Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 8th January 2018

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Lanesboro Ballyleague

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Josephine and James Kenny and family and the extended Mc Intyre family, former residents in Cloontuskert on the death of Mrs. Katie Farrell, Cootehill, Co. Cavan. Mrs Farrell was aunt of Josephine Kenny and she was also mother of GAA President of Aogán Ó Fearghaíl.

Christmas Designer Award

Many congratulations Josh Curran, son of David and Siobhan Curran, and brother of twin sisters Killinure and a class pupil at Fermoyle National School who won the Longford Leader’s Design a Christmas Badge competition. Each pupil in the school received a lovely Josh designed badge.

 

Exciting New Zero2Tri Programme

Lanesboro Triathlon Club are launching their very first Zero2Tri programme with the objective of taking beginners in all or any of the three disciplines and developing them into triathletes ready to compete in the Two Provinces Triathlon in June 2018. Or if you just wish to join the club to train or compete at any one of the three disciplines.
What the Tri club are interested in are potential members of all abilities and ambitions. As a club there are members for 8 years to 65+, varying from those competing at a national level to those interested in keeping active and meeting new people and all in between.
For anyone interested in taking part they have the option to attend three of Lanesboro Tri Club training sessions before becoming a club member.
To become a triathlete, you do not need anything more than your usual gym or training clothes and any bike! Once open water swimming begins in May/June a wetsuit is needed but not until then. It is a common myth that there is a need for different types of clothing, bikes etc. Come along on the evening and all this will be gone through with you.
As part of the Zero2Tri programme the club has allocated additional coaching specifically for new members with the intention of developing new members. Of course, if a member is for example a strong runner and a weak swimmer they can join the experienced run group and the beginner swim group where they will benefit for a smaller athlete to coach ratio and more focused coaching.
In addition to the beginner focused coaching the club will also provide the following to all new members:
– Beginner triathlete training programme
– Club mentor if required
– Training races
– Club target races – Club lists races and events which they intend to target throughout the season
– Run training – Friday, Lanesboro track
– Bike/turbo training – Wednesday, Lanesboro Co Op Hall,
– Swim Training – Monday, Roscommon swimming pool
Following on from the launch night anyone interested is invited to attend any of the following open training sessions or please contact us via Facebook mail:
– Run – Friday 19th January 8PM, Lanesboro track
– Bike/turbo training – Wednesday 17th 7PM, Lanesboro Co Op Hall,
– Swim Training – Monday 15th January 9PM, Roscommon swimming pool

2018 Calendar

There are just a few calendars remaining with beautiful local photographs cherishing nature before we lose it. It displays the great fauna, nature and biodiversity that surrounds us and making us aware of the natural beauty – some of which is disappearing at an alarming rate. There are some beautiful photographs and the calendar is well worth having in your home or office. There are just a small number for sale in O’Brien’s.

Christmas Lights Quiz

It’s time to support the lads who put up such a fantastic display of Christmas lights this year in Ballyleague. The whole lot cost over 2000 Euro and now we need to

pay for it so get your team ready for the Table quiz fundraiser in Rosie’s at Sorohan’s Lifebelt next Friday night at 9.30pm. Last year we had 24 tables at 40 euro per table – can you help us do even better this year – if you can’t go ring Noel at (086) 293 6180 e mail: keepballyleaguetidy@gmail.com  or better still stick 2 20 euro notes in an envelope with your name on it and drop it into Rosie’s or Daybreak .

St. John’s Church

Due to the Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh having an introduction service of Mr Edward Smith to the group of Lanesboro, Ballinlough and Roscommon on Sunday 14th January at 11a.m in St Coman’s church Roscommon. There will not be a service in St. John’s church on that Sunday. Service will resume on Sunday 21st January at 11.30 a.m.

50/50

On Monday night 18th December the 50/50 pool stood at €280 and the winning envelope drawn in the Clarke’s Bar was Caroline Cullen, Rathcline Road.

On Tuesday 26th December the draw took place in Adie’s bar. The total pool amounted to €400 and the lucky envelope drawn was in the name of Olive Ginty, Ballyleague.

The third draw over the Christmas took place on Monday 1st January in the Peer Inn, Lisnacusha. The pool last week amounted to €260 and the winning envelope belonged to Patricia Brady, Church View

Tickets are on sale locally at €2 each. 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 also the many people that buy the one-year ticket. Your support is much appreciated.

Rathcline wish everyone the very best for a happy and healthy 2018 and look forward to your support.

Wedding

The marriage took place on Saturday 30th December at St. Patrick’s Church, Esker, Lucan of Alan Mc Cormack son of Pat and Rita Mc Cormack, Gortgallon and Colleen Gallagher daughter of Brendan and Carol Gallagher, Lucan, Co. Dublin. Bestman was Colin Mc Cormack brother of the Groom and Groomsmen were Declan Mc Cormack and Fintan Mc Cormack both brothers of the Groom. Chief Bridesmaid was Gillian Mc Carthy friend of the Bride and Bridesmaids were Arlene Gallagher sister-in-law of the Bride and Cathy Mc Sweeney friend of the Bride. Pageboy was Cillian Gallagher nephew of the Bride and Flower Girls were Siobheál Mc Cormack daughter and Roisín Mc Cormack niece.

The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. John Hassett and the wedding reception took place at The Heritage Hotel, Killenard, Co. Laois.

Christmas Tree Recycling

For those that had the natural Christmas trees and are looking to recycle it they can do so at Mulleady’s Civic Amenity/Bring Centre on the Athlone Road (Opposite Michael Shaw Motors) on Wednesday from 9am until 5pm and again on Saturday from 9am to 1pm. The facility closes for lunch from 1pm to 1.45pm.

Engagement

Many congratulations to Fran Deffew son of the late Noel and Bridie Deffew, Rathcline Road and Joann Keenahan daughter of Larry and Geraldine Keenahan, Leixlip, Co. Kildare who announced their engagement during the Christmas period.

Your local Library this week

Your local library staff would like to wish you all a very happy new year for 2018 from the Library. Usual opening has resumed: Monday 2-8pm, Tuesday 2-6pm, Wednesday 10am-1pm and 5-8pm, Thursday closed, Friday 10am-1pm and 2-5pm, Saturday 10am-1pm.

The Knitting and Crochet Group continues to meet in the library on Mondays, 2-4pm. All welcome.

Library membership is free for everyone and provides you with complimentary access to books and PCs in the library as well as a range of digital services. Download free audio books, digital magazines and newspapers with your library card and pin. Learn a new language online with Mango (over 71 languages available) or learn a new skill with Universal Class which offers over 400 free online courses. Call to the library for your PIN and further information.

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Philip and Bríd Gordon and family, Clonbonny on the death of Mrs Nuala Gordon, Athlone on Monday 25th December. Nuala was mother to Philip.

Tourism Co-Op Draw

The numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tidy Towns lotto draw held on Tuesday 2nd January were 1, 14, 19 and 26. There was no winner of the jackpot of €9,900.  The winner of the €50 prize was Bernie Hanley c/o Mags and the three €20 winners were Declan, Luke and James Curran, Carraroe, Johnny Malone, Cloontuskert, and Siobhán & Aisling c/o Clarkes.

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Bill Mc Evoy and family, The Green, on the death of his brother Mick on 1st January

Few CDs available

The St. Mary Church Choir has sold very well over the Christmas period and there are just a few remaining. This is a young group of talented musicians and singers all from the locality. It is an outstanding CD and it shows the talent of the choir. The CDs are available in shops locally and are a must for people home and away.

Lough Ree AC

Well, Christmas has come and gone and the so has the annual Christmas run from Newtowncashel to Lanesboro, the results of which maybe elsewhere in this newspaper. There was quite a good turnout despite the inclement weather. The winner proved to be local – Martin Gillen, what a pleasant surprise! The numbers from the Club’s run from the Community Collage to the Parish hall for the younger brigade was disappointing to say the least. However, the conditions did not stop Sean O’Dowd from being first to the hall. Well done Sean! Moving up the age groups, the Flood cousins, Caoilinn and Alannah did themselves proud to finish the Cashel run.

The “golden oldie” of the day, must be Padraic Farrell. Yes, a younger brother of Willie, the same Willie won more titles than I care to mention.  Enough to say, he wore an Irish singlet, representing the Irish Schools in cross country running, won the national Community Games title for the marathon (U17) in Monsey and was later high-jacked by Mullingar Harriers for their Senior CC Team. This is not forgetting that sister Mary was selected on an Irish junior team for an international fixture in Ireland.  The writer saw Padraic beat his older brother regularly when training at Rathcline’s old football pitch.  Both boys represented the club at its first outing in 1973 in different age groups.  Have not seen Padraic run since??

Finally, the Club wish to express their thanks to all who contributed to our church gate collection, it was greatly appreciated.  Meeting Johnny Chalmers was an added bonus, another story for another day

The annual AGM will take place later this month, date and time to be confirmed, looking forward to seeing parents both old and new.

Happy New Year to All.

Rathcline GAA

Christmas Draw: The club would like to thank everyone that supported our annual Christmas draw making it a one of the best ever – we really appreciate your great support. The draw was an outstanding success and there was an exceptional effort made by so many sellers and the club really appreciates what you did.

The prizes were won by the following 1st € 3,000 Mark and David Reynolds c/o Doyle’s Longford, 2nd €1,000 Jean Mc Dermott, Killashee, 3rd €500 Sean Skelly, Newtowncashel,

4th €250 Joe Fallon/Padraig Brewster, 5th €250 Barry Clarke, 6th €200 Johnny and Wayne c/o Yacht Bar and 7th €200 Cathal Mulvihill Newtowncashel.

50/50

On Monday night 18th December the 50/50 pool stood at €280 and the winning envelope drawn in the Clarke’s Bar was Caroline Cullen, Rathcline Road.

On Tuesday 26th December the draw took place in Adie’s bar. The total pool amounted to €400 and the lucky envelope drawn was in the name of Olive Ginty, Ballyleague.

The third draw over the Christmas took place on Monday 1st January in the Peer Inn, Lisnacusha. The pool last week amounted to €260 and the winning envelope belonged to Patricia Brady, Church View

The onus is on everyone in the club minor club and senior club, players and parents to come together and sell just 5 tickets each at their work places and make this draw a really substantial amount each week. This draw has the potential at only €2 a ticket to be a big boost to the winner each week if we really put our shoulder to the wheel. Let’s make Monday night a night to look forward to each week for the coming year.

Rathcline wish everyone the very best for a happy and healthy 2018 and look forward to your support.

County team

Presently the county senior team under the guidance of team manager Denis Connerton are going very well in the O’Byrne Cup. While two of our panellists Liam Connerton and Shane Kenny are out injured it is great to see Shane Donohoe flying the club flag. We wish all the lads the very best for the coming season.

AGM

The club AGM will take place in early February and we would encourage everyone that has an interest in the club to put their thoughts and ideas together, bring them to the meeting and help drive the club forward in a major way in 2018.

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