested in taking part in Scór na nÓg the
minor club invites all under 17 boys and girls to the hall on Saturday evening
at 8pm.This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to display their
talents and knowledge as well as enjoying the fun of Scór na nÓg

50/50

The 50/50 draw took place on Monday 26th
August and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was Johnny and Mary c/o The
Yacht Bar. Johnny and Mary are weekly contributors on your great win. Thank you
for your support of the 50/50. The club is striving to have the pool stand over
€500 on a constant basis and this can only happen with your dedicated support.
The club would like to thank you for your ongoing support.

There are 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.

Championship

This Wednesday night 11th September Our
senior travel to Killoe to take on Mostrim in the most important game of the
year. The game throws in at 8.30pm and your support is most definitely
required.

Ballyboro FC

The season begins in earnest with 5 teams involved in League
and Cup action at the weekend. The under 13s play Athenry in the Connacht Cup
at 1pm  on Saturday in Abbeycartron. The under 12s play Stonepark in the
league on Sunday at 12 noon in Abbeycartron.Stonepark also provide the
opposition for the under 14s when they meet on Sunday at 12 noon in
Abbeycartron (bottom pitch).The under 15s play Stonepark on Saturday at 1pm at
Abbeycartron (top pitch), while the under 16s are away to Killoe Celtic on
Sunday, kick off 1.30.     There had been a welcome increase
in the number of girls registering for the coming season. In some age groups
the numbers fall just short to enable the club to field all girls teams. The
under 15s in particular are just short of numbers in this regard. Any under 15
girls who have yet to register and who would like to play in an all girls team
should contact any club officer.