Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Wednesday12th July 2017

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Nestor Cup resides in Ballyleague

When we find ourselves out of the running there is always a wonderful satisfaction and joy in seeing our neighbours, friends and their children winning and celebrating. Such was the case on Sunday last when a wonderful performance by the Roscommon team brought wonderful excitement to our community.

Little did we know when Ciaran Murtagh led the Roscommon team out onto the Pearse Stadium pitch in Salthill on Sunday last that he and his teammates would have such a comprehensive victory over favourites Galway when he was lifting the Nestor Cup at the end of the game.

Playing with the wind the Rossies jumped into an early lead and this was a lead they were never going to relinquish right to the end of the game. Ciaran and his brother Diarmuid were tormenting the Galway backs and their performances led to this magnificent victory. It was a fabulous day for the Murtagh family as their brother Brian was also on the panel making their parents Andy and Breda very proud parents indeed. Another local man David Rooney, son of Gerry and Emily Rooney was another of the local contingent on the panel. Sunday was a very proud day for the families, the St. Faithleach’s club, Kevin Mc Stay and his management team, the Roscommon senior team and county board. We congratulate them on their magnificence and look forward to them going from strength to strength in the All-Ireland series.

Traditional Music Night change

Clarke’s bar has not only has local notoriety but its notoriety is international for it Wednesday night Traditional sessions. It is widely acclaimed as having the best traditional night – every Wednesday – the entire length of the Shannon. When you go along on a Wednesday night and see and hear the calibre of the local talent you cannot be impressed by the quality.

The Leinster Fleadh Ceoil takes place all this week in Ballymahon until Sunday next and Clarke’s bar has been selected to host one of the evenings of traditional music. To facilitate this the Wednesday night session for this week only will switch to this Thursday night 13th July. A great night will ensue and this promises to be a most memorable night not to be missed.

Return of the Sand Beds

For a great number of us growing up in Lanesboro swimming in the Sand Beds was one of great childhood memories each and every summer. Swimming with sand under our feet and walking in the water through sand, it was just like being at the seaside and we enjoyed it as if we were the seaside. We flocked to the area once the swimming season began and there was so many of us swarming the area it remains a terrific memory. The honeycomb featured layer of rock leading to the water was always mystifying as we made our way to and from the water and it is a wonderful sight and today it holds the same awe.

Recently the Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op cleared away an overgrown area on the shoreline of the Shannon and the famous Sand Beds were reborn. It is as it was a wonderful area and the new seating in site only further enhances the beautiful Sand Beds area.

You may ask where is this area I write about and how accessible is it. As your go through the car park and continue past the harbour making your way to the gate that is the entry to the Commons North walkway. Just inside the gate on the right-hand side is the famous Sand Beds. You will see the clearance where the work was done by the Co-Op and this work further enhances the area around down around the Shannon and add greatly to our growing amenities and attractions. Pay it a visit, enjoy and celebrate the rebirth of the Sand Beds.

Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union invites you

Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union has been serving our community for 50 years. The Credit Union has been a wonderful source of support for so many people during that time and through the work of a series number of wonderful board of local directors that guided Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union through the past 50 years.

This year Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union is celebrating 50 years in our community. To commemorate this very special occasion the Credit Union will host a 50th Anniversary Celebration on Monday 7th August in the Big Red Barn that will be set up for the Lough Ree Monster Festival adjacent to the Lanesboro car park.

There will be free family fun from 5pm.

The celebration of the Golden Anniversary will begin at 7pm in the Big Red Barn at 7pm with refreshments, presentations and entertainment. The members summer car draw will also take place on the night.

There will be no charge for this very special occasion and the Lough Ree Credit Union would like to invite their members, friends and relations to come along and share in their Golden jubilee celebration.

Death

The area was saddened to learn of the death, following a short illness, of Bertie Mc Dermott, Cloontuskert on Friday 30th June. Bertie was predeceased by his wife Bridget. Bertie, a native of Kilglass, spent his working life with Bord na Mona and for a number years following his retirement he was working with Larry Leavy. Bertie was a very warm and friendly man and always had the cheery word. He had a warm personality which endeared him to everyone that came to know him. Bertie’s passing will leave a great sadness in the hearts and minds of those that knew him. His remains reposed at the home of his son Thomas and daughter in law Rachel in Kilglass. He remains were removed to the Church of the Holy Rosary Ballyleague for his Funeral Mass on Sunday 2nd July after which he was laid to rest alongside his wife Bridget in Cloontuskert cemetery. We extend our deepest sympathy to his sons Brian and Thomas, daughters Liz and Bernadette, brother Kevin, sister Bernadette, relatives and friends

Birth

Many congratulations to Ray Donlon and Leanne Mc Dermott, Church View on the birth last week of a baby boy.

Local ICA hosts County Federation

Lanesboro ICA Guild were privileged to host the ICA Summer County Federation meeting in St Mary’s hall on Wednesday 28th June. We warmly welcomed our fellow county members to Lanesboro and were delighted to be joined by our National President, Marie O’Toole, and our Regional President, Helen Rutter. We are grateful to Alan Horohoe for providing the crockery and tables, to Councillor Mark Casey for providing the PA system and microphones and to Brendan Keane and Seadhna Ryan for their assistance.  Many thanks to The Lanesboro Triathlon club, whose traffic co-ordinators kindly helped our members to find parking on the night. We would sincerely like to thank the following for generously providing spot prizes for our raffle: Supervalu Lanesboro, Casserley’s Applegreen, Councillor Gerard Farrell, Orla O’Brien, chemist and Theresa Mullooly. Thank you to Theresa Mullooly and Jacinta McCormack for creating our Lanesboro ICA banner and to Marie English for making our beautiful welcome tapestry. Thanks to Melissa O’Donoghue for the beautiful framed photograph which we presented to Marie O’Toole. Thanks to our entertainers on the night, Edel Loftus and the ICA county line dancers.  We are fortunate to have been given such wonderful support and would like to thank everyone who helped us in any way as it was the team effort which made the night such a success. If you are interested in joining Lanesboro ICA Guild, you will be warmly welcomed at our next meeting on Wednesday 13th September at 8pm in St Mary’s hall.  The photos taken during the evening are available to view on our Facebook page ‘ICA – Lanesboro’ and are courtesy of Virginia Quigley.

Thomas Ashe Remembrance

A remembrance evening for the patriot Thomas Ashe will take place on Friday next 13th July at 7:00 pm outside the Old Thomas Ashe hall in Newtowncashel village.

A plaque will be unveiled and a talk will be given by Gabriel Doherty of Cork University, who is national coordinator of the Thomas Ashe memorial year.

This young man as a result of a speech given in Ballinalee on the 25th of July 1917 was thrown into Mountjoy prison where he died.

To conclude the evening all will be invited into the old hall to help recreate the atmosphere of the early twenty’s and the great nights of drama performed here.

It had always to be a farce. The Newtowncashel and Lanesborough drama groups are putting on a short piece from the play The Lough Ree Monster they will be doing for the Lough Ree Monster festival at the end of July.

This group of talented actors are made up of political and business personalities from the two parishes.

All are welcome.

Fundraising Barbeque

A fundraising barbeque in aid of Mayo Roscommon Hospice will take place in Clarke’s Bar on Sunday 23rd July at 4pm. Four local musicians will provide the music during the evening – Brian Ross, Jimmy Hussey, Gerry Keenan and Joe Duffy.

There will be a raffle on the evening for 05 Citroen Diesel car and the car is NCT’d for 2 years. Complimentary food for everyone that presents their tickets for the evening. Tickets are €5 and it is expected that there will be a huge crowd attending.

Cemetery Sunday in Clonbonny

The final Blessing of the Graves will take place on Sunday next 16th July in Clonbonny where Mass will be celebrated at 6pm.

Book for the Monster Play

The Lough Ree Monster play will take place in St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th July. This three-act play, will be the official launch of the following weekend’s Lough Ree Monster Festival which takes over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The play is set on the shores of Lough Ree. The play revolves around the sighting of a lake creature, by three priests in the mid 1960’s. This incident was widely reported in the local media at the time, and it sets the scene for much scheming and subterfuge with, both dangerous, and hilarious results.

This is a booking only event – no tickets will be available – and bookings can be made by phone 086 – 2460840/3321107, email martinaclyne1@gmail.com  or by calling into Martina in O’Brien’s shop and making your booking. If booking by email please leave your mobile number with your name. Please ensure you state the night you want to attend.

There has already been a big number of bookings and it is important that you book early to avoid disappointment.

The cast of the play and the parts they play are: Con Sweeney – James Flaherty. Packie – Stephen Dowd. Sally – Orla O’ Brien. Syl Reynolds – Mervin Johnston. Teddy Sweeney – Gerard Farrell. Ngozu – Anna O Brien. Jimmy Watson – Diarmuid Walsh. Captain Christian Lorgen – Tom Gill. Gerty Strousholm – Barbara Martin. Garda 1 – Mark Casey. Garda 2 –  Declan Fox.

Last Call for Marshals

The Two Provinces Kidathon and Triathlon takes place on Friday and Saturday next 14th and 15th July in Lanesboro. Those events cannot run smoothly and so successfully without the help of the local volunteers on the day. Year on year your support has been great with so many people offering their help. It is hoped that this year will be no different. If you want to lend a hand and enjoy the atmosphere of race day, please drop your name into Joe O’Brien’s Corner Shop and we will get in touch with you. Please leave in your name before this Thursday evening.

Foosball becomes very Popular

The Human Foosball will take place in the car park area during the Lough Ree Monster Festival. Many people are talking about it and the fun it will be. If you do not know what Foosball have a look at it on YouTube and see all the fun it is.

Teams of 6 will cost €5 per person, U16 will cost €2.50 per person. The teams can be male, female or mixed teams. If you want to book in your team contact Mike Greene at 086-4046174. The closing date for bookings is Friday 28th July. The tournament will take place during the Lough Ree Monster Festival. This is going to be great fun and it is a game you should not miss.

Community Games Victory

Congratulations to the Lanesborough Community Games Project Team who recently won the County Final. The team was Aileen Gordon, Callum Gordon, Conor Lyons and Ciara Merriman. Team Manager was Brid Gordon.

Thank you to Brid and all of the team for putting in a lot of work on the project. It was a brilliant achievement.

They now go forward to represent Longford at the Community Games National Finals in Abbottstown in August

New Business Opens

They say things are getting better and green shoots are beginning to appear in all villages and towns. Lanesboro is proving to be one of the towns that is receiving a boost with two new businesses opening. At upper Main Street, local girl Charlene Maloney opened her new Brow Boutique on Friday last. Charlene specialises in High definition brows, Eyelash extensions, Make Up, Tanning, Waxing, Manicures and Pedicures and Beauty treatment.

We wish Charlene the very best of luck and much success in her new venture.

Tourism Co-Op Draw

The numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tidy Towns lotto on Tuesday 4th July were: 1, 4, 8, and 21. There was no winner of the jackpot of €7,400.  The winner of the €50 prize was Tom Feeney, Tullyvrane, and the three €20 winners were Martha Thompson. Ballyleague, Tom & Jay c/o Xlntee and Bernie c/o Mags.

Naming the Bridge Draw

The ‘Naming of the Bridge’ tickets are selling very well and there is a great interest in having the opportunity. You can buy your tickets from Mike Greene, Catherine Kelly, Teresa Ormsby, Clarke’s Bar, Adie’s Bar, The Yacht Bar, Stephanie Hanlon or O’Brien’s shop. You can also buy tickets on PayPal – sign into PayPal and enter our address for payment  loughreemonsterfestival@gmail.com

Tickets are on sale in business premises locally or from any member of the committee and they cost €2 each or 3 for €5.

This is a most unique opportunity for some lucky person or family.

Donal Skydives on Saturday

Donal Chapman, Lisnacusha, will undertake a charity skydive on Saturday next 15th July. The parachute jump will be from a height of 10,000 ft. and the funds raised will go to Multiple Sclerosis Longford. Donal is seeking your support. Sponsorship cards are on counters in all businesses in town and he hopes there will be generous donations before he takes this huge jump. This is a huge undertaking by Donal and he really deserves all of our support. Please be generous.

Rathcline go to Galway Races

If you want to be part of the Bernard Keane, SuperValu Rathcline GAA Race Day at the famous Galway Races on Monday 31st July then you should book your place immediately as places are filling up very fast.

This club outing is getting more popular each year and it proves to be the social events of the year for the club. It is a very special occasion for the Rathcline club hosting such a wonderful day at the Galway Races, a venue famous worldwide for spectacular racing and day’s out. The day offers a fabulous social event and an opportunity to have a wonderful day in luxury at the Galway Races.

Buying your ticket entitles you to admission with a free race card, free parking, location in the Killanin Stand overlooking the racecourse and finishing line, four course meals, €5 drinks voucher, tipsters in the Pavilion, bar facilities, Tote betting in the Pavilion and after race entertainment. There will also be a best dressed lady competition. Tickets, which are wonderful value €120, can be booked by contacting Liam Connerton 086-8756405, Stephen Rooney 086-3176301 or Alan Fayne 087-1157806.

Looking for your Help

A local person is working towards setting up a new business involving the bringing of mature students from Spain, Germany and France to reside in Lanesboro while they learn to speak and improve their English.

The local person is looking for the help of local community and sporting groups to aid with their development. They are looking to those who hold music, singing lessons, dance classes, sporting groups, cycling and walking clubs, Leisure groups and arts, crafts and skills to contact. The idea is to allow the mature foreign students to mingle with any of the above groups so that they get the feel for our ways of life while learning and improving their abilities in English.

If you feel you or your group can help please ring 086-8246638

Triathlon this Weekend

Lanesboro Triathlon Club is holding the “Two Provinces Kidathon” on Friday next 14th July and the “Two Provinces Triathlon” on Saturday next 15th July in Ballyleague/Lanesboro and surrounding areas. This year’s event is both a National Series and Super Series event.

There has been such demand for places that the committee had to close entries. The large number of competitors and supporters, along with road closures during the races means there will be some traffic disruption:

On Friday 14th July, Longford County Council have granted permission to hold the race on Rathcline Rd between 7.30pm and 8.30pm. The kids cycle takes place on this road between the entrance to quarry and Harold’s Cross.

On Saturday 15th July, to ensure safety of competitors, Roscommon County Council have granted a road closure order for the R371 Strokestown Rd (Ballyleague to Scramogue) between 10.45am and 2.00 pm. The cycle part of our race takes place on this road.

The cycle will also result in some disruption on the N63 from the Lanesboro Parish Hall to the Slieve Bawn Hotel between 10.45am-2.00pm.

Additionally, Longford County Council have granted permission to hold the race on Rathcline Rd between 11.30am and 2.30 pm. The adult run takes place on this road between the entrance to quarry and Harold’s Cross.

The club would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience this causes and invite everyone to come along and cheer on the athletes. This is a big event for the area!

Summer Events in Lanesboro Library
Summer Stars at your Library
The Summer Stars reading programme is running in Longford’s libraries throughout the Summer.
Summer Stars is a free programme open to all children.  Each child who registers will join in the fun of reading lots of exciting books during the Summer.  Children will receive their own Summer Stars Reading Card to record their progress and the Summer Stars Reward Stamp will be added to their card for each book read.  Fun rewards will be provided along the way!
Have a Fairy Tale Summer at your Library! Pet Talk Time with Dogs Trust Ireland –
Lanesboro Library 2pm on Friday 14th July, Paint Your Own Fairy Tale picture with Stephanie! Lanesboro Library 3pm on Tuesday 18th July. Interactive Singing and Song Writing workshop with Katie Gallagher Lanesboro Library 2pm on Monday 24th July
All events are Free – Booking Essential

Annual Pilgrimage

The annual pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place on Sunday 27th August with the bus leaving Ballyleague hall at 7am. The bus fare is €10 and the Lough Derg Island contribution €40. For further enquiries, you should phone Mary at 043-33 21969

50/50

Monday night last 3rd July the 50/50 took place in Clarkes Bar. The winning pool amounted to €382 and the winners was Pat Hussey, Ballyleague. The club would like to congratulate Pat on his great win and thank him for his support and we would like to thank everyone that continue to buy tickets for their great support.

Tickets are on sale locally at €2 each and your support will be greatly appreciated. Alternatively, you can by the pink ticket for the year for just €100 and have 2 free weeks

Could you sell €2 lotto envelopes in your workplace or your neighbourhood weekly? If you can help in any way with the sales of lotto please contact the Executive

Countdown to the Festival

The Lough Ree Festival will be launched on Friday and Saturday night 28th and 29th July in St. Mary’s Hall when the John Kenny written, Dermot Healy directed play The Lough Ree Monster will make its stage debut.

The full music programme for the Monster Festival is nearing completion and there is an exciting line up to cover all music tastes throughout the weekend.

Already we have Cliona Hagan, who is after blasting onto the Irish country music scene less than twelve ago, Cliona has left her unique stamp with her latest singles; “We’re All Gonna Die Someday”, “Cowboy Yodel Song” And “I Need Someone to Hold Me When I Cry.” Cliona will be preceded by young and highly thought of young man David Kiernan who is making waves on the music scene.

Katie Gallagher who has been described as a bright, up-and coming singer/songwriter/musician Ballymahon lady who is really making a name for herself on the music scene will play before Entertainer of the Year, the legendary Mike Denver. Longford rock band Reprisal, a trio from Longford, who play hard hitting energetic rock will play before the AC/DC tribute band IE/DC. This line up is without doubt once of the best line ups anywhere in the country and the committee has worked hard to ensure that the people of the area will get the very bestof entertainment.

Natty Wailer a founding member of Bob Marley and the Wailers will play a concert on the green area beside the duck pond on Saturday afternoon. Natty Wailer will be preceded by local band Painted Skies featuring Adam Farrell, Ballyleague, Adam Fenelon, Killoe, the two Adams are joined by Maryann Lynch from Ardagh.

The Lough Ree Monster will emerge from Lough Ree on Friday night 4th and we look forward to a massive crowd down at the river to welcome the Monster back after a 25-year absence. The Monster will remain in the bay area for the weekend and it will leave during a firework display on the Sunday night.

Rathcline GAA

Div. 2 League

Friday night last, we travelled to Ballymahon with great confidence to take on the home side. A victory would have left us just one point behind them at the top of the table. Unfortunately, it was not to be our night as Ballymahon ran out winners.

Championship time

On Friday week 21st July, in the first round of the Intermediate Championship, our team will travel to Kenagh for an 8 o’clock thrown in. the first round is against our neighbours Cashel in what is sure to be a tight and hard-fought encounter.

We encourage all club supporters to go along and cheer on the team to what we hope will be an opening game victory and a step towards the Intermediate Championship final.

Keane’s Sponsored Race Day

The Bernard Keane, SuperValu Rathcline GAA Race Day will once again take place to the famed Galway Races on Monday 31st July. The Race Day year on year proves to be the social event of the year for the club and it is a very special occasion for the club hosting such a wonderful day at the Galway Races venue famous worldwide for spectacular racing and day’s out.

Because of limited seating there is always a waiting list such is the demand for tickets and the advice is to book your seat early to avoid disappointment.

Buying your ticket entitles you to Admission with a free race card, free parking, location in the Killanin Stand overlooking the racecourse and finishing line, four course meal, €5 drinks voucher, tipsters in the Pavilion, bar facilities, Tote betting in the Pavilion and after race entertainment. There will also be a best dressed lady competition. Tickets, which are wonderful value €120, can be booked by contacting Liam Connerton 086-8756405, Stephen Rooney 086-3176301 or Alan Fayne 087-1157806.

50/50

Monday night last 3rd July the 50/50 took place in Clarkes Bar . The winning pool amounted to €382 and the winners was Pat Hussey, Ballyleague. The club would like to congratulate Pat on his great win and thank him for his support and we would like to thank everyone that continue to buy tickets for their great support.

Tickets are on sale locally at €2 each and your support will be greatly appreciated. Alternatively, you can by the pink ticket for the year for just €100 and have 2 free weeks

Could you sell €2 lotto envelopes in your workplace or your neighbourhood weekly? If you can help in any way with the sales of lotto please contact the Executive

Minor Club

Cúl Camp dates: The Cúl camps will take place in Rathcline from Monday 24th to Friday 28th July. The cost of Cúl Camps this year is €60 for 1st child, second child €50 and third/fourth €40.

Bookings can be made online www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie or to Damien Sheridan, GAA Coaching Officer, Pearse Park, Battery Road, Longford, phone 087-9126556.

 

 

 

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2 comments for “Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Wednesday12th July 2017

  1. Michaela
    August 4, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Always enjoy reading your notes very informative. Is there any plans for rubbish bins along the Shannon they have them the other side and then us walker’s could even put rubbish in them left by less environmentally friendly visitors.

    • Joe
      August 14, 2017 at 10:36 am

      Michaela,

      I will register your views with the Tourism co-op and see what response I receive.

      Joe

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