Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 22nd July 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Thank You St. John’s Community

Last
Sunday was the final day for the blessing of the graves in St. John’s graveyard
and as you all may remember it was the most horrible day of rain this summer. A
large crowd turned up and as time approached the rain was thundering down. A
phone call on the behest of Fr. Mickie was made to Philip Mc Garry, St. John’s
Church to see if St. John’s Church could be used for prayers. Without
hesitation Philip consented on behalf of the St. John’s Congregation. It was a
wonderful gesture and one that all present were deeply grateful to St. John’s.
It just shows the togetherness of our two church congregations in Lanesboro.

Following
prayers in St. John’s Fr. Mickie blessed the graves.

Again,
on behalf of all present I would like to extend our thanks to Philip and the
St. John’s congregation.

Bridge to Bridge Swim

Each
year following the Two Provinces Triathlon the Lanesboro Tri Club organise an
Ironman distance charity swim from the Bord na Mona bridge at Kilnacarrow to
the bridge in Lanesboro. This swim is not for the faint hearted as it stretches
to 3.9Km. It will take place on Monday 5th April. Swimmers will
cruise up by boat to the starting point at Kilnacarrow bridge. This year the
charities to benefit are the Alzheimers Society of Ireland and Western
Alzheimers.

If
you wish to take part or just want to raise sponsorship you can collect your
cards in O’Brien’s or sponsor on the card in the shop.

Sympathy

We
would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Alison and Paul Clancy and family,
Barnacor, on the death of Alison’s father George Casey, Kenagh, on Wednesday 10th
July

Subscription now due

Lanesboro
Gun club subscriptions for the forthcoming season are now due on or before Wednesday
week 31st July 2019. It is responsibility of each member to ensure
that membership is in place for the season ahead. All subscriptions are to be
paid directly into club’s bank account. Please contact a member of the
committee to arrange payment.

Death

Last
Tuesday 16th July the news broke of the death at Portiuncla
Hospital, Ballinasloe of one of the most loved ladies in our parish. Margaret
Connor, Cashelbeg, was predeceased by her brothers Ned, Mike, and Mattie and
her sister Mary Bridget. Margie as she was most commonly known was a woman of
great spirit and outlook. She was warm and friendly, ever obliging and more
than generous lady. She had a great devotion to her faith. Once you called to
her door you had to be feted in Margie own inimitable way. Her warm and
welcoming broad smile would disarm even the coldest of hearts. Margie lived
with her brother Mattie until his death back in early December. Together they
were great custodians of the land where they farmed with a great diligence and
neatness which was clearly evident to everyone that passed the roadside home in
Cashelbeg. The passing of Margie will leave a great sadness in the hearts and
minds of everyone that had the undoubted pleasure of knowing her.

Her
remains reposed at her residence in Cashelbeg on Thursday before being removed
to St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro. Her Funeral Mass took place on Friday and
following Mass she was laid to rest in Cashel Cemetery.

All
County Cup Final

Last
Sunday was a great day for St. Faithleach’s when they won the All County Cup
Final. When you win a final it is always made more sweeter when you beat your
old adversaries and neighbours on their home pitch. This victory over
Strokestown was hard won and the scoreline of St. Faithleach’s 2.15 to
Strokestown’s 2.12 tells the story of an open and hard-fought game. Ciaran
Murtagh, team captain, climbed the steps to receive the All County Cup.
Congratulations to the panel, team manager Gareth Johnston and mentors on a
fabulous win.

Bord
na Mona and ESB

As
I write the only prospects so far within BnM and ESB is a gloomy scenario. We
still see no smoke from the station and BnM have laid off the seasonal workers
and are looking to bring their Mount Dillon workforce down to 34 workers. There
is a great gloom over our area but as the saying goes ‘where there is life
there is hope’ and we hope that a chink of light may be found to retain the
workforce and see both companies thriving once again.

Championship
Time

Rathcline
senior team will make their return to the Longford Senior Championship when
they take on Colmcille in Killoe on Sunday evening next at 7.30pm.

Rathcline
are in a three-group section. Colmcille played and drew with Longford Slashers
last weekend so a victory on Sunday would practically assure the seniors a
place in the quarter finals.

We
wish the lads well and we hope there will be a great turnout of Rathcline
supporters to cheer on the lads.

Church
Gate Collection

The
Irish Wheelchair Association will hold their church gate collection on Saturday
27th & Sunday 28th July. With your support Irish Wheelchair
Association can continue to maintain vital services to people with disabilities
in County Longford.

Annual Pilgrimage

The annual one-day pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place
on Sunday 25th August with the bus leaving the grounds of
Ballyleague Hall at 7am. All enquiries should be made to Mary 043-3321969

Reek Sunday

Climbing of Croagh Patrick on the last Sunday of
July is a tradition that goes back many generations. A large number of people
from the locality do if on an annual basis. If you are interested in going and
don’t wish to drive the option of getting a bus to and from is open to you. A
bus will be departing Tarmonbarry at 5.55am and Strokestown at 6.10am if you
wish to avail. For full information you are asked to contact Kitty 086 0405621,
Peter 087 6613510 or Marie 086 1900640. You are asked to bring along a packed
lunch, water and stick for climbing.

Captain’s Prize

The Lough Ree Golfing Society outing to Roscommon golf club
took place last Friday 19th July. This was Captain Jackie Mc
Donnell’s day. It was very well attended, and they were very lucky with the
weather, with drizzle for the first 4 or 5 holes and sunshine thereafter. The
course was in excellent condition, and the scores were very close, with 3 pts
separating the first 3 places. Liam Rosemond managed to hold on and win it with
Aiden Cassidy 2nd and Mick Brennan 3rd. In the Ladies the
first 2 places were very close, with Bernie Taylor just overcoming
Antoinette O’Donnell and Ursula Burke 3rd. Jackie wishes to thank
everyone who turned out and his Prizes were very much appreciated.

The next outing on Friday 16th August is
to Athenry Golf Club with an 11o’clock tee off. 
The results of last Friday are 1st Liam Rosemond 40pts, 2nd
Aiden Cassidy 39pts, 3rd Mick Brennan 37pts. Ladies 1st Bernie
Taylor, 2nd Antoinette O’Donnell, and 3rd Ursula Burke.

Sliabh Bán Book

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

A few tickets become available

The biggest local and most social day out at the
Galway Races takes place on Monday next 29th July. A few places have
just become available for the Annual Rathcline GAA Race Day at the famous
Galway Races Festival. This is a hugely popular day and a great celebration of
the club in our community. Anyone that has already been there with the club
will tell you that it is a very special day out. The location and comfort of
the Killanin Stand is a feature that makes this venue the best race day out of
any.

The day out includes a location in the main pavilion
in the Killanin Stand overlooking the finishing line, admission to the races
with a free race card, free parking, four course meal, €5 drinks voucher,
Tipsters in the Pavilion, Bar facilities, Tote in the Pavilion, Best Dressed
Lady competition, after meal entertainment. All this for just €140.

If you would like to book your tickets phone Liam
Connerton 086-8776405, Stephen Rooney 086-3176301 or Alan Fayne 087-1157806.
Don’t delay book your tickets now and avoid disappointment.

Traditional Night Out

On Friday night next in the Pier Inn Rakish Paddy,
Lisnacusha there will be a traditional night out from 9pm where Noel Carberry
will be MC on the night. Admission is free and it is hoped a donation will be
made. The night is in aid of Grattan GAA club and their Oskars night. Your support
will be appreciated.

Cloontuskert Cemetery

Cemetery Sunday in Cloontuskert
graveyard will be celebrated on Sunday 11th August at 6pm.

Tidy Towns Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on
Tuesday morning last were 13, 15, 20 and 25. There was nobody with the winning
numbers and the jackpot pool has now risen to €4,600. The winner of the €50
prize was Eddie Shea c/o Mags, and the three €20 winners were Imelda Sweeney
c/o market, Mags c/o Mags and Margaret Casey c/o Market.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took place for the
weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Sinead Ginty, Carraroe. The winning
envelope this week was worth €440. A big congratulations to Sinéad who is a regular
weekly player and the club would like to say thank you for your continued
support of the 50/50. Buy a €2 ticket and who knows it could be your name on
the next winning ticket drawn on Monday night next.

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.

Summer in our Library

Since the summer school holidays began our local library has really
become a real hive of activity. More and more children and adults are using the
library not only for reading and computer use but for the added events that are
keeping everyone very active.

This week and upcoming events are:

Poetry & Music Group

Poetry & Music group continues on Monday 12th August
– 4.15-5.30pm.

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

Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group

Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group continues every
Wednesday morning at 10.30am at the library. 

Summer Stars Reading Programme

Summer Stars Children’s Reading Programme will run until August 31st

Grab your reading card at the library and start your reading
adventure.

Don’t forget to pick up some fun incentives along the way!

Weekly draw for a fabulous backpack containing some surprises for
completed entries!

 Children’s Summer Events

 Board Game Battles – Every Friday
afternoon 3pm – 4pm during July & August, come along with your friends to
the library and test each other’s skills at our Board Game Battles!
Games include, Snakes & Ladders, Ludo,
Chess, Draughts, Connect 4, BattleShip, Dominos, Frustration & Operation!!  We also have decks of cards available!
All ages welcome! – No booking required – children must be accompanied by
a parent.

Kids Summer Movie Club – On Saturday mornings during July &
August, Lanesboro Library will be hosting a Kids Movie Club from 10am to
12noon.  No booking necessary.

Come along, bring a blanket or cushion to sit on
and join in the fun!
Also available are Dress Up Box, Lego &
Colouring Tables to keep your little ones happy!

Children must be accompanied by a parent.

Book Club

Book Club for adults continues on Friday morning
26th July at 11am.  Book choices for July are ‘The
Shoemaker and his Daughter’ by Conor O’Clery and ‘Walk the Blue Fields’ by
Claire Keegan.  All welcome to come along for a chat and a cuppa.

Heritage Week

The theme for Heritage Week this year is ‘Past
Times’.  With this in mind, local historian John Casey has put together an
immense amount of historical information, books and photographs and you are all
welcome to come along to ‘A Celebration of Local History’ on Thursday 22nd August
at 7pm to the library.  There will be a slideshow, various readings and an
array of books on local history.  We will also have on display our
exhibition on ‘Business in Lanesboro 1900-2015’.  Light refreshments will
be served.

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 websitewww.longfordlibrary.ie

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

Senior Championship

Sunday evening next
see our senior team make a welcome return to the Longford Senior Championship
when we take on Colmcille in our first-round game. A lot of intense work has
gone into the preparation for the championship and we really hope all the hard
work will be well rewarded. A victory on Sunday will practically ensure a place
in the quarter final and we look forward being in that comfort zone on Sunday
night.  

We would encourage
every Rathcline supporter and their friends to come along and give the players
a boost by having a great crowd cheering them on.

The game will take
place in Killoe at 7.30pm

Don’t miss Day Out

The ultimate day of the year is fast approaching – the
Annual Rathcline GAA Race Day this year will take place on Monday next 29th
July at the famous Galway Races Festival. Each year this Race Day proves to be
a very popular so much so that there are just a couple of places left for this
year’s Race Day. It is the norm that most of our racegoers stay in Galway
overnight and continue the excitement of the Galway Race week. This is a day
not to be missed as anyone that has already been there will tell you. The
location and comfort of the Killanin Stand is a feature that makes this venue
the best day out of any and the opportunity to see the hose passing the winning
post right in front of you is a great thrill.

The day out includes a location in the main pavilion
in the Killanin Stand overlooking the finishing line, admission to the races
with a free race card, free parking, four course meal, €5 drinks voucher,
Tipsters in the Pavilion, Bar facilities, Tote in the Pavilion, Best Dressed
Lady competition, After meal entertainment. All this for only €140.

To book your tickets phone Liam Connerton
086-8776405, Stephen Rooney 086-3176301 or Alan Fayne 087-1157806. Don’t delay
and avoid disappointment.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took place for the
weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Sinéad Ginty, Carraroe. The winning
envelope this week was worth €440. A big congratulations to Sinéad who is a regular
weekly player and the club would like to say thank you for your continued
support of the 50/50. Buy a €2 ticket and who knows it could be your name on
the next winning ticket drawn on Monday night next.

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.

Royal Canal Cycle

The Royal Canal fundraising cycle, ‘Saddle Up for Rathcline’
will take place on Saturday 17th August. This is a sponsored cycle
along the Royal Canal all along the recently renovated route from Maynooth to
Lanesboro. The route distance is approximately 120km which you can cycle or for
the novice cyclist or club supporter you can take the option on one of the 15km.
Bicycles will be provided and for those taking part in the 15km cycle. The cost
/sponsorship is €50 per person and it is hoped to have teams of 4.

The cycle will finish in the club grounds in Clonbonny with
the official switching on of the new scoreboard.

There will be a social evening at the club grounds with a
barbeque commencing at 8pm. This event is open to the entire community and
supporters.

Grattan’s seek our support

Grattan’s are holding an Oskars Night and they are
fundraising to ensure the whole event will be a massive success. They will hold
a tradition music night out in the Pier Inn Rakish Paddy, on this coming Friday
night 26th July. It promises to be a great night there will be no
admission charge but donating expected.




Lansboro Ballyleague notes Monday 15th July 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Gun Club

Subscriptions
for the forthcoming season are now due on or before 31st July 2019. It
is responsibility of each member to ensure that membership is in place for the
season ahead. All subscriptions are to be paid directly into club’s bank
account. Please contact a member of the committee to arrange payment.

The
club would like to thank all members and especially D. Dowd who took the lead
on the recent conservation challenge resulting in a high score achieved at County
level.

Well
done to G. Hand who took top prize at a recent Olympic Trap event on a score of
(97/100)

We
are hoping to run a day out in the near future for the club, any suggestions or
ideas would be greatly appreciated, please contact committee.

Bord
na Mona and ESB

Following
the turmoil of last week, the situation at Bord na Mona seems to this writer as
clear as mud. What we do know is that 78 seasonal workers will finish their
work on Wednesday next, the 72 permanent workers will not now be laid off until
the power station comes back and will be put at other duties. The power station
has ceased production of electricity and there is no date for a return.

There
is now a growing local concern that the power station will not fire again and
all jobs within Lough Ree Power and Bord na Mona will be lost. While we all know
the future of ESB and Bord na Mona is on a diminishing timescale the shock at
the suddenness has taking us all aback.

Lanesboro Cemetery
on Sunday

On Sunday next 21st July the final Blessing of the
Graves in the parish will take place in Lanesboro graveyard at 6pm.

Wedding

The marriage took place on Friday 5th July at St.
Mary’s Church, Lanesboro of Caroline Doyle daughter of Miriam Doyle, Church View
and Johnny Casey, son of Bernie and Paudge Casey, Aughnagore, Clondra. Chief
bridesmaid was Lauren Mc Nicholl, friend of the bride, and bridesmaids were
Maria and Catherine Quigley, friends of the bride. Bestman was Pat Farrell,
friend of the groom and groomsmen were Lee Casey brother of the groom and Shane
Cox, friend of the groom. Pageboy was James Doyle nephew of the bride. The
marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Reilly assisted by Fr. Baxter. The
wedding reception was held in Crover House, Mountnugent, Co. Cavan.

We would like to wish the happy couple many years of wedded
happiness.

Annual Pilgrimage

The annual one-day pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place
on Sunday 25th August with the bus leaving the grounds of
Ballyleague Hall at 7am. All enquiries should be made to Mary, phone

Triathlon Outstanding Success

The staging of the Two Provinces Triathlon and
Kidathon of Saturday and Friday last respectively once again proved to be an
outstanding success. The events were ran so smoothly by an excellent committee
that it gained huge acclaim from many seasoned competitors and new entrants.

It was ideal conditions for the competitors especially
on Saturday while it warm and dry it was it was overcast and ideal for the
three events. Participants travelled from far and wide throughout the country
and even had some from abroad.

There should be no surprise at the management and
delivering of the Two Provinces Sprint triathlon as from year one the
organisation of the event gets better and better. There never yet has been an
ordinary triathlon in Lanesboro. Well done to all the organising committee and
a special word to the huge number of stewards that volunteered their time. A
special word must also go the Gardaí who despite the pressure of the big games
in Roscommon were on hand to help.

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Orla
and Noel Horohoe and their daughter Clara, Salmon’s Lane, Ballyleague on the death
on Friday last 12th July of Orla’s mother Mrs. Mai Mc Cawley,
Moyvore.

Reek Sunday

Climbing of Croagh Patrick on the last Sunday of
July is a tradition that goes back many generations. A large number of people
from the locality do if on an annual basis. If you are interested in going and
don’t wish to drive the option of getting a bus to and from is open to you. A
bus will be departing Tarmonbarry at 5.55am and Strokestown at 6.10am if you
wish to avail. For full information you are asked to contact Kitty 086 0405621,
Peter 087 6613510 or Marie 086 1900640. You are asked to bring along a packed
lunch, water and stick for climbing.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

The July outing
to Roscommon Golf Club will take place on next Friday 19th July at 10.30am
is the Society Captain Jackie McDonnell’s day. The weather is forecast to be
good, and if the 2019 outings are anything to go by, the golf will be good too.
The latest news is that the course is in excellent condition as always, and all
golfer must be bursting with anticipation for a great day. All golfers are
invited to come out and support the Society’s Captain Jackie. The Society
invites visitors on the day.

Sliabh Bán Book

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

Almost Sold Out

With time running out until one of the biggest local
days out at the Galway Races, there just a limited number of spaces left for
the Annual Rathcline GAA Race Day that will take place on Monday 29th
July at the famous Galway Races Festival. This is a hugely popular day and a
great celebration of the club in our community. Anyone that has already been
there with the club will tell you that it is a very special day out. The
location and comfort of the Killanin Stand is a feature that makes this venue
the best race day out of any.

The day out includes a location in the main pavilion
in the Killanin Stand overlooking the finishing line, admission to the races
with a free race card, free parking, four course meal, €5 drinks voucher,
Tipsters in the Pavilion, Bar facilities, Tote in the Pavilion, Best Dressed
Lady competition, after meal entertainment. All this for just €140.

If you would like to book your tickets phone Liam
Connerton 086-8776405, Stephen Rooney 086-3176301 or Alan Fayne 087-1157806.
Don’t delay book your tickets now and avoid disappointment.

Cloontuskert Cemetery

Cemetery Sunday in Cloontuskert
graveyard will be celebrated on Sunday 11th August at 6pm.

Tidy Towns Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on
Tuesday morning last were 7, 18, 20 and 25. There was nobody with the winning
numbers and the jackpot pool now rises to €4,500. The winner of the €50 prize
was Marie Casey c/o Mags, and the three €20 winners were Ben Gillen c/o mags,
Margaret Hogan, Scramogue and Niall and Keith Healy, Ballyleague.

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

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took place for the
weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Aiden Farrell, Ballyleague. The winning
envelope this week was worth €415. Congratulations to Aiden who is a regular weekly
player and the club would like to say thank you for your continued support of
the 50/50. Buy a €2 ticket and who knows it could be your name on the next
winning ticket drawn on Monday night next and help get it over the €500 mark.

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.

Summer at our Library

Poetry & Music Group

Poetry & Music group continues on Monday 22nd July – 4.15-5.30pm.

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

Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group

Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group continues every
Wednesday morning at 10.30am at the library. 

Summer Stars Reading Programme

Summer Stars Children’s Reading Programme will run until August 31st

Grab your reading card at the library and start your reading
adventure.

Don’t forget to pick up some fun incentives along the way!

Weekly draw for a fabulous backpack containing some surprises for
completed entries!

Children’s Summer Events

 Board Game Battles – Every Friday
afternoon 3pm – 4pm during July & August, come along with your friends to
the library and test each other’s skills at our Board Game Battles!
Games include, Snakes & Ladders, Ludo, Chess, Draughts,
Connect 4, BattleShip, Dominos, Frustration & Operation!!  We also have decks of cards available!
All ages welcome! – No booking required – children must be accompanied by
a parent.

Kids Summer Movie Club – On Saturday mornings during July & August,
Lanesboro Library will be hosting a Kids Movie Club from 10am to 12noon. 
No booking necessary.

Come along, bring a blanket or cushion to sit on
and join in the fun!
Also available are Dress Up Box, Lego & Colouring Tables to
keep your little ones happy!

Children must be accompanied by a parent.

Book Club

Book Club for adults continues on Friday morning
26th July at
11am.  Book choices for July are ‘The Shoemaker and his Daughter’ by Conor
O’Clery and ‘Walk the Blue Fields’ by Claire Keegan.  All welcome to come
along for a chat and a cuppa.

Heritage Week

The theme for Heritage Week this year is ‘Past
Times’.  With this in mind, local historian John Casey has put together an
immense amount of historical information, books and photographs and you are all
welcome to come along to ‘A Celebration of Local History’ on Thursday 22nd August at 7pm to the
library.  There will be a slideshow, various readings and an array of
books on local history.  Light refreshments will be served.

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

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

Leader Cup

Sunday last in
Clonbonny we entertained Longford Slashers in the Leader Cup. Unfortunately, it
was not a good day for us going down by two points in a tense and tight game.

The next outing for
the seniors is the Senior Championship against Colmcille in Killoe on Sunday
week.

The Day at the
Galway Races

Yes, the best day of the year is fast approaching – the
Annual Rathcline GAA Race Day this year will take place on Monday 29th
July at the famous Galway Races Festival. Each year this Race Day proves to be
a very popular so much so that there are just a limited number of places left
for this year’s Race Day. It is the norm that most of our racegoers stay in
Galway overnight and continue the excitement of the Galway Race week. This is a
day not to be missed as anyone that has already been there will tell you. The
location and comfort of the Killanin Stand is a feature that makes this venue
the best day out of any and the opportunity to see the hose passing the winning
post right in front of you is a great thrill.

The day out includes a location in the main pavilion
in the Killanin Stand overlooking the finishing line, admission to the races
with a free race card, free parking, four course meal, €5 drinks voucher,
Tipsters in the Pavilion, Bar facilities, Tote in the Pavilion, Best Dressed
Lady competition, After meal entertainment. All this for only €140.

To book your tickets phone Liam Connerton
086-8776405, Stephen Rooney 086-3176301 or Alan Fayne 087-1157806. Don’t delay
and avoid disappointment.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took place for the
weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Aiden Farrell, Ballyleague. The winning
envelope this week was worth €415. Congratulations to Aiden who is a regular weekly
player and the club would like to say thank you for your continued support of
the 50/50. Buy a €2 ticket and who knows it could be your name on the next
winning ticket drawn on Monday night next and help get it over the €500 mark.

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.

Royal Canal Cycle

The Royal Canal fundraising cycle, ‘Saddle Up for Rathcline’
will take place on Saturday 17th August. This is a sponsored cycle
along the Royal Canal all along the recently renovated route from Maynooth to
Lanesboro. The route distance is approximately 120km which you can cycle or for
the novice cyclist or club supporter you can take the option on one of the 15km.
Bicycles will be provided and for those taking part in the 15km cycle. The cost
/sponsorship is €50 per person and it is hoped to have teams of 4.

The cycle will finish in the club grounds in Clonbonny with
the official switching on of the new scoreboard.

There will be a social evening at the club grounds with a
barbeque commencing at 8pm. This event is open to the entire community and
supporters.




Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 8th July 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Thank You

Last week I sang the
praises of a number of people and organisations in relation to the new
pathway/cycleway across the bog from Kilnacarrow to Clonbearla. In my haste I omitted
the major role that Coillte have played in the route agreement. Their
management were very forthcoming when approached and I would like to say a very
big thank you to them for the ease and speed of agreement.

The comment and
curiosity to last weeks disclosure was immense which we hope will continue into
the future hence making this pathway/cycleway a very busy crossing and aa huge
success.

Break in

When you work very
hard to build up your business and just when you have that business beginning
to thrive there is no worse feeling than having all your hard work and
commitment to your customers and community swept right from under your feet.
This is what happened in the early hours of Thursday morning when Casserley’s
Spar and Applegreen (formerly Flaherty’s) was broken into and not only was the
safe and ATM robbed but also a large quantity of cigarettes and alcohol. The
thieves not only robbed but turned everything over in the shop and sprayed the
contents of the fire extinguishers all over the place to get rid of evidence.
Not very many locals, if any, would have known the route they approached the
shop. They dismantled all alarms hence they had time to do their depredation.

A long time a member
of the Gardai told me that someone always sees something even though at the
time they may not realise the significance in what it was they saw.

These thugs have to be
caught they have to be jailed for this dastardly deed. To arrive in any
town/village and practically take away a person’s livelihood, something they
worked tirelessly to build up, and be part of a community should be punished by
the severest of sentences when they are caught.

Comment

The robbery last week
raises the question of policing that I have written about so many times. Why
has Longford Town not got enough Gardai to police it without draining the
Lanesboro force? Why has Garda numbers in Lanesboro and indeed Longford Garda stations
been allowed to drop so much? These are question not only for this Minister for
Justice Charlie Flanagan, Commissioner Harris and the Government party but for
all the previous Governments and Commissioners that have overseen the demise of
the Garda force in Lanesboro. They are only now trying, but failing, to rectify
the problem of downgrading all the Garda stations that are left open. Our
country is rapidly becoming lawless and what we have seen with the response to Dublin,
Drogheda and Longford Town it is clearly evident the Government are throwing a
small pot of water on a forest fire. It is time for the judiciary to hand down
longer and more severe sentencing and the word concurrently should be replaced
with the word consecutively.

The people of
Stepaside deserve to be protected, but Minister, so do all the people of this
area served by Lanesboro Garda station. All rural Garda stations are now serving
an enlarged areas with less Gardaí and most times no support. Give us back
our Garda force and reinstate the number previously stationed in Lanesboro.

It is not that I am
expecting any response from anyone as none was forthcoming from my previous
commentary on policing. I do ask if those in authority can justify to Mike,
Nancy and Derek Casserley, their staff and all of us the policing rationale allowing
for what happened to the Casserley family.

Finally, can the Garda
Commissioner and Minister for Justice defend their neglect of an adequate
policing force to the Gardaí stationed in rural Ireland?

Birth

Many congratulations
to Eamon Farrell and his wife Ciara Gillen, Tullyvrane on the birth last week
of a baby girl.

Gun Club

Subscriptions
for the forthcoming season are now due on or before 31st July 2019. It
is responsibility of each member to ensure that membership is in place for the
season ahead. All subscriptions are to be paid directly into club’s bank
account. Please contact a member of the committee to arrange payment.

The
club would like to thank all members and especially D. Dowd who took the lead
on the recent conservation challenge resulting in a high score achieved at
County level.

Well
done to G. Hand who took top prize at a recent Olympic Trap event on a score of
(97/100)

We
are hoping to run a day out in the near future for the club, any suggestions or
ideas would be greatly appreciated, please contact committee.

Threat
to Bord na Mona and ESB

Developments
on Friday last has thrown a great cloud over Bord na Mona and ESB and indeed
all the local communities. The power station had been off load for maintenance
for the past three weeks for its annual overhaul. Unbeknownst to us there was an
ongoing issue with ESB and the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the hot
water emissions back into the Shannon in what we commonly know as the ‘hot water
stretch’. While the water is so low the EPA directive says that the heat of the
water is excessive. This is because the water comes through the gusher into a
narrow channel whereas the same issue does not occur at the Shannonbridge station
due to the width and flow of the river there.

On
Friday last Born na Mona transport workers were beginning to rail peat into the
station in preparation of it coming off load and back into production. However,
this work was stopped early on and little or no peat was brought in.

The
hot water issue had again raised its head and the station did not and would not
come back into production until the hot water emissions issues can be
rectified. As I write I believe ESB and the EPA are in discussions and ESB are
also meeting separately.

It
is not known how whether this issue can be resolved to the guidelines and if not,
how long the station will be out of commission. This shut down is causing great
concern for both the workers in Bord na Mona and the power station. It is a
cause of great concern to the seasonal workers and also the businesses of the
area that are so dependant on the extra cash generated in the areas over the
summer months.

Hopefully,
by the time these notes go to press there will be a resolution of the issue and
production of milled peat and electricity will be back again in Lanesboro

New email address

Please note that my email
address has changed. Anyone wishing to send me items for the paper or personal
emails are asked to send to joeaobrien@outlook.com

Abandoned Cars

At the moment there are
two abandoned cars in the area with one on the Main Street with a damaged
window and front bonnet and bumper. This has been parked on the Main Street for
a while now and it is very unsightly. With so many tourists in the area an we
are going into the height of the tourist season it should be a matter of
priority that it is moved. The second car is on the Longford Road and it is
parked outside the gates of Bord na Mona. The way it is parked is causing big
problems for people coming out of the Bord n Mona workshop and offices. This is
a straight stretch of road with an opportunity to pass other cars but for those
coming onto the road the position of this car means that vehicles have to go
out onto the road to see if there is any traffic approaching from the Lanesboro
direction and do that on this stretch of road is very dangerous. The owners of
both cars should be asked to remove them immediately.

Engagement

Many
congratulations to Shane Donohoe, son of Martin and Fiona Donohoe, Rathcline
Road and Anne Duffy, Magheraveen who announced their engagement last week.

Clonbonny
Cemetery on Sunday

On Sunday next the Blessing of the Graves in the parish will
be in Clonbonny Cemetery and finish on 21st in Lanesboro graveyard.

We hope that people with family graves in the graveyards
ensured that their family plots were tended to and cared for, making sure that
each graveyard was in pristine condition.

Annual Pilgrimage

The annual one-day pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place
on Sunday 25th August with the bus leaving the grounds of
Ballyleague Hall at 7am. All enquiries should be made to Mary, phone

Two Provinces Triathlon

We are only a few
days away from the biggest event of any year in Lanesboro/Ballyleague with the
arrival of the Two Provinces Spring Triathlon and Kidathon. Each year Lanesboro
Tri club stage a sprint triathlon that you believe could not be better than the
previous one but invariably it proves to be infinitely better. The planning is
now completed for this year and for the next few days you will see the area
between the duck pond and the harbour transformed into a starting, transition
area and finishing for the triathlon

Preparations are
well under way and one of the final tasks of preparation is the cleaning of the
weeds along the swim route.

It is expected
that there will be in excess of 600 competitors taking part and the logistics
of running such a large race is no mean feat. The Triathlon club encourages
everyone to come out and cheer on the swimmers, cyclists and runners. No matter
where you are from the car park to Scramogue and on the Rathcline Road to
Harold’s Cross your support as they are passing would be greatly appreciated.

The Kidathon will
take place on Friday evening at 7.30 when the first wave will enter the water. The Two Provinces
Kidathon is one for the 8 to 15-year olds. A 100m shoreside swim, followed by a
5km cycle on closed roads and ending with a 1km sprint to the finish. There
will be a presentation disco at 8.30pm where all the competitors will receive
their awards.

If you can
volunteer some of your time on Friday or Saturday to ensure that this year will
be another great success for the club and community, you can leave your name
into Joe or Martina O’Brien

We wish all the
competitors a wonderful day in the waters and roads of Lanesboro and
Ballyleague.

Road
Closures

Finally, for safety reasons the following road closures will
be in place during the Two Provinces Triathlon and Kidathon:

On Friday evening
next 12th July
, there will be restricted access
to the Rathcline Rd from 7:30pm-9pm, from entrance to event car park to
Harold’s Cross.

On Saturday next
13th July
, the R371 from Ballyleague to Scramogue will
be closed to traffic from 10.45am-2pm. The Rathcline Road will be closed to
traffic from 11:30am-1:30pm, from entrance to event car park, to Harold’s
Cross.

The club takes great pride in hosting a race where water and road safety are priority, where each
competitor comes home safely and enjoys their experience. The club would like to thank
everyone for their cooperation and support and hope you can come out and support all the athletes
along the route during this fantastic local race.

Pictured above is
the reed cutting boat that did great work.

Opportunity Lost

The fishing area from the duck pond right up to the
hot water gusher is unsightly with weed and water lily’s practically closing in
the fishing stretch. Looking at it either from the bridge and or riverbanks it
does not look good for us as a community. It was a lost opportunity for us when
the reed cutting boat was in the vicinity that it did not clear away some or
all of the growth from the duck pond to the gusher and especially now as the
Power Station was off load and the flow was a great deal slower. Hopefully, in
the coming days this boat will return and complete this stretch of water.

Sliabh Bán Book

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

Book for Cúl Camps

The Cúl Camps will take place at the Rathcline club
grounds, Clonbonny, from Monday 22nd July to Friday 26th
July. You can book your place on Longford GAA website or contact Damien
Sheridan
087
9126556 or GAA Coaching Office, Pearse Park, Battery Road,
Longford.

Developments at the Track

Please note: In compliance with health and safety regulations, the
pitch and track area will NOT be accessible to the public throughout the
period of the construction work on the Astro pitch and main pitch. 

This project is funded by the local community and the EU
Leader Funds through Longford Community Resources Ltd and Longford County
Council 

For further information contact: ballyboroastropitchcommittee@gmail.com

Bríon O’Rourke

Bríon O’Rourke (pictured) is the
son of Breffni O’Rourke, former Rathcline man and grandson of Kay and the late
Gerry O’Rourke, Knock, and Fidelma O’Rourke a Castlerea Co. Roscommon native.
Bríon (aged 21) and from Galway city has been selected to represent Ireland at the
U23
World Rowing Championships 2019 to be held in the USA from 24-28 July in Sarasota, Florida.  Bríon currently rows with NUI Galway (NUIG)
Boat Club and has previously competed for Ireland at Junior level and Senior
level at the Home Internationals in Cardiff and Glasgow.

Bríon started his rowing career in 2012 with
St. Joseph’s College ‘The Bish’ in Galway city, and medaled on numerous
occasions at junior national level as a member of Bish crews.  Since joining NUIG Boat Club in 2016, he has
medaled in the men’s senior 8 at the Irish Championships in 2017/18.  With NUIG in 2017, he also won a national
title at Intermediate level (men’s coxed fours) and two Irish University
championships.  He won gold at the London
Met Regatta on three occasions (2017-19) with an NUIG coxed-four.  As a member of a highly rated NUIG crew, he
reached the quarterfinals of the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta in 2018,
losing narrowly to Columbia University USA. 
He is currently a third year Mechanical Engineering student at GMIT
Galway where he is on a sports scholarship. He has also competed for GMIT in
the Irish University championships.

We wish Bríon the very best of
luck with the Irish team in Florida.

Almost Sold Out

With time running out until one of the biggest local
days out at the Galway Races, there just a limited number of spaces left for
the Annual Rathcline GAA Race Day that will take place on Monday 29th
July at the famous Galway Races Festival. This is a hugely popular day and a
great celebration of the club in our community. Anyone that has already been
there with the club will tell you that it is a very special day out. The
location and comfort of the Killanin Stand is a feature that makes this venue
the best race day out of any.

The day out includes a location in the main pavilion
in the Killanin Stand overlooking the finishing line, admission to the races
with a free race card, free parking, four course meal, €5 drinks voucher,
Tipsters in the Pavilion, Bar facilities, Tote in the Pavilion, Best Dressed
Lady competition, after meal entertainment. All this for just €140.

If you would like to book your tickets phone Liam
Connerton 086-8776405, Stephen Rooney 086-3176301 or Alan Fayne 087-1157806.
Don’t delay book your tickets now and avoid disappointment.

32 in 32

Declan Loy from Castlebellingham, Co. Louth was in
Lanesboro on Thursday of last week as he was attempting to complete a feat that
would see him enter the Guinness Book of Records. Declan had set himself the
task of completing 32 triathlons in 32 days, one in each county in Ireland. He
was on his eight day when he arrived in Lanesboro to do the Longford leg of the
32. Declan was joined by a number of swimmers and cyclists from Lanesboro
Triathlon club and others from many other parts of the county and indeed
Roscommon. While it was a low-key event there was a great excitement for Declan
and his challenge. Each day means a 1km swim,
100km cycle and a 10km run.

Declan is doing this to raise money
and an awareness for Super You, an Ireland wide organisation that seeks to
motivate and inspire young people. Anything we can do to encourage and enthuse
young people should be supported.

Declan said: “Our goal is to launch
a six-week empowerment programme to 32 schools with around 5,000 children.” The
challenge is due to complete on July 28th in Dundalk. If you can
support, please do.

Pictured below are swimmers and cyclists as they
warmed to their tasks in assisting Declan.

Cloontuskert Cemetery

Cemetery Sunday in Cloontuskert
graveyard will be celebrated on Sunday 11th August at 6pm.

Tidy Towns Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on
Tuesday morning last were 3, 4, 8 and 11. There was nobody with the winning
numbers and the jackpot pool now rises to €4,400. The winner of the €50 prize
was Mary & Geraldine c/o SuperValu, and the three €20 winners were Martini
c/o Mags, Mike Mulvihill, Clonterm, Longford and Brigid c/o Mags.

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

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 €398. Congratulations to Mary who is a
weekly player and the club would like to say thank you for your continued
support of the 50/50. Buy a €2 ticket and who knows it could be your name on
the next winning ticket drawn on Monday night next and help keep it over the
€500 mark.

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.

It’s all happening at the Library

Our local library is a hive of activity throughout the summer with
many and varied events happening for young and old alike. Go along bring your
young people along and see the great variety of events happening.

Poetry & Music Group

Poetry & Music group continues on Monday 23rd July
– 4.15-5.30pm.

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

Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group

Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group continues every
Wednesday morning at 10.30am at the library. 

Summer Stars Reading Programme

Summer Stars Children’s Reading Programme will run until August 31st

Grab your reading card at the library and start your reading
adventure.

Don’t forget to pick up some fun incentives along the way!

Weekly draw for a fabulous backpack containing some surprises for
completed entries!

Children’s Summer Events

Board Game Battles – Every Friday afternoon 3pm – 4pm during July
& August, come along with your friends to the library and test each other’s
skills at our Board Game Battles!
Games include, Snakes & Ladders, Ludo,
Chess, Draughts, Connect 4, BattleShip, Dominos, Frustration & Operation!!  We also have decks of cards available!
All ages welcome! – No booking required – children must be accompanied by
a parent.

Kids Summer Movie Club – On Saturday mornings during July &
August, Lanesboro Library will be hosting a Kids Movie Club from 10am to
12noon.  No booking necessary.

Come along, bring a blanket or cushion to sit on
and join in the fun!
Also available are Dress Up Box, Lego &
Colouring Tables to keep your little ones happy!

Children must be accompanied by a parent.

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

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

Leader Cup

Sunday next in
Clonbonny at 2pm we will take on Longford Slashers in the Leader Cup. This is a
hugely important game for our lads, and we would urge everyone to come to
Clonbonny to support the team.

Following a very
close and tight game on Saturday evening in Carrickedmond we were very unlucky
to come away with a narrow loss and we look forward to getting back to winning
ways on Sunday.

The Day at the
Galway Races

Yes, the best day of the year is fast approaching – the
Annual Rathcline GAA Race Day this year will take place on Monday 29th
July at the famous Galway Races Festival. Each year this Race Day proves to be
a very popular so much so that there are just a limited number of places left
for this year’s Race Day. It is the norm that most of our racegoers stay in
Galway overnight and continue the excitement of the Galway Race week. This is a
day not to be missed as anyone that has already been there will tell you. The
location and comfort of the Killanin Stand is a feature that makes this venue
the best day out of any and the opportunity to see the hose passing the winning
post right in front of you is a great thrill.

The day out includes a location in the main pavilion
in the Killanin Stand overlooking the finishing line, admission to the races
with a free race card, free parking, four course meal, €5 drinks voucher,
Tipsters in the Pavilion, Bar facilities, Tote in the Pavilion, Best Dressed
Lady competition, After meal entertainment. All this for only €140.

To book your tickets phone Liam Connerton
086-8776405, Stephen Rooney 086-3176301 or Alan Fayne 087-1157806. Don’t delay
and avoid disappointment.

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 €398. Congratulations to Mary who is a
weekly player and the club would like to say thank you for your continued
support of the 50/50. Buy a €2 ticket and who knows it could be your name on
the next winning ticket drawn on Monday night next and help keep it over the
€500 mark.

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.

Cúl Camps

The Cúl Camps will take place at the Rathcline club
from Monday 22nd July to Friday 26th July. You can book
your place on Longford GAA website or contact Damien Sheridan 087-9126556 or GAA
Coaching Office, Pearse Park, Battery Road, Longford.

Royal Canal Cycle

The Royal Canal fundraising cycle, ‘Saddle Up for Rathcline’
will take place on Saturday 17th August. This is a sponsored cycle along
the Royal Canal all along the recently renovated route from Maynooth to
Lanesboro. The route distance is approximately 120km which you can cycle or for
the novice cyclist or club supporter you can take the option on one of the 15km.
Bicycles will be provided and for those taking part in the 15km cycle. The cost
/sponsorship is €50 per person and it is hoped to have teams of 4.

The cycle will finish in the club grounds in Clonbonny with
the official switching on of the new scoreboard.

There will be a social evening at the club grounds with a
barbeque commencing at 8pm. This event is open to the entire community and
supporters.




Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 1st July 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Massive
Boost

Over the
past number of years work has continued on the Royal canal from Maynooth and the
work is now inside the Longford border and making its way to Clondra. There is
great activity on the route with walkers, cyclists and joggers/runners availing
of the safe route.

Alas, we
were not to benefit from this outstanding facility until the idea was mooted to
see if it was feasible to link the parishes of Rathcline and Killashee hence
our access to the Royal Canal.

Having
spoken personally to each of the Bord na Mona managers over the years it seemed
from them that this would be possible in the Kilnacarrow area where access
across the bog would lead us to the Clonbearla townsland in the parish of
Killashee. This proposed route was the way the legendary John Duggan took as he
made his way to school in Lanesboro many years ago.

Time
passed and with the assistance of Senior Planner at Longford County Council
Donall Mac an Bheatha the plan started to take shape but the fact that the bog
was still in use meant that one year followed another as we waited for the bog
to be decommissioned. Over the past year Donall and Longford County Council
took ownership of the project and liaised with both Bord na Mona and Coillte as
the route was going through both properties. The bog was decommissioned at the
end of last year and as a result the project was agreed, and plans were set in
place to make a cycleway/walkway from one parish to the other.

From a
tourism point of view this was a strategic crossing as it now opened Lanesboro
and Ballyleague up to the canal for cycling, walking, running and for those
with an interest in nature. There will be an added tourism benefit as it opened
up to the Corlea Trackway and Visitor Centre just off the Royal Canal in Kenagh.
Now people on boats who are usually supplied with bikes will be able to cycle
to Corlea and avail of the fascinating attraction of the Iron Age trackway
constructed with oak planks in 148BC. With the cycleway/walkway running very
close to the Mid Shannon Wilderness Park it will make it a strategic area for
those interested in the ecology of the area, wildlife and birdlife, and the
growth of a new and wide range of fauna that will come with the Wilderness Park.
All these attractions will attract huge numbers of visitors to what will be a
very unique area. 

The route
is in the very early stages of work, but we now have something very tangible
that will create a major tourism attraction for the parishes of Rathcline and
Killashee.

I must
express my deepest gratitude to Donall Mac an Bheatha and his Longford County
Council team and Bord na Mona management and the lads that are working on the
cycleway/walkway for bring this dream to fruition.

New email address

Please note that my email
address has changed. Anyone wishing to send me items for the paper or personal
emails are asked to send to joeaobrien@outlook.com

Two Provinces Triathlon 2019

Road
Closures

Finally, for safety reasons the following road closures will
be in place during the Two Provinces Triathlon & Kidathon:

On Friday 12th
July
, there will be restricted access to the Rathcline Rd
from 7:30pm-9pm, from entrance to event car park to Harold’s Cross.

On Saturday 13th
July
, the R371 from Ballyleague to Scramogue will be closed to
traffic from 10.45am-2pm and the Rathcline Rd will be closed to traffic
from 11:30am-1:30pm, from entrance to event car park, to Harold’s Cross.

The club takes great pride in hosting a race where water and road safety are priority, where each
competitor comes home safely and enjoys their experience. The club would like to thank
everyone for their cooperation and support and hope you can come out and support all the athletes
along the route during this fantastic local race.

Annual Race Day

The Annual Rathcline GAA Race Day this year will take
place on Monday 29th July at the famous Galway Races Festival. Each
year this Race Day goes from strength so much so that there are just a limited
number of places left for this years Race Day. This is a day not to be missed
as anyone that has already been there with the club will tell you. The location
and comfort of the Killanin Stand is a feature that makes this venue the best
day out of any.

The day out includes a location in the main pavilion
in the Killanin Stand overlooking the finishing line, admission to the races
with a free race card, free parking, four course meal, €5 drinks voucher,
Tipsters in the Pavilion, Bar facilities, Tote in the Pavilion, Best Dressed
Lady competition, after meal entertainment. All this for just €140.

If you would like to book your tickets phone Liam
Connerton 086-8776405, Stephen Rooney 086-3176301 or Alan Fayne 087-1157806.
Don’t delay book your tickets now and avoid disappointment.

Death

On Friday 21st June the news reached us of
the death at Tallaght Hospital, Dublin of Liam Hyland. Liam a native of the
townsland of Augharanna was a man although gone from the parish for many years never
lost his love nor interest in the affairs of the parish or its people. He lived
in Dublin for many years but there was not a stauncher Rathcline and Longford
man. Liam worked his live in the Construction business for Longford builder’s
Mc Loughlin’s. He was a man who always looked after his own people first and
foremost as many people told me over the past week or so of all the locals that
he gave work to. Liam had a tremendous work ethic and it was not for everyone.
In recent years due to failing health he was in a Nursing Home in Dublin and
despite this he was seen at many local funerals. Liam was a man who had a warm
and welcoming smile and nature. For all us that remember times with Liam we
also remember his love for Irish Music and the fun and divilment. Liam’s
passing saddens our hearts, but his memory will live long and bring many smiles
when we think of him. The attendance at his Funeral mass bore ample testimony
to the esteem

Liam’s remains were removed to St. Mary’s Church on
Wednesday last and following Mass his remains were laid to rest in Clonbonny
cemetery. To his wife Mary, daughters Lynda and Aileen, son Ciaran, brother
Mickie, sisters Kate, Anne and Gaye, relatives and many friends we extend our
heartfelt sympathy.

True Friendship

Having grown up in the parish in and around the same
time the passage of time never split both men. At a time when Liam Hyland’s
health was failing almost eight years ago a friend and figure from his past
became a constant in his life. Jimmy Hanley formerly of Corrigeen and now
living in Tallaght visited Liam every week without fail and when Liam was able
to be out Jimmy took him for drives around the Dublin area. Jimmy also took
Liam to Lanesboro for many funerals and occasions and kept him up to date with
all the local news. Jimmy’s friendship was a measure of the man and Liam’s
passing could not go by without the mention of Jimmy and his wonderful deeds
over almost the eight years. In this day and age Jimmy’s was a unique and true
friendship. In a world, getting faster and more impersonal Jimmy’s dedication
to a fellow parishioner and friend is surely a deed well worth acknowledging. As
an acknowledgement of Jimmy the Hyland family ensured he was involved in Liam’s
removal and burial

Sliabh Bán Book

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

Rathcline
Cemetery on Sunday

On Sunday next the Blessing of the Graves in the parish will
commence in Rathcline Cemetery at 6pm. There is a change in the running order
this year and you are asked take heed of the change so the second occasion will
be in Clonbonny Cemetery and finish on 21st in Lanesboro cemetery.

With only a few weeks to go to the Blessing of the Graves in
Rathcline followed the following weeks in Clonbonny and Lanesboro it is time
that people with family graves in the graveyards ensured that their family
plots were tended to and cared for, making sure that each grave yard was
looking in pristine condition.

The
committees of the three local cemeteries would like to remind people that there
are no dumping facilities at the cemeteries. People are asked to bring old
wreaths, plastic pots etc away with them. 

Death

The
area was shocked and saddened to learn on Saturday afternoon 29th
June of the death of Tom Jordan, Tullyvrane. Tom, a very proud Dubliner, and
his wife Julie moved to Lanesboro a number of years ago from Dublin. He passed
away peacefully in his sleep during Friday night. He was a quite unassuming man
who every day would be in town with Julie. A warm and welcoming hello would
always be his greeting. Tom’s was a man who never flaunted his fame and enjoyed
the quiet peaceful life of the Lanesboro where himself and Julie live close to
his daughter Jacqui her husband Ciaran Prior and grandchildren. He enjoyed the
company of locals and a pint. He was a man who enjoyed a game of golf and
always loved to have a laugh. Tom was a man that was always willing to impart
advice when sought and he was recognised as a great mentor to many. For those that did not know Tom he played
a leading role as Charlie Kelly in the RTÉ soap Fair City since it was first
screened in 1989. He was a founding member of the Project Arts Centre, was Actor
Manager with World Theatre Productions for 12 years and was also Artistic
Director of the Lyric Theatre, Belfast 1987/88.

Tom will
be sadly missed by everyone in Lanesboro and we extend our deepest sympathy to
his wife Julie, daughter Jacqui her husband Ciaran, Tullyvrane, his daughters
Annmarie and Julie, his sons Jock and Tomás, brother Brendan, sister Phyllis,
grandchildren and great grandchildren relatives and many friends.

Tom’s
remains reposed in Glennon’s Funeral Home, Longford on Monday. Private
cremation will take place at a later date.

Thank
You

Thanks to
all for supporting the Church Gate collection last weekend in aid of the Samaritans.
The sum collected was €595. 

Weekly
Card Game

The
weekly 25 card game takes place every Sunday night in St. Mary’s Parish Hall. Thanks
to all for supporting the game. The raffle winners were Barney Kenny, Dan Cox,
Padraig Farrell and Michael Finnan. The card game results were 1st Brendan
Hanley/Tom Donlon. 2nd Josie and Freda Connaughton/Ivan jones /Tom
Farrell. The last game was won by Michael Doorly/Sean Parker

Annual Pilgrimage

The annual one-day pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place
on Sunday 25th August with the bus leaving the grounds of
Ballyleague Hall at 7am. All enquiries should be made to Mary, phone

Book for Cúl Camps

The Cúl Camps will take place at the Rathcline club
grounds, Clonbonny, from Monday 22nd July to Friday 26th
July. You can book your place on Longford GAA website or contact Damien
Sheridan
087
9126556 or GAA Coaching Office, Pearse Park, Battery Road, Longford.

Boating issue

The following issue has been brought
to my attention. As you go boating in the bay area and making your way towards
the cut out into Lough Ree and decide to use the old entry to the lake along
the eastern shore channel you are entering an area fraught with problems. I am
informed that the amount of unkemptness and build up along this route is such
that you go through with great difficulty. This has been the entry and exit
route for many years and an area with a huge historical past and it would be a
shame it this was to become impassable. The onus is on the keepers of the waterways
and lake to ensure a safe passage through this channel for all people using
this as their preferred route.

Mid-Summer Miscellany

An evening of Old-Time Poetry, Music
and Song will take place in Glesson’s Restaurant and Rooms, The Square,
Roscommon on Friday next 5th July at 8pm. Tommy Murray will read
popular poems, Majella Flanagan will sing old-time favourites and Irene Guckian,
violin, will play languid melodies and rousing reels.

The event will be preceded by a wine
reception at the county museum (next door) at 7.30pm. All proceeds will go
towards the upkeep of the Tourist Office and Museum. Tickets €10 can be bought at
the county museum, Gleeson’s, David Molloy or on the door on the night.

Cloontuskert Cemetery

Cemetery Sunday will be celebrated
on Sunday 11th August at 6pm. The Statue of Our Lady of Fatima and
the three visionaries will be erected after cemetery Sunday. A special ceremony
will be held on Sunday 13th October, the Feast Day of Our Lady of
Fatima. The statue will be blessed and the souls of those interred in both
cemeteries will be consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Our Lady of Fatima for
her protection and this will be followed by the Rosary.

New
Astro Pitch Starting Soon

Ballyboro Football Club is working in partnership with
Lanesboro Community College and Longford Westmeath Education & Training
Board to install a new astro football pitch and develop the existing grass
field here at this site in the period July 1st to August 31st, 2019.

The new development will include a 9-a-side astro all
weather football pitch that can also be used as two 5-a-side football pitches
alongside a re-drained full-length 11-a-side football pitch with special
provision for the relocation of the existing long-jump and shot put
 facilities on site.

Please note: In compliance with health and safety regulations, the
pitch and track area will NOT be accessible to the public throughout the
period of the construction work. 

This project is funded by the local community and the EU
Leader Funds through Longford Community Resources Ltd and Longford County
Council 

For further information contact: ballyboroastropitchcommittee@gmail.com

Start your degree in Longford

Longford
College of Further Education are accepting applicants for their Tourism and
Business PLC programmes starting in September. School leavers can apply for the
level 5 courses, then progress to level 6 and gain direct entry into year 2 of
either the Hospitality Management degree or the Business degree in Athlone
Institute of Education. Existing holders of a QQI level 5 certificate in any
discipline or equivalent can apply directly onto the level 6 courses. Save on
high registration and accommodation costs by starting your degree in Longford.

For
further details see: longfordcfe.com or email hjohnston.tcl@lwetb.ie or cprunty.tcl@lwetb.ie

Tidy Towns Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on
Tuesday morning last were 13, 18, 24 and 29. There was nobody with the winning
numbers and the jackpot pool now rises to €4,300. The winner of the €50 prize
was Mickie Donlon c/o Mags, and the three €20 winners were Tomas Donohoe,
Ballyleague, Mike Casey, Mountdillon and Michael Kelly, Abbeyshrule

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

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took place for the
weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Paddy Curran, Killinure. The
winning envelope this week was worth €335. Congratulations to Paddy and the
club would like to say thank you for your continued support of the 50/50. Buy a
€2 ticket and who knows it could be your name on the next winning ticket drawn
on Monday night next and help keep it over the €500 mark.

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.

Excitement at the Library

Our local library continues to have a very excitement time ahead
with some great summer holiday event for the young people of the area. Have a
look below at the number of events and there are many to suit the young
person(s) in your home. There are also many other events for the adults. The
library is a hive of activity and a most vibrant place in town.

Poetry & Music Group

Poetry & Music group continues on Monday 8th July
– 4.15-5.30pm.

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

Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group

Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group continues every
Wednesday morning at 10.30am at the library. 

Summer Stars Reading Programme

Summer Stars Children’s Reading Programme will run from Saturday
June 15th to 31st August Grab your reading card
at the library and start your reading adventure.

Don’t forget to pick up some fun incentives along the way!

Weekly draw for a fabulous backpack containing some surprises for
completed entries!

Children’s Summer Events – to Book email lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie

Call 0433321291 or message on Messenger

Board Game Battles – Every Friday afternoon 3pm – 4pm during July
& August, come along with your friends to the library and test each other’s
skills at our Board Game Battles!
Games include, Snakes & Ladders, Ludo,
Chess, Draughts, Connect 4, Battleship, Dominos, Frustration & Operation!!  We also have decks of cards available!
All ages welcome! – No booking required – children must be accompanied by
a parent.

Kids Summer Movie Club – On Saturday mornings during July &
August, Lanesboro Library will be hosting a Kids Movie Club from 10am to
12noon.  No booking necessary.

Come along, bring a blanket or cushion to sit on
and join in the fun!
Also available are Dress Up Box, Lego &
Colouring Tables to keep your little ones happy!

Children must be accompanied by a parent.

Pet Talk Time with Dogs Trust Ireland – Wednesday 10th July at 1.30pm

Love your pet? Then join us for Pet care talk
with Dogs Trust Ireland. 
Suitable for children aged 7-12 years. No
booking required.

Children must be accompanied by a parent.

Bunny Hop Story Time with Chris Thompson! – Wednesday 10th July at 3pm

It’s Summertime!   And that means Bunnyhop
and Chris Thompson are back again for some fun-loving storytelling.  Suitable for children aged 3-8 years.
No Booking Necessary! Children must be
accompanied by a parent.

Rap Writing Workshop with Glen Boyne – Glen Boyne is an experienced facilitator
of rap workshops for young people which revolve around song writing, rapping,
and performance.  Join Glen at Lanesboro Library on Friday 12th July at
10.30am for this 90-minute workshop – participants will be kept entertained and
always involved in the creative process!  Ages 10-14 years.  Booking is essential as spaces are limited!

Act Up! – Drama Workshop –
Monday 15th July at 2.30pm
Join the very talented Maggi for an exciting
Drama Workshop at the Library on Monday 15th July at 2.30pm!  Ages 9-12
yrs.  Booking essential as places are limited.

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

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

Leader Cup returns

Saturday next sees
the return of the Leader Cup and a very important game for the senior team.
They will travel to Carrickedmond to play the home side on Saturday at 7pm. It
would be great to have a great support at the match. Good luck lads.

The Day at the
Galway Races

Yes, the best day of the year is fast approaching – the
Annual Rathcline GAA Race Day this year will take place on Monday 29th
July at the famous Galway Races Festival. Each year this Race Day proves to be
a very popular so much so that there are just a limited number of places left
for this year’s Race Day. It is the norm that most of our racegoers stay in
Galway overnight and continue the excitement of the Galway Race week. This is a
day not to be missed as anyone that has already been there will tell you. The
location and comfort of the Killanin Stand is a feature that makes this venue
the best day out of any and the opportunity to see the hose passing the winning
post right in front of you is a great thrill.

The day out includes a location in the main pavilion
in the Killanin Stand overlooking the finishing line, admission to the races
with a free race card, free parking, four course meal, €5 drinks voucher,
Tipsters in the Pavilion, Bar facilities, Tote in the Pavilion, Best Dressed
Lady competition, After meal entertainment. All this for only €140.

To book your tickets phone Liam Connerton
086-8776405, Stephen Rooney 086-3176301 or Alan Fayne 087-1157806. Don’t delay
and avoid disappointment.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took place for the
weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Ryan Fallon, Lisrevagh. The winning
envelope this week was worth €390. Congratulations to both Ryan and we would
like to say a big thank you for your continued support of the 50/50. Buy a €2
ticket and who knows it could be your name on the next winning ticket drawn on
Monday night next and help keep it over the €500 mark.

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.

Cúl Camps

The Cúl Camps will take place at the Rathcline club
from Monday 22nd July to Friday 26th July. You can book
your place on Longford GAA website or contact Damien Sheridan 087-9126556 or GAA
Coaching Office, Pearse Park, Battery Road, Longford.

Royal Canal Cycle

Last week Rathcline GAA launched its
“Saddle Up for Rathcline ” fundraiser to install a new electronic
scoreboard Clonbonny GAA Grounds. Members of the Rathcline GAA senior, minor
and ladies’ clubs join forces to cycle the Royal Canal Greenway 110kms on
Saturday 17th August from the outskirts of Dublin to Lanesborough.
If you wish to take part contact executive members.




Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 24th June 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Two Provinces Triathlon 2019

Lanesboro to
host BMW Triathlon National Series.

On Saturday July 13th, Lanesboro Triathlon Club will
host Ireland’s top triathletes when they take part in the club’s annual sprint
distance triathlon. The race is now in its ninth year and is well known in
triathlon circles as one of the best sprint distance races in the country. No
surprise then that for the third year in in a row, the race is part of
Triathlon Ireland’s BMW National Series and is expected to attract around 600
competitors.

Competitors start with a 750m swim in the warm waters of Lough
Ree. This is followed by an out-and-back 20km cycle on closed roads between
Ballyleague and Scramogue. To finish off, there is a flat out-and-back run
route along the Rathcline Road. The race includes a Try-a-Tri, with a shorter
200m swim, and the option to take part in an aquabike event (swim & bike).
Both these events take place simultaneously on the same course as the main
race. 

This year, triathlon clubs are being offered the chance to compete
for a prize worth €500 and the coveted title of 2019 Wheelworx Two Provinces Club Champions. Each club member who
completes the course will be contributing to the club score, with bonus points
available for the first 10 finishers in each age group. The club with the
highest total score will be crowned champions.

Two Provinces Kidathon

Young athletes also get
the opportunity to compete in the Two Provinces Kidathon. Open to children 8 to
15 years of age, the Kidathon will take place on Friday 12th July at
7:30pm. The Kidathon promises to be a
fun-filled event with goodie bags, medals and a post race party for all who
take part. The number of entrants is capped for open water safety and demand
for places is always high – make sure your child has signed up well in advance
of race day to avoid disappointment.

Taking
Part

The Sprint Triathlon is open to anyone of 16 years of age upwards.
You can enter as an individual or compete as part of a relay team on the day. Entries
for all races are via www.triathlonireland.com. You must
provide a Triathlon Ireland membership card or a special one-day license at
registration on race day, to be eligible to partake.

For
further information on entrants, timetables, courses and much more please see
our race website www.twoprovincestriathlon.com

Thanks!

The race could not go
ahead without the support and hard work of all the local clubs, societies and
businesses. Lanesboro Triathlon Club is extremely grateful for all the
assistance. This year’s headline sponsor is Cooney’s Homevalue. With five
stores across Roscommon, Galway and Mayo, Cooney’s Homevalue provide the best
hardware at the lowest prices. Owner Michael Cooney, a member of Lanesboro Tri
Club and a long-time supporter of the race will be competing again in July.

The race committee would
like to relay a special note of thanks to the main race sponsors who are
crucial to the success of the race, namely:

Cooney’s Homevalue,

Bord na Mona

Insuremyhouse.ie, European
Café & Bistro, Waterways Ireland

Lough Ree Distillery, Dolan
Foods

The Yacht Bar

All Creatures Veterinary
Clinic,

K Steel 

O’Reilly Concrete

ESB

Rosie’s Bar,               

Ward Bros Quarry

Bikram Yoga Athlone

Nally’s Ballymahon

Wheelworx

Rustylemon Graphic Design

Casserly’s Spar &
Applegreen,

Post-race catering on the
day will be provided by the hugely popular Paddy Paella. Food and drinks will
be generously supplied by Walkers, Ballygowan, Fruit Shoots, Dolan Foods and
Glenisk Yogurts. We are delighted to have them on board as without their fantastic support, we could not possibly
stage such a superb event.

Large numbers of national and international triathletes will come
to Lanesboro-Ballyleague, bringing with them with many more supporters. This is
a true testament to not only the quality of the race, but also to the local
amenities. Great credit must be given to the local tidy towns committees for
having the two communities looking so impeccable for all our visiting athletes
and supporters.

The club is concentrating
on incorporating the spectators to make it an all-inclusive affair with music
by local DJs and food stalls. We want to make it a very enjoyable family
occasion and we’re determined to stretch it into a long-term yearly fixture so
it’s important that it has a festival vibe too.

Road
Closures

Finally, for safety reasons the following road closures will
be in place during the Two Provinces Triathlon & Kidathon:

On Friday 12th
July
, there will be restricted access to the Rathcline Rd from 7:30pm-9pm,
from entrance to event car park to Harold’s Cross.

On Saturday 13th
July
, the R371 from Ballyleague to Scramogue will be closed to traffic from
10.45am-2pm and the Rathcline Rd will be closed to traffic
from 11:30am-1:30pm, from entrance to event car park, to Harold’s Cross.

The club takes great pride in hosting a race where water and road safety are priority, where each
competitor comes home safely and enjoys their experience. The club would like to thank
everyone for their cooperation and support and hope you can come out and support all the athletes
along the route during this fantastic local race.

Sympathy

We
would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Colm and Joan Day and family,
Rathcline Road on the death on Sunday last 23rd June of Mrs Carmel
Daly, Artane, Dublin mother of Colm.

Rock Summer Camp

Longford
School of Rock is delighted to announce three music summer camps for teenagers
and children in county Longford this Summer. No previous music experience
necessary. Longford Town Teenage and Children’s Camp 1-5th July. Check
out www.longfordschoolofrock.com For further details you can call Shane
on 087-4144082.

Longford School of Rock
is a community-based music education organisation. It was founded in 2013 to encourage
and support young musicians to develop towards collaborative, live music
performance.

New email address

Please note that my email
address has changed. Anyone wishing to send me items for the paper or personal
emails are asked to send to joeaobrien@outlook.com

Annual Race Day

The Annual Rathcline GAA Race Day
this year will take place on Monday 29th July at the famous Galway
Races Festival. Each year this Race Day goes from strength so much so that there
are just a limited number of places left for this years Race Day. This is a day
not to be missed as anyone that has already been there with the club will tell
you. The location and comfort of the Killanin Stand is a feature that makes
this venue the best day out of any.

The day out includes a location in
the main pavilion in the Killanin Stand overlooking the finishing line,
admission to the races with a free race card, free parking, four course meal,
€5 drinks voucher, Tipsters in the Pavilion, Bar facilities, Tote in the
Pavilion, Best Dressed Lady competition, after meal entertainment. All this for
just €140.

If you would like to book your
tickets phone Liam Connerton 086-8776405, Stephen Rooney 086-3176301 or Alan
Fayne 087-1157806. Don’t delay book your tickets now and avoid disappointment.

Birth

Many congratulations to Shane and
Susan Muldoon, Curragh Rua on the recent birth of a baby girl.

25 Drive Results

The 25-card game is continuing on Sunday
nights in Lanesborough Parish Hall. Thanks to all for your support. 1st Brendan
Casey/Joe Dolan on 13 games. 2nd PJ and Bridie Glennon. Last game Michael
Doorly/Sean Parker. Raffle Michael Finnan/Kay Featherston/Pat Rock/Kathleen
Finnan

Sliabh Bán Book

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

Cemetery Sunday in Rathcline Parish

The dates have been set
for the Blessing of the Graves at the three graveyards in the parish of
Rathcline. There is a change in the running order this year and you are asked
take heed of the change. The first blessing will take place in Rathcline
graveyard on Sunday 7th July followed by Clonbonny on 14th
July and finishing with Lanesboro on Sunday 21st July.

With only a few weeks
to go to the Blessing of the Graves in Rathcline followed the following weeks
in Clonbonny and Lanesboro it is time that people with family graves in the
graveyards ensured that their family plots were tended to and cared for, making
sure that each grave yard was looking in pristine condition.

The committees of the three local cemeteries
would like to remind people that there are no dumping facilities at the
cemeteries. People are asked to bring old wreaths, plastic pots etc away with
them. 

Church Gate
Collection

Samaritans Midland
Branch is holding their Annual Church Gate Collection on Saturday and Sunday
next 29th and 30the June at all Masses. Your support will be
appreciated.

Annual Pilgrimage

The annual one-day
pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place on Sunday 25th August with
the bus leaving the grounds of Ballyleague Hall at 7am. All enquiries should be
made to Mary, phone

Book for Cúl Camps

The Cúl Camps will take place at
the Rathcline club grounds, Clonbonny, from Monday 22nd July to
Friday 26th July. You can book your place on Longford GAA website or
contact Damien Sheridan
087 9126556 or GAA Coaching Office, Pearse Park, Battery Road,
Longford.

Start your degree in Longford

Longford
College of Further Education are accepting applicants for their Tourism and
Business PLC programmes starting in September. School leavers can apply for the
level 5 courses, then progress to level 6 and gain direct entry into year 2 of
either the Hospitality Management degree or the Business degree in Athlone
Institute of Education. Existing holders of a QQI level 5 certificate in any
discipline or equivalent can apply directly onto the level 6 courses. Save on
high registration and accommodation costs by starting your degree in Longford.

For
further details see: longfordcfe.com or email hjohnston.tcl@lwetb.ie or cprunty.tcl@lwetb.ie

Tidy Towns
Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on
Tuesday morning last were 2, 10, 13 and 16. There was nobody with the winning
numbers and the jackpot pool now rises to €4,200. The winner of the €50 prize
was Jean Fallon, Ballagh, and the three prizes of €20 were won by Vini
Mulligan, Lanesboro, Francis c/o Mags, and Cathy Donlon, Church View.

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

Rathcline Bakes
second print

The hugely popular Rathcline Bakes had to go for a second
print and the second print copies of the book are now available in O’Brien’s.
The sale has been great and there are just a small number of books remaining.
The books cost just €10 with some great baking recipes included.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Ryan Fallon, Lisrevagh.
The winning envelope this week was worth €390. Congratulations to both Ryan and
we would like to say a big thank you for your continued support of the 50/50. Buy
a €2 ticket and who knows it could be your name on the next winning ticket
drawn on Monday night next and help keep it over the €500 mark.

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.

GAA
Canal Cycle Launch

Rathcline GAA launches its “Saddle
Up for Rathcline ” fundraiser to install a new electronic scoreboard
Clonbonny GAA Grounds. Members of the Rathcline GAA senior, minor and ladies’
clubs join forces to cycle the Royal Canal Greenway 110kms on Saturday 17th
August from the outskirts of Dublin to Lanesborough

Join Rathcline GAA in “Saddle Up
for Rathcline “a fundraiser to install a new electronic scoreboard at Clonbonny
GAA Grounds. Members of the Rathcline GAA senior, minor and ladies’ clubs join
forces to cycle the Royal Canal Greenway 110kms on Saturday 17th August
from the outskirts of Dublin to Lanesborough. The community is invited to come
and enjoy a pleasant few hours cycling on this flat and picturesque off-road
route which meanders through the counties of Dublin, Meath, Kildare, Westmeath
and Longford. The 110kms route is broken into a number of 10-15 kms legs which
will take about 1 to 1.5 hours of a leisurely cycle. You can select whichever
cycle leg suits you and a bicycle will be supplied to you. You will be joined
by approx. 20 fellow cyclists on each leg to enjoy the banter and beautiful
scenery. You will make your way to the designated starting point of the cycle
leg which you select, a bicycle will be given you, cycle your 10-15 kms and
once finished your cycle, you will be taxied back to your car. The parish is
invited to join the club and cyclists to a bar-b-que and music at the Clonbonny
Grounds for the turning on of the electronic scoreboard on the same evening at
8pm.To help with the cost of the scoreboard, each cyclist will make a 50 euro
contribution. Cyclists are encouraged to make a team of 4 cyclists from family,
friends, work colleagues to enjoy a very leisurely and pleasant day out and
help our club to continue its development on and off the field. To register for
the cycle you can contact any member of the club executives.

Excitement
at the Library

Our local library has a very excitement time ahead with some great
summer holiday event for the young people of the area. Have a look below at the
number of events and there are many to suit the young person(s) in your home.
There are also many other events for the adults. The library is a hive of
activity and a most vibrant place in town.

Poetry & Music Group

Poetry & Music group continues on Monday 8th July
– 4.15 to 5.30pm. All welcome to come along and join in with this very vibrant
group!

Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group

Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group continues every
Wednesday morning at 10.30am at the library. 

Summer Stars Reading Programme

Summer Stars Children’s Reading Programme will run from Saturday
June 15th to August 31st!  Grab your reading
card at the library and start your reading adventure.

Don’t forget to pick up some fun incentives along the way! Weekly
draw for a fabulous Back Pack full of surprises for completed entries!

Book Club

Our monthly Book Club takes place on Friday June 28th at
11am.  Book choices for this month are ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ by
Lionel Shriver and ‘The Longest Ride’ by Nicholas Sparks.  All welcome to
come along for a chat & a cuppa!

Children’s Summer Events – to Book email lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie

Call 0433321291 or message on Messenger

Board Game Battles – Every Friday afternoon 3pm – 4pm during July
& August, come along with your friends to the library and test each other’s
skills at our Board Game Battles!
Games include, Snakes & Ladders, Ludo,
Chess, Draughts, Connect 4, Battleship, Dominos, Frustration & Operation!!  We also have decks of cards available!
All ages welcome! – No booking required.

Kids Summer Movie Club – On Saturday mornings during July & August,
Lanesboro Library will be hosting a Kids Movie Club from 10am to 12noon. 
No booking necessary.

Come along, bring a blanket or cushion to sit on
and join in the fun!
Also available are Dress Up Box, Lego &
Colouring Tables to keep your little ones happy!

Beginners Scratch Coding – 3-day Taster Course – Beginners Coding
Taster Programme with Siobhan will run over 3 days for 2 hrs a day. Tuesday
16th July 3-5pm, Wednesday 17th July 3-5pm, Friday 19th July 3-5pm.  Strictly
ages 8-12 yrs.
Booking is required as places are limited.
Children who have already taken the beginners
course are not eligible.

Mud Bugs Nature Workshop –
Monday 8th July at 2pm.

Mud Bugs is the perfect way for children to spend
an hour away from screens! 
Come along to this wonderful Nature Workshop
with Jess from Mud Bugs, and let your child immerse themselves in nature while
having a lot of fun!
Suitable for ages 4 to 8 years. – Booking is required as spaces are limited.

Paint A Summer Picture with Stephanie! – Tuesday 9th July at 2.30pm

Art workshop with Stephanie Hanlon of Hanlon Art Works.  All
ages welcome.

Booking is required as places are limited.

Pet Talk Time with Dogs Trust Ireland – Wednesday 10th July at 1.30pm

Love your pet? Then join us for Pet care talk
with Dogs Trust Ireland. Suitable for children aged 7-12 years. No booking
required.

Bunny Hop Story Time with Chris Thompson! – Wednesday 10th July at 3pm

It’s SummerTime!   And that means Bunnyhop
and Chris Thompson are back again for some fun-loving storytelling.  Suitable for children aged 3-8 years.
No Booking Necessary!

Rap Writing Workshop with Glen Boyne – Glen Boyne is an experienced facilitator
of rap workshops for young people which revolve around song writing, rapping,
and performance.  Join Glen at Lanesboro Library on Friday 12th July at
10.30am for this 90-minute workshop – participants will be kept entertained and
always involved in the creative process!  Ages 10-14 years.  Booking is essential as spaces are limited!

Act Up! – Drama Workshop –
Monday 15th July at 2.30pm
Join the very talented Maggi for an exciting
Drama Workshop at the Library on Monday 15th July at 2.30pm!  Ages 9-12
yrs.  Booking essential as places are limited.

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

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

The Day at the
Galway Races

Yes, the best day of the year is
fast approaching – the Annual Rathcline GAA Race Day this year will take place
on Monday 29th July at the famous Galway Races Festival. Each year
this Race Day proves to be a very popular so much so that there are just a
limited number of places left for this year’s Race Day. It is the norm that
most of our racegoers stay in Galway overnight and continue the excitement of
the Galway Race week. This is a day not to be missed as anyone that has already
been there will tell you. The location and comfort of the Killanin Stand is a
feature that makes this venue the best day out of any and the opportunity to
see the hose passing the winning post right in front of you is a great thrill.

The day out includes a location in
the main pavilion in the Killanin Stand overlooking the finishing line,
admission to the races with a free race card, free parking, four course meal,
€5 drinks voucher, Tipsters in the Pavilion, Bar facilities, Tote in the
Pavilion, Best Dressed Lady competition, After meal entertainment. All this for
only €140.

To book your tickets phone Liam
Connerton 086-8776405, Stephen Rooney 086-3176301 or Alan Fayne 087-1157806.
Don’t delay and avoid disappointment.

Rathcline Bakes
back

The hugely popular Rathcline Bakes had to go for a second
print and the second print copies of the book are now available in O’Brien’s. The
sale has been great and there are just a small number of books remaining. The
books cost just €10 with some great baking recipes included.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Ryan Fallon, Lisrevagh.
The winning envelope this week was worth €390. Congratulations to both Ryan and
we would like to say a big thank you for your continued support of the 50/50. Buy
a €2 ticket and who knows it could be your name on the next winning ticket
drawn on Monday night next and help keep it over the €500 mark.

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.

Cúl Camps

The Cúl Camps will take place at
the Rathcline club from Monday 22nd July to Friday 26th
July. You can book your place on Longford GAA website or contact Damien
Sheridan 087-9126556 or GAA Coaching Office, Pearse Park, Battery Road,
Longford.

Royal Canal Cycle

Last week Rathcline GAA launched its
“Saddle Up for Rathcline ” fundraiser to install a new electronic
scoreboard Clonbonny GAA Grounds. Members of the Rathcline GAA senior, minor
and ladies’ clubs join forces to cycle the Royal Canal Greenway 110kms on
Saturday 17th August from the outskirts of Dublin to Lanesborough.




Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 17th June 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Diarmuid makes all the difference

On
Sunday last all the local community on the west bank travelled to Salthill for
the Connacht Senior Football Final. Weather wise it was a was a lousy day and
in the final 15 minutes of the first half the game turned sour for Roscommon
when they conceded five Galway points in a row to trail by five points at half
time. The second half saw a huge turn about and from start to finish Roscommon
bossed the game. There was not a more important score in the second half than
the goal from our local Ballyleague man Diarmuid Murtagh. The game turned on
this and Roscommon went on to win by that goal in the end. Roscommon now go
into the Super 8’s with a huge amount of confidence having beaten Mayo and
Galway on their way to winning the Connacht Final.

If
anyone questions the value of a Connacht title, then they should look at the
celebrations that greeted the final whistle by the players and supporters
alike.

Heartiest
congratulations to Diarmuid Murtagh, his teammates, manager Anthony Cunningham
and his backroom team on a fabulous victory.

Have we a New Tourist Guide

On
Wednesday last couple from America were enjoying their boating trip along the
Shannon when they stopped in Lanesboro. They were warm and friendly people and
had a lot of good comment about their initial impression of Lanesboro and
Ballyleague. After leaving the shop they expressed an interest in visiting the
library and Martina showed hem where it was.

Onwards
to the library where they were having a chat about the locality with Stella
when in walked Brendan O’Sullivan. They had never come across bog, peat and its
generation of power in the power station. Brendan was the right man in the
right place, and he brought the visitors in his car out to show them the peat
in Mount Davys and the on to Rapareehill where he showed then sod turf. They
were thoroughly amazed at the story of the peat bogs and who better than
Brendan to give the tour.

The
visitors called into the shop on the way back where they related the story to
Martina, they were amazed at the story of the bog and more so by the generosity
and time that Brendan gave them at the drop of a hat.

Congratulations
Brendan, your deed was especially appreciated by the American tourists but also
by the local people working so hard to promote our area. 

The Oskars

Saturday
last was a day of great excitement in our community but also in the surrounding
communities. The night of the Ballyboro Oskars in the Longford Arms had
arrived.

Saying
there was an exodus from the area would have been an understatement as bus
after bus left for Longford – it was like pulling a plug out of a sink of
water. There was wonderful excitement and anticipation as to who was going to
be crowned as Oskar winners. The Longford Arms was full to capacity and a very
special night was had by everyone. The representation of so many local
communities made this a very inclusive event and showed a great togetherness.

For
the past number of weeks all the teams were putting their films together and I
believe all groups went to extraordinary lengths to create a very special
films, nothing was spared in time and effort and the end product was truly
astonishing.

The
Ballyboro organising committee, all those that took part in the filming and
production must take massive credit for putting on such a spectacular
presentation.

Wedding

The marriage took place at St. Mary’s Church, Ballagh on Friday last 14th June of Stephen Healy, son of Maureen and the late Anthony Healy, Corrigeen and Aisling Trimble daughter of Seamus and Ita Trimble, Newline, Kilrooskey. Bestman was Shane Healy, brother of the groom, groomsmen were Tomás Rhatigan, Enda Fallon and John Hanley all friends of the groom. Chief Bridesmaid was Danielle Trimble sister of the bride and the bridesmaids were Sharon Trimble sister of the bride, Caroline Trimble sister of the bride and Michelle Cahill cousin of the bride. Page boy was Ruadhán Fallon friend of the groom and bridesmaid was Chloe Kedian niece of the bride.

The
marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Dusmanta, assisted by Fr. Reilly. The
wedding reception took place in the Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon.

We
would like to wish the happy couple many years of wedded happiness

Day with the Stars

The
magical musical day of music that is the Day with the Star will take place once
again at Roscommon Racecourse on this coming Sunday net 23rd June.
The gate will open at midday with the first of the country music starts taking
to the stage at 2pm.

Performing
on stage will be Nathan Carter, Mike Denver, Johnny Brady, Michal English,
Cliona Hagan, Robert Mizzell, Roly Daniels, Ray Lynam, Patrick Feeney, Brendan
Shine, Marty Mone, and Ciaran Rosney.

Tickets
are on sale in O’Brien’s and they cost just €27.50 for a magnificent days
entertainment

Sympathy

We
would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family, wife Eileen, daughter
Maria and Joan, extensive relatives locally 
and friends of the late John Hyland, Beaumont, Dublin and formerly
Blenavoher who passed away in the care of the doctors, nurses and staff
of St. Francis Hospice, Raheny on Tuesday 11th June.

Thank You

Lanesboro Tidy Towns
committee would like to thank everyone who generously donated to last weekend’s
church gate collection. The sum realised was €558

New email address

Please note that my email
address has changed. Anyone wishing to send me items for the paper or personal
emails are asked to send to joeaobrien@outlook.com

Silver Jubilee

We would like to extend
our congratulations to Fr. Dusmanta
Mahanayak who celebrated his Silver Jubilee last weekend. Fr Dusmanta
has become a very popular guardian of the faith in the Kilgefin parish since
his arrival. We would like to wish him many happy years ahead in his ministry.

Thank You

The organisers of the Irish Cancer Society’s recent
church gate collection would like to express a special thank you to everyone
that contributed to the collection. The amount collected was €668.60.

Kids Kayaking Camp

A Kids Kayaking camp will take place from Tuesday 25th
to Friday 28th June. All gear will be provided, and the camp will
take place at the old Harbour in Ballyleague. The cost of the -camp is €60 per
person. The camp runs from 10am to 1pm each day. To book your young person in
phone 087-2977769 or 087- 6675275. This is always a great camp and learning the
skill of kayaking is essential for all the young people of our area. Places are
limited and it is very important that bookings are made early.

Sympathy

We would like to extend our sincere
sympathy to Mrs. Vera Donlon and family, Aughaloughan, on the death of her
sister Rita Ganly, Portanure, Newtowncashel at Costello’s Nursing Home
Ballyleague on Monday 10th June.

Annual Race Day

The Annual Rathcline GAA Race Day
this year will take place on Monday 29th July at the famous Galway
Races Festival. Each year this Race Day goes from strength so much so that
there are just a limited number of places left for this years Race Day. This is
a day not to be missed as anyone that has already been there with the club will
tell you. The location and comfort of the Killanin Stand is a feature that
makes this venue the best day out of any.

The day out includes a location in
the main pavilion in the Killanin Stand overlooking the finishing line,
admission to the races with a free race card, free parking, four course meal,
€5 drinks voucher, Tipsters in the Pavilion, Bar facilities, Tote in the
Pavilion, Best Dressed Lady competition, after meal entertainment. All this for
just €140.

If you would like to book your
tickets phone Liam Connerton 086-8776405, Stephen Rooney 086-3176301 or Alan
Fayne 087-1157806. Don’t delay book your tickets now and avoid disappointment.

Book for Cúl Camps

The Cúl Camps will take place at
the Rathcline club grounds, Clonbonny, from Monday 22nd July to
Friday 26th July. You can book your place on Longford GAA website or
contact Damien Sheridan
087 9126556 or GAA Coaching Office, Pearse Park, Battery Road,
Longford.

Sympathy

We
would like to express our deepest sympathy to Ann and Gaye Farrell and family,
Lehery, on the death of Ann’s brother Tom Mc Carthy, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare on
Sunday 9th June. Tom was laid to rest in Bishops Quarters
cemetery, Ballyvaughan.

Sliabh Bán Book

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

Cemetery Sunday in Rathcline Parish

The dates have been set
for the Blessing of the Graves at the three graveyards in the parish of
Rathcline. There is a change in the running order this year and you are asked
take heed of the change. The first blessing will take place in Rathcline
graveyard on Sunday 7th July followed by Clonbonny on 14th
July and finishing with Lanesboro on Sunday 21st July.

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy
to Gabrielle and Mike Stooks, Gurteengar and family on the sudden death of
their son Michael Stooks at Cloonstonor Manor,
Strokestown on
Tuesday 11th June. His remains were laid to rest in Clonbonny on
Friday last.

Rock Summer Camp

Longford
School of Rock is delighted to announce three music summer camps for teenagers
and children in county Longford this Summer. No previous music experience
necessary. Granard Teenage Camp 24th-28th June. Longford Town Teenage and
Children’s Camp 1-5th July. Check out www.longfordschoolofrock.com For further details you can call Shane
on 087-4144082.

Longford School of Rock
is a community-based music education organisation. It was founded in 2013 to
encourage and support young musicians to develop towards collaborative, live
music performance.

Birthday celebrations

Many congratulations to
Mrs Mary Nelson, Curraghroe who celebrated her 90th birthday among family
and friend last weekend.

Start your degree in Longford

Longford
College of Further Education are accepting applicants for their Tourism and
Business PLC programmes starting in September. School leavers can apply for the
level 5 courses, then progress to level 6 and gain direct entry into year 2 of
either the Hospitality Management degree or the Business degree in Athlone
Institute of Education. Existing holders of a QQI level 5 certificate in any
discipline or equivalent can apply directly onto the level 6 courses. Save on
high registration and accommodation costs by starting your degree in Longford.

For
further details see: longfordcfe.com or email hjohnston.tcl@lwetb.ie or cprunty.tcl@lwetb.ie

Lough Ree
Golfing Society

The third Lough Ree Golfing Society outing of the year
was to New Forest Golf Club, it was very well attended and enjoyed by all. There
were some outstanding scores, the course was in excellent condition, the greens
were fast, with quite a number of bunkers ready to catch any wayward shots. The
weather apart from one short downpour was very good so no complaints there. The
winner was Alan Farrell, playing the course for the first time, he really
burned it up with 42pts, a number of 4 pointers and an exceptional 5 pointer
congrats Alan. Nine other players were in the 30 – 40 point range.

The Society’s next outing is to Roscommon Golf Club
on19th July at 10.30am where the Society hopes to see you all there. New
members will be made very welcome. The golfer of the year is very close as
usual with the leader changing after each outing.

The results from New Forest are: 1st Alan
Farrell 42pts, 2nd Martin McAlister 36pts, 3rd Timmy
Glynn 36pts. Front Nine Ollie Murphy with 19pts and the Back Nine the winner
was Michael Brennan with 19pts.

Tidy Towns
Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on
Tuesday morning last were 6, 8, 11 and 14. There was nobody with the winning numbers
and the jackpot pool now rises to €4,100. The winner of the €50 prize was Mary
Slattery, Ballyleague, and the three prizes of €20 were won by Becky, Jay and
Leah Hanley, Lisnacusha, Shauna and Corina, Cloontuskert and Teresa c/o Mags.

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

Rathcline Bakes
second print

The hugely popular Rathcline Bakes had to go for a second
print and the second print copies of the book are now available in O’Brien’s.
The sale has been great and there are just a small number of books remaining.
The books cost just €10 with some great baking recipes included.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was a ticket shared
between Seamus Clarke and Carmel O’Donoghue. The winning envelope this week was
worth €425. Congratulations to both Seamus and Carmel and we would like to say
a big thank you for your continued support of the 50/50. Buy a €2 ticket and
who knows it could be your name on the next winning ticket drawn on Monday
night next and help keep it over the €500 mark.

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.

Lough Ree AC

A well-attended Connaught Championships for the Under 9 to
Under 11 took place in Galway last Saturday 8th June. The weather was
kind to us, rain threatened on several occasions but in the end just amounted
to a few damp squibs, never enough to halt proceedings.  Lough Ree AC had thirteen teams which meant
our thirteen athletes took part in two events each.  We had to wait until one of the last events
of the day to get medals and they came in the 600m Girls Under 11 event with
Emma Feeney and Mariana Donlon Concalvez taking home bronze medals and
qualifying for the All-Ireland in two weeks’ time.  Hannah Farrell had a great throw with the
turbo javelin to reach 6th place overall, while the pairing of Sofie
Cox and Saoirse Dillon just missed out on bronze medal in their event also the
turbo, with Sofie finishing in 4th place overall.  Saoirse Feeney had a great run in the Under 9
300m attempting to pass on the inside, then the middle and finally having to go
the long route on the outside but still finished strong in fifth position.  Like Saoirse, for most of our athletes this
was their first experience of track competition at this level – provincial and
the lessons learned will stand to them next time out.  Best for the boys was Oisin Dillon in the 60m
Under 10, finishing first in his heat with the second fastest time of day.   Compliments to all the athletes who
represented us in Galway, the experience will stand to them next time and
thanks also to the parents who travelled, it was a long day !

Many thanks to all the locals who supported our recent  Church Gate Collection so generously.  

Lanesboro
Library

Knitting & Crochet Group

Knitting &Crochet group has now finished for their
Summer break and will begin again in September.

ESOL Class

ESOL Class has now finished for the Summer break and will
begin again in September.

Poetry & Music Group

Poetry & Music group continues on Monday 24th June
– 4.15-5.30pm.

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

Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group

Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group continues
every Wednesday morning at 10.30am at the library. 

Summer Stars Reading Programme

Summer Stars Children’s Reading Programme will run from
Saturday June 15th to August 31st!  Grab your
reading card at the library and start your reading adventure.

Don’t forget to pick up some incentives along the way!

Book Club

Our monthly Book Club takes place on Friday June 28th at
11am.  Book choices for this month are ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ by
Lionel Shriver and ‘The Longest Ride’ by Nicholas Sparks.  All welcome to
come along for a chat & a cuppa!

Foreign Currency & Used Stamps

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

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

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

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

Ballyboro

The long-awaited
OSKAR night on Saturday last in the Longford Arms Hotel last was an outstanding
success, as a capacity attendance of 800 people were regally entertained
by a host of local acting talent who starred in the 8 short films screened. The
club is greatly appreciative of all who worked so hard to make the occasion
possible and provided an unforgettable experience for all who were present: the
actors and their helpers and all who provided props and sets for the various
scenes; the great generosity of the numerous sponsors; the staff of Kevin Rowe
Productions for their professionalism and technical expertise; MC Sinead Hussey
and the three judges-Mattie Foxe, Gerry Hagan, and Sheila Reilly; the hard
working committee who have met weekly since last September, and in particular
Club Treasurer Ann McGloin who was the deserving recipient of a bouquet of
flowers on the night; and last and certainly not least, the local community on
both sides of the bridge who enthusiastically supported the venture and turned
out in such huge numbers.
The OSKARS winners were: Best Actor, Fergal McElgunn (Michael
Collins); Best Actress, Rebecca Brogan (The Snapper); Best Supporting Actor,
Dermot Healy (The Field); Best Supporting Actress, Sharon Murtagh,
(Bridesmaids). Best Location, Sister Act. Best Scene, The Godfather. Best
Comedy, Father Ted. Best Fundraiser, Saving Private Ryan. Best Film, Saving
Private Ryan.
All proceeds on the night will go the Astro Turf and pitch
development at Lanesboro Community College. The contractor hopes to commence
work within the next fortnight.

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

The Day at the
Galway Races

Yes, the best day of the year is
fast approaching – the Annual Rathcline GAA Race Day this year will take place
on Monday 29th July at the famous Galway Races Festival. Each year
this Race Day proves to be a very popular so much so that there are just a
limited number of places left for this year’s Race Day. It is the norm that
most of our racegoers stay in Galway overnight and continue the excitement of
the Galway Race week. This is a day not to be missed as anyone that has already
been there will tell you. The location and comfort of the Killanin Stand is a
feature that makes this venue the best day out of any and the opportunity to
see the hose passing the winning post right in front of you is a great thrill.

The day out includes a location in
the main pavilion in the Killanin Stand overlooking the finishing line,
admission to the races with a free race card, free parking, four course meal,
€5 drinks voucher, Tipsters in the Pavilion, Bar facilities, Tote in the
Pavilion, Best Dressed Lady competition, After meal entertainment. All this for
only €140.

To book your tickets phone Liam
Connerton 086-8776405, Stephen Rooney 086-3176301 or Alan Fayne 087-1157806.
Don’t delay and avoid disappointment.

Congratulations

Many congratulations to our near
neighbours Roscommon and in particular Diarmuid Murtagh, St. Faithleach’s, on a
wonderful Connacht Final win over Galway on Sunday last.

Rathcline Bakes
back

The hugely popular Rathcline Bakes had to go for a second
print and the second print copies of the book are now available in O’Brien’s. The
sale has been great and there are just a small number of books remaining. The
books cost just €10 with some great baking recipes included.

Good Luck

We would like to wish our club representatives on the
Longford Senior panel Dáithí Mulvihill, Iarla O’Sullivan, Liam Connerton and
Shane Kenny the very best of luck in the All Ireland qualifiers on Saturday
when they take on Tyrone in Pearse Park at 5pm.

The Longford U17 team will take on Louth in the Leinster
Minor Shield semi-final in Pearse Park at 2.45. The club will be well
represented by Richard Prior, Seadhna Ryan and Kevin Tansey and Harvey Myhill.

We urge all club supporters to go along and support
Longford in both games.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was a ticket shared
between Seamus Clarke and Carmel O’Donoghue. The winning envelope this week was
worth €425. Congratulations to both Seamus and Carmel and we would like to say
a big thank you for your continued support of the 50/50. Buy a €2 ticket and
who knows it could be your name on the next winning ticket drawn on Monday
night next and help keep it over the €500 mark.

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.

Cúl Camps

The Cúl Camps will take place at
the Rathcline club from Monday 22nd July to Friday 26th
July. You can book your place on Longford GAA website or contact Damien
Sheridan
087 9126556 or GAA Coaching Office, Pearse Park, Battery Road,
Longford.




Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 10th June 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Putting lives at risk

As
we all remember the condition of last Sunday with very strong winds blowing and
the wind chill was not to pleasing either. No boats would venture onto the bay
area not alone even venture up to the cut such were the conditions. In the
midst of all this inclement weather a mayday call was made claiming that a jet
skier was missing on Lough Ree. Despite the horrendous conditions the Irish
Coast Guard emergency helicopter made several sweeps of Lough Ree in search of
the jet ski. Three of the Lough Ree Sub Aqua Search and Rescue teams were also
called on and in the most awful and scary condition as they went onto Lough Ree
in search of the jet skier. For many hours the emergency services of the Coast
Guard and Lough Ree Sub Aqua club sought in vain to retrieve the missing jet
skier.

As
time wore on the search for the car and trailer took place along the shorelines
from Lanesboro to Athlone into Monday. There was no sign of any car with
trailer along any shoreline and the thoughts began to ask the question as to
whether this may have been a hoax mayday call.

Following
further investigations is seemed most likely that this was a hoax call. It was
the most callous call ever made. We had three ribs of the Lough Ree Sub Aqua
club all volunteers going out in the most dangerous of conditions on what
proved to be a wild goose chase. The chance of a loss of life was never more
likely than it was last Sunday but thankfully everyone came home safe.

The
need for the perpetrator of this hoax call to come before the courts could
never be greater as they put so many lives at risk on such an atrocious day.
The need to charge and highlight this abominable act should be a priority.

We
must pay special tributes to the emergency services of the Coast Guard
helicopter crew and our own Lough Ree Sub Aqua Search and Rescue crews that
braved the waters of Lough Ree in response to the Mayday call.

Aquathon

Throughout
Tuesday and Wednesday last we had a deluge of rain like nothing we had in the
past winter. When we went to bed it was raining, when we woke up it was raining
and all day it rained – not a day that would encourage you to take part in the
Aquathon on Wednesday night. Expecting to see a small number for the first
night of the Aquathon series I was pleasantly surprised that almost 130 hardy
souls had turned up for the race.

The
race proved to be very competitive in all grades and despite the continuous downpour
of rain everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves – wet but happy. It was
wonderful to see so many new and local members of Lanesboro Triathlon Club. It
seems that a great number of local people joined the club this year and it was
great seeing them enjoying their swim and run on Wednesday. Amazingly, those
that were in the category ‘Try a Tri’ were the ones that were wearing the
biggest smile throughout the race, a sign of the total enjoyment they were
receiving from the Aquathon.

This
event was a forerunner to the Two Provinces Sprint Triathlon that returns once
again to Lanesboro on Saturday 13th July. Presently there only a
small number of places available such is the popularity of this race.

Family horror in Dubai

On
Friday morning last the news broke of an overnight horrific bus crash that
occurred in the United Arab Emirates when travelling from Oman to Dubai. Little
did we know that there would be a local connection to this horrific accident
that had 31 people travelling on the bus. 17 of the 31 were confirmed dead and
included in that number was Fiona Geraghty from Balbriggan, Co. Dublin. Fiona was
girlfriend of local lad Fiachra Beirne, son of Pat and Anne Beirne, Mahoraveen
who was also travelling on the bus. Both Fiachra and Fiona were on a year out
from work here in Ireland and were working in Dubai.

Pat
and Anne travelled to Dubai early on Friday morning not really knowing the
condition that they were to find Fiachra in, the shock, the anxiety and trauma
for both. It was without doubt a journey that no parent should ever have to
make and as parents our hearts goes out to Pat and Anne. Reports coming back to
us is that Fiachra is in a stable condition and we hope that he will make a
complete recovery.

Our
deepest sympathy goes to Fiachra on his loss of Fiona, her parents Christopher and Mary, brothers
David and Robert, Balbriggan, the Beirne family and the friends of Fiona
and Fiachra.

Oskars Next Weekend

After many
hard months of continuous rehearsals, fund raising and preparation it is all
down to Saturday night next 15th June in the Longford Arms Hotel
where the Ballyboro Astro Turf committee hosts the Oskars. It is a long long
time since such excitement has been generated by any group in the community. Their
hard work is due to be rewarded with a spectacular show on Saturday night.

The Astro Turf
all-weather pitch will be a huge benefit to the community and also to Lanesboro
Community College.

There are
still a few tickets left for this very special night and if you have not got
yours you will be missing a wonderful night. The limited tickets are on sale in
O’Brien’s and cost you €25.

238,673 reasons
to smile 

Last Saturday
night was a particularly special for one customers of O’Brien’s shop as they
had 5 numbers + the bonus number in the National Lottery draw. The lucky person
was the only person in the country to have 5 numbers + the bonus ball and won
€238,673. When word broke on Sunday morning there was a great excitement in the
air with everyone wondering who the lucky person was and if they were local.
The winning numbers were bought on a €6 quick pick on Saturday. So near and yet
so far being just one number away from scooping the €4 million jackpot. We
would like to wish the lucky person(s) the very best of luck with this
magnificent win and may they have much happiness and health.

Poetry Winner

Many
congratulations to Margaret Nohilly, Rathcline Road on her wonderful
achievement of winning the Goldsmith Poetry competition at the Goldsmith
International Literary Festival on Sunday 2nd June with her poem
Bona Fide. The poetry competition was adjudicated
by acclaimed poet Noel Monahan. Margaret was also highly commended for two more
of the poems that she entered. It was a marvellous achievement by Margaret, and
she has to be congratulated on her accomplishment.

New email address

Please note that my email
address has changed. Anyone wishing to send me items for the paper or personal
emails are asked to send to joeaobrien@outlook.com

Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club

Members of the club attended
Scott’s Pub on Saturday night 25th May where there was a presentation made to
them by the Brady family after they had ran the Robert Brady charity auction a
number of weeks pervious. A great night was had by all in
attendance.    Training is going very well at the moment with
club diver, leading diver and rescue diver training taking place every week
along with regular fitness training.   Last weekend the club
travelled to Clare Island where a lot of fun and multiple enjoyable
dives were had.

Lough Ree
Golfing Society

The Lough Ree Golfing Society will hold their
outing New Forest Golf Club, Higginstown,

Tyrellspass, Co. Westmeath on Friday
next 14th June. You are asked to take note of the

earlier than normal starting tie of
10am. Let hope that all the golfer gets great weather and

great scoring.

Placement
Available

Cloontuskert
Residents/Tidy Towns Association are seeking the much-needed assistance of a
Tús worker for the maintenance of the village, having submitted a successful
application for a Tús worker in 2019. If you are interested or know of anyone
who may qualify, could you please contact Yvonne in the Roscommon Leader
Partnership on 0906630252 for more information. Your assistance in the upkeep
of Cloontuskert would be greatly appreciated.

Book for Cúl Camps

The Cúl Camps will take place at
the Rathcline club grounds, Clonbonny, from Monday 22nd July to
Friday 26th July. You can book your place on Longford GAA website or
contact Damien Sheridan
087 9126556 or GAA
Coaching Office, Pearse Park, Battery Road, Longford.

Cemetery Sunday on Sunday next

With many people in our parish having relatives buried
in Killashee and Ballinakill I take this opportunity to notify locals of
Cemetery Sunday taking place on Sunday next 16th June in the
Killashee/Clondra parish. Ceremonies
will take place in Killashee at 10 a.m., Clondra 12 p.m. and Ballinakill at 3
p.m.

Trip Cancelled

It is with great disappointment that Padraig
Sorohan has learned of the cancellation of his forthcoming trip to Haiti.
Unfortunately, due to civil unrest in Haiti at the moment, the safety of
volunteers cannot be guaranteed. Padraig wishes to acknowledge the huge support
he got locally. He has been assured that the monies raised will go to the
Haitian community for which it is destined.

Sliabh Bán Book

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

Cemetery Sunday in Rathcline Parish

The dates have been set
for the Blessing of the Graves at the three graveyards in the parish of
Rathcline. There is a change in the running order this year and you are asked
take heed of the change. The first blessing will take place in Rathcline
graveyard on Sunday 7th July followed by Clonbonny on 14th
July and finishing with Lanesboro on Sunday 21st July.

Rock Summer Camp

Longford
School of Rock is delighted to announce three music summer camps for teenagers
and children in county Longford this Summer. No previous music experience
necessary. Granard Teenage Camp 24th-28th June. Longford Town Teenage and
Children’s Camp 1-5th July. Check out www.longfordschoolofrock.com For further details you can call Shane
on 087-4144082.

Longford School of Rock
is a community-based music education organisation. It was founded in 2013 to
encourage and support young musicians to develop towards collaborative, live
music performance.

Start your degree in Longford

Longford
College of Further Education are accepting applicants for their Tourism and
Business PLC programmes starting in September. School leavers can apply for the
level 5 courses, then progress to level 6 and gain direct entry into year 2 of
either the Hospitality Management degree or the Business degree in Athlone
Institute of Education. Existing holders of a QQI level 5 certificate in any
discipline or equivalent can apply directly onto the level 6 courses. Save on
high registration and accommodation costs by starting your degree in Longford.

For
further details see: longfordcfe.com or email hjohnston.tcl@lwetb.ie or cprunty.tcl@lwetb.ie

Tidy Towns
Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on
Tuesday morning last were 1, 5, 11 and 18. There was nobody with the winning
numbers and the jackpot pool now rises to €3,900. The winner of the €50 prize
was Mag & Mgs O’Neill, c/o Mags, and the three prizes of €20 were won by Caroline
Cullen c/o O’Brien’s. Mary Jo Killian, Rathcline and Johnny Hanley, Corigeen.

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

Rathcline Bakes
is back

The hugely popular Rathcline Bakes had to go for a second
print and the second print copies of the book are now available in O’Brien’s.
As there is only a limited number available early purchase is advisable. The
books cost just €10 with some great baking recipes included.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Fiona Ginty daughter of
last week’s winner Joe Ginty. The winning envelope this week was worth €443. Congratulations
to Fiona and we would like to say a big thank you for your continued support of
the 50/50. Buy a €2 ticket and who knows it could be your name on the next
winning ticket drawn on Monday night next and help keep it over the €500 mark.

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.

Lough Ree AC

On Sunday last in Galway Day
1 of the Connacht Outdoor athletics competitions took place. The day’s events
were paired, and it was the joint results that determined the placing of the
athletes. The club were well represented at the finals in the U9, U10 and U11
and in all disciplines our young athletes were competitive. A wonderful day was
had by all and we look forward to more competitions for our athletes in the coming
weeks.

The club would like to thank
everyone that contributed to our Church Gate collection last weekend.

Training continues at the
track on Tuesday’s at 6.30 and Sunday at 12 noon.

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 10th June
– 4.15-5.30pm.

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

Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group

Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group continues
every Wednesday morning at 10.30am at the library. 

Storytime with Eileen Moynihan

Join us for Storytime, toys, colouring and lots of fun
when children’s author Eileen Moynihan visits our Parent & Toddler Group on
Wednesday 12th June at 10.30am. 

All welcome to come along and join in!!

Cruinniú na nÓg – BRICKX CLUB Workshop

To celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg on Saturday June 15th we
will be holding a BRICKX Club workshop in the library from 10am to 12 noon.

BRICKX Club is a creative brick building and social
activity workshop for children.

In the workshop, there are a list of Themes, Challenges
and Games, which the children can choose for themselves to build. They can be
anything from bridges, towers, streets, pyramids…the list is endless. 

Each creation the children make is put on display on the
Creation Table.

Parents are invited in at the end of the workshop for
‘show and tell’ and to take pictures of their child’s creations.

Places are limited for this FREE event, so book early to
avoid disappointment!

Contact Stella in the library on 0433321291 or
email lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie to book.

Summer Stars Reading Programme

Summer Stars Children’s Reading Programme will run from
Saturday June 15th to August 31st!  Grab your
reading card at the library and start your reading adventure.

Don’t forget to pick up some prizes along the way!

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

Ballyboro

The big OSKAR
night takes place on this Saturday night 15th in the Longford Arms Hotel. It
promises to be a memorable occasion as a host of local acting talent will be
performing in the 8 short films to be screened on the night. The films are; The
Godfather; Saving Private Ryan; Michael Collins; The Snapper; The Field; Bridesmaids;
Sister Act, and Father Ted. The club are running free buses to the event. People
who wish to avail of this facility are asked to contact Club Chairman John
Tynan at 087 6221894, or any committee member. Buses will depart from 6.30 p.m.
from Lanesboro (Adie’s), Ballyleague (Rosie’s), and Newtowncashel (The Local). All
proceeds on the night go to the Astroturf and Pitch development at Lanesboro
Community College. A limited number of tickets are available at O’Brien’s.
The last OSKAR fundraiser was held on Saturday last in Rosie’s,
when a Shaving Private Ryan event was staged. It proved to be very
successful, and appreciation is due to all who helped out, and in particular
those brave souls who were waxed on the night.

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

Rathcline Bakes
back

The hugely popular Rathcline Bakes had to go for a second
print and the second print copies of the book are now available in O’Brien’s.
As there is only a limited number available early purchase is advisable. The
books cost just €10 with some great baking recipes included.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Fiona Ginty daughter of
last week’s winner Joe Ginty. The winning envelope this week was worth €443. Congratulations
to Fiona and we would like to say a big thank you for your continued support of
the 50/50. Buy a €2 ticket and who knows it could be your name on the next
winning ticket drawn on Monday night next and help keep it over the €500 mark.

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.

Cúl Camps

The Cúl Camps will take place at
the Rathcline club from Monday 22nd July to Friday 26th July.
You can book your place on Longford GAA website or contact Damien Sheridan
087 9126556 or GAA
Coaching Office, Pearse Park, Battery Road, Longford.

Gaeltacht Grant

Congratulations to Jamie Hagan who receives a grant of a Gaeltacht
scholarship from Longford County Board




Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 3rd June 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Death

The news broke on Sunday
26th May of the death at Costello’s Nursing Home, Ballyleague of one
of our favourite sons Hillary O’Sullivan, Main Street. He was predeceased by
his daughter Kathleen. Hillary had been in failing health in recent times but
learning of his death still shocked. Hillary was a larger than life character
in our community for many years. Born and reared in Knock where he lived and
did all the things young people get up to. He was a footballer of note with the
Rathcline club and was a stalwart of the club for many years and in the past 16
years he was a very proud president of the club. Following a spell in England
he came back home and worked with Bord na Mona until his retirement. Hillary
was also a member of Lanesboro Fire Brigade for a long number of years. Hillary
loved everything about our community, he loved to see development and was
always encouraging especially our youth. He thrived on the success of our local
youth and was always delighted to speak of the achievements of our youth be it
academically or on the sporting field – he felt great pride for their personal
success. He was a most wonderful caring neighbour and friend. Hillary was a man
with a heart of gold and a very friendly man, always ready to assist anyone in
need of help and support. His passing will leave a great emptiness in the
hearts and minds of everyone that knew him. The attendance at the reposing of
his remains at his home on Monday and again at the removal of his remains to St
Mary Church for his Funeral Mass bore ample testimony to the esteem in which he
was held. Following Mass his remains were laid to rest in Clonbonny cemetery.

To his wife Vera, son
Brendan, daughters Valerie, Jennifer and Catherine, brothers Vincent, Noel,
Michael and Val, sister Rosaleen, relatives and many many friends we extend our
sincere sympathy.

Whist Drive

One of the last Whist
Drives of the season will take place on Friday night next 7th June
in St. Mary’s Parish Hall at 8.30pm. Lanesboro Social Services help greatly
within our community and if you and your friends are card players I urge you to
go along and support one of the most vital groups in the parish. Their work is
unseen, but it is greatly appreciated. If you cannot make it on Friday night a
contribution would be greatly appreciated, and you can leave one in O’Brien’s
and it will be passed on to the committee.

New email address

Please note that my email
address has changed. Anyone wishing to send me items for the paper or personal
emails are asked to send to joeaobrien@outlook.com

Election

On Friday last 24th
May it was the turn of our local community to turn out and vote in the local
county council elections on both sides of the bridge.

In the Longford County
Council, Ballymahon Local Electoral Area, we had our two local councillors Mark
Casey and Gerald Farrell once again putting themselves forward for re-election.
Following many hard weeks of canvassing it all came down to the people to
decide the fate of our two candidates.

The total votes in the
Ballymahon LEA was 6,732 with a quota of 949 being the magical number. Following
the first vote Mark Casey was one of the poll toppers with a wonderful total vote
of 949 votes. This vote seen Mark elected on the first count having exceeded
the quota.

Gerard Farrell’s first vote
of 621 put him into a very strong position to be returned and following seven
further counts Gerard was easily elected on the eight count.

It was a remarkable voted
for both our local men and we would like congratulate of the and wish them the very
best working for the next five years

Meditation for Beginners

Meditation for Beginners continues
in Ballyleague on Wednesdays, 7 – 8pm on Wednesday evenings. There are still a
very limited of places available and if you wish to attend please phone Áine,
086-8407718 for all details.

Retiring

For almost the past 28
years we have been very familiar with Mary Ghee being our post mistress. Mary
was a feature in our community, and she served us loyally over the past years. Sadness
at the departure of Mary was the common thread as not only was a she our post mistress,
but she was a confidant and agony aunt all rolled into one. She was a lady we
all trusted and revered, and her departure was something we never wanted to
happen. Mary will be sadly missed in our community and we would like to say a
very big thank you to her.

We would like to wish Mary
many years of the very best of health and happiness for many years to come.

Honda 50 Run on
Sunday next

The annual Honda 50 Run is getting closer to its returns
to Lanesboro on Sunday next 9th June. Registration will take place
in St. Mary’s Hall from 10.30am to 12.15pm. The fee is €20, and it includes you
in a raffle. The run will commence at 12.15pm with refreshments before and
after. No helmet no run. All bikes are welcome. For details contact Jimmy 087
2289468.

There is a sponsorship card available in O’Brien’s and
if you would like to contribute your donation would be greatly appreciated.
Your sponsorship entitles you into the draw for 1st prize: Emerald
Star Line short break Two Cabin Cruiser, 2nd Meal for 2 in Cooney’s
Hotel, Ballymahon, 3rd Meal for 2 at Cox’s Steakhouse, Dromod, 4th
Meal for 2 at the Copperstill Restaurant, Dromod and 5th prize Botte
Brandy. We encourage everyone to support

Placement
Available

Cloontuskert
Residents/Tidy Towns Association are seeking the much-needed assistance of a
Tús worker for the maintenance of the village, having submitted a successful
application for a Tús worker in 2019. If you are interested or know of anyone
who may qualify, could you please contact Yvonne in the Roscommon Leader
Partnership on 0906630252 for more information. Your assistance in the upkeep
of Cloontuskert would be greatly appreciated.

Cemetery Sunday on Sunday week

With many people in our parish having relatives buried
in Killashee and Ballinakill I take this opportunity to notify locals of
Cemetery Sunday taking place on Sunday 16th June in the
Killashee/Clondra parish. Ceremonies
will take place in Killashee at 10 a.m., Clondra 12 p.m. and Ballinakill at 3
p.m.

Sliabh Bán Book

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

Cemetery Sunday: note change of dates

The dates have been set
for the Blessing of the Graves at the three graveyards in the parish of
Rathcline. There is a change in the running order this year and you are asked
take heed of the change. The first blessing will take place in Rathcline
graveyard on Sunday 7th July followed by Clonbonny on 14th
July and finishing with Lanesboro on Sunday 21st July.

Start your degree in Longford

Longford
College of Further Education are accepting applicants for their Tourism and
Business PLC programmes starting in September. School leavers can apply for the
level 5 courses, then progress to level 6 and gain direct entry into year 2 of
either the Hospitality Management degree or the Business degree in Athlone
Institute of Education. Existing holders of a QQI level 5 certificate in any
discipline or equivalent can apply directly onto the level 6 courses. Save on
high registration and accommodation costs by starting your degree in Longford.

For
further details see: longfordcfe.com or email hjohnston.tcl@lwetb.ie or cprunty.tcl@lwetb.ie

Tidy Towns
Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on
Tuesday morning last were 4, 17, 19 and 26. There was nobody with the winning
numbers and the jackpot pool now rises to €3,900. The winner of the €50 prize
was Leah Flynn c/o Xlntee, and the three prizes of €20 were won by Sarah Hopkins
c/o Mags, Vini Mulligan and Maureen Donlon c/o Market.

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

Summer Bridge

Summer Bridge is starting
on Monday 10th June in St. Mary’s Parish Hall Lanesboro (beside the
bridge). You are asked to be seated and ready to start at 8pm. Everyone is
welcome. There is a large car park at the rear of the hall.

Rathcline Bakes
is back

The hugely popular Rathcline Bakes had to go for a second
print and the second print copies of the book are now available in O’Brien’s.
As there is only a limited number available early purchase is advisable. The
books cost just €10 with some great baking recipes included.

Community Games Art

There was further representation from
the area and especially the Rathcline Road – there must be something in the
water on that road – at the Community Games Finals in Limerick. John Kenny
& the late Angela, Rathcline Road had their daughter Deirdre’s daughter Isabelle
McCormack representing Co. Kildare in U12 Model marking. Although she did not
feature in the winners podium it was a marvellous achievement by Isabelle. 

Thank You

The organisers of the recent Cystic Fibrosis church gate
collection would like to sincerely thank everyone that contributed so
generously. The collection amounted to €815.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Joe Ginty, Knock. The
winning envelope this week was worth €286. Congratulations to Joe and we would
like to say a big thank you for your support of the 50/50. Buy a €2 ticket and
who knows it could be your name on the next winning ticket drawn on Monday
night next and help keep it over the €500 mark.

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
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 10th June
– 4.15-5.30pm.

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

Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group

Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group continues
every Wednesday morning at 10.30am at the library. 

Storytime with Eileen Moynihan

Join us for Storytime, toys, colouring and lots of fun
when children’s author Eileen Moynihan visits our Parent & Toddler Group on
Wednesday 12th June at 10.30am. 

All welcome to come along and join in!!

Cruinniú na nÓg – BRICKX CLUB Workshop

To celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg on Saturday June 15th we
will be holding a BRICKX Club workshop in the library from 10am to 12 noon.

BRICKX Club is a creative brick building and social
activity workshop for children.

In the workshop, there are a list of Themes, Challenges
and Games, which the children can choose for themselves to build. They can be
anything from bridges, towers, streets, pyramids…the list is endless. 

Each creation the children make is put on display on the
Creation Table.

Parents are invited in at the end of the workshop for
‘show and tell’ and to take pictures of their child’s creations.

Places are limited for this FREE event, so book early to
avoid disappointment!

Contact Stella in the library on 0433321291 or
email lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie to book.

Summer Stars Reading Programme

Summer Stars Children’s Reading Programme will run from
Saturday June 15th to August 31st!  Grab your
reading card at the library and start your reading adventure.

Don’t forget to pick up some prizes along the way!

 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

Ballyboro

The under 10
team performed very well in the Shield final versus Newtown Bears at
Abbeycartron on Thursday last. Their first half dominance was reflected in a
2-1 lead courtesy of two well taken goals by Oisin Dillon. However, in the
second period the Newtown boys gradually got on top and they emerged victorious
by five goals to two. Ballyboro: Mikie Sorohan, Ciaran McGloin, Dan Casey, Eoin
Beattie, Rian Hogan, Rian Shanley, Oisin Dillon. Subs: Eoghan Mullooly, Evan
Rooney, Keilon Gilmore, Leon Malkowski, Patrick Gilmore, Sean O’Dowd, Eoin
Farrell, Eoin Connell.
Earlier in the week the under 10s were guests of Longford
Town when they played at half time in the Midlands El Classico at City Calling
Stadium. The boys enjoyed the experience and thanks are due to Longford Town
for their cooperation, and in particular Avril Gilchrist.
Tickets are being snapped up for the big OSKAR night on
Saturday week. Judging by some of the trailers of the various films seen to
date it promises to be an unforgettable night with a wealth of hitherto unseen
local acting talent. A limited number of tickets are still available at O’Brien’s.
A number of fund raisers were held at the weekend and thanks are due to all who
organised and supported the following events: the Bag Pack at Super Valu; the
Table Quiz at the Central Bar; the Champions League scratch cards, winner Enda
Kenny;  the Cow Shy which was won by Ollie Trimble; and the OSKAR Party Night
in Adie’s.
The final fund raiser before the big night takes place on
this Saturday night, when a novel Shaving Private Ryan event takes place at
Rosie’s.

Friends of Crumlin

Ballymahon
Friends of Crumlin would like to Thank the people of Lanesborough who bought
tickets on May 18th for their support. Your generosity is greatly appreciated
and going towards a fantastic cause.
Friends’ of Crumlin
fundraising event will take place on Saturday 8th
June at 12pm. The
5km Run/Walk/Crawl event will follow the scenic Canal route around Ballymahon,
Starting at Nally’s Spar. 
There is no entry fee for the event, but all
donations are greatly accepted. 
Thank you all for your continued support. 

VTOS

Are you unemployed? Would you like to receive free training?
The following awards are available if you so choose commencing in September. If
you are aged 21 or over and either you or your spouse are in receipt of a DSP
payment for at least 6 months. VTOS can offer a range :  of learning including: ECDL and ICT,
Spreadsheet/Database/Word Processing, Bookkeeping/Payroll, Business
Administration, Work Experience/Career Planning, Customer service, Web Design,
Team Working/Communications/English, Workplace Safety, Research and Study
Skills.  QQI Level 4 Award in Employment
Skills, ECDL: QQI Level 5 Award in Computers and Business, and City and Guilds
qualifications. The course, materials and examinations are all free. There is
limited funding towards childcare under CETS scheme.

 For further
information contact Maeve Madden, VTOS Co-ordinator, Longford VTOS, Battery
road, Longford. Telephone 087 2050589. email: mmadden@lwetb.ie

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

Death

The club regretfully records the death of our club President
Hillary O’Sullivan. Hillary had been in failing health in recent times but
nonetheless the news of his death came as a great shock to us all. Hillary in
his youth played with the club with great distinction playing his heart our for
the green white and blue. For a number of years, he was working in England, but
his heart was set on his native Rathcline parish sod and following his marriage
to Vera. Returning to Lanesboro Hillary once again absorbed himself back into
the club playing many vital roles on the executive and none more so than his
role with the team management on the historic and only senior club championship
that came to the club back in 1976. Some 15 years ago he was elected as president
of the club a position he cherished dearly, and he proudly represented the club
in his capacity as President. Hillary has been absent a short while and his
absence was greatly felt. His passing has left a great sadness in the club and
it will be continued to be felt for a long time to come. Hillary has left us
with many fabulous memories which we will all treasure but when we remember him
we will remember as fabulous servant of the parish and the Rathcline club and
some of the memories will bring a wide smile to our faces as we remember the
many happy times he gave us.

To his wife Vera, son Brendan, daughters Valerie,
Jennifer and Catherine, brothers Vincent, Noel, Michael and Val, sister
Rosaleen, relatives and many friends we extend our deepest sympathy.

Rathcline Bakes
back

The hugely popular Rathcline Bakes had to go for a second
print and the second print copies of the book are now available in O’Brien’s.
As there is only a limited number available early purchase is advisable. The
books cost just €10 with some great baking recipes included.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Joe Ginty, Knock. The
winning envelope this week was worth €286. Congratulations to Joe and we would
like to say a big thank you for your support of the 50/50. Buy a €2 ticket and
who knows it could be your name on the next winning ticket drawn on Monday
night next and help keep it over the €500 mark.

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 27th May 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

New email address

Please note that my email
address has changed in recent days. Anyone wishing to send me items for the
paper or personal emails are asked to send to joeaobrien@outlook.com

Meditation for Beginners

Meditation for Beginners continues
in Ballyleague on Wednesdays, 7 – 8pm on Wednesday evenings. There are still a
very limited of places available and if you wish to attend please phone Áine, 086-8407718
for all details.

Wedding

The marriage took place on
Saturday 18th May at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles of
Derek Casserly son of Mike and Nancy Casserly, Clonfower and Denise Power
daughter of Séan and Geraldine Maher, Toomevara, Co. Tipperary. Bestman was
Garrett Casserly brother of the groom and groomsmen were Shane Casserly and
Ronan Casserly both brothers of the groom. Chief bridesmaid was Anne-Marie
Maher, sister of the bride and bridesmaids were Maria Kennedy and Nóirín Mc
Loughney. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. John Molloy and Fr.
Michael Reilly. The wedding reception took place at Kilshane House Tipperary.

Engagement

We would like to extend
our heartiest congratulations to Michael Hanley, son of Mike and Eileen Hanley,
Cashelbeg and Una Mulvihill, daughter of Sean and Patsy Mulvihill, Cashelbeg,
Newtowncashel

Wedding

The marriage took place at
Annaduff church on Friday 19th May of Elaine Scally, daughter of
Michael and Catherine Scally Gardenstown and Bernard Martin, son of Michael and
Colette Martin, Killygarry, Co. Cavan. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by
Fr. Wall and Fr. Dusmanta. The wedding reception took place in Lough Rynn
Castle.

We would like to wish the
happy couple many years of wedded happiness.

Election

As counting had not even
commenced at the time of writing I will hold over mention until next week.

Death

The sudden death took
place on Monday 20th May of Mrs. Gertrude Murray, St. Mary’s
Terrace, Ballyleague. She was predeceased a number of years back by her husband
John. The Murray family lived in Ballyleague before leaving the community but
in later years following the death of her husband John, Gertrude returned to
the same house as she left a number of years previous. She was a warm friendly
lady with a wonderful warm demeanour and very popular in the community.
Gertrude was a woman who loved to play bingo and was a regular at local bingo
games. She will be sadly missed by everyone that knew her. Her remains reposed
at her home on Wednesday last before being removed on Thursday to the Church of
the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague for the Mass of the Resurrection. Following Mass,
her remains were removed for cremation to Mount Jerome Crematorium,
Harold’s Cross, Dublin.

To her daughters Mary and Michelle, sons Charles,
Sean, Michael and Tim, sister Aileen, relatives and many friends we extend our
sincere sympathy.  

Honda 50 Run

The annual Honda 50 Run is getting closer to its returns
to Lanesboro on Sunday 9th June. Registration will take place in St.
Mary’s Hall from 10.30am to 12.15pm. The fee is €20, and it includes you in a
raffle. The run will commence at 12.15pm with refreshments before and after. No
helmet no run. All bikes are welcome. For details contact Jimmy 087 2289468.

There is a sponsorship card available in O’Brien’s and
if you would like to contribute your donation would be greatly appreciated.
Your sponsorship entitles you into the draw for 1st prize: Emerald
Star Line short break Two Cabin Cruiser, 2nd Meal for 2 in Cooney’s
Hotel, Ballymahon, 3rd Meal for 2 at Cox’s Steakhouse, Dromod, 4th
Meal for 2 at the Copperstill Restaurant, Dromod and 5th prize Botte
Brandy. We encourage everyone to support

Sliabh Bán

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

Cemetery Sunday: change of dates

The dates have been set
for the Blessing of the Graves at the three graveyards in the parish of
Rathcline. There is a change in the running order this year and you are asked
take heed of the change. The first blessing will take place in Rathcline
graveyard on Sunday 7th July followed by Clonbonny on 14th
July and finishing with Lanesboro on Sunday 21st July.

Start your degree in Longford

Longford
College of Further Education are accepting applicants for their Tourism and
Business PLC programmes starting in September. School leavers can apply for the
level 5 courses, then progress to level 6 and gain direct entry into year 2 of
either the Hospitality Management degree or the Business degree in Athlone
Institute of Education. Existing holders of a QQI level 5 certificate in any
discipline or equivalent can apply directly onto the level 6 courses. Save on
high registration and accommodation costs by starting your degree in Longford.

For
further details see: longfordcfe.com or email hjohnston.tcl@lwetb.ie or cprunty.tcl@lwetb.ie

Lough Ree Golfing Society

The
second outing of 2019 took place in Mullingar Golf club on Friday last 24th
May. There was a good turnout of members with a few new ones joining. The day
was very pleasant with some sunshine, but the scores were not as good as the
scores at the previous outing in Longford, but with the course being longer it
would hinder high scoring. The course was in excellent condition and it was an
enjoyable day for all present. The Lough Ree Golfing Society would like to
thank Mullingar Golf Club for their hospitality.

The
next out will be to New Forest Golf Club, Tyrrellspass, on Friday 14th June at 10am. It is
hoped that a great number old and new will travel.

The
results from Mullingar are 1st Gabriel Clarke 34pts, 2nd
Jarlath Reynolds 34pt, 3rd Michael Brennan 33pts. The front nine was
won by Mike Brennan 20pts and the back nine was won by M. Mc Allister with
18pts.

Bus to Mini Marathon

If
you are intending to take part in the Ladies Mini Marathon and would like to
avail of a bus to and from Dublin, you should contact Pam Farrell 087 4146987.
There are just 6 seats left on the bus so immediate booking is essential.

Tidy Towns
Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on
Tuesday morning last were 1, 5, 6 and 13. There was nobody with the winning
numbers and the jackpot pool now rises to €3,800. The winner of the €50 prize
was Johnny Hanley, Corrigeen, and the three prizes of €20 were won by Aileen
Nelson c/o The Market, Mike Mulvihill, Clonterm and Monica Healy c/o Market

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

Donate Blood

A blood clinic will take place in Roscommon on Tuesday 28th,
Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th. The clinic takes place
in the Abbey Hotel Roscommon each day from 5pm to 8.30pm.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge
Club

The annual prizegiving took place at the annual (Anne
Donlon) President’s Dinner at the Nine
Arches, Ballymahon last week. The prizes for the following competitions were
presented by club President Anne Donlon.

Mary Tucker Trophy: 1st
Frank and Mary Conmy, 2nd Mike Flynn and Mairead Gill, 3rdPatricia McGann and Joan Browne.
 

Lough Ree Trophy: 1st
Kathleen Hanley and Mary Fallon, 2ndEssie Nugent and Katharine Harrison, 3rd Mairead Gill
and Mike Flynn

Gross: Kathleen Kelly and Joan Donlon.

Sliabh Ban Trophy: 1st Katharine Harrison and Essie Nugent, 2nd
Mary McGushin and Maura Hanley, 3rd Mary Fallon and Kathleen Hanley.

Gross: Carol Hamill and Ann Hagan

E.J. Browne Trophy: 1st Maureen Hynes and Una Clarke, 2nd
Ann Hagan and Carol Hamill, 3rd Philomena Walshe and Loretta Cooney

Gross: Joan Bowne and Patricia McGann

Hannah Clyne Trophy: 1st Mary Fallon and Kathleen Hanley, 2nd
Joan Browne and Katharine Harrison, 3rd Bridie McGrath and Mary
Moran

Gross: Carol Hamill and Ann Hagan.

Bridie Deffew Trophy: 1st Martha Byrne and Elizabeth Crean, 2nd
Teresa Kiernan and Catherine Kelly, 3rd Frank and Mary Conmy

Gross: Una Clarke and Maureen Hynes

Summer Competition: 1st Joan Donnellan and J.J Donlon/Carol Hamill and Ann Hagan, 2nd Joan Browne
and Patricia McGann/Ann Donlon and Freda Kenny, 3rd Joan Donlon and
Kathleen Kelly/Goretti Kenny and Mary Jameson, 4th Maura Hanley and
Mary McGushin/ Martha Byrne and Elizabeth Crean.

The President’s (Mrs. Ann
Donlon) Prize: 1st Teresa Kiernan
and Catherine Kelly, 2nd Kathleen Hanley and Katharine Harrison, 3rd
Carol Hamill and Ann Hagan

Gross: Joan Donlon and Kathleen Kelly.   

Rathcline Bakes
is back

The hugely popular Rathcline Bakes had to go for a second
print and the second print copies of the book are now available in O’Brien’s.
As there is only a limited number available early purchase is advisable. The
books cost just €10 with some great baking recipes included.

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.

Community Games Art

While
we had no representatives in the National Community Games Art Finals in University
of Limerick last weekend there were some representatives of local grandparents
receiving national notoriety; Isaac Lawlor representing Kildare and grandson of
John and Una Lawlor, Rathcline won a silver medal in the U8 Art Final and Ava
Clyne representing Roscommon and granddaughter of John and the late Hannah
Clyne who was placed in fourth place in the U12 category.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Jay, Becky and Leah
Hanley, Corrigeen. The winning envelope this week was worth €375. Congratulations
to the three young people children of Kevin and Fiona Hanley on their great win
and we would like to say a big thank you for your support of the 50/50. Buy a
€2 ticket and who knows it could be your name on the next winning ticket drawn
on Monday night next and help keep it over the €500 mark.

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.

Searching for B&B

The search continues for people in
the area to do bed and breakfasts or provide accommodation for the upcoming
fishing festivals.

There are three upcoming events and
if you can do B&B or provide accommodation please contact Andy at loughreeanglinghub@gmail.com or
phone 043 33 21734.

The first event is the weekend
International Coarse Fishing competition on 1st, 2nd, and
3rd June followed by a major two-day
International Pike Angling competition on Saturday and Sunday 14th
and 15th September followed in September by the Autumn Angling
Festival.

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 10th June
– 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
Tuesday evenings at 7pm.

Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group

Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group continues
every Wednesday morning at 10.30am at the library. 

Storytime with Eileen Moynihan

Join us for Storytime, toys, colouring and lots of fun
when children’s author Eileen Moynihan visits our Parent & Toddler Group on
Wednesday 12th June at 10.30am. 

All welcome to come along and join in!!

Bealtaine Book Club

Book Club continues on Friday 31st May at
11am.  To celebrate Bealtaine Festival, book clubs around the country are
reading ‘Twelve Thousand Days’ by Eilish Ni Dhuibhne. Come along and enjoy a
chat and a cuppa!

Cruinniú na nÓg – BRICKX CLUB Workshop

To celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg on Saturday June 15th we
will be holding a BRICKX Club workshop in the library from 10am to 12 noon.

BRICKX Club is a creative brick building and social
activity workshop for children.

In the workshop, there are a list of Themes, Challenges
and Games, which the children can choose for themselves to build. They can be
anything from bridges, towers, streets, pyramids…the list is endless. 

Each creation the children make is put on display on the
Creation Table.

Parents are invited in at the end of the workshop for
‘show and tell’ and to take pictures of their child’s creations.

Places are limited for this FREE event, so book early to
avoid disappointment!

Contact Stella in the library on 0433321291 or
email lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie to book.

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

VTOS

Are you unemployed? Would you like to receive free training?
The following awards are available if you so choose commencing in September. If
you are aged 21 or over and either you or your spouse are in receipt of a DSP
payment for at least 6 months. VTOS can offer a range :  of learning including: ECDL and ICT,
Spreadsheet/Database/Word Processing, Bookkeeping/Payroll, Business
Administration, Work Experience/Career Planning, Customer service, Web Design,
Team Working/Communications/English, Workplace Safety, Research and Study
Skills.  QQI Level 4 Award in Employment
Skills, ECDL: QQI Level 5 Award in Computers and Business, and City and Guilds
qualifications. The course, materials and examinations are all free. There is
limited funding towards childcare under CETS scheme.

 For further
information contact Maeve Madden, VTOS Co-ordinator, Longford VTOS, Battery
road, Longford. Telephone 087 2050589. email: mmadden@lwetb.ie

Alzheimer
Café

The next Alzheimer cafe will be held on this
Wednesday evening, 29th May at 7.00 pm. 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 Cliona Mc Hugh, Dietitian, and her topic
is Eating Well 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.  

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

Death

It is with great sadness that we record the death of our
club President Hillary O’Sullivan. The club extends its deepest sympathy to his
wife Vera, son Brendan, daughters Valerie, Jennifer and Catherine. We also
extend our sympathy to his sister Rosaleen, brothers Vincent, Noel, Michael and
Val, relatives and any friends.

Rathcline Bakes
back

The hugely popular Rathcline Bakes had to go for a second
print and the second print copies of the book are now available in O’Brien’s.
As there is only a limited number available early purchase is advisable. The
books cost just €10 with some great baking recipes included.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Jay, Becky and Leah
Hanley, Corrigeen. The winning envelope this week was worth €375. Congratulations
to the three young people children of Kevin and Fiona Hanley on their great win
and we would like to say a big thank you for your support of the 50/50. Buy a
€2 ticket and who knows it could be your name on the next winning ticket drawn
on Monday night next and help keep it over the €500 mark.

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

The results of the recently held
Super Summer draw are: 1st 2 Premium Stand tickets for the Spice
Girls – David Rooney, Rathcline. 2nd Two Premium Stand tickets for
the Leinster Hurling Final – Ollie Trimble, Cloonadra, 3rd Two
Premium Stand tickets for the Leinster Football Final – Andrew Ward, Rathcline
Road, 4th Two Premium Stand tickets for Westlife – Seamus Farrell
and 5th prize Two Premium Stand tickets for Westlife – Olivia
Rogerson, Ulster Bank Roscommon.

The club would like to extend a
very special thank you to everyone that supported the draw and also to all the
sellers.




Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 20th May 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Golf Outing

The local
Lough Ree Golfing Society are hosting their second golf outing of 2019 to
Mullingar Golf Club on Friday next at 10.30am After the great day in Longford
it is hoped again there will be great weather and low scoring. New members are
welcome.

Former Resident Passes Away

We would like to extend
our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of one our former Green residents.
Patricia Neilan formerly O’Neill and better known locally as Patsy passed away,
aged 70, on Friday last 17th May. Patsy was predeceased by her
husband Terry, her sister June and brothers Gerry and John Henry. Patsy and the
O’Neill family left and indelible mark on our community and even after being away
for so many years away they are fondly remembered and Lanesboro remains very
close to their hearts.

Our sympathy goes to Patsy’s
family Siobhan, Terence and Mary Jo, her sisters Bernie and Maura and brothers
Bobby and Joe.

Meditation for Beginners

Meditation for Beginners continues
in Ballyleague on Wednesdays, 7 – 8pm on Wednesday evenings. There are still a
very limited of places available and if you wish to attend please phone Áine, 086-8407718
for all details.

Pipe Band

In recent
days I had a chat with Michael Mc Dermott, formerly of Mount Davis. While
chatting about the Lanesboro ago he mentioned that his father, Pat, used to
recount of a pipe band being formed in the community. Back in the
1930/40s,  a parish collection was made for the purchase of Bag Pipes and
drums hence the birth of the pipe band.
The band was very successful and they regularly
played at various parochial events and other places where no band existed
Their largest event and a wonderful claim to
fame was playing at the wedding of Lady Granard in the big house in
Newtownforbes. It is said that they were
there for almost a week – well, you can’t beat a good weeding.
I can vaguely remember as a child in the old Pillar Ballroom there was always
two drums at the back of the stage – not sure if they were the same drums.

Does it bring back
memories? It would be great to hear stories about the pipe band, the stories
and the instruments.

It all happens on Friday night

Next Friday night we are a
promised a rousing session when Fran Deffew along with band members of Rake the
Ashes will play St. Mary’s Hall on Friday night 24th May in the
‘Back to the Boro’ concert at 8.30pm. Those have already heard them play in Cassidy’s
Pub in Camden Street, Dublin and at their many concerts around the country will
attest to magnificent night of music song and an abundance of craic.

This night in Lanesboro
Parish Hall will be most definitely be one of the most rousing in many years of
this venue and it is most definitely a night not to be missed.

There are just a very
limited number of tickets, €10 each, still available in O’Brien’s

Clonbonny Cemetery

Clonbonny
Cemetery committee are very disappointed and annoyed that dumping of Christmas
wreaths and candles has started again in the graveyard. There are no dumping
facilities at Clonbonny graveyard. People tending their loved one’s plots are
asked and expected to take away whatever they clean off. 

Weekly 25

Thanks to
all for supporting the card game. This week’s winners are 1st Michael
Finnan/ Michael Rogers, 2nd Basil Mitchell /Jonno Byrne, Last
game Joe Rooney/Packie Feeney. Raffle Kathleen Finnan, Tom Donlon, Noel Mc
Dermott, Mickey Connerton.

Honda 50 Run

The annual Honda 50 Run is getting closer to its returns
to Lanesboro on Sunday 9th June. Registration will take place in St.
Mary’s Hall from 10.30am to 12.15pm. The fee is €20, and it includes you in a
raffle. The run will commence at 12.15pm with refreshments before and after. No
helmet no run. All bikes are welcome. For details contact Jimmy 087 2289468.

There will be a draw taking place for the following
prizes and we encourage everyone to support

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to
Christopher and Toni O’Reilly, their daughter Sally and sons Sam and Sean on
the death of their son and brother Thomás O’Reilly, The Green, at University
College Hospital, Galway on Tuesday last 14th May

Sliabh Bán

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

Cemetery Sunday: change of dates

The dates have been set
for the Blessing of the Graves at the three graveyards in the parish of
Rathcline. There is a change in the running order this year and you are asked
take heed of the change. The first blessing will take place in Rathcline
graveyard on Sunday 7th July followed by Clonbonny on 14th
July and finishing with Lanesboro on Sunday 21st July.

Tidy Towns
Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on
Tuesday morning last were 7, 8, 19 and 29. There was nobody with the winning
numbers and the jackpot pool now rises to €3,700. The winner of the €50 prize
was Mickie Donlon c/o Mags, and the three prizes of €20 were won by Martin
Farrell c/o Xlntee, Johnny and Mary c/o Yacht Bar and Brendan Whitty c/o
O’Brien’s.

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

Donate Blood

The blood donation clinic takes place in the Longford Arms
Hotel on this Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd May. The
clinic will be open between 4.30 and 8pm.

If you cannot make Longford please attend the clinic that
will take place in Roscommon on Tuesday 28th, Wednesday 29th
and Thursday 30th. The clinic takes place in the Abbey Hotel
Roscommon each day from 5pm to 8.30pm.

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 Johnny Smyth Weekfield.
The winning envelope this week was worth a wonderful €548 the first time to
cross the   the first time to cross the
€500 mark in a while. Congratulations Johnny on you great win and we would like
to say a big thank you for your support of the 50/50. Buy a €2 ticket and who
knows it could be your name on the next winning ticket drawn on Monday night
next and help keep it over the €500 mark.

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.

Well Done

It was a great weekend for some of
our local young sports people. Kevin Mc Donagh, Ballyleague was called up to
the Midlands U18 Rugby squad, Cian Glennon played a major role in Roscommon’s
great comeback against Galway in the Connacht Minor Championship, also, to Jack
Casey and Christian Donlon who
were part of the winning Longford U12 soccer team who beat North Dublin to
claim a historic Plate Final.

On the other side of the coin we acknowledge Seadhna Ryan, Richard
Prior, Kevin Tansey and Harvey Myhill were unfortunate to be on the losing side
in a rousing Leinster Minor championship game at the weekend.

Searching for B&B

The search continues for people in
the area to do bed and breakfasts or provide accommodation for the upcoming
fishing festivals.

There are three upcoming events and
if you can do B&B or provide accommodation please contact Andy at loughreeanglinghub@gmail.com or
phone 043 33 21734.

The first event is the weekend
International Coarse Fishing competition on 1st, 2nd, and
3rd June followed by a major two-day
International Pike Angling competition on Saturday and Sunday 14th
and 15th September followed in September by the Autumn Angling
Festival.

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 27th May
– 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!

Bealtaine Book Club

Book Club continues on Friday 31st May at
11am.  To celebrate Bealtaine Festival, book clubs around the country are
reading ‘Twelve Thousand Days’ by Eilish Ni Dhuibhne. Come along and enjoy a
chat and a cuppa!

Foreign Currency & Used Stamps

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

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

Library membership 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

Ballyboro

Pride of place
this week goes to Christian Donlon and Jack Casey who were part of the Longford
League squad who recorded a historic win over the North Dublin League in
the Under 12 National Shield final played at Mullingar last Saturday. This
was the first time a Longford league team won a national title, so many congrats to both Christian and Jack. The game finished 3-2, with
Christian scoring the decisive goal with time almost up.
The under 14 team played very well in their
Shield decider versus Abbey Rovers last week. They dominated possession for
long periods but found goal scoring elusive, and they were edged out by the
Ballinamore team. It finished 1-0 in favour of Abbey Rovers. Ballyboro: Briain
Farrell, Bryan Mullooly, Ryan Byrne, Paul Byrne, Jack McGloin, Sam Murphy, Jimmy
Farrell, Shane Ross, Ciaran O’Dowd, Matthew Heneghan, Christy Burke. Subs: Luke
Dowd, Cormac O’Dowd, Christian Donlon.
The under 10 team will be guests of Longford
Town on Saturday evening when they play at half time at City Calling Stadium in
the midlands El Classico, Longford Town versus Athlone Town.
Four films were recorded at the weekend for the
big OSKAR night on 15th June. Filming will take place for the remaining four
this coming weekend. 
 OSKAR fundraising continues apace and on
this Friday night 24th Fran Deffew and his band Rake the Ashes play a special
concert in Lanesboro Parish Hall.
The under 10 team are likely to be involved in
the Shield final this week. Date and time to be confirmed.

Alzheimer
Café

The next Alzheimer cafe will be held on
Wednesday evening next, 29th May at 7.00 pm. 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 Cliona Mc Hugh, Dietitian, and her
topic is Eating Well 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.  

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

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Valerie Casey,
Roscommon who purchased her ticket at Ballyleague bingo. The winning envelope
this week was worth €325. We congratulate Valerie on her win, and we would like
to thank her for her support of the 50/50. Buy a €2 ticket and who knows it
could be your name on the next winning ticket drawn on Monday night next.

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 six of
the Senior League took place against Clann na Gael in Johnstown on Saturday
evening. Result: St. Faithleach’s 1-11 Clann na Gael 0-12. Next game takes
place in Ballyleague on June 1st against St. Croan’s, please note time change
to 5:30pm. 

U16 Boys Shield Final:
Hard luck to our U16 team and management won narrowly lost out to Western Gaels
in the Shield final on Friday evening. Result: St. Faithleach’s 4-12 Western
Gaels 4-16. 

Congratulations: To Roscommon U17 team and management on their win over
Galway and to club rep Cian Glennon. 

Well done: To club members
Jack Casey and Christian Donlon who were part of the winning U12 soccer team
who beat Dublin to claim a historic Plate Final win. Also, to club member Kevin
McDonagh who was been called up to the midlands U18 rugby squad. 

Cards: Take place every
Tuesday evening in the clubhouse, last week’s winners; Basil Mitchell & Tom
Rooney, second Frank Fallon & Sean Parker, last game, Mick Maguire &
Tom Rock.