Lanesboro Ballylegue notes Monday 18th February 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Dinner Dance

Last
Saturday night saw the return of the Rathcline Dinner Dance to celebrate the
winning of the Intermediate Championship and U20 Championship. The venue was
the Longford Arms and it was good to be back in the Longford Arms after so many
years absence.

The
venue and meal were exceptional and the selection of the venue by the committee
proved to be an excellent one. The atmosphere was laid back and the
presentation by the club of the event was exceptional much credit must go to Marie
Farrell, Caroline Ginty, Sarah Kearney, Cathal Chapman, Alan Fayne and Ryan
Fallon.

Dancing
went late into the night with Rhythm & Sticks followed by the disco. We
look forward to the event next year and look forward to a bigger, but I cannot
say better event. Well done to all.

The Green

The
photos are starting to come in and believe me they are bringing back great
memories. I would encourage anyone else that has photographs of the Green, and
stories to contact me. I am looking for all photographs of all residents of the
Green right up to the present day – just a flick on your phone, camera, iPad
and forward it to me at joea@iol.ie.
If you do not have a family picture perhaps you can forward me individual
pictures and the house number you live/d in. If you don’t have a photograph
from your time on the Green a family photograph from a later date will do. I am
also looking for photograph of the apprentices and lodgers that stayed on the
Green. You can also drop them into me in the shop where I will scan them and
return them to you a minute later. Pleurisy

Talk on Breast Cancer

Lanesboro Library will host a Talk on Breast Cancer
with Rosaleen Glennon, author of ‘No Spare Life: One Woman’s Journey Through
Cancer’ on Thursday 1st March at 6.30pm. All welcome to come along –
light refreshments will be served.

Writing
Awards

An
essay competition was held recently by the Roscommon Drama Essay group and
there was great success locally with Samuel Glennon, Ballyleague NS winning
first prize and he was followed home in second place by Marcella Kavanagh,
Cloontuskert NS in the 6th class category. In the 5th
class category Krishaan Chand, Ballyleague was placed in second place.  The best school entry was by Anna Vesey,
Ballyleague NS. Congratulations to all the young writers and their teachers.
St.
Patrick’s Day Parade

Preparations for the Lanesborough/Ballyleague St.
Patrick’s Day Parade has now commenced, and the Parade will take place on St.
Patrick’s Day 17th March commencing at St. Faithleach’s Clubhouse at
2.30pm sharp.

We look forward to this year’s St. Patrick’s Day
Parade to be bigger and better than ever we have had in the community. This
year we are looking forward to having many new entrants and also to those that
have not taken part in recent years returning to the Parade. It is a bigger,
better, brighter and happier parade we are looking forward to this year.

Application forms are available in O’Brien’s or from
Teresa Costello or Freda Connaughton, the entry fee is €30 and should be
enclosed with your entry form.

To help defray costs there will be the annual
Lanesboro Ballyleague St. Patrick’s Day raffle and we would encourage everyone
to buy a book or two of tickets. Tickets are priced €2 each or €5 for a book of
3. The 5 winners drawn out will each receive €100. The draw this year will take
place in Adie’s Bar and Restaurant.

CES Vacancy
There is a community employment scheme
vacancy available in the prize-winning village of Newtowncashel. 
Anyone who is interested please contact Tony
Moran  between 9:00am and 1:00pm on 086
8146363
 Monday to
Friday. 

Do you need to
Talk?

Struggling to cope with life? Would it help to talk
about your problem in confidence? It doesn’t matter who you are, how you feel
or what happened to you. If things are getting you down, you can always talk to
the Samaritans. The Samaritans are available on Freephone 116123, at all times
24 hours a day and 365 days a year.

County Longford
– Public Consultation
February 2019

What is the most important thing Heritage Ireland 2030
needs to deliver? A Public Workshop will take place in Lanesboro Library
Wednesday 20th from 5 to 7.30pm. This is a drop-in session and you
can avail of it between the above hours. This note is to ask you for your
support in developing the new national heritage plan for Ireland, Heritage
Ireland 2030.

We have a large, vibrant and dedicated heritage community who
put so much time, effort and in many cases finances in protecting and nurturing
all aspects of our heritage – and now is the chance for you to make your voice
heard and make it count, to ensure that into the future, our heritage is
protected, supported and enhanced.

Other times available on request: heritage@longfordcoco.ie  or (043) 3341124

Buy & Bake Sale 

Rathcline Ladies GAA Club will be having hosting a Buy &
Bake Sale on Sunday, 3rd March at St. Mary’s Parish
Hall to raise much needed funds for the club.  Your support for this
event would be greatly appreciated.

Lough Ree AC

Well done
to the runners who showed up on Sunday, very fast times from all runners in the
windy conditions. Best males on the day were Tim Kenny and Daragh Donlon while
Sofie Cox was the first female home. AGM will take on Wednesday 27th February,
venue to be confirmed. Looking forward to seeing you all again next Sunday.

And Thank You

‘And thank You’ is a new play written and performed by the
ever popular and star man Seamus O’Rourke will come to St. Mary’s Hall,
Lanesboro, on Saturday 9th March at 8.30pm. This is a production
much sought after, and it was a very lucky thing that the Minor Club got their
‘spake’ in on time to ensure we would be fortunate enough to have it. Tickets
are on sale in O’Brien’s costing €10. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s and to
book your tickets phone Martina 086-3858934. The play is being hosted by the
Shannon Gaels Minor Club.

The following is a synopsis of the play: A play about an ordinary man living in rural Ireland
who gets saved… Saved from a life of pub talk and prophesising. King John
O’Sullivan used to be able to drink fifteen pints without having to piddle,
now, it’s every nine. Going to the Gents so often can wear a man out. The story
is told by the Reverend Thaddaeus Clancy and O’Sullivan’s two sons, Larry O and
Martin. The sons run the family shop while Daddy, the King of McKenna’s Bar
makes up the rules. It’s a story of hard work and success and dangling. There’s
bad driving and ice hockey and there’s falling down. When the ‘Divel’ starts to gnaw, the kingdom will fall.

Table Quiz

U.C.D.
Student, Padraig Sorohan is organising a table quiz in Rosie’s on Friday 1st
March at 9.30pm in aid of his upcoming trip to Haiti. Padraig plans to spend
the month of July working in North West Haiti with a poverty-stricken community
in an educational setting. All support would be very much appreciated.

Free ECCE Places

If your child is 3 years old up to the 31st
December 2019, you can avail of 2 Free years in Pre-School from 2019.Had Start
Preschool is now taking bookings and places are limited. Bookings also taken
for 2020. For more information contact Denise at 0870641793 after 1pm or email headstartpreschool97@gmail.com.

Lough Ree 2000
Bridge Club

Gross and Nett: N/S 1st Maureen Hynes and Una
Clarke, 2nd Joan Donlon and Kathleen Kelly, 3rd Kathleen Hanley
and Mary Fallon

Gross and Nett: E/W 1st J.J. Donlon and Joan
Donnellan, 2nd Mary Jameson and Goretti Kenny, 3rd Mike
Flynn and Mairead Gill. Nett:  Martha Byrne and Elizabeth Crean.

Golden Wedding Anniversary

Many
congratulations to Henry and Mary Kenny, Cloontuskert on the celebration of the
Golden Wedding Anniversary last weekend.
Our Library this week

Knitting
& Crochet Group
Knitting & Crochet group continues every
Monday 2pm to 4pm.  New members always welcome!
Poetry & Music Group
Poetry & Music group continues on Monday
25th February –  4.15-5.30pm.
All welcome to come along and join in with this
very vibrant group!
ESOL
Class

ESOL (English for speakers of other languages)
continues on Tuesday evenings at 7pm.
Talk on
Breast Cancer

Lanesboro Library will host a Talk on Breast
Cancer with Rosaleen Glennon, author of ‘No Spare Life: One Woman’s Journey
Through Cancer’. All welcome to come along – light refreshments will be served.
Date: Thursday March 1st
Time: 6.30pm
David
Russell – Book Launch

Local author David Russell will be hosting a night
of activities to launch his two new children’s books ‘Bold and the Magic Stove’
and ‘Bold and the Magic Stove (Young Learners Edition)’.  David will be
doing activities such as making Cartoon Characters & Designing Cars and
wordsearches.  All are welcome to come along.
Light refreshments will be served.
Date: Monday April 1st
Time: 6.30pm.
Book Club
Book Club continues on Friday morning
22nd February at 11am.  Book choices for this month are ‘The Gift of
Anger’ by Arun Gandhi and ‘The Dressmaker of Dachau’ by Mary Chamberlain. 
All 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.
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.
Download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines and
newspapers with your library card and pin.  Renew or request books on our
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Learn a new language online with Mango (over 71
languages available) or learn a new skill with Universal Class which offers
over 400 free online courses.
Call to the library for your free library card
& pin or further information.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Gary Cosgrove,
Derryadd, Killashee. The winning envelope this week was worth €415. Thanks to Gary
for his support of the draw and maybe next week it can be you all you have to
do is to buy a ticket and be in the draw.

The club thanks everyone for their
continued support and encourage everyone to persist in your support and hopefully
your name will surely be drawn out in the very near future.  Tickets are on sale in local shops and
businesses throughout the town at €2 each or 3 tickets for €5.

There are now 2 alternatives for
those that would like to play the 50/50 by paying in advance. Option 1 is the
green envelope where you pay €50 for a six-month term with one free draw and
Option 2 is the pink envelope where you pay €100 for a 12-month period with two
free draws.

The club encourages your support
for the weekly draw and would like to thank everyone that has contributed so
far.

€15,000 Tidy Towns

The
Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery draw took place on Tuesday morning last on the
Co-Op office. There was no winner of the €15,000, jackpot and the jackpot for
this week, will now rise to reach and the jackpot has now reached its maximum
of €15,000. The numbers drawn were 7, 11, 18 and 25. The winner of the €50
prize was Marian and Tom Murphy, and the three €20 winners were Marta and
Cliodhna c/o SuperValu, M & E Hanley, Cashelbeg and Laura Skelly,
Aughamore.

The
committee thanks everyone for tremendous and loyal support support.

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

Alzheimer’s
Café

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Longford branch,
will hold their Alzheimer Cafe on Wednesday evening next, 27th February at
7.00pm in Longford Credit Union. Entrance and care parking facility are at the
rear of the building, between Longford Shopping Centre and Longford Motor
taxation office. Guest Speaker on the night is Rosario Rabbitt, and her topic
is Psychiatry of Later Life Services. This is an information and social evening
with tea, coffee, scones and biscuits been served. Anyone who is affected by
Dementia is welcome to come. For more information you can contact Eileen or
Breda on 085 8724475 or Longford ASI office on 043 3348402 / 3347221.

Ballyboro

The under 9s were involved in two very entertaining
and closely contested games with Abbey Rovers on Saturday last. Ballyboro
Panel: Alfie Murphy, Jack Cassidy, Shane Farrell, Cathal Hanley, Tim Kenny, Darragh
Donlon, Josh Curran, James Carroll.
The under 12s will be playing at half time in the City
Calling Stadium on Saturday week when Longford Town play their first home game
of the season against Drogheda United.
The club will be staging a major Seven a Side Tournament with
10 teams taking part on March 9th.. This is a fundraiser for the Astroturf
Project, and is already generating much interest locally, with lots of
speculation as to who will emerge on top.
The club will be running a bus to the Aviva Stadium on March
26th  when Ireland play their first home game in the European Qualifiers
against Georgia.
Weekend Fixtures: On Saturday the under 8s will be
participating in a Blitz at Dernafest, Lough Gowna, along with UCL Harps and
Ardagh. The under 11s play UCL Sharks at home on Saturday with the kick off at
11am. Melview provide the opposition for the under 12s at Lanesboro on Sunday
at 1pm in a Major Division Championship fixture. The under 14s are also at
home on Saturday when they play Newtown. Kick off 2.30. The under 16s are away
to Castlepollard on Sunday, 2.30 start.

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

AGM on Saturday

The AGM of the club will take place this Saturday evening at
5pm in the clubhouse at 5pm. along with club members we would like to invite
everyone that has an interest in the development of football in the community
and how you would like to see the club continue its growth.

Rathcline are a pivotal position in the footballing scene as
they have a wealth of young and very talented players coming along to add to
the existing talented panel. In 2018 we won the Intermediate Championship, the
Under 20 championship and were just beaten in the Minor Final. We need to
develop and encourage and that is where your opinions would be of great help as
we prepare for Senior League and Championship.

Ball Sponsorship

The club would like to thank most sincerely PJ and Joan
Donnellan and their company Engine Spares Limited for sponsoring the club with
four footballs and Michal Hanley and his company C&H Fusion Electrical for
sponsoring two footballs to the club.

The Play

The Shannon Gaels Minor club is hosting another Big Guerilla
Production. ‘And Thank You’ is a new play written and performed by the ever
popular and star man Seamus O’Rourke will come to St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro,
on Saturday 9th March at 8.30pm. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s
costing €10. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s and to book your tickets phone
Martina 086-3858934. The play is being hosted by the Shannon Gaels Minor Club.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Gary Cosgrove,
Derryadd, Killashee. The winning envelope this week was worth €415. Thanks to Gary
for his support of the draw and maybe next week it can be you all you have to
do is to buy a ticket and be in the draw.

The club thanks everyone for their
continued support and encourage everyone to persist in your support and hopefully
your name will surely be drawn out in the very near future.  Tickets are on sale in local shops and
businesses throughout the town at €2 each or 3 tickets for €5.

There are now 2 alternatives for
those that would like to play the 50/50 by paying in advance. Option 1 is the
green envelope where you pay €50 for a six-month term with one free draw and
Option 2 is the pink envelope where you pay €100 for a 12-month period with two
free draws.

The club encourages your support
for the weekly draw and would like to thank everyone that has contributed so
far.

Dinner
Dance

Last Saturday night the Rathcline
Dinner Dance returned to the club and parish social scene after a lapse of a
few years and it proved to be a tremendous community night out. The venue was
the Longford Arms and Orla Reynolds and her team really pulled out all stop to
ensure that it was going to be a great night for us as it really proved to be.

MC for the night the peerless Mickey
Farrell introduced a brief and excellent video history of the club compiled by
Sarah Kearney. County Board Treasurer Albert Cooney spoke on behalf of the
county board where he complimented the club on their success and their
continued input into the county teams. He also lamented the lack of a club
history and encouraged someone to take on the task in compiling the history of
the club. The medal presentation took place followed with club chairman Liam Connerton
presenting medals to the Intermediate and U20 panel ad team managements.
Following the presentation 2018 team manger was invited to say a few words.
Liam who received a rousing welcome gave a very informative talk where was high
in his praise of the young men he had to deal with during the year, the
tremendous potential of the club going forward and the need to manage the
talent that was available to us. Club Chairman Liam Connerton then made a
special presentation to Liam and Marie Farrell made a presentation of a bouquet
of flowers to his wife Catherine. Liam was then asked to announce who he and
the team management felt was the players of the year. Falling into the criteria
of what was required he announced Kevin Chapman as the club player of the year.

Following the speeches and the
conclusion of the beautiful meal dancing took place into the early hours to the
wonderful Rhythm & Sticks followed by a disco finished off a fabulous night
in the history of the Rathcline Club.

The club would like to thank
everyone that supported the Dinner Dance and helped make it such a great night.

The club would like to sincerely
thank Marie Farrell, Caroline Ginty, Sarah Kearney, Mickey Farrell, Ryan Fallon
and Alan Fayne for their time and effort in presenting such a fabulous night.
The club would also like to thank Martina and Joe O’Brien for allowing their
premises to be used for the sale of tickets.

St. Faithleach’s

Social and Presentation Night:
 Social and Presentation Night takes place in the clubhouse on Saturday
23rd February for all our Senior and Junior players of both codes, D.J on the night,
all players, club members, supporters and family are invited to attend.

Well done: To both the U14
boys and girls who received their medals for 2018 on Sunday. Many thanks to Pat
Joe Fallon Minor Club President for making the presentation. 

Congratulations: To Mary and Henry Kenny who celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary in the clubhouse last Saturday night, the club was honoured
to be part of the event and extend our congratulations and
best wishes for many more years to come. 

Cards: Take place every
Tuesday evening at the clubhouse. 

Lotto: Jackpot stands at
€12,000. Envelopes are available in all local retailers for €2. Annual
subscriptions are also available please contact either Sean Cox or Michael
Cleary. 




Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 11th February 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

The Green

The
photos are starting to come in and believe me they are bringing back great
memories. I would encourage anyone else that has photographs of the Green, and
stories to contact me. I am looking for all photographs of all residents of the
Green right up to the present day – just a flick on your phone, camera, iPad
and forward it to me at joea@iol.ie.
If you do not have a family picture perhaps you can forward me individual
pictures and the house number you live/d in. If you don’t have a photograph
from your time on the Green a family photograph from a later date will do. I am
also looking for photograph of the apprentices and lodgers that stayed on the
Green. You can also drop them into me in the shop where I will scan them and
return them to you a minute later.

Commons North Woodland Walk

As we know Commons North Woodland Walk is a recently
developed path through forestry to the south of Lanesborough, near an old lime
quarry. We all know how fabulous the walk is and its beauty and we are
delighted for its recognition. The very popular walk is now featuring on all
suggested walks for County Longford as being highly recommended.

Talk on Breast Cancer

Lanesboro Library will host a Talk on Breast Cancer
with Rosaleen Glennon, author of ‘No Spare Life: One Woman’s Journey Through
Cancer’ on Thursday 1st March at 6.30pm. All welcome to come along –
light refreshments will be served.
St.
Patrick’s Day Parade

Preparations for the Lanesborough/Ballyleague St.
Patrick’s Day Parade has now commenced, and the Parade will take place on St.
Patrick’s Day 17th March commencing at St. Faithleach’s Clubhouse at
2.30pm sharp.

We look forward to this year’s St. Patrick’s Day
Parade to be bigger and better than ever we have had in the community. This
year we are looking forward to having many new entrants and also to those that
have not taken part in recent years returning to the Parade. It is a bigger,
better, brighter and happier parade we are looking forward to this year.

Application forms are available in O’Brien’s or from
Teresa Costello or Freda Connaughton, the entry fee is €30 and should be
enclosed with your entry form.

To help defray costs there will be the annual
Lanesboro Ballyleague St. Patrick’s Day raffle and we would encourage everyone
to buy a book or two of tickets. Tickets are priced €2 each or €5 for a book of
3. The 5 winners drawn out will each receive €100. The draw this year will take
place in Adie’s Bar and Restaurant.

CES Vacancy
There is a community employment scheme
vacancy available in the prize-winning village of Newtowncashel. 
Anyone who is interested please contact Tony
Moran  between 9:00am and 1:00pm on 086
8146363
 Monday to
Friday. 

Birth

Congratulations to
Eibhlín and Conor, Lehery on the birth and baptism of their son Aoife Marion Mc
Kenna recently.

Thank You

The local organisers of
the Lourdes Pilgrimage collection would like to thank everyone for their most
generous contributions at all Masses last weekend.

The Ardagh and
Clonmacnois Pilgrimage to Lourdes will this year takes place from Sunday 26th
May to Friday 31st May. The cost of the Pilgrimage this year is
€749. Anyone wishing to travel can contact Pilgrimage Director, Fr. Bernard
Noonan, P.P. Moate or directly to Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lr. Baggot St., Dublin
2.

Sympathy

We would like to extend
our deepest sympathy to Terry and Maureen Hynes and family, Rathcline on the
death of Mrs Pauline Hynes, Kilcolgan, Co. Galway on Monday 4th
February. Pauline was also sister of Joe Mulvihill Snr, Newtowncashel and we
extend our sympathy to Joe and his family.

Longford
Horticulture Training

Longford Horticulture is a free Longford Westmeath Educational Training Board funded training
course for people who wish to explore Horticultural work options and update or
develop new skills. As we are going into spring this is an excellent way for
those in our community to avail of this course and reap the benefits. For
details contact Alan Garvey at National Learning Network 087-9065521.

Do you need to
Talk?

Struggling to cope with life? Would it help to talk
about your problem in confidence? It doesn’t matter who you are, how you feel
or what happened to you. If things are getting you down, you can always talk to
the Samaritans. The Samaritans are available on Freephone 116123, at all times
24 hours a day and 365 days a year.

County Longford
– Public Consultation
February 2019

What is the most important thing Heritage Ireland 2030
needs to deliver? A Public Workshop will take place in Lanesboro Library
Wednesday 20th from 5 to 7.30pm. This is a drop-in session and you
can avail of it between the above hours. This note is to ask you for your
support in developing the new national heritage plan for Ireland, Heritage
Ireland 2030.

We have a large, vibrant and dedicated heritage community who
put so much time, effort and in many cases finances in protecting and nurturing
all aspects of our heritage – and now is the chance for you to make your voice
heard and make it count, to ensure that into the future, our heritage is
protected, supported and enhanced.

Other times available on request: heritage@longfordcoco.ie  or (043) 3341124

Strokestown
Further Education Centre

Places available on our QQI Accredited Course.
Training available at 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.
Payment top up for under 26’s, travel and meal allowance and free childcare
places available. Contact your Local Social Welfare Office or call Rachel at
the Centre on 071 96 34935. Check out our Facebook page for more information.

Buy & Bake Sale 

Rathcline Ladies GAA Club will be having hosting a Buy &
Bake Sale on Sunday, 3rd March at St. Mary’s Parish
Hall to raise much needed funds for the club.  Your support for this
event would be greatly appreciated.

And Thank You

‘And thank You’ is a new play written and performed by the
ever popular and star man Seamus O’Rourke will come to St. Mary’s Hall,
Lanesboro, on Saturday 9th March at 8.30pm. This is a production
much sought after, and it was a very lucky thing that the Minor Club got their
‘spake’ in on time to ensure we would be fortunate enough to have it. Tickets
are on sale in O’Brien’s costing €10. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s and to book
your tickets phone Martina 086-3858934. The play is being hosted by the Shannon
Gaels Minor Club.

The following is a synopsis of the play: A play about an ordinary man living in rural Ireland
who gets saved… Saved from a life of pub talk and prophesising. King John
O’Sullivan used to be able to drink fifteen pints without having to piddle,
now, it’s every nine. Going to the Gents so often can wear a man out. The story
is told by the Reverend Thaddaeus Clancy and O’Sullivan’s two sons, Larry O and
Martin. The sons run the family shop while Daddy, the King of McKenna’s Bar
makes up the rules. It’s a story of hard work and success and dangling. There’s
bad driving and ice hockey and there’s falling down. When the ‘Divel’ starts to gnaw, the kingdom will fall.

Table Quiz

U.C.D.
Student, Padraig Sorohan is organising a table quiz in Rosie’s on Friday 1st
March at 9.30pm in aid of his upcoming trip to Haiti. Padraig plans to spend
the month of July working in North West Haiti with a poverty-stricken community
in an educational setting. All support would be very much appreciated.
Dinner
Dance on Saturday

This year we see the return of the Rathcline GAA Dinner Dance
on Saturday night next 16th     February in the Longford Arms Hotel.

Tickets are available in O’Brien’s costing a reasonable €40
for a four-course meal and a wonderful night’s entertainment provided by Rhythm
& Sticks who are packing the crowds in no matter where they go. 

The club looks forward to a huge number from the parish
attending and looks forward to a big number of former players and residents
returning for the night.

Come along, enjoy the night and let’s create a night to be
remembered and one that will be the start of a wonderful parish night out once
again.

Free ECCE Places

If your child is 3 years old up to the 31st
December 2019, you can avail of 2 Free years in Pre-School from 2019.Had Start
Preschool is now taking bookings and places are limited. Bookings also taken
for 2020. For more information contact Denise at 0870641793 after 1pm or email
headstartpreschool97@gmail.com.

Our Library

Knitting
& Crochet Group
Knitting & Crochet group continues every
Monday 2pm to 4pm.  New members always welcome!
Poetry & Music Group
Poetry & Music group continues on Monday
25th February –  4.15-5.30pm.
All welcome to come along and join in with this
very vibrant group!
6 week Art Course with Stephanie
Art Class no 6 continues in the Library on
Monday evening 18th February at 6.30pm.
Contact the library on 0433321291 or email lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie<mailto:lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie>
if you are interested.
ESOL Class
ESOL (English for speakers of other languages)
continues on Tuesday evenings at 7pm.
Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group
There will be NO Parent & Toddler group on
Wednesday 20th February.  Group will continue on Wednesday 27th February.
Talk on Breast Cancer
Lanesboro Library will host a Talk on Breast
Cancer with Rosaleen Glennon, author of ‘No Spare Life: One Woman’s Journey
Through Cancer’. All welcome to come along – light refreshments will be served.
Date: Thursday 1st March. Time: 6.30pm
David Russell – Book Launch
Local author David Russell will be hosting a
night of activities to launch his two new children’s books ‘Bold and the Magic
Stove’ and ‘Bold and the Magic Stove (Young Learners Edition)’.  David
will be doing activities such as making Cartoon Characters & Designing Cars
and word searches.  All are welcome to come along.
Light refreshments will be served. Date: Monday 1st April. Time: 6.30pm.
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.
Download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines and
newspapers with your library card and pin. Renew or request books on our
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50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Alan Hanley,
Corrigeen. The winning envelope this week was worth €388. Thanks to Alan for
his continued support of the draw and maybe next week it can be you all you
have to do is to buy a ticket and be in the draw.

The club thanks everyone for their
continued support and encourage everyone to persist in your support and hopefully
your name will surely be drawn out in the very near future.  Tickets are on sale in local shops and
businesses throughout the town at €2 each or 3 tickets for €5.

There are now 2 alternatives for
those that would like to play the 50/50 by paying in advance. Option 1 is the
green envelope where you pay €50 for a six-month term with one free draw and
Option 2 is the pink envelope where you pay €100 for a 12-month period with two
free draws.

The club encourages your support
for the weekly draw and would like to thank everyone that has contributed so
far.

€15,000 Tidy Towns

The
Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery draw took place on Tuesday morning last on the
Co-Op office. There was no winner of the €15,000, jackpot and the jackpot for
this week, will now rise to reach and the jackpot has now reached its maximum
of €15,000. The numbers drawn were 3, 19, 25 and 30. The winner of the €50
prize was Deirdre Farrell c/o The Yacht Bar, and the three €20 winners were Margaret
Casey c/o The Market, Jenny Rice Rooney, The Abbey, and Gerard Dennigan,
Derryhaun.

The
committee thanks everyone for tremendous and loyal support support.

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

Ballyboro

A very enthusiastic bunch of under 8s participated in
a blitz on Sunday last. They played Stonepark and Ardagh and acquitted
themselves very well. Panel: Darragh Shanley, Matthew Murphy, Darragh McGloin, Donncha
Farrell, Tom Hession, Cian Shea, David Kenny, Tadhg Shea.
The under 14 team found Melview a bit too good for them, as
the Longford town team emerged victorious on a 5-1 scoreline. Christian Donlon
was the Ballyboro goal scorer. Team: Sam Glennon, Josh Crawford, Cormac O’Dowd,
Jack Casey, Rory Carling, James Mimnagh, Joey Trimble, Christian Donlon, Christov,
Euan Cullen, Eoin Cox. Sub: Luke Cullen.
It was a similar story when an understrength under 12 team
played Newtown. The first half was closely contested with the Newtown boys
leading 1-0 at the interval. The Newtownforbes lads were largely on top in the
second half and scored four more, with Christian Donlon notching a consolation
score for Ballyboro from a penalty. Team: Ronan Cox, Anthony Cox, Jack Casey, David
Cox, Ethan Slattery, Christian Donlon, Euan Cullen, Ben Murphy, Daniel Hogan.
Subs: Conn Maxwell, Rian Hogan.
 Last Man Standing 2 is up and running, and once again
it is proving to be a very successful venture. Mark Tarmey is going to be kept
very busy over the next few weeks keeping track of the 500 plus entries. Thanks
to all who bought and sold tickets. All funds generated go to the Astroturf
Project.
Fixtures: The under 9s will be taking part in a blitz in
Lanesboro on Saturday starting at 12 noon, along with Melview and Abbey Rovers
The under 11s play their first game in the League Group 1 on
Saturday when they play Abbey Rovers Stripes in Ballinamore, with the kick off
at 12 noon. Other teams in the group are UCL Sharks, Stonepark, and Killoe
Lions. The first three teams in the group qualify for the knock out stages.
 The draw for the various cup competitions were made at
the weekend. The under 12s are away to Castlepollard in the Tynan Cup. The
under 14s play Inny FC away in the Shane Brennan Cup, while the under 16s are
at home to Ballymahon in the Nolan Cup. The under 13s received a first round
bye in the Flaherty Cup.

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

Dinner Dance on Saturday

This year we see the return of the Rathcline GAA Dinner Dance
on Saturday night next 16th      February
in the Longford Arms Hotel.

This night out was always the occasion of the year and apart
from Santa Claus it was the most looked forwarded event of the year. It was the
occasion to dress up and have a local evening in wonderful surroundings and in
the company of local people.

This year it is also a cause for celebration as there will be
the presentation of the Intermediate Championship and Under 21 medals to the
victorious teams.

Tickets are available in O’Brien’s costing a reasonable €40
for a four-course meal and a wonderful night’s entertainment provided by Rhythm
& Sticks who are packing the crowds in no matter where they go. 

The club looks forward to a huge number from the parish
attending and looks forward to a good number of former players and residents
returning for the night.

Come along, enjoy the night and let’s create a night to be
remembered and one that will be the start of a wonderful parish night out once
again.

AGM date change

Have you an interest in the GAA? Would you like to help play
your part in Rathcline GAA? Does the skill of your job compliment what the club
does? Do you feel that your skills can lead Rathcline to becoming the leading
club in Longford? A club is not just about football, it has many facets and the
club is ambitiously looking for people that can help progress us both on and
off the field – there are many sides that we have identified that need
developing and it would be fabulous that you could give off your time to help
with this progression. It does not mean that you are being asked to become an
executive member but if you have a skill to offer the club the club would love
to see you at the AGM on Saturday 23rd  February at 8pm or give your name to chairman Liam
Connerton, Secretary Cathal Chapman or Treasurer Marie Farrell or Minor
club  Chairman Alan Fayne, Secretary
Seadna Ryan or Treasurer Mary Teresa Mc Grath.

The Play

The Shannon Gaels Minor club is hosting another Big Guerilla
Production. ‘And Thank You’ is a new play written and performed by the ever
popular and star man Seamus O’Rourke will come to St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro,
on Saturday 9th March at 8.30pm. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s
costing €10. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s and to book your tickets phone
Martina 086-3858934. The play is being hosted by the Shannon Gaels Minor Club.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Alan Hanley,
Corrigeen. The winning envelope this week was worth €388. Thanks to Alan for
his continued support of the draw and maybe next week it can be you all you
have to do is to buy a ticket and be in the draw.

The club thanks everyone for their
continued support and encourage everyone to persist in your support and hopefully
your name will surely be drawn out in the very near future.  Tickets are on sale in local shops and
businesses throughout the town at €2 each or 3 tickets for €5.

There are now 2 alternatives for
those that would like to play the 50/50 by paying in advance. Option 1 is the
green envelope where you pay €50 for a six-month term with one free draw and
Option 2 is the pink envelope where you pay €100 for a 12-month period with two
free draws.

The club encourages your support
for the weekly draw and would like to thank everyone that has contributed so
far.

St. Faithleach’s

Social and Presentation Night:
St. Faithleach’s GAA Social and Presentation Night takes place in the clubhouse
on Saturday 23rd February, all players, members, family and supporters are
welcome to attend. 

U14 Boys and Girls Medal Presentation:
Medal Presentation will take place on Sunday 17th at 5pm in the clubhouse, all
members of both panels are invited to attend. 

Minor and U14 League:
League action resumes for both minor and U14 boys next weekend 16th and 17th
February. Please check our social media pages for times/venues and updates.
Follow us on Facebook – St. Faithleach’s GAA or on twitter @FaithleachsGAA 

Cards: Take place every
Tuesday evening in the clubhouse. 




Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 4th February 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

The Green

The
photos are starting to come in and I would encourage anyone else that has
photographs of the Green, and stories to contact me. I am looking for all
photographs of all residents of the Green right up to the present day – just a
flick on your phone, camera, iPad and forward it to me at joea@iol.ie. If you
do not have a family picture perhaps you can forward me individual pictures and
the house number you live/d in. If you don’t have a photograph from your time on
the Green a family photograph from a later date will do. I am also looking for
photograph of the apprentices and lodgers that stayed on the Green. You can
also drop them into me in the shop where I will scan them and return them to
you a minute later.

New Defibrillator Course

A new Defibrillator course will take place in the very
near future and the organisers are urgently seeking many new people to take the
opportunity of getting trained in the use of defibrillators. As this is a down
time it is important that all clubs and organisations on both sides of the
bridge encourage their members to attend and get trained up.

Rarely a day goes by in a workplace, sporting events
or in public places that a person’s knowledge in the use of the defibrillator
in not required hence the great need to have all area and events covered with
people with the required knowledge.

Contact Martina O’Brien with your name and phone
number, she can be contacted at the shop, phone 3321107, 0863858934 or email martinaclyne1@gmail.com

Death

The parish was brought
to a standstill when we learned of the death at her residence in Thureen of
Mary Hurson, nee Farrell on Wednesday last 30th January. Everyone
that knew Mary says that she was immediately recognisable with the warmest and
friendliest smile. Mary would instantly light up any room such was the warmth
of her personality. Mary was small in stature, but she was huge in everything
she done. No task was to large or too small for her. She was recognised as a
very hard worker and a wonderful and supportive neighbour and friend never
leaving anyone stuck in their time of need. She was a caring wife and mother
and wonderful family woman. Mary was ill for a long time, but such was the
character of the woman that she never let it get the better of her or diminish
her personality. Mary will be very sadly missed by all of us that had the
pleasure to know her.

Mary’s remains reposed
in Glennon’s Funeral Home on Thursday last. On Friday her remains were removed to
St. Mary’s Church for her Funeral Mass which was followed by burial in
Rathcline Cemetery. To her husband John, daughter Michelle, sons Paul and Alan,
aunt Tess, relatives and many many friends  
we extend our sincere sympathy.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Preparations for the Lanesborough/Ballyleague St.
Patrick’s Day Parade has now commenced, and the Parade will take place on St.
Patrick’s Day 17th March commencing at St. Faithleach’s Clubhouse at
2.30pm sharp 9Starting time will not change).

Tickets for the raffle will be on sale throughout
Lanesborough and Ballyleague in all businesses. Further details will follow in
the next week

CES Vacancy
There is a community employment scheme
vacancy available in the prize-winning village of Newtowncashel. 
Anyone who is interested please contact Tony
Moran  between 9:00am and 1:00pm on 086
8146363
 Monday to
Friday. 

Church Gate
Collection

The annual Lourdes Sick Pilgrimage fund collection
will take place at all Masses next weekend Saturday 9th and Sunday
10th February. Down you’re the years your contributions have been
most generous as the committee help people in communities to travel to Lourdes
on the Ardagh Clonmacnois Pilgrimage. Many people in our parish have been
fortunate to avail of the Pilgrimage through your generous contributions and we
look once again towards your generosity.

Longford
Horticulture Training

Longford Horticulture is a free Longford Westmeath Educational Training Board funded training
course for people who wish to explore Horticultural work options and update or
develop new skills. It is particularly suited to persons on Social Welfare
Allowance with short or long term health difficulties or for early school
leavers interested in acquiring a profession. For details contact Alan Garvey
at National Learning Network 087-9065521

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the
extended Fitzsimons family, Rathcline and the Manifold family Donard, Co.
Wicklow on the death of Olive Manifold, nee Fitzsimons, who passed away on
Saturday last 2nd February.

Strokestown
Further Education Centre

Places available on our QQI Accredited Course.
Training available at 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.
Payment top up for under 26’s, travel and meal allowance and free childcare
places available. Contact your Local Social Welfare Office or call Rachel at
the Centre on 071 96 34935. Check out our Facebook page for more information.

Bridge Information and Demonstrations

Bridge Demonstrations and information
mornings in St Mary’s Hall on Friday next February 8th, starting at 10:30 am and
continuing until 12:30 pm All age groups invited. Relax and enjoy a scone
& tea. while learning the benefits of playing the game of bridge. If you
want to improve your memory and concentration, this is one of the ways students
improve their memory and parents find it has helped their children with their
maths.  When travelling to other countries it is a great way to meet
people make friends without knowing their language. If you need any further
information, please phone 0864076462.

Rathcline GAA

Have you an interest in the GAA? Would you like to help play
your part in Rathcline GAA? Does the skill of your job compliment what the club
does? Do you feel that your skills can lead Rathcline to becoming the leading
club in Longford? A club is not just about football, it has many facets and the
club is ambitiously looking for people that can help progress us both on and
off the field – there are many sides that we have identified that need
developing and it would be fabulous that you could give off your time to help
with this progression. It does not mean that you are being asked to become an
executive member but if you have a skill to offer the club the club would love
to see you at the AGM or give your name to chairman Liam Connerton, Secretary
Cathal Chapman or Treasurer Marie Farrell or Minor club  Chairman Alan Fayne, Secretary Seadna Ryan or
Treasurer Mary Teresa Mc Grath.

The AGM of the Rathcline club will take place in the
clubhouse in Clonbonny on Friday 15th February at 8pm.

Buy & Bake Sale 

Rathcline Ladies GAA Club will be having hosting a Buy & Bake
Sale on Sunday, 03 March at St. Mary’s Parish Hall to raise much
needed funds for the club.  Your support for this event would be greatly
appreciated.

And Thank You

‘And thank You’ is a new play written and performed by the
ever popular and star man Seamus O’Rourke will come to St. Mary’s Hall,
Lanesboro, on Saturday 9th March at 8.30pm. This is a production
much sought after, and it was a very lucky thing that the Minor Club got their
‘spake’ in on time to ensure we would be fortunate enough to have it. Tickets
are on sale in O’Brien’s costing €10. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s and to
book your tickets phone Martina 086-3858934. The play is being hosted by the
Shannon Gaels Minor Club.

The following is a synopsis of the play: A play about an ordinary man living in rural Ireland
who gets saved… Saved from a life of pub talk and prophesising. King John
O’Sullivan used to be able to drink fifteen pints without having to piddle,
now, it’s every nine. Going to the Gents so often can wear a man out. The story
is told by the Reverend Thaddaeus Clancy and O’Sullivan’s two sons, Larry O and
Martin. The sons run the family shop while Daddy, the King of McKenna’s Bar
makes up the rules. It’s a story of hard work and success and dangling. There’s
bad driving and ice hockey and there’s falling down. When the ‘Divel’ starts to gnaw, the kingdom will fall.

Table Quiz

U.C.D.
Student, Padraig Sorohan is organising a table quiz in Rosie’s on Friday 1st
March at 9.30pm in aid of his upcoming trip to Haiti. Padraig plans to spend
the month of July working in North West Haiti with a poverty-stricken community
in an educational setting. All support would be very much appreciated.
Lough Ree
AC

The
Clonbonny Road Run took place on Sunday as usual, well done to the hardy souls
who turned up in the cold to get a run in. Callum Farrell was the first man
home in a very fast time well under 10 mins, but Kieran O’Dowd is still the
fastest runner over the distance in recent weeks. Congratulations to Daragh
Donlon who completed his 14th successive road run, a new record. We are just
trying to finalise a date for our AGM which will take place before the end of
the month. More details to follow.

Called Off

Due
to the inclement weather the organisers of the Lanesboro Social Services Whist
game due to take place on Friday night last was called off. The committee
thanks you for your patience and looks forward to seeing you all and your card
playing friends on Friday 1st March.

Dinner Dance

This year we see the return of the Rathcline GAA Dinner Dance
on Saturday night 16th      February in
the Longford Arms Hotel.

This night out was always the occasion of the year and apart
from Santa Claus it was the most looked forwarded event of the year. It was the
occasion to dress up and have a local evening in wonderful surroundings and in
the company of local people.

This year it is also a cause for celebration as there will be
the presentation of the Intermediate Championship and Under 21 medals to the
victorious teams.

Tickets are available in O’Brien’s costing a reasonable €40
for a four-course meal and a wonderful night’s entertainment provided by Rhythm
& Sticks who are packing the crowds in no matter where they go. 

The club looks forward to a huge number from the parish
attending and looks forward to a good number of former players and residents
returning for the night.

Come along, enjoy the night and let’s create a night to be
remembered and one that will be the start of a wonderful parish night out once
again.

As much as is possible could people intending to go have
their tickets purchased by Sunday 10th February as the Longford Arms
will need to have a number for meal servings.

Our Library

Knitting & Crochet Group
Knitting & Crochet group continues every
Monday 2pm to 4pm.  New members always welcome!
Poetry
& Music Group

Poetry & Music group continues on Monday
11th February –  4.15-5.30pm.
All welcome to come along and join in with this
very vibrant group!
6 week
Art Course with Stephanie

Art Class no 5 continues in the Library on
Monday evening 11th February at 6.30pm.
Contact the library on 0433321291 or email
lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie<mailto:lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie>
if you are interested.
ESOL
Class

ESOL (English for speakers of other languages)
continues on Tuesday evenings at 7pm.
Babble
& Books Parent & Toddler Group

Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group
continues every Wednesday morning at 10.30am.  Parents are welcome to
bring their babies/toddlers along to socialise with other children, read books
and play with the toys, jigsaws and Lego table.
Play
2Gether Programme for Parents & Toddlers

Starting soon at Lanesboro Library – contact
Stella on 0433321291 or email
lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie<mailto:lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie>
to book your place!
The aim of this 4 week programme is to encourage
joint play between a parent and their toddler.  Activities will include
soft ball games, movement to music and parachute games.  These activities
will develop fundamental motor skills, spatial awareness, manipulative skills,
co-ordination and balancing skills and develop a positive attitude to physical
activity.  The programme will involve a trained and garda vetted sports
tutor attending and leading a fun, physical activity session for 1 hour a week. 
Brought to you by Longford Sports Partnership.
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.
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.
Download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines and
newspapers with your library card and pin.  Renew or request books on our
website www.longfordlibrary.ie  Learn a new language online with Mango (over
71 languages available) or learn a new skill with Universal Class which offers
over 400 free online courses.
Call to the library for your free library card
& pin or further information.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Marie Victory,
Roscommon c/o Bingo. The winning envelope this week was worth €315. Thanks to Marie
for her continued support of the draw and maybe next week it can be you.

The club thanks everyone for their
continued support and encourage everyone to persist in your support and hopefully
your name will surely be drawn out in the very near future.  Tickets are on sale in local shops and
businesses throughout the town at €2 each or 3 tickets for €5.

There are now 2 alternatives for
those that would like to play the 50/50 by paying in advance. Option 1 is the
green envelope where you pay €50 for a six-month term with one free draw and
Option 2 is the pink envelope where you pay €100 for a 12-month period with two
free draws.

The club encourages your support
for the weekly draw and would like to thank everyone that has contributed so
far.

€15,000 Tidy Towns

The
Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery draw took place on Tuesday morning last on the
Co-Op office. There was no winner of the €15,000, jackpot and the jackpot for
this week, will now rise to reach and the jackpot has now reached its maximum
of €15,000. The numbers drawn were 5, 12, 18 and 24. The winner of the €50
prize was Sean Connaughton, Curraghroe, and the three €20 winners were Michael
Kelly, Abbeyshrule, Marie Casserley c/o Mags and Carmel & Ethna

The
committee thanks everyone for tremendous and loyal support support.

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

Shannon Gael Registration

Registration
for the underage section of Rathcline GAA, Shannon Gaels will host their
registration night for all players on Friday 8th February from 7 to
8pm. You are asked to remember that the registration is also your young man’s
insurance and unregistered players cannot take part in games or training.

Ballyboro

Pride of place this week goes to the under 16 team who
just got the better of Gaels United in a seven-goal thriller. Eoin Farrell
snatched a dramatic winner in injury time with a well-placed header from a Rian
Murphy corner. The other Ballyboro goals were scored by Kevin Tansey (2) and
Jack Murray. Panel: Shane Killian, Chris O’Loughlin, Oisin Kenny, Eoin Farrell,
Niall Fisher, Rian Murphy, Cormac Casey, Kevin Tansey, Daniel Hayden, Jack
Murray, Duileach Ryan, Callum Gordon, Matthew Heneghan. 
The weather proved to be a real spoilsport on Saturday as the
under 9 blitz, the under 11 game against Abbey Rovers Stripes, and the under 13
game v Killoe Celtic were all postponed. 

Last week the under 11s were in action versus Killoe
Tigers. This was a high scoring game with the Killoe lads winning by seven
goals to five. Rian Hogan (2), Rian Shanley (2)  
and an og accounted for the Ballyboro goals. Panel: Billy
Murray, Eoin Beattie, Dan Casey, Rian Hogan, Rian Shanley, Eoin O’Brien, Ethan
Slattery, Ryan Mimnagh.
Completed forms for the Last Man Standing must be returned to
any committee member by this Friday evening at the latest.
Thanks to all who continue to support the Astro Project by
placing their blue tokens in the Ballyboro Tube at Tesco Roscommon.
Preparations are in train for the big OSKARS night in the
Longford Arms in June.
The club will be running a bus to the Ireland-Georgia
European qualifier in the Aviva next month.
Fixtures: There will be an under 8 blitz in Lanesboro on
Saturday starting at 11am. Teams taking part are Ballyboro, Stonepark and Inny
Fc. 

The under 10s play UCL Rhinos at home on Saturday at
12 noon.
Also on Saturday in the Premier Division Shield, the under
13s are at home to Melview, kick off 2.30.
The under 12s play their second game in the Major Division
Championship on Sunday at 2pm at home to Newtown Bears.
Rathcline GAA – ‘Be with us Be a part of Us’.

Dinner Dance

This year we see the return of the Rathcline GAA Dinner Dance
on Saturday night 16th      February in
the Longford Arms Hotel.

This night out was always the occasion of the year and apart
from Santa Claus it was the most looked forwarded event of the year. It was the
occasion to dress up and have a local evening in wonderful surroundings and in
the company of local people.

This year it is also a cause for celebration as there will be
the presentation of the Intermediate Championship and Under 21 medals to the
victorious teams.

Tickets are available in O’Brien’s costing a reasonable €40
for a four-course meal and a wonderful night’s entertainment provided by Rhythm
& Sticks who are packing the crowds in no matter where they go. 

The club looks forward to a huge number from the parish
attending and looks forward to a good number of former players and residents
returning for the night.

Come along, enjoy the night and let’s create a night to be
remembered and one that will be the start of a wonderful parish night out once
again.

As much as is possible could people intending to go have
their tickets purchased by Sunday 10th February as the Longford Arms
will need to have a number for meal servings.

AGM date change

Have you an interest in the GAA? Would you like to help play
your part in Rathcline GAA? Does the skill of your job compliment what the club
does? Do you feel that your skills can lead Rathcline to becoming the leading
club in Longford? A club is not just about football, it has many facets and the
club is ambitiously looking for people that can help progress us both on and
off the field – there are many sides that we have identified that need
developing and it would be fabulous that you could give off your time to help
with this progression. It does not mean that you are being asked to become an
executive member but if you have a skill to offer the club the club would love
to see you at the AGM on Saturday 23rd  February at 8pm or give your name to chairman
Liam Connerton, Secretary Cathal Chapman or Treasurer Marie Farrell or Minor
club  Chairman Alan Fayne, Secretary
Seadna Ryan or Treasurer Mary Teresa Mc Grath.

Shannon Gael Registration

Registration
for the underage section of Rathcline GAA, Shannon Gaels will host their
registration night for all players on this Friday evening 8th
February from 7 to 8pm. You are asked to remember that the registration is also
your young man’s insurance and unregistered players cannot take part in games
or training.

Play

The Shannon Gaels Minor club is hosting another Big Guerilla
Production. ‘And Thank You’ is a new play written and performed by the ever
popular and star man Seamus O’Rourke will come to St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro,
on Saturday 9th March at 8.30pm. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s
costing €10. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s and to book your tickets phone
Martina 086-3858934. The play is being hosted by the Shannon Gaels Minor Club.

Defibrillator training

The
club needs people that are interested in helping the club by completing the
defibrillator course to take place in January. The need for people to have
training done in the use of the defibrillator is essential at all grades
especially with all the games and training in Clonbonny. We look forward to a
good number of parents of the underage club and supporters and officials from
all our clubs to give their names and phone numbers to the minor (Seadna) or
senior (Cathal) secretaries or to Martina O’Brien at the corner shop.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Marie Victory,
Roscommon c/o Bingo. The winning envelope this week was worth €315. Thanks to Marie
for her continued support of the draw and maybe next week it can be you.

The club thanks everyone for their
continued support and encourage everyone to persist in your support and hopefully
your name will surely be drawn out in the very near future.  Tickets are on sale in local shops and
businesses throughout the town at €2 each or 3 tickets for €5.

There are now 2 alternatives for
those that would like to play the 50/50 by paying in advance. Option 1 is the
green envelope where you pay €50 for a six-month term with one free draw and
Option 2 is the pink envelope where you pay €100 for a 12 month period with two
free draws.

The club encourages your support
for the weekly draw and would like to thank everyone that has contributed so
far.

St. Faithleach’s




Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes Monday 28th January 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

First in Class

On Sunday last in the Sunday
Independent the School League tables were published for the 2018 school year.

Early into the report the Most
Improved in each county identified Lanesboro Community College at the Most
Improved between 2009 to 2018 in County Longford with a 24% improvement.

On the Schools League table
identifying the highest percentage placed in third level colleges showed that
Lanesboro Community College came out on top in County Longford with 76% of its
students being placed in third level.

The above results are testimony
to the growing reputation of Lanesboro Community college and the figures show
it gong from strength to strength. Full credit to all its teaching staff over
the years for growing the school with the confidence to achieve these results
and we congratulate everyone for this high ranking.

Great Reaction

A few weeks ago, I wrote about
the Government allocating €194,000 for the walkway/cycleway to the parish of
Killashee and the access to the Royal Canal.

The reaction via email, text and
verbally has been remarkable. The amount of positivity that the announcement
gained was incredible and people are really looking forward to being able to
use it in the near future. Negotiations are ongoing with Bord na Mona and
Coillte and with a clear run it is hoped that we will be able to be able to
start work in the Spring time.

It is fabulous news and the fact
that people are now actively looking to Lanesboro and Ballyleague in such a
positive manner is very encouraging that we soon will be seen as a community
that is a hive of activity with many attractions coming to the area. It was
only last week at the ‘Showcase Ireland’ trade fair a Clare man told me that
himself and his brother already had pencilled in their attendance at the Lough
Ree Pike Angling Festival on the 14th and 15th September.
Longford County Council are to be greatly praised for all their great work in
helping to achieve the funding and the ongoing process. We look forward to the
development of the Lough Ree Distillery and the excitement and extra business
and buzz it will bring to the community

The continuous great work in the
community by a host of groups is creating a great vibrancy and the prospects of
many more activities is very heartening. I and I am sure you are looking
forward to all this positivity bearing a great upsurge in Lanesboro and
Ballyleague.

Last week Fáilte Ireland and
Waterways Ireland held feasibility studies in three sections of the River
Shannon. The one identifying Lanesboro took place in Athlone on Wednesday and
from the feedback of the attendees Lanesboro and Ballyleague got very strong
comment.

Let the work
continue and if anyone has any plans that they want me to mention in these
notes of indeed in the shop window please do not hesitate to contact me. I hope
this great positivity will be encouraged to continue unabated.
LCC Enrolment nears closing.  

The closing date for application forms for enrolment
in 1st year in September 2019 is Friday next 1st February at
1:00.  All students interested in attending Lanesboro Community
College in September should send in their enrolment forms before Friday. 
Please contact 043 3321139 for more details or a copy of the enrolment
form.  

The Green

The
photos are starting to come in and I would encourage anyone else that has
photographs of the Green, and stories to contact me. I am looking for all
photographs of all residents of the Green right up to the present day – just a
flick on your phone, camera, iPad and forward it to me at joea@iol.ie. If you
do not have a family picture perhaps you can forward me individual pictures and
the house number you live/d in. If you don’t have a photograph from your time on
the Green a family photograph from a later date will do. I am also looking for
photograph of the apprentices and lodgers that stayed on the Green. You can
also drop them into me in the shop where I will scan them and return them to
you a minute later.

Death

On
Saturday 19th January we lost one of the stalwarts of our parish.
Born and reared in Dublin Roy Fitzsimons would spend most of his youthful days
in the parish of Rathcline along with his parents, brothers and sisters. Later
in his life along with his wife Maureen he would come and life permanently in
the parish. This move was seamless as he was a regular by then and he was
welcomed with open arms. Roy was a warm and enthusiastic man and the warmth of
his welcome endeared him to everyone that came to know him. He was a true
Dublin supporter but as was his way and his love for the community and county
he was also a great supporter of Rathcline and Longford. He was a great one for
the banter and loved nothing than having interactions with all and sundry. He
was a great friend and Roy was always ready to assist anyone that was in need
of assistance. The attendance at the removal at his remains in Rathcline and
again at his Funeral Mass bore ample testimony to the esteem he was held in our
community and indeed in his old community in Dublin. Roy reposed at his
residence in Rathcline on Monday last and his Funeral Mass took place on
Tuesday which was followed by his burial in Clonbonny Cemetery. We would like
to extend our sincere sympathy to his wife Maureen, daughter Shana, son Garret,
brother, sisters relatives and many friends.

Rathcline GAA

Have you an interest in the GAA? Would you like to help play
your part in Rathcline GAA? Does the skill of your job compliment what the club
does? Do you feel that your skills can lead Rathcline to becoming the leading
club in Longford? A club is not just about football, it has many facets and the
club is ambitiously looking for people that can help progress us both on and
off the field – there are many sides that we have identified that need
developing and it would be fabulous that you could give off your time to help
with this progression. It does not mean that you are being asked to become an
executive member but if you have a skill to offer the club the club would love
to see you at the AGM or give your name to chairman Liam Connerton, Secretary
Cathal Chapman or Treasurer Marie Farrell or Minor club  Chairman Alan Fayne, Secretary Seadna Ryan or
Treasurer Mary Teresa Mc Grath.

The AGM of the Rathcline club will take place in the
clubhouse in Clonbonny on Friday 15th February at 8pm.

New Defibrillator Course

A new Defibrillator course will take place in the very
near future and the organisers are urgently seeking many new people to take the
opportunity of getting trained in the use of defibrillators. As this is a down
time it is important that all clubs and organisations on both sides of the bridge
encourage their members to attend and get trained up.

Rarely a day goes by in a workplace, sporting events
or in public places that a person’s knowledge in the use of the defibrillator
in not required hence the great need to have all area and events covered with
people with the required knowledge.

Contact Martina O’Brien with your name and phone
number, she can be contacted at the shop, phone 3321107, 0863858934 or email martinaclyne1@gmail.com

Primary School
Enrolment

Lanesborough Primary
School are holding their Enrolment Afternoon for September 2019 on Friday next 1st
February 2019 at 1pm.
Parents and children who are hoping to enrol in
the school for September are
invited to attend.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the
competition held on Wednesday last 23rd January are: N/S 1st
Mona O’Flaherty and Maureen Hynes, 2nd
Phil Chalmers and Cyril Hussey and 3rd
Una Clarke and Eileen Kelly. E/W 1st
Gemma Douglas and Mary Farrell, 2nd
Frances and Frank Brennan, 3rd
Brid McDermott and Ita Farrell.

And Thank You

‘And thank You’ is a new play written and performed by the
ever popular and star man Seamus O’Rourke will come to St. Mary’s Hall,
Lanesboro, on Saturday 9th March at 8.30pm. This is a production
much sought after, and it was a very lucky thing that the Minor Club got their
‘spake’ in on time to ensure we would be fortunate enough to have it. Tickets
are on sale in O’Brien’s costing €10. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s and to
book your tickets phone Martina 086-3858934. The play is being hosted by the
Shannon Gaels Minor Club.

The following is a synopsis of the play: A play about an ordinary man living in rural Ireland
who gets saved… Saved from a life of pub talk and prophesising. King John
O’Sullivan used to be able to drink fifteen pints without having to piddle,
now, it’s every nine. Going to the Gents so often can wear a man out. The story
is told by the Reverend Thaddaeus Clancy and O’Sullivan’s two sons, Larry O and
Martin. The sons run the family shop while Daddy, the King of McKenna’s Bar
makes up the rules. It’s a story of hard work and success and dangling. There’s
bad driving and ice hockey and there’s falling down. When the ‘Divel’ starts to gnaw, the kingdom will fall.

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Keith Curran
and his wife Katie Carberry and family, Cluain Dara, Ballyleague, on the death
of Keith’s mother Mrs. Karen Clarke Curran, Newtownforbes on Monday last 21st
January.

Social Services Whist

The Lanesboro Social Services Whist Drive will take place on
this Friday night 1st February in St. Mary’s Parish Hall starting at
8.30pm. I have mentioned many times the value of the proceeds from the Whist
Drive and a special thank you must go to everyone that plays and contributes
towards the ‘whist night’. It would be only mighty if all card players in the
area would come along on the first Friday of every month for the Whist Drive.

Dinner Dance

This year we see the return of the Rathcline GAA Dinner Dance
on Saturday night 16th      February in
the Longford Arms Hotel.

This night out was always the occasion of the year and apart
from Santa Claus it was the most looked forwarded event of the year. It was the
occasion to dress up and have a local evening in wonderful surroundings and in
the company of local people.

This year it is also a cause for celebration as there will be
the presentation of the Intermediate Championship and Under 21 medals to the
victorious teams.

Tickets are available in O’Brien’s costing a reasonable €40
for a four-course meal and a wonderful night’s entertainment provided by Rhythm
& Sticks who are packing the crowds in no matter where they go. 

The club looks forward to a huge number from the parish
attending and looks forward to a good number of former players and residents
returning for the night.

Come along, enjoy the night and let’s create a night to be
remembered and one that will be the start of a wonderful parish night out once
again.

As much as is possible could people intending to go have
their tickets purchased by Sunday 10th February as the Longford Arms
will need to have a number for meal servings.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Brendan Rhatigan,
Fermoyle. Brendan, a tremendous hardworking clubman was well deserving of this
great win. The winning envelope was worth a wonderful €338. Thanks to Brendan
for his continued support of the draw and maybe next week it will be you.

The club thanks everyone for their
continued support and encourage everyone to persist in your support as your
name will surely be drawn out soon. 
Tickets are on sale in local shops and businesses throughout the town at
€2 each or 3 tickets for €5. Alternatively, you can by the pink ticket for the
year for just €100 and have 2 free weeks. The club would like to thank everyone
that continues to support the draw on a weekly basis and the many people that
buy the one-year ticket.

Bridge Information and Demonstrations

Bridge Demonstrations and information
mornings in St Mary’s Hall on Friday February 1st, and February
8th, starting at 10:30 am and continuing until 12:30 pm All age
groups invited. Relax and enjoy a scone & tea. while learning the benefits
of playing the game of bridge. If you want to improve your memory and
concentration, this is one of the ways students improve their memory and
parents find it has helped their children with their maths.  When
travelling to other countries it is a great way to meet people make friends
without knowing their language. If you need any further information, please
phone 0864076462.

€15,000 Tidy Towns

The
Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery draw took place on Tuesday morning last on the
Co-Op office. There was no winner of the €15,000, jackpot and the jackpot for
this week, will now rise to reach and the jackpot has now reached its maximum
of €15,000. The numbers drawn were 14, 20, 27 and 30. The winner of the €50
prize was John Rice, The Abbey, and the three €20 winners were Margaret Casey
c/o The Markets, Joe Kilbride, Ballyleague and Josh, Emma and Zara Curran,
Killinure.

The
committee thanks everyone for tremendous and loyal support support.

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

Shannon Gael Registration

Registration
for the underage section of Rathcline GAA, Shannon Gaels will host their
registration night for all players on Friday 8th February from 7 to
8pm. You are asked to remember that the registration is also your young man’s
insurance and unregistered players cannot take part in games or training.

Lanesboro Community Games

Art, Model Making
and Handwriting Competitions: The Lanesboro Community Games Art,
Model Making and Handwriting competitions will take place in St.
Marys Parish Hall on Sunday 3rd February from 5pm to 8pm.

Art U8, U10, U12, U14 &
U16, Model making U10, U12, U14 & U16 based on a
Community Games theme. Children to bring their own drawing material. Paper will
be provided.

Event rules and details on www.communitygames.ie

All children are welcome. 

Community Games Membership Registration
(€3) for children who haven’t already joined Community Games this
year.

Parish
Mission

Longford
Town Parish are holding a Festival of Faith at St. Mel’s Cathedral from Friday
next 1st February until 7th Thursday February. The theme of
the Mission will be ” Come as you Are”, the event includes guest
speakers, live music and hospitality.

Full
line-up will be seen on the local press, Facebook or contact the Presbytery 043
3346465. Times: 10.00am & 7-30pm. Sunday evening 5.00pm.  The Mission
organisers extend a warm welcome to all from their neighbouring parishes.
“Come as You are” and bring a friend.
  

Lough
Ree 2000 Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Monday night 21st
January are: N/S Gross 1st Patricia Mc Gann and Joan Browne, 2nd
Philomena Walsh and Loretta Cooney, 3rd Kathleen Kelly and Joan
Donlon. E/W Gross 1st Mary Fallon and Katharine Harrison, 2nd
Carol Hamill and Ann Hagan, 3rd Tom Feeney and Eileen Kelly. N/S
Nett: 1st Patricia Mc Gann and Joan Browne, 2nd Philomena
Walsh and Loretta Cooney, 3rd Kathleen Kelly and Joan Donlon. E/W
Nett 1st Mary Fallon and Katharine Harrison, 2nd Teresa
Kiernan and Catherine Kelly, 3rd Carol Hamill and Ann Hagan.

Alzheimer Café

The Longford branch of The Alzheimer Society of
Ireland will open their first ever Alzheimer Cafe in Longford Credit Union ltd,
50 Main Street, Longford on this Wednesday 30th January
(7.00pm-8.30pm). ThisCafé will take place on the last
Wednesday of every month at the same time and location. Alzheimer Cafes provide
a warm and welcoming space for people with dementia, their family and friends
and social and health care professionals to meet, exchange ideas and learnings.
The topic for this month is ‘Living with Dementia’ with guest speaker Gerry
Farrell Counsellor / Psychotherapist Sligo. This is free of charge and there is
a car parking facility at the rear of the building. Anyone who is affected by
dementia is welcome to come. It is a social evening with tea, coffee &
scones being served. The Alzheimer Cafés are organised and led by a mix of
organisations, professionals, carers, people with dementia and volunteers
interested in the area. For more information and if you would like to
attend, please contact Breda Dunne or Eileen Kilbride on 043 / 3347221 or
3348402 For more information, go towww.alzheimer.ie

Ballyboro

The under 8s played Ballymahon at
Ballymahon Astro on Saturday last. Despite the inclement weather both
teams entered into the fray with gusto and wholehearted endeavour and loads of
goals were the order of the day. Ballyboro: David Kenny, Darragh McGloin, Tom
Hession, Adam Greally, Joe Greally, Matthew Murphy, Darragh Shanley, Michael
Hogan, Donncha Farrell.
The under 12 team played their first game in the Major
Division Championship on Sunday when they were away to UCL. The game was
fiercely contested and ended fittingly in a draw. Goals from Christian Donlon
and Ben Murphy saw Ballyboro lead by two goals to one at the interval. With a
strong wind at their backs UCL had most of the possession in the second half
but a resolute defensive display, allied to a brilliant goalkeeping display by
Ronan Cox restricted the home team to just one goal. Team: Ronan Cox, Anthony
Cox, Jack Casey, David Cox, Aidan Kelly, Christian Donlon, Euan Cullen, Billy
Murray, Ben Murphy. Subs: Daniel Hogan, Ethan Slattery, Jack Beattie, Conn
Maxwell.
A lapse in concentration which resulted two goals conceded in
as many minutes, early in the second half, cost the under 14 team dearly when
they played Gaels United. Though Matthew Heneghan notched a goal back after he
was set up following a great run by Ciaran O’Dowd, the Drumlish boys held on to
take the spoils. Ballyboro: Luke Dowd, Jack McGloin, Ryan Byrne, Cormac O’Dowd,
Paul Byrne, Briain Farrell, Shane Ross, Sam Murphy, Jimmy Farrell, Matthew
Heneghan, Ciaran O’Dowd.
Positive results were recorded on Saturday last from the
ground investigations, at the site of the new Astroturf football pitch.

Thanks are due to the management of
Tesco Roscommon who have chosen the Astroturf Project for support, and to all
who have placed their blue tokens in the Ballyboro Tube in store.
Last Man Standing forms have been distributed to parents. Any
parent who may have not yet received forms or who might like more please
contact Ann McGloin at 087 9185446.
Fixtures: The under 9s will be taking part in a Blitz in
Lanesboro on Saturday starting at 12 noon. Other teams participating are
Abbey Rovers and Stonepark.
The under 11s commence their League Group 1 campaign when
they play Abbey Rovers Stripes in Ballinamore on Saturday with the kick
off at 1pm.
Also on Saturday the under 13s are at home to Killoe Celtic,
1.30 start.
The under 16s are at home to Gaels United on Sunday. Kick off
1pm.

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

Dinner Dance

This year we see the return of the Rathcline GAA Dinner Dance
on Saturday night 16th      February in
the Longford Arms Hotel.

This night out was always the occasion of the year and apart
from Santa Claus it was the most looked forwarded event of the year. It was the
occasion to dress up and have a local evening in wonderful surroundings and in
the company of local people.

This year it is also a cause for celebration as there will be
the presentation of the Intermediate Championship and Under 21 medals to the
victorious teams.

Tickets are available in O’Brien’s costing a reasonable €40
for a four-course meal and a wonderful night’s entertainment provided by Rhythm
& Sticks who are packing the crowds in no matter where they go. 

The club looks forward to a huge number from the parish
attending and looks forward to a good number of former players and residents
returning for the night.

Come along, enjoy the night and let’s create a night to be
remembered and one that will be the start of a wonderful parish night out once
again.

As much as is possible could people intending to go have
their tickets purchased by Sunday 10th February as the Longford Arms
will need to have a number for meal servings.

AGM

Have you an interest in the GAA? Would you like to help play
your part in Rathcline GAA? Does the skill of your job compliment what the club
does? Do you feel that your skills can lead Rathcline to becoming the leading
club in Longford? A club is not just about football, it has many facets and the
club is ambitiously looking for people that can help progress us both on and
off the field – there are many sides that we have identified that need
developing and it would be fabulous that you could give off your time to help
with this progression. It does not mean that you are being asked to become an
executive member but if you have a skill to offer the club the club would love
to see you at the AGM on Friday 15th February at 8pm or give your
name to chairman Liam Connerton, Secretary Cathal Chapman or Treasurer Marie
Farrell or Minor club  Chairman Alan
Fayne, Secretary Seadna Ryan or Treasurer Mary Teresa Mc Grath.

New Year Draw

The club’s New Year draw held on Saturday night last in the Yacht
Bar was a tremendous success and the club would like to extend its deepest
gratitude to all that supported the draw and helped make it the success it was.
The lucky seven winners were 1st €3000 Kieran Lisle, 2nd
€1000 Stephen Rooney, Ballyglass, 3rd €500 Kevin Hanley, 4th
€250 Joe Mc Grath, 5th €250 Marty Parker, 6th €200James
Gunning and 7th €200 Paula Gorman.

Shannon Gael Registration

Registration
for the underage section of Rathcline GAA, Shannon Gaels will host their
registration night for all players on Friday 8th February from 7 to
8pm. You are asked to remember that the registration is also your young man’s
insurance and unregistered players cannot take part in games or training.

Under 15

The
wonderful competition that is the Leinster U15 Cross County League will
commence on Saturday next in Clonbonny. This is always a hugely entertaining
competition with many budding club ad county stars in view. Supporters are
invited to come along to Clonbonny on Saturday next for the first-round game
where we will be entertaining an Under 15 from County Louth – I don’t have
their name at the moment. Let’s go out and welcome the Louth team to our parish
and encourage all players on both sides.

Play

The Shannon Gaels Minor club is hosting another Big Guerilla
Production. ‘And Thank You’ is a new play written and performed by the ever
popular and star man Seamus O’Rourke will come to St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro,
on Saturday 9th March at 8.30pm. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s
costing €10. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s and to book your tickets phone
Martina 086-3858934. The play is being hosted by the Shannon Gaels Minor Club.

Defibrillator

The
club needs people that are interested in helping the club by completing the
defibrillator course to take place in January. The need for people to have
training done in the use of the defibrillator is essential at all grades
especially with all the games and training in Clonbonny. We look forward to a
good number of parents of the underage club and supporters and officials from
all our clubs to give their names and phone numbers to the minor (Seadna) or
senior (Cathal) secretaries or to Martina O’Brien at the corner shop.

Minor Training

While
passing the Parish Hall on Saturday last, I heard a lot of noise coming from
inside. Curiosity got the better of me and following a look inside I noticed
that the Minor team for the coming year were training hard for the upcoming
season. I did notice that a few players were absent from the training but those
that were there were really enjoying themselves.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Mary and Geraldine
c/o SuperValu which was a great the 50/50 for the first time. The winning
envelope was worth a wonderful €352. Thanks to Mary and Geraldine for their
continued support of the draw and maybe next week it will be you.

The club thanks everyone for their
continued support and encourage everyone to persist in your support as your
name will surely be drawn out soon. 
Tickets are on sale in local shops and businesses throughout the town at
€2 each or 3 tickets for €5. Alternatively, you can by the pink ticket for the
year for just €100 and have 2 free weeks. The club would like to thank everyone
that continues to support the draw on a weekly basis and the many people that
buy the one-year ticket.

Good
Luck

Good luck to the club
representatives Seadhna Ryan, Cronan Flood, Éanna Mc Grath, Oran Kenny, Kian
Gilmore, Kevin Tansey, Bryn Peters, Richard prior and their team mates who
within the next 10 days will play the Leinster Schools Final.

St. Faithleach’s

Ireland Lights Up: Our
Ireland Lights Up walks on club grounds are getting a fantastic response from
members of the community, official walks continue every Thursday at 7pm (numbers
are added to the Operation Transformation website which shows the total number
of people out walking within GAA club grounds around the country) and daily
walks continue every weekday at 7pm. If you have not signed up yet please
contact Eamon Gallagher and join us not just for your physical wellbeing but
also to connect with people within the community. 

Indoor Training: Indoor
training for both U10 and U12 girls continue in Ballyleague Hall every Tue
evening, please contact Qona Cox or Sean Cox for more information. Many thanks
to Siobhan Curran and Caroline O’Reilly who presented the girls new jerseys
which were kindly sponsored by Innis Ree Lodge. 

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

Cards: Cards take place
every Tuesday evening in the clubhouse. Last week’s winners; Sean Cox and Mary
Kenny, second Annie and Kathleen, last game Tom and Padraig. 




Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 21st January 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

BT Young Scientist Success

2019 got
off to a winning start for Lanesboro Community College as they achieved
wonderful success at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in the
RDS last week when all three of their projects were award winners

Conor
Lyons looked at how the cost of playing for your club impacts on your family
life, free time and even the days missed from work due to injury. All involved
were delighted when he was awarded 2nd place in the Social and Behavioural
category.

Leah
Farrell’s project was highly commended by the judges for designing an online
tool for calculating CO2 emissions and for applying this model to analysing the
carbon footprint of our diets. Food for thought!

Orla
Lyons’s study on the benefits of a short maths programme to help students
improve their numeracy was awarded the ‘Highly Commended’ accolade and singled
out as a ‘policy changing study’.

Well done
to all involved and thank all those who supported the students with their
projects; teachers, parents and the various organisations and individuals that
gave up their time and expertise so freely.

Going for Reprint

The wonderful publication Sliabh Bán has
now sold out in all shops. Such was the sale of the book that there is a
complete sell out and the great news is that the book is going for a second
print having a second print. Sliabh Bán the book of history of the area will be
back on the book shelves within the next three weeks. You will see it here when
the book is back.

LCC Enrolment nears closing.  

The closing date for application forms for enrolment
in 1st year in September 2019 is Friday 1st February at 1:00.  All
students interested in attending Lanesboro Community College in September
should send in their enrolment forms before that date.  Please contact 043
3321139 for more details or a copy of the enrolment form.  

The Green

Thanks
to those that have already sent me photos.

Sometime
ago I recorded the 64 houses on the Green and those that I could remember and
find out that lived in what house since the early 50’s. I am now looking for
photographs from the families that lived there from the start right up to the
present day. Family, presentations, work pictures or sporting events right up
to this current day that involved anyone that lived on the Green everything and
anything please. If you can email them to me joea@iol.ie or drop into the shop with
them where I will scan them and return them immediately. If you did not live on
The Green and know people that did can you tell them I am looking for
photographs. If there are school class photos from the national schools’ girls
and boys, Ballyleague Secondary, Convent of Mercy and the different guises of
Lanesboro Technical School/Vocational School/Community College. Thanking you in
advance, Joe.

Death

The
untimely death took place on Sunday 13th January at the ICU, Galway
University Hospital of James Mullooly formerly Kilteevan and formerly Tullyvrane.
James just 39 years old was taken ill last summer and was found to have a very
rare form of virus. He was a tall and strongly built and for such a strong
young man to be struck down was a great shock to us all. James fought hard for
life in the intervening time and his untimely death shook us all to the core. He
had a warm personality and his smiling face and welcome always disarmed the
coldest of hearts. James was married with two young children and lived in
Kilteevan. The attendance at the reposing of his remains in Smyth’s Funeral
Home Roscommon and again at his Funeral Mass and burial was the largest seen
for many a long year. To his wife Joanne, sons Jack and Billy, father Peter,
mother Mary, sisters Dara, Margaret and Laura, the extended Mullooly family and
wide circe of friends we extend our deepest sympathy.

James
was laid to rest in his native parish Rathcline Cemetery following his Funeral
Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, Kilteevan.

Nurse Donlon, your memories

Nurse
Donlon’s time in Lanesboro was legendary for all of those that remember her
time as the district nurse and her shop at the bottom end of Main Street beside
Paddy Kenny’s garage. What are your memories of Nurse Donlon and can you put
them to paper or on computer? If you have any memories, then Stella in the
library would love to hear from you. it is hoped that the older generation
amongst us that have so many wonderful memories and it would be great to put
them to paper and send them to Stella as soon as you can.

If
you have memories of the Nurse you are invited to write them down and hand them
into Stella in the library or you can email Stella at lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie
alternatively you can drop them into O’Brien’s for delivery to Stella.

AGM

The AGM of the Rathcline club will take place in the
clubhouse in Clonbonny on Friday 15th February at 8pm. If you have
an interest and would like to be part of our club come along to the meeting
where you will be made very welcome. As the club moves back into the senior ranks,
they would like to welcome parishioners and former players to get behind the
club and team and help drive all forward.

New Defibrillator Course

A new Defibrillator course will take place in the very
near future and the organisers are urgently seeking many new people to take the
opportunity of getting trained in the use of defibrillators. As this is a down
time it is important that all clubs and organisations on both sides of the bridge
encourage their members to attend and get trained up.

Rarely a day goes by in a workplace, sporting events
or in public places that a person’s knowledge in the use of the defibrillator
in not required hence the great need to have all area and events covered with
people with the required knowledge.

Contact Martina O’Brien with your name and phone
number, she can be contacted at the shop, phone 3321107, 0863858934 or email martinaclyne1@gmail.com

Can I help

A little food for thought. There are many roles/tasks that need to be filled/completed in
each and every association and club in the community- remembering that there is
a great link up with those not affected by the county/parish divide and the others
that are affected. There is something for everyone, just mention to the club or
association that you are interested in helping. Help is a vital component to
the continuation of all our associations and clubs, and you should be helping
to grow our community as one in your chosen group.

Primary School
Enrolment

Lanesborough Primary
School are holding their Enrolment Afternoon for September 2019 on Friday 1st
February 2019 at 1pm.
Parents and children who are hoping to enrol in
the school for September are
invited to attend.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday 9th
January are: N/S 1st Gemma Douglas and Elish Gray, 2nd
Una Clarke and Kathleen Kelly and 3rd Philomena Walsh and Katherine
Harrison. E/W 1st Eileen Kelly and Mary Farrell, 2nd Brid
Mc Dermott and Una Lawlor and 3rd Maureen Hynes and Elizabeth Clyne.

The results of the competition held on
Wednesday 16th January are: N/S 1st Philomena Walsh and Katherine Harrison, 2nd
Gemma Douglas and Elish Gray, 3rd Mary Mc Gushin and Bernadette
Clancy. E/W 1st Frances
and Frank Brennan, 2nd Brid McDermott and Ita Farrell, 3rd
Patricia McGann and Mary Jameson.

Play in St. Mary’s Hall

‘And thank You’ is a new play written and performed by the
ever popular and star man Seamus O’Rourke will come to St. Mary’s Hall,
Lanesboro, on Saturday 9th March at 8.30pm. This is a production
much sought after, and it was a very lucky thing that the Minor Club got their
‘spake’ in on time to ensure we would be fortunate enough to have it. Tickets
are on sale in O’Brien’s costing €10. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s and to
book your tickets phone Martina 086-3858934. The play is being hosted by the
Shannon Gaels Minor Club.

The following is a synopsis of the play: A play about an ordinary man living in rural Ireland
who gets saved… Saved from a life of pub talk and prophesising. King John
O’Sullivan used to be able to drink fifteen pints without having to piddle,
now, it’s every nine. Going to the Gents so often can wear a man out. The story
is told by the Reverend Thaddaeus Clancy and O’Sullivan’s two sons, Larry O and
Martin. The sons run the family shop while Daddy, the King of McKenna’s Bar
makes up the rules. It’s a story of hard work and success and dangling. There’s
bad driving and ice hockey and there’s falling down. When the ‘Divel’ starts to gnaw, the kingdom will fall.

Community Celebrations

The club will host a Dinner Dance on Saturday night 16th
February where the club with celebrate its community links and honour the panel
of 2018 that retained the Intermediate Championship. The Celebrations will take
place in the Longford Arms Hotel.

The Dinner Dance is always a wonderful community celebration
night out and it should also bring back for the night the many ex-players and
supporters of the club for a great night of reminiscence and revelry. Music on
the night will be supplied by the hugely popular Rhythm & Sticks who will
add greatly to our celebrations. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s.

The club looks forward to a huge number attending on the
night and create a great parish and community night out.

Community Games

Well done to all of our
young participants who took part in the County Community Games Draughts
Competition last Saturday, in Killoe National School. 

We were well represented
with five teams at U10, U12 and U14 age levels. They all battled really well in
their respective competitions.

Congratulations to our U14 team who managed to win out their
competition by the narrowest of margins, to a very strong Ballymahon side.

They are now Longford County
Champions 2019 and will go forward to represent the County in the Leinster
competition.: Kieran O’Dowd, Cormac O’Dowd, Shane Gavigan, Conor Farrell, Ronan
Farrell, Fionn Crossan.

Many thanks to all of the
parents who helped out with practice, supervision and transport. We are very
grateful for your support.

Marriage

The wedding took place at the Church of St. Charles Borromeo,
Leixlip, Co. Kildare on Monday 31st December of Fran Deffew son of
the late Noel and Bridie Deffew, Rathcline Road and Joann Keenahan, daughter of
Geraldine and Larry Keenahan, Leixlip, Co. Kildare. Bestman was Nevan Deffew
brother of the groom, and bridesmaid was Jenny Keenahan sister of the bride.
Pageboys were Cillian and Liam Deffew nephews of the groom. Flower girls were
Cora Deffew, niece of the groom and Ella Cullen, Tessa Grogan and Eva Greene
all nieces of the bride. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Philip
Corcoran. The wedding reception was held in Confey GAA club, Leixlip, Co.
Kildare.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Mary and Geraldine
c/o SuperValu which was a great the 50/50 for the first time. The winning envelope
was worth a wonderful €352. Thanks to Sheila for her continued support of the
draw and maybe next week it will be you.

The club thanks everyone for their
continued support and encourage everyone to persist in your support as your
name will surely be drawn out soon. 
Tickets are on sale in local shops and businesses throughout the town at
€2 each or 3 tickets for €5. Alternatively, you can by the pink ticket for the
year for just €100 and have 2 free weeks. The club would like to thank everyone
that continues to support the draw on a weekly basis and the many people that
buy the one-year ticket.

€15,000 Tidy Towns

The
Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery draw took place on Tuesday morning last on the
Co-Op office. There was no winner of the €15,000, jackpot and the jackpot for
this week, will now rise to reach and the jackpot has now reached its maximum
of €15,000. The numbers drawn were 6, 10, 12 and 15. The winner of the €50
prize was Patsy c/o Mags, and the three €20 winners were Fiona c/o Mags, Mary Hussey,
Lough Ree Park, Ballyleague and Kathleen and Teresa c/o SuperValu.

The
committee thanks everyone for tremendous and loyal support support.

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

Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club

Lough
Ree sub aqua would like to start off by thanking everyone who took part in and
those who attended the club Christmas swim which took place on Christmas day at
12:30PM. There was a great turnout and it would not have been possible if it
wasn’t for the support from both club members and the local community. The
first training exercise of the year took place in Portrun harbour county
Roscommon on Saturday the 12th of January. This event included a 1
KM fin from the harbour to a specific location situated 1 KM along the lake, a
similar exercise is planned for Sunday the 20th of January. Special
thanks to all club member who acted as support for these events.

Lanesboro
Library Events

Local
BT Young Scientist & Technology Projects at the Library

Congratulations to Lanesboro
Community College students, Conor Lyons, Orla Lyons and Leah Farrell who did so
well in BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.  Their projects
will be on display in the library until January 25th.
Conor placed 2nd with his project ‘The Cost of
Playing for the Club: A Statistical Analysis of Time and Money spent by GAA
Senior Club Players’
Orla’s project ‘Step Over Maths: A Step in the
Right Direction?’ was Highly Commended.
Leah’s project ‘Counting the Carbon Dioxide cost
of our diets: designing a model to quantify effects of our diets on CO2
emissions’ was also Highly Commended.

Recycle
Your Christmas Cards at the Library

From now until the end of January you can
recycle your Christmas cards at Lanesboro Library. Just pop them in the box at
the desk!
Knitting
& Crochet Group

Knitting & Crochet group continues every
Monday 2pm to 4pm.  New members always welcome!
Poetry
& Music Group

Poetry & Music group continues on Monday
28th January 2019 –  4.15-5.30pm.
All welcome to come along and join in with this
very vibrant group!
6 week
Art Course with Stephanie

Art Class no 3 continues in the Library on Monday
evening 28st January at 6.30pm.
Contact the library on 0433321291 or email lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie<redir.aspx
if you are interested.
ESOL Class
ESOL (English for speakers of other languages)
continues on Tuesday evenings at 7pm.
Babble
& Books Parent & Toddler Group

Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group
continues every Wednesday morning at 10.30am.  Parents are welcome to
bring their babies/toddlers along to socialise with other children, read books
and play with the toys, jigsaws & Lego table.
Play
2Gether Programme for Parents & Toddlers

Starting soon at Lanesboro Library – contact
Stella on 0433321291 or email lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie< to book your
place!
The aim of this 4 week programme is to encourage
joint play between a parent and their toddler.  Activities will include
soft ball games, movement to music and parachute games.  These activities
will develop fundamental motor skills, spatial awareness, manipulative skills,
co-ordination and balancing skills and develop a positive attitude to physical
activity.  The programme will involve a trained and garda vetted sports
tutor attending and leading a fun, physical activity session for 1 hour a week. 
Brought to you by Longford Sports Partnership.
Book
Club

Book Club meets again on Friday morning 25th
January at 11am.  Book choices this month are ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ by
Truman Capote and ‘The Lost child’ by Patricia Gibney.  Come along for a
chat and 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.
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.
Download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines and
newspapers with your library card and pin.  Renew or request books on our
website [http://www.longfordlibrary.ie<redir.aspx?

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club

The results of the Christmas competition held on 10th December
are: 1st Carol Hamill and Ann Hagan, 2nd Kathleen Hanley
and Mary Fallon and 3rd Joan Donnellan and Katharine Harrison.
Gross: Eileen Kelly and Tom Feeney.

The results of the competition held on Monday 9th January are:
N/S Gross and Nett 1st Una Clarke and Maureen Hynes, 2nd
Philomena Walsh and Noreen Dunne, 3rd Eileen Kelly and Tom Feeney.
E/W 1st Carol Hamill and Ann Hagan, 2nd Mary Fallon and
Katharine Harrison and 3rd Goretti Kenny and Mary Jameson.

The club would like to extend its sympathy to Mike Flynn and the Flynn
family on the death of his sister Sr. Catherine (Lucy) in Dublin recently.

Ballyboro

Tesco
Roscommon….if you’re shopping there this week please put your blue tokens in
the tube for the new Ballyboro Astro football pitch …. we wish to thank
everyone who has already supported us at Tesco Roscommon …. our astro pitch
will be a community facility …available to all community sports groups at
Lanesborough Community College.

Last Man Standing No. 2 gets
underway on February 9th with a prize fund of €500 for just a tenner entry
fee….parents of all team players in club will receive their cards this week …contact
any member of our committee to take part ….: Jason Fallon, Stephen Rooney,
Eddie Kelly, Seamus Sorohan, Karl Crawford, Mark Tarmey, Lee Cullen, Ann
McGloin, Ronnie Johnston, Eamon Bolger, Kevin Connaughton, John Tynan, Ciaran
Mullooly, Carol Donlon, Dave Gilmore, Kieran Feeney.

Following
a relatively quiet weekend the action steps up apace next weekend with six
teams in action.
The under 10s play Stonepark at The Mall Astro on Saturday
with the kick off at 12 noon.
The under 12s play their first game in the Major Division
Championship  on Sunday at 1pm, when they are away to UCL Crocodiles.
Gaels United provide the opposition for the under 13s in a
first round Premier Division Shield game in Drumlish at 11am on Saturday.
The under 14 team are at home to Gaels United on Sunday. Kick
off 2pm.
Gaels United also provide the opposition for the under 16
team in Drumlish on Sunday at 12.30
The under 9s will be taking part in a Blitz at Ballymahon
Astro on Saturday with a 11am start. Other teams involved are Ardagh and the
host team.
Entry forms for The Last Man Standing fundraiser for the
Astroturf Football Pitch fundraiser will be distributed within the next week.
The previous LMS generated a lot of interest with Enda Naughton from
Ballygar the overall winner.

Alzheimer Café

The Longford branch of The Alzheimer Society of
Ireland will open their first ever Alzheimer Cafe in Longford Credit Union ltd,
50 Main Street, Longford on Wednesday 30th January
(7.00pm-8.30pm). ThisCafé will take place on the last
Wednesday of every month at the same time and location. Alzheimer Cafes provide
a warm and welcoming space for people with dementia, their family and friends
and social and health care professionals to meet, exchange ideas and learnings.
The topic for this month is ‘Living with Dementia’ with guest speaker Gerry
Farrell Counsellor / Psychotherapist Sligo. This is free of charge and there is
a car parking facility at the rear of the building. Anyone who is affected by
dementia is welcome to come. It is a social evening with tea, coffee &
scones being served. The Alzheimer Cafés are organised and led by a mix of
organisations, professionals, carers, people with dementia and volunteers
interested in the area. For more information and if you would like to
attend, please contact Breda Dunne or Eileen Kilbride on 043 / 3347221 or
3348402 For more information, go towww.alzheimer.ie

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

Sympathy

The club would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the
Mullooly family on the untimely death of James Mullooly last week.

Community Celebrations

The club will host a Dinner Dance on Saturday night 16th
February where the club with celebrate its community links and honour the panel
of 2018 that retained the Intermediate Championship. The Celebrations will take
place in the Longford Arms Hotel.

The Dinner Dance is always a wonderful community celebration night
out and it should also bring back for the night the many ex-players and
supporters of the club for a great night of reminiscence and revelry. Music on
the night will be supplied by the hugely popular Rhythm & Sticks who will
add greatly to our celebrations. Tickets are priced at €40 each

The club looks forward to a huge number attending on the
night and create a great parish and community night out.

AGM

The AGM of the club will take place in the clubhouse in
Clonbonny on Friday 15th February at 8pm. If you have an interest
and would like to be part of our club come along to the meeting where you will
be made very welcome. As the club moves back into the senior ranks, they would
like to welcome parishioners and former players to get behind the club and team
and help drive all forward. Help us thrive in ‘19

Play

The Shannon Gaels Minor club is hosting another Big Guerilla
Production. ‘And Thank You’ is a new play written and performed by the ever
popular and star man Seamus O’Rourke will come to St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro,
on Saturday 9th March at 8.30pm. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s
costing €10. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s and to book your tickets phone
Martina 086-3858934. The play is being hosted by the Shannon Gaels Minor Club.

Leinster Final

Congratulations to Ballymahon Secondary School on qualifying
for the Leinster Schools Senior Final following a very hard earned. Having come
through the Shannon Gaels and some are still in the underage section we are delighted
to have such a strong delegation on the panel with 8 of our players. We wish
them the very best in the final.

Book Reprint

The Rathcline Bakes recipe book has
gone for reprint. As there will only be a further limited supply anyone that
has not got their book should do so before all the books have gone. This is a
great book and most definitely well worth having with a great number of baking
recipes. The cover of the book has been designed by local artist Jack Casserley
and the book includes a recipe from Kieran Glennon a 2-star Michelin Star chef
with Irelands leading restaurant Patrick Guilbaud’s which makes this book a
collector’s item. The books are for sale in O’Brien’s at €10

Defibrillator

The
club needs people that are interested in helping out the club by completing the
defibrillator course to take place in January. The need for people to have
training done in the use of the defibrillator is essential at all grades
especially with all the games and training in Clonbonny. We look forward to a
good number of parents of the underage club and supporters and officials from
all our clubs to give their names and phone numbers to the minor (Seadna) or
senior (Cathal) secretaries or to Martina O’Brien at the corner shop.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Mary and Geraldine
c/o SuperValu which was a great the 50/50 for the first time. The winning envelope
was worth a wonderful €352. Thanks to Mary and Geraldine for their continued
support of the draw and maybe next week it will be you.

The club thanks everyone for their
continued support and encourage everyone to persist in your support as your
name will surely be drawn out soon. 
Tickets are on sale in local shops and businesses throughout the town at
€2 each or 3 tickets for €5. Alternatively, you can by the pink ticket for the
year for just €100 and have 2 free weeks. The club would like to thank everyone
that continues to support the draw on a weekly basis and the many people that
buy the one-year ticket.

St. Faithleach’s

Ireland Lights Up: Well
done to all our members who took part in the official Ireland Lights Up walk on
club grounds last Thursday, walks continue every weekday evening at 7pm and
it’s a great way to get active and connect with people within the community. If
you require any further information, please contact Eamon Gallagher.

U10 and U12 Indoor Girls Training:
Indoor training for girls continues on Tue evenings in Ballyleague Hall, please
contact Qona Cox or Sean Cox. 

Community Games Activity Club:
 Takes place in Ballyleague Hall every Saturday from 5-6:30 pm, activities
include table tennis, art, model making and athletic drills. For more
information please contact Amanda Cox or Kilgefin Community Games Facebook
page. 

Best of luck: To the
Roscommon team and management as they start their league campaign on Sat
against Mayo. Congratulations to all on their
FBD Final win against Galway.

Cards: Take place every
Tuesday evening in the clubhouse, all welcome. 




Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 14th January 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Sold Out

The wonderful publication Sliabh Bán has
now sold out in all shops. Such was the sale of the book that there is a
complete sell out and plans are now been looked at to the feasibility of having
a second print. If and when it does happen you will be informed in these notes
that the book Sliabh Bán is back on sale.

Lanesboro Community College Enrolment.  

The closing date for application forms for enrolment
in 1st year in September 2019 is Friday 1st February at 1:00.  All students
interested in attending Lanesboro Community College in September should
send in their enrolment forms before that date.  Please contact 043
3321139 for more details or a copy of the enrolment form.  

Sympathy

Would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Keith Murphy,
his wife Michelle, nee Wallace and their children Peter, Charlie and Ella and
their extended family on the death of their son and brother Harry on Friday 11th
January. Harry was a very special young man adored by all his family for the past
eight years. His funeral Mass took place in the Church of the Immaculate
Conception, Ballymore Eustace on Saturday followed by cremation in Newlands
Cross Crematorium. Harry was grandson of Jude and Kitty Murphy, Cloontuskert
and Sonny and Mary Claire Wallace, Strokestown Road Ballyleague. We extend our
deepest sympathy to his family and extended family at this very sad time.

Exciting times ahead

Over the past number of years, a lot of discussions have taken place with Bord na Mona about the linking up of the parish of Rathcline with the parish of Killashee. The route envisaged was at the bottom of Clonbonny in the townsland of Kilnacarrow going to Clonbearla in Killashee. It was the route take by the renowned John Duggan from his home in Clonbearla as he made his way to school in Lanesboro. This is clearly the shortest distance between the two parishes, and it included crossing Bord na Mona property. As time went by the bog at that end was rapidly coming to its life end and seemed to be the most natural route and following discussions locally with local Bord na Mona management it was agreed to be the right location. Time went by as the plan and agreement went further up the Bord na Mona line for ratification and an agreement to be drawn up. At this point in time this process is undergoing the normal ratification and we await formal consent and a signing of the agreement. For my part Bord na Mona have been very open and very easy to deal with, naturally they had their issues, but they were very open to the different thought process from where we were coming from. As we will be hopefully, traveling through part of the Coillte plantation meetings are been arranged to come to a similar agreement.

The
announcement of the Government funding on Tuesday of €193,982 by Minister for Rural and
Community Development Michael Ring was greatly received by everyone that
worked so hard over the past number of years.

What
it means for our community is that we will have access to Killashee and the
Royal Canal via the walkway/cycleway. From there we and the many tourists visiting
especially those on boating holidays will have a cycle path to the Corlea
Interpretive Centre. The Corlea Centre is a wonderful amenity on our doorstep
and the fact that that there will be access to it will be a great thing and
hopefully increase their visitors greatly. The opening of this route also means
that for the keen cyclists they will be able to cycle all the way from Dublin
from Lanesboro/Ballyleague practically off road. As there is a spur being created
from Centre Parcs to the canal it also offers us the opportunity to welcome the
visitors from there to Lanesboro when they go cycling as part of their holiday.

In preparation
there must be a great deal of work done locally as we will have more and more
visitors visiting us. We need a much greater increase in our accommodation
facilities, shopping and eating facilities. We hopefully will see a greater
number of creative people coming to live and work amongst us. We need to add to
our entertainment for younger people and make greater use of the bay area and
Lough Ree. We currently have an idyllic place to live and hopefully that will
be rewarded with new companies looking at our area to set up and create work.  

Death

The entire community was shocked to learn of the death at St. Joseph’s Care Centre, Longford on Monday last 7th January of Oliver Curran, Rathcline. Ollie as was most commonly known had suffered illness for just a short while and he fought his illness with his inimitable spirit and humour. Ollie had worked in England, where he met his wife Mary, for a good number of years before returning to his native sod of Rathcline. Ollie was a crane drive and his expertise was renowned far and wide. He was one of our finest characters especially at a time when characters are becoming scarce. People lives have become faster with little time for the interaction of ago. People have become self-conscious with a reluctance to put themselves in the public eye, but this was not Ollie. He had an exuberant personality and mischievous always wanting to get a rise on someone and create a great laugh. He was without doubt a character that we will not ever forget. Ollie always brought a smile to one’s face and his welcome greeting of “Howya Irish man/woman” will ring loud in our minds when we think of Ollie. He was a man that had a love and support of his native parish and everyone that represented the parish no matter what guise. He was a great family man, husband, father and grandfather. A little-known fact about Ollie was that he was practically unbeatable when it came to playing the game of draughts. Ollie was a man with a great loyalty to his native parish and was a vice President of the Rathcline club.

Death

The
attendance at the reposing of his remains at his residence in Rathcline on Tuesday
and again at his Funeral Mass and burial on Wednesday bore ample testimony to
the highest regard in which Ollie was held far and wide. Following Mass, he was
laid to rest in Rathcline cemetery.

To
his wife Mary, son Declan, brothers Paddy and Tommy, sisters Peggy, Molly,
Cathy, Tessie and Agnes, grandchildren, relatives and his multitude of friends
we extend our deepest sympathy.

The Green

Thanks
to those that have already sent me photos.

Sometime
ago I recorded the 64 houses on the Green and those that I could remember and
find out that lived in what house since the early 50’s. I am now looking for
photographs from the families that lived there from the start right up to the
present day. Family, presentations, work pictures or sporting events right up
to this current day that involved anyone that lived on the Green everything and
anything please. If you can email them to me joea@iol.ie or drop into the shop
with them where I will scan them and return them immediately. If you did not
live on The Green and know people that did can you tell them I am looking for
photographs. If there are school class photos from the national schools’ girls
and boys, Ballyleague Secondary, Convent of Mercy and the different guises of
Lanesboro Technical School/Vocational School/Community College. Thanking you in
advance, Joe.

Birth

Many
congratulations to Brian and Sinead Farrell Lehery on the recent birth of a
baby boy.

Yoga

Yoga
for all will take place on Tuesday mornings in St. Mary’s Hall at 10.30am.
This will take place over six weeks. Stretch, meditate and rest. Contact Lesley
087-7650871 to book

Level
1 Yoga – A more dynamic practice to build strength and flexibility will
take place in St. Mary’s Hall on Thursday evenings at 8pm. this will take place
for six weeks commencing this Thursday 17th January. Contact Lesley
087-7650871 to book your place.

Next Blood Clinic

The next local Blood Donation Clinic will take place on this
Wednesday 16th, and Thursday 17th January in the Abbey Hotel,
Roscommon. The clinics will take place each day from 5pm to 8.30pm.

Did you know that only 3% of the eligible population gives
blood? 3000 donors are needed in Ireland each week can you be one of them?

Don’t forget to write it Down

Nurse
Donlon’s time in Lanesboro was legendary for all of those that remember her
time as the district nurse and her shop at the bottom end of Main Street beside
Paddy Kenny’s garage. What are your memories of Nurse Donlon and can you put
them to paper or on computer? If you have any memories, then Stella in the
library would love to hear from you. it is hoped that the older generation
amongst us that have so many wonderful memories and it would be great to put
them to paper and send them to Stella as soon as you can.

If
you have memories of the Nurse you are invited to write them down and hand them
into Stella in the library or you can email Stella at lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie
alternatively you can drop them into O’Brien’s for delivery to Stella.

AGM

The AGM of the Rathcline club will take place in the
clubhouse in Clonbonny on Friday 15th February at 8pm. If you have
an interest and would like to be part of our club come along to the meeting
where you will be made very welcome. As the club moves back into the senior ranks,
they would like to welcome parishioners and former players to get behind the
club and team and help drive all forward.

New Defibrillator Course in January

A new Defibrillator course will take place in January
and the organisers are urgently seeking many new people to take the opportunity
of getting trained in the use of defibrillators. As this is a down time it is
important that all clubs and organisations on both sides of the bridge
encourage their members to attend and get trained up.

Rarely a day goes by in a workplace, sporting events
or in public places that a person’s knowledge in the use of the defibrillator
in not required hence the great need to have all area and events covered with
people with the required knowledge.

Contact Martina O’Brien with your name and phone
number, she can be contacted at the shop, phone 3321107, 0863858934 or email martinaclyne1@gmail.com

Primary School
Enrolment

Lanesborough
Primary School are holding their Enrolment Afternoon for September 2019 on
Friday February 1st 2019 at 1pm.
Parents and children who are hoping to enrol in the school
for September are invited to attend.

Play in St. Mary’s Hall

‘And thank You’ is a new play written and performed by the
ever popular and star man Seamus O’Rourke will come to St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro,
on Saturday 9th March at 8.30pm. This is a production much sought
after, and it was a very lucky thing that the Minor Club got their ‘spake’ in
on time to ensure we would be fortunate enough to have it. Tickets are on sale
in O’Brien’s costing €10. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s and to book your
tickets phone Martina 086-3858934. The play is being hosted by the Shannon
Gaels Minor Club.

The following is a synopsis of the play: A play about an ordinary man living in rural Ireland
who gets saved… Saved from a life of pub talk and prophesising. King John
O’Sullivan used to be able to drink fifteen pints without having to piddle,
now, it’s every nine. Going to the Gents so often can wear a man out. The story
is told by the Reverend Thaddaeus Clancy and O’Sullivan’s two sons, Larry O and
Martin. The sons run the family shop while Daddy, the King of McKenna’s Bar
makes up the rules. It’s a story of hard work and success and dangling. There’s
bad driving and ice hockey and there’s falling down. When the ‘Divel’ starts to gnaw, the kingdom will fall.

Community Celebrations

The club will host a Dinner Dance on Saturday night 16th
February where the club with celebrate its community links and honour the panel
of 2018 that retained the Intermediate Championship. The Celebrations will take
place in the Longford Arms Hotel.

The Dinner Dance is always a wonderful community celebration night
out and it should also bring back for the night the many ex-players and
supporters of the club for a great night of reminiscence and revelry. Music on
the night will be supplied by the hugely popular Rhythm & Sticks who will
add greatly to our celebrations.

The club looks forward to a huge number attending on the
night and create a great parish and community night out.

Marriage

The wedding took place on Thursday 27th December
in St. Mary’s Church Lanesboro of Maureen Carberry, daughter of Bernard and
Margaret Carberry, Lough Ree Park, Ballyleague and Raymond O’Reilly son of
Brian and Caroline O’Reilly, Cloontagh, Killashee. Chief bridesmaid was Patricia
Carberry sister of the bride and bridesmaids were Gemma O’Reilly sister of the
groom, and Heather Willis best friend of the bride. Bestman was Darren O’Reilly
brother of the groom and groomsmen were Robert O’Reilly brother of the groom
and James Martin best friend of the groom. Pageboy and Flower girl were Lorcan
O’Reilly and Lily Rae O’Reilly both children of the bride and groom. The
marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Reilly, Lanesboro. The wedding
reception took place in the Mullingar Park Hotel. We would like to wish the
happy couple many years of wedded happiness.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Sheila Healy, Shannon
Grove which was a great the 50/50 for the first time. The winning envelope was
worth a wonderful €396. Thanks to Sheila for her continued support of the draw
and maybe next week it will be you.

The club thanks everyone for their
continued support and encourage everyone to persist in your support as your
name will surely be drawn out soon. 
Tickets are on sale in local shops and businesses throughout the town at
€2 each or 3 tickets for €5. Alternatively, you can by the pink ticket for the
year for just €100 and have 2 free weeks. The club would like to thank everyone
that continues to support the draw on a weekly basis and the many people that
buy the one-year ticket.

€15,000 Tidy Towns

The
Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery draw took place on Tuesday morning last on the
Co-Op office. There was no winner of the €15,000, jackpot and the jackpot for
this week, will now rise to reach and the jackpot has now reached its maximum
of €15,000. The numbers drawn were 5, 9, 14 and 21. The winner of the €50 prize
was Freda Connaughton, Longford Road, and the three €20 winners were Maureen
Donlon c/o Mags, Loftus Lehery and Mary Flynn, The Green.

The
committee thanks everyone for tremendous and loyal support support.

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

Combo
Fitness Classes with Regina
 
The Combo fitness classes with Regina
will reopen at St. Mary’s Hall on this Thursday
10th Jan at 7.30pm
New members are most welcome

Lanesboro Library Events
Recycle Your Christmas Cards at the Library
From now until the end of January you can recycle your Christmas cards at Lanesboro Library. Just pop them in the box at the desk!
Knitting & Crochet Group
Knitting & Crochet group continues every Monday 2pm to 4pm.  New members always welcome!
Poetry & Music Group
Poetry & Music group continues on Monday 28th January 2019 –  4.15-5.30pm.
All welcome to come along and join in with this very vibrant group!
ESOL Class
ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) continues on Tuesday evenings at 7pm.
Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group
Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group continues every Wednesday morning at 10.30am.  Parents are welcome to bring their babies/toddlers along to socialise with other children, read books and play with the toys, jigsaws and Lego table.
Book Club
Book Club meets again on Friday morning 25th January at 11am.  Book choices this month are ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ by Truman Capote and ‘The Lost child’ by Patricia Gibney.  Come along for a chat and 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
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Download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines and newspapers with your library card and pin.  Renew or request books on our website [http://www.longfordlibrary.iehttp://www.longfordlibrary.ie/]www.longfordlibrary.ie<http://www.longfordlibrary.ie/
A New Language

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skill with Universal Class which offers over 400 free online courses.
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Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club

The results of the Christmas competition held on 10th December
are: 1st Carol Hamill and Ann Hagan, 2nd Kathleen Hanley
and Mary Fallon and 3rd Joan Donnellan and Katharine Harrison.
Gross: Eileen Kelly and Tom Feeney.

The results of the competition held on Monday 9th January are:
N/S Gross and Nett 1st Una Clarke and Maureen Hynes, 2nd
Philomena Walsh and Noreen Dunne, 3rd Eileen Kelly and Tom Feeney.
E/W 1st Carol Hamill and Ann Hagan, 2nd Mary Fallon and
Katharine Harrison and 3rd Goretti Kenny and Mary Jameson.

The club would like to extend its sympathy to Mike Flynn and the Flynn
family on the death of his sister Sr. Catherine (Lucy) in Dublin recently.

Thank You

Ballyleague Christmas lights committee wish to thank all
those who supported their fundraising table quiz in Rosie’s on Friday night
last. Thanks also to all the Business and individuals who donated spot prizes
and to the Business, residents and the Church for supplying the power to make
the Christmas lighting initiative possible. To anybody who helped in any way,
thank you 

Ballyboro

The pitch was a hive of activity on Saturday last as
the under 8s took part in a very entertaining blitz.  The club fielded two
teams with Newtown and Stonepark providing the opposition. The games
were very enjoyable with great enthusiasm displayed by all the participants. Team
1: Shane Farrell, Darragh McGloin, Michael Hogan, Conor Kilcoyne, Donncha
Farrell, Tom Hession. Team 2: David Kenny, Matthew Murphy, Cian Shea, Ben
Cassidy, Darragh Shanley.
The under 12 team availed of the opportunity to give all of
the panel much game time in their friendly game against Stonepark. Stonepark
prevailed by two goals to one. The Ballyboro goal was a well taken effort by
Daniel Hogan following a brilliant run by Ben Murphy. Ballyboro: Ronan Cox, Jack
Brogan, Jack Casey, Aidan Kelly, Ethan Slattery, Luke Johnston, Conn Maxwell, Daniel
Hogan, Billy Murray. Subs: David Cox, Anthony Cox, Ben Murphy, Euan Cullen.
The under 13 team just got the better of Inny Rovers in a
very tightly contested game. The decisive goal was scored by Eoin Cox who used
his pace to capitalise on an incisive Christian Donlon pass and slotted the
ball past the keeper. Team: Sam Glennon, Rory Carling, Cormac O’Dowd, Jack
Casey, Josh Crawford, Euan Cullen, Joey Trimble, Conor Farrell, Christian
Donlon, Christov Eoin Cox. Subs: Luke Cullen, Jack Naughton, Fionn Crossan.
The under 10 team started well against Kenagh United, but
they were unable to sustain the effort and Kenagh finished strongly to take the
honours. The Ballyboro goals were scored by Oisin Dillon (2) and Eoghan Mullooly.
Team: Michael Sorohan, Eoghan Mullooly, Leon Malkowski, Rian Shanley, Dan
Casey, Oisin Dillon, Eoin Farrell. Subs: Evan Rooney, Harry Brogan, Ciaran
McGloin, Sean O’Dowd, Eoin Connell, Kielon Gilmore.
The under 16s found a very good Ballymahon team too good for
them on Sunday last. Ballyboro: Jack Madigan, Chris O’Loughlin, Cormac Casey, Kevin
McDonagh, Jack Murray, Shane Kilian, Owen Farrell, Rian Murphy, Damien Hayden, Cillian
Cox, Oisin Kenny.
The winner of the Last Man Standing was Enda Naughton from
Ballygar. Congrats to him.  A special word of thanks to Mark Tarmey
the LMS coordinator who had the unenviable task of keeping track of the 450
plus entries over the past few weeks. Mark will have little time to rest on his
laurels as the club has decided to embark on LMS2 as the first one was so
successful. Entry forms will be distributed within the next two weeks.
Fixtures: Another very weekend in store with 5 teams in
action.
The under 9s will be involved in a blitz on Saturday
commencing at 11am. Other teams are involved are Kenagh United and Stonepark.
The under 11s are away to Killoe Tigers on Saturday with the
kick of at 11am
The under 12s play their first game in the Major Division
Championship on Sunday at 12.30 where they play UCL Gorillas at Dernafest, Lough
Gowna.
The under 14s are at home to Gaels United on Sunday with a
11am start.
The 16s also have a home fixture at 12.30 where Stonepark
provide the opposition.

Last Man
Standing
: The local
committee raising funds for the new astro pitch in the community had a winner
in their Last Man Standing competition. Congratulations to Enda Naughton from
Ballygar who wins the €500 after 10 games. Enda’s card was sold by Dave Gilmore
from the committee (well done Dave) and Enda received his cheque at the
committee meeting last week. Thanks to everyone who took part and all those who
sold the cards. A new game of Last Man Standing will now start on 9th
February and to take
part in this for just €10 and have a chance to win another €500 please contact
any member of the committee below: Jason Fallon, Stephen Rooney,
Eddie Kelly, Seamus Sorohan, Karl Crawford, Mark Tarmey, Lee Cullen, Ann
McGloin, Ronnie Johnston, Eamon Bolger, Kevin Connaughton, John Tynan, Ciaran
Mullooly, Carol Donlon, Dave Gilmore, Kieran Feeney. Thank You  

Last Man Standing Winner 

Picture shows Enda
Naughton receiving his cheque for 500 Euro after winning the Ballyboro Astro
Football pitch ‘Last man Standing committee at a meeting recently. 

Alzheimer Café

The Longford branch of
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland will open their first ever Alzheimer Cafe in
Longford Credit Union ltd, 50 Main Street, Longford on Wednesday 30th January
and on the last Wednesday of every month, from 7.00pm to 8.30pm The Alzheimer
Café is a safe and relaxed place where people with dementia, their families,
friends, health and social care professionals come together to talk, share
information & support one another. Anyone who is affected by dementia is
welcome to come. It is a social evening with tea, coffee & scones being
served This is free of charge and there is a car parking facility at the rear
of the building. For more information and to confirm if you would like to
attend, you can contact Breda or Eileen on 043 / 3347221 or 3348402 before Monday the 28thJanuary
2019    

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

Sympathy

The club would like to extend its deepest sympathy to Mary
and Declan Curran, family and extended family on the death of Ollie Curran.
Ollie was a Vice President of our club for a number of year and a loyal servant
of the club.

Community Celebrations

The club will host a Dinner Dance on Saturday night 16th
February where the club with celebrate its community links and honour the panel
of 2018 that retained the Intermediate Championship. The Celebrations will take
place in the Longford Arms Hotel.

The Dinner Dance is always a wonderful community celebration night
out and it should also bring back for the night the many ex-players and
supporters of the club for a great night of reminiscence and revelry. Music on
the night will be supplied by the hugely popular Rhythm & Sticks who will
add greatly to our celebrations. Tickets are priced at €40 each

The club looks forward to a huge number attending on the
night and create a great parish and community night out.

AGM

The AGM of the club will take place in the clubhouse in
Clonbonny on Friday 15th February at 8pm. If you have an interest
and would like to be part of our club come along to the meeting where you will
be made very welcome. As the club moves back into the senior ranks, they would
like to welcome parishioners and former players to get behind the club and team
and help drive all forward. Help us thrive in ‘19

The year ahead

This coming year we embrace senior football with a very young
side and our hope that the clubs prevailing attitude of ‘mol an Óige agus tiocfaidh siad’ will bear fruit in the coming
year and years ahead. We have a wonderful young and talented side and we also
have a number of great younger players honing their skills at underage level
toad to the current crop in the coming years. The minor club has to be
commended for their tremendous work in developing players ready to step up to
senior ranks. The future is bright and getting brighter and we need to nurture,
encourage, develop and support the new generation of the club players. We look
to go forward with confidence.

We wish new team manager Denis Connerton, selectors Kevin
Hanley, Gerald Farrell and Stephen Rooney along with coach/strength and
condition coach Peter Foy the very best of good luck in the coming year.

Play

The Shannon Gaels Minor club is hosting another Big Guerilla
Production. ‘And Thank You’ is a new play written and performed by the ever
popular and star man Seamus O’Rourke will come to St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro,
on Saturday 9th March at 8.30pm. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s
costing €10. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s and to book your tickets phone
Martina 086-3858934. The play is being hosted by the Shannon Gaels Minor Club.

Book Reprint

The Rathcline Bakes recipe book has
gone for reprint. As there will only be a further limited supply anyone that
has not got their book should do so before all the books have gone. This is a
great book and most definitely well worth having with a great number of baking
recipes. The cover of the book has been designed by local artist Jack Casserley
and the book includes a recipe from Kieran Glennon a 2-star Michelin Star chef
with Irelands leading restaurant Patrick Guilbaud’s which makes this book a
collector’s item. The books are for sale in O’Brien’s at €10

Defibrillator

The
club needs people that are interested in helping out the club by completing the
defibrillator course to take place in January. The need for people to have
training done in the use of the defibrillator is essential at all grades
especially with all the games and training in Clonbonny. We look forward to a
good number of parents of the underage club and supporters and officials from
all our clubs to give their names and phone numbers to the minor (Seadna) or
senior (Cathal) secretaries or to Martina O’Brien at the corner shop.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Sheila Healy, Shannon
Grove which was a great the 50/50 for the first time. The winning envelope was
worth a wonderful €396. Thanks to Sheila for her continued support of the draw
and maybe next week it will be you.

The club thanks everyone for their
continued support and encourage everyone to persist in your support as your
name will surely be drawn out soon. 
Tickets are on sale in local shops and businesses throughout the town at
€2 each or 3 tickets for €5. Alternatively, you can by the pink ticket for the
year for just €100 and have 2 free weeks. The club would like to thank everyone
that continues to support the draw on a weekly basis and the many people that
buy the one-year ticket.

St. Faithleach’s

Registration Night: St. Faithleach’s
GAA Registration Night takes place in the clubhouse on Friday 18th January from
8-10pm. Whether you are a player, supporter or use the facilities to walk –
support your community, support your local GAA club and become a member. Family
€130, Adult Player €80, Student /U18 €40, Social €30.

Ireland Lights Up: Ireland
Lights Up: As part of Operation Transformation St. Faithleach’s GAA are
delighted to host “Ireland Lights Up “walks on club grounds from this Thursday
17th January as part of Operation Transformation. The weekly walks are designed
to get people within the community out walking, talking, and connecting with
each other. They not only improve your physical health but also your mental
health. So, if you have not signed up yet please contact Eamon Gallagher or
come along to the dressing rooms on club grounds this Thursday evening at 7pm. #community
#StFaithleachs #IrelandLightsUp

U10 and U12 Girls Training:
Indoor training continues for our U10 and U12 girls in Ballyleague Hall on
Tuesday evenings, please contact Qona Cox or Sean Cox for more information.

Cards: Take place every
Tuesday evening in the clubhouse, all welcome.




Addendum

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Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 7th January 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Going for Reprint

The Rathcline Bakes recipe book has
gone for reprint. As there will only be a further limited supply anyone that
has not got their book should do so before all the books have gone. This is a
great book and most definitely well worth having with a great number of baking
recipes. The cover of the book has been designed by local artist Jack Casserley
and the book includes a recipe from Kieran Glennon a 2-star Michelin Star chef
with Irelands leading restaurant Patrick Guilbaud’s which makes this book a collector’s
item. The books are for sale in O’Brien’s at €10

The Green

Sometime
ago I recorded the 64 houses on the Green and those that I could remember and
find out that lived in what house since the early 50’s. I am now looking for
photographs from the families that lived there from the start right up to the
present day. If you can email them to me joea@iol.ie or drop into the shop with
them where I will scan them and return them immediately. If you did not live on
The Green and know people that did can you tell them I am looking for
photographs. If there are school class photos from the national schools’ girls
and boys, Ballyleague Secondary, Convent of Mercy and the different guises of
Lanesboro Technical School/Vocational School/Community College. Thanking you in
advance, Joe.

Next Blood Clinic

The next local Blood Donation Clinic will take place on
Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th, and Thursday 17th
January in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon. The clinics will take place each day
from 5pm to 8.30pm.

Did you know that only 3% of the eligible population gives
blood? 3000 donors are needed in Ireland each week can you be one of them?

What’s ahead

A few months ago, Bord na Mona announced a number of changes
in their company working structure that will include job losses. While, at the
time, the Mount Dillon works was not mentioned, in the intervening time, we
have learned that it will be affected. The common comment is that the age
profile of the workers is such that most will be coming to retirement, but we
must remember that there are a big number that have monetary commitments and
retirement is not an option such is their age profile.

The announcement of alternative work that has been mentioned
as replacements for the current jobs does not seem to add up as the mentioned
projects only employs a small number of people once they are up and running.
For us this is a big disappointment as it does not seem to create any new jobs
or work for the current staff. There is a huge tract of land throughout the
midlands going to be left void of employment and that this happening on Bord na
Mona’s watch is disappointing as they have been the main leaders of jobs in our
community since the1950’s. It will be shocking to see the demise of Bord na
Mona and as sure as night follows day once the volume of peat is not coming
into the station then the future of the Power Station is then brought into question.
Lanesboro Ballyleague and all surrounding communities will be at a great loss
if this happens.

Bord na Mona is a company that was always conscious of the
communities it was placed within and were always proactive in the creation of
work for many of our people and it is my hope that what they have already
announced as new ventures is only the tip of the iceberg and that there will be
further major projects maintaining the current workforce and adding greatly to
it.

Sympathy

We would like to record the death of Patrick Walsh formerly
of Cloontuskert who died suddenly at Naas General Hospital on Wednesday 2nd
January. Patrick was predeceased by his father Paddy. He is survived by his
mother Bridget, sisters Maryann and Bridget, aunt Ann, niece Jen,
relatives and friends to whom we extend our sincere sympathy. Patrick was laid
to rest in Cloontuskert Cemetery.

Birth

Many
congratulations to Josephine Donlon and her husband Rob Behan, Dublin on the
recent birth of a baby boy.

Table Quiz

Ballyleague Christmas lights committee are holding a
fundraising table quiz in Rosie’s at The Lifebelt Bar on Friday next
11th January at 9.30 pm. Tables of four €40. Prizes for best
Community, sporting, best bar team, business and nonaligned teams on the night,
in addition to prize for the winning team. A great social occasion to shake off
those post-Christmas blues. Please support the lights committees efforts by
supporting this event.

New Year Draw

The Rathcline club will hold its New Year Fundraising draw
in the Yacht Bar on Saturday week 12th January. This is an annual
draw and the proceeds helps towards the paying of club affiliation and
insurance for the coming year. The club asks your support by buying your ticket
and selling a book of tickets. If everyone took a book of 5 tickets and sold
them it would make a huge difference and mean that as we enter senior league
and championship, we do so with a sound backing behind us.

Tickets cost €20 each and the prizes are 1st
€3000, 2nd €1000, 3rd €500, 4th €250, 5th
€250, 6th €200 and 7th €200.

You can now buy your tickets for the club draw. If you go
into the club’s Facebook page you will find the link alternatively if you
Google, the name Klubfunder and type in Rathcline it will also lead you to the
purchase page.

Still collecting memories

Nurse
Donlon’s time in Lanesboro was legendary for all of those that remember her
time as the district nurse and her shop at the bottom end of Main Street beside
Paddy Kenny’s garage. What are your memories of Nurse Donlon and can you put
them to paper or on computer? If you have any memories, then Stella in the
library would love to hear from you. it is hoped that the older generation
amongst us that have so many wonderful memories and it would be great to put
them to paper and send them to Stella as soon as you can.

If
you have memories of the Nurse you are invited to write them down and hand them
into Stella in the library or you can email Stella at lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie
alternatively you can drop them into O’Brien’s for delivery to Stella.

Defibrillator Course in January

A new Defibrillator course
will take place in January and the organisers are urgently seeking many new
people to take the opportunity of getting trained in the use of defibrillators.
As this is a down time it is important that all clubs and organisations on both
sides of the bridge encourage their members to attend and get trained up.

Rarely a day goes by in a workplace,
sporting events or in public places that a person’s knowledge in the use of the
defibrillator in not required hence the great need to have all area and events
covered with people with the required knowledge.

Contact Martina O’Brien
with your name and phone number, she can be contacted at the shop, phone
3321108, 0863858934 or email martinaclyne1@gmail.com

Thank You

The Lanesboro Community
Games committee would like to thank the people of the parish and elsewhere, for
their generous contributions to the Church gate collection, held last weekend.
This is very much appreciated and helps us in a big way, to keep running as a
club.

Community Celebrations

The club will host a Dinner Dance on Saturday night 16th
February where the club with celebrate its community links and honour the panel
of 2018 that retained the Intermediate Championship. The Celebrations will take
place in the Longford Arms Hotel.

The Dinner Dance is always a wonderful community celebration night
out and it should also bring back for the night the many ex-players and
supporters of the club for a great night of reminiscence and revelry. Music on
the night will be supplied by the hugely popular Rhythm & Sticks who will
add greatly to our celebrations.

The club looks forward to a huge number attending on the
night and create a great parish and community night out.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Cian O’Brien which
was a great the 50/50 for the first time. The winning envelope was worth €312. Thanks
to Cian for his continued support of the draw and maybe next week it will be
you.

The club thanks everyone for their
continued support and encourage everyone to persist in your support as your
name will surely be drawn out soon. 
Tickets are on sale in local shops and businesses throughout the town at
€2 each or 3 tickets for €5. Alternatively, you can by the pink ticket for the
year for just €100 and have 2 free weeks. The club would like to thank everyone
that continues to support the draw on a weekly basis and the many people that
buy the one-year ticket.

€15,000 Tidy Towns

The
Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery draw took place on Tuesday morning last on the
Co-Op office. There was no winner of the €15,000, jackpot and the jackpot for
this week, will now rise to reach and the jackpot has now reached its maximum
of €15,000. The numbers drawn were 2, 10, 27 and 27. The winner of the €50
prize was Stella O c/o Mags, and the three €20 winners were Alan Hanley
Corrigeen, Mrs Ping, Main St., and Emma, Saoirse and Freya Feeney, Tullyvrane

The
committee thanks everyone for tremendous and loyal support support.

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

Combo
Fitness Classes with Regina
 
The Combo fitness classes with Regina
will reopen at St. Mary’s Hall on this Thursday
10th Jan at 7.30pm
New members are most welcome

This week in our library

Knitting & Crochet Group
The Knitting & Crochet group continues every Monday 2pm to 4pm.  New members always welcome!
Poetry & Music Group
The Poetry & Music group continues on Monday 14th January 2019 –  4.15-5.30pm.
All welcome to come along and join in with this very vibrant group!
ESOL Class
The ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) continues on Tuesday evenings at 7pm.
Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group
Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group continues every Wednesday morning at 10.30am.  Parents are welcome to bring their babies/toddlers along to socialise with other children, read books and play with the toys, jigsaws & Lego table.
Art Course for adults
A six-week Art Course for adults with Stephanie Hanlon will start on Monday 14th January 6.30-7.30pm.  Cost is €60 for the course. Places are limited, so contact Stella on 0433321291 or email lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie to book your place.
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.
Membership
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Download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines and newspapers with your library card and pin.  Renew or request books on our website http://www.longfordlibrary.ie
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Ballyboro

League action resumed after the
Christmas break with the under 12s and under 14 teams in action.

The under 12s played old rivals Newtown
on Sunday. Games between these teams are invariably closely contested and this
game was no exception. Though both teams had chances, defences were generally
on top and the game finished scoreless. Ballyboro: Ronan Cox, Anthony Cox, Jack
Casey, David Cox, Luke Johnston, Euan Cullen, Aidan Kelly, Ben Murphy, Billy
Murray. Subs: Daniel Hogan, Ethan Slattery, Conn Maxwell, Tom Gilmore, Jack
Beattie, Jack Brogan.
The under 14 team were defeated 3-2 by Kenagh United. Though
the team performed well, a defensive error in the closing stages was to
prove costly. Both Ballyboro goals were scored by Matthew Heneghan.
Though league action was curtailed over the Christmas and the
New Year, there was plenty of activity off the field of play.
The club in conjunction with St. Faithleach’s staged the
Shannonside Challenge Classic Blitz in Ballyleague on St. Stephens Day. The
event was a great success and proceeds were shared   helped
out: the players and referees; all who made contributions; the ladies who
looked after

the catering; SuperValu Lanesboro who
sponsored the rolls; and St Faithleach’s who hosted the event.
Thanks are due to all who helped out with the Bag Pack at
Dunnes Stores Longford, which generated much needed funds for the Astroturf
Football Pitch.     
Members of the committee had a very worthwhile and
informative meeting with Walter Holleran, FAI Facilities Development Manager,
in relation to the technical details of the Astroturf Project. 
Fixtures: The under 8s will be participating in a blitz on Saturday
at home starting at 11am. Other teams involved are Stonepark and Newtown. The
under 10s are away to Kenagh Eagles on Saturday with the kick off at 12 noon. Also,
on Saturday the under 13s play Inny FC at home 1pm start. On Sunday the under
16 team are away to Ballymahon, kick off 12 noon. 
 A date for your diary is Saturday 15th June. On that
day the club will be staging a major OSKARS night in the Longford Arms.
Auditions will be held in the next few weeks, so all you budding George Clooney’s
and Meryl Streep’s get ready!

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

Community Celebrations

The club will host a Dinner Dance on Saturday night 16th
February where the club with celebrate its community links and honour the panel
of 2018 that retained the Intermediate Championship. The Celebrations will take
place in the Longford Arms Hotel.

The Dinner Dance is always a wonderful community celebration night
out and it should also bring back for the night the many ex-players and
supporters of the club for a great night of reminiscence and revelry. Music on
the night will be supplied by the hugely popular Rhythm & Sticks who will
add greatly to our celebrations. Tickets are priced at €40 each

The club looks forward to a huge number attending on the
night and create a great parish and community night out.

Book Reprint

The Rathcline Bakes recipe book has
gone for reprint. As there will only be a further limited supply anyone that
has not got their book should do so before all the books have gone. This is a
great book and most definitely well worth having with a great number of baking
recipes. The cover of the book has been designed by local artist Jack Casserley
and the book includes a recipe from Kieran Glennon a 2-star Michelin Star chef
with Irelands leading restaurant Patrick Guilbaud’s which makes this book a
collector’s item. The books are for sale in O’Brien’s at €10

Defibrillator

The
club needs people that are interested in helping out the club by completing the
defibrillator course to take place in January. The need for people to have
training done in the use of the defibrillator is essential at all grades
especially with all the games and training in Clonbonny. We look forward to a
good number of parents of the underage club and supporters and officials from
all our clubs to give their names and phone numbers to the minor (Seadna) or
senior (Cathal) secretaries or to Martina O’Brien at the corner shop.

New Year Draw

The club will hold its New Year Fundraising draw in the
Yacht Bar on Saturday night next 12th January. This is an annual
draw and the proceeds helps towards the paying of club affiliation and
insurance for the coming year. The club asks your support by buying your ticket
and selling a book of tickets. Please make sure you have sold your allocation
and have them left back in time for the draw. You can leave them in O’Brien’s
during the week.

Tickets cost €20 each and would make a great Christmas
present. The prizes are 1st €3000, 2nd €1000, 3rd
€500, 4th €250, 5th €250, 6th €200 and 7th
€200.

You can now buy your tickets for the club draw. If you go
into the club’s Facebook page you will find the link alternatively if you enter
into your Google search the name Klubfunder and type in Rathcline it will also
lead you to the purchase page.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Cian O’Brien which
was a great the 50/50 for the first time. The winning envelope was worth €312. Thanks
to Cian for his continued support of the draw and maybe next week it will be
you.

The club thanks everyone for their continued
support and encourage everyone to persist in your support as your name will
surely be drawn out soon.  Tickets are on
sale in local shops and businesses throughout the town at €2 each or 3 tickets
for €5. Alternatively, you can by the pink ticket for the year for just €100
and have 2 free weeks. The club would like to thank everyone that continues to
support the draw on a weekly basis and the many people that buy the one-year
ticket.

St. Faithleach’s

Ireland Lights Up: As part
of operation transformation St. Faithleach’s is delighted to take part in
Ireland Lights Up which encourages community members to get together and take
part in walks at their GAA club. Walks will take place every Thursday evening at 7pm on club grounds from Thursday
17th January 2019. Please contact Eamon Gallagher on (086)8261700 for more
information. 

LGFA – Indoor U10 &
U12 Girls Training:

Indoor football training
for girls U10 & U12 (girls born 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) will commence Tues
8th in Ballyleague hall for six weeks. This will be all fun based activity. If
your child is in this age group and would like to come along, please contact
Qona Cox 0862260309 or Sean Cox 0860641461.

Cards: Cards continue
every Tuesday evening in the clubhouse, all welcome. 

Lotto: Jackpot stands at
€12,000. Next draw takes place on Tuesday 8th. Envelopes are €2 and available
in all local retail outlets, bingo and the clubhouse. 




Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 31st December 2018

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Local
History Book of Sliabh Bán District Launched

There was
a large gathering in the Percy French Hotel, Strokestown last Sunday night for
the launch of Sliabh Bán, A Historical Journey. It was launched by Prof. Luke Gibbons
whose father, the late Dr. Hugh Gibbons was a native of Ballybeg. Henry Owens
and Mike Lennon, who compiled the book, also spoke and the event was compered
by Pat Compton.

The
470-page hard cover book chronicles the lives and times of generations past who
inhabited the Strokestown, Scramogue, Curraghroe, Kilgefin and Cloontuskert
areas. As well as being impressed by the comprehensive content, Prof. Gibbons
praised its design, saying it was a template for how a local history should be
produced. Henry Owens thanked all those who provided old photographs and
contributed sponsorship, and in particular the principal sponsor, Brian
Carthy’s company, Sliabh Bán Productions.

The book,
which sells at €20, can be purchased at O’Brien’s shop,(043-3321107; joea@iol.ie), Lanesboro, Centra Supermarket, Hanley’s Spar, Dawn ‘Till
Dusk, Strokestown and Eight ‘Till Late (ETL), Roscommon as well as directly
from Henry Owens at Lismehy, Strokestown.

Luke Gibbons, Professor of Irish Literary and Cultural Studies at the School of English, Drama and Media Studies, NUI Maynooth speaking at the launch.

Christmas Morning in Lanesboro

As is the
tradition Christmas morning in Lanesboro is always a hive of activity and this
year was no different if anything it was busier than normal with great numbers
braving the elements for the Christmas swim and also the MS Run/Walk from
Newtowncashel to Lanesboro. The charities benefited greatly by all the
sponsorship each participant raised and it is always a great boost for them to
receive especially at this time of year. It is wonderful to see that our
community is so giving of themselves, their time and money to support local
charities. A special word must also to the organisers, their committees and the
many people that gave of their time doing so many jobs on a Christmas morning.

While the
water was good and cool, and the Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club promoters of the swim
had the swim area well cordoned off a larger number than previous years were
challenged by the cold waters, but they all emerged energised and with beaming
smiles having undertaken the cold swim. Smiles were the order of the day as the
runners began to emerge at the church as the lime green Peter Hanley sponsored
t-shirts started to stream down the hill towards the finishing line at the
bridge in the Newtowncashel to Lanesboro MS run/walk.

Both the
swim and run/walk are now traditions and we are looking forward to seeing the
tradition continue for many more years to come.

Death

It was a great shock to learn of the death on Saturday 15th
December of Joe Reynolds, Church View. The thought of Joe will always bring a
glint to one’s eyes as Joe was one of those characters that you knew had a bit
of fun and devilment always in him. He was a great conversationalist, and
everyone will remember Joe for his chats and his stories. Joe was a native of
Four Roads, Co. Roscommon where he left for England as a young fella. Later he
returned and worked as a haulier in Dublin before coming to live in Lanesboro.
Joe had a huge interest in farming and was a tireless worker. He was a
wonderful neighbour and friend. No matter what time, day or night, there was a
farming need for a neighbour Joe was there at their side doing his best for
them giving greatly of his time. Joe will be sadly missed by everyone that knew
him, but his impish smile will always remain in our minds and hearts. His
remains were removed to St. Mary’s Church on Monday last where he reposed. His
Funeral Mass took place on Tuesday and following his Mass he was laid to rest
in St. Coman’s Cemetery, Roscommon. To his wife Eileen, daughter Sarah, sons
John, Joseph, James and Patrick, his sister Breege Nerney, Curraghroe,
relatives and friends we extend our deepest sympathy.

Birth

Many congratulations to Michelle Neilan and Edward Donlon,
Church View, on the recent birth of a baby boy.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday 12th
December are: N/S 1st Mona O’Flaherty and Maureen Hynes, Joint 2nd
Gemma Douglas and Eilish Gray & Loretto Cooney and Freda Kenny. E/W 1st
Frank and Frances Brennan, 2nd Una Clarke and Elizbeth Clyne, 3rd
Patricia Mc Gann and Mary Jameson.

Xlntee Christmas Draw

Claire Flynn (nee Mullen) and the staff of Xlntee
hairdressers would like to sincerely thank everyone that contributed prizes and
bought tickets for the Christmas draw in aid of Palliative Care. The results
are as follows: 1st prize – GHD – Sharon Brady, 2nd
– hair hamper – Anita Kenny (Roscommon), 3rd – Mags hamper – Rita
McCormack, 4th prize – Cloud 9 voucher – Sheila Healy, 5th
– fruit hamper – Breege Hoey, 6th – sweets and biscuits – Emer
Donoghue and 7th – wine and brandy – Marie Cleary. Extra prizes were
kindly donated 8th – bottle of whiskey (sponsored by Shane Healy) –
Cathy Farrell, 9th – bottle of Jameson (sponsored by Yacht Bar) –
Vinnie McGowan and 10th prize – goody hamper (sponsored by Maureen
Gibbons) – Aileen O’Connor

The total raised
for Palliative Care, Roscommon University Hospital was €1,997.40.

Next Blood Clinic

The next local Blood Donation Clinic will take place on
Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th, and Thursday 17th
January in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon. The clinics will take place each day
from 5pm to 8.30pm.

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Fayne
family, Aughakeel and the Gillooly family Ballinaboy, Kilteevan on the death of
Dan Gillooly husband of Teresa Gillooly, nee Fayne, last week.

New Year Draw

The Rathcline club will hold its New Year Fundraising draw
in the Yacht Bar on Saturday week 12th January. This is an annual
draw and the proceeds helps towards the paying of club affiliation and
insurance for the coming year. The club asks your support by buying your ticket
and selling a book of tickets. If everyone took a book of 5 tickets and sold
them it would make a huge difference and mean that as we enter senior league
and championship, we do so with a sound backing behind us.

Tickets cost €20 each and the prizes are 1st
€3000, 2nd €1000, 3rd €500, 4th €250, 5th
€250, 6th €200 and 7th €200.

If you are away from home you can contact any member
of the executive or me at  joea@iol.ie, or phone 086-2460840.

Dog Soiling

I return to this topic once again, the issue of dog
soiling along all the footpaths in the community. Again, so many more people
have brought it to my notice and have asked me to comment in these notes. While
all the footpaths are littered some more so than others the area of main
concern and gaining most comment at the moment is the Rathcline Road footpath.

From a parent’s point of view of pushing buggies,
children playing along these footpaths, people out for a walk it is very
important that everyone should be able to walk freely along the local
footpaths.

It is very important that those bringing their dogs
for a walk along any of our areas of the town are asked to bring means of
cleaning up if their dog soils the footpaths. Nobody should have to endure dog
soiling as we walk our footpaths.

Credit Union
Christmas Draw

The Lanesboro Ballyleague Christmas draw took place at
the Credit Union office in Ballyleague and the following are the results: 1st Prize of a car Michael Heneghan,

2nd Martina Mulvihill, 3rd Prize John James
Greene, 4th Joe Gallagher, 5th Eamonn Murray 
and 6th Michael & Carmel Rogers

Still collecting memories

Nurse
Donlon’s time in Lanesboro was legendary for all of those that remember her
time as the district nurse and her shop at the bottom end of Main Street beside
Paddy Kenny’s garage. What are your memories of Nurse Donlon and can you put
them to paper or on computer? If you have any memories, then Stella in the
library would love to hear from you. it is hoped that the older generation
amongst us that have so many wonderful memories and it would be great to put
them to paper and send them to Stella as soon as you can.

If
you have memories of the Nurse you are invited to write them down and hand them
into Stella in the library or you can email Stella at lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie
alternatively you can drop them into O’Brien’s for delivery to Stella.

Death

The death took place peacefully at Portiuncla
Hospital, Ballinasloe of Michael O’Neill, Cullenoria, Curraghroe on Sunday 23rd
December. Michael was predeceased by his parents James and Mary
and his sisters Margaret Hanly and Rose Dowling. Michael was a warm and
friendly man whose gentle disposition endeared him to everyone that came to
know him. He was a gentleman through and through and his loss will be felt
deeply by everyone that had the please to know him. His simple ways his simple
attitude and his love for his native area will be fondly remembered and most of
all we will miss that gentle and warm greeting. The attendance at Michaels
reposing and burial was large and representative. His remains reposed in Mc
Hugh’s Funeral Home Strokestown on Thursday 27th before being
removed to St. Cecilia’s Church, Curraghroe. His Funeral Mass took place on
Friday and he was then laid to rest in Cloontuskert cemetery. To his sisters Anne
O’Halloran (Curraghroe) and Bridgie Feeney (Ashbrook), nieces, nephews,
relatives and friends we extend our deepest sympathy.

Lough Ree AC

Congratulations to all the young athletes who competed in the run
on Christmas morning. The club turnout was a little disappointing, but it made
it easier on Santy and he was delighted. By and large it was a great morning
with a large turnout for the Newtowncashel to Lanesboro MS Walk/Run and lots of
friendships renewed in the Parish Hall afterwards where the catering committee
looked after the needs of all. Wishing everybody a Happy New Year.

Rathcline Ladies Draw

The results of the Rathcline Ladies GAA
Christmas draw that took place in O’Brien’s are as follows 1st Keanes
SuperValu Hamper winner Ella Hogan. Mahoraveen, 2nd €50 Voucher from Five Valley
butchers Lanesboro winner Evelyn Keane: 3rd Johnston’s Health Bank prize winner Kay Smith;
4th Wine and chocolates from
Casserly’s winner Brendan Keane: 5th prize Casserly’s wine and sweets winner Maura Donohue;
6th prize Lanesboro Library wine and
Sweets winner Abby Mitchell
The club would like to say thanks to all the
sponsors of spot prizes for their continued support.

Defibrillator Course in January

A new Defibrillator course
will take place in January and the organisers are urgently seeking many new
people to take the opportunity of getting trained in the use of defibrillators.
As this is a down time it is important that all clubs and organisations on both
sides of the bridge encourage their members to attend and get trained up.

Rarely a day goes by in a workplace,
sporting events or in public places that a person’s knowledge in the use of the
defibrillator in not required hence the great need to have all area and events
covered with people with the required knowledge.

Contact Martina O’Brien
with your name and phone number, she can be contacted at the shop, phone
3321108, 0863858934 or email martinaclyne1@gmail.com

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was ‘The Kids’ c/o Pat
and Liam Connerton which was a great the 50/50 for the first time. The winning
envelope was worth €301. The three winners are grandchildren of Liam and Pat
Connerton.

The club thanks everyone for their
continued support and encourage everyone to persist in your support as your
name will surely be drawn out soon. 
Tickets are on sale in local shops and businesses throughout the town at
€2 each or 3 tickets for €5. Alternatively, you can by the pink ticket for the
year for just €100 and have 2 free weeks. The club would like to thank everyone
that continues to support the draw on a weekly basis and the many people that
buy the one-year ticket.

€15,000 Tidy Towns

€15,000 Tidy Towns

The
Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery draw took place on Tuesday morning last on the
Co-Op office. There was no winner of the €15,000, jackpot and the jackpot for
this week, will now rise to reach and the worthwhile winning amount of €15,000.
The numbers drawn were 1, 11, 1and 25. The winner of the €100 prize was Chris
Taylor, Doughill, and the three €50 winners were C.S. c/o O’Brien’s, Jay Flynn
c/o Xlntee and Kathleen, Marie and Teresa c/o Yacht Bar.

The
committee thanks everyone for tremendous and loyal support support.

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

The Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery draw took place on Tuesday morning last on the Co-Op office. There was no winner of the €14,900, jackpot and the jackpot for this week, will now rise to reach and the worthwhile winning amount of €15,000. The numbers drawn were 9, 11, 18 and 23. The winner of the €50 prize was Peg Farrell, Clonfower, and the three €20 winners were Percy Flynn, Mount Dillon, Joe Donoghue c/o Clarkes and Tiernan Hanley c/o Johnny Hanley

The committee thanks everyone for tremendous and loyal
support support.

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

Combo
Fitness Classes with Regina
 
The Combo fitness classes with Regina
will reopen at St. Mary’s Hall on Thursday
10th Jan at 7.30pm
New members are most welcome

Rathcline Bakes

Rathcline
Bakes recipe book is a great book and most definitely well worth having. The
cover of the book has been designed by local artist Jack Casserley and the book
includes a recipe from Kieran Glennon a 2-star Michelin Star chef with Irelands
leading restaurant Patrick Guilbaud’s. The books are for sale in O’Brien’s at
€10

This week in our library

Christmas Hours
Library closed at 1pm on
Saturday 22nd December and will reopen on Wednesday 2nd January 2019. 
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all our patrons!
Knitting
& Crochet Group

Knitting & Crochet group continues in the
new year on Monday 7th January 2019.  New members always welcome!
Poetry
& Music Group

Poetry & Music group continues in the new
year on Monday 14th January 2019 – 4.15-5.30pm. All welcome to come along
and join in with this very vibrant group!
ESOL
Class

ESOL (English for speakers of other languages)
will continue in the new year.
Babble
& Books Parent & Toddler Group

Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group
will continue in the new year!
Art
Course for adults
A six-week Art Course for adults with
Stephanie Hanlon will start on Monday 14th January 6.30-7.30pm.  Cost is
€60 for the course. Places are limited, so contact Stella on 0433321291 or
email lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie to book your place.
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.

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

New Team Management

The club are pleased to announce that
Denis Connerton has been ratified tonight as our senior manager for the 2019
season. Denis will be joined by his backroom team of Kevin Hanley, Gerard
Farrell, Stephen Rooney and Peter Foy. We wish them the very best of luck for
the coming year in the Senior Championship and Division 1 league.

Defibrillator

The
club needs people that are interested in helping out the club by completing the
defibrillator course to take place in January. The need for people to have
training done in the use of the defibrillator is essential at all grades
especially with all the games and training in Clonbonny. We look forward to a
good number of parents of the underage club and supporters and officials from
all our clubs to give their names and phone numbers to the minor (Seadna) or
senior (Cathal) secretaries or to Martina O’Brien at the corner shop.

Rathcline Bakes

Rathcline
Bakes recipe book is a great book and most definitely well worth having. The
cover of the book has been designed by local artist Jack Casserley and the book
includes a recipe from Kieran Glennon a 2-star Michelin Star chef with Irelands
leading restaurant Patrick Guilbaud’s. The books are for sale in O’Brien’s at
€10

New Year Draw

The club will hold its New Year Fundraising draw in the
Yacht Bar on Saturday 12th January. This is an annual draw and the
proceeds helps towards the paying of club affiliation and insurance for the
coming year. The club asks your support by buying your ticket and selling a
book of tickets. If everyone took a book of 5 tickets and sold them it would
make a huge difference and mean that as we enter senior league and championship,
we do so with a sound backing behind us.

Tickets cost €20 each and would make a great Christmas
present. The prizes are 1st €3000, 2nd €1000, 3rd
€500, 4th €250, 5th €250, 6th €200 and 7th
€200.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was ‘The Kids’ c/o Pat
and Liam Connerton which was a great the 50/50 for the first time. The winning
envelope was worth €301. The three winners are grandchildren of Liam and Pat
Connerton.

The club thanks everyone for their
continued support and encourage everyone to persist in your support as your
name will surely be drawn out soon. 
Tickets are on sale in local shops and businesses throughout the town at
€2 each or 3 tickets for €5. Alternatively, you can by the pink ticket for the
year for just €100 and have 2 free weeks. The club would like to thank everyone
that continues to support the draw on a weekly basis and the many people that
buy the one-year ticket.




Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 17th December 2018

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Christmas Greetings

As we face into another Christmas and New Year,
I would like to wish everyone a very special Christmas and may 2019 see your
wishes and dreams come to fruition.

There have been happy and sad moments,
very special times and sorrowful times during 2018 we have lost people in death
and emigration we have seen happiness in births, marriages, engagements,
achievements and special occasions and you are all being thought about. At this
time, I think of all our families that are away from us or working over
Christmas and cannot make it home. I would like to wish you, your family and
all our friends the great warmth and comfort through Christmastime. You are all
remembered and thought greatly of, our heart leap when we think of you and the
thoughts of seeing you in the New Year creates a great excitement.

Let’s
go for a Swim

The annual Christmas Day Swim will take
place following 11.30am Mass in Lanesboro on Christmas morning. This year the
Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club is seeking as many people as possible to brave the
elements and join them for this annual swim. Sponsorship cards are available
from any member of the club or from O’Brien’s.

Christmas
at St. Mary’s

The arrangements for Masses at St Mary’s
are as follows: There will be 2 Masses on Christmas Eve 24th with
the first Mass at 7pm followed by the second Mass at 8.30pm. Christmas morning
Mass es will be at 9.30am and 11.30am.

Penitential Services will take place in
St. Mary’s Church on Friday next 21st at 7pm. Confessions will take
place in Ballyleague on Thursday next 20th at 7pm.

Cashel to
Lanesboro Christmas morning

The organisers of the Christmas Day Run from
Newtowncashel to Lanesborough along with Longford MS Society
would like to thank everyone for their continued support with the run.  The event will
take place again this year for the 28th time and we hope that we
continue to have such great participation and raise much needed funds for the Longford
MS Society. Should anyone wish to take part and have not already received
a sponsorship card, cards are available from O’Brien’s
Corner Shop or Brigid Mullooly Tel: 086 8807596.  In Newtowncashel
card are available from The Local or Michael Flood.  Thanks to
Peter Hanley Motors who have again for the 28th time sponsored these top-class
Technical T-Shirts and there is one for every participant.  Walkers start from the Hill in Newtowncashel at
11:45am while Runners start at 12:15pm.  Refreshments
will be available enroute and also at the Hall in Lanesborough after the event.  Best of luck with the training!

Death

The end of an era was felt with a great
sadness when we learned of the death at Innis Ree Lodge, Ballyleague of Mickey
Kelly, Kilrooskey on Wednesday last 12th December. Throughout his
life Mickey Kelly was a larger than life character admired greatly far and
wide. He was predeceased by his wife Marie. Mickey, at the time of his death,
was President of St. Faithleach’s GAA club who he devoted his playing life to
and in later years was always available to encourage and support everyone that
put on the red and white jersey. Mickey was on the players on St. Faithleach’s
1965 winning Senior Championship team.

Mickey was a builder of great renown who
was always noted for the quality of his work. He was the warmest and
friendliest of men and had a smile that softened even the hardest heart. He was
a wonderful neighbour where a helping hand always went without saying. The
community of Kilgefin and further afield has lost one of the finest gentlemen
and for that everyone of us that had the undoubted pleasure of knowing him will
be at a great loss. Mickey would not want us to feel that, but he left enough
great memories for us to feel warmth in our hearts. Mickey’s remains reposed on
Friday at his son Ollie’s home in Cloonadra and the attendance on the Friday
evening and again at his Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church on Saturday bore
ample testimony to the esteem in which he was held. Mickey was laid to rest
alongside his wife Marie in Kilgefin Cemetery.

To his sons Ollie and Sean, daughters Denise
and Mary, brother Ned, cousin Johnny Kinsella, relatives and a multitude of friends we express our deepest
sympathy.

Engagement

Many congratulations to Karina Dennigan
daughter of Mike and Mary Dennigan, Mahoraveen and Adrian Boyle son of Martin
and Irene Boyle, Mullaghmore, Moylough, Co. Galway who announced their
engagement recently.

Concert
Success

The students of Lanesboro Community
College presented their annual Christmas Concert in St. Mary’s Hall on Thursday
6th December. As usual the main drivers of the show were the
Transition Year students who again did a wonderful job in putting a most
entertaining night together. The teachers and students must be complimented,
and the show was played to a full house.

Reads
for Christmas

There are many reads to help you through
the Christmas time. Jack Harte’s Rehabilitating the Serpent, “this poignant narrative delves into the dichotomy of
religion and dares to question, analyse and confront the notions of good and
evil and the parallels between love and hate” , Shamrock 165 the story of the ill-fated
Aer Lingus plane crash in Snowdonia that had local lady Evelyn Belton as one of
its passengers in 1952, Under the Thatch memories of growing up under thatch
roofs by Séan ÓSúilleabháin. Rathcline
Bakes the Rathcline GAA clubs’ book of baking recipes, Teathbha the annual
historical journal, the yearly Jude Flynn publication Fireside Tales and last
but not least Old Moore’s Almanac telling us all we need to know about 2019.

New Year Draw

The Rathcline club will hold its New Year Fundraising draw
in the Yacht Bar on Saturday 12th January. This is an annual draw
and the proceeds helps towards the paying of club affiliation and insurance for
the coming year. The club asks your support by buying your ticket and selling a
book of tickets. If everyone took a book of 5 tickets and sold them it would
make a huge difference and mean that as we enter senior league and
championship, we do so with a sound backing behind us.

Tickets cost €20 each and the prizes are 1st
€3000, 2nd €1000, 3rd €500, 4th €250, 5th
€250, 6th €200 and 7th €200.

If you are away from home you can contact any member
of the executive or me at  joea@iol.ie, or
phone 086-2460840.

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the
Greg Gillen and his family on the death of Mrs. Maureen O’Callaghan,
Carrickananny Road, Belleeks, Co. Armagh on Saturday last 15th
December sister of the late Bernadette Gillen

Lanesboro
Primary School

On Thursday next in St. Mary’s Church the pupils of
Lanesboro Primary School will present their annual Christmas Carol Service at
6.30pm. Traditionally this is an excellent performance by kids so young and it
is a joy to behold. Go along and be entranced by the performances.

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the
Mary Mc Gushin and family, Rathcline, the Fleming family Rathcline and the
Molloy family, formerly Rathcline on the death of Vincent Byrne during in
England during the past week. Vincent was married to Suzanne Farrell, Shannon
View, Ballyleague.

St.
Stephens Day Match:

A major charity event will take part at
the St Faithleach’s club grounds in Ballyleague on St. Stephens Day. This year
St Faithleach’s have teamed up with Ballyboro Astro Turf to bring both sides of
the community together and created “The Shannonside Christmas Classic
Blitz”. Player registration (€10) takes place at 12:30, with games
beginning at 12:45. Fancy dress is optional, soup and rolls after, live
commentary. Player’s must be over 16, no upper age limit. Everyone is welcome
to attend. To play on the day please speak to either club or call Jason Fallon
or Stephen Rooney . 

Have your memories of Nurse Donlon?

Have
you memories of Nurse Donlon either as nurse of running the shop at the bottom
end of Main St. beside the bridge? If you have any memories, then Stella in the
library would love to hear from you. it is hoped that the older generation
amongst us that have so many vivid memories and it would be great to put them
to paper and send them to Stella as soon as you can.

If
you have memories of the Nurse you are invited to write them down and hand them
into Stella in the library or you can email Stella at lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie
alternatively you can drop them into O’Brien’s for delivery to Stella.

Christmas for St. John’s Congregation

The Services for St. John’s Congregation in Lanesboro during
Christmas are: Sunday 23rd Holy Communion with Sunday school
involvement at 11.30am and at St Coman’s Roscommon: Christmas Day, Holy Communion
Service at 11.30am.

Defibrillator Course in January

A new Defibrillator course
will take place in January and the organisers are urgently seeking many new
people to take the opportunity of getting trained in the use of defibrillators.
As this is a down time it is important that all clubs and organisations on both
sides of the bridge encourage their members to attend and get trained up.

Rarely a day goes by in a workplace,
sporting events or in public places that a person’s knowledge in the use of the
defibrillator in not required hence the great need to have all area and events
covered with people with the required knowledge.

Contact Martina O’Brien
with your name and phone number, she can be contacted at the shop, phone
3321108, 0863858934 or email martinaclyne1@gmail.com

Senior Citizens Party

Annette Coffey would like
to thank everyone that attended the senior citizens part in Clarke’s Bar on
Friday last. A great number had a tremendous lunch where there was great
entertainment and Santa even made his appearance. Annette would like to thank
everyone that helped out, Louis Skelly for Santa and everyone that donated spot
prizes.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Emily, Sophie and
Donncha c/o Tom Morris who were winning the 50/50 for the first time. The
winning envelope was worth €301. The three winners are grandchildren of Tom
Morris.

The club thanks everyone for their
continued support and encourage everyone to persist in your support as your
name will surely be drawn out soon. 
Tickets are on sale in local shops and businesses throughout the town at
€2 each or 3 tickets for €5. Alternatively, you can by the pink ticket for the
year for just €100 and have 2 free weeks. The club would like to thank everyone
that continues to support the draw on a weekly basis and the many people that
buy the one-year ticket.

€15,000 Tidy Towns

The
Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery draw took place on Tuesday morning last on the
Co-Op office. There was no winner of the €14,900, jackpot and the jackpot for
this week, will now rise to reach and the worthwhile winning amount of €15,000.
The numbers drawn were 9, 11, 18 and 23. The winner of the €50 prize was Peg
Farrell, Clonfower, and the three €20 winners were Percy Flynn, Mount Dillon,
Joe Donoghue c/o Clarkes and Tiernan Hanley c/o Johnny Hanley

The
committee thanks everyone for tremendous and loyal support support.

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

Rathcline Bakes

Rathcline
Bakes recipe book is a great book and most definitely well worth having. The
cover of the book has been designed by local artist Jack Casserley and the book
includes a recipe from Kieran Glennon a 2-star Michelin Star chef with Irelands
leading restaurant Patrick Guilbaud’s. The books are for sale in O’Brien’s at
€10

Lough Ree AC

Christmas is here and Lanesboro is the place to be on
Christmas morning with the excitement of the swimming, the Newtowncashel to
Lanesboro run and our own contribution by way of the run for the younger
brigade from the track to the parish hall, starting at 12.30 at the track.  Usually this is a great occasion and there is
no reason why next this year should be any different.  Our run is open to anybody to wants to work
up an appetite for the Christmas dinner and all be rewarded for their
efforts.  Thanks to all who participated
during the year and wishing all our members and parents a very Happy Christmas
and looking forward to seeing ye all at the run.

Ballyboro

The weather
proved to be a real spoilsport at the weekend with both the under 9 blitz and
the under 11 game versus Killoe Celtic postponed due to the inclement
conditions. League action now takes a break until the weekend of 5th/6th
January, but club activity continues regardless. The club is organizing a Bag
Pack at Dunnes Stores Longford, on this Thursday 20th from 11am to 8pm. Anyone
willing to help out for an hour please contact Karl at 087 6872702. The club in
conjunction with St. Faithleach’s will be holding a novelty charity/AstroTurf fundraiser
football match at Ballyleague on St. Stephens Day.
The past year has certainly proved to be an eventful one for
Ballyboro FC with a highlight being the granting of Planning Permission for the
Astroturf pitch. The coming year promises to be just as momentous with a
significant OscaRs project in the pipeline. Mark Tarmey will be busy over the
Christmas period keeping track of the remaining entries for the Last Man Standing
project.

Ballyboro FC
wish all its players and supporters a Very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous and
successful New Year. 

This week in our library

Knitting & Crochet Group
Knitting & Crochet group continues in the
new year on Monday 7th January 2019.  New members always welcome!
Poetry
& Music Group

Poetry & Music group continues in the new
year on Monday 14th January 2019 –  4.15-5.30pm. All welcome to come along
and join in with this very vibrant group!
ESOL
Class

ESOL (English for speakers of other languages)
will continue in the new year.
Babble
& Books Parent & Toddler Group

Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group
will continue in the new year!
Book
Club

December Book Club will take place on Friday 21st
December at 11am.
Book choices for this month are ‘The Particular
Sadness of a Lemon Cake’ by Aimee Bender or ‘The Keeper of Lost Things’ by Ruth
Hogan.  All welcome!
Christmas
Hours

Library will close at 1pm on
Saturday 22nd December and will reopen on Wednesday 2nd January 2019. 
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all our patrons!
Art
Course for adults
A six-week Art Course for adults with
Stephanie Hanlon will start on Monday 14th January 6.30-7.30pm.  Cost is
€60 for the course. Places are limited, so contact Stella on 0433321291 or
email lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie<mailto:lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie>

to
book your place.
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.

Joe’s Fruit and Veg

Joe’s Fruit and Veg Christmas business hours: Thursday 20th
8am to 5pm and Monday 24th 7am to 4pm.  New Year’s Eve 9am to 4pm.

Joe wishes all his customers a Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year.

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

Christmas Greetings

The
club would like to wish everyone a very special and wonderful Christmas. We
thank all our players, members and friends and supporters for your support and
help throughout the year. There are a number of people and groups that helped
us in many ways especially in Clonbonny and your help is greatly appreciated.
We look forward to your support and help again in 2019.

County Panel

Presently
the Longford county team are flying high in the Bord na Mona O’Byrne Cup and it
is great to see that the new team management rewarded five of our players with
a call up to the county training panel. We wish Liam Connerton, Shane Kenny,
Shane Donohoe, Iarla O’Sullivan and Dáithí Mulvihill the very best and look forward
to seeing them in action in the county jersey in 2019. We also wish the county
team the very best for the year ahead.

Defibrillator

The
club needs people that are interested in helping out the club by completing the
defibrillator course to take place in January. The need for people to have
training done in the use of the defibrillator is essential at all grades especially
with all the games and training in Clonbonny. We look forward to a good number
of parents of the underage club and supporters and officials from all our clubs
to give their names and phone numbers to the minor (Seadna) or senior (Cathal)
secretaries or to Martina O’Brien at the corner shop.

Rathcline Bakes

Rathcline
Bakes recipe book is a great book and most definitely well worth having. The
cover of the book has been designed by local artist Jack Casserley and the book
includes a recipe from Kieran Glennon a 2-star Michelin Star chef with Irelands
leading restaurant Patrick Guilbaud’s. The books are for sale in O’Brien’s at
€10

Congratulations

The club like to congratulate club players Cian Gilmore,
Oran Kenny, Cronan Flood, Éanna Mc Grath, Kevin Tansey, Richard Prior, Bryn
Peters and Seadhna Ryan who were involved in the Ballymahon Convent side that
won the Longford Westmeath league Final when they beat Rochfortbridge.

New Year Draw

The club will hold its New Year Fundraising draw in the
Yacht Bar on Saturday 12th January. This is an annual draw and the
proceeds helps towards the paying of club affiliation and insurance for the
coming year. The club asks your support by buying your ticket and selling a
book of tickets. If everyone took a book of 5 tickets and sold them it would
make a huge difference and mean that as we enter senior league and
championship, we do so with a sound backing behind us.

Tickets cost €20 each and would make a great Christmas
present. The prizes are 1st €3000, 2nd €1000, 3rd
€500, 4th €250, 5th €250, 6th €200 and 7th
€200.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Emily, Sophie and
Donncha c/o Tom Morris who were winning the 50/50 for the first time. The
winning envelope was worth €301. The three winners are grandchildren of Tom
Morris.

The club thanks everyone for their
continued support and encourage everyone to persist in your support as your
name will surely be drawn out soon. 
Tickets are on sale in local shops and businesses throughout the town at
€2 each or 3 tickets for €5. Alternatively, you can by the pink ticket for the
year for just €100 and have 2 free weeks. The club would like to thank everyone
that continues to support the draw on a weekly basis and the many people that
buy the one-year ticket.