Lanesboro Ballylegue notes Monday 22nd April 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Lough Ree
Golfing Society

The first outing of the year was to
County Longford Golf Club last Friday 19th April, The Society was blessed with
20 degrees of sunshine and with the course in excellent conditions which set up
the members for good scoring. This definitely transpired with 40pts, 38pts, and
37pts for the first 3 places, and 6 others in the thirties. All present
expressed delight with the day, and thanks to County Longford Golf Club. Judging
from the competitiveness of the first day it will be another tight contest for
Golfer of the Year in 2019

The days results were: 1st
Tony Patton 40 pts, 2nd Aidan Cassidy 38pts, 3rd Fintan Jordan 37pts. Nearest
the Pin Ronan Cullen, Longest Drive Fintan Jordan, Front Nine Michael Brennan, Back
Nine Timmy Glynn.

Former Resident Passes Away

I have just been informed
of the death in Manchester on 5th January of former Green resident Mrs.
Margaret (Peggy) Touhy. Margaret was predeceased by her late husband Paddy
lived in number 10. We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Touhy
family, relatives and friends.

A New Play by Tommy Murray

Roscommon resident and
former Lanesboro man Tommy Murray, playwright and poet has written a new play
that will make its debut by the Roscommon Drama Group on the stage of the Arts
Centre Roscommon. The play based on the true story of Athleague famous vet
Aleen Cust and her mentor William Byrne. As reported in the Irish Times By her achievement, Aleen Cust not only overcame barriers of tradition and
sexism but she courageously opened up a career path for women. The play will run on Thursday 2nd, Friday 3rd,
and Saturday 4th May at 8pm.

Admission €14/€12
(concession). Early booking is advisable and can be done by phoning 0906625824
or online www.roscommonartscentre.ie

Tidy Towns
Lotto

The
lucky numbers drawn last week were 22, 23, 25 and 28. The winner of the €50
prize was Marie Mc Grath, Derrygeel, and the three €20 winners were Tiernan
Hanley, Corrigeen, Ann Pam Feeney, Rathcline and Dorothy Fagan c/o Market. The
jackpot now stands at €3,200.

For
the Easter Draw on Tuesday next 23rd April the prizes will be an
increase in the prizes given out apart from the jackpot the secondary prizes
will be €100 and three €50 prizes.

The
committee thanks everyone for their tremendous and loyal 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

Photographs from the Green

Thanksto everyone that has already sent me
photographs and also contacted me and told me they would look some up and get
them to me. Seeing what has come in so far is great to see and recall memories.
Don’t delay or depend on anyone else to send them please forward them on to me.
It is just a flick on your phone, camera, iPad and forward it to me at joea@iol.ie.

If
you don’t have a photograph from your time on the Green a family photograph
from a later date will do. You can also drop them into me in the shop where I
will scan them and return them to you there and then. I am also looking for
photograph of the apprentices and lodgers that stayed on the Green.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Clara Ginty, New York
City. The winning envelope this week was worth €412. We congratulate Clara on
her win and thank her for her support. Maybe next week it can be your turn, all
you have to do is to buy a ticket for €2 to be in the draw.

It is wonderful to see the 50/50
continuing to rise each week and a special thank you to all of you that are new
to supporting the draw and those weekly contributors. Let’s hope that in the
very near future the draw each will consistently top the €500 mark and it can
with your continued support.

Tickets are on sale in local shops
and businesses throughout the town at €2 each or 3 tickets for €5. As you now
know there are two 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. Those tickets are available
in any of the local outlets or from any member of the club executive.

Super Summer Draw

Rathcline are holding a ‘Super Summer Draw’ for premium
tickets for upcoming events at Croke Park. The prizes are 1st 2
Premium tickets for the Spice Girls on Friday 24th May, 2nd
2 Premium tickets for the Leinster Hurling final on Sunday 30th
June, 3rd 2 Premium prizes for the Leinster Football Final on Sunday
23rd June, 4th 2 Premium tickets for Westlife on Friday 5th
July and 6th prize 2 Premium tickets for Westlife on Saturday 6th
July.

All for only €5 this is a draw worth buying tickets for. The
draw takes place in Adie’s Bar on Sunday 19th May

Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club

Club members travelled to
Killary for the Easter weekend to kick off the dive season. 
Congratulation to our new trainees as this was their first open water dive and
they all had a fantasise experience where they logged 6 amazing dives.
 Training will continue in Lanesboro next Thursday evening
at 7pm and members are asked to bring full gear.  Coxswain training will
also take place for members who have to log some hours on the boat. 

Lough Ree Athletic Club

Saturday week 4th May  is the date for the Roscommon Under 9 to 11
Indoor Competition and the venue is the AIT International Arena in Athlone.
Entries are due in this week so only a couple more training sessions to go.
Congratulations to Kilgefin Community Games Committee on their recent very
successful track and field evening at St Faithleach’s with one of the best
turnouts in recent years. Lanesboro Community Games Committee is currently
looking to finalise a suitable date for the competition this side of the
bridge. We will advise as soon as the date is finalised.

Lanesboro 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 29th April – 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 at the
library.  All welcome to bring their babies or toddlers along to play
together, read a story or two and have some fun!

Book Club

Book Club continues on Friday 26th April
at 11am.  Book Choices for the month of April are ‘Three Things About
Elsie’ by Joanna Cannon and ‘A Piece of the World’ by Christina Baker Kline.

Afternoon Tea & Poetry

As part of the Bealtaine Festival during
month of May, Lanesboro Library & our wonderful Poetry & Music group
will host an Afternoon of Tea & Poetry!

This event is open to everyone and we hope
you will all join us for a cuppa, some poetry and maybe a song or two!

Venue: Lanesboro Library

Date: Monday 13th May 2019

Time: 4.15pm

Alzheimer Society of Ireland
– Mobile Information Service

The Alzheimer Society Mobile Information
Service provides information and support to people living with dementia and
their families as well as those concerned about their own cognitive health.

No appointment necessary – just pop in and
talk to experienced staff who will be available to provide answers to any
questions you may have.

Venue: Lanesboro Library

Date: Friday 17th May 2019

Time: 11am to 2pm

Grow Your Own’ Talk and Seed
Swap

On Monday evening 20th May,
Ronan Lynch will give a talk on ‘Grow Your Own’.  Also, on the
evening will be a Seed/Plant Swap table. Every grower has extra seeds that may
never be used. Bring them to our Seed & Plant Swap and take-home new ones!

If growing your own is your thing – you
won’t want to miss it!

If you are a beginner and don’t have any
seeds to share, you are invited to come along too!

Venue: Lanesboro Library

Date: Monday 20th May

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

Library
membership is
free for everyone and provides you with complimentary access to books and
p.c.’s in the library as well as a range of digital services.

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

Annual Tea Day

The Longford Branch
of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland will host their annual tea day on Thursday
2nd May from 10.00am to 2.00pm in their office at Number 2, Earl Street,
Longford All monies raised will help to maintain vital services throughout
County Longford. Any support will be greatly appreciated, and everyone is
welcome.

Parkinson’s
Meeting

Longford Parkinson’s branch
is holding their next meeting on Tuesday 11th May at 7 pm in
the Family Support Centre, Longford with advice and support on the night
from Speech and language therapist. For more information contact Al
at 087 7640409

Alzheimers
Café

The next Alzheimer cafe will be held on this Wednesday 24th
April at 7.00pm. in the room at the back of Longford Credit Union. 
Entrance and car parking facility are at the rear of the building, between
Longford Shopping Centre and Longford Motor taxation office. Guest Speaker on
the night is Pat Chapman, Citizens Information, and his topic is The Fair Deal.
This is an information and social evening with tea, coffee, and refreshments
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.  

Piano Recital

Piano Recital to be given by Daren Lane at St Brendan’s Church, Clondra
on Friday 3rd May at 7.30 p.m.  The programme comprises:  Beethoven –
Piano Sonata Pathétique in C minor op.13: Schumann – Kreisleriana op.16: Chopin
– Selection of Études, Waltzes, Nocturnes: Liszt – Nocturne, Étude. 
Donations in aid of The Parish Community Centre – the Old School. 

Ballyboro

The under 12 team gave a skilful and committed performance
when they played Melview and were unfortunate not to emerge with at least a
share of the spoils. The game hinged on two controversial penalty decisions
neither of which went the Ballyboro boys way. Melview emerged on top on a 2-1
scoreline. Christian Donlon scored the Ballyboro goal. Team: Aidan Kelly, Anthony
Cox, Jack Casey, David Cox, Billy Murray, Euan Cullen, Christian Donlon, Rian
Hogan, Ben Murphy. Subs: Jack Brogan, Ethan Slattery.
Thanks to all who supported the Mr. and Mrs. event organised
by Gary Beattie and his Cashel group on Sunday last.
The rehearsals for the big OSKAR Night are in full swing at
present.
Last Man Standing 2 is nearing a conclusion with just 14
remaining out of an initial entry of 550.
The club will be staging the Ultimate Sports Table Quiz in Adie’s
on Friday week 3rd May. Sports clubs and organisations in the region are very
welcome to take part.

Fixtures: The under 9s will be involved in a Blitz at home on
Saturday along with Ardagh and Gaels United. The action gets underway at
11am.The under 10s play Gaels United in the Shield semi-final at 11am on
Saturday in The Mall Astro. The under 12s are away to Newtown Bears in the
Major League Championship on this Wednesday 24th,kick off 7pm.The under 12s
have another game on Sunday when they are at home to Melview at 1.30.On
Saturday at 1.30 the under 13s play Stonepark in Abbeycartron in the League
Premier Division Shield.

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

Super Summer Draw

Rathcline are holding a ‘Super Summer Draw’ for premium
tickets for upcoming events at Croke Park. The prizes are 1st 2
Premium tickets for the Spice Girls on Friday 24th May, 2nd
2 Premium tickets for the Leinster Hurling final on Sunday 30th
June, 3rd 2 Premium prizes for the Leinster Football Final on Sunday
23rd June, 4th 2 Premium tickets for Westlife on Friday 5th
July and 6th prize 2 Premium tickets for Westlife on Saturday 6th
July.

All for only €5 this is a draw worth buying tickets for. The
draw takes place in Adie’s Bar on Sunday 19th May

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Clara Ginty, New York
City. The winning envelope this week was worth €412. We congratulate Clara on
her win and thank her for her support. Maybe next week it can be your turn, all
you have to do is to buy a ticket for €2 to be in the draw.

It is wonderful to see the 50/50
continuing to rise each week and a special thank you to all of you that are new
to supporting the draw and those weekly contributors. Let’s hope that in the
very near future the draw each will consistently top the €500 mark and it can
with your continued support.

Tickets are on sale in local shops
and businesses throughout the town at €2 each or 3 tickets for €5. As you now
know there are two 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. Those tickets are available
in any of the local outlets or from any member of the club executive.




Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 15th April 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Royalty

When I think of the lines of
the Don McLean song says, ‘the day the music died’, I think while not dead it
was well silenced from where Irish music was in our community a number of years
ago. Apart from the weekly Wednesday sessions in Clarke’s and at some other small
events there was little to no music being heard.

Last weekend in Lanesboro
the very first Éigse Peter Carberry took place and what we saw was the resurgence
of Irish music in the area. Last weekend was the recognition of music Royalty within
our community and it was a tremendous pleasure that throughout the weekend our
Royalty could be seen and heard around the town. Pete Carberry will be long
remembered worldwide for his absolute talented musicianship.

On Saturday afternoon there
were a series of workshops where a large number attended the many workshops.

Crème de la crème was
Saturday night’s concert in St. Mary’s Hall. It started of brilliantly with an
array of some of Ireland’s most talented musicians and singers bringing an almighty
glow of warmth and feeling to proceedings. A full house was there to celebrate
the life of Pete Carberry and to support his family and his many friends that
at a drop of a hat came from far and wide to contribute to the celebration of
his musical life.

What followed in the second
half of the concert was truly phenomenal and this was where we recognised our
very own as Irish music Royalty with the following two families who have given
so much of their lives to the deliverance of Irish music at the highest level.

While we all recognise the
Donlon name within Irish music and on Saturday night we saw the legacy of Jim
and Vera Donlon with their daughters Teresa, Nuala, son Padraig and his
daughter Fionnuala and son Cillian performing to a level that has not been seen
nor heard in a long time.

Next on stage was the
Carberry family featuring all generations of Pete family; Diarmuid Ó Buachalla
Uillean Pipes grandson, Kevin Barry Carberry, Uillean Pipes grandson, Noel
Carberry, Uillean Pipes son, Angelia Carberry, banjo, grandniece, Angelina’s
partner, Dan Brouder, accordion, Deirdre Ní Buachalla, harp and granddaughter,
Óisín Malone great grandson and Méadhbh Carberry granddaughter. The family were
joined by the excellent and world-renowned Patsy Hanley. The music was regal,
and the legacy of Pete Carberry and his late wife Trish’s was clear to be seen
in the performance of their family.

On Friday night at the
Official launch there was a Ó ghlúin go glúin (from generation to generation)
ceremony where Noel Carberry passed on the Uillean pipes to Pete’s great
grandson Óisín Malone and following the displays on Saturday night the heritage
of Irish music is safe and secure in the next generations of both families.

Pete’s Anniversary Mass took
place on Sunday in Newtowncashel followed by a visit to his grave in Clonbonny
where a recital took place. The weekend closed officially in the Parish Hall
where there was a gathering of uilleann pipers playing throughout the
afternoon.

To ensure that the future of
Irish music is secure in the area the proceeds of the Éigse Peter Carberry
weekend will go towards  building an
instrument bank to aid young people and develop Irish Music classes in the area
where young people will be able to avail of the instrument bank to obtain an
instrument and develop their skill.

Thoughts and ideas for next
year’s festival are already being hatched and we look forward to it being a
festival that will continue to grow and developed into a fantastic festival f
Irish music to rival any other festival in the country. This was a weekend of music
for the ages and we look forward to a resurgence of Irish music in the
community.

A heartiest congratulations
to the organising committee for a wonderful musical weekend in Lanesboro.

Church Gate Collection

This coming weekend Easter
weekend there will be a Church Gate collection taken up at all Masses for
Lanesboro parish Hall, St. Mary’s. You are encouraged to be as generous as
possible for our hall. There is much upkeep and maintenance needed on the hall
on an ongoing basis and your contributions will go a long way in maintaining
the hall in excellent condition for all the people that avail of it.

Lough Ree
Golfing Society

The first outing for 2019 of the Lough Ree Golfing
Society is to County Longford Golf Club on Friday next 19th April
at 11am

The Society is looking to welcoming back all previous
members and they would like to see many new members

Tractor Run this coming weekend

Two
local lads Gordon Farrell, and Shane Prior are making this marathon trip from
Dublin to mayo to help raising the funds for the National Rehabilitation
Hospital, Dun Laoghaire, Paediatric & Special Care Unit at the Midlands
Regional Hospital Mullingar and Mayo University Hospital Castlebar. Your
generous support will be greatly appreciated. Sponsorship cards are available
in O’Brien’s

Easter arrangements at St. Mary’s

Easter
Penance Service will take place on Wednesday 17th April at 7.30pm.

Ceremonies
for Holy week commence on Thursday at 7.30pm Good Friday 3pm and 8pm. Holy
Saturday at 7.30pm. Easter Sunday Masses at 9.30am and 11.30am.

Lough Ree Athletic Club

Training has now gone from once a week to twice a week. It
is great to see our numbers increasing week on week and to see so many young
people out enjoying themselves. Training will now take place on Tuesdays at
6.30pm and Sunday’s at 12.30pm. We encourage as many young people to come along
and join in the great fun that is athletics.

Easter Ceremonies for
St. John’s Congregation

The following are the arrangements for the Easter
Ceremonies:  Spy
Wednesday 7.30 p.m. Holy Communion in Coman’s Roscommon, Holy Thursday Service
in Ballinlough at 7.30pm

Good Friday 7.30 film Passion of Christ in ‘the
Core’ Roscommon

Easter Saturday there will be an evening
prayer service in
St. John’s Lanesborough at 7.30pm

Tidy Towns
Lotto

The
lucky numbers drawn last week were 22, 23, 25 and 28. The winner of the €50
prize was Marie Mc Grath, Derrygeel, and the three €20 winners were Tiernan
Hanley, Corrigeen, Ann Pam Feeney, Rathcline and Dorothy Fagan c/o Market. The
jackpot now stands at €3,200.

For
the Easter Draw on Tuesday next 23rd April the prizes will be an
increase in the prizes given out apart from the jackpot the secondary prizes
will be €100 and three €50 prizes.

The
committee thanks everyone for their tremendous and loyal 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

Photographs from the Green

Thanksto everyone that has already sent me
photographs and also contacted me and told me they would look some up and get
them to me. Seeing what has come in so far is great to see and recall memories.
Don’t delay or depend on anyone else to send them please forward them on to me.
It is just a flick on your phone, camera, iPad and forward it to me at joea@iol.ie.

If
you don’t have a photograph from your time on the Green a family photograph from
a later date will do. You can also drop them into me in the shop where I will
scan them and return them to you there and then. I am also looking for
photograph of the apprentices and lodgers that stayed on the Green.

Annual 25 Drive

The annual Rathcline Good Friday 25 Drive (Partners) will
take place in St. Mary’s Hall on Good Friday 19th April with the
first hands being dealt at 9pm sharp. Year on year this card game becomes more
popular and we look forward to Friday 19th being great night with
big numbers. Tickets are priced at € each and even if you are not going you can
buy your ticket put your name on it and return to the seller. By doing this you
will be in for the draw for a number of prizes. As usual refreshments will be
served and there will be numerous spot prizes.

25 weekly drive

Thanks to all
for supporting card drive. First Eugene Kelly and Barney Kenny. Joint second
Michael and Kathleen Finnan, Brendan and Tom.  Last game Basil n Johnno. 
The raffle winners were Jack Bannon, Sean Cox. The game continues every Sunday
night.

Illegal Dumping

I know it is useless to ask people to stop illegal dumping
they just don’t heed. No matter what road off the main road you take there is
not a shortage of illegal dumping. This illegal dumping is spoiling our
countryside and it is a blight on our community. It is only an attraction for
vermin. The problem is getting worse and it is very important while walking,
cycling or driving that if you come across people dumping that you take the
car/van registration and report it immediately to the Environment Department of
Longford County Council(043)
334 3300
or
Roscommon County Council (090)
663 7100

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Clara Ginty, New York
City. The winning envelope this week was worth €412. We congratulate Clara on
her win and thank her for her support. Maybe next week it can be your turn, all
you have to do is to buy a ticket for €2 to be in the draw.

It is wonderful to see the 50/50
continuing to rise each week and a special thank you to all of you that are new
to supporting the draw and those weekly contributors. Let’s hope that in the
very near future the draw each will consistently top the €500 mark and it can
with your continued support.

Tickets are on sale in local shops
and businesses throughout the town at €2 each or 3 tickets for €5. As you now
know there are two 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. Those tickets are available
in any of the local outlets or from any member of the club executive.

Super Summer Draw

Rathcline are holding a ‘Super Summer Draw’ for premium
tickets for upcoming events at Croke Park. The prizes are 1st 2
Premium tickets for the Spice Girls on Friday 24th May, 2nd
2 Premium tickets for the Leinster Hurling final on Sunday 30th
June, 3rd 2 Premium prizes for the Leinster Football Final on Sunday
23rd June, 4th 2 Premium tickets for Westlife on Friday 5th
July and 6th prize 2 Premium tickets for Westlife on Saturday 6th
July.

All for only €5 this is a draw worth buying tickets for. The
draw takes place in Adie’s Bar on Sunday 19th May

Easter at Lanesboro Library

Easter Closing

Library will close at 5pm on Wednesday 17th April
and will reopen on Tuesday 23rd April at 2pm.

Knitting & Crochet Group

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

Poetry & Music Group

Poetry & Music group continues on
Monday 29th April – 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 at the
library.  All welcome to bring their babies or toddlers along to play
together, read a story or two and have some fun!

Book Club

Book Club continues on Friday 26th April
at 11am.  Book Choices for the month of April are ‘Three Things About
Elsie’ by Joanna Cannon and ‘A Piece of the World’ by Christina Baker Kline.

Afternoon Tea & Poetry

As part of the Bealtaine Festival during
month of May, Lanesboro Library & our wonderful Poetry & Music group
will host an Afternoon of Tea & Poetry!

This event is open to everyone and we hope
you will all join us for a cuppa, some poetry and maybe a song or two!

Venue: Lanesboro Library

Date: Monday 13th May 2019

Time: 4.15pm

Alzheimer Society of Ireland
– Mobile Information Service

The Alzheimer Society Mobile Information
Service provides information and support to people living with dementia and
their families as well as those concerned about their own cognitive health.

No appointment necessary – just pop in and
talk to experienced staff who will be available to provide answers to any
questions you may have.

Venue: Lanesboro Library

Date: Friday 17th May 2019

Time: 11am to 2pm

Foreign Currency & Used Stamps

We are still collecting unwanted foreign
currency and old coins/notes in aid of ISPCC. The smallest donation can make a
huge difference. 

We also collect used stamps in aid of
ISPCC.  Thank you.

Library membership is free for everyone and provides you
with complimentary access to books and p.c.’s in the library as well as a range
of digital services.

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

Parkinson’s
Meeting

Longford Parkinson’s branch is
holding their next meeting on Tuesday 11th May at 7 pm in
the Family Support Centre, Longford with advice and support on the night
from Speech and language therapist. For more information contact Al at
087 7640409

Alzheimers
Café

The next Alzheimer cafe will be held on Wednesday week 24th
April at 7.00pm. in the room at the back of Longford Credit Union. 
Entrance and car parking facility are at the rear of the building, between
Longford Shopping Centre and Longford Motor taxation office. Guest Speaker on
the night is Pat Chapman, Citizens Information, and his topic is The Fair Deal.
This is an information and social evening with tea, coffee, and refreshments
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.  

Tractor Run

Ballymahon’s first ever Tractor Run, takes place on
Sunday April 14th. All proceeds on the day goes to Ballymahon Day Care Centre.

The Centre has renovations which need to be carried
out. This will bring the Centre in line with today’s standards.

Work will commence when the Centre closes for the
month of August and will need to be completed for when the Centre reopens in
September. 

All proceeds from the tractor run will go to make up
the shortfall of funding required for the renovation works which needs to be
carried out. 

On the day of the tractor run, all tractors are asked
to park in the field opposite Nally’s Topaz/Spar and walk across the road to
register in Ballymahon Day Care Centre. 

Any lorries, jeep and trailers carrying tractors are
asked to unload at Finn’s Centra on the Athlone Road and park lorries or jeeps
there in their big car park in an orderly fashion. 

Registration opens at 11am with raffle cards on sale
€2 a line. Tea or coffee and homemade scones served before we depart at
12noon. 

The safety vehicle will go in front followed by the
vintage tractors which will set the pace.

Piano Recital

Piano Recital to be given by Daren Lane at St Brendan’s Church, Clondra
on Friday 3rd May at 7.30 p.m.  The programme comprises:  Beethoven –
Piano Sonata Pathétique in C minor op.13: Schumann – Kreisleriana op.16: Chopin
– Selection of Études, Waltzes, Nocturnes: Liszt – Nocturne, Étude. 
Donations in aid of The Parish Community Centre – the Old School. 

Ballyboro

The under 10
team came back to form with a vengeance when they recorded a comprehensive win
over UCL Rhinos, by six goals to two, to clinch a league semi-final place. Team
and goalscorers: Mikie Sorohan, Eoghan Mullooly, Leon Malkowski, Rian Shanley, Dan
Casey, Oisin Dillon(1),Eoin Beattie, Ciaran McGloin, Rian Hogan(3).Subs: Sean
O’Dowd, Evan Rooney(2).
The under 13 team gave a terrific performance when they
accounted for a highly rated Melview team in the quarter final of the David
Flaherty Cup .A resolute Ballyboro defence  kept the Longford boys at bay
in the early stages, before devastating counter attacks yielded goals from Eoin
Cox(2),Euan Cullen, and Christian Donlon. Though Melview staged a comeback in
the second period, Alex Forde scored the clinching goal to see Ballyboro safely
through to the semi-final by a 5-3 margin. Team: Sam Glennon, Rory Carling, Jack
Casey, Cormac O’Dowd, Josh Crawford, Christian Donlon, Euan Cullen, Sam Murphy,
Joey Trimble, Alex Forde, Eoin Cox. Subs Ben Murphy, James Mimnagh, Conor
Farrell, Luke Cullen.
OSKAR fever is beginning to grip the locality and the
castings were revealed before a big attendance on Friday last. Due to the fact
that an amazing 110 people auditioned for parts, an eight film will be screened
on the Big Night. Tickets are being snapped up at O’Brien’s for what will
undoubtedly be the night of the year. The Cashel group are staging a Mr. and
Mrs. event in The Local on Easter Sunday night. This is sure to be a very
entertaining and informative night and all support will be appreciated.
   Fixtures: On this Tuesday (16th), the under 16s
play Gaels United in Drumlish at 7pm.Also on this Tuesday the under 12s play
Melview at Abbeycartron at 7pm in the Major Division Championship. On Wednesday
the under 13s play Stonepark in Abbeycartron, kick off 7pm. On Friday the under
14s are at home to Newtown, time tbc. Two games are fixed for next Monday (Bank
Holiday): the under 12s are at home to Newtown Bears in the quarter final of
the Tynan Cup, kick off 11.30am and at 1pm the under 14s are also at home to
Ardagh United in the semi-final of the First Division Plate.

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

Leader Cup

Saturday last was the chance to build on our win over
Clonguish when we took on Mostrim in Clonbonny on Saturday. It was another
tough, hard and sporting game with neither side giving quarter. In the end the
score board read in our favour on a scoreline of 2-8 to 0-11. The old adage of
goals win games was again proving to be true. Well done to the lads.

On Friday next 19th our Reserve League Division 1
team will play Longford Slashers at 5.30pm in Farneyhoogan. All panes members
are asked to be in The dressing rooms at 4.45pm.

25 Drive

The annual Rathcline Good Friday 25 Drive (Partners) will
take place in St. Mary’s Hall on Good Friday 19th April with the
first hands being dealt at 9pm sharp. Year on year this card game becomes more
popular and we look forward to Friday 19th being great night with
big numbers. Tickets are priced at € each and even if you are not going you can
buy your ticket put your name on it and return to the seller. By doing this you
will be in for the draw for a number of prizes. As usual refreshments will be
served and there will be numerous spot prizes.

Super Summer Draw

Rathcline are holding a ‘Super Summer Draw’ for premium
tickets for upcoming events at Croke Park. The prizes are 1st 2
Premium tickets for the Spice Girls on Friday 24th May, 2nd
2 Premium tickets for the Leinster Hurling final on Sunday 30th
June, 3rd 2 Premium prizes for the Leinster Football Final on Sunday
23rd June, 4th 2 Premium tickets for Westlife on Friday 5th
July and 6th prize 2 Premium tickets for Westlife on Saturday 6th
July.

All for only €5 this is a draw worth buying tickets for. The
draw takes place in Adie’s Bar on Sunday 19th May

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Clara Ginty, New York
City. The winning envelope this week was worth €412. We congratulate Clara on
her win and thank her for her support. Maybe next week it can be your turn, all
you have to do is to buy a ticket for €2 to be in the draw.

It is wonderful to see the 50/50
continuing to rise each week and a special thank you to all of you that are new
to supporting the draw and those weekly contributors. Let’s hope that in the
very near future the draw each will consistently top the €500 mark and it can
with your continued support.

Tickets are on sale in local shops
and businesses throughout the town at €2 each or 3 tickets for €5. As you now
know there are two 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. Those tickets are available
in any of the local outlets or from any member of the club executive.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Senior League: Round three
of the O’Rourke Cup was held in Ballyleague on Sunday afternoon against Western
Gaels. Result: St. Faithleach’s 2-12 Western Gaels 0-10. Next round against St.
Brigid’s. 

Junior Ladies League: The
Ladies play Boyle in the league semi-final on Sunday 28th April. 

Well done: To club rep
Katie Murray and her teammates on the Roscommon Ladies U14 panel who won the
Connacht B Final on Saturday. Also, to Ellen Irwin, Kate McPhilips and Jennifer
Brennan who won the Minor B Connacht Final. 

Community Games: Kilgefin
Community Games track events were held on club grounds on Thursday last with
over 100 children from the parish participating, well done to all involved and
to the volunteers who continue to grow the event year on year. 

Ballagh Spring Clean:
Spring clean of litter in the Ballagh area takes place through weekend 19/20/21
April. Please meet at Ballagh church for bags and pickers. To give an hour of
your time contact Frank Fallon (087)2656401 

Easter Egg Hunt : Our
annual Easter Egg Hunt takes place on club grounds on Sunday 21st from 4-6pm




Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 1st April 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Éigse Peter Carberry

What most likely be the biggest and best Irish Music
celebration to take place in Lanesboro for many a long year will take place on
the weekend Friday 12th to Sunday 14th April to remember
the late and great Pete Carberry, Derryhaun. We have heard of many great
uilleann pipers, but Pete was one of the very best uilleann pipers in Ireland.
This is the first ever hosting of the Éigse
Peter Carberry weekend and it will give us all the opportunity to
celebrate Pete’s music, his memory and the legacy that he has left. Glorious
Irish music will come to Lanesboro for the weekend and I would encourage
everyone to come to Lanesboro, sample the atmosphere and enjoy the very best of
Irish music, song, dance and storytelling encompassing people extoling the
virtues of Éigse Peter Carberry’s
motto of, from generation to generation.

The weekend will have its official opening on Friday
12th in St. Mary’s Parish Hall at 8pm with the opening address given
by Liam Ó Cuinneagáin, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. This will be followed by a
recital by two of Ireland’s finest uilleann pipers Neíllidh Mulligan NPU Dublin
and Michael Cooney Tipperary. The Ó ghlúin go glúin (from generation to
generation) ceremony will involve Méadhbh and Óisín and the opening will close
with the Clarke’s group and friends.

Saturday 13th morning registration will
take place for the following workshops at 9.30am with €20 fee: Piping classes
and reed making with Cormac Keegan, Michael Cooney and Donncha Keegan; Whistle
with Gerry Bohan, Fiddle with Laura Wall, Accordion with Dan Brouder, Banjo
with Angelina Carberry. Classes will take place from 10.30am to 12.30 pm and
2pm to 4pm.

In Lanesboro library opening from 3pm to 4.30 an
exhibition on the life and music of Pete Carberry.

On Saturday night a concert that will feature the best
musicians in the country will take place in St. Mary Hall featuring an array of
talented musicians including noted Piper and CEO of Na Píobairí Uilleann, Gay McKeon who was only delighted to accept his
invitation. Uilleann Pipers Cormac and Donncha Keegan and Michael Cooney, the
Donlon family featuring Uilleann pipes, whistles, harp and banjo, singer Helen
Barry, Noel Sweeney on the flute, Jimmy McLoughlin on the accordion, Gerry
Bohan on the flute, the Carberry family with an array of instruments – Uilleann
pipes, harp, whistles, fiddle, accordion, banjo, mandola and bodhrán. Fear a’
tí will be the very popular Seanachaí Vincent Pierce.

Sunday 14th will open with the Anniversary
Mass for Pete in the Church of the Nativity and Blessed Virgin Mary Newtowncashel
at 10.30am. Following Mass there will be a recital at Pete’s grave in Clonbonny
Cemetery. In the afternoon commencing at 2pm and continuing until 6pm there
will be a gathering of Uilleann Pipers for what will be an Irish music session
to beat all. Don’t miss it.

I am sure there will be impromptu sessions popping up
throughout in some likely and unlikely places.

Come to Lanesboro for a weekend to remember.

Enquiries to eigsepetercarberry@gmail.com

Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club

Well done to all the members of the multiple Sub Aqua search and rescues groups who took part in the Midlands Search and Rescue training over the weekend. The event was hosted by the Lough Ree sub aqua search and rescue club with the event taking place in Lanesborough. There was  a great turn out with plenty of new members training along with a large number attending to continue on their roles in their relevant clubs. We would like to extend our thanks to all the organisation who made the training a possibility including an Garda Siochana, the Civil Defense, the RNLI Lifeboat service and all members of the public who assisted with activities. Finally we would like to thank all the members who attended training, it is a voluntary service which these club provide and it is great to see such a large number of people come together with the intend of helping the community, thank you all for your service.

Seeking People to do B& B

Last
weekend I was asked where there was B&B locally that could be availed of
for the Pike Fishing competition that takes place on 14th and 15th
September. The two lads’ sons of a former local man are looking for B&B for
the 13th/14th September. If you are intending to do
B&B for that weekend or have the space to do it could you contact me at the
shop, and I will put you in touch.

All Ireland Final

Saturday
next will be a red lettered day for five young men from our community and their
parents when the CBS Roscommon team will play Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra in
Croke Park at 12.45pm. James
Browne, Liam Ormsby, Cian Glennon, Michael Dunne and Aaron Glennon are the local young men that have done their
school and community so proud. We look forward to a fabulous day and a victory
on Saturday. We wish the lads, their teammates and team management the very
best of luck.

Extreme Tractor Run

An
Extreme Tractor Run will take place the weekend 19th to 21st
April from Dublin to Mayo to raise funds for the National Rehabilitation
Hospital, Dun Laoghaire, Paediatric & Special Care Unit at the Midlands
Regional Hospital Mullingar and Mayo University Hospital Castlebar. All of the
above are cause are well worth supporting. Two local lads Gordon Farrell, son
of Pauric and Deirdre, Carrowstrawley and Shane Prior son of Ciaran and Jacqui
Prior are making this huge trip to help raising the funds. Your generous
support will be greatly appreciated. Sponsorship cards are available in
O’Brien’s

Social Service Whist

The
monthly Whist Drive will take place on Friday night next in St. Mary’s Hall at
8.30pm. The proceeds of the Whist Drive help Lanesboro Social Services aid the
people in need within the parish. Your ongoing support has been a great help
and we hope that you will again be supportive and bring along a card playing
friend or two for a great night of card playing. As usual light refreshments
will be served.

Death

Michael
Malone, Cloonadra died on Friday 22nd March at University College
Hospital Galway. Mike as he was most commonly known moved in his childhood years
to Cloontuskert and later to his home in Cloonadra with his wife Nuala and where
they reared their family. Mike worked with ESB for a number of years before moving
on to work at Mickie Flynn’s garage. Mike had an incredible interest in cars and
was a wonderful source of motoring information on any question. He had an
insatiable desire for knowledge and without doubt was more informed than any
commentator. Mike was a wonderful and most helpful neighbour and friend – he was
renowned for his helpfulness and thoughtfulness. He was meticulous in
everything he did. His passing will leave a great void in the hearts and minds
of our community and everyone that had the pleasure to know him. The attendance
at the reposing of his remains at his residence and again at his Funeral ass
and burial bore ample testimony to the esteem in which was held.

Mike’s
remains reposed at his residence in Cloonadra on Sunday 24th March
before being removed to the Church of the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague on Monday. Following
his Funeral Mass, he was laid to rest in Cloontuskert Cemetery.

To
his wife Nuala, sons Brian, Andrew and David, daughters Patricia, Ruth and
Michelle, relatives and many friends we extend our sincere sympathy.

Lough Ree Athletic Club

Following our recent unsuccessful effort to hold an AGM, it
was heartening to see the good turnout at last Thursday’s AGM.  A new committee was elected. There was a
great enthusiasm at the meeting to see a successful club and we look forward to
seeing all the local children from our catchment area of Lanesboro/Rathcline, Ballyleague/Kilgefin,
Cashel, Cloontagh, Killashee and Kenagh coming along to the training sessions
at the track. Now that the time has changed outdoor training commenced on
Tuesday at 6.30 pm and will continue every Tuesday at the same time.
Registration will take place at training. 
With the season starting with the Under 9 to Under 11 Indoor Competition
at AIT Athlone on Saturday 4th May it is important that all our
young boys and girls are making full use of the training sessions in the lead
up. 

We believe the date for the local Community Games Track and
Field competition is also early this year.

Mary Wins €15,000

Last
Tuesday morning proved to be a very special morning for our most popular Post
mistress Mary Gee. Mary, a weekly supporter of the draw, playing the same
numbers week in week out seen her numbers become the lucky ones for the €15,000
prize. We congratulate Mary on her fabulous win. Mary’s lucky numbers were 1,
11, 12 and 24. The winner of the €50 prize was Sarah Muldoon, Rathcline Road, and
the three €20 winners were Colette and Roisín Mount Dillon, Chris Moran,
Carrickedmond, Chris Moran Carrickedmond, and Cillian and Senan Cox, Curraghrua.

The
committee congratulates Mary on her fabulous win and thanks everyone for their tremendous
and loyal 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 Green

The
numbers of photos are starting to come in in greater numbers and I would like
to thank you for your search. As I look through them, they are bringing back
great memories of the people and their families. 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. Thank you.

Annual 25 Drive

The annual Rathcline Good Friday 25 Drive (Partners) will
take place in St. Mary’s Hall on Good Friday 19th April with the first
hands being dealt at 9pm sharp. Year on year this card game becomes more
popular and we look forward to Friday 19th being great night with
big numbers. Tickets are priced at € each and even if you are not going you can
buy your ticket put your name on it and return to the seller. By doing this you
will be in for the draw for a number of prizes. As usual refreshments will be
served and there will be numerous spot prizes.

Revisiting Nurse Donlon

Previously
I was seeking information on the memories of Nurse Donlon at the bottom of Main
Street. A good number of memories were recounted in longhand and via email to
Stella in the Library. A great number made comment on the notice back then but
never put pen to paper or finger to the keyboard. Now we are making a final
call for people to put pen to paper or finger to keyboard and relate their
memories in print. There is so much got already but there is much more out
there. Please contact Stella at the library sosullivan@longfordcoco.ie or
drop them into the shop or email them to me at joea@iol.ie .

The two loves of Gabriel Foley
Pillar Box Drama Moydow will present The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley in the Community Centre Ardagh on Saturday 13th April at
8.30pm
All of the proceeds will supplement the Ardagh/Moydow
Parish Fundraising programme.
For tickets contact Betty Finnegan
086-3855424 or Mary Lenehen 087-6424316 some tickets may also be available on
the night.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The
results of the competition held on Wednesday last 27th March are:
N/S 1st tie between Cyril Hussey and Phil Chalmers& Mona
O’Flaherty and Maureen Hynes, 3rd Katharine Harrison and Mary
Farrell. E/W 1st Mae Casey and Brid Mc Dermott, 2nd Frank
and Frances Brennan, 3rd Mary Jameson and Patricia Mc Gann.

Birth

Congratulations
to Louise and Pierre Boudin, Rathcline Road on the recent birth of a baby girl.

Rosie’s Tops

The
Connaught Regional Awards for the 2019 Irish Restaurant Awards took place in
the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Sligo last week, where awards were presented to the country’s leading
chefs, restaurants and pubs. When it came to the announcement of the Roscommon
winners Rosie’s at the Lifebelt Bar won the Best Bar Award. Many
congratulations to James, Marie and staff on this great accolade.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Jacinta Madden c/o
Brendan. The winning envelope this week was worth €436. Jacinta is a weekly
player from Ballyleague Bingo of our 50/50 and we congratulate her on her win.
Perhaps next week it can be your turn, all you have to do is to buy a ticket
for €2 to be in the draw.

It is wonderful to see the 50/50
continuing to rise each week and a special thank you to all of you that are new
to supporting the draw and those weekly contributors. Let’s hope that in the
very near future the draw each will consistently top the €500 mark and it can
with your continued support.

Tickets are on sale in local shops
and businesses throughout the town at €2 each or 3 tickets for €5. As you now
know there are two 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. Those tickets are available
in any of the local outlets or from any member of the club executive.

Thank You

Longford
MS would like to sincerely thank all who helped and contributed so generously
at their recent Church gate collection. All donations were greatly appreciated
and will be put to great use within the branch.

Lanesboro 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 8th April – 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 at the
library.  All welcome to bring their babies or toddlers along to play
together, read a story or two and have some fun!

Music in South Co. Longford’- A Lecture

‘Music in South Co. Longford – A Lecture
by Fr. John Quinn will take place in Lanesboro Library on Saturday 13th April
at 3pm.  This lecture is organised as part of Éigse Peter Carberry
weekend. All welcome to come along!

An Afternoon of Tea &
Poetry

As part of the Bealtaine Festival during
month of May, Lanesboro Library & our wonderful Poetry & Music group
will host an Afternoon of Tea & Poetry!

This event is open to everyone and we hope
you will all join us for a cuppa, some poetry and maybe a song or two!

Venue: Lanesboro Library

Date: Monday 13th May 2019

Time: 4.15pm

Alzheimer Society of Ireland
– Mobile Information Service

The Alzheimer Society Mobile Information
Service provides information and support to people living with dementia and
their families as well as those concerned about their own cognitive health.

No appointment necessary – just pop in and
talk to experienced staff who will be available to provide answers to any
questions you may have.

Venue: Lanesboro Library

Date: Friday 17th May 2019

Time: 11am to 2pm

Foreign Currency & Used
Stamps

We are still collecting unwanted foreign
currency and old coins/notes in aid of ISPCC. The smallest donation can make a
huge difference. 

We also collect used stamps in aid of
ISPCC.  Thank you.

Library membership is free for everyone and provides
you with complimentary access to books and p.c.’s in the library as well as a
range of digital services.

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

Open Day

Longford Arthritis Branch are holding an Open Day in Longford
Library to mark National Arthritis Week 8th-14th. Call in on Friday between
10-4 o’clock for chat, information booklets, courses on offer and have
Tea/Coffee. Everyone welcome. Church gate collecting on Sat/Sun 13-14 April.
All donations greatly appreciated. 

Ballyboro

The players
and club officials were guests of the FAI at the Ireland-Georgia game at the
Aviva Stadium on Tuesday last. The players really enjoyed the occasion, and
thanks are due to the FAI for their assistance, and to John Delaney for the
tickets.
Rehearsals will be starting soon for the big
OSKAR Night.
The under 16s were involved in a seven goal
thriller against Killoe Celtic, and were a tad unfortunate to come out the
wrong end of a 4-3 scoreline. Christian Donlon (2) and Eoin Cox were the
Ballyboro goalscorers. Team: Sam Glennon, Ronan Cox, Cormac O’Dowd, Jack Casey,
Josh Crawford, Joey Trimble, Christov, Christian Donlon, Luke Cullen, Euan
Cullen, Eoin Cox.
An under strength under 11 team found the going
tough against a strong Killoe Lions team, particularly in the first half.
However, they improved greatly in the second period and were more than a match
for their opponents. The Lions emerged as worthy winners while Eoin
O’Brien scored a consolation goal for the home team. Team: Callum Farrell, Eoin
Beattie, Aidan Kelly, Mikie Sorohan, Ethan Slattery, Billy Murray, Eoin
O’Brien. Sub: Patrick Gilmore.
The under 9s were involved in a Blitz at the
weekend along with Ballymahon and Melview. The panel of Cathal Hanley, Josh
Curran, Shane Farrell, Jack Cassidy, Adam Greally, Darragh Donlon, James
Carroll, Tim Kenny, Alfie Murphy, Matthew Murphy, and Donncha Farrell did the
club proud.
Fixtures: The under 12s play Castlepollard away
in a first round Tynan Cup encounter on Sunday at 12 noon. The under 13s play
Melview in a quarter final clash in the David Flaherty Cup at Abbeycartron at
11am on Saturday. The under 14s are at home to Inny FC in the first round of
the Shane Brennan Cup on Saturday, kick off 1.30.

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

Good Luck

The Rathcline club would like to wish St. Faithleach’s players
James Browne, Liam Ormsby, Cian
Glennon, Michael Dunne and Aaron Glennon the very best of luck in the All Ireland
Schools Final in Croke Park on Saturday next.

Leader Cup

Sunday last we dipped our feet back into senior football when
we entertained Dromard in the first round of the Leader Cup. Emerging from Intermediate
league and championship into senior is always aa daunting task especially when
you are playing one of the best and most consistent senior teams in the county.

Acquitted ourselves well there is no doubt we done that in an
excellent game that had those in attendance on tender hooks right up to the
final whistle. The final scoreline read 2-6 to 0-13 with us having lost out by
one point. Despite the result this was an excellent performance for our lads
and a performance that will give us great hope and expectation going into our
game on Sunday when we travel to Newtownforbes to play Clonguish at 2pm.

25 Drive

The annual Rathcline Good Friday 25 Drive (Partners) will
take place in St. Mary’s Hall on Good Friday 19th April with the first
hands being dealt at 9pm sharp. Year on year this card game becomes more
popular and we look forward to Friday 19th being great night with
big numbers. Tickets are priced at € each and even if you are not going you can
buy your ticket put your name on it and return to the seller. By doing this you
will be in for the draw for a number of prizes. As usual refreshments will be
served and there will be numerous spot prizes.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Jacinta Madden c/o
Brendan. The winning envelope this week was worth €436. Jacinta is a weekly
player from Ballyleague Bingo of our 50/50 and we congratulate her on her win.
Perhaps next week it can be your turn, all you have to do is to buy a ticket
for €2 to be in the draw.

It is wonderful to see the 50/50
continuing to rise each week and a special thank you to all of you that are new
to supporting the draw and those weekly contributors. Let’s hope that in the
very near future the draw each will consistently top the €500 mark and it can
with your continued support.

Tickets are on sale in local shops
and businesses throughout the town at €2 each or 3 tickets for €5. As you now
know there are two 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. Those tickets are available
in any of the local outlets or from any member of the club executive.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

O’Rourke Cup: Round one of
the O’Rourke Cup took place on Sunday afternoon in Lisnamult against Roscommon
Gaels, result: St. Faithleach’s 0-21 Roscommon Gaels 0-11. The next round takes
place on Sunday 7th against Padraig Pearses. 

Junior Ladies League:
 The Ladies has a comprehensive win on home grounds on Sunday morning
against Strokestown, result: St. Faithleach’s 7-7 Strokestown 1-5. Next round
takes place April 14th. 

Minor League: The boys
played St. Michael’s in Ballyleague on Saturday afternoon, result; St. Faithleach’s
6-15 St. Michael’s 1-6. 

U16 Girls League: The
girls played their first game of the season in Tulsk on Sunday, result; St. Faithleach’s
7-4 Tulsk 6-5. Next game takes place on Friday in Ballyleague against Four
Roads. 

Congratulations: To Roscommon CBS team and management and to club reps;
James Browne, Liam Ormsby, Cian Glennon, Michael Dunne and Aaron Glennon on
reaching the All Ireland Senior B Schools Final. We wish the school and the
boys all the best for Saturday’s Final. 

Table Quiz: Our
rescheduled Table Quiz takes place on Friday 5th at 9:30pm in the clubhouse,
all welcome. 

Cards: Take place every
Tuesday night in the clubhouse, last week’s joint winners: Eugene & Sonny,
Vincent & Seamus. Last game Anne & Kay. 




Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 25th March 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

An hour less in bed

This
Saturday night 30th March you are reminded to put your clock forward
as we emerge from Winter time and enter Summer time. It is an exciting time of
the year as we look forward to what we hope will be another Summer like last
year and a time to great enjoyment.

Seeking People to do B& B

Last
weekend I was asked where there was B&B locally that could be availed of
for the Pike Fishing competition that takes place on 14th and 15th
September. The two lads’ sons of a former local man are looking for B&B for
the 13th/14th September. If you are intending to do
B&B for that weekend or have the space to do it could you contact me at the
shop, and I will put you in touch.

Midland Rally

The
Midland Rally once again came to the parish. With it came the customary noise
of the rally car as they came in the Longford Road and up the Rathcline Road to
the stage start in Lisrevagh. Rally cars came from all over Ireland to take
part and a huge number of followers came too searching for the best vantage
points to see the thrills and spills of the Midland Rally. As the crossroads in
town there was a great number of local residents watching the cars making their
way to the stage start and it roar of the engines rather than the speed was the
main attraction.

Local
entrants Stephen Healy, driver along with co-pilot Enda Fallon had an eventful
drive as the they encountered a clutch problem and as luck would have it
happened beside Stephen’s home and they put it up and fitted a new clutch and
they were back in the race where they went on to complete the course. Driver
Vincent Collins and his co-pilot Fintan Kilroe did not encounter such problems
and went to a high final position. 

There
were many local people involved in the staging of the rally and their input
must be complimented for the successful organising of this very popular rally.
Congratulations to the entire organising team on a fabulous day.

Extreme Tractor Run

An
Extreme Tractor Run will take place the weekend 19th to 21st
April from Dublin to Mayo to raise funds for the National Rehabilitation
Hospital, Dun Laoghaire, Paediatric & Special Care Unit at the Midlands
Regional Hospital Mullingar and Mayo University Hospital Castlebar. All of the
above are cause are well worth supporting. Two local lads Gordon Farrell, son
of Pauric and Deirdre, Carrowstrawley and Shane Prior son of Ciaran and Jacqui
Prior are making this huge trip to help raising the funds. Your generous
support will be greatly appreciated. Sponsorship cards are available in O’Brien’s

Birth

Many
congratulations to Urszula Kapeluszua and Artur Rydzak, Cnoc na Gaoithe on the
recent birth of a baby boy.  

Sympathy

We
would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Coyle family, Weekfield on the
death last Tuesday 19th March of Mrs. Annie Coyle. Annie was predeceased
by her husband the late Jimmy and she was sister of the late Pakie Wallace. She
will be very sadly missed by her sons James, Michael, Paul and Patrick, sister
Beetie, relatives and a huge host of friends.

Lough Ree Athletic Club

The reconvened AGM of the club will take place next
Thursday 28th March in St Marys Parish Hall at 9.15 pm. It would be wonderful
if all interested in athletics and it development in the area could attend.

There was a very good attendance at the Sunday morning run
in Clonbonny with the “in form” Mikey Sorohan leading home the runners in a
very fast time.

The next event for the younger brigade will be the Under 9
to Under 11 in the Indoor Arena at AIT, Athlone on Saturday May 4th. Athletes
need to reach their eighth birthday this year to be eligible for this event.

The Green

The
numbers of photos are starting to come in in greater numbers and I would like
to thank you for your search. As I look through them, they are bringing back
great memories of the people and their families. 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. Thank you.

Revisiting Nurse Donlon

Previously
I was seeking information on the memories of Nurse Donlon at the bottom of Main
Street. A good number of memories were recounted in longhand and via email to
Stella in the Library. A great number made comment on the notice back then but
never put pen to paper or finger to the keyboard. Now we are making a final
call for people to put pen to paper or finger to keyboard and relate their
memories in print. There is so much got already but there is much more out
there. Please contact Stella at the library sosullivan@longfordcoco.ie or
drop them into the shop or email them to me at joea@iol.ie .

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club

The
results of the competition held on Monday 11th March are: N/S 1st
Frank and Frances Brennan, 2nd Katharine Harrison and Mary Farrell,
3rd Phil Chalmers and Cyril Hussey. E/W 1st Patricia Mc
Gann and Una Clarke, 2nd Brid Mc Dermott and Una Lawlor, 3rd
Elizabeth Clyne and Mary Connor.

Éigse Peter Carberry

Pete Carberry was noted as being one off the very best
uilleann pipers in Ireland and the opportunity to celebrate Pete’s memory and
music comes to Lanesboro and I would urge everyone that remembers Pete, his
music and those that would like to be part of the weekend to come along.

This Commerative weekend to celebrate the life and
music of the late Pete Carberry of Derryhaun will be held in Lanesboro over the
weekend 12th to 14th April. Pete was a noted uilleann
piper who performed and recorded traditional Irish music in a career spanning
several decades. The weekend’s events will include Junior and Master music
classes, lecture, recitals, Workshops and Exhibition and a concert of
traditional Irish music and song. A full programme of events will be published
next week. Enquiries to eigsepetercarberry@gmail.com

Co. Longford Spelling Champion

Many
congratulations to Chriswin Regit, Cnoc na Gaoithe who recently became the 2019
Spelling Bee Champion for County Longford. Chriswin is pupil at Lanesboro
Primary School and will now progress to the Leinster Final in May.

Sympathy

We
would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Bill Keane and his son Dermot,
Curraghroe and the extended Keane family on the death of their daughter and
sister Mary Keane, Janesboro, Co. Limerick on Sunday 17th March.

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.

Alzheimer Café

The
next Alzheimer cafe will be held on this Wednesday 27th March at 7.00pm. in the
room at the back of Longford Credit Union.  Entrance and car parking
facility are at the rear of the building, between Longford Shopping Centre and
Longford Motor taxation office. Guest Speaker on the night is Marie Mc Givney
PHN, and her topic is Caring for people with Dementia. This is an information
and social evening with tea, coffee, and refreshments 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.  

The two loves of Gabriel Foley
Pillar Box Drama Moydow will present The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley in the Community Centre Ardagh on Saturday 13th April at
8.30pm
All of the proceeds will supplement the Ardagh/Moydow
Parish Fundraising programme.
For tickets contact Betty Finnegan
086-3855424 or Mary Lenehen 087-6424316 some tickets may also be available on
the night.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The
results of the competition held on Wednesday 13th March are: N/S 1st
Katharine Harrison and Mary Farrell, 2nd Una Clarke and Eileen
Kelly, 3rd Bernadette Clancy and Mary Mc Gushin. E/W 1st
Brid Mc Dermott and Una Lawlor, 2nd Frank and Frances Brennan, 3rd
Mike Flynn and Kathleen Kelly.

Ballyboro

The under 10s were in fine
fettle when they played Kenagh Eagles on Saturday last. This was reflected in a
3-1 scoreline in favour of the Ballyboro boys, with Rian Hogan, Oisin Dillon, and
Eoin Farrell the goalscorers. Team: Mikie Sorohan, Eoghan Mullooly, Leon Malkowski,
Rian Shanley, Dan Casey, Oisin Dillon, Eoin Beattie, Rian Hogan. Subs: Evan
Rooney, Eoin Farrell, Ciaran McGloin, Sean O’Dowd, Eoin Connell, Keilon
Gilmore, Patrick Gilmore.
The under 8s enjoyed their day out on Saturday
when they participated in a Blitz at Killoe Astro, along with Stonepark and the
home team. Panel: Matthew Murphy, Daragh Shanley, Daragh McGloin, Michael
Hogan, David Kenny, Tom Hession, Donncha Farrell.
Thanks to all who turned up in on Sunday
evening last in big numbers and auditioned for the forthcoming OSKAR Night. All
the aspiring George Clooney’s and Meryl Streep’s were put through their paces
by producer Kevin Rowe and his assistants, and they are eagerly looking forward
to  the rehearsals beginning in earnest.
Fixtures: The under 16s are away to Ballymahon
in the quarter final of the Nolan Cup on Sunday at 2.30.In the first round of
the Shane Brennan Cup, the under 14s are at home  to Inny FC on Friday at
5.30.The under 13s are at home to Killoe Celtic on Saturday at 1pm in the
Premier Division Shield. The under 11s play Killoe Lions in Lanesboro on
Saturday at 12 noon in a crucial league encounter. On Saturday the under 9s
will be taking part in a Blitz in Lanesboro along with Ballymahon and Melview starting
at 11am.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Mary Tiernan, Ferefad,
Longford. The winning envelope this week was worth €365. Mary is a weekly
player of our 50/50 and we congratulate her on her win. Perhaps next week it can
be your turn, all you have to do is to buy a ticket for €2 to be in the draw.

It is wonderful to see the 50/50
continuing to rise each week and a special thank you to all of you that are new
to supporting the draw and those weekly contributors. Let’s hope that in the
very near future the draw each will consistently top the €500 mark and it can
with your continued support.

Tickets are on sale in local shops
and businesses throughout the town at €2 each or 3 tickets for €5. As you now
know there are two 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. Those tickets are available
in any of the local outlets or from any member of the club executive.

€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 and the jackpot has now reached its maximum of €15,000. The numbers
drawn were, 2, 20, 27 and 28. The winner of the €50 prize was Adrian Fallon,
c/o Clarkes Bar, and the three €20 winners were Eugene Mulvihill, Killashee,
Bridie c/o Mags, and Geraldine Farrell c/o Mags

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.

Thank You

The
Lanesborough/Ballyleague St. Patrick’s Day committee says thanks to the
following for their sponsorship and making it possible to stage this year’s
parade.

Longford
County Council, Heineken, Lough Ree Power, Joan and P.J. Donnellan, Dolan’s
Food, Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union, Ping’s Chinese Take Away, Michael
Flynn, Gretta and Orla O’Brien, Joe Ginty, Larry Leavy, Johnston’s Pharmacy,
Joe and Mary Ghee Lanesboro Post Office, Bernard Keane SuperValu, Shannon Cut
Hairdressers, Innis Ree Lodge Nursing Home, Joe and Martina O’Brien, Steve
Ormsby Clarke’s Bar, Gerard Farrell, James Nolan Rosie’s Bar, Sean Mimnagh
Shannon Grill.

Thanks
also to all the people that entered floats in the Parade, to the musicians,
Parish Choir, dancers, Joe and Martina O’Brien, John Casey, all the stewards
and to all that sold and bought tickets.

A
special mention to Lanesboro Community College the only school in the area
taking part.

The
Parade was an outstanding success and well done to the huge numbers of
spectators that lined the streets showing their appreciation. Congratulations
to the float and raffle winners.

A
lot of hard work goes into the organising of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. If
you feel you have and idea or suggestion into making our Parade better the
committee would love to hear from you – contact Teresa Costello Chairperson or
Freda Connaughton Secretary. We have a great parade and you can help make it bigger
and stronger with your input. When you consider a good number of Parades in the
country did not take part due to a lack of funding and community support it
make you think how great our community is in staging and supporting our Parade.

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

Leader Cup

The Leader Cup campaign will commence for our senior team
when they take on Dromard in Clonbonny on Sunday next at 2pm. Lets hope for a
great attendance and a great result as we dip our toes back into senior
football.

Standing Together

As a club we stand full square behind the Granard club and
the O’Hara family following the recent tragic death of Niall O’Hara. We offer
our deepest sympathy and support to the club and the family in this their
darkest hour. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h’anam        

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Mary Tiernan, Ferefad,
Longford. The winning envelope this week was worth €365. Mary is a weekly
player of our 50/50 and we congratulate her on her win. Perhaps next week it can
be your turn, all you have to do is to buy a ticket for €2 to be in the draw.

It is wonderful to see the 50/50
continuing to rise each week and a special thank you to all of you that are new
to supporting the draw and those weekly contributors. Let’s hope that in the
very near future the draw each will consistently top the €500 mark and it can
with your continued support.

Tickets are on sale in local shops
and businesses throughout the town at €2 each or 3 tickets for €5. As you now
know there are two 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. Those tickets are available
in any of the local outlets or from any member of the club executive.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

 O’Rourke Cup: Round
one of the Senior league takes place in Lisnamult on Sunday 31st at 2pm against
Roscommon Gaels, your support is appreciated. 

Junior Ladies: The Junior
Ladies play Strokestown on Sunday 31st in Ballyleague after a comprehensive win
over St. Croan’s last week. 

Best of luck: Best of luck
to Roscommon CBS and club reps; James Browne, Liam Ormsby, Cian Glennon,
Michael Dunnes and Aaron Glennon in the Schools All-Ireland semi-final on
Wednesday against St. Patricks Grammer, Downpatrick. 

U12 Boys: Our U12 boys
team had the opportunity to play at half time in the Hyde 

during the Roscommon v
Kerry match on Sunday last. This was a fantastic experience for all concerned
and we would like to thank Roscommon GAA, club manager John Casey and all the
parents who supported the boys for great an afternoon. 

Annual Lotto:
Subscriptions for our annual lotto are now available, please contact Sean Cox
or Michael Cleary for more information. Jackpot stands at €12,000. 

Condolences: The club
would like to express its sympathy to the Malone family Cloonadra, Ballyleague
on the death of Michael Malone. May he Rest in Peace. 




Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 18th March 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Midland Rally Returns

Next weekend we
will see the Midland Rally return to the local area with stages taking place in
the Killashee, Lanesboro and Cashel areas on Sunday. The rally always brings a
great excitement and vibrancy to the communities not only with the drivers and co
pilots but also the huge crowd that follows the stages. The timetable as far as
I can find out goes something like this, Service Area is Mastertech Business
park first car due 11:38am. Stage 1 is around Killashee first car due 9:39am;
Stage 2 is around Newtowncashel first car due 10:13am and Stage 3 is around
Keenagh/Moydow first car due 11:28am. These stages will be repeated in the
afternoon twice more.

Rally
programmes will be on sale in O’Brien’s

We
wish drivers, co pilots and spectators a wonderful day and ask everyone to obey
the stewards and be safety conscious throughout and have a fabulous and happy
time.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Early
morning was bright, cheerful with a cold breeze, but the rain came at 9am and
took the gloss of what we had hope was going to be a good day weather wise. The
rain was intermittent throughout the morning but come the late morning the sun
reappeared and started to brighten our expectations of a great afternoon for
our parade through Ballyleague and Lanesboro. The day was brilliant as was the
presentation of all the floats and those that entered their floats should be
rightly proud of creating a fabulous St. Patrick’s Day in our community – we
are rightly indebted to you all. The turnout along the route was huge, probably
the biggest yet and once again it was a special time for us all to see so many
lining the street to welcome the floats and especially for the hard-working
committee that continues to do a wonderful job year on year.

As
usual local TD Eugene Murphy done a wonderful job and was his inimitable self
as MC for the day- he never fails us. Joining Eugene on the viewing stand was
Stephanie and Mark Abrams from Lanesborough, Massachusetts, USA, Fr. Mickey Reilly,
Adie Farrell, Gerard Farrell, Joe Flaherty, Michéal Carrigy, Mick Cahill, Paul
Ross, Seamus Butler,  

It
was another one of those magical days in our community. We seem to be building
up great occasions throughout each year and we look forward seeing more big
events happening month in month out.

The
adjudicators judged the following floats as winners: Best Overall Float – 12th
Ballyboro Scout, Most Original Float – Lanesboro Fire Brigade, Best Club Float –
Ballyleague Tidy Towns, Best Business Float – Tom Morris Hackney and Clarke’s
Bar, Best Vintage Float – Brendan Glennon Vintage Cars, Best Junior Float –
Ballyboro Astro Turf Pitch, Best Dressed Window – Friends of Asthma.

The
five winners of the raffle were; Bill Murray, Ballyleague, Colin Burke, Ballyleague,
Martina Wallace, Erra, Mary Mc Gushin and Charlotte Bourke, Dublin each
received  a winners prize of €100 each.

Coffee Morning

A
Coffee Morning in support of Daffodil Day and the Irish Cancer Society will
take place in St. Mary’s Parish Hall on Friday next 22nd March from
10am to 1pm. Your support can help greatly in the ongoing developments in the
search for the cure for Cancer. Great work continues to be done and your
support will mean a lot.

Mixed fortunes for the CBS

Cian
Glennon, Michael Dunne, Liam Ormsby, James Browne and Aaron Glennon son of
Vinny and Jane omitted from last week’s report were all part of the CBS
Roscommon senior school panel that scored a comprehensive 5-22 to 2-11 win over
Summerhill College Sligo in the Connacht Colleges B Football Final at the
Connacht Centre of Excellence on Saturday last. They now go on to play the
Ulster Final winners

This
was some compensation for the lads that played in the Connacht Rugby Final last
Wednesday and ran into a stronger Garbally side. There is a great sense of
pride in making history something the rugby players did and they can be rightly
proud of their achievements.

The
Football Final had a particular significance for one particular family as Cian
Glennon was a third generation Glennon/Murphy to play in the Connacht Final
with the CBS. Cian’s grandfather Tony Murphy (1 The Green) played in the
1950/51final and lost but his feeling of loss was short-lived as that same year
he won an All-Ireland medal with Roscommon Minors. In the Connacht final of 1986/87
Cian’s father Ronan was on the losing side. Last Saturday the run of losses
ceased and the sense of loss in Connacht finals for this particular family was
lifted for good.

The Green

The
numbers of photos are starting to come in in greater numbers and I would like
to thank you for your search. As I look through them, they are bringing back
great memories of the people and their families. 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. Thank you.

Sympathy

We
would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Walter and Carmel Burke and
family, Cloontuskert, on the death last week of Walter’s brother Ignatius
(Iggy) Burke, Willow Park, Athlone last week.

What we missed

Due
to the fixtures pile up with a game scheduled on Monday, Wednesday and
All-Ireland semi-final the following Saturday I never got the opportunity to
mention the exploits of Mercy Ballymahon in the Leinster Senior C Championship.
They had to play a North Leinster Final on Monday which they won, 2 days later
on Wednesday they had to play a Leinster Final which they duly won to progress
to the All-Ireland semi final scheduled for 3 days later on the Saturday. After
serious negotiations the game was moved to the following Tuesday where they
played their third vital game in 8 days and unfortunately came out the wrong
side on the scoreline against a Patrician Academy, Mallow side.

Before
I commend our local players, I must mention the madness that the young men had
to go through. Considering the majority of them are Leaving Cert you have to
ask if the organisers have the interest of the young players at heart. 3
matches in 8 days is total lunacy when there are no exams during the summer to
think of this schedule in the middle of the second last school term really
beggars belief. Thankfully, I believe there were no injuries from the 3 games
but that is just a lucky thing.

The
parish of Rathcline were privileged to have a magnificent eight players on the
panel and we must surely acknowledge them for their incredible efforts. Oran
Kenny, Cian Gilmore, Cronan Flood, Éanna Mc Grath, Bryn Peters, Seadhna Ryan,
Richard Prior and Kevin Tansey all wore their school jersey with pride and
there is no doubt that this talented eight will help drive the Rathcline club
forward to great success when their turn comes in the Rathcline jersey.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club

The
results of the competition held on Monday 11th March are: N/S 1st
Kathleen Hanley and Mary Fallon, joint 2nd Kathleen Kelly and Joan
Donlon & Una Clarke and Maureen Hynes, 4th Patricia Mc Gann and
Joan Browne. E/W 1st Maura Hanley and Mary Mc Gushin, 2nd
Katharine Harrison and Martha Byrne, 3rd Mary Jameson and Goretti
Kenny, 4th Joan Donnellan and Noreen Dunne.

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.

Alzheimer Café

The
next Alzheimer cafe will be held on this Wednesday 27th March at 7.00pm. in the
room at the back of Longford Credit Union.  Entrance and car parking
facility are at the rear of the building, between Longford Shopping Centre and
Longford Motor taxation office. Guest Speaker on the night is Marie Mc Givney
PHN, and her topic is Caring for people with Dementia. This is an information
and social evening with tea, coffee, and refreshments 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.  

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The
results of the competition held on Wednesday 13th March are: N/S 1st
Catharine Harrison and Mary Farrell, 2nd Una Clarke and Eileen
Kelly, 3rd Bernadette Clancy and Mary Mc Gushin. E/W 1st
Brid Mc Dermott and Una Lawlor, 2nd Frank and Frances Brennan, 3rd
Mike Flynn and Kathleen Kelly.

Table Quiz

St.
Earnan’s National School, Killashee, is holding a Table Quiz in the Chestnut
Tree, Killashee on Friday next 22nd with the first question been
asked at 9pm. Teams of 4 costs €40. There will be a raffle on the night along
with spot prizes during the quiz. You are asked to lend your support.

Lanesboro
Library this week

Knitting
& Crochet Group

Knitting & Crochet group continues on Monday
25th March 2pm to 4pm.  New members always welcome!
Poetry
& Music Group

Poetry & Music group continues on Monday
25th March –  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.
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.
Venue: Lanesboro Library
Date: Monday April 1st
Time: 6.30pm.
Book Club
Book Club continues on Friday morning
29th March at 11am.  Book choice for this month are ‘The Mother’s Secret’ by Clare
Swatman and ‘Love and Ruin’ by Paula McLain.  All welcome to come along
for a chat and a cuppa!
‘Music
in South Co. Longford’- A Lecture

‘Music in South Co. Longford – A Lecture by Fr.
John Quinn will take place in Lanesboro Library on Saturday 13th April at
3pm.  This lecture is organised as part of Éigse Peter Carberry weekend.
All welcome to come along!
An
Afternoon of Tea & Poetry

As part of the Bealtaine Festival during month
of May, Lanesboro Library & our wonderful Poetry & Music group will
host an Afternoon of Tea & Poetry!
This event is open to everyone and we hope you
will all join us for a cuppa & a song or two!
Venue: Lanesboro Library
Date: Monday 13th May
Time: 4.15pm
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.

Lanesboro
Community Games

It is a wonderful thing to have an active
Community Games in our parish and thankfully that is what we have with
Lanesboro Community Games. There are a number of people doing a lot of work and
fair play to them. If you would like to help out or have a young person to
participate then bring him/her to the competitions notified here in these notes
or contact some of the people mention for their great work or the phone number
at the bottom of these results.

Swimming: Well done to all of our participants in the
Community Games County Swimming Finals last weekend. We had great success.
Jane Dowd, Duileach Ryan and Dylan Hanly got individual golds in their
respective competitions. The U13 Boys Relay team of Con Maxwell, Fionn Crossan,
Diarmuid Hanly and Mikey Sorohan, swam great and won gold also.
There were two Silver medals for Shane Farrell,
a silver medal for Diarmuid Hanly & Laoise Hanly and Bronze medals for Con
Maxwell and Fionn Crossan in the individual swimming events. Máitiu Hanly swam
really well and achieved a silver medal. Alice Farrell had a great swim but was
unlucky not to get a medal. 
A huge Thank you to Teresa Ryan for managing the
swim team. Thank you to all the participants for taking part and best of luck
to all those going forward to the National Finals in May. 
U16 Basketball: Well done to Mr Michael Lyons (Manager) and the
U16 Community Games Lanesborough Basketball team who played Granard last
week.  We came up against a good Granard side and we gave a great fighting
and competitive display. Granard won out on the night. This was our first time
to enter this competition in recent history and proved to be very popular. The
panel of players, on the night, was Kieran O Dowd, Conor Lyons, Edgars Veinbergs,
Daire Cox, Matthew Heneghan, Jimmy Farrell, Aaron Kenny, Alex Forde, John
Doyle, Joshua O’Reilly. 
Many Thanks to Mr Lyons for organising the team
and training, over the last few weeks. Thank you also to Deirdre Forde for
helping out and contributing her valuable basketball experience. 
Indoor U13 Boys Indoor Soccer: Well
done to all who took part in the recently held Indoor Soccer competition in
Kenagh. The team reached the quarterfinal stage, where they were narrowly
beaten by a good Killoe team. Our U13 panel was Cormac O’Dowd, Luke
Cullen, Euan Cullen, Ben Murphy, Ronan Cox and Daniel Hogan. We would like to
say a big Thank you to John Tynan and Lee Cullen for managing and preparing
them.
U16 Chess Community Games: Well
done to our U16 Chess team who recently got to the county final. They played a
very good Drumlish team but had to settle for silver medal in the end.  It
was a great display considering how young our team was. The team was Bilguun
Russell, Conor Lyons, Kieran O’Dowd, Conor Farrell and Cormac O’Dowd. 
Thank you to Mr Michael Lyons for managing and
organising the team. 
Forth-coming Community Games events:
Photography competition.
Futsal.
County Mixed Distance Relay Running Trials.
County Talent Saturday 13th April. Online entry cut-off
date Saturday 6th April.
County Gaelic Competition: Online entry cut-off
date Friday 5th April.
Please contact any of the Lanesborough Community
Games committee members if you would like your children to participate in any
of these events. Text 086-8147000 for more information. 

Oskars Launch

Since Sept 1st last year a
small committee of dedicated volunteers has raised €25,000 for to build a new
astro football pitch in our community. The pitch will be for everybody of every
age who wants to use it at the track beside Lanesborough Community College.

The committee has two
active grant applications for up to €200,000 ongoing but it is clear they will
need around €100,000 of matching funding to get the pitch done this coming
summer and that’s why they are launching one big push at fundraising in the
next few weeks when you and your family and friends will be asked to take a
small part of some sort in an Oskar night.

7 short films of less than
10 minutes duration will be shot by a professional company (Kevin Rowe Events)
here around all areas where Ballyboro players live around Easter. Every
community organisation is invited along with parents of students to then come
to the auditions on Sunday March 24th at 6pm in the Community College to kick
it off and, when it is over, the films will be shown at a Mega Ballyboro Oskar
Premiere Night on Saturday June 15th. In the next ten days you will be asked by
one of the committee members to play a part. Please say yes.  And if you
don’t want any role in the film (even as an extra) we still want your help
please because we urgently need people to help behind the scenes for a 10-week
period only. See you all on Sunday March 24th in Lanesborough Community College
at 6pm for the kick-off. 

Thirty years ago, a small
group of hard-working people with a vision came together and put the track and
the pitch at the school – we all see what a fantastic amenity it has been for
walking, running and athletics since Sept 1st last year our committee has
raised €25,000 for our new astro football pitch. The pitch will be for
everybody of every age who wants to use it at the track beside Lanesborough
Community College.

We have two active grant
applications for up to €200,000 ongoing, but it is clear we will need around €100,000

7 short films will be shot
by a professional company (Kevin Rowe Events) here in our area around Easter.
We meet as a community on Sunday March 24th at 6pm in the Community College to
kick it off and the films will be shown at our Mega Ballyboro Oskar Premiere Night
on Saturday June 15th. In the next ten days you will be asked by one of our
committee to play a part. 

Thank you for your ongoing
support from every member of our committee: 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.

Ballyboro

The big event
of the weekend is the launch and auditions for the major OSKARS night which
will be held on this Sunday 24th, at 6pm in Lanesboro Community College. The
OSKARS night in June is the major fundraiser for the new Astro Football pitch,
a facility which will be of great benefit to the schools’ and the local
community. The club are looking for local people to get involved in the OSCARS
in whatever capacity that suits: a main role, a minor role, an extra, or just
to help behind the scenes. Following the auditions on Sunday evening there will
be one rehearsal per week for one hour with the Producer, starting Wednesday
March 27th,with filming of scenes to be held on the weekends of May 4th and
5th, and May 11th and 12th. Anyone who wishes to help out is asked to be
present on Sunday evening, so don’t be shy all you budding George Clooney’s and
Meryl Streep’s, get involved in what is sure to be a memorable experience, and
at the same time help to provide a much-needed facility for the area. If you can’t
be present on Sunday evening you can contact  any one of the organising
committee: Carol Donlon, Ann McGloin, Ciaran Mullooly, Mark Tarmey, Eamonn
Bolger, Karl Crawford, Ronnie Johnston, Jason Fallon, Stephen Rooney, Seamus
Sorohan, Lee Cullen, Eddie Kelly, John Tynan, Dave Gilmore, Kieran Feeney, Kevin
Connaughton.
Fixtures: A relatively quiet weekend in store with just two
teams in action. The under 8s are taking part in a Blitz at Killoe Astro on
Saturday along with the home team and Stonepark,1pm start. The under 10s are at
home to Killoe Eagles on Saturday. Kick off 11am.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Rory Duncan, Knock
Manor, Longford Road. The winning envelope this week was worth €429. Rory has
just moved to Lanesboro and the new housing estate and it is great to see him
supporting the club and getting his reward. The club welcomes all the new residents
to Lanesboro. Perhaps next week it can be your turn, all you have to do is to
buy a ticket for €2 to be in the draw.

It is wonderful to see the 50/50
continuing to rise each week and a special thank you to all of you that are new
to supporting the draw and those weekly contributors. Let’s hope that in the
very near future the draw each will consistently top the €500 mark and it can
with your continued support.

Tickets are on sale in local shops
and businesses throughout the town at €2 each or 3 tickets for €5. As you now
know there are two 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. Those tickets are available
in any of the local outlets or from any member of the club executive.

€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 and the jackpot has now reached its maximum of €15,000. The numbers
drawn were, 16, 18, 24 and 28. The winner of the €50 prize was Barbara Ferguson,
Knock, and the three €20 winners were Eileen and Kathleen, Moher, Mary Tiernan,
Ferefad, Longford, and Eddie Shea c/o Mags.

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 GAA – ‘Be
with us Be a part of Us’
.

Season Throw-in

Saturday next the footballing season will commence in
Clonbonny when our Reserve League team will take on Mostrim in the first round
of the league. The game will throw-in at 5.30 and we would ask all of the
players be in the dressing room at 4.45pm.

Since it has been a long time since our last game, we would
like to think that our game starved supporters will turn out in big numbers for
this game.

Thank you:
Omitted from last weeks thank you were a few people and we would like to
acknowledge their work for the Minor Club. Martina O’Brien for selling the
tickets, Anne O’Reilly, The Green, for making up the Hamper prize. To everyone
else that helped and sold tickets we would like to express our deepest thanks.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Rory Duncan, Knock
Manor, Longford Road. The winning envelope this week was worth €429. Rory has
just moved to Lanesboro and the new housing estate and it is great to see him
supporting the club and getting his reward. The club welcomes all the new residents
to Lanesboro. Perhaps next week it can be your turn, all you have to do is to
buy a ticket for €2 to be in the draw.

It is wonderful to see the 50/50
continuing to rise each week and a special thank you to all of you that are new
to supporting the draw and those weekly contributors. Let’s hope that in the
very near future the draw each will consistently top the €500 mark and it can
with your continued support.

Tickets are on sale in local shops
and businesses throughout the town at €2 each or 3 tickets for €5. As you now
know there are two 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. Those tickets are available
in any of the local outlets or from any member of the club executive.




Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 11th March

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Can we allow this to Happen?

Last
week I received one of the most disturbing notes I have received in a long long
time. The note was from the Lough Ree Athletic club and I quote “There is now a motion before the next meeting that the
club be abandoned and interested athletes can join either Longford or Roscommon
clubs”. I ask you can we allow this to happen?

Lough Ree Athletic Club was formed in 1973, 46 years
ago, and has been an outlet for so many young people over the years and so
close to a 50th Anniversary its demise would be unthinkable

Lough Ree Athletic Club is synonymous with the
communities of Rathcline, Kilgefin, Newtowncashel and Killashee, Ballymahon for
a huge number of years with many great successes since its inception. It has
provided the youth of those areas with a sporting and athletic grounding. The lose
the Lough Ree Athletic Club would be shocking.

Lough Ree Athletic Club has for generations given so
many young people a sport to participate in and the chance to excel which many
did down through the years with national and international success.

There has been a dedicated and hard-working committee
working with the youth of the club but there is a time that those people, who have
done so much, to say stop and for others to step up to the plate – now is that
time. The next meeting is crucial to the continuation of the club and there
must be a big number from all communities to take the mantle from the current
committee and drive the club strongly into the future.

Our St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Have you entered you float or group into
the St. Patrick’s Day Parade? If not, don’t delay another minute. Application
forms are available from Teresa Costello, Freda Connaughton or O’Brien’s shop
and returned to O’Brien’s please.

The
St. Patrick’s Day Parade starting in Ballyleague and finishing in Lanesboro is
our very own parade and it is a parade that we should be very proud of and we
should be very supportive of all the hard work being done by the committee as
they work on enhancing our special day year on year. There are many very
creative people in our community, and we would love to see their thoughts and
work coming up the Main Street.

Final
preparations are taking place all this week in preparation for the St.
Patrick’s Day Parade which will commence at 2.30pm from St. Faithleach’s
clubhouse and finish at Lanesboro Community College on St. Patrick’s Day.

The
day will kick off with the traditional mass at St. Mary’s Church at 11.30am
which will include the Parish Choir, World Champion Irish Dancers and the very
best of Traditional Musicians.

You
are asked to get your float entry in as soon as possible as you will not be
adjudicated if your entry is not in on time.

There
are raffle tickets on sale throughout to help defray some of the costs of
hosting the Parade and we would ask you to be generous in your support. The
draw will take place in Adie’s on St. Patrick’s night at about 11pm. There is
€500 to be won in prizes.

The
organisers would like to thank all the businesses that have already contributed
and ask those outstanding to make their contributions as soon as possible. The
committee would like to thank everyone who are putting in so much effort in
getting their floats ready.

Before
the parade enters the town, the traditional musicians will entertain the
gathering as they play at the reviewing stand.

The
categories being judged are Overall Float, Best Club, Best Junior, most
Original, Best Vintage, Best Dressed Window and Best Business.

The
entire community and surrounding communities are all invited to come to
Lanesboro and Ballyleague for our parade.

Strength
in unity is what St. Patrick’s Day brings to our community.

Coffee Morning

A
Coffee Morning in support of Daffodil Day and the Irish Cancer Society will
take place in St. Mary’s Parish Hall on Friday 22nd March from 10am
to 1pm. Your support can help greatly in the ongoing developments in the search
for the cure for Cancer. Great work continues to be done and your support will
mean a lot.

CBS on a Roll

Roscommon
CBS who a fortnight ago qualified for their first Senior Rugby Final on
Wednesday next were not allowed take all the limelight in the school as the
senior GAA team played and defeated St. Muredach’s in the Connacht semi-final
to qualify for the Final. Featuring on the football side were local lads Cian
Glennon, Michael Dunne, Liam Ormsby so of Steve and Teresa and James Browne son
of Declan and Patricia.

There
is not much time to draw breath for the Senior Cup Rugby Final will take place
in the Sportsground, Galway on Wednesday at 4pm and the Connacht Senior Final
will take place the following Saturday 16th March. Cian Glennon and
Michael Dunne play with both sides and we wish both lads along with Conor
Rohan, team captain, and Jack Tucker the very best on Wednesday along with Liam
Ormsby and James Browne and the two lads Cian and Michael doubling up on
Saturday the very best of luck on Saturday.

It
is a proud week for the parents of the players, and we as a community share
their pride and excitement and we wish them the very best of luck this week

New Estate

Last
week over 30 people received their keys to the new Knock Manor housing estate
on the Longford Road adjacent to Curraghrua. There has been great excitement in
the area over the past while as people were being informed as to who would be
receiving their key. It is great to see lights going on in the houses for the
first time as each family prepare their new home for moving into in the very
near future.

The
estate was built by Faughnan Construction along with Mulleady Construction
comprises of a selection of 2, 3 and 4-bedroom houses.  The estate by all accounts has been very well
built and laid out. It will be great to see everyone making their home there
and in Lanesboro and I would like to compliment both Faughnan’s and Mulleady’s on
their great work and having Knock Manor completed in such a short period of
time.

This
is a new beginning for all the new residents of the estate, and I would like to
welcome everyone to the Knock Manor and Lanesboro. I hope they have a long,
healthy, successful and happy time in our great community.

Death

Great people come into one’s
life and leave a lasting impression. Such was the case of Luke Kenny, Cullentra
who I am sure affected everyone he met. Luke was one special man whose warm and
embracing smile was the first thing you would notice only followed by the
warmest of welcomes you were ever to encounter. Luke, in his late 80s lived his
life and worked the family farm until recent times. He was a man who loved to
welcome the many that called to his home and such was his dept of knowledge you
always left a more informed person. Luke will be very sadly missed by everyone
that knew him. He was highly read and has a wonderful love and in-dept knowledge
of nature and his farm land. Luke passed away suddenly at Portiuncla Hospital
Ballinasloe on Monday last 4th March. His remains reposed in
Farrell’s Funeral Home before being removed to St. Mary’s Church on Wednesday.
Following his Funeral Mass on Thursday Luke was laid to rest in the Kenny
family plot in Lanesboro Cemetery. We would like to sincerely sympathise with
his relatives and many friends.

Three new Gardaí

Last week three local lads
became members of the Garda Siochana when they graduated at the passing out
ceremony at Garda training Centre Templemore. Patrick Gill, Clonadra son of
Marty and Ita Gill, will be stationed in Trim, Co. Meath, Darragh Hussey son of
Pat and Dee Hussey will be stationed in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal while Colm
Mangan son of Jimmy and Mary will be stationed in Blanchestown, Co. Dublin. We
wish the three lads the very best of luck in their new life pathway.

No to Derryadd Wind Farm Community Group

Due to high public interest
of community members wishing to sign up to the Community Objection, the No to
Derryadd Wind Farm Community Group will hold an additional open evening in
Lanesboro Co-Op on this Thursday 14th March between 7pm and 9pm. A
minimum fee of €50 applies.

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.

Award Nominations

We
are all aware of the high standards set by the PS Restaurant and the great
comments are never ending. It is fabulous to see that the great work is been recognised
in the Connaught section of the Irish Restaurants Awards night to be held in
the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa, Rosses Point, Sligo on Tuesday 26th
March. Sharon Feeney has been nominated in the Best Restaurant Manager section
while Chef Paul Horohoe has been nominated in the Best Chef section. We would
like to wish both the very best of luck on the 26th.

Training Course

Longford Horticulture is a 2-year full
time Fetac Level 4 free LWETB training course. The course is for people
who wish to explore Horticultural career or further educational options. It is
particularly suited to persons with a social welfare payment/ who has recently
been made redundant and or with short/long term health needs. It is also
suitable for early School leavers. For more details contact Alan Garvey 0879065521.

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.

Raffle

To help defray costs there will be
the usual Annual Lanesboro Ballyleague St. Patrick’s Day Parade 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 five winners drawn out will each receive €100.
The draw this year will take place in Adie’s Bar and Restaurant

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The
results of the competition held on Wednesday last are: N/S 1st Frank
and Frances Brennan, 2nd Una Clarke and Mary McGushin, 3rd
Katharine Harrison and Mary Farrell. E/W 1st Elizabeth Clyne and
Mary Connor, 2nd Brid Mc Dermott and Una Lawlor, 3rd Mae
Casey and Noreen Dunne.

Lanesborough Gun Club

A meeting will take place this Friday 15th March
in Adie’s Meeting Room at 9pm sharp. All members are asked to attend.

 Lanesboro
Library this week

Closing on Bank Holiday Monday
Library will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday
March 18th.  Library reopens on Tuesday March 19th at 2pm.
Knitting
& Crochet Group

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

Poetry & Music group continues on Monday
25th March –  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
– Please note
correct date!
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 14th
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 29th March at 11am. 
Book choice for this month are ‘The Mother’s Secret’ by Clare Swatman and
‘Love and Ruin’ by Paula McLain.  All welcome to 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.
Check out our Online Services where you can
download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines and newspapers, learn a new
language or do an online course.  All you need is your library card and
pin.  Renew or request books on our website [http://www.longfordlibrary.iehttp://www.longfordlibrary.ie/]www.longfordlibrary.ie<http://www.longfordlibrary.ie/

Oskars Launch

Since Sept 1st last year a
small committee of dedicated volunteers has raised 25,000 euro for to build a
new astro football pitch in our community. The pitch will be for everybody of
every age who wants to use it at the track beside Lanesborough Community
College.

The committee has two
active grant applications for up to 200,000 euro ongoing but it is clear they
will need around €100,000 of matching funding to get the pitch done this coming
summer and that’s why they are launching one big push at fundraising in the
next few weeks when you and your family and friends will be asked to take a
small part of some sort in an Oskar night.

7 short films of less than
10 minutes duration will be shot by a professional company (Kevin Rowe Events)
here around all areas where Ballyboro players live around Easter. Every
community organisation is invited along with parents of students to then come
to the auditions on Sunday March 24th at 6pm in the Community College to kick
it off and, when it is over, the films will be shown at a Mega Ballyboro Oskar
Premiere Night on Saturday June 15th. In the next ten days you will be asked by
one of the committee members to play a part. Please say yes.  And if you
don’t want any role in the film (even as an extra) we still want your help
please because we urgently need people to help behind the scenes for a 10-week
period only. See you all on Sunday March 24th in Lanesborough Community College
at 6pm for the kick-off. 

Thirty years ago, a small
group of hard-working people with a vision came together and put the track and
the pitch at the school – we all see what a fantastic amenity it has been for
walking, running and athletics since Sept 1st last year our committee has
raised €25,000 for our new astro football pitch. The pitch will be for
everybody of every age who wants to use it at the track beside Lanesborough
Community College.

We have two active grant
applications for up to €200,000 ongoing, but it is clear we will need around €100,000

7 short films will be shot
by a professional company (Kevin Rowe Events) here in our area around Easter.
We meet as a community on Sunday March 24th at 6pm in the Community College to
kick it off and the films will be shown at our Mega Ballyboro Oskar Premiere
Night on Saturday June 15th. In the next ten days you will be asked by one of
our committee to play a part. 

Thank you for your ongoing
support from every member of our committee: 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.

Ballyboro

The Blitz on
Saturday proved to be a very worthwhile venture. Due to the adverse weather
forecast the venue was switched to the Lisnamult Astro and the game format was
changed to six a side. Ten teams took part and Dr. Dolittles Animals took the
honours defeating A Little Silhouette of Milan in the final. The winning panel was
James Quigley, Daniel Foley, Brian Murtagh, Ciaran Murtagh, Liam Ormsby, David
Rooney, David Harrison, and Aidan Dooney. Kyle Fitzmaurice won the award for
top goal scorer. Thanks are due to all who helped make the occasion such a
success: The teams and their sponsors (Irwin Construction), Dr. David Harrison,
Garret Johnston, Vistamed, Gerard Farrell, Fusion Electrical, Kevin Hanley, Finns
Centra, Ellie Ann’s, Alan Farrell); the management of Lisnamult Astro for
making their fine facility available to the club; Stephen Dowd, Declan Molloy and
Philip Gordon who looked after the food; the organising  committee and in
particular organiser in chief Jason Fallon. Thanks also to Willie Penrose and
Alan Mangan who made a generous donation towards the running of the event. It
is envisaged that the competition will be an annual one, and here’s looking
forward to next year when hopefully it will be held on our own brand new Astro.
The Oskars night will take place on 19th June
and the official launch of this huge project will take place on Sunday week at
6pm in Lanesboro Community College, where casting and auditions will also be
held for the seven short films to be screened on the big night. All are welcome
to attend.
The under 10 team’s game away to Killoe Celtic
was cut short halfway through the first half when a heavy fall of snow made it
impossible to continue. The score at the time was 1-1, with the Ballyboro goal
coming direct from a corner courtesy of Rian Shanley. 
Fixtures: The under 9s will be taking part in a
blitz in Lanesboro on Saturday along with Melview and Newtown starting at
11am.The under 10s are at home to UCL Rhinos on Monday at 12 noon. The under
12s are away to Castlepollard Celtic on Monday (Bank Holiday) in a first round
Tynan Cup encounter, kick off 1pm. The under 13s play Melview in the quarter
final of the David Flaherty Cup in Abbeycartron on Saturday at 1pm. In a
quarter final tie in the Shane Brennan Cup the under 14s play Stonepark in
Abbeycartron on Monday at 3pm.Ballymahon also provide the opposition for the
under 16 team when they clash in the quarter final of the Nolan Cup in
Ballymahon at 2pm in Ballymahon.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Monica Healy,
Newtowncashel. The winning envelope this week was worth €445. A big thank you
to Monica for her constant support for the draw. Perhaps next week it can be
your turn, all you have to do is to buy a ticket for €2 to be in the draw.

It is wonderful to see the 50/50
continuing to rise each week and a special thank you to all of you that are new
to supporting the draw and those weekly contributors. Let’s hope that in the
very near future the draw each will consistently top the €500 mark and it can
with your continued support.

Tickets are on sale in local shops
and businesses throughout the town at €2 each or 3 tickets for €5. As you now
know there are two 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. Those tickets are available
in any of the local outlets or from any member of the club executive.

€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 and the jackpot has now reached its maximum of €15,000. The numbers
drawn were 6, 10, 16, and 26. The winner of the €50 prize was Alan and Tiernan
Hanley c/o O’Brien’s and the three €20 winners were Lisa, Ciara, Kevin and
Aoife Connaughton, c/o Mags and Caroline Ginty, Lanesboro and Tricia Moran,
Kilrooskey c/o Xlntee.

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 GAA – ‘Be
with us Be a part of Us’
.

Play

The
minor club would like to sincerely thank everyone that attended and support the
play on Saturday night last. Your support was deeply appreciated.

To
everyone that gave of their time to do the shop, the door, sell tickets and all
the other back ground work we really appreciate your time and efforts.

Be a Referee

Are
you interested in becoming a referee? If yes, there is a new Foundation Referee
course commencing inside the next two weeks. Despite some comments I can assure
you that refereeing can be great, and it is definitely not a solitary position.
You will have the support of your umpires and the excellent referee community
within the county and your club. There is great comradery and there is a great
opportunity of progression if you so want.

Contact
Joe O’Brien 086-2460840 on or before Friday next 15th March and he
will get you trained up for a rewarding career in refereeing. 

Club Membership

At
the AGM last weekend club membership was set for the coming year. General
membership for 2019 is set for general membership at €20 and players pay €50
that includes their playing insurance. As the club makes strides to grow and
develop, we ask for the support of our community locally and our diaspora to
take out membership for 2019. From Monday you can do so online on the
“Klubfunder” page. Please support us and become a member.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Monica Healy,
Newtowncashel. The winning envelope this week was worth €445. A big thank you
to Monica for her constant support for the draw. Perhaps next week it can be
your turn, all you have to do is to buy a ticket for €2 to be in the draw.

It is wonderful to see the 50/50
continuing to rise each week and a special thank you to all of you that are new
to supporting the draw and those weekly contributors. Let’s hope that in the
very near future the draw each will consistently top the €500 mark and it can
with your continued support.

Tickets are on sale in local shops
and businesses throughout the town at €2 each or 3 tickets for €5. As you now
know there are two 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. Those tickets are available
in any of the local outlets or from any member of the club executive.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Junior Ladies: Hard luck
to our Junior Ladies who lost out to Boyle on Sunday morning, next game against
St. Croan’s on Monday 18th.

Best of luck: To Roscommon
CBS and club members Connor Rohan, Michael Dunne, Jack Tucker and Cian Glennon
in the Senior Rugby Schools Final on Wednesday 13th. 

Ballyboro Astro Turf: Well
done to all involved in the Ballyboro Soccer Blitz which took place on Saturday
morning, all funds raised go to the building of the Astro turf pitch which both
communities of Ballyleague and Lanesboro are involved in. Congratulations to David Harrison (team captain),
Brian Murtagh, Ciarán Murtagh, David Rooney, Daniel Foley, James Quigley, Aidan
Dooney and James Browne who were winners on the day. 

Congratulations: To Senior team players Colm Mangan and Darragh Hussey
who graduated from Garda college Templemore on Friday last. 

Lotto: Jackpot stands at
€12,000. Envelopes are €2 and available at all local retailers. Annual
subscriptions are now available, for more information please contact Michael
Cleary or Sean Cox. 




Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 4th March 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Historic Victory

It is not too long ago that rugby became part of the sporting curriculum in the CBS Roscommon. In a short period of time they have developed greatly and on Wednesday last they had a historic victory over Coláiste Iognáid, Galway at Creggs Rugby Club on Wednesday last in the semi-final of the Connacht Senior Cup. It is not every day that young men or women we know make history and it is fabulous to know and share those historic moments with those fantastic young men. A famous victory has been rewarded by a trip to the Showgrounds, Galway for the final on Wednesday 14th March. Who else would you want to meet other than the kingpins of Schools Rugby over the years Garbally College? It is the kingpins you always want to beat. There are four local lads representing our community and we would like to congratulate Jack Tucker, Mountcashel son of Martin and Sarah, Cian Glennon, Cloonadra, son of Ronan and Claire Glennon, Michael Dunne, Ballyclare son of Declan and Martina, and team captain Conor Lohan, Ballagh son of Shay and Mary and their team mates and management on a fantastic and historic victory and look forward to another victory on the 13th March.

I
know this victory will make all of us that attended the CBS very proud of the team
achievements of the team and of the school.

Sub Aqua club members Recognition

The Annual Dive Ireland show
took place on Saturday and Sunday last in Nenagh Co Tipperary. 

Multiple members of Lough Ree
Sub Aqua Club received awards for 10 years of service. We would like to
say congratulations to the following club members and
thank them for their many years of service which they have dedicated through
their own free time;
Tracy Gray Farrell, Aiden O’Grady, Micheál Farrell, Emer Farrell, Fergal Mc
Elgin, Tommy Murray and Shane Flannery.

Death

There was great sadness in
our community when it was learned on Saturday last 23rd of the death
of Vincent Nee, Cloonadra. Vinny as he was most commonly know moved back to
Ireland with his parents a number of years ago. Such was the personality of the
man that it took no time at all to become one of the locals. He was a warm and
friendly man, always the good word and a heart of gold. A while after coming
home his father Chris passed away and in the intervening time his mother Una
became ill, and Vinny was a constant with her until her passing. His soft and
gentle manner was a great succour to her at her time of need. Vinny shortly
afterwards became ill himself and he faced his illness with a great strength
and courage. The family trait of caring and kindness was not lost on Vinny’s
daughter Rachael who came from England to take care and comfort Vinny through
his illness.

He will be sadly missed for
all his fun and gaiety for his willingness to help and for his special
personality. Vinny left a large number of friends and we will all miss him in
our community.

To his daughter Rachael,
relatives and wide circle of friend we extend our sincere sympathy. His remains
reposed at his residence in Cloonadra on Monday and following his Funeral Mass
in the Church of the Holy Rosary Ballyleague he was laid to rest alongside his
parents in St. Coman’s Cemetery, Roscommon.

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.

Training Course

Longford Horticulture is a 2-year full
time Fetac Level 4 free LWETB training course. The course is for people
who wish to explore Horticultural career or further educational options. It is
particularly suited to persons with a social welfare payment/ who has recently
been made redundant and or with short/long term health needs. It is also
suitable for early School leavers. For more details contact Alan Garvey
0879065521.

AGM

See
Rathcline GAA notes.

Thank You

Rathcline Ladies GAA Club would like to
thank everyone who supported our successful Bake Sales in the Parish Hall,
Lanesboro on Sunday 3rd March

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.

Birth

On Saturday 23rd February, Finn Martin,
Cnóc na Gaoithe was baptised at St. Mary’s Church, we would like to
congratulate his parents James and Gemma on the birth of Finn.

Raffle

To help defray costs there will be
the usual Annual Lanesboro Ballyleague St. Patrick’s Day Parade 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 five winners drawn out will each receive €100.
The draw this year will take place in Adie’s Bar and Restaurant

Minor Club Registration

The
final registration for 2019 will take place for Shannon Gaels Minor club
players on Friday night next 8th March in the clubhouse in Clonbonny
from 7pm to 8pm. Without registration players are not insured and thus cannot
be selected for club teams. Parents are asked to ensure that their young sons
and players not yet registered to play are registered this Friday evening.

Play this Saturday night

Tickets
are beginning to sell fast and if you don’t want to miss your chance, on this
Saturday night 9th March, of a great night at the play And Thank You starring the famous and fabulous Seamus
O’Rourke you should buy your ticket immediately. The play will take place in St.
Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro 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.

The proceeds of the night will go to aid the development of
the underage players in the Shannon Gaels club. It is very important that the
club develops their young and the equipment and coaching tools garnished from
the proceeds will create a stepping stone to the development of those young
people. Your help will be of great help in this regard.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The
results of the competition held on Wednesday 20th February are: N/S
1st Gemma Douglas and Elish Gray, 2nd Phil Chalmers and
Cyril Hussey, 3rd Frank and Frances Brennan. E/W 1st Brid
Mc Dermott and Una Lawlor, 2nd Maureen Hynes and Mike Flynn and 3rd
Maura Hanly and Mairead Gill.

The
results of the competition held on Wednesday 27th February: N/S 1st
Frank and Frances Brennan, Katharine Harrison and Mary Farrell, and 3rd
Loretto Cooney and Freda Kenny. E/W 1st Mary Jameson and Patricia mc
Gann, 2nd Elizabeth Clyne and Mary Connor and 3rd Mike
Flynn and Maureen Hynes.

The
results of the Pairs Competition are as follows: N/S 1st Gemma
Douglas and Elish Gray, 2nd Phil Chalmers and Cyril Hussey, 3rd
Una Clarke and Mary Farrell. E/W 1st Brid mc Dermott and Una Lawlor,
2nd Patricia mc Gann and Mary Jameson and 3rd Maura Hanly
and Mairead Gill.

First
Session N/S 1st Frank and Frances Brennan. First Session E/W 1st
Mona O’Flaherty and Mike Flynn.

Second
Session N/S 1st Mary McGushin and Maureen Hynes. Second session E/W
was a tie for 1st place between Mae Casey and Noreen Dunne &
Elizabeth Clyne and Mary Fallon.

Thank You

Padraig
Sorohan would like to thank all who attended the very successful quiz night in
aid of his volunteering trip to Haiti. A huge thank you to the many generous
sponsors and to all who have made donations.

Lough Ree AC

The AGM
of the club due to be held last Wednesday night was postponed to a later date
due to the small number in attendance and the fact that it was an AGM. There is
now a motion before the next meeting that the club be abandoned and interested
athletes can join either Longford or Roscommon clubs. This is a pity as the
past has been good to the club, former members Eimear Molloy, Amanda Hanley and
Deirdre Hopkins were awarded athletic scholarships to the USA and Ireland. Mary
Farrell was the first athlete to be offered an Irish singlet at a Junior Cross
Country International in Mullingar. Brother Willie followed representing
Ireland in the Irish Schools Cross Country while Padraic Connerton was part of
an Irish Junior team that competed in the Nederland’s

Memory
prevents me going further back but suffice to say the club has a great history
and it would be a shame to have to call it a day. A new date will be arranged
in the immediate future and parents advised accordingly.

Last
Sunday’s run in very wet condition saw 8 hardy youths turn up, Tadgh Shea one
of our youngest runners ran out an easy winner with a very fast time. A great
prospect for the future!!!

Pieta House Table Quiz

A
Table Quiz by the Suicide Crisis Centre and Self Harm Centre arms of Pieta
House will take place on Friday next 8th March in The Local,
Newtowncashel. The quiz will kick off at 9.30pm and everyone is encouraged to
go and support two vital aspects of Pieta House

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
11th March –  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.
Correct Date
Talk on Breast Cancer – Please note correct
date!
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 14th
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.
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.iehttp://www.longfordlibrary.ie/]www.longfordlibrary.ie<http://www.longfordlibrary.ie/

Learn a new language online with Mango (over 71
languages available) or learn a new skill with Universal Class which offers
over 400 free online courses.
Call to the library for your free library card
& pin or further information.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Andrew Rhatigan,
Fermoyle. The winning envelope this week was worth €414. Thanks to Andrew for his
dedicated support for the draw. Perhaps next week it can be your turn, all you
have to do is to buy a ticket for €2 to 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 and the jackpot has now reached its maximum of €15,000. The numbers
drawn were 6, 17, 20 and 26. The winner of the €50 prize was Claire Kenny,
Church View and the three €20 winners were Jack and Billy Mullooly, c/o Mags
and Peter, Pat Kilcoyne, Barnacor and Mags c/o Mgs.

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.

Oskars Launch

Since Sept 1st last year a small committee of
dedicated volunteers has raised 25,000 euro for to build a new astro football
pitch in our community. The pitch will be for everybody of every age who wants
to use it at the track beside Lanesborough Community College.

The committee has two active grant applications for up
to 200,000 euro ongoing but it is clear they will need around 100,000 euro of
matching funding to get the pitch done this coming summer and that’s why they
are launching one BIG push at fundraising in the next few weeks when you and
your family and friends will be asked to take a small part of some sort in an Oskar
Night.

7 short films will be shot by a professional company
(Kevin Rowe Events) here in our area around Easter. Every community
organisation is invited along with parents of students at the Community College
and the football club players of the community on Sunday March 24th at 6pm in
the Community College to kick it off and, when it is over, the films will be
shown at a mega Ballyboro Oskar Premiere night on Saturday June 15th. In the
next ten days you will be asked by one of the committee members to play a part.
Please say yes. And if you don’t want any role in the film (even as an
extra) we still want your help please because we urgently need people to help
behind the scenes for a 10 week period only. See you all on Sunday March 24th
in Lanesborough Community College at 6pm for the kick-off. 

Thirty years ago, a small group of hard-working people
with a vision came together and put the track and the pitch at the school – we
all see what a fantastic amenity it has been for walking, running and athletics.
Since Sept 1st last year our committee has raised €25,000 for our new astro
football pitch. The pitch will be for everybody of every age who wants to use
it at the track beside Lanesborough Community College. PLEASE support the
present group trying to get the astro all weather pitch done for the next 10
weeks and we will get this over the line this summer. 

We have two active grant applications for up to €200,000
ongoing but it is clear we will need around €100,000 of our own to get the
pitch done this coming summer and that’s why we are launching one BIG push at
fundraising in the next few weeks when you and your family and friends will be
asked to take a small part of some sort in our Oskar Night.

We have all worked together and raised the first 25k.
Please help us raise the last 75K. And if you don’t want any role in the film
(even as an extra) we still want your help please because we urgently need
people to help behind the scenes for a 10 week period only. See you all on
Sunday March 24th in Lanesborough Community College at 6pm for the
kick-off. 

Thank you for your ongoing support from every member
of our committee: 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.

Ballyboro

The big event of the weekend is the
major Adult Football Blitz to be held on Saturday next. Ten teams will be
battling it out to be acclaimed seven a side champions.  The action will
commence at 10.30 with the final scheduled for 4pm approx. Much work has gone
into the arrangements for this occasion, so let’s hope the weather won’t be a
spoilsport.
The under 12s really enjoyed their trip to City Calling
Stadium last Saturday evening where they were the guests of Longford Town FC.
The boys played a game at half time and thanks are due to Longford Town for
their assistance, and in particular Avril Gilchrist.
It will be the under 10s turn on 11th May when they play at
half time at the Longford Town-Shelbourne game.
  Though defeat was their lot, the under 11s gave their
best performance of the season so far when they played Stonepark at Longford
Mall Astro. A goal down at half time the team performed brilliantly in the
second when facing into a gale force wind. They hit the post three times before
going down by four goals to two Ethan Slattery and Eoin O’Brien scored the
Ballyboro goals. Panel: Callum Farrell, Mikey Sorohan, Eoin Beattie, Aidan
Kelly, Rian Hogan, Billy Murray, Ethan Slattery, Ryan Mimnagh, Eoin O’Brien.
Fixtures: The under 10s are away to Killoe Celtic on Saturday
at 12 noon. In the under 12 Major Division Championship on Sunday at 11am,
Ballyboro play Newtown Bears in Newtownforbes. The under 13 team play Stonepark
in Abbeycartron on Saturday k.o. 11.30. Inny Rovers provide the opposition for
the under 14s when they clash in the first round of the Shane Brennan Cup in
Lanesboro on Sunday at 11am.

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

Club Membership

At
the AGM last weekend club membership was set for the coming year. General
membership for 2019 is set for general membership at €20 and players pay €50
that includes their playing insurance. As the club makes strides to grow and
develop, we ask for the support of our community locally and our diaspora to
take out membership for 2019. From Monday you can do so online on the
“Klubfunder” page. Please support us and become a member. For fu

Minor Club Registration

The
final registration for 2019 will take place for Shannon Gaels Minor club
players on Friday night next 8th March in the clubhouse in Clonbonny
from 7pm to 8pm. Without registration players are not insured and thus cannot
be selected for club teams. Parents are asked to ensure that their young sons
and players not yet registered to play are registered this Friday evening.

AGM

Our
AGM took place this evening and the club would like to thank all who attended
and who took positions on the executive.

Rathcline
club is providing sporting and cultural activities for all our members and it
is our aim to grow the club in celebrating, promoting and developing the games,
language, history, heritage and culture of our parish.

We
look to welcome and embrace all the new people in our parish, and we encourage
them to become part of the Rathcline and Shannon Gaels family. You are now
within our parish and we would like that you become involved with us and give
your expertise to help and create a newness that will take our club to another
level both on and off the pitch.

The
executive remained largely the same as last year. The following were elected:

Chairman
– Liam Connerton
Vice Chairman – Gerard Farrell
Secretary – Cathal Chapman & Pat Connerton
Assistant Secretary – Sharon Brady
Treasurer – Marie Farrell
Assistant Treasurers – Albert Cooney and Stephen Rooney
Registrars – Peter Skelly, Brendan Rhatigan, Clare Carberry, Gerard Farrell.

Players
Registrar – James Hanley
PRO – Caroline Ginty and Joe O’Brien
Irish Officer – Shannon Gaels Minor Club
Coaching Officer – Seadna Ryan and Denis Connerton
Development Officers – Ryan Fallon, Liam Connerton, Seadna Ryan
Field Committee Lead – Johnny Hanley
Field Co-ordinator – Tommy O’Donoghue
County Board Delegates – Louis Skelly, Peter Skelly, Denis Crinigan, Seamus
Flynn
Minor Board Liaison – Alan Fayne
Ladies Board Liaison – Brendan O’Sullivan
Insurance Officer – Cathal Chapman
Finance Committee – Alan Fayne, Lorraine Farrell, Gerard Farrell, Una Clarke,
Stephen Rooney, Pat Connerton, Brendan Rhatigan, Chris Cullen, Brendan
O’Sullivan, Marie Farrell, Albert Cooney, Neil O’Connor

Get your tickets

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 this coming 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 Andrew Rhatigan,
Fermoyle. The winning envelope this week was worth €414. Thanks to Andrew for
his dedicated support for the draw. Perhaps next week it can be your turn, all
you have to do is to buy a ticket for €2 to 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.

Leinster
League

The Western Gaels U15’s hosted
Naomh Máirtín, Louth in the Leinster Cross Border League on Saturday last in
Dunbeggan. The winner would be rewarded with a place in the Leinster Semi Final
in the coming weeks. After a very entertaining game Western Gaels emerged
victorious on a scoreline of 5-9 to 3-6. Great credit to Padraig O’Dowd, Tommy
Hawes and Gay Farrell for their great work with the team.

Western Gaels would like to thank
all parents for their contributions of food for the teams and officials. See
comprehensive report below.

Leinster U15

Western Gaels U15s played their second game in Leinster
Cross County League on Saturday last 2nd March at home to St Martins
of Monasterboyce from Co Louth. Played in tough conditions and on a soft
surface in Dunbeggan Park it was a game where a strong wind throughout made
conditions difficult to play in. But great credit goes to both sets of players
for giving us a very entertaining game. We had the wind in the first half, and
this was the deciding factor in our victory as we were more clinical in front
of goals than our opponents. Dan Devlin (Grattan Gaels) started in goals and
had a fine game, our full back line of Beau O Connor (Grattan Gaels) , Aaron
Kenny 0-1 (Shannon Gaels)  & Kielan
Ruske  (Grattan Gaels) were immense
throughout , our halfback line of Jamie Hagan(Shannon Gaels) , Ryan Casey
(Grattan Gaels) & Sam Murphy (Shannon Gaels ) all had great games with
their great work ethic, our midfield pairing of Matthew Hawes (Grattan Gaels)
& Harry Mulvihill  0-1 (Grattan
Gaels) had super games , our half forward line of Niall Chawke 0-2 (Shannon
Gaels), Eoin Kinlan 2-0 (Grattan Gaels) & Gary Hand 0-3 (Grattan Gaels )
were superb throughout , our full forward line of Kieran O Dowd (Shannon Gaels)
, Cillian Cox 2-2 (Shannon Gaels) & Jimmy Farrell 1-0 (Shannon Gaels) had
fine games Cillian in particular putting in a man of the match performance, we
went in at the break Western Gaels 4-7 St Martins 0-2, On resumption of the second
half and with St Martins now having the wind advantage Cormac Casey (Shannon
Gaels) entered the fray in the full back line and put in a great performance
with some vital interceptions, St Martins were now throwing everything at us
with the wind advantage but we weathered the storm manfully, there were a few
nervy moments towards the end with a few sloppy goals conceded but in the end
we held out for a great victory, this was a great team performance and when
Luke Dowd (Shannon Gaels) Conor Lyons (Shannon Gaels) James Killian (Shannon
Gaels) Callum Gordon (Shannon Gaels) & Matthew Heneghan (Shannon Gaels)
had  entered the game at different stages
where they too  played a huge part in
this victory we were already looking forward to the Leinster Cross County
Finals day in a couple of weeks . Full Time score Western Gaels 5-9 St Martins
3-7. Thanks also to the Grattan’s club for having their pitch in the best
condition possible particularly after the rain that had fallen earlier that
morning and also for the support on the afternoon and for the refreshments
provided after the game.

Western Gaels Panel on the day:

Dan Devlin, Matthew Hawes, Kielan Ruske, Gary Hand, Ryan
Casey, Eoin Kinlan, Beau o Connor, Harry Mulvihill (All Grattan Gaels)

Aaron Kenny (Capt.) Cormac Casey, Jamie Hagan, Niall Chawke,
Matthew Heneghan, Kieran O’Dowd, Sam Murphy, Jimmy Farrell, Conor Lyons,
Cillian Cox, James Killian, Luke Dowd, Callum Gordon (All Shannon Gaels)

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Junior Ladies: Well done
to our Junior Ladies who started their league campaign off on Sunday morning with
a win against Ballinameen. Result: St. Faithleach’s 6-22 Ballinameen 3-5. Next
game against Boyle. 

Minor League D3: The
minors played their first game of the league on Sunday morning against Kilmore/Shannon
Gaels/ St. Ronan’s which resulted in a win for the home side. Result: St. Faithleach’s
10-13 Kilmore/Shannon Gaels/ St. Ronan’s 3-6. 

U16 League D3: St. Faithleach’s
play St. Dominic’s on Sunday 10th at 11am in Ballyleague. 

Congratulations: To Roscommon CBS on their historic win over the Jes in
the Connacht Schools Senior A Rugby Semi Final, and to our club reps ; Michael
Dunne, Connor Rohan, Cian Glennon and Jack Tucker. Best of luck in the
final. 




Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 25th February 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Naval Recruit Class

Many
congratulations to Zoe Gallagher daughter of Joe and Annie Gallagher, Clonbonny
on graduating as a member of the 2019 Naval Service recruit class at
Haulbowline Naval base, Co. Cork, on Friday last.

Lough Ree AC

The AGM will take on this Wednesday evening 27th
February, in St. Mary’s Parish Hall at 9pm.
The club continues to give
lifelong memories to so many young people and it would be great to have many
parents attend on Wednesday in support of the great work being done by the
coaches and executive

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.

AGM

After
a bit of confusion last week, the AGM of the Rathcline club will take place
this Sunday evening in the clubhouse at 5pm. Each and every member and supporter
of the club are invited to attend and help develop the vibrancy that is now
within the club. Your club, your views and the club’s progression. See you at
5pm

Birth

Many
congratulations to Mairead and Luke Brennan, Lisnacusha on the birth last week
of a baby girl.

Friends of Asthma Clothes Bank

For
those of you that may from time to time used the Friends of Asthma Clothes bank
at the back side of their shop or those of you that are aware of its presence
there are asked to recall if you were in the vicinity on Friday evening through
to Saturday morning. The lock on the clothes bank was taken off, the donated
clothes removed and there was a different lock put on the clothes bank. If you
seen anything happening there you are asked to call into Pam Farrell in the
shop.

Table Quiz

U.C.D.
Student, Padraig Sorohan is organising a table quiz in Rosie’s on Friday next 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.

Lanesboro Social Services Whist

Friday
night next 1st March will see the once again the Lanesboro Social
Services Whist Drive taking place in St. Mary’s Parish Hall. The games will
commence at 8.30pm and a great night of card playing in a congenial atmosphere.
The proceeds of the night will go to supporting those in our parish that are in
need of assistance. I hope that all local card players and their friends can go
along, enjoy card playing on the night and support a local and very worthwhile
cause. As usual light refreshments will be served.

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.

Former
Resident Passes Away

The
death has occurred of Mary Suffin, Arm, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon and formerly
of Ballyglass, where she lived for many years. Mary was in her 97th
year and she passed away at Fearna Manor Nursing Home Peacefully, Castlerea in
her 97th year. Predeceased by her husband Paddy. A lovely lady and her passing
will sadden the hearts of the many people in our locality that have fond
memories of her and her family in our community. She will be sadly missed by
her sons Lovingly regretted by her sons Joe and Declan, daughters Anne, Trisha,
Mary, Bernie, Phil and Tina, sister Eileen, relatives and friends to whom we
extend our deepest sympathy.

Launch Night

The launch of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade for
Lanesboro and Ballyleague will take place in Clarke’s Bar on Friday night 1st
March commencing at 8pm. Refreshments will be served and as it is an open
invitation to all and sundry, we look forwards to a very big crowd attending.

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.

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.

Sympathy

We would like to express our deepest sympathy to Chris
Reid and his extended family Newtowncashel on the death of his father Mattie
Reid, at Thomond Lodge Nursing Home, Ballymahon on Tuesday 19th
February. Mattie worked in the Power Station and gave a lifetime of service to
the Community Games and was a very popular figure with our Community Games
teams throughout the years.

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.

Raffle

To help defray costs there will be
the usual Annual Lanesboro Ballyleague St. Patrick’s Day Parade 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 five winners drawn out will each receive €100.
The draw this year will take place in Adie’s Bar and Restaurant

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.

.

Marvellous Reviews

As you may know from these notes and ‘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 Donal O’Grady and family,
Ballyleague on the death of  his sister
Bernie Forde, Barna, Galway on Thursday last

Pieta House Table Quiz

A
Table Quiz by the Suicide Crisis Centre and Self Harm Centre arms of Pieta
House will take place on Friday 8th March in The Local,
Newtowncashel. The quiz will kick off at 9.30pm and everyone is encouraged to
go and support two vital aspects of Pieta House

Diary Date

“True
friends” is a new three Act Play written by Rooskey man Seamus Lannon and will
be performed on Saturday 9th March 2019 at 8.00pm in the Backstage Theatre,
Longford Town.

“True
Friends” is set in1950’s rural Ireland, two young boys Mick and Jimmy grew up
in Derrymoneen, went to school together and were “True Friends”. Then one
Sunday morning Mick disappeared and wasn’t heard of again. Now, fifty-five
years have passed and out of the blue Mick returns. Together again, there are
stories to be told of a very different Ireland, the joys, the tears, the
smiles, the heartbreak and the good news!

To book a
ticket please contact 043-3347888 or 086-0890893.

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

The results of the competition held on Monday 18th
February are N/S 1st Joan Browne and Patricia Mc Gann, 2nd
Kathleen Kelly and Joan Donlon and 3rd Kathleen Hanley and Mary
Fallon. E/W 1st Carol Hamill and Anne Hagan, 2nd Mary
Jameson  and Goretti Kenny, 3rd
Teresa Kiernan and Catherine Kelly.

Our
Library this week

Knitting & Crochet group continues every Monday
2pm to 4pm.  New members always welcome!
Poetry & Music group continues on Monday
11th March –  4.15-5.30pm.
All welcome to come along and join in with this
very vibrant group!
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’ on Thursday 28th March at 6.30pm. All welcome to come along
– light refreshments will be served.
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)’in the library on
Monday 1st April at 6.30pm. 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.

The library is 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
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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 Tina Dowd, Thureen.
The winning envelope this week was worth €369. Thanks to Tina for their 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 1, 16, 17 and 23. The winner of the €50
prize was Claire Connaughton and the three €20 winners were Eoin Farrell,
Lehery, Freda Connaughton, Longford Road and Chris Cullen, Rathcline Road.

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

Congratulations to Jack Casey and Christian Donlon who have been
selected by the FAI to participate in their Emerging Talent Programme.
 A date for your diary is Sunday 24th March,
with the launch of the major OSKARS Night in the Longford Arms.
Arrangements are being finalised for the big Blitz on
Saturday week. The pitch will be a hive of activity on that day with ten teams
vying to be called seven a side champions.
The under 12s will be playing at half time on Saturday
evening in the City Calling Stadium, when Longford Town play their first home
game of the season against Drogheda United.
On the playing fields it was a weekend of mixed fortunes: The
under 16s were in fine fettle as they overcame the challenge of Castlepollard
Celtic by three goals to two. The Ballyboro goals were scored by Eoin Farrell, Oisin
Kenny (a cracking free kick from half way) and Cillian Cox.
The under 10s were in tough luck against Stonepark at The
Mall,  hitting the woodwork on three occasions, before the home team 
emerged on top .Panel: Eoin Beattie, Mikey Sorohan, Eoghan Mullooly, Rian
Hogan, Rian Shanley, Keilon Gilmore, Harry Brogan, Ciaran McGloin, Oisin
Dillon, Leon Malkowski, Patrick Gilmore, Evan Rooney.
 The under 11s found UCl Sharks a bit too good for them
on Saturday. With most of the team underage again next year the team will learn
from the experience and will improve. Panel: Mikey Sorohan, Dan Casey Callum
Farrell, Rian Hogan, Rian Shanley, Billy Murray, Ethan Slattery, Eoin O’Brien, Ryan
Mimnagh.
 The under 13 team were pipped 2-1 by Gaels United, with
Joey Trimble scoring the Ballyboro goal. Team: Sam Glennon, Rory Carling, Cormac
O’Dowd, Alex Forde, Josh Crawford, Joey Trimble, Christian Donlon, Luke Cullen,
James Mimnagh, Euan Cullen and Eoin Cox.
Fixtures: A hectic weekend is in store with 6 teams in action:
The under 10s host UCL Rhinos on Saturday at 12 noon on
Sunday.
The under 11s play Stonepark at The Mall Astro on Saturday at
12.
The under 12s are at home to Melview on Sunday, kick off 1.30.
The under 13s play Inny FC in Streete on Saturday at 1pm.
Inny Fc also provide the opposition for the under 14 team
when they clash in the first round of The Shane Brennan Cup in Lanesboro on
Sunday at 3pm.
The under 16s play Gaels United in Drumlish on Sunday at 2.30
on Sunday.

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

AGM

After
a bit of confusion last week, the AGM of the Rathcline club will take place
this Sunday evening in the clubhouse at 5pm. Each and every member and supporter
of the club are invited to attend and help develop the vibrancy that is now
within the club. Your club, your views and the club’s progression. See you at
5pm

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 Tina Dowd, Thureen.
The winning envelope this week was worth €369. Thanks to Tina for their 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.

Sympathy

The club would like to sympathise
with our former player Donal O’Grady, Ballyleague on the death of his sister
Bernie Forde, Barna, Co. Galway last week.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Congratulations: To all our winners at
Saturday nights Social and Presentation Night held here in the clubhouse, many
thanks to club President Frank Curley for making the presentations 

• Club Person of the Year – Sean Cox

• Senior Player of the Year – Brian Murtagh 

• Junior Player of the Year – Henry Kenny 

• Junior Ladies Player – Joan Geoghegan  

• Young Male Player – Karl Nerney 

• Young Female Player – Ellen Irwin 

• Mothers & Others Player – Sheila Healy

Best of luck: To Roscommon CBS and our club reps Conor
Rohan, Jack Tucker, Cain Glennon, Michael Dunne, In the rugby cup semi-final
this Thursday in Creggs. 

Thanks: To Eamon Gallagher and Tanya O’Rourke who
organised the Ireland Lights Up Walks on club grounds over the last six weeks,
the initiative from both the GAA and Operation Transformation was a great
success and hopefully will in courage our members to get out and get
active. 

Lotto: Jackpot stands at €12,000. Last week’s €20
winners; Harry O’Donnell, Curraghroe, Rob and Yvonne Stabler c/o Derek, Michael
Hanly Ballyleague, Aidan Tully Slatta, Eileen Cox Curraghroe. Envelopes are
available in all local retailers for €2. Your support is appreciated. 

Condolences: The club would like to express its
sympathy to Donal O’Grady and family on the passing of Donal’s sister Bernie
Forde, Barna, Galway. May she Rest in Peace. 




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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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.