Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 31st December 2018

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Local
History Book of Sliabh Bán District Launched

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

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

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

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

Christmas Morning in Lanesboro

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

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

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

Death

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

Birth

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

Lanesboro Bridge Club

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

Xlntee Christmas Draw

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

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

Next Blood Clinic

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

Sympathy

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

New Year Draw

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

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

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

Dog Soiling

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

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

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

Credit Union
Christmas Draw

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

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

Still collecting memories

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

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

Death

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

Lough Ree AC

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

Rathcline Ladies Draw

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

Defibrillator Course in January

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

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

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

50/50

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

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

€15,000 Tidy Towns

€15,000 Tidy Towns

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

The
committee thanks everyone for tremendous and loyal support support.

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

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

The committee thanks everyone for tremendous and loyal
support support.

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

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

Rathcline Bakes

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

This week in our library

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Team Management

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

Defibrillator

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

Rathcline Bakes

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

New Year Draw

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

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

50/50

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

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